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7/24/17 7:33 pm JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> [MDBirding] [FR] Hoping someone can forward to MDVADEBUGS...memory in insects
7/24/17 6:31 pm 'Peter Kaestner' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Wicomico
7/24/17 5:05 pm Patricia Valdata <pvaldata1...> [MDBirding] shorebird question
7/24/17 11:24 am Phil Davis <pdavis...> Re: [MDBirding] Hummer explosion
7/24/17 9:44 am 'Leslie Starr' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] Re: North Beach Marsh, 7/23
7/24/17 9:12 am Kye jenkins <kyebird54...> [MDBirding] Re: North Beach Marsh, 7/23
7/24/17 8:48 am Duvall Sollers <dbsollers61...> [MDBirding] White Ibis
7/24/17 8:23 am john pangborn <pangborn.john19...> [MDBirding] Blue Mash Nature Trail -- Jul 24, 2017
7/24/17 7:22 am Frank Marenghi <frank_marenghi...> [MDBirding] Re: North Beach Marsh, 7/23
7/24/17 6:02 am 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] North Beach Marsh, 7/23
7/24/17 5:16 am Tim Carney <timmyc83...> [MDBirding] Re: White Ibis, Baltimore County
7/24/17 3:42 am James Wilson <birdmanjfw...> [MDBirding] North American Classification Committee of the American Ornithological Society.
7/23/17 2:24 pm Fred Shaffer <glaucousgull...> [MDBirding] Yellow-crowned Night Heron in Largo
7/23/17 1:21 pm Duvall Sollers <dbsollers61...> [MDBirding] white ibis
7/23/17 11:10 am Tim Carney <timmyc83...> [MDBirding] White Ibis, Baltimore County
7/23/17 8:25 am Hugh David Fleischmann <david...> Re: [MDBirding] Hummer explosion
7/23/17 8:20 am Steve Long <steve.long4...> Re: [MDBirding] Hummer explosion
7/23/17 7:03 am jugbayjs <jugbayjs...> [MDBirding] Hummer explosion
7/23/17 5:34 am Jim Green <jkgbirdman53...> [MDBirding] Tri-colored Herons in Anne Arundel Co
7/23/17 3:42 am Jim Green <jkgbirdman53...> [MDBirding] North Beach American Avocet - Calvert Co
7/22/17 10:34 am JimC <jimcancil...> [MDBirding] Re: [FR] Best Bike Ride thingys on Monday [7/17/17]
7/22/17 10:26 am JimC <jimcancil...> Re: [MDBirding] Re: Few birds but a black Fox
7/22/17 5:43 am Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4...> Re: [MDBirding] Fwd: [eBird Alert] Needs Alert for Maryland
7/21/17 5:13 pm Steve Long <steve.long4...> Re: [MDBirding] Re: Few birds but a black Fox
7/21/17 5:10 pm Jerald Reb <jrebelboy...> Re: [MDBirding] Fwd: [eBird Alert] Needs Alert for Maryland
7/21/17 5:09 pm 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] Fwd: [eBird Alert] Needs Alert for Maryland
7/21/17 5:06 pm Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4...> Re: [MDBirding] Fwd: [eBird Alert] Needs Alert for Maryland
7/21/17 4:41 pm Hugh David Fleischmann <david...> [MDBirding] Fwd: [eBird Alert] Needs Alert for Maryland
7/21/17 2:12 pm JimC <jimcancil...> [MDBirding] Re: Few birds but a black Fox
7/21/17 12:27 pm Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...> [MDBirding] Few birds but a black Fox
7/20/17 2:01 pm JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> [MDBirding] [FR] Best Bike Ride thingys on Monday [7/17/17]
7/20/17 12:27 pm Karen Caruso <karen.caruso...> [MDBirding] Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary Ongoing Bird Survey (Least Bittern, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Prothonotary)
7/20/17 5:42 am JimC <jimcancil...> [MDBirding] Two Osprey chicks this year.
7/20/17 5:39 am Matt Hafner <hafner.matt...> [MDBirding] Juvenile Yellow-crowned Night-Heron in Harford
7/19/17 1:43 pm Harry Armistead <harryarmistead...> [MDBirding] Smith Island, South Point Marsh, Ferry Neck, July 8-16, 2017.
7/19/17 7:40 am Kurt Schwarz <krschwa1...> [MDBirding] Santa Ana NWR Threatened
7/19/17 7:17 am Jim Green <jkgbirdman53...> [MDBirding] Washington County Swallows
7/18/17 11:07 am Lydia Schindler <lydia13621...> [MDBirding] Fwd: DC Area, 7/18/2017
7/18/17 10:55 am Tim Carney <timmyc83...> [MDBirding] Re: Poplar Island 7/14/2017
7/18/17 10:54 am Tim Carney <timmyc83...> [MDBirding] Poplar Island 7/14/2017
7/17/17 6:46 pm Kevin Graff <keyweststyle2001...> [MDBirding] western MD
7/16/17 11:27 am Robert McLean <tmclean1090...> [MDBirding] Solitary Sandpipers off of Paper Mill Road
7/15/17 2:04 pm Duvall Sollers <dbsollers61...> [MDBirding] Neo-tropic Cormorant
7/15/17 9:47 am Marcia Balestri <mebalestri...> [MDBirding] NECO
7/15/17 2:05 am Joe Hanfman <auk1844...> [MDBirding] Poplar Island, Jul 13, 2017
7/14/17 9:21 am Marcia Watson <marshwren50...> Re: [MDBirding] Re: Article about marsh enhancement at Blackwater NWR
7/14/17 8:32 am JimC <jimcancil...> [MDBirding] Re: Article about marsh enhancement at Blackwater NWR
7/14/17 6:56 am Jim Nelson <kingfishers2...> [MDBirding] Article about marsh enhancement at Blackwater NWR
7/13/17 4:02 pm Lucas <lrot...> [MDBirding] Whimbrel Birder's Club
7/13/17 3:31 pm JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> [MDBirding] Re: Audubon Soc 2017 Photo Awards
7/13/17 3:24 pm JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> [MDBirding] Re: Audubon Soc 2017 Photo Awards
7/13/17 3:22 pm JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> [MDBirding] Re: Audubon Soc 2017 Photo Awards
7/12/17 7:15 pm JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> [MDBirding] Audubon Soc 2017 Photo Awards
7/12/17 8:56 am john pangborn <pangborn.john19...> [MDBirding] Blue Mash Nature Trail -- Jul 12, 2017
7/12/17 8:50 am Lydia Schindler <lydia13621...> [MDBirding] Fwd: DC Area, 7/11/2017 - corrected
7/12/17 8:17 am JimC <jimcancil...> [MDBirding] Turkey road hazard
7/12/17 6:46 am Lydia Schindler <lydia13621...> [MDBirding] Re: Returning Cooper's
7/12/17 5:00 am Lydia Schindler <lydia13621...> [MDBirding] Fwd: DC Area, 7/11/2017
7/11/17 10:34 am JimC <jimcancil...> Re: [MDBirding] Odd drinking behavior...
7/11/17 7:36 am Steve Long <steve.long4...> Re: [MDBirding] Odd drinking behavior...
7/11/17 6:41 am Tim Carney <timmyc83...> [MDBirding] Swan Creek 7/7/2017
7/11/17 5:05 am Guineabird via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Returning Cooper's
7/10/17 9:56 am Dan Haas <nervousbirds...> Re: [MDBirding] National Geo 7th
7/10/17 9:51 am Jeffrey Culler <cullerfuls...> [MDBirding] Injured Hawk
7/10/17 9:13 am Edward Boyd <edboyd59...> [MDBirding] National Geo 7th
7/10/17 6:52 am Dorothy Paugh <aldopaugh...> RE: [MDBirding] Re: Injured hawk
7/10/17 6:44 am Mark Johnson <mj3151...> [MDBirding] Common Loon, Black-billed Cuckoo at Susquehanna State Park (Harford Co.)
7/10/17 6:27 am JimC <jimcancil...> [MDBirding] Odd drinking behavior...
7/10/17 5:56 am Tim Carney <timmyc83...> [MDBirding] Poplar Island 6/27/2017
7/10/17 5:36 am Tim Carney <timmyc83...> [MDBirding] Re: Injured hawk
7/10/17 5:14 am Jeffrey Culler <cullerfuls...> [MDBirding] Injured hawk
7/9/17 2:28 pm john pangborn <pangborn.john19...> [MDBirding] Blue Mash Nature Trail -- Jul 09, 2017
7/9/17 2:02 pm Tim Houghton <timhoughton...> Re: [MDBirding] White Ibis
7/9/17 8:56 am Jeffrey Culler <cullerfuls...> [MDBirding] White Ibis
7/8/17 7:43 pm Kurt Schwarz <krschwa1...> [MDBirding] Rescinding Raven Call for Harford Glen
7/8/17 11:21 am Duvall Sollers <dbsollers61...> [MDBirding] Neo-tropic Cormorant - NO
7/8/17 10:40 am Hugh David Fleischmann <david...> Re: [MDBirding] 3 Ibis
7/8/17 9:47 am thbeal via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Very old Cardinal
7/8/17 9:44 am 'Jim Stasz' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> RE: [MDBirding] 18-hour Lewes Overnight Pelagic Scheduled for Sat-Sun, Aug 19-20
7/8/17 9:36 am Paul Guris <paulagics.com...> [MDBirding] 18-hour Lewes Overnight Pelagic Scheduled for Sat-Sun, Aug 19-20
7/8/17 8:19 am Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4...> [MDBirding] Raven Harford Glen
7/8/17 7:22 am Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4...> [MDBirding] 3 Ibis
7/8/17 6:58 am Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4...> [MDBirding] Oops
7/8/17 6:57 am Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4...> [MDBirding] Ibis
7/8/17 5:16 am Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4...> [MDBirding] Harford Ibis No
7/7/17 1:00 pm Edward Boyd <edboyd59...> Re: [MDBirding] Harford Glen white ibis yes
7/7/17 12:47 pm Edward Boyd <edboyd59...> Re: [MDBirding] Harford Glen white ibis yes
7/7/17 7:32 am Kevin Graff <keyweststyle2001...> [MDBirding] Hart-Miller Island, 07/05/17
7/6/17 2:27 pm Karen Caruso <karen.caruso...> [MDBirding] Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary (Least Bittern, White-eyed Vireo, Great Egret)
7/6/17 10:14 am Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4...> Re: [MDBirding] Harford Glen white ibis yes
7/6/17 9:52 am Jim Green <jkgbirdman53...> Re: [MDBirding] Harford Glen white ibis yes
7/6/17 7:18 am David Greenspoon <greenspoon...> [MDBirding] Harford Glen white ibis yes
7/5/17 3:07 pm JimC <jimcancil...> [MDBirding] Re: Male Red-winged Blackbird acting goofy
7/5/17 2:40 pm Marcia Watson <marshwren50...> Re: [MDBirding] Black Vulture Sitings in area of Waldorf (Charles Co.) MD.
7/5/17 1:19 pm Andy Beiderman <aandyy...> Re: [MDBirding] Harford White Ibis Continue?
7/5/17 1:06 pm JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> Re: [MDBirding] Black Vulture Sitings in area of Waldorf (Charles Co.) MD.
7/5/17 11:48 am MICHAEL KERWIN Ellicott City Md <m63kerwin...> [MDBirding] Re: Black Vulture Sitings in area of Waldorf (Charles Co.) MD.
7/5/17 11:35 am 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] Harford White Ibis Continue?
7/5/17 11:18 am Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4...> [MDBirding] Harford White Ibis Continue?
7/5/17 10:02 am <perrieleeprouty...> [MDBirding] Black Vulture Sitings in area of Waldorf (Charles Co.) MD.
7/5/17 3:50 am Howard Patterson <howard21042...> [MDBirding] Howard County Dowitcher -NO
7/4/17 5:51 pm Joe Hanfman <auk1844...> [MDBirding] Short-billed Dowitcher - Howard
7/4/17 10:50 am Matt Hafner <hafner.matt...> Re: [MDBirding] Juvenile White Ibis at Harford Glen
7/4/17 10:38 am Kye jenkins <kyebird54...> [MDBirding] Juvenile White Ibis at Harford Glen
7/4/17 10:21 am Scott Baron <baron.scott...> [MDBirding] Blockhouse Point Conservation Park, Montgomery Co., July 4
7/4/17 6:58 am Matt Hafner <hafner.matt...> [MDBirding] Re: Juvenile White Ibis at Harford Glen
7/4/17 5:06 am James Wilson <birdmanjfw...> [MDBirding] Male Red-winged Blackbird acting goofy
7/4/17 3:15 am Steve Johnson <stevejohnson2...> [MDBirding] Re: We think this an Acadian flycatcher....
7/3/17 1:23 pm 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Caracara chase, not.
7/3/17 12:22 pm 'Bill Hubick' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] Request for Info - Hamilton Farms (Garrett) Upland Sandpipers
7/3/17 9:22 am JimC <jimcancil...> [MDBirding] Re: Cardinal eating annual cicada
7/3/17 9:16 am JimC <jimcancil...> [MDBirding] We think this an Acadian flycatcher....
7/3/17 9:06 am JimC <jimcancil...> Re: [MDBirding] Help I.D. our new resident hawk.
7/3/17 8:34 am Steve Long <steve.long4...> [MDBirding] Cardinal eating annual cicada
7/3/17 7:56 am Matt Hafner <hafner.matt...> [MDBirding] Juvenile White Ibis at Harford Glen
7/3/17 6:46 am JimC <jimcancil...> [MDBirding] Re: Oakley Street, Cambridge, waterfowl
7/2/17 5:06 pm Harry Armistead <harryarmistead...> [MDBirding] Oakley Street, Cambridge, waterfowl
7/2/17 11:36 am 'Clive Harris' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Great Egrets, Montgomery
7/2/17 10:21 am Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4...> [MDBirding] RFI Feeding of waterfowl at Oakley St.
7/2/17 7:33 am world oceans <world.oceans7...> Re: [MDBirding] Help I.D. our new resident hawk.
7/2/17 7:29 am john pangborn <pangborn.john19...> [MDBirding] Blue Mash Nature Trail -- Jul 02, 2017
7/2/17 7:28 am Kathy Calvert <kathycalvert1...> [MDBirding] Neotropic Cormorant
7/2/17 7:25 am Steve Long <steve.long4...> Re: [MDBirding] Help I.D. our new resident hawk.
7/2/17 5:10 am Max Wilson <max.wilson...> Re: [MDBirding] Request for Info - Hamilton Farms (Garrett) Upland Sandpipers
7/1/17 7:00 pm 'jovet' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] Calvert County NECO
7/1/17 6:38 pm 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] Calvert County NECO
7/1/17 2:17 pm Duvall Sollers <dbsollers61...> [MDBirding] Daniel Sloan
7/1/17 7:40 am Harry Armistead <harryarmistead...> [MDBirding] Ferry Neck, June 23-27, 2017.
7/1/17 7:30 am Warblerick <ricksussman1955...> [MDBirding] Re: Calvert County NECO
7/1/17 7:27 am 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Calvert County NECO
6/30/17 7:51 pm JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> [MDBirding] [FR] Best Bike Ride Fledgling Today
6/30/17 4:40 pm 'Jim Stasz' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] Request for Info - Hamilton Farms (Garrett) Upland Sandpipers
6/30/17 12:09 pm Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4...> [MDBirding] Neotropic continues Chesapeake Beach
6/30/17 7:32 am Barbara Johnson <barbarajohnson222...> [MDBirding] The Celebration of the Life and Work of Chandler Robbins is now online.
6/30/17 6:17 am Ted on Little Round Bay <akbar...> [MDBirding] could use some ID confirmation of sparrow, and gnat catcher, and sapsucker with auburn head.
6/30/17 5:57 am Joe Hanfman <auk1844...> Re: [MDBirding] Request for Info - Hamilton Farms (Garrett) Upland Sandpipers
6/30/17 5:46 am Max Wilson <max.wilson...> [MDBirding] Request for Info - Hamilton Farms (Garrett) Upland Sandpipers
6/30/17 5:40 am christine Ley <chrisley21...> [MDBirding] where to look for ceruleans near Shenandoah national park
6/30/17 4:37 am Martha Morris <mmorris5301...> [MDBirding] Re: What crawled out of my Baltimore Orioles nest exactly?
6/29/17 6:58 pm Kevin Graff <keyweststyle2001...> [MDBirding] Masonville Cove, 06/28/17
6/29/17 6:32 pm Kevin Graff <keyweststyle2001...> [MDBirding] Hart-Miller Island, 06/26/17
6/29/17 5:55 pm 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] Calvert Co: Chesapeake Beach: Neotropic Cormorant 28 June
6/29/17 3:15 pm 'Sue Billings' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Re: What crawled out of my Baltimore Orioles nest exactly?
6/29/17 8:01 am Joe Hanfman <auk1844...> Re: [MDBirding] Calvert Co: Chesapeake Beach: Neotropic Cormorant 28 June
6/29/17 6:10 am Warblerick <ricksussman1955...> [MDBirding] Baby yard birds
6/29/17 3:56 am James Wilson <birdmanjfw...> [MDBirding] Re: Prothonotary proximity
6/28/17 4:02 pm Sherman Suter <shermansuter...> [MDBirding] Calvert Co: Chesapeake Beach: Neotropic Cormorant 28 June
6/28/17 1:32 pm Janet Millenson <janet...> [MDBirding] Prothonotary proximity
6/28/17 7:47 am Ted on Little Round Bay <akbar...> [MDBirding] What crawled out of my Baltimore Orioles nest exactly?
6/27/17 4:35 pm Janet Millenson <janet...> [MDBirding] Raven family in the 'burbs
6/27/17 7:21 am Gerry Hawkins <maineusa...> [MDBirding] Voice of the Naturalist, Greater DC Area, Week Ending 6/26/17
6/26/17 7:06 am world oceans <world.oceans7...> Re: [MDBirding] Calvert County Neotropic Cormorant
6/26/17 6:59 am 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] Calvert County Neotropic Cormorant
6/26/17 2:47 am Mikey Lutmerding <mlutmerding...> [MDBirding] Calvert County Neotropic Cormorant
6/25/17 2:14 pm jcdlmartin via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Charles County Dickcissel
6/25/17 10:17 am Derek C. Richardson <dcr...> [MDBirding] consensus Re: mystery bird (6/23/17)
6/25/17 9:08 am john pangborn <pangborn.john19...> [MDBirding] Blue Mash Nature Trail -- Jun 25, 2017
6/25/17 5:15 am Clayton Koonce <cg.koonce...> [MDBirding] new eBird hotspot in Howard County: Daedalus Pond
6/25/17 4:56 am Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4...> [MDBirding] Aquasco Farm Dickcissels
 
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Date: 7/24/17 7:33 pm
From: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...>
Subject: [MDBirding] [FR] Hoping someone can forward to MDVADEBUGS...memory in insects
I was taking my break ahead of tackling the hill on Bennies Hill Rd
when I observed a wasp carrying a spider back and forth across the
road - paved at that point, but strewn with gravel washed on the road
by recent storms. The wasp was walking backwards with the stunned
spider in its jaws - too big to permit it to fly apparently. The wasp
crisscrossed the road 1/2 a dozen times to no effect as walls rose up
on both sides preventing it from reaching an area of foliage or soil.
Finally the wasp dropped the spider pretty close to the rear wheel of
my bike and took off and was absent for close to 5 minutes. I
wondered at the time if it would ever return. It did! If found its
prey again and resolutely this time traversed the road approaching
close to where I was sitting on a guard rail adjacent to one of the
stone walls with quite an irregular surface. Without hesitating the
wasp easily ascended the wall BACKWARDS while carrying its burden. A
human rock climber of the same size would have found the wall
impassable I feel certain and, of course, that would have been in a
forward rather than a backwards & upside down orientation. The wasp
crossed the top of the wall and disappeared over the other side. I
noticed that while overall black and close to an inch in length, it
did have a large reddish spot at the nether end of its body although
it could also have been a wing feature...

Jim Speicher
BroadRun/Burkittsville area
[FR] Frederick County
WA Co. MOS member

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Date: 7/24/17 6:31 pm
From: 'Peter Kaestner' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Wicomico
Is there anywhere in Wicomico County where I can find shorebirds now?
Thanks,
Peter

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Date: 7/24/17 5:05 pm
From: Patricia Valdata <pvaldata1...>
Subject: [MDBirding] shorebird question
Twice this week I've flushed a small shorebird while walking the dog. Today
it was on the riprap. When it flew away, all I could see was a very pale
grayish-beige back. Is that color enough to distinguish one peep from
another at this time of year? I'm not getting close enough to see any other
features.

Pat Valdata
Crisfield, Somerset County

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Date: 7/24/17 11:24 am
From: Phil Davis <pdavis...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Hummer explosion
Hi Jeff:

My understanding is that during and right after a storm, the
rainwater dilutes the nectar inside tubular flower so hummers tend to
gravitate more to feeders, especially if you keep domes over them to
keep the rain out ...

Phil

At 10:03 AM 07/23/2017, Jeff Shenotwrote:
>We have 4 hummer feeders up, and normally had an average of 10-15 at
>the feeders at any one time for a long time now, but yesterday I
>went out right after the first storm blew through (about 3 pm), and
>was awestruck by the number of hummers.

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Date: 7/24/17 9:44 am
From: 'Leslie Starr' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Re: North Beach Marsh, 7/23
I think a lot of birders are unaware of the North Beach Wetlands Overlook Park, which is at the north end of Dayton Avenue, one of the small streets parallel to Bay Road, the main road which is the only access into North Beach from the north / AACo. It provides access to the south edge of the marsh and is preferable to standing along Bay Road, dodging traffic and poison ivy.

The web gives this address for the park:
4020 11th St, North Beach, MD 20714

You can only access it from the north end of Dayton Ave. You can turn toward Dayton from 9th St. or lower-numbered streets. 10th St. doesn't go through; not sure 11th St. exists.

There is parking for a few cars, and there are walkways to two gazebos and to a small boardwalk which crosses the very south end of the park and goes into an adjacent community. It's nominally open from dawn to dusk. I've been there a couple of times when the gate was closed, but it's possible to walk around the fence. The small building labeled Visitor Center has two very nice restrooms and nothing else. There is a monitor mounted in a wall but I've never seen it in operation. It is locked after hours.

Viewing in early morning isn't optimal, as it's mostly toward the sun, but even considering that I was able to see the NECO on bay pilings while scoping from one of the gazebos one morning about a week ago. (The NECO has been reported recently.)

There is also non-resident parking on some of the nearby streets.

Leslie Starr
Port Republic


> Jul 24, 2017, at 12:12 PM, Kye jenkins <kyebird54...> wrote:

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> Where does one park to bird North Beach marsh,thanks, Kye Jenkins
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Date: 7/24/17 9:12 am
From: Kye jenkins <kyebird54...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: North Beach Marsh, 7/23
Where does one park to bird North Beach marsh,thanks, Kye Jenkins

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Date: 7/24/17 8:48 am
From: Duvall Sollers <dbsollers61...>
Subject: [MDBirding] White Ibis
Still present today at Friendly Farms Restaurant. Now on the east side of the lower pond at 11:40.

Duvall Sollers
Hereford, MD

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Date: 7/24/17 8:23 am
From: john pangborn <pangborn.john19...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Blue Mash Nature Trail -- Jul 24, 2017
7:00 AM
Stationary
225 minutes
All birds reported? Yes
Comments:

12 Mallard
1 Great Blue Heron
21 Killdeer
7 Least Sandpiper
2 Semipalmated Sandpiper
1 Spotted Sandpiper
1 Solitary Sandpiper
1 Mourning Dove
1 Yellow-billed Cuckoo
2 House Wren
1 Wood Thrush
1 Gray Catbird
2 Northern Mockingbird
2 Common Yellowthroat
1 Yellow Warbler
1 Field Sparrow
1 Eastern Towhee
3 Northern Cardinal
2 Indigo Bunting
2 American Goldfinch

Number of Taxa: 20
John pangborn
Gaithersburg MD

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Date: 7/24/17 7:22 am
From: Frank Marenghi <frank_marenghi...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: North Beach Marsh, 7/23

Jen and I were at North Beach yesterday as well for about 20 minutes starting at 8:30am. The Avocet was present but not the Tricoloreds, Dowitchers, VA Rail or Ibis. We missed the Tricoloreds at Herrington Harbor by about 2 minutes and could not relocate them later at either North Beach around 10 or at Herrington Harbor from 10:15 to 10:45. Two Long-tailed Ducks reported to us by Mark Johnson were on the rocks on the bayside seen from the north end of Atlantic Ave. Kind of amazing how quickly birds come and go from this site, much more quickly than simple tidal variation would suggest.

Good Birding,

Frank Marenghi
Shady Side, MD

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Date: 7/24/17 6:02 am
From: 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] North Beach Marsh, 7/23
I ran into Joe Hanfman at North Beach Marsh this morning. The tide was extremely high and there were zero shorebirds on the marsh. A couple of Spotted Sandpipers, a peep and 3 Killdeer flew by but didn't land. There were only 8 or so Snowy Egrets which seems quite low. The two immature Tricolored Herons put in an appearance and were constantly chased by the Snowies. Eventually they flew off to the north into Anne Arundel and didn't come back. The Virginia Rail called occasionally from the small island of marsh that is off of the boardwalk seen from Dayton Street.

So, no avocet, no white ibis, no long-billed dowitchers :(

Tyler Bell
<jtylerbell...>
California, Maryland

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Date: 7/24/17 5:16 am
From: Tim Carney <timmyc83...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: White Ibis, Baltimore County
Richard Edden reports that the White Ibis still present at Friendly Farm as of 6:26 this morning. We did not have any issues yesterday (to my knowledge) but please continue to follow the access guidelines: don't park on the road, don't block traffic, and don't walk on the grass. The ibis struck me as more skittish than the Harford Glen birds when I saw it yesterday, so viewing from a safe distance is also advised.

Thanks. Happy ibis-ing.

Tim Carney
Nottingham, MD

On Sunday, July 23, 2017 at 2:10:35 PM UTC-4, Tim Carney wrote:
> Matt Hafner reports a White Ibis mixed in with the geese at Friendly Farm Restaurant in Foreston. The ponds are in the front of the restaurant. I don't know much about access, but I do know that you're not supposed to park or walk on the grass.
>
> Tim Carney
> Nottingham, MD
>
> Sent from my iPhone

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Date: 7/24/17 3:42 am
From: James Wilson <birdmanjfw...>
Subject: [MDBirding] North American Classification Committee of the American Ornithological Society.
Google News thought I would be interested in the article that I copied below. I thought I would pass it on
Jim Wilson
Queenstown

Begin Quote

Birding: What’s in a bird name? Better check with the committee
A panel of professionals decides on all things pertaining to ornithology.
BY HERB WILSON

In early July, many birders eagerly await the annual report of the North American Classification Committee of the American Ornithological Society.
This committee of professional ornithologists is responsible for making decisions on the splitting or lumping of species, changes in common and scientific names of birds, and changes in the order in which birds appear in official checklists.
Like any scientists, ornithologists revisit bird identification and classification as more information becomes available. Requests for consideration of thorny taxonomic problems are accepted by the committee and sometimes the committee decides to reconsider decisions on its own.
The committee tends to be conservative, only making changes when the new information is strongly compelling.
Perhaps the most significant decision this year was to merge Thayer’s gull into Iceland gull. In Maine, Iceland gulls are regular winter visitors. Like many gulls, adults are white below with gray backs and upper wings. However, Iceland gulls lack black on the wingtips. Thayer’s gulls are similar in shape and size to Iceland gulls but do have black wingtips. Confusing intermediates do occur.
The committee recognized Thayer’s gull as a distinct species in 1973 based on research done on Baffin Island where both gulls nest. The researcher claimed that the two types of gulls did not interbreed. This researcher claimed that females used the color of the skin around the eye (the orbital ring) to distinguish male Iceland gulls from male Thayer’s gulls. By capturing males and painting the orbital ring to match the other species, the researcher claimed that 55 hybrid matings were produced.
His conclusion was that the orbital ring color serves to isolate the two species and prevent interbreeding.
The checklist committee accepted this two-species argument. Subsequently, researchers on Ellesmere Island found that Iceland gulls and Thayer’s gull freely interbreed. Furthermore, evidence has surfaced that the original study was sloppy at best and fraudulent at worst. The recent decision to merge Thayer’s gull into Iceland gull is warranted in my view. Unfortunately, many of us lose a species on our life list.
Many ornithologists were anticipating a split of yellow-rumped warbler. For much of the 20th century, we recognized the Myrtle warbler as distinct from Audubon’s warbler. Myrtle nests broadly across Canada and many northern states, including Maine. Audubon’s nest from the Rockies westward from New Mexico to British Columbia.
The two forms are similar but Myrtle has a white throat and Audubon’s has a yellow throat. Based on a study that showed interbreeding of the two forms in a narrow region of overlap in western Canada, the committee decided to combine the two into a single species, the yellow-rumped warbler.
Since then, ornithologists have compared the DNA of different populations. The genetic differences suggest that the two forms are different enough to qualify as separate species. A third species restricted to Guatemala is supported by DNA differences as well as plumage differences.
In a surprise, the checklist committee turned down the proposal and continues to recognize the yellow-rumped warbler as a broadly distributed species.
The conservative nature of the committee was evident in other decisions as well. Other proposed changes that were rejected included the split of willet into two species, the split of brown creeper into two species, and the lumping of common redpolls and hoary redpolls. A proposal to change the common name ring-necked duck to ring-billed duck was turned down as well. The ring on the bill is much more obvious than the ring on the neck.
Based largely on DNA comparisons, we now know that yellow-breasted chat is not a warbler. It is now in a separate family, the Icteriidae. New world sparrows are placed in their own family, the Passerellidae, separate from the old world buntings, the Emberizidae.
Herb Wilson teaches ornithology and other biology courses at Colby College. He welcomes reader comments and questions at

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Date: 7/23/17 2:24 pm
From: Fred Shaffer <glaucousgull...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Yellow-crowned Night Heron in Largo
Following up on a tip by a co-worker, I tracked down an adult Yellow-crowned Night Heron that has been present for several weeks at the Largo Metro.  The bird seems to be hanging out at a small stormwater management pond at the edge of the station area. The pond is along Harry S. Truman Drive as it passes the station and just before the sharp turn into the Boulevard at Cap Center (shopping center). The bird was on some rip rap at the edge of the pond.  It has been present for at least three or four weeks, as my co-worker sees it from time to time when he gets off Metro.  Good birding,
Fred <ShafferGlaucousGull...>, Anne Arundel

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Date: 7/23/17 1:21 pm
From: Duvall Sollers <dbsollers61...>
Subject: [MDBirding] white ibis
The White Ibis found by Matt Hafner at Friendly Farms in N. Balto. Co, is still there as of 4:12 pm today. It flew from a lower pond on the north side of the entrance driveway over to the upper pond (with a tree and bench) on the south side of the driveway.

The restaurant is EXTREMELY busy so if you try for the bird please use your best birding ethics. Do NOT dive or park on the grass anywhere! Your best bet (if it stays put) might be to park on the lower parking lot, take a quick look, and then leave. Five minutes should do it and a scope is not necessary.

Duvall Sollers
Hereford, MD

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Date: 7/23/17 11:10 am
From: Tim Carney <timmyc83...>
Subject: [MDBirding] White Ibis, Baltimore County
Matt Hafner reports a White Ibis mixed in with the geese at Friendly Farm Restaurant in Foreston. The ponds are in the front of the restaurant. I don't know much about access, but I do know that you're not supposed to park or walk on the grass.

Tim Carney
Nottingham, MD

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Date: 7/23/17 8:25 am
From: Hugh David Fleischmann <david...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Hummer explosion
Babies start coming to feeders anytime now. If your not seeing females, they are probably still tending to parental duties. I'm just starting to see an increase of immature s at my feeders. And I have never had that many at one time either.

Awesome Birding in 2017!

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

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> On Jul 23, 2017, at 10:59 AM, Steve Long <steve.long4...> wrote:
>
> I am just amazed that you have more than one Hummer at a time per feeder.
>
> We have a one feeder with 4 ports, and a steady flow of Hummers all spring and summer. But, when one is on the feeder and another showes-up, one or both typically leave immediately. Recently, we have noticed one Hummer sitting on a nearby perch while another feeds, and, just once in years, we recently saw 2 male Hummers on our feeder feeding at the same time. We have never seen more than 3 in the vacinity at a time, so we really have no way to count the population. Do you have any hints for making Hummers more sociable at feeders?
>
> Also of note, this year we STILL have not noticed anything but mature males. In previous years, we typically saw females or immature males from beginning of season to now, with the males starting to show up about this time of the season. Any ideas why the switch in gender attendance this year?
>
> Steve Long
> Oxford
>
>
> ----- Original Message ----- From: "jugbayjs" <jugbayjs...>
> To: "Maryland & DC Birding" <mdbirding...>
> Sent: Sunday, July 23, 2017 10:03 AM
> Subject: [MDBirding] Hummer explosion
>
>
> We have 4 hummer feeders up, and normally had an average of 10-15 at the feeders at any one time for a long time now, but yesterday I went out right after the first storm blew through (about 3 pm), and was awestruck by the number of hummers. I tried to count but it was too hard, the best estimate I could get was at least 50. This is conservative and based on the number of ports (6 per feeder) being used, and number of birds buzzing around or perched nearby. They drained all the feeders in about 90 minutes and I refilled them at about 5pm. This morning by 8am they were all empty again. I don't know if you can estimate number of hummers by the amount of food consumed, but they drank a gallon of sugar water in less than 12 hours! Not sure if it was because the large number of nesting hummers here all of a sudden had a massive fledgling episode, or the storm blew a lot of hummers here, but I think a bit of both. There doesn't seem to be so many now, but

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Date: 7/23/17 8:20 am
From: Steve Long <steve.long4...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Hummer explosion
I am just amazed that you have more than one Hummer at a time per feeder.

We have a one feeder with 4 ports, and a steady flow of Hummers all spring
and summer. But, when one is on the feeder and another showes-up, one or
both typically leave immediately. Recently, we have noticed one Hummer
sitting on a nearby perch while another feeds, and, just once in years, we
recently saw 2 male Hummers on our feeder feeding at the same time. We have
never seen more than 3 in the vacinity at a time, so we really have no way
to count the population. Do you have any hints for making Hummers more
sociable at feeders?

Also of note, this year we STILL have not noticed anything but mature males.
In previous years, we typically saw females or immature males from beginning
of season to now, with the males starting to show up about this time of the
season. Any ideas why the switch in gender attendance this year?

Steve Long
Oxford


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Sent: Sunday, July 23, 2017 10:03 AM
Subject: [MDBirding] Hummer explosion


We have 4 hummer feeders up, and normally had an average of 10-15 at the
feeders at any one time for a long time now, but yesterday I went out right
after the first storm blew through (about 3 pm), and was awestruck by the
number of hummers. I tried to count but it was too hard, the best estimate
I could get was at least 50. This is conservative and based on the number of
ports (6 per feeder) being used, and number of birds buzzing around or
perched nearby. They drained all the feeders in about 90 minutes and I
refilled them at about 5pm. This morning by 8am they were all empty again.
I don't know if you can estimate number of hummers by the amount of food
consumed, but they drank a gallon of sugar water in less than 12 hours! Not
sure if it was because the large number of nesting hummers here all of a
sudden had a massive fledgling episode, or the storm blew a lot of hummers
here, but I think a bit of both. There doesn't seem to be so many now, but
it could be they are having a big siesta somewhere after the big party?

I looked for other species but it was very difficult to look at them since
they moved so constantly. I'll try again today and hope it is much calmer!

Jeff Shenot
Croom MD

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Date: 7/23/17 7:03 am
From: jugbayjs <jugbayjs...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Hummer explosion
We have 4 hummer feeders up, and normally had an average of 10-15 at the feeders at any one time for a long time now, but yesterday I went out right after the first storm blew through (about 3 pm), and was awestruck by the number of hummers. I tried to count but it was too hard, the best estimate I could get was at least 50. This is conservative and based on the number of ports (6 per feeder) being used, and number of birds buzzing around or perched nearby. They drained all the feeders in about 90 minutes and I refilled them at about 5pm. This morning by 8am they were all empty again. I don't know if you can estimate number of hummers by the amount of food consumed, but they drank a gallon of sugar water in less than 12 hours! Not sure if it was because the large number of nesting hummers here all of a sudden had a massive fledgling episode, or the storm blew a lot of hummers here, but I think a bit of both. There doesn't seem to be so many now, but it could be they are having a big siesta somewhere after the big party?

I looked for other species but it was very difficult to look at them since they moved so constantly. I'll try again today and hope it is much calmer!

Jeff Shenot
Croom MD

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Date: 7/23/17 5:34 am
From: Jim Green <jkgbirdman53...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Tri-colored Herons in Anne Arundel Co
Two in marsh with snowy egrets opposite northern most entrance to Herrington Harbor. No parking on roadside here.

Jim Green
Gaithersburg MD

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Date: 7/23/17 3:42 am
From: Jim Green <jkgbirdman53...>
Subject: [MDBirding] North Beach American Avocet - Calvert Co
Currently being seen. No sign of Neotropic Cormorant.

Jim Green
Gaithersburg MD

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Date: 7/22/17 10:34 am
From: JimC <jimcancil...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: [FR] Best Bike Ride thingys on Monday [7/17/17]
On Thursday, July 20, 2017 at 5:01:19 PM UTC-4, James Speicher wrote:
> One is NOT a bird so technically in default, but I think interesting enough to get "on the record..."
>
>
> 1st of season Wooly Bear caterpillar was navigating the pavement of Carroll Boyer Rd.  It had the usu brown/black/brown pattern.
>
>
> Swallows have been gathering in numbers on the utility wires...can we expect an early FALL...???
>
>
> Jim Speicher
> sig block unavailable

Jim, There's a fairly large Purple Martin roost at the farm down the road and they hang out on the wires pretty much all the time. Proximity?

Jim 12mi W of Salisbury

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Date: 7/22/17 10:26 am
From: JimC <jimcancil...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Re: Few birds but a black Fox
On Friday, July 21, 2017 at 8:13:05 PM UTC-4, Steve Long wrote:
> The white tip on the end of the fox's tail is the field mark of a "Red"
> Fox - even when the fox is black. A Gray Fox does NOT have that white tail
> tip - and is substantially smaller.
>
> Steve Long
> Oxford

That's wonderful information - thanks Steve. (How'z come I had to get so old to learn so much?)

Jim

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Date: 7/22/17 5:43 am
From: Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Fwd: [eBird Alert] Needs Alert for Maryland
The duck appears to be a variety of domestic called "Khaki Campbell." A
group of 4-5 turned up at Centennial Park in Howard County some years back.
My mother found one in SE PA quite a few years back and told me she had
found a Fulvous. When I finally saw the pics, it was one of these Khaki
Campbells. I misspoke when I called the duck in question a hybrid.

On Fri, Jul 21, 2017 at 8:09 PM Jerald Reb <jrebelboy...> wrote:

> It looks more like a Domestic Mallard than a hybrid. Definitely not a
> FUWD.
>
> Jerald
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> On Jul 21, 2017, at 8:05 PM, Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4...> wrote:
>
> It's a hybrid puddle Duck.
>
> On Fri, Jul 21, 2017 at 7:41 PM Hugh David Fleischmann <
> <david...> wrote:
>
>> Does anyone know if this is a confirmed sighting and if chaseable? Thank
>> you.
>>
>> Awesome Birding in 2017!
>>
>> H. David Fleischmann
>> 410-598-9292
>> <David...>
>>
>> Sent from my iPhone
>>
>> Begin forwarded message:
>>
>> *From:* <ebird-alert...>
>> *Date:* July 21, 2017 at 5:30:53 PM EDT
>> *To:* <David...>
>> *Subject:* *[eBird Alert] Needs Alert for Maryland <hourly>*
>>
>> *** Species Summary:
>>
>> Fulvous Whistling-Duck (1 St. Mary's)
>>
>> ---------------------------------------------
>> Thank you for subscribing to the <hourly> Needs Alert for Maryland.The
>> report below shows observations of species you have not seen in Maryland,
>> based on your eBird observations. View or unsubscribe to this alert at
>> http://ebird.org/ebird/alert/summary?sid=SN10364
>> NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated
>>
>> Fulvous Whistling-Duck (Dendrocygna bicolor) (1)
>> - Reported Jul 21, 2017 07:00 by Char & Ted Yeatman
>> - St. Jerome Creek, St. Mary's, Maryland
>> - Map:
>> http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.1418474,-76.3470948&ll=38.1418474,-76.3470948
>> - Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S38253218
>> - Media: 2 Photos
>> - Comments: "We observed a large surface feeding duck with a blue bill
>> and thick legs. It sat on a spit of land on the edge of the creek and also
>> swam around a bit."
>>
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Date: 7/21/17 5:13 pm
From: Steve Long <steve.long4...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Re: Few birds but a black Fox
The white tip on the end of the fox's tail is the field mark of a "Red"
Fox - even when the fox is black. A Gray Fox does NOT have that white tail
tip - and is substantially smaller.

Steve Long
Oxford

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Sent: Friday, July 21, 2017 5:12 PM
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Few birds but a black Fox


> Gail, Never seen one. Is it a variant of Gray? Oddly enough you
> frequently see Red Fox on the road over here. As a youngster in
> Wisconsin, a fox was considered too smart to get hit by a car. (Maybe it
> was the lack of traffic by comparison.)
>
> Kingfishers are also missing over here - plenty of minnows in the creek
> but whereas we always had a few, there have been none for maybe the last
> 5-6yrs.
>
> Jim 12mi W of Salisbury
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Date: 7/21/17 5:10 pm
From: Jerald Reb <jrebelboy...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Fwd: [eBird Alert] Needs Alert for Maryland
It looks more like a Domestic Mallard than a hybrid. Definitely not a FUWD.

Jerald

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> On Jul 21, 2017, at 8:05 PM, Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4...> wrote:
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> It's a hybrid puddle Duck.
>
>> On Fri, Jul 21, 2017 at 7:41 PM Hugh David Fleischmann <david...> wrote:
>> Does anyone know if this is a confirmed sighting and if chaseable? Thank you.
>>
>> Awesome Birding in 2017!
>>
>> H. David Fleischmann
>> 410-598-9292
>> <David...>
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>>> From: <ebird-alert...>
>>> Date: July 21, 2017 at 5:30:53 PM EDT
>>> To: <David...>
>>> Subject: [eBird Alert] Needs Alert for Maryland <hourly>
>>>
>>> *** Species Summary:
>>>
>>> Fulvous Whistling-Duck (1 St. Mary's)
>>>
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>>> NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated
>>>
>>> Fulvous Whistling-Duck (Dendrocygna bicolor) (1)
>>> - Reported Jul 21, 2017 07:00 by Char & Ted Yeatman
>>> - St. Jerome Creek, St. Mary's, Maryland
>>> - Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.1418474,-76.3470948&ll=38.1418474,-76.3470948
>>> - Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S38253218
>>> - Media: 2 Photos
>>> - Comments: "We observed a large surface feeding duck with a blue bill and thick legs. It sat on a spit of land on the edge of the creek and also swam around a bit."
>>>
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Date: 7/21/17 5:09 pm
From: 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Fwd: [eBird Alert] Needs Alert for Maryland
An oddly plumaged domestic Mallard, sadly. 

Tyler Bell
California, MD

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On Fri, Jul 21, 2017 at 7:48 PM, Hugh David Fleischmann<david...> wrote: Does anyone know if this is a confirmed sighting and if chaseable? Thank you. 
Awesome Birding in 2017!
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Date: July 21, 2017 at 5:30:53 PM EDT
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Subject: [eBird Alert] Needs Alert for Maryland <hourly>



*** Species Summary:

Fulvous Whistling-Duck (1 St. Mary's)

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Fulvous Whistling-Duck (Dendrocygna bicolor) (1)
- Reported Jul 21, 2017 07:00 by Char & Ted Yeatman
- St. Jerome Creek, St. Mary's, Maryland
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.1418474,-76.3470948&ll=38.1418474,-76.3470948
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S38253218
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "We observed a large surface feeding duck with a blue bill  and thick legs. It sat on a spit of land on the edge of the creek and also swam around a bit."

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Date: 7/21/17 5:06 pm
From: Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Fwd: [eBird Alert] Needs Alert for Maryland
It's a hybrid puddle Duck.

On Fri, Jul 21, 2017 at 7:41 PM Hugh David Fleischmann <
<david...> wrote:

> Does anyone know if this is a confirmed sighting and if chaseable? Thank
> you.
>
> Awesome Birding in 2017!
>
> H. David Fleischmann
> 410-598-9292
> <David...>
>
> Sent from my iPhone
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> Begin forwarded message:
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> *Date:* July 21, 2017 at 5:30:53 PM EDT
> *To:* <David...>
> *Subject:* *[eBird Alert] Needs Alert for Maryland <hourly>*
>
> *** Species Summary:
>
> Fulvous Whistling-Duck (1 St. Mary's)
>
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>
> Fulvous Whistling-Duck (Dendrocygna bicolor) (1)
> - Reported Jul 21, 2017 07:00 by Char & Ted Yeatman
> - St. Jerome Creek, St. Mary's, Maryland
> - Map:
> http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.1418474,-76.3470948&ll=38.1418474,-76.3470948
> - Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S38253218
> - Media: 2 Photos
> - Comments: "We observed a large surface feeding duck with a blue bill
> and thick legs. It sat on a spit of land on the edge of the creek and also
> swam around a bit."
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Date: 7/21/17 4:41 pm
From: Hugh David Fleischmann <david...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fwd: [eBird Alert] Needs Alert for Maryland
Does anyone know if this is a confirmed sighting and if chaseable? Thank you.

Awesome Birding in 2017!

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

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> From: <ebird-alert...>
> Date: July 21, 2017 at 5:30:53 PM EDT
> To: <David...>
> Subject: [eBird Alert] Needs Alert for Maryland <hourly>
>
> *** Species Summary:
>
> Fulvous Whistling-Duck (1 St. Mary's)
>
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> NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated
>
> Fulvous Whistling-Duck (Dendrocygna bicolor) (1)
> - Reported Jul 21, 2017 07:00 by Char & Ted Yeatman
> - St. Jerome Creek, St. Mary's, Maryland
> - Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.1418474,-76.3470948&ll=38.1418474,-76.3470948
> - Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S38253218
> - Media: 2 Photos
> - Comments: "We observed a large surface feeding duck with a blue bill and thick legs. It sat on a spit of land on the edge of the creek and also swam around a bit."
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Date: 7/21/17 2:12 pm
From: JimC <jimcancil...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Few birds but a black Fox
Gail, Never seen one. Is it a variant of Gray? Oddly enough you frequently see Red Fox on the road over here. As a youngster in Wisconsin, a fox was considered too smart to get hit by a car. (Maybe it was the lack of traffic by comparison.)

Kingfishers are also missing over here - plenty of minnows in the creek but whereas we always had a few, there have been none for maybe the last 5-6yrs.

Jim 12mi W of Salisbury

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Date: 7/21/17 12:27 pm
From: Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Few birds but a black Fox
Hi all,

A walk this morning along Northwest Branch yielded few birds - most interesting were 3-4 Acadian Flycatchers and a noisy family party of Kingfishers, but we also flushed a jet-black Fox along the trail. Completely black except for his white tail tuft. Amazing and beautiful...

Gail Mackiernan
Colesville, MD

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Date: 7/20/17 2:01 pm
From: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...>
Subject: [MDBirding] [FR] Best Bike Ride thingys on Monday [7/17/17]
One is NOT a bird so technically in default, but I think interesting enough
to get "on the record..."

1st of season Wooly Bear caterpillar was navigating the pavement of Carroll
Boyer Rd. It had the usu brown/black/brown pattern.

Swallows have been gathering in numbers on the utility wires...can we
expect an early FALL...???

Jim Speicher
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Date: 7/20/17 12:27 pm
From: Karen Caruso <karen.caruso...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary Ongoing Bird Survey (Least Bittern, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Prothonotary)
Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary, Anne Arundel, Maryland, US
Jul 20, 2017 7:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.5 mile(s)
Comments: Hot and humid
41 species

Wood Duck 4
Double-crested Cormorant 2
Least Bittern 5
Great Blue Heron 3
Great Egret 7
Turkey Vulture 2
Osprey 36 Normal for this area
Laughing Gull 1
Ring-billed Gull 2
Mourning Dove 2
Yellow-billed Cuckoo 3
Belted Kingfisher 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Downy Woodpecker 2
Eastern Wood-Pewee 1
Acadian Flycatcher 3
Eastern Kingbird 2
Red-eyed Vireo 1
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 1
Purple Martin 1
Tree Swallow 1
Barn Swallow 10
Tufted Titmouse 2
Marsh Wren 1
Carolina Wren 3
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 3
Eastern Bluebird 1
Wood Thrush 2
American Robin 2
Gray Catbird 3
Northern Mockingbird 2
European Starling 3
Prothonotary Warbler 1
Common Yellowthroat 7
Chipping Sparrow 2
Eastern Towhee 1
Northern Cardinal 4
Indigo Bunting 4
Red-winged Blackbird 131
Common Grackle 3
American Goldfinch 4

Next survey: Aug 3

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Date: 7/20/17 5:42 am
From: JimC <jimcancil...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Two Osprey chicks this year.
It seems only one typically survives. Last year the nest was really never completed. Our power company put dummy poles for them on our side of the creek and next to their lines on the other side. (photo) Pines grew up into the pole on our side.

I listened to a report on an Ocean City radio station about a company that has a 24hr camera on a nest somewhere over there. The fellow described a phone call where someone said there had been an attack on the nest. They looked at the tape; about 5:30am an Owl attacked the nest and mortally wounded one chick as the other looked on. The mother returned and drove the Owl off. The company that owns the cam went out to look for the wounded chick and did not find it. (this to my best memory - hearing this about a week ago)

We have watched (no camera handy) Bald Eagles attack the Osprey nest across the creek. It is difficult to tell whether it is predatory or territorial. (Eagles nest about 1/4mi away)

Jim

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Date: 7/20/17 5:39 am
From: Matt Hafner <hafner.matt...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Juvenile Yellow-crowned Night-Heron in Harford
This morning there was a juvenile Yellow-crowned Night-Heron down the
street from my house on Putnam Road in Harford County. Last year a
juvenile Little Blue Heron visited this creek for a few days so it must be
attractive to post-breeding waders.

I'll let everyone know when the White Ibis, Wood Stork, and Roseate
Spoonbill show up.

Photo in my ebird checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S38230316

Good birding!

Matt Hafner
Forest Hill, MD

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Date: 7/19/17 1:43 pm
From: Harry Armistead <harryarmistead...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Smith Island, South Point Marsh, Ferry Neck, July 8-16, 2017.
SMITH ISLAND, SOUTH POINT MARSH, FERRY NECK, JULY 8-16, 2017. Liz & Harry Armistead, John Weske. Unprecedented medical events: PVC (Premature Ventricular Contractions = irregular heart beat), dehydration, hypomagnesemia. Anyone having a tilt towards it will find grist for their Schadenfreude mill in this report.


JULY 8, SATURDAY. Arrive at Rigby’s Folly, Ferry Neck, Talbot County, MD (family property) at 6:20 P.M. A small fawn and 2 does in Field 2. The Carolina Wren nest in a structure under the car port has been removed (Raccoons?). 1.2” in the rain gauge since last time. Eastern Cottontail 4. Wild Turkey, 5 in Field 4. 86 dropping to 83 degrees F. by 9:15 P.M., fair, SW 10, hot. New growths of weedy “wheat” 6” - 1’ in all the fields in spite of being disked a few weeks ago.


JULY 9, SUNDAY. Cattle Egret 1, Bald Eagle 1 immature, Green Heron 2, Snowy Egret 1, Yellow-billed Cuckoo 1, BLACK SCOTER 1. A tight group of 3 Great Blue Herons at dusk presumably heading for Poplar Island. For the first time this year Cicadas are sounding off, big-time. Five bucks on the driveway between Fields 4 & 5 and a fawn and doe in Field 2. Diamondback Terrapin 25, as seen from Lucy Point. Good Firefly show. Circa 9:30 P.M. Liz hears a Great Horned Owl call 10 times, a funny time of year for that. 75-88, NW5+ becoming calm, clear, low humidity. BUTTERFLIES: Hackberry Emperor 3, Common Wood Nymph 1, Black Swallowtail caterpillars in the parsley.


CAROLINA WREN: a 4th off-the-wall breeding attempt this year, in a planter of Colius by the back porch, with 4 eggs. Previously this year there have been nests in a fold of the director’s chair on the front porch, in the base of an old Osprey nest platform under the car port, and, finally, in the metal vent of the clothes dryer. In the past they have nested inside one of my white waterman’s boots, in the bicycle basket, over the front door sill, in an open bag inside the car accessed from the open hatchback, in my boat’s transom (several times), and other quixotic places.


JULY 10, MONDAY. 76-91, fair, SW10-15+. Cedar Waxwing 1, Snowy Egret 1, a Red Admiral, and a Least Tern. Single Laughing and 2 Ring-billed gulls are fall arrivals, after a fashion. An American Robin singing in the yard is unusual. They do not nest in our yard, that is very isolated (i.e., far from other yards/lawns) and I suspect has no earthworms. Have to do some digging to see.


JULY 11, TUESDAY. A new “yard” species, a 41” Red Drum, dead at the mouth of the cove, covered with flies, El Stinko Grande. a.k.a. Channel Bass, and, the smaller ones, Puppy Drum. Sciaenops ocellatus. On hand are Fishes of Chesapeake Bay by Samuel F. Hildebrand and William C. Schroeder (Smithsonian Institution Press, p. 276-288, 1928, reprinted 1972, 388pp.) and Life in the Chesapeake Bay by Alice Jane Lippson and Robert L. Lippson (Johns Hopkins U. Pr., p. 190, 1984, 229pp.).


Neither source indicates by their illustrations that Red Drum have a notched tail, although Hildebrand states: “slightly concave in larger fish”. This dead one’s tail was pronouncedly concave so if I’d measured it to the outer tip of its caudal (tail) fin instead of the central, notched area, you could say the fish is 42” in length. Overall the fish was rosy-whitish in coloration. Big scales. Gross. Biggest one on record: 94 lbs. I’d guess this one was c. 30 lbs. Some of the photographs via Google do show tails that are forked, but not as markedly so as this one. Wading out to it, c. 100 yards, it is delightful to find so much dense SAV, the most I’ve ever seen in Poplar Cove. At waist depth the water is so much cooler than around the dock. See only 3 Sea Nettles.


Gray Squirrel 5 (including “snowshoes”, “half-tail”, and “tail-half-red”), Eastern Cottontail 5. BUTTERFLIES: Pearl Crescent, Eastern-tailed Blue, Buckeye. At 8:50 P.M., as I am wont to do, I dump chicken remains, popular with minnows, off the end of the dock; coming back I hear a sort of chortling, there between me and the base of the dock, on the dock, is a half-grown Raccoon. Thinking rabies, I blow hard on a whistle and, unimpressed, it slowly shambles off over the rip rap. 77-90, SW 5-10, fair, 86 degrees F. at 9:15 P.M.


JULY 12, WEDNESDAY. A 12” skink on the front porch. See “Snowshoes”. ROYAL OAK: 4 Cattle Egrets. Hook up with John Weske in Easton. CAMBRIDGE, 35 Canada Geese at Sailwinds Visitor Center. CRISFIELD: Rock Pigeon, 50 on the wires, Bald Eagle 1 adult, Barn Swallow 7, Royal Tern 3, Osprey 1.


SOUTH POINT MARSH, ACCOMACK COUNTY, VIRGINIA (a couple of miles south of Smith Island and the MD/VA line). John Weske and I reconnoiter the huge Brown Pelican colony here prior to the main event, banding of young pelis tomorrow, motoring out in John’s Boat, ‘the Lou”na” Sea’, with its 115 horse Suzuki. In the south third of the colony I use the clicker, count 184 nests still with eggs. I think I noticed all of these there. Many either also have very small young (“naked chicks”, so to speak) and/or eggs that are pipping. With his net John catches, employing his classic, legendary 40-foot sprint, 2 adult pelicans banded previously (938-77877 and 938-65715).


I estimate 2,100 flight-capable Double-crested Cormorants in the entire S.P.M. area. Also at this south end: American Black Duck 1, Seaside Sparrow 1, Red-winged Blackbird 2, Yellow-crowned Night Heron 1, American Oystercatcher 11, 7 MUTE SWANS, Snowy Egret 5, Great Egret 2, Royal Tern 35 (intriguing, several carrying minnows), Laughing Gull 12, Great Black-backed Gull c. 85 (many large, fuzzy young), Herring Gull 125 (likewise some big young). Many of the cormorant nests are empty, the young already fledged, but there are still scores with eggs or very small young. Enough Royal Tern sightings to suggest there is a colony somewhere on the Eastern Shore of Virginia, Bayside. ?


In the central area of SPM there are also many nests still with eggs, 106. Also Great Egret 2, Snowy Egret 2, Tricolored Heron 1, Seaside Sparrow 2, American Oystercatcher 2. Up here and farther north are many large young (“bruisers’), about as big as adults. Overall I’d say the SPM pelican colony, in toto, comprises well over 1,000 pairs. What with the many nests still with eggs and very small young, many 100s of pelicans will remain to be banded later.


SMITH ISLAND, MARYLAND, today, we pass all 3 of the towns: Little Blue Heron 3, Tricolored Heron 2, Great Egret 2, Snowy Egret 2, Yellow-crowned Night Heron 2, Fish Crow 16, Purple Martin 8, Barn Swallow 5, European Starling 5, Boat-tailed Grackle 4, Double-crested Cormorant 60, Brown Pelican 1, Osprey 6, Willet 5, Green Heron 1, Great Blue Heron 2, and Royal Tern 3.


JULY 13, THURSDAY. SOUTH POINT MARSH again: After 15 minutes ashore I become very weary and spend the rest of the time in a boat under its canopy (thank you APHIS) while the 33 others band 819 (preliminary, unofficial total) Brown Pelican chicks, 10:15 A.M. - 1:45 P.M. A flotilla of 6 boats. I notice 3 other folks, all c. 1/3 my age, come back to the landing area after about an hour and just sit there with their heads down, as well as a couple of older folks, also done in, to various degrees, by the heat. One estimate of the heat index is 110, that I think is much too high. My pulse, for the first time that I know, is irregular, beats 3 times then pauses, 3 times then pauses …


While I’m resting in the boat under its canopy in the shade and hydrating I do at least scan vigorously for birds other than gulls, pelicans, and cormorants, and see: American Oystercatcher 1, American Black Duck 4, Snowy Egret 6, Fish Crow 2, Little Blue Heron 2, Royal Tern 3, Tricolored Heron 6, Yellow-crowned Night Heron 1, Laughing Gull, 2, Great Egret 2, and Osprey 1. My high count of flight-capable Brown Pelicans in sight simultaneously from this vantage point is 570.


SMITH ISLAND, MD, (not seen yesterday): MUTE SWAN 3 (still a few not yet “removed” from the lower Bay), Glossy Ibis 1.


THE BIG MESS UPS. One of my very worst days, certainly the worst boating. I’ve had over 50 years experience handling small boats, quite a bit of it in this area (where for 3 straight Junes I operated out of the refuge house in Ewell for a week each year), but today one wouldn’t know that. I take some pride in my experience and seamanship abilities. I don’t think any of the mistakes I make today are related to the onset of the several medical issues, although that would be a convenient excuse. I just don’t know why they happen.


1st I make a wrong turn down towards Tylerton. 2nd I run aground out by the jetties west of Ewell. 3rd, and potentially very serious, I slam into a big, metal channel marker at 5,000 rpms in Big Thorofare. A glancing blow, but it could have broken Jackie’s arm had it been outside the boat. No damage is done to John’s boat save to some barely-detectable on the rub rail. I surrender the helm, but on the way back to Crisfield we cross a very rough wake and the boat slams down SO hard it feels as if my lower back is compressed in half. A very rough ride today and I am amazed not to have any resulting back discomfort. When I think of the collision, which is (too) often, I flinch, close my eyes, shake my head, and have feelings of shame and guilt.


JULY 14, FRIDAY. HEALTH REPORT. Spend from 10 A.M. - 4 P.M. at 2 health facilities in Easton, Maryland, with NO waiting at either place. First at Your Doc’s In (“Doc-in-a-box”) where an EKG reveals, in their words, that my heartbeat is “all over place” and the Dx is PVC (Premature Ventricular Contractions), a low magnesium level, and dehydration from yesterday. Then 4 hours in the Easton hospital ER where I receive an IV infusion of saline solution, a magnesium pill, have blood work done, and am closely monitored. It didn’t help, and it would be a convenient excuse, but I do not believe any of this caused my sloppy boat handling on Thursday. True, the helm is somewhat unresponsive, and it is a boat I’d never driven previously. At both medical places everyone on the staff is terrific.


Back at Rigby’s Folly: 78-96, fair, SW10, a storm from 5:45 P.M., with scary winds of 35 m.p.h.+ and a brief deluge resulting in 0.7”. The temperature drops from 96 to 74 in a few minutes during the storm. Fields 1 & 2 finally get planted, with 2 Cattle Egrets following the huge rig. Two CAEGs also seen with horses in Royal Oak. Four Painted Turtles in Frog Hollow. A 12” skink on the front porch. The rains stimulate 2 Fowler’s Toads and a Cope’s Gray Tree Frog to call, after the rains stop. On the way down from Philadelphia Mary sees a double rainbow, probably unnoticed by her young David and Lucas, and, coincidentally the same day George photographs another doubler in Park City, Utah, where he is attending the annual Audubon Society meeting. John Weske overnights.


JULY 15, SATURDAY. Just take it easy. 74-90, fair, NW5+, hot but humidity not bad. Two American Crows bring smoke on an adult Bald Eagle. Mary and her children (David and Lucas) capture 20+ minnows of 3 species in the trap with leftover pork. A female Blue Grosbeak flies over the dock and lands in the marsh. Sit on the dock 3:30-4:30 and see a Forster’s Tern, 2 Black Vultures, an imm. Bald Eagle in addition to the adult, and the grosbeak and crows. Eight Painted Turtles in Frog Hollow, their basking log finally exposed again.


BAD YEAR hereabouts for Cow-nosed Rays, bluets, Osprey nest sites unoccupied, Diamondback Terrapin, hummingbirds, Fowler’s Toads, and Green Treefrogs. A good year for Eastern Cottontails. Today see BUTTERFLIES: a Tiger Swallowtail, a Red-spotted Purple, and a Hackberry Emperor.


JULY 16, SUNDAY. A 1/2 grown cottontail out on the drive in front of the house. Leave for PA at 8:45 A.M. Big group of 410 mid-morning Tree Swallows in a compact group on 2 adjacent wires E of Route 481 c. 1 mile NE of 481 X Route 309, a sure sign that fall migration is underway, albeit in subdued sort of way. But these are true fall arrivals since hardly any (perhaps none) breed in that area.


SMITH ISLAND (Maryland) can get in your blood. In the excellent (Chesapeake) Bay Journal, that everyone who cares about the Bay should subscribe to (the Bay Journal, P. O. Box 222, Jacobus, PA 17407-0222; it’s free but send at least $25 anyway), in the July-August 2017 issue, vol. 27, no. 5, pages 1, 32-33, is an article “Smith Island losing land, population, and now its shepherd.” There’s a whole bunch of other great articles on the Bay by distinguished authorities. Getting this is worth it just for the evocative photography of Dave Harp.


DAN CRISTOL ARTICLE. Hot off the press by an old friend, now Professor of Biology at William and Mary College. “Age-related differences in foraging ability among clam-dropping Herring Gulls (Larus argentatus)” by Daniel A. Cristol (lead author) and 5 others, the Wilson Journal of Ornithology, vol. 129, no. 2, June 2017, pages 301-310. Studies were done at Powhatan Creek where it enters the James River and Poquoson on the west shore of Chesapeake Bay.


HYDRATION: what I am hearing from my recent experience is that the best antidote to dehydration is simply plain water, but to add some flavor, Diet Gatorade and/or Smartwater, too. Pedialyte is also recommended, but it is sugary so, as an adult diabetic, I must avoid it. Important to get liquids that provide electrolytes. Two of my prescribed medications, Lisinopril-HCTZ 20-12.5 mg and Metformin HCL 1,000mg, are apparently somewhat dehydrating.


Best to all. - Harry Armistead, Philadelphia.

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Date: 7/19/17 7:40 am
From: Kurt Schwarz <krschwa1...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Santa Ana NWR Threatened
Preliminary work on a border wall through Santa Ana NWR in Texas has already begun. Without any public notification in a county that depends on tourism. Many of us have visited Santa Ana for the fabulous birds there. Please contact you legislators and express outrage. Go to this website and click on Stop a Border Fence.


Hungary has begun construction of a SECOND razor wire fence stop migrants. In short, they don't work.


http://refugeassociation.org/action/#/



MOS will be following up with a letter, I am already making calls to the Senate.



Kurt Schwarz
Conservation Chair
MOS
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Date: 7/19/17 7:17 am
From: Jim Green <jkgbirdman53...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Washington County Swallows
Currently 5 species at Blair's Valley Lake...Barn, Tree, Rough-winged, Cliff and Bank.

Jim Green
Gaithersburg MD

Sent from my iPhone

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Date: 7/18/17 11:07 am
From: Lydia Schindler <lydia13621...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fwd: DC Area, 7/18/2017
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From: Steve Cordle <scordle...>
Date: Tue, Jul 18, 2017 at 11:37 AM
Subject: DC Area, 7/18/2017
To: <BIRDEAST...>


Hotline: Voice of the Naturalist
Date: 7/18/2017
Coverage: MD/DC/VA/central and southern DE/WV panhandle
Reports, comments and questions: <voice...>
Compiler: Helen Patton
Sponsor: Audubon Naturalist Society of the Central
Atlantic States (independent of NAS)
Transcriber: Steve Cordle

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

This is the Voice of the Naturalist, a service of the Audubon
Naturalist Society. This report covers the week starting Tuesday, July
11, and was completed on Tuesday, July 18 at about 9:30 a.m.

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

TOP BIRDS THIS WEEK: NEOTROPIC CORMORANT in MD, LITTLE EGRET in DE,
ROSEATE SPOONBILL in VA and WILSON'S PLOVER in VA

OTHER BIRDS OF INTEREST: ducks, WILD TURKEY, SORA, COMMON GALLINULE,
AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHER, shorebirds, LITTLE GULL, TERNS, CORY'S
SHEARWATER, WILSON'S STORM-PETREL, ANHINGA, WHITE IBIS, MISSISSIPPI
KITE, RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS, flycatchers, LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE, sparrows
and DICKCISSEL

TOP BIRDS

The NEOTROPIC CORMORANT continued in Chesapeake Beach, Calvert Co, MD.
On July 14, 15 and 17 it was around the marina, and on July 14 and 16,
it was reported around the North Beach marsh area.

A LITTLE EGRET was at Bombay Hook NWR, Kent Co, DE seen in both
Raymond and Shearness pools on July 11, 13 and 15.

Two ROSEATE SPOONBILLS were reported from the Shirley Plantation, main
impoundment, Charles City, VA. Observers are cautioned not to enter
the fields or stray from the main roads.

Three WILSON'S PLOVERS were on Metompkin Island, Accomack Co, VA on
July 16.

OTHER BIRDS OF INTEREST

A few out-of-season ducks are still hanging around. A trip to Poplar
Island, Talbot Co, MD on July 13 reported one AMERICAN WIGEON and 4
BLACK SCOTERS. Two REDHEAD were at Tydings Memorial Park, Havre de
Grace, Harford Co, MD on July 14, 15 and 17. SURF and BLACK SCOTERS
were at Big Water Farm (private) and at the Chesapeake Bay
Environmental Center (Horsehead), both in Queen Anne's Co, MD during
the week. A WHITE-WINGED SCOTER was at Black Walnut Point, Talbot Co,
MD on July 13. A COMMON EIDER was on Metompkin Island, Accomack Co, VA
on July 16.

WILD TURKEYS were observed crossing roads and becoming driving hazards
from a report near Salisbury, MD.

A SORA was at Hughes Hollow, Montgomery Co, MD on July 17. A COMMON
GALLINULE and 4 AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHERS were on Poplar Island, Talbot
Co, MD on July 13.

Shorebirds are beginning to be seen in the area. Many congregated at
favorite spots such as Bombay Hook NWR, Kent Co, DE including a
HUDSONIAN GODWIT, RUFF, and LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS. A trip to Poplar
Island, Talbot Co, MD observed 13 shorebird species including: 4 STILT
SANDPIPERS, 110 SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS, 2 RED-NECKED PHALAROPE and 30
WILLETS. A LONG-BILLED CURLEW was at Finney's Creek. Accomack Co, VA
on July16. Three RED KNOTS were at the Back Bay NWR, Virginia Beach,
VA on July 17. PECTORAL SANDPIPERS were seen at North Beach marsh,
Calvert Co, MD on July 14; Muddy Creek Road, Virginia Beach, VA on
July 14 and 15; Bull's Pond and Magothy Bay NAP, Northampton Co, VA on
July 16 and at the Hurlock WWTP, Dorchester Co, MD on July 16.

A LITTLE GULL was at Bombay Hook NWR on July 17. Eighty LEAST TERNS
were on Poplar Island on July 13. A GULL-BILLED TERN was at Bombay
Hook NWR on July 16. A BLACK TERN was at Battery Island, Harford Co,
MD on July 13 and 15.

Two CORY'S SHEARWATERS were flying at Massey's Canyon, Worcester Co,
MD on July 16.

Two WILSON'S STORM-PETRELS were at Cedar Island, Accomack Co, VA on
July 16.

A pair of ANHINGAS was nesting at the Harwoods Mill Reservoir, York
Co, VA on July 15.

Two to five WHITE IBIS were at Bombay Hook NWR, DE during the week. A
WHITE IBIS was at the North Beach marsh, Calvert Co, MD on July 15.

A MISSISSIPPI Kite was seen at the intersection of Bacon Race Road and
Davis Ford Road, Prince William Co, VA on July 15. A MISSISSIPPI KITE
was at the North Beach marsh, Calvert Co, MD on July 16.

One to two RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS were at the Fox Chase Ponds and
Wetlands, Howard Co, MD on July 12, 16 and 17.

An OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was at Antietam Creek between Clopper Bridge
and Old Ford Bridge, Washington Co, MD on July 16. An ALDER FLYCATCHER
was at the C&O Canal, Big Pool, Washington Co, MD on July 15.

A LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE was at Smith Farm, Lunenburg Co, VA on July 12.

Two SALTMARSH SPARROWS were at Prime Hook NWR, Fowler Beach Road,
Sussex Co, DE on July 11. Six SEASIDE SPARROWS were on Poplar Island,
Talbot Co, MD on July 13.

DICKCISSELS were reported from many venues during the week.

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

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

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

Thank you for your interest, and enjoy the birds.

*Of interest to the applicable records committee

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Date: 7/18/17 10:55 am
From: Tim Carney <timmyc83...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Poplar Island 7/14/2017
Whoops - try this link instead.
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S38204973

Tim Carney
Nottingham, MD

On Tuesday, July 18, 2017 at 1:54:48 PM UTC-4, Tim Carney wrote:
> Friday's census was a bit of a blur due to the large influx of shorebirds. They were obviously on the move, and flocks of 100-200 would flush before I could get out of the truck! I analyzed what was close to me and entered the rest as "shorebird sp." or "peep sp." I think the ratios from my close-up counts could be extrapolated over the larger estimates, though I'm sure a few species were missed; Sanderling comes to mind.
>
> Highlights included one each RED KNOT, WILSON'S PHALAROPE, and RED-NECKED PHALAROPE; an obvious influx of Least Sandpipers, Lesser Yellowlegs, Short-billed Dowitchers, and Stilt Sandpipers; two adult Virginia Rails leading three chicks through the marsh; 72 American Avocets in Cell 6 and two more in Cell 2C; a high count (49) of Black-necked Stilts; and single Common Gallinules in Cells 3D and 1A. There was also a flock of 215+ Least Terns in Cell 6 alone with more elsewhere.
>
> Tree Swallows appear to have largely dispersed from the island, but Purple Martins were actively feeding chicks in both of the martin houses.
>
> eBird checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/edit/checklist?subID=S38204973
>
> Tim Carney
> Nottingham, MD

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Date: 7/18/17 10:54 am
From: Tim Carney <timmyc83...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Poplar Island 7/14/2017
Friday's census was a bit of a blur due to the large influx of shorebirds. They were obviously on the move, and flocks of 100-200 would flush before I could get out of the truck! I analyzed what was close to me and entered the rest as "shorebird sp." or "peep sp." I think the ratios from my close-up counts could be extrapolated over the larger estimates, though I'm sure a few species were missed; Sanderling comes to mind.

Highlights included one each RED KNOT, WILSON'S PHALAROPE, and RED-NECKED PHALAROPE; an obvious influx of Least Sandpipers, Lesser Yellowlegs, Short-billed Dowitchers, and Stilt Sandpipers; two adult Virginia Rails leading three chicks through the marsh; 72 American Avocets in Cell 6 and two more in Cell 2C; a high count (49) of Black-necked Stilts; and single Common Gallinules in Cells 3D and 1A. There was also a flock of 215+ Least Terns in Cell 6 alone with more elsewhere.

Tree Swallows appear to have largely dispersed from the island, but Purple Martins were actively feeding chicks in both of the martin houses.

eBird checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/edit/checklist?subID=S38204973

Tim Carney
Nottingham, MD

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Date: 7/17/17 6:46 pm
From: Kevin Graff <keyweststyle2001...>
Subject: [MDBirding] western MD
Hey all,


I joined Alan & Susan Y to find some of their target birds they need and
we were successful. Before Sideling Hill Visitor Center, one Raven on
perch. At Old Legislative Road were 3 Henslow's Sparrows, one great look
on perch, two more singing; 6 sparrow species: Chipper, Field, Grasshopper,
Henslow's, Vesper and Song. Befoe we arrive to the Henslow's spot, we
had a male Rose-breasted Grosbeak and a hard-to-find Brown Creeper from
patch of pines to stands of mature trees, a flyby Black-billed Cuckoo, two
ravens croaking away. Then we went on to Finzel Swamp where we had two
singing Alder Flycatchers and best bird of the day was a female type
Dickcissel on a bare tree before flew off to the S.



Kevin Graff
Jarrettsville, MD
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Date: 7/16/17 11:27 am
From: Robert McLean <tmclean1090...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Solitary Sandpipers off of Paper Mill Road
I had 4 Solitary Sandpipers off of Paper Mill Road (Balto. County).

Observations were at the Jessup Circuit trail (1 bird) and at the south
extension of the Torrey C. Brown Rail Trail (3 birds). I did not stop at
the Paper Mill flats, but I did drive by and the shorebird habitat looked
good.

Good (shore) birding!

Taylor McLean
Towson, MD

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Date: 7/15/17 2:04 pm
From: Duvall Sollers <dbsollers61...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Neo-tropic Cormorant
The Neotropic Cormorant continues today at North Beach Marsh in Calvert County. Apparently it continues to move back and forth to Chesapeake Marina as Marcia Balestri had it there a little before I spotted it.

Duvall Sollers
Hereford, MD

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Date: 7/15/17 9:47 am
From: Marcia Balestri <mebalestri...>
Subject: [MDBirding] NECO
Continues south of the Chesapeake Beach Marina

Sent from my iPhone
Marcia Balestri
Worcester, MD

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Date: 7/15/17 2:05 am
From: Joe Hanfman <auk1844...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Poplar Island, Jul 13, 2017
Thursday's trip to Poplar Island produced hundreds of shorebirds and some
over summering ducks. Many of the resident species had chicks which we saw
all over the island.
Some of the highlights were American Wigeon, Black Scoter, Black-necked
Stilt, American Avocet, Stilt Sandpiper, Sanderling, Western Sandpiper, and
Red-necked Phalarope.

Before the trip several of us saw White-winged, Surf and Black Scoters at
Black Walnut Point.

The complete Poplar Island list is below. Breeding codes for many species
are included on the eBird checklist.

Joe Hanfman
Columbia, MD

Poplar Island, Talbot, Maryland, US
Jul 13, 2017 9:10 AM - 1:05 PM
Protocol: Traveling
5.0 mile(s)
47 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose 10
American Wigeon 1 Photo
Mallard (Northern) 600 Estimate
Black Scoter 4 Exact count
Double-crested Cormorant 2000 Estimate
Brown Pelican 1
Great Blue Heron (Blue form) 26
Great Egret 3
Snowy Egret 75 Estimate
Cattle Egret (Western) 11
Black-crowned Night-Heron 1
Glossy Ibis 14
Turkey Vulture 1
Osprey (carolinensis) 32 Tallied
Bald Eagle 2
Virginia Rail (Virginia) 2
Common Gallinule 1
Black-necked Stilt (Black-necked) 35 Careful count including young
American Avocet 71 Expected at this location, count by 2's
American Oystercatcher 4 2 pairs
Black-bellied Plover 2
Killdeer 26
Stilt Sandpiper 4
Sanderling 4
Least Sandpiper 475 Conservative estimate
Semipalmated Sandpiper 10
Western Sandpiper 1
Short-billed Dowitcher 110 Tallied
Red-necked Phalarope 2 Cell 3C and 5CD. Red on side of neck, dark cap
and face, shorter bill than WIPH.
phalarope sp. 1 Probably another RNPH in the large Cell 6 on the SW
side of the island.
Spotted Sandpiper 13 Tallied
Greater Yellowlegs 5
Willet (Eastern) 30 Close count
Lesser Yellowlegs 115 Tallied
Laughing Gull 1
Ring-billed Gull 2
Herring Gull (American) 500
Great Black-backed Gull 75
Least Tern 80 Estimate
Common Tern (hirundo) 50
Forster's Tern 100
Horned Lark 1
Purple Martin 9
Tree Swallow 135
Bank Swallow 70
Barn Swallow (American) 6
Seaside Sparrow (Atlantic) 6 Careful count
Red-winged Blackbird (Red-winged) 125

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/
checklist/S38115305

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



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Date: 7/14/17 9:21 am
From: Marcia Watson <marshwren50...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Re: Article about marsh enhancement at Blackwater NWR
Coincidentally, Audubon MD-DC, who was one of the partners on the Blackwater Project, released a newsletter today with some information about the project, including a note about birds nesting in the project area. You can read the newsletter material here: http://mailchi.mp/audubon/national-recognition-for-blackwater-salt-marsh-project?e=141a585270

Marcia
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Marcia Watson
Patuxent Bird Club
Maryland Ornithological Society

Bowie, Maryland
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> On Jul 14, 2017, at 11:32 AM, JimC <jimcancil...> wrote:
>
>> On Friday, July 14, 2017 at 9:56:31 AM UTC-4, Jim Nelson wrote:
>> I just got this interesting article about an innovative marsh enhancement project at Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge designed to protect the marsh against the effects of rising sea levels due to climate change, protecting habitat for at risk species including Seaside Sparrows.
>>
>> https://adaptationprofessionals.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Snapshot-2017-BNWR_EHG_5-9-17.pdf
>>
>> Jim Nelson
>> Bethesda, MD
>
> Thanks for posting that Jim. One potentially disturbing sentence; "...layer of organic and mineral sediments from the adjacent Blackwater River across the marsh surface.."
>
> God knows what chemicals or animal waste is in that Petri dish. After speaking to some 'river watchers', my wife strokes out when I paddle board on our creek. Up stream are chickens, aerial spray areas, monocultures ..and not long ago, hogs. I would not eat anything that originated in our waters.
>
> Jim 12mi W. of Salisbury
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Date: 7/14/17 8:32 am
From: JimC <jimcancil...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Article about marsh enhancement at Blackwater NWR
On Friday, July 14, 2017 at 9:56:31 AM UTC-4, Jim Nelson wrote:
> I just got this interesting article about an innovative marsh enhancement project at Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge designed to protect the marsh against the effects of rising sea levels due to climate change, protecting habitat for at risk species including Seaside Sparrows.
>
> https://adaptationprofessionals.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Snapshot-2017-BNWR_EHG_5-9-17.pdf
>
> Jim Nelson
> Bethesda, MD

Thanks for posting that Jim. One potentially disturbing sentence; "...layer of organic and mineral sediments from the adjacent Blackwater River across the marsh surface.."

God knows what chemicals or animal waste is in that Petri dish. After speaking to some 'river watchers', my wife strokes out when I paddle board on our creek. Up stream are chickens, aerial spray areas, monocultures ..and not long ago, hogs. I would not eat anything that originated in our waters.

Jim 12mi W. of Salisbury

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Date: 7/14/17 6:56 am
From: Jim Nelson <kingfishers2...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Article about marsh enhancement at Blackwater NWR
I just got this interesting article about an innovative marsh enhancement project at Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge designed to protect the marsh against the effects of rising sea levels due to climate change, protecting habitat for at risk species including Seaside Sparrows.

https://adaptationprofessionals.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Snapshot-2017-BNWR_EHG_5-9-17.pdf

Jim Nelson
Bethesda, MD

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Date: 7/13/17 4:02 pm
From: Lucas <lrot...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Whimbrel Birder's Club
Whimbrel Birders Club was founded at the first annual Illinois Young Birders Symposium in August 2016. Our first walk was in October 2016 when we went to Nelson Lake FP and Fermilab in Batavia, IL. That trip was great as we saw over 60 species and four species of geese (pretty good for Northern Illinois in October). We are a birding club truly meant for all ages, meaning that we offer walks for anyone 0 to 100. In fact, our motto is "a birding club for all ages". We have kept growing our club by starting competitions, offering two or more bird walks a month, by blogging, and now by having other young birders start their chapter of WBC in their part of the country (or world). Visit us atwhimbrelbirders.org.
We have created competitions such as the Whimbrel Patch Birding Competition (WPBC) - when trip leaders lead people around their local patches, and at the end, the winning team will be revealed. Another, the Backyard Migratory Bird Count Competition (BMBCC) is a contest where people bird in their yard for a weekend and submit their counts through the website. Our final competition is the Whimbrel Big Day Competition (WBDC) in which a few birders from each chapter will go around their state trying to find as many birds as possible! Although the WBDC does have a $10 entry fee (which will pay for a prize and the leftover money will go to a charity of the winning team's choice), in my opinion, it is the most exciting contest that we offer.

We do not want this great opportunity to be limited to birders just in northern Illinois. So we are asking birders everywhere if they would like to start their chapter of Whimbrel Birders Club in their part of the country or the world.
We are looking for (preferably young) birders that can:
- ID the birds by sight and sound in their area
- That feel comfortable leading bird walks with everyone including adults.
- Can keep an up-to-date upcoming trip list.
- And can write trip reports.
If you meet the criteria, please fill out the form (see below), and I will get your chapter of WBC up and running ASAP.

Benefits of becoming a WBC chapter founder:
- You will meet many new birders who share your passion.
- This is the easiest way to start a birding club.
- You can chat on our site with every other member of every chapter!
- You get to compete in all of our competitions.
- and many other great benefits.
If you are interested in starting your chapter of WBC, please fill out the form at https://whimbrelbirders.org/start-your-wbc-chapter/

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Date: 7/13/17 3:31 pm
From: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Audubon Soc 2017 Photo Awards
Giving up...it should be the link below, but it doesn't seem to advance
beyond the 1st few of the 100.

Jim S



>
> On Thu, Jul 13, 2017 at 6:22 PM, JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...>
> wrote:
>
>> http://www.audubon.org/news/the-2017-audubon-photography-awards-top-100
>>
>> The actual link is above...
>>
>> On Wed, Jul 12, 2017 at 10:15 PM, JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...>
>> wrote:
>>
>>> The Summer 2017 issue arrived a day or two ago with some stunning
>>> photos. The top 100 can be viewed @
>>>
>>> Audubon.org/photoawards
>>>
>>> I haven't been to the link, so can't say for sure that it is as
>>> advertised and also can't say if there were any LOCAL winners...
>>>
>>> Jim Speicher
>>> BroadRun/Burkittsville area
>>> [FR] Frederick County
>>> WA Co. MOS member
>>>
>>
>>
>

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Date: 7/13/17 3:24 pm
From: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Audubon Soc 2017 Photo Awards
TRY TRY AGAIN:

http://www.audubon.org/magazine/summer-2017/the-2017-audubon-photography-awards-winners

On Thu, Jul 13, 2017 at 6:22 PM, JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...>
wrote:

> http://www.audubon.org/news/the-2017-audubon-photography-awards-top-100
>
> The actual link is above...
>
> On Wed, Jul 12, 2017 at 10:15 PM, JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...>
> wrote:
>
>> The Summer 2017 issue arrived a day or two ago with some stunning
>> photos. The top 100 can be viewed @
>>
>> Audubon.org/photoawards
>>
>> I haven't been to the link, so can't say for sure that it is as
>> advertised and also can't say if there were any LOCAL winners...
>>
>> Jim Speicher
>> BroadRun/Burkittsville area
>> [FR] Frederick County
>> WA Co. MOS member
>>
>
>

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Date: 7/13/17 3:22 pm
From: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Audubon Soc 2017 Photo Awards
http://www.audubon.org/news/the-2017-audubon-photography-awards-top-100

The actual link is above...

On Wed, Jul 12, 2017 at 10:15 PM, JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...>
wrote:

> The Summer 2017 issue arrived a day or two ago with some stunning
> photos. The top 100 can be viewed @
>
> Audubon.org/photoawards
>
> I haven't been to the link, so can't say for sure that it is as
> advertised and also can't say if there were any LOCAL winners...
>
> Jim Speicher
> BroadRun/Burkittsville area
> [FR] Frederick County
> WA Co. MOS member
>

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Date: 7/12/17 7:15 pm
From: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Audubon Soc 2017 Photo Awards
The Summer 2017 issue arrived a day or two ago with some stunning
photos. The top 100 can be viewed @

Audubon.org/photoawards

I haven't been to the link, so can't say for sure that it is as
advertised and also can't say if there were any LOCAL winners...

Jim Speicher
BroadRun/Burkittsville area
[FR] Frederick County
WA Co. MOS member

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Date: 7/12/17 8:56 am
From: john pangborn <pangborn.john19...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Blue Mash Nature Trail -- Jul 12, 2017
Start 6:50 AM
Stationary
285 minutes
All birds reported? Yes
Comments:

1 Canada Goose
3 Wood Duck
13 Mallard
4 Great Blue Heron
1 Green Heron
1 Black Vulture
35 Killdeer
4 Least Sandpiper
2 Spotted Sandpiper
4 Solitary Sandpiper
2 Mourning Dove
3 Tree Swallow
1 Carolina Wren
2 American Robin
2 Northern Mockingbird
2 Common Yellowthroat
2 Field Sparrow
1 Song Sparrow
1 Eastern Towhee
1 Northern Cardinal
2 Indigo Bunting
6 Red-winged Blackbird
3 Brown-headed Cowbird
1 American Goldfinch

Number of Taxa: 24
John pangborn
Gaithersburg md

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Date: 7/12/17 8:50 am
From: Lydia Schindler <lydia13621...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fwd: DC Area, 7/11/2017 - corrected
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From: Steve Cordle <scordle...>
Date: Wed, Jul 12, 2017 at 11:11 AM
Subject: DC Area, 7/11/2017 - corrected
To: <BIRDEAST...>


Hotline: Voice of the Naturalist
Date: 7/11/2017
Coverage: MD/DC/VA/central and southern DE/WV panhandle
Reports, comments and questions: <voice...>
Compiler: Bob Hartman
Sponsor: Audubon Naturalist Society of the Central
Atlantic States (independent of NAS)
Transcriber: Steve Cordle

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

This is the Voice of the Naturalist, a service of the Audubon
Naturalist Society. This report covers the week starting Tuesday, July
4, and was completed on Tuesday, July 11 at about 9:30 a.m.

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

TOP BIRDS THIS WEEK: NEOTROPIC CORMORANT in MD, SCISSOR-TAILED
FLYCATCHER in DE, FORK-TAILED FLYCATCHER in VA

OTHER BIRDS OF INTEREST: NORTHERN SHOVELER, GREEN-WINGED TEAL, SURF
SCOTER, WHITE-WINGED SCOTER, BLACK SCOTER, RED-BREASTED MERGANSER,
RUDDY DUCK, COMMON LOON, WHITE IBIS, RUFF, BONAPARTE'S GULL, and
ROSEATE TERN

TOP BIRDS

The NEOTROPIC CORMORANT continued in Chesapeake Beach MD; on July 7,
8, & 10 it was around the marina, but on July 9, it was only reported
around the North Beach area.

A SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER was reported July 6 in Sussex Co DE around
the intersection of Hollis and Doddstown Rds. The FORK-TAILED
FLYCATCHER continued at Back Bay NWR in Virginia Beach VA, with a
sighting on July 5.

OTHER BIRDS OF INTEREST

A few out-of-season ducks are still hanging around. Three drake
NORTHERN SHOVELERs were spotted July 5 at Hart-Miller Island,
Baltimore Co MD. Also at Hart-Miller Island on July 5 was a pair of
GREEN-WINGED TEALs. Scoter numbers are down from last week. Only 2
SURF SCOTERs were reported, one July 4 at Delaware Seashore SP -
Burton Island (Sussex Co), the other July 9 at Big Water Farm
(private; Queen Anne's Co MD). A single continuing WHITE-WINGED SCOTER
was reported July 8, at Black Walnut Point, Talbot Co MD. BLACK-WINGED
SCOTERs were more numerous along the Atlantic shore, with up to 6 seen
July 7 at Cape Henlopen SP, Sussex Co DE. RED-BREASTED MERGANSERs were
scattered about the Eastern Shore: one July 4 in Greenwood Creek,
Queen Anne's Co MD, another July 5 & 6 at Big Water Farm, three on
July 7 at 86 Watertown Rd in Worcester Co MD, and two on July 8 at
Queen Sound Landing, Accomack Co VA (near Chincoteague NWR). Two RUDDY
DUCKs were seen July 5 at Hart-Miller Island.

Several COMMON LOONs are still present. On July 4, one was seen at
Assateague Island NS (Worcester Co MD) and another was seen at Big
Water Farm. On July 7, one was reported at Cape Henlopen SP. On July
9, one was seen at 86 Watertown Rd (MD). And on July 10, one was seen
in Susquehanna SP, Harford Co MD.

In addition to quite a few WHITE IBIS reported along the shores of the
Delaware Bay and Atlantic Ocean, the four immature WHITE IBIS
continued July 4, 6, & 9 at Harford Glen, Harford Co MD.

A RUFF was spotted July 5 at Hart-Miller Island.

A BONAPARTE'S GULL was seen at Hart Miller Island on July 5, and on
July 9, a ROSEATE TERN was seen flying along the shore in Virginia
Beach.

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: 7/12/17 8:17 am
From: JimC <jimcancil...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Turkey road hazard
Turkeys are on the move out our way. This is perhaps the 3rd cluster I have seen in the last couple of weeks.
I almost forgot I have an automatic camera in my windshield, because I certainly could not have gotten out of the car with a conventional cam without upsetting them. I posted a short video at VIMEO (the other YouTube).

To see, enter A119_test in the search bar at the upper right. (not sure it was OK to place a link here)

Before I was in camera range, three hens with broods of about 4-5 had caught my eye. The cam caught the last two and the reason the last hen was walking around on the road was the last few chicks did not appear to want to jump the ditch to get to the shoulder ..to cross. My windows were closed so I could not hear her, but she appeared to be calling them.

Jim 12mi W of Salisbury

(I'm going out to clean my windshield)

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Date: 7/12/17 6:46 am
From: Lydia Schindler <lydia13621...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Returning Cooper's
For years I have been told (by Helen Horrock's nephew) that a Cooper's Hawk breeds in our Darnestown neighborhood. This year they moved into the yard next door, ca-ca-ca-ca-ing and feeding young in a tree at the edge of our yard.

Lydia Schindler

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Date: 7/12/17 5:00 am
From: Lydia Schindler <lydia13621...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fwd: DC Area, 7/11/2017
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From: Steve Cordle <scordle...>
Date: Tue, Jul 11, 2017 at 12:06 PM
Subject: DC Area, 7/11/2017
To: <BIRDEAST...>


Hotline: Voice of the Naturalist
Date: 7/11/2017
Coverage: MD/DC/VA/central and southern DE/WV panhandle
Reports, comments and questions: <voice...>
Compiler: Bob Hartman
Sponsor: Audubon Naturalist Society of the Central
Atlantic States (independent of NAS)
Transcriber: Steve Cordle

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

This is the Voice of the Naturalist, a service of the Audubon
Naturalist Society. This report covers the week starting Tuesday, July
4, and was completed on Tuesday, July 11 at about 9:30 a.m.

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

TOP BIRDS THIS WEEK: NEOTROPIC CORMORANT in MD, SCISSOR-TAILED
FLYCATCHER in DE, FORK-TAILED FLYCATCHER in VA

OTHER BIRDS OF INTEREST: NORTHERN SHOVELER, GREEN-WINGED TEAL, SURF
SCOTER, WHITE-WINGED SCOTER, BLACK SCOTER, RED-BREASTED MERGANSER,
RUDDY DUCK, COMMON LOON, WHITE IBIS, RUFF, BONAPARTE'S GULL, and
ROSEATE TERN

TOP BIRDS

The NEOTROPIC CORMORANT continued in Chesapeake Beach VA; on July 7,
8, & 10 it was around the marina, but on July 9, it was only reported
around the North Beach area.

A SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER was reported July 6 in Sussex Co DE around
the intersection of Hollis and Doddstown Rds. The FORK-TAILED
FLYCATCHER continued at Back Bay NWR in Virginia Beach VA, with a
sighting on July 5.

OTHER BIRDS OF INTEREST

A few out-of-season ducks are still hanging around. Three drake
NORTHERN SHOVELERs were spotted July 5 at Hart-Miller Island,
Baltimore Co MD. Also at Hart-Miller Island on July 5 was a pair of
GREEN-WINGED TEALs. Scoter numbers are down from last week. Only 2
SURF SCOTERs were reported, one July 4 at Delaware Seashore SP -
Burton Island (Sussex Co), the other July 9 at Big Water Farm
(private; Queen Anne's Co MD). A single continuing WHITE-WINGED SCOTER
was reported July 8, at Black Walnut Point, Talbot Co MD. BLACK-WINGED
SCOTERs were more numerous along the Atlantic shore, with up to 6 seen
July 7 at Cape Henlopen SP, Sussex Co DE. RED-BREASTED MERGANSERs were
scattered about the Eastern Shore: one July 4 in Greenwood Creek,
Queen Anne's Co MD, another July 5 & 6 at Big Water Farm, three on
July 7 at 86 Watertown Rd in Worcester Co MD, and two on July 8 at
Queen Sound Landing, Accomack Co VA (near Chincoteague NWR). Two RUDDY
DUCKs were seen July 5 at Hart-Miller Island.

Several COMMON LOONs are still present. On July 4, one was seen at
Assateague Island NS (Worcester Co MD) and another was seen at Big
Water Farm. On July 7, one was reported at Cape Henlopen SP. On July
9, one was seen at 86 Watertown Rd (MD). And on July 10, one was seen
in Susquehanna SP, Harford Co MD.

In addition to quite a few WHITE IBIS reported along the shores of the
Delaware Bay and Atlantic Ocean, the four immature WHITE IBIS
continued July 4, 6, & 9 at Harford Glen, Harford Co MD, and three
more were seen July 5 & 8 at Hart-Miller Island.

A RUFF was spotted July 5 at Hart-Miller Island.

A BONAPARTE'S GULL was seen at Hart Miller Island on July 5, and on
July 9, a ROSEATE TERN was seen flying along the shore in Virginia
Beach.

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: 7/11/17 10:34 am
From: JimC <jimcancil...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Odd drinking behavior...
On Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at 10:36:38 AM UTC-4, Steve Long wrote:
> Hi Jim,
>
> We have different style Hummer feeders, but we have the same behaviors with
> birds other than Hummers using the ant traps for drinking water. In our
> case, it is mostly Chickadees, with an occassional Titmouse. The Hummers
> don't like that, and chase the Chickadees, even buzzing them at other
> feeders after chasing them off the Hummer feeder. Sometimes the Chickadees
> fight back and buzz the Hummers when they go back to the Hummer feeder.
> Apparently, several small bird species like to drink from things like tree
> crotches, and the ant-traps are a suitable substitute. We used to have a
> type of bird watering contraption that had a mostly covered top with a hole
> in the center that was designed to keep the water liquid in the winter. The
> same birds that used that also use the Hummer feeder ant traps.
>
> Steve Long
> Oxford
>

Cool Steve.. I'm glad to know it. We have seen the same 'chasing' also. Territorial little buggers. I have more of these 'shot glasses' I will put out. Cheers. Jim

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Date: 7/11/17 7:36 am
From: Steve Long <steve.long4...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Odd drinking behavior...
Hi Jim,

We have different style Hummer feeders, but we have the same behaviors with
birds other than Hummers using the ant traps for drinking water. In our
case, it is mostly Chickadees, with an occassional Titmouse. The Hummers
don't like that, and chase the Chickadees, even buzzing them at other
feeders after chasing them off the Hummer feeder. Sometimes the Chickadees
fight back and buzz the Hummers when they go back to the Hummer feeder.
Apparently, several small bird species like to drink from things like tree
crotches, and the ant-traps are a suitable substitute. We used to have a
type of bird watering contraption that had a mostly covered top with a hole
in the center that was designed to keep the water liquid in the winter. The
same birds that used that also use the Hummer feeder ant traps.

Steve Long
Oxford

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To: "Maryland & DC Birding" <mdbirding...>
Sent: Monday, July 10, 2017 9:27 AM
Subject: [MDBirding] Odd drinking behavior...


We have had a 2' concrete bird bath in place for 20+ years that is kept
refreshed frequently. We also feed Hummingbirds. To keep ants out of the
sugar water we have tiny 'moats' made by a DVA sold on Ebay that are the
size of 'shot glasses'. My wife notice this about a week ago. (see pics)

Of all the various birds, the Goldfinches use the bird bath most frequently.
Virtually none of the various Blackbirds or Jay use it. (they perhaps
prefer marsh water)

I have the same setup at my shop and have never seen them use, but we do not
have the all same birds in town, 12 miles away. The only interesting
(water) activity I have seen here is a Bluejay took a peanut and dipped in
it water before it flew off. (I keep a dish on the large feeding tray on
top of a fence)


Jim

12mi W of Salisbury

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Date: 7/11/17 6:41 am
From: Tim Carney <timmyc83...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Swan Creek 7/7/2017
An extremely quiet census on Friday. The rain pushed a few shorebirds down in the morning but it's still early for them to be arriving in any kind of large numbers. Highlights:

DMCF:

Wood Duck 6 (unusual location)
Ruddy Duck 2
Least Sandpiper 33
Lesser Yellowlegs 1

Woods/parking lot:

Common Raven 2 (local pair foraging among the rubble near the trailers)

Wetlands:

Least Tern 24 (seemed like a high count for here)
Common Tern 2

River:

Laughing Gull 2

eBird checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S38081973

Tim Carney
Nottingham, 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, 7:30 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: 7/11/17 5:05 am
From: Guineabird via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Returning Cooper's
The birds were so quiet this AM. Opened the back door to check on them.
Startled a juvenile Cooper's hawk that, no doubt, had been sitting on our
roof hunting for breakfast. No wonder the yard birds were quiet.

She flew down and landed on a recently 50-yr-old deceased & leafless
Japanese maple about 30 yds away from where I was standing. Perfect view.

In past years this species has hunted in our yard regularly during the
summer. At that time, Bob Ringler strongly suspected a breeding pair somewhere
north of here.
I haven't seen one for the past half dozen years.
Could that be where this young bird is from?

Old Hanover Rd
Balto County
Gail Frantz

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Date: 7/10/17 9:56 am
From: Dan Haas <nervousbirds...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] National Geo 7th
Ed,

Are you sending out this information because tomorrow is your birthday, and you're dropping hints for a present?? ;-)

Happy Birthday! And great info too!!

Best,

Dan
443-756-6207
www.danhaas.com

> On Jul 10, 2017, at 12:13 PM, Edward Boyd <edboyd59...> wrote:
>
> Hi All,
>
> I haven't seen anything on this up to this point. For those interested in what I consider to be the premier field guide for North American birds, it appears that the 7th edition of this publication will be available starting September 12th.
>
> I found this information about the update on Barnes and Noble' s site:
>
> "The 7th edition includes 37 new species for a total of 1,023 species; 16 new pages allow for 250 fresh illustrations, 80 new maps, and 350 map revisions. With taxonomy updated to recent significant scientific rearrangement, the addition of standardized banding codes..."
>
> Ed Boyd
> Westminster, MD
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Date: 7/10/17 9:51 am
From: Jeffrey Culler <cullerfuls...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Injured Hawk
Thanks to all who responded. The hawk is on its way to rehab.
Jeff Culler
Howard County

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Date: 7/10/17 9:13 am
From: Edward Boyd <edboyd59...>
Subject: [MDBirding] National Geo 7th
Hi All,

I haven't seen anything on this up to this point. For those interested in
what I consider to be the premier field guide for North American birds, it
appears that the 7th edition of this publication will be available starting
September 12th.

I found this information about the update on Barnes and Noble' s site:

"The 7th edition includes 37 new species for a total of 1,023 species; 16
new pages allow for 250 fresh illustrations, 80 new maps, and 350 map
revisions. With taxonomy updated to recent significant scientific
rearrangement, the addition of standardized banding codes..."

Ed Boyd
Westminster, MD

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Date: 7/10/17 6:52 am
From: Dorothy Paugh <aldopaugh...>
Subject: RE: [MDBirding] Re: Injured hawk
Carrie Murray Nature Center in Leakin Park W. Baltimore also does raptor rehab. They fixed a broken wing on a hummer I found, but treated more raptors. http://www.carriemurraynaturecenter.org/about/

Dorothy Paugh
Bowie MD

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From: Tim Carney<mailto:<timmyc83...>
Sent: Monday, July 10, 2017 8:36 AM
To: Maryland & DC Birding<mailto:<mdbirding...>
Cc: <cullerfuls...><mailto:<cullerfuls...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Injured hawk

Hey Jeff. Try Kathy Woods at Phoenix Wildlife Center. She is the best!

https://www.phoenixwildlifecentermd.org/

Tim Carney
Nottingham, MD

On Monday, July 10, 2017 at 8:14:50 AM UTC-4, Jeffrey Culler wrote:
> My son found an injured Red-shouldered Hawk at Green Mount Cemetery in Baltimore City. Wing appears damaged. What rehabilitator do folks use in Baltimore?
>
> Jeff
>
> Sent from my iPhone

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Date: 7/10/17 6:44 am
From: Mark Johnson <mj3151...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Common Loon, Black-billed Cuckoo at Susquehanna State Park (Harford Co.)
There was an adult breeding-plumaged Common Loon just south of the boat ramp at Lapidum earlier this morning...doesn't appear to be any eBird July records for the species in Harford. There was also a very vocal Black-billed Cuckoo singing along Stafford Rd. The song was a repetitious cu cu cu...cu cu cu...cu cu cu...cu cu cu, on and on and on. Sometimes he'd switch to a two note cu cu...cu cu...cu cu...cu cu version. There was a Yellow Billed Cuckoo calling in the same spot, cluk cluk cluk cluk cawp..cawp...cawp....cawp.....cawp. Made for a nice comparison. The Black-billed Cuckoo was calling just north of the big gravel parking area with the big rocks around the edge. If you park there and walk towards the picnic area, it was at the very first pulloff on the right, but the bird was moving back and forth across Stafford Rd, calling from both sides.


Mark Johnson

Aberdeen

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Date: 7/10/17 6:27 am
From: JimC <jimcancil...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Odd drinking behavior...
We have had a 2' concrete bird bath in place for 20+ years that is kept refreshed frequently. We also feed Hummingbirds. To keep ants out of the sugar water we have tiny 'moats' made by a DVA sold on Ebay that are the size of 'shot glasses'. My wife notice this about a week ago. (see pics)

Of all the various birds, the Goldfinches use the bird bath most frequently. Virtually none of the various Blackbirds or Jay use it. (they perhaps prefer marsh water)

I have the same setup at my shop and have never seen them use, but we do not have the all same birds in town, 12 miles away. The only interesting (water) activity I have seen here is a Bluejay took a peanut and dipped in it water before it flew off. (I keep a dish on the large feeding tray on top of a fence)


Jim

12mi W of Salisbury

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Date: 7/10/17 5:56 am
From: Tim Carney <timmyc83...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Poplar Island 6/27/2017
Apologies for the delay in posting.

The 6/27 census at Poplar Island was extremely productive. Notable fledglings observed included Snowy Egret, Cattle Egret, Glossy Ibis, Virginia Rail, Black-necked Stilt, and Willet. Mallards were everywhere, and one female had 22 ducklings in tow.

Lingering waterfowl included Surf Scoter, White-winged Scoter, Black Scoter (13!), Long-tailed Duck, and Ruddy Duck.

Other notable sightings included Little Blue Heron, Common Gallinule, American Avocet, White-rumped Sandpiper, and Bonaparte's Gull.

eBird checklist with photos: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S38065187

Tim Carney
Nottingham, MD

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Date: 7/10/17 5:36 am
From: Tim Carney <timmyc83...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Injured hawk
Hey Jeff. Try Kathy Woods at Phoenix Wildlife Center. She is the best!

https://www.phoenixwildlifecentermd.org/

Tim Carney
Nottingham, MD

On Monday, July 10, 2017 at 8:14:50 AM UTC-4, Jeffrey Culler wrote:
> My son found an injured Red-shouldered Hawk at Green Mount Cemetery in Baltimore City. Wing appears damaged. What rehabilitator do folks use in Baltimore?
>
> Jeff
>
> Sent from my iPhone

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Date: 7/10/17 5:14 am
From: Jeffrey Culler <cullerfuls...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Injured hawk
My son found an injured Red-shouldered Hawk at Green Mount Cemetery in Baltimore City. Wing appears damaged. What rehabilitator do folks use in Baltimore?

Jeff

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Date: 7/9/17 2:28 pm
From: john pangborn <pangborn.john19...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Blue Mash Nature Trail -- Jul 09, 2017
6:30 AM
Traveling
4.90 miles
290 minutes
All birds reported? Yes
Comments: great looks at the Dickcissels

10 Canada Goose
22 Mallard
2 Great Blue Heron
1 Great Egret
1 Black Vulture
13 Killdeer
2 Least Sandpiper
9 Mourning Dove
1 Yellow-billed Cuckoo
4 Willow Flycatcher
1 Blue Jay
10 American Crow
10 Tree Swallow
2 Carolina Wren
5 Eastern Bluebird
3 Gray Catbird
2 Brown Thrasher
4 Northern Mockingbird
26 European Starling
19 Common Yellowthroat
1 Grasshopper Sparrow
5 Field Sparrow
4 Song Sparrow
2 Northern Cardinal
5 Blue Grosbeak
3 Indigo Bunting
2 Dickcissel -- Yellow stripe above eyes. White chin, Thin black stripes at
sides of throat, Black throat patch extending onto breast in a point. Chest
bright yellow. Belly light gray. Back brown with black streaks. Chestnut
shoulder patch. Song dick dick ciss ciss This was a trip with Mark England
multiple people saw and heard it.
11 Red-winged Blackbird
3 Orchard Oriole
7 American Goldfinch
1 House Sparrow

Number of Taxa: 31
John pangborn
Gaithersburg md

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Date: 7/9/17 2:02 pm
From: Tim Houghton <timhoughton...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] White Ibis
The 3 were .2 miles upstream (from boardwalk area) at 11:45. Carey Rowsom had them earlier in the morning, I think more or less the same area. I ran into a family which had them around .1 mile further upstream at the "island" area.

Tim Houghton
Glen Arm


> On July 9, 2017 at 11:56 AM Jeffrey Culler <cullerfuls...> wrote:
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> I had no luck with the White Ibis this morning at Harford Glen Park.
>
>
> Jeff Culler
>
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Date: 7/9/17 8:56 am
From: Jeffrey Culler <cullerfuls...>
Subject: [MDBirding] White Ibis
I had no luck with the White Ibis this morning at Harford Glen Park.


Jeff Culler

Howard County

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Date: 7/8/17 7:43 pm
From: Kurt Schwarz <krschwa1...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Rescinding Raven Call for Harford Glen
An educational experience, it appears to have been a very high immature Bald Eagle. I need to learn raven proportions!


Kurt Schwarz
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Date: 7/8/17 11:21 am
From: Duvall Sollers <dbsollers61...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Neo-tropic Cormorant - NO
Arrived at Chesapeake Beach Marina at 7:45 am today. No cormorants of any kind but lots of gulls & terns. Came back at about 11:00 am - still NO cormorants!

Finally found about a dozen on pilings up at North Beach, but, alas, NO Neo-tropic.

Duvall Sollers
Hereford, MD

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Date: 7/8/17 10:40 am
From: Hugh David Fleischmann <david...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] 3 Ibis
The Ibis's continue about .5 mile upstream. Gene Ricks and I had 3 of them.

Awesome Birding in 2017!

H. David Fleischmann
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> On Jul 8, 2017, at 10:21 AM, Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4...> wrote:
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> Come upstream.6 miles. A short distance beyond line of rocks across stream. Harford Glen Park.
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Date: 7/8/17 9:47 am
From: thbeal via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Very old Cardinal
I am part of Neighborhood Nestwatch. A Smithsonian Migratory Bird project that bands birds in your yard and asks you to keep track of them. Showing up a feeder this week is a male Cardinal first banded in 2010 and last seen in 2012. And it was feeding young, to boot.


Tom Beal
Glenn Dale, MD

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Date: 7/8/17 9:44 am
From: 'Jim Stasz' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: RE: [MDBirding] 18-hour Lewes Overnight Pelagic Scheduled for Sat-Sun, Aug 19-20
If you have been on pelagics then you know this is a trip not to be missed. The
potential for a rarity has been proven on past trips. An August trip typically has more species than any other time of the year.

I booked in December just to be certain that I had a spot. Don't wait until the last minute to sign up!

Jim

Jim Stasz
North Beach Md
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On Saturday, July 8, 2017 Paul Guris <paulagics.com...> wrote:

We are running a trip out of Lewes, DE to the deep (over 6,00') waters beyond the edge of the Continental Shelf.  The trip will leave at 10:30 PM and return at approximately 4:30 PM the next day.  The cost is $225 per person.  We still need about 9 people to get the trip to sail.

Summer trips in the Mid-Atlantic at this time of year have found FEA'S PETREL (once), HERALD/TRINDADE PETREL (once), BLACK-CAPPEP PETREL (multiple times), BAND-RUMPED and LEACH'S STORM-PETRELS (most trips), WHITE-FACED STORM-PETREL (multiple trips), SOUTH POLAR SKUA (multiple trips), LONG-TAILED JAEGER (multiple trips), SABINE'S GULL (once), BRIDLED TERM (multiple trips), and more regular species like CORY'S, GREAT, and AUDUBON'S SHEARWATERS, WILSON'S STORM-PETREL, and RED-NECKED PHALAROPE.  Marine mammals are often found including SPERM WHALE, CUVIER'S BEAKED WHALE, TRUE'S BEAKED WHALE, PILOT WHALE, RISSO'S DOLPHIN, and even STRIPED DOLPHIN.

We will be aboard the approximately 100' long THELMA DALE V.  Our plan is to head out to the deep waters beyond the edge of the Continental Shelf in the dark and set out a chum slick.  We will spend some time at first light scanning the storm-petrel flock since this has been our best method for finding Band-rumped and Leach's Storm-Petrels. When we feel we've covered the slick well, we'll work other areas until we head for home.  We expect to spend most of our offshore time in Maryland waters.

Sleeping conditions are roughly camping style and the choice of sleeping space will be determined by the order people signed up.  People who sign up early get first pick of where they wish to sleep.  Sleeping bags and ground pads are the way to go, and people will be sleeping on benches, the cabin floor, and on the upper deck.  We limit the number of participants so as not to overcrowd the boat.

See Life Paulagics always provides friendly, helpful, and approachable leaders for all of our trips. We use radios to get the word of any sightings around the boat quickly. It is important to us to get the participants on the birds and make sure they are comfortable with the IDs, not just create a good trip list.

Be sure to check out our web site for information on how to sign up, and to review our policies. If you have any questions or need more information, please feel free to contact us by e-mail or phone.

Hope to see you aboard!


-PAG

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Date: 7/8/17 9:36 am
From: Paul Guris <paulagics.com...>
Subject: [MDBirding] 18-hour Lewes Overnight Pelagic Scheduled for Sat-Sun, Aug 19-20
We are running a trip out of Lewes, DE to the deep (over 6,00') waters
beyond the edge of the Continental Shelf. The trip will leave at 10:30 PM
and return at approximately 4:30 PM the next day. The cost is $225 per
person. We still need about 9 people to get the trip to sail.

Summer trips in the Mid-Atlantic at this time of year have found FEA'S
PETREL (once), HERALD/TRINDADE PETREL (once), BLACK-CAPPEP PETREL (multiple
times), BAND-RUMPED and LEACH'S STORM-PETRELS (most trips), WHITE-FACED
STORM-PETREL (multiple trips), SOUTH POLAR SKUA (multiple trips),
LONG-TAILED JAEGER (multiple trips), SABINE'S GULL (once), BRIDLED TERM
(multiple trips), and more regular species like CORY'S, GREAT, and
AUDUBON'S SHEARWATERS, WILSON'S STORM-PETREL, and RED-NECKED PHALAROPE.
Marine mammals are often found including SPERM WHALE, CUVIER'S BEAKED
WHALE, TRUE'S BEAKED WHALE, PILOT WHALE, RISSO'S DOLPHIN, and even STRIPED
DOLPHIN.

We will be aboard the approximately 100' long THELMA DALE V. Our plan is
to head out to the deep waters beyond the edge of the Continental Shelf in
the dark and set out a chum slick. We will spend some time at first
light scanning
the storm-petrel flock since this has been our best method for finding
Band-rumped
and Leach's Storm-Petrels. When we feel we've covered the slick well, we'll
work other areas until we head for home. We expect to spend most of our
offshore time in Maryland waters.

Sleeping conditions are roughly camping style and the choice of sleeping
space will be determined by the order people signed up. People who sign up
early get first pick of where they wish to sleep. Sleeping bags and ground
pads are the way to go, and people will be sleeping on benches, the cabin
floor, and on the upper deck. We limit the number of participants so as
not to overcrowd the boat.

See Life Paulagics always provides friendly, helpful, and approachable
leaders for all of our trips. We use radios to get the word of any
sightings around the boat quickly. It is important to us to get the
participants on the birds and make sure they are comfortable with the IDs,
not just create a good trip list.

Be sure to check out our web site for information on how to sign up,
and to review
our policies. If you have any questions or need more information, please
feel free to contact us by e-mail or phone.

Hope to see you aboard!


-PAG

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Date: 7/8/17 8:19 am
From: Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Raven Harford Glen
Soaring over parking area.
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Date: 7/8/17 7:22 am
From: Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4...>
Subject: [MDBirding] 3 Ibis
Come upstream.6 miles. A short distance beyond line of rocks across stream.
Harford Glen Park.
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Date: 7/8/17 6:58 am
From: Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Oops
I went down stream, the Ibis are up.
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Date: 7/8/17 6:57 am
From: Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Ibis
I find I was going upstream. Reliable reports they are still here.
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Date: 7/8/17 5:16 am
From: Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Harford Ibis No
Walked length upstream to end, no sign of Ibis this morning. Least Tern
continues.
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Date: 7/7/17 1:00 pm
From: Edward Boyd <edboyd59...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Harford Glen white ibis yes
Hi all,

The directions should read:

The SPOT in the creek was abeam a fallen sycamore that crosses the trail
and its large root ball is on the right edge of the trail.

Damned auto spell on my phone.

Ed Boyd

On Jul 7, 2017 3:46 PM, "Edward Boyd" <edboyd59...> wrote:

The White Ibis are still present at Harford Glen. I had to walk .6 miles
past the boardwalk to find the birds (sorry Sillier). The door in the creek
was abeam a fallen sycamore that crosses the trail and its large root ball
is on the right edge of the trail. I saw 2 birds but I talked to another
birder who stood in the creek from closer to the boardwalk and he was able
to scope 3, so all 4 may still be around.

Also, about 50 feet past what I think is the 2nd Wood Duck box, about
halfway back from the ibis location), I heard a flycatcher across the creek
that sounded exactly like a Least Flycatcher. It called repeatedly for 5
minutes and I could never get a look at the bird. It did not respond to any
of the Flycatcher recordings on the Audubon Birds app., so keep an eye and
ear out. I'd be very interested to know if anyone else encounters this bird.

Ed Boyd
Westminster, MD

On Jul 6, 2017 1:14 PM, "Kurt Schwarz" <kurtschwarz4...> wrote:

> I just walked all the way to the peninsula or whatever it is, no sign of
> Ibis. Least Tern was flirting at end.
>
> On Thu, Jul 6, 2017 at 12:52 PM Jim Green <jkgbirdman53...> wrote:
>
>> All 4 continuing at same location, feeding and moving downstream...approx
>> 1/4 mile upstream.
>> Thanks MATT HAFNER and others for updates.
>>
>> Jim Green
>> Gaithersburg MD
>>
>> Sent from my iPhone
>>
> O miBut unuhikujk
>>
>
>> On Jul 6, 2017, at 10:18 AM, David Greenspoon <greenspoon...>
>> wrote:
>>
>> All four about half mile upstream , right now.
>>
>> David Greenspoon
>> Reisterstown, MD
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Date: 7/7/17 12:47 pm
From: Edward Boyd <edboyd59...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Harford Glen white ibis yes
The White Ibis are still present at Harford Glen. I had to walk .6 miles
past the boardwalk to find the birds (sorry Sillier). The door in the creek
was abeam a fallen sycamore that crosses the trail and its large root ball
is on the right edge of the trail. I saw 2 birds but I talked to another
birder who stood in the creek from closer to the boardwalk and he was able
to scope 3, so all 4 may still be around.

Also, about 50 feet past what I think is the 2nd Wood Duck box, about
halfway back from the ibis location), I heard a flycatcher across the creek
that sounded exactly like a Least Flycatcher. It called repeatedly for 5
minutes and I could never get a look at the bird. It did not respond to any
of the Flycatcher recordings on the Audubon Birds app., so keep an eye and
ear out. I'd be very interested to know if anyone else encounters this bird.

Ed Boyd
Westminster, MD

On Jul 6, 2017 1:14 PM, "Kurt Schwarz" <kurtschwarz4...> wrote:

> I just walked all the way to the peninsula or whatever it is, no sign of
> Ibis. Least Tern was flirting at end.
>
> On Thu, Jul 6, 2017 at 12:52 PM Jim Green <jkgbirdman53...> wrote:
>
>> All 4 continuing at same location, feeding and moving downstream...approx
>> 1/4 mile upstream.
>> Thanks MATT HAFNER and others for updates.
>>
>> Jim Green
>> Gaithersburg MD
>>
>> Sent from my iPhone
>>
> O miBut unuhikujk
>>
>
>> On Jul 6, 2017, at 10:18 AM, David Greenspoon <greenspoon...>
>> wrote:
>>
>> All four about half mile upstream , right now.
>>
>> David Greenspoon
>> Reisterstown, MD
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Date: 7/7/17 7:32 am
From: Kevin Graff <keyweststyle2001...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Hart-Miller Island, 07/05/17
07/05/17 – 710am-215pm

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



WEATHER: MC/PC, 74-85 degrees, NE 4K- E 8K OBS: Kevin G, Jim G, Bob R



Canada Goose – 506

Wood Duck – 39

*GADWALL – 2 (Pair)

American Black Duck – 17

Mallard – 215

*BLUE-WINGED TEAL – 2 (Drakes)

*NORTHERN SHOVELER – 3 (Drakes)

*NORTHERN PINTAIL – 1 (Drake)

*GREEN-WINGED TEAL – 2 (Pair)

Ruddy Duck – 2

Pied-billed Grebe – 13

Double-crested Cormorant – 28

*LEAST BITTERN – 2

Great Blue Heron – 28

Great Egret – 9

Turkey Vulture – 1

Osprey – 18

Bald Eagle – 4

Peregrine Falcon – 1

*COMMON GALLINULE – 1

Killdeer – 7

*RUFF – 1 (third time this year)

*BLACK-NECKED STILT – 4

AMERICAN AVOCET – 2

Spotted Sandpiper – 5

Greater Yellowlegs – 4

Lesser Yellowlegs – 2

Semipalmated Sandpiper – 1

Least Sandpiper – 8

Peep Sp – 15

*STILT SANDPIPER – 4 (early)

*SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER – 12

*BONAPARTE'S GULL – 1 (1st S)

Laughing Gull – 131

Ring-billed Gull – 186

Herring Gull – 8

Great Black-backed Gull – 26

Least Tern – 1

Caspian Tern – 83

Common Tern – 2

Mourning Dove – 8

Yellow-billed Cuckoo – 1

Ruby-throated Hummingbird – 1

Willow Flycatcher – 2

Great Crested Flycatcher – 1

Eastern Kingbird – 6

Tree Swallow – 18

N Rough-winged Swallow – 1

Barn Swallow – 30

Carolina Chickadee – 1

Carolina Wren – 3

Marsh Wren – 3

Gray Catbird – 6

Northern Mockingbird – 2

European Starling – 254

Cedar Waxwing – 2

Common Yellowthroat – 23

*SWAMP SPARROW – 1

Northern Cardinal – 9

Blue Grosbeak – 5

Indigo Bunting – 4

Red-winged Blackbird – 135 (many juveniles)

Common Grackle – 1

Brown-headed Cowbird – 2

Orchard Oriole – 11

American Goldfinch – 20

House Sparrow – 4

SPECIES: 66 INDIVIDUALS: 1951



MAMMALS: Red Fox – 2



REPTILES: N Rat Snake – 1



AMPHIBIANS: Fowler’s Toad – 4



BUTTERFLIES

Black Swallowtail – 4

Cabbage White – 40

Orange Sulphur – 55

Gray Hairstreak – 1

Eastern Tailed Blue – 5

Variegated Fritillary – 2

Pearl Crescent – 6

Painted Lady – 1

Common Buckeye – 14

Monarch – 9

Wild Indigo Duskywing – 4

Silver-spotted Skipper – 8

Zabulon Skipper – 1



DRAGONFLIES

Common Green Darner – 5

Comet Darner – 1

Common Whitetail – 1

Twelve-spotted Skimmer – 2

Needham’s Skimmer – 105

Slaty Skimmer – 1

Blue Dasher – 3

Eastern Pondhawk – 75

Wandering Glider – 1

Black Saddlebags – 10

Four-spotted Pennant – 1

Halloween Pennant – 1



MOTHS: Salt Marsh Caterpillar – 1, Virginian Tiger Moth – 5 (Yellow Bear)



BEETLES

Bronzed Tiger Beetle – 10

Japanese Beetle – 2

Soldier Beetle – 15

Multi-colored Asian Beetle – 1

Seven-spotted Lady Beetle – 2

Milkweed Borer – 2



Kevin Graff

Jarrettsville, MD

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Date: 7/6/17 2:27 pm
From: Karen Caruso <karen.caruso...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary (Least Bittern, White-eyed Vireo, Great Egret)
Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary, Anne Arundel, Maryland, US
Jul 6, 2017 7:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.5 mile(s)
Comments: Ongoing bird survey
24 species

Wood Duck 3
Double-crested Cormorant 3
Least Bittern 1
Great Blue Heron 4
Great Egret 4
Osprey 21
Laughing Gull 1
Mourning Dove 2
Chimney Swift 3
Eastern Wood-Pewee 2
Eastern Kingbird 2
White-eyed Vireo 1
Tree Swallow 12
Barn Swallow 7
Tufted Titmouse 1
Carolina Wren 3
American Robin 1
Gray Catbird 2
Common Yellowthroat 5
Chipping Sparrow 2
Eastern Towhee 3
Indigo Bunting 4
Red-winged Blackbird 30
Common Grackle 7

Next survey: July 20

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Date: 7/6/17 10:14 am
From: Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Harford Glen white ibis yes
I just walked all the way to the peninsula or whatever it is, no sign of
Ibis. Least Tern was flirting at end.

On Thu, Jul 6, 2017 at 12:52 PM Jim Green <jkgbirdman53...> wrote:

> All 4 continuing at same location, feeding and moving downstream...approx
> 1/4 mile upstream.
> Thanks MATT HAFNER and others for updates.
>
> Jim Green
> Gaithersburg MD
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
O miBut unuhikujk
>

> On Jul 6, 2017, at 10:18 AM, David Greenspoon <greenspoon...>
> wrote:
>
> All four about half mile upstream , right now.
>
> David Greenspoon
> Reisterstown, MD
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Date: 7/6/17 9:52 am
From: Jim Green <jkgbirdman53...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Harford Glen white ibis yes
All 4 continuing at same location, feeding and moving downstream...approx 1/4 mile upstream.
Thanks MATT HAFNER and others for updates.

Jim Green
Gaithersburg MD

Sent from my iPhone

> On Jul 6, 2017, at 10:18 AM, David Greenspoon <greenspoon...> wrote:
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> All four about half mile upstream , right now.
>
> David Greenspoon
> Reisterstown, MD
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Date: 7/6/17 7:18 am
From: David Greenspoon <greenspoon...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Harford Glen white ibis yes
All four about half mile upstream , right now.

David Greenspoon
Reisterstown, MD

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Date: 7/5/17 3:07 pm
From: JimC <jimcancil...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Male Red-winged Blackbird acting goofy

Cool, Jim. They roost in the Phragmites out in front of our house. (and flog the feeder) The funniest thing here is when they get all upset at a coon, possum or deer wandering thru in the middle of the night. They vocalize a distinct attitude ..compared to their usual voice.

Jim

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Date: 7/5/17 2:40 pm
From: Marcia Watson <marshwren50...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Black Vulture Sitings in area of Waldorf (Charles Co.) MD.
Kathleen,

EBird shows numerous places near Waldorf MD where Black Vultures have been seen. The locations literally cover the map (see http://ebird.org/ebird/map/blkvul?neg=true&env.minX=&env.minY=&env.maxX=&env.maxY=&zh=false&gp=false&ev=Z&mr=1-12&bmo=1&emo=12&yr=all&byr=1900&eyr=2017). The most recent reported sighting was at the Port Tobacco Marina. For map to the marina, see https://www.google.com/maps/place/3830'04.0%22N+77°01'37.5%22W/@38.5011025,-77.0270777,11z

Marcia
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Patuxent Bird Club
Maryland Ornithological Society

Bowie, Maryland
<marshwren50...>


> On Jul 5, 2017, at 12:20 PM, <perrieleeprouty...> wrote:
>
> Kathleen Handley, Clinic Supervisor, Second Chance WL Ctr. C: #202-436-1713
> I am contacting MOS to see if they might be helpful in giving me any information regarding sitings of Black Vultures south or anywhere in the area of community of Waldorf, MD.
>
> A good Samaritan found a black vulture on the side of the road & took it to a VCA vet clinic on Rockefeller Ct. in Waldorf which is in Charles County. The bird, from wounds, was most likely hit by a car. The bird was boxed – unfortunately with no information as to where it was picked up & driven to Second Chance Wildlife Center (SCWC) in Gaithersburg where it was treated for several weeks for pain and wound care. It was then driven up to Delaware to Tri State Bird Rescue and Research (TSBRR) to be evaluated for release & flight exercise. TSBRR has contacted SCWC that the vulture is ready for release.
>
> Since the species is very social, SCWC has asked me to locate an area where black vultures have been seen or roosting area. The bird is to be picked up tomorrow, 7/6/17. I am sorry for such short notice.
>
> I will check the site later today & tomorrow morning. Many thanks. LEE
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Date: 7/5/17 1:19 pm
From: Andy Beiderman <aandyy...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Harford White Ibis Continue?
I didn't have any luck between 9 and 10:30 but they could be moving around.

Andy Beiderman
Baltimore MD

On Wednesday, July 5, 2017 at 2:35:24 PM UTC-4, Tyler Bell wrote:
> Reported on eBird via Kathy Calvert this morning.
>
>
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37984751
> Tyler Bell
> <jtylerbell...>
> California, Maryland
>
>
>
> ________________________________
> From: Kurt Schwarz
> To: Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
> Sent: Wednesday, July 5, 2017 2:18 PM
> Subject: [MDBirding] Harford White Ibis Continue?
>
>
>
> Please report positive/negatively on presence or not of the White Ibis at Harford Glen. We will be passing by early tomorrow afternoon and that would be nice HarCo tick for me. Had anyone looked today?
>
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Date: 7/5/17 1:06 pm
From: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Black Vulture Sitings in area of Waldorf (Charles Co.) MD.
The Facebook version of MD Birding would be a good/better location for
this post. Unfortunately, I don't FB...

Jim Speicher

On 7/5/17, <perrieleeprouty...> <perrieleeprouty...> wrote:
> Kathleen Handley, Clinic Supervisor, Second Chance WL Ctr. C: #202-436-1713
>
> I am contacting MOS to see if they might be helpful in giving me any
> information regarding sitings of Black Vultures south or anywhere in the
> area of community of Waldorf, MD.
>
> A good Samaritan found a black vulture on the side of the road & took it to
> a VCA vet clinic on Rockefeller Ct. in Waldorf which is in Charles County.
> The bird, from wounds, was most likely hit by a car. The bird was boxed –
> unfortunately with no information as to where it was picked up & driven to
> Second Chance Wildlife Center (SCWC) in Gaithersburg where it was treated
> for several weeks for pain and wound care. It was then driven up to
> Delaware to Tri State Bird Rescue and Research (TSBRR) to be evaluated for
> release & flight exercise. TSBRR has contacted SCWC that the vulture is
> ready for release.
>
> Since the species is very social, SCWC has asked me to locate an area where
> black vultures have been seen or roosting area. The bird is to be picked up
> tomorrow, 7/6/17. I am sorry for such short notice.
>
> I will check the site later today & tomorrow morning. Many thanks. LEE

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Date: 7/5/17 11:48 am
From: MICHAEL KERWIN Ellicott City Md <m63kerwin...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Black Vulture Sitings in area of Waldorf (Charles Co.) MD.
I f you are traveling south on route 95 from Delaware, you could drop the bird off in the area of the Howard County Conservancy. We have multiple daily sightings of Black Vultures every day at the Conservancy,

Mike Kerwin 240-357-7625 for directions

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Date: 7/5/17 11:35 am
From: 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Harford White Ibis Continue?
Reported on eBird via Kathy Calvert this morning.


http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37984751
Tyler Bell
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California, Maryland



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To: Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Sent: Wednesday, July 5, 2017 2:18 PM
Subject: [MDBirding] Harford White Ibis Continue?



Please report positive/negatively on presence or not of the White Ibis at Harford Glen. We will be passing by early tomorrow afternoon and that would be nice HarCo tick for me. Had anyone looked today?


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Date: 7/5/17 11:18 am
From: Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Harford White Ibis Continue?
Please report positive/negatively on presence or not of the White Ibis at
Harford Glen. We will be passing by early tomorrow afternoon and that would
be nice HarCo tick for me. Had anyone looked today?


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Date: 7/5/17 10:02 am
From: <perrieleeprouty...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Black Vulture Sitings in area of Waldorf (Charles Co.) MD.
Kathleen Handley, Clinic Supervisor, Second Chance WL Ctr. C: #202-436-1713
I am contacting MOS to see if they might be helpful in giving me any information regarding sitings of Black Vultures south or anywhere in the area of community of Waldorf, MD.

A good Samaritan found a black vulture on the side of the road & took it to a VCA vet clinic on Rockefeller Ct. in Waldorf which is in Charles County. The bird, from wounds, was most likely hit by a car. The bird was boxed – unfortunately with no information as to where it was picked up & driven to Second Chance Wildlife Center (SCWC) in Gaithersburg where it was treated for several weeks for pain and wound care. It was then driven up to Delaware to Tri State Bird Rescue and Research (TSBRR) to be evaluated for release & flight exercise. TSBRR has contacted SCWC that the vulture is ready for release.

Since the species is very social, SCWC has asked me to locate an area where black vultures have been seen or roosting area. The bird is to be picked up tomorrow, 7/6/17. I am sorry for such short notice.

I will check the site later today & tomorrow morning. Many thanks. LEE

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Date: 7/5/17 3:50 am
From: Howard Patterson <howard21042...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Howard County Dowitcher -NO
Kathy Calvert and I looked for the Dowitcher at Waverly Pond this morning ... and did not see it, so it may have departed overnight.

Howard Patterson
Ellicott City


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Date: 7/4/17 5:51 pm
From: Joe Hanfman <auk1844...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Short-billed Dowitcher - Howard
One SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER at Waverly Pond (which is across from Mount
Pleasant, the Howard County Conservancy)

It was present at 8:15 pm when I saw it. Found earlier by Russ Ruffing.

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Date: 7/4/17 10:50 am
From: Matt Hafner <hafner.matt...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Juvenile White Ibis at Harford Glen
It is open 7am-7pm everyday when school is not in session.

Matt Hafner
Forest Hill, MD

> On Jul 4, 2017, at 1:38 PM, Kye jenkins <kyebird54...> wrote:
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> What time does Hartford Glen close tonight? Thanks, kye
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Date: 7/4/17 10:38 am
From: Kye jenkins <kyebird54...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Juvenile White Ibis at Harford Glen
What time does Hartford Glen close tonight? Thanks, kye

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Date: 7/4/17 10:21 am
From: Scott Baron <baron.scott...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Blockhouse Point Conservation Park, Montgomery Co., July 4
Hello birders and Happy Independence Day!

A Summer Tanager continues in the Blockhouse Point area. I heard but could
not see a singing bird at the end of the Blockhouse Trail this morning. It
was nice to hear a Worm-eating Warbler, a Northern Parula and a
Yellow-throated Warbler nearby. The Yellow-throated was along the C&O
Canal so I couldn't tally it as a Blockhouse Point Park bird.

The most abundant avian species with 10+ on my 4+ mile walk were R.e.
Vireo, T. Titmouse, Wood Thrush, Am. Robin, Car. Wren and Eur. Starling
(the latter at the adjacent Callithea Farm).

Have a great holiday,

Scott Baron
Gaithersburg, Md.

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Date: 7/4/17 6:58 am
From: Matt Hafner <hafner.matt...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Juvenile White Ibis at Harford Glen
Dave Littlepage reports 4 juvenile White Ibis south of the pier at Harford Glen.

Matt Hafner
Forest Hill, MD

> On Jul 3, 2017, at 11:01 AM, Chris Rowsom <crowsom...> wrote:
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> There were actually two there last night.
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> Subject: Juvenile White Ibis at Harford Glen
>
> Just had a juvenile White Ibis fly past the pier at Harford Glen. It got up into a thermal and drifted south, but I wouldn't be surprised if it came back.
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Date: 7/4/17 5:06 am
From: James Wilson <birdmanjfw...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Male Red-winged Blackbird acting goofy
The male Red-winged Blackbird was walking back and forth on the feeder, doing its whistle and eating, but mostly doing that high pitched whistle that they do. When another male would approach, it would aggressively chase it away.
After one chase, it landed on the ground and started what I would say was a mating display ... it was hopping and walking with its wings spread low displaying its wing bars. It was really strutting his stuff. This went on for about 30 seconds, but I could not see any other bird on the ground.

Then the object of its affection (hormones???) walked into view - the 12 black recently hatched chickens that are currently roaming the yard. They are now about the size of a blackbird. Mama was behind them. They were spread out in a line about 2 deep. They stopped for about 10 seconds or so, with the blackbird displaying about 3 feet in front of them, and then continued their march towards him, hunting and pecking for food.

The blackbird flew back up to the feeder and the encounter was over.

Oh the joys of feeding the birds in the summer!

Jim Wilson
Queenstown

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Date: 7/4/17 3:15 am
From: Steve Johnson <stevejohnson2...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: We think this an Acadian flycatcher....
On Monday, July 3, 2017 at 12:15:54 PM UTC-4, JimC wrote:
> Maybe. It's another new bird for us. We have other flycatchers that nested on pockets we made on our garage, but not this year. (also missing: Swallows) This little one hangs around the house flitting from tree-to-tree. I was luck to get this shot.
>
>
> Jim 12mi W of Salisbury

Jim that looks a lot like an Acadian Fly to me. I did get a good look at several nesting birds two days ago, so fairly familiar to me. A side shot would help but from what I see here, it's the same. Nice yard bird!!
Steve Johnson
Fairfax, Virginia

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Date: 7/3/17 1:23 pm
From: 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Caracara chase, not.
Jane Kostenko and I just got back from droving a bunch of back roads from Leonardtown down to Piney Point Road, via Medley's Neck Road, then down Drayden Road and Flat Iron Road looking for the Crested Caracara that was reported on June 10. We managed to find the field with the hay bails in the photograph on the SMAS Facebook page but no caracara. I guess it'll be the one that got away :(


Tyler Bell
<jtylerbell...>
California, Maryland

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Date: 7/3/17 12:22 pm
From: 'Bill Hubick' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Request for Info - Hamilton Farms (Garrett) Upland Sandpipers
Hi Everyone,

Just a quick note to anyone considering a visit - please, please keep in mind that playback / tape use for breeding Upland Sandpipers is not appropriate in our area. This is an extremely rare breeder and a species declining throughout much of its range. Since this site is being discussed openly, please ensure you're on your best behavior when visiting here. This includes being careful with stopping and friendly/polite interacting with the locals. Sudden increases in traffic can have a detrimental effect on community relations.
Uppies are awesome, but they'll also be easy to find in fall migration, which starts before you know it. Consider waiting and catching them on their way through. You'll probably see them more easily and not have to drive as far. :)
Thanks for considering!
Bill


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On Friday, June 30, 2017, 7:40:54 PM EDT, 'Jim Stasz' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> wrote:


This morning Aaron Graham anf I had one Upland calling from the east end of the field. At least .5 miles east of the barn.

Jim Stasz
North Beach MD


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On Friday, June 30, 2017 Joe Hanfman <auk1844...> wrote:
Max,
Take Rt. 219 south from Oakland, MD. When you get to Rt. 50 turn right for about a mile. You will see a large barn on your right that says Hamilton Farm. Park on the shoulder of the road and walk along the road. Do not enter the fields. We had one Upland Sandpiper in the field just west of the barn. The grasses are tall so it will be easy to miss them. A local birder has tried many times and only seen them once.
Joe HanfmanColumbia, MD


On Fri, Jun 30, 2017 at 8:46 AM, Max Wilson <max.wilson...> wrote:

There were eBird reports of Upland Sandpipers at Hamilton Farms in Garrett County on 6/28 and 6/30.  This is a species I'd very much like to see.  I've never birded that part of Garrett before and was wondering if anyone had any details on how to bird that site, or additional information on where the Uppies have been seen.

Any hot tips on Alder Flycatchers in Garrett or Allegany would be appreciated as well.

Thanks,
Max Wilson
Potomac, Montgomery County

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Date: 7/3/17 9:22 am
From: JimC <jimcancil...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Cardinal eating annual cicada
On Monday, July 3, 2017 at 11:34:20 AM UTC-4, Steve Long wrote:
> Just saw a male Northern Cardinal aggressively
> pursue, catch and de-wing an annual cicada, then fly off with it. 
> Throughout, an adult Grackle was following and watching with interest, but did
> not interfere.  Usually, the Cardinals leave my feeders when the Grackles
> come, but this Cardinal seemed unafraid of the Grackle.
>
>  
>
> Steve Long
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Down my way Steve, the Doves puff up their chests at Grackles who pillage the peanuts at my business. (its' a Blue Jay festival early in the morning) The Cardinals rummage thru the Black Raspberry plant out front, but somehow miss the two feeders in the back? A Mocking Bird stays all day but has never been seen at seed or water 40' away.

Jim Salisbury

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Date: 7/3/17 9:16 am
From: JimC <jimcancil...>
Subject: [MDBirding] We think this an Acadian flycatcher....
Maybe. It's another new bird for us. We have other flycatchers that nested on pockets we made on our garage, but not this year. (also missing: Swallows) This little one hangs around the house flitting from tree-to-tree. I was luck to get this shot.


Jim 12mi W of Salisbury

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Date: 7/3/17 9:06 am
From: JimC <jimcancil...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Help I.D. our new resident hawk.
On Sunday, July 2, 2017 at 10:33:28 AM UTC-4, James Gibson wrote:
> I agree -- juvenile Redtailed. Dark splotchy belly band, dull barring in the tail, dark lower cheek area, lots of white on the upper back.
>
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> James Gibson
> ex-Maryland 
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>
> On Sun, Jul 2, 2017 at 4:25 PM, Steve Long <steve......> wrote:
> Looks like a juvenile Red Tail Hawk to me, based on the belly band and lack of "red" on the tail.  But I am no expert.
>
>
>
> Steve Long
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Thanks Folks... Likely a Red Tail, given we have had an adult working the front pasture for the last year or so. What is missing (among many others) is a whitish Harrier that flew low missions over the pasture and surrounding fields. Not a one this year. Jim

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Date: 7/3/17 8:34 am
From: Steve Long <steve.long4...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Cardinal eating annual cicada
Just saw a male Northern Cardinal aggressively pursue, catch and de-wing an annual cicada, then fly off with it. Throughout, an adult Grackle was following and watching with interest, but did not interfere. Usually, the Cardinals leave my feeders when the Grackles come, but this Cardinal seemed unafraid of the Grackle.

Steve Long
Oxford

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Date: 7/3/17 7:56 am
From: Matt Hafner <hafner.matt...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Juvenile White Ibis at Harford Glen
Just had a juvenile White Ibis fly past the pier at Harford Glen. It got up into a thermal and drifted south, but I wouldn't be surprised if it came back.

Matt Hafner
Forest Hill, MD

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Date: 7/3/17 6:46 am
From: JimC <jimcancil...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Oakley Street, Cambridge, waterfowl
On Sunday, July 2, 2017 at 8:06:30 PM UTC-4, Harry Armistead wrote:
> The waterfowl have been setting up there later than usual the past few years.  To be sure they are there I suggest going sometime between mid-January and any time from then into early March.  I usually take a big bucket of corn.  The most common takers are
> Canvasbacks, Lesser Scaup, and a few dozen American Wigeon, a few Mallards and Canada Geese.  Corn can be obtained at Eastern Service Corporation on Washington Street in Cambridge, but you'd probably need to purchase no less than 25 lbs.  If there's a lot
> of ice the birds may not come close in, but this happens with less frequency than in the "old days", but ... you never know.  Often there are 1-3 Redheads present and last winter a couple of off-the-wall waterfowl hybrids.  Look for Surf Scoters, usually farther
> offshore, and scan the waters east and west of Oakley Street some, esp. at the entrance to the yacht club (don't go in to the club) and from the Dorchester Visitor Center near the Malkus Bridge.  There are often some Long-tailed Ducks, Common Goldeneyes, and
> Buffleheads, also farther offshore, plus some Ruddy Ducks closer in.  The bridge is favored by Double-crested Cormorants that never used to be seen here in winter.  In the past 10 years or so this general area has had Tufted Duck, Barrow's Goldeneye, Iceland
> Gull, Harlequin Duck, and Eurasian Wigeon, and before that King Eider, but of course there are usually no rarities.  Occasionally big numbers of Snow Geese spend the day in the middle of Choptank River.  It's common to see a Bald Eagle or two from Oakley.
>  Greater Scaup are hard to find.  Often an American Black Duck or 2 and some Tundra Swans.  Plan to spend at least an hour or 2 in this area.  As chance would have it 'Annie get your gun' with Howard Keel and Betty Hutton is on TV right now. - Harry Armistead,
> Philadelphia.


Nice Harry. Most people (like me) blitz between here-there. It would be perfect for those people near DC/Balto to grab a Subway and take a break before the next leg to O.C. (I left Assateaque at 11am on Sunday, 2 Jul and the backup to enter, a mostly filled park, was ~3mi)

Jim

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Date: 7/2/17 5:06 pm
From: Harry Armistead <harryarmistead...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Oakley Street, Cambridge, waterfowl
The waterfowl have been setting up there later than usual the past few years. To be sure they are there I suggest going sometime between mid-January and any time from then into early March. I usually take a big bucket of corn. The most common takers are Canvasbacks, Lesser Scaup, and a few dozen American Wigeon, a few Mallards and Canada Geese. Corn can be obtained at Eastern Service Corporation on Washington Street in Cambridge, but you'd probably need to purchase no less than 25 lbs. If there's a lot of ice the birds may not come close in, but this happens with less frequency than in the "old days", but ... you never know. Often there are 1-3 Redheads present and last winter a couple of off-the-wall waterfowl hybrids. Look for Surf Scoters, usually farther offshore, and scan the waters east and west of Oakley Street some, esp. at the entrance to the yacht club (don't go in to the club) and from the Dorchester Visitor Center near the Malkus Bridge. There are often some Long-tailed Ducks, Common Goldeneyes, and Buffleheads, also farther offshore, plus some Ruddy Ducks closer in. The bridge is favored by Double-crested Cormorants that never used to be seen here in winter. In the past 10 years or so this general area has had Tufted Duck, Barrow's Goldeneye, Iceland Gull, Harlequin Duck, and Eurasian Wigeon, and before that King Eider, but of course there are usually no rarities. Occasionally big numbers of Snow Geese spend the day in the middle of Choptank River. It's common to see a Bald Eagle or two from Oakley. Greater Scaup are hard to find. Often an American Black Duck or 2 and some Tundra Swans. Plan to spend at least an hour or 2 in this area. As chance would have it 'Annie get your gun' with Howard Keel and Betty Hutton is on TV right now. - Harry Armistead, Philadelphia.

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Date: 7/2/17 11:36 am
From: 'Clive Harris' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Great Egrets, Montgomery
I saw a total of 29 Great Egrets this morning at White's Ferry - 20 of them in the tree(s) where the colony is and another 9 dotted around the river on both the MD and VA side.  The colony can be seen on the island downstream from White's Ferry.  Quite an impressive number for this part of the state!
Aside from that nothing unusual along the Patton Turf Farm.  Two Fox squirrels put in an appearance - the gravelly part of River Rd is a reliable location for this species for anyone working on their county squirrel list...
Good birding
Clive HarrisCabin John, MD

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Date: 7/2/17 10:21 am
From: Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4...>
Subject: [MDBirding] RFI Feeding of waterfowl at Oakley St.
I have been leading trips to Blackwater for over a decade for the Howard
club. We always stop at Oakley st but for the past several years there has
been no feeding at Oakley on the first or second Saturday of December. When
do they start feeding now, as I am thinking of changing date of our trip.
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Ellicott City, Howard County
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Date: 7/2/17 7:33 am
From: world oceans <world.oceans7...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Help I.D. our new resident hawk.
I agree -- juvenile Redtailed. Dark splotchy belly band, dull barring in
the tail, dark lower cheek area, lots of white on the upper back.

James Gibson
ex-Maryland

On Sun, Jul 2, 2017 at 4:25 PM, Steve Long <steve.long4...> wrote:

> Looks like a juvenile Red Tail Hawk to me, based on the belly band and
> lack of "red" on the tail. But I am no expert.
>
> Steve Long
> Oxford
>
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> Sent: Saturday, July 01, 2017 4:40 PM
> Subject: [MDBirding] Help I.D. our new resident hawk.
>
>
> We frequently see a Red Tail hunting our front pasture, but this a new
>> bird that hangs out in the woods. I raised it driving the tractor, but it
>> only flew about 30' away, and stayed in in place, so I got the camera.
>>
>> Red Tail .. Marsh Hawk?
>>
>>
>> Jim 12mi W. of Salisbury
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Date: 7/2/17 7:29 am
From: john pangborn <pangborn.john19...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Blue Mash Nature Trail -- Jul 02, 2017
6:45 AM
Traveling
2.80 miles
180 minutes
All birds reported? Yes
Comments:

10 Mallard
4 Great Blue Heron
1 Green Heron
13 Killdeer
4 Mourning Dove
2 Yellow-billed Cuckoo
1 Willow Flycatcher
1 Red-eyed Vireo
1 Blue Jay
3 American Crow
1 Tree Swallow
2 Tufted Titmouse
4 House Wren
5 Eastern Bluebird
3 Wood Thrush
1 Gray Catbird
3 Brown Thrasher
4 Northern Mockingbird
1 Cedar Waxwing
1 Ovenbird
5 Common Yellowthroat
2 Yellow-breasted Chat
4 Field Sparrow
2 Song Sparrow
2 Eastern Towhee
3 Northern Cardinal
2 Indigo Bunting
3 Red-winged Blackbird
2 Brown-headed Cowbird
1 American Goldfinch

Number of Taxa: 30
John pangborn
Gaithersburg md

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Date: 7/2/17 7:28 am
From: Kathy Calvert <kathycalvert1...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Neotropic Cormorant
In Calvert currently swimming/fishing among pilings south of Chesapeake Beach Marina south jetty.

Kathy Calvert
Adamstown

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Date: 7/2/17 7:25 am
From: Steve Long <steve.long4...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Help I.D. our new resident hawk.
Looks like a juvenile Red Tail Hawk to me, based on the belly band and lack
of "red" on the tail. But I am no expert.

Steve Long
Oxford

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Subject: [MDBirding] Help I.D. our new resident hawk.


> We frequently see a Red Tail hunting our front pasture, but this a new
> bird that hangs out in the woods. I raised it driving the tractor, but it
> only flew about 30' away, and stayed in in place, so I got the camera.
>
> Red Tail .. Marsh Hawk?
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> Jim 12mi W. of Salisbury
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Date: 7/2/17 5:10 am
From: Max Wilson <max.wilson...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Request for Info - Hamilton Farms (Garrett) Upland Sandpipers
Thanks for the information Joe and Jim. I didn't have any luck with Uppies yesterday, but enjoyed all the Bobolinks, Meadowlarks, and grassland sparrows. It's an impressive patch of habitat.

Max Wilson
Potomac, Montgomery County

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Date: 7/1/17 7:00 pm
From: 'jovet' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Calvert County NECO
And, if the bird shows up at Herrington Harbor, PLEASE post right away (or ping me privately!). Then it becomes an Anne Arundel County bird. (a girl can dream, right?)


Joanne




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Sent: Sat, Jul 1, 2017 9:38 pm
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Calvert County NECO



A few words of caution for anyone trying for the NECO in Chesapeake Beach. First, the light is terrible before probably 10:30 to 11. We had major glare before we had to leave at 10. If the cormorant hadn't deigned to climb up on the jetty, we would have had awful looks.


Second, if you park near the street side of the parking lot (farthest away from the resort) you won't be accosted for parking in the Members Only area. Walk along the dock along the inlet then check in at the marina office before proceeding to the docks further along the inlet to the docks on the Bay side. Lighting was better at the south dock but only marginally. Of course, if the bird has decided that North Beach or even Herrington Harbor are nicer locations, it's all moot.




Tyler Bell
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California, Maryland








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Sent: Saturday, July 1, 2017 10:27 AM
Subject: [MDBirding] Calvert County NECO




Jane Kostenko and I joined Thomas Doebl (?) on the south jetty at Chesapeake Beach Marina this morning shortly after 9. He had had the Neotropic Cormorant previously but wanted better looks. We moved to the south dock where lighting was slightly better and scanned the pound nets and rocky jetties without luck. Just before we neeeded to leave at 10 for a previous obligation, Jane noticed a suspicious cormorant in the water. Scope looks were promising when it jumped out of the water onto the rocks and clearly showed a longer tail and sharply angled gular!



Tyler



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Date: 7/1/17 6:38 pm
From: 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Calvert County NECO
A few words of caution for anyone trying for the NECO in Chesapeake Beach. First, the light is terrible before probably 10:30 to 11. We had major glare before we had to leave at 10. If the cormorant hadn't deigned to climb up on the jetty, we would have had awful looks.
Second, if you park near the street side of the parking lot (farthest away from the resort) you won't be accosted for parking in the Members Only area. Walk along the dock along the inlet then check in at the marina office before proceeding to the docks further along the inlet to the docks on the Bay side. Lighting was better at the south dock but only marginally. Of course, if the bird has decided that North Beach or even Herrington Harbor are nicer locations, it's all moot. 
Tyler Bell
<jtylerbell...>
California, Maryland

From: 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
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Sent: Saturday, July 1, 2017 10:27 AM
Subject: [MDBirding] Calvert County NECO

Jane Kostenko and I joined Thomas Doebl (?) on the south jetty at Chesapeake Beach Marina this morning shortly after 9. He had had the Neotropic Cormorant previously but wanted better looks. We moved to the south dock where lighting was slightly better and scanned the pound nets and rocky jetties without luck. Just before we neeeded to leave at 10 for a previous obligation, Jane noticed a suspicious cormorant in the water. Scope looks were promising when it jumped out of the water onto the rocks and clearly showed a longer tail and sharply angled gular!

Tyler

Tyler Bell
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California, Maryland

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Date: 7/1/17 2:17 pm
From: Duvall Sollers <dbsollers61...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Daniel Sloan
Hi everyone!

I am trying to reach MD/DC birder/photographer Daniel Sloan about his Ebird report today from Calvert County. If anyone has an email address for him, I would really appreciate it!

Thanks, and enjoy birding during this great July 4th weekend!

Duvall Sollers
Hereford, MD

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Date: 7/1/17 7:40 am
From: Harry Armistead <harryarmistead...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Ferry Neck, June 23-27, 2017.
FERRY NECK, JUNE 23-27, 2017. Slack tide, no migration. Days of mostly low humidity, comfortable temperatures, and pleasant NW winds. Could use some rain. Daughters Mary and Anne, and grandchildren David, Lucas, and Alexis are here over the weekend. Harmless family activities, running through the sprinkler, a cookout, faux badminton action.


On the way down, esp. along Route 301, the shoulders and center strips are full of light blue chicory, daylillies, big patches of black-eyed susans, Queen Anne’s lace, daisies, and other nice-looking stuff I can’t ID.


JUNE 23, FRIDAY. MIDDLETOWN, DE, a hen mallard with 8 downy young swim in a storm drain pond, the young diving, total immersion, repeatedly as if they are a flock of feeding mergansers. And they are getting something in this manner, but I can’t see what it is. Momma doesn’t dive. A male Cooper’s hawk seen from the vegetable stand just N of Cordova. A red-tailed hawk seen from Town and Country W of Easton.


Arrive at RIGBY’S FOLLY AT 2:25. mostly overcast with a tropical feel to the air, 87, SW15, 84 at 9:45 P.M. Two bald eagles. 57 common grackles, 2 starlings, 2 cowbirds, and 2 mourning doves forage in Field1, that was disked a week ago. 1.15” in the rain gauge since June 16 but it still seems dry, esp. our 3 very small ponds. Rose of sharon has started blooming. Magnolia branches have grown inches since the last visit. A 7” skink. The first fallen, not-yet-fully-developed, walnuts. 2 bucks and 3 does in Field 1. Good firefly show. Trumpet creeper blooming profusely, as it was a week ago, too. One hackberry emperor.



JUNE 24, SATURDAY. Twelve ospreys in sight simultaneously. Unfortunately some of their nest platforms are unoccupied, more so than in normal years. Mary and I have a good look at a fox squirrel on the lawn next to Field 1, foraging, and twice sitting on its haunches, surveying its domain, assuming a Weltanschauung attitude and posture, as it were. A bit later there’s a gray squirrel in the same spot. A black swallowtail investigates our big patch of parsley, where it will probably lay eggs.


In the vicinity of The Pond at 2:30 P.M. when it is 88 degrees F.: a great horned owl flushes, as does a charming, small, spotted fawn that gambols away, plus there are a little wood satyr, a pearlcrescent, 2 bullfrogs, and 8 green frogs. Water is at low ebb there.


Two yellow-billed cuckoos that may be nesting in Woods 8. Two skinks on the front porch. Two bald eagles. Two does in Field 1. I spend an hour cutting stuff hanging over the Choptank Trail and Irish Creek Trail. Clear, WNW 15-20-15, calm at sunset, 76-88. Two bald eagles. One adult red-tailed hawk. Snowy egret 1 and cattle egret 1. A duskywing is at the clover in the back yard. One red-spotted purple.


Mystery bird. Pretty well-seen near The Pond at c. 75 feet, chunky, size of a male red-winged blackbird, pointy but thick black bill, obscure wingbars, stubby tail (but not a recently-fledged bird), dark wings otherwise, dark blackish cap, sooty-white underparts. I really don’t know, can’t imagine, what the heck this is. Briefly I thought it was a brown-headed nuthatch.


JUNE 25, SUNDAY. Turkey vulture 21, an aseasonal kettle over Edwards Point at 4:45 P.M. One each of green heron, cattle egret, yellow-billed cuckoo, snowy egret, herring gull, and cedar waxwing plus a northern watersnake. Bald eagle 4. Only 2 diamondback terrapin in spite of good conditions for them. Five gray squirrels incl. 2 sightings of “snowshoes”. Three eastern cottontails. Liz sees 6 Carolina chickadees.



Do an hour of work on the Warbler Trail then the driveway from the Waterthrush Pond back to the house. At 8:46 P.M. a green tree frog on the east post of the front porch launches 4’3” and lands on the small stalk of a flower in one of the planters, grasping it, a vertical drop of only 7”. The same post where I saw a Cope’s gray tree frog recently. clear, 74-85, NW10 becoming calm, SW at 5 briefly at 8 P.M., then NW15+.


JUNE 26, MONDAY. Twenty-two common grackles just in the area of the one feeder near the willow oak. Three gray squirrels including “halftail”. Diamondback terrapin, curiously, zero. Like a fair New England summer day. Clear, NW 15, 74-84, becoming calm c. 5 P.M. and for a while hot and somewhat humid. Spend an hour working on the Lucy Point and Olszewski trails, the latter getting more open, and more deciduous each year. Three eastern cottontails. Only 1 bald eagle. 1 each of yellow-billed cuckoo, cattle egret, and snowy egret.


JUNE 27, TUESDAY. 4 Eastern Cottontails. Earlier this decade and for some years before that rabbits were seldom seen. Prior to that period we saw them frequently, the way we do now. Perhaps there are fewer foxes, one possible reason. Nice to have them back. Leave for Philadelphia c. 8:45 A.M.


SUBMERGED AQUATIC VEGETATION CORRECTION. Thanks to Jan Reese for drawing my attention to the fact that what I have been calling Widgeon Grass (Ruppia maritima) is actually Horned Pondweed (Zannichellia palustris). I bring some up in a crab net and compare it with illustrations of the 2 in Life in the Chesapeake Bay by Alice Jane Lippson and Robert L. Lippson (Johns Hopkins U., Pr., 1984, p. 136). In my defense, they DO look quite similar. There certainly is one heck of a lot of it in Poplar Cove, SAV like there was in the old days. Good news. The geese and swans love it, feeding on it these past 2 winters.


Best to all. - Harry Armistead, Philadelphia.

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Date: 7/1/17 7:30 am
From: Warblerick <ricksussman1955...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Calvert County NECO
On Saturday, July 1, 2017 at 10:27:06 AM UTC-4, Tyler Bell wrote:
> Jane Kostenko and I joined Thomas Doebl (?) on the south jetty at Chesapeake Beach Marina this morning shortly after 9. He had had the Neotropic Cormorant previously but wanted better looks. We moved to the south dock where lighting was slightly better and scanned the pound nets and rocky jetties without luck. Just before we neeeded to leave at 10 for a previous obligation, Jane noticed a suspicious cormorant in the water. Scope looks were promising when it jumped out of the water onto the rocks and clearly showed a longer tail and sharply angled gular!
>
> Tyler
>
> Tyler Bell
> <jtylerbell...>
> California, Maryland

Excellent!!

Rick Sussman
Woodbine,MD

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Date: 7/1/17 7:27 am
From: 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Calvert County NECO
Jane Kostenko and I joined Thomas Doebl (?) on the south jetty at Chesapeake Beach Marina this morning shortly after 9. He had had the Neotropic Cormorant previously but wanted better looks. We moved to the south dock where lighting was slightly better and scanned the pound nets and rocky jetties without luck. Just before we neeeded to leave at 10 for a previous obligation, Jane noticed a suspicious cormorant in the water. Scope looks were promising when it jumped out of the water onto the rocks and clearly showed a longer tail and sharply angled gular!

Tyler

Tyler Bell
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California, Maryland

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Date: 6/30/17 7:51 pm
From: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...>
Subject: [MDBirding] [FR] Best Bike Ride Fledgling Today
Was a pair [at least] of young, but able-to-fly Turkeys. I surprised
mom and youngsters coming round a bend. I scattered them
inadvertently, but I assume they got back together...

Jim Speicher
BroadRun/Burkittsville area
[FR] Frederick County
WA Co. MOS member

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Date: 6/30/17 4:40 pm
From: 'Jim Stasz' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Request for Info - Hamilton Farms (Garrett) Upland Sandpipers
This morning Aaron Graham anf I had one Upland calling from the east end of the field. At least .5 miles east of the barn.

Jim Stasz
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On Friday, June 30, 2017 Joe Hanfman <auk1844...> wrote:

Max,


Take Rt. 219 south from Oakland, MD. When you get to Rt. 50 turn right for about a mile. You will see a large barn on your right that says Hamilton Farm. Park on the shoulder of the road and walk along the road. Do not enter the fields. We had one Upland Sandpiper in the field just west of the barn. The grasses are tall so it will be easy to miss them. A local birder has tried many times and only seen them once.


Joe Hanfman

Columbia, MD



On Fri, Jun 30, 2017 at 8:46 AM, Max Wilson <max.wilson...> wrote:

There were eBird reports of Upland Sandpipers at Hamilton Farms in Garrett County on 6/28 and 6/30.  This is a species I'd very much like to see.  I've never birded that part of Garrett before and was wondering if anyone had any details on how to bird that site, or additional information on where the Uppies have been seen.

Any hot tips on Alder Flycatchers in Garrett or Allegany would be appreciated as well.

Thanks,
Max Wilson
Potomac, Montgomery County

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Date: 6/30/17 12:09 pm
From: Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Neotropic continues Chesapeake Beach
Currently perched on post just beyond north jetty from Memorial Park.
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Date: 6/30/17 7:32 am
From: Barbara Johnson <barbarajohnson222...>
Subject: [MDBirding] The Celebration of the Life and Work of Chandler Robbins is now online.
//www.pwrc.usgs.gov/robbins/

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Date: 6/30/17 6:17 am
From: Ted on Little Round Bay <akbar...>
Subject: [MDBirding] could use some ID confirmation of sparrow, and gnat catcher, and sapsucker with auburn head.
I assume this is just a song sparrow but he/she doesn't match the markings all that well, so I thought I would ask.

Also I assume the perky gray guy is a blue-grey Gnatcatcher, and is it common for a YBSA to have an auburn patch? We had a black patched (female I think) hanging around a year ago which was pretty unusual. Just curious about this guy. I have a video if anyone is particularly interested.

Thanks and happy independence day.

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Date: 6/30/17 5:57 am
From: Joe Hanfman <auk1844...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Request for Info - Hamilton Farms (Garrett) Upland Sandpipers
Max,

Take Rt. 219 south from Oakland, MD. When you get to Rt. 50 turn right for
about a mile. You will see a large barn on your right that says Hamilton
Farm. Park on the shoulder of the road and walk along the road. Do not
enter the fields. We had one Upland Sandpiper in the field just west of the
barn. The grasses are tall so it will be easy to miss them. A local birder
has tried many times and only seen them once.

Joe Hanfman
Columbia, MD


On Fri, Jun 30, 2017 at 8:46 AM, Max Wilson <max.wilson...> wrote:

> There were eBird reports of Upland Sandpipers at Hamilton Farms in Garrett
> County on 6/28 and 6/30. This is a species I'd very much like to see.
> I've never birded that part of Garrett before and was wondering if anyone
> had any details on how to bird that site, or additional information on
> where the Uppies have been seen.
>
> Any hot tips on Alder Flycatchers in Garrett or Allegany would be
> appreciated as well.
>
> Thanks,
> Max Wilson
> Potomac, Montgomery County
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Date: 6/30/17 5:46 am
From: Max Wilson <max.wilson...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Request for Info - Hamilton Farms (Garrett) Upland Sandpipers
There were eBird reports of Upland Sandpipers at Hamilton Farms in Garrett County on 6/28 and 6/30. This is a species I'd very much like to see. I've never birded that part of Garrett before and was wondering if anyone had any details on how to bird that site, or additional information on where the Uppies have been seen.

Any hot tips on Alder Flycatchers in Garrett or Allegany would be appreciated as well.

Thanks,
Max Wilson
Potomac, Montgomery County

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Date: 6/30/17 5:40 am
From: christine Ley <chrisley21...>
Subject: [MDBirding] where to look for ceruleans near Shenandoah national park
Can anyone tell me where to search? We are going there this weekend.
thanks.

Chris
Bethesda

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Date: 6/30/17 4:37 am
From: Martha Morris <mmorris5301...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: What crawled out of my Baltimore Orioles nest exactly?
Yes, baby cowbirds (unfortunately).

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Date: 6/29/17 6:58 pm
From: Kevin Graff <keyweststyle2001...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Masonville Cove, 06/28/17
06/28/17 – 7am-12pm belated scientific monitoring survey

Masonville Cove, Baltimore, MD



WEATHER: PC, 57-76 degrees, WNW 4 mph- WNW 7 mph



Canada Goose – 12

American Wigeon – 1 (drake at beach)

Mallard – 40

Double-crested Cormorant – 22

Great Blue Heron – 6

Green Heron – 1

Black-crowned Night Heron – 3 (one flyover, two near port covington)

Black Vulture – 1

Turkey Vulture – 1

Osprey – 4

Bald Eagle – 1

Red-shouldered Hawk – 1

American Kestrel – 1

Killdeer – 3

Ring-billed Gull – 8

Herring Gull – 6

Great Black-backed Gull – 2

Least Tern – 2

Common Tern – 43

Rock Pigeon – 2

Mourning Dove – 6

Chimney Swift – 8

Downy Woodpecker – 1

Northern Flicker – 2

Willow Flycatcher – 1

Eastern Kingbird – 6

Warbling Vireo – 2

American Crow – 1

Purple Martin – 1

N Rough-winged Swallow – 8

Tree Swallow – 8

Barn Swallow – 9

Carolina Chickadee – 1

Carolina Wren – 3

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher – 2

American Robin – 18

Gray Catbird – 1

Northern Mockingbird – 16

European Starling – 87

Cedar Waxwing – 2

Common Yellowthroat – 1

Yellow Warbler – 1

Song Sparrow – 3

Northern Cardinal – 5

Blue Grosbeak – 2

Indigo Bunting – 4

Red-winged Blackbird – 11

Common Grackle – 5

Brown-headed Cowbird – 2

Orchard Oriole – 6

Baltimore Oriole – 2

House Finch – 6

American Goldfinch – 9

House Sparrow – 4

SPECIES: 54 INDIVIDUALS: 404



MAMMALS: WT Deer – 2, E Cottontail – 1, E Gray Sq – 1, Red Fox (tracks),
Raccoon (tracks), Opossum (tracks)



REPTILES: N Diamondback Terrapin – 2



AMPHIBIANS: Green Frog – 1



BUTTERFLIES

Black Swallowtail – 3

Cabbage White – 1

Orange Sulphur – 3

Pearl Crescent – 3

Wild Indigo Duskywing – 1

Silver-spotted Skipper – 4



DRAGONFLIES

Common Green Darner – 2

Needham’s Skimmer – 5

Common Whitetail – 1

Widow Skimmer – 1

Eastern Amberwing – 1

Black Saddlebags – 5



DAMSELFLIES

Familiar Bluets – 6

Rambur Forktail – 4

Slender Spreadwing – 1



MOTHS

Salt Marsh Caterpillar – 2

Virginian Tiger Moth – 2 (Yellow Bear)

Henry’s Marsh Moth – 1 (caterpillar)



INSECTS

Wheel Bug – 1

Large Milkweed Bug – 2

Bronzed Tiger Beetle – 2

Japanese Beetle – 4

Soldier Beetle – 3

Multi-colored Asian Lady Beetle – 1

Convergent Lady Beetle – 2

Seven-spotted Lady Beetle – 2

Tumbling Flowering Beetle – 1 ?

?? Leaf Beetle – 1 (no id in bug guide, have photos)

Milkweed Borer – 1

Robber Fly – 1



Kevin Graff

Jarrettsville, MD

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Date: 6/29/17 6:32 pm
From: Kevin Graff <keyweststyle2001...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Hart-Miller Island, 06/26/17
06/26/17 – 710am-3pm

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



WEATHER: Fair/MC, 64-80 degrees, WNW 3K- W 5K OBS: Kevin G, Joe H, Bob R



Canada Goose – 391

Wood Duck – 30 (14 ducklings)

Gadwall – 2

American Black Duck – 14

Mallard – 144

*NORTHERN SHOVELER – 1

*NORTHERN PINTAIL – 1

Pied-billed Grebe – 16 (6 adults, 5, 2, 1 young pit, 2 North Cell)

Double-crested Cormorant – 41

*LEAST BITTERN – 2

Great Blue Heron – 19

Great Egret – 3

Black Vulture – 1

Turkey Vulture – 2

Osprey – 20

Bald Eagle – 4

Peregrine Falcon – 1

American Coot – 1

*COMMON GALLINULE – 1 (only heard repeated keek call in the cross dike pit)

*BLACK-NECKED STILT – 2

Killdeer – 9

Least Sandpiper – 4

Spotted Sandpiper – 2

Laughing Gull – 28

Ring-billed Gull – 98

Herring Gull – 7

Great Black-backed Gull – 13

Least Tern – 1

Caspian Tern – 89

*COMMON TERN – 2

*FORSTER'S TERN – 1

Mourning Dove – 7

Yellow-billed Cuckoo – 1

Chimney Swift – 1

Ruby-throated Hummingbird – 4

Hairy Woodpecker – 1

Willow Flycatcher – 1

Eastern Phoebe – 1

Great Crested Flycatcher – 2

Eastern Kingbird – 2

Red-eyed Vireo – 4

American Crow – 1

Tree Swallow – 14

N Rough-winged Swallow – 1

Bank Swallow – 1

Barn Swallow – 37

Carolina Chickadee – 1

Carolina Wren – 4

Marsh Wren – 4

Gray Catbird – 5

Northern Mockingbird – 1

European Starling – 52

Cedar Waxwing – 4

Common Yellowthroat – 21

Song Sparrow – 1

Northern Cardinal – 10

Blue Grosbeak – 5

Indigo Bunting – 12

*DICKCISSEL – 1

Red-winged Blackbird – 104

Common Grackle – 3

Brown-headed Cowbird – 5

Orchard Oriole – 8

American Goldfinch – 20

House Sparrow – 1

SPECIES: 65 INDIVIDUALS: 1290



MAMMALS: Red Fox – 2



REPTILES: E Painted Turtle – 1



AMPBIBIANS: Fowler’s Toad – 4, Bullfrog – 1, Green Tree Frog – 2



BUTTERFLIES

Black Swallowtail – 5

Spicebush Swallowtail – 2

Cabbage White – 25

Checkered White – 1

Orange Sulphur – 55

Clouded Sulphur – 1

Gray Hairstreak – 3

Eastern Tailed Blue – 4

Variegated Fritillary – 3

Pearl Crescent – 4

Painted Lady – 1

Common Buckeye – 12

Monarch – 2

Wild Indigo Duskywing – 3

Silver-spotted Skipper – 10



DRAGONFLIES

Common Green Darner – 5

Needham’s Skimmer – 75

Blue Dasher – 1

Eastern Pondhawk – 45

Spot-winged Glider – 1

Black Saddlebags – 45

Halloween Pennant – 4



MOTHS

Salt Marsh Caterpillar – 2

Virginian Tiger Moth – 4 (Yellow Bear) left out one on June 15th



INSECTS: Soldier Beetle – 20, Seven-spotted Lady Beetle – 1, Milkweed Borer
– 1



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Jarrettsville, MD

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Date: 6/29/17 5:55 pm
From: 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Calvert Co: Chesapeake Beach: Neotropic Cormorant 28 June
Based on Sherman Suter's report on Wednesday, I was planning on an attempt for the NECO after work Thursday. Joe Hanfman's positive report this morning made for a long day.
I arrived at the memorial at the intersection of Rts. 260 and 261 around 4:45 pm. I set up the scope and immediately found the only cormorant around perched on the south jetty. It's a bit of a stretch from the memorial to the jetty but you could see the longer tail and the angular gular pouch and finer bill. I put on our digiscoping rig and when I flipped on the camera, No Memory Card. D'oh!!! So, I had the 100-400mm lens along and crammed it up to the eyepiece and blasted off some truly horrible doc shots.
Hoping to get a much closer view, I transitioned to the marina. When I asked at the marina office, the woman could have cared less. There was some sort of concert gearing up at the resort but zero people on the dock. Also, the cormorant had flown during my transition. Because of the construction there, there are only two lanes and no turn lane. At that hour, traffic is a nightmare.

Anyway, I was quite lucky with my timing. Based on the few reports from the late afternoon, that seems to be the time when it leaves the area. I'd recommend going a lot earlier! First thing in the morning, the light might be a bit tricky but by 9-10, it should be high enough to not be an issue.

Thanks, Mikey!
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From: Joe Hanfman <auk1844...>
To: Sherman Suter <shermansuter...>
Cc: <mdbirding...>
Sent: Thursday, June 29, 2017 11:01 AM
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Calvert Co: Chesapeake Beach: Neotropic Cormorant 28 June

The NECO was visible this morning from the Chesapeake Beach Veterans Memorial. 

Joe HanfmanColumbia, MD
On Jun 28, 2017, at 7:02 PM, Sherman Suter <shermansuter...> wrote:


The Neotropic Cormorant that Mikey Lutmerding found on the Chesapeake Beach harbor jetties on Sunday has not left the area.  Around 1400 today (Weds, 28 June) the bird was perched near the end of the south-most wooden groin in the cove south of the south jetty.  These groins can be scoped from the boardwalk at the east end of 17th Street (the shore between 17th St and the Chesapeake Beach Resort is private and posted).

Sherman Suter
Port Republic MD 20676 / Alexandria VA 22307
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Date: 6/29/17 3:15 pm
From: 'Sue Billings' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: What crawled out of my Baltimore Orioles nest exactly?
On Wednesday, June 28, 2017 at 10:47:22 AM UTC-4, Ted on Little Round Bay wrote:
> This was 2 days ago. There were 2 of these guys. Are they just ugly fledgling orioles, or cowbirds, or something else? I'm certain the nest belongs to the male in the 3rd photo.
>
> Thanks!

If you google "cowbird fledgling" that looks like your bird.

Sue Billings
Taneytown, MD

https://www.google.com/search?q=cowbird+fledgling&tbm=isch&imgil=N53lsWV_DLK64M%253A%253BCeWuruc4wimDWM%253Bhttp%25253A%25252F%25252Fwww.sialis.org%25252Fcowbirds.htm&source=iu&pf=m&fir=N53lsWV_DLK64M%253A%252CCeWuruc4wimDWM%252C_&usg=__UiA0jZsSbLBr2ju3Nr3NwbrOd14%3D&biw=1536&bih=710&ved=0ahUKEwjQ5L_gieTUAhVEzz4KHekVCzcQyjcINQ&ei=hXtVWZCON8Se-wHpq6y4Aw#imgrc=_

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Date: 6/29/17 8:01 am
From: Joe Hanfman <auk1844...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Calvert Co: Chesapeake Beach: Neotropic Cormorant 28 June
The NECO was visible this morning from the Chesapeake Beach Veterans Memorial.

Joe Hanfman
Columbia, MD

> On Jun 28, 2017, at 7:02 PM, Sherman Suter <shermansuter...> wrote:
>
> The Neotropic Cormorant that Mikey Lutmerding found on the Chesapeake Beach harbor jetties on Sunday has not left the area. Around 1400 today (Weds, 28 June) the bird was perched near the end of the south-most wooden groin in the cove south of the south jetty. These groins can be scoped from the boardwalk at the east end of 17th Street (the shore between 17th St and the Chesapeake Beach Resort is private and posted).
>
> Sherman Suter
> Port Republic MD 20676 / Alexandria VA 22307
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Date: 6/29/17 6:10 am
From: Warblerick <ricksussman1955...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Baby yard birds
Nice to finally see some young birds in and around the yard lately. Yesterday in a walk around the yard, I found young of several species, including Baltimore Orioles being fed cherries by the female, Gray Catbird, Brown Thrashers, N. Mockingbirds, Eastern Bluebirds, Chipping Sparrows, and Red-bellied Woodpecker. Later in the early evening, a baby cowbird was being fed by its parent, a Song Sparrow, on our deck.

Today was another nice mornings walk, with the weather very cooperative. I heard a Yellow-billed Cuckoo calling from the southwest part of the yard, then again in the trees in the middle of the backyard, then again as it moved to the east along our back trees into our neighbors woods. Then I moved along to the back corner where there are lots of fruit in the trees, mostly cherries, where I watched a pair of male Baltimore Orioles, and a female in different trees, an Eastern Wood-Pewee and an Eastern Phoebe, Carolina Wren, and a juvenile Grasshopper Sparrow, which disappeared quickly into my neighbors fields. A bit later an adult Grasshopper appeared on the ground just outside the fence, offering killer views, then it flew to the top of our fence, then back into the scrub in the corner. Then a pair of juvie Brown Thrashers appeared in the same spot. Just before heading home, I watched a male RT Hummingbird feeding in one of our native (planted) honeysuckles, and got a bad bino-pic of it perched in the vines.

Nice weather for the very end of June, but the heat is coming!

Rick Sussman
Woodbine,MD

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Date: 6/29/17 3:56 am
From: James Wilson <birdmanjfw...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Prothonotary proximity
I also had a close encounter with a Prothonotary several years ago BC (before cameras.) One was building a nest in the back of a metal guardrail (yes, I know they are cavity nesters but that is what it was doing.) I was standing just 5 or 6 feet away watching it fly in and out as it worked at nest building. Most amazing!

Jim Wilson
Queenstown

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Date: 6/28/17 4:02 pm
From: Sherman Suter <shermansuter...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Calvert Co: Chesapeake Beach: Neotropic Cormorant 28 June
The Neotropic Cormorant that Mikey Lutmerding found on the Chesapeake Beach
harbor jetties on Sunday has not left the area. Around 1400 today (Weds,
28 June) the bird was perched near the end of the south-most wooden groin
in the cove south of the south jetty. These groins can be scoped from the
boardwalk at the east end of 17th Street (the shore between 17th St and the
Chesapeake Beach Resort is private and posted).

Sherman Suter
Port Republic MD 20676 / Alexandria VA 22307

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Date: 6/28/17 1:32 pm
From: Janet Millenson <janet...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Prothonotary proximity
A short ways above Riley's Lock on the C&O Canal towpath, a pair of
Prothonotary Warblers are using a nest box. This morning the parent
birds spent a very long time calling and foraging so close by that my
binoculars couldn't focus on them. Inside the nest box a gaping beak was
visible as the parents brought inchworms. The male did diaper duty,
flying off with a large fecal sac that he dropped into the Potomac.Such
stunningly beautiful birds -- why didn't I think to take a picture?

Another highlight was an Acadian Flycatcher sitting on a
barely-large-enough nest dangling over the river.


Janet Millenson
Potomac, MD (Montgomery County)
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Date: 6/28/17 7:47 am
From: Ted on Little Round Bay <akbar...>
Subject: [MDBirding] What crawled out of my Baltimore Orioles nest exactly?
This was 2 days ago. There were 2 of these guys. Are they just ugly fledgling orioles, or cowbirds, or something else? I'm certain the nest belongs to the male in the 3rd photo.

Thanks!

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Date: 6/27/17 4:35 pm
From: Janet Millenson <janet...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Raven family in the 'burbs
Yesterday I heard a juvenile raven calling nearby. Earlier today I heard
(and glimpsed) one again. Then a few minutes ago, TWO juvenile ravens
were audible, soon joined by the croaks of an adult!

In early July 2015 I also heard juvenile ravens in this neighborhood.
Wonder where the nest is?


Janet Millenson
Potomac, MD (Montgomery County)
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Date: 6/27/17 7:21 am
From: Gerry Hawkins <maineusa...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Voice of the Naturalist, Greater DC Area, Week Ending 6/26/17
Hotline: Voice of the Naturalist
Date: 6/27/2017
Coverage: MD/DC/VA/central and southern DE/WV panhandle
Reports, comments and questions: <voice...>
Compiler: Gerry Hawkins
Sponsor: Audubon Naturalist Society of the Central
Atlantic States (independent of NAS)
Transcriber: Steve Cordle

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

This is the Voice of the Naturalist, a service of the Audubon Naturalist
Society. This report covers the week starting Tuesday, June 20 and was
completed on Tuesday, June 27 at 9:00 a.m.

Information on noteworthy birds is presented below in taxonomic order, as
set forth in the American Ornithologists¹ Union Checklist for North and
Middle American birds, as revised through the 57th Supplement (July 2016).

The top birds this week were WESTERN GREBE* in VA, NEOTROPIC CORMORANT* in
MD, LITTLE EGRET* in DE, SWALLOW-TAILED KITE in VA and FORK-TAILED
FLYCATCHER* in VA.

Other birds of interest this week included TUNDRA SWAN, GADWALL, AMERICAN
WIGEON, NORTHERN SHOVELER, NORTHERN PINTAIL, CANVASBACK, RING-NECKED DUCK,
GREATER SCAUP, COMMON EIDER, SURF and BLACK SCOTERS, LONG-TAILED DUCK,
RED-BREASTED MERGANSER, RUDDY DUCK, COMMON GALLINULE, SANDHILL CRANE,
AMERICAN AVOCET, BLACK-BELLIED and WILSON¹S PLOVERS, MARBLED GODWIT, DUNLIN,
WHITE-RUMPED and SPOTTED SANDPIPERS, LESSER YELLOWLEGS, LITTLE GULL,
GULL-BILLED and CASPIAN TERNS, RED-THROATED LOON, SOOTY and GREAT
SHEARWATERS, WILSON¹S STORM-PETREL, ANHINGA, DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT, LEAST
BITTERN, TRICOLORED HERON, GLOSSY and WHITE-FACED IBIS, MISSISSIPPI KITE,
NORTHERN HARRIER, PURPLE FINCH, WHITE-THROATED SPARROW, CERULEAN WARBLER,
DICKCISSEL and BOBOLINK.

TOP BIRDS


On June 25 an experienced observer reported a WESTERN GREBE* off Assawoman
Island in Accomack Co, VA. This unusual sighting appears to be the first
June record in Virginia of this rare winter visitor to the Virginia coastal
plain.

On June 25 a NEOTROPIC CORMORANT* was photographed on the south jetty at the
Chesapeake Bay Marina in Calvert Co, MD before it flew over the bay toward
Poplar Island late in the day.

A LITTLE EGRET* found at Raymond Pool, Bombay Hook NWR, Kent Co, DE on June
8 was seen on June 22-26.

On June 24 a SWALLOW-TAILED KITE was photographed in flight near 4617
Blackwater Road in Virginia Beach, VA.

Birders from near and far enjoyed watching a continuing FORK-TAILED
FLYCATCHER* at Back Bay NWR in Virginia Beach, VA all week. This bird is the
eighth record of this species in Virginia.

OTHER BIRDS OF INTEREST

A continuing TUNDRA SWAN along Green Dumpster Road in the Deal Island WMA,
Somerset Co, MD was most recently seen on June 23.

Waterfowl also included small numbers of many migratory duck species. These
included a single GADWALL spotted during the weekly survey at the Craney
Island Disposal Area (restricted access) in Portsmouth, VA on June 22 and
two GADWALLS, along with a NORTHERN PINTAIL and a NORTHERN SHOVELER, found
on Hart-Miller Island in Baltimore Co, MD on June 26. Sightings of dabbling
ducks also included an AMERICAN WIGEON at Masonville Cove in Baltimore Co,
MD on June 23 and 24.

Noteworthy diving ducks included a young male CANVASBACK off Kingman Island
in Washington, DC on June 25; an apparently injured RING-NECKED DUCK at Lake
Shenandoah in Rockingham Co, VA on June 20 and a continued pair of
RING-NECKED DUCKS at each of Culler Lake in Baker Park in Frederick Co, MD
through June 26 and the Monocacy National Battlefield in Frederick Co, MD on
June 24. A GREATER SCAUP was seen at the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center
(Horsehead) in Queen Anne¹s Co, MD on June 20. An apparently continuing
COMMON EIDER was seen at Metompkin Island, Accomack Co, VA on June 21. SURF
SCOTERS were seen at several locations, including a high of 17 individuals
at Big Water Farm (private) in Queen Anne¹s Co, MD on June 22, 23 and 25; a
single individual at Cabin Creek in Queen Anne¹s Co, MD on June 20; a high
of three individuals at Fort Story in Virginia Beach, VA on June 22 and 24;
and one individual at Chincoteague NWR in Accomack Co, VA on June 23. BLACK
SCOTERS also were observed at several locations, including three individuals
at Big Water Farm (private) in Queen Anne¹s Co, MD on June 23; four
individuals at the mouth of the Wye River in Queen Anne¹s Co, MD on June 26;
a single individual reported at the Ocean City Inlet in Worcester Co, MD on
June 20; and nine individuals at Fort Story in Virginia Beach, VA on June
24. Four LONG-TAILED DUCKS were seen at Poplar Island in Talbot Co, MD on
June 22. A single BUFFLEHEAD was seen at Twin Pines in Talbot Co, MD on June
25. A single RED-BREASTED MERGANSER was at Big Water Farm (private) in Queen
Anne¹s Co, MD on June 20-23 and Bay Ridge in Anne Arundel Co, MD on June 22.
A continuing RUDDY DUCK was seen at Bombay Hook NWR, Kent Co, DE on June 22,
25 and 26.

A COMMON GALLINULE was encountered along Green Dumpster Road in Somerset Co,
MD on June 23, Piney Hill Road in Talbot Co, MD on June 26 and Hart-Miller
Island in Baltimore Co, MD on June 26.

On June 22 two birders reported a SANDHILL CRANE in low flight above
3795-3799 Indian River Road in Virginia Beach, VA.

Noteworthy sightings of shorebirds included a high of six AMERICAN AVOCETS
at Bombay Hook NWR, Kent Co, DE on June 20, 21 and 24-26, and one AMERICAN
AVOCET at the Craney Island Disposal Area (restricted access) in Portsmouth,
VA on June 22. On June 21 four WILSON¹S PLOVERS, including two chicks less
than five days old, were observed on Metompkin Island, Accomack Co, VA,
which is one of the few places in the reporting area that this species
breeds. Sightings of various other species of migratory shorebirds suggest
early departures from the breeding grounds. Sightings included a single
BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER at the Craney Island Disposal Area (restricted access)
in Portsmouth, VA and Back Bay NWR in Virginia Beach, VA on June 22 and 23,
respectively. A single MARBLED GODWIT was seen at Back Bay NWR in Virginia
Beach, VA on June 23 and 24. A single DUNLIN was spotted at Bombay Hook NWR,
Kent Co, DE on June 20, 22, 25 and 26. A WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER was seen at
several locations, including a single individual at Bombay Hook NWR, Kent
Co, DE on June 24; a single individual at Back Bay NWR in Virginia Beach, VA
on June 23; and four individuals at the Craney Island Disposal Area
(restricted access) in Portsmouth, VA on June 22. A SPOTTED SANDPIPER was
spotted at several locations, including two individuals at Hart-Miller
Island in Baltimore Co, MD on June 26 and single individuals at Bombay Hook
NWR, Kent Co, DE on June 24, the Riley Road wetlands in Fauquier Co, VA on
June 24, Oyster, Northampton Co, VA on June 25 and Back Bay NWR, Virginia
Beach, VA on June 26. A reporting area high 13 LESSER YELLOWLEGS were
counted at the Craney Island Disposal Area (restricted access) in
Portsmouth, VA on June 22.

A continuing LITTLE GULL was seen all week at Bombay Hook NWR, Kent Co, DE.
Multiple GULL-BILLED TERNS were seen at several locations in the Virginia
coastal plain, the only place in the reporting area at which this species
regularly breeds, including a reporting area high 14 individuals at the
Craney Island Disposal Area (restricted access) in Portsmouth on June 22;
two individuals at Fort Monroe in Hampton on June 21; and two individuals at
Back Bay NWR in Virginia Beach on June 26. A single GULL-BILLED TERN was
seen as far north as the Ted Harvey WMA-Logan Land Tract Central in Kent Co,
DE on June 21 and Bombay Hook NWR, Kent Co, DE on June 22. Sightings of
CASPIAN TERN included an individual that flew by Hains Point in Washington,
DC on June 24.

On June 22 a late RED-THROATED LOON was reported off Metompkin Island,
Accomack Co, VA.

During the week a single WILSON¹S STORM-PETREL was observed in flight from
two locations in Virginia Beach, VA: the Atlantic Wildlife Heritage Museum
on June 21 and Fort Story on June 22. A birder also reported a WILSON¹S
STORM-PETREL and a SOOTY SHEARWATER at the Ocean City Inlet in Worcester Co,
MD on June 20. On June 24 a GREAT SHEARWATER was photographed in flight at
Back Bay NWR in Virginia Beach, VA, and two GREAT SHEARWATERS were reported
at this location on June 26.

On June 20 a possibly continuing ANHINGA was reported in flight over the
Carson Wetland in Prince George Co, VA.

On June 25 a DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT was seen from the Appalachian Trail
footbridge over the James River in Amherst Co, VA, which is a relatively
rare sighting of this species in the mountain/valleys region of Virginia,
especially outside of migration.

An area high six LEAST BITTERNS were encountered at Dyke Marsh WP in Fairfax
Co, VA on June 22. During the week 2-3 of the elusive LEAST BITTERN also
were encountered at Bear Swamp Pool in Bombay Hook, NWR, Kent Co, DE on June
22; Hughes Hollow in Montgomery Co, MD on June 22; Hart-Miller Island,
Baltimore Co, MD on June 26; the Port Tobacco Marina in Charles Co, MD on
June 23; Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary in Anne Arundel Co, MD on June 22 and
24; Gunpowder Marsh in Harford Co, MD on June 25; and Back Bay NWR in
Virginia Beach, VA on June 20.

A TRICOLORED HERON was found at Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center
(Horesehead), Queen Anne¹s Co, MD on June 20.

A WHITE-FACED IBIS found on June 13 along Green Dumpster Rd in the Deal
Island State WMA, Somerset Co, MD was most recently seen on June 23. A
continuing WHITE-FACED IBIS at Bombay Hook NWR, Kent Co, DE was last seen on
June 22. Two and one GLOSSY IBIS were observed flying north over Big Water
Farm (private) in Queen Anne¹s Co, MD on June 26 and 23, respectively.

MISSISSIPPI KITES were observed at several locations in Virginia, including
three individuals over Huntsman Lake in Fairfax Co on June 21 and a pair
observed engaging in nesting behavior on June 25 at the same location in the
Waverly Hills neighborhood of Arlington Co as last year. Raptor highlights
also included a rare summer record of NORTHERN HARRIER in the Piedmont of
Virginia, a male seen just north of Paeonian Springs off Clarke¹s Gap Road
in Loudoun Co on June 25.

A late male PURPLE FINCH continued to visit a feeder at Lake Linganore in
Frederick Co, MD through June 21.

A breeding stronghold of the CERULEAN WARBLER in the reporting area appears
to be along Taylor Creek in Heards, Albemarle Co, VA, where seven singing
males were counted on June 24.

A continuing late WHITE-THROATED SPARROW at a private yard in Hanover, Anne
Arundel Co, MD was last seen on June 25.

During the week there were many sightings of DICKCISSEL, a nomadic migrant
breeder in the reporting area. In Delaware five continuing individuals were
seen along Passwaters Farm Road in Sussex Co on June 21, 23-24 and 26, and
1-2 individuals were seen along the entrance road to Prime Hook NWR in
Sussex Co on June 21-26. Representative sightings of DICKCISSEL in Maryland
included an area high 13 individuals at the Oaks Landfill (private) in
Montgomery Co on June 21; a high of four individuals at Sands Road Park in
Anne Arundel Co all week; a high of five individuals in the Underwood Road
area in Howard Co on June 21, 24, 25 and 26; a high of five individuals at
Patuxent River Park-Aquasco Farm in Prince George¹s Co on June 24 and 25;
and a single individual along Burnt Store Road in Charles Co on June 25.
Encounters with DICKCISSELS in Virginia included a high of five continuing
individuals along Colvin Lane in Prince William Co on June 20 and 25 and a
high of four continuing individuals at the Bristoe Station Battlefield in
Prince William Co on June 21, 23, 24 and 25.

Sightings of BOBOLINK included an area high 20 continuing individuals seen
and heard from parking area three along North Appleton Road at Fairhill NRMA
in Cecil Co, MD on June 26.

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This week¹s report was based on reports on the DE, MD, VA, and WV list
servers, eBird records and various birding pages on Facebook.

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

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post reports before midnight Monday, identify the county as well as the
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Date: 6/26/17 7:06 am
From: world oceans <world.oceans7...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Calvert County Neotropic Cormorant
This is exciting! I lived right by the water in Calvert Co. for a couple of
years and never saw one there. My most recent sighting was in Georgia, a
yard bird flyby a mile from Atlanta airport with a couple of streams and a
tiny lake/pond being the only water nearby. I only mention that to
demonstrate that this species can be unpredictable!

James Gibson
ex-Silver Spring & Calvert Co.


On Jun 26, 2017 09:59, "'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding" <
<mdbirding...> wrote:

This is the first Maryland NECO away from the Potomac River. Nice find!
Hope it comes back. There's a ton of DCCOs at Poplar Island and not too far
to the south of Chesapeake Beach at the Cove Point LNG terminal.

Tyler Bell
<jtylerbell...>
California, Maryland


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*From:* Mikey Lutmerding <mlutmerding...>
*To:* "<mdbirding...>" <mdbirding...>
*Sent:* Monday, June 26, 2017 5:47 AM
*Subject:* [MDBirding] Calvert County Neotropic Cormorant

Hi everyone,

Last evening I had planned on checking a few spots between Chesapeake Beach
and North Beach but a NEOTROPIC CORMORANT seen at the first stop
(Chesapeake Beach Veterans Memorial) changed that. I quickly headed to the
Chesapeake Beach Marina (please check in at the marina store) and got much
better and closer looks at the bird with Jim Stasz. The pointed border at
the gape was obscured by the hot bird's constant throat fluttering but it's
long tail and overall size were apparent the latter especially so once the
LAUGHING GULLs surrounded it. It took some time to document all of these
features to our satisfaction but the bird was cooperative which made it
possible. At 6 pm it flew north then east and was last seen well out in
the bay headed toward Poplar Island. Keep an eye on those cormorant flocks!

eBird lists-
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37803516
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37803463

Good birding!

Mikey

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Date: 6/26/17 6:59 am
From: 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Calvert County Neotropic Cormorant
This is the first Maryland NECO away from the Potomac River. Nice find! Hope it comes back. There's a ton of DCCOs at Poplar Island and not too far to the south of Chesapeake Beach at the Cove Point LNG terminal. 
Tyler Bell
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California, Maryland

From: Mikey Lutmerding <mlutmerding...>
To: "<mdbirding...>" <mdbirding...>
Sent: Monday, June 26, 2017 5:47 AM
Subject: [MDBirding] Calvert County Neotropic Cormorant

Hi everyone,

Last evening I had planned on checking a few spots between Chesapeake Beach and North Beach but a NEOTROPIC CORMORANT seen at the first stop (Chesapeake Beach Veterans Memorial) changed that.  I quickly headed to the Chesapeake Beach Marina (please check in at the marina store) and got much better and closer looks at the bird with Jim Stasz.  The pointed border at the gape was obscured by the hot bird's constant throat fluttering but it's long tail and overall size were apparent the latter especially so once the LAUGHING GULLs surrounded it.  It took some time to document all of these features to our satisfaction but the bird was cooperative which made it possible.  At 6 pm it flew north then east and was last seen well out in the bay headed toward Poplar Island.  Keep an eye on those cormorant flocks!

eBird lists-
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37803516
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37803463

Good birding!

Mikey

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Date: 6/26/17 2:47 am
From: Mikey Lutmerding <mlutmerding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Calvert County Neotropic Cormorant
Hi everyone,

Last evening I had planned on checking a few spots between Chesapeake Beach
and North Beach but a NEOTROPIC CORMORANT seen at the first stop
(Chesapeake Beach Veterans Memorial) changed that. I quickly headed to the
Chesapeake Beach Marina (please check in at the marina store) and got much
better and closer looks at the bird with Jim Stasz. The pointed border at
the gape was obscured by the hot bird's constant throat fluttering but it's
long tail and overall size were apparent the latter especially so once the
LAUGHING GULLs surrounded it. It took some time to document all of these
features to our satisfaction but the bird was cooperative which made it
possible. At 6 pm it flew north then east and was last seen well out in
the bay headed toward Poplar Island. Keep an eye on those cormorant flocks!

eBird lists-
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37803516
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37803463

Good birding!

Mikey

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Date: 6/25/17 2:14 pm
From: jcdlmartin via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Charles County Dickcissel
The male Dickcissel, originally found by Mikey Lutmerding, was still present and singing this morning in a weedy field on the north side of Burnt Store Road. Be careful if you stop there, traffic can be brisk and there's not a lot of shoulder.

Joel Martin

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Date: 6/25/17 10:17 am
From: Derek C. Richardson <dcr...>
Subject: [MDBirding] consensus Re: mystery bird (6/23/17)

I've heard from several people and a friend of mine who likes audio
quizzes, and the consensus is that the bird was a Louisiana Waterthrush,
probably a young bird with a wing edge or wing bar.

Thanks everyone! I've updated my eBird posting, which I reproduce below
for info.

D

Rocky Gorge Reservoir/Supplee Park, Prince George's, Maryland, US
Jun 23, 2017 8:00 AM - 8:40 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
Comments: Birding by ear. Distance is one way. Cool, light rain, very
light breeze. Also heard a rooster, and saw 1 Eastern Cottontail and 1 Red
Fox.
29 species

Great Blue Heron 1
Mourning Dove 2
Downy Woodpecker 1
Eastern Wood-Pewee 1
Eastern Kingbird 2
Red-eyed Vireo 6
Blue Jay 2
American Crow 7
Fish Crow 1
Barn Swallow 4
Carolina Chickadee 1
Tufted Titmouse 5
House Wren 1
Carolina Wren 3
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 1
American Robin 1
Northern Mockingbird 2
European Starling 30
Louisiana Waterthrush 1 Without binoculars I had trouble with this ID,
but got an audio recording with some field notes (uploaded). The bird was
pumping its tail while flitting between low branches. Posting to mdbirding
and consulting a friend with a good ear, the consensus is that this was a
young LOWA.
Pine Warbler 1
Eastern Towhee 2
Scarlet Tanager 2
Northern Cardinal 12
Indigo Bunting 1
Common Grackle 4
Orchard Oriole 1 faint singing from across the reservoir
House Finch 2
American Goldfinch 2
House Sparrow 5

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37752806

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

On Sat, 24 Jun 2017, Derek C. Richardson wrote:

> Yesterday morning in the light rain at Rocky George Reservoir (PG County) I
> saw a small warbler-like bird in the dark understory from fairly close range
> (but without binoculars). The most obvious characteristic was a continuous
> pumping of the tail. From the side the bird appeared to have a light-colored
> horizontal wing patch, or at least the marking was in line with the folded
> wing. Otherwise dark above, light below, with streaking on the chest,
> possibly centrally concentrated. I did get a recording of its sharp chip
> notes, which can be heard at the link below (along with my commentary --
> sorry!).
>
> https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B4ydPV5gjmOjNHJyV2tCSWhvM3c
>
> I'd be grateful for any thoughts on the ID of this bird!
>
> -Derek

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Date: 6/25/17 9:08 am
From: john pangborn <pangborn.john19...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Blue Mash Nature Trail -- Jun 25, 2017
7:50 AM
Traveling
2.85 miles
190 minutes
All birds reported? Yes
Comments:

1 Wood Duck
15 Mallard
1 Green Heron
13 Killdeer
9 Mourning Dove
2 Red-bellied Woodpecker
1 Eastern Kingbird
2 American Crow
5 Tufted Titmouse
3 House Wren
2 Carolina Wren
4 Eastern Bluebird
2 Wood Thrush
4 American Robin
4 Gray Catbird
36 European Starling
2 Worm-eating Warbler
2 Common Yellowthroat
2 Yellow-breasted Chat
3 Field Sparrow
1 Song Sparrow
3 Eastern Towhee
3 Scarlet Tanager
5 Northern Cardinal
2 Indigo Bunting
4 Red-winged Blackbird
1 Orchard Oriole

Number of Taxa: 27
John pangborn
Gaithersburg md

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Date: 6/25/17 5:15 am
From: Clayton Koonce <cg.koonce...>
Subject: [MDBirding] new eBird hotspot in Howard County: Daedalus Pond

The pond is next to the Daedalus Books and Music Warehouse and Outlet on Gerwig Lane in Columbia. I recently submitted it for hotspot status, and it was approved. If you have done lists at this location, please consider merging them with the new hotspot. (See note on parking below.)

Here is the current overview on eBird:


http://ebird.org/ebird/hotspot/L4716866


And my Flickr album showing habitat and fauna at Daedalus Pond:


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


Parking:

The pond is not visible from the main customer parking lot for Daedalus. I usually park there and walk along the edge of the corporate parking lot beside the warehouse down to the south end of the pond where the best view is available. On weekends -- and maybe on week days -- I sometimes park in the corporate lot closer to the south end if I'm not going into the outlet. Tractor-trailer rigs pull into that lot to get to the warehouse loading docks, but I have not seen them that often.

The eBird reviewer asked me about public access before approving. It's not posted no trespassing, and I have not had any problems in over a year of looking at the pond. Sometimes, warehouse employees are using the picnic tables provided for them near the south end. It is a stormwater management pond, probably maintained by the county.


Clayton Koonce
Columbia, MD
member, Howard County Bird Club

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Date: 6/25/17 4:56 am
From: Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Aquasco Farm Dickcissels
Several can be heard in second big field just beyond beagle training house.
Got distant photo of one. Thank you Dave and Jack for info.

Aquasco Farm, Patuxent River Park, PG County.
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