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4/26/17 11:40 am Sarah Romero <sarah.m.romero52...> [MDBirding] Re: Help with ID (blue-headed vireo?)
4/26/17 11:28 am Clayton Koonce <cg.koonce...> [MDBirding] Three ospreys at Lake Kittamaqundi, Columbia
4/26/17 10:19 am 'Rod Burley' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] Help with ID
4/26/17 10:00 am Suzanne Richman <suzanne_richman...> Re: [MDBirding] Help with ID
4/26/17 9:56 am Sarah Kirchen <sarahkirchendc...> Re: [MDBirding] Help with ID
4/26/17 9:46 am dma3 via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Re Black-belly Plovers
4/26/17 9:31 am Tim Houghton <timhoughton...> [MDBirding] Milfford Mill, Patapsco Val.
4/26/17 9:25 am Dana <db3492...> [MDBirding] Help with ID
4/26/17 9:00 am Wallace Kornack <wallace...> [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Wednesday 4/26/17
4/26/17 8:44 am dma3 via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Black belly Plovers Montgomery
4/26/17 5:19 am Ted on Little Round Bay <akbar...> [MDBirding] Help with ID (blue-headed vireo?)
4/26/17 4:35 am <keyweststyle2001...> [MDBirding] Cerulean Warbler
4/25/17 12:10 pm Lydia Schindler <lydia13621...> [MDBirding] Fwd: DC Area, 4/25/2017
4/25/17 11:01 am Don Simonson <don.r.simonson...> [MDBirding] Raining Purple Finches in Darnestown Mont.Co
4/25/17 9:06 am Andy Beiderman <aandyy...> [MDBirding] Male Cerulean warbler at Milford Mill (Villa Nova Park) in Baltimore County
4/25/17 7:54 am Wallace Kornack <wallace...> [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Tuesday 4/25/17
4/25/17 5:42 am Tim Carney <timmyc83...> [MDBirding] MPA Photo Contest
4/24/17 5:05 pm Don Simonson <don.r.simonson...> [MDBirding] Screamin' Jay (Cooper) Hawkins; FOS Hummingbird, and others Darnestown Mont Co.
4/24/17 2:40 pm Warblerick <ricksussman1955...> [MDBirding] Re: Fw: [eBird Alert] Needs Alert for Maryland
4/24/17 1:06 pm George Jett <gmjett...> [MDBirding] FW: eBird Report - Mallard Lane, Lothian, MD, Apr 24, 2017
4/24/17 12:51 pm 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Fw: [eBird Alert] Needs Alert for Maryland
4/24/17 10:43 am JimC <jimcancil...> [MDBirding] Blue-gray Gnatcatcher west of Salisbury
4/24/17 10:31 am Wallace Kornack <wallace...> [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Monday 4/24/17
4/24/17 10:18 am JimC <jimcancil...> Re: [MDBirding] Brewer's Blackbird?
4/24/17 9:05 am 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] Brewer's Blackbird?
4/24/17 9:00 am JimC <jimcancil...> [MDBirding] Brewer's Blackbird?
4/24/17 7:53 am john pangborn <pangborn.john19...> [MDBirding] Lois Y. Green Conservation Park Apr 24, 2017
4/24/17 7:43 am Joe Wolf <birdingwolf55...> [MDBirding] 7 warbler day at Battle Creek - Sunday
4/23/17 8:15 pm JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> [MDBirding] [FR] Best Bike Ride Birds today
4/23/17 8:10 pm JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> Re: [MDBirding] Yard birds - lingerers & arrivals
4/23/17 7:45 pm SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...> [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Sunday, April 23, 2017 139 Raptors
4/23/17 7:43 pm SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...> [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Saturday, April 22, 2017 5 Raptors
4/23/17 6:24 pm 'Bird couple' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Wood Thrush
4/23/17 6:10 pm Frank Hawkins <a.f.a.hawkins...> [MDBirding] Another tricolored heron in DC
4/23/17 5:24 pm Tim Houghton <timhoughton...> Re: [MDBirding] Hummingbird arrives at Davidsonville, MD (Anne Arundel County)
4/23/17 3:43 pm Kojo Baidoo <baidookojo6...> [MDBirding] Neighborhood Migrants recently, many FOS
4/23/17 12:41 pm Bobbi <b.reichwein...> [MDBirding] Re: Hummingbird arrives at Davidsonville, MD (Anne Arundel County)
4/23/17 12:18 pm Phil Davis <pdavis...> [MDBirding] Hummingbird arrives at Davidsonville, MD (Anne Arundel County)
4/23/17 12:13 pm Janet Millenson <janet...> [MDBirding] Yard birds - lingerers & arrivals
4/23/17 9:08 am Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...> [MDBirding] Broad-wings, other FOS at Wheaton Regional Park 4/23
4/23/17 9:02 am Wallace Kornack <wallace...> [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Sunday 4/23/17
4/23/17 8:21 am Harry Armistead <harryarmistead...> [MDBirding] Dorchester counts, May 6 & 13.
4/22/17 7:22 pm Don Simonson <don.r.simonson...> [MDBirding] Baltimore Oriole, White-eyed Vireo at Riley's Lock
4/22/17 3:04 pm 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Northern Calvert
4/22/17 9:25 am Warblerick <ricksussman1955...> [MDBirding] Yard migrants
4/22/17 8:33 am Wallace Kornack <wallace...> [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Saturday 4/22/17
4/22/17 7:44 am Janet Millenson <janet...> Re: [MDBirding] Checklist splits, lumps, and name changes under consideration
4/22/17 7:07 am Tim Houghton <timhoughton...> Re: [MDBirding] Cerulean at henryton center.
4/22/17 6:57 am Hugh David Fleischmann <david...> Re: [MDBirding] Hummer again
4/22/17 6:44 am Steve Long <steve.long4...> [MDBirding] Hummer again
4/22/17 2:11 am Phil Davis <pdavis...> [MDBirding] Checklist splits, lumps, and name changes under consideration
4/21/17 11:00 pm Phil Davis <pdavis...> [MDBirding] Re: Prior Maryland European Greenfinch reports
4/21/17 9:19 pm SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...> [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Friday, April 21, 2017 37 Raptors
4/21/17 2:27 pm <gmjett...> [MDBirding] Great Crested Flycatcher
4/21/17 2:01 pm <gmjett...> [MDBirding] Chimney & Blue-headed Vireo
4/21/17 10:59 am Phil Davis <pdavis...> [MDBirding] Prior Maryland European Greenfinch reports
4/21/17 10:56 am world oceans <world.oceans7...> Re: [MDBirding] Possible European Greenfinch?
4/21/17 10:42 am Phil Davis <pdavis...> Re: [MDBirding] Possible European Greenfinch?
4/21/17 9:32 am Wallace Kornack <wallace...> [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Friday 4/21/17
4/21/17 9:05 am 'Bird couple' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Northern Waterthrush
4/21/17 7:54 am world oceans <world.oceans7...> Re: [MDBirding] Possible European Greenfinch?
4/21/17 7:24 am Thomas Harten <tjharten1...> Re: [MDBirding] Possible European Greenfinch?
4/21/17 7:21 am 'Clive Harris' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] Possible European Greenfinch?
4/21/17 7:04 am Dorothy Paugh <aldopaugh...> Re: [MDBirding] Possible European Greenfinch?
4/21/17 6:42 am Tim Houghton <timhoughton...> [MDBirding] Cerulean at henryton center.
4/21/17 6:32 am Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...> [MDBirding] Summer yard residents returning
4/21/17 4:49 am Steve Long <steve.long4...> [MDBirding] Hummer
4/20/17 8:59 pm SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...> [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Thursday, April 20, 2017 138 Raptors
4/20/17 8:46 pm 'diane Ford' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Blue-headed Vireo, BTBW, Yellow-rumps Rock Creek, Kensington
4/20/17 5:20 pm Warblerick <ricksussman1955...> [MDBirding] Possible European Greenfinch?
4/20/17 5:02 pm Tim Houghton <timhoughton...> [MDBirding] Susquehanna, warblers and new arrivals, 7/20/17
4/20/17 3:00 pm Dorothy Paugh <aldopaugh...> [MDBirding] Possible European Greenfinch?
4/20/17 1:53 pm Don Simonson <don.r.simonson...> [MDBirding] Black-throated Green Warbler, McCrillis Gardens, Bethesda MD
4/20/17 1:07 pm Patricia Wood <pwood...> [MDBirding] Yellow-crowned Night-herons on nest in Sligo!
4/20/17 12:54 pm JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> Fwd: [MDBirding] Fwd: Tell Gov. Hogan to Protect Pollinator Habitat!
4/20/17 10:44 am William Young <wcyoung4242...> [MDBirding] Virginia Prairie Falcon Video
4/20/17 9:20 am Warblerick <ricksussman1955...> [MDBirding] Migrants
4/20/17 8:15 am Gerry Hawkins <maineusa...> [MDBirding] Sunday morning field trip at Dyke Marsh WP moved to Huntley Meadows Park
4/20/17 8:15 am Wallace Kornack <wallace...> [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Thursday 4/20/17
4/19/17 8:32 pm SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...> [MDBirding] Fwd: [BIRDHAWK] Fort Smallwood Park (19 Apr 2017) 17 Raptors
4/19/17 7:24 pm JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> Re: [MDBirding] Fwd: Tell Gov. Hogan to Protect Pollinator Habitat!
4/19/17 6:46 pm Edward Boyd <edboyd59...> Re: [MDBirding] House Wren Arrivals in Bethesda
4/19/17 6:28 pm 'Stephen R Jones' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Mama Merganser with six Merglets
4/19/17 5:40 pm Daniel Sloan <danielsloan215...> [MDBirding] Re: Rock Creek Park, Wednesday 4/19/17
4/19/17 2:20 pm Harry Armistead <harryarmistead...> [MDBirding] Ferry Neck & Dorchester County, April 11-17, 2017.
4/19/17 12:46 pm Joe Wolf <birdingwolf55...> [MDBirding] Early Blackpoll warbler
4/19/17 9:08 am Wallace Kornack <wallace...> [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Wednesday 4/19/17
4/19/17 8:37 am Bobbi <b.reichwein...> [MDBirding] Re: Jean Worthley.
4/19/17 8:25 am Patricia Wood <pwood...> [MDBirding] Re: Tell Gov. Hogan to Protect Pollinator Habitat!
4/19/17 7:34 am Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4...> Re: [MDBirding] Jean Worthley.
4/19/17 7:29 am Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4...> [MDBirding] Fwd: Tell Gov. Hogan to Protect Pollinator Habitat!
4/19/17 7:08 am Guineabird via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] Jean Worthley.
4/19/17 6:35 am Tim Carney <timmyc83...> [MDBirding] Swan Creek 4/18/2017
4/19/17 6:16 am s byrd <mybyrdz5...> [MDBirding] Re: 27 Heron Nests Nursery Rd. !
4/19/17 6:03 am christine Ley <chrisley21...> [MDBirding] looking for lightroom (photography) instruction
4/19/17 3:36 am Lydia Schindler <lydia13621...> [MDBirding] Fwd: DC Area, 4/18/2017
4/18/17 8:36 pm SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...> [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Tuesday, April 18, 2017 110 Raptors
4/18/17 8:27 pm JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> [MDBirding] [FR] FOS Chimney Swift
4/18/17 8:15 pm john doe <myconut...> [MDBirding] Cromwell Valley Park sighting(s).
4/18/17 6:35 pm Scott Young <wsyacy...> [MDBirding] Re: 14-15 Cattle Egrets @ Waredaca Farms
4/18/17 5:11 pm Georgia McDonald <gmcdonald1501...> [MDBirding] Gunpowder SP Sweetair area
4/18/17 9:55 am 'Marcy Stutzman' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Re: 14-15 Cattle Egrets @ Waredaca Farms
4/18/17 9:36 am Pat Valdata <pvaldata1...> [MDBirding] Turkey sighting
4/18/17 9:26 am Wallace Kornack <wallace...> Re: [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Tuesday 4/18/17
4/18/17 9:05 am Wallace Kornack <wallace...> [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Tuesday 4/18/17
4/18/17 8:41 am paul noell <myconut...> [MDBirding] Jean Worthley.
4/18/17 8:16 am jcdlmartin via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] RE: 14-15 Cattle Egrets @ Waredaca Farms
4/18/17 7:14 am Daniel Sloan <danielsloan215...> [MDBirding] Re: Rock Creek Park, Monday 4/17/17
4/17/17 1:05 pm SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...> [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Sunday, April 16, 2017 433 Raptors
4/17/17 1:02 pm SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...> [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Saturday, April 15, 2017 11 Raptors
4/17/17 12:40 pm 'Marcy Stutzman' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] 14-15 Cattle Egrets @ Waredaca Farms
4/17/17 11:47 am Jim Wilkinson <lakekoshare...> [MDBirding] Cattle Egret at Fulton Pond, Howard County, April 17
4/17/17 11:15 am David Young <lcdyoung93...> [MDBirding] Common Merganser Chicks on the Potomac
4/17/17 10:32 am scott bates <fennecfox1947...> [MDBirding] Lander/Brunswick Canal FOY Birds
4/17/17 8:46 am Wallace Kornack <wallace...> [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Monday 4/17/17
4/17/17 8:39 am jcdlmartin via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> RE: [MDBirding] St. Mary's County Rufous Hummingbird
4/17/17 7:54 am Don Simonson <don.r.simonson...> [MDBirding] Hooded Merg with Chicks, Common Loons Violettes Lock Mont Co
4/17/17 7:00 am 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] St. Mary's County Rufous Hummingbird
4/17/17 6:08 am Janet Millenson <janet...> [MDBirding] Gray Catbirds
4/17/17 6:04 am Tim Carney <timmyc83...> [MDBirding] Poplar Island 4/14/2017
4/17/17 5:45 am 'diane Ford' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] House Wren Arrivals in Bethesda
4/17/17 4:25 am christine Ley <chrisley21...> Re: [MDBirding] Prothonotary at Terrapin Park
4/16/17 5:13 pm George Jett <gmjett...> [MDBirding] New Arrivals
4/16/17 2:46 pm Dianne Westbrook <edwestbrook1...> [MDBirding] Re: Prothonotary at Terrapin Park
4/16/17 2:35 pm Wallace Kornack <wallace...> [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, 4/16/17
4/16/17 10:18 am Janet Millenson <janet...> [MDBirding] Green Heron along C&O Canal
4/16/17 8:53 am Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...> [MDBirding] Little Gull @ Back River now
4/15/17 3:32 pm Karen Caruso <karen.caruso...> [MDBirding] Riva Area Park - two Green Herons today!
4/15/17 2:41 pm Joan Cwi <jafjsc...> Re: [MDBirding] Slow motion bird videos
4/15/17 1:40 pm Georgia McDonald <gmcdonald1501...> [MDBirding] Cromwell Valley Park this am
4/15/17 1:24 pm hardenm55 <hardenm55...> [MDBirding] Slow motion bird videos
4/15/17 9:16 am James Wilson <birdmanjfw...> [MDBirding] Prothonotary at Terrapin Park
4/15/17 9:11 am 'Elda Banks' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Hooded Warbler at Pennyfield today????
4/15/17 9:09 am 'Clive Harris' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Great Egret Colony - White's Ferry, field birds
4/15/17 8:15 am Pete Givan <rocinrobin...> [MDBirding] Re: Warblers on cloudy day??
4/15/17 8:07 am Samuel Miller <srmiller2022...> Re: [MDBirding] Calvert Trumpeter Swan, 4/13
4/15/17 7:48 am Wallace Kornack <wallace...> [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Saturday 4/15/17
4/15/17 6:17 am 'Elda Banks' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Warblers on cloudy day??
4/14/17 7:49 pm SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...> [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Friday, April 14, 2017 52 Raptors
4/14/17 3:12 pm Karen Caruso <karen.caruso...> [MDBirding] Riva Area Park - Green Heron, Willet, BG Gnatcatchers
4/14/17 2:35 pm Donald Sweig <skybirds.d...> [MDBirding] RFI: Pennyfield Hooded Warbler
4/14/17 1:39 pm Stephanie Lovell <amorellovell...> [MDBirding] April 19th regular meeting
4/14/17 1:13 pm Phil Davis <pdavis...> [MDBirding] Maryland Trumpeter Swan records and status
4/14/17 12:43 pm Pete Givan <rocinrobin...> [MDBirding] Re: Hooded Warbler at Pennyfield
4/14/17 12:19 pm 'Marcy Stutzman' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] Calvert Trumpeter Swan, 4/13
4/14/17 11:22 am Lydia Schindler <lydia13621...> [MDBirding] Re: Hooded Warbler at Pennyfield
4/14/17 9:20 am 'jovet' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] Calvert Trumpeter Swan, 4/13
4/14/17 9:11 am Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...> [MDBirding] Wheaton Regional Park and nearby NW Branch Park, April 14
4/14/17 8:57 am Daniel Sloan <danielsloan215...> [MDBirding] Re: Rock Creek Park, 4/14/17
4/14/17 8:37 am Wallace Kornack <wallace...> [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, 4/14/17
4/14/17 7:50 am 'Susan Hunt' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Hooded Warbler at Pennyfield
4/14/17 6:20 am 'Marcy Stutzman' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] Calvert Trumpeter Swan, 4/13
4/14/17 5:42 am Steve Long <steve.long4...> Re: [MDBirding] Calvert Trumpeter Swan, 4/13
4/14/17 5:30 am s byrd <mybyrdz5...> [MDBirding] 27 Heron Nests Nursery Rd. !
4/13/17 8:55 pm 'jovet' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] Calvert Trumpeter Swan, 4/13
4/13/17 8:07 pm SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...> [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Thursday, April 13, 2017 86 Raptors
4/13/17 7:34 pm 'jovet' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] Calvert Trumpeter Swan, 4/13
4/13/17 6:50 pm 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Calvert Trumpeter Swan, 4/13
4/13/17 1:31 pm Kevin Graff <keyweststyle2001...> [MDBirding] Hart-Miller Island, 04/10/17
4/13/17 1:17 pm Kevin Graff <keyweststyle2001...> [MDBirding] Hart-Miller Island, 03/30/17 - late report
4/13/17 1:14 pm Karen Caruso <karen.caruso...> [MDBirding] Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary - Solitary Sandpiper, Palm Warbler, Yellow-throated Warbler
4/13/17 11:10 am Wallace Kornack <wallace...> [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, 4/13/17
4/12/17 9:02 pm SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...> [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Wednesday, April 12, 2017 40 Raptors
4/12/17 4:19 pm Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...> [MDBirding] "Madagascar" talk at Howard Co Bird Club Tomorrow
4/12/17 10:10 am Wallace Kornack <wallace...> [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Wednesday 4/12/17
4/12/17 8:15 am Don Simonson <don.r.simonson...> [MDBirding] FOS Yellow-throated Warbler, house wrens Darnestown
4/12/17 7:02 am Annette Jeffers <annette.jeffers...> Re: [MDBirding] American White Pelican?
4/12/17 6:03 am 'MikeBowen' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Re: Lolal Oberman
4/12/17 4:30 am Warblerick <ricksussman1955...> [MDBirding] Re: AMKE
4/12/17 4:28 am Warblerick <ricksussman1955...> [MDBirding] AMKE
4/12/17 3:42 am Don Simonson <don.r.simonson...> [MDBirding] Re: Lolal Oberman
4/12/17 12:54 am Dianne Westbrook <edwestbrook1...> [MDBirding] Re: palm warbler at little bennett
4/11/17 7:40 pm SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...> [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Tuesday, April 11, 2017 105 Raptors
4/11/17 5:48 pm Mark S. Johnson <marksjohnson2...> [MDBirding] Smart on Pesticides
4/11/17 3:18 pm Donald Sweig <skybirds.d...> Re: [MDBirding] Lolal Oberman
4/11/17 2:27 pm Bobbi <b.reichwein...> [MDBirding] Re: Lolal Oberman
4/11/17 12:01 pm Marcia Watson <marshwren50...> Re: [MDBirding] Lolal Oberman
4/11/17 11:30 am Lydia Schindler <lydia13621...> [MDBirding] warblers, broadwings at Pennyfield
4/11/17 10:49 am Lydia Schindler <lydia13621...> [MDBirding] Fwd: DC Area, 4/11/2017
4/11/17 10:35 am 'Rod Burley' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] Lolal Oberman
4/11/17 10:23 am Warblerick <ricksussman1955...> Re: [MDBirding] Lolal Oberman
4/11/17 10:15 am Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...> Re: [MDBirding] Lolal Oberman
4/11/17 9:48 am Marcia Watson <marshwren50...> Re: [MDBirding] Lolal Oberman
4/11/17 9:18 am 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] American White Pelican?
4/11/17 8:48 am Warblerick <ricksussman1955...> [MDBirding] Lolal Oberman
4/11/17 8:46 am Warblerick <ricksussman1955...> [MDBirding] Lolal Oberman
4/11/17 7:47 am Annette Jeffers <annette.jeffers...> [MDBirding] American White Pelican?
4/11/17 6:58 am john pangborn <pangborn.john19...> [MDBirding] Wheaton Regional Park -- Apr 11, 2017
4/11/17 6:56 am Warblerick <ricksussman1955...> [MDBirding] COLO moving
4/10/17 7:31 pm SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...> [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Monday, April 10, 2017 379 Raptors
4/10/17 5:49 pm Tim Houghton <timhoughton...> [MDBirding] Jug Bay, 4/10/17
4/10/17 11:10 am Janet Millenson <janet...> [MDBirding] Good winter visitor still here
4/10/17 10:25 am Patricia Wood <pwood...> [MDBirding] Re: palm warbler at little bennett
4/10/17 10:21 am jfstup <jfstup38...> [MDBirding] palm warbler at little bennett
4/10/17 7:00 am <gregcadd...> [MDBirding] Re: Purple Martins in Cecil County
4/9/17 8:36 pm SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...> [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Sunday, April 9, 2017 107 Raptors
4/9/17 5:59 pm Georgia McDonald <gmcdonald1501...> [MDBirding] Re: Photo ID comments, please
4/9/17 3:52 pm Georgia McDonald <gmcdonald2006...> [MDBirding] Photo ID comments, please
4/9/17 12:35 pm john pangborn <pangborn.john19...> [MDBirding] Patuxent Research Refuge--South Tract -- Apr 09, 2017
4/9/17 9:09 am Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...> [MDBirding] Trolley Museum area today 4/9
4/9/17 3:50 am 'MikeBowen' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Re: Yellow-throated Warbler at Riley's
4/8/17 8:00 pm SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...> [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Saturday, April 8, 2017 132 Raptors
4/8/17 12:37 pm Scott Young <wsyacy...> [MDBirding] Released become re-establish bobwhite?
4/8/17 11:53 am Tim Houghton <timhoughton...> Re: [MDBirding] Clay colored on driver road
4/8/17 10:22 am Phil Davis <pdavis...> [MDBirding] Prior Maryland Prairie Falcon reports
4/8/17 8:27 am Tim Houghton <timhoughton...> Re: [MDBirding] Clay colored on driver road
4/8/17 8:00 am john pangborn <pangborn.john19...> [MDBirding] Blue Mash Nature Trail -- Apr 08, 2017
4/8/17 7:55 am 'Susan Hunt' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Yellow-throated Warbler at Riley's
4/8/17 6:12 am Guineabird via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] PUFIs moving through again in Rohrersville
4/8/17 12:51 am Frank Boyle <ravenfrank...> [MDBirding] PUFIs moving through again in Rohrersville
4/7/17 8:32 pm SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...> [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Friday, April 7, 2017 229 Raptors
4/7/17 7:53 pm 'K Lambert' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] St. Mary's Merlin
4/7/17 12:13 pm Warblerick <ricksussman1955...> [MDBirding] Re: Osprey at MLK Lake!
4/7/17 12:05 pm Patricia Wood <pwood...> [MDBirding] Osprey at MLK Lake!
4/7/17 12:01 pm Patricia Wood <pwood...> [MDBirding] Re: Hundred Swallows on Elkhorn
4/7/17 11:30 am David Moulton, Bethesda, MD <moulton.davidh...> [MDBirding] White-eyed Vireo at Brookside Gardens
4/7/17 11:24 am Matt Hafner <hafner.matt...> Re: [MDBirding] [FR] Brewer's Blackbirds?
4/7/17 11:20 am JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> Re: [MDBirding] [FR] Brewer's Blackbirds?
4/7/17 7:46 am 'Sarah Romero' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Hundred Swallows on Elkhorn
4/7/17 6:46 am Jim Brighton <jimbrighton3...> [MDBirding] Egrets in Oxford, Talbot County 4/7/17
4/7/17 6:28 am Joe Hanfman <auk1844...> [MDBirding] Glossy Ibis - Cecil
4/6/17 4:27 pm JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> [MDBirding] [FR] Brewer's Blackbirds?
4/6/17 12:09 pm JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> [MDBirding] [FR] yellow-rumped Purple Finch
4/6/17 8:41 am Chris Starling <cstar.email...> [MDBirding] Purple Martins in Cecil County
4/6/17 6:06 am Tim Carney <timmyc83...> [MDBirding] Re: Swan Creek Vespers
4/6/17 5:16 am Dianne Westbrook <edwestbrook1...> [MDBirding] ID help?
4/5/17 8:55 pm SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...> [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Wednesday, April 5, 2017 83 Raptors
4/5/17 4:28 pm Bob Ringler <ringler.bob...> [MDBirding] Hart-Miller Island 4/5/17
4/5/17 1:03 pm Harry Armistead <harryarmistead...> [MDBirding] Bestpitch, Elliott I. Road, Blackwater & environs, Ferry Neck, April 1-4, 2017.
4/5/17 11:39 am Jim Green <jkgbirdman53...> Re: [MDBirding] Clay colored on driver road
4/5/17 9:31 am <dengue1...> [MDBirding] Red-throated Loon
4/5/17 9:14 am Beth Kantrowitz <kantrowitz...> [MDBirding] Northern Rough-Winged Swallows return to Hyattsville
4/5/17 8:49 am Tim Carney <timmyc83...> [MDBirding] Swan Creek Vespers
4/5/17 4:39 am Tim Houghton <timhoughton...> [MDBirding] Clay colored on driver road
4/4/17 8:47 pm SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...> [MDBirding] Fwd: [BIRDHAWK] Fort Smallwood Park (04 Apr 2017) 242 Raptors
4/4/17 4:39 pm Steve Long <steve.long4...> Re: [MDBirding] [FR] Downspout Starlings [DOST]
4/4/17 3:56 pm JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> Re: [MDBirding] [FR] Downspout Starlings [DOST]
4/4/17 2:23 pm Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...> [MDBirding] Little Gull continues at Back River
4/4/17 1:42 pm Joe Hanfman <auk1844...> [MDBirding] Sandhill Cranes - Garrett
4/4/17 1:38 pm Joe Hanfman <auk1844...> [MDBirding] Poplar Island, Apr 4, 2017
4/4/17 10:21 am Kingfisher501 <kingfisher501...> [MDBirding] Yellow-throated Warbler Washington County
4/4/17 9:20 am Tim Carney <timmyc83...> [MDBirding] Masonville 4/3/2017
4/4/17 8:57 am Gerry Hawkins <maineusa...> [MDBirding] Voice of the Naturalist, Greater DC area, 4/4/17
4/3/17 11:47 pm Phil Davis <pdavis...> [MDBirding] Ruby-throated Hummingbird migration map
4/3/17 6:27 pm JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> [MDBirding] [FR] Downspout Starlings
4/3/17 6:19 pm Georgia McDonald <gmcdonald2006...> [MDBirding] Marshy Point redux
4/3/17 5:14 pm SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...> [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Monday, April 3, 2017 58 Raptors
4/3/17 4:55 pm Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...> [MDBirding] A few firsts of season in Colesville
4/3/17 3:19 pm Marcia Balestri <mebalestri...> [MDBirding] OC Inlet Parking - Just an FYI
4/3/17 9:20 am brent byers <baypuffin...> [MDBirding] frozen specimen
4/3/17 9:18 am Marcia Watson <marshwren50...> Re: [MDBirding] Red-throated Loon - Triadelphia
4/3/17 9:00 am <wcummings9...> [MDBirding] Red-throated Loon - Triadelphia
4/3/17 7:51 am Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4...> [MDBirding] Mute Swan W OC Pond
4/3/17 7:20 am Bryan MacKay <mackay...> [MDBirding] Chesapeake Audubon "Signs of Spring" walk 4/2/17
4/3/17 7:05 am Warblerick <ricksussman1955...> [MDBirding] Yard migrants
4/2/17 8:20 pm SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...> [MDBirding] Fwd: [BIRDHAWK] Fort Smallwood Park (02 Apr 2017) 1012 Raptors
4/2/17 6:42 pm Karen Caruso <karen.caruso...> [MDBirding] Sunday birding: Cackling Goose, Woodcock, Wild Turkey
4/2/17 3:51 pm Warblerick <ricksussman1955...> [MDBirding] Fox Sparrow...
4/2/17 3:17 pm Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...> [MDBirding] Fox Sparrow...
4/2/17 2:03 pm 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] ID help?
4/2/17 1:58 pm Warblerick <ricksussman1955...> [MDBirding] Re: ID help?
4/2/17 1:10 pm Robert Hartman <RHartman0...> [MDBirding] ID help?
4/2/17 11:11 am Pat Valdata <pvaldata1...> [MDBirding] Glossy Ibis
4/2/17 9:18 am David Moulton, Bethesda, MD <moulton.davidh...> [MDBirding] Re: NOGA up Patuxent River
4/2/17 8:41 am Linda Friedland <linnet1...> [MDBirding] Green Heron at Hughes Hollow,MC
4/2/17 4:08 am James Wilson <birdmanjfw...> [MDBirding] Way ... no ... way way way out of area
4/1/17 9:28 pm SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...> [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Saturday, April 1, 2017 164 Raptors
4/1/17 6:43 pm Nicholas Lund <nicholas.lund...> [MDBirding] Little and Black-headed Gulls at Diamond Point Rd. -- Back River
4/1/17 5:22 pm Jim Wilkinson <lakekoshare...> [MDBirding] Northern Gannets and Peregrine Falcon, Kent Narrows, April 1
4/1/17 1:07 pm pobrien776 via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] Chukar?
4/1/17 12:46 pm David Fleischmann <david...> RE: [MDBirding] Chukar?
4/1/17 12:03 pm Lynne Wheeler <lynne.wheeler530...> [MDBirding] Ovenbird
4/1/17 11:24 am Rosemary Hess <hessrose604...> [MDBirding] Chukar?
4/1/17 10:33 am JimC <jimcancil...> [MDBirding] Swallow's nest
4/1/17 10:07 am Mike Hudson <mike.p.hudson...> [MDBirding] NOGA up Patuxent River
4/1/17 9:51 am Fred Shaffer <glaucousgull...> [MDBirding] Black-headed Gull continues at Back River
4/1/17 9:10 am john pangborn <pangborn.john19...> [MDBirding] Blue Mash Nature Trail -- Apr 01, 2017
3/31/17 6:47 pm Ann Hobbs <hobbs_ann...> Re: [MDBirding] Gannets on Potomac, yesterday (St. Mary's County)
3/31/17 5:53 pm Mark Johnson <mj3151...> [MDBirding] Gannets in Easton (Talbot Co.)
3/31/17 5:50 pm Robin Skinner <robin.birder...> [MDBirding] Re: Blue Jay mimic
3/31/17 5:08 pm 'K Lambert' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Gannets on the West River
3/31/17 3:03 pm Tom Kimbis <tom.kimbis...> [MDBirding] Re: Gnatcatchers back!
3/31/17 3:01 pm Tom Kimbis <tom.kimbis...> [MDBirding] Re: Blue Jay mimic
3/31/17 2:05 pm john pangborn <pangborn.john19...> [MDBirding] Fairland Recreational Park -- Mar 31, 2017
3/31/17 1:15 pm Georgia McDonald <gmcdonald2006...> [MDBirding] frozen specimen
3/31/17 11:54 am Warblerick <ricksussman1955...> [MDBirding] Field Sparrow
3/31/17 11:34 am 'molly due' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Fw: Remembering David Culp -- Join us Wed, April 5 at Mott House from 4:30 to 7:30 pm
3/31/17 10:12 am Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...> [MDBirding] Fox Sparrows...
3/31/17 7:21 am Tim Carney <timmyc83...> [MDBirding] Poplar Island 3/30/2017
3/30/17 8:15 pm SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...> [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Thursday, Narch 30, 2017 31 Raptors
3/30/17 4:04 pm SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...> [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Wednesday, March 29, 2017 310 Raptors
3/30/17 2:28 pm Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4...> [MDBirding] Blue Jay mimic
3/30/17 1:18 pm Karen Caruso <karen.caruso...> [MDBirding] Jug Bay Wetlands Center Ongoing bird survey - Brown Thrasher, Palm Warbler, Swamp Sparrow
3/30/17 12:46 pm Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...> [MDBirding] Some local FOS
3/30/17 12:39 pm Jim Wilkinson <lakekoshare...> [MDBirding] Black-headed Gull and Palm Warbler at Back River, March 30
3/30/17 11:20 am 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] Fwd: DC Area, 3/28/2017
3/30/17 11:18 am Dave Mitchell (Howard County) <mitch.design.srvc...> [MDBirding] Re: (OT) ID Help Please
3/30/17 10:58 am <sjtaken...> [MDBirding] Gnatcatchers back!
3/30/17 10:56 am Bob Ringler <ringler.bob...> Re: [MDBirding] FOS Orchard Oriole
3/30/17 10:25 am Frank Boyle <ravenfrank...> Re: [MDBirding] FOS Orchard Oriole
3/30/17 10:09 am Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...> Re: [MDBirding] Fwd: DC Area, 3/28/2017
3/30/17 9:30 am <sjsuter29...> [MDBirding] DC / VA boundary
3/30/17 1:29 am Frank Boyle <ravenfrank...> [MDBirding] Plus...
3/30/17 1:24 am Frank Boyle <ravenfrank...> Re: [MDBirding] FOS Orchard Oriole
3/29/17 7:11 pm Warblerick <ricksussman1955...> Re: [MDBirding] FOS Orchard Oriole
3/29/17 7:07 pm JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> Re: [MDBirding] Fwd: DC Area, 3/28/2017
3/29/17 5:56 pm Frank Boyle <ravenfrank...> Re: [MDBirding] FOS Orchard Oriole
3/29/17 5:38 pm stan arnold <thrushhost...> Re: [MDBirding] FOS Orchard Oriole
3/29/17 5:06 pm Warblerick <ricksussman1955...> [MDBirding] FOS Orchard Oriole
3/29/17 4:53 pm Frank Boyle <ravenfrank...> [MDBirding] FOS Orchard Oriole
3/29/17 3:43 pm <sjtaken...> [MDBirding] Re: Louisiana Waterthrush at Pennyfield
3/29/17 2:47 pm 'Marcy Stutzman' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Little Patuxent River Oxbow Lake Nature Preserve - Osprey Nest
3/29/17 1:55 pm Fred Shaffer <glaucousgull...> [MDBirding] 2 Black-headed Gulls at Back River
3/29/17 1:05 pm Georgia McDonald <gmcdonald2006...> [MDBirding] Marshy Point CORRECTION
3/29/17 12:44 pm Joe Hanfman <auk1844...> [MDBirding] Long-tailed Duck - Triadelphia
3/29/17 11:59 am Georgia McDonald <gmcdonald2006...> [MDBirding] Marshy Point
3/29/17 8:45 am Don Simonson <don.r.simonson...> [MDBirding] MERLIN, other Migrant RAPTORS Darnestown Mont Co
3/29/17 8:40 am Bob Ringler <ringler.bob...> [MDBirding] Louisiana Waterthrush on the Patapsco
3/29/17 8:25 am john pangborn <pangborn.john19...> [MDBirding] Patuxent Research Refuge--South Tract -- Mar 29, 2017
3/29/17 7:26 am Linda Friedland <linnet1...> [MDBirding] Louisiana Waterthrush at Pennyfield
3/29/17 7:22 am David Moulton, Bethesda, MD <moulton.davidh...> [MDBirding] Re: Notes from the field
3/29/17 7:15 am brent byers <baypuffin...> [MDBirding] Turkey vultures
3/29/17 6:12 am Lydia Schindler <lydia13621...> [MDBirding] Fwd: DC Area, 3/28/2017
3/28/17 12:21 pm Pat Valdata <pvaldata1...> [MDBirding] New yard bird, best one yet
3/28/17 10:44 am Harry Armistead <harryarmistead...> [MDBirding] Elliott Island Road, Bestpitch, Blackwater, Ferry Neck, March 24-27, 2017.
3/28/17 9:58 am 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Notes from the field
3/27/17 5:21 pm Derek C. Richardson <dcr...> [MDBirding] Lake Artemesia 40 species
3/27/17 2:55 pm 'diane Ford' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Yellow-Crown NIght Herons
3/27/17 2:30 pm Warblerick <ricksussman1955...> [MDBirding] Re: Chan Robbins Memorial Service
3/27/17 1:48 pm Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...> [MDBirding] Chan Robbins Memorial Service
3/27/17 12:11 pm Bobbi <b.reichwein...> [MDBirding] Re: Chan Robbins' memorial service
3/27/17 11:31 am Jim Felley <jdfelley...> [MDBirding] Tidal Basin and Lincoln Monument birds, 3/27
3/27/17 11:21 am JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> [MDBirding] [FR] First of season - singing Chipping Sp
3/27/17 10:51 am Gregory Luce <gluce727...> Re: [MDBirding] Prairie Falcon in VA
3/27/17 10:49 am Gregory Luce <gluce727...> Re: [MDBirding] Prairie Falcon in VA
3/27/17 10:41 am Harry Armistead <harryarmistead...> [MDBirding] Chan Robbins' memorial service
3/27/17 10:02 am 'Marian Argentino' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Fox Sparrow
3/27/17 10:00 am Marcia Watson <marshwren50...> Re: [MDBirding] Still have Fox Sparrows...
3/27/17 9:29 am JB Churchill <jchurchi...> Re: [MDBirding] Still have Fox Sparrows...
3/27/17 9:28 am Bobbi <b.reichwein...> [MDBirding] Re: Still have Fox Sparrows...
3/27/17 9:03 am Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...> [MDBirding] Still have Fox Sparrows...
3/27/17 8:40 am 'K Lambert' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Gannet extravaganza
3/27/17 5:45 am 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] 4 warbler morning
 
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Date: 4/26/17 11:40 am
From: Sarah Romero <sarah.m.romero52...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Help with ID (blue-headed vireo?)
On Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at 8:19:51 AM UTC-4, Ted on Little Round Bay wrote:
> Crownsville - Little Round Bay this morning. Thanks for the help.

I believe it is. Broken eye-ring, distinct wing bars. I just saw one this morning also at PVSP-Marriottsville. Matches the Merlin app pix perfectly!

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Date: 4/26/17 11:28 am
From: Clayton Koonce <cg.koonce...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Three ospreys at Lake Kittamaqundi, Columbia

This seemed to be an unusual number of ospreys for this location. I recall seeing a report of a pair at nearby Wilde Lake recently and thought I had a pair today at Lake Kittamaqundi before I realized a third was present. I often see one at the lake during osprey season -- three was a surprise. (Also posted on the MD Birding Facebook page.)

Here is my eBird report with some photos and details:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S36283064


Today is Audubon's birthday, so this walk was appropriately interesting.


Clayton
member, Howard County Bird Club

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Date: 4/26/17 10:19 am
From: 'Rod Burley' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Help with ID
That is indeed a Green Heron.

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> On Apr 26, 2017, at 12:18 PM, Dana <db3492...> wrote:
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> Found near new wetland at Sligo Creek. Crow-sized.
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> Thanks for your help!
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Date: 4/26/17 10:00 am
From: Suzanne Richman <suzanne_richman...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Help with ID
Green heron was my first thought.



Suzanne


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Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Help with ID

Green heron?

On Apr 26, 2017 12:24 PM, "Dana" <db3492...><mailto:<db3492...>> wrote:
Found near new wetland at Sligo Creek. Crow-sized.

Thanks for your help!

Dana Best
Wheaton, MD

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Date: 4/26/17 9:56 am
From: Sarah Kirchen <sarahkirchendc...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Help with ID
Green heron?

On Apr 26, 2017 12:24 PM, "Dana" <db3492...> wrote:

> Found near new wetland at Sligo Creek. Crow-sized.
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Date: 4/26/17 9:46 am
From: dma3 via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re Black-belly Plovers
With 20 yellowlegs, several Pectorals. Just south of farmhouse at24220 River Rd. Ignore sign for Battlefield turf near Whites Ferry. Office has moved. As usual flock sometimes goes over rise to the west and out if sight.

Dave Czaplak

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Date: 4/26/17 9:31 am
From: Tim Houghton <timhoughton...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Milfford Mill, Patapsco Val.
No Cerulean when I checked Milford Mill this morning. No Cerulean at Pat-Henryton, none at Marriottsville, none at the train tunnel. Best birds at MM were a couple each of Blue-Winged Warbler and Nashville Warbler. At Patapsco, best birds probably Scarlet Tanager, Blue-Headed Vireo, and Northern Waterthrush. 11 warbler species at Marriottsville, 9 at MM.


Tim Houghton

(Glen Arm)

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Date: 4/26/17 9:25 am
From: Dana <db3492...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Help with ID
Found near new wetland at Sligo Creek. Crow-sized.



Thanks for your help!



Dana Best

Wheaton, MD

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Date: 4/26/17 9:00 am
From: Wallace Kornack <wallace...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Wednesday 4/26/17
This morning (4/26) at Rock Creek Park.

6 warblers species seen: Ovenbird. Black-and-white, Nashville, Yellow-rump, BT Green, Parula

First-of-season species: Nashville Warbler, Barn Swallow, Great Crested Flycatcher

——Ross Drive
Blue Jay
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch 3
Carolina Wren
Wood Thrush
American Robin

——Equitation Field
Ovenbird
Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
Northern Flicker
Blue-headed Vireo
Carolina Chickadee 2
Tufted Titmouse
Carolina Wren
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
American Robin 9
Chipping Sparrow 4
Eastern Towhee
Northern Cardinal
Brown-headed Cowbird
Baltimore Oriole

——Yard Parking Lot
Mourning Dove 2
Northern Flicker
Carolina Chickadee
Wood Thrush
American Robin 4
White-throated Sparrow
House Sparrow

——Maintenance Yard
Black-and-white Warbler
Nashville Warbler 2 FOS (Matt)
Yellow-rumped Warbler 12
Black-throated Green Warbler
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Great Crested Flycatcher FOS (Matt)
Blue-headed Vireo
American Crow
Barn Swallow FOS (Marina, Alan)
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
House Wren
Carolina Wren 2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Wood Thrush
Brown Thrasher
Scarlet Tanager (Jim)
Brown-headed Cowbird
American Goldfinch

——Nature Center
Black-and-white Warbler
Northern Parula
Yellow-rumped Warbler 6
Black-throated Green Warbler
Canada Goose 10 flyby
Pileated Woodpecker
Red-eyed Vireo
Blue Jay 2
White-breasted Nuthatch
Carolina Wren
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 2
Wood Thrush
American Robin 4
White-throated Sparrow 2
Eastern Towhee

Contributors: Leon Kass, Marina True, Matt Sileo, Gary Nelson, Jim Lemert, Katharine Kravetz, Wendy Kates, Don Gates, Alan Johnston

Have Fun Birding!

Wallace Kornack
Washington DC



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Date: 4/26/17 8:44 am
From: dma3 via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Black belly Plovers Montgomery
Two at Patton(akaBattlefield) turf farm. 1/4 mile south of the farmhouse office

Dave Czaplak

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Date: 4/26/17 5:19 am
From: Ted on Little Round Bay <akbar...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Help with ID (blue-headed vireo?)
Crownsville - Little Round Bay this morning. Thanks for the help.

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Date: 4/26/17 4:35 am
From: <keyweststyle2001...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Cerulean Warbler
Still there at Milford Mill for about 4 min and moved on. Last seen along
stream side just before the large boulder on L side of the trail. -
Kevin Graff
Sent from my BlackBerry 10 smartphone on the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network.

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Date: 4/25/17 12:10 pm
From: Lydia Schindler <lydia13621...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fwd: DC Area, 4/25/2017
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Date: Tue, Apr 25, 2017 at 11:43 AM
Subject: DC Area, 4/25/2017
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Hotline: Voice of the Naturalist
Date: 4/25/17
Coverage: MD/DC/VA/DE/WV panhandle
Reports, comments, questions: <voice...>
Compiler: Joe Coleman
Sponsor: Audubon Naturalist Society of the Central
Atlantic States (independent of NAS)
Transcriber: Steve Cordle

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

This is the Voice of the Naturalist, a service of the Audubon
Naturalist Society. This report covers the week starting Tuesday,
April 18, and was completed on Tuesday, April 25 at 9:15 a.m.

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

TOP BIRD THIS WEEK were BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING-DUCK* in VA, EURASIAN
GREEN-WINGED TEAL (COMMON TEAL)* in VA, and SWALLOW-TAILED KITE in VA.

OTHER BIRDS OF INTEREST include waterfowl, NORTHERN BOBWHITE, rails,
SANDHILL CRANE, shorebirds including RUFF, LITTLE GULL, ANHINGA,
AMERICAN and LEAST BITTERN, SNOWY EGRET, TRICOLORED HERON, CATTLE
EGRET, YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON, WHITE-FACED IBIS, NORTHERN SHRIKE,
RED CROSSBILL, warblers, CLAY-COLORED SPARROW, VESPER SPARROW, and
LINCOLN SPARROW.

TOP BIRDS

Two BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING-DUCKS* were found April 22 at the private
Bayville Golf Club, Virginia Beach, VA.

A EURASIAN GREEN-WINGED TEAL (COMMON TEAL)* was seen April 20 at
Craney Island Disposal Area, Portsmouth, VA.

A SWALLOW-TAILED KITE was seen April 22 at Back Bay NWR, Virginia
Beach, VA. Three were seen April 23 flying overhead east of Von Canon
Rd, Northampton Co, VA toward Cheriton.

OTHER BIRDS OF INTEREST

A CACKLING GOOSE continued at the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center,
Queen Anne's Co., MD with a sighting on April 20.

On April 18 two NORTHERN BOBWHITES walked across the C&O Canal towpath
at about the 26.5 mile point (near Sycamore Landing, Montgomery Co,
MD).Two NORTHERN BOBWHITES were heard April 23 along SR628 close to
the Hazel River in the Rixeyville/Castleton area of Culpeper Co, VA.
One and sometimes two KING RAILS were seen April 18, 19, & 20 at
Truitt's Landing, Worcester Co, MD. The VIRGINIA RAIL and SORA were
seen again at Huntley Meadows Park, Fairfax Co., VA on April 18.

The SANDHILL CRANES in Accident, Garrett Co, MD were seen again on
April 20. Four SANDHILL CRANES were seen April 18 at the Ashton Tract,
New Castle Co, Augustine Wildlife Area, DE; one was seen there April
22.

An AMERICAN AVOCET was seen throughout the week at Blackwater NWR,
Dorchester Co, MD. Among the increasing shorebird sightings during the
week was an AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER at TRUITT'S LANDING, WORCESTER Co,
MD on April 18.

The RUFF at the Port Penn Impoundments, Augustine Wildlife Area, New
Castle Co, DE was seen from the 20th through the 23rd with a second
also being seen on April 20, 21 and 23.

A WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER was seen at Chincoteague NWR, Accomack Co, VA
on April 22. A WILLET was the other highlight at the weekly bird walk
at Huntley Meadows Park, Fairfax Co, VA on April 24.

The LITTLE GULL at Back River, Diamond Point Road, Baltimore Co, MD
was last reported on April 19.

The ANHINGA at the Carson Wetland, Prince George's Co, VA was last
seen April 21. ANHINGAS continued to be seen at Stumpy Lake NA,
Virginia Beach, VA through April 21.

An AMERICAN BITTERN was found April 22 at Bles Park, Ashburn, Loudoun
Co, VA and relocated on April 23 and 24. An AMERICAN BITTERN was the
highlight of the weekly bird walk at Huntley Meadows Park, Fairfax Co,
VA on April 24. A LEAST BITTERN was found April 23 at Hughes Hollow,
Montgomery Co, MD, and seen again April 24. A SNOWY EGRET was found
April 21 in a tree next to the pond at the parking lot in Occoquan Bay
NWR, Woodbridge, Prince William Co, VA. A TRICOLORED HERON flew over
Hains Point, SW DC on April 23. Two CATTLE EGRETS were found April 23
on Currioman Rd near Currioman Landing, Westmoreland Co, VA. An adult
YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was observed April 22 a little upstream
from Fletcher's Cove (and a little downstream from Chain Bridge, NW
DC) hunting along the edge of a small pond across from Gulf Branch on
the VA side. YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS were observed nest building
in Sligo Creek Park, Montgomery Co, MD on April 20, between Piney
Branch and Carroll.

The WHITE-FACED IBIS* at Chincoteague NWR, Accomack Co, VA was seen
again on April 18. A WHITE-FACED IBIS was seen April 23 at the Ashton
Tract, Augustine Wildlife Area, New Castle Co, DE.

The continuing NORTHERN SHRIKE at the Sully Woodlands, Fairfax Co, VA
was seen again on April 23 and 24.

Six RED CROSSBILLS were found April 18 at the four-road intersection
on the way to Reddish Knob, Augusta Co, VA.

Warbler sightings increased as the week progressed. CERULEAN WARBLERS
were reported on April 21 from Henryton Center, Carroll Co, MD and, on
the same day, at Patapsco Valley SP, Marriotsville, Howard Co, MD.

A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW continues to be seen at the Big Water Farm
(private), Queen Anne's Co MD, with the most recent report from April
24. A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW also continued to be seen at the Driver Rd
entrance to the Patapsco Valley SP, Howard Co, MD through April 22. A
VESPER SPARROW was seen April 18 at Waterford Farm (restricted),
Howard Co, MD; another was seen April 19 along Long Neck Rd, St.
Mary's Co, MD. Two VESPER SPARROWS were seen April 23 in Kenilworth
Park, NE DC. A LINCOLN'S SPARROW was seen April 23 in Druid's Hill
Park, Baltimore MD; the same day a LINCOLN'S SPARROW was seen at Hains
Point, SW DC.

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

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

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

Thank you for your interest, and enjoy the birds.

*Of interest to the applicable records committee

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Date: 4/25/17 11:01 am
From: Don Simonson <don.r.simonson...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Raining Purple Finches in Darnestown Mont.Co
Six female and two male Purple Finches arrived at my backyard feeder at 1:45 in heavy rain. I assume Purple Finches are largely diurnal migrants, is this true?
Don Simonson
Darnestown MD

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Date: 4/25/17 9:06 am
From: Andy Beiderman <aandyy...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Male Cerulean warbler at Milford Mill (Villa Nova Park) in Baltimore County
Initially seen just down towards the stream from the parking lot. was most recently seen from the parking lot big tree near the Beltway

Andy Beiderman
Baltimore, MD

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Date: 4/25/17 7:54 am
From: Wallace Kornack <wallace...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Tuesday 4/25/17
This morning (4/25) at Rock Creek Park with windy and misty conditions.

——Equitation Field
Ovenbird 2
Mourning Dove 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Tufted Titmouse
Carolina Wren
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Wood Thrush
American Robin 6
Chipping Sparrow 3

——Yard Parking Lot
Mourning Dove 4
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Blue Jay
White-breasted Nuthatch
Carolina Wren
Wood Thrush
American Robin 7
Chipping Sparrow 4
Northern Cardinal 4
Brown-headed Cowbird 4
House Sparrow 6

——Maintenance Yard
Yellow-rumped Warbler 2
Red-tailed Hawk
Mourning Dove 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Blue-headed Vireo
Carolina Chickadee 4
Tufted Titmouse 3
Carolina Wren
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Wood Thrush
Chipping Sparrow 5
Brown-headed Cowbird 2
House Finch
American Goldfinch

Have Fun Birding!

Wallace Kornack
Washington DC

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Date: 4/25/17 5:42 am
From: Tim Carney <timmyc83...>
Subject: [MDBirding] MPA Photo Contest
(Posted with MD Birding admin approval.)

Maryland Department of Transportation's Port Administration (MPA) is hosting a photo contest. If you have taken any photos at the following Port sites, they are eligible for the contest:

- Swan Creek Wetlands/Cox Creek DMCF (Anne Arundel County)
- Masonville Cove (Baltimore City)
- Poplar Island (Talbot County)
- Hart-Miller Island (Baltimore County)

The winner will have his or her photograph published in Port of Baltimore Magazine.

The photos must have been taken between January 1, 2015 and May 29, 2017.

I know there are a lot of you who have some stellar bird (and other) photographs from these sites, so I figured I would post here!

Guidelines and release form are attached.

Tim Carney
Nottingham, MD

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Date: 4/24/17 5:05 pm
From: Don Simonson <don.r.simonson...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Screamin' Jay (Cooper) Hawkins; FOS Hummingbird, and others Darnestown Mont Co.
(No, not the iconclastic rock star).
I was in the kitchen at noon today when I heard anguished screams outside -
probably but not certainly birds. As I ran outside to investigate two Blue Jay feathers (thank goodness its not a Bluebird was my first thought) drifted from down from the sky. Simultaneously I saw a small brown Cooper's Hawk in midair thirty feet away with a screaming Blue Jay in its talons and two American Crows on top of the Hawk screaming bloody murder. The hawk was struggling to control the jay and dove into a spice bush where it dispatched its prey, while the crows stopped screaming and shifted to raucous caws. I have not heard crow screams like that in over 10 years, since the day a red fox with a young crow in its jaws ran up the fenceline with two crows in pursuit. That Blue Jay is the largest bird I have ever seen a Cooper's Hawk take.
Our FOS yard Ruby-throated Hummingbird came today in the pouring rain about 4 pm, came to two different feeders. Very gratifying since I just cleaned, filled and put out feeders yesterday! Gray Catbird and female Purple Finch also arrived today.
Don Simonson
Darnestown MD

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Date: 4/24/17 2:40 pm
From: Warblerick <ricksussman1955...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Fw: [eBird Alert] Needs Alert for Maryland
On Monday, April 24, 2017 at 3:50:59 PM UTC-4, Tyler Bell wrote:
> Don't get excited by this one. No records east of Texas. Clearly a wrong ID. I've asked them for details.
>  
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> Tyler Bell
> <jtyle......>
> California, Maryland
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> ----- Forwarded Message -----
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> To: <jtyle......>
> Sent: Monday, April 24, 2017 3:42 PM
> Subject: [eBird Alert] Needs Alert for Maryland <hourly>
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> Common Black Hawk (1 Montgomery)
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> Common Black Hawk (Buteogallus anthracinus) (1)
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> - Reported Apr 24, 2017 07:55 by William Babcock
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> - Home, Montgomery, Maryland
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> - Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.9603181,-77.0998996&ll=38.9603181,-77.0998996
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Maybe a wet Broad-winged.

Rick Sussman
Woodbine,MD

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Date: 4/24/17 1:06 pm
From: George Jett <gmjett...>
Subject: [MDBirding] FW: eBird Report - Mallard Lane, Lothian, MD, Apr 24, 2017
Folks

Took a walk up Mallard Lane before the rains came. See below eBird report.

Slow so far down here.

George

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Sent: Monday, April 24, 2017 4:04 PM
To: <gmjett...>
Subject: eBird Report - Mallard Lane, Lothian, MD, Apr 24, 2017

Mallard Lane, Lothian, MD, Anne Arundel, Maryland, US Apr 24, 2017 11:40 AM - 12:30 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
25 species

Wild Turkey 1
Turkey Vulture 1
Osprey 1
Mourning Dove 1
Downy Woodpecker 1
Eastern Phoebe 1
Blue Jay 6
American Crow 2
Carolina Chickadee 1
Tufted Titmouse 3
Carolina Wren 3
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 1
Eastern Bluebird 3
Ovenbird 2
Louisiana Waterthrush 2
Common Yellowthroat 1
Northern Parula 1
Pine Warbler 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler 3
Chipping Sparrow 1
White-throated Sparrow 3
Eastern Towhee 1
Northern Cardinal 3
Red-winged Blackbird 1
American Goldfinch 1

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S36233738

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

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Date: 4/24/17 12:51 pm
From: 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fw: [eBird Alert] Needs Alert for Maryland
Don't get excited by this one. No records east of Texas. Clearly a wrong ID. I've asked them for details. 
Tyler Bell
<jtylerbell...>
California, Maryland


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*** Species Summary:

Common Black Hawk (1 Montgomery)

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Common Black Hawk (Buteogallus anthracinus) (1)
- Reported Apr 24, 2017 07:55 by William Babcock
- Home, Montgomery, Maryland
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.9603181,-77.0998996&ll=38.9603181,-77.0998996
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Date: 4/24/17 10:43 am
From: JimC <jimcancil...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Blue-gray Gnatcatcher west of Salisbury
Cutest little buggers you've ever seen. I thought they were Wrens, but my wife said we had them last year also. They seem to move around too quickly to catch them with a camera.

There was pair flitting around our perimeter gardens yesterday. I thought Martins were cheerful but these guys are mega-happy.

Jim
12mi W of Salisbury off the Nanticoke

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Date: 4/24/17 10:31 am
From: Wallace Kornack <wallace...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Monday 4/24/17
This morning (4/24) at Rock Creek Park with occasional rain.

Road closure prevented vehicle access to Ross Drive, Equitation Field, and Ridge.

——Maintenance Yard
Yellow-rumped Warbler 12
Black-throated Green Warbler heard (Sacha)
Red-tailed Hawk immature
Mourning Dove 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Blue-headed Vireo
Blue Jay
American Crow 3
Fish Crow 2
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Carolina Wren
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Wood Thrush
American Robin 2
Northern Cardinal 2
Brown-headed Cowbird
American Goldfinch

——Yard Parking Lot
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Wood Thrush
American Robin 2
Chipping Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
House Sparrow

——Fence Line
American Crow
Wood Thrush
American Robin
White-throated Sparrow 4
Brown-headed Cowbird 2

——Nature Center
Mourning Dove
American Crow
White-breasted Nuthatch
American Robin 4
White-throated Sparrow

Contributors: Leon Kass, Jim Lemert, Susan Volman, Sacha Litman

Have Fun Birding!

Wallace Kornack
Washington DC

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Date: 4/24/17 10:18 am
From: JimC <jimcancil...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Brewer's Blackbird?
On Monday, April 24, 2017 at 12:05:40 PM UTC-4, Tyler Bell wrote:
> Alternate plumage Rusty Blackbird is much more likely than Brewer's Blackbird, a MD/DC review species anywhere in MD. It's a plumage most of us don't encounter very often in MD!


Thanks, Tyler. When I was doing my keyboard research I saw the 'Rusty' but this bird had pretty much zero mottling. After doing another Google search, I'm afraid my excitement may have been misplaced; it looked remarkably like the more colorful photos of a Common Grackle.

I have seen Grackles most of my life, but perhaps, because this one was about 6' away, I perhaps never got a really good look at them. If so, I have a new appreciation of a 'common' bird and a 'Shucks' to add to my day. Cheers.

Jim

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Date: 4/24/17 9:05 am
From: 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Brewer's Blackbird?
Alternate plumage Rusty Blackbird is much more likely than Brewer's Blackbird, a MD/DC review species anywhere in MD. It's a plumage most of us don't encounter very often in MD!

Tyler Bell
<jtylerbell...>
California, Maryland

From: JimC <jimcancil...>
To: Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Sent: Monday, April 24, 2017 11:54 AM
Subject: [MDBirding] Brewer's Blackbird?

I had a very unusual, skittish bird at by business's feeder in Salisbury; it is about the size of a Red Wing or Grackle but has a pronounced blue belly, multi-dark colored back and maybe some white near/around the eye. Very quick in and out - my lady who works at this window (feeder is attached to the sill) spotted it twice before I got to see it. 

The Brewer is the only thing similar but we appear out of its range.  Any thoughts?  Thanks.


Jim

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Date: 4/24/17 9:00 am
From: JimC <jimcancil...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Brewer's Blackbird?
I had a very unusual, skittish bird at by business's feeder in Salisbury; it is about the size of a Red Wing or Grackle but has a pronounced blue belly, multi-dark colored back and maybe some white near/around the eye. Very quick in and out - my lady who works at this window (feeder is attached to the sill) spotted it twice before I got to see it.

The Brewer is the only thing similar but we appear out of its range. Any thoughts? Thanks.


Jim

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Date: 4/24/17 7:53 am
From: john pangborn <pangborn.john19...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Lois Y. Green Conservation Park Apr 24, 2017
8:30 AM
Traveling
2.00 miles
120 minutes
All birds reported? Yes
Comments:

6 Canada Goose
1 Mallard
2 Green Heron
3 Black Vulture
1 Turkey Vulture
1 Red-tailed Hawk
1 Spotted Sandpiper
1 Solitary Sandpiper
3 Mourning Dove
2 Red-bellied Woodpecker
2 Northern Flicker
1 Pileated Woodpecker
3 Blue Jay
3 American Crow
1 crow sp.
2 Northern Rough-winged Swallow
4 Tree Swallow
1 White-breasted Nuthatch
5 Carolina Wren
2 Eastern Bluebird
1 Yellow-rumped Warbler
4 Field Sparrow
4 Eastern Towhee
5 Northern Cardinal
3 Red-winged Blackbird

Number of Taxa: 25
John pangborn
Gaithersburg md

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Date: 4/24/17 7:43 am
From: Joe Wolf <birdingwolf55...>
Subject: [MDBirding] 7 warbler day at Battle Creek - Sunday
Spent a few hours at Battle Creek Cypress Swamp - a county park in Prince Frederick - and had a 7 warbler afternoon. Worm-eating, LA Waterthrush, Black-and-white, Prothonotary, Northern Parula, Palm , and Yellow Rumped. Also, a bunch of Gnatcatchers, phoebe,... A great day to enjoy a really nice park.

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Date: 4/23/17 8:15 pm
From: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...>
Subject: [MDBirding] [FR] Best Bike Ride Birds today
1. A FOS House Wren...in truth this was in the yard, but I was geared
up to go so counting it as a BRB...

2. Singing [HA!] Catbird

3. E. Kingbird

4. Song Sparrow...common, but posing nicely

5. Kingfisher

6. Possibly a calling Turkey in same location as yesterday

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

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Date: 4/23/17 8:10 pm
From: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Yard birds - lingerers & arrivals
In [FR] at the feeders:

RBNH has not been seen in months :(
Last sighting of a DEJU was 04/09; 04/06 was last date in 2016
WTSP & WCSP continue; 2016 LDs were 05/12 & 05/09 respectively

Brown Thrasher showed itself on 04/13 with a Towhee a day or two later.

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

On 4/23/17, Janet Millenson <janet...> wrote:
> The Red-breasted Nuthatch just visited my feeders; what a pleasant
> surprise to see she's still here! A single lonely-looking White-throated
> Sparrow is roaming about, possibly wondering where everyone else went.
>
> On the other side of seasonal change, this morning several FOY Chimney
> Swifts flew twittering overhead.
>
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> Potomac, MD (Montgomery County)
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Date: 4/23/17 7:45 pm
From: SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Sunday, April 23, 2017 139 Raptors
Fort Smallwood Park
Pasadena, Maryland, USA


Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 23, 2017
Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
Black Vulture 3 125 227
Turkey Vulture 64 2305 5441
Osprey 20 299 449
Bald Eagle 9 54 89
Northern Harrier 2 48 51
Sharp-shinned Hawk 24 343 391
Cooper's Hawk 4 97 136
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 43 89
Broad-winged Hawk 6 87 87
Red-tailed Hawk 4 74 116
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 2
American Kestrel 1 86 114
Merlin 0 28 34
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 2 2 2
Unknown Falcon 0 2 2
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 1 2
Total: 139 3594 7232


Observation start time:

9:15 am

Observation end time: 3:15 pm Daylight Time
Total observation time: 6 hours
Official Counter Chris Reed, Sue Ricciardi
Observers: Chris Reed, Hal Wierenga, Lynn Davidson

Weather: Mostly cloudy; 50-59 degrees; excellent visibility; winds mostly northeasterly, 7-10 mph.

Raptor Observations: Despite the usually unfavorable winds, a good steady flight today; on our way out we heard a yipping Cooper's Hawk which to our astonishment turned out to be a Blue Jay.

Non-raptor Observations: 4 Eastern Kingbirds; Great-crested Flycatcher, new arrival;
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Report submitted by Sue Ricciardi (<susiericc...> mailto:<susiericc...> )
Fort Smallwood Park information may be found at: http://www.mdbirds.org/sites/mdsites/hawks/hawkwatch.html

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

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Date: 4/23/17 7:43 pm
From: SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Saturday, April 22, 2017 5 Raptors
Fort Smallwood Park
Pasadena, Maryland, USA


Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 22, 2017
Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
Black Vulture 0 122 224
Turkey Vulture 0 2241 5377
Osprey 5 279 429
Bald Eagle 0 45 80
Northern Harrier 0 46 49
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 319 367
Cooper's Hawk 0 93 132
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 43 89
Broad-winged Hawk 0 81 81
Red-tailed Hawk 0 70 112
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 2
American Kestrel 0 85 113
Merlin 0 28 34
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 2 2
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 1 2
Total: 5 3455 7093



Observation start time: 10 am
Observation end time: 11:15 am Daylight Time
Total observation time: 1.25 hours
Official Counter Sue Ricciardi
Observers:


Visitors: Paul Grindrod and 6 enthusiastic companions from Meadowside Nature Center

Weather: Cloudy followed by showers and then rain; 58 degrees; poor to fair visibility; winds NE, 7-10 mph

Raptor Observations: Fi e Ospreys were not put off by the weather and headed north; two Sharp-shinned Hawks were hunting.

Non-raptor Observations:


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Report submitted by Sue Ricciardi (<susiericc...> mailto:<susiericc...> )
Fort Smallwood Park information may be found at: http://www.mdbirds.org/sites/mdsites/hawks/hawkwatch.html

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

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Date: 4/23/17 6:24 pm
From: 'Bird couple' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Wood Thrush
Our Wood Thrushes are amazingly punctual. Heard one singing this evening just before dusk in our back woods here in Annapolis. April 23 is their average arrival date. A nice way to end Earth Day weekend.

Good Birding!
Warren and Lisa Strobel
Annapolis

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Date: 4/23/17 6:10 pm
From: Frank Hawkins <a.f.a.hawkins...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Another tricolored heron in DC
This evening at about 7 pm a tricolored heron flew north with four great egrets past hains point and along the washington channel towards the tidal basin. Who knows where they were headed but perhaps up the Potomac?
Frank Hawkins
Washington DC

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Date: 4/23/17 5:24 pm
From: Tim Houghton <timhoughton...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Hummingbird arrives at Davidsonville, MD (Anne Arundel County)
We had a hummer two days ago as well as today--in Glen Arm, near Loch Raven Res.

Tim Houghton
(Glen Arm)

> On April 23, 2017 at 3:18 PM Phil Davis <pdavis...> wrote:
>
>
> We had a male Ruby-throat hit this feeder here this afternoon.
>
> Yea!
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Date: 4/23/17 3:43 pm
From: Kojo Baidoo <baidookojo6...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Neighborhood Migrants recently, many FOS
I've been having a blast while encountering old friends recently! I took a trip to London and Paris with my family, and I couldn't wait to come back and see all the wonderful birds beginning to pass through my neighborhood. Tuesday gave me the returns of Chimney Swift, Gray Catbird (early) and Broad-winged Hawk, while yesterday gave me Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (I was quite late), Yellow-rumped Warbler, and an unprecedented early Black-and-white Warbler, two, and Northern Waterthrush. Today gave me a very early Nashville Warbler, singing (attached), my favorite male Common Yellowthroat, who I've been seeing every breeding season for about five years, I think. I identify him by "dialect", since the yellowthroats here seem to have a very specific song, favorite singing perches/locations, and just location overall. Maybe I'm wrong, wishful, even, but I don't think so, and it is nice to be able to recognize a specific individual, especially when it's a common species. Same goes for the waterthrush, who appeared five days before my FOS last year, in exactly the same location, and this bird also had the same behavior as the one last year, alternating between singing from rather high perches and foraging. The song was exactly the same, too.

The RSHA nest is still active; Hera, the female bird, is still incubating, and she should be done soon. Zeus, the male, still pretty much hates me, and he took off when he saw me, although showing a little reluctance; this mirrored his behavior last year around this time.

The biggest surprise for me this year was a Solitary Sandpiper, who flew around a pond looking for a place to sit, and then the facts that there weren't that many, and that there was a huge human pointing a huge camera at it combined, along with its regular flighty shorebird nature, and it took off. All in all it was a great weekend, and I can't wait for more!

Common Yellowthroat... with a little hitchhiker on his throat: https://www.flickr.com/photos/132863360@N02/33418094103/in/dateposted-public/

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Date: 4/23/17 12:41 pm
From: Bobbi <b.reichwein...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Hummingbird arrives at Davidsonville, MD (Anne Arundel County)
On Sunday, April 23, 2017 at 3:18:38 PM UTC-4, Phil Davis wrote:
> We had a male Ruby-throat hit this feeder here this afternoon.
>
> Yea!
>
> Phil
>
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Here in Davidsonville, just this morning (Sunday) a hummer seen at both the front and back feeders-could be the same bird but I'd like to think there were two individual birds. They're here!

Bobbi Reichwein
Davidsonville, MD

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Date: 4/23/17 12:18 pm
From: Phil Davis <pdavis...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Hummingbird arrives at Davidsonville, MD (Anne Arundel County)
We had a male Ruby-throat hit this feeder here this afternoon.

Yea!

Phil


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Date: 4/23/17 12:13 pm
From: Janet Millenson <janet...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Yard birds - lingerers & arrivals
The Red-breasted Nuthatch just visited my feeders; what a pleasant
surprise to see she's still here! A single lonely-looking White-throated
Sparrow is roaming about, possibly wondering where everyone else went.

On the other side of seasonal change, this morning several FOY Chimney
Swifts flew twittering overhead.


Janet Millenson
Potomac, MD (Montgomery County)
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Date: 4/23/17 9:08 am
From: Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Broad-wings, other FOS at Wheaton Regional Park 4/23
Hi all,

Unexpected sunny morning despite the cool northerly breeze, and WRP was moderately active with several firsts of season for us. We had a Broad-winged Hawk perched near the Shorefield parking lot, it then flew over giving good views. Shortly after, two others lifted off from nearby woods and all flew off to the NW. Other first for us included Blue-headed Vireo, Wood Thrush, Common Yellowthroat, Rusty Blackbird and first Catbird for the park (though we had one a few days ago in our yard.) Quite a major influx of Chipping Sparrows, also multiple Fields and Swamp. An Osprey hunting over Pine Lake was nice to see as well. Ruby -crowned Kinglets and Gnatcatchers were vocal.

Gail Mackiernan and Barry Cooper,
Colesville, MD

49 species
Birds of interest:

Great Blue Heron 1
Green Heron 1
Osprey 1 Hunting over Pine Lake
Red-shouldered Hawk 1 Adult
Broad-winged Hawk 3 FOS
Northern Flicker 3
Pileated Woodpecker 1
Eastern Phoebe 1
Blue-headed Vireo 1 FOS
Tree Swallow 2
House Wren 4
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 6
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 5
Eastern Bluebird 2
Wood Thrush 2 FOS
Gray Catbird 1 FOS at park
Ovenbird 2
Black-and-white Warbler 1
Common Yellowthroat 1 Heard only, FOS
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 4
Chipping Sparrow 18 Significant influx since last count
Field Sparrow 5
White-throated Sparrow 12
Swamp Sparrow 4
Eastern Towhee 3
Rusty Blackbird 1 FOS, singing male perched near dam
Baltimore Oriole 3 Two birds in Gardens, one singing near White House.

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Date: 4/23/17 9:02 am
From: Wallace Kornack <wallace...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Sunday 4/23/17
This morning (4/23) at Rock Creek Park. Road is still blocked because of fallen tree.

Six warbler species seen: Black-and-white, Yellow-rump, Parula, Black-throated Green FOS, Blue-winged FOS, Ovenbird

Additional first-of-season species: Red-headed Woodpecker, Red-shouldered Hawk, Black Vulture,

——Equitation Field (Rodger)
Black-and-white Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Red-headed Woodpecker FOS
Scarlet Tanager 2
Baltimore Oriole

——Ridge (Tully and Devon)
Black-and-white Warbler
Northern Parula
Yellow-rumped Warbler 15
Black-throated Green Warbler 2 FOS
Red-shouldered Hawk FOS
Red-headed Woodpecker FOS

——Yard Parking Lot
Blue-winged Warbler FOS
Black-and-white Warbler
Canada Goose 3 flyby
Black Vulture FOS (Leon) flyby
Mourning Dove
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Blue-headed Vireo (Laura)
Fish Crow
Carolina Chickadee 2
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
House Wren
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 2
Wood Thrush
American Robin 2
White-throated Sparrow 2
Northern Cardinal 2
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow

——Fence Line
Ovenbird
White-throated Sparrow
Northern Cardinal

——Maintenance Yard
Ovenbird
Yellow-rumped Warbler 12+
Black-throated Green Warbler FOS (Matt Sileo) heard
Canada Goose 5 flyby
Red-tailed Hawk
Mourning Dove 4
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
Pileated Woodpecker
Blue-headed Vireo
Blue Jay 2
American Crow 2
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch 4
Carolina Wren
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 3
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 6
Wood Thrush
American Robin 2
Gray Catbird
Northern Cardinal 2
Brown-headed Cowbird
American Goldfinch 7

——Nature Center
Blue-winged Warbler FOS (David)
Mourning Dove
Northern Flicker
Blue Jay
American Crow
White-breasted Nuthatch 3
Carolina Wren
American Robin 4
Northern Cardinal

Contributors: Bill Butler, Leon Kass, Rodger Poore, Nick Constantinople, Susan Volman, David Sterling, Mat Sileo, Laura Smith, Kelly Basdate, Tully Hochhausler, Devon Hochhausler, Carter Roberts, Tim Ward, Chris, Lesley, Katharine Kravetz, Don Kates, Wendy Kates, David Black, Daniel Black, Marcy Logan, plus a large DC Audubon Group (20+)

Have Fun Birding!

Wallace Kornack
Washington DC

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Date: 4/23/17 8:21 am
From: Harry Armistead <harryarmistead...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Dorchester counts, May 6 & 13.
99th & 100th DORCHESTER COUNTY MAY BIRD COUNTS, May 6 & May 13 (Saturdays).


Not all areas are spoken for as of today (April 23). If you can help please let me know. I will be in MD May 4-15 without email at 410-745-2764 (landline). Til then at 215-248-4120 (PA landline). Mobile phone: 215-913-4785 (usually off but will be on May 6 & 13). Glad, grateful, to have additional participation. Partial day’s effort welcome. No rain dates. Dorchester has practically no resident birders. Best wishes. - Harry Armistead, Philadelphia.

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Date: 4/22/17 7:22 pm
From: Don Simonson <don.r.simonson...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Baltimore Oriole, White-eyed Vireo at Riley's Lock
Baltimore Oriole first of season, Heard singing from towpath between Riley's and Violette's Lock.FOS White-eyed Vireo was singing from e side of turning base, just upstream from the acqueduct.
Good birding!
Don Simonson
Darnestown MD

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Date: 4/22/17 3:04 pm
From: 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Northern Calvert
Jane Kostenko and I were coming back from the March for Science in DC and thought we'd see if the Trumpeter Swans were still in the pond at Rt. 4 and 260. In the couple of weeks since Leslie Starr alerted me of the single bird, leaf out has made it nearly impossible to see the pond clearly. We were reasonably certain we didn't miss a large white bird or two! 

Tyler Bell
California, MD

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Date: 4/22/17 9:25 am
From: Warblerick <ricksussman1955...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Yard migrants
Not much new here on this wet and dreary Saturday. A couple passing migrants to report included numerous breeding plumaged Yellow-rumped Warblers, and just before noon, a pair of wet Savannah Sparrows perched in my small Swamp Magnolia tree (fittingly). They flew before I could get a picture and I haven't relocated them in the yard or by the feeders.

Stay dry...

Rick Sussman
Woodbine,MD

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Date: 4/22/17 8:33 am
From: Wallace Kornack <wallace...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Saturday 4/22/17
This morning (4/22) at Rock Creek Park. Road blocked from Equitation Field to Yard Parking Lot because of a fallen tree.

Warblers: Black-and-white, Parula, Yellow-throated-rump

First-of-Season (FOS) birds: Baltimore Oriole, Northern Parula, Black-and-white Warbler, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Scarlet Tanager

——Equitation Field
Black-and-white Warbler FOY (Rodger)
Chipping Sparrow many
Baltimore Oriole FOY (Katharine)

——Yard Parking Lot
Northern Parula FOY (Katharine) path west of lot
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Wood Thrush
American Robin 3
Chipping Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
House Sparrow

——Fence Line
Black-and-white Warbler FOY (Leslie, Libby, Radha)
Yellow-rumped Warbler 2
Mourning Dove 2
Northern Flicker
Wood Thrush
White-throated Sparrow 6
Eastern Towhee
Northern Cardinal
House Finch

——Maintenance Yard
Yellow-rumped Warbler 15
Red-tailed Hawk
Mourning Dove 2
Ruby-throated Hummingbird FOY (Kelly)
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker
Blue-headed Vireo (Kelly)
Blue Jay 3
Carolina Chickadee 2
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 2
Wood Thrush
Gray Catbird
White-throated Sparrow 2
Scarlet Tanager FOY (Radha)
Northern Cardinal
Brown-headed Cowbird
American Goldfinch 7

——Nature Center
Black-and-white Warbler FOY
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker
Tufted Titmouse
American Robin 2
Northern Cardinal
Brown-headed Cowbird

Contributors: Leon Kass, Kelly Barsdate, Rodger Poore, Katharine Kravetz, Mike, Leslie. Libby. Radha

Have Fun Birding!

Wallace Kornack
Washington DC

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Date: 4/22/17 7:44 am
From: Janet Millenson <janet...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Checklist splits, lumps, and name changes under consideration
Of all these proposed changes, the one I bet would be most popular is
changing "Ring-necked Duck" to "Ring-billed Duck"!


Janet Millenson
Potomac, MD (Montgomery County)
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On 4/22/2017 5:10 AM, Phil Davis wrote:
> MDBirders:
>
> FYI ...
>
> The following splits, lumps, and name changes are under consideration
> by the AOS (formerly, the AOU) Classification [Checklist] Committee.
> These are proposals and this does not mean that they all will be
> accepted. We should see the results and the latest updates in the 58th
> AOS Checklist Supplement, due out in July. The MOS and the MD/DC
> Records Committee follows the AOS taxonomy.
>
> Below are only proposed changes that could affect our local and Lower
> 48 region. I am ignoring the proposals to reorder the checklist
> (including geese, shorebirds, blackbirds, Old World buntings, New
> World sparrows, our Yellow-billed Chat, ducks, and finches).
>
> *Our Region:
> *Transfer Wilson's Phalarope to a new monotypic genus
> Change the English name of the Ring-necked Duck to Ring-billed Duck
> Transfer Cattle Egret to the genius Ardea
> Split Yellow-rumped Warbler into three species (returning Myrtle and
> Audubon's to their prior species level) [and Goldman's Warbler in
> Central America]
> Split Willet into two species: Eastern and Western
> Lump Common Redpoll and Hoary Redpoll into one species
> Split Brown Creeper into two species: Nearctic Creeper [ours] and
> [Mexican or Neotropical] Brown Creeper
> Split Nashville Warbler into two species: Calaveras Warbler [western]
> and Rusty-capped Warbler [eastern]
> Lump Thayer's Gull with Iceland Gull
> Change the spelling of Le Conte's Sparrow (and Le Conte's Thrasher) to
> use LeConte's [no space]
> Split Bell's Vireo into two species: Eastern and Western
>
> *North America-Lower 48 United States:
> *Split Red Crossbill into two species (splitting out the South Hills
> subspecies in southern Idaho as a new species, the South Hills [or
> Cassia] Crossbill)
> Split the Northern Harrier complex into a New World [Northern Harrier]
> species and an Old World [Hen Harrier] species
>
> Phil
>
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> MD/DC Records Committee
> 2549 Vale Court
> Davidsonville, Maryland 21035 USA
> 301-261-0184
> mailto:<PDavis...>
>
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Date: 4/22/17 7:07 am
From: Tim Houghton <timhoughton...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Cerulean at henryton center.
Yesterday morning I also found a 2nd Cerulean downstream from the train-tunnel CERW, singing, near the same area where one had nested in 2013 (along the river near train tracks at Patapsco-Marriottsville spot). Since yesterday morning a few other people have thad the good fortune to find these CERW. Interesting to see where they settle down. If you go for them, please be restrained with playback and best not to use it all. Now hopefully another one or two will be found at the nearby Patapsco-Henryton hotspot (as it is called in eBird). I believe last year there may be been two nesting there, for sure one. In the past, CERW have been found a little downstream from the parking area as well as up to a quarter mile upstream. My usual cautionary note: be careful about using song alone for ID purposes. Sometimes a CERW will do odd songs or pieces of songs--and birders regularly mistake a parula or black-throated blue--or even a blackburnian--for a CERW. Perhaps more CERW will show up in another part of the Patapsco Valley if we are lucky!

Tim Houghton
(Glen Arm)


> On April 21, 2017 at 9:42 AM Tim Houghton <timhoughton...> wrote:
>
>
> At train tunnel. Only some of its singing is fullblooded first song as is common for new arrival. So get a look to be sure. Its active and roaming. Had it for a few minutes now gone. Two have nested here last few years. Lots of warblers around. A lot flew in last night.
>
>
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Date: 4/22/17 6:57 am
From: Hugh David Fleischmann <david...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Hummer again
According to the migration maps, RTHU are all over MD at this point. NONE IN Owings Mills yet, but am guessing any day.

Awesome Birding in 2017!

H. David Fleischmann
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> On Apr 22, 2017, at 9:44 AM, Steve Long <steve.long4...> wrote:
>
> A hummer was back to our feeder at least twice, again this morning. Like the one we saw yesterday morning, it looks like a male Ruby Throat. But, I am not getting a chance to take a good look through binoculars or scope.
>
> Because others are not reporting any Hummers at all, I am thinking maybe I have something besides the leading edge of the Ruby Throat migration coming to my feeder. But, so far, I have not spotted any field marks that indicate this is not a Ruby Throat.
>
> Is anybody else seeing any hummers of any species?
>
> Steve Long
> Oxford
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Date: 4/22/17 6:44 am
From: Steve Long <steve.long4...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Hummer again
A hummer was back to our feeder at least twice, again this morning. Like the one we saw yesterday morning, it looks like a male Ruby Throat. But, I am not getting a chance to take a good look through binoculars or scope.

Because others are not reporting any Hummers at all, I am thinking maybe I have something besides the leading edge of the Ruby Throat migration coming to my feeder. But, so far, I have not spotted any field marks that indicate this is not a Ruby Throat.

Is anybody else seeing any hummers of any species?

Steve Long
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Date: 4/22/17 2:11 am
From: Phil Davis <pdavis...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Checklist splits, lumps, and name changes under consideration
MDBirders:

FYI ...

The following splits, lumps, and name changes are under consideration
by the AOS (formerly, the AOU) Classification [Checklist] Committee.
These are proposals and this does not mean that they all will be
accepted. We should see the results and the latest updates in the
58th AOS Checklist Supplement, due out in July. The MOS and the MD/DC
Records Committee follows the AOS taxonomy.

Below are only proposed changes that could affect our local and Lower
48 region. I am ignoring the proposals to reorder the checklist
(including geese, shorebirds, blackbirds, Old World buntings, New
World sparrows, our Yellow-billed Chat, ducks, and finches).

Our Region:
Transfer Wilson's Phalarope to a new monotypic genus
Change the English name of the Ring-necked Duck to Ring-billed Duck
Transfer Cattle Egret to the genius Ardea
Split Yellow-rumped Warbler into three species (returning Myrtle and
Audubon's to their prior species level) [and Goldman's Warbler in
Central America]
Split Willet into two species: Eastern and Western
Lump Common Redpoll and Hoary Redpoll into one species
Split Brown Creeper into two species: Nearctic Creeper [ours] and
[Mexican or Neotropical] Brown Creeper
Split Nashville Warbler into two species: Calaveras Warbler [western]
and Rusty-capped Warbler [eastern]
Lump Thayer's Gull with Iceland Gull
Change the spelling of Le Conte's Sparrow (and Le Conte's Thrasher)
to use LeConte's [no space]
Split Bell's Vireo into two species: Eastern and Western

North America-Lower 48 United States:
Split Red Crossbill into two species (splitting out the South Hills
subspecies in southern Idaho as a new species, the South Hills [or
Cassia] Crossbill)
Split the Northern Harrier complex into a New World [Northern
Harrier] species and an Old World [Hen Harrier] species

Phil

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Date: 4/21/17 11:00 pm
From: Phil Davis <pdavis...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Prior Maryland European Greenfinch reports
Hi MD Birders:

Bob Ringler noted that I had mixed up the "Documentation" lines when
I cut and pasted in the information.

The information, below, is now correct.

Thanks for keeping me honest, Bob.

Phil


At 01:55 PM 04/21/2017, Phil Davis wrote:
>To: MDbirding <mdbirding...>
>From: Phil Davis <pdavis...>
>Subject: Prior Maryland European Greenfinch reports
>Bcc: Phil Davis <pdavis...>
>
>MDBirders:
>
>Here are details on the two prior reports of European Greenfinch in
>Maryland. Interestingly, as Dorothy already noted, one was from
>Bowie in 2011 ...
>
>
>02/05/2001 - 02/24/2001 MD WASH Hancock. One adult. (MD/2002-004)
>Documentation: At a feeder. Photos and videos. MB 58(1-4):30.
>Decision: Identification OK/Exotic Origin, meaning that the
>preponderance of evidence seemed to indicate an exotic escaped/released bird.
>The photographs and description left no doubt as to the species of
>this bird. A majority of the members felt that the origin must be
>considered to be exotic, citing the timing of the Icelandic records,
>an absence of vagrancy in Maritime Canada or the northeastern US,
>and the availability of species in the cage-bird trade.
>
>
>11/17/2011 MD PGEO Bowie / Old Bowie / Cowan Avenue. One adult male.
>(MD/2011-408)
>Documentation: Bird was caught in a banding trap but was not banded
>and was released. Photos of the bird in-the-hand. NAB 66(1):56.
>Decision: Identification OK/Questionable Origin, meaning that the
>question of natural or exotic origin could not be resolved.
>The committee found the photos clearly showed an adult male European
>Greenfinch. However, reference literature showed that this species
>is one found in the pet trade and there is no precedence for its
>vagrancy to North America. Some members were concerned about the
>drabness of the color of this bird, whereas other members thought
>that the coloration could be within the normal range for this
>species. Some members considered this bird to be of "exotic" origin;
>however, the majority felt that the issues were arguable and found
>the report to be of "ID OK/Questionable Origin." The earlier MD
>report of this species was found to be of exotic origin; however,
>the status of this species in MD will be changed to "questionable"
>reflect the findings of this review.
>
>
>Phil
>
>===================================================
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>MD/DC Records Committee
>2549 Vale Court
>Davidsonville, Maryland 21035 USA
>301-261-0184
>mailto:<PDavis...>
>
>MD/DCRC Web site: http://www.MDBirds.org/mddcrc/rcindex.html
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Date: 4/21/17 9:19 pm
From: SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Friday, April 21, 2017 37 Raptors
Fort Smallwood Park
Pasadena, Maryland, USA


Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 21, 2017
Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
Black Vulture 0 122 224
Turkey Vulture 0 2241 5377
Osprey 9 274 424
Bald Eagle 0 45 80
Northern Harrier 4 46 49
Sharp-shinned Hawk 14 319 367
Cooper's Hawk 3 93 132
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 43 89
Broad-winged Hawk 0 81 81
Red-tailed Hawk 0 70 112
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 2
American Kestrel 3 85 113
Merlin 4 28 34
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 2 2
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 1 2
Total: 37 3450 7088


Observation start time: 7:15 am
Observation end time: 3:15 pm
Total observation time: 8 hours
Official Counter Paul Fritz, Sue Ricciardi
Observers: Paul Fritz, Sue Ricciardi

Weather: Foggy until the last 2 3/4 hours with a bit of light rain at times; 59-67 degrees; poor to fair visibility; winds easterly, 5-9 mph

Raptor Observations: Despite the unfavorable east winds, once the fog lifted some, a small, but nice flight ensued. Three of the Northern Harriers were adult males. One of the Merlins blasted by at eye level.

Non-raptor Observations: 13 Great Blue Herons; Seaside Sparrow; first Ruby-throated Hummingbird of the season

---------------------------------------------
Report submitted by Sue Ricciardi (<susiericc...> mailto:<susiericc...> )
Fort Smallwood Park information may be found at: http://www.mdbirds.org/sites/mdsites/hawks/hawkwatch.html

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

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Date: 4/21/17 2:27 pm
From: <gmjett...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Great Crested Flycatcher

Folks

Hesding 2 dinner heard my first Great Crested Flycatcher of the year from the yard,

George Jett

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Date: 4/21/17 2:01 pm
From: <gmjett...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Chimney & Blue-headed Vireo

Folks

While being driven to my eye surgeon's in Annapolis I noticed a Chimney Swift near South River.

When Gwen & I were returning to our house around 3 PM I heard a Blue-headed Vireo singing in the from yard of our Lothian, MD house.

The migrants r coming.

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Date: 4/21/17 10:59 am
From: Phil Davis <pdavis...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Prior Maryland European Greenfinch reports
MDBirders:

Here are details on the two prior reports of European Greenfinch in
Maryland. Interestingly, as Dorothy already noted, one was from Bowie
in 2011 ...


02/05/2001 - 02/24/2001 MD WASH Hancock. One adult. (MD/2002-004)
Documentation: Bird was caught in a banding trap but was not banded
and was released. Photos of the bird in-the-hand. NAB 66(1):56.
Decision: Identification OK/Exotic Origin, meaning that the
preponderance of evidence seemed to indicate an exotic escaped/released bird.
The photographs and description left no doubt as to the species of
this bird. A majority of the members felt that the origin must be
considered to be exotic, citing the timing of the Icelandic records,
an absence of vagrancy in Maritime Canada or the northeastern US, and
the availability of species in the cage-bird trade.


11/17/2011 MD PGEO Bowie / Old Bowie / Cowan Avenue. One adult male.
(MD/2011-408)
Documentation: At a feeder. Photos and videos. MB 58(1-4):30.
Decision: Identification OK/Questionable Origin, meaning that the
question of natural or exotic origin could not be resolved.
The committee found the photos clearly showed an adult male European
Greenfinch. However, reference literature showed that this species is
one found in the pet trade and there is no precedence for its
vagrancy to North America. Some members were concerned about the
drabness of the color of this bird, whereas other members thought
that the coloration could be within the normal range for this
species. Some members considered this bird to be of "exotic" origin;
however, the majority felt that the issues were arguable and found
the report to be of "ID OK/Questionable Origin." The earlier MD
report of this species was found to be of exotic origin; however, the
status of this species in MD will be changed to "questionable"
reflect the findings of this review.


Phil


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Date: 4/21/17 10:56 am
From: world oceans <world.oceans7...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Possible European Greenfinch?
Very good, thank you! I don't know much about the North African population
either, i.e. what percentage is wintering birds from Europe and what
percentage may have taken root or been introduced and become sedentary
there .
JG

On Apr 21, 2017 13:41, "Phil Davis" <pdavis...> wrote:

> Hi Jim, et al.
>
> Actually, the European Greenfinches on the Azores are also considered to
> be introduced. They were brought to islands as an ornamental species in the
> late 18th century. They are an uncommon resident there. They are of the
> subspecies C. c. aurantiiventris, the subspecies from the south of Europe.
>
> The species was first confirmed to breed in Madeira in 1968, likely from
> dispersal from the Canary Islands, where they already breed as a natural,
> or wild species.
>
> Phil
>
>
> At 10:53 AM 04/21/2017, James Gibson wrote:
>
> European greenfinches have wandered to Iceland and the Azores and I think
>> to Bermuda, and there are introduced populations in eastern South America
>> and also in Australia-New Zealand.
>>
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Date: 4/21/17 10:42 am
From: Phil Davis <pdavis...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Possible European Greenfinch?
Hi Jim, et al.

Actually, the European Greenfinches on the Azores are also considered
to be introduced. They were brought to islands as an ornamental
species in the late 18th century. They are an uncommon resident
there. They are of the subspecies C. c. aurantiiventris, the
subspecies from the south of Europe.

The species was first confirmed to breed in Madeira in 1968, likely
from dispersal from the Canary Islands, where they already breed as a
natural, or wild species.

Phil


At 10:53 AM 04/21/2017, James Gibson wrote:

>European greenfinches have wandered to Iceland and the Azores and I
>think to Bermuda, and there are introduced populations in eastern
>South America and also in Australia-New Zealand.

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Date: 4/21/17 9:32 am
From: Wallace Kornack <wallace...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Friday 4/21/17
This morning (4/21) at Rock Creek Park.

First-of-Year Birds: Chimney Swift, Savannah Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Red-eyed Vireo, Blue-headed Vireo, Gray Catbird

Warblers: Palm, Yellow-rump, Ovenbird

——Ross Drive (Bill)
Mourning Dove
Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
Northern Flicker
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse 3
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
Carolina Wren
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 2
Wood Thrush
American Robin 6
Ovenbird
White-throated Sparrow
Eastern Towhee
Northern Cardinal
Brown-headed Cowbird
American Goldfinch

——Equitation Field
Palm Warbler 2
Yellow-rumped Warbler 4
Mourning Dove
Chimney Swift FOY (Rennie)
Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Blue Jay 2
Fish Crow
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 4
American Robin 7
Chipping Sparrow 6
Savannah Sparrow FOY (Marina, Betsy)
Eastern Towhee
Red-winged Blackbird FOY (Marina)
Brown-headed Cowbird 7
American Goldfinch

——Ridge
Ovenbird
Yellow-rumped Warbler 3
Mourning Dove
Barred Owl heard (Betsy)
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Red-eyed Vireo FOY
Tufted Titmouse
Carolina Wren
Eastern Towhee
Brown-headed Cowbird 2

——Yard Parking Lot
Mourning Dove 3
Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
Blue-headed Vireo
Blue Jay
American Crow
Fish Crow
Tufted Titmouse
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
American Robin 2
European Starling
White-throated Sparrow 3
Northern Cardinal
Brown-headed Cowbird 2
House Sparrow 2

——Fence Line
Palm Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler 3
Blue-headed Vireo FOY
Tufted Titmouse
American Robin 2
White-throated Sparrow 4
House Finch

——Maintenance Yard
Palm Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler 3
Red-tailed Hawk near yard fence
Mourning Dove 5
Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
Blue-headed Vireo FOY (Tully, Bill)
Red-eyed Vireo FOY
American Crow
Fish Crow 2
Carolina Chickadee 4
Tufted Titmouse
House Wren
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 2
Gray Catbird FOY (Bill)
European Starling 2
White-throated Sparrow
Northern Cardinal 2
Brown-headed Cowbird 11
House Finch 3

Contributors: Bill Butler, Leon Kass, John Boright, Betsy Stephens, Marina True, Stephen Jones, Devon Hochhausler, Tully Hochhausler, Rennie Selkirk

Have Fun Birding!

Wallace Kornack
Washington DC



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Date: 4/21/17 9:05 am
From: 'Bird couple' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Northern Waterthrush
Was pleasantly surprised to have an earlyish Northern Waterthrush singing and giving good looks at Patuxent Refuge National Visitors Center area, close to the blind that looks onto Cash Lake.

Had six other warblers earlier at Governors Bridge Natural Area: Pine, Parula, Ovenbird, Yellowthroat, Yellow Rumped and Prothonotary.

Love this time of year! Good birding

Warren Strobel
Annapolis

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Date: 4/21/17 7:54 am
From: world oceans <world.oceans7...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Possible European Greenfinch?
Hi,

An important thing to consider here is the placement and shape of the
yellow in the wing. Dorothy, in your original posting you called it a
yellow 'strip' and that may be significant. I don't know how much detail
you can remember without a photo, but there is a difference between
wingbars and wing edgings. A yellow strip at the edge of the wing suggests
a lateral (i.e. parallel to the wing edge) strip or stripe, which is
different from a wingbar, which is what American goldfinches have (and they
are much more often white or whitish than bright yellow. The yellow tends
to be more in the shoulder area in the American).

Your description sounds to me pretty similar to a typical Eur. greenfinch
(of which I have seen many in various parts of Europe). This is not enough
to declare it a definite identification, in my opinion, and without a photo
it will be very hard to prove. But if the yellow was actually a lateral
strip and bright yellow, and the rest of the bird was more or less drab
olive or olive-greenish, that does *not* sound like an American g. to me.

European greenfinches have wandered to Iceland and the Azores and I think
to Bermuda, and there are introduced populations in eastern South America
and also in Australia-New Zealand. It is not difficult for a small bird
like a greenfinch to live on a ship for a few weeks, and they have been
known to travel to different continents that way. At the same time,
greenfinches are kept as cage birds in some parts of Europe; so even if
this was a greenfinch, it is quite possible that it was not truly wild, but
an escapee.

There was a sighting in the New York City area in May 2009 with several
good photos which you can see on ebird.org. Maybe you can compare those
photos with your memory of what you saw.

Thanks for opening a fascinating thread, and let's all hope you have an
opportunity to see it again!

James Gibson
ex-Silver Spring

On Fri, Apr 21, 2017 at 4:24 PM, Thomas Harten <tjharten1...> wrote:

> How about an American Goldfinch transitioning into breeding plumage?
>
> On Thu, Apr 20, 2017 at 6:00 PM, Dorothy Paugh <aldopaugh...>
> wrote:
>
>> I looked out my window to see a mostly dark olive bird with thick strip
>> of bright yellow at wing's edge on my neighbor's roof, ran outside but
>> could not re-find it. Suggestions on what else it might have been?
>>
>>
>> Dorothy Paugh
>>
>> Bowie MD
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Date: 4/21/17 7:24 am
From: Thomas Harten <tjharten1...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Possible European Greenfinch?
How about an American Goldfinch transitioning into breeding plumage?

On Thu, Apr 20, 2017 at 6:00 PM, Dorothy Paugh <aldopaugh...>
wrote:

> I looked out my window to see a mostly dark olive bird with thick strip
> of bright yellow at wing's edge on my neighbor's roof, ran outside but
> could not re-find it. Suggestions on what else it might have been?
>
>
> Dorothy Paugh
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> Bowie MD
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Date: 4/21/17 7:21 am
From: 'Clive Harris' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Possible European Greenfinch?
Escaped cage birds are always possible.  One thing to bear in mind is that European Greenfinch is bigger and bulkier than American Goldfinch - its very similar in size to a House Sparrow. 
Clive HarrisCabin John, MD 

From: Dorothy Paugh <aldopaugh...>
To: Warblerick <ricksussman1955...>; "<mdbirding...>" <mdbirding...>
Sent: Friday, April 21, 2017 10:03 AM
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Possible European Greenfinch?

#yiv6135579013 #yiv6135579013 -- P {margin-top:0;margin-bottom:0;}#yiv6135579013 I've never seen such bright yellow wing edges on a female goldfinch.  I had no idea when I ran outside what species I had seen, only that it was not like anything I'd seen before.  I've seen plenty of female goldfinches.  

I only came up with European Greenfinch after googling "small birds with yellow wing edge"  Later I added "in Maryland" and found a record of one, also in Bowie, in 2011,  with a note of uncertainty by Phil Davis about whether it was wild or released/escaped.  
The bird I saw looked just like pics of a male greenfinch in breeding plumage.I'll keep an eye out and try to get a pic if it comes back.  
Dorothy PaughBowie, MD





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Rick Sussman
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Date: 4/21/17 7:04 am
From: Dorothy Paugh <aldopaugh...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Possible European Greenfinch?
I've never seen such bright yellow wing edges on a female goldfinch. I had no idea when I ran outside what species I had seen, only that it was not like anything I'd seen before. I've seen plenty of female goldfinches.


I only came up with European Greenfinch after googling "small birds with yellow wing edge" Later I added "in Maryland" and found a record of one, also in Bowie, in 2011, with a note of uncertainty by Phil Davis about whether it was wild or released/escaped.


The bird I saw looked just like pics of a male greenfinch in breeding plumage.

I'll keep an eye out and try to get a pic if it comes back.


Dorothy Paugh

Bowie, MD






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My first thought is, why is it not something common like a female American Goldfinch? And, have you ever seen a European Greenfinch?
Rick Sussman
Woodbine, MD

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Date: 4/21/17 6:42 am
From: Tim Houghton <timhoughton...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Cerulean at henryton center.
At train tunnel. Only some of its singing is fullblooded first song as
is common for new arrival. So get a look to be sure. Its active and
roaming. Had it for a few minutes now gone. Two have nested here last
few years. Lots of warblers around. A lot flew in last night.


Tim houghton

Glen arm

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Date: 4/21/17 6:32 am
From: Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Summer yard residents returning
Hi all,

Today the "lower box" House Wren returned and is singing in our bottom garden next to the nest box. The "upper box" wren usually arrives a week or so later. I doubt these are the same birds year after year but the timing of their arrival is remarkably consistent.

Also had a Catbird singing from the cypress so he, too, is back. Still Whitethroats about but the Juncos left over a week ago. No sign yet of our Swifts, which seem to be able to find a nesting site even though almost everyone in the neighborhood has capped their chimneys.

Gail Mackiernan
Colesville, MD

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Date: 4/21/17 4:49 am
From: Steve Long <steve.long4...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Hummer
Just had our first-of-year Hummer at out feeder.

Steve Long
Oxford

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Date: 4/20/17 8:59 pm
From: SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Thursday, April 20, 2017 138 Raptors
Fort Smallwood Park
Pasadena, Maryland, USA


Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 20, 2017
Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
Black Vulture 9 122 224
Turkey Vulture 72 2228 5364
Osprey 9 264 414
Bald Eagle 2 45 80
Northern Harrier 2 42 45
Sharp-shinned Hawk 34 305 353
Cooper's Hawk 5 90 129
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 44 90
Broad-winged Hawk 5 81 81
Red-tailed Hawk 0 69 110
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 2
American Kestrel 0 81 109
Merlin 0 24 30
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 2 2
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 1 2
Total: 138 3398 7035



Observation start time: 10;30 am
Observation end time: 3:30 pm Daylight Time
Total observation time: 5 hours
Official Counter Sue Ricciardi
Observers: Alan Young, Dan Stewart, Sue Young


Visitors: Alan McMeekin

Weather: Count started after the morning showers; skies cleared to become mostly sunny with high humidity and haze; 59-78 degrees; winds were light, starting out westerly, then becoming southeast, 0-6 mph

Raptor Observations: A nice flight of vultures and Sharp-shinned Hawks after the skies cleared

Non-raptor Observations: Over 1700 Blue Jays; first arrivals of Eastern Kingbird and Common Yellowthroat.


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Report submitted by Sue Ricciardi (<susiericc...> mailto:<susiericc...> )
Fort Smallwood Park information may be found at: http://www.mdbirds.org/sites/mdsites/hawks/hawkwatch.html

Site Description
Fort Smallwood Park is located on the western shore of Chesapeake Bay at the
mouth of the Patapsco River, 11 miles south of Baltimore, MD. Best winds are
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Date: 4/20/17 8:46 pm
From: 'diane Ford' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Blue-headed Vireo, BTBW, Yellow-rumps Rock Creek, Kensington
Hi all,    Saw a first of spring (for me) Blue-headed Vireo that was "solitary" along the hiker-biker trail, along witha few Yellow-rumped Warbers, a heard a Black-throated Blue Warbler.  Early morning rain showers delayedbirding, but the afternoon was pleasant although slow.


D.Ford, Bethesda, Md.

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Date: 4/20/17 5:20 pm
From: Warblerick <ricksussman1955...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Possible European Greenfinch?
My first thought is, why is it not something common like a female American Goldfinch? And, have you ever seen a European Greenfinch?
Rick Sussman
Woodbine, MD

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Date: 4/20/17 5:02 pm
From: Tim Houghton <timhoughton...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Susquehanna, warblers and new arrivals, 7/20/17


Just a little rain in the early morning then turning sunny and awesome. 11 warblers species (mainly local nesters) and some recent arrivals, including 2 red-breasted nuthatches, which aren't common here.

Warblers:

Ovenbird (1)

L. Waterthrush (10)

Northern Waterthrush (1)

Black-and-White (2)

Prothonotary (1)

Com. Yellowthroat (1)

Parula (30+)

Palm (3, yellow)

Pine (3)

Yellow-Rumped (50+)

Yellow-Throated (10)


Other birds:

Caspian Tern (15+)

Kingbird (1)

Warbling Vireo (1)

Red-Breasted Nut (2)

Brown Thrasher (2)

Orchard Oriole (1)


Tim Houghton

(Glen Arm)

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Date: 4/20/17 3:00 pm
From: Dorothy Paugh <aldopaugh...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Possible European Greenfinch?
I looked out my window to see a mostly dark olive bird with thick strip of bright yellow at wing's edge on my neighbor's roof, ran outside but could not re-find it. Suggestions on what else it might have been?


Dorothy Paugh

Bowie MD

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Date: 4/20/17 1:53 pm
From: Don Simonson <don.r.simonson...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Black-throated Green Warbler, McCrillis Gardens, Bethesda MD
singing at noon, in a tall tree, set amongst amazing display of azaleas and other flowering shrubs and trees.

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Date: 4/20/17 1:07 pm
From: Patricia Wood <pwood...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Yellow-crowned Night-herons on nest in Sligo!
A little while ago, I walked in Sligo between Piney Branch and Carroll. About half way, where the sidewalk is along the road, I spotted one heron poking at the twigs of a nest over the road then settling down into it (where you could only see the top of the head showing), while another perched near by. THEN I notice two more perched up higher, not far away, and there seemed to be twigs under their feet. Maybe another nest! Very exciting to see on nest finally.

Other nice birds--towhee, b-g gnatcatcher, Myrtle warbler, chipping sparrow.

Patricia Wood
Silver Spring

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Date: 4/20/17 12:54 pm
From: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...>
Subject: Fwd: [MDBirding] Fwd: Tell Gov. Hogan to Protect Pollinator Habitat!
Rec'd from Kurt in response to my query. As others might be
interested - see below:

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Date: Thu, 20 Apr 2017 03:15:45 +0000
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Fwd: Tell Gov. Hogan to Protect Pollinator Habitat!
To: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...>

The Pollinator Habitat Bill passed last year failed to exclude pesticides
and neonicotinoid pesticide-treated plants from the pollinator plots the
bill instructed three state agencies to plant. The bill passed this year
closes that loophole. Pesticides and plants treated with neonicotinoids are
death traps to Pollinators and potentially to birds.

The Pollinator Protection Act ended retail sale of neonicotinoids.

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Date: 4/20/17 10:44 am
From: William Young <wcyoung4242...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Virginia Prairie Falcon Video
Last evening at the Northern Virginia Bird Club meeting, I showed a video that Ashley Bradford and I made about the Virginia Prairie Falcon. The bird has sometimes crossed into DC. I have uploaded the video to YouTube. You can view it at:

https://youtu.be/Mn9LoWHmT7E

or on my YouTube channel at:

https://www.youtube.com/user/williamyoung42?feature=watch

Best,
William Young
Arlington, VA


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Date: 4/20/17 9:20 am
From: Warblerick <ricksussman1955...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Migrants
Didn't spend a lot of time watching the birds today, as early showers and work interfered. But I did spy my FOS Barn Swallow flying over (odd, since they were already on nests at Pt. Pelee, Ontario, Canada last Saturday), and my first single Broad-winged Hawk of the year heading NE shortly before 11 AM. House Wrens are already going from nest box to nest box destroying whatever they find. Tree Swallows are trying to nest in one of my boxes, so keeping my fingers crossed. A beautiful Palm Warbler spent the afternoon working through the red maple tree neaxt to my shop on Tuesday afternoon.
Rick Sussman
Woodbine, MD

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Date: 4/20/17 8:15 am
From: Gerry Hawkins <maineusa...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Sunday morning field trip at Dyke Marsh WP moved to Huntley Meadows Park
Because access to Dyke Marsh WP will be difficult on Sunday morning due to the Parkway Classic running event, the regular Sunday morning walk held there has been moved to the hike-bike trail at Huntley Meadows Park. Meet at 8:00 am in the parking lot at the entrance to this trail, which is located off South Kings Highway a very short distance east of the intersection with Telegraph Road. Please join us if you can.

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Date: 4/20/17 8:15 am
From: Wallace Kornack <wallace...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Thursday 4/20/17
This morning (4/20) at Rock Creek Park.

——Ross Drive (Bill)
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Mourning Dove
Red-bellied Woodpecker 4
Northern Flicker 2
Fish Crow
Carolina Chickadee 6
Tufted Titmouse 3
White-breasted Nuthatch
Wood Thrush 2
American Robin 4
White-throated Sparrow 2
Eastern Towhee 2
Northern Cardinal 3
American Goldfinch 2

——Equitation Field
Yellow-rumped Warbler 9
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
American Crow 4
Fish Crow
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Carolina Wren
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 3
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
American Robin 12
Chipping Sparrow 4
Northern Cardinal 2
Brown-headed Cowbird 3
American Goldfinch 10

——Ridge
Mourning Dove
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Blue Jay
American Crow 2
Carolina Chickadee
American Robin
Ovenbird FOY
Eastern Towhee
American Goldfinch

——Yard Parking Lot
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Fish Crow
American Robin
White-throated Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
House Sparrow

——Maintenance Yard rained out
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Red-tailed Hawk (Betsy) sitting on a sand pile
Blue Jay 22 flyby
American Crow
Tufted Titmouse 2
Carolina Wren
Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Contributors: Bill Butler, Leon Kass, Alan Johnston, Betsy Stephens

Have Fun Birding!

Wallace Kornack
Washington DC

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Date: 4/19/17 8:32 pm
From: SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fwd: [BIRDHAWK] Fort Smallwood Park (19 Apr 2017) 17 Raptors
Fort Smallwood Park
Pasadena, Maryland, USA


Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 19, 2017
Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
Black Vulture 1 113 215
Turkey Vulture 12 2156 5292
Osprey 0 255 405
Bald Eagle 0 43 78
Northern Harrier 0 40 43
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 271 319
Cooper's Hawk 2 85 124
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 44 90
Broad-winged Hawk 1 76 76
Red-tailed Hawk 0 69 110
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 2
American Kestrel 0 81 109
Merlin 0 24 30
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 2 2
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 1 2
Total: 17 3260 6897


Observation start time: 9:30 am
Observation end time: 1 pm Daylight Time
Total observation time: 3.5 hours
Official Counter Sue Ricciardi
Observers:

Weather: Mostly cloudy becoming overcast; 53-58 degrees; excellent visibility; winds southeasterly 7-12 mph

Raptor Observations: A few raptors passed by before the heavy overcast set in.

Non-raptor Observations: 3 Wood Ducks

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Report submitted by Sue Ricciardi (<susiericc...> mailto:<susiericc...> )
Fort Smallwood Park information may be found at: http://www.mdbirds.org/sites/mdsites/hawks/hawkwatch.html

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

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Date: 4/19/17 7:24 pm
From: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Fwd: Tell Gov. Hogan to Protect Pollinator Habitat!
Hi Kurt

I'm confused.

According to the text below, a law restricting sales of bee-harming
pesticides was passed last year [The Pollinator Protection Act, ] and
became law.

How does this measure improve on that? What is/are "state-sponsored
pollinator habitats/plots?"

Jim

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Date: 4/19/17 6:46 pm
From: Edward Boyd <edboyd59...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] House Wren Arrivals in Bethesda
Wine up this morning with a House Wren singing pour the back window of my
home in Westminster as well.

Ed Boyd
Westminster, MD

On Apr 17, 2017 8:45 AM, "'diane Ford' via Maryland & DC Birding" <
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> Hi all, A newly arrived House Wren across the street yesterday (4/16).
> Saw 2 Parula Warblers in the park. (singing males)
> Last year the House Wren arrival was 4/22. Observed Blue-gray Gnatcatchers
> harvesting nesting materials.
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Date: 4/19/17 6:28 pm
From: 'Stephen R Jones' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Mama Merganser with six Merglets
Spotted in the Potomac River just downstream from C &O Canal Lock 8, this afternoon around 5 pm. Very cute!

Stephen Jones
Bethesda, MD

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Date: 4/19/17 5:40 pm
From: Daniel Sloan <danielsloan215...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Rock Creek Park, Wednesday 4/19/17
To add to Wallace's great daily list.

On Upper Beach Drive this morning starting at 7, highlights/migrants include Palm Warbler, Northern Parula, Eastern Phoebe, and House Wren.

On the Ridge at 930, I had a House Wren and Myrtle Warblers.

Thanks,
Dany Sloan
Columbia Heights, DC


On Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 12:08:38 PM UTC-4, Wallace Kornack wrote:
> This morning (4/19) at Rock Creek Park in light rain.  
>
>
> ——Ross Drive    (Bill)
> Canada Goose     7     flyby
> Mourning Dove  
> Red-bellied Woodpecker     3
> Downy Woodpecker  
> Northern Flicker  
> Carolina Chickadee  
> White-breasted Nuthatch     2
> Carolina Wren     3
> Ruby-crowned Kinglet  
> American Robin     7
> White-throated Sparrow  
> Eastern Towhee  
> Northern Cardinal     3
> American Goldfinch     3
>
>
>
> ——Equitation Field
> Yellow-rumped Warbler  8
> Mallard     2    flyby
> Barred Owl  
> Red-bellied Woodpecker     2
> Downy Woodpecker  
> Carolina Chickadee  
> Carolina Wren  
> Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  
> American Robin     11
> Chipping Sparrow     2
> White-throated Sparrow  
> Eastern Towhee  
> Northern Cardinal     2
> Brown-headed Cowbird     6
> American Goldfinch  
>
>
>
> ——Ridge
> Red-bellied Woodpecker     
> Downy Woodpecker
> American Robin
> Northern Cardinal
> Eastern Titmouse
>
>
> ——Yard Parking Lot
> Mourning Dove     2
> Blue Jay     2
> American Crow  
> American Robin     2
> Northern Cardinal     2
> American Goldfinch  
> House Sparrow 
>
>
> ——Maintenance Yard
> Turkey Vulture      flybyMourning Dove     2
> Red-bellied Woodpecker  
> Blue Jay     4
> American Crow     4
> Carolina Chickadee     2
> Tufted Titmouse     4
> White-breasted Nuthatch     2
> Carolina Wren     2
> Ruby-crowned Kinglet     2
> American Robin     2
> Northern Cardinal     2
> Brown-headed Cowbird  
>
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Date: 4/19/17 2:20 pm
From: Harry Armistead <harryarmistead...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Ferry Neck & Dorchester County, April 11-17, 2017.
FERRY NECK & DORCHESTER COUNTY (Hurlock, Cambridge, Egypt Road, Blackwater), APRIL 11-17, 2017. Liz & Harry Armistead. Loblolly Pine pollen covers everything. Trees seem a couple of weeks ahead of schedule.


DEDICATION. These notes are dedicated to the memory of Chandler S. Robbins, 98 (1918-2017), ornithologist extraordinaire, champion bander, author, and lecturer, who pioneered the North American Breeding Bird Survey (now in its 51st year), state atlassing, and other standardized bird surveys that reveal trends in continental bird populations to a level never achieved previously. See also comments under April 15.


FLICKER HEARD FROM. Several mornings, early, a flicker drills on the metal cap of the west chimney. Heard from our bed, it sounds remarkably like a telephone ringing. “The chimney is ringing. Would you mind answering it, Dear? Probably just another flicker robo call.”


BELLEVUE BUZZARDS. Sounds like a Triple A team, but refers to Black Vultures that breed again in the old barn of Megan Greene and Chris Berg, several years running. They’re back this year with 2 eggs laid sometime in early April.


CHOPTANK RIVER BLUES. If it could sing, what would come out of the Mouth of the Choptank River might be an old-time blues phrase: “If you don’t think I’m sinkin’ just look what a hole I’m in.” Here are some counts from there of past Aprils with my highs of this April’s 7 visits in parentheses. Furthermore, bear in mind, these older counts were the result of shorter visits than in recent years, the latter usually lasting more than one hour. The following counts aren’t necessarily the highest ever for here in the spring.


Horned Grebe 383, April 19, 1980 (24); Common Loon 40, April 20, 1984 (14); Lesser Scaup 225, April 4, 1993 (0); Long-tailed Duck 6,700, April 1, 1988 (0); Bufflehead 600, April 11, 1992 (30); Laughing Gull 55, April 9, 1993 (3); Herring Gull 620, April 7, 2002 (7); Surf Scoter 2,560, April 13, 1990 (660); Red-breasted Merganser 75, April 17, 1966 (0); Bonaparte’s Gull 30, April 5, 1980 (4); Canvasback 330, April 1, 2001 (0); Common Goldeneye, no significant April counts but 135 on March 29, 1987 (0); Ruddy Duck 300, April 2. 1999 (0).


However, two bright spots are record numbers of Redheads here (up to 1,130) and Northern Gannets (as many as 445). Irish Creek is even more dead than the Choptank.


BALD EAGLE NEST just SE of the S junction of I-95 and I-495 S of Wilmington, in a deciduous tree close to the Russell W. Peterson natural area. An adult eagle is seen each time we pass, April 11 and April 17. Another nest in the Sycamore along Route 481, Queen Annes County, MD, has an attendant adult April 11.


APRIL 11, TUESDAY. Arrive at the family place, Rigby’s Folly, Ferry Neck, Talbot County, MD, at 3:45 P.M. Eleven deer and 2 Wild Turkeys in Field 4. The lawn has been mowed today. Go out to LUCY POINT soon afterwards, 4:32-5:55, clear, 82-86, SW5, visibility O.K. but haze cuts in at about 1 mile, but viz improving during the stay, high tide and rising. Big wrack of Loblolly Pine pollen next to the rip rap. Horned Grebe 24, Northern Gannet 2, Osprey 4, Turkey Vulture 2, Bufflehead 18, Great Blue Heron 1, Common Loon 1, Ring-billed 1, Herring 1 & Laughing 3 gulls, Forster’s Tern 2, and American Crow 2. No cormorants, geese, or Diamondback Terrapin. Two boats.


DEER CENSUS. In the stretch from Deep Neck X Ferry Neck roads to Rigby’s Folly. 6:45-7:22 P.M. FNR X Bellevue roads, 2 does in field to SE. John Swaine’s NW field, 7 does & 2 Wild Turkeys. In John’s S field: 16 does. In Campers’ NE field 17 does. In our Field 4 ten does & 7 Wild Turkeys (2 of them Toms). Grand Total: 52 deer.


8:45 P.M. Full moon rising over Woods 1 with a Spring Peeper calling in that direction plus numerous Fowler’s Toads also sounding off. Orion in the western sky. 0.2” in the rain gauge. Has dried up some since last visit.


APRIL 12, WEDNESDAY. 64-83, calm in P.M., fair. LUCY POINT, 10:30-11:30, 73, viz O.K., NW5 increasing to 10+, hazy: Bufflehead 26, Common Loon 4, Bald Eagle 3, Osprey 8, Red-tailed Hawk 1, gulls none, Double-crested Cormorant 23, Horned Grebe 8, Forster’s Tern 1, Turkey Vulture 9, and Barn Swallow 3 plus 1 sulphur and a Tiger Swallowtail. 4 boats and 1 large dredge.


There is a CAROLINA WREN NEST with 2 eggs in the fold of our folding, canvas-type, “director’s chair”, the previous earliest date for eggs of this species here being April 14. Other quixotic nests of this wren (are there any other kind?) were in a bike’s basket in the garage, on top of the front door sill, inside the top of a silvery Propane gas tank, in the transom of my boat, nestled among some flowers in a planter on the ground, and, my favorite, inside my right hand white waterman’s boot that was standing upright.


At the mouth of Poplar Cove: 43 Diamondback Terrapin, FOY. Bald Eagle, 8, a good count, even these days. Osprey 20, Gray Squirrel 4. A Muskrat swims under the dock while I’m out at the end. American Lady 2. 6 sulphurs. FOY Snowy Egret. Thousands of Periwinkles on the muddy margins of Poplar Cove. Get my first tick of the year, right ankle. A White-footed Mouse has been trapped in the kitchen, N side. An Osprey chases a Bald Eagle.


A 2nd visit to LUCY POINT, 4:40-5:10, 83, dead calm, fair, about the same as in the morning but with 2 Northern Gannets, a Northern Watersnake, 2 Diamondback Terrapin, and an Eastern Cottontail. 2 boats, the big dredge is gone. I almost said “the usual suspects”, an over-used phrase. Was watching ‘Casablanca’ the other day and towards the end Claude Rains says: “Round up the usual suspects.” Perhaps the origin of this phrase, back in 1942. Makes me cringe when I hear it now, but not as much as when I hear anything having to do with much-vaunted Tuscany. Or a seamless interface. (“The usual suspects made a seamless interface into the Tuscan landscape.” ugh!). Rabbits become SO tame in the spring I bet I could catch one with a dip net.


APRIL 13, THURSDAY. In DORCHESTER COUNTY. HURLOCK WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANT, 7:45-9:15, clear, NW 10-15, 54-57, complete list: MUTE SWAN 1 female, Tundra Swan 2 adults, Ruddy Duck 150 (exact count), Northern Shoveler 48, American Black Duck 2, Mallard 14, Song Sparrow 3 (2 singing along Ennals Road), Great Blue Heron 2, Lesser Scaup 1 male, Bufflehead 1 female, Canada Goose 9, Red-bellied Woodpecker 2, Carolina Wren 2, Tree Swallow 10, Killdeer 2, YELLOW PALM WARBLER 1 (in top of a tall oak), Laughing Gull 40, Bonaparte’s Gull 13, Field Sparrow 1 (singing, Ennals Road), Mourning Dove 1, Turkey Vulture 20, Horned Lark 1, Chipping Sparrow 1, Northern Mockingbird 2, Common Grackle 8, Bald Eagle 2 (1 ad., 1 imm., low over the cells), Green-winged Teal 6, Ring-billed Gull 11, Red-winged Blackbird 22, Tufted Titmouse 1, Common Grackle 8, American Crow 5, European Starling 16, Greater Yellowlegs 4.


NON-AVIAN TAXA: Southern Leopard Frog 3, Green Frog 1, turtles 24 (probably Redbelly Sliders). Spring Azure 1. Dogwoods are blooming.


CAMBRIDGE, from Hambrooks & Oakley Street to just east of the old bridge, 9:45-10:30: Osprey 16, Song Sparrow 2, Mallard 20, Northern Gannet 2, Lesser Scaup 1 male, Surf Scoter 12, Bald Eagle 2, Canada Goose 12, Double-crested Cormorant 11, Ruddy Duck 66, Great Blue Heron 2, Common Loon 1, Fish Crow 9, Purple Martin 4 (in a martin house out on a dock), American Coot 1 (in the marina). HUGE cruise ship docked: “American Constellation’.


EGYPT ROAD: 11-11:35. Bald Eagle 5, Red-tailed Hawk 1, Common Yellowthroat 4, Tufted Titmouse 4, Wild Turkey 3, Osprey 2, Field Sparrow 7 (all of them singers), and, in the distance, perhaps 3 miles to the east, maybe near Bucktown, a high, circling kettle of 40 AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS. Through binoculars they look dark and I assume they are cormorants, but with the 32X scope can just barely pick out their whiteness. Most impressive.


BLACKWATER N.W.R., 11:35-2:15, NW10+, Fair 63-67, tidal waters low, fresh waters high. Partial list: Snow Goose 1 adult (Pool 1; disabled), Tundra Swan 1 adult (Pool 1), Gadwall 4, American Black Duck 4, Northern Shoveler 54, Green-winged Teal 90, Ring-necked Duck 1 male (Pool 1), Pied-billed Grebe 1 (Pool 1), AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN 13 (10 circling overhead at close range [massive, ponderous, majestic]; 2 on the S side of Blackwater River; 1 nearby, probably the disabled individual), Great Egret 5, Cattle Egret 1 (Pool 5), Osprey 16, Bald Eagle 23, Virginia Rail 1, American Coot 5 (Pool 1), AMERICAN AVOCET 1 (Pool 3), Greater Yellowlegs 6, Lesser Yellowlegs 1, Least Sandpiper 30, Dunlin 70, Caspian Tern 1, Forster’s Tern 4, Tree Swallow 60, Common Yellowthroat 4, Pine Warbler 4.


NON-AVIAN TAXA: Black Swallowtail 1, Clouded Sulphur 3, Snapping Turtle 1, Redbelly Slider 7, Painted Turtle 1 (rescued from the road, Key Wallace Drive), Muskrat 1. At the recently-opened Harriet Tubman center there are over 50 cars. Good visitation the several days I’ve been nearby. Combined with the Egypt Road flock, a grand total of 43 pelicans in the general area.


Back at Rigby’s Folly, LUCY POINT, 6:05-6:50, 65, NE5+, clear, viz excellent, nothing much new: Northern Gannet 6, Surf Scoter 70, Bonaparte’s Gull 1, Double-crested Cormorant 18. The last tree (a pine) on “Cook’s Point Island” is down. It won’t be long until the remaining sod tump washes away. Novelist John Barth writes of Cook’s Point in one of his novels. Otherwise, on the old place: 2 Eastern Cottontails, 3 Gray Squirrels.


APRIL 14, FRIDAY. LUCY POINT: 12:15-1:20: Surf Scoter 660, RED-THROATED LOON 2, Common Loon 14, Bufflehead 22, Northern Gannet 6, Double-crested Cormorant 9, Horned Grebe 16, Bonaparte’s Gull 4, Osprey 14, Cooper’s Hawk 1, Bald Eagle 1, Forster’s Tern 2. Butterflies: American Lady 1, Cabbage White 2, sulphur 6, Spring Azure 1. 6 boats & 1 jet ski. Visibility excellent, high tide falling, 61-65, W5, fair but mostly cloudy, then clearing.


Visitors arrive, daughter Anne, her husband Derek & daughter Alexis; daughter Mary and her sons David and Lucas.


APRIL 15, SATURDAY. Liz and I attend the memorial service for Chan Robbins in Laurel. Talk briefly with Jay Sheppard, John Weske, Jan Reese, Jeff Effinger, Danny Bystrak, Joan & Paul Sykes, Sam Droege, Deanna Dawson, George & Jane Robbins, Woody Martin, and a few others. Joan & Paul came all the way from Georgia yesterday, are returning today. I was surprised, somewhat astonished, really, and greatly flattered, back in 1978 when Chan and Fred Scott recommended me to be the Middle Atlantic Coast Regional Editor of American Birds, after Fred stepped down after 23 years. I don’t know if I was their first choice. I did it 1979-1993, writing c. 265,000 words in aggregate, a great learning experience that enabled me to get to know so many people, and so much about birds of our region.


In this and other respects Chan was a mentor, and much later, also a mentor for George, who accompanied Chan to Campeche. At his memorial service I have never seen so much memorabilia, hundreds of photographs and objects, including Chan’s government-issued, battered, binoculars that he used (the only ones) for 70 years or so.


LUCY POINT, 4:50-5:10, brief visit, a Red Fox runs over the rip rap right in front of me, real close. When I say in a normal, conversational voice “I guess you didn’t even notice me” it does an about face, runs back in the direction it came, and is seen by Anne & Derek about a minute later running down the east edge of Field 1. Northern Gannet 1, Bufflehead 4, Horned Grebe 1, Common Loon 4. 78, fair, SW5, viz good, high tide. Two Cope’s Gray Tree Frogs call, half-heartedly. The Olszewskis are here, tidying up their blind on the W edge of Field 1 and strew a lot of oyster shells from the dock, the random, white pattern of the shells on the cove bottom reminding me of the dappled white of Dogwood blossoms. Two Wild Turkeys in the yard. 71 degrees F. at 8 P.M.


APRIL 16, SUNDAY. Successful Easter egg hunt. Two FOY Chimney Swifts. A pudgy Fowler’s Toad on the front porch steps, my FOY, seen, that is. Cute. LUCY POINT, 9:57-11:37, Northern Gannet 6, Common Loon 3, Bufflehead 4, Forster’s Tern 2, Bonaparte’s Gull 1, Osprey 6, Great Egret 1 (FOY). Butterflies: Spring Azure 1, sulphur 2, Tiger Swallowtail 1, Cabbage White 4. Fourteen boats, opening of rockfish season? Clear, SW5, 71-74, viz good, high tide rising. Doze a little in the sun. The bottom of Poplar Cove is barren, ain’t no trace hardly of the luxuriant SAV present the previous 2 summers. The Ospreys on our nest platform copulate, a 10-second event. I mean, really. Have they no shame? There are 3 young children present.


APRIL 17, MONDAY. 2 adult Red Foxes running out the driveway. 1 deer in Field 4. 2 Gray Squirrels. Leave Rigby’s Folly at 6:34 A.M. Head on over to Fort Smallwood Park in Anne Arundel County, are there 9:40-11:15, but the rain, a cool 60 degrees F., and overcast skies shut down any potential raptor flight. Hob nob with Hal Wierenga and we see: Osprey 12 (hunting not migrating), an adult Bald Eagle, c. 20 migrating rough-winged swallows, Horned Grebe 1, Common Loon 6, Barn Swallow 3, Fish Crow 4, Bufflehead 8, 30 cormorants, and a Caspian Tern. I spot an Orchard Oriole nest left over from last year.


On the way back to PA it is always amusing to pass by Red Toad Road off I-95. Wisteria, viburnum, and lilacs are in full bloom. The oaks are almost past the catkins stage, so popular with warblers, but the lion’s share of warblers are going to miss that this spring.


LOCAL NEWS. I subscribe to the ‘Easton Star Democrat’ mostly to learn local news, although it has good coverage of sports and some syndicated columnists and opinion pieces not found in the ‘Philadelphia Inquirer’. In the March 23 issue, pages A1 & A6, an article ”Kitten rescued from Chesapeake Bay” caught my attention. “A well-known local waterman played the hero”, rescuing a kitten he noticed swimming under the Annapolis bridge March 17. Calvert “Butterball” Thompson, Jr., caught it in a dip net, then placed it with the rescue organization Chesapeake Cats and Dogs. The article has a color photograph of the kitten (snuggling with a lady, Buffy Fox), dubbed Poseidon, or Poe, for short, plus another b&w shot as well as one of rescuer Butterball. The thinking is that someone threw the kitten into the Bay from the bridge.


ITALY’S FIRST GREAT HORNED OWL. Heard calling in Rome on the soundtrack of ‘Gladiator’ that I watched recently, for the 5th time. Neither Joaquin Phoenix nor Connie Nielsen seemed to notice. Early in the movie a European Robin catches Russell Crowe’s eye. It was nice to see how this pleased him.


Best to all. - Harry Armistead, Philadelphia.

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Date: 4/19/17 12:46 pm
From: Joe Wolf <birdingwolf55...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Early Blackpoll warbler
Saw what I am reasonably sure was an early Blackpoll warbler today over lunch at Piscataway NP - Boardwalk in PG Co. Observed for 3-5 minutes through binocs. Adult male chasing insects in some treetops. Flagged as rare on ebird but I'm pretty sure about this one.

Of course, I didn't have my camera along with me.

You would think I would know better ...

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Date: 4/19/17 9:08 am
From: Wallace Kornack <wallace...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Wednesday 4/19/17
This morning (4/19) at Rock Creek Park in light rain.

——Ross Drive (Bill)
Canada Goose 7 flyby
Mourning Dove
Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Carolina Chickadee
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
Carolina Wren 3
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
American Robin 7
White-throated Sparrow
Eastern Towhee
Northern Cardinal 3
American Goldfinch 3

——Equitation Field
Yellow-rumped Warbler 8
Mallard 2 flyby
Barred Owl
Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
Downy Woodpecker
Carolina Chickadee
Carolina Wren
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
American Robin 11
Chipping Sparrow 2
White-throated Sparrow
Eastern Towhee
Northern Cardinal 2
Brown-headed Cowbird 6
American Goldfinch

——Ridge
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
American Robin
Northern Cardinal
Eastern Titmouse

——Yard Parking Lot
Mourning Dove 2
Blue Jay 2
American Crow
American Robin 2
Northern Cardinal 2
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow

——Maintenance Yard
Turkey Vulture flyby
Mourning Dove 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Blue Jay 4
American Crow 4
Carolina Chickadee 2
Tufted Titmouse 4
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
Carolina Wren 2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 2
American Robin 2
Northern Cardinal 2
Brown-headed Cowbird

Contributors: Bill Butler, Leon Kass, Jim Lemert, Rennie Selkirk

Have Fun Birding!

Wallace Kornack
Washington DC

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Date: 4/19/17 8:37 am
From: Bobbi <b.reichwein...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Jean Worthley.
On Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at 11:40:58 AM UTC-4, paul noell wrote:
> The M.O.S. has lost an enthusiastic and supportive birder, with the passing of Jean R. Worthley. Her obituary appeared yesterday (17 April) in the Balto. Sun. Long-time Baltimore area residents will remember her as "Miss Jean" of "Hodgepodge Lodge", a children's TV nature program of earlier times.
>
>
> I met her and husband Elmer when giving a slide presentation of Mushrooms of Maryland at their home on Bonita Ave., just next door to the MPT building (back of which was Hodgepodge Lodge!). In addition to her M.O.S. and other affiliations, she and Elmer made a number of appearances at the annual N.A.M.A.(N. Amer. Mycological Ass'n) annual forays, where we would again trade pleasantries. Her support of Cylburn(Mansion) and BBC birding activities, among other interests, is well known
>
>
> I personally have lost a valued friend of my generation, a person of exceptional intelligence and wit, who celebrated Life in all it's forms, in loving fashion on this planet Earth.
>
>
> Paul Noell
> Balto.  MD

Both of my children grew up watching Miss Jean and loved it. It was such a pleasant way for them to calm down before dinner and actually gave me time to relax as well. We fondly remember our good times at Hodge Podge Lodge.

Bobbi Reichwein
Davidsonville, MD

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Date: 4/19/17 8:25 am
From: Patricia Wood <pwood...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Tell Gov. Hogan to Protect Pollinator Habitat!

>
>Thanks for keeping us up to date on this! I've read that phone calls are better than emails, so I just made a phone call, using the 410 number, and got a real person on the first ring, and they are taking notes, and she said she would pass it on. If anyone else wants to call, here are the numbers:
Phone:
410-974-3901
1-800-811-8336

Patricia Wood
Silver Spring

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Date: 4/19/17 7:34 am
From: Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Jean Worthley.
The actual Hodge-Podge Lodge now resides at the Howard County
Conservancy/Mount Pleasant on Rt. 99 in Woodstock, MD. It's also a great
birding hotspot. See the Birding Howard County at the HowCo Bird Club's
webpage, howardbirds.com. Or Google "Howard County Conservancy."


On Wed, Apr 19, 2017 at 8:08 AM Guineabird via Maryland & DC Birding <
<mdbirding...> wrote:

> Thanks Paul,
>
> Your memories of Jean are perfect.
> She was in good humor and always available to answer questions about any of
> Nature's details, insect, butterfly, animal, plant. .
> If she didn't know the answer, she knew who did.
>
> There are few others as knowledgeable.
> She will be missed.
>
> Thanks again for your tribute.
>
> Gail Frantz
>
>
> In a message dated 4/18/2017 11:41:00 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time,
> <myconut...> writes:
>
> The M.O.S. has lost an enthusiastic and supportive birder, with the
> passing of Jean R. Worthley. Her obituary appeared yesterday (17 April) in
> the Balto. Sun. Long-time Baltimore area residents will remember her as
> "Miss Jean" of "Hodgepodge Lodge", a children's TV nature program of
> earlier times.
>
> I met her and husband Elmer when giving a slide presentation of Mushrooms
> of Maryland at their home on Bonita Ave., just next door to the MPT
> building (back of which was Hodgepodge Lodge!). In addition to her M.O.S.
> and other affiliations, she and Elmer made a number of appearances at the
> annual N.A.M.A.(N. Amer. Mycological Ass'n) annual forays, where we would
> again trade pleasantries. Her support of Cylburn(Mansion) and BBC birding
> activities, among other interests, is well known
>
> I personally have lost a valued friend of my generation, a person of
> exceptional intelligence and wit, who celebrated Life in all it's forms, in
> loving fashion on this planet Earth.
>
> Paul Noell
> Balto. MD
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Date: 4/19/17 7:29 am
From: Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fwd: Tell Gov. Hogan to Protect Pollinator Habitat!
Dear Maryland Birders,

MOS is a part of the coalition to pass realistic controls on bird and
pollinator-toxic neonicotinoid pesticides in MD. We need the Governor to
sign another bill toward that goal. Please consider sending a message to
Governor Hogan asking to sign the Pollinator Habitat bill, which will keep
pesticides out of state-sponsored pollinator plots.

From foggy Denver,

Kurt Schwarz
Conservation Chair
Maryland Ornithological Society
<krschwa1...>
<kurtschwarz4...>

[image: Smart on Pesticides Maryland]Great news! Thanks to your endless
support, the Maryland General Assembly has passed important legislation
that will keep state pollinator habitat free of toxic pesticides!

The bill (SB 386/HB 830) requires that designated state pollinator habitat
be free of toxic pesticides known to harm bees, birds, butterflies and
other pollinators. This ensures we don't harm the very species we are
trying to protect.

Despite many attempts to weaken the bill, it passed with strong bipartisan
support.


*Your voice made a real difference! We can't thank you enough for your work
to protect pollinators in our state!*

Last year, your e-mails to the Governor helped make sure he allowed the
Pollinator Protection Act, restricting sales of bee-harming pesticides, to
become law. We've come so far, but there's still one thing left to do -- *help
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Date: 4/19/17 7:08 am
From: Guineabird via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Jean Worthley.
Thanks Paul,

Your memories of Jean are perfect.
She was in good humor and always available to answer questions about any of
Nature's details, insect, butterfly, animal, plant. .
If she didn't know the answer, she knew who did.

There are few others as knowledgeable.
She will be missed.

Thanks again for your tribute.

Gail Frantz



In a message dated 4/18/2017 11:41:00 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time,
<myconut...> writes:

The M.O.S. has lost an enthusiastic and supportive birder, with the
passing of Jean R. Worthley. Her obituary appeared yesterday (17 April) in the
Balto. Sun. Long-time Baltimore area residents will remember her as "Miss
Jean" of "Hodgepodge Lodge", a children's TV nature program of earlier times.


I met her and husband Elmer when giving a slide presentation of Mushrooms
of Maryland at their home on Bonita Ave., just next door to the MPT building
(back of which was Hodgepodge Lodge!). In addition to her M.O.S. and other
affiliations, she and Elmer made a number of appearances at the annual
N.A.M.A.(N. Amer. Mycological Ass'n) annual forays, where we would again trade
pleasantries. Her support of Cylburn(Mansion) and BBC birding activities,
among other interests, is well known


I personally have lost a valued friend of my generation, a person of
exceptional intelligence and wit, who celebrated Life in all it's forms, in
loving fashion on this planet Earth.


Paul Noell
Balto. MD

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Date: 4/19/17 6:35 am
From: Tim Carney <timmyc83...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Swan Creek 4/18/2017
Pleasant census yesterday, but I'm still waiting for the big push.

Highlights: 5 Little Blue Herons and 3 Virginia Rails in the wetlands; 20 Caspian Terns in the north cell. Swamp Sparrows were everywhere, but Song Sparrows were notably absent in several areas where they spent the winter.

eBird list: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S36090121

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

Tim Carney
Nottingham, MD

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Date: 4/19/17 6:16 am
From: s byrd <mybyrdz5...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: 27 Heron Nests Nursery Rd. !
On Friday, April 14, 2017 at 8:30:47 AM UTC-4, s byrd wrote:
> Counted 27 Great Blue Heron nest last weekend at the Nursery road heronry found by my late friend Sykes a couple years ago . There may have been a dozen when he was checking them but I counted 27 from my car while sitting in a Hollins Ferry road parking lot . They will likely be unseeable from the car as soon as the trees fill in . Walking to them will take more stamina as they are surrounded by marsh . Located behind G and M restaurant in Linthicum in South West Baltimore . Was only able to see about a dozen herons from this view . Also can see the New Eagles nest from same vantage as it sits just a little bit away from the heronry .
>
> Saundra Byrd
> southwest Baltimore
> Happy Easter weekend !


Ok I know this is old news but I wondered all weekend (being without internet ) if I had written Hammonds Ferry or Hollins Ferry road. and so it is ... I wrote the wrong one . it was Hammonds ferry I was on not Hollins ferry . Ive always had to picture these in my head before speaking of them to make sure I say the correct one . One would think youd get them correct since you lived here your whole life . Grew up in Lansdowne . Wont be seeing much of them anymore as ill be moving to Eastern shore soon . Likely be reporting from there from now on.

Saundra byrd
Baltimore md.

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Date: 4/19/17 6:03 am
From: christine Ley <chrisley21...>
Subject: [MDBirding] looking for lightroom (photography) instruction
I took at class at Glen Echo, but it didn’t work out well. Does anyone have suggestions about how I could learn the basics now that I bought the app?

Thanks. Chris
Bethesda

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Date: 4/19/17 3:36 am
From: Lydia Schindler <lydia13621...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fwd: DC Area, 4/18/2017
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Date: Tue, Apr 18, 2017 at 9:34 PM
Subject: DC Area, 4/18/2017
To: <BIRDEAST...>


Hotline: Voice of the Naturalist
Date: 4/18/2017
Coverage: MD/DC/VA/DE/WV panhandle
Reports, comments, questions: <voice...>
Compiler: Helen Patton
Sponsor: Audubon Naturalist Society of the Central
Atlantic States (independent of NAS)
Transcriber: Steve Cordle

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

This is the Voice of the Naturalist, a service of the Audubon
Naturalist Society. This report covers the week starting Tuesday,
April 11, and was completed on Tuesday, April 18 at about 8:00 p.m.

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

TOP BIRD THIS WEEK: PRAIRIE FALCON* in VA.

OTHER BIRDS OF INTEREST: waterfowl, NORTHERN BOBWHITE, RING-NECKED
PHEASANT, goatsuckers, hummingbirds, rails, LITTLE GULL, SANDWICH
TERN, ANHINGA, AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS, herons, egrets, ibis,
BROAD-WINGED HAWK, RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS, NORTHERN SHRIKE, warblers,
sparrows, SUMMER TANAGER, SCARLET TANAGER ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK,
PAINTED BUNTING.

TOP BIRD

The PRAIRIE FALCON* continued most of the week around the defunct
power plant in Alexandria, VA.

OTHER BIRDS OF INTEREST

Four SNOW GEESE were at Figgs Landing, Worcester Co, MD on April 14. A
CACKLING GOOSE was at the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center, Queen
Anne's Co, MD on April 13 and 14. TRUMPETER SWANS were reported from
several sites this week, all in Maryland. Sightings included: one in
the ponds at the intersection of Routes 4 and 260, Calvert Co. on
April 13; two at Tenthouse Ct, Anne Arundel Co, on April 12, 13 and
14; two at Back River, Diamond Point Road, Baltimore Co, on April 14;
one at Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, Anne Arundel Co, on
April 15; one at Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary, Anne Arundel Co, on April
15 and one at the Patuxent River Park, Mt. Calvert, Prince George's
Co, on April 16.

A REDHEAD was at the C&O Canal, Violette's Lock, Montgomery Co, MD on
April 17. A COMMON GOLDENEYE was at Big Water Farm (private) Queen
Anne's Co, MD on April 12. Producing the "Ahhh" moment or the week,
five COMMON MERGANSER chicks with their mother were at Riverbend Park,
Fairfax Co, VA on April 16 and 17.

Two NORTHERN BOBWHITES were at the C&O Canal, Sycamore Landing,
Montgomery Co, MD on April 18. A RING-NECKED PHEASANT was at Cherry
Hill Park, Baltimore Co, MD on April 12.

Goatsuckers began appearing in the area including a high count of 3
CHUCK-WLL'S-WIDOWS and 28 EASTERN WHIP-POOR-WILLS heard in the
Shenandoah Wetlands on Lake Road and Coal Road near Stuart's Draft,
Augusta Co, VA on April 16.

RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRDS visited feeders throughout the area this
past week. The RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD that was reported from Saint Mary's
Co, MD, for months was last seen on Thursday, April 13.

A VIRGINIA RAIL and a SORA were at Huntley Meadows Park, Fairfax Co,
VA on April 15.

A SANDHILL CRANE was in Accident, Garrett Co, MD on April 14 and 15. A
SANDHILL CFANE was at Grier's Pond, New Castle Co, DE on April 15

A LITTLE GULL was at the MDE Reclamation Site on the Back River,
Baltimore Co, MD on April 16. Another LITTLE GULL was at Back River,
Diamond Point Road, Baltimore Co, MD on April 18. One to two SANDWICH
TERNS were at the Messick Point, Poquoson Co, VA on April 12. More
SANDWICH TERNS crowded Virginia Beach, VA with sightings at the 85th
Street Beach, Back Bay NWR, Pleasure House Point NA and Rudee Inlet
during the week.

An ANHINGA was at the Carson Wetland, Prince George's Co, VA on April
13. Six ANHINGAS were at Stumpy Lake NA, Virginia Beach, VA on April
13.

An AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN was at Lake Frederick, Frederick Co, VA on
April 11. Ten AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS were at Currioman Bay,
Westmoreland Co, VA on April 14. Twenty six AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS
were at Hog Island WMA, Surry Co, VA also on April 14. Twenty AMERICAN
WHITE PELICANS were at the York River SP, James City Co, VA on April
16.

A GREAT BLUE HERON Rookery with 27 nests is behind the G&M Restaurant
in Linthicum, Baltimore Co, MD, observed on April 14. Eighteen GREAT
EGRETS were on an island downstream from White's Ferry, Montgomery Co,
MD on April 15. A CATTLE EGRET was at Fulton Pond, Howard Co, MD on
April 17. Fourteen to fifteen CATTLE EGRETS were at Waredace Farms,
Laytonsville, Montgomery Co, MD also on April 17.

A WHITE IBIS was at Chincoteague NWR, Accomack Co, VA on April 11. A
WHITE-FACED IBIS was at Chincoteague NWR on April 12.

Migration of BROAD-WINGED HAWKS seems to be barely starting, with a
small number seen scattered widely over the reporting area.

RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS popped up in many venues last week.

The continuing NORTHERN SHRIKE in the Sully Woodlands, Fairfax Co, VA
was seen again on April 14 and 16.

The expected migrants are showing up on schedule, but a few are
arriving a little early. Warbler sightings were scattered throughout
the area with a high count of 11 species seen on the Blue Ridge
Parkway in VA on April 14.

VESPER SPARROWS were located in their "traditional spots" on Budd and
Offutt Roads, Poolesville, Montgomery Co, MD on April 15. A
GRASSHOPPER SPARROW was at the Chester River Field Research Center
(Chino Farms), Queen Anne's Co, MD on April 15 and 16. Another
GRASSHOPPER SPARROW was at the Hughes Road Polo Grounds, Montgomery
Co, MD on April 15. Four HENSLOW'S SPARROWS were at Old Legislative
Road, Allegany Co, MD on April 16. A LINCOLN'S SPARROW was on White
Mill Trail, Fauquier Co, VA on April 11.

A SUMMER TANAGER was at the Great Dismal Swamp NWR, Chesapeake Co, VA
on April 18. A SCARLET TANAGER was at Fifteen Mile Creek, Allegany Co,
MD on April 16. A ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK was at Dikon Ravenwood,
Washington Co, MD on April 18. Another ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK was at
the Gunston Manor property, Fairfax Co, VA on April 16.

A PAINTED BUNTING was at Parksley, Accomack Co, VA on April 12. A
PAINTED BUNTING was at Cypress Point, Virginia Beach, VA on April 13
and 16.

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

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

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

Thank you for your interest, and enjoy the birds.

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Date: 4/18/17 8:36 pm
From: SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Tuesday, April 18, 2017 110 Raptors
Fort Smallwood Park
Pasadena, Maryland, USA


Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 18, 2017
Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
Black Vulture 16 112 214
Turkey Vulture 78 2144 5280
Osprey 4 255 405
Bald Eagle 1 43 78
Northern Harrier 1 40 43
Sharp-shinned Hawk 4 270 318
Cooper's Hawk 2 83 122
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 44 90
Broad-winged Hawk 1 75 75
Red-tailed Hawk 1 69 110
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 2
American Kestrel 0 81 109
Merlin 1 24 30
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 2 2
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 1 1 2
Total: 110 3243 6880


Observation start time: 9:30 am
Observation end time: 4:00 pm Daylight Time
Total observation time: 6.5 hours
Official Counter Sue Ricciardi
Observers: Chris Reed, Dan Walker, Hal Wierenga


Visitors: Bobbi Reichwein, Gerry, Lydia, Sheryl McNair

Weather: Mostly sunny; 59-67 degrees; excellent visibility; winds light often with an easterly component, 0-8 mph

Raptor Observations: Tough skies and easterly winds today made viewing conditions difficult.

Non-raptor Observations:

---------------------------------------------
Report submitted by Sue Ricciardi (<susiericc...> mailto:<susiericc...> )
Fort Smallwood Park information may be found at: http://www.mdbirds.org/sites/mdsites/hawks/hawkwatch.html

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

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Date: 4/18/17 8:27 pm
From: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...>
Subject: [MDBirding] [FR] FOS Chimney Swift
A single in view for a very brief flight this evening.

3 days earlier than 2015

6 days earlier than 2016

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

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Date: 4/18/17 8:15 pm
From: john doe <myconut...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Cromwell Valley Park sighting(s).
Because of an early afternoon walk, little was expected. Sure enough, only some Palm Warblers (yellow) highlighted a scant no. of species, tho' a trio of Field, Song and Chipping Sparrow made a nice counter-point to several Bluebirds. Then, as I neared my car, a familiar raucous call sight my attention and, as I looked up overhead a Raven made several more iterations and I could easily make out the distinctive diamond outline of it's tail. A nice end to a rather perfunctory walk. Oh, yeah, I spoke briefly to Tim Houghton early on and he'd had Orchard Orioles.
Paul  Noell
Balto.  MD

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Date: 4/18/17 6:35 pm
From: Scott Young <wsyacy...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: 14-15 Cattle Egrets @ Waredaca Farms
Did anyone see them today?

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Date: 4/18/17 5:11 pm
From: Georgia McDonald <gmcdonald1501...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Gunpowder SP Sweetair area
Best birds were Brown Creeper & Savannah Sparrow.

Turkey Vulture
Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Mourning Dove
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy WP
Pileated WP
Eastern Phoebe
Blue Jay
American Crow
Tree Swallow
Barn Swallow
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
BROWN CREEPER
House Wren
Carolina Wren
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Eastern Bluebird
Hermit Thrush
American Robin
Northern Mockingbird
Palm Warbler yellow-eastern
Pine Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Chipping Sparrow
Field Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Song Sparrow
SAVANNAH SPARROW
Eastern Towhee
Northern Cardinal
American Goldfinch

Georgia McDonald Towson, Balt Co

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Date: 4/18/17 9:55 am
From: 'Marcy Stutzman' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: 14-15 Cattle Egrets @ Waredaca Farms
I do not believe there is anywhere to check in. You cannot "drive around the pastures", but there is a lane you can drive on to view pastures:) You can park your vehicle and look from behind fences at pastures, too. As well as observing multiple pastures from the public road. It's a big place where people board their horses so there is activity (people coming/going) ongoing most of the time. There's also a brewery, but I do not know if it is open during the day or not!

Marcy

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Date: 4/18/17 9:36 am
From: Pat Valdata <pvaldata1...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Turkey sighting
I saw a Wild Turkey on the shoulder of Crisfield Marion Road this morning. I've seen them along MD413, too, but this was much closer to my neigborhood.

Waterfowl numbers are way down. The Buffleheads left on Easter, I think, and most of the Mallards must be on nests. Only a few males show up when my neighbor puts out a pan of corn.

Pat Valdata 
Crisfield, Somerset County

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Date: 4/18/17 9:26 am
From: Wallace Kornack <wallace...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Tuesday 4/18/17
Correction: List should read Rose-breasted Grosbeak and not Black-headed Grosbeak.

Wallace Kornack
Washington DC

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Date: 4/18/17 9:05 am
From: Wallace Kornack <wallace...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Tuesday 4/18/17
This morning (4/18) at Rock Creek Park.

Warblers seen: Palm, Yellow-rump

Other Highlights: Wood Duck, Wood Thrush, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Ring-billed Gull, Black Vulture, Red-tailed Hawk

——Ross Drive (Bill)
Wood Duck
Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
Carolina Chickadee 3
Tufted Titmouse 5
White-breasted Nuthatch
Carolina Wren 2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Wood Thrush
American Robin 10
White-throated Sparrow 2
Eastern Towhee 5
Northern Cardinal 2
American Goldfinch 3

——Equitation Field
Palm Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler 12
Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
Northern Flicker
Blue Jay 21+ flyby
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
Carolina Wren
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
American Robin 9
European Starling
Chipping Sparrow 7
Northern Cardinal
Rose-breasted Grosbeak FOY (Marina)
Brown-headed Cowbird
American Goldfinch

——Ridge
Ring-billed Gull flyby (Marina)
Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
Carolina Wren
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
American Robin 2
Chipping Sparrow 2
White-throated Sparrow 2
Eastern Towhee 2
Northern Cardinal
Black-headed Grosbeak (Marina)
American Goldfinch

——Yard Parking Lot
Black Vulture flyby
Mourning Dove
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
White-breasted Nuthatch
European Starling
House Sparrow

——Fence Line
House Finch
Carolina Wren

——Maintenance Yard
Palm Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Red-tailed Hawk flyby
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Fish Crow
Tufted Titmouse
Carolina Wren
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 2
Eastern Towhee
Northern Cardinal

——Dog Run
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
American Robin
White-throated Sparrow
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
European Starling

Contributors: Bill Butler, Leon Kass, Alan Johnston, Marina True, David Nottingham, Mike

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Wallace Kornack
Washington DC

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Date: 4/18/17 8:41 am
From: paul noell <myconut...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Jean Worthley.
The M.O.S. has lost an enthusiastic and supportive birder, with the passing
of Jean R. Worthley. Her obituary appeared yesterday (17 April) in the
Balto. Sun. Long-time Baltimore area residents will remember her as "Miss
Jean" of "Hodgepodge Lodge", a children's TV nature program of earlier
times.

I met her and husband Elmer when giving a slide presentation of Mushrooms
of Maryland at their home on Bonita Ave., just next door to the MPT
building (back of which was Hodgepodge Lodge!). In addition to her M.O.S.
and other affiliations, she and Elmer made a number of appearances at the
annual N.A.M.A.(N. Amer. Mycological Ass'n) annual forays, where we would
again trade pleasantries. Her support of Cylburn(Mansion) and BBC birding
activities, among other interests, is well known

I personally have lost a valued friend of my generation, a person of
exceptional intelligence and wit, who celebrated Life in all it's forms, in
loving fashion on this planet Earth.

Paul Noell
Balto. MD

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Date: 4/18/17 8:16 am
From: jcdlmartin via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] RE: 14-15 Cattle Egrets @ Waredaca Farms
Marcy, thanks for posting. Do you know if visitors need to check in before driving around the pastures?

Joel Martin

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On Monday, April 17, 2017 'Marcy Stutzman' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> wrote:
Posted for Jay Sheppard

Waredaca Farms
4015 Damascus Rd, Laytonsville, MD 20882

-----Original Message-----
From: Jay Sheppard <jaymsheppard95...>
Sent: Mon, Apr 17, 2017 2:38 pm
Subject: Cattle Egrets in Mont. Co

Might be of interest to MD Birding.. not a common bird in this part of Maryland. Might be a county bird for some.

Just got a report of 14-15 Cattle Egrets feeding with the horses at Waredaca Farms west of Sunshine in upper Montgomery Co. They just arrived in the last half hour (~ 2PM Monday). Public is welcome to drive into the farm, just not go running around the pastures with the horses, etc. There are several large pastures in this complex, may have to look around. (This is the same farm where the three Ross's Geese were in middle of last December.)

Waredaca Farms is on north side of rt. 650 about 2 miles west of rt. 97 (Georgia Ave.) or about 4 miles east of where 650 and 108 meet in little crossroads place called Etchison.

Jay
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Russet, MD

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Date: 4/18/17 7:14 am
From: Daniel Sloan <danielsloan215...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Rock Creek Park, Monday 4/17/17
In the evening (04/17), just before dusk, I had an adult male Black-throated Blue Warbler at the very back of the Maintenance Yard - where it pushes up against the trail leading to the horse stables.

Dany Sloan
Columbia Heights, DC


On Monday, April 17, 2017 at 11:46:50 AM UTC-4, Wallace Kornack wrote:
> This morning (4/17) at Rock Creek Park.
>
>
> Warblers seen:  Palm, Yellow-rump, Pine
>
>
> ——Ross Drive   (Bill)Mourning Dove     2
> Red-bellied Woodpecker      4
> Northern Flicker  
> Blue Jay     2
> Tufted Titmouse     4
> White-breasted Nuthatch  
> Carolina Wren  
> Ruby-crowned Kinglet     2
> Wood Thrush  
> American Robin     4
> White-throated Sparrow     2
> Eastern Towhee     2
> Northern Cardinal     4
> Brown-headed Cowbird     2
> American Goldfinch     2
>
>
> ——Equitation Field
> Palm Warbler  3
> Yellow-rumped Warbler  2
> Red-bellied Woodpecker  4
> Northern Flicker  
> Blue Jay     2
> Fish Crow  
> Carolina Chickadee     3
> White-breasted Nuthatch     2
> Carolina Wren  
> Blue-gray Gnatcatcher     2
> American Robin     11
> Chipping Sparrow     4
> Eastern Towhee  
> Brown-headed Cowbird     3
> American Goldfinch     2
>
>
>
> ——Ridge
> Red-bellied Woodpecker  
> Northern Flicker     3
> Carolina Chickadee  
> Tufted Titmouse  
> White-breasted Nuthatch  
> American Robin     4
> American Goldfinch  
>
>
> ——Yard Parking Lot
> Yellow-rumped Warbler  
> Red-bellied Woodpecker  
> Blue Jay  
> Carolina Chickadee  
> Tufted Titmouse  
> Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  
> Brown-headed Cowbird  
> American Goldfinch  
> House Sparrow     2
>
>
> ——Maintenance Yard
> Pine Warbler     2     (David)
> Mourning Dove  
> Red-bellied Woodpecker     2
> Northern Flicker  
> Blue Jay  
> American Crow  
> Fish Crow  
> White-breasted Nuthatch     2
> Carolina Wren  
> Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  
> Ruby-crowned Kinglet  
> American Robin    4
> White-throated Sparrow  
> Eastern Towhee  
> Northern Cardinal  
> American Goldfinch  
>
>
> ——Dog Run
> Blue Jay  
> Ruby-crowned Kinglet  
> American Robin  
> White-throated Sparrow  
> Song Sparrow  
> Northern Cardinal  
>
>
> Contributors:  Bill Butler, Leon Kass, David Sperling, Don Kates, Wendy Kates, Jim Lemert
>
>
> Have Fun Birding!
>
>
> Wallace Kornack
> Washington  DC

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Date: 4/17/17 1:05 pm
From: SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Sunday, April 16, 2017 433 Raptors
Fort Smallwood Park
Pasadena, Maryland, USA


Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 16, 2017
Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
Black Vulture 0 96 198
Turkey Vulture 221 2066 5202
Osprey 14 251 401
Bald Eagle 14 42 77
Northern Harrier 4 39 42
Sharp-shinned Hawk 102 266 314
Cooper's Hawk 23 81 120
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 2 44 90
Broad-winged Hawk 34 74 74
Red-tailed Hawk 7 68 109
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 2
American Kestrel 8 81 109
Merlin 4 23 29
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 2 2
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 1
Total: 433 3133 6770


Observation start time: 8:30 am
Observation end time: 5 pm Daylight Time
Total observation time: 8.5 hours
Official Counter Andy Smith
Observers: Andy Higgs, Hal Wierenga, Hugh Hoffman, Lynn Davidson


Visitors: Anne Arundel Bird Club

Weather: Partly cloudy becoming sunny and then mostly cloudy ending with showers; 64 to a toasty 86 degrees; good visibility with haze at times; winds out of the WSW grew in intensity over the course of the day, 4-18 mph, gusting to 29 mph

Raptor Observations: The strong winds pushed the main flight line out over the water; flight became very high with the warming temperatures and migrants were likely missed when the skies were clear or nearly so. Even so, it was a good day for migration.

Non-raptor Observations: Strong movement of Blue Jays, swallows (mainly Northern Rough-winged and Tree), Red-winged Blackbirds and American Goldfinches, at least 1000 of each. Common Loon 9; Little Blue Heron 2; Large number of Dragonflies; Cricket Frogs singing.

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Report submitted by Sue Ricciardi (<susiericc...> mailto:<susiericc...> )
Fort Smallwood Park information may be found at: http://www.mdbirds.org/sites/mdsites/hawks/hawkwatch.html

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

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Date: 4/17/17 1:02 pm
From: SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Saturday, April 15, 2017 11 Raptors
Fort Smallwood Park
Pasadena, Maryland, USA


Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 15, 2017
Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
Black Vulture 1 96 198
Turkey Vulture 0 1845 4981
Osprey 5 237 387
Bald Eagle 1 28 63
Northern Harrier 0 35 38
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 164 212
Cooper's Hawk 1 58 97
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 2 42 88
Broad-winged Hawk 0 40 40
Red-tailed Hawk 0 61 102
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 2
American Kestrel 0 73 101
Merlin 0 19 25
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 2 2
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 1
Total: 11 2700 6337


Observation start time: 8:45 am
Observation end time: 2:30 pm Daylight Time
Total observation time: 5.75 hours
Official Counter Paul Fritz
Observers: Chris Reed, Hal Wierenga

Weather: Cloudy; 55-67 degrees; good visibility; winds light and southeasterly, 4-10 mph.

Raptor Observations: Not much flying today

Non-raptor Observations: Rusty Blackbird 15; Royal Tern 2; Least Tern 2

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Report submitted by Sue Ricciardi (<susiericc...> mailto:<susiericc...> )
Fort Smallwood Park information may be found at: http://www.mdbirds.org/sites/mdsites/hawks/hawkwatch.html

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

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Date: 4/17/17 12:40 pm
From: 'Marcy Stutzman' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] 14-15 Cattle Egrets @ Waredaca Farms
Posted for Jay Sheppard

Waredaca Farms
4015 Damascus Rd, Laytonsville, MD 20882

-----Original Message-----
From: Jay Sheppard <jaymsheppard95...>
Sent: Mon, Apr 17, 2017 2:38 pm
Subject: Cattle Egrets in Mont. Co

Might be of interest to MD Birding.. not a common bird in this part of Maryland. Might be a county bird for some.

Just got a report of 14-15 Cattle Egrets feeding with the horses at Waredaca Farms west of Sunshine in upper Montgomery Co. They just arrived in the last half hour (~ 2PM Monday). Public is welcome to drive into the farm, just not go running around the pastures with the horses, etc. There are several large pastures in this complex, may have to look around. (This is the same farm where the three Ross's Geese were in middle of last December.)

Waredaca Farms is on north side of rt. 650 about 2 miles west of rt. 97 (Georgia Ave.) or about 4 miles east of where 650 and 108 meet in little crossroads place called Etchison.

Jay
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Marcy Stutzman
Russet, MD

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Date: 4/17/17 11:47 am
From: Jim Wilkinson <lakekoshare...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Cattle Egret at Fulton Pond, Howard County, April 17
A Cattle Egret was at Fulton Pond along Route 216 and west of Route 29 at 1:15 PM today.

Jim Wilkinson
Columbia, MD

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Date: 4/17/17 11:15 am
From: David Young <lcdyoung93...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Common Merganser Chicks on the Potomac
I reported this yesterday on the Va-Bird , but want to make note of it here.
Once again there are Common Merganser chicks on the Potomac. I saw
them yesterday (4/16) in the area just north of the visitors center at Riverbend.
They were in Maryland waters in the vicinity of the "new " Bald Eagle nest also
in Maryland. This is now the second aerie above Great Falls. The 5 chicks were
all close to Mom who was lounging on a rock in the sun. I think this is at least
the 7th year they have successfully bred on this stretch of the river.



Dave Young
Reston, Va
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Date: 4/17/17 10:32 am
From: scott bates <fennecfox1947...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Lander/Brunswick Canal FOY Birds
Louisiana waterthrush
Parula
Black-throated Blue
Eastern towhee

Plus 2 snapping turtles leaving the canal

4/16 between mile 51/54

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Date: 4/17/17 8:46 am
From: Wallace Kornack <wallace...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Monday 4/17/17
This morning (4/17) at Rock Creek Park.

Warblers seen: Palm, Yellow-rump, Pine

——Ross Drive (Bill)
Mourning Dove 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker 4
Northern Flicker
Blue Jay 2
Tufted Titmouse 4
White-breasted Nuthatch
Carolina Wren
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 2
Wood Thrush
American Robin 4
White-throated Sparrow 2
Eastern Towhee 2
Northern Cardinal 4
Brown-headed Cowbird 2
American Goldfinch 2

——Equitation Field
Palm Warbler 3
Yellow-rumped Warbler 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker 4
Northern Flicker
Blue Jay 2
Fish Crow
Carolina Chickadee 3
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
Carolina Wren
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 2
American Robin 11
Chipping Sparrow 4
Eastern Towhee
Brown-headed Cowbird 3
American Goldfinch 2

——Ridge
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Northern Flicker 3
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
American Robin 4
American Goldfinch

——Yard Parking Lot
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Blue Jay
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Brown-headed Cowbird
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow 2

——Maintenance Yard
Pine Warbler 2 (David)
Mourning Dove
Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
Northern Flicker
Blue Jay
American Crow
Fish Crow
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
Carolina Wren
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
American Robin 4
White-throated Sparrow
Eastern Towhee
Northern Cardinal
American Goldfinch

——Dog Run
Blue Jay
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
American Robin
White-throated Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Northern Cardinal

Contributors: Bill Butler, Leon Kass, David Sperling, Don Kates, Wendy Kates, Jim Lemert

Have Fun Birding!

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Date: 4/17/17 8:39 am
From: jcdlmartin via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: RE: [MDBirding] St. Mary's County Rufous Hummingbird
Thanks, Tyler, for your thorough documentation of this bird. I'm glad I got to see her!

Joel Martin

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On Monday, April 17, 2017 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> wrote:
Well, it was bound to happen. The St. Mary's County second year female Rufous Hummingbird was last seen on Thursday afternoon (by me). Despite concentrated feeder watching over the weekend, she was not detected. The homeowner has not reported any hummingbird activity at the feeder so there's no confusion with arriving Ruby-throats.

There are only a handful of RUHU records in St. Mary's but this was by far the longest staying bird. She was first seen on 10/11 and last seen on 4/13. It was also a new species on the Patuxent CBC.

Will she come back next winter? Bruce Peterjohn says there's about a 10% chance. Will have to wait and see!

Tyler Bell
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California, Maryland

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Date: 4/17/17 7:54 am
From: Don Simonson <don.r.simonson...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Hooded Merg with Chicks, Common Loons Violettes Lock Mont Co
A HOODED MERGANSER with 8 black downy chicks (shifting groups - sometimes 4 on her back and 4 in her wake), in the Potomac River near the MD shore 100 feet upstream from the lock. I had not seen so many chicks or chicks riding on a hen's back. two COMMON LOONs were also in the Potomac at C and O Canal between Violette's Lock and Riley's Lock this morning 4/17/17.
A smattering of singing warblers Parula, Yellow-throated, Yellow-rumped, Black-and-white, and ruby crowned kinglets.
good birding!
Don Simonson Darnestown MD

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Date: 4/17/17 7:00 am
From: 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] St. Mary's County Rufous Hummingbird
Well, it was bound to happen. The St. Mary's County second year female Rufous Hummingbird was last seen on Thursday afternoon (by me). Despite concentrated feeder watching over the weekend, she was not detected. The homeowner has not reported any hummingbird activity at the feeder so there's no confusion with arriving Ruby-throats.

There are only a handful of RUHU records in St. Mary's but this was by far the longest staying bird. She was first seen on 10/11 and last seen on 4/13. It was also a new species on the Patuxent CBC.

Will she come back next winter? Bruce Peterjohn says there's about a 10% chance. Will have to wait and see!

Tyler Bell
<jtylerbell...>
California, Maryland

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Date: 4/17/17 6:08 am
From: Janet Millenson <janet...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Gray Catbirds
Two FOS catbirds were bathing in our little pond this morning. I'm glad
they're back, and look forward to hearing their cheerful squeaky song.
On Friday there was a Brown Thrasher in the yard, but it too was seen
rather than heard. C'mon, give us some of that mimid music!


Janet Millenson
Potomac, MD (Montgomery County)
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Date: 4/17/17 6:04 am
From: Tim Carney <timmyc83...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Poplar Island 4/14/2017
Finally getting around to entering my counts from Friday's census. There were a lot of first-of-season birds including BLACK-NECKED STILT, Forster's Tern, Caspian Tern, Snowy Egret, Cattle Egret, Willet, Purple Martin, and Northern Rough-winged Swallow.

A Yellow-throated Warbler was singing on Coaches Island.

Inflow into Cells 1D and 2C attracted hundreds of first-year Herring Gulls, plus a small influx of shorebirds: Black-bellied Plover, Greater Yellowlegs, Lesser Yellowlegs, Dunlin, and Least Sandpiper.

U.S. Fish & Wildlife and onsite staff also recently reported American Avocet, American Bittern, and Common Tern on the island.

eBird checklist with photos: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S36036531

Tim Carney
Nottingham, MD

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Date: 4/17/17 5:45 am
From: 'diane Ford' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] House Wren Arrivals in Bethesda
Hi all,  A newly arrived House Wren across the street yesterday (4/16).  Saw 2 Parula Warblers in the park. (singing males)Last year the House Wren arrival was 4/22. Observed Blue-gray Gnatcatchers harvesting nesting materials.

D.Ford/Bethesda, Md.

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Date: 4/17/17 4:25 am
From: christine Ley <chrisley21...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Prothonotary at Terrapin Park
Fabulous picture.
> On Apr 16, 2017, at 5:46 PM, Dianne Westbrook <edwestbrook1...> wrote:
>
> On Saturday, April 15, 2017 at 12:16:32 PM UTC-4, James Wilson wrote:
>> I walked thru Terrapin Park on Kent Island this morning. I think there may have been more Yellow-rumped Warblers than Red-winged Blackbirds. Two highlights were a Hermit Thrush and a Prothonotary Warbler. The Prothonotary was clearly seen around marker B7. It was not singing.
>>
>> Yesterday at Adkins Arboretum I had at least 6 singing Ovenbirds. It was great to hear the woods ringing with their song!
>> Jim Wilson
>> Queenstown
>
>
>
> I had Prothonotary Warblers at Govenor Bridge Natural off of Govenor Bridge Rd. off of rt. 301 Crofton/AA County area yesterday at the big lake/fishing area. It was very quiet and very active
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Date: 4/16/17 5:13 pm
From: George Jett <gmjett...>
Subject: [MDBirding] New Arrivals
Folks



Today a Common Yellowthroat was singing from the Lyons Creek Marsh at 7:30
AM, and a male Ruby-throated Hummingbird arrived at 3:04 PM today. I don't
think the hummer will stay since if did not come the feeder as far as I
know.



Also a Wood Thrush was calling last night to the north briefly.





George Jett

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Date: 4/16/17 2:46 pm
From: Dianne Westbrook <edwestbrook1...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Prothonotary at Terrapin Park
On Saturday, April 15, 2017 at 12:16:32 PM UTC-4, James Wilson wrote:
> I walked thru Terrapin Park on Kent Island this morning. I think there may have been more Yellow-rumped Warblers than Red-winged Blackbirds. Two highlights were a Hermit Thrush and a Prothonotary Warbler. The Prothonotary was clearly seen around marker B7. It was not singing.
>
> Yesterday at Adkins Arboretum I had at least 6 singing Ovenbirds. It was great to hear the woods ringing with their song!
> Jim Wilson
> Queenstown



I had Prothonotary Warblers at Govenor Bridge Natural off of Govenor Bridge Rd. off of rt. 301 Crofton/AA County area yesterday at the big lake/fishing area. It was very quiet and very active

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Date: 4/16/17 2:35 pm
From: Wallace Kornack <wallace...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, 4/16/17
This morning (4/16) at Rock Creek Park.

Warblers seen: Louisiana Waterthrush, Palm Warbler, Yellow-rump

——Ross Drive (Bill)
Mourning Dove 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Blue Jay 2
Carolina Chickadee 3
Tufted Titmouse 5
White-breasted Nuthatch 3
Carolina Wren
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 2
Wood Thrush FOY
American Robin 5
White-throated Sparrow 2
Eastern Towhee 2
Northern Cardinal 5
American Goldfinch 4

——Equitation Field
Louisiana Waterthrush (Nick)
Palm Warbler 4 (Laura, Kelly)
Yellow-rumped Warbler 2
Osprey flyby (Bill)
Mourning Dove
Barred Owl (Laura, Kelly)
Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker 2
Blue Jay
American Crow
Fish Crow
Carolina Chickadee 3
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Carolina Wren
American Robin 11
European Starling
Chipping Sparrow 4
White-throated Sparrow 2
Northern Cardinal Brown-headed Cowbird
American Goldfinch 2

——Ridge
Yellow-rumped Warbler 5
Mourning Dove
Red-bellied Woodpecker 4
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Blue Jay
American Crow
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch 3
American Robin 5
Chipping Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow 7
Northern Cardinal 2
Brown-headed Cowbird

——Yard Parking Lot
Northern Flicker 2
Carolina Chickadee 1
European Starling 3
Northern Cardinal 2
Common Grackle 4
House Sparrow 5

——Fence Line
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Blue Jay
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Carolina Wren 2
American Robin 2
House Finch

——Maintenance Yard
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Double-crested Cormorant 18 (Flyby)
Mourning Dove
Blue Jay
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 2
American Goldfinch 2

Contributors: Bill Butler, Leon Kass, Jim Lemert, Nick Constantinople, Laura Smith, Kelly Barsdate, Rennie Selkirk, David Lauter, Callen Swenson, Tucker Scully, Lee Kimbal
Have Fun Birding!

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Date: 4/16/17 10:18 am
From: Janet Millenson <janet...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Green Heron along C&O Canal
Seen across from the impoundment above Pennyfield Lock, milepost 20. The
heron was strutting around with raised crest, emitting little cries.
None of its beautiful vivid plumage was what I'd call "green," but of
course we birders learn pretty early that bird names often don't match
descriptions.


Janet Millenson
Potomac, MD (Montgomery County)
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Date: 4/16/17 8:53 am
From: Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Little Gull @ Back River now
Hi - Adult summer plumaged LIGU now at MDE Reclamation site, flying around with about 35 Bonies. Nice!

Gail Mackiernan
Colesville, MD

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Date: 4/15/17 3:32 pm
From: Karen Caruso <karen.caruso...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Riva Area Park - two Green Herons today!
Riva Area Park, Anne Arundel, Maryland, US
Apr 15, 2017 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Protocol: Stationary
7 species

Green Heron 2
Black Vulture 2
Turkey Vulture 1
Carolina Chickadee 1
Chipping Sparrow 4
Northern Cardinal 2
Red-winged Blackbird 6

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Date: 4/15/17 2:41 pm
From: Joan Cwi <jafjsc...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Slow motion bird videos
These are fantastic!! I allows us to see the flight and landing patterns, as well as the chewing! How did you attach the camera to catch the birds?

Joan Cwi
Baltimore


> On Apr 15, 2017, at 4:24 PM, hardenm55 <hardenm55...> wrote:
>
> Hi everyone,
>
> I have finally figured out how to get slow motion videos with my Bird Photo Booth 2.0. Here are my latest visitors:
>
> Song Sparrow- https://youtu.be/MmVlWV9wsT0 <https://youtu.be/MmVlWV9wsT0>
>
> Tufted Titmouse- https://youtu.be/NJrYXZRH2e8 <https://youtu.be/NJrYXZRH2e8>
>
> White-throated Sparrow- https://youtu.be/g-WyNOTz820 <https://youtu.be/g-WyNOTz820>
>
> These were all taken on my back deck in Havre de Grace.
>
> Enjoy!
>
> Monroe Harden
> Havre de Grace, MD
> <hardenm...> <mailto:<hardenm...>
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Date: 4/15/17 1:40 pm
From: Georgia McDonald <gmcdonald1501...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Cromwell Valley Park this am
Best birds: Black-and-White, Parula & Palm Warblers, Common Raven & Osprey

The Raven was a vocalizing fly-over at the reservoir end of the park. Best
bird of all was an Osprey that came down to the ground in the far western
end of the park & flew away with a wad of nest-lining material!

Canada Goose
Turkey Vulture
Black Vulture
Osprey
Cooper's Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Mourning Dove
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy WP
Northern Flicker
Pileated WP
Eastern Phoebe
Blue Jay
American Crow
COMMON RAVEN - calling
Tree Swallow
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
HOUSE WREN
Carolina Wren
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Eastern Bluebird
American Robin
Northern Mockingbird
European Starling
BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER
NORTHERN PARULA
PALM WARBLER eastern
Chipping Sparrow
Field Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Eastern Towhee
Northern Cardinal
Red-winged Blackbird
Brown-headed Cowbird
House Finch
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow

Georgia McDonald Towson, Balt Co

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Date: 4/15/17 1:24 pm
From: hardenm55 <hardenm55...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Slow motion bird videos
Hi everyone,

I have finally figured out how to get slow motion videos with my Bird Photo
Booth 2.0. Here are my latest visitors:

Song Sparrow- https://youtu.be/MmVlWV9wsT0



Tufted Titmouse- https://youtu.be/NJrYXZRH2e8


White-throated Sparrow- https://youtu.be/g-WyNOTz820


These were all taken on my back deck in Havre de Grace.


Enjoy!


Monroe Harden

Havre de Grace, MD

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Date: 4/15/17 9:16 am
From: James Wilson <birdmanjfw...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Prothonotary at Terrapin Park
I walked thru Terrapin Park on Kent Island this morning. I think there may have been more Yellow-rumped Warblers than Red-winged Blackbirds. Two highlights were a Hermit Thrush and a Prothonotary Warbler. The Prothonotary was clearly seen around marker B7. It was not singing.

Yesterday at Adkins Arboretum I had at least 6 singing Ovenbirds. It was great to hear the woods ringing with their song!
Jim Wilson
Queenstown

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Date: 4/15/17 9:11 am
From: 'Elda Banks' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Hooded Warbler at Pennyfield today????
Did anyone see the Hooded Warbler today at Pennyfield or any place nearby? Thank you.Elda BanksSilver Spring

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Date: 4/15/17 9:09 am
From: 'Clive Harris' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Great Egret Colony - White's Ferry, field birds
I went driving some of the back roads around and past Poolesville this morning.
Hughes Rd had a Grasshopper Sparrow, newly arrived I imagine, singing from the field opposite the polo field.  Vesper Sparrows were acting like they were on territory at the "traditional" spots of Budd Road and West Offutt Road.  The latter site had a nice group of Savannah, Field and Chipping Sparrows and a bit further down the road some White-crowned Sparrows were singing. I did not see or hear Vespers at some of the other spots they usually are e.g. Westerly Road but hopefully they are here or will arrive soon. Also new for me this year was a Praire Warbler near the Patton Turf Farm.
The biggest surprise was seeing as many as 10 Great Egrets on nests in the heronry on the island downstream from White's Ferry - and in total I counted 18 Great Egrets in total.  I used to cover this area for the breeding bird survey and hen doing that one year I did see one egret take a stick to the island.   At that time it had around 15 or so Great Blue Heron nests visible from the boat ramp. Now however the Great Egrets seem to be taking over - I could only count 4 Great Blues on the nest. Of course you can only see part of the island from the ramp so perhaps there are more birds of both species on the nest further down the island. 
Good birding
Clive HarrisCabin John, MD

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Date: 4/15/17 8:15 am
From: Pete Givan <rocinrobin...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Warblers on cloudy day??
On Saturday, April 15, 2017 at 9:17:09 AM UTC-4, Elda Banks wrote:
> We would like to look for the Hooded Warbler today .. Would the clouds affect our chances of seeing it?
> Thank you.
> Elda Banks
> Silver Spring

They shouldn't affect seeing the warbler at all. I will say that I had to do some "phishing" to get him to show himself and then it was a game of hide and seek.

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Date: 4/15/17 8:07 am
From: Samuel Miller <srmiller2022...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Calvert Trumpeter Swan, 4/13
There is now a single Trumpeter Swan at Jug Bay. It is across the channel
seen from the visitors center lookout. In the direction of the Billingsley
House Museum.

- Sam Miller
Gambrills MD

On Apr 14, 2017 3:19 PM, "'Marcy Stutzman' via Maryland & DC Birding" <
<mdbirding...> wrote:

Although there are no records in eBird, there was a family of Trumpeter
Swans over a period of years in Kent County mostly observed by a private
family. You'd have to get more details from the Kent County gurus on the
specifics (e.g., the possibility of Trumpeters nesting in MD)

Marcy Stutzman
Russett, MD 20724
eBird Hotspot: http://ebird.org/ebird/hotspot/L470637

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Date: 4/15/17 7:48 am
From: Wallace Kornack <wallace...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Saturday 4/15/17
This morning (4/15) at Rock Creek Park.

Warblers seen: Black-and-white, Palm, Yellow-rump

——Ross Drive
Mourning Dove
Red-bellied Woodpecker 5
Northern Flicker
Eastern Phoebe
Blue Jay
Fish Crow
Carolina Chickadee 2
Tufted Titmouse 4
White-breasted Nuthatch 5
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
American Robin 5
Eastern Towhee
Northern Cardinal 5
American Goldfinch

——Equitation Field
Black-and-white Warbler (Betsy, Jim)
Palm Warbler 3 Leon)
Yellow-rumped Warbler 4
Common Loon (Patrick)
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Blue Jay
Carolina Chickadee 2
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
American Robin 18
American Goldfinch

——Ridge
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Mourning Dove
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
American Robin
Eastern Towhee

——Parking Lot
Mourning Dove 2
Northern Flicker 2
Blue Jay 2
Carolina Chickadee
Carolina Wren
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
American Robin
European Starling 3
Chipping Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
Brown-headed Cowbird 3
House Sparrow 3

——Maintenance Yard
Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
Blue Jay 2
American Crow
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
House Wren FOS
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 3
Chipping Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
White-throated Sparrow
American Goldfinch 2

——Nature Center
Mourning Dove
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Blue Jay
American Crow
Tufted Titmouse 2
Carolina Wren
American Robin 2
Northern Cardinal
House Sparrow

——Dog Run (Bill)
Yellow-rumped Warbler 2
Canada Goose 2
Blue Jay
American Robin 2
White-throated Sparrow 3
Song Sparrow
Eastern Towhee

Contributors: Bill Butler, Leon Kass, Ed Lemert, Patrick Newcomb, Lisa Newcomb, David Lauter, Laura Smith, Kelly Barsdate, Betsy Lovejoy

Have Fun Birding!

Wallace Kornack
Washington DC


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Date: 4/15/17 6:17 am
From: 'Elda Banks' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Warblers on cloudy day??
We would like to look for the Hooded Warbler today .. Would the clouds affect our chances of seeing it?Thank you.Elda BanksSilver Spring

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Date: 4/14/17 7:49 pm
From: SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Friday, April 14, 2017 52 Raptors
Fort Smallwood Park
Pasadena, Maryland, USA


Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 14, 2017
Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
Black Vulture 9 95 197
Turkey Vulture 25 1845 4981
Osprey 5 232 382
Bald Eagle 1 27 62
Northern Harrier 0 35 38
Sharp-shinned Hawk 8 163 211
Cooper's Hawk 3 57 96
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 40 86
Broad-winged Hawk 0 40 40
Red-tailed Hawk 1 61 102
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 2
American Kestrel 0 73 101
Merlin 0 19 25
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 2 2
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 1
Total: 52 2689 6326



Observation start time: 9 am
Observation end time: 2 pm Daylight Time
Total observation time: 5 hours
Official Counter Bob Rineer, Chris Reed
Observers: Chris Reed, Hal Wierenga


Weather: Cloudy becoming sunny; 54-61 degrees; excellent visibility; winds easterly 8-10 mph

Raptor Observations:


Non-raptor Observations:


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Report submitted by Sue Ricciardi (<susiericc...> mailto:<susiericc...> )
Fort Smallwood Park information may be found at: http://www.mdbirds.org/sites/mdsites/hawks/hawkwatch.html

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

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Date: 4/14/17 3:12 pm
From: Karen Caruso <karen.caruso...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Riva Area Park - Green Heron, Willet, BG Gnatcatchers
Riva Area Park, Anne Arundel, Maryland, US
Apr 14, 2017 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
19 species

Green Heron 1
Black Vulture 4
Osprey 1
Willet (Eastern) 4 In flight
Mourning Dove 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Downy Woodpecker 2
Eastern Phoebe 1
American Crow 1
Carolina Chickadee 1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 4
Northern Mockingbird 1
European Starling 36
Yellow-throated Warbler 1
Chipping Sparrow 2
White-crowned Sparrow 2
Northern Cardinal 4
Red-winged Blackbird 15
Common Grackle 12

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Date: 4/14/17 2:35 pm
From: Donald Sweig <skybirds.d...>
Subject: [MDBirding] RFI: Pennyfield Hooded Warbler
If anyone finds the Hooded warbler, or does not find it, the first thing on Saturday morning, I would very much appreciate a post.
Thank you.
Donald Sweig,
Falls Church, Virginia

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Date: 4/14/17 1:39 pm
From: Stephanie Lovell <amorellovell...>
Subject: [MDBirding] April 19th regular meeting
You won't want to miss this meeting!
*Phil Davis on the Azores and Madeira -*
In 2016, Phil and Barbara lead a group of birders on a 17-day grand tour
of the Azores and Madeira Islands. The tour took them to seven different
islands where they targeted 12 endemic bird species and 24 endemic
subspecies. A key tour objective was to observe the endemic subspecies and
put them “into the bank” since genetic analysis continues to dominate avian
taxonomy and endemic island subspecies have high potential for future
splits.

Our meetings are held at the Potomac Presbyterian Church, 10301 River Road.
Doors open at 7:00 p.m., refreshments 7:30 and meeting starts at 8:00 p.m.

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Azores Bullfinch

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Date: 4/14/17 1:13 pm
From: Phil Davis <pdavis...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Maryland Trumpeter Swan records and status
Hi Marcy, et al.

Anyone can see the status of Maryland Trumpeter Swan records and
reports submitted to the MD/DC Records Committee by pulling up the
committee's abridged database on the MD/DCRC web page at the following URL ...

http://www.mdbirds.org/mddcrc/pdf/mddatabase.pdf

Note that this is a large PDF document (don't print!). You can do a
search/find for any species of interest; however, the Trumpeter Swan
reports start on page 9. The legend is on the first page.

This document includes reports and records of Trumpeter Swans up
until the time that the committee removed this taxon from the MD
Review List (March 2016).

Many of the "Not Accepted" reports are (1) from an inability to
eliminate hybrid "Trumpling Swans" that were either stocked in
Maryland or were flown through Maryland (and remained) as a part of
the ultra light migration experiments, or (2) an inability to
associate some of the earlier Maryland birds with specific
northeastern reintroduction program populations that were considered
to have become "established." (Clear as mud, eh?)

Hope this helps ...

Phil


At 03:19 PM 04/14/2017, 'Marcy Stutzman' via Maryland & DC Birding wrote:
>Although there are no records in eBird, there was a family of
>Trumpeter Swans over a period of years in Kent County mostly
>observed by a private family. You'd have to get more details from
>the Kent County gurus on the specifics (e.g., the possibility of
>Trumpeters nesting in MD)

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

MD/DCRC Web site: http://www.MDBirds.org/mddcrc/rcindex.html
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Date: 4/14/17 12:43 pm
From: Pete Givan <rocinrobin...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Hooded Warbler at Pennyfield
On Friday, April 14, 2017 at 10:50:38 AM UTC-4, Susan Hunt wrote:
> By the pile of branches by the lockhouse (C&O canal). Beautiful bird!
>
> Susan Hunt
>
>
> Sent from my iPhone

Still there at 2:45.

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Date: 4/14/17 12:19 pm
From: 'Marcy Stutzman' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Calvert Trumpeter Swan, 4/13
Although there are no records in eBird, there was a family of Trumpeter Swans over a period of years in Kent County mostly observed by a private family. You'd have to get more details from the Kent County gurus on the specifics (e.g., the possibility of Trumpeters nesting in MD)

Marcy Stutzman
Russett, MD 20724
eBird Hotspot: http://ebird.org/ebird/hotspot/L470637

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Date: 4/14/17 11:22 am
From: Lydia Schindler <lydia13621...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Hooded Warbler at Pennyfield
On Friday, April 14, 2017 at 10:50:38 AM UTC-4, Susan Hunt wrote:
> By the pile of branches by the lockhouse (C&O canal). Beautiful bird!
>
> Susan Hunt
>
>
> Sent from my iPhone

Yay!

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Date: 4/14/17 9:20 am
From: 'jovet' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Calvert Trumpeter Swan, 4/13
That is my understanding of what happens as well.


However, the Owensville Pond birds appear to be a pair (one larger, one smaller) and they have been seen together for a few years now. Of course, they may be actually be two different sized same gender, or possibly a Trumpeter and a Trumpling. I dunno. I hear they pair up on their wintering grounds, so even having a pair in our area is not indicative that they may stay and nest.


One item that may be of interest is that I saw a mated/breeding pair and their cygnets in Ohio last May. Wild-bred of their own choice, as opposed to the MD Zoo pair that apparently raised cygnets last year. Yes, Ohio's not Maryland, but it's not Ontario, either. I don't think that Ohio is a traditional breeding range for Trumpeter ... but I stand to be educated on this whole thing!


Also, the literature says that nesting usually begins in mid-April. So we are very near the "traditional" date. Of course, our MD swans don't seem to be "traditional" trumpeters.


While I suspect that these birds will do exactly as Marcy says and fly off to breeding grounds ... I am still fascinated. I'd like to at least get a handle on how many birds are actually here. It seemed like 4 at least this winter - a pair at SERC and a pair at Owensville seemed to be different pairs, but I don't think we ever were 100% certain.


Not sure if I should be hopeful they would breed here, as a large population of giant vegetation eating birds would not be the best thing for our marshes .... but still find this all "very interesting" (oh boy, saw a re-run of Laugh In last night ....)


Joanne




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To: Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
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Sent: Fri, Apr 14, 2017 9:20 am
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Calvert Trumpeter Swan, 4/13

What I learned during the years that young Trumpeter Swan #960 (Oxbow Lake) and his brother #962 (Schoolhouse Pond) were in Maryland was that when trumpeters reaching mating age (4-5 years) they return to the place they were born to find a mate and nest. During the time the young brothers were in Maryland, they were known to fly around visiting other ponds. But they both seem to return to Oxbow Lake and Schoolhouse Pond as their Maryland homes away from Ontario.

Marcy Stutzman
Russett, MD 20724
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Date: 4/14/17 9:11 am
From: Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Wheaton Regional Park and nearby NW Branch Park, April 14
Hi all,

A bit late this year starting WRP, it it has been very strange weather. Unfortunately today, just as we arrived, it became overcast, and stayed that way the whole time we were birding. Of course it immediately became sunny again as soon as we left! WRP really needs sun to get the birds out to the edges -

Best birds were actually not seen in the park proper, but at the old bridge crossing NW Branch. Here we had our first Louisiana Waterthrush of the season, a pair of nest-building Phoebes, and an unexpected Yellow-crowned Night heron just downstream. Otherwise, good numbers of Gnatcatchers, Towhees, Flickers and a heard-only Black-and-White Warbler near the Nature Center.

Gail Mackiernan and Barry Cooper
Colesville, MD

36 species
Best birds

Wood Duck 2 Pair, female perched on wood duck box.
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron 1 At NW Branch bridge
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Belted Kingfisher 1
Northern Flicker 6
Eastern Phoebe 2
Tree Swallow 8 Pine Lake
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 6
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 2
Eastern Bluebird 1 Female
Cedar Waxwing 8 Flyovers
Louisiana Waterthrush 1 FOS
Black-and-white Warbler 1 FOS
Chipping Sparrow 10
White-throated Sparrow 15
Swamp Sparrow 1
Eastern Towhee 5

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Date: 4/14/17 8:57 am
From: Daniel Sloan <danielsloan215...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Rock Creek Park, 4/14/17
Wallace!

I didn't see you this morning, it looks like it was a bit slower today. The AMRE and BTNW avoided me apparently.

I did see the SWTH about 10 minutes after arriving at the MY this morning. I have one photo up on eBird, will be able to share more this weekend.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35941256?share=true

Other birds to add: PAWA at the MY and a singing LOWA and BAWW at Eq Field. The LOWA was across the street and down the hill, so technically not at Eq Field. And RCKIs absolutely everywhere.

Thanks,
Daniel

On Friday, April 14, 2017 at 11:37:36 AM UTC-4, Wallace Kornack wrote:
> This morning (4/14) at Rock Creek Park.
>
>
> ——Ross Drive    (Bill)
> Mourning Dove  
> Red-bellied Woodpecker     3
> Downy Woodpecker  
> Northern Flicker     3
> Carolina Chickadee     2
> Tufted Titmouse     2
> White-breasted Nuthatch     2
> Ruby-crowned Kinglet     2
> American Robin     6
> White-crowned Sparrow  
> Eastern Towhee  
> Northern Cardinal     4
> American Goldfinch     2
>
>
>
> ——Equitation Field
> Red-bellied Woodpecker  
> Northern Flicker     3
> Pileated Woodpecker  
> American Crow     2
> Carolina Chickadee  
> White-breasted Nuthatch  
> Carolina Wren  
> Ruby-crowned Kinglet  
> American Robin     18
> Chipping Sparrow  
> White-throated Sparrow  
> Brown-headed Cowbird  
> American Goldfinch  
>
>
> ——Ridge
> Mourning Dove  
> Red-bellied Woodpecker  
> Northern Flicker  
> Blue Jay  
> American Crow  
> Carolina Chickadee  
> White-breasted Nuthatch  
> American Robin     3
> Brown-headed Cowbird  
>
>
> ——Yard Parking Lot
> Mourning Dove     2
> Red-bellied Woodpecker     2
> Blue Jay     
> Fish Crow     2
> Tufted Titmouse  
> Ruby-crowned Kinglet                
> American Robin     4
> European Starling     3
> House Sparrow     4
>
>
>
> ——Maintenance Yard
> Red-bellied Woodpecker     4
> Downy Woodpecker   
> Pileated Woodpecker  
> Carolina Chickadee     2
> Tufted Titmouse  
> White-breasted Nuthatch     2
> Carolina Wren  
> Blue-gray Gnatcatcher     2
> Ruby-crowned Kinglet     2
> Swainson's Thrush      (Dan)
> American Robin     2
> Dark-eyed Junco  
> Eastern Towhee  
>
>
> ——Nature Center   (Leon)
> Hermit Thrush      2   FOY
> Eastern Phoebe
>
>
> Contributors:  Bill Butler, Leon Kass, Jim Lemert, Dan Sloan ?
>
>
> Have Fun Birding!
>
>
> Wallace Kornack
> Washington  DC

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Date: 4/14/17 8:37 am
From: Wallace Kornack <wallace...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, 4/14/17
This morning (4/14) at Rock Creek Park.

——Ross Drive (Bill)
Mourning Dove
Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker 3
Carolina Chickadee 2
Tufted Titmouse 2
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 2
American Robin 6
White-crowned Sparrow
Eastern Towhee
Northern Cardinal 4
American Goldfinch 2

——Equitation Field
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Northern Flicker 3
Pileated Woodpecker
American Crow 2
Carolina Chickadee
White-breasted Nuthatch
Carolina Wren
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
American Robin 18
Chipping Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Brown-headed Cowbird
American Goldfinch

——Ridge
Mourning Dove
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Blue Jay
American Crow
Carolina Chickadee
White-breasted Nuthatch
American Robin 3
Brown-headed Cowbird

——Yard Parking Lot
Mourning Dove 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
Blue Jay
Fish Crow 2
Tufted Titmouse
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
American Robin 4
European Starling 3
House Sparrow 4

——Maintenance Yard
Red-bellied Woodpecker 4
Downy Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker
Carolina Chickadee 2
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
Carolina Wren
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 2
Swainson's Thrush (Dan)
American Robin 2
Dark-eyed Junco
Eastern Towhee

——Nature Center (Leon)
Hermit Thrush 2 FOY
Eastern Phoebe

Contributors: Bill Butler, Leon Kass, Jim Lemert, Dan Sloan ?

Have Fun Birding!

Wallace Kornack
Washington DC












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Date: 4/14/17 7:50 am
From: 'Susan Hunt' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Hooded Warbler at Pennyfield
By the pile of branches by the lockhouse (C&O canal). Beautiful bird!

Susan Hunt


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Date: 4/14/17 6:20 am
From: 'Marcy Stutzman' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Calvert Trumpeter Swan, 4/13
What I learned during the years that young Trumpeter Swan #960 (Oxbow Lake) and his brother #962 (Schoolhouse Pond) were in Maryland was that when trumpeters reaching mating age (4-5 years) they return to the place they were born to find a mate and nest. During the time the young brothers were in Maryland, they were known to fly around visiting other ponds. But they both seem to return to Oxbow Lake and Schoolhouse Pond as their Maryland homes away from Ontario.

Marcy Stutzman
Russett, MD 20724
eBird Hotspot: http://ebird.org/ebird/hotspot/L470637

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Date: 4/14/17 5:42 am
From: Steve Long <steve.long4...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Calvert Trumpeter Swan, 4/13
There has also been what we believe is a lone Trumpeter using some of the artificial ponds in the Oxford area in Talbot County.

Has our re-established Trumpeter population become non-migratory?

Steve Long
Oxford
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To: <jtylerbell...> ; <md-smas...> ; <mdbirding...>
Sent: Thursday, April 13, 2017 10:33 PM
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Calvert Trumpeter Swan, 4/13


So this is fascinating.


If memory serves, in the last week or so we've had reports of Trumpeter at SERC, Owensville Road Pond, a pond on Muddy Creek Road close to the first 2 sites, Wooton's Landing, all in AA County. And also these at 4/260, which is Calvert but not too far from AA County.


Over the winter, I believe there have been a couple of sightings of up to 5 or 6 Trumpeters in a group. Jon Ranson saw and heard them fly over our property one time, and I believe there was one other report.


I have personally seen two trumpeters at the Owensville Road Pond for at least 3 summers previously. I believe this will make the fourth summer. I did not report them at first - because I had no photos/documentation. And when I mentioned them, I was told they had to be Mute Swans. Obviously, a Mute is a lot different than a Trumpeter, and I didn't want to argue the point if I didn't have photos. So while these swans are very familiar in my neighborhood, I have not reported or documented them very well in the past.


So I wonder if the "original" pair (SERC/Owensville swans) are flying around the area trying to find a place to settle down - and possibly nest? I believe they nest at 4-6 years of age? Or if there really are several more Trumpeters in the area?


For what it is worth, we had at least 2, possibly more Trumpeters calling from the pond on Owensville Road late last night. I did not see them yesterday during the day nor today during the day. However, I only spot check from the road and the vegetation is getting heavy so I can't swear they weren't hiding there - but if so, they were not obvious. Meanwhile, while the ones at that pond were not seen, there are some in Calvert.


Please continue to report Trumpeters in this area here and on ebird. I am fascinated!


Oh - I believe it was David Moring who reported that a pair he saw (at Wooton's I think) was notable because one bird had a more rounded "V" on the face than did the other. I have photos of the "Owensville" pair that show this same thing - one swan a bit larger and a more pronounced V in every pose, while the other, in a few poses, looked a little U shaped, while in others looked adequately V shaped.


I would REALLY appreciate it if anyone seeing a Trumpeter in AA or Calvert would post or email me as close to the time of the sighting as possible. If I am able, I will check my local pond right away, in order to try to gather some data on how many Trumpeters might be out and about.


Joanne




Joanne Howl, DVM
West River, MD



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From: 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
To: Yahoogroups <md-smas...>; Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Sent: Thu, Apr 13, 2017 9:50 pm
Subject: [MDBirding] Calvert Trumpeter Swan, 4/13

Thanks to an alert from Leslie Starr, I was able to detour from work and find one of the two Trumpeter Swans that Mikey Lutmerding found last Friday. The location is somewhat dangerous, especially in the afternoon, as rush hour traffic is pretty heavy there. There are three ponds at the intersection of Rts. 4 and 260 (Pennsylvania Avenue and Chesapeake Beach Road) on the southbound side of the divided highway. The northern most pond is really small, the middle pond is larger and partly obscured through trees, and the most southern pond is also partly obscured by trees. The swan was in the southern pond. It was sleeping but the head/bill was clearly visible.

https://goo.gl/maps/G28WsnCg6Fz

Note that because of the guardrail, the shoulder isn't terribly wide. If you're there in the morning, the bulk of the traffic is flowing north. Reverse that in the afternoon. Because the shoulder drops off steeply beyond the guardrail, it might be safest to park at Drury Lane, just to the south of the ponds, and walk back. A scope would be handy, for sure.


Thanks Mikey and Leslie!
Tyler Bell
<jtylerbell...>
California, Maryland

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Date: 4/14/17 5:30 am
From: s byrd <mybyrdz5...>
Subject: [MDBirding] 27 Heron Nests Nursery Rd. !
Counted 27 Great Blue Heron nest last weekend at the Nursery road heronry found by my late friend Sykes a couple years ago . There may have been a dozen when he was checking them but I counted 27 from my car while sitting in a Hollins Ferry road parking lot . They will likely be unseeable from the car as soon as the trees fill in . Walking to them will take more stamina as they are surrounded by marsh . Located behind G and M restaurant in Linthicum in South West Baltimore . Was only able to see about a dozen herons from this view . Also can see the New Eagles nest from same vantage as it sits just a little bit away from the heronry .

Saundra Byrd
southwest Baltimore
Happy Easter weekend !

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Date: 4/13/17 8:55 pm
From: 'jovet' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Calvert Trumpeter Swan, 4/13
And yet more ... a report by Danny Bystrak of one trumpeter swan at about 6:30 pm (if I read it right) about 1 mile away from the Rt. 4 bird.


And tonight, between 11:00 pm and 11:40 pm Jon Ranson and I heard at least 2 Trumpeters calling. Initially from north of the north end of Tenthouse Court. About 11:25 they started flying and calling - absolutely no question about the tin-horn type call quite close and loud - and then their calls dimmed as they flew eastward, so I thought they might be headed towards SERC. However, they returned and settled on the Owensville Rd. Pond, east of Tenthouse Court, calling. They were quiet when we ended our walk about 11:45.


Joanne Howl
West River, MD



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To: jtylerbell <jtylerbell...>; md-smas <md-smas...>; mdbirding <mdbirding...>
Sent: Thu, Apr 13, 2017 10:34 pm
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Calvert Trumpeter Swan, 4/13


So this is fascinating.


If memory serves, in the last week or so we've had reports of Trumpeter at SERC, Owensville Road Pond, a pond on Muddy Creek Road close to the first 2 sites, Wooton's Landing, all in AA County. And also these at 4/260, which is Calvert but not too far from AA County.


Over the winter, I believe there have been a couple of sightings of up to 5 or 6 Trumpeters in a group. Jon Ranson saw and heard them fly over our property one time, and I believe there was one other report.


I have personally seen two trumpeters at the Owensville Road Pond for at least 3 summers previously. I believe this will make the fourth summer. I did not report them at first - because I had no photos/documentation. And when I mentioned them, I was told they had to be Mute Swans. Obviously, a Mute is a lot different than a Trumpeter, and I didn't want to argue the point if I didn't have photos. So while these swans are very familiar in my neighborhood, I have not reported or documented them very well in the past.


So I wonder if the "original" pair (SERC/Owensville swans) are flying around the area trying to find a place to settle down - and possibly nest? I believe they nest at 4-6 years of age? Or if there really are several more Trumpeters in the area?


For what it is worth, we had at least 2, possibly more Trumpeters calling from the pond on Owensville Road late last night. I did not see them yesterday during the day nor today during the day. However, I only spot check from the road and the vegetation is getting heavy so I can't swear they weren't hiding there - but if so, they were not obvious. Meanwhile, while the ones at that pond were not seen, there are some in Calvert.


Please continue to report Trumpeters in this area here and on ebird. I am fascinated!


Oh - I believe it was David Moring who reported that a pair he saw (at Wooton's I think) was notable because one bird had a more rounded "V" on the face than did the other. I have photos of the "Owensville" pair that show this same thing - one swan a bit larger and a more pronounced V in every pose, while the other, in a few poses, looked a little U shaped, while in others looked adequately V shaped.


I would REALLY appreciate it if anyone seeing a Trumpeter in AA or Calvert would post or email me as close to the time of the sighting as possible. If I am able, I will check my local pond right away, in order to try to gather some data on how many Trumpeters might be out and about.


Joanne




Joanne Howl, DVM
West River, MD



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Subject: [MDBirding] Calvert Trumpeter Swan, 4/13

Thanks to an alert from Leslie Starr, I was able to detour from work and find one of the two Trumpeter Swans that Mikey Lutmerding found last Friday. The location is somewhat dangerous, especially in the afternoon, as rush hour traffic is pretty heavy there. There are three ponds at the intersection of Rts. 4 and 260 (Pennsylvania Avenue and Chesapeake Beach Road) on the southbound side of the divided highway. The northern most pond is really small, the middle pond is larger and partly obscured through trees, and the most southern pond is also partly obscured by trees. The swan was in the southern pond. It was sleeping but the head/bill was clearly visible.

https://goo.gl/maps/G28WsnCg6Fz

Note that because of the guardrail, the shoulder isn't terribly wide. If you're there in the morning, the bulk of the traffic is flowing north. Reverse that in the afternoon. Because the shoulder drops off steeply beyond the guardrail, it might be safest to park at Drury Lane, just to the south of the ponds, and walk back. A scope would be handy, for sure.


Thanks Mikey and Leslie!
Tyler Bell
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California, Maryland

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Date: 4/13/17 8:07 pm
From: SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Thursday, April 13, 2017 86 Raptors
Fort Smallwood Park
Pasadena, Maryland, USA


Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 13, 2017
Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
Black Vulture 0 86 188
Turkey Vulture 56 1820 4956
Osprey 16 227 377
Bald Eagle 1 26 61
Northern Harrier 0 35 38
Sharp-shinned Hawk 5 155 203
Cooper's Hawk 2 54 93
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 2 40 86
Broad-winged Hawk 3 40 40
Red-tailed Hawk 1 60 101
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 2
American Kestrel 0 73 101
Merlin 0 19 25
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 2 2
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 1
Total: 86 2637 6274


Observation start time: 9:15 am
Observation end time: 2:15 pm Daylight Time
Total observation time: 5 hours
Official Counter Sue Ricciardi
Observers: Hal Wierenga, Lynn Davidson

Weather: Mostly cloudy at first with overcast that cleared some to partly cloudy skies; 56-66 degrees; excellent visibility; winds light sometimes from the N or NNE and other times variable, 3-8 mph

Raptor Observations: A light flight today of raptors and other birds

Non-raptor Observations:

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Report submitted by Sue Ricciardi (<susiericc...> mailto:<susiericc...> )
Fort Smallwood Park information may be found at: http://www.mdbirds.org/sites/mdsites/hawks/hawkwatch.html

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

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Date: 4/13/17 7:34 pm
From: 'jovet' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Calvert Trumpeter Swan, 4/13
So this is fascinating.


If memory serves, in the last week or so we've had reports of Trumpeter at SERC, Owensville Road Pond, a pond on Muddy Creek Road close to the first 2 sites, Wooton's Landing, all in AA County. And also these at 4/260, which is Calvert but not too far from AA County.


Over the winter, I believe there have been a couple of sightings of up to 5 or 6 Trumpeters in a group. Jon Ranson saw and heard them fly over our property one time, and I believe there was one other report.


I have personally seen two trumpeters at the Owensville Road Pond for at least 3 summers previously. I believe this will make the fourth summer. I did not report them at first - because I had no photos/documentation. And when I mentioned them, I was told they had to be Mute Swans. Obviously, a Mute is a lot different than a Trumpeter, and I didn't want to argue the point if I didn't have photos. So while these swans are very familiar in my neighborhood, I have not reported or documented them very well in the past.


So I wonder if the "original" pair (SERC/Owensville swans) are flying around the area trying to find a place to settle down - and possibly nest? I believe they nest at 4-6 years of age? Or if there really are several more Trumpeters in the area?


For what it is worth, we had at least 2, possibly more Trumpeters calling from the pond on Owensville Road late last night. I did not see them yesterday during the day nor today during the day. However, I only spot check from the road and the vegetation is getting heavy so I can't swear they weren't hiding there - but if so, they were not obvious. Meanwhile, while the ones at that pond were not seen, there are some in Calvert.


Please continue to report Trumpeters in this area here and on ebird. I am fascinated!


Oh - I believe it was David Moring who reported that a pair he saw (at Wooton's I think) was notable because one bird had a more rounded "V" on the face than did the other. I have photos of the "Owensville" pair that show this same thing - one swan a bit larger and a more pronounced V in every pose, while the other, in a few poses, looked a little U shaped, while in others looked adequately V shaped.


I would REALLY appreciate it if anyone seeing a Trumpeter in AA or Calvert would post or email me as close to the time of the sighting as possible. If I am able, I will check my local pond right away, in order to try to gather some data on how many Trumpeters might be out and about.


Joanne




Joanne Howl, DVM
West River, MD



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Subject: [MDBirding] Calvert Trumpeter Swan, 4/13

Thanks to an alert from Leslie Starr, I was able to detour from work and find one of the two Trumpeter Swans that Mikey Lutmerding found last Friday. The location is somewhat dangerous, especially in the afternoon, as rush hour traffic is pretty heavy there. There are three ponds at the intersection of Rts. 4 and 260 (Pennsylvania Avenue and Chesapeake Beach Road) on the southbound side of the divided highway. The northern most pond is really small, the middle pond is larger and partly obscured through trees, and the most southern pond is also partly obscured by trees. The swan was in the southern pond. It was sleeping but the head/bill was clearly visible.

https://goo.gl/maps/G28WsnCg6Fz

Note that because of the guardrail, the shoulder isn't terribly wide. If you're there in the morning, the bulk of the traffic is flowing north. Reverse that in the afternoon. Because the shoulder drops off steeply beyond the guardrail, it might be safest to park at Drury Lane, just to the south of the ponds, and walk back. A scope would be handy, for sure.


Thanks Mikey and Leslie!
Tyler Bell
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California, Maryland

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Date: 4/13/17 6:50 pm
From: 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Calvert Trumpeter Swan, 4/13
Thanks to an alert from Leslie Starr, I was able to detour from work and find one of the two Trumpeter Swans that Mikey Lutmerding found last Friday. The location is somewhat dangerous, especially in the afternoon, as rush hour traffic is pretty heavy there. There are three ponds at the intersection of Rts. 4 and 260 (Pennsylvania Avenue and Chesapeake Beach Road) on the southbound side of the divided highway. The northern most pond is really small, the middle pond is larger and partly obscured through trees, and the most southern pond is also partly obscured by trees. The swan was in the southern pond. It was sleeping but the head/bill was clearly visible.

https://goo.gl/maps/G28WsnCg6Fz

Note that because of the guardrail, the shoulder isn't terribly wide. If you're there in the morning, the bulk of the traffic is flowing north. Reverse that in the afternoon. Because the shoulder drops off steeply beyond the guardrail, it might be safest to park at Drury Lane, just to the south of the ponds, and walk back. A scope would be handy, for sure.


Thanks Mikey and Leslie!
Tyler Bell
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California, Maryland

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Date: 4/13/17 1:31 pm
From: Kevin Graff <keyweststyle2001...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Hart-Miller Island, 04/10/17
04/10/17 – 715am-3pm

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



WEATHER: Sunny/Fair, 46-73 degrees, calm- SE 8K OBS: KG, BR



Canada Goose – 32

Wood Duck – 5

Gadwall – 8

American Black Duck – 20

Mallard – 40

Blue-winged Teal – 8

Northern Shoveler – 120

Green-winged Teal – 126

Ring-necked Duck – 2

Lesser Scaup – 71

Bufflehead – 31

Red-breasted Merganser – 4

Ruddy Duck – 381

Pied-billed Grebe – 6

Horned Grebe – 1

Double-crested Cormorant – 151

Great Blue Heron – 11

Great Egret – 2

Turkey Vulture – 1

Osprey – 14

Bald Eagle – 3

Cooper’s Hawk – 1

American Kestrel – 2

Peregrine Falcon – 1

American Coot – 31

Killdeer – 6

Greater Yellowlegs – 4

Lesser Yellowlegs – 3

Dunlin – 4

Pectoral Sandpiper – 7

Wilson’s Snipe – 1

Bonaparte’s Gull – 86

Ring-billed Gull – 9

Herring Gull – 26

Lesser Black-backed Gull – 1

Great Black-backed Gull – 9

Caspian Tern – 44

Mourning Dove – 10

Downy Woodpecker – 2

Northern Flicker – 9

Eastern Phoebe – 1

American Crow – 1

Fish Crow – 2

Tree Swallow – 14

N Rough-winged Swallow – 3

Barn Swallow – 5

Carolina Wren – 4

Marsh Wren – 1

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher – 2

Ruby-crowned Kinglet – 1

Brown Thrasher – 1

European Starling – 8

Yellow-rumped Warbler – 1

Eastern Towhee – 2

Chipping Sparrow – 1

Savannah Sparrow – 2

Song Sparrow – 10

Swamp Sparrow – 7

White-throated Sparrow – 12

Northern Cardinal – 13

Red-winged Blackbird – 249

Common Grackle – 1

Brown-headed Cowbird – 8

American Goldfinch – 11

SPECIES: 64 INDIVIDUALS: 1653



MAMMALS: Red Fox – 2



BUTTERFLIES: Black Swallowtail – 2, Cabbage White – 16, Orange Sulphur –
10, Wild Indigo Duskywing – 6


Kevin Graff
Jarrettsville, MD
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Date: 4/13/17 1:17 pm
From: Kevin Graff <keyweststyle2001...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Hart-Miller Island, 03/30/17 - late report
Didn't have time to post back in March as I had to do last minute
preparation for Costa Rica the next day.


03/30/17 – 715am-3pm

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



WEATHER: Fair/MC, 41-49 degrees, calm- ESE 3K



Canada Goose – 49

Tundra Swan – 6

Wood Duck – 2

Gadwall – 20

American Wigeon – 3

American Black Duck – 49

Mallard – 52

Blue-winged Teal – 2

Northern Shoveler – 155

Northern Pintail – 2

Green-winged Teal – 79

Canvasback – 2

Ring-necked Duck – 16

Lesser Scaup – 136

Bufflehead – 56

Red-breasted Merganser – 12

Ruddy Duck – 324

Pied-billed Grebe – 3

Horned Grebe – 1

Double-crested Cormorant – 128 (64, 9, 6, 9)

Great Blue Heron – 10

Osprey – 6

Northern Harrier – 1

Bald Eagle – 3

Cooper’s Hawk – 2

Peregrine Falcon – 1

American Coot – 39

Greater Yellowlegs – 2

Lesser Yellowlegs – 1

Killdeer – 9

Pectoral Sandpiper – 7

Least Sandpiper – 1

Wilson’s Snipe – 3

Bonaparte’s Gull – 80

Ring-billed Gull – 29

Herring Gull – 18

Great Black-backed Gull – 8

Caspian Tern – 1

Mourning Dove – 22

Downy Woodpecker – 2

Northern Flicker – 11

Eastern Phoebe – 1

American Crow – 3

Tree Swallow – 4

Carolina Wren – 3

Winter Wren – 1

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher – 1

Golden-crowned Kinglet – 2

Ruby-crowned Kinglet – 2

Hermit Thrush – 1

American Robin – 8

European Starling – 6

Palm Warbler – 1 (yellow)

Pine Warbler – 1

Yellow-rumped Warbler – 2

Common Yellowthroat – 1

Eastern Towhee – 2

Vesper Sparrow – 1

American Tree Sparrow – 1

Savannah Sparrow – 1

Field Sparrow – 1

Song Sparrow – 62

Swamp Sparrow – 11

White-throated Sparrow – 13

White-crowned Sparrow – 2

“Slate-colored” Junco – 1

Northern Cardinal – 15

Red-winged Blackbird – 246

Common Grackle – 1

Brown-headed Cowbird – 1

American Goldfinch – 10

SPECIES: 71 INDIVIDUALS: 1758



MAMMALS: Red Fox – 2



BUTTERFLIES: Cabbage White – 2, Orange Sulphur – 2



Kevin Graff
Jarrettsville, MD
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Date: 4/13/17 1:14 pm
From: Karen Caruso <karen.caruso...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary - Solitary Sandpiper, Palm Warbler, Yellow-throated Warbler
Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary, Anne Arundel, Maryland, US
Apr 13, 2017 7:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Protocol: Traveling
3.0 mile(s)
Comments: Ongoing Bird Survey
42 species

Canada Goose 3
Wood Duck 11
Double-crested Cormorant 39
Great Blue Heron 4
Black Vulture 1
Turkey Vulture 9
Osprey 31 Actual count
Bald Eagle 2
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Solitary Sandpiper 1
Greater Yellowlegs 9
Bonaparte's Gull 17
Laughing Gull 26
Herring Gull 22
Caspian Tern 1
Forster's Tern 11
Mourning Dove 1
Belted Kingfisher 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
Downy Woodpecker 4
American Crow 1
Fish Crow 2
Tree Swallow 70
Carolina Chickadee 2
Tufted Titmouse 3
Marsh Wren 4
Carolina Wren 2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 2
American Robin 4
Gray Catbird 1
Common Yellowthroat 5
Northern Parula 1
Palm Warbler (Yellow) 2
Yellow-throated Warbler 1
Chipping Sparrow 3
White-throated Sparrow 10
Song Sparrow 1
Swamp Sparrow 7
Eastern Towhee 2
Northern Cardinal 7
Brown-headed Cowbird 3
American Goldfinch 17

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Date: 4/13/17 11:10 am
From: Wallace Kornack <wallace...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, 4/13/17
This morning (4/13) at Rock Creek Park.

Warblers seen or heard: Yellow-rump, Pine, Redstart, BT Blue

——Ross Drive (Bill)
Mourning Dove
Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
Northern Flicker
Blue Jay
American Crow
Carolina Chickadee 2
Tufted Titmouse 4
White-breasted Nuthatch
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 3
American Robin 4
White-throated Sparrow 2
Eastern Towhee
Northern Cardinal 3
Brown-headed Cowbird 2
American Goldfinch 3

——Equitation Field
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 3
Pine Warbler possible (Bill)
Mourning Dove 3
Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
Blue Jay 2
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
American Robin 9
Chipping Sparrow 2
American Goldfinch 3

——Ridge
Mourning Dove
Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
Northern Flicker
Blue Jay 2
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
American Robin
Eastern Towhee
Brown-headed Cowbird 2
American Goldfinch 2

——Yard Parking Lot
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
American Robin
Eastern Towhee
Northern Cardinal
House Sparrow 4

——Maintenance Yard
American Redstart FOY (Randy)
Black-throated Blue Warbler fem. FOY (Randy)
Mourning Dove 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Fish Crow
crow sp. 3
Tufted Titmouse
Carolina Wren
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Dark-eyed Junco
Brown-headed Cowbird
House Finch FOY (Randy)
Purple Finch FOY (Alan)

——Stables Area (Randy)
Swainson’s Thrush FOY
Eastern Towhee

Contributors: Bill Butler, Randy Weaver, Leon Kass, Alan Johnston, Jim Lemert

Have Fun Birding!

Wallace Kornack
Washington DC






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Date: 4/12/17 9:02 pm
From: SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Wednesday, April 12, 2017 40 Raptors
Fort Smallwood Park
Pasadena, Maryland, USA


Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 12, 2017
Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
Black Vulture 0 86 188
Turkey Vulture 23 1764 4900
Osprey 2 211 361
Bald Eagle 1 25 60
Northern Harrier 1 35 38
Sharp-shinned Hawk 6 150 198
Cooper's Hawk 2 52 91
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 38 84
Broad-winged Hawk 2 37 37
Red-tailed Hawk 0 59 100
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 2
American Kestrel 2 73 101
Merlin 1 19 25
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 2 2
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 1
Total: 40 2551 6188


Observation start time: 9:45 am
Observation end time: 2:45 pm Daylight Time
Total observation time: 5 hours
Official Counter Chris Reed, Sue Ricciardi
Observers: Chris Reed, Sue Ricciardi

Weather: Overcast at first with some blue patches later on after a brief line of very light showers moved through; 67-73 degrees and moderately humid; fair visibility with haze; winds northwesterly 4-17 mph

Raptor Observations:

Non-raptor Observations: 181 American Goldfinches

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Report submitted by Sue Ricciardi (<susiericc...> mailto:<susiericc...> )
Fort Smallwood Park information may be found at: http://www.mdbirds.org/sites/mdsites/hawks/hawkwatch.html

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

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Date: 4/12/17 4:19 pm
From: Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...>
Subject: [MDBirding] "Madagascar" talk at Howard Co Bird Club Tomorrow
Hi all,

Wanted to let folks know that I will be giving a talk on "Madagascar, A World Apart" tomorrow, April 13, at the Howard County Bird Club meeting. This talk covers the 3-week trip we took in late 2015 to this amazing island. Often called the 8th Continent, 80% of the flora and fauna of Madagascar are found nowhere else in the world - including spectacular birds, charming lemurs and mind-blowing reptiles, amphibians and insects.

The meeting is held at the Robinson Nature Center in Columbia, and starts at 7 pm with a social half-hour, with the meeting at 7:30. Go to www.howardbirds.org for directions and details.

All are welcome!

Gail Mackiernan
Colesville, MD


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Date: 4/12/17 10:10 am
From: Wallace Kornack <wallace...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Wednesday 4/12/17
This morning (4/12) at Rock Creek Park. The first warblers appeared and so I will be posting daily throughout the spring migration.

Highlights: Palm warbler, Pine Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler

——Equitation Field
Palm Warbler
Pine Warbler (John)
Yellow-rumped Warbler 6
Mourning Dove 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
American Robin 3
Chipping Sparrow 7

——Maintenance Yard
Palm Warbler (Yellow) 2 (Rennie)
Mourning Dove 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker 2
Pileated Woodpecker
Blue Jay
White-breasted Nuthatch
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 3
American Robin
Chipping Sparrow
Northern Cardinal 2
American Goldfinch

Contributors: John Boright, David Sterling, Rennie Selkirk

Have Fun Birding!

Wallace Kornack
Washington DC

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Date: 4/12/17 8:15 am
From: Don Simonson <don.r.simonson...>
Subject: [MDBirding] FOS Yellow-throated Warbler, house wrens Darnestown
A YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER singing at intersection of Esworthy Road and Query Mill Rd, Montgomery co at 8:30 today 4-12.
House wrens, brown thrasher, red-eyed video returned to yard yesterday 4-11 in Darnestown.
Good birding! Don Simonson Darnestown MD

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Date: 4/12/17 7:02 am
From: Annette Jeffers <annette.jeffers...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] American White Pelican?
Thanks for that information. I wonder what direction that bird was heading. This one was going east. Yes, unfortunately I had just passed the "Welcome to Pennsylvania" sign.

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Date: 4/12/17 6:03 am
From: 'MikeBowen' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Lolal Oberman
On Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at 11:46:39 AM UTC-4, Warblerick wrote:
> For those who missed it, Lola Oberman passed away last week, at the age of 100. Her obituary can be found in the Washington Post online. She was a birder, very active in the Audubon Naturalist Society and the MD Ornithological Society thru the Montgomery Bird Club, as well as author of several books on her birding experiences and a monthly columnist for the ANS paper. She was a very sweet lady, very generous with her time, leading many field trips throughout the years, and will be greatly missed.
> Rick Sussman
> Woodbine, MD

Thanks to Rick for posting this sad information and to Marcia Watson for referencing the Wash. Post obituary. I just heard from Lola's friend Marian Mudd that there will be a memorial service for Lola at 1 p.m. on Friday, May 5, at ANS headquarters (Woodend) in Chevy Chase, MD. (This information is also given in the WP obit.)

Michael Bowen
Bethesda, MD

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Date: 4/12/17 4:30 am
From: Warblerick <ricksussman1955...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: AMKE
On Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 7:28:17 AM UTC-4, Warblerick wrote:
> Ah, you've gotta love April and migration. Right now (7:20AM) there's a male American Kestrel perched atop the tallest tree in my side yard, being harassed by a trio of Blue Jays and a Brown Thrasher, and some starlings. Quite a sight!
>
> Rick Sussman
> Woodbine,MD

And now a male cardinal and a Tree Swallow have joined the fun.

Rick Sussman
Woodbine,MD

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Date: 4/12/17 4:28 am
From: Warblerick <ricksussman1955...>
Subject: [MDBirding] AMKE
Ah, you've gotta love April and migration. Right now (7:20AM) there's a male American Kestrel perched atop the tallest tree in my side yard, being harassed by a trio of Blue Jays and a Brown Thrasher, and some starlings. Quite a sight!

Rick Sussman
Woodbine,MD

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Date: 4/12/17 3:42 am
From: Don Simonson <don.r.simonson...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Lolal Oberman
I was very saddened to learn of Lola's passing. She and her equally kindly husband Ted often took me birding on Audubon Naturalist and M.O.S. trips when I was too young to drive, so that was over 51 years ago. After I married, she came to know my wife and then my daughter Lily who became a bander under her and Marge Donnald at Adventure. we loved going to see the Bobolinks with her every spring at Raedy Evans farm in Potomac, MD! As much as she loved birding, she told me ten years ago that she had to give up birding because she was working in politics, that the environmental threat was so great she was willing to give up birding. Lola Oberman and Chan Robbins were giants. I was grateful to see them at Don (Merrill) Donnald's memorial a few years ago. I am so sorry they have gone.
Lola a force in the Montgomery Bird Club and was author of "Dial B for Birder" which contains the marvelous Bald Eagle anecdote and other true stories.
Don Simonson, Darnestown, Montgomery, Maryland.

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Date: 4/12/17 12:54 am
From: Dianne Westbrook <edwestbrook1...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: palm warbler at little bennett
Palm Warblers at Patuxent North Tract on Tuesday

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Date: 4/11/17 7:40 pm
From: SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Tuesday, April 11, 2017 105 Raptors
Fort Smallwood Park
Pasadena, Maryland, USA


Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 11, 2017
Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
Black Vulture 0 86 188
Turkey Vulture 62 1741 4877
Osprey 8 209 359
Bald Eagle 1 24 59
Northern Harrier 3 34 37
Sharp-shinned Hawk 12 144 192
Cooper's Hawk 8 50 89
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 3 38 84
Broad-winged Hawk 2 35 35
Red-tailed Hawk 1 59 100
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 2
American Kestrel 3 71 99
Merlin 2 18 24
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 2 2
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 1
Total: 105 2511 6148

Observation start time: 08:00:00
Observation end time: 14:00:00
Total observation time: 6 hours
Official Counter Sue Ricciardi
Observers: Chris Reed, Hal Wierenga, Ralph Geuder


Visitors: David and Kate Moring

Weather: Partly cloudy; 66-85 degrees; fair visibility with some haze; winds started out from the southwest and ended from the west, 5-12 mph

Raptor Observations: Another Bald Eagle-Osprey skirmish in which the eagle convinced the Osprey to drop its fish in the water, but then didn't go after the fish. Perhaps the eagle was just being a bully.

Non-raptor Observations: 43 American Goldfinches, with 30 in one flock; 13 Common Loons; a female Black Swallowtail Butterfly laying eggs.


---------------------------------------------
Report submitted by Sue Ricciardi (<susiericc...> mailto:<susiericc...> )
Fort Smallwood Park information may be found at: http://www.mdbirds.org/sites/mdsites/hawks/hawkwatch.html

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

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Date: 4/11/17 5:48 pm
From: Mark S. Johnson <marksjohnson2...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Smart on Pesticides

Friends,

Great news! Thanks to your endless support, the Maryland General Assembly has passed important legislation that will keep state pollinator habitat free of toxic pesticides!

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Date: 4/11/17 3:18 pm
From: Donald Sweig <skybirds.d...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Lolal Oberman
So sorry to hear about Lola's passing. She was such an asset to our community and truly one of a kind. She knew about birds, she cared about birds, and she was always cheerful and supportive, and so much more.
What a loss.
Donald Sweig
Falls Church, Virginia

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> On Apr 11, 2017, at 11:46 AM, Warblerick <ricksussman1955...> wrote:
>
> For those who missed it, Lola Oberman passed away last week, at the age of 100. Her obituary can be found in the Washington Post online. She was a birder, very active in the Audubon Naturalist Society and the MD Ornithological Society thru the Montgomery Bird Club, as well as author of several books on her birding experiences and a monthly columnist for the ANS paper. She was a very sweet lady, very generous with her time, leading many field trips throughout the years, and will be greatly missed.
> Rick Sussman
> Woodbine, MD
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Date: 4/11/17 2:27 pm
From: Bobbi <b.reichwein...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Lolal Oberman
On Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at 11:46:39 AM UTC-4, Warblerick wrote:
> For those who missed it, Lola Oberman passed away last week, at the age of 100. Her obituary can be found in the Washington Post online. She was a birder, very active in the Audubon Naturalist Society and the MD Ornithological Society thru the Montgomery Bird Club, as well as author of several books on her birding experiences and a monthly columnist for the ANS paper. She was a very sweet lady, very generous with her time, leading many field trips throughout the years, and will be greatly missed.
> Rick Sussman
> Woodbine, MD

Hi all-I did a bit of googling and found this link that might be of interest:

http://articles.baltimoresun.com/1997-05-04/features/1997124211_1_lola-oberman-hear-birds/2

Bobbi Reichwein
Davidsonville, MD

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Date: 4/11/17 12:01 pm
From: Marcia Watson <marshwren50...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Lolal Oberman
Great story. Glad he got the fish.

Marcia
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Patuxent Bird Club
Maryland Ornithological Society

Bowie, Maryland
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> On Apr 11, 2017, at 1:15 PM, Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...> wrote:
>
> So sad to hear about Lola, we remember her well coming to the Montgomery Bird Club with Ted. For years she fielded inquiries to ANS from the public about "strange birds" they had seen, and would often check them out personally. She once asked us to check out a report of Red Crossbills in Bethesda, unfortunately we never found them.
>
> There was one funny story I recall - she received a frantic call for a woman in Potomac that "a Bald Eagle flew into my window and is unconscious on my patio!" Lola was sure this would turn out to be a Red-shoulder or some other lesser raptor, but she drove out there anyway. The house turned out to be a Potomac mansion. The caller met her at the front door - "he came to and is sitting on a patio chair." Lola was led through the house to the back, where an expansive window overlooked a flagstone patio with wrought-iron furniture. Sitting on the back of one of the chairs was a magnificent adult Bald Eagle, with a spot of blood on its white head. As they watched, the eagle took off and flew heavily away. Lola expressed some puzzlement as to why an eagle would fly into a picture window, but the woman said, "he was after my goldfish..." when Lola appeared skeptical, the woman added, " you have not seen my goldfish!" They went out into the patio, where under the window was a large fish pond, and in it, a single huge goldfish about 20" long! The homeowner said she had had the fish for years. Lola admitted that an eagle, flying overhead, could easily spot the bright orange fish and make a try for it. Anyway, that seemed to be the end of it until two weeks later, the woman called Lola back - "He came back and HE GOT IT! " ( apparently the eagle learned from his experience and dove in parallel to the window to snatch his dinner.)
>
> Gail Mackiernan
> Colesville, MD
>
> Sent from my iPad
>
>> On Apr 11, 2017, at 12:48 PM, Marcia Watson <marshwren50...> wrote:
>>
>> Rick,
>>
>> Thank you for sharing this sad news. Lola, as you say, was a very sweet woman and extremely knowledgeable. I didn't know about her political activities that are mentioned in her obituary. For those that want the link, it's at http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/washingtonpost/obituary.aspx?n=lola-oberman&pid=185033187
>>
>> Marcia
>> ------------
>> Marcia Watson
>> Patuxent Bird Club
>> Maryland Ornithological Society
>>
>> Bowie, Maryland
>> <marshwren50...>
>>
>>
>>> On Apr 11, 2017, at 11:46 AM, Warblerick <ricksussman1955...> wrote:
>>>
>>> For those who missed it, Lola Oberman passed away last week, at the age of 100. Her obituary can be found in the Washington Post online. She was a birder, very active in the Audubon Naturalist Society and the MD Ornithological Society thru the Montgomery Bird Club, as well as author of several books on her birding experiences and a monthly columnist for the ANS paper. She was a very sweet lady, very generous with her time, leading many field trips throughout the years, and will be greatly missed.
>>> Rick Sussman
>>> Woodbine, MD
>>>
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Date: 4/11/17 11:30 am
From: Lydia Schindler <lydia13621...>
Subject: [MDBirding] warblers, broadwings at Pennyfield
Highlights of this morning's ANS walk at Pennyfield included Parulas,
Palms, Louisiana Waterthrushes (and Yellow-rumps) as well as a couple of
Broad-winged Hawks.

Lydia Schindler
Darnestown

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Date: 4/11/17 10:49 am
From: Lydia Schindler <lydia13621...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fwd: DC Area, 4/11/2017
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From: Steve Cordle <scordle...>
Date: Tue, Apr 11, 2017 at 11:10 AM
Subject: DC Area, 4/11/2017
To: <BIRDEAST...>


Hotline: Voice of the Naturalist
Date: 4/11/2017
Coverage: MD/DC/VA/DE/WV panhandle
Reports, comments, questions: <voice...>
Compiler: Bob Hartman
Sponsor: Audubon Naturalist Society of the Central
Atlantic States (independent of NAS)
Transcriber: Steve Cordle

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

This is the Voice of the Naturalist, a service of the Audubon
Naturalist Society. This report covers the week starting Tuesday,
April 4, and was completed on Tuesday, April 11 at about 10:00 a.m.

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

TOP BIRD THIS WEEK: PRAIRIE FALCON* in VA

OTHER BIRDS OF INTEREST: TRUMPETER SWAN, EURASIAN WIGEON, AMERICAN
WHITE PELICAN, WHITE IBIS, WHITE-FACED IBIS, SANDHILL CRANE,
BLACK-HEADED GULL, and early migrants including PRAIRIE WARBLER,
CLAY-COLORED SPARROW, VESPER SPARROW, ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK, and
INDIGO BUNTING

TOP BIRDS

The PRAIRIE FALCON* continued all week around the defunct power plant
in Alexandria VA.

OTHER BIRDS OF INTEREST

Several TRUMPETER SWANs were reported this week, all in MD. In Anne
Arundel Co: on April 5, one was present at the Smithsonian
Environmental Research Center; on April 6, two were reported around
Tenthouse Ct; and on April 7, one was seen at the Otwell Rd Ponds.
Also on April 7, one TRUMPETER SWAN was present on the pond at the
intersection of MD4 and MD260 in Calvert Co. On April 8, three were
seen at Wooton's Landing in Patuxent River Park, Prince George's Co.
Finally, on April 9, one TRUMPETER SWAN was seen at Back River, in
eastern Baltimore City.

A single EURASIAN WIGEON was seen April 8 at the Poplar Spring Animal
Sanctuary (private) in Montgomery Co MD. An AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN
showed up April 10 at Lake Frederick, in Frederick Co VA. Also in VA
on April 10, 70 WHITE IBIS were reported in the town of Chincoteague
(Accomack Co), over the Refuge Inn. Two WHITE-FACED IBIS were
reported, both on April 8: one was near the intersection of Taylor and
Public Landing Rds in Worcester Co MD, the other at Chincoteague NWR
in Accomack Co VA.

Migration of BROAD-WINGED HAWKs seems to be barely starting, with a
small number seen scattered widely over the reporting area.

Two SANDHILL CRANEs were spotted April 4 along Peat Moss Rd in the
town of Accident MD, Garrett Co. April 4-7, 1-2 BLACK-HEADED GULLs
were reported at Back River.

The expected migrants are showing up on schedule, but a few are
arriving a little early. Three single PRAIRIE WARBLERs were seen, one
April 9 at Patton Turf Farm (Montgomery Co MD), another April 10 at
the Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (Sussex Co DE), and the third April 10 at
Hughes Hollow (Montgomery Co MD). Two single CLAY-COLORED SPARROWs
were reported, one continuing April 4 at Big Water Farm (private) in
Queen Anne's Co MD, the other April 5 around the Driver Rd entrance to
Patapsco Valley SP, Howard Co MD. On April 5, two VESPER SPARROWs were
spotted at the Equestrian Center on Lorton Hill, in Fairfax Co VA. A
LINCOLN'S SPARROW showed up April 10 around Deep Hole Point of
Occoquan Bay NWR, in Prince William Co VA. The ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK
continued April 4 along Marian Ave in Anne Arundel Co MD. Finally, an
INDIGO BUNTING was present April 10 at the Ted Harvey WMA in Kent Co
DE.

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

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

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

Thank you for your interest, and enjoy the birds.

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Date: 4/11/17 10:35 am
From: 'Rod Burley' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Lolal Oberman
Very sad news!! Didn't know her well, but was fortunate meet her. She was a pure gem!!!

Sent from my iPhone

> On Apr 11, 2017, at 11:46 AM, Warblerick <ricksussman1955...> wrote:
>
> For those who missed it, Lola Oberman passed away last week, at the age of 100. Her obituary can be found in the Washington Post online. She was a birder, very active in the Audubon Naturalist Society and the MD Ornithological Society thru the Montgomery Bird Club, as well as author of several books on her birding experiences and a monthly columnist for the ANS paper. She was a very sweet lady, very generous with her time, leading many field trips throughout the years, and will be greatly missed.
> Rick Sussman
> Woodbine, MD
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Date: 4/11/17 10:23 am
From: Warblerick <ricksussman1955...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Lolal Oberman
Good one Gail! Thanks for sharing.

Rick Sussman
Woodbine, MD

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Date: 4/11/17 10:15 am
From: Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Lolal Oberman
So sad to hear about Lola, we remember her well coming to the Montgomery Bird Club with Ted. For years she fielded inquiries to ANS from the public about "strange birds" they had seen, and would often check them out personally. She once asked us to check out a report of Red Crossbills in Bethesda, unfortunately we never found them.

There was one funny story I recall - she received a frantic call for a woman in Potomac that "a Bald Eagle flew into my window and is unconscious on my patio!" Lola was sure this would turn out to be a Red-shoulder or some other lesser raptor, but she drove out there anyway. The house turned out to be a Potomac mansion. The caller met her at the front door - "he came to and is sitting on a patio chair." Lola was led through the house to the back, where an expansive window overlooked a flagstone patio with wrought-iron furniture. Sitting on the back of one of the chairs was a magnificent adult Bald Eagle, with a spot of blood on its white head. As they watched, the eagle took off and flew heavily away. Lola expressed some puzzlement as to why an eagle would fly into a picture window, but the woman said, "he was after my goldfish..." when Lola appeared skeptical, the woman added, " you have not seen my goldfish!" They went out into the patio, where under the window was a large fish pond, and in it, a single huge goldfish about 20" long! The homeowner said she had had the fish for years. Lola admitted that an eagle, flying overhead, could easily spot the bright orange fish and make a try for it. Anyway, that seemed to be the end of it until two weeks later, the woman called Lola back - "He came back and HE GOT IT! " ( apparently the eagle learned from his experience and dove in parallel to the window to snatch his dinner.)

Gail Mackiernan
Colesville, MD

Sent from my iPad

> On Apr 11, 2017, at 12:48 PM, Marcia Watson <marshwren50...> wrote:
>
> Rick,
>
> Thank you for sharing this sad news. Lola, as you say, was a very sweet woman and extremely knowledgeable. I didn't know about her political activities that are mentioned in her obituary. For those that want the link, it's at http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/washingtonpost/obituary.aspx?n=lola-oberman&pid=185033187
>
> Marcia
> ------------
> Marcia Watson
> Patuxent Bird Club
> Maryland Ornithological Society
>
> Bowie, Maryland
> <marshwren50...>
>
>
>> On Apr 11, 2017, at 11:46 AM, Warblerick <ricksussman1955...> wrote:
>>
>> For those who missed it, Lola Oberman passed away last week, at the age of 100. Her obituary can be found in the Washington Post online. She was a birder, very active in the Audubon Naturalist Society and the MD Ornithological Society thru the Montgomery Bird Club, as well as author of several books on her birding experiences and a monthly columnist for the ANS paper. She was a very sweet lady, very generous with her time, leading many field trips throughout the years, and will be greatly missed.
>> Rick Sussman
>> Woodbine, MD
>>
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Date: 4/11/17 9:48 am
From: Marcia Watson <marshwren50...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Lolal Oberman
Rick,

Thank you for sharing this sad news. Lola, as you say, was a very sweet woman and extremely knowledgeable. I didn't know about her political activities that are mentioned in her obituary. For those that want the link, it's at http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/washingtonpost/obituary.aspx?n=lola-oberman&pid=185033187

Marcia
------------
Marcia Watson
Patuxent Bird Club
Maryland Ornithological Society

Bowie, Maryland
<marshwren50...>


> On Apr 11, 2017, at 11:46 AM, Warblerick <ricksussman1955...> wrote:
>
> For those who missed it, Lola Oberman passed away last week, at the age of 100. Her obituary can be found in the Washington Post online. She was a birder, very active in the Audubon Naturalist Society and the MD Ornithological Society thru the Montgomery Bird Club, as well as author of several books on her birding experiences and a monthly columnist for the ANS paper. She was a very sweet lady, very generous with her time, leading many field trips throughout the years, and will be greatly missed.
> Rick Sussman
> Woodbine, MD
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Date: 4/11/17 9:18 am
From: 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] American White Pelican?
It's actually quite possible. On the VA-Birds list, someone reported an American White Pelican near Winchester, VA. That's right on I-81 and not very far from where you reported your bird. Same bird? Who knows! Too bad you couldn't have seen it for sure in MD. Would almost assuredly be a first county record. There are no records in eBird for Washington County. Tyler Bell
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California, Maryland

From: Annette Jeffers <annette.jeffers...>
To: Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Sent: Tuesday, April 11, 2017 10:47 AM
Subject: [MDBirding] American White Pelican?

I know no one knows me and I don't have any credibility with this group, but I am pretty certain that what I saw flying east and a few hundred yards up over Interstate 81 just north of the MD/PA border around 6:15 yesterday evening was a lonely white pelican. I almost went off the road. Large lumbering blue heron sized white bird with black all along the trailing edge of the wings. The clincher was that my adult daughters with me took over following it, getting better views, and one said "it has a really long orange beak." Technically in PA territory but close enough where it probably ventured into MD air space. This was definitely a chubby bird with slow wing beats. I know my herons and it was not that. But it was that large

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Date: 4/11/17 8:48 am
From: Warblerick <ricksussman1955...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Lolal Oberman
Subject should read Lola Oberman.

R. Sussman
Woodbine,MD

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Date: 4/11/17 8:46 am
From: Warblerick <ricksussman1955...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Lolal Oberman
For those who missed it, Lola Oberman passed away last week, at the age of 100. Her obituary can be found in the Washington Post online. She was a birder, very active in the Audubon Naturalist Society and the MD Ornithological Society thru the Montgomery Bird Club, as well as author of several books on her birding experiences and a monthly columnist for the ANS paper. She was a very sweet lady, very generous with her time, leading many field trips throughout the years, and will be greatly missed.
Rick Sussman
Woodbine, MD

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Date: 4/11/17 7:47 am
From: Annette Jeffers <annette.jeffers...>
Subject: [MDBirding] American White Pelican?
I know no one knows me and I don't have any credibility with this group, but I am pretty certain that what I saw flying east and a few hundred yards up over Interstate 81 just north of the MD/PA border around 6:15 yesterday evening was a lonely white pelican. I almost went off the road. Large lumbering blue heron sized white bird with black all along the trailing edge of the wings. The clincher was that my adult daughters with me took over following it, getting better views, and one said "it has a really long orange beak." Technically in PA territory but close enough where it probably ventured into MD air space. This was definitely a chubby bird with slow wing beats. I know my herons and it was not that. But it was that large

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Date: 4/11/17 6:58 am
From: john pangborn <pangborn.john19...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Wheaton Regional Park -- Apr 11, 2017
4 Canada Goose
1 Mallard
5 Mourning Dove
3 Red-bellied Woodpecker
3 Northern Flicker
2 Blue Jay
1 Fish Crow
1 Tufted Titmouse
3 White-breasted Nuthatch
4 Carolina Wren
2 Eastern Bluebird
13 American Robin
1 White-throated Sparrow
2 Northern Cardinal
7 Red-winged Blackbird
13 Common Grackle
2 American Goldfinch

Number of Taxa: 17
John pangborn
Gaithersburg md

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Date: 4/11/17 6:56 am
From: Warblerick <ricksussman1955...>
Subject: [MDBirding] COLO moving
Yesterday and today I had single Common Loons passing over the yard, flying fairly high and due north. We're pretty far inland, so it's a good indication they're on their way to their breeding grounds.

Rick Sussman
Woodbine,MD

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Date: 4/10/17 7:31 pm
From: SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Monday, April 10, 2017 379 Raptors
Fort Smallwood Park
Pasadena, Maryland, USA


Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 10, 2017
Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
Black Vulture 3 86 188
Turkey Vulture 169 1679 4815
Osprey 18 201 351
Bald Eagle 1 23 58
Northern Harrier 17 31 34
Sharp-shinned Hawk 63 132 180
Cooper's Hawk 23 42 81
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 11 35 81
Broad-winged Hawk 20 33 33
Red-tailed Hawk 28 58 99
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 2
American Kestrel 22 68 96
Merlin 4 16 22
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 2 2
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 1
Total: 379 2406 6043


Observation start time: 7 am
Observation end time: 154:30 pm
Total observation time: 9.5 hours
Official Counter Paul Fritz, Sue Ricciardi
Observers: Bob Rineer, Chris Reed, Dan Walker, Hal Wierenga, Paul Fritz, Ralph Geuder, Steve Whitcomb

Weather: Partly cloudy; 42-82 degrees; excellent visibility; winds started out calm and after a few hours became southwesterly, 0-10 mph, gusting to 18 mph

Raptor Observations: Best all around day so far this season; flight ramped up as soon as the winds became southwesterly and suddenly birds were zipping through at a rapid clip. Seventeen Northern Harriers, including 5 adult males, passed by between 10 and 3 (Daylight Time). Sharp-shinned Hawks came by in groups and most of the totals for the 12 species were in double digits.

Non-raptor Observations: Two beavers; one Brown Pelican (Park staff reported seeing 5 Brown Pelicans yesterday morning heading south except that one turned around and headed back.) American Goldfinches are starting to move with 34 counted today. Seven Great Egrets, first of the season

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Report submitted by Sue Ricciardi (<susiericc...> mailto:<susiericc...> )
Fort Smallwood Park information may be found at: http://www.mdbirds.org/sites/mdsites/hawks/hawkwatch.html

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

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Date: 4/10/17 5:49 pm
From: Tim Houghton <timhoughton...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Jug Bay, 4/10/17
Brad Phoebus and I had a good time at Jug Bay, except that it got
hotter than expected, which slowed the birding. We had 61 species,
including:


Wood Duck (7)

Blue-Winged Teal (7)

Harrier (1)

Va Rail (1)

Red-Breasted Nut (2)

Creeper (1)

Both Kinglets

Hermit Thrush (3)

Brown Thrasher (1)

SIX WARBLER species:

C. Yellowthroat (1)

Parula (1)

Palm (yellow, 7)

Pine (1)

Yellow-Rumped (4)

Yellow-throated (9, exact count)


Tim Houghton

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Date: 4/10/17 11:10 am
From: Janet Millenson <janet...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Good winter visitor still here
The Red-breasted Nuthatch showed up at my feeder again this morning.
She's been around off and on since fall.


Janet Millenson
Potomac, MD (Montgomery County)
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Date: 4/10/17 10:25 am
From: Patricia Wood <pwood...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: palm warbler at little bennett
On Monday, April 10, 2017 at 1:21:21 PM UTC-4, jfstup wrote:
> palm warbler was seen in the Wilson's Mill field. also had a blue-gray Gnatcatcher and ruby-crowned kinglet.

Also just had one at MLK Park, with 3 Myrtles.
Patricia Wood
Silver Spring

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Date: 4/10/17 10:21 am
From: jfstup <jfstup38...>
Subject: [MDBirding] palm warbler at little bennett
palm warbler was seen in the Wilson's Mill field. also had a blue-gray Gnatcatcher and ruby-crowned kinglet.

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Date: 4/10/17 7:00 am
From: <gregcadd...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Purple Martins in Cecil County
On Thursday, April 6, 2017 at 11:41:32 AM UTC-4, Chris Starling wrote:
> Yesterday, I had three Purple Martins at Woodland Nature Area in Cecil County.
>
> Two males and a female.

Awesome Chris!
Give me a call. Greg G.
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Date: 4/9/17 8:36 pm
From: SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Sunday, April 9, 2017 107 Raptors
Fort Smallwood Park
Pasadena, Maryland, USA


Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 09, 2017
Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
Black Vulture 10 83 185
Turkey Vulture 63 1510 4646
Osprey 4 183 333
Bald Eagle 2 22 57
Northern Harrier 1 14 17
Sharp-shinned Hawk 7 69 117
Cooper's Hawk 1 19 58
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 4 24 70
Broad-winged Hawk 4 13 13
Red-tailed Hawk 8 30 71
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 2
American Kestrel 1 46 74
Merlin 2 12 18
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 2 2
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 1
Total: 107 2027 5664


Observation start time: 9:45 am
Observation end time: 4:30 pm Daylight
Total observation time: 6.75 hours
Official Counter Bob Rineer, Sue Ricciardi
Observers: Bob Rineer, Chris Reed, Dan Walker, Hal Wierenga, Lynn Davidson


Visitors: Brian, Jeanine, Meadow and Theo Wargo; Ed Smith

Weather: Sunny becoming partly cloudy; 53-71 degrees; fair visibility with some haze; winds usually with a westerly component, southwesterly at the end, 0-10 mph

Raptor Observations: Good variety today with courtship displays of Red-shouldered, Red-tailed, Cooper's Hawks and Ospreys

Non-raptor Observations: Thirty Fish Crows noisily flew over at the end; we could see the planet Venus in the western sky.

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Report submitted by Sue Ricciardi (<susiericc...> mailto:<susiericc...> )
Fort Smallwood Park information may be found at: http://www.mdbirds.org/sites/mdsites/hawks/hawkwatch.html

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

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Date: 4/9/17 5:59 pm
From: Georgia McDonald <gmcdonald1501...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Photo ID comments, please
Photos have been ID'd by multiple viewers as Pine Warbler- female.
Thanks all!

Georgia McDonald Towson, Balt Co


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> Photos taken by Dan at Marshy Pt this afternoon.
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Date: 4/9/17 3:52 pm
From: Georgia McDonald <gmcdonald2006...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Photo ID comments, please
Photos taken by Dan at Marshy Pt this afternoon.

Georgia McDonald Towson, Balt Co

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Date: 4/9/17 12:35 pm
From: john pangborn <pangborn.john19...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Patuxent Research Refuge--South Tract -- Apr 09, 2017
7 Canada Goose
2 Great Blue Heron
3 Turkey Vulture
2 Osprey
2 Killdeer
2 Mourning Dove
1 Red-bellied Woodpecker
1 Eastern Phoebe
6 Blue Jay
4 Fish Crow
10 Tree Swallow
2 Tufted Titmouse
3 Northern Cardinal
23 Red-winged Blackbird
6 American Goldfinch

Number of Taxa: 15
John pangborn
Gaithersburg md

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Date: 4/9/17 9:09 am
From: Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Trolley Museum area today 4/9
Hi all,

Nice sunny day and a few early migrants enlivened a walk in the field/ woods area around the MoCo Trolley Museum, in Upper NW Branch Park. Sparrow numbers much diminished from earlier in the year, but a Wild Turkey ( first we have ever seen here) and a mixed flock or two made it a nice morning to be out. Too bad this once excellent field habitat is being overrun by invasive Bradford Pear - could have been nipped in the bud a several years ago with a few days' work on part of park staff but now really out of control. Worry about the breeding Chats, Willow FC etc. that use the area...for now.

Anyway, had a nice mixed flock down by the stream, including bright Pine Warblers at eye level - a real treat - plus Yellow Palms and Myrtles, singing Ruby-crowns and a lone Golden-crown. No other warblers nor any vireos, yet.

Gail Mackiernan and Barry Cooper
Colesville, MD

Birds of interest:

Upper NW Branch Park/Trolley Museum, Montgomery, Maryland, US
Apr 9, 2017 8:45 AM - 10:45 AM
38 species

Wild Turkey 1 First time recorded at this site by us.
Red-tailed Hawk 2
Belted Kingfisher 1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 4
Golden-crowned Kinglet 1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 5
Eastern Bluebird 3
Palm Warbler (Yellow) 6
Pine Warbler 4
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 5
Chipping Sparrow 4
Field Sparrow 3
Swamp Sparrow 1
Eastern Towhee 4

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35814569

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Date: 4/9/17 3:50 am
From: 'MikeBowen' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Yellow-throated Warbler at Riley's
On Saturday, April 8, 2017 at 10:55:43 AM UTC-4, Susan Hunt wrote:
> Singing (but not seen -- by me anyway) by the sandstone mill at Riley's Lock on the C&O Canal.
>
> Susan Hunt
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> Sent from my iPhone

I believe I had the same bird at the same location on Monday, April 3. There's a poor photo (bird is looking away from the camera!)in my checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35671123

Mike Bowen
Bethesda

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Date: 4/8/17 8:00 pm
From: SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Saturday, April 8, 2017 132 Raptors
Fort Smallwood Park
Pasadena, Maryland, USA


Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 08, 2017
Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
Black Vulture 0 73 175
Turkey Vulture 79 1447 4583
Osprey 14 179 329
Bald Eagle 0 20 55
Northern Harrier 1 13 16
Sharp-shinned Hawk 16 62 110
Cooper's Hawk 5 18 57
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 1 20 66
Broad-winged Hawk 8 9 9
Red-tailed Hawk 2 22 63
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 2
American Kestrel 6 45 73
Merlin 0 10 16
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 2 2
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 1
Total: 132 1920 5557


Observation start time: 8 am
Observation end time: 3:30 pm Daylight Time
Total observation time: 7.5 hours
Official Counter Paul Fritz, Sue Ricciardi
Observers: Chris Reed, Greg Smith, Hal Wierenga, Mary Jane McMillan, Paul Fritz, Sue Ricciardi


Visitors: Charlie Reed

Weather: Generally sunny with clouds moving in near the end of the count; 40-60 degrees; excellent visibility; winds strong out of the west or WNW, 13-20 mph, gusting to 28 mph

Raptor Observations: An adult Bald Eagle flew into the mud flat in the pond, sending a Great Blue Heron off with a squawk of alarm and a Canada Goose under the water. Apparently the eagle just wanted a drink. A little later we watched an adult Bald Eagle earnestly go after an Osprey with a fish. The Osprey finally dropped the fish, which the eagle promptly scooped up. However, 3 other Bald Eagles, two adults and an immature, decided to get in on the action, and during this skirmish the fish was dropped again. The fish won, maybe, if it lived.

Non-raptor Observations: We watched a Great Blue Heron mash an 18 inch Northern Watersnake with its bill, and then take about 3 seconds to swallow the whole enchilada head first. ebird checklist:http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35804573

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Fort Smallwood Park information may be found at: http://www.mdbirds.org/sites/mdsites/hawks/hawkwatch.html

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

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Date: 4/8/17 12:37 pm
From: Scott Young <wsyacy...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Released become re-establish bobwhite?
I'm just curious. Many people have reported seeing a single northern bobwhite at Sycamore Landing Road in Montgomery County. Often, there is a comment about it likely being a released bobwhite. However, I saw a group of at least 6 composed of both sexes there a few weeks ago. Is the fact that there are numerous ones of both sexes present consistent also with a re-established population? Are they doomed by hunting in any case? Thank you.

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Date: 4/8/17 11:53 am
From: Tim Houghton <timhoughton...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Clay colored on driver road
A lot of fun tracking the clay-colored this morning, which had a tendency to circle an area starting downhill from the parking lot and then going right along the brush line and then back uphill to the small trees by the trail and then around again, with sometimes darting to the middle area. Saw it 4, maybe 5, times, with one especially good look when it posed not far away on top of a bush. Eventually a phalanx of county birders showed up and at least some of them got it.

A couple of other highlights: one purple finch and a half dozen or so yellow palms.

I then went to Patapsco-Henryton where I ran into a really cool large warbler flock along the river, including over a dozen pine warblers, nearly 10 palms, and several yellow rumps.

Tim Houghton
(Glen Arm)


> On April 8, 2017 at 11:27 AM Tim Houghton <timhoughton...> wrote:
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Date: 4/8/17 10:22 am
From: Phil Davis <pdavis...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Prior Maryland Prairie Falcon reports
MD (and DC ... and VA) Birders:

An update on earlier MD Prairie Falcon reports that you might find to
be of interest ...

1. I had mentioned earlier that there was a Feb 1994 Maryland report
of a Prairie Falcon observed at Jug Bay, Anne Arundel County, MD. The
Jug Bay bird was not observed wearing jesses; however, the sighting
coincided with a VA falconer's Prairie Falcon that had been lost. The
lost bird was a breeding female and therefore it was not wearing
jesses. (Also, the written description provided did not eliminate the
possibility of a hybrid.) This report was not accepted by the records
committee.

2. In my historical canvass activities of records committee
"reviewable" reports from MD and DC, I came across a report in the
Bird Banding Lab archives of a Maryland banded Prairie Falcon in the
fall of 1950. My notes on this report say, "Bird was banded. Band #
54-711546. "Experimental." "This bird was shipped in from the west to
a boy in Bethesda who lost interest in it."" This immature female was
subsequently released in Frederick, MD.

Phil



At 01:41 PM 03/25/2017, Phil Davis wrote:
>As you know, if seen over the Potomac River, that would be in DC waters.
>
>One caveat: There was a MD report of a Prairie Falcon years ago at
>Jug Bay but it coincided with a bird lost by a falconer in VA.
>
>Phil

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Date: 4/8/17 8:27 am
From: Tim Houghton <timhoughton...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Clay colored on driver road
still here downhill from and to the right of parking lot

> On April 5, 2017 at 7:39 AM Tim Houghton <timhoughton...> wrote:
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> Now. South of parking lot which is on right side a mile or so from marriottsville rd.
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Date: 4/8/17 8:00 am
From: john pangborn <pangborn.john19...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Blue Mash Nature Trail -- Apr 08, 2017
5 Canada Goose
1 Mallard
4 Turkey Vulture
1 Red-tailed Hawk
5 Mourning Dove
1 Red-bellied Woodpecker
9 Blue Jay
2 American Crow
4 Tree Swallow
2 Carolina Chickadee
1 Tufted Titmouse
2 Carolina Wren
1 Eastern Bluebird
2 Northern Mockingbird
4 Field Sparrow
6 White-throated Sparrow
2 Song Sparrow
4 Eastern Towhee
7 Northern Cardinal
1 Red-winged Blackbird
2 American Goldfinch
John pangborn
Gaithersburg md.

Number of Taxa: 21

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Date: 4/8/17 7:55 am
From: 'Susan Hunt' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Yellow-throated Warbler at Riley's
Singing (but not seen -- by me anyway) by the sandstone mill at Riley's Lock on the C&O Canal.

Susan Hunt


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Date: 4/8/17 6:12 am
From: Guineabird via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] PUFIs moving through again in Rohrersville
They're passing thru & hanging out in Balto County too!
Beautiful!

Gail Frantz
Old Hanover Rd (Reisterstown)


In a message dated 4/8/2017 3:51:07 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time,
<ravenfrank...> writes:

We have pairs of PUFIs here again after a long winter's absence-had them
in November and then they disappeared. These birds will no doubt be heading
west (Garrett County, etc.) and far, far North. I ❤️ me some PUFIs in
the spring!! The males are simply spectacular.

Keep yer stick on the ice,

Frank

Frank Boyle
Broken Wallet Farm
Rohrersville, MD


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Date: 4/8/17 12:51 am
From: Frank Boyle <ravenfrank...>
Subject: [MDBirding] PUFIs moving through again in Rohrersville
We have pairs of PUFIs here again after a long winter's absence-had them in November and then they disappeared. These birds will no doubt be heading west (Garrett County, etc.) and far, far North. I ❤️ me some PUFIs in the spring!! The males are simply spectacular.

Keep yer stick on the ice,

Frank

Frank Boyle
Broken Wallet Farm
Rohrersville, MD


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Date: 4/7/17 8:32 pm
From: SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Friday, April 7, 2017 229 Raptors
Fort Smallwood Park
Pasadena, Maryland, USA


Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 07, 2017
Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
Black Vulture 4 73 175
Turkey Vulture 146 1368 4504
Osprey 25 165 315
Bald Eagle 2 20 55
Northern Harrier 7 12 15
Sharp-shinned Hawk 17 46 94
Cooper's Hawk 5 13 52
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 19 65
Broad-winged Hawk 0 1 1
Red-tailed Hawk 3 20 61
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 2
American Kestrel 19 39 67
Merlin 1 10 16
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 2 2
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 1
Total: 229 1788 5425


Observation start time: 7 am
Observation end time: 3 pm Daylight Time
Total observation time: 8 hours
Official Counter Paul Fritz, Sue Ricciardi
Observers: Chris Reed, Dan Walker, Hal Wierenga, Paul Fritz

Weather: Heavy cloud cover, with a few blue patches at times but also overcast at times; winds extremely strong from the west with one hour gauged at 32 mph, gusting to 38 mph - bone chilling; otherwise winds mostly 22-26 mph, gusting to 39 mph.

Raptor Observations: A good flight today in the high winds; biggest days so far for Northern Harriers and American Kestrels; Merlin the first bird of the day

Non-raptor Observations: One Northern Gannet spotted by Paul Fritz; about 25 Common Loons sitting on the water; 16 Bonaparte's Gulls

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

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Date: 4/7/17 7:53 pm
From: 'K Lambert' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] St. Mary's Merlin
After a nice job interview today, I was tooling around St. Mary's county visiting some relatives. I was cruising down Loveville Rd near Busy Corner and saw a nice Merlin sitting on a utility wire over some fields. Too bad there's no good place to pull over to get a really good look.

Kathie Lambert
Harwood, MD
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Date: 4/7/17 12:13 pm
From: Warblerick <ricksussman1955...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Osprey at MLK Lake!
On Friday, April 7, 2017 at 3:05:37 PM UTC-4, Patricia Wood wrote:
> A couple of hours ago, while I watched the returning Tree Swallows, and tried to sort out the 2 or 3 different looking ones (Barn, and I think Rough-winged), a new visitor appeared--of all things, an Osprey! After a few circles, he/she dove way into the water, and came out with a good sized fish, then flew away. Wow! Not something I'd have expected here.
>
> Patricia Wood
> Silver Spring

In migration they hunt over any large open body of water.

Rick Sussman
Woodbine,MD

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Date: 4/7/17 12:05 pm
From: Patricia Wood <pwood...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Osprey at MLK Lake!
A couple of hours ago, while I watched the returning Tree Swallows, and tried to sort out the 2 or 3 different looking ones (Barn, and I think Rough-winged), a new visitor appeared--of all things, an Osprey! After a few circles, he/she dove way into the water, and came out with a good sized fish, then flew away. Wow! Not something I'd have expected here.

Patricia Wood
Silver Spring

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Date: 4/7/17 12:01 pm
From: Patricia Wood <pwood...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Hundred Swallows on Elkhorn
On Friday, April 7, 2017 at 10:46:16 AM UTC-4, Sarah Romero wrote:
> I think I'm seeing Tree, Barn, and Rough-winged, but could use back-up. They're all over the dam end right now, and I gotta get to work. Not a good camera to take a pic of the colors and different tails. Would they all be traveling together?

I was out at MLK Park lake a couple of hours ago, and in addition to the 5 or 6 Tree Swallows (they nest there), I had one Barn, and one that was brown above, and not bright white below as the Trees are, so I was wondering if it was Rough-Winged. Reading your post, I think it was. Like you, I wish someone else could go check it out!

Patricia Wood
Silver Spring

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Date: 4/7/17 11:30 am
From: David Moulton, Bethesda, MD <moulton.davidh...>
Subject: [MDBirding] White-eyed Vireo at Brookside Gardens
It was a raw rainy morning at Brookside, but an early White-eyed Vireo popped into view in the bushes down by the gate between the Butterfly Conservatory and the Nature Center.

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Date: 4/7/17 11:24 am
From: Matt Hafner <hafner.matt...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] [FR] Brewer's Blackbirds?
Jim,

Brewer's Blackbirds are a statewide review species. If you believe that is
what they were, please submit documentation to the MD/DC Records
Committee. There is an electronic reporting form on our website:
http://www.mdbirds.org/mddcrc/rcindex.html

Thank you,

Matt Hafner
MD/DC Records Committee Chair

On Fri, Apr 7, 2017 at 2:20 PM, JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...>
wrote:

> On 4/6/17, Tony Futcher <tonyfutcher1> wrote:
> Are you sure they are not female Brown-headed Cowbirds?
>
> Here was my reply [with a few additions] to another query proposing
> female cowbirds rather than Brewer's:
>
> I wish I had had more looks at them, but my "look" was more than brief
> thru a window at feeders not more than 20' away using my 10x42 bins.
> The birds were appx. at eye level.
>
> The bills did not have the chunkiness of cowbirds' bills in my
> estimation [noted in the initial post] & no male cowbirds were around.
>
> The eye's darkness [mentioned in the guides] was the initial feature
> that caught my eye causing me to give them more attention than I might
> have otherwise. I've also been on the lookout for Rusties as they
> have been reported on the other side of S MTN and I briefly thought
> that was my bird, but also not the case.
> **********************
> Today I've had a good opportunity to view male RWBBs at the feeders.
> One thought might have been that a male hiding its epaulet was my
> bird(s), but not the case.
>
> Whatever was around yesterday has not been seen today.
>
> Not sure if Brewer's are reviewable in Fred Co. Stewart & Robbins
> [Birds of MD & DC] list two instances of Brewer's in winter in
> Emmitsburg [1951 & 55].
>
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Date: 4/7/17 11:20 am
From: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] [FR] Brewer's Blackbirds?
On 4/6/17, Tony Futcher <tonyfutcher1> wrote:
Are you sure they are not female Brown-headed Cowbirds?

Here was my reply [with a few additions] to another query proposing
female cowbirds rather than Brewer's:

I wish I had had more looks at them, but my "look" was more than brief
thru a window at feeders not more than 20' away using my 10x42 bins.
The birds were appx. at eye level.

The bills did not have the chunkiness of cowbirds' bills in my
estimation [noted in the initial post] & no male cowbirds were around.

The eye's darkness [mentioned in the guides] was the initial feature
that caught my eye causing me to give them more attention than I might
have otherwise. I've also been on the lookout for Rusties as they
have been reported on the other side of S MTN and I briefly thought
that was my bird, but also not the case.
**********************
Today I've had a good opportunity to view male RWBBs at the feeders.
One thought might have been that a male hiding its epaulet was my
bird(s), but not the case.

Whatever was around yesterday has not been seen today.

Not sure if Brewer's are reviewable in Fred Co. Stewart & Robbins
[Birds of MD & DC] list two instances of Brewer's in winter in
Emmitsburg [1951 & 55].

Jim S

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Date: 4/7/17 7:46 am
From: 'Sarah Romero' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Hundred Swallows on Elkhorn
I think I'm seeing Tree, Barn, and Rough-winged, but could use back-up. They're all over the dam end right now, and I gotta get to work. Not a good camera to take a pic of the colors and different tails. Would they all be traveling together?

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Date: 4/7/17 6:46 am
From: Jim Brighton <jimbrighton3...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Egrets in Oxford, Talbot County 4/7/17
Hey everyone,

This morning at Bachelor Point in Oxford there were two Snowy Egrets and one Cattle Egret hunkered down out of the wind in the small marsh along the Tred Avon River.

Jim Brighton
Easton, MD
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Date: 4/7/17 6:28 am
From: Joe Hanfman <auk1844...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Glossy Ibis - Cecil
There are 7 Glossy Ibis in a flooded field south of Redner's on Rt 213 in Elkton.
Also Wilson's Snipe, 1 Laughing Gull and several Bonaparte's Gulls.

Joe Hanfman
Columbia, MD

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Date: 4/6/17 4:27 pm
From: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...>
Subject: [MDBirding] [FR] Brewer's Blackbirds?
At the feeder today, unless they weren't? Noteworthy?

Not really sure...I note that the Yellow Book [3rd ed., May 1996]
indicates they are not unknown in Fred County.

The dark eye/bill, blackbird-like bill and uniform dark grey color of
the pair of females all seem to check the right boxes, but the habitat
[feeder] seems off...

No pics and they haven't returned this afternoon.

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

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Date: 4/6/17 12:09 pm
From: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...>
Subject: [MDBirding] [FR] yellow-rumped Purple Finch
A female; the yellowish rump isn't mentioned in my 3 field guides.
The other field marks were spot on, but will try for another look...

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

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Date: 4/6/17 8:41 am
From: Chris Starling <cstar.email...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Purple Martins in Cecil County
Yesterday, I had three Purple Martins at Woodland Nature Area in Cecil
County.
Two males and a female.

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Date: 4/6/17 6:06 am
From: Tim Carney <timmyc83...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Swan Creek Vespers
Full list from yesterday: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35734209

Besides the Vesper Sparrows and Snowy Egrets, some other highlights included 2 Lesser Yellowlegs in the north cell; 3 Great Egrets, 1 Virginia Rail, and 1 Wilson's Snipe in the wetlands; the local pair of Common Ravens flying over the wetlands; and a Little Blue Heron seen farther up Kembo Rd (not included on this list) at one of the wetland coves.

Tim Carney
Nottingham, MD

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

On Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at 11:49:29 AM UTC-4, Tim Carney wrote:
> Hesitant to post, because I don't know how likely these are to be seen from the public area, but there are two Vesper Sparrows in the far northwest corner of the north cell. Maybe they could be scoped...?
>
> Also Snowy Egrets in the wetland.
>
> Site is open until 3:30pm. Please sign in.
>
> Tim Carney
> Nottingham, MD
>
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Date: 4/6/17 5:16 am
From: Dianne Westbrook <edwestbrook1...>
Subject: [MDBirding] ID help?
I was there last week and saw 2 Wilson's Snipe at that location. I'm guessing it's the same you saw on Sunday.

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Date: 4/5/17 8:55 pm
From: SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Wednesday, April 5, 2017 83 Raptors
Fort Smallwood Park
Pasadena, Maryland, USA


Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 05, 2017
Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
Black Vulture 0 69 171
Turkey Vulture 39 1222 4358
Osprey 28 140 290
Bald Eagle 1 18 53
Northern Harrier 1 5 8
Sharp-shinned Hawk 3 29 77
Cooper's Hawk 3 8 47
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 1 19 65
Broad-winged Hawk 0 1 1
Red-tailed Hawk 0 17 58
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 2
American Kestrel 6 20 48
Merlin 1 9 15
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 2 2
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 1
Total: 83 1559 5196


Observation start time: 9:30 am
Observation end time: 3 pm Daylight Time
Total observation time: 5.5 hours
Official Counter Ralph Geuder, Sue Ricciardi
Observers: Chris Reed, Dan Stewart, Dan Walker, Hal Wierenga, Ralph Geuder, Sue Ricciardi

Weather: Partly cloudy becoming mostly cloudy at the end; 61-69 degrees; excellent visibility; winds, starting out from the west, shifting to northwest, then variable, then NE, 3-14 mph

Raptor Observations: Ospreys moving all day, most of the time carrying fish; female Merlin hung around for awhile with some unidentified passerine narrowly escaping her attack

Non-raptor Observations: 80 Horned Grebes; 2 flyby Dunlins; 1 Fox Sparrow; 1 Rusty Blackbird; 1 Red Admiral butterfly

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

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Date: 4/5/17 4:28 pm
From: Bob Ringler <ringler.bob...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Hart-Miller Island 4/5/17
It was a beautiful sunny day with temperatures from about 60 to the
lows 70s. Breeze was light to moderate. I intended to have two
co-observers today neither could make which left me to try and do the
count alone. Large numbers of ducks remain though the scaup seem to
have pulled out. Most of the waterbird numbers are rough estimates as
I did not have enough time to count. Many of the ducks moved around
the north cell.

Canada Goose 30
Tundra Swan 1, seen early in the south cell, probably same bird later
in north cell
Wood Duck 6
Gadwall 75-100
American Wigeon 3
Black Duck 40
Mallard 70
Blue-winged Teal 7
Shoveler 500-600
Pintail 5
Green-winged Teal 200-250
Ring-necked Duck 7
Bufflehead 30
Red-breasted Merganser 16
Ruddy Duck 350
Pied-billed Grebe 5
Horned Grebe 2
Mourning Dove 7
Double-crested Cormorant 150
Great Blue Heron 6
Great Egret 1
Osprey 9
Bald Eagle 2 adults
Harrier 1
Coot 50
Black-bellied Plover 1, heard only
Killdeer 5
Dunlin 1
Snipe 1
Greater Yellowlegs 1
Bonaparte's Gull 280
Ring-billed Gull not estimated
Herring Gull not estimated
Great Black-back 2
Caspian Tern 14
Common Loon 1, heard only
Flicker 7
Peregrine 1 on the tower
American Crow 4
Horned Lark 1, heard only, singing
Tree Swallow 7
Rough-winged Swallow 1
Barn Swallow 4
Carolina Wren 3, heard only
Golden-crowned Kinglet 3
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 4
Hermit Thrush 1
Goldfinch 9
Yellow Palm Warbler 1
Towhee 3
Chipping Sparrow 2
Field Sparrow 1, heard only, singing
Song Sparrow 12
Swamp Sparrow 11
White-throated Sparrow 11
Cardinal 16
Red-winged Blackbird 90
Cowbird 3

58 species

Bob Ringler
Eldersburg MD

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Date: 4/5/17 1:03 pm
From: Harry Armistead <harryarmistead...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Bestpitch, Elliott I. Road, Blackwater & environs, Ferry Neck, April 1-4, 2017.
BESTPITCH, ELLIOTT ISLAND ROAD, CAMBRIDGE, BLACKWATER, EGYPT ROAD, ROUTE 481 & FERRY NECK, APRIL 1-4, 2017. especially Bonaparte’s Gulls, gannets, turkeys.


APRIL 1, SATURDAY. A Woodchuck S of Wilmington on the W side of Route 1, my FURst (sic) of the year. ROUTE 481, 3.2 mi. N of the junction of routes 481 & 309 a flight of gulls all heading SW including a remarkable (for this inland locality) 120 BONAPARTE’S GULLS plus 185 Laughing and 280 Ring-billed gulls, these at c. 4:44 P.M. Also here or nearby: 3 Bald Eagles, 11 Turkey Vultures, and a Red-tailed Hawk: NW15+, 52 degrees F., overcast. A little farther along an adult Bald Eagle is in the sycamore nest.


C. 1/3 mi. N of routes 309 X 404 in a field are 210 Laughing and 45 Ring-billed gulls at 5 P.M. DEER SURVEY between John Swaine’s and to (including) Rigby’s Folly, 5:46-6:06 P.M.: in John Swaine’s field 25 (incl. just 1 buck; he’s got a good thing going), 15 N of Bellevue Road at its junction with Ferry Neck Road, 11 deer in a field next to Frog Hollow (plus one Bald Eagle), 10 in our Field 4 (plus a Gray Squirrel), and 4 in Field 2 plus 10 Wild Turkeys in Field 5 and a Great Blue Heron in Field 7. The deer grand total is thus: 65.


RIGBY’S FOLLY: ARRIVE AT 6:06 P.M. A male Osprey is on our nesting platform. Last year this nest failed. Lawn has been mowed for the 1st time. 1” in the rain gauge. Overcast, 56, NW15, cold, plenty of ground water … good. Clearing in the W towards sunset.


APRIL 2, SUNDAY. In DORCHESTER COUNTY all day. Over the Cambridge Wawa at bird thirty A.M. a Bald Eagle. S of Linkwood from Route 50 a field with 100 Laughing and 40 Ring-billed gulls at 7:04. And S of where the Chicamacomico River crosses Route 50 another field with 7 Bald Eagles and 18 Turkey Vultures, 7:13.


ELLIOTT ISLAND ROAD, the whole ten yards, from Vienna S to the 2 bifurcated ends. 7:30 - 1. Clear, 44-56, NW10, high tide, too high for my tastes, but subsiding with, mercifully, some mud at the finish. A sort of in between time of year, too early for the signature marsh nesters such as Marsh Wren, Willet & Seaside Sparrow, too late for some waterfowl, esp. swans. I have with me 2 students from Tom Horton’s Chesapeake Topics class at Salisbury University: Ryan Muir and Peter Soldano. Our complete list (a few of these seen before or after my time with Ryan and Peter):


Canada goose 6, American black duck 10, mallard 4, green-winged teal 32, canvasback 4 (compare with 3,625 back on March 6), bufflehead 26, red-breasted merganser 12, ruddy duck 60, common loon 2, double-crested cormorant 8, NORTHERN GANNET 6 (seen at great distance with the 32X scope from McCready’s Creek marina), great blue heron only 3, snowy egret 4, turkey vulture 30, osprey 22 (several males skydancing, carrying fish), bald eagle 21 (6 nests seen), northern harrier 5 (incl. a sub-adult male seen to carry nesting material twice and drop into the dense Juncus roemerianus marsh near the “moorhen spot”), red-tailed hawk 2, American kestrel 1, clapper rail 2, Virginia rail 4, common gallinule 0, killdeer 1, greater yellowlegs 14, dunlin 130 (3 separate flocks), Wilson’s snipe 3,


BONAPARTE’S GULL 120 (seen from the Vienna launching ramp dipping and skimming over Nanticoke River c. 1/3 mile downstream; the most I’ve ever seen in the county), laughing gull 20, ring-billed gull 30, Forster’s tern 8 (not quite in fully-developed breeding plumage), rock pigeon 8, mourning dove 10, belted kingfisher 0, northern flicker 1, blue jay 1, American crow 12, fish crow 6, tree swallow 12, brown creeper 1 (a surprise; working an ornamental tree right in Vienna),


Carolina wren 4, eastern bluebird 2, American robin 30, northern mockingbird 5, European starling 40, pine warbler 1 (singing all the way down in the pine woods at Fishing Point), Savannah sparrow 1, slate-colored junco 1, northern cardinal 3, red-winged blackbird 200, eastern meadowlark 3, common grackle 70, boat-tailed grackle 3 males (McCready’s Creek), house finch 2 (Vienna), and house sparrow 6.


NON-AVIAN TAXA: 1 Red Fox right in Elliott village; another d.o.r., requiescat in pavement, on Lewis Wharf Road attended by 5 or 6 Turkey Vultures. Three Gray Squirrels in Vienna. Four Painted Turtles in a little pond on the N side of the rough road in to Langrells Island. Butterflies: 1 American Lady, 2 Cabbage Whites, 6 sulphurs (assumed to be Orange Sulphurs ?).


BESTPITCH, TRANSQUAKING RIVER area 1-2 P.M.: Bald Eagle 6, Turkey Vulture 33, Red-tailed Hawk 2, Northern Harrier 3, Mallard 2, American Wigeon 4, Green-winged Teal 10, Greater Yellowlegs 5, Lesser Yellowlegs 3, SOLITARY SANDPIPER 1 and a Sika Deer d.o.r. Clear, 56, NW10, tide high but falling, exposing some mud at last. Painted Turtle 1.


BLACKWATER N.W.R., 2:30-5, clear, NW10, 47-49. Complete list: snow goose 3 (2 ad., 1 imm.), Canada goose 10, tundra swan 1 adult, gadwall 24 (Pool 1), American wigeon 4 (Pool 1), American black duck 6, mallard 40, northern shoveler 140, green-winged teal 95, ring-necked duck 40 (Pool 1), double-crested cormorant 6, AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN 40 or so (all the way over on the S side of “Lake Blackwater”),


great blue heron 3, great egret 1, glossy ibis 1, turkey vulture 26, osprey 14 (several skydancing), bald eagle 16 (my lowest total this year here), northern harrier 2, red-tailed hawk 2, Virginia rail 1, American coot 1, greater yellowlegs 6, dunlin 55, laughing gull 20, ring-billed gull 50, Forster’s tern 6, American crow 6, fish crow 4, tree swallow 40, Carolina wren 2, eastern bluebird 4, American robin 10, northern mockingbird 2, European starling 30, song sparrow 2, northern cardinal 1, red-winged blackbird 50, common grackle 30, brown-headed cowbird 2, house sparrow 3.


NON-AVIAN TAXA: A few Cabbage Whites and sulphurs. 26 Painted Turtles, 18 Redbelly Sliders.


EGYPT ROAD: 59 Wild Turkeys incl. 7 pompous, displaying toms, struttin’ ’n’ stridin’, stylin’ ’n’ profilin’, 5:23 P.M.


CAMBRIDGE (Oakley Street and east to east of the old Route 50 bridge). Laughing Gull 3, NORTHERN GANNET 44 (many of them plungediving, some within 100 feet of the new bridge; none seen upstream, on the E side, of the old bridge), Canada Goose 12 incl. 1 on an Osprey nest platform that it has occupied for a couple of weeks), Mallard 14, Canvasback 6 (just 2 males), Horned Grebe 11, Ruddy Duck 130, Surf Scoter 160, Double-crested Cormorant 280 (most in the vicinity of the new bridge), Lesser Scaup 940, Osprey 8, Bufflehead 8, Common Loon 1, Bonaparte’s Gull 5, American Wigeon 0, and hundreds of gulls (many perched on the bridge; mostly ringbilleds).


These all from 5:30-6:45 when it is calm with great light from behind the observers. 58-61, clear. Three Gray Squirrels. On the N side of the bridges (Talbot County side), mostly to the W, are approximately 1,000+ unIDd ducks, probably, mostly Lesser Scaup, but who wants to stop on that bridge and “risk a catastrophe”?


APRIL 3, MONDAY. A day to recover from yesterday’s efforts. Sleep in until 9:25. LUCY POINT,11:45-1:45, fair becoming mostly overcast, 61-66, SW15 (therefore: hard to see any birds sitting in the chop), visibility good otherwise, high tide. Doze a little in the afternoon warmth. Complete list:


NORTHERN GANNET 236 (spectacular plungediving; not a good day to be a herring in the Choptank River mouth, or in a gannet’s mouth), Horned Grebe 13 (by now most are in breeding plumage), Green-winged Teal 5 (flybys; definitely migrating), Bufflehead 30, Herring Gull 1, Bonaparte’s Gull 3, Forster’s Tern 4, Osprey 14, Bald Eagle 3, Turkey Vulture 7, Sharp-shinned Hawk 1, Cooper’s Hawk 1, Common Loon 3, Black Vulture 1, Barn Swallow 1, American Crow 1, Long-tailed Duck 1 male (compare with 6,700 on April 1, 1988), Double-crested Cormorant 3, and, amazingly, Surf Scoter 0 (compare with 3,310 on April 8, 2001, or, 1,710 on April 3, 1999 !!).


Also: One Orange Sulphur. Boats: 2 dredgers, 2 pleasure craft. One of the dredgers is the ‘USS Herndon’, the first time I’ve seen her outfitted as a dredger. There’s interaction between the Bonaparte’s Gulls and the terns with the 3 loons. Hanging out together mostly. Cooperative feeding? The larids make the fishes go down somewhat, the loons make them go up, to everyone’s advantage, presumably.


BELLEVUE, 6:15-6:37 P.M., 59, overcast, S15. Complete list: Northern Gannet 7 (incl. 2 going up the Tred Avon River past the ferry route), Bald Eagle 2, Osprey 4, Forster’s Tern 1, Turkey Vulture 13, Horned Grebe 6, Double-crested Cormorant 1 adult (within the enclosed marina area), Bufflehead 7, Ruddy Duck 1, Great Blue Heron 1, Mallard 2, Herring Gull 1, and American Crow 1. Nearby up PLAINDEALING CREEK: 105 Ruddy Ducks at 6:41 P.M.


DEER: In the 2.7 mi. route between John Swaine’s place and Rigby’s Folly I replicate, 6:38-6:59 P.M., the search for deer done on Saturday (q.v.): At John Swaine’s 1 (field N of Bellevue Road; plus 3 Wild Turkeys), near Heron Point Road 3, at the Campers’ field (east field) 18, and 5 in our Field 4 (plus 6 Wild Turkeys) for a grand total of 27.


A female-plumaged Red-breasted Merganser is in Poplar Cove all day, diving actively. Also, an additional Sharp-shinned Hawk. 2 Spring Azures. Overnight low of 55 degrees F. this morning. No Canada Geese at the old place today.


APRIL 4, TUESDAY. Mostly overcast, 60 at start, SW10. Gray Squirrel 1. Something continues to empty the feeder next to the Magnolia grandiflora at night. All the way from the yard, from the comfort of my car, 45 Northern Gannets are seen, many plungediving. But I gotta leave and do not go to Lucy Point for a complete tally. (Why, oh why, oh why DIDN’T I go?; it would have taken what, 15 minutes at most?; could have been hundreds of gannets; “For all sad words of tongue or pen,/The saddest are these; ‘It might have been’ “ - John Greenleaf Whittier; might have been a thousand?).


This quotation is rather lugubrious in this context. It comprises the ending of An untold story: the Roosevelts of Hyde Park by Elliott Roosevelt (Putnam, 1973) and is certainly poignantly relevant to the problems in the marriage of FDR and Eleanor.


Forster’s Tern 1. A Northern Flicker drills the chimney cap 5 times, loud, a bit off-putting to hear this in our bedroom. No, 0, deer seen along last night’s deer census route. A little bit of rain last night. Leave Rigby’s Folly at 8:15 A.M.


Getaway breakfast at Denny’s. I am able to detect all 7 differences on the 2 place mat illustrations. Wish I’d done this well on the SATs. An immature Bald Eagle over Cordova. Just N of the junction of routes 404 X 309 are 20 Bonaparte’s Gulls and 2 Bald Eagles. Along Route 481: Barn Swallow 2, American Kestrel 1, Cabbage White 2, and 2 sulphurs plus an adult Bald Eagle attending the nest in the sycamore.


NEW JERSEY BLACK RAILS. In New Jersey Audubon, Autumn-Winter 2016-2017, p. 12, “Black Rail survey” by Mike Allen and Nellie Tsipoura. In a 1988 survey Kerlinger and Sutton found Black Rails in 26% of 65 land-based survey sites in southern NJ. Others found them in only 6% of the sites studied there in 2015-2016. “ … researchers along the Atlantic Coast estimated the eastern subspecies … had declined by a worrying 75% between 1989 and 2009.” In 2015-2016, 388 NJ points were investigated and Black Rails found at 28. Considering how they are doing in MD I am surprised they found them in this many places.



VEGETATION: dandelions: spangling some areas by the thousands with a lot gone to seed, good for goldfinches and Bobolinks. shad bush: blooming at full speed, the first ones over a week ago. daffodils: starting to fade. mustard: going great guns in the fields and road shoulders. skunk cabbage: finally busting out in low areas along Route 301. forsythia: has been fading for a while. In Philadelphia our volunteer peach tree is in full blast, as is the andromeda, attracting bees.


SIGNS, the song of the open road: “Be prepare (sic) to stop”. I be prepare. “Not trash” next to the windshield cleaner wells at the Middletown Wawa. East of Cambridge on Route 50 a tire place has the slogan: “This is the best place to take a leak.” There are signs declaring this is Work Zone Safety Month; their slogan is “We have families, too.” There are also many signs saying “End road work”, possibly a source of confusion to those thinking it means to abolish road work. I wish I had invented orange and white barrels, road cones, and concrete Jersey blocks.


Denny’s has some good slogans on its takeout bags: “A diner booth is the world’s smallest neighborhood”, “A diner is a restaurant with an untucked shirt”, “A diner is the original social network”, “Great food with a side of conversation”. I worry about the Easton Denny’s that is underpatronized. The Cambridge Denny’s is often crowded.


FIELD MARSHAL 1st VISCOUNT LORD ALANBROOKE (1883-1963). His 2 names are for some reason run together in his later life. Whatever. Known in his earlier life as simply Sir Alan Francis Brooke. A birder of prominence. Chief of the Imperial General Staff. In that capacity I cannot imagine he did much KP. “Hey, Field Marshal, you messed up big time cleaning the trays. Drop and give me 40; start pushing a little Crimea away. When I say jump, ask how high on the way up.” He was an important, contributing presence in the great Yalta WWII conference.


Although he didn’t exactly goof off on company time, he did spend some of the conference birding. From the Guns at last light by Rick Atkinson (p. 509, Henry Holt, 2013, 877pp.): “Yalta, the Prime Minister (Churchill) would harrumph, was surely ‘the Riviera of Hades’. Perhaps only Brooke was happy: ‘I picked up a great northern diver [common loon], scoters, cormorants, and many gulls and diving ducks,’ he told his diary. ‘And also dolphins feeding on shoals of fish.’ “ Bill Burt tells me that Brooke was an important, pioneering bird photographer.


Best to all. - Harry Armistead, Philadelphia.

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Date: 4/5/17 11:39 am
From: Jim Green <jkgbirdman53...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Clay colored on driver road
Continues down in valley another 100 yards where last reported. Moving around A LOT with several field sparrows. There are also several field sparrows singing on territory.

Jim Green
Gaithersburg MD

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> Now. South of parking lot which is on right side a mile or so from marriottsville rd.
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Date: 4/5/17 9:31 am
From: <dengue1...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Red-throated Loon
Red-throated Loon was seen this morning 9:30 at Greenbridge Road on Triadelphia Reservoir. One was seen April 3 by David Cummings at this location - perhaps same bird.

Woody & Rae Dubois
Montgomery County

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Date: 4/5/17 9:14 am
From: Beth Kantrowitz <kantrowitz...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Northern Rough-Winged Swallows return to Hyattsville
I have lived here for 20 years, and every single year there are either two or three Northern Rough-Winged Swallows who nest in one of the pipe openings in the stone wall surrounding my apartment complex (I've never discovered which). They spend their time on the power lines and swooping around the parking lot, identified by appearance and constant "frip" call.

I doubt it's the same birds every year, but my theory is that when there are three, it's a pair plus an offspring from the previous year as a "helper at the nest."

-Beth Kantrowitz

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Date: 4/5/17 8:49 am
From: Tim Carney <timmyc83...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Swan Creek Vespers
Hesitant to post, because I don't know how likely these are to be seen from the public area, but there are two Vesper Sparrows in the far northwest corner of the north cell. Maybe they could be scoped...?

Also Snowy Egrets in the wetland.

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Tim Carney
Nottingham, MD

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Date: 4/5/17 4:39 am
From: Tim Houghton <timhoughton...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Clay colored on driver road
Now. South of parking lot which is on right side a mile or so from marriottsville rd.

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Date: 4/4/17 8:47 pm
From: SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fwd: [BIRDHAWK] Fort Smallwood Park (04 Apr 2017) 242 Raptors
Fort Smallwood Park
Pasadena, Maryland, USA


Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 04, 2017
Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
Black Vulture 31 69 171
Turkey Vulture 162 1183 4319
Osprey 6 112 262
Bald Eagle 2 17 52
Northern Harrier 0 4 7
Sharp-shinned Hawk 11 26 74
Cooper's Hawk 1 5 44
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 7 18 64
Broad-winged Hawk 1 1 1
Red-tailed Hawk 9 17 58
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 2
American Kestrel 10 14 42
Merlin 1 8 14
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 1 2 2
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 1
Total: 242 1476 5113


Observation start time: 10:30 am
Observation end time: 4 pm Daylight Time
Total observation time: 5.5 hours
Official Counter Sue Ricciardi
Observers: Alan Young, Chris Reed, Dan Walker, Hal Wierenga, Sue Young


Weather: Partly cloudy at first, then mostly cloudy with substantial pockets of dark clouds; 64-77 degrees; excellent visibility; winds very strong out of the southwest, then turning westerly, 10-23 mph, gusting to 37 mph

Raptor Observations: Good variety today with the appearance of the first Broad-winged Hawk of the season; a Merlin took issue briefly with a kestrel

Non-raptor Observations: Redhead 1; first Chimney Swift of the season

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Report submitted by Sue Ricciardi (<susiericc...> mailto:<susiericc...> )
Fort Smallwood Park information may be found at: http://www.mdbirds.org/sites/mdsites/hawks/hawkwatch.html

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

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Date: 4/4/17 4:39 pm
From: Steve Long <steve.long4...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] [FR] Downspout Starlings [DOST]
I once had to rescue a Starling from my furnace flue. It is a round sheet
steel pipe with an aluminum cap. The bird could not fly nor claw its way up
and out, but it was making a racket trying. I had to go up on the roof and
hang an old rope down the flue for the bird to climb on. That worked. And,
no repeats - for years.

Steve Long
Annapolis

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To: "Janbraumuller" <janbraumuller...>
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Subject: Re: [MDBirding] [FR] Downspout Starlings [DOST]


>I neglected to add the correct coding...DOST naturally :)
>
> In thinking about it more...a natural cavity even one that was
> vertical or nearly so, would likely provide enough "edge" to allow the
> bird to exit with little problem...a downspout...not a chance!
>
> Jim Speicher
>
> On 4/3/17, Janbraumuller <janbraumuller...> wrote:
>> Jim,
>> I love this!! Yes...one would think that! Jan
>>
>> Sent from my iPad
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>>> On Apr 3, 2017, at 9:26 PM, JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...>
>>> wrote:
>>>
>>> I rescued another Starling trapped in a downspout [gutter end of the
>>> line] today. Honestly, for a bird that has been remarkably successful
>>> in colonizing N America, you would think that NOT entering a dark,
>>> vertical cavity with the idea of nesting would have been imprinted
>>> onto the genome long ago...sighhhhhhhhhhhhh
>>>
>>> On the bright side, the downspout did need cleaning...
>>>
>>> Jim Speicher
>>> BroadRun/Burkittsville area
>>> [FR] Frederick County
>>> WA Co. MOS member
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Date: 4/4/17 3:56 pm
From: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] [FR] Downspout Starlings [DOST]
I neglected to add the correct coding...DOST naturally :)

In thinking about it more...a natural cavity even one that was
vertical or nearly so, would likely provide enough "edge" to allow the
bird to exit with little problem...a downspout...not a chance!

Jim Speicher

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> Jim,
> I love this!! Yes...one would think that! Jan
>
> Sent from my iPad
>
>> On Apr 3, 2017, at 9:26 PM, JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> wrote:
>>
>> I rescued another Starling trapped in a downspout [gutter end of the
>> line] today. Honestly, for a bird that has been remarkably successful
>> in colonizing N America, you would think that NOT entering a dark,
>> vertical cavity with the idea of nesting would have been imprinted
>> onto the genome long ago...sighhhhhhhhhhhhh
>>
>> On the bright side, the downspout did need cleaning...
>>
>> Jim Speicher
>> BroadRun/Burkittsville area
>> [FR] Frederick County
>> WA Co. MOS member
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Date: 4/4/17 2:23 pm
From: Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Little Gull continues at Back River
Seen this afternoon sitting on water with about 300 Bonaparte's Gull, from the MDE reclamation area, upstream of Eastern Blvd. bridge.

Gail Mackiernan
Colesville, MD

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Date: 4/4/17 1:42 pm
From: Joe Hanfman <auk1844...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Sandhill Cranes - Garrett
There are two Sandhill Cranes feeding in the corn stubble field along Peat
Moss Rd, Accident, Garrett, MD.

Photos are attached to our checklist with a link below.


Peat Moss Road, Garrett, Maryland, US
Apr 3, 2017 9:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Protocol: Stationary
17 species

Canada Goose 2
Wood Duck 1
American Black Duck 3
Mallard 2
Ring-necked Duck 3
Red-tailed Hawk (borealis) 1
Sandhill Crane 2 Continuing. Photo
Killdeer 1
Greater Yellowlegs 2
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 1
American Crow 5
Tree Swallow 12
American Robin 100
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) 1
Red-winged Blackbird (Red-winged) 30
Eastern Meadowlark (Eastern) 1
Common Grackle 2

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/
checklist/S35665312

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Date: 4/4/17 1:38 pm
From: Joe Hanfman <auk1844...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Poplar Island, Apr 4, 2017
Today was the first Poplar Island trip of the season. There was quite a bit
of construction on the island which limited our access to the east side.
The MES crew did an excellent job getting us safely around the island.
Northern Gannets put on a great show flying over the bay and scoters.

The water temperature was below 50 degrees so everyone was inside the cabin
on the boat rides.

Our complete checklist is below:


Poplar Island, Talbot, Maryland, US
Apr 4, 2017 9:10 AM - 12:59 PM
Protocol: Traveling
5.0 mile(s)
50 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose 8
Gadwall 8
American Black Duck 16
Mallard 275 Estimate
Northern Shoveler 50 Tallied
Green-winged Teal (American) 17
Greater Scaup 2
Lesser Scaup 620
Greater/Lesser Scaup 800 Estimate
Surf Scoter 300
Black Scoter 75 Tallied
Long-tailed Duck 7
Bufflehead 100
Ruddy Duck (Ruddy) 285 Count
Common Loon 6
Horned Grebe 140 Tallied
Northern Gannet 50 Conservative estimate
Double-crested Cormorant 1500 Estimate
Great Blue Heron (Blue form) 6
Snowy Egret 1
Turkey Vulture 9
Osprey (carolinensis) 16
Northern Harrier (American) 1
Bald Eagle 3
Virginia Rail (Virginia) 2
American Coot (Red-shielded) 2
American Oystercatcher 2
Killdeer 9
Sanderling 6
Dunlin 205 Tallied
Least Sandpiper 10
Greater Yellowlegs 4
Bonaparte's Gull 5
Laughing Gull 1
Ring-billed Gull 45
Herring Gull (American) 2500 Estimate
Great Black-backed Gull 125
Caspian Tern 1
Forster's Tern 1
Fish Crow 6
Horned Lark 1
Purple Martin 2
Tree Swallow 75
European Starling 6
Palm Warbler (Yellow) 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 1
Savannah Sparrow (Savannah) 5
Song Sparrow 1
Red-winged Blackbird (Red-winged) 125
Eastern Meadowlark (Eastern) 1
Common Grackle (Purple) 4

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/
checklist/S35693351

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Date: 4/4/17 10:21 am
From: Kingfisher501 <kingfisher501...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Yellow-throated Warbler Washington County
Late this morning, Nancy and I took a one and one-half hour walk along the C&O Canal near Antietam Creek. We found two singing Yellow-throated Warblers and several migrants such as Golden-crowned and Ruby-crowned Kinglets as wee as a couple of Yellow-rumped Warblers.

The complete list of 28 species is below as entered into the eBird database.

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Shepherdstown, WV
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> Begin forwarded message:
>
> From: <ebird-checklist...>
> Subject: eBird Report - C&O Canal--Antietam Creek, Apr 4, 2017
> Date: April 4, 2017 at 1:13:50 PM EDT
> To: <kingfisher500...>
>
> C&O Canal--Antietam Creek, Washington, Maryland, US
> Apr 4, 2017 10:59 AM - 12:31 PM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 0.75 mile(s)
> 28 species
>
> Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 2
> Common Merganser (Mergus merganser) 6
> Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) 1
> Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) 2
> Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 4
> Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon) 2
> Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus) 3
> Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) 1
> Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus) 1
> American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) 4
> Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis) 5
> Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor) 1
> White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis) 2
> Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus) 6
> Golden-crowned Kinglet (Regulus satrapa) 1
> Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula) 1
> Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis) 3
> European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) 2
> Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) (Setophaga coronata coronata) 2
> Yellow-throated Warbler (Setophaga dominica) 2
> Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina) 4
> Field Sparrow (Spizella pusilla) 4
> Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) (Junco hyemalis hyemalis/carolinensis) 6
> Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 3
> Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 5
> Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater) 1
> House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus) 7
> American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) 14
>
> View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35691902
>
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Date: 4/4/17 9:20 am
From: Tim Carney <timmyc83...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Masonville 4/3/2017
Nice census at Masonville yesterday. Some highlights:

Restricted areas:

Green-winged Teal 2
Dunlin 3
Wilson's Snipe 9
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 1

Campus/cove:

White-breasted Nuthatch 1 (uncommon onsite)
Brown Thrasher 1
Palm Warbler 3

I also saw 3 pairs of Ospreys at active nests.

eBird checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35691519

Tim Carney
Nottingham, MD

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Date: 4/4/17 8:57 am
From: Gerry Hawkins <maineusa...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Voice of the Naturalist, Greater DC area, 4/4/17
Hotline: Voice of the Naturalist
Date: 4/4/2017
Coverage: MD/DC/VA/central and southern DE/WV panhandle
Reports, comments and questions: <voice...>
<mailto:<voice...>
Compiler: Gerry Hawkins
Sponsor: Audubon Naturalist Society of the Central
Atlantic States (independent of NAS)
Transcriber: Steve Cordle

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

This is the Voice of the Naturalist, a service of the Audubon Naturalist
Society. This report covers the week starting Tuesday, March 28 and was
completed on Tuesday, April 4 at 6:00 a.m.

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

The top birds this week were GREEN-WINGED TEAL (EURASIAN) in MD, WESTERN
GREBE* in VA, RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD in MD and PRAIRIE FALCON* in VA and DC.

Other birds of interest this week included ROSS¹S and CACKLING GEESE,
TRUMPETER SWAN, EURASIAN WIGEON, COMMON EIDER, LONG-TAILED DUCK, NORTHERN
BOBWHITE, RED-NECKED GREBE, EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE, SANDHILL CRANE, AMERICAN
AVOCET, RAZORBILL, BLACK-HEADED, LITTLE and ICELAND GULLS, RED-THROATED
LOON, GREAT CORMORANT, AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN, AMERICAN and LEAST BITTERNS,
GREEN HERON, YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON, WHITE and GLOSSY IBIS, BROAD-WINGED
HAWK, GOLDEN EAGLE, LOGGERHEAD and NORTHERN SHRIKES, RED CROSSBILL, EVENING
GROSBEAK, OVENBIRD, LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH, BLACK-AND-WHITE, PROTHONOTARY,
ORANGE-CROWNED and YELLOW-THROATED WARBLERS, AMERICAN TREE, CLAY-COLORED and
VESPER SPARROWS, ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK, PAINTED BUNTING and ORCHARD and
BALTIMORE ORIOLES.

TOP BIRDS

A continuing GREEN-WINGED TEAL (EURASIAN), which is considered a separate
species known as EURASIAN or COMMON TEAL by many authorities, was last seen
at West Meadow Park in Cecil Co, MD on March 29.

On April 3 a WESTERN GREBE* was photographed off Little Island Park in
Virginia Beach, VA.

A continuing young female RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD in the Wildewood neighborhood
in St. Mary¹s Co, MD was most recently seen on April 4.

A PRAIRIE FALCON* that was found on March 24 at a decommissioned power plant
in Alexandria, VA and over nearby DC waters was seen on March 28, 30 and 31
and April 1 and 3 but not, to the dismay of numerous birders, on March 29
and April 2. Subject to review by the VA and MD/DC avian records committees,
this is a first record for VA and DC.

OTHER BIRDS OF INTEREST

On March 31 two ROSS¹S GEESE were spotted in a large flock of SNOW GEESE
along Holland Glade Road in Sussex Co, DE, and a solitary ROSS¹S GOOSE was
seen with CANADA GEESE on the grounds of the Wade B. Elementary School in
Charles Co, MD. A continuing CACKLING GOOSE was seen at the Chesapeake Bay
Environmental Center (Horsehead) in Queen Anne¹s Co, MD on March 29-31 and
April 2. A CACKLING GOOSE also was spotted with CANADA GEESE in flight over
Perryman Park in Harford Co, MD on March 30. In addition, on April 3 two
CACKLING GEESE were seen at Cranberry Reservoir in Carroll Co, MD.

A continuing TRUMPETER SWAN was at a pond along Otwell Road in Talbot Co, MD
all week. TRUMPETER SWAN sightings in Maryland also included a single
individual at Patuxent Research Refuge-Central Tract (private) in Prince
George¹s Co on March 30, and two individuals at the Smithsonian
Environmental Research Center in Anne Arundel Co on April 1. In Virginia two
TRUMPETER SWANS were found near the Airlie Conference Center (restricted
access) in Fauquier Co on March 30 and a short distance north along O¹Bannon
Road on April 1.

Two male EURASIAN WIGEONS were at the Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary
(private) in Montgomery Co, MD all week. Noteworthy diving ducks included a
continuing COMMON EIDER at the Point in Point Lookout SP, St. Mary¹s Co, MD
on March 29 and seven COMMON EIDERS at the Ocean City Inlet in Worcester Co,
MD on April 1. LONG-TAILED DUCKS were found at several inland locations in
Maryland, including single individuals at Violette¹s Lock on the C & O Canal
in Montgomery Co on March 28; Triadelphia Reservoir-Brighton Dam in Howard
Co on March 29; Baker Park in Frederick Co on April 1-3; and Rock Run
Landing in Cecil Co on April 1. In addition, two LONG-TAILED DUCKS were
found at Finzel Swamp in Allegany Co, MD on March 29. Elsewhere, two
LONG-TAILED DUCKS were photographed in the Tidal Basin in Washington, DC on
March 29.

Encounters with NORTHERN BOBWHITE included a mixed male and female flock
containing 11 individuals along Pirates Cove Road in Talbot Co, MD on March
31, and three continuing individuals in fields along Sycamore Landing Road
in Montgomery Co, MD on April 2. NORTHERN BOBWHITES also continue at Chino
Farms-Foreman's Branch Bird Observatory in Queen Anne's Co, MD, with two
individuals reported there on April 2.

A continuing RED-NECKED GREBE at Loch Raven Reservoir-Loch Raven Point in
Baltimore Co, MD was most recently seen on April 3.

A continuing EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE was seen in Selbyville, Sussex Co, DE on
April 1. On April 3 a EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE was seen in a residential yard
in Chincoteague, Accomack Co, VA.

Two continuing SANDHILL CRANES were seen along Peat Moss Road in Garrett Co,
MD on March 29 and April 1 and 3, in flight over nearby Herrington Manor SP
on March 30 and along 335 Orendorf Road on April 2, which likely were the
same birds.

A large number of AMERICAN AVOCETS continue at Bombay Hook NWR, Kent Co, DE,
Prime Hook NWR, Sussex Co, DE and the Craney Island Disposal Area
(restricted access), Portsmouth, VA, with highs of 86, 61 and 54 individuals
reported at these respective locations on April 2, April 1 and March 30,
respectively.

The recent northward movement of RAZORBILLS was essentially over with only
one individual reported, at Island No. 1 to the Chesapeake Bay
Bridge-Tunnel, Virginia Beach, VA on March 3

On March 29 and 30 and April 1 and 2 1-2 BLACK-HEADED GULLS, and on April 1
and 2 a single LITTLE GULL, were spotted among the many BONAPARTE¹S GULLS at
Back River WWTP in Baltimore Co, MD. On March 30 an ICELAND GULL was found
among the many other gulls on Poplar Island, Talbot Co, MD.

On April 3 an inland RED-THROATED LOON was spotted in Triadelphia Reservoir,
Howard Co, MD (restricted access).

A reporting area high 14 GREAT CORMORANTS were counted at the Cape Henlopen
Hawk Watch in Sussex Co, DE on April 3. GREAT CORMORANTS also were seen at
several locations in Maryland during the week, consisting of three
individuals at Point Lookout SP in St. Mary¹s Co on March 29; two
individuals at Black Walnut Point in Talbot Co on March 28; and one
individual at Downs Memorial Park in Anne Arundel Co on March 29.

AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS continue at Blackwater NWR in Dorchester Co, MD,
with a high of 45 individuals counted there on April 2.

Birders were fortunate to encounter an AMERICAN BITTERN at Black Marsh in
Baltimore Co, MD on March 29 and 30 and April 2; Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens
in Washington, DC on April 3; and the Dulles Greenway Wetlands Mitigation
Project (restricted access) in Loudoun Co, VA on April 2. On April 3 a LEAST
BITTERN was heard calling at Little Island Park in Virginia Beach, VA.

A wintering GREEN HERON at Ben Brenman Park in Alexandria, VA was seen on
March 29 and joined in the reporting area by migrant GREEN HERONS at several
locations. Returning YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS included an annual breeder
in the Whooping Crane cage at the National Zoo in Washington, DC, which was
first seen on March 29.

On March 28 a WHITE IBIS was spotted along Wildlife Drive in Blackwater NWR,
Dorchester Co, MD. On April 1 ten GLOSSY IBIS were seen in flight toward
Jane¹s Island SP in Somerset Co, MD.

On April 3 a wintering GOLDEN EAGLE was again seen in flight above the
Pickering Creek Audubon Center in Talbot Co, MD. Noteworthy raptors also
included a small number of early BROAD-WINGED HAWKS at several locations in
Virginia and the panhandle of West Virginia.

Continuing LOGGERHEAD SHRIKES were seen most recently at the Smith farm in
Lunenburg Co, VA on April 3 and the Sumday Ranch in Cumberland Co, VA on
April 1. A NORTHERN SHRIKE* continues at the Sully Woodlands in Fairfax Co,
VA, with the most recent sighting on April 2.

On April 3 a birder was pleased to see RED-BREASTED, WHITE-BREASTED and
BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCHES in his yard in South Boston, Halifax Co, VA.

RED CROSSBILLS continue at Briery Branch Gap in Rockingham Co, VA, with 2-3
individuals seen there on April 1 and 2. Residents along Wilson Circle in
Gloucester Co, VA were surprised to see a male EVENING GROSBEAK visit their
feeders on April 1 and 2.

Continuing ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS were observed most recently at private
yards in Rehoboth Beach and Lewes, Sussex Co, DE on April 2 and March 29,
respectively. ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS also were found at Bombay Hook NWR,
Kent Co, DE on April 1; Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center (Horsehead) in
Queen Anne¹s Co, MD on April 2; Assateague Island NS-Life of the Dunes,
Worcester Co, MD on April 2; and the LBJ Memorial Grove in Washington, DC on
April 1. During the week there were increased sightings of several early
migrant warblers in the reporting area, including OVENBIRD, LOUISIANA
WATERTHRUSH and BLACK-AND-WHITE, PROTHONOTARY and YELLOW-THROATED WARBLERS.

Wintering AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS included two individuals reported at each
of Bombay Hook NWR, Kent Co, DE on April 1; Cromwell Valley Park in
Baltimore Co, MD on March 29; Finzel Swamp in Garrett Co, MD on April 1 and
2; Blandy Experimental Farm in Clarke Co, VA on March 29; and the Dulles
Greenway Mitigation Project (restricted access) in Loudoun Co, VA on April
2. A continuing CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was seen most recently at Big Water
Farm (private) in Queen Anne¹s Co, MD on April 3 and at 103 Exeter Court in
James City Co, VA on March 30. A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW also was found along
Driver Road at Patapsco Valley SP in Howard Co, MD on April 3. Migrating
VESPER SPARROWS were seen at several locations, with a high of three
individuals at Blandy Experimental Farm/State Arboretum of Virginia in
Clarke Co, VA on April 3.

A male PAINTED BUNTING continues at a private residence in Berlin, Worcester
Co, MD, with the most recent sighting on April 3.

An early BALTIMORE ORIOLE was a bonus for birders at the above-noted PRAIRIE
FALCON location in Alexandria, VA on April 1.

Early returning songbirds also included ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAKS reported in
Ferndale, Anne Arundel Co, MD on March 29 and April 1 and 3 and Stuarts
Draft, Augusta Co, VA on April 2 and 3, and ORCHARD ORIOLES reported in
Rohrersville, Washington Co, MD and Patuxent Research Refuge-North Tract,
Anne Arundel Co, MD on April 1 and 2, respectively.

***

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

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

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

Thank you for your interest, and enjoy the birds.

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Date: 4/3/17 11:47 pm
From: Phil Davis <pdavis...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Ruby-throated Hummingbird migration map
Hi MDBirders:

Time to think about getting your feeders up ... they are getting close !!!

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

Phil


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Date: 4/3/17 6:27 pm
From: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...>
Subject: [MDBirding] [FR] Downspout Starlings
I rescued another Starling trapped in a downspout [gutter end of the
line] today. Honestly, for a bird that has been remarkably successful
in colonizing N America, you would think that NOT entering a dark,
vertical cavity with the idea of nesting would have been imprinted
onto the genome long ago...sighhhhhhhhhhhhh

On the bright side, the downspout did need cleaning...

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

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Date: 4/3/17 6:19 pm
From: Georgia McDonald <gmcdonald2006...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Marshy Point redux
Late afternoon walk yielded 37 species, including 4 FOS: Pine Warbler,
Yellow-rumped Warbler, Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher, Eastern Meadowlark. Also,
saw one Hermit Thrush.

Georgia McDonald Towson, Balt Co

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Date: 4/3/17 5:14 pm
From: SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Monday, April 3, 2017 58 Raptors
Fort Smallwood Park
Pasadena, Maryland, USA


Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 03, 2017
Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
Black Vulture 8 38 140
Turkey Vulture 31 1021 4157
Osprey 7 106 256
Bald Eagle 2 15 50
Northern Harrier 2 4 7
Sharp-shinned Hawk 4 15 63
Cooper's Hawk 0 4 43
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 3 11 57
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 1 8 49
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 2
American Kestrel 0 4 32
Merlin 0 7 13
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 1 1
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 1
Total: 58 1234 4871


Observation start time: 9:30 am
Observation end time: 3 pm Daylight Time
Total observation time: 5.5 hours
Official Counter Sue Ricciardi
Observers: Hal Wierenga, Linda Baker

Weather: Variable cloudiness, becoming more overcast as the day went on; 53-69 degrees; excellent visibility; winds were brisk, starting from the SW and ending from the SSE, 8-15 mph, gusting to 24 mph

Raptor Observations: We were hoping for a continuation of yesterday's strong flight, but that didn't happen.

Non-raptor Observations: 11 Yellow Palm Warblers; Rusty Blackbird; Red-headed Woodpecker

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Report submitted by Sue Ricciardi (<susiericc...> mailto:<susiericc...> )
Fort Smallwood Park information may be found at: http://www.mdbirds.org/sites/mdsites/hawks/hawkwatch.html

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

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Date: 4/3/17 4:55 pm
From: Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...>
Subject: [MDBirding] A few firsts of season in Colesville
Barry and I took the dogs for a walk along Northwest Branch in Colesville this afternoon - as well as the "usual suspects" we saw several firsts for this spring - two yellow Pine Warblers, a bright Pine Warbler, two Ruby-crowned Kinglets and three singing male Towhees. Very nice!

Gail Mackiernan
Colesville, MD



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Date: 4/3/17 3:19 pm
From: Marcia Balestri <mebalestri...>
Subject: [MDBirding] OC Inlet Parking - Just an FYI
It’s that time of year. They started charging now for parking at the inlet for the summer months as usual. NEW this year is that you only get 20 minutes of free parking instead of the usual 30 minutes.
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Date: 4/3/17 9:20 am
From: brent byers <baypuffin...>
Subject: [MDBirding] frozen specimen
Marshy point nature center can use a redheaded specimen

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Date: 4/3/17 9:18 am
From: Marcia Watson <marshwren50...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Red-throated Loon - Triadelphia
To add to Joe's information about permits for access to Triadelphia (also applies to Rocky Gorge):

If you're 65 or older, you can get a seasonal pass for free. The free passes are not available online. You have to go with ID to Brighton Dam or to the WSSC office on Schweitzer Lane near I-95 and Konterra Drive.

Marcia
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Patuxent Bird Club
Maryland Ornithological Society

Bowie, Maryland
<marshwren50...>


> On Apr 3, 2017, at 12:00 PM, <wcummings9...> wrote:
>
> Seen this morning west of the pipelines in the Greenbridge Recreational Area of the Triadelphia Reservoir. See the note from Joe Hanfman below about access to Triadelphia Reservoir.
>
> David Cummings
>
> Sent from my iPhone
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> Begin forwarded message:
>
>> From: Joe Hanfman <auk1844...>
>> Date: March 29, 2017 at 3:43:47 PM EDT
>> To: "<mdbirding...>" <mdbirding...>
>> Subject: [MDBirding] Long-tailed Duck - Triadelphia
>>
>> There is a female Long-tailed Duck at Triadelphia Reservoir, visible from the boat ramp at Greenbridge. Swimming with Buffleheads between Montgomery and Howard.
>>
>> A Common Loon is staying on the Howard side at Nichols Cove and also visible from the boat ramp.
>>
>> Down the reservoir past Pigtail are:
>> 23 Green-winged Teal
>> 5 Common Mergansers
>> 4 Red-breasted Mergansers
>> 1 Northern Pintail
>> 2 Ruddy Ducks
>> 2 Horned Grebes
>>
>> A season pass is $70 and a daily pass is $6. You can get your pass online or at the cabin at Brighton Dam.
>> https://www.wsscwater.com/watershed
>>
>>
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Date: 4/3/17 9:00 am
From: <wcummings9...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Red-throated Loon - Triadelphia
Seen this morning west of the pipelines in the Greenbridge Recreational Area of the Triadelphia Reservoir. See the note from Joe Hanfman below about access to Triadelphia Reservoir.

David Cummings

Sent from my iPhone

Begin forwarded message:

> From: Joe Hanfman <auk1844...>
> Date: March 29, 2017 at 3:43:47 PM EDT
> To: "<mdbirding...>" <mdbirding...>
> Subject: [MDBirding] Long-tailed Duck - Triadelphia
>
> There is a female Long-tailed Duck at Triadelphia Reservoir, visible from the boat ramp at Greenbridge. Swimming with Buffleheads between Montgomery and Howard.
>
> A Common Loon is staying on the Howard side at Nichols Cove and also visible from the boat ramp.
>
> Down the reservoir past Pigtail are:
> 23 Green-winged Teal
> 5 Common Mergansers
> 4 Red-breasted Mergansers
> 1 Northern Pintail
> 2 Ruddy Ducks
> 2 Horned Grebes
>
> A season pass is $70 and a daily pass is $6. You can get your pass online or at the cabin at Brighton Dam.
> https://www.wsscwater.com/watershed
>
>
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> Columbia, MD
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Date: 4/3/17 7:51 am
From: Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Mute Swan W OC Pond
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Date: 4/3/17 7:20 am
From: Bryan MacKay <mackay...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Chesapeake Audubon "Signs of Spring" walk 4/2/17
Yesterday I led a "Signs of Spring" walk for Chesapeake Audubon. While the focus was on flora, we accumulated a nice diversity of birds for mid-afternoon in the Hilton area of PVSP. Thanks to Frank Morgan, who kept the below list (and submitted to eBird). CAS cross posts trips on meetup, so we get a fair number of non-birders on our trips. So it was rewarding to show at least 4 people their first good look at a very cooperative eastern bluebird, and the rest nice first looks at both male and female yellow bellied sapsuckers. They were very appreciative, even with borrowed/shared binocs.

Bryan MacKay
Catonsville, MD

From Frank Morgan:

Patapsco Valley SP--Hilton Area, Baltimore, Maryland, US
Apr 2, 2017 2:15 PM - 4:15 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
20 species (+2 other taxa)

Turkey Vulture 4
Sharp-shinned/Cooper's Hawk 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Mourning Dove 4
Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 2
Downy Woodpecker 2
Pileated Woodpecker 1
Eastern Phoebe 3
Blue Jay 2
American Crow 2
crow sp. 1
Carolina Chickadee 4
Tufted Titmouse 7
White-breasted Nuthatch 4
Carolina Wren 2
Eastern Bluebird 1
American Robin 8
Northern Mockingbird 1
Northern Cardinal 1
House Finch 2
American Goldfinch 2

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35649037

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Date: 4/3/17 7:05 am
From: Warblerick <ricksussman1955...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Yard migrants
Some birds starting to move through or return to my yard. This morning included 3 Purple Finches, 1 lovely male and two brownies. My FOY Brown Thrasher was singing high in a tree, then it moved down to our fountain and feeders. It was going between 3 different seed feeders, so must have been both very hungry and thirsty! Eastern Towhees are still in the yard, calling and singing; great to hear! Several Field Sparrows were heard and seen, along with large numbers of both White-throated Sparrows and juncos, and smaller numbers of Chipping Sparrows.

Several Ring-necked Duck pairs are on the neighbors little pond, and the Cooper's Hawk was out hunting too. The goldfinch males are showing good color.

Rick Sussman
Woodbine,MD

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Date: 4/2/17 8:20 pm
From: SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fwd: [BIRDHAWK] Fort Smallwood Park (02 Apr 2017) 1012 Raptors
Fort Smallwood Park
Pasadena, Maryland, USA


Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 02, 2017
Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
Black Vulture 18 30 132
Turkey Vulture 895 990 4126
Osprey 57 99 249
Bald Eagle 9 13 48
Northern Harrier 1 2 5
Sharp-shinned Hawk 8 11 59
Cooper's Hawk 2 4 43
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 8 8 54
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 7 7 48
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 2
American Kestrel 0 4 32
Merlin 6 7 13
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 1 1 1
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 1
Total: 1012 1176 4813


Observation start time: 9:30 am
Observation end time: 5 pm Daylight Time
Total observation time: 7.5 hours
Official Counter Sue Ricciardi
Observers: Bill Hubick, Bob Rineer, Chris Reed, Hal Wierenga, Hugh Hoffman, Lynn Davidson, Ralph Geuder

Visitors: Mac and Wickie Plant, Charlotte Sherman, Jim Davis, Brad Clark-Ames

Weather: Skies started out clear, then became mostly cloudy with high thin clouds, then became mostly sunny at the end. 47-63 degrees; excellent visibility; winds northerly 6-12 mph

Raptor Observations: Second thousand bird day in a little over a week; vultures strong from the beginning of the day; another fine day for Ospreys; six Merlins but no American Kestrels

Non-raptor Observations: Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, first of the season
---------------------------------------------
Report submitted by Sue Ricciardi (<susiericc...> mailto:<susiericc...> )
Fort Smallwood Park information may be found at: http://www.mdbirds.org/sites/mdsites/hawks/hawkwatch.html

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

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Date: 4/2/17 6:42 pm
From: Karen Caruso <karen.caruso...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Sunday birding: Cackling Goose, Woodcock, Wild Turkey
Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center (Horsehead), Queen Anne's, Maryland, US
Apr 2, 2017 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
30 species

Cackling Goose 1 Rarity continuing at this location: reported and photographed
Blue-winged Teal 1
Northern Shoveler 2
Northern Gannet 1
Black Vulture 1
Osprey 3
Northern Harrier 1
Bald Eagle 3
Dunlin 1
Lesser Yellowlegs 1
Northern Flicker 3
Blue Jay 1
American Crow 2
Tree Swallow 32
Carolina Chickadee 3
Brown-headed Nuthatch 5
Eastern Bluebird 1
Hermit Thrush 1
American Robin 2
Gray Catbird 1
Northern Mockingbird 2
Pine Warbler 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler 2
Field Sparrow 1
White-throated Sparrow 2
Song Sparrow 1
Swamp Sparrow 1
Eastern Towhee 2
Red-winged Blackbird 4
American Goldfinch 1

Egypt Road, Dorchester, Maryland, US
Apr 2, 2017 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Protocol: Traveling
3.0 mile(s)
10 species

Canada Goose 2
Mallard 5
Wild Turkey 5
Great Blue Heron 1
Black Vulture 5
Turkey Vulture 2
Mourning Dove 1
American Kestrel 1
Eastern Bluebird 7
Song Sparrow 1

Cambridge--Oakley Street, Dorchester, Maryland, US
Apr 2, 2017 2:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Protocol: Stationary
10 species

Canada Goose 1
Mallard 6
Canvasback 2
Lesser Scaup 57
Ruddy Duck 1
Double-crested Cormorant 1
Osprey 2
American Coot 2
Ring-billed Gull 1
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 4

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Date: 4/2/17 3:51 pm
From: Warblerick <ricksussman1955...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fox Sparrow...
I've got Towhee's instead.

Rick Sussman
Woodbine,MD

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Date: 4/2/17 3:17 pm
From: Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fox Sparrow...
One at least still here...

Gail Mackiernan
Colesville, MD


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Date: 4/2/17 2:03 pm
From: 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] ID help?
How about Wilson's Snipe? 

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On Sun, Apr 2, 2017 at 4:19 PM, Robert Hartman<RHartman0...> wrote: Hi Folks - Birding at Patuxent N. Tract this morning, I saw a shorebird
on Merganser Pond that has me confused.  It was on the right-hand "X"
(seen from the parking lot), and was backlit, so the view was poor, and
I didn't have a scope.  My first impression was a dowitcher: right
shape/size, long straight bill, but couldn't make out any markings. 
When I got home, I discovered that SBDO shouldn't be here for at least
10 days, probably more like 2-3 weeks.  I considered other options, but
they are either the wrong shape/size, or even less likely than SBDO. 
(There have been a couple of SBDO reported to eBird from the coast, but
none from west of C. Bay.)

There were several other birders there - I wonder whether they saw this
bird, and if so, what they concluded about it.

Thanks,

        Bob Hartman

        Silver Spring

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Date: 4/2/17 1:58 pm
From: Warblerick <ricksussman1955...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: ID help?
On Sunday, April 2, 2017 at 4:10:32 PM UTC-4, BobHartman wrote:
> Hi Folks - Birding at Patuxent N. Tract this morning, I saw a shorebird
> on Merganser Pond that has me confused. It was on the right-hand "X"
> (seen from the parking lot), and was backlit, so the view was poor, and
> I didn't have a scope. My first impression was a dowitcher: right
> shape/size, long straight bill, but couldn't make out any markings.
> When I got home, I discovered that SBDO shouldn't be here for at least
> 10 days, probably more like 2-3 weeks. I considered other options, but
> they are either the wrong shape/size, or even less likely than SBDO.
> (There have been a couple of SBDO reported to eBird from the coast, but
> none from west of C. Bay.)
>
> There were several other birders there - I wonder whether they saw this
> bird, and if so, what they concluded about it.
>
> Thanks,
>
> Bob Hartman
>
> Silver Spring

My first guess would be a Wilson's Snipe.

Rick Sussman
Woodbine,MD

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Date: 4/2/17 1:10 pm
From: Robert Hartman <RHartman0...>
Subject: [MDBirding] ID help?
Hi Folks - Birding at Patuxent N. Tract this morning, I saw a shorebird
on Merganser Pond that has me confused. It was on the right-hand "X"
(seen from the parking lot), and was backlit, so the view was poor, and
I didn't have a scope. My first impression was a dowitcher: right
shape/size, long straight bill, but couldn't make out any markings.
When I got home, I discovered that SBDO shouldn't be here for at least
10 days, probably more like 2-3 weeks. I considered other options, but
they are either the wrong shape/size, or even less likely than SBDO.
(There have been a couple of SBDO reported to eBird from the coast, but
none from west of C. Bay.)

There were several other birders there - I wonder whether they saw this
bird, and if so, what they concluded about it.

Thanks,

Bob Hartman

Silver Spring

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Date: 4/2/17 11:11 am
From: Pat Valdata <pvaldata1...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Glossy Ibis
Yesterday I saw a flock of 10 Glossy Ibis gliding past the house, heading toward Jane's Island SP. Lovely to see them in flight.

Pat Valdata 
Crisfield, Somerset County

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Date: 4/2/17 9:18 am
From: David Moulton, Bethesda, MD <moulton.davidh...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: NOGA up Patuxent River
I saw what was probably the same bird resting on the water mid-river, but from the Sotterley side and in what looked to me like St. Mary's waters. A day earlier (Friday) I had a total of 5, all of which I attributed to Calvert waters (and thus eBirded as Jeff Patterson Park.

It's pretty clear that under the right circumstances, NOGAs have become comfortable wandering up the Patuxent from Solomons.


On Saturday, April 1, 2017 at 1:07:43 PM UTC-4, Mike Hudson wrote:
> In continuing this weeks theme of Northern Gannets up rivers, I had one from Jefferson Patterson Park in Calvert County today. I think others had had them above the bridge on the Patuxent earlier in the week, but I wasn't sure if they had been so far upriver.
>
> Good birding!
>
> Mike Hudson
> Chestertown, MD

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Date: 4/2/17 8:41 am
From: Linda Friedland <linnet1...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Green Heron at Hughes Hollow,MC
Seemed early- and it was flagged by eBird- a single Green Heron flying
from the cross dike across the first impoundment at about 7:35 this
morning. Nice!

Linda Friedland, MBC

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Date: 4/2/17 4:08 am
From: James Wilson <birdmanjfw...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Way ... no ... way way way out of area
You could spend all day guessing which US bird showed up in the Hinuma wetland area in Ibaraki Prefecture Japan but I doubt if anyone would guess Common Yellowthroat.
"Bird lovers hit jackpot with 1st Japan sighting of U.S. warbler"
http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201704010037.html

Jim Wilson
Queenstown

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Date: 4/1/17 9:28 pm
From: SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Saturday, April 1, 2017 164 Raptors
Fort Smallwood Park
Pasadena, Maryland, USA


Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 01, 2017
Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
Black Vulture 12 12 114
Turkey Vulture 95 95 3231
Osprey 42 42 192
Bald Eagle 4 4 39
Northern Harrier 1 1 4
Sharp-shinned Hawk 3 3 51
Cooper's Hawk 2 2 41
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 46
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 0 0 41
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 2
American Kestrel 4 4 32
Merlin 1 1 7
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 1
Total: 164 164 3801


Observation start time: 9:15 am
Observation end time: 4 pm Daylight Time
Total observation time: 6.75 hours
Official Counter Paul Fritz, Sue Ricciardi
Observers: Dan Walker, Hal Wierenga, Paul Fritz

Weather: Mostly cloudy; 47-55 degrees; excellent visibility; winds breezy from the northwest, 7-17 mph gusting to 24 mph

Raptor Observations: Another good day for Ospreys. One Osprey, when perched, appeared to have a white bar on the top of the left wing.

Non-raptor Observations: First Purple Martin, Barn Swallow and Caspian Terns (3) of the season; 50 Bonaparte's Gulls; 5 Yellowlegs sp.

---------------------------------------------
Report submitted by Sue Ricciardi (<susiericc...> mailto:<susiericc...> )
Fort Smallwood Park information may be found at: http://www.mdbirds.org/sites/mdsites/hawks/hawkwatch.html

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

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Date: 4/1/17 6:43 pm
From: Nicholas Lund <nicholas.lund...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Little and Black-headed Gulls at Diamond Point Rd. -- Back River
Jason Hoeksema and I refound an alternative adult Black-headed Gull in the
flats in the Back River from Diamond Point Rd. this afternoon at 4pm. The
bird stood out among the hundreds of Bonaparte's Gulls as having a complete
hood (I don't think we saw any Bonies that didn't have at least some
remnant white spotting on the hood, and the vast majority are still basic
plumaged), and blood-red legs as compared to the candy red Bonie legs.

Scanning through the flock we were also lucky to spot a basic plumage adult
Little Gull, easily identifiable in flight with very dark underwings. The
bird was very easily lost in the crowd when it was not flying, but it was
noticeably smaller than the Bonaparte's. We saw both these birds from the
Back River Restoration Boom Site, but were only able to refind the BHGU
when we tried to move closer.

Also present were a single Caspian Tern, Peregrines, Osprey, and Bald
Eagles, a singing Palm Warbler, and other welcome signs of spring.

Good birding,
Nick Lund
Alexandria, DC

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Date: 4/1/17 5:22 pm
From: Jim Wilkinson <lakekoshare...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Northern Gannets and Peregrine Falcon, Kent Narrows, April 1
Saw 10 Northern Gannets soaring and diving south of the bridges at the narrows. Also there was a Peregrine Falcon flying around the old drawbridge for a short time.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35623914

Jim Wilkinson
Columbia, MD

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Date: 4/1/17 1:07 pm
From: pobrien776 via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Chukar?
We had one Wednesday working its way through College Gardens. I saw only one but there were reports from Fordham St. and Baylor Ave., about three blocks and five hours apart. One bird or two? Can't say.


Paul J. O'Brien
Rockville, MD



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From: Rosemary Hess <hessrose604...>
To: Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Sent: Sat, Apr 1, 2017 2:24 pm
Subject: [MDBirding] Chukar?

I spotted these 2 birds in Rockville today on McIntyre Road. Sorry for the poor quality but I was holding my dog and very excited.

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Date: 4/1/17 12:46 pm
From: David Fleischmann <david...>
Subject: RE: [MDBirding] Chukar?
They are Chukars. Must be escapees. Very cool though.

Awesome birding in 2017!

H. David Fleischmann
M-410-598-9292
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Subject: [MDBirding] Chukar?

I spotted these 2 birds in Rockville today on McIntyre Road. Sorry for the poor quality but I was holding my dog and very excited.

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Date: 4/1/17 12:03 pm
From: Lynne Wheeler <lynne.wheeler530...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Ovenbird
Just heard an Ovenbird. Earliest I have had it in Chicamuxen, MD. Previous
dates 4/10/11, 4/8/13, 4/13/16, now 4/1/17. Wow!

Lynne Wheeler

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Date: 4/1/17 11:24 am
From: Rosemary Hess <hessrose604...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Chukar?
I spotted these 2 birds in Rockville today on McIntyre Road. Sorry for the poor quality but I was holding my dog and very excited.

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Date: 4/1/17 10:33 am
From: JimC <jimcancil...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Swallow's nest
Last year, for the first time in 25, we had swallows nesting under the overhang of our front porch. It made this mud castle atop a motion detector - it was the only 'outcropping' on the back wall. What you see is some pretty neat engineering. (we also like the Thrush nests out front of our pasture)

This year I have made some 'cedar ledges' to hopefully attract and contain another round of swallows. Duck boxes, bat boxes, bluebird houses, owl boxes all seem to attract residents. Purple Martins have been difficult as the Starlings beat them to the lodgings and are nearly impossible to police.

Jim - 12mi W. of Salisbury

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Date: 4/1/17 10:07 am
From: Mike Hudson <mike.p.hudson...>
Subject: [MDBirding] NOGA up Patuxent River
In continuing this weeks theme of Northern Gannets up rivers, I had one from Jefferson Patterson Park in Calvert County today. I think others had had them above the bridge on the Patuxent earlier in the week, but I wasn't sure if they had been so far upriver.

Good birding!

Mike Hudson
Chestertown, MD

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Date: 4/1/17 9:51 am
From: Fred Shaffer <glaucousgull...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Black-headed Gull continues at Back River
I kayaked from Cox Point to Diamond Point along the Back River this morning.  I saw one (or possibly two) Black-headed Gulls today, although my views were much more fleeting. Since the views were so widely spaced (time wise), it was hard to tell if I was seeing the same gull or multiple birds. But, my first view of a Black-headed Gull was in flight near the outfall/pier for the WWTP.  The second view was another brief view of a flying bird near Diamond Point.  And, the last view was as the wind and the current swept me past a group of Bonaparte's Gulls on the water, the breeding plumage Black-headed Gull was again briefly seen, this time on the water.  I also tallied 791 Bonaparte's Gulls.  But, no Little Gulls were present.  Other birds included lots of Ruddy Ducks and Double-crested Cormorants, two Hooded Mergansers, 10 Shovelers, a few Osprey and Bald Eagle, and my first Barn Swallow of the year (with Tree Swallows).
Fred ShafferGlaucousGull@verizon,netCrofton, MD

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Date: 4/1/17 9:10 am
From: john pangborn <pangborn.john19...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Blue Mash Nature Trail -- Apr 01, 2017
8 Canada Goose
2 Mallard
1 Ring-necked Duck
5 Hooded Merganser
2 Black Vulture
7 Turkey Vulture
2 Killdeer
2 Mourning Dove
2 Blue Jay
5 American Crow
1 crow sp.
2 Tree Swallow
1 Carolina Chickadee
5 Tufted Titmouse
1 White-breasted Nuthatch
1 Carolina Wren
9 American Robin
1 Northern Mockingbird
4 Field Sparrow
1 Song Sparrow
1 Swamp Sparrow
1 Eastern Towhee
3 Northern Cardinal

Number of Taxa: 23
John pangborn
Gaithersburg md.

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Date: 3/31/17 6:47 pm
From: Ann Hobbs <hobbs_ann...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Gannets on Potomac, yesterday (St. Mary's County)
Sorry for any premature reply! We saw Gannets fishing close in, on the Potomac and Wicomico Rivers yesterday, at Coltons Point and Bushwood Wharf. Speculated that it was the wind and weather conditions, as we rarely see from shore there.
Ann Hobbs
Silver Spring, MD

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Date: 3/31/17 5:53 pm
From: Mark Johnson <mj3151...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Gannets in Easton (Talbot Co.)
As I was headed north on 370 (Unionville Rd.) across the drawbridge over the Miles River this afternoon, I glanced left and noticed an adult Northern Gannet flying very close to the bridge. I turned around and pulled off at the little ramp on the SW side of the bridge and subsequently watched a total of six adult Gannets fly around and plunge dive in pretty close to that side of the bridge before drifting out towards the bay. This was from roughly 4:30 to 4:50 PM.


Mark Johnson

Aberdeen, MD

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Date: 3/31/17 5:50 pm
From: Robin Skinner <robin.birder...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Blue Jay mimic
I had one do a dead on imitation of a broad-winged hawk the other day!

Robin Skinner
Montgomery County

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Date: 3/31/17 5:08 pm
From: 'K Lambert' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Gannets on the West River
Hubby & I were having a late lunch/early dinner at the Pirates Cove in Galesville on the West River. One of the attractions is the waterfront location and the ability to do some waterbird watching. Saw something a bit different and realized I was watching a bunch of Gannets. Most of them were heading north, but some of them were circling back and diving into the water. Was surprised to see them that far from the bay. There was a significant breeze from the east, so maybe the wind blew them a bit.

Kathie Lambert
Harwood, MD
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Date: 3/31/17 3:03 pm
From: Tom Kimbis <tom.kimbis...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Gnatcatchers back!
On Thursday, March 30, 2017 at 7:14:37 AM UTC-4, <sjt......> wrote:
> Had FOS gnatcatcher this morning. Phoebe is still singing like crazy as is the chipping sparrows. Unfortunately the cowbirds are also here too.
>
> Sally Wechsler
> silver spring, md

Gnatcatchers all throughout Pennyfield Lock after the rains ended this afternoon. Alongside Myrtles.

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Date: 3/31/17 3:01 pm
From: Tom Kimbis <tom.kimbis...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Blue Jay mimic
On Thursday, March 30, 2017 at 5:28:52 PM UTC-4, kurtschwarz4 wrote:
> I was aware Blue Jays mimicked buteos but just thought I was hearing Cooper's Hawk. But in came aBlue Jay, its bill moved as sound came out
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Kurt, I had only thought they mimicked Red-Shouldered Hawks, but indeed I heard a startlingly accurate Red-Tailed Hawk call from a Blue Jay a few weeks back. They are not to be underestimated!

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Date: 3/31/17 2:05 pm
From: john pangborn <pangborn.john19...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fairland Recreational Park -- Mar 31, 2017
2 Eastern Phoebe
8 Blue Jay
2 American Crow
4 Tufted Titmouse
1 Carolina Wren
15 American Robin
18 European Starling
2 Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored)
1 White-throated Sparrow
4 Northern Cardinal

Number of Taxa: 10
John pangborn
Gaithersburg md

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Date: 3/31/17 1:15 pm
From: Georgia McDonald <gmcdonald2006...>
Subject: [MDBirding] frozen specimen
Hi all----

I became aware of someone who has a frozen Red-headed Woodpecker. Is
there anyone out there who is permitted & interested in acquiring a
specimen that has been frozen for 3 years?

Georgia McDonald Towson, Balt Co

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Date: 3/31/17 11:54 am
From: Warblerick <ricksussman1955...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Field Sparrow
At least 4 Field Sparrows are feeding in the wet grass just outside my shop just now, mixed in with dozens of juncos and a smattering of Chipping Sparrows. That's a high-day count of FISP's for my yard. These birds are about 20 feet or so from where I'm watching them, from inside my shop.
Rick Sussman
Woodbine,MD

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Date: 3/31/17 11:34 am
From: 'molly due' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fw: Remembering David Culp -- Join us Wed, April 5 at Mott House from 4:30 to 7:30 pm


Passing along memorial information for David Culp, who was a member of the DC birding community. 
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Hey everyone,
I hope you’ll spread the word about this memorial and help us also think about who else we should be inviting. We’re planning a memorial to celebrate the life of David Culp on Wednesday, April 5. I hope you’ll consider joining us for all or part of this time (please see the attached invitation). April 5 from 4:30 to 7:30 at Mott House (122 Maryland Ave, NE, DC): On Wednesday, April 5 we’ll hold a Quaker Memorial Meeting for worship at 4:30 (all our welcome) followed by a reception at 6pm. David’s Brother, Sister and Sister in Law will fly into town for this gathering. Please share the attached invitation widely and RSVP to fcnl.org/celebratingdavid Jim Jim CasonAssociate Executive Secretary for Strategic Advocacy
Legislative Director for Foreign PolicyFriends Committee on National Legislationfcnl.org @<jimcasonjim...> o202.236.5756 c Read The Hill newspaper profile of @FCNL’s Diane Randall 







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Date: 3/31/17 10:12 am
From: Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fox Sparrows...
Two at the feeder right now, this after two days without them ...

Gail Mackiernan
Colesville, MD

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Date: 3/31/17 7:21 am
From: Tim Carney <timmyc83...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Poplar Island 3/30/2017
The highlight of yesterday's census was an ICELAND GULL in a large gull flock. Inflow was occurring at several points across the site, which attracted thousands of gulls in addition to the existing Herring/Great Black-backed colonies. There were about 2,500 "new" gulls drawn to the inflow and nearly all were young Herring Gulls. I was surprised to see an Iceland Gull but no obvious Lesser Black-backed in these flocks.

The Iceland Gull was originally observed in Cell 4ABC and later observed in Cell 1D. It is possible these were two separate birds, but my photos don't show enough plumage differences to confirm one way or the other.

Also of note:

Blue-winged Teal pr
Horned Grebe 121 (not exceptional onsite, but cool to see so many!)
Virginia Rail 1
American Oystercatcher pr
Short-eared Owl 4

eBird checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35556845

Tim Carney
Nottingham, MD

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Date: 3/30/17 8:15 pm
From: SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Thursday, Narch 30, 2017 31 Raptors
Fort Smallwood Park
Pasadena, Maryland, USA


Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 30, 2017
Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
Black Vulture 0 100 102
Turkey Vulture 28 3077 3136
Osprey 2 149 150
Bald Eagle 0 31 35
Northern Harrier 0 3 3
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 48 48
Cooper's Hawk 0 39 39
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 39 46
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 0 40 41
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 2 2
American Kestrel 0 28 28
Merlin 0 6 6
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 1 1
Total: 31 3563 3637


Observation start time: 10 am
Observation end time: 2 pm Daylight Time
Total observation time: 4 hours
Official Counter Chris Reed, Sue Ricciardi
Observers: Chris Reed

Weather: Mostly cloudy becoming overcast; 44-46 degrees; excellent visibility; winds alternating between easterly and southeasterly, 5-8 mph

Raptor Observations: Not much flying under these weather conditions

Non-raptor Observations: Meant to say yesterday that we heard Southern Leopard Frogs calling and counted 116 basking turtles, mostly Red-bellied Cooters, in the pond.

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Report submitted by Sue Ricciardi (<susiericc...> mailto:<susiericc...> )
Fort Smallwood Park information may be found at: http://www.mdbirds.org/sites/mdsites/hawks/hawkwatch.html

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

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Date: 3/30/17 4:04 pm
From: SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Wednesday, March 29, 2017 310 Raptors
Fort Smallwood Park
Pasadena, Maryland, USA


Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 29, 2017
Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
Black Vulture 15 100 102
Turkey Vulture 201 3049 3108
Osprey 32 148 149
Bald Eagle 2 31 35
Northern Harrier 0 3 3
Sharp-shinned Hawk 21 47 47
Cooper's Hawk 11 38 38
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 11 39 46
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 13 40 41
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 2 2
American Kestrel 3 28 28
Merlin 1 6 6
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 1 1
Total: 310 3532 3606


Observation start time: 9:30 am
Observation end time: 4:00 pm
Total observation time: 6.5 hours
Official Counter Sue Ricciardi
Observers: Bob Rineer, Chris Reed, Hal Wierenga

Weather: Sunny with some light clouds at the end; 51-63 degrees; excellent visibility; winds starting out from the NNW at 13 mph, but then getting lighter either from the N or NW, 6-10 mph

Raptor Observations: Nice all around flight today. A heavily molting young Cooper's Hawk flew by, missing primary feathers on each wing and tail feathers. Not sure how it was able to fly.

Non-raptor Observations: A dozen Northern Rough-winged Swallows; 8 Green-winged Teals. Several Orange Sulphur and angle-wing butterflies plus one Eastern Tiger Swallowtail
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Report submitted by Sue Ricciardi (<susiericc...> mailto:<susiericc...> )
Fort Smallwood Park information may be found at: http://www.mdbirds.org/sites/mdsites/hawks/hawkwatch.html

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

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Date: 3/30/17 2:28 pm
From: Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Blue Jay mimic
I was aware Blue Jays mimicked buteos but just thought I was hearing
Cooper's Hawk. But in came aBlue Jay, its bill moved as sound came out
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Ellicott City, Howard County
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Date: 3/30/17 1:18 pm
From: Karen Caruso <karen.caruso...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Jug Bay Wetlands Center Ongoing bird survey - Brown Thrasher, Palm Warbler, Swamp Sparrow
Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary, Anne Arundel, Maryland, US
Mar 30, 2017 7:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.5 mile(s)
Comments: Ongoing Bird Survey
49 species

Canada Goose 8
Wood Duck 16
American Black Duck 58 actual count
Mallard 2
Green-winged Teal 8
Common Merganser 12 actual count
Horned Grebe 1 Breeding plummage
Double-crested Cormorant 17
Great Blue Heron 2
Black Vulture 6
Turkey Vulture 6
Osprey 26
Northern Harrier 3
Bald Eagle 3
Greater Yellowlegs 1
Laughing Gull 12
Ring-billed Gull 81
Herring Gull 30
Forster's Tern 10
Mourning Dove 4
Belted Kingfisher 2
Downy Woodpecker 2
Pileated Woodpecker 1
Eastern Phoebe 1
Blue Jay 1
American Crow 1
Fish Crow 1
Tree Swallow 286 actual count
Carolina Chickadee 4
Tufted Titmouse 2
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
Carolina Wren 1
Golden-crowned Kinglet 1
American Robin 8
Brown Thrasher 1
Northern Mockingbird 2
Palm Warbler 4
Pine Warbler 1 yellow
Yellow-rumped Warbler 2
Yellow-throated Warbler 2
Chipping Sparrow 3
White-throated Sparrow 15
Song Sparrow 5
Swamp Sparrow 10
Eastern Towhee 9
Northern Cardinal 6
Red-winged Blackbird 152
Brown-headed Cowbird 4
American Goldfinch 2

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Date: 3/30/17 12:46 pm
From: Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Some local FOS
Hi all,

Taking the dogs for a walk along NW Branch in Silver Spring, saw a few Firsts of Season: two Phoebes, one Gnatcatcher and two Chipping Sparrows. A Winter Wren was along the stream, but otherwise pretty much the usual suspects.

Gail Mackiernan
Colesville, MD

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Date: 3/30/17 12:39 pm
From: Jim Wilkinson <lakekoshare...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Black-headed Gull and Palm Warbler at Back River, March 30
Found one adult Black-headed Gull perched on the pier that goes into Back River just downstream from the abandoned restaurant and gas station next to Eastern Avenue. It was with a large number of Bonaparte's Gulls that kept flying back and forth from the river offshore. Time was about 12:15 PM. Also had one yellow Palm Warbler, several Re-breasted Nuthatches and many Ruby-crowned Kinglets in the pine trees north of the nature trail parking lot at the Back River plant.

eBird list with distant photo of the gull:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35542856

Jim Wilkinson
Columbia, MD

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Date: 3/30/17 11:20 am
From: 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Fwd: DC Area, 3/28/2017
This also comes into play further south along the Potomac. During the days of slot machines in St. Mary's County, and perhaps the rest of Maryland?, some genius built a long pier out over the river in Colonial Beach, VA and put slots there. Booming business ensued!
Tyler Bell
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From: Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...>
To: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...>
Cc: Lydia Schindler <lydia13621...>; <mdbirding...>
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Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Fwd: DC Area, 3/28/2017

It is my understanding that the shoreline up to high tide belongs to D.C., hence DC birders being able to count the Snowy Owl of a few years ago when it would sit on the rock riprap along National AP at dead low tide. When the White Pelican was hanging out upstream of the Wilson Bridge, it became a challenge to figure out which jurisdiction it was in as the D.C.-MD line runs at an angle here.

Gail Mackiernan
Colesville, MD

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> On Mar 29, 2017, at 10:06 PM, JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> wrote:
>
>> On 3/29/17, Lydia Schindler <lydia13621...> wrote:
>> A PRAIRIE FALCON* was found and photographed on March 25 at the
>> decommissioned Alexandria Power Plant in Alexandria, VA; it was seen
>> again on the 26th and 27. It is being seen most frequently perched in
>> various locations on the south side of the power plant. Because the
>> bird periodically flies out over the Potomac, it can also be
>> considered a DC sighting.
> ***************************************
> I wonder...
>
> MD owns both shores of the Potomac River, certainly.  When it ceded
> land to allow the nation's capitol to be established, did it give up
> the shore-to-shore ownership of the river bed in this area as well?
> If not, the bird would have to get all the way to the District proper
> to be considered "DC," I would think...
>
> Jim Speicher
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Date: 3/30/17 11:18 am
From: Dave Mitchell (Howard County) <mitch.design.srvc...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: (OT) ID Help Please
It was confirmed. My first rare bird report. Might even elevate me slightly from the lowly photographer status.



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Date: 3/30/17 10:58 am
From: <sjtaken...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Gnatcatchers back!
Had FOS gnatcatcher this morning. Phoebe is still singing like crazy as is the chipping sparrows. Unfortunately the cowbirds are also here too.

Sally Wechsler
silver spring, md

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Date: 3/30/17 10:56 am
From: Bob Ringler <ringler.bob...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] FOS Orchard Oriole
A late March Orchard Oriole (or Rose-breasted Grosbeak) is not
unprecedented, just extraordinary. Both are great sightings. Frank,
for the record, was the oriole a male or female?

On Thu, Mar 30, 2017 at 4:24 AM, Frank Boyle <ravenfrank...> wrote:
> I know Rick. I have too much coffee ☕️ on my brain and when I mix it with little sleep AND birding the curmudgeon in me takes over.
>
> Which is not always a bad thing.
>
> Keep yer stick on the ice,
>
> Frank
>
> Frank Boyle
> Broken Wallet Farm
> Rohrersville, MD
>
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>> On Mar 29, 2017, at 10:11 PM, Warblerick <ricksussman1955...> wrote:
>>
>> Not doubting you. Just seems early.
>> Keep your stick on the ice.
>>
>> Rick Sussman
>> Woodbine, MD
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Date: 3/30/17 10:25 am
From: Frank Boyle <ravenfrank...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] FOS Orchard Oriole
It was a female, and it was singing. Very welcome returning breeding bird, I think. Or a new female just really happy to be here.

Frank Boyle
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> On Mar 30, 2017, at 6:50 AM, Bob Ringler <ringler.bob...> wrote:
>
> A late March Orchard Oriole (or Rose-breasted Grosbeak) is not
> unprecedented, just extraordinary. Both are great sightings. Frank,
> for the record, was the oriole a male or female?
>
>> On Thu, Mar 30, 2017 at 4:24 AM, Frank Boyle <ravenfrank...> wrote:
>> I know Rick. I have too much coffee ☕️ on my brain and when I mix it with little sleep AND birding the curmudgeon in me takes over.
>>
>> Which is not always a bad thing.
>>
>> Keep yer stick on the ice,
>>
>> Frank
>>
>> Frank Boyle
>> Broken Wallet Farm
>> Rohrersville, MD
>>
>>
>> Sent from my iPhone
>>
>>> On Mar 29, 2017, at 10:11 PM, Warblerick <ricksussman1955...> wrote:
>>>
>>> Not doubting you. Just seems early.
>>> Keep your stick on the ice.
>>>
>>> Rick Sussman
>>> Woodbine, MD
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Date: 3/30/17 10:09 am
From: Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Fwd: DC Area, 3/28/2017
It is my understanding that the shoreline up to high tide belongs to D.C., hence DC birders being able to count the Snowy Owl of a few years ago when it would sit on the rock riprap along National AP at dead low tide. When the White Pelican was hanging out upstream of the Wilson Bridge, it became a challenge to figure out which jurisdiction it was in as the D.C.-MD line runs at an angle here.

Gail Mackiernan
Colesville, MD

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> On Mar 29, 2017, at 10:06 PM, JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> wrote:
>
>> On 3/29/17, Lydia Schindler <lydia13621...> wrote:
>> A PRAIRIE FALCON* was found and photographed on March 25 at the
>> decommissioned Alexandria Power Plant in Alexandria, VA; it was seen
>> again on the 26th and 27. It is being seen most frequently perched in
>> various locations on the south side of the power plant. Because the
>> bird periodically flies out over the Potomac, it can also be
>> considered a DC sighting.
> ***************************************
> I wonder...
>
> MD owns both shores of the Potomac River, certainly. When it ceded
> land to allow the nation's capitol to be established, did it give up
> the shore-to-shore ownership of the river bed in this area as well?
> If not, the bird would have to get all the way to the District proper
> to be considered "DC," I would think...
>
> Jim Speicher
>
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Date: 3/30/17 9:30 am
From: <sjsuter29...>
Subject: [MDBirding] DC / VA boundary
> From: Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...>
> It is my understanding that the shoreline up to high tide belongs to D.C.,

In general, that is correct (although from the 1880s until an early 1930s Supreme Court decision, the boundary was defined as the low tide line). However, in Alexandria south of 2nd Street, the boundary follows a pierhead line defined by the US Army Corps of Engineers in 1939. That line (which appears on all subsequent USGS topographic maps) places nearly all of the docks and most of the pilings along the Alexandria waterfront in Virginia. For those interested, a history of the boundary accompanied by maps and annotated photos can be found at http://www.virginiaplaces.org/boundaries/dcboundary.html.

Interestingly, downriver the VA/MD boundary is defined along the low tide line except where it follows straight lines between headlands (to leave coves, inlets, and affluent creeks and rivers in Virginia).

Sherman Suter
Alexandria VA 22307 / Port Republic MD 20676


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Date: 3/30/17 1:29 am
From: Frank Boyle <ravenfrank...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Plus...
...yesterday's sighting of the Orchard Oriole must properly be accredited to She Who Must Be Obeyed, aka Kathleen Lathrop.

Woodcocks are long gone, also but Chipping Sparrows are here in good numbers now.

Has anyone seen Baltimore Oriole?

Frank

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Rohrersville, MD


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Date: 3/30/17 1:24 am
From: Frank Boyle <ravenfrank...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] FOS Orchard Oriole
I know Rick. I have too much coffee ☕️ on my brain and when I mix it with little sleep AND birding the curmudgeon in me takes over.

Which is not always a bad thing.

Keep yer stick on the ice,

Frank

Frank Boyle
Broken Wallet Farm
Rohrersville, MD


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> On Mar 29, 2017, at 10:11 PM, Warblerick <ricksussman1955...> wrote:
>
> Not doubting you. Just seems early.
> Keep your stick on the ice.
>
> Rick Sussman
> Woodbine, MD
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Date: 3/29/17 7:11 pm
From: Warblerick <ricksussman1955...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] FOS Orchard Oriole
Not doubting you. Just seems early.
Keep your stick on the ice.

Rick Sussman
Woodbine, MD

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Date: 3/29/17 7:07 pm
From: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Fwd: DC Area, 3/28/2017
On 3/29/17, Lydia Schindler <lydia13621...> wrote:
> A PRAIRIE FALCON* was found and photographed on March 25 at the
> decommissioned Alexandria Power Plant in Alexandria, VA; it was seen
> again on the 26th and 27. It is being seen most frequently perched in
> various locations on the south side of the power plant. Because the
> bird periodically flies out over the Potomac, it can also be
> considered a DC sighting.
***************************************
I wonder...

MD owns both shores of the Potomac River, certainly. When it ceded
land to allow the nation's capitol to be established, did it give up
the shore-to-shore ownership of the river bed in this area as well?
If not, the bird would have to get all the way to the District proper
to be considered "DC," I would think...

Jim Speicher

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Date: 3/29/17 5:56 pm
From: Frank Boyle <ravenfrank...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] FOS Orchard Oriole
May seem early but I know my orioles and it was indeed an Orchard.

Frank

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> We also had an early bird today--a Rose-breasted Grosbeak, which is about two weeks early for our yard, and flagged in ebird. It was a female, like the one we had after Thanksgiving several years ago.
>
> Stan Arnold
> Ferndale (AA Co.)
>
>> On Wed, Mar 29, 2017 at 8:06 PM, Warblerick <ricksussman1955...> wrote:
>> Here too. The Bradford pears, not the oriole! Seems early.
>> Rick Sussman
>> Woodbinbine, MD
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Date: 3/29/17 5:38 pm
From: stan arnold <thrushhost...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] FOS Orchard Oriole
We also had an early bird today--a Rose-breasted Grosbeak, which is about
two weeks early for our yard, and flagged in ebird. It was a female, like
the one we had after Thanksgiving several years ago.

Stan Arnold
Ferndale (AA Co.)

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> Here too. The Bradford pears, not the oriole! Seems early.
> Rick Sussman
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Date: 3/29/17 5:06 pm
From: Warblerick <ricksussman1955...>
Subject: [MDBirding] FOS Orchard Oriole
Here too. The Bradford pears, not the oriole! Seems early.
Rick Sussman
Woodbinbine, MD

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Date: 3/29/17 4:53 pm
From: Frank Boyle <ravenfrank...>
Subject: [MDBirding] FOS Orchard Oriole
... here in our meadow about an hour ago, ironically in a Bradford Pear that will be cut by me as soon as I clear out the other 15 (!!!!!!wtf!!!!!!) that are invading my beloved meadow haven.

Frank

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