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6/22/17 2:13 pm Karen Caruso <karen.caruso...> [MDBirding] JBWS Ongoing Bird Survey - 47 species including Least Bittern, Cedar Waxwing, Great Egret
6/22/17 11:25 am Tim Carney <timmyc83...> [MDBirding] Swan Creek 6/22/2017
6/22/17 6:51 am JimC <jimcancil...> [MDBirding] Re: Blue Bunting ...singing its heart out.
6/22/17 6:38 am Rick Borchelt <rborchelt...> Re: [MDBirding] Blue Bunting ...singing its heart out.
6/22/17 6:01 am Clayton Koonce <cg.koonce...> [MDBirding] Re: OT (with permission): Canon SX50 Photo Editing Software
6/21/17 1:48 pm Warblerick <ricksussman1955...> [MDBirding] Re: Carroll County Dickcissel
6/21/17 8:59 am Jim Green <jkgbirdman53...> [MDBirding] Carroll County Dickcissel
6/20/17 8:25 am Carol Daugherty <cdaughertycpa...> [MDBirding] Re: Baltimore Oriole flock at Wheaton
6/19/17 1:24 pm JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> Re: [MDBirding] [FR] Yard hummer doldrums and Summer doldrums for Bike Ride Birds
6/19/17 8:32 am 'Joel Martin' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] OT (with permission): Canon SX50 Photo Editing Software
6/19/17 5:37 am 'Marian Argentino' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] [FR] Yard hummer doldrums and Summer doldrums for Bike Ride Birds
6/19/17 5:02 am 'Susan Hunt' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Baltimore Oriole flock at Wheaton
6/18/17 4:17 pm Steve Long <steve.long4...> Re: [MDBirding] [FR] Yard hummer doldrums and Summer doldrums for Bike Ride Birds
6/18/17 2:45 pm JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> [MDBirding] [FR] Yard hummer doldrums and Summer doldrums for Bike Ride Birds
6/18/17 9:38 am Harry Armistead <harryarmistead...> [MDBirding] Ferry Neck, Blackwater & Hallwood NW Virginia atlas block, June 12-16, 2017.
6/18/17 8:52 am Janet Millenson <janet...> [MDBirding] Pennyfield Lock
6/18/17 7:43 am john pangborn <pangborn.john19...> [MDBirding] Blue Mash Nature Trail -- Jun 18, 2017
6/17/17 6:11 pm Dorothy Paugh <aldopaugh...> [MDBirding] Howard Co Dickcissels, Horned Larks
6/17/17 1:20 pm 'Bird couple' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] White-Faced Ibis YES
6/17/17 12:44 pm Fred Shaffer <glaucousgull...> [MDBirding] Seaside Sparrow at Eastern Neck NWR
6/16/17 4:34 pm jfstup <jfstup38...> [MDBirding] Kentucky's still at Little Bennett
6/16/17 10:32 am Kevin Graff <keyweststyle2001...> [MDBirding] Hart-Miller Island, 06/15/17
6/16/17 7:27 am Tim Carney <timmyc83...> [MDBirding] Masonville 6/15/2017
6/15/17 7:32 pm 'Jane Fallon' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Invitation: Celebration of the life and contributions of Chandler Robbins Friday, June 23, 3:00-7:30
6/15/17 11:16 am Tim Carney <timmyc83...> [MDBirding] Poplar Island 6/14/2017
6/15/17 9:28 am Pat Valdata <pvaldata1...> [MDBirding] White ibis urs
6/15/17 9:22 am Pat Valdata <pvaldata1...> [MDBirding] Mistyped subject line, white faced ibis
6/14/17 5:00 am Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4...> [MDBirding] WF Ibis Continues Green Dumpster Rd
6/13/17 7:53 pm JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> [MDBirding] [FR] MD 17 Chimney Swift Roost - DZN's
6/13/17 12:25 pm Lydia Schindler <lydia13621...> [MDBirding] Fwd: DC Area, 6/13/2017
6/13/17 10:47 am Jim Felley <jdfelley...> [MDBirding] Tidal Basin birds and snakeheads!
6/13/17 6:31 am Clayton Koonce <cg.koonce...> [MDBirding] Ring-necked Duck on Lake Kittamaqundi
6/13/17 4:28 am Joe Hanfman <auk1844...> [MDBirding] White-faced Ibis - Somerset
6/12/17 11:13 am Phil Davis <pdavis...> Re: [MDBirding] Melodious Laughing-Thrush in Silver Spring, MD (URL)
6/12/17 10:57 am Phil Davis <pdavis...> [MDBirding] Melodious Laughing-Thrush in Silver Spring, MD (long)
6/11/17 5:51 pm Scott Baron <baron.scott...> [MDBirding] Western Montgomery Co.; June 11
6/10/17 4:11 pm Warblerick <ricksussman1955...> [MDBirding] BBS Route Jessup (incl. Patuxent North Tract) 6/4
6/10/17 3:15 pm Derek C. Richardson <dcr...> [MDBirding] BBS Route Jessup (incl. Patuxent North Tract) 6/4
6/10/17 1:45 pm Bob Solem <odenata...> [MDBirding] HOWARD COUNTY BIRD CLUB LEASES GLASSLAND FOR NESTING BIRDS
6/10/17 7:34 am Derek C. Richardson <dcr...> [MDBirding] White-throated Sparrow continues
6/10/17 7:03 am Anna Urciolo <urcioloa...> [MDBirding] Summer Tanager
6/9/17 1:37 pm JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> Re: [MDBirding] Re: A round of applause to Jim Green for his discovery of the Dickcissel on Underwood Rd.
6/9/17 6:24 am Jim Green <jkgbirdman53...> [MDBirding] Washington County Black Bear
6/9/17 5:22 am Wendy Crowe <crowe...> [MDBirding] Re: A round of applause to Jim Green for his discovery of the Dickcissel on Underwood Rd.
6/8/17 12:31 pm Tim Carney <timmyc83...> [MDBirding] Re: A round of applause to Jim Green for his discovery of the Dickcissel on Underwood Rd.
6/8/17 12:30 pm Tim Carney <timmyc83...> [MDBirding] Swan Creek 6/8/2017
6/8/17 12:03 pm Tim Houghton <timhoughton...> [MDBirding] Breeding 2017 Cerulean Warblers in Patapsco Valley
6/8/17 11:52 am David Fleischmann <david...> RE: [MDBirding] A round of applause to Jim Green for his discovery of the Dickcissel on Underwood Rd.
6/8/17 11:31 am Marcia Watson <marshwren50...> Re: [MDBirding] A round of applause to Jim Green for his discovery of the Dickcissel on Underwood Rd.
6/8/17 11:10 am Anthony V. <tonyvanschoor...> [MDBirding] A round of applause to Jim Green for his discovery of the Dickcissel on Underwood Rd.
6/8/17 10:44 am Karen Caruso <karen.caruso...> [MDBirding] Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary: Ongoing Bird Survey June 8, 2017
6/7/17 6:51 pm Steve Johnson <stevejohnson2...> Re: [MDBirding] Cicadas
6/7/17 4:00 pm Mary Zastrow <mzastrowrockwren...> [MDBirding] Cliff Swallow colony on ICC bridge!
6/7/17 10:58 am JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> Re: [MDBirding] Cicadas
6/7/17 8:15 am Steve Long <steve.long4...> Re: [MDBirding] grackles and bird baths and fecal sacs
6/7/17 8:12 am Harry Armistead <harryarmistead...> [MDBirding] Cicadas and landbird migrants: negatory.
6/7/17 4:50 am Guineabird via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] Pollinator Habitat Bill Becomes Law
6/7/17 4:20 am Jim Brighton <jimbrighton3...> [MDBirding] Dickcissel Dorchester County 6/6/17
6/7/17 3:57 am Jim Nelson <kingfishers2...> [MDBirding] Cicadas silent in Bethesda, Mont. Co.
6/6/17 8:48 pm SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...> [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Tuesday, June 5, 2017 5 Raptors
6/6/17 8:46 pm SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...> [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Sunday, June 4, 2017 23 Raptors
6/6/17 7:59 pm 'diane Ford' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Miss Kilte-No
6/6/17 6:52 pm Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...> Re: [MDBirding] Cicadas
6/6/17 6:33 pm Marcia Watson <marshwren50...> Re: [MDBirding] Cicadas
6/6/17 4:35 pm Harry Armistead <harryarmistead...> [MDBirding] Tundra Swan, Egypt Road
6/6/17 4:25 pm Jim Nelson <kingfishers2...> Re: [MDBirding] Cicadas
6/6/17 4:23 pm Lydia Schindler <lydia13621...> [MDBirding] Fwd: DC Area, 6/6/2017
6/6/17 3:34 pm Kurt Schwarz <krschwa1...> [MDBirding] Pollinator Habitat Bill Becomes Law
6/6/17 3:29 pm marian rutigliano <mcrutig...> [MDBirding] Cicadas
6/6/17 2:55 pm Thomas Stock <altomomatic...> Re: [MDBirding] Cicadas
6/6/17 1:42 pm J Campbell <pjcampbell56...> Re: [MDBirding] Mississippi Kites, Columbia Md-Anyone looking?
6/6/17 1:35 pm Warblerick <ricksussman1955...> Re: [MDBirding] Mississippi Kites, Columbia Md-Anyone looking?
6/6/17 11:09 am Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4...> Re: [MDBirding] Cicadas
6/6/17 10:41 am Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...> [MDBirding] Cicadas
6/6/17 10:21 am Warblerick <ricksussman1955...> Re: [MDBirding] Mississippi Kites, Columbia Md-Anyone looking?
6/6/17 9:39 am Patricia Wood <pwood...> Re: [MDBirding] Mississippi Kites, Columbia Md-Anyone looking?
6/6/17 8:32 am <keyweststyle2001...> [MDBirding] Bay breasted Warbler
6/6/17 6:32 am Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4...> Re: [MDBirding] Mississippi Kites, Columbia Md-Anyone looking?
6/5/17 8:05 pm Mary Erickson <mary...> Re: [MDBirding] Mississippi Kites, Columbia Md-Anyone looking?
6/5/17 8:02 pm 'diane Ford' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Mississippi Kites, Columbia Md-Anyone looking?
6/5/17 6:04 pm john pangborn <pangborn.john19...> [MDBirding] Lois Y. Green Conservation Park -- Jun 05, 2017
6/5/17 3:39 pm jugbayjs <jugbayjs...> [MDBirding] If you see a boat or person at Skimmer Island (OC)
6/5/17 3:38 pm Steve Long <steve.long4...> Re: [MDBirding] grackles and bird baths and fecal sacs
6/5/17 11:32 am Joe Hanfman <auk1844...> [MDBirding] Mississippi Kites
6/5/17 10:44 am Anthony VanSchoor <tonyvanschoor...> Re: [MDBirding] Mississippi Kite at Lake Elkhorn in Columbia @ 11:52am
6/5/17 9:03 am Harry Armistead <harryarmistead...> [MDBirding] Ferry Neck, Hurlock, Blackwater, May 27 - June 3, 2017. kleptoparasitism query.
6/5/17 6:05 am Jim Felley <jdfelley...> [MDBirding] Re: grackles and bird baths and fecal sacs
6/4/17 8:41 pm JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> Re: [MDBirding] grackles and bird baths and fecal sacs
6/4/17 5:00 pm Anthony VanSchoor <tonyvanschoor...> Re: [MDBirding] Mississippi Kite at Lake Elkhorn in Columbia @ 11:52am
6/4/17 4:55 pm Rhamiltonimprovements via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Re: Owl moves in before construction completed
6/4/17 3:12 pm Kojo Baidoo <baidookojo6...> [MDBirding] Re: White-throated Sparrow continues
6/4/17 12:54 pm Robin Hessey <rmhesseybird...> [MDBirding] Common Loon on Lake Elkhorn
6/4/17 11:41 am Derek C. Richardson <dcr...> [MDBirding] White-throated Sparrow continues
6/4/17 10:54 am jugbayjs <jugbayjs...> [MDBirding] Scissor-tailed Flycatcher - Anne Arundel
6/4/17 10:53 am 'jovet' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] Scissor-tailed Flycatcher - Anne Arundel
6/4/17 10:23 am Marcia Watson <marshwren50...> [MDBirding] Scissor-tailed Flycatcher - Anne Arundel
6/4/17 5:33 am <keyweststyle2001...> [MDBirding] Possible King Rail, Black Marsh
6/4/17 4:19 am James Wilson <birdmanjfw...> [MDBirding] grackles and bird baths and fecal sacs
6/3/17 7:53 pm Jim Nelson <kingfishers2...> Re: [MDBirding] Poop Identification?
6/3/17 7:51 pm Anthony VanSchoor <tonyvanschoor...> Re: [MDBirding] Mississippi Kite at Lake Elkhorn in Columbia @ 11:52am
6/3/17 2:43 pm Steve Long <steve.long4...> [MDBirding] Poop Identification?
6/3/17 7:11 am Lydia Schindler <lydia13621...> [MDBirding] Pennyfield Rd Closed 6/5-6/7
6/3/17 5:46 am Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4...> [MDBirding] HowCo Dickcissel addendum
6/2/17 9:06 pm SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...> [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Friday, June 7, 2017 28 Raptors
6/2/17 3:34 pm Tim Carney <timmyc83...> [MDBirding] eBird Review
6/2/17 9:13 am Barbara Johnson <barbarajohnson222...> [MDBirding] Invitation: Celebration of the life and contributions of Chandler Robbins Friday, June 23, 3:00-7:30
6/2/17 8:22 am Frank Marenghi <frank_marenghi...> [MDBirding] Re: Mississippi Kite at Lake Elkhorn in Columbia @ 11:52am
6/2/17 8:10 am Kevin Graff <keyweststyle2001...> [MDBirding] Hart-Miller Island, 05/31/17
6/2/17 7:54 am Marcia Watson <marshwren50...> Re: [MDBirding] Hummers at last
6/2/17 6:49 am Steve Long <steve.long4...> Re: [MDBirding] Hummers at last
6/2/17 6:20 am SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...> [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Thursday, June 1, 2017 17 Raptors
6/2/17 5:01 am Ted on Little Round Bay <akbar...> [MDBirding] Just found last year's Balto. Oriole nest on the ground. Does anyone study these things?
6/1/17 6:01 pm Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4...> [MDBirding] Howard County Dickcissels
6/1/17 9:21 am Jim Green <jkgbirdman53...> Re: [MDBirding] Alder Flycatcher in Harford
6/1/17 8:51 am JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> Re: [MDBirding] Hummers at last
6/1/17 8:40 am Pat Valdata <pvaldata1...> [MDBirding] Hummers at last
6/1/17 7:37 am Janet Millenson <janet...> Re: [MDBirding] Hawk question
6/1/17 7:06 am Janet Millenson <janet...> [MDBirding] Hawk question
5/31/17 8:12 pm SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...> [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Wednesday, May 31, 2017 18 Raptors
5/31/17 1:13 pm Dorothy Paugh <aldopaugh...> Re: [MDBirding] This morning on the Mall
5/31/17 1:07 pm Patricia Wood <pwood...> [MDBirding] Re: Miss. Kite flew over Lake Artemesia just now (Mont. Co.)
5/31/17 12:22 pm Rick Borchelt <rborchelt...> Re: [MDBirding] Miss. Kite flew over Lake Artemesia just now (Mont. Co.)
5/31/17 12:03 pm Patricia Wood <pwood...> [MDBirding] Miss. Kite flew over Lake Artemesia just now (Mont. Co.)
5/31/17 10:39 am Matt Hafner <hafner.matt...> [MDBirding] Alder Flycatcher in Harford
5/31/17 8:32 am john pangborn <pangborn.john19...> [MDBirding] Blue Mash Nature Trail May 31, 2017
5/31/17 8:27 am john pangborn <pangborn.john19...> [MDBirding] Blue Mash Nature Trail -- May 31, 2017
5/31/17 7:13 am Jim Felley <jdfelley...> [MDBirding] This morning on the Mall
5/31/17 6:45 am Wallace Kornack <wallace...> [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, 5/31/17
5/30/17 9:58 am Lydia Schindler <lydia13621...> [MDBirding] Fwd: DC Area, 5/23/2017
5/30/17 9:05 am Gerry Hawkins <maineusa...> [MDBirding] Voice of the Naturalist, Greater DC area, May23-29, 2017
5/30/17 7:23 am Wallace Kornack <wallace...> [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Tuesday 5/30/17
5/30/17 6:49 am SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...> [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Monday, Ma y 29, 2017 8 Raptors
5/29/17 8:31 pm JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> [MDBirding] [FR] Best Bike Ride Bird and Lepidopteras today
5/29/17 8:12 pm Hugh David Fleischmann <david...> [MDBirding] Great Holiday Birding
5/29/17 6:10 pm Rick Borchelt <rborchelt...> Re: [MDBirding] What's eating Periodical Cicadas?
5/29/17 5:22 pm Denise Ryan <screechowl...> Re: [MDBirding] What's eating Periodical Cicadas?
5/29/17 4:23 pm john pangborn <pangborn.john19...> [MDBirding] Swallow tail kite
5/29/17 2:57 pm Mark Johnson <mj3151...> [MDBirding] Red-necked Phalarope-Swan Harbor (Harford Co.)
5/29/17 11:06 am Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...> Re: [MDBirding] Re: swallow tail kite at blue mash
5/29/17 10:39 am C. Hogue <cheryl.hogue...> [MDBirding] Re: swallow tail kite at blue mash
5/29/17 9:47 am 'Clive Harris' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] Re: swallow tail kite at blue mash
5/29/17 9:38 am Josh Emm <apistopanchax...> [MDBirding] Trumpeter Swan at Swan Harbor Farm in Harford
5/29/17 9:31 am Tim Houghton <timhoughton...> Re: [MDBirding] Thrush at double rock parj
5/29/17 9:31 am Warblerick <ricksussman1955...> [MDBirding] Re: Mississippi Kite at Lake Elkhorn in Columbia @ 11:52am
5/29/17 9:03 am SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...> [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Sunday, May 28, 2017 2 Raptors
5/29/17 9:02 am Warblerick <ricksussman1955...> [MDBirding] Re: Mississippi Kite at Lake Elkhorn in Columbia @ 11:52am
5/29/17 9:02 am Anthony V. <tonyvanschoor...> [MDBirding] Re: Mississippi Kite at Lake Elkhorn in Columbia @ 11:52am
5/29/17 9:00 am Anthony V. <tonyvanschoor...> [MDBirding] Mississippi Kite at Lake Elkhorn in Columbia @ 11:52am
5/29/17 8:46 am Scott Young <wsyacy...> [MDBirding] Re: swallow tail kite at blue mash
5/29/17 8:41 am Warblerick <ricksussman1955...> [MDBirding] Re: Kite still here Montgomery
5/29/17 8:37 am Warblerick <ricksussman1955...> [MDBirding] Another new yard bird
5/29/17 8:28 am Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4...> [MDBirding] Swallow-tailed Kite blue mash
5/29/17 8:09 am dma3 via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Kite still here Montgomery
5/29/17 8:09 am Scott Young <wsyacy...> [MDBirding] Re: swallow tail kite at blue mash
5/29/17 7:51 am john pangborn <pangborn.john19...> [MDBirding] Blue Mash Nature Trail -- May 29, 2017
5/29/17 7:17 am john pangborn <pangborn.john19...> [MDBirding] swallow tail kite at blue mash
5/29/17 6:25 am Scott Young <wsyacy...> [MDBirding] swallow tail kite at blue mash
5/29/17 5:54 am Wallace Kornack <wallace...> [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Monday 5/29/17
5/29/17 5:38 am Joe Wolf <birdingwolf55...> [MDBirding] Calvert Co clapper rail
5/29/17 5:31 am Joe Wolf <birdingwolf55...> [MDBirding] Shorebird, goose question
5/29/17 4:16 am Tim Houghton <timhoughton...> [MDBirding] Thrush at double rock parj
5/28/17 7:28 pm 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Common Eider at Pt. Lookout State Park, St. Mary's
5/28/17 4:07 pm Evelyn Ralston <evelynsralston...> Re: [MDBirding] What's eating Periodical Cicadas?
5/28/17 2:58 pm 'Elda Banks' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Yellow-billed Cuckcoo at Riley's Lock
5/28/17 1:17 pm Samuel Miller <srmiller2022...> Re: [MDBirding] Swanson's Thrush flight last night
5/28/17 12:47 pm 'Rod Burley' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] White-throated Sparrow continues
5/28/17 12:36 pm JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> Re: [MDBirding] White-throated Sparrow continues
5/28/17 12:20 pm pobrien776 via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Swanson's Thrush flight last night
5/28/17 11:24 am 'Rod Burley' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] White-throated Sparrow continues
5/28/17 11:23 am Derek C. Richardson <dcr...> [MDBirding] White-throated Sparrow continues
5/28/17 9:31 am Wallace Kornack <wallace...> [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Sunday 5/28/17
5/28/17 6:33 am Jerald Reb <jrebelboy...> Re: [MDBirding] Periodical Cicada Emergence Boundaries
5/28/17 5:49 am Mark Rositol <mrositol510...> [MDBirding] King Rail - Piscataway Park--Boardwalk
5/28/17 5:11 am Andy Smith <agsmith001...> Re: [MDBirding] Periodical Cicada Emergence Boundaries
5/28/17 4:29 am Guineabird via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] Periodical Cicada Emergence Boundaries
5/28/17 3:04 am James Wilson <birdmanjfw...> [MDBirding] Swainson's Thrush
5/27/17 4:27 pm Marcia Watson <marshwren50...> Re: [MDBirding] White-throated Sparrow
5/27/17 4:13 pm Marcia Watson <marshwren50...> Re: [MDBirding] What's eating Periodical Cicadas?
5/27/17 2:12 pm Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...> Re: [MDBirding] What's eating Periodical Cicadas?
5/27/17 2:03 pm Judi Durda <jdurda...> Re: [MDBirding] What's eating Periodical Cicadas?
5/27/17 1:59 pm Joan Cwi <jafjsc...> Re: [MDBirding] What's eating Periodical Cicadas?
5/27/17 1:53 pm Warblerick <ricksussman1955...> Re: [MDBirding] What's eating Periodical Cicadas?
5/27/17 1:14 pm 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] Periodical Cicada Emergence Boundaries
5/27/17 12:31 pm JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> [MDBirding] Periodical Cicada Emergence Boundaries
5/27/17 12:20 pm ClodvigII via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] What's eating Periodical Cicadas?
5/27/17 12:02 pm pobrien776 via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] What's eating Periodical Cicadas?
5/27/17 11:42 am 'Bill Hubick' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] What's eating Periodical Cicadas?
5/27/17 11:26 am Sarah Kirchen <sarahkirchendc...> Re: [MDBirding] What's eating Periodical Cicadas?
5/27/17 9:11 am David Fleischmann <david...> RE: [MDBirding] What's eating Periodical Cicadas?
5/27/17 9:00 am Wallace Kornack <wallace...> [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Saturday 5/27/17
5/27/17 8:51 am Warblerick <ricksussman1955...> [MDBirding] Productive morning in yard
5/27/17 8:40 am Steve Johnson <stevejohnson2...> [MDBirding] Re: What's eating Periodical Cicadas?
5/27/17 8:30 am Derek C. Richardson <dcr...> [MDBirding] White-throated Sparrow
5/27/17 7:51 am Edward Boyd <edboyd59...> Re: [MDBirding] What's eating Periodical Cicadas?
5/27/17 7:47 am Kevin Ebert <kev.ebert...> [MDBirding] Red-necked Phalarope
5/27/17 7:40 am Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4...> [MDBirding] Migrants Riley's Lock
5/27/17 7:24 am Derek C. Richardson <dcr...> [MDBirding] Rocky Gorge warblers
5/27/17 5:15 am Kye jenkins <kyebird54...> [MDBirding] Peat moss Rd whimbrel
5/26/17 9:20 pm SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...> [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Friday, May 26, 2017 52 Raptors
5/26/17 6:14 pm 'jovet' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] Bird ID help, please. Swans in flight and EAWP? Thanks
5/26/17 4:46 pm 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] Bird ID help, please. Swans in flight and EAWP? Thanks
5/26/17 4:45 pm 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] Bird ID help, please. Swans in flight and EAWP? Thanks
5/26/17 4:40 pm Mark Rositol <mrositol510...> [MDBirding] Re: What's eating Periodical Cicadas?
5/26/17 2:57 pm marian rutigliano <mcrutig...> [MDBirding] What's eating Periodical Cicadas?
5/26/17 2:56 pm marian rutigliano <mcrutig...> [MDBirding] What's eating Periodical Cicadas?
5/26/17 12:54 pm Tony Futcher <tonyfutcher1...> Re: [MDBirding] EAWP?
5/26/17 12:31 pm thbeal via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] EAWP?
5/26/17 12:20 pm 'jovet' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] Bird ID help, please. Swans in flight and EAWP? Thanks
5/26/17 11:57 am 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] Bethesda, MD help with ID
5/26/17 11:47 am Paul Lall <paul.lall...> Re: [MDBirding] Bethesda, MD help with ID
5/26/17 10:06 am Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...> [MDBirding] CORRECTION: Wheaton Regional Park today, May 26!
5/26/17 10:04 am Wallace Kornack <wallace...> [MDBirding] Re: Rock Creek Park, Friday 5/26/17
5/26/17 9:49 am Janet Millenson <janet...> Re: [MDBirding] What's eating Periodical Cicadas?
5/26/17 9:44 am Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...> [MDBirding] Wheaton Regional Park today, May 25
5/26/17 9:41 am Wallace Kornack <wallace...> [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Friday 5/26/17
5/26/17 9:40 am JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> [MDBirding] Re: EAWP?
5/26/17 9:08 am JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> [MDBirding] EAWP?
5/26/17 8:19 am Bobbi <b.reichwein...> [MDBirding] Re: What's eating Periodical Cicadas?
5/26/17 7:46 am john pangborn <pangborn.john19...> [MDBirding] Lois Y. Green Conservation Park -- May 26, 2017
5/26/17 6:01 am Ted on Little Round Bay <akbar...> [MDBirding] Bird ID help, please. Swans in flight and EAWP? Thanks
5/26/17 3:32 am 'Bill Hubick' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] What's eating Periodical Cicadas?
5/25/17 10:09 pm Pat Valdata <pvaldata1...> [MDBirding] Fwd: Re: [de-birds] conservation access pass
5/25/17 8:33 pm Mary Erickson <mary...> Re: [MDBirding] What's eating Periodical Cicadas?
5/25/17 8:33 pm Mary Erickson <mary...> Re: [MDBirding] What's eating Periodical Cicadas?
5/25/17 6:14 pm Mark Johnson <mj3151...> [MDBirding] Fw: MOWA
5/25/17 3:20 pm Jim Nelson <kingfishers2...> Re: [MDBirding] What's eating Periodical Cicadas?
5/25/17 2:47 pm Warblerick <ricksussman1955...> [MDBirding] OSFL in Woodine
5/25/17 2:28 pm Maryanne Dolan <maryanne.dolan...> Re: [MDBirding] What's eating Periodical Cicadas?
5/25/17 2:08 pm 'Bill Hubick' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] What's eating Periodical Cicadas?
5/25/17 11:45 am Kevin Graff <keyweststyle2001...> [MDBirding] Hart-Miller Island, 05/24/17
5/25/17 11:35 am Tim Carney <timmyc83...> [MDBirding] Poplar Island 5/24/2017
5/25/17 10:43 am Wallace Kornack <wallace...> Re: [MDBirding] Parabolic #2
5/25/17 9:25 am Karen Caruso <karen.caruso...> [MDBirding] JBWS Ongoing Bird Survey: 41 species - especially warblers and vireos
5/25/17 9:00 am JimC <jimcancil...> [MDBirding] Parabolic #2
5/25/17 8:48 am JimC <jimcancil...> [MDBirding] Parabolic microphone #1
5/25/17 6:12 am Bud Poole <budpoole343...> [MDBirding] Off -Topic Question
5/24/17 12:03 pm Janbraumuller <janbraumuller...> [MDBirding] Off -Topic Question
5/24/17 11:36 am Harry Armistead <harryarmistead...> [MDBirding] Blackwater, Ferry Neck, Hurlock, Delaware (bay shore), May 18-22, 2017.
5/24/17 9:42 am Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...> [MDBirding] Mourning Warbler @ Wheaton Regional Park today May 24
5/24/17 8:57 am Wallace Kornack <wallace...> [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Wednesday 5/24/17
5/24/17 8:55 am Paul Lall <paul.lall...> Re: [MDBirding] Bethesda, MD help with ID
5/24/17 8:35 am 'John Canoles' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] Bethesda, MD help with ID
5/24/17 8:34 am Paul Lall <paul.lall...> [MDBirding] Bethesda, MD help with ID
5/24/17 7:59 am john pangborn <pangborn.john19...> [MDBirding] Little Bennett RP--Kingsley Trail -- May 24, 2017
5/24/17 7:49 am Harry Armistead <harryarmistead...> [MDBirding] 100th Dorchester County May bird count, May 13, 2017.
5/23/17 9:52 pm Phil Davis <pdavis...> [MDBirding] Maryland waters pelagic trip cancelled
5/23/17 4:05 pm Kevin Graff <keyweststyle2001...> [MDBirding] Rail Trail & Paper Mill Flats
5/23/17 10:15 am Lydia Schindler <lydia13621...> [MDBirding] Fwd: DC Area, 5/23/2017
5/23/17 8:41 am Pete Givan <rocinrobin...> [MDBirding] Re: Allegany County RFI
5/23/17 7:02 am Wallace Kornack <wallace...> [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Tuesday 5/23/17
5/23/17 6:57 am Marcia Watson <marshwren50...> Re: [MDBirding] Hart-Miller Bus Trip - Seats Available
5/23/17 5:57 am Martha Morris <mmorris5301...> Re: [MDBirding] Swainsons Thrush in Wheaton
5/23/17 3:56 am <keyweststyle2001...> [MDBirding] Raven near Inner Harbor
 
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Date: 6/22/17 2:13 pm
From: Karen Caruso <karen.caruso...>
Subject: [MDBirding] JBWS Ongoing Bird Survey - 47 species including Least Bittern, Cedar Waxwing, Great Egret
Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary, Anne Arundel, Maryland, US
Jun 22, 2017 7:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.5 mile(s)
Comments: Ongoing Bird Survey
47 species

Canada Goose 3
Wood Duck 6
Mallard 1
Double-crested Cormorant 1
Least Bittern 2
Great Blue Heron 7
Great Egret 1
Black Vulture 1
Turkey Vulture 2
Osprey 28
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 18
Mourning Dove 5
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1
Downy Woodpecker 2
Eastern Wood-Pewee 4
Acadian Flycatcher 1
Eastern Phoebe 3
Eastern Kingbird 3
Yellow-throated Vireo 1
Red-eyed Vireo 3
Blue Jay 1
Purple Martin 2
Tree Swallow 12
Barn Swallow 3
Carolina Chickadee 3
Tufted Titmouse 1
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
Carolina Wren 3
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 5
Eastern Bluebird 1
American Robin 15
Brown Thrasher 1
European Starling 37
Cedar Waxwing 7
Prothonotary Warbler 1
Common Yellowthroat 3
Northern Parula 1
Yellow-throated Warbler 1
Chipping Sparrow 2
Eastern Towhee 1
Northern Cardinal 4
Indigo Bunting 4
Red-winged Blackbird 13
Common Grackle 8
Brown-headed Cowbird 4
Orchard Oriole 2
American Goldfinch 1


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Date: 6/22/17 11:25 am
From: Tim Carney <timmyc83...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Swan Creek 6/22/2017
Highlights from today's census:

Wetlands/river
Wood Duck 6
Pied-billed Grebe 1

Woods/entrance road
White-breasted Nuthatch 1 (uncommon here)
Common Raven 1
Chipping Sparrow 1 (uncommon here)
Baltimore Oriole 1 (uncommon here)

DMCF
Wood Duck 1

Restricted areas
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
Yellow-breasted Chat 1

The flies were very aggressive in the woods, and will likely persist through July. Wear bug spray if you visit!

eBird checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37738686

Tim Carney
Nottingham, MD

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

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Date: 6/22/17 6:51 am
From: JimC <jimcancil...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Blue Bunting ...singing its heart out.
On Thursday, June 22, 2017 at 9:26:50 AM UTC-4, JimC wrote:
> The local electric company put up a new wire and he took advantage. Evening light, so there's not much color. (no audio this time)
>
> Jim
> W of Salisbury 12mi

Rick... I bet you're 100% correct. I'm pretty sure that what my wife said last night now that you mention ...but that was a long time ago for my old brain. Cheers/thanks. Jim

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Date: 6/22/17 6:38 am
From: Rick Borchelt <rborchelt...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Blue Bunting ...singing its heart out.
I don't think this is Blue Bunting.

http://www.audubon.org/field-guide/bird/blue-bunting

Indigo maybe.


> On Jun 22, 2017, at 9:26 AM, JimC <jimcancil...> wrote:
>
> The local electric company put up a new wire and he took advantage. Evening light, so there's not much color. (no audio this time)
>
> Jim
> W of Salisbury 12mi
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Date: 6/22/17 6:01 am
From: Clayton Koonce <cg.koonce...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: OT (with permission): Canon SX50 Photo Editing Software
On Monday, June 19, 2017 at 11:32:38 AM UTC-4, Joel Martin wrote:
> Like many of you on this list, I use a Canon SX50 in the field. When I bought the camera in 2013, the included software package was compatible with Windows 8/XP/Vista. Now that I've (finally) upgraded to a Windows 10 machine the software will no longer load. Has anyone else dealt with this issue, and can you recommend a solution? I went to the Canon website but couldn't find a Windows 10 compatible version. I may have to upgrade to a higher level editing program, but I'd rather not have to deal with that in the short term. Thanks for any advice.
>
> Joel Martin
> Catonsville MD
>
> Sent from my iPad

I'm interested in seeing what others say for a solution or explanation, and I'll add details about my own camera/computer set-up. This is worrisome to me, because I assumed that one could hook any camera to any computer and upload. First, my main birding camera is the Canon SX60, the upgrade of the SX50 and bought in early 2015. I upload from it to a Windows 10 computer with a USB cable. Since my camera is newer, I guess compatibility with Windows 10 is not an issue, but let me add that I occasionally upload photos from a 2011 subcompact Canon PowerShot ELPH 100 HS and a 2005 Canon PowerShot S2 IS also through the USB without any problems.

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Date: 6/21/17 1:48 pm
From: Warblerick <ricksussman1955...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Carroll County Dickcissel
On Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at 11:59:38 AM UTC-4, Jim Green wrote:
> 1 singing male towards back of field at 4853 Piney Creek Rd.
>
> Jim Green
> Gaithersburg MD
>
> Sent from my iPhone

There seem to be more sightings than usual this season. Good find Jim.

Rick Sussman
Woodbine,MD

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Date: 6/21/17 8:59 am
From: Jim Green <jkgbirdman53...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Carroll County Dickcissel
1 singing male towards back of field at 4853 Piney Creek Rd.

Jim Green
Gaithersburg MD

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Date: 6/20/17 8:25 am
From: Carol Daugherty <cdaughertycpa...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Baltimore Oriole flock at Wheaton
On Monday, June 19, 2017 at 8:02:48 AM UTC-4, Susan Hunt wrote:
> Not expecting to see much this morning so I was pleased to see 5 orioles (2 adults with juveniles) foraging together near "the Ridge."
>
>
> Susan Hunt
>
> Wheaton
>
>
>
> Sent from my iPhone

Hi Susan -

This is my other email, so you will have both. I'm starting to check this one more often!

Nice to hear that you saw the orioles - where do you go at Wheaton, and what time? I'd love to meet up with you some morning!

Carol

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Date: 6/19/17 1:24 pm
From: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] [FR] Yard hummer doldrums and Summer doldrums for Bike Ride Birds
On 6/18/17, Steve Long <steve.long4...> wrote:
> We have also seem only mature male hummers so far this season.

My "complaint" registered somewhere and the result was a female at the
feeder a few moments ago...

1.5" of needed rain with no wind/hail issues here.

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

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Date: 6/19/17 8:32 am
From: 'Joel Martin' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] OT (with permission): Canon SX50 Photo Editing Software
Like many of you on this list, I use a Canon SX50 in the field. When I bought the camera in 2013, the included software package was compatible with Windows 8/XP/Vista. Now that I've (finally) upgraded to a Windows 10 machine the software will no longer load. Has anyone else dealt with this issue, and can you recommend a solution? I went to the Canon website but couldn't find a Windows 10 compatible version. I may have to upgrade to a higher level editing program, but I'd rather not have to deal with that in the short term. Thanks for any advice.

Joel Martin
Catonsville MD

Sent from my iPad

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Date: 6/19/17 5:37 am
From: 'Marian Argentino' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] [FR] Yard hummer doldrums and Summer doldrums for Bike Ride Birds
I was excited last week because I saw a couple males for a few days in a row. Then it stopped again. My usual wood thrushes arrived strangely. They came in stages where for at least the 14 years I've lived here they seemed to arrive all at once. And there still are not the numbers as in the past. But they seem much more vocal this year.

Marian Argentino.
Havre de Grace Sent from my iPhone

> On Jun 18, 2017, at 6:51 PM, Steve Long <steve.long4...> wrote:
>
> We have also seem only mature male hummers so far this season. At least in Maryland. On a visit to Allentown, we did see what appeared to be a female at a friend's feeder.
>
> Steve Long
> Oxford
>
> ----- Original Message ----- From: "JAMES SPEICHER" <jugornought...>
> To: <mdbirding...>
> Sent: Sunday, June 18, 2017 5:44 PM
> Subject: [MDBirding] [FR] Yard hummer doldrums and Summer doldrums for Bike Ride Birds
>
>
>> Only one instance of two hummers near the feeder all season and while
>> one was a male the other was seen too briefly to ID as to sex. STILL
>> no observed visits to the feeder by a female this season...
>>
>> Singers most often noted on bike rides are Tufted Tits, Cardinals,
>> Meadowlarks, Wood Thrushes, etc. with an occasional set-to by one of
>> Catoctin Creek's Kingfishers objecting to intrusions of their domain
>> by all comers. A persistent, calling Bald Eagle could not be located.
>>
>> Jim Speicher
>> BroadRun/Burkittsville area
>> [FR] Frederick County
>> WA Co. MOS member
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Date: 6/19/17 5:02 am
From: 'Susan Hunt' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Baltimore Oriole flock at Wheaton

Not expecting to see much this morning so I was pleased to see 5 orioles (2 adults with juveniles) foraging together near "the Ridge."
Susan Hunt
Wheaton

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Date: 6/18/17 4:17 pm
From: Steve Long <steve.long4...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] [FR] Yard hummer doldrums and Summer doldrums for Bike Ride Birds
We have also seem only mature male hummers so far this season. At least in
Maryland. On a visit to Allentown, we did see what appeared to be a female
at a friend's feeder.

Steve Long
Oxford

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Sent: Sunday, June 18, 2017 5:44 PM
Subject: [MDBirding] [FR] Yard hummer doldrums and Summer doldrums for Bike
Ride Birds


> Only one instance of two hummers near the feeder all season and while
> one was a male the other was seen too briefly to ID as to sex. STILL
> no observed visits to the feeder by a female this season...
>
> Singers most often noted on bike rides are Tufted Tits, Cardinals,
> Meadowlarks, Wood Thrushes, etc. with an occasional set-to by one of
> Catoctin Creek's Kingfishers objecting to intrusions of their domain
> by all comers. A persistent, calling Bald Eagle could not be located.
>
> Jim Speicher
> BroadRun/Burkittsville area
> [FR] Frederick County
> WA Co. MOS member
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Date: 6/18/17 2:45 pm
From: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...>
Subject: [MDBirding] [FR] Yard hummer doldrums and Summer doldrums for Bike Ride Birds
Only one instance of two hummers near the feeder all season and while
one was a male the other was seen too briefly to ID as to sex. STILL
no observed visits to the feeder by a female this season...

Singers most often noted on bike rides are Tufted Tits, Cardinals,
Meadowlarks, Wood Thrushes, etc. with an occasional set-to by one of
Catoctin Creek's Kingfishers objecting to intrusions of their domain
by all comers. A persistent, calling Bald Eagle could not be located.

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

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Date: 6/18/17 9:38 am
From: Harry Armistead <harryarmistead...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Ferry Neck, Blackwater & Hallwood NW Virginia atlas block, June 12-16, 2017.
FERRY NECK, BLACKWATER, EASTERN SHORE OF VIRGINIA (Hallwood NW atlas block), JUNE 12-16, 2017.


JUNE 12, MONDAY. Rigby’s Folly, Ferry Neck, Talbot County. Arrive 12:40 P.M., hot, 87-92, clear, SW5+, water clarity excellent, no rain in gauge since last visit. Carolina wren update: Having already nested, or tried to, this season in a folding director’s chair, then inside the clothes dryer vent, they are now established, with 4 eggs, inside a rectanguler, 4” X 4” opening at the base of our former osprey nesting platform, tilted on its side under the garage car port. An immature bald eagle flushes from Field 4, we suspect one of the 2 fledged from our nest.


gray squirrel 2 including “snowshoes” (has white paws and legs) and “half-redtail” (the distal portion of tail is reddish brown; Liz also see “halftail”), eastern cottontail 2. The yard chipping sparrow sometimes has a untypical long song, lasting 7 seconds. A great crested flycatcher flushes from the bluebird house up 15’ on the yard loblolly pine. The English ivy has withered on the black cherry by the dock after having been cut 2 weeks ago. Good.


JUNE 13, TUESDAY. RIGBY’S FOLLY: 1 each of cattle and snowy egrets. 23 common grackles on the yard lawns. northern watersnake 4, a good year for them so far. Liz sees a bald eagle and another cattle egret. One A-10 Warthog.


IN DORCHESTER COUNTY:


EGYPT ROAD, 91 degrees F., 12:30-1, a lazy drive, only stop twice: northern bobwhite 1, prothonotary warbler 1. bald eagle 1, blue grosbeak 1, orchard oriole 1, common yellowthroat 4, and indigo bunting 3 plus a tiger swallowtail and 5 painted turtles.


BLACKWATER N.W.R., 1-2:15, 91-92 degrees F. great egret 41, great blue heron 17, bald eagle 7, killdeer 1, orchard oriole 6, red-eyed vireo 1, eastern bluebird 6, osprey 10, pine warbler 2, eastern wood-pewee 1, great crested flycatcher 1, mallard 30, American white pelican 1, indigo bunting 3. NON-AVIAN TAXA: 1 deer, 2 painted turtles, 1 redbelly slider. Inside the porta-potty a female five-lined skink with a roach in its jaws.



PUGNACIOUS RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD on the observation platform: a male strikes the baseball cap on my head two times, often perches on the railing at close range, scolding. 91-92 degrees F. Most of the herons are in Pool 1 and Pool 5 that have been drained real low.


MIDDLETOWN BRANCH ROAD: 1 sika deer and a painted turtle basking on the road, that is rescued, with duck weed all over its carapace.


ON TO VIRGINIA:


VIRGINIA BREEDING BIRD ATLAS 2, Hallwood NW block, Accomack County. the north border is the MD-VA boundary, June 13-14. This is in extreme NW Eastern Shore, and includes such entities as Bulbegger Creek, Miona, Pitts Creek, Tunnels Mill, the non-existent, defunct, Sawyer Airport, Holland Road, and Neal Parker Road. The upper part of Pitts Creek has lovely deciduous bottomland forest as well as open, lush freshwater vegetation. There is extensive brackish marsh where Bulbegger Road crosses Bulbegger Creek, and semi-open, freshwater swamp where Tunnels Mill Road crosses Tunnels Mill Branch.


But most of the Hallwood NW block is unremarkable farmland and loblolly pine forest, although perhaps a third of the open fields are now firmly established solar farms, under construction last year, that are not that much less hospitable to birds than conventional cultivated fields, except for swallows cursing over the fields. At least the solar panels are back a ways from the roads with surrounding, low, fallow areas and they are higher and more widely-spaced than many solar panels at other places.


The west extremity of Pitts Creek, that which is within the block, merges onto low Loblolly Pine forest that abuts open tidal marsh, where I found the block’s first 3 brown-headed nuthatches June 13. And nearby the block’s first chuck-will’s-widows the same date. Best of all were two GRAY FOXES at close range at Dunns Swamp Road, in the headlights, 9:10 P.M., June 13, plus hundred of fireflies.


Other highlights, June 13, 5:20-9:20 P.M., 49 species: Canada goose 245, little blue heron 1 adult, glossy ibis 1, bald eagle 3 (incl. an adult tending to a nestling), Virginia rail 2, white-eyed vireo 4, starling 60, yellow-throated warbler 1, common grackle 300.


Most of these counts are surpassed, June 14, 6-11 A.M., 53 species, a much better time of day for singing, with wood duck 9 (incl. 2 young with a female), Virginia rail 1 (new location; unsolicited), laughing gull 250 (hawking dragonflies), yellow-billed cuckoo 3, pileated woodpecker 3, Acadian flycatcher 2, white-eyed vireo 7, red-eyed vireo 6, horned lark 2, bank swallow 1, Carolina wren 11, great crested flycatcher 6 (incl. 1 carrying food), ovenbird 5, worm-eating warbler 1, prothonotary warbler 5 (at 3 sites), yellow-breasted chat 3, field sparrow 1, grasshopper sparrow 1, blue grosbeak 11, indigo bunting 34, orchard oriole 9.


NON-AVIAN TAXA (best counts of the 2 days): deer 18, muskrat 2, gray squirrel 1, eastern cottontail 2, Virginia opossum 1 (d.o.r.), painted turtle 4, bullfrog 3, green tree frog 7, green frog 9, tiger swallowtail 1, variegated fritillary 1, cabbage white 6, unIDd sulphur 2.


On Tuesday evening 4 vehicles stop to ask if I need help, on Wednesday morning 2. So far, in these 2 years, these species have not been detected: great horned owl, king rail, northern bobwhite, house wren, clapper rail, song sparrow, swamp sparrow, seaside sparrow, and brown thrasher. Some of these species may not occur in this block. No blue jays yet this year. The species grand total for both years combined is 85. I doubt if it will get up to 100 by the end of efforts there in 2020.


Covering all of the paved, public roads in this block comprises 22.1 miles, including some unavoidable backtracking. Our Nissan Murano is quiet. Driving along at well-under 10 m.p.h. with the windows and sunroof open, I’m able to hear almost as much as if I stop or stand next to the car. However, I do make frequent stops, get out a lot, and do some nice walks, too. Taking 5 hours to cover these 22.1 miles in this manner I feel the block gets very well covered, except for some areas that can only be done by boat. Nice and slow.


JUNE 14, WEDNESDAY. POCOMOKE CITY at 5:40 A.M. 2 green herons and an adult bald eagle fly over the parking lot at the Holiday Inn Express.


RIGBY’S FOLLY: cedar waxwing 1, yellow-billed cuckoo 2. Liz hears a great horned owl twice. Our first-of-the-year fireflies.


FINICKY: One gray squirrel processing fallen mulberries next to the pumphouse. Holds them in its paws, spinning them frequently, nibbling each 20 or more times. At breakfast I’ll chew each of the 3 kinds of berries on my Fiber One a few times only, then swallow ‘em. I don’t know why squirrels’ eating habits are SO labor-intensive. Chickadees are just as much so, will take a single sunflower seed kernel, fly off with it, perch, put the kernel between their feet, then peck it 20-30 times.


JUNE 15, THURSDAY. RIGBY’S FOLLY. Liz sees a fledged Carolina chickadee begging its parent. One glossy ibis (one seen later, so possibly 2). Four sightings this year, unusual, often go 3-4 years between sightings, Poplar Island birds? (plus, George Armistead sees one on Sat., June 17). Seven cattle egrets follow the enormous disking machinery in Field 4. Later, after the disking, I count 80 common grackles in Field 7, 14 in Field 6, nothing in Field 5, and 7 American crows in Field 4. One adult bald eagle. A 7” skink on the front porch with a small bumblebee in its jaws.


JUNE 16, FRIDAY. Four wild turkeys in Field 4. Leave Rigby’s Folly 8:45. ROUTE 301, gray squirrel, 1 d.o.r. (never to scamper again) milepost 99, red fox, 1 d.o.r. milepost 111. pileated woodpecker 1, milepost 113.


Best to all. - Harry Armistead, Philadelphia.

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Date: 6/18/17 8:52 am
From: Janet Millenson <janet...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Pennyfield Lock
It felt like there were more bicyclists than birds along the towpath
this morning, where the air was still and steamy. Best sightings were
two Yellow-billed Cuckoos just beyond milepost 20, with two more cuckoos
heard further out.

At home, a rather nervous and fluttery Red-eyed Vireo has begun visiting
our little pond. Such a treat to see one close up!


Janet Millenson
Potomac, MD (Montgomery County)
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Date: 6/18/17 7:43 am
From: john pangborn <pangborn.john19...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Blue Mash Nature Trail -- Jun 18, 2017
Blue Mash Nature Trail
Jun 18, 2017
7:20 AM
Traveling
2.50 miles
151 minutes
All birds reported? Yes
Comments:

8 Mallard
1 Black Vulture
1 Turkey Vulture
2 Killdeer
5 Mourning Dove
3 Red-bellied Woodpecker
1 Willow Flycatcher
2 White-eyed Vireo
2 Blue Jay
3 American Crow
2 crow sp.
2 Tree Swallow
1 Barn Swallow
2 Carolina Chickadee
1 Tufted Titmouse
3 House Wren
8 Eastern Bluebird
2 Wood Thrush
6 Gray Catbird
4 Northern Mockingbird
18 European Starling
4 Cedar Waxwing
2 Ovenbird
1 Common Yellowthroat
1 Yellow-breasted Chat
4 Field Sparrow
2 Song Sparrow
2 Eastern Towhee
3 Scarlet Tanager
2 Northern Cardinal
1 Blue Grosbeak
5 Red-winged Blackbird
4 American Goldfinch

Number of Taxa: 33

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Date: 6/17/17 6:11 pm
From: Dorothy Paugh <aldopaugh...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Howard Co Dickcissels, Horned Larks
Allen and I finally got out to see the Howard Co. Dickcissels on Underwood Rd. as well as two horned larks, a blue grosbeak, a harrier and a rainbow.


Good birding!

Dorothy

Bowie, MD

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Date: 6/17/17 1:20 pm
From: 'Bird couple' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] White-Faced Ibis YES
Still on Green Dumpster Road at Deal Island WMA. Seen on left side of the road as you head in, roughly half way to the parking area.

This has been a nemesis state bird for many years. Thanks to all those who found and re-found it.

Warren Strobel
Annapolis

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Date: 6/17/17 12:44 pm
From: Fred Shaffer <glaucousgull...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Seaside Sparrow at Eastern Neck NWR
I had a fun morning at Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge kayaking part way around the island.  I went from Bogles Wharf to Cedar Point and back, exploring the various coves and marshy inlets along the way. Lots of birds were singing in the marsh.  I was hoping to go the entire way around the island, but after I passed Cedar Point near the southern tip, the wind was too strong coming off the bay and I decided to head back. The highlight was a singing Seaside Sparrow. The bird sang relentlessly for the entire time that I was present. It was in the marsh near Hail Point. The bird was fairly close to the edge of the marsh, but never came into the open.  It seemed to move around a little bit and was singing the entire 25 minutes that I was present. Other birds heard or seen included lots of Marsh Wren and Common Yellowthroats, a Yellow-throated Warbler (in the pines along Hail Creek), PIne Warblers (various locations) an 4 or 5 Least Terns at Bogles Wharf. Note: I believe Hail Point is probably only accessible by kayak or canoe. The location was well away from any roads or trails in a pretty extensive area of marsh.  I may go back in the coming weeks to try to get a photo of the sparrow, but I didn't have any luck today, perhaps due to the wind. Good birding,
Fred <ShafferGlaucousGull...>, Anne Arundel

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Date: 6/16/17 4:34 pm
From: jfstup <jfstup38...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Kentucky's still at Little Bennett
i heard chipping and singing today and saw probably the female doing the chipping sound. the dark on the top of it's head was more a gray than black. it was in the same area it was seen doing migration.

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Date: 6/16/17 10:32 am
From: Kevin Graff <keyweststyle2001...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Hart-Miller Island, 06/15/17
06/15/17 – 710am-3pm

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



WEATHER: MC/Fair, 71-83 degrees, E 3K- ESE 6K OBS: Kevin G, Bob R



Canada Goose – 268

Wood Duck – 21

*GADWALL – 2

American Black Duck – 14

Mallard – 108

*NORTHERN SHOVELER – 3

*NORTHERN PINTAIL – 1

*GREEN-WINGED TEAL – 2

Ruddy Duck – 6

Pied-billed Grebe – 7

Double-crested Cormorant – 45

*LEAST BITTERN – 2

Great Blue Heron – 19

Great Egret – 2

Turkey Vulture – 2

Osprey – 19

Bald Eagle – 5

Peregrine Falcon – 1

*COMMON GALLINULE – 2

American Coot – 1

Killdeer – 4

*BLACK-NECKED STILT – 7

Spotted Sandpiper – 1

Laughing Gull – 1

Ring-billed Gull – 57

Herring Gull – 4

Great Black-backed Gull – 2

Caspian Tern – 65

Mourning Dove – 5

Yellow-billed Cuckoo – 3

Chimney Swift – 1

Willow Flycatcher – 1

Eastern Kingbird – 5

Red-eyed Vireo – 1

American Crow – 3

Purple Martin – 4

Tree Swallow – 18

Barn Swallow – 32

Carolina Chickadee – 1

Carolina Wren – 4

Marsh Wren – 2

Gray Catbird – 7

Brown Thrasher – 1

European Starling – 5

Cedar Waxwing – 8

Common Yellowthroat – 19

Yellow Warbler – 1

Yellow-breasted Chat – 2

Northern Cardinal – 9

Blue Grosbeak – 6

Indigo Bunting – 7

Red-winged Blackbird – 139

Common Grackle – 2

Brown-headed Cowbird – 2

Orchard Oriole – 12

American Goldfinch – 16

House Sparrow – 1

SPECIES: 57 INDIVIDUALS: 988



REPTILES: E Painted Turtle – 1



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



BUTTERFLIES

Black Swallowtail – 8

Cabbage White – 40

Orange Sulphur – 40

Clouded Sulphur – 1

Gray Hairstreak – 4

Eastern Tailed Blue – 4

Summer Azure – 1

Variegated Fritillary – 3

Pearl Crescent – 5

American Lady – 1

Common Buckeye – 15

Monarch – 3

Wild Indigo Duskywing – 4

Silver-spotted Skipper – 11

Zabulon Skipper – 1



DRAGONFLIES

Common Green Darner – 7

Widow Skimmer – 1

Common Whitetail – 1

Blue Corporal – 1

Needham’s Skimmer – 45

Blue Dasher – 3

Eastern Pondhawk – 45

Spot-winged Glider – 1

Black Saddlebags – 15

Halloween Pennant – 5



INSECTS

Assassin Bug – 1

Reticulated Net-winged Beetle – 1

Soldier Beetle – 35+

Seven-spotted Lady Beetle – 1

Milkweed Borer – 1



Kevin Graff

Jarrettsville, MD

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Date: 6/16/17 7:27 am
From: Tim Carney <timmyc83...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Masonville 6/15/2017
Great morning at Masonville yesterday. I think the cooler temps and overcast weather helped. Highlights:

Campus (public area):

Wood Duck 1 (male, in cove, unusual in Baltimore Harbor)
Common Terns nesting on offshore barge
Willow Flycatcher 1
Baltimore Oriole nest w/young

Restricted areas:

American Wigeon 1 (male, late)
Warbling Vireo nest w/young

eBird checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37620381

Tim Carney
Nottingham, MD

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Date: 6/15/17 7:32 pm
From: 'Jane Fallon' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Invitation: Celebration of the life and contributions of Chandler Robbins Friday, June 23, 3:00-7:30
Just a reminder to RSVP as soon as possible (up to June 20) to the invitation to attend the Celebration of the life of Chandler Robbins.

You can use the form at the following web site to RSVP:


https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdr-9XSc_frtDs3-Eo0BmHxAuD7yuq5G6iU7DddRB6tQfbc0g/viewform

Jane Fallon

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Date: 6/15/17 11:16 am
From: Tim Carney <timmyc83...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Poplar Island 6/14/2017
Breeding season was in full swing yesterday at Poplar Island. I saw fledglings/chicks of Canada Goose, Mallard, Snowy Egret, Osprey, and Bald Eagle.

A pair of adult Little Blue Herons was a nice surprise in the heronry, as was a Blue Grosbeak singing near the trailers.

Shorebirds were much less numerous than during my second May census; 7 White-rumped Sandpipers and 1 Semipalmated Sandpiper rounded out the peeps, and I also found Black-bellied Plover, Semipalmated Plover, Short-billed Dowitcher, Ruddy Turnstone, and Greater Yellowlegs among the more expected species.

Oversummering waterfowl included Northern Shoveler, Surf Scoter, White-winged Scoter, Long-tailed Duck, and Bufflehead.

eBird checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37606895

Tim Carney
Nottingham, MD

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Date: 6/15/17 9:28 am
From: Pat Valdata <pvaldata1...>
Subject: [MDBirding] White ibis urs
About halfway down "green dumpster rd." Hard to spot in the marsh grasses but the white face was obvious when it flew briefly.


Pat Valdata 
Crisfield, Somerset County

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Date: 6/15/17 9:22 am
From: Pat Valdata <pvaldata1...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Mistyped subject line, white faced ibis
Argh, in no service zone so I can't retrieve previous email. Sorry about that.


Pat Valdata 
Crisfield, Somerset County

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Date: 6/14/17 5:00 am
From: Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4...>
Subject: [MDBirding] WF Ibis Continues Green Dumpster Rd
Deal WMA, first road off the Main Rd. See the eBird hotspot for directions.
A short distance in on right. Near gravel road. A Tundra Swan also
present.
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Ellicott City, Howard County
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Date: 6/13/17 7:53 pm
From: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...>
Subject: [MDBirding] [FR] MD 17 Chimney Swift Roost - DZN's
and possible Space Station flyover @2055

I decided to revisit the roost this evening as I was in the area at
the opportune time. I was surprised to find activity continuing
though on a reduced level - appx 4 dozen birds. Activity ended by
2105ish.

See

http://digest.sialia.com/?rm=message;id=1315711

for info on the original sighting of the roost incl directions.

I can't verify that the SS was in sight at the time with a heading
generally toward the S/SE, but I don't know what else it could have
been.

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

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Date: 6/13/17 12:25 pm
From: Lydia Schindler <lydia13621...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fwd: DC Area, 6/13/2017
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From: Steve Cordle <scordle...>
Date: Tue, Jun 13, 2017 at 10:50 AM
Subject: DC Area, 6/13/2017
To: <BIRDEAST...>


Hotline: Voice of the Naturalist
Date: 6/13/2017
Coverage: MD/DC/VA/central and southern DE/WV panhandle
Reports, comments and questions:
<voice...>
Compiler: Joe Coleman
Sponsor: Audubon Naturalist Society of the Central
Atlantic States (independent of NAS)
Transcriber: Steve Cordle

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

This is the Voice of the Naturalist, a service of the Audubon
Naturalist Society. This report covers the week starting Tuesday, June
6 and was completed on Tuesday, June 13 at 10 a.m.

Information on noteworthy birds 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).

The top birds this week were LITTLE EGRET, WHITE-FACED IBIS, and
TROPICAL KINGBIRD, all in DE.

Other birds of interest this week included waterfowl, BLACK-BILLED
CUCKOO, KING RAIL, COMMON GALLINULE, shorebirds, LITTLE GULL, LAUGHING
GULL, SANDWICH TERN, COMMON LOON, ANHINGA, LEAST BITTERN, MISSISSIPPI
KITE, NORTHERN HARRIER, LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE, warblers, sparrows, PAINTED
BUNTING, DICKCISSEL and BOBOLINK.

TOP BIRDS

A LITTLE EGRET was found at Raymond Pool, Bombay Hook NWR, Kent Co, DE
on Jun 8 and was seen every day the rest of week at in DE.

A WHITE-FACED IBIS was also seen at Bombay Hook NWR on both Jun 11 and
12.

A TROPICAL KINGBIRD was seen and photographed Jun 10 at the Ashton
Tract, Augustine Wildlife Area, New Castle Co, DE.

OTHER SIGHTINGS

One SNOW GEESE continued to be seen at Bombay Hook NWR, Kent Co, De
throughout the week.

The SURF SCOTERS at Big Water Farm (private), Queen Anne's Co, MD,
continued throughout the week. LONG-TAILED DUCKS were seen at a few
locations this past week including one on Jun 8 at Terrapin Nature
Park, Queen Anne's Co, MD; one on Jun 9 at the Chesapeake Bay
Environmental Center, Queen Anne's Co, MD; and one at Claiborne
Landing, Talbot Co, MD on June 11.

A BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO was seen Jun 6 at Mechanicsville, Hanover Co,
VA.

A KING RAIL was at Davidsonville Park, Anne Arundel Co MD on June 6. A
KING RAIL was observed at Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center, Queen
Anne's Co, MD Jun 6, 7, and 12; and at Piscataway Park, Prince
George's Co, MD, on Jun 8 and 12.

A COMMON GALLINULE was seen June 6, 10, and 12 at Dyke Marsh, Fairfax
Co, VA.

A SANDHILL CRANE was seen Jun 11 at the Ashton Tract, Augustine
Wildlife Area, New Castle Co, DE.

A BLACK-NECKED STILT was seen Jun 6 at Poplar Island, Talbot Co, MD.
BLACK-NECKED STILTS were seen throughout the week at the Ashton Tract,
Augustine Wildlife Area.

Ten WILSON'S PLOVERS were seen Jun 6 at Wallop's Island, Accomack Co,
VA.

A LITTLE GULL was among the rarities seen at Bombay Hook NWR, Kent Co,
DE this past week with sightings reported from Jun 9 through 12. Two
out-of-range LAUGHING GULLS* were seen Jun 8 at the AT Foot Bridge
over the James River in Bedford Co, VA.

Two SANDWICH TERNS were seen on and off during the week at Skimmer
Island, Ocean City MD.

Single COMMON LOONS were seen at Swan Creek Wetlands/Cox Creek DMCF,
Anne Arundel Co, MD on June 8 and at the Georgetown Reservoir, NW DC
on June 10.

An ANHINGA was seen Jun 7 at the Carson Wetland, Prince George's Co,
VA.

A LEAST BITTERN was at Dyke Marsh, Fairfax Co, VA on Jun 6. A LEAST
BITTERN was heard at Swan Creek Wetlands/Cox Creek DMCF, Anne Arundel
Co, MD on June 8.

MISSISSIPPI KITES continued to be seen in a number of locations
including two flying high overhead on June 6 between Night Roost Ct
and Winter Moss Ct, Columbia, Howard Co, MD; one on June 9 at Phelps
Luck School, Columbia, MD; another on June 10 along Whiton Crossing
Rd, Snow Hill, Worcester Co, MD; and at Cromwell Valley Park,
Baltimore Co, MD on June 8. Other reports included one on Jun 11 at
Lake Wright, Norfolk, VA.

A NORTHERN HARRIER was seen June 10 flying over a field along Mossy
Creek Rd just north of the four way stop in Mount Solon, Augusta Co,
VA.

Both continuing LOGGERHEAD SHRIKES, one at the Smith Farm in Lunenburg
Co, VA and the other in Sinking Creek Valley, Craig Co, VA, were both
observed on Jun 8.

Warbler highlights included a GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER on June 9 along
Wimer Mountain Rd, Highland Co, VA. A LAWRENCE'S WARBLER was re-found
on Jun 9 along Rte 614, Cowpasture Rd, Highland Co, VA; it was seen
again on Jun 12.

WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS lingered in the area with a few widely
scattered sightings.

The continuing PAINTED BUNTING on Fisherman's Island NWR (restricted
access), Northampton Co, VA, was seen again on Jun 12.

DICKCISSELS and BOBOLINKS were seen from a number of locations this
past week with one of the most notable occurring as the result of the
Howard Co (MD) Bird Club leasing grasslands from a local farmer to
ensure that one of his fields is not mowed until nesting season for
DICKCISSELS is over.

***

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

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

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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: 6/13/17 10:47 am
From: Jim Felley <jdfelley...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Tidal Basin birds and snakeheads!
OK, this post is only marginally about the birds I saw today at the Tidal Basin: Canada geese, a Double-crested Cormorant, American robins, Common grackles, a Tree Swallow, Barn swallows and two Greater Black-backed gulls, juveniles just finishing up there first year and deciding to hang in DC (maybe like so many of us, they'll head to the shore in August).
The surprise for me was at the hump-back bridge to the Potomac. I was watching several long-nosed gar come up for breaths, 1 to 3 at a time, on the basin side of the bridge. Suddenly up for a breath came a 2-foot northern snakehead. I waited for a bit, and another, smaller one came up.
That's a life fish for me.

Jim

Jim Felley
Gaithersburg MD

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Date: 6/13/17 6:31 am
From: Clayton Koonce <cg.koonce...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Ring-necked Duck on Lake Kittamaqundi
I have an out of season male RNDU on Lake K. in Columbia this morning. Here is my eBird list with photos:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37566203


Clayton Koonce
member, Howard County Bird Club

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Date: 6/13/17 4:28 am
From: Joe Hanfman <auk1844...>
Subject: [MDBirding] White-faced Ibis - Somerset
Mark Johnson 2 reports a WFIB along Green Dumpster Rd. It is just 50 feet from his car and he got photos.

Joe Hanfman
Columbia, MD

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Date: 6/12/17 11:13 am
From: Phil Davis <pdavis...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Melodious Laughing-Thrush in Silver Spring, MD (URL)
I think I provides a URL that you cannot get to. Try this one ...

https://birdimages.smugmug.com/Melodious-LaughingThrush-in-Silver-Spring-MD/


At 01:44 PM 06/12/2017, Phil Davis wrote:
>Hi MDBirders:
>
>Background
>A little over two weeks ago, I received "killer" videos of a
>Melodious Laughing-Thrush in the "old" Hillandale area of Silver
>Spring, MD (off of New Hampshire Avenue and Powder Mill Road). The
>bird was seen and recorded on Thursday, May 25th and was also heard
>the next day. The bird was observed in a private backyard and the
>logistics of the situation did not permit any public notice of the
>bird's presence. The homeowner continued to watch for the bird and
>my wife and I searched extensively over a wide area for it several
>times over the next week, but without success.
>
>Taxonomy and Distribution
>The Melodious Laughing-Thrush is now called, by most authorities,
>including the AOS [AOU], as the Hwamei. The name "hwamei" comes from
>the Chinese and means "painted eyebrow" referring to the distinctive
>marking around the bird's eyes.
>
>Most authorities have already split the Hwamei into two species, the
>Chinese Hwamei, native to mainland Asia, and the Taiwan Hwamei. This
>bird had a distinctive white eye ring and bold white eyebrow, so it
>was a Chinese Hwamei, Garrulax canorus. Within the Chinese Hwamei
>species are two subspecies; the nominate subspecies G. c. canorus
>occurs across south-eastern and central China and in northern and
>central Vietnam and Laos. The subspecies L. c. owstoni is found on
>Hainan Island (and is being recommended by some for a further spilt!).
>
>Depending on your source, you may also see this species with the
>scientific name of Leucodioptron canorum.
>
>Behavior, Description and Song
>The species is a popular cage bird because of its attractive song.
>In the wild, it is normally a skulking bird and is often very
>difficult to see since it typically feeds on the ground among leaf
>litter, foraging for insects and fruit. However, this Silver Spring
>bird was observed perched up high in a tree branch singing its
>melodious, mockingbird-like song. Therefore, this bird was a male
>since the females don't sing. The bird is slightly smaller than a robin.
>
>The homeowner took three video clips of this bird, on 05/25/2017.
>The clips are 11 seconds, 18 seconds, and 1:28. I have posted these
>clips to one of my web sites, found here ...
>
>
>https://birdimages.smugmug.com/organize/Melodious-LaughingThrush-in-Silver-Spring-MD
>
>
>You can also google "chinese hwamei" to find plenty of Internet
>photos and videos of these birds singing in the wild and in cages.
>
>Range and Introductions
>This species is naturally distributed in southern China, Taiwan,
>Laos and Vietnam.
>
>It has been introduced to Taiwan, Singapore, Japan and Hawaii. This
>species has been imported into Japan since the seventeenth century
>and it has been observed in the wild since the 1980s. This species
>was also introduced to the Hawaiian Islands in the early 1900s and
>to California in 1941 accidentally and purposely. In the Hawaiian
>Islands it was introduced in the early 20th century and now occurs
>in both native forest and man-made habitats. It is common on Kauai,
>Maui and Hawaii Island but less so on Oahu and Molokai. The cause of
>disappearance in California is not known. While it failed to
>establish a population in California, it succeeded in naturalizing
>in the Hawaiian Islands, where it became the most common species
>below 1200 meters in elevation.
>
>Captivity
>The Hwamei is a popular cage bird in China and Southeast Asia and a
>large number of individuals have been exported from Hong Kong. As a
>song bird, the Hwamei can make beautiful songs with different
>melodies. This is why the Hwamei became a famous cage bird and is
>purchased as a pet by people. This species can be found on the web
>for sale, mostly from California sources. Prices seem to average
>around $1500. In the Hillandale area are several Buddhists temples
>and the release of animals, especially birds, is an element of the
>Buddhist culture; however, it is doubtful that the release of such
>an expensive pet would be intentional, but who knows?
>
>Summary
>Even though this bird was not chaseable, we wanted to spread the
>word so that people in this area could be alert for any unusual
>loud, melodious songs. I saw no North American records of Melodious
>Laughing-Thrush/Hwamei on eBird. I also did not find any matches on
>several of the local lost bird web pages.
>
>===================================================
>Phil Davis, Secretary
>MD/DC Records Committee
>2549 Vale Court
>Davidsonville, Maryland 21035 USA
>301-261-0184
>mailto:<PDavis...>
>
>MD/DCRC Web site: http://www.MDBirds.org/mddcrc/rcindex.html
>===================================================

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Date: 6/12/17 10:57 am
From: Phil Davis <pdavis...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Melodious Laughing-Thrush in Silver Spring, MD (long)
Hi MDBirders:

Background
A little over two weeks ago, I received "killer" videos of a
Melodious Laughing-Thrush in the "old" Hillandale area of Silver
Spring, MD (off of New Hampshire Avenue and Powder Mill Road). The
bird was seen and recorded on Thursday, May 25th and was also heard
the next day. The bird was observed in a private backyard and the
logistics of the situation did not permit any public notice of the
bird's presence. The homeowner continued to watch for the bird and my
wife and I searched extensively over a wide area for it several times
over the next week, but without success.

Taxonomy and Distribution
The Melodious Laughing-Thrush is now called, by most authorities,
including the AOS [AOU], as the Hwamei. The name "hwamei" comes from
the Chinese and means "painted eyebrow" referring to the distinctive
marking around the bird's eyes.

Most authorities have already split the Hwamei into two species, the
Chinese Hwamei, native to mainland Asia, and the Taiwan Hwamei. This
bird had a distinctive white eye ring and bold white eyebrow, so it
was a Chinese Hwamei, Garrulax canorus. Within the Chinese Hwamei
species are two subspecies; the nominate subspecies G. c. canorus
occurs across south-eastern and central China and in northern and
central Vietnam and Laos. The subspecies L. c. owstoni is found on
Hainan Island (and is being recommended by some for a further spilt!).

Depending on your source, you may also see this species with the
scientific name of Leucodioptron canorum.

Behavior, Description and Song
The species is a popular cage bird because of its attractive song. In
the wild, it is normally a skulking bird and is often very difficult
to see since it typically feeds on the ground among leaf litter,
foraging for insects and fruit. However, this Silver Spring bird was
observed perched up high in a tree branch singing its melodious,
mockingbird-like song. Therefore, this bird was a male since the
females don't sing. The bird is slightly smaller than a robin.

The homeowner took three video clips of this bird, on 05/25/2017. The
clips are 11 seconds, 18 seconds, and 1:28. I have posted these clips
to one of my web sites, found here ...

https://birdimages.smugmug.com/organize/Melodious-LaughingThrush-in-Silver-Spring-MD


You can also google "chinese hwamei" to find plenty of Internet
photos and videos of these birds singing in the wild and in cages.

Range and Introductions
This species is naturally distributed in southern China, Taiwan, Laos
and Vietnam.

It has been introduced to Taiwan, Singapore, Japan and Hawaii. This
species has been imported into Japan since the seventeenth century
and it has been observed in the wild since the 1980s. This species
was also introduced to the Hawaiian Islands in the early 1900s and to
California in 1941 accidentally and purposely. In the Hawaiian
Islands it was introduced in the early 20th century and now occurs in
both native forest and man-made habitats. It is common on Kauai, Maui
and Hawaii Island but less so on Oahu and Molokai. The cause of
disappearance in California is not known. While it failed to
establish a population in California, it succeeded in naturalizing in
the Hawaiian Islands, where it became the most common species below
1200 meters in elevation.

Captivity
The Hwamei is a popular cage bird in China and Southeast Asia and a
large number of individuals have been exported from Hong Kong. As a
song bird, the Hwamei can make beautiful songs with different
melodies. This is why the Hwamei became a famous cage bird and is
purchased as a pet by people. This species can be found on the web
for sale, mostly from California sources. Prices seem to average
around $1500. In the Hillandale area are several Buddhists temples
and the release of animals, especially birds, is an element of the
Buddhist culture; however, it is doubtful that the release of such an
expensive pet would be intentional, but who knows?

Summary
Even though this bird was not chaseable, we wanted to spread the word
so that people in this area could be alert for any unusual loud,
melodious songs. I saw no North American records of Melodious
Laughing-Thrush/Hwamei on eBird. I also did not find any matches on
several of the local lost bird web pages.


===================================================
Phil Davis, Secretary
MD/DC Records Committee
2549 Vale Court
Davidsonville, Maryland 21035 USA
301-261-0184
mailto:<PDavis...>

MD/DCRC Web site: http://www.MDBirds.org/mddcrc/rcindex.html
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Date: 6/11/17 5:51 pm
From: Scott Baron <baron.scott...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Western Montgomery Co.; June 11
Hi,

I heard a Summer Tanager call in response to a perched hawk at Blockhouse
Point Conservation Park. After the hawk flew, the tanager stopped
calling. The location was just a few hundred feet before the Canyon Trail
dead ends at the C&O Canal.

I guess it's a known location for the species but I was surprised to find a
few American Redstarts along Sycamore Landing Rd. Ebird shows them as
present in the area into July.

Happy birding,

Scott Baron
Gaithersburg, Md.

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Date: 6/10/17 4:11 pm
From: Warblerick <ricksussman1955...>
Subject: [MDBirding] BBS Route Jessup (incl. Patuxent North Tract) 6/4
Derek,
Great report. Thanks for all the work you've put into this, both in the field and on the computer! I know how much effort these can take. And also appreciate your dedicating it to Chan.
Rick Sussman
Woodbine, MD

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Date: 6/10/17 3:15 pm
From: Derek C. Richardson <dcr...>
Subject: [MDBirding] BBS Route Jessup (incl. Patuxent North Tract) 6/4

Hi everyone, on Sun Jun 4 Frances & I completed our BBS route that runs
from near Halethorpe, Baltimore County, goes through Howard County and
Prince George's County, and ends in Anne Arundel County in Patuxent
Research Refuge, North Tract. I've attached our list (which includes some
individuals that didn't make it into the BBS observing protocol, including
new birds observed on our return trip through the refuge), together with
data for the past 4 years' results for comparison (2013 was the first time
this new route was run). Sorry for the delayed post -- it takes a while
to enter all the data!

I would like to dedicate this survey to the memory of Chan Robbins, who
trained me for the BBS on his original survey route.

Some notes of interest:

1. This was our first time recording Red-tailed Hawk on the count.

2. Notable high counts: Rock Pigeon (12 vs. average of 3.5), Red-eyed
Vireo (28 vs. 21.5), American Redstart (6 vs. 2.25), and House Sparrow
(31 vs. 24.5).

3. Notable low counts: Eastern Kingbird (2 vs. average of 4.5), Carolina
Chickadee (11 vs. 16), Wood Thrush (10 vs. 15.25), European Starling
(13 vs. 44.5), and American Goldfinch (13 vs. 16.75).

4. The hummingbirds were all at the North Tract station, which
unfortunately is between the survey stops. :) Similarly, the Purple
Martin was at Merganser Pond, not a survey stop.

D

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Date: 6/10/17 1:45 pm
From: Bob Solem <odenata...>
Subject: [MDBirding] HOWARD COUNTY BIRD CLUB LEASES GLASSLAND FOR NESTING BIRDS
Since the news about the Dickcissels was released, we have had many questions about how to make donations to the Howard County Bird Club to support this and other habitat preservation efforts. There is now a special page on our web-site about the Dickcissel effort and how to donate: http://www.howardbirds.org/DickcisselField/DickcisselFieldLease.htm
(Information provided by John Harris, HCBC president)

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

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Date: 6/10/17 7:34 am
From: Derek C. Richardson <dcr...>
Subject: [MDBirding] White-throated Sparrow continues

I was pretty surprised to see the White-throated Sparrow still here at our
feeders in West Laurel (PG County). At least, I assume it's the same one.
I'll keep watching!

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Date: 6/10/17 7:03 am
From: Anna Urciolo <urcioloa...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Summer Tanager
Sorry for this late posting. I was birding upstream of Riley's Lock (Montgomery county) yesterday about 2:30 and had a red and yellow Summer Tanager fly in above for about 30 seconds before a biker frightened it away. Light colored bill unmistakable. Looks like it was a first year male.


It was a primary color afternoon: two Prothonotary warblers, an indigo bunting and the summer tanager.


Anna Urciolo

Rockville, MD

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Date: 6/9/17 1:37 pm
From: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Re: A round of applause to Jim Green for his discovery of the Dickcissel on Underwood Rd.
"Birds of MD and DC [Stewart & Robbins; N American Fauna #62; 1958; P
338] has some interesting things to say about breeding status of
Dickcissels incl the fact that "(about 1860) this species was found
breeding commonly in [DC]..."

Of course, DC's land use was much different then.

This work/book is available for download in PDF format...forget where...?

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

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Date: 6/9/17 6:24 am
From: Jim Green <jkgbirdman53...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Washington County Black Bear
I just had two black bears cross the road in front of me on Warner Hollow Rd - a mother and one cub - my first in Washington County. Warblers so far include Amer. Redstart, Louisiana Waterthrush, Ovenbird, N. Parula and Black and White Warbler.

Jim Green
Gaithersburg MD


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Date: 6/9/17 5:22 am
From: Wendy Crowe <crowe...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: A round of applause to Jim Green for his discovery of the Dickcissel on Underwood Rd.
What amazing news! Go Howard County Bird Club for their creativity and cheers to the landowner! It is a wonderful field, so full of life.

Wendy Crowe
Glen Burnie, MD

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Date: 6/8/17 12:31 pm
From: Tim Carney <timmyc83...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: A round of applause to Jim Green for his discovery of the Dickcissel on Underwood Rd.
Thanks to Jim, the HoCo Bird Club, and the landowners for making this happen! I was fortunate to add Dickcissel to my personal Howard list at this spot. Neat habitat!

If only we had breeding Dickcissels in Baltimore County...

Tim Carney
Nottingham, MD

On Thursday, June 8, 2017 at 2:10:53 PM UTC-4, Anthony V. wrote:
> Concern--Consideration--Conservation
>
> A Reason We Should Be Proud To Sing!!!!!!!!!!
>
> HOWARD COUNTY BIRD CLUB LEASES GLASSLAND FOR NESTING BIRDS
>
> Recently birders observed Dickcissel at a field adjacent to Underwood Road in Howard County. Several birds were observed carrying nesting material. This is very exciting because there are only two previous records of successful breeding by Dickcissel in Howard County in the last 55 years. Other species such as Bobolink and Grasshopper Sparrow have also been observed in the same area. Because of the unique possibility of breeding Dickcissel in this county, the Club's Board of Directors initiated a discussion with the property owner to explore options for maintaining the site with its current vegetation for a long enough period to allow the birds to breed. Since the site is on a working farm and this particular field was planned for a summer crop of soybeans, the Club offered the property owner compensation for the lost revenue in exchange for not planting until late summer. The property owner who, by the way, is interested in the birds and is pleased with the interest in them, accepted the offer. So, the Club will use funds from its Habitat Preservation Fund to compensate the farmer and give the Dickcissel and other field birds a chance to breed!
> It is very important to remember that the Dickcissel site is, and will continue to be, private property. The agreement between HCBC and the property owner does not grant any additional access to the property. This agreement is truly about what is best for the birds, not the birders! There are no shoulders along this road so parking is challenging. Do not block the access road for farm equipment at the head of the lane on the south side of the field where there is a gravel pad. Please, continue to be respectful of all private property, perhaps especially so here because this property owner has been so accommodating.
> --John Harris (Howard County Bird Club President)

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Date: 6/8/17 12:30 pm
From: Tim Carney <timmyc83...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Swan Creek 6/8/2017
A pleasant census today at Swan Creek. There were three birds in particular which stood out as highlights:

- A late White-throated Sparrow along the road to the wetlands
- A singing Least Bittern in the wetlands; briefly seen flying over the reeds
- An adult Common Loon in full alternate plumage in the wetlands beyond the observation deck; yodeled once

Other fun birds included a flyover Little Blue Heron and a flock of three Common Ravens, perhaps a family group. I also saw nestlings/fledglings of Canada Goose, Mallard, Osprey, and Song Sparrow.

eBird checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37472112

Tim Carney
Nottingham, MD


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

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Date: 6/8/17 12:03 pm
From: Tim Houghton <timhoughton...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Breeding 2017 Cerulean Warblers in Patapsco Valley
Maybe another breeding CERW will show up in the PV this month, but I doubt it. That leaves us with the same 2 breeding males that have been around the (Henryton Center) train tunnel since April. I know that one report from the area perhaps had 3 males, but who knows what happened to the 3rd. Every year since 2013 when I started surveying, to one degree or another, the area myself and also checking eBird, 1 or 2 CERW have shown up that don't stick around. So this season it would appear we only have 2 males that are breeding. That's the lowest number since I started keeping track in 2013. Sad news. No breeding CERW at Pat-Henryton this year (normally 1-2). Continuing zero at McKeldin and south of there.


2 could be the lowest number in MANY years. It's difficult to get an accurate picture of the numbers of breeding CERW in the PV before 2013--for several reasons. For instance, 1 CERW may be listed in 2 counties--sometimes maybe even 3 counties (this may actually be more of an issue in recent years). Other reported CERW may not have been tracked over a long enough period of time to know that they were actually breeders--rather than failed breeders or even still-migrating CERW. Moreover, coverage of the PV changes from year to year.


The area for breeding CERW has certainly shrunk in the last 10 years. (McKeldin may have had as many as 5 in the past; none now.) Hopefully the train tunnel won't be their last location; hopefully they won't disappear entirely from the PV.


Tim Houghton

(Glen Arm)

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Date: 6/8/17 11:52 am
From: David Fleischmann <david...>
Subject: RE: [MDBirding] A round of applause to Jim Green for his discovery of the Dickcissel on Underwood Rd.
This makes me very proud to be a Howard County Bird Club member and a MD Birder. Well done guys. Very exciting news!!!!

Awesome birding in 2017!

H. David Fleischmann
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From: <mdbirding...> [mailto:<mdbirding...>] On Behalf Of Anthony V.
Sent: Thursday, June 08, 2017 2:11 PM
To: Maryland & DC Birding
Subject: [MDBirding] A round of applause to Jim Green for his discovery of the Dickcissel on Underwood Rd.

Concern--Consideration--Conservation

A Reason We Should Be Proud To Sing!!!!!!!!!!

HOWARD COUNTY BIRD CLUB LEASES GLASSLAND FOR NESTING BIRDS

Recently birders observed Dickcissel at a field adjacent to Underwood Road in Howard County. Several birds were observed carrying nesting material. This is very exciting because there are only two previous records of successful breeding by Dickcissel in Howard County in the last 55 years. Other species such as Bobolink and Grasshopper Sparrow have also been observed in the same area. Because of the unique possibility of breeding Dickcissel in this county, the Club's Board of Directors initiated a discussion with the property owner to explore options for maintaining the site with its current vegetation for a long enough period to allow the birds to breed. Since the site is on a working farm and this particular field was planned for a summer crop of soybeans, the Club offered the property owner compensation for the lost revenue in exchange for not planting until late summer. The property owner who, by the way, is interested in the birds and is pleased with the interest in them, accepted the offer. So, the Club will use funds from its Habitat Preservation Fund to compensate the farmer and give the Dickcissel and other field birds a chance to breed!
It is very important to remember that the Dickcissel site is, and will continue to be, private property. The agreement between HCBC and the property owner does not grant any additional access to the property. This agreement is truly about what is best for the birds, not the birders! There are no shoulders along this road so parking is challenging. Do not block the access road for farm equipment at the head of the lane on the south side of the field where there is a gravel pad. Please, continue to be respectful of all private property, perhaps especially so here because this property owner has been so accommodating.
--John Harris (Howard County Bird Club President)

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Date: 6/8/17 11:31 am
From: Marcia Watson <marshwren50...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] A round of applause to Jim Green for his discovery of the Dickcissel on Underwood Rd.
This is fabulous news! Congratulations to the Howard Bird Club for having dedication to take this step.

Marcia
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Marcia Watson
Patuxent Bird Club
Maryland Ornithological Society

Bowie, Maryland
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> On Jun 8, 2017, at 2:10 PM, Anthony V. <tonyvanschoor...> wrote:
>
> Concern--Consideration--Conservation
>
> A Reason We Should Be Proud To Sing!!!!!!!!!!
>
> HOWARD COUNTY BIRD CLUB LEASES GLASSLAND FOR NESTING BIRDS
>
> Recently birders observed Dickcissel at a field adjacent to Underwood Road in Howard County. Several birds were observed carrying nesting material. This is very exciting because there are only two previous records of successful breeding by Dickcissel in Howard County in the last 55 years. Other species such as Bobolink and Grasshopper Sparrow have also been observed in the same area. Because of the unique possibility of breeding Dickcissel in this county, the Club's Board of Directors initiated a discussion with the property owner to explore options for maintaining the site with its current vegetation for a long enough period to allow the birds to breed. Since the site is on a working farm and this particular field was planned for a summer crop of soybeans, the Club offered the property owner compensation for the lost revenue in exchange for not planting until late summer. The property owner who, by the way, is interested in the birds and is pleased with the interest in them, accepted the offer. So, the Club will use funds from its Habitat Preservation Fund to compensate the farmer and give the Dickcissel and other field birds a chance to breed!
> It is very important to remember that the Dickcissel site is, and will continue to be, private property. The agreement between HCBC and the property owner does not grant any additional access to the property. This agreement is truly about what is best for the birds, not the birders! There are no shoulders along this road so parking is challenging. Do not block the access road for farm equipment at the head of the lane on the south side of the field where there is a gravel pad. Please, continue to be respectful of all private property, perhaps especially so here because this property owner has been so accommodating.
> --John Harris (Howard County Bird Club President)
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Date: 6/8/17 11:10 am
From: Anthony V. <tonyvanschoor...>
Subject: [MDBirding] A round of applause to Jim Green for his discovery of the Dickcissel on Underwood Rd.
Concern--Consideration--Conservation

A Reason We Should Be Proud To Sing!!!!!!!!!!

HOWARD COUNTY BIRD CLUB LEASES GLASSLAND FOR NESTING BIRDS

Recently birders observed Dickcissel at a field adjacent to Underwood Road in Howard County. Several birds were observed carrying nesting material. This is very exciting because there are only two previous records of successful breeding by Dickcissel in Howard County in the last 55 years. Other species such as Bobolink and Grasshopper Sparrow have also been observed in the same area. Because of the unique possibility of breeding Dickcissel in this county, the Club's Board of Directors initiated a discussion with the property owner to explore options for maintaining the site with its current vegetation for a long enough period to allow the birds to breed. Since the site is on a working farm and this particular field was planned for a summer crop of soybeans, the Club offered the property owner compensation for the lost revenue in exchange for not planting until late summer. The property owner who, by the way, is interested in the birds and is pleased with the interest in them, accepted the offer. So, the Club will use funds from its Habitat Preservation Fund to compensate the farmer and give the Dickcissel and other field birds a chance to breed!
It is very important to remember that the Dickcissel site is, and will continue to be, private property. The agreement between HCBC and the property owner does not grant any additional access to the property. This agreement is truly about what is best for the birds, not the birders! There are no shoulders along this road so parking is challenging. Do not block the access road for farm equipment at the head of the lane on the south side of the field where there is a gravel pad. Please, continue to be respectful of all private property, perhaps especially so here because this property owner has been so accommodating.
--John Harris (Howard County Bird Club President)

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Date: 6/8/17 10:44 am
From: Karen Caruso <karen.caruso...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary: Ongoing Bird Survey June 8, 2017
Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary, Anne Arundel, Maryland, US
Jun 8, 2017 7:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Protocol: Traveling
3.0 mile(s)
Comments: Ongoing Bird Survey
33 species

Canada Goose 16
Wood Duck 11
Mallard 11
Double-crested Cormorant 4
Great Blue Heron 4
Osprey 24
Mourning Dove 1
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1
Eastern Wood-Pewee 1
Acadian Flycatcher 4
Eastern Phoebe 1
Great Crested Flycatcher 2
Eastern Kingbird 2
Red-eyed Vireo 2
Tree Swallow 3
Barn Swallow 1
Carolina Chickadee 2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 3 nest visible
Wood Thrush 3
American Robin 1
Gray Catbird 1
Northern Mockingbird 1
Ovenbird 1
Common Yellowthroat 2
Northern Parula 1
Yellow Warbler 1
Chipping Sparrow 1
Eastern Towhee 1
Northern Cardinal 3
Indigo Bunting 2
Red-winged Blackbird 89
Orchard Oriole 2
American Goldfinch 3

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Date: 6/7/17 6:51 pm
From: Steve Johnson <stevejohnson2...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Cicadas

Cicadamania.com mentions a theory, that sometimes an exceptionally large emergence of such stragglers results in the initial "birth" of a new brood cycle.

I sent them the following questions - anyone here know the answers?

1) What physical observables (DNA, coloration, etc.) distinguish a 13-year from a 17-year insect? I.e. how can we state that a cicada that emerges this year is not just a 13-year insect?

2) Why are the (reputedly) Brood X stragglers, emerging this year, very localized compared to the larger area where most of their brood emerged in 2004? I.e. why do some areas experience a lot more stragglers, than others?

-Steve Johnson
Fairfax, Virginia


On Tuesday, June 6, 2017 at 9:52:37 PM UTC-4, katahdinss wrote:
> It will be interesting to see if there is much evidence of egg-laying - the dying of small twigs and tree branches  - which could indicate that this "outlier" emergence might result in a new brood...
>
>
> Gail Mackiernan
> Colesville, MD
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Date: 6/7/17 4:00 pm
From: Mary Zastrow <mzastrowrockwren...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Cliff Swallow colony on ICC bridge!
There are cliff swallows nesting on 4 support columns on the ICC! My daughter noticed them as we were making our daily commute to her school. We were able to take a picture on the morning of May 31st as we slowly went up the ramp in rush hour traffic. My daughter saw an adult swallow with food in its mouth enter one of mud nests. I don't know of many other colonies in the state so this seems very special. They can be seen as you are exciting Route 95 heading west bound on Route 200 (the ICC) but do be careful. Maybe someone knows a way we can safely observe them without blocking traffic. Here is the ebird report and picture http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37449211



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Date: 6/7/17 10:58 am
From: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Cicadas
On 6/6/17, Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss@> wrote:
> It will be interesting to see if there is much evidence of egg-laying - the dying of small twigs and tree branches - which could indicate that this "outlier" emergence might result in a new brood...

********************
Still no "chorus" here, but I have noticed a few branch ends under
trees here with the characteristic cut indicating a cicada egg laying
event. Still, there are brood irrelevant cicadas hatching every year
so this may be unrelated to what is being seen in the Balto/DC metro
area

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

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Date: 6/7/17 8:15 am
From: Steve Long <steve.long4...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] grackles and bird baths and fecal sacs
My bird bath fouling with Grackle poop stopped, at least for the past 3
days.

I am wondering if what I did is the reason, or if it is just coincidence. I
was in a hurry to clear the bird bath for 2 days, and simply spilled the
contents out onto the ground, spritzed and refilled, leaving the urate sacks
visible on the ground beside the bath. The fouling tapered-off and stopped
completely withing 2 days (althought other birds do still leave some smaller
droppings). Did the visible (or otherwise detectable) droppings on the
ground deter the Grackles? If so, this might be a useable lesson for others
as well as for me.

As to why this happened to me the first time this year, I did find a Grackle
nest in a new location, near the bird bath, which was not used by Grackles
in past years. Basically, the drought at the end of last summer caused an
Ash tree to die-back and then, this spring, produce a lot of new, short
shoots with dense foliage around the trunk and upper limbs, which the
Grackles seem to think is a nice nest site.

Steve Long
Oxford

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Date: 6/7/17 8:12 am
From: Harry Armistead <harryarmistead...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Cicadas and landbird migrants: negatory.
On the Eastern Shore, Talbot and Dorchester counties, May 27 - June 3, in spite of spending almost the entire daylight periods out-of-doors, I neither saw nor heard any cicadas or landbird migrants (or any migrants at all, except for 1 Tricolored Heron and some Black Scoters). Ain't got no kinda nothin', no how, no where's, no ways. - Harry Armistead, Philadelphia.

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Date: 6/7/17 4:50 am
From: Guineabird via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Pollinator Habitat Bill Becomes Law
THANKS! For all your heads-up political reports, requests, etc........
Gail Frantz
Balto County


In a message dated 6/6/2017 6:34:53 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time,
<krschwa1...> writes:


I have been remiss in not informing the Maryland Birding Community that
the Pollinator Habitat Bill became law on May 25 when Governor Hogan signed
the bill passed by both Chambers. This effort was led by the Smart on
Pesticides Coalition Maryland, with MOS contributing written testimony and
disseminating action alerts. To all who responded to those perhaps too numerous
alerts to write your legislators and the Governor, thank you! Likewise to
the untiring efforts of SOPC guiding this bill through the legislature and
onto the Governor. Pollinator plots planted by state agencies such as the
Highway Administration will now be free of neonicotinoid pesticides, which
are toxic to birds, and also negatively affect reproduction in birds.

Kurt Schwarz
Conservation Chair
Maryland Ornithological Society
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Date: 6/7/17 4:20 am
From: Jim Brighton <jimbrighton3...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Dickcissel Dorchester County 6/6/17
There was a singing Dickcissel yesterday evening at the corner of Richardson Road and Rt 343 in northwestern Dorchester County.

Jim Brighton
Easton, MD
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www.marylandbiodiversity.com

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Date: 6/7/17 3:57 am
From: Jim Nelson <kingfishers2...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Cicadas silent in Bethesda, Mont. Co.
Adding to the yesterday's cicada reports, the cicadas in my
neighborhood, west of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda,
have been silent for over a week. Also, I haven't seen any individual
cicadas flying around during that time. The loud chorus was never right
at my house, but I could hear the sound a few blocks away.

Jim Nelson

Bethesda, MD

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Date: 6/6/17 8:48 pm
From: SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Tuesday, June 5, 2017 5 Raptors
Fort Smallwood Park

Pasadena, Maryland, USA

> Daily Raptor Counts: Jun 06, 2017
> Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
> Black Vulture 0 6 279
> Turkey Vulture 5 47 6844
> Osprey 0 7 564
> Bald Eagle 0 7 225
> Northern Harrier 0 0 76
> Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 0 1061
> Cooper's Hawk 0 0 209
> Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
> Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 95
> Broad-winged Hawk 0 5 339
> Red-tailed Hawk 0 1 178
> Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
> Golden Eagle 0 0 2
> American Kestrel 0 0 122
> Merlin 0 0 59
> Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
> Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
> Unknown Buteo 0 0 5
> Unknown Falcon 0 0 2
> Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
> Unknown Raptor 0 0 5
> Mississippi Kite 0 0 3
> Total: 5 73 10068
>
>
> Observation start time: 10 am
> Observation end time: 2 pm Daylight Time
> Total observation time: 4 hours
> Official Counter Sue Ricciardi
> Observers:
>
>
> Weather: Partly cloudy; 72-76 degrees; excellent visibility; winds moderate out of the WNW, 11-15 mph, gusting to 21 mph
>
> Raptor Observations:
>
> Non-raptor Observations: A White-throated Sparrow song was clearly heard once. The individual could not be found for a visual confirmation.
>
> ---------------------------------------------
> Report submitted by Sue Ricciardi (<susiericc...> mailto:<susiericc...> )
> Fort Smallwood Park information may be found at: http://www.mdbirds.org/sites/mdsites/hawks/hawkwatch.html
>
> 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: 6/6/17 8:46 pm
From: SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Sunday, June 4, 2017 23 Raptors
Fort Smallwood Park

Pasadena, Maryland, USA

> Daily Raptor Counts: Jun 04, 2017
> Species y's Count Month Total Season Total
> Black Vulture 2 6 279
> Turkey Vulture 11 42 6839
> Osprey 2 7 564
> Bald Eagle 4 7 225
> Northern Harrier 0 0 76
> Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 0 1061
> Cooper's Hawk 0 0 209
> Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
> Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 95
> Broad-winged Hawk 3 5 339
> Red-tailed Hawk 1 1 178
> Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
> Golden Eagle 0 0 2
> American Kestrel 0 0 122
> Merlin 0 0 59
> Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
> Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
> Unknown Buteo 0 0 5
> Unknown Falcon 0 0 2
> Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
> Unknown Raptor 0 0 5
> Mississippi Kite 0 0 3
> Total: 23 68 10063
>
>
> Observation start time: 10 am
> Observation end time: 2:30 pm Daylight Time
> Total observation time: 4.5 hours
> Official Counter Sue Ricciardi
> Observers: Hal Wierenga
>
>
> Visitors: Bobby
>
> Weather: Partly cloudy; 74-85 degrees; good visibility; winds southwesterly, 5-10 mph
>
> Raptor Observations: A small flight, but respectable by June standards
>
> Non-raptor Observations:
>
> ---------------------------------------------
> Report submitted by Sue Ricciardi (<susiericc...> mailto:<susiericc...> )
> Fort Smallwood Park information may be found at: http://www.mdbirds.org/sites/mdsites/hawks/hawkwatch.html
>
> 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: 6/6/17 7:59 pm
From: 'diane Ford' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Miss Kilte-No
Hi all,  No success with kite(s)  today; a lot of singing cicadas though. Glad Anthony gave details on their previous antics. Since I dipped,I went to my father-in-laws and worked in his garden around the corner. Just saw Turkey & Black Vultures soaring with 2 Red-shouldered hawks.
D.Ford/Bethesda, Md.

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Date: 6/6/17 6:52 pm
From: Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Cicadas
It will be interesting to see if there is much evidence of egg-laying - the dying of small twigs and tree branches - which could indicate that this "outlier" emergence might result in a new brood...

Gail Mackiernan
Colesville, MD

Sent from my iPad

> On Jun 6, 2017, at 9:33 PM, Marcia Watson <marshwren50...> wrote:
>
> Cicadas are no longer singing in Bowie. They stopped sometime within the past week, but I can't pinpoint the exact day.
>
> Marcia
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> Marcia Watson
> Patuxent Bird Club
> Maryland Ornithological Society
>
> Bowie, Maryland
> <marshwren50...>
>
>> On Jun 6, 2017, at 7:25 PM, Jim Nelson <kingfishers2...> wrote:
>>
>> Our neighborhood west of NIH in Bethesda, Mont. Co., has been quiet for almost a week now. The chorus was never right at our house but we could always hears the distant sound. No individual cicadas around our yard for over a week.
>>
>> Jim Nelson
>> Bethesda, MD
>>
>>
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Thomas Stock <altomomatic...>
>> To: mdbirding <mdbirding...>
>> Sent: Tue, Jun 6, 2017 5:55 pm
>> Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Cicadas
>>
>> Cicadas silent as of this past Sunday in my neighborhood, Indian Spring, in Silver Spring MD.
>> Tom Stock
>> On Tuesday, June 6, 2017 Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4...> wrote:
>> Some Magicicada song in the Dunloggin neighborhood of Ellicott City, can be heard along St. John's Lane south of Frederick Rd. But come up short of our house, where only singles can be heard. No kites, however.
>>
>>
>> On Tue, Jun 6, 2017 at 1:41 PM Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...> wrote:
>> Went out onto the deck this morning and realized something was missing - the constant buzz we had been hearing for some weeks from Magicicada! We had all three species here in Colesville, from voice most seemed to be cassini (a long buzz). Now all is silence...😕
>>
>> Sounds as there are still plenty at the MIKI site in Columbia - how about elsewhere?
>>
>> Gail Mackiernan
>> Colesville, MD
>>
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Date: 6/6/17 6:33 pm
From: Marcia Watson <marshwren50...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Cicadas
Cicadas are no longer singing in Bowie. They stopped sometime within the past week, but I can't pinpoint the exact day.

Marcia
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Maryland Ornithological Society

Bowie, Maryland
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> On Jun 6, 2017, at 7:25 PM, Jim Nelson <kingfishers2...> wrote:
>
> Our neighborhood west of NIH in Bethesda, Mont. Co., has been quiet for almost a week now. The chorus was never right at our house but we could always hears the distant sound. No individual cicadas around our yard for over a week.
>
> Jim Nelson
> Bethesda, MD
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> From: Thomas Stock <altomomatic...>
> To: mdbirding <mdbirding...>
> Sent: Tue, Jun 6, 2017 5:55 pm
> Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Cicadas
>
> Cicadas silent as of this past Sunday in my neighborhood, Indian Spring, in Silver Spring MD.
> Tom Stock
> On Tuesday, June 6, 2017 Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4...> wrote:
> Some Magicicada song in the Dunloggin neighborhood of Ellicott City, can be heard along St. John's Lane south of Frederick Rd. But come up short of our house, where only singles can be heard. No kites, however.
>
>
> On Tue, Jun 6, 2017 at 1:41 PM Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...> wrote:
> Went out onto the deck this morning and realized something was missing - the constant buzz we had been hearing for some weeks from Magicicada! We had all three species here in Colesville, from voice most seemed to be cassini (a long buzz). Now all is silence...😕
>
> Sounds as there are still plenty at the MIKI site in Columbia - how about elsewhere?
>
> Gail Mackiernan
> Colesville, MD
>
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Date: 6/6/17 4:35 pm
From: Harry Armistead <harryarmistead...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Tundra Swan, Egypt Road
On June 2, in the 1st field S of the school, west of Egypt Road, Dorchester County, an adult, foraging. Seemed healthy, but, who knows? I did not see it on my 1st trip down the road. - Harry Armistead, Philadelphia.

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Date: 6/6/17 4:25 pm
From: Jim Nelson <kingfishers2...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Cicadas
Our neighborhood west of NIH in Bethesda, Mont. Co., has been quiet for almost a week now. The chorus was never right at our house but we could always hears the distant sound. No individual cicadas around our yard for over a week.


Jim Nelson
Bethesda, MD



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From: Thomas Stock <altomomatic...>
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Sent: Tue, Jun 6, 2017 5:55 pm
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Cicadas



Cicadas silent as of this past Sunday in my neighborhood, Indian Spring, in Silver Spring MD.
Tom Stock



On Tuesday, June 6, 2017 Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4...> wrote:


Some Magicicada song in the Dunloggin neighborhood of Ellicott City, can be heard along St. John's Lane south of Frederick Rd. But come up short of our house, where only singles can be heard. No kites, however.





On Tue, Jun 6, 2017 at 1:41 PM Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...> wrote:


Went out onto the deck this morning and realized something was missing - the constant buzz we had been hearing for some weeks from Magicicada! We had all three species here in Colesville, from voice most seemed to be cassini (a long buzz). Now all is silence...😕


Sounds as there are still plenty at the MIKI site in Columbia - how about elsewhere?


Gail Mackiernan
Colesville, MD

Sent from my iPad

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Date: 6/6/17 4:23 pm
From: Lydia Schindler <lydia13621...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fwd: DC Area, 6/6/2017
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Date: Tue, Jun 6, 2017 at 4:17 PM
Subject: DC Area, 6/6/2017
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Hotline: Voice of the Naturalist
Date: 6/6/2017
Coverage: MD/DC/VA/central and southern DE/WV panhandle
Reports, comments and questions:
<voice...>
Compiler: Helen Patton
Sponsor: Audubon Naturalist Society of the Central
Atlantic States (independent of NAS)
Transcriber: Steve Cordle

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

This is the Voice of the Naturalist, a service of the Audubon
Naturalist Society. This report covers the week starting Tuesday, May
30 and was completed on Tuesday, June 6 at 10 a.m.
Information on noteworthy birds 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).

The top birds this week were SWALLOW-TAILED KITE in VA* and
SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER in MD.

Other birds of interest this week included waterfowl, BLACK-BILLED
CUCKOO, KING RAIL, COMMON GALLINULE, COMMON NIGHTHAWK, BLACK-BELLIED
PLOVER, RED KNOT, WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER, SANDWICH TERN, BLACK
SKIMMER, SOOTY SHEARWATER, LEAST BITTERN, MISSISSIPPI KITE, falcons,
flycatchers, LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE, warblers, sparrows, DICKCISSEL and
BOBOLINK.
TOP BIRDS

A SWALLOW-TAILED KITE was at Cape Charles, Northampton Co, VA on May
30.

A SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER was at the Glendening Preserve Area of the
Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary, Anne Arundel Co, MD on June 3. It was not
seen again.

OTHER SIGHTINGS

One to two SNOW GEESE were at Bombay Hook NWR, Kent Co, DE on June 1,
4 and 5. A CACKLING GOOSE was at the Chesapeake Bay Environmental
Center (Horsehead), Queen Anne's Co, MD on June 1. A TRUMPETER SWAN
was on Elliott Island Road, Dorchester Co, MD on June 1.

A COMMON EIDER was at the Ocean City Inlet, Worcester Co, MD on May 30
and another was at Matompkin Island, Accomack Co, VA on June 3. Two
LONG-TAILED DUCKS were at Beverly-Triton Beach, Anne Arundel Co, MD on
May 30.

A BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO was at Piscataway Park, Prince George's Co, MD
on June 1.

A KING RAIL was at the Patuxent River Park, Wooton's Landing,
Baltimore Co, MD on May 31. Another KING RAIL was at Black Marsh,
Baltimore Co, MD on June 3.

A COMMON GALLINULE was at the Mason-Dixon Farm, Frederick Co, MD on
May 30 and another was at Hart-Miller Island, Baltimore Co, MD on May
31. A COMMON GALLINULE was at the Back Bay NWR, Virginia Beach, VA on
June 1.

COMMON NIGHTHAWKS were at the Lake Roland Boardwalk, Baltimore Co, MD
and Windsor Point, Norfolk Co, VA on June 1 and the C&O Canal,
Violette's Lock, Montgomery Co, MD on June 5.

BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS were in the fields at the Prime Hook NWR, Sussex
Co, DE on May 30.

During the week many persons enjoyed the annual migration of RED KNOTS
at various coastal locations in the reporting area, including such
traditional spots in Delaware as the DuPont Nature Center
(Mispillion) and Prime Hook NWR in Sussex Co, DE.
Three WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS were on King Farm Road, Pulaski Co, VA
on June 3.

Two SANDWICH TERNS were at the Mobjack P.O., Matthews Co, VA on June
2. Five BLACK SKIMMERS were at Fowler Beach, Sussex Co, DE on May 30.

On June 3, a SOOTY SHEARWATER was spotted in Maryland waters offshore
from Worcester Co.

A LEAST BITTERN was at the Back Bay NWR, Virginia Beach, VA on June 1.

Northward-moving MISSISSIPPI KITES were conspicuous in the reporting
area with many reports from various locations in Howard Co, MD. Other
reports included: three at the Hampton Roads Agriculture Research
Center, Virginia Beach, VA on June 1; a quick flyover at Lake
Artemesia, Prince George's Co, MD on May 31; one at the intersection
of Columbia Pike at Braddock Road, Alexandria, VA on May 31; one at
Green Spring Gardens, Fairfax VA, also on May 31; two at Magothy Bay
NAP on May 31 and one to four at Lake Elkhorn, Columbia, Howard Co, MD
on June 3, 4 and 5;

MERLINS were observed at Sewell's Orchard Pond, Howard Co, MD on June
3 and the C&O CANAL, Pennyfield Lock, Montgomery Co, MD on June 4. A
PEREGRINE FALCON caught and ate a pigeon on the grass in front of the
Hirshhorn Museum on the Mall in DC, providing an unusual tourist
attraction on May 31.

Sightings of OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER included: one at the Angola Neck
Preserve – North end, Sussex Co, De on May 31; one at the Middle
Patuxent Environmental Area, Howard Co, MD also on May 31 and
Columbia, Howard Co, MD on June 1. A YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER was at
Monticello Park, Alexandria, VA n May 30 and at Lilypons Water
Gardens, Frederick Co, MD on June 3. Noteworthy sightings of ALDER
FLYCATCHER included singing individuals at several locations including
Castleton Road in NE Harford Co, MD on May 31 and June 1; one to three
on Old Legislative Road, Allegany Co, MD on June 1 and 3; and the
Swoope Area, Augusta Co, VA on June 5.

A continuing LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE at the Smith Farm in Lunenburg Co, VA
was most recently seen on May 30. Another LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE was at the
Helm-Toelke Farm, Craig Co, VA on June 4.

Warbler highlights included a MOURNING WARBLER seen at the Swan Creek
dredge containment facility, Anne Arundel Co, MD on May 31. A WILSON'S
WARBLER was at Bombay Hook NWR, Kent Co, DE on June 1.

A YELLOW-EYED EASTERN TOWHEE, an unusual subspecies, was spotted at
Back Bay NWR, Virginia Beach, VA on June 1. A migrating NELSON'S
SPARROW was found at the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center
(Horsehead) Queen Anne's Co, MD on June 2.

DICKCISSELS were seen from many locations in the area during the week.

SUMMER TANAGERS also appeared in the area during the week.

BOBOLINK sightings included: one at Craney Island Disposal Area,
Portsmouth, VA on June 1; one at Greensboro, Caroline Co, MD also on
June 1; and six at Fair Hill NRMA, Cecil Co, MD on June 4.

***

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

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

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

Thank you for your interest, and enjoy the birds.

*Of interest to the Records Committee

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Date: 6/6/17 3:34 pm
From: Kurt Schwarz <krschwa1...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Pollinator Habitat Bill Becomes Law

I have been remiss in not informing the Maryland Birding Community that the Pollinator Habitat Bill became law on May 25 when Governor Hogan signed the bill passed by both Chambers. This effort was led by the Smart on Pesticides Coalition Maryland, with MOS contributing written testimony and disseminating action alerts. To all who responded to those perhaps too numerous alerts to write your legislators and the Governor, thank you! Likewise to the untiring efforts of SOPC guiding this bill through the legislature and onto the Governor. Pollinator plots planted by state agencies such as the Highway Administration will now be free of neonicotinoid pesticides, which are toxic to birds, and also negatively affect reproduction in birds.


Kurt Schwarz
Conservation Chair
Maryland Ornithological Society
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Date: 6/6/17 3:29 pm
From: marian rutigliano <mcrutig...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Cicadas
They were loud and annoying yesterday (6/5).

Was out all day today since pre-dawn so don't know about today.

Marian Rutigliano
Towson, MD

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Date: 6/6/17 2:55 pm
From: Thomas Stock <altomomatic...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Cicadas
Cicadas silent as of this past Sunday in my neighborhood, Indian Spring, in Silver Spring MD.

Tom Stock




On Tuesday, June 6, 2017 Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4...> wrote:

Some Magicicada song in the Dunloggin neighborhood of Ellicott City, can be heard along St. John's Lane south of Frederick Rd. But come up short of our house, where only singles can be heard.  No kites, however.



On Tue, Jun 6, 2017 at 1:41 PM Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...> wrote:

Went out onto the deck this morning and realized something was missing - the constant buzz we had been hearing for some weeks from Magicicada! We had all three species here in Colesville, from voice most seemed to be cassini (a long buzz). Now all is silence...😕


Sounds as there are still plenty at the MIKI site in Columbia - how about elsewhere?


Gail Mackiernan

Colesville, MD

Sent from my iPad

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Date: 6/6/17 1:42 pm
From: J Campbell <pjcampbell56...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Mississippi Kites, Columbia Md-Anyone looking?
And thank you Rick Sussmann for helping me see the bird this afternoon.

Joan Campbell

On Jun 6, 2017 4:35 PM, "Warblerick" <ricksussman1955...> wrote:

> After 1 pm only a single bird was seen soaring and circling over Night
> Roost Ct. on and off till just past 1:35 or so. I stayed till 3 but didn't
> see it again.
> Rick Sussman
> Woodbine, MD
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Date: 6/6/17 1:35 pm
From: Warblerick <ricksussman1955...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Mississippi Kites, Columbia Md-Anyone looking?
After 1 pm only a single bird was seen soaring and circling over Night Roost Ct. on and off till just past 1:35 or so. I stayed till 3 but didn't see it again.
Rick Sussman
Woodbine, MD

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Date: 6/6/17 11:09 am
From: Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Cicadas
Some Magicicada song in the Dunloggin neighborhood of Ellicott City, can be
heard along St. John's Lane south of Frederick Rd. But come up short of our
house, where only singles can be heard. No kites, however.


On Tue, Jun 6, 2017 at 1:41 PM Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...>
wrote:

> Went out onto the deck this morning and realized something was missing -
> the constant buzz we had been hearing for some weeks from *Magicicada*!
> We had all three species here in Colesville, from voice most seemed to be
> *cassini* (a long buzz). Now all is silence...😕
>
> Sounds as there are still plenty at the MIKI site in Columbia - how about
> elsewhere?
>
> Gail Mackiernan
> Colesville, MD
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Date: 6/6/17 10:41 am
From: Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Cicadas
Went out onto the deck this morning and realized something was missing - the constant buzz we had been hearing for some weeks from Magicicada! We had all three species here in Colesville, from voice most seemed to be cassini (a long buzz). Now all is silence...😕

Sounds as there are still plenty at the MIKI site in Columbia - how about elsewhere?

Gail Mackiernan
Colesville, MD

Sent from my iPad

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Date: 6/6/17 10:21 am
From: Warblerick <ricksussman1955...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Mississippi Kites, Columbia Md-Anyone looking?
I pulled up at 1 pm, and two were circling high overhead, btwn Night Roost Ct x Winter Moss Ct.

Rick Sussman
Woodbine, MD

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Date: 6/6/17 9:39 am
From: Patricia Wood <pwood...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Mississippi Kites, Columbia Md-Anyone looking?
Lots of birders looking this morning but no luck so far Lot of cicadas tho.
Patricia Wood
silver spring

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Date: 6/6/17 8:32 am
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Subject: [MDBirding] Bay breasted Warbler
Adult male heard and seen by several at Prettyboy Reservoir--CCC Trail
‎(Gate 4) this morning. - Kevin Graff
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Date: 6/6/17 6:32 am
From: Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Mississippi Kites, Columbia Md-Anyone looking?
All of the neighbors I have encountered have been either oblivious or
welcoming. Just behave and try not to block roads.

On Mon, Jun 5, 2017 at 11:05 PM Mary Erickson <mary...> wrote:

> I think they're kind of used to people wandering around the sidewalks with
> bins at this point...
>
> Mary
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> On Mon, Jun 5, 2017 at 10:58 PM, 'diane Ford' via Maryland & DC Birding <
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>> Hi all,
>> I would like to try for the M-I-SS-I-SS-I-PP-I kites tomorrow morning.
>> It would be a Lifer. Seeing 3 together would be great!
>> I'll probably arrive about 9am ish. Are birders welcome? Just don't want
>> to be a stranger walking around a neighborhood with
>> binoculars and getting strange looks from the locals, if ya know what I
>> mean...
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Date: 6/5/17 8:05 pm
From: Mary Erickson <mary...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Mississippi Kites, Columbia Md-Anyone looking?
I think they're kind of used to people wandering around the sidewalks with
bins at this point...

Mary

On Mon, Jun 5, 2017 at 10:58 PM, 'diane Ford' via Maryland & DC Birding <
<mdbirding...> wrote:

> Hi all,
> I would like to try for the M-I-SS-I-SS-I-PP-I kites tomorrow morning.
> It would be a Lifer. Seeing 3 together would be great!
> I'll probably arrive about 9am ish. Are birders welcome? Just don't want
> to be a stranger walking around a neighborhood with
> binoculars and getting strange looks from the locals, if ya know what I
> mean...
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Date: 6/5/17 8:02 pm
From: 'diane Ford' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Mississippi Kites, Columbia Md-Anyone looking?
Hi all,  I would like to try for the M-I-SS-I-SS-I-PP-I kites tomorrow morning. It would be a Lifer. Seeing 3 together would be great!I'll probably arrive about 9am ish. Are birders welcome? Just don't want to be a stranger walking around a neighborhood withbinoculars and getting strange looks from the locals, if ya know what I mean...

D. Ford/Bethesda, Md.

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Date: 6/5/17 6:04 pm
From: john pangborn <pangborn.john19...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Lois Y. Green Conservation Park -- Jun 05, 2017
7:10 AM
Traveling
3.60 miles
191 minutes
All birds reported? Yes
Comments:

13 Canada Goose - FL -- 8 young 5 adults
2 Wood Duck - PO
1 Mallard
1 Great Blue Heron
2 Green Heron
1 Killdeer
3 Mourning Dove
2 Yellow-billed Cuckoo
1 Acadian Flycatcher
1 Great Crested Flycatcher
1 Eastern Kingbird
1 Red-eyed Vireo
2 American Crow
1 Fish Crow
3 Tree Swallow
2 Barn Swallow
2 Tufted Titmouse
3 Carolina Wren
1 Eastern Bluebird - VS
1 American Robin
3 Gray Catbird
1 Brown Thrasher
2 Northern Mockingbird
1 Cedar Waxwing
2 Common Yellowthroat
1 Yellow-breasted Chat
4 Field Sparrow
5 Northern Cardinal
1 Indigo Bunting
2 American Goldfinch

Number of Taxa: 30
John pangborn
Gaithersburg md

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Date: 6/5/17 3:39 pm
From: jugbayjs <jugbayjs...>
Subject: [MDBirding] If you see a boat or person at Skimmer Island (OC)
Between Apr 1 to Sept 15, call 410-260-8888.

http://news.maryland.gov/dnr/2017/05/17/colonial-waterbirds-return-to-ocean-city-islands/

State is stepping up to protect island nesting birds and DNR has designated many islands with nesting birds... Read article please!

Jeff Shenot
Croom, Md

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Date: 6/5/17 3:38 pm
From: Steve Long <steve.long4...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] grackles and bird baths and fecal sacs
For the first time, this month of this year, my bird bath seems to be
getting targeted. The nearby swimming pool is NOT being targeted. And, the
tidewater cove about 100' away MAY still be getting targeted, because I did
find one fecal sack on the pier.

But, I have had Grackles here for decades without seeing this happen,
before. It seems to be tapering off - with only 6 sacks in the bird bath,
yesterday. Myabe one particular Grackle didn't get the memo? Or maybe the
build-up of spilled-away sacks on the ground is repelling the Grackles?

Steve Long
Oxford

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Subject: Re: [MDBirding] grackles and bird baths and fecal sacs


> On 6/4/17, James Wilson <birdman> wrote:
> I had remembered that grackles like to drop fecal sacs in water so I
> did a quick search:
> "Grackles almost always drop fecal sacs over water....the instinct to
> drop those fecal sacs over water is still strong, so grackles often
> drop them in swimming pools..."
> ********************************
> Another good reason NOT to have a back yard pool :)
>
> This year my water bath has been consistently targeted by this
> behavior in contrast to previous years...
>
> Jim Speicher
> BroadRun/Burkittsville area
> [FR] Frederick County
> WA Co. MOS member
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Date: 6/5/17 11:32 am
From: Joe Hanfman <auk1844...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Mississippi Kites
Anthony "The Kite Whisperer" VanShoor has done it again. There are now 4 Mississippi Kites on Night Roost Ct and a 5th on the next court over.

Joe Hanfman
Columbia, MD

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Date: 6/5/17 10:44 am
From: Anthony VanSchoor <tonyvanschoor...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Mississippi Kite at Lake Elkhorn in Columbia @ 11:52am
UPDATE! UPDATE!

More and More Questions....
2 Miss.Kites are present @1:35pm but have split up and are no longer in
same tree. Last post was 1 bird and has details to get you close. But if?
And I have no idea, but if these young birds are paired up? Consider giving
a little space between yourself and them. Street behind mine.

On Mon, May 29, 2017 at 12:00 PM, Anthony V. <tonyvanschoor...>
wrote:

> If in Howard County area and anywhere really...I had one this AM at
> 9:10-9:20 in my yard and a roaming mob in neighborhood until about
> 11:30ish. I'm near Howard HS. For reference..
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Date: 6/5/17 9:03 am
From: Harry Armistead <harryarmistead...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Ferry Neck, Hurlock, Blackwater, May 27 - June 3, 2017. kleptoparasitism query.
FERRY NECK, HURLOCK, BLACKWATER, May 27 - June 3, 2017. Kleptoparasitism query.


WHIMBREL WASHOUT. Slightly late in the month, but each day I do 180 degree scans anyway, centered to the S, hoping to intercept Whimbrel that pass in a narrow flightline from the Eastern Shore of Virginia nonstop through these parts to NW Canada and Alaska. Yes, nonstop. Hundreds of scans, but no luck for the 3rd year in a row. I thought the east winds would help. Five times I’ve seen Whimbrel flights here, without the compulsive scanning - sheer luck - including c. 595 Liz and I saw at dusk May 25, 1990. A stirring sight to see these fast flying, large shorebirds on their way for 5 days without stopping - their heroic passage to the Arctic tundra. Past sightings have been in the stretch from May 24-27, usually towards day’s end.


MAY 27, SATURDAY. Arrive at Ferry Neck, Rigby’s Folly, Armistead digs, at 12:15. A Tricolored Heron flies due north at medium altitude at 7:45 P.M., the 8th property record. Daughter, Anne, SIL Derek, and grand daughter Alexis arrive. Anne spots 2 Horseshoe Crabs mating, slowly “scuttling across the floors of silent seas” (T. S. Eliot), right next to the dock. A 2” set pin, whatever that is, causes a slow leak on the right rear tire. MidAtlantic Tire Pros (Easton) does a great job fixing this. Highly recommended. Anne goes for a 3-mile run and has a close encounter with a wild turkey. 3 diamondback terrapin. 2” in the rain gauge since last visit. There’s a raccoon in our wood duck nest box. Curses. Finally, hear some decent green tree frog choruses. Derek cooks kabobs on the grill.


DOES BALD EAGLE KLEPTOPARASITISM AFFECT OSPRET NEST PRODUCTIVITY? A bald eagle robs an osprey today. There are so many eagles now that this happens frequently enough so that I wonder if it impacts osprey nest productivity. Last year we had the Taj Mahal of osprey platforms set up in the cove. It failed then, the one young hatched late, and disappeared after it was about 1/3 the size of an adult. Starvation? Not uncommon apparently. And the pair around this year don’t seem to be doing much, “la belle indifference”. Their pile of sticks is minimal. More often than not they aren’t on the nest platform.


MAY 28, SUNDAY. A walk out the drive, Lucy Point Trail, and Irish Creek Trail, 7-8 A.M.: common loon 1, bald eagle 1 adult, cattle egret 1, indigo bunting 1, great crested flycatcher 2, and notable non-avian taxa: snapping turtle (11” carapace), female box turtle (with damage to left side of her carapace, mid-way, on the outer edge; mowers?), diamondback terrapin 4, eastern cottontail 1, deer 1, little wood satyr 1, northern mockingbird imitating least sandpiper, and, a St. Francis of Assisi moment, a gray squirrel scampers down Lucy Point Trail towards me, starting c. 100 feet away, stops so close to my boot I could nudge it, looks up at me, and then goes off into Woods 7. 8 squirrels total. Six workboats in sight from Lucy Point.


Later in the day: cedar waxwings in configurations of 1, 2 & 3. blue-gray gnatcatcher 1. two wood ducks flush from The Pond. bald eagle 4. osprey 10 in sight simultaneously. a kettle of 11 turkey vultures over Edwards Point. Three northern watersnakes. seven great blue herons. Do an hour’s worth of work on the drive from the house to the bend. royal tern 2. four laughing gulls probably due to the east winds that prevail this week. clear, E 5+ or NE, becoming mostly overcast, then overcast with rain at 2 P.M. (0.1”), mid-60s. such growth. grasses on field edges hip high.


MAY 29, MONDAY. Our guests leave. do an hour’s work on Choptank Trail, Lucy Point Trail, and the driveway. Canada goose 28 (flocks of 20 and 8). Gray squirrel 3 including “snowshoes” (white paws and legs) and “halftail” (missing half its tail). diamondback terrapin 27. butterflies: tiger swallowtail 1, American lady 1, cabbage white 6, orange sulphur 7, clouded sulphur 2, spring azure 2, eastern tailed blue 2, little wood satyr 3. 68-79, overcast becoming clear then mostly overcast, dead calm, E 10-15, damp.


MAY 30, TUESDAY. overcast, 62-68, E or SE 5-10. Ceiling lowers in late afternoon with poor visibility and light mist. Nice clover patch by Field 1, c. 6’ X 75’, attracts eastern tailed blue 11, clouded sulphur 1, American lady 1. A few days ago Ned Brinkley and George Armistead visited the Magothy Bay Natural Area Preserve near Cape Charles, Virginia, and see Mississippi Kite, Dickcissel, bobwhite, and White-rumped Sandpiper, I think 2 each.


MAY 31, WEDNESDAY. the best birding day on the property this visit. peregrine falcon 1 male over Field 4, makes 4 spectacular dives, evidently at nothing, perhaps just for fun. In front of Tranquility: BLACK SCOTER 12 (surpasses the old record on the equally improbably date of September 18, 1988; although outnumbered by Surf Scoter regionally during the cold months, BLSC is usually present in higher numbers in the warm months than surf scoters, with 100 or 200 or more [a few single group counts] sometimes seen in the sea off of the Eastern Shore of Virginia). 2 common loons near the 12 black scoters. Will Russell saw 10 BLSC here on May 14.


RAPTORS, 7 species: turkey vulture 16 (in sight simultaneously), black vulture 3, osprey 20, Cooper’s hawk 1 male, the peregrine, red-tailed hawk 1 adult, bald eagle 4. HERON TYPES (5 species): great blue heron 2, green heron 1, cattle egret 3, snowy egret 3, great egret 2. BUTTERFLIES: hackberry emperor 1, American lady 1, eastern tailed blue 10, clouded sulphur 6, orange sulphur 2, cabbage white 3.


0.2” of rain last night. The land needs to begin drying out. 66-79, overcast, then clearing & becoming fair c. 9:45 A.M., E<5 then SW 10. Pileated Woodpecker 1. Two Common Grackles chase the Cooper’s hawk. On the front porch a 7”and a 5” skink. An osprey carries a huge swatch of seagrass for minutes on end as if it is a trophy fish, goes up high, does a sky dance with it.


Aircraft: an Osprey and a CH21 helicopter. It has been a while since we’ve seen any A-10 Warthogs, the yard high count being 4. See “Snowshoes” and “Halftail” again. The back porch screen door becomes damp and closes with reluctance. Earlier in May it sounded just like a Pickerel Frog, at least the recording I have of this frog, since I’m not familiar with it in life.


Do an hour of work on the Warbler Trail. The ‘Three Belles’ of Baltimore, a cabin cruiser that anchored last night at the mouth of the cove, trailering a small Whaler, leaves. Cookout of hamburgers and hot dogs. At this late date our feeders still attract most of the birds we had in the winter, minus White-throated Sparrows and a few Song Sparrows and juncos. There is good color now with House Finches, cardinals, jays, and goldfinches, and less colorful chickadees, titmice, doves, cowbirds, and grackles. Diamondback terrapin 9. Northern watersnake 3. Big Green Treefrog chorus at 8:30 P.M. Nine Laughing Gulls.


JUNE 1, THURSDAY. 66-82, clear becoming fair, NW 5-10. Two Wood Ducks at The Pond again. Twenty Turkey Vultures in sight simultaneously. Butterflies: tiger swallowtail 3, red-spotted purple 1, eastern tailed blue 9, little wood satyr 7.


JUNE 2, FRIDAY. At 6:30 A.M. on 89.5 (Salisbury) a segment about the new Harriet Tubman center next to Blackwater refuge with commentary by manager, Dana Paterra, and others.


HURLOCK WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANT, 8-9:15 A.M. clear, calm, 80 degrees F. Complete list: Canada goose 294 (including broods of 2, 7, 7 & 12 small young), wood duck 18, RUDDY DUCK 16 (a few in all cells except the NW one), mallard 22, tundra swan 2 adults (present for weeks if not months; no doubt disabled), killdeer 4 (probably nesting on the dikes), blue grosbeak 2, red-bellied woodpecker 1, indigo bunting 1, orchard oriole 1, great crested flycatcher 1, song sparrow 2, barn swallow 2, purple martin 2, bank swallow 2 (heard calling, then seen close), tufted titmouse 1, northern cardinal 1, eastern wood pewee 1, chipping sparrow 1, mourning dove 1, field sparrow 1, northern mockingbird 1, turkey vulture 7, red-tailed hawk 1, American robin 4, European starling 4, red-winged blackbird 12, common grackle 4.


Also: one green frog, 12 turtle snouts seen in the water. The water, or whatever it is, in the NW cell is so foul and full of unIDd floating and gross objects that no birds are there. Most all of the landbirds here today are singing males. The ruddy ducks are here most summers. One hopes, and keeps hoping, to see them with broods of ducklings, but I have never been this lucky. They are notorious for summering in a few areas regionally but not of breeding in these parts.


The woods N of the NW and NE cells are rich and the source of many of the landbirds encountered today. There is a good growth of cattails and other vegetation in the N part of the NW cel. Although I have played rail recordings there, this has never resulted in any responding. It is surprising not to see any shorebirds today, other than the killdeer. Shorebirds often favor the N part of the NW cell, where the scum and slime are firm enough to offer opportunities for foraging.


BLACKWATER N.W.R. Noon - 1:15, clear, NW 10-15, high 70s, Pool 1 and Pool 5 water somewhat low and being drained further, Pool 3 high water. tidal water so high there is practically no mud. Ditches in the woods along Wildlife Drive: high water. A brief, rather lazy, visit.


Canada goose 23, great blue heron 16, great egret 23 (most of the GBHs and GREGs in Pools 1 & 5), snowy egret 5 (Pool 5), bald eagle 7, semipalmated sandpiper 35 (Pool 1), herring gull 1 adult, great black-backed gull 1 ad., 1 imm. (these gulls at the Malkus Bridge), least tern 1 (Pool 5), ovenbird 1, blue grosbeak 1, indigo bunting 1, eastern meadowlark 1, orchard oriole 2, red-eyed vireo 1, eastern wood pewee 1, house wren 1, and other common landbirds.


American white pelican 2 (1 the presumed disabled bird, present since 2010, the 2nd pelican perhaps the flying bird Jeff Effinger saw near the Route 335 bridge in late-May). Some Cricket Frogs just to the W of the entrance to the Visitor Center. A Snapping Turtle next to the gate post at the entrance to HQ. 6 Redbelly Sliders, 2 Painted Turtles.


Back at RIGBY’S FOLLY: On the dock 5:30-6:30 P.M.: 11 Ospreys in sight simultaneously enjoying the brisk NW winds. One adult Bald Eagle. One Green Heron. One Snowy Egret.


JUNE 3, SATURDAY. Four Wild Turkeys in Field 4. Leave by 7:45 A.M. A Woodchuck N of Cordova.


WILLIAM J. L. SLADEN, 96, on May 29. Full obituary in the Washington Post, Friday, June 2, p. B5 with 2 photographs showing a handsome, craggy-faced, flinty-eyed, bearded, smiling man, fashionably attired in wool cap and beautiful sweater. “Renown [sic; renowned] zoologist studied penguins in Antarctica, led migrating geese home”, by Emily Langer. “Once, after a fire destroyed his base hut and killed his fellow travelers, he spent 17 days alone with no shelter but a tent …” in Antarctica.


Did much research on swans, some in the Chesapeake area. “All those experiences have been mine … and they are all unforgettable, yet for me the liftoff of whistling swans from the Chesapeake Bay on spring migration equals or even surpasses, in emotional and scientific impact, those other more exotic adventures.” Two mountains in Antarctica are named for him. From Wales, he received two medical degrees in London. “Dr. Sladen formed profound bounds [sic; bonds] with birds.”


ORDEAL BY CAROLINA WREN. After building a nest in my folding director’s chair on the front porch, the Carolina wrens started to build the next nest in our clothes dryer vent. Liz removed it. A week later they had completed the nest there in a 2nd attempt, with one egg. The Sears repair man removed it. Liz stuffed the vent up with rags. The wrens removed the rags. The vent is now stuffed more securely … we think.


ORDEAL BY RACCOON. For much of this spring Raccoons have taken feeders down from our “shepherds’ crooks”, opened the feeders, and emptied them. The feeders are not that easy for ME to open. One has to be in awe of the raccoons’ abilities and craft. A couple of weeks ago I caught one of them. Dangle a partially opened can of sardines in oil. Bumble Bee is the best brand because it has a sort of poptop loop one can dangle from a hook inside the trap just past the plate that springs it.


But the depredations continue. This time the sardine can is emptied and the trap somehow is sprung w/o the animal being caught. I adjust the trap, placing the sardines farther back from the trap entrance. But for 3 nights no luck. Earlier we had banged the raccoon’s lodging, a large wood duck nest box, on both sides, then trained a hose on the entrance, but it didn’t leave the box, at least while we were there watching. No sign of it lately. Perhaps the banging and waterboarding did the trick. Years ago in Philadelphia I caught 10 raccoons over a 2-week period using the same, large Havahart trap, turining them loose at Belmont or Militia Hill.


TICKS. Let me tell you I’ve done some bushwhacking this week but didn’t get one tick. I’m not that much of a vermin magnet but this is surprising.


HAPPY NEW YEAR. The 1st unsolicited 2018 calendar arrived May 23, from The Trust for Public Land, that I have never belonged or contributed to. I usually get 7-8 free calendars each summer, about half from organizations I’ve had nothing to do with, but am sympathetic to.


Best to all. - Harry Armistead, Philadelphia.

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Date: 6/5/17 6:05 am
From: Jim Felley <jdfelley...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: grackles and bird baths and fecal sacs
On Sunday, June 4, 2017 at 7:19:12 AM UTC-4, James Wilson wrote:
> I had remembered that grackles like to drop fecal sacs in water so I did a quick search:
> "Grackles almost always drop fecal sacs over water. Long ago, grackles usually nested near rivers, and the flowing water would carry the droppings far away. Now many grackles nest in conifers in people's back yards, often far from rivers. But the instinct to drop those fecal sacs over water is still strong, so grackles often drop them in swimming pools and bird baths. "
>
> Good stuff!!!
>
> Jim Wilson
> Queenstown

Grackles have nested in the evergreens of various houses on my court since we moved in almost 30 years ago. They defile my birdbath, as has been noted. However, they also just release the fecal sacs over the court like WW II 'skip-bombs', such you find a sac at the end of a line of white dashes. The line points directly to the nest, an easy way to find where they are nesting each year. Of course, releasing 'over the court' means 'over the cars', and my neighbors complain. I tell them it will all be over by the end of June.
One year, a neighbor got a bright-red car. I watched a female grackle repeatedly land on the roof of the car and place a fecal sac along the top edge of the back window. Before my neighbor cleaned it off, there were a dozen poop-sacs carefully lined up. Clear evidence for birds having an aesthetic sense! I believe she felt she was 'making the car more beautiful'.

Jim

Jim Felley
Gaitherburg, MD

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Date: 6/4/17 8:41 pm
From: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] grackles and bird baths and fecal sacs
On 6/4/17, James Wilson <birdman> wrote:
I had remembered that grackles like to drop fecal sacs in water so I
did a quick search:
"Grackles almost always drop fecal sacs over water....the instinct to
drop those fecal sacs over water is still strong, so grackles often
drop them in swimming pools..."
********************************
Another good reason NOT to have a back yard pool :)

This year my water bath has been consistently targeted by this
behavior in contrast to previous years...

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

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Date: 6/4/17 5:00 pm
From: Anthony VanSchoor <tonyvanschoor...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Mississippi Kite at Lake Elkhorn in Columbia @ 11:52am
@ 6:33 and 6:38pm this evening I had 2 more Miss. Kites fly over at a
streaming pace heading east across Howard Co.

On Mon, May 29, 2017 at 12:00 PM, Anthony V. <tonyvanschoor...>
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> If in Howard County area and anywhere really...I had one this AM at
> 9:10-9:20 in my yard and a roaming mob in neighborhood until about
> 11:30ish. I'm near Howard HS. For reference..
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Date: 6/4/17 4:55 pm
From: Rhamiltonimprovements via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Owl moves in before construction completed
On Friday, March 3, 2017 at 8:31:09 AM UTC-5, JimC wrote:
> I placed Wood Duck boxes in the marsh years ago but the DNR came and installed many more in the WMA across the creek and I re-purposed some of my boxes into owl boxes. A fellow recently offered duck boxes on Craigslist for $45 that are exceptional, compared to my old boxes. I got two.
>
> I could not reach over the 'coon roof' to set the top screw and had to leave the box hanging from a halyard 'till I came up with another way to secure it. Three days later, I'm painted into a corner: an owl has moved in already... I can't disturb it banging away during the day... nor am I confident about working on a ladder in the dark?! But, I am happy it likes the new accommodations.
>
> Side note: when I asked him if he could make Bat Boxes; he looked at me like I was nuts. (I got two off Ebay from some 14yr old kid lat year) The small clearing where this owl box is located has already had three bats last weekend. We like bats.
>
>
> Jim

I build boxes- still have 5 Screech boxes sitting on my front porch. Not only can I build more owl boxes if you need- I can do Bat, butterfly, other bird boxes- Let me know if interested.

Rick

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Date: 6/4/17 3:12 pm
From: Kojo Baidoo <baidookojo6...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: White-throated Sparrow continues
On Sunday, May 28, 2017 at 2:23:13 PM UTC-4, Derek Richardson wrote:
> Back underneath the feeders in the rain (West Laurel, PG County).
>
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> Derek C. Richardson, Laurel, PG County, MD
> http://www.astro.umd.edu/~dcr/personal.html

My personal late date (Baltimore County) is 5/27.

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Date: 6/4/17 12:54 pm
From: Robin Hessey <rmhesseybird...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Common Loon on Lake Elkhorn
Had a common loon on Lake Elkhorn in Columbia about 2:30 pm today. In the middle of the lake, but closer to the end near the wetland (as opposed to Brokenland Pkwy.
Robin Hessey

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Date: 6/4/17 11:41 am
From: Derek C. Richardson <dcr...>
Subject: [MDBirding] White-throated Sparrow continues

It's been a few days since I could watch the yard (West Laurel, PG
County), but sure enough our lingering White-throated Sparrow made an
appearance just now. It appears healthy, with strong flight, so maybe it
just likes it here. :)

D

P.S. We ran our BBS route this morning -- report to follow later in the
week! (No big surprises, but it was a pleasant 5 hours of birding.)

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Date: 6/4/17 10:54 am
From: jugbayjs <jugbayjs...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Scissor-tailed Flycatcher - Anne Arundel
Coincidentally, I looked there yesterday in the early morning, looking for late kites, dickcissels or flycatchers but saw nothing of Interest. So it came as a big surprise to see this rarity report! I didn't have a chance to look for it in the evening, but looked for it today and had no luck. I looked at every snag, line and perch along Pindell and Wrighton Roads, and on the other side of Rt 4 was s well around Waysons.

Jeff Shenot
Croom, Md

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Date: 6/4/17 10:53 am
From: 'jovet' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Scissor-tailed Flycatcher - Anne Arundel
Jon Ranson and I went to Glendening this morning. We were there at 8:15, before the area opened, and did not find the Scissor-tailed Flycatcher. We returned around 9:30 a.m. and, again did not find the bird on the wires, field, or in the trees in the area near the parking/butterfly garden.


They are having a plant sale today, so we talked to some volunteers. They did not see the bird today and were unaware it had been seen yesterday. They will be on the lookout today.


Joanne


Joanne Howl, DVM
West River, MD



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To: MDbirding <mdbirding...>
Sent: Sun, Jun 4, 2017 1:23 pm
Subject: [MDBirding] Scissor-tailed Flycatcher - Anne Arundel



I haven't seen it reported to this discussion group, so I thought I would post that yesterday morning, Maxwell Ramey submitted an eBird report of a Scissor-tailed Flycatcher at the Glendening Preserve area of Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary in Anne Arundel County. Photos are included on the eBird checklist. Note that I have not seen this bird myself so can't answer questions about it. The checklist with photos is at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37356914

Marcia
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Patuxent Bird Club
Maryland Ornithological Society



Bowie, Maryland
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Date: 6/4/17 10:23 am
From: Marcia Watson <marshwren50...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Scissor-tailed Flycatcher - Anne Arundel
I haven't seen it reported to this discussion group, so I thought I would post that yesterday morning, Maxwell Ramey submitted an eBird report of a Scissor-tailed Flycatcher at the Glendening Preserve area of Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary in Anne Arundel County. Photos are included on the eBird checklist. Note that I have not seen this bird myself so can't answer questions about it. The checklist with photos is at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37356914

Marcia
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Patuxent Bird Club
Maryland Ornithological Society

Bowie, Maryland
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Date: 6/4/17 5:33 am
From: <keyweststyle2001...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Possible King Rail, Black Marsh
After clap my hands a few times, I heard sound like a series of deep
grunts twice. Not hear again. L side of marsh by the causeway.
Virginia Rail heard once - Kevin Graff
Sent from my BlackBerry 10 smartphone on the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network.

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Date: 6/4/17 4:19 am
From: James Wilson <birdmanjfw...>
Subject: [MDBirding] grackles and bird baths and fecal sacs
I had remembered that grackles like to drop fecal sacs in water so I did a quick search:
"Grackles almost always drop fecal sacs over water. Long ago, grackles usually nested near rivers, and the flowing water would carry the droppings far away. Now many grackles nest in conifers in people's back yards, often far from rivers. But the instinct to drop those fecal sacs over water is still strong, so grackles often drop them in swimming pools and bird baths. "

Good stuff!!!

Jim Wilson
Queenstown

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Date: 6/3/17 7:53 pm
From: Jim Nelson <kingfishers2...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Poop Identification?
Is it possible these are fecal sacs carried from a nest and dropped? If
so, it would be hard to determine species without seeing the
perpetrator.
Jim NelsonBethesda, MD On 06/03/17, Steve
Long<steve.long4...> wrote: For the last week, I have been
finding bird droppings that have almost round
blobs of urates (white portion) that is so thick that it is
approaching
solid. On pavement, it looks like 3/8"-to-1/2" diameter balls,
slighlty
flattened at the bottom. In my bird bath, it tends to look like
minature
poached eggs.

I am familiar with Robins using a bird bath to drink, then bathe,
then, just
before flying off, they sit on the edge, facing outward, and poop into
the
water. The pattern of poop in the bird bath looks like that, but I
have
never seen this type of urate blob come out of a robin.

Does anybody know if this is a trait of a particular bird, or of a
particular illness?

Steve Long
Oxford

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Date: 6/3/17 7:51 pm
From: Anthony VanSchoor <tonyvanschoor...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Mississippi Kite at Lake Elkhorn in Columbia @ 11:52am
I don't really have anything that hangs around for me to use this listserv
to its full capabilities. The MIKI was a first for me, and the people that
made it were awesome and the stories that were shared with me were great!
Thank you!

Budget Kite string only held for 3 days...
Next time a Mississippi kite happens to land at my house I will make sure
to buy the expensive string! Thank you to all the the great people that
came out to observe it! All together and on separate occasions we managed
to corrupt a few of my neighbors! A few have stopped me and asked how to
get into birding? I really appreciate how everyone kept the neighbors in
mind! They all had very nice things to say! I tried to let as many people
know as I could but in doing so. My cell phone was draining faster than it
was charging. 1st day the Kite seemed to be eating cicadas like there was
no tomorrow and was reliably viewed at 1 of 3 perches. 2nd day was a little
more feeding and long periods of rest 3 long stretches at 2hrs, 2hrs and
3hrs. 3rd day the sun broke through and it seemed to be all over with 2 and
3 hour periods of wandering in and out of the area best viewed. Also was
checking out a few different snags and areas. The most interesting behavior
witnessed by myself and a few others that noticed it first was. It was
actually breaking branches and carrying them off to an unknown area out of
sight. But later that day I found the behavior to be odd when three or four
sticks were flown over a tree top and then dropped into the canopy, I don't
think a nest makes itself. A few dedicated friends sat and waited so
patiently during a 3 hour period and I was stalling to go to costco. And I
guess around 5pm a vulture had a different shape next too it. Sitting in my
truck I yelled Kite Up. Helps when window is down....Kite Up! Relief that
wait was over and they got the bird..I returned to Noone around and the
Kite was doing the normal routine and putting on the evening show snagging
cicada midair eating on the wing did a barrel roll or two between perch and
snag. And was present until I couldn't see in the dark anymore. Day 4,, The
Kite string broke and the bird was gone....

Mississippi Kite
Columbia, MD
My House

On May 29, 2017 12:00 PM, "Anthony V." <tonyvanschoor...> wrote:

> If in Howard County area and anywhere really...I had one this AM at
> 9:10-9:20 in my yard and a roaming mob in neighborhood until about
> 11:30ish. I'm near Howard HS. For reference..
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Date: 6/3/17 2:43 pm
From: Steve Long <steve.long4...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Poop Identification?
For the last week, I have been finding bird droppings that have almost round
blobs of urates (white portion) that is so thick that it is approaching
solid. On pavement, it looks like 3/8"-to-1/2" diameter balls, slighlty
flattened at the bottom. In my bird bath, it tends to look like minature
poached eggs.

I am familiar with Robins using a bird bath to drink, then bathe, then, just
before flying off, they sit on the edge, facing outward, and poop into the
water. The pattern of poop in the bird bath looks like that, but I have
never seen this type of urate blob come out of a robin.

Does anybody know if this is a trait of a particular bird, or of a
particular illness?

Steve Long
Oxford

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Date: 6/3/17 7:11 am
From: Lydia Schindler <lydia13621...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Pennyfield Rd Closed 6/5-6/7
Pennyfield Rd closed 6/5 - 6/7

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Date: 6/3/17 5:46 am
From: Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4...>
Subject: [MDBirding] HowCo Dickcissel addendum
My post of June 1 with a "joke" of nobody minding the eBird reviewer store
could be construed as an attack or insult to said reviewers. That was not
my intent. They labor unthanked in obscurity to keep eBird data solid and
reliable. I apologize for any insult taken And want to thank them for their
unpaid service, and wish them enjoyable time off.

As an aside, the House Finches in Reading, PA, sound different. Regional
dialects!
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Ellicott City, Howard County
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Date: 6/2/17 9:06 pm
From: SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Friday, June 7, 2017 28 Raptors
Fort Smallwood Park

Pasadena, Maryland, USA

> Daily Raptor Counts: Jun 02, 2017
> Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
> Black Vulture 4 4 277
> Turkey Vulture 16 31 6828
> Osprey 5 5 562
> Bald Eagle 1 3 221
> Northern Harrier 0 0 76
> Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 0 1061
> Cooper's Hawk 0 0 209
> Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
> Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 95
> Broad-winged Hawk 2 2 336
> Red-tailed Hawk 0 0 177
> Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
> Golden Eagle 0 0 2
> American Kestrel 0 0 122
> Merlin 0 0 59
> Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
> Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
> Unknown Buteo 0 0 5
> Unknown Falcon 0 0 2
> Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
> Unknown Raptor 0 0 5
> Mississippi Kite 0 0 3
> Total: 28 45 10040
>
>
> Observation start time: 10 am
> Observation end time: 3 pm Daylight Time
> Total observation time: 5 hours
> Official Counter Sue Ricciardi
> Observers: Dan Walker, Hal Wierenga
>
> Weather: Mostly sunny becoming partly cloudy; 74-79 degrees; good visibility; winds moderate out of the west or WNW, 7-17 mph
>
> Raptor Observations: Good flying conditions and there was a small flight at this rather late date. Lots of dragonflies, but no kite takers.
>
> Non-raptor Observations:
>
> ---------------------------------------------
> Report submitted by Sue Ricciardi (<susiericc...> mailto:<susiericc...> )
> Fort Smallwood Park information may be found at: http://www.mdbirds.org/sites/mdsites/hawks/hawkwatch.html
>
> 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: 6/2/17 3:34 pm
From: Tim Carney <timmyc83...>
Subject: [MDBirding] eBird Review
Hi everyone,

Tyler Bell and I are both on vacation this week, and the other reviewers have been on a bit of a hiatus lately for various reasons. The review queue will probably back up for a few days. Please don't panic if your sightings take a few days to be validated.

Mark Hoffman is still actively reviewing Worcester County, so there shouldn't be a backup there. As for the other 22 counties, please be patient.

Thanks!
Tim Carney
Nottingham, MD

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Date: 6/2/17 9:13 am
From: Barbara Johnson <barbarajohnson222...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Invitation: Celebration of the life and contributions of Chandler Robbins Friday, June 23, 3:00-7:30
Celebration of the Life and Contributions of Chandler S. Robbins
Dear Friends,

The USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center and the USFWS Patuxent Research Refuge invite you to a memorial celebration of the life and contributions of Chandler S. Robbins.

The celebration will be held June 23, 2-7:30 PM, at the National Wildlife Visitor Center at the Patuxent Research Refuge, 10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop Laurel, MD 20708.

Chan was a beloved family member, mentor, friend, and extraordinary colleague to so many of us, and we miss him a great deal. We look forward to seeing you and honoring Chan's gifts to us. There will be opportunities for brief recollections of Chan: bring your favorite memories to share!

​ ​Program of Events:
​2:30pm Arrival
​3:00 - 4:30pm Welcome & Invited Speakers
​4:45 - 5:30pm Recollections, Reminiscence, etc.
​​5:30pm Reception: Displays, Chan memorabilia; walk on Chan's Forest Fragmentation Trail or take a ​Tram Ride
7:30pm Departure

​​Please respond by June 16th, ​ because space is limited, we encourage car pooling​. All are welcome. MOS members: ask your chapter president to share email invitation if you have not yet received it, or contact Shannon Beliew at <sbeliew...> or 301-497-5551 with your name and # of attendees in your party.

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Date: 6/2/17 8:22 am
From: Frank Marenghi <frank_marenghi...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Mississippi Kite at Lake Elkhorn in Columbia @ 11:52am
Does anyone know if the Columbia Mississippi Kite is still in the same area? We are heading that way tomorrow morning and would like to stop and look.

Thanks a lot,

Frank


Frank Marenghi
Shady Side, MD



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Date: 6/2/17 8:10 am
From: Kevin Graff <keyweststyle2001...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Hart-Miller Island, 05/31/17
05/31/17 – 710am-3pm

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



WEATHER: Overcast/Fair, 64-75 degrees, NW 3K- SE 6K

OBS: Kevin G, Bob R



Canada Goose – 56

Wood Duck – 9

Gadwall – 6

American Black Duck – 2

Mallard – 34

*NORTHERN SHOVELER – 2

Ruddy Duck – 6

*COMMON LOON – 1

Pied-billed Grebe – 3

Double-crested Cormorant – 62

Great Blue Heron – 22

Great Egret – 5

Snowy Egret – 1

Turkey Vulture – 1

Osprey – 17

Bald Eagle – 6

Peregrine Falcon – 1

*COMMON GALLINULE – 2

American Coot – 1

Semipalmated Plover – 15

Killdeer – 4

Spotted Sandpiper – 1

Greater Yellowlegs – 1

Semipalmated Sandpiper – 9

*BONAPARTE'S GULL – 1 (1st S)

Laughing Gull – 3

Ring-billed Gull – 31

Herring Gull – 4

Great Black-backed Gull – 5

Least Tern – 1

Caspian Tern – 48

Mourning Dove – 6

Yellow-billed Cuckoo – 2

Chimney Swift – 1

Ruby-throated Hummingbird – 2

Eastern Wood-Pewee – 3

Acadian Flycatcher – 1

Great Crested Flycatcher – 2

Eastern Kingbird – 4

Red-eyed Vireo – 4

American Crow – 2

Fish Crow – 1

Purple Martin – 2

Tree Swallow – 11

Barn Swallow – 21

Carolina Wren – 4

Marsh Wren – 3

Gray Catbird – 4

European Starling – 10

Cedar Waxwing – 14

Common Yellowthroat – 21

American Redstart – 2

Yellow Warbler – 10

Northern Cardinal – 11

Blue Grosbeak – 5

Indigo Bunting – 10

Red-winged Blackbird – 119

Common Grackle – 3

Brown-headed Cowbird – 2

Orchard Oriole – 11

Baltimore Oriole – 1

American Goldfinch – 20

SPECIES: 62 INDIVIDUALS: 672



MAMMALS: Red Fox – 1 (kit)



REPTILES: E Painted Turtle – 1, Snapping Turtle – 1



AMHIBIANS: Fowler’s Toad – 42, Green Tree Frog – 2, Bullfrog – 1



BUTTERFLIES

E Tiger Swallowtail – 1

Black Swallowtail – 12

Cabbage White – 40

Orange Sulphur – 9

E Tailed Blue – 16

Variegated Fritillary – 3

Pearl Crescent – 10

American Lady – 1

Common Buckeye – 4

Monarch – 3

Silver-spotted Skipper – 4

Least Skipper – 4

Zabulon Skipper – 2



DRAGONFLIES

Common Green Darner – 5

Common Whitetail – 1

Needham’s Skimmer – 20

Blue Dasher – 3
Eastern Pondhawk – 15

Black Saddlebags – 4



MOTHS: Virginia Creeper Sphinx – 1 (photos)



BEETLES: Seven-spotted Lady Beetle – 10, Soldier Beetle – 20+




Kevin Graff
Jarrettsville, MD
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Date: 6/2/17 7:54 am
From: Marcia Watson <marshwren50...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Hummers at last
There is an article in the Washington Post at https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2017/05/16/experts-fear-quiet-springs-as-songbirds-cant-keep-up-with-climate-change/?utm_term=.f671e4710283
that summarizes recent research on songbird migration falling out of synchrony with leaf-out and bloom, because of climate change.

Marcia
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Marcia Watson
Patuxent Bird Club
Maryland Ornithological Society

Bowie, Maryland
<marshwren50...>

> On Jun 2, 2017, at 9:49 AM, Steve Long <steve.long4...> wrote:
>
> Hummers seem to be doing unusual things, this year.
>
> We had our first on 4/21, which is not really late, but it was the first one reported on this forum, this year, so things seemed a little retarded.
>
> Typically, we see them only sporadically early in the season, but, this year, we have had steady frequent traffic since the first sighting. We have only noticed males, so far. We can't really tell them apart, but have seen 2 at once, so we know it is not just one bird.
>
> With the strange temperature pattern this spring, I am wondering if there is some deficit in the normal food supply for Hummers that is making them use our feeder more and perhaps not going to some of their usual haunts?
>
> Steve Long
> Oxford
>
>
> ----- Original Message ----- From: "JAMES SPEICHER" <jugornought...>
> To: "Pat Valdata" <pvaldata1...>
> Cc: <mdbirding...>
> Sent: Thursday, June 01, 2017 11:51 AM
> Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Hummers at last
>
>
>> WOWOWOWOW 06/01 for FOS hummer...
>>
>> My FOS was 05/01, a male...then very sporadic until less than a week
>> ago when a male began making repeated visits to the feeder. No
>> females to date.
>>
>> Swooping/arcing flight seems more like courtship...
>>
>> Jim Speicher
>> BroadRun/Burkittsville area
>> [FR] Frederick County
>> WA Co. MOS member
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Date: 6/2/17 6:49 am
From: Steve Long <steve.long4...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Hummers at last
Hummers seem to be doing unusual things, this year.

We had our first on 4/21, which is not really late, but it was the first one
reported on this forum, this year, so things seemed a little retarded.

Typically, we see them only sporadically early in the season, but, this
year, we have had steady frequent traffic since the first sighting. We have
only noticed males, so far. We can't really tell them apart, but have seen
2 at once, so we know it is not just one bird.

With the strange temperature pattern this spring, I am wondering if there is
some deficit in the normal food supply for Hummers that is making them use
our feeder more and perhaps not going to some of their usual haunts?

Steve Long
Oxford


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From: "JAMES SPEICHER" <jugornought...>
To: "Pat Valdata" <pvaldata1...>
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Sent: Thursday, June 01, 2017 11:51 AM
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Hummers at last


> WOWOWOWOW 06/01 for FOS hummer...
>
> My FOS was 05/01, a male...then very sporadic until less than a week
> ago when a male began making repeated visits to the feeder. No
> females to date.
>
> Swooping/arcing flight seems more like courtship...
>
> Jim Speicher
> BroadRun/Burkittsville area
> [FR] Frederick County
> WA Co. MOS member
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Date: 6/2/17 6:20 am
From: SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Thursday, June 1, 2017 17 Raptors
Fort Smallwood Park

Pasadena, Maryland, USA

> Daily Raptor Counts: Jun 01, 2017
> Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
> Black Vulture 0 0 273
> Turkey Vulture 15 15 6812
> Osprey 0 0 557
> Bald Eagle 2 2 220
> Northern Harrier 0 0 76
> Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 0 1061
> Cooper's Hawk 0 0 209
> Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
> Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 95
> Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 334
> Red-tailed Hawk 0 0 177
> Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
> Golden Eagle 0 0 2
> American Kestrel 0 0 122
> Merlin 0 0 59
> Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
> Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
> Unknown Buteo 0 0 5
> Unknown Falcon 0 0 2
> Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
> Unknown Raptor 0 0 5
> Mississippi Kite 0 0 3
> Total: 17 17 10012
>
>
> Observation start time: 10 am
> Observation end time: 3 pm Daylight Time
> Total observation time: 5 hours
> Official Counter Hal Wierenga, Sue Ricciardi
> Observers: Dan Haas, Dan Walker, Hal Wierenga, Sue Ricciardi
>
>
> Weather: Mostly sunny; 73-80 degrees; excellent visibility; winds strong out of the west, 9-23 mph, gusting to 29 mph
>
> Raptor Observations: Maybe we don't have enough cicadas here for more kites? :-)
>
> Non-raptor Observations:
>
> ---------------------------------------------
> Report submitted by Sue Ricciardi (<susiericc...> mailto:<susiericc...> )
> Fort Smallwood Park information may be found at: http://www.mdbirds.org/sites/mdsites/hawks/hawkwatch.html
>
> 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: 6/2/17 5:01 am
From: Ted on Little Round Bay <akbar...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Just found last year's Balto. Oriole nest on the ground. Does anyone study these things?
Held up by something like dental floss. Contains bits of rope, plastic fibers, and what looks like coconut husk. Just curious if anyone studies these. Otherwise, I'll send it to an artist I know, in NC.

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Date: 6/1/17 6:01 pm
From: Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Howard County Dickcissels
Please merge your Dickcissel eBird sightings along Underwood Road into the
existing Underwood Road Area hotspot. I'd suggested this to Tyler but he's
tied up and Tim is likewise hors du combat. So have away with the crazy
bird sightings, nobody's minding the store!

Just kidding, please consider cleaning up the eBird map and merge your
sighting.

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Date: 6/1/17 9:21 am
From: Jim Green <jkgbirdman53...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Alder Flycatcher in Harford
MATT HAFNER's Alder Flycatcher continues at same location. Great bird MATT. (with Kathy CALVERT). THANKS!

JIM Green
Gaithersburg MD

Sent from my iPhone

> On May 31, 2017, at 1:39 PM, Matt Hafner <hafner.matt...> wrote:
>
> This morning I found an Alder Flycatcher on Castleton Rd in NE Harford. Just SW of the intersection with Paddrick is a large cutover area on the NW side of the road with a gravel pull off. I could hear and see the bird from this pull off. The property is owned by the Broad Creek Scout Camp, so please don't trespass if you go looking.
>
> It seemed to me that it was acting territorial, so it may hang around.
>
> Audio in the eBird checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37288811
>
> Good birding,
>
> Matt Hafner
> Forest Hill, MD
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Date: 6/1/17 8:51 am
From: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Hummers at last
WOWOWOWOW 06/01 for FOS hummer...

My FOS was 05/01, a male...then very sporadic until less than a week
ago when a male began making repeated visits to the feeder. No
females to date.

Swooping/arcing flight seems more like courtship...

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

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Date: 6/1/17 8:40 am
From: Pat Valdata <pvaldata1...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Hummers at last
Yesterday I finally saw my first hummingbird of the season at our feeder. Today I  saw it again and it was doing a back and forth flight in a shallow vertical arc. Then I  saw hummer #2. Was this a territorial display?

Pat Valdata 
Crisfield, Somerset County

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Date: 6/1/17 7:37 am
From: Janet Millenson <janet...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Hawk question
Walter,

Thanks for the info! Yes, this hawk does indeed look rather pale and shabby.

-Janet


On 6/1/2017 10:13 AM, Walter Ellison wrote:
> Hi All (and Janet),
>
> One-year old buteos do not acquire definitive basic adult plumage
> until the fall of the next calendar year after they hatched. I would
> imagine your bird must look rather bleached, if not worn, by this date.
>
> Good Birding,
>
> Walter Ellison
>
> Chestertown, MD
>
> On Thu, Jun 1, 2017 at 10:05 AM, Janet Millenson <janet...>
> <mailto:<janet...>> wrote:
>
> A juvenile Red-tailed Hawk has been hanging around our yard for
> the last week or so, and the resident birds and squirrels are
> quite unhappy about it. When do Red-tails acquire their adult
> plumage? It seems too early in the season for this to be a
> hatch-year bird.
>
>
> Janet Millenson
> Potomac, MD (Montgomery County)
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Date: 6/1/17 7:06 am
From: Janet Millenson <janet...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Hawk question
A juvenile Red-tailed Hawk has been hanging around our yard for the last
week or so, and the resident birds and squirrels are quite unhappy about
it. When do Red-tails acquire their adult plumage? It seems too early in
the season for this to be a hatch-year bird.


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Date: 5/31/17 8:12 pm
From: SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Wednesday, May 31, 2017 18 Raptors
Fort Smallwood Park

Pasadena, Maryland, USA

> Daily Raptor Counts: May 31, 2017
> Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
> Black Vulture 0 29 273
> Turkey Vulture 12 909 6797
> Osprey 0 49 557
> Bald Eagle 2 87 218
> Northern Harrier 0 14 76
> Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 237 1061
> Cooper's Hawk 0 33 209
> Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
> Red-shouldered Hawk 0 3 95
> Broad-winged Hawk 4 181 334
> Red-tailed Hawk 0 32 177
> Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
> Golden Eagle 0 0 2
> American Kestrel 0 3 122
> Merlin 0 17 59
> Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
> Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
> Unknown Buteo 0 2 5
> Unknown Falcon 0 0 2
> Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
> Unknown Raptor 0 1 5
> Mississippi Kite 0 3 3
> Total: 18 1600 9995
>
>
> Observation start time: 10 am
> Observation end time: 3 pm Daylight Time
> Total observation time: 5 hours
> Official Counter Sue Ricciardi
> Observers:
>
>
> Visitors: Renee and Greg
>
> Weather: Partly cloudy; 71-79 degrees; fair visibility with haze; winds light and variable, 0-7 mph
>
> Raptor Observations:
>
> Non-raptor Observations:
>
>
> ---------------------------------------------
> Report submitted by Sue Ricciardi (<susiericc...> mailto:<susiericc...> )
> Fort Smallwood Park information may be found at: http://www.mdbirds.org/sites/mdsites/hawks/hawkwatch.html
>
> 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: 5/31/17 1:13 pm
From: Dorothy Paugh <aldopaugh...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] This morning on the Mall
Yesterday's Wash Post had an article on falcons

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/a-new-breed-of-falcons-soars-back-from-brink-of-extinction-in-virginia/2017/05/30/9ecf34de-3f1a-11e7-adba-394ee67a7582_story.html?utm_term=.6b9e8331c23a
[https://img.washingtonpost.com/rf/image_1484w/2010-2019/WashingtonPost/2017/05/30/Local/Images/d-002.JPG]<https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/a-new-breed-of-falcons-soars-back-from-brink-of-extinction-in-virginia/2017/05/30/9ecf34de-3f1a-11e7-adba-394ee67a7582_story.html?utm_term=.6b9e8331c23a>

A new breed of falcons soars back from brink of extinction in Virginia<https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/a-new-breed-of-falcons-soars-back-from-brink-of-extinction-in-virginia/2017/05/30/9ecf34de-3f1a-11e7-adba-394ee67a7582_story.html?utm_term=.6b9e8331c23a>
www.washingtonpost.com
Adaptability and planned breeding have led to a resurgence of falcons in the area.




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Sent: Wednesday, May 31, 2017 10:13 AM
To: Maryland & DC Birding
Subject: [MDBirding] This morning on the Mall

Mike Vecchione, a NOAA researcher working at NMNH, called me this morning to say there was a Peregrine Falcon eating a pigeon in front of the Hirshhorn.
I walked over and watched for several minutes
Mike sent me this picture

Jim

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Date: 5/31/17 1:07 pm
From: Patricia Wood <pwood...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Miss. Kite flew over Lake Artemesia just now (Mont. Co.)
On Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at 3:03:54 PM UTC-4, Patricia Wood wrote:
> During a nice walk around the Lake, I finally saw one of the Mississippi Kites that have been showing up around here! Just a quick flyover, before it spiraled up and away, but very nice. Next best bird was a Yellow-billed Cuckoo I heard calling at the parking lot.
> Patricia Wood
> Silver Spring

Oops! My bad; yes, PG Co. I live in Mo. Co. and it's so close, I forgot I had changed counties.
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Date: 5/31/17 12:22 pm
From: Rick Borchelt <rborchelt...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Miss. Kite flew over Lake Artemesia just now (Mont. Co.)
Artemesia is PG Co. unless you mean a different Lake Artemesia I don't know
about.

On Wed, May 31, 2017 at 3:03 PM, Patricia Wood <pwood...> wrote:

> During a nice walk around the Lake, I finally saw one of the Mississippi
> Kites that have been showing up around here! Just a quick flyover, before
> it spiraled up and away, but very nice. Next best bird was a Yellow-billed
> Cuckoo I heard calling at the parking lot.
> Patricia Wood
> Silver Spring
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Date: 5/31/17 12:03 pm
From: Patricia Wood <pwood...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Miss. Kite flew over Lake Artemesia just now (Mont. Co.)
During a nice walk around the Lake, I finally saw one of the Mississippi Kites that have been showing up around here! Just a quick flyover, before it spiraled up and away, but very nice. Next best bird was a Yellow-billed Cuckoo I heard calling at the parking lot.
Patricia Wood
Silver Spring

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Date: 5/31/17 10:39 am
From: Matt Hafner <hafner.matt...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Alder Flycatcher in Harford
This morning I found an Alder Flycatcher on Castleton Rd in NE Harford. Just SW of the intersection with Paddrick is a large cutover area on the NW side of the road with a gravel pull off. I could hear and see the bird from this pull off. The property is owned by the Broad Creek Scout Camp, so please don't trespass if you go looking.

It seemed to me that it was acting territorial, so it may hang around.

Audio in the eBird checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37288811

Good birding,

Matt Hafner
Forest Hill, MD

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Date: 5/31/17 8:32 am
From: john pangborn <pangborn.john19...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Blue Mash Nature Trail May 31, 2017
Blue Mash Nature Trail
May 31, 2017
7:15 AM
Traveling
2.20 miles
190 minutes
All birds reported? Yes
Comments:
No *swallow-tailed kite*

2 Canada Goose
2 Great Blue Heron
6 Turkey Vulture
1 Red-shouldered Hawk
2 Mourning Dove
1 Yellow-billed Cuckoo
1 Chimney Swift
2 Red-bellied Woodpecker
1 Northern Flicker
1 Acadian Flycatcher
1 Great Crested Flycatcher
2 Yellow-throated Vireo
4 American Crow
6 Tree Swallow
2 Tufted Titmouse
1 White-breasted Nuthatch
2 House Wren
1 Carolina Wren
3 Eastern Bluebird
4 American Robin
3 Gray Catbird
8 Northern Mockingbird
21 European Starling
1 Cedar Waxwing
1 Ovenbird
2 Eastern Towhee
6 Northern Cardinal
7 Indigo Bunting
8 Red-winged Blackbird
1 Orchard Oriole

Number of Taxa: 30
John pangborn
Gaithersburg md

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Date: 5/31/17 8:27 am
From: john pangborn <pangborn.john19...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Blue Mash Nature Trail -- May 31, 2017
Blue Mash Nature Trail
May 31, 2017
7:15 AM
Traveling
2.20 miles
190 minutes
All birds reported? Yes
Comments:
No *swallow-tailed kite*

2 Canada Goose
2 Great Blue Heron
6 Turkey Vulture
1 Red-shouldered Hawk
2 Mourning Dove
1 Yellow-billed Cuckoo
1 Chimney Swift
2 Red-bellied Woodpecker
1 Northern Flicker
1 Acadian Flycatcher
1 Great Crested Flycatcher
2 Yellow-throated Vireo
4 American Crow
6 Tree Swallow
2 Tufted Titmouse
1 White-breasted Nuthatch
2 House Wren
1 Carolina Wren
3 Eastern Bluebird
4 American Robin
3 Gray Catbird
8 Northern Mockingbird
21 European Starling
1 Cedar Waxwing
1 Ovenbird
2 Eastern Towhee
6 Northern Cardinal
7 Indigo Bunting
8 Red-winged Blackbird
1 Orchard Oriole

Number of Taxa: 30
John pangborn
Gaithersburg md

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Date: 5/31/17 7:13 am
From: Jim Felley <jdfelley...>
Subject: [MDBirding] This morning on the Mall
Mike Vecchione, a NOAA researcher working at NMNH, called me this morning to say there was a Peregrine Falcon eating a pigeon in front of the Hirshhorn.
I walked over and watched for several minutes
Mike sent me this picture

Jim

Jim Felley
Gaithersburg, MD

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Date: 5/31/17 6:45 am
From: Wallace Kornack <wallace...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, 5/31/17
This morning (5/31) at Rock Creek Park.

Canada Goose 2 flyby
Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove 2
Chimney Swift 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker 4
Hairy Woodpecker
Eastern Phoebe 2
Great Crested Flycatcher 3
Red-eyed Vireo
Blue Jay 11
Fish Crow
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse 3
White-breasted Nuthatch
House Wren 2
Carolina Wren 3
Swainson's Thrush 2
American Robin 6
Song Sparrow
Northern Cardinal 2
Brown-headed Cowbird 3
American Goldfinch 7
House Sparrow 3

Have Fun birding!

Wallace Kornack
Washington DC

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Date: 5/30/17 9:58 am
From: Lydia Schindler <lydia13621...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fwd: DC Area, 5/23/2017
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From: Steve Cordle <scordle...>
Date: Tue, May 30, 2017 at 10:45 AM
Subject: DC Area, 5/23/2017
To: <BIRDEAST...>


Hotline: Voice of the Naturalist
Date: 5/30/2017
Coverage: MD/DC/VA/central and southern DE/WV panhandle
Reports, comments and questions: <voice...>
Compiler: Gerry Hawkins
Sponsor: Audubon Naturalist Society of the Central
Atlantic States (independent of NAS)
Transcriber: Steve Cordle

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

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

Information on noteworthy birds 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).

The top birds this week were WOOD STORK* in VA and SWALLOW-TAILED KITE
in DE, MD and VA.

Other birds of interest this week included CACKLING GOOSE, TRUMPETER
and TUNDRA SWANS, GADWALL, CANVASBACK, GREATER SCAUP, COMMON EIDER,
SURF SCOTER, LONG-TAILED DUCK, BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO, KING RAIL, COMMON
GALLINULE, SANDHILL CRANE, AMERICAN AVOCET, BLACK-BELLIED and AMERICAN
GOLDEN-PLOVERS, RED KNOT, WHIMBREL, WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER, RED-NECKED
PHALAROPE, BONAPARTE'S GULL, GULL-BILLED and BLACK TERNS, RED-THROATED
LOON, SOOTY SHEARWATER, ANHINGA, AMERICAN and LEAST BITTERNS,
TRICOLORED HERON, WHITE IBIS, MISSISSIPPI KITE, OLIVE-SIDED,
YELLOW-BELLIED and ALDER FLYCATCHERS, LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE, BICKNELL'S
THRUSH, GOLDEN-WINGED, MOURNING and CERULEAN WARBLERS, VESPER,
NELSON'S and LINCOLN'S SPARROWS and DICKCISSEL.

TOP BIRDS

On May 27 an immature WOOD STORK* briefly stopped at a pond along Long
Meadow Road in Augusta Co, VA.

On May 26-29 a high of three SWALLOW-TAILED KITES and, as noted below,
many MISSISSIPPI KITES were seen in flight along Route 13 south of
Eastville and along nearby Culls Drive and Gregory Lane in Northampton
Co, VA. In Maryland a SWALLOW-TAILED KITE was seen along Route 144
near the intersection with Waterville and Hardy Roads in Howard Co on
May 25 and at the Blue Mash Nature Trail and nearby in Montgomery Co
on May 29. A SWALLOW-TAILED KITE also was observed just outside the
reporting area in northern Delaware, near the intersection of Route
273 and S Old Baltimore Pike in New Castle Co on May 25.

OTHER BIRDS OF INTEREST

On May 29 a TRUMPETER SWAN was found in the marsh at Swan Harbor Farm
Park in Harford Co, MD. A continuing and possibly injured TUNDRA SWAN
was seen along 1409 Pleasant Ridge Road in Virginia Beach, VA most
recently on May 26, and a continuing TUNDRA SWAN along Green Dumpster
Road on Deal Island in Somerset Co, MD was seen on May 29. A
continuing CACKLING GOOSE at the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center
(Horsehead) in Queen Anne's Co, MD was most recently seen on May 29.

Lingering waterfowl also included small numbers of many migratory duck
species. Noteworthy sightings included a continuing GADWALL at the
Stonegate Scenic Easement in Alexandria, VA and on Poplar Island in
Talbot Co, MD on May 24. Lingering diving ducks included a CANVASBACK
at Rock Creek in Anne Arundel Co, MD on May 27 and Governor Nice
Bridge in Charles Co, MD on May 24; a GREATER SCAUP at Marshy Point
Nature Center in Baltimore Co, MD on May 23; two continuing COMMON
EIDERS at Metompkin Island, Accomack Co, VA on May 27 and a single
COMMON EIDER at the Ocean City Inlet in Worcester Co, MD on May 24 and
Point Lookout SP in St. Mary's Co, MD on May 28. SURF SCOTERS were
seen at several locations, including a high of four continuing
individuals at Big Water Farm (private) in Queen Anne's Co, MD on May
27 and 29; one individual at Terrapin Nature Park in Queen Anne's Co,
MD on May 26; and 1-2 individuals at Rudee Inlet and Chesapeake Bay
Bridge Tunnel-Island No. 1 in Virginia Beach, VA on May 24 and 25. Two
LONG-TAILED DUCKS were seen off Poplar Island and Black Walnut Point
in Talbot Co, MD on May 24 and 29, respectively, and one LONG-TAILED
DUCK was spotted off Kent Point in Queen Anne's Co, MD on May 28.

Migrating BLACK-BILLED CUCKOOS included single individuals at Rock
Creek in Anne Arundel Co, MD on May 26; Piney Run Park in Carroll Co,
MD on May 29; and the Middle Patuxent Environmental Area in Howard Co,
MD on May 29. A BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO also was spotted flying over Hains
Point in Washington, DC on May 29.

Reporting area KING RAILS included at least one individual encountered
at Patuxent River Park-Wooton's Landing in Anne Arundel Co, MD on May
27 and 28 and Swan Harbor Farm Park in Harford Co, MD on May 29.

COMMON GALLINULES were encountered at several locations in Maryland,
including four individuals along 2695–2819 Elliott Island Road in
Dorchester Co on May 28; two individuals on each of Hart-Miller Island
in Baltimore Co and Poplar Island in Talbot Co on May 24; one
individual at Swan Harbor Farm Park in Harford Co on May 23 and 28;
and one individual at Hughes Hollow in Montgomery Co on May 29. In
Virginia, one COMMON GALLINULE was found at Back Bay NWR near the
border with False Cape SP in Virginia Beach on May 28.

On May 27 a SANDHILL CRANE was heard calling in flight over the
Patuxent Research Refuge-South Tract in Prince George's Co, MD.

A small number of AMERICAN AVOCETS continue in the reporting area,
with a high of 25 individuals counted at Bombay Hook NWR, Kent Co, DE
on May 24-27, 11 individuals at Prime Hook NWR, Sussex Co, DE on May
26 and one individual spotted during the weekly survey at the Craney
Island Disposal Area in Portsmouth, VA on May 25. On May 26 and 27
three BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS were seen at a pond along Route 213 south
of Redners in Cecil Co, MD. On May 25 an AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER was
spotted in a flock containing over 1,800 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS along
Seaside Road a short distance south of the intersection with Island
View Lane in Northampton Co, VA.

During the week many persons enjoyed the annual migration of RED KNOTS
at various coastal locations in the reporting area, including such
traditional spots in Delaware as the DuPont Nature Center (Mispillion)
and Prime Hook NWR in Sussex Co, DE, which had estimated high counts
of 1,800 and 1,000 individuals on May 28 and 26, respectively.

Sightings of migrating WHIMBRELS included an area high 62 individuals
counted at Hillsmere Beach in Anne Arundel Co, MD on May 23. Inland
sightings of WHIMBREL included one individual in flight over Hains
Point in Washington, DC on May 28; one individual at a private pond
along Peat Moss Road in Garrett Co, MD on May 26; and ten individuals
at the Woodward Turf Farm in Fauquier Co, VA on May 26. Reports of
WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER in Virginia included three individuals at the
Craney Island Disposal Area in Portsmouth on May 25; two individuals
at Back Bay NWR in Virginia Beach on May 29; and single individuals at
the Roanoke STP in Roanoke Co on May 25 and 26; a pond at the corner
of Routes 11 and 704 in Rockingham Co on May 27; and along 6350-16370
Rogers Clark Blvd. in Caroline Co on May 25. In Maryland, a high of 12
WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS were found at a private pond along Peat Moss
Road in Garrett Co on May 27 and 28. Noteworthy shorebirds also
included a RED-NECKED PHALAROPE that visited Lake Needwood in
Montgomery Co, MD on May 27 and Swan Harbor Farm Park in Harford Co,
MD on May 29.

On May 27 a single BONAPARTE'S GULL was photographed in a corn stubble
field along Big Pool Road in Washington Co, MD. GULL-BILLED TERNS were
seen at several locations in southeastern Virginia, the only location
that this species regularly breeds in the reporting area, with a high
of 16 individuals counted at Box Tree Marsh in Northampton Co on May
24. A single BLACK TERN was seen at Back Bay NWR, Virginia Beach, VA
on May 23; the Craney Island Disposal Area in Portsmouth, VA on May
25; and along Figgs Landing Road in Worcester Co, MD on May 28.

Late RED-THROATED LOONS were found at several locations, including two
individuals at the James Farm Ecological Preserve in Sussex Co, DE on
May 25; one individual at Thomas Point Park in Anne Arundel Co, MD on
May 25 and one individual at Back Bay NWR in Virginia Beach, VA on May
29.

On May 29 a SOOTY SHEARWATER was spotted offshore from Swan Cove at
Chincoteague NWR in Accomack Co, VA.

On May 27 an ANHINGA was photographed flying south from a residence on
Gymnocladus Way (private) in Calvert Co, MD. On May 26 and 27 two
continuing ANHINGAS were seen at the Carson Wetland in Prince George
Co, VA.

An AMERICAN BITTERN was seen at the Magothy Bay Natural Area Preserve
in Northampton Co, VA on May 24 and in Graves Mill in Madison Co, VA
on May 25. Encounters with the elusive LEAST BITTERN included four
individuals along a several mile stretch of Elliot Island Road in
Dorchester Co, MD on May 28 and four individuals at Days Cove in
Baltimore Co, MD on May 28.

A TRICOLORED HERON was found at the Chesapeake Bay Environmental
Center (Horsehead) in Queen Anne's Co, MD on May 25. On May 25 a flock
containing 18 WHITE IBIS flew over Marian R. Okie Memorial Wildlife
Preserve in Sussex Co, DE, and on May 29 a single WHITE IBIS was seen
at Prime Hook NWR in Sussex Co, DE.

Northward-moving MISSISSIPPI KITES were conspicuous in the reporting
area, especially in Northampton Co, VA, where sightings included an
estimated 30 individuals seen at the Magothy Bay Natural Area Preserve
on May 27. Sightings of this species in Maryland included at least one
individual seen at several locations in Columbia, Howard Co, MD on May
29.

Sightings of OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER included single individuals at
Patterson Park in Baltimore Co, MD on May 27; a residential yard in
Woodbine, Carroll Co, MD on May 25; and Golden Sky Court and nearby in
Columbia, Howard Co, MD on May 29. Highlights at popular Monticello
Park in Alexandria, VA on May 29 included a YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER
that was seen and heard. Noteworthy sightings of ALDER FLYCATCHER
included singing individuals at several locations in Washington, DC:
the Rock Creek Park Nature Center area on May 26 and 27; Kenilworth
Aquatic Gardens on May 27-29 and Hains Point on May 27.

A continuing LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE at the Smith Farm in Lunenberg Co, VA
was most recently seen on May 26.

The rarely detected BICKNELL'S THRUSH was encountered at several
locations in Maryland, including two individuals at 1812 Cremen Road
in Anne Arundel Co on May 28; one individual at 7533-7599 Bratton
Circle in Anne Arundel Co on May 28; one individual at Double Rock
Park in Baltimore Co on May 29; and one individual at a private
residence along Gymocladus Way in Calvert Co on May 24 and 26 and in
Anne Arundel Co on May 29.

Warbler highlights included a GOLDEN—WINGED WARBLER photographed along
Old Legislative Road in Allegany Co, MD on May 27. The always-desired
MOURNING WARBLER was seen along the Little Gunpowder Falls Trail in
Harford Co, MD on May 23; at the Rock Creek Park Nature Center area in
Washington, DC on May 26; and at Maryland High Point in Garrett Co, MD
on May 29. CERULEAN WARBLER, a highly desired breeder in the reporting
area, was reported at several locations, with a high of seven
individuals along Mt. Zion Road in Garrett Co, MD on May 27 and six
individuals at Susquehanna SP in Harford Co, MD on May 29.

A VESPER SPARROW was reported along 2101-2233 Peterman Road in
Baltimore Co, MD on May 24 and 26. A migrating NELSON'S SPARROW was
found at the Craney Island Disposal Area in Portsmouth, VA on May 25
and in Elkton Marsh in Cecil Co, MD on May 27. A LINCOLN'S SPARROW was
found in Lower Senate Park in Washington, DC on May 24.

On May 28 three DICKCISSELS were seen in a field on the east side of
Woodland Ferry Road in Sussex Co, DE. In Maryland sightings of
DICKCISSELS included a high of six individuals near the intersection
of Underwood and Old Frederick Roads in Howard Co on May 23-29; a high
of five individuals along Grimes Road in Frederick Co on May 25 and
27; and seven individuals along Sixes Bridge Road in Carroll Co on May
23 and 27. Sightings of DICKCISSEL in Virginia included two
individuals at the Magothy Bay Natural Area Preserve in Northampton Co
on May 24-27 and one individual at a traditional nesting location
along Grassdale Road in Fauquier Co on May 26.

***

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

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

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

Thank you for your interest, and enjoy the birds.

*Of interest to the applicable state records committee

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Date: 5/30/17 9:05 am
From: Gerry Hawkins <maineusa...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Voice of the Naturalist, Greater DC area, May23-29, 2017
9Hotline: Voice of the Naturalist
Date: 5/30/2017
Coverage: MD/DC/VA/central and southern DE/WV panhandle
Reports, comments and questions: <voice...>
Compiler: Gerry Hawkins
Sponsor: Audubon Naturalist Society of the Central
Atlantic States (independent of NAS)
Transcriber: Steve Cordle

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

This is the Voice of the Naturalist, a service of the Audubon Naturalist
Society. This report covers the week starting Tuesday, May 23 and was
completed on Tuesday, May 30 at 9:30 a.m.

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

The top birds this week were WOOD STORK* in VA and SWALLOW-TAILED KITE in
DE, MD and VA.

Other birds of interest this week included CACKLING GOOSE, TRUMPETER and
TUNDRA SWANS, GADWALL, CANVASBACK, GREATER SCAUP, COMMON EIDER, SURF SCOTER,
LONG-TAILED DUCK, BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO, KING RAIL, COMMON GALLINULE, SANDHILL
CRANE, AMERICAN AVOCET, BLACK-BELLIED and AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVERS, RED KNOT,
WHIMBREL, WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER, RED-NECKED PHALAROPE, BONAPARTE¹S GULL,
GULL-BILLED and BLACK TERNS, RED-THROATED LOON, SOOTY SHEARWATER, ANHINGA,
AMERICAN and LEAST BITTERNS, TRICOLORED HERON, WHITE IBIS, MISSISSIPPI KITE,
OLIVE-SIDED, YELLOW-BELLIED and ALDER FLYCATCHERS, LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE,
BICKNELL¹S THRUSH, GOLDEN-WINGED, MOURNING and CERULEAN WARBLERS, VESPER,
NELSON¹S and LINCOLN¹S SPARROWS and DICKCISSEL.

TOP BIRDS

On May 27 an immature WOOD STORK* briefly stopped at a pond along Long
Meadow Road in Augusta Co, VA.

On May 26-29 a high of three SWALLOW-TAILED KITES and, as noted below, many
MISSISSIPPI KITES were seen in flight along Route 13 south of Eastville and
along nearby Culls Drive and Gregory Lane in Northampton Co, VA. In Maryland
a SWALLOW-TAILED KITE was seen along Route 144 near the intersection with
Waterville and Hardy Roads in Howard Co on May 25 and at the Blue Mash
Nature Trail and nearby in Montgomery Co on May 29. A SWALLOW-TAILED KITE
also was observed just outside the reporting area in northern Delaware, near
the intersection of Route 273 and S Old Baltimore Pike in New Castle Co on
May 25.

OTHER BIRDS OF INTEREST

On May 29 a TRUMPETER SWAN was found in the marsh at Swan Harbor Farm Park
in Harford Co, MD. A continuing and possibly injured TUNDRA SWAN was seen
along 1409 Pleasant Ridge Road in Virginia Beach, VA most recently on May
26, and a continuing TUNDRA SWAN along Green Dumpster Road on Deal Island in
Somerset Co, MD was seen on May 29. A continuing CACKLING GOOSE at the
Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center (Horsehead) in Queen Anne¹s Co, MD was
most recently seen on May 29.

Lingering waterfowl also included small numbers of many migratory duck
species. Noteworthy sightings included a continuing GADWALL at the Stonegate
Scenic Easement in Alexandria, VA and on Poplar Island in Talbot Co, MD on
May 24. Lingering diving ducks included a CANVASBACK at Rock Creek in Anne
Arundel Co, MD on May 27 and Governor Nice Bridge in Charles Co, MD on May
24; a GREATER SCAUP at Marshy Point Nature Center in Baltimore Co, MD on May
23; two continuing COMMON EIDERS at Metompkin Island, Accomack Co, VA on May
27 and a single COMMON EIDER at the Ocean City Inlet in Worcester Co, MD on
May 24 and Point Lookout SP in St. Mary¹s Co, MD on May 28. SURF SCOTERS
were seen at several locations, including a high of four continuing
individuals at Big Water Farm (private) in Queen Anne¹s Co, MD on May 27 and
29; one individual at Terrapin Nature Park in Queen Anne¹s Co, MD on May 26;
and 1-2 individuals at Rudee Inlet and Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel-Island
No. 1 in Virginia Beach, VA on May 24 and 25. Two LONG-TAILED DUCKS were
seen off Poplar Island and Black Walnut Point in Talbot Co, MD on May 24 and
29, respectively, and one LONG-TAILED DUCK was spotted off Kent Point in
Queen Anne¹s Co, MD on May 28.

Migrating BLACK-BILLED CUCKOOS included single individuals at Rock Creek in
Anne Arundel Co, MD on May 26; Piney Run Park in Carroll Co, MD on May 29;
and the Middle Patuxent Environmental Area in Howard Co, MD on May 29. A
BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO also was spotted flying over Hains Point in Washington,
DC on May 29.

Reporting area KING RAILS included at least one individual encountered at
Patuxent River Park-Wooton's Landing in Anne Arundel Co, MD on May 27 and 28
and Swan Harbor Farm Park in Harford Co, MD on May 29.

COMMON GALLINULES were encountered at several locations in Maryland,
including four individuals along 2695­2819 Elliott Island Road in Dorchester
Co on May 28; two individuals on each of Hart-Miller Island in Baltimore Co
and Poplar Island in Talbot Co on May 24; one individual at Swan Harbor Farm
Park in Harford Co on May 23 and 28; and one individual at Hughes Hollow in
Montgomery Co on May 29. In Virginia, one COMMON GALLINULE was found at Back
Bay NWR near the border with False Cape SP in Virginia Beach on May 28.

On May 27 a SANDHILL CRANE was heard calling in flight over the Patuxent
Research Refuge-South Tract in Prince George¹s Co, MD.

A small number of AMERICAN AVOCETS continue in the reporting area, with a
high of 25 individuals counted at Bombay Hook NWR, Kent Co, DE on May 24-27,
11 individuals at Prime Hook NWR, Sussex Co, DE on May 26 and one individual
spotted during the weekly survey at the Craney Island Disposal Area in
Portsmouth, VA on May 25. On May 26 and 27 three BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS were
seen at a pond along Route 213 south of Redners in Cecil Co, MD. On May 25
an AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER was spotted in a flock containing over 1,800
BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS along Seaside Road a short distance south of the
intersection with Island View Lane in Northampton Co, VA.

During the week many persons enjoyed the annual migration of RED KNOTS at
various coastal locations in the reporting area, including such traditional
spots in Delaware as the DuPont Nature Center (Mispillion) and Prime Hook
NWR in Sussex Co, DE, which had estimated high counts of 1,800 and 1,000
individuals on May 28 and 26, respectively.

Sightings of migrating WHIMBRELS included an area high 62 individuals
counted at Hillsmere Beach in Anne Arundel Co, MD on May 23. Inland
sightings of WHIMBREL included one individual in flight over Hains Point in
Washington, DC on May 28; one individual at a private pond along Peat Moss
Road in Garrett Co, MD on May 26; and ten individuals at the Woodward Turf
Farm in Fauquier Co, VA on May 26. Reports of WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER in
Virginia included three individuals at the Craney Island Disposal Area in
Portsmouth on May 25; two individuals at Back Bay NWR in Virginia Beach on
May 29; and single individuals at the Roanoke STP in Roanoke Co on May 25
and 26; a pond at the corner of Routes 11 and 704 in Rockingham Co on May
27; and along 6350-16370 Rogers Clark Blvd. in Caroline Co on May 25. In
Maryland, a high of 12 WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS were found at a private pond
along Peat Moss Road in Garrett Co on May 27 and 28. Noteworthy shorebirds
also included a RED-NECKED PHALAROPE that visited Lake Needwood in
Montgomery Co, MD on May 27 and Swan Harbor Farm Park in Harford Co, MD on
May 29.

On May 27 a single BONAPARTE¹S GULL was photographed in a corn stubble field
along Big Pool Road in Washington Co, MD. GULL-BILLED TERNS were seen at
several locations in southeastern Virginia, the only location that this
species regularly breeds in the reporting area, with a high of 16
individuals counted at Box Tree Marsh in Northampton Co on May 24. A single
BLACK TERN was seen at Back Bay NWR, Virginia Beach, VA on May 23; the
Craney Island Disposal Area in Portsmouth, VA on May 25; and along Figgs
Landing Road in Worcester Co, MD on May 28.

Late RED-THROATED LOONS were found at several locations, including two
individuals at the James Farm Ecological Preserve in Sussex Co, DE on May
25; one individual at Thomas Point Park in Anne Arundel Co, MD on May 25 and
one individual at Back Bay NWR in Virginia Beach, VA on May 29.

On May 29 a SOOTY SHEARWATER was spotted offshore from Swan Cove at
Chincoteague NWR in Accomack Co, VA.

On May 27 an ANHINGA was photographed flying south from a residence on
Gymnocladus Way (private) in Calvert Co, MD. On May 26 and 27 two continuing
ANHINGAS were seen at the Carson Wetland in Prince George Co, VA.

An AMERICAN BITTERN was seen at the Magothy Bay Natural Area Preserve in
Northampton Co, VA on May 24 and in Graves Mill in Madison Co, VA on May 25.
Encounters with the elusive LEAST BITTERN included four individuals along a
several mile stretch of Elliot Island Road in Dorchester Co, MD on May 28
and four individuals at Days Cove in Baltimore Co, MD on May 28.

A TRICOLORED HERON was found at the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center
(Horsehead) in Queen Anne¹s Co, MD on May 25. On May 25 a flock containing
18 WHITE IBIS flew over Marian R. Okie Memorial Wildlife Preserve in Sussex
Co, DE, and on May 29 a single WHITE IBIS was seen at Prime Hook NWR in
Sussex Co, DE.

Northward-moving MISSISSIPPI KITES were conspicuous in the reporting area,
especially in Northampton Co, VA, where sightings included an estimated 30
individuals seen at the Magothy Bay Natural Area Preserve on May 27.
Sightings of this species in Maryland included at least one individual seen
at several locations in Columbia, Howard Co, MD on May 29.

Sightings of OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER included single individuals at Patterson
Park in Baltimore Co, MD on May 27; a residential yard in Woodbine, Carroll
Co, MD on May 25; and Golden Sky Court and nearby in Columbia, Howard Co, MD
on May 29. Highlights at popular Monticello Park in Alexandria, VA on May 29
included a YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER that was seen and heard. Noteworthy
sightings of ALDER FLYCATCHER included singing individuals at several
locations in Washington, DC: the Rock Creek Park Nature Center area on May
26 and 27; Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens on May 27-29 and Hains Point on May
27.

A continuing LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE at the Smith Farm in Lunenberg Co, VA was
most recently seen on May 26.

The rarely detected BICKNELL¹S THRUSH was encountered at several locations
in Maryland, including two individuals at 1812 Cremen Road in Anne Arundel
Co on May 28; one individual at 7533-7599 Bratton Circle in Anne Arundel Co
on May 28; one individual at Double Rock Park in Baltimore Co on May 29; and
one individual at a private residence along Gymocladus Way in Calvert Co on
May 24 and 26 and in Anne Arundel Co on May 29.

Warbler highlights included a GOLDEN‹WINGED WARBLER photographed along Old
Legislative Road in Allegany Co, MD on May 27. The always-desired MOURNING
WARBLER was seen along the Little Gunpowder Falls Trail in Harford Co, MD on
May 23; at the Rock Creek Park Nature Center area in Washington, DC on May
26; and at Maryland High Point in Garrett Co, MD on May 29. CERULEAN
WARBLER, a highly desired breeder in the reporting area, was reported at
several locations, with a high of seven individuals along Mt. Zion Road in
Garrett Co, MD on May 27 and six individuals at Susquehanna SP in Harford
Co, MD on May 29.

A VESPER SPARROW was reported along 2101-2233 Peterman Road in Baltimore Co,
MD on May 24 and 26. A migrating NELSON¹S SPARROW was found at the Craney
Island Disposal Area in Portsmouth, VA on May 25 and in Elkton Marsh in
Cecil Co, MD on May 27. A LINCOLN¹S SPARROW was found in Lower Senate Park
in Washington, DC on May 24.

On May 28 three DICKCISSELS were seen in a field on the east side of
Woodland Ferry Road in Sussex Co, DE. In Maryland sightings of DICKCISSELS
included a high of six individuals near the intersection of Underwood and
Old Frederick Roads in Howard Co on May 23-29; a high of five individuals
along Grimes Road in Frederick Co on May 25 and 27; and seven individuals
along Sixes Bridge Road in Carroll Co on May 23 and 27. Sightings of
DICKCISSEL in Virginia included two individuals at the Magothy Bay Natural
Area Preserve in Northampton Co on May 24-27 and one individual at a
traditional nesting location along Grassdale Road in Fauquier Co on May 26.

***

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

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

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: 5/30/17 7:23 am
From: Wallace Kornack <wallace...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Tuesday 5/30/17
This morning (5/30) at Rock Creek Park with Bill Butler.

——Yard Parking Lot (Bill)
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Great Crested Flycatcher
Tufted Titmouse
Carolina Wren
American Robin
Northern Cardinal
House Finch
House Sparrow 4

——Fence Line (Bill)
Mourning Dove
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Acadian Flycatcher
Great Crested Flycatcher
Fish Crow
Tufted Titmouse
House Wren
Carolina Wren
Northern Cardinal
Brown-headed Cowbird
House Sparrow 2

——Maintenance Yard
Red-tailed Hawk
Mourning Dove 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Great Crested Flycatcher
Blue Jay 6
American Crow
Fish Crow
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
House Wren 2
Carolina Wren 2
Swainson's Thrush 4
Wood Thrush
American Robin
Northern Cardinal 2
Common Grackle

——Nature Center
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Great Crested Flycatcher
Red-eyed Vireo
Blue Jay 2
White-breasted Nuthatch
House Sparrow 2

——Dog Run (Bill)
Chimney Swift 7
Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
Great Crested Flycatcher
Eastern Kingbird
Blue Jay
Fish Crow
Barn Swallow 2
White-breasted Nuthatch
American Robin
Song Sparrow 2
Northern Cardinal

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Date: 5/30/17 6:49 am
From: SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Monday, Ma y 29, 2017 8 Raptors
Fort Smallwood Park

> Pasadena, Maryland, USA
>
> Daily Raptor Counts: May 29, 2017
> Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
> Black Vulture 0 29 273
> Turkey Vulture 6 897 6785
> Osprey 0 49 557
> Bald Eagle 1 85 216
> Northern Harrier 0 14 76
> Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 237 1061
> Cooper's Hawk 0 33 209
> Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
> Red-shouldered Hawk 0 3 95
> Broad-winged Hawk 1 177 330
> Red-tailed Hawk 0 32 177
> Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
> Golden Eagle 0 0 2
> American Kestrel 0 3 122
> Merlin 0 17 59
> Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
> Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
> Unknown Buteo 0 2 5
> Unknown Falcon 0 0 2
> Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
> Unknown Raptor 0 1 5
> Mississippi Kite 0 3 3
> Total: 8 1582 9977
>
>
> Observation start time: 2:15 pm
> Observation end time: 4:15 pm Daylight Time
> Total observation time: 2 hours
> Official Counter Lynn Davidson
> Observers: John Hoffman, Sue Ricciardi
>
>
> Weather:
> Partly to mostly cloudy; 75 degrees; good visibility; winds from the east, 3-11 mph
>
> Raptor Observations:
>
> Non-raptor Observations:
> ---------------------------------------------
> Report submitted by Sue Ricciardi (<susiericc...> mailto:<susiericc...> )
> Fort Smallwood Park information may be found at: http://www.mdbirds.org/sites/mdsites/hawks/hawkwatch.html
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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: 5/29/17 8:31 pm
From: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...>
Subject: [MDBirding] [FR] Best Bike Ride Bird and Lepidopteras today
Best bird was a Turkey hen that crossed the road in front of me then
recrossed several minutes later as I was taking my usu break on the
Bennies Hill Rd bridge over Catoctin Creek.

Dozens and dozens and dozens of small pastel purple butterflies were
everywhere this morning. The color reminded me of one of the Necco
wafer candies that were staples at the Saturday movie matinees when I
was a kid...

Jim Speicher
BroadRun/Burkittsville area
[FR] Frederick County
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Date: 5/29/17 8:12 pm
From: Hugh David Fleischmann <david...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Great Holiday Birding
What a great holiday weekend! When you are close to 600 birds seen in the USA, lifers, or first time sightings, are few and far between. Seeing a lifer usually involves a plane and several days of travel. So when you get 2 lifers in 2 days, in your home state, the stars are aligned. Yesterday I got the Gray-cheeked Thrush and today, thanks to Anthony VanSchoor, I got a beautiful raptor. A Mississippi Kite was seen perched in Tony's Columbia, MD neighborhood all day. It was feasting on the Cicadas that are frequenting our area currently. Nothing like an easy meal.
What a weekend!! The 2 lifers takes me to #589 North American birds.

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Date: 5/29/17 6:10 pm
From: Rick Borchelt <rborchelt...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] What's eating Periodical Cicadas?
And yet here in Old Town College Park I have seen / heard maybe a dozen
total

On Mon, May 29, 2017 at 8:22 PM, Denise Ryan <screechowl...> wrote:

> Yesterday I noticed many cicadas on a median strip with just tall grass
> and no trees on Veterans Highway near Riverdale Road in PG County while I
> was stopped for a light. Looked like a bunch had emerged. I wonder how
> many will never make it out because they have been paved over in the 17 or
> 13 years since they went in the Earth.
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> Denise Ryan
> Cheverly, MD
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Date: 5/29/17 5:22 pm
From: Denise Ryan <screechowl...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] What's eating Periodical Cicadas?
Yesterday I noticed many cicadas on a median strip with just tall grass and no trees on Veterans Highway near Riverdale Road in PG County while I was stopped for a light. Looked like a bunch had emerged. I wonder how many will never make it out because they have been paved over in the 17 or 13 years since they went in the Earth.


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Date: 5/29/17 4:23 pm
From: john pangborn <pangborn.john19...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Swallow tail kite
How is there at 5:30pm until 7:20 pm
No kite !!!!!

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Date: 5/29/17 2:57 pm
From: Mark Johnson <mj3151...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Red-necked Phalarope-Swan Harbor (Harford Co.)
I didn't see this posted here...if it was...disregard this. Matt Addicks found a breeding plumage adult female Red-necked Phalarope in a rain pond at the back of the field to the left (east) of the model airplane field along the entrance road to Swan Harbor. I just spoke with Josh Emm and the bird is still present in the same spot.


Mark Johnson

Aberdeen, MD

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Date: 5/29/17 11:06 am
From: Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Re: swallow tail kite at blue mash
Still here at about 1:45 and just out of sight now.

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> On May 29, 2017, at 1:39 PM, C. Hogue <cheryl.hogue...> wrote:
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> Direct overhead looks at the kite by path next to landfill from 1:25 to 1:30.
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Date: 5/29/17 10:39 am
From: C. Hogue <cheryl.hogue...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: swallow tail kite at blue mash
Direct overhead looks at the kite by path next to landfill from 1:25 to
1:30.

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Date: 5/29/17 9:47 am
From: 'Clive Harris' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Re: swallow tail kite at blue mash
Just had point blank looks at it as it flew low over trail that borders landfill. Great find!

Clive Harris
Cabin John MD

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> On May 29, 2017, at 11:46 AM, Scott Young <wsyacy...> wrote:
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> still around at 11:45am
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Date: 5/29/17 9:38 am
From: Josh Emm <apistopanchax...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Trumpeter Swan at Swan Harbor Farm in Harford
I see nobody has posted to the listserv. John Rinker found a Trumpeter Swan in the marsh at swan harbor this morning. Scope helpful to avoid flushing the bird, but good close binocular views regardless.
Good birding
Josh Emm
HdG, MD

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Date: 5/29/17 9:31 am
From: Tim Houghton <timhoughton...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Thrush at double rock parj
Below is link to eBird checklist for more detail. Ran into Brad Phoebus who noticed a late Yellow-Rumped Warbler.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37235386 .

Tim Houghton
(Glen Arm)


> On May 29, 2017 at 7:16 AM Tim Houghton <timhoughton...> wrote:
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> at least 5 gray cheeked, 5 swainsons, and 1 BICKNELLS singing and often visible near creek just down from near parking lot at Glen st. Active 6 to 7am.
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Date: 5/29/17 9:31 am
From: Warblerick <ricksussman1955...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Mississippi Kite at Lake Elkhorn in Columbia @ 11:52am
On Monday, May 29, 2017 at 12:00:30 PM UTC-4, Anthony V. wrote:
> If in Howard County area and anywhere really...I had one this AM at 9:10-9:20 in my yard and a roaming mob in neighborhood until about 11:30ish. I'm near Howard HS. For reference..

Great pics. Looks like it's eating cicada for breakfast!

Rick Sussman
Woodbine,MD

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Date: 5/29/17 9:03 am
From: SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Sunday, May 28, 2017 2 Raptors
Fort Smallwood Park

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> Daily Raptor Counts: May 28, 2017
> Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
> Black Vulture 0 29 273
> Turkey Vulture 0 891 6779
> Osprey 0 49 557
> Bald Eagle 2 84 215
> Northern Harrier 0 14 76
> Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 237 1061
> Cooper's Hawk 0 33 209
> Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
> Red-shouldered Hawk 0 3 95
> Broad-winged Hawk 0 176 329
> Red-tailed Hawk 0 32 177
> Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
> Golden Eagle 0 0 2
> American Kestrel 0 3 122
> Merlin 0 17 59
> Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
> Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
> Unknown Buteo 0 2 5
> Unknown Falcon 0 0 2
> Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
> Unknown Raptor 0 1 5
> Mississippi Kite 0 3 3
> Total: 2 1574 9969
>
>
> Observation start time: 9:30 am
> Observation end time: 1:45 pm Daylight Time
> Total observation time: 4.25 hours
> Official Counter Sue Ricciardi
> Observers: Dan Haas
>
>
> Visitors: Dan Small, Maren Gimpel, Tom Feild, Geraldine King
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> Weather: Mostly cloudy with showers ending the watch; 67-73 degrees; good visibility; winds mostly from the ESE, 7-13 mph
>
> Raptor Observations:
>
> Non-raptor Observations:
>
> ---------------------------------------------
> Report submitted by Sue Ricciardi (<susiericc...> mailto:<susiericc...> )
> Fort Smallwood Park information may be found at: http://www.mdbirds.org/sites/mdsites/hawks/hawkwatch.html
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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: 5/29/17 9:02 am
From: Warblerick <ricksussman1955...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Mississippi Kite at Lake Elkhorn in Columbia @ 11:52am
On Monday, May 29, 2017 at 12:00:30 PM UTC-4, Anthony V. wrote:
> If in Howard County area and anywhere really...I had one this AM at 9:10-9:20 in my yard and a roaming mob in neighborhood until about 11:30ish. I'm near Howard HS. For reference..

Roaming mob of what?

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Date: 5/29/17 9:02 am
From: Anthony V. <tonyvanschoor...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Mississippi Kite at Lake Elkhorn in Columbia @ 11:52am
On Monday, May 29, 2017 at 12:00:30 PM UTC-4, Anthony V. wrote:
> If in Howard County area and anywhere really...I had one this AM at 9:10-9:20 in my yard and a roaming mob in neighborhood until about 11:30ish. I'm near Howard HS. For reference..

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Date: 5/29/17 9:00 am
From: Anthony V. <tonyvanschoor...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Mississippi Kite at Lake Elkhorn in Columbia @ 11:52am
If in Howard County area and anywhere really...I had one this AM at 9:10-9:20 in my yard and a roaming mob in neighborhood until about 11:30ish. I'm near Howard HS. For reference..

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Date: 5/29/17 8:46 am
From: Scott Young <wsyacy...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: swallow tail kite at blue mash
still around at 11:45am

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Date: 5/29/17 8:41 am
From: Warblerick <ricksussman1955...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Kite still here Montgomery
On Monday, May 29, 2017 at 11:09:55 AM UTC-4, <dm......> wrote:
> Dave Robert's Swallow-tailed Kite circled the pond very close to Zion road then flew north over the woods
>
> Dave Czaplak

Nice find! I had one at Blue Mash in April of 2005, flying parallel to Zion Rd. heading west (I think). Great bird!

Rick Sussman
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Date: 5/29/17 8:37 am
From: Warblerick <ricksussman1955...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Another new yard bird
Having a nice morning watching a pair (or several) of Chimney Swifts trying (I hope) to nest in our chimney. I have been watching off and on since Saturday evening when 3-4 were circling the rooftop and I watched one exit, just before dusk. This morning I saw one exit just before 9AM, while another was swooping and stalling right above the top of the opening. On Sunday late afternoon I saw one breaking off sticks from a tree in the yard in a fast flyby.

So this morning, in an attempt to get a better view of the whole chimney top, I was sitting by the pool watching it, when I heard a distinct faint "fitz-bew" from our back meadow (which isn't far from the pool). I sort of passed it off at first, but when I heard it again, I got up to investigate. I played the Willow Flycatcher call on my phone, and got the bird to fly out several times, landing in various trees in the backyard. I heard it call 4 times, once from the front meadow. After I again played the call near the front meadow it flew back to the back meadow again, offering great looks. Overall time with it about 15 minutes.

Also in the back meadow this morning were a pair of nest-building Field Sparrows and 2 male and 1 female Indigo Buntings, she gathering nesting material. A male Eastern Towhee was also singing. Yesterday I saw a Blue Jay gathering nesting material.

WILLOW FLYCATCHER, yard bird number 157!

Rick Sussman
Woodbine,MD

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Date: 5/29/17 8:28 am
From: Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Swallow-tailed Kite blue mash
Now at pond west end circling
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Date: 5/29/17 8:09 am
From: dma3 via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Kite still here Montgomery
Dave Robert's Swallow-tailed Kite circled the pond very close to Zion road then flew north over the woods

Dave Czaplak

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Date: 5/29/17 8:09 am
From: Scott Young <wsyacy...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: swallow tail kite at blue mash
On Monday, May 29, 2017 at 9:25:05 AM UTC-4, Scott Young wrote:
> Dave Roberts asked to post at pond your can walk around

on a juniper

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Date: 5/29/17 7:51 am
From: john pangborn <pangborn.john19...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Blue Mash Nature Trail -- May 29, 2017
7:00 AM
Traveling
2.30 miles
180 minutes
All birds reported? Yes
Comments:

3 Canada Goose
1 Red-shouldered Hawk
1 Mourning Dove
2 Yellow-billed Cuckoo
3 Chimney Swift
1 Red-bellied Woodpecker
2 Acadian Flycatcher
4 Great Crested Flycatcher
2 White-eyed Vireo
1 Yellow-throated Vireo
1 Red-eyed Vireo
3 Blue Jay
6 American Crow
3 Tree Swallow
3 Tufted Titmouse
1 House Wren
1 Carolina Wren
3 Eastern Bluebird - CM -- One individual
3 Wood Thrush
6 American Robin
1 Gray Catbird
4 Northern Mockingbird
1 Cedar Waxwing
3 Ovenbird
4 Field Sparrow
4 Eastern Towhee
5 Northern Cardinal
3 Indigo Bunting
3 Red-winged Blackbird
1 Baltimore Oriole

Number of Taxa: 30
John pangborn
Gaithersburg md

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Date: 5/29/17 7:17 am
From: john pangborn <pangborn.john19...>
Subject: [MDBirding] swallow tail kite at blue mash
Exactly where did you see it at Blue Mash

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Date: 5/29/17 6:25 am
From: Scott Young <wsyacy...>
Subject: [MDBirding] swallow tail kite at blue mash
Dave Roberts asked to post at pond your can walk around

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Date: 5/29/17 5:54 am
From: Wallace Kornack <wallace...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Monday 5/29/17
This morning (5/29) at Rock Creek Park in fog and mist.

Red-tailed Hawk
Mourning Dove 2
Chimney Swift 4
Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
Pileated Woodpecker
Great Crested Flycatcher 3
Red-eyed Vireo 2
Blue Jay
American Crow
Fish Crow
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Carolina Wren
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Swainson's Thrush 2
American Robin 2
Chipping Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Eastern Towhee
Northern Cardinal 3
Brown-headed Cowbird 2
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow

Have Fun Birding!

Wallace Kornack
Washington DC

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Date: 5/29/17 5:38 am
From: Joe Wolf <birdingwolf55...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Calvert Co clapper rail
Last evening I walked along the Fishing Creek Boardwalk in Chesapeake Beach. Pretty quiet birdwise - except for 1 yellow throat vireo - other than a VERY vocal clapper rail

To find the rail : walk the boardwalk to the T. Go left over Fishing Creek. As you walk along the Creek, look across the Creek and you'll see an unused osprey nest platform. When you are straight across the Creek from the platform - the rail was right there, across the creek between the platform and the water. Calling nonstop

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Date: 5/29/17 5:31 am
From: Joe Wolf <birdingwolf55...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Shorebird, goose question
Last evening my wife and I were at North Beach on the western shore of the Ches. Bay. The beach area had 121 Canada Geese - and more coming in - and 19 shorebirds - I believe they were semipalmated sandpipers

I've never seen a concentration of geese like this AT THIS TIME OF THE YEAR anywhere near here. They were picking at something in the surf line. Horseshoe crab eggs? Do geese eat horseshoe crab eggs? Same with the sandpipers. There was also a lot of aquatic vegetation/grasses in the surf line as well

Just curious - any ideas?

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Date: 5/29/17 4:16 am
From: Tim Houghton <timhoughton...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Thrush at double rock parj
at least 5 gray cheeked, 5 swainsons, and 1 BICKNELLS singing and
often visible near creek just down from near parking lot at Glen st.
Active 6 to 7am.


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Date: 5/28/17 7:28 pm
From: 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Common Eider at Pt. Lookout State Park, St. Mary's
Patty Craig and Anne Bishop reported the continuing female Common Eider on May Count and they both reported that she was still there today, 5/28, at Pt. Lookout State Park. Patty sent me pix to document it for May Count and notes that the flight feathers are extremely worn so the eider isn't going anywhere any time soon. If you want a COEI for your June list, in a few days, it's a pretty good bet she'll still be around.

Tyler Bell
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Date: 5/28/17 4:07 pm
From: Evelyn Ralston <evelynsralston...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] What's eating Periodical Cicadas?
Around May 15th I started seeing Cicadas around my house in Bethesda. On the 18th I found many of them at different stages and exoskeletons (skeleta?) everywhere. I took photos intermittently from about 6:45 AM until 9:15. There were 2 different broods, I believe: smaller ones with a black belly and no orange line behind the eye, and larger ones with the orange line and with orange lines on the belly. I regret that my photos are not sufficiently focused on these features but I expected to see many more…and I read about this only after the fact. When I returned that evening only the exoskeletons were left.

While I was photographing, a Cowbird nearby looked at me with suspicion (mutual). There were Song Sparrows and Cardinals as well. I did not catch them in the act...

However, contrary to my hopes and expectations that first exciting morning was, so far, the last one. I have not seen any new Cicada or any new exoskeleton. Just 2 wings on the curb. I have heard a Cicada chorus from my house but it sounds distant.

Is it possible that the birds are so watchful that they catch the Nymphs? Could the emergence have been interrupted by the cold and rainy weather? I’m stumped.

Evelyn

photos: https://eralston.smugmug.com/Nature/Insects/2017-CICADAS; Bill, use any you want for Md biodiversity.
—————
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> On May 27, 2017, at 7:13 PM, Marcia Watson <marshwren50...> wrote:
>
> Cicadas are present in Bowie (Prince George's County) in large numbers in some yards/parks and absent in others. I'm assuming that pesticide-treated yards don't have them. And yesterday I birded at the American Chestnut Land Trust - Parkers Creek Northside trails (Calvert County) where there were moderate numbers. They seemed to have spotty occurrence in the woods, presnt in some places but not others. And there was a large number of Acadian Flycatchers, Pewees, and RE Vireos.
>
> Marcia
> -------------
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> Maryland Ornithological Society
>
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> <marshwren50...> <mailto:<marshwren50...>
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> On May 27, 2017, at 2:42 PM, 'Bill Hubick' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> <mailto:<mdbirding...>> wrote:
>
>> Hey Ed,
>>
>> Thanks! I think finding the edges of the emergence is one of the most important things we can do. Please let us know the closest you see them to the great white north. :)
>>
>> By the way, we did a post on the emergence and how to ID the three species today at Maryland Biodiversity Project's Facebook page: http://bit.ly/2rrWqoE <http://bit.ly/2rrWqoE>
>>
>> <http://bit.ly/2rrWqoE>
>> Good birding,
>>
>> Bill
>>
>> Bill Hubick
>> Pasadena, Maryland
>> <bill_hubick...> <mailto:<bill_hubick...>
>> http://www.billhubick.com <http://www.billhubick.com/>
>> http://www.marylandbiodiversity.com <http://www.marylandbiodiversity.com/>
>> http://www.facebook.com/MarylandBiodiversity <http://www.facebook.com/MarylandBiodiversity>
>>
>>
>> From: Edward Boyd <edboyd59...> <mailto:<edboyd59...>>
>> To: Bill Hubick <bill_hubick...> <mailto:<bill_hubick...>>
>> Cc: Maryland Birding <mdbirding...> <mailto:<mdbirding...>>
>> Sent: Saturday, May 27, 2017 10:51 AM
>> Subject: Re: [MDBirding] What's eating Periodical Cicadas?
>>
>> What periodical cicadas? They don't exist up here in the great white north of Carroll County.
>>
>> Ed Boyd
>> Westminster, MD
>>
>> On May 25, 2017 5:08 PM, "'Bill Hubick' via Maryland & DC Birding" <mdbirding...> <mailto:<mdbirding...>> wrote:
>> Hi Everyone,
>>
>> How about a thread of what bird species we see eating Periodical Cicadas this season? It's a neat thing and worthy of some study/documentation.
>>
>> I'll start the conversation with a pair of NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRDs hawking them on the wing today off Route 216 in Howard Co. Nearby EASTERN KINGBIRDs and BLUE JAYs were probably doing the same based on some chasing, but I didn't see them actually eat any. I watched two mockingbirds wolf down at least three Magicicada sp.
>>
>> Should be a fun thing to watch this season. I look forward to documenting the phenomenon with all of you. Don't forget to submit your photos to Maryland Biodiversity Project! :)
>>
>> Good birding,
>>
>> Bill
>>
>> Bill Hubick
>> Pasadena, Maryland
>> <bill_hubick...> <mailto:<bill_hubick...>
>> http://www.billhubick.com <http://www.billhubick.com/>
>> http://www. marylandbiodiversity.com <http://www.marylandbiodiversity.com/>
>> http://www.facebook.com/ MarylandBiodiversity <http://www.facebook.com/MarylandBiodiversity>
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Date: 5/28/17 2:58 pm
From: 'Elda Banks' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Yellow-billed Cuckcoo at Riley's Lock
On Saturday, May 27, at about 2:00 pm my husband and I saw a Yellow-billed Cuckoo at Riley's Lock.He was accommodating for photos.Elda BanksSilver Spring

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Date: 5/28/17 1:17 pm
From: Samuel Miller <srmiller2022...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Swanson's Thrush flight last night
I noticed the same thing last night. In my two hours of listening I
recorded over 30 Swainson's Thrush calls with a few Veerys and a Gray
Cheeked mixed in. I also noted both Spotted and Solitary Sandpipers but not
the Whimbrels I was hoping for. It was quite a decent flight considering
the less than optimal winds.

- Sam Miller
Gambrills MD

On May 28, 2017 3:20 PM, "pobrien776 via Maryland & DC Birding" <
<mdbirding...> wrote:

As I watched the weather segment of the late news last night the weather
reporter showed a radar image that she passed off as what is frequently
referred to as "ground clutter". Clutter, indeed! I went to
radar.weather.com and checked out the 4-hour loop and you could SEE the
birds lifting off around sunset! So I stepped outside and the sky was
peppered with Swanson's Thrush flight notes. So, at least for last night,
the so-called "ground clutter" was a wave of migrants. Incidentally,
there was very little migration from south of us and a heavy flight up the
northeast coast starting here. Radar images are fun to see and tell a
great deal about the migration events. And real weather events are easy to
distinguish. The images could help you plan your day (unless that annoying
work thing limits your flexibility).

Bookmark the National Reflectivity full resolution loop image and you can
see the show with a single click before going to bed.

As for flight notes, Peterson described them in his 1947 edition. I
learned them right away when I started birding in 1949 and passed along the
habit to my sons John and Michael. Bill Evans produced a marvelous tape
study of the calls and he and Michael later produced their CD of Fight
Calls of Migratory Birds. Bill's father had also introduced him to the
phenomenon.

Paul O'Brien
Rockville, MD

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Date: 5/28/17 12:47 pm
From: 'Rod Burley' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] White-throated Sparrow continues
So another week or two. Thanks for the info!! I haven't seen or heard any in my back yard in the last two weeks.
Rod Burley
Sent from my iPhone

> On May 28, 2017, at 3:36 PM, JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> wrote:
>
> On 5/28/17, 'Rod Burley' wrote:
> Wonder what the late date is for them...
>
> According to Robbins & Stewart's "Birds of MD and the District of
> Columbia [1958]," June is the month for extreme departure dates for
> WTSP:
> AA 6/15/1955
> PG 6/13/1933
> BC 6/10/1952
> DC 6/14/1899
>
> My last WTSP appeared on 5/16, last WCSP on 5/20, last Junco on 4/09.
> 2016 dates were:
> Junco 4/06
> WCSP 5/09
> WTSP 5/12
>
> Jim Speicher
> BroadRun/Burkittsville area
> [FR] Frederick County
> WA Co. MOS member
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Date: 5/28/17 12:36 pm
From: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] White-throated Sparrow continues
On 5/28/17, 'Rod Burley' wrote:
Wonder what the late date is for them...

According to Robbins & Stewart's "Birds of MD and the District of
Columbia [1958]," June is the month for extreme departure dates for
WTSP:
AA 6/15/1955
PG 6/13/1933
BC 6/10/1952
DC 6/14/1899

My last WTSP appeared on 5/16, last WCSP on 5/20, last Junco on 4/09.
2016 dates were:
Junco 4/06
WCSP 5/09
WTSP 5/12

Jim Speicher
BroadRun/Burkittsville area
[FR] Frederick County
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Date: 5/28/17 12:20 pm
From: pobrien776 via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Swanson's Thrush flight last night
As I watched the weather segment of the late news last night the weather reporter showed a radar image that she passed off as what is frequently referred to as "ground clutter". Clutter, indeed! I went to radar.weather.com and checked out the 4-hour loop and you could SEE the birds lifting off around sunset! So I stepped outside and the sky was peppered with Swanson's Thrush flight notes. So, at least for last night, the so-called "ground clutter" was a wave of migrants. Incidentally, there was very little migration from south of us and a heavy flight up the northeast coast starting here. Radar images are fun to see and tell a great deal about the migration events. And real weather events are easy to distinguish. The images could help you plan your day (unless that annoying work thing limits your flexibility).


Bookmark the National Reflectivity full resolution loop image and you can see the show with a single click before going to bed.


As for flight notes, Peterson described them in his 1947 edition. I learned them right away when I started birding in 1949 and passed along the habit to my sons John and Michael. Bill Evans produced a marvelous tape study of the calls and he and Michael later produced their CD of Fight Calls of Migratory Birds. Bill's father had also introduced him to the phenomenon.


Paul O'Brien
Rockville, MD

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Date: 5/28/17 11:24 am
From: 'Rod Burley' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] White-throated Sparrow continues
That's awesome Derek!! Wonder what the late date is for them.

Sent from my iPhone

> On May 28, 2017, at 2:23 PM, Derek C. Richardson <dcr...> wrote:
>
>
> Back underneath the feeders in the rain (West Laurel, PG County).
>
> D
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Date: 5/28/17 11:23 am
From: Derek C. Richardson <dcr...>
Subject: [MDBirding] White-throated Sparrow continues

Back underneath the feeders in the rain (West Laurel, PG County).

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Date: 5/28/17 9:31 am
From: Wallace Kornack <wallace...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Sunday 5/28/17
This morning (5/28) at Rock Creek Park.

——Ridge
American Redstart (Rodger)
Blackburnian Warbler (Rodger)
Mourning Dove 4
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Red-eyed Vireo
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
Carolina Wren
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Veery
American Robin
Chipping Sparrow
Brown-headed Cowbird 2

——Yard Parking Lot (Bill)
Mourning Dove 3
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Great Crested Flycatcher
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
House Wren
Carolina Wren
Wood Thrush
American Robin
Northern Cardinal
House Sparrow 4

——Fence Line (Bill)
Mourning Dove 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Great Crested Flycatcher
Tufted Titmouse 2
White-breasted Nuthatch
House Wren
Carolina Wren
Gray Catbird
Northern Cardinal 2
House Finch
House Sparrow 2

——Maintenance Yard (Bill)
Mourning Dove
Chimney Swift
Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
Hairy Woodpecker
Great Crested Flycatcher 2
Blue Jay 6
Carolina Chickadee 2
Tufted Titmouse 3
White-breasted Nuthatch
House Wren
Carolina Wren
Swainson's Thrush 2
Wood Thrush 4
American Robin 2
Scarlet Tanager 2
Northern Cardinal 2
Brown-headed Cowbird 3
House Finch 2
American Goldfinch

——Nature Center
Mourning Dove 3
Chimney Swift
Red-bellied Woodpecker 5
Downy Woodpecker
Acadian Flycatcher
Red-eyed Vireo
Tufted Titmouse
Carolina Wren
American Robin
Brown-headed Cowbird 2

——Dog Run
Mourning Dove
Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
Great Crested Flycatcher
Blue Jay 2
American Crow 2
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
Carolina Wren
American Robin
Song Sparrow 2
Northern Cardinal
Brown-headed Cowbird
American Goldfinch

Contributors: Bill Butler, Rodger Poore

Have Fun Birding!

Wallace Kornack
Washington DC

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Date: 5/28/17 6:33 am
From: Jerald Reb <jrebelboy...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Periodical Cicada Emergence Boundaries
I haven't heard or seen a single one in Delaware (Kent or Sussex counties).

Jerald

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> On May 27, 2017, at 3:31 PM, JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> wrote:
>
> On 5/27/17, Bill Hubick > wrote:
> I think finding the edges of the emergence is one of the most
> important things we can do.
> *************************************
>
> No cicadas here...
>
> Jim Speicher
> BroadRun/Burkittsville area
> [FR] Frederick County
> WA Co. MOS member
>
> LAT 39.394903
> LONG -77.599923
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Date: 5/28/17 5:49 am
From: Mark Rositol <mrositol510...>
Subject: [MDBirding] King Rail - Piscataway Park--Boardwalk
First reported on May 25th by Joe Wolfe. I have checked 3 or 4 times before today. Yesterday I was pretty sure I heard the cluck call by 2 different birds as well as some grunt calls. But I was walking my dog, and she was not being very cooperative. So I went back yesterday to try and confirm it, but didn't hear it on the 2nd trip yesterday. This morning I arrived early. Nothing at all, so I birded for about 2 hours. On the way out, I heard a definite grunt outburst coming from the river side of the boardwalk near the entrance to the boardwalk. There is a giant dead tree that marks the area where I heard the grunting. The water level has been so high, that it has probably forced them closer to the boardwalk. I wonder if they have been in the back of the wetland before and harder to hear if at all. Certainly not the most vocal one I have heard. Good luck and be patient if you try.

Also of note, there is a singing Kentucky Warbler right at the beginning of the entrance road(slightly south). This is a good spot for them. I've heard it singing on both sides of Bryan Point Rd. Please avoid playback for the KEWA, it has been very vocal.

M. Rositol
Fort Washington, MD


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Date: 5/28/17 5:11 am
From: Andy Smith <agsmith001...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Periodical Cicada Emergence Boundaries
On Sunday, May 28, 2017 at 7:29:08 AM UTC-4, Gail Frantz wrote:
> Nor here.
>
>  
>
> Gail Frantz
>
> Reisterstown
>
> Baltimore County
>
>  
> Only one or two in Woodstock so far. It's been pretty quiet.

>Andy Smith
Woodstock, Baltimore County
>
> In a message dated 5/27/2017 3:31:30 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time,
> <jugor......> writes:
> On
> 5/27/17, Bill Hubick > wrote:
> I think finding the edges of the emergence
> is one of the most
> important things we can
> do.
> *************************************
>
> No cicadas
> here...
>
> Jim Speicher
> BroadRun/Burkittsville area
> [FR] Frederick
> County
> WA Co. MOS member
>
> LAT 39.394903
> LONG -77.599923
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Date: 5/28/17 4:29 am
From: Guineabird via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Periodical Cicada Emergence Boundaries
Nor here.

Gail Frantz
Reisterstown
Baltimore County


In a message dated 5/27/2017 3:31:30 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time,
<jugornought...> writes:

On 5/27/17, Bill Hubick > wrote:
I think finding the edges of the emergence is one of the most
important things we can do.
*************************************

No cicadas here...

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Date: 5/28/17 3:04 am
From: James Wilson <birdmanjfw...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Swainson's Thrush
On Friday and Saturday, I had a Swainson's Thrush singing in the yard. I also heard one yesterday during my walk on John Brown Road.
And no cicadas around my house on the Eastern Shore.
Jim Wilson
Queenstown


"I had a Gray-cheeked Thrush snap one up a week ago and he's still here in my yard as is a Swainson's. You don't suppose they are lingering to bulk up on cicadas, do you?

Paul O'Brien
Rockville, MD"

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Date: 5/27/17 4:27 pm
From: Marcia Watson <marshwren50...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] White-throated Sparrow
No White-throats here in Bowie.

Marcia
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> On May 27, 2017, at 11:30 AM, Derek C. Richardson <dcr...> wrote:
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> I had a handsome White-throated Sparrow at my feeders a few minutes ago (West Laurel, PG County). eBird has flagged this as rare. Anyone else still seeing White-throateds?
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Date: 5/27/17 4:13 pm
From: Marcia Watson <marshwren50...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] What's eating Periodical Cicadas?
Cicadas are present in Bowie (Prince George's County) in large numbers in some yards/parks and absent in others. I'm assuming that pesticide-treated yards don't have them. And yesterday I birded at the American Chestnut Land Trust - Parkers Creek Northside trails (Calvert County) where there were moderate numbers. They seemed to have spotty occurrence in the woods, presnt in some places but not others. And there was a large number of Acadian Flycatchers, Pewees, and RE Vireos.

Marcia
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> On May 27, 2017, at 2:42 PM, 'Bill Hubick' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> wrote:
>
> Hey Ed,
>
> Thanks! I think finding the edges of the emergence is one of the most important things we can do. Please let us know the closest you see them to the great white north. :)
>
> By the way, we did a post on the emergence and how to ID the three species today at Maryland Biodiversity Project's Facebook page: http://bit.ly/2rrWqoE
>
> Good birding,
>
> Bill
>
> Bill Hubick
> Pasadena, Maryland
> <bill_hubick...>
> http://www.billhubick.com
> http://www.marylandbiodiversity.com
> http://www.facebook.com/MarylandBiodiversity
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>
> From: Edward Boyd <edboyd59...>
> To: Bill Hubick <bill_hubick...>
> Cc: Maryland Birding <mdbirding...>
> Sent: Saturday, May 27, 2017 10:51 AM
> Subject: Re: [MDBirding] What's eating Periodical Cicadas?
>
> What periodical cicadas? They don't exist up here in the great white north of Carroll County.
>
> Ed Boyd
> Westminster, MD
>
> On May 25, 2017 5:08 PM, "'Bill Hubick' via Maryland & DC Birding" <mdbirding...> wrote:
> Hi Everyone,
>
> How about a thread of what bird species we see eating Periodical Cicadas this season? It's a neat thing and worthy of some study/documentation.
>
> I'll start the conversation with a pair of NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRDs hawking them on the wing today off Route 216 in Howard Co. Nearby EASTERN KINGBIRDs and BLUE JAYs were probably doing the same based on some chasing, but I didn't see them actually eat any. I watched two mockingbirds wolf down at least three Magicicada sp.
>
> Should be a fun thing to watch this season. I look forward to documenting the phenomenon with all of you. Don't forget to submit your photos to Maryland Biodiversity Project! :)
>
> Good birding,
>
> Bill
>
> Bill Hubick
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Date: 5/27/17 2:12 pm
From: Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] What's eating Periodical Cicadas?
They are all over Wheaton and when I was in Fairfax VA Thursday, this just outside 495 along Rt 50 they were all over there as well.

Gail Mackiernan
Colesville

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> On May 27, 2017, at 4:59 PM, Joan Cwi <jafjsc...> wrote:
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> They are all over the place in Baltimore City!
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>> On May 27, 2017, at 4:53 PM, Warblerick <ricksussman1955...> wrote:
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>> Nope. Nary a one here in SW Carroll.
>> Rick Sussman
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Date: 5/27/17 2:03 pm
From: Judi Durda <jdurda...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] What's eating Periodical Cicadas?
One in my yard in Davidsonville

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On May 27, 2017, at 4:59 PM, Joan Cwi <jafjsc...><mailto:<jafjsc...>> wrote:

They are all over the place in Baltimore City!

Joan Cwi
Baltimore
On May 27, 2017, at 4:53 PM, Warblerick <ricksussman1955...><mailto:<ricksussman1955...>> wrote:

Nope. Nary a one here in SW Carroll.
Rick Sussman
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Date: 5/27/17 1:59 pm
From: Joan Cwi <jafjsc...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] What's eating Periodical Cicadas?
They are all over the place in Baltimore City!

Joan Cwi
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> On May 27, 2017, at 4:53 PM, Warblerick <ricksussman1955...> wrote:
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> Nope. Nary a one here in SW Carroll.
> Rick Sussman
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Date: 5/27/17 1:53 pm
From: Warblerick <ricksussman1955...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] What's eating Periodical Cicadas?
Nope. Nary a one here in SW Carroll.
Rick Sussman
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Date: 5/27/17 1:14 pm
From: 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Periodical Cicada Emergence Boundaries
I found a single Magicicada sp. in St. Mary's on 5/20. On 5/21 I heard one sing briefly. Haven't seen any other evidence of them so far. Of course, the photo doesn't show the orange between the eye and forewing. Sad!


https://www.flickr.com/photos/8671193@N08/34389676720/in/datetaken/

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<jtylerbell...>
California, Maryland



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From: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...>
To: Bill Hubick <bill_hubick...>
Cc: Edward Boyd <edboyd59...>; Maryland Birding <mdbirding...>
Sent: Saturday, May 27, 2017 3:39 PM
Subject: [MDBirding] Periodical Cicada Emergence Boundaries



On 5/27/17, Bill Hubick > wrote:

I think finding the edges of the emergence is one of the most

important things we can do.

*************************************


No cicadas here...


Jim Speicher

BroadRun/Burkittsville area

[FR] Frederick County

WA Co. MOS member


LAT 39.394903

LONG -77.599923


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Date: 5/27/17 12:31 pm
From: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Periodical Cicada Emergence Boundaries
On 5/27/17, Bill Hubick > wrote:
I think finding the edges of the emergence is one of the most
important things we can do.
*************************************

No cicadas here...

Jim Speicher
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[FR] Frederick County
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LAT 39.394903
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Date: 5/27/17 12:20 pm
From: ClodvigII via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] What's eating Periodical Cicadas?
Getting close to Westminster here in Sunnybrook off Red Run in
Reisterstown. Ive had quite a few and the birds are enjoying the feast.

Lou Nielsen
Reisterstown, MD


In a message dated 5/27/2017 2:42:13 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time,
<mdbirding...> writes:


Hey Ed,


Thanks! I think finding the edges of the emergence is one of the most
important things we can do. Please let us know the closest you see them to the
great white north. :)


By the way, we did a post on the emergence and how to ID the three species
today at Maryland Biodiversity Project's Facebook page:
http://bit.ly/2rrWqoE

(http://bit.ly/2rrWqoE)
Good birding,


Bill



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From: Edward Boyd <edboyd59...>
To: Bill Hubick <bill_hubick...>
Cc: Maryland Birding <mdbirding...>
Sent: Saturday, May 27, 2017 10:51 AM
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] What's eating Periodical Cicadas?




What periodical cicadas? They don't exist up here in the great white north
of Carroll County.


Ed Boyd
Westminster, MD



On May 25, 2017 5:08 PM, "'Bill Hubick' via Maryland & DC Birding"
<_mdbirding...> (mailto:<mdbirding...>) > wrote:



Hi Everyone,


How about a thread of what bird species we see eating Periodical Cicadas
this season? It's a neat thing and worthy of some study/documentation.



I'll start the conversation with a pair of NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRDs hawking
them on the wing today off Route 216 in Howard Co. Nearby EASTERN KINGBIRDs
and BLUE JAYs were probably doing the same based on some chasing, but I
didn't see them actually eat any. I watched two mockingbirds wolf down at
least three Magicicada sp.



Should be a fun thing to watch this season. I look forward to documenting
the phenomenon with all of you. Don't forget to submit your photos to
Maryland Biodiversity Project! :)


Good birding,



Bill




Bill Hubick
Pasadena, Maryland
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Date: 5/27/17 12:02 pm
From: pobrien776 via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] What's eating Periodical Cicadas?
I had a Gray-cheeked Thrush snap one up a week ago and he's still here in my yard as is a Swainson's. You don't suppose they are lingering to bulk up on cicadas, do you?


Paul O'Brien
Rockville, MD



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To: Edward Boyd <edboyd59...>
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Sent: Sat, May 27, 2017 2:42 pm
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] What's eating Periodical Cicadas?



Hey Ed,


Thanks! I think finding the edges of the emergence is one of the most important things we can do. Please let us know the closest you see them to the great white north. :)


By the way, we did a post on the emergence and how to ID the three species today at Maryland Biodiversity Project's Facebook page: http://bit.ly/2rrWqoE


Good birding,


Bill



Bill Hubick
Pasadena, Maryland
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From: Edward Boyd <edboyd59...>
To: Bill Hubick <bill_hubick...>
Cc: Maryland Birding <mdbirding...>
Sent: Saturday, May 27, 2017 10:51 AM
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] What's eating Periodical Cicadas?





What periodical cicadas? They don't exist up here in the great white north of Carroll County.


Ed Boyd
Westminster, MD



On May 25, 2017 5:08 PM, "'Bill Hubick' via Maryland & DC Birding" <mdbirding...> wrote:


Hi Everyone,


How about a thread of what bird species we see eating Periodical Cicadas this season? It's a neat thing and worthy of some study/documentation.



I'll start the conversation with a pair of NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRDs hawking them on the wing today off Route 216 in Howard Co. Nearby EASTERN KINGBIRDs and BLUE JAYs were probably doing the same based on some chasing, but I didn't see them actually eat any. I watched two mockingbirds wolf down at least three Magicicada sp.



Should be a fun thing to watch this season. I look forward to documenting the phenomenon with all of you. Don't forget to submit your photos to Maryland Biodiversity Project! :)


Good birding,



Bill




Bill Hubick
Pasadena, Maryland
<bill_hubick...>
http://www.billhubick.com
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Date: 5/27/17 11:42 am
From: 'Bill Hubick' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] What's eating Periodical Cicadas?
Hey Ed,
Thanks!  I think finding the edges of the emergence is one of the most important things we can do. Please let us know the closest you see them to the great white north. :)
By the way, we did a post on the emergence and how to ID the three species today at Maryland Biodiversity Project's Facebook page:  http://bit.ly/2rrWqoE
Good birding,
Bill Bill HubickPasadena, <Marylandbill_hubick...>://www.billhubick.com
http://www.marylandbiodiversity.com
http://www.facebook.com/MarylandBiodiversity


From: Edward Boyd <edboyd59...>
To: Bill Hubick <bill_hubick...>
Cc: Maryland Birding <mdbirding...>
Sent: Saturday, May 27, 2017 10:51 AM
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] What's eating Periodical Cicadas?

What periodical cicadas? They don't exist up here in the great white north of Carroll County.
Ed BoydWestminster, MD
On May 25, 2017 5:08 PM, "'Bill Hubick' via Maryland & DC Birding" <mdbirding...> wrote:

Hi Everyone,
How about a thread of what bird species we see eating Periodical Cicadas this season?  It's a neat thing and worthy of some study/documentation.

I'll start the conversation with a pair of NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRDs hawking them on the wing today off Route 216 in Howard Co. Nearby EASTERN KINGBIRDs and BLUE JAYs were probably doing the same based on some chasing, but I didn't see them actually eat any. I watched two mockingbirds wolf down at least three Magicicada sp.

Should be a fun thing to watch this season. I look forward to documenting the phenomenon with all of you. Don't forget to submit your photos to Maryland Biodiversity Project! :)
Good birding,

Bill
 Bill HubickPasadena, <Marylandbill_hubick...>://www.billhubick.com
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Date: 5/27/17 11:26 am
From: Sarah Kirchen <sarahkirchendc...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] What's eating Periodical Cicadas?
Saw a Swainson thrush with one in his beak last week.

On May 25, 2017 6:20 PM, "Jim Nelson" <kingfishers2...> wrote:

Here in my Bethesda backyard, Montgomery County, I have seen Fish Crows,
Great Crested Flycatchers, American Robins, Gray Catbirds, European
Starlings, Cedar Waxwings, Northern Cardinals, Common Grackles, and House
Sparrows chowing down on the cicadas. Almost all are picking them off the
foliage, either up in the trees or in bushes and other plantings near the
ground before the cicadas even make it up to the trees. I have seen a few
caught while flying.

As I was weeding several of my flower beds yesterday, I found many cicada
wings on the surface of the soil and I've seen quite a few wings on
sidewalks and our deck. I have watched the birds pull off the wings before
either swallowing or flying off with the cicadas. I think many of the
cicadas are being fed to nestlings or fledglings since most of the birds
seem to carry them off rather than eat them immediately. I have seen
European Starlings and House Sparrows feeding cicadas to recently fledged
young.

Jim Nelson
Bethesda, MD


On 05/25/17, 'Bill Hubick' via Maryland & DC Birding<mdbirding@
googlegroups.com> wrote:

Hi Everyone,

How about a thread of what bird species we see eating Periodical Cicadas
this season? It's a neat thing and worthy of some study/documentation.

I'll start the conversation with a pair of NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRDs hawking
them on the wing today off Route 216 in Howard Co. Nearby EASTERN KINGBIRDs
and BLUE JAYs were probably doing the same based on some chasing, but I
didn't see them actually eat any. I watched two mockingbirds wolf down at
least three Magicicada sp.

Should be a fun thing to watch this season. I look forward to documenting
the phenomenon with all of you. Don't forget to submit your photos to
Maryland Biodiversity Project! :)

Good birding,

Bill

Bill Hubick
Pasadena, Maryland
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Date: 5/27/17 9:11 am
From: David Fleischmann <david...>
Subject: RE: [MDBirding] What's eating Periodical Cicadas?
I am still waiting for them in Owings Mills, MD. I have seen one shell. Hoping they arrive so I can enjoy the spectacle.



Awesome birding in 2017!



H. David Fleischmann

M-410-598-9292

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From: <mdbirding...> [mailto:<mdbirding...>] On Behalf Of Edward Boyd
Sent: Saturday, May 27, 2017 10:52 AM
To: Bill Hubick
Cc: Maryland Birding
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] What's eating Periodical Cicadas?



What periodical cicadas? They don't exist up here in the great white north of Carroll County.



Ed Boyd

Westminster, MD



On May 25, 2017 5:08 PM, "'Bill Hubick' via Maryland & DC Birding" <mdbirding...> wrote:

Hi Everyone,



How about a thread of what bird species we see eating Periodical Cicadas this season? It's a neat thing and worthy of some study/documentation.



I'll start the conversation with a pair of NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRDs hawking them on the wing today off Route 216 in Howard Co. Nearby EASTERN KINGBIRDs and BLUE JAYs were probably doing the same based on some chasing, but I didn't see them actually eat any. I watched two mockingbirds wolf down at least three Magicicada sp.



Should be a fun thing to watch this season. I look forward to documenting the phenomenon with all of you. Don't forget to submit your photos to Maryland Biodiversity Project! :)



Good birding,



Bill



Bill Hubick

Pasadena, Maryland

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Date: 5/27/17 9:00 am
From: Wallace Kornack <wallace...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Saturday 5/27/17
This morning (5/27) at Rock Creek Park.

——Equitation Field (Jim, Rodger)
Louisiana Waterthrush
Red-eyed Vireo 2
Gray Catbird
Chipping Sparrow
Eastern Towhee
Brown-headed Cowbird

——Ridge (Jim, Rodger)
Swainson's Thrush
Wood Thrush
American Robin
Gray Catbird
Eastern Towhee
Brown-headed Cowbird

——Yard Parking Lot (Bill)
American Redstart (Rodger)
Mourning Dove 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Carolina Wren
Wood Thrush
American Robin 2
Northern Cardinal
House Sparrow 3

——Fence Line (Bill)
Mourning Dove
Yellow-billed Cuckoo heard
Chimney Swift 4
Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
Acadian Flycatcher
Great Crested Flycatcher
Red-eyed Vireo
Fish Crow
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Carolina Wren
Gray-cheeked Thrush
Swainson's Thrush
Wood Thrush 2
American Robin 2
Northern Cardinal
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow 2

——Maintenance Yard (Bill,+)
Blackpoll Warbler (Sally)
Wood Duck 2 flyby
Mourning Dove 2
Chimney Swift 3
Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
Downy Woodpecker 3
Hairy Woodpecker
Eastern Phoebe 2
Great Crested Flycatcher 3
Red-eyed Vireo 3
Blue Jay 5
American Crow 2
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch 5
House Wren 2
Carolina Wren 2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Swainson's Thrush 4
Wood Thrush
American Robin
Scarlet Tanager 2
Northern Cardinal 2
Brown-headed Cowbird 2
Baltimore Oriole
House Finch
American Goldfinch 5

——Nature Center
Mourning Dove
Chimney Swift
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Red-eyed Vireo
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
Carolina Wren 2
Swainson's Thrush
American Robin

——Dog Run
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Alder Flycatcher heard (Hugh)
Great Crested Flycatcher
Tufted Titmouse
Carolina Wren
Swainson's Thrush
Song Sparrow
Northern Cardinal

Contributors: Bill Butler, Sally Wechsler, Don Kates, Wendy Kates, Rodger Poore, Hugh McGuinness

Have Fun Birding!

Wallace Kornack
Washington DC

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Date: 5/27/17 8:51 am
From: Warblerick <ricksussman1955...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Productive morning in yard
I spent a fun and productive morning birding in my yard this morning. I started on the deck with coffee, picking up the easily seen and heard regular species. Then a slow walk around the backyard. There's a large area of overgrown wild cherry trees, mulberry trees and honeysuckle just outside the farthest reaches of our backyard, and I spent a very happy hour here, picking out a female Yellow Warbler, a beautiful female Blackburnian Warbler, a Red-eyed Vireo, a pair of Indigo Buntings, a Swainson's Thrush, and a gorgeous singing male WILSON'S WARBLER, yard bird number 156! I was fortunate to be able to watch all of these birds (except the thrush, which snuck off) for at least an hour, and even managed several recordings of the Wilson's Warbler singing. It's probably the longest I've ever watched a (very cooperative) Wilson's Warbler. Several other species came in and out as well. Further along I had a pair of Redstarts and a male Magnolia Warbler. 32 species by 11 AM.

My streak of great (2017) yard birds continues; Eastern Meadowlark, Grasshopper Sparrow, Red-headed Woodpecker, Black-billed Cuckoo, Olive-sided Flycatcher, and now a Wilson's Warbler!

Feeling satisfied in
Woodbine, Carroll County
Rick Sussman

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Date: 5/27/17 8:40 am
From: Steve Johnson <stevejohnson2...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: What's eating Periodical Cicadas?
On Thursday, May 25, 2017 at 5:08:39 PM UTC-4, Bill Hubick wrote:
> Hi Everyone,
>
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For anyone interested in this year's periodical cicadas, try this web site. I learned a lot about them. For example, these are thought to actually be part of our "big" Brood X, which emerged in 2004, and will (mostly) re-emerge in 2021. The ones emerging this year are called "stragglers".

http://www.cicadamania.com/

I saw many dozens of them in a walk last weekend around Lake Fairfax in Reston. But in the past two weeks of birding a lot in western Fairfax County and in Loudoun County, I have seen zero. The heavy concentration is more towards D.C. and Maryland.

Steve Johnson
Fairfax, Virginia

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Date: 5/27/17 8:30 am
From: Derek C. Richardson <dcr...>
Subject: [MDBirding] White-throated Sparrow

I had a handsome White-throated Sparrow at my feeders a few minutes ago
(West Laurel, PG County). eBird has flagged this as rare. Anyone else
still seeing White-throateds?

D

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Date: 5/27/17 7:51 am
From: Edward Boyd <edboyd59...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] What's eating Periodical Cicadas?
What periodical cicadas? They don't exist up here in the great white north
of Carroll County.

Ed Boyd
Westminster, MD

On May 25, 2017 5:08 PM, "'Bill Hubick' via Maryland & DC Birding" <
<mdbirding...> wrote:

> Hi Everyone,
>
> How about a thread of what bird species we see eating Periodical Cicadas
> this season? It's a neat thing and worthy of some study/documentation.
>
> I'll start the conversation with a pair of NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRDs hawking
> them on the wing today off Route 216 in Howard Co. Nearby EASTERN KINGBIRDs
> and BLUE JAYs were probably doing the same based on some chasing, but I
> didn't see them actually eat any. I watched two mockingbirds wolf down at
> least three Magicicada sp.
>
> Should be a fun thing to watch this season. I look forward to documenting
> the phenomenon with all of you. Don't forget to submit your photos to
> Maryland Biodiversity Project! :)
>
> Good birding,
>
> Bill
>
> Bill Hubick
> Pasadena, Maryland
> <bill_hubick...>
> http://www.billhubick.com
> http://www.marylandbiodiversity.com
> http://www.facebook.com/MarylandBiodiversity
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Date: 5/27/17 7:47 am
From: Kevin Ebert <kev.ebert...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Red-necked Phalarope
I'm currently at Lake Needwood looking at Joshua Heiser's Red-necked
Phalarope. (Great find!) It is currently in a little cove on the west side
of the lake. It is visible with binoculars, but a scope certainly helps. I
am looking from a trail a little bit north of the boat launch.

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Date: 5/27/17 7:40 am
From: Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Migrants Riley's Lock
Not long on said but 2 Northern Waterthrush and 4 Blackpoll. Prothonotaries
showed well for the C&O Canal walk.
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Date: 5/27/17 7:24 am
From: Derek C. Richardson <dcr...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Rocky Gorge warblers

A handful of warblers at Rocky Gorge (PG County) this morning: Ovenbird
(2), Yellowthroat, Redstart (female), Chestnut-sided (male), and
Blackpoll. Also a 1st-summer male Orchard Oriole singing. Full list below.

Rocky Gorge Reservoir/Supplee Park, Prince George's, Maryland, US
May 27, 2017 8:25 AM - 9:49 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
Comments: Distance is one way. Overcast, cool, very light breeze. High
water in the reservoir. Also saw 1 Red Fox and 1 Eastern Cottontail.
47 species

Great Blue Heron 1
Black Vulture 4
Osprey 1
Spotted Sandpiper 1
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 2 all white
Mourning Dove 3
Chimney Swift 3
Red-bellied Woodpecker 4
Downy Woodpecker 1
Pileated Woodpecker 2
Eastern Wood-Pewee 1
Great Crested Flycatcher 2
Eastern Kingbird 2
Red-eyed Vireo 15
Blue Jay 6
American Crow 5
Common Raven 1
Barn Swallow 2
Carolina Chickadee 4
Tufted Titmouse 7
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
House Wren 1
Carolina Wren 7
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 5
Eastern Bluebird 2
Wood Thrush 2
American Robin 3
Gray Catbird 2
Northern Mockingbird 2
European Starling 3
Ovenbird 2
Common Yellowthroat 1
American Redstart 1
Chestnut-sided Warbler 1
Blackpoll Warbler 1
Chipping Sparrow 2
Song Sparrow 1
Eastern Towhee 2
Northern Cardinal 8
Blue Grosbeak 2
Indigo Bunting 5
Common Grackle (Purple) 4
Brown-headed Cowbird 3
Orchard Oriole 1
House Finch 1
American Goldfinch 4
House Sparrow 10

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37177439

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

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Date: 5/27/17 5:15 am
From: Kye jenkins <kyebird54...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Peat moss Rd whimbrel
Could not relocate the whimbrel this morning at peat moss Rd Kye Jenkins

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Date: 5/26/17 9:20 pm
From: SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Friday, May 26, 2017 52 Raptors
Fort Smallwood Park

> Pasadena, Maryland, USA
>
> Daily Raptor Counts: May 26, 2017
> Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
> Black Vulture 0 29 273
> Turkey Vulture 33 891 6779
> Osprey 1 49 557
> Bald Eagle 7 82 213
> Northern Harrier 0 14 76
> Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 237 1061
> Cooper's Hawk 0 33 209
> Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
> Red-shouldered Hawk 0 3 95
> Broad-winged Hawk 11 176 329
> Red-tailed Hawk 0 32 177
> Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
> Golden Eagle 0 0 2
> American Kestrel 0 3 122
> Merlin 0 17 59
> Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
> Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
> Unknown Buteo 0 2 5
> Unknown Falcon 0 0 2
> Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
> Unknown Raptor 0 1 5
> Mississippi Kite 0 3 3
> Total: 52 1572 9967
>
>
> Observation start time: 9 am
> Observation end time: 5 pm Daylight Time
> Total observation time: 8 hours
> Official Counter Ralph Geuder, Sue Ricciardi
> Observers: Bob Rineer, Chris Reed, Dan Haas, Dan Walker, Hal Wierenga, Linda Baker, Lynn Davidson, Ralph Geuder, Sue Ricciardi
>
>
> Visitors:
> Linda Vitchock, Candy, Christine and Jim
>
> Weather:
> Mostly cloudy with a brief shower; 64-74 degrees; excellent visibility; winds strong from the west, 12-24 mph, gusting to 31 mph
>
> Raptor Observations:
> One Broadwing appeared dark enough underneath to make us consider a dark morph, but it turned out to be a heavily marked juvenile. A Bald Eagle went after an Osprey with a fish and then seemed to give up the chase for no reason. But another Bald Eagle had come on the scene and proceeded to take the fish. The first eagle then chased the second one unsuccessfully. During that scuffle we could see a big size difference in the two eagles. Mama won.
>
> Non-raptor Observations:
> Three Royal Terns
>
> ---------------------------------------------
> Report submitted by Sue Ricciardi (<susiericc...> mailto:<susiericc...> )
> Fort Smallwood Park information may be found at: http://www.mdbirds.org/sites/mdsites/hawks/hawkwatch.html
>
> 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: 5/26/17 6:14 pm
From: 'jovet' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Bird ID help, please. Swans in flight and EAWP? Thanks
And just for the record ... the "she" wasn't me... I didn't see or report them! LOL!


Joanne



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Sent: Fri, May 26, 2017 7:46 pm
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Humble apologies. That was meant to be private. 😧


Tyler Bell
California, MD

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I told her it was most likely a Trumpeter but the ventral view didn't allow a definitive ID and to submit as TRUS/TUSW. So what does she do? Submit TRUS. 😕

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I am curious about the location of the swan - as precisely as you can. Feel free to private message (email) if you wish. Very cool find.


Joanne




Joanne Howl, DVM
West River, Maryland


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From: Ted on Little Round Bay <akbar...>
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Sent: Fri, May 26, 2017 9:01 am
Subject: [MDBirding] Bird ID help, please. Swans in flight and EAWP? Thanks

Thanks for any help. I know there are EAWPs in the area, but this guy was silent and I didn't want to mis-identify. Here's a video of him/her hunting from the low wire which is probably better than the photo. I'm pretty sure he was on the ground at some point, but I might be mistaken.

https://youtu.be/j4lY_QD5SY0

As for the swans or geese, They appeared white. I accidentally put my camera in b/w mode.


Thanks very much.

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Date: 5/26/17 4:46 pm
From: 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Bird ID help, please. Swans in flight and EAWP? Thanks
Humble apologies. That was meant to be private. 😧

Tyler Bell
California, MD

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On Fri, May 26, 2017 at 7:41 PM, James Tyler Bell<jtylerbell...> wrote: I told her it was most likely a Trumpeter but the ventral view didn't allow a definitive ID and to submit as TRUS/TUSW. So what does she do? Submit TRUS. 😕

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On Fri, May 26, 2017 at 3:20 PM, 'jovet' via Maryland & DC Birding<mdbirding...> wrote: I am curious about the location of the swan - as precisely as you can.   Feel free to private message (email) if you wish.  Very cool find.  
Joanne

Joanne Howl, DVMWest River, Maryland
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Sent: Fri, May 26, 2017 9:01 am
Subject: [MDBirding] Bird ID help, please. Swans in flight and EAWP? Thanks

Thanks for any help. I know there are EAWPs in the area, but this guy was silent and I didn't want to mis-identify. Here's a video of him/her hunting from the low wire which is probably better than the photo. I'm pretty sure he was on the ground at some point, but I might be mistaken.

https://youtu.be/j4lY_QD5SY0

As for the swans or geese, They appeared white. I accidentally put my camera in b/w mode.


Thanks very much.

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Date: 5/26/17 4:45 pm
From: 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Bird ID help, please. Swans in flight and EAWP? Thanks
I told her it was most likely a Trumpeter but the ventral view didn't allow a definitive ID and to submit as TRUS/TUSW. So what does she do? Submit TRUS. 😕

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On Fri, May 26, 2017 at 3:20 PM, 'jovet' via Maryland & DC Birding<mdbirding...> wrote: I am curious about the location of the swan - as precisely as you can.   Feel free to private message (email) if you wish.  Very cool find.  
Joanne

Joanne Howl, DVMWest River, Maryland
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From: Ted on Little Round Bay <akbar...>
To: Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Sent: Fri, May 26, 2017 9:01 am
Subject: [MDBirding] Bird ID help, please. Swans in flight and EAWP? Thanks

Thanks for any help. I know there are EAWPs in the area, but this guy was silent and I didn't want to mis-identify. Here's a video of him/her hunting from the low wire which is probably better than the photo. I'm pretty sure he was on the ground at some point, but I might be mistaken.

https://youtu.be/j4lY_QD5SY0

As for the swans or geese, They appeared white. I accidentally put my camera in b/w mode.


Thanks very much.

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Date: 5/26/17 4:40 pm
From: Mark Rositol <mrositol510...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: What's eating Periodical Cicadas?
A Blue Grosbeak at Oxon Hill Farm yesterday.
M. Rositol
Fort Washington, MD

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Date: 5/26/17 2:57 pm
From: marian rutigliano <mcrutig...>
Subject: [MDBirding] What's eating Periodical Cicadas?
Also forgot to mention the RBWPs eating the cicadas.

Marian Rutigliano
Towson, MD

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Date: 5/26/17 2:56 pm
From: marian rutigliano <mcrutig...>
Subject: [MDBirding] What's eating Periodical Cicadas?
Ditto on many of the species eating cicadas. I am seeing Robins, Starlings, Cardinals, House Sparrows, and Crows chowing down cicadas.

Not sure why but this evening is the biggest cicada day so far in my yard. The noise of them is deafening and it seems to be frightening to the Mourning Doves, Chickadees, Wrens, and Nuthatches that got panicky and have apparently gone into hiding.

I have hawks galore in the area and they drop into my yard a lot so I wonder if they eat the cicadas, too, though I haven't seen them at it.

Marian Rutigliano
Towson, MD

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Date: 5/26/17 12:54 pm
From: Tony Futcher <tonyfutcher1...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] EAWP?
Eastern Wood-Pewee.

Tony Futcher

Hyattsville, MD


On 5/26/2017 3:31 PM, thbeal via Maryland & DC Birding wrote:
>
>
>
>
> I know I'm guilty of this too [banding codes], but what's an EAWP?
>
>
> A handy guide to decoding codes-
> https://www.carolinabirdclub.org/bandcodes.html
>
> Tom Beal
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Date: 5/26/17 12:31 pm
From: thbeal via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] EAWP?





I know I'm guilty of this too [banding codes], but what's an EAWP?


A handy guide to decoding codes-
https://www.carolinabirdclub.org/bandcodes.html



Tom Beal

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Date: 5/26/17 12:20 pm
From: 'jovet' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Bird ID help, please. Swans in flight and EAWP? Thanks
I am curious about the location of the swan - as precisely as you can. Feel free to private message (email) if you wish. Very cool find.


Joanne




Joanne Howl, DVM
West River, Maryland


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From: Ted on Little Round Bay <akbar...>
To: Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Sent: Fri, May 26, 2017 9:01 am
Subject: [MDBirding] Bird ID help, please. Swans in flight and EAWP? Thanks

Thanks for any help. I know there are EAWPs in the area, but this guy was silent and I didn't want to mis-identify. Here's a video of him/her hunting from the low wire which is probably better than the photo. I'm pretty sure he was on the ground at some point, but I might be mistaken.

https://youtu.be/j4lY_QD5SY0

As for the swans or geese, They appeared white. I accidentally put my camera in b/w mode.


Thanks very much.

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Date: 5/26/17 11:57 am
From: 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Bethesda, MD help with ID
House Sparrow.

Tyler Bell
<jtylerbell...>
California, Maryland

From: Paul Lall <paul.lall...>
To: John Canoles <espijc...>
Cc: <mdbirding...>
Sent: Friday, May 26, 2017 2:47 PM
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Bethesda, MD help with ID

Attached is maybe a Northern Wheatear (thrush)?  Thanks.
On Wed, May 24, 2017 at 11:35 AM, John Canoles <espijc...> wrote:

white breasted nuthatch

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

Phone (410) 832-2480
Fax (410) 832-2488

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To: Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Sent: Wed, May 24, 2017 11:34 am
Subject: [MDBirding] Bethesda, MD help with ID

Hi,

I just put up a new pole with three feeders and saw this bird today. Can anyone tell what it is? Thanks!

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Date: 5/26/17 11:47 am
From: Paul Lall <paul.lall...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Bethesda, MD help with ID
Attached is maybe a Northern Wheatear (thrush)? Thanks.

On Wed, May 24, 2017 at 11:35 AM, John Canoles <espijc...> wrote:

> white breasted nuthatch
>
> *John Canoles*
> Eco-Science Professionals, Inc.
> P.O. Box 5006 Glen Arm, MD 21057
>
> www.ecoscienceprofessionalsinc.com
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> Phone (410) 832-2480
> Fax (410) 832-2488
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>
> -----Original Message-----
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> To: Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
> Sent: Wed, May 24, 2017 11:34 am
> Subject: [MDBirding] Bethesda, MD help with ID
>
> Hi,
>
> I just put up a new pole with three feeders and saw this bird today. Can
> anyone tell what it is? Thanks!
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Date: 5/26/17 10:06 am
From: Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...>
Subject: [MDBirding] CORRECTION: Wheaton Regional Park today, May 26!
Sorry about that, obviously today is the 26th!

Gail

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> On May 26, 2017, at 12:43 PM, Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...> wrote:
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> Hi all,
>
> A beautiful warm sunny morning - a perfect day to declare that migration is, for all intents and purposes, over. (Wish we'd have had more days like this at the peak time!)
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Date: 5/26/17 10:04 am
From: Wallace Kornack <wallace...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Rock Creek Park, Friday 5/26/17
Additions: At the Dog Run, Matt Sileo saw and heard a Mourning Warbler and FOS Alder Flycatcher and Jim Lemert saw an Eastern Bluebird, Song Sparrow and Mockingbird.


Wallace Kornack
Washington DC

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Date: 5/26/17 9:49 am
From: Janet Millenson <janet...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] What's eating Periodical Cicadas?
Red-bellied Woodpecker. It stuffed the cicada into a crack in the tree
bark, then pulled off the wings before chowing down.


Janet Millenson
Potomac, MD (Montgomery County)
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On 5/25/2017 5:08 PM, 'Bill Hubick' via Maryland & DC Birding wrote:
> Hi Everyone,
>
> How about a thread of what bird species we see eating Periodical
> Cicadas this season? It's a neat thing and worthy of some
> study/documentation.
>
> I'll start the conversation with a pair of NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRDs
> hawking them on the wing today off Route 216 in Howard Co. Nearby
> EASTERN KINGBIRDs and BLUE JAYs were probably doing the same based on
> some chasing, but I didn't see them actually eat any. I watched two
> mockingbirds wolf down at least three Magicicada sp.
>
> Should be a fun thing to watch this season. I look forward to
> documenting the phenomenon with all of you. Don't forget to submit
> your photos to Maryland Biodiversity Project! :)
>
> Good birding,
>
> Bill
> Bill Hubick
> Pasadena, Maryland
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Date: 5/26/17 9:44 am
From: Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Wheaton Regional Park today, May 25
Hi all,

A beautiful warm sunny morning - a perfect day to declare that migration is, for all intents and purposes, over. (Wish we'd have had more days like this at the peak time!)

Anyway, except for one late-to-the-party female Redstart, the only warblers were local breeders and even the Ovenbirds were quiet. Good diversity of flycatchers, but only the Willow (singing a clear "fitzbew") was a migrant. Nice to see locally breeding Warbling Vireos, Orchard Orioles, Eastern Kingbirds and Yellow Warblers as none of these are annual at the park. Maybe the emerging cicadas will provide good food for the fledglings.

However autumn will come soon enough...in the meantime we can get ready for our birding trip to China.

Gail Mackiernan and Barry Cooper
Colesville, Md

45 species (+1 other taxa)
Birds of interest:

Wood Duck 2 Pair
Green Heron 1
Chimney Swift 3
Northern Flicker 2
Pileated Woodpecker 1
Eastern Wood-Pewee 1
Acadian Flycatcher 3
Willow Flycatcher 1
Eastern Phoebe 1
Great Crested Flycatcher 4
Eastern Kingbird 4
Warbling Vireo 2
Red-eyed Vireo 4
Tree Swallow 8
Barn Swallow 2
House Wren (Northern) 4
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 2
Eastern Bluebird 2
Veery 1
Wood Thrush 4
American Redstart 1
Northern Parula 1
Yellow Warbler 1
Chipping Sparrow 8
Eastern Towhee 3
Northern Cardinal 6
Orchard Oriole 1
Baltimore Oriole 3

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Date: 5/26/17 9:41 am
From: Wallace Kornack <wallace...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Friday 5/26/17
This morning (5/26) at Rock Creek Park.

4 warblers seen or heard: Parula, Chestnut-sided, Yellowthroat, Blackpoll

——Equitation Field (Jim)
Northern Parula
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Red-eyed Vireo
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

——Ridge
Mourning Dove
Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Eastern Phoebe
Red-eyed Vireo 2
Carolina Chickadee
White-breasted Nuthatch
Carolina Wren
American Robin 8
Chipping Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
Brown-headed Cowbird 3

——Yard Parking Lot
Mourning Dove 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
Downy Woodpecker 2
Great Crested Flycatcher
Tufted Titmouse
Carolina Wren 2
Wood Thrush
American Robin 2
Northern Cardinal
House Sparrow 3

——Fence Line
Red-eyed Vireo
Tufted Titmouse
Carolina Wren
Northern Cardinal
House Finch

——Maintenance Yard
Common Yellowthroat 3
Blackpoll Warbler 3
Great Blue Heron flyby
Red-tailed Hawk
Mourning Dove
Chimney Swift 3
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
Downy Woodpecker 3
Hairy Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Great Crested Flycatcher 2
Red-eyed Vireo
Blue Jay 3
American Crow
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
House Wren 2
Swainson's Thrush 6
Wood Thrush
Gray Catbird
Scarlet Tanager
Northern Cardinal 2
Common Grackle 2
Baltimore Oriole
House Finch
American Goldfinch 5

Contributors: Bill Butler, Jim Lemert, Marina True, Renee Erskin, Bob Erskin

Have Fun Birding!

Wallace Kornack
Washington DC





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Date: 5/26/17 9:40 am
From: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: EAWP?
On 5/26/17, Edward Delaplaine <akbar@> wrote:
I meant Eastern Wood-Pewee. Maybe I guessed wrong on the band code.

I guess that is the correct code, not immediately intuitive though...

I can almost always HEAR EAWPs whenever I'm near wooded areas, but
can't remember ever SEEING one...

Jim S

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Date: 5/26/17 9:08 am
From: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...>
Subject: [MDBirding] EAWP?
On 5/26/17, Ted on Little Round Bay <akbar@> wrote:
I know there are EAWPs in the area, but this guy...

I know I'm guilty of this too [banding codes], but what's an EAWP?

Locally, my hummer feeder if FINALLY showing some activity with a male
coming around regularly the past two days...

Jim Speicher
BroadRun/Burkittsville area
[FR] Frederick County
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Date: 5/26/17 8:19 am
From: Bobbi <b.reichwein...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: What's eating Periodical Cicadas?
On Thursday, May 25, 2017 at 5:08:39 PM UTC-4, Bill Hubick wrote:
> Hi Everyone,
>
>
> How about a thread of what bird species we see eating Periodical Cicadas this season?  It's a neat thing and worthy of some study/documentation.
>
>
>
> I'll start the conversation with a pair of NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRDs hawking them on the wing today off Route 216 in Howard Co. Nearby EASTERN KINGBIRDs and BLUE JAYs were probably doing the same based on some chasing, but I didn't see them actually eat any. I watched two mockingbirds wolf down at least three Magicicada sp.
>
>
>
> Should be a fun thing to watch this season. I look forward to documenting the phenomenon with all of you. Don't forget to submit your photos to Maryland Biodiversity Project! :)
>
>
> Good birding,
>
>
>
> Bill
>
>
>  
>
> Bill Hubick
> Pasadena, Maryland
> <bill_......>
> http://www.billhubick.com
> http://www.marylandbiodiversity.com
> http://www.facebook.com/MarylandBiodiversity

And a squirrel-pounced on it and carried it off.

Bobbi Reichwein
Davidsonville, MD

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Date: 5/26/17 7:46 am
From: john pangborn <pangborn.john19...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Lois Y. Green Conservation Park -- May 26, 2017
6:59 AM
Traveling
3.79 miles
185 minutes
All birds reported? Yes
Comments:

9 Canada Goose - FL -- 3 young ones
4 Mallard
1 Great Blue Heron
3 Turkey Vulture
2 Red-shouldered Hawk
1 Chimney Swift
2 Red-bellied Woodpecker
1 Pileated Woodpecker
4 Great Crested Flycatcher
2 White-eyed Vireo
3 Blue Jay
1 American Crow
1 Fish Crow
1 Northern Rough-winged Swallow
3 Tree Swallow
4 Tufted Titmouse
2 White-breasted Nuthatch
1 House Wren
4 Carolina Wren
5 Eastern Bluebird
1 Gray Catbird
1 Northern Mockingbird
1 Cedar Waxwing
1 Common Yellowthroat
3 Yellow-breasted Chat
3 Field Sparrow
1 Song Sparrow
3 Eastern Towhee
6 Northern Cardinal
2 Indigo Bunting
1 American Goldfinch

Number of Taxa: 31
John pangborn
Gaithersburg md

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Date: 5/26/17 6:01 am
From: Ted on Little Round Bay <akbar...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Bird ID help, please. Swans in flight and EAWP? Thanks
Thanks for any help. I know there are EAWPs in the area, but this guy was silent and I didn't want to mis-identify. Here's a video of him/her hunting from the low wire which is probably better than the photo. I'm pretty sure he was on the ground at some point, but I might be mistaken.

https://youtu.be/j4lY_QD5SY0

As for the swans or geese, They appeared white. I accidentally put my camera in b/w mode.


Thanks very much.

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Date: 5/26/17 3:32 am
From: 'Bill Hubick' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] What's eating Periodical Cicadas?
Thanks, everyone. Please keep these coming!
I'm going to track all the species reported on this page:https://www.marylandbiodiversity.com/viewSpecies.php?species=18964
I'll also be looking for photos of Periodical Cicada predation in the MBP Flickr queue (https://www.flickr.com/groups/marylandbiodiversityproject/).
Bill Bill HubickPasadena, <Marylandbill_hubick...>://www.billhubick.com
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http://www.facebook.com/MarylandBiodiversity


From: Mary Erickson <mary...>
To: Bill Hubick <bill_hubick...>
Cc: Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Sent: Thursday, May 25, 2017 11:33 PM
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] What's eating Periodical Cicadas?

Howard County.
I've watched a Starling, Red-bellied Woodpeckers, Common Grackles, and White-breast Nuthatches eat them.
Mary
On Thu, May 25, 2017 at 5:08 PM, 'Bill Hubick' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> wrote:

Hi Everyone,
How about a thread of what bird species we see eating Periodical Cicadas this season?  It's a neat thing and worthy of some study/documentation.

I'll start the conversation with a pair of NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRDs hawking them on the wing today off Route 216 in Howard Co. Nearby EASTERN KINGBIRDs and BLUE JAYs were probably doing the same based on some chasing, but I didn't see them actually eat any. I watched two mockingbirds wolf down at least three Magicicada sp.

Should be a fun thing to watch this season. I look forward to documenting the phenomenon with all of you. Don't forget to submit your photos to Maryland Biodiversity Project! :)
Good birding,

Bill
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Date: 5/25/17 10:09 pm
From: Pat Valdata <pvaldata1...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fwd: Re: [de-birds] conservation access pass
For Maryland birders who enjoy birding in Delaware, it will cost $65/year starting July 1 to bird at state wildlife areas. Details are below.

Pat Valdata 
Crisfield, Somerset County

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-------- Original message --------
From: James DuHadaway <jbduhadaway...>
Date:05/25/2017 10:19 PM (GMT-05:00)
To: <de-birds...>
Cc:
Subject: Re: [de-birds] Question

Beginning July 1st, Delaware is going start a charging for some of our
birding sites by making us purchase a Conservation Access Pass. Please see
the link below to see fee structure and where it will be needed.
http://dnrec.alpha.delaware.gov/fish-wildlife/conservation-access-pass/
Regards,
James DuHadaway

On Thu, May 25, 2017 at 9:29 PM, Debbie Beer <debbeer1023...> wrote:

> It's good to remember that fishermen and hunters more directly pay for use
> of natural resources than birders. They pay state fees for licenses to
> enjoy their activities. And hunters pay a tax on every box of ammo. Birders
> essentially bird for free.
>
> Their political clout will remain stronger than ours, until we can find a
> tool of financial contribution to conservation. Buy a Duck Stamp through
> the ABA!
>
> best regards,
> Debbie Beer
>
> On May 25, 2017 4:31 PM, "sally o'byrne" <salobyrne...> wrote:
>
> > There are two piping plover nests on Fowler Beach, and I believe both are
> > relatively close to the walkway. That may be why they have closed it.
> >
> > Sally O’Byrne
> >
> >
> > > On May 25, 2017, at 2:25 PM, David and Joy Peters <trogon1000...>
> > wrote:
> > >
> > > Does anyone know why Fowler Beach now has prominent signs that say you
> > may not walk to the beach? After spending so much money, why would they
> bar
> > birders from enjoying the area by merely walking down the trail? It was
> > always such a delight, but these signs look permanent.
> > >
> > > It feels as if people who are interested in fishing are accommodated
> > with two good-sized parking lots, but we birders often end up on the
> short
> > end of the stick, or so it seems. It you’re not a fisherman or a hunter
> . .
> > . oh well! When will our government accommodate the interests of birders
> > who want to respectfully enter these kinds of areas? We pay taxes, too.
> > >
> > > Joy Peters
> > > Dover, DE
> > >
> > >
> > > List archives: https://lists.princeton.edu/cgi-bin/wa?A0=DE-BIRDS
> > > List help: <DE-BIRDS-request...>
> >
> > List archives: https://lists.princeton.edu/cgi-bin/wa?A0=DE-BIRDS
> > List help: <DE-BIRDS-request...>
> >
>
> List archives: https://lists.princeton.edu/cgi-bin/wa?A0=DE-BIRDS
> List help: <DE-BIRDS-request...>
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Date: 5/25/17 8:33 pm
From: Mary Erickson <mary...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] What's eating Periodical Cicadas?
And a neighbor's cat.

Mary

On Thu, May 25, 2017 at 11:32 PM, Mary Erickson <mary...>
wrote:

> Howard County.
>
> I've watched a Starling, Red-bellied Woodpeckers, Common Grackles, and
> White-breast Nuthatches eat them.
>
> Mary
>
> On Thu, May 25, 2017 at 5:08 PM, 'Bill Hubick' via Maryland & DC Birding <
> <mdbirding...> wrote:
>
>> Hi Everyone,
>>
>> How about a thread of what bird species we see eating Periodical Cicadas
>> this season? It's a neat thing and worthy of some study/documentation.
>>
>> I'll start the conversation with a pair of NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRDs hawking
>> them on the wing today off Route 216 in Howard Co. Nearby EASTERN KINGBIRDs
>> and BLUE JAYs were probably doing the same based on some chasing, but I
>> didn't see them actually eat any. I watched two mockingbirds wolf down at
>> least three Magicicada sp.
>>
>> Should be a fun thing to watch this season. I look forward to documenting
>> the phenomenon with all of you. Don't forget to submit your photos to
>> Maryland Biodiversity Project! :)
>>
>> Good birding,
>>
>> Bill
>>
>> Bill Hubick
>> Pasadena, Maryland
>> <bill_hubick...>
>> http://www.billhubick.com
>> http://www.marylandbiodiversity.com
>> http://www.facebook.com/MarylandBiodiversity
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Date: 5/25/17 8:33 pm
From: Mary Erickson <mary...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] What's eating Periodical Cicadas?
Howard County.

I've watched a Starling, Red-bellied Woodpeckers, Common Grackles, and
White-breast Nuthatches eat them.

Mary

On Thu, May 25, 2017 at 5:08 PM, 'Bill Hubick' via Maryland & DC Birding <
<mdbirding...> wrote:

> Hi Everyone,
>
> How about a thread of what bird species we see eating Periodical Cicadas
> this season? It's a neat thing and worthy of some study/documentation.
>
> I'll start the conversation with a pair of NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRDs hawking
> them on the wing today off Route 216 in Howard Co. Nearby EASTERN KINGBIRDs
> and BLUE JAYs were probably doing the same based on some chasing, but I
> didn't see them actually eat any. I watched two mockingbirds wolf down at
> least three Magicicada sp.
>
> Should be a fun thing to watch this season. I look forward to documenting
> the phenomenon with all of you. Don't forget to submit your photos to
> Maryland Biodiversity Project! :)
>
> Good birding,
>
> Bill
>
> Bill Hubick
> Pasadena, Maryland
> <bill_hubick...>
> http://www.billhubick.com
> http://www.marylandbiodiversity.com
> http://www.facebook.com/MarylandBiodiversity
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Date: 5/25/17 6:14 pm
From: Mark Johnson <mj3151...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fw: MOWA



________________________________
From: Jay Pitocchelli <jpitocch...>
Sent: Thursday, May 25, 2017 8:39 PM
To: Mark Johnson
Subject: Re: MOWA


Mark,


Thanks for a very interesting recording. It looks like a hybrid between the eastern x Nova Scotia regeiolects. The sonogram isn't great but I attached it here and a copy of my paper on song of MOWAs.


Great stuff,


Jay

On 5/25/17 6:52 PM, Mark Johnson wrote:

Hi Jay,


I posted that audio/video file on my flickr page, so you should be able to download the file from there (click on the down arrow on the right to download). Here's the link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/27381338@N03/34039589134/in/dateposted-public/

[X]Mourning Warbler singing-Harford Co., MD 5/23/17<https://www.flickr.com/photos/27381338@N03/34039589134/in/dateposted-public/>
If you can ignore the horrendous, unfocused video component altogether, and try to ignore the rushing river and other extraneous bird sounds, there's a Mourning Warbler in there somewhere. He can be heard chipping throughout, and he sings briefly at seven different spots (-2:55, -2:12, -1:45, -35, -28, -17, -5).

[https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4166/34039589134_832b678390_b.jpg] <https://www.flickr.com/photos/27381338@N03/34039589134/>
[https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4166/34039589134_832b678390_b.jpg]




Mark


________________________________
From: Jay Pitocchelli <jpitocch...><mailto:<jpitocch...>
Sent: Tuesday, May 23, 2017 9:35 PM
To: Mark Johnson
Subject: Re: MOWA


Mark,


I am a little clumsy with Dropbox but I have been able to use it in the past. Have you got a Dropbox?


Jay


On 5/23/17 7:18 PM, Mark Johnson wrote:

Hi Jay,


I found another Mourning Warbler today, along the Little Gunpowder Falls trail in Harford Co. (the other side of the creek is Baltimore Co.). I used my camera to try to record the bird. It was in a horrendous spot...in the middle of a tangle, literally on the bank of the river, so there's a huge amount of background noise from the rushing water and other birds. The video itself is useless...just pointed the camera at the bush and didn't bother focusing. The recording is four minutes long. The bird can be heard chipping throughout, and actually sings seven times (:04, :47, 1:14, 2:24, 2:32, 2:41, 2:54). The file is a Canon .mov file, 857 MB...too big to attach to email. Do you have a way for me to upload it to a file server or some other method to get it to you?


Mark Johnson

Aberdeen, MD


________________________________
From: Jay Pitocchelli <jpitocch...><mailto:<jpitocch...>
Sent: Wednesday, May 17, 2017 8:18 AM
To: <mj3151...><mailto:<mj3151...>
Subject: MOWA


Mark,

Just also wrote Tim.
Was anyone able to get a recording of the MOWAs? I am studying songs of migrants to better understand their migratory movements. If you hear any more or could spread the word, that would be great. A SmartPhone recording is good enough for this project.

Dr. Jay Pitocchelli
Professor, Biology Department
Chair, Environmental Stewardship Committee
Saint Anselm College
Manchester, NH 03102
Voice: 603 641 7397

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Date: 5/25/17 3:20 pm
From: Jim Nelson <kingfishers2...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] What's eating Periodical Cicadas?
Here in my Bethesda backyard, Montgomery County, I have seen Fish Crows,
Great Crested Flycatchers, American Robins, Gray Catbirds, European
Starlings, Cedar Waxwings, Northern Cardinals, Common Grackles, and
House Sparrows chowing down on the cicadas. Almost all are picking
them off the foliage, either up in the trees or in bushes and other
plantings near the ground before the cicadas even make it up to the
trees. I have seen a few caught while flying.

As I was weeding several of my flower beds yesterday, I found many
cicada wings on the surface of the soil and I've seen quite a few
wings on sidewalks and our deck. I have watched the birds pull off
the wings before either swallowing or flying off with the cicadas. I
think many of the cicadas are being fed to nestlings or fledglings
since most of the birds seem to carry them off rather than eat them
immediately. I have seen European Starlings and House Sparrows
feeding cicadas to recently fledged young.
Jim NelsonBethesda, MD On 05/25/17, 'Bill Hubick' via Maryland & DC
Birding<mdbirding...> wrote: Hi Everyone,
How about a thread of what bird species we see eating Periodical
Cicadas this season? It's a neat thing and worthy of some
study/documentation.

I'll start the conversation with a pair of NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRDs
hawking them on the wing today off Route 216 in Howard Co. Nearby
EASTERN KINGBIRDs and BLUE JAYs were probably doing the same based on
some chasing, but I didn't see them actually eat any. I watched two
mockingbirds wolf down at least three Magicicada sp.

Should be a fun thing to watch this season. I look forward to
documenting the phenomenon with all of you. Don't forget to submit
your photos to Maryland Biodiversity Project! :)
Good birding,

Bill
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Date: 5/25/17 2:47 pm
From: Warblerick <ricksussman1955...>
Subject: [MDBirding] OSFL in Woodine
About 4:45 I stepped out of my shop for some fresh air, with my bins. Scanning the treeline I picked up an obvious flycatcher on a snag, but because of the distance I couldn't make out any detail. As I watched it preen I noticed a white patch at its rear, so I rushed home and got my scope set up on it from the deck.OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER! Maybe my 7th or 8th yard record, but always nice to see. I managed a few digi-scope images before it flew off. No sign of it since just before 5 PM.

Rick Sussman
Woodbine, Carroll County

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Date: 5/25/17 2:28 pm
From: Maryanne Dolan <maryanne.dolan...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] What's eating Periodical Cicadas?
Robins are doing the dirty deed here in Elkton. I have dozens of empty
shells and couldn't figure out where my cicadas are - until a few hours
ago when one attempted to escape a bush only to have 3 robins swoop in.
One robin got the cicada, the other two threw hissy fits.
Maryanne Dolan
Elkton MD

On Thu, May 25, 2017 at 5:08 PM, 'Bill Hubick' via Maryland & DC Birding <
<mdbirding...> wrote:

> Hi Everyone,
>
> How about a thread of what bird species we see eating Periodical Cicadas
> this season? It's a neat thing and worthy of some study/documentation.
>
> I'll start the conversation with a pair of NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRDs hawking
> them on the wing today off Route 216 in Howard Co. Nearby EASTERN KINGBIRDs
> and BLUE JAYs were probably doing the same based on some chasing, but I
> didn't see them actually eat any. I watched two mockingbirds wolf down at
> least three Magicicada sp.
>
> Should be a fun thing to watch this season. I look forward to documenting
> the phenomenon with all of you. Don't forget to submit your photos to
> Maryland Biodiversity Project! :)
>
> Good birding,
>
> Bill
>
> Bill Hubick
> Pasadena, Maryland
> <bill_hubick...>
> http://www.billhubick.com
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Date: 5/25/17 2:08 pm
From: 'Bill Hubick' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] What's eating Periodical Cicadas?
Hi Everyone,
How about a thread of what bird species we see eating Periodical Cicadas this season?  It's a neat thing and worthy of some study/documentation.

I'll start the conversation with a pair of NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRDs hawking them on the wing today off Route 216 in Howard Co. Nearby EASTERN KINGBIRDs and BLUE JAYs were probably doing the same based on some chasing, but I didn't see them actually eat any. I watched two mockingbirds wolf down at least three Magicicada sp.

Should be a fun thing to watch this season. I look forward to documenting the phenomenon with all of you. Don't forget to submit your photos to Maryland Biodiversity Project! :)
Good birding,

Bill
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Date: 5/25/17 11:45 am
From: Kevin Graff <keyweststyle2001...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Hart-Miller Island, 05/24/17
**Patuxent Bird Club Bus Tour**

05/24/17 – 910am-205pm

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



WEATHER: MC/Overcast, 62-65 degrees, ENE 3K- E 6K OBS: 20



Canada Goose – 32

Wood Duck – 8

Gadwall – 6

American Black Duck – 5

Mallard – 49

*NORTHERN SHOVELER – 3

*NORTHERN PINTAIL – 1

Green-winged Teal – 3

Ruddy Duck – 10

Pied-billed Grebe – 3

Double-crested Cormorant – 40

Great Blue Heron – 12

Great Egret – 1

Turkey Vulture – 7

Osprey – 14

Bald Eagle – 6 (2 adults, 4 immature)

*COMMON GALLINULE – 2

American Coot – 1

*BLACK-NECKED STILT – 3

Black-bellied Plover – 3

Semipalmated Plover – 3

Killdeer – 6

*WHIMBREL – 1

Dunlin – 11

Least Sandpiper – 9

White-rumped Sandpiper – 1

Semipalmated Sandpiper – 2

*WESTERN SANDPIPER – 1

Short-billed Dowitcher – 6 (5 atlantic, 1 prairie)

Spotted Sandpiper – 5

Greater Yellowlegs – 8

Lesser Yellowlegs – 2

*BONAPARTE'S GULL – 2

Laughing Gull – 1

Ring-billed Gull – 23

Herring Gull – 9

Great Black-backed Gull – 3

Least Tern – 1

Caspian Tern – 274

Forster’s Tern – 1

Mourning Dove – 7

Chimney Swift – 1

Downy Woodpecker – 2

Peregrine Falcon – 1

Acadian Flycatcher – 1

Willow Flycatcher – 1

Great Crested Flycatcher – 1

Eastern Kingbird – 4

Blue Jay – 1

American Crow – 3

Purple Martin – 2

Tree Swallow – 19

Barn Swallow – 27

Marsh Wren – 1

Carolina Wren – 2

Gray Catbird – 1

Brown Thrasher – 1

European Starling – 9

Cedar Waxwing – 4

Common Yellowthroat – 6

American Redstart – 1

Yellow Warbler – 5

Northern Cardinal – 8

Blue Grosbeak – 3

Indigo Bunting – 4

Red-winged Blackbird – 113

Brown-headed Cowbird – 1

Orchard Oriole – 7

American Goldfinch – 11

*HOUSE SPARROW – 1 (rare on the island)

SPECIES: 70 INDIVIDUALS: 826



MAMMALS: Muskrat – 1



REPTILES: E Painted Turtle – 1



AMPHIBIANS: Fowler’s Toad – 6



BUTTERFLIES

E Tiger Swallowtail – 2

Black Swallowtail – 4

Cabbage White – 15

Orange Sulphur – 5

Pearl Crescent – 4

Common Buckeye – 1



BEETLES: Seven-spotted Lady Beetle – 3, Soldier Beetle - 25



Kevin Graff

Jarrettsville, MD

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Date: 5/25/17 11:35 am
From: Tim Carney <timmyc83...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Poplar Island 5/24/2017
The highlight from yesterday's census was finding 6 RED KNOTS in Cell 1D. I missed this species in the state last year. I'm sure they are annual on Poplar, but I'm only there twice a month to check!

Other highlights included continuing high numbers of Virginia Rail (12) and Seaside Sparrow (9), plus Common Gallinules in two separate locations.

I was surprised at how homogeneous the peep flocks were - almost entirely Semipalmated Sandpipers. The only other peeps were 6 White-rumped Sandpipers and 1 Least Sandpiper.

Full eBird checklist is below. Photos will be uploaded tonight or tomorrow.
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37137935

Tim Carney
Nottingham, MD

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Date: 5/25/17 10:43 am
From: Wallace Kornack <wallace...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Parabolic #2
Jim,

It sounds like a blue-headed Vireo.

Wallace Kornack
Washington DC
> On May 25, 2017, at 12:00 PM, JimC <jimcancil...> wrote:
>
> This post contains a recoding using both the external mike and parabolic cone. I called the file 'Brown Thrasher', but after listening to songs at Cornell, I am quite sure I am wrong.
>
> Perhaps you can tell me names of two ...the loudest and another between the loud calls. (Crows, Redwings I know..) Both these birds have returned within the last week and have come for many years. Thanks.
>
> Jim
>
>
> As the file was too large to attach directly, there is a link to my Google Drive ..the same file hosted there. (I hope - first time I have used this)
>
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Date: 5/25/17 9:25 am
From: Karen Caruso <karen.caruso...>
Subject: [MDBirding] JBWS Ongoing Bird Survey: 41 species - especially warblers and vireos
Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary, Anne Arundel, Maryland, US
May 25, 2017 7:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Protocol: Traveling
3.0 mile(s)
Comments: Ongoing bird survey
41 species

Wood Duck 7
Double-crested Cormorant 7
Least Bittern 1
Great Blue Heron 6
Osprey 17
Bald Eagle 1
Forster's Tern 5
Mourning Dove 1
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Eastern Wood-Pewee 1
Acadian Flycatcher 1
Eastern Phoebe 4
Great Crested Flycatcher 1
Eastern Kingbird 2
White-eyed Vireo 1
Yellow-throated Vireo 1
Red-eyed Vireo 5
Tree Swallow 23
Bank Swallow 4
Barn Swallow 6
Carolina Chickadee 2
Tufted Titmouse 1
Carolina Wren 2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 2
Eastern Bluebird 2
Wood Thrush 2
American Robin 1
Gray Catbird 3
Cedar Waxwing 13
Common Yellowthroat 3
Northern Parula 1
Yellow Warbler 3
Blackpoll Warbler 5
Chipping Sparrow 1
Eastern Towhee 1
Northern Cardinal 5
Indigo Bunting 1
Red-winged Blackbird 25
Common Grackle 8
Orchard Oriole 2




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Date: 5/25/17 9:00 am
From: JimC <jimcancil...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Parabolic #2
This post contains a recoding using both the external mike and parabolic cone. I called the file 'Brown Thrasher', but after listening to songs at Cornell, I am quite sure I am wrong.

Perhaps you can tell me names of two ...the loudest and another between the loud calls. (Crows, Redwings I know..) Both these birds have returned within the last week and have come for many years. Thanks.

Jim


As the file was too large to attach directly, there is a link to my Google Drive ..the same file hosted there. (I hope - first time I have used this)

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Date: 5/25/17 8:48 am
From: JimC <jimcancil...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Parabolic microphone #1
A while back I posted recordings using an external mike for an iPhone. One of you pointed me to Cornell pages about recording; one page has photo of a fellow holding a sophisticated parabolic microphone. ...that gave me an idea — I first made the small one, which seemed ineffective. The second seems to have worked.

My material is a 'plastic cardboard' often used for yard signs. I carry it flat then use a snap to pull it into shape after I insert the phone. I would imagine there is some 'science' involved, but I don't have the background to what that would be....

This first audio file is simply the iPhone ..no cone ..no external microphone. (A second post has the audio file with the mike and parabola attached - the file was too large to attach here)

Jim

12mi W of Salisbury off the Nanticoke

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Date: 5/25/17 6:12 am
From: Bud Poole <budpoole343...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Off -Topic Question
I believe many deaths from window strikes occur well after it occurs. Even after a bird flies off after recovering from being stunned, the trauma still exists. Window strikes aren't always instantaneous so they'll hop and flitter away a good ways before perishing.

I'd look at your windows closest as the main culprit.

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Date: 5/24/17 12:03 pm
From: Janbraumuller <janbraumuller...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Off -Topic Question
Fellow birders,
We have found two dead Song Sparrows in our yard in the past 10 days. Both individuals had no visible wounds, blood, or broken wing. Their bodies appeared to be in excellent condition. Eyes were open and clear. Neither was found near a window, so we do not highly suspect death following a strike, although we cannot totally rule that out. Has anyone else experienced a similar situation in the MD, DC, VA area? Is there any disease that may be prevalent in the species? Possible exposure to a poisonous substance? My research has not yielded any clues. Thank you in advance for any info you may share.

Best regards,
Jan Braumuller
Arlington, VA.

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Date: 5/24/17 11:36 am
From: Harry Armistead <harryarmistead...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Blackwater, Ferry Neck, Hurlock, Delaware (bay shore), May 18-22, 2017.
BLACKWATER, FERRY NECK, HURLOCK, DELAWARE (bay shore), MAY 18-22, 2017, George, Liz & Harry Armistead.


MAY 18, THURSDAY. PORT MAHON. SLAUGHTER BEACH-MISPILLION RIVER-DUPONT NATURE CENTER AT THE MISPILLION HARBOR RESERVE. PORT MAHON, DE, A brief visit. Not ONE Horseshoe Crab except a few dead ones. American Oystercatcher 2, Red Knot 4, Semipalmated Sandpiper 400, Ruddy Turnstone 125, Bald Eagle 1, Osprey 6, Double-crested Cormorant 80, and Spotted Sandpiper 1 plus 81 Diamondback Terrapin. Low tide.


DUPONT NATURE CENTER, Slaughter Beach area, tide up about 3/4 but 1000s of birds. The DuPont Center is a great facility with good vantage points, interesting specimens, quality optics, and helpful, cheerful volunteers and staff. Seaside Sparrow 2, big numbers of Ruddy Turnstone, Short-billed Dowitcher, Semipalmated Sandpiper and not-so-huge numbers of Red Knots, Willet 2, Least Sandpiper 2. Nice to see 4 persons out on the other shore with scopes looking for color-marked shorebirds. American Oystercatcher 2. Osprey 8.


Arrive at Rigby’s Folly in the late afternoon. Wood Duck 3, Glossy Ibis low and close near the dock at sunset. Fowler’s Toads call. At 11 P.M. there is a Cope’s Gray Tree Frog clining vertically to the easternmost front porch post, allowing a close look. Rain gauge is empty. Gray Squirrel 2, Eastern Cottontail 2.


MAY 19, FRIDAY. Rigby’s Folly, up to 90 degrees F., SW 5 - 10 - <5, fair becoming mostly overcast. See a record 5 Northern Watersnakes from the dock. Nine Diamondback Terrapin in Poplar Cove. On the dock are entrails and blood from a small mammal, that, when I shove them off, result in a feeding frenzy for 20 or so minnows. Spend 1 hour working on the driveway. BIRDS: Cattle Egret 1, Snowy Egret 2, Wild Turkey 1, Bald Eagle 1 adult, Green Heron 1. On the driveway at Field 4 are 2 juvenile Fox Squirrels. These squirrels (“superpoohs”) are now seen with enough regularity here to justify not highlighting or the underlining of our sightings of them anymore. Six Gray Squirrels, 2 Eastern Cottontails. A Cope’s Gray Treefrog calls at 3 P.M. BUTTERFLIES: Tiger Swallowtail 2, Cabbage White 2, Questionmark 1 (plus another in St. Michaels).


MAY 20, SATURDAY. Rigby’s Folly, mostly overcast, 66-72, E20+. Two adult Canada geese with their 2 small goslings parade around on the lawn. I like Bernd Heinrich’s description of the way adult CGs walk as a “gentle swagger”. A gray squirrel is present with only half a tail. Cedar Waxwing 1. I cut a 5” diameter black locust hanging across the Irish Creek trail that has 31 growth rings. The Tulip Tree (Yellow Poplar) has had blossoms for several days, yet another early-developing plant, as are the Red Mulberries that already have berries, favored by grackles. One each of Least Tern, Blue Grosbeak, and Indigo Bunting. George arrives and hears a mockingbird across the cove doing Least Sandpiper, Semipalmated Plover, and Greater Yellowlegs imitations. One American Lady, spotted by Liz. Work 0.5 hours on the Irish Creek Trail, 1 hour on the Warbler Trail. One Red-tailed Hawk.


MAY 21, SUNDAY. BLACKWATER N.W.R. A guided birding tour with these 13 participants: George, Harry & Liz Armistead, Burt Carlson, Karen Caruso, Mark Caylor, Ellen & Tom Cimino, Cathy Cooper, Kate Murphy & Arnold Simon, Courtney Surls and one other, a man whose name, unfortunately, escapes me. 7 A.M. - 1:30 P.M. (the official tour is from 8 until noon). overcast, E10-5, low-50s to mid-60s, tidal and fresh waters both somewhat low. Some of the birdies below seen before or after the official birding tour as well as off-site at Egypt Road, Cambridge, or the Malkus Bridge. We do not see the disabled white pelican and snow goose.


Complete list (78 species): Canada goose 32. wood duck 1. mallard 12. wild turkey 1 (Egypt Road). double-crested cormorant 10. least bittern 1. great blue heron 32. great egret 25. green heron 1. black vulture 2. turkey vulture 18. osprey 21. bald eagle 37. red-tailed hawk 1 adult. peregrine falcon 1 female (Malkus Bridge - Route 50). Virginia rail 9 (2 well-seen). semipalmated plover 70. killdeer 1. spotted sandpiper 2. greater yellowlegs 13. semipalmated sandpiper 85. least sandpiper 8. WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER 1. dunlin 240. STILT SANDPIPER 1 (Pool 1). laughing gull 8. great black-backed gull 5 immatures (Malkus Bridge). least tern 2.


rock pigeon 1. mourning dove 2. yellow-billed cuckoo 1. ruby-throated hummingbird 2. red-headed woodpecker 4 adults (1 of them at its tree cavity nesting site). red-bellied woodpecker 2. northern flicker 1. pileated woodpecker 1 (at its nesting cavity). eastern wood-pewee 4. great crested flycatcher 4. eastern kingbird 7. white-eyed vireo 1. red-eyed vireo 1. blue jay 1. American crow 4. fish crow 1. purple martin 12. tree swallow 16. bank swallow 7. barn swallow 16. Carolina chickadee 4. tufted titmouse 3. brown-headed nuthatch 4. Carolina wren 4. house wren 5 (one going in and out of its nest cavity). marsh wren 2. blue-gray gnatcatcher 1. eastern bluebird 6. wood thrush 1.


American robin 11. gray catbird 1 (in northward flight at high altitude; bizarre). northern mockingbird 4. European starling 4. cedar waxwing 1. ovenbird 2. common yellowthroat 6. yellow warbler 1. pine warbler 4. prairie warbler 1 (Egypt Road). chipping sparrow 7. field sparrow 4 (Egypt Road). grasshopper sparrow (fallow areas along Key Wallace Drive). summer tanager 3. northern cardinal 3. blue grosbeak 1. gila monster 0. indigo bunting 5. red-winged blackbird 48. eastern meadowlark 2 (Key Wallace Drive fallow areas). common grackle 6. brown-headed cowbird 2. orchard oriole 5 (incl. a female constructing her at close range). American goldfinch 12 (most of them brilliant yellow males feeding in the willows of Pool 1; lovely sight, eh?). house sparrow 5.


NON-AVIAN TAXA: VIVIPAROUS QUADRUPEDS: fox squirrel 2, gray squirrel 2, eastern cottontail 7, raccoon 1, muskrat 1. BUTTERFLIES: black swallowtail 1, cabbage white 3. HERPS: cricket frog 6 or so (little choruses of them near the Visitor Center and also at Pool 1), painted turtle 1, redbelly slider 8 (basking on muskrat lodges).


At RIGBY’S FOLLY: At 6:05 A.M. we see a nice flock of 15 Glossy Ibis flying low and close over Field 1. Pileated Woodpecker 1. LUCY POINT, 6:00-7:45 P.M., overcast, 65-66 degrees F., E15+, cool: Dunlin 200, an elongate, sinuous flock flying across the mouth of Choptank River headed due north, eclipsing, to say the least, our previous property high count of … get this … 3 on Oct. 23, 1982, and counts of 2 on 6 other dates.


Other birds at Lucy: Canada Goose 3 (1 of them disabled), Wood Duck 2, Mallard 1, Common Loon 2, Double-crested Cormorant 26, Great Blue Heron 8, Glossy Ibis 4, Turkey Vulture 2, Osprey 13, Bald Eagle 2, Laughing Gull 8, Herring Gull 5, Blue Grosbeak 1, and various other landbirds, incl. 6 Purple Martins over Holland Point that have apparently occupied the martin house there. We watch a cormorant catch and swallow a Toadfish, then a few minutes later has an Eel that escapes. Three Diamondback Terrapin. No scoters.


MAY 22, MONDAY. A soaker. 0.5” already in the rain gauge. calm, 60, overcast (obviously). Leave at 8:11 A.M. George leaves a bit later and sees a Fox Squirrel by the bend of the driveway. HURLOCK WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANT. George visits here for c. 45 minutes finding 34 species including the 2 disabled Tundra Swans, 18 Ruddy Ducks, 13 Canada Geese, 23 Mallards, 5 Wood Ducks, 1 each of Bank & Northern Rough-winged swallows, a Semipalmated Plover, 55 Semipalmated Sandpipers, 1 White-rumped Sandpiper, 5 Spotted Sandpipers, 1 Killdeer, 4 Dunlin, and 11 Least Sandpipers.


the TRAP LINE. Single White-footed Mice caught May 15 & 18. Suspected Raccoon occupancy in the big Wood Duck nest box on the Willow Oak not confirmed.


George’s eBird lists at Blackwater, Lucy Point, and Hurlock were key to my descriptions of our findings related above.


the History of Patuxent: America’s wildlife research story. edited by Matthew C. Perry. U. S. Dept. of the Interior, U. S. Geological Survey, circular 1422, 2016, 255 pages, flexbound. Good information with many photographs (mostly color) on research and researchers at this splendid facility near Laurel, Maryland, including ornithologists Chan Robbins and Paul Sykes. A good production, I’d say. Much of the research done by Patuxent staff was in many parts of the U.S., was not restricted to on-site activities at Patuxent.


Best to all. - Harry Armistead.

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Date: 5/24/17 9:42 am
From: Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Mourning Warbler @ Wheaton Regional Park today May 24
Hi all,

Ventured out when it looked as if it might turn sunny. Even though migration is definitely winding down, still a chance for something interesting! And so it proved, as on our way back to the car we heard and then saw a beautiful Mourning Warbler as it clambered and sang in a tangle below the white house- in exactly the same tangle as the one a week ago. We saw singles of 5 other warbler species, one a late female Cape May in a mini-flock along with a Magnolia and Blackpoll, also females. Swainson's Thrush seemed to be the only other migrant, everything else are probable breeders.

Gail Mackiernan and Barry Cooper
Colesville, MD

55 species (+4 other taxa)
Birds of interest:

Great Blue Heron 1 Flyover
Black Vulture 2
Turkey Vulture 2
Osprey (carolinensis) 1
Chimney Swift 4
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 6
Pileated Woodpecker 1
Acadian Flycatcher 1
Empidonax sp. 1
Eastern Phoebe 2
Great Crested Flycatcher 3
Eastern Kingbird 2
Warbling Vireo 3
Red-eyed Vireo 2
Tree Swallow 8
Barn Swallow (American) 6
House Wren 2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 4
Eastern Bluebird 5
Swainson's Thrush 3
Wood Thrush 4
Cedar Waxwing 2
Ovenbird 1
Mourning Warbler 1 Adult male
Common Yellowthroat 1 Male
Cape May Warbler 1
Magnolia Warbler 1 Female
Blackpoll Warbler 1 Female
Chipping Sparrow 8
Eastern Towhee 2
Scarlet Tanager 1
Indigo Bunting 1 Singing male
Orchard Oriole 3
Baltimore Oriole 5

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37113967

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Date: 5/24/17 8:57 am
From: Wallace Kornack <wallace...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Wednesday 5/24/17
This overcast morning (5/24) at Rock Creek Park.

Wonderful to see the large influx of Swanson’s Thrushes as well as the Veery, Black-cheeked Thrush and Wood Thrush. Blackpoll and Redstart were the only warblers present.

——Equitation Field (Jim)
Downy Woodpecker
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Eastern Towhee

——Yard Parking Lot
Blackpoll Warbler
Swainson’s Thrush
American Robin 2
House Sparrow

——Fence Line
Red-eyed Vireo
Carolina Wren
Veery
Swainson’s Thrush 3
Wood Thrush 2
American Robin
Brow-headed Cowbird

——Maintenance Yard
American Redstart
Blackpoll Warbler
Red-tailed Hawk
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker 2
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Eastern Phoebe 2
Great Crested Flycatcher
Red-eyed Vireo 3
Blue Jay 2
American Crow 2
Tufted Titmouse
Carolina Wren
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Veery 2
Gray-cheeked Thrush 2
Swainson's Thrush 9
Wood Thrush 2
American Robin 3
Scarlet Tanager 2
Northern Cardinal 2
Brown-headed Cowbird
American Goldfinch 3

——Nature Center
Mourning Dove 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Eastern Wood-Pewee 2
Great Crested Flycatcher
Carolina Chickadee 2
Tufted Titmouse
Carolina Wren
Swainson's Thrush
Scarlet Tanager
Brown-headed Cowbird

Contributors: Jim Lemert, Radtha, +

Have Fun Birding!

Wallace Kornack
Washington DC



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Date: 5/24/17 8:55 am
From: Paul Lall <paul.lall...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Bethesda, MD help with ID
Thanks John. I also found it after searching around a bit:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White-breasted_nuthatch. I would have
thought it would go for the suet feeder. I am really hoping a local blue
jay will come. BTW, the baffle works fantastic, see attached. He jumped
here from a nearby bird bath.

On Wed, May 24, 2017 at 11:35 AM, John Canoles <espijc...> wrote:

> white breasted nuthatch
>
> *John Canoles*
> Eco-Science Professionals, Inc.
> P.O. Box 5006 Glen Arm, MD 21057
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> Fax (410) 832-2488
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> anyone tell what it is? Thanks!
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Date: 5/24/17 8:35 am
From: 'John Canoles' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Bethesda, MD help with ID
white breasted nuthatch


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


www.ecoscienceprofessionalsinc.com

Phone (410) 832-2480
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Hi,

I just put up a new pole with three feeders and saw this bird today. Can anyone tell what it is? Thanks!

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Date: 5/24/17 8:34 am
From: Paul Lall <paul.lall...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Bethesda, MD help with ID
Hi,

I just put up a new pole with three feeders and saw this bird today. Can anyone tell what it is? Thanks!

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Date: 5/24/17 7:59 am
From: john pangborn <pangborn.john19...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Little Bennett RP--Kingsley Trail -- May 24, 2017
7:00 AM
Traveling
2.50 miles
130 minutes
All birds reported? Yes
Comments:

4 Turkey Vulture
1 Red-tailed Hawk
3 Mourning Dove
1 Barred Owl
1 Red-bellied Woodpecker
1 Pileated Woodpecker
1 Acadian Flycatcher
2 Great Crested Flycatcher
1 White-eyed Vireo
4 Red-eyed Vireo
6 American Crow
1 Tree Swallow
3 Tufted Titmouse
1 White-breasted Nuthatch
2 Carolina Wren
4 Wood Thrush
1 American Robin
2 Gray Catbird
2 Ovenbird
1 Yellow-breasted Chat
2 Field Sparrow
4 Eastern Towhee
2 Scarlet Tanager
5 Northern Cardinal
1 Indigo Bunting

Number of Taxa: 25
John pangborn
Gaithersburg md

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Date: 5/24/17 7:49 am
From: Harry Armistead <harryarmistead...>
Subject: [MDBirding] 100th Dorchester County May bird count, May 13, 2017.
100th DORCHESTER COUNTY MAY BIRD COUNT, MAY 13, 2017.

167 species.


SYMBOLISM: NUMBERS MUMBO JUMBO: Canada goose 291 (8, 9-115) represents that CGs were seen in 8 sectors (but please see below under ‘SPECIES SEEN IN 8 SECTORS … “) with numbers ranging from 9 to 115 and a grand total of 291. If there’s just one number after a species without parenthetical material it is “understood” that just one sector found it. Underscored numbers or species represent unusually high counts. With species such as chuck-will’s-widow 7 (3, 1-4), seen by 3 sectors, the number found by a 3rd sector is easily determined by subtracting the combination of 1 and 4 (5) from the grand total of 7 = 2. I think it is important to indicate how many sectors see a species, and their range of numbers, so as to give some idea of the abundance and wideness of distribution of a bird here.



ABBREVIATIONS: BNWR, Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge. EIR, Elliott Island Road. HI, Hooper’s Island. HWTP, Hurlock Wastewater Treatment Plant. TI, Taylor’s Island.


WATERFOWL: snow goose 1 (BNWR). Canada goose 291 (8, 9-115). tundra swan 2 (HWTP). wood duck 51 (7, 1-19). gadwall 2 (EIR). American black duck 38 (5, 2-18). mallard 232 (8, 16-76). canvasback 5 (EIR). redhead 1 (HI). lesser scaup 2. surf scoter 3 (2, 1-2). black scoter 1. red-breasted merganser 3 (TI). ruddy duck 112 (3, 31-41). duck unIDd 4.


northern bobwhite 10 (3, 1-8). wild turkey 50 (8, 1-14). common loon 1. double-crested cormorant 160 (6, 4-95). American white pelican 1 (BNWR). brown pelican 143 (4, 9-113). least bittern 1 (EIR). great blue heron 92 (8, 1-25). great egret 72 (4, 5-33). snowy egret 38 (4, 2-24). little blue heron 2 (2, 1-1). tricolored heron 1 (EIR). green heron 16 (5, 1-8). glossy ibis 4 (Route 16).


RAPTORS: black vulture 37 (7, 1-19). turkey vulture 232 (8, 6-54). osprey 110 (8, 1-35). bald eagle 109 (8, 4-25). northern harrier 2 (EIR). sharp-shinned hawk 3 (3, 1-1). Cooper’s hawk 4 (3, 1-2). red-shouldered hawk 1. red-tailed hawk 10 (5, 1-3). merlin 1 (HI). American kestrel 2 (2, 1-1).


RALLIDS: clapper rail 10 (3, 1-5). Virginia rail 34 (5, 1-13). common gallinule 2 (EIR).


SHOREBIRDS: American oystercatcher 4 (HI). black-bellied plover 6. semipalmated plover 50 (2, 5-45). killdeer 37 (7, 2-12). spotted sandpiper 58 (8, 1 - an unheard of 32). solitary sandpiper 12 (5, 1-4). greater yellowlegs 51 (6, 2-29). willet 50 (4, 2-26). lesser yellowlegs 35 (5, 2-13). ruddy turnstone 15 (2, 1-14). sanderling 6 (HI). dunlin 195 (4, 3-142). black-necked stilt 2 (EIR). least sandpiper 299 (7, 9-161). white-rumped sandpiper 1 (BNWR). semipalmated sandpiper 78 (6, 1-56). short-billed dowitcher 17 (2, 1-16). peep unIDd 5.


LARIDS: laughing gull 1,018 (8, 3-630). ring-billed gull 45 (6, 1-14). herring gull 85 (6, 1-63). great black-backed gull 21 (HI). least tern 8 (5., 1-3). Caspian tern 2 (EIR). common tern 11 (3, 1-9). Forster’s tern 89 (7, 1-28). royal tern 39 (6, 1-17).


rock pigeon 20 (3, 2-16). mourning dove 117 (8, 5-24). yellow-billed cuckoo 4 (4, 1-1). eastern screech-owl 3 (2, 1-2). chuck-will’s-widow 7 (3, 1-4). chimney swift 52 (4, 1-48). ruby-throated hummingbird 12 (6, 1-4). belted kingfisher 5 (4, 1-2). red-headed woodpecker 14 (6, 1-3). red-bellied woodpecker 24 (6, 1-8). downy woodpecker 14 (7, 1-3). hairy woodpecker 2 (2, 1-1). northern flicker 17 (7, 1-6). pileated woodpecker 12 (7, 1-3).


FLYCATCHERS : eastern wood-pewee 8, 5, 1-3). Acadian flycatcher 4 (4, 1-1). eastern phoebe 3 (2, 1-2). great crested flycatcher 103 (8, 3-36). eastern kingbird 47 (8, 1-2).


VIREOS: white-eyed vireo 15 (5, 1-8). yellow-throated vireo 3 (2, 1-2). red-eyed vireo 26 (7, 1-9).


CORVIDS: blue jay 54 (6, 2-19). American crow 189 (8, 8-47). fish crow 10 (5, 1-3). unIDd crow 81 (4, 12-31).


horned lark 9 (4, 1-3). purple martin 137 (6, 4-57). tree swallow 682 (8, 3-250). northern rough-winged swallow 8 (2, 2-6). bank swallow 12 (2, 1-11). barn swallow 467 (8, 10-118).


LI’L SPRITES: Carolina chickadee 52 (8, 1-18). tufted titmouse 54 (8, 1-14). white-breasted nuthatch 2 (Neck District). brown-headed nuthatch 83 (6, 2-46). house wren 21 (5, 1-6). marsh wren 38 (4, 1-30). Carolina wren 84 (8, 4-29). blue-gray gnatcatcher 35 (7, 1-15).


eastern bluebird 103 (7, 8-21). wood thrush 5 (4, 1-2). American robin 276 (8, 6-67). gray catbird 36 (6, 2-12). brown thrasher 16 (7, 1-4). northern mockingbird 90 (8, 4-17). European starling 425 (8, 13-100). cedar waxwing 8 (2, 3-5).


WARBLERS: ovenbird 40 (7, 1-14). worm-eating warbler 6 (3, 2-2). Louisiana waterthrush 2 (2, 1-1). northern waterthrush 2 (2, 1-1). black-and-white warbler 4 (3, 1-2). prothonotary warbler 7 (3, 1-4). Nashville warbler 1 (TI). Kentucky warbler 2, (2, 1-1; BNWR, Neck District). common yellowthroat 125 (8, 2-36). hooded warbler 1 (TI). American redstart 11 (5, 1-4). northern parula 8 (3, 1-5). magnolia warbler 1 (TI). yellow warbler 10 (6, 1-3). chestnut-sided warbler 1 (TI). blackpoll warbler 2 (Neck District). black-throated blue warbler 5 (2, 2-3). pine warbler 81 (7, 1-44). yellow-rumped (myrtle) warbler 10 (4, 1-4). prairie warbler 10 (5, 1-6). black-throated green warbler 5 (2, 1-4). Canada warbler 1 (EIR). yellow-breasted chat 6 (3, 1-3; recently reclassified as not a warbler but included here for old times’ sake).


SPARROWS: eastern towhee 26 (6, 2-8). chipping sparrow 108 (8, 5-45; a harmless, inoffensive species). field sparrow 10 (5, 1-4). Savannah sparrow 1 (EIR). grasshopper sparrow 11 (3, 1-4). saltmarsh sparrow 3 (2, 1-2). seaside sparrow 76 (4, 4-45). song sparrow 4 (3, 1-2). swamp sparrow 3 (EIR). white-throated sparrow 3 (2, 1-2).


the PRETTIES: summer tanager 23 (5, 1-15). scarlet tanager 4 (3, 1-2). northern cardinal 136 (8, 2-41). rose-breasted grosbeak 1 (TI). blue grosbeak 48 (7, 2-16). indigo bunting 95 (8, 2-35). DICKCISSEL 1 (Neck District; a singing male).


ICTERIDS: bobolink (17 (2, 4-13). red-winged blackbird 928 (8, 38-232). eastern meadowlark 25 (6, 1-10). common grackle 955 (8, 12-286). boat-tailed grackle 27 (4, 4-11). brown-headed cowbird 204 (8, 3-60). orchard oriole 29 (7, 1-14). Baltimore oriole 3 (2, 1-2).


house finch 12 (3, 3-5). American goldfinch 71 (8, 2-30). house sparrow 57 (8, 1-19).


TOP TEN: Species with the highest counts: laughing gull 1,021. common grackle 955. red-winged blackbird 928. tree swallow 682. barn swallow 467. European starling 425. least sandpiper 299. Canada goose 291. American robin 276. mallard 232. turkey vulture 232. bald eagle with 109 comes in 23rd.


ACCIPITERS: Three Sharp-shinned Hawks and 4 Cooper’s Hawks may not seem remarkable, but they are both all-time high counts. On the western shore these two are far more abundant in the spring with counts, respectively, at Fort Smallwood Park, for example, of: May 1, 65 & 15; May 7, 43 & 3; May 14, 28 & 2; May 15, 48 & 5. In the first 36 May counts in Dorchester sharpies were recorded just 8 times with counts ranging from 1-3, Cooper’s, a singleton, only once.


SPECIES SEEN IN 8 SECTORS, AND 7 SECTORS: In 8 sectors (30 species): Canada goose, mallard, wild turkey, great blue heron, turkey vulture, osprey, bald eagle, spotted sandpiper, laughing gull, mourning dove, great crested flycatcher, eastern kingbird, American crow, tree swallow, barn swallow, Carolina chickadee, tufted titmouse, Carolina wren, American robin, northern mockingbird, European starling, common yellowthroat, chipping sparrow, northern cardinal, indigo bunting, red-winged blackbird, common grackle, brown-headed cowbird, American goldfinch, house sparrow.


By 7 sectors (17 additional species): wood duck, double-crested cormorant, black vulture, killdeer, least sandpiper, Forster’s tern, downy woodpecker, northern flicker, pileated woodpecker, red-eyed vireo, blue-gray gnatcatcher, eastern bluebird, brown thrasher, ovenbird, pine warbler, blue grosbeak, orchard oriole.


If the 9th sector is included (that sector’s effort totaled 1 hour and 5 miles) then these 14 species were seen in all 9 sectors: Canada goose, turkey vulture, mallard, bald eagle, laughing gull, mourning dove, American crow, American robin, northern mockingbird, European starling, chipping sparrow, northern cardinal, red-winged blackbird, common grackle. The 8 other sectors averaged 10.75 hours and 89 species.


SECTOR AREAS & PARTICIPANTS: Sector area descriptions designate sector boundaries, are not intended to suggest that participants were able to cover all of their sector. In several sectors the very poor conditions of dirt roads limited access to some areas:


1. greater, central Blackwater N.W.R. area and selected spots south of there: Wingate, Bishops’ Head, Crocheron, Lakesville, Robbins, Cedar Creek Road, Shorter’s Wharf: Dave Palmer (who kept a separate list for BNWR’s Wildlife Drive, making it easy to reconcile with Terry Allen’s list there (see below) 2. greater Elliott Island Road area incl. Vienna, Lewis Wharf Rd. and Kraft Neck, Steele Neck & Griffith Neck roads: Will Russell & Harry Armistead. 3. Cambridge, waterfront, and Egypt Road S to the “city limits”: Suzette Stitely. 4. Neck District: George Radcliffe. 5. Roads leading S from Route 16: Buttons Neck, Harrisville & White Marsh roads and Route 335 from Church Creek to Key Wallace Drive, Church Creek per se, town of Madison, plus Indian Trail Acres Road which goes N from Route 16 to Susquehanna Point: Daniel & Linda Southworth. 6. Hooper’s Island and Meekins Neck, Swan Harbor: Jeff Effinger. 7. Taylor’s Island, Slaughter and Parsons creeks, and Smithville Road S to Moneystump Swamp: Lynn M. Davidson, Hal L. Wierenga. 8. Blackwater N.W.R. Wildlife Drive and Route 16 N to Cambridge: Terry Allen. 9. County N of Route 50 including Hurlock Wastewater Treatment Plant, Brookview, etc.: Colin McAllister.



EFFORT: foot miles 24, foot hours 44. car miles 566, car hours 49. night miles 51, night hours 6. 3:30 A.M. - 9:00 P.M. Twelve observers in 9 sectors. Four sectors exceeded 100 species, two over 100 miles driving.


WEATHER: Ugh. 50 degrees F. at start with rain until 11 A.M., at which point the sky brightens and the ceiling lifts … for a while. Visibility mostly excellent in the afternoon, but with, nevertheless, occasional fog and mist complicating things. Yes, complicatin’ ‘em. “Periods of heavy mist in the P.M.” - LMD. 53 at 11 A.M., winds NW @ 15. Winds NW@ 25 m.p.h. at 12:45 P.M. For a while, at 4:50 P.M., the winds become E 10-15, which doesn’t help much either. At finish 55 degrees F., winds NW 15-20, almost entirely overcast, but with a colorful, but very small segment of sky as the sun, as it inevitably does, sets. If it doesn’t set … call 911. The rain, consarnit, kicks in again from 4 P.M. until the, merciful, end. So … mostly an overcast, windy, cool, and rainy day, characterized by the six adversities noted below. Blast those adversities. Yes, blast ‘em. Now up to Taylor’s Island, by way of contrast, it was calm in the early morning, but became NE 10-25 m.p.h. the rest of the day.


SIX ADVERSITIES: 1. strong wind (all day in most sectors). 2. rain (11 of the 16 hours). 3. overcast, no sun (all day). 4. cool verging on cold (all day). 5. above normal tides, salt water on some roads (most of the day). 6. poor visibility, fog, mist (3 hours). As a result A LOT of our numbers are perhaps half (or worse) what they’d be on a day with good weather. Especially affected are such counts of common birds such as Ovenbird, Pine Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, and a bunch of others. But # 100 is in the bag, a wrap,


MISSED SPECIES: There are always many. Blue-winged Teal (probably a few, of this declining bird, still breed here). Green-winged Teal. Cattle Egret (declining, but breeds on Smith & Poplar islands). Black-crowned Night Heron (declining). Broad-winged Hawk (a scarce spring migrant here). Black Rail (may not exist here anymore). King Rail (hard to get; they’re here, though). Sora (scarce and declining migrant). RED KNOT (Jeff Effinger found several on the experimental jetties south of Narrows Ferry Bridge, Middle Hooper’s Island, May 11-12, but not on May 13 in spite of effort to relocate them; there is one previous May count record; these jetties are where Purple Sandpipers have been seen 4 or so times over the years).


Pectoral Sandpiper (most pass through earlier in the spring). Wilson’s Snipe (hard to find this late in May). American Woodcock (in earlier years as many as 32 were recorded by one sector; now has become a scarce breeder). Bonaparte’s Gull (almost always scarce in this county at any time of year). Barn Owl, Great Horned Owl, and Barred Owl (these 3 are widespread breeders in the county, the Barn Owl less so, but with the adverse weather you wouldn’t know it).


Common Nighthawk (a declining, if not gone, breeder; used to be a given if you just drove through Cambridge on Route 50 with the windows down without even stopping). Whip-poor-will (breeds in north county but bad weather at night … forget it). Blue-headed Vireo (scarce migrant here). Cliff Swallow (a few may still breed up around Brookview). Veery & Swainson’s thrushes (these are almost always scarce migrants here). Yellow-throated Warbler (uncommon breeder, true, yet this is probably the most surprising of the misses). White-crowned Sparrow (a scarce migrant; one hung around the refuge Visitor Center most of the winter).


Theoretically it is possible, but HIGHLY unlikely, to get all of these, and, if so, this year the list would have been an unheard of 190 species.


FAMILY REPRESENTATION: waterfowl 14 species (good). heron types 8 (good). raptors 11 (good). shorebirds 17 (good). gulls 4 (average). terns 5 (slightly better than average). owls 1 (el stinko grande; lowest ever). nightjars 1 (poor). woodpeckers 6 (average, but that’s all there are really; sapsucker is almost out of the question). flycatchers 5 (average). vireos 3 (average). swallows 5 (average). wrens 3 (average). warblers 23 (now we’re talkin’). sparrows 10 (about good). icterids 8 (good).


ALL-TIME SPECIES TOTALS. As mentioned above is 264 species, but I can’t remember (haven’t yet examined ALL the lists) if we’ve ever had Hermit Thrush or Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, so, might be 1 or 2 more. heron types 11. waterfowl 32. raptors 15. rallids 8. shorebirds 32. gulls 7. terns 7. owls 5. flycatchers 7. wrens 5. vireos 6. warblers 33. sparrows 15.


DISABLED BIRDS. Traditionally called cripples by gunners. This year disabled (flightless) birds included the Snow Goose, the 2 Tundra Swans, and the American White Pelican. The pelican has been on hand since 2010, has helped swell many a bird count species total.


NON-AVIAN TAXA: 5 sectors reported these with totals of - MAMMALS: Sika Deer (Elk) 61, Gray Squirrel 29, White-tailed Deer 19, Eastern Cottontail 7, Red Fox 5, Raccoon 2, Little Brown Bat 2, Fox Squirrel 2, and 1 each of Virginia Opossum, Muskrat, and River Otter. BUTTERFLIES: none. BATRACHIANS (numbers not submitted): Cricket Frog, Spring Peeper, Bullfrog, Southern Leopard Frog, Green Tree Frog, and Fowler’s Toad. Hard to believe that Green Frog was missed. TURTLES: Painted Turtle, Snapping Turtle, Mud Turtle.


SOME HISTORY: This information for selected species, or its adaptation, I plan to include in a lengthy article on the history of the count to be submitted to Maryland Birdlife. Bald Eagle average of 10, 36 times, 1966-1975, range of 2-19; average 120 for the 20 counts, 2008-2017, with a range of 33-156. Kentucky Warbler recorded 26 of 36 counts 1966-1975 with a range of 1-12, 7 of 20 counts 2008-2017 with a range of 1-2, obviously in decline.


Northern Bobwhite average of 40 each count from 1966-1974, average of 8 from 2008-2017, in catastrophic decline. Henslow’s Sparrow found 32 of 36 counts 1966-1975 with a range of 1-15; found on zero counts 2008-2017. Sedge Wren, found on 23 of 36 counts 1966-1975 with a range of 1-10; 2 counts (2011 & 2014) with a range of 1-2, 2008-2017. Forster’s Tern recorded 15 counts 1966-1975 (none until 1972) with an average of 12; all 20 counts 2008-2017 with an average of 75. American Bittern, 25 of 36 counts 1966-1975 with an average of 1.4, ranges from 1-8; no records on the 10 counts 2008-2017. Black Rail, 23 of 36 counts, 1966-1975, with an average of 6, range of 1-31; 7 of 20 counts, 2008-2017, with an average of 0.45 per count, # range from 1-3, but none since 2012.


SPECIES DIVERSITY of the most recent 20 counts, 2008-2017 (2 are conducted each May on the 1st & 2nd Saturdays every year): 2008, 135 & 151; 2009, 154 & 181; 2010, 143 & 153; 2011, 153 & 158; 2012, 155 & 158; 2013, 125 & 149; 2014, 161 & 171; 2015, 135 & 154; 2016, 155 & 166; 2017, 136 & 167. These all enjoyed multi-sector efforts, many conducted in much better weather, so this year’s total of 167 is all the more remarkable, the 3rd highest in this time span.


MONTANE-SPRUCE-NORTHERN SPECIES. This moniker refers to certain species that are always scarce on this count, much more likely to be encountered on May counts on the western shore, the Piedmont, or in the mountains. Here they are with their number of years reported on the 1st 36 counts, 1966-1975: Wilson’s warbler 0, Tennessee warbler 2, blue-headed vireo 15, Swainson’s thrush 19, gray-cheeked thrush 11, rose-breasted grosbeak 11, white-crowned sparrow 11, black-billed cuckoo 2, willow flycatcher 0, alder flycatcher 0, Nashville warbler 7, Blackburnian warbler 2, bay-breasted warbler 2, Cape May warbler 5, olive-sided flycatcher 1.


ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS: A big THANK YOU to Eric Barnhart, Superintendent of Water and Wastewater of the town of Hurlock, for granting access to Hurlock Wastewater Treatment Plant. If you go there ALWAYS checkin at the plant for such permission, but this must be done between 6:30 and 10:30 A.M. on weekdays only. Kate & Neil Birchmeier are owed our thanks again for continuing to cheerfully let us scan from their dock to view the birds out on Tar Bay. My grateful thanks to all of the participants for putting in such a good, and productive, effort on a day of very adverse weather.


MISTAKES: Please let me know if you spot any. Thank you. One can go on tweeking forever, but it is time to put this puppy to rest and move on.


Best to all. - Harry Armistead, Philadelphia.

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Date: 5/23/17 9:52 pm
From: Phil Davis <pdavis...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Maryland waters pelagic trip cancelled
MDBirders:

Unfortunately, once again, See Life Paulagics has had to cancel one
of their Maryland waters pelagic trip due to a lack of participation. Sigh ...

This overnight trip was scheduled for June 2-3.

I hope more people consider sighing up for the only other Maryland
deep water pelagic trip of the year, planned for August 19-20.

The target species for this trip are: Wilson's, Leach's, Band-rumped,
and White-faced Storm-petrels, Cory's, Great, Audubon's, and Manx
Shearwater, Pomarine, Parasitic, and Long-tailed Jaegers, South Polar
Skua, Arctic Tern, Red-necked Phalarope ... with hope for a long list
of other MEGA rarities.

http://paulagics.com/trips

Phil


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2549 Vale Court
Davidsonville, Maryland 21035 USA
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Date: 5/23/17 4:05 pm
From: Kevin Graff <keyweststyle2001...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Rail Trail & Paper Mill Flats
05/23/17 – 745am-1030am

Torrey C Brown Rail Trail—Phoenix Pond, B Co., MD



WEATHER: Overcast, 59-61 degrees, NNE 4 mph- NE 8 mph OBS: 11



Canada Goose – 8 (4 adults, 4 goslings)

Great Blue Heron – 1

Black Vulture – 1

Turkey Vulture – 1

Osprey – 2

Rock Pigeon - 3

Mourning Dove – 2

Chimney Swift – 3

Ruby-throated Hummingbird – 1

Belted Kingfisher – 1

Red-bellied Woodpecker – 2

Downy Woodpecker – 2

Hairy Woodpecker – 1

Pileated Woodpecker – 1

Eastern Wood-Pewee – 3

Acadian Flycatcher – 1

Great Crested Flycatcher - 1

Eastern Kingbird – 1

Yellow-throated Vireo – 1

Warbling Vireo – 2

Red-eyed Vireo – 2

Blue Jay – 2

American Crow – 2

N Rough-winged Swallow – 4

Barn Swallow – 1

Carolina Chickadee – 6

Tufted Titmouse – 2

White-breasted Nuthatch – 1

Carolina Wren – 2

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher – 8

Wood Thrush – 3

American Robin – 9

Gray Catbird – 10

Northern Mockingbird – 1

European Starling – 2

Cedar Waxwing – 11

Ovenbird – 2

Worm-eating Warbler – 1

Louisiana Waterthrush – 1

Black-and-white Warbler – 1

Common Yellowthroat – 5

Northern Parula – 5

Bay-breasted Warbler – 2

Yellow Warbler – 3

Chestnut-sided Warbler – 2

Black-throated Blue Warbler – 1

Chipping Sparrow – 1

Song Sparrow – 1

Scarlet Tanager – 2

Northern Cardinal – 12

Indigo Bunting – 3

Red-winged Blackbird – 5

Common Grackle – 1

Brown-headed Cowbird – 1

Orchard Oriole – 4

Baltimore Oriole – 2

American Goldfinch – 4

SPECIES: 57 INDIVIDUALS: 163



MAMMALS: Gray Sq – 12



REPTILES: E Painted Turtle – 5, Red-bellied Turtle – 2



BUTTERFLIES: E Tiger – 2, Cabbage White – 1




05/23/17 – 1035am-1130am

Loch Raven Reservoir—Paper Mill Flats, B Co., MD



WEATHER: Overcast, 61-62 degrees, NE 8 mph-NE 7 mph OBS: 3



Canada Goose – 9

Wood Duck – 3 (2 drakes, 1 hen)

Mallard – 2 (drakes)

*HOODED MERGANSER – 6 (hen w/ 5 ducklings)

Double-crested Cormorant – 2

Great Blue Heron – 6

Green Heron – 3

Turkey Vulture – 2

Osprey – 2

Red-shouldered Hawk – 1

Red-tailed Hawk – 1

Killdeer – 1

Spotted Sandpiper – 2

Mourning Dove – 1

Belted Kingfisher – 1

Downy Woodpecker – 1

Northern Flicker – 1

Eastern Wood-Pewee – 1

Eastern Kingbird – 1

Warbling Vireo – 1

Red-eyed Vireo – 2

American Crow – 2

N Rough-winged Swallow – 6

Tree Swallow – 4

Bank Swallow – 1

Barn Swallow – 4

Cliff Swallow – 5

Tufted Titmouse – 2

House Wren – 1

Carolina Wren – 1

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher – 6

Eastern Bluebird – 2

American Robin – 3

Gray Catbird – 6

European Starling – 1

Cedar Waxwing – 2

Ovenbird – 2

Common Yellowthroat – 2

Northern Parula – 1

Yellow Warbler – 2

Black-throated Blue Warbler – 1

Song Sparrow – 1

Northern Cardinal – 6

Indigo Bunting – 1

Red-winged Blackbird – 10

Common Grackle – 1

Brown-headed Cowbird – 1

Orchard Oriole – 3

Baltimore Oriole – 2

House Finch – 2

American Goldfinch – 4

SPECIES: 51 INDIVIDUALS: 134 (73 species total)



MAMMALS: Gray Sq – 2



AMPHIBIANS: American Toad – 1 (tiny)



BUTTERFLIES: E Tiger – 2


Kevin Graff
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Date: 5/23/17 10:15 am
From: Lydia Schindler <lydia13621...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fwd: DC Area, 5/23/2017
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Date: Tue, May 23, 2017 at 1:13 PM
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Hotline: Voice of the Naturalist
Date: 5/23/2017
Coverage: MD/DC/VA/central and southern DE/WV panhandle
Reports, comments and questions: <voice...>
Compiler: Joe Coleman
Sponsor: Audubon Naturalist Society of the Central
Atlantic States (independent of NAS)
Transcriber: Steve Cordle

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

This is the Voice of the Naturalist, a service of the Audubon
Naturalist Society. This report covers the week starting Tuesday, May
16 and was completed on Tuesday, May 23 at 11:00 a.m.

Information on noteworthy birds 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).

The top birds this week were WHITE-WINGED DOVE in VA, WHITE-FACED IBIS
in MD, SWALLOW-TAILED KITE in MD and VA, and SCISSOR-TAILED
FLYCATCHER* in VA.

Other birds of interest this week included waterfowl, BLACK-BILLED
CUCKOO, rails, SANDHILL CRANE, shorebirds, PARASITIC JAEGER,
GULL-BILLED TERN, BLACK TERN, RED-THROATED LOON, AMERICAN WHITE
PELICAN, AMERICAN BITTERN, MISSISSIPPI KITE, flycatchers including
OLIVE-SIDED and YELLOW-BELLIED, PHILADELPHIA VIREO, SEDGE WREN,
RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, thrushes, warblers, NELSON'S and LINCOLN'S
SPARROWS, PAINTED BUNTING, and DICKCISSEL.

TOP BIRDS

A WHITE-WINGED DOVE was seen at a private residence in Hampton, VA on
May 16; it was not reported after the 16th.

An adult WHITE-FACED IBIS was seen May 19 on Green Dumpster Rd at Deal
Island WMA, Somerset Co, MD. A WHITE-FACED IBIS was also seen May 18,
19, and 20 at the Ashton Tract, Augustine Wildlife Area, New Castle
CO, DE.

A SWALLOW-TAILED KITE flew over North Glen Park, Anne Arundel Co, MD
on May 19. A SWALLOW-TAILED KITE was seen May 21 while driving on Rte
29 bypass in Amherst Co, VA about 2.5 miles north of the Rte 130 exit.

A SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER* was seen May 16 at Arlington Rd & Custis
Tomb Rd, Northampton Co, VA. A SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER* was also
seen May 18 and 19 at the NE Corner of the Wallops Flight Facility,
Accomack Co, VA.

OTHER BIRDS OF INTEREST

Some waterfowl species that winter in the area continued to linger
around this past week. A continuing CACKLING GOOSE at Chesapeake Bay
Environmental Center (Horsehead) in Queen Anne's Co, MD was most
recently reported on May 21. A COMMON EIDER was at Metompkin Island,
Accomack Co, VA on May 17.

BLACK-BILLED CUCKOOS were observed at several locations during the
week including: at private homes in Anne Arundel Co, MD on May 16 and
18; at the Main Section of the James River Park, Richmond, VA on May
16; from the Hawkwatching platform at Kiptopeke SP, Northampton Co, VA
on May 16; on Wheat Ln, Northampton Co, VA on May 17; Sky Meadows SP,
Fauquier Co, VA on May 18; Dyke Marsh, Fairfax Co, VA on May 21;
Western Fairfax Co, VA on May 6; Leesylvania SP, Prince William Co, VA
on May 7; and Sky Meadows SP, Fauquier Co, VA on May 8.

A KING RAIL was at North Point SP, Baltimore Co, MD on May 19. Another
was at Wooton's Landing, Patuxent River Park, Anne Arundel Co, MD on
May 20 and 21. A COMMON GALLINULE was seen at Sandy Bottom Nature
Park, Hampton, VA on May 16, 17, and 18. A COMMON GALLINULE was also
seen on May 20 and 21 at Black Marsh, Baltimore Co, MD. Another was at
Swan Harbor Farm Park, Harford Co, MD, on May 22.

A SANDHILL CRANE was seen May 16 at Fisherman Island NWR, Northampton
Co, VA. One was also seen May 19 at Maury River below Cedar Grove,
Rockbridge Co, VA. SANDHILL CRANES were also seen in De with one at
the Ashton Tract of the Augustine Wildlife Area, New Castle Co, and
the other on May 20 and 21 a little west of Port Penn.

Among the numerous shorebirds at the Chincoteague NWR, Accomack Co, VA
last week were PIPING PLOVERS and, on May 17, a MARBLED GODWIT. Three
MARBLED GODWITS were at Willis Wharf, Northampton Co, VA on May 21.

As many as 3 WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS were seen at a private pond on
Peat Moss Rd, Garrett Co, MD, from May 16 through the 20th. A WILSON'S
PHALAROPE was at the Bombay Hook NWR on May 18, 19, and 20. A
RED-NECKED PHALAROPE was seen May 22 at the Roanoke Sewage Treatment
Plant, Roanoke, VA.

A PARASITIC JAEGER was seen May 19 from the Assateague SP, Worcester
Co, MD.

Two GULL-BILLED TERNS were seen May 17 at Queen Sound Public Landing,
Accomack Co, VA. Three BLACK TERNS were seen May 19 at the Assateague
SP. A BLACK TERN were seen at Bombay Hook NWR on May 19.

A RED-THROATED LOON was seen May 16 from the Fort Smallwood Park
Hawkwatch, Anne Arundel Co, MD. Another was seen May 18 from the
Bayside Peninsula, Assateague Island NS, Worcester Co, MD. On May 19 a
RED-THROATED LOON was seen at Masonville Cove, Baltimore, MD.
RED-THROATED LOONS were also seen in Sussex Co, DE at the DuPont
Nature Center, on May 18 and at Indian River Inlet on May 19.

As many as 5 AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS were seen throughout the week at
the Ashton Tract, Augustine Wildlife Area, New Castle Co, DE.

An AMERICAN BITTERN was at Hughes Hollow, Montgomery Co, MD on May 16.
Another AMERICAN BITTERN was seen the same day at Meadowbrook Park,
Howard Co, MD. An AMERICAN BITTERN was seen and photographed May 20 at
the Nazarene Church Road Wetlands, Rockingham Co, VA.

MISSISSIPPI KITES turned up at a number of locations during the week.
In Northampton Co, VA on May 16 single birds were seen at Fisherman
Island NWR and at Taylor Pond, Kiptopeke NWR; one was also seen the
same day along the Wildlife Loop, Chincoteague NWR, Accomack Co, VA.
On May 17 and 18 they were seen along 17th Street, Upton and Utah
Streets, Arlington County, VA; two were seen at 18th and Utah St on
the 19th and as many as 4 were seen either there or at 17th and Utah
on the 20th. One was also seen on May 17 along Cameron Mills Rd,
Alexandria, VA and on the 18th over nearby Central Ave. One was also
seen May 17 in Ferndale, Anne Arundel Co, MD. A MISSISSIPPI KITE was
seen May 18 at the Craney Island Disposal Area (restricted access),
Portsmouth, VA and another in an area where they have been seen for
several years, Runt Powell Farm, Halifax Co, VA. Single MISSISSIPPI
KITES flew over the Fort Small Park Hawkwatch, Anne Arundel Co, MD on
May 18 and 19. Two MISSISSIPPI KITES were seen May 20 at the private
Big Water Farm, Queen Anne's Co, MD.

The OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER at Monticello Park, Alexandria, VA, was
seen again on May 16. A YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER was seen and heard
in a yard near Bluemont, Loudoun Co, VA. ALDER FLYCATCHERS were found
at several locations throughout the area including one at the Blue
Ridge Center for Environmental Stewardship in northwestern Loudoun Co,
VA on May 16; Hughes Hollow, Montgomery Co, MD on May 16; at the
Occoquan NWR, Prince William Co, VA on May 20 and 21; along the
Huntley Meadows Park Hike and Bike Trail, Fairfax Co, VA on May 21.
Others were observed at Big Water Farm (private), Queen Anne' Co, MD,
on May 17 as well as one at Leesylvania SP, Prince William Co, VA on
May 17. Three LEAST FLYCATCHERS were at the Swan Creek Wetlands/Cox
Creek DMCF, Anne Arundel Co, MD on May 16. A LEAST FLYCATCHER was also
observed on this week's Dyke Marsh (Fairfax Co) walk on May 21. Other
LEAST FLYCATCHERS were observed at the Middle Patuxent Environmental
Area, Howard Co, MD on May 20; at Cromwell Valley Park, Baltimore Co,
MD on May 21; at Patterson Park, Baltimore, MD, on May 21.

PHILADELPHIA VIREOS were seen at Huntley Meadows Park, Fairfax Co, VA
on May 16; at Watkins Ponds, King Farm Stream Park, Montgomery Co, MD
on May 17; and at a home in Randallstown, Baltimore, MD, on May 18.

On May 21 a SEDGE WREN was seen and heard at Finzel Swamp, Garret Co,
MD.

Late RUBY-CROWNED KINGLETS popped at a variety of locations in MD & VA
early in the week.

Various thrush species continued to seen and heard throughout the
region this past week, including GRAY-CHEEKED, SWAINSON'S and VEERY.

While warbler migration began to wind down as the week progressed,
there were still a lot of nice sightings especially during the
beginning of the time period. A GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER and 3 MOURNING
WARBLERS were among the 20 warbler species observed at Rock Creek
Park, NW DC, on May 16; the former and two of the latter were seen in
the Maintenance Yard and the other MOURNING WARBLER was along the
Fence Line. A continuing GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER was seen again on May
16 at Watkins Ponds, King Farm Stream Valley Park, Montgomery Co, MD.
Four GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLERS were found along Big Valley Rd in Highland
Co, VA on May 19. The 16th was a very good day for MOURNING WARBLERS
with one at Susquehanna SP, Harford Co, MD (along with 27 other
warbler species); one at the Beaver Pond, Fort Frederick SP,
Washington Co, MD; and still another at the Swan Creek Wetlands/Cox
Creek DMCF, Anne Arundel Co, MD. MOURNING WARBLERS were also observed
on May 17 with one at the Wheaton RP (Montgomery Co, MD) and another
at the Middle Patuxent Environmental Area, Howard Co, MD. A MOURNING
WARBLER was heard May 18 near the power line between Deer Pasture Dr
and Brush Run in Columbia, MD. Monticello Park (Alexandria, VA) and
Wheaton RP (Montgomery Co, MD) were other great places to see several
warblers with 18 at both on May 16.

There was a NELSON'S SPARROW at Raymond Pool, Bombay Hook NWR, Kent
Co, DE on May 20. A NELSON'S SPARROW was also seen May 21 at the
Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center, Queen Anne's Co, MD. Another
NELSON'S SPARROW was seen the same day in Finzel Swamp, Garrett Co,
MD. On May 16 single LINCOLN'S SPARROW were seen at Finzel Swamp,
Garrett Co, MD and the Middle Patuxent Environmental Area, Howard Co,
MD. On May 17 one was seen at Mt. Nebo WMA, Garrett Co, MD.

A PAINTED BUNTING was seen, heard, and photographed on May 16, and
again on May 17 and 18, at Fisherman's Island NWR (restricted access),
Northampton Co, VA.

A DICKCISSEL was at the Taylor Pond, Kiptopeke SP, Northampton Co, VA,
on May 16. On May 20 one was at Collipher Farm, Virginia Beach, VA. A
DICKCISSEL was also heard on May 20 at Shirley Plantation, Charles
City Co, VA. Two DICKCISSELS were observed May 17 at the private Oaks
Landfill, Montgomery Co, MD. Six DICKCISSELS were seen May 22 on Mason
Dixon Farms which straddles the MD/PA border near Emmitsburg, MD, with
several males and some females near the intersection of Bullfrog Rd
and Harney Rd, Frederick Co.

***

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

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Date: 5/23/17 8:41 am
From: Pete Givan <rocinrobin...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Allegany County RFI
On Monday, May 22, 2017 at 10:45:03 AM UTC-4, Will McPhail wrote:
> Maryland birders,
>
> I'm thinking of making a day trip to Allegany county this upcoming weekend, mostly to focus on Henslow's Sparrows along Old Legislative Road. I've never birded this area so I'd love any tips on doing so and for finding that species. I'll most likely also check out Finzel Swamp and would welcome any words of wisdom on birding that location as well.
>
> I've been exploring e-Bird but would appreciate any info on finding specialty species of the area, particularly: Golden-winged Warbler, Black-billed Cuckoo and Alder Flycatcher. And of course are other interesting stuff found in the western counties.
>
> Thanks very much in advance,
>
> Will McPhail
> Washington, DC

I just got back from West. MD. We did get the Henslow's at Old Legislative Rd and further up on the trail got a Blue-winged Warbler. Finzel Swamp was pretty quiet though there was a report of a Nelson's Sparrow there and a couple we met said the saw a Black-billed Cuckoo and a Sedge Wren. I may have seen the wren as well, but mis-identified it. Good luck.

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Date: 5/23/17 7:02 am
From: Wallace Kornack <wallace...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Tuesday 5/23/17
This morning (5/23) at Rock Creek Park.

5 warblers seen or heard: Yellowthroat, Cape May, Magnolia, Parula, Blackpoll

——Equitation Field
Common Yellowthroat
Cape May Warbler
Magnolia Warbler
Blackpoll Warbler
Chimney Swift 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
Carolina Wren
American Robin 2
Eastern Towhee
Northern Cardinal
Brown-headed Cowbird

——Fence Line (Bill)
Great Crested Flycatcher
Tufted Titmouse
House Wren
Carolina Wren
Swainson's Thrush 2
Wood Thrush 2
Northern Cardinal
House Sparrow 3

——Yard Parking Lot (Bill)
Mourning Dove 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Great Crested Flycatcher 1
Blue Jay 1
Tufted Titmouse 1
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
Swainson's Thrush 1
Wood Thrush 1
Scarlet Tanager 1
Northern Cardinal 1
House Sparrow 5

——Maintenance Yard (Bill)
Common Yellowthroat
Northern Parula
Blackpoll Warbler 2
Mourning Dove 6
Red-bellied Woodpecker 4
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Great Crested Flycatcher 2
Red-eyed Vireo 2
Blue Jay
American Crow 2
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch 3
House Wren
Carolina Wren
Gray-cheeked Thrush 2
Swainson's Thrush 5
Wood Thrush 4
American Robin 2
Northern Cardinal 5
Brown-headed Cowbird 3
House Sparrow

——Nature Center
Barred Owl 2
Chimney Swift 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Great Crested Flycatcher
American Crow
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Carolina Wren 5
American Robin
Northern Cardinal
Baltimore Oriole
House Sparrow

Contributors: Bill Butler, Jim Lemert, Betsy Stevens, Radtha, Alex, Peggy Connor, +

Have Fun Birding!

Wallace Kornack
Washington DC

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Date: 5/23/17 6:57 am
From: Marcia Watson <marshwren50...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Hart-Miller Bus Trip - Seats Available
The Hart-Miller trip is now full.

Marcia
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Marcia Watson
Patuxent Bird Club
Maryland Ornithological Society

Bowie, Maryland
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> On May 22, 2017, at 10:50 PM, Marcia Watson <marshwren50...> wrote:
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> I have organized a birding bus tour of Hart-Miller Island for the Patuxent Bird Club, and we have a few seats unexpectedly open because we have had to reschedule to the rain date -- the trip will be this Wednesday, May 24. The bus tour will be similar to those on Poplar Island: the bus will take us around the island and will stop to let us out to look for birds. Kevin Graff is the birding leader. The trip will start at the boat dock in Essex at 8:45 am and the boat will return us to the mainland no later than 3 pm. If you would like a seat, please email me off-line no later than 7 pm on Tuesday the 23rd (tomorrow) and I will reply with details and directions to the boat dock. First come, first served.
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Date: 5/23/17 5:57 am
From: Martha Morris <mmorris5301...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Swainsons Thrush in Wheaton
We heard one singing at Great Falls (MD) on Saturday.

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Date: 5/23/17 3:56 am
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Subject: [MDBirding] Raven near Inner Harbor
One landed on top of high rise "Exelon" at harbor point section of
harbor. Lots of warblers at pier 5 garden. - Kevin Graff
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