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11/22/17 2:04 pm Georgia McDonald <gmcdonald1501...> [MDBirding] Loch Raven Reservoir/Glen Ellen Trail
11/22/17 11:46 am Mark Rositol <mrositol510...> Re: [MDBirding] ROGO Bowie Town Center Pond PG
11/22/17 10:43 am Marcia Watson <marshwren50...> Re: [MDBirding] ROGO Bowie Town Center Pond PG
11/22/17 7:13 am Mark Rositol <mrositol510...> [MDBirding] ROGO Bowie Town Center Pond PG
11/22/17 6:28 am Bud Poole <budpoole343...> [MDBirding] PG Harris's Sparrow - Yes
11/21/17 11:16 am 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] 2 Black-chinned Hummingbirds in Cape May
11/21/17 9:31 am Harry Armistead <harryarmistead...> [MDBirding] Ferry Neck, Route 481, Blackwater, November 18-19, 2017.
11/20/17 2:38 pm Bud Poole <budpoole343...> [MDBirding] Harris's Sparrow - No
11/20/17 1:33 pm Bud Poole <budpoole343...> [MDBirding] Harris's Sparrow - No
11/20/17 4:36 am <keyweststyle2001...> [MDBirding] Possible Parasitic Jaeger
11/19/17 8:02 pm Alan Handley <alan.lomion...> [MDBirding] Re: Reliable Rusty Blackbird area?
11/19/17 2:05 pm Warblerick <ricksussman1955...> Re: [MDBirding] Reliable Rusty Blackbird area?
11/19/17 1:22 pm Jim Nelson <kingfishers2...> Re: [MDBirding] Reliable Rusty Blackbird area?
11/19/17 12:35 pm Fred Shaffer <glaucousgull...> [MDBirding] White-winged Scoters at North Point
11/19/17 12:34 pm Patricia Wood <pwood...> [MDBirding] Re: Reliable Rusty Blackbird area?
11/19/17 8:15 am Joe Hanfman <auk1844...> [MDBirding] Harris’s Sparrow
11/18/17 5:06 pm Manoli Strecker <hestrecker...> [MDBirding] Reliable Rusty Blackbird area?
11/18/17 2:54 pm Sharon F1727 <sharonf1727...> [MDBirding] Re: Bladensburg Harris’s Sparrow
11/18/17 9:01 am Fred Shaffer <glaucousgull...> [MDBirding] WWSC, BLSC and Brown Pelican at Sandy Point
11/17/17 1:31 pm <Kingfisher501...> <kingfisher501...> Re: [MDBirding] Captive birds (mostly owls) in Andalusia, Spain. Name that bird...
11/17/17 12:19 pm Fred Shaffer <glaucousgull...> [MDBirding] HUGE gull flock at Schoolhouse Pond
11/17/17 10:50 am Marcia Watson <marshwren50...> Re: [MDBirding] Just curious why there would be so many fish crows in Ashton, Maryland. Any ideas?
11/17/17 9:38 am Steve Long <steve.long4...> Re: [MDBirding] Just curious why there would be so many fish crows in Ashton, Maryland. Any ideas?
11/17/17 8:48 am Karen Caruso <karen.caruso...> [MDBirding] Jug Bay Wetlands Center survey Nov 16 - Sora, Tundra Swan - and all the woodpeckers
11/17/17 8:33 am Patricia Valdata <pvaldata1...> [MDBirding] Jones Creek ducks
11/17/17 8:30 am Sharon F1727 <sharonf1727...> [MDBirding] Re: Just curious why there would be so many fish crows in Ashton, Maryland. Any ideas?
11/17/17 8:21 am Warblerick <ricksussman1955...> [MDBirding] Just curious why there would be so many fish crows in Ashton, Maryland. Any ideas?
11/17/17 7:12 am 'Andrew Clemens' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] North Point Crystal pier
11/17/17 6:39 am Ted on Little Round Bay <akbar...> [MDBirding] Captive birds (mostly owls) in Andalusia, Spain. Name that bird...
11/17/17 6:38 am Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...> Re: [MDBirding] Just curious why there would be so many fish crows in Ashton, Maryland. Any ideas?
11/17/17 6:30 am Ted on Little Round Bay <akbar...> [MDBirding] Just curious why there would be so many fish crows in Ashton, Maryland. Any ideas?
11/17/17 5:12 am Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4...> [MDBirding] Bladensburg Harris’s Sparrow
11/16/17 2:13 pm Jim Nelson <kingfishers2...> [MDBirding] Seneca Christmas Bird Count, Sunday, Dec. 17-- we need counters and feeder watchers
11/16/17 1:49 pm Harry Armistead <harryarmistead...> [MDBirding] lower Eastern Shore (mostly Virginia), November 8-13, 2017.
11/16/17 7:06 am Tim Carney <timmyc83...> [MDBirding] Swan Creek 11/14/2017
11/16/17 6:06 am 'Bird couple' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] Harris’ Sparrow
11/16/17 5:26 am Kathy Calvert <kathycalvert1...> [MDBirding] Harris’ Sparrow
11/15/17 6:05 pm JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> Re: [MDBirding] Fwd: DC Area, 11/14/2017
11/15/17 3:00 pm Mark Johnson <mj3151...> [MDBirding] Ebird back up
11/15/17 12:08 pm Sharon F1727 <sharonf1727...> [MDBirding] Lower Senate Park Myiarchus
11/15/17 8:05 am Derek Hudgins <derekhudgins...> [MDBirding] PG Harris’s Sparrow and DC Lark Sparrow
11/15/17 7:55 am Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4...> [MDBirding] PG Harris’s No!
11/15/17 5:18 am Lydia Schindler <lydia13621...> [MDBirding] Fwd: DC Area, 11/14/2017
11/14/17 4:37 pm Sharon F1727 <sharonf1727...> Re: [MDBirding] PG Harris's Sparrow (late PM)
11/14/17 4:20 pm Sharon F1727 <sharonf1727...> Re: [MDBirding] PG Harris's Sparrow (late PM)
11/14/17 11:43 am 'Marcy Stutzman' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Re: Oxbow Lake: large variety of waterfowl
11/14/17 7:32 am Gerry Hawkins <maineusa...> Re: [MDBirding] PG Harris's Sparrow (late PM)
11/14/17 7:31 am 'Marcy Stutzman' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Oxbow Lake: large variety of waterfowl
11/14/17 7:24 am Tim Carney <timmyc83...> [MDBirding] Re: eBird media issue
11/14/17 5:52 am 'Andrew Clemens' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] eBird media issue
11/14/17 5:40 am <pjcampbell56...> <pjcampbell56...> Re: [MDBirding] eBird media issue
11/14/17 4:58 am 'Jim Stasz' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> RE: [MDBirding] eBird media issue
11/14/17 4:53 am jugbayjs <jugbayjs...> [MDBirding] eBird media issue
11/13/17 11:06 am JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> [MDBirding] [FR] FOS DE Junco yardbird
11/13/17 10:27 am Tim Carney <timmyc83...> [MDBirding] Snowy Owl, Poplar Island
11/13/17 8:36 am Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...> [MDBirding] Harris’ sparrow @ 11 am
11/13/17 7:51 am Hugh McGuinness <hdmcguinness...> [MDBirding] Rarity Roundup?
11/13/17 5:25 am Gerry Hawkins <maineusa...> Re: [MDBirding] PG Harris's Sparrow (late PM)
11/13/17 4:58 am Rick Borchelt <rborchelt...> [MDBirding] Neonics: not just a danger to pollinators--seed eating birds at great risk
11/13/17 4:36 am Tim Carney <timmyc83...> [MDBirding] Swan Creek Birdwalk, Saturday December 9
11/12/17 7:03 pm Fred Shaffer <glaucousgull...> [MDBirding] PG Harris's Sparrow (age)
11/12/17 3:24 pm Fred Shaffer <glaucousgull...> [MDBirding] PG Harris's Sparrow (late PM)
11/12/17 10:59 am Hugh McGuinness <hdmcguinness...> Re: [MDBirding] Re: Harris's Sparrow in PG County
11/12/17 10:25 am Paul Pisano <cheep.paul...> [MDBirding] Re: Harris's Sparrow in PG County
11/12/17 9:28 am <cheep.paul...> [MDBirding] Harris's Sparrow in PG County
11/11/17 9:42 am Wendy Crowe <crowe...> [MDBirding] North Point State Park - Snow Buntings and Least Sandpipers
11/11/17 7:32 am Warblerick <ricksussman1955...> [MDBirding] Purple Finch at feeder today
11/11/17 6:32 am Les Roslund <lesroslund...> [MDBirding] Purple Finch at feeder today
11/10/17 11:05 am Patricia Valdata <pvaldata1...> [MDBirding] FOS Bufflehead
11/10/17 11:00 am pbudde <pbudde...> [MDBirding] DC Ash-throated
11/10/17 8:25 am Nicholas Lund <nicholas.lund...> [MDBirding] DC Ash-throated
11/10/17 7:21 am jugbayjs <jugbayjs...> [MDBirding] ATFL refound
11/10/17 6:31 am jugbayjs <jugbayjs...> [MDBirding] Ash-throated Fly in DC
11/10/17 5:46 am 'Andrew Clemens' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Snowy
11/10/17 5:23 am Gene Scarpulla <ejscarp...> [MDBirding] Re: Request for Data: Gull Day 1992-1996
11/10/17 5:06 am Hugh David Fleischmann <david...> [MDBirding] Maryland Birders get their 2 minutes of fame.
11/10/17 1:54 am Hugh Vandervoort <hughva...> Re: [MDBirding] Tundra Swans, Montgomery County., Nov. 9
11/9/17 8:05 pm Eugene J. Scarpulla <ejscarp...> [MDBirding] Request for Data: Gull Day 1992-1996
11/9/17 7:42 pm JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> [MDBirding] Corn Crake in the field guides
11/9/17 7:14 pm Hugh David Fleischmann <david...> [MDBirding] Maryland Birders get their 2 minutes of fame.
11/9/17 3:04 pm Jim Wilkinson <lakekoshare...> [MDBirding] Blue-gray Gnatcatcher at Meadowbrook Park, Howard County on Nov 9
11/9/17 1:25 pm Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...> Re: [MDBirding] Extralimital - NY CORN CRAKE - Reported Deceased
11/9/17 12:33 pm hardenm55 <hardenm55...> [MDBirding] Harford Snowy Owl picture
11/9/17 12:24 pm Anna Urciolo <urcioloa...> [MDBirding] RE: Tundra swans in Montgomery County
11/9/17 12:21 pm Anna Urciolo <urcioloa...> [MDBirding] Tundra swans in Montgomery County
11/9/17 12:12 pm JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> [MDBirding] Extralimital - NY CORN CRAKE - Reported Deceased
11/9/17 12:08 pm JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> [MDBirding] More Tundra Swans, Nov. 9
11/9/17 11:46 am 'Susan Hunt' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] Tundra Swans, Montgomery County., Nov. 9
11/9/17 11:41 am Scott Baron <baron.scott...> [MDBirding] Tundra Swans, Montgomery County., Nov. 9
11/9/17 11:25 am Matt Hafner <hafner.matt...> [MDBirding] Clay-colored Sparrow at Masonville Education Center
11/9/17 10:36 am hardenm55 <hardenm55...> [MDBirding] Harford- Snowy Owl at Tydings Marina, Havre de Grace
11/9/17 10:12 am Joe Hanfman <auk1844...> [MDBirding] Black Scoter - Howard
11/9/17 9:53 am David Ledwith <dcledwith...> [MDBirding] Surf Scoter - Daingerfield Island Marina, Alexandria
11/9/17 8:39 am Peter Lev <plev...> [MDBirding] Lights Out Baltimore in Baltimore Sun
11/9/17 7:31 am Warblerick <ricksussman1955...> [MDBirding] Several good yard birds
11/9/17 3:53 am Nikki DeBraccio <nikki.debraccio...> [MDBirding] Re: Out-of-area MEGA Alert-Corn Crake on Long Island
11/9/17 12:49 am Hugh Vandervoort <hughva...> [MDBirding] Thomas Point AA
11/8/17 3:51 pm Marcia Watson <marshwren50...> Re: [MDBirding] Tundra Swans
11/8/17 2:53 pm <gmjett...> [MDBirding] Tundra Swans
11/8/17 11:31 am Tim Carney <timmyc83...> [MDBirding] Poplar Island 11/7/2017
11/8/17 8:15 am Harry Armistead <harryarmistead...> [MDBirding] Ravens
11/8/17 8:11 am Harry Armistead <harryarmistead...> [MDBirding] Mottled Duck bag limit.
11/8/17 8:07 am Don Simonson <don.r.simonson...> [MDBirding] Re: New yard bird: Raven
11/8/17 6:49 am Jim Green <jkgbirdman53...> [MDBirding] Clopper Lake Seneca Creek St Pk
11/8/17 4:59 am 'Marcy Stutzman' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Re: Out-of-area MEGA Alert-Corn Crake on Long Island
11/7/17 4:17 pm 'K Lambert' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] Out-of-area MEGA Alert-Corn Crake on Long Island
11/7/17 2:11 pm Warblerick <ricksussman1955...> [MDBirding] Out-of-area MEGA Alert-Corn Crake on Long Island
11/7/17 2:01 pm Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...> [MDBirding] Out-of-area MEGA Alert-Corn Crake on Long Island
11/7/17 10:43 am Steve Long <steve.long4...> [MDBirding] FOS Hooded Mergansers
11/7/17 8:20 am Gerry Hawkins <maineusa...> [MDBirding] Voice of the Naturalist, Greater DC area, week ending 11/06/17
11/7/17 7:34 am Don Simonson <don.r.simonson...> [MDBirding] Re: First Dark-eyed Junco
11/7/17 6:53 am 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] FOS Junco
11/7/17 6:37 am Gregory Luce <gluce727...> [MDBirding] FOS Junco
11/6/17 10:28 am Janet Millenson <janet...> [MDBirding] NOT a junco
11/6/17 7:42 am Matt Hafner <hafner.matt...> [MDBirding] Red-necked Grebes in Harford
11/6/17 6:15 am Joe Hanfman <auk1844...> [MDBirding] Parasitic Jaegers
11/6/17 6:01 am Jim Green <jkgbirdman53...> [MDBirding] Marsh Wren at Lily Pons
11/6/17 5:52 am Dianne Westbrook <edwestbrook1...> RE: [MDBirding] Re: First Dark-eyed Junco
11/6/17 4:19 am Les Roslund <lesroslund...> RE: [MDBirding] Re: First Dark-eyed Junco
11/5/17 7:38 pm Scott Baron <baron.scott...> Re: [MDBirding] Re: First Dark-eyed Junco
11/5/17 6:10 pm Michael O'Sullivan <fr84wrdr...> Re: [MDBirding] Re: First Dark-eyed Junco
11/5/17 6:08 pm Jan Braumuller <janbraumuller...> Re: [MDBirding] Re: First Dark-eyed Junco
11/5/17 5:13 pm missy Placed <9nationals...> Re: [MDBirding] Re: First Dark-eyed Junco
11/5/17 5:03 pm 'Bird couple' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] Re: First Dark-eyed Junco
11/5/17 4:46 pm Bobbi <b.reichwein...> [MDBirding] Re: First Dark-eyed Junco
11/5/17 10:07 am Peter Lev <plev...> [MDBirding] Ring-necked Pheasants, Baltimore County
11/5/17 8:16 am Bill R <brogg9...> [MDBirding] First Dark-eyed Junco
11/5/17 5:17 am Stephanie Lovell <amorellovell...> [MDBirding] MBC Nov 8 meeting
11/4/17 6:28 pm Fred Shaffer <glaucousgull...> [MDBirding] American Golden Plovers, Redstart at Eastern Neck NWR
11/4/17 5:23 pm David Moulton, Bethesda, MD <moulton.davidh...> [MDBirding] Ducks are arriving in St. Mary's County
11/3/17 8:05 pm Joe Wolf <birdingwolf55...> [MDBirding] Calvert Co. Ring Necked Ducks
11/3/17 1:50 pm Dan Haas <nervousbirds...> Re: [MDBirding] DC Cormorants moving south
11/3/17 1:38 pm Warblerick <ricksussman1955...> [MDBirding] DC Cormorants moving south
11/3/17 9:05 am Tim Carney <timmyc83...> [MDBirding] Swan Creek 11/2/2017
11/2/17 4:15 pm Tim Carney <timmyc83...> [MDBirding] Orchard Oriole, Cromwell Valley Park
11/2/17 1:10 pm Jim Wilkinson <lakekoshare...> [MDBirding] Clay-colored, Vesper and Lincoln's Sparrows at Mt. Pleasant, Howard, Nov 2
11/2/17 1:07 pm Tim Houghton <timhoughton...> [MDBirding] Irvine Nature Center, Chestnut-Sided, 10 sp
11/2/17 12:14 pm 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] Osprey, Somerset County
11/2/17 11:46 am Patricia Valdata <pvaldata1...> [MDBirding] Osprey, Somerset County
11/2/17 8:14 am Harry Armistead <harryarmistead...> [MDBirding] lower Eastern Shore, October 20-30, 2017.
11/1/17 2:39 pm Hugh David Fleischmann <david...> [MDBirding] Ring-necked Pheasants in Owings Mills. Now!!
11/1/17 11:51 am Marcia Watson <marshwren50...> Re: [MDBirding] how high will hummers feed?
11/1/17 10:40 am Fred Shaffer <glaucousgull...> [MDBirding] Bonaparte's Gull at Schoolhouse Pond
11/1/17 8:01 am Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4...> [MDBirding] Greater White-fronted Goose HowCo
11/1/17 7:24 am Lydia Schindler <lydia13621...> [MDBirding] how high will hummers feed?
11/1/17 5:56 am <keyweststyle2001...> [MDBirding] Rumbly Point Rd, Somerset Co
10/31/17 5:50 pm Paul Noell <myconut...> [MDBirding] Fwd: French police are training EAGLES to attack ISIS drones | Daily Mail Online
10/30/17 11:30 am Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...> [MDBirding] Fwd: Development Concept Plan, Rock Creek Park: UPDATES!
10/29/17 7:34 pm Deni Miller <reluctantmother524...> Re: [MDBirding] Nelson’s sparrow at Patterson Park 10/28/17
10/29/17 6:01 pm <ktomkat...> [MDBirding] Nelson’s sparrow at Patterson Park 10/28/17
10/29/17 11:35 am Warblerick <ricksussman1955...> [MDBirding] New yard bird: Raven
10/29/17 9:01 am Lydia Schindler <lydia13621...> [MDBirding] New yard bird: Raven
10/28/17 8:06 am Derek C. Richardson <dcr...> [MDBirding] Rocky Gorge late migrants
10/27/17 1:24 pm Don Simonson <don.r.simonson...> [MDBirding] Re: ucb vice chancellor
10/27/17 1:21 pm Don Simonson <don.r.simonson...> [MDBirding] ucb vice chancellor
10/27/17 12:21 pm Kevin Graff <keyweststyle2001...> [MDBirding] Hart-Miller Island, 10/23/17
10/27/17 9:11 am Fred Shaffer <glaucousgull...> [MDBirding] Orange-crowned Warbler at Schoolhouse Pond
10/27/17 3:48 am Steve Johnson <stevejohnson2...> [MDBirding] Re: Traditional Gannet gathering on the Faroe Islands
10/26/17 2:04 pm Don Simonson <don.r.simonson...> [MDBirding] Unusual Cowbird Flock; Wood Ducks Bethesda MD
10/26/17 1:46 pm Warblerick <ricksussman1955...> [MDBirding] Halloween Hawk
10/26/17 12:37 pm Tim Carney <timmyc83...> [MDBirding] Poplar Island 10/25/2017
10/26/17 12:36 pm Tim Houghton <timhoughton...> [MDBirding] Mt. Pleasant, 10/26/17, no clay but vesper, Lincoln's, 10 sp
10/26/17 10:40 am Barbara Johnson <barbarajohnson222...> [MDBirding] Please look out for banded Ipswich (Savannah) Sparrows-- see poster
10/26/17 9:40 am Tim Carney <timmyc83...> [MDBirding] Swan Creek 10/20/2017
10/26/17 8:15 am Warblerick <ricksussman1955...> [MDBirding] Sparrows
10/26/17 7:19 am Warblerick <ricksussman1955...> [MDBirding] Sparrows
10/26/17 5:56 am Pat Valdata <pvaldata1...> RE: [MDBirding] Traditional Gannet gathering on the Faroe Islands
10/26/17 4:21 am James Wilson <birdmanjfw...> [MDBirding] Traditional Gannet gathering on the Faroe Islands
10/25/17 11:06 am Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...> [MDBirding] Wheaton Regional Park and Brookside Gardens today 10/25
10/25/17 9:05 am Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...> [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park proposed changes
10/24/17 7:42 pm Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4...> Re: [MDBirding] Assistance on ID of Hawk
10/24/17 7:16 pm Ed Vigezzi <ed.vigezzi...> [MDBirding] Assistance on ID of Hawk
10/24/17 6:01 pm Lydia Schindler <lydia13621...> [MDBirding] Fwd: DC Area, 10/24/2017
10/24/17 1:42 pm Tim Houghton <timhoughton...> Re: [MDBirding] Orange-crowned at Cromwell
10/24/17 11:56 am Peter Lev <plev...> [MDBirding] Orange-crowned at Cromwell
10/24/17 10:38 am Tim Houghton <timhoughton...> Re: [MDBirding] Orangr crowned at cromwell immature
10/24/17 8:01 am Brad Phoebus <bradphoebus...> [MDBirding] Orangr crowned at cromwell immature
10/23/17 7:40 pm JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> Re: [MDBirding] Interesting day...[FR] encore
10/23/17 3:20 pm Hugh David Fleischmann <david...> [MDBirding] Interesting day!
10/23/17 1:50 pm Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...> [MDBirding] Out of area mega: Common Greenshank in NJ
10/23/17 12:51 pm Les Eastman <les...> [MDBirding] Fwd: Southern Lancaster County Christmas Bird Count (CBC)
10/23/17 8:38 am Noah Bers <noahbers...> [MDBirding] Virginia Rail rescued at Fort McHenry
10/23/17 7:29 am Wallace Kornack <wallace...> [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Monday 10/23/17
10/23/17 7:22 am Wallace Kornack <wallace...> [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Sunday 10/22/17
10/23/17 6:38 am 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Possible NECO in southern Calvert, 10/23
 
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Date: 11/22/17 2:04 pm
From: Georgia McDonald <gmcdonald1501...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Loch Raven Reservoir/Glen Ellen Trail
33 species, including an Osprey with fish & what looks to be a
Canada/Greater White-fronted Goose hybrid

hybrid Canada/Greater White-fronted Goose
Canada Goose
Gadwall
American Wigeon
Mallard
Redhead
Ring-necked Duck
Bufflehead
Hooded Merganser
Great Blue Heron
Black Vulture
Turkey Vulture
Osprey
Red-shouldered Hawk
Ring-billed Gull
Mourning Dove
Belted Kingfisher
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Blue Jay
American Crow
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Winter Wren
Carolina Wren
Hermit Thrush
American Robin
Fox Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
White-throated Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Northern Cardinal

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Date: 11/22/17 11:46 am
From: Mark Rositol <mrositol510...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] ROGO Bowie Town Center Pond PG
The lady that originally found the goose said that it usually comes in mid morning and comes back again later in the afternoon and leaves at dusk. She said they left at 11 AM today. It has been seen at the pond in the late afternoon more often than any other times. I'm pretty certain it was feeding in the corn fields at Governor Bridge Natural Area. I went over there after failing to see the ROGO, and several flocks of Canada Geese came from the fields behind the 1st field. There was one very back lit small goose with the flock. Since it appeared to be heading towards the Town Center Pond, I headed back. Here are some photos in my checklist. And yes, there is a domestic white duck that got me excited on my first attempt.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40659062

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Date: 11/22/17 10:43 am
From: Marcia Watson <marshwren50...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] ROGO Bowie Town Center Pond PG
I checked the Bowie Town Center Pond at about noon. No goose. If anyone goes to look, be aware that there is a white domestic-type mallard hanging out with a black-and-white domestic-type mallard. Take a good look so you don’t mistake the white mallard for the goose.

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

Bowie, Maryland
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> On Nov 22, 2017, at 10:13 AM, Mark Rositol <mrositol510...> wrote:
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> Continuing Ross's Goose. Think it feeds at Gov Bridge Natural Area fields. Saw a backlit tiny goose flying from there. Could also be the Aa county bird.
>
> M Rositol
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Date: 11/22/17 7:13 am
From: Mark Rositol <mrositol510...>
Subject: [MDBirding] ROGO Bowie Town Center Pond PG
Continuing Ross's Goose. Think it feeds at Gov Bridge Natural Area fields. Saw a backlit tiny goose flying from there. Could also be the Aa county bird.

M Rositol

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Date: 11/22/17 6:28 am
From: Bud Poole <budpoole343...>
Subject: [MDBirding] PG Harris's Sparrow - Yes
Usual spot along the Anacostia Trail boat ramp path. Seen frequently from 8:05 - 8:35. 3rd time's a charm.

Bud Poole
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Date: 11/21/17 11:16 am
From: 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] 2 Black-chinned Hummingbirds in Cape May
Maryland is overdue for a Black-chinned Hummingbird. DC, PA, WV and NJ have records. If you think you've got a Ruby-throat, better be super careful with the ID. Better yet, get Bruce Peterjohn to catch and band it!

Tyler Bell
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California, Maryland

Date:    Tue, 21 Nov 2017 00:25:38 +0000
From:    David Lapuma <david.lapuma...>
Subject: Two Black-chinned Hummingbirds in Cape May, NJ (Private Property)

Jerseybirders:

Keep your eyes open for western hummers! I had the privilege of banding two Black-chinned Hummingbirds in the last week, both of which are in southern Cape May County. One, a Hatch-year Female, was first detected on 11/8. The other, a Hatch-year Male, was discovered on 11/5 only a few miles away from the first. These birds are on private property. I’ve posted photos of both birds on Flickr:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/woodcreeper/collections/72157690816680496/

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Date: 11/21/17 9:31 am
From: Harry Armistead <harryarmistead...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Ferry Neck, Route 481, Blackwater, November 18-19, 2017.
RIGBY’S FOLLY, ROUTE 481, & BLACKWATER N.W.R., NOVEMBER 18-19, 2017.


NOVEMBER 18, SATURDAY. Route 481, Queen Annes County, MD: tundra swan 180 in the big, somewhat rolling fields S of Ruthsburg and W of 481, flushed by a man presumably concerned about their depredations on his wheat crop, American kestrel 1, eastern bluebird 18, bald eagle 1 plus another, a male, by its nest in the sycamore just N of routes 309 X 481, 200 brown-headed cowbirds at Ruthsburg. a red-tailed hawk at Cordova. Lots of brilliant green winter wheat fields on the Peninsula now.


RIGBY’S FOLLY, Ferry Neck, Talbot County, MD. Arrive at 2:35 P.M. Overcast, 56-52 but temperature rising to 60 after sunset, S or SW 15+. 830 Canada geese, most land in the cove even while I stand on the dock c. 100 yards away from them. An 8-point buck on the Lucy Point Trail. 1 gray squirrel. Has dried out a lot. Only 0.2” in the rain gauge since Nov. 8.


Out at Lucy Point not much, but what there is is interesting: an early adult northern gannet skimming along just over the waves in the manner of a brown pelican, an adult male black scoter out in front of Tranquility, preening, and gradually drifting up Irish Creek, a surf scoter, 21 buffleheads. Otherwise: 1 gray squirrel, one belted kingfisher, 1 great blue heron, 2 herring gulls (the only gulls), 2 mallards, one double-crested cormorant. Walk out the drive, down Lucy Point trail, and back to the house along Irish Creek Trail.


NOVEMBER 19, SUNDAY. Leave Rigby’s Folly at 5:52 A.M. Big, fat ole raccoon shamblin’ down the driveway, 5:53 A.M.


BLACKWATER N.W.R., 7 A.M. - 1 P.M. (official “Guided Birding Tour” from 8-12:30). Rollie Lawless, Kate Murphy, Arnold Simon & me. Rain tapers off by 7 A.M. becoming clear, low 50s, winds strong 25-40+, tidal water average (some mud showing - good), fresh water high. Winds so strong sometimes it feels as if one might get blown over. A mass of seething whitecaps on the Blackwater River. Near impossible to use a scope. The participants take some nice photos, as indicated below.


COMPLETE LIST (a few of these seen before or after the official tour): snow goose 1 adult, Canada goose 2,000 or so, wood duck 3 (Egypt Road, the Prothonotary Place), American black duck 4, mallard 65, northern shoveler 18, northern pintail 450, green-winged teal 1 male, ring-necked duck 12 (in the back of Pool 1), hooded merganser 12, American coot 2 (Pool 1), greater yellowlegs 18 (some photographed), ring-billed gull 300, herring gull 2, great black-backed gull 1 (Cambridge), Forster’s tern 70, double-crested cormorant 1, AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN 0 (first time missed in many visits), great blue heron 6, great egret 5,


black vulture 1, turkey vulture 26, osprey 1, bald eagle 26 (1 adult photographed on the big nest opposite Pool 5), northern harrier 3, red-shouldered hawk 1 (Egypt Road), red-tailed hawk 1, belted kingfisher 1, American kestrel 1, American crow 12, eastern bluebird 16, American robin 2, northern mockingbird 2, European starling 65, myrtle warbler 3, chipping sparrow 56, Savannah sparrow 1, song sparrow 2, northern cardinal 2, red-winged blackbird 75, brown-headed cowbird 8.


NON-AVIAN TAXA: fox squirrel (superpooh) 2 (1 photographed), 1 red-bellied turtle (photographed), 2 garter snakes (1 alive, another near its dying, automobile-stricken brother, Key Wallace Drive). It makes sense for a squirrel with as much gravitas as the fox squirrel to have been selected for the cover of Squirrels of the world by Richard W. Thorington, Jr. et al. (Johns Hopkins U. Press, 2012, 459p.), although I wish they’d picked a cuter photograph than the rather grotesque one they did.


OPOSSUM ISLAND-BARREN ISLAND (what’s left of both, which isn’t much) as seen from North Hooper’s Island: brown pelican 5, tundra swan 90 (east side of Barren Island, a favored spot), rock pigeon 2, bald eagle 1, bufflehead 6, ring-billed gull 300. GOLDEN HILL: 1 great egret.


ON THE WAY HOME: Route 481, 170 tundra swans and 3 deer S of Ruthsburg. 1 deer near Hope. 11 deer seen from Route 301 at milepost 107. A bald eagle over the road at milepost 110.


NEW BOOKS: Usually I only go on a book binge once or twice a year. Lost among the birds: accidentally finding myself in one very big year by Neil Hayward (Bloomsbury, 2016, 400 pages), a very entertaining, literate account of Hayward’s 2013 Big Year, resulting in a record 749 species and countless adventures. Strycker, Noah, Birding without borders: an obsession, a quest, and the biggest year in the world. (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017, 326 pages). Entertaining, well-written account of his finding well over 6,042 species in one year. the Natural history of Edward Lear (1812-1888) by Robert McCracken Peck (Godine, 2016, 223 pages). Lear was an excellent bird and landscape artist well-known for his nonsense poems, such as ‘the owl and the pussycat, many of the poems limericks. I’m lucky to have secured autographed copies of both books and to have been present for wonderful presentations by both authors, a few days ago.


Bob Peck, who has been to Mongolia 7 times, is also author of A celebration of birds: the life and art of Louis Agassiz Fuertes (Walker & Co., 1982, 178 pages). I was pleased he was wearing a tie I also have, peregrine falcons on a field of dark blue (H. P. Prescott, London). As with other bird ties I have (most representing organizations) it is a little too narrow, and short, and doesn’t make for a very good Windsor knot. But there are only a few days a year when I feel the need to wear a tie.


One more warbler: a life with birds by Victor Emanuel (U. of Texas Press, 2017, 273 pages). Not new but good reading, amusing and informative, got it for $2 at St. Michaels library: Blue latitudes: boldly going where Captain Cook has gone before by Tony Horwitz (Holt, 2002, 480) makes a good case for Cook being the greatest explorer of all time. As the slogan of Unicorn Books (Trappe, MD) says: “any book you haven’t read is a new book.” the Lives of Dillon Ripley: natural scientist, war time spy, & pioneering leader of the Smithsonian Institution by Roger D. Stone (ForeEdge, 2017, 255 pages). Ripley was co-author of the magisterial 10-volume set (1968-1974) on the birds of the Indian Subcontinent, grandee, and astoundingly competent administrator, active in the OSS in WWII.


Then there’s Birdmania: a remarkable passion for birds by Bernd Brunner (Greystone Books, 2017, 304 pages). About people obsessed with birds, a lot of good information, but full of mistakes, and I don’t like his tone. He states that Teddy Roosevelt (1858-1919) hunted with Audubon (1785-1851), perhaps when TR was minus 7. I reviewed Birdmania for Library Journal and listed for the Editor at LJ some of the people Brunner mentions, saying: “I know and/or have corresponded with Noah Stryker, Dorian Anderson, and Kenn Kaufman as well as the person who wrote the Foreword, Pete Dunne, and, mentioned in the text, Scott Weidensaul, Tim Gallagher, and Roger Tory Peterson plus a few others. But I did not go hunting with Audubon.” Somehow, Brunner, in Berlin, got wind of my criticisms and wrote me a very nice note indicating he would make some consequent changes, perhaps in a later printing.


Best to all. - Harry Armistead, Philadelphia.

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Date: 11/20/17 2:38 pm
From: Bud Poole <budpoole343...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Harris's Sparrow - No
I see the Ebird Rare bird alerts coming through just now. Go early, if you go. This was strike two for an afternoon sighting.

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Date: 11/20/17 1:33 pm
From: Bud Poole <budpoole343...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Harris's Sparrow - No
Unsuccessful from 2:20 pm - 4:10 pm today @ AAnacostia river, south of Bladensburg waterfront park. Sparrow activity along the corner to the boat launch but no luck.

Bud Poole
Patterson Park

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Date: 11/20/17 4:36 am
From: <keyweststyle2001...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Possible Parasitic Jaeger
Flying south over bay as seen from hart miller island. Did a snappy
flight Large # of gulls all over the bay. - Kevin Graff
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Date: 11/19/17 8:02 pm
From: Alan Handley <alan.lomion...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Reliable Rusty Blackbird area?
Huntley Meadows is another okay location, and can be combo'd with Dyke Marsh. Most of my experience is with the visitor's center side, which I think has somewhat better habitat for them than the Hike and Bike side.

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Date: 11/19/17 2:05 pm
From: Warblerick <ricksussman1955...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Reliable Rusty Blackbird area?
Dyke Marsh in N.VA can also be good.
Rick Sussman
Woodbine, MD

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Date: 11/19/17 1:22 pm
From: Jim Nelson <kingfishers2...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Reliable Rusty Blackbird area?
Manoli,

The Hughes Hollow/McKee-Beshers Wildlife Management Area in Montgomery
County is fairly reliable.  We have found Rusties there on most of the
Seneca Christmas Bird Counts over recent years (the Seneca CBC has
generally been on the 3rd Sunday in December each year).   Since you are
already checking eBird, you will see that there are lots of reports from
the Hughes Hollow area already this year, and you can also find them at
other locations along the C&O Canal in Montgomery County.

Jim Nelson,

Bethesda, MD


On 11/18/2017 7:56 PM, Manoli Strecker wrote:
> Hi all,
>
> I know there are scattered eBird sightings all over, but I'm wondering if you have recommendations on any semi-reliable places to see Rusty Blackbirds? Ideally within a 30 mile radius of DC. Thanks a lot!
>
> Manoli Strecker
> Washington, Dc
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Date: 11/19/17 12:35 pm
From: Fred Shaffer <glaucousgull...>
Subject: [MDBirding] White-winged Scoters at North Point
I had 3 White-winged Scoters at North Point State Park early this afternoon.  The birds were with one Ruddy Duck and visible from the beach just beyond the abandoned concrete building and Black Marsh. Otherwise, it was pretty quiet, although I did have 3 flyby Bonaparte's Gulls.
Fred <ShafferGlaucousGull...>, Anne Arundel

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Date: 11/19/17 12:34 pm
From: Patricia Wood <pwood...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Reliable Rusty Blackbird area?
I like Ken-Gar Palisades Park in Montgomery County.
Patricia Wood
Silver Spring

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Date: 11/19/17 8:15 am
From: Joe Hanfman <auk1844...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Harris’s Sparrow
The Harris’s Sparrow continues at Anacostia River Trail.
I parked at Bladensburg Water Front. Follow the trail for about 1 mile, you will pass mile marker 2.0. Turn right at a sign “Why are Wetlands Important”. It was 10 yards from the floating dock.

Joe Hanfman
Columbia, MD

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Date: 11/18/17 5:06 pm
From: Manoli Strecker <hestrecker...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Reliable Rusty Blackbird area?
Hi all,

I know there are scattered eBird sightings all over, but I'm wondering if you have recommendations on any semi-reliable places to see Rusty Blackbirds? Ideally within a 30 mile radius of DC. Thanks a lot!

Manoli Strecker
Washington, Dc

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Date: 11/18/17 2:54 pm
From: Sharon F1727 <sharonf1727...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Bladensburg Harris’s Sparrow
The Harris's Sparrow was seen a few times today, but missed by many. It's skittish, and your best bet is to be quiet and unobtrusive and to give it space. There is an American Tree Sparrow hanging out in the same spot. At least one Orange-crowned Warbler, a Rusty Blackbird, a Marsh Wren, and some other nice birds were also seen in the general area.

Sharon Forsyth
W/DC

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Date: 11/18/17 9:01 am
From: Fred Shaffer <glaucousgull...>
Subject: [MDBirding] WWSC, BLSC and Brown Pelican at Sandy Point
I spent a few hours this morning at Sandy Point, scanning the wind-swept bay.  A lot of birds were on and over the rough water, with lots of gulls on the beach at "gull pond" and a nice variety of waterfowl on the bay. Highlights included a female Black Scoter, an immature White-winged Scoter and at least one Brown Pelican.  The Black Scoter was just off-shore near the north jetty with a flock of Bufflhead. The White-winged Scoter was well seen in flight just to the north of there. It had been flushed from the water by a boat and was also seen with bufflehead.  The large size (relative to the close Bufflehead),bulky body and white secondaries were well seen as the bird wheeled around to the north and flew off in the direction of the Baltimore Harbor lighthouse. And, the Brown Pelican was seen flying north up the bay from the north beach.  Although distant, the profile and distinctive pouch and bill of this massive bird was well seen.  I also may have seen another two pelicans near the bay bridge, but these birds were less well seen and flying away.
Good numbers of gulls were present of the "expected" species: Great Black-backed, Herring, Ring-billed and Laughing.  Also of note were 11 flyby Bonaparte's Gulls, 1 headed north and the other 10 heading south. Other waterfowl seen included lots of Bufflehead, one Red-breasted Merganser, Ruddy Ducks, and a group of flyby scaup. Also present was a Common Loon and a good number of Forster's Terns foraging towards the center of the bay. Passerines were in short supply due to the strong winds.Good birding.
Fred <ShafferGlaucousGull...>, Anne Arundel

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Date: 11/17/17 1:31 pm
From: <Kingfisher501...> <kingfisher501...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Captive birds (mostly owls) in Andalusia, Spain. Name that bird...

> On Nov 17, 2017, at 9:39 AM, Ted on Little Round Bay <akbar...> wrote:
>
> They claim that many of the birds were injured and that they do get to fly and were supposedly collecting money for some sanctuary. I have my doubts. I hated seeing it, but on the other hand, I'd never seen owls up close. The hawk picture, the woman was insisting was a "red-tailed eagle" from canada. Is this a Redtailed hawk I assume?
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Arcos de la Frontera, perhaps?

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Date: 11/17/17 12:19 pm
From: Fred Shaffer <glaucousgull...>
Subject: [MDBirding] HUGE gull flock at Schoolhouse Pond
I don't have any rare gulls to report, but I was impressed by the size of the gull flock at Schoolhouse Pond this afternoon.  Well over 1,000 Laughing Gulls were present on the water, with a couple dozen Ring-billed Gulls mixed in and two Herring Gulls.  I did not see anything rare in the group, but I was happy with the number of gulls, particular given the general lack of large gull flocks at the pond in recent years.  For whatever reason, Schoolhouse Pond has not been a regular gathering spot for gull flocks over the last five years or so that it had been in the past, so the large flock today was encouraging. There was also a somewhat large flock (400 gulls or so) yesterday.  Hopefully it will continue and we'll have some rare gulls to talk about his winter from the location.  Good birding,
Fred <ShafferGlaucousGull...>, Anne Arundel

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Date: 11/17/17 10:50 am
From: Marcia Watson <marshwren50...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Just curious why there would be so many fish crows in Ashton, Maryland. Any ideas?
Many years ago, when I worked at University of Delaware, Fish Crows discovered the dumpsters on campus and after that time became a fixture, despite the inland location. I think that we are seeing the same thing at these locations in MD as Fish Crows learn the locations of food sources. In Bowie we have a small flock of Fish Crows that frequent the Bowie Town Center. They are usually near the Safeway market at the north end of the shopping center.

Marcia
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Bowie, Maryland
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> On Nov 17, 2017, at 12:38 PM, Steve Long <steve.long4...> wrote:
>
>
> From: "Gail Mackiernan" <katahdinss...>
>> Locally here, Fish Crows are our “McDonald’s Crows”. - there are usually 20
>> or more hanging around the McD’s at Glenmont, and the same >around the McD’s
>> in Colesville. Just a short distance away in Wheaton Regional Park,
>> however, the default crow is American.
>
>
> From: "Warblerick" <ricksussman1955...>
>> I lived right there for over 20 years and don't remember there being Fish
>> Crows around in any numbers. Something has changed.
>
>
> From: "Sharon F1727" <sharonf1727...>
>> American Crows are highly susceptible to West Nile Virus; Fish Crows are
>> significantly less susceptible to it -- thus the shift in the relative
>> abundance of the two species, and presumably distribution as well.
>
> Comment:
> Or, was it that the McDonald's somehow changed. Garbage more available?
> Or, different "Happy Meals?" Presumably, the two species have somewhat
> different food preferences. Susceptibility differences to a virus does not
> seem likely to change the species at McD's but not at the Wheaton Park.
>
> Steve Long
> Oxford
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Date: 11/17/17 9:38 am
From: Steve Long <steve.long4...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Just curious why there would be so many fish crows in Ashton, Maryland. Any ideas?

From: "Gail Mackiernan" <katahdinss...>
>Locally here, Fish Crows are our “McDonald’s Crows”. - there are usually 20
>or more hanging around the McD’s at Glenmont, and the same >around the McD’s
>in Colesville. Just a short distance away in Wheaton Regional Park,
>however, the default crow is American.


From: "Warblerick" <ricksussman1955...>
>I lived right there for over 20 years and don't remember there being Fish
>Crows around in any numbers. Something has changed.


From: "Sharon F1727" <sharonf1727...>
> American Crows are highly susceptible to West Nile Virus; Fish Crows are
> significantly less susceptible to it -- thus the shift in the relative
> abundance of the two species, and presumably distribution as well.

Comment:
Or, was it that the McDonald's somehow changed. Garbage more available?
Or, different "Happy Meals?" Presumably, the two species have somewhat
different food preferences. Susceptibility differences to a virus does not
seem likely to change the species at McD's but not at the Wheaton Park.

Steve Long
Oxford

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Date: 11/17/17 8:48 am
From: Karen Caruso <karen.caruso...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Jug Bay Wetlands Center survey Nov 16 - Sora, Tundra Swan - and all the woodpeckers
Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary, Anne Arundel, Maryland, US
Nov 16, 2017 7:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
Comments: Winter Waterbird Survey
45 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose 432
Tundra Swan 5
Mallard 11
American Black Duck 163 Actual count
Northern Pintail 150 Actual count
Green-winged Teal 1
Bufflehead 2
Pied-billed Grebe 2
Great Blue Heron 5
Black Vulture 3
Turkey Vulture 6
Northern Harrier 3
Cooper's Hawk 1
Bald Eagle 7
Sora 2 Heard in the marsh repeatedly for 20 minutes
Greater Yellowlegs 6 Clear views in open marsh
Bonaparte's Gull 1
Laughing Gull 565
Ring-billed Gull 203
Herring Gull 12
Mourning Dove 2
Belted Kingfisher 1
Red-headed Woodpecker 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1
Downy Woodpecker 2
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 1
Blue Jay 3
American Crow 2
Fish Crow 40
Carolina Chickadee 3
Tufted Titmouse 3
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
Carolina Wren 3
Golden-crowned Kinglet 3
Hermit Thrush 3
American Robin 4
Gray Catbird 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 1
Dark-eyed Junco 1
White-throated Sparrow 2
Song Sparrow 1
Swamp Sparrow 1
Eastern Towhee 4
Northern Cardinal 5
Red-winged Blackbird 26
Rusty Blackbird 1

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Date: 11/17/17 8:33 am
From: Patricia Valdata <pvaldata1...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Jones Creek ducks
Buffleheads arrived last week, and there's at least one American Black Duck
hanging around in the flock of 40 or so Mallards that come and go,
depending on whether our neighbor two doors down has refilled the pan of
corn he leaves out for them. Otherwise, not much has shown up yet. On land,
we're still waiting for the first junco of the season in our yard.

We did have a flock of 500+ crows the other day, which was cool to watch.

Off topic, these "retouched" bird photos are hilarious:

https://imgur.com/gallery/EZQ4U

Pat Valdata
Crisfield, Somerset County

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Date: 11/17/17 8:30 am
From: Sharon F1727 <sharonf1727...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Just curious why there would be so many fish crows in Ashton, Maryland. Any ideas?
American Crows are highly susceptible to West Nile Virus; Fish Crows are significantly less susceptible to it -- thus the shift in the relative abundance of the two species, and presumably distribution as well.
Sharon Forsyth
W/DC





On Friday, November 17, 2017 at 11:21:42 AM UTC-5, Warblerick wrote:
> I lived right there for over 20 years and don't remember there being Fish Crows around in any numbers. Something has changed.
> Rick Sussman
> Woodbine, MD

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Date: 11/17/17 8:21 am
From: Warblerick <ricksussman1955...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Just curious why there would be so many fish crows in Ashton, Maryland. Any ideas?
I lived right there for over 20 years and don't remember there being Fish Crows around in any numbers. Something has changed.
Rick Sussman
Woodbine, MD

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Date: 11/17/17 7:12 am
From: 'Andrew Clemens' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] North Point Crystal pier
This morning from 8-9 I had 1 semi palmated plover, 1 least sandpaper and 1 semipalmated sandpaper.  Also 3 red breasted mergansers and a. Distant view of a white winged scorer. No snow bindings seen.Thanks to Bud Poole for the I'd assist.
Andy

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Date: 11/17/17 6:39 am
From: Ted on Little Round Bay <akbar...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Captive birds (mostly owls) in Andalusia, Spain. Name that bird...
They claim that many of the birds were injured and that they do get to fly and were supposedly collecting money for some sanctuary. I have my doubts. I hated seeing it, but on the other hand, I'd never seen owls up close. The hawk picture, the woman was insisting was a "red-tailed eagle" from canada. Is this a Redtailed hawk I assume?

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Date: 11/17/17 6:38 am
From: Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Just curious why there would be so many fish crows in Ashton, Maryland. Any ideas?
Locally here, Fish Crows are our “McDonald’s Crows”. - there are usually 20 or more hanging around the McD’s at Glenmont, and the same around the McD’s in Colesville. Just a short distance away in Wheaton Regional Park, however, the default crow is American.

Gail Mackiernan
Colesville, MD

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> On Nov 17, 2017, at 9:30 AM, Ted on Little Round Bay <akbar...> wrote:
>
> At the Ashton, Md (montgomery county) shopping center, there are seemingly always fish crows hanging around. Last week was pretty special in that I counted about 50. Usually there are only 6-12. It's pretty far from the water. Just curious if anyone has any guesses as to why. It's at the intersection of Route 108 and New Hampshire. 300 yards away, I frequently toss out peanuts, and only american crows show up.
>
> Here's a video where you can hear the call: https://youtu.be/qHPNn0tB7k0
>
> Back in little round bay in crownsville we have a loon passing through, and a lone coot and a small flock of Buffleheads is back for the winter.
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Date: 11/17/17 6:30 am
From: Ted on Little Round Bay <akbar...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Just curious why there would be so many fish crows in Ashton, Maryland. Any ideas?
At the Ashton, Md (montgomery county) shopping center, there are seemingly always fish crows hanging around. Last week was pretty special in that I counted about 50. Usually there are only 6-12. It's pretty far from the water. Just curious if anyone has any guesses as to why. It's at the intersection of Route 108 and New Hampshire. 300 yards away, I frequently toss out peanuts, and only american crows show up.

Here's a video where you can hear the call: https://youtu.be/qHPNn0tB7k0

Back in little round bay in crownsville we have a loon passing through, and a lone coot and a small flock of Buffleheads is back for the winter.

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Date: 11/17/17 5:12 am
From: Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Bladensburg Harris’s Sparrow
Showed at 7:45 at first tangle on right after you pass the trees.
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Ellicott City, Howard County
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Date: 11/16/17 2:13 pm
From: Jim Nelson <kingfishers2...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Seneca Christmas Bird Count, Sunday, Dec. 17-- we need counters and feeder watchers
The annual Seneca Christmas Bird Count (CBC) will be held Sunday,
December 17.  The count circle has a radius of 7.5 miles, centered on
Violette’s Lock on the C&O Canal on the Maryland side of the Potomac
River, and covers a good portion Montgomery County (and areas of Fairfax
and Loudoun counties in northern Virginia across the Potomac).  Our
count circle is divided into sectors each with a Sector Leader.

I am the compiler for the Seneca CBC.  The Seneca CBC has been conducted
almost every year since 1955. Last year, our 115 counters in the field
and 13 feeder watchers racked up 100 species (including 3 never before
found on this CBC) and 26,640 individual birds. We could not have done
this without the many volunteers who helped us, both old timers and new
participants, counting in the field and in their yards.  We always need
new people to help with the count.
The Montgomery County portion of our count circle (described below)
contains lots of interesting habitat and is very important to the
success of our count.  We need additional folks, regardless of your
birding skill level, to help count birds in the field.  Doing a CBC can
be a lot of fun. Those of you who use eBird will find the CBC to be a
natural fit. If you are interested in counting in the field, please
contact me.  Let me know where you are located and your level of birding
experience, so I can place you in an appropriate sector.  We love having
newer birders join us, and we will make sure you are teamed with a more
experienced person for the count.

There is also an important role for folks who can’t get out in the field
on December 17 but live inside the count circle and like to watch birds
in their yards and at their feeders.  You can contribute very useful
information to the CBC too.

In Montgomery County, on the east side, the border of the count circle
extends from the C&O Canal downstream of Great Falls, swinging up
through Potomac north through the western parts of Rockville and
Gaithersburg, and then arcing through the southern part of Germantown,
passing just south of Boyds, taking in most of Poolesville, and then
swinging south back to the Potomac a bit south and east of Edwards
Ferry.  If you live inside this area and you are interested in reporting
the birds you observe in your yard and at your feeders on December 17,
please let me know.  I can confirm whether you fall inside the count
circle and make arrangements for you to send in your yard/feeder count.

I will be happy to answer any questions you have about the CBC.
I look forward to your participation.

Thanks in advance.

Jim Nelson
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Date: 11/16/17 1:49 pm
From: Harry Armistead <harryarmistead...>
Subject: [MDBirding] lower Eastern Shore (mostly Virginia), November 8-13, 2017.
LOWER EASTERN SHORE, NOVEMBER 8-13, 2017 (Nov. 8-9, Maryland; other days Virginia): Ferry Neck, Elliott Island Road, Kiptopeke State Park, Ramp Lane (Eastern Shore of Virginia National Wildlife Refuge), Magotha Road, Oyster, Box Tree Drive, Willis Wharf, Gargatha Landing.


partial DRAMATIS PERSONAE & abbreviations: Matt Anthony, David Clark, Joke Colijn & Max Ossevoort (from the Netherlands), C.V.W.O. - Coastal Virginia Wildlife Observatory, cormorant = Double-crested Cormorant, ESVNWR - Eastern Shore of Virginia National Wildlife Refuge, Cindy Ferguson & Norm Jones, Betsy & Chris Foster, Katie Garst (C.V.W.O. educator & also assistant to Anna Stunkel), KSP - Kiptopeke State Park, Kathy Louthan, Scott Priebe, Anna Stunkel (C.V.W.O. Hawk Counter), Steve Thornhill & Janie Henderson.


IN SUM: waterfowl seem late. More than usual I’d expect: lingering warm weather species, some of them later than extreme dates in the Gold Book, which, however, IS 10 years old: indigo bunting, ruby-throated hummingbird, red-eyed vireo, yellow-billed cuckoo. This time of year is when western species sometimes turn up, such as the white-winged dove and western tanager seen by participants in the roundup. That weekend is what Pete Dunne calls “wildcard weekend”. However, no western kingbird or ash-throated flycatcher this time.


NOVEMBER 8, WEDNESDAY. Route 301 milepost 110: 9 deer.Along Route 481 in Queen Annes County not much: 5 eastern bluebirds, 2 American kestrels, and 13 mourning doves. At Cordova a bald eagle flies right over town and over Route 309 a good half mile. Arrive at Rigby’s Folly at 5:11 P.M. and see an eastern cottontail at 5:09 on the way in. There’s 1.2” in the rain gauge, fallen since Oct. 30. 49, overcast, NW5+.


NOVEMBER 9, THURSDAY. RIGBY’S FOLLY, Ferry Neck, Talbot County, MD: My f.o.s. Tundra Swans coming in high and calling, always a stirring sound/sight experience, 4 flocks totaling 55 on this cool, overcast day with gray clouds, bringing to mind Paul Johnsgard’s book about the fall arrival of Sandhill Cranes in the Great Plains: Those of the gray wind. Two bucks in Field 1. 2 bluebirds, a phoebe, and a flicker. 46 degrees F. outside. Leave by 7:30 A.M. sprinkles, NW10. On the ground on the driveway near the Waterthrush Pond I find a chipping sparrow nest, very well-cupped, and, in the absence of hair, lined with very fine grasses.


ELLIOTT ISLAND ROAD, Dorchester County, MD. 11 A.M. - 1:30 P.M., NE15-10-5, 55-62 degrees F., fair becoming overcast, high tide falling. 37 species. partial list:


ruddy duck 1,610 (all of them cute), bald eagle 11, canvasback 12, gadwall 4, lesser scaup 40, bufflehead 45, common loon 14, great egret 5, snowy egret 2, boat-tailed grackle 4, Forster’s tern 11, greater yellowlegs 18, short-billed dowitcher 22, dunlin 33, lesser yellowlegs 2, American kestrel 1, killdeer 40 (1 flock in a field near Kraft Neck Road), red-shouldered hawk 3, eastern meadowlark 1, eastern phoebe 2, American black duck just 4, tundra swan 17, Canada goose 185, northern harrier 2, turkey vulture 32, black vulture 2, and great blue heron 7 plus 1 monarch and 1 gray squirrel.


Am at KSP 3:30-4:30 where Anna and Katie have seen 46 Northern Harriers today, their season high, plus arrival Tundra Swans and a Lincoln’s Sparrow. We see a group of 9 Great Blue Herons and one lickety-split male Merlin. A Gray Squirrel runs along the rail next to my quarters, where it has shredded a Loblolly Pine cone.


NOVEMBER 10, FRIDAY. Insomnia has its rewards. Am awake at 4:16 A.M. to hear Tundra Swans going over my quarters. STING-RAY’S: 38 Fish Crows 7:15 A.M. and a few minutes later at CAPEVILLE ROAD: 120 Rock Pigeons, and 80 Killdeer in a tilled field. CONCRETE SHIPS (at the end of Route 704 = the old ferry slip): 8 A.M., brown pelican 215, cormorant 200, royal tern 1, laughing gull 8, northern gannet 25, rock pigeon 25, European starling 40, great blue heron 2, tree swallow 35.



KSP, 8:15 - 3:15, clear, NW25+, 51 degrees F. variously falling through the course of the day to 49. Anna & Katie find c. 872 Turkey Vultures (they go back and forth so much; the reason they don’t get added to the official count anymore), 18 Bald Eagles, 2 Golden Eagles, a late Broad-winged Hawk, 35 Red-tailed Hawks, 32 Bonaparte’s Gulls, a late Barn Swallow, 2 Great Egrets, and 191 Tundra Swans. The swans go over very high. 14 raptor species (counting the 2 vultures). Northern gannets in view all day over and beyond the concrete ships. Six shorebirds flash by in a flock, probably semipalmated plovers. On the walk she leads Katie finds 2 woodcock.


RAMP LANE (ESVNWR), in company with Cindy Ferguson & Norm Jones, 3:30 - 5:30, 48-45, N or NE 20, high tide & falling. complete list: greater yellowlegs 70, Bonaparte’s gull 8, boat-tailed grackle 70, white ibis 3 immatures, hooded merganser 4, surf scoter 3, great blue heron 5, short-billed dowitcher 6, black-bellied plover 1, dunlin 26, great egret 6, snowy egret 2, cormorant 4, bald eagle 3, northern harrier 4, belted kingfisher 1, tree swallow 70, Forster’s tern 6, American kestrel 1, gadwall 2, red-winged blackbird 300, tundra swan 3, sharp-shinned hawk 1, myrtle warbler 5, American robin 3, white-throated sparrow 1, American woodcock 1, and red-throated loon 1.


NOVEMBER 11, SATURDAY. MAGOTHA ROAD general area including the GATR Tract, Capeville, Townsend, Magothy Bay, and Dunton Cove Road with David Clark as part of today’s Matt Anthony’s Rarity Roundup focused on Northampton County. 7:30-2:30; 3:45-4:45. 2 miles on foot, 24 by car. Complete list, much of this due to David’s good eyes and ears:


Canada goose 30, brant 400 (very distant to the N of Magotha Road), tundra swan (heard only), American black duck 4, green-winged teal 2, bufflehead 10, wild turkey 5, Eurasian collared-dove 3, WHITE-WINGED DOVE 1 (Kathy Louthan & Scott Priebe secure an excellent photograph; it flies in and perches on the wire near the Eurasian Collared-Doves), mourning dove 1, RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD 1 (GATR Tract parking lot), clapper rail 2, Virginia rail 2,


black-bellied plover 1, semipalmated plover 1, killdeer 32, dunlin 17, greater yellowlegs 22, lesser yellowlegs 2, Bonaparte’s gull 9, ring-billed gull 3, herring gull 22, great black-backed gull 1, Forster’s tern 1, great blue heron 4, black vulture 26, turkey vulture 28, GOLDEN EAGLE 2 immatures (possibly 3; may have been as many as 4-6 in the county today; the the fall they’re almost always immatures/juvies), bald eagle 8, northern harrier 1, sharp-shinned hawk 1, Cooper’s hawk 1, red-shouldered hawk 1, red-tailed hawk 6,


eastern screech-owl 1, great horned owl 1, belted kingfisher 1, red-belleid woodpecker, northern flicker 3, American kestrel 2, peregrine falcon 2, eastern phoebe 3, blue-headed vireo 1 (GATR Tract parking lot), blue jay 4, American crow 550, fish crow 40, horned lark 12, tree swallow 80, Carolina chickadee 6, tufted titmouse 2, house wren 3, winter wren 1, Carolina wren 8, sedge wren 1, golden-crowned kinglet 2, ruby-crowned kinglet 4, eastern bluebird 22, hermit thrush 2, American robin 215,


gray catbird 1, brown thrasher 1, northern mockingbird 6, European starling 90, cedar waxwing 45, house finch 2, palm warbler 3, pine warbler 3, myrtle warbler 46, eastern towhee 1, chipping sparrow 40, Savannah sparrow 1, song sparrow 13 (2 of them singing), swamp sparrow 2, white-throated sparrow 34, slate-colored junco 1, northern cardinal 6, INDIGO BUNTING 1, red-winged blackbird 115, eastern meadowlark 18, common grackle 12, boat-tailed grackle 100, brown-headed cowbird 400.


2:30-3:45 we poached and at RAMP LANE found some birds we’d missed on our assigned area: 1 Osprey, 1 Saltmarsh Sparrow, a cormorant, a Great Egret, and an additional Cooper’s Hawk. There are 14 areas today covered by 38 observers thanks to Matt Anthony’s excellent recruiting and organization. Species seen by others include Northern Parula, Common Gallinule (Oyster landfill), Whimbrel (Box Tree Road), Yellow-headed Blackbird (Indiantown Road), Cave Swallow, Western Tanager, Pomarine & Parasitic jaegers, White-eyed Vireo, Spotted Sandpiper, Nashville Warbler, Lincoln’s Sparrow, Bobolink, Snow Bunting, and Cliff & Barn swallows. The species total: 158.


Dinner at Sting-Ray’s with Bob Ake, John Rowlett and John Spahr. The tally was later on at The Shanty. At KSP Anna & Katie find a late Yellow-billed Cuckoo, 3 Golden Eagles, and good buteo numbers: 19 Red-shoulders and 62 Red-tails, plus 14 Bald Eagles.


NOVEMBER 12, SUNDAY. CONCRETE SHIPS: brown pelican down to a measly 115, northern gannet 3, rock pigeon 70, common loon 6, sanderling 5, and bufflehead 16. KSP: a real late red-eyed vireo spotted by Chris. Anna hears a northern rough-winged swallow.


RAMP LANE with Katie and Anna, 4-5;45, overcast, 48-46, N wind 5 or less. Pretty nice conditions; therefore surprising not to hear more clappers. 24 species, complete list: American black duck 30, gadwall 1, northern shoveler 3, northern pintail 7, northern harrier 3, clapper rail 3, great blue heron 3, black-crowed night heron 3, herring gull 60, tree swallow 70, common loon 9, bald eagle 5, bufflehead 3, cormorant 20, belted kingfisher 1, hooded merganser 18, dunlin 200, great egret 2, boat-tailed grackle 65, Cooper’s hawk 1 immature, American robin 2, scoter unIDd 25, great horned owl 1, and mallard 2 plus 2 deer. No white ibis.


ACCIPITER RATIO: So far, as of the end of Nov. 15, 1,420 Cooper’s vs. 2,215 sharpies, a ratio that would have been unheard of a few decades ago. Sharpies down, Cooper’s up.


NOVEMBER 13, MONDAY. The long trip home, poignant to be leaving, but will return soon eno’. RAMP LANE, 9 A.M. in the rain, 48 degrees F., NE 10, overcast, raw: great egret 1, great blue heron 2, a common loon flying to the NE, bald eagle 2. In this miserable, cold rain: 14 trucks. Don’t know if their owners are hunting, clamming, fishing, or tending the pound nets but you have to admire their grit. Obdurate. ROUTE 600 near Bull’s Drive: 25 eastern meadowlarks. MAGOTHA ROAD, 9:15 A.M.: Eurasian collared-dove 4, eastern bluebird 18, field sparrow 6, myrtle warbler 9, belted kingfisher 1, great blue heron 1, bufflehead 11.


OYSTER, 9:50-10:30, rain stops, low tide & falling still. willet 125, dunlin 250, marbled godwit 1, peregrine falcon 1, bald eagle 1 adult, black-bellied plover 1, short-billed dowitcher 75, American oystercatcher 16, great blue heron 1, black vulture 9, red-breasted merganser 1, cormorant 8, Forster’s tern 20, eastern bluebird 4, and bufflehead 8 plus, nearby, 7 deer and a wild turkey. There’s a red car with VA tags “CHNA DOL”. Park next to the square concrete area on the S side of Oyster: it offers a pretty good view of the distant flats, but the view from the portapotties on the N side is more complete. You need a scope, though. EASTVILLE, 10:45: perhaps 3,000 brown-headed cowbirds, to the dismay of song sparrows, indigo buntings, and yellow warblers.


BOX TREE (Machipongo), 11-11:30: bald eagle 6, brant 40, hooded merganser 11, American black duck 12, northern harrier 1, red-tailed hawk 1, Bonaparte’s gull 1, cormorant 4, and great blue heron 4. 47, VERY low tide. TNC has installed a locked gate here preventing access (which isn’t needed) to the rickety dock. It’s evocative to be able to view, on a day with good clarity, the distant high tower out on Hog Island, perhaps 9 miles away.


WILLIS WHARF, 11:45-12:15, raw, cold, NW15, overcast. gray squirrel 6, Ballard Drive is squirrel city USA. A feature at Willis Wharf is the group of 12 or so, fat, big, white geese with orange bills. Drive around them with care. marbled godwit 135 (in two impressive, wheeling flocks over the mudflats), cormorant 19, short-billed dowitcher 2, dunlin 6, American oystercatcher 1, common loon 1, bald eagle 1. hooded merganser 6, willet 8, semipalmated plover 1, belted kingfisher 1, Canada goose 130, great blue heron 2, and bufflehead 6.


The panic grass (Panicum) has been trimmed so it’s easier to get up on the observation platform. There’s a new, large cinder block building in front of the post office with no trespassing signs, making it harder to see what’s out on the flats. As Woody Guthrie said: “The other side of the sign doesn’t say anything.” But … “no pasaran”.


PERDUE plant near Accomac. 1 P.M. Oh … perhaps 500 Herring Gulls wheeling in a kettle over this facility and an odious adult bald eagle perched nearby, waiting for … tenders? TYSON PLANT near Temperanceville (located appropriately enough near Modest Town): great egret 1, great blue heron 1, turkey vulture 10, and the attendant gulls, herring, 200 some.


GARGATHA LANDING, 1:15-2:15, NW15, overcast, low tide but starting to flood in. bald eagle 8, great blue heron 14, northern harrier 1, northern gannet 2 imm. (perhaps 1-2 miles away and plunge-diving), cormorant 11, turkey vulture 8, greater yellowlegs 5, dunlin 2, belted kingfisher 1, hooded merganser 3, American black duck 7, eastern bluebird 14, mourning dove 36, Canada goose 11, Forster’s tern 14, scoter unIDd 80, eastern meadowlark 1, red-tailed hawk 2, and American kestrel. Usually see some deer off to the south but not today. Fellow here with bins looking for where to hunt ducks grew up on DeCoursey Bridge Road in Dorchester County … of all places. He is impressed with my scope. “How much does something like that run?”


VOLUNTEER HOURS: Nov. 9, 1 hour; Nov. 10, 7 hours; Nov. 11, 0 hours; Nov. 12, 7 hours (8:30-3:30). total: 15.


MONARCHS. Monarch tagger Clay Bufkin’s tour of duty is over. He tagged almost 2,000. They’re winding down with these totals for Nov. 9-15: 2, 1, 0, 8, 0, 10, 0. But on one Christmas count when the temperature soared to 79 we saw 3 plus dragonflies and mosquitos.


NASSAWADOX CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT: Sunday, December 17. Please contact me. TANGIER & SMITH islands C.B.C. slated for January 5, 2018. Canceled but maybe in January 2019.


Best to all. - Harry Armistead, Philadelphia.

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Date: 11/16/17 7:06 am
From: Tim Carney <timmyc83...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Swan Creek 11/14/2017
I conducted a full census at Swan Creek on Tuesday.

High numbers of Northern Shoveler (230) and Ruddy Ducks (1,520) continue.

My best bird was probably a late Sora in the wetland, followed by a late Osprey out on the river and a late Black-bellied Plover in the south cell.

Ring-necked Ducks were flying in off the river and landing in the north cell.

Other neat birds: Virginia Rail, Marsh Wren, American Pipits, Rusty Blackbird.

eBird checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40505367

Tim Carney
Parkville, MD

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

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Date: 11/16/17 6:06 am
From: 'Bird couple' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Harris’ Sparrow
Seen again at 9am

Sent from my iPhone

> On Nov 16, 2017, at 8:26 AM, Kathy Calvert <kathycalvert1...> wrote:
>
> Continues in PG at previously reported location. First seen at 7:55 and again at 8:20.
>
> Kathy Calvert
> Frederick County
>
>
> Sent from my iPhone
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Date: 11/16/17 5:26 am
From: Kathy Calvert <kathycalvert1...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Harris’ Sparrow
Continues in PG at previously reported location. First seen at 7:55 and again at 8:20.

Kathy Calvert
Frederick County


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Date: 11/15/17 6:05 pm
From: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Fwd: DC Area, 11/14/2017
On 11/15/17, Voice of the Naturalist wrote:
> Two TREE SWALLOWS were at Lake Frederick, Frederick Co, MD on November
> 9.

Would that rather be in VA north of FR Royal? Warren County?

Jim Speicher


> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> From: Steve Cordle <scordle...>
> Date: Wed, Nov 15, 2017 at 7:29 AM
> Subject: DC Area, 11/14/2017
> To: <BIRDEAST...>
>
>
> Hotline: Voice of the Naturalist
> Date: 11/14/2017
> Coverage: MD/DC/VA/central and southern DE/WV panhandle
> Reports, comments and questions: <voice...>
> Compiler: Helen Patton
> Sponsor: Audubon Naturalist Society of the Central
> Atlantic States (independent of NAS)
> Transcriber: Steve Cordle
>
> Please consider joining ANS, especially if you are a regular user of
> the Voice of the Naturalist (Individual $50; Family $65; Nature
> Steward $100; Audubon Advocate $200). The membership number is
> 301-652-9188, option 12; the address is 8940 Jones Mill Road, Chevy
> Chase, MD 20815; and the web site is http://www.anshome.org.
>
> This is the Voice of the Naturalist, a service of the Audubon
> Naturalist Society. This report covers the week starting Tuesday,
> November 7 and was completed on Tuesday, November 14 at 7:20 p.m.
>
> Information on noteworthy birds is presented below in taxonomic order,
> as set forth in the American Ornithological Society Checklist for
> North and Middle American Birds, as revised through the 58th
> Supplement (July 2017).
>
> The top birds this week were WHITE-WINGED DOVE in VA, POMARINE JAEGER
> and PARASITIC JAEGER in VA, BROWN BOOBY* in MD, HARRIS'S SPARROW* in
> MD and WESTERN TANAGER* in MD and VA.
>
> Other birds of interest this week included waterfowl, RING-NECKED
> PHEASANT, RED-NECKED GREBE, RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD, GREATER
> SHEARWATER, WILSON'S STORM- PETREL,COMMON GALLINULE, shorebirds,
> gulls, hawks, shrikes, swallows, SEDGE WREN, LAPLAND LONGSPUR,
> sparrows, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, warblers, BOBOLINK and YELLOW-HEADED
> BLACKBIRD.
>
> TOP BIRDS
>
> On November 11 and 12, a WHITE-WINGED DOVE was observed on Magotha
> Road in Cape Charles, Northampton Co, VA.
>
> During the week southbound jaegers continued to be observed at the
> Cape Charles Coastal Habitat NAP in Northampton Co, VA. The sightings
> of a single POMARINE and one to two PARASITIC JAEGERS occurred on
> November 8, 10, 11 and 14, a reduction in the numbers seen the
> previous week.
>
> A BROWN BOOBY* was seen from northern Assateague Island, Worcester Co,
> MD on November 11. Two BROWN BOOBIES* were at the Ocean City Inlet,
> Worcester Co, MD on November 14.
>
> A HARRIS'S SPARROW* was on the Anacostia River Trail, Prince George's
> Co, MD on November 12 and 13.
>
> On November 11, a WESTERN TANAGER* was at Cedar Lane Rd., Worcester
> Co, MD. On the same day a WESTERN TANAGER was at the Hamantown Road
> Farms (private) Northampton Co, VA.
>
> OTHER BIRDS OF INTEREST
>
> A GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was on Executive Blvd, Rockville,
> Montgomery Co, MD on November 9. A SNOW GOOSE was at Lake Churchill,
> Germantown, Montgomery Co, MD on November 11. ROSS'S GEESE were seen
> on Main Chapel Way in Gambrills and Waugh Chapel East, Anne Arundel
> Co, MD on November 8. Another ROSS'S GOOSE was on Princess Anne Lane,
> Virginia Beach, VA on November 9. TUNDRA SWANS were observed (and
> heard) from many locations throughout the area during the week.
>
> A trip to Poplar Island, Talbot Co, MD on November 7, noted 667
> NORTHERN SHOVELERS, 306 GREEN-WINGED TEAL, an AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER,
> a PECTORAL SANDPIPER plus a WESTERN PALM WARBLER and a WHITE-CROWNED
> SPARROW. REDHEADS were seen at many venues in Virginia during the
> week. November 9 was a good day for SCOTERS. SURF SCOTERS were seen at
> Violette's Lock, Montgomery Co, MD; Daingerfield Island, Alexandria,
> VA and Silver Lake RP, Prince William Co, VA; WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS
> were also at Violette's Lock and North Point SP, Baltimore Co, MD and
> a BLACK SCOTER was at Centennial Lake, Howard Co, MD. A visit to Lake
> Frederick, Frederick Co, MD on November 9 observed 8 duck species
> including: NORTHERN SHOVELER, GADWALL and AMERICAN WIGEON. A
> LONG-TAILED DUCK was at the Sandy River Reservoir, Prince Edward Co,
> VA on November 8. COMMON GOLDENEYES were seen in a variety of venues.
>
> A RING-NECKED PHEASANT was at Assateague Island NS, Bayside, Worcester
> Co, MD on November 10
>
> Two RED-NECKED GREBES were at Flintville Road, Broad Creek Bridge,
> Harford Co, MD on November 8. On November 10 and 11 a RED-NECKED GREBE
> was at Sherwood Lakes, Virginia Beach, VA.
>
> On November 12, a RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD was at Back Bay NWR,
> Virginia Beach, VA.
>
> On November 10, 8 SANDHILL CRANES were seen at Bombay Hook NWR, Kent
> Co, DE.
>
> A GREATER SHEARWATER and 5 WILSON'S STORM PETRELS were in the sea off
> the Mouth of Chesapeake Bay, Virginia Beach, VA on November 9.
>
> A COMMON GALLINULE was at the West Ocean City Pond, Worcester Co, MD
> on November 10 and 12. A COMMON GALLINULE was at Cheriton Landfill,
> Northampton Co, VA on November 11.
>
> An AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER was at Kiptopeke SP, Northampton Co, VA on
> November 11 and 12. A BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER was at the Swan Creek
> dredge containment facility, Anne Arundel Co, MD on November 9. A
> PIPING PLOVER was at the Assateague NS, Worcester Co, MD on November
> 11.
>
> Shorebird highlights also included ten WHIMBRELS at Box Tree Marsh and
> 30 WHIMBREL at Cape Charles, Seaside Road, both in Northampton Co, VA
> and both on November 11; two WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS at Bombay Hook
> NWR, Kent Co, DE on November 9; a WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER at the North
> Beach marsh, Calvert Co, MD on November 14 and a RED-NECKED PHALAROPE
> at E.A. Vaughn WMA-Central, Worcester Co, MD on November 11.
>
> BONAPARTE'S GULLS were seen at many locations with a high count of 30
> at Centennial Lake, Howard Co, MD on November 9. An ICELAND GULL and a
> LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL were at Sandy Point SP, Anne Arundel Co, MD
> during the week. A GLAUCOUS GULL was at the CBBT, Northampton Co, VA
> on November 9.
>
> A ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was at Prime Hook NWR, Sussex Co, DE on November
> 10 and 12. GOLDEN EAGLES were observed at all the local Hawk Watches
> during the week.
>
> On November 14, a single continuing LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE was seen at the
> Smith Farm in Lunenburg Co, VA. A NORTHERN SHRIKE* returned to the
> Sully Woodlands in Fairfax Co, VA for the winter, with a sightings on
> November 8, 11 and 12.
>
> Two TREE SWALLOWS were at Lake Frederick, Frederick Co, MD on November
> 9. CAVE SWALLOWS appeared throughout the region this week.
>
> A SEDGE WREN was at Prime Hook NWR, Fowler Beach Road, Sussex Co, DE
> on November 9 and 12. A SEDGE WREN was found at the Sully Woodlands,
> Fairfax Co, on November 12. Another SEDGE WREN was at Gordon's Pond,
> Cape Henlopen, Sussex Co, DE on November 12.
>
> A LAPLAND LONGSPUR was at Assateague SP, Worcester Co, MD on November
> 11.
>
> An AMERICAN TREE SPARROW was at Sunset Park in Ocean City, Worcester
> Co, MD on November 12. A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was at Sandy River
> Reservoir, Prince Edward Co, VA on November 9. Two CLAY-COLORED
> SPARROWS were at E. A. Vaughn WMA-Central, Worcester Co, MD on
> November 11. VESPER SPARROWS showed up at many locations in the area.
> A GRASSHOPPER SPARROW was at Sunset Park, Ocean City, Worcester Co, MD
> on November 12. LINCOLN'S SPARROWS were at Ilia Fehr NP, Lizard Hill
> in Bishopville and Deer Run Golf Course, all Worcester Co, MD and all
> on November 11. Another LINCOLN'S SPARROW was at the Cheriton
> Landfill, Northampton Co, VA also on November 11.
>
> ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS were seen at several locations.
>
> Several late migratory warblers were seen in Maryland during the week,
> including a NASHVILLE WARBLER at Masonville Cove, Baltimore Co, on
> November 11; a CAPE MAY WARBLER at Assateague Island NS, Bayside,
> Worcester Co, on November 10 and 12 and a BLACK-THROATED BLUE WATBLER
> at Club House Road pond, Worcester Co, on November 12.
>
> A BOBOLINK was at Kiptopeke SP, Northampton Co, VA on November 12. A
> YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD was seen in the Seaside Road vicinity of Cape
> Charles, Northampton Co, VA on November 11 and 12. An amazing 10,000
> COMMON GRACKLES were at Great Falls NP, VA on November 12.
>
> ***
>
> This week's report was based on reports on the DE, MD, VA, and WV list
> servers, eBird records and various birding pages on Facebook.
>
> The Audubon Sanctuary Shop (301-652-3606,
> http://anshome.org/naturalist-shop) is an excellent source for
> guidebooks and many other nature-related titles.
>
> To report bird sightings, e-mail your report to <voice...>
> Please post reports before midnight Monday, identify the county as
> well as the state, and include your name and a Tuesday morning
> contact, e-mail or phone.
>
> Thank you for your interest, and enjoy the birds.
>
> *Of interest to the applicable state records committee
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Date: 11/15/17 3:00 pm
From: Mark Johnson <mj3151...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Ebird back up
Looks like ebird is fully functional again, as of a couple minutes ago.


Mark Johnson

Aberdeen

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Date: 11/15/17 12:08 pm
From: Sharon F1727 <sharonf1727...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Lower Senate Park Myiarchus
This morning Josh Berman found a Myiarchus flycatcher in Lower Senate Park near the Capitol in W/DC. Birders have been looking for it this afternoon, and it has been relocated at least once, but nobody has had a good enough look at it to make an ID.
Sharon Forsyth
W/DC

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Date: 11/15/17 8:05 am
From: Derek Hudgins <derekhudgins...>
Subject: [MDBirding] PG Harris’s Sparrow and DC Lark Sparrow
The Harris’s Sparrow was seen briefly this morning at 9:05 back in its original location in the brush just before the gravel road off the Anacostia River Trail starts bending to the right. There was a lot of sparrow activity there at the time, and the bird was only seen once over the course of an hour, so it may be worth checking the dock too.

The DC Lark Sparrow also continues at the National Arboretum, foraging alone on the reconstructed streambed north of Meadow and Valley. If you are coming from the NY Ave entrance, take the second left. It has been found north of the first bridge. Today it was just north of the stump marked with a blue flag on the close shore, vanishing at times under the lip of the stream or in the grasses. It also flew in to the scrub on the left side of the road across from the orchard.

Good birding,
Derek Hudgins
Baltimore

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Date: 11/15/17 7:55 am
From: Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4...>
Subject: [MDBirding] PG Harris’s No!
Seems I arrived 10 minutes to late, two others saw before my arrival. But
just about 1030 another birder and I had Marsh Wren and Orange-crowned
Warbler.
--
Kurt Schwarz
Ellicott City, Howard County
kurtschwarz4 at gmail dot com

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Date: 11/15/17 5:18 am
From: Lydia Schindler <lydia13621...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fwd: DC Area, 11/14/2017
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Steve Cordle <scordle...>
Date: Wed, Nov 15, 2017 at 7:29 AM
Subject: DC Area, 11/14/2017
To: <BIRDEAST...>


Hotline: Voice of the Naturalist
Date: 11/14/2017
Coverage: MD/DC/VA/central and southern DE/WV panhandle
Reports, comments and questions: <voice...>
Compiler: Helen Patton
Sponsor: Audubon Naturalist Society of the Central
Atlantic States (independent of NAS)
Transcriber: Steve Cordle

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

This is the Voice of the Naturalist, a service of the Audubon
Naturalist Society. This report covers the week starting Tuesday,
November 7 and was completed on Tuesday, November 14 at 7:20 p.m.

Information on noteworthy birds is presented below in taxonomic order,
as set forth in the American Ornithological Society Checklist for
North and Middle American Birds, as revised through the 58th
Supplement (July 2017).

The top birds this week were WHITE-WINGED DOVE in VA, POMARINE JAEGER
and PARASITIC JAEGER in VA, BROWN BOOBY* in MD, HARRIS'S SPARROW* in
MD and WESTERN TANAGER* in MD and VA.

Other birds of interest this week included waterfowl, RING-NECKED
PHEASANT, RED-NECKED GREBE, RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD, GREATER
SHEARWATER, WILSON'S STORM- PETREL,COMMON GALLINULE, shorebirds,
gulls, hawks, shrikes, swallows, SEDGE WREN, LAPLAND LONGSPUR,
sparrows, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, warblers, BOBOLINK and YELLOW-HEADED
BLACKBIRD.

TOP BIRDS

On November 11 and 12, a WHITE-WINGED DOVE was observed on Magotha
Road in Cape Charles, Northampton Co, VA.

During the week southbound jaegers continued to be observed at the
Cape Charles Coastal Habitat NAP in Northampton Co, VA. The sightings
of a single POMARINE and one to two PARASITIC JAEGERS occurred on
November 8, 10, 11 and 14, a reduction in the numbers seen the
previous week.

A BROWN BOOBY* was seen from northern Assateague Island, Worcester Co,
MD on November 11. Two BROWN BOOBIES* were at the Ocean City Inlet,
Worcester Co, MD on November 14.

A HARRIS'S SPARROW* was on the Anacostia River Trail, Prince George's
Co, MD on November 12 and 13.

On November 11, a WESTERN TANAGER* was at Cedar Lane Rd., Worcester
Co, MD. On the same day a WESTERN TANAGER was at the Hamantown Road
Farms (private) Northampton Co, VA.

OTHER BIRDS OF INTEREST

A GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was on Executive Blvd, Rockville,
Montgomery Co, MD on November 9. A SNOW GOOSE was at Lake Churchill,
Germantown, Montgomery Co, MD on November 11. ROSS'S GEESE were seen
on Main Chapel Way in Gambrills and Waugh Chapel East, Anne Arundel
Co, MD on November 8. Another ROSS'S GOOSE was on Princess Anne Lane,
Virginia Beach, VA on November 9. TUNDRA SWANS were observed (and
heard) from many locations throughout the area during the week.

A trip to Poplar Island, Talbot Co, MD on November 7, noted 667
NORTHERN SHOVELERS, 306 GREEN-WINGED TEAL, an AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER,
a PECTORAL SANDPIPER plus a WESTERN PALM WARBLER and a WHITE-CROWNED
SPARROW. REDHEADS were seen at many venues in Virginia during the
week. November 9 was a good day for SCOTERS. SURF SCOTERS were seen at
Violette's Lock, Montgomery Co, MD; Daingerfield Island, Alexandria,
VA and Silver Lake RP, Prince William Co, VA; WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS
were also at Violette's Lock and North Point SP, Baltimore Co, MD and
a BLACK SCOTER was at Centennial Lake, Howard Co, MD. A visit to Lake
Frederick, Frederick Co, MD on November 9 observed 8 duck species
including: NORTHERN SHOVELER, GADWALL and AMERICAN WIGEON. A
LONG-TAILED DUCK was at the Sandy River Reservoir, Prince Edward Co,
VA on November 8. COMMON GOLDENEYES were seen in a variety of venues.

A RING-NECKED PHEASANT was at Assateague Island NS, Bayside, Worcester
Co, MD on November 10

Two RED-NECKED GREBES were at Flintville Road, Broad Creek Bridge,
Harford Co, MD on November 8. On November 10 and 11 a RED-NECKED GREBE
was at Sherwood Lakes, Virginia Beach, VA.

On November 12, a RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD was at Back Bay NWR,
Virginia Beach, VA.

On November 10, 8 SANDHILL CRANES were seen at Bombay Hook NWR, Kent
Co, DE.

A GREATER SHEARWATER and 5 WILSON'S STORM PETRELS were in the sea off
the Mouth of Chesapeake Bay, Virginia Beach, VA on November 9.

A COMMON GALLINULE was at the West Ocean City Pond, Worcester Co, MD
on November 10 and 12. A COMMON GALLINULE was at Cheriton Landfill,
Northampton Co, VA on November 11.

An AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER was at Kiptopeke SP, Northampton Co, VA on
November 11 and 12. A BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER was at the Swan Creek
dredge containment facility, Anne Arundel Co, MD on November 9. A
PIPING PLOVER was at the Assateague NS, Worcester Co, MD on November
11.

Shorebird highlights also included ten WHIMBRELS at Box Tree Marsh and
30 WHIMBREL at Cape Charles, Seaside Road, both in Northampton Co, VA
and both on November 11; two WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS at Bombay Hook
NWR, Kent Co, DE on November 9; a WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER at the North
Beach marsh, Calvert Co, MD on November 14 and a RED-NECKED PHALAROPE
at E.A. Vaughn WMA-Central, Worcester Co, MD on November 11.

BONAPARTE'S GULLS were seen at many locations with a high count of 30
at Centennial Lake, Howard Co, MD on November 9. An ICELAND GULL and a
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL were at Sandy Point SP, Anne Arundel Co, MD
during the week. A GLAUCOUS GULL was at the CBBT, Northampton Co, VA
on November 9.

A ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was at Prime Hook NWR, Sussex Co, DE on November
10 and 12. GOLDEN EAGLES were observed at all the local Hawk Watches
during the week.

On November 14, a single continuing LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE was seen at the
Smith Farm in Lunenburg Co, VA. A NORTHERN SHRIKE* returned to the
Sully Woodlands in Fairfax Co, VA for the winter, with a sightings on
November 8, 11 and 12.

Two TREE SWALLOWS were at Lake Frederick, Frederick Co, MD on November
9. CAVE SWALLOWS appeared throughout the region this week.

A SEDGE WREN was at Prime Hook NWR, Fowler Beach Road, Sussex Co, DE
on November 9 and 12. A SEDGE WREN was found at the Sully Woodlands,
Fairfax Co, on November 12. Another SEDGE WREN was at Gordon's Pond,
Cape Henlopen, Sussex Co, DE on November 12.

A LAPLAND LONGSPUR was at Assateague SP, Worcester Co, MD on November
11.

An AMERICAN TREE SPARROW was at Sunset Park in Ocean City, Worcester
Co, MD on November 12. A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was at Sandy River
Reservoir, Prince Edward Co, VA on November 9. Two CLAY-COLORED
SPARROWS were at E. A. Vaughn WMA-Central, Worcester Co, MD on
November 11. VESPER SPARROWS showed up at many locations in the area.
A GRASSHOPPER SPARROW was at Sunset Park, Ocean City, Worcester Co, MD
on November 12. LINCOLN'S SPARROWS were at Ilia Fehr NP, Lizard Hill
in Bishopville and Deer Run Golf Course, all Worcester Co, MD and all
on November 11. Another LINCOLN'S SPARROW was at the Cheriton
Landfill, Northampton Co, VA also on November 11.

ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS were seen at several locations.

Several late migratory warblers were seen in Maryland during the week,
including a NASHVILLE WARBLER at Masonville Cove, Baltimore Co, on
November 11; a CAPE MAY WARBLER at Assateague Island NS, Bayside,
Worcester Co, on November 10 and 12 and a BLACK-THROATED BLUE WATBLER
at Club House Road pond, Worcester Co, on November 12.

A BOBOLINK was at Kiptopeke SP, Northampton Co, VA on November 12. A
YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD was seen in the Seaside Road vicinity of Cape
Charles, Northampton Co, VA on November 11 and 12. An amazing 10,000
COMMON GRACKLES were at Great Falls NP, VA on November 12.

***

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

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

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Date: 11/14/17 4:37 pm
From: Sharon F1727 <sharonf1727...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] PG Harris's Sparrow (late PM)
Sorry, the starting and ending points on the map are correct, but the final left turn is wrong. You turn left on the road at the end of which the red marker is placed. The correct left is quite a bit south of the where Google Maps suggests you turn left. My apologies.
Sharon Forsyth
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On Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at 7:20:35 PM UTC-5, Sharon F1727 wrote:
> For those of you searching for the HASP in PG County tomorrow, here are Google Map directions from Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens to the spot where the bird was seen today. I suggest approaching the area quietly and unobtrusively as it is a bit skittish. We did NOT tape the bird, and apparently others tried taping it without success, so you might want to stick to stealthy.
>
> https://www.google.com/maps/dir/Kenilworth+Aquatic+Gardens,+Anacostia+Avenue+Northeast,+Washington,+DC/38.9250526,-76.9380717/@38.9188721,-76.9479131,2384m/data=!3m2!1e3!4b1!4m9!4m8!1m5!1m1!1s0x89b7b8856eac83ef:0x1c876180e67604fb!2m2!1d-76.9418223!2d38.912596!1m0!3e2
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> Sharon Forsyth
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Date: 11/14/17 4:20 pm
From: Sharon F1727 <sharonf1727...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] PG Harris's Sparrow (late PM)
For those of you searching for the HASP in PG County tomorrow, here are Google Map directions from Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens to the spot where the bird was seen today. I suggest approaching the area quietly and unobtrusively as it is a bit skittish. We did NOT tape the bird, and apparently others tried taping it without success, so you might want to stick to stealthy.

https://www.google.com/maps/dir/Kenilworth+Aquatic+Gardens,+Anacostia+Avenue+Northeast,+Washington,+DC/38.9250526,-76.9380717/@38.9188721,-76.9479131,2384m/data=!3m2!1e3!4b1!4m9!4m8!1m5!1m1!1s0x89b7b8856eac83ef:0x1c876180e67604fb!2m2!1d-76.9418223!2d38.912596!1m0!3e2

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Date: 11/14/17 11:43 am
From: 'Marcy Stutzman' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Oxbow Lake: large variety of waterfowl
I updated the map I made of the Oxbow Lake and thought I would post it for anyone who would like one.

Also, wanted to let everyone know that Jay Sheppard and I are leading an Oxbow Lake field trip for the Anne Arundel Bird Club on Saturday, Dec 7. If you are interested in participating, we will meet at the entrance on Oxbow Place at 8:00 AM.

Marcy Stutzman
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Date: 11/14/17 7:32 am
From: Gerry Hawkins <maineusa...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] PG Harris's Sparrow (late PM)
HS relocated at end of gravel road.
Gerry Hawkins
Arlington, VA

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> On Nov 13, 2017, at 8:25 AM, Gerry Hawkins <maineusa...> wrote:
>
> The HS has been seen by me and another birder in the same area.
> Gerry Hawkins
> Arlington, VA
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
>> On Nov 12, 2017, at 6:24 PM, Fred Shaffer <glaucousgull...> wrote:
>>
>> I went to Bladensburg Waterfront Park and was able to relocate the previously reported 1st-winter Harris's Sparrow just off the Anacostia River Trail. From the Waterfront Park it was approximately a .7 or .8 mile walk south along the trail to where the bird was found. The directions posted earlier were good - the bird was along the gravel path leading to the boat ramp. However, from Bladensburg Waterfront Park, it was the second gravel road on the right side of the trail (the first goes into a reforestation area, which is not what you want). However, the path to the boat launch is marked with some interpretative signage and is fairly easy to find. Fortunately, I bumped into Robert Steele, and he showed me where the bird was seen and even got me onto the bird once it popped up into the top of some brambles just off the path. The location where Robert found the bird and where I saw it was on the left side of the gravel path leading to the boat launch. It was a few hundred feet from the main (paved) Anacostia River Trail. The Harris's Sparrow was hanging out with some Field and Song Sparrows in the brambles just off the path. The brambles were on the left side of the path, and restored wetlands were on the right. This was a great way to end the rarity roundup. Thank you to Mark, Matt and Bill for organizing the roundup and to Robert Steele for finding the Harris's Sparrow and getting me on the bird once I arrived at the scene. Lastly, at least for today Bladensburg Waterfront Park was open until 5:30 pm, which gives people accessing the site from Bladensburg a little more time to see the bird in the late afternoon (like tomorrow after work). Also, the site is located a few hundred feet (or so) north of US 50/New York Avenue, so it is definitely in Prince George's County, although not by much. Good birding,
>>
>> Fred Shaffer
>> <GlaucousGull...>
>> Crofton, MD
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Date: 11/14/17 7:31 am
From: 'Marcy Stutzman' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Oxbow Lake: large variety of waterfowl
The Little Patuxent River Oxbow Lake Nature Preserve in Anne Arundel County has perfect conditions for waterfowl. There is a lot of water and a lot of vegetation on which to feed. We have recorded 13 species of waterfowl in the past couple of days. Who knows what might show up next!

http://ebird.org/ebird/hotspot/L470637

Canada Goose
Tundra Swan
Wood Duck
Northern Shoveler
Gadwall
American Wigeon
Mallard
American Black Duck
Mallard x American Black Duck (hybrid)
Green-winged Teal
Ring-necked Duck
Bufflehead
Ruddy Duck
Pied-billed Grebe

Marcy Stutzman
Russett, MD 20724

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Date: 11/14/17 7:24 am
From: Tim Carney <timmyc83...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: eBird media issue
eBird is back up and running in a limited capacity. All media functions (uploading photos, viewing photos, etc.) are still down.

PLEASE be patient with the eBird reviewers. We can't review if we can't see the photos, and most of us were out over the weekend so the queue is very backed up.

We'll continue processing review items as soon as all functions are restored.

Tim Carney
Parkville, MD

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> Is anyone else having issues with eBird? It's not allowing any media uploads (pics or audio files).
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> Jeff Shenot
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Date: 11/14/17 5:52 am
From: 'Andrew Clemens' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] eBird media issue
When I first tried ebird yesterday I was not able to get on at all.  By late afternoon there was a notice up saying that ebird had restored limited functionality to the site.  I was able to do a checklist but was not able to upload pictures.Andy

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r Read the update on the eBird home page. Server problems.

On Tuesday, November 14, 2017 jugbayjs < a="">> wrote:<>

Is anyone else having issues with eBird? It's not allowing any media uploads (pics or audio files).

Jeff Shenot
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Date: 11/14/17 5:40 am
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Subject: Re: [MDBirding] eBird media issue
I wasn't able to get on at all yesterday afternoon....just got a message saying the site was down.
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r Read the update on the eBird home page. Server problems.



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Date: 11/14/17 4:58 am
From: 'Jim Stasz' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: RE: [MDBirding] eBird media issue

r Read the update on the eBird home page. Server problems.

On Tuesday, November 14, 2017 jugbayjs <jugbayjs...> wrote:

Is anyone else having issues with eBird? It's not allowing any media uploads (pics or audio files).

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Date: 11/14/17 4:53 am
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Subject: [MDBirding] eBird media issue
Is anyone else having issues with eBird? It's not allowing any media uploads (pics or audio files).

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Date: 11/13/17 11:06 am
From: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...>
Subject: [MDBirding] [FR] FOS DE Junco yardbird
Although I had seen them on bike rides in recent days, they've not
been seen in the yard until this morning. I don't feed until mid-Jan,
so it's gotta be the sunflower garden detritus left over from squirrel
munchings, or the pokeweed, or the bird bath, or some other "natural"
item(s) that's attracting them.

Jim Speicher
BroadRun/Burkittsville area
[FR] Frederick County MD
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Date: 11/13/17 10:27 am
From: Tim Carney <timmyc83...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Snowy Owl, Poplar Island
My coworker just found a Snowy Owl on Poplar Island in Talbot County.

There aren't any tours at this time, but I still wanted to get the word out. Hopefully this is the start of another exciting irruption year.

Tim Carney
Parkville, MD

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Date: 11/13/17 8:36 am
From: Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Harris’ sparrow @ 11 am
Here at same place, short visit tho!

Gail Mackiernan
Colesville

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Date: 11/13/17 7:51 am
From: Hugh McGuinness <hdmcguinness...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Rarity Roundup?
Will someone post about the results from Rarity Roundup?

Hugh

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Date: 11/13/17 5:25 am
From: Gerry Hawkins <maineusa...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] PG Harris's Sparrow (late PM)
The HS has been seen by me and another birder in the same area.
Gerry Hawkins
Arlington, VA

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> On Nov 12, 2017, at 6:24 PM, Fred Shaffer <glaucousgull...> wrote:
>
> I went to Bladensburg Waterfront Park and was able to relocate the previously reported 1st-winter Harris's Sparrow just off the Anacostia River Trail. From the Waterfront Park it was approximately a .7 or .8 mile walk south along the trail to where the bird was found. The directions posted earlier were good - the bird was along the gravel path leading to the boat ramp. However, from Bladensburg Waterfront Park, it was the second gravel road on the right side of the trail (the first goes into a reforestation area, which is not what you want). However, the path to the boat launch is marked with some interpretative signage and is fairly easy to find. Fortunately, I bumped into Robert Steele, and he showed me where the bird was seen and even got me onto the bird once it popped up into the top of some brambles just off the path. The location where Robert found the bird and where I saw it was on the left side of the gravel path leading to the boat launch. It was a few hundred feet from the main (paved) Anacostia River Trail. The Harris's Sparrow was hanging out with some Field and Song Sparrows in the brambles just off the path. The brambles were on the left side of the path, and restored wetlands were on the right. This was a great way to end the rarity roundup. Thank you to Mark, Matt and Bill for organizing the roundup and to Robert Steele for finding the Harris's Sparrow and getting me on the bird once I arrived at the scene. Lastly, at least for today Bladensburg Waterfront Park was open until 5:30 pm, which gives people accessing the site from Bladensburg a little more time to see the bird in the late afternoon (like tomorrow after work). Also, the site is located a few hundred feet (or so) north of US 50/New York Avenue, so it is definitely in Prince George's County, although not by much. Good birding,
>
> Fred Shaffer
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Date: 11/13/17 4:58 am
From: Rick Borchelt <rborchelt...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Neonics: not just a danger to pollinators--seed eating birds at great risk
"Studies on the risks of neonicotinoids have often focused on bees that
have been experiencing population declines. However, it is not just bees
that are being affected by these insecticides," said Christy Morrissey, U
of S biology professor.

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Date: 11/13/17 4:36 am
From: Tim Carney <timmyc83...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Swan Creek Birdwalk, Saturday December 9
Hello everyone,

Stan Arnold and I will be co-leading a walk at Swan Creek on Saturday, December 9.

The walk will be held from *8:00* to 11:00. Note the delayed start time to compensate for a later sunrise. Space is limited. To reserve a spot, please email tcarn [at] menv [dot] com.

The walk will be canceled in the event of inclement weather or high winds.

Tim Carney
Parkville, MD

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Date: 11/12/17 7:03 pm
From: Fred Shaffer <glaucousgull...>
Subject: [MDBirding] PG Harris's Sparrow (age)
When I was looking at my photos of the Harris's Sparrow (which I just entered into eBird), I noticed that the sparrow was a non-breeding adult, not a 1st-winter sparrow as I reported earlier.
Fred <ShafferGlaucousGull...>, Anne Arundel

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Date: 11/12/17 3:24 pm
From: Fred Shaffer <glaucousgull...>
Subject: [MDBirding] PG Harris's Sparrow (late PM)
I went to Bladensburg Waterfront Park and was able to relocate the previously reported 1st-winter Harris's Sparrow just off the Anacostia River Trail. From the Waterfront Park it was approximately a .7 or .8 mile walk south along the trail to where the bird was found.  The directions posted earlier were good - the bird was along the gravel path leading to the boat ramp.  However, from Bladensburg Waterfront Park, it was the second gravel road on the right side of the trail (the first goes into a reforestation area, which is not what you want). However, the path to the boat launch is marked with some interpretative signage and is fairly easy to find.  Fortunately, I bumped into Robert Steele, and he showed me where the bird was seen and even got me onto the bird once it popped up into the top of some brambles just off the path. The location where Robert found the bird and where I saw it was on the left side of the gravel path leading to the boat launch. It was a few hundred feet from the main (paved) Anacostia River Trail.  The Harris's Sparrow was hanging out with some Field and Song Sparrows in the brambles just off the path.  The brambles were on the left side of the path, and restored wetlands were on the right.  This was a great way to end the rarity roundup.  Thank you to Mark, Matt and Bill for organizing the roundup and to Robert Steele for finding the Harris's Sparrow and getting me on the bird once I arrived at the scene.  Lastly, at least for today Bladensburg Waterfront Park was open until 5:30 pm, which gives people accessing the site from Bladensburg a little more time to see the bird in the late afternoon (like tomorrow after work).  Also, the site is located a few hundred feet (or so) north of US 50/New York Avenue, so it is definitely in Prince George's County, although not by much. Good birding,
Fred <ShafferGlaucousGull...>, MD

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Date: 11/12/17 10:59 am
From: Hugh McGuinness <hdmcguinness...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Re: Harris's Sparrow in PG County
If you go, be careful about where you park b/c the aquatic gardens closes
at 4pm. I would park in Kenilworth Park near where the new trail goes into
the woods. It looks like it is just under a mile upstream to the pier,
which on Google maps appears to be just north of New York Avenue. I can't
see any easy place to park upstream of the bird.

Hugh

On Sun, Nov 12, 2017 at 1:25 PM, Paul Pisano <cheep.paul...> wrote:

> Here’s a little more detail that I have on the location, in case anyone
> wants to look for the Harris’s Sparrow. When asked how far up the
> Anacostia River Trail past New York Ave., Robert said, “take first left
> into marshy area. It was on the left about halfway down the road to the
> pier.” Presumably this is if one is walking upriver from the Aquatic
> Gardens.
>
> Paul
>
> > On Nov 12, 2017, at 12:28 PM, <cheep.paul...> wrote:
> >
> > Robert Steele has found and photographed an immature Harris's Sparrow
> along the Anacostia River Trail. It's about halfway between the Bladensburg
> Water Park and Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens. I have not seen the bird, but am
> passing along the sighting.
> >
> > Good birding,
> > Paul Pisano
> > Arlington, VA
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Date: 11/12/17 10:25 am
From: Paul Pisano <cheep.paul...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Harris's Sparrow in PG County
Here’s a little more detail that I have on the location, in case anyone wants to look for the Harris’s Sparrow. When asked how far up the Anacostia River Trail past New York Ave., Robert said, “take first left into marshy area. It was on the left about halfway down the road to the pier.” Presumably this is if one is walking upriver from the Aquatic Gardens.

Paul

> On Nov 12, 2017, at 12:28 PM, <cheep.paul...> wrote:
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> Robert Steele has found and photographed an immature Harris's Sparrow along the Anacostia River Trail. It's about halfway between the Bladensburg Water Park and Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens. I have not seen the bird, but am passing along the sighting.
>
> Good birding,
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Date: 11/12/17 9:28 am
From: <cheep.paul...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Harris's Sparrow in PG County
Robert Steele has found and photographed an immature Harris's Sparrow along the Anacostia River Trail. It's about halfway between the Bladensburg Water Park and Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens. I have not seen the bird, but am passing along the sighting.

Good birding,
Paul Pisano
Arlington, VA

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Date: 11/11/17 9:42 am
From: Wendy Crowe <crowe...>
Subject: [MDBirding] North Point State Park - Snow Buntings and Least Sandpipers
Two Snow Buntings and 2 Least Sandpipers at North Point State Park in Baltimore County off the Crystal Pier.

Wendy Crowe
Glen Burnie, MD

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Date: 11/11/17 7:32 am
From: Warblerick <ricksussman1955...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Purple Finch at feeder today
Hope it's a good finch winter! Had my FOS Fox Sparrow at the feeders today.
Rick Sussman
Woodbine, Carroll County

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Date: 11/11/17 6:32 am
From: Les Roslund <lesroslund...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Purple Finch at feeder today
At 9:00 this morning a 'brownie' Purple Finch showed up at one of my
feeders to snack on a few black-oil sunflower seeds. First-of-season
here.

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Date: 11/10/17 11:05 am
From: Patricia Valdata <pvaldata1...>
Subject: [MDBirding] FOS Bufflehead
I just spotted our FOS Bufflehead, a male in the creek behind our house. I
was wondering when they'd get down this far. Nice to have them back!

No other ducks yet besides the usual flock of Mallards that stay all year.

Pat Valdata
Crisfield, Somerset County

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Date: 11/10/17 11:00 am
From: pbudde <pbudde...>
Subject: [MDBirding] DC Ash-throated
The bird was still present between Noon and 1 PM, just off the bike path in Kenilworth Parl. Look for it near the yellow bike warning sign about an impending downhill. It was staying along the edge of the short trees, near an orange piece of tape and about 50 meters to the right of that marker.


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Date: 11/10/17 8:25 am
From: Nicholas Lund <nicholas.lund...>
Subject: [MDBirding] DC Ash-throated
A group of GW student birders including Kevin Bennett and Harry Moffitt refound the bird at 9:50. It was actively flycatching low along the edge of the field where the bike path makes a deep turn down into the woods. It showed well for 10 minutes or do, then disappeared into the short trees there. Did not see it after that, but suspect it’s still in there.

Nick

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Date: 11/10/17 7:21 am
From: jugbayjs <jugbayjs...>
Subject: [MDBirding] ATFL refound
Just got a message that a group of birders have re-found it. Farther down same path. Good luck if you try for it!

Jeff Shenot
Croom, Md

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Date: 11/10/17 6:31 am
From: jugbayjs <jugbayjs...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Ash-throated Fly in DC
I found an ATFL in DC this morn at Kenilworth Park. I was sky watching for CASW, and saw a gray speck in my bins dropping out of the sky. and was puzzled briefly until it was low in enough that I could see it was pale gray and looked like a flycatcher. My radar went up immediately, since any flycatcher (but Phoebe) now is rare.

As it became apparent it was going to land somewhere I got very excited. Knowing it was a rarity I kept on it intensely until I saw it drop and beeline to a brushline. There is a long brushpile along a hiker-biker trail there. Could not believe what just happened!

I approached to about 50-60 yds so not to spook it. It was staying low and foraging from 3-8 feet above ground. Though very cold and blustery, there was still insects out. After feeding a little (I saw it catch something 3 times), it got nervous when a dog walker came by and dog was excitedly investigating brushpiles.

It flew up to top of tall tree when dog got close and perched briefly. Then a bike whizzed by, and it took off and flew across the field over a treeline and out of sight. Apparently there is some scrub and potentially good habitat on other side of trees, and another birder is looking for it there now. I had to leave, will submit eBird report hen I get home.

Regards-
Jeff Shenot
Croom Md

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Date: 11/10/17 5:46 am
From: 'Andrew Clemens' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Snowy
Has anyone seen the HdG snowy this morning?
Thanks,Andy

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Date: 11/10/17 5:23 am
From: Gene Scarpulla <ejscarp...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Request for Data: Gull Day 1992-1996
On Thursday, November 9, 2017 at 11:05:10 PM UTC-5, Gene Scarpulla wrote:
> From 1992 through 1996, Rick Blom and I organized one-day winter Gull Day surveys throughout Maryland and DC, including additional sites in Delaware, Virginia, and North Carolina.  Rick (along with his records) passed away in 2002 and all my records were destroyed by Hurricane Isabel.  I’m seeking any surviving data that any of survey participants might still have.  I would like to summarize this data in an article for Maryland Birdlife.  If you participated in the surveys and still have any data, please e-mail it to me.  Thanks.
> Gene
>  
>
> Gene Scarpulla
> Editor, The Maryland Entomologist
> Editor, Maryland Birdlife
> Bowie, Maryland
> <ejscarp...>
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The dates for the Gull Day surveys were:
January 18, 1992
January 23, 1993
January 29, 1994
January 28, 1995
February 10, 1996

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Date: 11/10/17 5:06 am
From: Hugh David Fleischmann <david...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Maryland Birders get their 2 minutes of fame.
I was told that you might not be unable to view the entire
article. Here it is, without pictures, for some reason, so I added
the picture that was used.




By Rachel Uda


Rare corncrake sighting on Long Island before bird found dead.

The bird, native to Europe and Asia, has not been seen in New York
State since 1963. Birdwatchers called it “a gift from the
birding gods.”




Dozens of bird watchers flocked to Long Island this week to catch
a glimpse of a rare bird that had veered thousands of miles off
course and onto the side of Ocean Parkway.


The lucky birders made it to the Cedar Beach location within what
turned out to be a short window — the bird was found dead just
days after it was spotted, apparently struck and killed by a
motorist.


The corncrake had been spotted Tuesday morning, according to Paul
Sweet, the ornithology collections manager at the American Museum
of Natural History in Manhattan.


The pale brown bird, which breeds in Europe and Asia and winters
in southern Africa, hasn’t been seen in New York state since
1963, according to Sweet.


He first heard about the sighting on bird-watching forums and went
out to see it Wednesday.


“It’s very rare to see this bird in North America,” Sweet
said.


Leslie Starr, 67, and David Fleischmann, 53, drove from Baltimore
Tuesday morning to see the corncrake. They parked their car,
crossed two lanes of traffic and stood on a median in the middle
of Ocean Parkway, gazing at the bird feeding in the brush.


“It was just a gift from the birding gods,” said Fleischmann,
of Baltimore. “As rare as it was, I had to see it.”


Starr said more than 100 birders had posted on a bird watching
forum that they had either seen the corncrake or were planning to
go to Cedar Beach.


“Once in a lifetime,” one Twitter user posted Wednesday along
with a picture of the bird.


Another user wrote: “True or False: there is a Corn Crake
currently showing on Long Island, NY.”


On Wednesday, a small crowd had gathered to see the bird and a New
York state trooper was called to disperse the cars that had parked
there, a State Police spokesman said.


About 6:30 a.m. Thursday, a birder found the corncrake dead on the
side of the road, according to Sweet. Both of the bird’s legs
and pelvis were broken and it appeared to have been hit by a
vehicle, Sweet said. The body is currently at the American Museum
of Natural History where it will become part of its research
collection.


Justin Bosler, another avid birder, had bought a plane ticket from
Austin, Texas, to see the

Rare bird.


“This was the first kind of this species this century, really,
that I could actually chase,” said Bosler, 32. “For me it was
a no brainer.”


Bosler had boarded the plane Thursday morning when he learned just
before the plane was about to taxi that the bird was found dead.
Bosler, dejected, got off the plane at the last minute.


“It’s pretty tragic,” he said.



By Rachel Uda

<rachel.uda...> @Rachel_Uda




Awesome Birding in 2017!
H. David Fleischmann <410-598-9292David...>
Sent from my iPhone
On Nov 9, 2017, at 10:14 PM, Hugh David Fleischmann <david...>
wrote:

This article just came out in a Long Island, NY site. As it
has a couple Maryland birders getting a couple minutes of
fame, I figured it would be ok to share here! Link below.
It unfortunately comes with a sad note of the bird getting
killed. Still, feeling fortunate and honored we got to
experience this beautiful creature before he met his untimely
demise.
https://www.newsday.com/long-island/suffolk/corn-crake-dead-1.14872283
Awesome Birding in 2017!
H. David Fleischmann <410-598-9292David...>
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Date: 11/10/17 1:54 am
From: Hugh Vandervoort <hughva...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Tundra Swans, Montgomery County., Nov. 9
Dozens of Tundras at Blackwater. Dark Eyed Juncos, also.
Annapolis, MD
My Birding Blog
http://hughvandervoort.com/


On Thu, Nov 9, 2017 at 2:45 PM, 'Susan Hunt' via Maryland & DC Birding
<mdbirding...> wrote:
> I heard two separate flocks going over at 3 am this morning -- a lovely
> sound indeed (even at 3 in the morning).
>
> Susan Hunt
> Sligo Woods/Wheaton
>
> On Thursday, November 9, 2017, 2:41:33 PM EST, Scott Baron
> <baron.scott...> wrote:
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>
> Hi,
>
> Let me add my name to those who have seen returning waterfowl this week. I
> observed a flock 46 Tundra Swans flying over Wheaton at 10:30 this morning.
> They were going NW. They were calling, music to my ears.
>
> Scott Baron
> Gaithersburg, Md.
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Date: 11/9/17 8:05 pm
From: Eugene J. Scarpulla <ejscarp...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Request for Data: Gull Day 1992-1996
From 1992 through 1996, Rick Blom and I organized one-day winter Gull Day
surveys throughout Maryland and DC, including additional sites in Delaware,
Virginia, and North Carolina. Rick (along with his records) passed away in
2002 and all my records were destroyed by Hurricane Isabel. I'm seeking any
surviving data that any of survey participants might still have. I would
like to summarize this data in an article for Maryland Birdlife. If you
participated in the surveys and still have any data, please e-mail it to me.
Thanks.

Gene



Gene Scarpulla

Editor, The Maryland Entomologist

Editor, Maryland Birdlife

Bowie, Maryland

<ejscarp...>

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

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Date: 11/9/17 7:42 pm
From: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Corn Crake in the field guides
For field guide info & pics I found listings in:

Birds of N A by Robbins et al. [Golden Guide], 1966, p. 102

Peterson's Guide, 4th ed., 1980, p. 114

Nothing in Sibley's Eastern Guide...

I have nothing more recent than the Sibley's :)

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

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Date: 11/9/17 7:14 pm
From: Hugh David Fleischmann <david...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Maryland Birders get their 2 minutes of fame.
This article just came out in a Long Island, NY site. As it has a couple Maryland birders getting a couple minutes of fame, I figured it would be ok to share here! Link below.

It unfortunately comes with a sad note of the bird getting killed. Still, feeling fortunate and honored we got to experience this beautiful creature before he met his untimely demise.

https://www.newsday.com/long-island/suffolk/corn-crake-dead-1.14872283

Awesome Birding in 2017!

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

Sent from my iPhone

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Date: 11/9/17 3:04 pm
From: Jim Wilkinson <lakekoshare...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Blue-gray Gnatcatcher at Meadowbrook Park, Howard County on Nov 9
I saw a Blue-gray Gnatcatcher flitting around trees and vines near the tennis court at Meadowbrook Park at 3 PM today. This was in the area between the courts and the bridge that goes to the western part of the park. Here is a link to my eBird checklist with a photo of the gnatcatcher.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40399755

Jim Wilkinson
Columbia, MD

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Date: 11/9/17 1:25 pm
From: Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Extralimital - NY CORN CRAKE - Reported Deceased
It was apparently hit by a car - the American Museum of Natural History recovered the bird, and has prepared a skin. They said the pelvis and legs were fractured. The bird was a male and a bit light in weight.

Quite a sad end, considering the lengths it took for the bird to get here...

Gail Mackiernan
Colesville, MD

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> On Nov 9, 2017, at 3:12 PM, JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> wrote:
>
> From the PA listserver
>
> Date: 11/9/17 3:41 am
> From: Ted Nichols II <tanicholsii...>
> Subject: Extralimital - NY CORN CRAKE - Deceased
> Just wanted to let anyone know who may be considering the trip, the bird
> was reported found deceased at the same location by birders this morning.
>
> I’m sure this does not surprise many considering being found and observed
> beside a major roadway. There are photos of the discovery this morning
> online. However, not sure what the exact cause of death was...
>
> Extracted link:
> http://digest.sialia.com/?rm=message;id=1363382
>
> Jim S
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Date: 11/9/17 12:33 pm
From: hardenm55 <hardenm55...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Harford Snowy Owl picture
Hi again,

I'm attaching a photo of the Snowy Owl I saw earlier today near the Tydings
Marina in Havre de Grace. The file is 652k in size according to my computer.

Monroe Harden
Havre de Grace, MD
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Date: 11/9/17 12:24 pm
From: Anna Urciolo <urcioloa...>
Subject: [MDBirding] RE: Tundra swans in Montgomery County
I forgot to say that this was in downtown Bethesda.

Anna Urciolo
Rockville MD

From: <mdbirding...> [mailto:<mdbirding...>] On Behalf Of Anna Urciolo
Sent: Thursday, November 09, 2017 3:21 PM
To: MDbirding (<mdbirding...>)
Subject: [MDBirding] Tundra swans in Montgomery County

I was pulling into the school garage this morning at 6:20 when I heard a different sound that woke me up. First my tired ears thought it was geese but then I realized that what I heard were tundra swans flying overhead. Nice start to the day.

Anna Urciolo
Rockville MD

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Date: 11/9/17 12:21 pm
From: Anna Urciolo <urcioloa...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Tundra swans in Montgomery County
I was pulling into the school garage this morning at 6:20 when I heard a different sound that woke me up. First my tired ears thought it was geese but then I realized that what I heard were tundra swans flying overhead. Nice start to the day.

Anna Urciolo
Rockville MD

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Date: 11/9/17 12:12 pm
From: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Extralimital - NY CORN CRAKE - Reported Deceased
From the PA listserver

Date: 11/9/17 3:41 am
From: Ted Nichols II <tanicholsii...>
Subject: Extralimital - NY CORN CRAKE - Deceased
Just wanted to let anyone know who may be considering the trip, the bird
was reported found deceased at the same location by birders this morning.

I’m sure this does not surprise many considering being found and observed
beside a major roadway. There are photos of the discovery this morning
online. However, not sure what the exact cause of death was...

Extracted link:
http://digest.sialia.com/?rm=message;id=1363382

Jim S

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Date: 11/9/17 12:08 pm
From: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...>
Subject: [MDBirding] More Tundra Swans, Nov. 9
On 11/9/17, 'Susan Hunt' wrote:
> I heard two separate flocks going over [Montgomery County] at 3 am this morning -- a lovely sound indeed (even at 3 in the morning).

Two flocks here as well between 0100 and 0130 this morning...

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

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Date: 11/9/17 11:46 am
From: 'Susan Hunt' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Tundra Swans, Montgomery County., Nov. 9
I heard two separate flocks going over at 3 am this morning -- a lovely sound indeed (even at 3 in the morning).

Susan HuntSligo Woods/Wheaton
On Thursday, November 9, 2017, 2:41:33 PM EST, Scott Baron <baron.scott...> wrote:

Hi,
Let me add my name to those who have seen returning waterfowl this week.  I observed a flock 46 Tundra Swans flying over Wheaton at 10:30 this morning.  They were going NW.  They were calling, music to my ears.
Scott BaronGaithersburg, Md.

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Date: 11/9/17 11:41 am
From: Scott Baron <baron.scott...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Tundra Swans, Montgomery County., Nov. 9
Hi,

Let me add my name to those who have seen returning waterfowl this week. I
observed a flock 46 Tundra Swans flying over Wheaton at 10:30 this
morning. They were going NW. They were calling, music to my ears.

Scott Baron
Gaithersburg, Md.

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Date: 11/9/17 11:25 am
From: Matt Hafner <hafner.matt...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Clay-colored Sparrow at Masonville Education Center
Today at lunch I had a/the Clay-colored Sparrow at Masonville. Presumably
this is the same bird seen several times over the last few weeks. It was
along the trail behind the education center that runs on the east side of
the creek. There were many White-throated and Field Sparrows, plus several
Myrtle Warblers and a House Wren in the immediate area.

I also had a Long-tailed Duck off Harbor Hospital with a group of Horned
Grebes.

Good birding!

Matt Hafner
Forest Hill, MD

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Date: 11/9/17 10:36 am
From: hardenm55 <hardenm55...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Harford- Snowy Owl at Tydings Marina, Havre de Grace
Hi everyone,

I am cross posting this to MDBirding and the Harford club list.

I saw and photographed a Snowy Owl at 12:05 PM today, Nov 9th, on the
island across from Tydings Marina in Havre de Grace. The bird was found by
boaters at the marina and reported to a HdG Facebook group. The boaters
said the bird had been there for much of the morning. (These boaters were
working on their boats in the marina, not sailing too close to the bird. I
saw no boats doing that while I was there. Everyone kept a respectful
distance.) It was on a log opposite Pier 2. The bird flew off to the west
shortly after I saw it. It initially landed on the grass at the apartment
complex toward the west, and was still visible with binos. After a few
minutes it flew farther away. I drove over but could not relocate it. The
owl had the black and white markings of a first year bird.

I forget if photos are allowed in these group emails. I can forward a
picture if anyone wants to see it. It's also posted on the MDBirding, MD
Notable Bird Sightings, and the Harford Bird Club facebook pages.

Monroe Harden
Havre de Grace, MD
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Date: 11/9/17 10:12 am
From: Joe Hanfman <auk1844...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Black Scoter - Howard
There is a female Black Scoter at Centennial Lake. It is on the east side, dam side. With Am Wigeons, Buffleheads, and Ruddy Ducks.

Found earlier by another birder.

Joe Hanfman
Columbia, MD

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Date: 11/9/17 9:53 am
From: David Ledwith <dcledwith...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Surf Scoter - Daingerfield Island Marina, Alexandria
Around noon today, I saw a Surf Scoter mixed in with Lesser Scaup and Horned Grebe, between the marina and the airport.

David Ledwith
Falls Church, VA

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Date: 11/9/17 8:39 am
From: Peter Lev <plev...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Lights Out Baltimore in Baltimore Sun

Great feature article on Claire Wayner, Lindsay Jacks and other LOB volunteers on the front page of the "Sun." Front page picture of Claire holding a Brown Thrasher. Check it out!

http://digitaledition.baltimoresun.com/html5/desktop/production/default.aspx?pubid=99644e1a-52da-4fe3-8f78-a84e4fe4d386

Peter Lev
Baltimore Bird Club

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Date: 11/9/17 7:31 am
From: Warblerick <ricksussman1955...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Several good yard birds
Yesterdays (Nov.8) good finds included a pair of immature Bald Eagles flying in from the east (in the direction of Piney Run reservoir), chasing each other and vocalizing, low enough for me to hear their squabbling. Also saw another adult Bald Eagle circling with a Turkey Vulture. Had 4 Pileated Woodpeckers, 3 of which were eating wild grapes in the trees along the back yard. Saw my FOS Golden-crowned Kinglets, briefly before they flitted away, and also have lately been seeing a Belted Kingfisher by my neighbors pond. Had Red-shouldered, Cooper's and Sharp-shinned Hawks in and over the yard.
This morning, in the overcast and light drizzle, a MERLIN came whipping across the back meadow in pursuit of a smallish bird (bluebird or chipping sparrow), did a flip-stall just above the treetops, then flew off into the top of another tree, where I got nice long (well, long in Merlin terms) looks for a couple minutes before it took off again, heading across my neighbors fields.
Good birding,
Rick Sussman
Woodbine,
SW Carroll County

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Date: 11/9/17 3:53 am
From: Nikki DeBraccio <nikki.debraccio...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Out-of-area MEGA Alert-Corn Crake on Long Island
http://birding.aba.org/maillist/NY01

Just wanted to alert that the Corn Crake was found deceased this morning. Wanted to get the word out in case any MD birders were thinking of chasing today.

Nikki DeBraccio
Timonium, MD

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Date: 11/9/17 12:49 am
From: Hugh Vandervoort <hughva...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Thomas Point AA
50 + Buffleheads. FOS.

Annapolis, MD
My Birding Blog
http://hughvandervoort.com/

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Date: 11/8/17 3:51 pm
From: Marcia Watson <marshwren50...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Tundra Swans
I saw a flock of 20 Tundra Swans heading roughly east-southeast over the Beltsville Agricultural Research Center near Springfield Rd early this afternoon.

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

Bowie, Maryland
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> On Nov 8, 2017, at 5:53 PM, <gmjett...> wrote:
>
> Migrant Tundra Swans arrived at our house on Mallard Ln, Lothian MD just a few minutes ago. Picking up the mail down the lane an unknown number were over the Patuxent. Calling.
> Very nice to hear
> George
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Date: 11/8/17 2:53 pm
From: <gmjett...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Tundra Swans
Migrant Tundra Swans arrived at our house on Mallard Ln, Lothian MD just a few minutes ago. Picking up the mail down the lane an unknown number were over the Patuxent. Calling.
Very nice to hear
George


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Date: 11/8/17 11:31 am
From: Tim Carney <timmyc83...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Poplar Island 11/7/2017
Highlights from yesterday's census included:

American Golden-Plover 1
Pectoral Sandpiper 1
Western Palm Warbler 1
White-crowned Sparrow 1

High numbers of Northern Shoveler (667) and Green-winged Teal (306) continue. I also had FOS (at this location) Bufflehead.

eBird checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40367952

Tim Carney
Parkville, MD

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Date: 11/8/17 8:15 am
From: Harry Armistead <harryarmistead...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Ravens
The late Chuck Cremeans, former President of the Audubon Naturalist Society, did CB radio and his "handle" was Corvus corax. - Harry Armistead.

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Date: 11/8/17 8:11 am
From: Harry Armistead <harryarmistead...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Mottled Duck bag limit.
MOTTLED DUCK BAG LIMIT.


[I know hunting is something of a taboo subject (therefore do not respond to this on MDBIRDING) in this forum but thought people might be interested in some of this.]


The Maryland guide to hunting & trapping, 2017-2018 (Maryland Dept. of Natural Resources, 65 pages). In some respects this is the sort of thing Rick Blom used to refer to as “party material”. Pass it around for laughs. Surely the regulations could be simplified, rather than 65 pages of what is often fine print. I used to hunt (ducks, geese, deer) but would get bored after a few hours and end up birding. One of the reasons I was turned off was the complicated regulations.


Page 40 describes the “regular duck season”, where it says the “daily bag limit” should include no more than one each of Fulvous Tree Duck and Mottled Duck. I don’t think there are any records of Mottled Duck in MD, and few for what is properly called Fulvous Whistling-Duck. Not mentioned, and more likely than the fulvous these days, is Black-bellied Whistling-Duck.


Other rarities mentioned are “eiders” (no more than 4 a day). “black ducks” and “pintails” are of course American Black Ducks and Northern Pintails. All told 10 species (sometimes as groupings: scoters, Long-tailed Ducks & eiders comprise one grouping of “sea ducks”) are listed with their respective bag limits. There is an additional limit of 15 “coots” (American Coots). Glad to see it’s prohibited to shoot Harlequin Ducks.


There are so many Snow Geese now that there is no bag or possession limit (Ross’s Goose is grouped in with them in the “light goose conservation order season”, that runs, in 3 segments, from Nov. 27 until April 14) for the Light Goose Conservation Order Season. In addition to the “light goose conservation order season” there is the regular, old “light goose season”, also in 3 segments, but from Oct. 2 - Feb. 10, with a daily big limit of 25 but with no possession limit.


Another “howler” is the “rail season” with (combined) bag limits of 10 Clapper and King rails and bag limits of 25 Virginia Rails and Soras. Possession limit for the latter 2 species is 75. That’s a lot of marsh guineas and mudhens. In your life how many Virginia Rails have you actually seen?


An example of how complicated it can get is on page 36 concerning deer huntings in “Sections of Frederick and Worcester counties, continued from page 11. Breech-loading rifles may not be used to hunt deer in … " then goes on in excruciating detail for exactly 628 words. Why I bothered to count those words is perhaps as puzzling as some of the regulations, another issue entirely.


Then there’s the “antlered white-tailed deer archery season” (p. 13) that is permitted in 5 segments from Sept. 8 until Jan. 31. The sika (deer) archery season is also in 5 segments. Fortunately these 2 seasons have the same dates within each segment.


There are spring, fall and winter turkey seasons.


The big limit listed (p. 38) for “Migratory (AP) Canada Goose zone bag limits and rules” may include 2 of CGs, Cackling Geese, or white-fronted geese (i.e., Greater White-fronted Geese). There’s an “early resident Canada Goose season” (both eastern and western zones) plus a “late resident Canada Goose season”. It’d seem there would be plenty of non-resident CGs present during the latter (late) resident season. How to tell the difference? It seems to me the “real” Canada Geese usually fly higher, are more vocal, and more wary, but this isn’t always evident.


“Extended falconry seasons” (p. 41) lists 6 different seasons for doves, brant, woodcock, et al.


Then there’s the “Furbearer hunting and trapping” (p. 48-52) with a bag limit of 2 Fishers a day, Nov. 1-Feb. 1, “all counties”. How many of us have ever even seen a Fisher in Maryland? Do they even occur outside of Garrett County?


There’s a list of 17 terms and conditions (p. 63) for archery hunting at Liberty, Loch Raven & Prettyboy reservoirs. On page 8 there are 27 “general deer hunting rules”. A sidebar on p. 43 tells how to report bird bands (www.reportband.gov<http://www.reportband.gov> etc.). In spite of any playful sarcasm in my posting here, there IS much of interest in this publication.


I’m all for legal and ethical hunting, but much of this is so complicated that I’d think it would take a lot of the fun out of it.


The advertisements are of interest, too. One can have venison made up as slim jim jerky, deer bacon, fresh sage sausage, Polish smoked tubes, bologna with pepper jack cheese, and in many other ways at Frase’s Meat Shop, Inc. Mark’s Butcher Shop’s motto: “you gut ‘em, we cut ‘em”. Clint’s Cuts Butcher Shop chimes in with: “You pop ‘em, we chop ‘em”. Happiness is a warm gut pile. In most years the Olszewski family, who hunt Rigby’s Folly, give us venison that is a staple of our gatherings with one or two other families for Christmas dinner.


Heaven only knows there are plenty of deer. On the Easton bypass (Route 322) I once counted 114 deer in sight simultaneously in one field, within the corporate limits of Easton. All the foraging they do is bound to impact ground-nesting birds such as Ovenbirds and Worm-eating Warblers.


Best to all. - Harry Armistead.

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Date: 11/8/17 8:07 am
From: Don Simonson <don.r.simonson...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: New yard bird: Raven
On Sunday, October 29, 2017 at 12:01:35 PM UTC-4, Lydia Schindler wrote:
> Thought I heard one a few days ago, but no mistaking this one: perched across from front yard, croaking loudly, its neck ruff pulsing as it did so; huge bill, wedged tail. It flew off over the field across the way.
>
> Lydia Schindler
> Esworthy Road
> Darnestown

Lydia, let me add to the Corvus corax congratulations chorus!

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Date: 11/8/17 6:49 am
From: Jim Green <jkgbirdman53...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Clopper Lake Seneca Creek St Pk
One Common Loon and 7 Ruddy Ducks presently on lake.

Jim Green
Gaithersburg MD

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Date: 11/8/17 4:59 am
From: 'Marcy Stutzman' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Out-of-area MEGA Alert-Corn Crake on Long Island
I know that MD Birders are en route (or already there). Do not rely on eBird alerts this morning for up-to-date sightings: "All of eBird will be unavailable on November 8 between 03:30-10:00 ET (08:30-15:00 GMT), due to regularly scheduled server and database maintenance."

Other sources include:
Facebook (ABA RareBird Alert, ABA Area Rare Birds)
ABA Birding News>>New York (listserv)

Marcy Stutzman
Russett, MD 20724

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Date: 11/7/17 4:17 pm
From: 'K Lambert' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Out-of-area MEGA Alert-Corn Crake on Long Island
I have tomorrow off.  Anyone game for a run to Long Island? Kathie Lambert, PA-C kbert59 at yahoo dot com Harwood, MD

From: Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...>
To: <mdbirding...>
Sent: Tuesday, November 7, 2017 5:01 PM
Subject: [MDBirding] Out-of-area MEGA Alert-Corn Crake on Long Island

Hi all,

This is a one-time alert for a mega rarity within a day’s drive:

In the realm of the completely off-the-wall rarity, a Corn Crake was found today on Long Island, by Ken and Sue Feustel. There have only been about a half-dozen records of this species in North America and it is difficult species to see even in Europe.

Full information, directions and some enticing photos can be accessed from the
New York list, accessed though ABA Birding News or on eBird (Suffolk Co.)

Gail Mackiernan
Colesville, MD

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Date: 11/7/17 2:11 pm
From: Warblerick <ricksussman1955...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Out-of-area MEGA Alert-Corn Crake on Long Island
I saw photos of photos on ABA's FB page. Crazy record!

Rick Sussman
Woodbine, MD

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Date: 11/7/17 2:01 pm
From: Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Out-of-area MEGA Alert-Corn Crake on Long Island
Hi all,

This is a one-time alert for a mega rarity within a day’s drive:

In the realm of the completely off-the-wall rarity, a Corn Crake was found today on Long Island, by Ken and Sue Feustel. There have only been about a half-dozen records of this species in North America and it is difficult species to see even in Europe.

Full information, directions and some enticing photos can be accessed from the
New York list, accessed though ABA Birding News or on eBird (Suffolk Co.)

Gail Mackiernan
Colesville, MD

Sent from my iPad

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Date: 11/7/17 10:43 am
From: Steve Long <steve.long4...>
Subject: [MDBirding] FOS Hooded Mergansers
Saw our first winter ducks in our cove this morning: 3 Hooded Mergansers.

Steve Long
Oxford

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Date: 11/7/17 8:20 am
From: Gerry Hawkins <maineusa...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Voice of the Naturalist, Greater DC area, week ending 11/06/17
Hotline: Voice of the Naturalist
Date: 11/7/2017
Coverage: MD/DC/VA/central and southern DE/WV panhandle
Reports, comments and questions: <voice...>
Compiler: Gerry Hawkins
Sponsor: Audubon Naturalist Society of the Central
Atlantic States (independent of NAS)
Transcriber: Steve Cordle

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

This is the Voice of the Naturalist, a service of the Audubon
Naturalist Society. This report covers the week starting Tuesday,
October 31 and was completed on Tuesday, November 7 at 8:00 a.m.

Information on noteworthy birds is presented below in taxonomic order,
as set forth in the American Ornithological Society Checklist for
North and Middle American Birds, as revised through the 58th
Supplement (July 2017).

The top birds this week were WHITE-WINGED DOVE in VA, POMARINE JAEGER
in DE and VA, PARASITIC JAEGER in DE, MD and VA, LONG-TAILED JAEGER*
in VA, DOVEKIE* in VA, BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE* in VA, FRANKLIN'S GULL*
in VA, PACIFIC LOON* in VA and WESTERN TANAGER* in VA.

Other birds of interest this week included SNOW GOOSE, GREATER
WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE, BRANT, CACKLING GOOSE, TRUMPETER SWAN, EURASIAN
WIGEON, CANVASBACK, REDHEAD, HARLEQUIN DUCK, SURF, WHITE-WINGED and
BLACK SCOTERS, LONG-TAILED DUCK, RED-BREASTED MERGANSER, NORTHERN
BOBWHITE, RED-NECKED GREBE, RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD, SANDHILL CRANE,
AMERICAN AVOCET, BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER, STILT
SANDPIPER, DUNLIN, PURPLE and WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS, AMERICAN
WOODCOCK, SPOTTED SANDPIPER, RED-NECKED PHALAROPE, BONAPARTE'S GULL,
COMMON TERN, RED-THROATED and COMMON LOONS, GREAT CORMORANT, AMERICAN
WHITE and BROWN PELICANS, AMERICAN BITTERN, GREAT EGRET, LITTLE BLUE
HERON, CATTLE EGRET, WHITE and GLOSSY IBIS, OSPREY, BROAD-WINGED HAWK,
"NORTHERN" RED-TAILED HAWK, ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, GOLDEN EAGLE,
LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE, NORTHERN SHRIKE*, YELLOW-THROATED VIREO, SEDGE
WREN, LAPLAND LONGSPUR, CLAY-COLORED, VESPER, NELSON'S, LINCOLN'S, FOX
and WHITE-CROWNED (GAMBEL'S)SPARROWS, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER and
several other migratory warbler species, and ORCHARD ORIOLE.

TOP BIRDS

On November 4 a WHITE-WINGED DOVE visited the Kiptopeke Hawkwatch in
Northampton Co, VA before a COOPER'S HAWK chased it to nearby pine
trees.

During the week many southbound jaegers were observed at several
coastal locations in southeastern Virginia, especially the Cape
Charles Coastal Habitat NAP in Northampton Co and Fort Story, Little
Island Park and Back Bay NWR in Virginia Beach. Highlights included a
LONG-TAILED JAEGER* at Cape Charles Coastal Habitat NAP on November 3;
a total of seven POMARINE JAEGERS at Cape Charles Coastal Habitat NAP,
Fort Story and Back Bay NWR on November 3-6; and over 150 PARASITIC
JAEGERS identified during the week, including 15, 24 and 37
individuals at the Cape Charles Coastal Habitat NAP on November 3, 4
and 5, respectively, and 63 and 22 individuals at Little Island Park
on November 4 and 5, respectively. Elsewhere, single POMARINE and
PARASITIC JAEGERS were spotted at the Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch in
Sussex Co, DE on November 3; a single PARASITIC JAEGER was seen at the
Indian River Inlet in Sussex Co, DE on October 31; and a total of
seven PARASITIC JAEGERS were seen at the Ocean City Inlet in Worcester
Co, MD on November 5 and 6.

On November 4 a DOVEKIE* was spotted in flight at Little Island Park
in Virginia Beach, VA.

On November 5 a young BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE* was photographed in
flight at Back Bay NWR, Virginia Beach, VA. On the same day an adult
FRANKLIN'S GULL* was spotted with LAUGHING GULLS in the James River
from City Point Waterfront Park in Hopewell, VA.

Early in the morning on November 4 a PACIFIC LOON* made a very brief
stop at the Cape Charles Coastal Habitat NAP in Northampton Co, VA
before heading south.

On November 3 a female WESTERN TANAGER* reportedly visited a feeder in
the Alanton neighborhood in Virginia Beach, VA, which hosted a female
WESTERN TANAGER last winter.

OTHER BIRDS OF INTEREST

On November 4 two SNOW GEESE were spotted in a flock of CANADA GEESE
flying over the Potomac River (DC waters) from the waterfront in
Alexandria, VA, and 48 SNOW GEESE flew over Dry Seneca Creek Park in
Montgomery Co, MD. On November 1-3 a GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was
seen at Western Regional Park in Howard Co, MD, and on November 2 a
CACKLING GOOSE also was seen at this location. Noncoastal BRANT
included an individual seen in flight at Big Water Farm (private) in
Queen Anne's Co, MD on November 1 and three individuals seen in flight
at a residential community known as Cedarhurst in Anne Arundel Co, MD
on November 5. On November 5 a resident of Round Hill, Loudoun Co, VA
saw and heard a banded and an unbanded TRUMPETER SWAN, which likely
are part of the nonmigratory Airlee population of this species about
ten miles south of this location in northern Fauquier Co, VA.

Dabbling ducks included a EURASIAN WIGEON found at the Cape Charles
Coastal Habitat NAP in Northampton Co, VA on October 31 and Swan Cove
at Chincoteague NWR in Accomack Co, VA on November 4. Migrating diving
ducks increased in numbers and diversity during the week. Highlights
included single CANVASBACKS at Eastern Neck NWR in Kent Co, MD on
November 4 and Swift Creek Reservoir in Chesterfield Co, VA on
November 5. Single REDHEADS were found at Swan Creek Wetland-Cox Creek
DMCF (restricted access) on November 2 and Eastern Neck NWR, Kent Co,
MD on November 4. Sightings of REDHEADS in Virginia consisted of 1-2
individuals at Silver Lake in Rockingham Co on November 4-6; one
individual at Lake Shenandoah in Rockingham Co on November 5; two
individuals at Swift Creek Reservoir in Chesterfield Co on November 5;
and two individuals at the King George ponds (private) in King George
Co on November 5.

On November 6 two first-of-season HARLEQUIN DUCKS were seen at the
Ocean City Inlet in Worcester Co, MD. Inland two SURF SCOTERS were
photographed at Chris Greene Lake in Albemarle Co, VA on November 5,
and a BLACK SCOTER was found at Hallowing Point Association Park in
Fairfax Co, VA on November 5 and the C&O Canal-Violette's Lock in
Montgomery Co, MD on November 6. WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS were seen at
several locations, including a high of nine individuals counted at the
Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch in Sussex Co, DE on November 1-6; two
individuals at the Ocean City Inlet in Worcester Co, MD on November 6;
three individuals at Black Marsh NA/North Point SP in Baltimore Co, MD
on November 5 and 6; three individuals at Snug Harbor Park (private)
in Anne Arundel Co, MD on November 6; and 2-4 individuals at North
Beach in Calvert Co, MD on November 4 and 5. Sightings of WHITE-WINGED
SCOTERS in Virginia consisted of two individuals at Chincoteague NWR,
Accomack Co, VA on November 5; 1-3 individuals at the Cape Charles
Coastal Habitat NAP in Northampton Co, VA on November 2 and 5; and 1-3
individuals at Fort Story and Little Island Park in Virginia Beach, VA
on November 2 and 4. LONG-TAILED DUCKS also were seen at several
locations, including in Maryland 12 individuals at Big Water Farm
(private) in Queen Anne's Co on November 5; six individuals at Black
Walnut Point in Talbot Co on November 3; five individuals at Snug
Harbor Park (private) in Anne Arundel Co on November 4; two
individuals at Jonas Green Park in Anne Arundel Co on November 1; and
two individuals at nearby Sandy Point SP in Anne Arundel Co on
November 5. In Virginia, a single LONG-TAILED DUCK was spotted at the
Cape Charles Coastal Habitat NAP in Northampton Co on November 4. A
RED-BREASTED MERGANSER was observed at Hains Point in Washington, DC
on November 4.

Two continuing NORTHERN BOBWHITES were encountered at Chino
Farms-Foreman's Branch Bird Observatory in Queen Anne's Co, MD on
November 2.

On November 6 two RED-NECKED GREBES were photographed at the Broad
Creek Bridge on Route 623 in Harford Co, MD.

On November 3 and 5 a late young male RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD was
photographed at a residential feeder in Virginia Beach, VA.

On November 3 and 5 three SANDHILL CRANES were seen along 5159-6147
Rock Lodge Road and nearby in Garrett Co, MD.

High numbers of AMERICAN AVOCETS continued at Bombay Hook NWR, Kent
Co, DE and the Craney Island Disposal Area (restricted access) in
Portsmouth, VA, with high counts of 400 and 200 individuals reported
at these respective locations on November 1 and 6, respectively. A
continuing AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER was seen among the BLACK-BELLIED
PLOVERS at Swan Creek Wetland-Cox Creek DMCF (restricted access) in
Anne Arundel Co, MD on October 31 and November 1 and 2, and two
AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVERS were found at Eastern Neck NWR, Kent Co, MD on
November 4. In Virginia, a single AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER was found at
the Craney Island Disposal Area (restricted access) in Portsmouth on
November 2, and two were photographed near the fishing pier in
Kiptopeke SP, Northampton Co, VA on November 6. In addition, 1-2
AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVERS were reported inland at Oakwood Pond (private)
on the west side of the intersection of Routes 11 and 740 in
Rockingham Co on November 3 and 5.

Shorebird highlights also included a late STILT SANDPIPER found at
Back Bay-Campbell's Landing Road in Virginia Beach, VA on October 31
and the Craney Island Disposal Area (restricted access) in Portsmouth,
VA on November 6, as well as two late WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS spotted
at the latter location on November 6, which were the only ones
reported during the week. The only PURPLE SANDPIPERS reported during
the week were two individuals at the Ocean City Inlet in Worcester Co,
MD on November 6. Shorebird highlights in DC during the week included
a total of 14 DUNLIN seen in flight over the Potomac River (DC waters)
from Hains Point and the waterfront in Alexandria, VA on November 4
and 5. In addition, a stunned AMERICAN WOODCOCK was found on the
ground at the City Center Complex in DC on November 3, and another
AMERICAN WOODCOCK was flushed at the Rock Creek Park Nature Center
area on November 4. Late SPOTTED SANDPIPERS included an individual
seen at the C&O Canal-Violette's Lock in Montgomery Co, MD on November
2, 4 and 5. On November 6 a RED-NECKED PHALAROPE was found at the
Craney Island Disposal Area (restricted access) in Portsmouth, VA.

BONAPARTE'S GULLS were seen at many locations, mostly in small
numbers, with double digit counts of 40 individuals at Skimmer Island
in Ocean City, Worcester Co, MD on November 6; 25 individuals at Snug
Harbor Park (private) in Anne Arundel Co, MD on November 6; 11
individuals at the Jamestown-Scotland Ferry in James City Co, VA on
October 31; and a high of 14 individuals at the Cape Charles Coastal
Habitat NAP in Northampton Co, VA on November 2-5. Noteworthy tern
sightings included a single COMMON TERN reported at Sandy Point SP in
Anne Arundel Co, MD on November 1; Ferry Park in Rock Hall, Kent Co,
MD on November 4; and the Cape Charles Coastal Habitat NAP in
Northampton Co, VA on November 3.

Inland migrating loons included 14 COMMON LOONS that visited Lake
Frederick in Frederick Co, VA on November 5 and a RED-THROATED LOON
found in the Rivanna River-Water Treatment Boat Ramp in Albemarle Co,
VA on November 6.

Sightings of GREAT CORMORANT included single individuals at the Indian
River Inlet in Sussex Co, DE on October 31 and November 4; Swan Creek
Wetland-Cox Creek DMCF (restricted access) in Anne Arundel Co, MD on
November 2; and the Hampton River in Hampton, VA on October 31.In
addition, on November 3 two GREAT CORMORANTS were found at Point
Lookout SP in St. Mary's Co, MD.

A southbound AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN and six BROWN PELICANS were
somewhat surprising sightings at the Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch in
Sussex Co, DE on November 2. A high of eight AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS
were seen at Blackwater NWR in Dorchester Co, MD on October 31 and
November 3 and 5.

On November 3 an AMERICAN BITTERN was seen at Kenilworth Aquatic
Gardens in Washington, DC.

Noteworthy herons and egrets included a young LITTLE BLUE HERON
photographed at Black Marsh NA/North Point SP in Baltimore Co, MD on
November 6 and a continuing inland GREAT EGRET at C. M. Crockett Park
in Fauquier Co, VA on November 1 and 4. Sightings of CATTLE EGRETS
included a high of 13 individuals in a field along 321-409 Romacoke
Road and nearby in Stevensville, Queen Anne's Co, MD on November 1, 2,
4 and 6, and four individuals in flight over Assateague I. NS-Life of
the Marsh in Worcester Co, MD on October 31.

A high of nine WHITE IBIS were seen as far north as Gordon's Pond in
Cape Henlopen SP, Sussex Co, DE on October 31 and November 2. Inland a
continuing young WHITE IBIS was seen at Mill Creek Lake Park in
Amherst Co, VA on November 4 and 5. Sightings of GLOSSY IBIS included
ten individuals that flew by the Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch in Sussex
Co, DE on November 2.

Late OSPREYS included single individuals seen in the southern
Chesapeake Bay from a residence in Crisfield, Somerset Co, MD and over
the Potomac River (DC waters) from the Washington Sailing Marina in
Alexandria, VA on November 2. On November 4 a late BROAD-WINGED HAWK
reportedly flew over the Prospect United Methodist Church in Mount
Airy, Frederick Co, MD. On November 3 a so-called "NORTHERN"
RED-TAILED HAWK, a dark form that generally is not considered a
separate subspecies from the eastern form, was reported at Langford
Crossroads in Kent Co, DE. On November 4 a GOLDEN EAGLE was seen
flying over Fletcher's Cove in Washington, DC and the Oaks Landfill
(private) in Montgomery Co, MD. Raptor highlights at area hawk watches
included a ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK and a GOLDEN EAGLE that flew by the Cape
Henlopen Hawk Watch in Sussex Co, DE on November 3, and a GOLDEN EAGLE
in flight above the Kiptopeke Hawkwatch in Northampton Co, VA on
November 1.

On October 31 six continuing LOGGERHEAD SHRIKES were seen at the Smith
Farm in Lunenburg Co, VA. A continuing LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE also was seen
at Innisfree Village in Albemarle Co, VA on November 2. A NORTHERN
SHRIKE* returned to the Sully Woodlands in Fairfax Co, VA for the
winter, with sightings on November 1-6.

On November 6 a late young YELLOW-THROATED VIREO was observed foraging
in low vegetation in University Park, Prince George's Co, MD.

A SEDGE WREN was found at Rumbly Point in Somerset Co, MD on November
2, Cape Charles Coastal Habitat NAP in Northampton Co, VA on November
3 and Back Bay NWR in Virginia Beach, VA on November 3.

On November 5 a birder heard and briefly saw a LAPLAND LONGSPUR in
flight over a residential community known as Cedarhurst in Anne
Arundel Co, MD.

On November 2 CLAY-COLORED, VESPER and LINCOLN'S SPARROWS were found
at Mount Pleasant Farm-Howard County Conservancy in Howard Co, MD. A
CLAY-COLORED SPARROW also was found at Swan Creek Wetland-Cox Creek
DMCF (restricted access) in Anne Arundel Co, MD on November 2 and Back
Bay NWR, Virginia Beach, VA on November 5. A VESPER SPARROW also was
reported at Oxford Conservation Park in Talbot Co, MD on November 2;
Davidson Farm Lane in Queen Anne's Co, MD on November 5; and South
Bakers Lane in Kent Co, MD on November 5. In addition, two VESPER
SPARROWS were found at Kenilworth Park in Washington, DC on November
4. Sightings of LINCOLN'S SPARROW also included an individual at the
Sully Woodlands in Fairfax Co, VA on November 4. Sightings of NELSON'S
SPARROWS included two individuals spotted at Rumbly Point in Somerset
Co, MD on October 31 and November 2. First-of-season FOX SPARROWS
included single individuals at Blandy Farm/State Arboretum of Virginia
in Clarke Co, VA on November 2 and the Rock Creek Park Nature Center
area in Washington, DC on November 4. A couple of sharp-eyed birders
found apparent WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS (GAMBEL'S), a western subspecies
that is prone to wander, at West Regional Park in Howard Co, MD on
November 1 and a location in Charles City Co, VA on November 5.

ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS were seen at several locations. In DC single
individuals were found at the Rock Creek Park Nature Center area on
October 31 and the maintenance yard at Hains Point on November 4.
Sightings of ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER in Maryland included single
individuals at the Gwynns Falls Trail South in Baltimore on November 1
and along Davidson Lane in Queen Anne's Co on November 5. In addition,
one and possibly two ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS were encountered at Swan
Creek Wetland-Cox Creek DMCF (restricted access) in Anne Arundel Co on
November 2. Sightings of ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER in Virginia included
single individuals found along the hike/bike trail at Huntley Meadows
Park in Fairfax Co on November 4 and at Abrams Creek Wetlands Preserve
in Frederick Co on November 5.

Several late migratory warblers were seen in Maryland during the week,
including OVENBIRD in the City of Baltimore, TENNESSEE WARBLER in
Montgomery Co, NASHVILLE WARBLER in Queen Anne's Co, AMERICAN REDSTART
in Kent Co, MAGNOLIA WARBLER in Montgomery and Howard Counties,
CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER in Baltimore Co, BLACKPOLL WARBLER in Queen
Anne's and Anne Arundel Counties and BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER in
Montgomery and Wicomico Counties. Late migratory warblers in Virginia
during the week included TENNESSEE WARBLER in Fairfax and Accomack
Counties and two CAPE MAY WARBLERS at Chincoteague NWR in Accomack Co.

Late migratory songbirds also included a male ORCHARD ORIOLE found at
Cromwell Valley Park in Baltimore Co, MD on November 2 and 5.

***

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

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

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Date: 11/7/17 7:34 am
From: Don Simonson <don.r.simonson...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: First Dark-eyed Junco
On Sunday, November 5, 2017 at 11:16:35 AM UTC-5, Bill R wrote:
> Just spotted first one in Timonium ....

Four snowbirds appeared yesterday in our yard in Darnestown Montgomery County.

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Date: 11/7/17 6:53 am
From: 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] FOS Junco
Dark-eyed Juncos have been here at SERC in Edgewater, Anne Arundel, for a few weeks now but this morning, in the fallow field growing on top of our geothermal wells, there was a cloud of them. Probably 25-30 birds flushed as I drove by.

A couple showing up at our feeders in St. Mary's County. I'm guessing the cold front coming later this week will bring a lot more.
Tyler Bell
<jtylerbell...>
California, Maryland

From: Gregory Luce <gluce727...>
To: Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Sent: Tuesday, November 7, 2017 9:37 AM
Subject: [MDBirding] FOS Junco

Hillandale area of Silver Spring along with a small flock of White-throated sparrows.

Gregory Luce
Arlington, VA



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Date: 11/7/17 6:37 am
From: Gregory Luce <gluce727...>
Subject: [MDBirding] FOS Junco
Hillandale area of Silver Spring along with a small flock of White-throated sparrows.

Gregory Luce
Arlington, VA

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Date: 11/6/17 10:28 am
From: Janet Millenson <janet...>
Subject: [MDBirding] NOT a junco
Dark gray on top, white underneath -- but flitting about in a most
un-junco-like manner. What a surprise to see a male Black-throated Blue
Warbler in my yard in early November!


Janet Millenson
Potomac, MD (Montgomery County)
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Date: 11/6/17 7:42 am
From: Matt Hafner <hafner.matt...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Red-necked Grebes in Harford
Two birds at the Rt. 623 bridge over Broad Creek in NE Harford.

Matt Hafner
Forest Hill, MD

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Date: 11/6/17 6:15 am
From: Joe Hanfman <auk1844...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Parasitic Jaegers
At least 4 Parasitic Jaegers chasing the terns just south of the south jetty at the Ocean City Inlet.

Joe Hanfman
Columbia, MD

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Date: 11/6/17 6:01 am
From: Jim Green <jkgbirdman53...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Marsh Wren at Lily Pons
Moving around in several different ponds parallel and west of telephone lines; large tent is in line with the area if looking towards entrance.

Jim Green
Gaithersburg MD


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Date: 11/6/17 5:52 am
From: Dianne Westbrook <edwestbrook1...>
Subject: RE: [MDBirding] Re: First Dark-eyed Junco
I had 5 Juncos in my Pasadena yard on October 23rd but they didn't stay past the one day. Then I spotted a few eating millet last Friday the 3rd, along with 8-10 Chipping Sparrows, but haven't seen any this morning Mon.6th

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Date: 11/6/17 4:19 am
From: Les Roslund <lesroslund...>
Subject: RE: [MDBirding] Re: First Dark-eyed Junco
Sunday afternoon after seeing my FOS Junco in Oxford, I came home to Tunis Mills and found a flock of at least 17 in my yard and garden.

Les Roslund, Talbot County



From: <mdbirding...> [mailto:<mdbirding...>] On Behalf Of Scott Baron
Sent: Sunday, November 5, 2017 10:38 PM
To: Michael O'Sullivan <fr84wrdr...>
Cc: Jan Braumuller <janbraumuller...>; Bobbi <b.reichwein...>; MD Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Re: First Dark-eyed Junco



Have you found that Juncos are late and/or in low numbers this year? I've only had a few birds in the DC area since Oct. 22 and I am outside quite a bit.

Scott Baron

Gaithersburg, Md.



On Sun, Nov 5, 2017 at 9:10 PM, Michael O'Sullivan <fr84wrdr...> <mailto:<fr84wrdr...> > wrote:

3 JuncosYesterday in Columbia in the yard



On Nov 5, 2017 21:08, "Jan Braumuller" <janbraumuller...> <mailto:<janbraumuller...> > wrote:

We saw our FOS Dark-eyed Junco on Thursday, Nov 3rd in our Arlington yard about 1 mile (as the crow flies ) to Chain Bridge.
Jan Braumuller

Sent from my iPad

> On Nov 5, 2017, at 7:46 PM, Bobbi <b.reichwein...> <mailto:<b.reichwein...> > wrote:
>
>> On Sunday, November 5, 2017 at 11:16:35 AM UTC-5, Bill R wrote:
>> Just spotted first one in Timonium ....
>
> Spotted on in Oxford yesterday, may have been more but they were being secretive.
>
> Bobbi Reichwein
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Date: 11/5/17 7:38 pm
From: Scott Baron <baron.scott...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Re: First Dark-eyed Junco
Have you found that Juncos are late and/or in low numbers this year? I've
only had a few birds in the DC area since Oct. 22 and I am outside quite a
bit.

Scott Baron
Gaithersburg, Md.

On Sun, Nov 5, 2017 at 9:10 PM, Michael O'Sullivan <fr84wrdr...>
wrote:

> 3 JuncosYesterday in Columbia in the yard
>
> On Nov 5, 2017 21:08, "Jan Braumuller" <janbraumuller...> wrote:
>
>> We saw our FOS Dark-eyed Junco on Thursday, Nov 3rd in our Arlington yard
>> about 1 mile (as the crow flies ) to Chain Bridge.
>> Jan Braumuller
>>
>> Sent from my iPad
>>
>> > On Nov 5, 2017, at 7:46 PM, Bobbi <b.reichwein...> wrote:
>> >
>> >> On Sunday, November 5, 2017 at 11:16:35 AM UTC-5, Bill R wrote:
>> >> Just spotted first one in Timonium ....
>> >
>> > Spotted on in Oxford yesterday, may have been more but they were being
>> secretive.
>> >
>> > Bobbi Reichwein
>> > Davidsonville
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Date: 11/5/17 6:10 pm
From: Michael O'Sullivan <fr84wrdr...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Re: First Dark-eyed Junco
3 JuncosYesterday in Columbia in the yard

On Nov 5, 2017 21:08, "Jan Braumuller" <janbraumuller...> wrote:

> We saw our FOS Dark-eyed Junco on Thursday, Nov 3rd in our Arlington yard
> about 1 mile (as the crow flies ) to Chain Bridge.
> Jan Braumuller
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> > On Nov 5, 2017, at 7:46 PM, Bobbi <b.reichwein...> wrote:
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> >> On Sunday, November 5, 2017 at 11:16:35 AM UTC-5, Bill R wrote:
> >> Just spotted first one in Timonium ....
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> > Spotted on in Oxford yesterday, may have been more but they were being
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Date: 11/5/17 6:08 pm
From: Jan Braumuller <janbraumuller...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Re: First Dark-eyed Junco
We saw our FOS Dark-eyed Junco on Thursday, Nov 3rd in our Arlington yard about 1 mile (as the crow flies ) to Chain Bridge.
Jan Braumuller

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> On Nov 5, 2017, at 7:46 PM, Bobbi <b.reichwein...> wrote:
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>> On Sunday, November 5, 2017 at 11:16:35 AM UTC-5, Bill R wrote:
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Date: 11/5/17 5:13 pm
From: missy Placed <9nationals...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Re: First Dark-eyed Junco
One tiny one at Hains Point. DC

> On Nov 5, 2017, at 8:02 PM, 'Bird couple' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> wrote:
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> We had one in our front yard here in Annapolis this morning. It's that time!
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>>> On Nov 5, 2017, at 7:46 PM, Bobbi <b.reichwein...> wrote:
>>>
>>> On Sunday, November 5, 2017 at 11:16:35 AM UTC-5, Bill R wrote:
>>> Just spotted first one in Timonium ....
>>
>> Spotted on in Oxford yesterday, may have been more but they were being secretive.
>>
>> Bobbi Reichwein
>> Davidsonville
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Date: 11/5/17 5:03 pm
From: 'Bird couple' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Re: First Dark-eyed Junco
We had one in our front yard here in Annapolis this morning. It's that time!

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> On Nov 5, 2017, at 7:46 PM, Bobbi <b.reichwein...> wrote:
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>> On Sunday, November 5, 2017 at 11:16:35 AM UTC-5, Bill R wrote:
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Date: 11/5/17 4:46 pm
From: Bobbi <b.reichwein...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: First Dark-eyed Junco
On Sunday, November 5, 2017 at 11:16:35 AM UTC-5, Bill R wrote:
> Just spotted first one in Timonium ....

Spotted on in Oxford yesterday, may have been more but they were being secretive.

Bobbi Reichwein
Davidsonville

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Date: 11/5/17 10:07 am
From: Peter Lev <plev...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Ring-necked Pheasants, Baltimore County
This morning Kim Tomko, Matt Lince and I saw 3 male Ring-necked Pheasants in
the field on the southwest corner of Park Heights Ave. and Greenspring
Valley Rd., Baltimore County. We were following up on a recent post by
David Fleischmann. When leaving the area on Greenspring Valley Rd., Kim saw
a 4th Pheasant (also male) on a fence east of Park Heights.



These are probably released birds, but they're still fun to watch.



Peter Lev

Baltimore, MD

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Date: 11/5/17 8:16 am
From: Bill R <brogg9...>
Subject: [MDBirding] First Dark-eyed Junco
Just spotted first one in Timonium ....

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Date: 11/5/17 5:17 am
From: Stephanie Lovell <amorellovell...>
Subject: [MDBirding] MBC Nov 8 meeting
Wednesday, November 8* - Greg Kearns on Wild Rice** - Greg is returning to
follow up with a *talk on his 30 year program to establish wild rice in the
Patuxent Bay. He has been successful in reestablishing the rice and making
the Bay an important stop over for ducks and Sora.

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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Date: 11/4/17 6:28 pm
From: Fred Shaffer <glaucousgull...>
Subject: [MDBirding] American Golden Plovers, Redstart at Eastern Neck NWR
I had a great day at Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge today, hiking some of the trails in the morning and kayaking in the afternoon. A lot of birds were on and over the water, and I had decent numbers of passerines as well. In the morning, I hiked the Boxes Point Trail and the Wildlife Trail, with stops at the Butterfly Bayview Trail, Tubby Cove and Calfpasture Cove.  A lot of birds (tern and gulls) were present in the shallows just past the bridge onto the island as well. In the afternoon, I kayaked from Bogles Wharf to Hail Point and back.  Highlights from the day included two American Golden Plovers. The plovers were perched on the rocks along the shore just south of Shipyard Creek. I got quite close to them in my kayak, getting good views of the whitish supercillium, brown cap, dark auriculars and relatively thin bill. Also of note while I kayaked was a group of four flyby Sanderlings over the Chester River. From land, I had 11 Bonaparte's Gulls in the shallows just past the bridge and an American Redstart along the Boxes Point Trail.  Ducks were starting to arrive as well, with scaup, Bufflehead, Gadwall, American Wigeon, Black Ducks and Ruddy Ducks in Calfpasture Cove. I also found some Buffleheads, 1 male Canvasback and 1 male Redhead. Also of note was a late Caspian Tern, a calling Pine Warbler in the Loblolly Pines along the Boxes Point Trail and two groups of Brown-headed Nuthatch. Good birding,
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Date: 11/4/17 5:23 pm
From: David Moulton, Bethesda, MD <moulton.davidh...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Ducks are arriving in St. Mary's County
I found a good variety of waterfowl at Beauvue Ponds near Leonardtown MD today -- Ring-necks, Gadwall, Wigeon, Buffleheads, Mallards, Ruddies as well as Pied-billed Grebes and Coot. There were also a trio of Common Loons at Abell's Wharf. The winter shift has reported for duty.

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Date: 11/3/17 8:05 pm
From: Joe Wolf <birdingwolf55...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Calvert Co. Ring Necked Ducks
I don't know if its early or unusual, but I had a pair of ring necked ducks on our little 1 acre development pond yesterday. Never seen them on that pond before. Queensberry subdivision in Huntingtown

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Date: 11/3/17 1:50 pm
From: Dan Haas <nervousbirds...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] DC Cormorants moving south
Noticed a many yesterday on the move down the bay, and flocks today over land in Central AA. It’s so hot, I wonder if they weren’t questioning their direction? ;-)

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> At 4:25 I watched the largest flock of Double-crested Cormorants I've ever seen flying pretty high and heading due south over my yard. Approximately 90 birds. I counted the birds on one side of the V, and the other side was a bit longer. Very impressive sight this far inland. SW Carroll County.
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Date: 11/3/17 1:38 pm
From: Warblerick <ricksussman1955...>
Subject: [MDBirding] DC Cormorants moving south
At 4:25 I watched the largest flock of Double-crested Cormorants I've ever seen flying pretty high and heading due south over my yard. Approximately 90 birds. I counted the birds on one side of the V, and the other side was a bit longer. Very impressive sight this far inland. SW Carroll County.
Rick Sussman
Woodbine, MD

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Date: 11/3/17 9:05 am
From: Tim Carney <timmyc83...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Swan Creek 11/2/2017
I conducted a full census at Swan Creek yesterday. It was a beautiful day with lots of birds. My top three finds:

1. GREAT CORMORANT: Observed on the pilings along one of the spillway outflow pipes. This was my first in the county, and is the first record of this species on eBird at this location. Unfortunately this location is not visible from any of the public areas.

2. CLAY-COLORED SPARROW: Also in one of the restricted areas, but much closer to the public area than where I last saw it. Hopefully it finds its way to the grasses along the road to the wetland.

3. ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER: One in a restricted area, and one just past the riffle in the wetland. Neither bird cooperated for photos.

I also had high counts of Northern Shoveler (715) and Ruddy Duck (2146), and surprisingly low counts of Mallard (7) and Northern Pintail (0, many here during my last census).

Shorebirds included 13 Black-bellied Plovers, 175 Dunlin, and 1 Sanderling. The shorebirds were very active and moved around a lot. By the time I checked the other side of the DMCF, I did not find any shorebirds at all. Other birders reported Lesser Yellowlegs and Pectoral Sandpiper. I have no doubt those birds were also there, but probably moved on halfway through the day.

Other interesting birds: Greater Scaup, Bufflehead, Virginia Rail, Sora, Common Raven, American Pipit, Common Yellowthroat (late), Rusty Blackbird.

eBird checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40273091

Tim Carney
Parkville, MD

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

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Date: 11/2/17 4:15 pm
From: Tim Carney <timmyc83...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Orchard Oriole, Cromwell Valley Park
While not the *last* bird I expected to see at Cromwell in November, an adult male Orchard Oriole must be somewhere very low on that list.

I walked the "Birder's Trail" (across the road from the Willow Grove bridge, on the S side of the stream) to the opposite end, where there is a hedgerow separating the park boundary from a private residence. While standing at bluebird box #4, I found a nice mixed flock in that hedgerow. An adult male Orchard Oriole popped up, gave me a 2-second point-blank view, then disappeared behind the hedgerow. I waited for about 20 minutes but it never reappeared.

If anyone goes to Cromwell tomorrow or this weekend, it might be worth a look. I would love it if someone could confirm with a photo.

Tim Carney
Parkville, MD

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Date: 11/2/17 1:10 pm
From: Jim Wilkinson <lakekoshare...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Clay-colored, Vesper and Lincoln's Sparrows at Mt. Pleasant, Howard, Nov 2
Three nice sparrows were at Mount Pleasant, Howard Conservancy this morning. The Clay-colored was located along the East Branch Trail just east of the log bridge and the Lincoln's was farther down the E Branch Trail about halfway to the next bridge that goes toward the honors garden. The Vesper Sparrow was briefly seen with Song Sparrows on the edge of the weeds along Davis Branch near a hay bale. This is not too far from where the former bridge was located.

Jim Wilkinson
Columbia, MD

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Date: 11/2/17 1:07 pm
From: Tim Houghton <timhoughton...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Irvine Nature Center, Chestnut-Sided, 10 sp
Irvine was active today. I found10 sparrow species, including Vesper (2), Lincoln's (1), and White-Crowned (2). Still no Fox Sp--and it will be awhile for Tree Sp. A couple of yellow palms were nice. Big surprise was a first fall female Chestnut-Sided Warbler in the trees near the small plateau behind the activity building at the end of the paved path.


Tim Houghton

(Glen Arm)

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Date: 11/2/17 12:14 pm
From: 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Osprey, Somerset County
I believe that Ospreys have been overwintering in the southern Chesapeake for a while now. At some point, they'll be more common in the southern part of the Bay in Maryland waters. eBird data for the whole state shows non-zero number with the exception of one week in January. I keep waiting until I get one in my count sector for the Pt. Lookout CBC.

Tyler Bell
<jtylerbell...>
California, Maryland

From: Patricia Valdata <pvaldata1...>
To: Maryland Birding <mdbirding...>
Sent: Thursday, November 2, 2017 2:46 PM
Subject: [MDBirding] Osprey, Somerset County

I just had the pleasure of seeing a large Osprey come out of the water in front of our house, with a large fish in its talons. It's in a dead pine tree having lunch now.

Pat ValdataCrisfield, Somerset County



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Date: 11/2/17 11:46 am
From: Patricia Valdata <pvaldata1...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Osprey, Somerset County
I just had the pleasure of seeing a large Osprey come out of the water in
front of our house, with a large fish in its talons. It's in a dead pine
tree having lunch now.

Pat Valdata
Crisfield, Somerset County

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Date: 11/2/17 8:14 am
From: Harry Armistead <harryarmistead...>
Subject: [MDBirding] lower Eastern Shore, October 20-30, 2017.
LOWER EASTERN SHORE, OCTOBER 20-30, 2017. Bombay Hook N.W.R., Rigby’s Folly, Tilghman Island, Neck District, Hooper’s Island, Blackwater N.W.R. & environs. Liz & Harry Armistead.


ABBREVIATION: cormorant = double-crested cormorant.


OCTOBER 20, FRIDAY. BOMBAY HOOK N.W.R., DE, with Diane & Thos Leonards, Suze and Earl Segal, 12:45-4:30. Low water in impoundments, high tide becoming low, nice and muddy at end, high 60s, NW15, clear. Good shorebird show. Really rough estimates, not careful at all:


American avocet 300, black-bellied plover 100, dunlin 2,000, snow goose 40 (from the looks of their flying behavior appeared to have JUST arrived), American black duck 80, short-billed dowitcher 40, greater yellowlegs 40, Canada goose 400, northern shoveler 200, lesser yellowlegs 2, mallard 10, laughing gull 60, ring-necked duck 2, glossy ibis 2, green-winged teal 40, northern pintail 100, ruddy duck 4, northern harrier 6, great blue heron 4, great egret 4, bald eagle 7, snowy egret 1, song sparrow 2, cormorant 6, ruby-crowned kinglet 2, house sparrow 6, turkey vulture 14, and eastern bluebird 1.


flutterbys: cloudless sulphur 7, monarch 3, buckeye 3, cabbage white 2. Afterwards we all dine at Out of the Fire in Easton, MD.


OCTOBER 21, SATURDAY. RIGBY’S FOLLY, Ferry Neck, Armistead property in Talbot County, MD. Very dry, Varmint Pool and Waterthrush Pond with no water, a mere 0.4” in rain gauge since October 7, 60-73, clear becoming fair, calm or light & variable. Just take it easy, recover from a lot of driving yesterday. Liz’s shoulder and arm still bothering her from a bad fall earlier in the month.


Canada goose 275, turkey vulture 14, Cooper’s hawk 3, bald eagle 3, laughing gull 71, Forster’s tern 9, ruby-crowned kinglet 2, northern flicker 4, white-throated sparrow 20. Also, 4 gray squirrels, a painted turtle at Frog Hollow, 2 southern leopard frogs at The Pond, and a last black swallowtail caterpillar on the parsley.


OCTOBER 22, SUNDAY. TILGHMAN ISLAND, 11-noon after breakfast at Two If By Sea. fog then mostly clear, low 70s, calm or light & variable. Run into Jeff Effinger and Jan Reese. What I see (they see more, are here before, during & after us):


GREAT CORMORANT 1 ad., cormorant 300, turkey vulture 70, black vulture 4, Cooper’s hawk 3, red-tailed hawk 4, sharp-shinned hawk 2, laughing gull 200, Forster’s tern 30, eastern bluebird 4, northern rough-winged swallow 1 (JE), common nighthawk (JR,JE), surf scoter 55, brown pelican 2, and zero for common loon, osprey & bald eagle. monarch 37, buckeye 2, cloudless sulphur 3.


RIGBY’S FOLLY, from 1 P.M. onwards: common loon (1 with a hogchoker), Canada goose 91 in Poplar Cove, 1 orange-billed and large, pale gray domestic goose capable of flight (seen earlier in summer), 4 bald eagles. 2 great horned owls call 5:45-6:05 P.M. from tiny Woods 8. gray squirrel 10 (to see this many the scampermetric [an Anna Stunkel term] pressure has to be JUST RIGHT). monarch only 3. 2 deer at bend of driveway and in Field 4.


BELLEVUE, just after sunset 360 laughing gulls roosting out in the middle of the Tred Avon with 2 common loons, one of which utters the start of the yodel call.


OCTOBER 23, MONDAY. Mostly chores and errands. bald eagle 2, royal tern 1, Forster’s tern 3, gray squirrel 3, 2 does and a 4-point buck. mostly overcast, SE10-15, up to 77 degrees F.


OCTOBER 24, TUESDAY. NECK DISTRICT (mostly Hills Point, Ragged Point, Cassons Neck & Ross Neck roads). 12:15-3:15, low 70s, SW10-15, clear of fair, high tide > 1’ above normal. This is a lovely, rural area with nice forests, many fallow fields, tasteful 2nd homes, and big farms. I need to go here more often.


A lost cause (the best kind) hoping for the 3 adult BROWN BOOBIES, reported seen October 2, by Sheryl & Wes McNair, who I interviewed briefly about this on October 4. No such luck for me at this late date, but do see:


bald eagle 10, osprey 1, eastern bluebird 19, Forster’s tern 5, royal tern 1, American kestrel 1, killdeer 2, cormorant 8, great blue heron 1, myrtle warbler 3, palm warbler 1, chipping sparrow 1, turkey vulture 11, black vulture 1, blue jay 3, laughing gull 85, American crow 12, European starling 40, northern mockingbird 3, and common grackle 1 plus 3 monarchs and 3 buckeyes.


Right where Hills Point Road skirts Brannock Bay is a nice little tidal gut, heading straight back into the mainland southeast 100 yards or so. Here there are several patches of Salicornia, the brightest I’ve ever seen, brilliant vermillion.


Back at RIGBY’S FOLLY: 4 bald eagles (incl. 2 immatures calling and low over head), 2 sharp-shinned hawks, 13 Forster’s terns, 1 royal tern, and 2 common loons low and over the house. 0.2” of rain last night. Mostly overcast, SW10, 67 at the start. At moon set, or close to, at c. 9:40 P.M. the sky is astoundingly clear and the moon a very bright, almost blinding pale gold, perhaps only 5 degrees above the horizon, looking for all the world as if it is going to set right on Field 1. “ … And pluck till time and times are done,/ The silver apples of the moon,/ the golden apples of the sun … “ Yeats, ‘The song of wandering Aengus’.


OCTOBER 25, WEDNESDAY. RIGBY’S FOLLY, conduct a “big sit” out on the lawn at the edge of Field 1, 9:30-12. 58-62, mostly overcast, NW15. complete list:


rusty blackbird 16, myrtle warbler 16, American crow 3, eastern bluebird 45, turkey vulture 22, bald eagle 4, black vulture 1, cedar waxwing 38 (in groupings of 5, 16 & 17), American robin 4, Cooper’s hawk 1, sharp-shinned hawk 2, laughing gull 9, common grackle 2, Canada goose 120, American goldfinch 6, red-winged blackbird 16, tree swallow 4, Carolina wren 1, brown-headed cowbird 4, blue jay 3, white-throated sparrow 1, and European starling 20 plus 2 monarchs, a cabbage white, a painted lady, and a buckeye.


Also today: 4 gray squirrels and a great horned owl calling from the west side of Field 1.


OCTOBER 26, THURSDAY. Another big sit, this one longer and more interesting, 8-1:15, NW15-20, 52-59, mostly overcast becoming fair, then clear. 30 species, complete list:


bald eagle 24 (most all slowly circling overhead, high, then disappearing to the south; this count the result of several hundred scans of c. 180 degrees to the south; 2nd highest property count), cormorant 102 (highest fall count for here), eastern bluebird 70, cedar waxwing 54 (groupings of 16, 9, 3, 3, 11, 2 & 10), American robin 32, American crow 9, blue jay 5, black vulture 1, turkey vulture 65, sharp-shinned hawk 3, northern harrier 1,


eastern phoebe 1, eastern meadowlark 4, red-winged blackbird 30, Canada goose 36, common loon 2, laughing gull 11, herring gull 3, myrtle warbler 8, unIDd ducks 30 (3 distant flocks), European starling 40, northern flicker 1, tree swallow 40, American goldfinch 6, chipping sparrow 1, yellow-bellied sapsucker 1, brown-headed cowbird 2, mourning dove 1, Cooper’s hawk 2, Carolina wren 1, ruby-crowned kinglet 1, American kestrel 1, and merlin 2.


And these flutterbys: monarch 11 (a good fall for them), buckeye 2, question mark 1, and American lady 1.


Elsewhere in the yard Liz sees 15 ruby-crowned kinglets, a white-breasted nuthatch, a chipping sparrow at a feeder, a snowy egret (also seen Oct. 22 & 23), and a white-throated sparrow.


OCTOBER 27, FRIDAY. Liz & I hit several spots in DORCHESTER COUNTY. EGYPT ROAD: 1 American kestrel. Most of Wildlife Drive at BLACKWATER is closed for the deer hunt but we do see a fat woodchuck and 4 great egrets. SWAN HARBOR, 11:50-12:30, clear, SW10+, low 60s, high tide lowering. sanderling 11, dunlin 55, black-bellied plover 1, bald eagle 5, brown pelican 20, cormorant 55, merlin 1, herring gull 45, black vulture 4, Canada goose 375, turkey vulture 6, killdeer 1, golden-crowned kinglet 1, Forster’s tern 8, eastern bluebird 4, song sparrow 2, and killdeer 1 plus 3 monarchs.


UPPER HOOPER’S ISLAND. 1-2:30 & 3:10-3:30. lunch at Old Salty’s. brown pelican 60 (at Opossum Island), herring gull 255, great black-backed gull 60, Forster’s tern 135, bald eagle 5, cormorant 125, turkey vulture 20, belted kingfisher 1, great egret 2, great blue heron 1, laughing gull 80, European starling 85, royal tern 7, and brown-headed cowbird 450 plus 5 monarchs and 2 buckeyes.


MIDDLE HOOPER’S ISLAND, 2:30-3:10, low tide. Forster’s tern 8, great black-backed gull 20, herring gull 55, great egret 2, bald eagle 2, cormorant 7, turkey vulture 3, royal tern 2, and great blue heron 1 plus one monarch. Back in TLABOT COUNTY 500 Canada Geese in one of John Swaine’s fields. Four gray squirrels at Rigby’s Folly plus 3 deer.


OCTOBER 28, SATURDAY. home cookin’; just take it easy. RIGBY’S FOLLY. 60-71, SE10-15 then SW15, clear then fair. fish crow 2 (only ones seen [and heard] during this entire period), Forster’s tern 13, bald eagle 6, laughing gull 165 (best one-time count; hawking over Anderby Hall Road area), white-breasted nuthatch 1, and 3 each of: Cooper’s, sharp-shinned & red-tailed hawks, and black vulture. In Poplar Cove: 160 Canada geese. butterflies: just 1 monarch, 2 buckeyes. Seen from the dock: 7 medium-sized sea nettles, as many as I’ve seen all year. Seems late. An eastern cottontail along Gunner’s Range driveway.


OCTOBER 29, SUNDAY. Guided birding tour at BLACKWATER N.W.R., 7:30-11:30, rain, sometimes heavy at start, calm becoming windy SE15+, rain stops, overcast, all water levels high. Considering the heavy rain early on I expect no one to show for the tour, but Youna Vandaele and Lionel Fernandes show, from France (Bordeaux).


Complete list (some seen before or after the official tour, or else elsewhere, such as in Cambridge): cormorant 21 immatures (Sewards), great egret 7, great blue heron 6, Canada goose 500, mallard 250, American black duck 7, northern shoveler 14, northern pintail 60, green-winged teal 10, AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN 9 (in groupings of 3, 2 & 4; 3 fly right overhead and low along the drive), turkey vulture 8, sharp-shinned hawk 1, northern harrier 5, bald eagle 18, Wilson’s snipe 1, laughing gull 150, ring-billed gull 15, herring gull 6 (Cambridge), great black-backed gull 6 (Cambridge),


Forster’s tern 22, mourning dove 2, northern mockingbird 4, European starling 125, yellow-rumped (myrtle) warbler 20, red-winged blackbird 500 (5 of them singing), common grackle 12, house sparrow 6, song sparrow 7 (2 of them sining), American crow 8, blue jay 2, eastern bluebird 12, belted kingfisher 1, ruddy duck 6, American coot 1, dunlin 6, and wild turkey 16 (Egypt Road).


NON-AVIAN TAXA: a tiny green tree frog (at the Visitor Center), 1 fox squirrel (seen by Lionel), 1 large snapping turtle (loafing in the ditch on the north side of Wildlife Drive just past the end of Pool 1).


RIGBY’S FOLLY: 0.95” in the rain gauge as of 12:30 P.M. Badly-needed rain. overcast, low 60s, more rain, SE15+. No sightings except 20 tree swallows.


OCTOBER 30, MONDAY. RIGBY’S FOLLY. 0.6” more in the rain gauge since 12:30 P.M. yesterday. Our ponds and ditches, bone dry 2 days ago, now brimming over. Good. NW25-30+, Choptank River a mass of seething whitecaps, fair, 48 degrees F. A mess of fallen black locust branches and 1 large trunk near the Pumphouse. I’ll deal with that later. Leave at 9:15 A.M.


On the way home to Pennsylvania: Cordova, 300 brown-headed cowbirds. Ruthsburg, 1 bald eagle. Route 301 milepost 107 a bald eagle, milepost 123 perhaps 1,000 cowbirds. Middletown, DE, 2 bald eagles plus 300 Canada geese in a storm drain SW of town. Cabela’s S of Wilmington, an adult Bald Eagle.


ADAK ADDICTION. My audiologist, Barbara Haas, and her husband, Franklin (Frank), of Churchtown, PA, are top Pennsylvania birders. I asked Barbara how many times they have been to Adak in the Aleutians. 21, some of these in the fall !!!. Barbara designed the hearing aids I use for birding.


GAIL MACKIERNAN. Noticed a letter this prominent Maryland birder wrote in the Washington Post, October 25, Wednesday, page A18, “letters to the Editor”, concerning our President’s condolence call to Myeshia Johnson. Well put, Gail.


TANGIER ISLAND CORRIGENDUM: In the list for there, September 25, there is a confusing passage: … “ brown pelican 80, 125, great black-backed gull 40 … “ It’s about that “125”, sports fans: those 125 were cormorants, of the double-crested persuasion.


Best to all. - Harry Armistead, Philadelphia.

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Date: 11/1/17 2:39 pm
From: Hugh David Fleischmann <david...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Ring-necked Pheasants in Owings Mills. Now!!
Based on report of a road killed Ring-necked Pheasant in Owings Mills, I decided to check it out. Imagine my surprise when I found at least 6 live ones in a field just south of Greenspring Valley on Park Heights Ave. There are many of them. I am watching them fly all over the fields now.

Thank you John Boo for reporting.

Awesome Birding in 2017!

H. David Fleischmann
410-598-9292
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Date: 11/1/17 11:51 am
From: Marcia Watson <marshwren50...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] how high will hummers feed?
Ruby-throats do feed on blossoms high in trees (both flowers of the trees themselves and of climbing vines), so I think that a fourth-floor feeder is within the realm of possibility. I’ve had them come to feeders on a second-floor balcony. Your friend could add some flowering plants in a planter to help get their attention.

Marcia
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www.patuxentbirdclub.org

Bowie, Maryland
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> On Nov 1, 2017, at 10:24 AM, Lydia Schindler <lydia13621...> wrote:
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> Darnestown
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Date: 11/1/17 10:40 am
From: Fred Shaffer <glaucousgull...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Bonaparte's Gull at Schoolhouse Pond
The highlight of my lunchtime walk around Schoolhouse Pond was an adult winter plumage Bonaparte's Gull.  The bird was feeding on whatever it could glean from the water's surface towards the rear of the pond during the entire time of my walk and was still present when I left.  Also of note was a Palm Warbler, Belted Kingfisher, flyover groups of Laughing Gulls, and a nice variety of passerines feeding in the trees and woodland edges.  Good birding,
Fred <ShafferGlaucousGull...>, Anne Arundel

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Date: 11/1/17 8:01 am
From: Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Greater White-fronted Goose HowCo
A GWFG is currently in view on Carr’s Mill Rd. opposite Western Regional
Park. Best access is the entrance to Parks’s maintenance yard, first right
after main park entrance.
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Date: 11/1/17 7:24 am
From: Lydia Schindler <lydia13621...>
Subject: [MDBirding] how high will hummers feed?
A friend wants to know: will hummingbirds be attracted to a feeder on a fourth-floor balcony?

Lydia Schindler
Darnestown

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Date: 11/1/17 5:56 am
From: <keyweststyle2001...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Rumbly Point Rd, Somerset Co
One each nelson and saltmarsh sparrows, 3 sedge wrens (killer look at
one) at Richardsons Marsh, Rumbly Point. - Kevin Graff
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Date: 10/31/17 5:50 pm
From: Paul Noell <myconut...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fwd: French police are training EAGLES to attack ISIS drones | Daily Mail Online
Possibly of interest for some birders. Not being computer savvy, hope I haven't committed some kind of security no-no with this attachment. If in doubt, don't click on it.

Paul Noell
Balto, MY

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From: Harry D. Stumpf <accordion67...>
Date: Tuesday, October 31, 2017
Subject: French police are training EAGLES to attack ISIS drones | Daily Mail Online
To: myconut <myconut...>

Dear Ted,


Although I think this is an innovative idea I anticipate you might not be pleased with it.  You might wonder how many claws or fingers the drone rotors have cut off the eagles.


You've probably seen this news but here you go if not.


Harry




http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4241632/French-police-training-EAGLES-attack-drones.html

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Date: 10/30/17 11:30 am
From: Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fwd: Development Concept Plan, Rock Creek Park: UPDATES!
Hi -

For those who may have be planning to attend the Rock Creek Park public meeting, originally scheduled for this Wednesday, the meeting and the comment period have both been RESCHEDULED. See details below.

(There had been numerous complaints about the short notice and brief public comment period. The NPS listened and rescheduled.)

Gail Mackiernan
Colesville, MD

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Date: 10/29/17 7:34 pm
From: Deni Miller <reluctantmother524...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Nelson’s sparrow at Patterson Park 10/28/17
It was present on the west side of the Lake in the Audubon pollinator
garden this evening around 5:30.

There might have been a second but the light was poor, it was raining, and
we had two kids getting crazy in puddles. 😅

Deni Miller
Baltimore City, MD

On Sun, Oct 29, 2017 at 9:01 PM <ktomkat...> wrote:

> I had a Nelson's sparrow at the boat lake yesterday around 10am. The bird
> was foraging around the reeds near the boardwalk at the level of the water.
> It kept moving closer and actually landed on the boardwalk just a few feet
> from me, then perched on a bench for a few seconds before diving into the
> reeds again. This is a first for Patterson Park so I'm hoping someone else
> sees it and photographs it. The bird had a dark gray crown stripe, an
> orange/apricot face with gray cheek patch, upper breast was lighter apricot
> with very fine streaking and ended abruptly, white belly, some gray on
> back/wings. Stunning in the sunlight. If you go, please be aware of your
> surroundings as there was a recent report of harassment at the park.
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Date: 10/29/17 6:01 pm
From: <ktomkat...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Nelson’s sparrow at Patterson Park 10/28/17
I had a Nelson's sparrow at the boat lake yesterday around 10am. The bird was foraging around the reeds near the boardwalk at the level of the water. It kept moving closer and actually landed on the boardwalk just a few feet from me, then perched on a bench for a few seconds before diving into the reeds again. This is a first for Patterson Park so I'm hoping someone else sees it and photographs it. The bird had a dark gray crown stripe, an orange/apricot face with gray cheek patch, upper breast was lighter apricot with very fine streaking and ended abruptly, white belly, some gray on back/wings. Stunning in the sunlight. If you go, please be aware of your surroundings as there was a recent report of harassment at the park.

Kim Tomko
Baltimore, MD

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Date: 10/29/17 11:35 am
From: Warblerick <ricksussman1955...>
Subject: [MDBirding] New yard bird: Raven
Congrats Lydia! Great yard bird!

Rick Sussman
Woodbine, MD

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Date: 10/29/17 9:01 am
From: Lydia Schindler <lydia13621...>
Subject: [MDBirding] New yard bird: Raven
Thought I heard one a few days ago, but no mistaking this one: perched across from front yard, croaking loudly, its neck ruff pulsing as it did so; huge bill, wedged tail. It flew off over the field across the way.

Lydia Schindler
Esworthy Road
Darnestown

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Date: 10/28/17 8:06 am
From: Derek C. Richardson <dcr...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Rocky Gorge late migrants

Highlights today at Rocky Gorge/Supplee Park in Laurel (PG County)
included Orange-crowned (my first at this location) and Nashville Warbler
(I've not seen many at this location either), along with a Blue-headed
Vireo, a nice variety of sparrows (except surprisingly few White-throated
compared to last week), and my first Winter Wren of the season. Full list
below (there's audio of the Orange-crowned at the eBird link at the end).

D

Rocky Gorge Reservoir/Supplee Park, Prince George's, Maryland, US
Oct 28, 2017 9:03 AM - 10:18 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.15 mile(s)
Comments: Distance is one way. Mostly sunny, with high cloud (and sun
dogs!). Cool, light breeze at first, strengthening sharply after 9:45 am.
31 species

Great Blue Heron 1
Turkey Vulture 1
Red-tailed Hawk 1 chased from the power pylons by crows
Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
Downy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 2
Pileated Woodpecker 3
Blue-headed Vireo 1
Blue Jay 15
American Crow 6
Fish Crow 2
Carolina Chickadee 6
Tufted Titmouse 6
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
Winter Wren 1 scolding me without provocation!
Carolina Wren 10
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1
Eastern Bluebird 6
American Robin 6
Northern Mockingbird 4
European Starling 6
Orange-crowned Warbler 1 good looks at close range: overall
greenish-yellow appearance in bright sunshine with yellowish eyering and
an eyeline that made the black bill look especially sharp; no
wingbars; faint streaks on chest and noticeable yellow under the tail;
flicked its wings occasionally as it foraged in bushes beside a clearing;
audio recording of sharp chips (there might have been a second bird calling)
Nashville Warbler 1 great looks: white eyering on gray face, yellow
chest and undertail, no wingbars, dull olive above, pumping its tail a bit
while foraging in roadside bushes
Field Sparrow 6
White-throated Sparrow 2
Song Sparrow 4
Swamp Sparrow 2
Eastern Towhee 1
Northern Cardinal 12
American Goldfinch 2
House Sparrow 25

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40166937

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

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Date: 10/27/17 1:24 pm
From: Don Simonson <don.r.simonson...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: ucb vice chancellor
http://artsdesign.berkeley.edu/about-arts-design/mission-people


On Fri, Oct 27, 2017 at 4:21 PM, Don Simonson <don.r.simonson...>
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> http://news.berkeley.edu/2015/04/16/shannon-jackson-tapped-
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Date: 10/27/17 1:21 pm
From: Don Simonson <don.r.simonson...>
Subject: [MDBirding] ucb vice chancellor
http://news.berkeley.edu/2015/04/16/shannon-jackson-tapped-as-faculty-leader-for-arts-and-design/

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Date: 10/27/17 12:21 pm
From: Kevin Graff <keyweststyle2001...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Hart-Miller Island, 10/23/17
10/23/17 – 715am-3pm

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



WEATHER: Shallow fog/MC, 61-74 degrees, calm- SE 8K OBS: Don Burggraf,
Kevin G, Joe Harber,





Canada Goose – 5

Wood Duck – 5

Gadwall – 107

American Wigeon – 31

American Black Duck – 36

Mallard – 406

Blue-winged Teal – 1

Northern Shoveler – 127

Northern Pintail – 218

Green-winged Teal – 285

Lesser Scaup – 4

Ruddy Duck – 110

Common Loon – 1

Pied-billed Grebe – 4

Double-crested Cormorant – 27

Great Blue Heron – 10

Turkey Vulture – 1

Northern Harrier – 2

Sharp-shinned Hawk – 1

Bald Eagle – 3

Merlin – 1

Peregrine Falcon – 1

American Coot – 13

Black-bellied Plover – 41

*AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER – 2

Killdeer – 2

Greater Yellowlegs – 6

Lesser Yellowlegs – 11

Dunlin – 76

*WESTERN SANDPIPER – 1

Least Sandpiper – 1

Pectoral Sandpiper – 12

*LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER – 3

Laughing Gull – 41

Ring-billed Gull – 249

Herring Gull – 47

Great Black-backed Gull – 138

Caspian Tern – 93

Forster’s Tern – 2

Mourning Dove – 11

Red-bellied Woodpecker – 1

Downy Woodpecker – 1

Northern Flicker – 3

Eastern Phoebe – 3

Blue Jay – 3

American Crow – 2

*COMMON RAVEN – 1 (new island species #299, would've be 300 if wasn't for
lumped of Thayer's Gull)

Carolina Wren – 4

Golden-crowned Kinglet – 3

Ruby-crowned Kinglet – 8

American Robin – 1

Gray Catbird – 1

Northern Mockingbird – 2

European Starling – 44

American Pipit – 1

Palm Warbler – 1 (western)

Yellow-rumped Warbler – 16

Eastern Towhee – 2

Chipping Sparrow – 3

Field Sparrow – 1

Savannah Sparrow – 42

Song Sparrow – 92

Swamp Sparrow – 41

White-throated Sparrow – 28

White-crowned Sparrow – 1

“Slate-colored” Junco – 3

Northern Cardinal – 12

*BOBOLINK – 3

Red-winged Blackbird – 244

Common Grackle – 5

House Finch – 11

American Goldfinch – 16

SPECIES: 72 INDIVIDUALS: 2734



MAMMALS: Red Fox – 1



BUTTERFLIES

Cabbage White – 5

Orange Sulphur – 8

Mourning Cloak – 1

Painted Lady – 1

Common Buckeye – 16

Pearl Crescent – 6

Monarch – 11

Common Checkered Skipper – 1



DRAGONFLIES: Wandering Glider – 3



DAMSELFLIES: Rambur’s Forktail – 5



MOTHS

Ailanthus Webwom Moth – 10

Yellow-collared Scape Moth – 2

Saltmarsh Caterpillar Moth – 2 (caterpillars)

Isabella Tiger Moth – 5 (Woolly Bear)

Virginian Tiger Moth – 2 (Yellow Bear)

unknown caterpillar – 1 (photos)



BEETLES: Seven-spotted Lady Beetle – 8, Multi-colored Asian Lady Beetle – 1




Kevin Graff
Jarrettsville, MD
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Date: 10/27/17 9:11 am
From: Fred Shaffer <glaucousgull...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Orange-crowned Warbler at Schoolhouse Pond
During my lunchtime walk around Schoolhouse Pond, I found an Orange-crowned Warbler in a busy, mixed-species flock along one of the woodland edges to the side of the pond. I got close views of the bird as it foraged about 20 feet up in the tree edge. Also present were 3 or 4 kinglets, Song and White-throated Sparrows, several Yellow-rumped Warblers, a Hermit Thrush, and one "Yellow" Palm Warbler.  The birds were where the pond comes close to the adjacent Darnell's Chance historic site, right where a small creek comes out of the pond, feeds under the boardwalk and runs towards Western Branch.  Good birding!
Fred <ShafferGlaucousGull...>, Anne Arundel

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Date: 10/27/17 3:48 am
From: Steve Johnson <stevejohnson2...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Traditional Gannet gathering on the Faroe Islands
On Thursday, October 26, 2017 at 7:21:10 AM UTC-4, James Wilson wrote:
> I found this article about harvesting Gannets in the BBC Magazine and thought it was worth sharing.
>
> "Bird hunters risk steep cliffs to catch gannets"
>
> http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-41698293
>
> Jim Wilson
> Queenstown

I don't like Gannets. They wet their nests. :) :)

- Steve Johnson (channeling Michael Palin)
Fairfax, Virginia

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Date: 10/26/17 2:04 pm
From: Don Simonson <don.r.simonson...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Unusual Cowbird Flock; Wood Ducks Bethesda MD
At approximately 10:00 AM I saw a flock of 350+ cowbirds foraging at the intersection of Fernwood Road and Democracy Boulevard, Bethesda MD. This is the highest count by far I have seen in Bethesda. a few starlings mixed in. nothing shiny was obvious....
Later in the day, watched four brilliant ad male wood ducks and four females in the drainage pond behind the Marriott.
good birding!
Don Simonson, Darnestown MD

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Date: 10/26/17 1:46 pm
From: Warblerick <ricksussman1955...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Halloween Hawk
Must be close to Halloween,cause I just had a beautiful Gray Ghost (male Northern Harrier) fly by, just above and below treetop level along the back of our property and my neighbors pasture. What a treat.
I would have missed it except for a flock of crows that were carrying on and putting up a huge fuss in our yard like they had found a hawk or owl. I went out to see what the ruckus was all about, and they were already dispersing. All I saw out of the ordinary was one carrying what looked like a piece of toast or stale bread, and he dropped it in our backyard. The others were chasing him, but by then most were leaving our yard. A few minutes later the harrier went by, but I don't think the two were connected.
Rick Sussman
Woodbine
Carroll County

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Date: 10/26/17 12:37 pm
From: Tim Carney <timmyc83...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Poplar Island 10/25/2017
I surveyed Poplar Island yesterday. It was quieter than my previous census, but there were still several nice birds. By far the most exciting was an unexpected BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER in Cell 6. Per Bob Ringler, this is the new late date for Maryland.

Among the nearly 3100 gulls at the newly-constructed Cell 7 dike was one adult LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL.

I also found a nice mix of shorebirds in Cell 6, including two lingering White-rumped Sandpipers.

I made several dedicated efforts to find Ammodramus sparrows but did not locate any.

Full eBird checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40119579

Tim Carney
Parkville, MD

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Date: 10/26/17 12:36 pm
From: Tim Houghton <timhoughton...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Mt. Pleasant, 10/26/17, no clay but vesper, Lincoln's, 10 sp
I spent a great deal of time unsuccessfully looking for a clay-colored that may have been seen earlier this morning, but I did have 10 sparrow species, including a Vesper (west-side brush) and Lincoln's (trail below Education Center). As usual quite birdy on west side, although practically everything seemed to disappear around noon.


Tim Houghton

(Glen Arm)

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Date: 10/26/17 10:40 am
From: Barbara Johnson <barbarajohnson222...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Please look out for banded Ipswich (Savannah) Sparrows-- see poster
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Date: 10/26/17 9:40 am
From: Tim Carney <timmyc83...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Swan Creek 10/20/2017
I conducted a full census at Swan Creek on Friday 10/20.

The best bird was a CLAY-COLORED SPARROW in a restricted area.

The next two best birds were not identified to species. The first was a flyover Snow Bunting or Lapland Longspur. I heard a dry twittering rattle over the north cell while I was scoping ducks. At first I thought SNBU, but Matt Hafner suggested that LALO would be more likely. After listening to recordings, I believe the bird was in fact a LALO but am not counting it without more proof. I also heard a large rail grunt in the wetlands, but without a visual, I am uncomfortable pinning it down to Clapper or King.

Other highlights: high counts of Northern Shoveler, Northern Pintail, Green-winged Teal, Ruddy Duck, and Ruby-crowned Kinglet; a late Spotted Sandpiper; and a late Yellow-breasted Chat.

eBird checklist with photos: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40031339

Tim Carney
Parkville, MD

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

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Date: 10/26/17 8:15 am
From: Warblerick <ricksussman1955...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Sparrows
Just had my FOS Dark-eyed Junco in a mixed sparrow flock in one of my hawthorn trees.
Rick Sussman
Woodbine

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Date: 10/26/17 7:19 am
From: Warblerick <ricksussman1955...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Sparrows
Nice variety in the meadows/yard this morning, with my FOS White-crowned Sparrow, a lovely immature bird, hanging out in the front meadow with Song Sparrows, White-throated and Field Sparrow, and lots of Chipping Sparrows around, constantly in motion chasing each other (really, that should be one of their field marks!). Winds are keeping activities lower than hoped for.
Rick Sussman
Woodbine, MD

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Date: 10/26/17 5:56 am
From: Pat Valdata <pvaldata1...>
Subject: RE: [MDBirding] Traditional Gannet gathering on the Faroe Islands
I'll bet Gannets taste better than fermented leg of lamb!


Pat Valdata 
Crisfield, Somerset County

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From: James Wilson <birdmanjfw...>
Date:10/26/2017 7:21 AM (GMT-05:00)
To: Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Cc:
Subject: [MDBirding] Traditional Gannet gathering on the Faroe Islands

I found this article about harvesting Gannets in the BBC Magazine and thought it was worth sharing.

"Bird hunters risk steep cliffs to catch gannets"

http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-41698293

Jim Wilson
Queenstown

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Date: 10/26/17 4:21 am
From: James Wilson <birdmanjfw...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Traditional Gannet gathering on the Faroe Islands
I found this article about harvesting Gannets in the BBC Magazine and thought it was worth sharing.

"Bird hunters risk steep cliffs to catch gannets"

http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-41698293

Jim Wilson
Queenstown

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Date: 10/25/17 11:06 am
From: Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Wheaton Regional Park and Brookside Gardens today 10/25
Hi all,

Autumn is moving along, and we probably will not be going to WRP for much longer. However today’s visit was fun. Our best bird was a juvenile Red-headed Woodpecker on the snags near the white house- only the second one this autumn for the park, I think. A few stragglers linger, a single Catbird and House Wren. The only warbler was a Common Yellowthroat in Brookside Gardens. Oodles of Kinglets, most were Ruby-crowns feeding the birches at both Shorefield and in the gardens themselves. Still waiting for the first Fox Sparrow, though....

Gail Mackiernan and Barry Cooper
Colesville, MD

43 species (+1 other taxa)
Birds if interest

Black Vulture 2
Turkey Vulture 3
Cooper's Hawk 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 2
Red-headed Woodpecker 1 Immature
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1
Hairy Woodpecker (Eastern) 2 Pair
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 8
Eastern Phoebe 2
Blue Jay 8
House Wren (Northern) 1
Winter Wren 1
Golden-crowned Kinglet 5 All in birches in Gardens
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 30 Conservative estimate
Eastern Bluebird 8
Hermit Thrush 2
American Robin 15
Gray Catbird 1
Common Yellowthroat 1
Chipping Sparrow 30 Estimate
Field Sparrow 4
White-throated Sparrow 40 Estimate
Swamp Sparrow 1
Eastern Towhee 2

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Date: 10/25/17 9:05 am
From: Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park proposed changes
Hi all,

After months of silence, the NPS has come out with its modified plans for the Rock Creek Park Nature Center area. Birders who frequent this part of the Park should take a careful look at the plans and submit comments. There is also another public meeting scheduled - details are below:

The National Park Service has also announced a new public meeting to outline and describe the final alternatives being considered for the Nature Center Complex Development Concept Plan. The meeting will be held at the Rock Creek Nature Center on Wednesday, November 1st from 6:30 until 8:00 pm. NPS will go over
the plan and compile comments from attendees. As part of the meeting, there will be a power point description of the alternatives at approximately 7:00 pm.

The website for the plan is https://parkplanning.nps.gov/ROCRDCP. The deadline for public comment on the Plan is November 30th. Please send this information on to others.

Gail Mackiernan
Montgomery Bird Club Conservation Chair


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Date: 10/24/17 7:42 pm
From: Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Assistance on ID of Hawk
Immature Cooper’s Hawk.

Kurt Schwarz

On Tue, Oct 24, 2017 at 10:16 PM Ed Vigezzi <ed.vigezzi...> wrote:

> Any assistance would be appreciated.
>
> Seen at Blackwater NWR
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> Thanks
> Ed
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Date: 10/24/17 7:16 pm
From: Ed Vigezzi <ed.vigezzi...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Assistance on ID of Hawk
Any assistance would be appreciated.

Seen at Blackwater NWR

Thanks
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Date: 10/24/17 6:01 pm
From: Lydia Schindler <lydia13621...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fwd: DC Area, 10/24/2017
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Date: Tue, Oct 24, 2017 at 4:56 PM
Subject: DC Area, 10/24/2017
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Hotline: Voice of the Naturalist
Date: 10/24/2017
Coverage: MD/DC/VA/central and southern DE/WV panhandle
Reports, comments and questions: <voice...>
Compiler: Helen Patton
Sponsor: Audubon Naturalist Society of the Central
Atlantic States (independent of NAS)
Transcriber: Steve Cordle

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

This is the Voice of the Naturalist, a service of the Audubon
Naturalist Society. This report covers the week starting Tuesday,
October 17 and was completed on Tuesday, October 24 at 3:40 p.m.

Information on noteworthy birds is presented below in taxonomic order,
as set forth in the American Ornithological Society Checklist for
North and Middle American Birds, as revised through the 58th
Supplement (July 2017).

The top bird this week were BROWN BOOBY* in MD and WESTERN TANAGER in
VA.

Other birds of interest this week included waterfowl, COMMON
GALLINULE,, shorebirds, PARASITIC JAEGER, COMMON TERN, BROWN PELICAN,
TRICOLORED HERON, WHITE IBIS, hawks, ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER,
LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE, PHILADELPHIA VIREO, SEDGE WREN, kinglets, PINE
SISKIN, sparrows, warblers, PAINTED BUNTING, DICKCISSEL and BOBOLINK.
TOP BIRDS

A BROWN BOOBY* returned to the Baltimore Harbor, MD on October 15 and
was seen this week on October 17, 18 and 20. It appears that a good
way to see, and sometimes photograph it, is to take the Water Taxi
from Locust Point.

A WESTERN TANAGER was at the Camp Pendleton State Military Reserve
(restricted access) Virginia Beach, VA on October 21.

OTHER BIRDS OF INTEREST

Three TRUMPETER SWANS were at Tenthouse Court, Anne Arundel Co, MD on
October 22. Two SNOW GEESE were at Back Bay NWR, Virginia Beach, VA on
October 21. A CANVASBACK was at Greenbury Point, Anne Arundel Co, MD
on October 17. Two WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS were at the Occoquan Bay NWR,
Prince William Co, VA on October 18.

Up to 5 COMMON GALLINULES were at the West Ocean City Pond, Worcester
Co, MD on October 18, 21, 22 and 23.

Eleven to eighteen BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS were at the Swan Creek dredge
containment facility, Anne Arundel Co, MD on October 18. Three more
BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS were at Eastern Neck NWR, Kent Co, MD on October
22.

Shorebird highlights included: two RED KNOTS at Back Bay NWR, Virginia
Beach, CA on October 21 and a WILSON'S PHALAROPE was at Bombay Hook
NWR, Kent Co, DE on October 21.

One to three PARASITIC JAEGERS at the Cape Charles Coastal Habitat
NAP, Northampton Co, VA on October 17, 20, 21 and 23. Another
PARASITIC JAEGER was at the Back Bay NWR, Virginia Beach, VA on
October 23.

A COMMON TERN was in Ocean City, Worcester Co, MD on October 20.

Three BROWN PELICANS were on Bodkin Island, Queen Anne's Co, MD on
October 20,

A TRICOLORED HERON was at Grandview NP, Hampton Co, VA on October 21.

WHITE IBIS were noted in large flocks during the week. A maximum of
103 WHITE IBIS were at Assateague Island NS, Bayside, Worcester Co, MD
on October 21 and 22. One WHITE IBIS was at Point Lookout SP, Saint
Mary's Co, MD on October 20 and seven WHITE IBIS were a Truitts
Landing, Worcester Co, MD on October 22. Another six WHITE IBIS were
at Cape Henlopen SP, Sussex Co, DE on October 23.

Two ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS were reported from the Kiptopeke Hawk watch,
Northampton Co, VA on October 21. A GOLDEN EAGLE was reported from the
Cape Henlopen Hawkwatch on October 18. Another GOLDEN EAGLE was seen
from Chino Farms, Queen Anne's Co, MD on October 22.

An ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER was at the Back Bay NWR, Virginia Beach, VA
on October17 and 18.

The two remaining LOGGERHEAD SHRIKES were seen at the Smith Farm in
Lunenburg Co, VA on October 18 and 20. Another LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE was
seen October 23 at Innisfree Village, Albemarle Co, VA on October 23.

A PHILADELPHIA VIREO was seen October 18 at Back Bay NWR, Virginia
Beach, VA.

A SEDGE WREN was seen at Cornfield Harbor, Saint Mary's Co, MD on
October18.

GOLDEN–CROWNED and RUBY-CROWNED KINGLETS were reported from many
venues during the week.

A PINE SISKIN turned up at a feeder in Virginia Beach, VA on October
17.

Sparrow migration continued to grow in the area with many reports from
numerous locations. CHIPPING SPARROWS turned up in many places. A
CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was in Rickman/Woodstock Equestrian Park,
Montgomery Co, MD on October 21.Two CLAY-COLORED SPARROWS were at the
Back Bay NWR, Virginia Beach, VA on October 18 and 21. Another
CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was at the Chincoteague NWR, Accomack Co, VA on
October 21. A VESPER SPARROW was at the Beltsville Agriculture
Research Center (BARC), Prince Georges Co, MD on October 19 and 20.
Another VESPER SPARROW was on St. Louis Ave, Ocean City, Worcester Co,
MD on October 21 and yet another VESPER SPARROW was at Chincoteague
NWR, Accomack Co, on October 22. A LARK SPARROW was on St. Louis
Avenue, Ocean City, Worcester Co, MD on October 20. GRASSHOPPER
SPARROWS were found in many places including two at the
Rickman/Woodstock Equestrian Park, Montgomery Co, MD on October 19. A
NELSON'S SPARROW was on Poplar Island, Talbot Co, MD on October 18. A
NELSON'S SPARROW was on Ragged Island WMA, Isle of Wight Co, VA on
October 23. FOX and LINCOLN'S SPARROWS were also found in profusion
during the week.

Several warbler species were seen this past week including A TENNESSEE
WARBLER at Snug Harbor Park, Anne Arundel Co, MD on October 20;
ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS at Milltown Landing, Prince George's Co, MD on
October18 and the Davidson Farm Lane area, Queen Anne's Co, MD on
October 20 and a CONNECTICUT WARBLER at Sand Road Park, Anne Arundel
Co, MD on October 21.

A PAINTED BUNTING was at Berlin Falls Park, Worcester Co, MD on
October 17. DICKCISSELS were seen in several places, including: two at
Perryman Park, Harford Co, MD on October 17; one at the Howard
Conservancy, Howard Co, MD on October 20 and one at Meadowbrook Park,
also Howard Co, MD on October 21.

BOBOLINKS were also reported from many areas during the week.

***

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

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

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

Thank you for your interest, and enjoy the birds.

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Date: 10/24/17 1:42 pm
From: Tim Houghton <timhoughton...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Orange-crowned at Cromwell
Thanks, Peter. It's useful to know if there might be more than one. Looks like only one, for now. A birder (named Aaron, I believe) asked me to ID a bird he had photographed 2 weeks ago at Cromwell. It was an Orange Crowned--and he found along the creek almost directly across from the one found today. Hard to believe a non-wintering OCWA would stick around so long, but who knows!

Tim Houghton
(Glen Arm)


> On October 24, 2017 at 2:56 PM Peter Lev <plev...> wrote:
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> Found by John Landers about 9:30 am. Seen by several birders on the Baltimore Bird Club Tuesday am walk. I think this is the same bird seen by Tim Houghton—location is pretty much the same.
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Date: 10/24/17 11:56 am
From: Peter Lev <plev...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Orange-crowned at Cromwell
Found by John Landers about 9:30 am. Seen by several birders on the
Baltimore Bird Club Tuesday am walk. I think this is the same bird seen by
Tim Houghton-location is pretty much the same.



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Date: 10/24/17 10:38 am
From: Tim Houghton <timhoughton...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Orangr crowned at cromwell immature
As u walk on field side from box9 toward 10 the ocwa was in the 2nd
big blob on the left of the tall dark leaved thorny stuff. There for30
mins. With mix of sparrows and kinglets. Ran into others w rumors of
other oc sightings. More than one? Leaving. Havent relocated it last
90 minutes but sure its around. Tim houghton

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Two thirds of the way between box 9 and 10, field side. Large
green thorny plant. Posting on behalf of Tim Houghton

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Baltimore md

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Date: 10/24/17 8:01 am
From: Brad Phoebus <bradphoebus...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Orangr crowned at cromwell immature
Two thirds of the way between box 9 and 10, field side. Large green thorny plant. Posting on behalf of Tim Houghton

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Date: 10/23/17 7:40 pm
From: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Interesting day...[FR] encore
On 10/23/17, Hugh David Fleischmann <david...> wrote:
> So a very interesting birding related day today. First I got 2 new life
> yard birds, #'s 78 & 79. Common Yellowthroat and finally a Bald Eagle.
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As I reported recently to MD Birding, I got my BE yard bird on
10/15/17. The next day less than 1/4 mile away by bike I came upon
another also an adult. And today going across the street to check on
a neighbor's mail I scored the HAT TRICK on adult BEs in the home
area...!!! Three BEs in 9 days ain't bad; keep looking up :)

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

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Date: 10/23/17 3:20 pm
From: Hugh David Fleischmann <david...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Interesting day!
So a very interesting birding related day today. First I got 2 new life
yard birds, #'s 78 & 79. Common Yellowthroat and finally a Bald
Eagle. Both of these birds are very common in Baltimore and should
have had by now. It makes me happy to finally see a Bald Eagle,
soaring over my house.
This is very cool. I received a copy of a documentary about the USS
Enterprise today. My Uncle Jerry, Moms brother, was a Naval Aviator
in Vietnam and flew a bomber. He was with a squadron of pilots that
were the first ever to fly off the USS Enterprise, in combat. I
learned today that his squadron nickname was the "Shrikes", because of
the fierceness and overall killer instinct of the bird of the same
name. That made my day and longer. God Bless the USA!
Awesome Birding in 2017!

Hugh David Fleischmann
410-598-9292
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Date: 10/23/17 1:50 pm
From: Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Out of area mega: Common Greenshank in NJ
Hi all,

A “one-time alert” of a mega-rarity just reported from Brigantine (Forsyth NWR) NJ. - a Common Greenshank. It was found by Sam Galick. Apparently only the second record for continental US.

Go to the New Jersey chatline (easily accessed through “ABA Birding News”) for specifics and a map of where the bird was seen this afternoon along the Wildlife Drive.

Gail Mackiernan
Colesville, MD



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Date: 10/23/17 12:51 pm
From: Les Eastman <les...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fwd: Southern Lancaster County Christmas Bird Count (CBC)

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Subject: Southern Lancaster County Christmas Bird Count (CBC)
Date: Sun, 22 Oct 2017 16:14:44 -0400
From: Bob Schutsky <info...>

Dear Birding Friends,

The 42nd annual Southern Lancaster County, PA CBC is scheduled for
Sunday, 17 December. It is a fun day of birding in lots of great habitats.

We would appreciate your help, whether for a few hours or the entire
day. Any level of birding expertise is welcome.

If you live within the count circle and wish to do some feeder watching
on 17 December, that would be a tremendous help. The count circle is 15
miles in diameter and is centered at Robert Fulton's Birthplace, along
PA 222, south of Quarryville, PA. Most of the count circle is within
Lancaster County, with small segments in York, Chester, and Cecil
counties. It includes Muddy Run, Octoraro Lake, and 8 miles of the
Susquehanna River.

Please contact me if you wish to participate, either with regular
birding or feeder watching. Respond to this message to volunteer, or
for more details. All of my contact information is listed below.

I hope that you will join us for a great day!

Take care,
BOB

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Date: 10/23/17 8:38 am
From: Noah Bers <noahbers...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Virginia Rail rescued at Fort McHenry
This past Saturday on the Fort McHenry Saturday Monitoring Walk, we discovered a Virginia Rail sitting with it's eyes closed along the edge of the Phragmites in the controlled access area. Since one rarely sees Rails this close, and its big feet and legs weren't visible, it actually took us a few moments to ID it as a VIRA.

We contacted Phoenix Wildlife Center who confirmed our suspicion that the bird was not well. I gently scooped up the bird and it opened its big red eyes which was a relief. We could see no readily apparent injury and its feathers were in good condition and very soft. A park employee provided us with a small box and I was able to deliver it to Phoenix.

This was a lifer for me so I'm extra glad that we could help it out. I'll follow up as I find out more.

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Date: 10/23/17 7:29 am
From: Wallace Kornack <wallace...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Monday 10/23/17
This foggy morning (10/23) at the Dog Run in Rock Creek Park with Bill Butler……..

Yellow-rumped Warbler 4
Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
Downy Woodpecker 3
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Eastern Phoebe 2
Blue Jay
Tufted Titmouse 2
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
American Robin 6
Chipping Sparrow
Field Sparrow 2
White-throated Sparrow 21+
Song Sparrow 15+
Northern Cardinal 2
Common Grackle 90+

Have Fun Birding!

Wallace Kornack
Washington DC

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Date: 10/23/17 7:22 am
From: Wallace Kornack <wallace...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Sunday 10/22/17
This morning (10/22) at Rock Creek Park………….

——Maintenance Yard
Yellow-rumped Warbler 3
Canada Goose 2
Cooper's Hawk
Red-bellied Woodpecker 4
Downy Woodpecker 3
Hairy Woodpecker 2
Northern Flicker
Eastern Phoebe 2
Blue Jay 6
American Crow
Carolina Chickadee 10
Tufted Titmouse 5
White-breasted Nuthatch 3
Carolina Wren 2
Golden-crowned Kinglet 2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 13
American Robin 4
Northern Cardinal 4
Common Grackle 5

——Yard Parking Lot
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Eastern Phoebe
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Carolina Wren
American Robin
Chipping Sparrow 16
Eastern Towhee
Northern Cardinal
House Sparrow

——Dog Run
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Northern Flicker
Eastern Phoebe 2
Blue Jay 4
American Crow
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
American Robin
European Starling
Chipping Sparrow 9
Field Sparrow 2
Dark-eyed Junco 7
White-throated Sparrow 21
Song Sparrow 3
Northern Cardinal 3
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
House Finch 3
American Goldfinch 8

Contributors: Bill Butler, Jim Lemert, John Boright, Matt Sileo, Gene Murry, Susan Murry

Have Fun Birding!

Wallace Kornack
Washington DC


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Date: 10/23/17 6:38 am
From: 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Possible NECO in southern Calvert, 10/23
Happy Mole Day!

As I was driving north on Rt. 4 this morning, just north of the Rousby Hall Road interchange in Lusby, a group of 6 cormorants flew overhead. There was a significantly smaller one in the group with a plus-sign shape compared to the cross shape typical of Double-crested Cormorants. The group disappeared to the west possibly heading toward the Patuxent River. There are lots of piers along the river where cormorants hang out but there is often a nice concentration further down river near Pt. Patience on the St. Mary's County side of the river. Or perhaps Sotterley Plantation or Greenwell State Park? Would be awesome if Mikey's Neotropic Cormorant that hung out in the North Beach/Chesapeake Beach area this summer had migrated a bit further south. The Dominion natural gas terminal, a mile offshore north of Cove Point is a resting spot for hundreds of cormorants and that location is just about due east of where my sighting occurred this morning.
Tyler Bell
<jtylerbell...>
California, Maryland

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