mdbirding
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2/22/18 2:08 pm Patricia Wood <pwood...> [MDBirding] Harris sparrow P.G.
2/22/18 11:16 am Dale Murphy <murphy_dale...> [MDBirding] Re: Osprey in Mayo
2/22/18 8:20 am Jim Green <jkgbirdman53...> [MDBirding] Gunners Lake Waterfowl
2/22/18 7:24 am Kye jenkins <kyebird54...> [MDBirding] Hoppers Island
2/22/18 6:12 am Tim Houghton <timhoughton...> Re: [MDBirding] Geese and Woodcocks
2/22/18 5:51 am Fred Shaffer <glaucousgull...> [MDBirding] Osprey in Mayo
2/22/18 5:49 am Pat <pvaldata1...> [MDBirding] Mallards in love
2/22/18 5:49 am 'jovet' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] Geese and Woodcocks
2/22/18 5:35 am Scott Baron <baron.scott...> Re: [MDBirding] Geese and Woodcocks
2/22/18 4:32 am jugbayjs <jugbayjs...> [MDBirding] Geese and Woodcocks
2/22/18 4:18 am jugbayjs <jugbayjs...> [MDBirding] Geese and Woodcocks
2/22/18 4:05 am Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4...> Re: [MDBirding] Geese and Woodcocks
2/22/18 4:00 am Georgia McDonald <gmcdonald1501...> Re: [MDBirding] Geese and Woodcocks
2/22/18 3:58 am Mary Maxey <maximom11998...> Re: [MDBirding] Geese and Woodcocks
2/22/18 3:52 am James Wilson <birdmanjfw...> [MDBirding] Geese and Woodcocks
2/21/18 4:02 pm Robert McLean <tmclean1090...> [MDBirding] Rusty Blackbird's in Symphony Woods, Columbia, Howard Co
2/21/18 3:21 pm Clayton Koonce <cg.koonce...> [MDBirding] dead immature red-shouldered hawk, Lake Kittamaqundi, Columbia
2/21/18 6:19 am Jim Green <jkgbirdman53...> [MDBirding] Caroline County Ross’s Goose
2/20/18 7:01 pm JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> Re: [MDBirding] Fugitive SHARE button on eBird - help!
2/20/18 6:47 pm 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] Fugitive SHARE button on eBird - help!
2/20/18 6:33 pm JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> [MDBirding] Fugitive SHARE button on eBird - help!
2/20/18 10:14 am Gerry Hawkins <maineusa...> [MDBirding] Voice of the Naturalist, Greater DC area, 2-20-18
2/19/18 1:18 pm Tim Houghton <timhoughton...> [MDBirding] Loch Raven--Red-necked Grebe
2/19/18 7:04 am 'Marcy Stutzman' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Konterra Drive fields and ponds (private property, restricted access)
2/19/18 4:55 am Joe Hanfman <auk1844...> [MDBirding] Snowy Owl Dorchester
2/18/18 4:45 pm Wayne Bierbaum <wm.bierbaum...> [MDBirding] RSH & American Tree Sparrows at Kinder Farm Park
2/18/18 8:41 am Dave Palmer <dpalmermd59...> RE: [MDBirding] Pink-footed Goose Caroline County
2/18/18 8:34 am Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4...> Re: [MDBirding] Pink-footed Goose Caroline County
2/18/18 8:22 am David Greenspoon <greenspoon...> Re: [MDBirding] Trumpeter P95 contines
2/18/18 6:32 am 'Jim Stasz' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> RE: [MDBirding] Pink-footed Goose Caroline County
2/17/18 5:19 pm Dan Small <small.m.dan...> [MDBirding] Pink-footed Goose Caroline County
2/17/18 12:33 pm Matt Hafner <hafner.matt...> [MDBirding] Pink-footed Goose Caroline County
2/17/18 11:57 am john pangborn <pangborn.john19...> [MDBirding] Blue Mash Nature Trail -- Feb 17, 2018
2/17/18 7:48 am John McKitterick <jbmck...> [MDBirding] Trumpeter P95 contines
2/17/18 7:38 am 'Jim Stasz' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] White-winged Scoter, Carroll County
2/17/18 6:28 am hardenm55 <hardenm55...> Re: [MDBirding] Bombay Hook Closing Feb 19-Apr 15
2/16/18 10:55 am 'Marcy Stutzman' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Re: Oxbow Lake: Nice variety of waterfowl, including Green-winged Teal (intergrade)
2/16/18 10:29 am David Powell <seneca.ranger...> Re: [MDBirding] Eurasian Wigeon
2/16/18 9:31 am 'Marcy Stutzman' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Oxbow Lake: Nice variety of waterfowl, including Green-winged Teal (intergrade)
2/16/18 9:22 am Jeffrey Culler <cullerfuls...> [MDBirding] Eurasian Wigeon
2/16/18 8:48 am 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] GBBC weekend starts today
2/16/18 6:46 am Anna Urciolo <urcioloa...> RE: [MDBirding] Bombay Hook Closing Feb 19-Apr 15
2/16/18 6:45 am John Filigenzi <jjfiligenzi...> Re: [MDBirding] Bombay Hook Closing Feb 19-Apr 15
2/16/18 6:33 am Jerald Reb <jrebelboy...> Re: [MDBirding] Bombay Hook Closing Feb 19-Apr 15
2/16/18 6:17 am Ed Vigezzi <ed.vigezzi...> [MDBirding] Re: Painted Bunting st Masonville Cove
2/16/18 6:07 am Joe Hanfman <auk1844...> [MDBirding] Iceland Gull - Caroline
2/16/18 5:33 am Pat <pvaldata1...> [MDBirding] Bombay Hook Closing Feb 19-Apr 15
2/15/18 10:52 am Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4...> [MDBirding] Two GWFG Piney Run
2/15/18 10:32 am Howard Patterson <howard21042...> [MDBirding] Painted Bunting st Masonville Cove
2/15/18 10:17 am Tim Carney <timmyc83...> [MDBirding] Re: Masonville is CLOSED Saturday through Monday - do not chase Painted Bunting until Tuesday!
2/15/18 10:15 am Tim Carney <timmyc83...> [MDBirding] Masonville is CLOSED Saturday through Monday - do not chase Painted Bunting until Tuesday!
2/15/18 9:17 am Denis Muller <denis.muller...> [MDBirding] Re: Painted Bunting at Masonville Cove
2/15/18 8:25 am Noah Comet <noahcomet...> Re: [MDBirding] Re: What to do when you see someone behaving badly...
2/15/18 8:01 am Steve Huy <grisly.remains...> [MDBirding] Re: What to do when you see someone behaving badly...
2/14/18 5:00 pm James Wilson <birdmanjfw...> [MDBirding] Finch Forecast from Sept. 2017
2/14/18 12:41 pm Kevin Bennett <kevinfpbennett...> [MDBirding] Re: Snowy owls in downtown D.C. continue
2/14/18 12:38 pm Jim Rapp <dlitedirector...> [MDBirding] Feb. 24 "I Bird, I Vote" Bird Conservation Summit - register today!
2/14/18 10:12 am Steve Ferendo, Frederick, MD <stevefinmd...> Re: [MDBirding] Re: Snowy Owl just across state line in WV
2/14/18 10:08 am Kari Cohen <karibc...> [MDBirding] Snowy owls in downtown D.C. continue
2/14/18 7:49 am Tim Houghton <timhoughton...> [MDBirding] 2 Red necked grebes at lapidum. No text
2/14/18 6:46 am Noah Comet <noahcomet...> Re: [MDBirding] Re: What to do when you see someone behaving badly...
2/14/18 4:07 am Lydia Schindler <lydia13621...> [MDBirding] Fwd: DC Area, 2/13/2018
2/13/18 5:01 pm Dave Mitchell (Howard County) <mitch.design.srvc...> [MDBirding] Re: What to do when you see someone behaving badly...
2/13/18 3:00 pm Steve Ferendo, Frederick, MD <stevefinmd...> [MDBirding] Re: What to do when you see someone behaving badly...
2/13/18 2:35 pm Warblerick <ricksussman1955...> [MDBirding] Re: What to do when you see someone behaving badly...
2/13/18 2:11 pm Steve Ferendo, Frederick, MD <stevefinmd...> [MDBirding] What to do when you see someone behaving badly...
2/13/18 12:38 pm JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> Re: [MDBirding] Re: Snowy Owl just across state line in WV
2/13/18 12:02 pm Sherman Suter <shermansuter...> [MDBirding] DC: E off Washington Sailing Marina: Red-necked Grebes
2/13/18 8:02 am Joe Hanfman <auk1844...> [MDBirding] Fwd: WWSC Carroll
2/13/18 7:55 am Steve Ferendo, Frederick, MD <stevefinmd...> [MDBirding] Re: Snowy Owl just across state line in WV
2/13/18 7:50 am Rob Hilton <rob.hilton.2010...> [MDBirding] Re: Snowy Owl just across state line in WV
2/13/18 6:53 am Pat <pvaldata1...> [MDBirding] Robins in Wicomico County
2/13/18 6:52 am Frank Marenghi <frank_marenghi...> [MDBirding] Re: ID Help please. Horned grebes?
2/13/18 6:36 am Joe Hanfman <auk1844...> [MDBirding] WWSC Carroll
2/13/18 4:24 am Steve Ferendo, Frederick, MD <stevefinmd...> [MDBirding] Re: Snowy Owl just across state line in WV
2/12/18 6:58 pm 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Sandhill Crane in Scotland, 2/12
2/12/18 12:03 pm MICHAEL KERWIN Ellicott City Md <m63kerwin...> [MDBirding] Re: lower Eastern Shore, February 8-10, 2018. 68 white pelicans.
2/12/18 12:02 pm MICHAEL KERWIN Ellicott City Md <m63kerwin...> [MDBirding] Re: lower Eastern Shore, February 8-10, 2018. 68 white pelicans.
2/12/18 11:50 am Derek Hudgins <derekhudgins...> [MDBirding] Re: Painted Bunting at Masonville Cove
2/12/18 11:04 am Harry Armistead <harryarmistead...> [MDBirding] lower Eastern Shore, February 8-10, 2018. 68 white pelicans.
2/12/18 10:28 am Robert McLean <tmclean1090...> Re: [MDBirding] Cooper's or Sharp-shinned Hawk?
2/12/18 9:05 am Noah Comet <noahcomet...> Re: [MDBirding] Cooper's or Sharp-shinned Hawk?
2/12/18 6:59 am Tom Marko <kingbird123...> [MDBirding] Cooper's or Sharp-shinned Hawk?
2/12/18 6:53 am Debbie Taylor <debrataylor11...> [MDBirding] Re: Painted Bunting at Masonville Cove
2/12/18 6:28 am Joe Hanfman <auk1844...> Re: [MDBirding] Iceland Gull, Caroline Co.
2/12/18 6:12 am 'Bird couple' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] More grebe ID help please. Horned with a Pied-billed?
2/12/18 5:53 am Ted on Little Round Bay <akbar...> [MDBirding] More grebe ID help please. Horned with a Pied-billed?
2/11/18 10:11 am Tom Kimbis <tom.kimbis...> [MDBirding] Potomac completely fogged over. Don't bother looking for waterfowl from C&O.
2/11/18 10:00 am John Hubbell <johngilhub1...> [MDBirding] Iceland Gull, Caroline Co.
2/11/18 7:42 am Stephanie Lovell <amorellovell...> [MDBirding] Next Montgomery Bird Club Meeting
2/11/18 4:56 am 'Bill Hubick' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] Luecistic Bufflehead
2/11/18 4:24 am mjabdy via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Snowy Owl just across state line in WV
2/10/18 5:31 pm Les R Becker <lesrbecker2...> [MDBirding] Snowy Owl on Hooper Islands?
2/10/18 2:56 pm 'Bird couple' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] Iceland Gull at Annapolis Junction
2/10/18 2:18 pm Mike Lathroum <kmlathroum...> Re: [MDBirding] Iceland Gull at Annapolis Junction
2/10/18 12:03 pm Mark Rositol <mrositol510...> [MDBirding] WWSC at Wharf Rd PG
2/10/18 11:37 am Warblerick <ricksussman1955...> [MDBirding] Iceland Gull at Annapolis Junction
2/10/18 11:37 am John Eckard <jreckard191...> Re: [MDBirding] Iceland Gull at Annapolis Junction
2/10/18 11:37 am Orietta <orietta.candela...> [MDBirding] Re: Long-tailed Ducks - Montgomery County
2/10/18 10:00 am 'Warren and Lisa Strobel' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Iceland Gull at Annapolis Junction
2/10/18 7:59 am Matt Hafner <hafner.matt...> [MDBirding] Painted Bunting at Masonville Cove
2/10/18 6:59 am Matt Hafner <hafner.matt...> Re: [MDBirding] ID Help please. Horned grebes?
2/10/18 6:54 am Ted on Little Round Bay <akbar...> [MDBirding] ID Help please. Horned grebes?
2/10/18 6:02 am Joe Hanfman <auk1844...> Re: [MDBirding] Re: Eider at PLSP
2/9/18 4:37 pm Tom Kimbis <tom.kimbis...> [MDBirding] Re: Long-tailed Ducks - Montgomery County
2/9/18 2:38 pm Patty Craig <walelu67.2...> [MDBirding] Re: Eider at PLSP
2/9/18 2:38 pm Hugh David Fleischmann <david...> [MDBirding] Pelagic Trip Tix available
2/9/18 2:34 pm Patty Craig <walelu67.2...> [MDBirding] Luecistic Bufflehead
2/9/18 7:33 am 'John Landers Baltimore,MD' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Snowy Owl
2/8/18 2:35 pm 'Carol McClelland' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Chevy Chase —path from trestle bridge near E-W highway north to Aud.Nat. Soc. Trail
2/8/18 2:21 pm thbeal via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] RC Kinglet
2/8/18 1:05 pm Clayton Koonce <cg.koonce...> Re: [MDBirding] Hooded merganser attacks horned grebe; Lake Kittamaqundi
2/8/18 12:49 pm 'Jim Stasz' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> RE: [MDBirding] Hooded merganser attacks horned grebe; Lake Kittamaqundi
2/8/18 12:47 pm Clayton Koonce <cg.koonce...> [MDBirding] Hooded merganser attacks horned grebe; Lake Kittamaqundi
2/8/18 12:34 pm christine ley <chrisley21...> [MDBirding] Tree swallow over Potomac
2/8/18 12:32 pm Jim Green <jkgbirdman53...> [MDBirding] Long-tailed Ducks - Montgomery County
2/8/18 10:49 am pbudde <pbudde...> Re: [MDBirding] MD/DC Records Committee updates to the DC and MD lists
2/8/18 10:12 am Phil Davis <pdavis...> [MDBirding] MD/DC Records Committee updates to the DC and MD lists
2/8/18 8:37 am Patty Craig <walelu67.2...> [MDBirding] Eider at PLSP
2/8/18 8:37 am john pangborn <pangborn.john19...> [MDBirding] Black Hill Regional Park Feb 08, 2018
2/8/18 6:01 am 'MikeBowen' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Re: Daedalus Books closing // Daedalus Pond eBird hotspot
2/8/18 5:43 am Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...> Re: [MDBirding] Lark Sparrow
2/8/18 5:33 am missy Placed <9nationals...> Re: [MDBirding] Lark Sparrow
2/8/18 5:19 am Hugh McGuinness <hdmcguinness...> Re: [MDBirding] Lark Sparrow
2/8/18 5:06 am 'Bird couple' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] Lark Sparrow
2/8/18 4:34 am missy Placed <9nationals...> [MDBirding] Lark Sparrow
2/7/18 8:21 pm Gerry Hawkins <maineusa...> [MDBirding] Voice of the Naturalist; Greater DC area; 2/6/18
2/7/18 5:55 pm Marcia Watson <marshwren50...> Re: [MDBirding] Tripod...
2/7/18 4:46 pm Cheryl Hogue <cheryl.hogue...> Re: [MDBirding] Tripod...
2/7/18 4:15 pm Georgia McDonald <gmcdonald1501...> Re: [MDBirding] Tripod...
2/7/18 3:58 pm John Filigenzi <jjfiligenzi...> Re: [MDBirding] Tripod...
2/7/18 3:40 pm Marcia Watson <marshwren50...> Re: [MDBirding] Tripod...
2/7/18 3:23 pm Warblerick <ricksussman1955...> Re: [MDBirding] Tripod...
2/7/18 2:55 pm Pat <pvaldata1...> Re: [MDBirding] Tripod...
2/7/18 2:17 pm JimC <jimcancil...> [MDBirding] Re: Tripod...
2/7/18 1:16 pm Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...> Re: [MDBirding] Tripod...
2/7/18 12:57 pm Pat <pvaldata1...> Re: [MDBirding] Tripod...
2/7/18 12:32 pm JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> Re: [MDBirding] Tripod...
2/7/18 8:56 am JimC <jimcancil...> [MDBirding] Tripod...
2/7/18 7:04 am 'Leslie' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Purple Finch
2/7/18 4:37 am 'Marcy Stutzman' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Re: Woodpecker Trifecta
2/6/18 5:02 pm Warblerick <ricksussman1955...> [MDBirding] Project SNOWstorm tags it's first owl in Maryland since 2015
2/6/18 4:54 pm William Young <wcyoung4242...> [MDBirding] New Monticello Park Website and Mississippi Kite Video
2/6/18 3:21 pm Warblerick <ricksussman1955...> [MDBirding] Woodpecker Trifecta
2/6/18 2:49 pm James Wilson <birdmanjfw...> [MDBirding] Re: Woodpecker Trifecta
2/6/18 2:24 pm 'Carol McClelland' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] Woodpecker Trifecta
2/6/18 12:58 pm JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> Re: [MDBirding] Woodpecker Trifecta
2/6/18 11:45 am James Wilson <birdmanjfw...> [MDBirding] Woodpecker Trifecta
2/5/18 11:59 am JimC <jimcancil...> [MDBirding] Re: lower Eastern Shore, January 26-28, 2018.
2/5/18 11:43 am JimC <jimcancil...> [MDBirding] Re: First new yard bird of 2018
2/5/18 9:58 am Steve Huy <grisly.remains...> [MDBirding] Project SNOWstorm tags it's first owl in Maryland since 2015
2/5/18 5:48 am Lovelace, Glen (DelDOT) <Glen.Lovelace...> [MDBirding] RE: Saturday 2/3 in Somerset
2/5/18 5:36 am Lovelace, Glen (DelDOT) <Glen.Lovelace...> [MDBirding] Saturday 2/3 in Somerset
2/4/18 12:12 pm Patricia Valdata <pvaldata1...> [MDBirding] No Somerset Snowy Owls
2/4/18 11:19 am Joshua Heiser <josheiser01...> [MDBirding] Re: I guess MoCo Shiny Cowbird is No More?
2/4/18 9:23 am Rick Borchelt <rborchelt...> [MDBirding] Re: Northern Oriole, College Park
2/4/18 8:22 am Harry Armistead <harryarmistead...> [MDBirding] golden eagles, Blackwater area.
2/4/18 7:17 am Rick Borchelt <rborchelt...> [MDBirding] Northern Oriole, College Park
2/4/18 5:01 am Clayton Koonce <cg.koonce...> [MDBirding] Daedalus Books closing // Daedalus Pond eBird hotspot
2/3/18 5:09 pm Howard Wu <howiewu1...> [MDBirding] I guess MoCo Shiny Cowbird is No More?
2/3/18 5:00 pm JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> [MDBirding] [CA] Buteo Nesting Activity
2/3/18 4:53 pm Marcia Watson <marshwren50...> Re: [MDBirding] Western Grebe
2/3/18 3:09 pm Kojo Baidoo <baidookojo6...> [MDBirding] Close encounters of the RSHA variety
2/3/18 12:41 pm Clayton Koonce <cg.koonce...> [MDBirding] Re: Swan P95 in Columbia is at the Broken Land Pond now. (Rusty blackbird update)
2/3/18 12:39 pm Clayton Koonce <cg.koonce...> [MDBirding] Swan P95 in Columbia is at the Broken Land Pond now. (Rusty blackbird update)
2/3/18 5:44 am 'Bird couple' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Western Grebe
2/2/18 12:56 am JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> [MDBirding] Canal Count miles 59-61 were surveyed on MONDAY not Tuesday
2/1/18 11:17 pm Phil Davis <pdavis...> Re: [MDBirding] Towhees at Jug Bay
2/1/18 5:57 pm Wayne Bierbaum <wm.bierbaum...> [MDBirding] Towhees at Jug Bay
2/1/18 4:13 pm JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> [MDBirding] 2018 Canal Count Time remaining and some results...
2/1/18 11:35 am <keyweststyle2001...> [MDBirding] OC Inlet
2/1/18 10:26 am Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4...> [MDBirding] Razorbill OC Inlet
2/1/18 7:17 am JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> [MDBirding] Canal Count miles 59-61
2/1/18 5:09 am Duvall Sollers <dbsollers61...> Re: [MDBirding] Charles County Snow Goose
1/31/18 1:34 pm Duvall Sollers <dbsollers61...> [MDBirding] Charles County Snow Goose
1/31/18 12:17 pm Matt Hafner <hafner.matt...> [MDBirding] Ross's Goose in Harford County
1/31/18 9:53 am Warblerick <ricksussman1955...> [MDBirding] First new yard bird of 2018
1/31/18 7:42 am Harry Armistead <harryarmistead...> [MDBirding] lower Eastern Shore, January 26-28, 2018.
1/31/18 7:40 am Patricia Valdata <pvaldata1...> [MDBirding] First new yard bird of 2018
1/30/18 3:55 pm JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> [MDBirding] Re: C & O COUNT...eBird entry easy peasy for veteran Canal counters
1/30/18 3:32 pm Kevin Graff <keyweststyle2001...> [MDBirding] Hart-Miller Island, 01/29/18
1/30/18 1:14 pm mike burchett <mikeburchett23...> [MDBirding] Snowy Owl - OC Inlet
1/30/18 9:39 am Lydia Schindler <lydia13621...> [MDBirding] Fwd: DC Area, 1/30/2018
1/30/18 3:34 am Clayton Koonce <cg.koonce...> [MDBirding] Rusty Blackbirds in Columbia Town Center (and a Phoebe)
1/29/18 6:50 am Donald Sweig <skybear41...> [MDBirding] More on Golden Eagle at Blackwater
1/29/18 5:54 am Joe Hanfman <auk1844...> [MDBirding] Ross’s Goose - Charles County
1/29/18 5:32 am JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> [MDBirding] Re: C & O COUNT...milepost...milepost...where's the milepost
1/28/18 9:32 pm JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> [MDBirding] Re: C & O COUNT...Checklist added with elimination of canal towpath mile confusion for "travelers"
1/28/18 6:33 pm Kevin Graff <keyweststyle2001...> Re: [MDBirding] Re: Snowy Owl Bus Tours at Hart-Miller Island TOMORROW!
1/28/18 6:33 pm 'jovet' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] Re: Snowy Owl Bus Tours at Hart-Miller Island TOMORROW!
1/28/18 6:31 pm Steve Huy <grisly.remains...> [MDBirding] Re: Snowy Owl Bus Tours at Hart-Miller Island TOMORROW!
1/28/18 6:08 pm Roy Boyle <royboyle...> [MDBirding] Female Harlequin Duck - Luke, MD - continuing
1/28/18 4:19 pm JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> [MDBirding] C & O COUNT...PERHAPS A TEACHABLE MOMENT FOR NEWBIES
1/28/18 3:00 pm 'jovet' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] Blackwater NWR: Saturday
1/28/18 2:38 pm Donald Sweig <skybirds.d...> [MDBirding] Blackwater NWR: Saturday
1/27/18 7:31 am 'Susan Hunt' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Merlin at Wheaton Regional Park this morning
1/27/18 4:21 am jugbayjs <jugbayjs...> [MDBirding] Jug Bay Greater White-fronted Goose, Short-eared Owl
1/26/18 12:09 pm Pat <pvaldata1...> [MDBirding] Worcester swans
1/26/18 8:31 am paul noell <myconut...> [MDBirding] Obit
1/26/18 8:14 am Scott Baron <baron.scott...> [MDBirding] Blockhouse Point Conservation Park, Mont. Co. - Jan. 26
1/26/18 5:13 am Kevin Graff <keyweststyle2001...> [MDBirding] Hart-Miller Island, 01/24/18
1/25/18 5:38 pm jugbayjs <jugbayjs...> [MDBirding] Jug Bay Greater White-fronted Goose, Short-eared Owl
1/25/18 3:22 pm JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> [MDBirding] [WA] Vulture "kettle"
1/25/18 3:05 pm JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> [MDBirding] C & O COUNT...LET'S GO...!!!
1/25/18 2:49 pm marian rutigliano <mcrutig...> Re: [MDBirding] Snowy Owl USDA
1/25/18 2:27 pm Karen Caruso <karen.caruso...> [MDBirding] JBWS ongoing bird survey - Greater White-fronted Goose, Hooded Merganser
1/25/18 1:50 pm 'Michel Cavigelli' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] Snowy Owl USDA
1/25/18 1:00 pm Daniel Rauch <danrauch11...> Re: [MDBirding] Snowy Owl USDA
1/25/18 12:55 pm Warblerick <ricksussman1955...> [MDBirding] Snowy Owl USDA
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1/25/18 9:41 am Tim Carney <timmyc83...> [MDBirding] Re: Snowy Owl Bus Tours at Hart-Miller Island TOMORROW!
1/25/18 5:38 am Tim Carney <timmyc83...> [MDBirding] Snowy Owl Bus Tours at Hart-Miller Island TOMORROW!
1/24/18 2:17 pm Roy Boyle <royboyle...> [MDBirding] Female Harlequin Duck - Luke, MD Allegany County
1/24/18 1:11 pm Pat <pvaldata1...> [MDBirding] Somerset Snowy NO
1/24/18 11:09 am Jim Felley <jdfelley...> [MDBirding] Constitution Gardens ducks
1/24/18 9:46 am Warblerick <ricksussman1955...> [MDBirding] New Big Year yard bird
1/24/18 3:59 am scott bates <fennecfox1947...> [MDBirding] Re: It flies
1/23/18 2:49 pm Warblerick <ricksussman1955...> [MDBirding] Somerset County Snowy and Short-eared Owls
1/23/18 2:38 pm Jim Green <jkgbirdman53...> [MDBirding] Somerset County Snowy and Short-eared Owls
1/23/18 1:26 pm David Sandler <detour61...> Re: [MDBirding] Re: HowCo Trumpeter Swan update
1/23/18 12:29 pm James Wilson <birdmanjfw...> [MDBirding] Re: It flies
1/23/18 11:41 am Aisha Lewis <aishamichelle74...> [MDBirding] Re: HowCo Trumpeter Swan update
1/23/18 10:39 am Tim Carney <timmyc83...> [MDBirding] Masonville 1/22/2018
1/23/18 7:09 am Hugh McGuinness <hdmcguinness...> Re: [MDBirding] Re: It flies
1/23/18 6:05 am Max Wilson <max.wilson...> [MDBirding] Virginia Rail at Hughes Hollow MoCo
1/23/18 5:27 am Lydia Schindler <lydia13621...> [MDBirding] Fwd: DC Area, 1/23/2018
1/23/18 4:40 am scott bates <fennecfox1947...> [MDBirding] Re: It flies
1/23/18 4:05 am James Wilson <birdmanjfw...> [MDBirding] It flies
1/23/18 4:02 am Tim Carney <timmyc83...> [MDBirding] Poplar Island 1/18/2018
 
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Date: 2/22/18 2:08 pm
From: Patricia Wood <pwood...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Harris sparrow P.G.
I finally went and got my 2018 look at the Harris Sparrow yesterday. It took a while before a little flock (mostly of Song Sparrows) showed up at the usual spot, but the Harris was with them. Some kind of work was being done where you turn off the main trail; very noisy. Nice chorus of fish crows and spring peepers going along the walkways at the start, as you leave Bladensburg.
Patricia Wood
Silver Spring

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Date: 2/22/18 11:16 am
From: Dale Murphy <murphy_dale...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Osprey in Mayo
On Thursday, February 22, 2018 at 8:51:18 AM UTC-5, Fred Shaffer wrote:
> I received an e-mail from Cynthia Bravo, who reported seeing an Osprey yesterday (February 21) in Mayo.  The details are copied as follows: "Saw the first Osprey of the year this morning over Deep Pond at Beverly/Triton Beach Park near Mayo.  It's the earliest that I've ever seen one around here."  Spring is on the way.  Good birding,
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> Crofton, Anne Arundel

The Osprey was perched on a branch over Beverly Lake in Beverly-Triton Beach Park yesterday. It was seen the day before (2/20) by the park ranger. Spring will be welcome!

Dale Murphy
Edgewater, Md

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Date: 2/22/18 8:20 am
From: Jim Green <jkgbirdman53...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Gunners Lake Waterfowl
Nice assortment late this morning at Gunners Lake (Montgomery County).
28 Hooded Mergs, 5 Canvasbacks, 25 Redheads, 6 Ring-necked Ducks, 2 Bufflehead and 1 Lesser Scaup.

Jim Green
Gaithersburg MD
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Date: 2/22/18 7:24 am
From: Kye jenkins <kyebird54...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Hoppers Island
The Snowy Owl continues along with six Purple Sandpipers at Hoppers island bridge, The snowy is on the Rock Jetty/ Kye Jenkins

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Date: 2/22/18 6:12 am
From: Tim Houghton <timhoughton...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Geese and Woodcocks
Several Woodcock peenting Tuesday at Konterra.

Tim Houghton
(Glen Arm)


> On February 22, 2018 at 6:59 AM Georgia McDonald <gmcdonald1501...> wrote:
>
> We also had 2 gaggles of 60+ Canadas flying very high towards the northeast while birding the Parkton section of the NCR Trail.
>
> Georgia McDonald Towson, Balt Co.
>
> On Thu, Feb 22, 2018 at 6:52 AM, James Wilson <birdmanjfw...> mailto:<birdmanjfw...> > wrote:
>
> > > Yesterday morning (Wednesday) I had 3 gaggles of Canada Geese flying high and definitely heading north. I am sure the southerly winds helped.
> >
> > I have about 40 acres of farmer's fields across the street from my house. The field is lined with woods on 2 sides with a stream flowing thru the woods. I was out listening for woodcocks for the past 2 nights with no luck. I have had them before in these fields. Any woodcocks being heard??
> > Jim Wilson
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Date: 2/22/18 5:51 am
From: Fred Shaffer <glaucousgull...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Osprey in Mayo
I received an e-mail from Cynthia Bravo, who reported seeing an Osprey yesterday (February 21) in Mayo.  The details are copied as follows: "Saw the first Osprey of the year this morning over Deep Pond at Beverly/Triton Beach Park near Mayo.  It's the earliest that I've ever seen one around here."  Spring is on the way.  Good birding,
Fred <ShafferGlaucousGull...>, Anne Arundel

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Date: 2/22/18 5:49 am
From: Pat <pvaldata1...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Mallards in love
On Tuesday morning I saw a pair of Mallards circling close to each other and bobbing their heads. After a few more head bobs the female stretched flat on the water and her mate accepted the invitation. About two seconds later they separated and splashed water all over themselves before swimming off. It was surprisingly tender.
Pat ValdataCrisfield, MD
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Date: 2/22/18 5:49 am
From: 'jovet' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Geese and Woodcocks
We saw and heard woodcock at Wooton's Landing, AA County, in their usual spot earlier this week. There were probably 8 individual birds and they were active. This was surprising to me, as the wooded field has become more of a swamp recently. My impression is that there are less than the last few years as in the past they were active over a wider area in the park.


Joanne


Joanne Howl, DVM
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From: Scott Baron <baron.scott...>
To: James Wilson <birdmanjfw...>
Cc: Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Sent: Thu, Feb 22, 2018 8:35 am
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Geese and Woodcocks



I saw a Woodcock in my neighborhood in Gaithersburg at dusk. I first detected it because of the twittering wing sound. I thought that it was going to display but it didn't come back.


Also, a Pine Warbler was singing in a stand of pines yesterday at an elementary school in Rockville.


Scott Baron
Gaithersburg, Md.



On Feb 22, 2018 7:32 AM, "jugbayjs" <jugbayjs...> wrote:

Sent by mistake before I finished. We normally have them by 3rd week in February here, but in general their numbers have been declining for many years. For the last several years I've only been seeing 1-3 displaying hereat this time of year, about a 50-75 percent decline. The trend is not likely to improve.

On a more positive note, we had the first Osprey of 2018 here yesterday, our third earliest arrival as noted in my eBird report.

Regards-
Jeff Shenot
Croom Md

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Date: 2/22/18 5:35 am
From: Scott Baron <baron.scott...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Geese and Woodcocks
I saw a Woodcock in my neighborhood in Gaithersburg at dusk. I first
detected it because of the twittering wing sound. I thought that it was
going to display but it didn't come back.

Also, a Pine Warbler was singing in a stand of pines yesterday at an
elementary school in Rockville.

Scott Baron
Gaithersburg, Md.

On Feb 22, 2018 7:32 AM, "jugbayjs" <jugbayjs...> wrote:

> Sent by mistake before I finished. We normally have them by 3rd week in
> February here, but in general their numbers have been declining for many
> years. For the last several years I've only been seeing 1-3 displaying
> hereat this time of year, about a 50-75 percent decline. The trend is not
> likely to improve.
>
> On a more positive note, we had the first Osprey of 2018 here yesterday,
> our third earliest arrival as noted in my eBird report.
>
> Regards-
> Jeff Shenot
> Croom Md
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Date: 2/22/18 4:32 am
From: jugbayjs <jugbayjs...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Geese and Woodcocks
Sent by mistake before I finished. We normally have them by 3rd week in February here, but in general their numbers have been declining for many years. For the last several years I've only been seeing 1-3 displaying hereat this time of year, about a 50-75 percent decline. The trend is not likely to improve.

On a more positive note, we had the first Osprey of 2018 here yesterday, our third earliest arrival as noted in my eBird report.

Regards-
Jeff Shenot
Croom Md

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Date: 2/22/18 4:18 am
From: jugbayjs <jugbayjs...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Geese and Woodcocks
No woodcocks yet, which is highly unusual. I've been checking for them every evening at our house (by Jug Bay) and have yet to hear/see one this year.

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Date: 2/22/18 4:05 am
From: Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Geese and Woodcocks
At least 5-6 Woodcock were displaying last night in appropriate habitat in
Patuxent River SP from 05:55 pm until we left about 06:45. Spring Peepers
were in full chorus as well.

On Thu, Feb 22, 2018 at 7:00 AM Georgia McDonald <gmcdonald1501...>
wrote:

> We also had 2 gaggles of 60+ Canadas flying very high towards the
> northeast while birding the Parkton section of the NCR Trail.
>
> Georgia McDonald Towson, Balt Co.
>
> On Thu, Feb 22, 2018 at 6:52 AM, James Wilson <birdmanjfw...>
> wrote:
>
>> Yesterday morning (Wednesday) I had 3 gaggles of Canada Geese flying high
>> and definitely heading north. I am sure the southerly winds helped.
>>
>> I have about 40 acres of farmer's fields across the street from my
>> house. The field is lined with woods on 2 sides with a stream flowing thru
>> the woods. I was out listening for woodcocks for the past 2 nights with no
>> luck. I have had them before in these fields. Any woodcocks being heard??
>> Jim Wilson
>> Queenstown
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Date: 2/22/18 4:00 am
From: Georgia McDonald <gmcdonald1501...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Geese and Woodcocks
We also had 2 gaggles of 60+ Canadas flying very high towards the northeast
while birding the Parkton section of the NCR Trail.

Georgia McDonald Towson, Balt Co.

On Thu, Feb 22, 2018 at 6:52 AM, James Wilson <birdmanjfw...> wrote:

> Yesterday morning (Wednesday) I had 3 gaggles of Canada Geese flying high
> and definitely heading north. I am sure the southerly winds helped.
>
> I have about 40 acres of farmer's fields across the street from my house.
> The field is lined with woods on 2 sides with a stream flowing thru the
> woods. I was out listening for woodcocks for the past 2 nights with no
> luck. I have had them before in these fields. Any woodcocks being heard??
> Jim Wilson
> Queenstown
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Date: 2/22/18 3:58 am
From: Mary Maxey <maximom11998...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Geese and Woodcocks
I saw a large flock (40) geese flying high from my house at about 1000
yesterday morning

On Feb 22, 2018 6:52 AM, "James Wilson" <birdmanjfw...> wrote:

Yesterday morning (Wednesday) I had 3 gaggles of Canada Geese flying high
and definitely heading north. I am sure the southerly winds helped.

I have about 40 acres of farmer's fields across the street from my house.
The field is lined with woods on 2 sides with a stream flowing thru the
woods. I was out listening for woodcocks for the past 2 nights with no
luck. I have had them before in these fields. Any woodcocks being heard??
Jim Wilson
Queenstown

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Date: 2/22/18 3:52 am
From: James Wilson <birdmanjfw...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Geese and Woodcocks
Yesterday morning (Wednesday) I had 3 gaggles of Canada Geese flying high and definitely heading north. I am sure the southerly winds helped.

I have about 40 acres of farmer's fields across the street from my house. The field is lined with woods on 2 sides with a stream flowing thru the woods. I was out listening for woodcocks for the past 2 nights with no luck. I have had them before in these fields. Any woodcocks being heard??
Jim Wilson
Queenstown

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Date: 2/21/18 4:02 pm
From: Robert McLean <tmclean1090...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Rusty Blackbird's in Symphony Woods, Columbia, Howard Co
I was thrilled to see 12 Rusty Blackbirds in Symphony Woods, Columbia at my
lunch walk. Several were giving their rusty gate vocalizations. Also seen
in the area were some grackles, and I had a good comparative size review of
several rusties and a grackle

Good birding!
Taylor McLean
Towson MD

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Date: 2/21/18 3:21 pm
From: Clayton Koonce <cg.koonce...>
Subject: [MDBirding] dead immature red-shouldered hawk, Lake Kittamaqundi, Columbia
For the past couple of months, I've been watching a young red-shouldered hawk around the northwest section of Lake Kittamaqundi. I noticed several times that the bird seemed to favor perching on deck railings and fences attached to houses -- especially in those recent severe cold snaps, I think it found shelter from wind in sunny spots by doing that. (I once surprised it perching so right outside my own patio slider.) I hadn't seen the bird for at least a week and wondered what had become of it. This evening, I found it dead beside the path where I usually enter the woods as I begin a walk around the lake. It's highly possible that I have walked by a few times already without noticing the body, so I don't know how long it has been dead. I am wondering if this should be investigated further. I know a couple of authorities in Columbia and Howard County that I can contact, but if anyone has other suggestions or would like to look into this, let me know.

I am hoping the bird didn't meet with some mishap or an angry homeowner by perching close to and on dwellings. Could a mob of crows kill a young hawk like this? Is it also possible that the bird was having trouble catching prey and simply starved? (Close up, the dead hawk is about the size of a crow -- not very big.)

Attached: 5694 is a close view of the dead hawk. I have other photos.

If you look at RSHA in the illustrated checklist for Lake Kittamaqundi on eBird, you can find a few photos of this bird in perching situations such as I described. I also posted one in the Flickr group a few weeks ago.

(eBird note: I want to enter this in my eBird list for this evening's walk. I know they don't want counts of dead birds, but I think a zero count, such as you do for unoccupied nests, with the photos included would be useful. If any eBird reviewers say nay to this idea, let me know.)

Thanks.

Clayton Koonce
Columbia, Md.
member, Howard County Bird Club

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Date: 2/21/18 6:19 am
From: Jim Green <jkgbirdman53...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Caroline County Ross’s Goose
Currently one in a large Canada Goose flock in field on Choptank Rd less than a mile from Choptank
Marina.

Jim Green
Gaithersburg MD
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Date: 2/20/18 7:01 pm
From: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Fugitive SHARE button on eBird - help!
I should have attached my "Checklist Sharing" tutorial JPG, which
shows what Bill is unable to do...Jim

On 2/20/18, James Tyler Bell <jtylerbell...> wrote:
> There are two ways to share a checklist. When you complete it, it will
> prompt you to share on the top right of the page. Or, they can go into My
> eBird, Manage My Checklists (on the right) and the checklists will all show
> up as separate lines with a share option. I'm guessing that their browser is
> out of date and needs to be updated. That's the first thing I'd suggest
> before they do the others. Or try a different browser and see if the problem
> persists.
>
> Tyler <Belljtylerbell...>
> California, Maryland
>
> On Tuesday, February 20, 2018, 9:33:10 PM EST, JAMES SPEICHER
> <jugornought...> wrote:
>
> One of the C & O counters has been unable to SHARE his checklists with
> me because his version of eBird lacks a SHARE option.
>
> Does anybody know what could be going on and how to fix this?
>
> At the end of the forwarded message is this text:
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
>
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> From: Bill and Carole
> Date: Wed, 21 Feb 2018 02:19:19 +0000 (UTC)
> Subject: Fw: eBird Report - Mile 71, Jan 27, 2018
> To: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...>
>
> And mile 71.I am getting NO help from Cornell and have had this
> problem for several months. Prior to that I could share lists!Bill
>
>
> ----- Forwarded Message -----
> From: "<ebird-checklist...>" <ebird-checklist...>
> To:
> Sent: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 9:16 PM
> Subject: eBird Report - Mile 71, Jan 27, 2018
>
> Mile 71, Washington, Maryland, US
> Jan 27, 2018 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 1.0 mile(s)
> Comments: C&O towpath January count
> 18 species
>
> Canada Goose 12
> Common Goldeneye 12 We often see many GoldenEyes on the Potomac
> for this count.
> Common Merganser 2
> Black Vulture 3
> Turkey Vulture 3
> Red-tailed Hawk 3
> Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
> Downy Woodpecker 3
> Pileated Woodpecker 2
> American Crow 12
> Carolina Chickadee 9
> Tufted Titmouse 3
> White-breasted Nuthatch 1
> Brown Creeper 1
> Carolina Wren 6
> Eastern Bluebird 1
> White-throated Sparrow 2
> Northern Cardinal 1
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Date: 2/20/18 6:47 pm
From: 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Fugitive SHARE button on eBird - help!
There are two ways to share a checklist. When you complete it, it will prompt you to share on the top right of the page. Or, they can go into My eBird, Manage My Checklists (on the right) and the checklists will all show up as separate lines with a share option. I'm guessing that their browser is out of date and needs to be updated. That's the first thing I'd suggest before they do the others. Or try a different browser and see if the problem persists.

Tyler <Belljtylerbell...>
California, Maryland

On Tuesday, February 20, 2018, 9:33:10 PM EST, JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> wrote:

One of the C & O counters has been unable to SHARE his checklists with
me because his version of eBird lacks a SHARE option.

Does anybody know what could be going on and how to fix this?

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---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Bill and Carole
Date: Wed, 21 Feb 2018 02:19:19 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: Fw: eBird Report - Mile 71, Jan 27, 2018
To: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...>

And mile 71.I am getting NO help from Cornell and have had this
problem for several months.  Prior to that I could share lists!Bill


----- Forwarded Message -----
From: "<ebird-checklist...>" <ebird-checklist...>
To:
Sent: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 9:16 PM
Subject: eBird Report - Mile 71, Jan 27, 2018

Mile 71, Washington, Maryland, US
Jan 27, 2018 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
Comments:    C&O towpath January count
18 species

Canada Goose  12
Common Goldeneye  12    We often see many GoldenEyes on the Potomac
for this count.
Common Merganser  2
Black Vulture  3
Turkey Vulture  3
Red-tailed Hawk  3
Red-bellied Woodpecker  2
Downy Woodpecker  3
Pileated Woodpecker  2
American Crow  12
Carolina Chickadee  9
Tufted Titmouse  3
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
Brown Creeper  1
Carolina Wren  6
Eastern Bluebird  1
White-throated Sparrow  2
Northern Cardinal  1

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Date: 2/20/18 6:33 pm
From: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fugitive SHARE button on eBird - help!
One of the C & O counters has been unable to SHARE his checklists with
me because his version of eBird lacks a SHARE option.

Does anybody know what could be going on and how to fix this?

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

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Bill and Carole
Date: Wed, 21 Feb 2018 02:19:19 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: Fw: eBird Report - Mile 71, Jan 27, 2018
To: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...>

And mile 71.I am getting NO help from Cornell and have had this
problem for several months. Prior to that I could share lists!Bill


----- Forwarded Message -----
From: "<ebird-checklist...>" <ebird-checklist...>
To:
Sent: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 9:16 PM
Subject: eBird Report - Mile 71, Jan 27, 2018

Mile 71, Washington, Maryland, US
Jan 27, 2018 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
Comments: C&O towpath January count
18 species

Canada Goose 12
Common Goldeneye 12 We often see many GoldenEyes on the Potomac
for this count.
Common Merganser 2
Black Vulture 3
Turkey Vulture 3
Red-tailed Hawk 3
Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
Downy Woodpecker 3
Pileated Woodpecker 2
American Crow 12
Carolina Chickadee 9
Tufted Titmouse 3
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
Brown Creeper 1
Carolina Wren 6
Eastern Bluebird 1
White-throated Sparrow 2
Northern Cardinal 1

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Date: 2/20/18 10:14 am
From: Gerry Hawkins <maineusa...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Voice of the Naturalist, Greater DC area, 2-20-18
Hotline: Voice of the Naturalist
Date: 2/20/2018
Coverage: MD/DC/VA/central and southern DE/WV panhandle
Reports, comments and questions: <voice...>
Compiler: Gerry Hawkins
Sponsor: Audubon Naturalist Society of the Central
Atlantic States (independent of NAS)
Transcriber: Steve Cordle

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

This is the Voice of the Naturalist, a service of the Audubon
Naturalist Society. This report covers the week starting Tuesday,
February 13 and was completed on Tuesday, February 20 at 9:30 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 PINK-FOOTED GOOSE* in MD, SNOWY OWL in
DC, MD and WV, HARRIS'S SPARROW* in MD and VA, WESTERN TANAGER in VA
and PAINTED BUNTING in DE, MD and VA.

Other birds of interest this week included SNOW, ROSS'S and GREATER
WHITE-FRONTED GEESE, BRANT, CACKLING GOOSE, TRUMPETER SWAN, EURASIAN
WIGEON, GREEN-WINGED TEAL (intergrade), WHITE-WINGED SCOTER,
LONG-TAILED DUCK, COMMON GOLDENEYE, RING-NECKED PHEASANT, RED-NECKED
GREBE, EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE, KING RAIL, AMERICAN AVOCET,
BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, PURPLE and SPOTTED SANDPIPERS, RAZORBILL,
BLACK-HEADED and ICELAND GULLS, RED-THROATED LOON, GREAT CORMORANT,
AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN, OSPREY, ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, GOLDEN EAGLE, MONK
PARAKEET, LOGGERHEAD and NORTHERN SHRIKES, BLUE-HEADED VIREO, TREE
SWALLOW, AMERICAN PIPIT, RED CROSSBILL, SNOW BUNTING, AMERICAN TREE,
CLAY-COLORED, VESPER, LARK, GRASSHOPPER and LINCOLN'S SPARROWS,
YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT, YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD, BALTIMORE ORIOLE,
BREWER'S BLACKBIRD, ORANGE-CROWNED and YELLOW-THROATED WARBLERS and
SUMMER TANAGER.

TOP BIRDS

On February 17 and 18 a PINK-FOOTED GOOSE* was spotted in a large
flock of SNOW GEESE on Holly Road a short distance north of Route 404
in Caroline County, MD.

Two SNOWY OWLS continue to be seen on the roof of an interior
courtyard at the United States Department of Agriculture building
located at 1351 C Street, SW, Washington, DC and nearby, with the most
recent sighting of both individuals on February 13 and one individual
on February 14-16 and 18. In Maryland a continuing SNOWY OWL was
reported at Assateague I. NS in Worcester Co on February 13, 17 and
18, and a distant SNOWY OWL was seen from the Hooper's Island Bridge
in Dorchester Co on February 17 and 19. In addition, on February 19
two SNOWY OWLS were seen around the nature center buildings at the
south end of the campground in Assateague SP in Worcester Co, MD. A
continuing SNOWY OWL along Currie Road a short distance north of
Charles Town in Jefferson Co, WV was seen on February 13, 14 and 15.

A continuing HARRIS'S SPARROW* was seen most recently along a short
spur to a boat ramp off the Anacostia River Trail in Prince George's
Co, MD on February 15. On February 14 a HARRIS'S SPARROW was relocated
at the White House Boat Ramp in Page Co, VA, apparently for the first
time since late December 2017.

A male WESTERN TANAGER* has been seen almost daily since it returned
to a residential feeder in Settlers' Mill, Williamsburg, VA on
December 2 for the seventh consecutive winter. A female WESTERN
TANAGER continues to visit a feeder at 3616 Harding Drive in
Chesapeake Co, VA, with the most recent sighting on February 19. On
February 18 a female WESTERN TANAGER was photographed at a feeder
located on the east side of Northampton Boulevard a short distance
north of the intersection with Shore Drive in Virginia Beach, VA.

A continuing green PAINTED BUNTING at Masonville Cove in Baltimore, MD
was seen most recently on February 16. A male PAINTED BUNTING visited
2101 Princess Anne Court in Virginia Beach, VA on February 18 and a
feeder located near the intersection of Chase Point Circle and Tremont
Court in Virginia Beach, VA on February 19. A male PAINTED BUNTING
also continues a short distance outside the reporting area, along
Dixie Line Road in New Castle Co, DE, with the most recent sighting on
February 19.

OTHER BIRDS OF INTEREST

On February 16 and 17 a blue-morph SNOW GOOSE was found along 471-475
Peat Moss Road and 628-698 Norris Welch Road in Garrett Co, MD. On
February 17 two ROSS'S GEESE were spotted in a large flock of CANADA
GEESE at Bombay Hook NWR, Kent Co, DE. On February 17 a ROSS'S GOOSE
was spotted in the large SNOW GOOSE flock with the PINK-FOOTED GOOSE
on Holly Road a short distance north of Route 404 in Caroline County,
MD. Three ROSS'S GEESE were at Silver Lake in Dayton, Rockingham Co,
VA on February 15 and 16, and one was found along Bell's Lane in
Staunton, VA on February 16.

On February 15 two GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE were found at Piney Run
Park in Carroll Co, MD, and on February 17 and 19 four GREATER
WHITE-FRONTED GEESE were seen at the Pickering Creek Audubon Center in
Talbot Co, MD. Two GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE also were seen at Trout
Run WWTP in Garrett Co, MD on February 17 and 18. In Virginia 1-2
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE were found in a large flock of CANADA
GEESE in a field along Indian River Road just east of North Landing
Road in Virginia Beach on February 17 and 18, and one was seen at the
Daleville Ponds in Botetourt Co on February 18 and 19.

A continuing inland BRANT in Nottoway Co, VA was seen along 6840-7158
W. Patrick Henry Highway on February 16 and 17.

On February 19 a CACKLING GOOSE was seen at a private pond along Peat
Moss Road in Garrett Co, MD.

A continuing TRUMPETER SWAN was seen all week at the Broken Land
Parkway-U.S. 29 Stormwater Pond in Howard Co, MD. In Virginia three
TRUMPETER SWANS visited Turner Pond at Sky Meadows SP in Fauquier Co
on February 13, and a continuing TRUMPETER SWAN was seen most recently
at the Ivy Street ponds in Waynesboro and the Daleville Ponds in
Botetourt Co on February 19. In addition, a continuing tagged
TRUMPETER SWAN was seen at Lakeside Lake in Frederick Co, VA on
February 14 and 16.

Sightings of EURASIAN WIGEON included a continuing individual at the
Assawoman Wildlife Area-Mulberry Landing in Sussex Co, DE on February
13 and 19 and an individual that briefly visited a pond along Study
Road in Carroll Co, MD on February 16. In Virginia, two EURASIAN
WIGEON were found at Chincoteague NWR in Accomack Co on February 14
and 16-18, one was found at the Craney Island Disposal Area
(restricted access) in Portsmouth on February 15, and one was
photographed at Bayville Farms Park in Virginia Beach on February 19.
Noteworthy dabbling ducks also included a GREEN-WINGED TEAL intergrade
found at Oxbow Lake in Anne Arundel Co, MD on February 15.

Noteworthy diving ducks during the week included a high of six and
eight COMMON EIDERS at the Indian River Inlet in Sussex Co, DE and
Ocean City Inlet in Worcester Co, MD, respectively. Three HARLEQUIN
DUCKS were spotted at Island No. 4 of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel
in Northampton Co, VA on February 17, and one HARLEQUIN DUCK was found
at the Ocean City Inlet in Worcester Co, MD on the same day. Sightings
of WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS in Maryland included a continuing individual
at Piscataway Creek-Wharf Road in Prince George's Co most recently on
February 18; 1-2 individuals at Piney Run Park in Carroll Co on
February 13 and 17; and seven individuals at Eastern Bay in Queen
Anne's Co on February 18. A WHITE-WINGED SCOTER and a continuing
LONG-TAILED DUCK were seen all week at Silver Lake in Dayton,
Rockingham Co, VA. LONG-TAILED DUCKS were seen at several other
locations away from the coast, including 1-2 individuals at Denton
WWTP in Caroline Co, MD all week, and single individuals at Piney Run
Park in Carroll Co, MD, and Riley's Lock on the C & O Canal in
Montgomery Co, MD most recently on February 13 and 19, respectively.
Inland diving ducks also included a week high 18 COMMON GOLDENEYES at
Cumberland-Terminus in Allegany Co, MD on February 19.

RING-NECKED PHEASANTS of unknown provenance continue along Allen
Heights Avenue in Baltimore Co, MD and at the Pickering Creek Audubon
Center in Talbot Co, MD, where three and one were encountered on
February 19 and 15, respectively.

RED-NECKED GREBES were seen throughout the reporting area. A
continuing RED-NECKED GREBE was seen at the Indian River Inlet in
Sussex Co, DE on February 17 and 19. Three RED-NECKED GREBES were
spotted in the Potomac River (DC waters) from the Washington Sailing
Marina in Alexandria, VA on February 13. Sightings of RED-NECKED GREBE
in Maryland consisted of 1-2 individuals at Lapidum in Harford Co on
February 14-16 and single individuals at the South Point Boat Ramp in
Worcester Co on February 17; Violette's and nearby Riley's Locks on
the C & O Canal in Montgomery Co on February 18 and 19; and Loch Raven
Reservoir-Primary Dam in Baltimore Co on February 18 and 19. In
Virginia a RED-NECKED GREBE was seen at The Gardens at Sunday Park in
Chesterfield on February 13; Burke Lake in Fairfax Co on February 18
and 19; Mexico Viejo in Franklin Co on February 18; and the Carvins
Cove Recreation Area in Botetourt Co on February 19. In addition, on
February 18 two RED-NECKED GREBES were found near the dam at the John
H. Kerr Reservoir in Mecklenburg Co, VA.

A continuing EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE was observed perched on a wire at
9 West McCabe Street in Selbyville, Sussex Co, DE on February 17.

Encounters with KING RAIL included 1-2 individuals that were
photographed at Occoquan Bay NWR in Prince William Co, VA on February
17 and 19.

Noteworthy shorebirds included 57 AMERICAN AVOCETS counted at Prime
Hook NWR-Broadkill Marsh on February 16, and 18 AMERICAN AVOCETS found
at the Craney Island Disposal Area (restricted access) in Portsmouth,
VA on February 15. On February 14 three BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS were
observed in a ditch along the southern half of Egypt Road in
Dorchester Co, MD. Away from the coast a continuing PURPLE SANDPIPER
was seen at the Kent Point marina in Queen Anne's Co, MD on February
17 and the Hooper's Island Bridge in Dorchester Co, MD on February 19.
In addition, a PURPLE SANDPIPER was spotted at the Craney Island
Disposal Area in Portsmouth, VA on February 15. A SPOTTED SANDPIPER
continues at the John H. Kerr Reservoir in Mecklenburg Co, VA, with
the most recent sighting on February 18.

RAZORBILLS continue at the Indian River Inlet in Sussex Co, DE, with
1-2 individuals seen on February 13, 17, 18 and 19. A high of five
RAZORBILLS were spotted at Little Island Park in Virginia Beach, VA on
February 16 and 19.

On February 19 three continuing BLACK-HEADED GULLS were observed at
Wolfe Neck WTP (restricted access) in Sussex Co, DE. A continuing
BLACK-HEADED GULL was seen most recently at Rudee Inlet in Virginia
Beach, VA, on February 17. An ICELAND GULL was seen at the Indian
River Inlet in Sussex Co, DE on February 17 and 19. In Maryland a
continuing ICELAND GULL (kumlieni) was spotted in a field across from
2968 Hunting Creek Road in Caroline Co on February 16 and along
23300-23398 Shore Highway and nearby 11255 Downes Station Road in
Caroline Co on February 18. An ICELAND GULL (kumlieni) also was found
along 31000-31044 Dover Road in Easton, Talbot Co, MD on February 16.
In Virginia a continuing ICELAND GULL was spotted at Neabsco Creek in
Prince William Co on February 17.

On February 14 a single RED-THROATED LOON was observed at the Choptank
Marina in Caroline Co, MD, while 31 RED-THROATED LOONS were counted at
the Craney Island Disposal Area (restricted access) in Portsmouth, VA
on February 15.

In addition to several coastal locations, GREAT CORMORANTS continue at
the Kent Point marina and Bloody Point Bar Lighthouse in Queen Anne's
Co, MD, with a high of 20 individuals counted at the latter on
February 18.

AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS continue to winter at Blackwater NWR in
Dorchester Co, MD, with a week high 82 individuals counted along
Wildlife Drive on February 17. On February 14 a single continuing
AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN was seen at Hog Island WMA in Surry Co, VA.

Early OSPREYS were seen at the DuPont Nature Center (Mispillion) in
Sussex Co, DE on February 14, Claiborne Landing Road in Talbot Co, MD
on February 18, and the Dutch Gap Conservation Area in Chester, VA on
February 17. Continuing ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS were seen most recently at
Broadkill Marsh and along Fowler Beach Road in Prime Hook NWR, Sussex
Co, DE on February 19 and 18, respectively, and one of these
individuals may have been seen along nearby Oyster Rocks Road on
February 16, 17 and 18. On February 18 a ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was seen
farther north, along Port Mahon Road in Kent Co, DE. Raptor highlights
during the week also included GOLDEN EAGLES in flight at Piney Run
Park in Carroll Co, MD on February 13 and the Pickering Creek Audubon
Center in Talbot Co, MD on February 18.

On February 17 three MONK PARAKEETS of unknown provenance briefly
visited a feeder at a private residence along Molly Berry Road in
Prince George's Co, MD.

A continuing LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE was seen most recently at the Smith
Farm in Lunenburg, VA on February 13 and along 14184-14198 Burwells
Bay Road in Isle of Wight Co, VA on February 18. On February 17 a
LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE also was photographed along Cartersville Road a
short distance south of the intersection with Oak Forest Road in
Cumberland Co, VA. A NORTHERN SHRIKE* continues at the Sully Woodlands
in Fairfax Co, VA for the second consecutive winter, with the most
recent sighting on February 19.

Migratory BLUE-HEADED VIREOS have made it to southern Virginia, with
three seen at Deep Creek Lock Park in Chesapeake and one seen along
the Nature Conservancy's Darden Trail in Sussex Co on February 18.

Early TREE SWALLOWS included one individual as far north as Bombay
Hook NWR, Kent Co, DE on February 17.

On February 18 an AMERICAN PIPIT called in flight over Kenilworth Park
in Washington, DC.

Briery Branch Gap in Rockingham Co, VA continues to be a reliable
location for RED CROSSBILLS, with a high of four individuals reported
on February 15 and 18.

Two SNOW BUNTINGS were found at the Craney Island Disposal Area
(restricted access) in Portsmouth, VA on February 15 and at the
fishing pier at Kiptopeke SP in Northampton Co, VA on February 17 and
18.

AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS were seen at several locations, including a
high of four individuals at Bombay Hook NWR, Kent Co, DE on February
14 and 17; three individuals at the Irvine Nature Center in Baltimore
Co, MD on February 14, 15 and 18; a high of four individuals at Swan
Harbor Farm Park in Harford Co, MD on February 14, 15 and 16; and a
high of seven individuals at Blandy Experimental Farm/State Arboretum
of Virginia in Clarke Co, VA on February 18 and 19. A continuing
CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was seen most recently at the Laurel Hill
Equestrian Center in Fairfax Co, VA on February 19. A CLAY-COLORED
SPARROW was spotted at Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National
Historical Park in Dorchester Co, MD on February 17, 18 and 19, and a
week high nine continuing VESPER SPARROWS were counted at this
location on February 19. A continuing LARK SPARROW was seen near the
intersection of Valley and Meadow Roads at the National Arboretum in
Washington, DC on February 18. A GRASSHOPPER SPARROW was found at
Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park in
Dorchester Co, MD on February 18 and Kenilworth Park in Washington, DC
on February 19. A LINCOLN'S SPARROW was seen at Harriet Tubman
Underground Railroad National Historical Park in Dorchester Co, MD on
February 17, 18 and 19 and the VCU Rice Center in Charles City, VA on
February 16.

On February 17 a continuing YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT was seen at a
residence in Virginia Beach, VA.

On February 19 a continuing YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD was seen near the
gate to the parking lot at North Point SP in Baltimore Co, MD. On
February 17 and 19 a male BALTIMORE ORIOLE visited a feeder at
9824-9826 Homeland Avenue in Baltimore Co, MD. On February 16 two
BREWER'S BLACKBIRDS were reported in a mixed blackbird flock in farm
fields to the south of Mish Barn Road in Augusta Co, VA.

Sightings of ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER included continuing individuals at
a residential yard in Sussex Co, DE on February 16 and 17; North Park
in Harford Co, MD on February 13 and 15; and Kenilworth Aquatic
Gardens in Washington, DC on February 14. On February 17 a
YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER visited feeders at 1500 Macalpin Court in
Virginia Beach, VA.

On February 16 a female SUMMER TANAGER was photographed at a feeder at
a private residence located in Pittsylvania Co, VA.

***

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: 2/19/18 1:18 pm
From: Tim Houghton <timhoughton...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Loch Raven--Red-necked Grebe
It's an easy get at the primary dam.


Tim Houghton

(Glen Arm)

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Date: 2/19/18 7:04 am
From: 'Marcy Stutzman' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Konterra Drive fields and ponds (private property, restricted access)
Jay M Sheppard posted this information on Facebook MD Birding on January 22 at 2:31 pm. He asked me to repost it here because birders and/or photographers continue to trespass on private property aka Konterra (it happened again yesterday):

"Birders and photographers are reminded: Konterra is private property. No entry off the side walks along Konterra Drive. Wish we could get permission to allow folks to wander onto the property, but not at present time. Unfortunately, people including birders, photographers, and bikers to name just a few, are illegally accessing the Konterra private property. The last two permitted-trips I've led, two mountain bikers who were told they could not enter the property entered it and rode off-road around the property; two birders/photographers walked onto the property (not part of the organized group); and three birders/photographers were hiding (not so well) in the wooded hills of the property under the power lines. It is entirely up to the property owner who he allows to access his property. As a birding community who enjoys seeing the birds, we will ultimately pay the price if the limited access we enjoy is taken away. At the moment I am the only birder who has access. The owner has declined to issue any more access permits at my request."

Jay is a long-time personal friend of the land owner and is the only birder (or photographer) who has permission to access Konterra. He has hosted multiple field trips to give birders and photographers opportunities to see the Short-eared Owls who visit during the winter. Konterra is a former mining site and is being developed to become a town center. It is entirely private property, including the gravel roads and the start of improved paved roads. Whatever you thought about being able to walk onto the property (i.e., past the locked gates and cement barriers, or across fields), is wrong.

If you are interested in joining a field trip led by Jay, contact him via FB or email, or me and I'll pass your contact info to him.

Marcy Stutzman
Russett, MD 20724

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Date: 2/19/18 4:55 am
From: Joe Hanfman <auk1844...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Snowy Owl Dorchester
There is a Snowy Owl at the Hoopers Island Bridge.

Joe Hanfman
Columbia, MD

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Date: 2/18/18 4:45 pm
From: Wayne Bierbaum <wm.bierbaum...>
Subject: [MDBirding] RSH & American Tree Sparrows at Kinder Farm Park
There are several American Tree sparrows hanging around Bluebird box #19 at Kinder Farm Park, Severna Park, MD. That box is near the 'flower trail'.
A pair of Red-shouldered Hawks are frequently in the area of the public garden plots.

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Date: 2/18/18 8:41 am
From: Dave Palmer <dpalmermd59...>
Subject: RE: [MDBirding] Pink-footed Goose Caroline County
The whole flock got up and headed NW at 11:30. Only gulls remaining.
Dave Palmer

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Date: 2/18/18 8:34 am
From: Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Pink-footed Goose Caroline County
A so and so on ATV flushed the flock and they have gone elsewhere.

On Sun, Feb 18, 2018 at 9:32 AM 'Jim Stasz' via Maryland & DC Birding <
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> Currently being seen from Rt.404 west of Holly Road
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> not the Canada Geese.
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> There is also a Ross’s Goose with the SNGOs.
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Date: 2/18/18 8:22 am
From: David Greenspoon <greenspoon...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Trumpeter P95 contines
Still there today just before 9 am. Visible from Steven's Forest Road.
Thanks for the tip John.

David Greenspoon
Reisterstown, MD

On Feb 17, 2018 10:48 AM, "John McKitterick" <jbmck...> wrote:

P95 continues to grace the stormwater pond at the intersection of Rt. 29
and Brokenland Parkway in Columbia. This morning, she was regally occupying
the center of the pond in full sunlight, accompanied by 20 ring-necks and a
redhead.

As a note, the safest place to view the pond is not from the on-ramp to Rt.
29, whether doing a drive-by or parking on the shoulder, but from the berm
overlooking the cloverleaf at the southern end of Steven's Forest Road. At
this time of year, one can see most of the pond.

This morning, with the sun over my shoulder, the view was spectacular. I
could even see the color of the redhead's eye with just binoculars.

--John McKitterick
Columbia, MD

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Date: 2/18/18 6:32 am
From: 'Jim Stasz' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: RE: [MDBirding] Pink-footed Goose Caroline County
Currently being seen from Rt.404 west of Holly Road

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On Saturday, February 17, 2018 Dan Small <small.m.dan...> wrote:
The goose flock was still present when we left after five. For those who plan on looking for the PFGO tomorrow, it hangs out with the Snow Geese, not the Canada Geese.

There is also a Ross’s Goose with the SNGOs.

Dan Small
Chestertown, MD

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Date: 2/17/18 5:19 pm
From: Dan Small <small.m.dan...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Pink-footed Goose Caroline County
The goose flock was still present when we left after five. For those who plan on looking for the PFGO tomorrow, it hangs out with the Snow Geese, not the Canada Geese.

There is also a Ross’s Goose with the SNGOs.

Dan Small
Chestertown, MD

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Date: 2/17/18 12:33 pm
From: Matt Hafner <hafner.matt...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Pink-footed Goose Caroline County
Dan Small and John Hubbell report a Pink-footed Goose in Caroline County. In a large swan/goose flock on Holly Road, just north of 404.

I have no other info.

Good birding!

Matt Hafner
Forest Hill, MD

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Date: 2/17/18 11:57 am
From: john pangborn <pangborn.john19...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Blue Mash Nature Trail -- Feb 17, 2018
7:45 AM
1.80 miles
110 minutes
All birds reported? Yes
Comments:

458 Canada Goose
2 Mallard
2 American Black Duck
124 Ring-necked Duck
2 Mourning Dove
6 Blue Jay
3 American Crow
1 Tufted Titmouse
3 Carolina Wren
6 Eastern Bluebird
2 American Robin
29 Cedar Waxwing
3 White-throated Sparrow
2 Song Sparrow
2 Northern Cardinal

John pangborn
Gaithersburg MD

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Date: 2/17/18 7:48 am
From: John McKitterick <jbmck...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Trumpeter P95 contines
P95 continues to grace the stormwater pond at the intersection of Rt. 29
and Brokenland Parkway in Columbia. This morning, she was regally occupying
the center of the pond in full sunlight, accompanied by 20 ring-necks and a
redhead.

As a note, the safest place to view the pond is not from the on-ramp to Rt.
29, whether doing a drive-by or parking on the shoulder, but from the berm
overlooking the cloverleaf at the southern end of Steven's Forest Road. At
this time of year, one can see most of the pond.

This morning, with the sun over my shoulder, the view was spectacular. I
could even see the color of the redhead's eye with just binoculars.

--John McKitterick
Columbia, MD

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Date: 2/17/18 7:38 am
From: 'Jim Stasz' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] White-winged Scoter, Carroll County
Hi Folks,

Ed Boyd and I just had a White-winged Scoter fly from the boat ramp toward the dam. Also a Horned Grebe.

Jim

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North Beach MD
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Date: 2/17/18 6:28 am
From: hardenm55 <hardenm55...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Bombay Hook Closing Feb 19-Apr 15
Their Facebook page says the burn will be on one day only during that
period. The exact day depends on weather conditions. They will announce it
in advance. The refuge will only be closed on that one specific day.

Monroe Harden
Havre de Grace, MD

On Fri, Feb 16, 2018 at 9:46 AM Anna Urciolo <urcioloa...> wrote:

> Here’s a link to an article about the closing:
>
>
>
>
> http://www.wboc.com/story/37518115/bombay-hook-national-wildlife-refuge-to-close-for-landscape-burning
>
>
>
> Anna Urciolo
>
> Rockville, MD
>
>
>
> *From:* <mdbirding...> [mailto:<mdbirding...>] *On
> Behalf Of *Jerald Reb
> *Sent:* Friday, February 16, 2018 9:34 AM
> *To:* Pat
> *Cc:* Maryland & DC Birding
> *Subject:* Re: [MDBirding] Bombay Hook Closing Feb 19-Apr 15
>
>
>
> Pat,
>
>
>
> Could you send a link to this information? The Bombay Hook website says
> nothing about a closure and there are events planned for that time.
>
>
>
> Jerald
>
> Delaware
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
>
> On Feb 16, 2018, at 8:33 AM, Pat <pvaldata1...> wrote:
>
> Many birders on this list visit Bombay Hook NWR in Delaware. I just saw a
> news article that the refuge will be closing for several weeks because
> they're going to be burning fields to eliminate invasive plants.
>
>
>
> They plan to close the entire refuge during this process.
>
>
>
> Pat Valdata
>
> Crisfield, MD
>
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Date: 2/16/18 10:55 am
From: 'Marcy Stutzman' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Oxbow Lake: Nice variety of waterfowl, including Green-winged Teal (intergrade)
2 American Coot, too!

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Date: 2/16/18 10:29 am
From: David Powell <seneca.ranger...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Eurasian Wigeon
Bird flew, not currently being seen

On Fri, Feb 16, 2018 at 12:22 PM Jeffrey Culler <cullerfuls...>
wrote:

> Study Road Pond, Carroll County. Please stay in car as it is easily
> visible from the road. Private Property!
> Jeff Culler
> Howard County Bird Club
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Date: 2/16/18 9:31 am
From: 'Marcy Stutzman' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Oxbow Lake: Nice variety of waterfowl, including Green-winged Teal (intergrade)
Jay Sheppard and I visited Oxbow Lake this morning and had a nice selection of waterfowl:

Oxbow Lake, Anne Arundel, Maryland, US
Feb 15, 2018 10:20 AM - 11:30 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
Comments: 60 deg; heavy overcast, wind SW 1-3 mph. Lake back to normal level of recent months. Dozens of turtles w/majority up on logs.
26 species (+2 other taxa)

Canada Goose 35
Northern Shoveler 40 continuing and increasing flock
Gadwall 12
Mallard 90
American Black Duck 10
Mallard x American Black Duck (hybrid) 2
Northern Pintail 1
Green-winged Teal 8
Green-winged Teal (intergrade) 1 Intergrade variant showing both white markings strongly.
Ring-necked Duck 100
Lesser Scaup 3
Hooded Merganser 6
Great Blue Heron 2
Bald Eagle 2
Red-shouldered Hawk 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 2
Pileated Woodpecker 1
Blue Jay 4
American Crow 5
Fish Crow 4
Tufted Titmouse 2
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
Carolina Wren 2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 2
White-throated Sparrow 3
Northern Cardinal 2
Red-winged Blackbird 12

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S42841678

Marcy Stutzman
Russett, MD 20724

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Date: 2/16/18 9:22 am
From: Jeffrey Culler <cullerfuls...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Eurasian Wigeon
Study Road Pond, Carroll County. Please stay in car as it is easily visible from the road. Private Property!
Jeff Culler
Howard County Bird Club

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Date: 2/16/18 8:48 am
From: 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] GBBC weekend starts today
MDBirders:

Today is the first day of the GBBC 4 day event. Don't get too excited about highly unusual species being reported before they pass eBird review. OTOH, some truly remarkable rarities do show up over the GBBC weekend so you never know.

Also, for veteran eBird users, you'll notice that some species will be flagged when they weren't yesterday. This it a deliberate filter tightening to try and keep difficult to identify species submissions to a minimum. Consider that Purple Finches are scarce this winter but the filter threshold is high enough, normally, to let a lot through.

Species like White-crowned Sparrow, American Tree Sparrow and Red-headed Woodpeckers will be flagged. in addition to Purple Finch. These are species that tend to be over-reported when the observers mean White-throated Sparrow, Chipping/Field Sparrow, Red-bellied Woodpecker and House Finch, respectively.

Tyler Bell
<jtylerbell...>
California, Maryland

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Date: 2/16/18 6:46 am
From: Anna Urciolo <urcioloa...>
Subject: RE: [MDBirding] Bombay Hook Closing Feb 19-Apr 15
Here’s a link to an article about the closing:

http://www.wboc.com/story/37518115/bombay-hook-national-wildlife-refuge-to-close-for-landscape-burning

Anna Urciolo
Rockville, MD

From: <mdbirding...> [mailto:<mdbirding...>] On Behalf Of Jerald Reb
Sent: Friday, February 16, 2018 9:34 AM
To: Pat
Cc: Maryland & DC Birding
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Bombay Hook Closing Feb 19-Apr 15

Pat,

Could you send a link to this information? The Bombay Hook website says nothing about a closure and there are events planned for that time.

Jerald
Delaware

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On Feb 16, 2018, at 8:33 AM, Pat <pvaldata1...><mailto:<pvaldata1...>> wrote:
Many birders on this list visit Bombay Hook NWR in Delaware. I just saw a news article that the refuge will be closing for several weeks because they're going to be burning fields to eliminate invasive plants.

They plan to close the entire refuge during this process.

Pat Valdata
Crisfield, MD

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Date: 2/16/18 6:45 am
From: John Filigenzi <jjfiligenzi...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Bombay Hook Closing Feb 19-Apr 15
Since we are frequent visitors to Bombay and planning a trip next week I checked the website and did find a number of scheduled events on their calendar (one is it’s free this Monday). I called and they will be doing some burning during this period - depends on a number of factors. The day(s) chosen will be put on the website (similar to the hunting schedule).

Good policy before venturing out to check a site to see what’s happening. We did get caught once going to Assateague where we ended up in the middle of a hunting event. They did apologize for not putting it up on their website.

Jack & Jean Filigenzi
Gambrills, MD

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> On Feb 16, 2018, at 9:33 AM, Jerald Reb <jrebelboy...> wrote:
>
> Pat,
>
> Could you send a link to this information? The Bombay Hook website says nothing about a closure and there are events planned for that time.
>
> Jerald
> Delaware
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
>> On Feb 16, 2018, at 8:33 AM, Pat <pvaldata1...> wrote:
>>
>> Many birders on this list visit Bombay Hook NWR in Delaware. I just saw a news article that the refuge will be closing for several weeks because they're going to be burning fields to eliminate invasive plants.
>>
>> They plan to close the entire refuge during this process.
>>
>> Pat Valdata
>> Crisfield, MD
>>
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Date: 2/16/18 6:33 am
From: Jerald Reb <jrebelboy...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Bombay Hook Closing Feb 19-Apr 15
Pat,

Could you send a link to this information? The Bombay Hook website says nothing about a closure and there are events planned for that time.

Jerald
Delaware

Sent from my iPhone

> On Feb 16, 2018, at 8:33 AM, Pat <pvaldata1...> wrote:
>
> Many birders on this list visit Bombay Hook NWR in Delaware. I just saw a news article that the refuge will be closing for several weeks because they're going to be burning fields to eliminate invasive plants.
>
> They plan to close the entire refuge during this process.
>
> Pat Valdata
> Crisfield, MD
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Date: 2/16/18 6:17 am
From: Ed Vigezzi <ed.vigezzi...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Painted Bunting st Masonville Cove
Seen this morning at 9 am at brush and at feeder

Ed Vigezzi


On Thursday, February 15, 2018 at 1:32:11 PM UTC-5, Howard Patterson wrote:
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Date: 2/16/18 6:07 am
From: Joe Hanfman <auk1844...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Iceland Gull - Caroline
The Iceland Gull originally found by John Hubbell continues in the field across from 2968 Hunting Creek Rd. It is in a flock of about 600 Herring Gulls, 3 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, and some Great Black-backed and Ring-billed Gulls.

Joe Hanfman
Columbia, MD

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Date: 2/16/18 5:33 am
From: Pat <pvaldata1...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Bombay Hook Closing Feb 19-Apr 15
Many birders on this list visit Bombay Hook NWR in Delaware. I just saw a news article that the refuge will be closing for several weeks because they're going to be burning fields to eliminate invasive plants.
They plan to close the entire refuge during this process.
Pat ValdataCrisfield, MD
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Date: 2/15/18 10:52 am
From: Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Two GWFG Piney Run
North end of lake about to swim out of sight
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Date: 2/15/18 10:32 am
From: Howard Patterson <howard21042...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Painted Bunting st Masonville Cove
Seen briefly about 1:15 in the brush on the slope between the feeder and the back edge of the car park.


Howard Patterson
Ellicott City, MD

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Date: 2/15/18 10:17 am
From: Tim Carney <timmyc83...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Masonville is CLOSED Saturday through Monday - do not chase Painted Bunting until Tuesday!
The site *is* open tomorrow (Friday 2/16). Sorry if that was unclear.

Tim Carney
Parkville, MD

On Thursday, February 15, 2018 at 1:15:14 PM UTC-5, Tim Carney wrote:
> Hi everyone,
>
> I just found out that Masonville will be CLOSED SATURDAY through Monday (holiday). Normally they are open Saturdays 9-1 but decided to close this weekend for a variety of reasons. Monday is a holiday so they will be closed then as well. They are not open on Sundays.
>
> I posted to MD Notable Birding Facebook and Baltimore Bird Club Facebook. If you see any discussion about the Painted Bunting on other forums, please relay this information to them. I would hate for anyone to drive up to a closed gate.
>
> The site will reopen on Tuesday at 9:00.
>
> Tim Carney
> Parkville, MD

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Date: 2/15/18 10:15 am
From: Tim Carney <timmyc83...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Masonville is CLOSED Saturday through Monday - do not chase Painted Bunting until Tuesday!
Hi everyone,

I just found out that Masonville will be CLOSED SATURDAY through Monday (holiday). Normally they are open Saturdays 9-1 but decided to close this weekend for a variety of reasons. Monday is a holiday so they will be closed then as well. They are not open on Sundays.

I posted to MD Notable Birding Facebook and Baltimore Bird Club Facebook. If you see any discussion about the Painted Bunting on other forums, please relay this information to them. I would hate for anyone to drive up to a closed gate.

The site will reopen on Tuesday at 9:00.

Tim Carney
Parkville, MD

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Date: 2/15/18 9:17 am
From: Denis Muller <denis.muller...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Painted Bunting at Masonville Cove
Painted bunting still seen at feeder and in a small tree behind the nature center at 11:45 Thursday.

Denis & Jerri Muller
Nottingham

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Date: 2/15/18 8:25 am
From: Noah Comet <noahcomet...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Re: What to do when you see someone behaving badly...
I wonder if it would help to print out or screen-cap the (basically
confessional) Facebook posts and then submit them, along with the
corroborating pictures showing how the photos were unethically obtained, to
MDNR? Even if it only amounts to a stern warning, it might help.



On Thu, Feb 15, 2018 at 11:01 AM, Steve Huy <grisly.remains...>
wrote:

> I did see Sinepuxent late in the afternoon of her departure. She did have
> two people with cameras too close to her on one side of a dune and a man
> climbing up the back of the dune with cell phone out as if capturing video
> or photos.
>
> This may have been the final straw for her. I don't know as we left
> instead of contributing more staring eyes. While I do try to talk to
> "offenders" when I can I felt that exiting the vehicle would have resulted
> in the owl flushing.
>
> But the real story is that the owls on the island have been under a lot of
> pressure. It's been by few people, but it has been rather constant
> according to accounts I've heard along with my own observations. The off
> road section of the island limits access to most, and those that want to
> misbehave are generally free to do so. If they aren't caught by law
> enforcement there is little to be done. Even if reports are made with
> "twenty-seven eight-by-ten color glossy photographs with circles and arrows
> and a paragraph on the back of each one explaining what each one was".
>
> There have been teams of photographers that have surrounded, stalked,
> flushed, chased, and repeated. Over several days! Others have driven
> through the dunes where the owls seek refuge from people (the owls seem to
> prefer to be near the beach). I watched one group standing with cameras
> ready at a "respectful" distance while one member intentionally flushed the
> owl. These are only a few.
>
> In the first case an over-processed touched up photo was shared on
> facebook and received high praise. It came with a fanciful tale of waiting
> for the owl to leave its perch to hunt at dusk. BS.
>
> The second has not resulted in any facebook posting that I can find. But
> the owl now flushes at the sight of the jeep that was in the dunes and is
> now wary of all other vehicles. While I didn't personally see them in the
> dunes I did catch them shortly after leaving and saw their tracks
> everywhere.
>
> The third group posts owl photos on facebook regularly. They are also
> outspoken about being respectful of the owls. They know they were observed
> and their actions recorded and not surprisingly none of those flight shots
> have appeared where I can find them.
>
> That said, there are plenty (most of the others) good wildlife
> photographers out there. Unfortunately the few selfish ones ruin viewing
> for everyone else. But I support people getting out to see the owls.
> Perhaps the masses will cause the others to be more respectful for fear of
> getting caught.
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Date: 2/15/18 8:01 am
From: Steve Huy <grisly.remains...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: What to do when you see someone behaving badly...
I did see Sinepuxent late in the afternoon of her departure. She did have two people with cameras too close to her on one side of a dune and a man climbing up the back of the dune with cell phone out as if capturing video or photos.

This may have been the final straw for her. I don't know as we left instead of contributing more staring eyes. While I do try to talk to "offenders" when I can I felt that exiting the vehicle would have resulted in the owl flushing.

But the real story is that the owls on the island have been under a lot of pressure. It's been by few people, but it has been rather constant according to accounts I've heard along with my own observations. The off road section of the island limits access to most, and those that want to misbehave are generally free to do so. If they aren't caught by law enforcement there is little to be done. Even if reports are made with "twenty-seven eight-by-ten color glossy photographs with circles and arrows and a paragraph on the back of each one explaining what each one was".

There have been teams of photographers that have surrounded, stalked, flushed, chased, and repeated. Over several days! Others have driven through the dunes where the owls seek refuge from people (the owls seem to prefer to be near the beach). I watched one group standing with cameras ready at a "respectful" distance while one member intentionally flushed the owl. These are only a few.

In the first case an over-processed touched up photo was shared on facebook and received high praise. It came with a fanciful tale of waiting for the owl to leave its perch to hunt at dusk. BS.

The second has not resulted in any facebook posting that I can find. But the owl now flushes at the sight of the jeep that was in the dunes and is now wary of all other vehicles. While I didn't personally see them in the dunes I did catch them shortly after leaving and saw their tracks everywhere.

The third group posts owl photos on facebook regularly. They are also outspoken about being respectful of the owls. They know they were observed and their actions recorded and not surprisingly none of those flight shots have appeared where I can find them.

That said, there are plenty (most of the others) good wildlife photographers out there. Unfortunately the few selfish ones ruin viewing for everyone else. But I support people getting out to see the owls. Perhaps the masses will cause the others to be more respectful for fear of getting caught.

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Date: 2/14/18 5:00 pm
From: James Wilson <birdmanjfw...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Finch Forecast from Sept. 2017
While cleaning out old emails, I ran across Ron Pittaway's Finch Forecast that was published last September. I thought some of you might be interested in its accuracy. I left out a few of the birds. To view the entire report go here: http://jeaniron.ca/2017/wff17.htm
Jim Wilson
Queenstown

GENERAL FORECAST: Cone crops in the Northeast are bumper in 2017. It is the best cone crop in a decade or more. This will be a banner winter to see boreal finches in central and northeastern Ontario, Quebec, Atlantic Canada, northern New York, and northern New England States. White-winged and Red Crossbills and Pine Siskins have moved east to areas of abundant seed crops. The Big Question is: will finches concentrate in areas of highest cone abundance (more likely) or be spread out across the Northeast? This is not an irruption year south of traditional wintering areas in the Northeast. Cone crops are generally low west of a line from Lake Superior to James Bay extending west across the Prairie Provinces, British Columbia and Alaska. See individual finch forecasts below for further details.
PURPLE FINCH: Most Purple Finches east of Lake Superior should stay north this winter because of heavy seed crops on eastern conifers and mountain-ashes.
PINE SISKIN: Siskins will be frequent and locally common this winter in the Northeast drawn here by abundant cone crops,
RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH: This nuthatch is now in areas with high cone abundance. Its presence indicates that White-winged and Red Crossbills, Pine Siskins and Purple Finches will be in the same areas.

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Date: 2/14/18 12:41 pm
From: Kevin Bennett <kevinfpbennett...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Snowy owls in downtown D.C. continue
On Wednesday, February 14, 2018 at 1:07:55 PM UTC-5, Kari Cohen wrote:
> The two snowy owls that have been reported hanging around in downtown D.C. continue to be seen off and on at the USDA South Building (along Independence Avenue SW, between 12th and 14th Streets). Attached is a photo of one of the owls that I took this morning. Most of the time they are not visible to the public, but lots of USDA employees can see them from their office windows.
>
> Soon after I took this photo, a security guard doing rounds flushed the bird and it hasn't returned. Likely found another roosting spot in the area. The second bird has not been seen today.
>
>
> Kari Cohen
> Washington, DC

Hi Kari,

Have you or others who have seen the birds noted when they typically leave in the evening? I have tried to time it to have a view of the south building around dusk but have not had luck so far.

Best,

Kevin Bennett

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Date: 2/14/18 12:38 pm
From: Jim Rapp <dlitedirector...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Feb. 24 "I Bird, I Vote" Bird Conservation Summit - register today!
Please check out this link https://mailchi.mp/audubon/register-now-for-audubons-i-bird-i-vote-bird-conservation-summit-on-february-24th?e=0f3b7bd649 to register for the 3rd annual "I Bird, I Vote" Bird Conservation Summit, hosted by Audubon Maryland-DC and partners on Saturday, Feb. 24 from 11 am - 4 pm at the Patuxent National Wildlife Visitor Center in Laurel, MD. Your $15 registration fee includes lunch. Register here https://act.audubon.org/onlineactions/-SDWiqpaF0uvGkRpPCXzrA2 .


Speakers and topics include:


Maryland Bird Conservation Partnership: A Unified Voice for Birds in Maryland
- Chris Eberly, Maryland Bird Conservation Partnership


Maryland Ornithological Society Conservation Update
- Kurt Schwarz, Maryland Ornithological Society


Audubon Maryland-DC Conservation Update
- Dave Curson, Audubon Maryland-DC


Land Use and Development in Maryland Counties
- Kim Golden-Brandt, 1000 Friends of Maryland


Maryland's 2018 Legislative Session: Forest Conservation Act and Bird-Related Bills
- Anna Mudd, Chesapeake Bay Foundation


Federal Issues: National Audubon Society's Policy Agenda
- David O'Neill, National Audubon Society


Birds on Maryland's Atlantic Coast: Status and Threat
- Dave Curson, Audubon Maryland-DC


Audubon's Response to Offshore Wind Development
- David O'Neill, National Audubon Society


The Case Against Offshore Drilling
- Kathy Phillips, Assateague COASTKEEPER


Offshore Wind Impacts on Wildlife: What does the Science Say?
- Pasha Feinberg, Defenders of Wildlife


Movement Patterns of Diving Birds in Federal Mid-Atlantic Waters
- Alicia Berlin, U.S. Geological Survey


We hope to see you there!


Jim Rapp
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443-614-0261

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Date: 2/14/18 10:12 am
From: Steve Ferendo, Frederick, MD <stevefinmd...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Re: Snowy Owl just across state line in WV
Snowy Owl is visible NOW!

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Date: 2/14/18 10:08 am
From: Kari Cohen <karibc...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Snowy owls in downtown D.C. continue
The two snowy owls that have been reported hanging around in downtown D.C. continue to be seen off and on at the USDA South Building (along Independence Avenue SW, between 12th and 14th Streets). Attached is a photo of one of the owls that I took this morning. Most of the time they are not visible to the public, but lots of USDA employees can see them from their office windows.

Soon after I took this photo, a security guard doing rounds flushed the bird and it hasn't returned. Likely found another roosting spot in the area. The second bird has not been seen today.


Kari Cohen
Washington, DC

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Date: 2/14/18 7:49 am
From: Tim Houghton <timhoughton...>
Subject: [MDBirding] 2 Red necked grebes at lapidum. No text
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Date: 2/14/18 6:46 am
From: Noah Comet <noahcomet...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Re: What to do when you see someone behaving badly...
These are the folks who have the potential to ruin birding and
wildlife-watching for the rest of us. It's an issue I've thought a lot
about and recently discussed in a piece that ran in the *New York Times*.

For what my opinion is worth, I think this issue is complicated.
Well, it *often
*is, anyway---not in the linked photos where the woman is obviously
behaving very badly and doing so intentionally. That's just obnoxious
behavior and she deserves to be scolded for it. One has to wonder about
her mental health.

As for whether such behavior is actually illegal and subject to penalty, my
understanding is that the answer varies from state to state. I believe the
federal Migratory Bird laws--which are now under significant threat, as I'm
guessing many of you know already--do address approaching and disturbing
nesting birds, but in this case the owl wasn't nesting. State laws in PA,
however, do characterize such behavior as illegal, nesting or not.

When it comes to photographers, though, that's where I think it gets a
little trickier. There's no question that it's rude and disrespectful to
knowingly disturb a wild animal just to get a picture of it. Yet think
about how hypocritically selective we are when it comes to the issue of
disturbing wildlife in general. When you're on an urban sidewalk and you
see a flock of pigeons on the ground, do you cross the street to avoid
disturbing them? If you're jogging in your neighborhood with a friend and
you see a squirrel on someone's lawn, do you slow to a walk and lower your
voices? I'm guessing no to both.

We're birders and we care about owls in a special way because owls
*are *special.
As I tried to argue in the *Times *piece, owls have a privileged place in
our imaginations and (perhaps) do more to recruit new birders and inspire a
love of wildlife than any other creature we're likely to see, at least in
the densely populated places most of us inhabit. But do they deserve or
require treatment not afforded to pigeons and squirrels (or ants, for that
matter)? This is an arbitrary, cultural decision, and as I mentioned
above, it's a highly variable legal one.

It's worth remembering the so-obvious-you-might-miss-it fact that the folks
photographing the owls are doing so because they want photographs of owls.
That means that on some level, they share our interests and values. While
we might disapprove of their methods, they are not our enemies. Indeed, if
they share and publish their pictures, they may do some good for the
owls--if they get others to care about them. On the contrary, if we clam
up about owl locations in order to preempt such people's behavior, we might
be doing something to help an individual bird, but nothing to help the love
of birding and wildlife at large. And---again witness what's happening to
the MBTA---I'd humbly suggest that we need to be doing more now than ever
before to make people care, and to support and encourage the people who
already do.

So I guess my two cents: approach the approachers in a friendly way, in the
spirit of someone who shares an interest in owls. Assume they may not know
that what they're doing is potentially harmful and illegal; admonish them
gently. I am lucky enough to own a 400mm lens and will sometimes offer to
let other Canon users borrow it if I sense they're getting too close
because their optics aren't satisfying them. That's another option, if
you're so willing. But sad as it is, if the person persists (and some of
them, maddeningly, will), unless the person is approaching a nest or is
violating a state law that you're knowledgeable of, then you probably just
have to bear it, because while it amounts to what we'd consider very
disrespectful behavior and poor judgment, it is nothing worse than that.
In some cases it can lead to real tragedy---we've all heard the
stories---but in most cases the owls will move on and will be no worse off
than the squirrels and pigeons. The big losers will be the other folks who
should have been able to see the owls.

Just my thoughts,
Noah





On Tue, Feb 13, 2018 at 8:01 PM, Dave Mitchell (Howard County) <
<mitch.design.srvc...> wrote:

> Based on the few photos, she was intentionally doing that.
>
> I have been watching and photographing Snowy Owls recently, no bad
> behavior was seen. When not alone, others were respectful and once the
> distance was set by the first person others followed the lead. There were
> birders, photographers, and just lucky people walking by watching. I'm not
> posting photos until they have departed. Sadly they are a novelty and some
> want the photo at all cost.
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Date: 2/14/18 4:07 am
From: Lydia Schindler <lydia13621...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fwd: DC Area, 2/13/2018
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From: Steve Cordle <scordle...>
Date: Tue, Feb 13, 2018 at 8:31 PM
Subject: DC Area, 2/13/2018
To: <BIRDEAST...>


Hotline: Voice of the Naturalist
Date: 2/13/2018
Coverage: MD/DC/VA/central and southern DE/WV panhandle
Reports, comments and questions: <voice...>
Compiler: Bob Hartman
Sponsor: Audubon Naturalist Society of the Central
Atlantic States (independent of NAS)
Transcriber: Steve Cordle

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

This is the Voice of the Naturalist, a service of the Audubon
Naturalist Society. This report covers the week starting Tuesday,
February 6, and was completed on Tuesday, February 13 at about 3:00
p.m.

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

TOP BIRDS THIS WEEK: BARROW'S GOLDENEYE in MD, SNOWY OWLs IN MD, VA,
and WV, HARRIS'S SPARROW* in MD, and PAINTED BUNTING in MD

OTHER BIRDS OF INTEREST: TRUMPETER SWAN, KING EIDER, WHITE-WINGED
SCOTER, LONG-TAILED DUCK, RED-NECKED GREBE, AMERICAN BITTERN,
ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, COMMON GALLINULE, SANDHILL CRANE, RAZORBILL,
ICELAND GULL, TREE SWALLOW, RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, HOUSE WREN, SNOW
BUNTING, BALTIMORE ORIOLE

TOP BIRDS

The BARROW'S GOLDENEYE continued at The Elms Environmental Education
Center (private) in St. Mary's Co MD.

There were still a few SNOWY OWLs scattered widely around the area. On
Feb 6, two were seen at Hart-Miller Island in Baltimore Co MD. On Feb
9, Assateague SP, in Worcester Co MD, hosted, and still another was
seen at Tom's Cove, Chincoteague NWR, in Accomack Co VA. Then on Feb
10, far to the west in Ranson WV (just N of Charles Town), another
SNOWY OWL was spotted.

The HARRIS'S SPARROW* in Prince George's Co MD continued with
sightings on Feb 8, 10, and 12. A green PAINTED BUNTING was seen on
Feb 10 and 12 at the Masonville Cove Education Center in Baltimore
City (MD).

OTHER BIRDS OF INTEREST

TRUMPETER SWANs were scattered over MD and VA: on Feb 6 and 7, one in
Columbia MD (Howard Co) in a storm water pond at Broken Land Parkway
and US 29; on Feb 7, 8, 10, 11, one tagged R24 at Lk Frederick
(Frederick Co VA); also on Feb 7, five were reported SE of Laurel MD
(Prince George's Co); on Feb 8, the one tagged P61 was spotted again
in Waynesboro VA; on Feb 10, as many as 12 were reported in and N of
Airlie VA (Fauquier Co); also on Feb 10, one reported on Lakeside Lk,
Frederick Co VA.

A single hen KING EIDER was present Feb 8-10 off Point Lookout SP, St.
Mary's Co MD. A WHITE-WINGED SCOTER was spotted Feb 10 on Wharf Rd in
Prince George's Co MD. A pair of LONG-TAILED DUCKs were seen Feb 8 in
Black Hill Regional Park (Montgomery Co MD), seen from the MD 121
bridge. The RED-NECKED GREBE continued Feb 8 at Occoquan Bay NWR
(Prince William Co MD), at Deephole Pt Rd where Catamount Creek enters
the Potomac River. Another RED-NECKED GREBE was seen Feb 10 in
Crownsville MD (Anne Arundel Co), at Little Round Bay (on the Severn
River).

Unexpected at that location was an American Bittern seen well on Feb
11 at the Oaks Landfill (private) in Montgomery Co MD.

On Feb 6, the ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK continued at Prime Hook NWR in Sussex
Co DE. Two (one) more ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKs were seen Feb 9 and 11 (1) at
Pemberton Manor, Queen Anne's Co MD.

The COMMON GALLINULE continued Feb 9 at Bayside Development Pond,
Worcester Co MD.

A SANDHILL CRANE was seen Feb 8 along Harry James Road in St. Mary's
Co MD. Another was present Feb 9 and 11 along Sanctuary Trail,
Algonkian Nature Preserve, in Loudon Co VA. Two SANDHILL CRANEs were
present Feb 11 in Prime Hook NWR, Sussex Co DE.

Two RAZORBILLs were present Feb 6-10 at Indian River Inlet, Sussex Co
DE.

On Feb 10, the Iceland Gull continued at the Annapolis Junction
Transfer Station, Howard/Anne Arundel Counties MD. Another Iceland
Gull was seen, Feb 11 at Hunting Creek Rd & Blades Rd in Caroline Co
MD.

A single fly-catching TREE SWALLOW was spotted Feb 8 over the Potomac
River at Great Falls (Montgomery Co MD).

The out-of-season HOUSE WREN continued Feb 9 at Lake Artemesia in
Prince George's Co MD. SNOW BUNTINGs were reported: two on Feb 6 at
Poplar Island in Talbot Co MD, and two more Feb 8 at Kiptopeke SP,
Northampton Co VA. Also out-of-season were BALTIMORE ORIOLEs, both
seen Feb 10 in MD: one was along Lighthouse Road in St. Mary's Co, the
other in Parkville, Baltimore Co.

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

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

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

Thank you for your interest, and enjoy the birds.

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Date: 2/13/18 5:01 pm
From: Dave Mitchell (Howard County) <mitch.design.srvc...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: What to do when you see someone behaving badly...
Based on the few photos, she was intentionally doing that.

I have been watching and photographing Snowy Owls recently, no bad behavior was seen. When not alone, others were respectful and once the distance was set by the first person others followed the lead. There were birders, photographers, and just lucky people walking by watching. I'm not posting photos until they have departed. Sadly they are a novelty and some want the photo at all cost.

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Date: 2/13/18 3:00 pm
From: Steve Ferendo, Frederick, MD <stevefinmd...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: What to do when you see someone behaving badly...
On Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at 5:11:15 PM UTC-5, Steve Ferendo, Frederick, MD wrote:
> This article is from the snowy irruption that we has in 2014 It is probably the most effective way to deal with these folks:
>
> http://naturalworldthroughmycamera.blogspot.com/2014/02/how-to-make-snowy-owl-fly-sad-tutorial.html

In the case that I posted on my blog the PA Game Commission was able to find the person through their license plates. They were given a stern warning and informed of the potential penalty if the behavior is repeated. The photos were posted in the Lancaster PA newspaper along with an explanation about why it is harmful for the birds. I believe education is the key, and a little public shaming does not hurt to reinforce the lesson.

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Date: 2/13/18 2:35 pm
From: Warblerick <ricksussman1955...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: What to do when you see someone behaving badly...
On Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at 5:11:15 PM UTC-5, Steve Ferendo, Frederick, MD wrote:
> This article is from the snowy irruption that we has in 2014 It is probably the most effective way to deal with these folks:
>
> http://naturalworldthroughmycamera.blogspot.com/2014/02/how-to-make-snowy-owl-fly-sad-tutorial.html

While that's a good start to the problem, it really doesn't address the issue as you raised it in your subject line. The article only documented bad behavior, it didn't address what to do when you see it.

Perhaps you saw Stephanie Lovell's post to the MD Birding Facebook page yesterday, which also told of the newly banded SNOW Sinepuxent being harassed by two photographers (with long lenses no less) and another individual trying to get a picture with a cell phone. They basically surrounded the bird until it had enough and flew off heading into Delaware. And this was witnessed by Steve Huy, who banded the bird!

So, I'd be interested to hear what exactly one does when seeing this sort of behavior. Use it as a teaching moment? Lose your temper and scream at them (something I might be tempted to do)? Document it with photos and post it to some social media site, hoping it somehow helps?

Ideas? Thoughts?

Rick Sussman
Woodbine, MD

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Date: 2/13/18 2:11 pm
From: Steve Ferendo, Frederick, MD <stevefinmd...>
Subject: [MDBirding] What to do when you see someone behaving badly...
This article is from the snowy irruption that we has in 2014 It is probably the most effective way to deal with these folks:

http://naturalworldthroughmycamera.blogspot.com/2014/02/how-to-make-snowy-owl-fly-sad-tutorial.html

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Date: 2/13/18 12:38 pm
From: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Re: Snowy Owl just across state line in WV
On 2/13/18, Rob Hilton <rob.hilton.2010...> wrote:
> This eBird checklist has a caution about staying
> on the road and not walking on to private property for any reason
> https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S42706137

> It was seen [Monday] @1310
***********************
On Monday @1530ish the owl had not returned - individuals in several
cars were scouting for it at that time.

Currie Rd is an exit off of the interstate like RT 9 in WVA north of
Charlestown. Turn toward Ranson and then keep straight ahead onto the
more rural Currie Rd, which appears at first to be a dead end, but
isn't. Traffic was very light; the road is narrow but has plenty of
room for people to get around you when you are going slow with
blinkers on as I was. My blinkers caused one motorist to stop to ask
if I needed help and another slowed to ask what was up and was
satisfied with the answer: "Looking for a white owl." At the south
end there is a nearby church parking lot that's useful for turning
around except on times of Sunday service. Turning around at the
northern end might be least intrusive by going almost to War Admiral
Rd to accomplish.

Jim Speicher
BroadRun/Burkittsville area
[FR] Frederick County MD
M.O.S. member, Washington [WA] Co Chapter

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Date: 2/13/18 12:02 pm
From: Sherman Suter <shermansuter...>
Subject: [MDBirding] DC: E off Washington Sailing Marina: Red-necked Grebes
A trio of Red-necked Grebes was on the Potomac River east of the boat ramps
at the Washington Sailing Marina around 1230 this afternoon (Tuesday, 13
Feb). All were in adult, basic plumage, and all were spending most of
their time underwater.

Sherman Suter

Alexandria VA 22307 / Port Republic MD 20676

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Date: 2/13/18 8:02 am
From: Joe Hanfman <auk1844...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fwd: WWSC Carroll
The White-winged Scoters have swam at the way to the dam on the east side.
There is also a male Long-tailed Duck off the boat ramp.

Joe Hanfman
Columbia, MD

Begin forwarded message:

> From: Joe Hanfman <auk1844...>
> Date: February 13, 2018 at 9:36:22 AM EST
> To: MD Birding <mdbirding...>
> Subject: WWSC Carroll
>
> 2 female White-winged Scoters at the boat ramp at Piney Run Park.
>
> Joe Hanfman
> Columbia, MD

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Date: 2/13/18 7:55 am
From: Steve Ferendo, Frederick, MD <stevefinmd...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Snowy Owl just across state line in WV
We did not find it today.

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Date: 2/13/18 7:50 am
From: Rob Hilton <rob.hilton.2010...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Snowy Owl just across state line in WV
It was seen yesterday.

Please stay on the pavement!

This eBird checklist (from local Joette Borzik) has a caution about staying on the road and not walking on to private property for any reason
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S42706137

Rob Hilton
Silver Spring

On Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at 7:23:56 AM UTC-5, Steve Ferendo, Frederick, MD wrote:
> On Sunday, February 11, 2018 at 7:24:51 AM UTC-5, <mja......> wrote:
> > I know this isn't a MD sighting, but is easily accessible for residents of Washington and Frederick Counties. Snowy Owl on Currie Road in Ranson, WV. Spent much of yesterday afternoon perched on a fallen tree in the middle of a winter wheat/rye field opposite 686 Currie Rd. The owner of the farm the bird is on does not want visitors on his property (requested in a nice way). You could see the bird easily with bins or scope.
>
> Has anyone looked for this bird? We will be searching this morning.

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Date: 2/13/18 6:53 am
From: Pat <pvaldata1...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Robins in Wicomico County
Yesterday afternoon I was on the campus of Salisbury University from noon until 4:30, and the whole time, a flock of about 200 Robins was actively feeding on holly berries,  singing, and flitting all over the lawns. The temperature was in the mid-40s,  but it sure sounded like spring!
Pat
Pat ValdataCrisfield, MD
Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone

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Date: 2/13/18 6:52 am
From: Frank Marenghi <frank_marenghi...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: ID Help please. Horned grebes?
Nice find, Ted! This is near my old neighborhood (Herald Harbor) so I would be interested in hearing if you see the Red-necked Grebes again. I checked a couple spots on the Severn at lunch yesterday and saw a Pied-billed and 10+ Horned Grebes but no Red-necked yet.

Good Birding,

Frank


Frank Marenghi
Shady Side, MD

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Date: 2/13/18 6:36 am
From: Joe Hanfman <auk1844...>
Subject: [MDBirding] WWSC Carroll
2 female White-winged Scoters at the boat ramp at Piney Run Park.

Joe Hanfman
Columbia, MD

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Date: 2/13/18 4:24 am
From: Steve Ferendo, Frederick, MD <stevefinmd...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Snowy Owl just across state line in WV
On Sunday, February 11, 2018 at 7:24:51 AM UTC-5, <mja......> wrote:
> I know this isn't a MD sighting, but is easily accessible for residents of Washington and Frederick Counties. Snowy Owl on Currie Road in Ranson, WV. Spent much of yesterday afternoon perched on a fallen tree in the middle of a winter wheat/rye field opposite 686 Currie Rd. The owner of the farm the bird is on does not want visitors on his property (requested in a nice way). You could see the bird easily with bins or scope.

Has anyone looked for this bird? We will be searching this morning.

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Date: 2/12/18 6:58 pm
From: 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Sandhill Crane in Scotland, 2/12
Scotland, St. Mary's County, that is. Scottie Clark reports that the crane continues. No specifics but I'm assuming it's still in the general vicinity of his home near the bend on Harry James Road. Good luck and patience if you try for it!


Tyler Bell
<jtylerbell...>
California, Maryland

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Date: 2/12/18 12:03 pm
From: MICHAEL KERWIN Ellicott City Md <m63kerwin...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: lower Eastern Shore, February 8-10, 2018. 68 white pelicans.
On Monday, February 12, 2018 at 2:03:53 PM UTC-5, Harry Armistead wrote:
> FERRY NECK, ELLIOTT ISLAND ROAD, BLACKWATER N.W.R., CAMBRIDGE, FEBRUARY 8-10, 2018.  big white birds, incl. 68 white pelicans.  Boy … are THEY big!  Humongous even.
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> Thank you
Best
mike
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> FEBRUARY 8, THURSDAY.  Adult bald eagle at its nest, Route 485, S of Wilmington, DE, mile 0.5.  On the S side of Middletown, DE, a red-shouldered hawk on a wire (will see one, same place Feb. 10).  Route 481, Queen Annes County,
> MD, eastern bluebird 2, American kestrel 1.  Route 309 just N of Route 404, 220 tundra swans and 27 horned larks (a flock) on one side, 215 tundra swans on t’other, all grazing in fields.  John Swaine’s farm: 275 Canada geese in one field, 75 in another.
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> RIGBY’S FOLLY: arrive 2:40 P.M., fair, NW15, 33 degrees F., lots of surface water, low tide at 5:33 P.M. with exposed mud extending out 20’ from the shoreline at the base of our dock.  In Woods 4 a gray squirrel next to its
> drey in a loblolly pine.  In Field 6: 500 Canada geese, in Field 4 275 CGs.  Two gray squirrels in the yard including “snowshoes” (white paws and legs) and along the drive next to Field 4, 3 more squirrels, including one with the same pelage patterns as “snowshoes”,
> so … there is a guild of gray squirrels with these atypical markings.  
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> Near Field 4: 4 deer (does) and 6 wild turkeys.  The turkeys flush in labored, ponderous flight, taking off and flying up at a 45 degree angle.  Out at Lucy Point 4:15-4:45 P.M.: tundra swan 101, actively feeding on SAV, in
> company with 475 Canada geese that aren’t, perhaps because the SAV is too deep for them to reach.  Also: horned grebe 2 and bufflehead 40.  Ben Weems comes over and delivers copies of
> Times literary supplement and
> New York review of books, that he’s finished with.  
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> FEBRUARY 9, FRIDAY.  The nice waitress at Denny’s: “Haven’t seen you in a while.”  She’s the one whose father was a soft clam dredger out of Matapeake.  She’s never heard of Elliott Island, but the marvelous hash browns take
> some of the sting out of that.
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> ELLIOTT ISLAND ROAD, mostly the big marsh segment, 7:45 A.M. - 2:15 P.M., 27-38, then 41, then up to 45, S5-15, eventually 20, high tide becoming low, hazy, mostly overcast, but with wan sunshine, skim ice in ditches, puddles,
> fields, protected areas.  Just take my time today, could care less if I miss hermit thrush or flicker, or other basic landbirds.  Some respectable numbers of expected species.  43 species.
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> respectable numbers: American black duck 252 (mostly at the Moorhen spot), canvasback 1,750 (additional 800 or so ducks in distant flight over the Nanticoke, perhaps 2 mies away, probably cans, too. ?), ruddy duck 950, great
> blue heron 22, bald eagle 36 (including 2 seen through the trusty old 32X scope a few miles away way over on the other side of Fishing Bay near the mouth of Blackwater River in a courtship chase), northern harrier 13, greater yellowlegs 41 (at the Moorhen
> Spot), Carolina chickadee 11 (mostly at Langrell’s Island).
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> unrespectable numbers, not disgraceful, but unimpressive, to say the least.  Face it, this is still a bleak time of year: tundra swan 0, lesser scaup 6, hooded merganser 2 females, Virginia rail 2, blue jay 1, brown-headed nuthatch
> 1 (Langrell’s Island), American robin 1, myrtle warbler 4, cardinal 1, boat-tailed grackle 1 male.  
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> From McCready’s Creek, 8 oyster dredgers (I think they’re called patent tongers) in sight plus 2 more in the marina there unloading.  A gray squirrel dead on the road shoulder, killed today, near the entrance to Weston Farms. 
> 4 deer.  Lots of marsh fires, at least 13 separate areas, some right next to the road with the shoulder grasses burning, and areas with
> Phragmites and Spartina cynosuroides have flames leaping as high as, oh, I’d say 10 feet.  When the fires go through marsh there is gray smoke, when through hammocks white.  The fires seem to activate the harriers.  Next to Fishing Bay, the area
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> BLACKWATER N.W.R.  3 - 5:15 P.M., weather ain’t changed much from this mornin’.  Tidal waters real low, fresh water levels … right up there.  Just take it easy and dipsy doodle around here making scant effort to count stuff
> … except for the white pelicans, blue geese, and common mergs.  The refuge did a survey yesterday and their numbers are in parentheses; mine, such as they are, aren’t.  The point is: what a difference a day can make.  An “X” indicates species I don’t make
> no effort, none, to estimate.  I am tired, but not in the same way, rest assured, as Madeline Kahn in ‘Blazing saddles’.  
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> AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN 68 (26) (in 3 groups as seen from Wildlife Drive X Pool 3, some of them in ponderous flight), blue geese 160 (550),
> common merganser 610
> (1,037) (the ones I see are from the Route 335 X Blackwater River bridge, many real close, actively diving), American wigeon 2 (0), northern
> shoveler 8 (21), snow goose (whities) X (3,700), Canada goose X (6,353), mallard X (2,193), northern pintail 0 (2,085), ring-necked duck 65 (105; they favor Pool 1), tundra swan X (just 39), American coot 2.  
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> I think the official refuge count covers a slightly different area than just Wildlife Drive.  Their count results are in the 3-ring binder at the Visitor Center in back of where visitors write in what they’ve supposedly seen. 
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> COUNTING WHITE PELICANS.  Often, although huge, they clump together so close it is hard to figure out how many there are.  One can see little crests on top of their heads sometimes when not much anything
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> When they fly then a really accurate count is possible.  Most of the time at Blackwater they’re just sitting there.  Occasionally they are spread out as they feed and hunt dipping their bills in the water.  I think the all-time
> high count for the refuge is 145 by Paul Baicich.  I can remember when the all-time number of records for MD (and VA) was only 3 each … ever.  Their breeding range has extended east a bit and now includes Wisconsin.   
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> At Denny’s, where I like to finish a vigorous day with their country fried steak  covered with delicious white gravy, and garlic bread, I’m sitting absorbed in today’s
> Washington Post, when Henry Gootee of Gootee’s Marine spots me, comes over to say hi.  We talk a while and I go say hi to the Missus.  Henry took such
> good care of my boat, ‘the Mudhen’ for many years.  A real gentleman.  I sold the boat in 2016 and am in need of a boater to now take me to the Dorchester islands, or, what’s left of them.  
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> FEBRUARY 10, SATURDAY.  Leave Rigby’s Folly at 7:23.  Eight gray squirrels: 4 in the yard at the feed, 2 by the bend of the driveway (chasing each other; it’s better to be chased than unchased), 1 next to Field 2, another Field
> 4.  The tempfurature, ofurcast skies, relative poohmidity, and, with apologies to Anna Stunkel, the scampermetric pressure, must have been aligned just right - a harmonic convergence - to result in seeing this many of the little things in so short a period
> of time.  Forsooth. (fursooth?)
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> CAMBRIDGE, 8:30-12:30, calm, 44-49, overcast, sprinkles begin at 11:15, then at the end steady rain. fog developing, and winds beginning to come from the SE at 5+ m.p.h.  But, generally excellent conditions.  Run into Mike Walsh
> and his group of the Tri-County Bird Club.  There is also a group from Montgomery County.  I visit 8 places, in the order visited: Sailwinds Park, the base of High Street-Long Wharf Park, the yacht club, Oakley Street, Great Marsh Point, Hambrooks Bay, Riverside
> Drive, and finally the American Legion (upstream side of Malkus Bridge).  A good, slow look-see.  32 species, complete list:
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> snow goose 3,000 mas o menos (on Talbot side of Choptank River), Canada goose 116, tundra swan 0, American wigeon 40, American black duck 0, mallard 62, canvasback 563, redhead 1 male, canvasback X redhead hybrid (I think) 1
> male, lesser scaup 855, surf scoter 41, white-winged scoter 6, long-tailed duck 24, bufflehead 145, common goldeneye 48, common merganser 17 (high altitude flybys), ruddy duck 0, 
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> horned grebe 4, double-crested cormorant 2, great blue heron 1 (in full nuptial plumage), turkey vulture 1, bald eagle 1 adult (perched RIGHT NEXT TO a house, in a cypress, by the pond at Chelsea Drive), Cooper’s hawk 1 (views
> on 3 occasions, flying and perched), American coot 2, ring-billed gull 445, herring gull 150, great black-backed gull 11 (most gulls sitting on the old bridge span; these numbers probably too low), fish crow 1, American robin 9, northern mockingbird 2, European
> starling 160, song sparrow 3, slate-colored junco 3, and common grackle 6 plus 3 gray squirrels.
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> THE HYBRID.  Perhaps the same bird present a year ago.  Looks like a typical male redhead, but the sides are almost white, not gray, the profile is slightly more canvasback-like, the whitish ring on the bill looks like a redhead’s,
> is neat, not larger as it would be for a Common Pochard, which for a while is what it was thought it might be a year ago.    
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> [mostly off topic] SUPER BOWL.  As mentioned above, nice to see an eagle at its nest as I motored south while the Philadelphia Eagles victory parade was going on elsewhere.  Our 3 children, 3 grandchildren, their friends, and
> others we know were all there for the parade, carefully, painstakingly, estimated by a team of crowd experts of Manchester Metropolitan University at 700,000, on a very cold, windy day.
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> Philadelphia’s population was 1,556,600 in 2013, but of course many came from the suburbs and elsewhere.  The 5-county PA metropolitan area combined with the city has c. 4,000,000 folks.  Then there’s several million (?) more
> from nearby NJ counties.  So, perhaps 1 person in 9, or more, from this area were there.  
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> Good turnout, eh?  Liz and I watched the Super Bowl at Mary’s place with her 2 boys.  Mary has an official Eagles sweatshirt with Jay Ajayi’s name, 86, a black running back with dreadlocks from, where else?, Great Britain. 
> When the game was over Mary broke out her champagne.  
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> After a few minutes she and I took to nearby Market Street, with some of the champagne, to see the celebrations.  Fun giving high fives to lots of strangers, hear the shouting and dancing, and see victory riders going by, honking
> like crazy, some in a red convertible flying big flags.  
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> A Bald Eagle, a beautiful adult named “Challenger”, 28 years old, is flown sometimes at the games, has appeared in the World Series.  Challenger, named to commemorate the tragic space shot, is a rescue, lost from a Louisiana
> nest in 1990, has appeared at some 350 public events.  There are at least 2 Bald Eagle nests within the city limits.  
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> Sometimes I feel the game MVP should be from the losing team.  Patriot’s quarterback Tom Brady threw for an incredible 505 yards.  But after the game neither he nor coach Belichick went over to congratulate their Eagles counterparts.
>  
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> Massive gatherings I have been to include one of the Flyers’ victory parades and the gargantuan 1969 anti-Vietnam War demonstration in Washington, where, in the midst of crowds as far as one could see, including the entire Cleveland
> Orchestra, I saw a Brown Creeper working its way up a tree in the Mall.  I regret missing the Eagles’ victory parade.  
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> What made this so special were the second stringers stepping up after 7 or 8 key players were injured during the course of the season, enabling the Eagles to end with a 16-3 record.  That’s a deep bench, although at the time
> no one really expected it.  The prejudices were that the Eagles were mostly has beens, not yets, and the injured.  
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> But they beat the best.  And the parade went off well.  This team doesn’t have a great hot dog, huge egos, arrogance rating.  Nice to see such players excel.  The game MVP quarterback, Nick Foles, wants to become a minister.
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> In the playoffs the Eagles beat the Falcons in what I call the Raptor Bowl.  Ted Turner, of Georgia, is environmentally friendly, I suppose is responsible for variously naming Atlanta’s sports teams, the Falcons, the Hawks,
> and the Thrashers.  Then there are (or in some cases have been) the Sea Hawks, Orioles, Cardinals, Mighty Ducks, Raptors, Red Wings, Blue Jays, Pelicans, Penguins, Black Hawks, Delmarva Shorebirds, Rufous-browed Peppershrikes (just kidding) et al.  It doesn’t
> hurt our advocating birds to have pro sports teams named for them.      
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> Best to all. - Harry Armistead, Philadelphia.

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Date: 2/12/18 12:02 pm
From: MICHAEL KERWIN Ellicott City Md <m63kerwin...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: lower Eastern Shore, February 8-10, 2018. 68 white pelicans.
On Monday, February 12, 2018 at 2:03:53 PM UTC-5, Harry Armistead wrote:
> FERRY NECK, ELLIOTT ISLAND ROAD, BLACKWATER N.W.R., CAMBRIDGE, FEBRUARY 8-10, 2018.  big white birds, incl. 68 white pelicans.  Boy … are THEY big!  Humongous even.
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> FEBRUARY 8, THURSDAY.  Adult bald eagle at its nest, Route 485, S of Wilmington, DE, mile 0.5.  On the S side of Middletown, DE, a red-shouldered hawk on a wire (will see one, same place Feb. 10).  Route 481, Queen Annes County,
> MD, eastern bluebird 2, American kestrel 1.  Route 309 just N of Route 404, 220 tundra swans and 27 horned larks (a flock) on one side, 215 tundra swans on t’other, all grazing in fields.  John Swaine’s farm: 275 Canada geese in one field, 75 in another.
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> RIGBY’S FOLLY: arrive 2:40 P.M., fair, NW15, 33 degrees F., lots of surface water, low tide at 5:33 P.M. with exposed mud extending out 20’ from the shoreline at the base of our dock.  In Woods 4 a gray squirrel next to its
> drey in a loblolly pine.  In Field 6: 500 Canada geese, in Field 4 275 CGs.  Two gray squirrels in the yard including “snowshoes” (white paws and legs) and along the drive next to Field 4, 3 more squirrels, including one with the same pelage patterns as “snowshoes”,
> so … there is a guild of gray squirrels with these atypical markings.  
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> Near Field 4: 4 deer (does) and 6 wild turkeys.  The turkeys flush in labored, ponderous flight, taking off and flying up at a 45 degree angle.  Out at Lucy Point 4:15-4:45 P.M.: tundra swan 101, actively feeding on SAV, in
> company with 475 Canada geese that aren’t, perhaps because the SAV is too deep for them to reach.  Also: horned grebe 2 and bufflehead 40.  Ben Weems comes over and delivers copies of
> Times literary supplement and
> New York review of books, that he’s finished with.  
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> FEBRUARY 9, FRIDAY.  The nice waitress at Denny’s: “Haven’t seen you in a while.”  She’s the one whose father was a soft clam dredger out of Matapeake.  She’s never heard of Elliott Island, but the marvelous hash browns take
> some of the sting out of that.
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> ELLIOTT ISLAND ROAD, mostly the big marsh segment, 7:45 A.M. - 2:15 P.M., 27-38, then 41, then up to 45, S5-15, eventually 20, high tide becoming low, hazy, mostly overcast, but with wan sunshine, skim ice in ditches, puddles,
> fields, protected areas.  Just take my time today, could care less if I miss hermit thrush or flicker, or other basic landbirds.  Some respectable numbers of expected species.  43 species.
>
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> respectable numbers: American black duck 252 (mostly at the Moorhen spot), canvasback 1,750 (additional 800 or so ducks in distant flight over the Nanticoke, perhaps 2 mies away, probably cans, too. ?), ruddy duck 950, great
> blue heron 22, bald eagle 36 (including 2 seen through the trusty old 32X scope a few miles away way over on the other side of Fishing Bay near the mouth of Blackwater River in a courtship chase), northern harrier 13, greater yellowlegs 41 (at the Moorhen
> Spot), Carolina chickadee 11 (mostly at Langrell’s Island).
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> unrespectable numbers, not disgraceful, but unimpressive, to say the least.  Face it, this is still a bleak time of year: tundra swan 0, lesser scaup 6, hooded merganser 2 females, Virginia rail 2, blue jay 1, brown-headed nuthatch
> 1 (Langrell’s Island), American robin 1, myrtle warbler 4, cardinal 1, boat-tailed grackle 1 male.  
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> From McCready’s Creek, 8 oyster dredgers (I think they’re called patent tongers) in sight plus 2 more in the marina there unloading.  A gray squirrel dead on the road shoulder, killed today, near the entrance to Weston Farms. 
> 4 deer.  Lots of marsh fires, at least 13 separate areas, some right next to the road with the shoulder grasses burning, and areas with
> Phragmites and Spartina cynosuroides have flames leaping as high as, oh, I’d say 10 feet.  When the fires go through marsh there is gray smoke, when through hammocks white.  The fires seem to activate the harriers.  Next to Fishing Bay, the area
> where there are lots of American hackberries, there is some low lying Opuntia cactus. 
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> BUCKTOWN: tundra swan 21 in a field, 2 bluebirds, 1 harrier.
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> BLACKWATER N.W.R.  3 - 5:15 P.M., weather ain’t changed much from this mornin’.  Tidal waters real low, fresh water levels … right up there.  Just take it easy and dipsy doodle around here making scant effort to count stuff
> … except for the white pelicans, blue geese, and common mergs.  The refuge did a survey yesterday and their numbers are in parentheses; mine, such as they are, aren’t.  The point is: what a difference a day can make.  An “X” indicates species I don’t make
> no effort, none, to estimate.  I am tired, but not in the same way, rest assured, as Madeline Kahn in ‘Blazing saddles’.  
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> AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN 68 (26) (in 3 groups as seen from Wildlife Drive X Pool 3, some of them in ponderous flight), blue geese 160 (550),
> common merganser 610
> (1,037) (the ones I see are from the Route 335 X Blackwater River bridge, many real close, actively diving), American wigeon 2 (0), northern
> shoveler 8 (21), snow goose (whities) X (3,700), Canada goose X (6,353), mallard X (2,193), northern pintail 0 (2,085), ring-necked duck 65 (105; they favor Pool 1), tundra swan X (just 39), American coot 2.  
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> I think the official refuge count covers a slightly different area than just Wildlife Drive.  Their count results are in the 3-ring binder at the Visitor Center in back of where visitors write in what they’ve supposedly seen. 
> Always worth a gander.  
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> COUNTING WHITE PELICANS.  Often, although huge, they clump together so close it is hard to figure out how many there are.  One can see little crests on top of their heads sometimes when not much anything
>
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> else of some of the birds is visible.  I try counting these crests in the mostly obscured birds.  Even so I often get a different figure each time.  I go with my highest count and even then think I may have missed one or two.
>  
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> When they fly then a really accurate count is possible.  Most of the time at Blackwater they’re just sitting there.  Occasionally they are spread out as they feed and hunt dipping their bills in the water.  I think the all-time
> high count for the refuge is 145 by Paul Baicich.  I can remember when the all-time number of records for MD (and VA) was only 3 each … ever.  Their breeding range has extended east a bit and now includes Wisconsin.   
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> At Denny’s, where I like to finish a vigorous day with their country fried steak  covered with delicious white gravy, and garlic bread, I’m sitting absorbed in today’s
> Washington Post, when Henry Gootee of Gootee’s Marine spots me, comes over to say hi.  We talk a while and I go say hi to the Missus.  Henry took such
> good care of my boat, ‘the Mudhen’ for many years.  A real gentleman.  I sold the boat in 2016 and am in need of a boater to now take me to the Dorchester islands, or, what’s left of them.  
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> On the way back to the house a red fox along the side of Route 329 near Royal Oak in the darkness.  
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>   
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> FEBRUARY 10, SATURDAY.  Leave Rigby’s Folly at 7:23.  Eight gray squirrels: 4 in the yard at the feed, 2 by the bend of the driveway (chasing each other; it’s better to be chased than unchased), 1 next to Field 2, another Field
> 4.  The tempfurature, ofurcast skies, relative poohmidity, and, with apologies to Anna Stunkel, the scampermetric pressure, must have been aligned just right - a harmonic convergence - to result in seeing this many of the little things in so short a period
> of time.  Forsooth. (fursooth?)
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> CAMBRIDGE, 8:30-12:30, calm, 44-49, overcast, sprinkles begin at 11:15, then at the end steady rain. fog developing, and winds beginning to come from the SE at 5+ m.p.h.  But, generally excellent conditions.  Run into Mike Walsh
> and his group of the Tri-County Bird Club.  There is also a group from Montgomery County.  I visit 8 places, in the order visited: Sailwinds Park, the base of High Street-Long Wharf Park, the yacht club, Oakley Street, Great Marsh Point, Hambrooks Bay, Riverside
> Drive, and finally the American Legion (upstream side of Malkus Bridge).  A good, slow look-see.  32 species, complete list:
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> snow goose 3,000 mas o menos (on Talbot side of Choptank River), Canada goose 116, tundra swan 0, American wigeon 40, American black duck 0, mallard 62, canvasback 563, redhead 1 male, canvasback X redhead hybrid (I think) 1
> male, lesser scaup 855, surf scoter 41, white-winged scoter 6, long-tailed duck 24, bufflehead 145, common goldeneye 48, common merganser 17 (high altitude flybys), ruddy duck 0, 
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> horned grebe 4, double-crested cormorant 2, great blue heron 1 (in full nuptial plumage), turkey vulture 1, bald eagle 1 adult (perched RIGHT NEXT TO a house, in a cypress, by the pond at Chelsea Drive), Cooper’s hawk 1 (views
> on 3 occasions, flying and perched), American coot 2, ring-billed gull 445, herring gull 150, great black-backed gull 11 (most gulls sitting on the old bridge span; these numbers probably too low), fish crow 1, American robin 9, northern mockingbird 2, European
> starling 160, song sparrow 3, slate-colored junco 3, and common grackle 6 plus 3 gray squirrels.
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> THE HYBRID.  Perhaps the same bird present a year ago.  Looks like a typical male redhead, but the sides are almost white, not gray, the profile is slightly more canvasback-like, the whitish ring on the bill looks like a redhead’s,
> is neat, not larger as it would be for a Common Pochard, which for a while is what it was thought it might be a year ago.    
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> [mostly off topic] SUPER BOWL.  As mentioned above, nice to see an eagle at its nest as I motored south while the Philadelphia Eagles victory parade was going on elsewhere.  Our 3 children, 3 grandchildren, their friends, and
> others we know were all there for the parade, carefully, painstakingly, estimated by a team of crowd experts of Manchester Metropolitan University at 700,000, on a very cold, windy day.
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> Philadelphia’s population was 1,556,600 in 2013, but of course many came from the suburbs and elsewhere.  The 5-county PA metropolitan area combined with the city has c. 4,000,000 folks.  Then there’s several million (?) more
> from nearby NJ counties.  So, perhaps 1 person in 9, or more, from this area were there.  
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> Good turnout, eh?  Liz and I watched the Super Bowl at Mary’s place with her 2 boys.  Mary has an official Eagles sweatshirt with Jay Ajayi’s name, 86, a black running back with dreadlocks from, where else?, Great Britain. 
> When the game was over Mary broke out her champagne.  
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> After a few minutes she and I took to nearby Market Street, with some of the champagne, to see the celebrations.  Fun giving high fives to lots of strangers, hear the shouting and dancing, and see victory riders going by, honking
> like crazy, some in a red convertible flying big flags.  
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> A Bald Eagle, a beautiful adult named “Challenger”, 28 years old, is flown sometimes at the games, has appeared in the World Series.  Challenger, named to commemorate the tragic space shot, is a rescue, lost from a Louisiana
> nest in 1990, has appeared at some 350 public events.  There are at least 2 Bald Eagle nests within the city limits.  
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> Sometimes I feel the game MVP should be from the losing team.  Patriot’s quarterback Tom Brady threw for an incredible 505 yards.  But after the game neither he nor coach Belichick went over to congratulate their Eagles counterparts.
>  
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> Massive gatherings I have been to include one of the Flyers’ victory parades and the gargantuan 1969 anti-Vietnam War demonstration in Washington, where, in the midst of crowds as far as one could see, including the entire Cleveland
> Orchestra, I saw a Brown Creeper working its way up a tree in the Mall.  I regret missing the Eagles’ victory parade.  
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> What made this so special were the second stringers stepping up after 7 or 8 key players were injured during the course of the season, enabling the Eagles to end with a 16-3 record.  That’s a deep bench, although at the time
> no one really expected it.  The prejudices were that the Eagles were mostly has beens, not yets, and the injured.  
>
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> But they beat the best.  And the parade went off well.  This team doesn’t have a great hot dog, huge egos, arrogance rating.  Nice to see such players excel.  The game MVP quarterback, Nick Foles, wants to become a minister.
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> In the playoffs the Eagles beat the Falcons in what I call the Raptor Bowl.  Ted Turner, of Georgia, is environmentally friendly, I suppose is responsible for variously naming Atlanta’s sports teams, the Falcons, the Hawks,
> and the Thrashers.  Then there are (or in some cases have been) the Sea Hawks, Orioles, Cardinals, Mighty Ducks, Raptors, Red Wings, Blue Jays, Pelicans, Penguins, Black Hawks, Delmarva Shorebirds, Rufous-browed Peppershrikes (just kidding) et al.  It doesn’t
> hurt our advocating birds to have pro sports teams named for them.      
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> Best to all. - Harry Armistead, Philadelphia.

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Date: 2/12/18 11:50 am
From: Derek Hudgins <derekhudgins...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Painted Bunting at Masonville Cove
The Painted Bunting has been seen coming to the feeder behind the building every few hours today at Masonville Cove, and has been present from 2:30 to 2:45. Note that Masonville Cove closes at 4.

Good birding,
Derek Hudgins
Cockeysville MD

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Date: 2/12/18 11:04 am
From: Harry Armistead <harryarmistead...>
Subject: [MDBirding] lower Eastern Shore, February 8-10, 2018. 68 white pelicans.
FERRY NECK, ELLIOTT ISLAND ROAD, BLACKWATER N.W.R., CAMBRIDGE, FEBRUARY 8-10, 2018. big white birds, incl. 68 white pelicans. Boy … are THEY big! Humongous even.


FEBRUARY 8, THURSDAY. Adult bald eagle at its nest, Route 485, S of Wilmington, DE, mile 0.5. On the S side of Middletown, DE, a red-shouldered hawk on a wire (will see one, same place Feb. 10). Route 481, Queen Annes County, MD, eastern bluebird 2, American kestrel 1. Route 309 just N of Route 404, 220 tundra swans and 27 horned larks (a flock) on one side, 215 tundra swans on t’other, all grazing in fields. John Swaine’s farm: 275 Canada geese in one field, 75 in another.


RIGBY’S FOLLY: arrive 2:40 P.M., fair, NW15, 33 degrees F., lots of surface water, low tide at 5:33 P.M. with exposed mud extending out 20’ from the shoreline at the base of our dock. In Woods 4 a gray squirrel next to its drey in a loblolly pine. In Field 6: 500 Canada geese, in Field 4 275 CGs. Two gray squirrels in the yard including “snowshoes” (white paws and legs) and along the drive next to Field 4, 3 more squirrels, including one with the same pelage patterns as “snowshoes”, so … there is a guild of gray squirrels with these atypical markings.


Near Field 4: 4 deer (does) and 6 wild turkeys. The turkeys flush in labored, ponderous flight, taking off and flying up at a 45 degree angle. Out at Lucy Point 4:15-4:45 P.M.: tundra swan 101, actively feeding on SAV, in company with 475 Canada geese that aren’t, perhaps because the SAV is too deep for them to reach. Also: horned grebe 2 and bufflehead 40. Ben Weems comes over and delivers copies of Times literary supplement and New York review of books, that he’s finished with.


FEBRUARY 9, FRIDAY. The nice waitress at Denny’s: “Haven’t seen you in a while.” She’s the one whose father was a soft clam dredger out of Matapeake. She’s never heard of Elliott Island, but the marvelous hash browns take some of the sting out of that.


ELLIOTT ISLAND ROAD, mostly the big marsh segment, 7:45 A.M. - 2:15 P.M., 27-38, then 41, then up to 45, S5-15, eventually 20, high tide becoming low, hazy, mostly overcast, but with wan sunshine, skim ice in ditches, puddles, fields, protected areas. Just take my time today, could care less if I miss hermit thrush or flicker, or other basic landbirds. Some respectable numbers of expected species. 43 species.


respectable numbers: American black duck 252 (mostly at the Moorhen spot), canvasback 1,750 (additional 800 or so ducks in distant flight over the Nanticoke, perhaps 2 mies away, probably cans, too. ?), ruddy duck 950, great blue heron 22, bald eagle 36 (including 2 seen through the trusty old 32X scope a few miles away way over on the other side of Fishing Bay near the mouth of Blackwater River in a courtship chase), northern harrier 13, greater yellowlegs 41 (at the Moorhen Spot), Carolina chickadee 11 (mostly at Langrell’s Island).


unrespectable numbers, not disgraceful, but unimpressive, to say the least. Face it, this is still a bleak time of year: tundra swan 0, lesser scaup 6, hooded merganser 2 females, Virginia rail 2, blue jay 1, brown-headed nuthatch 1 (Langrell’s Island), American robin 1, myrtle warbler 4, cardinal 1, boat-tailed grackle 1 male.


From McCready’s Creek, 8 oyster dredgers (I think they’re called patent tongers) in sight plus 2 more in the marina there unloading. A gray squirrel dead on the road shoulder, killed today, near the entrance to Weston Farms. 4 deer. Lots of marsh fires, at least 13 separate areas, some right next to the road with the shoulder grasses burning, and areas with Phragmites and Spartina cynosuroides have flames leaping as high as, oh, I’d say 10 feet. When the fires go through marsh there is gray smoke, when through hammocks white. The fires seem to activate the harriers. Next to Fishing Bay, the area where there are lots of American hackberries, there is some low lying Opuntia cactus.


BUCKTOWN: tundra swan 21 in a field, 2 bluebirds, 1 harrier.


BLACKWATER N.W.R. 3 - 5:15 P.M., weather ain’t changed much from this mornin’. Tidal waters real low, fresh water levels … right up there. Just take it easy and dipsy doodle around here making scant effort to count stuff … except for the white pelicans, blue geese, and common mergs. The refuge did a survey yesterday and their numbers are in parentheses; mine, such as they are, aren’t. The point is: what a difference a day can make. An “X” indicates species I don’t make no effort, none, to estimate. I am tired, but not in the same way, rest assured, as Madeline Kahn in ‘Blazing saddles’.


AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN 68 (26) (in 3 groups as seen from Wildlife Drive X Pool 3, some of them in ponderous flight), blue geese 160 (550), common merganser 610 (1,037) (the ones I see are from the Route 335 X Blackwater River bridge, many real close, actively diving), American wigeon 2 (0), northern shoveler 8 (21), snow goose (whities) X (3,700), Canada goose X (6,353), mallard X (2,193), northern pintail 0 (2,085), ring-necked duck 65 (105; they favor Pool 1), tundra swan X (just 39), American coot 2.


I think the official refuge count covers a slightly different area than just Wildlife Drive. Their count results are in the 3-ring binder at the Visitor Center in back of where visitors write in what they’ve supposedly seen. Always worth a gander.


COUNTING WHITE PELICANS. Often, although huge, they clump together so close it is hard to figure out how many there are. One can see little crests on top of their heads sometimes when not much anything

else of some of the birds is visible. I try counting these crests in the mostly obscured birds. Even so I often get a different figure each time. I go with my highest count and even then think I may have missed one or two.


When they fly then a really accurate count is possible. Most of the time at Blackwater they’re just sitting there. Occasionally they are spread out as they feed and hunt dipping their bills in the water. I think the all-time high count for the refuge is 145 by Paul Baicich. I can remember when the all-time number of records for MD (and VA) was only 3 each … ever. Their breeding range has extended east a bit and now includes Wisconsin.


At Denny’s, where I like to finish a vigorous day with their country fried steak covered with delicious white gravy, and garlic bread, I’m sitting absorbed in today’s Washington Post, when Henry Gootee of Gootee’s Marine spots me, comes over to say hi. We talk a while and I go say hi to the Missus. Henry took such good care of my boat, ‘the Mudhen’ for many years. A real gentleman. I sold the boat in 2016 and am in need of a boater to now take me to the Dorchester islands, or, what’s left of them.


On the way back to the house a red fox along the side of Route 329 near Royal Oak in the darkness.



FEBRUARY 10, SATURDAY. Leave Rigby’s Folly at 7:23. Eight gray squirrels: 4 in the yard at the feed, 2 by the bend of the driveway (chasing each other; it’s better to be chased than unchased), 1 next to Field 2, another Field 4. The tempfurature, ofurcast skies, relative poohmidity, and, with apologies to Anna Stunkel, the scampermetric pressure, must have been aligned just right - a harmonic convergence - to result in seeing this many of the little things in so short a period of time. Forsooth. (fursooth?)


CAMBRIDGE, 8:30-12:30, calm, 44-49, overcast, sprinkles begin at 11:15, then at the end steady rain. fog developing, and winds beginning to come from the SE at 5+ m.p.h. But, generally excellent conditions. Run into Mike Walsh and his group of the Tri-County Bird Club. There is also a group from Montgomery County. I visit 8 places, in the order visited: Sailwinds Park, the base of High Street-Long Wharf Park, the yacht club, Oakley Street, Great Marsh Point, Hambrooks Bay, Riverside Drive, and finally the American Legion (upstream side of Malkus Bridge). A good, slow look-see. 32 species, complete list:


snow goose 3,000 mas o menos (on Talbot side of Choptank River), Canada goose 116, tundra swan 0, American wigeon 40, American black duck 0, mallard 62, canvasback 563, redhead 1 male, canvasback X redhead hybrid (I think) 1 male, lesser scaup 855, surf scoter 41, white-winged scoter 6, long-tailed duck 24, bufflehead 145, common goldeneye 48, common merganser 17 (high altitude flybys), ruddy duck 0,


horned grebe 4, double-crested cormorant 2, great blue heron 1 (in full nuptial plumage), turkey vulture 1, bald eagle 1 adult (perched RIGHT NEXT TO a house, in a cypress, by the pond at Chelsea Drive), Cooper’s hawk 1 (views on 3 occasions, flying and perched), American coot 2, ring-billed gull 445, herring gull 150, great black-backed gull 11 (most gulls sitting on the old bridge span; these numbers probably too low), fish crow 1, American robin 9, northern mockingbird 2, European starling 160, song sparrow 3, slate-colored junco 3, and common grackle 6 plus 3 gray squirrels.


THE HYBRID. Perhaps the same bird present a year ago. Looks like a typical male redhead, but the sides are almost white, not gray, the profile is slightly more canvasback-like, the whitish ring on the bill looks like a redhead’s, is neat, not larger as it would be for a Common Pochard, which for a while is what it was thought it might be a year ago.


[mostly off topic] SUPER BOWL. As mentioned above, nice to see an eagle at its nest as I motored south while the Philadelphia Eagles victory parade was going on elsewhere. Our 3 children, 3 grandchildren, their friends, and others we know were all there for the parade, carefully, painstakingly, estimated by a team of crowd experts of Manchester Metropolitan University at 700,000, on a very cold, windy day.


Philadelphia’s population was 1,556,600 in 2013, but of course many came from the suburbs and elsewhere. The 5-county PA metropolitan area combined with the city has c. 4,000,000 folks. Then there’s several million (?) more from nearby NJ counties. So, perhaps 1 person in 9, or more, from this area were there.


Good turnout, eh? Liz and I watched the Super Bowl at Mary’s place with her 2 boys. Mary has an official Eagles sweatshirt with Jay Ajayi’s name, 86, a black running back with dreadlocks from, where else?, Great Britain. When the game was over Mary broke out her champagne.


After a few minutes she and I took to nearby Market Street, with some of the champagne, to see the celebrations. Fun giving high fives to lots of strangers, hear the shouting and dancing, and see victory riders going by, honking like crazy, some in a red convertible flying big flags.


A Bald Eagle, a beautiful adult named “Challenger”, 28 years old, is flown sometimes at the games, has appeared in the World Series. Challenger, named to commemorate the tragic space shot, is a rescue, lost from a Louisiana nest in 1990, has appeared at some 350 public events. There are at least 2 Bald Eagle nests within the city limits.


Sometimes I feel the game MVP should be from the losing team. Patriot’s quarterback Tom Brady threw for an incredible 505 yards. But after the game neither he nor coach Belichick went over to congratulate their Eagles counterparts.


Massive gatherings I have been to include one of the Flyers’ victory parades and the gargantuan 1969 anti-Vietnam War demonstration in Washington, where, in the midst of crowds as far as one could see, including the entire Cleveland Orchestra, I saw a Brown Creeper working its way up a tree in the Mall. I regret missing the Eagles’ victory parade.


What made this so special were the second stringers stepping up after 7 or 8 key players were injured during the course of the season, enabling the Eagles to end with a 16-3 record. That’s a deep bench, although at the time no one really expected it. The prejudices were that the Eagles were mostly has beens, not yets, and the injured.


But they beat the best. And the parade went off well. This team doesn’t have a great hot dog, huge egos, arrogance rating. Nice to see such players excel. The game MVP quarterback, Nick Foles, wants to become a minister.


In the playoffs the Eagles beat the Falcons in what I call the Raptor Bowl. Ted Turner, of Georgia, is environmentally friendly, I suppose is responsible for variously naming Atlanta’s sports teams, the Falcons, the Hawks, and the Thrashers. Then there are (or in some cases have been) the Sea Hawks, Orioles, Cardinals, Mighty Ducks, Raptors, Red Wings, Blue Jays, Pelicans, Penguins, Black Hawks, Delmarva Shorebirds, Rufous-browed Peppershrikes (just kidding) et al. It doesn’t hurt our advocating birds to have pro sports teams named for them.


Best to all. - Harry Armistead, Philadelphia.

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Date: 2/12/18 10:28 am
From: Robert McLean <tmclean1090...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Cooper's or Sharp-shinned Hawk?
The rounded tail indicates Cooper's Hawk. Also, relative to the body
length, the tail is long, and this also indicates Cooper's.

My two cents,

Taylor McLean
Towson, MD

On Feb 12, 2018 9:59 AM, "Tom Marko" <kingbird123...> wrote:

This photo was taken this morning when the hawk flew into a Wash, DC metro
station in pursuit of a sparrow. It was sent to me asking for help with
the ID.
IMHO, Cooper's Hawk.

Tom Marko
Alexandria, VA
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Date: 2/12/18 9:05 am
From: Noah Comet <noahcomet...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Cooper's or Sharp-shinned Hawk?
Cooper's for me. With a Sharp-Shinned, the head would usually appear less
prominent, and (easier to see zoomed in) the nape would be darker than it
is here. That said, I'd never bet the farm on an accipiter ID. Did the
hawk make it out ok? (With or without its meal?)






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> This photo was taken this morning when the hawk flew into a Wash, DC metro
> station in pursuit of a sparrow. It was sent to me asking for help with
> the ID.
> IMHO, Cooper's Hawk.
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Date: 2/12/18 6:59 am
From: Tom Marko <kingbird123...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Cooper's or Sharp-shinned Hawk?
This photo was taken this morning when the hawk flew into a Wash, DC metro station in pursuit of a sparrow. It was sent to me asking for help with the ID.
IMHO, Cooper's Hawk.

Tom Marko
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Date: 2/12/18 6:53 am
From: Debbie Taylor <debrataylor11...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Painted Bunting at Masonville Cove
Any sightings today of the green-type Painted Bunting at Masonville Cove? Thanks




On Saturday, February 10, 2018 at 10:59:33 AM UTC-5, Matt Hafner wrote:
> Claire Wayner and Keith Costley just found a green-type Painted Bunting at the Masonville Cove Education Center in Baltimore City.  It’s being the center, and even coming to the feeder.  Note they are only open until 1pm today and closed tomorrow. 
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> Nice find guys!
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Date: 2/12/18 6:28 am
From: Joe Hanfman <auk1844...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Iceland Gull, Caroline Co.
The Iceland Gull is in a large flock of gulls at 2968 Hunting Creek Rd.

Lesser Black-backed Gull at the Choptank Marina.

Joe Hanfman
Columbia, MD

> On Feb 11, 2018, at 1:00 PM, John Hubbell <johngilhub1...> wrote:
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> There is a large gull flock near Choptank in Caroline Co. on Hunting Creek Rd at Blades Rd., including an Iceland Gull and a Lesser Black-backed.
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Date: 2/12/18 6:12 am
From: 'Bird couple' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] More grebe ID help please. Horned with a Pied-billed?
Ted: the smaller, mostly brown bird is a Pied-Billed Grebe. The other is a Horned Grebe.

Good Birding!

Warren Strobel
Annapolis

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> On Feb 12, 2018, at 8:53 AM, Ted on Little Round Bay <akbar...> wrote:
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> Thanks for any thoughts. This is Little Round Bay on the Severn in Crownsville.
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> These 2 guys were hanging out with a pair of Buffleheads just now.
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Date: 2/12/18 5:53 am
From: Ted on Little Round Bay <akbar...>
Subject: [MDBirding] More grebe ID help please. Horned with a Pied-billed?
Thanks for any thoughts. This is Little Round Bay on the Severn in Crownsville.

These 2 guys were hanging out with a pair of Buffleheads just now.

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Date: 2/11/18 10:11 am
From: Tom Kimbis <tom.kimbis...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Potomac completely fogged over. Don't bother looking for waterfowl from C&O.
....At least in the area from Washington up to Riley's Lock...

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Date: 2/11/18 10:00 am
From: John Hubbell <johngilhub1...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Iceland Gull, Caroline Co.
There is a large gull flock near Choptank in Caroline Co. on Hunting Creek Rd at Blades Rd., including an Iceland Gull and a Lesser Black-backed.

John Hubbell
Washington DC


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Date: 2/11/18 7:42 am
From: Stephanie Lovell <amorellovell...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Next Montgomery Bird Club Meeting
[image: Inline image 1]

When George Jett retired form the EPA he took off around the world to
photograph critical species. This program is from his May 2011 trip to
Ethiopia. Please join us for this entertaining program on Wednesday,
February 21st at the Potomac Presbyterian Church, 10301 River Road. Doors
open at 7:00 p.m., refreshments 7:30 and meeting starts at 8:00 p.m
Look forward to seeing you there.
Stephanie Lovell

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Date: 2/11/18 4:56 am
From: 'Bill Hubick' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Luecistic Bufflehead
Thanks, Patty and Kyle!  Cool bird.

Photo archived at MBP. Thanks for your continued support.https://www.marylandbiodiversity.com/viewSpecies.php?species=936
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From: Patty Craig <walelu67.2...>
To: Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Sent: Friday, February 9, 2018 5:34 PM
Subject: [MDBirding] Luecistic Bufflehead

Hi All,

Kyle Rambo asked me to photograph a very white male Bufflehead that has been hanging around the West Basin on Pax River Naval Air Station.  He also requested that I post a photo on a public site for those interested in unusual plumages.

Patty Craig
ST. Mary's County, MD

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Date: 2/11/18 4:24 am
From: mjabdy via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Snowy Owl just across state line in WV
I know this isn't a MD sighting, but is easily accessible for residents of Washington and Frederick Counties. Snowy Owl on Currie Road in Ranson, WV. Spent much of yesterday afternoon perched on a fallen tree in the middle of a winter wheat/rye field opposite 686 Currie Rd. The owner of the farm the bird is on does not want visitors on his property (requested in a nice way). You could see the bird easily with bins or scope.

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Date: 2/10/18 5:31 pm
From: Les R Becker <lesrbecker2...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Snowy Owl on Hooper Islands?
Wondering if anyone has info on a Snow Owl reportedly seen st 1300 today at Hooper Islands on a nest box near the bridge. We drove through later today but no success. We did see 24 Buffleheads...very nice

Les

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Date: 2/10/18 2:56 pm
From: 'Bird couple' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Iceland Gull at Annapolis Junction
It’s a recycling facility in Jessup, Maryland just along the Anne Arundel-Howard County line. Google Maps gives the address as 8077 Brock Bridge Road.

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> On Feb 10, 2018, at 5:18 PM, Mike Lathroum <kmlathroum...> wrote:
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> Is there a street address or better location for those of another familiar with this spot?
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> To: Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
> Sent: Sat, Feb 10, 2018 1:00 pm
> Subject: [MDBirding] Iceland Gull at Annapolis Junction
>
> After running a 5k in Severna Park this morning, and just before the rains got heavier, I headed over to Annapolis Junction Transfer Station off Dorsey Run Road to look for the Glaucous Gull found by Joe Hanfman.
>
> I thought that I had relocated it. But the more I looked at the gull in question, it didn't seem quite right - smaller and paler than a Glaucous Gull and with an all-dark bill, not the two-tone bill Joe had described. Definitely an Iceland Gull, probably a 1st Year. I could not find other pale gulls after the rain picked up, so the Glaucous could still be around as well.
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> Good Birding!
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Date: 2/10/18 2:18 pm
From: Mike Lathroum <kmlathroum...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Iceland Gull at Annapolis Junction
Is there a street address or better location for those of another familiar with this spot?



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Subject: [MDBirding] Iceland Gull at Annapolis Junction



After running a 5k in Severna Park this morning, and just before the rains got heavier, I headed over to Annapolis Junction Transfer Station off Dorsey Run Road to look for the Glaucous Gull found by Joe Hanfman.


I thought that I had relocated it. But the more I looked at the gull in question, it didn't seem quite right - smaller and paler than a Glaucous Gull and with an all-dark bill, not the two-tone bill Joe had described. Definitely an Iceland Gull, probably a 1st Year. I could not find other pale gulls after the rain picked up, so the Glaucous could still be around as well.


Good Birding!


Warren Strobel
Annapolis, MD

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Date: 2/10/18 12:03 pm
From: Mark Rositol <mrositol510...>
Subject: [MDBirding] WWSC at Wharf Rd PG
Reported earlier on Ebird by Byron Swift is stil here. Beautiful drake close up.

Mark Rositol
Fort Washington, MD

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Date: 2/10/18 11:37 am
From: Warblerick <ricksussman1955...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Iceland Gull at Annapolis Junction
The Iceland Gull has been reported there for about a month.

Rick Sussma
Woodbine, MD

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Date: 2/10/18 11:37 am
From: John Eckard <jreckard191...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Iceland Gull at Annapolis Junction
On Feb 10, 2018 1:00 PM, "'Warren and Lisa Strobel' via Maryland & DC
Birding" <mdbirding...> wrote:

> After running a 5k in Severna Park this morning, and just before the rains
> got heavier, I headed over to Annapolis Junction Transfer Station off
> Dorsey Run Road to look for the Glaucous Gull found by Joe Hanfman.
>
> I thought that I had relocated it. But the more I looked at the gull in
> question, it didn't seem quite right - smaller and paler than a Glaucous
> Gull and with an all-dark bill, not the two-tone bill Joe had described.
> Definitely an Iceland Gull, probably a 1st Year. I could not find other
> pale gulls after the rain picked up, so the Glaucous could still be around
> as well.
>
> Good Birding!
>
> Warren Strobel
> Annapolis, MD
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Date: 2/10/18 11:37 am
From: Orietta <orietta.candela...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Long-tailed Ducks - Montgomery County
I looked today between 11-12, they weren’t there.

On Thursday, February 8, 2018 at 3:31:54 PM UTC-5, Jim Green wrote:
> Presently a pair on 10 Mile Creek side of the causeway in Little Seneca Lake seen off of Rt 121 (Black Hill Regional Park).
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Date: 2/10/18 10:00 am
From: 'Warren and Lisa Strobel' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Iceland Gull at Annapolis Junction
After running a 5k in Severna Park this morning, and just before the rains got heavier, I headed over to Annapolis Junction Transfer Station off Dorsey Run Road to look for the Glaucous Gull found by Joe Hanfman.
I thought that I had relocated it. But the more I looked at the gull in question, it didn't seem quite right - smaller and paler than a Glaucous Gull and with an all-dark bill, not the two-tone bill Joe had described. Definitely an Iceland Gull, probably a 1st Year. I could not find other pale gulls after the rain picked up, so the Glaucous could still be around as well.
Good Birding!
Warren StrobelAnnapolis, MD  

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Date: 2/10/18 7:59 am
From: Matt Hafner <hafner.matt...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Painted Bunting at Masonville Cove
Claire Wayner and Keith Costley just found a green-type Painted Bunting at the Masonville Cove Education Center in Baltimore City. It’s being the center, and even coming to the feeder. Note they are only open until 1pm today and closed tomorrow.

http://masonvillecove.org/

Nice find guys!


Matt Hafner
Forest Hill, Md

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Date: 2/10/18 6:59 am
From: Matt Hafner <hafner.matt...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] ID Help please. Horned grebes?
Looks like you have 2 Red-necked Grebes. Note the longer, yellow toned bill, and a duskier throat than Horned Grebes. Nice find!

Matt Hafner
Forest Hill, MD

> On Feb 10, 2018, at 9:53 AM, Ted on Little Round Bay <akbar...> wrote:
>
> These were on Little Round Bay on the Severn River (Crownsville) Near a large flock (2 dozen) Common Mergansers.
>
> 1. are these 2 birds the same species?
> 2. Horned grebes?
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> Thanks guys.
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Date: 2/10/18 6:54 am
From: Ted on Little Round Bay <akbar...>
Subject: [MDBirding] ID Help please. Horned grebes?
These were on Little Round Bay on the Severn River (Crownsville) Near a large flock (2 dozen) Common Mergansers.

1. are these 2 birds the same species?
2. Horned grebes?

Thanks guys.

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Date: 2/10/18 6:02 am
From: Joe Hanfman <auk1844...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Re: Eider at PLSP
The female King Eider continues at Point Lookout. At the point on the bay side.


Joe Hanfman
Columbia, MD

> On Feb 9, 2018, at 5:38 PM, Patty Craig <walelu67.2...> wrote:
>
>> On Thursday, February 8, 2018 at 11:37:29 AM UTC-5, Patty Craig wrote:
>> There is a female eider at Point Lookout State Park today, 2-8-2018.The waves and distance make identification difficult, but I believe it's a King. A gentleman here saw it earlier and agrees.
>>
>> Patty Craig
>> St. Mary's Count,Md
>
> I went back to PLSP later in the afternoon to take Anne Bishop to see the King Eider. It was a bit calmer then so I managed to get these photos.
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Date: 2/9/18 4:37 pm
From: Tom Kimbis <tom.kimbis...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Long-tailed Ducks - Montgomery County
On Thursday, February 8, 2018 at 3:31:54 PM UTC-5, Jim Green wrote:
> Presently a pair on 10 Mile Creek side of the causeway in Little Seneca Lake seen off of Rt 121 (Black Hill Regional Park).
>
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Were not present today between 750 - 900 am. Perhaps tomorrow....

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Date: 2/9/18 2:38 pm
From: Patty Craig <walelu67.2...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Eider at PLSP
On Thursday, February 8, 2018 at 11:37:29 AM UTC-5, Patty Craig wrote:
> There is a female eider at Point Lookout State Park today, 2-8-2018.The waves and distance make identification difficult, but I believe it's a King. A gentleman here saw it earlier and agrees.
>
> Patty Craig
> St. Mary's Count,Md

I went back to PLSP later in the afternoon to take Anne Bishop to see the King Eider. It was a bit calmer then so I managed to get these photos.

Patty Craig

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Date: 2/9/18 2:38 pm
From: Hugh David Fleischmann <david...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Pelagic Trip Tix available
I have come down with the flu and I’m unable to attend the Paulagics trip tomorrow morning. I know it’s last minute but I am offering a free ticket to the first person that responds to me.

Awesome Birding in 2018!

H. David Fleischmann
410-598-9292
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Date: 2/9/18 2:34 pm
From: Patty Craig <walelu67.2...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Luecistic Bufflehead
Hi All,

Kyle Rambo asked me to photograph a very white male Bufflehead that has been hanging around the West Basin on Pax River Naval Air Station. He also requested that I post a photo on a public site for those interested in unusual plumages.

Patty Craig
ST. Mary's County, MD

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Date: 2/9/18 7:33 am
From: 'John Landers Baltimore,MD' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Snowy Owl
On bathhouse 6 Assateague State Park
John Landers
Baltimore

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Date: 2/8/18 2:35 pm
From: 'Carol McClelland' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Chevy Chase —path from trestle bridge near E-W highway north to Aud.Nat. Soc. Trail
I walked it today at noon and had a winter wren and golden-crowned kinglet.

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Date: 2/8/18 2:21 pm
From: thbeal via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] RC Kinglet
This is the first winter om my 28 years in Glenn Dale that a Ruby-crowned Kinglet has wintered at our feeders. It comes every day to feed on suet (both plain and insect) and pick up small bits of the dried grubs I leave out for the wrens.




Tom Beal
Glenn Dale, MD

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Date: 2/8/18 1:05 pm
From: Clayton Koonce <cg.koonce...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Hooded merganser attacks horned grebe; Lake Kittamaqundi
On Thursday, February 8, 2018 at 3:49:50 PM UTC-5, Jim Stasz wrote:
> By this time of the year immature male Hooded Mergansers have yellow eyes. Females have brown eyes.
>
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> Birding at Lake Kittamaqundi in Columbia was interesting today. A horned grebe and a female lesser scaup were mixing with a flock of hooded mergansers. (Second time a female LESC has been here this week.) Suddenly, one female hoodie decided that she didn't like the grebe and proceeded to attack it. She didn't stop until she chased the grebe out of the flock, although the grebe eventually rejoined the mergansers without any further trouble. My photos taken from across the lake are fuzzy but show a rather ferocious hooded merganser and a confused horned grebe. (It is a female hoodie, not an immature male?) I'm attaching one photo here, and my sequence showing the attack is included in the eBird list linked below.
>
> Additionally, a relatively large flock of cedar waxwings was active on trees near the restaurant row at the Lakefront. I count at least 110 in my photos of the flock. Bonnie Ott was observing them already and said they had been feeding on hawthorn berries at that spot for a couple of hours. (I'm looking forward to Bonnie's presentation on sparrows at the Howard County Bird Club meeting tonight.)
>
>
> https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S42597001
>
>
> Clayton Koonce
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Thanks. I see the yellow eyes of the attacker. Correction made in my eBird list.

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Date: 2/8/18 12:49 pm
From: 'Jim Stasz' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: RE: [MDBirding] Hooded merganser attacks horned grebe; Lake Kittamaqundi
By this time of the year immature male Hooded Mergansers have yellow eyes. Females have brown eyes.

Jim Stasz
North Beach MD
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On Thursday, February 8, 2018 Clayton Koonce <cg.koonce...> wrote:

Birding at Lake Kittamaqundi in Columbia was interesting today. A horned grebe and a female lesser scaup were mixing with a flock of hooded mergansers. (Second time a female LESC has been here this week.) Suddenly, one female hoodie decided that she didn't like the grebe and proceeded to attack it. She didn't stop until she chased the grebe out of the flock, although the grebe eventually rejoined the mergansers without any further trouble. My photos taken from across the lake are fuzzy but show a rather ferocious hooded merganser and a confused horned grebe. (It is a female hoodie, not an immature male?) I'm attaching one photo here, and my sequence showing the attack is included in the eBird list linked below.

Additionally, a relatively large flock of cedar waxwings was active on trees near the restaurant row at the Lakefront. I count at least 110 in my photos of the flock. Bonnie Ott was observing them already and said they had been feeding on hawthorn berries at that spot for a couple of hours. (I'm looking forward to Bonnie's presentation on sparrows at the Howard County Bird Club meeting tonight.)


https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S42597001


Clayton Koonce
Columbia, Maryland
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Date: 2/8/18 12:47 pm
From: Clayton Koonce <cg.koonce...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Hooded merganser attacks horned grebe; Lake Kittamaqundi

Birding at Lake Kittamaqundi in Columbia was interesting today. A horned grebe and a female lesser scaup were mixing with a flock of hooded mergansers. (Second time a female LESC has been here this week.) Suddenly, one female hoodie decided that she didn't like the grebe and proceeded to attack it. She didn't stop until she chased the grebe out of the flock, although the grebe eventually rejoined the mergansers without any further trouble. My photos taken from across the lake are fuzzy but show a rather ferocious hooded merganser and a confused horned grebe. (It is a female hoodie, not an immature male?) I'm attaching one photo here, and my sequence showing the attack is included in the eBird list linked below.

Additionally, a relatively large flock of cedar waxwings was active on trees near the restaurant row at the Lakefront. I count at least 110 in my photos of the flock. Bonnie Ott was observing them already and said they had been feeding on hawthorn berries at that spot for a couple of hours. (I'm looking forward to Bonnie's presentation on sparrows at the Howard County Bird Club meeting tonight.)


https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S42597001


Clayton Koonce
Columbia, Maryland
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Date: 2/8/18 12:34 pm
From: christine ley <chrisley21...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Tree swallow over Potomac
1 tree swallow catching bugs over the river great falls today.
Chris Ley
Bethesda

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Date: 2/8/18 12:32 pm
From: Jim Green <jkgbirdman53...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Long-tailed Ducks - Montgomery County
Presently a pair on 10 Mile Creek side of the causeway in Little Seneca Lake seen off of Rt 121 (Black Hill Regional Park).

Jim Green
Gaithersburg MD

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Date: 2/8/18 10:49 am
From: pbudde <pbudde...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] MD/DC Records Committee updates to the DC and MD lists

Thanks for sharing this information, Phil ( and committee). The thoroughness and transparency of the committee is to be applauded. 
Paul
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-------- Original message --------From: Phil Davis <pdavis...> Date: 2/8/18 1:09 PM (GMT-05:00) To: MDbirding <mdbirding...> Subject: [MDBirding] MD/DC Records Committee updates to the DC and MD lists

MD/DC Birders:


Web Updates. The MD/DC Records Committee (MD/DCRC) has posted
updates to committee web page
(
http://www.mdbirds.org/mddcrc/rcindex.html). Here, you can find
updated Official Lists of the Birds of MD and DC; the committee's updated
MD and DC Review Lists, our updated abridged MD and DC database
summaries, plus other committee information.




Changes to MD and DC State Lists: The following updates reflect
decisions from recent committee review packages 170 and 171:



DC Additions: Since our last MDBirding update was posted,
Mississippi Kite was accepted and added to the DC List, raising
the DC species total to 339.



MD Changes: Since the last MDBirding update was posted, the
following species were added to the MD list: Sharp-tailed
Sandpiper*, Masked Booby, Crested Caracara, and
Shiny Cowbird. However, the 2006 MD Cape Verde Shearwater*
was reopened and re-reviewed and the result was that it was Not Accepted,
removing it from the Official MD list. These net changes raise the total
number of accepted MD species to 452.




*Notes:


Sharp-tailed Sandpiper: On one web listing, the MD Sharp-tailed
Sandpiper is shown as having been accepted in 2016. This has been
corrected and future updates will reflect that it was accepted in
2017.


Cape Verde Shearwater: Since this was the second North American
report for this species, the committee decisions have wide interest. For
those who would like to learn more about these decisions and the 
decision process, the following links may be of interest:



Re-opened Not Accepted Decision. This link provides the
rationale for the recent Not Accepted decision:


        

https://mddcrcresources.wordpress.com/2018/02/08/reopened-maryland-2006-cape-verde-shearwater-not-accepted-decision/




Re-opening Rationale: This link provides earlier background
information and additional details on the motion to reopen the original
record:



        

https://mddcrcresources.wordpress.com/2016/02/09/potential-reopenning-of-marylands-cape-verde-shearwater/




Thanks to MOS Webmaster, John Christy for posting the updates to the
official MOS MD/DCRC web page.


Phil



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MD/DC Records Committee

2549 Vale Court

Davidsonville, Maryland  21035     USA

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MD/DCRC Web site: 

http://www.MDBirds.org/mddcrc/rcindex.html

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Date: 2/8/18 10:12 am
From: Phil Davis <pdavis...>
Subject: [MDBirding] MD/DC Records Committee updates to the DC and MD lists
MD/DC Birders:

Web Updates. The MD/DC Records Committee (MD/DCRC) has posted updates
to committee web page ( http://www.mdbirds.org/mddcrc/rcindex.html).
Here, you can find updated Official Lists of the Birds of MD and DC;
the committee's updated MD and DC Review Lists, our updated abridged
MD and DC database summaries, plus other committee information.


Changes to MD and DC State Lists: The following updates reflect
decisions from recent committee review packages 170 and 171:

DC Additions: Since our last MDBirding update was posted,
Mississippi Kite was accepted and added to the DC List, raising
the DC species total to 339.

MD Changes: Since the last MDBirding update was posted, the
following species were added to the MD list: Sharp-tailed
Sandpiper*, Masked Booby, Crested Caracara, and Shiny Cowbird.
However, the 2006 MD Cape Verde Shearwater* was reopened and
re-reviewed and the result was that it was Not Accepted,
removing it from the Official MD list. These net changes raise
the total number of accepted MD species to 452.


*Notes:

Sharp-tailed Sandpiper: On one web listing, the MD Sharp-tailed
Sandpiper is shown as having been accepted in 2016. This has been
corrected and future updates will reflect that it was accepted in
2017.

Cape Verde Shearwater: Since this was the second North American report
for this species, the committee decisions have wide interest. For
those who would like to learn more about these decisions and the
decision process, the following links may be of interest:

Re-opened Not Accepted Decision. This link provides the
rationale for the recent Not Accepted decision:

https://mddcrcresources.wordpress.com/2018/02/08/reopened-maryland-2006-cape-verde-shearwater-not-accepted-decision/

Re-opening Rationale: This link provides earlier background
information and additional details on the motion to reopen the
original record:

https://mddcrcresources.wordpress.com/2016/02/09/potential-reopenning-of-marylands-cape-verde-shearwater/


Thanks to MOS Webmaster, John Christy for posting the updates to the
official MOS MD/DCRC web page.

Phil

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MD/DC Records Committee
2549 Vale Court
Davidsonville, Maryland 21035 USA
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Date: 2/8/18 8:37 am
From: Patty Craig <walelu67.2...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Eider at PLSP
There is a female eider at Point Lookout State Park today, 2-8-2018.The waves and distance make identification difficult, but I believe it's a King. A gentleman here saw it earlier and agrees.

Patty Craig
St. Mary's Count,Md

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Date: 2/8/18 8:37 am
From: john pangborn <pangborn.john19...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Black Hill Regional Park Feb 08, 2018
Black Hill Regional Park
Feb 08, 2018
8:34 AM
Traveling
0.39 miles
45 minutes
All birds reported? Yes
Comments:

593 Canada Goose
4 Gadwall
61 Mallard
6 Ring-necked Duck
9 Hooded Merganser
2 Common Merganser
1 Red-breasted Merganser
4 Pied-billed Grebe
1 Great Blue Heron
19 American Coot
1 Mourning Dove
1 Carolina Chickadee
2 Dark-eyed Junco
8 House Finch
5 American Goldfinch

Number of Taxa: 15

Black Hill RP--Little Seneca Lake, Rte.121
Feb 08, 2018
7:39 AM
Traveling
0.26 miles
23 minutes
All birds reported? Yes
Comments:

321 Canada Goose
2 Bufflehead
4 Common Goldeneye
4 Hooded Merganser
14 Common Merganser
2 gull sp.

Number of Taxa: 6

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Date: 2/8/18 6:01 am
From: 'MikeBowen' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Daedalus Books closing // Daedalus Pond eBird hotspot
On Sunday, February 4, 2018 at 8:01:01 AM UTC-5, Clayton Koonce wrote:
> The Daedalus Books & Music Warehouse Outlet on Gerwig Lane in Columbia has been a good, low-price source of birding and other nature books, among other things. As some might know now, the store just announced that it is closing. A sale with 20% off everything is in progress for this month, then they close. (There are some unhappy employees who were not told of this development until just before the announcement. Daedalus reportedly has been acquired by a new owner, who is moving headquarters to Ohio, where they will continue mail and online order business.)
>
> I made what probably will be my last visit yesterday and bought one of the few remaining copies of "Owls of the World", the Yale book by Konig and Weick (second edition). I noticed plenty of other birding books still in the nature section.
>
> Adjacent to the employee parking lot on the side of the warehouse is a stormwater management pond which I submitted as a hotspot on eBird about a year or so ago. I was in the habit of checking this pond and surrounding vegetation and trees before or after visits to the store. After finding young green herons, a resident pair of red-shouldered hawks, some common warblers, northern waterthrush, solitary and spotted sandpipers and other birds here, it seemed a good birding spot with potential for unusual species. Did not see any green herons there last summer, but I and one or two other birders found orioles, blue grosbeaks, indigo buntings, a hummingbird and a Wilson's snipe during 2017. Waterfowl so far have been limited to mallards and Canada geese. One drizzly day last summer, I saw a gigantic snapping turtle moving around in the shallow water before disappearing into a deep area. It's also a great spot for butterflies and dragonflies.
>
> I dubbed the location Daedalus Pond when I submitted it as a hotspot. I suppose it can retain that name on eBird, also in honor of the store, which will be missed. I don't know what business will replace Daedalus, but I'll keep an eye on developments and status of access to the pond.
>
> Link to the hotspot overview for Daedalus Pond:
>
> https://ebird.org/hotspot/L4716866?yr=all&m=&rank=mrec
>
> My Flickr album for Daedalus Pond:
>
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/134809780@N03/albums/72157671913040010
>
>
> Clayton Koonce
> Columbia, Md.
> member, Howard County Bird Club

I would guess that eBird will continue to call the Hotspot here "Daedalus Pond" even after the lamented bookstore is gone. It depends in part on what entity supplants Daedalus Books.

Only Clayton and Allen Lewis have recorded eBird checklists at this location. Clayton has rung up 46 species, which is pretty darned good for such a small pond. There is obviously an opportunity to do some eBirding here for those who go to the store to take advantage of the final sale. I'm planning on doing that myself.

Michael Bowen
Bethesda
eBird Hotspot Reviewer for Maryland

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Date: 2/8/18 5:43 am
From: Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Lark Sparrow
And post to this list, because some birders do not do eBird. (Although they should, hint hint...😜)

Gail Mackiernan
Colesville,MD

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> On Feb 8, 2018, at 8:19 AM, Hugh McGuinness <hdmcguinness...> wrote:
>
> The bird has been seen intermittently over the last two months, and was observed last weekend. The best place to find it has been at the intersection of Valley Rd and Meadow Rd, especially along the first 50 m of the stream bed to the northeast. At other times it has been at the little pond to the NW of the intersection and along the road to the south. Please e-bird it if you find it.
>
> Hugh
>
>> On Thu, Feb 8, 2018 at 7:34 AM, missy Placed <9nationals...> wrote:
>> Is the bird still present at the National Arboretum? Where is the best place to check? Tnx.
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Date: 2/8/18 5:33 am
From: missy Placed <9nationals...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Lark Sparrow
Thank you!

Will do.

> On Feb 8, 2018, at 8:19 AM, Hugh McGuinness <hdmcguinness...> wrote:
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> The bird has been seen intermittently over the last two months, and was observed last weekend. The best place to find it has been at the intersection of Valley Rd and Meadow Rd, especially along the first 50 m of the stream bed to the northeast. At other times it has been at the little pond to the NW of the intersection and along the road to the south. Please e-bird it if you find it.
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Date: 2/8/18 5:19 am
From: Hugh McGuinness <hdmcguinness...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Lark Sparrow
The bird has been seen intermittently over the last two months, and was
observed last weekend. The best place to find it has been at the
intersection of Valley Rd and Meadow Rd, especially along the first 50 m of
the stream bed to the northeast. At other times it has been at the little
pond to the NW of the intersection and along the road to the south. Please
e-bird it if you find it.

Hugh

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Date: 2/8/18 5:06 am
From: 'Bird couple' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Lark Sparrow
I and another birder saw it last Saturday. It was to the south of the intersection of Valley and Meadow roads, in brushy area alongside the small stream there. Good luck!

Warren Strobel
Annapolis

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Date: 2/8/18 4:34 am
From: missy Placed <9nationals...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Lark Sparrow
Is the bird still present at the National Arboretum? Where is the best place to check? Tnx.

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Date: 2/7/18 8:21 pm
From: Gerry Hawkins <maineusa...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Voice of the Naturalist; Greater DC area; 2/6/18
Hotline: Voice of the Naturalist
Date: 2/6/2018
Coverage: MD/DC/VA/central and southern DE/WV panhandle
Reports, comments and questions: <voice...>
Compiler: Rick and Nancy Sussman
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/>
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This is the Voice of the Naturalist, a service of the Audubon
Naturalist Society. This report covers the week starting Tuesday,
January 30 and was completed on Tuesday, February 6, at 9:30 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 WESTERN GREBE* in MD, THICK-BILLED MURRE*
in MD, LARK SPARROW* in DC, HARRIS'S SPARROW* in MD and YELLOW-HEADED
BLACKBIRD* in MD.

Other birds of interest included SNOW GOOSE, ROSS'S GOOSE,
GREATER-WHITE FRONTED GOOSE, CACKLING GOOSE, TRUMPETER SWAN, HARLEQUIN
DUCK, LONG-TAILED DUCK, RED-NECKED GREBE, COMMON GALLINULE, SANDHILL
CRANE, DUNLIN, WILSON'S SNIPE, SPOTTED SANDPIPER, RAZORBILL,
BLACK-HEADED GULL, ICELAND GULL, GLAUCOUS GULL, RED-THROATED LOON,
DOUBLE-CRESTED and GREAT CORMORANTS, AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN and BROWN
PELICAN, AMERICAN BITTERN, ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, GOLDEN EAGLE, SNOWY OWL,
SHORT-EARED OWL, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, LOGGERHEAD and NORTHERN
SHRIKES, COMMON RAVEN, TREE SWALLOW, RED CROSSBILL, PINE SISKIN,
LAPLAND LONGSPUR, CLAY-COLORED and VESPER SPARROWS, BALTIMORE ORIOLE,
RUSTY BLACKBIRD, warblers, and WESTERN TANAGER.

TOP BIRDS

A WESTERN GREBE* was spotted and photographed, in less-than-ideal
conditions, off the South Point Boat Ramp in Worcester Co, MD in
mid-afternoon on Feb 2.

A photographer snapped a shot of a THICK-BILLED MURRE* and mistakenly
thought it was a Dovekie until corrected by a MD birder, at the jetty
at Ocean City Inlet, Worcester Co, MD on Feb 3. It was not relocated.

The LARK SPARROW* continues to be seen at the National Arboretum in NE
DC, with the most recent sighting on Feb 4.

The wintering HARRIS'S SPARROW* along the Anacostia River Trail in
Prince George's Co, MD continued to be seen on Jan 31, and Feb 1, 2, 3
and 4.

A YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD* has been seen off and on at Fort Howard
Veterans Park, and vicinity, Baltimore Co, MD on Feb 1, 2, 3 and 4.

OTHER BIRDS OF INTEREST

SNOW GOOSE reports this week came from Penns Hill Rd. in Charles Co,
MD on Jan 30 and 31, another continuing bird at Kershner's Pond in
Frederick Co, MD on Jan 31, a continuing bird at Piney Run Reservoir
in Carroll Co, MD on Jan 31, and another in Jarrettsville, Harford Co,
MD on Feb 1. ROSS'S GEESE were seen at Lake Frederick in Frederick Co,
VA on Jan 31, and one in Rockingham Co, VA on Feb 2 and 3, while
another was seen at Prime Hook NWR-Fowler Beach, Sussex Co, DE on Feb
3. GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE reports have dwindled from the past few
weeks, with four seen at Lake Artemesia, Prince George's Co, MD on Feb
3, two continuing at Foggy Branch Farm Ponds, Montgomery Co, VA on Jan
30, another the same day at Manassas National Battlefield Park in
Prince William Co, VA, and a single bird at the Rockingham Memorial
Hospital Health Campus in Rockingham Co, VA on Feb 1. CACKLING GOOSE
reports came from the Foggy Branch Farm Ponds, Montgomery Co, VA and
Sherwood Lakes in Virginia Beach, VA on Jan 30, and Lake Fairfax in
Fairfax Co, VA on Jan 31, and Feb 2.

TRUMPETER SWANS were spotted at Lake Elkhorn, Howard Co, MD on Jan 30
and 31, and Feb 1, 3, 4 and 5, and another pair at a pond off
Owensville Rd, Anne Arundel Co, MD on Feb 3. In VA, six birds were
seen at the Clifton Institute (restricted access) in Fauquier Co on
Jan 31 and Feb 3, a single bird continued at the Ivy Street Ponds in
Waynesboro, on Jan 31 and Feb 4 and 5, and four were seen at the
Daleville Ponds in Botetourt Co, on Feb 3.

A female HARLEQUIN DUCK continued in Luke, Allegany Co, MD on Jan 31,
and was seen again on Feb 2. On Feb 5, a pair of LONG-TAILED DUCKS
were seen at the C&O Canal-Riley's Lock, Montgomery Co, MD.

RED-NECKED GREBES were seen from many locations this week, including
two at the South Point Boat Ramp in Worcester Co, MD on Feb 1, 3 and
4, another at Kingston Landing, Talbot Co, MD on Feb 3, 4 and 5, one
reported from Delaware Seashore State Park, Sussex Co, DE on Feb 1, 3,
and 4, one at Lake Mooney Park, Stafford Co, VA on Jan 31 and
individuals from Algonkian Regional Park, Loudoun Co, VA, Occoquan Bay
NWR, Prince William Co, VA and The Gardens at Sunday Park in
Chesterfield, VA, all on Feb 3. Another was seen on Feb 4 at Smith
Mountain Lake SP, Bedford Co, VA.

The continuing COMMON GALLINULE at the Bayside Development Pond,
Worcester Co, MD was seen on Jan 31, Feb 1, 2, 3 and 4. Two SANDHILL
CRANES were seen flying in to the C&O Canal-Violette's Lock area,
Montgomery Co, MD from across the river at Algonkian Regional Park,
Loudoun Co, VA on Feb 4.

A lone DUNLIN was scoped from shore at Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve,
Fairfax, Co, VA on Feb 4. A single WILSON'S SNIPE was feeding in a
snow-encrusted stream in Garrett Co, MD on Feb 5. An apparently
continuing but out-of-season SPOTTED SANDPIPER was spotted again by
birders on Feb 3 at the John H. Kerr Reservoir in Mecklenburg Co, VA.

The only RAZORBILL sighting this week was of a lone individual seen at
the Indian River Inlet, Sussex Co, DE on Feb 1, 3 and 4.

Interesting gulls seen this week include the continuing BLACK-HEADED
GULL at Rudee Inlet and Pleasure House Point Natural Area, both in
Virginia Beach, VA seen on Jan 31, Feb 1, 2, 3,4 and 5. ICELAND GULLS
were seen at several locations including Dorsey Rd, Howard Co, MD on
Jan 31, the Annapolis Junction Transfer Station, Anne Arundel and
Howard Co, MD on Feb 1, one seen at the Cambridge waterfront in
Dorchester Co, MD on Feb 3, and another at the Ocean City Inlet,
Worcester Co, MD on Feb 3. One was seen on Feb 2 at the Walmart Ponds
in Colonial Heights, VA and a continuing bird was seen again at the
CBBT Island No. 4 in Northampton Co, VA on Feb 4. GLAUCOUS GULLS were
reported from the Annapolis Junction Transfer Station, Anne Arundel
Co, MD on Feb 1, and on Feb 3 at the same location on the Howard Co,
MD side, and a continuing bird was seen at the Wharton's Bluff TH in
Sussex Co, DE on Jan 31.

A single RED-THROATED LOON was seen and photographed at the C&O
Canal-Riley's Lock, Montgomery Co, MD on Feb 5.

DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS don't usually spend the winter very far
inland, so one seen along the C&O Canal-Great Falls, Montgomery Co, MD
on Jan 31 and Feb 1, and another seen at Lake Frank, Montgomery Co, MD
also on Feb 1, seems notable. Four GREAT CORMORANTS were seen at
Gloucester Point Beach, Gloucester Co, VA on Feb 2.

An AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN was seen on Feb 1 at the James River Bridge
area, Newport News, VA. On Feb 5, a flock of 17 AMERICAN WHITE
PELICANS were seen flying in formation at First Landing State Park in
Virginia Beach, VA. A lone BROWN PELICAN was spotted at the Ocean City
Inlet, Worcester Co, MD on Feb 1 and 5, and again from Sunset Park in
Ocean City, Worcester Co, MD on Feb 3.

Two reports of AMERICAN BITTERN came in this week. One was seen at
North Point State Park, Baltimore Co, MD on Feb 1, and the other at
Aberdeen Proving Grounds; Rt 715 Gate Ponds, Harford Co, MD on Feb 2.

An adult ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was seen feeding along the road shoulder in
Accident, Garrett Co, MD on Jan 31. On Feb 1 one was spotted on Peat
Moss Rd, also in Garrett Co, MD. A continuing bird was seen again at
Pemberton Manor, Queen Anne's Co, MD on Feb 1 and 3. ROUGH-LEGGED
HAWKS were seen again at Prime Hook NWR-Broadkill Marsh, Sussex Co, DE
on Feb 1, 2, 3 and 4. GOLDEN EAGLE reports this week were of a flyover
bird at the International Conservation House, Fauquier Co, VA on Feb
3, and one seen and well photographed perched in a tree at the
entrance to Pickering Creek Audubon Center in Talbot Co, MD on Feb 4,
and seen again on Feb 5.

SNOWY OWL reports continued but in smaller numbers than previous
weeks. On Feb 1 one was seen at Deal Island WMA, Somerset Co, MD,
while an individual at Assateague Island National Seashore was
reported on Feb 2 and 3. In the District of Columbia, one was reported
from the Independence Ave area and the USDA building, SE DC on Jan 30,
Feb 1, 2 and 5, sometimes roosting during the day in the inner
courtyard, and two from the C Street area SW on Jan 31 and Feb 2.
SHORT-EARED OWLS continued at the Konterra fields and ponds
(restricted access, no trespassing without permission), Prince
George's Co, MD with reports from Jan 31, Feb 1 and 3 and another
continuing bird at the Pemberton Manor area in Queen Anne's Co, MD on
Jan 31.

RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS were reported from Fox Chase Ponds and Wetlands
(continuing) Howard Co, MD on Feb 1, 4 and 5, the Center for Maryland
Agriculture and Farm Park, Baltimore Co, MD on Feb 3, Perryville
Community Park, Cecil Co, MD on Feb 5, and two visiting a home feeder
in Sussex Co, DE on Feb 1.

A LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE was seen and photographed in Baskerville,
Mecklenburg Co, VA on Feb 3. The wintering NORTHERN SHRIKE in Sully
Woodlands, Fairfax Co, VA was seen again on Feb 3 and 4.

A COMMON RAVEN was seen flying overhead along I-64 in Henrico Co, VA
on Feb 1.

TREE SWALLOW reports have begun to filter in this week. One was
spotted along the C&O Canal-Great Falls, Montgomery Co, MD on Feb 3,
while six were reported from the John H. Kerr Reservoir in Mecklenburg
Co, VA also on Feb 3. On Feb 5, an estimated flock of 400 were over
the marsh at dusk at Bethel Beach Natural Area Preserve, Mathews Co,
VA at the southern end of the Chesapeake Bay.

A RED CROSSBILL was seen and photographed atop Shenandoah Mountain at
Briery Branch Gap, Rockingham Co, VA on Feb 3. A PINE SISKIN was also
seen and photographed there the same day.

LAPLAND LONGSPURS have been very scarce this winter, so the two
continuing birds seen in Westmoreland Co, VA on Jan 31, and the lone
continuing bird in Elkton, Rockingham Co, VA on Feb 3 and 4, were
significant.

A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was seen again at Laurel Hill Equestrian
Center, Fairfax Co, VA on Feb 3. Five VESPER SPARROWS were seen on Jan
31 at the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical
Park, Dorchester Co, MD, and nine were seen there on Feb 3.

Wintering BALTIMORE ORIOLES are always fun to see at feeders. A female
has been visiting a feeder at a yard in Anne Arundel Co, MD since
around Jan 22, and most recently seen on Feb 2. Another, a bright
male, has been coming to a yard in College Park, Prince George's Co,
MD, seen daily Feb 1 through 4. Another male has been visiting a
feeder in Waynesboro, VA, seen most recently on Feb 5. Four RUSTY
BLACKBIRDS were seen and photographed at the Washington Sailing Marina
in SW DC, on Feb 4, and a single bird was seen in Accident, Garrett
Co, MD the same day, and again on Feb 5.

Warblers seen this week include a BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER at a yard in
Virginia Beach, VA on Feb 3, an ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER seen and heard
at the Oxon Hill Farm Park, Prince George's Co, MD on Feb 3, another
the same day at Prime Hook NWR Visitor's Center, Sussex Co, DE, and
on Feb 5 one was seen in foraging in a holly tree at Cox Point Park,
Baltimore Co, MD. A PALM WARBLER was seen along Dorsey Run Rd, Howard
Co, MD on Feb 3, and a PINE WARBLER was reported at Pemberton Manor,
Queen Anne's Co, MD on Feb 3. A YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER continues to
come to feeders for peanut butter and mealworms at a home near Stumpy
Lake, Virginia Beach, VA, seen again on Feb 3.

A WESTERN TANAGER was reported from a yard in Chesapeake Co, VA on Feb
3.

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: 2/7/18 5:55 pm
From: Marcia Watson <marshwren50...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Tripod...
I have a Tri-pac but I don’t use it much. I agree that it’s comfortable and good for long hikes without much stopping to look at birds, but I find that when I need the scope for frequent and quick viewing, I can’t get it off my back and into position quickly enough to get on the birds, so I just carry my scope on my shoulder.

Marcia
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A Chapter of the Maryland Ornithological Society
www.patuxentbirdclub.org

Bowie, Maryland
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> On Feb 7, 2018, at 7:15 PM, Georgia McDonald <gmcdonald1501...> wrote:
>
> With respect to the difficulty of carrying a scope on long hikes--- Dan & I are surprised by how rarely we see anyone else using a Tri-pak.
> We have used one for 20+ years & highly recommend it. Granted, it cost a lot less when we purchased it.
>
> http://www.optics4birding.com/wandering-tattler-tri-pak.html
>
>> On Wed, Feb 7, 2018 at 6:58 PM, John Filigenzi <jjfiligenzi...> wrote:
>> We have a Vortex Razor HD - 60x85 Angled Scope along with the Vortex STX Tripod with 128 RC Micro-Fluid Head - this works quite well although a bit heavy for a long hike and a bit bulky for airline travel.
>>
>> As a result we have a Vortex Razor HD 11-33x50 Angled Scope with Vanguard ABEO 243CV CF Tripod with PH-113V (carbon fiber legs). This is a great small scope for those long hikes and travel.
>>
>> The items above were purchased from Eagle Optics while they were still in business. The carbon fiber legs purchased from B&H Photo (found purchasing from this store a bit less expensive then purchasing from a birding site).
>>
>> Jack & Jean Filigenzi
>> Gambrills, MD
>>
>> Sent from my iPhone
>>
>> > On Feb 7, 2018, at 6:23 PM, Warblerick <ricksussman1955...> wrote:
>> >
>> > I see no reply from Marcia. Did I miss something?
>> > Rick Sussman
>> > Woodbine, MD
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Date: 2/7/18 4:46 pm
From: Cheryl Hogue <cheryl.hogue...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Tripod...
Weight is a huge issue for me too.

Here's another vote for the Vortex Razor HD 11-33x50 Angled Scope. It's light and has very sharp optics.

It is at home atop a strong, lightweight carbon tripod. Mine is a Gitzo with 4 leg joints. When collapsed, it is small enough to go into a suitcase that fits into a plane's overhead bin.

I just replaced the clunky ball head that came with thr Gitzo with a Manfrotto 128RC mini video fluid head. I love it -- it is so lightweight and smooth to use. I saw a number of scope-toting folks with this head at the Space Coast Birding Festival last month.

I have carried this setup for miles. I just got a Tri-Pac and can't wait to use it in the field.

Whatever you get, be sure your wife tries the setup before you buy. Only she can judge whether it's too heavy or whether she likes the scope.

Best,

Cheryl Hogue
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Date: 2/7/18 4:15 pm
From: Georgia McDonald <gmcdonald1501...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Tripod...
With respect to the difficulty of carrying a scope on long hikes--- Dan & I
are surprised by how rarely we see anyone else using a Tri-pak.
We have used one for 20+ years & highly recommend it. Granted, it cost a
lot less when we purchased it.

http://www.optics4birding.com/wandering-tattler-tri-pak.html

On Wed, Feb 7, 2018 at 6:58 PM, John Filigenzi <jjfiligenzi...>
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> We have a Vortex Razor HD - 60x85 Angled Scope along with the Vortex STX
> Tripod with 128 RC Micro-Fluid Head - this works quite well although a bit
> heavy for a long hike and a bit bulky for airline travel.
>
> As a result we have a Vortex Razor HD 11-33x50 Angled Scope with Vanguard
> ABEO 243CV CF Tripod with PH-113V (carbon fiber legs). This is a great
> small scope for those long hikes and travel.
>
> The items above were purchased from Eagle Optics while they were still in
> business. The carbon fiber legs purchased from B&H Photo (found purchasing
> from this store a bit less expensive then purchasing from a birding site).
>
> Jack & Jean Filigenzi
> Gambrills, MD
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> > On Feb 7, 2018, at 6:23 PM, Warblerick <ricksussman1955...>
> wrote:
> >
> > I see no reply from Marcia. Did I miss something?
> > Rick Sussman
> > Woodbine, MD
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Date: 2/7/18 3:58 pm
From: John Filigenzi <jjfiligenzi...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Tripod...
We have a Vortex Razor HD - 60x85 Angled Scope along with the Vortex STX Tripod with 128 RC Micro-Fluid Head - this works quite well although a bit heavy for a long hike and a bit bulky for airline travel.

As a result we have a Vortex Razor HD 11-33x50 Angled Scope with Vanguard ABEO 243CV CF Tripod with PH-113V (carbon fiber legs). This is a great small scope for those long hikes and travel.

The items above were purchased from Eagle Optics while they were still in business. The carbon fiber legs purchased from B&H Photo (found purchasing from this store a bit less expensive then purchasing from a birding site).

Jack & Jean Filigenzi
Gambrills, MD

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Date: 2/7/18 3:40 pm
From: Marcia Watson <marshwren50...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Tripod...
Rick, I had responded with a lengthy private note to Jim but am pasting my note here since you ask:

Jim,

The confusing thing about tripods is that different tripods are built for different uses - photography with a simple camera, filming with a video camera, astronomy, birding, etc. You have to make sure you’re getting one to use with a spotting scope for birding.

There’s a good basic discussion on choosing birding tripods at http://www.optics4birding.com/abouttripods.aspx
There’s also a short YouTube video on choosing a tripod for birding at https://youtu.be/NbSo7QnMDfg. The guy who does the video is Simon King, a British birding guru. You might want to start there. Actually if you just go to YouTube and search for “tripods for birdwatching” you’ll get a lot of hits.

Since you mentioned the weight issue, I just want to note that there is a trade-off between heavy and light when it comes to tripods. Lightweight tripods are of course easier to carry but with the scope on top, it may be top-heavy and therefore unstable, particularly in windy conditions. A medium-weight tripod will give stability, balance, and some weight savings.

Another issue is regarding the mechanisms for locking the legs in place and swiveling the head. Sometimes lightweight tripods are also inexpensive, and the low-quality fittings make them hard to manage in the field.

Pay attention to the head- the part where the scope attaches. Lower cost tripods come with an attached head. The higher priced ones come without a head but give you a choice of what kind of head to buy to go with the legs. You will want a head that allows smooth horizontal panning and also gives the ability to swivel the scope up and down (sky to ground). For best use in the field, the head should have separate locking mechanisms for the up-and-down and sideways movements. There should also be an arm to use when panning the scope left and right, and the better tripods offer adjustability in the position of the arm.

I started out many years ago using a low-cost, lightweight Celestron tripod. It was a pain to use in the field. It finally gave out on me one day out on an all-day trip at Hart-Miller Island when a leg fell off. The rivet that held it on gave out and it was unrepairable.

I replaced that tripod with a high-end Manfrotto carbon-fiber tripod. The carbon-fiber is fairly light and strong. It is slightly heavier to carry than an aluminum tripod but much stronger and is extremely well-balanced and stable. There are no issues with top-heaviness. The fittings for the legs and pivot head are top-notch and the tripod is a pleasure to use. All of the parts are replaceable if anything breaks. I’ve had it for over ten years now with no issues. It is pricey but I highly recommend it.

FYI my tripod with scope on it comes in at 15 lbs. I use a Swarovsky 82 mm scope and I’m on the small side. I can carry my scope all day if need be. Hint: putting foam pipe insulation on the upper part of the tripod legs makes it easier to carry it on the shoulder - acts as padding. See photo of me and my scope.

Marcia
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Patuxent Bird Club
A Chapter of the Maryland Ornithological Society
www.patuxentbirdclub.org

Bowie, Maryland
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Date: 2/7/18 3:23 pm
From: Warblerick <ricksussman1955...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Tripod...
I see no reply from Marcia. Did I miss something?
Rick Sussman
Woodbine, MD

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Date: 2/7/18 2:55 pm
From: Pat <pvaldata1...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Tripod...
Oh, that's too bad. It was a great choice for those of us who can't spend thousands od dollars on optics.
Pat
Pat ValdataCrisfield, MD
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-------- Original message --------From: Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...> Date: 2/7/18 4:16 PM (GMT-05:00) To: Pat <pvaldata1...> Cc: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...>, JimC <jimcancil...>, Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Tripod...
When we we were in Madagascar in 2015, our guide Ken Behrens highly recommended that scope.  However, when I recently contacted him to confirm the model (since we are also looking for a smaller travel scope) he wrote back. - this less than a month ago:
“I was really impressed with the 65mm Vortex scope. Unfortunately, Vortex over-thought things, and replaced that with a new model, which is vastly inferior. The old model is tough to find, except maybe second-hand. “
Not sure exactly what he means by “overthinking” but worth keeping in mind, I respect Ken’s opinion 100%
Gail MackiernanSilver Spring, MD

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On Feb 7, 2018, at 3:57 PM, Pat <pvaldata1...> wrote:

I've had that setup for two years now, and I'm very happy with it.
Pat
Pat ValdataCrisfield, MD
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-------- Original message --------From: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> Date: 2/7/18 3:32 PM (GMT-05:00) To: JimC <jimcancil...> Cc: Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Tripod...
On 2/7/18, JimC <jimcancil...> wrote:
> As she is 98lbs and no youngster, weight is a concern.  We have a fairly
> heavy tripod for a DSLR and a monopod — neither suitable.   Perhaps you have
> light one you prefer.  I'd appreciate any suggestions.
*************************************
I've excerpted a portion of a 2015 MD Birding "scopes discussion" from
"Pat" that makes mention of a nifty sounding tripod:

Hi guys,

You responded to my request for information about spotting scopes. On
Christmas Day I opened my present to find the scope I had hoped for
(considering the

budget): a Vortex Razor HD 65 mm zoom. It came with a Manfrotto carbon
fiber tripod and their lightweight fluid head. The whole setup weighs
about 7 pounds

and is lighter than my former tripod alone.

The first bird I scoped with it was my life Vermilion Flycatcher. I am
very happy!

Thanks for your advice and suggestions, and happy new year birding!
*********************
Jim Speicher
BroadRun/Burkittsville area
[FR] Frederick County MD
M.O.S. member, Washington [WA] Co Chapter








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Date: 2/7/18 2:17 pm
From: JimC <jimcancil...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Tripod...
On Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at 11:56:39 AM UTC-5, JimC wrote:
> I missed the bid on a 65mm Alpha scope for my wife yesterday... (She is happy with her Monarch binocs but came back from a gathering in Titusville, FL last week excited at the prospect of using a scope - after seeing so many down there.) Working with my hands, I much enjoy quality tools over cufflinked shirts. I'll keep on the hunt for used 65mm scope, but thought I'd ask about a tripod.
>
> As she is 98lbs and no youngster, weight is a concern. We have a fairly heavy tripod for a DSLR and a monopod — neither suitable. Perhaps you have light one you prefer. I'd appreciate any suggestions.
>
> Jim/Salisbury




Thanks for the repies everybody

...especially Marcia. That's a BIG lens you carry. You mention 'shoulder carry'. I have made a variety of esoteric items over the years and can't wait to 'make something' for the kit. Cape May sounds wonderful, but that's a busy time of year for me; I'll have to have something shipped in.

Again, thanks. Jim



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Date: 2/7/18 1:16 pm
From: Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Tripod...
When we we were in Madagascar in 2015, our guide Ken Behrens highly recommended that scope. However, when I recently contacted him to confirm the model (since we are also looking for a smaller travel scope) he wrote back. - this less than a month ago:

“I was really impressed with the 65mm Vortex scope. Unfortunately, Vortex over-thought things, and replaced that with a new model, which is vastly inferior. The old model is tough to find, except maybe second-hand. “

Not sure exactly what he means by “overthinking” but worth keeping in mind, I respect Ken’s opinion 100%

Gail Mackiernan
Silver Spring, MD

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> On Feb 7, 2018, at 3:57 PM, Pat <pvaldata1...> wrote:
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> I've had that setup for two years now, and I'm very happy with it.
>
> Pat
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> Pat Valdata
> Crisfield, MD
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> -------- Original message --------
> From: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...>
> Date: 2/7/18 3:32 PM (GMT-05:00)
> To: JimC <jimcancil...>
> Cc: Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
> Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Tripod...
>
> On 2/7/18, JimC <jimcancil...> wrote:
> > As she is 98lbs and no youngster, weight is a concern. We have a fairly
> > heavy tripod for a DSLR and a monopod — neither suitable. Perhaps you have
> > light one you prefer. I'd appreciate any suggestions.
> *************************************
> I've excerpted a portion of a 2015 MD Birding "scopes discussion" from
> "Pat" that makes mention of a nifty sounding tripod:
>
> Hi guys,
>
> You responded to my request for information about spotting scopes. On
> Christmas Day I opened my present to find the scope I had hoped for
> (considering the
>
> budget): a Vortex Razor HD 65 mm zoom. It came with a Manfrotto carbon
> fiber tripod and their lightweight fluid head. The whole setup weighs
> about 7 pounds
>
> and is lighter than my former tripod alone.
>
> The first bird I scoped with it was my life Vermilion Flycatcher. I am
> very happy!
>
> Thanks for your advice and suggestions, and happy new year birding!
> *********************
> Jim Speicher
> BroadRun/Burkittsville area
> [FR] Frederick County MD
> M.O.S. member, Washington [WA] Co Chapter
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
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Date: 2/7/18 12:57 pm
From: Pat <pvaldata1...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Tripod...
I've had that setup for two years now, and I'm very happy with it.
Pat
Pat ValdataCrisfield, MD
Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone
-------- Original message --------From: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> Date: 2/7/18 3:32 PM (GMT-05:00) To: JimC <jimcancil...> Cc: Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Tripod...
On 2/7/18, JimC <jimcancil...> wrote:
> As she is 98lbs and no youngster, weight is a concern.  We have a fairly
> heavy tripod for a DSLR and a monopod — neither suitable.   Perhaps you have
> light one you prefer.  I'd appreciate any suggestions.
*************************************
I've excerpted a portion of a 2015 MD Birding "scopes discussion" from
"Pat" that makes mention of a nifty sounding tripod:

Hi guys,

You responded to my request for information about spotting scopes. On
Christmas Day I opened my present to find the scope I had hoped for
(considering the

budget): a Vortex Razor HD 65 mm zoom. It came with a Manfrotto carbon
fiber tripod and their lightweight fluid head. The whole setup weighs
about 7 pounds

and is lighter than my former tripod alone.

The first bird I scoped with it was my life Vermilion Flycatcher. I am
very happy!

Thanks for your advice and suggestions, and happy new year birding!
*********************
Jim Speicher
BroadRun/Burkittsville area
[FR] Frederick County MD
M.O.S. member, Washington [WA] Co Chapter








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Date: 2/7/18 12:32 pm
From: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Tripod...
On 2/7/18, JimC <jimcancil...> wrote:
> As she is 98lbs and no youngster, weight is a concern. We have a fairly
> heavy tripod for a DSLR and a monopod — neither suitable. Perhaps you have
> light one you prefer. I'd appreciate any suggestions.
*************************************
I've excerpted a portion of a 2015 MD Birding "scopes discussion" from
"Pat" that makes mention of a nifty sounding tripod:

Hi guys,

You responded to my request for information about spotting scopes. On
Christmas Day I opened my present to find the scope I had hoped for
(considering the

budget): a Vortex Razor HD 65 mm zoom. It came with a Manfrotto carbon
fiber tripod and their lightweight fluid head. The whole setup weighs
about 7 pounds

and is lighter than my former tripod alone.

The first bird I scoped with it was my life Vermilion Flycatcher. I am
very happy!

Thanks for your advice and suggestions, and happy new year birding!
*********************
Jim Speicher
BroadRun/Burkittsville area
[FR] Frederick County MD
M.O.S. member, Washington [WA] Co Chapter








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Date: 2/7/18 8:56 am
From: JimC <jimcancil...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Tripod...
I missed the bid on a 65mm Alpha scope for my wife yesterday... (She is happy with her Monarch binocs but came back from a gathering in Titusville, FL last week excited at the prospect of using a scope - after seeing so many down there.) Working with my hands, I much enjoy quality tools over cufflinked shirts. I'll keep on the hunt for used 65mm scope, but thought I'd ask about a tripod.

As she is 98lbs and no youngster, weight is a concern. We have a fairly heavy tripod for a DSLR and a monopod — neither suitable. Perhaps you have light one you prefer. I'd appreciate any suggestions.

Jim/Salisbury

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Date: 2/7/18 7:04 am
From: 'Leslie' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Purple Finch
We had a brownie Purple Finch at our feeder this icy Wednesday morning in northwest Baltimore city.

Leslie Starr

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Date: 2/7/18 4:37 am
From: 'Marcy Stutzman' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Woodpecker Trifecta
A picture is worth a 1000 words! Finally a picture that immediately shows the big difference between Hairy and Downy!

Congrats to your daughter!

Marcy Stutzman
Russett, MD

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Date: 2/6/18 5:02 pm
From: Warblerick <ricksussman1955...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Project SNOWstorm tags it's first owl in Maryland since 2015
Great story Steve!

Rick Sussman
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Date: 2/6/18 4:54 pm
From: William Young <wcyoung4242...>
Subject: [MDBirding] New Monticello Park Website and Mississippi Kite Video
MPNature is a new website about the nature in Monticello Park in Alexandria, Virginia. Ashley Bradford and I have created the website to aid birders and naturalists who come to the park. Many birders from DC and Maryland visit Monticello because it is one of the best places in the Washington metro area to see migrating songbirds during the spring.

The website features detailed write-ups about the migrant and resident birds seen in the park, with identification information, photos, early and late spring dates, the dates when each species is most commonly seen, audio and video links, and information about where to look for each species in the park.

MPNature contains printable daily bird checklists for April and May, based on 13 years of survey data collected by Tom Albright, so that you will know what species you might see on a particular date. Other features of the website include:

* Information and links in a dozen natural history categories
* Natural history essays by Eric Dinerstein
* A virtual tour of Monticello Park
* An interactive map to provide driving directions to the park
* Information about reaching the park by public transportation

You can visit the site by going to www.MPNature.com . MPNature remains a work in progress and will eventually expand to include other natural history material, including information about more than 100 species of trees and plants in the park.

Also, I have just finished making a video about the Mississippi Kites who nested next to Monticello Park last year. You can view the video at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7O1-SWtgdb0 or https://www.youtube.com/user/williamyoung42?feature=watch .

I hope you will come across the river and visit Monticello Park this spring.

Bill Young
Arlington, VA

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Date: 2/6/18 3:21 pm
From: Warblerick <ricksussman1955...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Woodpecker Trifecta
Worth waiting for! Awesome pic!

Rick Sussman
Woodbine, MD

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Date: 2/6/18 2:49 pm
From: James Wilson <birdmanjfw...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Woodpecker Trifecta
As requested, I attached the photo.
Jim Wilson
Queenstown

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Date: 2/6/18 2:24 pm
From: 'Carol McClelland' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Woodpecker Trifecta
I agree. Please post Picture on our web.

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Date: 2/6/18 12:58 pm
From: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Woodpecker Trifecta
Hi Jim

For those of us not on FB, the link isn't useful...lots of pics come
up but nothing specific to WPs that I noticed.

Jim S

On 2/6/18, James Wilson <birdmanjfw...> wrote:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/MDBirding/

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Date: 2/6/18 11:45 am
From: James Wilson <birdmanjfw...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Woodpecker Trifecta
My daughter has had Pileated, Downy, Sapsucker and Red-bellied coming to a tree outside her kitchen window where she smears peanut butter. Two days ago she told me that she finally had a Hairy show up. (She initially thought it was just a fat Sapsucker.) I told her that it is every bird photographer's dream to get a photo with a Hairy and Downy in the same picture. So yesterday, she had a very active woodpecker day at her tree and spent most of the day staring at the tree while holding a camera. FINALLY she got her shot. She posted it on the MD birding facebook page.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/MDBirding/

I am so proud of her! She has just gotten into birds in the past year. Now I told her to let me know when the Red-headed Woodpecker shows up.
Jim Wilson
Queenstown

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Date: 2/5/18 11:59 am
From: JimC <jimcancil...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: lower Eastern Shore, January 26-28, 2018.
Wow, Harry. That's a formitable list for a couple of days. Do you scope or use binoculars?

Jim

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Date: 2/5/18 11:43 am
From: JimC <jimcancil...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: First new yard bird of 2018
Good for you Pat. I don't think there's ever been a Loon up our creek.

Jim

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Date: 2/5/18 9:58 am
From: Steve Huy <grisly.remains...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Project SNOWstorm tags it's first owl in Maryland since 2015
Here is a link to the announcement of Sinepuxent, the most recent owl to be tagged in Maryland by Project SNOWstorm.

https://www.projectsnowstorm.org/posts/sinepuxent-report-southern-snowstorm/

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Date: 2/5/18 5:48 am
From: Lovelace, Glen (DelDOT) <Glen.Lovelace...>
Subject: [MDBirding] RE: Saturday 2/3 in Somerset
Good morning,
OK, this time with text. Sorry.

I spent Saturday in Somerset County with the twofold purpose of searching for Snowy Owls and rounding out my county list for diving ducks. I began the day at Deal and ended at Rumbley Point, but the idea of the marsh being productive failed with the morning low of 11 and the marshes being frozen all day. Despite lots of searching and scanning, no Snowy Owls were to be found.
The waterfowl was more productive. I found Surf Scoter at several locations with the most (about 40) from the Deal Island boat ramp. Also here was a single flyby Long-Tailed Duck. Later in the day there was another at the ferry terminal in Crisfield. The best spot was the end of Revells Neck Rd with a flock of 75 Canvasback, 125 Lesser Scaup, 200 Ruddy Duck and the ubiquitous Buffleheads. The only Red-breasted Mergs of the day were at the Town of Rumbley boat ramp.
Dabbling ducks were harder to find due to the freezeout. There were a dozen Blue-winged Teal lounging in the little pond on Messick Road (near the Dames Quarter boat ramp). The most variety was at the end Riley Roberts in the channel downstream (Pintail, Gadwall, Black). Also a single Horned Grebe from Ape Hole Rd (which I include just for the sake of saying ‘Ape Hole Rd’)
Finally, I searched through gulls during the day and only found the usual suspects until locating 2 Lesser Black-backs at Wellington Beach in Crisfield.

Good birding,
Glen Lovelace III
Seaford, DE

From: <mdbirding...> [mailto:<mdbirding...>] On Behalf Of Lovelace, Glen (DelDOT)
Sent: Monday, February 05, 2018 8:36 AM
To: Patricia Valdata; Maryland Birding
Subject: [MDBirding] Saturday 2/3 in Somerset



From: <mdbirding...><mailto:<mdbirding...> [mailto:<mdbirding...>] On Behalf Of Patricia Valdata
Sent: Sunday, February 04, 2018 3:12 PM
To: Maryland Birding
Subject: [MDBirding] No Somerset Snowy Owls

My husband and I checked out Deal Island WMA this morning to see if we could relocate the two Snowy Owls reported on the 1st. We drove down Drawbridge Road and "Green Dumpster" Road but had no luck. The rain began while we were there, so I didn't get out to scope either area, but the only white birds visible with binoculars were Tundra Swans and gulls.
We drove all the way across Deal Island to Wenona. If the owls are still around, there's so much marshland they could be in that it's a needle-in-a-haystack effort.

Pat Valdata
Crisfield, Somerset County
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Date: 2/5/18 5:36 am
From: Lovelace, Glen (DelDOT) <Glen.Lovelace...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Saturday 2/3 in Somerset


From: <mdbirding...> [mailto:<mdbirding...>] On Behalf Of Patricia Valdata
Sent: Sunday, February 04, 2018 3:12 PM
To: Maryland Birding
Subject: [MDBirding] No Somerset Snowy Owls

My husband and I checked out Deal Island WMA this morning to see if we could relocate the two Snowy Owls reported on the 1st. We drove down Drawbridge Road and "Green Dumpster" Road but had no luck. The rain began while we were there, so I didn't get out to scope either area, but the only white birds visible with binoculars were Tundra Swans and gulls.
We drove all the way across Deal Island to Wenona. If the owls are still around, there's so much marshland they could be in that it's a needle-in-a-haystack effort.

Pat Valdata
Crisfield, Somerset County
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Date: 2/4/18 12:12 pm
From: Patricia Valdata <pvaldata1...>
Subject: [MDBirding] No Somerset Snowy Owls
My husband and I checked out Deal Island WMA this morning to see if we
could relocate the two Snowy Owls reported on the 1st. We drove down
Drawbridge Road and "Green Dumpster" Road but had no luck. The rain began
while we were there, so I didn't get out to scope either area, but the only
white birds visible with binoculars were Tundra Swans and gulls.

We drove all the way across Deal Island to Wenona. If the owls are still
around, there's so much marshland they could be in that it's a
needle-in-a-haystack effort.

Pat Valdata
Crisfield, Somerset County

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Date: 2/4/18 11:19 am
From: Joshua Heiser <josheiser01...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: I guess MoCo Shiny Cowbird is No More?
I checked for it three times after that date, and I haven't seen it since. It's likely that it's gone, although it has previously disappeared for long periods only to reappear again. I'll continue keeping an eye out for it, and post here if it ever shows up again.

Joshua

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Date: 2/4/18 9:23 am
From: Rick Borchelt <rborchelt...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Northern Oriole, College Park
And of course as has been pointed out, Northern Oriole is an older name no
longer in official use, originally erected to house both Bullock's and
Baltimore Oriole when they were considered a single taxon. After the two
were re-split, the "official" common name (an oxymoron in my mind) reverted
to Baltimore Oriole. This, to me, suggests *Icterus galbula* is a regional
or location-specific bird for the vast majority of birders who are unaware
the name derives from the black-and-orange colors of the house of Lord
Baltimore.

I trust and follow AOU for taxonomic naming conventions; common names are
always a matter of personal preference to me. Common names have always
been a matter of linguistic fluidity as long as we have Latin to fall back
on, especially when it's pretty clear in context I wouldn't likely have
spotted a Bullock's Oriole at a winter feeder in College Park (you'd have
heard a lot more about the critter if that had been the case!). And I
still have a soft spot for butterbutts and myrtle warblers.

On Sun, Feb 4, 2018 at 10:17 AM, Rick Borchelt <rborchelt...> wrote:

> The cold weather has brought a bright male Northern Oriole the last couple
> of days to backyard feeders for a number of us in Old Town College Park (PG
> Co) Ignores the fruit slices we've put out in favor of thistle and mixed
> seed. Occasionally hits some plain suet.
>
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Date: 2/4/18 8:22 am
From: Harry Armistead <harryarmistead...>
Subject: [MDBirding] golden eagles, Blackwater area.
Lately there's been some commentary on this. Golden eagles are more likely to be seen in areas north of the refuge than on the central refuge area, especially Decoursey Bridge Road and Buttons Neck. Hog Range, at the end of Wildlife Drive, is supposed to be good for them, too. Haven't seen them there lately, but years ago almost hit one with the car about 100 yards from where one turns left there onto Route 335 to get to the bridge across Blackwater River. THAT would have been roadkill du jour par excellence. - Harry Armistead, Philadelphia (home of the Philadelphia Eagles and their mascot, an adult Bald Eagle named 'Challenger', sometimes flown at home games).

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Date: 2/4/18 7:17 am
From: Rick Borchelt <rborchelt...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Northern Oriole, College Park
The cold weather has brought a bright male Northern Oriole the last couple
of days to backyard feeders for a number of us in Old Town College Park (PG
Co) Ignores the fruit slices we've put out in favor of thistle and mixed
seed. Occasionally hits some plain suet.

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Date: 2/4/18 5:01 am
From: Clayton Koonce <cg.koonce...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Daedalus Books closing // Daedalus Pond eBird hotspot
The Daedalus Books & Music Warehouse Outlet on Gerwig Lane in Columbia has been a good, low-price source of birding and other nature books, among other things. As some might know now, the store just announced that it is closing. A sale with 20% off everything is in progress for this month, then they close. (There are some unhappy employees who were not told of this development until just before the announcement. Daedalus reportedly has been acquired by a new owner, who is moving headquarters to Ohio, where they will continue mail and online order business.)

I made what probably will be my last visit yesterday and bought one of the few remaining copies of "Owls of the World", the Yale book by Konig and Weick (second edition). I noticed plenty of other birding books still in the nature section.

Adjacent to the employee parking lot on the side of the warehouse is a stormwater management pond which I submitted as a hotspot on eBird about a year or so ago. I was in the habit of checking this pond and surrounding vegetation and trees before or after visits to the store. After finding young green herons, a resident pair of red-shouldered hawks, some common warblers, northern waterthrush, solitary and spotted sandpipers and other birds here, it seemed a good birding spot with potential for unusual species. Did not see any green herons there last summer, but I and one or two other birders found orioles, blue grosbeaks, indigo buntings, a hummingbird and a Wilson's snipe during 2017. Waterfowl so far have been limited to mallards and Canada geese. One drizzly day last summer, I saw a gigantic snapping turtle moving around in the shallow water before disappearing into a deep area. It's also a great spot for butterflies and dragonflies.

I dubbed the location Daedalus Pond when I submitted it as a hotspot. I suppose it can retain that name on eBird, also in honor of the store, which will be missed. I don't know what business will replace Daedalus, but I'll keep an eye on developments and status of access to the pond.

Link to the hotspot overview for Daedalus Pond:

https://ebird.org/hotspot/L4716866?yr=all&m=&rank=mrec

My Flickr album for Daedalus Pond:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/134809780@N03/albums/72157671913040010


Clayton Koonce
Columbia, Md.
member, Howard County Bird Club

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Date: 2/3/18 5:09 pm
From: Howard Wu <howiewu1...>
Subject: [MDBirding] I guess MoCo Shiny Cowbird is No More?
I believe last report of the Shiny Cowbird in Montgomery County (Bethesda) was still from Jan. 15 by Joshua. But has anyone tried?

Thanks,
Howard Wu
Herndon, VA

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Date: 2/3/18 5:00 pm
From: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...>
Subject: [MDBirding] [CA] Buteo Nesting Activity
Late post

On 1/31/18 a buteo [want to say RTHA, but not that good a look while
driving] carried nesting material while flying across MD 31 [New
Windsor Pike?] between New Windsor and Westminster.

Jim Speicher
BroadRun/Burkittsville area
[FR] Frederick County MD
M.O.S. member, Washington [WA] Co Chapter

[CA] Carroll County

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Date: 2/3/18 4:53 pm
From: Marcia Watson <marshwren50...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Western Grebe
I don’t know if anyone else responded on this, but the Western Grebe at South Point in Worcester County was not seen today, despite searching by many groups all day. It was seen yesterday on field trips for the Annual MOS Convention, taking place in Ocean City. I’m writing from there now.

Marcia
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Patuxent Bird Club
A Chapter of the Maryland Ornithological Society
https://patuxentbirdclub.org/

Bowie, Maryland
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> On Feb 3, 2018, at 8:44 AM, 'Bird couple' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> wrote:
>
>
> Wonder if there’s any word this morning on the Western Grebe in Worcester County?
>
> Many thanks,
>
> Warren Strobel
> Annapolis
>
> Sent from my iPhone
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Date: 2/3/18 3:09 pm
From: Kojo Baidoo <baidookojo6...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Close encounters of the RSHA variety
It was nice to finally get outside today after a couple weeks of not being able to bird. After a winter of seeing her almost every time I've been outside, I know exactly where to find my favorite resident Red-shouldered Hawk, Hera, and it didn't take long to run into her. Recently, she hasn't been the tamest, so I was hoping for a change of heart. After a few perch changes, she chose a low, exposed branch to rest, but I was expecting her to fly as I approached; normally she doesn't spend much time on low perches in the morning. However, she fixed an eye on me but stayed put, and stayed that way for about half an hour. I was especially happy that she definitely didn't seem stressed at all, taking her gaze off of me several times and even preening a bit. When she's not comfortable with me being there, I can tell because she's often glancing behind her, looking for a way out. This wasn't the case this morning. I'm not sure why she had a sudden change of heart, but previous close encounters have always taken place at the end of January/beginning of February; I wonder if that's a coincidence. Probably so. Either way, I was happy to share my morning with such an amazing bird, and I'm glad I have photos to remember the occasion. At the end of February, she'll start renovating the the nest and courtship with Zeus will commence. Hopefully, I'll be around to watch their breeding process once again... but as soon as those chicks are born I'll have to start watching my back.

Photos: https://www.flickr.com/photos/132863360@N02/39356276834/in/dateposted-public/

Thanks for reading,

Kojo Baidoo
Reisterstown, MD

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Date: 2/3/18 12:41 pm
From: Clayton Koonce <cg.koonce...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Swan P95 in Columbia is at the Broken Land Pond now. (Rusty blackbird update)
On Saturday, February 3, 2018 at 3:39:13 PM UTC-5, Clayton Koonce wrote:
> Although that location was given in error for a previous report of this trumpeter swan when she was at Lake Elkhorn, I can confirm that she is on the Broken Land Parkway-U.S. 29 Stormwater Pond this afternoon. Just spotted her there at 2:25pm while driving by; returned with camera. Photos are in eBird report linked below. (Not happy with parking on the shoulder of 29 -- I went up to the Stevens Forest Road dead end, which is not ideal for viewing the pond but feasible.)
>
>
> https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S42462500
>
>
> Re the rusty blackbird flock around Symphony Woods nearby: The rusties continue, and people are finding them in the park or around the periphery. I reported them yesterday and saw them out there this afternoon, too.
>
> Clayton Koonce
> Columbia, Md.
> member, Howard County Bird Club

P.S. A trumpeter spent the summer of 2016 (last seen in Sept. 2016) on the Broken Land Pond after being seen at the Fulton Pond several times (and once on Elkhorn?).

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Date: 2/3/18 12:39 pm
From: Clayton Koonce <cg.koonce...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Swan P95 in Columbia is at the Broken Land Pond now. (Rusty blackbird update)

Although that location was given in error for a previous report of this trumpeter swan when she was at Lake Elkhorn, I can confirm that she is on the Broken Land Parkway-U.S. 29 Stormwater Pond this afternoon. Just spotted her there at 2:25pm while driving by; returned with camera. Photos are in eBird report linked below. (Not happy with parking on the shoulder of 29 -- I went up to the Stevens Forest Road dead end, which is not ideal for viewing the pond but feasible.)


https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S42462500


Re the rusty blackbird flock around Symphony Woods nearby: The rusties continue, and people are finding them in the park or around the periphery. I reported them yesterday and saw them out there this afternoon, too.

Clayton Koonce
Columbia, Md.
member, Howard County Bird Club

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Date: 2/3/18 5:44 am
From: 'Bird couple' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Western Grebe

Wonder if there’s any word this morning on the Western Grebe in Worcester County?

Many thanks,

Warren Strobel
Annapolis

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Date: 2/2/18 12:56 am
From: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Canal Count miles 59-61 were surveyed on MONDAY not Tuesday
The eBird reports had the correct date...

The links below have been modified/deleted and new links are now found
in the preceding [http://digest.sialia.com/?rm=message;id=1390021] MD
Birding post along with miles 65 & 64.

Jim S.

On 2/1/18, JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> wrote:
> My three miles this day [Tuesday 1/30] incl a BE and a Hermit Thrush...
>
> https://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S42349082
>
> https://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S42349255
>
> https://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S42349384
>
> I'll soon modify these post locations to reflect canal miles rather
> than general locations, but the last of the three was [mile 61] across
> from Harper's Ferry.
>
> I'll get out for 2 miles today [65, 64; Dargan Bend area] and finish
> on SAT with miles 62 & 63 across from Harper's Ferry in early
> afternoon.
>
> Jim Speicher
> BroadRun/Burkittsville area
> [FR] Frederick County MD
> M.O.S. member, Washington [WA] Co Chapter
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Date: 2/1/18 11:17 pm
From: Phil Davis <pdavis...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Towhees at Jug Bay
Hi Wayne:

On the Annapolis CBC, we also had a roosting flock of about 30 birds
all together at a low spot (out of the wind) on the BGE right-of-way
near our home.

Nice pix!

Phil


At 08:57 PM 02/01/2018, Wayne Bierbaum wrote:
>I usually see towhees in pairs or in what looks like a small family
>group of five or so. Yesterday, at Otter Point at Jug Bay, I saw a
>flock of more than 30 actively feeding and flying together.
>Is a large flock of Towhees unusual?

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Date: 2/1/18 5:57 pm
From: Wayne Bierbaum <wm.bierbaum...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Towhees at Jug Bay
I usually see towhees in pairs or in what looks like a small family group of five or so. Yesterday, at Otter Point at Jug Bay, I saw a flock of more than 30 actively feeding and flying together.
Is a large flock of Towhees unusual?

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Date: 2/1/18 4:13 pm
From: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...>
Subject: [MDBirding] 2018 Canal Count Time remaining and some results...
Count window is open thru Sunday DARK.

For new participants please be sure to read all previous posts:
http://digest.sialia.com/?rm=message;id=1388082

http://digest.sialia.com/?rm=message;id=1388936

http://digest.sialia.com/?rm=message;id=1389022

http://digest.sialia.com/?rm=message;id=1389043

http://digest.sialia.com/?rm=message;id=1389373

My results so far with 2 miles expected to be added on SAT...
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S42421382

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S42421601

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S42421752

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S42422318

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S42422447

Checklist attached...

Jim Speicher
BroadRun/Burkittsville area
[FR] Frederick County MD
M.O.S. member, Washington [WA] Co Chapter

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Date: 2/1/18 11:35 am
From: <keyweststyle2001...>
Subject: [MDBirding] OC Inlet
Anyone heading to OC for MOS convention weekend, check the inlet. We had
great look at razorbill near tip of north jetty wall, snowy owl at
north assateague, and an immature brown pelican (photos) on bay side
of the inlet‎. - Kevin Graff
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Date: 2/1/18 10:26 am
From: Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Razorbill OC Inlet
One just appeared left of North jetty just off shore. Very brief. I have
not relocated it.
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Ellicott City, Howard County
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Date: 2/1/18 7:17 am
From: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Canal Count miles 59-61
My three miles this day [Tuesday 1/30] incl a BE and a Hermit Thrush...

https://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S42349082

https://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S42349255

https://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S42349384

I'll soon modify these post locations to reflect canal miles rather
than general locations, but the last of the three was [mile 61] across
from Harper's Ferry.

I'll get out for 2 miles today [65, 64; Dargan Bend area] and finish
on SAT with miles 62 & 63 across from Harper's Ferry in early
afternoon.

Jim Speicher
BroadRun/Burkittsville area
[FR] Frederick County MD
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Date: 2/1/18 5:09 am
From: Duvall Sollers <dbsollers61...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Charles County Snow Goose
My fingers got ahead of my brain!

Thanks!
> On Jan 31, 2018, at 4:34 PM, Duvall Sollers <DBSOLLERS61...> wrote:
>
> I spent the morning today chasing some birds for my Charles County list. One of the nicer surprises was a Snow Goose mixed in with several hundred Canada Geese at 9985 Penns Hill Rd. This is a large mansion with a small pond.
>
> It is probably the same individual found several days ago by Jim Spasz and then refound in the same general area by Kathy Calvert. It appears to be an immature bird.
>
> Good birding!
> Duvall Sollers
> Hereford, MD
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Date: 1/31/18 1:34 pm
From: Duvall Sollers <dbsollers61...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Charles County Snow Goose
I spent the morning today chasing some birds for my Charles County list. One of the nicer surprises was a Snow Goose mixed in with several hundred Canada Geese at 9985 Penns Hill Rd. This is a large mansion with a small pond.

It is probably the same individual found several days ago by Jim Spasz and then refound in the same general area by Kathy Calvert. It appears to be an immature bird.

Good birding!
Duvall Sollers
Hereford, MD

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Date: 1/31/18 12:17 pm
From: Matt Hafner <hafner.matt...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Ross's Goose in Harford County
Kim Hafner found a Ross's Goose in Harford County on Rt. 23, between
Jarrettsville and Madonna. It is on the north side of the road, a little
west of Jarrettsville Elementary School.

This is almost certainly the same Ross's Goose that spent a short period of
time at Turney's Pond a few miles away, but hasn't been seen in a couple
weeks.

Good birding!

Matt Hafner
Forest Hill, MD

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Date: 1/31/18 9:53 am
From: Warblerick <ricksussman1955...>
Subject: [MDBirding] First new yard bird of 2018
Congrats Pat! Pretty sure that's one I'll never get. 😜

Rick Sussman
Woodbine MD

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Date: 1/31/18 7:42 am
From: Harry Armistead <harryarmistead...>
Subject: [MDBirding] lower Eastern Shore, January 26-28, 2018.
LOWER EASTERN SHORE, January 26-28, 2018. Thousands of fowl. Ferry Neck, southern Dorchester County, Route 481.


My estimates below, those 1,000 or more, are not careful, thorough estimates.


JANUARY 26, FRIDAY. Red-shouldered hawk in Middletown, DE. A d.o.r.skunk Route 301 milepost 110. 75 tundra swans in the “swan field” S of Ruthsburg. A good 2,000 Canada geese in one of the Campers’ fields.


RIGBY’S FOLLY, arrive c. 2:30, fair, low 40s. A pair of adult bald eagles perched in a tree at Edwards Point. Mostly IN the cove: 430 Canada geese, 27 ring-billed gulls, 3 herring gulls. There is still LOTS of SAV (submerged aquatic vegetation) on the cove bottom, but it is only a few inches high. Nevertheless, the geese are actively feeding on it.


Sharp-shinned hawk 1, red-tailed hawk 1, turkey vulture only 1. One gray squirrel. There is a slight icy rim on the extreme east side of Poplar Cove, mostly in the intertidal zone, that receives little or no sun. It’s dried up a lot. The lawn is still firm enough to drive on. Some of the Olszewski family is hunting from the Field 1 blind.


JANUARY 27, SATURDAY. A blitz in Dorchester County, visits to 8 sites = a good scratch for the old Dorchester County itch. The hunting season is lurching to an end. Whole lotta skybustin’ goin’ on. Shooters flush some of birds I wouldn’t see otherwise. 7 A.M. - 5:45 P.M. 142.3 birding miles. Very low tidal waters today; lotsa mud. In a few sheltered places there’s the occasional small pile of old, unmelted snow, and some ice in wooded areas where the ditches don’t get no sun.


CAMBRIDGE. 35-42, clear, SW5-10, low tide, 7-9 A.M., covered from American Legion (upstream side of Malkus Bridge), to Sailwinds Park, the yacht club, Oakley Street, Great Marsh Point, Hambrooks, and Riverside Drive, a pretty thorough look-see, in contrast to somewhat brief coverage of other areas today:


snow goose 3,000 (Talbot side, seen in distance), Canada goose 500 (+ c. 1,500 on Talbot side in distance), tundra swan 5, American wigeon 36, black duck 1, mallard 125, canvasback 2,000, redhead 50, lesser scaup 550 (I always have the dickens of a time finding greater scaup hereabouts), surf scoter 0, bufflehead 60, common goldeneye 30, duck unIDd c. 1,000 way over on the Talbot side, double-crested cormorant 3 (on the bridge abutments), great blue heron 1, turkey vulture 1, bald eagle 1 immature, ring-billed gull 300, herring gull 75, unIDd, distant, flying gulls 600, great black-backed gull 0, rock pigeon 4, flicker 1, fish crow 2, starling 55, junco 9, red-winged blackbird 2, and, gray squirrel 10, the latter my personal best for Cambridge yard ‘poohs.


EGYPT ROAD. northern harrier 1, tundra swan 70, Canada goose 600, horned lark 1.


BLACKWATER N.W.R. Asterisks, *, are for birds I didn’t count, but included as the refuge official count January 18, probably similar to what is present today. Similar. But their count of blue geese was only 300; I did a pretty careful count, by tens, today and came up with 520, just like old times. 48, SW15-20, fair, tidal waters really low, fresh water high, 9:15-noonish. Lot of visitation today. The snow geese a spectacle.


snow (white) goose 2,801*, blue goose 520 (tried to do a careful count of blues), Canada goose 6,995*, tundra swan 450 (48*), gadwall 1 male (Pool 1), black duck 8 (64*), mallard 1,530*, shoveler 30 (2*), pintail 580*, green-winged teal 6 (0*), ring-necked duck 12 (70*), bufflehead 2 (0*), hooded merganser 6 (0*), common merganser 30 (156*), AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN 12 (resting to the south, close, on the mud as seen from Wildlife Drive Pool 3), great blue heron 2 (10*), GOLDEN EAGLE 1 immature (harassing an adult bald eagle as seen from Sewards c. 9:30 A.M.), turkey vulture 10, bald eagle 29, northern harrier 2, shorebirds 0 (0*), ring-billed gull 150, herring gull 3, and fish crow 4.


SWAN HARBOR - BAYVIEW DRIVE. 12:15-12:45, 48, SW15, low tide and letting out more, fair. sanderling 20 (1 small group flushed by a sharp-shinned hawk), dunlin 95, tundra swan 560 (most distant and to the south), Canada goose 1,600 (likewise), surf scoter 90, bufflehead 14, and common goldeneye 4 but no bald eagles. Not many gulls.


HOOPER’S ISLAND. 1-2:30, 43-51 degrees F. Disappointing. Was hoping for a big redhead flock or two, but, none seen. Bleak. Canada goose 60, tundra swan 75, mallard 20, lesser scaup 70, long-tailed duck 1 male, bufflehead 115, common goldeneye 10, common loon 0, horned grebe 0 (this is usually a good place for these last 2 even in mid-winter, but the cold spell must have driven them south), bald eagle 0, great blue heron 0, kingfisher 0. Unusual: a d.o.r. large red fox on the south side of the causeway, just south of Narrows Ferry Bridge. Real low tidal waters.


Didn’t see THAT much more today than on January 12, when the visibility was 100 yards or less, most everything ‘bout near froze up, too. Stop as on Jan. 12 for the delicious soup at Hooper’s Island General Store (big limas, chunks of ham, corn & dumplings) and purchase Great storms of the Chesapeake by David Healey (History Press, 2012, 158 pages, $19.99). Has a Cecil County bias but a great book anyway. The store a surprising locale in which to find literature.


TRANSQUAKING RIVER (BESTPITCH), Griffith Neck Road side. 55 degrees F., SW20, 3 P.M. The low open area, favored by green-winged teal (but not today) on the south side empty, nice and muddy, but no water or shorebirds either. ring-billed gull 180, herring gull 17, turkey vulture 63 (as with those at Lewis Wharf, getting ready, one supposes, to roost), northern harrier 1, bald eagle 6, eastern bluebird 6, hairy woodpecker 1, no ducks at all.


LEWIS WHARF ROAD. 3:30 P.M., clear, 57, SW20, Nanticoke River real low, clouds overspreading from the west. turkey vulture 39, bald eagle 2, black duck 2, great black-backed gull 1 adult, black vulture 2, ring-billed gull 1, red-winged blackbird 42 (38 females, 4 males). Sometimes LOW numbers of some species may be worth noting.


ELLIOTT ISLAND ROAD. 3:45-5:45 P.M., 55 dropping to 44 degrees, becoming mostly overcast, SW20, VERY low tide, LOTS of mud, tide starting to make up some at the end. One moth after dusk, the only one all day (and night). 2 regular deer, 3 sika deer (1 a nice stag).


Canada goose 35, tundra swan 0, black duck 26, mallard 1 male, canvasback 2,200 (in Fishing Bay where the road first goes out, west, to the edge of upper F.B., the usual place), lesser scaup 200, bufflehead 36, ruddy duck 200, great blue heron 6, turkey vulture 8, bald eagle only 6,, northern harrier 6, greater yellowlegs 10, ring-billed gull 95, herring gull 4, short-eared owl 1, and red-winged blackbird 80. Disappointing the see just one owl, and that one distant and briefly. Green-winged teal 0.


After such an energetic day it is usually a struggle to make the 60 miles back in the darkness to Rigby’s Folly and collapse. But today is Mozart’s birthday; one of the stations plays his 25th piano concerto plus a couple of movements of his Jupiter (no. 41) symphony. But not enough of an “NPR moment” for me to linger in the yard to hear the last 2. I’m tired.


That concerto … I’m somewhat of a Philistine, presumptuous perhaps, but I may be able to occasionally recognize brilliance, and I’d say that concerto qualifies, big time. Makes the drive easy. During the day nice to listen between stops to 89.5, 90.9, and/or 91.5 (WJBC Baltimore). Dyana Neal, the mid-day announcer for WJBC, has a voice, sense of timing, and emphasis so that if she only read the phone directory it would be a pleasure to listen to. She rocks. DON’T retire Dyana.


JANUARY 28, SUNDAY. Overcast, steady but light rain, warm, fog, light winds. Just overnight with the rain the place has become a swamp. Five gray squirrels at the feed. Leave at 7:49 A.M. Another GRSQ near Jeff Trainor’s A-frame house. South of Route 33 (west of Easton) near Town & Country a group of 37 wild turkeys at 8:19, the most I’ve seen there; one of their favorite fields (but if I remember someone once saw a group of 98 on the St. Michaels Christmas Bird Count). Breakfast at Denny’s again; my waitress the daughter of a clammer who worked out of Matapeake. Two Gray Squirrels at Cordova. Strangely, no Canada geese in ANY of the fields … so far.


An adult bald eagle perched above its nest in the sycamore near routes 404 X 481. 95 tundra swans in the distant pond west of there and 225 Canada geese (CG) in an adjacent field. Elsewhere along Route 481, 1 American kestrel; c. 2,300 snow geese plus 23 blue geese, 8 tundra swans, and 7 ring-billed gulls 1.3 mi. S of routes 481 X 304; 230 blackbirds (65% starlings, 30% red-winged blackbirds & 5% common grackles) a bit farther north; at 9:57 another blackbird flock, 230 (95% female red-winged blackbirds with a very few cowbirds and grackles the remainder) just S of the juncture of 481 & 301.


Route 301. Milepost 102, 300 CGs; milepost 105 100 CGs; milepost 120 125 CGs. At MIddletown, DE, only 2 fish crows, 75 CGs. Along Route 495 in DE northbound at miles 0.5 and 9.5 single bald eagles at their respective nests, both on the right side. Along the Blue Route (I-476) in Pennsylvania an aseasonal d.o.r. WOODCHUCK, a fat one.


With some frequency I see roadkill ‘chucks weeks before they usually emerge from hibernation. DON”T rush the season Field Fatties!!! don’t. Often I see them in Philadelphia along Kelly and Lincoln drives, sitting on their haunches, eating grass, sometimes with backs turned to the rush of traffic only 2 or 3 feet behind them. Oblivious.


HOMEMAKER BALD EAGLES. It is nice to see adult bald eagles perched resolutely by 3 of their nests in the steady rain on Sunday as well as three incubating on nests in Dorchester County on Saturday. The first eggs should be in the nests by now. The only eagles I have ever seen that could be considered cute have been in such circumstances. Forgive such wishy-washy sentimental thoughts.


NOTES FROM A WOULD-BE, curmudgeonly, EDITOR. The classic style table of contents seems to be going the way of the word “application” … down the tubes. An example: the contents pages of Chesapeake Bay magazine, Jan./Feb. 2017 issue. What the contents are is displayed on pages 5-6 and has 11 components: 5 photographs, a color sketch, a map, and 4 lists. Attractive visually, but I prefer a straight-through list. Have to look all over Robin Hood’s barn to find out what’s inside. Back and forth from the map to the photographs, lists. Interspersed with what’s on p. 6 is advertising.


Picked up a freebee on Saturday: Maryland hunting quarterly, Winter, 2017, 60 pages. Interesting advertising. Good article on sika deer. Maryland’s animals and Chincoteague’s ancestors all derive from Japan’s Yakushima Island. Research by the U. of Delaware is summarized. Sikas’ choices of browsing are more varied, and therefore more to their advantage, than those of white-tailed deer (pp. 54-56). Pages 31-35, “Migratory game bird hunting rules & regulations” detail 58 dos, don’ts, and definitions, but say nothing about the size of bag limits or the dates of the various hunting seasons.


Best to all. - Harry Armistead, Philadelphia.

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Date: 1/31/18 7:40 am
From: Patricia Valdata <pvaldata1...>
Subject: [MDBirding] First new yard bird of 2018
And it's a goodie: Red-throated Loon! This beautiful bird was right in
front of our yard, just a few feet offshore in the Jones Creek. What a
great way to start the morning!

Pat Valdata
Crisfield, Somerset County

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Date: 1/30/18 3:55 pm
From: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: C & O COUNT...eBird entry easy peasy for veteran Canal counters
This only applies to those who have counted in the past and will count
at least some of the same miles in 2018 [counts possible thru & incl 4
FEB].

Among my eBird checklists are those I submitted for the 2014 & 2015
canal counts. Viewing/editing those files allows one to submit
another checklist for the SAME LOCATION and the only need is to modify
the date.

So do that if you can. If you've already submitted a checklist using
a made up location as I did, think about redoing the list to tie in
the data with the better location name. Then DELETE the old one.

One caveat:
Be sure you are using the correct mile location. Here's that even
briefer tutorial again:

In the "normal" direction, i.e. UPSTREAM:
Begin at a milepost, e.g. milepost 58. Add 1. You will be surveying mile 59.

In the "reverse" direction, i.e. DOWNSTREAM:
Begin at a milepost, e.g. milepost 58. You will be surveying mile 58.

Jim S.

ps I hope I got the tutorial right this time :)

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Date: 1/30/18 3:32 pm
From: Kevin Graff <keyweststyle2001...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Hart-Miller Island, 01/29/18
01/29/18 - 715am-3pm
Hart-Miller Island, Essex, B Co., MD

WEATHER: MC/Overcast, 43-44 degrees, NNE 5K- N 7K OBS: Kevin G, Nico S

*SNOW GOOSE - 364 (flocks flyover N)
Canada Goose - 169
*MUTE SWAN - 2
Tundra Swan - 106
Gadwall - 61
American Wigeon - 9
American Black Duck - 95
Mallard - 126
Northern Shoveler - 35
Northern Pintail - 93
Green-winged Teal - 9
Ring-necked Duck - 2
Greater Scaup - 33
Lesser Scaup - 4468
Scaup Sp - 81
*WHITE-WINGED SCOTER - 5 (4 drakes, 1 hen)
Bufflehead - 57
Red-breasted Merganser - 12
Ruddy Duck - 81
Horned Grebe - 1
Double-crested Cormorant - 3
Great Blue Heron - 2
Turkey Vulture - 1
Bald Eagle - 10 (4 ad, 6 imm)
Northern Harrier - 3
Cooper's Hawk - 1
Red-shouldered Hawk - 1
Red-tailed Hawk - 1
Peregrine Falcon - 1
Ring-billed Gull - 87
Herring Gull - 107
Great Black-backed Gull - 129
Mourning Dove - 36
*SNOWY OWL - 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker - 2
Downy Woodpecker - 3
Northern Flicker - 3
American Crow - 2
Carolina Chickadee - 3
Carolina Wren - 3
Ruby-crowned Kinglet - 2
Northern Mockingbird - 1
European Starling - 13
Yellow-rumped Warbler - 5
Eastern Towhee - 2
Savannah Sparrow - 7
Song Sparrow - 44
Swamp Sparrow - 6
White-throated Sparrow - 16
"Slate-colored" Junco - 1
Northern Cardinal - 10
Red-winged Blackbird - 87
American Goldfinch - 15
SPECIES: 52 INDIVIDUALS: 6318

MAMMALS: Red Fox - 1, WT Deer (tracks), Raccoon (tracks)


Kevin Graff
Jarrettsville, MD
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Date: 1/30/18 1:14 pm
From: mike burchett <mikeburchett23...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Snowy Owl - OC Inlet
Hi all,

For those interested, there is a Snowy Owl on a dune on north Assateague
viewable from the Ocean City Inlet parking lot. Binoculars necessary; scope
recommended.

Harlequin Ducks and Common Eiders still here as well.

Good birding,
Mike Burchett
Berlin, MD

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Date: 1/30/18 9:39 am
From: Lydia Schindler <lydia13621...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fwd: DC Area, 1/30/2018
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From: Steve Cordle <scordle...>
Date: Tue, Jan 30, 2018 at 10:35 AM
Subject: DC Area, 1/30/2018
To: <BIRDEAST...>


Hotline: Voice of the Naturalist
Date: 1/30/2018
Coverage: MD/DC/VA/central and southern DE/WV panhandle
Reports, comments and questions: <voice...>
Compiler: Joe Coleman
Sponsor: Audubon Naturalist Society of the Central
Atlantic States (independent of NAS)
Transcriber: Steve Cordle

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

This is the Voice of the Naturalist, a service of the Audubon
Naturalist Society. This report covers the week starting Tuesday,
January 23 and was completed on Tuesday, January 30 at 10 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 BARROW'S GOLDENEYE* in MD, SNOWY OWL in
DC, DE, MD and VA, HARRIS'S SPARROW* in MD, and WESTERN TANAGER* in
VA.

Other birds of interest this week included waterfowl, RED-NECKED and
EARED GREBES, RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD, rails, SANDHILL CRANE,
DOVEKIE, COMMON MURRE, RAZORBILL, gulls, GREAT CORMORANT, AMERICAN
WHITE PELICAN, AMERICAN BITTERN, OSPREY, "NORTHERN" RED-TAILED HAWK*,
ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, GOLDEN EAGLE, SHORT-EARED OWL, LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE,
NORTHERN SHRIKE, SEDGE WREN, RED CROSSBILL, LAPLAND LONGSPUR,
sparrows, BALTIMORE ORIOLE, and warblers.

TOP BIRDS

A male BARROW'S GOLDENEYE* continues (for the seventh consecutive
winter) to be seen at The Elms Environmental Education Center
(private), St. Mary's Co, MD with the most recent reported sighting on
Jan 27.

One, and possibly two, SNOWY OWLS, were seen in flight and
photographed perched on buildings in SW DC throughout the week; one
appears to be using an interior courtyard (restricted) at the USDA
building (13th and Independence) as its roost. The continuing SNOWY
OWL was seen at Dulles Airport, Loudoun Co, VA on Jan 23 and 27.
Another was seen at Liberty University, Lynchburg, VA on Jan 25 and
26. There was also one seen at West Point, King William Co, VA on Jan
27 and 28. There was also one on the 26th at the Chincoteague NWR,
Accomack Co, VA. A continuing SNOWY OWL at Assateague State
Park/Assateague Island NS, Worcester Co, MD was seen most recently on
Jan 26. On Jan 23 a SNOWY OWL was scoped at the end of Green Dumpster
Rd, Deal Island, Somerset Co, MD. Four SNOWY OWLS were seen Jan 24 at
Hart-Miller Island, Baltimore Co, MD; two were seen there Jan 26. A
SNOWY OWL was seen Jan 27 on the beach at Cape Henlopen SP, Sussex Co,
DE.

A HARRIS'S SPARROW* continues along a short spur to a boat ramp off
the Anacostia River Trail in Prince George's Co, MD, with the most
recent sighting on Jan 28.

A male WESTERN TANAGER* continued (for the seventh winter) to visit a
residential feeder in Settlers' Mill, Williamsburg, VA throughout the
week. Additionally, two WESTERN TANAGERS* continued to visit a feeder
in the Alanton neighborhood, Virginia Beach, VA, with the most recent
reported sighting on Jan 24.

OTHER BIRDS OF INTEREST

SNOW GEESE continue to turn up at several inland locations during the
week including a flyover flock of about 40 at Sky Meadows SP, Fauquier
Co, VA on Jan 24. ROSS'S GEESE, GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE, and
CACKLING GEESE continued to be seen in a number of locations
throughout the area this past week.

The continuing inland BRANT in Nottoway Co, VA was seen most recently
on the 29th in and near a pond at the Piedmont Geriatric Hospital.

Six TRUMPETER SWANS, five adults and one juvenile, were seen and
photographed Jan 27 along Parrott River Rd, Pulaski Co, VA. Seen
throughout the week were the continuing TRUMPETER SWAN (P95) at Lake
Elkhorn and at Stone Lake (private), Howard Co, MD and the two
TRUMPETER SWANS at the Owensville Road ponds in Anne Arundel Co, MD.
Other sightings of TRUMPETER SWAN include three on the 28th at the
Central Tract, Patuxent Research Center (private), Prince George's Co,
MD and a continuing individual at the Ivy Street ponds in Waynesboro,
VA, seen most recently on Jan 29.

A BLUE-WINGED TEAL was seen Jan 23 at the Messick Rd Pond, Somerset
Co, MD. Four BLUE-WINGED TEAL were seen Jan 27 at the Dutch Gap
Conservation Area, Chesterfield Co, VA; five were there on the 24th. A
GREATER SCAUP was seen Jan 24 at Dyke Marsh, Fairfax Co, VA. A female
HARLEQUIN DUCK was seen Jan 24 and 28 in a dammed area of the North
Branch of the Potomac in Luke, MD. Fifteen SURF SCOTERS were seen Jan
26 at hart-Miller Island, Baltimore Co, MD. A WHITE-WINGED SCOTER was
seen Jan 24 at Lake Anna SP, Spotsylvania Co, VA. A WHITE-WINGED
SCOTER was also seen at Fort McHenry NM in Baltimore Co, MD on Jan 23.
Inland LONG-TAILED DUCKS included one seen in the Potomac River at
Belle Haven Park and the next-door Dyke Marsh, Fairfax Co, VA during
the week; there was one at Belle Isle, James River Park, Richmond, VA
on Jan 24 and two there on the 26th. The continuing LONG-TAILED DUCK
at Silver Lake, Rockingham Co, VA was seen again Jan 24.

A RED-NECKED GREBE was seen Jan 27 from Pots Net, Sussex Co, DE. One
was also seen Jan 27 and 28 from Burton's Island, Delaware Seashore
SP, Sussex Co, DE. The continuing RED-NECKED GREBE in the Roanoke
River Greenway, Roanoke, VA was seen as recently as Jan 29. The EARED
GREBE at King-Lincoln Park in Newport News, VA was seen again on Jan
27.

The continuing out-of-season male RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD at a
feeder in the Alanton neighborhood in Virginia Beach, VA was seen most
recently on Jan 23.

A VIRGINIA RAIL was seen Jan 23 at Hughes Hollow/McKee Beshers WMA,
Montgomery Co, MD. A COMMON GALLINULE was seen Jan 24 in the Bayside
Development Pond, Worcester Co, MD.

In VA the two continuing SANDHILL CRANES were seen along the Sanctuary
Trail at Algonkian Nature Preserve, Loudoun Co on Jan 27.

A pelagic trip in DE waters on Jan 27 found a DOVEKIE, a COMMON MURRE,
five RAZORBILLS, and two BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKES. A DOVEKIE was seen
Jan 27 at the Ocean City Inlet, Worcester Co, MD. One to three
RAZORBILLS were seen Jan 27 in Indian River Inlet, Sussex Co, DE.

One of the two continuing BLACK-HEADED GULLS was seen Jan 24 and 27 at
Wolfe Neck WTP (restricted access), Sussex Co, DE. Single ICELAND
GULLS continued to be seen at a number of locations: In VA they were
seen at the Belmont Bay Marina, Prince William Co on Jan 27; on Jan 27
on Island #3 of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel, Northampton Co, VA
during a boat trip for the Virginia Beach Winter Wildlife Festival; a
continuing bird on Jan 27 at the Walmart Ponds in Colonial Heights,
VA; and one seen Jan 28 at the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science
Center, Northampton Co, VA. In MD an ICELAND GULL was seen Jan 27 and
28 at Riley's Lock, C&O Canal, Montgomery Co, MD; in the Great Marsh,
Cambridge, Dorchester Co, MD on Jan 23; on Jan 26 at Cox Point Park,
Baltimore, MD; on Jan 27 at the Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum,
Calvert Co, MD; and on Jan 25 and 28 at the Naylor Mill Rd Pond,
Salisbury Landfill, Wicomico Co, MD. A GLAUCOUS GULL was seen Jan 28
at the Jones Crossroads Landfill, Sussex Co, DE.

A GREAT CORMORANT was seen Jan 27 at the Norris Farms Landfill
(private), Baltimore Co, MD.

Eight AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS were at Pleasure House Natural Area,
Virginia Beach, VA on Jan 26. Eleven AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS were seen
Jan 27 at Blackwater NWR, Dorchester Co, MD.

An AMERICAN BITTERN was observed Jan 24 at Poplar Island, Talbot Co,
MD.

An OSPREY continues to be seen at Dutch Gap Conservation Area,
Chesterfield Co, VA with the most recent report from Jan 27. Another
was seen at Jamestown Island, James City Co, VA on Jan 24 and 27. A
so-called "NORTHERN" RED-TAILED HAWK (abieticola)*, a distinctive
subspecies that is not uniformly recognized as separate from the
eastern subspecies, was again at Oxon Hill Farm, Prince George's Co,
MD on Jan 25. A GOLDEN EAGLE was seen Jan 25 at Oxon Hill Farm, Prince
George's Co, MD. GOLDEN EAGLES were seen Jan 26 and 27 in Blue Grass
Valley, Highland Co, VA. In MD a continuing ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was seen
most recently at Pemberton Manor (Jan 25) and Quail Covey Farm Pond
(Jan 29), both in Queen Anne's Co. One was also seen Jan 27 along
Russell Rd, Garrett Co, MD. One and sometimes two ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS
were seen during the week at Broadkill Marsh, Sussex Co, DE. One was
also seen Jan 27 at Bear Swamp, Prime Hook NWR, Sussex Co, DE.

In MD single SHORT-EARED OWLS were reported on Jan 25 at private
residences in both Anne Arundel Co and Prince George's Co. On Jan 23
in Somerset Co, MD two SHORT-EARED OWLS were seen along Rumbly Point
Rd and later in the day there were three SHORT-EARED OWLS at the end
of Green Dumpster Rd, Deal Island. A single SHORT-EARED OWL was seen
Jan 25 from the Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary, Anne Arundel Co, MD. A
SHORT-EARED OWL was seen Jan 29 at Cedar Point WMA, Charles Co, MD.
Two were seen Jan 27 along Russell Rd, Garrett Co, MD. One was seen at
Hart-Miller Island, Baltimore Co, MD on Jan 24. SHORT-EARED OWLS were
seen in a number of locations in VA including throughout the week at
St. Louis Rd just north of the intersection with Foxcroft Rd in
Loudoun Co, VA; in Lucketts, Loudoun Co, VA on Jan 28; seven at Bell's
Ln, Staunton, VA on Jan 25; and on Jan 23 between the Thomas Jefferson
Rollins Nature Area and the Public Boat Ramp at Messick Point,
Poquoson. There was also one on Jan 24 along Featherbed Rd, White
Post, Clarke Co, VA.

The continuing LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE at the Smith Farm in Lunenburg, VA
was recently seen Jan 27. A NORTHERN SHRIKE* continues for the second
consecutive winter at the Sully Woodlands in Fairfax Co, VA, with the
most recent sighting Jan 29.

A SEDGE WREN was found at Jefferson Patterson Park in Calvert Co, MD
on Jan 27.

A single RED CROSSBILL was found Jan 24 at Reddish Knob, Augusta Co,
VA while six were found the same day at Briery Branch Gap, Rockingham
Co, VA.

A LAPLAND LONGSPUR was seen again near the intersection of Nicholson
and Model Rd, Rockingham Co, VA on Jan 24.

The continuing CLAY-COLORED SPARROW at the Laurel Hill Equestrian
Center, Fairfax Co, VA was seen most recently Jan 28. Ten VESPER
SPARROWS were seen at the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National
Historical Park, Dorchester Co, MD on Jan 27.

A continuing BALTIMORE ORIOLE visited a feeder in Lincoln, Loudoun Co,
VA throughout the week. A BALTIMORE ORIOLE was photographed Jan 23
eating an orange on the Jefferson Park Trail, Charlottesville, VA.

ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS were found at several locations in the
reporting area. Out-of-season warblers included a continuing
YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER at a residential feeder in Virginia Beach, VA
throughout the week.

***

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

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

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

Thank you for your interest, and enjoy the birds.

*Of interest to the applicable state records committee

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Date: 1/30/18 3:34 am
From: Clayton Koonce <cg.koonce...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Rusty Blackbirds in Columbia Town Center (and a Phoebe)
I saw the post about the flock of rusties in Montgomery County. Another flock has been found here in Columbia, Howard County. Last Saturday (Jan. 27), during the Howard County Bird Club's Mid-winter Count, I had a look at the Symphony Woods Park in Columbia Town Center where I had been noticing large (for Town Center) flocks of Canada geese and crows foraging on the ground around the trees. I found plenty of crows on Saturday (mostly American with some fish crows), then when I turned to return to my car, I noticed a flock of smaller black birds on the ground. They turned out to be rusty blackbirds, after I realized I had something other than starlings or grackles. One of my photos showed 39 individuals, which was flagged as a high count for date and location in eBird. Attached photo doesn't show the whole flock but was taken during that count. (I posted other photos on my Flickr page and on our group Flickr page.)

The next day, Jan. 28, other birders continued to find the rusties around Symphony Woods Park. This is also the location of Merriweather Post Pavilion. Kurt Schwarz counted 47 inside a fence. I'm guessing the fence around the Post Pavilion grounds, which are closed to the public when events are not in progress. Yesterday morning, Jan. 30, another birder on eBird had the rusties along South Entrance Road at the east edge of Symphony Woods. That afternoon, while I was driving by and stopped at a traffic light on the corner of South Entrance and Little Patuxent Parkway, I spotted rusties on the ground right by the sidewalk in that corner of the park. Crows were next to them feeding on the ground, too. My quick estimate of 20 rusties still got the high count flag in eBird.

(Symphony Woods is a large stand of mature deciduous trees on rolling terrain. It's the site of festivals and concerts during the summer, so the ground doesn't have much understory. It's a mix of mowed grass, mulch and packed earth. Some of this will change as development plans get underway and some features and amenities are added.)

Meanwhile, on Sunday at Lake Kittamaqundi nearby, I found a phoebe hanging around the south end of the lake. I posted a couple of cropped compact camera photos quickly snapped in the rain on eBird. I was not able to find the bird again yesterday. Not flagged as rare, but still odd to see one in winter. (What would phoebes be eating here at this time of year?)

Clayton Koonce
Columbia, Maryland
member, Howard County Bird Club

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Date: 1/29/18 6:50 am
From: Donald Sweig <skybear41...>
Subject: [MDBirding] More on Golden Eagle at Blackwater
I called the Blackwater refuge this morning and spoke to one of the refuge staff there about the report on ebird that someone had seen an injured golden eagle been taken into the visitor center on Saturday.
The golden eagle that was seen being taken into the refuge center on Saturday was indeed an injured bird, but it has been injured for a long time and it was being taken to the visitor center as part of an educational program. It was not a wild injured bird found on the refuge.
So, the Golden eagle that Harry Armistead told me he had seen and which I did not succeed in finding was not the same eagle being seen taken to the visitor center.
The man I talked with at the refuge said that there was a Golden Eagle or two around that area, but that they are not seen with any regularity on the refuge.
Guess I will have to go and try again.
Donald Sweig
Falls Church, Virginia

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Date: 1/29/18 5:54 am
From: Joe Hanfman <auk1844...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Ross’s Goose - Charles County
There is an adult white morph Ross’s Goose at 13277 Rock Point Rd, Newburg.

Joe Hanfman
Columbia, MD

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Date: 1/29/18 5:32 am
From: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: C & O COUNT...milepost...milepost...where's the milepost
from access parking...??? Upstream? Downstream? Even count veterans
can forget from year to year.

The following link will take you the C&O Canal Trusts' (the park's
official partner) page. This has more detailed info as to where the
parking spots are for the entire canal. From this info it's fairly
easy to tease out which direction [upstream/downstream] will bring you
to the closest milepost.

http://www.canaltrust.org/plan/parking-along-the-co-canal-3/

Jim S
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Date: 1/28/18 9:32 pm
From: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: C & O COUNT...Checklist added with elimination of canal towpath mile confusion for "travelers"
I've modified a checklist for 2018 that was modified from an original
checklist supplied by DC Audubon when they ran the count. Notable
changes are areas to indicate Milepost # [moved to be more prominent]
followed by checkboxes for direction of travel for "traveling" counts.
If this format is followed, there's no need to give any thought to the
actual mile being surveyed while in the field. DO also adopt this
format when completing remarks for the eBird report for each mile
surveyed when "traveling."

Jim S

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Date: 1/28/18 6:33 pm
From: Kevin Graff <keyweststyle2001...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Re: Snowy Owl Bus Tours at Hart-Miller Island TOMORROW!
>How did it go?
>


Two were seen during bus tour. One seen next day, scoped from Rocky Point
Park. I'll be there to continuing weekly survey. - Kevin Graff

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Date: 1/28/18 6:33 pm
From: 'jovet' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Re: Snowy Owl Bus Tours at Hart-Miller Island TOMORROW!
The afternoon trip found 2 Snowy Owls. We also located a huge flock of Snow Geese - about 7,000 - just off the island, which I was told was highly unusual! We were out just over an hour. Wonderful experience.


Joanne


Joanne Howl, DVM
West River, MD




-----Original Message-----
From: Steve Huy <grisly.remains...>
To: Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Sent: Sun, Jan 28, 2018 9:31 pm
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Snowy Owl Bus Tours at Hart-Miller Island TOMORROW!

On Thursday, January 25, 2018 at 8:38:45 AM UTC-5, Tim Carney wrote:
> ​My coworker photographed four (!) Snowy Owls roosting together at Hart-Miller Island on Monday. I asked about a bus tour and received approval to lead two bus tours tomorrow (Friday, January 26).
>
> PLEASE READ THE RULES BEFORE SIGNING UP:
>
> - There are two tours: 9:00 AM and 1:00 PM. Please only sign up for ONE tour. Each tour will last approximately 1-2 hours. To sign up, email tcarn [at] menv [dot] com.
>
> - We will meet and board the boat at 2024A Riverview Rd, Essex, MD 21221.
>
> - If the owls are not present tomorrow morning, THE TOURS WILL BE CANCELED! It would be a shame to put so much effort into NOT seeing the target birds. Check your email tomorrow morning.
>
> - The tours are limited to 20 participants each.
>
> - Participants must be physically able to board a boat and step up onto a tour bus.
>
> - Flexibility is appreciated. Please let me know if you absolutely 100% can only make one of the available times. Otherwise, I will assign you to a tour based on available spots.
>
> - The tours are first come, first serve. I will reserve spots based on the order in which I receive the RSVPs.
>
> - These tours are offered by Maryland Environmental Service (MES) on behalf of Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Port Administration (MDOT MPA). These tours are not affiliated with any bird club and are open to anyone.​
>
> Apologies for the short notice, but I wanted to move quickly in case the owls leave over the weekend.
>
> Tim Carney
> Parkville, MD

How did it go?

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Date: 1/28/18 6:31 pm
From: Steve Huy <grisly.remains...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Snowy Owl Bus Tours at Hart-Miller Island TOMORROW!
On Thursday, January 25, 2018 at 8:38:45 AM UTC-5, Tim Carney wrote:
> ​My coworker photographed four (!) Snowy Owls roosting together at Hart-Miller Island on Monday. I asked about a bus tour and received approval to lead two bus tours tomorrow (Friday, January 26).
>
> PLEASE READ THE RULES BEFORE SIGNING UP:
>
> - There are two tours: 9:00 AM and 1:00 PM. Please only sign up for ONE tour. Each tour will last approximately 1-2 hours. To sign up, email tcarn [at] menv [dot] com.
>
> - We will meet and board the boat at 2024A Riverview Rd, Essex, MD 21221.
>
> - If the owls are not present tomorrow morning, THE TOURS WILL BE CANCELED! It would be a shame to put so much effort into NOT seeing the target birds. Check your email tomorrow morning.
>
> - The tours are limited to 20 participants each.
>
> - Participants must be physically able to board a boat and step up onto a tour bus.
>
> - Flexibility is appreciated. Please let me know if you absolutely 100% can only make one of the available times. Otherwise, I will assign you to a tour based on available spots.
>
> - The tours are first come, first serve. I will reserve spots based on the order in which I receive the RSVPs.
>
> - These tours are offered by Maryland Environmental Service (MES) on behalf of Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Port Administration (MDOT MPA). These tours are not affiliated with any bird club and are open to anyone.​
>
> Apologies for the short notice, but I wanted to move quickly in case the owls leave over the weekend.
>
> Tim Carney
> Parkville, MD

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Date: 1/28/18 6:08 pm
From: Roy Boyle <royboyle...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Female Harlequin Duck - Luke, MD - continuing
The female harlequin duck I found 1/24 remains just upstream from the dam
at the paper mill in Luke, MD. It was resting on a rock towards the West
Virginia side of the river at 4:30pm about 200 yards up from the dam. A
debris pile with a branch was about 10 yards downstream and closer to the
WV side of the river. I have pics but the lighting and the distance were
too much for my camera. The cropped and enhanced pics are posted here
anyways.

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Date: 1/28/18 4:19 pm
From: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...>
Subject: [MDBirding] C & O COUNT...PERHAPS A TEACHABLE MOMENT FOR NEWBIES
On 1/28/18, Eugene wrote:
> J D and I birded from Seneca (mi 23) to above Sycamore Landing (28) yesterday.

> 13025 Rileys Lock Rd, Poolesville US-MD (39.0688,-77.3408)
> Jan 27, 2018
> 9:35 AM
> Traveling
> 7.14 miles
> 287 Minutes

Hi Gene

Wondering...had you done the C & O count before? It may be that I've
assumed knowledge that not everyone shares.

The way the count works is to keep separate tallies for each mile on
the canal towpath. If your initial access point was Seneca the
mileage at the intersection of the lot and the canal is 22.8 according
to the Park Service [find the publication roughly titled C & O Canal
Park Planner 2014final2 pdf; which includes on page one a
"Recreational Guide by Milepost"]. Walking upriver as you did, my
approach would have been to not count until reaching milepost 23,
which actually begins towpath mile 24. Then keeping your first tally
you would travel mile 24 ending the tally at milepost 25; a new tally
begins there for mile 25 ending at milepost 26; a new tally begins
there for mile 26 ending at milepost 27. Sycamore Landing is given as
mile 27.2 by NPS, but maybe you went on to milepost 28. If you then
walked back to your car at Seneca, you would NOT have counted. Total
miles then would seem to be 4 if you reach milepost 28, not 7.14 as
indicated in the report.

Each mile would then be entered as a separate eBird report, noting the
mile tallied in the remarks section. There may be a C & O Canal
HOTSPOT that may be used/useful for the entire 184 miles, but I don't
know if that's so...someone else...???

How to reconcile mileposts with canal towpath miles is to do a mind
experiment & begin at the beginning. From the canal's beginning to
milepost 1 delineates towpath mile 1. Milepost 1 marks the beginning
of towpath mile 2. So in your case the first milepost encountered 23,
actually begins towpath mile 24.

It's perfectly fine to travel in the reverse direction. In that
instance in your situation, if you began by parking at Sycamore
Landing at mile 27.2 you'd walk downriver until encountering milepost
27 where you would begin surveying mile 27 on the towpath ending at
milepost 26, which begins mile 26, etc.

Jim S

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Date: 1/28/18 3:00 pm
From: 'jovet' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Blackwater NWR: Saturday
As a follow up to this report ... I believe I saw an ebird report of a Golden Eagle at Blackwater seen being carried into the visitor center by park employees (or words to the effect). I believe this report was on Saturday the 27th.


I would love to hear more about the Golden Eagle in captivity/rescue - does anyone have any information?


Joanne


Joanne Howl, DVM
<jovet...>



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From: Donald Sweig <skybirds.d...>
To: MDBirding <Mdbirding...>; Va-bird <va-bird...>
Sent: Sun, Jan 28, 2018 5:38 pm
Subject: [MDBirding] Blackwater NWR: Saturday

A friend and I spent about five hours, from 11 to 4, at the Blackwater refuge on Saturday. It was a beautiful, warm, sunny day and there were lots of birds (List below).
Unfortunately we did not find the Golden Eagle, which was the bird we had really gone for. The bird had been seen about 9:30 by Harry Armistead, who told us where he saw it. We looked there and everywhere else on the refuge and on Egypt Road for hours and could not find the Golden eagle.
But there was lots of other stuff.
Bald eagle- 28
White pelican -11
Snow Geese - 20,000, or more.
The Geese were in the large pond right by the wildlife Drive
and put on quite a show.
Tundra swan -at least 350 in several places.
Red-tailed hawk - 3
Pintail ducks- about 25 in the group that we saw.
Turkey vultures - 50 -100.
Horned larks - 35 - 40.
Canada geese - countless.
Northern Harrier -1
And a Delmarva Fox-squirrel on Egypt Road.
All in all a very nice day even without the Golden eagle.
Donald Sweig
Falls Church, Virginia



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Date: 1/28/18 2:38 pm
From: Donald Sweig <skybirds.d...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Blackwater NWR: Saturday
A friend and I spent about five hours, from 11 to 4, at the Blackwater refuge on Saturday. It was a beautiful, warm, sunny day and there were lots of birds (List below).
Unfortunately we did not find the Golden Eagle, which was the bird we had really gone for. The bird had been seen about 9:30 by Harry Armistead, who told us where he saw it. We looked there and everywhere else on the refuge and on Egypt Road for hours and could not find the Golden eagle.
But there was lots of other stuff.
Bald eagle- 28
White pelican -11
Snow Geese - 20,000, or more.
The Geese were in the large pond right by the wildlife Drive
and put on quite a show.
Tundra swan -at least 350 in several places.
Red-tailed hawk - 3
Pintail ducks- about 25 in the group that we saw.
Turkey vultures - 50 -100.
Horned larks - 35 - 40.
Canada geese - countless.
Northern Harrier -1
And a Delmarva Fox-squirrel on Egypt Road.
All in all a very nice day even without the Golden eagle.
Donald Sweig
Falls Church, Virginia



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Date: 1/27/18 7:31 am
From: 'Susan Hunt' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Merlin at Wheaton Regional Park this morning
I was glad to see the Merlin at Wheaton Park again this morning. (I haven't been there since the fall so perhaps others have been seeing it all along.) It was having breakfast by Pine Lake. Not much else to see - and nothing on the lake, a large part of which was iced over.
The "White House" (a birding landmark) has been demolished. 
Susan HuntSligo Woods

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Date: 1/27/18 4:21 am
From: jugbayjs <jugbayjs...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Jug Bay Greater White-fronted Goose, Short-eared Owl
Yesterday Eve I looked for both of these and conditions were great, but I did not see either of thee Rarities.

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Date: 1/26/18 12:09 pm
From: Pat <pvaldata1...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Worcester swans
There is a flock of about 500 Tundra Swans off rt 50 westbound just west of the junction with rt 90. 

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Date: 1/26/18 8:31 am
From: paul noell <myconut...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Obit
For those of you of more than a few years, you may remember one of our
earlier hot, young birders, Mike Resch. He was in that group of Stasz, Blom
&
Ringler, et al, who the rest of us went to for info by on unusual birds. In
a recent Sun paper an obit ran on the passing of Mike's dad. Mike moved out
of state a number of years ago.

Before he did, on one occasion I called him about some redpolls at my
house. I thought maybe I had a hoary. In a short while, he came over,
climbed the stairs and looked out my bathroom window at a tree w/a good
no. of redpolls feeding. He said I had a lighter variant of the Common
Redpoll. Which reminds me: in that same tree, back then, I enjoyed an
assortment of birds, including Evening Grosbeak, White-crowned Sparrow and
Sharp-shinned Hawk, among others. Not bad for a city slicker's front yard.
Paul Noell
Balto MD

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Date: 1/26/18 8:14 am
From: Scott Baron <baron.scott...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Blockhouse Point Conservation Park, Mont. Co. - Jan. 26
Hi,

I saw a first winter plumaged Red-headed Woodpecker a little before 9:30am
this morning. It was flying and perching in the woods on the NW side of
the main parking lot. A nice bird for the park, although there is a
population of them a little ways upriver.

A decent selection of other winter birds of edge and forest were present.

Happy birding to you all.

Scott Baron
Gaithersburg, Md.

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Date: 1/26/18 5:13 am
From: Kevin Graff <keyweststyle2001...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Hart-Miller Island, 01/24/18
01/24/18 – 715am-3pm

Hart-Miller Island, Essex, B Co., MD

WEATHER: MC/Overcast, 42 degrees, W 8K- W 14K

*GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE- 1 (flew w/ flock of canada geese)

*SNOW GOOSE - 1 (flew w/ flock of canada geese)
Canada Goose – 138
*MUTE SWAN – 2
Tundra Swan – 72
Gadwall – 30
American Wigeon – 13
American Black Duck – 63
Mallard – 62
Northern Shoveler – 2
Northern Pintail – 33
Green-winged Teal – 4
Canvasback – 1
Greater Scaup – 29
Lesser Scaup – 1252
*WHITE-WINGED SCOTER– 1 (Hen)
*LONG-TAILED DUCK – 1 (hen)
Bufflehead – 55
Common Goldeneye – 1
Common Merganser – 1
Red-breasted Merganser – 9
Ruddy Duck – 78
Great Blue Heron – 2
Bald Eagle – 11
Northern Harrier – 3
Sharp-shinned Hawk – 1
Red-shouldered Hawk – 1
Bonaparte's Gull – 1
Ring-billed Gull – 76
Herring Gull – 91
*LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL– 2 (adult & 3rd W)
Great Black-backed Gull – 105
Mourning Dove – 32
*SNOWY OWL – 4 (photos posted on my flickr page)
*SHORT-EARED OWL – 1
Northern Flicker – 2
American Crow – 3
Carolina Wren – 1
Golden-crowned Kinglet – 2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet – 1
European Starling – 1
*SNOW BUNTING – 1
Eastern Towhee – 1
Savannah Sparrow – 3
Song Sparrow – 40
Swamp Sparrow – 13
White-throated Sparrow – 16
*WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW– 1 (immature)
“Slate-colored” Junco – 3
Northern Cardinal – 11
Red-winged Blackbird – 73
SPECIES: 51 INDIVIDUALS: 2351


MAMMALS: Red Fox – 3, White-footed Mouse - 1, Raccoon (tracks), WT Deer
(tracks)

MOTHS: Isabella Tiger Moth – 1 (Woolly Bear)

FISHES: Gizzard Shad – 2 (captured by eagles)

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Date: 1/25/18 5:38 pm
From: jugbayjs <jugbayjs...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Jug Bay Greater White-fronted Goose, Short-eared Owl
Sorry I didn't report this sooner today (stressful day at work), and really glad that Karen et al observed and documented it today on their birdwalk! I just submitted an eBird report for the one I had this morning. I heard one here (my house/Jug Bay) early this morning (5:55 am) while I was filling the feeders before I went to work. It was somewhere north of the railroad, and presumably was one of the birds Karen saw in Billingsley marsh shortly afterwards.

It was heard several times, although it was puzzling at first since it wasn't making the typical laughing sort of calls that are often heard in flight. Obviously not a Canada Goose call, which have high variability but fairly consistent tones, which change in pitch with a tonal rise in second part, and are more flutey. Not a Snow Goose call, which is more nasal, sharp, and a squeaky monotone. It had a loud first syllable that dropped in pitch and volume in the second part, and sounds like a gull. I've heard them many times, including two weeks ago in TX, and can differentiate GWFG calls from Cacklers, Snows and Canadas.

I looked for one this eve when I got home (post sunset, and I only had about 25 minutes before dark). No luck with GWFG, but I saw a Short-eared Owl!

This was an awesome surprise; very uncommon here at Jug Bay. Seen first at 5:32 with bins as it flew across from AA to PG County, but it dove on some prey and was out of sight for ten minutes. It resumed flight at 5:42 and I watched it for several minutes in my scope, hunting in Billingsley Marsh close to the river.

Jeff Shenot
Croom, Md

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Date: 1/25/18 3:22 pm
From: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...>
Subject: [MDBirding] [WA] Vulture "kettle"
I observed them above dual highway near the Martins grocery shopping
complex at 1542 this afternoon. It was quite a show as they weren't
that far off the ground when I came upon them. Can't say if this is
something that happens there regularly, or not. Maybe someone more
local has more info. While driving, I couldn't more than glance, but
I didn't observe any "blacks" among the TVs, which numbered appx 50.

Jim Speicher
BroadRun/Burkittsville area
[FR] Frederick County MD
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Date: 1/25/18 3:05 pm
From: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...>
Subject: [MDBirding] C & O COUNT...LET'S GO...!!!
It's not ideal, but for what it's worth:

SHORT NOTICE: The C & O count is ON, but with a change from a narrow
one-day "snapshot" to a week's long + "panoramic" overview beginning
on 1/27 and ending on 4 February. There will be NO SPECIFIC MILEAGE
ASSIGNMENTS given. Duplicate counts will be expected for some miles
and happily accepted. Counts may be, per e-bird standards, either
"traveling" or "stationary." For "stationary" counts, birders should
stand at the mileposts and count for a minimum of 20 minutes. In the
event that there is a structure [the Brunswick water filtration plant
comes to mind] at the milepost, the counter should move appropriately
up or down stream and note that in the remarks. All counts to be
posted to e-bird & SHARED with Jim Speicher [<jugornought...>;
ebird username: jugornought], or Frank Boyle who together will
endeavor to come up with a compilation.

Obviously, forward as appropriate.

Jim Speicher
BroadRun/Burkittsville area
[FR] Frederick County MD
M.O.S. member, Washington [WA] Co Chapter

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Date: 1/25/18 2:49 pm
From: marian rutigliano <mcrutig...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Snowy Owl USDA
I work on the Constitution Ave side of the Mall at around 13th St and get in very early - around 5:30AM. I have seen the Snowy Owl flying around a couple of times recently when I stop to look around before going in to work.

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Date: 1/25/18 2:27 pm
From: Karen Caruso <karen.caruso...>
Subject: [MDBirding] JBWS ongoing bird survey - Greater White-fronted Goose, Hooded Merganser
Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary, Anne Arundel, Maryland, US
Jan 25, 2018 7:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.5 mile(s)
Comments: Ongoing survey
34 species

Greater White-fronted Goose 2 2 adults with about 20 Canada Goose in Billingsley marsh seen from the observation platform. A bit smaller than the Canadas. Bright orange legs and bill. Extensive white at base of bill, black barring on belly. Too distant for photos.
Canada Goose 628
Mallard 122
American Black Duck 180 Actual count
Northern Pintail 9
Green-winged Teal 4
Hooded Merganser 9
Common Merganser 17
Great Blue Heron 5
Turkey Vulture 2
Bald Eagle 3
Ring-billed Gull 2500 two flocks in different areas
Herring Gull 300
Great Black-backed Gull 1
Mourning Dove 6
Belted Kingfisher 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Downy Woodpecker 4
Northern Flicker 2
Blue Jay 2
American Crow 1
Carolina Chickadee 1
Tufted Titmouse 4
Carolina Wren 3
Eastern Bluebird 2
American Robin 10
European Starling 1
Dark-eyed Junco 2
White-throated Sparrow 23
Swamp Sparrow 1
Eastern Towhee 2
Northern Cardinal 5
Red-winged Blackbird 65
American Goldfinch 15

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Date: 1/25/18 1:50 pm
From: 'Michel Cavigelli' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Snowy Owl USDA
USDA in DC?

Michel Cavigelli (usda in Beltsville)

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> On Jan 25, 2018, at 1:10 PM, arnella trent <arnellat...> wrote:
>
> Hi I am new to group. There is a snowy owl at USDA. It’s perched on the roof at 5 wing. I heard it’s been here for close to 2 weeks. I have photos from coworkers if someone needs documentation. As a matter of fact I can see the outline from my coworkers window. But I had a good view from another office.
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> It’s still there..
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Date: 1/25/18 1:00 pm
From: Daniel Rauch <danrauch11...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Snowy Owl USDA
The USDA building is on 13th and Independence Avenue, SE in Washington,
DC. The bird cannot be seen by the public if it is in one of the interior
courtyards. There is no public access. It has been seen on surrounding
structures, such as the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, around dusk, when it comes
out to hunt.

On Thu, Jan 25, 2018 at 3:55 PM, Warblerick <ricksussman1955...>
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> Where is USDA, please?
>
> Rick Sussman
> Woodbine, MD
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Date: 1/25/18 12:55 pm
From: Warblerick <ricksussman1955...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Snowy Owl USDA
Where is USDA, please?

Rick Sussman
Woodbine, MD

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Date: 1/25/18 10:49 am
From: arnella trent <arnellat...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Snowy Owl USDA
Hi I am new to group. There is a snowy owl at USDA. It’s perched on the roof at 5 wing. I heard it’s been here for close to 2 weeks. I have photos from coworkers if someone needs documentation. As a matter of fact I can see the outline from my coworkers window. But I had a good view from another office.

It’s still there..

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Date: 1/25/18 9:41 am
From: Tim Carney <timmyc83...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Snowy Owl Bus Tours at Hart-Miller Island TOMORROW!
Hi everyone,

Both tours are completely full at this time, and there is a waiting list for the 1:00 PM boat. Thank you for your interest!

Tim Carney
Parkville, MD

On Thursday, January 25, 2018 at 8:38:45 AM UTC-5, Tim Carney wrote:
> ​My coworker photographed four (!) Snowy Owls roosting together at Hart-Miller Island on Monday. I asked about a bus tour and received approval to lead two bus tours tomorrow (Friday, January 26).
>
> PLEASE READ THE RULES BEFORE SIGNING UP:
>
> - There are two tours: 9:00 AM and 1:00 PM. Please only sign up for ONE tour. Each tour will last approximately 1-2 hours. To sign up, email tcarn [at] menv [dot] com.
>
> - We will meet and board the boat at 2024A Riverview Rd, Essex, MD 21221.
>
> - If the owls are not present tomorrow morning, THE TOURS WILL BE CANCELED! It would be a shame to put so much effort into NOT seeing the target birds. Check your email tomorrow morning.
>
> - The tours are limited to 20 participants each.
>
> - Participants must be physically able to board a boat and step up onto a tour bus.
>
> - Flexibility is appreciated. Please let me know if you absolutely 100% can only make one of the available times. Otherwise, I will assign you to a tour based on available spots.
>
> - The tours are first come, first serve. I will reserve spots based on the order in which I receive the RSVPs.
>
> - These tours are offered by Maryland Environmental Service (MES) on behalf of Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Port Administration (MDOT MPA). These tours are not affiliated with any bird club and are open to anyone.​
>
> Apologies for the short notice, but I wanted to move quickly in case the owls leave over the weekend.
>
> Tim Carney
> Parkville, MD

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Date: 1/25/18 5:38 am
From: Tim Carney <timmyc83...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Snowy Owl Bus Tours at Hart-Miller Island TOMORROW!
​My coworker photographed four (!) Snowy Owls roosting together at Hart-Miller Island on Monday. I asked about a bus tour and received approval to lead two bus tours tomorrow (Friday, January 26).

PLEASE READ THE RULES BEFORE SIGNING UP:

- There are two tours: 9:00 AM and 1:00 PM. Please only sign up for ONE tour. Each tour will last approximately 1-2 hours. To sign up, email tcarn [at] menv [dot] com.

- We will meet and board the boat at 2024A Riverview Rd, Essex, MD 21221.

- If the owls are not present tomorrow morning, THE TOURS WILL BE CANCELED! It would be a shame to put so much effort into NOT seeing the target birds. Check your email tomorrow morning.

- The tours are limited to 20 participants each.

- Participants must be physically able to board a boat and step up onto a tour bus.

- Flexibility is appreciated. Please let me know if you absolutely 100% can only make one of the available times. Otherwise, I will assign you to a tour based on available spots.

- The tours are first come, first serve. I will reserve spots based on the order in which I receive the RSVPs.

- These tours are offered by Maryland Environmental Service (MES) on behalf of Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Port Administration (MDOT MPA). These tours are not affiliated with any bird club and are open to anyone.​

Apologies for the short notice, but I wanted to move quickly in case the owls leave over the weekend.

Tim Carney
Parkville, MD

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Date: 1/24/18 2:17 pm
From: Roy Boyle <royboyle...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Female Harlequin Duck - Luke, MD Allegany County
Spotted at 4:10 pm on the North Branch of the Potomac above the dam just
above the paper mill. 30 yards away at first. Watched it for about 10
minutes. I had no camera! I submitted it to EBird with a description. I
could use a second observer from Allegany or Garrett County to verify.

Roy Boyle

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Date: 1/24/18 1:11 pm
From: Pat <pvaldata1...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Somerset Snowy NO
Drove put to Deal Island WMA but saw no Snowy Owl. Had a couple of Short-eared Owls, though. 
Pat ValdataCrisfield, MD
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Date: 1/24/18 11:09 am
From: Jim Felley <jdfelley...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Constitution Gardens ducks
The pond at Constitution Gardens is ice-free, and the species assemblage that was there in December is back. Along with the many Canada geese and Mallards were several Double-crested Cormorants, lots of Ring-billed gulls, several pair of Gadwall, a dozen or so Ring-necked ducks, more than a dozen Northern Shovellers and a pair of American Wigeon.
The Tidal Basin has a skim of ice in the center, and there sat 3 Greater Black-backed gulls and a few Ring-billed gulls.

Jim

Jim Felley
Gaithersburg, MD

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Date: 1/24/18 9:46 am
From: Warblerick <ricksussman1955...>
Subject: [MDBirding] New Big Year yard bird
After working all morning in my shop with no break, I put on my down vest and binoculars and stepped outside about 11:50 AM. Within five minutes I spotted a flock of geese coming in from the direction of Piney Run Reservoir, and heading in my direction. The flock contained roughly 25-30 Canada Geese,but I wasn't really counting them because mixed in were 6 SNOW GEESE, a new species for the year list, number 36 so far, and another new bird that I didn't get last year. They came in pretty low and right over my shop and yard heading NW. I'm trying to "bank" as many new birds as I can to make up for several species which I don't think I'll have any chance at this year that I got last year. 2 so far in January seems pretty good to me.

Rick Sussman
Yard birding in Woodbine,
Carroll County, MD

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Date: 1/24/18 3:59 am
From: scott bates <fennecfox1947...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: It flies
On Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at 3:29:41 PM UTC-5, James Wilson wrote:
> I don't think it had a 16 inch wing span so I am leaning toward a Red Bat.
> Thanks
> Jim Wilson
> Queenstown

Could be. Most of them migrate though some do spend winter here.

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Date: 1/23/18 2:49 pm
From: Warblerick <ricksussman1955...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Somerset County Snowy and Short-eared Owls
Excellent work Jim. Glad to see retirement hasn't slowed you down. And I'll bet you wore shorts today 😉

Rick Sussman
Woodbine, MD

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Date: 1/23/18 2:38 pm
From: Jim Green <jkgbirdman53...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Somerset County Snowy and Short-eared Owls
About 4:30pm I saw 3 Short-eared Owls at the end of Green Dumpster Rd on Deal Island. Around 5pm I scoped a distant Snowy Owl - same location. It was perched low and flew to several different spots and perched again then flew away from me about 5:25pm and I lost sight of it.

Earlier today I also had 2 Short-eared Owls on Rumbly Point Rd flying around in broad daylight.

Jim Green
Gaithersburg MD

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Date: 1/23/18 1:26 pm
From: David Sandler <detour61...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Re: HowCo Trumpeter Swan update
Trumpeter Swan as reported at Stone Lake. Private community limited access to visitors who know residents.

David Sandler
Columbia, Md

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> On Jan 23, 2018, at 2:08 PM, Aisha Lewis <aishamichelle74...> wrote:
>
>> On Thursday, December 14, 2017 at 12:45:35 PM UTC-5, kurtschwarz4 wrote:
>> The wing-tagged female Trumpeter Swan P95 has relocated to Lake Elkhorn, Columbia. It is currently near the dam on the north side. Parking lot on Broken Land Parkway is best access.
>> --
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>> Kurt Schwarz
>> Ellicott City, Howard County
>> kurtschwarz4 at gmail dot com
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> The female Trumpeter Swan p95 has been a frequent visitor to Stone Lake (near Savage in North Laurel) since December 2017. Currently watching this beauty hang out on the sandy area of the lake right now.
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Date: 1/23/18 12:29 pm
From: James Wilson <birdmanjfw...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: It flies
I don't think it had a 16 inch wing span so I am leaning toward a Red Bat.
Thanks
Jim Wilson
Queenstown

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Date: 1/23/18 11:41 am
From: Aisha Lewis <aishamichelle74...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: HowCo Trumpeter Swan update
On Thursday, December 14, 2017 at 12:45:35 PM UTC-5, kurtschwarz4 wrote:
> The wing-tagged female Trumpeter Swan P95 has relocated to Lake Elkhorn, Columbia. It is currently near the dam on the north side. Parking lot on Broken Land Parkway is best access.
> --
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> Kurt Schwarz
> Ellicott City, Howard County
> kurtschwarz4 at gmail dot com

The female Trumpeter Swan p95 has been a frequent visitor to Stone Lake (near Savage in North Laurel) since December 2017. Currently watching this beauty hang out on the sandy area of the lake right now.

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Date: 1/23/18 10:39 am
From: Tim Carney <timmyc83...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Masonville 1/22/2018
There was an impressive amount of waterfowl at Masonville yesterday. Among the thousands of ducks was one SURF SCOTER. I first saw the bird while I was in a restricted area, but an eagle flushed many of the ducks and the scoter flew towards the cove. I *did not* relocate it during two subsequent checks. I hope it sticks around and comes closer so more people can see it.

I also found Ring-necked Duck (2), Common Goldeneye (1), and Red-breasted Merganser (3), which are somewhat less expected than the other duck species I saw.

Two American Kestrels were also nice to see.

eBird checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S42166386

Tim Carney
Parkville, MD

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Date: 1/23/18 7:09 am
From: Hugh McGuinness <hdmcguinness...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Re: It flies
Red Bats also fly in winter on warm nights.

On Tue, Jan 23, 2018 at 7:40 AM, scott bates <fennecfox1947...>
wrote:

> On Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at 7:05:18 AM UTC-5, James Wilson wrote:
> > I stepped outside last evening about 5:30. 63 degrees and a bat was
> flying around the yard. My ID skills for bats are zero, but I know that it
> was a bat. If anyone can speculate on what species, I would appreciate
> it. Thanks.
> > Jim Wilson
> > Queenstown
>
> Never easy to ID bats on the wing. 80% chance it was a big brown bat.
> They are usually the only species in buildings this time of year. Wingspan
> (from tip-to-tip) can be 16 inches.
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Date: 1/23/18 6:05 am
From: Max Wilson <max.wilson...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Virginia Rail at Hughes Hollow MoCo
Well seen this morning in the small NW impoundment close to the junction of the levees (SE corner of the impoundment). Couldn’t get a photo. It’s duck hunting season, so beware.

Max Wilson
Potomac Montgomery MD

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Date: 1/23/18 5:27 am
From: Lydia Schindler <lydia13621...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fwd: DC Area, 1/23/2018
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Date: Tue, Jan 23, 2018 at 7:28 AM
Subject: DC Area, 1/23/2018
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Hotline: Voice of the Naturalist
Date: 1/23/2018
Coverage: MD/DC/VA/central and southern DE/WV panhandle
Reports, comments and questions: <voice...>
Compiler: Gerry Hawkins
Sponsor: Audubon Naturalist Society of the Central
Atlantic States (independent of NAS)
Transcriber: Steve Cordle

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

This is the Voice of the Naturalist, a service of the Audubon
Naturalist Society. This report covers the week starting Tuesday,
January 16 and was completed on Tuesday, January 23 at 6:30 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 BARROW'S GOLDENEYE* in MD, BLACK
GUILLEMOT* in MD, SNOWY OWL in MD and VA, HARRIS'S SPARROW* in MD and
WESTERN TANAGER* in VA.

Other birds of interest this week included SNOW, ROSS'S and GREATER
WHITE-FRONTED GEESE, BRANT, CACKLING GOOSE, TRUMPETER SWAN, EURASION
WIGEON, KING and COMMON EIDER, HARLEQUIN DUCK, WHITE-WINGED SCOTER,
RED-NECKED and EARED GREBES, RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD, KING RAIL,
SANDHILL CRANE, PURPLE and SPOTTED SANDPIPERS, DOVEKIE, RAZORBILL,
BLACK-HEADED, ICELAND, GLAUCOUS and GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULLS, GREAT
CORMORANT, AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN, AMERICAN and LEAST BITTERNS,
TRICOLORED HERON, GLOSSY IBIS, OSPREY, "NORTHERN" RED-TAILED HAWK*,
ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, GOLDEN EAGLE, SHORT-EARED OWL, LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE,
NORTHERN SHRIKE, SEDGE WREN, LAPLAND LONGSPUR, SNOW BUNTING,
CLAY-COLORED, VESPER, LARK and LINCOLN'S SPARROWS, BALTIMORE ORIOLE,
BREWER'S BLACKBIRD, ORANGE-CROWNED, YELLOW-THROATED and WILSON'S
WARBLERS and PAINTED BUNTING.

TOP BIRDS

A male BARROW'S GOLDENEYE* continues at The Elms Environmental Center
(private) in St. Mary's Co, MD for the seventh consecutive winter.
This bird was seen most recently on January 22.

On January 20 an apparent first-state record BLACK GUILLEMOT* was
photographed at the Ocean City Inlet in Worcester Co, MD.

A continuing SNOWY OWL was seen all week at Dulles Airport in Loudoun
Co, VA. A continuing SNOWY OWL at Assateague State Park/Assateague I.
NS in Worcester Co, MD was seen most recently on January 21. A SNOWY
OWL also was found in Cell 7 on Poplar Island in Talbot Co, MD on
January 19.

A HARRIS'S SPARROW* continues along a short spur to a boat ramp off
the Anacostia River Trail in Prince George's Co, MD, with the most
recent sighting on January 21.

A male WESTERN TANAGER* has been seen almost daily since it returned
to a residential feeder in Settlers' Mill, Williamsburg, VA on
December 2 for the seventh consecutive winter. In addition, during the
week several WESTERN TANAGERS were seen at feeders in Virginia Beach,
VA, two in the Alanton neighborhood on January 21 and one at another
location on January 16.

OTHER BIRDS OF INTEREST

A continuing SNOW GOOSE was seen most recently at Piney Run Park in
Carroll Co, MD on January 22, and 1-2 SNOW GEESE were seen all week at
Whittier Lake Park in Frederick Co, MD. A continuing ROSS'S GOOSE also
was seen at Whittier Lake Park in Frederick Co, MD all week, and three
ROSS'S GEESE were found there on January 22. A ROSS'S GOOSE was found
at Cape Henlopen SP-Wolfe Neck area in Sussex Co, DE on January 22. A
continuing ROSS'S GOOSE was seen at Lake Frederick in Frederick Co, VA
most recently on January 19.

A GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was spotted at Bombay Hook NWR, Kent Co,
DE on January 19. Sightings of GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE in Maryland
included a continuing individual at Centennial Lake in Howard Co that
was most recently on January 20; five individuals at Lake Artemesia in
Prince Georges Co on January 19-21; three individuals at Fort
Frederick SP-Big Pool in Washington Co most recently on January 20;
two continuing individuals at the Cumberland-Terminus in Allegany Co
most recently on January 22; and two individuals along Villa Road in
St. Mary's Co on January 18. Sightings of GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE
in Virginia included a high of eight continuing individuals at Lake
Frederick in Frederick Co on January 16, 19 and 20; 13 individuals at
a private location along LaGrange Lane in King George Co on January
20; a high of 18 individuals at the Fishersville Quarry in Augusta Co
on January 18, 20 and 21; three individuals at the Foggy Branch Farm
ponds in Montgomery Co on January 21; and five individuals at Elkton
Farm pond in Bedford Co on January 22. In West Virginia GREATER
WHITE-FRONTED GEESE continue at a pond at 3772 Shepherdstown Road in
Berkeley Co, with a high of 15 individuals reported on January 19.

A continuing inland BRANT was most recently seen in a field near the
intersection of Routes 723 and 460 in Nottoway Co, VA on January 21
and at Lake Holiday (gated community; restricted access) in Frederick
Co, VA on January 22.

Sightings of CACKLING GEESE included four individuals at Bombay Hook
NWR, Kent Co, DE on January 19; one individual at Prime Hook NWR,
Sussex Co, DE on January 16; one individual at Cape Henlopen SP-Wolfe
Neck area in Sussex Co, DE on January 22; and one individual at Lake
Artemesia in Prince George's Co, MD on January 20. In Virginia
CACKLING GEESE included eight individuals at the Foggy Branch Farm
ponds in Montgomery Co on January 21; two individuals at Sleeters Lake
in Loudoun Co on January 20; and five individuals along 11976 Bristow
Lake Boulevard in Prince William Co on January 22.

A continuing TRUMPETER SWAN was seen most recently at Lake Elkhorn in
Howard Co, MD on January 21 and White Swan Drive Community Park in
Anne Arundel Co on January 20, and two TRUMPETER SWANS were seen again
at the Owensville Road ponds in Anne Arundel Co, MD on January 22.
Sightings of TRUMPETER SWAN in Virginia included a continuing
individual at the Ivy Street ponds in Waynesboro, VA most recently on
January 22; three continuing individuals along Cold Spring Road in
Rockingham Co most recently on January 16; and six individuals at Vet
School pond on the campus of Virginia Tech in Montgomery Co on January
21.

A EURASIAN WIGEON was spotted at Mason Neck SP in Fairfax Co, VA on
January 21. A continuing young male KING EIDER was last seen off the
fishing pier at Kiptopeke SP in Northampton Co, VA on January 19.
COMMON EIDERS were seen at expected coastal locations, with a high of
14 individuals at the Ocean City Inlet in Worcester Co, MD on January
21. Three HARLEQUIN DUCKS were seen off Island #4 at the Chesapeake
Bay Bridge-Tunnel in Northampton Co, VA on January 20 and at the Ocean
City Inlet in Worcester Co, MD through January 20. A WHITE-WINGED
SCOTER was seen at Fort McHenry NM in Baltimore Co, MD on January 18
and inland again at Willow Lake in Rockbridge Co, VA on January 19.
Inland diving ducks also included a LONG-TAILED DUCK at James River
Park-Belle Isle in Richmond, VA on January 20, and two REDHEADS and a
week-high 22 COMMON GOLDENEYE at the Cumberland-Terminus in Allegany
Co, MD most recently on January 22.

A RED-NECKED GREBE was seen at Kingston Landing in Talbot Co, MD on
January 17-22 and the K-Cave campsite area in Washington Co, MD on
January 20. A RED-NECKED GREBE also was reported at the Ocean City
Inlet in Worcester Co, MD on January 22. In Virginia, a RED-NECKED
GREBE was seen in the Roanoke River Greenway in Roanoke on January 21
and 22. An EARED GREBE was seen off the end of the concrete fishing
pier at King-Lincoln Park in Newport News, VA on January 18 and 20-22.
A continuing out-of-season male RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD was seen
most recently at a feeder in the Alanton neighborhood in Virginia
Beach, VA on January 21.

On January 21 a KING RAIL was spotted up one of the streams that
crosses Deephole Point Road near the intersection with Fox Road at
Occoquan Bay NWR, Prince William Co, VA.

A SANDHILL CRANE was spotted in flight at 6119-6121 Ebenezer Road in
Middle River, Baltimore Co, MD on January 16, and in fields viewed
from the end of Harry James Road in St. Mary's Co, MD on January
20-22. In Virginia two continuing SANDHILL CRANES were observed along
the Sanctuary Trail at Algonkian Nature Preserve in Loudoun Co on
January 21, and likely these same birds were observed in flight in
nearby Lucketts on January 16.

A non-coastal PURPLE SANDPIPER was seen on a jetty at Chesapeake Beach
Veterans Memorial Park in Calvert Co, MD on January 16 and at the
Hooper's Island Bridge in Dorchester Co, MD on January 19, 20 and 22.
A continuing SPOTTED SANDPIPER was seen at the Kerr Reservoir-Tailrace
Park in Mecklenburg Co, VA on January 20.

A DOVEKIE was photographed at the Ocean City Inlet in Worcester Co, MD
on January 19 and 21. A RAZORBILL was seen off Island #3 of the
Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel in Northampton Co, VA on January 20, and
1-3 RAZORBILLS were at Rudee Inlet and Little Island Park in Virginia
Beach, VA on January 22. A RAZORBILL also was found at the Ocean City
Inlet in Worcester Co, MD on January 21.

Two continuing BLACK-HEADED GULLS were spotted at Wolfe Neck WTP
(restricted access) in Sussex Co, DE on January 18 and 22. In Maryland
a continuing ICELAND GULL was seen most recently at the Annapolis
Junction Transfer Station (restricted access) in Anne Arundel Co on
January 16; Gwynns Falls Trail South in Baltimore Co on January 16;
and the Choptank River from the Route 50 bridge and Long Wharf Park in
Dorchester Co on January 22. In Virginia an ICELAND GULL was seen most
recently at Occoquan Bay RP in Fairfax Co, VA on January 19; off
Island #3 of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel in Northampton Co, VA
and in nearby inshore waters in Virginia Beach, VA on January 20; and
at Ancarrow's Landing in Richmond, VA on January 20. A continuing
GLAUCOUS GULL was most recently seen at Occoquan RP in Fairfax Co, VA
and at the nearby Belmont Bay Marina in Prince William Co, VA on
January 21. A GLAUCOUS GULL also was reported at Pohick Bay RP in
Fairfax Co, VA on January 21. A young GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL was most
recently seen at the Cumberland-Terminus in Allegany Co, MD on January
22.

GREAT CORMORANTS were seen at several locations on the
Chesapeake Bay in Maryland, with a high of 13 individuals at Point
Lookout SP-The Causeway in St. Mary's Co on January 19, and at
expected coastal locations in the reporting area.

A single AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN was reported at Blackwater NWR in
Dorchester Co, MD during the week, on January 20.

An AMERICAN BITTERN was encountered at several locations in Maryland
and Virginia, including Black Marsh in Baltimore Co, MD on January 16
and 18 and Little Island Park in Virginia Beach, VA on January 21. A
continuing LEAST BITTERN was seen most recently at Little Island Park
in Virginia Beach, VA on January 18. On January 18 two TRICOLORED
HERONS were found at 6032 Marvin Road in Virginia Beach, VA.

On January 21 two GLOSSY IBIS were found at Little Island Park in
Virginia Beach, VA.

On January 21 an OSPREY was seen again at the Dutch Gap
Conservation/Henricus Historical Park in Chesterfield Co, VA. A
so-called "NORTHERN" RED-TAILED HAWK (abieticola)*, a distinctive
subspecies that is not uniformly recognized as separate from the
eastern subspecies, was reported at Oxon Hill Farm in Prince George's
Co, MD on January 20 and along 3235 Twymans Mill Road in Madison Co,
VA on January 21. A ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was seen all week at marshes
near the ends of Broadkill and Fowler Beach Roads and nearby locations
in Prime Hook NWR, Sussex Co, DE. In Maryland a ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was
seen most recently at Pemberton Manor and Quail Covey Farm Pond in
Queen Anne's Co on January 21 and 22, respectively. A ROUGH-LEGGED
HAWK also was spotted along Cranesville Road in Garrett Co, MD on
January 21. In Virginia a continuing ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was seen most
recently at Dulles Airport in Loudoun Co on January 21. Raptor
highlights during the week also included a GOLDEN EAGLE spotted from
the south end of Windy Hill Road in Talbot Co, MD on January 20.

In Maryland SHORT-EARED OWLS continue at the Konterra Drive fields and
ponds in Prince George's Co, Pemberton Manor in Queen Anne's Co and
along Russell Road in Garrett Co, with the most recent sightings on
January 21. Sightings of SHORT-EARED OWL in Virginia included six
individuals seen from St. Louis Road just north of the intersection
with Foxcroft Road in Loudoun Co on January 20; a high of four
individuals at Messick Point in Poquoson on January 19-21; and three
individuals along Harrison Road in Fauquier Co most recently on
January 20.

A continuing LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE was seen at the Smith Farm in
Lunenburg, VA on January 16. A NORTHERN SHRIKE* continues at the Sully
Woodlands in Fairfax Co, VA for the second consecutive winter, with
the most recent sighting on January 22.

Noteworthy wrens included a SEDGE WREN found at Jefferson Patterson
Park in Calvert Co, MD on January 20 and MARSH WRENS reported at
several locations.

On January 18 five LAPLAND LONGSPURS were found along Fowler Beach
Road in Prime Hook NWR, Sussex Co, DE. In Virginia three LAPLAND
LONGSPURS were found near the intersection of Nicholson and Model
Roads in Rockingham Co on January 17, and one LAPLAND LONGSPUR was
reported along Airport Road in Augusta Co, VA on the same day.
Sightings of SNOW BUNTING included 30 individuals observed along
Fowler Beach Road in Prime Hook NWR, Sussex Co, DE on January 21; two
individuals at Kiptopeke SP in Northampton Co, VA on January 21 and
22; and a single individual flushed at Lake Holiday (gated community;
restricted access) in Frederick Co, VA on January 21.

A continuing CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was seen most recently at the Laurel
Hill Equestrian Center in Fairfax Co, VA on January 21. A CLAY-COLORED
SPARROW was found along Pocahontas Club Road in Virginia Beach, VA on
January 18. Up to four continuing VESPER SPARROWS were seen at Harriet
Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park in Dorchester Co,
MD on January 19 and 20. A VESPER SPARROW also was found along 4541
Harford Creamery Road in Harford Co, MD on January 20. A LARK SPARROW
was seen again at the Foggy Branch Farm ponds in Montgomery Co, VA on
January 21. On January 21 a LINCOLN'S SPARROW was spotted by a woodlot
opposite Raymond Pool at Bombay Hook NWR, Kent Co, DE.

On January 21 a BALTIMORE ORIOLE visited a feeder in the Alanton
neighborhood of Virginia Beach, VA.

On January 20-21 2-4 continuing BREWER'S BLACKBIRDS were seen at
Breeze Farm in Virginia Beach, VA.

ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS were found at several locations in the
reporting area. Sightings in Maryland included single individuals
found at Bogles Wharf in Eastern Neck NWR, Kent Co on January 16;
Terrapin Nature Park in Queen Anne's Co on January 20; and Lake
Artemesia, Oxon Hill Farm and near the Wilson Bridge in Prince
George's Co on January 20. An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER continues at the
LBJ Memorial Grove in Washington, DC, with the most recent sighting on
January 21. In Virginia an ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was found at
Ancarrow's Landing in Richmond on January 20; Little Island Park in
Virginia Beach on January 19; and the Weyanoke Sanctuary in Norfolk on
January 20.

Out-of season warblers included a continuing YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER
at a residential feeder in Virginia Beach, VA on January 16 and 17,
and a WILSON'S WARBLER found on the grounds of the Loudoun Water
Authority in Loudoun Co, VA on January 20 and 21.

A continuing male PAINTED BUNTING was seen at a feeder in Manassas,
Prince William Co, VA on January 16 and 21.

***

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
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Thank you for your interest, and enjoy the birds.

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Date: 1/23/18 4:40 am
From: scott bates <fennecfox1947...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: It flies
On Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at 7:05:18 AM UTC-5, James Wilson wrote:
> I stepped outside last evening about 5:30. 63 degrees and a bat was flying around the yard. My ID skills for bats are zero, but I know that it was a bat. If anyone can speculate on what species, I would appreciate it. Thanks.
> Jim Wilson
> Queenstown

Never easy to ID bats on the wing. 80% chance it was a big brown bat. They are usually the only species in buildings this time of year. Wingspan (from tip-to-tip) can be 16 inches.

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Date: 1/23/18 4:05 am
From: James Wilson <birdmanjfw...>
Subject: [MDBirding] It flies
I stepped outside last evening about 5:30. 63 degrees and a bat was flying around the yard. My ID skills for bats are zero, but I know that it was a bat. If anyone can speculate on what species, I would appreciate it. Thanks.
Jim Wilson
Queenstown

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Date: 1/23/18 4:02 am
From: Tim Carney <timmyc83...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Poplar Island 1/18/2018
I was finally able to conduct my first Poplar Island census of the year on Thursday.

The cells were mostly frozen which pushed the waterfowl just offshore where they were easier to count. Particularly numerous were Common Goldeneye (48) and Red-breasted Merganser (55).

I also found 11 Short-eared Owls and 1 Black-crowned Night-Heron at the barges.

There appears to be an overwintering Belted Kingfisher on the island.

Only one cell was inaccessible. MES staff found a Snowy Owl there on the following day. (I missed it on my census.)

eBird checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S42052803

Tim Carney
Parkville, MD

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