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11/30/20 4:48 am Scott Young <wsyacy...> [MDBirding] Re: Black-capped Chickadee?
11/29/20 8:52 pm 'jovet' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Senegal Parrot update
11/29/20 5:39 pm Steve Long <steve.long4...> [MDBirding] Probably shoulda stayed home.
11/29/20 4:07 pm Robert McLean <tmclean1090...> [MDBirding] Thoughts on Trumpeter Swan at Druid Ridge Park lake
11/29/20 3:21 am Isabelle Pardew <iszee21286...> [MDBirding] Event: Lights Out Towson University
11/28/20 6:28 am Stella T <stazandgazer...> Re: [MDBirding] Pikeville's Rufous Hummingbird
11/28/20 4:46 am Patty Craig <walelu67.2...> [MDBirding] Re: Couch’s Kingbird - No
11/28/20 3:30 am 'Marcy Stutzman' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Using eBird Hotspot Oxbow Lake
11/27/20 8:26 pm Kevin Graff <keyweststyle2001...> Re: [MDBirding] Pikeville's Rufous Hummingbird
11/27/20 8:22 pm Stella T <stazandgazer...> [MDBirding] Pikeville's Rufous Hummingbird
11/27/20 2:22 pm 'George Jett' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> RE: [MDBirding] Couch’s Kingbird - No
11/27/20 11:19 am 'Jim Stasz' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> RE: [MDBirding] Couch’s Kingbird - No
11/27/20 9:33 am David Powell <seneca.ranger...> [MDBirding] Couch’s Kingbird - No
11/27/20 7:27 am Art Drauglis <lwsyrup...> [MDBirding] Re: eBird Hopspot Konterra Drive fields and ponds (private property, restricted access) https://ebird.org/hotspot/L3228196
11/26/20 9:19 am Haninah Levine <haninah...> [MDBirding] Bald Eagle, Petworth, NW DC
11/26/20 2:49 am 'Marcy Stutzman' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] eBird Hopspot Konterra Drive fields and ponds (private property, restricted access) https://ebird.org/hotspot/L3228196
11/25/20 2:23 pm Tim Carney <timmyc83...> [MDBirding] Masonville - holiday closures
11/25/20 2:06 pm Winger and June West <westw...> [MDBirding] Christmas Bird Count
11/25/20 12:30 pm 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] St. Inigoes TRKI/COKI, Wednesday update
11/25/20 11:22 am Hugh David Fleischmann <huey122663...> Re: [MDBirding] St. Inigoes TRKI/COKI, Wednesday update
11/25/20 11:20 am 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] St. Inigoes TRKI/COKI, Wednesday update
11/25/20 10:51 am Cheryl Hogue <cheryl.hogue...> Re: [MDBirding] # of crows going to roost in Rockville, MD (trying to wrap my head around it)
11/25/20 10:46 am Patricia Valdata <pvaldata1...> [MDBirding] illegal finch sale?
11/25/20 10:41 am Andy Martin <apmartin2...> Re: [MDBirding] # of crows going to roost in Rockville, MD (trying to wrap my head around it)
11/25/20 8:48 am 'JOAN CWI' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] Post Article about Lights Out Baltimore
11/25/20 8:42 am Marcia Watson <marshwren50...> [MDBirding] Post Article about Lights Out Baltimore
11/25/20 6:39 am Steve Long <steve.long4...> Re: [MDBirding] # of crows going to roost in Rockville, MD (trying to wrap my head around it)
11/25/20 4:26 am Ann Hobbs <hobbs_ann...> Re: [MDBirding] # of crows going to roost in Rockville, MD (trying to wrap my head around it)
11/25/20 3:24 am Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...> Re: [MDBirding] # of crows going to roost in Rockville, MD (trying to wrap my head around it)
11/24/20 9:40 pm JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> Re: [MDBirding] # of crows going to roost in Rockville, MD (trying to wrap my head around it)
11/24/20 9:09 pm 'Paul O'Brien' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] # of crows going to roost in Rockville, MD (trying to wrap my head around it)
11/24/20 7:12 pm Andy Martin <apmartin2...> Re: [MDBirding] # of crows going to roost in Rockville, MD (trying to wrap my head around it)
11/24/20 6:01 pm Haninah Levine <haninah...> Re: [MDBirding] # of crows going to roost in Rockville, MD (trying to wrap my head around it)
11/24/20 5:51 pm Andy Martin <apmartin2...> [MDBirding] # of crows going to roost in Rockville, MD (trying to wrap my head around it)
11/24/20 3:28 pm 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Kingbird today
11/24/20 1:56 pm Patty Craig <walelu67.2...> [MDBirding] Re: Tropical/Couch's Kingbird in St. Mary's County.
11/24/20 11:04 am Patricia Valdata <pvaldata1...> [MDBirding] telling birds from flowers
11/24/20 7:22 am 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Tropical/Couch's Kingbird in St. Mary's County.
11/23/20 11:23 am Marcia Watson <marshwren50...> Re: [MDBirding] Ned Brinkley
11/23/20 9:55 am Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...> Re: [MDBirding] Ned Brinkley
11/23/20 8:35 am 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] Western Kingbird in St. Mary's County
11/23/20 6:57 am Chas Argent <chas.argent...> Re: [MDBirding] Ned Brinkley
11/23/20 6:48 am stan arnold <thrushhost...> Re: [MDBirding] Ned Brinkley
11/23/20 6:18 am 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Western Kingbird in St. Mary's County
11/23/20 6:02 am Marcia Balestri <mebalestri...> Re: [MDBirding] Ned Brinkley
11/23/20 5:56 am jcdlmartin via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Ned Brinkley
11/21/20 2:25 pm Claire Nemes <c.e.nemes...> [MDBirding] Re: Black Duck (?) photos
11/21/20 1:26 pm David Gibson <20cabot...> [MDBirding] Bird Photography and "Girls Who Click"
11/21/20 10:41 am Derek Richardson <derek.c.richardson...> [MDBirding] White-crowned Sparrow Rocky Gorge/Supplee Park (PG County)
11/21/20 10:20 am Joyce Thornhill <joycethornhill...> [MDBirding] Unusual mourning dove
11/21/20 10:19 am Carol McCollough <oysters...> [MDBirding] RFI Rufous Hummingbird stakelut, Joppa
11/21/20 10:16 am Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...> Re: [MDBirding] Redpoll at BARC now
11/21/20 9:03 am 'Marcy Stutzman' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Re: Konterra Drive Question
11/21/20 8:03 am Les R. Becker <lesrbecker2...> [MDBirding] Konterra Drive Question
11/21/20 7:30 am 'Michel Cavigelli' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] Redpoll at BARC now
11/21/20 6:44 am 'Michel Cavigelli' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Redpoll at BARC now
11/21/20 6:40 am 'Michel Cavigelli' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Redpoll AT BARC now
11/21/20 5:48 am Jim Felley <jdfelley...> [MDBirding] Re: Black Duck question
11/20/20 12:47 pm Pat <pvaldata1...> [MDBirding] Black Duck (?) photos
11/20/20 12:02 pm guineabird via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] Verification help please - juvenile red-shouldered hawk?
11/20/20 9:51 am Pat <pvaldata1...> [MDBirding] Black Duck question
11/20/20 8:17 am 'Ted on Little Round Bay' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Verification help please - juvenile red-shouldered hawk?
11/19/20 4:49 am 'Stephen J. Davies' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Ross’s Goose - Wheaton Branch Stormwater Ponds Mont Co
11/18/20 5:55 pm Tim Houghton <timhoughton...> [MDBirding] question re Stull Rd.
11/18/20 1:25 pm Winger and June West <westw...> [MDBirding] Flurry of Activity
11/17/20 2:31 pm Janet Ardam <gojanet10216...> Re: [MDBirding] Red-headed Woodpecker, West Laurel (PG County)
11/17/20 9:24 am Derek Richardson <derek.c.richardson...> [MDBirding] Red-headed Woodpecker, West Laurel (PG County)
11/17/20 5:24 am 'George Jett' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Fall Visitors
11/16/20 3:34 pm JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> [MDBirding] Are there TWO Black-capped Chickadees - opinions sought
11/16/20 2:06 pm Derek Richardson <derek.c.richardson...> [MDBirding] Rusty Blackbird, West Laurel PG County
11/15/20 2:08 pm JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> [MDBirding] Double Triple
11/15/20 1:43 pm Scott Young <wsyacy...> Re: [MDBirding] Black-capped Chickadee?
11/15/20 1:15 pm Jim Moore <epiphenomenon9...> Re: [MDBirding] Black-capped Chickadee?
11/15/20 1:06 pm David Gibson <20cabot...> Re: [MDBirding] Black-capped Chickadee?
11/15/20 1:03 pm Scott Young <wsyacy...> Re: [MDBirding] Black-capped Chickadee?
11/15/20 11:54 am Jim Moore <epiphenomenon9...> Re: [MDBirding] Black-capped Chickadee?
11/15/20 11:20 am David Gibson <20cabot...> Re: [MDBirding] Black-capped Chickadee?
11/15/20 10:53 am 'Jim Stasz' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] Black-capped Chickadee?
11/15/20 9:25 am Scott Young <wsyacy...> Re: [MDBirding] Black-capped Chickadee?
11/15/20 8:42 am guineabird via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] Black-capped Chickadee?
11/15/20 8:18 am JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> [MDBirding] Re: Black-capped Chickadee?
11/14/20 7:36 pm 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] Black-capped Chickadee?
11/14/20 4:18 pm Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4...> Re: [MDBirding] Black-capped Chickadee?
11/14/20 4:15 pm JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> [MDBirding] Black-capped Chickadee?
11/14/20 8:37 am Pat <pvaldata1...> [MDBirding] Eagle vs. Heron
11/14/20 7:30 am 'George Jett' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] Re: Mountain bluebird
11/14/20 6:02 am Bsykes <mybyrdz5...> [MDBirding] Bayshore Estates Pond
11/13/20 2:38 pm Harry Armistead <harryarmistead...> [MDBirding] Ferry Neck, November 5-11, 2020.
11/13/20 1:15 pm David Gibson <20cabot...> [MDBirding] Stalking a Great Blue
11/13/20 1:03 pm 'Andrew Clemens' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] Re: Mountain bluebird
11/13/20 11:45 am 'Michel Cavigelli' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] Tricolored Heron at Greenbelt Lake?
11/13/20 11:19 am 'John Canoles' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] American pipit Baltimore County
11/13/20 10:37 am 'Michel Cavigelli' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] Tricolored Heron at Greenbelt Lake?
11/13/20 10:15 am Jon Barrett <jonbarrettphoto...> [MDBirding] First RBNU for me in Greenbelt
11/13/20 9:01 am Barry Marsh <barry.d.marsh...> Re: [MDBirding] Re: Mountain bluebird
11/13/20 8:50 am Hugh David Fleischmann <huey122663...> Re: [MDBirding] Re: Mountain bluebird
11/13/20 8:49 am 'George Jett' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] Re: Mountain bluebird
11/13/20 7:38 am world oceans <world.oceans7...> Re: [MDBirding] Tricolored Heron at Greenbelt Lake?
11/13/20 4:49 am John Stith <john.stith...> [MDBirding] Tricolored Heron at Greenbelt Lake?
11/12/20 5:53 pm Kevin Graff <keyweststyle2001...> [MDBirding] Loch Raven & Oregon Ridge, 11/10/20
11/12/20 2:50 pm JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> Re: [MDBirding] Ring-necked Ducks?
11/12/20 1:14 pm Steve Long <steve.long4...> Re: [MDBirding] Ring-necked Ducks?
11/12/20 12:57 pm Joe Hanfman <auk1844...> [MDBirding] eBird -- Triadelphia Reservoir (Howard County) -- Nov 12, 2020
11/12/20 12:47 pm Marcia Watson <marshwren50...> Re: [MDBirding] Ring-necked Ducks?
11/12/20 12:19 pm Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4...> Re: [MDBirding] Ring-necked Ducks?
11/12/20 12:15 pm Strobel, Warren <warren.strobel...> Re: [MDBirding] Finally - Siskins!
11/12/20 11:59 am Marcia Watson <marshwren50...> [MDBirding] Finally - Siskins!
11/12/20 11:51 am JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> Re: [MDBirding] Ring-necked Ducks?
11/12/20 11:23 am Steve Long <steve.long4...> [MDBirding] Ring-necked Ducks?
11/12/20 11:17 am 'Scott Young' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Black scoters at Riley’s
11/12/20 6:26 am Kevin Graff <keyweststyle2001...> [MDBirding] Surf Scoters, Quarry Place, Baltimore Co
11/12/20 6:15 am Joe Hanfman <auk1844...> [MDBirding] Scoters
11/12/20 6:12 am Jim Green <jkgbirdman53...> [MDBirding] Surf Scoters - Carroll County
11/10/20 12:06 pm Hugh David Fleischmann <huey122663...> Re: [MDBirding] Re: Mountain bluebird
11/10/20 10:25 am Cheryl Hogue <cheryl.hogue...> [MDBirding] Re: Mountain bluebird
11/10/20 8:21 am 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] Snowy Owl - Kent Co.
11/10/20 7:55 am 'Marcy Stutzman' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] Snowy Owl - Kent Co.
11/10/20 4:39 am Anna Urciolo <anna.urciolo...> [MDBirding] Mountain bluebird
11/9/20 11:33 am 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Extralimital: Taiga Bean-Goose Quebec/Ontario
11/9/20 7:13 am David Powell <seneca.ranger...> Re: [MDBirding] Snowy Owl - Kent Co.
11/9/20 7:06 am 'jovet' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] Snowy Owl - Kent Co.
11/9/20 6:53 am Noah Comet <noahcomet...> Re: [MDBirding] Snowy Owl - Kent Co.
11/9/20 6:23 am Bob Ringler <ringler.bob...> [MDBirding] Snowy Owl - Kent Co.
11/9/20 5:54 am Stella T <stazandgazer...> Re: [MDBirding] Mountain Bluebird in Harford County. What!!!!!
11/9/20 5:23 am guineabird via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] Mountain Bluebird in Harford County. What!!!!!
11/9/20 4:41 am Strobel, Warren <warren.strobel...> Re: [MDBirding] Mt. Bluebird at Swan Harbor Farm Park
11/8/20 5:33 pm 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] Mt. Bluebird at Swan Harbor Farm Park
11/8/20 4:19 pm Lydia Schindler <lydia13621...> Re: [MDBirding] Mt. Bluebird at Swan Harbor Farm Park
11/8/20 2:55 pm Sarah Kulis <skulis058...> [MDBirding] Evening grosbeak or something else?
11/8/20 1:24 pm Hugh David Fleischmann <huey122663...> [MDBirding] Mountain Bluebird in Harford County. What!!!!!
11/8/20 11:27 am Marcia Watson <marshwren50...> Re: [MDBirding] Mt. Bluebird at Swan Harbor Farm Park
11/8/20 11:20 am Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...> [MDBirding] Mt. Bluebird at Swan Harbor Farm Park
11/8/20 9:55 am JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> [MDBirding] Yard birds
11/8/20 5:34 am Haninah Levine <haninah...> [MDBirding] Re: Winter day-trips for swans and snow geese?
11/7/20 7:48 pm Stella T <stazandgazer...> Re: [MDBirding] Winter day-trips for swans and snow geese?
11/7/20 5:02 am Haninah Levine <haninah...> [MDBirding] Winter day-trips for swans and snow geese?
11/6/20 2:52 pm Janet Ardam <jago10216...> Re: [MDBirding] Cornell Websites to be down for maintenance
11/6/20 1:41 pm David Gibson <20cabot...> [MDBirding] Wildlife Photography
11/6/20 1:28 pm David Gibson <20cabot...> [MDBirding] It's All About Light
11/6/20 9:44 am Marcia Watson <marshwren50...> [MDBirding] Cornell Websites to be down for maintenance
11/6/20 8:24 am Dorothy Paugh <aldopaugh...> [MDBirding] Patuxent Research Refuge-- South Tract 11/5
11/5/20 9:50 am Stella T <stazandgazer...> [MDBirding] Magic of the Platform Feeder
11/5/20 6:04 am Steve Long <steve.long4...> [MDBirding] FOS Ruddy Ducks
11/4/20 8:33 pm Marcia Watson <marshwren50...> RE: [MDBirding] Sands Road Park, Anne Arundel County, wastewater/leachate hearing
11/4/20 8:12 pm 'jovet' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Sands Road Park, Anne Arundel County, wastewater/leachate hearing
11/4/20 1:24 pm Kevin Graff <keyweststyle2001...> [MDBirding] Cromwell Valley Park, 11/03/20
11/4/20 10:57 am Lydia Schindler <lydia13621...> Re: [MDBirding] What Bird Has Eyebrows?
11/3/20 1:46 pm Pat <pvaldata1...> [MDBirding] Crisfield Evening Grosbeaks
11/3/20 1:33 pm Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4...> Re: [MDBirding] Evening Grosbeak, Baltimore County
11/3/20 11:06 am Kevin Graff <keyweststyle2001...> [MDBirding] Evening Grosbeak, Baltimore County
11/3/20 7:48 am guineabird via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] What Bird Has Eyebrows?
11/3/20 6:52 am Patricia Valdata <pvaldata1...> Re: [MDBirding] Evening Grosbeaks Bethesda Backyard, Mont. Co. this morning
11/3/20 6:26 am 'Jim Nelson' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Evening Grosbeaks Bethesda Backyard, Mont. Co. this morning
11/3/20 5:49 am Pat <pvaldata1...> [MDBirding] EVENING GROSBEAK!
11/3/20 4:20 am Katie Hodge <katiehodge...> Re: [MDBirding] One time MEGA alert: Common Cuckoo in Rhode Island
11/3/20 4:16 am 'James Meyers' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Golden Eagle details website correction
11/3/20 4:09 am 'James Meyers' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Golden Eagles on the move-Baltimore Co.
11/2/20 2:03 pm Jim Green <jkgbirdman53...> [MDBirding] Red-headed woodpeckers Montgomery Co.
11/2/20 11:04 am Tim Houghton <timhoughton...> [MDBirding] backyard evening grosbeak
11/2/20 10:52 am Scott Young <wsyacy...> Re: [MDBirding] Re: One time MEGA alert: Common Cuckoo in Rhode Island
11/2/20 10:36 am Pat <pvaldata1...> [MDBirding] FOS Bufflehead
11/2/20 10:01 am Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...> Re: [MDBirding] Re: One time MEGA alert: Common Cuckoo in Rhode Island
11/2/20 9:46 am Walter Ellison <rossgull61...> Re: [MDBirding] Re: One time MEGA alert: Common Cuckoo in Rhode Island
11/2/20 9:11 am Scott Young <wsyacy...> [MDBirding] Re: One time MEGA alert: Common Cuckoo in Rhode Island
11/2/20 8:38 am Rick Borchelt <rborchelt...> Re: [MDBirding] Re: Utility of the Listserv
11/2/20 7:16 am Dorothy Paugh <aldopaugh...> Re: [MDBirding] Re: Utility of the Listserv
11/2/20 7:13 am world oceans <world.oceans7...> Re: [MDBirding] Re: Utility of the Listserv
11/2/20 6:56 am David Gibson <20cabot...> Re: [MDBirding] One time MEGA alert: Common Cuckoo in Rhode Island
11/2/20 6:37 am Hugh David Fleischmann <huey122663...> Re: [MDBirding] One time MEGA alert: Common Cuckoo in Rhode Island
11/2/20 6:26 am Pat <pvaldata1...> [MDBirding] Black-headed Grosbeak yes
11/2/20 5:46 am David Gibson <20cabot...> Re: [MDBirding] One time MEGA alert: Common Cuckoo in Rhode Island
11/2/20 5:36 am Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4...> [MDBirding] HowCo LCSP not seen this morning
11/2/20 3:58 am Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...> [MDBirding] One time MEGA alert: Common Cuckoo in Rhode Island
11/2/20 3:45 am Michael O'Sullivan <fr84wrdr...> Re: [MDBirding] Utility of the Listserv
11/1/20 4:09 pm cube182764 <cube182764...> [MDBirding] Re: Utility of the Listserv
11/1/20 1:41 pm Robert McLean <tmclean1090...> [MDBirding] Paper Mill Flats: Dunlin and Long-billed Dowitcher video 10/31/2020
11/1/20 12:00 pm Wayne Bierbaum <wm.bierbaum...> [MDBirding] Re: Jug Bay AACo
11/1/20 10:20 am Marcia Watson <marshwren50...> RE: [MDBirding] RFI -- Ocean City CORE and WEKI
11/1/20 10:19 am Jim Green <jkgbirdman53...> [MDBirding] Howard County LeContes Sparrow
11/1/20 9:58 am Donald Sweig <skybirds.d...> Re: [MDBirding] Re: 2020 Denton Black-headed Grosbeak
11/1/20 9:44 am 'MikeBowen' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Re: 2020 Denton Black-headed Grosbeak
11/1/20 9:28 am Hugh David Fleischmann <huey122663...> [MDBirding] Re: 2020 Denton Black-headed Grosbeak
11/1/20 9:09 am Hugh David Fleischmann <huey122663...> [MDBirding] 2020 Denton Black-headed Grosbeak
11/1/20 5:51 am Andy Wilson <awilson.gettysburg...> [MDBirding] Visible migration this am
11/1/20 5:42 am Jack Saba <jlsaba001...> [MDBirding] Siskins and Grosbeaks
11/1/20 12:22 am Derek Hudgins <derekhudgins...> [MDBirding] Re: RFI -- Ocean City CORE and WEKI
10/31/20 3:09 pm Janet Millenson <janet...> [MDBirding] Yard bird
10/31/20 1:59 pm David Gibson <20cabot...> [MDBirding] Understanding Fieldcraft
10/31/20 1:40 pm Strobel, Warren <warren.strobel...> Re: [MDBirding] Usual number of Pine Siskins
10/31/20 12:50 pm Derek Richardson <derek.c.richardson...> [MDBirding] some nice yard birds (West Laurel, PG County)
10/31/20 12:40 pm Howard Wu <howiewu1...> [MDBirding] RFI -- Ocean City CORE and WEKI
10/31/20 11:43 am Wayne Bierbaum <wm.bierbaum...> [MDBirding] Jug Bay AACo
10/31/20 8:59 am Cristians Rivas <crivasof96...> [MDBirding] Lesser Black-backed Gull in Sandy point
10/31/20 6:47 am James Wilson <birdmanjfw...> [MDBirding] Usual number of Pine Siskins
10/31/20 5:43 am ljeannebowmans via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Re: Unusual number of finches
10/31/20 5:02 am Dan&Nan <dan-nan-semper...> Re: [MDBirding] Re: Unusual number of finches
10/31/20 3:42 am James Wilson <birdmanjfw...> [MDBirding] Re: Unusual number of finches
 
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Date: 11/30/20 4:48 am
From: Scott Young <wsyacy...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Black-capped Chickadee?
I came across this article yesterday that some might find helpful for
identifying the two types of chickadees:
https://www.birdwatchersdigest.com/bwdsite/solve/faqs/how-to-identify-chickadees.php

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Date: 11/29/20 8:52 pm
From: 'jovet' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Senegal Parrot update
Some of you may have seen ebird reports of a Senegal Parrot seen at Beverly-Triton Beach, Anne Arundel County, either yesterday or the day before (Nov 27-28).   
According to a local Facebook page, someone was able to retrieve the bird, and the owner has been found.  Definitely not a wild bird.  Fortunately, it was recaptured before the rain and chilly weather expected tonight.  Apparently she had escaped 2 days ago from just north of Beverly-Triton.  

Joanne

Joanne Howl, DVMWest River, MD

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Date: 11/29/20 5:39 pm
From: Steve Long <steve.long4...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Probably shoulda stayed home.
Our traditional Black Friday at Blackwater NWR was not very fruitful -
no ducks except for a few Mallards.  There are plenty of Canada Geese
and Tundra Swans, but we only saw 2 White Pelicans this year.  We almost
made it completely through the drive before seeing a Bald Eagle at the
exit.  Unusually few Great Blue Herons, and some Double Crested
Cormorants. Unusually few small birds, no shore birds on the mud flats. 
But, there certainly were a lot of people.

Going south to Hooper's Islands, we did find a group of Killdeer sitting
right by the road, and some Black Scooters just off the breakwater on
Middle Hoopers - good long closeup looks at both. Three Bald Eagles were
on a road killed deer on Maple Dam Road as we came home.

This morning, our little cove was actually better than that trip.  There
was a pair of Hooded Mergansers early in them morning, mixed in with the
usual Ruddy Ducks, Buffleheads, Scaups, Cormorants and Canada Geese. 
Then, about mid-morning, a new large group of migrant Canadas came in,
and a pair of Ross's Geese was with them.  That is only the 2nd and 3rd
Ross's that I have ever seen, all here in this cove.

Steve Long, Oxford

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Date: 11/29/20 4:07 pm
From: Robert McLean <tmclean1090...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Thoughts on Trumpeter Swan at Druid Ridge Park lake
I had the pleasure of viewing the swans at Druid Ridge Park lake on 11/28.

It was really interesting to study the two birds. Along the way, I took
over 100 photos of the birds and made and Paula McLean made an audio
recording.

If you want, you can check out a few of the photos and my thoughts at:

https://ebird.org/checklist/S76873360

Also, in case you haven't seen Cornell's pages on Trumpeter and Tundra
Swan, they are really good. Check out:
https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Trumpeter_Swan/overview
and
https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Tundra_Swan/id
https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Tundra_Swan/sounds

Good birding!

Taylor McLean
Towson, MD

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Date: 11/29/20 3:21 am
From: Isabelle Pardew <iszee21286...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Event: Lights Out Towson University
Hi all,

I run the Lights Out program at TU, and thought our upcoming event would be
of interest to the birders here! I've included a link to join the event
12/3 at 6:00 pm.

Come Zoom with Kathy Woods, founder of Phoenix Wildlife Center—a renowned
wildlife rehab center. Serving local wildlife for almost 30 years, they
treat and rehabilitate birds, mammals, and reptiles in order to re-release
them into their natural habitat. One of their areas of expertise is helping
birds that have suffered from window collisions. Lights Out TU and Lights
Out Baltimore frequently transport birds to the center for treatment.
Join us to learn about Phoenix Wildlife Center and their amazing work! We
will have a Q&A session after the talk!

Join Zoom Meeting
https://towson-edu.zoom.us/j/96488582916?pwd=djB0MnJSM0c0c0NFclU2dkRhaEtDUT09

Isabelle Pardew
President, Lights Out Towson University

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Date: 11/28/20 6:28 am
From: Stella T <stazandgazer...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Pikeville's Rufous Hummingbird
Seen well this morning every few minutes alternating between the two
feeders. We got here just before 9.

Best,
Stella

On Fri, Nov 27, 2020, 11:26 PM Kevin Graff <keyweststyle2001...>
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> I'll email you the address - Kevin Graff
>
> On Fri, Nov 27, 2020 at 11:22 PM Stella T <stazandgazer...> wrote:
>
>> Does anyone know what visiting procedures are for the Pikeville's Rufous
>> Hummer being hosted by Rebecca Kays?
>>
>> Best,
>> Stella Tea
>> Silver Spring, MD
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Date: 11/28/20 4:46 am
From: Patty Craig <walelu67.2...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Couch’s Kingbird - No
On Friday, November 27, 2020 at 12:33:13 PM UTC-5, Dave Powell wrote:
> Tried twice today with no luck.
>
>
> Dave Powell 

Jim, I wonder if you or someone else could explain to me why when Kyle Rambo who has experience with both species heard it and says it was a Couch's Kingbird it is not regarded as leaning more towards it? Recordings I have heard don't seem to be that close in vocalization. Is it difficult to separate them by vocalization?

Patty Craig
Saint Mary's County

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Date: 11/28/20 3:30 am
From: 'Marcy Stutzman' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Using eBird Hotspot Oxbow Lake
If you are birding at Oxbow Lake and using eBird, please use the eBird
Hotspot Oxbow Lake to record your sighting. This helps to ensure all data
being attributed to Oxbow Lake is ending up in the same place.

If you used a personal location for a checklist, please consider changing
it to the hotspot. It is easy to do by just:
Edit Location
Choose Oxbow Lake
Continue

For many reasons it is important to use Hotspots if there are ones assigned
instead of creating a personal location.

Check out a Hotspot to quickly see what others are seeing at that location:
eBird Hotspot Oxbow Lake: https://ebird.org/hotspot/L470637

Thank you,

Marcy Stutzman
Russett, MD 20724

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Date: 11/27/20 8:26 pm
From: Kevin Graff <keyweststyle2001...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Pikeville's Rufous Hummingbird
I'll email you the address - Kevin Graff

On Fri, Nov 27, 2020 at 11:22 PM Stella T <stazandgazer...> wrote:

> Does anyone know what visiting procedures are for the Pikeville's Rufous
> Hummer being hosted by Rebecca Kays?
>
> Best,
> Stella Tea
> Silver Spring, MD
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Date: 11/27/20 8:22 pm
From: Stella T <stazandgazer...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Pikeville's Rufous Hummingbird
Does anyone know what visiting procedures are for the Pikeville's Rufous
Hummer being hosted by Rebecca Kays?

Best,
Stella Tea
Silver Spring, MD

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Date: 11/27/20 2:22 pm
From: 'George Jett' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: RE: [MDBirding] Couch’s Kingbird - No
JimThat was my opinion after seeing   Photos.  Having seen and photographed many the bird maybe Tropical.  Have seen less Couch’s.George
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Hi Folks,

The photos have been examined by a number of out-of-state birders. The consensus is that without a recording of a vocalization the species cannot be determined with certainty. Additionally, most lean towards Tropical Kingbird and not Couch's.

Jom

Jim Stasz
North Beach MD
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On Friday, November 27, 2020 David Powell <seneca.ranger...> wrote:
Tried twice today with no luck.
Dave Powell 

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Date: 11/27/20 11:19 am
From: 'Jim Stasz' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: RE: [MDBirding] Couch’s Kingbird - No

Hi Folks,

The photos have been examined by a number of out-of-state birders. The consensus is that without a recording of a vocalization the species cannot be determined with certainty. Additionally, most lean towards Tropical Kingbird and not Couch's.

Jom

Jim Stasz
North Beach MD
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On Friday, November 27, 2020 David Powell <seneca.ranger...> wrote:
Tried twice today with no luck.
Dave Powell 

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Date: 11/27/20 9:33 am
From: David Powell <seneca.ranger...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Couch’s Kingbird - No
Tried twice today with no luck.

Dave Powell

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Date: 11/27/20 7:27 am
From: Art Drauglis <lwsyrup...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: eBird Hopspot Konterra Drive fields and ponds (private property, restricted access) https://ebird.org/hotspot/L3228196
For what it's worth, I've been out there three times, stuck to the
sidewalks, and have seen the SEOWs once.
So it's possible to do without getting special access or trespassing.

Art D
WDC

On Thursday, November 26, 2020 at 5:49:50 AM UTC-5 <marcias......>
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> Thank you to those who have contacted me or Jay to have your email address
> added to his list of invitees for trips to possibly see Short-eared Owls
> (see previous message) . Despite what you may have read in a recent eBird
> checklist (comments now redacted), the Konterra property is private
> property with restricted access, including the infrastructure that has been
> built on the property. Jay is a personal friend of the landowner and has
> written permission to enter the property. For those who don't have written
> permission, the option exists to peer into the property from the public
> sidewalk that borders Konterra Drive (a public road) along half of the
> property. Fashion Place is a private street on private property with
> restricted access and is not a continuation of the public street or
> sidewalk. A few years ago, birders/photographers were entering the property
> unescorted and the landowner almost stopped Jay's escorted trips. Please
> abide by the rules in place to have a chance to see these beautiful
> creatures. Hopefully, they will stick around through the winter and there
> will be multiple opportunities to see them. Remember that birds have wings
> and use them!
>
> Marcy Stutzman
> Russett, MD 20724
>
> On Saturday, November 21, 2020 at 12:03:32 PM UTC-5 Marcy Stutzman wrote:
>
>> Les.
>>
>> If you send me your email address, I'll put you in contact with Jay M
>> Sheppard. He is the only person who has approval from the land owner to
>> enter the property. He leads trips there periodically and can put you on
>> his list of people to invite. If you are on Facebook, you can reach Jay or
>> me thru Messenger, also. If you know Jay, just contact him directly.
>>
>> But to answer your question. There is parking at the intersection of
>> Konterra Drive and Van Dusen Road, please do not block the chained gates.
>> You can walk on the sidewalk along Konterra Drive to peer into the
>> property, but no you would not be able to see the Short-eared Owls as they
>> have not come out until after sunset and towards the end of twilight.
>>
>> eBird Hotspot Konterra Drive: https://ebird.org/hotspot/L3228196
>>
>> Marcy Stutzman
>> Russett, MD 20724
>>
>> On Saturday, November 21, 2020 at 11:02:58 AM UTC-5 Les R Becker wrote:
>>
>>> Good Afternoon. Can anyone advise as to a place to park? When active,
>>> would the owl be visible from public property?
>>>
>>> TY
>>>
>>> Les
>>>
>>> Les R. Becker, Ph.D., MS.MEdL, NRP, CHSE
>>>
>>> Sent from my iPad.....
>>>
>>> Disclaimer: Auto-correct may produce odd or inappropriate messages that
>>> are beyond the control of the sender!
>>
>>

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Date: 11/26/20 9:19 am
From: Haninah Levine <haninah...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Bald Eagle, Petworth, NW DC
Happy Thanksgiving! On a walk with my son just now, we were treated to a
juvenile Bald Eagle perched on the steeple of the Petworth library. I’ve
seen baldies flying over our neighborhood on occasion, but this is the
first time I’ve seen one perched in this of the city, so far from either
riverfront. EBird shows that other people have reported baldies nearby in
the last few weeks, but I can’t tell if those are flyovers or perched
birds, and if the latter, whether it’s the same bird.

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Date: 11/26/20 2:49 am
From: 'Marcy Stutzman' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] eBird Hopspot Konterra Drive fields and ponds (private property, restricted access) https://ebird.org/hotspot/L3228196
Thank you to those who have contacted me or Jay to have your email address
added to his list of invitees for trips to possibly see Short-eared Owls
(see previous message) . Despite what you may have read in a recent eBird
checklist (comments now redacted), the Konterra property is private
property with restricted access, including the infrastructure that has been
built on the property. Jay is a personal friend of the landowner and has
written permission to enter the property. For those who don't have written
permission, the option exists to peer into the property from the public
sidewalk that borders Konterra Drive (a public road) along half of the
property. Fashion Place is a private street on private property with
restricted access and is not a continuation of the public street or
sidewalk. A few years ago, birders/photographers were entering the property
unescorted and the landowner almost stopped Jay's escorted trips. Please
abide by the rules in place to have a chance to see these beautiful
creatures. Hopefully, they will stick around through the winter and there
will be multiple opportunities to see them. Remember that birds have wings
and use them!

Marcy Stutzman
Russett, MD 20724

On Saturday, November 21, 2020 at 12:03:32 PM UTC-5 Marcy Stutzman wrote:

> Les.
>
> If you send me your email address, I'll put you in contact with Jay M
> Sheppard. He is the only person who has approval from the land owner to
> enter the property. He leads trips there periodically and can put you on
> his list of people to invite. If you are on Facebook, you can reach Jay or
> me thru Messenger, also. If you know Jay, just contact him directly.
>
> But to answer your question. There is parking at the intersection of
> Konterra Drive and Van Dusen Road, please do not block the chained gates.
> You can walk on the sidewalk along Konterra Drive to peer into the
> property, but no you would not be able to see the Short-eared Owls as they
> have not come out until after sunset and towards the end of twilight.
>
> eBird Hotspot Konterra Drive: https://ebird.org/hotspot/L3228196
>
> Marcy Stutzman
> Russett, MD 20724
>
> On Saturday, November 21, 2020 at 11:02:58 AM UTC-5 Les R Becker wrote:
>
>> Good Afternoon. Can anyone advise as to a place to park? When active,
>> would the owl be visible from public property?
>>
>> TY
>>
>> Les
>>
>> Les R. Becker, Ph.D., MS.MEdL, NRP, CHSE
>>
>> Sent from my iPad.....
>>
>> Disclaimer: Auto-correct may produce odd or inappropriate messages that
>> are beyond the control of the sender!
>
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Date: 11/25/20 2:23 pm
From: Tim Carney <timmyc83...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Masonville - holiday closures
Hi everyone,

Masonville Cove will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday including this
weekend. The site will reopen on MONDAY, November 30. Don't want anyone
driving out there only to find a locked gate.

Site closures: https://www.masonvillecove.org/

Happy Thanksgiving.

Tim Carney
Parkville, MD

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Date: 11/25/20 2:06 pm
From: Winger and June West <westw...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Christmas Bird Count
My Reader’s Digest arrived today and at the bottom of page 36, it says:

“A New Kind of Birding

During the 19th century, the Christmas “Side Hunt” was a shooting competition—whoever shot the most birds won. Then in 1900, an ornithologist named Frank M. Chapman had an idea, Instead of hunting birds, why not count them? The Audubon Society’s Christmas Bird Census continues today.”

Winger West
Millersville, MD

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Date: 11/25/20 12:30 pm
From: 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] St. Inigoes TRKI/COKI, Wednesday update
You know what would be nice? If people who were out looking for the kingbird would actually take a minute and post from the field. There's this thing called a cell phone that can do that now!

Tyler Bell
<jtylerbell...>
California, Maryland

On Wednesday, November 25, 2020, 2:22:06 PM EST, Hugh David Fleischmann <huey122663...> wrote:

The kingbird has not been seen today, since 1030 am when it flew towards the runway. Only flybys today. No stationary sightings. Good luck!!

Awesome Birding in 2020!
H. David Fleischmann <410-598-9292David...>
Sent from my iPhone

On Nov 25, 2020, at 2:20 PM, 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> wrote:



The Couch's/Tropical Kingbird is showing today but being very flighty. It has appeared by the barns on the non-military side of Beachville Road. Then it blasts across the road well within the fenced perimeter of the airfield. To my knowledge, nobody has obtained any definitive audio to help distinguish between Couch's and Tropical. If anyone gets ANY audio on this bird, please submit it to eBird.

Base traffic in the afternoon, starting around 3 pm, can be heavy. Today, maybe not so much. Tomorrow should be virtually non-existent as with the weekend and probably Black Friday.

Tyler Bell
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Date: 11/25/20 11:22 am
From: Hugh David Fleischmann <huey122663...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] St. Inigoes TRKI/COKI, Wednesday update
The kingbird has not been seen today, since 1030 am when it flew towards the runway. Only flybys today. No stationary sightings.
Good luck!!

Awesome Birding in 2020!

H. David Fleischmann
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> On Nov 25, 2020, at 2:20 PM, 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> wrote:
>
> 
> The Couch's/Tropical Kingbird is showing today but being very flighty. It has appeared by the barns on the non-military side of Beachville Road. Then it blasts across the road well within the fenced perimeter of the airfield. To my knowledge, nobody has obtained any definitive audio to help distinguish between Couch's and Tropical. If anyone gets ANY audio on this bird, please submit it to eBird.
>
> Base traffic in the afternoon, starting around 3 pm, can be heavy. Today, maybe not so much. Tomorrow should be virtually non-existent as with the weekend and probably Black Friday.
>
> Tyler Bell
> <jtylerbell...>
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Date: 11/25/20 11:20 am
From: 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] St. Inigoes TRKI/COKI, Wednesday update
The Couch's/Tropical Kingbird is showing today but being very flighty. It has appeared by the barns on the non-military side of Beachville Road. Then it blasts across the road well within the fenced perimeter of the airfield. To my knowledge, nobody has obtained any definitive audio to help distinguish between Couch's and Tropical. If anyone gets ANY audio on this bird, please submit it to eBird.

Base traffic in the afternoon, starting around 3 pm, can be heavy. Today, maybe not so much. Tomorrow should be virtually non-existent as with the weekend and probably Black Friday.

Tyler Bell
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Date: 11/25/20 10:51 am
From: Cheryl Hogue <cheryl.hogue...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] # of crows going to roost in Rockville, MD (trying to wrap my head around it)
I began noticing the crow gathering when I worked in the little yellow
schoolhouse at Randolph Road and Rockville Pike 1984-86.

For decades now, with a big blip for West Nile, they've streamed over my
house near Holy Cross Hospital headed NW for the White Flint area each
winter evening. That general area might be worth a closer look just for the
sheer numbers, a really cool natural phenomenon happening in an urbanized
area.

This historic site for the crows' gathering on winter evenings certainly
has persisted, despite so much development.

Cheryl Hogue
Silver Spring

On Wednesday, November 25, 2020 at 1:41:26 PM UTC-5, Andy Martin wrote:
>
> Appreciate the crow insight and history. 250,000 would have been something
> to see. Have lived in Montgomery since '67 but didn't start birding until
> '99 or '00, amazed that I was oblivious to such a gathering. My dad must
> have never made a Korvette's run with my brother and I at the right time
> and many a trip to the Jewish Community Center for winter swim meets must
> have been too early in the day. Even prebirding days, you would think I
> would have noticed this.
>
> Thanks
>
> Andy Martin
> Gaithersburg
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Date: 11/25/20 10:46 am
From: Patricia Valdata <pvaldata1...>
Subject: [MDBirding] illegal finch sale?
A friend of mine was in the PetSmart in Salisbury and saw a House Finch(!)
for sale with a canary. The store claimed to get the finch from a breeder,
but would it be legal for anyone to breed House Finches? I've attached an
image he sent me.

Pat Valdata
Crisfield, Somerset County

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Date: 11/25/20 10:41 am
From: Andy Martin <apmartin2...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] # of crows going to roost in Rockville, MD (trying to wrap my head around it)
Appreciate the crow insight and history. 250,000 would have been something
to see. Have lived in Montgomery since '67 but didn't start birding until
'99 or '00, amazed that I was oblivious to such a gathering. My dad must
have never made a Korvette's run with my brother and I at the right time
and many a trip to the Jewish Community Center for winter swim meets must
have been too early in the day. Even prebirding days, you would think I
would have noticed this.

Thanks

Andy Martin
Gaithersburg

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Date: 11/25/20 8:48 am
From: 'JOAN CWI' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Post Article about Lights Out Baltimore
This same article was on the front page of the Baltimore Sun about a week ago.  Getting some good press!!
On Wednesday, November 25, 2020, 11:42:34 AM EST, Marcia Watson <marshwren50...> wrote:

There’s an article in the Washington Post this morning about the daily work of Lights Out Baltimore in picking up birds that have collided with buildings, and the unexpected impact of the pandemic on their activities.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/for-bird-gathering-volunteers-coronavirus-means-a-freezer-full-of-carcasses/2020/11/24/0c2e6c48-2a86-11eb-92b7-6ef17b3fe3b4_story.html?utm_campaign=wp_local_headlines&utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter&wpisrc=nl_lclheads&carta-url=https%3A%2F%2Fs2.washingtonpost.com%2Fcar-ln-tr%2F2d05a70%2F5fbe40529d2fda0efb7396e1%2F5bb16e20ae7e8a50f830817d%2F30%2F55%2F5fbe40529d2fda0efb7396e1

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Date: 11/25/20 8:42 am
From: Marcia Watson <marshwren50...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Post Article about Lights Out Baltimore
There’s an article in the Washington Post this morning about the daily work of Lights Out Baltimore in picking up birds that have collided with buildings, and the unexpected impact of the pandemic on their activities.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/for-bird-gathering-volunteers-coronavirus-means-a-freezer-full-of-carcasses/2020/11/24/0c2e6c48-2a86-11eb-92b7-6ef17b3fe3b4_story.html?utm_campaign=wp_local_headlines&utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter&wpisrc=nl_lclheads&carta-url=https%3A%2F%2Fs2.washingtonpost.com%2Fcar-ln-tr%2F2d05a70%2F5fbe40529d2fda0efb7396e1%2F5bb16e20ae7e8a50f830817d%2F30%2F55%2F5fbe40529d2fda0efb7396e1

Marcia
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http://www.friendsofpatuxent.org/

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Date: 11/25/20 6:39 am
From: Steve Long <steve.long4...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] # of crows going to roost in Rockville, MD (trying to wrap my head around it)
When I worked in the tall tower building (USNRC) next to the White Flint
Metro Station, it was interesting to be able to look out from the high
floors and see crows in all directions as far as the eye could see, all
apparently heading towards the White Flint Mall area  each evening. 
There did not seem to be any circling involved, they were all coming in
"as straight as a crow flies", literally.  I never even tried to
estimate their total number, but I will easily accept that quarter
million estimate.  And, this was after the West Nile Virus and avian flu
episodes.  Even though that tower stuck up pretty much alone in the
middle of lower buildings, we never seemed to get much in the way of
bird strikes on the mostly glass exterior.  And I never heard of a crow
strike on that building.

Steve Long

On 11/25/2020 7:25 AM, Ann Hobbs wrote:
> Back in the early '90s  I worked in a building on Executive Blvd next
> to those woods.  It was a real spectacle seeing them fly in at night.
>  Needless to say, the crows were not popular with those who used the
> adjacent parking lot.
> Ann Hobbs
> Silver Spring
>
> On Nov 25, 2020, at 6:24 AM, Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...>
> <mailto:<katahdinss...>> wrote:
>
>> In the 1970s, the crow roost was in an extensive wooded area in back
>> of what is now Pike and Rose Mall.  (At that time there was  just a
>> small strip mall at the intersection of 355 and Montrose). I remember
>> watching them come to roost back then, and there were tens of
>> thousands, I could well believe a quarter-million. Mostly American
>> Crows, Fish Crows were nowhere as common then in the area. The woods
>> have been hacked at extensively, only a bit remains, so the roost has
>> moved around in the area, and is now considerably smaller. Does
>> anyone remember when the birds decided the upscale White Flint Mall
>> was *the* place? It was literally like a scene out of The Birds!
>>
>> Gail Mackiernan
>> Colesville
>>
>> Sent from my iPad
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>> On Nov 25, 2020, at 12:40 AM, JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...>
>> <mailto:<jugornought...>> wrote:
>>
>>> On Wed, Nov 25, 2020 at 12:09 AM 'Paul O'Brien' via Maryland & DC
>>> Birding <mdbirding...>
>>> <mailto:<mdbirding...>> wrote:
>>> The Crows that roost around the White Flint area have been going
>>> over my house in College Gardens for the past 50 years. There is a
>>> steady stream for hours.  Back in the 70's, as I recall, Hal
>>> Weiringa estimated the roost at about 250,000 Crows.  It seems to be
>>> considerably fewer now, but still a large crowd of both American and
>>> Fish crows.  Incidentally, the Fish Crows are the first ones to
>>> begin going to the roost in the Fall and the last ones to stop using
>>> it in the Spring.
>>> ************************
>>> I can't go back that far, but the flight was quite a sight evenings
>>> waiting for the MARC train on the platform opposite the Rockville
>>> Metro Station in the late 1980s and subsequent years.  I wonder if
>>> West Nile virus had a hand in reducing the numbers.  That would have
>>> to have occurred sometime after 1999.
>>>
>>> Jim S (NIH/West Nile virus vaccine researcher in an earlier life)
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Date: 11/25/20 4:26 am
From: Ann Hobbs <hobbs_ann...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] # of crows going to roost in Rockville, MD (trying to wrap my head around it)
Back in the early '90s I worked in a building on Executive Blvd next to those woods. It was a real spectacle seeing them fly in at night. Needless to say, the crows were not popular with those who used the adjacent parking lot.
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On Nov 25, 2020, at 6:24 AM, Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...><mailto:<katahdinss...>> wrote:

In the 1970s, the crow roost was in an extensive wooded area in back of what is now Pike and Rose Mall. (At that time there was just a small strip mall at the intersection of 355 and Montrose). I remember watching them come to roost back then, and there were tens of thousands, I could well believe a quarter-million. Mostly American Crows, Fish Crows were nowhere as common then in the area. The woods have been hacked at extensively, only a bit remains, so the roost has moved around in the area, and is now considerably smaller. Does anyone remember when the birds decided the upscale White Flint Mall was *the* place? It was literally like a scene out of The Birds!

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On Wed, Nov 25, 2020 at 12:09 AM 'Paul O'Brien' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...><mailto:<mdbirding...>> wrote:
The Crows that roost around the White Flint area have been going over my house in College Gardens for the past 50 years. There is a steady stream for hours. Back in the 70's, as I recall, Hal Weiringa estimated the roost at about 250,000 Crows. It seems to be considerably fewer now, but still a large crowd of both American and Fish crows. Incidentally, the Fish Crows are the first ones to begin going to the roost in the Fall and the last ones to stop using it in the Spring.
************************
I can't go back that far, but the flight was quite a sight evenings waiting for the MARC train on the platform opposite the Rockville Metro Station in the late 1980s and subsequent years. I wonder if West Nile virus had a hand in reducing the numbers. That would have to have occurred sometime after 1999.

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Date: 11/25/20 3:24 am
From: Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] # of crows going to roost in Rockville, MD (trying to wrap my head around it)
In the 1970s, the crow roost was in an extensive wooded area in back of what is now Pike and Rose Mall. (At that time there was just a small strip mall at the intersection of 355 and Montrose). I remember watching them come to roost back then, and there were tens of thousands, I could well believe a quarter-million. Mostly American Crows, Fish Crows were nowhere as common then in the area. The woods have been hacked at extensively, only a bit remains, so the roost has moved around in the area, and is now considerably smaller. Does anyone remember when the birds decided the upscale White Flint Mall was *the* place? It was literally like a scene out of The Birds!

Gail Mackiernan
Colesville

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> On Nov 25, 2020, at 12:40 AM, JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> wrote:
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> On Wed, Nov 25, 2020 at 12:09 AM 'Paul O'Brien' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> wrote:
> The Crows that roost around the White Flint area have been going over my house in College Gardens for the past 50 years. There is a steady stream for hours. Back in the 70's, as I recall, Hal Weiringa estimated the roost at about 250,000 Crows. It seems to be considerably fewer now, but still a large crowd of both American and Fish crows. Incidentally, the Fish Crows are the first ones to begin going to the roost in the Fall and the last ones to stop using it in the Spring.
> ************************
> I can't go back that far, but the flight was quite a sight evenings waiting for the MARC train on the platform opposite the Rockville Metro Station in the late 1980s and subsequent years. I wonder if West Nile virus had a hand in reducing the numbers. That would have to have occurred sometime after 1999.
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> Jim S (NIH/West Nile virus vaccine researcher in an earlier life)
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Date: 11/24/20 9:40 pm
From: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] # of crows going to roost in Rockville, MD (trying to wrap my head around it)
On Wed, Nov 25, 2020 at 12:09 AM 'Paul O'Brien' via Maryland & DC Birding <
<mdbirding...> wrote:
The Crows that roost around the White Flint area have been going over my
house in College Gardens for the past 50 years. There is a steady stream
for hours. Back in the 70's, as I recall, Hal Weiringa estimated the roost
at about 250,000 Crows. It seems to be considerably fewer now, but still a
large crowd of both American and Fish crows. Incidentally, the Fish Crows
are the first ones to begin going to the roost in the Fall and the last
ones to stop using it in the Spring.
************************
I can't go back that far, but the flight was quite a sight evenings waiting
for the MARC train on the platform opposite the Rockville Metro Station in
the late 1980s and subsequent years. I wonder if West Nile virus had a
hand in reducing the numbers. That would have to have occurred sometime
after 1999.

Jim S (NIH/West Nile virus vaccine researcher in an earlier life)

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Date: 11/24/20 9:09 pm
From: 'Paul O'Brien' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] # of crows going to roost in Rockville, MD (trying to wrap my head around it)
Andy,
The Crows that roost around the White Flint area have been going over my house in College Gardens for the past 50 years.  There is a steady stream for hours.  Back in the 70's, as I recall, Hal Weiringa estimated the roost at about 250,000 Crows.  It seems to be considerably fewer now, but still a large crowd of both American and Fish crows.  Incidentally, the Fish Crows are the first ones to begin going to the roost in the Fall and the last ones to stop using it in the Spring. 
Paul O'BrienRockville, MD     


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Subject: Re: [MDBirding] # of crows going to roost in Rockville, MD (trying to wrap my head around it)

not that I could tell. All seemed to be making a beeline SE.

On Tuesday, November 24, 2020 at 9:01:20 PM UTC-5, Haninah Levine wrote:
Any chance they were circling around?
On Tue, Nov 24, 2020 at 8:51 PM Andy Martin <apma......> wrote:

I was out this afternoon on west side of I-270, birding on the abandoned fire and police training facility in Gaithersburg on property between Great Seneca Hwy (Rt 119) and Rt. 28, Darnestown Rd. Crow spp. were constantly streaming overhead the whole hour. Coming from NW direction (assume portions of Mont Co Agricultural zone, southern Fred Co, maybe even Loudoun Co, VA?) and heading SE towards (again assumption here, toward the Rockville roost around Montrose Rd/old White Flint Mall area?). At one point, set my iPhone timer for 3 minutes and estimated 516 crows passing overhead in that time period.
516 divided by 3  min = 172/min. X 60 minutes would be 10,000+ crows/hr and they were still coming and going both before and after I got there. Is this possible? Know beside the Rockville roost, there is another crow roost in PG Co near New Carrolton Metro Station. Looking on Google Earth this would appear to be on approximately the same flight path as the Rockville roost. Could some of these crows be heading there as well? A double flock phenomenon? Weird observation but it was almost like there were two different flocks, some flying at much higher elevation than others. Fascinating!
Since I am a bird nerd, probably should stake out some position near beltway SE of Rockville area and see what is happening for myself.  :)
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Date: 11/24/20 7:12 pm
From: Andy Martin <apmartin2...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] # of crows going to roost in Rockville, MD (trying to wrap my head around it)
not that I could tell. All seemed to be making a beeline SE.

On Tuesday, November 24, 2020 at 9:01:20 PM UTC-5, Haninah Levine wrote:
>
> Any chance they were circling around?
>
> On Tue, Nov 24, 2020 at 8:51 PM Andy Martin <apma......>
> <javascript:>> wrote:
>
>> I was out this afternoon on west side of I-270, birding on the abandoned
>> fire and police training facility in Gaithersburg on property between Great
>> Seneca Hwy (Rt 119) and Rt. 28, Darnestown Rd. Crow spp. were constantly
>> streaming overhead the whole hour. Coming from NW direction (assume
>> portions of Mont Co Agricultural zone, southern Fred Co, maybe even Loudoun
>> Co, VA?) and heading SE towards (again assumption here, toward the
>> Rockville roost around Montrose Rd/old White Flint Mall area?). At one
>> point, set my iPhone timer for 3 minutes and estimated 516 crows passing
>> overhead in that time period.
>>
>> 516 divided by 3 min = 172/min. X 60 minutes would be 10,000+ crows/hr
>> and they were still coming and going both before and after I got there. Is
>> this possible? Know beside the Rockville roost, there is another crow roost
>> in PG Co near New Carrolton Metro Station. Looking on Google Earth this
>> would appear to be on approximately the same flight path as the Rockville
>> roost. Could some of these crows be heading there as well? A double flock
>> phenomenon? Weird observation but it was almost like there were two
>> different flocks, some flying at much higher elevation than others.
>> Fascinating!
>>
>> Since I am a bird nerd, probably should stake out some position near
>> beltway SE of Rockville area and see what is happening for myself. :)
>>
>> Andy Martin
>> Gaithersburg
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Date: 11/24/20 6:01 pm
From: Haninah Levine <haninah...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] # of crows going to roost in Rockville, MD (trying to wrap my head around it)
Any chance they were circling around?

On Tue, Nov 24, 2020 at 8:51 PM Andy Martin <apmartin2...> wrote:

> I was out this afternoon on west side of I-270, birding on the abandoned
> fire and police training facility in Gaithersburg on property between Great
> Seneca Hwy (Rt 119) and Rt. 28, Darnestown Rd. Crow spp. were constantly
> streaming overhead the whole hour. Coming from NW direction (assume
> portions of Mont Co Agricultural zone, southern Fred Co, maybe even Loudoun
> Co, VA?) and heading SE towards (again assumption here, toward the
> Rockville roost around Montrose Rd/old White Flint Mall area?). At one
> point, set my iPhone timer for 3 minutes and estimated 516 crows passing
> overhead in that time period.
>
> 516 divided by 3 min = 172/min. X 60 minutes would be 10,000+ crows/hr
> and they were still coming and going both before and after I got there. Is
> this possible? Know beside the Rockville roost, there is another crow roost
> in PG Co near New Carrolton Metro Station. Looking on Google Earth this
> would appear to be on approximately the same flight path as the Rockville
> roost. Could some of these crows be heading there as well? A double flock
> phenomenon? Weird observation but it was almost like there were two
> different flocks, some flying at much higher elevation than others.
> Fascinating!
>
> Since I am a bird nerd, probably should stake out some position near
> beltway SE of Rockville area and see what is happening for myself. :)
>
> Andy Martin
> Gaithersburg
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Date: 11/24/20 5:51 pm
From: Andy Martin <apmartin2...>
Subject: [MDBirding] # of crows going to roost in Rockville, MD (trying to wrap my head around it)
I was out this afternoon on west side of I-270, birding on the abandoned
fire and police training facility in Gaithersburg on property between Great
Seneca Hwy (Rt 119) and Rt. 28, Darnestown Rd. Crow spp. were constantly
streaming overhead the whole hour. Coming from NW direction (assume
portions of Mont Co Agricultural zone, southern Fred Co, maybe even Loudoun
Co, VA?) and heading SE towards (again assumption here, toward the
Rockville roost around Montrose Rd/old White Flint Mall area?). At one
point, set my iPhone timer for 3 minutes and estimated 516 crows passing
overhead in that time period.

516 divided by 3 min = 172/min. X 60 minutes would be 10,000+ crows/hr and
they were still coming and going both before and after I got there. Is this
possible? Know beside the Rockville roost, there is another crow roost in
PG Co near New Carrolton Metro Station. Looking on Google Earth this would
appear to be on approximately the same flight path as the Rockville roost.
Could some of these crows be heading there as well? A double flock
phenomenon? Weird observation but it was almost like there were two
different flocks, some flying at much higher elevation than others.
Fascinating!

Since I am a bird nerd, probably should stake out some position near
beltway SE of Rockville area and see what is happening for myself. :)

Andy Martin
Gaithersburg

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Date: 11/24/20 3:28 pm
From: 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Kingbird today

I copied and pasted this from Kyle Rambo's eBird checklist from this afternoon. Kyle is the head of natural resources at Pax NAS so has special clearance to get onto the runways.
Someone needs to get some definitive audio. Ideally, it would be with a big boom microphone and professional recording equipment but I'm pretty sure that none of us has anything like that so, use the voice app on your phone if you think it's going to make sounds!
https://ebird.org/checklist/S76648812
A word of caution. If you go and the bird is on the runway somewhere where you can scope it. If there is ANY activity there, you will need to stop looking because security will come out and accost you. Unlike the olden days when they would just rip the film out of your camera, they may ask to see your photos and if it's just fence or bird and nothing sensitive, you're good. If not...

"Previously reported flycatcher, originally discovered by Patty Craig and reported and photographed by several others. I approached the bird's location from inside the fence, adjacent to the runway and immediately heard the bird vocalizing from a perch near the end of the asphalt runway -- either from the propane cannon or perhaps the orange windsock. It repeated the phrase "pit fee-ooo" three times before being flushed by a circling helicopter making overflights down the runway. I only saw the bird briefly as it flushed away from me towards the far side of the airfield, but quickly lost sight of it. I searched the area on foot without relocating the bird. But, the vocalizations seem to confirm the recent speculation that this is a Couch's Kingbird and not a Tropical or Western Kingbird."
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Date: 11/24/20 1:56 pm
From: Patty Craig <walelu67.2...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Tropical/Couch's Kingbird in St. Mary's County.
On Tuesday, November 24, 2020 at 10:22:02 AM UTC-5, Tyler Bell wrote:
> Somehow this got stuck in my outbox. Don't shoot the messenger. I didn't find this bird so why should it be my responsibility to post updates? Also note that slashes don't show up on the rare bird alerts. In the image below is an address that you can plug into your GPS/GoogleMaps.
>
>
>
> Tyler Bell
> <jtyle......>
> California, Maryland
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
> In all of the craziness that has been today [now yesterday], I can't recall if the ID has been changed to Tropical/Couch's Kingbird! The only way to definitively ID this to separate the two species is, apparently, audio of vocalizations. So, if anyone is there and the wind isn't howling like it was today, try and get some audio. Perhaps if it's calmer, it might be more likely to make some noise? We heard it do a single Pip! call just before Scott Clark, Phin Rouland, Jane Kostenko and I left but consensus on MD Notable Birds is that both species are known to do a single call note. Bugger.
>
>
> You can browse Xeno-Canto for various vocalizations if you don't have an app that'll do that.
>
>
> https://www.xeno-canto.org/species/Tyrannus-couchii
>
>
> https://www.xeno-canto.org/species/Tyrannus-melancholicus

Tyler Bell was mistaken that his post was not sent. By the time I had a opportunity to reply to the WEKI post I saw Tyler had already posted though it was not titled with the revised identification. I apologize that I haven't kept people abreast with this bird, but it has been a difficult time and I haven't even had time to get more than a few glimpses of the kingbird myself.

Patty Craig
St. Mary's County, MD

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Date: 11/24/20 11:04 am
From: Patricia Valdata <pvaldata1...>
Subject: [MDBirding] telling birds from flowers
A friend told me about this charming book on Project Gutenberg:

https://www.gutenberg.org/files/1593/1593-h/1593-h.htm#h2H_4_0008

Got my life Couch's Kingbird today, just not in Maryland! In my yard, I
think the Pine Siskins have mostly stuffed themselves and moved on. I get a
few, but nowhere near the numbers I had a couple of weeks ago.

Pat Valdata
Crisfield, Somerset County

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Date: 11/24/20 7:22 am
From: 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Tropical/Couch's Kingbird in St. Mary's County.
Somehow this got stuck in my outbox. Don't shoot the messenger. I didn't find this bird so why should it be my responsibility to post updates? Also note that slashes don't show up on the rare bird alerts. In the image below is an address that you can plug into your GPS/GoogleMaps.

Tyler Bell
<jtylerbell...>
California, Maryland

In all of the craziness that has been today [now yesterday], I can't recall if the ID has been changed to Tropical/Couch's Kingbird! The only way to definitively ID this to separate the two species is, apparently, audio of vocalizations. So, if anyone is there and the wind isn't howling like it was today, try and get some audio. Perhaps if it's calmer, it might be more likely to make some noise? We heard it do a single Pip! call just before Scott Clark, Phin Rouland, Jane Kostenko and I left but consensus on MD Notable Birds is that both species are known to do a single call note. Bugger.
You can browse Xeno-Canto for various vocalizations if you don't have an app that'll do that.
https://www.xeno-canto.org/species/Tyrannus-couchii
https://www.xeno-canto.org/species/Tyrannus-melancholicus




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Date: 11/23/20 11:23 am
From: Marcia Watson <marshwren50...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Ned Brinkley
And a very talented writer and editor as well as birder. Very sad.

Marcia
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> On Nov 23, 2020, at 12:55 PM, Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...> wrote:
>
> Oh what terrible news! Have known Ned for decades, such a great person and wonderful birder. Also a wonderful editor of North American Birds too, for so many years. A complete shock...
>
> Gail Mackiernan
>
> Sent from my iPad
>
>> On Nov 23, 2020, at 8:55 AM, jcdlmartin via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> wrote:
>>
>> I just heard the terrible news that Virginia birder and world renowned birding expert Ned Brinkley died yesterday on a hike in Ecuador. Posting from the VA-BIRDS below.
>>
>> Joel Martin
>>
>> I just got a phone call from former Cornell undergrad and super birder Adam Byrne that our good friend Ned Brinkley died today in Ecuador on a birding trip. No details except he was hiking up a trail, got short of breathe, sat down and died.
>> >
>> > For those of you who were around in the 1990s, you will remember that Ned Brinkley was an irresistible force of nature who transformed the birding community here. He was getting his Ph.D. in German, but spent all his daylight hours birding. I think he only slept about 4 hours a night. When he was in charge of the Cayuga Bird Club field trips, and they were trying to decide on whether to have them on Saturdays or Sundays, Ned decided that we would do them on BOTH days, and he would lead them. He taught the Lab's World Series of Birding team, the Sapsuckers, how to win, turning us from a middle-of-the-pack team to champions!
>> >
>> > I'm not going to do an obituary tonight. I just wanted to get the word out. I know there are people on this list that knew Ned in the day, and will be saddened to learn of his death.
>> >
>> > Kevin
>> >
>> > Kevin J. McGowan, Ph.D.
>> > Senior Course Developer and Instructor
>> > Bird Academy
>> > Cornell Lab of Ornithology
>> > 159 Sapsucker Woods Road
>> > Ithaca, NY 14850
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Date: 11/23/20 9:55 am
From: Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Ned Brinkley
Oh what terrible news! Have known Ned for decades, such a great person and wonderful birder. Also a wonderful editor of North American Birds too, for so many years. A complete shock...

Gail Mackiernan

Sent from my iPad

> On Nov 23, 2020, at 8:55 AM, jcdlmartin via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> wrote:
>
> I just heard the terrible news that Virginia birder and world renowned birding expert Ned Brinkley died yesterday on a hike in Ecuador. Posting from the VA-BIRDS below.
>
> Joel Martin
>
> I just got a phone call from former Cornell undergrad and super birder Adam Byrne that our good friend Ned Brinkley died today in Ecuador on a birding trip. No details except he was hiking up a trail, got short of breathe, sat down and died.
> >
> > For those of you who were around in the 1990s, you will remember that Ned Brinkley was an irresistible force of nature who transformed the birding community here. He was getting his Ph.D. in German, but spent all his daylight hours birding. I think he only slept about 4 hours a night. When he was in charge of the Cayuga Bird Club field trips, and they were trying to decide on whether to have them on Saturdays or Sundays, Ned decided that we would do them on BOTH days, and he would lead them. He taught the Lab's World Series of Birding team, the Sapsuckers, how to win, turning us from a middle-of-the-pack team to champions!
> >
> > I'm not going to do an obituary tonight. I just wanted to get the word out. I know there are people on this list that knew Ned in the day, and will be saddened to learn of his death.
> >
> > Kevin
> >
> > Kevin J. McGowan, Ph.D.
> > Senior Course Developer and Instructor
> > Bird Academy
> > Cornell Lab of Ornithology
> > 159 Sapsucker Woods Road
> > Ithaca, NY 14850
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Date: 11/23/20 8:35 am
From: 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Western Kingbird in St. Mary's County
Tom Johnson looked at Steve Arthur's most recent photos and agrees that this is a Tropical/Couch's. Vocalizations are probably going be required to clinch an ID. Photos not attached at this time.

Tyler Bell
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On Monday, November 23, 2020 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <jtylerbell...> wrote:
On Thursday, 11/20, Patty Craig found a yellow bellied Tyrannus sp. near Webster Field (Navy base) in St. Inigoes in St. Mary's County. It had flown across her field of view as she was driving. She wasn't able to relocate it or get any photos. Several St. Mary's birders attempted to relocate it since but nobody was successful until young birder, Phin Rouland, relocated it yesterday, Sunday, 11/22. He was able to obtain distant photos that were not diagnostic. This morning, Jim Stasz was able to relocate it in the same place Patty and Phin found it, the east end of the runway where there are fields on both sides of Beachville Road. There is minimal parking along Beachville Road. There's a driveway to the farm and a turnout lane to the south gate to Webster Field. Be careful if you go and be considerate of the farmer and be aware that base security might chase you away if you are parked in the turnout lane. Also, we got more than 1/4" of rain last night so the shoulders will be soft.
Good luck if you go!

Tyler Bell
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Date: 11/23/20 6:57 am
From: Chas Argent <chas.argent...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Ned Brinkley
I can think of worse ways to go than birding in Ecuador.

~Chas

On Mon, Nov 23, 2020 at 9:01 AM Marcia Balestri <mebalestri...>
wrote:

> A great loss to the birding community.
> _____________________
>
> Marcia Balestri
> Worcester County, Maryland
> <mebalestri...>
>
>
>
>
>
> “...ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge: it is
> those who know little, and not those who know much, who so
> positively assert that this or that problem will never be solved
> by science." Charles Darwin, 1871
>
>
> On Nov 23, 2020, at 8:55 AM, jcdlmartin via Maryland & DC Birding <
> <mdbirding...> wrote:
>
> I just heard the terrible news that Virginia birder and world renowned
> birding expert Ned Brinkley died yesterday on a hike in Ecuador. Posting
> from the VA-BIRDS below.
>
> Joel Martin
>
> I just got a phone call from former Cornell undergrad and super birder
> Adam Byrne that our good friend Ned Brinkley died today in Ecuador on a
> birding trip. No details except he was hiking up a trail, got short of
> breathe, sat down and died.
> >
> > For those of you who were around in the 1990s, you will remember that
> Ned Brinkley was an irresistible force of nature who transformed the
> birding community here. He was getting his Ph.D. in German, but spent all
> his daylight hours birding. I think he only slept about 4 hours a night.
> When he was in charge of the Cayuga Bird Club field trips, and they were
> trying to decide on whether to have them on Saturdays or Sundays, Ned
> decided that we would do them on BOTH days, and he would lead them. He
> taught the Lab's World Series of Birding team, the Sapsuckers, how to win,
> turning us from a middle-of-the-pack team to champions!
> >
> > I'm not going to do an obituary tonight. I just wanted to get the word
> out. I know there are people on this list that knew Ned in the day, and
> will be saddened to learn of his death.
> >
> > Kevin
> >
> > Kevin J. McGowan, Ph.D.
> > Senior Course Developer and Instructor
> > Bird Academy
> > Cornell Lab of Ornithology
> > 159 Sapsucker Woods Road
> > Ithaca, NY 14850
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Date: 11/23/20 6:48 am
From: stan arnold <thrushhost...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Ned Brinkley
Thanks for passing this along, Joel. I did dozens of pelagic trips out of
Virginia Beach, Manteo, and Hatteras back in the late 90s, and Ned was a
trip leader on several of them. He was indeed as good as his reputation,
and I was always delighted when he was on board. A big loss for the
birding world.

Stan

On Mon, Nov 23, 2020 at 8:56 AM jcdlmartin via Maryland & DC Birding <
<mdbirding...> wrote:

> I just heard the terrible news that Virginia birder and world renowned
> birding expert Ned Brinkley died yesterday on a hike in Ecuador. Posting
> from the VA-BIRDS below.
>
> Joel Martin
>
> I just got a phone call from former Cornell undergrad and super birder
> Adam Byrne that our good friend Ned Brinkley died today in Ecuador on a
> birding trip. No details except he was hiking up a trail, got short of
> breathe, sat down and died.
> >
> > For those of you who were around in the 1990s, you will remember that
> Ned Brinkley was an irresistible force of nature who transformed the
> birding community here. He was getting his Ph.D. in German, but spent all
> his daylight hours birding. I think he only slept about 4 hours a night.
> When he was in charge of the Cayuga Bird Club field trips, and they were
> trying to decide on whether to have them on Saturdays or Sundays, Ned
> decided that we would do them on BOTH days, and he would lead them. He
> taught the Lab's World Series of Birding team, the Sapsuckers, how to win,
> turning us from a middle-of-the-pack team to champions!
> >
> > I'm not going to do an obituary tonight. I just wanted to get the word
> out. I know there are people on this list that knew Ned in the day, and
> will be saddened to learn of his death.
> >
> > Kevin
> >
> > Kevin J. McGowan, Ph.D.
> > Senior Course Developer and Instructor
> > Bird Academy
> > Cornell Lab of Ornithology
> > 159 Sapsucker Woods Road
> > Ithaca, NY 14850
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Date: 11/23/20 6:18 am
From: 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Western Kingbird in St. Mary's County
On Thursday, 11/20, Patty Craig found a yellow bellied Tyrannus sp. near Webster Field (Navy base) in St. Inigoes in St. Mary's County. It had flown across her field of view as she was driving. She wasn't able to relocate it or get any photos. Several St. Mary's birders attempted to relocate it since but nobody was successful until young birder, Phin Rouland, relocated it yesterday, Sunday, 11/22. He was able to obtain distant photos that were not diagnostic. This morning, Jim Stasz was able to relocate it in the same place Patty and Phin found it, the east end of the runway where there are fields on both sides of Beachville Road. There is minimal parking along Beachville Road. There's a driveway to the farm and a turnout lane to the south gate to Webster Field. Be careful if you go and be considerate of the farmer and be aware that base security might chase you away if you are parked in the turnout lane. Also, we got more than 1/4" of rain last night so the shoulders will be soft.
Good luck if you go!

Tyler Bell
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Date: 11/23/20 6:02 am
From: Marcia Balestri <mebalestri...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Ned Brinkley
A great loss to the birding community.
_____________________

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> On Nov 23, 2020, at 8:55 AM, jcdlmartin via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> wrote:
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> I just heard the terrible news that Virginia birder and world renowned birding expert Ned Brinkley died yesterday on a hike in Ecuador. Posting from the VA-BIRDS below.
>
> Joel Martin
>
> I just got a phone call from former Cornell undergrad and super birder Adam Byrne that our good friend Ned Brinkley died today in Ecuador on a birding trip. No details except he was hiking up a trail, got short of breathe, sat down and died.
> >
> > For those of you who were around in the 1990s, you will remember that Ned Brinkley was an irresistible force of nature who transformed the birding community here. He was getting his Ph.D. in German, but spent all his daylight hours birding. I think he only slept about 4 hours a night. When he was in charge of the Cayuga Bird Club field trips, and they were trying to decide on whether to have them on Saturdays or Sundays, Ned decided that we would do them on BOTH days, and he would lead them. He taught the Lab's World Series of Birding team, the Sapsuckers, how to win, turning us from a middle-of-the-pack team to champions!
> >
> > I'm not going to do an obituary tonight. I just wanted to get the word out. I know there are people on this list that knew Ned in the day, and will be saddened to learn of his death.
> >
> > Kevin
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Date: 11/23/20 5:56 am
From: jcdlmartin via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Ned Brinkley

I just heard the terrible news that Virginia birder and world renowned birding expert Ned Brinkley died yesterday on a hike in Ecuador. Posting from the VA-BIRDS below.

Joel Martin

I just got a phone call from former Cornell undergrad and super birder Adam Byrne that our good friend Ned Brinkley died today in Ecuador on a birding trip. No details except he was hiking up a trail, got short of breathe, sat down and died.
>
> For those of you who were around in the 1990s, you will remember that Ned Brinkley was an irresistible force of nature who transformed the birding community here. He was getting his Ph.D. in German, but spent all his daylight hours birding. I think he only slept about 4 hours a night. When he was in charge of the Cayuga Bird Club field trips, and they were trying to decide on whether to have them on Saturdays or Sundays, Ned decided that we would do them on BOTH days, and he would lead them. He taught the Lab's World Series of Birding team, the Sapsuckers, how to win, turning us from a middle-of-the-pack team to champions!
>
> I'm not going to do an obituary tonight. I just wanted to get the word out. I know there are people on this list that knew Ned in the day, and will be saddened to learn of his death.
>
> Kevin
>
> Kevin J. McGowan, Ph.D.
> Senior Course Developer and Instructor
> Bird Academy
> Cornell Lab of Ornithology
> 159 Sapsucker Woods Road
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Date: 11/21/20 2:25 pm
From: Claire Nemes <c.e.nemes...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Black Duck (?) photos
Hi Pat,

I don't see any reason to think this isn't a pure American Black Duck. The
speculum (at least from these photos) looks like an indigo/purplish color
consistent with ABDU. Black Duck x Mallard hybrids often show moderate
white edging on the speculum from the Mallard parent, which this bird
doesn't have. There's also a nice clean difference in color between the
chocolate brown body and the lighter head and neck, again as expected for
pure Black Duck.

Ducks hybridize so often that it's always possible for there to be Mallard
genes back in there somewhere, but nothing about this bird indicates a
first-generation hybrid to me. Others might have different thoughts, though!

Cheers,
Claire

On Friday, November 20, 2020 at 3:47:08 PM UTC-5 Pat Valdata, Elkton wrote:

> Here are two bad images of the duck I'm wondering about.
>
> Pat Valdata
> Crisfield, MD
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> Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone
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Date: 11/21/20 1:26 pm
From: David Gibson <20cabot...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Bird Photography and "Girls Who Click"
Hi MD and DC birders, This is a quick read
<http://birdpartner.com/2020/11/21/fieldcraft-and-light/> about bird
photography and "girls who click." I hope you enjoy it and get something
out of it, and I welcome your feedback.

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Date: 11/21/20 10:41 am
From: Derek Richardson <derek.c.richardson...>
Subject: [MDBirding] White-crowned Sparrow Rocky Gorge/Supplee Park (PG County)
A nice variety of birds this morning at Rocky Gorge/Supplee Park (PG
County), including a striking adult White-crowned Sparrow in the bushes
along the power-line cut (always good for sparrows). High numbers of
less-frequent birds too, including Brown Creeper, Hermit Thrush, and Purple
Finch. A bird on the water got away, maybe Pied-billed Grebe. Full eBird
list here <https://ebird.org/checklist/S76499936>.

D

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Date: 11/21/20 10:20 am
From: Joyce Thornhill <joycethornhill...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Unusual mourning dove
All white tail feathers - otherwise like normal dove.

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Date: 11/21/20 10:19 am
From: Carol McCollough <oysters...>
Subject: [MDBirding] RFI Rufous Hummingbird stakelut, Joppa

Are there protocols for visiting this site to see the bird? Check in with
homeowner, parking, visitations hours, etc.? Feeder location on the
property? Thanks -

Carol McCollough
St. Michaels

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Date: 11/21/20 10:16 am
From: Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Redpoll at BARC now
What Michel didn’t tell you that there are thousands - okay, an exaggeration, but there are a LOT of Sweet Gums at BARC! We looked through many, many and found Purple, House and Goldfinches, tons of Waxwings, Blackbirds but the darn Redpoll remained elusive. 😥

Gail Mackiernan
Colesville

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> On Nov 21, 2020, at 10:29 AM, 'Michel Cavigelli' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> wrote:
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> Bird has left. Keep an eye on sweet gums!
>
> Michel
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> Sent from my iPhone
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>> On Nov 21, 2020, at 9:44 AM, 'Michel Cavigelli' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> wrote:
>>
>> I am watching a Redpoll feeding on sweet gum seeds on research road at Beltsville AG Research Center. Hanging with two brownie purple finches. Tree is on west side of street the second tree close to street as head south from beaverdam road. Cool !!
>>
>> Gate at beaverdam road is half open. Though area is officially closed on weekends to cars foot and bike traffic is OK.
>>
>> Michel Cavigelli
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Date: 11/21/20 9:03 am
From: 'Marcy Stutzman' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Konterra Drive Question
Les.

If you send me your email address, I'll put you in contact with Jay M
Sheppard. He is the only person who has approval from the land owner to
enter the property. He leads trips there periodically and can put you on
his list of people to invite. If you are on Facebook, you can reach Jay or
me thru Messenger, also. If you know Jay, just contact him directly.

But to answer your question. There is parking at the intersection of
Konterra Drive and Van Dusen Road, please do not block the chained gates.
You can walk on the sidewalk along Konterra Drive to peer into the
property, but no you would not be able to see the Short-eared Owls as they
have not come out until after sunset and towards the end of twilight.

eBird Hotspot Konterra Drive: https://ebird.org/hotspot/L3228196

Marcy Stutzman
Russett, MD 20724

On Saturday, November 21, 2020 at 11:02:58 AM UTC-5 Les R Becker wrote:

> Good Afternoon. Can anyone advise as to a place to park? When active,
> would the owl be visible from public property?
>
> TY
>
> Les
>
> Les R. Becker, Ph.D., MS.MEdL, NRP, CHSE
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Date: 11/21/20 8:03 am
From: Les R. Becker <lesrbecker2...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Konterra Drive Question
Good Afternoon. Can anyone advise as to a place to park? When active, would the owl be visible from public property?

TY

Les

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Date: 11/21/20 7:30 am
From: 'Michel Cavigelli' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Redpoll at BARC now
Bird has left. Keep an eye on sweet gums!

Michel

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> On Nov 21, 2020, at 9:44 AM, 'Michel Cavigelli' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> wrote:
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> I am watching a Redpoll feeding on sweet gum seeds on research road at Beltsville AG Research Center. Hanging with two brownie purple finches. Tree is on west side of street the second tree close to street as head south from beaverdam road. Cool !!
>
> Gate at beaverdam road is half open. Though area is officially closed on weekends to cars foot and bike traffic is OK.
>
> Michel Cavigelli
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Date: 11/21/20 6:44 am
From: 'Michel Cavigelli' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Redpoll at BARC now
I am watching a Redpoll feeding on sweet gum seeds on research road at Beltsville AG Research Center. Hanging with two brownie purple finches. Tree is on west side of street the second tree close to street as head south from beaverdam road. Cool !!

Gate at beaverdam road is half open. Though area is officially closed on weekends to cars foot and bike traffic is OK.

Michel Cavigelli

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Date: 11/21/20 6:40 am
From: 'Michel Cavigelli' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Redpoll AT BARC now
I am watching a Redpoll feeding on sweet gum seeds on research road at Beltsville AG Research Center. Hanging with two brownie purple finches. Tree is on west side of street the second tree close to street as head south from beaverdam road. Cool !!

Michel Cavigelli

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Date: 11/21/20 5:48 am
From: Jim Felley <jdfelley...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Black Duck question
I would say the duck most likely has Mallard genes, but to me 'hybrid'
would mean one parent a Black Duck and the other a Mallard, and that
determination would need a genetic test.

Jim
Jim Felley
Gaithersburg, MD

On Friday, November 20, 2020 at 12:51:41 PM UTC-5 Pat Valdata, Elkton wrote:

> If an American Black Duck has an iridescent blue speculum instead of a
> purple one, is it likely to be a hybrid with a Mallard?
>
> Pat Valdata
> Crisfield, MD
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Date: 11/20/20 12:47 pm
From: Pat <pvaldata1...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Black Duck (?) photos
Here are two bad images of the duck I'm wondering about. Pat ValdataCrisfield, MDSent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone

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Date: 11/20/20 12:02 pm
From: guineabird via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Verification help please - juvenile red-shouldered hawk?
Yup.Nice pics. G Frantz   Old Hanover RdReisterstown In a message dated 11/20/2020 11:17:08 AM Eastern Standard Time, <mdbirding...> writes: 
This is a juv. Red-shouldered, right?

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Date: 11/20/20 9:51 am
From: Pat <pvaldata1...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Black Duck question
If an American Black Duck has an iridescent blue speculum instead of a purple one, is it likely to be a hybrid with a Mallard?Pat ValdataCrisfield, MDSent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone

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Date: 11/20/20 8:17 am
From: 'Ted on Little Round Bay' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Verification help please - juvenile red-shouldered hawk?
Hello

This is a juv. Red-shouldered, right? Thanks for any thoughts. This is
next to a cove on the Severn River this morning at around 8am in
Crownsville, md

See attached photos.

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Date: 11/19/20 4:49 am
From: 'Stephen J. Davies' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Ross’s Goose - Wheaton Branch Stormwater Ponds Mont Co
Flew in with 5 Canada Geese @ 0705

Stephen



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Date: 11/18/20 5:55 pm
From: Tim Houghton <timhoughton...>
Subject: [MDBirding] question re Stull Rd.
Does anyone know what the habitat is currently like at Stull Rd. in Frederick Co.? 5 years ago it was the place to go to see rough-legged hawks.

Tim Houghton
(Glen Arm)

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Date: 11/18/20 1:25 pm
From: Winger and June West <westw...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Flurry of Activity
About 3 o’clock this afternoon, I was sitting at my kitchen table looking out at my backyard when all of a sudden flocks of birds appeared out of nowhere. It stayed this way for about 20 minutes and as fast as they came, they left. They were all over my holly trees, feeders and bird bath. Here’s a list of birds I saw and their approximate number:

Morning Dove 3
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
American Crow 1
Tufted Titmouse 5
Carolina Chickadee 4
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
Carolina Wren 1
Eastern Bluebird 1
American Robin 20+
Cedar Waxwing 10+
White-throated Sparrow 3
Slate-colored Junco 5
Northern Cardinal 3
House Finch 2
American Goldfinch 4

Now, it’s just a few Chickadees, Titmice and Cardinals.

Winger West
Millersville, MD

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Date: 11/17/20 2:31 pm
From: Janet Ardam <gojanet10216...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Red-headed Woodpecker, West Laurel (PG County)
I want to go to your Zoom meetings instead of mine!

On Tue, Nov 17, 2020 at 12:24 PM Derek Richardson <
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> Another Zoom call, another amazing bird: this time yard bird #130 (West
> Laurel, PG County), an immature Red-headed Woodpecker! No luck getting a
> photo though, and the wind is brutal right now. This is my first RHWO in
> the area (which includes T. Howard Duckett reservoir), never mind the yard.
> The bird flitted briefly between our trees and the expansive flash of white
> caught my eye. It then explored the base of a tree as I tried to get on
> it with binoculars. I thought maybe I was seeing a pigeon until it flew to
> the trunk of a tree and I could finally clearly see what we had. Cool!
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Date: 11/17/20 9:24 am
From: Derek Richardson <derek.c.richardson...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Red-headed Woodpecker, West Laurel (PG County)
Another Zoom call, another amazing bird: this time yard bird #130 (West
Laurel, PG County), an immature Red-headed Woodpecker! No luck getting a
photo though, and the wind is brutal right now. This is my first RHWO in
the area (which includes T. Howard Duckett reservoir), never mind the yard.
The bird flitted briefly between our trees and the expansive flash of white
caught my eye. It then explored the base of a tree as I tried to get on
it with binoculars. I thought maybe I was seeing a pigeon until it flew to
the trunk of a tree and I could finally clearly see what we had. Cool!

D

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Date: 11/17/20 5:24 am
From: 'George Jett' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fall Visitors

Folks Yesterday I had some nice visitors at our Lothian, Md house.First was a female Yelloe Bellied Sapsucker feeding on peanut butter.Next was a Briwn Creeper foraging on a dead tree.Lastly, and a great surprise, two Rusty Blackbirds briefly perched over the back patio.  One male & one female.  One Siskin was heard as well.Good stuff.GeorgeP S I built two platform feeders in the hope of visiting Evening Grosbeaks.  Ever hopeful!

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Date: 11/16/20 3:34 pm
From: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Are there TWO Black-capped Chickadees - opinions sought
I think so, but I've initially ID'd the bird with the wonky tail as
Carolina. The other is continuing since 11/08 when first photographed.

https://ebird.org/checklist/S76347596

Jim S

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Date: 11/16/20 2:06 pm
From: Derek Richardson <derek.c.richardson...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Rusty Blackbird, West Laurel PG County
We had a surprise visitor at our feeders in West Laurel (PG County) today:
a male Rusty Blackbird, only our 3rd in 15 years here. I was stuck in a
Zoom meeting, but Frances got a few pictures—I've attached my favorite.
Alas the Rusty missed our FeederWatch count from the weekend, but we did
get a pair of Pine Siskins yesterday (first ones in about a month).

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Date: 11/15/20 2:08 pm
From: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Double Triple
1. Yesterday @1550 while driving and approaching my driveway, I watched as,
in quick succession three Cooper/Sharpies flew at treetop level to roost in
a neighbor's stand of oaks. At least it appeared that was the destination.
I made no attempt to relocate them as I had yard work to get to.

It made me wonder if either maintained family groups this late in the
season.

2. Less interesting, but impossible to ignore were three Carolina Wrens
that invaded my garage as I pulled to the top of the driveway, having hit
the garage door opener just b4. At least one of the three was an unwelcome
(to the others) interloper.


Jim Speicher
Broad Run/Burkittsville area
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Date: 11/15/20 1:43 pm
From: Scott Young <wsyacy...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Black-capped Chickadee?
Perhaps we (or ornithologists) can agree that we don't know enough to take
either position - the data just may not exist?

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Date: 11/15/20 1:15 pm
From: Jim Moore <epiphenomenon9...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Black-capped Chickadee?
That passage means that each species has an equivalent call that serves
a similar function.  It doesn't mean they call the same.  As it states
later in the same paragraph "The differences between the two species are
in the details of these shared calls."  The article does later suggest
differences among individuals might make it difficult to differentiate
the species, but it also lists at the top of the article the speed of
the "chickadee" call as the third most important means of distinguishing
the two species.

Regards,
Jim Moore
Rockville

On 11/15/2020 4:03 PM, Scott Young wrote:
> The article does say, in addition to songs: "Calls are complex and
> varied, but the entire repertoire is shared by both species."  Perhaps
> a more modern study using genetics and AI evaluation of sounds would
> help...
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Date: 11/15/20 1:06 pm
From: David Gibson <20cabot...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Black-capped Chickadee?
More great points.
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> The article does say, in addition to songs: "Calls are complex and
> varied, but the entire repertoire is shared by both species." Perhaps a
> more modern study using genetics and AI evaluation of sounds would help...
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Date: 11/15/20 1:03 pm
From: Scott Young <wsyacy...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Black-capped Chickadee?
The article does say, in addition to songs: "Calls are complex and varied,
but the entire repertoire is shared by both species." Perhaps a more
modern study using genetics and AI evaluation of sounds would help...

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Date: 11/15/20 11:54 am
From: Jim Moore <epiphenomenon9...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Black-capped Chickadee?
Actually, the article indicates that "song" is unreliable, not all
vocalizations.  I don't believe there are known instances of Black-caps
calling like Carolinas, or vice versa. The article indicates hybrids
give an intermediate call (I'm talking about the call that sounds like
the name "chickadee").  Also, some bird vocalizations are believed to be
hard-wired, e.g. those of empidonax flycatchers.

Jim Moore
Rockville

On 11/15/2020 2:19 PM, David Gibson wrote:
> Scott, _Great point_ about vocalizations in those areas being
> unreliable. Also interesting about vocal learning. We generally think
> that birds are hard-wired to sing and call a certain way.
> Dave Gibson
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>
>
> On Sun, Nov 15, 2020 at 12:25 PM Scott Young <wsyacy...>
> <mailto:<wsyacy...>> wrote:
>
> Re vocalizations (thanks to D. Roberts for alerting me to this
> issue), from Sibley
> (https://www.sibleyguides.com/bird-info/black-capped-chickadee/black-capped-carolina-chickadee/
> <https://www.sibleyguides.com/bird-info/black-capped-chickadee/black-capped-carolina-chickadee/>):
>
>
> "at a study site in Pennsylvania *all birds sing Black-capped
> songs*, and about 60% of those same birds also sing Carolina
> songs, *even though genetic tests indicate all of these birds are
> hybrids and Carolinas* (Curry). Thus, contrary to many published
> reports, song is of little value for identification within the
> contact zone, since a young chickadee there has the opportunity to
> learn both songs, or to incorporate elements of both songs into a
> “hybrid” song."
>
>
> See the rest of the article and refs to see that the chickadees
> learn each other's song in the border regions so in Maryland, I
> don't think one can rely on songs.
>
>
> Scott Young
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Date: 11/15/20 11:20 am
From: David Gibson <20cabot...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Black-capped Chickadee?
Scott, *Great point* about vocalizations in those areas being unreliable.
Also interesting about vocal learning. We generally think that birds are
hard-wired to sing and call a certain way.
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> Re vocalizations (thanks to D. Roberts for alerting me to this issue),
> from Sibley (
> https://www.sibleyguides.com/bird-info/black-capped-chickadee/black-capped-carolina-chickadee/
> ):
>
>
> "at a study site in Pennsylvania *all birds sing Black-capped songs*, and
> about 60% of those same birds also sing Carolina songs, *even though
> genetic tests indicate all of these birds are hybrids and Carolinas*
> (Curry). Thus, contrary to many published reports, song is of little value
> for identification within the contact zone, since a young chickadee there
> has the opportunity to learn both songs, or to incorporate elements of both
> songs into a “hybrid” song."
>
>
> See the rest of the article and refs to see that the chickadees learn each
> other's song in the border regions so in Maryland, I don't think one can
> rely on songs.
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> Scott Young
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Date: 11/15/20 10:53 am
From: 'Jim Stasz' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Black-capped Chickadee?
I have been looking at chickadee in eastern Allegany County for a few years. Although I haven't done any genetic tests, I am fairly confident that almost all of the birds singing Black-capped Chickadee song between Sidling Hill and Town Creek are hybrids. Many have been photographed and entered into eBird:  https://ebird.org/map/x00195?neg=true&env.minX=&env.minY=&env.maxX=&env.maxY=&zh=false&gp=false&ev=Z&mr=1-12&bmo=1&emo=12&yr=all&byr=1900&eyr=2020Carolina Chickadees remain rare in Allegany County and need to be carefully documented.  This year has already had a few Black-capped Chickadees from northern populations into the Piedmont. As winter progresses I expect we will get a better idea about the extent of the incursion.  Jim Jim StaszNorth Beach <MDjlstasz...> In a message dated 11/15/2020 12:32:52 PM Eastern Standard Time, <wsyacy...> writes: 
Re vocalizations (thanks to D. Roberts for alerting me to this issue), from Sibley (https://www.sibleyguides.com/bird-info/black-capped-chickadee/black-capped-carolina-chickadee/): 
"at a study site in Pennsylvania all birds sing Black-capped songs, and about 60% of those same birds also sing Carolina songs, even though genetic tests indicate all of these birds are hybrids and Carolinas (Curry). Thus, contrary to many published reports, song is of little value for identification within the contact zone, since a young chickadee there has the opportunity to learn both songs, or to incorporate elements of both songs into a “hybrid” song."

 

See the rest of the article and refs to see that the chickadees learn each other's song in the border regions so in Maryland, I don't think one can rely on songs.

 

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Date: 11/15/20 9:25 am
From: Scott Young <wsyacy...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Black-capped Chickadee?
Re vocalizations (thanks to D. Roberts for alerting me to this issue), from
Sibley
(https://www.sibleyguides.com/bird-info/black-capped-chickadee/black-capped-carolina-chickadee/):


"at a study site in Pennsylvania *all birds sing Black-capped songs*, and
about 60% of those same birds also sing Carolina songs, *even though
genetic tests indicate all of these birds are hybrids and Carolinas*
(Curry). Thus, contrary to many published reports, song is of little value
for identification within the contact zone, since a young chickadee there
has the opportunity to learn both songs, or to incorporate elements of both
songs into a “hybrid” song."


See the rest of the article and refs to see that the chickadees learn each
other's song in the border regions so in Maryland, I don't think one can
rely on songs.


Scott Young

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Date: 11/15/20 8:42 am
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Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Black-capped Chickadee?
The Blck-cappped chickadees also have a distinctive "tinkle" sound without the raspiness, similar to the Tree Sparrow's. G FrantzOld Hanover RdReisterstown In a message dated 11/14/2020 10:36:11 PM Eastern Standard Time, <mdbirding...> writes: 
Note also the relatively longer tail compared to Carolina Chickadee. The Black-caps that breed in the western three MD counties are smaller than the irruptive variety so they really stand out. Please send some to St. Mary's where we're still waiting for a first county record! Tyler Bell
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California, Maryland  On Saturday, November 14, 2020, 7:18:25 PM EST, Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4...> wrote:  Hockey stick in wing, dirty bib border, clean white cheeks. 
On Sat, Nov 14, 2020 at 7:15 PM JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> wrote:
https://ebird.org/checklist/S76260928Been around for a couple of days. Extensive rustiness of sides was what first caught my attention. Carolina Chickadees have become quite scarce in the yard in recent years, so it is nice to see the Chickadee cuz show up, if that's what it is.  Starling put in an appearance at the same time... Jim SpeicherBroad Run/Burkittsville areaS FREDCOMember WASHCO MOS ChapterC&O (mid-winter) Count Coordinator
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Date: 11/15/20 8:18 am
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Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Black-capped Chickadee?
Added photo (see checklist link) better shows tail/body ratio...Jim S

On Sat, Nov 14, 2020, 7:15 PM JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> wrote:

> https://ebird.org/checklist/S76260928
>
> Been around for a couple of days. Extensive rustiness of sides was what
> first caught my attention.
>
> Carolina Chickadees have become quite scarce in the yard in recent years,
> so it is nice to see the Chickadee cuz show up, if that's what it is.
>
> Starling put in an appearance at the same time...
>
> Jim Speicher
> Broad Run/Burkittsville area
> S FREDCO
> Member WASHCO MOS Chapter
> C&O (mid-winter) Count Coordinator
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Date: 11/14/20 7:36 pm
From: 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Black-capped Chickadee?
Note also the relatively longer tail compared to Carolina Chickadee. The Black-caps that breed in the western three MD counties are smaller than the irruptive variety so they really stand out. Please send some to St. Mary's where we're still waiting for a first county record!

Tyler Bell
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On Saturday, November 14, 2020, 7:18:25 PM EST, Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4...> wrote:

Hockey stick in wing, dirty bib border, clean white cheeks. 
On Sat, Nov 14, 2020 at 7:15 PM JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> wrote:

https://ebird.org/checklist/S76260928

Been around for a couple of days. Extensive rustiness of sides was what first caught my attention.
Carolina Chickadees have become quite scarce in the yard in recent years, so it is nice to see the Chickadee cuz show up, if that's what it is. 
Starling put in an appearance at the same time...
Jim SpeicherBroad Run/Burkittsville areaS FREDCOMember WASHCO MOS ChapterC&O (mid-winter) Count Coordinator

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Date: 11/14/20 4:18 pm
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Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Black-capped Chickadee?
Hockey stick in wing, dirty bib border, clean white cheeks.

On Sat, Nov 14, 2020 at 7:15 PM JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...>
wrote:

> https://ebird.org/checklist/S76260928
>
> Been around for a couple of days. Extensive rustiness of sides was what
> first caught my attention.
>
> Carolina Chickadees have become quite scarce in the yard in recent years,
> so it is nice to see the Chickadee cuz show up, if that's what it is.
>
> Starling put in an appearance at the same time...
>
> Jim Speicher
> Broad Run/Burkittsville area
> S FREDCO
> Member WASHCO MOS Chapter
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Date: 11/14/20 4:15 pm
From: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Black-capped Chickadee?
https://ebird.org/checklist/S76260928

Been around for a couple of days. Extensive rustiness of sides was what
first caught my attention.

Carolina Chickadees have become quite scarce in the yard in recent years,
so it is nice to see the Chickadee cuz show up, if that's what it is.

Starling put in an appearance at the same time...

Jim Speicher
Broad Run/Burkittsville area
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Member WASHCO MOS Chapter
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Date: 11/14/20 8:37 am
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Subject: [MDBirding] Eagle vs. Heron
We just saw a Bald Eagle land a few feet from a Great Blue Heron. They faced off as the eagle came closer, and then the heron flew off. The eagle lifted off with the heron's fish, but dropped it while landing in the favorite snag. The eagle retrieved the fish and flew off with it.The miffed heron flew back to its spot a few minutes later. I tried to digiscope the encounter but couldn't get a decent image.We also had our FOS Horned Glebe this morning.Pat ValdataCrisfield, MDSent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone

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Date: 11/14/20 7:30 am
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Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Re: Mountain bluebird
Mountain Bluebird is showing well nowGeorge Jett 

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The mountain bluebird was present all day at Swan Harbor. It has been catching insects and even took a bath while I was present.  Seen in the trees on the entrance road.  Friends, we have been asked many times to park cars in the lot and walk back to see the bird.  Let's please respect that!
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Folks
Any word on the Mountain Bluebird since November. 10?
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From Josh Emm regarding parking at the Mountain Bluebird.  
A note from the caretaker at Swan Harbor: “Just to give everyone a heads up there is no more parking on the driveway it’s getting torn up. We just ask everyone to park in the parking lot and walk down the driveway,  thanks”

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Thanks for the update, Anna!

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Continuing at Swan Harbor Farm. In trees and on wires as before.

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Date: 11/14/20 6:02 am
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Subject: [MDBirding] Bayshore Estates Pond
Got 2 min. Gotta get into job. Lots of ducks . Near West . O . C. Gadwall, Wood duck, Widgeon, Ringedneck, Coot , Geese,

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Date: 11/13/20 2:38 pm
From: Harry Armistead <harryarmistead...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Ferry Neck, November 5-11, 2020.
FERRY NECK (Talbot County, MD), NOVEMBER 5-11, 2020. November 5-10 each day clear, warm, and with little or no wind, temperature from mid-50s to high 60s or 70-72 each day. All records below, unless otherwise stated, are either seen in or from the lawn area.


Of most note: rough-legged hawk, cackling goose, late snowy egrets, red-breasted nuthatch record nos., fox squirrel.


Number of Canada geese IN Poplar Cove each day: 665, 820, 440, 320, unrecorded (but several 100; Nov. 9), 290, 320. A few seen otherwise away from the cove.


NOVEMBER 1, SUNDAY, Philadelphia, daughter Mary finds a male golden-crowned kinglet, stunned, on the ground on Market Street sidewalk between 2nd and 3rd Streets. When the rest of us get there a few minutes later it is up in a tree, apparently recovered. Several others had been watching it.


NOVEMBER 5, THURSDAY. Arrive 2:45 P.M. snowy egret 1, bufflehead 21, ruddy duck 85, common loon 2, sharp-shinned hawk 1, American robin 45, eastern bluebird 3, all among 17 species seen from the dock, 3:15-5 P.M. Otherwise … in the yard an imm. bald eagle, 2 cedar waxwings, 1 brown thrasher. 4.3” of rain since Oct. 15, lots of standing surface water. Grass cut recently (perhaps today). Stone added to driveway in late October.


NOVEMBER 6, FRIDAY. A dark phase ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK in steady flight to the south at the head of Poplar Cove, in excellent light, 10X, perhaps 1/4 mi. distant, the 7th record here for this species. The Sibley Guide notes that c. 40% of eastern roughies are dark phase birds.


Filled the feeders late yesterday, for the 1st time in 3 weeks, including, for the 1st time, 2 nyger seed feeders. But today, boy are they ever patronized!


hairy woodpecker 1, bald eagle 4, red-tailed hawk 1, black vulture 5, turkey vulture 28, bufflehead 21, common loon 5, laughing gull 30 (many aerealist hunters), eastern phoebe 1. Robins today vigorously feeding on American hackberry berries.


NOVEMBER 7, SATURDAY. CACKLING GOOSE 1, well-seen, 10X & 32X, in flying flock of 16 Canada geese. I don’t know what I’m doing wrong. I dutifully entered all of today’s list in eBird, but the daily MD rarities report didn’t pick this goose up, even though, I think, this is the only cackler report I know of as of that date. 45 species today, incl.:


ruddy duck 85, turkey vulture 54, black vulture 6, bald eagle 5, Cooper’s hawk 2, red-shouldered hawk 2, northern harrier 1, herring gull 2 (1 with a blue crab), Forster’s tern 1 (with a minnow; about 1 in 7 dives seen this visit is successful), common loon 3, great horned owl 1, blue jay all of 1, red-breasted nuthatch 25 (previous property high 8 on October 1, 1972; 6 previous highs, 1972-1997, all in the period September 10-October 9, back when we had no feeders up), eastern bluebird 11, myrtle warbler 11 (some feeding on poison ivy berries).


12 species at the feed today including the nuthatches, blue jay 1, chickadee 6, titmouse 7, white-throated sparrow 3, chipping sparrow 12, slate-colored junco 30, purple finch 4 (also feeding on honeysuckle and hackberry berries), American goldfinch 22, pine siskin 2, northern cardinal 3 (also feeding on eastern redcedar cones), and house finch 4. So much coming and going, hard to estimate feeder numbers, and the above “counts” may be low.


Also: gray squirrel 3, eastern cottontail 1, red admiral 1, and orange sulphur 4.


NOVEMBER 8, SUNDAY. snowy egret 2, black vulture 9, white-breasted nuthatch 1, field sparrow 1, pileated woodpecker 1, a kettle of 11 turkey vultures that also included 4 adult bald eagles, ruddy duck 70, bufflehead 22, Cooper’s hawk 1, red-tailed hawk 1. At the feed, the WB nuthatch, 6 purple finches, 2 pine siskins. 4 gray squirrels. Sitting out on the chair by the dock a sharp-shinned hawk zooms by, a foot from my head, chasing feeder birds.


NONPLUSSED: across the cove on a lawn where there is a spooky, black, large fox silhouette there are 90 unimpressed Canada geese grazing. Nearby a kingfisher sits on one of those dock white cones that is supposed to discourage birds from perching. 2 great blue herons spend the entire day on a neighbor’s lawn. While a noisy mower works around a house 2 turkey vultures remain sitting on a chimney, undisturbed.


NOVEMBER 9, MONDAY. SNOWY EGRET 1, establishing a new fall late date, as did sightings on several earlier days this visit. The previous late date: November 4. Incongruously, the only song sparrow seen this time. bald eagle 4, ruddy duck 70, 16 American goldfinches at the feed simultaneously, 2 sharp-shinned hawks, 1 Cooper’s hawk, 7 northern flickers, 1 Forster’s tern, 1 red-tailed hawk, 1 common loon. gray squirrel 5, eastern cottontail 1 (at the feed, big, tame).


NOVEMBER 10, TUESDAY. seen from the dock 9:30-11: black vulture 14, turkey vulture 43, red-tailed hawk 5, red-shouldered hawk 1, bald eagle 5, ruddy duck 40, bufflehead 14, Canada goose 290, herring gull 1 (with an 8” fish, a menhaden?), laughing gull 14, common loon 9. Seven pine siskins in a group on the ground under one of the feeders.


A CLOSE ENCOUNTER OF THE FURRED KIND: For the 1st time in months walk the trails: Irish Creek and Lucy Point Trails, plus from the drive bend to the house, almost 1/2 a mile. Hobble around with the cane for 45 minutes. Halfway along the Irish Creek Trail I notice a FOX SQUIRREL, hitched up 5 feet on a tree truck, at eye level., about 25 feet away.


We regard each other for a full minute at close range, after which I say, in a normal conversational voice: “You are a fox pooh”, that provokes no visible reaction. This squirrel has a VERY long tail, lacking the lovely corona of white around the tail’s fur tips that is so characteristic of the tails of gray squirrels.


The 1st record here of Fox Squirrel is one seen May 8, 1998. Since then they have been seen almost annually. In the past 6 or 7 years there have been 1-4 records each year. They are occurring more and more frequently with 2 records in the yard.


In Field 2: 3 does, a little spike buck and a 6 point buck. Five spotted turtles basking in the classic setting, the big log in the Woods 4 vernal pool, as late in the year as I’ve ever seen them.


NOVEMBER 11, WEDNESDAY, VETERANS DAY. From our dock (always called a pier locally, just as driveways are called lanes), 9:30-10: cedar waxwing 20, bufflehead 16, common loon 3, Cooper’s hawk 1, turkey vulture 2, American goldfinch 2, northern flicker 1, red-breasted nuthatch 4, Canada goose 8. For the 1st time overcast. SW5. 66 degrees F. rain starts just as we leave, at 10:15.


ROYAL OAK, a crude (appropriately), hand-lettered sign: “Fraud is real news fake”. EASTON, a good 100 Canada geese in the McDonald’s storm drain. Along Route 481, where there is still some Queen Anne’s lace blooming, 2 American kestrels. For several weeks it seems to me Baccharis halimifolia is “late”, still gravid with the white seeds I’m used to seeing blowing in the wind starting in late October.


Best to all. - Harry Armistead, Bellevue and Philadelphia.

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Date: 11/13/20 1:15 pm
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Subject: [MDBirding] Stalking a Great Blue
Hi MD and DC birders, This is a short story
<http://birdpartner.com/2020/11/13/stalking-a-great-blue-heron/> about
stalking a Great Blue Heron (stalking a stalker) and photographing it from
behind a natural blind. I hope you enjoy it, and I welcome your feedback.

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Date: 11/13/20 1:03 pm
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Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Re: Mountain bluebird
The mountain bluebird was present all day at Swan Harbor. It has been catching insects and even took a bath while I was present.  Seen in the trees on the entrance road.  Friends, we have been asked many times to park cars in the lot and walk back to see the bird.  Let's please respect that!
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From Josh Emm regarding parking at the Mountain Bluebird.  
A note from the caretaker at Swan Harbor: “Just to give everyone a heads up there is no more parking on the driveway it’s getting torn up. We just ask everyone to park in the parking lot and walk down the driveway,  thanks”

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Thanks for the update, Anna!

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Continuing at Swan Harbor Farm. In trees and on wires as before.

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Date: 11/13/20 11:45 am
From: 'Michel Cavigelli' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Tricolored Heron at Greenbelt Lake?
Fwiw, I did not see the héron during a 10 minute stop at Lake, looking in all nooks and crannies.

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> Tricolored indeed, in my opinion......bill shape and color, placement of white areas on underside and at shoulder/wingbase area, light grey rather than dark legs, all indicate adult Tricolored.
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> James Gibson, ex-Montgomery Co.
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> <IMG_6063.jpg>
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Date: 11/13/20 11:19 am
From: 'John Canoles' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] American pipit Baltimore County

Large flock (40-50) pipits in crop field in off Bird River Beach Road.

Initially near road but flew back to rear of field as I was watching.




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Date: 11/13/20 10:37 am
From: 'Michel Cavigelli' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Tricolored Heron at Greenbelt Lake?
agreed. looks like my afternoon bike ride will include a side trip. thanks for posting!
Michel Cavigelli, Greenbelt
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Tricolored indeed, in my opinion......bill shape and color, placement of white areas on underside and at shoulder/wingbase area, light grey rather than dark legs, all indicate adult Tricolored.
James Gibson, ex-Montgomery Co.

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Folks on a community Facebook group in Greenbelt think this bird recently photographed by Mischa Gruni is a Tricolored Heron. What do you think? How would you distinguish from a GBH?
John StithChillum, Md.

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Date: 11/13/20 10:15 am
From: Jon Barrett <jonbarrettphoto...>
Subject: [MDBirding] First RBNU for me in Greenbelt


A single one came by my (squirrel-devastated) suet feeder late this morning.
I've restocked the feeder; hope to see more before the squirrels finish it
off again.



Jon



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Date: 11/13/20 9:01 am
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Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Re: Mountain bluebird
There is one eBird report from this morning and a bunch from yesterday.

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Date: 11/13/20 8:50 am
From: Hugh David Fleischmann <huey122663...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Re: Mountain bluebird
Reported early this morning by Keith Eric Costley.

Awesome Birding in 2020!

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> Any word on the Mountain Bluebird since November. 10?
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> From Josh Emm regarding parking at the Mountain Bluebird.
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> A note from the caretaker at Swan Harbor: “Just to give everyone a heads up there is no more parking on the driveway it’s getting torn up. We just ask everyone to park in the parking lot and walk down the driveway, thanks”
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>>> On Nov 10, 2020, at 1:25 PM, Cheryl Hogue <cheryl.hogue...> wrote:
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>> 
>> Thanks for the update, Anna!
>>
>> On Tuesday, November 10, 2020 at 7:39:32 AM UTC-5, Anna Urciolo wrote:
>> Continuing at Swan Harbor Farm. In trees and on wires as before.
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Date: 11/13/20 8:49 am
From: 'George Jett' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Re: Mountain bluebird
Folks
Any word on the Mountain Bluebird since November. 10?
George

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On Tuesday, November 10, 2020, Hugh David Fleischmann <huey122663...> wrote:

From Josh Emm regarding parking at the Mountain Bluebird.  
A note from the caretaker at Swan Harbor: “Just to give everyone a heads up there is no more parking on the driveway it’s getting torn up. We just ask everyone to park in the parking lot and walk down the driveway,  thanks”

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Thanks for the update, Anna!

On Tuesday, November 10, 2020 at 7:39:32 AM UTC-5, Anna Urciolo wrote:
Continuing at Swan Harbor Farm. In trees and on wires as before.

Anna Urciolo
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Date: 11/13/20 7:38 am
From: world oceans <world.oceans7...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Tricolored Heron at Greenbelt Lake?
Tricolored indeed, in my opinion......bill shape and color, placement of
white areas on underside and at shoulder/wingbase area, light grey rather
than dark legs, all indicate adult Tricolored.

James Gibson, ex-Montgomery Co.

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Date: 11/13/20 4:49 am
From: John Stith <john.stith...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Tricolored Heron at Greenbelt Lake?
Folks on a community Facebook group in Greenbelt think this bird recently
photographed by Mischa Gruni is a Tricolored Heron. What do you think? How
would you distinguish from a GBH?

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Date: 11/12/20 5:53 pm
From: Kevin Graff <keyweststyle2001...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Loch Raven & Oregon Ridge, 11/10/20
11/10/20 - 640am-730am
Loch Raven Reservoir--Paper Mill Flats, B Co., MD

WEATHER: Fog/Fair, 47-51 degrees, calm

Snow Goose - 1 (adult blue morph)
Canada Goose - 298
Wood Duck - 1
Gadwall - 2
American Black Duck - 22
Mallard - 2
Green-winged Teal - 20
Bufflehead - 2
Hooded Merganser - 6
Great Blue Heron - 2
Bald Eagle - 1
Killdeer - 4
Greater Yellowlegs - 2
Lesser Yellowlegs - 2
Wilson's Snipe - 1
Ring-billed Gull - 10
Belted Kingfisher - 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker - 1
Downy Woodpecker - 1
Blue Jay - 2
American Crow - 8
Carolina Chickadee - 2
Carolina Wren - 2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet - 2
Eastern Bluebird - 2
American Robin - 8
Gray Catbird - 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler - 1
Eastern Towhee - 1
Song Sparrow - 5
Swamp Sparrow - 2
White-throated Sparrow - 11
"Slate-colored" Junco - 2
Northern Cardinal - 6
Red-winged Blackbird - 11
SPECIES: 35 INDIVIDUALS: 445

11/010/20 - 735am-810am
Torrey C Brown Rail Trail--Ashland, B Co., MD

WEATHER: Fair, 52-57 degrees, calm

Canada Goose - 2
Gadwall - 8
American Black Duck - 6
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 1
Mourning Dove - 2
Belted Kingfisher - 1
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker - 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker - 2
Downy Woodpecker - 2
Hairy Woodpecker - 1
Blue Jay - 2
Carolina Chickadee - 4
Tufted Titmouse - 6
Red-breasted Nuthatch - 1
White-breasted Nuthatch - 2
Carolina Wren - 2
Winter Wren - 1
Golden-crowned Kinglet - 1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet - 1
Hermit Thrush - 2
American Robin - 3
European Starling - 3
Song Sparrow - 2
Swamp Sparrow - 1
White-throated Sparrow - 15
Northern Cardinal - 6
Rusty Blackbird - 1
House Finch - 2
American Goldfinch - 2
SPECIES: 29 INDIVIDUALS: 83

11/10/20 - 825am-1035am
Oregon Ridge Park, B Co., MD

WEATHER: Fair, 58-70 degrees, calm- S 6 mph OBS: 4

Canada Goose - 5
Black Vulture - 8
Turkey Vulture - 6
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 1
Cooper's Hawk - 1
Red-tailed Hawk - 2
Mourning Dove - 2
Great Horned Owl - 1
Belted Kingfisher - 1
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker - 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker - 5
Downy Woodpecker - 4
Northern Flicker - 3
Pileated Woodpecker - 3
Blue Jay - 4
American Crow - 6
Fish Crow - 1
Carolina Chickadee - 4
Tufted Titmouse - 1
White-breasted Nuthatch - 2
Carolina Wren - 7
Ruby-crowned Kinglet - 1
Eastern Bluebird - 2
American Robin - 6
Gray Catbird - 1
Northern Mockingbird - 2
European Starling - 11
Cedar Waxwing - 27
Field Sparrow - 2
Song Sparrow - 15
White-throated Sparrow - 43
"Slate-colored" Junco - 2
Northern Cardinal - 11
Red-winged Blackbird - 34
Common Grackle - 2
Brown-headed Cowbird - 1
Pine Siskin - 8
American Goldfinch - 9
House Sparrow - 1
SPECIES: 39 INDIVIDUALS: 246


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Date: 11/12/20 2:50 pm
From: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Ring-necked Ducks?
I retract my female Scaup species ID. I was checking out Peterson's guide
(4th ed. 1980, p. 59) and swapped the female RNDU's image with that of the
Scaup below it. Possible incidence of pictorial dyslexia for my medical
records...

Jim S

On Thu, Nov 12, 2020, 4:14 PM Steve Long <steve.long4...> wrote:

> Here is another shot, this one a digiscope, that shows both male and
> female of both Scaups and Ring-necked, so some comparisons can be seen.
> There is a female Ring-necked at about top-center, with a male Ring-necked
> in the middle, and a female Scaup at the bottom-center, with a male Scaup
> to the right of her. Sorry it is so blurry. I did not get any better DSLR
> shots of the female Ring-necked besides the one I already posted with the
> male in-focus.
>
> Steve Long
> On 11/12/2020 3:47 PM, Marcia Watson wrote:
>
> I agree with Kurt about the female.
>
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>
>
> On Nov 12, 2020, at 3:19 PM, Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4...>
> <kurtschwarz4...> wrote:
>
> 
> That hen is a Ring-necked. Note eye ring and bill pattern.
>
> On Thu, Nov 12, 2020 at 2:50 PM JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...>
> wrote:
>
>> The first pic (0587) appears to show a Scaup species female alongside a
>> male Ring-necked duck. All the other images seem good for male RNDUs.
>>
>> Jim S
>>
>>
>> On Thu, Nov 12, 2020, 2:23 PM Steve Long <steve.long4...>
>> wrote:
>> The winter ducks finally arrived in our cove several days ago. Mostly
>> Ruddy Ducks with some Buffleheads among them, and then some Scaup.
>> Then, yesterday morning, I noticed some of those "Scaups" had lot of
>> white on their bills and darker backs. So, I pulled out the 60x scope
>> and they looked to me like Ring-necked Ducks, EXCEPT for the head shape
>> shown in Sibley's drawings.
>>
>> They stayed toward the other shore of the cove, about 400' away
>> The Scaups and Ring-necked-maybes were mixing together, yesterday, but,
>> this morning they seemed to have separated, with the Scaups coming right
>> over to my side, while the ones I was really hoping to see better stayed
>> over on the other side (of course). But, they were acting like
>> different groups, today.
>>
>> Steve Long, near Oxford
>>
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Date: 11/12/20 1:14 pm
From: Steve Long <steve.long4...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Ring-necked Ducks?
Here is another shot, this one a digiscope, that shows both male and
female of both Scaups and Ring-necked, so some comparisons can be seen. 
There is a female Ring-necked at about top-center, with a male
Ring-necked in the middle, and a female Scaup at the bottom-center, with
a male Scaup to the right of her.  Sorry it is so blurry.  I did not get
any better DSLR shots of the female Ring-necked besides the one I
already posted with the male in-focus.

Steve Long

On 11/12/2020 3:47 PM, Marcia Watson wrote:
> I agree with Kurt about the female.
>
> Marcia
> ------------
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>
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>
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> http://www.friendsofpatuxent.org/ <http://www.friendsofpatuxent.org/>
>
> Bowie, Maryland
> <marshwren50...>
>
>
>> On Nov 12, 2020, at 3:19 PM, Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4...> wrote:
>>
>> 
>> That hen is a Ring-necked. Note eye ring and bill pattern.
>>
>> On Thu, Nov 12, 2020 at 2:50 PM JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...>
>> <mailto:<jugornought...>> wrote:
>>
>> The first pic (0587) appears to show a Scaup species female
>> alongside a male Ring-necked duck. All the other images seem good
>> for male RNDUs.
>>
>> Jim S
>>
>>
>> On Thu, Nov 12, 2020, 2:23 PM Steve Long
>> <steve.long4...> <mailto:<steve.long4...>>
>> wrote:
>> The winter ducks finally arrived in our cove several days ago.
>> Mostly
>> Ruddy Ducks with some Buffleheads among them, and then some Scaup.
>> Then, yesterday morning, I noticed some of those "Scaups" had 
>> lot of
>> white on their bills and darker backs.  So, I pulled out the 60x
>> scope
>> and they looked to me like Ring-necked Ducks, EXCEPT for the head
>> shape
>> shown in Sibley's drawings.
>>
>> They stayed toward  the other shore of the cove, about 400' away
>> The Scaups and Ring-necked-maybes were mixing together,
>> yesterday, but,
>> this morning they seemed to have separated, with the Scaups
>> coming right
>> over to my side, while the ones I was really hoping to see better
>> stayed
>> over on the other side (of course). But, they were acting like
>> different groups, today.
>>
>> Steve Long, near Oxford
>>

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Date: 11/12/20 12:57 pm
From: Joe Hanfman <auk1844...>
Subject: [MDBirding] eBird -- Triadelphia Reservoir (Howard County) -- Nov 12, 2020
All of the ducks from this morning except for Canvasback and Redhead are continuing at Triadelphia Reservoir. The scoters are was in the back towards Big Branch so a long walk and scope are now necessary.

Joe

Triadelphia Reservoir (Howard County)
Nov 12, 2020
8:11 AM
Traveling
1.15 miles
102 Minutes
All birds reported? Yes
Comments: Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 2.3 Build 2.3.7

25 Canada Goose
1 Wood Duck
1 Northern Shoveler
65 Gadwall -- Conservative count
28 American Wigeon
16 Mallard
20 American Black Duck
2 Green-winged Teal
1 Canvasback -- Male in the scaup and Redh flock. White body, red head with sloped bill.
6 Redhead -- All I saw in one scan.
45 Ring-necked Duck
15 Greater Scaup -- Count when the flock flew.
225 Lesser Scaup -- Estimate
7 Surf Scoter -- Exact count
1 White-winged Scoter -- Adult male, huge black duck, large bill, white comma at eye, white secondary showing while it swam.
2 Black Scoter -- Females with the SuSc flock. Dark cap, pale side of face, dark body.
2 Long-tailed Duck -- Females, white face with dark spot, dark back, white side, dark breast. Swimming with Buff.
125 Bufflehead
60 Ruddy Duck -- Estimate
2 Pied-billed Grebe
2 American Coot
1 Greater Yellowlegs
300 Bonaparte's Gull -- Close count of 3 flocks.
5 Ring-billed Gull
1 Common Loon
1 Double-crested Cormorant
5 Bald Eagle
1 Belted Kingfisher
2 American Crow
6 Fish Crow
1 Common Raven

Number of Taxa: 31


Joe Hanfman
Columbia, MD

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Date: 11/12/20 12:47 pm
From: Marcia Watson <marshwren50...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Ring-necked Ducks?
I agree with Kurt about the female.

Marcia
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> On Nov 12, 2020, at 3:19 PM, Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4...> wrote:
>
> 
> That hen is a Ring-necked. Note eye ring and bill pattern.
>
>> On Thu, Nov 12, 2020 at 2:50 PM JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> wrote:
>> The first pic (0587) appears to show a Scaup species female alongside a male Ring-necked duck. All the other images seem good for male RNDUs.
>>
>> Jim S
>>
>>
>> On Thu, Nov 12, 2020, 2:23 PM Steve Long <steve.long4...> wrote:
>> The winter ducks finally arrived in our cove several days ago. Mostly
>> Ruddy Ducks with some Buffleheads among them, and then some Scaup.
>> Then, yesterday morning, I noticed some of those "Scaups" had lot of
>> white on their bills and darker backs. So, I pulled out the 60x scope
>> and they looked to me like Ring-necked Ducks, EXCEPT for the head shape
>> shown in Sibley's drawings.
>>
>> They stayed toward the other shore of the cove, about 400' away
>> The Scaups and Ring-necked-maybes were mixing together, yesterday, but,
>> this morning they seemed to have separated, with the Scaups coming right
>> over to my side, while the ones I was really hoping to see better stayed
>> over on the other side (of course). But, they were acting like
>> different groups, today.
>>
>> Steve Long, near Oxford
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Date: 11/12/20 12:19 pm
From: Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Ring-necked Ducks?
That hen is a Ring-necked. Note eye ring and bill pattern.

On Thu, Nov 12, 2020 at 2:50 PM JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...>
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> The first pic (0587) appears to show a Scaup species female alongside a
> male Ring-necked duck. All the other images seem good for male RNDUs.
>
> Jim S
>
>
> On Thu, Nov 12, 2020, 2:23 PM Steve Long <steve.long4...>
> wrote:
> The winter ducks finally arrived in our cove several days ago. Mostly
> Ruddy Ducks with some Buffleheads among them, and then some Scaup.
> Then, yesterday morning, I noticed some of those "Scaups" had lot of
> white on their bills and darker backs. So, I pulled out the 60x scope
> and they looked to me like Ring-necked Ducks, EXCEPT for the head shape
> shown in Sibley's drawings.
>
> They stayed toward the other shore of the cove, about 400' away
> The Scaups and Ring-necked-maybes were mixing together, yesterday, but,
> this morning they seemed to have separated, with the Scaups coming right
> over to my side, while the ones I was really hoping to see better stayed
> over on the other side (of course). But, they were acting like
> different groups, today.
>
> Steve Long, near Oxford
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Date: 11/12/20 12:15 pm
From: Strobel, Warren <warren.strobel...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Finally - Siskins!
Marcia: that's great! Mine arrived last week, and have about 10 hitting the
feeders this afternoon. Waiting for an Evening Grosbeak.

Warren Strobel
Edgewater, MD



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> Pine Siskins finally found our feeders in Bowie. About 20 siskins a few
> minutes ago. Gone at the moment but perhaps they’ll be back now that we
> have refilled the feeders.
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Date: 11/12/20 11:59 am
From: Marcia Watson <marshwren50...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Finally - Siskins!
Pine Siskins finally found our feeders in Bowie. About 20 siskins a few minutes ago. Gone at the moment but perhaps they’ll be back now that we have refilled the feeders.

Marcia
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Date: 11/12/20 11:51 am
From: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Ring-necked Ducks?
The first pic (0587) appears to show a Scaup species female alongside a
male Ring-necked duck. All the other images seem good for male RNDUs.

Jim S


On Thu, Nov 12, 2020, 2:23 PM Steve Long <steve.long4...> wrote:
The winter ducks finally arrived in our cove several days ago. Mostly
Ruddy Ducks with some Buffleheads among them, and then some Scaup.
Then, yesterday morning, I noticed some of those "Scaups" had lot of
white on their bills and darker backs. So, I pulled out the 60x scope
and they looked to me like Ring-necked Ducks, EXCEPT for the head shape
shown in Sibley's drawings.

They stayed toward the other shore of the cove, about 400' away
The Scaups and Ring-necked-maybes were mixing together, yesterday, but,
this morning they seemed to have separated, with the Scaups coming right
over to my side, while the ones I was really hoping to see better stayed
over on the other side (of course). But, they were acting like
different groups, today.

Steve Long, near Oxford

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Date: 11/12/20 11:23 am
From: Steve Long <steve.long4...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Ring-necked Ducks?
The winter ducks finally arrived in our cove several days ago. Mostly
Ruddy Ducks with some Buffleheads among them, and then some Scaup. 
Then, yesterday morning, I noticed some of those "Scaups" had  lot of
white on their bills and darker backs.  So, I pulled out the 60x scope
and they looked to me like Ring-necked Ducks, EXCEPT for the head shape
shown in Sibley's drawings.

They stayed toward  the other shore of the cove, about 400' away.  After
trying to digiscope them at 60x, I gave up and pulled out my camera and
longest telephoto and put a 2x teleconverter on it, which gives me
something like the equivalent of 35x, but loses autofocus.  Plus, I
needed to go outside to get off the shaky floor and past the dirty
window glass, so I could only try to get pics until the rain started.  I
have cropped and attached a few shots to see what others think for the
identification.

The Scaups and Ring-necked-maybes were mixing together, yesterday, but,
this morning they seemed to have separated, with the Scaups coming right
over to my side, while the ones I was really hoping to see better stayed
over on the other side (of course).  But, they were acting like
different groups, today.

Steve Long, near Oxford

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Date: 11/12/20 11:17 am
From: 'Scott Young' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Black scoters at Riley’s
A couple of female black scoters at Riley’s lock upstream. Sometimes alone, sometimes in large raft of ruddy ducks, coots, and others.

Scott Young
Gaithersburg

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Date: 11/12/20 6:26 am
From: Kevin Graff <keyweststyle2001...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Surf Scoters, Quarry Place, Baltimore Co
All three continuing at the lake closest to road. Nice mix of ducks including Bufflehead, Ruddy Ducks, Redhead, Hooded Mergansers and Ring-necked Ducks. - Kevin Graff

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Date: 11/12/20 6:15 am
From: Joe Hanfman <auk1844...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Scoters
All three scoters at Triadelphia Reservoir with hundreds of ducks and about 300 Bonaparte’s Gulls.

Surf Scoter is easiest to see at the Greenbridge boat ramp amd pipeline. White-winged and Black are past the pipeline with Ruddy Ducks.

Joe Hanfman
Columbia, MD

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Date: 11/12/20 6:12 am
From: Jim Green <jkgbirdman53...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Surf Scoters - Carroll County
Currently 9 visible from below nature center at Piney Run Park. Bonaparte’s Gulls also.

Jim Green
Gaithersburg MD

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Date: 11/10/20 12:06 pm
From: Hugh David Fleischmann <huey122663...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Re: Mountain bluebird
From Josh Emm regarding parking at the Mountain Bluebird.

A note from the caretaker at Swan Harbor: “Just to give everyone a heads up there is no more parking on the driveway it’s getting torn up. We just ask everyone to park in the parking lot and walk down the driveway, thanks”

Awesome Birding in 2020!

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> Thanks for the update, Anna!
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>> On Tuesday, November 10, 2020 at 7:39:32 AM UTC-5, Anna Urciolo wrote:
>> Continuing at Swan Harbor Farm. In trees and on wires as before.
>>
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Date: 11/10/20 10:25 am
From: Cheryl Hogue <cheryl.hogue...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Mountain bluebird
Thanks for the update, Anna!

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Date: 11/10/20 8:21 am
From: 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Snowy Owl - Kent Co.
The MD eBird Review Team has hidden all Snowy Owl submissions as Sensitive Species because of the pressure being put on this bird. The cat's out of the bag but a search for Snowy Owl will show nothing unless new reports come in and aren't hidden by reviewers. If you do go and see the bird, please do the reviewers a favor and hide your checklist.


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On Tuesday, November 10, 2020, 10:55:50 AM EST, 'Marcy Stutzman' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> wrote:

View eBird Rare Bird Alerts for MarylandFind Snowy OwlClick on the address for a checklist to see a map, look at the satellite view to see to see the lay of the land
Remember that birds have wings and they use them!

Marcy StutzmanRussett, MD 20724
On Monday, November 9, 2020 at 10:13:14 AM UTC-5 Dave Powell wrote:

Noah,
The Snowy Owl has been seen today, but it is also moving around to different locations in the same general area. Yesterday, the Snowy Owl was in a solar panel area and not very close to the road. While visible, it was not in a great location for photos. If you go, look for others and hopefully it will be in an area where you can park safely.
Good Luck,Dave Powell
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For those of not on Facebook (where I'm guessing much of this information has already been disseminated?), would anyone be willing to share a few more details with this email list: specifically, a picture or two and some information on what the scene is like: is it easy to view/park without interrupting the lives of the people in the local area?  Guidance on where to park?  Or is this an owl, based on its general location and the lives of the locals, better left un-broadcasted?  I may want to take my 8-year-old son to see it, but I don't want to contribute to a chaotic scene if one is forming, especially amidst a pandemic...
Thanks in any case!
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   After an unsuccessful attempt to see the Snowy Owl in Kent County yesterday afternoon I returned at dusk hoping it would appear then. When I arrived other birders pointed it out to me in a field where it was perched on the ground. After watching it for several minutes two harriers arrived on the scene and began loudly diving on it. The owl would duck or fly a short distance to avoid each attack. The harriers left after sunset with the owl remaining perched on the ground. This Snowy Owl is one of the most heavily marked that I have ever seen.

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Date: 11/10/20 7:55 am
From: 'Marcy Stutzman' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Snowy Owl - Kent Co.
View eBird Rare Bird Alerts for Maryland
Find Snowy Owl
Click on the address for a checklist to see a map, look at the satellite
view to see to see the lay of the land
Remember that birds have wings and they use them!

Marcy Stutzman
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On Monday, November 9, 2020 at 10:13:14 AM UTC-5 Dave Powell wrote:

> Noah,
>
> The Snowy Owl has been seen today, but it is also moving around to
> different locations in the same general area. Yesterday, the Snowy Owl was
> in a solar panel area and not very close to the road. While visible, it was
> not in a great location for photos. If you go, look for others and
> hopefully it will be in an area where you can park safely.
>
> Good Luck,
> Dave Powell
>
> On Mon, Nov 9, 2020 at 9:53 AM Noah Comet <noah......> wrote:
>
>> For those of not on Facebook (where I'm guessing much of this information
>> has already been disseminated?), would anyone be willing to share a few
>> more details with this email list: specifically, a picture or two and some
>> information on what the scene is like: is it easy to view/park without
>> interrupting the lives of the people in the local area? Guidance on where
>> to park? Or is this an owl, based on its general location and the lives of
>> the locals, better left un-broadcasted? I may want to take my 8-year-old
>> son to see it, but I don't want to contribute to a chaotic scene if one is
>> forming, especially amidst a pandemic...
>>
>> Thanks in any case!
>>
>> On Mon, Nov 9, 2020 at 9:23 AM Bob Ringler <ringl......> wrote:
>>
>>> After an unsuccessful attempt to see the Snowy Owl in Kent County
>>> yesterday afternoon I returned at dusk hoping it would appear then. When I
>>> arrived other birders pointed it out to me in a field where it was perched
>>> on the ground. After watching it for several minutes two harriers arrived
>>> on the scene and began loudly diving on it. The owl would duck or fly a
>>> short distance to avoid each attack. The harriers left after sunset with
>>> the owl remaining perched on the ground. This Snowy Owl is one of the most
>>> heavily marked that I have ever seen.
>>>
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Date: 11/10/20 4:39 am
From: Anna Urciolo <anna.urciolo...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Mountain bluebird
Continuing at Swan Harbor Farm. In trees and on wires as before.

Anna Urciolo
Rockville

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Date: 11/9/20 11:33 am
From: 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Extralimital: Taiga Bean-Goose Quebec/Ontario
Straddling the border of these two provinces near Ottawa. It could easily migrate with Canada Geese into the mid-Atlantic so observers should be on the lookout once the big push of CANG starts up!

https://ebird.org/checklist/S76013310

Tyler Bell
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Date: 11/9/20 7:13 am
From: David Powell <seneca.ranger...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Snowy Owl - Kent Co.
Noah,

The Snowy Owl has been seen today, but it is also moving around to
different locations in the same general area. Yesterday, the Snowy Owl was
in a solar panel area and not very close to the road. While visible, it was
not in a great location for photos. If you go, look for others and
hopefully it will be in an area where you can park safely.

Good Luck,
Dave Powell

On Mon, Nov 9, 2020 at 9:53 AM Noah Comet <noahcomet...> wrote:

> For those of not on Facebook (where I'm guessing much of this information
> has already been disseminated?), would anyone be willing to share a few
> more details with this email list: specifically, a picture or two and some
> information on what the scene is like: is it easy to view/park without
> interrupting the lives of the people in the local area? Guidance on where
> to park? Or is this an owl, based on its general location and the lives of
> the locals, better left un-broadcasted? I may want to take my 8-year-old
> son to see it, but I don't want to contribute to a chaotic scene if one is
> forming, especially amidst a pandemic...
>
> Thanks in any case!
>
> On Mon, Nov 9, 2020 at 9:23 AM Bob Ringler <ringler.bob...> wrote:
>
>> After an unsuccessful attempt to see the Snowy Owl in Kent County
>> yesterday afternoon I returned at dusk hoping it would appear then. When I
>> arrived other birders pointed it out to me in a field where it was perched
>> on the ground. After watching it for several minutes two harriers arrived
>> on the scene and began loudly diving on it. The owl would duck or fly a
>> short distance to avoid each attack. The harriers left after sunset with
>> the owl remaining perched on the ground. This Snowy Owl is one of the most
>> heavily marked that I have ever seen.
>>
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>> Symphony Village
>> Centreville MD
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Date: 11/9/20 7:06 am
From: 'jovet' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Snowy Owl - Kent Co.
Noah,
From what I have seen on FB - from  MD Birding and MD Notable Bird Sightings and Discussions group - the location of the Snowy Owl has been guarded pretty well.   There are a few photos.  Two photographers got the bird in the open, while the owl has been hidden in other photos, giving ID photo but little more.   There is more information on this list and ebird than on FB.   No details about parking that I've seen.  Since the location is known, expect to have a lot of people there.   It's one of the birds that draws incredible attention, and in the past, some people have been willing to harass this species pretty profoundly in order to view/get photos.  (and I'm not necessarily dissing pro photographers - I've seen people with cell phones harassing an owl relentlessly to try to get close enough to get a shot - although I've also seen "pros" with giant lenses push the birds).  I'm trying to encourage everyone who seeks owl to do so GENTLY - please be respectful of the bird as well as the fields and home/farm owners.   And to also request that each ethical birder encourage all others, especially new birders, speak up this season (which may bring us more Snowies) to educate others on the ethics of birding.  
Good luck to you and your son. 
Best
Joanne

Joanne Howl, DVMWest River, MD


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Sent: Mon, Nov 9, 2020 9:52 am
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Snowy Owl - Kent Co.

For those of not on Facebook (where I'm guessing much of this information has already been disseminated?), would anyone be willing to share a few more details with this email list: specifically, a picture or two and some information on what the scene is like: is it easy to view/park without interrupting the lives of the people in the local area?  Guidance on where to park?  Or is this an owl, based on its general location and the lives of the locals, better left un-broadcasted?  I may want to take my 8-year-old son to see it, but I don't want to contribute to a chaotic scene if one is forming, especially amidst a pandemic...
Thanks in any case!
On Mon, Nov 9, 2020 at 9:23 AM Bob Ringler <ringler.bob...> wrote:

   After an unsuccessful attempt to see the Snowy Owl in Kent County yesterday afternoon I returned at dusk hoping it would appear then. When I arrived other birders pointed it out to me in a field where it was perched on the ground. After watching it for several minutes two harriers arrived on the scene and began loudly diving on it. The owl would duck or fly a short distance to avoid each attack. The harriers left after sunset with the owl remaining perched on the ground. This Snowy Owl is one of the most heavily marked that I have ever seen.

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Date: 11/9/20 6:53 am
From: Noah Comet <noahcomet...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Snowy Owl - Kent Co.
For those of not on Facebook (where I'm guessing much of this information
has already been disseminated?), would anyone be willing to share a few
more details with this email list: specifically, a picture or two and some
information on what the scene is like: is it easy to view/park without
interrupting the lives of the people in the local area? Guidance on where
to park? Or is this an owl, based on its general location and the lives of
the locals, better left un-broadcasted? I may want to take my 8-year-old
son to see it, but I don't want to contribute to a chaotic scene if one is
forming, especially amidst a pandemic...

Thanks in any case!

On Mon, Nov 9, 2020 at 9:23 AM Bob Ringler <ringler.bob...> wrote:

> After an unsuccessful attempt to see the Snowy Owl in Kent County
> yesterday afternoon I returned at dusk hoping it would appear then. When I
> arrived other birders pointed it out to me in a field where it was perched
> on the ground. After watching it for several minutes two harriers arrived
> on the scene and began loudly diving on it. The owl would duck or fly a
> short distance to avoid each attack. The harriers left after sunset with
> the owl remaining perched on the ground. This Snowy Owl is one of the most
> heavily marked that I have ever seen.
>
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> Symphony Village
> Centreville MD
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Date: 11/9/20 6:23 am
From: Bob Ringler <ringler.bob...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Snowy Owl - Kent Co.
After an unsuccessful attempt to see the Snowy Owl in Kent County
yesterday afternoon I returned at dusk hoping it would appear then. When I
arrived other birders pointed it out to me in a field where it was perched
on the ground. After watching it for several minutes two harriers arrived
on the scene and began loudly diving on it. The owl would duck or fly a
short distance to avoid each attack. The harriers left after sunset with
the owl remaining perched on the ground. This Snowy Owl is one of the most
heavily marked that I have ever seen.

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Date: 11/9/20 5:54 am
From: Stella T <stazandgazer...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Mountain Bluebird in Harford County. What!!!!!
It is still here at this moment. Showing very well.

Best,
Stella Tea
Silver Spring, MD

On Mon, Nov 9, 2020, 8:23 AM guineabird via Maryland & DC Birding <
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> Am unable to get there but no matter what anybody says, I'm putting this
> bird on my life list!
> Thanks to Austin for finding her(?) and David F for spreading the
> news.......
> Beautiful pics!
>
> Gail Frantz
> Old Hanover Rd
> Reisterstown
>
> In a message dated 11/8/2020 4:24:36 PM Eastern Standard Time,
> <huey122663...> writes:
>
>
>
> A Mountain Bluebird was discovered around 1030 AM, this morning at Swan
> Harbor Farm, in Harford County, by Austin Jennings. It has been seen
> throughout the afternoon along the driveway.
>
> This is Maryland’s third and Harford Counties first record. The previous
> MD records are 2003 and 1978, I believe. Pretty unbelievable find and
> record for Maryland. Congrats to Austin and a big thank you.
>
>
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> Awesome Birding in 2020!
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Date: 11/9/20 5:23 am
From: guineabird via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Mountain Bluebird in Harford County. What!!!!!
Am unable to get there but no matter what anybody says, I'm putting this bird on my life list!Thanks to Austin for finding her(?) and David F for spreading the news.......Beautiful pics! Gail FrantzOld Hanover RdReisterstown In a message dated 11/8/2020 4:24:36 PM Eastern Standard Time, <huey122663...> writes: 

A Mountain Bluebird was discovered around 1030 AM, this morning at Swan Harbor Farm, in Harford County, by Austin Jennings.  It has been seen throughout the afternoon along the driveway. This is Maryland’s third and Harford Counties first record. The previous MD records are 2003 and 1978, I believe.  Pretty unbelievable find and record for Maryland. Congrats to Austin and a big thank you.  

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Date: 11/9/20 4:41 am
From: Strobel, Warren <warren.strobel...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Mt. Bluebird at Swan Harbor Farm Park
Still being seen as of 10 minutes ago.

On Sun, Nov 8, 2020 at 2:27 PM Marcia Watson <marshwren50...>
wrote:

> Wow. Only two previous accepted records in MD.
>
> Marcia
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Date: 11/8/20 5:33 pm
From: 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Mt. Bluebird at Swan Harbor Farm Park
Jane Kostenko and I arrived at Swan Harbor just in time to watch a bunch of birders scanning the skies as the MOBL flew away and kept going. Driving 2.5 hours to miss a bird by 5 minutes is the pits. Thankfully, Josh Emm relocated it about 15 minutes later in about the same location whence it disappeared earlier. A bunch of us had walked down the lane to check out a bunch of Eastern Bluebirds when the call came. Never been a runner but joined the group jogging back up the lane with cameras and bins bouncing the whole way. The MOBL put on a nice show preening in a tree then dropping to the ground to catch prey. Watching it showing off the sky blue feathers while on the grass briefly was a joy.
Kudos to Austin Jennings for this awesome find and mega thanks to Josh Emm for pulling us back from the abyss by relocating it!

Tyler Bell
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On Sunday, November 8, 2020, 2:20:28 PM EST, Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...> wrote:

Found this morning, being seen along main road in. Sometimes harassed by Eastern Bluebirds.

(This is just conveying an earlier report, unfortunately have not gotten up to see it myself.)

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Date: 11/8/20 4:19 pm
From: Lydia Schindler <lydia13621...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Mt. Bluebird at Swan Harbor Farm Park
Thanks for posting, Gail.

On Sun, Nov 8, 2020 at 2:27 PM Marcia Watson <marshwren50...>
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> Wow. Only two previous accepted records in MD.
>
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Date: 11/8/20 2:55 pm
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Subject: [MDBirding] Evening grosbeak or something else?
Heard in Baltimore Maryland in an area mixed with trees, brush and grass. A
few houses have bird feeders up. Is this audio clip of an evening grosbeak
or another bird?

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Date: 11/8/20 1:24 pm
From: Hugh David Fleischmann <huey122663...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Mountain Bluebird in Harford County. What!!!!!

A Mountain Bluebird was discovered around 1030 AM, this morning at Swan Harbor Farm, in Harford County, by Austin Jennings. It has been seen throughout the afternoon along the driveway.

This is Maryland’s third and Harford Counties first record. The previous MD records are 2003 and 1978, I believe. Pretty unbelievable find and record for Maryland. Congrats to Austin and a big thank you.




Awesome Birding in 2020!

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Date: 11/8/20 11:27 am
From: Marcia Watson <marshwren50...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Mt. Bluebird at Swan Harbor Farm Park
Wow. Only two previous accepted records in MD.

Marcia
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Date: 11/8/20 11:20 am
From: Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Mt. Bluebird at Swan Harbor Farm Park
Found this morning, being seen along main road in. Sometimes harassed by Eastern Bluebirds.

(This is just conveying an earlier report, unfortunately have not gotten up to see it myself.)

Gail Mackiernan
Colesville

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Date: 11/8/20 9:55 am
From: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Yard birds
Suet up since 10/31 has begun to be noticed...

https://ebird.org/checklist/S76000228

Juncos were FOS. In 2019 they weren't seen until 1 December.

Not seen for the checklist was a later appearing Chickadee, which have
become rare in the yard in recent years.

Jim S

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Date: 11/8/20 5:34 am
From: Haninah Levine <haninah...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Winter day-trips for swans and snow geese?
Thanks all. It sounds like the Eastern Shore destinations, especially
Bombay Hook and Blackwater, are everyone's favorites. Does anyone know if
there are good options on the Western Shore, perhaps in the Point Lookout
area?

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> Hi all,
>
> Looking ahead to winter, can anyone recommend a good location for a
> day-trip from DC to see Tundra swans and Snow geese? We used to go out to
> Bombay Hook or Eastern Neck NWR, but those are a bit far for a comfortable
> day-trip. Is there anywhere closer that’s reliable?
>
> Thanks,
>
> Haninah
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Date: 11/7/20 7:48 pm
From: Stella T <stazandgazer...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Winter day-trips for swans and snow geese?
A friend of mine got Tundra Swans in Blackwater NWR in Cambridge, MD today.
You can expect a large number of Snow Geese during winter as well.
Definitely a doable day trip.

Best,
Stella Tea
Silver Spring, MD

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> day-trip. Is there anywhere closer that’s reliable?
>
> Thanks,
>
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Date: 11/7/20 5:02 am
From: Haninah Levine <haninah...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Winter day-trips for swans and snow geese?
Hi all,

Looking ahead to winter, can anyone recommend a good location for a
day-trip from DC to see Tundra swans and Snow geese? We used to go out to
Bombay Hook or Eastern Neck NWR, but those are a bit far for a comfortable
day-trip. Is there anywhere closer that’s reliable?

Thanks,

Haninah

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Date: 11/6/20 2:52 pm
From: Janet Ardam <jago10216...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Cornell Websites to be down for maintenance
Thank you for the heads up Marcia.

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> AOS just sent an alert about planned maintenance for several Cornell
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>
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> As part of a necessary database upgrade, several Cornell Lab servers will
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Date: 11/6/20 1:41 pm
From: David Gibson <20cabot...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Wildlife Photography
Light is wildlife photography's "most important commodity." I try to make
that point in this piece
<http://birdpartner.com/2020/11/06/its-all-about-light/>. I hope you enjoy
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Date: 11/6/20 1:28 pm
From: David Gibson <20cabot...>
Subject: [MDBirding] It's All About Light
Light is wildlife photography's "most important commodity." I try to make
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Date: 11/6/20 9:44 am
From: Marcia Watson <marshwren50...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Cornell Websites to be down for maintenance
AOS just sent an alert about planned maintenance for several Cornell
websites:



As part of a necessary database upgrade, several Cornell Lab servers will be
offline for approximately 48 hours, from around 8:00 a.m. (EST) on 17
November until 19 November. The entire Birds of the World website will be
unavailable during this time, as well as several other Cornell Lab websites,
including eBird, FeederWatch, Nestwatch, and Macaulay Library. We regret the
inconvenience and encourage you to plan ahead to minimize any disruptions to
your work or enjoyment of this resource.



Marcia

_________

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A Chapter of the Maryland Ornithological Society

<http://www.patuxentbirdclub.org> www.patuxentbirdclub.org



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Date: 11/6/20 8:24 am
From: Dorothy Paugh <aldopaugh...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Patuxent Research Refuge-- South Tract 11/5
Yesterday afternoon Allen & I walked around the lake to see a pied-billed grebe, 3 blue-winged teal, a pair of wood ducks, several kildeer, mallards, about 50 ring-necked ducks and many Canada geese. Also saw a great blue heron, several goldfinches at the feeders, a red-bellied woodpecker, a kinglet, lots of white-throated sparrows, red-winged blackbirds and bluebirds.

On Wed. afternoon on the B & A trail near the pumping station off Race Track Rd in Bowie, I was focusing on a sparrow-sized bird in a tree about 8 feet from me, when a Coopers Hawk dove at it unsuccessfully. The hawk was as surprised to see me as I him.

Enjoy this weather!

Dorothy Paugh
Bowie, MD

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Date: 11/5/20 9:50 am
From: Stella T <stazandgazer...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Magic of the Platform Feeder
For a while it seemed like we were the only people without Pine Siskins in
the DMV, and we waited anxiously every day.

Wait no more! After we put up a platform feeder this morning three Pine
Siskins showed up about an hour ago, and they are still happily feeding
right now! I am so excited. Hoping the Evening Grosbeaks will come too.

Best,
Stella Tea
Silver Spring, MD

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Date: 11/5/20 6:04 am
From: Steve Long <steve.long4...>
Subject: [MDBirding] FOS Ruddy Ducks
This morning, through the fog, I saw that a large number of Ruddy Ducks
have arrived in the cove overnight.  Those are our first migrant ducks
of the season.   A group of Tundra Swans did come through several days
ago, but never came into view from our house, staying on the other side
of the point.  And, 2 days ago, we had far too many Siskins to count -
they cleaned out all of our feeders in an afternoon and then moved on
overnight.  Too soon to know if the Ruddy's are hear for a while - we
usually have many that hang around the cove over the winter, but not
this many.

Steve Long, Oxford area

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Date: 11/4/20 8:33 pm
From: Marcia Watson <marshwren50...>
Subject: RE: [MDBirding] Sands Road Park, Anne Arundel County, wastewater/leachate hearing
Joanne,



I would think that if this concern proceeds into any type of mitigation, birding access could well be affected. Even if they don’t mitigate immediately, they could well close the site down because of liability issues. So thank you for the heads up. It’s worthwhile to follow this issue.



Marcia

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Marcia Watson

Patuxent Bird Club

A Chapter of the Maryland Ornithological Society

www.patuxentbirdclub.org



Bowie, MD

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Sent: Wednesday, November 4, 2020 11:13 PM
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Subject: [MDBirding] Sands Road Park, Anne Arundel County, wastewater/leachate hearing



Many of us bird at Sands Road Park. There is a hearing about wastewater concerns at the park on Monday Nov 9. I do not know if this impacts birding at the site, but for those of you interested, I will copy and paste the information a member of another local residents group posted. While waste water leachate is not of specific interest to birders, the health and changes that may impact habitat are something some of us are interested in and follow.



Sands Road Park is located at 4910 Sands Road, Lothian, MD 20711. Apparently 72 acres was once a rubble landfill, accepting appliances, construction debris, demolition debris, stumps, etc. The operator, Al Ray Concrete, stated there was no hazardous waste dumped at the site. The park is about 182 acres, and encompasses the unlined rubble dump. Residents have some concern about potential pollution from the site and it does not seem that the type or amount of pollution potential has ever been quantified.



Previous permit, with info about the site and history, can be found here:

https://www.aacounty.org/departments/recreation-parks/parks/opportunity-request/Ground_Discharge_Permit_1.pdf



The following information was posted by a park neighbor in a FB group and gives information, including a link for registration to the hearing:



Sands Road Neighbors -

Next week, the Maryland Department of Environment will hold a public hearing to discuss the closed Al-Ray rubble landfill. We have included details about the hearing below.

Background on Al-Ray Landfill and the proposed permit: Al-Ray is a former rubble landfill that was closed, acquired by the County and now is designated as a community park, located off Sands Road. The landfill remains contaminated from prior uses, and continues to discharge pollution into the surrounding water and environment. Federal law requires that these sites operate with a State discharge permit which comes up for renewal from time to time. The County (the owners) and the State (the regulating agency) have not fully explored cleaning up the site beyond its current condition. We are concerned that the current disposal permit does not go far enough to protect community members.

What: There is an opportunity for public participation hosted by Maryland Department of the Environment in order to listen, review concerns about the renewal of the discharge permit for that site and to answer citizen’s questions. The State issued hearing notice is attached for your information. You must register in Advance to participate in the hearing.

When: Monday, Nov 9, 2020 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM EST

Where: This is a virtual hearing. The registration link is here: <https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6229328617257452046?fbclid=IwAR1K29YfimSU6XA6MXMmcGCyKBESNSuxarfEKOjpUXLOMarDYsjGqy65Cqc> https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/regi.../6229328617257452046.

Get involved: We urge you to sign up to attend or testify at this public hearing. You do not need to be an expert to speak up. For example, you can raise questions about the rationale for allowing this site to continue as before; raise any questions you might have regarding the site and its former operations; or share any concerns or experiences you have had with this site."



Thank you for your interest.



Joanne





Joanne Howl, DVM

West River, MD







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Date: 11/4/20 8:12 pm
From: 'jovet' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Sands Road Park, Anne Arundel County, wastewater/leachate hearing
Many of us bird at Sands Road Park. There is a hearing about wastewater concerns at the park on Monday Nov 9. I do not know if this impacts birding at the site, but for those of you interested, I will copy and paste the information a member of another local residents group posted.   While waste water leachate is not of specific interest to birders, the health and changes that may impact habitat are something some of us are interested in and follow. 
Sands Road Park is located at 4910 Sands Road, Lothian, MD 20711.  Apparently 72 acres was once a rubble landfill, accepting appliances, construction debris, demolition debris, stumps, etc.  The operator, Al Ray Concrete, stated there was no hazardous waste dumped at the site.  The park is about 182 acres, and encompasses the unlined rubble dump.  Residents have some concern about potential pollution from the site and it does not seem that the type or amount of pollution potential has ever been quantified. 
Previous permit, with info about the site and history, can be found here:https://www.aacounty.org/departments/recreation-parks/parks/opportunity-request/Ground_Discharge_Permit_1.pdf

The following information was posted by a park neighbor in a FB group and gives information, including a link for registration to the hearing: 
Sands Road Neighbors -Next week, the Maryland Department of Environment will hold a public hearing to discuss the closed Al-Ray rubble landfill. We have included details about the hearing below.Background on Al-Ray Landfill and the proposed permit: Al-Ray is a former rubble landfill that was closed, acquired by the County and now is designated as a community park, located off Sands Road. The landfill remains contaminated from prior uses, and continues to discharge pollution into the surrounding water and environment. Federal law requires that these sites operate with a State discharge permit which comes up for renewal from time to time. The County (the owners) and the State (the regulating agency) have not fully explored cleaning up the site beyond its current condition. We are concerned that the current disposal permit does not go far enough to protect community members.What: There is an opportunity for public participation hosted by Maryland Department of the Environment in order to listen, review concerns about the renewal of the discharge permit for that site and to answer citizen’s questions. The State issued hearing notice is attached for your information. You must register in Advance to participate in the hearing.When: Monday, Nov 9, 2020 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM ESTWhere: This is a virtual hearing. The registration link is here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/regi.../6229328617257452046.Get involved: We urge you to sign up to attend or testify at this public hearing. You do not need to be an expert to speak up. For example, you can raise questions about the rationale for allowing this site to continue as before; raise any questions you might have regarding the site and its former operations; or share any concerns or experiences you have had with this site."    

Thank you for your interest.  
Joanne

Joanne Howl, DVMWest River, MD


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Date: 11/4/20 1:24 pm
From: Kevin Graff <keyweststyle2001...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Cromwell Valley Park, 11/03/20
*Split time between nature center's feeders and hawkwatch*

11/03/20 - 115pm-315pm
Cromwell Valley Park, B Co., MD

WEATHER: MC/Overcast, 58-56 degrees, WNW 11 mph- W 8 mph

Canada Goose - 12 (distance flock flyby)
Common Loon - 1 (high flying south)
Double-crested Cormorant - 1 (flyby toward reservoir)
Ring-billed Gull - 1 (flyby toward reservoir)
Black Vulture - 14
Turkey Vulture - 8
Bald Eagle - 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 2
Cooper's Hawk - 1
Red-shouldered Hawk - 2
Red-tailed Hawk - 6
Mourning Dove - 8
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker - 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker - 3
Downy Woodpecker - 3
Hairy Woodpecker - 1
Northern Flicker - 2
Eastern Phoebe - 1
Blue Jay - 11
American Crow - 12
Common Raven - 2
Carolina Chickadee - 8
Tufted Titmouse - 8
White-breasted Nuthatch - 6 (careful count between feeders at nature ctr &
hawkwatch)
Carolina Wren - 2
Winter Wren - 1 (behind nature center)
Ruby-crowned Kinglet - 1
Eastern Bluebird - 6
American Robin - 40 (flyovers)
Northern Mockingbird - 2
European Starling - 3
Cedar Waxwing - 9 (flock flyby)
Chipping Sparrow - 3
Field Sparrow - 1
Fox Sparrow - 1
Song Sparrow - 5
White-throated Sparrow - 13
"Slate-colored" Junco - 4
Northern Cardinal - 7
Red-winged Blackbird - 14 (flock flyby)
Common Grackle - 46 (flock flyby)
House Finch - 8
Purple Finch - 16 (careful count between feeders at nature ctr & hawkwatch)
PIne Siskin - 5
American Goldfinch - 12
Evening Grosbeak - 1 (nature center feeders)
House Sparrow - 13
SPECIES: 47 INDIVIDUALS: 329


Kevin Graff
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Date: 11/4/20 10:57 am
From: Lydia Schindler <lydia13621...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] What Bird Has Eyebrows?
Great sleuthing, Gail!

Lydia Schindler
Darnestown

On Tue, Nov 3, 2020 at 10:48 AM guineabird via Maryland & DC Birding <
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> Before she even named its colors, I knew my non-birding friend had seen a
> male Evening Grosbeak in her yard.
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> G. Frantz
> Reisterstown
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Date: 11/3/20 1:46 pm
From: Pat <pvaldata1...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Crisfield Evening Grosbeaks

I've been doing chores so I wasn't glued to the window, but I haven't seen the grosbeaks since I tossed out more seed at lunchtime. Instead, there are 50-60 Pine Siskins eating it up. A handful of House Finches joined them and one House Sparrow, which is not common in our yard. Two Goldfinches showed up but they went for the Marsh Sunflower seed heads out front.If you zoom in, the attached photo shows the feeding frenzy. Poor quality because it's shot through a screened window with my cell phone.Pat ValdataCrisfield, MDSent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone

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Date: 11/3/20 1:33 pm
From: Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Evening Grosbeak, Baltimore County
Not present 3-4:30.

On Tue, Nov 3, 2020 at 2:06 PM Kevin Graff <keyweststyle2001...>
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> Female-type in good view at Cromwell Valley Park’s Willow Grove Nature
> Center feeder. Many photos. -Kevin Graff
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Date: 11/3/20 11:06 am
From: Kevin Graff <keyweststyle2001...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Evening Grosbeak, Baltimore County
Female-type in good view at Cromwell Valley Park’s Willow Grove Nature Center feeder. Many photos. -Kevin Graff

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Date: 11/3/20 7:48 am
From: guineabird via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] What Bird Has Eyebrows?
Before she even named its colors, I knew my non-birding friend had seen a male Evening Grosbeak in her yard.

G. FrantzReisterstown

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Date: 11/3/20 6:52 am
From: Patricia Valdata <pvaldata1...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Evening Grosbeaks Bethesda Backyard, Mont. Co. this morning
I looked them up in the Birder's Life List and Diary my husband Bob gave me
almost 40 years ago. My first sighting was in 1981 in Locktown, NJ, where a
noisy flock was on a platform feeder. But I forgot that I had six of them
come to the feeder one December day in 1993 when we lived in Elkton, so
today's bird (Yard Bird #113) was actually my third sighting of these
beautiful birds. It was around for only about five minutes.

I keep a life list in an Excel spreadsheet to make sure the arithmetic is
correct, but I still write bird sightings in the old, spiral-bound diary.
It's fun for me to look at early entries and recapture the excitement of
seeing species for the first time.

Pat Valdata
Crisfield, Somerset County


On Tue, Nov 3, 2020 at 9:26 AM 'Jim Nelson' via Maryland & DC Birding <
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> Seeing all the recent reports, I've been joking with birding friends about
> waiting for Evening Grosbeaks to show up in our small suburban backyard in
> Bethesda, Montgomery County, in the DC suburbs.
>
> Each morning I either sit on the deck or at our dining room window to
> watch birds in the yard as I eat breakfast.
>
> This morning at about 7:35 I was about to sit down at the window with my
> first bowl of cereal when I Iooked out and saw a flock of Evening Grosbeaks
> coming to the feeders! I called my wife to see them, and we enjoyed less
> than 5 minutes of frenzied back and forth flights to the feeders and
> frenzied picture taking by me. Then they were gone as fast as they had
> arrived. There were at least 13 birds, mostly adult males. What a show!
>
> In over 30 years of observing birds at our house here, we have had Evening
> Grosbeaks only one other time, Christmas Day, December 25, 1989, back at a
> time when winter Evening Grosbeaks in Maryland were not unusual.
>
> What a great morning!
>
> Jim Nelson
> Bethesda, MD
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Date: 11/3/20 6:26 am
From: 'Jim Nelson' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Evening Grosbeaks Bethesda Backyard, Mont. Co. this morning
Seeing all the recent reports, I've been joking with birding friends about waiting for Evening Grosbeaks to show up in our small suburban backyard in Bethesda, Montgomery County, in the DC suburbs.
Each morning I either sit on the deck or at our dining room window to watch birds in the yard as I eat breakfast.
This morning at about 7:35 I was about to sit down at the window with my first bowl of cereal when I Iooked out and saw a flock of Evening Grosbeaks coming to the feeders!  I called my wife to see them, and we enjoyed less than 5 minutes of frenzied back and forth flights to the feeders and frenzied picture taking by me.  Then they were gone as fast as they had arrived. There were at least 13 birds, mostly adult males. What a show!
In over 30 years of observing birds at our house here, we have had Evening Grosbeaks only one other time, Christmas Day, December 25, 1989, back at a time when winter Evening Grosbeaks in Maryland were not unusual.
What a great morning!
Jim NelsonBethesda, MD

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Date: 11/3/20 5:49 am
From: Pat <pvaldata1...>
Subject: [MDBirding] EVENING GROSBEAK!

In my yard. Unbelievable. I haven't seen one since the mid80s. Bad photos attached.Pat ValdataCrisfield, MDSent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone

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Date: 11/3/20 4:20 am
From: Katie Hodge <katiehodge...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] One time MEGA alert: Common Cuckoo in Rhode Island
I have the good fortune of being in Rhode Island for other reasons. If you
go please use the Snake Den Farm Parking lot which is addressed as 90 Brown
Avenue. Brown Avenue is narrow, curves, and has no shoulders. It's
really not safe to park on the road and it blocks traffic. One side of the
road is residential, one side is a working farm. All the usual concerns
about being respectful of neighbors applies, heightened by the covid
restrictions.

On Monday, November 2, 2020 at 9:56:43 AM UTC-5 <20c......> wrote:

> Hi again, Here's the latest, latest from Massbird: 'Cuckoo being seen in
> field across from 71 Browne Ave, Johnston RI. Very cooperative while here
> since 8 am. People wearing masks and social distancing. Not windy yet.'
> Dave Gibson
> https://birdpartner.com/
>
>
>
> On Mon, Nov 2, 2020 at 8:46 AM David Gibson <20c......> wrote:
>
>> Here's the latest from Massbird (11/2): "Easily seen this AM @ 8 in field
>> and perching nearby. Close to road. Follow directions off eBird posting."
>> Dave Gibson
>> https://birdpartner.com/
>>
>>
>>
>> On Mon, Nov 2, 2020 at 6:57 AM Gail Mackiernan <katah......>
>> wrote:
>>
>>> Hi all,
>>>
>>> Well if 2020 couldn’t get more weird, there is a Common Cuckoo in Rhode
>>> Island, found yesterday. This is probably one of the least expected
>>> species I can think of, although they are long-distance migrants (to
>>> Africa). I am sure it is wishing it was in Africa now rather than snowy RI,
>>> but US birders are thrilled to make its acquaintance. (Check eBird for the
>>> details, this is just the one-time “mega” alert post allowed by listserv
>>> rules.)
>>>
>>> Gail Mackiernan
>>> Colesville
>>>
>>> Sent from my iPad
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Date: 11/3/20 4:16 am
From: 'James Meyers' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Golden Eagle details website correction
For details of the hawk flights go to *hawkcount.org*
Sorry for the typo error.

Jim Meyers

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Date: 11/3/20 4:09 am
From: 'James Meyers' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Golden Eagles on the move-Baltimore Co.
With strong winds out of the WNW and a good mix of clouds in the sky
yesterday, the Cromwell Valley Park hawk-watch crew were hoping for a good
flight of migrating raptors.
We expected to see Redtails and Redshoulders in numbers, and perhaps a
Golden Eagle if we were lucky.
Patience and perseverance paid off after a somewhat slow start. Three
Golden Eagles were seen and a possible fourth. All 3 were juvenile birds,
2 of which flew SW along the BGE ridge line while the last bird flew
directly over the watch site allowing Mark Miller to get fairly good
photos. These birds were recorded at 11:20, 1:20 and 2:17 PM respectively.
Ninety three Redtails were counted along with 12 Redshoulders.
Other watch sites in the mid Atlantic area had good movements also, with
Waggoners Gap getting 25 Goldens. Go to hawk *count.org* for details.
A few of us be there again today to see what the winds bring us.

Jim Meyers
Nottingham MD

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Date: 11/2/20 2:03 pm
From: Jim Green <jkgbirdman53...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Red-headed woodpeckers Montgomery Co.
2 adults on Sycamore Landing Rd near second bridge.

Jim Green
Gaithersburg MD

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Date: 11/2/20 11:04 am
From: Tim Houghton <timhoughton...>
Subject: [MDBirding] backyard evening grosbeak
I had just gotten the pictured platform mainly for this bird. Evening Grosbeak!

Tim Houghton
(Glen Arm)

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Date: 11/2/20 10:52 am
From: Scott Young <wsyacy...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Re: One time MEGA alert: Common Cuckoo in Rhode Island
Thank you - interesting!

Scott Young
Gaithersburg

On Monday, November 2, 2020 at 1:01:43 PM UTC-5 katahdinss wrote:

> No, and they *are* long-distance migrants. Could also, of course, be
> ship-assisted. Although as an insectivore not sure if it would survive a
> long voyage. Always a possibility with (some) birds. On a cruise from Japan
> to Alaska my nephew had white wagtails on board into US waters, and they
> (birds and people) disembarked at Kodak. He saw a couple of the Wagtails
> later on shore, along a small stream. On the same route a year earlier, we
> found a freshly dead Wood Sandpiper on an upper deck.
>
> Gail Mackiernan
> Colesville
>
>
> Sent from my iPad
>
> On Nov 2, 2020, at 12:11 PM, Scott Young <wsy......> wrote:
>
> What are the odds that this is an escapee. Do people have these as pets?
>
> Scott Young
> Gaithersburg
>
> On Monday, November 2, 2020 at 6:57:57 AM UTC-5 katahdinss wrote:
>
>> Hi all,
>>
>> Well if 2020 couldn’t get more weird, there is a Common Cuckoo in Rhode
>> Island, found yesterday. This is probably one of the least expected
>> species I can think of, although they are long-distance migrants (to
>> Africa). I am sure it is wishing it was in Africa now rather than snowy RI,
>> but US birders are thrilled to make its acquaintance. (Check eBird for the
>> details, this is just the one-time “mega” alert post allowed by listserv
>> rules.)
>>
>> Gail Mackiernan
>> Colesville
>>
>> Sent from my iPad
>>
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Date: 11/2/20 10:36 am
From: Pat <pvaldata1...>
Subject: [MDBirding] FOS Bufflehead

One tired-looking male trying to nap in the choppy water. Also a high count, for this yard, of 30 Pine Siskins.Pat ValdataCrisfield, MDSent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone

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Date: 11/2/20 10:01 am
From: Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Re: One time MEGA alert: Common Cuckoo in Rhode Island
No, and they are long-distance migrants. Could also, of course, be ship-assisted. Although as an insectivore not sure if it would survive a long voyage. Always a possibility with (some) birds. On a cruise from Japan to Alaska my nephew had white wagtails on board into US waters, and they (birds and people) disembarked at Kodak. He saw a couple of the Wagtails later on shore, along a small stream. On the same route a year earlier, we found a freshly dead Wood Sandpiper on an upper deck.

Gail Mackiernan
Colesville


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> On Nov 2, 2020, at 12:11 PM, Scott Young <wsyacy...> wrote:
>
> What are the odds that this is an escapee. Do people have these as pets?
>
> Scott Young
> Gaithersburg
>
>> On Monday, November 2, 2020 at 6:57:57 AM UTC-5 katahdinss wrote:
>> Hi all,
>>
>> Well if 2020 couldn’t get more weird, there is a Common Cuckoo in Rhode
>> Island, found yesterday. This is probably one of the least expected species I can think of, although they are long-distance migrants (to Africa). I am sure it is wishing it was in Africa now rather than snowy RI, but US birders are thrilled to make its acquaintance. (Check eBird for the details, this is just the one-time “mega” alert post allowed by listserv rules.)
>>
>> Gail Mackiernan
>> Colesville
>>
>> Sent from my iPad
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Date: 11/2/20 9:46 am
From: Walter Ellison <rossgull61...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Re: One time MEGA alert: Common Cuckoo in Rhode Island
Hi All,

Common Cuckoos are not kept as cage birds insofar as I know. It's also
unlikely any are kept in aviaries or zoos in eastern North America. However
hitchhiking on a ship cannot be ruled out. If the bird did that the more
power to it I say.

All the Best & Good Birding,

Walter Ellison

Chestertown, MD

On Mon, Nov 2, 2020 at 12:11 PM Scott Young <wsyacy...> wrote:

> What are the odds that this is an escapee. Do people have these as pets?
>
> Scott Young
> Gaithersburg
>
> On Monday, November 2, 2020 at 6:57:57 AM UTC-5 katahdinss wrote:
>
>> Hi all,
>>
>> Well if 2020 couldn’t get more weird, there is a Common Cuckoo in Rhode
>> Island, found yesterday. This is probably one of the least expected
>> species I can think of, although they are long-distance migrants (to
>> Africa). I am sure it is wishing it was in Africa now rather than snowy RI,
>> but US birders are thrilled to make its acquaintance. (Check eBird for the
>> details, this is just the one-time “mega” alert post allowed by listserv
>> rules.)
>>
>> Gail Mackiernan
>> Colesville
>>
>> Sent from my iPad
>>
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Date: 11/2/20 9:11 am
From: Scott Young <wsyacy...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: One time MEGA alert: Common Cuckoo in Rhode Island
What are the odds that this is an escapee. Do people have these as pets?

Scott Young
Gaithersburg

On Monday, November 2, 2020 at 6:57:57 AM UTC-5 katahdinss wrote:

> Hi all,
>
> Well if 2020 couldn’t get more weird, there is a Common Cuckoo in Rhode
> Island, found yesterday. This is probably one of the least expected
> species I can think of, although they are long-distance migrants (to
> Africa). I am sure it is wishing it was in Africa now rather than snowy RI,
> but US birders are thrilled to make its acquaintance. (Check eBird for the
> details, this is just the one-time “mega” alert post allowed by listserv
> rules.)
>
> Gail Mackiernan
> Colesville
>
> Sent from my iPad
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Date: 11/2/20 8:38 am
From: Rick Borchelt <rborchelt...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Re: Utility of the Listserv
Well then, given how vital it is to so many of us, let's work to ensure
that all the timely announcements about sightings across MD show up here in
a timely fashion. It's been my observation that lately this has been
honored more in the breach than the observance and that folks often post to
this listserv as an afterthought.

On Mon, Nov 2, 2020 at 10:13 AM world oceans <world.oceans7...>
wrote:

> Hi, The listserv is essential! I thrive on it, even though I no longer
> live in the area (lived in MD for 25 years).
>
> James Gibson
> ex-Montgomery Co.
>
> On Monday, November 2, 2020, Michael O'Sullivan <fr84wrdr...>
> wrote:
>
>> Yes, please keep listserv going. I always read my emails 1st. Old habits
>> and all that.
>> Michael OSullivan
>>
>>
>> On Nov 1, 2020, at 7:09 PM, cube182764 <cube182764...> wrote:
>>
>> I read the listserv regularly. Thanks to all who have news to post (I
>> wish my life was more exciting).
>> Stan Smith
>> Olney MD
>>
>> On Monday, October 26, 2020 at 9:43:03 AM UTC-4 Les R Becker wrote:
>>
>>> Yes. Very much agree that it is a valuable resource. Especially to those
>>> of us who are ‘unconnected.’
>>>
>>> Thank you for your posts and energy.
>>>
>>> Sent from my iPhone 11 Pro Max
>>>
>>> Les
>>>
>>> On Oct 26, 2020, at 08:27, Gail Mackiernan <katah......> wrote:
>>>
>>> Very sad news, but thanks for posting to the listserv.
>>>
>>> There is a feeling among many birders that “no one uses the listserv” so
>>> they do not bother to post sightings anymore. I think this is wrong...when
>>> I posted that Wheaton Park Avocet to MDBirding from the field I got a lot
>>> of thanks afterwards from birders who only use MDBirding for sightings.
>>>
>>> Right now I like many of use juggle 2-3 Groupme accounts, several
>>> Facebook pages, eBird alerts from a variety of locales and it is getting a
>>> bit crazy.
>>>
>>> Anyway, it only takes a few seconds to post...
>>>
>>> Gail Mackiernan
>>> Colesville
>>>
>>> Sent from my iPad
>>>
>>> On Oct 26, 2020, at 7:53 AM, 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC
>>> Birding <mdbi......> wrote:
>>>
>>> Josh Emm found the Curlew Sandpiper deceased this morning. ☹
>>>
>>> Tyler Bell
>>> California Maryland
>>>
>>> Sent from Yahoo Mail on Android
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Date: 11/2/20 7:16 am
From: Dorothy Paugh <aldopaugh...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Re: Utility of the Listserv
I use the listserv too. Please continue it.

Dorothy Paugh Bowie, MD

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Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Re: Utility of the Listserv

Hi, The listserv is essential! I thrive on it, even though I no longer live in the area (lived in MD for 25 years).

James Gibson
ex-Montgomery Co.

On Monday, November 2, 2020, Michael O'Sullivan <fr84wrdr...><mailto:<fr84wrdr...>> wrote:
Yes, please keep listserv going. I always read my emails 1st. Old habits and all that.
Michael OSullivan


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I read the listserv regularly. Thanks to all who have news to post (I wish my life was more exciting).
Stan Smith
Olney MD

On Monday, October 26, 2020 at 9:43:03 AM UTC-4 Les R Becker wrote:
Yes. Very much agree that it is a valuable resource. Especially to those of us who are ‘unconnected.’

Thank you for your posts and energy.

Sent from my iPhone 11 Pro Max

Les

On Oct 26, 2020, at 08:27, Gail Mackiernan <katah......> wrote:

Very sad news, but thanks for posting to the listserv.

There is a feeling among many birders that “no one uses the listserv” so they do not bother to post sightings anymore. I think this is wrong...when I posted that Wheaton Park Avocet to MDBirding from the field I got a lot of thanks afterwards from birders who only use MDBirding for sightings.

Right now I like many of use juggle 2-3 Groupme accounts, several Facebook pages, eBird alerts from a variety of locales and it is getting a bit crazy.

Anyway, it only takes a few seconds to post...

Gail Mackiernan
Colesville

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Josh Emm found the Curlew Sandpiper deceased this morning. ☹

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Date: 11/2/20 7:13 am
From: world oceans <world.oceans7...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Re: Utility of the Listserv
Hi, The listserv is essential! I thrive on it, even though I no longer live
in the area (lived in MD for 25 years).

James Gibson
ex-Montgomery Co.

On Monday, November 2, 2020, Michael O'Sullivan <fr84wrdr...> wrote:

> Yes, please keep listserv going. I always read my emails 1st. Old habits
> and all that.
> Michael OSullivan
>
>
> On Nov 1, 2020, at 7:09 PM, cube182764 <cube182764...> wrote:
>
> I read the listserv regularly. Thanks to all who have news to post (I
> wish my life was more exciting).
> Stan Smith
> Olney MD
>
> On Monday, October 26, 2020 at 9:43:03 AM UTC-4 Les R Becker wrote:
>
>> Yes. Very much agree that it is a valuable resource. Especially to those
>> of us who are ‘unconnected.’
>>
>> Thank you for your posts and energy.
>>
>> Sent from my iPhone 11 Pro Max
>>
>> Les
>>
>> On Oct 26, 2020, at 08:27, Gail Mackiernan <katah......> wrote:
>>
>> Very sad news, but thanks for posting to the listserv.
>>
>> There is a feeling among many birders that “no one uses the listserv” so
>> they do not bother to post sightings anymore. I think this is wrong...when
>> I posted that Wheaton Park Avocet to MDBirding from the field I got a lot
>> of thanks afterwards from birders who only use MDBirding for sightings.
>>
>> Right now I like many of use juggle 2-3 Groupme accounts, several
>> Facebook pages, eBird alerts from a variety of locales and it is getting a
>> bit crazy.
>>
>> Anyway, it only takes a few seconds to post...
>>
>> Gail Mackiernan
>> Colesville
>>
>> Sent from my iPad
>>
>> On Oct 26, 2020, at 7:53 AM, 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding
>> <mdbi......> wrote:
>>
>> Josh Emm found the Curlew Sandpiper deceased this morning. ☹
>>
>> Tyler Bell
>> California Maryland
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Date: 11/2/20 6:56 am
From: David Gibson <20cabot...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] One time MEGA alert: Common Cuckoo in Rhode Island
Hi again, Here's the latest, latest from Massbird: 'Cuckoo being seen in
field across from 71 Browne Ave, Johnston RI. Very cooperative while here
since 8 am. People wearing masks and social distancing. Not windy yet.'
Dave Gibson
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> Here's the latest from Massbird (11/2): "Easily seen this AM @ 8 in field
> and perching nearby. Close to road. Follow directions off eBird posting."
> Dave Gibson
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>> Hi all,
>>
>> Well if 2020 couldn’t get more weird, there is a Common Cuckoo in Rhode
>> Island, found yesterday. This is probably one of the least expected
>> species I can think of, although they are long-distance migrants (to
>> Africa). I am sure it is wishing it was in Africa now rather than snowy RI,
>> but US birders are thrilled to make its acquaintance. (Check eBird for the
>> details, this is just the one-time “mega” alert post allowed by listserv
>> rules.)
>>
>> Gail Mackiernan
>> Colesville
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Date: 11/2/20 6:37 am
From: Hugh David Fleischmann <huey122663...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] One time MEGA alert: Common Cuckoo in Rhode Island
Who wants to do a 6 hr road trip to Rhode Island? Text me
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Awesome Birding in 2020!

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> 
> Here's the latest from Massbird (11/2): "Easily seen this AM @ 8 in field and perching nearby. Close to road. Follow directions off eBird posting."
> Dave Gibson
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>
>
>
>> On Mon, Nov 2, 2020 at 6:57 AM Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...> wrote:
>> Hi all,
>>
>> Well if 2020 couldn’t get more weird, there is a Common Cuckoo in Rhode
>> Island, found yesterday. This is probably one of the least expected species I can think of, although they are long-distance migrants (to Africa). I am sure it is wishing it was in Africa now rather than snowy RI, but US birders are thrilled to make its acquaintance. (Check eBird for the details, this is just the one-time “mega” alert post allowed by listserv rules.)
>>
>> Gail Mackiernan
>> Colesville
>>
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Date: 11/2/20 6:26 am
From: Pat <pvaldata1...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Black-headed Grosbeak yes

Showed briefly just now  in the high winds. What a beauty!Pat ValdataCrisfield, MDSent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone

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Date: 11/2/20 5:46 am
From: David Gibson <20cabot...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] One time MEGA alert: Common Cuckoo in Rhode Island
Here's the latest from Massbird (11/2): "Easily seen this AM @ 8 in field
and perching nearby. Close to road. Follow directions off eBird posting."
Dave Gibson
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> Hi all,
>
> Well if 2020 couldn’t get more weird, there is a Common Cuckoo in Rhode
> Island, found yesterday. This is probably one of the least expected
> species I can think of, although they are long-distance migrants (to
> Africa). I am sure it is wishing it was in Africa now rather than snowy RI,
> but US birders are thrilled to make its acquaintance. (Check eBird for the
> details, this is just the one-time “mega” alert post allowed by listserv
> rules.)
>
> Gail Mackiernan
> Colesville
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Date: 11/2/20 5:36 am
From: Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4...>
Subject: [MDBirding] HowCo LCSP not seen this morning
Four us have been working since before 7:00. Overall numbers way down
except for Siskin.--
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Date: 11/2/20 3:58 am
From: Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...>
Subject: [MDBirding] One time MEGA alert: Common Cuckoo in Rhode Island
Hi all,

Well if 2020 couldn’t get more weird, there is a Common Cuckoo in Rhode
Island, found yesterday. This is probably one of the least expected species I can think of, although they are long-distance migrants (to Africa). I am sure it is wishing it was in Africa now rather than snowy RI, but US birders are thrilled to make its acquaintance. (Check eBird for the details, this is just the one-time “mega” alert post allowed by listserv rules.)

Gail Mackiernan
Colesville

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Date: 11/2/20 3:45 am
From: Michael O'Sullivan <fr84wrdr...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Utility of the Listserv
Yes, please keep listserv going. I always read my emails 1st. Old habits and all that.
Michael OSullivan


> On Nov 1, 2020, at 7:09 PM, cube182764 <cube182764...> wrote:
>
> I read the listserv regularly. Thanks to all who have news to post (I wish my life was more exciting).
> Stan Smith
> Olney MD
>
> On Monday, October 26, 2020 at 9:43:03 AM UTC-4 Les R Becker wrote:
> Yes. Very much agree that it is a valuable resource. Especially to those of us who are ‘unconnected.’
>
> Thank you for your posts and energy.
>
> Sent from my iPhone 11 Pro Max
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> Les
>
>> On Oct 26, 2020, at 08:27, Gail Mackiernan <katah......> <applewebdata://CA1681B9-711C-4AC0-BF0F-5AFEBFE3D6AE>> wrote:
>>
>> Very sad news, but thanks for posting to the listserv.
>>
>> There is a feeling among many birders that “no one uses the listserv” so they do not bother to post sightings anymore. I think this is wrong...when I posted that Wheaton Park Avocet to MDBirding from the field I got a lot of thanks afterwards from birders who only use MDBirding for sightings.
>>
>> Right now I like many of use juggle 2-3 Groupme accounts, several Facebook pages, eBird alerts from a variety of locales and it is getting a bit crazy.
>>
>> Anyway, it only takes a few seconds to post...
>>
>> Gail Mackiernan
>> Colesville
>>
>> Sent from my iPad
>>
>> On Oct 26, 2020, at 7:53 AM, 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbi......> <applewebdata://CA1681B9-711C-4AC0-BF0F-5AFEBFE3D6AE>> wrote:
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>>> Josh Emm found the Curlew Sandpiper deceased this morning. ☹
>>>
>>> Tyler Bell
>>> California Maryland
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Date: 11/1/20 4:09 pm
From: cube182764 <cube182764...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Utility of the Listserv
I read the listserv regularly. Thanks to all who have news to post (I wish
my life was more exciting).
Stan Smith
Olney MD

On Monday, October 26, 2020 at 9:43:03 AM UTC-4 Les R Becker wrote:

> Yes. Very much agree that it is a valuable resource. Especially to those
> of us who are ‘unconnected.’
>
> Thank you for your posts and energy.
>
> Sent from my iPhone 11 Pro Max
>
> Les
>
> On Oct 26, 2020, at 08:27, Gail Mackiernan <katah......> wrote:
>
> Very sad news, but thanks for posting to the listserv.
>
> There is a feeling among many birders that “no one uses the listserv” so
> they do not bother to post sightings anymore. I think this is wrong...when
> I posted that Wheaton Park Avocet to MDBirding from the field I got a lot
> of thanks afterwards from birders who only use MDBirding for sightings.
>
> Right now I like many of use juggle 2-3 Groupme accounts, several Facebook
> pages, eBird alerts from a variety of locales and it is getting a bit crazy.
>
> Anyway, it only takes a few seconds to post...
>
> Gail Mackiernan
> Colesville
>
> Sent from my iPad
>
> On Oct 26, 2020, at 7:53 AM, 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <
> <mdbi......> wrote:
>
> Josh Emm found the Curlew Sandpiper deceased this morning. ☹
>
> Tyler Bell
> California Maryland
>
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Date: 11/1/20 1:41 pm
From: Robert McLean <tmclean1090...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Paper Mill Flats: Dunlin and Long-billed Dowitcher video 10/31/2020
Check out at minute 8:05 of the following video on my YouTube channel.

https://youtu.be/w2_jU5l9qJw

Good birding!

Taylor and Paula McLean
Towson. MD

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Date: 11/1/20 12:00 pm
From: Wayne Bierbaum <wm.bierbaum...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Jug Bay AACo
Correction: the rails were King Rails.

On Saturday, October 31, 2020 at 2:42:59 PM UTC-4, Wayne Bierbaum wrote:
>
> At Jug Bay -
> The Farm Trail ends at a communal farm plot. By the farther gate to the
> fenced area are small shrubs that have seeds and held many birds.
> Pine Siskins (20), White Crowned Sparrow (4), Field sparrow (2), Swamp
> Sparrow several, plus goldfinch, house finch, bluebirds, etc.
> A fox sparrow was present near the end of the Railroad Trail and two
> Clapper Rails were next to the pier.
> A Hairy Woodpecker was near Otter Point and the beaver was out in the
> pond.
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Date: 11/1/20 10:20 am
From: Marcia Watson <marshwren50...>
Subject: RE: [MDBirding] RFI -- Ocean City CORE and WEKI
Howard,



When you say “a very large parking lot and covers a pretty big area,” it seems you’re thinking of the Ocean City Inlet and not Sunset Park. Sunset Park is just a tiny park about a block north of the Inlet. The entrance is on Philadelphia Avenue and it has frontage on the Bay. The park is right next to the Coast Guard Station. See https://birdersguidemddc.org/site/ocean-city-inlet/, which covers Sunset Park as well as the Inlet. Dereck Hudgins wrote earlier today with suggestions on where to look for the redpoll within the park.



Marcia

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A Chapter of the Maryland Ornithological Society

www.patuxentbirdclub.org



Bowie, MD

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From: <mdbirding...> [mailto:<mdbirding...>] On Behalf Of Howard Wu
Sent: Saturday, October 31, 2020 3:40 PM
To: Maryland & DC Birding
Subject: [MDBirding] RFI -- Ocean City CORE and WEKI





Hi, birding friends:



I understand there is a persistent Common Redpoll at Sunset Park in Ocean City, and there is just a report of a Western Kingbird at Stephen Decatur Highway. If I am not mistaken, there was a pretty persistent WEKI reported in the same area in the last few years.



I have some questions:

1. Regarding the Common Redpoll -- I have been to Sunset Park maybe once, I believe it has a very large parking lot and covers a pretty big area. Any tips on where I should look? What is the best time of the day to look? BTW, do you have to pay for parking there?

2. Regarding the Western Kingbird -- is it just by the side of the road? Can you pull off, or is there a spot nearby where you can park? Any tips on where (what landmarks, etc.) I should be looking for?



Sorry for all the questions, I don't go to that park of Maryland very often. Thanks in advance!



Howard Wu

Herndon, VA

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Date: 11/1/20 10:19 am
From: Jim Green <jkgbirdman53...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Howard County LeContes Sparrow
Not sure if anybody posted but there is a LeContes Sparrow in the swale at Mt Pleasant Conservancy. Found by Kurt Schwarz earlier this morning. I saw it mid-morning.

Jim Green
Gaithersburg MD

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Date: 11/1/20 9:58 am
From: Donald Sweig <skybirds.d...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Re: 2020 Denton Black-headed Grosbeak
THANKS FOR THE PHOTOS.
Nice shots.
I haven’t seen one of these since Arizona or Oregon.
Looks like maybe a first fall/winter male?


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>>> On Nov 1, 2020, at 12:09 PM, Hugh David Fleischmann <huey122663...> wrote:
>> Good afternoon on this rainy Sunday. If you are not aware, there is a Black-headed Grosbeak being seen at a home’s feeder in Denton, Maryland. It was found late Friday afternoon and posted to eBird. I then became a detective and reached out to the Bergey family. They were and are open to visitors.
>> If interested the address is 27161 Hobbs Rd, Denton, MD. If you go please park in driveway with 2 wheels on the gravel. The bird is consistently being seen in the tree closest to the front porch. There are several feeders, but it seems especially fond of the double suet feeder. See picture attached. Please be nice and donate a couple of dollars or a suet block or 2, if you go.
>> And some people that see this bird, might see or hear it's cousin, the Evening Grosbeak, which is making it's way down south, throughout Maryland. Can you imagine seeing both of these crazy rarities, on the same day, in Maryland. Thats just plain bird crazy nuts!
>> If you are lucky enough to see this bird please use the 2020 eBird Hotspot that was just created by Mike Bowen. Thanks. If you have seen the bird and used a diff eBird location or used the 2011 Black-headed Grosbeak hotspot, please change to the current one.
>> I spoke to the Bergey‘s and they told me that all of the birders were being very respectful of their family, their home and the bird. I wanted to give everyone a special thank you for showing off the class that Marylanders have.
>> Black-headed Grosbeak; today, pictured below. MD's 7th record, once accepted. Maryland life bird #367. A special thank you to the Bergey family for being so hospitable. Very sweet!!
>> Peace and be safe!!
>> Awesome Birding in 2020!
>> Hugh David Fleischmann
>> 410-598-9292
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Date: 11/1/20 9:44 am
From: 'MikeBowen' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: 2020 Denton Black-headed Grosbeak
The "stakeout" type Hotspot for the Caroline County Black-headed Grosbeak
was set up several hours ago, as Hugh David says in his post, but is not as
of this minute (12:38 p.m. EST on November 1) yet available for general
use. It should become available later today. The new Hotspot is called:
stakeout Black-headed Grosbeak, Hobbs (2020)
As HD recommends, if you see this bird, please use this Hotspot rather than
your own Personal Location and please do not use the Hotspot from the 2011
sighting of the same species (but not the same bird, one assumes!), which
was called "stakeout Black-headed Grosbeak, Denton (2011)" and which in any
case was several miles away. If you already have a Personal Location
checklist for the current Grosbeak, you can easily Merge it into the new
Hotspot when that becomes available. Contact me at the e-mail address
below if you have problems Merging.

Mike Bowen, Bethesda
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On Sunday, November 1, 2020 at 12:09:18 PM UTC-5, Hugh David Fleischmann
wrote:
>
> Good afternoon on this rainy Sunday. If you are not aware, there is a
> Black-headed Grosbeak being seen at a home’s feeder in Denton, Maryland. It
> was found late Friday afternoon and posted to eBird. I then became a
> detective and reached out to the Bergey family. They were and are open to
> visitors.
>
> If interested the address is 27161 Hobbs Rd, Denton, MD. If you go please
> park in driveway with 2 wheels on the gravel. The bird is consistently
> being seen in the tree closest to the front porch. There are several
> feeders, but it seems especially fond of the double suet feeder. See
> picture attached. Please be nice and donate a couple of dollars or a suet
> block or 2, if you go.
>
> And some people that see this bird, might see or hear it's cousin, the
> Evening Grosbeak, which is making it's way down south, throughout Maryland.
> Can you imagine seeing both of these crazy rarities, on the same day, in
> Maryland. Thats just plain bird crazy nuts!
>
> If you are lucky enough to see this bird please use the 2020 eBird Hotspot
> that was just created by Mike Bowen. Thanks. If you have seen the bird and
> used a diff eBird location or used the 2011 Black-headed Grosbeak hotspot,
> please change to the current one.
>
> I spoke to the Bergey‘s and they told me that all of the birders were
> being very respectful of their family, their home and the bird. I wanted
> to give everyone a special thank you for showing off the class that
> Marylanders have.
>
> Black-headed Grosbeak; today, pictured below. MD's 7th record, once
> accepted. Maryland life bird #367. A special thank you to the Bergey family
> for being so hospitable. Very sweet!!
>
> Peace and be safe!!
>
> Awesome Birding in 2020!
>
> Hugh David Fleischmann
> 410-598-9292
> <Da......> <javascript:>
>
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Date: 11/1/20 9:28 am
From: Hugh David Fleischmann <huey122663...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: 2020 Denton Black-headed Grosbeak
I forgot the picture. Sorry.

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Awesome Birding in 2020!

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Sent from my iPhone

> On Nov 1, 2020, at 12:09 PM, Hugh David Fleischmann <huey122663...> wrote:
>
> Good afternoon on this rainy Sunday. If you are not aware, there is a Black-headed Grosbeak being seen at a home’s feeder in Denton, Maryland. It was found late Friday afternoon and posted to eBird. I then became a detective and reached out to the Bergey family. They were and are open to visitors.
>
> If interested the address is 27161 Hobbs Rd, Denton, MD. If you go please park in driveway with 2 wheels on the gravel. The bird is consistently being seen in the tree closest to the front porch. There are several feeders, but it seems especially fond of the double suet feeder. See picture attached. Please be nice and donate a couple of dollars or a suet block or 2, if you go.
>
> And some people that see this bird, might see or hear it's cousin, the Evening Grosbeak, which is making it's way down south, throughout Maryland. Can you imagine seeing both of these crazy rarities, on the same day, in Maryland. Thats just plain bird crazy nuts!
>
> If you are lucky enough to see this bird please use the 2020 eBird Hotspot that was just created by Mike Bowen. Thanks. If you have seen the bird and used a diff eBird location or used the 2011 Black-headed Grosbeak hotspot, please change to the current one.
>
> I spoke to the Bergey‘s and they told me that all of the birders were being very respectful of their family, their home and the bird. I wanted to give everyone a special thank you for showing off the class that Marylanders have.
>
> Black-headed Grosbeak; today, pictured below. MD's 7th record, once accepted. Maryland life bird #367. A special thank you to the Bergey family for being so hospitable. Very sweet!!
>
> Peace and be safe!!
>
> Awesome Birding in 2020!
>
> Hugh David Fleischmann
> 410-598-9292
> <David...>
>
> Sent from my iPhone

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Date: 11/1/20 9:09 am
From: Hugh David Fleischmann <huey122663...>
Subject: [MDBirding] 2020 Denton Black-headed Grosbeak
Good afternoon on this rainy Sunday. If you are not aware, there is a Black-headed Grosbeak being seen at a home’s feeder in Denton, Maryland. It was found late Friday afternoon and posted to eBird. I then became a detective and reached out to the Bergey family. They were and are open to visitors.

If interested the address is 27161 Hobbs Rd, Denton, MD. If you go please park in driveway with 2 wheels on the gravel. The bird is consistently being seen in the tree closest to the front porch. There are several feeders, but it seems especially fond of the double suet feeder. See picture attached. Please be nice and donate a couple of dollars or a suet block or 2, if you go.

And some people that see this bird, might see or hear it's cousin, the Evening Grosbeak, which is making it's way down south, throughout Maryland. Can you imagine seeing both of these crazy rarities, on the same day, in Maryland. Thats just plain bird crazy nuts!

If you are lucky enough to see this bird please use the 2020 eBird Hotspot that was just created by Mike Bowen. Thanks. If you have seen the bird and used a diff eBird location or used the 2011 Black-headed Grosbeak hotspot, please change to the current one.

I spoke to the Bergey‘s and they told me that all of the birders were being very respectful of their family, their home and the bird. I wanted to give everyone a special thank you for showing off the class that Marylanders have.

Black-headed Grosbeak; today, pictured below. MD's 7th record, once accepted. Maryland life bird #367. A special thank you to the Bergey family for being so hospitable. Very sweet!!

Peace and be safe!!

Awesome Birding in 2020!

Hugh David Fleischmann
410-598-9292
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Date: 11/1/20 5:51 am
From: Andy Wilson <awilson.gettysburg...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Visible migration this am
Lots of birds on the move this morning. Counted 43 Purple Finches south over my yard in 30 minutes, plus large numbers of waxwings, with a few Am Pipits & Pine Siskin. Several finch flocks went unidentified, at least some of which were likely Purple Finches.

Andy Wilson
Frederick

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Date: 11/1/20 5:42 am
From: Jack Saba <jlsaba001...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Siskins and Grosbeaks
About 10 Pine Siskins showed up at my feeders yesterday. There are still
some around this morning, along with 3 Evening Grosbeaks. Great way to
start November, with a life bird.

Yesterday also brought FOS for the yard: Ruby- and Golden-Crowned
Kinglets, Junco, and White-throated Sparrow.

In addition to feeding on the nyjer and hulled sunflower (which they
seemed ot prefer), the Siskins spent a good bit of time on the
Brown-eyed Susans, ignorning the Bergamot and Boneset. The G-C Kinglet
was feeding on the Boneset for a couple of hours -- I didn't realize
there were still enough small insects around for this.

Jack Saba
Berwyn Heights, P.G. County

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Date: 11/1/20 12:22 am
From: Derek Hudgins <derekhudgins...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: RFI -- Ocean City CORE and WEKI
I tried for and struck out on both birds Halloween afternoon, but here is
what information I was able to garner.

The Common Redpoll was only seen first thing in the morning Saturday, and
that seems to be the best time. Walk to the northwest corner of the park
where there’s an overlook of the bay. The bird has been seen in the bare
branches at the top of the bush immediately to the north, as well as
throughout the bush line leading away and north from the park and along the
double fenceline. It apparently will feed with the sparrows occasionally,
so make sure to check the ground as well. I parked on Philadelphia Ave just
south of the park entrance, and north of the hotspot pin. I don’t think you
have to pay to park there.

The Western Kingbird was initially seen from Antique Rd. near the corner
with Sinepuxent Rd. There is a shoulder just south of this intersection
that can fit three or four cars, and it provides a good vantage point to
scan the triangular field bordered by those two roads and Stephen Decatur
Highway. If I’m remembering correctly, it was last seen flying north from
the treeline by the house next to Captain Stedy’s Seafood Market on the
highway. There is a shoulder there, but it’s far busier than Antique Rd.
and technically a bike lane. Before we called it quits, we expanded the
search to the farm with numerous horses further north on Sinepuxent Rd.
(which had a Cattle Egret) and the fenceline of the airport without
success. Good luck if you go, and if you find a yellow kingbird make sure
you eliminate Tropical in case that bird is still lingering in the area.

Good birding,
Derek Hudgins
Cockeysville

On Saturday, October 31, 2020 at 3:40:23 PM UTC-4, Howard Wu wrote:
>
>
> Hi, birding friends:
>
> I understand there is a persistent Common Redpoll at Sunset Park in Ocean
> City, and there is just a report of a Western Kingbird at Stephen Decatur
> Highway. If I am not mistaken, there was a pretty persistent WEKI reported
> in the same area in the last few years.
>
> I have some questions:
> 1. Regarding the Common Redpoll -- I have been to Sunset Park maybe once,
> I believe it has a very large parking lot and covers a pretty big area. Any
> tips on where I should look? What is the best time of the day to look? BTW,
> do you have to pay for parking there?
> 2. Regarding the Western Kingbird -- is it just by the side of the road?
> Can you pull off, or is there a spot nearby where you can park? Any tips on
> where (what landmarks, etc.) I should be looking for?
>
> Sorry for all the questions, I don't go to that park of Maryland very
> often. Thanks in advance!
>
> Howard Wu
> Herndon, VA
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Date: 10/31/20 3:09 pm
From: Janet Millenson <janet...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Yard bird
So I've seen the many recent posts griping about throngs of Pine Siskins
and Rose-breasted Grosbeaks emptying all your feeders, and I've been
reading how people have trees full of Red-breasted Nuthatches, and I'm
wondering whether my yard lost a star on Avian Yelp. None of those
species has shown up here (yet). However, there was a female Purple
Finch at the feeder today. Seeing her next to the House Finches, the
difference was striking.

P.S. If the person with the "poor lonely Blue Jay" would like company
for that bird, I'd be happy to send her some of the jays that are
snarfing down my expensive sunflower hearts!

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Date: 10/31/20 1:59 pm
From: David Gibson <20cabot...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Understanding Fieldcraft
Hi MD and DC birders, This is another piece about fieldcraft
<http://birdpartner.com/2020/10/31/fieldcraft-part-two/> that I hope will
be helpful to birders and photographers alike. It also includes "the rest
of the story" about the unusually early appearance of an Ash-throated
Flycatcher just south of you in SE VA. I hope you enjoy it, and I welcome
your feedback.

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Date: 10/31/20 1:40 pm
From: Strobel, Warren <warren.strobel...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Usual number of Pine Siskins
Pine Siskins (4) arrived at my feeders today, along with a Purple Finch.
Yard birds #56 and 57 at the new pad. Come on, Evening Grosbeaks and
Redpolls!

Good Birding!
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Edgewater, MD

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> I stated earlier that I counted 250 Pine Siskins at my feeders. Huh!
> This morning I counted 18. I have a favorite saying about birds that I
> learned from Michael O'Brien: "Birds Fly."
>
> Jim Wilson
> Queenstown
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Date: 10/31/20 12:50 pm
From: Derek Richardson <derek.c.richardson...>
Subject: [MDBirding] some nice yard birds (West Laurel, PG County)
After finally refilling the feeders, birds today included a male
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker and a female/immature Purple Finch, both firsts
for the season in our West Laurel yard. Yay!

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Date: 10/31/20 12:40 pm
From: Howard Wu <howiewu1...>
Subject: [MDBirding] RFI -- Ocean City CORE and WEKI

Hi, birding friends:

I understand there is a persistent Common Redpoll at Sunset Park in Ocean
City, and there is just a report of a Western Kingbird at Stephen Decatur
Highway. If I am not mistaken, there was a pretty persistent WEKI reported
in the same area in the last few years.

I have some questions:
1. Regarding the Common Redpoll -- I have been to Sunset Park maybe once, I
believe it has a very large parking lot and covers a pretty big area. Any
tips on where I should look? What is the best time of the day to look? BTW,
do you have to pay for parking there?
2. Regarding the Western Kingbird -- is it just by the side of the road?
Can you pull off, or is there a spot nearby where you can park? Any tips on
where (what landmarks, etc.) I should be looking for?

Sorry for all the questions, I don't go to that park of Maryland very
often. Thanks in advance!

Howard Wu
Herndon, VA

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Date: 10/31/20 11:43 am
From: Wayne Bierbaum <wm.bierbaum...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Jug Bay AACo
At Jug Bay -
The Farm Trail ends at a communal farm plot. By the farther gate to the
fenced area are small shrubs that have seeds and held many birds.
Pine Siskins (20), White Crowned Sparrow (4), Field sparrow (2), Swamp
Sparrow several, plus goldfinch, house finch, bluebirds, etc.
A fox sparrow was present near the end of the Railroad Trail and two
Clapper Rails were next to the pier.
A Hairy Woodpecker was near Otter Point and the beaver was out in the
pond.

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Date: 10/31/20 8:59 am
From: Cristians Rivas <crivasof96...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Lesser Black-backed Gull in Sandy point
Hello, I am inquiring on where in the park everyone is seeing this gull,
I'm having a hard time finding it. Thank you!

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Date: 10/31/20 6:47 am
From: James Wilson <birdmanjfw...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Usual number of Pine Siskins
I stated earlier that I counted 250 Pine Siskins at my feeders. Huh! This
morning I counted 18. I have a favorite saying about birds that I learned
from Michael O'Brien: "Birds Fly."

Jim Wilson
Queenstown

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Date: 10/31/20 5:43 am
From: ljeannebowmans via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Unusual number of finches
Good Morning All,   In north Baltimore County, we have an invasion of a Mint plant, Perillo Frutescens.  The finches seem to love picking the seeds off the many flowering leaves of this plant, and it is right attractive.  Yesterday there were something over 50 Gold finches having a party around one patch of the man,many plants.  The plants die back each year, but seem to bear the winter and shot up in late spring.  Good Birding to ALL.  Jeanne Bowman Freeland, MD      In a message dated 10/31/2020 6:42:31 AM Eastern Standard Time, <birdmanjfw...> writes: 

Let's hear it for large numbers of Pine Siskins.  When they first arrived, I was putting out a bit of shelled sunflowers.  That appeared to draw in the Siskins to the point where I had 72 about 10 days ago.   And then the rain came 5 days and the numbers soared.  The little buggers flit in and out continuously but I got a count of about 250.  That number, and probably more, drained a bag of 25 pounds of shelled sunflowers.  I honestly don't know how they can eat so much.   They must be related to Evening Grosbeaks. I counted 10 Purple Finches and who knows how many Red-breasted Nuthatches, but at least four. Time to start a GoFundMe page for seed.  Jim WilsonQueenstown
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Date: 10/31/20 5:02 am
From: Dan&Nan <dan-nan-semper...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Re: Unusual number of finches
Well, I'm feeding them, but not sure I'm all that enthusiastic yet. (Tho I tried to see if they'd eat from my hand yesterday -- I think I need more patience, to stand still longer). I'm running out early this morning to get MORE sunflower seed (the shells kill the stuff that passes for a yard at my house, so I can't use the UNshelled kind). And possibly an extra birdfeeder the bigger birds can manage (with the hummers gone, I have an extra hook for a feeder).

And thanks to the advice from this group, I'm going to get a couple of bags of shelled peanuts to see if they give my poor lonely blue jay a fighting chance. (A few years ago, until I learned they migrate, I thought our very sensible blue jays somehow lost braincells every fall, since they suddenly had problems landing on our birdfeeders. And when it snowed I had to put seed on the ground in pie plates for them so they wouldn't be hungry 😢. Happily, after a few years they mostly learned to land on birdfeeders.)

Thanks to all of you for your amazing help. Googling had been getting me absolutely NOWHERE and the clouds of finches had me flummoxed.

Happy Halloween all,
Nancy

> On 10/31/2020 6:42 AM James Wilson <birdmanjfw...> wrote:
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> Let's hear it for large numbers of Pine Siskins. When they first arrived, I was putting out a bit of shelled sunflowers. That appeared to draw in the Siskins to the point where I had 72 about 10 days ago.
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> And then the rain came 5 days and the numbers soared. The little buggers flit in and out continuously but I got a count of about 250. That number, and probably more, drained a bag of 25 pounds of shelled sunflowers. I honestly don't know how they can eat so much. They must be related to Evening Grosbeaks.
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> I counted 10 Purple Finches and who knows how many Red-breasted Nuthatches, but at least four.
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> Time to start a GoFundMe page for seed.
> Jim Wilson
> Queenstown
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Date: 10/31/20 3:42 am
From: James Wilson <birdmanjfw...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Unusual number of finches

Let's hear it for large numbers of Pine Siskins. When they first arrived,
I was putting out a bit of shelled sunflowers. That appeared to draw in
the Siskins to the point where I had 72 about 10 days ago.

And then the rain came 5 days and the numbers soared. The little buggers
flit in and out continuously but I got a count of about 250. That number,
and probably more, drained a bag of 25 pounds of shelled sunflowers. I
honestly don't know how they can eat so much. They must be related to
Evening Grosbeaks.

I counted 10 Purple Finches and who knows how many Red-breasted Nuthatches,
but at least four.

Time to start a GoFundMe page for seed.
Jim Wilson
Queenstown

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