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4/25/18 6:27 am SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...> Re: [MDBirding] [Somewhat off topic] please recommend a hat with neck protection
4/25/18 6:03 am Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...> Re: [MDBirding] [Somewhat off topic] please recommend a hat with neck protection
4/25/18 5:51 am Howard Wu <howiewu1...> [MDBirding] [Somewhat off topic] please recommend a hat with neck protection
4/25/18 5:04 am 'Susan Hunt' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Wood thrushes singing in Sligo Creek Park
4/25/18 3:53 am James Wilson <birdmanjfw...> [MDBirding] Great-crested Flycatcher
4/24/18 3:59 pm SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...> [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Monday, April 23, 2018 55 Raptors
4/24/18 1:36 pm Martha A. Morris <mmorris5301...> Re: [MDBirding] Abridged summary of - 18 updates in 13 topics
4/24/18 11:46 am Tim Carney <timmyc83...> [MDBirding] Poplar Island 04/23/2018
4/24/18 7:59 am Lydia Schindler <lydia13621...> [MDBirding] Fwd: DC Area, 4/24/2018
4/24/18 7:24 am Wallace Kornack <wallace...> [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Monday 4/24/18
4/24/18 6:25 am 'John Canoles' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] FOS - Eastern Kingbird Baltimore Co and out of area, but not too far, Wilson's Phalarope and Ruff
4/24/18 6:13 am Warblerick <ricksussman1955...> [MDBirding] Migration
4/24/18 3:15 am Jim Rapp <dlitedirector...> [MDBirding] SPRING Delmarva Birding Weekend: April 26-29, 2018
4/23/18 8:17 pm 'Peter Reisfeld' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Patuxent
4/23/18 7:41 pm Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4...> Re: [MDBirding] Tern and Gull ID help if possible.
4/23/18 6:23 pm 'MikeBowen' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Re: Watson's Pond (King Farm Stream Valley) starting to heat up
4/23/18 5:37 pm Fred Shaffer <glaucousgull...> [MDBirding] Snowy Egret at Mt. Calvert
4/23/18 5:29 pm Debbie Taylor <debrataylor11...> [MDBirding] Re: MPT Shows about the Chesapeake
4/23/18 4:53 pm Hugh David Fleischmann <david...> [MDBirding] MPT Shows about the Chesapeake
4/23/18 4:21 pm Art Drauglis <lwsyrup...> [MDBirding] DC - Least Bittern
4/23/18 1:54 pm 'Marcy Stutzman' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Oxbow Lake FOS: Green Heron, Spotted Sandpiper, Killdeer, Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher, Eastern Kingbird
4/23/18 11:53 am Warblerick <ricksussman1955...> [MDBirding] First of season Hummer
4/23/18 11:06 am Wallace Kornack <wallace...> [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Monday 4/23/18
4/23/18 9:25 am Stephanie Pendergrass Dalke <stephanie.pendergrass...> [MDBirding] Re: [FR] Birds of this and previous season
4/23/18 8:59 am hlhorrocks <hlhorrocks...> [MDBirding] Rose-breasted grosbeak
4/23/18 8:40 am JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> [MDBirding] [FR] Birds of this and previous season
4/23/18 8:19 am Doug Carlson <carlsondc...> [MDBirding] Watson's Pond (King Farm Stream Valley) starting to heat up
4/23/18 6:16 am Steve Long <steve.long4...> [MDBirding] First of season Hummer
4/23/18 5:45 am Warblerick <ricksussman1955...> [MDBirding] New yard bird
4/23/18 5:17 am Ted on Little Round Bay <akbar...> [MDBirding] Tern and Gull ID help if possible.
4/23/18 4:42 am 'Jesse' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] cedar waxwings
4/22/18 7:50 pm Warblerick <ricksussman1955...> [MDBirding] First of season Hummer
4/22/18 7:01 pm SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...> [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Sunday, April 22, 2018 60 Raptors
4/22/18 6:46 pm Bobbi <b.reichwein...> [MDBirding] First of season Hummer
4/22/18 2:06 pm Kevin Graff <keyweststyle2001...> [MDBirding] North Point State Park, 04/21/18
4/22/18 7:20 am Wallace Kornack <wallace...> [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Sunday 4/22/18
4/21/18 7:31 pm SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...> [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Saturday, April 21, 2018 356 Raptors
4/21/18 7:24 pm Kathryn Davis <kedavis4...> [MDBirding] Prothonotary Warblers
4/21/18 6:25 pm Kevin Graff <keyweststyle2001...> [MDBirding] Masonville Cove, 04/18/18
4/21/18 4:01 pm john pangborn <pangborn.john19...> [MDBirding] Blue Mash Nature Trail -- Apr 21, 2018
4/21/18 2:56 pm Dona Patrick <waxwing...> Re: [MDBirding] Re: Lincoln Monument birds, 4/20
4/21/18 2:55 pm Dona Patrick <waxwing...> Re: [MDBirding] Re: Lincoln Monument birds, 4/20
4/21/18 2:50 pm Jim Felley <jdfelley...> [MDBirding] Re: Lincoln Monument birds, 4/20
4/21/18 8:37 am Warblerick <ricksussman1955...> [MDBirding] BWHA in yard
4/21/18 7:11 am Wallace Kornack <wallace...> [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Saturday 4/21/18
4/21/18 3:04 am James Wilson <birdmanjfw...> [MDBirding] Yellow Warbler
4/20/18 7:52 pm SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...> [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Friday, April 20, 2018 163 Raptors
4/20/18 3:56 pm Warblerick <ricksussman1955...> [MDBirding] Lincoln Monument birds, 4/20
4/20/18 3:37 pm <gabriel.j.hauser...> [MDBirding] Cape May warbler Rockville !
4/20/18 11:54 am Jim Felley <jdfelley...> [MDBirding] Lincoln Monument birds, 4/20
4/20/18 11:07 am Tony Futcher <tonyfutcher1...> Re: [MDBirding] Re: Northern Parula at Lake Elkhorn? (Looking for ID - photo included)
4/20/18 10:59 am Kelsey Wellons <kelseypsu...> [MDBirding] Re: Northern Parula at Lake Elkhorn? (Looking for ID - photo included)
4/20/18 10:57 am Kelsey Wellons <kelseypsu...> [MDBirding] Northern Parula at Lake Elkhorn? (Looking for ID - photo included)
4/20/18 7:30 am Wallace Kornack <wallace...> [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Friday 4/20/18
4/20/18 6:30 am Warblerick <ricksussman1955...> [MDBirding] White Pelicans - Garrett
4/19/18 7:50 pm SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...> [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Thursday, April 19 26 Raptors
4/19/18 4:42 pm Kevin Graff <keyweststyle2001...> [MDBirding] Rail Trail, 04/17/18
4/19/18 2:19 pm Annette Jeffers <annette.jeffers...> [MDBirding] FOY male Rubythroated Hummingbird
4/19/18 10:10 am Joe Hanfman <auk1844...> [MDBirding] White Pelicans - Garrett
4/19/18 8:40 am Patricia Valdata <pvaldata1...> [MDBirding] Yard bird notes
4/19/18 8:04 am Warblerick <ricksussman1955...> [MDBirding] 3 new FOY yard birds
4/19/18 7:54 am Wallace Kornack <wallace...> [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Thursday 4/19/18
4/19/18 6:13 am Tim Carney <timmyc83...> [MDBirding] Swan Creek 4/18/2018
4/19/18 5:29 am Georgia McDonald <gmcdonald1501...> [MDBirding] House Wren
4/18/18 8:21 pm SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...> [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Wednesday, April 18, 2018 71 Raptors
4/18/18 5:12 pm Warblerick <ricksussman1955...> [MDBirding] COLO on the move
4/18/18 12:27 pm Tim Carney <timmyc83...> [MDBirding] Re: Anhinga, Baltimore County
4/18/18 11:54 am 'Marcy Stutzman' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Re: Anhinga, Baltimore County
4/18/18 10:37 am Steve Long <steve.long4...> [MDBirding] FOS Glossy Ibis
4/18/18 6:17 am Wallace Kornack <wallace...> [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Wednesday 4/18/18
4/18/18 5:06 am Fred Shaffer <glaucousgull...> [MDBirding] Yellow-throated Warbler at Schoolhouse Pond
4/17/18 4:40 pm Marcia Watson <marshwren50...> Re: [MDBirding] Anhinga, Baltimore County
4/17/18 4:31 pm Judy E <stpchick322...> [MDBirding] Anhinga, Baltimore County
4/17/18 3:29 pm SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...> [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Tuesday, April 17, 2018 31 Raptors
4/17/18 2:42 pm Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...> [MDBirding] Odd couple in yard
4/17/18 12:36 pm Marcia Balestri <mebalestri...> [MDBirding] May Count for Worcester
4/17/18 11:26 am Gerry Hawkins <maineusa...> [MDBirding] Voice of the Naturalist, Greater DC area, week ending 4-17-18
4/17/18 9:48 am Lydia Schindler <lydia13621...> [MDBirding] Little Blue Heron at Pennyfield
4/17/18 8:13 am Wallace Kornack <wallace...> [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Tuesday 4/17/18
4/16/18 11:10 am Jan Braumuller <janbraumuller...> [MDBirding] Common Raven: North Arlington
4/16/18 11:08 am David Powell <seneca.ranger...> [MDBirding] RN Grebe - Clopper Lake
4/16/18 7:10 am Tim Carney <timmyc83...> [MDBirding] Poplar Island 4/11/2018
4/16/18 5:37 am 'Peter Kaestner' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] Anhinga, Baltimore County
4/16/18 4:45 am Tim Carney <timmyc83...> [MDBirding] Anhinga, Baltimore County
4/15/18 7:33 pm Warblerick <ricksussman1955...> [MDBirding] Re: 2 FOY yard birds
4/15/18 6:57 pm Don Simonson <don.r.simonson...> [MDBirding] FOS Birds MONT CO
4/15/18 6:12 pm Don Simonson <don.r.simonson...> [MDBirding] Re: 2 FOY yard birds
4/15/18 1:36 pm Peter Lev <plev...> [MDBirding] Vesper Sparrow
4/15/18 1:14 pm David Curson <dcurson...> [MDBirding] FOY Chimney Swift
4/15/18 9:39 am john pangborn <pangborn.john19...> [MDBirding] Blue Mash Nature Trail -- Apr 15, 2018
4/15/18 7:20 am Jo & Bob Solem <odenata...> [MDBirding] Chandler S. Robbins SkyWatch Dedication
4/15/18 7:09 am Wallace Kornack <wallace...> [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Sunday 4/15/18
4/14/18 9:41 pm SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...> [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Saturday, April 14, 2018 165 Raptors
4/14/18 4:38 pm Kojo Baidoo <baidookojo6...> [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park today
4/14/18 12:29 pm Bob Ringler <ringler.bob...> [MDBirding] Carroll Co. Birds 4/14/18
4/14/18 9:18 am 'Saundra Byrd' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Assateague Brant
4/14/18 7:58 am Wallace Kornack <wallace...> [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, 4/14/18
4/13/18 7:37 pm Derek C. Richardson <dcr...> [MDBirding] 2017-18 FeederWatch West Laurel
4/13/18 6:08 pm SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...> [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Friday, April 13, 2018 172 Raptors
4/13/18 5:03 pm Keith Eric Costley <oriolekec1...> [MDBirding] Maryland Zoo Field Talks - Snowy Owl w/Dave Brinker
4/13/18 3:58 pm Warblerick <ricksussman1955...> [MDBirding] 2 FOY yard birds
4/13/18 3:56 pm Clayton Koonce <cg.koonce...> [MDBirding] Re: Green Heron location at Lake Kittamanqundi
4/13/18 2:35 pm Jim Wilkinson <lakekoshare...> [MDBirding] Eastern Kingbird at Race Road marsh, Howard County, April 13
4/13/18 2:21 pm Fred Shaffer <glaucousgull...> [MDBirding] Little Gull at Chestertown WWTP
4/13/18 2:17 pm 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Eared Grebe at Pt. Lookout State Park
4/13/18 11:52 am Hugh David Fleischmann <david...> Re: [MDBirding] Black-necked Stilts, Paper Mills Flats, Baltimore
4/13/18 10:27 am Kevin Graff <keyweststyle2001...> Re: [MDBirding] Black-necked Stilts, Paper Mills Flats, Baltimore
4/13/18 10:06 am Tim Carney <timmyc83...> [MDBirding] Masonville and a little bit of Swan Creek, 4/13/2018
4/13/18 9:18 am Derek Hudgins <derekhudgins...> [MDBirding] Black-necked Stilts, Paper Mills Flats, Baltimore
4/13/18 7:38 am Derek C. Richardson <dcr...> [MDBirding] Mourning Dove eggs
4/13/18 7:00 am Kevin Graff <keyweststyle2001...> [MDBirding] Loch Raven Reservoir, 04/12/18
4/13/18 4:32 am Kelsey Wellons <kelseypsu...> Re: [MDBirding] Green Heron location at Lake Kittamanqundi
4/12/18 9:07 pm SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...> [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Thursday, April 12, 2018 183 Raptors
4/12/18 9:05 pm SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...> [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Wednesday, April 11, 2018 67 Raptors
4/12/18 7:18 pm Charles Stirrat <stirrcr1...> Re: [MDBirding] Green Heron location at Lake Kittamanqundi
4/12/18 6:16 pm Georgia McDonald <gmcdonald1501...> Re: [MDBirding] Hummers have surged up the coast...
4/12/18 5:18 pm George Jett <gmjett...> Re: [MDBirding] Hummers have surged up the coast...
4/12/18 4:15 pm Kelsey Wellons <kelseypsu...> [MDBirding] Re: Green Heron location at Lake Kittamanqundi
4/12/18 4:06 pm Kevin Graff <keyweststyle2001...> [MDBirding] Rail Trail & the Flats, 04/10/18
4/12/18 3:55 pm 'Elda Banks' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] Vesper Sparrow at Wheaton Branch Stormwater Ponds
4/12/18 3:46 pm Warblerick <ricksussman1955...> [MDBirding] Green Heron location at Lake Kittamanqundi
4/12/18 2:57 pm Kelsey Wellons <kelseypsu...> [MDBirding] Green Heron location at Lake Kittamanqundi
4/12/18 1:53 pm 'MikeBowen' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Vesper Sparrow at Wheaton Branch Stormwater Ponds
4/12/18 1:52 pm JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> [MDBirding] Hummers have surged up the coast...
4/12/18 10:37 am David Moulton, Bethesda, MD <moulton.davidh...> [MDBirding] Birdy morning at Algonkian RP, VA - species count tops 60
4/12/18 10:06 am 'Marcy Stutzman' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Oxbow Lake: Beaver dam breached, water level low, lots of mud
4/11/18 12:51 pm Wayne Bierbaum <wm.bierbaum...> [MDBirding] Re: A difficult ID
4/11/18 12:38 pm Gregory Gough <gregorygough...> [MDBirding] Re: A difficult ID
4/11/18 12:17 pm Wayne Bierbaum <wm.bierbaum...> [MDBirding] A difficult ID
4/11/18 11:08 am JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> Re: [MDBirding] Fw: eBird Report - C&O Canal--Pennyfield Lock, Apr 10, 2018
4/11/18 9:40 am Manoli Strecker <hestrecker...> [MDBirding] Vesper Sparrow, Hains Point, DC (this morning)
4/11/18 7:26 am 'Marcy Stutzman' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Oxbow Lake directions, map & checklist
4/11/18 6:56 am Patricia Wood <pwood...> [MDBirding] Re: Early access to Patuxent North Tract
4/11/18 6:38 am Kevin Graff <keyweststyle2001...> [MDBirding] Hart-Miller Island, 04/09/18
4/11/18 6:27 am Rick Borchelt <rborchelt...> Re: [MDBirding] Re: Early access to Patuxent North Tract
4/11/18 5:43 am 'Elda Banks' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] Fw: eBird Report - C&O Canal--Pennyfield Lock, Apr 10, 2018
4/11/18 4:59 am 'Marcy Stutzman' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Re: Early access to Patuxent North Tract
4/11/18 3:48 am Frank Boyle <ravenfrank...> [MDBirding] Turkey Trot Terror
4/10/18 7:54 pm SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...> [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Tuesday, April 10, 2018 128 Raptors
4/10/18 5:56 pm Dave Mitchell (Howard County) <mitch.design.srvc...> [MDBirding] Re: Early access to Patuxent North Tract
4/10/18 5:11 pm 'diane Ford' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Fw: eBird Report - C&O Canal--Pennyfield Lock, Apr 10, 2018
4/10/18 2:12 pm Lydia Schindler <lydia13621...> [MDBirding] Fwd: DC Area, 4/10/2018
4/10/18 10:23 am Pat <pvaldata1...> [MDBirding] New yard bird
4/10/18 6:03 am Frank Boyle <ravenfrank...> [MDBirding] Raptors Broken Wallet Farm 4.9.18
4/9/18 7:37 pm George Jett <gmjett...> [MDBirding] Blue-gray Gnatcatcher -2
4/9/18 1:00 pm 'Peter Reisfeld' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Early access to Patuxent North Tract
4/9/18 10:16 am Patricia Valdata <pvaldata1...> [MDBirding] Fwd: Loon
4/9/18 9:16 am Linda Friedland <linnet1...> [MDBirding] More and more Palms..Pennyfield
4/9/18 5:50 am Warblerick <ricksussman1955...> [MDBirding] A profusion of Chipping Sparrows
4/9/18 3:57 am Lydia Schindler <lydia13621...> [MDBirding] A profusion of palm warblers
4/8/18 7:48 pm SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...> [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Sunday, April 8, 2018 78 Raptors
4/8/18 5:59 pm 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] Black and White Warbler at Fort Howard today at 12:15pm
4/8/18 4:16 pm Robert McLean <tmclean1090...> [MDBirding] Warblers Galore at Cromwell Valley
4/8/18 3:06 pm Jim Nelson <kingfishers2...> [MDBirding] Montgomery Bird Club walk at Hughes Hollow Sunday, April 8
4/8/18 2:56 pm Patricia Valdata <pvaldata1...> [MDBirding] Red-throated Loon is back!
4/8/18 2:25 pm 'Jim Stasz' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] Black and White Warbler at Fort Howard today at 12:15pm
4/8/18 2:19 pm Debbie Taylor <debrataylor11...> [MDBirding] Black and White Warbler at Fort Howard today at 12:15pm
4/8/18 12:07 pm Patricia Valdata <pvaldata1...> [MDBirding] FOS Forster's Terns
4/8/18 8:43 am Scott Baron <baron.scott...> [MDBirding] Extralimital: Black-tailed Godwit in NJ
4/7/18 5:08 pm George Jett <gmjett...> [MDBirding] Pine Warbler Today and Earlier
4/7/18 4:30 pm <michael.matwichuk...> Re: [MDBirding] Black-throated Gray Warbler in Havre de Grace now an eBird "stakeout" Hotspot
4/7/18 1:53 pm 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] Black-throated Gray Warbler in Havre de Grace now an eBird "stakeout" Hotspot
4/7/18 1:35 pm Tim Carney <timmyc83...> [MDBirding] Upland Sandpiper, Harford County
4/7/18 1:25 pm Mark Rositol <mrositol510...> [MDBirding] Rocky Gorge Reservoir-Supplee Ln LTDU and COLO
4/7/18 1:07 pm paul noell <myconut...> [MDBirding] Addendum.
4/7/18 12:55 pm paul noell <myconut...> [MDBirding] Cromwell Park.
4/7/18 12:15 pm JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> [MDBirding] FOS Brown Thrasher
4/7/18 11:39 am Clayton Koonce <cg.koonce...> [MDBirding] 5 horned grebes at Lake Kittamaqundi (plus 2 Bonaparte's gulls)
4/7/18 9:48 am Claire Nemes <c.e.nemes...> [MDBirding] Re: FOS Brown Thrasher Singing Darnestown Mont Co
4/7/18 9:14 am John McKitterick <jbmck...> [MDBirding] A Flood of Flickers
4/7/18 6:59 am <michael.matwichuk...> [MDBirding] Black-throated Gray Warbler in Havre de Grace now an eBird "stakeout" Hotspot
4/6/18 8:04 pm SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...> [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Friday, April 6, 2018 496 Raptors Broad-winged Hawks!
4/6/18 5:14 pm Scott Baron <baron.scott...> [MDBirding] Montgomery County, first week of April
4/6/18 4:43 pm Derek C. Richardson <dcr...> [MDBirding] Lake Artemesia gulls & terns
4/6/18 2:41 pm Lynne Parks <v.lynneparks...> [MDBirding] I lost my camera
4/6/18 1:52 pm Warblerick <ricksussman1955...> [MDBirding] New yard migrants
4/6/18 11:29 am Warblerick <ricksussman1955...> [MDBirding] FOS Brown Thrasher Singing Darnestown Mont Co
4/6/18 11:27 am Warblerick <ricksussman1955...> [MDBirding] Red-throated Loon
4/6/18 10:50 am Pat <pvaldata1...> [MDBirding] Red-throated Loon
4/6/18 9:41 am David Moulton, Bethesda, MD <moulton.davidh...> [MDBirding] L Waterthrush, Y-T Warbler, displaying Turkey @ Great Falls MD
4/6/18 8:57 am Linda Friedland <linnet1...> [MDBirding] Yellow-throated Warbler, Blue-headed Vireo-Riley's Lock
4/6/18 8:37 am 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Royal Tern in Solomons, Calvert County
4/6/18 6:28 am Patrick Malone <pmalone...> [MDBirding] Re: Another comment about Corkscrew Swamp near Naples, FL
4/6/18 5:28 am Don Simonson <don.r.simonson...> [MDBirding] FOS Brown Thrasher Singing Darnestown Mont Co
4/6/18 2:40 am Joe Hanfman <auk1844...> [MDBirding] field trip rescheduled
4/5/18 8:55 pm SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...> [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Thursday, April 5, 2018 473 Raptors
4/5/18 12:57 pm Patricia Wood <pwood...> [MDBirding] Re: Surf Scoters - Howard
4/5/18 6:31 am Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...> [MDBirding] Any recent reports of Harris’ Sp. in PG?
4/5/18 5:43 am Peter Lev <plev...> [MDBirding] field trip postponed
4/5/18 5:25 am Joe Hanfman <auk1844...> [MDBirding] Surf Scoters - Howard
4/5/18 3:57 am James Wilson <birdmanjfw...> [MDBirding] For the mess he and a flock of seagulls left behind years ago, a man begs forgiveness
4/5/18 3:31 am James Wilson <birdmanjfw...> Re: [MDBirding] New yard bird: Pine Warbler
4/4/18 8:20 pm SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...> [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Wednesday, April 4, 2018 398 Raptors
4/4/18 6:39 pm JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> Re: [MDBirding] New yard bird: Pine Warbler
4/4/18 5:37 pm 'Elda Banks' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] New yard bird: Pine Warbler
4/4/18 4:05 pm Warblerick <ricksussman1955...> [MDBirding] DC Area 4/3/18
4/4/18 4:03 pm Derek C. Richardson <dcr...> [MDBirding] Re: help: unusual sparrow -- Laurel Lake
4/4/18 3:02 pm Joe Hanfman <auk1844...> [MDBirding] Surf Scoters
4/4/18 11:50 am Tim Carney <timmyc83...> [MDBirding] Swan Creek Birdwalk - Saturday, April 21
4/4/18 11:01 am Marcia Balestri <mebalestri...> [MDBirding] May Count
4/4/18 10:12 am 'Susan Hunt' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] New yard bird: Pine Warbler
4/4/18 8:33 am Derek C. Richardson <dcr...> [MDBirding] help: unusual sparrow -- Laurel Lake
4/4/18 8:29 am 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] BHVI in St. Mary's!
4/4/18 6:57 am Jim Nelson <kingfishers2...> [MDBirding] FOY Osprey as a yard bird, Mont. Co.
4/3/18 7:53 am Joe Hanfman <auk1844...> [MDBirding] Rocky Gap SP
4/3/18 6:45 am Matt Hafner <hafner.matt...> [MDBirding] Common Ravens in Baltimore City
4/2/18 8:46 pm SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...> [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Monday, April 2, 2018 26 Raptors
4/2/18 4:45 pm Dave Roberts <ddroberts50...> [MDBirding] Potomac waterfowl migrants MoCo
4/2/18 4:14 pm 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Fw: Re: White ibis
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4/1/18 8:52 pm SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...> [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Sunday, April 1, 2018 208 Raptors
4/1/18 6:30 pm Patrick Malone <pmalone...> [MDBirding] birds on the Potomac today
4/1/18 2:09 pm JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> [MDBirding] [FR] Best Bike Ride Bird today
4/1/18 12:57 pm Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...> [MDBirding] Black-headed Gull continues at Back River 4/1
4/1/18 9:56 am Alexander Baish <abaish1...> [MDBirding] Please help me identify this bird
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4/1/18 7:19 am Ann Hobbs <hobbs_ann...> [MDBirding] Yellow-crowned night herons Sligo Creek, MoCo
4/1/18 6:07 am 'Susan Hunt' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher at Hughes Hollow
4/1/18 6:05 am Bob Ringler <ringler.bob...> [MDBirding] Carroll Co. Birds 4/1/18
4/1/18 5:36 am Stephanie Lovell <amorellovell...> [MDBirding] Book signing
3/31/18 6:48 pm SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...> [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Saturday, March 31, 2018 310 Raptors
3/31/18 4:27 pm Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4...> Re: [MDBirding] What's This
3/31/18 4:22 pm 'MikeBowen' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Black-throated Gray Warbler in Havre de Grace now an eBird "stakeout" Hotspot
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3/31/18 1:44 pm <crisclore...> [MDBirding] What's This
3/31/18 1:15 pm JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> Re: [MDBirding] Phishing Emails
3/31/18 1:13 pm JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> Re: [MDBirding] Phishing Emails
3/31/18 12:16 pm Fred Shaffer <glaucousgull...> [MDBirding] Black-headed Gull continues at Back River
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3/31/18 9:45 am Wayne Bierbaum <wm.bierbaum...> [MDBirding] Trumpeter Swan on the South River
3/31/18 9:08 am Warblerick <ricksussman1955...> [MDBirding] New FOY yard bird
3/31/18 9:03 am Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...> [MDBirding] Wheaton Regional Park today 3/31
3/31/18 3:21 am world oceans <world.oceans7...> Re: [MDBirding] Phishing Emails
3/30/18 8:32 pm SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...> [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Friday, March 30, 2018 392 Raptors
3/30/18 8:28 pm Bobbi <b.reichwein...> Re: [MDBirding] Phishing Emails
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3/30/18 9:46 am 'Stephen Davies' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Palm Warbler, other migrants, Silver Spring
3/30/18 9:07 am Tim Houghton <timhoughton...> [MDBirding] Milford Mill, palms
3/30/18 8:05 am Derek C. Richardson <dcr...> [MDBirding] Red-throated Loon? Laurel, PG County
3/30/18 7:57 am Linda Friedland <linnet1...> [MDBirding] Louisiana Waterthrush at Pennyfield Lock
3/30/18 6:50 am Eugene J. Scarpulla <ejscarp...> [MDBirding] Request: Photo of Pelagic Birders
3/30/18 5:40 am 'John Canoles' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Tree Swallows Baltimore Co
3/30/18 5:26 am Tim Carney <timmyc83...> [MDBirding] Masonville 03/29/2018
3/30/18 5:04 am 'Marcy Stutzman' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Oxbow Lake: Blue-winged Teal, Pine Warbler, Wilson Snipe
3/29/18 8:08 pm SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...> [MDBirding] Fwd: [BIRDHAWK] Fort Smallwood Park (29 Mar 2018) 62 Raptors
3/29/18 6:49 pm 'Stephen J. Davies' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Migration in the burbs
3/29/18 5:00 pm Fred Shaffer <glaucousgull...> [MDBirding] Glaucous Gull at Jug Bay
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3/29/18 1:47 pm Judi Durda <jdurda...> [MDBirding] raptor movement today
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3/29/18 8:21 am Kevin Graff <keyweststyle2001...> [MDBirding] Masonville Cove, 03/28/18
3/29/18 3:29 am James Wilson <birdmanjfw...> [MDBirding] Re: Poplar Island 03/27/2018
3/28/18 8:41 am Tim Carney <timmyc83...> [MDBirding] Poplar Island 03/27/2018
3/28/18 8:01 am Jim Nelson <kingfishers2...> Re: [MDBirding] OT: New info on Carolina Parakeets
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3/28/18 5:58 am <keyweststyle2001...> [MDBirding] Bunting and Grebe, Masonville
3/27/18 7:48 pm SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...> [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Tuesday, March 27, 2018 46 Raptors
3/27/18 7:07 pm Donald Sweig <skybirds.d...> Re: [MDBirding] Painted bunting in Crownsville
3/27/18 6:21 pm James Meyers <jamesleomeyers...> [MDBirding] GB Heron rookery at Loch Raven Reservoir
3/27/18 6:01 pm Ted on Little Round Bay <akbar...> [MDBirding] Painted bunting in Crownsville
3/27/18 3:39 pm Kevin Graff <keyweststyle2001...> [MDBirding] Rail Trail & the Flats, 03/27/18
3/27/18 3:13 pm Kevin Graff <keyweststyle2001...> [MDBirding] Hart-Miller Island, 03/26/18
3/27/18 2:39 pm JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> [MDBirding] Re: Request for hummers are coming web page
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3/26/18 2:21 pm Warblerick <ricksussman1955...> [MDBirding] FoY Ospreys
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3/26/18 9:38 am marian rutigliano <mcrutig...> [MDBirding] Ravens in downtown Towson
3/26/18 9:27 am Robert McLean <tmclean1090...> [MDBirding] Ravens in downtown Towson
 
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Date: 4/25/18 6:27 am
From: SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] [Somewhat off topic] please recommend a hat with neck protection
Howard,


Sunday Afternoons is a company that produces hats with flaps.


Sue Ricciardi

Arnold, MD


On April 25, 2018 at 8:51 AM Howard Wu wrote:


Hi,

Sorry if this is off topic (I do see posts requesting for gear
recommendations, so I thought this would somewhat fall into the
"gear" category) --

I sometimes see birders wear hats/caps with a neck flap. I think
this is great in the summer as it gives more protection from the
sun. But I went to a few stores, they did not have them. For
myself, I will go to the tropics this year, and I don't want to be
baked by the equatorial sun!

What would you recommend -- which brands, where to get them, etc.?

Thanks in advance,
Howard Wu
Herndon, VA

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Date: 4/25/18 6:03 am
From: Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] [Somewhat off topic] please recommend a hat with neck protection
Try Orvis or another fly fishing company - these hats are used a lot by fishermen (and women!). Cabelas or Bass Pro May also carry them.

All those UV microfiber shirts you seen birders wearing, with the little loop on the back and the little Velcroed flap above the left hand patch pocket were designed for fly fishing. The loop holds your net and the Velcro flap holds your long rod steady while you change your fly! Lotsa good birding gear available in fishing shops

Gail Mackiernan
Colesville, MD

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> On Apr 25, 2018, at 8:51 AM, Howard Wu <howiewu1...> wrote:
>
> Hi,
>
> Sorry if this is off topic (I do see posts requesting for gear recommendations, so I thought this would somewhat fall into the "gear" category) --
>
> I sometimes see birders wear hats/caps with a neck flap. I think this is great in the summer as it gives more protection from the sun. But I went to a few stores, they did not have them. For myself, I will go to the tropics this year, and I don't want to be baked by the equatorial sun!
>
> What would you recommend -- which brands, where to get them, etc.?
>
> Thanks in advance,
> Howard Wu
> Herndon, VA
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Date: 4/25/18 5:51 am
From: Howard Wu <howiewu1...>
Subject: [MDBirding] [Somewhat off topic] please recommend a hat with neck protection
Hi,

Sorry if this is off topic (I do see posts requesting for gear recommendations, so I thought this would somewhat fall into the "gear" category) --

I sometimes see birders wear hats/caps with a neck flap. I think this is great in the summer as it gives more protection from the sun. But I went to a few stores, they did not have them. For myself, I will go to the tropics this year, and I don't want to be baked by the equatorial sun!

What would you recommend -- which brands, where to get them, etc.?

Thanks in advance,
Howard Wu
Herndon, VA

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Date: 4/25/18 5:04 am
From: 'Susan Hunt' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Wood thrushes singing in Sligo Creek Park
And a catbird calling! Nice to hear them again.
Susan HuntSligo Woods, Wheaton

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Date: 4/25/18 3:53 am
From: James Wilson <birdmanjfw...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Great-crested Flycatcher
On Tuesday afternoon during my afternoon walk along the wooded portion of John Brown Road (east of the sod farm), I heard 3 Ovenbirds singing and a Great-crested Flycatcher. My wife, a birder only when she walks with me and has no other choice, even commented that "that sounded different" when the flycatcher started creeping.
Jim Wilson
Queenstown

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Date: 4/24/18 3:59 pm
From: SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Monday, April 23, 2018 55 Raptors
Fort Smallwood Park

Pasadena, Maryland, USA

Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 23, 2018

Species

Day's Count

Month Total

Season Total

Black Vulture

9

98

293

Turkey Vulture

26

2070

5909

Osprey

6

290

606

Bald Eagle

4

35

72

Northern Harrier

0

25

32

Sharp-shinned Hawk

7

205

258

Cooper's Hawk

2

84

180

Northern Goshawk

0

0

0

Red-shouldered Hawk

0

62

184

Broad-winged Hawk

0

140

140

Red-tailed Hawk

0

53

119

Rough-legged Hawk

0

0

0

Golden Eagle

0

0

0

American Kestrel

1

66

81

Merlin

0

22

29

Peregrine Falcon

0

0

0

Unknown Accipiter

0

2

3

Unknown Buteo

0

3

6

Unknown Falcon

0

2

2

Unknown Eagle

0

0

0

Unknown Raptor

0

4

4

Total:

55

3161

7918



Observation start time:

9:00 am

Observation end time:

3:00 pm Daylight Time

Total observation time:

6 hours

Official Counter

Sue Ricciardi

Observers:

Alan Young, Bob Rineer, Dan Walker, John Hoffman, Sue Young


Weather: Partly to mostly cloudy; 56-66 degrees; excellent
visibility; winds easterly, 5-14 mph, increasing in strength over
the course of the day

Raptor Observations: A flight much like yesterday: light on
unfavorable winds.

Non-raptor Observations: Eastern Kingbird, yellow Palm Warbler-2,
Savannah Sparrow-5

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Report submitted by Sue Ricciardi (<susiericc...>)
Fort Smallwood Park information may be found at:
http://www.mdbirds.org/sites/mdsites/hawks/hawkwatch.html
More information at hawkcount.org: [Site Profile] [Day Summary] [Month
Summary]

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Site Description
Fort Smallwood Park is located on the western shore of Chesapeake
Bay at the
mouth of the Patapsco River, 11 miles south of Baltimore, MD. Best
winds are
from the southwest.

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Date: 4/24/18 1:36 pm
From: Martha A. Morris <mmorris5301...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Abridged summary of - 18 updates in 13 topics
Can someone advise me how to change my email address for Google Groups? Thank you.

On April 24, 2018, at 3:58 AM, <mdbirding...> wrote:

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Patuxent - 1 Update Tern and Gull ID help if possible. - 2 Updates Watson's Pond (King Farm Stream Valley) starting to heat up - 2 Updates Snowy Egret at Mt. Calvert - 1 Update MPT Shows about the Chesapeake - 2 Updates DC - Least Bittern - 1 Update Oxbow Lake FOS: Green Heron, Spotted Sandpiper, Killdeer, Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher, Eastern Kingbird - 1 Update First of season Hummer - 2 Updates Rock Creek Park, Monday 4/23/18 - 1 Update [FR] Birds of this and previous season - 2 Updates Rose-breasted grosbeak - 1 Update New yard bird - 1 Update cedar waxwings - 1 Update

Patuxent

Peter Reisfeld <drpinky...>: Apr 24 03:17AM

Marcy,
 
Thanks so much for the detailed response and information.  Sorry about my delay in recognizing it.
Best,
 
Peter
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Tern and Gull ID help if possible.

Ted on Little Round Bay <akbar...>: Apr 23 05:17AM -0700

This was in Little Round Bay on the Severn yesterday. I saw a solitary Tern and a solitary gull. Is the tern a Caspian? Is there enough to go on on the poor gull photo? I would suspect a laughing ...more
Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4...>: Apr 24 02:40AM

Nobody responded? Caspian, dark wedges under wing, short tail, pointed
wings. Last shot is not a gull.
 
On Mon, Apr 23, 2018 at 8:17 AM Ted on Little Round Bay <akbar...>
wrote:
 
 
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Watson's Pond (King Farm Stream Valley) starting to heat up

Doug Carlson <carlsondc...>: Apr 23 08:18AM -0700

Last spring there was heavy construction taking place, but it seems like the habitat is recovering. Nice easy site for those that live/work around Rockville. https://goo.gl/maps/7eezTz81Zwr
...more
MikeBowen <dhmbowen...>: Apr 23 06:23PM -0700

On Monday, April 23, 2018 at 11:18:29 AM UTC-4, Doug Carlson wrote:
> - Fish crow
> - Northern Cardinal
 
> I've also seen Towhees recently, and may have heard a Norther Parula this morning. ...more

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Snowy Egret at Mt. Calvert

Fred Shaffer <glaucousgull...>: Apr 24 12:34AM

I went kayaking along the Patuxent River after work today, starting at Jackson Landing and going north along the river. The highlight was a Snowy Egret in the marsh off Mt. Calvert. Also of note were ...more

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MPT Shows about the Chesapeake

Hugh David Fleischmann <david...>: Apr 23 07:53PM -0400

Hi all;
 
All this week on MPT is Chesapeake Bay Region Week. There are various shows about the Chesapeake Bay region; many topics. At different times each night but prime time. Enjoy.
...more
Debbie Taylor <debrataylor11...>: Apr 23 05:29PM -0700

On Monday, April 23, 2018 at 7:53:30 PM UTC-4, huey1226 wrote:
> 410-598-9292
> <David...>
 
> Sent from my iPhone
 
thanks! Debbie & Lou
...more

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DC - Least Bittern

Art Drauglis <lwsyrup...>: Apr 23 04:21PM -0700

Ranger John Read found a LEAST BITTERN at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens around Noon today.
It showed well until about 2:40pm.
It had been hanging out in the ponds - the third pond from the entrance as ...more

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Oxbow Lake FOS: Green Heron, Spotted Sandpiper, Killdeer, Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher, Eastern Kingbird

Marcy Stutzman <marciastutzman...>: Apr 23 01:54PM -0700

First of spring today: Green Heron, Spotted Sandpiper, Killdeer, Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher, Eastern Kingbird.
 
Marcy Stutzman
Russett, MD 20724
Oxbow Lake eBird Hotspot: ...more

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First of season Hummer

Steve Long <steve.long4...>: Apr 23 09:16AM -0400

Our FOS hummer showed-up yesterday afternoon.  Apparently, they are
finally on-the-move in substantial numbers.
 
Steve Long, Oxford
...more
Warblerick <ricksussman1955...>: Apr 23 11:53AM -0700

I just had my FOS male RTHU at my feeder, about 2:30, while I was watching the feeder from the kitchen.
Rick Sussman
Woodbine, Carroll County
...more

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Rock Creek Park, Monday 4/23/18

Wallace Kornack <wallace...>: Apr 23 02:05PM -0400

This morning (4/23) at Rock Creek Park………...
 
——Equitation Field (Jim)
White-breasted Nuthatch
Chipping Sparrow
 
——Ridge (Jim)
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Blue-headed Vireo
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[FR] Birds of this and previous season

JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...>: Apr 23 11:40AM -0400

Chimney Swifts were in the skies yesterday for the first time here -
believe I would have noticed them earlier. I'll be watching to see if
they establish the Spring roost as they did last year in ...more
Stephanie Pendergrass Dalke <stephanie.pendergrass...>: Apr 23 09:24AM -0700

On Monday, April 23, 2018 at 11:40:26 AM UTC-4, James Speicher wrote:
> BroadRun/Burkittsville area
> [FR] Frederick County MD
> M.O.S. member, Washington [WA] Co Chapter
 
 
I saw chimney swifts ...more

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Rose-breasted grosbeak

hlhorrocks <hlhorrocks...>: Apr 23 11:59AM -0400

For third day in a row, a male has been visiting my bird bath. I dont think he has figured out my tube feeders with black oil sunflower. In 40 years here, I think this is first!Helen Horrocks 
 
...more

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New yard bird

Warblerick <ricksussman1955...>: Apr 23 05:45AM -0700

On my walk around the yard this morning, I stopped along our side fence line to check out my neighbors little farm pond, which is down a hill and about half hidden from view from my yard. ...more

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cedar waxwings

Jesse <jesse21044...>: Apr 23 04:42AM -0700

Hi bird folks,
This weekend in Takoma Park, I saw an ornamental cherry tree in a yard covered with at least 20 cedar waxwings. They appeared to be devouring the cherry blossoms. I'd never seen this ...more

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Date: 4/24/18 11:46 am
From: Tim Carney <timmyc83...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Poplar Island 04/23/2018
Yesterday was a productive day at Poplar Island. Many breeding birds
arrived between yesterday and the prior census. Snowy Egrets, Cattle
Egrets, and Glossy Ibis were back in the heronry. I found seven pairs of
Willets and 19 Osprey nests. Seaside Sparrows were singing in four of the
cells. I counted 20 Black-necked Stilts and eight Virginia Rails.

Lingering waterfowl included one each Tundra Swan, Long-tailed Duck, and
Red-breasted Merganser, plus eight Black Scoters.

Shorebird species diversity was reasonable, with the highlights being two
American Avocets and an early Semipalmated Sandpiper.

Interesting passerines (heard only) on Coaches Island included White-eyed
Vireo, Pine Warbler, and Yellow-throated Warbler.

No Common Gallinules yet. I did not see any American Oystercatchers
yesterday, but my coworker spotted one this morning.

eBird checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44894261

Tim Carney
Parkville, MD

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Date: 4/24/18 7:59 am
From: Lydia Schindler <lydia13621...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fwd: DC Area, 4/24/2018
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Hotline: Voice of the Naturalist
Date: 4/24/2018
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

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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,
April 17 and was completed on Tuesday, April 24 at 9:45 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 bird this week was a WESTERN TANAGER in VA.

Other birds of interest this week waterfowl, RED-NECKED GREBE, KING
RAIL, VIRGINIA RAIL, SORA, SANDHILL CRANE, AMERICAN AVOCET,
shorebirds, LITTLE GULL, SANDWICH TERN, ANHINGA, AMERICAN WHITE
PELICAN, AMERICAN and LEAST BITTERN, herons, LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE, RED
CROSSBILL, sparrows, and YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD.

TOP BIRD

A WESTERN TANAGER visited backyard feeders in a yard in Pine Cove,
Middlesex Co, VA throughout the week.

OTHER BIRDS OF INTEREST

A GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE WAS SEEN April 18 at the Nazarene Church
Rd Wetlands, Rockingham Co, VA.

The TRUMPETER SWAN at Lake Albemarle, Albemarle Co, VA was seen again
on April 17. Two TRUMPETER SWANS were seen April 22 in the Shenandoah
River from River Rd, Clarke Co, VA.

Five SURF SCOTERS were seen April 19 in Deep Creek Lake, Garrett Co,
MD. A continuing WHITE-WINGED SCOTER at Rocky Gap SP in Allegany Co,
MD was seen most recently on April 22.

A RED-NECKED GREBE was reported on Belvoir Pond, Fauquier Co, VA on
April 19.

A KING RAIL was observed April 22 at Newport News Park, Newport News,
VA. A KING RAIL was at Truitts Landing, Worcester Co, MD on April 23.
With special written permission a couple of birders visited the
Shenandoah Wetland Bank in Stuart's Draft, Augusta Co, VA on April 21
and found two VIRGINIA RAILS, a SORA, and an AMERICAN BITTERN.

Between April 18 and 21 a continuing SANDHILL CRANE was seen at
several locations in Garrett Co, MD at and near a pond along Peat Moss
Road.

Three continuing AMERICAN AVOCETS were seen at Swan Creek Wetland-Cox
Creek DMCF (restricted access) in Anne Arundel Co, MD April 17-21.

An AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER was seen April 18 at the private Lowe's
Wharf Farm, Talbot Co, MD. A STILT SANDPIPER was seen April 23 at
Truitts Landing, Worcester Co, MD.

A LITTLE GULL was seen April 19 at Violette's Lock, C&O Canal,
Montgomery Co, MD. One was also seen April 19 flying over the ponds on
Lowe's Island, Loudoun Co, VA. Another was seen April 21 at the
private Loreley Beach Community Pier, Baltimore Co, MD.

Fourteen SANDWICH TERNS were seen April 17 at Back Bay NWR, Virginia
Beach, VA. Five were at Grandview Nature Preserve, Hampton, VA on
April 18.

On April 18 an ANHINGA was again seen flying over the Carson Wetland
in Prince George Co, VA. An ANHINGA was seen April 19 at the West Neck
Creek Natural Area, Virginia Beach, VA.

Eight AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS were seen April 18 – 20 in a private
pond along Peat Moss Rd, Garrett Co, MD. AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS were
also seen at Hog Island WMA, Surry Co, VA on the 19thand 22nd and with
a high of 27 on the 21st.

AMERICAN BITTERNS continued to be observed at a number of locations
this past week. In VA, AMERICAN BITTERNS were observed at Dyke Marsh,
Fairfax Co on April 19 and at Bles Park, Loudoun Co on April 22 and at
King Family Vineyards, Albemarle Co from the 21st through the 23rd.
The birders who were given special permission to visit the Shenandoah
Wetland Bank in Stuart's Draft, Augusta Co, VA on April 21 also found
an AMERICAN BITTERN. A LEAST BITTERN was seen April 23 at the
Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, NE DC.

A LITTLE BLUE HERON was at Swan Harbor Farm Park, Harford Co, MD April
20 and 21; at Pennyfield Lock, C&O Canal, Montgomery Co, MD on April
17; at Green Hills Farm Wetland in Montgomery Co, MD on April 18 and
22; and at Tydings Memorial Park, Harford Co, MD on April 22. In VA
single LITTLE BLUE HERONS were seen at Occoquan Bay NWR, Prince
William Co, on April 22 and at Huntley Meadows Park, Fairfax Co, VA on
April 17. The YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON at the National Zoo in
Washington, DC, was seen again on April 17.

A continuing LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE at the Smith Farm in Lunenburg Co, VA
was seen most recently April 22.

RED CROSSBILLS continue to be seen at Briery Branch Gap, Rockingham
Co, VA with a sighting on April 20.

Two AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS were seen at 90 Weaver Rd, Accident,
Garrett Co, MD between April 17 and 20. A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was
seen April 21, 22, and 23 at the Vet School Pond, VA Tech, Montgomery
Co, VA. A VESPER SPARROW was seen April 17 along Grimstead Rd,
Virginia Beach, VA. Two VESPER SPARROWS were seen April 18 at Aquasco
Farm, Patuxent River Park, Prince George's Co, MD. Another VESPER
SPARROW was seen April 21 at Point Lookout SP, St. Mary's Co, MD. A
LINCOLN'S SPARROW was seen April 20 and 22 at Patterson Park,
Baltimore, MD.

A continuing YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD was again seen and photographed
on April 18 and 19 with a flock of grackles and Red-winged Blackbirds
at Factory Point, Accomack Co, VA.

***

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

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https://anshome.org/naturalist-shop)is an excellent source for
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Thank you for your interest, and enjoy the birds.

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Date: 4/24/18 7:24 am
From: Wallace Kornack <wallace...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Monday 4/24/18
This morning (4/24) at Rock Creek Park………...

——Yard Parking Lot (Bill)
Ovenbird h
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Blue-headed Vireo
Tufted Titmouse
Carolina Wren 2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
American Robin
White-throated Sparrow
Eastern Towhee
Northern Cardinal
House Sparrow 3

——Maintenance Yard and Fence Line
Yellow-rumped Warbler 4
Great Blue Heron flyby
Mourning Dove 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker 4
Downy Woodpecker 4
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Blue-headed Vireo h
Blue Jay 2
American Crow 4
Fish Crow
Carolina Chickadee 2
Tufted Titmouse 3
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
House Wren 2
Carolina Wren
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 5
Wood Thrush 2 h
American Robin 7
White-throated Sparrow 9
Eastern Towhee 4
Northern Cardinal 7
American Goldfinch 4

Contributors: Bill Butler, Susan Volman, Jeff Shenot

Have Fun Birding!

Wallace Kornack
Washington DC

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Date: 4/24/18 6:25 am
From: 'John Canoles' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] FOS - Eastern Kingbird Baltimore Co and out of area, but not too far, Wilson's Phalarope and Ruff
FOS - Eastern Kingbird seen this morning along Glen Arm Road, Glen Arm.


Also - Heiselerville NJ ebird checklist shows Wilson's Phalarope and Ruff being seen yesterday. - https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44884806





John Canoles
Eco-Science Professionals, Inc.
P.O. Box 5006 Glen Arm, MD 21057


www.ecoscienceprofessionalsinc.com

Phone (410) 683-7840
Fax (410) 683-7817

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Date: 4/24/18 6:13 am
From: Warblerick <ricksussman1955...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Migration
Not a lot of movement since yesterday here, but I did have a small flock of 6 Double-crested Cormorants fly over heading NNE, then migrating Common Loons, in groups of 1, 5, 6, 9, and 1. All before 8:30.
Yard birds include, Field Sparrow, Brown Thrasher, and Eastern Towhee, all continuing, plus WTSP, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Fish Crow (uncommon here), and lots of activity at the feeders. Dark-eyed Juncos are gone.
Rick Sussman
Woodbine, MD

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Date: 4/24/18 3:15 am
From: Jim Rapp <dlitedirector...>
Subject: [MDBirding] SPRING Delmarva Birding Weekend: April 26-29, 2018
The birds are here and the weather is clear (mostly) for the 23rd annual Spring Delmarva Birding Weekend http://delmarvabirding.com/spring-dbw-april-26-29/ !

New spring migrants are arriving each day, and our guides are eager to share them with you this weekend. We'll be birding by boat, kayak and on foot from Bombay Hook NWR all the way to Smith Island during our fantastic four-day event. Visiting birders can socialize at Tally Rallies hosted at dockside restaurants. 182 species https://mailchi.mp/ad8ebab18f91/forecast-field-trip-tips-for-the-spring-dbw-april-27-30-2970873?e=ef8afe1070 were tallied during our 22nd annual Spring DBW in 2017. All trips are available a la carte, so you can sign up for one, two or up to eight field trips!


Register now at www.DelmarvaBirding.com http://delmarvabirding.com/ . We are excited to go birding with you this weekend!


Jim Rapp
<dlitedirector...>
443-614-0261

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Date: 4/23/18 8:17 pm
From: 'Peter Reisfeld' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Patuxent
Marcy,

Thanks so much for the detailed response and information.  Sorry about my delay in recognizing it.
Best,

Peter

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Date: 4/23/18 7:41 pm
From: Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Tern and Gull ID help if possible.
Nobody responded? Caspian, dark wedges under wing, short tail, pointed
wings. Last shot is not a gull.

On Mon, Apr 23, 2018 at 8:17 AM Ted on Little Round Bay <akbar...>
wrote:

> This was in Little Round Bay on the Severn yesterday. I saw a solitary
> Tern and a solitary gull. Is the tern a Caspian? Is there enough to go on
> on the poor gull photo? I would suspect a laughing gull but I haven't
> seen any yet.
>
> Oh and a kingbird showed up this morning. They have nested in the yard
> the past few seasons.
>
> Thanks.
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Date: 4/23/18 6:23 pm
From: 'MikeBowen' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Watson's Pond (King Farm Stream Valley) starting to heat up
On Monday, April 23, 2018 at 11:18:29 AM UTC-4, Doug Carlson wrote:
> Last spring there was heavy construction taking place, but it seems like the habitat is recovering. Nice easy site for those that live/work around Rockville. https://goo.gl/maps/7eezTz81Zwr
>
> This morning I had:
>
> - Yellow-rumped warbler
> - Blue-gray gnatcatcher
> - Brown Thrasher
> - Blue Jay
> - Barn Swallow
> - Blue-Winged Teal
> - Ruby-crowned kinglet
> - Gold-crowned kinglet
> - House wren
> - House finch
> - American Goldfinch
> - Red wing blackbird
> - Common grackle
> - Fish crow
> - Northern Cardinal
>
> I've also seen Towhees recently, and may have heard a Norther Parula this morning. In past years there's been a good variety of warblers in the spring and flycatchers / wading birds in the summer. The retaining wall gives you some nice canopy sight-lines to help for days when you're suffering from warbler neck.

As Doug says, this is a surprisingly good birding place, especially now that the remedial work has come to an end.
If you bird there and use eBird, please use the eBird Hotspot. It's "https://ebird.org/hotspot/L3197511." Official eBird name is "Watkins Ponds - King Farm Stream Park." Mark Rositol has 90 species there.

Mike Bowen
Bethesda
eBird Hotspot Reviewer for Maryland

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Date: 4/23/18 5:37 pm
From: Fred Shaffer <glaucousgull...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Snowy Egret at Mt. Calvert
I went kayaking along the Patuxent River after work today, starting at Jackson Landing and going north along the river. The highlight was a Snowy Egret in the marsh off Mt. Calvert. Also of note were lots of yellowlegs, my first Spotted Sandpiper of the year, lots of noisy Laughing Gulls, the usual Ospreys and Bald Eagles and one Horned Grebe. Also present were a half dozen or so Forster's Terns and a few Caspian Terns. I heard few passerines perhaps due to the wind, which picked up while I was out. Good birding.
Fred <ShafferGlaucousGull...>, Anne Arundel

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Date: 4/23/18 5:29 pm
From: Debbie Taylor <debrataylor11...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: MPT Shows about the Chesapeake
On Monday, April 23, 2018 at 7:53:30 PM UTC-4, huey1226 wrote:
> Hi all;
>
> All this week on MPT is Chesapeake Bay Region Week. There are various shows about the Chesapeake Bay region; many topics. At different times each night but prime time. Enjoy.
>
> Awesome Birding in 2018!
>
> H. David Fleischmann
> 410-598-9292
> <David...>
>
> Sent from my iPhone

thanks! Debbie & Lou

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Date: 4/23/18 4:53 pm
From: Hugh David Fleischmann <david...>
Subject: [MDBirding] MPT Shows about the Chesapeake

Hi all;

All this week on MPT is Chesapeake Bay Region Week. There are various shows about the Chesapeake Bay region; many topics. At different times each night but prime time. Enjoy.

Awesome Birding in 2018!

H. David Fleischmann
410-598-9292
<David...>

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Date: 4/23/18 4:21 pm
From: Art Drauglis <lwsyrup...>
Subject: [MDBirding] DC - Least Bittern
Ranger John Read found a LEAST BITTERN at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens around Noon today.
It showed well until about 2:40pm.
It had been hanging out in the ponds - the third pond from the entrance as you go along the north side of the ponds.For much of the time it was concealed in the iris patch at the southwest corner of that pond.
Check eBird for more information and pictures

Art D.
W. DC

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Date: 4/23/18 1:54 pm
From: 'Marcy Stutzman' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Oxbow Lake FOS: Green Heron, Spotted Sandpiper, Killdeer, Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher, Eastern Kingbird
First of spring today: Green Heron, Spotted Sandpiper, Killdeer, Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher, Eastern Kingbird.

Marcy Stutzman
Russett, MD 20724
Oxbow Lake eBird Hotspot: https://ebird.org/hotspot/L470637

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From: ebird-checklist
To: Marcy Stutzman
Sent: Mon, Apr 23, 2018 4:49 pm
Subject: eBird Report - Oxbow Lake, Apr 23, 2018

Oxbow Lake, Anne Arundel, Maryland, US
Apr 23, 2018 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.5 mile(s)

Comments: Conditions: 69°F, Partly Cloudy, E wind 5 mph, Gusts 8 mph. First of spring today: Green Heron, Spotted Sandpiper, Killdeer, Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher, Eastern Kingbird. The dam failed even more after the Little Patuxent River's 8.2 feet gauge height on 16 April 2018 flooded the outlet channel back into Oxbow lake. The water that poured into the lake, also receded back into the outlet channel probably washing away the mud that was maintaining the structure of the dam. Will have to go back to take pictures to assess the damage. Lots of mud. Watched Snapping Turtle love today. Lots of turtles sunning on snags, frogs jumping from the shoreline, fish splashing in the water. Watched a group of 4 Great Blue Herons, one of which had caught a very large fish and was attempting to swallow it. Two of the others had different ideas about the fish and tried to make the heron drop it.

26 species

Canada Goose 6
Wood Duck 5
Mallard 2
Great Blue Heron 4
Green Heron 1
Turkey Vulture 2
Killdeer 2
Solitary Sandpiper 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Downy Woodpecker 1
Pileated Woodpecker 1
Eastern Kingbird 1
Blue Jay 4
American Crow 2
Fish Crow 2
Tree Swallow 2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 8
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 6
American Robin 6
Palm Warbler 2
Pine Warbler 2
Yellow-rumped Warbler 2
White-throated Sparrow 4
Eastern Towhee 2
Northern Cardinal 2
Red-winged Blackbird 20

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44874497

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

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Date: 4/23/18 11:53 am
From: Warblerick <ricksussman1955...>
Subject: [MDBirding] First of season Hummer
I just had my FOS male RTHU at my feeder, about 2:30, while I was watching the feeder from the kitchen.
Rick Sussman
Woodbine, Carroll County

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Date: 4/23/18 11:06 am
From: Wallace Kornack <wallace...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Monday 4/23/18
This morning (4/23) at Rock Creek Park………...

——Equitation Field (Jim)
White-breasted Nuthatch
Chipping Sparrow

——Ridge (Jim)
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Blue-headed Vireo

——Yard Parking Lot (Bill)
Black-throated Blue Warbler (Matt)
Barred Owl 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Tufted Titmouse 2
White-breasted Nuthatch
American Robin
White-throated Sparrow
House Sparrow 3

——Stables
Red-headed Woodpecker

——Maintenance Yard
Ovenbird h
Louisiana Waterthrush h
Canada Goose 3 flyby
Great Blue Heron flyby
Turkey Vulture flyby
Mourning Dove 6
Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
Downy Woodpecker 2
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Yellow-throated Vireo
Blue Jay 7
American Crow 3
Fish Crow
Carolina Chickadee 2
Tufted Titmouse 2
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
House Wren 3
Carolina Wren
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 4
Hermit Thrush h
Wood Thrush h
Gray Catbird 2
Brown Thrasher
Chipping Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow 7
Eastern Towhee 2
Northern Cardinal 6
American Goldfinch 3
House Sparrow

——Dog Run (Matt)
Grasshopper Sparrow FOY

Contributors: Bill Butler, Jim Lemert, Leon Kass, Marina True, Matt Sileo, Katharine Kravetz, Peggy, Beatrice Grabowski, Joe Sonnefeld

Have Fun Birding!

Wallace Kornack
Washington DC

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Date: 4/23/18 9:25 am
From: Stephanie Pendergrass Dalke <stephanie.pendergrass...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: [FR] Birds of this and previous season
On Monday, April 23, 2018 at 11:40:26 AM UTC-4, James Speicher wrote:
> Chimney Swifts were in the skies yesterday for the first time here -
> believe I would have noticed them earlier. I'll be watching to see if
> they establish the Spring roost as they did last year in May [appx
> date 5/21] just south of Alt 40 and MD 17 intersection adjacent to the
> LDS gas station/store.
>
> The days are counting down for WT and WCSP. Lately, I've noticed more
> adultish plumage in the WTSPs. I believe our winter birds have moved
> on and that these represent a group that had been wintering further
> south.
>
> A single Junco appeared on 4/21 after an absence of 8 days. Last
> dates [LD] for them in 2017 was 4/9 and in 2016 was 4/6.
>
> My last date for WTSP in 2016 was 5/12; 2017 LD not recorded - at
> least record not found.
>
> My last date for WCSP in 2016 was 5/9; 2017 LD not recorded - at least
> record not found.
>
> No hummers yet, tho they have been here some years at about this time.
> In 2017 the first arrival was 5/1/17.
>
> Ruby-crowned Kinglets seemed to be on the move in numbers in recent
> days. I had 3 incl one showing the red patch while birding on the C&O
> canal opposite Harpers Ferry on Friday. On my Sunday bike ride
> without BINs, I did observe a couple more and it did seem like there
> were about a 1/2 dzn in total at the Bennies Hill Rd bridge area.
>
> Jim Speicher
> BroadRun/Burkittsville area
> [FR] Frederick County MD
> M.O.S. member, Washington [WA] Co Chapter


I saw chimney swifts first appear yesterday too, over Takoma DC, and saw some this morning in the Shaw/Logan neighborhoods. They *seem* to appear everywhere at once - I'm curious if they showed up across the whole region yesterday.

Stephanie P. Dalke

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Date: 4/23/18 8:59 am
From: hlhorrocks <hlhorrocks...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Rose-breasted grosbeak
For third day in a row, a male has been visiting my bird bath. I dont think he has figured out my tube feeders with black oil sunflower. In 40 years here, I think this is first!Helen Horrocks 


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Date: 4/23/18 8:40 am
From: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...>
Subject: [MDBirding] [FR] Birds of this and previous season
Chimney Swifts were in the skies yesterday for the first time here -
believe I would have noticed them earlier. I'll be watching to see if
they establish the Spring roost as they did last year in May [appx
date 5/21] just south of Alt 40 and MD 17 intersection adjacent to the
LDS gas station/store.

The days are counting down for WT and WCSP. Lately, I've noticed more
adultish plumage in the WTSPs. I believe our winter birds have moved
on and that these represent a group that had been wintering further
south.

A single Junco appeared on 4/21 after an absence of 8 days. Last
dates [LD] for them in 2017 was 4/9 and in 2016 was 4/6.

My last date for WTSP in 2016 was 5/12; 2017 LD not recorded - at
least record not found.

My last date for WCSP in 2016 was 5/9; 2017 LD not recorded - at least
record not found.

No hummers yet, tho they have been here some years at about this time.
In 2017 the first arrival was 5/1/17.

Ruby-crowned Kinglets seemed to be on the move in numbers in recent
days. I had 3 incl one showing the red patch while birding on the C&O
canal opposite Harpers Ferry on Friday. On my Sunday bike ride
without BINs, I did observe a couple more and it did seem like there
were about a 1/2 dzn in total at the Bennies Hill Rd bridge area.

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

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Date: 4/23/18 8:19 am
From: Doug Carlson <carlsondc...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Watson's Pond (King Farm Stream Valley) starting to heat up
Last spring there was heavy construction taking place, but it seems like the habitat is recovering. Nice easy site for those that live/work around Rockville. https://goo.gl/maps/7eezTz81Zwr

This morning I had:

- Yellow-rumped warbler
- Blue-gray gnatcatcher
- Brown Thrasher
- Blue Jay
- Barn Swallow
- Blue-Winged Teal
- Ruby-crowned kinglet
- Gold-crowned kinglet
- House wren
- House finch
- American Goldfinch
- Red wing blackbird
- Common grackle
- Fish crow
- Northern Cardinal

I've also seen Towhees recently, and may have heard a Norther Parula this morning. In past years there's been a good variety of warblers in the spring and flycatchers / wading birds in the summer. The retaining wall gives you some nice canopy sight-lines to help for days when you're suffering from warbler neck.

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Date: 4/23/18 6:16 am
From: Steve Long <steve.long4...>
Subject: [MDBirding] First of season Hummer
Our FOS hummer showed-up yesterday afternoon.  Apparently, they are
finally on-the-move in substantial numbers.

Steve Long, Oxford

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Date: 4/23/18 5:45 am
From: Warblerick <ricksussman1955...>
Subject: [MDBirding] New yard bird
On my walk around the yard this morning, I stopped along our side fence line to check out my neighbors little farm pond, which is down a hill and about half hidden from view from my yard. With my binoculars I saw at least a pair of ducks along the far shore, and thinking they might be Wood Ducks, which would be new for the year, I went back to the house and got my scope. When I returned and set it up, I was very surprised to see at least 3 BLUE-WINGED TEAL, 2 males and a female. There may have been a second female hidden behind the hill which partially obscures the pond from my view. Excited that they were a new bird for the yard list for the year (No. 68), I finished my walk around the yard. When I got back home and checked my Avisys cumulative list for the yard, I also found they were a new species for the yard, No. 160! I took a few bad digiscope photos.

Rick Sussman
Woodbine,MD

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Date: 4/23/18 5:17 am
From: Ted on Little Round Bay <akbar...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Tern and Gull ID help if possible.
This was in Little Round Bay on the Severn yesterday. I saw a solitary Tern and a solitary gull. Is the tern a Caspian? Is there enough to go on on the poor gull photo? I would suspect a laughing gull but I haven't seen any yet.

Oh and a kingbird showed up this morning. They have nested in the yard the past few seasons.

Thanks.

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Date: 4/23/18 4:42 am
From: 'Jesse' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] cedar waxwings
Hi bird folks,
This weekend in Takoma Park, I saw an ornamental cherry tree in a yard covered with at least 20 cedar waxwings. They appeared to be devouring the cherry blossoms. I'd never seen this before, though I assume it's not uncommon. So, keep your eyes on those cherry trees that still have blossoms!

Jesse
Takoma Park

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Date: 4/22/18 7:50 pm
From: Warblerick <ricksussman1955...>
Subject: [MDBirding] First of season Hummer
I had my FOY this afternoon at my feeder, a female. She fed 3 times in 7 minutes then flew off, and I didn't see her again. Likely just a very hungry migrant, as I usually get the males first. Last year my first was on May 2.
Rick Sussman
Woodbine,
Carroll County

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Date: 4/22/18 7:01 pm
From: SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Sunday, April 22, 2018 60 Raptors
Fort Smallwood Park

Pasadena, Maryland, USA

Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 22, 2018

Species

Day's Count

Month Total

Season Total

Black Vulture

1

89

284

Turkey Vulture

39

2044

5883

Osprey

9

284

600

Bald Eagle

2

31

68

Northern Harrier

0

25

32

Sharp-shinned Hawk

5

198

251

Cooper's Hawk

0

82

178

Northern Goshawk

0

0

0

Red-shouldered Hawk

0

62

184

Broad-winged Hawk

2

140

140

Red-tailed Hawk

1

53

119

Rough-legged Hawk

0

0

0

Golden Eagle

0

0

0

American Kestrel

0

65

80

Merlin

1

22

29

Peregrine Falcon

0

0

0

Unknown Accipiter

0

2

3

Unknown Buteo

0

3

6

Unknown Falcon

0

2

2

Unknown Eagle

0

0

0

Unknown Raptor

0

4

4

Total:

60

3106

7863


Observation start time:

9:00 am

Observation end time:

3:00 pm Daylight Time

Total observation time:

6 hours

Official Counter

Sue Ricciardi

Observers:

Dan Walker, Hugh Hoffman


Visitors: Judy Durda

Weather: Partly cloudy; 54-63 degrees; excellent visibility; winds
from the east 9-14 mph

Raptor Observations: Perhaps the easterly winds resulted in a
light flight.

Non-raptor Observations: A Caspian Tern fishing in the pond. After
catching a minnow it would repeatedly let it drop briefly in
flight and then snatch it again. It looked like the tern was
amusing itself, surely at the expense of the minnow, which
eventually went "down the hatch"!

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Report submitted by Sue Ricciardi (<susiericc...>)
Fort Smallwood Park information may be found at:
http://www.mdbirds.org/sites/mdsites/hawks/hawkwatch.html
More information at hawkcount.org: [Site Profile] [Day Summary] [Month
Summary]

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Site Description
Fort Smallwood Park is located on the western shore of Chesapeake
Bay at the
mouth of the Patapsco River, 11 miles south of Baltimore, MD. Best
winds are
from the southwest.

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Date: 4/22/18 6:46 pm
From: Bobbi <b.reichwein...>
Subject: [MDBirding] First of season Hummer
Showed up this morning at one of my hummer feeders. At least a day earlier than any in the past 3 yrs.

Bobbi Reichwein
Davidsonville

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Date: 4/22/18 2:06 pm
From: Kevin Graff <keyweststyle2001...>
Subject: [MDBirding] North Point State Park, 04/21/18
04/21/18 - 750am-1140am **w/ Anne Arundel Bird Club**
North Point State Park, B Co., MD

WEATHER: Fair/PC, 39-53 degrees, WNW 3 mph- W 5 mph OBS: 11

Canada Goose - 10
Wood Duck - 6
Gadwall - 2
Mallard - 11
Ruddy Duck - 14
Common Loon - 2
Pied-billed Grebe - 1
Double-crested Cormorant - 180
Great Blue Heron - 6
Little Blue Heron - 5
Black Vulture - 1
Turkey Vulture - 8
Osprey - 8
Northern Harrier - 1
Bald Eagle - 2
Red-shouldered Hawk - 1
Broad-winged Hawk - 1
Red-tailed Hawk - 1
Peregrine Falcon - 1
Virginia Rail - 1
Bonaparte's Gull - 3
Ring-billed Gull - 10
Herring Gull - 8
Great Black-backed Gull - 15
Least Tern - 2
Caspian Tern - 10
Mourning Dove - 4
Barred Owl - 1
Chimney Swift - 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker - 4
Downy Woodpecker - 4
Northern Flicker - 2
Pileated Woodpecker - 1
Blue Jay - 1
American Crow - 4
Fish Crow - 1
N Rough-winged Swallow - 3
Tree Swallow - 20
Barn Swallow - 6
Carolina Chickadee - 6
Tufted Titmouse - 8
Carolina Wren - 3
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher - 10
Ruby-crowned Kinglet - 1
Eastern Bluebird - 1
Hermit Thrush - 1
American Robin - 11
Gray Catbird - 2
Brown Thrasher - 1
European Starling - 11
Cedar Waxwing - 2
Prothonotary Warbler - 1
Common Yellowthroat - 2
Palm Warbler - 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler - 17
Yellow-throated Warbler - 1
Eastern Towhee - 4
Song Sparrow - 8
Swamp Sparrow - 6
White-throated Sparrow - 12
Northern Cardinal - 11
Red-winged Blackbird - 16
Common Grackle - 2
Brown-headed Cowbird - 4
American Goldfinch - 8
SPECIES: 65 INDIVIDUALS: 512

MAMMALS: Gray Sq - 8

BUTTERFLIES: Cabbage White - 2 Orange Sulphur - 1 Spring Azure - 2


Kevin Graff
Jarrettsville, MD
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Date: 4/22/18 7:20 am
From: Wallace Kornack <wallace...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Sunday 4/22/18
This morning (4/22) at Rock Creek Park……..

——Equitation Field (Jim)
Blue-headed Vireo

——Ridge (Nick, Rodger, Jim))
Black-and-white Warbler (Rodger)
Yellow-rumped Warbler ~20 (Nick)
Palm Warbler (Jim)
Blue-headed Vireo
Chipping Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco

——Parking Lot (Bill)
Mourning Dove 2
Barred Owl 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
Tufted Titmouse 2
American Robin 2
White-throated Sparrow 2
House Sparrow 3

——Horse Center (Jim)
Yellow-rumped Warbler

——Fence Line (Bill, Scott,+)
Prairie Warbler FOS (Scott)
Mourning Dove 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
Northern Flicker
Blue Jay 2
Carolina Wren
American Robin
Brown Thrasher
White-throated Sparrow 20+
Eastern Towhee
Northern Cardinal
House Sparrow

——Maintenance Yard
Mourning Dove 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker 5
Blue Jay 3
American Crow 3
Carolina Chickadee 2
Tufted Titmouse 2
White-breasted Nuthatch 3
House Wren 4
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 4
American Robin 4
White-throated Sparrow 7
Northern Cardinal 6
American Goldfinch 6

Contributors: Bill Butler, Leon Kass, James Lemert, Scott Stafford, Katharine Kravetz, Nick Lund, Rodger Poore, Rennie

Have Fun Birding!

Wallace Kornack
Washington DC

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Date: 4/21/18 7:31 pm
From: SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Saturday, April 21, 2018 356 Raptors
Fort Smallwood Park

Pasadena, Maryland, USA

Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 21, 2018

Species

Day's Count

Month Total

Season Total

Black Vulture

13

88

283

Turkey Vulture

198

2005

5844

Osprey

8

275

591

Bald Eagle

7

29

66

Northern Harrier

4

25

32

Sharp-shinned Hawk

21

193

246

Cooper's Hawk

7

82

178

Northern Goshawk

0

0

0

Red-shouldered Hawk

2

62

184

Broad-winged Hawk

82

138

138

Red-tailed Hawk

2

52

118

Rough-legged Hawk

0

0

0

Golden Eagle

0

0

0

American Kestrel

5

65

80

Merlin

6

21

28

Peregrine Falcon

0

0

0

Unknown Accipiter

0

2

3

Unknown Buteo

0

3

6

Unknown Falcon

1

2

2

Unknown Eagle

0

0

0

Unknown Raptor

0

4

4

Total:

356

3046

7803



Observation start time:

8:45 am

Observation end time:

4:30 pm Daylight Time

Total observation time:

7.75 hours

Official Counter

Sue Ricciardi

Observers:

Dan Walker, Hal Wierenga, Lynn Davidson


Visitors: Paul Grindrod and Pam, Pete, Gloria and Susanna from
Montgomery County Parks; Paul and Cheryl; Ron and Jennifer

Weather: Mostly cloudy becoming partly cloudy; lots of contrails
today were a big help in spotting; 39-61 degrees; excellent
visibility; winds light and variable, often with a westerly
component

Raptor Observations: Good numbers and excellent variety today with
12 species of migrant raptors plus a local Peregrine Falcon; nice
views of Broadwings; at least two Florida-born juvenile Bald
Eagles. A Bald Eagle chased an Osprey relentlessly and finally
convinced it to drop its fish, which the eagle retrieved in
mid-air.

Non-raptor Observations: Both Red-throated and Common Loons; 8
Chimney Swifts; hundreds of swallows with the majority Barn. A
mammal at first thought to be the resident beaver turned out to be
a River Otter. ebird list:
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44806549

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Report submitted by Sue Ricciardi (<susiericc...>)
Fort Smallwood Park information may be found at:
http://www.mdbirds.org/sites/mdsites/hawks/hawkwatch.html
More information at hawkcount.org: [Site Profile] [Day Summary] [Month
Summary]

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Site Description
Fort Smallwood Park is located on the western shore of Chesapeake
Bay at the
mouth of the Patapsco River, 11 miles south of Baltimore, MD. Best
winds are
from the southwest.

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Date: 4/21/18 7:24 pm
From: Kathryn Davis <kedavis4...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Prothonotary Warblers
Birded at Battle Creek Cypress Swamp in Calvert County, MD this morning. Saw two Prothonotary Warblers while walking on the boardwalk in the general area of nest box #8. One flew over my head. Not sure if it was male or female. The other was a male that gave me some good looks. Heard several others in the swamp as I walked. Also saw two Blue Gray Gnatcatchers very close to the boardwalk and several Yellow-rumped Warblers.

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Date: 4/21/18 6:25 pm
From: Kevin Graff <keyweststyle2001...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Masonville Cove, 04/18/18
04/18/18 - 7am-12pm *Scientific Monitoring Survey*
Masonville Cove, B'more, MD

WEATHER: Fair/PC, 36-52 degrees, WSW 6 mph- W 11 mph OBS: 3

Canada Goose - 10
Mallard - 12
Lesser Scaup - 2
Bufflehead - 29
Ruddy Duck - 285 (rafts of 193 & 92)
Horned Grebe - 1
Double-crested Cormorant - 18
American Bittern - 1
Great Blue Heron - 2
Turkey Vulture - 2
Osprey - 4
Bald Eagle - 5
Red-shouldered Hawk - 1
Red-tailed Hawk - 1
American Kestrel - 1
Killdeer - 2
Spotted Sandpiper - 1
Solitary Sandpiper - 1
Bonaparte's Gull - 10
Ring-billed Gull - 18
Herring Gull - 2
Great Black-backed Gull - 2
Caspian Tern - 2
Rock Pigeon - 2
Mourning Dove - 8
Belted Kingfisher - 2
Downy Woodpecker - 2
Northern Flicker - 3
Eastern Phoebe - 1
Blue Jay - 1
American Crow - 3
Common Raven - 1
N Rough-winged Swallow - 2
Tree Swallow - 11
Barn Swallow - 2
Carolina Chickadee - 1
Carolina Wren - 3
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher - 2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet - 1
Eastern Bluebird - 1
Hermit Thrush - 1
American Robin - 14
Northern Mockingbird - 6
Brown Thrasher - 2
European Starling - 36
Common Yellowthroat - 2
Palm Warbler - 2
Yellow-rumped Warbler - 1
Eastern Towhee - 1
Grasshopper Sparrow - 1
Vesper Sparrow - 1
Chipping Sparrow - 3
Field Sparrow - 6
Savannah Sparrow - 9
Song Sparrow - 33
Swamp Sparrow - 8
White-throated Sparrow - 9
"Slate-colored" Junco - 2
Northern Cardinal - 4
Red-winged Blackbird - 21
Common Grackle - 2
Brown-headed Cowbird - 2
House Finch - 4
American Goldfinch - 4
SPECIES: 64 INDIVIDUALS: 632

MAMMALS
Eastern Cottontail - 1
Gray Squirrel - 1
White-tailed Deer - 15
Raccoon (tracks)
Red Fox (tracks)

BUTTERFLIES: Cabbage White - 2 Spring Azure - 2

FISHES: Channel Catfish - 1 (captured by a Osprey)

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Date: 4/21/18 4:01 pm
From: john pangborn <pangborn.john19...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Blue Mash Nature Trail -- Apr 21, 2018
12 Canada Goose
1 Double-crested Cormorant
1 Great Blue Heron
6 Mourning Dove
1 Barred Owl
2 Red-bellied Woodpecker
1 Downy Woodpecker
1 American Kestrel
2 Blue Jay
12 Tree Swallow
2 Tufted Titmouse
3 Carolina Wren
1 Eastern Bluebird
2 American Robin
1 Brown Thrasher
1 Northern Mockingbird
2 European Starling
5 Field Sparrow
1 White-throated Sparrow
4 Eastern Towhee
6 Northern Cardinal
4 Red-winged Blackbird

Number of Taxa: 22
John pangborn
Gaithersburg MD

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Date: 4/21/18 2:56 pm
From: Dona Patrick <waxwing...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Re: Lincoln Monument birds, 4/20
Not the book, just the journey.

On Sat, Apr 21, 2018, 5:55 PM Dona Patrick <waxwing...> wrote:

> My (non-binding) husband is fascinated with that book and hopes to
> recreate it (as best as possible) when we retire.
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>> That's quite a compliment! Thank you
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Date: 4/21/18 2:55 pm
From: Dona Patrick <waxwing...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Re: Lincoln Monument birds, 4/20
My (non-binding) husband is fascinated with that book and hopes to recreate
it (as best as possible) when we retire.

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Date: 4/21/18 2:50 pm
From: Jim Felley <jdfelley...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Lincoln Monument birds, 4/20
That's quite a compliment! Thank you
Jim

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Date: 4/21/18 8:37 am
From: Warblerick <ricksussman1955...>
Subject: [MDBirding] BWHA in yard
I had an interesting sighting this morning. I was just starting my walk around the yard, and as I came off the deck, off to my right, flying across by my neighbors house, was an obvious raptor. My initial thought was maybe a Coopers Hawk, just based on a quick look and it's location. It flew across in front of me, obscured by lots of trees, then once it was out over my neighbors pastures, it turned 90 degrees and began heading towards my yard, but off to my left. It reached my side yard trees and pulled up, landing in the tallest cherry tree. By then I had gotten enough looks to see it was an adult Broad-winged Hawk. I watched it as it perched and preened, then I slowly made my way along our fence for a closer look. I got as close as I could without spooking it, and then it finally flew to another tree at the back edge of our yard, where after a bit a crow came in to harass it, and it flew across the pasture to the woods. This was about 8:15, pretty early for a Broad-winged Hawk to be up and about. First one I've ever seen land in our yard!

Also several Palm Warblers, my FOY Barn Swallows (No.64), and a single Common Loon flying over, as well as about 30 other species.
Rick Sussman
Woodbine, MD

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Date: 4/21/18 7:11 am
From: Wallace Kornack <wallace...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Saturday 4/21/18
This morning (4/21) at Rock Creek Park…...

——Equitation Field (Rodger0
Palm Warbler

——Ridge Road (Jim, Rodger)
Double-crested Cormorant flyby
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Wood Thrush
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher

——Parking Lot
Mourning Dove 5
Barred Owl 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Tufted Titmouse 2
American Robin 2
White-throated Sparrow 2
Northern Cardinal
House Sparrow

——Maintenance Yard and Fence Line
Double-crested Cormorant FOY flyby
Great Blue Heron flyby
Caspian Tern flyby (Nick)
Mourning Dove 3
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Eastern Phoebe 2
White-eyed Vireo (Danny)
Blue-headed Vireo (Danny)
Blue Jay 6
American Crow 2
Fish Crow 3
Carolina Chickadee 3
Tufted Titmouse 2
White-breasted Nuthatch
Carolina Wren
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 5
Wood Thrush heard
American Robin 4
European Starling
White-throated Sparrow 10+
Eastern Towhee 2
Northern Cardinal 6
American Goldfinch 2

——Long Path (Nick)
Black-throated Green Warbler FOY
Louisiana Waterthrush

Contributors: Bill Butler, Leon Kass, Jim Lemert, Rodger Moore, Nick Lund, James Illingworth, Danny Sloan, Katharine Kravetz, Tulley Hochhausler, Devon Hochhausler

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Washington DC


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Date: 4/21/18 3:04 am
From: James Wilson <birdmanjfw...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Yellow Warbler
On Friday I birded at Tuckahoe Park. By the pond at the lake I found a Yellow Warbler, several Yellow-rumps in breeding plumage, singing Common Yellowthroats and White-eyed Vireos, plus the usual residents. Really nice to find glorious Yellow Warbler on a cold morning.
Jim Wilson
Queenstown

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Date: 4/20/18 7:52 pm
From: SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Friday, April 20, 2018 163 Raptors
Fort Smallwood Park

Pasadena, Maryland, USA

Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 20, 2018

Species

Day's Count

Month Total

Season Total

Black Vulture

6

75

270

Turkey Vulture

91

1807

5646

Osprey

22

267

583

Bald Eagle

0

22

59

Northern Harrier

2

21

28

Sharp-shinned Hawk

20

172

225

Cooper's Hawk

6

75

171

Northern Goshawk

0

0

0

Red-shouldered Hawk

1

60

182

Broad-winged Hawk

9

56

56

Red-tailed Hawk

0

50

116

Rough-legged Hawk

0

0

0

Golden Eagle

0

0

0

American Kestrel

4

60

75

Merlin

2

15

22

Peregrine Falcon

0

0

0

Unknown Accipiter

0

2

3

Unknown Buteo

0

3

6

Unknown Falcon

0

1

1

Unknown Eagle

0

0

0

Unknown Raptor

0

4

4

Total:

163

2690

7447



Observation start time:

8:45 am

Observation end time:

3:30 pm Daylight Time

Total observation time:

6.75 hours

Official Counter

Sue Ricciardi

Observers:

Chris Reed, Dan Walker


Visitors: Ray Miskowski

Weather: Sunny skies except for a few scattered clouds; 39-56
degrees; excellent visibility, impacted by the clear blue skies;
winds northwesterly 8-16 mph, gusting to 26 mph

Raptor Observations: A decent flight today with a nice mix of
raptors

Non-raptor Observations: Pied-billed Grebe; steady flight of
swallows and martins

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Report submitted by Sue Ricciardi (<susiericc...>)
Fort Smallwood Park information may be found at:
http://www.mdbirds.org/sites/mdsites/hawks/hawkwatch.html
More information at hawkcount.org: [Site Profile] [Day Summary] [Month
Summary]

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Site Description
Fort Smallwood Park is located on the western shore of Chesapeake
Bay at the
mouth of the Patapsco River, 11 miles south of Baltimore, MD. Best
winds are
from the southwest.

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Date: 4/20/18 3:56 pm
From: Warblerick <ricksussman1955...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Lincoln Monument birds, 4/20
Your post reminds me of the classic Spring in Washington by Louis Halle. Keep 'em coming!
Rick Sussman
Woodbine, MD

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Date: 4/20/18 3:37 pm
From: <gabriel.j.hauser...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Cape May warbler Rockville !
Yard lifer for us!
A beautiful Cape May warbler in full breeding plumage visited our bird bath at 6:28pm this evening.
Simply wonderful!!!
Gabi Hauser
Rockville

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Date: 4/20/18 11:54 am
From: Jim Felley <jdfelley...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Lincoln Monument birds, 4/20
A lunch-time walk around the Tidal Basin and the Lincoln Monument was quite productive, despite the high winds and cool temperatures. Here are the highlights:

Jefferson Memorial: Double-crested cormorants in the water, Northern Rough-winged swallows flying over the water. A flock of Yellow-rumped Warbler on the east side of the memorial also included a couple of (yellow) Palm warblers.

Tidal Basin humpback bridge to the Potomac: On the Tidal Basin side, Barn swallows are back flying around and under the bridge. On the Potomac side, some Ring-billed gulls (still around), a small flock of Bonaparte's gulls, and a female Ruddy Duck.

At the FDR Memorial, more Yellow-rumped warblers and an Orange-crowned Warbler in the hollies and cherries between the memorial and the Tidal Basin

At the DC Veteran's Memorial, more Yellow-rumped Warblers, including one male actively chasing a male Magnolia Warbler. Also Dark-eyed juncos (still), White-throated Sparrows, a couple of Northern flickers.

At Constitution Gardens, a couple of Ring-necked ducks (still) and a large mixed flock of swallows and a couple of Chimney swifts. The swallows were mostly Tree swallows, some Barn swallows, fewer still Northern Rough-winged swallows, and a Cliff Swallow (a new Mall bird for me)

So it looks like the birds are determined to migrate no matter what the weather!

Jim

Jim Felley
Gaithersburg, MD

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Date: 4/20/18 11:07 am
From: Tony Futcher <tonyfutcher1...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Re: Northern Parula at Lake Elkhorn? (Looking for ID - photo included)
Definitely a Northern Parula.


Tony Futcvher


Tony Futcher
Hyattsville, MD
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To: Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Sent: Fri, Apr 20, 2018 1:59 pm
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Northern Parula at Lake Elkhorn? (Looking for ID - photo included)

Dropped wrong file in - here it is from the front.

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Date: 4/20/18 10:59 am
From: Kelsey Wellons <kelseypsu...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Northern Parula at Lake Elkhorn? (Looking for ID - photo included)
Dropped wrong file in - here it is from the front.

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Date: 4/20/18 10:57 am
From: Kelsey Wellons <kelseypsu...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Northern Parula at Lake Elkhorn? (Looking for ID - photo included)
I think I found a northern parula at Lake Elkhorn today. It was on the northern side of the lake. Photos attached as well as the area I found it in. Seeing someone else's photo of same bird on FB several days ago at a different location that looks incredibly similar. I realized when I saw it that it wasn't a yellow-rumped warbler (which there were many of around the lake).

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Date: 4/20/18 7:30 am
From: Wallace Kornack <wallace...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Friday 4/20/18
This morning (4/20) at Rock Creek Park……….

——Equitation Field (Sharon)
Palm Warbler 2
Blue-headed Vireo

——Stables (Jim)
Red-headed Woodpecker

——Maintenance Yard
Mourning Dove 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Blue Jay 2
American Crow 3
Fish Crow 3
Carolina Chickadee 2
Tufted Titmouse 2
White-breasted Nuthatch
House Wren
Carolina Wren
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 2
American Robin 4
Chipping Sparrow 2
White-throated Sparrow 4
Northern Cardinal 2
American Goldfinch 3

Contributors: Jim Lemert, Sharon Forsyth, Cathy Grossman, Simon, Matt Sileo

Have Fun Birding!

Wallace Kornack
Washington DC

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Date: 4/20/18 6:30 am
From: Warblerick <ricksussman1955...>
Subject: [MDBirding] White Pelicans - Garrett
Great find, but reports indicate there were only 8?

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Date: 4/19/18 7:50 pm
From: SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Thursday, April 19 26 Raptors
Fort Smallwood Park

Pasadena, Maryland, USA

Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 19, 2018

Species

Day's Count

Month Total

Season Total

Black Vulture

0

69

264

Turkey Vulture

9

1716

5555

Osprey

7

245

561

Bald Eagle

1

22

59

Northern Harrier

1

19

26

Sharp-shinned Hawk

6

152

205

Cooper's Hawk

0

69

165

Northern Goshawk

0

0

0

Red-shouldered Hawk

0

59

181

Broad-winged Hawk

0

47

47

Red-tailed Hawk

0

50

116

Rough-legged Hawk

0

0

0

Golden Eagle

0

0

0

American Kestrel

1

56

71

Merlin

1

13

20

Peregrine Falcon

0

0

0

Unknown Accipiter

0

2

3

Unknown Buteo

0

3

6

Unknown Falcon

0

1

1

Unknown Eagle

0

0

0

Unknown Raptor

0

4

4

Total:

26

2527

7284



Observation start time:

10:00 am

Observation end time:

3:00 pm Daylight Time

Total observation time:

5 hours

Official Counter

Ralph Geuder, Sue Ricciardi

Observers:

Chris Reed, Hugh Hoffman, Ralph Geuder


Weather: Showers that weren't predicted delayed the start of the
count. Then the skies cleared some and temperatures warmed, but
more threatening clouds soon moved in and sprinkles followed. Some
clearing again in the last hour. 51-60 degrees; good to excellent
visibility; winds became very strong after the second hour: WNW
14-21 mph gusting to 37 mph

Raptor Observations: A few Turkey Vultures, Ospreys and Sharpies
didn't mind the changeable weather.

Non-raptor Observations:

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Report submitted by Sue Ricciardi (<susiericc...>)
Fort Smallwood Park information may be found at:
http://www.mdbirds.org/sites/mdsites/hawks/hawkwatch.html
More information at hawkcount.org: [Site Profile] [Day Summary] [Month
Summary]

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Site Description
Fort Smallwood Park is located on the western shore of Chesapeake
Bay at the
mouth of the Patapsco River, 11 miles south of Baltimore, MD. Best
winds are
from the southwest.

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Date: 4/19/18 4:42 pm
From: Kevin Graff <keyweststyle2001...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Rail Trail, 04/17/18
04/17/18 - 750am-1020am
Torrey C Brown Rail Trail--Phoenix, B Co., MD

WEATHER: Overcast, 38-41 degrees, WSW 11 mph- W 8 mph OBS: 7

Canada Goose - 11 (6 adults, 5 goslings)
Wood Duck - 2 (pair)
Mallard - 1 (drake)
Common Loon - 14 (flyovers)
Great Blue Heron - 3
Black Vulture - 4
Turkey Vulture - 4
Bald Eagle - 2 (adults)
Red-tailed Hawk - 1
Mourning Dove - 4
Barred Owl - 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker - 2
Downy Woodpecker - 4
Pileated Woodpecker - 1
Eastern Phoebe - 1
Yellow-throated Vireo - 1 (excellent look!)
Blue Jay - 1
American Crow - 2
N Rough-winged Swallow - 1
Carolina Chickadee - 8
Tufted Titmouse - 9
White-breasted Nuthatch - 1
Carolina Wren - 3
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher - 5
Golden-crowned Kinglet - 3
Ruby-crowned Kinglet - 5
Eastern Bluebird - 3
Hermit Thrush - 1
American Robin - 3
Brown Thrasher - 1
Northern Mockingbird - 1
European Starling - 1
Louisiana Waterthrush - 1
Common Yellowthroat - 1
Palm Warbler - 2 (yellow)
Yellow-rumped Warbler - 3
Eastern Towhee - 1
Chipping Sparrow- 2
Song Sparrow - 2
Swamp Sparrow - 2
White-throated Sparrow - 14
Northern Cardinal - 11
Red-winged Blackbird - 6
Common Grackle - 5
Brown-headed Cowbird - 2
American Goldfinch - 3
SPECIES: 46 INDIVIDUALS: 159

MAMMALS: Gray Squirrel - 15


Kevin Graff
Jarrettsville, MD
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Date: 4/19/18 2:19 pm
From: Annette Jeffers <annette.jeffers...>
Subject: [MDBirding] FOY male Rubythroated Hummingbird
42 degrees, 22 mph winds, at my window feeder in Middletown, Frederick Co. Surprisingly plump, or cold. Did not perch but able to get a few swigs at the swaying feeder
Annette Jeffers
Middletown

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Date: 4/19/18 10:10 am
From: Joe Hanfman <auk1844...>
Subject: [MDBirding] White Pelicans - Garrett
There are 14 American White Pelicans at Peat Moss Rd, Accident, Garrett County.
Found late yesterday and continuing.

Joe Hanfman
Columbia, MD

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Date: 4/19/18 8:40 am
From: Patricia Valdata <pvaldata1...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Yard bird notes
Well, that was a first: seeing Chipping Sparrows mate, while the female was
perched on the tube feeder. The male sang a very fast, high-pitched series
of chips and then they did it three times. They flew off in different
directions--I don't know what to make of that!

In more mundane news, we saw our FOS Brown Thrasher yesterday, and as of
yesterday afternoon we still had a flock of 12 or so Buffleheads. Last
year, the Buffleheads were gone by the 2nd Sunday in April.

Pat Valdata
Crisfield, Somerset County

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Date: 4/19/18 8:04 am
From: Warblerick <ricksussman1955...>
Subject: [MDBirding] 3 new FOY yard birds
An early walk around the yard produced two new FOY birds, 2 Ruby-crowned Kinglets and a Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (2018 yard birds Nos. 61 & 62). Then a while later, in between loading my van with furniture, I had a short burst of raptors; a likely male Cooper's Hawk being pursued by a crow, then a lone Osprey heading NE, quickly followed by a single Broad-winged Hawk,(No. 63), heading NNE. Then 3-4 Tree Swallows blew by (literally) as the winds began to pick up, and once more plunge us into winter!

Rick Sussman
Woodbine,MD

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Date: 4/19/18 7:54 am
From: Wallace Kornack <wallace...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Thursday 4/19/18
This morning (4/19) at Rock Creek Park……….

——Maintenance Yard
Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
Downy Woodpecker
American Crow 5
Fish Crow
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
House Wren
Carolina Wren
American Robin 5
Cedar Waxwing 6
White-throated Sparrow 4
Eastern Towhee
Northern Cardinal 7
American Goldfinch 5

——Long Path (Jim)
Yellow-rumped Warbler 4
Northern Flicker
Blue Jay 2
White-breasted Nuthatch
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 2
Northern Cardinal 2

Contributors: Leon Kass, Jim Lemert, Helen Scheidiger, Jennie
Have Fun Birding!

Wallace Kornack
Washington DC

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Date: 4/19/18 6:13 am
From: Tim Carney <timmyc83...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Swan Creek 4/18/2018
Yesterday was chilly but birdy at Swan Creek. The most exciting birds were the three continuing AMERICAN AVOCETS. Beyond that, I didn't find anything rare or unusual, but it was nice to see 17 Little Blue Herons (16 in the wetland, 1 at the powerline) and 21 Bonaparte's Gulls. There were still high numbers (1,205 total) of Ruddy Ducks.

Also neat to see was a pair of American Kestrels at the powerline. Fingers crossed they nest there.

I did not find any Virginia Rails, Soras, or Marsh Wrens, which was unusual for a mid-April census.

eBird checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44705524

Tim Carney
Parkville, MD

*** NOTE: Swan Creek/Cox Creek is an active industrial site and mitigation project in northern Anne Arundel Co. Access is at the end of Kembo Road off Fort Smallwood Road near 695. The site is open ONLY Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Please be in your car and leaving at 3:30 p.m.. Remember to always sign in at the office, to be on your best behavior (people have worked hard to coordinate this access), and to stick to permitted areas. This Swan Creek map linked here details where you are and aren't allowed to walk. http://www.billhubick.com/docs/swan_creek_map.jpg. ***

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Date: 4/19/18 5:29 am
From: Georgia McDonald <gmcdonald1501...>
Subject: [MDBirding] House Wren
FOS singing in the yard.

Georgia McDonald. Towson

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Date: 4/18/18 8:21 pm
From: SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Wednesday, April 18, 2018 71 Raptors
Fort Smallwood Park

Pasadena, Maryland, USA

Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 18, 2018

Species

Day's Count

Month Total

Season Total

Black Vulture

0

69

264

Turkey Vulture

42

1707

5546

Osprey

18

238

554

Bald Eagle

0

21

58

Northern Harrier

0

18

25

Sharp-shinned Hawk

1

146

199

Cooper's Hawk

3

69

165

Northern Goshawk

0

0

0

Red-shouldered Hawk

1

59

181

Broad-winged Hawk

2

47

47

Red-tailed Hawk

1

50

116

Rough-legged Hawk

0

0

0

Golden Eagle

0

0

0

American Kestrel

2

55

70

Merlin

1

12

19

Peregrine Falcon

0

0

0

Unknown Accipiter

0

2

3

Unknown Buteo

0

3

6

Unknown Falcon

0

1

1

Unknown Eagle

0

0

0

Unknown Raptor

0

4

4

Total:

71

2501

7258



Observation start time:

8:45 am

Observation end time:

3:30 pm Daylight Time

Total observation time:

6.75 hours

Official Counter

Sue Ricciardi

Observers:

Alan Young, Bob Rineer, Chris Reed, Dan Walker, Hugh Hoffman, John
Hoffman, Ralph Geuder, Sue Young


Visitors: Anne Arundel Bird Club (10)

Weather: Clear blue skies until the last half hour of the count;
39-58 degrees; good visibility; winds westerly, 8-13 mph, gusting
to 22 mph

Raptor Observations: Light flight considering the winds, but a
nice showing of Ospreys

Non-raptor Observations: Few non-raptor migrants as well, but the
Barn Swallows zipping by were a welcome sight.

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Report submitted by Sue Ricciardi (<susiericc...>)
Fort Smallwood Park information may be found at:
http://www.mdbirds.org/sites/mdsites/hawks/hawkwatch.html
More information at hawkcount.org: [Site Profile] [Day Summary] [Month
Summary]

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Site Description
Fort Smallwood Park is located on the western shore of Chesapeake
Bay at the
mouth of the Patapsco River, 11 miles south of Baltimore, MD. Best
winds are
from the southwest.

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Date: 4/18/18 5:12 pm
From: Warblerick <ricksussman1955...>
Subject: [MDBirding] COLO on the move
Though I saw only a single bird pass over my yard this morning, the time is right for Common Loons to be heading north towards their breeding grounds. Keep an eye on the sky, as I've had very good morning flights before, as many as 90 in a single day. Yard bird number 60 for 2018.
Rick Sussman
Woodbine, MD

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Date: 4/18/18 12:27 pm
From: Tim Carney <timmyc83...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Anhinga, Baltimore County
Hi Judy,

Apologies if my original instructions were unclear. Hopefully the other responses were more helpful. For what it's worth, the Anhinga has not been seen since Monday around noon.

Try this link (best viewed in satellite mode):
https://www.google.com/maps/place/Paper+Mill+Flats/@39.5046695,-76.6183155,2958m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x7c9c3ac42b0acc7e!8m2!3d39.5046695!4d-76.6183155

The parking pulloff is just east of the big metal bridge, on the north side of the road. Be careful parking. The pulloff comes up quickly, and it's around a bit of a curve.

Tim Carney
Parkville, MD

On Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at 7:31:26 PM UTC-4, Judy E wrote:
> I've never been to the paper mill flats before. I tried looking up where to park /hike, but I couldn't find a helpful answer. Just wasted time driving back and forth on paper mill rd and I'm still confused. There's so many pull offs and I didn't see any trails. Can someone please help describe where I can find the trail? I feel incredibly silly.

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Date: 4/18/18 11:54 am
From: 'Marcy Stutzman' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Anhinga, Baltimore County
Try this:
go to eBird Hotspot for Loch Raven Reservoir--Paper Mill Flats
https://ebird.org/hotspot/L452698
select Get Directions

Marcy Stutzman
Russett, MD 20724

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Date: 4/18/18 10:37 am
From: Steve Long <steve.long4...>
Subject: [MDBirding] FOS Glossy Ibis
Just saw our first-of-season Glossy Ibis pair. They are visible from
Oxford Road in the pond near Spring Road.

Seems early for them.  We still have a raft of Ruddy Ducks in the cove.

Steve Long, Oxford

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Date: 4/18/18 6:17 am
From: Wallace Kornack <wallace...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Wednesday 4/18/18
This cold morning (4/18) at Rock Creek Park with Jim Lemert…..

——Maintenance Yard +
Red-headed Woodpecker near paddock and long path (Jim)
Red-bellied Woodpecker
American Crow
Fish Crow 2
Carolina Chickadee 2
Tufted Titmouse 2
Carolina Wren
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
American Robin 7
Brown Thrasher long path (Jim)
White-throated Sparrow 3
Northern Cardinal 6
American Goldfinch 4

Have Fun Birding!

Wallace Kornack
Washington DC


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Date: 4/18/18 5:06 am
From: Fred Shaffer <glaucousgull...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Yellow-throated Warbler at Schoolhouse Pond
I had a singing Yellow-throated Warbler during my morning walk around Schoolhouse Pond today.  The bird was atop a sycamore along the trail at the back of the pond (towards the utility cut).  Other passerines present included 2 Common Yellowthroats, a Northern Parula, House Wren and a lot of Yellow-rumped Warblers. Also of note were 8 flyover Bonaparte's Gulls and 4 Caspian Terns. The shorebirds have really been attracted to the mudflats at the back of the pond this spring.  Today I had 4 Greater Yellowlegs, 24 Lesser Yellowlegs, 3 Wilson's Snipe and 2 Solitary Sandpipers.  Good birding,
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Date: 4/17/18 4:40 pm
From: Marcia Watson <marshwren50...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Anhinga, Baltimore County
Judy,

The Maryland Ornithological Society has an entry for Loch Raven Reservoir on the MD/DC Birding Guide Website. Go to http://www.mdbirdingguide.com/loch_raven_reservoir and scroll down to the Directions section, where you will see directions for several Loch Raven access points; Paper Mill Flats is the last set of directions listed.

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

Bowie, Maryland
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> On Apr 17, 2018, at 7:25 PM, Judy E <stpchick322...> wrote:
>
> I've never been to the paper mill flats before. I tried looking up where to park /hike, but I couldn't find a helpful answer. Just wasted time driving back and forth on paper mill rd and I'm still confused. There's so many pull offs and I didn't see any trails. Can someone please help describe where I can find the trail? I feel incredibly silly.
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Date: 4/17/18 4:31 pm
From: Judy E <stpchick322...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Anhinga, Baltimore County
I've never been to the paper mill flats before. I tried looking up where to park /hike, but I couldn't find a helpful answer. Just wasted time driving back and forth on paper mill rd and I'm still confused. There's so many pull offs and I didn't see any trails. Can someone please help describe where I can find the trail? I feel incredibly silly.

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Date: 4/17/18 3:29 pm
From: SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Tuesday, April 17, 2018 31 Raptors
Fort Smallwood Park

Pasadena, Maryland, USA

Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 17, 2018

Species

Day's Count

Month Total

Season Total

Black Vulture

0

69

264

Turkey Vulture

18

1665

5504

Osprey

7

220

536

Bald Eagle

4

21

58

Northern Harrier

0

18

25

Sharp-shinned Hawk

2

145

198

Cooper's Hawk

0

66

162

Northern Goshawk

0

0

0

Red-shouldered Hawk

0

58

180

Broad-winged Hawk

0

45

45

Red-tailed Hawk

0

49

115

Rough-legged Hawk

0

0

0

Golden Eagle

0

0

0

American Kestrel

0

53

68

Merlin

0

11

18

Peregrine Falcon

0

0

0

Unknown Accipiter

0

2

3

Unknown Buteo

0

3

6

Unknown Falcon

0

1

1

Unknown Eagle

0

0

0

Unknown Raptor

0

4

4

Total:

31

2430

7187



Observation start time:

9:15 am

Observation end time:

2:00 pm Daylight Time

Total observation time:

4.75 hours

Official Counter

Sue Ricciardi

Observers:

Chris Reed, Dan Walker



Weather: Cloudy with a few breaks in the heavy cloud cover from
time to time; a wintry 41-43 degrees; excellent visibility; brisk
west winds, 9-15 mph, gusting to 24 mph

Raptor Observations: Surprisingly few migrants given the time of
year

Non-raptor Observations:

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Report submitted by Sue Ricciardi (<susiericc...>)
Fort Smallwood Park information may be found at:
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Summary]

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Site Description
Fort Smallwood Park is located on the western shore of Chesapeake
Bay at the
mouth of the Patapsco River, 11 miles south of Baltimore, MD. Best
winds are
from the southwest.

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Date: 4/17/18 2:42 pm
From: Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Odd couple in yard
Went out to check on some plants in the garden and had our first Catbird of 2018 under the feeder looking for scraps, and a Yellowbellied Sapsucker squealing in the hemlock behind me. One on his way out of here, and the other just in!

Gail Mackiernan
Colesville, MD



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Date: 4/17/18 12:36 pm
From: Marcia Balestri <mebalestri...>
Subject: [MDBirding] May Count for Worcester
I am leaving in a couple of days until the day before the May count, so I wanted to make this one last plea for counters in Worcester County. There are still a lot of open places like Assateague, Pokemoke (Shad and Milburn), Ocean City and points west, the whole northern part of the county. So if you have some time on Saturday, May 12, come on over and help us out.
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Worcester County, Maryland
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Date: 4/17/18 11:26 am
From: Gerry Hawkins <maineusa...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Voice of the Naturalist, Greater DC area, week ending 4-17-18
Hotline: Voice of the Naturalist
Date: 4/17/2018
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,
April 10 and was completed on Tuesday, April 17 at 8:00 a.m.

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

The top birds this week were EARED GREBE in MD, WESTERN GREBE* in VA,
RUFF in DE, NORTHERN SHRIKE* in VA and BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER* in
MD.

Other birds of interest this week included SNOW and ROSS'S GEESE,
TRUMPETER SWAN, COMMON EIDER, SURF and WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS,
LONG-TAILED DUCK, NORTHERN BOBWHITE, RED-NECKED GREBE, EURASIAN
COLLARED-DOVE, KING RAIL, SORA, COMMON GALLINULE, SANDHILL CRANE,
BLACK-NECKED STILT, AMERICAN AVOCET, PIPING PLOVER, DUNLIN, ANHINGA,
LITTLE, LAUGHING, ICELAND and LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS, COMMON TERN,
AMERICAN BITTERN, GLOSSY and WHITE-FACED IBIS, ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK,
SHORT-EARED OWL, LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE, AMERICAN PIPIT, RED CROSSBILL,
AMERICAN TREE and VESPER SPARROWS, YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD and
ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER.

TOP BIRDS

On April 13 an EARED GREBE was spotted off the causeway at Port
Lookout SP in St. Mary's Co, MD.

A likely continuing WESTERN GREBE* was seen off the Horn Point Road
boat ramp in Virginia Beach, VA on April 15.

A continuing RUFF was seen in Shearness Pool at Bombay Hook NWR, Kent
Co, DE on April 10 and 11. On April 15 a RUFF also was see a short
distance north of the reporting area, at the Augustine WA-Port Penn
Impoundments in New Castle Co, DE.

A continuing NORTHERN SHRIKE* was seen most recently at the Sully
Woodlands in Fairfax Co, VA on April 16.

A continuing BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER* was seen around Lewis and
Market Streets in Havre de Grace, Harford Co, MD on April 10-13.

OTHER BIRDS OF INTEREST

Northbound migration increased in extent and diversity during the week
with first-of-season sightings of many Neotropical migrants, while
small numbers of migratory waterfowl and other winter residents
remained in the reporting area.

On April 13 a late SNOW GOOSE was photographed at 687 Rock Lodge Road
in Garret Co, MD. On April 10 two late ROSS'S GEESE were photographed
on Poplar Island in Talbot Co, MD, and on April 12 one ROSS'S GOOSE
made a brief appearance at a pond along Fort Lynn Road in Rockingham
Co, VA.

On April 15 and 16 a young TRUMPETER SWAN was at Lake Albemarle in
Albemarle Co, VA.

Lingering waterfowl also included a COMMON EIDER spotted at the Ocean
City Inlet in Worcester Co, MD on April 12. Continuing inland SURF
SCOTERS were seen most recently at Blockhouse Point Conservation Park
and C & O Canal-Pennyfield Lock in Montgomery Co, MD on April 11 and
12, respectively. Three continuing SURF SCOTERS were seen most
recently at Centennial Park in Howard Co, MD on April 11. Inland
diving ducks also included a WHITE-WINGED SCOTER at Occoquan Bay NWR
in Prince William Co, VA on April 13, and a continuing WHITE-WINGED
SCOTER at Rocky Gap SP in Allegany Co, MD that was seen most recently
on April 10. An inland LONG-TAILED DUCK was seen at several locations
in Maryland: Rocky Gap SP in Allegany Co on April 11; Fort Frederick
SP-Big Pool in Washington Co on April 10; and Cavey Lane Yard in
Howard Co on April 10 and 11. In Virginia, two inland LONG-TAILED
DUCKS were photographed at Mill Creek Lake Park in Amherst Co on April
16.

Migratory NORTHERN BOBWHITES included two individuals that visited a
yard in Lake Toano Estates in James City Co, VA on April 10 and 11. A
high of nine NORTHERN BOBWHITES were flushed at the Chester River
Field Research Station (Chino Farms) (private) in Queen Anne's Co, MD
on April 11, 12 and 13.

On April 16 a RED-NECKED GREBE was found on Clopper Lake in Seneca
Creek SP, Montgomery Co, MD.

On April 16 a first county record EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE was
photographed at 3900 New Haven Drive in Bowie, Prince George's Co, MD.

KING RAILS were encountered most recently at Swan Harbor Farm Park in
Harford Co, MD on April 16 and Occoquan Bay NWR in Prince William Co,
VA on April 13. On April 14 and 15 a SORA and on April 15 a COMMON
GALLINULE were seen at Hughes Hollow in Montgomery Co, MD. On April 15
two COMMON GALLINULES were found at the Princess Anne WMA-Whitehurst
Tract (restricted access) in Virginia Beach, VA.

On April 11 and 16 1-2 continuing SANDHILL CRANES were seen at several
nearby locations in Garrett Co, MD: 471-735 Peat Moss Road, a marsh
along Mosser Road and 5425 Rock Lodge Road. A continuing SANDHILL
CRANE also was seen at Stauffer's Marsh NP in Berkeley Co, WV, most
recently on April 16.

Shorebird highlights included two BLACK-NECKED STILTS spotted at the
Loch Raven Reservoir-Paper Mill Flats in Baltimore Co, MD on April 13.
Three AMERICAN AVOCETS were seen at Swan Creek Wetland-Cox Creek DMCF
(restricted access) in Anne Arundel Co, MD on April 12 and 13, and six
AMERICAN AVOCETS visited Anderson Park in Newport News, VA on April
13. Large numbers of wintering AMERICAN AVOCETS continued in Delaware,
with high counts of 300 individuals at Bombay Hook NWR in Kent Co on
April 11 and 15, 81 individuals at Milford Neck WA-Big Stone Beach
Road in Kent Co on April 13 and 47 individuals at Prime Hook NWR in
Sussex Co on April 14.

Migratory shorebirds included a PIPING PLOVER that made a rare
appearance in Kent Co, DE, on the beach at the end of Bennetts Pier
Road, on April 11, and a DUNLIN photographed at Kenilworth Park in
Washington, DC on April 16.

On April 15 and 16 an ANHINGA visited Loch Raven Reservoir-Paper Mill
Flats in Baltimore Co, MD. On April 13 two ANHINGAS were spotted in
flight above the Stumpy Lake Natural Area in Virginia Beach, VA, and
on April 15 an ANHINGA was seen over the Carson Wetland in Prince
George Co, VA.

On April 10 14 AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS flew over Poplar Island in
Talbot Co, MD. The most recent report of wintering AMERICAN WHITE
PELICANS at Blackwater NWR in Dorcester Co, MD was 12 individuals on
April 9.

A LITTLE GULL was spotted at the Chestertown WWTP in Kent Co, MD on
April 13 and 14. On April 16 a single LAUGHING GULL was spotted among
the BONAPARTE'S and RING-BILLED GULLS at Violette's Lock on the C & O
Canal in Montgomery Co, MD and later in ponds across the river in
Loudoun Co, VA. An immature ICELAND GULL (Kumlien's form) was observed
at the Loreley Beach Community Pier (private) in Baltimore Co, MD on
April 11 and 12. In Virginia an ICELAND GULL (Kumlien's form) was seen
at the Walmart ponds in Colonial Heights on April 11 and Pleasure
House Point in Virginia Beach on April 13. Sightings of LESSER
BLACK-BACKED GULL included single individuals spotted at Hains Point
in Washington, DC on April 15; Thomas Johnson Bridge Fishing Piers in
Calvert Co, MD on April 15; Sandy Point SP in Anne Arundel Co, MD on
April 15; and Violette's Lock on the C & O Canal in Montgomery Co, MD
on April 16.

On April 14 an inland COMMON TERN was spotted at Violette's Lock on
the C & O Canal in Montgomery Co, MD.

The uncommon if not rare AMERICAN BITTERN was encountered at numerous
locations in the reporting area during the week. An AMERICAN BITTERN
continues to be regularly seen at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens in
Washington, DC, and two were found in front of the visitors' center
there on April 15. In Maryland, AMERICAN BITTERNS were found at Black
Marsh and Swan Creek Wetland-Cox Creek DMCF (restricted access) in
Baltimore Co; Swan Harbor Farm Park in Harford Co; Middle Patuxent
Environmental Area, Cavey Lane Yard and Race Road in Howard Co;
Patuxent Research Refuge-North Tract in Anne Arundel Co; Poplar Island
in Talbot Co; and Hughes Hollow and the Blue Mash Nature Trail in
Montgomery Co. In Virginia, AMERICAN BITTERNS were encountered at
Huntley Meadows Park and Jackson Miles Abbott WR in Fairfax Co and
Bles Park in Loudoun Co.

Noteworthy herons and egrets included 1-2 continuing GREAT EGRETS
found along 471-735 Peat Moss Road and at the Mosser Road marsh and
Frostburg Reservoir in Garrett Co, MD on April 10 and 11. Three LITTLE
BLUE HERONS visited Bethel WMA in Cecil Co, MD on April 12. A LITTLE
BLUE HERON also was found at Swan Harbor Farm Park in Harford Co, MD
on April 13 and 14; Green Hills Farm Wetland in Montgomery Co, MD on
April 14-16; Hughes Hollow in Montgomery Co, MD on April 15;
Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens in Washington, DC on April 14; and Occoquan
Bay NWR in Prince William Co, VA on April 15. Two TRICOLORED HERONS
visited the Chestertown WWTP in Kent Co, MD on April 14, and on April
13 a single TRICOLORED HERON visited Swan Harbor Farm Park in Harford
Co, MD and Poplar Island in Talbot Co, MD. In addition, on April 15
and 16 a TRICOLORED HERON was observed on the grounds of a residence
near Beachwood Lake in Newport News, VA. A YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON
has returned to the National Zoo in Washington, DC, with sightings on
April 14 and 15.

On April 15 four GLOSSY IBIS were seen in flight over Hains Point in
Washington, DC. On April 10 a WHITE-FACED IBIS was photographed among
GLOSSY IBIS at South Point in Worcester Co, MD.

A continuing ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was seen at the Mosser Road marsh and
along Russell Road in Garrett Co, MD on April 10 and 11, respectively.

Highlights of a survey of Poplar Island in Talbot Co, MD on April 13
included two SHORT-EARED OWLS.

A continuing LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE at the Smith Farm in Lunenburg Co, VA
was seen most recently on April 15.

A couple of lowland COMMON RAVENS continue in Queen Anne's Co, MD,
with sightings at Terrapin Nature Park and nearby Mowbray Park in
Stevensville on April 14. Two lowland COMMON RAVENS also were seen
over 12301-12331 Burnley Lane in King George Co, VA on April 14.

Encounters with AMERICAN PIPIT during the week included a single
individual spotted by the lower parking lot at Fletcher's Cove on the
C & O Canal in Washington, DC on April 12 and calling individuals over
Kenilworth Park in Washington, DC on April 13 and 14 and Hains Point
in Washington, DC on April 15.

Based on recorded flight calls, 24 Appalachian or Type 1 and six
Ponderosa Pine or Type 2 RED CROSSBILLS were identified at Briery
Branch Gap in Rockingham Co, VA on April 14.

Sightings of AMERICAN TREE SPARROW included a high of five continuing
individuals seen along 90 Weaver Street in Garrett Co, MD on April
10-15. In Virginia, a late AMERICAN TREE SPARROW was seen at the Third
Winchester Battlefield in Frederick Co on April 14 and 15. VESPER
SPARROW was seen at many locations, including single individuals at
Hains Point, Constitution Gardens and Rock Creek Park-Dog Run in
Washington, DC on April 11, 12 and 13, respectively. In Maryland, a
VESPER SPARROW was seen at Patuxent Research Refuge-South Tract in
Prince George's Co on April 11; Wheaton Branch Stormwater Ponds in
Montgomery Co on April 12; Masonville Cove in Baltimore Co on April
13; Fort Smallwood Park in Anne Arundel Co on April 14; and Swan
Harbor Farm Park in Harford Co on April 15.

On April 16 a YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD was photographed in a flock of
COMMON and BOAT-TAILED GRACKLES at Chesconessex Schooner Bay in
Accomack Co, VA.

A continuing ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was seen in the yard of a resident
of Rehoboth Beach, Sussex Co, DE on April 12 and 15. During the week
an ORANGE-CROWNED SPARROW also was seen at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens
in Washington, DC on April 11; Hughes Hollow in Montgomery Co, MD on
April 12; and along Windridge Way in Virginia Beach, VA on April
11-16.

Over 20 species of warbler were seen in the reporting area during the
week. With the exception of YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, the most
conspicuous was PALM WARBLER (Eastern or Yellow), which was seen in
large numbers at many locations, including 38 individuals counted at
Hains Point in Washington, DC on April 15. Perhaps the most unusual
warbler sighting was a WORM-EATING WARBLER that visited a birdbath in
residential yard in South Boston, Halifax Co, VA on April 15.

***

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,
https://anshome.org/naturalist-shop)is an excellent source for
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Date: 4/17/18 9:48 am
From: Lydia Schindler <lydia13621...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Little Blue Heron at Pennyfield
This morning an adult Little Blue Heron was present, along with 5 Great Egrets, on the rivulet remains of the canal, within the first half mile of the lockhouse. The birds moved ahead of us; eventually the Little Blue disappeared.

There were still 2 Blue-winged and 2 Green-winged Teal on the impoundment.

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Date: 4/17/18 8:13 am
From: Wallace Kornack <wallace...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Tuesday 4/17/18
This chilly morning (4/17) at Rock Creek Park…….

——Maintenance Yard area
Canada Goose 3 flyby
Red-tailed Hawk flyby
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Blue Jay
American Crow
Barn Swallow FOY flyby (Patrick)
White-breasted Nuthatch
House Wren
Carolina Wren
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 2
Hermit Thrush
American Robin 5++
Chipping Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow 3
Northern Cardinal 3
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow 3

Contributors: Jim Lemert, Marina True, Patrick Newcomb, Lisa Newcomb

Have Fun Birding!

Wallace Kornack
Washington DC

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Date: 4/16/18 11:10 am
From: Jan Braumuller <janbraumuller...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Common Raven: North Arlington
Leaving my house at 11:30 a.m. I saw some crows chasing a much larger black bird. Grabbed my binos, and sure enough it was a Raven. Only the third time I have seen one from this property in 34 years.
Great birding,
Jan Braumuller

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Date: 4/16/18 11:08 am
From: David Powell <seneca.ranger...>
Subject: [MDBirding] RN Grebe - Clopper Lake
There is currently a Red-necked Grebe on Clopper Lake in Seneca Creek State
Park. Getting close to being breeding plumage.

Dave Powell
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Date: 4/16/18 7:10 am
From: Tim Carney <timmyc83...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Poplar Island 4/11/2018
Apparently the rare birds decided to show up on the days before and after I conducted my census. Onsite researchers found 2 ROSS'S GEESE and a flyover flock of 14 AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS on 4/10, and another researched found a GRASSHOPPER SPARROW on 4/13. The birding tour also had some rarities that I didn't find, including TRICOLORED HERON and SHORT-EARED OWL.

My best birds on 4/11 were AMERICAN KESTREL and EASTERN MEADOWLARK.

Snowy Egrets were back in the heronry but I did not find any Cattle Egrets, Glossy Ibis, or Black-crowned Night-Herons.

eBird checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44491419

Tim Carney
Parkville, MD

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Date: 4/16/18 5:37 am
From: 'Peter Kaestner' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Anhinga, Baltimore County
Bird was there at 8:10. Sitting high in a tree directly opposite the viewing point that is near the USGS Survey marker/benchmark.

Peter

> On Apr 16, 2018, at 7:45 AM, Tim Carney <timmyc83...> wrote:
>
> Hi everyone,
>
> Kye Jenkins found an Anhinga at Papermill Flats yesterday. I just received word that it is still present this morning. If you search Google Maps for "Papermill Flats," it should direct you the parking pulloff. (If not, the parking pulloff is just east of the big metal bridge, on the north side of the road.)
>
> There is a trail on the west side of the parking pulloff. Walk into the woods, and then bear uphill/left instead of going down to the swamp. The trail will parallel the main road and eventually drop you off at several vantage points.
>
> If this doesn't make sense, there will probably be other birders there to help you out ;)
>
> Muck boots and a scope highly recommended!
>
> Tim Carney
> Parkville, MD
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Date: 4/16/18 4:45 am
From: Tim Carney <timmyc83...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Anhinga, Baltimore County
Hi everyone,

Kye Jenkins found an Anhinga at Papermill Flats yesterday. I just received word that it is still present this morning. If you search Google Maps for "Papermill Flats," it should direct you the parking pulloff. (If not, the parking pulloff is just east of the big metal bridge, on the north side of the road.)

There is a trail on the west side of the parking pulloff. Walk into the woods, and then bear uphill/left instead of going down to the swamp. The trail will parallel the main road and eventually drop you off at several vantage points.

If this doesn't make sense, there will probably be other birders there to help you out ;)

Muck boots and a scope highly recommended!

Tim Carney
Parkville, MD

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Date: 4/15/18 7:33 pm
From: Warblerick <ricksussman1955...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: 2 FOY yard birds
Catbirds one of my favorites too. I was just this weekend telling my daughter how much I look forward to their return!

Rick Sussman

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Date: 4/15/18 6:57 pm
From: Don Simonson <don.r.simonson...>
Subject: [MDBirding] FOS Birds MONT CO
One GRAY CATBIRD materialized mid-afternoon in my yard today in Darnestown. A surprising flock of 18 DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS flew north overhead. Five Woodpeckers species:Downy, Hairy (infrequent visitor tho breeding nearby), Red-bellied, Flicker, and a pair of Pileateds, the female eating from one suet feeder while the male ate from the adjoining one.

At Hughes Hollow this morning, saw and heard my first of year: WHITE-EYED VIREO (200 yards due south of the main impoundment, on east side of dirt road, opposite the stand of pines; four BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHERS, and a GREEN-BACKED HERON on the way out after running into Clive Harris.

Yesterday Saturday 4/14, saw my FOY LOUSIANA WATERTHRUSH (in Seneca State Park, 4 heard at one spot on Berryville Road, 1/4 mile north of its intersection with Poplar Hill Road) and PARULA WARBLER (2) 1/2 mile north of Poplar Hill Rd. also 5 FIELD SPARROWS.
Good birding!
Don Simonson, Darnestown MD

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Date: 4/15/18 6:12 pm
From: Don Simonson <don.r.simonson...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: 2 FOY yard birds
good on ya Rick!
had my first Catbird of the year in the yard, dang if that isnt one of my all time favorite birds. just love em. there was a leucistic one (one white feather on a wing), which nested in my neighbor's yard when i was a teenager in nw dc. The next summer, [presumably same!!!] catbird with one white feather in same wing nested same bush again. That got me hooked on bird migration, not just listing. how do they DO that????!!!
Good birding!
Don

> Rick Sussman
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Date: 4/15/18 1:36 pm
From: Peter Lev <plev...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Vesper Sparrow
Today at Swan Harbor Dave Larkin and I birded mainly from his car in cold,
drizzly weather. Some interesting birds on the side of the road: Vesper
Sparrow (1), Greater Yellowlegs (1), Horned Lark (3).



Peter Lev

Baltimore, MD

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Date: 4/15/18 1:14 pm
From: David Curson <dcurson...>
Subject: [MDBirding] FOY Chimney Swift
Yesterday, 14th April, I saw 1 Chimney Swift at Druid Hill Park over the Reptile House fields. Today it may be regretting its decision to move north so fast....

David Curson

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Date: 4/15/18 9:39 am
From: john pangborn <pangborn.john19...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Blue Mash Nature Trail -- Apr 15, 2018
7:10 AM
Traveling
2.00 miles
120 minutes
All birds reported? Yes
Comments:

3 Canada Goose
2 Mallard
1 Green Heron
1 Red-shouldered Hawk
6 Mourning Dove
2 Red-bellied Woodpecker
1 Northern Flicker
1 Blue Jay
5 Tree Swallow
1 Barn Swallow
2 Tufted Titmouse
2 Eastern Bluebird
2 American Robin
1 Brown Thrasher
4 Northern Mockingbird
4 European Starling
5 Field Sparrow
1 Song Sparrow
4 Eastern Towhee
5 Northern Cardinal
8 Red-winged Blackbird
6 Brown-headed Cowbird
3 American Goldfinch

Number of Taxa: 23
John pangborn
Gaithersburg md

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Date: 4/15/18 7:20 am
From: Jo & Bob Solem <odenata...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Chandler S. Robbins SkyWatch Dedication
Howard County Bird Club invites you to join us on Saturday, April 21 at 9 a.m. for the Chandler S. Robbins SkyWatch Dedication, immediately following the club’s Earth Day bird walk at the Howard County Conservancy. The walk and dedication will take place as part of the Howard County Conservancy’s annual Earth Day Celebration.
Directions: http://www.howardbirds.org/birdinghowardcounty/MtPleasant/mount_pleasant_directions.htm

Bob Solem
on behalf of the Howard County Bird Club
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Date: 4/15/18 7:09 am
From: Wallace Kornack <wallace...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Sunday 4/15/18
This overcast morning (4/15) at Rock Creek Park………..

—Maintenance Yard +
Black-and-white Warbler FOS (Jim) @fenceline and yard
Yellow-rumped Warbler FOS (Rodger) @Ridge
Red-tailed Hawk @parking lot
Mourning Dove 4
Barred Owl
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Blue Jay
American Crow 2
Fish Crow 3
Carolina Chickadee 2
Tufted Titmouse
Carolina Wren
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
American Robin 6
European Starling 3
Chipping Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow 2
Northern Cardinal 6
American Goldfinch

Contributors: Jim Lemert, James Illingworth, Oliver Patrick, Diego Blanco, Betsy Stephens, Nick Constantinople, Rodger Poore

Have Fun Birding!

Wallace Kornack
Washington, DC

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Date: 4/14/18 9:41 pm
From: SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Saturday, April 14, 2018 165 Raptors
Fort Smallwood Park

Pasadena, Maryland, USA

Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 14, 2018

Species

Day's Count

Month Total

Season Total

Black Vulture

6

69

264

Turkey Vulture

100

1647

5486

Osprey

10

213

529

Bald Eagle

2

17

54

Northern Harrier

0

18

25

Sharp-shinned Hawk

18

143

196

Cooper's Hawk

11

66

162

Northern Goshawk

0

0

0

Red-shouldered Hawk

2

58

180

Broad-winged Hawk

10

45

45

Red-tailed Hawk

2

49

115

Rough-legged Hawk

0

0

0

Golden Eagle

0

0

0

American Kestrel

2

53

68

Merlin

1

11

18

Peregrine Falcon

0

0

0

Unknown Accipiter

0

2

3

Unknown Buteo

0

3

6

Unknown Falcon

0

1

1

Unknown Eagle

0

0

0

Unknown Raptor

1

4

4

Total:

165

2399

7156



Observation start time:

7:45 am

Observation end time:

3:30 pm Daylight Time

Total observation time:

7.75 hours

Official Counter

Chris Reed, Sue Ricciardi

Observers:

Andy Higgs, Bill Hubick, Lynn Davidson, Paul Fritz, Sue Ricciardi


Visitors: Emily and Solomon Huang, Kojo Baidoo, Fred and Pam Shaffer,
Tom Veilleux, Baltimore Bird Club: Peter Lev, Nancy O'Hara, Les Becker

Weather: Sunny or mostly sunny becoming partly cloudy in the last
couple of hours; third day of warm weather, 66-84 degrees; fair to
good visibility with some haze; winds southwesterly and on the strong
side, 9-15 mph, gusting to 28 mph

Raptor Observations: Good variety again today. A Merlin perched in a
tree for about a half hour. An Osprey chasing a Bald Eagle. Five Bald
Eagles cavorting about in the sky.

Non-raptor Observations:
A Pileated Woodpecker flying in from the river. New for the season:
Prairie Warbler, Eastern Kingbird

65 species, ebird list: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44582777

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Report submitted by Sue Ricciardi (<susiericc...>)
Fort Smallwood Park information may be found at:
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Site Description
Fort Smallwood Park is located on the western shore of Chesapeake
Bay at the
mouth of the Patapsco River, 11 miles south of Baltimore, MD. Best
winds are
from the southwest.

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Date: 4/14/18 4:38 pm
From: Kojo Baidoo <baidookojo6...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park today
An excellent day at the park today. A walk around the loop yielded Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, Palm, Pine, Yellow-rumped, and a very unexpected Worm-eating Warbler. Later, a Prairie Warbler was also found, a bright and very hungry female. Hawks were flying as well, and I was happy to see my first Broad-winged Hawks of the season, along with both small falcons, accipiters, the usual suspects. After a while, though, they were quite high and hard to see against the blue sky, and the heat made many other birds prefer to stay cool and hidden. All in all, though, a great day, with some nice surprises.

Prairie Warbler: https://www.flickr.com/photos/132863360@N02/39650748310/in/dateposted-public/

Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44576377

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Date: 4/14/18 12:29 pm
From: Bob Ringler <ringler.bob...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Carroll Co. Birds 4/14/18
I visited two sites in Carroll County this morning. There was a notable
increase in Ruby-crowned Kinglets and White-throated Sparrows.

At Krimgold Park I also saw two Savannah Sparrows (migrants there) and a
Coyote.

At the Atlee Walking Path in New Windsor there was an adult Yellow-crowned
Night-Heron standing above the old nest in the big sycamore. The nest
appeared to have had twigs added to it. The nest was successful two years
ago but only one adult was seen last year with no evidence of nesting. I
also saw one Gnatcatcher, one Yellow Palm Warbler, and two Myrtle Warblers

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Date: 4/14/18 9:18 am
From: 'Saundra Byrd' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Assateague Brant
Just Found 88 Brant at Assateague island bridge .Visitor center area. Staying close to shore.

Saundra
Worcester maryland

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Date: 4/14/18 7:58 am
From: Wallace Kornack <wallace...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, 4/14/18
This morning (7/14) at Rock Creek Park………..

---Maintenance Yard
Mourning Dove
Barred Owl
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Eastern Phoebe
Blue Jay
American Crow 3
Fish Crow
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
House Wren
Carolina Wren 2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
American Robin
Louisiana Waterthrush on long path (Gerry)
White-throated Sparrow 2
Northern Cardinal 6
American Goldfinch 2

---Yard Parking Lot
Mourning Dove 916
Barred Owl 2 (Gerry)
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Dark-eyed Junco 1
White-throated Sparrow 1
House Sparrow 4

—Ridge (Rodger)
Brown Thrasher
Louisiana Waterthrush
Pine Warbler

Have Fun Birding!

Wallace Kornack

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Date: 4/13/18 7:37 pm
From: Derek C. Richardson <dcr...>
Subject: [MDBirding] 2017-18 FeederWatch West Laurel

Today wraps the FeederWatch season! Our species list this year for our
property in West Laurel, PG County includes our first Common Raven to
visit the yard (looking for nesting material apparently, not food).
Otherwise the usual suspects (see below). Notably absent this year: Brown
Creeper, Cedar Waxwing, and Eastern Towhee.

Sharp-shinned Hawk
Cooper's Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Mourning Dove
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Blue Jay
American Crow
Common Raven
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Carolina Wren
Eastern Bluebird
American Robin
Brown Thrasher
Northern Mockingbird
European Starling
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Chipping Sparrow
Fox Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
White-throated Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
Red-winged Blackbird
Brown-headed Cowbird
Common Grackle
House Finch
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow

D

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Date: 4/13/18 6:08 pm
From: SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Friday, April 13, 2018 172 Raptors
Fort Smallwood Park

Pasadena, Maryland, USA

Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 13, 2018

Species

Day's Count

Month Total

Season Total

Black Vulture

3

63

258

Turkey Vulture

94

1547

5386

Osprey

5

203

519

Bald Eagle

0

15

52

Northern Harrier

3

18

25

Sharp-shinned Hawk

28

125

178

Cooper's Hawk

14

55

151

Northern Goshawk

0

0

0

Red-shouldered Hawk

4

56

178

Broad-winged Hawk

4

35

35

Red-tailed Hawk

7

47

113

Rough-legged Hawk

0

0

0

Golden Eagle

0

0

0

American Kestrel

8

51

66

Merlin

1

10

17

Peregrine Falcon

0

0

0

Unknown Accipiter

1

2

3

Unknown Buteo

0

3

6

Unknown Falcon

0

1

1

Unknown Eagle

0

0

0

Unknown Raptor

0

3

3

Total:

172

2234

6991



Observation start time:

8:15 am

Observation end time:

3:00 pm Daylight Time

Total observation time:

6.75 hours

Official Counter

Sue Ricciardi

Observers:

Alan Young, Bob Rineer, Chris Reed, Dan Walker, Ralph Geuder, Sue
Young


Visitors: Jane Miller, Ken Cohen, Karen Hall

Weather: Partly cloudy becoming sunny in the last couple hours of
the count; 63-81 degrees; fair to good visibility with haze; winds
southwesterly, 9-15 mph. Finally some warm days and paired up with
favorable winds

Raptor Observations: Good variety again today; high flight which
at the end with sunny skies made for difficult detection

Non-raptor Observations: First of the season: Green Heron, Least
Tern (2), Chimney Swift, Common Yellowthroat. Also, 9 Palm
Warblers (yellow) and a Great Egret. e-bird list:
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44542395

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Report submitted by Sue Ricciardi (<susiericc...>)
Fort Smallwood Park information may be found at:
http://www.mdbirds.org/sites/mdsites/hawks/hawkwatch.html
More information at hawkcount.org: [Site Profile] [Day Summary] [Month
Summary]

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Site Description
Fort Smallwood Park is located on the western shore of Chesapeake
Bay at the
mouth of the Patapsco River, 11 miles south of Baltimore, MD. Best
winds are
from the southwest.

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Date: 4/13/18 5:03 pm
From: Keith Eric Costley <oriolekec1...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Maryland Zoo Field Talks - Snowy Owl w/Dave Brinker
On Thursday, April 19th the Maryland Zoo Field Talks series features a special evening with Dave Brinker. Dave is speaking about the status of wild snowy owls and the collaborative project known as Project SNOWStorm.

For more details visit the Maryland Zoo Field Talks page for this event at: http://www.marylandzoo.org/event/field-talks-snowy-owls/

Keith Eric Costley
Randallstown, Baltimore County

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Date: 4/13/18 3:58 pm
From: Warblerick <ricksussman1955...>
Subject: [MDBirding] 2 FOY yard birds
After a busy afternoon in the shop without a break, I stepped out with my binoculars about 4:15 and sat on my SE facing bench for a bird break. Within about 15 minutes I had 2 new yard birds for the year, one late and one early. First a lone TREE SWALLOW (late) flew over heading E (no. 57), then a high flying Osprey, then a high flying CHIMNEY SWIFT (early) heading NE (no. 58). Last year I had Tree Swallow in late March and Chimney Swift in very late April or early May.

Rick Sussman
Woodbine, MD

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Date: 4/13/18 3:56 pm
From: Clayton Koonce <cg.koonce...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Green Heron location at Lake Kittamanqundi
On Thursday, April 12, 2018 at 5:57:46 PM UTC-4, Kelsey Wellons wrote:
> I have seen on eBird that the Green Heron is hanging around a beaver dam. I took a quick walk up the Sheraton side today (in-between being preoccupied with the eagles and heron) but did not see a beaver dam anywhere at the lake. I feel like it's something really obvious that I missed. If anyone can point to which side of the lake and north or south would be appreciated. My initial guess was the northeast side.

Yes, lodge, not dam. Chuck pasted my directions. Beavers have been at the lake for years and were sheltering in a burrow in a steep stream bank, and maybe what appeared to be a small lodge on the nearby Little Patuxent River. The lodge in question is fairly new, probably built since last fall. I may have stared right at it a few times before realizing it was a beaver lodge. Herons -- both green and great blue -- seem to like standing on it while fishing. Maybe the outskirts of the lodge trap fish in small pools, but I can't tell for sure from the observation point described in the directions. Note that I have looked for the green heron for the last couple of days and have not seen it on the lodge again or nearby. Perhaps a northern resident passing through, but it could be anywhere around the lake.

Clayton Koonce
Columbia, MD
member, Howard County Bird Club

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Date: 4/13/18 2:35 pm
From: Jim Wilkinson <lakekoshare...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Eastern Kingbird at Race Road marsh, Howard County, April 13
I found one E Kingbird at the wetlands around 12 45 PM. This was at the power line area. eBird list with photo here:

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44535271


Jim Wilkinson
Columbia, MD

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Date: 4/13/18 2:21 pm
From: Fred Shaffer <glaucousgull...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Little Gull at Chestertown WWTP
I birded Kent County today, visiting Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge (NWR), Chesapeake Farms and Chestertown Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP). The highlight was an adult Little Gull at the Chestertown WWTP.  The bird was flying back and forth over the water and the black underwing was well seen. I was expecting a lot of Bonaparte's Gulls at this location, but only two gulls were present: the Little Gull and one Bonaparte's Gulls. I viewed the Little Gull for 10 or 15 minutes, but was unable to relocate it before I left.  I didn't see it leave, but it may have set down on the water out of view.  Other highlights from the day included a group of Least Terns at Bogles Wharf, an American Pipit along the gravel road leading to the visitors center at the NWR, and decent numbers of Bonaparte's Gulls at a variety of locations. Passerines were scarce, perhaps due to the wind, but I did hear both Pine Warblers and one Yellow-throated Warbler near the NWR visitors center. Good birding,
Fred <ShafferGlaucousGull...>, Anne Arundel

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Date: 4/13/18 2:17 pm
From: 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Eared Grebe at Pt. Lookout State Park
Patty Craig reports a breeding plumage Eared Grebe off the causeway at Pt. Lookout State Park.


Tyler Bell
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California, Maryland

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Date: 4/13/18 11:52 am
From: Hugh David Fleischmann <david...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Black-necked Stilts, Paper Mills Flats, Baltimore
Still present as of 215

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Awesome Birding in 2018!

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> On Apr 13, 2018, at 12:18 PM, Derek Hudgins <derekhudgins...> wrote:
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> There are a pair of Black-necked Stilts feeding in the water behind the shorebird “peninsula” at Paper Mill Flats on Loch Raven Reservoir in Hunt Valley, Maryland.
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> Good birding,
> Derek Hudgins
> Cockeysville MD
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Date: 4/13/18 10:27 am
From: Kevin Graff <keyweststyle2001...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Black-necked Stilts, Paper Mills Flats, Baltimore
Still there at the flats - Kevin Graff

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> On Apr 13, 2018, at 12:18 PM, Derek Hudgins <derekhudgins...> wrote:
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> There are a pair of Black-necked Stilts feeding in the water behind the shorebird “peninsula” at Paper Mill Flats on Loch Raven Reservoir in Hunt Valley, Maryland.
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> Good birding,
> Derek Hudgins
> Cockeysville MD
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Date: 4/13/18 10:06 am
From: Tim Carney <timmyc83...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Masonville and a little bit of Swan Creek, 4/13/2018
Masonville was excellent this morning. I won't have my numbers tabulated until next week, but I wanted to report the highlights. I found a GRASSHOPPER SPARROW and a WHITE-EYED VIREO behind the Education Center. Two VESPER SPARROWS flushed from near the fenceline separating Access Zones 1 and 2. There was a very distant WHITE-WINGED SCOTER out behind the offshore barge where the Common Terns nest.

Savannah Sparrows outnumbered all other sparrows, including Song Sparrows.

Masonville is open 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM on weekdays and 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM on Saturdays. The site is closed on Sundays. Sign in at the Education Center.

After I left, I briefly stopped at Swan Creek to run an errand. I saw one of the continuing AMERICAN AVOCETS. Linda Vitchock informed me of a possible Yellow-headed Blackbird with a cowbird flock along Kembo Rd, but the flock dispersed before I arrived.

Tim Carney
Parkville, MD

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Date: 4/13/18 9:18 am
From: Derek Hudgins <derekhudgins...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Black-necked Stilts, Paper Mills Flats, Baltimore
There are a pair of Black-necked Stilts feeding in the water behind the shorebird “peninsula” at Paper Mill Flats on Loch Raven Reservoir in Hunt Valley, Maryland.

Good birding,
Derek Hudgins
Cockeysville MD

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Date: 4/13/18 7:38 am
From: Derek C. Richardson <dcr...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Mourning Dove eggs

I was surprised to find a flimsy Mourning Dove nest with 2 white eggs
perched in our wysteria trellis this morning. The bird tending the eggs
does not appreciate me walking out on the deck...

D

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Date: 4/13/18 7:00 am
From: Kevin Graff <keyweststyle2001...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Loch Raven Reservoir, 04/12/18
04/12/18 – 930am-1140am
Loch Raven Reservoir—Loch Raven Skeet & Trap Club, B Co., MD

WEATHER: MC/Overcast, 55-61 degrees, SSW 8 mph- SW 8 mph OBS: 2

Canada Goose – 9
American Black Duck – 2
Mallard – 3
Ring-necked Duck – 1
Bufflehead – 12
Common Loon – 1
Pied-billed Grebe – 3
Horned Grebe – 2
Double-crested Cormorant – 3
Great Blue Heron – 7
Black Vulture – 1
Turkey Vulture – 5
Osprey – 2
Sharp-shinned Hawk – 1
Ring-billed Gull – 10
Caspian Tern – 1
Rock Pigeon – 1
Mourning Dove – 8
Great Horned Owl – 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker – 3
Downy Woodpecker – 4
Northern Flicker – 5
Pileated Woodpecker – 1
Eastern Phoebe – 3
Blue Jay – 1
American Crow – 3
N Rough-winged Swallow – 2
Tree Swallow – 15
Carolina Chickadee – 8
Tufted Titmouse – 6
Carolina Wren – 5
Ruby-crowned Kinglet – 2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher – 1
Eastern Bluebird – 2
Hermit Thrush – 1
American Robin – 28
Northern Mockingbird – 2
European Starling – 5
Cedar Waxwing – 12
Palm Warbler – 4 (yellow)
Pine Warbler – 1
Yellow-throated Warbler – 1
Eastern Towhee – 5
Chipping Sparrow – 3
Field Sparrow - 2
Fox Sparrow – 1
Song Sparrow – 8
Swamp Sparrow – 2
White-throated Sparrow – 68
“Slate-colored” Junco – 3
Northern Cardinal – 11
Red-winged Blackbird – 8
Common Grackle – 1
Brown-headed Cowbird – 5
House Finch – 2
American Goldfinch – 6
SPECIES: 56 INDIVIDUALS: 313

MAMMALS: Gray Squirrel – 10 WT Deer – 1

BUTTERFLIES: Spring Azure - 2


Kevin Graff
Jarrettsville, MD
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Date: 4/13/18 4:32 am
From: Kelsey Wellons <kelseypsu...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Green Heron location at Lake Kittamanqundi
Thanks for the information - didn't think to even to look there. Always in the place you don't look. Will take a look over the weekend.

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Date: 4/12/18 9:07 pm
From: SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Thursday, April 12, 2018 183 Raptors
Fort Smallwood Park

Pasadena, Maryland, USA

Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 12, 2018

Species

Day's Count

Month Total

Season Total

Black Vulture

4

60

255

Turkey Vulture

81

1453

5292

Osprey

16

198

514

Bald Eagle

3

15

52

Northern Harrier

5

15

22

Sharp-shinned Hawk

27

97

150

Cooper's Hawk

7

41

137

Northern Goshawk

0

0

0

Red-shouldered Hawk

3

52

174

Broad-winged Hawk

16

31

31

Red-tailed Hawk

5

40

106

Rough-legged Hawk

0

0

0

Golden Eagle

0

0

0

American Kestrel

13

43

58

Merlin

1

9

16

Peregrine Falcon

0

0

0

Unknown Accipiter

0

1

2

Unknown Buteo

1

3

6

Unknown Falcon

0

1

1

Unknown Eagle

0

0

0

Unknown Raptor

1

3

3

Total:

183

2062

6819



Observation start time:

6:30 am

Observation end time:

4:30 pm Daylight Time

Total observation time:

10 hours

Official Counter

Paul Fritz, Sue Ricciardi

Observers:

Bob Rineer, Chris Reed, Dan Stewart, Dan Walker, Hal Wierenga,
Paul Fritz, Ralph Geuder, Sue Ricciardi




Visitors: Judy Hardy

Weather:
Mostly cloudy becoming partly cloudy; 44-75 degrees; fair to
excellent visibility. Winds were light at first, allowing the low
cloud cover to persist. They finally picked up and the skies
cleared some. Winds were southwesterly 3-14 mph gusting to 30 mph.

Raptor Observations:
A good all around flight today with 12 raptor species; flight was
best after the winds picked up and the clouds broke up. Twelve of
the 13 kestrels were in the last 2.5 hours of the count and
sharpie numbers are starting to increase. Flight tended to be
high.

Non-raptor Observations: One mockingbird pinning another to the
ground.

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Report submitted by Sue Ricciardi (<susiericc...>)
Fort Smallwood Park information may be found at:
http://www.mdbirds.org/sites/mdsites/hawks/hawkwatch.html
More information at hawkcount.org: [Site Profile] [Day Summary] [Month
Summary]

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Site Description
Fort Smallwood Park is located on the western shore of Chesapeake
Bay at the
mouth of the Patapsco River, 11 miles south of Baltimore, MD. Best
winds are
from the southwest.

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Date: 4/12/18 9:05 pm
From: SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Wednesday, April 11, 2018 67 Raptors
Fort Smallwood Park

Pasadena, Maryland, USA

Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 11, 2018

Species

Day's Count

Month Total

Season Total

Black Vulture

7

56

251

Turkey Vulture

27

1372

5211

Osprey

11

182

498

Bald Eagle

2

12

49

Northern Harrier

0

10

17

Sharp-shinned Hawk

10

70

123

Cooper's Hawk

0

34

130

Northern Goshawk

0

0

0

Red-shouldered Hawk

1

49

171

Broad-winged Hawk

3

15

15

Red-tailed Hawk

2

35

101

Rough-legged Hawk

0

0

0

Golden Eagle

0

0

0

American Kestrel

2

30

45

Merlin

1

8

15

Peregrine Falcon

0

0

0

Unknown Accipiter

0

1

2

Unknown Buteo

1

2

5

Unknown Falcon

0

1

1

Unknown Eagle

0

0

0

Unknown Raptor

0

2

2

Total:

67

1879

6636



Observation start time:

8:45 am

Observation end time:

3:30 pm Daylight Time

Total observation time:

6.75 hours

Official Counter

Ralph Geuder, Sue Ricciardi

Observers:

Alan Young, Chris Reed, Dan Walker, Ralph Geuder, Sue Ricciardi,
Sue Young



Weather: Mostly cloudy; 38-53 degrees; excellent visibility; winds
light and variable at first, then becoming southwesterly at 5-10
mph

Raptor Observations: Light flight but good variety; 2 Bald Eagles
doing aerial ballet. One of the migrant Bald Eagles was likely a
Florida-born juvenile.

Non-raptor Observations: Little Blue Heron, Greater Yellowlegs, 76
Horned Grebes

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Report submitted by Sue Ricciardi (<susiericc...>)
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More information at hawkcount.org: [Site Profile] [Day Summary] [Month
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Site Description
Fort Smallwood Park is located on the western shore of Chesapeake
Bay at the
mouth of the Patapsco River, 11 miles south of Baltimore, MD. Best
winds are
from the southwest.

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Date: 4/12/18 7:18 pm
From: Charles Stirrat <stirrcr1...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Green Heron location at Lake Kittamanqundi
It's not that obvious, I could not find the lodge yesterday until Clayton
Koonce who originally posted it provided me the following directions.
" If you walk toward the north end from the Lakefront, when you get to the
area of open woods and lawn there is a park bench with view of the north
section of the lake. (The bench is roughly at the mouth of the narrow north
end inlet with the floating plant platforms in it.) From around the point
where the bench is, look back along the west shore toward the Sheraton. The
beaver lodge can be seen on the shore. It's in a curve of the shore which
is not visible when you're looking from the path by the Sheraton, and
sometimes other birds are hiding along that stretch of shore."
The Green Heron was perched on the lodge right next to the water.
Chuck Stirrat
Ellicott City, MD

On Thu, Apr 12, 2018 at 5:57 PM, Kelsey Wellons <kelseypsu...> wrote:

> I have seen on eBird that the Green Heron is hanging around a beaver dam.
> I took a quick walk up the Sheraton side today (in-between being
> preoccupied with the eagles and heron) but did not see a beaver dam
> anywhere at the lake. I feel like it's something really obvious that I
> missed. If anyone can point to which side of the lake and north or south
> would be appreciated. My initial guess was the northeast side.
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Date: 4/12/18 6:16 pm
From: Georgia McDonald <gmcdonald1501...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Hummers have surged up the coast...
Winter Wren also continues; had one yesterday at Honeygo Run Regional Park
along with WT sparrows & juncos

Georgia McDonald Towson, Balt Co

On Thu, Apr 12, 2018 at 4:52 PM, JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...>
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> http://www.hummingbirds.net/map.html
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> Locally, none & feeder not yet up [later today], but Junco's [DEJU],
> WC & WT sparrows continue...
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> Jim Speicher
> BroadRun/Burkittsville area
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Date: 4/12/18 5:18 pm
From: George Jett <gmjett...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Hummers have surged up the coast...
Time to put out your feeders for hummers. Mine has been out for a week, but no visitors yet.
George

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On Thursday, April 12, 2018, JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> wrote:

http://www.hummingbirds.net/map.html

Locally, none & feeder not yet up [later today], but Junco's [DEJU],
WC & WT sparrows continue...

Jim Speicher
BroadRun/Burkittsville area
[FR] Frederick County MD
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Date: 4/12/18 4:15 pm
From: Kelsey Wellons <kelseypsu...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Green Heron location at Lake Kittamanqundi
On Thursday, April 12, 2018 at 6:46:26 PM UTC-4, Warblerick wrote:
> Are you talking about a dam or a lodge? A dam would be pretty hard to miss, I think.
> Rick Sussman
> Woodbine, MD

Oops! Yes, I meant a lodge. Not sure why beaver dam was stuck in my head.

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Date: 4/12/18 4:06 pm
From: Kevin Graff <keyweststyle2001...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Rail Trail & the Flats, 04/10/18
*BBC Tuesday weekly walks will continuing into late May*

04/10/18 – 750am-1025am
Torrey C Brown Rail Trail—Phoenix, B Co., MD

WEATHER: PC/MC, 37-45 degrees, WNW 3 mph- WNW 5 mph OBS: 9

Canada Goose – 4
Wood Duck – 2
Common Loon – 6
Great Blue Heron – 1
Black Vulture – 4
Turkey Vulture – 4
Osprey – 1
Bald Eagle – 2
Red-shouldered Hawk – 1
Bonaparte's Gull – 1
Mourning Dove – 4
Belted Kingfisher – 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker – 4
Downy Woodpecker – 4
Northern Flicker – 1
Pileated Woodpecker – 1
Eastern Phoebe – 5
Blue Jay – 1
American Crow – 5
Fish Crow – 1
N Rough-winged Swallow – 2
Carolina Chickadee – 6
Tufted Titmouse – 8
White-breasted Nuthatch – 3
Carolina Wren – 5
Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher – 3
Golden-crowned Kinglet – 3
Ruby-crowned Kinglet – 1
Eastern Bluebird – 1
American Robin – 8
Northern Mockingbird - 1
European Starling - 1
Cedar Waxwing - 8
Lousisana Waterthrush – 2
Palm Warbler – 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler – 1
Yellow-throated Warbler – 1
Eastern Towhee – 6
Chipping Sparrow – 1
Song Sparrow – 3
Swamp Sparrow – 3
White-throated Sparrow – 23
Northern Cardinal – 10
Red-winged Blackbird – 6
Common Grackle – 1
Brown-headed Cowbird – 3
American Goldfinch – 8
SPECIES: 47 INDIVIDUALS: 172

MAMMALS: Gray Squirrel - 15


04/10/18 - 1030am-1125am
Loch Raven Reservoir--Paper Mill Flats, B Co., MD

WEATHER: MC/Fair, 45-47 degrees, WNW 5 mph- WNW 8 mph OBS: 6

Canada Goose - 4
Wood Duck - 2
Green-winged Teal - 25
Bufflehead - 1
Hooded Merganser - 1
Common Merganser - 7
Common Loon - 2
Pied-billed Grebe - 2
Great Blue Heron - 1
Turkey Vulture - 6
Bald Eagle - 1
Red-tailed Hawk - 1
American Kestrel - 1
KIlldeer - 2
Mourning Dove - 5
Downy Woodpecker - 1
Eastern Phoebe - 1
American Crow - 1
Tree Swallow - 2
Cliff Swallow - 1
Carolina Wren - 1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher - 4
Golden-crowned Kinglet - 1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet - 1
European Starling - 1
Eastern Towhee - 1
Song Sparrow - 5
Swamp Sparrow - 1
White-throated Sparrow - 5
Northern Cardinal - 4
Red-winged Blackbird - 5
Brown-headed Cowbird - 1
American Goldfinch - 3
SPECIES: 33 INDIVIDUALS: 101

MAMMALS: Gray Squirrel - 5


Kevin Graff
Jarrettsville, MD
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Date: 4/12/18 3:55 pm
From: 'Elda Banks' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Vesper Sparrow at Wheaton Branch Stormwater Ponds
Thank you for your photos!Elda BanksSilver Spring


On Thursday, April 12, 2018, 4:53:27 PM EDT, 'MikeBowen' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> wrote:

Made a brief stop at these ponds off Dennis Avenue in Wheaton (Montgomery County) just after noon today, en route to Costco Wheaton for mega-shopping.  To my surprise, there was a Vesper Sparrow, clearly a migrant, at the edge of one of the ponds.  Stayed around just long enough to get some photos. First time I've seen this species here. Pics embedded in my checklist at:  https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44496960

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Date: 4/12/18 3:46 pm
From: Warblerick <ricksussman1955...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Green Heron location at Lake Kittamanqundi
Are you talking about a dam or a lodge? A dam would be pretty hard to miss, I think.
Rick Sussman
Woodbine, MD

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Date: 4/12/18 2:57 pm
From: Kelsey Wellons <kelseypsu...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Green Heron location at Lake Kittamanqundi
I have seen on eBird that the Green Heron is hanging around a beaver dam. I took a quick walk up the Sheraton side today (in-between being preoccupied with the eagles and heron) but did not see a beaver dam anywhere at the lake. I feel like it's something really obvious that I missed. If anyone can point to which side of the lake and north or south would be appreciated. My initial guess was the northeast side.

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Date: 4/12/18 1:53 pm
From: 'MikeBowen' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Vesper Sparrow at Wheaton Branch Stormwater Ponds
Made a brief stop at these ponds off Dennis Avenue in Wheaton (Montgomery County) just after noon today, en route to Costco Wheaton for mega-shopping. To my surprise, there was a Vesper Sparrow, clearly a migrant, at the edge of one of the ponds. Stayed around just long enough to get some photos. First time I've seen this species here. Pics embedded in my checklist at: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44496960

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Date: 4/12/18 1:52 pm
From: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Hummers have surged up the coast...
http://www.hummingbirds.net/map.html

Locally, none & feeder not yet up [later today], but Junco's [DEJU],
WC & WT sparrows continue...

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

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Date: 4/12/18 10:37 am
From: David Moulton, Bethesda, MD <moulton.davidh...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Birdy morning at Algonkian RP, VA - species count tops 60
Something in the air this morning had birdlife up and about and vocal and observable. I birded Algonkian Regional Park in Loudon County, along the river. Nothing too surprising, but some nice finds -- Red-headed Woodpecker, Bonaparte's Gulls working the river, singing Yellow-throated and Pine Warblers. The surprise was seeing my species count pop up over 60, after hovering in the 40s for the last few months. Should be a good weekend in the field. eBird checklist below:

Algonkian Regional Park, Loudoun, Virginia, US
Apr 12, 2018 7:45 AM - 11:22 AM
Protocol: Traveling
4.0 mile(s)
61 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 9
Wood Duck (Aix sponsa) 5
Gadwall (Mareca strepera) 7
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 4
Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus) 2
Common Merganser (Mergus merganser) 2
Horned Grebe (Podiceps auritus) 2
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) 35 Flocks on the river. Nesting nearby.
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) 8
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) 4
Cooper's Hawk (Accipiter cooperii) 1
Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) 1
Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus) 2
Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus) 1
Bonaparte's Gull (Chroicocephalus philadelphia) 17
Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis) 1
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 2
Barred Owl (Strix varia) 1
Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon) 1
Red-headed Woodpecker (Melanerpes erythrocephalus) 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus) 5
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) 2
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus) 5
Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus) 1
Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe) 2
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) 3
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) 2
Fish Crow (Corvus ossifragus) 1
Northern Rough-winged Swallow (Stelgidopteryx serripennis) 1
Purple Martin (Progne subis) 7
Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor) 75
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica) 10
Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis) 7
Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor) 11
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis) 3
Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus) 9
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea) 4
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula) 3
Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis) 4
Hermit Thrush (Catharus guttatus) 2
American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 9
Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos) 2
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) 2
Palm Warbler (Yellow) (Setophaga palmarum hypochrysea) 5
Pine Warbler (Setophaga pinus) 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) (Setophaga coronata coronata) 6
Yellow-throated Warbler (Setophaga dominica) 1
Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina) 6
Field Sparrow (Spizella pusilla) 4
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis) 6
White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis) 5
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 5
Swamp Sparrow (Melospiza georgiana) 2
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 7
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) 3
Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater) 5
Rusty Blackbird (Euphagus carolinus) 6
Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula) 3
House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus) 1
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) 5
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) 2

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Date: 4/12/18 10:06 am
From: 'Marcy Stutzman' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Oxbow Lake: Beaver dam breached, water level low, lots of mud

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Subject: eBird Report - Oxbow Lake, Apr 12, 2018

Oxbow Lake, Anne Arundel, Maryland, US
Apr 12, 2018 12:00 PM - 12:30 PM
Protocol: Traveling
0.25 mile(s)

Comments: Conditions: 67°F, sunny, partly cloudy, Wind S 6 mph, Gusts 8 mph. I was saddened by all the mud I saw as I approached the lake. One look at the beaver dam told the story. It appears that the entire center of the beaver dam is gone. Whether due to humans or Mother Nature is unknown. Tomorrow I plan take pictures to document. The lake is greening up so there was not a lot to see, except for the Caspian Tern hunting along the western shoreline!

14 species

Canada Goose 4
Mallard 2
Great Blue Heron 2
Black Vulture 3
Osprey 1
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Caspian Tern 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
American Crow 2
Fish Crow 2
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
American Robin 2
Yellow-rumped Warbler 1
Red-winged Blackbird 20

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44497610

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Date: 4/11/18 12:51 pm
From: Wayne Bierbaum <wm.bierbaum...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: A difficult ID
On Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at 3:17:37 PM UTC-4, Wayne Bierbaum wrote:
> This sparrow popped up in a marshy area and quickly disappeared. I never saw its sides. I would guess it is a either a juvenile Swamp Sparrow or juvenile White Crowned Sparrow. Is the a definitive answer available?

I have it listed as a Swamp Sparrow in my files. Thanks for the agreement. w

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Date: 4/11/18 12:38 pm
From: Gregory Gough <gregorygough...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: A difficult ID
On Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at 3:17:37 PM UTC-4, Wayne Bierbaum wrote:
> This sparrow popped up in a marshy area and quickly disappeared. I never saw its sides. I would guess it is a either a juvenile Swamp Sparrow or juvenile White Crowned Sparrow. Is the a definitive answer available?

swamp sparrow

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Date: 4/11/18 12:17 pm
From: Wayne Bierbaum <wm.bierbaum...>
Subject: [MDBirding] A difficult ID
This sparrow popped up in a marshy area and quickly disappeared. I never saw its sides. I would guess it is a either a juvenile Swamp Sparrow or juvenile White Crowned Sparrow. Is the a definitive answer available?

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Date: 4/11/18 11:08 am
From: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Fw: eBird Report - C&O Canal--Pennyfield Lock, Apr 10, 2018
NICE! Hope you can replicate this list for the 2019 C&O [mid-winter]
Canal Count on 1/26 thru 2/2 or 3/19 :)

Jim S

On 4/10/18, 'diane Ford' via Maryland & DC Birding
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> Hi all- Good birding at Pennyfield lock this morning.

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> Protocol: Traveling
> 1.2 mile(s)
> Comments: Clear, sunny mid 50's, light breeze. Canal drawn down.
> 41 species (+1 other taxa)
>
> Blue-winged Teal 7, etc.

> View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44440469

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Date: 4/11/18 9:40 am
From: Manoli Strecker <hestrecker...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Vesper Sparrow, Hains Point, DC (this morning)
Hi all,

Confirmed Vesper Sparrow at Hains Point (Washington, DC) this morning, flitting from tree to tree in the Picnic Area. My eBird checklist with photos below:

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44465024

Manoli Strecker
Washington, DC

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Date: 4/11/18 7:26 am
From: 'Marcy Stutzman' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Oxbow Lake directions, map & checklist
Looking for somewhere to bird in Anne Arundel County? May I suggest the Little Patuxent River Oxbow Lake Nature Preserve, Oxbow Lake, for short. It is freely available from dawn to dusk. Attached is the map and checklist I made. No bathroom facilities. Scope is helpful.

Directions: From the interchange of the BWI Parkway and Rte 198 turn north on Russett Green West. Drive .8 miles, turn north onto Oxbow Place. Do a U-turn before the second speed bump and park on the west side of Oxbow Place near the pedestrian crossing/main entrance (about halfway between the two speed bumps).

Start your search for warblers at the entrance in the trees lining Oxbow Place. Then head to the 2nd speed bump and follow the trail to NE Lakeside. Check for Wilson's Snipe along the edge of the peninsula jutting out into the lake. Then follow the trail all the way to Eagle's Head Cove. Be sure to stop and bird along the way!

There are lots of places on Rte 198 to grab something to eat and use the facilities in case you work up an appetite after birding at Oxbow Lake!

Marcy Stutzman
Russett, MD 20724
Oxbow Lake eBird Hotspot: https://ebird.org/hotspot/L470637

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Date: 4/11/18 6:56 am
From: Patricia Wood <pwood...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Early access to Patuxent North Tract
Thanks, Marcy, for the great information and updated map of Oxbow Lake! It's rather hidden on this post though, so I was wondering if you might post it with a heading for Oxbow Lake information, so more people would find it. I was just out there, and used an old map, but I see from this that there are a few changes on it, and you directions are very helpful, too. (Google map on eBird doesn't quite get you to the right spot.)
Patricia Wood
Silver Spring

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Date: 4/11/18 6:38 am
From: Kevin Graff <keyweststyle2001...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Hart-Miller Island, 04/09/18
04/09/18 – 715am-3pm
Hart-Miller Island, Essex, B Co., MD

WEATHER: Overcast/MC, 37-42 degrees, calm- SE 4K

Canada Goose – 32
*MUTE SWAN – 2 (Pair)
Wood Duck – 6
Gadwall – 22
American Wigeon – 14
American Black Duck – 52
Mallard – 55
Northern Shoveler – 258
Northern Pintail – 8
Green-winged Teal – 75
*REDHEAD – 8 (5 drakes, 3 hens)
Ring-necked Duck – 9
Greater Scaup – 2
Lesser Scaup – 274
Bufflehead – 40
Red-breasted Merganser – 12
Ruddy Duck – 344
Red-throated Loon – 2
Common Loon – 10
Pied-billed Grebe – 2
Horned Grebe – 1
Double-crested Cormorant – 271
Great Blue Heron – 13
Turkey Vulture – 1
Osprey – 10
Bald Eagle – 6 (2 adults, 4 immature)
Northern Harrier – 3
American Kestrel – 1
Peregrine Falcon – 1
*SORA – 1
American Coot – 69
Killdeer – 5
*LEAST SANDPIPER – 1
Greater Yellowlegs – 4
Lesser Yellowlegs – 1
*PECTORAL SANDPIPER – 1
*DUNLIN – 6
Bonaparte's Gull – 63
Ring-billed Gull – 19
Herring Gull – 6
Great Black-backed Gull – 6
Caspian Tern – 7
FORSTER';S TERN – 1
Mourning Dove – 16
Great Horned Owl – 4 (2 adults, 2 fledged)
Northern Flicker – 9
Eastern Phoebe – 11
Blue Jay – 1
American Crow – 2
Purple Martin – 2
Tree Swallow – 12
Barn Swallow – 2
Carolina Chickadee – 1
Carolina Wren – 3
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher – 2
Golden-crowned Kinglet – 4
Ruby-crowned Kinglet – 1
Hermit Thrush – 3
Northern Mockingbird – 1
European Starling – 7
Palm Warbler – 4
*COMMON YELLOWTHROAT – 1 (adult male)
*YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER – 1 (near eye level in pine tree)
Yellow-rumped Warbler – 1
Eastern Towhee – 4
Chipping Sparrow – 1
Savannah Sparrow – 9
Song Sparrow – 35
Swamp Sparrow – 16
White-throated Sparrow – 37
“Slate-colored” Junco – 3
Northern Cardinal – 14
Red-winged Blackbird – 164
Common Grackle – 1
Brown-headed Cowbird – 3
American Goldfinch – 9
SPECIES: 76 INDIVIDUALS: 2108

MAMMALS: Red Fox – 4 Raccoon – 1 WT Deer – 1

MOTHS: caterpillar – 1 (no id, have photos)

FISHES: Gizzard Shad – 2


Kevin Graff
Jarrettsville, MD
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Date: 4/11/18 6:27 am
From: Rick Borchelt <rborchelt...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Re: Early access to Patuxent North Tract
Also, Patuxent South Tract trails/grounds are open dawn-dusk.

Most of the off hours eBird reports I see from North and Central Tracts are from current or former staff/consultants, not by special arrangement.

> On Apr 11, 2018, at 7:58 AM, 'Marcy Stutzman' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> wrote:
>
> I was also going to suggest the Little Patuxent River Oxbow Lake Nature Preserve, Oxbow Lake, for short. It is open from sunrise to sunset. Attached is the map and checklist I made. No bathroom facilities. Scope is helpful.
>
> Directions: From Rte 198 turn north on Russett Green West. Drive .8 miles, turn north onto Oxbow Place. Do a U-turn at the second speed bump and park on the west side of Oxbow Place near the marked entrance to Oxbow Lake Preserve (about halfway between the two speed bumps).
>
> Start your search for warblers at the entrance in the trees lining Oxbow Place. Then head to the 2nd speed bump and follow the trail to NE Lakeside. Check for Wilson's Snipe along the edge of the peninsula jutting out into the lake. Then follow the trail all the way to Eagle's Head Cove. Be sure to stop and bird along the way!
>
> Afterwards head for North Tract or the trails at South Tract, where the National Wildlife Visitor Center is.
>
> Marcy Stutzman
> Russett, MD 20724
> Oxbow Lake eBird Hotspot: https://ebird.org/hotspot/L470637
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Date: 4/11/18 5:43 am
From: 'Elda Banks' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Fw: eBird Report - C&O Canal--Pennyfield Lock, Apr 10, 2018
LOOKS LIKE YOU HAD A GREAT BIRDING MORNING!  I LOVETHAT AREA FOR BIRDING.ELDA BANKSSILVER SPRING,MD


On Tuesday, April 10, 2018, 8:11:37 PM EDT, 'diane Ford' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> wrote:

Hi all- Good birding at Pennyfield lock this morning. I went as far as the impoundments, but along the way there were lots of Palm Warblers and Yellow-rumped Warblers. A surprise visitor was a Solitary Sandpiper, which ebird flagged. As I was leaving, a Louisiana Waterthrush serenaded me by the lock house. Blue-wing Teal and green winged were present, but an individual flushed them walking thru the woods near the river.
D.Ford/Bethesda, Md.

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C&O Canal--Pennyfield Lock, Montgomery, Maryland, US
Apr 10, 2018 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.2 mile(s)
Comments:    Clear, sunny mid 50's, light breeze. Canal drawn down.
41 species (+1 other taxa)

Blue-winged Teal  7
Green-winged Teal  19
Common Merganser  2
Great Blue Heron  1
Great Egret  2
Black Vulture  1
Turkey Vulture  2
Bald Eagle  1
Red-shouldered Hawk  1
Solitary Sandpiper  1    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/93597268@N02/41372009801/in/dateposted-public/" title="Norwaterthrushwarble 353"><img src="https://farm1.staticflickr.com/821/41372009801_970eb15d9e_z.jpg" alt="Norwaterthrushwarble 353" /></a>
Mourning Dove  2
Belted Kingfisher  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Downy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  1
Pileated Woodpecker  1
Eastern Phoebe  6
Blue Jay  1
crow sp.  1
Tree Swallow  X
Carolina Chickadee  2
Tufted Titmouse  2
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
Winter Wren  3
Carolina Wren  1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  2
Golden-crowned Kinglet  2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  5
Eastern Bluebird  2
American Robin  1
Brown Thrasher  1
Louisiana Waterthrush  1
Palm Warbler  10    Conservative count! Many individuals fly catching  and flying about being chased by yellow-rumps. All yellow warbler with nice rusty cap and rust streaks on breast. Mostly males. Some singing.
Pine Warbler  1
Yellow-rumped Warbler  8
Dark-eyed Junco  1
White-throated Sparrow  4
Song Sparrow  2
Swamp Sparrow  3
Northern Cardinal  4
Rusty Blackbird  X    Heard singing back in woods beyond canal. Squeaky wheel song.
American Goldfinch  4

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Date: 4/11/18 4:59 am
From: 'Marcy Stutzman' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Early access to Patuxent North Tract
I was also going to suggest the Little Patuxent River Oxbow Lake Nature Preserve, Oxbow Lake, for short. It is open from sunrise to sunset. Attached is the map and checklist I made. No bathroom facilities. Scope is helpful.

Directions: From Rte 198 turn north on Russett Green West. Drive .8 miles, turn north onto Oxbow Place. Do a U-turn at the second speed bump and park on the west side of Oxbow Place near the marked entrance to Oxbow Lake Preserve (about halfway between the two speed bumps).

Start your search for warblers at the entrance in the trees lining Oxbow Place. Then head to the 2nd speed bump and follow the trail to NE Lakeside. Check for Wilson's Snipe along the edge of the peninsula jutting out into the lake. Then follow the trail all the way to Eagle's Head Cove. Be sure to stop and bird along the way!

Afterwards head for North Tract or the trails at South Tract, where the National Wildlife Visitor Center is.

Marcy Stutzman
Russett, MD 20724
Oxbow Lake eBird Hotspot: https://ebird.org/hotspot/L470637

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Date: 4/11/18 3:48 am
From: Frank Boyle <ravenfrank...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Turkey Trot Terror
Every day is a good day when It begins with “wild” turkeys at your bird
bath.
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Date: 4/10/18 7:54 pm
From: SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Tuesday, April 10, 2018 128 Raptors
Fort Smallwood Park


Pasadena, Maryland, USA

Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 10, 2018

Species

Day's Count

Month Total

Season Total

Black Vulture

5

49

244

Turkey Vulture

66

1345

5184

Osprey

46

171

487

Bald Eagle

0

10

47

Northern Harrier

2

10

17

Sharp-shinned Hawk

4

60

113

Cooper's Hawk

2

34

130

Northern Goshawk

0

0

0

Red-shouldered Hawk

0

48

170

Broad-winged Hawk

0

12

12

Red-tailed Hawk

0

33

99

Rough-legged Hawk

0

0

0

Golden Eagle

0

0

0

American Kestrel

1

28

43

Merlin

2

7

14

Peregrine Falcon

0

0

0

Unknown Accipiter

0

1

2

Unknown Buteo

0

1

4

Unknown Falcon

0

1

1

Unknown Eagle

0

0

0

Unknown Raptor

0

2

2

Total:

128

1812

6569


Observation start time:

9:15 am

Observation end time:

3:30 pm Daylight Time

Total observation time:

6.25 hours

Official Counter

Chris Reed, Sue Ricciardi

Observers:

Chris Reed, Dan Stewart, Ralph Geuder, Sue Ricciardi

Weather: Partly cloudy; 42-52 degrees; good to excellent visibility;
winds northwesterly, 10-17 mph, gusting to 21 mph


Raptor Observations: Ospreys continued their strong showing; the
total of 487 thus far is already much higher than the ten-year
average of 451 for the whole season.

Non-raptor Observations: About 150 Double-crested Cormorants
sitting on the rocks offshore; Caspian Tern; Herring Gulls have
been moving north the last few days

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Report submitted by Sue Ricciardi (<susiericc...>)
Fort Smallwood Park information may be found at:
http://www.mdbirds.org/sites/mdsites/hawks/hawkwatch.html
More information at hawkcount.org: [Site Profile] [Day Summary] [Month
Summary]

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Site Description
Fort Smallwood Park is located on the western shore of Chesapeake
Bay at the
mouth of the Patapsco River, 11 miles south of Baltimore, MD. Best
winds are
from the southwest.

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Date: 4/10/18 5:56 pm
From: Dave Mitchell (Howard County) <mitch.design.srvc...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Early access to Patuxent North Tract
I obey the rules. They have unfriendly neighbors. Nuff said.

10 minutes away is Oxbow Preserve, a large lake, wetland, hardwood forest, swamp, fields, good variety of wildlife to enjoy before the 8 AM opening time at N Tract.

Good birding

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Date: 4/10/18 5:11 pm
From: 'diane Ford' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fw: eBird Report - C&O Canal--Pennyfield Lock, Apr 10, 2018
Hi all- Good birding at Pennyfield lock this morning. I went as far as the impoundments, but along the way there were lots of Palm Warblers and Yellow-rumped Warblers. A surprise visitor was a Solitary Sandpiper, which ebird flagged. As I was leaving, a Louisiana Waterthrush serenaded me by the lock house. Blue-wing Teal and green winged were present, but an individual flushed them walking thru the woods near the river.
D.Ford/Bethesda, Md.

----- Forwarded Message ----- From: "<ebird-checklist...>" <ebird-checklist...>To: "<dmford455...>" <dmford455...>Sent: Tuesday, April 10, 2018, 8:06:36 PM EDTSubject: eBird Report - C&O Canal--Pennyfield Lock, Apr 10, 2018
C&O Canal--Pennyfield Lock, Montgomery, Maryland, US
Apr 10, 2018 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.2 mile(s)
Comments:    Clear, sunny mid 50's, light breeze. Canal drawn down.
41 species (+1 other taxa)

Blue-winged Teal  7
Green-winged Teal  19
Common Merganser  2
Great Blue Heron  1
Great Egret  2
Black Vulture  1
Turkey Vulture  2
Bald Eagle  1
Red-shouldered Hawk  1
Solitary Sandpiper  1    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/93597268@N02/41372009801/in/dateposted-public/" title="Norwaterthrushwarble 353"><img src="https://farm1.staticflickr.com/821/41372009801_970eb15d9e_z.jpg" alt="Norwaterthrushwarble 353" /></a>
Mourning Dove  2
Belted Kingfisher  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Downy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  1
Pileated Woodpecker  1
Eastern Phoebe  6
Blue Jay  1
crow sp.  1
Tree Swallow  X
Carolina Chickadee  2
Tufted Titmouse  2
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
Winter Wren  3
Carolina Wren  1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  2
Golden-crowned Kinglet  2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  5
Eastern Bluebird  2
American Robin  1
Brown Thrasher  1
Louisiana Waterthrush  1
Palm Warbler  10    Conservative count! Many individuals fly catching  and flying about being chased by yellow-rumps. All yellow warbler with nice rusty cap and rust streaks on breast. Mostly males. Some singing.
Pine Warbler  1
Yellow-rumped Warbler  8
Dark-eyed Junco  1
White-throated Sparrow  4
Song Sparrow  2
Swamp Sparrow  3
Northern Cardinal  4
Rusty Blackbird  X    Heard singing back in woods beyond canal. Squeaky wheel song.
American Goldfinch  4

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44440469

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Date: 4/10/18 2:12 pm
From: Lydia Schindler <lydia13621...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fwd: DC Area, 4/10/2018
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Date: Tue, Apr 10, 2018 at 11:59 AM
Subject: DC Area, 4/10/2018
To: <BIRDEAST...>


Hotline: Voice of the Naturalist
Date: 4/10/2018
Coverage: MD/DC/VA/central and southern DE/WV panhandle
Reports, comments, 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,
April 3, and was completed on Tuesday, April 10 at about 9:00 a.m.

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

TOP BIRD THIS WEEK: BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER in MD

OTHER BIRDS OF INTEREST: RED-NECKED GREBE, BROAD-WINGED HAWK, SORA,
SANDHILL CRANE, migrants, UPLAND SANDPIPER, SOLITARY SANDPIPER,
EASTERN WHIP-POOR-WILL, WHITE-EYED VIREO, COMMON RAVEN, CLIFF SWALLOW

TOP BIRD

The BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER continued all week in Havre de Grace
MD, Harford Co. It was most often seen around Lewis & Market Streets.

OTHER BIRDS OF INTEREST

A few late RED-NECKED GREBEs were seen, at widely separated locations:
one April 3 at Fisherman's Inlet, just off the extreme southern tip of
Eastern Shore VA (Northampton Co), another April 5 in Jefferson Co WV
near the Shenandoah River along WV115 (Bloomery Rd), and two April 7
at Indian River Inlet, Sussex Co DE.

Although BROAD-WINGED HAWKs apparently weren't seen from any of the
hawk watches, 15 were reported April 6 over Alexandria VA, near Edsall
Rd @ Yoakum Pkwy.

In addition to the early migrants reported below, migration of
shorebirds and songbirds is starting pretty much on schedule.

Two early SORAs were reported on April 6. One was at Bombay Hook NWR
(along the Saltmarsh Boardwalk Trail), Kent Co DE, and the other was
seen April 6-9 at Swan Harbor Farm Park, Harford Co MD. One Sandhill
Crane was spotted April 3, in Accomack Co VA at VA605 & VA647, near
Locustville.

An early UPLAND SANDPIPER was seen April 7 near Swan Harbor in Harford
Co MD. Four truly solitary SOLITARY SANDPIPERs were seen in MD: on
April 3 in Baltimore Co at the Long Green Creek Wetland Restoration
Site (Hydes; private), on April 7 in Prince George's Co at the
Patuxent NWR S. Tract, on April 8 in Montgomery Co at Violette's Lock
along the C&O Canal, the last April 9 in Prince George's Co at
Schoolhouse Pond in Upper Marlboro.

An early WHIP-POOR-WILL was heard April 6 along Breckinridge Rd in
Prince William Co VA.

A few single WHITE-EYED VIREOs seem to be starting to arrive a bit
early. The first was reported April 5 at Scientists' Cliffs Gate E
(Calvert Co MD). The next day one was reported in Pokomoke City MD
(Worcester Co) around 5388-5396 Fleming Mill Rd. On April 7 one was at
Prime Hook NWR, Sussex Co DE. In NW DC, another was spotted April 8 in
Rock Creek Park along Beach Drive east of Kensington Pkwy. Finally,
one WHITE-EYED VIREO was reported in the Julie J. Metz Wetlands Bank,
Sussex Co DE.

COMMON RAVENs showed up in and just outside of Baltimore City. On
April 3, two were seen in SW Baltimore near Carroll Park, and a single
was reported April 8 at Cromwell Valley Park, Baltimore Co MD.

CLIFF SWALLOWs showed up a bit early also. On April 7 in Jefferson Co
WV, a single was spotted over the Shenandoah River at WV115, and not
far away in Frederick Co VA, up to 8 were reported on April 7 & 9 at
Lake Holiday (restricted access). On April 8, one CLIFF SWALLOW was
seen at Violette's Lock, and the next day, two were reported in C.M.
Crockett Park, Fauquier Co VA.

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: 4/10/18 10:23 am
From: Pat <pvaldata1...>
Subject: [MDBirding] New yard bird
We're really loony down here! This morning I  was surprised to see a Common Loon in breeding plumage down in the creek. I've only seen them in their "winter clothes" before. Yard bird #81. 
The Red-throated Loon is out there now. Also have our FOS Snowy Egret.
Maybe, finally spring?
Pat ValdataCrisfield, MD
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Date: 4/10/18 6:03 am
From: Frank Boyle <ravenfrank...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Raptors Broken Wallet Farm 4.9.18
Sharpies, Cooper’s, GHO and Screechies all active here. Barn Owl also on
4.7.18, I have no idea where she is roosting now that the corrupt developer
is rehabbing the 1930s house right behind our farm.

Frank
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Date: 4/9/18 7:37 pm
From: George Jett <gmjett...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Blue-gray Gnatcatcher -2
Folks



Tonight I had my first Blue-gray Gnatcatchers in the yard.



Hope Springs eternal.



George

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Date: 4/9/18 1:00 pm
From: 'Peter Reisfeld' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Early access to Patuxent North Tract
Hi out there,

I am a NY birder and was planning to visit the North Tract of Patuxent during breeding season while on a trip to DC. I was hoping to start early, as my time is limited. I was told when I called the facility that the gates only open at 8AM, however I have seen a number of ebirds posts with earlier times. I don’t know if that is from birders with access to keys, or if early access is an unofficial but not uncommon practice. Can anyone inform be about this, either on or off list? My email is <drpinky...>

Thanks,

Peter

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Date: 4/9/18 10:16 am
From: Patricia Valdata <pvaldata1...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fwd: Loon
The Red-throated Loon was sleeping this morning. It woke briefly after
drifting downstream, checked its position, and went back to sleep. Sorry
for the poor photo--I had a dental appointment and couldn't take more time
with it.

Also present were the Horned Grebe and 10 Buffleheads.

Pat Valdata
Crisfield, Somerset County



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Date: 4/9/18 9:16 am
From: Linda Friedland <linnet1...>
Subject: [MDBirding] More and more Palms..Pennyfield
Any Palm Warblers who missed the large group over at Sycamore Landing rd
yesterday gathered this morning on the (almost dry)canal bed upstream of
Pennyfield Lock. 25-30 is likely an undercount. In addition, FOS
Solitary Sandpiper and three Great Egrets. A Brown Thrasher was
vocalizing and several Louisiana Waterthrush added their voices to the
many singing birds. A very birdy morning for such a gloomy day.

Linda Friedland, Montgomery County

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Date: 4/9/18 5:50 am
From: Warblerick <ricksussman1955...>
Subject: [MDBirding] A profusion of Chipping Sparrows
What Lydia experienced along Sycamore Landing Rd. with Palm Warblers yesterday, I'm experiencing this morning with Chipping Sparrows here in my yard. I should have known when there was one perched on a Droll Yankee hanging feeder, early, that something was up, as they are almost never feeding off the ground here, but when I went down to open my shop and scanned the yard, there were many dozens all across the grass. And, seemingly more arriving. A few juncos and a Field Sparrow were mixed in, but mostly Chipping Sparrows everywhere I looked!

Rick Sussman
Woodbine, MD

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Date: 4/9/18 3:57 am
From: Lydia Schindler <lydia13621...>
Subject: [MDBirding] A profusion of palm warblers
Sunday afternoon Sycamore Landing Rd (Montgomery) was inundated with Palm Warblers. They were feeding along the road, the length of the road. I could count 20 at a time, so there may have been two or three times that many.

Not so coincidentally, there was a Yellow-crowned Night Heron foraging in the marsh on the north (right as you go in) between the two bridges.

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Date: 4/8/18 7:48 pm
From: SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Sunday, April 8, 2018 78 Raptors
Fort Smallwood Park

Pasadena, Maryland, USA

Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 08, 2018

Species

Day's Count

Month Total

Season Total

Black Vulture

2

43

238

Turkey Vulture

19

1279

5118

Osprey

47

123

439

Bald Eagle

2

10

47

Northern Harrier

1

8

15

Sharp-shinned Hawk

3

56

109

Cooper's Hawk

0

32

128

Northern Goshawk

0

0

0

Red-shouldered Hawk

1

48

170

Broad-winged Hawk

0

12

12

Red-tailed Hawk

0

33

99

Rough-legged Hawk

0

0

0

Golden Eagle

0

0

0

American Kestrel

2

27

42

Merlin

1

5

12

Peregrine Falcon

0

0

0

Unknown Accipiter

0

1

2

Unknown Buteo

0

1

4

Unknown Falcon

0

1

1

Unknown Eagle

0

0

0

Unknown Raptor

0

2

2

Total:

78

1681

6438



Observation start time:

9:15 am

Observation end time:

3:30 pm Daylight Time

Total observation time:

6.25 hours

Official Counter

Sue Ricciardi

Observers:

Bill Hubick, Chris Reed, Dan Walker, Matt Grey


Visitors: Mike, Abby, plus 4

Weather: Partly cloudy; 38-48 degrees; excellent visibility winds
started out from the north at 10 mph, then becoming stronger and
northwesterly, 10-15 mph, gusting to 24 mph

Raptor Observations:
Ospreys ruled the day with many carrying white perch. A pair of
Bald Eagles playing footsie and swirling down from the sky.

Non-raptor Observations: Purple Martin 2, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher,
Blue-winged Teal

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Report submitted by Sue Ricciardi (<susiericc...>)
Fort Smallwood Park information may be found at:
http://www.mdbirds.org/sites/mdsites/hawks/hawkwatch.html
More information at hawkcount.org: [Site Profile] [Day Summary] [Month
Summary]

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Site Description
Fort Smallwood Park is located on the western shore of Chesapeake
Bay at the
mouth of the Patapsco River, 11 miles south of Baltimore, MD. Best
winds are
from the southwest.

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Date: 4/8/18 5:59 pm
From: 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Black and White Warbler at Fort Howard today at 12:15pm
Remember, also, that if the bird is singing and you have your cell phone, use the voice recorder feature. The microphones on cell phones are remarkably sensitive. Worked great for me last week when a Blue-headed Vireo was singing about 100 feet away in a tree at home in St. Mary's. And often cell phone pix are identifiable. Most everyone has a cell phone anymore, right?


Tyler Bell
<jtylerbell...>
California, Maryland

On Sunday, April 8, 2018, 5:25:07 PM EDT, 'Jim Stasz' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> wrote:

Hi Folks,
eBird Reviewers do not need photographs for everything. Photos help, but a description works. How detailed a description depends on the difficulty of identification.  Like the Lord High Executioner says "Let the punishment fit the crime".

Jim
Jim StaszNorth Beach <MDjlstasz...>
In a message dated 4/8/2018 5:19:08 PM Eastern Standard Time, <debrataylor11...> writes:

I saw what I believe to be a Black and White Warbler near the playground/water at Fort Howard State Park, 12:15 Sunday (today). Of course my photographer (Lou, was way in front of me and missed taking a shot).
I looked on eBird to see when they usually show up in that general area, not usually for another 2 1/2 weeks.

Can I still report it even though it is early and no pix?

Thanks,

Debbie Taylor

Hope it's ok to ask this here.

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Date: 4/8/18 4:16 pm
From: Robert McLean <tmclean1090...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Warblers Galore at Cromwell Valley
An evening walk at Cromwell Valley produced:
28 Palm Warbler
4 Pine Warblers
7 Yellow-rumpled Warblers
as well as gnatcatcher and both kinglets. Finally, a Raven flew down the
valley towards Loch Raven.

All birds were seen south of the bridges.

Good birding!

Taylor McLean
Towson, MD

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Date: 4/8/18 3:06 pm
From: Jim Nelson <kingfishers2...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Montgomery Bird Club walk at Hughes Hollow Sunday, April 8
I led a bird walk for the Montgomery Bird Club this morning at Hughes
Hollow--McKee-Beshers Wildlife Management Area in Montgomery County this
cold but sunny Sunday morning.  We had an enthusiastic group of birders
and got to see good birds.

Our complete species list is below.  We observed 53 species. Highlights
were the continuing Marsh Wren, Blue-winged Teal, two Wilson's Snipe
giving us a good view (calling later from the reeds in the first
impoundment), many yellow Palm Warblers and Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, Barn
and Northern Rough-winged Swallows joining the many Tree Swallows, a
hunting Osprey and two calling Cooper's Hawks, a calling Barred Owl,
lots of Eastern Phoebes, a Savannah Sparrow along with the Song and
Swamp Sparrows, singing male Ruby-crowned Kinglets, and lingering Rusty
Blackbirds.  We encountered a flock of, mostly female, Red-winged
Blackbirds back in the fields which appeared to be migrants staging
before heading farther north, presumably to join males already on
territory wherever they were bound.

A great morning to be out birding.

Jim Nelson

Bethesda, MD


Hughes Hollow - McKee Beshers WLMA, Montgomery, Maryland, US
Apr 8, 2018 6:53 AM - 11:51 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.1 mile(s)
Comments: Bird walk for Montgomery Bird Club. Mostly clear, breezy in the latter part of the walk, temperature rising from 28 to about 40 F.
53 species (+6 other taxa)

Canada Goose 10
Wood Duck 5
Blue-winged Teal 3
Mallard 3
Ring-necked Duck 30
Hooded Merganser 3
Pied-billed Grebe 3
Double-crested Cormorant 1
Great Blue Heron 1
Black Vulture 1
Turkey Vulture 10
Osprey 1
Cooper's Hawk 2
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Buteo sp. 2
American Coot (Red-shielded) 22
Wilson's Snipe 2
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 5
Barred Owl 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 5
Downy Woodpecker 1
Downy Woodpecker (Eastern) 2
Northern Flicker 5
Eastern Phoebe 8
Blue Jay 4
American Crow 1
crow sp. 1
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 3
Tree Swallow 25
Barn Swallow 3
Carolina Chickadee 8
Tufted Titmouse 2
Brown Creeper 1
Marsh Wren 1 Continuing bird. Smaller than Carolina Wren, rufous on tail, back, and wings, paler underneath, with white supercilium and distinct black-and-white stripes on the back immediately behind the head.
Carolina Wren 11
wren sp. 1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 10
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 4
Eastern Bluebird 2
Hermit Thrush 2
American Robin 1
Northern Mockingbird 1
European Starling 2
Palm Warbler (Yellow) 14
Yellow-rumped Warbler 24
Dark-eyed Junco 2
White-throated Sparrow 15
Savannah Sparrow 1
Song Sparrow 6
Swamp Sparrow 5
sparrow sp. 5
Northern Cardinal 28
Red-winged Blackbird 50 Large flock of females with a few males away from marshy area was apparently migrants staging to move farther north, separate from the males on territory in the marsh and the females seen in the marsh with those males. Count includes both and is conservative
Brown-headed Cowbird 4
Rusty Blackbird 4
House Finch 1
American Goldfinch 4
passerine sp. 20

View this checklist online athttps://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44361957

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Date: 4/8/18 2:56 pm
From: Patricia Valdata <pvaldata1...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Red-throated Loon is back!
It came in around the same time as a flock of Buffleheads (so they're still
here). I'm attaching the best of the badly digiscoped documentation photos
I took of it between dives. This photo has been cropped to remove the bulk
of the black surround.

Pat Valdata
Crisfield, Somerset County

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Date: 4/8/18 2:25 pm
From: 'Jim Stasz' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Black and White Warbler at Fort Howard today at 12:15pm
Hi Folks,
 
eBird Reviewers do not need photographs for everything. Photos help, but a description works. How detailed a description depends on the difficulty of identification.  Like the Lord High Executioner says "Let the punishment fit the crime". 
 
Jim
 
Jim Stasz
North Beach MD
<jlstasz...>
 
In a message dated 4/8/2018 5:19:08 PM Eastern Standard Time, <debrataylor11...> writes:

 
I saw what I believe to be a Black and White Warbler near the playground/water at Fort Howard State Park, 12:15 Sunday (today). Of course my photographer (Lou, was way in front of me and missed taking a shot).
I looked on eBird to see when they usually show up in that general area, not usually for another 2 1/2 weeks.

Can I still report it even though it is early and no pix?

Thanks,

Debbie Taylor

Hope it's ok to ask this here.

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Date: 4/8/18 2:19 pm
From: Debbie Taylor <debrataylor11...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Black and White Warbler at Fort Howard today at 12:15pm
I saw what I believe to be a Black and White Warbler near the playground/water at Fort Howard State Park, 12:15 Sunday (today). Of course my photographer (Lou, was way in front of me and missed taking a shot).
I looked on eBird to see when they usually show up in that general area, not usually for another 2 1/2 weeks.

Can I still report it even though it is early and no pix?

Thanks,

Debbie Taylor

Hope it's ok to ask this here.

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Date: 4/8/18 12:07 pm
From: Patricia Valdata <pvaldata1...>
Subject: [MDBirding] FOS Forster's Terns
They zoomed past this afternoon around lunchtime. Also present: a couple of
Ospreys, one adult and one juvenile Bald Eagle, a Chipping Sparrow at the
tube feeder that's full of nyger seed.

Haven't seen any Buffleheads since Thursday, but the Horned Grebe was in
the creek yesterday afternoon.

Pat Valdata
Crisfield, Somerset County

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Date: 4/8/18 8:43 am
From: Scott Baron <baron.scott...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Extralimital: Black-tailed Godwit in NJ
From the NJ Birds listserv. This is not a far drive from the Baltimore
area and the upper Eastern Shore.

Scott Baron
Gaithersburg, Md.


*Subject: Black-tailed Godwit, Pedricktown NJ*
Date: Sun Apr 8 2018 9:14 am
From: llarson2 AT mac.com


A Black-tailed Godwit is being alerted on the SW Jersey text alert
system. It was found by Jon Stippick and being seen at 9:45 on a
falling tide (High was about 8 AM). The location is the Pedricktown
Marsh causeway, east side, on the Gloucester/Salem county border. More
information as it becomes available.

Laurie Larson
Lumberton NJ


How to report NJ bird sightings: see
or e-mail to <njbrcreport...>
List help: <jerseybi-request...>
List archives: https://lists.princeton.edu/cg...
<https://lists.princeton.edu/cgi-bin/wa?A0=jerseybi>

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Date: 4/7/18 5:08 pm
From: George Jett <gmjett...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Pine Warbler Today and Earlier
Folks



Saw my first Black & White Warbler today. It was in a Pine Grove just up
the road from our house in Lothian. Female. Also had a number of
Yellow-rumps chipping in the tree tops.



I had a male Palm April 4 in a white oak in the back patio of the Lothian
house.



Pines have been on territory for about two weeks now.



They are coming in spite of what the weather tells us.



George

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Date: 4/7/18 4:30 pm
From: <michael.matwichuk...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Black-throated Gray Warbler in Havre de Grace now an eBird "stakeout" Hotspot
Done, thanks. Was having eBird connection detail difficulties in the AM.

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Date: 4/7/18 1:53 pm
From: 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Black-throated Gray Warbler in Havre de Grace now an eBird "stakeout" Hotspot
Mike Bowen created this hotspot location several weeks ago. If you submitted a checklist and did not use the hotspot, could you please merge your checklist location to the hotspot and save the reviewers a lot of work contacting individuals to consolidate the current shotgun splatter of locations?


Tyler Bell
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California, Maryland

On Saturday, April 7, 2018, 9:59:35 AM EDT, <michael.matwichuk...> wrote:

Bird was still there this morning around 9:40. In backyard tree (the one w wind chimes) at Lewis and Market. Showed briefly and then flew off. Trying to relocate.

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Date: 4/7/18 1:35 pm
From: Tim Carney <timmyc83...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Upland Sandpiper, Harford County
Dominique Bayne, Josh Emm, and I found an UPSA in the swale across from the
model airplane access road at Swan Harbor. Big eye, dove-like head,
streaked flanks, barred tail, bobs head and tail when walking. Not a
Pectoral. First spotted by Dominique.

Tim Carney
Parkville, MD

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Date: 4/7/18 1:25 pm
From: Mark Rositol <mrositol510...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Rocky Gorge Reservoir-Supplee Ln LTDU and COLO
Reported first on Ebird by Allen Lewis. Both Long-tailed Duck and Common Loon obliged me in both PG and Howard County waters. Also a nice Bonaparte's Gull flock.

Loon was seen left of boat ramp. LTDU was near the dam(need to hike a little).
M Rositol
Fort Washington, MD

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Date: 4/7/18 1:07 pm
From: paul noell <myconut...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Addendum.
An email just sent was for yesterday, 6 April! Can't speak to the birds of
today.

Paul Noell
Balto MD

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Date: 4/7/18 12:55 pm
From: paul noell <myconut...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Cromwell Park.
A brief, afternoon walk on a very pleasant day to loosen up the old frame a
bit and see what's new. Surprisingly, heard no wrens but, in a bit, saw my
first Palm Warbler (they suddenly seem to be everywhere). Shortly
afterwards, a Myrtle Warbler didn't seem eager to depart. Heard several
Field Sparrows singing; those, some Songs & a few Whitethroat made a nice
trio, tho' the other day, also saw the Swamp & Savannah as well.

From what I've observed over the winter, both a few Robins (now everywhere)
and Bluebirds, a few today, have over-wintered. There were a number of the
usual species, plus a singing Redwing, another first of the season. When I
espied a small, bright reddish-brown object across the field, the bins
revealed not a fox, but a newly/recently emerged groundhog ! Another nice
F.O.S.


Paul Noell
Balto MD

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Date: 4/7/18 12:15 pm
From: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...>
Subject: [MDBirding] FOS Brown Thrasher
> On Friday, April 6, 2018 Don Simonson wrote:
>> A BROWN THRASHER was singing for 20 minutes last night 4/5/18 from my back
>> yard in Darnestown, Mont. Co. I believe this is the record earliest
>> sighting date for my yard in 37 years.
>> Don Simonson, Darnestown, Mont. Co.

On 4/7/18, Claire Nemes wrote:
> I just had my FOS Brown Thrasher yesterday evening (4/6) at my lab building
> in Frostburg, MD! Like yours, it was singing when I left in the evening
> around 6:30. Very cool!

I had my FOS this morning...

WASHPOST had an amusing "where is Spring" cartoon on today's op-ed page.

Cold/clouds but at least no snow this morning.

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

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Date: 4/7/18 11:39 am
From: Clayton Koonce <cg.koonce...>
Subject: [MDBirding] 5 horned grebes at Lake Kittamaqundi (plus 2 Bonaparte's gulls)
Yesterday, 6 pied-billed grebes and 2 horned grebes were still on Lake Kittamaqundi in Columbia. The latter have been here for about a week, and one of them was here longer than that when the second arrived. Today, I had 5 horned grebes on the lake (and the pied-billed were down to 3 visible). The 2 earlier horned were still together on the central section. 3 more were down at the south end. They are in different stages of plumage development, with one bird in complete breeding plumage. Photos are in my checklist linked below.

While I was looking at the new horned grebes, 2 Bonaparte's gulls showed up and flew up the lake. (Could they be the same reported by others at Centennial Lake today or another pair?) They are my first Howard County Bonapartes. Things continued to be interesting when I walked up to the north end and found myself as close to a bald eagle as I've ever been (also a photo in the checklist). This walk and count started with my FOY/FOS brown thrasher, too. Palm warblers, pine warblers and blue-gray gnatcatchers have been found here by others in the past week -- I've seen the warblers but not the gnatcatchers yet this year.

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44327649

Thanks for reading. Great birding!

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

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Date: 4/7/18 9:48 am
From: Claire Nemes <c.e.nemes...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: FOS Brown Thrasher Singing Darnestown Mont Co
On Friday, April 6, 2018 at 8:28:37 AM UTC-4, Don Simonson wrote:
> A BROWN THRASHER was singing for 20 minutes last night 4/5/18 from my back yard in Darnestown, Mont. Co. I believe this is the record earliest sighting date for my yard in 37 years.
> Good birding!
> Don Simonson, Darnestown, Mont. Co.

I just had my FOS Brown Thrasher yesterday evening (4/6) at my lab building in Frostburg, MD! Like yours, it was singing when I left in the evening around 6:30. Very cool!

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Date: 4/7/18 9:14 am
From: John McKitterick <jbmck...>
Subject: [MDBirding] A Flood of Flickers
I woke up this morning to a veritable flood of flickers in my backyard --
10 flickers pecking at my lawn. A lot of flickers for a small area (1/4
acre). I suppose I should be worried about what they are feeding on...

--John McKitterick
Columbia, MD

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Date: 4/7/18 6:59 am
From: <michael.matwichuk...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Black-throated Gray Warbler in Havre de Grace now an eBird "stakeout" Hotspot
Bird was still there this morning around 9:40. In backyard tree (the one w wind chimes) at Lewis and Market. Showed briefly and then flew off. Trying to relocate.

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Date: 4/6/18 8:04 pm
From: SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Friday, April 6, 2018 496 Raptors Broad-winged Hawks!
Fort Smallwood Park

Pasadena, Maryland, USA

Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 06, 2018

Species

Day's Count

Month Total

Season Total

Black Vulture

22

41

238

Turkey Vulture

330

1260

5097

Osprey

16

76

392

Bald Eagle

5

8

45

Northern Harrier

2

7

14

Sharp-shinned Hawk

24

52

105

Cooper's Hawk

18

32

128

Northern Goshawk

0

0

0

Red-shouldered Hawk

29

47

168

Broad-winged Hawk

12

12

12

Red-tailed Hawk

26

33

99

Rough-legged Hawk

0

0

0

Golden Eagle

0

0

0

American Kestrel

7

25

40

Merlin

2

4

11

Peregrine Falcon

0

0

0

Unknown Accipiter

1

1

2

Unknown Buteo

0

1

4

Unknown Falcon

1

1

1

Unknown Eagle

0

0

0

Unknown Raptor

1

2

2

Total:

496

1602

6358



Observation start time:

9:30 am

Observation end time:

5:00 pm Daylight Time

Total observation time:

7.5 hours

Official Counter

Sue Ricciardi

Observers:

Alan Young, Bob Rineer, Chris Reed, Dan Walker, Lynn Davidson, Sue
Young


Visitors: Karen Hall, Doug Martin, Diane Westbrook

Weather: Cloudy at first, then clearing some; 44-69 degrees; good
to excellent visibility; winds mostly from the southwest, becoming
stronger over the course of the count, 5-15 mph, gusting to 23 mph

Raptor Observations:
First Broadwings of the season! 13 species including a local
Peregrine Falcon; steady and strong all-around flight today with
the raptors likely taking advantage of the southwest winds and
trying to travel before the approaching storm

Non-raptor Observations:
Caspian Tern; probably thousands of Tree Swallows filling the
skies all day. A Great Blue Heron nabbed a nice fat Garter Snake.
It started to mash it and then apparently the snake escaped. The
heron was motionless for about an hour, sleeping? sulking? To our
surprise, it then flew a short distance, retrieved the snake, flew
across the pond and promptly swallowed it.

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Report submitted by Sue Ricciardi (<susiericc...>)
Fort Smallwood Park information may be found at:
http://www.mdbirds.org/sites/mdsites/hawks/hawkwatch.html
More information at hawkcount.org: [Site Profile] [Day Summary] [Month
Summary]

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Site Description
Fort Smallwood Park is located on the western shore of Chesapeake
Bay at the
mouth of the Patapsco River, 11 miles south of Baltimore, MD. Best
winds are
from the southwest.

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Date: 4/6/18 5:14 pm
From: Scott Baron <baron.scott...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Montgomery County, first week of April
Hello, birders.

The Red-headed Woodpecker continues at its usual spot at Blockhouse Point
Conservation Park on April 2 and today April 6. Expected migrants are
arriving now, including lots of Flickers (over 20, with 11 feeding in one
place). Also B.g. Gnatcatcher, No. Rough-winged Swallow, Louisiana
Waterthrush, etc. My first ever Rusty Blackbird for the park was perched
in trees at the vernal pools on the Muddy Branch Greenway Trail.

At Woodstock Equestrian Park in the western part of the county, I saw
Vesper Sparrows yesterday but they were not in evidence today. I saw my
first Yellow Palm Warbler of the season there today.

Take care,

Scott Baron
Gaithersburg, Md.

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Date: 4/6/18 4:43 pm
From: Derek C. Richardson <dcr...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Lake Artemesia gulls & terns

Windy on the lake this afternoon but over a dozen Bonaparte's Gulls and 2
Caspian Terns were a highlight. Full list below.

Lake Artemesia, Prince George's, Maryland, US
Apr 6, 2018 2:27 PM - 5:28 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.668 mile(s)
Comments: A walk around the lake and into the forest. Warm, sun &
cloud, strong wind at times.
42 species

Mallard 1
Ring-necked Duck 10
Ruddy Duck 4
Pied-billed Grebe 9
Double-crested Cormorant 6
Black Vulture 2
Turkey Vulture 1
Osprey 2
Bald Eagle 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
American Coot 2
Bonaparte's Gull 15 some daintily disturbing the water in flight with their legs
Ring-billed Gull 1
Caspian Tern 2
Mourning Dove 4
Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
Downy Woodpecker 3
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 2
Pileated Woodpecker 2
Eastern Phoebe 1
Blue Jay 3
Fish Crow 7
Tree Swallow 20 approx
Carolina Chickadee 9
Tufted Titmouse 1
White-breasted Nuthatch 1 maybe 2
Carolina Wren 9
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 6
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 2
American Robin 15
Northern Mockingbird 4
European Starling 1
Palm Warbler (Yellow) 2
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 1
White-throated Sparrow 15
Song Sparrow 4
Eastern Towhee 3
Northern Cardinal 10
Red-winged Blackbird 1 heard only
Common Grackle 10 likely more
American Goldfinch 1

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44309698

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

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Date: 4/6/18 2:41 pm
From: Lynne Parks <v.lynneparks...>
Subject: [MDBirding] I lost my camera
Hi,

I know this is a long shot, but I lost my camera at the Loreley Beach Community Pier today. It's a Canon Powershot SX (oh, was it 50 or 60). Well, I know the photos on it.

I met a nice lady who said she'd post about it on the community association's Facebook page. Fingers crossed.

Anyhoo... if you happen to know someone there and hear about it... yeah, long shot.

Thanks,
Lynne

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Date: 4/6/18 1:52 pm
From: Warblerick <ricksussman1955...>
Subject: [MDBirding] New yard migrants
I picked up two new species for the year/yard list today. Early this morning an Eastern Meadowlark was perched in the top of one of our wild cherry trees, and then it flew into my neighbors pasture, where it joined two others and began foraging there. No. 55.

About 11:30 I stepped out of my shop with my binoculars, and spotted a bird on the ground near the back meadow, not far from me. I thought it was going to be a Chipping Sparrow, but when I put my bins on it, it turned out to be a very yellow Palm Warbler. No. 56. It flew into the meadow, then a short bit later I saw it fly off towards the back part of the yard and out of sight.

Should be an interesting weekend...

Rick Sussman
Woodbine, MD

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Date: 4/6/18 11:29 am
From: Warblerick <ricksussman1955...>
Subject: [MDBirding] FOS Brown Thrasher Singing Darnestown Mont Co
Good one Don! My first (and still present) was March 31, and also was my earliest record here.

Rick Sussman
Woodbine, MD

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Date: 4/6/18 11:27 am
From: Warblerick <ricksussman1955...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Red-throated Loon
Now, that's a GREAT yard bird!

Rick Sussman
Woodbine, MD

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Date: 4/6/18 10:50 am
From: Pat <pvaldata1...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Red-throated Loon
Just floated past our yard. Beautiful, winter plumage bird.

Pat ValdataCrisfield, MD
Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone

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Date: 4/6/18 9:41 am
From: David Moulton, Bethesda, MD <moulton.davidh...>
Subject: [MDBirding] L Waterthrush, Y-T Warbler, displaying Turkey @ Great Falls MD
Very active birding along the river north of the Great Falls Tavern Visitors Center. In addition to the Blue Heron/DC Cormorant rookeries and the eagles on their nest, Palm Warblers, Yellow-rumped Warblers, Yellow-throated Warblers and a Louisiana Waterthrush were all streamside. We flushed a tom Turkey, which flew over to Conn Island and proceeded to display, fanning its tail and strutting. Nice!

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Date: 4/6/18 8:57 am
From: Linda Friedland <linnet1...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Yellow-throated Warbler, Blue-headed Vireo-Riley's Lock
Just past milepost 24 at around 10 am. The warbler was singing and
foraging high in the sycamores. A Blue-headed Vireo was more
cooperative- offering the three of us good looks much lower. As a bonus-
two beautiful Red-headed Woodpeckers were flying in the dead trees on
the right.

Linda Friedland, Montgomery County

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Date: 4/6/18 8:37 am
From: 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Royal Tern in Solomons, Calvert County
I had to pick up some scientific equipment at the Chesapeake Biological Lab this morning on Solomons. On my way back off the island, I noticed a Royal Tern on a piling so swung by to take some pix. Wasn't sure if it would get flagged on eBird so thought I'd get some doc shots. The filter goes non-zero on 4/2 so it wasn't necessary. There are only two other reports on eBird so far this year. I've seen them at this exact location earlier in the year. Presumably the cold spring is keeping some birds further south?

https://www.flickr.com/photos/8671193@N08/27404395948/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/8671193@N08/41275990001/


Tyler Bell
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California, Maryland

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Date: 4/6/18 6:28 am
From: Patrick Malone <pmalone...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Another comment about Corkscrew Swamp near Naples, FL
I will try to add one or two bunting shots to my album. I didn't put them
in the first batch because I couldn't get a shot without the feeder cage
wires all around the bird. But even with the cage, it's a spectacular bird.


On Fri, Apr 6, 2018 at 9:05 AM, Bill McGovern <BMcGovern...> wrote:

> Patrick is correct about Audubon's Corkscrew Swamp! We were there just 3
> weeks ago, and It is spectacular! In addition to Patrick's description
> below, Corkscrew is one of the few places on earth where the public can
> regularly see multiple, simultaneous Painted Buntings that come to their
> feeder near the visitor's entrance. Painted Buntings are
> "near-threatened," so birding organizations do not report sightings, but
> these semi-tame feeder birds are not upset by quiet, well-behaved,
> tip-toeing birders. It's a life-bird for most of us.
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: VA-bird <va-bird-bounces+bmcgovern=<cox.net...> On Behalf
> Of Patrick Malone via VA-bird
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> Cc: <va-bird...>
> Subject: [VA-bird] Corkscrew Swamp in FL
>
> Mid-Atlantic bird friends: I got a chance this week to escape the cold
> dreary early spring in our region and visit a bird sanctuary in southwest
> Florida called Corkscrew Swamp. I got some good photos of egrets, ibis,
> heron, spoonbills, anhinga, and even a couple of uncommon wood storks, plus
> woodpeckers, hawks and some sundry swamp creatures. posted here:
> https://flic.kr/s/aHsmhamcQW
> https://flic.kr/s/aHsmhamcQW
>
> This is a peak time of year for bird watching at Corkscrew because the
> ponds are shrinking before the spring rains come, and that concentrates the
> fish for the birds’ feeding frenzy. Audubon has built a boardwalk through
> the swamp and you get within touching distance of some breathtaking birds.
> Highly recommend a trip in the next few weeks. If you decide to go, I have
> a few viewing tips I can email you.
>
> Patrick Malone
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Date: 4/6/18 5:28 am
From: Don Simonson <don.r.simonson...>
Subject: [MDBirding] FOS Brown Thrasher Singing Darnestown Mont Co
A BROWN THRASHER was singing for 20 minutes last night 4/5/18 from my back yard in Darnestown, Mont. Co. I believe this is the record earliest sighting date for my yard in 37 years.
Good birding!
Don Simonson, Darnestown, Mont. Co.

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Date: 4/6/18 2:40 am
From: Joe Hanfman <auk1844...>
Subject: [MDBirding] field trip rescheduled
The Howard County Bird Club trip to Waterford Farm scheduled for Saturday
4/07 has been rescheduled to Sunday 4/29. For more information visit the
clubs web page at howardbirds.org
<http://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fhowardbirds.org%2F&h=ATMj5gQOOOYA1wG9J0-T06zAF0GGRLafstBJKD8_CVMKpUF6K8RIH5quKtO0U6HkK7w7tdrkkCQ6Sj1h6ac5w9whFJx0XgbH2_FukSVHaDJGQs_Nw3lRW-l2ij-ySH8zxhR47frW>


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Date: 4/5/18 8:55 pm
From: SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Thursday, April 5, 2018 473 Raptors
Fort Smallwood Park

Pasadena, Maryland, USA

Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 05, 2018

Species

Day's Count

Month Total

Season Total

Black Vulture

10

19

216

Turkey Vulture

371

930

4767

Osprey

34

60

376

Bald Eagle

1

3

40

Northern Harrier

4

5

12

Sharp-shinned Hawk

22

28

81

Cooper's Hawk

11

14

110

Northern Goshawk

0

0

0

Red-shouldered Hawk

8

18

139

Broad-winged Hawk

0

0

0

Red-tailed Hawk

6

7

73

Rough-legged Hawk

0

0

0

Golden Eagle

0

0

0

American Kestrel

3

18

33

Merlin

2

2

9

Peregrine Falcon

0

0

0

Unknown Accipiter

0

0

1

Unknown Buteo

0

1

4

Unknown Falcon

0

0

0

Unknown Eagle

0

0

0

Unknown Raptor

1

1

1

Total:

473

1106

5862



Observation start time:

9:00 am

Observation end time:

3:30 pm Daylight Time

Total observation time:

6.5 hours

Official Counter

Sue Ricciardi

Observers:

Chris Reed, Dan Walker, Ralph Geuder


Weather:
Partly cloudy; a chilly 38-49 degrees; excellent visibility;
strong winds from the west, 13-21 mph, gusting to 31 mph

Raptor Observations:
Eleven raptor species today and a steady flight over the course of
the count; good number of Ospreys almost all of which were
carrying a fish; two adult Bald Eagles appearing to fall to the
ground during a bout of talon grappling

Non-raptor Observations:

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Report submitted by Sue Ricciardi (<susiericc...>)
Fort Smallwood Park information may be found at:
http://www.mdbirds.org/sites/mdsites/hawks/hawkwatch.html
More information at hawkcount.org: [Site Profile] [Day Summary] [Month
Summary]

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Site Description
Fort Smallwood Park is located on the western shore of Chesapeake
Bay at the
mouth of the Patapsco River, 11 miles south of Baltimore, MD. Best
winds are
from the southwest.

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Date: 4/5/18 12:57 pm
From: Patricia Wood <pwood...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Surf Scoters - Howard
On Thursday, April 5, 2018 at 8:25:30 AM UTC-4, Joe Hanfman wrote:
> The 3 Surf Scoters continue at Centennial Park at the dam end.
>
> Joe Hanfman
> Columbia, MD

Saw them around 12:30 in front of the boat dock just as I arrived (yay!)--they swam off to the left out of sight, and came back after a while, and were out of sight from the dock by the time I left at 1:30, probably at the dam by then.
In other words, they could be anywhere on the lake, seems as if.
Patricia Wood
Silver Spring

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Date: 4/5/18 6:31 am
From: Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Any recent reports of Harris’ Sp. in PG?
Hi,

Hadn’t seen any recent eBird reports and just wondered if anyone had gone looking for the bird and missed it. Or seen it!

Gail Mackiernan
Colesville, MD

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Date: 4/5/18 5:43 am
From: Peter Lev <plev...>
Subject: [MDBirding] field trip postponed
Baltimore Bird Club field trip to Ft. Smallwood Park scheduled for April 7
has been postponed to Saturday, April 14, starting 9:00 am. This Saturday's
weather doesn't look good.



Peter Lev

Baltimore, MD

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Date: 4/5/18 5:25 am
From: Joe Hanfman <auk1844...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Surf Scoters - Howard
The 3 Surf Scoters continue at Centennial Park at the dam end.

Joe Hanfman
Columbia, MD

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Date: 4/5/18 3:57 am
From: James Wilson <birdmanjfw...>
Subject: [MDBirding] For the mess he and a flock of seagulls left behind years ago, a man begs forgiveness
Today's Washington Post has a great article about pepperoni and seagulls. Enjoy!

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2018/04/05/for-the-mess-he-and-a-flock-of-seagulls-left-behind-years-ago-a-man-begs-forgiveness/?utm_term=.317ac58eadda

Jim Wilson
Queenstown

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Date: 4/5/18 3:31 am
From: James Wilson <birdmanjfw...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] New yard bird: Pine Warbler
Many years ago I had a Pine Warbler spend the winter in my yard, regularly eating suet.
Jim Wilson
Queenstown

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Date: 4/4/18 8:20 pm
From: SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Wednesday, April 4, 2018 398 Raptors
Fort Smallwood Park

Pasadena, Maryland, USA

Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 04, 2018

Species

Day's Count

Month Total

Season Total

Black Vulture

0

9

206

Turkey Vulture

363

559

4396

Osprey

8

26

342

Bald Eagle

1

2

39

Northern Harrier

1

1

8

Sharp-shinned Hawk

0

6

59

Cooper's Hawk

1

3

99

Northern Goshawk

0

0

0

Red-shouldered Hawk

8

10

131

Broad-winged Hawk

0

0

0

Red-tailed Hawk

1

1

67

Rough-legged Hawk

0

0

0

Golden Eagle

0

0

0

American Kestrel

14

15

30

Merlin

0

0

7

Peregrine Falcon

0

0

0

Unknown Accipiter

0

0

1

Unknown Buteo

1

1

4

Unknown Falcon

0

0

0

Unknown Eagle

0

0

0

Unknown Raptor

0

0

0

Total:

398

633

5389



Observation start time:

9:00 am

Observation end time:

3:30 pm Daylight Time

Total observation time:

4.5 hours

Official Counter

Chris Reed, Sue Ricciardi

Observers:

Sue Ricciardi


Weather:
Unsettled weather with the passage of a cold front mid-morning;
cloudy, becoming mostly cloudy in the afternoon; temperatures
reached 67 degrees before the front passed, then cooled to 58
degrees; visibility fair at first, then excellent; winds started
out from the SW 4-9 mph, then became strong from the WNW, 24-28
mph, gusting to 45 mph

Raptor Observations:
A strong flight of Turkey Vultures before and after the squall of
the passing cold front; American Kestrels also flying today

Non-raptor Observations: A few hundred Tree Swallows

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Report submitted by Sue Ricciardi (<susiericc...>)
Fort Smallwood Park information may be found at:
http://www.mdbirds.org/sites/mdsites/hawks/hawkwatch.html
More information at hawkcount.org: [Site Profile] [Day Summary] [Month
Summary]

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Site Description
Fort Smallwood Park is located on the western shore of Chesapeake
Bay at the
mouth of the Patapsco River, 11 miles south of Baltimore, MD. Best
winds are
from the southwest.

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Date: 4/4/18 6:39 pm
From: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] New yard bird: Pine Warbler
>On Wednesday, April 4, 2018, 1:12:07 PM EDT, 'Susan Hunt' via Maryland &
> DC Birding <mdbirding...> wrote:
> Eating suet and sunflower chips! (I didn't know they did that!)

Mine - reported to "The Google Group" 10 days to 2 weeks ago - was
also eating suet, if that was your reference.

Jim S.

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Date: 4/4/18 5:37 pm
From: 'Elda Banks' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] New yard bird: Pine Warbler
Lucky you!Elda BanksSilver Spring


On Wednesday, April 4, 2018, 1:12:07 PM EDT, 'Susan Hunt' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> wrote:

Eating suet and sunflower chips! (I didn't know they did that!)
It perched conveniently close to my window so I could check its field marks.
Susan HuntWheaton Woods

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Date: 4/4/18 4:05 pm
From: Warblerick <ricksussman1955...>
Subject: [MDBirding] DC Area 4/3/18
Voice of the Naturalist
Date: April 3, 2018
Coverage: MD/DC/VA central and southern DE/WV panhandle
Reports/Comments/Questions(Email): <voice...>
Compiler(s): Rick and Nancy Sussman
Sponsor: Audubon Naturalist Society of the Central Atlantic states (independent of NAS!)
Transcriber: Steve Cordle
Reporting Guidelines | Archives
Please consider joining ANS, especially if you are a regular user of the Voice (Senior $35; 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 https://anshome.org/.
This is the Voice of the Naturalist, a service of the Audubon Naturalist Society. This report covers the week starting Tuesday, March 27, and was completed on Tuesday, April 3, at 9:00 a.m.
Information on noteworthy birds is presented below in taxonomic order, as set forth in the American Ornithological Society Checklist for North and Middle American Birds, as revised through the 58th Supplement (July 2017).
TOP BIRDS: BROWN BOOBY* in VA, WHITE IBIS in MD, SWALLOW-TAILED KITE* in VA, SNOWY OWL in MD, LARK SPARROW in DC, and BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER* in MD.
OTHER BIRDS OF INTEREST: COMMON EIDER, LONG-TAILED DUCK, RING-NECKED PHEASANT, RUFFED GROUSE, RED-NECKED GREBE, EARED GREBE, CHUCK-WILLS-WIDOW, CHIMNEY SWIFT, RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD, KING RAIL, SORA, SANDHILL CRANE, BLACK-NECKED STILT, PURPLE SANDPIPER, SPOTTED SANDPIPER, gulls, CASPIAN TERN, RED-THROATED LOON, AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN, AMERICAN BITTERN, egrets and herons, GLOSSY IBIS, ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, WHITE-EYED and BLUE-HEADED VIREOS, PURPLE MARTIN, BANK and BARN SWALLOW, BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER, BROWN THRASHER, AMERICAN TREE SPARROW, VESPER SPARROW, early warblers, and PAINTED BUNTING.
TOP BIRDS
An adult BROWN BOOBY* was photographed in flight and seen perching on the dam, to the delight of several observers, at the John H. Kerr Reservoir in Mecklenburg Co, VA on Mar 31, and again on Apr 1.
An adult WHITE IBIS was seen and photographed feeding in a creek along Harry James Rd., Scotland, St. Mary’s Co, MD on Apr 2.
A SWALLOW-TAILED KITE* was seen and photographed flying over a home in Hollins, just north of Roanoke, in western VA on Mar 31. Another was seen flying northward, west of the dune line at Back Bay NWR, Virginia Beach, VA also on Mar 31.
The female SNOWY OWL at Assateague Island NS was seen and photographed in the dunes along the OSV zone Worcester Co, MD on Mar 28.
The continuing LARK SPARROW was seen once again near the intersection of Meadow and Valley Roads at the National Arboretum in NE DC on Mar 31.
The BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER* first seen last week, was seen again near the intersection of Market and Lewis Streets, in Harford Co, MD on Mar 29, 30, 31, and Apr 2.
OTHER BIRDS OF INTEREST
A continuing female COMMON EIDER was seen again at the end of the south jetty at the Indian River Inlet, Sussex Co, DE on Mar 30 and 31, and Apr 1. On Mar 27, 28, and 29, the wintering male LONG-TAILED DUCK was spotted again at the Denton WWTP in Caroline Co, MD.
A pair of RING-NECKED PHEASANTS were seen right next to the trail along the C&O Canal-Pearre Station, Washington Co, MD on Mar 31. A RUFFED GROUSE crossed the road, lingering long enough for a photograph, at Sleepy Creek Rd, Berkeley Co, WV on Apr 1.
A late RED-NECKED GREBE was seen at Sandy Point SP, Anne Arundel Co, MD on Mar 31 and another was seen at Algonkian Regional Park, Loudoun Co, VA the same day. An EARED GREBE was reported from Chincoteague NWR, Accomack Co, VA on Mar 27.
A very early CHUCK-WILLS-WIDOW was seen and photographed as it rested on a branch 25-30 feet up a tree, at Marshview Park, Virginia Beach, VA on Mar 30.
A pair of CHIMNEY SWIFTS were seen in Nottoway Co, VA on Mar 29, while others were seen in James City Co, Prince Edward Co, and Virginia Beach, VA on Mar 30. A male RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD was seen looking for a feeder at a home in Virginia Beach, VA on Mar 30, while another flew by the edge of the woods at Fort Boykin Historic Park in Isle of Wight Co, VA the same day.
The KING RAIL at Swan Harbor Farm Park, Harford Co, MD was being very vocal in the marsh on Mar 27, 29, and 31. A SORA was heard calling from the Observation Point Trail, at Prime Hook NWR, Sussex Co, DE on Mar 31.
SANDHILL CRANES were widely reported this week. On Mar 28, one was seen in a field along Stone House Rd in Onley, Accomack Co, VA. On Mar 29, three were seen on Rock Lodge Rd in Garrett Co, MD. On Mar 30, one was seen at Cherry Creek Glades in Garrett Co, MD, two were seen flying over Lily Pons Rd in Frederick Co, MD, and a single bird was seen along a tree line of a pine woods in St. Inigoes, St Mary’s Co, MD. On Mar 31, one was seen landing in a marsh (restricted section) at Stauffer’s Marsh Nature Preserve, Berkeley Co, WV.
BLACK-NECKED STILTS are arriving back to our area, with reports of a single bird at Deal Island, Somerset Co, MD on Mar 30, two seen on Mar 31 at Blackwater NWR, Dorchester Co, MD, and a single seen in Accomack Co, VA the same day. A PURPLE SANDPIPER was on the jetty at Chesapeake Beach Veterans Memorial Park, Calvert Co, MD on Mar 31. A SPOTTED SANDPIPER was seen at the Wheaton Branch Storm water Ponds in Montgomery Co, MD on Mar 30, and another was spotted at Royal Lake Park, Fairfax Co, VA on Apr 2.
Gulls of interest this week include a continuing adult BLACK-HEADED GULL at Back River-Diamond Point Rd, Baltimore Co, MD seen daily from Mar 27 through Apr 1. A LITTLE GULL was spotted on Mar 28 from both sides of the Susquehanna River, in Havre De Grace, Harford Co, and Port Deposit, Cecil Co, both in MD, and another was seen at Back River-Diamond Point Rd, Baltimore Co, MD on Apr 1. A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was seen on the Anne Arundel side of Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary, Anne Arundel Co, MD on Mar 29, and another was spotted at the C & O Canal-Violette’s Lock, Montgomery Co, MD on Apr 1. A GLAUCOUS GULL was seen on the Anne Arundel side of Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary, Anne Arundel Co, MD on Mar 29, while another was at Gunpowder Falls SP-Days Cove Area (restricted access), Baltimore Co, MD on Apr 1.
CASPIAN TERNS were widely reported this week from both MD and VA.
A possibly injured RED-THROATED LOON was seen at the Rocky Gorge Reservoir-Supplee Park, Prince George’s Co, MD on Mar 30 and 31, and again on Apr 1. Another RED-THROATED LOON swam among a group of Common Loons at Carvins Cove Recreation Area, Botetourt Co, VA on Apr 2.
Five AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS were seen in Virginia Beach, VA on Mar 28 and 36 were at Hog Island WMA, Surry Co, VA the same day. At least 55 were seen at Hog Island WMA, Surry Co, VA on Mar 29.
A pair of AMERICAN BITTERNS flew out of the marsh at dusk at Gunpowder Falls SP, Baltimore Co, MD on Mar 29. The wintering AMERICAN BITTERN at Black Marsh, Baltimore Co, MD was seen most recently on Mar 31.
Three GREAT EGRETS were seen perched in a tree at the Claytor Nature Study Center of Lynchburg College, Bedford Co, VA on Mar 28 and a single GREAT EGRET was seen along Peat Moss Rd, Garrett Co, MD on Mar 31. Three SNOWY EGRETS were at Messick Point, Poquoson Co, VA on Mar 29. LITTLE BLUE HERONS were reported from several locations this week, with one seen at Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens, NE DC on Mar 29, another seen flying over Black Marsh, Baltimore Co, MD on Mar 30, another at Loch Raven Reservoir, Baltimore Co, MD on Mar 30, and one photographed flying over a yard in Norfolk Co, VA on Mar 31. On Mar 29, a CATTLE EGRET was seen at the ponds on Old Claiborne Rd, Talbot Co, MD. Several reports of GREEN HERONS came in this week, mostly from around Virginia Beach, VA on Mar 27, 29, and 31, and a single bird reported from the piedmont in Prince William Co, VA on Mar 31. YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS were also seen, with a report of one from Isle of Wight Co, VA on Mar 28, and another in Hampton Co, VA on Mar 31. Two were seen at a known nesting site along Sligo Creek, Montgomery Co, MD on Apr 1.
GLOSSY IBIS have begun to return to the bay region, with a report of five seen at Fairmont WMA-East Impoundment, Somerset Co, MD on Mar 27, and two seen at Swan Harbor Farm Park, Harford Co, MD on Apr 1.
Lingering ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS were seen again at Russell Rd, Accident, Garrett Co, MD on Mar 29 and 30, and at Prime Hook NWR-Broadkill Marsh, Sussex Co, DE on Mar 31. On Mar 30, a ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was reported flying over the National Zoo in NW DC, by a visiting birder.
WHITE-EYED VIREOS were seen on Mar 30 in Prince Edward Co, VA, and on Mar 31 at Hog Island WMA, Surry Co, VA and near the John H. Kerr Reservoir in Mecklenburg Co, VA. A BLUE-HEADED VIREO was reported from Bryan Park, Richmond City, VA on Mar 31, and another was seen in a mixed flock of kinglets at Georgetown Reservoir, NW DC on Apr 1.
The only PURPLE MARTIN reports this week were of a single male at a yard in Kent Co, DE, on Mar 30, and three there on Mar 31. On Apr 2, five BANK SWALLOWS were perched on a railing of a fishing dock at Patuxent research Refuge-South tract, Prince George’s Co, MD. BARN SWALLOWS began to return this week, with two seen at the Olympia Drive Ponds, Albemarle Co, VA on Mar 27, one seen at the Emmitsburg WWTP (restricted access), Frederick Co, MD on Mar 27, another single bird seen at Back River-Eastern Blvd, Baltimore Co, MD on Mar 28, and several reports from the Virginia Beach, VA area, of between one to nine birds on Mar 29.
On Mar 29, a BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER returned to Sands Road Park, Anne Arundel Co, MD, spotted low in the woods near the parking area. Another was at Milford Neck Wildlife Area-Big Stone Beach Rd, Kent Co, DE on Mar 30, and another was seen at Swan Harbor Farm Park, Harford Co, MD on Apr 1.
Reports of BROWN THRASHERS were of a pair at a yard in Queen Anne’s Co, MD and a single in a yard in Woodbine, Carroll Co, MD both on Mar 31.
Nine AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS were seen this week in Accident, Garrett Co, MD on Mar 27 and continuing on Mar 28, 30, and 31. On Mar 28, between seven and ten birds were seen flying from thicket to thicket near Mt. Nebo WMA, Garrett Co, MD. On Mar 29, a single AMERICAN TREE SPARROW was seen at Susquehanna SP, Harford Co, MD. VESPER SPARROWS were seen in low numbers this week, with three seen at Masonville Cove, Baltimore Co, MD on Mar 29, one spotted along Cordova Rd, Talbot Co, MD on Mar 30, one seen at the Alpha Ridge Landfill (restricted access) Howard Co, MD on Mar 31, and another at the Irvine Nature Center, Baltimore Co, MD also on Mar 31.
Warblers, everybody’s favorite sign of spring, began to arrive back in our area this week. Several sightings of OVENBIRDS came from the Virginia Beach, VA area with reports from West Neck Creek Natural Area on Mar 29 and 31, and Marshview Park, Virginia Beach, VA, on Mar 30. LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSHES were seen and heard in various spots in St. Mary’s Co, and Montgomery Co, MD early in the week. BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLERS were widely seen this week with reports beginning on Mar 28 in both MD and VA. An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER is still visiting a feeder at a yard in Sussex Co, DE, most recently seen on Apr 1. On Mar 31, an amazing eight warbler species were seen around the John H. Kerr Reservoir in Mecklenburg Co, VA, including BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER, PROTHONOTARY WARBLER, COMMON YELLOWTHROAT, NORTHERN PARULA, PALM WARBLER, PINE WARBLER, YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, and YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER. A PRAIRIE WARBER was seen in a yard in Virginia Beach, VA, on Mar 31. A female WILSON’S WARBLER was seen and photographed actively foraging in thickets near the Rappahannock River in Fredericksburg Co, VA on Apr 1 and 2.
A beautiful male PAINTED BUNTING was at a feeder in a yard in Crownsville, Anne Arundel Co, MD on Mar 27.
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This week's report was based on reports on the DE, MD, VA, and WV list servers, eBird records and various birding pages on Facebook.

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Date: 4/4/18 4:03 pm
From: Derek C. Richardson <dcr...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: help: unusual sparrow -- Laurel Lake

Hello everyone,

Here's the information I pulled out of my audio notes from the morning on
the mystery sparrow I saw at Laurel Lake:

- sparrow
- white median crown stripe between thicker dark bands
- pale bill, seemed large, making pointed face
- distinctive yellow lores
- strong white eyering, making wide-eyed expression
- gray eyebrow
- darker line behind the eye, widens near(?) auriculars
- pale/buff face, throat, and breast (not white)
- fine streaking on throat, coarser lower down flanking belly
- 2 buff wingbars
- cryptic pattern of brown, gray, & rufous edged with white on upperparts
- distinct white edging on primaries(?) folded on back
- medium-length tail
- pink legs & feet
- at edge of lake in coarse vegetation (small purple flowers)
- seen at medium to close distance through fence with good light; windy
- no vocalization

Now that I have my Sibley's, and with these notes and my recollection, I
favor Grasshopper Sparrow, but I'd sure like a second opinion lol. I do
recall thinking I saw a flash of yellow near where the sides meet the
wing, but didn't note it in the recording for some reason. The fieldmarks
that are a little problematic I think are the wingbars (but a few photos I
found show paler edging to the coverts) and the streaking on the throat
(most pictures I found show unstreaked throat), but the streaking wasn't
super distinctive; far more prominent was the buffy coloration of the face
and throat. I have only seen (confirmed) Grasshopper Sparrows a few times
as a birder, ironically at larger distance, and they were singing.

Here's my full list for the short walk. Rod Burley added 4 Chipping
Sparrows when he searched for our mystery bird a little later (without
success).

Laurel Lake/Granville Gude Park, Prince George's, Maryland, US
Apr 4, 2018 10:18 AM - 10:50 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.013 mile(s)
Comments: A chance walk around the lake produced a surprising sparrow
that I think was Grasshopper.
26 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose 35
Mallard 7
Pied-billed Grebe 1
Double-crested Cormorant 2
Black Vulture 1
Turkey Vulture 1
Osprey 2
Ring-billed Gull 1
American Crow 5
Fish Crow 15
crow sp. 3
Barn Swallow 2
Carolina Wren 3
American Robin 8
Northern Mockingbird 5
European Starling 30
Cedar Waxwing 12
Grasshopper Sparrow 1 (see notes above)
White-throated Sparrow 3
Song Sparrow 4
Northern Cardinal 3
Red-winged Blackbird 1
Brown-headed Cowbird 3
Common Grackle 12
House Finch 1
American Goldfinch 1
House Sparrow 20

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44253515

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

On Wed, 4 Apr 2018, Derek C. Richardson wrote:
>
> All,
>
> On the east side of Laurel Lake (PG County), i.e., closest to Rte 1, toward
> Olive Garden, in the coarse vegetation on the side of the lake (on the lake
> side of the wire fence, and near one of the cement drain(?) structures), I
> had a sparrow that reminded me most of LeConte's or Grasshopper -- from
> memory: yellow lores, white eye ring (making the bird look wide-eyed), buff
> underparts with light streaking (heaviest on the sides of the belly), white
> crown stripe, gray eyebrow, dark patch at end of thin eyeline, cryptic back
> pattern of brown and black edged with white, but also hints of rufous, maybe
> more yellow on the side, medium-length tail, pale bill, pale/pink legs. No
> camera, no field guide, and no time lol (had to leave). I have audio notes
> that I'll go through later, but likely not until this evening.
>
> If anyone is in the area and can have a look, that would be great!
>
> This was around 10:45 am.
>
> D

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Date: 4/4/18 3:02 pm
From: Joe Hanfman <auk1844...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Surf Scoters
3 Surf Scoters at Centennial Park. 1 male, 2 females. The area near the boat ramp.

Joe Hanfman
Columbia, MD

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Date: 4/4/18 11:50 am
From: Tim Carney <timmyc83...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Swan Creek Birdwalk - Saturday, April 21
Hi everyone,

The next Swan Creek quarterly birdwalk will be on Saturday, April 21 from 7:00-11:00.

Please email tcarn [at] menv [dot] com to sign up. I will respond to all emails in the order that they are received.

The walk will be canceled in the event of inclement weather. Sturdy footwear is a must, and we will also need to cross moving water at one point.

This walk is offered by Maryland Environmental Service (MES) on behalf of Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Port Administration (MDOT MPA), and is not affiliated with any other club or organization.

We only have one leader this time, so I can only take 20 participants on this walk.

Tim Carney
Parkville, MD

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Date: 4/4/18 11:01 am
From: Marcia Balestri <mebalestri...>
Subject: [MDBirding] May Count
Hi all,

Like everyone else, I am looking for May counters in Worcester County for Saturday, May 12. Worcester is a great place to be in May, so come on over, and I will give you a sector to do. I still have a few spots. If you don’t want a sector and just want to do a few spots, just let me know where, so I can hit the areas not being visited.

Many of you use eBird to keep your lists, and eBird has made it easy on us compilers. I can set up a group account with a unique user name, and you can share your lists to that user name. The result: data will already be combined for me to send it in. If you are willing to do that, let me know, and I will send you the user name.

Looking forward to hearing from those of you who have helped me out in the past as well as anyone else who would like to join us.
_____________________

Marcia Balestri
Worcester County, Maryland
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Date: 4/4/18 10:12 am
From: 'Susan Hunt' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] New yard bird: Pine Warbler
Eating suet and sunflower chips! (I didn't know they did that!)
It perched conveniently close to my window so I could check its field marks.
Susan HuntWheaton Woods

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Date: 4/4/18 8:33 am
From: Derek C. Richardson <dcr...>
Subject: [MDBirding] help: unusual sparrow -- Laurel Lake

All,

On the east side of Laurel Lake (PG County), i.e., closest to Rte 1,
toward Olive Garden, in the coarse vegetation on the side of the lake (on
the lake side of the wire fence, and near one of the cement drain(?)
structures), I had a sparrow that reminded me most of LeConte's or
Grasshopper -- from memory: yellow lores, white eye ring (making the bird
look wide-eyed), buff underparts with light streaking (heaviest on the
sides of the belly), white crown stripe, gray eyebrow, dark patch at end
of thin eyeline, cryptic back pattern of brown and black edged with white,
but also hints of rufous, maybe more yellow on the side, medium-length
tail, pale bill, pale/pink legs. No camera, no field guide, and no time
lol (had to leave). I have audio notes that I'll go through later, but
likely not until this evening.

If anyone is in the area and can have a look, that would be great!

This was around 10:45 am.

D

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Date: 4/4/18 8:29 am
From: 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] BHVI in St. Mary's!
Blue-headed Vireo just now in the yard! 

Tyler Bell
<Jtylerbell...>
California, Maryland

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Date: 4/4/18 6:57 am
From: Jim Nelson <kingfishers2...>
Subject: [MDBirding] FOY Osprey as a yard bird, Mont. Co.
The balmy weather this morning gave me a chance to sit on our deck while
eating breakfast and birding.  I was pleasantly surprised when three
Osprey flew overhead, heading northeast. Most likely migrants, this is
only the fifth sighting from our small backyard in Bethesda near NIH and
Suburban Hospital -- one previous April sighting in 2015 and three fall
sightings.  Nice to get a first-of-year bird like this from the yard.

I neglected to report earlier that I added an interesting species to my
"Birds Seen Copulating" life list back on March 27 -- a pair of Black
Vultures at Great Falls on the C&O Canal in Montgomery County.

Jim Nelson

Bethesda, MD

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Date: 4/3/18 7:53 am
From: Joe Hanfman <auk1844...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Rocky Gap SP
Hen White-winged Scoter, off the beach.
Gadwalls, Red-breasted Mergansers, Common Loons, Horned Grebes.

Joe Hanfman
Columbia, MD

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Date: 4/3/18 6:45 am
From: Matt Hafner <hafner.matt...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Common Ravens in Baltimore City
There were 3 Common Ravens flying around the Montgomery Park building near
Carroll Park in SW Baltimore City this morning. These are the first Common
Ravens I've seen in the area, but I just saw on eBird that Joe Hanfman saw
one in the area 3 weeks ago carrying a stick! I last saw 2 of them heading
NNW over the Carroll Park Golf Course.

Good birding!

Matt Hafner
Forest Hill, MD

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Date: 4/2/18 8:46 pm
From: SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Monday, April 2, 2018 26 Raptors
Fort Smallwood Park

Pasadena, Maryland, USA

Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 02, 2018

Species

Day's Count

Month Total

Season Total

Black Vulture

0

9

206

Turkey Vulture

17

196

4033

Osprey

8

18

334

Bald Eagle

0

0

37

Northern Harrier

0

0

7

Sharp-shinned Hawk

1

6

59

Cooper's Hawk

0

2

98

Northern Goshawk

0

0

0

Red-shouldered Hawk

0

2

123

Broad-winged Hawk

0

0

0

Red-tailed Hawk

0

0

66

Rough-legged Hawk

0

0

0

Golden Eagle

0

0

0

American Kestrel

0

1

16

Merlin

0

0

7

Peregrine Falcon

0

0

0

Unknown Accipiter

0

0

1

Unknown Buteo

0

0

3

Unknown Falcon

0

0

0

Unknown Eagle

0

0

0

Unknown Raptor

0

0

0

Total:

26

234

4990



Observation start time:

10:30 am

Observation end time:

1:30 pm Daylight Time

Total observation time:

3 hours

Official Counter

Chris Reed

Observers:


Weather: Overcast; 40-43 degrees; fair visibility; winds
northeasterly, 6-9 mph

Raptor Observations: Light flight under adverse weather conditions

Non-raptor Observations: Meant to mention 47 Horned Grebes from
yesterday

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Report submitted by Sue Ricciardi (<susiericc...>)
Fort Smallwood Park information may be found at:
http://www.mdbirds.org/sites/mdsites/hawks/hawkwatch.html
More information at hawkcount.org: [Site Profile] [Day Summary] [Month
Summary]

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Site Description
Fort Smallwood Park is located on the western shore of Chesapeake
Bay at the
mouth of the Patapsco River, 11 miles south of Baltimore, MD. Best
winds are
from the southwest.

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Date: 4/2/18 4:45 pm
From: Dave Roberts <ddroberts50...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Potomac waterfowl migrants MoCo
The low clouds resulted in a large dropout that may stay the night at Violettes lock. Includes long tailed duck, multiple horned grebes, shoveler, gadwall, wigeons, L scaup, buffleheads.
Dave Roberts
Bethesda

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Date: 4/2/18 4:14 pm
From: 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fw: Re: White ibis
Scottie Clark, who found the Scotland (St. Mary's County) Sandhill Crane, reports an adult White Ibis in the creek along Harry James Road. Not sure if it's visible from the road as the cove is mostly hidden and viewable only from private property. I believe this is the first WHIB report for MD for the year? The only one on eBird, anyway! Kudos to Scottie :)


Tyler Bell
<jtylerbell...>
California, Maryland

----- Forwarded Message ----- From: Scott Clark <scottfclark777...>To: <jtylerbell...> <jtylerbell...>Sent: Monday, April 2, 2018, 6:45:12 PM EDTSubject: Re: White ibis
not very good taken 164 yards away with smart phone through scope without adapter. went down stairs then came up and it was gone.


On Mon, Apr 2, 2018 at 6:16 PM, Scott Clark <scottfclark777...> wrote:

i will send them to you in 15 minutes 
On Mon, Apr 2, 2018 at 6:13 PM, Scott Clark <scottfclark777...> wrote:

trying to now
On Mon, Apr 2, 2018 at 6:06 PM, James Tyler Bell <jtylerbell...> wrote:

Can you get pix?  Nice bird for St. Mary's! 

On Mon, Apr 2, 2018 at 6:03 PM, Scott Clark<scottfclark777...> wrote: I don't know how rare this is but there is a white ibis on the edge of the creek. the blue heron is getting mad at it.Scottie








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Date: 4/2/18 4:13 pm
From: Derek C. Richardson <dcr...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Lake Artemesia Common Loon +

Just to follow up, here's my final eBird tally, which included a Barred
Owl hooting:

Lake Artemesia, Prince George's, Maryland, US
Apr 2, 2018 4:49 PM - 5:57 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.049 mile(s)
Comments: A loop around the lake. Cold, overcast, breezy.
42 species

Wood Duck 2
Mallard 6
Ring-necked Duck 6
Ruddy Duck 2
Common Loon 1 in the north lake, transitioning to breeding plumage
Pied-billed Grebe 6
Double-crested Cormorant 3
Black Vulture 3
Osprey 1 maybe 2
Bald Eagle 1 chased by AMCR, later grabbed a fish from the creek!
American Coot 2
Mourning Dove 2
Barred Owl 1 heard only, from the eastern forest
Belted Kingfisher 1 maybe 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker 4
Downy Woodpecker 2
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 2
Blue Jay 3
American Crow 2
Fish Crow 8
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 10
Tree Swallow 75
Barn Swallow 1
Carolina Chickadee 2
Tufted Titmouse 2
Carolina Wren 4
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 2
Golden-crowned Kinglet 1
Eastern Bluebird 1 heard only
American Robin 15
Northern Mockingbird 1
Palm Warbler (Yellow) 5
Pine Warbler 2 with the other warblers
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 3
White-throated Sparrow 10
Song Sparrow 3
Eastern Towhee 2
Northern Cardinal 15
Red-winged Blackbird 2
House Finch 2
American Goldfinch 1
House Sparrow 1

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44200568

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

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Date: 4/2/18 2:22 pm
From: Derek Richardson <dcr...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Lake Artemesia Common Loon +
1 Common Loon in middle of north lake. Swallows: tree, rough-winged, barn. Warblers: Palm, pine. Also Blue- gray Gnatcatcher. Still here, I’ll post if I see anything else good! :)

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Date: 4/2/18 10:54 am
From: <steve.long4...>
Subject: [MDBirding] White Ruddy Duck
This morning I saw an all-white Ruddy Duck in a large group of normally colored Ruddies swimming in our cove. It presented both sides, which wee the same. There was only a shadow-like, slightly dark area where the usual dark area should be on the top of its head. I had an appointment, so no time to chase it with a camera, so no picture. As far as I could tell through the 12x binoculars, the eyes were not pink, so this is probably not a true albino.

Steve Long
Oxford

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Date: 4/2/18 8:32 am
From: Sheila Salo <sheila.salo...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Yellow-crowned night herons Sligo Creek, MoCo
On Sunday, April 1, 2018 at 10:19:02 AM UTC-4, Ann Hobbs wrote:
> Two seen this AM in nearby neighborhood of Highland View.
>
> Ann Hobbs
> Silver Spring, MD

And in Cheverly today.

Sheila Salo
Cheverly MD

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Date: 4/1/18 8:52 pm
From: SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Sunday, April 1, 2018 208 Raptors
Fort Smallwood Park

Pasadena, Maryland, USA

Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 01, 2018

Species

Day's Count

Month Total

Season Total

Black Vulture

9

9

206

Turkey Vulture

179

179

4016

Osprey

10

10

326

Bald Eagle

0

0

37

Northern Harrier

0

0

7

Sharp-shinned Hawk

5

5

58

Cooper's Hawk

2

2

98

Northern Goshawk

0

0

0

Red-shouldered Hawk

2

2

123

Broad-winged Hawk

0

0

0

Red-tailed Hawk

0

0

66

Rough-legged Hawk

0

0

0

Golden Eagle

0

0

0

American Kestrel

1

1

16

Merlin

0

0

7

Peregrine Falcon

0

0

0

Unknown Accipiter

0

0

1

Unknown Buteo

0

0

3

Unknown Falcon

0

0

0

Unknown Eagle

0

0

0

Unknown Raptor

0

0

0

Total:

208

208

4964



Observation start time:

8:30 am

Observation end time:

3:00 pm Daylight Time

Total observation time:

6.5 hours

Official Counter

Lynn Davidson, Sue Ricciardi

Observers:

Chris Reed, Dan Walker, Lynn Davidson


Weather:
Cloudy almost to the point of being overcast; 51-62 degrees;
excellent visibility; winds southwesterly, 5-9 mph

Raptor Observations: A decent flight given the cloudy skies

Non-raptor Observations: Laughing Gull; Barn Swallows 2; Pine
Warbler; Fox Sparrow

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Report submitted by Sue Ricciardi (<susiericc...>)
Fort Smallwood Park information may be found at:
http://www.mdbirds.org/sites/mdsites/hawks/hawkwatch.html
More information at hawkcount.org: [Site Profile] [Day Summary] [Month
Summary]

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Site Description
Fort Smallwood Park is located on the western shore of Chesapeake
Bay at the
mouth of the Patapsco River, 11 miles south of Baltimore, MD. Best
winds are
from the southwest.

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Date: 4/1/18 6:30 pm
From: Patrick Malone <pmalone...>
Subject: [MDBirding] birds on the Potomac today
seen near C&O Canal NHP visitor center at Potomac MD. A lot of herons, a pair of eagles ( too far away to get any good pictures), cormorants, a vulture, many geese of course, and a small dark-headed bird whose name escapes me. photos here:

https://flic.kr/s/aHsm9i4JEC <https://flic.kr/s/aHsm9i4JEC>


Patrick & Vicki Malone
4901 Essex Avenue
Chevy Chase, MD 20815
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Date: 4/1/18 2:09 pm
From: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...>
Subject: [MDBirding] [FR] Best Bike Ride Bird today
Barn Swallow

A group of four flying at treetop level. Vit-vit call seemed
conclusive though not heard these many months. Hard to see any other
field marks at that distance w/o bins, but believe I noted the forked
tails at times.

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

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Date: 4/1/18 12:57 pm
From: Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Black-headed Gull continues at Back River 4/1
We were up there around noon today, and the Black-headed was giving good views from the Reclamation Site on Diamond Point Rd. Initially it was with a flock on Bonaparte’s on the water about 100 yards out, then flew over closer and fed just in front of the reed bed directly across the river, immediately downstream of the Rt. 695 bridge. A Caspian Tern was also seen. We drove around to various vantage points up and downstream from the Eastern Ave. bridge and estimate about 4-500 Bonaparte’s Gulls on the river.

Barry had a brief view of what he is sure was a first-cycle Little Gull swimming in the more distant flock- showing a great deal of dark brown in the folded wing - but it disappeared into the milling flock and could not be relocated.

Gail Mackiernan and Barry Cooper
Colesville, MD

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> On Mar 31, 2018, at 3:14 PM, Fred Shaffer <glaucousgull...> wrote:
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> I made a brief stop at Diamond Point along the Back River this morning, quickly finding the previously reported Black-headed Gull on the mudflats with about 350 Bonaparte's Gulls. I viewed the bird at rest and in flight, seeing the reddish-tinged bill (evident only with scope views), the full hood and the black underside of the middle primaries (seen in flight). I got much briefer views of an immature Little Gull walking on the mudflats, which I quickly lost and was unable to relocate as the gulls moved about on the mudflats. Most of the gulls weren't flying, but there was quite a bit of walkng around as the birds foraged on the mud and shallow water. The Black-headed Gull was in view the entire time I was there, however. Good birding.
>
> Fred Shaffer
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Date: 4/1/18 9:56 am
From: Alexander Baish <abaish1...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Please help me identify this bird
Pete Dunne gave the best tip for this ID on a walk I was lucky enough to do during a Cape May Spring Festival: if it looks like a sparrow who beefed up on steroids, you've most often got a female Red-winged Blackbird. Barring some nuance factors of time and place, he really nailed a pretty darn reliable ID consideration for me over the years.

Alexander Baish
Pocomoke City

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Date: 4/1/18 8:49 am
From: Peter Lev <plev...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Pine Warbler
Seen this morning from Copper Hill Rd, Bare Hills area of Lake Roland. FOS
for me.



Peter Lev

Baltimore

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Date: 4/1/18 8:21 am
From: 'Marcy Stutzman' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Oxbow Lake: Rusty Blackbirds, Palm Warbler
Wilson Snipe feed around the edge of the peninsula (Galinule Point). Starting at NE Lakeside and making your way to the SE Observation Point, just scan the edge. They blend in well with the brown grasses, so you should look for the white feathers on their backs. They also feed away from the edge in the water. Once full, they'll find a stump to sit on. Whether you are using binoculars or a scope, look at one spot and then look all around your field of view for movement. If you see one, there likely is more!

I was there earlier this overcast morning, I cannot confirm I had any, but I believe I had at least 4 sitting just in the grassy edge being very still! They are there, just a lot of places for them to blend in.

Marcy

Marcy Stutzman
Russet, MD 20724

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Date: 4/1/18 7:19 am
From: Ann Hobbs <hobbs_ann...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Yellow-crowned night herons Sligo Creek, MoCo
Two seen this AM in nearby neighborhood of Highland View.

Ann Hobbs
Silver Spring, MD

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Date: 4/1/18 6:07 am
From: 'Susan Hunt' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher at Hughes Hollow
A bunch of us just saw this by the main dike

Susan Hunt

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Date: 4/1/18 6:05 am
From: Bob Ringler <ringler.bob...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Carroll Co. Birds 4/1/18
I went to Piney Run Park early this morning before most of the fishermen
got their boats on the lake. There was a good variety of birds:

Canada Goose 46
Wood Duck 13
Gadwall 5
Mallard 3
Redhead 2, a pair
Ring-necked Duck 4
Bufflehead 28
Common Merganser 1 female
Common Loon 2
Pied-billed Grebe 3
Horned Grebe 7
DC Cormorant 9
Great Blue Heron 1
Killdeer 1, heard only
Ring-billed Gull 2

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Date: 4/1/18 5:36 am
From: Stephanie Lovell <amorellovell...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Book signing
Smithsonian Ornithologist Bruce Beehler is doing a free lecture and book
signing at Woodend on April 19.
More information is available here: https://anshome.org/author-lecture

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Date: 3/31/18 6:48 pm
From: SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Saturday, March 31, 2018 310 Raptors
Fort Smallwood Park

Pasadena, Maryland, USA

Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 31, 2018

Species

Day's Count

Month Total

Season Total

Black Vulture

24

167

197

Turkey Vulture

248

3639

3837

Osprey

18

316

316

Bald Eagle

0

35

37

Northern Harrier

0

7

7

Sharp-shinned Hawk

4

53

53

Cooper's Hawk

3

96

96

Northern Goshawk

0

0

0

Red-shouldered Hawk

2

115

121

Broad-winged Hawk

0

0

0

Red-tailed Hawk

9

57

66

Rough-legged Hawk

0

0

0

Golden Eagle

0

0

0

American Kestrel

1

14

15

Merlin

0

7

7

Peregrine Falcon

0

0

0

Unknown Accipiter

1

1

1

Unknown Buteo

0

1

3

Unknown Falcon

0

0

0

Unknown Eagle

0

0

0

Unknown Raptor

0

0

0

Total:

310

4508

4756



Observation start time:

8:00 am

Observation end time:

4:00 pm Daylight Time

Total observation time:

8 hours

Official Counter

Chris Reed, Hal Wierenga, Sue Ricciardi

Observers:

Andy Higgs, Chris Reed, Hal Wierenga, Sue Ricciardi




Visitors: Kathy Reed, Emily Huang, Karen Hall, Bob McGovern

Weather:
Sunny skies; 37-58 degrees; excellent visibility; winds light and
variable 3-9 mph, ending from the SSE, 8-9 mph

Raptor Observations:
Luckily the flight was on the low side given the sunny skies.
Steady flight over the course of the day.

Non-raptor Observations:

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Report submitted by Sue Ricciardi (<susiericc...>)
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Site Description
Fort Smallwood Park is located on the western shore of Chesapeake
Bay at the
mouth of the Patapsco River, 11 miles south of Baltimore, MD. Best
winds are
from the southwest.

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Date: 3/31/18 4:27 pm
From: Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] What's This
Belly band obscured. It is a Red-tailed.

On Sat, Mar 31, 2018 at 4:45 PM Nikki DeBraccio <nikki.debraccio...>
wrote:

> Looks like a Red-tailed Hawk.
>
> On Sat, Mar 31, 2018 at 4:44 PM <crisclore...> wrote:
>
>> I am still learning my birds.
>> Please help identify this one for me.
>> Thanks!
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Date: 3/31/18 4:22 pm
From: 'MikeBowen' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Black-throated Gray Warbler in Havre de Grace now an eBird "stakeout" Hotspot
Lots of birders from Maryland and adjacent states have been reporting a Black-throated Gray Warbler from the streets of Havre de Grace in Harford County. Almost all of the sightings have been centered on the intersections of Lewis St. and Market St. in H de G.

So, on the recommendation of one of the birders who have seen this bird, apparently present for the second successive winter in Havre de Grace, although previously not at this particular location, we have set up what eBird calls a "stakeout" type of Hotspot. That is, a Hotspot at a location that does not normally qualify as a place that birders would travel to for predictably good birding.

The Hotspot is called:

"stakeout Black-throated Gray Warbler, Havre de Grace (2018)"

eBird will add the county name (Harford) to this, automatically.

If you have seen this excellent bird in this or a very close location, please Merge your Personal Location here with the new Hotspot. Doing so will reduce the scatter of locations of sightings that are clearly of the same individual bird. eBird provides instructions on how to Merge on its website, ebird.org, but if you have a question about Merging, please contact me off-line at <dhmbowen...>

Thanks

Mike Bowen
Bethesda
eBird Hotspot Reviewer for Maryland

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Date: 3/31/18 2:54 pm
From: 'MikeBowen' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Oxbow Lake: Rusty Blackbirds, Palm Warbler
On Saturday, March 31, 2018 at 1:29:11 PM UTC-4, Marcy Stutzman wrote:
> I followed up today on an eBird checklist from Michael Bowen yesterday that included Rusty Blackbird at Oxbow Lake. I first found a male and female, and later two males!
>
> Marcy Stutzman
> Russet, MD 20724
> Oxbow Lake Hotspot: https://ebird.org/hotspot/L470637
>
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: ebird-checklist
> Sent: Sat, Mar 31, 2018 1:18 pm
> Subject: eBird Report - Oxbow Lake, Mar 31, 2018
>
> Oxbow Lake, Anne Arundel, Maryland, US
> Mar 31, 2018 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 1.5 mile(s)
> Comments: Conditions: 40-58°F, Sunny, wind NW, gusts 3-7 mph. Started out cold/cool, ended warm and beautiful. Did trail maintenance. Met a birder/photographer, showed him Wilson Snipe. Mammal: Red Fox.
> 46 species
>
> Canada Goose 12 Paired up and in territories.
> Wood Duck 12
> Northern Shoveler 4
> Gadwall 6
> Mallard 4
> American Black Duck 2
> Green-winged Teal 12
> Ring-necked Duck 30
> Hooded Merganser 12
> Pied-billed Grebe 1
> Great Blue Heron 2
> Turkey Vulture 2
> Bald Eagle 1
> Red-shouldered Hawk 1
> Wilson's Snipe 14
> Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 1
> Mourning Dove 1
> Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
> Downy Woodpecker 2
> Northern Flicker 2
> Pileated Woodpecker 2
> Blue Jay 12
> American Crow 4
> Fish Crow 2
> Tree Swallow 20
> Carolina Chickadee 2
> Tufted Titmouse 2
> White-breasted Nuthatch 2
> Brown Creeper 1
> Winter Wren 1
> Carolina Wren 1
> Golden-crowned Kinglet 8
> Eastern Bluebird 1
> American Robin 6
> Brown Thrasher 2
> Palm Warbler 1
> Pine Warbler 2
> Yellow-rumped Warbler 12
> Dark-eyed Junco 1
> Song Sparrow 12
> Eastern Towhee 6
> Northern Cardinal 6
> Red-winged Blackbird 30
> Rusty Blackbird 4
> Common Grackle 2
> American Goldfinch 1
>
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>
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Yes, Anne Cianni and I had a couple of male Rusty Blackbirds when we birded Oxbow Lake on March 30. There are photos in my checklist at: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44088324
But we did not see a Wilson's Snipe anywhere, much to our disappointment.
Maybe Marcy can reveal the best place to look for the species at Oxbow. Thanks, Marcy.

Mike Bowen
Bethesda

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Date: 3/31/18 1:45 pm
From: Nikki DeBraccio <nikki.debraccio...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] What's This
Looks like a Red-tailed Hawk.

On Sat, Mar 31, 2018 at 4:44 PM <crisclore...> wrote:

> I am still learning my birds.
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Date: 3/31/18 1:44 pm
From: <crisclore...>
Subject: [MDBirding] What's This
I am still learning my birds.
Please help identify this one for me.
Thanks!

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Date: 3/31/18 1:15 pm
From: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Phishing Emails
Knew I should have dbl checked before sending...

The offending spam was from 'Jane Fallon' via Maryla...not M A....

JS

On 3/31/18, JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> wrote:
> Gmail had automatically directed the mail [this one from Mary Ann] to
> my Spam folder...
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>
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Date: 3/31/18 1:13 pm
From: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Phishing Emails
Gmail had automatically directed the mail [this one from Mary Ann] to
my Spam folder...

JS

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Date: 3/31/18 12:16 pm
From: Fred Shaffer <glaucousgull...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Black-headed Gull continues at Back River
I made a brief stop at Diamond Point along the Back River this morning, quickly finding the previously reported Black-headed Gull on the mudflats with about 350 Bonaparte's Gulls.  I viewed the bird at rest and in flight, seeing the reddish-tinged bill (evident only with scope views), the full hood and the black underside of the middle primaries (seen in flight). I got much briefer views of an immature Little Gull walking on the mudflats, which I quickly lost and was unable to relocate as the gulls moved about on the mudflats. Most of the gulls weren't flying, but there was quite a bit of walkng around as the birds foraged on the mud and shallow water. The Black-headed Gull was in view the entire time I was there, however. Good birding.
Fred <ShafferGlaucousGull...>, Anne Arundel

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Date: 3/31/18 11:03 am
From: Patricia Valdata <pvaldata1...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Spring yard birds
I was out of town for two weeks and came home on Wednesday evening. On
Thursday morning we watched our FOS Osprey catch a fish. Laughing Gulls
showed up yesterday, and Tree Swallows today.

This morning we had a raft of 25 Red-breasted Mergansers (four males, all
the rest females), the most I've seen in our creek at one time. The growing
flock of Buffleheads showed up (also 25 of them). This is about the time
they headed north last year.

While birding, we had a nice view of the ASPIRE launch from Wallops Island.

Pat Valdata
Crisfield, Somerset County

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Date: 3/31/18 10:29 am
From: 'Marcy Stutzman' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Oxbow Lake: Rusty Blackbirds, Palm Warbler
I followed up today on an eBird checklist from Michael Bowen yesterday that included Rusty Blackbird at Oxbow Lake. I first found a male and female, and later two males!

Marcy Stutzman
Russet, MD 20724
Oxbow Lake Hotspot: https://ebird.org/hotspot/L470637


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Subject: eBird Report - Oxbow Lake, Mar 31, 2018

Oxbow Lake, Anne Arundel, Maryland, US
Mar 31, 2018 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.5 mile(s)
Comments: Conditions: 40-58°F, Sunny, wind NW, gusts 3-7 mph. Started out cold/cool, ended warm and beautiful. Did trail maintenance. Met a birder/photographer, showed him Wilson Snipe. Mammal: Red Fox.
46 species

Canada Goose 12 Paired up and in territories.
Wood Duck 12
Northern Shoveler 4
Gadwall 6
Mallard 4
American Black Duck 2
Green-winged Teal 12
Ring-necked Duck 30
Hooded Merganser 12
Pied-billed Grebe 1
Great Blue Heron 2
Turkey Vulture 2
Bald Eagle 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Wilson's Snipe 14
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 1
Mourning Dove 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
Downy Woodpecker 2
Northern Flicker 2
Pileated Woodpecker 2
Blue Jay 12
American Crow 4
Fish Crow 2
Tree Swallow 20
Carolina Chickadee 2
Tufted Titmouse 2
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
Brown Creeper 1
Winter Wren 1
Carolina Wren 1
Golden-crowned Kinglet 8
Eastern Bluebird 1
American Robin 6
Brown Thrasher 2
Palm Warbler 1
Pine Warbler 2
Yellow-rumped Warbler 12
Dark-eyed Junco 1
Song Sparrow 12
Eastern Towhee 6
Northern Cardinal 6
Red-winged Blackbird 30
Rusty Blackbird 4
Common Grackle 2
American Goldfinch 1

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44121404

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

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Date: 3/31/18 9:45 am
From: Wayne Bierbaum <wm.bierbaum...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Trumpeter Swan on the South River
This morning in Riva, Maryland, I saw a Trumpeter Swan at the mouth of Beards Creek. I was not ready to take a photo and only got it as it flew away. The bird flew up towards the beginning of the creek, Hidden Pond area, and landed there. Photo attached for discussion of ID but in the water it really looked the part.
I also had a Prairie Warbler in my back yard today. It was feeding on suet. This was a first for my yard.
Incidentally, I took a trip to Iceland and saw Tufted Ducks, Eurasian Wigeons, Pink-footed Geese and Whooper Swans. I won't bore you with photos. WDB

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Date: 3/31/18 9:08 am
From: Warblerick <ricksussman1955...>
Subject: [MDBirding] New FOY yard bird
I've been watching a (FOY) Brown Thrasher (yard bird #54 for the year) feeding under the bushes off and on this morning, as well as the wintering pair of Eastern Towhees and at least one Fox Sparrow. Common Grackles are on the increase, and at least one of the 3 Yellow-rumped Warblers is still coming to the suet, as is the male Hairy Woodpecker.

Rick Sussman
Woodbine,MD

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Date: 3/31/18 9:03 am
From: Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Wheaton Regional Park today 3/31
Hi all,

Had first spring visit to WRP this morning. Nice sunny day but the season seems weeks behind...Some changes, too...the “white house” by the mini train tracks was torn down over the winter, including the shed where the Black Vultures nested for years so they are out of luck!

Mostly just the expected for this time of year, six species of sparrow including FOS singing Chipping. Several male Towhees singing away. Two lone Tree Swallows over Pine Lake, where the floating islands have been reduced to one by winter storms, couple Phoebes, and Bluebirds investigating their nest box.

Will probably start making more regular visits when spring advances a tad more!

Gail Mackiernan and Barry Cooper,
Colesville, MD

Mar 31, 2018 9:30 AM - 11:15 AM
35 species (+1 other taxa)

Birds of interest:

Cooper's Hawk 1
Belted Kingfisher 1
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 2
Pileated Woodpecker 1
Eastern Phoebe 2
Tree Swallow 2 FOS here
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1
Eastern Bluebird 2
American Robin 25
Chipping Sparrow 3 FOS singing males
Field Sparrow 2
Swamp Sparrow 7 In widely scattered areas
Eastern Towhee 4 FOS - singing males

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Date: 3/31/18 3:21 am
From: world oceans <world.oceans7...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Phishing Emails
You can also forward such messages to <scam...> so the feds can track
them down.


James Gibson
ex-Silver Spring

On Sat, Mar 31, 2018 at 5:28 AM, Bobbi <b.reichwein...> wrote:

> On Friday, March 30, 2018 at 9:46:03 PM UTC-4, Jo Solem wrote:
> > This seems to be a generalized attack on AOL email accounts. Over the
> last week or so I have received a total of FOUR identical messages from
> four different AOL email accounts. As Mary Ann says, DON'T attempt to open
> it. Instead of just deleting
> > it, NOTIFY YOUR EMAIL CLIENT (Mozilla, Chrome, etc.) SO THAT THEY CAN
> TRACK DOWN THE SOURCE OF THE SPAM!
> >
> >
> > Bob Solem
> > <ode......>
> > Laurel MD 20723
> >
> > On 3/30/2018 9:32 PM, Jan Braumuller wrote:
> >
> >
> >
> > Mary Ann and other MD/ DC birders,
> >
> > I received the same email an hour ago. I copied the following:
> >
> > It comes from: <d......> and reads:
> >
> > Dave has shared a document with you on One Drive. To view it click on
> the link below.
> >
> > As Mary Ann warned us: do not open it; simply delete the email
> immediately.
> >
> > Stay safe on line.
> >
> > My best, Jan
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> > Sent from my iPad
> >
> >
> >
> > On Mar 30, 2018, at 9:13 PM, Mary Ann Todd <marya......> wrote:
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> > Dave & I only use gmail for MDBirds. Today a friend and I got a notice
> of an email supposedly from Dave with a shared document/PowerPoint. Most of
> you know by now that these are usually Phishing emails. Be sure not to open
> them or the document
> > contained in them.
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> Funny, 5 min. ago I read about the bogus emails and just got one from Jane
> Fallon. Now to report it.
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Date: 3/30/18 8:32 pm
From: SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Friday, March 30, 2018 392 Raptors
Fort Smallwood Park

Pasadena, Maryland, USA

Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 30, 2018

Species

Day's Count

Month Total

Season Total

Black Vulture

20

143

173

Turkey Vulture

317

3391

3589

Osprey

17

298

298

Bald Eagle

3

35

37

Northern Harrier

1

7

7

Sharp-shinned Hawk

6

49

49

Cooper's Hawk

10

93

93

Northern Goshawk

0

0

0

Red-shouldered Hawk

12

113

119

Broad-winged Hawk

0

0

0

Red-tailed Hawk

5

48

57

Rough-legged Hawk

0

0

0

Golden Eagle

0

0

0

American Kestrel

0

13

14

Merlin

1

7

7

Peregrine Falcon

0

0

0

Unknown Accipiter

0

0

0

Unknown Buteo

0

1

3

Unknown Falcon

0

0

0

Unknown Eagle

0

0

0

Unknown Raptor

0

0

0

Total:

392

4198

4446



Observation start time:

9:00 am

Observation end time:

2:00 pm Daylight Time

Total observation time:

5 hours

Official Counter

Hal Wierenga, Ralph Geuder

Observers:

Chris Reed, Hal Wierenga


Visitors: Kingsley Simon

Weather:
Cloudy; 68-75 degrees; good visibility until the rain started;
winds out of the southwest, 8-16 mph, gusting to 24 mph

Raptor Observations: A nice flight under unsettled skies

Non-raptor Observations: 2 Pine Warblers

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Report submitted by Sue Ricciardi (<susiericc...>)
Fort Smallwood Park information may be found at:
http://www.mdbirds.org/sites/mdsites/hawks/hawkwatch.html
More information at hawkcount.org: [Site Profile] [Day Summary] [Month
Summary]

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Site Description
Fort Smallwood Park is located on the western shore of Chesapeake
Bay at the
mouth of the Patapsco River, 11 miles south of Baltimore, MD. Best
winds are
from the southwest.

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Date: 3/30/18 8:28 pm
From: Bobbi <b.reichwein...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Phishing Emails
On Friday, March 30, 2018 at 9:46:03 PM UTC-4, Jo Solem wrote:
> This seems to be a generalized attack on AOL email accounts. Over the last week or so I have received a total of FOUR identical messages from four different AOL email accounts. As Mary Ann says, DON'T attempt to open it. Instead of just deleting
> it, NOTIFY YOUR EMAIL CLIENT (Mozilla, Chrome, etc.) SO THAT THEY CAN TRACK DOWN THE SOURCE OF THE SPAM!
>
>
> Bob Solem
> <ode......>
> Laurel MD 20723
>
> On 3/30/2018 9:32 PM, Jan Braumuller wrote:
>
>
>
> Mary Ann and other MD/ DC birders,
>
>  I received the same email an hour ago. I copied the following:
>
>  It comes from: <d......> and reads:
>
>  Dave has shared a document with you on One Drive. To view it click on the link below. 
>
> As Mary Ann warned us: do not open it; simply delete the email immediately.
>
> Stay safe on line.   
>
> My best, Jan
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
> Sent from my iPad
>
>
>
> On Mar 30, 2018, at 9:13 PM, Mary Ann Todd <marya......> wrote:
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
> Dave & I only use gmail for MDBirds. Today a friend and I got a notice of an email supposedly from Dave with a shared document/PowerPoint. Most of you know by now that these are usually Phishing emails. Be sure not to open them or the document
> contained in them. 
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Funny, 5 min. ago I read about the bogus emails and just got one from Jane Fallon. Now to report it.

Bobbi Reichwein

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Date: 3/30/18 6:46 pm
From: Jo & Bob Solem <odenata...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Phishing Emails
This seems to be a generalized attack on AOL email accounts. Over the last week or so I have received a total of FOUR identical messages from four different AOL email accounts. As Mary Ann says, DON'T attempt to open it. Instead of just deleting it, NOTIFY YOUR EMAIL CLIENT (Mozilla, Chrome, etc.) SO THAT THEY CAN TRACK DOWN THE SOURCE OF THE SPAM!

Bob Solem
<odenata...><mailto:<odenata...>
Laurel MD 20723

On 3/30/2018 9:32 PM, Jan Braumuller wrote:
Mary Ann and other MD/ DC birders,
I received the same email an hour ago. I copied the following:
It comes from: <dma...><mailto:<dma...> and reads:
Dave has shared a document with you on One Drive. To view it click on the link below.
As Mary Ann warned us: do not open it; simply delete the email immediately.
Stay safe on line.
My best, Jan


Sent from my iPad

On Mar 30, 2018, at 9:13 PM, Mary Ann Todd <maryatodd2...><mailto:<maryatodd2...>> wrote:

Dave & I only use gmail for MDBirds. Today a friend and I got a notice of an email supposedly from Dave with a shared document/PowerPoint. Most of you know by now that these are usually Phishing emails. Be sure not to open them or the document contained in them.
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Date: 3/30/18 6:32 pm
From: Jan Braumuller <janbraumuller...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Phishing Emails
Mary Ann and other MD/ DC birders,
I received the same email an hour ago. I copied the following:
It comes from: <dma...> and reads:
Dave has shared a document with you on One Drive. To view it click on the link below.
As Mary Ann warned us: do not open it; simply delete the email immediately.
Stay safe on line.
My best, Jan


Sent from my iPad

> On Mar 30, 2018, at 9:13 PM, Mary Ann Todd <maryatodd2...> wrote:
>
> Dave & I only use gmail for MDBirds. Today a friend and I got a notice of an email supposedly from Dave with a shared document/PowerPoint. Most of you know by now that these are usually Phishing emails. Be sure not to open them or the document contained in them.
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Date: 3/30/18 6:13 pm
From: Mary Ann Todd <maryatodd2...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Phishing Emails
Dave & I only use gmail for MDBirds. Today a friend and I got a notice of
an email supposedly from Dave with a shared document/PowerPoint. Most of
you know by now that these are usually Phishing emails. Be sure not to open
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Date: 3/30/18 4:25 pm
From: Kojo Baidoo <baidookojo6...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Recent Birding, Backyard and Otherwise
Easter Break started today, and after some great birds seen yesterday at school (Harrier) and at home while doing gymnastics in the front yard (3 Osprey, Kestrel, Merlin, Coop, etc.), I couldn't not go outside today. After seeing my FOS (for the yard) Golden-crowned Kinglets doing their usual bouncing around, I first visited the Red-shouldered Hawks Zeus and Hera, the latter of which has started incubating while her mate stays nearby. A migrating immature bird who was unlucky enough to find itself in the heart of their territory almost incurred their wrath. After checking for any interesting sparrows and having no luck, as the Fox Sparrows seemed to have moved on, it started to rain, so I went home, but once it stopped I found myself once again in the yard. Chipping Sparrows appeared to return overnight, and at least three males were singing, a sound much welcomed. There were phoebes around, and the kinglets once again made an appearance, with around eight birds foraging around me at a couple points. They stayed around for a couple hours. The hawks were once again up and moving; by the time it was noon, I had 3 kestrels, 3 Coops, 2 Sharp-shinneds, 3 Red-tails, 3 Red-shoulders, an Osprey, a harrier, and more vultures than I can count. The best surprise of the day was a very early Blue-gray Gnatcatcher that appeared in the yard aorund eleven, called a bit, and flew off not long after that without letting me get a photo. While they start appearing regularly about a week or so from now in places around here, usually it's around two until I see them in the forest around here, so this bird was quite surprising. Here's to more spring migrants as April comes our way!

Last week, I was able to visit Soldiers Delight, and I was rewarded with male Pine Warblers, the testosterone coursing through their veins. There were at least two on territory, and probably more by now. Along with that, there was a Bald Eagle, a flock of 70 or so Tundra Swans, Gray Catbird (very nice to see), Wild Turkey, and an unexpected Peregrine Falcon. Hoping to visit a couple more times this season, especially when the Prairie Warblers return.

Golden-crowned Kinglet: https://www.flickr.com/photos/132863360@N02/41080318412

Checklist for today: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44099316
Soldiers Delight: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44100908

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Date: 3/30/18 2:10 pm
From: Hugh Vandervoort <hughva...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Please help me identify this bird
Female Red Winged Blackbird.
Annapolis, MD
My Birding Blog
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On Fri, Mar 30, 2018 at 4:36 PM, Nikki DeBraccio
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> Possibly female Red-winged blackbird?
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Date: 3/30/18 2:01 pm
From: Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Please help me identify this bird
It is indeed a Red-winged Blackbird.

On Fri, Mar 30, 2018 at 4:37 PM Nikki DeBraccio <nikki.debraccio...>
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Date: 3/30/18 1:37 pm
From: Nikki DeBraccio <nikki.debraccio...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Please help me identify this bird
Possibly female Red-winged blackbird?

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Date: 3/30/18 1:36 pm
From: <crisclore...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Please help me identify this bird
I could use help identifying this bird.
Thanks!

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Date: 3/30/18 9:46 am
From: 'Stephen Davies' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Palm Warbler, other migrants, Silver Spring
Stopped by the Wheaton Branch Stormwater Ponds again this morning, to see what might be moving. Singles each of Osprey, Sharp-shinned and Cooper's Hawks, a distant Bald Eagle, numerous flickers headed north. And a bright Yellow Palm Warbler.
eBird checklist with photos:
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Stephen J. Davies

Silver Spring, MD
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Date: 3/30/18 9:07 am
From: Tim Houghton <timhoughton...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Milford Mill, palms
4 yellow palms, a pine, and several yellow-rumped. Regularly see the palms and pines together at this spot. Also had 4 fox sparrows, which are almost never reported here. An ear-piercing explosion of golden-crowned kinglets throughout the loop--can't remember ever seeing and hearing so many at one location.


Tim Houghton

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Date: 3/30/18 8:05 am
From: Derek C. Richardson <dcr...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Red-throated Loon? Laurel, PG County

Hey everyone,

I found what I think is a Red-throated Loon at Rocky Gorge Reservoir in
Laurel, PG County. Opinions welcome! I've attached the best digiscoped
image. The bird has been there for over an hour and was still there when
I left about 10 minutes ago. If you want to try for this bird, you would
go to Supplee Park off Brooklyn Bridge Rd and drive down to the boat
launch. Please be aware that a usage permit is required. Google "WSSC
watershed use permit" for info.

D

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Date: 3/30/18 7:57 am
From: Linda Friedland <linnet1...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Louisiana Waterthrush at Pennyfield Lock
Heard singing at the "new" bridge and seen briefly.
Two FOY Osprey were courting at the Riley's Lock turning basin.

Linda Friedland,
Montgomery County

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Date: 3/30/18 6:50 am
From: Eugene J. Scarpulla <ejscarp...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Request: Photo of Pelagic Birders
The spring issue of Maryland Birdlife will be devoted to seabirds and
pelagic birding. On the cover, I would like to feature an action photo
showing a group of pelagic birders onboard looking through binoculars, and
hopefully showing some of the boat. Ideally, this would be from one of the
1991 or 1992 "Atlantic Seabirds" pelagic trips, but other trips in Maryland
waters (e.g., Paul Guris, Brian Patteson) could be acceptable. If you might
have a potential photograph, please respond to me off-list.

Thanks,

Gene



Eugene J. Scarpulla

Editor, The Maryland Entomologist

Editor, Maryland Birdlife

Bowie, Maryland

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Date: 3/30/18 5:40 am
From: 'John Canoles' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Tree Swallows Baltimore Co
Tree swallows have returned to Long Green Valley. This morning four swallows were battling to displace a house sparrow that has taken residence in an old nest box along Long Green Road.





John Canoles
Eco-Science Professionals, Inc.
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Date: 3/30/18 5:26 am
From: Tim Carney <timmyc83...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Masonville 03/29/2018
Masonville was extremely birdy yesterday. There was an obvious influx of migrants, particularly sparrows and phoebes. The highlight was finding three VESPER SPARROWS; two were in the public area and one was in a restricted area.

Other notables: Wood Duck, Blue-winged Teal, Green-winged Teal, Wilson's Snipe, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Brown Creeper, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Fox Sparrow, Savannah Sparrow.

I saw Ospreys and American Crows carrying nesting materials and one of the Tree Swallows was on a nestbox.

I did not relocate the Painted Bunting despite checking the feeders twice throughout the day, for about 10-20 minutes each time.

eBird checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44060981

Tim Carney
Parkville, MD

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Date: 3/30/18 5:04 am
From: 'Marcy Stutzman' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Oxbow Lake: Blue-winged Teal, Pine Warbler, Wilson Snipe
Yesterday was a good day at Oxbow Lake. New arrivals included Blue-winged Teal and Pine Warbler. Still a good number of waterfowl. The number of Wilson Snipe continue to grow.

Marcy Stutzman
Russett, MD 20724


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Subject: eBird Report - Oxbow Lake, Mar 29, 2018

Oxbow Lake, Anne Arundel, Maryland, US
Mar 29, 2018 2:45 PM - 3:45 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.5 mile(s)
Comments: Conditions: 69-73°F, Sunny, Wind ENE, Gusts 7 mph. A great day to take a late lunch and enjoy the weather and birds. Heard 3 Pine Warblers, first warbler migrants!
33 species

Canada Goose 12
Wood Duck 2
Blue-winged Teal 1
Northern Shoveler 20 Continuing throughout winter and into spring.
Gadwall 6
Mallard 10
Green-winged Teal 20
Ring-necked Duck 30
Bufflehead 5
Hooded Merganser 6
Great Blue Heron 2
Turkey Vulture 5
Osprey 1
Bald Eagle 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Wilson's Snipe 14 First counted 8, then 12, and last count was 14. Probably more.
Mourning Dove 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 1
Pileated Woodpecker 1
Eastern Phoebe 1
Blue Jay 6
American Crow 6
Fish Crow 2
Carolina Chickadee 1
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
Carolina Wren 1
Eastern Bluebird 1
American Robin 6
Pine Warbler 3
Song Sparrow 6
Eastern Towhee 2
Northern Cardinal 2

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44067118

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

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Date: 3/29/18 8:08 pm
From: SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fwd: [BIRDHAWK] Fort Smallwood Park (29 Mar 2018) 62 Raptors
Fort Smallwood Park

Pasadena, Maryland, USA

Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 29, 2018

Species

Day's Count

Month Total

Season Total

Black Vulture

1

123

153

Turkey Vulture

21

3074

3272

Osprey

21

281

281

Bald Eagle

0

32

34

Northern Harrier

4

6

6

Sharp-shinned Hawk

2

43

43

Cooper's Hawk

4

83

83

Northern Goshawk

0

0

0

Red-shouldered Hawk

2

101

107

Broad-winged Hawk

0

0

0

Red-tailed Hawk

0

43

52

Rough-legged Hawk

0

0

0

Golden Eagle

0

0

0

American Kestrel

7

13

14

Merlin

0

6

6

Peregrine Falcon

0

0

0

Unknown Accipiter

0

0

0

Unknown Buteo

0

1

3

Unknown Falcon

0

0

0

Unknown Eagle

0

0

0

Unknown Raptor

0

0

0

Total:

62

3806

4054



Observation start time:

11:30 am

Observation end time:

3:00 pm Daylight Time

Total observation time:

3.5 hours

Official Counter

Sue Ricciardi

Observers:

Dan Walker



Weather: The count began after the fog lifted some. It remained
mostly cloudy with foggy patches. 55-66 degrees; winds light
ending from the east at 6 mph.

Raptor Observations: A satisfying flight given the conditions. Two
of the harriers flew by side by side, followed by a third. The
pair consisted of an adult male and an adult female.

Non-raptor Observations: First of season Great Egret and Northern
Rough-winged Swallows; also Belted Kingfisher, Eastern Phoebe, 25
Horned Grebes, 5 Northern Shovelers

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Report submitted by Sue Ricciardi (<susiericc...>)
Fort Smallwood Park information may be found at:
http://www.mdbirds.org/sites/mdsites/hawks/hawkwatch.html
More information at hawkcount.org: [Site Profile] [Day Summary] [Month
Summary]

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Site Description
Fort Smallwood Park is located on the western shore of Chesapeake
Bay at the
mouth of the Patapsco River, 11 miles south of Baltimore, MD. Best
winds are
from the southwest.

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Date: 3/29/18 6:49 pm
From: 'Stephen J. Davies' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Migration in the burbs
Definite signs of birds moving into the region on the warm air from the south today. I stopped by Wheaton Branch Stormwater Ponds in suburban Silver Spring this morning, which doesn’t have much attractive habitat, but offers views of the sky. A steady northward stream of robins was accompanied first by two Great Egrets, and then by an Osprey and an American Kestrel. A Bald Eagle made a low pass, moving off toward Sligo Creek. As I watched the eagle disappear over the rooftops, another small falcon streaked over. I assumed it was the kestrel making another pass, but the single photo I obtained shows flanks heavily streaked with dark brown and dark brown upperwings - a female Merlin, perhaps the same bird that’s been seen on and off at Wheaton Regional Park the last couple winters.

eBird checklist with photos:
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44056677

Happy Spring Migration ~.~

Stephen J. Davies
Silver Spring MD

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Date: 3/29/18 5:00 pm
From: Fred Shaffer <glaucousgull...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Glaucous Gull at Jug Bay
I went kayaking after work today, putting into the Patuxent River at Jackson Landing (Jug Bay).  There was a large mixed-species flock of gulls out in the main part of Jug Bay, and I kayaked out to them to get a closer look.  I was excited to find a 1st cycle Glaucous Gulls with the flock.  The bird was foraging on and over the river with a large group of Ring-billed and Herring Gulls.  The flock was skittish, flushing often and flying up and down the river, but I got a few photos of the Glaucous Gull (a large, extremely bleached and pale bird) which I'll attached to my eBird report this evening.  At one point, all the gulls flushed and a bunch flew north up the river. I was unable to relocate the Glaucous Gull after this, although it did fly over my kayak before departing.  Also present were 3 Great Black-backed Gulls, 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull and about 10 or 15 Laughing Gulls. I believe that the vast majority of the gull flock (including the Glaucous Gull) stayed on the Anne Arundel side of the Patuxent.  Good birding!
Fred <ShafferGlaucousGull...>, Anne Arundel

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Date: 3/29/18 4:32 pm
From: 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Louisiana Waterthrush, St. Mary's County!
I was just out enjoying the warm evening and heard a Louisiana Waterthrush singing back in the swamp behind our house. There's usually a pair nesting back in there somewhere so perhaps one has returned? Will try to get a recording tomorrow morning. Didn't work just now as it only sang a few times spaced out a few minutes apart. Nothing says spring like the loud, up and down song of a LOWA!


Tyler Bell
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California, Maryland

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Date: 3/29/18 1:47 pm
From: Judi Durda <jdurda...>
Subject: [MDBirding] raptor movement today
My office is on Riva Road in Annapolis. I have been seeing a lot of vultures kettleing up and heading northeast. A kettle of 50 outside my window now.
Some osprey and sharpies too.

Be interesting to see the count today from fort Smallwood.

Judi L. Durda

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Date: 3/29/18 11:07 am
From: 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Eared Grebe at Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum, Calvert, 3/29
I got an email from Andy Brown that Sherman Suter found a breeding plumage Eared Grebe at JPPM at the kayak launch looking north. There are a few records of EAGR at JPPM that I'm aware of. Nice find in Calvert!
Andy also reports that one of the naturalists at Flag Ponds had a flyover Sandhill Crane yesterday, 3/28. Haven't heard any recent reports of the Scotland (St. Mary's) SACR lately. I wonder if it finally is blasting off to the north or just another random bird?


Tyler Bell
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California, Maryland

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Date: 3/29/18 8:21 am
From: Kevin Graff <keyweststyle2001...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Masonville Cove, 03/28/18
03/28/18 – 710am-1210pm (Scientific Monitoring Survey)
Masonville Cove, B'more, MD

WEATHER: MC/Overcast, 41-51 degrees, ESE 3 mph- Variable 4 mph OBS: 2

Canada Goose – 18

Wood Duck – 4
Gadwall – 4
American Black Duck – 2
Mallard – 26
Northern Shoveler – 6
Green-winged Teal – 2
Canvasback – 2
Ring-necked Duck – 11
Lesser Scaup – 129
Bufflehead – 122
Ruddy Duck – 425
Red-throated Loon – 1
Pied-billed Grebe – 1
Horned Grebe – 16
Red-necked Grebe – 1
Double-crested Cormorant – 14
Great Blue Heron – 4
Turkey Vulture – 1
Osprey – 5
American Coot – 2
Killdeer – 1
Ring-billed Gull – 59
Herring Gull – 9
Great Black-backed Gull – 7
Rock Pigeon – 2
Mourning Dove – 9
Downy Woodpecker – 2
Northern Flicker – 6
Eastern Phoebe – 1
Blue Jay - 4
American Crow – 3
Fish Crow – 6
Common Raven – 2 (one carries nest materials)
Tree Swallow – 3
Carolina Wren – 4
American Robin – 17
Northern Mockingbird – 6
European Starling – 68
Cedar Waxing – 10
Eastern Towhee – 1
Field Sparrow – 2
Savannah Sparrow – 2
Song Sparrow – 60
Swamp Sparrow – 6
White-throated Sparrow – 16
White-crowned Sparrow – 1
“Slate-colored” Junco – 7
Northern Cardinal – 8
Painted Bunting – 1
Eastern Meadowlark – 3
Red-winged Blackbird – 38
Brown-headed Cowbird - 2
House Finch – 4
American Goldfinch – 6
SPECIES: 55 INDIVIDUALS: 1172

MAMMALS
White-tailed Deer – 6
Groundhog – 1
Eastern Cottontail – 2
Raccoon (tracks)
Opossum (tracks)
Red Fox (tracks)

REPTILES: E Painted Turtle – 1


Kevin Graff
Jarrettsville, MD
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Date: 3/29/18 3:29 am
From: James Wilson <birdmanjfw...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Poplar Island 03/27/2018
Are there efforts on Poplar Island to keep it mouse and rat free??? Just curious.

Jim Wilson
Queenstown

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Date: 3/28/18 8:41 am
From: Tim Carney <timmyc83...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Poplar Island 03/27/2018
Spring still seems a bit delayed on Poplar Island. I only observed five Tree Swallows yesterday (compare to 62 on 03/30/2017 and 57 on 03/23/2016). Killdeer numbers also seemed low, with five yesterday (compare to 15 on 03/30/2017 and 18 on 03/23/2016).

The first transient passerines of the spring were noted: one each of Eastern Phoebe, Eastern Bluebird, and Dark-eyed Junco.

The most unusual species I encountered was a Pileated Woodpecker, which called twice from Coaches Island. This was the first time I personally recorded this species in the general Poplar Island area.

The cluster of Short-eared Owls was still present. I counted ten at the barges. Other staff found two more at the south end of the site.

I also counted 110 Gadwall and 24 White-winged Scoters offshore, which seemed high compared to other censuses this winter.

eBird checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44014066

Tim Carney
Parkville, MD

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Date: 3/28/18 8:01 am
From: Jim Nelson <kingfishers2...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] OT: New info on Carolina Parakeets
There is also a good article on the Parakeets' extinction in the
February issue of Birding from the American Birding Association.

Jim Nelson

Bethesda, MD


On 3/28/2018 10:30 AM, Janet Millenson wrote:
> The range of Carolina Parakeets may have been smaller than previously
> thought:http://theconversation.com/the-tragic-story-of-americas-only-native-parrot-now-extinct-for-100-years-93038
>
> Apparently there were two subspecies. Based on the map, it looks like
> the more northwestern subspecies (/Conuropsis carolinensis
> ludovicianus) /was the one seen in Maryland.
>
>
> Janet Millenson
> Potomac, MD (Montgomery County)
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Date: 3/28/18 7:31 am
From: Janet Millenson <janet...>
Subject: [MDBirding] OT: New info on Carolina Parakeets
The range of Carolina Parakeets may have been smaller than previously
thought:http://theconversation.com/the-tragic-story-of-americas-only-native-parrot-now-extinct-for-100-years-93038

Apparently there were two subspecies. Based on the map, it looks like
the more northwestern subspecies (/Conuropsis carolinensis ludovicianus)
/was the one seen in Maryland.


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Potomac, MD (Montgomery County)
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Date: 3/28/18 5:58 am
From: <keyweststyle2001...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Bunting and Grebe, Masonville
Female Painted Bunting seen briefly along edge of hill below service road
around 730am, has not been relocated. One Red-necked Grebe near raft
of Horned Grebes. One beautiful adult White-crowned Sparrow at access
zone #2 - Kevin Graff
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Date: 3/27/18 7:48 pm
From: SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Tuesday, March 27, 2018 46 Raptors
Fort Smallwood Park

Pasadena, Maryland, USA

Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 27, 2018

Species

Day's Count

Month Total

Season Total

Black Vulture

1

122

152

Turkey Vulture

33

3053

3251

Osprey

9

260

260

Bald Eagle

0

32

34

Northern Harrier

0

2

2

Sharp-shinned Hawk

0

41

41

Cooper's Hawk

0

79

79

Northern Goshawk

0

0

0

Red-shouldered Hawk

3

99

105

Broad-winged Hawk

0

0

0

Red-tailed Hawk

0

43

52

Rough-legged Hawk

0

0

0

Golden Eagle

0

0

0

American Kestrel

0

6

7

Merlin

0

6

6

Peregrine Falcon

0

0

0

Unknown Accipiter

0

0

0

Unknown Buteo

0

1

3

Unknown Falcon

0

0

0

Unknown Eagle

0

0

0

Unknown Raptor

0

0

0

Total:

46

3744

3992


Observation start time:

9:15 am

Observation end time:

1:00 pm Daylight Time

Total observation time:

3.75 hours

Official Counter

Sue Ricciardi

Observers:

Dan Walker, Hal Wierenga


Weather: Mostly cloudy becoming overcast in advance of rain; 36-41
degrees; good visibility; winds light, mostly from the SE, 0-8 mph

Raptor Observations: A light flight before the rain; returning
pair of Ospreys are busy repairing last year's nest, nearly blown
away by the strong winds over the winter.

Non-raptor Observations:

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Report submitted by Sue Ricciardi (<susiericc...>)
Fort Smallwood Park information may be found at:
http://www.mdbirds.org/sites/mdsites/hawks/hawkwatch.html
More information at hawkcount.org: [Site Profile] [Day Summary] [Month
Summary]

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Site Description
Fort Smallwood Park is located on the western shore of Chesapeake
Bay at the
mouth of the Patapsco River, 11 miles south of Baltimore, MD. Best
winds are
from the southwest.

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Date: 3/27/18 7:07 pm
From: Donald Sweig <skybirds.d...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Painted bunting in Crownsville
Wow ! What a beautiful bright bird.
It’s welcome at my feeder anytime; what did you have in the feeder?
Donald Sweig
Falls Church, Virginia

Sent from my iPad

> On Mar 27, 2018, at 9:01 PM, Ted on Little Round Bay <akbar...> wrote:
>
> How odd is this? Was around for about an hour, mid-day today.
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Date: 3/27/18 6:21 pm
From: James Meyers <jamesleomeyers...>
Subject: [MDBirding] GB Heron rookery at Loch Raven Reservoir
Today while checking on an eagle nest at Loch Raven Reservoir in Baltimore Co. I spotted a Great Blue Heron rookery. There were at least 15 herons and 9 stick nests. Some of the birds were on the nests and others were perched nearby. Earlier this winter I had seen this tightly grouped set of empty stick nests and thought it could be an old rookery.....today's observation verified it. The Bald Eagle nest was occupied by an adult bird and I could not see any young ( I was viewing through a spotting scope on the opposite side of the reservoir, quite a distance away).
The following may be off subject locally but will be of interest to birders. A pair of Great Horned Owls have nested right next to each other on a window ledge at the Desert Research Institute in Reno, Nevada. These two birds are within inches of each other and it is believed that one male GH Owl has mated with them both! The Nevada Dept. of Wildlife has set up a camera and is streaming a live feed of this previously unknown behavior. You can watch online by going to the website VIEW NESTING BIRDS....click on GREAT HORNED OWL....then scroll down to the Reno Nevada site. Should be quite interesting to see how the 2 broods interact.
Jim Meyers Nottingham, MD

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Date: 3/27/18 6:01 pm
From: Ted on Little Round Bay <akbar...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Painted bunting in Crownsville
How odd is this? Was around for about an hour, mid-day today.

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Date: 3/27/18 3:39 pm
From: Kevin Graff <keyweststyle2001...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Rail Trail & the Flats, 03/27/18
First of 9 Tues weekly walks at Phoenix section & the Flats afterward.


03/27/18 - 755am-1045am
Torrey C Brown Rail Trail--Phoenix, B Co., MD

WEATHER: MC, 30-40 degrees, SE 3 mph- SE 6 mph OBS: 10

Canada Goose - 20
Wood Duck - 8
American Black Duck - 2
Great Blue Heron - 3
Black Vulture - 1
Turkey Vulture - 2
Bald Eagle - 1
Red-shouldered Hawk - 1
American Woodcock - 1
Mourning Dove - 6
Belted Kingfisher - 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker - 1
Downy Woodpecker - 3
Hairy Woodpecker - 1
Pileated Woodpecker - 1
Eastern Phoebe - 1
Blue Jay - 4
American Crow - 8
Fish Crow - 1
Carolina Chickadee - 13
Tufted Titmouse - 14
White-breasted Nuthatch - 5
Carolina Wren - 4
Winter Wren - 2
Golden-crowned Kinglet - 4
Ruby-crowned Kinglet - 1
Eastern Bluebird - 4
Hermit Thrush - 1
American Robin - 21
Northern Mockingbird - 2
European Starling - 2
Yellow-rumped Warbler - 7
Eastern Towhee - 1
Song Sparrow - 3
White-throated Sparrow - 26
"Slate-colored" Junco - 3
Northern Cardinal - 10
Red-winged Blackbird - 14
Brown-headed Cowbird - 3
American Goldfinch - 8
SPECIES: 40 INDIVIDUALS: 216

MAMMALS: Gray Sq - 15


03/27/18 - 1050am-1140am
Loch Raven Reservoir--Paper Mill Flats, B Co., MD

WEATHER: MC/Overcast, 40-41 degrees, SE 6 mph- Variable 4 mph OBS: 8

Canada Goose - 16
American Black Duck - 4
Green-winged Teal - 15
Great Blue Heron - 2
Black Vulture - 3
Turkey Vulture - 3
Bald Eagle - 1
Mourning Dove - 2
Belted Kingfisher - 1
Northern Flicker - 2
Pileated Woodpecker - 1
Eastern Phoebe - 1
Blue Jay - 1
American Crow - 2
Carolina Chickadee - 1
Carolina Wren - 2
Eastern Bluebird - 1
American Robin - 2
European Starling - 1
Song Sparrow - 4
White-throated Sparrow - 4
Northern Cardinal - 4
Red-winged Blackbird - 6
Common Grackle - 1
SPECIES: 24 INDIVIDUALS: 80

MAMMALS: Gray Sq - 5


Kevin Graff
Jarrettsville, MD
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Date: 3/27/18 3:13 pm
From: Kevin Graff <keyweststyle2001...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Hart-Miller Island, 03/26/18
03/26/18 - 715am-3pm
Hart-Miller Island, Essex, B Co., MD

WEATHER: Sunny/Fair, 30-47 degrees, calm-ESE 6K OBS: Kevin Graff, Andrew
Wolfgang

Canada Goose - 20
Wood Duck - 4
Gadwall - 26
American Wigeon - 19
American Black Duck - 64
Mallard - 61
Blue-winged Teal - 4
Northern Shoveler - 72
Northern Pintail - 9
Green-winged Teal - 89
Canvasback - 12
Redhead - 1
Ring-necked Duck - 4
Greater Scaup - 4
Lesser Scaup - 404
Bufflehead - 46
Red-breasted Merganser - 8
Ruddy Duck - 273
Red-throated Loon - 2
Pied-billed Grebe - 2
Double-crested Cormorant - 91
Great Blue Heron - 10
Great Egret - 1
Turkey Vulture - 10
Osprey - 9
Bald Eagle - 8 (4 ad, 4 imm)
Northern Harrier - 4
Red-tailed Hawk - 1
Peregrine Falcon - 1
American Coot - 54
Killdeer - 4
Wilson's Snipe - 2
American Woodcock - 1
Bonaparte's Gull - 46
Ring-billed Gull - 36
Herring Gull - 19
Great Black-backed Gull - 9
Mourning Dove - 14
Red-bellied Woodpecker - 2
Downy Woodpecker - 1
Northern Flicker - 4
Eastern Phoebe - 2
Blue Jay - 2
American Crow - 3
Fish Crow - 1
Tree Swallow - 3
Carolina Chickadee - 3
Carolina Wren - 4
Marsh Wren - 1
Golden-crowned Kinglet - 2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet - 2
American Robin - 5
Gray Catbird - 1
Northern Mockingbird - 2
Brown Thrasher - 1
European Starling - 11
Yellow-rumped Warbler - 1
Eastern Towhee - 6
Chipping Sparrow - 1
Field Sparrow - 4
Savannah Sparrow - 8
Song Sparrow - 69
Swamp Sparrow - 13
White-throated Sparrow - 43
Northern Cardinal - 13
Red-winged Blackbird - 159
Common Grackle - 1
Brown-headed Cowbird - 3
American Goldfinch - 10
SPECIES: 69 INDIVIDUALS: 1743

MAMMALS: Red Fox - 3 WT Deer (tracks) Raccoon (tracks)

REPTILES: E Painted Turtle - 1


Kevin Graff
Jarrettsville, MD
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Date: 3/27/18 2:39 pm
From: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Request for hummers are coming web page
I found I had saved the link:

http://www.hummingbirds.net/map.html

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Date: 3/27/18 2:34 pm
From: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Cormorants/Bald Eagle/Request for hummers are coming web page
While hiking on the CnO towpath across from Harpers Ferry yesterday I
noticed several DC Cormorants fishing in the Potomac.

[FR] A Bald Eagle [adult] added to my weekly biking raptor tally today.

Someone usually posts the hummers are coming web page to the
GROUP/listserver about this time of the year, but I haven't seen it
this year.

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

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Date: 3/27/18 8:25 am
From: Lydia Schindler <lydia13621...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fwd: DC Area, 3/27/2018
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Date: Tue, Mar 27, 2018 at 10:22 AM
Subject: DC Area, 3/27/2018
To: <BIRDEAST...>


Hotline: Voice of the Naturalist
Date: 3/27/2018
Coverage: MD/DC/N. VA/C. & S. DE/WV panhandle
Reports, comments, 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,
March 20, and was completed on Tuesday, March 27 at about 8:00 a.m.

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


TOP BIRD THIS WEEK: BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER in MD

OTHER BIRDS OF INTEREST: TRUMPETER SWAN, COMMON EIDER, LONG-TAILED
DUCK, BROWN PELICAN, AMERICAN BITTERN, LITTLE GULL, NORTHERN
ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW, LAPLAND LONGSPUR

TOP BIRD

A BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER was enjoyed by many March 21-26 in Havre
de Grace MD (Harford Co), most often around the intersection of Lewis
& Market Streets.

OTHER BIRDS OF INTEREST

In Fauquier Co VA, up to 10 TRUMPETER SWANs were seen March 20-25 in
the restricted-access area Airlie South. Two more TRUMPETER SWANs
were seen March 24-25 in Loudon Co VA along Fairview St NW. In Anne
Arundel Co MD, two TRUMPETER SWANs were seen at the Owensville Road
pond on March 24, and the same day, only a few miles to the north, a
single TRUMPETER SWAN was seen at the Smithsonian Environmental
Research Center.

On March 24, three COMMON EIDERs were seen at the Ocean City inlet,
Worcester Co MD. Also on March 24 and only a few miles to the north,
a single COMMON EIDER was seen at Indian River Inlet, Sussex Co DE. On
March 24, the Denton WWTP (Caroline Co MD) hosted a LONG-TAILED DUCK.

Seven BROWN PELICANs were seen March 25 from a private yard in Sussex
Co DE.

On March 24 & 25, an AMERICAN BITTERN was seen at Black Marsh,
Baltimore Co MD.

A single LITTLE GULL was spotted March 24 over the Susquehanna River
near Lapidum/Port Deposit (Harford & Cecil Counties MD).

An early NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW was seen March 20 over
Hart-Miller Island, Baltimore Co MD.

Two late LAPLAND LONGSPURs were seen in MD, one March 22 in Harford Co
at Bradenbaugh Flats (Bradenbaugh Rd & Harford Creamery Rd), the other
March 23 in Montgomery Co at Patton Turf Farm.

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

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

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

Thank you for your interest, and enjoy the birds.

*Of interest to the applicable records committee

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Date: 3/26/18 9:00 pm
From: Bob Ringler <ringler.bob...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fwd: Carroll Co. Birds 3/26/18
I went looking for waterfowl this afternoon.

Piney Run Park:
Canada Goose 30
Gadwall 2
Mallard 2
Black Duck 2
Green-winged Teal 20
Ring-necked Duck 2
Greater Scaup 7
Bufflehead 20
Common Merganser 7
Common Loon 1
Pied-billed Grebe 2
Horned Grebe 6
DC Cormorant 2
Ring-billed Gull 6
Bald Eagle 1 adult

Study Road Pond:
Canada Goose 60
Gadwall 15
Black Duck 3

Cranberry Reservoir:
Canada Goose 25
Wood Duck 2
Ring-necked Duck 10
Hooded Merganser 4
Ruddy Duck 4
Pied-billed Grebe 2
DC Cormorant 1

Liberty Reservoir off Oakland Road (most of these birds seen on the
Baltimore Co. side):
Canada Goose 12
Green-winged Teal 10 roosting on the island
Ring-necked Duck 4
Lesser Scaup 2
Red-breasted Merganser 4
Common Loon 1
Pied-billed Grebe 1
Horned Grebe 2
DC Cormorant ~45 coming to roost on the island

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Date: 3/26/18 8:37 pm
From: SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Monday, March 26, 2018 374 Raptors
Fort Smallwood Park

Pasadena, Maryland, USA

Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 26, 2018

Species

Day's Count

Month Total

Season Total

Black Vulture

59

121

151

Turkey Vulture

244

3020

3218

Osprey

59

251

251

Bald Eagle

0

32

34

Northern Harrier

0

2

2

Sharp-shinned Hawk

4

41

41

Cooper's Hawk

2

79

79

Northern Goshawk

0

0

0

Red-shouldered Hawk

5

95

101

Broad-winged Hawk

0

0

0

Red-tailed Hawk

1

43

52

Rough-legged Hawk

0

0

0

Golden Eagle

0

0

0

American Kestrel

0

6

7

Merlin

0

6

6

Peregrine Falcon

0

0

0

Unknown Accipiter

0

0

0

Unknown Buteo

0

1

3

Unknown Falcon

0

0

0

Unknown Eagle

0

0

0

Unknown Raptor

0

0

0

Total:

374

3697

3945



Observation start time:

9:15 am

Observation end time:

5:00 pm Daylight Time

Total observation time:

7.75 hours

Official Counter

Sue Ricciardi

Observers:

Alan Young, Chris Reed, Sue Young


Weather:
Mostly sunny; 37-46 degrees; good visibility; winds easterly,
often with a northeast component, 10-14 mph

Raptor Observations:
A third day of vultures and Ospreys

Non-raptor Observations:

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Report submitted by Sue Ricciardi (<susiericc...>)
Fort Smallwood Park information may be found at:
http://www.mdbirds.org/sites/mdsites/hawks/hawkwatch.html
More information at hawkcount.org: [Site Profile] [Day Summary] [Month
Summary]

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Site Description
Fort Smallwood Park is located on the western shore of Chesapeake
Bay at the
mouth of the Patapsco River, 11 miles south of Baltimore, MD. Best
winds are
from the southwest.

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Date: 3/26/18 2:21 pm
From: Warblerick <ricksussman1955...>
Subject: [MDBirding] FoY Ospreys
About 3:45 I stepped out of my shop for a birding break with my bins, and about 3 minutes later, looking up, saw an Osprey heading over going from West to East (towards Piney Run). Their overhead profile is so easily recognizable, even at great heights, though this one wasn't very high. Just at 5 pm I stepped out again, and another one was flying over, heading more NE. And soaring in big lazy circles was an adult Red-tailed Hawk.

Maybe tomorrow the Tree Swallows will return.

Rick Sussman
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Date: 3/26/18 11:16 am
From: Dale Murphy <murphy_dale...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Birding alternatives to Poplar Island?
On Saturday, March 24, 2018 at 6:19:51 PM UTC-4, Lacey N. Dunham wrote:
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> For my thirty-fifth birthday, my husband and I were going to take the day off work for the Poplar Island birding boat tour (first time!). While we both managed to get the day off—a significant feat this time of year—we, alas, do not appear likely to get off the tour wait list before April 13. 
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> Does anyone have a suggestion for a similar type of tour we could take? Or an alternative in that part of Maryland? We live in DC and don’t have many opportunities to bird too far outside the city. We would like to make the most of it. 
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> Thanks,
> Lacey N. Dunham
> NW Washington, DC
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> RE: the Fowler Beach section of Prime Hook NWR (link follows). Fowler Beach will be closed from today, 3/26 until 10/1/18 for nesting and migration of endangered and threatened species.
 https://www.fws.gov/uploadedFiles/Pressrelease%20Beach%20Closure%202018.pdf
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> Lacey N. Dunham 
> www.laceyndunham.com
> @bookbent

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Date: 3/26/18 10:36 am
From: Bob Ringler <ringler.bob...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Waterbirds at Loch Raven 3/26/18
Debbie Terry and I made two stops at Loch Raven today.

Seen from the Point:

Canada Goose 10
Mallard 20
Bufflehead 1
Common Merganser 22
Red-breasted Merganser 2
Common Loon 15 in breeding plumage
Horned Grebe 2, one molted around the head
Red-necked Grebe 5 showing some molting
DC Cormorant 1, at lest
Ring-billed Gull 110


Seen at Paper Mill Flats:

Green-winged Teal 6

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Eldersburg MD

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Date: 3/26/18 9:38 am
From: marian rutigliano <mcrutig...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Ravens in downtown Towson
That is probably the breeding pair that has been around for a few years now. They nest in a heavily wooded little gorge diagonally across from my house. They have been very active recently and nabbed a Mourning Dove in my backyard last week.

Marian Rutigliano
Towson, MD

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Date: 3/26/18 9:27 am
From: Robert McLean <tmclean1090...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Ravens in downtown Towson
Over the last 6 weeks, I have been seeing Ravens fairly regularly in
downtown Towson. This morning at 8 am I saw a Raven on the radio towers at
the NE corner of Washington and Chesapeake.

Two weeks earlier around 4 pm, I saw 3 Ravens being chased by 2 crows. The
size difference and acrobatic flight was impressive.

Good birding!

Taylor McLean
Towson, MD

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