mdbirding
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3/24/19 1:49 pm JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> [MDBirding] [FR] Best Bike Ride birds today
3/24/19 1:25 pm Lacey N. Dunham <lacey.n.dunham...> [MDBirding] Black-crowned Night-herons at Georgetown Waterfront
3/24/19 9:59 am Robert McLean <tmclean1090...> [MDBirding] Pine Siskins at Torrey C. Brown Rail Trail--Ashland (Balt Co)
3/24/19 5:17 am Barbara Johnson <barbarajohnson222...> [MDBirding] 72nd annual Maryland Ornithological Society Convention open for registration
3/23/19 7:08 pm SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...> [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Saturday, March 23, 2019 187 Raptors
3/23/19 2:50 pm Patricia Wood <pwood...> [MDBirding] Lake Artemesia (PG Co.) Horned Grebe & Common Loon
3/23/19 10:48 am Les R Becker <lesrbecker2...> [MDBirding] Osprey at North Beach
3/22/19 6:24 pm SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...> [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Friday, March 22, 2019 123 Raptors
3/22/19 11:06 am Pat <pvaldata1...> [MDBirding] Laughing Gulls are back
3/22/19 6:52 am Coco Garrett <froglipp...> [MDBirding] Re: [md-smas] OSPREY ARRIVAL
3/21/19 5:08 pm 'Carol McClelland' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Field Guides Colorado,Grouse trip for two
3/20/19 9:16 pm SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...> [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Wednesday, March 20, 2019 79 Raptors
3/20/19 3:14 pm David Gibson <20cabot...> [MDBirding] Migrating Canada Geese, leucism and albinism, and photographing and recording birds
3/20/19 10:31 am Harry Armistead <harryarmistead...> [MDBirding] Ferry Neck, Blackwater, routes north, March 14-18, 2019 + some O.T. drivel.
3/20/19 9:48 am 'Fred Shaffer' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Common Raven over Schoolhouse Pond
3/20/19 8:03 am Lydia Schindler <lydia13621...> [MDBirding] DC Area, 3/19/2019
3/20/19 7:55 am Jim Rapp <dlitedirector...> [MDBirding] MOS Convention, May 31-June 2: field trip leaders needed
3/19/19 7:30 pm SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...> [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Tuesday, March 19, 2019 114 Raptors
3/19/19 10:52 am Mark Rositol <mrositol510...> [MDBirding] Re: female Black Scoter continues at Violette's Lock, Potomac R.
3/19/19 7:08 am Tim Carney <timmyc83...> [MDBirding] Swan Creek Birdwalk - Saturday, April 13
3/19/19 7:02 am Tim Carney <timmyc83...> [MDBirding] Masonville Cove - temporary loss of access
3/19/19 6:34 am 'Marcy Stutzman' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Wilson's Snipe at Oxbow Lake
3/19/19 6:00 am Marcia Watson <marshwren50...> Re: [MDBirding] Large flocks of Gulls surface-feeding offshore?
3/19/19 5:56 am <robben99...> [MDBirding] Large flocks of Gulls surface-feeding offshore?
3/19/19 5:54 am Joe Hanfman <auk1844...> [MDBirding] Gulls at Port Deposit
3/19/19 4:30 am Max Wilson <max.wilson...> [MDBirding] female Black Scoter continues at Violette's Lock, Potomac R.
3/19/19 4:20 am 'Clayton Koonce' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Re: Thrush in Bethesda backyard
3/19/19 4:18 am 'Clayton Koonce' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Re: Thrush in Bethesda backyard
3/18/19 6:10 pm Andy Martin <apmartin2...> [MDBirding] female Black Scoter continues at Violette's Lock, Potomac R.
3/18/19 5:22 pm Mark Rositol <mrositol510...> [MDBirding] Re: Red-necked Grebe at Fort Washington Park (PG County)
3/18/19 4:45 pm ljeannebowmans via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] FOS Osprey
3/18/19 2:50 pm Jan Braumuller <janbraumuller...> [MDBirding] Palisades DC: Osprey
3/18/19 12:37 pm Mark Rositol <mrositol510...> [MDBirding] Red-necked Grebe at Fort Washington Park (PG County)
3/18/19 12:36 pm Dona Patrick <waxwing...> Re: [MDBirding] Thrush in Bethesda backyard
3/18/19 12:22 pm Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4...> Re: [MDBirding] Thrush in Bethesda backyard
3/18/19 12:20 pm Dona Patrick <waxwing...> [MDBirding] Thrush in Bethesda backyard
3/18/19 11:01 am john pangborn <pangborn.john19...> [MDBirding] Blue Mash Nature Trail -- Mar 18, 2019
3/18/19 10:28 am 'Susan Hunt' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Canvasback at Wheaton
3/18/19 10:21 am 'John Canoles' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> RE: [MDBirding] FOS Osprey
3/18/19 8:44 am Mike Milligan <mike.milligan...> Re: [MDBirding] FOS Osprey
3/18/19 8:37 am Gregory Luce <gluce727...> [MDBirding] FOS Osprey
3/18/19 7:09 am <lisawilcoxdeyo...> [MDBirding] Red-headed woodpecker at Sycamore Landing
3/17/19 7:44 pm <weinbergeric1...> [MDBirding] Re: Canvasback continues at Wheaton Regional Park lake
3/17/19 7:11 pm SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...> [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Sunday, March 17, 2019 63 Raptors
3/17/19 1:02 pm JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> [MDBirding] Flown the coop: Last whooping crane from 50-year-old breeding program leaves Maryland's Patuxent refuge
3/17/19 11:36 am Phil Davis <pdavis...> Re: [MDBirding] Season High Purple Finch
3/17/19 9:11 am Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...> [MDBirding] Canvasback continues at Wheaton Regional Park lake
3/16/19 6:55 pm SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...> [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Saturday, March 16, 2019 62 Raptors
3/16/19 1:50 pm 'Marcy Stutzman' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Re: Oxbow Lake Field Trip, Satuday, 3/16/19
3/16/19 7:45 am Jon Barrett <jonbarrettphoto...> RE: [MDBirding] Ruby-throated migration map is kaput
3/16/19 6:27 am Sean McGuinn <captainamerica23...> [MDBirding] Season High Purple Finch
3/15/19 7:54 pm Jim Wilkinson <lakekoshare...> [MDBirding] Purple Finch in east Columbia, Howard County on March 15
3/15/19 7:26 pm SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...> [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Friday, March 12, 2019 382 Raptors
3/15/19 3:04 pm JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> [MDBirding] Ruby-throated migration map for 2019
3/15/19 2:50 pm David Gibson <20cabot...> Re: [MDBirding] Ruby-throated migration map is kaput
3/15/19 2:43 pm Jon Barrett <jonbarrettphoto...> RE: [MDBirding] Ruby-throated migration map is kaput
3/15/19 2:26 pm Pat <pvaldata1...> Re: [MDBirding] Ruby-throated migration map is kaput
3/15/19 12:59 pm JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> [MDBirding] Ruby-throated migration map is kaput
3/15/19 12:06 pm Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...> [MDBirding] Hawks on the move
3/15/19 8:37 am Jim Green <jkgbirdman53...> [MDBirding] Thursday afternoon bird walk (Montgomery County)
3/15/19 4:21 am scott bates <fennecfox1947...> [MDBirding] Re: Woodcocks - Frederick County
3/14/19 8:20 pm SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...> [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Thursday, March 14, 2019 139 Raptors
3/14/19 6:27 pm 'Elda Banks' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] Kent island snowy owl
3/14/19 5:48 pm David Powell <seneca.ranger...> [MDBirding] Woodcocks - Frederick County
3/14/19 5:09 pm 'Eric Kershner' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] Re: Sharpie seems to be using my window to hunt.
3/14/19 4:57 pm JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> Re: [MDBirding] Re: Sharpie seems to be using my window to hunt.
3/14/19 2:01 pm 'MikeBowen' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Re: Riley’s Lock 11:45–1:15
3/14/19 1:52 pm Warblerick <ricksussman1955...> [MDBirding] Riley’s Lock 11:45–1:15
3/14/19 1:44 pm Debbie Taylor <debrataylor11...> Re: [MDBirding] Kent island snowy owl
3/14/19 12:06 pm Jan Braumuller <janbraumuller...> [MDBirding] Riley’s Lock 11:45–1:15
3/14/19 11:02 am Georgia McDonald <gmcdonald1501...> Re: [MDBirding] Kent island snowy owl
3/14/19 10:57 am Steve Long <steve.long4...> Re: [MDBirding] Re: Sharpie seems to be using my window to hunt.
3/14/19 10:47 am 'Jim Nelson' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] FOY Pine Warbler in Bethesda Yard
3/14/19 10:04 am Janet Millenson <janet...> Re: [MDBirding] Riley’s Lock Birds?
3/14/19 8:55 am pbudde <pbudde...> Re: [MDBirding] Riley’s Lock Birds?
3/14/19 7:45 am 'Elda Banks' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Has any one seen the snowy owl on Kent Narrows area ? Elda Banks Silver Spring,
3/14/19 7:43 am 'Elda Banks' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] Kent island snowy owl
3/14/19 7:29 am Jan Braumuller <janbraumuller...> [MDBirding] Riley’s Lock Birds?
3/14/19 7:17 am Leonard Bisson <lbisson...> [MDBirding] FOS Tree Swallow
3/14/19 6:38 am Kevin Graff <keyweststyle2001...> [MDBirding] Hart-Miller Island, 03/13/19
3/13/19 9:48 pm Marcia Watson <marshwren50...> Re: [MDBirding] Bethel WMA - Cecil County
3/13/19 9:44 pm Marcia Watson <marshwren50...> [MDBirding] Bethel WMA - Cecil County
3/13/19 9:39 pm JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> Re: [MDBirding] Re: Sharpie seems to be using my window to hunt.
3/13/19 9:27 pm JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> Re: [MDBirding] Tundra Swans on the move
3/13/19 8:57 pm 'Stephen J. Davies' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Tundra Swans on the move
3/13/19 7:58 pm SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...> [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Wednesday, March 13, 2019 270 Raptors
3/13/19 6:35 pm <beth...> [MDBirding] Re: Sharpie seems to be using my window to hunt.
3/13/19 6:35 pm Hugh David Fleischmann <huey122663...> [MDBirding] Woodcocks in White Marsh
3/13/19 5:47 pm Jim Green <jkgbirdman53...> [MDBirding] Tuesday afternoon bird walk
3/13/19 4:57 pm Patricia Valdata <pvaldata1...> [MDBirding] FOS Ospreys: Somerset County
3/13/19 2:57 pm Warblerick <ricksussman1955...> [MDBirding] Re: Canada Goose flyout NOW
3/13/19 2:26 pm Jacob Hall <jacob.s.hall...> [MDBirding] Re: Canada Goose flyout NOW
3/13/19 7:59 am David Gibson <20cabot...> [MDBirding] Early nesters, eagle hatchlings, and learning birdsong
3/13/19 6:56 am Warblerick <ricksussman1955...> Re: [MDBirding] Canada Goose flyout NOW
3/13/19 6:46 am Daniel Rauch <danrauch11...> Re: [MDBirding] Canada Goose flyout NOW
3/13/19 6:38 am Matt Hafner <hafner.matt...> Re: [MDBirding] Canada Goose flyout NOW
3/13/19 6:26 am Hugh McGuinness <hdmcguinness...> [MDBirding] Canada Goose flyout NOW
3/12/19 7:35 pm SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...> [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Tuesday, March 12, 2019 148 Raptors
3/12/19 7:34 pm <wbell2...> [MDBirding] YMOS BIRDATHON
3/12/19 3:04 pm Art Drauglis <lwsyrup...> Re: [MDBirding] Kent island snowy owl
3/12/19 3:03 pm Art Drauglis <lwsyrup...> [MDBirding] Somerset County
3/12/19 2:04 pm Pat <pvaldata1...> [MDBirding] Hormonal Buffleheads
3/12/19 1:49 pm <lisawilcoxdeyo...> [MDBirding] A good reason not to leaf blow
3/12/19 1:36 pm James Wilson <birdmanjfw...> [MDBirding] Birding Disclaimer
3/12/19 1:33 pm Bobbi <b.reichwein...> [MDBirding] Osprey sighting
3/12/19 1:25 pm JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> [MDBirding] [FR] Juve & adult Red-shoulders
3/12/19 11:18 am Lydia Schindler <lydia13621...> [MDBirding] DC Area, 3/12/2019
3/12/19 8:05 am Mark Rositol <mrositol510...> [MDBirding] Re: eBird gadget and mid-Atlantic rarity pages down
3/12/19 7:22 am 'Marcy Stutzman' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Re: eBird gadget and mid-Atlantic rarity pages down
3/12/19 7:16 am Jared Fisher <jaredfisher...> [MDBirding] eBird gadget and mid-Atlantic rarity pages down
3/12/19 6:20 am Ann Coren <anncoren...> [MDBirding] A good reason not to leaf blow
3/11/19 7:00 pm Andy Martin <apmartin2...> [MDBirding] Am. Woodcocks at Sycamore Landing Rd, MoCo
3/11/19 6:16 pm SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...> [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Monday, March 11, 2019 115 Raptors
3/11/19 4:51 pm <lisawilcoxdeyo...> [MDBirding] A good reason not to leaf blow
3/11/19 1:31 pm JimC <wetstuff...> [MDBirding] Re: Ospreys are back!
3/11/19 12:40 pm 'MikeBowen' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Re: Eared Grebe at Riley's Lock, Montgomery County
3/11/19 10:33 am 'MikeBowen' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Eared Grebe at Riley's Lock, Montgomery County
3/11/19 7:26 am Joe Hanfman <auk1844...> [MDBirding] Somerset County
3/11/19 6:56 am Nancy Law <help4elephants...> [MDBirding] Ospreys are back!
3/11/19 6:55 am 'Marcy Stutzman' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Oxbow Lake Field Trip, Satuday, 3/16/19
3/10/19 6:06 pm SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...> [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Sunday, March 10, 2019 58 Raptors
3/10/19 5:26 pm 'Fred Shaffer' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Iceland Gull at Kent Narrows
3/10/19 11:18 am 'Jim Nelson' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] Kent island snowy owl
3/10/19 9:13 am Craig C <craiciao50...> [MDBirding] white-headed Canvasback...
3/10/19 9:03 am 'Michel Cavigelli' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] Re: Kent island snowy owl
3/10/19 8:27 am Amy Brown <aebrown0114...> [MDBirding] Re: Kent island snowy owl
3/10/19 7:46 am 'michel.cavigelli' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Kent island snowy owl
3/10/19 5:53 am Joe Hanfman <auk1844...> [MDBirding] Evening Grosbeaks Montgomery
3/9/19 7:37 pm SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...> [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Friday, March 8, 2019 3 Raptors
3/9/19 1:23 pm missy Placed <9nationals...> Re: [MDBirding] Re: Sharpie seems to be using my window to hunt.
3/9/19 11:57 am Kathryn Davis <kedavis4...> [MDBirding] Rock Wren in St Mary's County
3/9/19 8:06 am <lauren.goodsmith...> [MDBirding] Re: Sharpie seems to be using my window to hunt.
3/8/19 3:47 pm JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> [MDBirding] Re: Pine Siskin too plus suet eating Bluebirds
3/8/19 12:59 pm JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> [MDBirding] Pine Siskin too plus suet eating Bluebirds
3/8/19 9:23 am Pat <pvaldata1...> [MDBirding] Pine Siskin returned
3/8/19 8:31 am Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...> [MDBirding] Two firsts of year...
3/7/19 7:50 pm SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...> [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Thursday, March 7, 2019 70 Raptors - 2 Ospreys
3/7/19 7:30 pm SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...> [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Wednesday, March 6, 2019 44 Raptors
3/7/19 1:06 pm guineabird via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] RFI -- wetland at Fort McHenry
3/7/19 12:41 pm David Gibson <20cabot...> [MDBirding] VA birds and MD Birds
3/7/19 10:21 am Marcia Watson <marshwren50...> Re: [MDBirding] RFI -- wetland at Fort McHenry
3/7/19 9:29 am Howard Wu <howiewu1...> [MDBirding] RFI -- wetland at Fort McHenry
3/7/19 7:18 am Andy Wilson <awilson.gettysburg...> [MDBirding] New eBird hotspot Mason Dixon Farm Pond, Frederick
3/7/19 2:23 am Phil Davis <pdavis...> [MDBirding] Maryland Varied Thrush reports and records (long)
3/6/19 9:36 am 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] St. Mary's County Rock Wren
3/6/19 6:35 am Tim Houghton <timhoughton...> [MDBirding] woodcocks at Home Depot?
3/6/19 4:38 am Joe Hanfman <auk1844...> [MDBirding] Sandhill Crane - Washington County
3/5/19 9:32 pm Marcia Watson <marshwren50...> Re: [MDBirding] Fwd: DC Area, 3/5/2019
3/5/19 8:25 pm JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> Re: [MDBirding] Fwd: DC Area, 3/5/2019
3/5/19 7:52 pm JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> Re: [MDBirding] Fwd: DC Area, 3/5/2019
3/5/19 6:11 pm 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] Fwd: DC Area, 3/5/2019
3/5/19 5:29 pm SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...> [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Tuesday, March 5, 2019 10 Raptors
3/5/19 3:33 pm Lydia Schindler <lydia13621...> [MDBirding] Fwd: DC Area, 3/5/2019
3/5/19 7:19 am Suzanne Richman <suzanne_richman...> [MDBirding] Pine Siskin?
3/5/19 6:49 am Mary Maxey <maximom11998...> Re: [MDBirding] Sharpie seems to be using my window to hunt.
3/4/19 7:54 pm SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...> [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Monday, March 4, 2019 32 Raptors
3/4/19 5:07 pm Jan Braumuller <janbraumuller...> [MDBirding] Common Ravens in DC
3/4/19 8:12 am Maryanne Dolan <maryanne.dolan...> [MDBirding] MOS Treasurer Position Available
3/4/19 5:53 am Peter Lev <plev...> [MDBirding] Madagascar lecture
3/4/19 5:04 am Dave Roberts <ddroberts50...> [MDBirding] Re: Evening grosbeaks at Riley's lock
3/3/19 12:38 pm Bobbi <b.reichwein...> [MDBirding] Re: The Varied Thrush and Risk of Window Glass
3/3/19 12:03 pm Harry Armistead <harryarmistead...> [MDBirding] Elliott Island Road, Blackwater, Ferry Neck & points north, February 22-28, 2019.
3/3/19 9:59 am Kurt Schwarz <krschwa1...> [MDBirding] The Varied Thrush and Risk of Window Glass
3/3/19 9:35 am Derek C. Richardson <dcr...> Re: [MDBirding] Sharpie seems to be using my window to hunt.
3/3/19 9:24 am Matthew Felperin <mattyfelp...> Re: [MDBirding] Sharpie seems to be using my window to hunt.
3/3/19 9:06 am Steve Long <steve.long4...> [MDBirding] Sharpie seems to be using my window to hunt.
3/3/19 6:07 am Evelyn Ralston <evelynsralston...> [MDBirding] Red-throated Loon continues at Violette’s Lock Mo Co
3/2/19 5:12 pm 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Common Merganser in St. Mary's County
3/2/19 4:52 pm James Wilson <birdmanjfw...> [MDBirding] Red-breasted Nuthatch
3/2/19 8:59 am Patricia Valdata <pvaldata1...> [MDBirding] Tundra Swans
3/2/19 7:33 am Frank Witebsky <fwitebsky...> [MDBirding] Re: St. Mary's Varied Thrush
3/1/19 8:34 pm Lynne Parks <v.lynneparks...> [MDBirding] Re: St. Mary's Varied Thrush
3/1/19 6:33 pm 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] Re: St. Mary's Varied Thrush
3/1/19 5:37 pm Peter Givan <pdgiv73...> [MDBirding] Northern Gannets
3/1/19 4:36 pm wales2012 <wales2012...> Re: [MDBirding] Re: St. Mary's Varied Thrush
3/1/19 3:42 pm drgngem K <drgngems2013...> [MDBirding] Balto County photo surprise
3/1/19 3:40 pm drgngem K <drgngems2013...> [MDBirding] Photo surprise
3/1/19 3:27 pm Eugene J. Scarpulla <ejscarp...> [MDBirding] Red-necked Grebe Injury
3/1/19 3:04 pm Warblerick <ricksussman1955...> Re: [MDBirding] Re: St. Mary's Varied Thrush
3/1/19 1:15 pm Bsykes <mybyrdz5...> [MDBirding] Re: Tundra Swans, Somerset Co.
3/1/19 1:03 pm Bsykes <mybyrdz5...> [MDBirding] N. Anne Arundel cty Eagle Nests
3/1/19 12:34 pm 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] St. Mary's Varied Thrush
3/1/19 12:31 pm Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4...> Re: [MDBirding] Digest for - 16 updates in 5topics
3/1/19 12:26 pm Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...> Re: [MDBirding] St. Mary's Varied Thrush
3/1/19 12:23 pm 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] St. Mary's Varied Thrush
3/1/19 10:23 am George Jett <gmjett...> RE: Juncos at the Nyjer, was: RE: [MDBirding] Digest for - 16 updates in 5topics
3/1/19 9:27 am Edward Boyd <edboyd59...> [MDBirding] First of spring Fox Sparrow
3/1/19 9:22 am Jon Barrett <jonbarrettphoto...> Re: Juncos at the Nyjer, was: RE: [MDBirding] Digest for - 16 updates in 5topics
3/1/19 9:05 am Andrew McGann <andrew.mcgann...> Re: [MDBirding] Digest for - 16 updates in 5topics
3/1/19 8:57 am Sabrina Walters <amazingphotoletters...> Re: [MDBirding] Digest for - 16 updates in 5topics
3/1/19 8:48 am Wen Lin <wensyilin...> Re: [MDBirding] Digest for - 16 updates in 5topics
3/1/19 8:44 am John Filigenzi <jjfiligenzi...> Re: [MDBirding] Digest for - 16 updates in 5topics
3/1/19 7:59 am Jay W <jbw1646...> RE: [MDBirding] Digest for - 16 updates in 5topics
3/1/19 7:56 am Derek C. Richardson <dcr...> RE: [MDBirding] Digest for - 16 updates in 5topics
3/1/19 6:50 am Andy Wilson <awilson.gettysburg...> [MDBirding] snowbirding Emmitsburg, Frederick
3/1/19 6:35 am David Gibson <20cabot...> [MDBirding] We just lost a giant in the world of birding and bird conservation, Dr. Tom Cade.
2/28/19 8:02 pm SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...> [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Thursday, February 28, 2019 32 Raptors
2/28/19 5:54 pm Kevin Graff <keyweststyle2001...> [MDBirding] Hart-Miller Island, 02/28/19
2/28/19 5:38 pm Patrick Malone <pmalone...> [MDBirding] eagle nest action on the Potomac today
2/28/19 3:16 pm Wen Lin <wensyilin...> Re: [MDBirding] Re: Red-necked Grebe
2/28/19 2:47 pm Mark Johnson <mj3151...> Re: [MDBirding] Re: Red-necked Grebe
2/28/19 12:55 pm Wen Lin <wensyilin...> Re: [MDBirding] Re: Red-necked Grebe
2/28/19 10:06 am George Wallace <gwallace7490...> RE: [MDBirding] Re: Red-necked Grebe
2/28/19 9:53 am 'Marcy Stutzman' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] American Woodcock
2/28/19 9:04 am Marcia Watson <marshwren50...> Re: [MDBirding] American Woodcock
2/28/19 8:56 am Wen Lin <wensyilin...> [MDBirding] Re: Red-necked Grebe
2/28/19 8:13 am 'Marcy Stutzman' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Re: American Woodcock
2/28/19 7:46 am Wen Lin <wensyilin...> [MDBirding] Re: Red-necked Grebe
2/28/19 7:36 am 'Marcy Stutzman' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] American Woodcock
2/28/19 7:16 am Wen Lin <wensyilin...> [MDBirding] Re: Red-necked Grebe
2/28/19 7:11 am Wen Lin <wensyilin...> [MDBirding] Re: Red-necked Grebe
2/28/19 4:29 am Steve Brynes <sbrynes...> [MDBirding] Re: Red-necked Grebe
2/27/19 7:51 pm SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...> [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Hawkwatch
2/27/19 12:56 pm Frank Witebsky <fwitebsky...> [MDBirding] Re: Red-necked Grebe
2/27/19 11:30 am Jim Nelson <kingfishers2...> [MDBirding] Study on Song Learning in Zebra Finch
2/27/19 10:42 am JimC <jimcancil...> [MDBirding] Re: Its on- geese are heading north
2/27/19 3:08 am James Wilson <birdmanjfw...> [MDBirding] Re: Red-necked Grebe
2/26/19 3:41 pm jugbayjs <jugbayjs...> [MDBirding] Its on- geese are heading north
2/26/19 2:45 pm JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> Re: [MDBirding] Possible Northern Goshawk in Frederick County
2/26/19 1:30 pm Lydia Schindler <lydia13621...> [MDBirding] DC Area, 2/26/2019
2/26/19 12:44 pm Steve Brynes <sbrynes...> [MDBirding] Re: Red-necked Grebe
2/26/19 12:05 pm <gwallace7490...> [MDBirding] Re: Red-necked Grebe
2/26/19 12:04 pm Matthew Felperin <mattyfelp...> Re: [MDBirding] Red-necked Grebe
2/26/19 11:44 am Steve Brynes <sbrynes...> [MDBirding] Red-necked Grebe
2/26/19 11:20 am 'John Canoles' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Woodcock Baltimore Co
2/26/19 9:14 am Pat <pvaldata1...> [MDBirding] Spring migration?
2/26/19 6:31 am 'Mike Bowen' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] query re Charles County MD birding spots
2/26/19 6:14 am Patrick Malone <pmalone...> [MDBirding] query re Charles County MD birding spots
2/25/19 4:15 pm Nicole M <wales2012...> [MDBirding] Snow Geese in Eldersburg
2/25/19 1:34 pm Ann Hobbs <hobbs_ann...> [MDBirding] Common goldeneye at MLK Recreational Park, MoCo
2/25/19 11:47 am Steve Ferendo, Frederick, MD <stevefinmd...> [MDBirding] Possible Northern Goshawk in Frederick County
2/25/19 9:16 am 'Marcy Stutzman' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] eBird Hotspot: Patuxent River SP--Annapolis Rock Rd
2/25/19 7:54 am Joe Hanfman <auk1844...> [MDBirding] Ross’s Geese - Garrett
2/25/19 7:02 am Sabrina Walters <amazingphotoletters...> [MDBirding] Re: Red-necked Grebe at North Point
2/24/19 6:55 pm 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] Re: four "normal" species are now flagged in eBird
2/24/19 11:20 am Andy Martin <apmartin2...> [MDBirding] Re: Evening grosbeaks at Riley's lock
2/24/19 10:56 am 'Marta Wagner' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Re: Red-necked Grebe Darnestown Ponds Lake Inspiration
2/24/19 10:26 am Steve Brynes <sbrynes...> [MDBirding] Re: Red-necked Grebe Darnestown Ponds Lake Inspiration
2/24/19 8:06 am Steve Brynes <sbrynes...> [MDBirding] Re: Red-necked Grebe Darnestown Ponds Lake Inspiration
2/24/19 4:08 am Tim Carney <timmyc83...> [MDBirding] Re: four "normal" species are now flagged in eBird
2/23/19 8:03 pm Jim Wilkinson <lakekoshare...> [MDBirding] Re: four "normal" species are now flagged in eBird
2/23/19 12:13 pm Rick Borchelt <rborchelt...> Re: [MDBirding] Re: Red-necked Grebe Darnestown Ponds Lake Inspiration
2/23/19 11:56 am Max Wilson <max.wilson...> Re: [MDBirding] Re: Red-necked Grebe Darnestown Ponds Lake Inspiration
2/23/19 11:24 am Ed Vigezzi <ed.vigezzi...> Re: [MDBirding] Re: Red-necked Grebe Darnestown Ponds Lake Inspiration
2/23/19 10:45 am Tim Carney <timmyc83...> [MDBirding] Re: four "normal" species are now flagged in eBird
2/23/19 10:32 am Jim Wilkinson <lakekoshare...> [MDBirding] Re: four "normal" species are now flagged in eBird
2/23/19 8:54 am Steve Brynes <sbrynes...> [MDBirding] Re: Red-necked Grebe Darnestown Ponds Lake Inspiration
2/23/19 7:52 am john pangborn <pangborn.john19...> [MDBirding] Black Hill RP
2/23/19 7:48 am Derek C. Richardson <dcr...> [MDBirding] new feeder bird (West Laurel PG County)
2/23/19 7:24 am Rick Borchelt <rborchelt...> Re: [MDBirding] Re: Red-necked Grebe Darnestown Ponds Lake Inspiration
2/23/19 6:55 am Marcia Watson <marshwren50...> [MDBirding] Glaucous Gull Ocean City
2/23/19 6:27 am Dave Roberts <ddroberts50...> [MDBirding] Evening grosbeaks at Riley's lock
2/22/19 4:18 pm Andy Martin <apmartin2...> [MDBirding] Re: Red-necked Grebe Darnestown Ponds Lake Inspiration
2/22/19 4:07 pm Andy Martin <apmartin2...> [MDBirding] Re: Red-necked Grebe Darnestown Ponds Lake Inspiration
2/22/19 8:55 am Orietta <orietta.candela...> [MDBirding] Red-necked Grebe Darnestown Ponds Lake Inspiration
2/22/19 7:17 am Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4...> [MDBirding] OC Glaucous yes
 
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Date: 3/24/19 1:49 pm
From: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...>
Subject: [MDBirding] [FR] Best Bike Ride birds today
Just what you'd expect...

Among others enjoying the warm weather were many singing Song Sparrows
and E Phoebe's.

A pair of C Mergs flushed from the creek at the Bennies Hill Rd bridge.

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

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Date: 3/24/19 1:25 pm
From: Lacey N. Dunham <lacey.n.dunham...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Black-crowned Night-herons at Georgetown Waterfront
I was on the Georgetown DC waterfront this afternoon where there were
easily 25-30 adult BCNH at the western-most side of the waterfront, hanging
out in the trees and shrubbery just before you get to the boathouse and Key
Bridge. Counted what I could definitively identify without bins, as I was
on a run. A nice surprise!
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Date: 3/24/19 9:59 am
From: Robert McLean <tmclean1090...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Pine Siskins at Torrey C. Brown Rail Trail--Ashland (Balt Co)
I had a couple of Pine Siskins singing at
the Torrey C. Brown trail. The trail is south of Paper Mill Road. Starting
from Paper Mill Road at the bike crossing area, walk south to the small
parking area about less than 1/2 of a mile away.The birds were in that
general area and about100 yards north.

Ebird checklist is below.

Google birding!

Taylor McLean
Towson MD


Torrey C. Brown Rail Trail--Ashland
Mar 24, 2019
10:20 AM
Traveling
0.65 miles
40 minutes
All birds reported? Yes
Comments:

2 Canada Goose
2 Mallard
5 Green-winged Teal
2 Mourning Dove
1 Red-shouldered Hawk
2 Red-bellied Woodpecker
1 Downy Woodpecker (Eastern)
1 Northern Flicker
1 Blue Jay
1 American Crow
3 Carolina Chickadee
1 Tufted Titmouse
3 White-breasted Nuthatch
2 Carolina Wren
1 Hermit Thrush
4 American Robin
2 House Finch
2 Pine Siskin -- Both heard, the first did the rising zzzeeee, the second
one was signing it's song (a rough goldfinch like song) and interspersed a
half hearted rising zzeeee twice
6 American Goldfinch
2 White-throated Sparrow
1 Song Sparrow
1 Red-winged Blackbird (Red-winged)
4 Northern Cardinal

Number of Taxa: 23

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Date: 3/24/19 5:17 am
From: Barbara Johnson <barbarajohnson222...>
Subject: [MDBirding] 72nd annual Maryland Ornithological Society Convention open for registration
http://www.mosconvention.org/

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Date: 3/23/19 7:08 pm
From: SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Saturday, March 23, 2019 187 Raptors
Fort Smallwood Park
Pasadena, Maryland, USA

Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 23, 2019

Species

Day's Count

Month Total

Season Total

Black Vulture

17

113

117

Turkey Vulture

144

1562

1599

Osprey

13

45

45

Bald Eagle

6

26

30

Northern Harrier

0

2

2

Sharp-shinned Hawk

1

12

13

Cooper's Hawk

3

32

32

Northern Goshawk

0

0

0

Red-shouldered Hawk

0

65

65

Broad-winged Hawk

0

0

0

Red-tailed Hawk

0

29

35

Rough-legged Hawk

0

0

0

Golden Eagle

0

0

0

American Kestrel

1

4

4

Merlin

2

4

4

Peregrine Falcon

0

1

1

Unknown Accipiter

0

0

0

Unknown Buteo

0

0

0

Unknown Falcon

0

0

0

Unknown Eagle

0

0

0

Unknown Raptor

0

4

4

Total:

187

1899

1951


Start Time: 9:00 am Daylight Time

End Time: 2:00 pm

Duration: 5 hours

Official Counter: Chris Reed, Sue Ricciardi

Observers: Sue Ricciardi, Chris Reed, Dan Walker


Visitors:
Dave Griffith

Weather:
Sunny; a chilly 38-47 degrees; good visibility; winds again strong for
the second day in a row; out of the WNW 14-24 mph, gusting to 31 mph

Raptor Observations:
A good day for Ospreys

Non-raptor Observations:
Spring Peepers yesterday and today in spite of the cold and wind

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Date: 3/23/19 2:50 pm
From: Patricia Wood <pwood...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Lake Artemesia (PG Co.) Horned Grebe & Common Loon
No big groups of anything today, but still some nice birds, esp. the Horned Grebe and Common Loon, both in breeding plumage. An adult Bald Eagle circled overhead briefly, too. And two different people wanted to know "what is that?" about a Canvasback swimming near shore; always nice when people start being curious about birds!

Patricia Wood
Silver Spring

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Date: 3/23/19 10:48 am
From: Les R Becker <lesrbecker2...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Osprey at North Beach
Lisa,

Is that the platform off of the boardwalk behind the Waterpark?

TY

Les R Becker

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Date: 3/22/19 6:24 pm
From: SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Friday, March 22, 2019 123 Raptors
Fort Smallwood Park
Pasadena, Maryland, USA

Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 22, 2019

Species

Day's Count

Month Total

Season Total

Black Vulture

6

96

100

Turkey Vulture

107

1418

1455

Osprey

3

32

32

Bald Eagle

0

20

24

Northern Harrier

1

2

2

Sharp-shinned Hawk

0

11

12

Cooper's Hawk

3

29

29

Northern Goshawk

0

0

0

Red-shouldered Hawk

0

65

65

Broad-winged Hawk

0

0

0

Red-tailed Hawk

1

29

35

Rough-legged Hawk

0

0

0

Golden Eagle

0

0

0

American Kestrel

1

3

3

Merlin

1

2

2

Peregrine Falcon

0

1

1

Unknown Accipiter

0

0

0

Unknown Buteo

0

0

0

Unknown Falcon

0

0

0

Unknown Eagle

0

0

0

Unknown Raptor

0

4

4

Total:

123

1712

1764


Start Time: 9:00 am Daylight Time

End Time: 2:00 pm

Duration: 5 hours

Official Counter: Chris Reed, Sue Ricciardi

Observers: Sue Ricciardi, Chris Reed, Dan Walker


Visitors:
Ray Miskowski

Weather:
Mostly cloudy; 46-50 degrees; excellent visibility; winds very strong,
out of the WNW at first, then from the west, 20-28 mph, gusting to 36
mph.

Raptor Observations:
Mostly vultures were willing to brave the high winds, but there was a
nice variety.

Non-raptor Observations:

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Month Summary]

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

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Date: 3/22/19 11:06 am
From: Pat <pvaldata1...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Laughing Gulls are back
We had three Laughing Gulls bobbing up and down in the whitecaps this morning.Pat ValdataCrisfield, MDSent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone

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Date: 3/22/19 6:52 am
From: Coco Garrett <froglipp...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: [md-smas] OSPREY ARRIVAL
Osprey are on platform at North Beach waterfront.
Lisa Garrett
North Beach Md

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Date: 3/21/19 5:08 pm
From: 'Carol McClelland' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Field Guides Colorado,Grouse trip for two
Dates 4/13-23. Husband unwell. Two free spaces for whoever wants them. Call me at 301-275-5034.
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Date: 3/20/19 9:16 pm
From: SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Wednesday, March 20, 2019 79 Raptors
Fort Smallwood Park
Pasadena, Maryland, USA

Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 20, 2019

Species

Day's Count

Month Total

Season Total

Black Vulture

10

90

94

Turkey Vulture

69

1311

1348

Osprey

0

29

29

Bald Eagle

0

20

24

Northern Harrier

0

1

1

Sharp-shinned Hawk

0

11

12

Cooper's Hawk

0

26

26

Northern Goshawk

0

0

0

Red-shouldered Hawk

0

65

65

Broad-winged Hawk

0

0

0

Red-tailed Hawk

0

28

34

Rough-legged Hawk

0

0

0

Golden Eagle

0

0

0

American Kestrel

0

2

2

Merlin

0

1

1

Peregrine Falcon

0

1

1

Unknown Accipiter

0

0

0

Unknown Buteo

0

0

0

Unknown Falcon

0

0

0

Unknown Eagle

0

0

0

Unknown Raptor

0

4

4

Total:

79

1589

1641



Start Time: 9:15 am Daylight Time

End Time: 2:00 pm

Duration: 4 hours, 45 minutes

Official Counter: Sue Ricciardi

Observers: Chris Reed, Bob Rineer, Dan Walker, John Hoffman, Alan and
Sue Young

Weather:
Mostly cloudy in the form of a high overcast; 36-50 degrees; poor to
fair visibility; winds calm, then southeasterly, 0-7 mph

Raptor Observations:
Apparently only vultures wanted to fly today.

Non-raptor Observations:
Red-necked Grebe

Report submitted by Sue Ricciardi ( <susiericc...>)
More information at hawkcount.org: [ Site Profile] [ Day Summary] [
Month Summary]

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

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Date: 3/20/19 3:14 pm
From: David Gibson <20cabot...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Migrating Canada Geese, leucism and albinism, and photographing and recording birds
Hi MD birders, Here's my latest blog: https://birdpartner.com/2019/03/20/meanwhile-the-wild-geese/. I touch on Canada Geese, bird photography, hunting, leucism and albinism, and recording bird songs. There are also some neat photos and recordings. All the best!

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Date: 3/20/19 10:31 am
From: Harry Armistead <harryarmistead...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Ferry Neck, Blackwater, routes north, March 14-18, 2019 + some O.T. drivel.
FERRY NECK, BLACKWATER N.W.R., routes north (& O.T.: Bombay Hook N.W.R.), MARCH 14-18, 2019. and REALLY O.T., my dreams, old books.


MARCH 14, THURSDAY. Bombay Hook N.W.R., Delaware: 11-3 with Suze Segal and Dianne & Thos Leonards. Sunny and warm, low 60s, SW15+, lots of tidal mudflats exposed but with tide coming in. Mostly careless estimates for the most abundant stuff: tundra swan 200, shoveler 40, pintail 30, green-winged teal 700 (out on the tidal flats opposite Shearness Pool feeding in the mud like shorebirds), bald eagle 5, osprey 1, greater yellowlegs 8, dunlin 0, avocet 100, horned lark 1, tree swallow 4. common merganser 3, bufflehead 18. Canada goose 12, all paired off.


NON-AVIAN TAXA: big choruses of New Jersey chorus frogs, spring peepers, and wood frogs. As we leave Liz and I hear a pickerel frog. Thousands of tadpoles in the pond on the left as you go out the trail on the south side of Raymond Pool. Near there are 12 painted turtles and a northern red-belllied cooter, basking together. An unIDd smallish brownish-orange butterfly flutters by. Disappointing that the store at the Visitor Center ain’t no more.


On the way over to and down the Eastern Shore of Maryland: 160 tundra swans in a field c. 1 mi. west of Sudlersville and a bald eagle nest in a deciduous tree west of there about a mile and east of Route 301 on the north side of Route 300.


Arrive at Rigby’s Folly at 4:30. fair, 62-60, SW15-20, 59 degrees F. at 11:06 P.M. From the dock in Poplar Cove, 6:15-7:30 P.M.: canvasback 351 (a slow but steady flyout from up Irish Creek allowing an almost exact count), lesser scaup 2, osprey 1, bald eagle 1, horned grebe 21 (1 with a 2” fish), bufflehead 22, red-breasted merganser 7, common loon 1, Canada goose 40, tundra swan 28 (headed north), unIDd gull 3. It has dried up hardly at all, still something of a swamp.


MARCH 15, FRIDAY. mostly overcast, 58-70, SW15. 58 at 9:12 P.M. Sit out on the dock 9-1:30: horned grebe 23, sharp-shinned hawk 1, bald eagle 5, turkey vulture 18, black vulture 20, pine warbler 1 (MEA), common loon 1, red-tailed hawk 3, bufflehead 30, northern shoveler 2, American wigeon 2, ruddy duck 1, canvasback 36, Canada goose 2 (briefly on the osprey platform; ugh!), red-breasted merganser 3, great blue heron 3 (in migration), and hooded merganser 1.


Out at Lucy Point, 3-4, haze cuts in at about a mile distant, a few scoters, ruddy ducks, and buffleheads, 8 lesser scaup, 55 tundra swans, still no gannets. At BELLEVUE: ruddy duck 6, bufflehead 8, lesser scaup 2, common goldeneye 2, and at the nearby Berg-Greene pond a great blue heron, 2 Canada geese, a male bufflehead, and 2 mallards.


BIG choruses of spring peepers at The Pond, on the east sides of Fields 3 & 4, and next to Frog Hollow plus at several other spots farther east on Ferry Neck. Some New Jersey chorus frogs elsewhere. You go, froggies!


Also on the back 40 today: wild turkey 7, deer 4, cedar waxwing 9, another one of the those butterflies like the one we saw at Bombay Hook. Thirteen painted turtles basking in the vernal pool of Woods 4. 3 each of red-breasted and white-breasted nuthatches at the feed. Five gray squirrels, 2 of them “snowshoes variants” (for the uninitiated: normal grays but with white paws and legs, partially leucistic apparently).


The Bombay Hook crew (plus Earl Segal) visit, then we all have dinner in Easton at Out of the Fire. Strange selection of gins but my martini is fine anyway. My calimari and mussels are also right up there. Liz and I see five flashes of lightning off to the northwest on the way home.


MARCH 16, SATURDAY. Another splendid day of sittin’ around. fair or clear, NW20-15 (she breezin’ up right fair straight), 46-53, 50 degrees F. at 7:25 P.M. Sit out on the lawn edge overlooking Field 1 from 1-2:15. Not much but nice anyway: bald eagle 3, black vulture 5, turkey vulture 6, red-tailed hawk 2, red-shouldered hawk 1, osprey 1, canvasback 2, blue jay 13 (seems like a lot for here at this time of year), robin 6, bluebird 1, mockingbird 1, starling 2, ring-billed gull 1, tundra swan heard only, red-winged blackbird 2. That’s the complete list, such as it is.


Liz sees a harmless little golden-crowned kinglet in the yard. An adult bald eagle perches on our osprey platform. gray squirrel 5, eastern cottontail 1, and just one painted turtle in Woods 4 on this rather cool day.


BELLEVUE, 7:10 P.M.: ruddy duck 80, horned grebe 1, canvasback 4, redhead 4, bufflehead 40, and lesser scaup 20 plus 3 deer. Same complement of birds at the Berg-Greene pond as yesterday.


At 7:16 P.M. there is a group of 48 deer (!) in Field 4 plus 4 others simultaneously in Field 5 for a record property total of 52. Far as I can tell all are does. Three more at Campers.


MARCH 17, SUNDAY. clear, near calm or south 5+, 34-47. In Poplar Cove: horned grebe 14, common loon 1, bufflehead 7. Five hulking black vultures flush off the garage roof at 2 P.M.; I don’t know wether to laugh or cry.


LUCY POINT, at its near best, 5:30-7:15 P.M., SW5 then dead (and I mean dead) calm, visibility excellent, 58 going down to a cool 40, clear:


surf scoter 2,100, herring gull 95 (some regularly diving at scoters, to no effect, or, avail), tundra swan 29, horned grebe 30 (several with minnows), Canada goose 1 (!!), bufflehead 200, ruddy duck 30, red-breasted merganser 26, common loon 1, osprey 1, double-crested cormorant 32 (migrating in configurations of 23, 1 and 8), redhead 2, and great blue heron 2.


Two great ships head down the Bay. One boat. No gannets, lesser scaup or canvasbacks. Field 1 dry enough to drive across but I walk it anyway. Sunset … a beauty. An adult bald eagle puts in a long sit on the osprey platform again.


Don’t get me wrong. The morning spent at BLACKWATER N.W.R. with Liz, Suze, Thos, and Dianne. Chilly beginning, 27 rising to 45, clear, calm then NW10-15, a little skim ice, tidal waters low, fresh waters continue high. Crystal clear. A gem. 7:30 - 12:30. Only 40 species but a great morning anyway. Complete list (a few seen elsewhere, such as in Cambridge or Egypt Road):


snow goose 1. Canada goose 40. tundra swan 160. gadwall 16. mallard 30. northern shoveler 250. northern pintail 1 male. green-winged teal 55. ring-necked duck 10. AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN 50 (most of them lifted off and soared majestically over the distant shores of “Lake Blackwater”; the official refuge waterfowl census a few days ago counted, I think it was 53). great blue heron 2. turkey vulture 14. bald eagle 22. northern harrier 2. red-tailed hawk 2. American kestrel 1. American coot 12. greater yellowlegs 4. ring-billed gull 75. herring gull 6. great black-backed gull 3. Forster’s tern 2.


rock pigeon 1. mourning dove 2. northern flicker 1. blue jay 2. American crow 6. fish crow 7. Carolina wren 1. eastern bluebird 4. American robin 50 (most at Cambridge, which is LOADED with them). northern mockingbird 2. European starling 30. Savannah sparrow 2. song sparrow 2. white-crowned sparrow 11 immatures. northern cardinal 2. red-winged blackbird 200. common grackle 35. brown-headed cowbird 4. house sparrow 7.


NON-AVIAN TAXA. A red fox with her 2 kits seen from the Visitor Center 2nd floor. Sika deer 4, east of Egypt Road in the middle of a field. Lots of New Jersey chorus frogs sounding off. As usual the ditches west of the Visitor Center and the little pond there are good for them.


MARCH 18, MONDAY. From our bed watch a pair of bluebirds investigating the nesting box mounted 12 feet up in a loblolly pine on the lawn. Leave at 9:15 A.M. A big flock of 70 mourning doves west of Route 481 and south of Ruthsburg. Single bald eagles seen from Route 301 at mile 100.5 (plus a red-tailed hawk), 107, and 113.


THRILLS OF A NATURALIST’S QUEST by Raymond L. Ditmars (Macmillan, 1933, 268 pages). I blundered onto a copy while sorting through piles of stuff to discard. Some good reading. Much of it concerns animals in zoos. As was my mother’s habit she inscribed in back of the book: ”Read - at “Hesse”, Autumn, 1933.” Hesse, a section of Germany from where some of our ancestors hailed. With a home so-named we were investigated by the FBI during World War II, but they found out my father had served in the U.S. Navy in World War I and gave a pass to my brother’s collection of firearms and Japanese art.


Unrelatedly, in Clifford H. Pope’s Turtles of the United States and Canada (Knopf, 1967, 343 pages) there is a photograph of a Northern Diamond-backed Terrapin that was my brother’s pet (on p. 154). A young turtle, it had splendid markings, so typically stronger in a young animal than in older reptiles. In our garage a few days ago I found an enlargement of this same photograph along with brother Gordon’s excellent drawings on a map he drew of the eastern states depicting 14 species of turtles that were his pets, showing where they occur. Also featured is a breeching manta ray and his “red-bellied or Japanese newt … not to be classed as an enemy alien.” Inscribed by him in March 1943, when he would have been, I think, 16. I’m gonna get this framed.


RECENT DREAMS IN THE WEE SMALL HOURS: March 11 with the late Van Hubbard and 3 others (unidentified) on Elliott Island Road at the intersection of Lewis Wharf and Henrys Crossroads. The other 3 see an Ivory-billed Woodpecker. I encourage them to isolate themselves, write separate notes on whether they hear the double knock or toy clarinet call, if they see the white trailing edge.


March 12. A small, circular, remote, tropical island (perhaps inspired by TNC’s Palmyra Atoll) with lush vegetation and white beaches where only 3 bird species have ever been seen. Strangely it boasts a restaurant that only serves pizza, bread, and sliced ham. My bread order takes forever. A fellow who ordered takeout pizza arrives and waits so long he impatiently storms into the kitchen and demands it.


March 13: Driving the NJ coast with Bob Ringler (at the wheel), Paul Sykes, and Anna Stunkel, with me in the passenger seat. Extremely rocky, have to drive between narrow cliffs. Juvenile Seaside Sparrow on a lawn tennis court. 2 adult winter plumage Bonaparte’s Gulls on a cliff with other gulls. Least Terns.


Most of my dreams are NOT about birds. And most of them I have difficulty remembering.


Best to all. - Harry Armistead.

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Date: 3/20/19 9:48 am
From: 'Fred Shaffer' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Common Raven over Schoolhouse Pond
I had a flyover Common Raven at Schoolhouse Pond during my lunchtime walk today.  The bird glided fairly low over the pond, allowing great views of its large size and wedge-shaped tail.  This is the 3rd time in the last eight days that I've seen or heard a Raven at the pond.  I also heard a Raven giving its distinctive croak on March 12 and March 19th, but was unable to spot the bird until today.  Each time I heard the bird, it was from the direction of the townhouse offices near the pond.  Today it flew from that direction before gliding back over town towards the post office. Lots of raptors were also around with 1 Bald Eagle, 2 Osprey, 1 Red-tailed Hawk and 2 Red-shouldered Hawks.  Good birding.
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Date: 3/20/19 8:03 am
From: Lydia Schindler <lydia13621...>
Subject: [MDBirding] DC Area, 3/19/2019
Hotline: Voice of the Naturalist
Date: 3/19/2019
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 https://www.anshome.org.

This is the Voice of the Naturalist, a service of the Audubon
Naturalist Society. This report covers the week starting Tuesday,
March 12, and was completed on Tuesday, March 19 at about 11:30 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 BIRD THIS WEEK: ROCK WREN in MD

OTHER BIRDS OF INTEREST: TRUMPETER SWAN, KING EIDER, COMMON EIDER,
WHITE-WINGED SCOTER, BLACK SCOTER, LONG-TAILED DUCK, RED-NECKED GREBE,
SANDHILL CRANE, AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHER, BAR-TAILED
GODWIT, RUDDY TURNSTONE, BLACK-HEADED GULL, GREAT CORMORANT, AMERICAN
WHITE PELICAN, AMERICAN BITTERN, TRICOLORED HERON, YELLOW-CROWNED
NIGHT-HERON, WHITE IBIS, GOLDEN EAGLE, BROAD-WINGED HAWK, ROUGH-LEGGED
HAWK, SNOWY OWL, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, MERLIN, NORTHERN SHRIKE,
HORNED LARK, SEDGE WREN, MARSH WREN, GRAY CATBIRD, EVENING GROSBEAK,
GRASSHOPPER SPARROW, VESPER SPARROW, LINCOLN'S SPARROW, ORCHARD
ORIOLE, BALTIMORE ORIOLE, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, COMMON YELLOWTHROAT,
PALM WARBLER

TOP BIRDS

The ROCK WREN in Bushwood MD (St Mary's Co) continued on March 17.

OTHER BIRDS OF INTEREST

TRUMPETER SWANs were reported in both VA and MD. In VA, all were in
Fauquier Co, one March 13 at the Clifton Institute (restricted
access), and four on March 15 at Airlie South (also restricted
access). In MD, two were reported March 13 at Jackson Landing,
Patuxent River Pk (Jug Bay), Prince George's Co. One TRUMPETER SWAN
was seen March 14 at Alter Pond / Soil Conservation Road (Prince
George's Co), and two were reported the same day at Patuxent Research
Refuge (Anne Arundel Co).

EURASIAN WIGEONs were seen in MD, one drake continuing March 12-14 at
Deal Island WMA in Somerset Co, another bird March 13 at Hart-Miller
Island in Baltimore Co. A single KING EIDER was reported, March 14 at
Ocean City Inlet (Worcester Co MD). Sussex Co DE hosted COMMON EIDERs,
one March 14 at Roosevelt Inlet, Lewes, and more were seen at Indian
River Inlet (also Sussex Co), including 11 on March 16. A single
WHITE-WINGED SCOTER was reported March 16 at Hughes Hollow in
Montgomery Co MD. Montgomery Co MD also had the only BLACK SCOTER,
reported on March 16&18 at Violette's Lock. Two LONG-TAILED DUCKs were
reported, one March 14-17 at Boonsboro WWTP, Washington Co MD, the
other March 17 at Bootlegger to Potomac Heritage Trail, Fairfax Co VA.

RED-NECKED GREBEs were widely distributed in MD, up to 6 at Broadford
Lake in Garrett Co. VA had 3 single RED-NECKED GREBEs, and DE had one
March 17 in Sussex Co along Hog Island Rd. SANDHILL CRANEs were
reported, one March 12 at Seneca Trailhead Park/Seneca Tract (Loudoun
Co VA), two March 13 at Patuxent River SP (Hipsley Mill Rd, Howard Co
MD), and two more March 18 along Peat Moss Rd in Garrett Co MD.

Somerset Co MD hosted two early American Oystercatchers on March 16
along Center Street on Smith Island. A BAR-TAILED GODWIT was seen March
13-15 at Chincoteague NWR, Accomack
Co VA. Two RUDDY TURNSTONEs were seen March 18 on tiny Bodkin Island
in Queen Anne's Co MD.

A single BLACK-HEADED GULL was reported March 17&18 at Lapidum in
Harford Co MD.

GREAT CORMORANTs were seen in Queen Anne's Co MD, four on March 13 at
Bloody Point Bar Lighthouse, and 14 on March 17 at Kent Point Marina.
The AMERICAN WHITE PELICANs in Somerset Co MD continued most of the
week along Riley Roberts Rd in Deal Island WMA. Two AMERICAN BITTERNs
were reported, one March 13 in a private yard along Cavey Lane in
Howard Co MD, the other at Bombay Hook NWR in Kent Co DE. The
TRICOLORED HERONs reported last week at Deal Island WMA continued
March 15&16. A YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON made an early appearance
March 18 in Frederick MD at Baker Park. Bayside Peninsula in
Assateague Island NS (Worcester Co MD) hosted a single WHITE IBIS
March 14.

A GOLDEN EAGLE was spotted March 16 over Seven Fountains Pond in
Shenandoah Co VA. An early BROAD-WINGED HAWK was seen March 17 at
Huntley Meadows Pk, Fairfax Co VA. At C&O Canal's Spring Gap (Allegany
Co MD), a ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was seen March 14. SNOWY OWLs haven't been
around much this winter, but the one near Kent Narrows (Queen Anne's
Co MD) continues, with a sighting on March 12.

A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was reported March 13 along Fowler Beach Rd in
Prime Hook NWR, and four more were sighted in central & north central
MD March 13 & 16. In VA, six were reported March 16 at Widewater SP,
Stafford Co.

Western MD had 2 reports of MERLIN, both on March 17; one was in
Garrett Co at Swallow Falls SP, the other in Washington Co at Antietam
National Battlefield. Also, in Talbot Co MD, at PCAC Wetland Overlook
Trail EAST, a single NORTHERN SHRIKE was reported March 18.

HORNED LARKs continued at Washington Dulles International Airport,
Chantilly VA, with 3 seen March 17. A SEDGE WREN was reported March 16
in Somerset Co MD, at Fairmount WMA, East Impoundment. Clarke Co VA
had an early MARSH WREN March 12 at the Blandy Experimental Farm. MD
and VA each had a single early GRAY CATBIRD, one March 14 along
Kennedy Ln in Fredericksburg VA, the other March 17 in Woodbridge MD,
Carroll Co.

DE and MD each had 1-3 EVENING GROSBEAKs, but Rockingham Co VA took
the prize with 10, six on March 15 on private land near Union Springs
Dam and four more March 17 along Woodcock Lane.

An early GRASSHOPPER SPARROW showed up March 14 along Cross Keys Rd in
Mount Crawford VA, Rockingham Co. VESPER SPARROWs were seen March 16
in MD, one at Cromwell Valley Pk in Baltimore Co, two more at the
Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad NP in Dorchester Co. MD also
hosted LINCOLN'S SPARROWs: one was at the Cromwell Valley Hawk Watch
(Baltimore Co) on March 14; another was at the campus of UMBC (Prince
George's Co) on March 15. A third continued at CCBC (Baltimore Co) on
March 17.

A very early ORCHARD ORIOLE was seen March 15 at UMCP (Prince George's
Co MD).

MD had a corner on the small numbers of warblers this week. An
ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was reported March 14 from along Northway Dr in
Baltimore Co; another was seen in a private yard in Kent Co on March
16. A COMMON YELLOWTHROAT was spotted March 17 at Chesapeake Bay
Environmental Center (Queen Anne's Co), and a PALM WARBLER was seen
March 12 along Egypt Rd in Dorchester Co.

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

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

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

Thank you for your interest, and enjoy the birds.

*Of interest to the applicable records committee

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Date: 3/20/19 7:55 am
From: Jim Rapp <dlitedirector...>
Subject: [MDBirding] MOS Convention, May 31-June 2: field trip leaders needed
The 72nd annual convention of the Maryland Ornithological Society will be held May 31 - June 2 at Washington College in Chestertown, MD. Please visithttp://www.MOSconvention.org for more details, including field trip locations, descriptions, and registration information.


The MOS Convention Committee is seeking volunteer field trip leaders for the following dates, times and locations:


Friday afternoon, May 31

* Andelot Farm


Saturday morning, June 1

* Adkins Arboretum
* Chesapeake Farms
* Mill Creek MOS Sanctuary


Saturday all-day field trips, June 1

* Lister's Trip: Queen Anne's County
* Poplar Island Boat Trip (a.m.)/Pickering Creek Audubon Center (p.m.)


Saturday afternoon, June 1

* Andelot Farm
* Chesapeake Farms
* Mill Creek MOS Sanctuary
* Millington Wildlife Management Area, South


Sunday morning, June 2

* Chester River Field Research Station
* Mill Creek MOS Sanctuary


If you are interested in leading or co-leading a field trip, please contact Jim Rapp at <dlitedirector...> mailto:<dlitedirector...> or (443) 614-0261. If you volunteer to lead a field trip, we would also like a photo and brief bio for our Field Trip Leader web page http://www.mosconvention.org/field-trip-leaders/ .


Thank you for considering this request!


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

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Date: 3/19/19 7:30 pm
From: SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Tuesday, March 19, 2019 114 Raptors
Fort Smallwood Park
Pasadena, Maryland, USA

Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 19, 2019

Species

Day's Count

Month Total

Season Total

Black Vulture

17

80

84

Turkey Vulture

87

1242

1279

Osprey

4

29

29

Bald Eagle

1

20

24

Northern Harrier

0

1

1

Sharp-shinned Hawk

0

11

12

Cooper's Hawk

1

26

26

Northern Goshawk

0

0

0

Red-shouldered Hawk

2

65

65

Broad-winged Hawk

0

0

0

Red-tailed Hawk

1

28

34

Rough-legged Hawk

0

0

0

Golden Eagle

0

0

0

American Kestrel

0

2

2

Merlin

0

1

1

Peregrine Falcon

0

1

1

Unknown Accipiter

0

0

0

Unknown Buteo

0

0

0

Unknown Falcon

0

0

0

Unknown Eagle

0

0

0

Unknown Raptor

1

4

4

Total:

114

1510

1562

Start Time: 9:00 am Daylight Time

End Time: 2:00 pm

Duration: 5 hours

Official Counter: Sue Ricciardi

Observer: Chris Reed


Visitors:
Candy and Pam

Weather:
Sunny; 37-47 degrees; excellent visibility; winds light and variable
or with an easterly component, 3-8 mph

Raptor Observations:
A fair push of raptors today, the sunny skies not helping with
spotting

Non-raptor Observations:
Three Wood Ducks

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Month Summary]

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

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Pasadena, Maryland, USA

Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 19, 2019

Species

Day's Count

Month Total

Season Total

Black Vulture

17

80

84

Turkey Vulture

87

1242

1279

Osprey

4

29

29

Bald Eagle

1

20

24

Northern Harrier

0

1

1

Sharp-shinned Hawk

0

11

12

Cooper's Hawk

1

26

26

Northern Goshawk

0

0

0

Red-shouldered Hawk

2

65

65

Broad-winged Hawk

0

0

0

Red-tailed Hawk

1

28

34

Rough-legged Hawk

0

0

0

Golden Eagle

0

0

0

American Kestrel

0

2

2

Merlin

0

1

1

Peregrine Falcon

0

1

1

Unknown Accipiter

0

0

0

Unknown Buteo

0

0

0

Unknown Falcon

0

0

0

Unknown Eagle

0

0

0

Unknown Raptor

1

4

4

Total:

114

1510

1562

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Date: 3/19/19 10:52 am
From: Mark Rositol <mrositol510...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: female Black Scoter continues at Violette's Lock, Potomac R.
Continuing at 150pm, actually in the rapids. Diving and swimming around like it is in the ocean.
M Rositol
Fort Washington, MD

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Date: 3/19/19 7:08 am
From: Tim Carney <timmyc83...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Swan Creek Birdwalk - Saturday, April 13
Good morning,

Dan Haas and I will be co-leading a birdwalk at Swan Creek Wetlands and Cox Creek Dredged Material Containment Facility (DMCF) on Saturday, April 13. The walk will be held from 7:00-11:00. It will involve extensive walking on a rock/dirt path. There is minimal shade, and we will need to cross moving water at one point. Please dress appropriately and wear sturdy footwear.

While onsite, we will look for rails, herons, and other specialty marsh birds in the mitigated wetland, and scan the dredge cells for waterfowl and early shorebirds. We will be divided into two groups of roughly 20 participants each. One group will visit the wetlands while the other checks the DMCF, and then the groups will switch. Both groups will see the same areas of the site.

A major construction project is underway at the site, so we may not be able to walk around the DMCF. I do not think the parking area will be affected, so we should still be able to scan from the flagpole like we usually do.

The walk is limited to 40 participants. You may reserve two spots. Please provide a name and email address for each participant. I will also create a waiting list if we exceed 40 responses. There is no raindate this time, and the walk will be canceled if there is inclement weather (including high winds).

This walk is offered by Maryland Environmental Service (MES) on behalf of Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Port Administration (MDOT MPA).

Please email TCARN [at] menv [dot] com if you would like to sign up. I can also provide a site map and directions for first-time visitors.

Thanks,
Tim Carney

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Date: 3/19/19 7:02 am
From: Tim Carney <timmyc83...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Masonville Cove - temporary loss of access
Hi everyone,

A pair of Bald Eagles is nesting at Masonville Cove for the first time since restoration efforts began. MDOT MPA, MES, USFWS, and Living Classrooms Foundation are collaborating to minimize disturbance to these birds, which are likely a young pair undergoing their first nesting attempt. Effective immediately, access to Masonville Cove is limited to a small area outlined in green directly behind the Education Center during the 2019 breeding season (see map).

We anticipate that access will gradually be increased towards the end of breeding season (approximately mid-May), and will be fully reinstated after the young eagles fledge (approximately late May). Onsite activities are also being limited or suspended during this time period, and onsite staff will be monitoring the eagles' behavior during the few activities which occur near the nest to assess any need for additional restrictions.

Much of Masonville Cove, including most of the waterfowl, can still be observed from the limited areas of access. We invite you to come enjoy the cove and to view the eagle nest from the Education Center balcony.

Tim Carney
on behalf of MDOT MPA/MES

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Date: 3/19/19 6:34 am
From: 'Marcy Stutzman' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Wilson's Snipe at Oxbow Lake
Hello everyone,

Since December, Wilson's Snipe have been seen/reported at Oxbow Lake. Some eBird checklists included pictures, others did not. If you happen to have pictures of snipe that you did not include in a checklist or for which you did not submit a checklist at all, I'd be interested in seeing any that you might have zoomed in on and captured.

Why? On Saturday during the Anne Arundel Bird Club field trip, some participants captured photos of one snipe that did not look like the rest. Specifically, this is what we are interested in exploring further:

"In the Oxbow Lake checklist (https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S53889345) from Saturday, take a look at the 4th picture of the Wilson's Snipe. There are 2 snipe. To me the one on the right looks different from the one on the left and in the other 3 pictures. The one on the right looks lighter overall and has a lot more white and less barring than the others."

We are pursuing what that might mean and are interested in looking at other photos. You can email me directly, or message me on FB, or reply here.

Marcy Stutzman
Russett, MD 20724

Jay Sheppard
Maryland City, MD 20724

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Date: 3/19/19 6:00 am
From: Marcia Watson <marshwren50...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Large flocks of Gulls surface-feeding offshore?
Tom,

That’s an interesting study. What organization are you with?

Marcia
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> On Mar 18, 2019, at 11:58 PM, <robben99...> wrote:
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> Dear Birders,
> We are doing a study of GULLS surface-feeding in large rafts (often in the thousands; one thousand, to ten thousand and more), picking food items out of waters along the US East Coast this Spring, focusing on February, March, April and May.
>
> If you see large numbers of Gulls gathering, swimming around and surface-feeding in large rafts, along the shore or up to several miles offshore, during February-through-May, please email me at <robben99...> .
>
> All gull species (and Brant) are of interest, including Ring-billed Gulls, Herring Gulls, Bonaparte's Gulls, and rare gulls such as Little Gulls, etc.
>
> At minimum we would like to know which species, how many, when, exactly where, and any other behavioral notes you may have on the events.
>
> Our accumulated results will be published online in June, including at this listserv.
>
> Thank you,
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Date: 3/19/19 5:56 am
From: <robben99...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Large flocks of Gulls surface-feeding offshore?
Dear Birders, 
We are doing a study of GULLS  surface-feeding in large rafts (often in the thousands; one thousand, to ten thousand and more), picking food items out of waters along the US East Coast this Spring, focusing on February, March, April and May. 

If you see large numbers of Gulls gathering, swimming around  and surface-feeding in large rafts, along the shore or up to several miles  offshore, during February-through-May,  please email me at <robben99...> .  

All gull species (and Brant) are of interest, including Ring-billed Gulls, Herring Gulls,  Bonaparte's Gulls, and rare gulls such as Little Gulls, etc. 

At minimum we would like to know which species, how many, when, exactly where,  and any other behavioral notes you may have on the events. 

Our accumulated results will be published online  in June, including at this listserv. 

Thank you,
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Date: 3/19/19 5:54 am
From: Joe Hanfman <auk1844...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Gulls at Port Deposit
Little Gull and Black-headed Gull at Port Deposit.
BHGu on the floating dock with Ring-billed Gulls and the Little Gull flying back and forth past Lapidum.

Joe Hanfman
Columbia, MD

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Date: 3/19/19 4:30 am
From: Max Wilson <max.wilson...>
Subject: [MDBirding] female Black Scoter continues at Violette's Lock, Potomac R.
Black Scoter continues just above the rapids at Violette’s Lock this morning at 7:30.

Max Wilson
Potomac, Montgomery

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Date: 3/19/19 4:20 am
From: 'Clayton Koonce' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Thrush in Bethesda backyard
On Tuesday, March 19, 2019 at 7:18:23 AM UTC-4, Clayton Koonce wrote:
> On Monday, March 18, 2019 at 3:20:36 PM UTC-4, Dona Patrick wrote:
> > I am sure this is a thrush, but could it be a hermit thrush? It's been hanging around the yard this afternoon.
> >
> >
> > Dona
> > Bethesda
>
> Glad to see your photos. A hermit thrush showed up in my garden earlier this month, too. Surprised to see it -- not a typical feeder visitor. It was coming for a drink at my heated bird bath on a frigid morning. After seeing the species in the field a few times, I was surprised by how small it looked. It was same size as white-throated sparrows also present but definitely a thrush. Several robins were present, and I have seen hermit thrush associate with robins before, though I don't know if that's typical. This one was a new yard bird for me on eBird.

P.S. In Town Center area of Columbia, Howard County.

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Date: 3/19/19 4:18 am
From: 'Clayton Koonce' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Thrush in Bethesda backyard
On Monday, March 18, 2019 at 3:20:36 PM UTC-4, Dona Patrick wrote:
> I am sure this is a thrush, but could it be a hermit thrush? It's been hanging around the yard this afternoon.
>
>
> Dona
> Bethesda

Glad to see your photos. A hermit thrush showed up in my garden earlier this month, too. Surprised to see it -- not a typical feeder visitor. It was coming for a drink at my heated bird bath on a frigid morning. After seeing the species in the field a few times, I was surprised by how small it looked. It was same size as white-throated sparrows also present but definitely a thrush. Several robins were present, and I have seen hermit thrush associate with robins before, though I don't know if that's typical. This one was a new yard bird for me on eBird.

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Date: 3/18/19 6:10 pm
From: Andy Martin <apmartin2...>
Subject: [MDBirding] female Black Scoter continues at Violette's Lock, Potomac R.
I went down to Violette's Lock on Potomac R. this afternoon to look for female Black Scoter reported by Dave Czaplak on 3/16. Still there, feeding close to MD side in the rapids just below the Seneca Breaks. The bird stayed in the company of a pair of Common Mergs before switching to hanging with a pair of Buffleheads. 2 Red-throated Loon continue along with some Greater Scaup and Ring-necked Ducks. Also enjoyed a "point blank" look at a Horned Grebe from the C&O Canal aqueduct over Seneca Crk. at Riley's Lock.

Went over to hunter's parking lot off Montevideo Rd (last right turn before road closure) to see if any Pine Warblers have returned. Had one beautiful male bird in the waning sunlight. Checking eBird, looks like Dave Roberts had 3 Pine Warblers in same pine patch on 3/17.

Andy Martin
Gaithersburg

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Date: 3/18/19 5:22 pm
From: Mark Rositol <mrositol510...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Red-necked Grebe at Fort Washington Park (PG County)
Update: Later in the day I birded at Piscataway Park-Boardwalk. I relocated the Red-necked Grebe in between Fort Washington Park and Piscataway Park. By the time I left, it had drifted all the way to National Colonial Farm. Before I located the Grebe, I had found a Red-throated Loon as well. A nice day of birding along the Potomac River.

M Rositol
Fort Washington, MD

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Date: 3/18/19 4:45 pm
From: ljeannebowmans via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] FOS Osprey
We had lunch at Island View Cafe lower Baltimore County, Essex, off Rt 702 and Barrison Rd. this past Sat.    The lady Osprey was rearranging the sticks of furniture in her nest of last year, and Dad was flying around the area.

In a message dated 3/18/2019 1:21:17 PM Eastern Standard Time, <mdbirding...> writes:


Several I sorry flying around Sparrows Point Baltimore Co. today.  One seen collecting sticks.

John Canoles
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On Monday, March 18, 2019 Gregory Luce <gluce727...> wrote:
I don’t know if this location is DC or VA so posting to both lists. I just saw my FOS Osprey perched on the railroad bridge that parallels the Yellow Line going into and out of DC.
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Date: 3/18/19 2:50 pm
From: Jan Braumuller <janbraumuller...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Palisades DC: Osprey
I saw my FOS Osprey flying upstream over the C&O canal, clearly hunting. She/he was looking down, dropping legs down and diving, but pulling out of the dive well above the water. Great views of this repeated movement.
Jan Braumuller
Arlington

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Date: 3/18/19 12:37 pm
From: Mark Rositol <mrositol510...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Red-necked Grebe at Fort Washington Park (PG County)
Today I am enjoying my 2nd week of Staycation. I was rewarded today with a Red-necked Grebe and a raft of 9 Red-breasted Mergansers. Is 9 enough to be called a raft. Perhaps a gang. I already have a Red-necked Grebe in the county this year. This is my first sighting of RBMEs this season including the Fall for PG county. I can't recall them being this late and so few. Also of note were 3 Horned Grebes(Also been low in number this year) All of these birds were in the main channel of the Potomac, north of the light house.

Yesterday I had my first Bonaparte's Gull of the year at the same location. But none today.

M Rositol
Fort Washington, MD

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Date: 3/18/19 12:36 pm
From: Dona Patrick <waxwing...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Thrush in Bethesda backyard
Thanks. My first, I think. Although years ago I had what I thought was a
wood thrush but it might have been a hermit. I don't keep very good records.

Dona

On Mon, Mar 18, 2019 at 3:22 PM Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4...> wrote:

> Yes to Hermit Thrush.
>
> On Mon, Mar 18, 2019 at 3:20 PM Dona Patrick <waxwing...> wrote:
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>> I am sure this is a thrush, but could it be a hermit thrush? It's been
>> hanging around the yard this afternoon.
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Date: 3/18/19 12:22 pm
From: Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Thrush in Bethesda backyard
Yes to Hermit Thrush.

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> hanging around the yard this afternoon.
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Date: 3/18/19 12:20 pm
From: Dona Patrick <waxwing...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Thrush in Bethesda backyard
I am sure this is a thrush, but could it be a hermit thrush? It's been
hanging around the yard this afternoon.

Dona
Bethesda

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Date: 3/18/19 11:01 am
From: john pangborn <pangborn.john19...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Blue Mash Nature Trail -- Mar 18, 2019
19 Canada Goose
10 Gadwall
9 Mallard
3 American Black Duck
8 Canvasback
4 Redhead
14 Ring-necked Duck
24 Bufflehead
21 Hooded Merganser
6 Mourning Dove
1 Red-shouldered Hawk
1 Northern Flicker
8 Blue Jay
1 American Crow
1 White-breasted Nuthatch
2 Carolina Wren
2 Eastern Bluebird
2 Northern Mockingbird
6 European Starling
2 White-throated Sparrow
4 Song Sparrow
3 Eastern Towhee
9 Red-winged Blackbird
11 Northern Cardinal

Number of Taxa: 24
John Pangborn
Gaithersburg MD

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Date: 3/18/19 10:28 am
From: 'Susan Hunt' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Canvasback at Wheaton
The Canvasback is still on Pine Lake at Wheaton, a nice closeup view! Also, three male Ring-necked Ducks and a Fox Sparrow with a very red tail (the sparrow was below the White House - or where the White House used to be).
Susan HuntSligo Woods/Wheaton

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Date: 3/18/19 10:21 am
From: 'John Canoles' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: RE: [MDBirding] FOS Osprey

Several I sorry flying around Sparrows Point Baltimore Co. today.  One seen collecting sticks.

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On Monday, March 18, 2019 Gregory Luce <gluce727...> wrote:
I don’t know if this location is DC or VA so posting to both lists. I just saw my FOS Osprey perched on the railroad bridge that parallels the Yellow Line going into and out of DC.
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Date: 3/18/19 8:44 am
From: Mike Milligan <mike.milligan...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] FOS Osprey
If it was over the river itself or the shore of the DC side, it was in DC.
If it was over the shore of the VA side, it was in VA. The official
boundary is the VA shoreline at mean low tide.


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> I don’t know if this location is DC or VA so posting to both lists. I just
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> Line going into and out of DC.
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Date: 3/18/19 8:37 am
From: Gregory Luce <gluce727...>
Subject: [MDBirding] FOS Osprey
I don’t know if this location is DC or VA so posting to both lists. I just
saw my FOS Osprey perched on the railroad bridge that parallels the Yellow
Line going into and out of DC.

Greg Luce
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Date: 3/18/19 7:09 am
From: <lisawilcoxdeyo...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Red-headed woodpecker at Sycamore Landing
On Saturday we saw it just past the one-lane bridge on the river side of the entry road. On the opposite side in the Mckee-Besher area field just off the road were at least a dozen men in orange vests firing guns at something. This can't be good for woodcocks gathering in the area for their mating rituals.

Lisa Wilcox Deyo,
Bethesda, MD

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Date: 3/17/19 7:44 pm
From: <weinbergeric1...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Canvasback continues at Wheaton Regional Park lake
On Sunday, March 17, 2019 at 12:11:19 PM UTC-4, katahdinss wrote:
> This bird, a drake, reported yesterday by Robert Garriock continues today. A rather unusual bird for this small inland pond, first we have ever seen there.
>
> Otherwise rather quiet, a Phoebe and a number of Towhees the most interesting. No sign of the two Merlins also reported yesterday.
>
> Gail Mackiernan
> Colesville, MD
>
> Sent from my iPad

Speaking of Canvasback's in inland ponds, a month or so ago there was a male canvasback hanging around in the pond at Kenwood Country Club. More recently there have been a few buffleheads and several scaup. Is this unusual for a golf course pond?

Eric
Bethesda

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Date: 3/17/19 7:11 pm
From: SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Sunday, March 17, 2019 63 Raptors
Fort Smallwood Park
Pasadena, Maryland, USA

Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 17, 2019

Species

Day's Count

Month Total

Season Total

Black Vulture

11

63

67

Turkey Vulture

50

1155

1192

Osprey

1

25

25

Bald Eagle

0

19

23

Northern Harrier

0

1

1

Sharp-shinned Hawk

0

11

12

Cooper's Hawk

1

25

25

Northern Goshawk

0

0

0

Red-shouldered Hawk

0

63

63

Broad-winged Hawk

0

0

0

Red-tailed Hawk

0

27

33

Rough-legged Hawk

0

0

0

Golden Eagle

0

0

0

American Kestrel

0

2

2

Merlin

0

1

1

Peregrine Falcon

0

1

1

Unknown Accipiter

0

0

0

Unknown Buteo

0

0

0

Unknown Falcon

0

0

0

Unknown Eagle

0

0

0

Unknown Raptor

0

3

3

Total:

63

1396

1448


Start Time: 7:45 am Daylight Time

End Time: 2:00 pm

Duration: 5.25 hours

Official Counter: Chris Reed, Sue Ricciardi

Observers: Chris Reed, Dan Walker


Visitors:
Christians Rivas

Weather:
Mostly cloudy; 32-47 degrees; excellent visibility; winds mostly
westerly, becoming stronger over the course of the day: 3-15 mph,
gusting to 22 mph

Raptor Observations:
Only two non-vulture migrants today; a threesome of Bald Eagles
interacting across the sky

Non-raptor Observations:
A pair of Northern Shovelers; a singing Brown Thrasher announcing
spring

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Month Summary]

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

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Date: 3/17/19 1:02 pm
From: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Flown the coop: Last whooping crane from 50-year-old breeding program leaves Maryland's Patuxent refuge
Lots of links can be found. Here's one along with a Balto Sun clip - attached

https://phys.org/news/2019-03-significant-milestone-whooping-crane-recovery.html

Jim Speicher
BroadRun/Burkittsville area
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Date: 3/17/19 11:36 am
From: Phil Davis <pdavis...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Season High Purple Finch
MDBirders:

We've had Purple Finches (PUFIs) continuously at our feeders here in
Davidsonville (Anne Arundel County) since early-mid February. I think
our high was seven, about a week ago. Our House Finch numbers have
also been much higher this year than recent years. And this is not
even the "high" season for PUFIs. That's usually April.

We used to have good numbers of winter PUFIs many years ago, but in
recent years, the numbers have either been way down or nil.

For some reason (Tulip Poplar trees, maybe?) the area just west of
Annapolis has always had good winter PUFIs. As I recall, the maps in
Root (1988) show this ...

Root, T. 1988. Atlas of wintering North American birds.
University of Chicago Press, Chicago, Il.

April should be interesting ...

Phil


At 09:27 03/16/2019, Sean McGuinn wrote:
>This morning we had 8 Purple Finch at our feeders (Arnold, MD),
>which is a season high for our yard! Lately it's been between 2-5,
>but this morning was a great surprise. eBird flagged the count as
>high. *(Not House Finches, as they were present as well).

==================================
Phil Davis Davidsonville, Maryland
<pdavis...>
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Date: 3/17/19 9:11 am
From: Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Canvasback continues at Wheaton Regional Park lake
This bird, a drake, reported yesterday by Robert Garriock continues today. A rather unusual bird for this small inland pond, first we have ever seen there.

Otherwise rather quiet, a Phoebe and a number of Towhees the most interesting. No sign of the two Merlins also reported yesterday.

Gail Mackiernan
Colesville, MD

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Date: 3/16/19 6:55 pm
From: SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Saturday, March 16, 2019 62 Raptors
Fort Smallwood Park
Pasadena, Maryland, USA

Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 16, 2019

Species

Day's Count

Month Total

Season Total

Black Vulture

1

52

56

Turkey Vulture

42

1105

1142

Osprey

10

24

24

Bald Eagle

1

19

23

Northern Harrier

0

1

1

Sharp-shinned Hawk

3

11

12

Cooper's Hawk

2

24

24

Northern Goshawk

0

0

0

Red-shouldered Hawk

1

63

63

Broad-winged Hawk

0

0

0

Red-tailed Hawk

1

27

33

Rough-legged Hawk

0

0

0

Golden Eagle

0

0

0

American Kestrel

0

2

2

Merlin

1

1

1

Peregrine Falcon

0

1

1

Unknown Accipiter

0

0

0

Unknown Buteo

0

0

0

Unknown Falcon

0

0

0

Unknown Eagle

0

0

0

Unknown Raptor

0

3

3

Total:

62

1333

1385

Start Time: 8:30 am Daylight time

End Time: 4:00 pm

Duration: 7.5 hours

Official Counter: Chris Reed, Sue Ricciardi

Observers: Sue Ricciardi, Chris Reed, Lynn Davidson, Hal Wierenga,
Andy Higgs


Visitors:
Candy, Nicholas

Weather:
Mostly sunny; 44-52 degrees; excellent visibility; winds strong,
mostly out of the WNW, 13-21 mph, gusting to 33 mph

Raptor Observations:
Much lighter flight than yesterday; maybe the pipeline needed
replenishing. First Merlin of the season

Non-raptor Observations:
7 Ring-necked Ducks; 7 Horned Grebes; 5 Common Loons; 7 Red-throated
Loons, 32 Bonaparte's Gulls; Spring Peepers, Southern Leopard Frogs
and Red-bellied Cooters out in force

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at the
mouth of the Patapsco River, 11 miles south of Baltimore, MD. Best
winds are
from the southwest.



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Date: 3/16/19 1:50 pm
From: 'Marcy Stutzman' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Oxbow Lake Field Trip, Satuday, 3/16/19
30 birders joined in the Anne Arundel Bird Club Field Trip to Oxbow Lake today. See the shared eBird list here:

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S53889345

First of Season Blue-winged Teal and Pine Warbler were highlights. Everyone learned how to find/see Wilson's Snipe, too.

Marcy Stutzman
Russett, MD 20724

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Date: 3/16/19 7:45 am
From: Jon Barrett <jonbarrettphoto...>
Subject: RE: [MDBirding] Ruby-throated migration map is kaput
Sorry – I should have been explicit – this is the distribution map for Ruby-throats (or any species) in eBird.



Jon Barrett

Greenbelt, MD



From: Jon Barrett <jonbarrettphoto...>
Sent: Friday, March 15, 2019 5:43 PM
To: 'MDBirds' <mdbirding...>
Subject: RE: [MDBirding] Ruby-throated migration map is kaput



From the distribution map you can choose custom date ranges for a single month and any year. If you zoom in to the 10 km scale, you’ll see individual hotspots, which can be expanded to show all reports there. So the broader picture isn’t as precise but you can get greater detail for a given area of interest.



Jon



Jon Barrett

Greenbelt, MD



From: <mdbirding...> <mailto:<mdbirding...> <mdbirding...> <mailto:<mdbirding...> > On Behalf Of Pat
Sent: Friday, March 15, 2019 5:27 PM
To: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> <mailto:<jugornought...> >
Cc: MDBirds <mdbirding...> <mailto:<mdbirding...> >
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Ruby-throated migration map is kaput





Oh, that's too bad. That map was so useful! I wonder if there's an easy way to get the same information from eBird?





Pat Valdata

Crisfield, MD



Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone



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Date: 3/15/19 3:59 PM (GMT-05:00)

To: mdbirding <mdbirding...> <mailto:<mdbirding...> >

Subject: [MDBirding] Ruby-throated migration map is kaput



As the author explained [not that I understood], "Google has stopped
offering free, anonymous use of its map API...

As a result, producing this map is no longer practical, and I'm not
looking for alternatives. Thanks to all of you for your participation
and support over 23 migration seasons, and my apologies for any
inconvenience.

Previous years' maps are available for study and comparison:
http://www.hummingbirds.net/map.html

There was a report of a "heard" hummer near Athens in Mercer county on
the WV listserver yesterday...

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

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Date: 3/16/19 6:27 am
From: Sean McGuinn <captainamerica23...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Season High Purple Finch
This morning we had 8 Purple Finch at our feeders (Arnold, MD), which is a season high for our yard! Lately it’s been between 2-5, but this morning was a great surprise. eBird flagged the count as high. *(Not House Finches, as they were present as well).

Sean McGuinn

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Date: 3/15/19 7:54 pm
From: Jim Wilkinson <lakekoshare...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Purple Finch in east Columbia, Howard County on March 15
One Purple Finch at our feeder this warm morning is the only one we have seen all winter. Photo in checklist below.

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S53867294

Jim Wilkinson
Columbia, MD

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Date: 3/15/19 7:26 pm
From: SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Friday, March 12, 2019 382 Raptors
Fort Smallwood Park
Pasadena, Maryland, USA

Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 15, 2019

Species

Day's Count

Month Total

Season Total

Black Vulture

0

51

55

Turkey Vulture

349

1063

1100

Osprey

0

14

14

Bald Eagle

2

18

22

Northern Harrier

1

1

1

Sharp-shinned Hawk

1

8

9

Cooper's Hawk

10

22

22

Northern Goshawk

0

0

0

Red-shouldered Hawk

10

62

62

Broad-winged Hawk

0

0

0

Red-tailed Hawk

6

26

32

Rough-legged Hawk

0

0

0

Golden Eagle

0

0

0

American Kestrel

0

2

2

Merlin

0

0

0

Peregrine Falcon

1

1

1

Unknown Accipiter

0

0

0

Unknown Buteo

0

0

0

Unknown Falcon

0

0

0

Unknown Eagle

0

0

0

Unknown Raptor

2

3

3

Total:

382

1271

1323

Start Time: 9:00 am Daylight Time

End Time: 2 pm

Duration: 5 hours

Official Counter: Chris Reed, Sue Ricciardi

Observers: Chris Reed, Sue Ricciardi, Dan Walker


Weather:
Mostly cloudy; 66 - 75 degrees; good visibility; winds from the
southwest and strong 10-17 mph, gusting to 26 mph

Raptor Observations:
A good day for migrating raptors in advance of a weather front that
arrived later than predicted. Nice showings of Cooper's and
Red-shouldered Hawks. Peregrine Falcon. A juvenile Bald Eagle.

Non-raptor Observations:
A Wood Duck pair flew into the pond. Four Horned Grebes were close-in
bayside. A chorus of Spring Peepers and a Southern Leopard Frog.
Red-bellied Cooters have been basking for weeks.

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at the
mouth of the Patapsco River, 11 miles south of Baltimore, MD. Best
winds are
from the southwest.

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Date: 3/15/19 3:04 pm
From: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Ruby-throated migration map for 2019
Thanks to David Gibson for this find:
https://www.hummingbirdcentral.com/hummingbird-migration-spring-2019-map.htm

Jim S

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Date: 3/15/19 2:50 pm
From: David Gibson <20cabot...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Ruby-throated migration map is kaput
Hi all, There are still active hummer migration maps. I provided a link to
one in my recent blog: https://birdpartner.com/2019/03/13/a-patchwork-quilt/.
Here's the direct link:
https://www.hummingbirdcentral.com/hummingbird-migration-spring-2019-map.htm.
Good birding!
Dave Gibson
https://birdpartner.com/



On Fri, Mar 15, 2019 at 5:26 PM Pat <pvaldata1...> wrote:

>
> Oh, that's too bad. That map was so useful! I wonder if there's an easy
> way to get the same information from eBird?
>
>
> Pat Valdata
> Crisfield, MD
>
> Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone
>
> -------- Original message --------
> From: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...>
> Date: 3/15/19 3:59 PM (GMT-05:00)
> To: mdbirding <mdbirding...>
> Subject: [MDBirding] Ruby-throated migration map is kaput
>
> As the author explained [not that I understood], "Google has stopped
> offering free, anonymous use of its map API...
>
> As a result, producing this map is no longer practical, and I'm not
> looking for alternatives. Thanks to all of you for your participation
> and support over 23 migration seasons, and my apologies for any
> inconvenience.
>
> Previous years' maps are available for study and comparison:
> http://www.hummingbirds.net/map.html
>
> There was a report of a "heard" hummer near Athens in Mercer county on
> the WV listserver yesterday...
>
> Jim Speicher
> BroadRun/Burkittsville area
> [FR] Frederick County MD
> M.O.S. member, Washington [WA] Co Chapter
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Date: 3/15/19 2:43 pm
From: Jon Barrett <jonbarrettphoto...>
Subject: RE: [MDBirding] Ruby-throated migration map is kaput
From the distribution map you can choose custom date ranges for a single month and any year. If you zoom in to the 10 km scale, you’ll see individual hotspots, which can be expanded to show all reports there. So the broader picture isn’t as precise but you can get greater detail for a given area of interest.



Jon



Jon Barrett

Greenbelt, MD



From: <mdbirding...> <mdbirding...> On Behalf Of Pat
Sent: Friday, March 15, 2019 5:27 PM
To: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...>
Cc: MDBirds <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Ruby-throated migration map is kaput





Oh, that's too bad. That map was so useful! I wonder if there's an easy way to get the same information from eBird?





Pat Valdata

Crisfield, MD



Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone



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Date: 3/15/19 3:59 PM (GMT-05:00)

To: mdbirding <mdbirding...> <mailto:<mdbirding...> >

Subject: [MDBirding] Ruby-throated migration map is kaput



As the author explained [not that I understood], "Google has stopped
offering free, anonymous use of its map API...

As a result, producing this map is no longer practical, and I'm not
looking for alternatives. Thanks to all of you for your participation
and support over 23 migration seasons, and my apologies for any
inconvenience.

Previous years' maps are available for study and comparison:
http://www.hummingbirds.net/map.html

There was a report of a "heard" hummer near Athens in Mercer county on
the WV listserver yesterday...

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

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Date: 3/15/19 2:26 pm
From: Pat <pvaldata1...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Ruby-throated migration map is kaput
Oh, that's too bad. That map was so useful! I wonder if there's an easy way to get the same information from eBird?Pat ValdataCrisfield, MDSent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone
-------- Original message --------From: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> Date: 3/15/19 3:59 PM (GMT-05:00) To: mdbirding <mdbirding...> Subject: [MDBirding] Ruby-throated migration map is kaput As the author explained [not that I understood], "Google has stoppedoffering free, anonymous use of its map API...As a result, producing this map is no longer practical, and I'm notlooking for alternatives. Thanks to all of you for your participationand support over 23 migration seasons, and my apologies for anyinconvenience.Previous years' maps are available for study and comparison:http://www.hummingbirds.net/map.htmlThere was a report of a "heard" hummer near Athens in Mercer county onthe WV listserver yesterday...Jim SpeicherBroadRun/Burkittsville area[FR] Frederick County MDM.O.S. member, Washington [WA] Co Chapter-- -- You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google Group 'Maryland & DC Birding'. To view group guidelines or change email preferences, visit this group on the web at http://www.mdbirding.comUnfamiliar with a hotspot mentioned on this list? Quickly locate it here - http://www.mdbirding.com/hotspot.html

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Date: 3/15/19 12:59 pm
From: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Ruby-throated migration map is kaput
As the author explained [not that I understood], "Google has stopped
offering free, anonymous use of its map API...

As a result, producing this map is no longer practical, and I'm not
looking for alternatives. Thanks to all of you for your participation
and support over 23 migration seasons, and my apologies for any
inconvenience.

Previous years' maps are available for study and comparison:
http://www.hummingbirds.net/map.html

There was a report of a "heard" hummer near Athens in Mercer county on
the WV listserver yesterday...

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

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Date: 3/15/19 12:06 pm
From: Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Hawks on the move
Should be a good day at the hawk watches...we just took the dogs out for a short walk an hour ago. From a boardwalk with good view of the sky saw 4-5 Redtails, couple other un-ID’d distant dots, plus a Red-shouldered all in about 10 minutes tops. Dogs were unimpressed.

Gail Mackiernan
Colesville, MD

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Date: 3/15/19 8:37 am
From: Jim Green <jkgbirdman53...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Thursday afternoon bird walk (Montgomery County)
Yesterday afternoon I led my final joint Audubon Naturalist Society//Montgomery Bird Club trip. We started at Riley’s Lock then proceeded to Hughes Hollow and Sycamore Landing Rd.

We were at Riley’s Lock for only about 40 minutes. Due to the nice day there were multiple boats on the river which had scattered most of the waterfowl. On top of that 20-25mph winds came through while we were there as well. We saw a Red-breasted Merganser near the VA shore and 2 Green-winged Teal fly downriver. The highlight here was an adult Bald Eagle that twice flew directly over our heads.

We moved on to Hughes Hollow where we saw Ring-Necked Ducks, American Wigeon, Lesser Scaup and had great looks at Blue-winged Teal. The Pied-billed Grebe was once again heard but not seen. Tree Swallows we’re back in full force. We estimated there were 20 flying over the impoundments. An Eastern Phoebe and a Swamp Sparrow were present. As we were walking back to the parking lot Gemma Radko proved to us that she still has her “ears” as she heard a Woodcock “peent” twice. The Canvasback was seen on our way out in the back pond.

We spent some time on Sycamore Landing Road hoping for Red-headed Woodpeckers. We heard one in the distance but none were seen.

The American Woodcocks continued their dismal showing of two nights ago despite the much more favorable weather (60+ degrees F). One bird flew by us - we then heard 3-4 “peents” and that was it. Never heard this bird go up in flight either. Even the Barred Owls were quiet for the most part. We only heard one hooting during the 30 minutes or so we were standing in the field. We did hear and briefly see a Brown Thrasher initially sounding just like a snorting deer.

17 people started the trip and 14 finished. Thanks to all those who came out on Tuesday & Thursday.

Jim Green
Gaithersburg MD

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Date: 3/15/19 4:21 am
From: scott bates <fennecfox1947...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Woodcocks - Frederick County
On Thursday, March 14, 2019 at 8:48:03 PM UTC-4, Dave Powell wrote:
> There were two-three Woodcocks calling and displaying at the Audrey Carroll Audubon this evening.
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> Germantown, MD

Just about stepped on one at Monocacy Battlefield. Wouldn't be surprised if they display at the Gambrill Mill field.

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Date: 3/14/19 8:20 pm
From: SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Thursday, March 14, 2019 139 Raptors
Fort Smallwood Park
Pasadena, Maryland, USA

Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 14, 2019

Species

Day's Count

Month Total

Season Total

Black Vulture

17

51

55

Turkey Vulture

101

714

751

Osprey

3

14

14

Bald Eagle

2

16

20

Northern Harrier

0

0

0

Sharp-shinned Hawk

2

7

8

Cooper's Hawk

4

12

12

Northern Goshawk

0

0

0

Red-shouldered Hawk

4

52

52

Broad-winged Hawk

0

0

0

Red-tailed Hawk

6

20

26

Rough-legged Hawk

0

0

0

Golden Eagle

0

0

0

American Kestrel

0

2

2

Merlin

0

0

0

Peregrine Falcon

0

0

0

Unknown Accipiter

0

0

0

Unknown Buteo

0

0

0

Unknown Falcon

0

0

0

Unknown Eagle

0

0

0

Unknown Raptor

0

1

1

Total:

139

889

941


Start Time: 9:00 am Daylight Time

End Time: 2:00 pm

Duration: 5 hours

Official Counter: Sue Ricciardi

Observers: Chris Reed, Dan Walker


Weather:
Mostly cloudy; 45-68 degrees; good to excellent visibility; winds
mostly with a southerly component, 0-12 mph

Raptor Observations:
A day much like yesterday weatherwise , but half the migrants. A local
adult Peregrine Falcon flying about for several minutes was a treat.
An Osprey building a nest from scratch is having trouble getting those
first branches to stay put.

Non-raptor Observations:

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Report submitted by Sue Ricciardi ( <susiericc...>)
More information at hawkcount.org: [ Site Profile] [ Day Summary] [
Month Summary]

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

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Date: 3/14/19 6:27 pm
From: 'Elda Banks' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Kent island snowy owl
We did not see the Snowy Owl today.  Thanks for the map.
Elda BanksSilver Spring.

On Thursday, March 14, 2019, 4:44:32 PM EDT, Debbie Taylor <debrataylor11...> wrote:

On Thursday, March 14, 2019 at 2:01:59 PM UTC-4, Georgia McDonald wrote:
> Leaving Lippincott marina area now .  Did NOT see the snowy owl.
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Date: 3/14/19 5:48 pm
From: David Powell <seneca.ranger...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Woodcocks - Frederick County
There were two-three Woodcocks calling and displaying at the Audrey Carroll
Audubon this evening.

Dave Powell
Germantown, MD

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Date: 3/14/19 5:09 pm
From: 'Eric Kershner' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Re: Sharpie seems to be using my window to hunt.
I wanted to provide a little info here on window collisions. I work for USFWS in the division of migratory birds and am a coauthor on a guidance document for reducing collisions with building glass.

The good news is that there are several good and affordable options to protect your windows. Some are much better than others. Most people default to decals, but unless you cover your window with decals, not leaving any space on your window greater than your fist untreated - they really are marginally effective compared to other options.

I would recommend visiting the American Bird Conservancy page on window collisions. They have several experts that keep their site up to date with the best measures. The USFWS mig bird site also has a lot of good information.

Cheers,

Eric L. Kershner
South Riding, VA

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> On Mar 14, 2019, at 7:57 PM, JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> wrote:
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> I found this pretty comprehensive bird collision prevention treatise some time ago...for what it's worth...attached...Jim S
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Date: 3/14/19 4:57 pm
From: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Re: Sharpie seems to be using my window to hunt.
I found this pretty comprehensive bird collision prevention treatise some
time ago...for what it's worth...attached...Jim S

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Date: 3/14/19 2:01 pm
From: 'MikeBowen' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Riley’s Lock 11:45–1:15
On Thursday, March 14, 2019 at 4:52:52 PM UTC-4, Warblerick wrote:
> Unless I'm mistaken, the report of an Eared Grebe was changed to a Horned Grebe.
>
> Rick Sussman
> Woodbine, MD

Rick is not mistaken. I was the person who erroneously posted an Eared Grebe and who had to retract the sighting when I looked at my photos.

Mike Bowen
Bethesda

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Date: 3/14/19 1:52 pm
From: Warblerick <ricksussman1955...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Riley’s Lock 11:45–1:15
Unless I'm mistaken, the report of an Eared Grebe was changed to a Horned Grebe.

Rick Sussman
Woodbine, MD

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Date: 3/14/19 1:44 pm
From: Debbie Taylor <debrataylor11...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Kent island snowy owl
On Thursday, March 14, 2019 at 2:01:59 PM UTC-4, Georgia McDonald wrote:
> Leaving Lippincott marina area now .  Did NOT see the snowy owl.
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Date: 3/14/19 12:06 pm
From: Jan Braumuller <janbraumuller...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Riley’s Lock 11:45–1:15
First, thank you to all who replied to my morning query about sightings. I saw 1 Pied-billed Grebe and 1 Horned Grebe on Seneca Creek.
Also, on the Potomac, a pair of Red-breasted Mergansers were about 1/4 mile upstream actively diving very near the shore. I dipped on the RTLoon and the Eared Grebe. Saw my FOS Eastern Phoebe. It was an enjoyable outing.
I went to Violettes Lock and walked upstream about 1/4 mile, but I did not locate the RTLoon. The wind was whipping up white caps on the river.
Good luck to the folks who go this evening!
Jan Braumuller
Arlington

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Date: 3/14/19 11:02 am
From: Georgia McDonald <gmcdonald1501...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Kent island snowy owl
Leaving Lippincott marina area now . Did NOT see the snowy owl.

On Thu, Mar 14, 2019, 10:43 AM 'Elda Banks' via Maryland & DC Birding <
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> spring
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Date: 3/14/19 10:57 am
From: Steve Long <steve.long4...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Re: Sharpie seems to be using my window to hunt.
Well, my original post was more about noticing an interesting bird
behavior, but I am also still thinking about how to make my glass safer
for birds.

There probably is some "holier than thou" elements in some of the
responses, especially from those that did not bother to read the thread
enough to see that there are already decals on the windows.  The
challenge is to find something that does not spoil the view while still
protecting the birds to a reasonable degree.   But, "holier than thou"
people really don't get to me. So, I just read the responses to see if I
am interested in anything that might be added to what I already know.  I
am still hoping somebody knows of a source of 1/8" wide, outdoor tape in
black, brown or green.  It seems like that would be a very useful
product for making an Acopian-like pattern for use in sliding glass
doors with windy exposures.  So, if there is somebody out there who is
"holy enough" to get such a thing manufactured, I am waiting to hear
from (or about) them.

Steve

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> I'm sure to regret this, but there is an element of "holier than thou"
> in these responses. Make your point, fine, but no need to finger
> Steve in EVERY one of them. For the record, I don't know Steve.
>
> Jim Speicher
> BroadRun/Burkittsville area
> [FR] Frederick County MD
> M.O.S. member, Washington [WA] Co Chapter
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Date: 3/14/19 10:47 am
From: 'Jim Nelson' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] FOY Pine Warbler in Bethesda Yard

We had a wonderful surprise visitor in our small suburban yard in Bethesda in Montgomery County as we sat down to lunch today. A bright male Pine Warbler appeared in our tree giving us great views. After moving around our yard, it visited our suet feeders. Since today is a Project Feeder Watch day for us, we got to count it for that. I don’t think we’ve ever had a Pine Warbler as a FeederWatch species before, making this even more special. So far it has appeared 3 times. Hope it stays around.

Jim Nelson
Bethesda, MD
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Date: 3/14/19 10:04 am
From: Janet Millenson <janet...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Riley’s Lock Birds?
Red-breasted Merganser was at Riley's Lock late Wednesday afternoon.


On 3/14/2019 10:29 AM, Jan Braumuller wrote:
> Good morning,
> Does anyone have an update on the Red-throated loon, Horned Grebe and Red Breasted Merganser sightings at this Lock, Seneca Creek, and Violettes Lock for today or Wed.? I am thinking about heading out there.
> Thank you in advance for any info.
> Jan Braumuller
> Arlington
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Date: 3/14/19 8:55 am
From: pbudde <pbudde...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Riley’s Lock Birds?
The loon was in the river yesterday. It would fly upstream of the bridge over the creek, then float down with the current near the MD shoreline, then repeat. I didn't see the grebe or merganser (or the grosbeak).


Paul
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Good morning,
Does anyone have an update on the Red-throated loon, Horned Grebe and Red Breasted Merganser  sightings at this Lock, Seneca Creek, and Violettes Lock for today or Wed.? I am thinking about heading out there.
Thank you in advance for any info.
Jan Braumuller
Arlington
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Date: 3/14/19 7:45 am
From: 'Elda Banks' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Has any one seen the snowy owl on Kent Narrows area ? Elda Banks Silver Spring,
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Date: 3/14/19 7:43 am
From: 'Elda Banks' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Kent island snowy owl
Where was it ,Art. Was it on a particular road?  Thanks, elda Banks silver spring

On Tuesday, March 12, 2019, 6:04:36 PM EDT, Art Drauglis <lwsyrup...> wrote:

Bird was present Tuesday morning. Seen easily from public road
Art D
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Date: 3/14/19 7:29 am
From: Jan Braumuller <janbraumuller...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Riley’s Lock Birds?
Good morning,
Does anyone have an update on the Red-throated loon, Horned Grebe and Red Breasted Merganser sightings at this Lock, Seneca Creek, and Violettes Lock for today or Wed.? I am thinking about heading out there.
Thank you in advance for any info.
Jan Braumuller
Arlington
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Date: 3/14/19 7:17 am
From: Leonard Bisson <lbisson...>
Subject: [MDBirding] FOS Tree Swallow
Driving home from dinner yesterday evening I saw a Tree Swallow working the fields at the entrance to the Agricultural Farm Park on Muncaster Rd. I guess Spring is coming. :)

Len Bisson
Derwood, MD

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Date: 3/14/19 6:38 am
From: Kevin Graff <keyweststyle2001...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Hart-Miller Island, 03/13/19
03/13/19 - 715am-3pm
Hart-Miller Island, Essex, B Co., MD

WEATHER: PC/MC, 45-48 degrees, SE 6K- SSE 7K

Canada Goose - 13505 (including 13,431 in 208 flocks N)
Tundra Swan - 545 (including 382 in 8 flocks N)
Wood Duck - 7
Gadwall - 147
*EURASIAN WIGEON - 1 (drake)
American Wigeon - 85
American Black Duck - 67
Mallard - 170 (including 10 in 3 flocks N)
Northern Shoveler - 68
Northern Pintail - 173 (including 35 in 3 flocks N)
Green-winged Teal - 73
Canvasback - 2
Ring-necked Duck - 26
Greater Scaup - 63
Lesser Scaup - 398
Bufflehead - 68
Common Goldeneye - 13
Hooded Merganser - 2
Common Merganser - 9 (single flock flyby up the bay)
Red-breasted Merganser - 41
Ruddy Duck - 64
Common Loon - 1
Pied-billed Grebe - 1
Horned Grebe - 2
Double-crested Cormorant - 67
Great Blue Heron - 7 (including 3 flyovers NE)
Turkey Vulture - 1
Osprey - 1
Bald Eagle - 3
Northern Harrier - 2
Peregrine Falcon - 1
American Coot - 69
Killdeer - 4
*GREATER YELLOWLEGS - 1
Bonaparte's Gull - 3
Ring-billed Gull - 227
Herring Gull - 51
Great Black-backed Gull - 11
Mourning Dove - 30
Red-bellied Woodpecker - 1
Downy Woodpecker - 2
Northern Flicker - 2
*EASTERN PHOEBE - 1
Blue Jay - 11
American Crow - 3
*TREE SWALLOW - 4
Carolina Wren - 4
Golden-crowned Kinglet - 2
American Robin - 2
Northern Mockingbird - 1
European Starling - 14
Yellow-rumped Warbler - 1
Eastern Towhee - 2
Savannah Sparrow - 6
Song Sparrow - 53
Swamp Sparrow - 9
White-throated Sparrow - 16
Northern Cardinal - 15
Red-winged Blackbird - 362
Common Grackle - 3
Brown-headed Cowbird - 2
American Goldfinch - 2
SPECIES: 62 INDIVIDUALS: 16527

MAMMALS
Red Fox - 2
White-tailed Deer - 2
Raccoon (tracks)
Muskrat (3 active mounds)

REPTILES: E Painted Turtle - 2 Red-bellied Turtle - 2


Kevin Graff
Jarrettsville, MD
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Date: 3/13/19 9:48 pm
From: Marcia Watson <marshwren50...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Bethel WMA - Cecil County
That was supposed to say: 4 Bald Eagles . . . 3 immatures and 1 adult.

Marcia
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Bowie, Maryland
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> On Mar 14, 2019, at 12:44 AM, Marcia Watson <marshwren50...> wrote:
>
> There was a nice assortment of waterfowl this afternoon at Bethel WMA near Chesapeake City in Cecil County - Canvasback, Lesser Scaup, Common and Hooded Mergs, a couple Bufflehead, Ruddy Duck, Green-winged Teal, Black Duck, Gadwall, American Wigeon, Mallard, Ring-necked. Also my first of the season Tree Swallows. Also 4 Bald Eagles hanging out on the far side of the impoundment - 3 immatures and 1. The 3 immatures were a 1-year, 2-year, and 3-year old, thus showing the various eagle plumages. And at the nearby Chesapeake City Boat Basin, 5 Snow Geese and a first-of-season Osprey.
>
> Full list here: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S53784486
> and here: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S53780759
> https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S53791778
>
> And FYI, on the way home, passing through Kent Island near dusk, I searched for the Snowy Owl at Wells Cove but could not find it.
>
> Marcia
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Date: 3/13/19 9:44 pm
From: Marcia Watson <marshwren50...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Bethel WMA - Cecil County
There was a nice assortment of waterfowl this afternoon at Bethel WMA near Chesapeake City in Cecil County - Canvasback, Lesser Scaup, Common and Hooded Mergs, a couple Bufflehead, Ruddy Duck, Green-winged Teal, Black Duck, Gadwall, American Wigeon, Mallard, Ring-necked. Also my first of the season Tree Swallows. Also 4 Bald Eagles hanging out on the far side of the impoundment - 3 immatures and 1. The 3 immatures were a 1-year, 2-year, and 3-year old, thus showing the various eagle plumages. And at the nearby Chesapeake City Boat Basin, 5 Snow Geese and a first-of-season Osprey.

Full list here: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S53784486
and here: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S53780759
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S53791778

And FYI, on the way home, passing through Kent Island near dusk, I searched for the Snowy Owl at Wells Cove but could not find it.

Marcia
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Date: 3/13/19 9:39 pm
From: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Re: Sharpie seems to be using my window to hunt.
I'm sure to regret this, but there is an element of "holier than thou"
in these responses. Make your point, fine, but no need to finger
Steve in EVERY one of them. For the record, I don't know Steve.

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

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Date: 3/13/19 9:27 pm
From: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Tundra Swans on the move
On 3/13/19, 'Stephen J. Davies wrote:
> Just heard a flock of Tundra Swans calling overhead in the darkness (c. 2349
> hrs) - about 1 mile NE of downtown Silver Spring, Montgomery County.

Some here - must have been high - @0010...

I had hoped to catch them in my 10x bins as they crossed the 1st 1/4
moon, but no luck so far...

Staying with the moon, the terminator [moving line that divides the
daylit side and the dark night side] is super highlighting a great
number of craters tonight...

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

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Date: 3/13/19 8:57 pm
From: 'Stephen J. Davies' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Tundra Swans on the move
Just heard a flock of Tundra Swans calling overhead in the darkness (c. 2349 hrs) - about 1 mile NE of downtown Silver Spring, Montgomery County.

Stephen J. Davies
Silver Spring, MD

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Date: 3/13/19 7:58 pm
From: SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Wednesday, March 13, 2019 270 Raptors
Fort Smallwood Park
Pasadena, Maryland, USA

Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 13, 2019

Species

Day's Count

Month Total

Season Total

Black Vulture

14

34

38

Turkey Vulture

231

613

650

Osprey

1

11

11

Bald Eagle

6

14

18

Northern Harrier

0

0

0

Sharp-shinned Hawk

2

5

6

Cooper's Hawk

2

8

8

Northern Goshawk

0

0

0

Red-shouldered Hawk

7

48

48

Broad-winged Hawk

0

0

0

Red-tailed Hawk

7

14

20

Rough-legged Hawk

0

0

0

Golden Eagle

0

0

0

American Kestrel

0

2

2

Merlin

0

0

0

Peregrine Falcon

0

0

0

Unknown Accipiter

0

0

0

Unknown Buteo

0

0

0

Unknown Falcon

0

0

0

Unknown Eagle

0

0

0

Unknown Raptor

0

1

1

Total:

270

750

802

Start Time: 9:00 am Daylight Time

End Time: 2:30 pm

Duration: 5.5 hours

Official Counter: Sue Ricciardi

Observers: Chris Reed, Dan Walker, Alan & Sue Young


Weather:
Partly cloudy; 36-56 degrees; good visibility; winds calm at first
then southerly, 5-9 mph

Raptor Observations:
Good variety today; three Bald Eagles alternately talon grasping

Non-raptor Observations:
Wood Duck; singing Brown Thrasher; almost 500 Common Grackles

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Report submitted by Sue Ricciardi ( <susiericc...>)
More information at hawkcount.org: [ Site Profile] [ Day Summary] [
Month Summary]

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

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Date: 3/13/19 6:35 pm
From: <beth...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Sharpie seems to be using my window to hunt.
On Sunday, March 3, 2019 at 12:06:02 PM UTC-5, Steve Long wrote:
> In my previous house, I had problems with Sharpshinned Hawks trying to
> fly through the back window to get to the front window through the
> house.  They fell onto my deck, and most recovered enough to fly away. 
> But, one flew across my property line and immediately did the same thing
> into my neighbor's kitchen window.
>
> So, when a Sharpie starts staking-out my bird feeders here at my new
> house, I start to worry about it flying into our sliding glass door. 
> But, the one we have had here for the last several days seems to have
> developed a technique to USE THE DOOR TO CATCH SONGBIRDS.  It sits in a
> tree and waits for multiple small birds to get on the feeder.  Then, it
> flies past the feeder, causing the small birds to scatter in panic. 
> Often, one strikes the door, usually just a glancing blow, but enough to
> disorient it sufficiently for the Sharpie to turn in mid air and grab it
> out of the air, or maybe off the ground.  This has already been done
> several times, so it isn't a fluke; that bird has a strategy. Before it
> started doing that, it was chasing small birds around in the bushes in
> the back and front of our house.
>
> Steve Long, Oxford

Hi Steve,
I received a request this morning to respond to this post. Thanks for sharing this information. This is a fairly common problem, though not many notice the pattern that is created like you have. Hawks, like any bird, are confused by the transparent and reflective properties of glass. The difference is that once they have made the behavioral link they will use the glass as a tool even if they don't know why it works, they know it works... They will stop hunting in other areas that are less successful and begin using the bird feeders regularly, taking stunned or killed birds that would otherwise get away but can't because they hit glass. This alters the behavior of the predator, removes high volumes of birds that would otherwise be able to outrun or outmaneuver or hide, and for many reasons should be stopped once the pattern is noticed. Additionally, the hawk will often succumb to a glass strike because it doesn't know that there is glass there either. Many times it will take a brisk chase and it will ultimately claim the hawk as well. This just happened in Annapolis and photographer watched a Coopers Hawk chase a sparrow into a window and both died. It is now becoming evident to rehabbers that the birds who fly away are not ok....the wounds, impact, head trauma, trouble breathing, etc will likely claim them in a few days if they do not recover with a rehabber and most are changing their protocols regarding immediate release because of this. There are only two things you can do: follow the 2x4 rule of a visual cue on the window so a songbird will see the glass and not attempt to fly there or relocate your feeders well away from a glass barrier to break the behavior pattern. You will still get the hawks, but will not have this volume of depredation resulting from an unnatural barrier. My favorite is always the Acopian Bird Saver that you can find directions for at www.birdsavers.com and on my sliders I put decals but you can use all manner of things - ultimately I moved my own feeders, provided a brush pile for birds to hide in, and I watch often to be sure that I alter any unfortunate set up that I have made as I have nesting Coopers behind my house and want the behavior to be as natural and balanced as possible. Happy to help if you need anything.
Cheers,
Beth

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Date: 3/13/19 6:35 pm
From: Hugh David Fleischmann <huey122663...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Woodcocks in White Marsh
Last night Gene Ricks and I went to look for displaying Woodcocks. We
went to Nottingham Ridge in White Marsh, which is a business park. It has a
remaining field with some woods attached that attracted the Woodcocks. We
were not disappointed. As soon as it got a little dark they started
peenting. 2 of them flew right past our heads. We had to duck to avoid
being flown into, it seemed. For the next 40 minutes we had 5-8 American
Woodcocks peenting, flying, and displaying just feet from us. I was able
to get a couple useable pictures with a very hi ISO. It was very cool to
witness. Thanks Gene. Sorry for stealing the light. 🙄 See below for
pics.



Hugh David Fleischmann
410-598-9292

Awesome Birding in 2019!!


On Wed, Mar 6, 2019, 9:34 AM Tim Houghton <timhoughton...> wrote:

> Has anyone checked behind the Edgewood Home Depot for woodcocks? Thanks
>
>
> Tim Houghton
>
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Date: 3/13/19 5:47 pm
From: Jim Green <jkgbirdman53...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Tuesday afternoon bird walk
Yesterday I led a joint ANS//MBC trip. We met on the bridge at Rileys Lock/C&O Canal. We then hit Hughes Hollow and finished at Sycamore Landing Rd.

At Riley’s Lock we saw the 3 continuing Red-throated Loons, Horned Grebes, Red-breasted Mergansers and Bufflehead. Down at Violette’s Lock there were over 100 Ring-billed Gulls and 6 Double-crested Cormorants. A walk up the towpath was unsuccessful in locating any Evening Grosbeaks. A Brown Creeper let us know that some winter birds are still around and a quiet Eastern Phoebe let us know that spring is finally approaching.

At Hughes Hollow there were easily over 200 Ring-necked Ducks and 20 American Wigeon. A single Pied-billed Grebe was seen and also heard giving it’s unique call. A Canvasback and Common Goldeneye-both unusual for this location-continued since last week. A few in the group briefly saw 2 Blue-winged Teal in flight. An Eastern Phoebe was seen here as well along with a Swamp Sparrow.

On to Sycamore Landing field where we were disappointed by the lack of American Woodcock display. A single bird flew by us and (assuming it was the same bird) gave some distant “peents” but was never heard going up in flight to continue its display. Our lone highlight here was a sighting of a perched Barred Owl and hearing at least 3 others calling and hooting. It was 42 degrees F when we were listening for the woodcocks. 14 participants started the trip and 9 finished.

Other notes...Since River Road is closed near the temple we had to detour around taking Partnership then Sugarland then Hughes Roads to get to Hughes Hollow. During our caravan there one driver saw 2 Wild Turkeys and another car’s passenger saw one of the lingering Sandhills Cranes in the cornfield opposite the polo fields. Two others met us at Sycamore Landing Road and earlier had 3 Red-headed Woodpeckers between the two bridges.

Sorry for the delay in posting this trip.

Tomorrow (Thursday) I will lead a similar trip. We meet at 4:30 pm on the bridge at Riley’s Lock and will finish just before 8pm. All are welcome. Hopefully the expected warmer weather will excite the woodcocks.

Jim Green
Gaithersburg MD





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Date: 3/13/19 4:57 pm
From: Patricia Valdata <pvaldata1...>
Subject: [MDBirding] FOS Ospreys: Somerset County
A pair on the first platform as you head toward Deal Island on Deal Island
Road. Also spotted a new Bald Eagle nest in the marsh with activity. Didn't
have my scope so I couldn't get details, but I could see two adults on it.

Also had my FOS Great Egret on Riley Roberts Road, and a close pass by a
gorgeous male Northern Harrier. Had no scope so I couldn't pick out any
pelicans from among the swans, but even at some distance, they all looked
like swans to me. TONS of wigeons and other waterfowl.

Pat Valdata
Crisfield, Somerset County

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Date: 3/13/19 2:57 pm
From: Warblerick <ricksussman1955...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Canada Goose flyout NOW
Congrats Jake!

Rick Sussman
Woodbine, Md

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Date: 3/13/19 2:26 pm
From: Jacob Hall <jacob.s.hall...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Canada Goose flyout NOW
Speaking of Tundra Swan movement, last night around 10:15 I was getting in bed and heard a flock fly over calling actively. I threw open the window to confirm. Finally got them for my DC list!

-Jake Hall
Capitol Hill, DC

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Date: 3/13/19 7:59 am
From: David Gibson <20cabot...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Early nesters, eagle hatchlings, and learning birdsong
Hi fellow birders, Here's my latest blog. In it, I cover some of the signs of spring, like nesting Killdeer and Ospreys (complete with photos) and the eaglets that have hatched in VA and in MD. I also touch on the topic of learning bird songs and calls, including the recording of same. I hope you enjoy it! https://birdpartner.com/2019/03/13/a-patchwork-quilt/

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Date: 3/13/19 6:56 am
From: Warblerick <ricksussman1955...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Canada Goose flyout NOW
Thousands heading north in many high flocks over my yard in Woodbine, SW Carroll County this morning as well.

Rick Sussman
Woodbine

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Date: 3/13/19 6:46 am
From: Daniel Rauch <danrauch11...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Canada Goose flyout NOW
1,200 Canada geese passed over RFK stadium in 10 minutes.

D

On Wed, Mar 13, 2019 at 9:38 AM Matt Hafner <hafner.matt...> wrote:

> I saw several thousand Canada Geese and about 200 Tundra Swans on my drive
> from Fallston to Baltimore City this morning. It was the most geese I've
> ever seen on a commute!
>
> Matt Hafner
> Forest Hill, MD
>
> On Wed, Mar 13, 2019 at 9:26 AM Hugh McGuinness <hdmcguinness...>
> wrote:
>
>> It appears that today might be the day when the majority of Canada Geese
>> leave our region. I have already seen two major flocks heading north (on of
>> 35 and the other of 150+) in the middle of the District. The past couple of
>> years the date for flyout from the District has been during the second week
>> of March, so this is the right time-frame. It might be a good day to add a
>> rare goose to your patch list if you have time, patience and a scope! And,
>> tonight might be a good night to listen for Tundra Swans after dark.
>>
>> Hugh
>>
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Date: 3/13/19 6:38 am
From: Matt Hafner <hafner.matt...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Canada Goose flyout NOW
I saw several thousand Canada Geese and about 200 Tundra Swans on my drive
from Fallston to Baltimore City this morning. It was the most geese I've
ever seen on a commute!

Matt Hafner
Forest Hill, MD

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> It appears that today might be the day when the majority of Canada Geese
> leave our region. I have already seen two major flocks heading north (on of
> 35 and the other of 150+) in the middle of the District. The past couple of
> years the date for flyout from the District has been during the second week
> of March, so this is the right time-frame. It might be a good day to add a
> rare goose to your patch list if you have time, patience and a scope! And,
> tonight might be a good night to listen for Tundra Swans after dark.
>
> Hugh
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Date: 3/13/19 6:26 am
From: Hugh McGuinness <hdmcguinness...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Canada Goose flyout NOW
It appears that today might be the day when the majority of Canada Geese
leave our region. I have already seen two major flocks heading north (on of
35 and the other of 150+) in the middle of the District. The past couple of
years the date for flyout from the District has been during the second week
of March, so this is the right time-frame. It might be a good day to add a
rare goose to your patch list if you have time, patience and a scope! And,
tonight might be a good night to listen for Tundra Swans after dark.

Hugh

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Date: 3/12/19 7:35 pm
From: SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Tuesday, March 12, 2019 148 Raptors
Fort Smallwood Park
Pasadena, Maryland, USA

Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 12, 2019

Species

Day's Count

Month Total

Season Total

Black Vulture

0

20

24

Turkey Vulture

118

382

419

Osprey

3

10

10

Bald Eagle

0

8

12

Northern Harrier

0

0

0

Sharp-shinned Hawk

1

3

4

Cooper's Hawk

2

6

6

Northern Goshawk

0

0

0

Red-shouldered Hawk

22

41

41

Broad-winged Hawk

0

0

0

Red-tailed Hawk

2

7

13

Rough-legged Hawk

0

0

0

Golden Eagle

0

0

0

American Kestrel

0

2

2

Merlin

0

0

0

Peregrine Falcon

0

0

0

Unknown Accipiter

0

0

0

Unknown Buteo

0

0

0

Unknown Falcon

0

0

0

Unknown Eagle

0

0

0

Unknown Raptor

0

1

1

Total:

148

480

532

Start Time: 9:00 am Daylight Time

End Time: 2:30 pm

Duration: 5.5 hours

Official Counter: Sue Ricciardi

Observers: Chris Reed, Dan Walker


Visitors:
Candy, Pam, Dick, Mary

Weather:
Sunny; 40-48 degrees; excellent visibility; winds northwesterly 7-17
mph, gusting to 23 mph

Raptor Observations:
Pulses of action, with a nice showing of adult Red-shouldered Hawks

Non-raptor Observations:
Another 3800 blackbirds, mostly red-wings; 3 Horned Grebes and a
Pied-billed Grebe; first Spring Peepers of the season! (Yes, SPRING
Peepers!!)

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Report submitted by Sue Ricciardi ( <susiericc...>)
More information at hawkcount.org: [ Site Profile] [ Day Summary] [
Month Summary]

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

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Date: 3/12/19 7:34 pm
From: <wbell2...>
Subject: [MDBirding] YMOS BIRDATHON
This is a one-time posting regarding the 2019 YMOS Birdathon which takes place this coming weekend, 16 and 17 March. The Birdathon is the primary fund raising effort by the Youth Program of the MD Ornithological Society (YMOS) to support young birder participation in the World Series of Birding competition at Cape May, NJ this May. They seek pledges of $0.25, $0.50, or $1.00 per each species seen on the MD Eastern Shore. Please send your pledge via email to Wayne Bell <wbell2...> or George Radcliffe <radclifg...> We will contact all supporters shortly after the Birdathon results are known.
Thank you very much for your attention and consideration. Good birding!

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Date: 3/12/19 3:04 pm
From: Art Drauglis <lwsyrup...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Kent island snowy owl
Bird was present Tuesday morning. Seen easily from public road
Art D
W DC

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Date: 3/12/19 3:03 pm
From: Art Drauglis <lwsyrup...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Somerset County
EUWI and 3 pelicans were still present this morning. Needed a scope to find them, though.
Art D
W DC

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Date: 3/12/19 2:04 pm
From: Pat <pvaldata1...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Hormonal Buffleheads
Yesterday the water was mirror-smooth until a group of five males tried to get the attention of a lone female. She'd already made her choice, apparently, so in addition to the display splashing of the males, and much head bobbing, she was whizzing around with her head low like a torpedo,  chasing them away. The water was roiling from all the action. Then she and her honey swam away.Today, a female went after the Horned Grebe that swam a liitle too close. Interesting to see that species matters less than proximity. The grebe is getting some color on its face, btw.It's fun seeing the Buffleheads displaying. The males take short flights and skid on the landing for about 10 feet, making a big splash. Then they bob their heads like crazy, dunk their heads several times and come up stretching and flapping their wings. Sexy!Pat ValdataCrisfield, MDSent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone

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Date: 3/12/19 1:49 pm
From: <lisawilcoxdeyo...>
Subject: [MDBirding] A good reason not to leaf blow
Ah, all good points. I am a Landscape Architect and certified Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional who does lots of conservation landscape projects for storm water magement that help protect the Bay. Problem is we had 62 inches of rain last year. Many plants died from root rot and fungus. The soils were saturated, particularly in shady gardens like mine. I raked leaves to help break up the thick wet mats they had formed so spring emergents can get air and light, and to prevent fungus diseases. The best is to mow your fall leaves into mulch, but I didn’t get to that this year.

Lisa Wilcox Deyo
Betbesda, MD

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Date: 3/12/19 1:36 pm
From: James Wilson <birdmanjfw...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Birding Disclaimer
I live near Centreville on the Eastern Shore. I gave a talk recently at the Queen Anne's Library about the irruption of birds this winter and other feeder birds. The local newspapers, The Record Observer, and the Easton Star-Democrat, ran an article about the talk (the same article and pictures in both).
For any local birders that read the article, I did say some of the things mentioned. I did not say some of the total inaccuracies that are there. No need to spell out what was wrong or right. I just shake my head and move on.
'Nuff said.

Jim Wilson
ps: The word emblazoned across my forehead in one picture is from the screen display. It is not a tattoo.

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Date: 3/12/19 1:33 pm
From: Bobbi <b.reichwein...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Osprey sighting
Today while driving on the Riva Rd. bridge over the South River around 1:30pm I spied my first of the season Osprey perched on the nesting platform across from Mike's Crab House. Last year my first Osprey was March 1st. Still, I'm happy to see them return.

Bobbi Reichwein
Davidsonville

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Date: 3/12/19 1:25 pm
From: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...>
Subject: [MDBirding] [FR] Juve & adult Red-shoulders
It was fun to watch as the two interacted just b4 & just after noon today...

The juve RSHA had hunted something successfully and was on the ground
with it when an adult flew just over it landing in a tree some 30'/50'
away. 30 to 35 minutes later as I returned from Middletown [shopping
& library] the two were both on the ground feet apart with the adult
having the morsel at that point. The juve then flew at the adult
causing it to drop at least a portion of the morsel. Both came to
rest mere feet apart again on the ground not far away, b4 I moved
on...

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

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Date: 3/12/19 11:18 am
From: Lydia Schindler <lydia13621...>
Subject: [MDBirding] DC Area, 3/12/2019
Hotline: Voice of the Naturalist
Date: 3/12/2019
Coverage: MD/DC/VA/central and southern DE/WV panhandle
Reports, comments and questions: <voice...>
Compiler: Bryan Henson
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 https://www.anshome.org.

This is the Voice of the Naturalist, a service of the Audubon
Naturalist Society. This report covers the week starting Tuesday,
March 5 and was completed on Tuesday, February 12 at 6:00 a.m.

Information on noteworthy birds is presented below in taxonomic order,
as set forth in the American Ornithological Society Checklist for
North and Middle American Birds, as revised through the 59th
Supplement (June 2018). This report does not provide information about
likely escaped or released birds (e.g. various parrots and parakeets),
non-established feral birds (e.g., Muscovy Duck) and introduced game
birds (e.g., Ring-necked Pheasant).

The top bird this week is the continuing ROCK WREN* in MD.

Other birds of interest this week included ROSS'S GEESE, GREATER
WHITE-FRONTED GEESE, CACKLING GOOSE, TRUMPETER SWANS, EURASIAN WIGEON,
COMMON EIDER, WHITE-WINGED SCOTER, LONG-TAILED DUCK, RED-NECKED GREBE,
WESTERN GREBE, SANDHILL CRANES, BAR-TAILED GODWIT*, RED-THROATED
LOONS, AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS, TRICOLORED HERON, BLACK-CAPPED
CHICKADEE, MARSH WREN, EVENING GROSBEAKS, SNOW BUNTINGS, BREWER'S
BLACKBIRD, WESTERN TANAGER, PAINTED BUNTING and DICKCISSEL.

TOP BIRDS

A continuing ROCK WREN* was seen regularly throughout the week at a
private residence in St. Mary's Co, MD. Viewing at this private
residence is permitted under a strict set of ground rules and by
appointment only. Email Kyle Rambo at kerambo+<rockwren...> for
a reservation and copy of the ground rules, including a request for
your preferred viewing date and choice of 4 available time slots: 8-10
AM, 10 AM-12 Noon, 12-2 PM, or 2-4 PM.

OTHER BIRDS OF INTEREST

A continuing ROSS'S GOOSE was photographed at Britts Park, Tazewell
Co, VA on March 6 and 8. On March 10, a ROSS'S GOOSE was photographed
at Princess Anne WMA, Beasley Tract, Virginia Beach, VA. Three GREATER
WHITE-FRONTED GEESE were photographed on Howard Hannah Rd, Craig Co,
VA on March 7 and 8. Thirty GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE were
photographed on the pond near the New River Valley Fairgrounds,
Pulaski Co, VA on March 5 through 10. Five GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE
were photographed at McCune's Pond, Augusta Co, VA on March 8 and 9.
CACKLING GEESE were seen at several locations: one at Dyke Marsh
Wildlife Preserve, Fairfax Co, VA on March 9; two at Occoquan Sewage
Plant, Fairfax Co, VA on March 5; five at McCune's Pond, Augusta Co,
VA on March 8 and 9; one at 11800 New Gate Blvd, Washington Co, MD on
March 6 and 7; three at Broadford Lake, Garrett Co, MD on March 5
through 9; two at Hog Island WMA, Surry Co, VA on March 9.

Two TRUMPETER SWANS were seen off Muddy Creek Rd, Anne Arundel Co, MD
on March 5. Two TRUMPETER SWANS were seen at Patuxent Research Refuge
North Tract, Anne Arundel Co, MD on March 8 through 10.

A continuing EURASIAN WIGEON was photographed at Riley Roberts Rd at
Deal Island WMA, Somerset Co, MD on March 5, 9, and 11. Another
continuing EURASIAN WIGEON was photographed at Ted Harvey WMA, Logan
Lane Tract North, Kent Co, DE on March 5, 6, and 8. Another EURASIAN
WIGEON was photographed in Long Creek west of First Landing State
Park, Virginia Beach, VA on March 5.

A continuing COMMON EIDER was seen as recently as March 10 at Fort
Monroe, Hampton, VA.

A continuing WHITE-WINGED SCOTER was photographed March 5 and 8 at
Claytor Lake State Park, Pulaski Co, VA.

Three LONG-TAILED DUCKS were photographed March 10 at C.M. Crockett
Park, Fauquier Co, VA. An individual LONG-TAILED DUCK was seen at
Occoquan Bay NWR, Prince William Co, VA on March 9. Another individual
was seen at Broadford Lake, Garrett Co, MD on March 9. Another was
photographed at Lapidum, Harford Co, MD on March 8. Yet another was
seen on Pinto Pond, Allegany Co, MD on March 9. A LONG-TAILED DUCK was
seen March 10 at Rocky Gap State Park, Allegany Co, MD. A LONG-TAILED
DUCK was photographed at a pond near Chase City, Mecklenburg Co, VA on
March 11.

A continuing RED-NECKED GREBE was photographed March 5 at Silver Lake
Regional Park, Prince William Co, VA. As many as eight RED-NECKED
GREBES were photographed at Broadford Lake, Garrett Co, MD on March 5
through 11. Another was photographed March 10 and 11 at Loch Raven
Reservoir, Baltimore Co, MD. Two RED-NECKED GREBES were photographed
March 5 through 11 at Lapidum, Harford Co, MD. Another was seen March
11 at Claiborne Landing, Talbot Co, MD. A continuing WESTERN GREBE was
seen at John H. Kerr Reservoir – Dam Area, Mecklenburg Co, VA on March
9 and 10.

A SANDHILL CRANE was photographed near the 11800 block of New Gate
Blvd, Washington Co, MD on March 6, 7 and 10. Another lone crane was
seen March 9 on Dion Rd, Caroline Co, MD. Two continuing SANDHILL
CRANES were photographed at Hughes Rd in Poolesville, Montgomery Co,
MD, most recently on March 11.

A BAR-TAILED GODWIT* continued at Tom's Cove in Chincoteague NWR,
Accomack Co, VA as recently as March 5.

A continuing RED-THROATED LOON was seen at Briery Creek WMA, Prince
Edward Co, VA on March 5. Another was photographed at Lake
Merriweather, Rockbridge Co, VA on March 7 and 10. A pair were
photographed at East Potomac Park, Hains Point, Washington, DC on
March 10. A pair of RED-THROATED LOONS continued near Violette's and
Riley's Lock, Montgomery Co, MD as recently as March 11. A continuing
RED-THROATED LOON was last photographed at Lake Needwood, Montgomery
Co, MD on March 5.

Five AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS were photographed at the CBBT Scenic
Overlook, Northampton Co, VA on March 7. As many as 29 were
photographed at Hog Island WMA, Surry Co, VA on March 5 through 11.
Three AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS were photographed at Deal Island WMA on
Riley Roberts Road, Somerset Co, MD on March 9 through 11. Five more
were seen at Salisbury City Park, Wicomico, MD on March 9.

A TRICOLORED HERON was seen March 7 at Pleasure House Point Natural
Area, Virginia Beach, VA. Another was seen at Deal Island WMA on Riley
Roberts Road, Somerset, MD on March 8, 9, and 11.

A GOLDEN EAGLE was seen at Pickering Creek Audubon Center, Talbot Co,
MD on March 10.

A continuing BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEE was seen March 11 at Wilson Ct,
Charlottesville, VA.

A continuing MARSH WREN was seen March 7 and 10 at Blandy Experimental
Farm/State Arboretum in Clarke Co, VA.

As many as six continuing EVENING GROSBEAKS were observed at feeders
along Union Springs Road in Rockingham Co, VA as recently as March 10.
Four continuing EVENING GROSBEAKS were seen on Longview Drive, Bath
Co, VA at a private residence on March 9. Three EVENING GROSBEAKS
continue to be seen in Boonsboro at a private residence on Manor
Church Rd, Washington Co, MD as recently as March 10. Two EVENING
GROSBEAKS continue as recently as March 11 at Riley's Lock, Montgomery
Co, MD.

SNOW BUNTINGS continue at North Point SP in Baltimore Co, MD, with a
high of nine individuals; the most recent sighting was on March 10.

As many as 18 BREWER'S BLACKBIRDS were photographed on March 8, 9 and
10 at Breeze Farms, Virginia Beach, VA.

A WESTERN TANAGER was photographed at Yorktown Wild Birds Unlimited,
York Co, VA on March 7.

A PAINTED BUNTING was photographed at a private feeder on River Arch
Dr, Chesapeake, VA on March 6. Another was photographed March 10 at a
private feeder on Chesapeake Ave, Chesapeake, VA. A private feeder in
Jefferson Co, WV also hosted a PAINTED BUNTING on March 10. Another
was photographed March 9 at a private feeder in Baltimore Co, MD.

A continuing DICKCISSEL was seen March 5 and 11 near Fletcher's Cove,
C&O Canal, Washington, DC.

***

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

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

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

Thank you for your interest, and enjoy the birds.

*Of interest to the applicable state records committee

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Date: 3/12/19 8:05 am
From: Mark Rositol <mrositol510...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: eBird gadget and mid-Atlantic rarity pages down
In the meantime, here is the Ebird link for MD Rarities

https://ebird.org/alert/summary?sid=SN35550&sortBy=obsDt&o=desc

M Rositol
Fort Washington, MD

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Date: 3/12/19 7:22 am
From: 'Marcy Stutzman' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: eBird gadget and mid-Atlantic rarity pages down
Yea! Thank you!

Marcy Stutzman
Russett, MD 20724

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Date: 3/12/19 7:16 am
From: Jared Fisher <jaredfisher...>
Subject: [MDBirding] eBird gadget and mid-Atlantic rarity pages down
Hi all,

The eBird rarity gadget and mid-Atlantic rarity pages on www.mdbirding.com
are no longer working after eBird recently cut off access to their old API.
I'm working on getting the pages updated.

Thanks,

Jared Fisher
Rockville, MD

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Date: 3/12/19 6:20 am
From: Ann Coren <anncoren...>
Subject: [MDBirding] A good reason not to leaf blow
If you don’t clear your perennial beds, but rather leave the leaves and last year’s stems to decompose you will have many benefits. The insects may attract ground feeding birds such as thrushes. The beneficial insects, those not eaten by the birds, will eat the insects like aphids that attack your plants. The decomposing leaves are nutrients for both soil organisms and your plants and as they are used by soil organisms add tilth to the soil. This tilth holds air pockets for the insects such as native bees, and water pockets which hold the rainwater which is not only beneficial for your plants, but also prevents erosion and runoff into the Bay. Hardwood mulch in comparison does none of these things. As hardwood mulch decomposes it robs the soil of nitrogen, compacts, and if it forms a crust can prevent rainwater from percolating down to the plant roots. Generally the rule of thumb is that if you want perennials, birds, and bees let the leaves lay, if you want annuals hardwood mulch will suffice. I prefer the leaves. As a bonus a ground nesting bird may choose your flower bed. An additional bonus is that all those leaves sequester carbon in the soil, helping to mitigate your carbon footprint.
This is called ecosystem landscaping.
Ann Coren
University of Maryland Extension Howard County Master Gardener

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Date: 3/11/19 7:00 pm
From: Andy Martin <apmartin2...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Am. Woodcocks at Sycamore Landing Rd, MoCo
Had 2 American Woodcocks "peenting" in McKee-Beshers WMA fields off Sycamore Landing Rd this evening. 1 bird started around 7:30 pm and a second bird around 7:39.

Earlier, around 5 pm tried again for the Evening Grosbeaks above Riley's Lock w/o success. Saw Mike Bowen's corrected ID'd Horned Grebe in Seneca Creek in vicinity of the boat ramp area along Riley's Lock Rd and got my FOS Eastern Phoebe.

A stop at Hughes Hollow around 6 pm, yielded good numbers of ducks in left side impoundment. Mostly Ring-necked (90+) but also 3-4 Bufflehead, 8 or so American Wigeon and a single female Lesser Scaup and a female Goldeneye which has been around for a month or so.

Hope I can get out to one of Jim Green's MBC evening forays (http://www.montgomerybirdclub.org/Calendar.php) to same area either tomorrow (3/12) or Thursday (3/14).

Andy Martin
Gaithersburg

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Date: 3/11/19 6:16 pm
From: SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Monday, March 11, 2019 115 Raptors
Fort Smallwood Park
Pasadena, Maryland, USA

Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 11, 2019

Species

Day's Count

Month Total

Season Total

Black Vulture

3

20

24

Turkey Vulture

98

264

301

Osprey

2

7

7

Bald Eagle

0

8

12

Northern Harrier

0

0

0

Sharp-shinned Hawk

0

2

3

Cooper's Hawk

2

4

4

Northern Goshawk

0

0

0

Red-shouldered Hawk

7

19

19

Broad-winged Hawk

0

0

0

Red-tailed Hawk

1

5

11

Rough-legged Hawk

0

0

0

Golden Eagle

0

0

0

American Kestrel

2

2

2

Merlin

0

0

0

Peregrine Falcon

0

0

0

Unknown Accipiter

0

0

0

Unknown Buteo

0

0

0

Unknown Falcon

0

0

0

Unknown Eagle

0

0

0

Unknown Raptor

0

1

1

Total:

115

332

384


Start Time: 9:00 am Daylight Time

End Time: 2:30 pm

Duration: 5.5 hours

Official Counter: Sue Ricciardi

Observers: Chris Reed, Dan Walker


Weather:
Mostly cloudy; 48-56 degrees; excellent visibility; winds westerly
8-20 mph, gusting to 32 mph

Raptor Observations:
Good movement today; first American Kestrels of the season

Non-raptor Observations:
Blackbirds were the star migrants of the day. Nearly 11,000 Red-winged
Blackbirds and 3500 Common Grackles in over 60 separate flocks, flying
all day except for the last half-hour. A Park staff member reported
thousands more blackbirds about 2.5 hours before the count began.
Also, 1140 migrating Canada Geese; 59 Tree Swallows; 60 Ring-billed
Gulls; 21 Red-breasted Mergansers. ebird checklist:
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S53722095

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Date: 3/11/19 4:51 pm
From: <lisawilcoxdeyo...>
Subject: [MDBirding] A good reason not to leaf blow
We left most of our autumn leaves on the ground, which provides habitat for insects, and replenishes the soil. I got the rake out this morning to start clearing my perennial beds and carried the leaves to a hidden back corner of our yard where we dump them. To my surprise, a woodcock flew up. Whistling wings took it into my neighbor's rear yard, into dense bamboo. Shortly afterwards, a landscape crew showed up to to blow off their yard. I felt relieved the woodcock l had a place to hide. And bamboo is a terrible invasive I know).

I am guessing this was a migrating bird, and wonder what others think.

Lisa Wilcox Deyo,
Bethesda, MD

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Date: 3/11/19 1:31 pm
From: JimC <wetstuff...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Ospreys are back!
On Monday, March 11, 2019 at 9:56:31 AM UTC-4, Nancy Law wrote:
> Sunday March 10th on Salt Works Creek - Osprey calling and flying over the creek chasing off our resident Bald Eagle!

Cool. Where is SWC?

Jim

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Date: 3/11/19 12:40 pm
From: 'MikeBowen' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Eared Grebe at Riley's Lock, Montgomery County
On Monday, March 11, 2019 at 1:33:50 PM UTC-4, Mike Bowen wrote:
> There was an Eared Grebe on Seneca Creek just above Riley's Lock at 12:30 p.m. today, March 11. Swimming up the creek and diving frequently. I'll embed photos on my eBird checklist later today.

Whoa, Nelly! Looked at my photos and this bird was a Horned Grebe, not an Eared. Sorry for the error both in the name of the location (Riley's Lock, not Rickley's) and in the i.d. Too soon old, too late smart.

Photos are in the checklist at:
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S53706406

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Date: 3/11/19 10:33 am
From: 'MikeBowen' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Eared Grebe at Riley's Lock, Montgomery County
There was an Eared Grebe on Seneca Creek just above Rikley's Lock at 12:30 p.m. today, March 11. Swimming up the creek and diving frequently. I'll embed photos on my eBird checklist later today.

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Date: 3/11/19 7:26 am
From: Joe Hanfman <auk1844...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Somerset County
Birded Deal Island Riley Roberts Rd this morning. Go past the turnoff and stop when it opens up. The following notable birds were all at this stop.
American White Pelican 2
Eurasian Wigeon
Common Merganser - male and female
Tricolored Heron 2



Joe Hanfman
Columbia, MD

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Date: 3/11/19 6:56 am
From: Nancy Law <help4elephants...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Ospreys are back!
Sunday March 10th on Salt Works Creek - Osprey calling and flying over the creek chasing off our resident Bald Eagle!

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Date: 3/11/19 6:55 am
From: 'Marcy Stutzman' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Oxbow Lake Field Trip, Satuday, 3/16/19
The weather is looking good so far for the Oxbow Lake Field Trip on Saturday (see below). There's a good chance that Wilson's Snipe will be spotted. If you'd like to visit Oxbow Lake and learn how to find/see Wilson's Snipe, consider joining us! Print the attached map and bring it with you so you can learn the various landmarks we use when describing where to look and where you're at.

Marcy Stutzman
Russett, M4 20724


Anne Arundel Bird Club's Annual Field Trip to the
Little Patuxent River Oxbow Lake Nature Preserve

Marcy Stutzman (Russett) and Jay Sheppard (Maryland City) will be guides for the Anne Arundel Bird Club field trip on Saturday, March 16, 2019, to the Little Patuxent River Oxbow Lake Nature Preserve. The Little Patuxent River Oxbow Lake Nature Preserve comprises approximately 200 acres of wetlands and wooded areas in the former oxbow of the Little Patuxent River. March provides a variety of waterfowl. The field trip is open to anyone with an interest in birds, learning about birding (as well as flora and fauna), or maybe you just want to learn more about Oxbow Lake. Bring your binoculars, telescopes, guides, cameras, etc. Dress for the weather and for hiking on primitive trails. In case of a heavy rainstorm or severe weather that morning, the trip will be cancelled. Be at the main entrance on Oxbow Place by 9:00 a.m. and plan for a 2-hour tour. We hope to see you there!

Information about the Bird Club may be found here: https://mdbirds.org/join/chapters/anne-arundel-bird-club/

Information about the birds seen at Oxbow Lake visit the eBird Oxbow Lake Hotspot here: https://ebird.org/hotspot/L470637

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Date: 3/10/19 6:06 pm
From: SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Sunday, March 10, 2019 58 Raptors
Fort Smallwood Park
Pasadena, Maryland, USA

Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 10, 2019

Species

Day's Count

Month Total

Season Total

Black Vulture

3

17

21

Turkey Vulture

43

166

203

Osprey

0

5

5

Bald Eagle

3

8

12

Northern Harrier

0

0

0

Sharp-shinned Hawk

0

2

3

Cooper's Hawk

0

2

2

Northern Goshawk

0

0

0

Red-shouldered Hawk

8

12

12

Broad-winged Hawk

0

0

0

Red-tailed Hawk

1

4

10

Rough-legged Hawk

0

0

0

Golden Eagle

0

0

0

American Kestrel

0

0

0

Merlin

0

0

0

Peregrine Falcon

0

0

0

Unknown Accipiter

0

0

0

Unknown Buteo

0

0

0

Unknown Falcon

0

0

0

Unknown Eagle

0

0

0

Unknown Raptor

0

1

1

Total:

58

217

269


Start Time: 10:45 am Daylight Time

End Time: 3:00 pm

Duration: 4.25 hours

Official Counter: Dan Walker, Sue Ricciardi

Observers: Dan Walker, Alan and Sue Young


Visitors:
Christians Riual

Weather:
Cloudy with fog at first, becoming mostly cloudy after the fog mostly
burned off; 41-49 degrees; poor to fair visibility with birds getting
lost in the low cloud cover; winds calm at first, then becoming
southwest, 5-9 mph

Raptor Observations:
Red-shouldered Hawks starting to move; a local Peregrine Falcon flying
around for awhile giving great looks; resident Osprey looking like
he's waiting for his mate to arrive

Non-raptor Observations:

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Month Summary]

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

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Date: 3/10/19 5:26 pm
From: 'Fred Shaffer' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Iceland Gull at Kent Narrows
I birdied Kent Narrows late this afternoon, going to a variety of vantage points and locations. While I didn't relocate the Snowy Owl, I did see a first winter Iceland Gull and my first I Osprey of the season. The Iceland Gull was perched on the seawall south of the Fisherman's crab deck. I also saw it at the marina to the west (across the cove). Good birding.
Fred ShafferCrofton, MD

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Date: 3/10/19 11:18 am
From: 'Jim Nelson' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Kent island snowy owl
Michael,

My understanding is that, before being confirmed by an eBird reviewer,
rare bird sightings will not appear in the regular eBird output using
Explore -- Species Maps.  However, if you go to the Alerts link on the
Explore screen and you have subscribed to Maryland Rare Bird Alerts, you
can view all the reported species, whether confirmed or not, by clicking
on "View" next to Rare Birds -- Maryland.  I did this and found several
eBird reports of the Snowy Owl from yesterday and today in Queen Anne's

Jim Nelson

Bethesda, MD

On 3/10/2019 10:46 AM, 'michel.cavigelli' via Maryland & DC Birding wrote:
> ebird explore shows no snowy owl sightings for Maryland despite the
> reports I received from ebird about snowy owls seen on Kent island
> yesterday... so, that method of determining if the owl is being seen
> today does not work,  hence this query: any sightings today?
>
> thanks
>
> Michel Cavigelli
>
>
>
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Date: 3/10/19 9:13 am
From: Craig C <craiciao50...>
Subject: [MDBirding] white-headed Canvasback...
I saw this one a few days ago near Thomas Point Park--It's shape looked pure Canvasback so I would guess this is a leucistic trait or maybe a domesticated hybrid...thoughts?

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Date: 3/10/19 9:03 am
From: 'Michel Cavigelli' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Re: Kent island snowy owl
Thanks!!
On Sunday, March 10, 2019, 11:27:53 AM EDT, Amy Brown <aebrown0114...> wrote:


Yes...on the roof of town home in community next to Lippincott Marina.



On Sunday, March 10, 2019 at 10:46:28 AM UTC-4, Michel Cavigelli, Greenbelt wrote:
> ebird explore shows no snowy owl sightings for Maryland despite the reports I received from ebird about snowy owls seen on Kent island yesterday... so,  that method of determining if the owl is being seen today does not work,  hence this query: any sightings today?
>
>
> thanks 
>
>
> Michel Cavigelli
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
> Sent from my T-Mobile 4G LTE Device

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Date: 3/10/19 8:27 am
From: Amy Brown <aebrown0114...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Kent island snowy owl

Yes...on the roof of town home in community next to Lippincott Marina.



On Sunday, March 10, 2019 at 10:46:28 AM UTC-4, Michel Cavigelli, Greenbelt wrote:
> ebird explore shows no snowy owl sightings for Maryland despite the reports I received from ebird about snowy owls seen on Kent island yesterday... so,  that method of determining if the owl is being seen today does not work,  hence this query: any sightings today?
>
>
> thanks 
>
>
> Michel Cavigelli
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
> Sent from my T-Mobile 4G LTE Device

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Date: 3/10/19 7:46 am
From: 'michel.cavigelli' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Kent island snowy owl
ebird explore shows no snowy owl sightings for Maryland despite the reports I received from ebird about snowy owls seen on Kent island yesterday... so,  that method of determining if the owl is being seen today does not work,  hence this query: any sightings today?
thanks 
Michel Cavigelli


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Date: 3/10/19 5:53 am
From: Joe Hanfman <auk1844...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Evening Grosbeaks Montgomery
The 2 Evening Grosbeaks are showing well at Riley’s Lock about 1/2 mile up river.

Joe Hanfman
Columbia, MD

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Date: 3/9/19 7:37 pm
From: SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Friday, March 8, 2019 3 Raptors
Fort Smallwood Park
Pasadena, Maryland, USA

Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 08, 2019

Species

Day's Count

Month Total

Season Total

Black Vulture

0

14

18

Turkey Vulture

0

123

160

Osprey

3

5

5

Bald Eagle

0

5

9

Northern Harrier

0

0

0

Sharp-shinned Hawk

0

2

3

Cooper's Hawk

0

2

2

Northern Goshawk

0

0

0

Red-shouldered Hawk

0

4

4

Broad-winged Hawk

0

0

0

Red-tailed Hawk

0

3

9

Rough-legged Hawk

0

0

0

Golden Eagle

0

0

0

American Kestrel

0

0

0

Merlin

0

0

0

Peregrine Falcon

0

0

0

Unknown Accipiter

0

0

0

Unknown Buteo

0

0

0

Unknown Falcon

0

0

0

Unknown Eagle

0

0

0

Unknown Raptor

0

1

1

Total:

3

159

211

Start Time: 9:15 am

End Time: 12:30 pm

Duration: 3.25 hours

Official Counter: Chris Reed

Observers:



Weather:
Cloudy with light snow ending the count; 34-39 degrees; fair
visibility; winds from the east or SE, 6-8 mph

Raptor Observations:
Three more Ospreys

Non-raptor Observations:


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Date: 3/9/19 1:23 pm
From: missy Placed <9nationals...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Re: Sharpie seems to be using my window to hunt.


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> On Mar 9, 2019, at 11:06 AM, <lauren.goodsmith...> wrote:
>
>> On Sunday, March 3, 2019 at 12:06:02 PM UTC-5, Steve Long wrote:
>> In my previous house, I had problems with Sharpshinned Hawks trying to
>> fly through the back window to get to the front window through the
>> house. They fell onto my deck, and most recovered enough to fly away.
>> But, one flew across my property line and immediately did the same thing
>> into my neighbor's kitchen window.
>>
>> So, when a Sharpie starts staking-out my bird feeders here at my new
>> house, I start to worry about it flying into our sliding glass door.
>> But, the one we have had here for the last several days seems to have
>> developed a technique to USE THE DOOR TO CATCH SONGBIRDS. It sits in a
>> tree and waits for multiple small birds to get on the feeder. Then, it
>> flies past the feeder, causing the small birds to scatter in panic.
>> Often, one strikes the door, usually just a glancing blow, but enough to
>> disorient it sufficiently for the Sharpie to turn in mid air and grab it
>> out of the air, or maybe off the ground. This has already been done
>> several times, so it isn't a fluke; that bird has a strategy. Before it
>> started doing that, it was chasing small birds around in the bushes in
>> the back and front of our house.
>>
>> Steve Long, Oxford
>
> Can you pls put appropriate decals on the sliding glass door to prevent both small birds and raptors from flying into it? Reference the bird-lifesaving work of Lynne Parks.
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Date: 3/9/19 11:57 am
From: Kathryn Davis <kedavis4...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Rock Wren in St Mary's County
I was able to see the Rock Wren several times this morning in St.Mary's County (at the private residence it has been seen at regularly) starting at 10:40 am until about 11:15 am. Bird is very cooperative and was I able to get a number of good looks with binoculars and spotting scope. Property owners were very welcoming and helpful.

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Date: 3/9/19 8:06 am
From: <lauren.goodsmith...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Sharpie seems to be using my window to hunt.
On Sunday, March 3, 2019 at 12:06:02 PM UTC-5, Steve Long wrote:
> In my previous house, I had problems with Sharpshinned Hawks trying to
> fly through the back window to get to the front window through the
> house.  They fell onto my deck, and most recovered enough to fly away. 
> But, one flew across my property line and immediately did the same thing
> into my neighbor's kitchen window.
>
> So, when a Sharpie starts staking-out my bird feeders here at my new
> house, I start to worry about it flying into our sliding glass door. 
> But, the one we have had here for the last several days seems to have
> developed a technique to USE THE DOOR TO CATCH SONGBIRDS.  It sits in a
> tree and waits for multiple small birds to get on the feeder.  Then, it
> flies past the feeder, causing the small birds to scatter in panic. 
> Often, one strikes the door, usually just a glancing blow, but enough to
> disorient it sufficiently for the Sharpie to turn in mid air and grab it
> out of the air, or maybe off the ground.  This has already been done
> several times, so it isn't a fluke; that bird has a strategy. Before it
> started doing that, it was chasing small birds around in the bushes in
> the back and front of our house.
>
> Steve Long, Oxford

Can you pls put appropriate decals on the sliding glass door to prevent both small birds and raptors from flying into it? Reference the bird-lifesaving work of Lynne Parks.

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Date: 3/8/19 3:47 pm
From: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Pine Siskin too plus suet eating Bluebirds
On 3/8/19, Pat <pvaldata1...> wrote:
> I've had Carolina Chickadee at the feeder, and I've heard a Titmouse in the neighborhood.

We had decent counts of CACH on the 116 miles surveyed for the C&O
count, so maybe the woodland birds did ok with the wet weather not
impacting all of their food sources unlike their suburban cousins...

Jim S

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Date: 3/8/19 12:59 pm
From: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Pine Siskin too plus suet eating Bluebirds
I had one as well and had two male and 3 female Bluebirds attacking
the suet this morning - never seen that b4...

Still yet to see either a Caro Chickadee or a Titmouse at the feeders...

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

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Date: 3/8/19 9:23 am
From: Pat <pvaldata1...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Pine Siskin returned
I was surprised to see a Pine Siskin on the feeder this morning. Haven't seen one in many weeks. Maybe they're moving north?Pat ValdataCrisfield, MDSent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone

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Date: 3/8/19 8:31 am
From: Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Two firsts of year...
Hi all,

Taking the dogs for a walk in Northwest Branch park, we saw our first Eastern Phoebe of the year! They were thin on the ground as wintering birds - we didn’t see any at Lilypons during the Sugarloaf CBC, an unusual miss. So nice to know Spring is coming!

The other first were two rather sleepy Chipmunks emerging from under our garage, sitting blinking in the sun and looking rather out of it. Seems a bit early and a bit cold for them!

Gail Mackiernan
Colesville, MD

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Date: 3/7/19 7:50 pm
From: SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Thursday, March 7, 2019 70 Raptors - 2 Ospreys
Fort Smallwood Park
Pasadena, Maryland, USA

Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 07, 2019

Species

Day's Count

Month Total

Season Total

Black Vulture

3

14

18

Turkey Vulture

61

123

160

Osprey

2

2

2

Bald Eagle

1

5

9

Northern Harrier

0

0

0

Sharp-shinned Hawk

0

2

3

Cooper's Hawk

1

2

2

Northern Goshawk

0

0

0

Red-shouldered Hawk

0

4

4

Broad-winged Hawk

0

0

0

Red-tailed Hawk

2

3

9

Rough-legged Hawk

0

0

0

Golden Eagle

0

0

0

American Kestrel

0

0

0

Merlin

0

0

0

Peregrine Falcon

0

0

0

Unknown Accipiter

0

0

0

Unknown Buteo

0

0

0

Unknown Falcon

0

0

0

Unknown Eagle

0

0

0

Unknown Raptor

0

1

1

Total:

70

156

208

Observation Start Time: 9 am
Observation End Time: 2 pm

Total Observation Time: 5 hours

Official Counter: Sue Ricciardi

Observers: Chris Reed, Dan Walker


Weather:
Mostly cloudy; 28-39 degrees; good to excellent visibility; winds
starting out from the southwest, 8-12 mph, then changing to WSW at 17
mph, and finally WNW at 14 mph

Raptor Observations:
First Ospreys of the season!

Non-raptor Observations:
Two Green-winged Teals, 3 Red-breasted Mergansers, 780 more
blackbirds

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Date: 3/7/19 7:30 pm
From: SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Wednesday, March 6, 2019 44 Raptors
Fort Smallwood Park
Pasadena, Maryland, USA

Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 06, 2019

Species

Day's Count

Month Total

Season Total

Black Vulture

4

11

15

Turkey Vulture

34

62

99

Osprey

0

0

0

Bald Eagle

3

4

8

Northern Harrier

0

0

0

Sharp-shinned Hawk

1

2

3

Cooper's Hawk

1

1

1

Northern Goshawk

0

0

0

Red-shouldered Hawk

0

4

4

Broad-winged Hawk

0

0

0

Red-tailed Hawk

0

1

7

Rough-legged Hawk

0

0

0

Golden Eagle

0

0

0

American Kestrel

0

0

0

Merlin

0

0

0

Peregrine Falcon

0

0

0

Unknown Accipiter

0

0

0

Unknown Buteo

0

0

0

Unknown Falcon

0

0

0

Unknown Eagle

0

0

0

Unknown Raptor

1

1

1

Total:

44

86

138

Observation Start Time:
Observation End Time:

Total Observation Time: 5 hours

Official Counter: Chris Reed, Sue Ricciardi

Observers: Chris Reed, Sue Ricciardi


Weather:
Mostly Cloudy; a brrry 24-28 degrees; good visibility; winds strong
out of the west or WNW, 13-15 mph, gusting to 26 mph

Raptor Observations:
A local Peregrine Falcon flying about temporarily took our minds off
the cold. One of the Bald Eagles was a juvenile, likely a Florida-born
bird.

Non-raptor Observations:

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Date: 3/7/19 1:06 pm
From: guineabird via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] RFI -- wetland at Fort McHenry
    Jim Peters is the guy who planned then established the wetland sanctuary at Fort McHenry. He added bird boxes, trees, and bushes which contribute to the large variety of birds and even butterflies that show up at this spot.There is a YouTube video with Jim that gives an overview of the wetlands: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EY12qCI8SWA
Although Jim no longer leads the walks there are several other leaders who will take you around the area.
In addition to Wed walks there are also Sat morning monitoring walks.
Here's a repeat of the address that Marcia gave for dates, times, and directions to the Fort go to:  https://baltimorebirdclub.org/schedule.html

In a message dated 3/7/2019 1:21:54 PM Eastern Standard Time, <marshwren50...> writes:

Howard,
Fort McHenry is indeed a great place to bird. The Baltimore Bird Club holds bird walks at Fort McHenry a couple times a month - see the schedule at https://baltimorebirdclub.org/schedule.html.  You can read about birding at the Fort in the MD/DC Birding Guide online at https://mdbirdingguide.com/fort_mchenry_national_monument.  The Birding Guide is a project of the Maryland Ornithological Society.

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

Bowie, <Marylandmarshwren50...>

On Mar 7, 2019, at 12:29 PM, Howard Wu <howiewu1...> wrote:


Hi,

Some time last year, I think, I stopped at Fort McHenry National Monument and noticed that they were building a boardwalk or something at the edge of the park. Does anyone know if it's finished? Is it a good birding spot?

I would think in the spring it would be a good habitat for herons, etc. I looked up the NPS site, but there is no information on this.


Thanks,
Howard Wu
Herndon, VA

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Date: 3/7/19 12:41 pm
From: David Gibson <20cabot...>
Subject: [MDBirding] VA birds and MD Birds
Hi MD birders, I've just written a short piece, which I hope you'll enjoy, about birds, birding, and bird photography. It features a couple of neat recordings and a great shot of a leucistic White-throat, courtesy of conservationist extraordinaire, Reese Lukei, Jr. Yes, the piece is about VA birds and birding, but all the species mentioned are MD birds as well! All the best, Dave Gibson Chesapeake, VA
https://birdpartner.com/2019/03/05/be-still-and-know/

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Date: 3/7/19 10:21 am
From: Marcia Watson <marshwren50...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] RFI -- wetland at Fort McHenry
Howard,

Fort McHenry is indeed a great place to bird. The Baltimore Bird Club holds bird walks at Fort McHenry a couple times a month - see the schedule at https://baltimorebirdclub.org/schedule.html. You can read about birding at the Fort in the MD/DC Birding Guide online at https://mdbirdingguide.com/fort_mchenry_national_monument. The Birding Guide is a project of the Maryland Ornithological Society.

Marcia
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www.patuxentbirdclub.org

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<marshwren50...>


> On Mar 7, 2019, at 12:29 PM, Howard Wu <howiewu1...> wrote:
>
> Hi,
>
> Some time last year, I think, I stopped at Fort McHenry National Monument and noticed that they were building a boardwalk or something at the edge of the park. Does anyone know if it's finished? Is it a good birding spot?
>
> I would think in the spring it would be a good habitat for herons, etc. I looked up the NPS site, but there is no information on this.
>
>
> Thanks,
> Howard Wu
> Herndon, VA
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Date: 3/7/19 9:29 am
From: Howard Wu <howiewu1...>
Subject: [MDBirding] RFI -- wetland at Fort McHenry
Hi,

Some time last year, I think, I stopped at Fort McHenry National Monument and noticed that they were building a boardwalk or something at the edge of the park. Does anyone know if it's finished? Is it a good birding spot?

I would think in the spring it would be a good habitat for herons, etc. I looked up the NPS site, but there is no information on this.


Thanks,
Howard Wu
Herndon, VA

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Date: 3/7/19 7:18 am
From: Andy Wilson <awilson.gettysburg...>
Subject: [MDBirding] New eBird hotspot Mason Dixon Farm Pond, Frederick
Dear all

There is a new eBird hotpot for the pond at Mason Dixon Farm,
Emmitsburg, Frederick County (thank you, Michael).
https://ebird.org/hotspot/L5909523. Some of you will remember this as a
great shorebird 10-20 years ago. However, it should be noted that birders
are NOT allowed onto the farm tracks to view the pond. There was
controversy about this c.12 years ago, when a birder parked on the track
and blocked access. The hotspot is called "Mason Dixon Farm Pond (private -
view from Bullfrog Rd.)"

Several birders have visited to see the ducks that have been there for the
last few weeks. Note that the pond is clearly visible from Bullfrog Rd near
the Mason Dixon line. There is no shoulder, so I recommend putting your
flashers on. A scope is necessary. You will never be able to see shorebirds
from here - summer water levels are too low. Please don't trespass!

A request: I've noticed that several birders have added their checklists to
the "Harney Rd Pond" eBird hotspot - which is a different pond a mile to
the SE. It would be great if you could migrate those records to the correct
location!

One final note - the top 1/3 of the pond is in Pennsylvania. Yesterday most
of the ducks were actually on the PA side (atypically). It would be
preferable to gauge which birds are in the northern (Adams PA) vs. southern
(Frederick MD). Yesterday 54 Am. Wigeon and 24 Redheads were new eBird high
counts for Adams PA!

Thanks for reading.
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Date: 3/7/19 2:23 am
From: Phil Davis <pdavis...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Maryland Varied Thrush reports and records (long)
MDBirders:

There has been some discussion lately about the number of Maryland
Varied Thrush records. Allow me to elaborate ...

Maryland has a total of nine (9) Varied Thrush reports and records:

Accepted: There are four (4) prior "Accepted" records (not counting
the recent St. Mary's County bird).

Not Accepted: One (1) report was found to be "Not Accepted."

Ready: The recent St. Mary's bird is "Ready" to be reviewed.

That leaves three other reports:

Unreviewable: Two of these reports are considered to be "Unreviewable"
which means that the sighting was published in a journal (therefore,
it was accepted by an editor); however, no detailed documentation has
been located that could be used for a records committee review.

Reviewable: The last report is in the committee's "Reviewable"
category, which similarly means that a report was published in a
journal but the committee still has some hope (even if it's just a
faint glimmer) of locating detailed documentation. If no documentation
turns up, this report will be converted to "Unreviewable."


Details on these Maryland Varied Thrush reports and records are below.
If anyone knows anything about documentation for the "Reviewable"
report (or even for the two "Unreviewable" reports), please let me
know.

Hope this helps ...

Journal publication abbreviations used below are:

AB = American Birds
AFN = Audubon Field Notes
MB = Maryland Birdlife
MYT = Maryland Yellowthroat
NAB = North American Birds


Phil


MD/1995-002
Varied Thrush
12/31/1965 - 01/21/1966
MD/MONT/Ashton
One adult male.
Accepted
Obs: Getchell_BC
(Original b&w photo added to file on 3/9/2002).
MB 22(1:3-4); including photo. AFN 20(3):408. PWRC archives note -
extends end date to 1/21.
Found by Dr. and Mrs. Charles W. Bostick at their feeder.
The photograph clearly substantiates the ID as a Varied Thrush. This
marks the first Maryland state record of this species.

MD/1997-552
Varied Thrush
11/27/1970 - 04/11/1971
MD/BALT/Towson
One bird.
Reviewable
Obs: McHale_Mrs Murison_M
MB 27(2):77. MB 27(3):146. AB 25(2):242. 1970 Baltimore CBC - count
week. [check for details there]. PWRC archives note.
No additional details exist [but try CBC files.]

MD/1994-025
Varied Thrush
12/11/1977 - 12/15/1977
MD/HWRD/Savage
One adult male.
Accepted
Obs: Solem_J Rowlett_R
MB 34(2):83. AB 32(3):334.
Dupes of color slides (4) obtained from R Rowlett in Mar 96.
The Committee accepted this record.

MD/1997-257
Varied Thrush
03/05/1978 - 03/13/1978
MD/HARF/Aberdeen
One male.
Unreviewable
Obs: Graham_CR
MB 34(3):162. MB 34(4):186. AB 32(5):990. [MD Osprey appeal made for
documentation, maybe try a YT appeal? PCD]
Found at the feeder of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Eck.

MD/1997-488
Varied Thrush
12/04/1980 - 12/06/1980
MD/BALT/Towson
One bird.
Unreviewable
Obs: Wilson_D
MB 37(2):49. MTY 1(2):5. At Donald Wilson's feeding station, per MYT.
No additional data exists. Try a YT plea?

MD/1987-011
Varied Thrush
02/01/1987
MD/MONT/Bethesda//Brite Drive
One male.
Accepted
Obs: Allen_HA Pond_JA
MB 43(2):57.
The reviewers were particularly impressed by the submitted
description, which was detailed enough to eliminate any other species.

MD/1990-003
Varied Thrush
05/07/1989
MD/MONT/Wheaton/Brookside Gardens
Two birds.
Not Accepted
Sketch. Not published.
The committee felt that the plumage and behavior described did not
rule out other species.

MD/2006-009
Varied Thrush
02/20/2006 - 03/15/2006
MD/ANAR/Lothian/Lothian Estates/Cottonwood Drive
One adult male.
Accepted
Obs: Jett_GM Ripley_A
NAB 60(2):215. NAB 60(3):361. Digital images: five by G Jett, two by S
McCandless, one by A Ripley.
Found by Lynn and Chris Taylor.
The committee found that the excellent images were unequivocal in
support of this record.

MD/2018-086
Varied Thrush
12/22/2018 - 03/01/2019
MD/STMA/Leonardtown
One bird.
Ready
Obs: Stickney_Z
[hold for final documentation]

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Phil Davis, Secretary
MD/DC Records Committee
2549 Vale Court
Davidsonville, Maryland 21035 USA
301-261-0184
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Date: 3/6/19 9:36 am
From: 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] St. Mary's County Rock Wren
Folks, if you saw the St. Mary's County Rock Wren, and have hidden your checklist from eBird output, you may now go in and change the setting to Public. We thank you for your consideration on this while we tried to work out visitation with the homeowners.
FYI, it's still there!
Tyler Bell
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California, Maryland

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Date: 3/6/19 6:35 am
From: Tim Houghton <timhoughton...>
Subject: [MDBirding] woodcocks at Home Depot?
Has anyone checked behind the Edgewood Home Depot for woodcocks? Thanks


Tim Houghton

(Glen Arm)

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Date: 3/6/19 4:38 am
From: Joe Hanfman <auk1844...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Sandhill Crane - Washington County
The Sandhill Crane found yesterday by DNR officer Cody Linton is on the ice at 11801 New Gate Blvd, Hagerstown. With it are 58 Northern Pintails, 10 Redheads, 10 Am Wigeons, geese and lots of other ducks.

Joe Hanfman
Columbia, MD

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Date: 3/5/19 9:32 pm
From: Marcia Watson <marshwren50...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Fwd: DC Area, 3/5/2019
There was also an accepted record of VATH in Lothian in Anne Arundel County in 2006. A good up-to-date reference for accepted and non-accepted records of Varied Thrush and other rare birds is the database of MD records published by the MD-DC Records Committee at https://mdbirds.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/mddatabase.pdf. There is a corresponding database for DC records at https://mdbirds.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/dcdatabase.pdf.

Other Records Committee information can be found at https://mdbirds.org/records-committee/.

Marcia
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> On Mar 5, 2019, at 10:51 PM, JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> wrote:
>
> re VARIED THRUSH*
>
>> On 3/5/19, 'James Tyler Bell' wrote:
>> Maryland 5th record. First specimen.
>
> The "Yellow Book" shows 4 previous "records" [assuming accepted] and 5
> "reports" [assuming not accepted] with counties being MO/HO [assuming
> accepted] & BA/HA [assuming not accepted].
>
> Now, of course, SM county joins the club...
>
> No mention of VATH in the 1955 "Birds of MD & DC" by Stewart & Robbins.
>
> But otherwise - nice 1st [?] Voice report, Frank!
>
> Jim Speicher
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Date: 3/5/19 8:25 pm
From: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Fwd: DC Area, 3/5/2019
Corr. to "Birds of MD & the D of C" by Stewart & Robbins...pub date
was 1958 with species data current as of March of that year [p. 390].

JS

On 3/5/19, JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> wrote:
> re VARIED THRUSH*
>
> On 3/5/19, 'James Tyler Bell' wrote:
>> Maryland 5th record. First specimen.
>
> The "Yellow Book" shows 4 previous "records" [assuming accepted] and 5
> "reports" [assuming not accepted] with counties being MO/HO [assuming
> accepted] & BA/HA [assuming not accepted].
>
> Now, of course, SM county joins the club...
>
> No mention of VATH in the 1955 "Birds of MD & DC" by Stewart & Robbins.
>
> But otherwise - nice 1st [?] Voice report, Frank!
>
> Jim Speicher
>

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Date: 3/5/19 7:52 pm
From: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Fwd: DC Area, 3/5/2019
re VARIED THRUSH*

On 3/5/19, 'James Tyler Bell' wrote:
> Maryland 5th record. First specimen.

The "Yellow Book" shows 4 previous "records" [assuming accepted] and 5
"reports" [assuming not accepted] with counties being MO/HO [assuming
accepted] & BA/HA [assuming not accepted].

Now, of course, SM county joins the club...

No mention of VATH in the 1955 "Birds of MD & DC" by Stewart & Robbins.

But otherwise - nice 1st [?] Voice report, Frank!

Jim Speicher

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Date: 3/5/19 6:11 pm
From: 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Fwd: DC Area, 3/5/2019
Maryland 5th record. First specimen.

Tyler Bell
<jtylerbell...>
California, Maryland



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Subject: DC Area, 3/5/2019

Hotline:     Voice of the Naturalist
Date:        3/5/2019
Coverage:    MD/DC/VA/central and southern DE/WV panhandle

Sadly, the VARIED THRUSH* delighting area birders in St. Mary's
County, MD as recently as Feb 28 is now deceased, the victim of a
window strike. The late Thrush's body has been taken to the bird lab
at the Smithsonian Institution where it will no doubt educate
Mid-Atlantic ornithologists for many years to come. This was the first
confirmed record of Varied Thrush from Maryland.

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Date: 3/5/19 5:29 pm
From: SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Tuesday, March 5, 2019 10 Raptors
Fort Smallwood Park
Pasadena, Maryland, USA

Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 05, 2019

Species

Day's Count

Month Total

Season Total

Black Vulture

1

7

11

Turkey Vulture

7

28

65

Osprey

0

0

0

Bald Eagle

1

1

5

Northern Harrier

0

0

0

Sharp-shinned Hawk

1

1

2

Cooper's Hawk

0

0

0

Northern Goshawk

0

0

0

Red-shouldered Hawk

0

4

4

Broad-winged Hawk

0

0

0

Red-tailed Hawk

0

1

7

Rough-legged Hawk

0

0

0

Golden Eagle

0

0

0

American Kestrel

0

0

0

Merlin

0

0

0

Peregrine Falcon

0

0

0

Unknown Accipiter

0

0

0

Unknown Buteo

0

0

0

Unknown Falcon

0

0

0

Unknown Eagle

0

0

0

Unknown Raptor

0

0

0

Total:

10

42

94


Start Time: 9:00 am

End Time: 2:00 pm

Total Observation Time: 5 hours

Official Counter: Sue Ricciardi

Observers: Chris Reed, Dan Walker



Weather:
Sunny to mostly sunny; a chilly 28-36 degrees; good to excellent
visibility; winds westerly turning to the south, 5-10 mph

Raptor Observations:


Non-raptor Observations:
Over 1000 blackbirds today

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Date: 3/5/19 3:33 pm
From: Lydia Schindler <lydia13621...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fwd: DC Area, 3/5/2019
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Date: Tue, Mar 5, 2019 at 6:29 PM
Subject: DC Area, 3/5/2019
To: Lydia <lydia13621...>


Hotline: Voice of the Naturalist
Date: 3/5/2019
Coverage: MD/DC/VA/central and southern DE/WV panhandle
Reports, comments, questions: <voice...>
Compiler: Frank Boyle
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Transcriber: Steve Cordle

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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 https://www.anshome.org.

This is the Voice of the Naturalist, a service of the Audubon
Naturalist Society. This report covers the week starting Tuesday,
February 26, and was completed on Tuesday, March 5, at approximately
5:00 P.M.

Information on noteworthy birds is presented below in taxonomic order,
as set forth in the American Ornithological Society Checklist for
North and Middle American Birds, as revised through the 59th
supplement (June 2018).

Top birds this week were: TUFTED DUCK* and WESTERN GREBE* in VA, ROCK
WREN* and VARIED THRUSH* in MD.

Other birds of interest include: GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE,
TRUMPETER SWAN, EURASIAN WIGEON, COMMON EIDER, BLACK and WHITE-WINGED
SCOTER, LONG-TAILED DUCK, RED-NECKED GREBE, SANDHILL CRANE, AMERICAN
WOODCOCK, LITTLE BLUE HERON, RED-COCKADED and RED-HEADED WOODPECKER,
NORTHERN SHRIKE, TREE SWALLOW, EVENING GROSBEAK, SNOW BUNTING, LAPLAND
LONGSPUR, BREWER'S BLACKBIRD, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER.

TOP BIRDS

The TUFTED DUCK* continues to be seen on a pond behind Chartway
Federal Credit Union, at 5700 Cleveland Street, Virginia Beach VA as
recently as March 1.

A WESTERN GREBE* was seen on March 3 at John H. Kerr Reservoir-U.S.
Army Corps of Engineers Visitor's Center, Mecklenburg Co, VA.

A ROCK WREN* continues in St. Mary's County, MD as recently as Mar 1.
Viewing of this rare bird is by appointment only. Contact Kyle Rambo
for a reservation and set of guidelines at kerambo+<rockwren...>
Thanks to Tyler Bell for keeping us informed, to Kyle Rambo for
leading trips, and of course to the hospitality of the homeowners.

Sadly, the VARIED THRUSH* delighting area birders in St. Mary's
County, MD as recently as Feb 28 is now deceased, the victim of a
window strike. The late Thrush's body has been taken to the bird lab
at the Smithsonian Institution where it will no doubt educate
Mid-Atlantic ornithologists for many years to come. This was the first
confirmed record of Varied Thrush from Maryland.

OTHER BIRDS OF INTEREST

ROSS'S GEESE continued at Accident Bittinger Rd, in Accident, Garrett
Co, MD on Feb 28. GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE are still being seen at
North Point SP, Baltimore Co, MD on Feb 27. Six CACKLING GEESE are at
Smith Lake, Augusta County, VA on March 1.

Sightings of TRUMPETER SWANS continued throughout the reporting area
with two at Merganser Pond-Patuxent Research Refuge-North Tract, Anne
Arundel Co, MD on Mar 1. The male EURASIAN WIGEON is still being found
at Deal Island WMA, Somerset Co, MD as recently as Mar 1.

COMMON EIDERS are reported from Fort Monroe, Hampton, VA on March 2. A
lone WHITE-WINGED SCOTER was found in Rockbridge Co, VA on Mar 1 of
all places. BLACK SCOTERS continue in the Chester River Sound, Kent
Co, MD on Feb 28.

A LONG-TAILED DUCK was seen at Piney Run Park, Carroll Co, MD on Feb
28.

Also seen at Piney Run Park, Carroll Co, MD on Mar 1 was a RED-NECKED
GREBE.

Two SANDHILL CRANES were reported at the Hughes Road Polo Fields,
Montgomery Co, MD on Mar 1.

Reports of the first AMERICAN WOODCOCK are occurring, with a nice
display off Hipsley Mill Road, Howard Co, MD on Feb 28.

LITTLE BLUE HERON was seen at the Oxbow Lake at Russett in Laurel,
Anne Arundel Co, MD on Feb 28.

A BARN OWL was sighted on Mar 1 on Chelsea Dr, Charlottesville,
Albemarle Co, VA.

Somewhat out of the area but worth noting were four RED-COCKADED
WOODPECKERS off Chinquapin Rd in Waverly, Sussex Co, VA on Mar 1.
RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS were seen again at Hughes Hollow-McKee Besher's
WMA, Montgomery Co and on Lloyd Bowen Road in Calvert Co, MD on Mar 2.

A NORTHERN SHRIKE was reported on Mar 1 at Sully Woodlands, Fairfax
Co, VA on Mar 1.

The EVENING GROSBEAKS that have been visiting a feeder in Boonsboro,
Washington Co, MD for over a month now are still there. To make
arrangements for viewing, please call Bob at 240-816-1288 or
301-432-8030. EVENING GROSBEAKS are still at Riley's Lock, Montgomery
Co, MD as of Mar 1.

TREE SWALLOWS were seen at several locations, most recently Patuxent
Research Refuge-South Tract, Prince George's Co, MD on Feb 28.

SNOW BUNTINGS are still reported at North Point State Park, Baltimore
Co, MD with eighteen recorded on Mar 1.

LAPLAND LONGSPURS were seen again on Savannah Rd, Dover, Kent Co, DE
with 35 on Mar 1.

BREWER'S BLACKBIRDS along West Gibbs Road in the Blackwater section of
Virginia Beach, VA were seen in their wintering flock on Feb 27.

The ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER seen last week at a suet feeder in Kent Co,
DE was still there as of Mar 1.

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

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

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

Thank you for your interest and enjoy the birds!

*Of interest to the applicable state records committee

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Date: 3/5/19 7:19 am
From: Suzanne Richman <suzanne_richman...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Pine Siskin?
I live in Bethesda close to DC. I saw a bird that only seems to match a pine siskin. Could this be possible? Anyone else see one around DC? It had strips going all down its belly, dark, narrow strips against white background, darker, plain head viewing from the back. The distinct feature was what looked like green on its side (wings). It was sitting on a tree when I saw it.

Suzanne Richman

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Date: 3/5/19 6:49 am
From: Mary Maxey <maximom11998...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Sharpie seems to be using my window to hunt.
Install an acopian bird saver on that window

On Sun, Mar 3, 2019, 12:06 PM Steve Long <steve.long4...> wrote:

> In my previous house, I had problems with Sharpshinned Hawks trying to
> fly through the back window to get to the front window through the
> house. They fell onto my deck, and most recovered enough to fly away.
> But, one flew across my property line and immediately did the same thing
> into my neighbor's kitchen window.
>
> So, when a Sharpie starts staking-out my bird feeders here at my new
> house, I start to worry about it flying into our sliding glass door.
> But, the one we have had here for the last several days seems to have
> developed a technique to USE THE DOOR TO CATCH SONGBIRDS. It sits in a
> tree and waits for multiple small birds to get on the feeder. Then, it
> flies past the feeder, causing the small birds to scatter in panic.
> Often, one strikes the door, usually just a glancing blow, but enough to
> disorient it sufficiently for the Sharpie to turn in mid air and grab it
> out of the air, or maybe off the ground. This has already been done
> several times, so it isn't a fluke; that bird has a strategy. Before it
> started doing that, it was chasing small birds around in the bushes in
> the back and front of our house.
>
> Steve Long, Oxford
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Date: 3/4/19 7:54 pm
From: SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Monday, March 4, 2019 32 Raptors
Fort Smallwood Park
Pasadena, Maryland, USA

Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 04, 2019

Species

Day's Count

Month Total

Season Total

Black Vulture

6

6

10

Turkey Vulture

21

21

58

Osprey

0

0

0

Bald Eagle

0

0

4

Northern Harrier

0

0

0

Sharp-shinned Hawk

0

0

1

Cooper's Hawk

0

0

0

Northern Goshawk

0

0

0

Red-shouldered Hawk

4

4

4

Broad-winged Hawk

0

0

0

Red-tailed Hawk

1

1

7

Rough-legged Hawk

0

0

0

Golden Eagle

0

0

0

American Kestrel

0

0

0

Merlin

0

0

0

Peregrine Falcon

0

0

0

Unknown Accipiter

0

0

0

Unknown Buteo

0

0

0

Unknown Falcon

0

0

0

Unknown Eagle

0

0

0

Unknown Raptor

0

0

0

Total:

32

32

84



Observation start time:

09:00:00

Observation end time:

14:00:00

Total observation time:

5 hours

Official Counter

Chris Reed, Sue Ricciardi

Observers:

Chris Reed, Dan Walker, Sue Ricciardi



Weather:
Mostly cloudy; 37-38 degrees; good visibility; winds strong,
mostly out of the northwest, 13-20 mph, gusting to 25 mph

Raptor Observations:
Nice to see some adult Red-shouldered hawks today in their fine
plumage. A Cooper's Hawk doing its floppy-winged courtship
display.

Non-raptor Observations:
Ring-billed and Herring Gulls moving today as well as blackbirds

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Report submitted by Sue Ricciardi ( <susiericc...>)
More information at hawkcount.org: [ Site Profile] [ Day Summary]
[ Month Summary]

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

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Date: 3/4/19 5:07 pm
From: Jan Braumuller <janbraumuller...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Common Ravens in DC
> I saw an amazing aerial display by two Common Ravens today. I was walking on Potomac Ave. in the Palisades in DC. The Ravens were diving, swooping, and turning quickly all the while CRONKING!! At one point they came towards me and passed just 15 ft.above my head. It was so thrilling that I was gleefully urging them on with my cheers and words that I do not remember now, as I was so caught up in the moment.

Jan Braumuller
Arlington, VA.

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Date: 3/4/19 8:12 am
From: Maryanne Dolan <maryanne.dolan...>
Subject: [MDBirding] MOS Treasurer Position Available
Retired? About to retire? Not yet near retirement age, but want a new project? There is an important position -- MOS Treasurer -- which needs filling. The job comes with a stipend, interesting stuff to do, and the chance to meet birders from across the state. For more info contact Robin Todd at <robintodd1948...>

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Date: 3/4/19 5:53 am
From: Peter Lev <plev...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Madagascar lecture
Please join us tomorrow, March 5 for the monthly Baltimore Bird Club Tuesday
evening lecture: Gail Mackiernan on "Madagascar." Madagascar's unique
fauna and flora have evolved during millions of years of isolation and are a
"naturalist's dream." Over 140 endemic species of birds (and five endemic
bird families!) are found here, along with lemurs, chameleons, frogs, weird
insects and stranger plants. Gail will talk about her 2015 trip which
thoroughly explored this ancient land.

Time: 7:00 pm for socializing and light refreshments. Lecture starts about
7:20.

Location: Cylburn Arboretum, Greenhouse Classroom. The address is 4915
Greenspring Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21209. To get to the Greenhouse
Classroom, go through the stone gate on Greenspring Avenue, past the Vollmer
Center and through a couple of parking lots. Park in the northernmost lot;
the Classroom entrance is a few steps from the parking lot.

Peter Lev

Baltimore





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Date: 3/4/19 5:04 am
From: Dave Roberts <ddroberts50...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Evening grosbeaks at Riley's lock
One female grosbeak was refound by Stefan Ambs early Saturday afternoon, but my brief effort Sun morning was not successful.
Dave Roberts
Bethesda

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Date: 3/3/19 12:38 pm
From: Bobbi <b.reichwein...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: The Varied Thrush and Risk of Window Glass
On Sunday, March 3, 2019 at 12:59:19 PM UTC-5, Kurt Schwarz wrote:
> Maryland, has met its demise at the hand of window glass on March 1.  It is unfortunate to lose such a handsome bird, which afforded delight to many birders and the local community.  It also serves as a reminder of the threat that glass poses to our birdlife.  Lynn Parks of Lights Out Baltimore had provided a link to https://www.birdsavers.com,which provides information on the very effective Acopian bird saver, and is very suitable for many problem home windows. Other non-Acopian solutions are available at Lights Out Baltimore (http://www.lightsoutbaltimore.org) and Safe Skies Maryland (https://safeskiesmaryland.org). If you have noticed a problem window at your home, please consider applying one of these solutions.
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> Lynn also mentioned a recent study on bird strikes, which concluded that 56% of all bird strikes occurred at “low-rise” building of 4-11 stories, and 44% at residences.  We have a bill before the State Legislature that would begin to address the problem by mandating bird-safe standards for new or substantially remodeled state buildings, most, if not all, of which would be in the low-rise category. The bill has been reported favorably out of committee in the Senate, but is still in subcommittee in the House of Delegates. 
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> MOS and Safe Skies Maryland ask that you contact your Maryland state legislators and ask them to support HB0136/SB0314, the Sustainable Buildings Act of 2019, noting that it would save energy, birds, and tax payer dollars. 
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> You can look up your legislators by going to this website:
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> http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/webmga/frmmain.aspx?pid=legisrpage&tab=subject6
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> Click on Who represents me? in the upper right corner. You will be a pop-up asking for your address and zip code. Fill that in and click Find. Up will pop the State Executives, your US Represenative and Senators, and your state legislators. For you state legislators, there is a button at the bottom to Create Message.  Or click on any of the names, and you will get phone numbers, etc.  
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> Please consider acting and contacting your legislators asking them to support HB0136/SB0314, the Sustainable Buildings Act of 2019. The House of Delegates is especially important. 
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> Kurt Schwarz
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> Conservation Chair
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> Maryland Ornithological Society
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> <krsc......>

Kurt, thank you for making this process so easy to do.

Bobbi Reichwein
Davidsonville

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Date: 3/3/19 12:03 pm
From: Harry Armistead <harryarmistead...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Elliott Island Road, Blackwater, Ferry Neck & points north, February 22-28, 2019.
ELLIOTT ISLAND ROAD, BLACKWATER N.W.R., FERRY NECK, ROUTES 301, 481 & 309, FEBRUARY 22-28, 2019. waterfowl. Not very inspirational, but a sure sign that spring is on the way: big piles of manure in the fields starting a few weeks ago.


FEBRUARY 22, FRIDAY. Middletown, DE, 300 Canada geese on the school grounds. East of Route 301 at Bradford Junction Road (MD) c. 5,000 snow geese and just 55 blue geese, 11 crows. From Philadelphia on down to Rigby’s Folly, 25 red-tailed hawks, usually see maybe 3 or 4 only on this trip. Route 481 near Hope: 2,500 snow geese and 50 blue geese plus an American kestrel.


Snogies putting on a spectacle when we see them in flight several times. A peregrine falcon at 2:53 P.M. near routes 481 X 309 flying right next to the road going north as we go south. Immature female would be my guess. Tundra swan 120 seen from Route 309 between routes 404 and 481. Wild turkey 18, opposite Town & Country in their favored field south side of Route 33 west of Easton. Twenty more turkeys seen from Route 33 west of St. Michaels. A good trip from PA to MD, eh?!


Arrive at RIGBY’S FOLLY at 4:15. In Poplar Cove: canvasback 80, ruddy duck 25, bufflehead 30, horned grebe 1. Then its out Lucy Point Trail to Lucy Point (Field 1 too soggy for easy walking)., 4:30-6 P.M., 44-42, visibility excellent, calm, overcast. Spectacular:


surf scoter 4,360, black scoter 400 (new property high count, by a lot), redhead 460 (actively feeding on S.A.V.), canvasback 770, ruddy duck 70, tundra swan 73, American wigeon 60 (consorting mostly with the redheads), bufflehead 85, Canada goose 950, lesser scaup 40, greater scaup 1 male, common goldeneye 3, long-tailed duck 30, horned grebe 12, common loon 1, herring gull 55. A total of c. 6,902 waterfowl. No boats seen.


About one third of the Lucy Point Trail under water. In Field 6: Canada goose 325, Field 7 11 CGs. At Lucy Point it is a very busy hour-and-a-half trying to count or estimate all those 6,900+ waterfowl in the gathering dusk.


FEBRUARY 23, SATURDAY. In Field 1: Canada goose 260 at 11:09, 780 at 11:45, 420 at 5 P.M., feeding vigorously on spilled soy beans. In the cove: bufflehead 26, horned grebe 3, ruddy duck 4 (O.K., O.K. … I’ll do better next time). In Field 4: 8 wild turkeys, 8 does and a buck with no left antler. 500 Canada geese in one of the Campers’ fields, 300 near Ferry Neck X Bellevue roads with 2 deer. At Bellevue: great black-backed gull 1, bufflehead 16, ruddy duck 2, 2 deer, 1 gray squirrel, and lesser scaup 20 at 5:20 P.M.


Liz and I out at Lucy Point, 11:45-1 P.M.: pied-billed grebe 1 (seldom seen here), horned grebe 4, tundra swan a slight increase up to 90 now, many herring gulls, some now in immaculate breeding plumage. Probably about the same nos. of fowl as seen yesterday. overcast, light rain, E5, 40, just to enjoy the spectacle without resorting to compulsive counting. Surf scoters mostly farther out than black scoters. Some canvasbacks and lesser scaup seen with mollusks they’d grabbed. visibility good. low tide at 1:22 P.M. On the up-the-cove side of the dock: 10 red-breasted mergansers (3 of them adult males).


FEBRUARY 24, SUNDAY. overcast, then mostly overcast, then fair, rain early, 40-48, 52 at 6:49 P.M., calm then SW 10-15. 38 red-breasted mergansers right next to the dock. In Field 4 groups of 12 & 8 deer. 1 red fox.


A good look-see from the dock from 4:30-5:45 P.M., fair, SW10, 48-44: the redheads stream past slowly by “Poplar Point” so that I am able to secure an exact count of 427, compared to my estimate on Feb. 22 of 460 (off by 7.2% today, assuming, yes, assuming, they are the same flock, but “it ain’t necessarily so” since quite different numbers estimated on 2 other days).


Also from the dock: northern pintail 17, ruddy duck 80, lesser scaup 9, American wigeon 6, horned grebe 8, MERLIN 1 (perches in a black locust at Edwards point for a long time), Canada goose 105, tundra swan heard only, American robin 17, common grackle 7, and red-winged blackbird 30. Some of the ruddies diving within only a foot or so of the sod bank in the shallow areas by the boat ramp. Must be some worms and other inverts there to tickle their innards.


BLACKWATER N.W.R., 7:15-1:30 (official “guided birding tour” from 8-12:45), rain until 9:15, overcast, 40-47, tidal waters high, fresh waters very high, not much wind. Present for the tour: Liz Armistead, Kate Murphy, Arnold Simon, and Mike Tolker. Wes and Sue Earp appear towards the end, but make it 5 persons for the tour per se. In view of the big rain last night and for part of the morning I am surprised anyone turns up. Some of the birds below, as usual, seen before or after the official tour, or else elsewhere (Egypt Road, Cambridge). Complete list:


snow goose 6,000, blue goose 500, Canada goose 1,000, tundra swan 110, gadwall 6, American black duck 4, mallard 20, northern shoveler 100, northern pintail 40, green-winged teal 10, ring-necked duck 60 (Pool 1, as usual), hooded merganser 2, common merganser 20 (in Little Blackwater River), AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN 60 (on the south side of “Lake Blackwater”; a steady increase in the past few weeks), great blue heron 3, black vulture 13, turkey vulture 22, bald eagle 20, northern harrier 2, red-tailed hawk 1, American kestrel 1, greater yellowlegs 1 (in a field), dunlin 20,


ring-billed gull 600, herring gull 2, great black-backed gull 3, rock pigeon 3, red-bellied woodpecker 1, northern flicker 2, American crow 10, fish crow 8, Carolina wren 1, eastern bluebird 12, American robin 2, northern mockingbird 1, European starling 32, myrtle warbler 1, Savannah sparrow 1, song sparrow 6, white-crowned sparrow 9 immatures, northern cardinal 2, red-winged blackbird 36, common grackle 12, American goldfinch 2, house sparrow 2.


NON-AVIAN TAXA: fox squirrel (feeding on, what else?, a nut, rasping on it, at close range on a wood fence railing; a fat one; beautifully photographed by the big Murphy/Simon team), woodchuck (bedraggled; not best in show), sika deer 2, eastern cottontail 1, many New Jersey chorus frogs sounding off in the ditch along Key Wallace Drive W of the Visitor Center, a favored locality. On these tours I concentrate on getting the observers “on” the birds, being charming and helpful, nattering on (but not being overbearing, or didactic) and consequently am less inclined to make careful estimates as when I am alone.


FEBRUARY 25, MONDAY. Gale force winds, 25-35, let me tell you it IS blowing, dropping to 15 at 5:30 P.M., crystal clear, 40-44-48, 45 at 6:30 P.M. Under such conditions I often refer to the Choptank River mouth as a “mass of seething whitecaps”. True enough today, but the cove and Irish Creek can also be described this way now. In the cove a few birds riding the big chop, like a rodeo, American wigeon 2, horned grebe 1, ruddy duck 2. At sunset things improve, seen from the comfort of the living room: 290 redheads, 10 wigeon, 12 ruddies.


walk 1, 11-noon: e side F (F = Field) 2, N F4 (along the “new Hedgerow”), E F3 (loaded with 1,000s of turnips, 3 of which I pick for us to eat), W side of the Olszewski Trail (completely submerged with 3-6” of water), S sides of F5-7, not much seen but: an immature red-tailed hawk at one of three deer carcasses in F 6, an adult bald eagle, some blue jays, a mockingbird, some white-throated sparrows, 2 turkey vultures. A slog what with the abundant surface water. 9 does and 3 bucks, a 4-pointer and 2 others, 1 missing its left antler, 1 missing its right.


walk 2, 3-4:15: West side of F2, W F7, S F7-5, to bald eagle nest in Woods 2, E F4, E, N & W F 3, W F 4, then home by way of driveway. An adult bald eagle over F3 and a red fox there, too. Each of these 2 walks c. 1.3 miles.


3 gray squirrels today. A rather muted appearance by this species this visit. It is our custom to take our meager garbage (basura) out into Field 1 to dump it. 2 black and 2 turkey vultures avail themselves of this today at 2:31 P.M. de gustibus non est disputandum.


FEBRUARY 26, TUESDAY. mostly overcast (would wish more sun this gray winter), then fair, 39-47, NW5 becoming calm. After yesterday’s gale force NW winds the tide is out, mud exposed, past the end of the dock. Low tide at 4:47 P.M., lots of CGs feeding on the SAV with, curiously, 7 red-breasted mergansers in with them. Twenty-six deer in the “goose field” (E side of Bellevue Road halfway between Royal Oak and the Bellevue Road turn towards Bellevue) at 5:58 P.M. Seven deer in our Field 4. Five gray squirrels today, one a “snowshoes variant”.


From the dock early in the day: 260 Canada geese (build to 360 at 1:30) feeding on the easily-reached - under these conditions - SAV, ruddy duck 8, bufflehead 7, horned grebe 1, bald eagle 1 immature. Five American crows chase a red-tailed hawk out of the yard. After a lapse for a while, a purple finch again at the feeder, a smart-looking male. Liz has a (the?) MERLIN buzz her, fast, low, and close. Apparently a “blue jack”.


LUCY POINT (part of our property, overlooks the mouth of the Choptank River). Can’t resist going there once more. The waterfowl spectacle continues, many of them quite close in, close enough to allow me to check the Amercan wigeon for a European wigeon, that would be a new yard bird. No luck in that respect. SW5 or calm, mostly overcast becoming fair, but hazy, 41-44, 11 A.M. - 1:30 P.M., visibility excellent. A sundog or perihelion or whatever it’s called around the sun 2 skipjacks, 1 tonger (# on the boat: 12470), 1 skiff, 4 dredgers, and a large cabin cruiser. Low water:


common goldeneye 23, tundra swan 49, red-breasted merganser 5, redhead 620, long-tailed duck 40, bald eagle 2 adults, common loon 2, ring-billed gull 5, herring gull 40, great blue heron 1. From this superb vantage point, where I could sit all day, a gray squirrel seen across Irish Creek at Holland Point through the 32X scope. A little skim ice on the S side of Field 1 nearby.


The 1000s of other waterfowl - canvasbacks, scaup, scoters, wigeon, ruddies, Canada geese, buffleheads, and a few horned grebes - still present, but not counted this time. That would be too much like work.


FEBRUARY 27, WEDNESDAY. While I spend most of the day goofing off in DORCHESTER COUNTY, Liz sees 21 species right in the yard, including some li’l sprites: golden-crowned & ruby-crowned kinglets, brown creeper, chickadees, titmice, and a white-breasted nuthatch, plus some bluebirds. I do see a bald eagle alight on our osprey nest platform, a first. Clear, NW10-15, 33 at the start.


ELLIOTT ISLAND ROAD in its entirety plus Lewis Wharf Road, but not much time spent in upland, woods, and fields on the north end. Noon - 5 P.M., 43.8 miles by car, 39-48-50-40, overcast, NE10+ m.p.h., visibility excellent, tidal waters very low. Very. At 2 places in the village there has been so much rain that water covers the road to some depth for stretches of 50 feet or more. Areas near Savanna Lake are also partially submerged. Complete list:


Canada goose 6, tundra swan 0, wood duck 1 female (swimming with mallards in the little tidal creek just south of Vienna), gadwall 6, American wigeon 19 (at the “moorhen spot”), American black duck 78, mallard 55, green-winged teal 6, canvasback 810 (in upper Fishing Bay, as usual), lesser scaup 23, surf scoter 185, long-tailed duck 115,


(these latter 2 species seen from McCready’s Creek, in the distance, flushed by a boat, way more than I’ve ever seen here previously), bufflehead 12, hooded merganser 22, red-breasted merganser 1 male (Lewis Wharf Road), ruddy duck 295, great blue heron 15 (10 in flight over an apparent colony on the south side of Langrell’s Island), turkey vulture 66 (carefully counted using a clicker), bald eagle 24, northern harrier 10, red-tailed hawk 3, greater yellowlegs 1,


dunlin 0, ring-billed gull 30, herring gull 2, great black-backed gull 1, mourning dove 6, red-bellied woodpecker 1, downy woodpecker 1, pileated woodpecker 1 (Lewis Wharf Road), American crow 7, American robin 65, myrtle warbler 11, song sparrow 3, red-winged blackbird 900, and common grackle 40.


Near “Gadwall Bend” I see 2 bald eagles talon-clasping, pinwheeling straight down a good 100 feet, apparently right into the marsh grasses. I do not see them get up from there. What I hear tell, what I got wind of, is that substantial numbers of baldies injure or die doing this. Buckin’ for the Darwin award. Anyone know for sure? Tri-State Bird Rescue probably does. A sika deer the only non-avian taxon seen.


FEBRUARY 28, THURSDAY. 360 Canada geese in the cove along with a few ruddies, buffleheads, and horned grebes. From the driveway bend out across Field 7 to the Choptank mouth are at least 300 canvasbacks close in, but probably many more are out of sight, either sheltered close to the bank or to the left and right of this flock behind trees flanking an open space of only c. 200 feet. Leave at 9:06 A.M. for a lackluster trip home.


At routes 309 X 404 20 tundra swans in a field and 2 immature bald eagles in a nearby field. Two American kestrels along Route 481. Route 301 milepost 101 eight tundra swans in a field to the east. From Route 495 around Wilmington, DE, 3 adult bald eagles (none near the 2 nests here) and a male American kestrel.


CITATION CITY. I have to review Bird species: how they arise, modify and vanish (Springer Open, 2018, 266 pages). Sounds good, but is very advanced, technical. One citation, on p. 143, and in the bibliography of another chapter, too, lists 103 authors: “Whole genome analyses resolve early branches in the tree of life of modern birds” Science, 346: 1320-1331, 2014. If you were, say, the 97th author, how much good would this article do towards gaining you tenure? Not much better than being 103rd.


Best to all. - Harry Armistead, Philadelphia.

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Date: 3/3/19 9:59 am
From: Kurt Schwarz <krschwa1...>
Subject: [MDBirding] The Varied Thrush and Risk of Window Glass
Maryland, has met its demise at the hand of window glass on March 1.  It is unfortunate to lose such a handsome bird, which afforded delight to many birders and the local community.  It also serves as a reminder of the threat that glass poses to our birdlife.  Lynn Parks of Lights Out Baltimore had provided a link to https://www.birdsavers.com,which provides information on the very effective Acopian bird saver, and is very suitable for many problem home windows. Other non-Acopian solutions are available at Lights Out Baltimore (http://www.lightsoutbaltimore.org) and Safe Skies Maryland (https://safeskiesmaryland.org). If you have noticed a problem window at your home, please consider applying one of these solutions.


 
Lynn also mentioned a recent study on bird strikes, which concluded that 56% of all bird strikes occurred at “low-rise” building of 4-11 stories, and 44% at residences.  We have a bill before the State Legislature that would begin to address the problem by mandating bird-safe standards for new or substantially remodeled state buildings, most, if not all, of which would be in the low-rise category. The bill has been reported favorably out of committee in the Senate, but is still in subcommittee in the House of Delegates. 


 
MOS and Safe Skies Maryland ask that you contact your Maryland state legislators and ask them to support HB0136/SB0314, the Sustainable Buildings Act of 2019, noting that it would save energy, birds, and tax payer dollars. 


 
You can look up your legislators by going to this website:


 
http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/webmga/frmmain.aspx?pid=legisrpage&tab=subject6


 
Click on Who represents me? in the upper right corner. You will be a pop-up asking for your address and zip code. Fill that in and click Find. Up will pop the State Executives, your US Represenative and Senators, and your state legislators. For you state legislators, there is a button at the bottom to Create Message.  Or click on any of the names, and you will get phone numbers, etc.  


 
Please consider acting and contacting your legislators asking them to support HB0136/SB0314, the Sustainable Buildings Act of 2019. The House of Delegates is especially important. 


 
Kurt Schwarz

Conservation Chair

Maryland Ornithological Society

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Date: 3/3/19 9:35 am
From: Derek C. Richardson <dcr...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Sharpie seems to be using my window to hunt.

We had a Sharpie today at our feeders (West Laurel, PG County) that
scattered a big grackle flock (45 birds!) -- one of the grackles hit
something and the Sharpie pounced...

D

On Sun, 3 Mar 2019, Matthew Felperin wrote:

> I have seen this strategy in action myself by a cooper’s Hawk in South
> Carolina right in front of my face!
>
> Matthew J. Felperin
> Park Naturalist
> Patuxent River Park
>
> 16000 Croom Airport Road
>
> Upper Marlboro, MD 20772
>
> (tel) 301-627-6074
>
> (fax) 301-952-9754
>
>
> The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission
>
> Department of Parks and Recreation
>
>
>
> On Mar 3, 2019, at 12:05 PM, Steve Long <steve.long4...> wrote:
>
> In my previous house, I had problems with Sharpshinned Hawks
> trying to fly through the back window to get to the front window
> through the house.  They fell onto my deck, and most recovered
> enough to fly away.  But, one flew across my property line and
> immediately did the same thing into my neighbor's kitchen
> window.
>
> So, when a Sharpie starts staking-out my bird feeders here at my
> new house, I start to worry about it flying into our sliding
> glass door.  But, the one we have had here for the last several
> days seems to have developed a technique to USE THE DOOR TO
> CATCH SONGBIRDS.  It sits in a tree and waits for multiple small
> birds to get on the feeder.  Then, it flies past the feeder,
> causing the small birds to scatter in panic.  Often, one strikes
> the door, usually just a glancing blow, but enough to disorient
> it sufficiently for the Sharpie to turn in mid air and grab it
> out of the air, or maybe off the ground.  This has already been
> done several times, so it isn't a fluke; that bird has a
> strategy. Before it started doing that, it was chasing small
> birds around in the bushes in the back and front of our house.
>
> Steve Long, Oxford
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Date: 3/3/19 9:24 am
From: Matthew Felperin <mattyfelp...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Sharpie seems to be using my window to hunt.
I have seen this strategy in action myself by a cooper’s Hawk in South Carolina right in front of my face!

Matthew J. Felperin

Park Naturalist
Patuxent River Park
16000 Croom Airport Road
Upper Marlboro, MD 20772
(tel) 301-627-6074
(fax) 301-952-9754

The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission
Department of Parks and Recreation


> On Mar 3, 2019, at 12:05 PM, Steve Long <steve.long4...> wrote:
>
> In my previous house, I had problems with Sharpshinned Hawks trying to fly through the back window to get to the front window through the house. They fell onto my deck, and most recovered enough to fly away. But, one flew across my property line and immediately did the same thing into my neighbor's kitchen window.
>
> So, when a Sharpie starts staking-out my bird feeders here at my new house, I start to worry about it flying into our sliding glass door. But, the one we have had here for the last several days seems to have developed a technique to USE THE DOOR TO CATCH SONGBIRDS. It sits in a tree and waits for multiple small birds to get on the feeder. Then, it flies past the feeder, causing the small birds to scatter in panic. Often, one strikes the door, usually just a glancing blow, but enough to disorient it sufficiently for the Sharpie to turn in mid air and grab it out of the air, or maybe off the ground. This has already been done several times, so it isn't a fluke; that bird has a strategy. Before it started doing that, it was chasing small birds around in the bushes in the back and front of our house.
>
> Steve Long, Oxford
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Date: 3/3/19 9:06 am
From: Steve Long <steve.long4...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Sharpie seems to be using my window to hunt.
In my previous house, I had problems with Sharpshinned Hawks trying to
fly through the back window to get to the front window through the
house.  They fell onto my deck, and most recovered enough to fly away. 
But, one flew across my property line and immediately did the same thing
into my neighbor's kitchen window.

So, when a Sharpie starts staking-out my bird feeders here at my new
house, I start to worry about it flying into our sliding glass door. 
But, the one we have had here for the last several days seems to have
developed a technique to USE THE DOOR TO CATCH SONGBIRDS.  It sits in a
tree and waits for multiple small birds to get on the feeder.  Then, it
flies past the feeder, causing the small birds to scatter in panic. 
Often, one strikes the door, usually just a glancing blow, but enough to
disorient it sufficiently for the Sharpie to turn in mid air and grab it
out of the air, or maybe off the ground.  This has already been done
several times, so it isn't a fluke; that bird has a strategy. Before it
started doing that, it was chasing small birds around in the bushes in
the back and front of our house.

Steve Long, Oxford

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Date: 3/3/19 6:07 am
From: Evelyn Ralston <evelynsralston...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Red-throated Loon continues at Violette’s Lock Mo Co
Close to Riley’s initially. When it reached the rapids it turned towards the shore.
Evelyn Ralston

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Date: 3/2/19 5:12 pm
From: 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Common Merganser in St. Mary's County
This popped up on my county year needs alert. Common Merganser is quite difficult to find in St. Mary's and Beauvue Ponds are the place where they show up most frequently. If you need a COME for your St. Mary's County year or life list, I'd highly recommend you chase this ASAP.

Tyler Bell
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California, Maryland

----- Forwarded Message ----- From: "<ebird-alert...>" <ebird-alert...>To: "<jtylerbell...>" <jtylerbell...>Sent: Saturday, March 2, 2019, 3:17:36 PM ESTSubject: [eBird Alert] Year Needs Alert for St. Mary's County
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- Common Merganser (North American) (1 report)

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Common Merganser (North American) (Mergus merganser americanus) (2)
- Reported Mar 02, 2019 13:40 by Mark Rositol
- Beauvue Ponds, St. Mary's, Maryland
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.2554027,-76.6362476&ll=38.2554027,-76.6362476
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S53289456
- Comments: "Photo- continuing?"




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Date: 3/2/19 4:52 pm
From: James Wilson <birdmanjfw...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Red-breasted Nuthatch
My morning routine is to go out about 0730 to replenish the feeders and smear some peanut butter on the a couple of spots on the platform feeder. The Red-breasted Nuthatches (I have about 6) start swooping in and making abrupt U-turns until one or two will land and start feasting on the peanut butter. I stand there about a foot from them and we strike up a conversation, which is usually one-sided. If another nuthatch lands, one will give a growl and chase the other away. I usually turn away to finish my job and they will spook for a minute or two and then start taking turns.
This morning was a bit different. I was walking toward the feeders with my bird feed and peanut butter and 2 nuthatches flew to the platform feeder and waited for me. I walked up beside them, opened the jar and spooned out the peanut butter beside them in 2 different places. They started feeding but when they grabbed a chunky bit they flew to the nearby tree.
I have read about people feeding them from their hand. My daughter at her house decided to try it. Day one did not work. Day two did. I guess they are fast learners.
It is a real shame that they will soon be heading North.
Jim Wilson
Queenstown

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Date: 3/2/19 8:59 am
From: Patricia Valdata <pvaldata1...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Tundra Swans
We just had a skein of about 40 Tundra Swans fly over the house, heading
north. Beautiful sight!

Pat Valdata
Crisfield, Somerset County

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Date: 3/2/19 7:33 am
From: Frank Witebsky <fwitebsky...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: St. Mary's Varied Thrush
On Friday, March 1, 2019 at 3:23:33 PM UTC-5, Tyler Bell wrote:
> It is with heavy heart that I tell you that the neighbor across the street from the Stickney's, who has sort of adopted the Varied Thrush, found it dead a little while ago. Unknown what the cause of death was. They have the body in a freezer and Kyle Rambo will convey it to the Smithsonian Bird Lab.
>
>
>
> John Hubbell reported it this morning after seeing the Rock Wren so he is probably the last person to see it alive :(
>
>
>
> Tyler Bell
> <jtyle......>
> California, Maryland

I was so sorry to hear about this today. Sad indeed that after all the challenges it surmounted, the bird should come to such an end - sad for all who were fortunate enough to make its acquaintance, sadder still for the welcoming neighbors, and saddest of all for the bird itself.

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Date: 3/1/19 8:34 pm
From: Lynne Parks <v.lynneparks...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: St. Mary's Varied Thrush
I’m sad to hear about the Varied Thrush. I’m sorry for the bird’s sake, but I also know it was a bird loved by many. It’s a hard loss for the residents who kept a close watch on it. It’s discovery was a story that delighted us all. It was a life bird for me. I’m grateful I got to see it.

Respectfully, here is a solution to problem windows at home https://www.birdsavers.com

Glass is what Dr. Christine Sheppard of the American Bird Conservancy calls an “equal opportunity killer.” It kills young and old, weak and healthy. Wherever there is glass, birds are killed, including local residents and migrants. It’s not a natural death. Glass is not a natural element in an ecosystem. We need to make human built environments safe for wildlife.

When it comes to bird/glass strikes, low-rise and residential glass kills the most birds. Annually, two to ten birds die at each residence in the U.S. We don’t always notice because they are often picked off by scavengers. Here are the terrible statistics https://abcbirds.org/article/up-to-one-billion-birds-may-be-killed-annually-in-building-collisions-new-study-says/

Sincerely,
Lynne Parks
Lights Out Baltimore, Baltimore Bird Club

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Date: 3/1/19 6:33 pm
From: 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Re: St. Mary's Varied Thrush
I totally agree. Birders were well behaved and the neighbors seemed to enjoy the experience, particularly the one who found the bird today. He was savvy enough to collect the bird and put it in a ziplock in his freezer. Kyle Rambo will get it from him and relay it to the Smithsonian Bird Lab where it will represent the first specimen from Maryland.

It's a sad day, though, and there have been lots of people who have written both on and off list and I thank you all.

Tyler Bell
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California, Maryland

On Friday, March 1, 2019, 9:28:56 PM EST, Duvall Sollers <dbsollers61...> wrote:

This is a time when the entire MD birding community should remember how welcoming the people in this neighborhood were to all of us!  I can’t remember too many other times when a community actually encouraged so many birders to come and view such a special rarity.  Everything about the Varied Thrush’s visit was marked by both a wonderful group of community members, as well as (to the best of my knowledge),  hundreds of birders over an extended period of time who behaved exactly as they were asked to.  Kudos to everyone !!!
Duvall SollersHereford, MD

On Mar 1, 2019, at 3:35 PM, 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> wrote:


Just got an email that it was a window kill :(


Tyler Bell
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California, Maryland


On Friday, March 1, 2019, 3:26:35 PM EST, Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...> wrote:

Oh no, I can imagine the neighbor - who was so welcoming and proud of the bird when we saw it in his yard in January - is especially devastated. How sad...
Gail MackiernanColesville, MD

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It is with heavy heart that I tell you that the neighbor across the street from the Stickney's, who has sort of adopted the Varied Thrush, found it dead a little while ago. Unknown what the cause of death was. They have the body in a freezer and Kyle Rambo will convey it to the Smithsonian Bird Lab.

John Hubbell reported it this morning after seeing the Rock Wren so he is probably the last person to see it alive :(

Tyler Bell
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California, Maryland
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Date: 3/1/19 5:37 pm
From: Peter Givan <pdgiv73...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Northern Gannets
Easily over a thousand gannets at Ocean City Inlet this afternoon.

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Date: 3/1/19 4:36 pm
From: wales2012 <wales2012...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Re: St. Mary's Varied Thrush
I know it is a part of the cycle of life, but this is sad news. Even though I missed the bird when I went looking, I am thankful that the home owners were so welcoming to us birders and allowed so many people a chance to see this rare visitor.Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone
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Date: 3/1/19 3:42 pm
From: drgngem K <drgngems2013...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Balto County photo surprise
I went out this afternoon to take some pictures of the birds in the snow and saw a large flock of about 20 birds in a tree. I thought they were European starlings. When back inside, looking at the pics, to my surprise those birds were all black with a little bit of red and orange on their wings. The video confirmed the call. First time I’ve been able to get pictures, and video, of Red-winged blackbirds.
Rebecca

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Date: 3/1/19 3:40 pm
From: drgngem K <drgngems2013...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Photo surprise
I went out this afternoon to take some pictures of the birds in the snow and saw a large flock of about 20 birds in a tree. I thought they were European starlings. When back inside, looking at the pics, to my surprise those birds were all black with a little bit of red and orange on their wings. The video confirmed the call. First time I’ve been able to get pictures, and video, of Red-winged blackbirds.
Rebecca

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Date: 3/1/19 3:27 pm
From: Eugene J. Scarpulla <ejscarp...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Red-necked Grebe Injury
I would suggest a possible fishing hook injury.

1) I have seen a Northern Gannet hooked behind a fishing boat off Ocean
City. Eventually, the anglers cut the fishing line.

2) At Back River, I've seen a Double-crested Cormorant perched on a railing
with a surface lure caught in its bill.

3) On the catwalk at Conowingo Dam, I rescued a Great Black-backed Gull
whose wing had become entangled in the fishing line of an angler who was
fishing from the catwalk (and I got a nice bleeding bite on my arm from the
not-so-grateful gull).



Gene



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Date: 3/1/19 3:04 pm
From: Warblerick <ricksussman1955...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Re: St. Mary's Varied Thrush
Sad news. Must be quite devastating for the local homeowners and family who first discovered it.

Rick Sussman
Woodbine, MD.

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Date: 3/1/19 1:15 pm
From: Bsykes <mybyrdz5...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Tundra Swans, Somerset Co.
On Friday, January 18, 2019 at 1:01:20 PM UTC-5, Pat Valdata, Elkton wrote:
> I saw a flock of at least 200 Tundra Swans yesterday and today at a farm field along Rehobeth Road near Hudson Corner. Five more were flying in toward that field as I drove home this morning. There's no safe place to pull over that isn't private property, so I couldn't stop to count them. Last year the same field had a big flock of Snow Geese.
>
>
> I also saw three American Kestrels perched on the power lines along the road.
>
>
> Lots of Bald Eagle action this morning at home. One adult and three juveniles squabbling over a fish. Buffleheads were back now that the ice thawed.
>
>
>
> Pat Valdata
> Crisfield, MD
>
>
> Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone

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Date: 3/1/19 1:03 pm
From: Bsykes <mybyrdz5...>
Subject: [MDBirding] N. Anne Arundel cty Eagle Nests
Checked the nests in A.A. cty on Tues afternoon. Only found one Eagle at Three nestsites. Nest behind G and M restuarant One Eagle on nest. Nest north side of Nursery rd near BWI expwy. None seen .Nest behind Royal Farms Dover rd landfill Glen burnie .Huge construction event going on here . No Eagles seen. Only trees left here are one thin strip at Nest location. Possibly destroyed all the way to point of nest. Not surprised!!

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Date: 3/1/19 12:34 pm
From: 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] St. Mary's Varied Thrush
If we find out what happened, I'll post a follow up.

Tyler Bell
<jtylerbell...>
California, Maryland

On Friday, March 1, 2019, 3:26:35 PM EST, Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...> wrote:

Oh no, I can imagine the neighbor - who was so welcoming and proud of the bird when we saw it in his yard in January - is especially devastated. How sad...
Gail MackiernanColesville, MD

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On Mar 1, 2019, at 3:21 PM, 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> wrote:


It is with heavy heart that I tell you that the neighbor across the street from the Stickney's, who has sort of adopted the Varied Thrush, found it dead a little while ago. Unknown what the cause of death was. They have the body in a freezer and Kyle Rambo will convey it to the Smithsonian Bird Lab.

John Hubbell reported it this morning after seeing the Rock Wren so he is probably the last person to see it alive :(

Tyler Bell
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Date: 3/1/19 12:31 pm
From: Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Digest for - 16 updates in 5topics
I first saw this behavior at my mother’s just north of Phila. a decade ago,
I have since seen it apparently speed, and occasionally note them on
feeders here in Ellicott City. And I am sure they are scarfing them up from
beneath the thistle seeder. Do juncos have culture that can be shared
between generations?

On Fri, Mar 1, 2019 at 12:05 PM Andrew McGann <andrew.mcgann...>
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>> Cheers, Sabrina
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>> On Fri, Mar 1, 2019, 11:44 AM John Filigenzi <jjfiligenzi...>
>> wrote:
>>
>>> Just looked out the window and spotted a Junco on our nyjer feeder -
>>> usually on the ground. For today with ground snow cover probably looking
>>> for other feeding possibilities.
>>>
>>> Jack & Jean Filigenzi
>>> Gambrills MD
>>>
>>> Sent from my iPhone
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>>> > On Mar 1, 2019, at 10:56 AM, Derek C. Richardson <dcr...>
>>> wrote:
>>> >
>>> >
>>> > Yes, according to our feeder log we've had Dark-eyed Juncos eat from
>>> our finch feeder, including this season I believe (we have a mix of nyjer
>>> and sunflower chips), although it's definitely not their first choice haha.
>>> >
>>> > D
>>> >
>>> >> On Fri, 1 Mar 2019, Jay W wrote:
>>> >>
>>> >> I have been feeding birds year-round for over 50+ years. For the
>>> first in my lifetime, I am seeing Juncos feed on thistle along with the
>>> goldfinches. Has anyone else seen this behavior?
>>> >
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Date: 3/1/19 12:26 pm
From: Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] St. Mary's Varied Thrush
Oh no, I can imagine the neighbor - who was so welcoming and proud of the bird when we saw it in his yard in January - is especially devastated. How sad...

Gail Mackiernan
Colesville, MD

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> On Mar 1, 2019, at 3:21 PM, 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> wrote:
>
> It is with heavy heart that I tell you that the neighbor across the street from the Stickney's, who has sort of adopted the Varied Thrush, found it dead a little while ago. Unknown what the cause of death was. They have the body in a freezer and Kyle Rambo will convey it to the Smithsonian Bird Lab.
>
> John Hubbell reported it this morning after seeing the Rock Wren so he is probably the last person to see it alive :(
>
> Tyler Bell
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Date: 3/1/19 12:23 pm
From: 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] St. Mary's Varied Thrush
It is with heavy heart that I tell you that the neighbor across the street from the Stickney's, who has sort of adopted the Varied Thrush, found it dead a little while ago. Unknown what the cause of death was. They have the body in a freezer and Kyle Rambo will convey it to the Smithsonian Bird Lab.

John Hubbell reported it this morning after seeing the Rock Wren so he is probably the last person to see it alive :(

Tyler Bell
<jtylerbell...>
California, Maryland

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Date: 3/1/19 10:23 am
From: George Jett <gmjett...>
Subject: RE: Juncos at the Nyjer, was: RE: [MDBirding] Digest for - 16 updates in 5topics
They also like peanut butter.



From: <mdbirding...> [mailto:<mdbirding...>] On Behalf Of Jon Barrett
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I’ve been seeing them at my nyjer feeder all winter; I don’t remember if they’d been visiting that along with the black oil sunflower feeder earlier than that.



Jon Barrett

Greenbelt, MD



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I have been feeding birds year-round for over 50+ years. For the first in my lifetime, I am seeing Juncos feed on thistle along with the goldfinches Has anyone else seen this behavior?



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· Fort Smallwood Park Thursday, February 28, 2019 32 Raptors - 1 Update

· Hart-Miller Island, 02/28/19 - 1 Update

· eagle nest action on the Potomac today - 1 Update

· Red-necked Grebe - 9 Updates

· American Woodcock - 4 Updates

<http://groups.google.com/group/mdbirding/t/12d5144531495544?utm_source=digest&utm_medium=email> Fort Smallwood Park Thursday, February 28, 2019 32 Raptors


SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...>: Feb 28 11:01PM -0500

Fort Smallwood Park

Pasadena, Maryland, USA

Daily Raptor Counts: Feb 28, 2019

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total

Black Vulture 0 4 4

Turkey Vulture 26 37 37

Osprey 0 0 0

Bald Eagle 3 4 4

Northern Harrier 0 0 0

Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 1 1

Cooper's Hawk 0 0 0

Northern Goshawk 0 0 0

Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 0

Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 0

Red-tailed Hawk 2 6 6

Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0

Golden Eagle 0 0 0

American Kestrel 0 0 0

Merlin 0 0 0

Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0

Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0

Unknown Buteo 0 0 0

Unknown Falcon 0 0 0

Unknown Eagle 0 0 0

Unknown Raptor 0 0 0

Total: 32 52 52

Observation start time: 09:00:00

Observation end time: 13:30:00

Total observation time: 4.5 hours

Official Counter Chris Reed, Sue Ricciardi

Observers: Chris Reed, Sue Ricciardi

Weather:

Mostly sunny; 41-44 degrees; good visibility; winds northerly, 6-18 mph

Raptor Observations:

A decent early-in-the-season flight today

Non-raptor Observations:

Still about 1000 scaup offshore

Report submitted by Sue Ricciardi ( <susiericc...>)

More information at hawkcount.org: [ Site Profile] [ Day Summary] [ Month Summary]

Site Description

Fort Smallwood Park is located on the western shore of Chesapeake Bay at the

mouth of the Patapsco River, 11 miles south of Baltimore, MD. Best winds are

from the southwest.

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<http://groups.google.com/group/mdbirding/t/d269b544019f1f4e?utm_source=digest&utm_medium=email> Hart-Miller Island, 02/28/19


Kevin Graff <keyweststyle2001...>: Feb 28 08:54PM -0500

02/28/19 – 710am-3pm
Hart-Miller Island, Essex, B Co., MD

WEATHER: Fair, 38-44 degrees, NW 9K- N 6K

Canada Goose – 84
Tundra Swan – 236 (221 S Cell, 15 N Cell)
Gadwall – 92
American Wigeon – 51
American Black Duck – 158
Mallard – 166
Northern Shoveler – 9
Northern Pintail – 370
Green-winged Teal – 38
Canvasback – 2
Ring-necked Duck – 29
Greater Scaup – 43
Lesser Scaup – 403
*WHITE-WINGED SCOTER– 1 (Hen)
*LONG-TAILED DUCK– 13 (12 drakes, 1 hen)
Bufflehead – 59
Common Goldeneye – 1 (Hen)
Hooded Merganser – 6
Red-breasted Merganser – 13
Ruddy Duck – 61
*RED-THROATED LOON – 1
Common Loon – 1
Pied-billed Grebe – 1
Horned Grebe – 2
Double-crested Cormorant – 31
*GREAT CORMORANT – 1 (adult flew up the bay toward Harford Co)
Great Blue Heron – 2
Turkey Vulture – 1
Bald Eagle – 3 (1 adult, 2 immature)
Northern Harrier – 2
Sharp-shinned Hawk – 1
Red-shouldered Hawk – 1
Peregrine Falcon – 1
American Coot – 30
Killdeer – 2
Wilson's Snipe – 1
Ring-billed Gull – 41
Herring Gull – 17
Great Black-backed Gull – 5
Mourning Dove – 30
Red-bellied Woodpecker – 1
Northern Flicker – 3
Blue Jay – 6
American Crow – 3
Carolina Wren – 2
Hermit Thrush – 1
Northern Mockingbird – 1
European Starling – 9
*SNOW BUNTING – 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler – 1
Savannah Sparrow – 3
Song Sparrow – 48
Swamp Sparrow – 2
White-throated Sparrow – 16
*WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW – 1 (immature)
“Slate-colored” Junco – 1
Northern Cardinal – 16
Red-winged Blackbird – 174
Common Grackle – 8
Brown-headed Cowbird – 4
American Goldfinch – 1
SPECIES: 61 INDIVIDUALS: 2311

MAMMALS: Coyote – 1 Red Fox – 3 WT Deer (tracks) Raccoon (tracks)
Muskrat (3 active mounds)


Kevin Graff

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<http://groups.google.com/group/mdbirding/t/478554313baebb45?utm_source=digest&utm_medium=email> eagle nest action on the Potomac today


Patrick Malone <pmalone...>: Feb 28 08:37PM -0500

Lot of action on the nest in Arlington. This was around 5pm today. If you’re in the DC area and you haven’t been, you owe it to yourself. You are guaranteed to see at least one eagle on the nest for the next few weeks, and it seems to take only a few minutes before the mate shows up for some action. This is at Fort Bennett Park, nest hangs over the GW Parkway, 5 minutes from the Key Bridge.

Today I was close enough that I could hear the birds arguing - did my best to transcribe the dialog faithfully in the description line underneath the individual shots. ;)

https://flic.kr/s/aHsmBsdx9N <https://flic.kr/s/aHsmBsdx9N>


Patrick & Vicki Malone
4901 Essex Avenue
Chevy Chase, MD 20815
301-656-9153
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<http://groups.google.com/group/mdbirding/t/abb5caa0c09974e6?utm_source=digest&utm_medium=email> Red-necked Grebe


Steve Brynes <sbrynes...>: Feb 28 04:29AM -0800

On Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at 2:44:48 PM UTC-5, Steve Brynes wrote:
> I submitted a report to eBird and somehow the report was comingled with another's report. I had included a picture that I hoped some could comment on, but it was not shown. I am attaching it here. Please note there appears to be a deformity/injury to bill, left side only. Can anyone comment on what it might be? Thanks.

Thanks, Frank!


Wen Lin <wensyilin...>: Feb 28 07:11AM -0800

On Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 7:29:07 AM UTC-5, Steve Brynes wrote:
> On Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at 2:44:48 PM UTC-5, Steve Brynes wrote:
> > I submitted a report to eBird and somehow the report was comingled with another's report. I had included a picture that I hoped some could comment on, but it was not shown. I am attaching it here. Please note there appears to be a deformity/injury to bill, left side only. Can anyone comment on what it might be? Thanks.

> Thanks, Frank!

A cropped photo to show more detailed lesions of red-necked grebe is attached for better view. one covered with white plumage and a black at the junction of upper and lower beak. a small blue one at the lower beak next to the plumage covered lesion.


Wen Lin <wensyilin...>: Feb 28 07:16AM -0800

On Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 10:11:18 AM UTC-5, Wen Lin wrote:
> > > I submitted a report to eBird and somehow the report was comingled with another's report. I had included a picture that I hoped some could comment on, but it was not shown. I am attaching it here. Please note there appears to be a deformity/injury to bill, left side only. Can anyone comment on what it might be? Thanks.

> > Thanks, Frank!

> A cropped photo to show more detailed lesions of red-necked grebe is attached for better view. one covered with white plumage and a black at the junction of upper and lower beak. a small blue one at the lower beak next to the plumage covered lesion.

p.s. Hard to tell of there is any lesion on the facial side from this angle.


Wen Lin <wensyilin...>: Feb 28 07:45AM -0800

On Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 10:16:36 AM UTC-5, Wen Lin wrote:

> > > Thanks, Frank!

> > A cropped photo to show more detailed lesions of red-necked grebe is attached for better view. one covered with white plumage and a black at the junction of upper and lower beak. a small blue one at the lower beak next to the plumage covered lesion.

> p.s. Hard to tell if there is any lesion on the facial side from this angle.
This the is cropped photo to show the normal right side of that red-necked grebe.


Wen Lin <wensyilin...>: Feb 28 08:56AM -0800

On Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 10:45:57 AM UTC-5, Wen Lin wrote:

> > > A cropped photo to show more detailed lesions of red-necked grebe is attached for better view. one covered with white plumage and a black at the junction of upper and lower beak. a small blue one at the lower beak next to the plumage covered lesion.

> > p.s. Hard to tell if there is any lesion on the facial side from this angle.
> This the is cropped photo to show the normal right side of that red-necked grebe.

Front view of the same grebe. Looks like the left side cheek is larger than the right side.


"George Wallace" <gwallace7490...>: Feb 28 01:06PM -0500

Thanks for these Wen Lin I agree with Frank that these don't look like pox lesions which are not feathered. There is something else going on here - what I am not sure! It also looks like the upper and lower mandibles are not properly aligned.

George

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On Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 10:45:57 AM UTC-5, Wen Lin wrote:

> > > A cropped photo to show more detailed lesions of red-necked grebe is attached for better view. one covered with white plumage and a black at the junction of upper and lower beak. a small blue one at the lower beak next to the plumage covered lesion.

> > p.s. Hard to tell if there is any lesion on the facial side from this angle.
> This the is cropped photo to show the normal right side of that red-necked grebe.

Front view of the same grebe. Looks like the left side cheek is larger than the right side.

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Wen Lin <wensyilin...>: Feb 28 12:55PM -0800

On Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 1:06:48 PM UTC-5, George Wallace wrote:

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Could the misalignment caused by the lesions on the left side? The lower mandibles seems tilt to the lift.


Mark Johnson <mj3151...>: Feb 28 10:47PM

These look like old wounds caused by trauma...maybe the bird survived a run-in with a big snapping turtle while diving for food. That yellow bill makes a pretty good lure and snappers are known to grab waterfowl when they get the chance.

Mark Johnson
Aberdeen, MD

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On Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 10:16:36 AM UTC-5, Wen Lin wrote:

> > > Thanks, Frank!

> > A cropped photo to show more detailed lesions of red-necked grebe is attached for better view. one covered with white plumage and a black at the junction of upper and lower beak. a small blue one at the lower beak next to the plumage covered lesion.

> p.s. Hard to tell if there is any lesion on the facial side from this angle.
This the is cropped photo to show the normal right side of that red-necked grebe.

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Here is another shoot on the left side. The dark line below the eyes looks like a healed wound?

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Marcy Stutzman <marciastutzman...>: Feb 28 07:36AM -0800

Last evening four of us were listening and watching the American Woodcock show off Hipsley Mill Road (Howard County). We were lucky enough to have a male land in the open directly in front of us. I heard a 2-beat sound before the peent and believe I also observed the head moving while making this sound. I looked in Macaulay Library to find a recording that included/showed the 2-beat sound and attached to show what I heard.*

I was wondering if anyone could explain the 2-beat sound, and if it is somehow associated with the head moving.

thank you in advance,

Marcy Stutzman
Russett, MD 20724


*Recording information:
American Woodcock Scolopax minor
© Kevin Kubach
25 Feb 2019
Fants Grove Wildlife Management Area, Anderson, South Carolina, United States


Marcy Stutzman <marciastutzman...>: Feb 28 08:13AM -0800

I only attached a screen cap of what it looked like. the actual recording is Macaulay Library ML142573961

and found here:

https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/142573961#_ga=2.226514078.24762760.1551363137-1449525836.1550180814



Marcia Watson <marshwren50...>: Feb 28 12:03PM -0500

Marcy,

Here’s what the online Birds of North America has to say: “Individual Peent preceded by Tuko, a short (0.3 s), subdued (1kHz), quavering tuukoo, also interpreted as wh'ook, koo, and ka-rurr (Pitelka 1943), among others (Pettingill 1936a:294). The two sounds usually merge into one, e.g., tuukooeeent (Figure 3a). Male may utter Tuko alone at widely separated intervals (0.2–30 s) initially after alighting on display area or when alert to a strange sound. Male Tukos during display to female (J. Longcore pers. comm.). Audible to humans at about 50 m.”

BNA gives no further details.

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

Bowie, Maryland
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Marcy Stutzman <marciastutzman...>: Feb 28 09:53AM -0800

Thank you!

Marcy Stutzman
Russett, MD 20724

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Date: 3/1/19 9:27 am
From: Edward Boyd <edboyd59...>
Subject: [MDBirding] First of spring Fox Sparrow
Hi all:

Passerine movements have begun, it appears, not counting the influx of
icterids that began in mid-February. This morning I had my first of spring
Fox Sparrow at my feeder. I know a few people have had a couple all winter
but the incoming Chipping Sparrows can't be far behind. Now if the weather
patterns would start understanding that it is now meteorological spring, it
would be a lot more enjoyable.

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Date: 3/1/19 9:22 am
From: Jon Barrett <jonbarrettphoto...>
Subject: Re: Juncos at the Nyjer, was: RE: [MDBirding] Digest for - 16 updates in 5topics
I’ve been seeing them at my nyjer feeder all winter; I don’t remember if they’d been visiting that along with the black oil sunflower feeder earlier than that.



Jon Barrett

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I have been feeding birds year-round for over 50+ years. For the first in my lifetime, I am seeing Juncos feed on thistle along with the goldfinches. Has anyone else seen this behavior?



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* Fort Smallwood Park Thursday, February 28, 2019 32 Raptors - 1 Update

* Hart-Miller Island, 02/28/19 - 1 Update

* eagle nest action on the Potomac today - 1 Update

* Red-necked Grebe - 9 Updates

* American Woodcock - 4 Updates

<http://groups.google.com/group/mdbirding/t/12d5144531495544?utm_source=digest&utm_medium=email> Fort Smallwood Park Thursday, February 28, 2019 32 Raptors


SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...> <mailto:<susiericc...> >: Feb 28 11:01PM -0500

Fort Smallwood Park

Pasadena, Maryland, USA

Daily Raptor Counts: Feb 28, 2019

Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total

Black Vulture 0 4 4

Turkey Vulture 26 37 37

Osprey 0 0 0

Bald Eagle 3 4 4

Northern Harrier 0 0 0

Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 1 1

Cooper's Hawk 0 0 0

Northern Goshawk 0 0 0

Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 0

Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 0

Red-tailed Hawk 2 6 6

Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0

Golden Eagle 0 0 0

American Kestrel 0 0 0

Merlin 0 0 0

Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0

Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0

Unknown Buteo 0 0 0

Unknown Falcon 0 0 0

Unknown Eagle 0 0 0

Unknown Raptor 0 0 0

Total: 32 52 52

Observation start time: 09:00:00

Observation end time: 13:30:00

Total observation time: 4.5 hours

Official Counter Chris Reed, Sue Ricciardi

Observers: Chris Reed, Sue Ricciardi

Weather:

Mostly sunny; 41-44 degrees; good visibility; winds northerly, 6-18 mph

Raptor Observations:

A decent early-in-the-season flight today

Non-raptor Observations:

Still about 1000 scaup offshore

Report submitted by Sue Ricciardi ( <susiericc...> <mailto:<susiericc...> )

More information at hawkcount.org: [ Site Profile] [ Day Summary] [ Month Summary]

Site Description

Fort Smallwood Park is located on the western shore of Chesapeake Bay at the

mouth of the Patapsco River, 11 miles south of Baltimore, MD. Best winds are

from the southwest.

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<http://groups.google.com/group/mdbirding/t/d269b544019f1f4e?utm_source=digest&utm_medium=email> Hart-Miller Island, 02/28/19


Kevin Graff <keyweststyle2001...> <mailto:<keyweststyle2001...> >: Feb 28 08:54PM -0500

02/28/19 – 710am-3pm
Hart-Miller Island, Essex, B Co., MD

WEATHER: Fair, 38-44 degrees, NW 9K- N 6K

Canada Goose – 84
Tundra Swan – 236 (221 S Cell, 15 N Cell)
Gadwall – 92
American Wigeon – 51
American Black Duck – 158
Mallard – 166
Northern Shoveler – 9
Northern Pintail – 370
Green-winged Teal – 38
Canvasback – 2
Ring-necked Duck – 29
Greater Scaup – 43
Lesser Scaup – 403
*WHITE-WINGED SCOTER– 1 (Hen)
*LONG-TAILED DUCK– 13 (12 drakes, 1 hen)
Bufflehead – 59
Common Goldeneye – 1 (Hen)
Hooded Merganser – 6
Red-breasted Merganser – 13
Ruddy Duck – 61
*RED-THROATED LOON – 1
Common Loon – 1
Pied-billed Grebe – 1
Horned Grebe – 2
Double-crested Cormorant – 31
*GREAT CORMORANT – 1 (adult flew up the bay toward Harford Co)
Great Blue Heron – 2
Turkey Vulture – 1
Bald Eagle – 3 (1 adult, 2 immature)
Northern Harrier – 2
Sharp-shinned Hawk – 1
Red-shouldered Hawk – 1
Peregrine Falcon – 1
American Coot – 30
Killdeer – 2
Wilson's Snipe – 1
Ring-billed Gull – 41
Herring Gull – 17
Great Black-backed Gull – 5
Mourning Dove – 30
Red-bellied Woodpecker – 1
Northern Flicker – 3
Blue Jay – 6
American Crow – 3
Carolina Wren – 2
Hermit Thrush – 1
Northern Mockingbird – 1
European Starling – 9
*SNOW BUNTING – 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler – 1
Savannah Sparrow – 3
Song Sparrow – 48
Swamp Sparrow – 2
White-throated Sparrow – 16
*WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW – 1 (immature)
“Slate-colored” Junco – 1
Northern Cardinal – 16
Red-winged Blackbird – 174
Common Grackle – 8
Brown-headed Cowbird – 4
American Goldfinch – 1
SPECIES: 61 INDIVIDUALS: 2311

MAMMALS: Coyote – 1 Red Fox – 3 WT Deer (tracks) Raccoon (tracks)
Muskrat (3 active mounds)


Kevin Graff

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<http://groups.google.com/group/mdbirding/t/478554313baebb45?utm_source=digest&utm_medium=email> eagle nest action on the Potomac today


Patrick Malone <pmalone...> <mailto:<pmalone...> >: Feb 28 08:37PM -0500

Lot of action on the nest in Arlington. This was around 5pm today. If you’re in the DC area and you haven’t been, you owe it to yourself. You are guaranteed to see at least one eagle on the nest for the next few weeks, and it seems to take only a few minutes before the mate shows up for some action. This is at Fort Bennett Park, nest hangs over the GW Parkway, 5 minutes from the Key Bridge.

Today I was close enough that I could hear the birds arguing - did my best to transcribe the dialog faithfully in the description line underneath the individual shots. ;)

https://flic.kr/s/aHsmBsdx9N <https://flic.kr/s/aHsmBsdx9N>


Patrick & Vicki Malone
4901 Essex Avenue
Chevy Chase, MD 20815
301-656-9153
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<http://groups.google.com/group/mdbirding/t/abb5caa0c09974e6?utm_source=digest&utm_medium=email> Red-necked Grebe


Steve Brynes <sbrynes...> <mailto:<sbrynes...> >: Feb 28 04:29AM -0800

On Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at 2:44:48 PM UTC-5, Steve Brynes wrote:
> I submitted a report to eBird and somehow the report was comingled with another's report. I had included a picture that I hoped some could comment on, but it was not shown. I am attaching it here. Please note there appears to be a deformity/injury to bill, left side only. Can anyone comment on what it might be? Thanks.

Thanks, Frank!


Wen Lin <wensyilin...> <mailto:<wensyilin...> >: Feb 28 07:11AM -0800

On Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 7:29:07 AM UTC-5, Steve Brynes wrote:
> On Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at 2:44:48 PM UTC-5, Steve Brynes wrote:
> > I submitted a report to eBird and somehow the report was comingled with another's report. I had included a picture that I hoped some could comment on, but it was not shown. I am attaching it here. Please note there appears to be a deformity/injury to bill, left side only. Can anyone comment on what it might be? Thanks.

> Thanks, Frank!

A cropped photo to show more detailed lesions of red-necked grebe is attached for better view. one covered with white plumage and a black at the junction of upper and lower beak. a small blue one at the lower beak next to the plumage covered lesion.


Wen Lin <wensyilin...> <mailto:<wensyilin...> >: Feb 28 07:16AM -0800

On Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 10:11:18 AM UTC-5, Wen Lin wrote:
> > > I submitted a report to eBird and somehow the report was comingled with another's report. I had included a picture that I hoped some could comment on, but it was not shown. I am attaching it here. Please note there appears to be a deformity/injury to bill, left side only. Can anyone comment on what it might be? Thanks.

> > Thanks, Frank!

> A cropped photo to show more detailed lesions of red-necked grebe is attached for better view. one covered with white plumage and a black at the junction of upper and lower beak. a small blue one at the lower beak next to the plumage covered lesion.

p.s. Hard to tell of there is any lesion on the facial side from this angle.


Wen Lin <wensyilin...> <mailto:<wensyilin...> >: Feb 28 07:45AM -0800

On Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 10:16:36 AM UTC-5, Wen Lin wrote:

> > > Thanks, Frank!

> > A cropped photo to show more detailed lesions of red-necked grebe is attached for better view. one covered with white plumage and a black at the junction of upper and lower beak. a small blue one at the lower beak next to the plumage covered lesion.

> p.s. Hard to tell if there is any lesion on the facial side from this angle.
This the is cropped photo to show the normal right side of that red-necked grebe.


Wen Lin <wensyilin...> <mailto:<wensyilin...> >: Feb 28 08:56AM -0800

On Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 10:45:57 AM UTC-5, Wen Lin wrote:

> > > A cropped photo to show more detailed lesions of red-necked grebe is attached for better view. one covered with white plumage and a black at the junction of upper and lower beak. a small blue one at the lower beak next to the plumage covered lesion.

> > p.s. Hard to tell if there is any lesion on the facial side from this angle.
> This the is cropped photo to show the normal right side of that red-necked grebe.

Front view of the same grebe. Looks like the left side cheek is larger than the right side.


"George Wallace" <gwallace7490...> <mailto:<gwallace7490...> >: Feb 28 01:06PM -0500

Thanks for these Wen Lin. I agree with Frank that these don't look like pox lesions which are not feathered. There is something else going on here - what I am not sure! It also looks like the upper and lower mandibles are not properly aligned.

George

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Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Red-necked Grebe

On Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 10:45:57 AM UTC-5, Wen Lin wrote:

> > > A cropped photo to show more detailed lesions of red-necked grebe is attached for better view. one covered with white plumage and a black at the junction of upper and lower beak. a small blue one at the lower beak next to the plumage covered lesion.

> > p.s. Hard to tell if there is any lesion on the facial side from this angle.
> This the is cropped photo to show the normal right side of that red-necked grebe.

Front view of the same grebe. Looks like the left side cheek is larger than the right side.

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Wen Lin <wensyilin...> <mailto:<wensyilin...> >: Feb 28 12:55PM -0800

On Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 1:06:48 PM UTC-5, George Wallace wrote:

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Could the misalignment caused by the lesions on the left side? The lower mandibles seems tilt to the lift.


Mark Johnson <mj3151...> <mailto:<mj3151...> >: Feb 28 10:47PM

These look like old wounds caused by trauma...maybe the bird survived a run-in with a big snapping turtle while diving for food. That yellow bill makes a pretty good lure and snappers are known to grab waterfowl when they get the chance.

Mark Johnson
Aberdeen, MD

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Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Red-necked Grebe

On Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 10:16:36 AM UTC-5, Wen Lin wrote:

> > > Thanks, Frank!

> > A cropped photo to show more detailed lesions of red-necked grebe is attached for better view. one covered with white plumage and a black at the junction of upper and lower beak. a small blue one at the lower beak next to the plumage covered lesion.

> p.s. Hard to tell if there is any lesion on the facial side from this angle.
This the is cropped photo to show the normal right side of that red-necked grebe.

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Wen Lin <wensyilin...> <mailto:<wensyilin...> >: Feb 28 03:16PM -0800

On Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 5:47:33 PM UTC-5, Mark Johnson 2 wrote:
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Here is another shoot on the left side. The dark line below the eyes looks like a healed wound?

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<http://groups.google.com/group/mdbirding/t/75e265f0b8228b90?utm_source=digest&utm_medium=email> American Woodcock


Marcy Stutzman <marciastutzman...> <mailto:<marciastutzman...> >: Feb 28 07:36AM -0800

Last evening four of us were listening and watching the American Woodcock show off Hipsley Mill Road (Howard County). We were lucky enough to have a male land in the open directly in front of us. I heard a 2-beat sound before the peent and believe I also observed the head moving while making this sound. I looked in Macaulay Library to find a recording that included/showed the 2-beat sound and attached to show what I heard.*

I was wondering if anyone could explain the 2-beat sound, and if it is somehow associated with the head moving.

thank you in advance,

Marcy Stutzman
Russett, MD 20724


*Recording information:
American Woodcock Scolopax minor
© Kevin Kubach
25 Feb 2019
Fants Grove Wildlife Management Area, Anderson, South Carolina, United States


Marcy Stutzman <marciastutzman...> <mailto:<marciastutzman...> >: Feb 28 08:13AM -0800

I only attached a screen cap of what it looked like. the actual recording is Macaulay Library ML142573961

and found here:

https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/142573961#_ga=2.226514078.24762760.1551363137-1449525836.1550180814



Marcia Watson <marshwren50...> <mailto:<marshwren50...> >: Feb 28 12:03PM -0500

Marcy,

Here’s what the online Birds of North America has to say: “Individual Peent preceded by Tuko, a short (0.3 s), subdued (1kHz), quavering tuukoo, also interpreted as wh'ook, koo, and ka-rurr (Pitelka 1943), among others (Pettingill 1936a:294). The two sounds usually merge into one, e.g., tuukooeeent (Figure 3a). Male may utter Tuko alone at widely separated intervals (0.2–30 s) initially after alighting on display area or when alert to a strange sound. Male Tukos during display to female (J. Longcore pers. comm.). Audible to humans at about 50 m.”

BNA gives no further details.

Marcia
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Patuxent Bird Club
A Chapter of the Maryland Ornithological Society
www.patuxentbirdclub.org <http://www.patuxentbirdclub.org>

Bowie, Maryland
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Marcy Stutzman <marciastutzman...> <mailto:<marciastutzman...> >: Feb 28 09:53AM -0800

Thank you!

Marcy Stutzman
Russett, MD 20724

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From: Andrew McGann <andrew.mcgann...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Digest for - 16 updates in 5topics
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> On Fri, Mar 1, 2019, 11:44 AM John Filigenzi <jjfiligenzi...> wrote:
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>> Just looked out the window and spotted a Junco on our nyjer feeder -
>> usually on the ground. For today with ground snow cover probably looking
>> for other feeding possibilities.
>>
>> Jack & Jean Filigenzi
>> Gambrills MD
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>> Sent from my iPhone
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>> > On Mar 1, 2019, at 10:56 AM, Derek C. Richardson <dcr...>
>> wrote:
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>> >
>> > Yes, according to our feeder log we've had Dark-eyed Juncos eat from
>> our finch feeder, including this season I believe (we have a mix of nyjer
>> and sunflower chips), although it's definitely not their first choice haha.
>> >
>> > D
>> >
>> >> On Fri, 1 Mar 2019, Jay W wrote:
>> >>
>> >> I have been feeding birds year-round for over 50+ years. For the first
>> in my lifetime, I am seeing Juncos feed on thistle along with the
>> goldfinches. Has anyone else seen this behavior?
>> >
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Date: 3/1/19 8:57 am
From: Sabrina Walters <amazingphotoletters...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Digest for - 16 updates in 5topics
Hi folks!! Has anyone else seen the notification that Google plus is
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On Fri, Mar 1, 2019, 11:44 AM John Filigenzi <jjfiligenzi...> wrote:

> Just looked out the window and spotted a Junco on our nyjer feeder -
> usually on the ground. For today with ground snow cover probably looking
> for other feeding possibilities.
>
> Jack & Jean Filigenzi
> Gambrills MD
>
> Sent from my iPhone
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> > On Mar 1, 2019, at 10:56 AM, Derek C. Richardson <dcr...>
> wrote:
> >
> >
> > Yes, according to our feeder log we've had Dark-eyed Juncos eat from our
> finch feeder, including this season I believe (we have a mix of nyjer and
> sunflower chips), although it's definitely not their first choice haha.
> >
> > D
> >
> >> On Fri, 1 Mar 2019, Jay W wrote:
> >>
> >> I have been feeding birds year-round for over 50+ years. For the first
> in my lifetime, I am seeing Juncos feed on thistle along with the
> goldfinches. Has anyone else seen this behavior?
> >
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From: Wen Lin <wensyilin...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Digest for - 16 updates in 5topics
On Friday, March 1, 2019 at 10:50:57 AM UTC-5, Jay W wrote:
> I have been feeding birds year-round for over 50+ years. For the first in my lifetime, I am seeing Juncos feed on thistle along with the goldfinches. Has anyone else seen this behavior?
>  
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> ·        Fort Smallwood Park Thursday, February 28, 2019 32 Raptors - 1 Update
> ·        Hart-Miller Island, 02/28/19 - 1 Update
> ·        eagle nest action on the Potomac today - 1 Update
> ·        Red-necked Grebe - 9 Updates
> ·        American Woodcock - 4 Updates
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> Fort Smallwood Park Thursday, February 28, 2019 32 Raptors
> SUE RICCIARDI <susi......>: Feb 28 11:01PM -0500
>
> Fort Smallwood Park
>  
> Pasadena, Maryland, USA
>  
> Daily Raptor Counts: Feb 28, 2019
>  
> Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
>  
> Black Vulture 0 4 4
>  
> Turkey Vulture 26 37 37
>  
> Osprey 0 0 0
>  
> Bald Eagle 3 4 4
>  
> Northern Harrier 0 0 0
>  
> Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 1 1
>  
> Cooper's Hawk 0 0 0
>  
> Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
>  
> Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 0
>  
> Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 0
>  
> Red-tailed Hawk 2 6 6
>  
> Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
>  
> Golden Eagle 0 0 0
>  
> American Kestrel 0 0 0
>  
> Merlin 0 0 0
>  
> Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
>  
> Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
>  
> Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
>  
> Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
>  
> Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
>  
> Unknown Raptor 0 0 0
>  
> Total: 32 52 52
>  
> Observation start time: 09:00:00
>  
> Observation end time: 13:30:00
>  
> Total observation time: 4.5 hours
>  
> Official Counter Chris Reed, Sue Ricciardi
>  
> Observers: Chris Reed, Sue Ricciardi
>  
> Weather:
>  
> Mostly sunny; 41-44 degrees; good visibility; winds northerly, 6-18 mph
>  
> Raptor Observations:
>  
> A decent early-in-the-season flight today
>  
> Non-raptor Observations:
>  
> Still about 1000 scaup offshore
>  
> Report submitted by Sue Ricciardi ( <susi......>)
>  
> More information at hawkcount.org: [ Site Profile] [ Day Summary] [ Month Summary]
>  
> Site Description
>  
> Fort Smallwood Park is located on the western shore of Chesapeake Bay at the
>  
> mouth of the Patapsco River, 11 miles south of Baltimore, MD. Best winds are
>  
> from the southwest.
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> Hart-Miller Island, 02/28/19
> Kevin Graff <keywests......>: Feb 28 08:54PM -0500
>
> 02/28/19 – 710am-3pm
> Hart-Miller Island, Essex, B Co., MD
>  
> WEATHER: Fair, 38-44 degrees, NW 9K- N 6K
>  
> Canada Goose – 84
> Tundra Swan – 236 (221 S Cell, 15 N Cell)
> Gadwall – 92
> American Wigeon – 51
> American Black Duck – 158
> Mallard – 166
> Northern Shoveler – 9
> Northern Pintail – 370
> Green-winged Teal – 38
> Canvasback – 2
> Ring-necked Duck – 29
> Greater Scaup – 43
> Lesser Scaup – 403
> *WHITE-WINGED SCOTER– 1 (Hen)
> *LONG-TAILED DUCK– 13 (12 drakes, 1 hen)
> Bufflehead – 59
> Common Goldeneye – 1 (Hen)
> Hooded Merganser – 6
> Red-breasted Merganser – 13
> Ruddy Duck – 61
> *RED-THROATED LOON – 1
> Common Loon – 1
> Pied-billed Grebe – 1
> Horned Grebe – 2
> Double-crested Cormorant – 31
> *GREAT CORMORANT – 1 (adult flew up the bay toward Harford Co)
> Great Blue Heron – 2
> Turkey Vulture – 1
> Bald Eagle – 3 (1 adult, 2 immature)
> Northern Harrier – 2
> Sharp-shinned Hawk – 1
> Red-shouldered Hawk – 1
> Peregrine Falcon – 1
> American Coot – 30
> Killdeer – 2
> Wilson's Snipe – 1
> Ring-billed Gull – 41
> Herring Gull – 17
> Great Black-backed Gull – 5
> Mourning Dove – 30
> Red-bellied Woodpecker – 1
> Northern Flicker – 3
> Blue Jay – 6
> American Crow – 3
> Carolina Wren – 2
> Hermit Thrush – 1
> Northern Mockingbird – 1
> European Starling – 9
> *SNOW BUNTING – 1
> Yellow-rumped Warbler – 1
> Savannah Sparrow – 3
> Song Sparrow – 48
> Swamp Sparrow – 2
> White-throated Sparrow – 16
> *WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW – 1 (immature)
> “Slate-colored” Junco – 1
> Northern Cardinal – 16
> Red-winged Blackbird – 174
> Common Grackle – 8
> Brown-headed Cowbird – 4
> American Goldfinch – 1
> SPECIES: 61 INDIVIDUALS: 2311
>  
> MAMMALS: Coyote – 1 Red Fox – 3 WT Deer (tracks) Raccoon (tracks)
> Muskrat (3 active mounds)
>  
>  
> Kevin Graff
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> eagle nest action on the Potomac today
> Patrick Malone <pma......>: Feb 28 08:37PM -0500
>
> Lot of action on the nest in Arlington. This was around 5pm today. If you’re in the DC area and you haven’t been, you owe it to yourself. You are guaranteed to see at least one eagle on the nest for the next few weeks, and it seems to take only a few minutes before the mate shows up for some action. This is at Fort Bennett Park, nest hangs over the GW Parkway, 5 minutes from the Key Bridge.
>  
> Today I was close enough that I could hear the birds arguing - did my best to transcribe the dialog faithfully in the description line underneath the individual shots. ;)
>  
> https://flic.kr/s/aHsmBsdx9N <https://flic.kr/s/aHsmBsdx9N>
>  
>  
> Patrick & Vicki Malone
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> Red-necked Grebe
> Steve Brynes <sbr......>: Feb 28 04:29AM -0800
>
> On Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at 2:44:48 PM UTC-5, Steve Brynes wrote:
> > I submitted a report to eBird and somehow the report was comingled with another's report. I had included a picture that I hoped some could comment on, but it was not shown. I am attaching it here. Please note there appears to be a deformity/injury to bill, left side only. Can anyone comment on what it might be? Thanks.
>  
> Thanks, Frank!
> Wen Lin <wens......>: Feb 28 07:11AM -0800
>
> On Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 7:29:07 AM UTC-5, Steve Brynes wrote:
> > On Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at 2:44:48 PM UTC-5, Steve Brynes wrote:
> > > I submitted a report to eBird and somehow the report was comingled with another's report. I had included a picture that I hoped some could comment on, but it was not shown. I am attaching it here. Please note there appears to be a deformity/injury to bill, left side only. Can anyone comment on what it might be? Thanks.
>  
> > Thanks, Frank!
>  
> A cropped photo to show more detailed lesions of red-necked grebe is attached for better view. one covered with white plumage and a black at the junction of upper and lower beak. a small blue one at the lower beak next to the plumage covered lesion.
> Wen Lin <wens......>: Feb 28 07:16AM -0800
>
> On Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 10:11:18 AM UTC-5, Wen Lin wrote:
> > > > I submitted a report to eBird and somehow the report was comingled with another's report. I had included a picture that I hoped some could comment on, but it was not shown. I am attaching it here. Please note there appears to be a deformity/injury to bill, left side only. Can anyone comment on what it might be? Thanks.
>  
> > > Thanks, Frank!
>  
> > A cropped photo to show more detailed lesions of red-necked grebe is attached for better view. one covered with white plumage and a black at the junction of upper and lower beak. a small blue one at the lower beak next to the plumage covered lesion.
>  
> p.s. Hard to tell of there is any lesion on the facial side from this angle.
> Wen Lin <wens......>: Feb 28 07:45AM -0800
>
> On Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 10:16:36 AM UTC-5, Wen Lin wrote:
>  
> > > > Thanks, Frank!
>  
> > > A cropped photo to show more detailed lesions of red-necked grebe is attached for better view. one covered with white plumage and a black at the junction of upper and lower beak. a small blue one at the lower beak next to the plumage covered lesion.
>  
> > p.s. Hard to tell if there is any lesion on the facial side from this angle.
> This the is cropped photo to show the normal right side of that red-necked grebe.
> Wen Lin <wens......>: Feb 28 08:56AM -0800
>
> On Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 10:45:57 AM UTC-5, Wen Lin wrote:
>  
> > > > A cropped photo to show more detailed lesions of red-necked grebe is attached for better view. one covered with white plumage and a black at the junction of upper and lower beak. a small blue one at the lower beak next to the plumage covered lesion.
>  
> > > p.s. Hard to tell if there is any lesion on the facial side from this angle.
> > This the is cropped photo to show the normal right side of that red-necked grebe.
>  
> Front view of the same grebe. Looks like the left side cheek is larger than the right side.
> "George Wallace" <gwalla......>: Feb 28 01:06PM -0500
>
> Thanks for these Wen Lin. I agree with Frank that these don't look like pox lesions which are not feathered. There is something else going on here - what I am not sure! It also looks like the upper and lower mandibles are not properly aligned.
>  
> George
>  
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> Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Red-necked Grebe
>  
> On Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 10:45:57 AM UTC-5, Wen Lin wrote:
>  
> > > > A cropped photo to show more detailed lesions of red-necked grebe is attached for better view. one covered with white plumage and a black at the junction of upper and lower beak. a small blue one at the lower beak next to the plumage covered lesion.
>  
> > > p.s. Hard to tell if there is any lesion on the facial side from this angle.
> > This the is cropped photo to show the normal right side of that red-necked grebe.
>  
> Front view of the same grebe. Looks like the left side cheek is larger than the right side.
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> Wen Lin <wens......>: Feb 28 12:55PM -0800
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> On Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 1:06:48 PM UTC-5, George Wallace wrote:
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> Could the misalignment caused by the lesions on the left side? The lower mandibles seems tilt to the lift.
> Mark Johnson <mj3......>: Feb 28 10:47PM
>
> These look like old wounds caused by trauma...maybe the bird survived a run-in with a big snapping turtle while diving for food. That yellow bill makes a pretty good lure and snappers are known to grab waterfowl when they get the chance.
>  
> Mark Johnson
> Aberdeen, MD
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> Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Red-necked Grebe
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> On Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 10:16:36 AM UTC-5, Wen Lin wrote:
>  
> > > > Thanks, Frank!
>  
> > > A cropped photo to show more detailed lesions of red-necked grebe is attached for better view. one covered with white plumage and a black at the junction of upper and lower beak. a small blue one at the lower beak next to the plumage covered lesion.
>  
> > p.s. Hard to tell if there is any lesion on the facial side from this angle.
> This the is cropped photo to show the normal right side of that red-necked grebe.
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> On Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 5:47:33 PM UTC-5, Mark Johnson 2 wrote:
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> American Woodcock
> Marcy Stutzman <marcias......>: Feb 28 07:36AM -0800
>
> Last evening four of us were listening and watching the American Woodcock show off Hipsley Mill Road (Howard County). We were lucky enough to have a male land in the open directly in front of us. I heard a 2-beat sound before the peent and believe I also observed the head moving while making this sound. I looked in Macaulay Library to find a recording that included/showed the 2-beat sound and attached to show what I heard.*
>  
> I was wondering if anyone could explain the 2-beat sound, and if it is somehow associated with the head moving.
>  
> thank you in advance,
>  
> Marcy Stutzman
> Russett, MD 20724
>  
>  
> *Recording information:
> American Woodcock Scolopax minor
> © Kevin Kubach
> 25 Feb 2019
> Fants Grove Wildlife Management Area, Anderson, South Carolina, United States
> Marcy Stutzman <marcias......>: Feb 28 08:13AM -0800
>
> I only attached a screen cap of what it looked like. the actual recording is Macaulay Library ML142573961
>  
> and found here:
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> https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/142573961#_ga=2.226514078.24762760.1551363137-1449525836.1550180814
>  
> Marcia Watson <marsh......>: Feb 28 12:03PM -0500
>
> Marcy,
>  
> Here’s what the online Birds of North America has to say: “Individual Peent preceded by Tuko, a short (0.3 s), subdued (1kHz), quavering tuukoo, also interpreted as wh'ook, koo, and ka-rurr (Pitelka 1943), among others (Pettingill 1936a:294). The two sounds usually merge into one, e.g., tuukooeeent (Figure 3a). Male may utter Tuko alone at widely separated intervals (0.2–30 s) initially after alighting on display area or when alert to a strange sound. Male Tukos during display to female (J. Longcore pers. comm.). Audible to humans at about 50 m.”
>  
> BNA gives no further details.
>  
> Marcia
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> Marcy Stutzman <marcias......>: Feb 28 09:53AM -0800
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Had one junco jumped to the feeder this year. Not sure if took any from the feeder.

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Date: 3/1/19 8:44 am
From: John Filigenzi <jjfiligenzi...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Digest for - 16 updates in 5topics
Just looked out the window and spotted a Junco on our nyjer feeder - usually on the ground. For today with ground snow cover probably looking for other feeding possibilities.

Jack & Jean Filigenzi
Gambrills MD

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> On Mar 1, 2019, at 10:56 AM, Derek C. Richardson <dcr...> wrote:
>
>
> Yes, according to our feeder log we've had Dark-eyed Juncos eat from our finch feeder, including this season I believe (we have a mix of nyjer and sunflower chips), although it's definitely not their first choice haha.
>
> D
>
>> On Fri, 1 Mar 2019, Jay W wrote:
>>
>> I have been feeding birds year-round for over 50+ years. For the first in my lifetime, I am seeing Juncos feed on thistle along with the goldfinches. Has anyone else seen this behavior?
>
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Date: 3/1/19 7:59 am
From: Jay W <jbw1646...>
Subject: RE: [MDBirding] Digest for - 16 updates in 5topics
I have been feeding birds year-round for over 50+ years. For the first in my lifetime, I am seeing Juncos feed on thistle along with the goldfinches. Has anyone else seen this behavior?

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• Red-necked Grebe - 9 Updates
• American Woodcock - 4 Updates
Fort Smallwood Park Thursday, February 28, 2019 32 Raptors
SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...>: Feb 28 11:01PM -0500

Fort Smallwood Park
 
Pasadena, Maryland, USA
 
Daily Raptor Counts: Feb 28, 2019
 
Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
 
Black Vulture 0 4 4
 
Turkey Vulture 26 37 37
 
Osprey 0 0 0
 
Bald Eagle 3 4 4
 
Northern Harrier 0 0 0
 
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 1 1
 
Cooper's Hawk 0 0 0
 
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
 
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 0
 
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 0
 
Red-tailed Hawk 2 6 6
 
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
 
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
 
American Kestrel 0 0 0
 
Merlin 0 0 0
 
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
 
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
 
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
 
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
 
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
 
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0
 
Total: 32 52 52
 
Observation start time: 09:00:00
 
Observation end time: 13:30:00
 
Total observation time: 4.5 hours
 
Official Counter Chris Reed, Sue Ricciardi
 
Observers: Chris Reed, Sue Ricciardi
 
Weather:
 
Mostly sunny; 41-44 degrees; good visibility; winds northerly, 6-18 mph
 
Raptor Observations:
 
A decent early-in-the-season flight today
 
Non-raptor Observations:
 
Still about 1000 scaup offshore
 
Report submitted by Sue Ricciardi ( <susiericc...>)
 
More information at hawkcount.org: [ Site Profile] [ Day Summary] [ Month Summary]
 
Site Description
 
Fort Smallwood Park is located on the western shore of Chesapeake Bay at the
 
mouth of the Patapsco River, 11 miles south of Baltimore, MD. Best winds are
 
from the southwest.
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Hart-Miller Island, 02/28/19
Kevin Graff <keyweststyle2001...>: Feb 28 08:54PM -0500

02/28/19 – 710am-3pm
Hart-Miller Island, Essex, B Co., MD
 
WEATHER: Fair, 38-44 degrees, NW 9K- N 6K
 
Canada Goose – 84
Tundra Swan – 236 (221 S Cell, 15 N Cell)
Gadwall – 92
American Wigeon – 51
American Black Duck – 158
Mallard – 166
Northern Shoveler – 9
Northern Pintail – 370
Green-winged Teal – 38
Canvasback – 2
Ring-necked Duck – 29
Greater Scaup – 43
Lesser Scaup – 403
*WHITE-WINGED SCOTER– 1 (Hen)
*LONG-TAILED DUCK– 13 (12 drakes, 1 hen)
Bufflehead – 59
Common Goldeneye – 1 (Hen)
Hooded Merganser – 6
Red-breasted Merganser – 13
Ruddy Duck – 61
*RED-THROATED LOON – 1
Common Loon – 1
Pied-billed Grebe – 1
Horned Grebe – 2
Double-crested Cormorant – 31
*GREAT CORMORANT – 1 (adult flew up the bay toward Harford Co)
Great Blue Heron – 2
Turkey Vulture – 1
Bald Eagle – 3 (1 adult, 2 immature)
Northern Harrier – 2
Sharp-shinned Hawk – 1
Red-shouldered Hawk – 1
Peregrine Falcon – 1
American Coot – 30
Killdeer – 2
Wilson's Snipe – 1
Ring-billed Gull – 41
Herring Gull – 17
Great Black-backed Gull – 5
Mourning Dove – 30
Red-bellied Woodpecker – 1
Northern Flicker – 3
Blue Jay – 6
American Crow – 3
Carolina Wren – 2
Hermit Thrush – 1
Northern Mockingbird – 1
European Starling – 9
*SNOW BUNTING – 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler – 1
Savannah Sparrow – 3
Song Sparrow – 48
Swamp Sparrow – 2
White-throated Sparrow – 16
*WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW – 1 (immature)
“Slate-colored” Junco – 1
Northern Cardinal – 16
Red-winged Blackbird – 174
Common Grackle – 8
Brown-headed Cowbird – 4
American Goldfinch – 1
SPECIES: 61 INDIVIDUALS: 2311
 
MAMMALS: Coyote – 1 Red Fox – 3 WT Deer (tracks) Raccoon (tracks)
Muskrat (3 active mounds)
 
 
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eagle nest action on the Potomac today
Patrick Malone <pmalone...>: Feb 28 08:37PM -0500

Lot of action on the nest in Arlington. This was around 5pm today. If you’re in the DC area and you haven’t been, you owe it to yourself. You are guaranteed to see at least one eagle on the nest for the next few weeks, and it seems to take only a few minutes before the mate shows up for some action. This is at Fort Bennett Park, nest hangs over the GW Parkway, 5 minutes from the Key Bridge.
 
Today I was close enough that I could hear the birds arguing - did my best to transcribe the dialog faithfully in the description line underneath the individual shots. ;)
 
https://flic.kr/s/aHsmBsdx9N <https://flic.kr/s/aHsmBsdx9N>
 
 
Patrick & Vicki Malone
4901 Essex Avenue
Chevy Chase, MD 20815
301-656-9153
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Red-necked Grebe
Steve Brynes <sbrynes...>: Feb 28 04:29AM -0800

On Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at 2:44:48 PM UTC-5, Steve Brynes wrote:
> I submitted a report to eBird and somehow the report was comingled with another's report. I had included a picture that I hoped some could comment on, but it was not shown. I am attaching it here. Please note there appears to be a deformity/injury to bill, left side only. Can anyone comment on what it might be? Thanks.
 
Thanks, Frank!
Wen Lin <wensyilin...>: Feb 28 07:11AM -0800

On Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 7:29:07 AM UTC-5, Steve Brynes wrote:
> On Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at 2:44:48 PM UTC-5, Steve Brynes wrote:
> > I submitted a report to eBird and somehow the report was comingled with another's report. I had included a picture that I hoped some could comment on, but it was not shown. I am attaching it here. Please note there appears to be a deformity/injury to bill, left side only. Can anyone comment on what it might be? Thanks.
 
> Thanks, Frank!
 
A cropped photo to show more detailed lesions of red-necked grebe is attached for better view. one covered with white plumage and a black at the junction of upper and lower beak. a small blue one at the lower beak next to the plumage covered lesion.
Wen Lin <wensyilin...>: Feb 28 07:16AM -0800

On Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 10:11:18 AM UTC-5, Wen Lin wrote:
> > > I submitted a report to eBird and somehow the report was comingled with another's report. I had included a picture that I hoped some could comment on, but it was not shown. I am attaching it here. Please note there appears to be a deformity/injury to bill, left side only. Can anyone comment on what it might be? Thanks.
 
> > Thanks, Frank!
 
> A cropped photo to show more detailed lesions of red-necked grebe is attached for better view. one covered with white plumage and a black at the junction of upper and lower beak. a small blue one at the lower beak next to the plumage covered lesion.
 
p.s. Hard to tell of there is any lesion on the facial side from this angle.
Wen Lin <wensyilin...>: Feb 28 07:45AM -0800

On Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 10:16:36 AM UTC-5, Wen Lin wrote:
 
> > > Thanks, Frank!
 
> > A cropped photo to show more detailed lesions of red-necked grebe is attached for better view. one covered with white plumage and a black at the junction of upper and lower beak. a small blue one at the lower beak next to the plumage covered lesion.
 
> p.s. Hard to tell if there is any lesion on the facial side from this angle.
This the is cropped photo to show the normal right side of that red-necked grebe.
Wen Lin <wensyilin...>: Feb 28 08:56AM -0800

On Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 10:45:57 AM UTC-5, Wen Lin wrote:
 
> > > A cropped photo to show more detailed lesions of red-necked grebe is attached for better view. one covered with white plumage and a black at the junction of upper and lower beak. a small blue one at the lower beak next to the plumage covered lesion.
 
> > p.s. Hard to tell if there is any lesion on the facial side from this angle.
> This the is cropped photo to show the normal right side of that red-necked grebe.
 
Front view of the same grebe. Looks like the left side cheek is larger than the right side.
"George Wallace" <gwallace7490...>: Feb 28 01:06PM -0500

Thanks for these Wen Lin. I agree with Frank that these don't look like pox lesions which are not feathered. There is something else going on here - what I am not sure! It also looks like the upper and lower mandibles are not properly aligned.
 
George
 
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Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Red-necked Grebe
 
On Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 10:45:57 AM UTC-5, Wen Lin wrote:
 
> > > A cropped photo to show more detailed lesions of red-necked grebe is attached for better view. one covered with white plumage and a black at the junction of upper and lower beak. a small blue one at the lower beak next to the plumage covered lesion.
 
> > p.s. Hard to tell if there is any lesion on the facial side from this angle.
> This the is cropped photo to show the normal right side of that red-necked grebe.
 
Front view of the same grebe. Looks like the left side cheek is larger than the right side.
 
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Wen Lin <wensyilin...>: Feb 28 12:55PM -0800

On Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 1:06:48 PM UTC-5, George Wallace wrote:
 
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Could the misalignment caused by the lesions on the left side? The lower mandibles seems tilt to the lift.
Mark Johnson <mj3151...>: Feb 28 10:47PM

These look like old wounds caused by trauma...maybe the bird survived a run-in with a big snapping turtle while diving for food. That yellow bill makes a pretty good lure and snappers are known to grab waterfowl when they get the chance.
 
Mark Johnson
Aberdeen, MD
 
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Sent: Thursday, February 28, 2019 10:45 AM
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Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Red-necked Grebe
 
On Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 10:16:36 AM UTC-5, Wen Lin wrote:
 
> > > Thanks, Frank!
 
> > A cropped photo to show more detailed lesions of red-necked grebe is attached for better view. one covered with white plumage and a black at the junction of upper and lower beak. a small blue one at the lower beak next to the plumage covered lesion.
 
> p.s. Hard to tell if there is any lesion on the facial side from this angle.
This the is cropped photo to show the normal right side of that red-necked grebe.
 
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Wen Lin <wensyilin...>: Feb 28 03:16PM -0800

On Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 5:47:33 PM UTC-5, Mark Johnson 2 wrote:
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Here is another shoot on the left side. The dark line below the eyes looks like a healed wound?
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American Woodcock
Marcy Stutzman <marciastutzman...>: Feb 28 07:36AM -0800

Last evening four of us were listening and watching the American Woodcock show off Hipsley Mill Road (Howard County). We were lucky enough to have a male land in the open directly in front of us. I heard a 2-beat sound before the peent and believe I also observed the head moving while making this sound. I looked in Macaulay Library to find a recording that included/showed the 2-beat sound and attached to show what I heard.*
 
I was wondering if anyone could explain the 2-beat sound, and if it is somehow associated with the head moving.
 
thank you in advance,
 
Marcy Stutzman
Russett, MD 20724
 
 
*Recording information:
American Woodcock Scolopax minor
© Kevin Kubach
25 Feb 2019
Fants Grove Wildlife Management Area, Anderson, South Carolina, United States
Marcy Stutzman <marciastutzman...>: Feb 28 08:13AM -0800

I only attached a screen cap of what it looked like. the actual recording is Macaulay Library ML142573961
 
and found here:
 
https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/142573961#_ga=2.226514078.24762760.1551363137-1449525836.1550180814
 
Marcia Watson <marshwren50...>: Feb 28 12:03PM -0500

Marcy,
 
Here’s what the online Birds of North America has to say: “Individual Peent preceded by Tuko, a short (0.3 s), subdued (1kHz), quavering tuukoo, also interpreted as wh'ook, koo, and ka-rurr (Pitelka 1943), among others (Pettingill 1936a:294). The two sounds usually merge into one, e.g., tuukooeeent (Figure 3a). Male may utter Tuko alone at widely separated intervals (0.2–30 s) initially after alighting on display area or when alert to a strange sound. Male Tukos during display to female (J. Longcore pers. comm.). Audible to humans at about 50 m.”
 
BNA gives no further details.
 
Marcia
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Patuxent Bird Club
A Chapter of the Maryland Ornithological Society
www.patuxentbirdclub.org
 
Bowie, Maryland
<marshwren50...>
 
 
Marcy Stutzman <marciastutzman...>: Feb 28 09:53AM -0800

Thank you!
 
Marcy Stutzman
Russett, MD 20724
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Date: 3/1/19 7:56 am
From: Derek C. Richardson <dcr...>
Subject: RE: [MDBirding] Digest for - 16 updates in 5topics

Yes, according to our feeder log we've had Dark-eyed Juncos eat from our
finch feeder, including this season I believe (we have a mix of nyjer and
sunflower chips), although it's definitely not their first choice haha.

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On Fri, 1 Mar 2019, Jay W wrote:

> I have been feeding birds year-round for over 50+ years. For the first
> in my lifetime, I am seeing Juncos feed on thistle along with the
> goldfinches. Has anyone else seen this behavior?

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Date: 3/1/19 6:50 am
From: Andy Wilson <awilson.gettysburg...>
Subject: [MDBirding] snowbirding Emmitsburg, Frederick
Had a quick call in at a few hotspots in northern Frederick on my commute
to work this morning, highlights:

Emmitsburg WTP - viewed from Creamery Court - scope essential:
35 Tundra Swans
6 Redheads
4 Greater Scaup
1 Canvasback
3 Common Goldeneye
Hooded and Common Mergs

Shriver Rd
10 Tundra Swans
130+ Horned Larks, in two flocks
8 Lapland Longspurs, probably more, in with larks
24 Savannah Sparrows (mostly in a flock in the tree where the Northern
Shrike was a few years ago)

Mason Dixon Farm Pond - easily viewable with a scope from Bullfrog Rd -
please don't go off public rds!

2 Gadwall
83 American Wigeon (flock fluctuating up to 85 here over last 2 weeks)
6 Pintail
2 Canvasbacks
11 Redheads (has been up to 18 here over last two weeks)
Rn Ducks, L Scaup, Buffleheads

Wish I could have stayed out longer!
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Frederick, MD/Gettysburg College, PA
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Date: 3/1/19 6:35 am
From: David Gibson <20cabot...>
Subject: [MDBirding] We just lost a giant in the world of birding and bird conservation, Dr. Tom Cade.
Hi Maryland birders, I hail from Chesapeake, VA, have just joined this group, and am excited to be a new member!
As some of you may know, we just lost a true giant in the world of birding, Dr. Tom Cade. He was responsible for the recovery of the Peregrine Falcon, a Maryland species, and is considered by many to be that species' "savior." If you'd like to learn more about Dr. Cade, the Peregrine Fund which he helped found, and the Peregrine Falcon, I offer up this brief tribute:
http://birdpartner.com/2019/02/25/there-were-giants/.

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Date: 2/28/19 8:02 pm
From: SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Thursday, February 28, 2019 32 Raptors
Fort Smallwood Park
Pasadena, Maryland, USA

Daily Raptor Counts: Feb 28, 2019

Species

Day's Count

Month Total

Season Total

Black Vulture

0

4

4

Turkey Vulture

26

37

37

Osprey

0

0

0

Bald Eagle

3

4

4

Northern Harrier

0

0

0

Sharp-shinned Hawk

1

1

1

Cooper's Hawk

0

0

0

Northern Goshawk

0

0

0

Red-shouldered Hawk

0

0

0

Broad-winged Hawk

0

0

0

Red-tailed Hawk

2

6

6

Rough-legged Hawk

0

0

0

Golden Eagle

0

0

0

American Kestrel

0

0

0

Merlin

0

0

0

Peregrine Falcon

0

0

0

Unknown Accipiter

0

0

0

Unknown Buteo

0

0

0

Unknown Falcon

0

0

0

Unknown Eagle

0

0

0

Unknown Raptor

0

0

0

Total:

32

52

52



Observation start time:

09:00:00

Observation end time:

13:30:00

Total observation time:

4.5 hours

Official Counter

Chris Reed, Sue Ricciardi

Observers:

Chris Reed, Sue Ricciardi



Weather:
Mostly sunny; 41-44 degrees; good visibility; winds northerly,
6-18 mph

Raptor Observations:
A decent early-in-the-season flight today

Non-raptor Observations:
Still about 1000 scaup offshore

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Report submitted by Sue Ricciardi ( <susiericc...>)
More information at hawkcount.org: [ Site Profile] [ Day Summary]
[ Month Summary]

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

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Date: 2/28/19 5:54 pm
From: Kevin Graff <keyweststyle2001...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Hart-Miller Island, 02/28/19
02/28/19 – 710am-3pm
Hart-Miller Island, Essex, B Co., MD

WEATHER: Fair, 38-44 degrees, NW 9K- N 6K

Canada Goose – 84
Tundra Swan – 236 (221 S Cell, 15 N Cell)
Gadwall – 92
American Wigeon – 51
American Black Duck – 158
Mallard – 166
Northern Shoveler – 9
Northern Pintail – 370
Green-winged Teal – 38
Canvasback – 2
Ring-necked Duck – 29
Greater Scaup – 43
Lesser Scaup – 403
*WHITE-WINGED SCOTER– 1 (Hen)
*LONG-TAILED DUCK– 13 (12 drakes, 1 hen)
Bufflehead – 59
Common Goldeneye – 1 (Hen)
Hooded Merganser – 6
Red-breasted Merganser – 13
Ruddy Duck – 61
*RED-THROATED LOON – 1
Common Loon – 1
Pied-billed Grebe – 1
Horned Grebe – 2
Double-crested Cormorant – 31
*GREAT CORMORANT – 1 (adult flew up the bay toward Harford Co)
Great Blue Heron – 2
Turkey Vulture – 1
Bald Eagle – 3 (1 adult, 2 immature)
Northern Harrier – 2
Sharp-shinned Hawk – 1
Red-shouldered Hawk – 1
Peregrine Falcon – 1
American Coot – 30
Killdeer – 2
Wilson's Snipe – 1
Ring-billed Gull – 41
Herring Gull – 17
Great Black-backed Gull – 5
Mourning Dove – 30
Red-bellied Woodpecker – 1
Northern Flicker – 3
Blue Jay – 6
American Crow – 3
Carolina Wren – 2
Hermit Thrush – 1
Northern Mockingbird – 1
European Starling – 9
*SNOW BUNTING – 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler – 1
Savannah Sparrow – 3
Song Sparrow – 48
Swamp Sparrow – 2
White-throated Sparrow – 16
*WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW – 1 (immature)
“Slate-colored” Junco – 1
Northern Cardinal – 16
Red-winged Blackbird – 174
Common Grackle – 8
Brown-headed Cowbird – 4
American Goldfinch – 1
SPECIES: 61 INDIVIDUALS: 2311

MAMMALS: Coyote – 1 Red Fox – 3 WT Deer (tracks) Raccoon (tracks)
Muskrat (3 active mounds)


Kevin Graff

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Date: 2/28/19 5:38 pm
From: Patrick Malone <pmalone...>
Subject: [MDBirding] eagle nest action on the Potomac today
Lot of action on the nest in Arlington. This was around 5pm today. If you’re in the DC area and you haven’t been, you owe it to yourself. You are guaranteed to see at least one eagle on the nest for the next few weeks, and it seems to take only a few minutes before the mate shows up for some action. This is at Fort Bennett Park, nest hangs over the GW Parkway, 5 minutes from the Key Bridge.

Today I was close enough that I could hear the birds arguing - did my best to transcribe the dialog faithfully in the description line underneath the individual shots. ;)

https://flic.kr/s/aHsmBsdx9N <https://flic.kr/s/aHsmBsdx9N>


Patrick & Vicki Malone
4901 Essex Avenue
Chevy Chase, MD 20815
301-656-9153
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Date: 2/28/19 3:16 pm
From: Wen Lin <wensyilin...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Re: Red-necked Grebe
On Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 5:47:33 PM UTC-5, Mark Johnson 2 wrote:
> These look like old wounds caused by trauma...maybe the bird survived a run-in with a big snapping turtle while diving for food. That yellow bill makes a pretty good lure and snappers are known to grab waterfowl when they get the chance.
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> Mark Johnson
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> From: <mdbi......> <mdbi......> on behalf of Wen Lin <wens......>
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> Sent: Thursday, February 28, 2019 10:45 AM
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> To: Maryland & DC Birding
>
> Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Red-necked Grebe
>
>  
>
>
>
>
> On Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 10:16:36 AM UTC-5, Wen Lin wrote:
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> > On Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 10:11:18 AM UTC-5, Wen Lin wrote:
>
> > > On Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 7:29:07 AM UTC-5, Steve Brynes wrote:
>
> > > > On Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at 2:44:48 PM UTC-5, Steve Brynes wrote:
>
> > > > > I submitted a report to eBird and somehow the report was comingled with another's report.  I had included a picture that I hoped some could comment on, but it was not shown.  I am attaching it here.  Please note there appears to be a deformity/injury
> to bill, left side only.  Can anyone comment on what it might be?  Thanks.
>
> > > >
>
> > > > Thanks, Frank!
>
> > >
>
> > >  A cropped photo to show more detailed lesions of red-necked grebe is attached for better view. one covered with white plumage and a black at the junction of upper and lower beak. a small blue one at the lower beak next to the plumage covered lesion.
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> > p.s. Hard to tell if there is any lesion on the facial side from this angle.
>
> This the is cropped photo to show the normal right side of that red-necked grebe.
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Here is another shoot on the left side. The dark line below the eyes looks like a healed wound?

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Date: 2/28/19 2:47 pm
From: Mark Johnson <mj3151...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Re: Red-necked Grebe
These look like old wounds caused by trauma...maybe the bird survived a run-in with a big snapping turtle while diving for food. That yellow bill makes a pretty good lure and snappers are known to grab waterfowl when they get the chance.

Mark Johnson
Aberdeen, MD

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Sent: Thursday, February 28, 2019 10:45 AM
To: Maryland & DC Birding
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Red-necked Grebe

On Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 10:16:36 AM UTC-5, Wen Lin wrote:
> On Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 10:11:18 AM UTC-5, Wen Lin wrote:
> > On Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 7:29:07 AM UTC-5, Steve Brynes wrote:
> > > On Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at 2:44:48 PM UTC-5, Steve Brynes wrote:
> > > > I submitted a report to eBird and somehow the report was comingled with another's report. I had included a picture that I hoped some could comment on, but it was not shown. I am attaching it here. Please note there appears to be a deformity/injury to bill, left side only. Can anyone comment on what it might be? Thanks.
> > >
> > > Thanks, Frank!
> >
> > A cropped photo to show more detailed lesions of red-necked grebe is attached for better view. one covered with white plumage and a black at the junction of upper and lower beak. a small blue one at the lower beak next to the plumage covered lesion.
>
> p.s. Hard to tell if there is any lesion on the facial side from this angle.
This the is cropped photo to show the normal right side of that red-necked grebe.

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Date: 2/28/19 12:55 pm
From: Wen Lin <wensyilin...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Re: Red-necked Grebe
On Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 1:06:48 PM UTC-5, George Wallace wrote:
> Thanks for these Wen Lin. I agree with Frank that these don't look like pox lesions which are not feathered. There is something else going on here - what I am not sure! It also looks like the upper and lower mandibles are not properly aligned.
>
> George
>
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> From: <mdbirding...> <mdbirding...> On Behalf Of Wen Lin
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> To: Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
> Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Red-necked Grebe
>
> On Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 10:45:57 AM UTC-5, Wen Lin wrote:
> > On Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 10:16:36 AM UTC-5, Wen Lin wrote:
> > > On Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 10:11:18 AM UTC-5, Wen Lin wrote:
> > > > On Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 7:29:07 AM UTC-5, Steve Brynes wrote:
> > > > > On Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at 2:44:48 PM UTC-5, Steve Brynes wrote:
> > > > > > I submitted a report to eBird and somehow the report was comingled with another's report. I had included a picture that I hoped some could comment on, but it was not shown. I am attaching it here. Please note there appears to be a deformity/injury to bill, left side only. Can anyone comment on what it might be? Thanks.
> > > > >
> > > > > Thanks, Frank!
> > > >
> > > > A cropped photo to show more detailed lesions of red-necked grebe is attached for better view. one covered with white plumage and a black at the junction of upper and lower beak. a small blue one at the lower beak next to the plumage covered lesion.
> > >
> > > p.s. Hard to tell if there is any lesion on the facial side from this angle.
> > This the is cropped photo to show the normal right side of that red-necked grebe.
>
> Front view of the same grebe. Looks like the left side cheek is larger than the right side.
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Could the misalignment caused by the lesions on the left side? The lower mandibles seems tilt to the lift.

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Date: 2/28/19 10:06 am
From: George Wallace <gwallace7490...>
Subject: RE: [MDBirding] Re: Red-necked Grebe
Thanks for these Wen Lin. I agree with Frank that these don't look like pox lesions which are not feathered. There is something else going on here - what I am not sure! It also looks like the upper and lower mandibles are not properly aligned.

George

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From: <mdbirding...> <mdbirding...> On Behalf Of Wen Lin
Sent: Thursday, February 28, 2019 11:56 AM
To: Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Red-necked Grebe

On Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 10:45:57 AM UTC-5, Wen Lin wrote:
> On Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 10:16:36 AM UTC-5, Wen Lin wrote:
> > On Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 10:11:18 AM UTC-5, Wen Lin wrote:
> > > On Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 7:29:07 AM UTC-5, Steve Brynes wrote:
> > > > On Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at 2:44:48 PM UTC-5, Steve Brynes wrote:
> > > > > I submitted a report to eBird and somehow the report was comingled with another's report. I had included a picture that I hoped some could comment on, but it was not shown. I am attaching it here. Please note there appears to be a deformity/injury to bill, left side only. Can anyone comment on what it might be? Thanks.
> > > >
> > > > Thanks, Frank!
> > >
> > > A cropped photo to show more detailed lesions of red-necked grebe is attached for better view. one covered with white plumage and a black at the junction of upper and lower beak. a small blue one at the lower beak next to the plumage covered lesion.
> >
> > p.s. Hard to tell if there is any lesion on the facial side from this angle.
> This the is cropped photo to show the normal right side of that red-necked grebe.

Front view of the same grebe. Looks like the left side cheek is larger than the right side.

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Date: 2/28/19 9:53 am
From: 'Marcy Stutzman' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] American Woodcock
Thank you!

Marcy Stutzman
Russett, MD 20724

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Date: 2/28/19 9:04 am
From: Marcia Watson <marshwren50...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] American Woodcock
Marcy,

Here’s what the online Birds of North America has to say: “Individual Peent preceded by Tuko, a short (0.3 s), subdued (1kHz), quavering tuukoo, also interpreted as wh'ook, koo, and ka-rurr (Pitelka 1943), among others (Pettingill 1936a:294). The two sounds usually merge into one, e.g., tuukooeeent (Figure 3a). Male may utter Tuko alone at widely separated intervals (0.2–30 s) initially after alighting on display area or when alert to a strange sound. Male Tukos during display to female (J. Longcore pers. comm.). Audible to humans at about 50 m.”

BNA gives no further details.

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

Bowie, Maryland
<marshwren50...>


> On Feb 28, 2019, at 10:36 AM, 'Marcy Stutzman' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> wrote:
>
> Last evening four of us were listening and watching the American Woodcock show off Hipsley Mill Road (Howard County). We were lucky enough to have a male land in the open directly in front of us. I heard a 2-beat sound before the peent and believe I also observed the head moving while making this sound. I looked in Macaulay Library to find a recording that included/showed the 2-beat sound and attached to show what I heard.*
>
> I was wondering if anyone could explain the 2-beat sound, and if it is somehow associated with the head moving.
>
> thank you in advance,
>
> Marcy Stutzman
> Russett, MD 20724
>
>
> *Recording information:
> American Woodcock Scolopax minor
> © Kevin Kubach
> 25 Feb 2019
> Fants Grove Wildlife Management Area, Anderson, South Carolina, United States
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Date: 2/28/19 8:56 am
From: Wen Lin <wensyilin...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Red-necked Grebe
On Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 10:45:57 AM UTC-5, Wen Lin wrote:
> On Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 10:16:36 AM UTC-5, Wen Lin wrote:
> > On Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 10:11:18 AM UTC-5, Wen Lin wrote:
> > > On Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 7:29:07 AM UTC-5, Steve Brynes wrote:
> > > > On Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at 2:44:48 PM UTC-5, Steve Brynes wrote:
> > > > > I submitted a report to eBird and somehow the report was comingled with another's report. I had included a picture that I hoped some could comment on, but it was not shown. I am attaching it here. Please note there appears to be a deformity/injury to bill, left side only. Can anyone comment on what it might be? Thanks.
> > > >
> > > > Thanks, Frank!
> > >
> > > A cropped photo to show more detailed lesions of red-necked grebe is attached for better view. one covered with white plumage and a black at the junction of upper and lower beak. a small blue one at the lower beak next to the plumage covered lesion.
> >
> > p.s. Hard to tell if there is any lesion on the facial side from this angle.
> This the is cropped photo to show the normal right side of that red-necked grebe.

Front view of the same grebe. Looks like the left side cheek is larger than the right side.

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Date: 2/28/19 8:13 am
From: 'Marcy Stutzman' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: American Woodcock
I only attached a screen cap of what it looked like. the actual recording is Macaulay Library ML142573961

and found here:

https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/142573961#_ga=2.226514078.24762760.1551363137-1449525836.1550180814

> Marcy Stutzman
> Russett, MD 20724>
>
> *Recording information:
> American Woodcock Scolopax minor
> © Kevin Kubach
> 25 Feb 2019
> Fants Grove Wildlife Management Area, Anderson, South Carolina, United States

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Date: 2/28/19 7:46 am
From: Wen Lin <wensyilin...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Red-necked Grebe
On Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 10:16:36 AM UTC-5, Wen Lin wrote:
> On Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 10:11:18 AM UTC-5, Wen Lin wrote:
> > On Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 7:29:07 AM UTC-5, Steve Brynes wrote:
> > > On Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at 2:44:48 PM UTC-5, Steve Brynes wrote:
> > > > I submitted a report to eBird and somehow the report was comingled with another's report. I had included a picture that I hoped some could comment on, but it was not shown. I am attaching it here. Please note there appears to be a deformity/injury to bill, left side only. Can anyone comment on what it might be? Thanks.
> > >
> > > Thanks, Frank!
> >
> > A cropped photo to show more detailed lesions of red-necked grebe is attached for better view. one covered with white plumage and a black at the junction of upper and lower beak. a small blue one at the lower beak next to the plumage covered lesion.
>
> p.s. Hard to tell if there is any lesion on the facial side from this angle.
This the is cropped photo to show the normal right side of that red-necked grebe.

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Date: 2/28/19 7:36 am
From: 'Marcy Stutzman' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] American Woodcock
Last evening four of us were listening and watching the American Woodcock show off Hipsley Mill Road (Howard County). We were lucky enough to have a male land in the open directly in front of us. I heard a 2-beat sound before the peent and believe I also observed the head moving while making this sound. I looked in Macaulay Library to find a recording that included/showed the 2-beat sound and attached to show what I heard.*

I was wondering if anyone could explain the 2-beat sound, and if it is somehow associated with the head moving.

thank you in advance,

Marcy Stutzman
Russett, MD 20724


*Recording information:
American Woodcock Scolopax minor
© Kevin Kubach
25 Feb 2019
Fants Grove Wildlife Management Area, Anderson, South Carolina, United States

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Date: 2/28/19 7:16 am
From: Wen Lin <wensyilin...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Red-necked Grebe
On Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 10:11:18 AM UTC-5, Wen Lin wrote:
> On Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 7:29:07 AM UTC-5, Steve Brynes wrote:
> > On Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at 2:44:48 PM UTC-5, Steve Brynes wrote:
> > > I submitted a report to eBird and somehow the report was comingled with another's report. I had included a picture that I hoped some could comment on, but it was not shown. I am attaching it here. Please note there appears to be a deformity/injury to bill, left side only. Can anyone comment on what it might be? Thanks.
> >
> > Thanks, Frank!
>
> A cropped photo to show more detailed lesions of red-necked grebe is attached for better view. one covered with white plumage and a black at the junction of upper and lower beak. a small blue one at the lower beak next to the plumage covered lesion.

p.s. Hard to tell of there is any lesion on the facial side from this angle.

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Date: 2/28/19 7:11 am
From: Wen Lin <wensyilin...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Red-necked Grebe
On Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 7:29:07 AM UTC-5, Steve Brynes wrote:
> On Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at 2:44:48 PM UTC-5, Steve Brynes wrote:
> > I submitted a report to eBird and somehow the report was comingled with another's report. I had included a picture that I hoped some could comment on, but it was not shown. I am attaching it here. Please note there appears to be a deformity/injury to bill, left side only. Can anyone comment on what it might be? Thanks.
>
> Thanks, Frank!

A cropped photo to show more detailed lesions of red-necked grebe is attached for better view. one covered with white plumage and a black at the junction of upper and lower beak. a small blue one at the lower beak next to the plumage covered lesion.

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Date: 2/28/19 4:29 am
From: Steve Brynes <sbrynes...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Red-necked Grebe
On Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at 2:44:48 PM UTC-5, Steve Brynes wrote:
> I submitted a report to eBird and somehow the report was comingled with another's report. I had included a picture that I hoped some could comment on, but it was not shown. I am attaching it here. Please note there appears to be a deformity/injury to bill, left side only. Can anyone comment on what it might be? Thanks.

Thanks, Frank!

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Date: 2/27/19 7:51 pm
From: SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Hawkwatch
The spring raptor migration season has begun at Fort Smallwood Park.
The first migrant raptor was a beautiful adult Red-tailed Hawk. So
far, 4 Black Vultures,11 Turkey Vultures, 1 Bald Eagle and 4
Red-tailed Hawks have been tallied. About 7,000 blackbirds have
already passed by during three days of coverage, mostly Red-wings, but
also a fair number of Common Grackles. Waterfowl is abundant and
varied with about 1200 scaup (mostly distant offshore), 25 Long-tailed
Ducks, Gadwalls, Canvasbacks, Ruddy Ducks, Mallards, Common
Goldeneyes, American Black Ducks, Northern Shovelers, a Ring-necked
Duck, a Pied-billed Grebe and a Horned Grebe. Two Tree swallows were
observed yesterday.


You are invited to come by, enjoy observing a robust migration and
help us document the movement. In fact, your help would be much
appreciated. Spring migration means migrants are spread over more
hours of daylight, so more observers would allow us to do a better
job.


Sue Ricciardi

Compiler, Fort Smallwood Park Hawkwatch

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Date: 2/27/19 12:56 pm
From: Frank Witebsky <fwitebsky...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Red-necked Grebe
On Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at 2:44:48 PM UTC-5, Steve Brynes wrote:
> I submitted a report to eBird and somehow the report was comingled with another's report. I had included a picture that I hoped some could comment on, but it was not shown. I am attaching it here. Please note there appears to be a deformity/injury to bill, left side only. Can anyone comment on what it might be? Thanks.

I rather doubt that this is an avian poxvirus lesion. in most of the photos I've seen of birds wit such lesions, multiple discrete vesicular lesions are present. The lesion on this bird seems quite large, without a clear border, and does not appear really vesicular. Attached is a close-up from a photo taken yesterday. Much of the left side of the face appears affected, including perhaps the area below the eye. I've no idea what the nature of the pathological process is.

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Date: 2/27/19 11:30 am
From: Jim Nelson <kingfishers2...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Study on Song Learning in Zebra Finch
I just found this interesting article on a study of the song acquisition
process and learning by male Zebra Finches.  While not a species found
in the wild in Maryland, this may have broader application and is
certainly of interest to birders.

https://as.cornell.edu/news/psychologists-solve-mystery-songbird-learning

Jim Nelson

Bethesda, MD

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Date: 2/27/19 10:42 am
From: JimC <jimcancil...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Its on- geese are heading north
On Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at 6:41:33 PM UTC-5, jugbayjs wrote:
> Out at dusk trying to listen and watch in my yard for a first of season woodcock. Kind of noisy, tricky for listening for any AMWO calls, cause it suddenly dawned on me- it's on!! Seven separate strings of geese heading north in last 7-8 min, about 1260 birds. Also heard one snow goose calling too. Oh, and yes, after trying for about a week with no luck, I had a displaying woodcock :-)
>
> Jeff Shenot
> Croom Md

Cool, Jeff My security cam picks up their conversations at night. I guess I will have to pay more attention. I doubt If I ever heard of a reported Woodcock near me. (off the Nanticoke -5mi S. of the Vienna/Rt 50 bridge)

Jim

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Date: 2/27/19 3:08 am
From: James Wilson <birdmanjfw...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Red-necked Grebe
My question is: was the Grebe able to swallow that fish? Curious minds want to know.
Jim Wilson
Queenstown

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Date: 2/26/19 3:41 pm
From: jugbayjs <jugbayjs...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Its on- geese are heading north
Out at dusk trying to listen and watch in my yard for a first of season woodcock. Kind of noisy, tricky for listening for any AMWO calls, cause it suddenly dawned on me- it's on!! Seven separate strings of geese heading north in last 7-8 min, about 1260 birds. Also heard one snow goose calling too. Oh, and yes, after trying for about a week with no luck, I had a displaying woodcock :-)

Jeff Shenot
Croom Md

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Date: 2/26/19 2:45 pm
From: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Possible Northern Goshawk in Frederick County
On Mon, Feb 25, 2019 at 2:47 PM Steve Ferendo, Frederick, MD <
<stevefinmd...> wrote:
Today, for the second time, I saw what I believe to be a Northern Goshawk.
Both sightings were from Summantown Road near Jefferson. There is a bridge
that crosses Catoctin Creek, the bird was spotted from both sides of the
bridge within 1/4 mile of the creek. I hope someone can get a look and
confirm the sighting.
****************************
A couple of us were looking for the NOGO with no luck this afternoon.
Note: Sumantown with one "m"

I did happen to spy an adult Bald cruising down-creek just b4 1700; there's
very likely a nesting pair in the vicinity.

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

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Date: 2/26/19 1:30 pm
From: Lydia Schindler <lydia13621...>
Subject: [MDBirding] DC Area, 2/26/2019
Hotline: Voice of the Naturalist
Date: 2/26/2019
Coverage: MD/DC/VA/central and southern DE/WV panhandle
Reports, comments, questions: <voice...>
Compilers: Rick and Nancy Sussman
Sponsor: Audubon Naturalist Society of the Central
Atlantic States (independent of NAS)
Transcriber: Steve Cordle

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

This is the Voice of the Naturalist, a service of the Audubon
Naturalist Society. This report covers the week starting Tuesday,
February 19, and was completed on Tuesday, February 26, at 9:00 a.m.

Information on noteworthy birds is presented below in taxonomic order,
as set forth in the American Ornithological Society Checklist for
North and Middle American Birds, as revised through the 59th
Supplement (June 2018).

Top Birds this week were: TUFTED DUCK* in VA, ROCK WREN* and VARIED
THRUSH* in MD.

Other Birds of Interest include: ROSS'S, GREATER WHITE-FRONTED, and
CACKLING GOOSE, TRUMPETER SWAN, BLUE-WINGED TEAL, EURASIAN WIGEON,
KING and COMMON EIDER, HARLEQUIN DUCK, BLACK SCOTER, LONG-TAILED DUCK,
BARROW'S GOLDENEYE*, HORNED and RED-NECKED GREBE, VIRGINIA RAIL,
SANDHILL CRANE, BAR-TAILED GODWIT*, WILSON'S SNIPE, DOVEKIE,
BLACK-HEADED, ICELAND, and GLAUCOUS GULL, GREAT CORMORANT, AMERICAN
WHITE PELICAN, GREAT EGRET, LITTLE BLUE and TRICOLORED HERON,
SHORT-EARED and NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWL, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER,
LOGGERHEAD and NORTHERN SHRIKE, TREE SWALLOW, MARSH WREN, EVENING
GROSBEAK, LAPLAND LONGSPUR, SNOW BUNTING, AMERICAN TREE and LARK
SPARROW, BALTIMORE ORIOLE, BREWER'S BLACKBIRD, ORANGE-CROWNED and PINE
WARBLER, PAINTED BUNTING, and DICKCISSEL.

TOP BIRDS

A female TUFTED DUCK* was discovered swimming among a flock of Lesser
Scaup on a small lake behind Chartway Federal Credit Union, at 5700
Cleveland St, Virginia Beach, VA on Feb 19 and was enjoyed by birders
every day throughout the week.

The ROCK WREN* which has been visiting feeders in a yard in St. Mary's
Co, MD for much of the winter, is now most often seen foraging on a
new rock feeder on the resident's back deck, but still making rounds
of the backyard, with daily visits throughout the week. Viewing of
this rarity is by appointment only. Contact Kyle Rambo for a
reservation and set of guidelines, at kerambo+<rockwren...>
Thanks to Tyler Bell for keeping us informed, to Kyle Rambo for his
willingness to lead trips, and of course to the generosity of the
homeowners.

The wintering VARIED THRUSH* also being seen in St. Mary's Co, MD, was
spotted most recently on Feb 22. Persons interested in looking for
this bird should follow the guidelines of the homeowners of the
property and include these guidelines in any report of this bird on
eBird, Facebook, or any other forum. These guidelines may be found in
posts by Tyler Bell on MD Birding on Jan 9 and 23, 2019.

OTHER BIRDS OF INTEREST

Four ROSS'S GEESE were seen at Accident Bittinger Rd, in Accident,
Garrett Co, MD on Feb 19, and refound on Feb 25. Another continued at
Prime Hook Rd, Sussex Co, DE Feb 19-22, and two were seen at Cod's Rd,
near Prime Hook NWR, Sussex Co, DE on Feb 19. A first-county record
ROSS'S GOOSE was at Burnt Chimney, Franklin Co, VA Feb 22-24, and
another continued far inland at Taylor's Mill Pond, Tazewell Co, VA on
Feb 23. GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE continued this week at North Point
SP, Baltimore Co, MD on Feb 21-24, and a pair continued at the Clifton
Institute (restricted access) in Fauquier Co, VA on Feb 21. Twelve
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE were found on Feb 24 at the New River
Valley Fairgrounds Pond in Pulaski Co, VA. Six CACKLING GEESE were
reported from Smith Lake, Augusta Co, VA on Feb 22.

Eight TRUMPETER SWANS were reported flying over at Tenthouse Ct, Anne
Arundel Co, MD on Feb 19. On Feb 23, another continued to be seen at
Alter Pond-Soil Conservation Rd, Prince George's Co, MD, and a pair
continued on Merganser Pond-Patuxent Research Refuge-North Tract, Anne
Arundel Co, MD the same day. Two TRUMPETER SWANS were still at Clifton
Institute (restricted access), in Fauquier Co, VA on Feb 23-25.

A pair of BLUE-WINGED TEAL remained at Black Marsh, Baltimore Co, MD
Feb 19-22, and another continued at Roanoke Sewage Treatment Plant in
Roanoke City, VA, Feb 19-25. A drake EURASIAN WIGEON, seen among a
large flock of American Wigeon, was reported from Deal Island WMA,
Somerset Co, MD on Feb 22.

An immature male KING EIDER was reported from the Ocean City Inlet,
Worcester Co, MD on Feb 24. A long-staying pair of COMMON EIDERS were
still being seen at Fort Monroe, Hampton, VA Feb 19-25. The only
HARLEQUIN DUCK reported in the area was a first-winter male continuing
at Lynnhaven Inlet, Virginia Beach, VA Feb 19-25. A pair of drake
BLACK SCOTERS were swimming with scaup in the Chester River Sound,
Kent Co, MD on Feb 23. A pair of LONG-TAILED DUCKS were seen flying
down the Potomac River at the C&O Canal-Violette's Lock, Montgomery
Co, MD on Feb 23, and another lingered at East Potomac Park-Haines
Point, SW DC, also on Feb 23. A continuing BARROW'S GOLDENEYE* was
reported again on Feb 24 at the Elms Environmental Education Center
(private), St. Mary's Co, MD.

A HORNED GREBE was still being enjoyed in western Maryland on
Broadford Lake in Garrett Co, Feb 21-25. A RED-NECKED GREBE was found
on the Darnestown Rd ponds (Lake Inspiration), Montgomery Co, MD Feb
22-25.

A VIRGINIA RAIL was reported from Little Island Park, Virginia Beach,
VA on Feb 21, and again on Feb 24.

The pair of SANDHILL CRANES reported last week from Hughes Rd,
Poolesville, Montgomery Co, MD were seen again this week Feb 19-24,
feeding in adjacent cornfields. A single SANDHILL CRANE was reported
from Moores Mill Rd, Rockingham Co, VA on Feb 23.

A BAR-TAILED GODWIT* was seen again, feeding with nine Marbled Godwits
on mudflats south of Tom's Cove Visitor Center, Chincoteague NWR,
Accomack Co, VA on Feb 22. It was seen again the following day a bit
further south, again in the company of Marbled Godwits. WILSON'S SNIPE
were seen in good numbers at Oxbow Lake, Anne Arundel Co, MD with 17
on Feb 19 and at least 20 on Feb 21.

Three DOVEKIES were spotted flying north with Razorbills, in the
surfline at Little Island Park, Virginia Beach, VA on Feb 19, while a
fourth landed in the water by the pier.

A pair of BLACK-HEADED GULLS were at Wolf Neck WTP (restricted access)
in Sussex Co, DE on Feb 19-25. An ICELAND GULL was seen again at the
inlet in Ocean City, Worcester Co, MD on Feb 24. A continuing GLAUCOUS
GULL remained in the Ocean City area, Worcester Co, MD, seen Feb
22-24. Another GLAUCOUS GULL was seen at Indian River Inlet, Sussex
Co, DE on Feb 22. On Feb 25, a 1st cycle GLAUCOUS GULL was spotted on
one of the concrete ships at Kiptopeke SP, Northampton Co, VA.

GREAT CORMORANTS were seen early in the week on the Bloody Point Bar
Lighthouse, Kent Point Marina, Queen Anne's Co, MD. Three AMERICAN
WHITE PELICANS were seen swimming at Deal Island WMA-Riley Roberts Rd,
Somerset Co, MD on Feb 22.

On Feb 23, four GREAT EGRETS were at Spotsylvania Sportsplex/Publix
Virginia Soccer Training Center, Spotsylvania Co, VA. A LITTLE BLUE
HERON flushed from the waterway at Assateague SP, Worcester Co, MD on
Feb 23, while one or possibly two TRICOLORED HERONS were seen at Deal
Island WMA-Riley Roberts Rd, Somerset Co, MD on Feb 22.

The only SHORT-EARED OWL reported this week was one seen flying from
Plum Tree Island NWR at Messick Point, Poquoson, VA on Feb 20. A
NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWL was discovered as it perched about 40 feet up in
a pine tree, on a field trip in western Howard Co, MD on Feb 23.

RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS continued at Hughes Hollow-McKee Besher's WMA,
Montgomery Co, MD, with one on Feb 21 and three seen on Feb 22. Also
on Feb 22, one was seen at Hard Bargain Farm, and five were at
Piscataway Park-Boardwalk Trail, both in Prince George's Co, MD, and
another was at Gibson Rd, Baltimore Co, MD, the same day.

A LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE that has been seen on and off since late Oct last
year, was seen again on Feb 19, this time joined by a second bird!
They were perched in the same field on the same bush, along Featherbed
Rd (Rt 644), near Dinosaur Land and Double Tollgate (Rts 522 & 340) in
Clarke Co, VA. The NORTHERN SHRIKE lingering at Pickering Creek
Audubon Center, Talbot Co, MD was seen again on Feb 21, perched atop a
bush along the Wetland Overlook Loop Trail.

Spring cannot be far off when reports of TREE SWALLOWS start coming
in. Three were seen foraging over Cash Lake at Patuxent Research
Refuge-South Tract, Prince George's Co, MD, on Feb 23.

A MARSH WREN, spending its winter at Blandy Experimental Farm/State
Arboretum of Virginia in Clarke Co, VA, was seen again on Feb 21.

Three EVENING GROSBEAKS, a male and two females, have been coming to
feeders for at least a month to a yard in Boonesboro, Washington Co,
MD. To make arrangements for viewing, call Bob at 240-816-1288 or
301-432-8030. A pair of EVENING GROSBEAKS were still being seen along
the C&O Canal-Riley's Lock, Montgomery Co, MD as recently as Feb 23.
Five EVENING GROSBEAKS were seen resting near the top of a deciduous
tree in a yard in Talbot Co, MD on Feb 25.

A LAPLAND LONGSPUR, scarce this winter, was reportedly mixed in with a
flock of Horned Larks, along Strickley Rd, Augusta Co, VA on Feb 21.
The faithful flock of SNOW BUNTINGS being seen on the Crystal Pier at
North Point SP, Baltimore Co, MD were seen during the week with
reports of at least ten on Feb 19-24.

AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS, another visitor from the far north, were seen
in several locations this week. On Feb 20, one was at a private
residence in Prince George's Co, MD. On Feb 21, another was reported
from Chino Farms in Queen Anne's Co, MD and on Feb 22 one was spotted
along Shriver Rd, Frederick Co, MD. A LARK SPARROW was discovered
among a flock of Chipping Sparrows, at Nanney's Creek Rd, Virginia
Beach, VA on Feb 24.

A BALTIMORE ORIOLE was seen on the ground under a feeder in Silver
Spring, Montgomery Co, MD on Feb 23. Three BREWER'S BLACKBIRDS, two
males and a female, were found at Breeze Farms, Virginia Beach, VA on
Feb 24.

An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was still coming faithfully to a suet feeder
in Kent Co, DE, with the most recent report from Feb 20. At least one,
and perhaps two, PINE WARBLERS continued at the LBJ Memorial
Grove-Columbia Island Marina, SW DC on Feb 23. Individual PINE
WARBLERS were visiting feeders in two separate locations in Sussex Co,
DE on Feb 24.

A beautiful male PAINTED BUNTING has been visiting a feeder daily in
Tracys Landing, Anne Arundel Co, MD, Feb 20-22. Another male PAINTED
BUNTNG was also visiting a feeder in Mechanicsville, Hanover Co, VA on
Feb 24.

A DICKCISSEL, presumed to be the same bird as previously found at
Fletcher's Cove (Fletcher's Boathouse) NW DC, was refound along
Reservoir Rd, NW DC on Feb 21.

***

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

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

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

Thank you for your interest and enjoy the birds.

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Date: 2/26/19 12:44 pm
From: Steve Brynes <sbrynes...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Red-necked Grebe
On Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at 2:44:48 PM UTC-5, Steve Brynes wrote:
> I submitted a report to eBird and somehow the report was comingled with another's report. I had included a picture that I hoped some could comment on, but it was not shown. I am attaching it here. Please note there appears to be a deformity/injury to bill, left side only. Can anyone comment on what it might be? Thanks.

Thanks, Matthew and George. Matthew, nice photos! George, I looked up poxvirus and it seems like a good possibility.

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Date: 2/26/19 12:05 pm
From: <gwallace7490...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Red-necked Grebe
On Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at 2:44:48 PM UTC-5, Steve Brynes wrote:
> I submitted a report to eBird and somehow the report was comingled with another's report. I had included a picture that I hoped some could comment on, but it was not shown. I am attaching it here. Please note there appears to be a deformity/injury to bill, left side only. Can anyone comment on what it might be? Thanks.

It looks like an avian poxvirus lesion. I don't think I have ever seen pox on a grebe before, but poxvirus occurs in many species, so no reason to believe that it's not possible.

George Wallace

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Date: 2/26/19 12:04 pm
From: Matthew Felperin <mattyfelp...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Red-necked Grebe
That happened to me too, but I am a first time eBird poster and didn’t realize that I was on the “last seen” list. If your bird had been seen and posted since your posting, you won’t see it. And I also noticed that injury. Looks like scar tissue from a lesion. With so much time spend under water I could see how it might protrude like that. Totally guessing though. Here are a few of my photos from yesterday:



Matthew J. Felperin


> On Feb 26, 2019, at 2:44 PM, Steve Brynes <sbrynes...> wrote:
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> I submitted a report to eBird and somehow the report was comingled with another's report. I had included a picture that I hoped some could comment on, but it was not shown. I am attaching it here. Please note there appears to be a deformity/injury to bill, left side only. Can anyone comment on what it might be? Thanks.
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Date: 2/26/19 11:44 am
From: Steve Brynes <sbrynes...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Red-necked Grebe
I submitted a report to eBird and somehow the report was comingled with another's report. I had included a picture that I hoped some could comment on, but it was not shown. I am attaching it here. Please note there appears to be a deformity/injury to bill, left side only. Can anyone comment on what it might be? Thanks.

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Date: 2/26/19 11:20 am
From: 'John Canoles' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Woodcock Baltimore Co

Just saw FOY woodcock flying out of wetland in Sparrows Point.

John Canoles
Eco-Science Professionals, Inc.
P.O. Box 5006 Glen Arm, MD 21057
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Date: 2/26/19 9:14 am
From: Pat <pvaldata1...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Spring migration?
We had a gaggle of Turkey Vultures over the woods this morning, no surprise there, but with four adult Red-tailed Hawks among them. In winter, we usually see only one RT at a time, and not very often. At the feeder, four FOS Brown-headed Cowbirds.The local Bald Eagle couple entertained us with a courtship flight before alighting on a branch to preen. The eagle version of lighting a cigarette afterwards?There has been much head bobbing, with splashy displays, among the Buffleheads. The females seem to have made their picks. I wonder what makes one head-bobbing male Bufflehead sexier than another?Pat ValdataCrisfield, MDSent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone

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Date: 2/26/19 6:31 am
From: 'Mike Bowen' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] query re Charles County MD birding spots
There's an eBird Hotspot very close:  Popes Creek.  Go to:  https://ebird.org/hotspot/L499151
From that descriptive page in eBird, choose "Hotspot Map" at top left and you'll see other nearby Hotspots in the area, with "Allen's Fresh" probably the best known and productive.  eBird will show you what's been seen recently and by whom.
Mike BowenBethesdaeBird Hotspot Reviewer for MD

D. H. Michael Bowen8609 Ewing Drive
Bethesda, Maryland 20817Phone/fax: (301) 530-5764

On Tuesday, February 26, 2019, 9:13:57 AM EST, Patrick Malone <pmalone...> wrote:

Friends: This weekend I am going to be in Charles County south of LaPlata near the Potomac River (at Loyola Retreat House on Popes Creek Road). Does anyone know of birding spots nearby? Thanks.Pat Malone

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Date: 2/26/19 6:14 am
From: Patrick Malone <pmalone...>
Subject: [MDBirding] query re Charles County MD birding spots
Friends: This weekend I am going to be in Charles County south of LaPlata
near the Potomac River (at Loyola Retreat House on Popes Creek Road). Does
anyone know of birding spots nearby? Thanks.
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Date: 2/25/19 4:15 pm
From: Nicole M <wales2012...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Snow Geese in Eldersburg
On Georgetown Blvd, off of Londontowne Blvd in Eldersburg tonight around 5:35, I saw about 20 snow geese mixed in with 100 Canada geese in the retention pond off to the right. There were dark morphs present as well.

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Date: 2/25/19 1:34 pm
From: Ann Hobbs <hobbs_ann...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Common goldeneye at MLK Recreational Park, MoCo
Adult male on lake. Birding there today otherwise poor.
Park is on Jackson Rd, off New Hampshire.

Ann Hobbs
Silver Spring, MD

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Date: 2/25/19 11:47 am
From: Steve Ferendo, Frederick, MD <stevefinmd...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Possible Northern Goshawk in Frederick County
Today, for the second time, I saw what I believe to be a Northern Goshawk. Both sightings were from Summantown Road near Jefferson. There is a bridge that crosses Catoctin Creek, the bird was spotted from both sides of the bridge within 1/4 mile of the creek. I hope someone can get a look and confirm the sighting.

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Date: 2/25/19 9:16 am
From: 'Marcy Stutzman' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] eBird Hotspot: Patuxent River SP--Annapolis Rock Rd
I noticed in eBird results (attached) that some checklists for "Annapolis Rock" (small blue pins) have not been merged into the hotspot (large red pin). The hotspot might not have existed when some checklists were created:

eBird Hotspot URL: https://ebird.org/hotspot/L452009

If you have ever participated in Jay Sheppard's "How to Find an Owl" and were lucky enough to have been on a trip when one was found, please consider checking to see if your checklist is for the hotspot location:

Patuxent River SP--Annapolis Rock Rd

It is easy to "Edit Location" in your checklist - just select the hotspot! By consolidating birding information to the hotspot, it is easier to track the birds being seen there and when.

Thanks in advance,

Marcy Stutzman
Russett, MD 20724

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Date: 2/25/19 7:54 am
From: Joe Hanfman <auk1844...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Ross’s Geese - Garrett
4 Ross’s Geese at Accident Pond. They are in the back pond.

Joe Hanfman
Columbia, MD

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Date: 2/25/19 7:02 am
From: Sabrina Walters <amazingphotoletters...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Red-necked Grebe at North Point
On Sunday, February 17, 2019 at 1:19:42 PM UTC-5, Fred Shaffer wrote:
> Lots of birds at North Point State Park including 10 Snow Buntings on the concrete pier, the continuing Greater White-fronted Goose in the field and a lone Red-necked Grebe off the beach past the abandoned concrete building. Good birding!
>
>
> Fred Shaffer
> Crofton, MD
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I went to the park yesterday Sunday Feb. 24th. Saw a black and white duck of some ki d off pier area and tons of gorgeous snow buntings. Thet were busy foraging the rocks for rats. The whole flock was accommodating of photography!! It was the first time I ever saw them!!! Excited

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Date: 2/24/19 6:55 pm
From: 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Re: four "normal" species are now flagged in eBird
Unless you review eBird submissions, it's difficult to understand the filters. eBird lives and dies by the filters. In Maryland, each county has a set of filter values that dictate whether a given species is "rare". If the threshold value is zero, it is rare during that time period. Some species are zero 365, others only seasonally. Difficult to separate species pairs, for beginners, like House and Purple Finches have a value except in a small window in which the GBBC is held. To show you graphically, here is a screen shot of HOFI, PUFI and Common Redpoll for Howard County.
If a species isn't on the filter, it won't even show up in the rare species so you will need to hit Add Species. We hope that people get to employ the Add Species occasionally in Maryland!

Tyler Bell
<jtylerbell...>
California, Maryland





On Sunday, February 24, 2019, 7:08:07 AM EST, Tim Carney <timmyc83...> wrote:

Hi Jim,

Those species no longer need to be reviewed as "rare" since they are not flagged. We are now out of the Great Backyard Bird Count window. They can be entered directly into eBird and show up on the range maps without being reviewed. The only exception would be if the count entered would trigger a high count, at which point the count would need to be reviewed.

Tim Carney
Parkville, MD

On Saturday, February 23, 2019 at 11:03:46 PM UTC-5, Jim Wilkinson wrote:
> I noticed that today Feb 23 the same species are not rare so would not need documentation. Does this mean they can be mapped now or do they still need to be reviewed as "rare" even though they were labeled rare just for the GBBC?  The filter process is confusing.
>
> Jim Wilkinson
> Columbia, MD
>
> On Saturday, February 23, 2019 at 1:45:06 PM UTC-5, Tim Carney wrote:
> > Hi Jim,
> >
> > That's correct. The Great Backyard Bird Count occurs on the same weekend every year, but the eBird filters are set by specific dates. The filters are tightened over a range of dates during which the GBBC could occur. That way the eBird reviewers don't have to readjust the dates every year. (It's a long and tedious process.)
> >
> > Tim Carney
> > Parkville, MD
> >
> > On Saturday, February 23, 2019 at 1:32:18 PM UTC-5, Jim Wilkinson wrote:
> > > On Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at 5:03:22 PM UTC-5, Tim Carney wrote:
> > > > Hi everyone,
> > > >
> > > > You might notice that Red-headed Woodpecker, American Tree Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, and Purple Finch are now flagged in areas where they weren't flagged a few days ago.
> > > >
> > > > That's because the Great Backyard Bird Count is this weekend. Many new birders are already participating. Participation will skyrocket this weekend. During past GBBCs, the eBird reviewers have found a high rate of mis-identifications for the species listed above. Many of the Red-headed Woodpeckers are actually Red-bellied Woodpeckers. Many of the White-crowned Sparrows are actually adult White-throated Sparrows. The American Tree Sparrows are... well, we've seen photos of quite a few different sparrow species listed as ATSP. Most of the Purple Finches are House Finches.
> > > >
> > > > These are easy mistakes that we all make. This is not meant to disparage anyone whatsoever! We're just flagging these birds to keep the data clean and encourage new birders to take a second look at their GBBC entries. It also encourages new birders to write descriptions and learn the finer points of Maryland bird ID.
> > > >
> > > > I often see comments in eBird checklists at this time of year like, "Why is this flagged?" "This is a common bird," etc. So that's why ;)
> > > >
> > > > Tim Carney
> > > > MD eBird Review Team
> > > > Parkville, MD
> > >
> > > I noticed that White-crowned Sparrow and American Tree Sparrow were still listed as "rare" when I submitted a checklist for northern Frederick county on February 22.
> > >
> > > Jim Wilkinson
> > > Columbia, MD

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Date: 2/24/19 11:20 am
From: Andy Martin <apmartin2...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Evening grosbeaks at Riley's lock
No for me on the Evening Grosbeaks. Tried yesterday around noon and again this morning (2/24) approx. 10ish. Noticed a house up the hill on far side of canal. Maybe they have a feeder that is helping to keep the grosbeaks in the vicinity.

Andy Martin
Gaithersburg

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Date: 2/24/19 10:56 am
From: 'Marta Wagner' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Red-necked Grebe Darnestown Ponds Lake Inspiration
On Sunday, February 24, 2019 at 1:25:54 PM UTC-5, Steve Brynes wrote:
> On Sunday, February 24, 2019 at 11:06:42 AM UTC-5, Steve Brynes wrote:
> > On Friday, February 22, 2019 at 11:55:40 AM UTC-5, Orietta wrote:
> > > Residential side.
> >
> > Grebe still at Lake Inspiration...was here 10-11 am.

And still present shortly before noon -- first preening, then sleeping. Not quite as cooperative as in the photo above.

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Date: 2/24/19 10:26 am
From: Steve Brynes <sbrynes...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Red-necked Grebe Darnestown Ponds Lake Inspiration
On Sunday, February 24, 2019 at 11:06:42 AM UTC-5, Steve Brynes wrote:
> On Friday, February 22, 2019 at 11:55:40 AM UTC-5, Orietta wrote:
> > Residential side.
>
> Grebe still at Lake Inspiration...was here 10-11 am.

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Date: 2/24/19 8:06 am
From: Steve Brynes <sbrynes...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Red-necked Grebe Darnestown Ponds Lake Inspiration
On Friday, February 22, 2019 at 11:55:40 AM UTC-5, Orietta wrote:
> Residential side.

Grebe still at Lake Inspiration...was here 10-11 am.

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Date: 2/24/19 4:08 am
From: Tim Carney <timmyc83...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: four "normal" species are now flagged in eBird
Hi Jim,

Those species no longer need to be reviewed as "rare" since they are not flagged. We are now out of the Great Backyard Bird Count window. They can be entered directly into eBird and show up on the range maps without being reviewed. The only exception would be if the count entered would trigger a high count, at which point the count would need to be reviewed.

Tim Carney
Parkville, MD

On Saturday, February 23, 2019 at 11:03:46 PM UTC-5, Jim Wilkinson wrote:
> I noticed that today Feb 23 the same species are not rare so would not need documentation. Does this mean they can be mapped now or do they still need to be reviewed as "rare" even though they were labeled rare just for the GBBC? The filter process is confusing.
>
> Jim Wilkinson
> Columbia, MD
>
> On Saturday, February 23, 2019 at 1:45:06 PM UTC-5, Tim Carney wrote:
> > Hi Jim,
> >
> > That's correct. The Great Backyard Bird Count occurs on the same weekend every year, but the eBird filters are set by specific dates. The filters are tightened over a range of dates during which the GBBC could occur. That way the eBird reviewers don't have to readjust the dates every year. (It's a long and tedious process.)
> >
> > Tim Carney
> > Parkville, MD
> >
> > On Saturday, February 23, 2019 at 1:32:18 PM UTC-5, Jim Wilkinson wrote:
> > > On Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at 5:03:22 PM UTC-5, Tim Carney wrote:
> > > > Hi everyone,
> > > >
> > > > You might notice that Red-headed Woodpecker, American Tree Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, and Purple Finch are now flagged in areas where they weren't flagged a few days ago.
> > > >
> > > > That's because the Great Backyard Bird Count is this weekend. Many new birders are already participating. Participation will skyrocket this weekend. During past GBBCs, the eBird reviewers have found a high rate of mis-identifications for the species listed above. Many of the Red-headed Woodpeckers are actually Red-bellied Woodpeckers. Many of the White-crowned Sparrows are actually adult White-throated Sparrows. The American Tree Sparrows are... well, we've seen photos of quite a few different sparrow species listed as ATSP. Most of the Purple Finches are House Finches.
> > > >
> > > > These are easy mistakes that we all make. This is not meant to disparage anyone whatsoever! We're just flagging these birds to keep the data clean and encourage new birders to take a second look at their GBBC entries. It also encourages new birders to write descriptions and learn the finer points of Maryland bird ID.
> > > >
> > > > I often see comments in eBird checklists at this time of year like, "Why is this flagged?" "This is a common bird," etc. So that's why ;)
> > > >
> > > > Tim Carney
> > > > MD eBird Review Team
> > > > Parkville, MD
> > >
> > > I noticed that White-crowned Sparrow and American Tree Sparrow were still listed as "rare" when I submitted a checklist for northern Frederick county on February 22.
> > >
> > > Jim Wilkinson
> > > Columbia, MD

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Date: 2/23/19 8:03 pm
From: Jim Wilkinson <lakekoshare...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: four "normal" species are now flagged in eBird
I noticed that today Feb 23 the same species are not rare so would not need documentation. Does this mean they can be mapped now or do they still need to be reviewed as "rare" even though they were labeled rare just for the GBBC? The filter process is confusing.

Jim Wilkinson
Columbia, MD

On Saturday, February 23, 2019 at 1:45:06 PM UTC-5, Tim Carney wrote:
> Hi Jim,
>
> That's correct. The Great Backyard Bird Count occurs on the same weekend every year, but the eBird filters are set by specific dates. The filters are tightened over a range of dates during which the GBBC could occur. That way the eBird reviewers don't have to readjust the dates every year. (It's a long and tedious process.)
>
> Tim Carney
> Parkville, MD
>
> On Saturday, February 23, 2019 at 1:32:18 PM UTC-5, Jim Wilkinson wrote:
> > On Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at 5:03:22 PM UTC-5, Tim Carney wrote:
> > > Hi everyone,
> > >
> > > You might notice that Red-headed Woodpecker, American Tree Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, and Purple Finch are now flagged in areas where they weren't flagged a few days ago.
> > >
> > > That's because the Great Backyard Bird Count is this weekend. Many new birders are already participating. Participation will skyrocket this weekend. During past GBBCs, the eBird reviewers have found a high rate of mis-identifications for the species listed above. Many of the Red-headed Woodpeckers are actually Red-bellied Woodpeckers. Many of the White-crowned Sparrows are actually adult White-throated Sparrows. The American Tree Sparrows are... well, we've seen photos of quite a few different sparrow species listed as ATSP. Most of the Purple Finches are House Finches.
> > >
> > > These are easy mistakes that we all make. This is not meant to disparage anyone whatsoever! We're just flagging these birds to keep the data clean and encourage new birders to take a second look at their GBBC entries. It also encourages new birders to write descriptions and learn the finer points of Maryland bird ID.
> > >
> > > I often see comments in eBird checklists at this time of year like, "Why is this flagged?" "This is a common bird," etc. So that's why ;)
> > >
> > > Tim Carney
> > > MD eBird Review Team
> > > Parkville, MD
> >
> > I noticed that White-crowned Sparrow and American Tree Sparrow were still listed as "rare" when I submitted a checklist for northern Frederick county on February 22.
> >
> > Jim Wilkinson
> > Columbia, MD

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Date: 2/23/19 12:13 pm
From: Rick Borchelt <rborchelt...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Re: Red-necked Grebe Darnestown Ponds Lake Inspiration
Thanks for the updates, everyone. Showed very well for a relatively dry half hour at about 1:30 pm. Other birds along the lake included a very vocal Eastern phoebe.

> On Feb 23, 2019, at 2:24 PM, Ed Vigezzi <ed.vigezzi...> wrote:
>
>> On Saturday, February 23, 2019 at 10:24:23 AM UTC-5, Rick Borchelt wrote:
>> Would appreciate any updates on the Darnestown Ponds Red-necked Grebe, positive or negative.
>>
>>
>>
>> On Fri, Feb 22, 2019 at 7:18 PM Andy Martin <apma......> wrote:
>> On Friday, February 22, 2019 at 7:07:46 PM UTC-5, Andy Martin wrote:
>>
>>> On Friday, February 22, 2019 at 11:55:40 AM UTC-5, Orietta wrote:
>>
>>>> Residential side.
>>
>>>
>>
>>> Cool! thanks Orietta! Red-necked Grebe still at Inspiration Lake at 5:35 pm. I parked along Kent Oaks Way and walked very short distance to bike path around the lake. Also, 2 Lesser Scaup, 1 Ring-necked Duck, 10 Hooded Mergs and 5 or 6 Mallards.
>>
>>>
>>
>>> Adjacent Lake Nirvana held 3 male Redheads and 6-7 Hooded Mergs.
>>
>>>
>>
>>> Lake Placid empty while I was there with only a few Canada's foraging in grassy areas around the lake. Mont Co Liquor Warehouse pond held Ring-necked Ducks and Mallards and Lake Varnuna pretty much same...Hoodies, Ring-necked and Mallards.
>>
>>>
>>
>>> I did not check Lake Helene or Lynette.
>>
>>>
>>
>>> I have been birding these ponds since 2002 or so. New bird for me for this eBird hotspot, although Jim Green had one here back in 2014.
>>
>>>
>>
>>> Andy Martin
>>
>>> Gaithersburg
>>
>>
>>
>> Should clarify Lake Placid empty of ducks not H20! :)
>>
>>
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> Was there this morning when I was there from 9:30 - 10:30 am.
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Date: 2/23/19 11:56 am
From: Max Wilson <max.wilson...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Re: Red-necked Grebe Darnestown Ponds Lake Inspiration
Red-Necked Grebe is still at Inspiration Lake right now (2:55).

Max Wilson
Potomac, Montgomery

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Date: 2/23/19 11:24 am
From: Ed Vigezzi <ed.vigezzi...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Re: Red-necked Grebe Darnestown Ponds Lake Inspiration
On Saturday, February 23, 2019 at 10:24:23 AM UTC-5, Rick Borchelt wrote:
> Would appreciate any updates on the Darnestown Ponds Red-necked Grebe, positive or negative.  
>
>
>
> On Fri, Feb 22, 2019 at 7:18 PM Andy Martin <apma......> wrote:
> On Friday, February 22, 2019 at 7:07:46 PM UTC-5, Andy Martin wrote:
>
> > On Friday, February 22, 2019 at 11:55:40 AM UTC-5, Orietta wrote:
>
> > > Residential side.
>
> >
>
> > Cool! thanks Orietta! Red-necked Grebe still at Inspiration Lake at 5:35 pm. I parked along Kent Oaks Way and walked very short distance to bike path around the lake. Also, 2 Lesser Scaup, 1 Ring-necked Duck, 10 Hooded Mergs and 5 or 6 Mallards.
>
> >
>
> > Adjacent Lake Nirvana held 3 male Redheads and 6-7 Hooded Mergs.
>
> >
>
> > Lake Placid empty while I was there with only a few Canada's foraging in grassy areas around the lake. Mont Co Liquor Warehouse pond held Ring-necked Ducks and Mallards and Lake Varnuna pretty much same...Hoodies, Ring-necked and Mallards.
>
> >
>
> > I did not check Lake Helene or Lynette.
>
> >
>
> > I have been birding these ponds since 2002 or so. New bird for me for this eBird hotspot, although Jim Green had one here back in 2014.
>
> >
>
> > Andy Martin
>
> > Gaithersburg
>
>
>
> Should clarify Lake Placid empty of ducks not H20! :)
>
>
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Was there this morning when I was there from 9:30 - 10:30 am.

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Date: 2/23/19 10:45 am
From: Tim Carney <timmyc83...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: four "normal" species are now flagged in eBird
Hi Jim,

That's correct. The Great Backyard Bird Count occurs on the same weekend every year, but the eBird filters are set by specific dates. The filters are tightened over a range of dates during which the GBBC could occur. That way the eBird reviewers don't have to readjust the dates every year. (It's a long and tedious process.)

Tim Carney
Parkville, MD

On Saturday, February 23, 2019 at 1:32:18 PM UTC-5, Jim Wilkinson wrote:
> On Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at 5:03:22 PM UTC-5, Tim Carney wrote:
> > Hi everyone,
> >
> > You might notice that Red-headed Woodpecker, American Tree Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, and Purple Finch are now flagged in areas where they weren't flagged a few days ago.
> >
> > That's because the Great Backyard Bird Count is this weekend. Many new birders are already participating. Participation will skyrocket this weekend. During past GBBCs, the eBird reviewers have found a high rate of mis-identifications for the species listed above. Many of the Red-headed Woodpeckers are actually Red-bellied Woodpeckers. Many of the White-crowned Sparrows are actually adult White-throated Sparrows. The American Tree Sparrows are... well, we've seen photos of quite a few different sparrow species listed as ATSP. Most of the Purple Finches are House Finches.
> >
> > These are easy mistakes that we all make. This is not meant to disparage anyone whatsoever! We're just flagging these birds to keep the data clean and encourage new birders to take a second look at their GBBC entries. It also encourages new birders to write descriptions and learn the finer points of Maryland bird ID.
> >
> > I often see comments in eBird checklists at this time of year like, "Why is this flagged?" "This is a common bird," etc. So that's why ;)
> >
> > Tim Carney
> > MD eBird Review Team
> > Parkville, MD
>
> I noticed that White-crowned Sparrow and American Tree Sparrow were still listed as "rare" when I submitted a checklist for northern Frederick county on February 22.
>
> Jim Wilkinson
> Columbia, MD

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Date: 2/23/19 10:32 am
From: Jim Wilkinson <lakekoshare...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: four "normal" species are now flagged in eBird
On Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at 5:03:22 PM UTC-5, Tim Carney wrote:
> Hi everyone,
>
> You might notice that Red-headed Woodpecker, American Tree Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, and Purple Finch are now flagged in areas where they weren't flagged a few days ago.
>
> That's because the Great Backyard Bird Count is this weekend. Many new birders are already participating. Participation will skyrocket this weekend. During past GBBCs, the eBird reviewers have found a high rate of mis-identifications for the species listed above. Many of the Red-headed Woodpeckers are actually Red-bellied Woodpeckers. Many of the White-crowned Sparrows are actually adult White-throated Sparrows. The American Tree Sparrows are... well, we've seen photos of quite a few different sparrow species listed as ATSP. Most of the Purple Finches are House Finches.
>
> These are easy mistakes that we all make. This is not meant to disparage anyone whatsoever! We're just flagging these birds to keep the data clean and encourage new birders to take a second look at their GBBC entries. It also encourages new birders to write descriptions and learn the finer points of Maryland bird ID.
>
> I often see comments in eBird checklists at this time of year like, "Why is this flagged?" "This is a common bird," etc. So that's why ;)
>
> Tim Carney
> MD eBird Review Team
> Parkville, MD

I noticed that White-crowned Sparrow and American Tree Sparrow were still listed as "rare" when I submitted a checklist for northern Frederick county on February 22.

Jim Wilkinson
Columbia, MD

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Date: 2/23/19 8:54 am
From: Steve Brynes <sbrynes...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Red-necked Grebe Darnestown Ponds Lake Inspiration
On Friday, February 22, 2019 at 11:55:40 AM UTC-5, Orietta wrote:
> Residential side.

The Red-necked Grebe was observed ~10 am at Lake Inspiration. It started raining curtailing ops to get a better photo.

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Date: 2/23/19 7:52 am
From: john pangborn <pangborn.john19...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Black Hill RP
Black Hill RP--Little Seneca Lake, Rte.121
Feb 23, 2019
6:54 AM
Traveling
0.29 miles
24 minutes
All birds reported? Yes
Comments:

243 Canada Goose
6 Bufflehead
13 Common Merganser
6 Pied-billed Grebe
1 Carolina Wren

Number of Taxa: 5

Black Hill Regional Park
Visitor center
Feb 23, 2019
8:00 AM
Traveling
0.20 miles
40 minutes
All birds reported? Yes
Comments:

2 American Black Duck
2 Ring-necked Duck
19 Common Merganser
3 Ring-billed Gull
3 Mourning Dove
3 Dark-eyed Junco (Slate

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Date: 2/23/19 7:48 am
From: Derek C. Richardson <dcr...>
Subject: [MDBirding] new feeder bird (West Laurel PG County)

A pair of Fish Crows came to our feeders this morning and tried out the
peanut butter! The "uh-uh" call caught my attention and then they flew
in. They definitely had a smaller, "cuter" impression than the American
Crows that occasionally also come down for the peanut butter. Pretty
cool! Normally Fish Crows around here always seem to be fly-overs. No
sign of ravens recently (we're near the T. Howard Duckett dam, where
they've nested previously).

Otherwise the usual suspects, including the Red-breasted Nuthatch pair.

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Date: 2/23/19 7:24 am
From: Rick Borchelt <rborchelt...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Re: Red-necked Grebe Darnestown Ponds Lake Inspiration
Would appreciate any updates on the Darnestown Ponds Red-necked Grebe,
positive or negative.

On Fri, Feb 22, 2019 at 7:18 PM Andy Martin <apmartin2...> wrote:

> On Friday, February 22, 2019 at 7:07:46 PM UTC-5, Andy Martin wrote:
> > On Friday, February 22, 2019 at 11:55:40 AM UTC-5, Orietta wrote:
> > > Residential side.
> >
> > Cool! thanks Orietta! Red-necked Grebe still at Inspiration Lake at 5:35
> pm. I parked along Kent Oaks Way and walked very short distance to bike
> path around the lake. Also, 2 Lesser Scaup, 1 Ring-necked Duck, 10 Hooded
> Mergs and 5 or 6 Mallards.
> >
> > Adjacent Lake Nirvana held 3 male Redheads and 6-7 Hooded Mergs.
> >
> > Lake Placid empty while I was there with only a few Canada's foraging in
> grassy areas around the lake. Mont Co Liquor Warehouse pond held
> Ring-necked Ducks and Mallards and Lake Varnuna pretty much same...Hoodies,
> Ring-necked and Mallards.
> >
> > I did not check Lake Helene or Lynette.
> >
> > I have been birding these ponds since 2002 or so. New bird for me for
> this eBird hotspot, although Jim Green had one here back in 2014.
> >
> > Andy Martin
> > Gaithersburg
>
> Should clarify Lake Placid empty of ducks not H20! :)
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Date: 2/23/19 6:55 am
From: Marcia Watson <marshwren50...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Glaucous Gull Ocean City
Resting on piling behind Oceanic Motel. Viewable from Sunset Park.

Marcia
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Bowie, Maryland
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Date: 2/23/19 6:27 am
From: Dave Roberts <ddroberts50...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Evening grosbeaks at Riley's lock
2 Females continuing at the previous location
Dave Roberts
Bethesda

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Date: 2/22/19 4:18 pm
From: Andy Martin <apmartin2...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Red-necked Grebe Darnestown Ponds Lake Inspiration
On Friday, February 22, 2019 at 7:07:46 PM UTC-5, Andy Martin wrote:
> On Friday, February 22, 2019 at 11:55:40 AM UTC-5, Orietta wrote:
> > Residential side.
>
> Cool! thanks Orietta! Red-necked Grebe still at Inspiration Lake at 5:35 pm. I parked along Kent Oaks Way and walked very short distance to bike path around the lake. Also, 2 Lesser Scaup, 1 Ring-necked Duck, 10 Hooded Mergs and 5 or 6 Mallards.
>
> Adjacent Lake Nirvana held 3 male Redheads and 6-7 Hooded Mergs.
>
> Lake Placid empty while I was there with only a few Canada's foraging in grassy areas around the lake. Mont Co Liquor Warehouse pond held Ring-necked Ducks and Mallards and Lake Varnuna pretty much same...Hoodies, Ring-necked and Mallards.
>
> I did not check Lake Helene or Lynette.
>
> I have been birding these ponds since 2002 or so. New bird for me for this eBird hotspot, although Jim Green had one here back in 2014.
>
> Andy Martin
> Gaithersburg

Should clarify Lake Placid empty of ducks not H20! :)

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Date: 2/22/19 4:07 pm
From: Andy Martin <apmartin2...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Red-necked Grebe Darnestown Ponds Lake Inspiration
On Friday, February 22, 2019 at 11:55:40 AM UTC-5, Orietta wrote:
> Residential side.

Cool! thanks Orietta! Red-necked Grebe still at Inspiration Lake at 5:35 pm. I parked along Kent Oaks Way and walked very short distance to bike path around the lake. Also, 2 Lesser Scaup, 1 Ring-necked Duck, 10 Hooded Mergs and 5 or 6 Mallards.

Adjacent Lake Nirvana held 3 male Redheads and 6-7 Hooded Mergs.

Lake Placid empty while I was there with only a few Canada's foraging in grassy areas around the lake. Mont Co Liquor Warehouse pond held Ring-necked Ducks and Mallards and Lake Varnuna pretty much same...Hoodies, Ring-necked and Mallards.

I did not check Lake Helene or Lynette.

I have been birding these ponds since 2002 or so. New bird for me for this eBird hotspot, although Jim Green had one here back in 2014.

Andy Martin
Gaithersburg

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Date: 2/22/19 8:55 am
From: Orietta <orietta.candela...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Red-necked Grebe Darnestown Ponds Lake Inspiration
Residential side.

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Date: 2/22/19 7:17 am
From: Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4...>
Subject: [MDBirding] OC Glaucous yes
Currently snoozing on pier behind Oceanic Hotel. My thanks to Marcia for
alerting me.
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Ellicott City, Howard County
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