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5/23/17 9:52 pm Phil Davis <pdavis...> [MDBirding] Maryland waters pelagic trip cancelled
5/23/17 4:05 pm Kevin Graff <keyweststyle2001...> [MDBirding] Rail Trail & Paper Mill Flats
5/23/17 10:15 am Lydia Schindler <lydia13621...> [MDBirding] Fwd: DC Area, 5/23/2017
5/23/17 8:41 am Pete Givan <rocinrobin...> [MDBirding] Re: Allegany County RFI
5/23/17 7:02 am Wallace Kornack <wallace...> [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Tuesday 5/23/17
5/23/17 6:57 am Marcia Watson <marshwren50...> Re: [MDBirding] Hart-Miller Bus Trip - Seats Available
5/23/17 5:57 am Martha Morris <mmorris5301...> Re: [MDBirding] Swainsons Thrush in Wheaton
5/23/17 3:56 am <keyweststyle2001...> [MDBirding] Raven near Inner Harbor
5/22/17 7:51 pm Marcia Watson <marshwren50...> [MDBirding] Hart-Miller Bus Trip - Seats Available
5/22/17 6:17 pm Janet Ardam <jago10216...> [MDBirding] Chimney Swift Rosst
5/22/17 4:30 pm Jim Nelson <kingfishers2...> Re: Re: [MDBirding] Swainsons Thrush in Wheaton
5/22/17 2:00 pm pobrien776 via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] Swainsons Thrush in Wheaton
5/22/17 1:40 pm 'Susan Hunt' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] Swainsons Thrush in Wheaton
5/22/17 1:08 pm 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] Swainsons Thrush in Wheaton
5/22/17 1:00 pm 'Susan Hunt' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] Swainsons Thrush in Wheaton
5/22/17 12:51 pm 'Susan Hunt' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Swainsons Thrush in Wheaton
5/22/17 9:59 am christine ley <chrisley21...> Re: [MDBirding] Allegany County RFI
5/22/17 9:36 am Phil Davis <pdavis...> [MDBirding] Brown Booby in Anne Arundel County
5/22/17 8:56 am SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...> [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park /sunday, May 21, 2017 9 Raptors
5/22/17 8:01 am Noah Bers <noahbers...> [MDBirding] Possible RHWO in Patapsco State Park, Avalon Area
5/22/17 7:45 am Will McPhail <butcherbird2013...> [MDBirding] Allegany County RFI
5/21/17 7:13 pm JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> [MDBirding] Re: [FR] MD 17 Chimney Swift Roost - 100's
5/21/17 3:38 pm JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> Re: [MDBirding] Re: [FR] MD 17 Chimney Swift Roost - 100's
5/21/17 3:31 pm Janet Millenson <janet...> [MDBirding] Yard birds
5/21/17 3:22 pm Warblerick <ricksussman1955...> [MDBirding] Re: [FR] MD 17 Chimney Swift Roost - 100's
5/21/17 12:20 pm JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> [MDBirding] [FR] MD 17 Chimney Swift Roost - 100's
5/21/17 9:58 am john pangborn <pangborn.john19...> [MDBirding] Blue Mash Nature Trail -- May 21, 2017
5/21/17 9:36 am Wallace Kornack <wallace...> [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Sunday 5/21/17
5/20/17 9:22 am Wallace Kornack <wallace...> [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Saturday 5/20/17
5/20/17 5:17 am Clayton Koonce <cg.koonce...> [MDBirding] Prothonotary Warbler at Lake Kittamaqundi, Howard County
5/19/17 8:32 pm SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...> [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Friday, May 19, 2017 35 Raptors
5/19/17 1:55 pm Max Wilson <max.wilson...> [MDBirding] Summer Tanager - Lower Senate Park DC
5/19/17 12:22 pm Matt Hafner <hafner.matt...> [MDBirding] White-faced Ibis at Deal Island WMA
5/19/17 12:06 pm Tim Carney <timmyc83...> [MDBirding] Masonville 5/19/2017
5/19/17 9:58 am Wallace Kornack <wallace...> [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Friday 5/19/17
5/19/17 6:09 am Warblerick <ricksussman1955...> [MDBirding] Swallow-tailed Kite--AA County...
5/19/17 5:09 am stan arnold <thrushhost...> [MDBirding] Swallow-tailed Kite--AA County...
5/18/17 9:17 pm SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...> [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Thursday, May 18, 2017 202 Raptors Mississippi Kite
5/18/17 10:29 am Jim Wilkinson <lakekoshare...> [MDBirding] Mourning Warbler in east Columbia, Howard County, May 18
5/18/17 10:26 am Max Wilson <max.wilson...> [MDBirding] Summer Tanager - Lower Senate Park DC
5/18/17 9:39 am Josh Emm <apistopanchax...> Re: [MDBirding] Periodic Cicadas
5/18/17 8:52 am Wallace Kornack <wallace...> [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Thursday 5/18/17
5/18/17 8:18 am Jim Rapp <dlitedirector...> [MDBirding] Audubon's Baltimore Birding Weekend: May 19-21
5/17/17 8:54 pm SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...> [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Wednesday, May 17, 2017 10 Raptors
5/17/17 4:55 pm Scott Baron <baron.scott...> [MDBirding] Dickcissel, Oaks Landfill/Blue Mash Nature Trail, Mont. Co.; May 17
5/17/17 3:55 pm Ted on Little Round Bay <akbar...> [MDBirding] Re: Bird ID help, please. Possibly a warbling vireo?
5/17/17 3:38 pm Hugh McGuinness <hdmcguinness...> Re: [MDBirding] Periodic Cicadas
5/17/17 3:37 pm 'Frederick Atwood' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] Periodic Cicadas
5/17/17 3:20 pm Cathy Lynn Grossman <cathylynngrossman...> [MDBirding] snow goose on Military Road 5/17?
5/17/17 2:50 pm Warblerick <ricksussman1955...> Re: [MDBirding] Periodic Cicadas
5/17/17 2:46 pm Samuel Miller <srmiller2022...> [MDBirding] Night Listening
5/17/17 2:35 pm Kevin Graff <keyweststyle2001...> [MDBirding] Rail Trail & Paper Mill Flats, 05/16/17
5/17/17 2:24 pm Donald Sweig <skybirds.d...> Re: [MDBirding] Periodic Cicadas
5/17/17 2:17 pm pobrien776 via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] Periodic Cicadas
5/17/17 1:28 pm George Jett <gmjett...> RE: [MDBirding] Help Save Mattwoman Creek
5/17/17 1:03 pm <krschwa1...> [MDBirding] Help Save Mattwoman Creek
5/17/17 11:24 am Marcia Watson <marshwren50...> Re: [MDBirding] Periodic Cicadas
5/17/17 10:40 am 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] Periodic Cicadas
5/17/17 9:43 am <krschwa1...> [MDBirding] Arctic NWR Under Attack Again
5/17/17 9:27 am Hugh McGuinness <hdmcguinness...> Re: [MDBirding] Periodic Cicadas
5/17/17 9:22 am Richard Coyle <recbirding...> [MDBirding] Off topic. Cicada
5/17/17 9:21 am John McKitterick <john.mckitterick...> Re: [MDBirding] Periodic Cicadas
5/17/17 9:21 am Richard Coyle <recbirding...> [MDBirding] Off topic. Cicada
5/17/17 8:54 am Tony Futcher <tonyfutcher1...> Re: [MDBirding] Bird ID help, please. Possibly a warbling vireo?
5/17/17 8:50 am Wallace Kornack <wallace...> [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Wednesday 5/17/17
5/17/17 8:39 am Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...> [MDBirding] Mourning Warbler @ Wheaton Park today, May 17
5/17/17 8:30 am 'Marcy Stutzman' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Re: Bird ID help, please. Possibly a warbling vireo?
5/17/17 7:31 am Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4...> [MDBirding] Periodic Cicadas
5/17/17 7:05 am Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4...> [MDBirding] Mourning Warbler Howard County
5/17/17 6:45 am Warblerick <ricksussman1955...> [MDBirding] CORA in Woodbine
5/17/17 6:42 am Tim Carney <timmyc83...> [MDBirding] Swan Creek 5/16/2017
5/17/17 6:36 am Dave Roberts <ddroberts50...> [MDBirding] Re: Rusty Blackbird, not Brewer's Blackbird
5/17/17 6:16 am Ted on Little Round Bay <akbar...> [MDBirding] Bird ID help, please. Possibly a warbling vireo?
5/16/17 7:55 pm SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...> [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Tuesday, May 16, 2017 64 Raptors
5/16/17 7:37 pm JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> Re: [MDBirding] Rusty Blackbird, not Brewer's Blackbird
5/16/17 6:57 pm 'Clive Harris' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Alder Flycatcher, Hughes Hollow
5/16/17 2:49 pm Tim Houghton <timhoughton...> [MDBirding] Susquehanna, 28 warblers, Mourning, 5/16/17
5/16/17 2:14 pm Jim Nelson <kingfishers2...> [MDBirding] Rusty Blackbird, not Brewer's Blackbird
5/16/17 12:50 pm Mark Johnson <mj3151...> [MDBirding] Mourning Warbler at Susquehanna State Park (Harford)
5/16/17 12:22 pm Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...> [MDBirding] Wheaton Regional Park today, May 16
5/16/17 11:52 am Patricia Wood <pwood...> [MDBirding] Re: King Farm golden winged and 10 other warblers!! (Mo. Co.)
5/16/17 11:50 am Harry Armistead <harryarmistead...> [MDBirding] 100th Dorchester May count. Talbot Bird Club May count. May 10-15. 2017.
5/16/17 11:29 am Warblerick <ricksussman1955...> [MDBirding] Fwd: DC Area, 5/16/2017
5/16/17 10:34 am Lydia Schindler <lydia13621...> [MDBirding] Fwd: DC Area, 5/16/2017
5/16/17 10:27 am 'Susan Hunt' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] Re: Golden-winged Warbler at Wheaton
5/16/17 10:12 am Wen Lin <wensyilin...> [MDBirding] Re: Golden-winged Warbler at Wheaton
5/16/17 9:58 am Wallace Kornack <wallace...> [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Tuesday 5/16/17, Golden-winged Warbler
5/16/17 8:45 am Harry Armistead <harryarmistead...> [MDBirding] 99th Dorchester County May bird count, May 6, 2017 (in full).
5/16/17 8:45 am Scott Young <wsyacy...> [MDBirding] Friendly birders
5/16/17 4:50 am Tim Carney <timmyc83...> [MDBirding] Mourning Warbler at Swan Creek
5/16/17 4:25 am <keyweststyle2001...> [MDBirding] Summer Tanager, Loch Raven
5/16/17 3:41 am Andy Wilson <awilson.gettysburg...> [MDBirding] Dickcissel in Frederick
5/15/17 8:02 pm Jim Wilkinson <lakekoshare...> [MDBirding] Dickcissel in north Frederick County, May 15
5/15/17 7:12 pm Will McPhail <butcherbird2013...> Re: [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Monday 5/15/17, Mourning Warbler
5/15/17 6:55 pm SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...> [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Monday, May 15, 2017 143 Raptors Mississippi Kite
5/15/17 3:37 pm Stephanie Lovell <amorellovell...> [MDBirding] May 17th meeting of Montgomery Bird Club
5/15/17 2:57 pm Eugene J. Scarpulla <ejscarp...> [MDBirding] Atlantic Seabirds Pelagic Trips: 1991 & 1992
5/15/17 2:08 pm Wallace Kornack <wallace...> Re: [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Monday 5/15/17, Mourning Warbler
5/15/17 10:14 am Wallace Kornack <wallace...> [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Monday 5/15/17, Mourning Warbler
5/15/17 5:01 am 'Susan Hunt' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Golden-winged Warbler at Wheaton
5/14/17 8:57 pm JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> Re: [MDBirding] [WA & FR] May Count/Global Big Day
5/14/17 8:31 pm SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...> [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Sunday, May 14, 2017 125 Raptors
5/14/17 7:28 pm Warblerick <ricksussman1955...> [MDBirding] [WA & FR] May Count/Global Big Day
5/14/17 5:41 pm JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> [MDBirding] [WA & FR] May Count/Global Big Day
5/14/17 5:16 pm Hugh Vandervoort <hughva...> Re: [MDBirding] Greater Scaup, Lake Artemesia
5/14/17 4:26 pm Janet Millenson <janet...> [MDBirding] Wet warblers
5/14/17 4:21 pm Derek C. Richardson <dcr...> [MDBirding] Greater Scaup, Lake Artemesia
5/14/17 1:31 pm Hugh McGuinness <hdmcguinness...> Re: [MDBirding] Mystery Bird Song Update
5/14/17 1:31 pm Hugh McGuinness <hdmcguinness...> Re: [MDBirding] Mystery Bird Song Update
5/14/17 12:37 pm Russ Ruffing <ruff2...> Re: [MDBirding] Mystery Bird Song Update
5/14/17 11:33 am Kari Cohen <karibc...> [MDBirding] National Arboretum on Mother's Day
5/14/17 10:22 am <krschwa1...> [MDBirding] Mystery Bird Song Update
5/14/17 9:58 am Wallace Kornack <wallace...> [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Sunday 5/14/17
5/14/17 9:30 am Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...> [MDBirding] Wheaton Regional Park and Brookside today, May 14
5/14/17 7:38 am Derek C. Richardson <dcr...> [MDBirding] Rocky Gorge Reservoir/Supplee Park
5/14/17 6:39 am Linda Friedland <linnet1...> [MDBirding] Warbler Bonanza at Violette's Lock
5/13/17 7:06 pm 'Jane Fallon' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Dickcissel Pair At Aquasco Farm Park
5/13/17 4:09 pm Patricia Wood <pwood...> [MDBirding] King Farm golden winged and 10 other warblers!! (Mo. Co.)
5/13/17 2:12 pm 'K Lambert' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Bobolinks in Harwood (OK, maybe it's actually Lothian)
5/13/17 5:25 am kjheff122 <kjheff122...> Re: [MDBirding] The Mystery Song Perhaps Solved
5/12/17 9:03 pm pobrien776 via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] The Mystery Song Perhaps Solved
5/12/17 8:08 pm Jim Nelson <kingfishers2...> [MDBirding] Yard first-of-years in Bethesda, Mont. Co.
5/12/17 8:01 pm Jim Nelson <kingfishers2...> [MDBirding] RESEND -- Potential Brewer's Blackbird at Pennyfield Lock (and other birds), Mont. Co. 5/12
5/12/17 7:51 pm Jim Nelson <kingfishers2...> [MDBirding] Potential Brewer's Blackbird at Pennyfield Lock (and other birds), Mont. Co. 5/12
5/12/17 6:15 pm Wallace Kornack <wallace...> Re: [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Friday 5/12/17
5/12/17 2:55 pm <krschwa1...> [MDBirding] The Mystery Song Perhaps Solved
5/12/17 12:59 pm Kurt Schwarz <krschwa1...> [MDBirding] Mystery bird song
5/12/17 12:47 pm Sharon F1727 <sharonf1727...> [MDBirding] Loss of insects - fight back!
5/12/17 8:54 am Scott Young <wsyacy...> [MDBirding] Re: Loss of Insects Documented
5/12/17 8:38 am john pangborn <pangborn.john19...> [MDBirding] C and O Canal--Riley's Lock May 12, 2017 and C&O Canal--Violette's Lock
5/12/17 8:17 am JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> [MDBirding] [FR] RBGB & 5 sparrows
5/12/17 7:09 am Rick Borchelt <rborchelt...> Re: [MDBirding] Loss of Insects Documented
5/12/17 7:08 am Wallace Kornack <wallace...> [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Friday 5/12/17
5/12/17 6:50 am Suzanne Richman <suzanne_richman...> Re: [MDBirding] Loss of Insects Documented
5/12/17 6:37 am Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...> [MDBirding] Loss of Insects Documented
5/12/17 4:30 am Tim Houghton <timhoughton...> [MDBirding] Susquehanna yesterday
5/11/17 7:49 pm Don Simonson <don.r.simonson...> [MDBirding] Peregrine Falcon, North Bethesda Mont. Co.
5/11/17 6:01 pm Derek C. Richardson <dcr...> Re: [MDBirding] Re: R-B Nuthatch, Rocky Gorge
5/11/17 4:00 pm Valerie Kilgallon <vkilgallon...> [MDBirding] Re: R-B Nuthatch, Rocky Gorge
5/11/17 12:24 pm Daniel Sloan <danielsloan215...> [MDBirding] Re: Raven in Greenbelt, PG County?
5/11/17 11:18 am Karen Caruso <karen.caruso...> [MDBirding] JBWS Ongoing Bird Survey - Yellow Warbler, Northern Parula, Blackburian
5/11/17 10:23 am Wallace Kornack <wallace...> [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Thursday 5/11/17
5/11/17 9:57 am SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...> [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Wednesday, May 10, 2017 47 Raptors
5/11/17 7:31 am Tim Carney <timmyc83...> [MDBirding] Poplar Island 5/9/2017
5/11/17 7:22 am Hugh David Fleischmann <david...> [MDBirding] 9th Warbler species at Oasis
5/11/17 6:35 am jfstup <jfstup38...> [MDBirding] kentucky warbler at little Bennett
5/10/17 2:41 pm Kevin Graff <keyweststyle2001...> [MDBirding] Patterson Park & Druid Hill Park, 05/09/17
5/10/17 1:47 pm Karen Caruso <karen.caruso...> [MDBirding] CBEC - Great Crested Flycatcher, Least Tern, Brown-headed Nuthatch
5/10/17 12:02 pm Tim Houghton <timhoughton...> [MDBirding] accurate count of breeding Ceruleans in Pataspco Valley
5/10/17 8:44 am Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...> [MDBirding] Wheaton Regional Park today, May 10
5/10/17 7:28 am Derek C. Richardson <dcr...> [MDBirding] R-B Nuthatch, Rocky Gorge
5/10/17 7:03 am Wallace Kornack <wallace...> [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Wednesday 5/10/17
5/10/17 6:31 am Warblerick <ricksussman1955...> [MDBirding] BBCU
5/10/17 6:01 am Marcia Watson <marshwren50...> Re: [MDBirding] Raven in Greenbelt, PG County?
5/10/17 5:12 am Eric Christian <heliophysicist...> Re: [MDBirding] Raven in Greenbelt, PG County?
5/10/17 4:34 am 'Michel Cavigelli' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] Raven in Greenbelt, PG County?
5/10/17 4:05 am Eric Christian <heliophysicist...> [MDBirding] Raven in Greenbelt, PG County?
5/10/17 3:26 am Lydia Schindler <lydia13621...> [MDBirding] Fwd: DC Area, 5/9/2017
5/9/17 8:55 pm SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...> [MDBirding] Fwd: [BIRDHAWK] Fort Smallwood Park (09 May 2017) 96 Raptors
5/9/17 5:46 pm Warblerick <ricksussman1955...> [MDBirding] Yard migranrs
5/9/17 4:25 pm Don Simonson <don.r.simonson...> [MDBirding] Migrants, 16 warbler sp. C+O Canal Mont. Co; Woodpeckers
5/9/17 11:50 am Warblerick <ricksussman1955...> [MDBirding] Yard migranrs
5/9/17 11:24 am Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...> [MDBirding] Wheaton Regional Park today, May 9
5/9/17 9:51 am Patricia Wood <pwood...> [MDBirding] Osprey fishing at MLK Lake again (Mo. Co.)
5/9/17 9:24 am Wallace Kornack <wallace...> [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Tuesday 5/9/17
5/9/17 8:11 am Harry Armistead <harryarmistead...> [MDBirding] Osprey repellent
5/9/17 6:39 am Warblerick <ricksussman1955...> [MDBirding] Yard migranrs
5/8/17 9:25 pm SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...> [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Monday, May 8, 2017 82 Raptors
5/8/17 8:28 pm JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> [MDBirding] [FR] Best Bike Ride Birds today - one mystery
5/8/17 7:40 pm JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> Re: [MDBirding] Ruddy Duck
5/8/17 6:09 pm Marcia Watson <marshwren50...> Re: [MDBirding] Ruddy Duck
5/8/17 5:24 pm Cornell <rbr73...> [MDBirding] Evening birding at Roosevelt Island
5/8/17 5:11 pm Kevin Graff <keyweststyle2001...> [MDBirding] Hart-Miller Island, 05/08/17
5/8/17 5:03 pm Pat Valdata <pvaldata1...> [MDBirding] Ruddy Duck
5/8/17 1:57 pm Harry Armistead <harryarmistead...> [MDBirding] Elliott Island Road & Ferry Neck, May 4-7, 2017.
5/8/17 11:08 am Jim Felley <jdfelley...> [MDBirding] Lincoln Monument birds, 5/8
5/8/17 9:30 am <keyweststyle2001...> [MDBirding] Anhinga, Baltimore County
5/8/17 9:26 am 'diane Ford' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Fw: eBird Report - Wheaton Regional Park--mini-train tracks/Pine Lake, May 8, 2017
5/8/17 9:09 am Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...> [MDBirding] Lots of migrants at Wheaton Regional Park today, May 8
5/8/17 9:07 am Don Simonson <don.r.simonson...> [MDBirding] Philadelphia Vireo in Yard Darnestown
5/8/17 8:58 am Wallace Kornack <wallace...> [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Monday 5/8/17
5/7/17 8:02 pm SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...> [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Sunday, May 7, 2017 161 Raptors Black Skimmers
5/7/17 5:43 pm 'Gale Janiszewski' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Found camera equipment
5/7/17 12:58 pm Dan Haas <nervousbirds...> [MDBirding] (Currently) Black Skimmer - ANNE ARUNDEL
5/7/17 9:49 am ClodvigII via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] adult Glossy Ibis at Lakside Ponds in Harford Co.
5/7/17 8:51 am Wallace Kornack <wallace...> [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Sunday 5/7/17
5/7/17 8:42 am Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...> [MDBirding] Wheaton Regional Park today, May 7
5/7/17 7:05 am Derek C. Richardson <dcr...> [MDBirding] Rocky Gorge Reservoir/Supplee Park
5/7/17 5:29 am Jay Pitocchelli <jpitocch...> [MDBirding] Request for assistance - recordings of migrating Mourning Warbler songs
5/7/17 5:13 am <connieskipper...> [MDBirding] Garrett County Birdfest
5/6/17 7:48 pm world oceans <world.oceans7...> Re: [MDBirding] Help w/ Tern ID if possible.. I think it's a Caspian but not at all sure.
5/6/17 4:28 pm Marcia Watson <marshwren50...> Re: [MDBirding] Goldfinch overload
5/6/17 2:36 pm Hugh David Fleischmann <david...> [MDBirding] Goldfinch overload
5/6/17 11:17 am Kojo Baidoo <baidookojo6...> [MDBirding] Red-shouldered Hawk nest
5/6/17 10:21 am Wallace Kornack <wallace...> [MDBirding] Rock Creep Park, Saturday 5/6/17
5/6/17 9:27 am Ted on Little Round Bay <akbar...> [MDBirding] Help w/ Tern ID if possible.. I think it's a Caspian but not at all sure.
5/6/17 5:52 am Pat Valdata <pvaldata1...> [MDBirding] Laughing Gulls
5/5/17 5:42 pm Dan Haas <nervousbirds...> [MDBirding] Swan Creek - AA County - Friday
5/5/17 4:18 pm john pangborn <pangborn.john19...> [MDBirding] Blue Mash Nature Trail -- May 05, 2017
5/5/17 12:47 pm 'Marcy Stutzman' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Re: Oxbow Lake - what might get washed out of the marsh today?
5/5/17 11:44 am JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> [MDBirding] [FR] Continuing WT & WC Sparrows
5/5/17 11:32 am SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...> [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Thursday, May 4, 2017 18 Raptors
5/5/17 9:02 am Tim Carney <timmyc83...> [MDBirding] POSSIBLE Cerulean Warbler, AA Co.
5/5/17 7:52 am 'Marcy Stutzman' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Oxbow Lake - what might get washed out of the marsh today?
5/5/17 6:50 am 'Clive Harris' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Riley's Lock Terns
5/5/17 6:31 am 'Jane Fallon' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] 9 Rose-breasted Grosbeaks
5/5/17 5:39 am Tim Carney <timmyc83...> [MDBirding] Masonville 5/4/2017
5/5/17 4:45 am Kevin Graff <keyweststyle2001...> [MDBirding] Rail trail & the Flats, 05/04/17
5/4/17 10:52 pm Phil Davis <pdavis...> [MDBirding] Belated Trumpeter Swan report - Odenton/Crofton, Anne Arundel County, MD
5/4/17 12:00 pm Jim Wilkinson <lakekoshare...> [MDBirding] Bobolinks near Fulton Pond, Howard County, May 4
5/4/17 11:33 am Janet Millenson <janet...> [MDBirding] Feeder and pond
5/4/17 11:08 am Wallace Kornack <wallace...> Re: [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Thursday 5/4/17
5/4/17 10:43 am Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...> [MDBirding] Wheaton Regional Park today, May 4
5/4/17 10:27 am <krschwa1...> [MDBirding] Gov. Hogan Needs to Hear From You on Pollinator Habitat
5/4/17 9:54 am Wallace Kornack <wallace...> [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Thursday 5/4/17
5/4/17 8:44 am jfstup <jfstup38...> [MDBirding] kentucky warbler at Little Bennett
5/4/17 6:13 am john pangborn <pangborn.john19...> [MDBirding] Fallsgrove Stream Valley Park May 04, 2017
5/4/17 5:04 am Robert McLean <tmclean1090...> [MDBirding] Least Bitter at Patterson Park
5/3/17 8:44 pm SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...> [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Wednesday, May 3, 2017 74 Raptors
5/3/17 6:29 pm Marcia Balestri <mebalestri...> [MDBirding] CORRECTION: Worcester May Count-May 13
5/3/17 6:27 pm Marcia Balestri <mebalestri...> [MDBirding] Worcester May Count-May 14
5/3/17 4:17 pm Fred Hoffman <fredhoffman48...> [MDBirding] eBird -- Wheaton Regional Park -- May 03, 2017
5/3/17 4:08 pm john pangborn <pangborn.john19...> [MDBirding] Blue Mash Nature Trail May 03, 2017
5/3/17 10:03 am Wallace Kornack <wallace...> [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Wednesday 5/3/17
5/3/17 9:17 am Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...> [MDBirding] Wheaton Regional Park today, May 3
5/3/17 6:05 am Doug Carlson <carlsondc...> [MDBirding] Least bittern in patterson park?
5/3/17 5:50 am Kevin Graff <keyweststyle2001...> [MDBirding] Hart-Miller Island, 05/01/17
5/3/17 5:27 am 'Ryan Fick' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> RE: [MDBirding] Clay-colored and White-crowned Sparrows [MoCo]
5/2/17 9:56 pm SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...> [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Tuesday, May 2, 2017 156 Raptors
5/2/17 5:49 pm Mike Hudson <mike.p.hudson...> [MDBirding] AGPL at Reese's Corner Rd; Kent County
5/2/17 2:25 pm Warblerick <ricksussman1955...> [MDBirding] Red Run Trail 5/2/17
5/2/17 2:03 pm Tim Houghton <timhoughton...> [MDBirding] Susquehanna, 5/2/17
5/2/17 1:58 pm Bob Ringler <ringler.bob...> [MDBirding] Red Run Trail 5/2/17
5/2/17 11:42 am Wallace Kornack <wallace...> [MDBirding] Another warbler
5/2/17 11:04 am Wallace Kornack <wallace...> Re: [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Tuesday 5/2/17
5/2/17 10:56 am 'diane Ford' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Fw: eBird Report - rock creek park, May 2, 2017
5/2/17 10:14 am Wallace Kornack <wallace...> [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Tuesday 5/2/17
5/2/17 9:47 am Gerry Hawkins <maineusa...> [MDBirding] Voice of the Naturalist, Greater DC area, May 2, 2017
5/2/17 6:47 am Harry Armistead <harryarmistead...> [MDBirding] Blackwater N.W.R., Ferry Neck, Fort Smallwood, April 27-30, May 1, 2017.
5/2/17 6:36 am JimC <jimcancil...> Re: [MDBirding] Finally .. a pic of our elusive new bird.
5/2/17 6:16 am john pangborn <pangborn.john19...> [MDBirding] Fallsgrove Stream Valley Park May 02, 2017
5/1/17 8:27 pm SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...> [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Monday, May 1, 2017 298 Raptors
5/1/17 4:25 pm JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> [MDBirding] [FR] FOY RT Hummer male
5/1/17 11:27 am Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...> [MDBirding] White-crowned Sparrow at feeder
5/1/17 11:24 am Janet Millenson <janet...> Re: [MDBirding] Finally .. a pic of our elusive new bird.
5/1/17 11:15 am JimC <jimcancil...> [MDBirding] Finally .. a pic of our elusive new bird.
5/1/17 7:52 am Wallace Kornack <wallace...> [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Monday 5/1/17
5/1/17 7:41 am Peter Lev <plev...> [MDBirding] May 2 lecture by Patricia Delgado
5/1/17 5:57 am 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] BRBO chase, NOT.
5/1/17 3:34 am scott bates <fennecfox1947...> [MDBirding] Catoctin Trail
4/30/17 7:32 pm SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...> [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Sunday, April 30, 2017 21 Raptors
4/30/17 5:03 pm Patricia Wood <pwood...> [MDBirding] Mattie JT Stepanek Park now a hotspot.
4/30/17 11:45 am Tim Carney <timmyc83...> [MDBirding] Cerulean Warbler, Baltimore
4/30/17 10:42 am Fred Hoffman <fredhoffman48...> [MDBirding] Clay- Colored Sparrow
4/30/17 10:34 am Wallace Kornack <wallace...> [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Sunday 4/30/17
4/30/17 9:39 am 'Marcy Stutzman' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Oxbow Lake - new species today - Bobolink
4/30/17 8:05 am john pangborn <pangborn.john19...> [MDBirding] Blue Mash Nature Trail Apr 30, 2017
4/30/17 6:53 am 'Ross Geredien' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Strong migration at Lake Artemesia
4/30/17 6:19 am Stephanie Lovell <amorellovell...> [MDBirding] Come on down!!! Saturday May 6 to Jug Bay
4/30/17 4:57 am Warblerick <ricksussman1955...> [MDBirding] Fascinating migration on radar at moment
4/29/17 8:52 pm SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...> [MDBirding] Fwd: [BIRDHAWK] Fort Smallwood Park (29 Apr 2017) 428 Raptors
4/29/17 8:33 pm Andy Martin <apmartin2...> [MDBirding] Fascinating migration on radar at moment
4/29/17 5:13 pm Kevin Graff <keyweststyle2001...> [MDBirding] Hart-Miller Island, 04/28/17
4/29/17 3:58 pm Warblerick <ricksussman1955...> Re: [MDBirding] Ycnh
4/29/17 3:52 pm Warblerick <ricksussman1955...> [MDBirding] Yard migrants
4/29/17 1:17 pm Scott Young <wsyacy...> [MDBirding] Re: Clay-colored Sparrow-Yes! Mattie J.T. Stepanek Park
4/29/17 12:36 pm 'diane Ford' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Clay-colored Sparrow-Yes! Mattie J.T. Stepanek Park
4/29/17 10:40 am Rick Borchelt <rborchelt...> Re: [MDBirding] Ycnh
4/29/17 9:55 am Derek C. Richardson <dcr...> [MDBirding] Rocky Gorge/Supplee Lane (PG County)
4/29/17 9:33 am Frank Boyle <ravenfrank...> Re: [MDBirding] Ycnh
4/29/17 9:31 am Frank Boyle <ravenfrank...> Re: [MDBirding] Re: Ycnh
4/29/17 9:27 am Wallace Kornack <wallace...> [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Saturday 4/29/17
4/29/17 8:09 am Patricia Wood <pwood...> [MDBirding] Re: Ycnh
4/29/17 7:09 am David Powell <seneca.ranger...> Re: [MDBirding] Clay-colored and White-crowned Sparrows [MoCo]
4/29/17 6:50 am Robert McLean <tmclean1090...> [MDBirding] Warblers at Millford Mill incl. Blue-winged
4/29/17 4:38 am Ann Hobbs <hobbs_ann...> Re: [MDBirding] Ycnh
4/29/17 4:29 am Warblerick <ricksussman1955...> Re: [MDBirding] Ycnh
4/29/17 4:28 am Max Wilson <max.wilson...> [MDBirding] Clay-colored and White-crowned Sparrows [MoCo]
4/29/17 12:53 am Frank Boyle <ravenfrank...> Re: [MDBirding] Ycnh
4/28/17 8:29 pm SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...> [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Friday, April 28, 2017 244 Raptors
4/28/17 6:38 pm Tim Houghton <timhoughton...> [MDBirding] Susquehanna, 4/28/17
4/28/17 2:39 pm JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> Re: [MDBirding] Ycnh
4/28/17 12:11 pm MARTIN BARR <barbmarty...> [MDBirding] Ycnh
4/28/17 9:26 am Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...> [MDBirding] Wheaton Regional Park today 4-28
4/28/17 9:21 am Don Simonson <don.r.simonson...> [MDBirding] Rose-breasted Grosbeak Darnestown Mont Co; 9 Pennyfield warblers
4/28/17 9:18 am Wallace Kornack <wallace...> [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Friday 4/28/17
4/28/17 5:06 am Marcia Balestri <mebalestri...> [MDBirding] Good migrants in WoCo
4/27/17 8:53 pm SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...> [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Thursday, April 27, 2017 446 Raptors
4/27/17 7:47 pm JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> [MDBirding] [FR] Best Bike Ride Birds today - Am. Bittern
4/27/17 4:35 pm Marcia Balestri <mebalestri...> [MDBirding] Good migrants in WoCo
4/27/17 3:32 pm Marcia Watson <marshwren50...> Re: [MDBirding] New recording device for iPhone .. new audio
4/27/17 1:26 pm Kevin Graff <keyweststyle2001...> [MDBirding] Torrey C Brown Rail Trail (formally N Central Rail Trail), 04/27/17
4/27/17 12:13 pm Karen Caruso <karen.caruso...> [MDBirding] Ongoing Bird Survey at Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary - Blue-headed Vireo, Blue-winged Warbler, etc
4/27/17 10:58 am Tim Carney <timmyc83...> [MDBirding] Poplar Island 4/26/2017
4/27/17 9:01 am Wallace Kornack <wallace...> [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Thursday 4/27/17
4/27/17 7:57 am JimC <jimcancil...> [MDBirding] New recording device for iPhone .. new audio
4/27/17 7:11 am Garrett <froglipp...> [MDBirding] Re: [md-smas] FW: eBird Report - 6553 Mallard Lane, Lothian, MD 20711, Apr 27, 2017
4/27/17 6:21 am George Jett <gmjett...> [MDBirding] FW: eBird Report - 6553 Mallard Lane, Lothian, MD 20711, Apr 27, 2017
4/26/17 8:20 pm SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...> [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Wednesday, April 26, 2017 19 Raptors
4/26/17 5:59 pm 'diane Ford' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Kensington near Ken-Gar
4/26/17 1:06 pm Joe Wolf <birdingwolf55...> [MDBirding] Battle Creek Am. Redstart - Wed
4/26/17 11:40 am Sarah Romero <sarah.m.romero52...> [MDBirding] Re: Help with ID (blue-headed vireo?)
4/26/17 11:28 am Clayton Koonce <cg.koonce...> [MDBirding] Three ospreys at Lake Kittamaqundi, Columbia
4/26/17 10:19 am 'Rod Burley' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] Help with ID
4/26/17 10:00 am Suzanne Richman <suzanne_richman...> Re: [MDBirding] Help with ID
4/26/17 9:56 am Sarah Kirchen <sarahkirchendc...> Re: [MDBirding] Help with ID
4/26/17 9:46 am dma3 via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Re Black-belly Plovers
4/26/17 9:31 am Tim Houghton <timhoughton...> [MDBirding] Milfford Mill, Patapsco Val.
4/26/17 9:25 am Dana <db3492...> [MDBirding] Help with ID
4/26/17 9:00 am Wallace Kornack <wallace...> [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Wednesday 4/26/17
4/26/17 8:44 am dma3 via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Black belly Plovers Montgomery
4/26/17 5:19 am Ted on Little Round Bay <akbar...> [MDBirding] Help with ID (blue-headed vireo?)
4/26/17 4:35 am <keyweststyle2001...> [MDBirding] Cerulean Warbler
4/25/17 12:10 pm Lydia Schindler <lydia13621...> [MDBirding] Fwd: DC Area, 4/25/2017
4/25/17 11:01 am Don Simonson <don.r.simonson...> [MDBirding] Raining Purple Finches in Darnestown Mont.Co
4/25/17 9:06 am Andy Beiderman <aandyy...> [MDBirding] Male Cerulean warbler at Milford Mill (Villa Nova Park) in Baltimore County
4/25/17 7:54 am Wallace Kornack <wallace...> [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Tuesday 4/25/17
4/25/17 5:42 am Tim Carney <timmyc83...> [MDBirding] MPA Photo Contest
4/24/17 5:05 pm Don Simonson <don.r.simonson...> [MDBirding] Screamin' Jay (Cooper) Hawkins; FOS Hummingbird, and others Darnestown Mont Co.
4/24/17 2:40 pm Warblerick <ricksussman1955...> [MDBirding] Re: Fw: [eBird Alert] Needs Alert for Maryland
4/24/17 1:06 pm George Jett <gmjett...> [MDBirding] FW: eBird Report - Mallard Lane, Lothian, MD, Apr 24, 2017
4/24/17 12:51 pm 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Fw: [eBird Alert] Needs Alert for Maryland
4/24/17 10:43 am JimC <jimcancil...> [MDBirding] Blue-gray Gnatcatcher west of Salisbury
4/24/17 10:31 am Wallace Kornack <wallace...> [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Monday 4/24/17
4/24/17 10:18 am JimC <jimcancil...> Re: [MDBirding] Brewer's Blackbird?
4/24/17 9:05 am 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] Brewer's Blackbird?
4/24/17 9:00 am JimC <jimcancil...> [MDBirding] Brewer's Blackbird?
4/24/17 7:53 am john pangborn <pangborn.john19...> [MDBirding] Lois Y. Green Conservation Park Apr 24, 2017
4/24/17 7:43 am Joe Wolf <birdingwolf55...> [MDBirding] 7 warbler day at Battle Creek - Sunday
 
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Date: 5/23/17 9:52 pm
From: Phil Davis <pdavis...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Maryland waters pelagic trip cancelled
MDBirders:

Unfortunately, once again, See Life Paulagics has had to cancel one
of their Maryland waters pelagic trip due to a lack of participation. Sigh ...

This overnight trip was scheduled for June 2-3.

I hope more people consider sighing up for the only other Maryland
deep water pelagic trip of the year, planned for August 19-20.

The target species for this trip are: Wilson's, Leach's, Band-rumped,
and White-faced Storm-petrels, Cory's, Great, Audubon's, and Manx
Shearwater, Pomarine, Parasitic, and Long-tailed Jaegers, South Polar
Skua, Arctic Tern, Red-necked Phalarope ... with hope for a long list
of other MEGA rarities.

http://paulagics.com/trips

Phil


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

MD/DCRC Web site: http://www.MDBirds.org/mddcrc/rcindex.html
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Date: 5/23/17 4:05 pm
From: Kevin Graff <keyweststyle2001...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Rail Trail & Paper Mill Flats
05/23/17 – 745am-1030am

Torrey C Brown Rail Trail—Phoenix Pond, B Co., MD



WEATHER: Overcast, 59-61 degrees, NNE 4 mph- NE 8 mph OBS: 11



Canada Goose – 8 (4 adults, 4 goslings)

Great Blue Heron – 1

Black Vulture – 1

Turkey Vulture – 1

Osprey – 2

Rock Pigeon - 3

Mourning Dove – 2

Chimney Swift – 3

Ruby-throated Hummingbird – 1

Belted Kingfisher – 1

Red-bellied Woodpecker – 2

Downy Woodpecker – 2

Hairy Woodpecker – 1

Pileated Woodpecker – 1

Eastern Wood-Pewee – 3

Acadian Flycatcher – 1

Great Crested Flycatcher - 1

Eastern Kingbird – 1

Yellow-throated Vireo – 1

Warbling Vireo – 2

Red-eyed Vireo – 2

Blue Jay – 2

American Crow – 2

N Rough-winged Swallow – 4

Barn Swallow – 1

Carolina Chickadee – 6

Tufted Titmouse – 2

White-breasted Nuthatch – 1

Carolina Wren – 2

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher – 8

Wood Thrush – 3

American Robin – 9

Gray Catbird – 10

Northern Mockingbird – 1

European Starling – 2

Cedar Waxwing – 11

Ovenbird – 2

Worm-eating Warbler – 1

Louisiana Waterthrush – 1

Black-and-white Warbler – 1

Common Yellowthroat – 5

Northern Parula – 5

Bay-breasted Warbler – 2

Yellow Warbler – 3

Chestnut-sided Warbler – 2

Black-throated Blue Warbler – 1

Chipping Sparrow – 1

Song Sparrow – 1

Scarlet Tanager – 2

Northern Cardinal – 12

Indigo Bunting – 3

Red-winged Blackbird – 5

Common Grackle – 1

Brown-headed Cowbird – 1

Orchard Oriole – 4

Baltimore Oriole – 2

American Goldfinch – 4

SPECIES: 57 INDIVIDUALS: 163



MAMMALS: Gray Sq – 12



REPTILES: E Painted Turtle – 5, Red-bellied Turtle – 2



BUTTERFLIES: E Tiger – 2, Cabbage White – 1




05/23/17 – 1035am-1130am

Loch Raven Reservoir—Paper Mill Flats, B Co., MD



WEATHER: Overcast, 61-62 degrees, NE 8 mph-NE 7 mph OBS: 3



Canada Goose – 9

Wood Duck – 3 (2 drakes, 1 hen)

Mallard – 2 (drakes)

*HOODED MERGANSER – 6 (hen w/ 5 ducklings)

Double-crested Cormorant – 2

Great Blue Heron – 6

Green Heron – 3

Turkey Vulture – 2

Osprey – 2

Red-shouldered Hawk – 1

Red-tailed Hawk – 1

Killdeer – 1

Spotted Sandpiper – 2

Mourning Dove – 1

Belted Kingfisher – 1

Downy Woodpecker – 1

Northern Flicker – 1

Eastern Wood-Pewee – 1

Eastern Kingbird – 1

Warbling Vireo – 1

Red-eyed Vireo – 2

American Crow – 2

N Rough-winged Swallow – 6

Tree Swallow – 4

Bank Swallow – 1

Barn Swallow – 4

Cliff Swallow – 5

Tufted Titmouse – 2

House Wren – 1

Carolina Wren – 1

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher – 6

Eastern Bluebird – 2

American Robin – 3

Gray Catbird – 6

European Starling – 1

Cedar Waxwing – 2

Ovenbird – 2

Common Yellowthroat – 2

Northern Parula – 1

Yellow Warbler – 2

Black-throated Blue Warbler – 1

Song Sparrow – 1

Northern Cardinal – 6

Indigo Bunting – 1

Red-winged Blackbird – 10

Common Grackle – 1

Brown-headed Cowbird – 1

Orchard Oriole – 3

Baltimore Oriole – 2

House Finch – 2

American Goldfinch – 4

SPECIES: 51 INDIVIDUALS: 134 (73 species total)



MAMMALS: Gray Sq – 2



AMPHIBIANS: American Toad – 1 (tiny)



BUTTERFLIES: E Tiger – 2


Kevin Graff
Jarrettsville, MD
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Date: 5/23/17 10:15 am
From: Lydia Schindler <lydia13621...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fwd: DC Area, 5/23/2017
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From: Steve Cordle <scordle...>
Date: Tue, May 23, 2017 at 1:13 PM
Subject: DC Area, 5/23/2017
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Hotline: Voice of the Naturalist
Date: 5/23/2017
Coverage: MD/DC/VA/central and southern DE/WV panhandle
Reports, comments and questions: <voice...>
Compiler: Joe Coleman
Sponsor: Audubon Naturalist Society of the Central
Atlantic States (independent of NAS)
Transcriber: Steve Cordle

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

This is the Voice of the Naturalist, a service of the Audubon
Naturalist Society. This report covers the week starting Tuesday, May
16 and was completed on Tuesday, May 23 at 11:00 a.m.

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

The top birds this week were WHITE-WINGED DOVE in VA, WHITE-FACED IBIS
in MD, SWALLOW-TAILED KITE in MD and VA, and SCISSOR-TAILED
FLYCATCHER* in VA.

Other birds of interest this week included waterfowl, BLACK-BILLED
CUCKOO, rails, SANDHILL CRANE, shorebirds, PARASITIC JAEGER,
GULL-BILLED TERN, BLACK TERN, RED-THROATED LOON, AMERICAN WHITE
PELICAN, AMERICAN BITTERN, MISSISSIPPI KITE, flycatchers including
OLIVE-SIDED and YELLOW-BELLIED, PHILADELPHIA VIREO, SEDGE WREN,
RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, thrushes, warblers, NELSON'S and LINCOLN'S
SPARROWS, PAINTED BUNTING, and DICKCISSEL.

TOP BIRDS

A WHITE-WINGED DOVE was seen at a private residence in Hampton, VA on
May 16; it was not reported after the 16th.

An adult WHITE-FACED IBIS was seen May 19 on Green Dumpster Rd at Deal
Island WMA, Somerset Co, MD. A WHITE-FACED IBIS was also seen May 18,
19, and 20 at the Ashton Tract, Augustine Wildlife Area, New Castle
CO, DE.

A SWALLOW-TAILED KITE flew over North Glen Park, Anne Arundel Co, MD
on May 19. A SWALLOW-TAILED KITE was seen May 21 while driving on Rte
29 bypass in Amherst Co, VA about 2.5 miles north of the Rte 130 exit.

A SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER* was seen May 16 at Arlington Rd & Custis
Tomb Rd, Northampton Co, VA. A SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER* was also
seen May 18 and 19 at the NE Corner of the Wallops Flight Facility,
Accomack Co, VA.

OTHER BIRDS OF INTEREST

Some waterfowl species that winter in the area continued to linger
around this past week. A continuing CACKLING GOOSE at Chesapeake Bay
Environmental Center (Horsehead) in Queen Anne's Co, MD was most
recently reported on May 21. A COMMON EIDER was at Metompkin Island,
Accomack Co, VA on May 17.

BLACK-BILLED CUCKOOS were observed at several locations during the
week including: at private homes in Anne Arundel Co, MD on May 16 and
18; at the Main Section of the James River Park, Richmond, VA on May
16; from the Hawkwatching platform at Kiptopeke SP, Northampton Co, VA
on May 16; on Wheat Ln, Northampton Co, VA on May 17; Sky Meadows SP,
Fauquier Co, VA on May 18; Dyke Marsh, Fairfax Co, VA on May 21;
Western Fairfax Co, VA on May 6; Leesylvania SP, Prince William Co, VA
on May 7; and Sky Meadows SP, Fauquier Co, VA on May 8.

A KING RAIL was at North Point SP, Baltimore Co, MD on May 19. Another
was at Wooton's Landing, Patuxent River Park, Anne Arundel Co, MD on
May 20 and 21. A COMMON GALLINULE was seen at Sandy Bottom Nature
Park, Hampton, VA on May 16, 17, and 18. A COMMON GALLINULE was also
seen on May 20 and 21 at Black Marsh, Baltimore Co, MD. Another was at
Swan Harbor Farm Park, Harford Co, MD, on May 22.

A SANDHILL CRANE was seen May 16 at Fisherman Island NWR, Northampton
Co, VA. One was also seen May 19 at Maury River below Cedar Grove,
Rockbridge Co, VA. SANDHILL CRANES were also seen in De with one at
the Ashton Tract of the Augustine Wildlife Area, New Castle Co, and
the other on May 20 and 21 a little west of Port Penn.

Among the numerous shorebirds at the Chincoteague NWR, Accomack Co, VA
last week were PIPING PLOVERS and, on May 17, a MARBLED GODWIT. Three
MARBLED GODWITS were at Willis Wharf, Northampton Co, VA on May 21.

As many as 3 WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS were seen at a private pond on
Peat Moss Rd, Garrett Co, MD, from May 16 through the 20th. A WILSON'S
PHALAROPE was at the Bombay Hook NWR on May 18, 19, and 20. A
RED-NECKED PHALAROPE was seen May 22 at the Roanoke Sewage Treatment
Plant, Roanoke, VA.

A PARASITIC JAEGER was seen May 19 from the Assateague SP, Worcester
Co, MD.

Two GULL-BILLED TERNS were seen May 17 at Queen Sound Public Landing,
Accomack Co, VA. Three BLACK TERNS were seen May 19 at the Assateague
SP. A BLACK TERN were seen at Bombay Hook NWR on May 19.

A RED-THROATED LOON was seen May 16 from the Fort Smallwood Park
Hawkwatch, Anne Arundel Co, MD. Another was seen May 18 from the
Bayside Peninsula, Assateague Island NS, Worcester Co, MD. On May 19 a
RED-THROATED LOON was seen at Masonville Cove, Baltimore, MD.
RED-THROATED LOONS were also seen in Sussex Co, DE at the DuPont
Nature Center, on May 18 and at Indian River Inlet on May 19.

As many as 5 AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS were seen throughout the week at
the Ashton Tract, Augustine Wildlife Area, New Castle Co, DE.

An AMERICAN BITTERN was at Hughes Hollow, Montgomery Co, MD on May 16.
Another AMERICAN BITTERN was seen the same day at Meadowbrook Park,
Howard Co, MD. An AMERICAN BITTERN was seen and photographed May 20 at
the Nazarene Church Road Wetlands, Rockingham Co, VA.

MISSISSIPPI KITES turned up at a number of locations during the week.
In Northampton Co, VA on May 16 single birds were seen at Fisherman
Island NWR and at Taylor Pond, Kiptopeke NWR; one was also seen the
same day along the Wildlife Loop, Chincoteague NWR, Accomack Co, VA.
On May 17 and 18 they were seen along 17th Street, Upton and Utah
Streets, Arlington County, VA; two were seen at 18th and Utah St on
the 19th and as many as 4 were seen either there or at 17th and Utah
on the 20th. One was also seen on May 17 along Cameron Mills Rd,
Alexandria, VA and on the 18th over nearby Central Ave. One was also
seen May 17 in Ferndale, Anne Arundel Co, MD. A MISSISSIPPI KITE was
seen May 18 at the Craney Island Disposal Area (restricted access),
Portsmouth, VA and another in an area where they have been seen for
several years, Runt Powell Farm, Halifax Co, VA. Single MISSISSIPPI
KITES flew over the Fort Small Park Hawkwatch, Anne Arundel Co, MD on
May 18 and 19. Two MISSISSIPPI KITES were seen May 20 at the private
Big Water Farm, Queen Anne's Co, MD.

The OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER at Monticello Park, Alexandria, VA, was
seen again on May 16. A YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER was seen and heard
in a yard near Bluemont, Loudoun Co, VA. ALDER FLYCATCHERS were found
at several locations throughout the area including one at the Blue
Ridge Center for Environmental Stewardship in northwestern Loudoun Co,
VA on May 16; Hughes Hollow, Montgomery Co, MD on May 16; at the
Occoquan NWR, Prince William Co, VA on May 20 and 21; along the
Huntley Meadows Park Hike and Bike Trail, Fairfax Co, VA on May 21.
Others were observed at Big Water Farm (private), Queen Anne' Co, MD,
on May 17 as well as one at Leesylvania SP, Prince William Co, VA on
May 17. Three LEAST FLYCATCHERS were at the Swan Creek Wetlands/Cox
Creek DMCF, Anne Arundel Co, MD on May 16. A LEAST FLYCATCHER was also
observed on this week's Dyke Marsh (Fairfax Co) walk on May 21. Other
LEAST FLYCATCHERS were observed at the Middle Patuxent Environmental
Area, Howard Co, MD on May 20; at Cromwell Valley Park, Baltimore Co,
MD on May 21; at Patterson Park, Baltimore, MD, on May 21.

PHILADELPHIA VIREOS were seen at Huntley Meadows Park, Fairfax Co, VA
on May 16; at Watkins Ponds, King Farm Stream Park, Montgomery Co, MD
on May 17; and at a home in Randallstown, Baltimore, MD, on May 18.

On May 21 a SEDGE WREN was seen and heard at Finzel Swamp, Garret Co,
MD.

Late RUBY-CROWNED KINGLETS popped at a variety of locations in MD & VA
early in the week.

Various thrush species continued to seen and heard throughout the
region this past week, including GRAY-CHEEKED, SWAINSON'S and VEERY.

While warbler migration began to wind down as the week progressed,
there were still a lot of nice sightings especially during the
beginning of the time period. A GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER and 3 MOURNING
WARBLERS were among the 20 warbler species observed at Rock Creek
Park, NW DC, on May 16; the former and two of the latter were seen in
the Maintenance Yard and the other MOURNING WARBLER was along the
Fence Line. A continuing GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER was seen again on May
16 at Watkins Ponds, King Farm Stream Valley Park, Montgomery Co, MD.
Four GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLERS were found along Big Valley Rd in Highland
Co, VA on May 19. The 16th was a very good day for MOURNING WARBLERS
with one at Susquehanna SP, Harford Co, MD (along with 27 other
warbler species); one at the Beaver Pond, Fort Frederick SP,
Washington Co, MD; and still another at the Swan Creek Wetlands/Cox
Creek DMCF, Anne Arundel Co, MD. MOURNING WARBLERS were also observed
on May 17 with one at the Wheaton RP (Montgomery Co, MD) and another
at the Middle Patuxent Environmental Area, Howard Co, MD. A MOURNING
WARBLER was heard May 18 near the power line between Deer Pasture Dr
and Brush Run in Columbia, MD. Monticello Park (Alexandria, VA) and
Wheaton RP (Montgomery Co, MD) were other great places to see several
warblers with 18 at both on May 16.

There was a NELSON'S SPARROW at Raymond Pool, Bombay Hook NWR, Kent
Co, DE on May 20. A NELSON'S SPARROW was also seen May 21 at the
Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center, Queen Anne's Co, MD. Another
NELSON'S SPARROW was seen the same day in Finzel Swamp, Garrett Co,
MD. On May 16 single LINCOLN'S SPARROW were seen at Finzel Swamp,
Garrett Co, MD and the Middle Patuxent Environmental Area, Howard Co,
MD. On May 17 one was seen at Mt. Nebo WMA, Garrett Co, MD.

A PAINTED BUNTING was seen, heard, and photographed on May 16, and
again on May 17 and 18, at Fisherman's Island NWR (restricted access),
Northampton Co, VA.

A DICKCISSEL was at the Taylor Pond, Kiptopeke SP, Northampton Co, VA,
on May 16. On May 20 one was at Collipher Farm, Virginia Beach, VA. A
DICKCISSEL was also heard on May 20 at Shirley Plantation, Charles
City Co, VA. Two DICKCISSELS were observed May 17 at the private Oaks
Landfill, Montgomery Co, MD. Six DICKCISSELS were seen May 22 on Mason
Dixon Farms which straddles the MD/PA border near Emmitsburg, MD, with
several males and some females near the intersection of Bullfrog Rd
and Harney Rd, Frederick Co.

***

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

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

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Please post reports before midnight Monday, identify the county as
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Date: 5/23/17 8:41 am
From: Pete Givan <rocinrobin...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Allegany County RFI
On Monday, May 22, 2017 at 10:45:03 AM UTC-4, Will McPhail wrote:
> Maryland birders,
>
> I'm thinking of making a day trip to Allegany county this upcoming weekend, mostly to focus on Henslow's Sparrows along Old Legislative Road. I've never birded this area so I'd love any tips on doing so and for finding that species. I'll most likely also check out Finzel Swamp and would welcome any words of wisdom on birding that location as well.
>
> I've been exploring e-Bird but would appreciate any info on finding specialty species of the area, particularly: Golden-winged Warbler, Black-billed Cuckoo and Alder Flycatcher. And of course are other interesting stuff found in the western counties.
>
> Thanks very much in advance,
>
> Will McPhail
> Washington, DC

I just got back from West. MD. We did get the Henslow's at Old Legislative Rd and further up on the trail got a Blue-winged Warbler. Finzel Swamp was pretty quiet though there was a report of a Nelson's Sparrow there and a couple we met said the saw a Black-billed Cuckoo and a Sedge Wren. I may have seen the wren as well, but mis-identified it. Good luck.

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Date: 5/23/17 7:02 am
From: Wallace Kornack <wallace...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Tuesday 5/23/17
This morning (5/23) at Rock Creek Park.

5 warblers seen or heard: Yellowthroat, Cape May, Magnolia, Parula, Blackpoll

——Equitation Field
Common Yellowthroat
Cape May Warbler
Magnolia Warbler
Blackpoll Warbler
Chimney Swift 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
Carolina Wren
American Robin 2
Eastern Towhee
Northern Cardinal
Brown-headed Cowbird

——Fence Line (Bill)
Great Crested Flycatcher
Tufted Titmouse
House Wren
Carolina Wren
Swainson's Thrush 2
Wood Thrush 2
Northern Cardinal
House Sparrow 3

——Yard Parking Lot (Bill)
Mourning Dove 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Great Crested Flycatcher 1
Blue Jay 1
Tufted Titmouse 1
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
Swainson's Thrush 1
Wood Thrush 1
Scarlet Tanager 1
Northern Cardinal 1
House Sparrow 5

——Maintenance Yard (Bill)
Common Yellowthroat
Northern Parula
Blackpoll Warbler 2
Mourning Dove 6
Red-bellied Woodpecker 4
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Great Crested Flycatcher 2
Red-eyed Vireo 2
Blue Jay
American Crow 2
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch 3
House Wren
Carolina Wren
Gray-cheeked Thrush 2
Swainson's Thrush 5
Wood Thrush 4
American Robin 2
Northern Cardinal 5
Brown-headed Cowbird 3
House Sparrow

——Nature Center
Barred Owl 2
Chimney Swift 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Great Crested Flycatcher
American Crow
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Carolina Wren 5
American Robin
Northern Cardinal
Baltimore Oriole
House Sparrow

Contributors: Bill Butler, Jim Lemert, Betsy Stevens, Radtha, Alex, Peggy Connor, +

Have Fun Birding!

Wallace Kornack
Washington DC

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Date: 5/23/17 6:57 am
From: Marcia Watson <marshwren50...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Hart-Miller Bus Trip - Seats Available
The Hart-Miller trip is now full.

Marcia
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Patuxent Bird Club
Maryland Ornithological Society

Bowie, Maryland
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> On May 22, 2017, at 10:50 PM, Marcia Watson <marshwren50...> wrote:
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> I have organized a birding bus tour of Hart-Miller Island for the Patuxent Bird Club, and we have a few seats unexpectedly open because we have had to reschedule to the rain date -- the trip will be this Wednesday, May 24. The bus tour will be similar to those on Poplar Island: the bus will take us around the island and will stop to let us out to look for birds. Kevin Graff is the birding leader. The trip will start at the boat dock in Essex at 8:45 am and the boat will return us to the mainland no later than 3 pm. If you would like a seat, please email me off-line no later than 7 pm on Tuesday the 23rd (tomorrow) and I will reply with details and directions to the boat dock. First come, first served.
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Date: 5/23/17 5:57 am
From: Martha Morris <mmorris5301...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Swainsons Thrush in Wheaton
We heard one singing at Great Falls (MD) on Saturday.

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Date: 5/23/17 3:56 am
From: <keyweststyle2001...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Raven near Inner Harbor
One landed on top of high rise "Exelon" at harbor point section of
harbor. Lots of warblers at pier 5 garden. - Kevin Graff
Sent from my BlackBerry 10 smartphone on the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network.

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Date: 5/22/17 7:51 pm
From: Marcia Watson <marshwren50...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Hart-Miller Bus Trip - Seats Available
I have organized a birding bus tour of Hart-Miller Island for the Patuxent Bird Club, and we have a few seats unexpectedly open because we have had to reschedule to the rain date -- the trip will be this Wednesday, May 24. The bus tour will be similar to those on Poplar Island: the bus will take us around the island and will stop to let us out to look for birds. Kevin Graff is the birding leader. The trip will start at the boat dock in Essex at 8:45 am and the boat will return us to the mainland no later than 3 pm. If you would like a seat, please email me off-line no later than 7 pm on Tuesday the 23rd (tomorrow) and I will reply with details and directions to the boat dock. First come, first served.

Marcia
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Patuxent Bird Club
Maryland Ornithological Society

Bowie, Maryland
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Date: 5/22/17 6:17 pm
From: Janet Ardam <jago10216...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Chimney Swift Rosst
Hi. Thanks to Jim Speicher for posting about the Chimney Swift Roost in Middletown MD. I went last evening to see the spectacle and it did not disappoint! I posted a short video on the MD Birding Facebook group of the Swifts entering the chimney for the night if you’re interested.

Janet Ardam
Montgomery Village MD

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Date: 5/22/17 4:30 pm
From: Jim Nelson <kingfishers2...>
Subject: Re: Re: [MDBirding] Swainsons Thrush in Wheaton
Susan,
I have had one (or a succession of individual birds) singing around my
yard for the last few days. We used to have them every spring, but
not so much recently. So it's been a treat to hear one for several
days.
Yesterday, crows were mobbing a bird. When I finally found the target
of their affections, it was a Common Raven, first seen from our yard
in several years.
Jim NelsonBethesda, Mont. Co. On 05/22/17, 'Susan Hunt' via Maryland &
DC Birding<mdbirding...> wrote: At least I think that's
what it is (never having heard one before). Sounds like the one on my
phone anyway. But would they be singing now?

Sent from my iPhone

On May 22, 2017, at 3:51 PM, "'Susan Hunt' via Maryland & DC Birding"
<mdbirding...> wrote:

> One is singing in my backyard. Quite lovely!
>
> Susan Hunt
> Sligo Woods, Wheaton
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Date: 5/22/17 2:00 pm
From: pobrien776 via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Swainsons Thrush in Wheaton
Swanson's Thrush''s song rises in pitch; Gray-cheeked Thrush's song descends in pitch. Veery's is a two or three-part set of descending phrases each of which goes back to partly overlap the previous phrase in pitch. Distinctive once learned. Oh, and Bicknell's descends like a Gray cheek's but curls back upward at the end.


Paul O'Brien
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Sent: Mon, May 22, 2017 4:08 pm
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Swainsons Thrush in Wheaton



Yes, Swainson's Thrushes are both migrating through the area and singing. Gray-cheeked Thrushes are also doing both and can sound similar if you're not experienced with the two species. To my ear, Gray-cheeks sound wiry whereas Swainson's are more haunting/melodic.


Tyler Bell
<jtylerbell...>
California, Maryland








From: 'Susan Hunt' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
To: <mdbirding...>
Sent: Monday, May 22, 2017 4:00 PM
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Swainsons Thrush in Wheaton




At least I think that's what it is (never having heard one before). Sounds like the one on my phone anyway. But would they be singing now?

Sent from my iPhone

On May 22, 2017, at 3:51 PM, "'Susan Hunt' via Maryland & DC Birding" <mdbirding...> wrote:

> One is singing in my backyard. Quite lovely!
>
> Susan Hunt
> Sligo Woods, Wheaton
>
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Date: 5/22/17 1:40 pm
From: 'Susan Hunt' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Swainsons Thrush in Wheaton
It was definitely melodic, not wiry. Very sweet. 

From: James Tyler Bell <jtylerbell...>
To: Susan Hunt <shunt820...>; "<mdbirding...>" <mdbirding...>
Sent: Monday, May 22, 2017 4:08 PM
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Swainsons Thrush in Wheaton

Yes, Swainson's Thrushes are both migrating through the area and singing. Gray-cheeked Thrushes are also doing both and can sound similar if you're not experienced with the two species. To my ear, Gray-cheeks sound wiry whereas Swainson's are more haunting/melodic.

Tyler Bell
<jtylerbell...>
California, Maryland

From: 'Susan Hunt' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
To: <mdbirding...>
Sent: Monday, May 22, 2017 4:00 PM
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Swainsons Thrush in Wheaton

At least I think that's what it is (never having heard one before). Sounds like the one on my phone anyway. But would they be singing now?

Sent from my iPhone

On May 22, 2017, at 3:51 PM, "'Susan Hunt' via Maryland & DC Birding" <mdbirding...> wrote:

> One is singing in my backyard. Quite lovely! 
>
> Susan Hunt
> Sligo Woods, Wheaton
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Date: 5/22/17 1:08 pm
From: 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Swainsons Thrush in Wheaton
Yes, Swainson's Thrushes are both migrating through the area and singing. Gray-cheeked Thrushes are also doing both and can sound similar if you're not experienced with the two species. To my ear, Gray-cheeks sound wiry whereas Swainson's are more haunting/melodic.

Tyler Bell
<jtylerbell...>
California, Maryland

From: 'Susan Hunt' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
To: <mdbirding...>
Sent: Monday, May 22, 2017 4:00 PM
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Swainsons Thrush in Wheaton

At least I think that's what it is (never having heard one before). Sounds like the one on my phone anyway. But would they be singing now?

Sent from my iPhone

On May 22, 2017, at 3:51 PM, "'Susan Hunt' via Maryland & DC Birding" <mdbirding...> wrote:

> One is singing in my backyard. Quite lovely! 
>
> Susan Hunt
> Sligo Woods, Wheaton
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Date: 5/22/17 1:00 pm
From: 'Susan Hunt' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Swainsons Thrush in Wheaton
At least I think that's what it is (never having heard one before). Sounds like the one on my phone anyway. But would they be singing now?

Sent from my iPhone

On May 22, 2017, at 3:51 PM, "'Susan Hunt' via Maryland & DC Birding" <mdbirding...> wrote:

> One is singing in my backyard. Quite lovely!
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Date: 5/22/17 12:51 pm
From: 'Susan Hunt' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Swainsons Thrush in Wheaton
One is singing in my backyard. Quite lovely!

Susan Hunt
Sligo Woods, Wheaton

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Date: 5/22/17 9:59 am
From: christine ley <chrisley21...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Allegany County RFI
We saw golden winged warblers and brewster'snear old legislative road. And henslow's sparrows, but that was a couple of years ago. I don't know if they're in the same place or not.
Chris
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> On May 22, 2017, at 10:45 AM, Will McPhail <butcherbird2013...> wrote:
>
> Maryland birders,
>
> I'm thinking of making a day trip to Allegany county this upcoming weekend, mostly to focus on Henslow's Sparrows along Old Legislative Road. I've never birded this area so I'd love any tips on doing so and for finding that species. I'll most likely also check out Finzel Swamp and would welcome any words of wisdom on birding that location as well.
>
> I've been exploring e-Bird but would appreciate any info on finding specialty species of the area, particularly: Golden-winged Warbler, Black-billed Cuckoo and Alder Flycatcher. And of course are other interesting stuff found in the western counties.
>
> Thanks very much in advance,
>
> Will McPhail
> Washington, DC
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Date: 5/22/17 9:36 am
From: Phil Davis <pdavis...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Brown Booby in Anne Arundel County
MDBirders:

FYI ... I received a set of killer photos last night of an adult
female Brown Booby that was sitting on a South River dock in
Edgewater, MD on Saturday afternoon, 5/20.

The bird allowed the observer to approach very closely (about 3 feet)
for about 5 minutes, then it took off, circled, and headed toward
Annapolis. It did not return.

So, keep you eyes open around Annapolis and points north (Baltimore
Harbor, maybe?)

Phil


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Date: 5/22/17 8:56 am
From: SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park /sunday, May 21, 2017 9 Raptors
Fort Smallwood Park
Pasadena, Maryland, USA


Daily Raptor Counts: May 21, 2017
Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
Black Vulture 0 29 273
Turkey Vulture 6 858 6746
Osprey 1 48 556
Bald Eagle 1 75 206
Northern Harrier 0 14 76
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 237 1061
Cooper's Hawk 0 33 209
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 3 95
Broad-winged Hawk 1 165 318
Red-tailed Hawk 0 32 177
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 2
American Kestrel 0 3 122
Merlin 0 17 59
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 2 5
Unknown Falcon 0 0 2
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 1 5
Mississippi Kite 0 3 3
Total: 9 1520 9915


Observation start time: 9 am
Observation end time: 3 pm Daylight Time
Total observation time: 6 hours
Official Counter Sue Ricciardi
Observers: Dan Walker, John Hubble

Weather: Cloudy, almost overcast; 58-63 degrees; fair visibility which was hindered at times by low cloud cover; winds easterly and mostly light, 0-13 mph

Raptor Observations: Very little flying today

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

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

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Date: 5/22/17 8:01 am
From: Noah Bers <noahbers...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Possible RHWO in Patapsco State Park, Avalon Area
I had a possible RHWO sighting this weekend in Patapsco State Park in the Avalon Area. Bird that appeared to have a snow white body and crimson head spotted doing distinctive woodpecker swoop from Lost Lake across the river (39.229283, -76.728437). Heard single shrill call.

Also spotted a Black-Billed Cuckoo. The area between Rolling Road and the river (Soapstone and Vinyard trails) were quite full of birds even for an afternoon hike.

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Date: 5/22/17 7:45 am
From: Will McPhail <butcherbird2013...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Allegany County RFI
Maryland birders,

I'm thinking of making a day trip to Allegany county this upcoming weekend, mostly to focus on Henslow's Sparrows along Old Legislative Road. I've never birded this area so I'd love any tips on doing so and for finding that species. I'll most likely also check out Finzel Swamp and would welcome any words of wisdom on birding that location as well.

I've been exploring e-Bird but would appreciate any info on finding specialty species of the area, particularly: Golden-winged Warbler, Black-billed Cuckoo and Alder Flycatcher. And of course are other interesting stuff found in the western counties.

Thanks very much in advance,

Will McPhail
Washington, DC

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Date: 5/21/17 7:13 pm
From: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: [FR] MD 17 Chimney Swift Roost - 100's
The show ended 10 min later tonight.

On hand were Janet & Nancy & their pooch of Gaithersburg and me.

Janet will likely post video to the Facebook version of MD/DC Birding.

I don't do FB :)

Jim

On 5/21/17, JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> wrote:
> I came upon this spectacle either THURS or FRI and revisited it
> yesterday evening. Can't say how long they've been there - perhaps
> it's a temp migratory phenom, as nesting birds occur one pair per
> chimney.
>
> Yesterday with the overcast bringing darkness early, I arrived @2025
> to find the swirling, chattering mass of birds above the chimney @205
> S. Church St, Middletown, MD. By 2040 +/- all the birds had entered
> the chimney with a few stragglers continuing to drop in as I left.
>
> The property is adjacent to a gas station/convenience store
> [DeLauder's (sp)], which is closed on Sunday, although the property
> remains open.
>
> Rough directions:
> 12 miles S of I-70 exit 42, or 4 mi W of I-70 exit 49. In both cases,
> proceed south of the intersection of MD 17 & ALT 40 for about 1.5
> blocks.
>
> Jim Speicher
> BroadRun/Burkittsville area
> [FR] Frederick County
> WA Co. MOS member
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Date: 5/21/17 3:38 pm
From: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Re: [FR] MD 17 Chimney Swift Roost - 100's
Commercial. I've alerted the local media [Brunswick Citizen].
Hopefully they will decide to run a story to negate any BAT HYSTERIA
that may be brewing...haven't heard back yet...Jim

On 5/21/17, Warblerick <ricksussman1955...> wrote:
> On Sunday, May 21, 2017 at 3:20:06 PM UTC-4, James Speicher wrote:
>> I came upon this spectacle either THURS or FRI and revisited it
>> yesterday evening. Can't say how long they've been there - perhaps
>> it's a temp migratory phenom, as nesting birds occur one pair per
>> chimney.
>>
>> Yesterday with the overcast bringing darkness early, I arrived @2025
>> to find the swirling, chattering mass of birds above the chimney @205
>> S. Church St, Middletown, MD. By 2040 +/- all the birds had entered
>> the chimney with a few stragglers continuing to drop in as I left.
>>
>> The property is adjacent to a gas station/convenience store
>> [DeLauder's (sp)], which is closed on Sunday, although the property
>> remains open.
>>
>> Rough directions:
>> 12 miles S of I-70 exit 42, or 4 mi W of I-70 exit 49. In both cases,
>> proceed south of the intersection of MD 17 & ALT 40 for about 1.5
>> blocks.
>>
>> Jim Speicher
>> BroadRun/Burkittsville area
>> [FR] Frederick County
>> WA Co. MOS member
>
> Is this a house or commercial property or church?
> Rick Sussman
> Woodbine,MD
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Date: 5/21/17 3:31 pm
From: Janet Millenson <janet...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Yard birds
Awoke to the calling of a Yellow-billed Cuckoo today. Other avian treats
in the yard this morning included Baltimore Oriole and Swainson's
Thrush. The mulberry trees are attracting lots of Cedar Waxwings, too.


Janet Millenson
Potomac, MD (Montgomery County)
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Date: 5/21/17 3:22 pm
From: Warblerick <ricksussman1955...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: [FR] MD 17 Chimney Swift Roost - 100's
On Sunday, May 21, 2017 at 3:20:06 PM UTC-4, James Speicher wrote:
> I came upon this spectacle either THURS or FRI and revisited it
> yesterday evening. Can't say how long they've been there - perhaps
> it's a temp migratory phenom, as nesting birds occur one pair per
> chimney.
>
> Yesterday with the overcast bringing darkness early, I arrived @2025
> to find the swirling, chattering mass of birds above the chimney @205
> S. Church St, Middletown, MD. By 2040 +/- all the birds had entered
> the chimney with a few stragglers continuing to drop in as I left.
>
> The property is adjacent to a gas station/convenience store
> [DeLauder's (sp)], which is closed on Sunday, although the property
> remains open.
>
> Rough directions:
> 12 miles S of I-70 exit 42, or 4 mi W of I-70 exit 49. In both cases,
> proceed south of the intersection of MD 17 & ALT 40 for about 1.5
> blocks.
>
> Jim Speicher
> BroadRun/Burkittsville area
> [FR] Frederick County
> WA Co. MOS member

Is this a house or commercial property or church?
Rick Sussman
Woodbine,MD

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Date: 5/21/17 12:20 pm
From: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...>
Subject: [MDBirding] [FR] MD 17 Chimney Swift Roost - 100's
I came upon this spectacle either THURS or FRI and revisited it
yesterday evening. Can't say how long they've been there - perhaps
it's a temp migratory phenom, as nesting birds occur one pair per
chimney.

Yesterday with the overcast bringing darkness early, I arrived @2025
to find the swirling, chattering mass of birds above the chimney @205
S. Church St, Middletown, MD. By 2040 +/- all the birds had entered
the chimney with a few stragglers continuing to drop in as I left.

The property is adjacent to a gas station/convenience store
[DeLauder's (sp)], which is closed on Sunday, although the property
remains open.

Rough directions:
12 miles S of I-70 exit 42, or 4 mi W of I-70 exit 49. In both cases,
proceed south of the intersection of MD 17 & ALT 40 for about 1.5
blocks.

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

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Date: 5/21/17 9:58 am
From: john pangborn <pangborn.john19...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Blue Mash Nature Trail -- May 21, 2017
7:00 AM
Traveling
2.38 miles
180 minutes
All birds reported? Yes
Comments:

3 Canada Goose
2 Mallard
1 Red-shouldered Hawk
8 Mourning Dove
2 Chimney Swift
3 Red-bellied Woodpecker
1 Acadian Flycatcher
4 Great Crested Flycatcher
2 Eastern Kingbird

1 Yellow-throated Vireo
2 Red-eyed Vireo
5 Blue Jay
4 American Crow
3 Fish Crow
6 Tree Swallow
5 Tufted Titmouse
1 House Wren
3 Carolina Wren
3 Eastern Bluebird
3 Gray Catbird
4 Northern Mockingbird
6 Cedar Waxwing
1 Common Yellowthroat
3 Yellow-breasted Chat
3 Field Sparrow
1 Song Sparrow
5 Eastern Towhee
8 Northern Cardinal
5 Indigo Bunting
3 Red-winged Blackbird (Red-winged)
2 American Goldfinch

Number of Taxa: 32
John <pangborn.john19...>
Gaithersburg md.

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Date: 5/21/17 9:36 am
From: Wallace Kornack <wallace...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Sunday 5/21/17
This morning (5/21) at Rock Creek Park.

8 warblers seen or heard: Ovenbird, L. Waterthrush, Yellowthroat, Redstart, Cape May, Parula, Bay-breasted, Blackpoll

An unusually large number of Swanson’s Thrushes were seen.

——Equitation Field
Mourning Dove 3
Chimney Swift
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Great Crested Flycatcher
Red-eyed Vireo
Tufted Titmouse
Swainson's Thrush
Wood Thrush
American Robin 2
European Starling
Chipping Sparrow
Eastern Towhee
Scarlet Tanager
Northern Cardinal

——Ridge
Ovenbird
Louisiana Waterthrush (Tully)
American Redstart
Northern Parula
Blackpoll Warbler 2
Mourning Dove
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Acadian Flycatcher
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
Wood Thrush
American Robin 2
Scarlet Tanager
Baltimore Oriole

——Yard Parking Lot (Bill)
Mourning Dove
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Blue Jay
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Swainson's Thrush
Wood Thrush
American Robin 4
Chipping Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
House Sparrow 3

——Fence Line
Mourning Dove
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Great Crested Flycatcher
Blue Jay
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Carolina Wren 2
Swainson's Thrush
Wood Thrush 2
Northern Cardinal
House Sparrow

——Maintenance Yard (Bill,+)
Common Yellowthroat
American Redstart 2
Cape May Warbler (Shirley, Jessica, Susan +)
Bay-breasted Warbler (Tucker)
Blackpoll Warbler 2
Mourning Dove 7
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Chimney Swift
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Red-bellied Woodpecker 6
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker 3
Great Crested Flycatcher 2
Red-eyed Vireo 7
Blue Jay 4
American Crow
White-breasted Nuthatch 3
House Wren 3
Veery
Gray-cheeked Thrush (Tucker)
Swainson's Thrush 19 (Mulberry Tree)
Wood Thrush 2
American Robin 6
European Starling 2
Scarlet Tanager
Northern Cardinal 5
Brown-headed Cowbird 6
Baltimore Oriole
House Sparrow

——Nature Center
Mourning Dove 4
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Red-eyed Vireo
Blue Jay 2
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
Carolina Wren
Swainson's Thrush 2
Wood Thrush
American Robin
American Goldfinch

Contributors: Bill Butler, Leon Kass, Jim Lemert, Susan Volman, Shirley Putnam, Jessica Barringer, Don Kates, Tully Hochhausler, Devin Hochhausler, +++

Have Fun Birding!

Wallace Kornack
Washington DC

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Date: 5/20/17 9:22 am
From: Wallace Kornack <wallace...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Saturday 5/20/17
This morning (5/20) at Rock Creek Park.

Warblers seen or heard: Ovenbird, L. Waterthrush, Parula, Blackpoll, Yellowthroat, Redstart

——Equitation Field
Louisiana Waterthrush (Rodger)

——Ridge
Ovenbird
Northern Parula
Mourning Dove
Downy Woodpecker
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Carolina Chickadee 2

——Yard Parking Lot
Blackpoll Warbler
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Great Crested Flycatcher
Carolina Chickadee
Swainson's Thrush
American Robin 2
House Sparrow 2

——Fence Line
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Acadian Flycatcher
Tufted Titmouse
Carolina Wren
Swainson's Thrush 2
Wood Thrush

——Maintenance Yard
Common Yellowthroat
American Redstart
Northern Parula
Blackpoll Warbler
Green Heron flyby
Mourning Dove 5
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Chimney Swift 4
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Eastern Wood-Pewee 2
Great Crested Flycatcher 2
Red-eyed Vireo 2
Blue Jay 3
Carolina Chickadee
White-breasted Nuthatch 4
House Wren
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 2
Gray-cheeked Thrush (Leon, Jim)
Swainson's Thrush 3
American Robin 6
Cedar Waxwing 4
Scarlet Tanager 3
Northern Cardinal 3
Brown-headed Cowbird 4
House Finch 5
American Goldfinch 5

Contributors: Leon Kass, Sally Wechsler, Jim Lemert, Rodger Poore, Carter Roberts, Tucker Scully, Rob Anderson, Leslie Colman, Susan Volman, Daniel Blatt, Tully Hochhausler, Devon Hochhausler, Joel Merriman, HiSao, +++

Have Fun Birding!

Wallace Kornack
Washington DC






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Date: 5/20/17 5:17 am
From: Clayton Koonce <cg.koonce...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Prothonotary Warbler at Lake Kittamaqundi, Howard County
Male PROW was first heard at a spot near the lake on May 13 and again on May 17. I was not able to link sound with species until late yesterday afternoon, when I had the bird in sight and hearing on the east side of the little inlet at the north end of the lake. This morning, between 7:10 and 7:40, I had the bird continuing along the Little Patuxent River where it flows next to the north part of the lake. Heard and seen. Moving back and forth along the river.

Diagnostic photo taken yesterday is attached. Also entered in eBird. (May 13 marks first eBird documentation of PROW at Lake Kittamaqundi.)

Clayton Koonce
Columbia, MD
member, Howard County Bird Club

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Date: 5/19/17 8:32 pm
From: SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Friday, May 19, 2017 35 Raptors
Fort Smallwood Park
Pasadena, Maryland, USA


Daily Raptor Counts: May 19, 2017
Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
Black Vulture 0 29 273
Turkey Vulture 19 852 6740
Osprey 0 47 555
Bald Eagle 6 74 205
Northern Harrier 0 14 76
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 237 1061
Cooper's Hawk 0 33 209
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 3 95
Broad-winged Hawk 9 164 317
Red-tailed Hawk 0 32 177
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 2
American Kestrel 0 3 122
Merlin 0 17 59
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 2 5
Unknown Falcon 0 0 2
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 1 5
Mississippi Kite 1 3 3
Total: 35 1511 9906


Observation start time: 9 am
Observation end time: 5:15 pm Daylight Time
Total observation time: 8.25 hours
Official Counter Hal Wierenga, Lynn Davidson, Sue Ricciardi
Observers: Dan Walker, Hal Wierenga, Lynn Davidson

Visitors: Tim Houghton

Weather: Mostly sunny becoming mostly cloudy; 81-90 degrees; fair visibility with haze; winds westerly, 6-16 mph, gusting to 20 mph

Raptor Observations: Third Mississippi Kite of the season! Appearing at 9:50 pm daylight time, a probable adult, it flew rather high overhead on a relatively straight path. Otherwise, observers worked hard to in the heat and tough skies to catch 30+ migrants. Thunderstorms rolling in ended the count.

Non-raptor Observations: Cattle Egret; dragonflies abundant yesterday and today

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

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

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Date: 5/19/17 1:55 pm
From: Max Wilson <max.wilson...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Summer Tanager - Lower Senate Park DC
The same Summer Tanager was singing from Lower Senate Park again mid-day today. It was first seen around 12:30 in the NW quadrant of the park (north of D St and west of Delaware) singing from a tall maple. We later encountered it in the far southern part of the park along Constitution Ave. It seems to move around a lot but sings or calls nearly constantly.

Max Wilson
Potomac, Montgomery

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Date: 5/19/17 12:22 pm
From: Matt Hafner <hafner.matt...>
Subject: [MDBirding] White-faced Ibis at Deal Island WMA
The Audubon IBA birdathon team just saw an adult White-faced Ibis on Green Dumpster Rd at Deal Island WMA in Somerset County. It was about 1/2-3/4 of the way to the boat ramp on the SE side.

Good birding!

Matt Hafner
Forest Hill, MD

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Date: 5/19/17 12:06 pm
From: Tim Carney <timmyc83...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Masonville 5/19/2017
HOT, but great day at Masonville.

The most unexpected bird was a RED-THROATED LOON out in the harbor. It was distant, so I went across to Broening Park to get better views.

Also unexpected was an ACADIAN FLYCATCHER. I don't normally get singing ACFL in the city.

Other highlights were as follows:

Campus/Education Center:

Bufflehead 1 (male, late)
Pied-billed Grebe 1 (unexpected)
Semipalmated Plover 9
Least Sandpiper 11
Semipalmated Sandpiper 1
Common Tern 20+ (nesting on offshore barge)
Northern Waterthrush 3

Restricted areas:

Lesser Scaup 1
Ruddy Duck 13
Semipalmated Plover 7
Least Sandpiper 12
Semipalmated Sandpiper 10
Common Tern 4
Gray-cheeked Thrush 1
Swainson's Thrush 2
Northern Waterthrush 1

Full eBird checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S36987037

Tim Carney
Nottingham, MD

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Date: 5/19/17 9:58 am
From: Wallace Kornack <wallace...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Friday 5/19/17
This morning (5/19) at Rock Creek Park.

8 warblers seen or heard: L. Waterthrush, Yellowthroat, Redstart, Parula, Magnolia, Blackpoll, BT Blue, BT Green

——Equitation Field
Louisiana Waterthrush (Callan)
American Redstart
Blackpoll Warbler 2
Mourning Dove
Yellow-billed Cuckoo (Callan)
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
Pileated Woodpecker
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Great Crested Flycatcher
Red-eyed Vireo 3
Blue Jay
American Crow
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
Carolina Wren
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Wood Thrush 2
American Robin 7
Scarlet Tanager
Northern Cardinal
Brown-headed Cowbird 2

——Yard Parking Lot (Bill)
Mourning Dove
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Acadian Flycatcher
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
Gray-cheeked Thrush (Shirley, Callan)
Swainson's Thrush
Wood Thrush
American Robin
Scarlet Tanager
Northern Cardinal
House Sparrow 6

——Fence Line (Bill)
American Redstart
Mourning Dove 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Acadian Flycatcher
American Crow
Fish Crow
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse 2
White-breasted Nuthatch
Carolina Wren
Swainson's Thrush
Wood Thrush
Scarlet Tanager
Northern Cardinal 2
House Sparrow 4

——Maintenance Yard (Bill +)
Common Yellowthroat
American Redstart 2
Northern Parula
Magnolia Warbler
Blackpoll Warbler 2
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler (Sally)
Double-crested Cormorant flyby
Black-crowned Night-Heron flyby
Mourning Dove 3
Yellow-billed Cuckoo 2
Chimney Swift 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker 4
Hairy Woodpecker
Great Crested Flycatcher 3
Red-eyed Vireo 4
Blue Jay 3
American Crow 14
Fish Crow
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse 2
White-breasted Nuthatch 4
House Wren 2
Carolina Wren 2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Swainson's Thrush
Wood Thrush 2
American Robin 4
European Starling
Northern Cardinal 2
Brown-headed Cowbird 3
American Goldfinch 5

——Nature Center
Pileated Woodpecker
Red-eyed Vireo
Blue Jay
Tufted Titmouse
Wood Thrush
American Robin 2

Contributors: Bill Butler, Leon Kass, Sally Wechsler, Shirley Putnam, Beatrice Grabowski, Joe Sonnefeld, Tucker Scully, ++

Have Fun Birding!

Wallace Kornack
Washington DC



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Date: 5/19/17 6:09 am
From: Warblerick <ricksussman1955...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Swallow-tailed Kite--AA County...
Sweet! Nice sighting Stan, just too bad it wasn't a yard bird. But still MIKI as an annual yard bird ain't too shabby! Migration here in my yard has been overall pretty bad too. No vireos, just a few warblers, singles of lots of migrants. Haven't even had an Orchard Oriole yet!
Rick Sussman
Woodbine, MD

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Date: 5/19/17 5:09 am
From: stan arnold <thrushhost...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Swallow-tailed Kite--AA County...
...and SO close to being a yard bird

Hi Folks,

During migration I make regular short walks through North Glen Park, which
is a rather small place with ball fields and a small patch of woods that's
less than a half mile from my house. While in a parking area, at 7:14
a.m., I put my bins on a flyover, and was astounded to be looking at a
stunning Swallow-tailed Kite, heading north. It was quite low, not more
than about 100 feet up, giving me a perfect look at the white underside,
edged in black, and unmistakable forked tail. I do not remember EVER,
either in Florida or Mississippi (where I've seen many of these) having a
better look at this bird.

It was heading generally towards our yard, so I called Elaine and told her
where to look, but sadly she was inside and upstairs when she got the call,
and couldn't respond in time. Nevertheless, unless the bird made a
precipitous turn, I am certain that it would have been visible from
somewhere in our yard, had there been someone there to view it.

This is only my third STKI in Maryland, the first being at Hughes Hollow in
2009, and the second being at Swan Creek in 2011.

Oh, and btw, this has been the worst spring migration ever in our yard. I
think eight species of warbler so far, when I'm accustomed to about 20 by
this point in time. At least I'm currently being serenaded by a Swainson's
Thrush, here for a second day, and our recent two-day visit by a
White-crowned Sparrow was only our fourth record in the yard in 21 years.
A couple of Rusty Blackbird sightings earlier in the year, and a
Mississippi Kite yesterday (which is annual in our yard) sums up our spring
excitement.

Stan Arnold
Ferndale in AA Co.

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Date: 5/18/17 9:17 pm
From: SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Thursday, May 18, 2017 202 Raptors Mississippi Kite
Fort Smallwood Park
Pasadena, Maryland, USA


Daily Raptor Counts: May 18, 2017
Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
Black Vulture 2 29 273
Turkey Vulture 114 833 6721
Osprey 9 47 555
Bald Eagle 13 68 199
Northern Harrier 0 14 76
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 237 1061
Cooper's Hawk 0 33 209
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 3 95
Broad-winged Hawk 56 159 298
Red-tailed Hawk 6 32 177
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 2
American Kestrel 0 3 122
Merlin 0 17 59
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 1 2 5
Unknown Falcon 0 0 2
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 1 5
Mississippi Kite 1 2 2
Total: 202 1480 9871



Observation start time: 9:15 am
Observation end time: 3 pm Daylight Time
Total observation time: 5.75 hours
Official Counter Bob Rineer, Sue Ricciardi
Observers: Bob Rineer, Chris Reed, Dan Walker, Hal Wierenga, Sue Ricciardi


Visitors: Tim Houghton

Weather: Mostly cloudy becoming partly cloudy; 78-90 degrees; fair visibility with haze; winds mostly from the southwest, 8-11 mph

Raptor Observations: A busy day for this late in the season. Second Mississippi Kite! A high flier appearing at 12:05 daylight time. We were unable to age it from the view we got. It flew west without tarrying much except to wheel and capture a dragonfly or two.

Non-raptor Observations: Three herons (Great Blue, Little Blue, Green) and two egrets (Snowy, Great)


---------------------------------------------

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

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

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Date: 5/18/17 10:29 am
From: Jim Wilkinson <lakekoshare...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Mourning Warbler in east Columbia, Howard County, May 18
I heard a Mourning Warbler this morning around 8:30 AM near the power line between Deer Pasture Drive and Brush Run in Columbia.

Jim Wilkinson
Columbia, MD

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Date: 5/18/17 10:26 am
From: Max Wilson <max.wilson...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Summer Tanager - Lower Senate Park DC
Right around noon I had a first spring Summer Tanager singing in Lower Senate Park in DC. The bird was in the tall trees along the west side of Delaware Ave south of D Street. It was slowly moving south and signing pretty consistently. I got a brief recording of its song, which I uploaded to eBird: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S36959361.

Max Wilson
Potomac, Montgomery County

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Date: 5/18/17 9:39 am
From: Josh Emm <apistopanchax...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Periodic Cicadas
Hey all,
Any Magicicada emergence this year is considered brood VI and is not directly tied to our big brood X emergence, which will next amaze and astound us in 2021. http://www.magicicada.org/magicicada/
Enjoy them while you have them!
Josh Emm
HdG, MD

Sent from my iPhone

> On May 17, 2017, at 6:38 PM, Hugh McGuinness <hdmcguinness...> wrote:
>
> Brood X is apparently well know for having a small proportion of its individuals emerge at 13 years, so I cannot buy that this emergence was caused by the recent weather since it is a normal occurrence. I think we can still expect a huge emergence of Brood X in 2021, as well as a smaller emergence in 2020 and 2022. My guess is that this year's emergence is more tied to some innate tendency of periodical cicadas to have 13 and 17 yr cycles, the reason for which has been speculated about, but is still a mystery.
>
> Hugh
>
>> On Wed, May 17, 2017 at 5:17 PM, <pobrien776...> wrote:
>> This is "our" Brood X(10) emerging four years early. The reason seems to be that the late winter/early spring hot/cold/hot/cold weather was interpreted by some of the Cicadas as yearly cycles so that their circannual cycle was fooled into early emergence. Google it. I have hundreds in my front yard.
>>
>> Paul O'Brien
>> Rockville
>>
>>
>>
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Marcia Watson <marshwren50...>
>> To: James Tyler Bell <jtylerbell...>
>> Cc: Hugh McGuinness <hdmcguinness...>; Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
>> Sent: Wed, May 17, 2017 2:24 pm
>> Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Periodic Cicadas
>>
>> Other birds that I have seen feasting on cicadas of previous broods in Cecil County include Cattle Egrets, Little Blue Herons, Green Herons and Black-billed Cuckoos.
>>
>> Marcia
>> -------------
>> Marcia Watson
>> Patuxent Bird Club
>> Maryland Ornithological Society
>>
>> Bowie, Maryland
>> <marshwren50...>
>>
>> On May 17, 2017, at 1:40 PM, 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> wrote:
>>
>> During the last Brood X emergence, there was a huge invasion of Mississippi Kites in Cecil County. In the mix was a Swallow-tailed Kite. Seems like Sean McCandless's house was in the center of this. Keep an eye out for kites as well as cicadas!
>> BTW, found this one in Edgewater today. Only one. What's up with that?!
>>
>> <Magicicada.jpg>
>>
>> Tyler Bell
>> <jtylerbell...>
>> California, Maryland
>>
>>
>> From: Hugh McGuinness <hdmcguinness...>
>> To:
>> Cc: Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
>> Sent: Wednesday, May 17, 2017 12:35 PM
>> Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Periodic Cicadas
>>
>> From what I can tell, this is the -4yrs emergence of Brood X, which has a 17-yr cycle. The big emergence of this brood is supposed to happen in 2021, so this marks the 13th year in the cycle. Some of the broods of periodic cicadas are on a 13 yr cycle, but I don't understand why some 17-yr broods have a minor emergence in year 13. From what I can tell, birds are really enjoying this emergence and it will be interesting to see if it results in larger nestling survival for some species due to a more plentiful, protein-rich food source.
>>
>> Hugh
>>
>> On Wed, May 17, 2017 at 10:30 AM, Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4...> wrote:
>> They're HERE! Just found this recently emerged on on mailbox on Dunloggin Ct.
>> <IMG_1236.JPG>
>>
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>> kurtschwarz4 at gmail dot com
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Date: 5/18/17 8:52 am
From: Wallace Kornack <wallace...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Thursday 5/18/17
This slow morning (5/18) at Rock Creek Park.

5 warblers seen or heard: Bay-breasted, Parula, Redstart, Blackpoll, Yellowthroat

——Equitation Field
American Redstart
Northern Parula
Mourning Dove 2
Red-eyed Vireo 2
Blue Jay
American Crow 2
White-breasted Nuthatch
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 2
Wood Thrush
American Robin 4
Chipping Sparrow 3
Northern Cardinal
Brown-headed Cowbird 4
Baltimore Oriole
American Goldfinch 3

——Ridge
Bay-breasted Warbler
Northern Parula
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker

—--Yard Parking Lot (Bill
Blackpoll Warbler 2
Mourning Dove
Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
Hairy Woodpecker
Red-eyed Vireo
Blue Jay
Tufted Titmouse 2
White-breasted Nuthatch
Swainson's Thrush 3
Wood Thrush
American Robin
Northern Cardinal
House Sparrow 4

——Fence Line (Bill)
Mourning Dove
Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
Red-eyed Vireo
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
House Wren
Carolina Wren
Swainson's Thrush 2
Wood Thrush
American Robin 2
Eastern Towhee
Northern Cardinal
Brown-headed Cowbird 2
House Sparrow 3

——Maintenance Yard (Bill +)
Common Yellowthroat 2
Bay-breasted Warbler
Blackpoll Warbler 3
Mourning Dove 4
Red-bellied Woodpecker 4
Downy Woodpecker 3
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker 2
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Great Crested Flycatcher 4
Red-eyed Vireo 4
Blue Jay 4
American Crow 11
Fish Crow
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse 5
White-breasted Nuthatch 4
House Wren 2
Carolina Wren 3
Swainson's Thrush 3
Wood Thrush 3
American Robin 2
Eastern Towhee 3
Northern Cardinal 4
Brown-headed Cowbird 5
Baltimore Oriole
American Goldfinch 2

——Nature Center (Bill)
Mourning Dove 2
Chimney Swift
Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Great Crested Flycatcher 2
Tufted Titmouse 2
Carolina Wren 3
Swainson's Thrush 2
Wood Thrush 2
American Robin 2
Eastern Towhee
Northern Cardinal 2
House Finch
House Sparrow 2

Contributors: Bill Butler, Leon Kass, Jim Lemert, Susan Volman, John Boright, Callan Swensen, Gene and Susan Murry, Don Kates, Radha, Sacha Litman ++

Have Fun Birding!

Wallace Kornack
Washington DC

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Date: 5/18/17 8:18 am
From: Jim Rapp <dlitedirector...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Audubon's Baltimore Birding Weekend: May 19-21
Bird with the Patterson Park Audubon Center in Baltimore this weekend! You can register for trips at Masonville Cove, Fort McHenry, and other Charm City hotspots through Sunday at www.BaltimoreBirding.com http://www.baltimorebirding.com/ .

Jim Rapp
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Date: 5/17/17 8:54 pm
From: SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Wednesday, May 17, 2017 10 Raptors
Fort Smallwood Park
Pasadena, Maryland, USA


Daily Raptor Counts: May 17, 2017
Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
Black Vulture 0 27 271
Turkey Vulture 0 719 6607
Osprey 3 38 546
Bald Eagle 0 55 186
Northern Harrier 0 14 76
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 237 1061
Cooper's Hawk 0 33 209
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 3 95
Broad-winged Hawk 6 99 252
Red-tailed Hawk 0 26 171
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 2
American Kestrel 0 3 122
Merlin 0 17 59
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 1 4
Unknown Falcon 0 0 2
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 1 5
Mississippi Kite 0 1 1
Total: 10 1274 9669


Observation start time: 9:15 am
Observation end time: 12:30 pm Daylight Time
Total observation time: 3.25 hours
Official Counter Sue Ricciardi
Observers: Chris Reed

Weather: Partly cloudy becoming mostly sunny; 70-84 degrees; fair visibility with haze; winds light and variable, 0-5 mph

Raptor Observations: Not much flying today on the light winds

Non-raptor Observations: Two Common Nighthawks

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

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

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Date: 5/17/17 4:55 pm
From: Scott Baron <baron.scott...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Dickcissel, Oaks Landfill/Blue Mash Nature Trail, Mont. Co.; May 17
Hello, birders.

I've been working at Oaks Landfill recently and have been able to squeeze
in some birding while there. Today while working I heard a song that I
didn't at first recognize. After it sang a few times I realized that it
was a Dickcissel. I was in a slow moving vehicle and I wasn't the driver.
I saw the bird fly off, chase another bird that appeared the same size,
shape and color and land somewhere near the fence that separates the
landfill from the Blue Mash Nature Trail. This is near the western edge of
the landfill.

When I checked the area again at lunch I could not refind the bird.

Remember that Oaks Landfill is closed to the public. For those who want to
try for the Dickcissel, park at the Rte. 108 parking lot for the Blue Mash
Nature Trail (not the Zion Rd. lot) and walk the trail for approx. 1/2
mile. The landfill lies to the east, across the fence.

Other neat birds present at the landfill over the past month include
Wilson's Snipe (April), Horned Lark (entire time), Vesper Sparrow
(mid-April), Savannah Sparrow (entire time) and Bobolink (late April -
present).

Bye,

Scott Baron
Gaithersburg, Md.

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Date: 5/17/17 3:55 pm
From: Ted on Little Round Bay <akbar...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Bird ID help, please. Possibly a warbling vireo?
Le mercredi 17 mai 2017 11:30:36 UTC-4, Marcy Stutzman a écrit :
> Sounds like "If I sees you; I will seize you; and I'll squeeze you till you squirt" to me.
>
> Marcy Stutzman
> Russett, MD 20724
> Oxbow Lake eBird Hotspot: http://ebird.org/ebird/hotspot/L470637

Thanks!

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Date: 5/17/17 3:38 pm
From: Hugh McGuinness <hdmcguinness...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Periodic Cicadas
Brood X is apparently well know for having a small proportion of its
individuals emerge at 13 years, so I cannot buy that this emergence was
caused by the recent weather since it is a normal occurrence. I think we
can still expect a huge emergence of Brood X in 2021, as well as a smaller
emergence in 2020 and 2022. My guess is that this year's emergence is more
tied to some innate tendency of periodical cicadas to have 13 and 17 yr
cycles, the reason for which has been speculated about, but is still a
mystery.

Hugh

On Wed, May 17, 2017 at 5:17 PM, <pobrien776...> wrote:

> This is "our" Brood X(10) emerging four years early. The reason seems to
> be that the late winter/early spring hot/cold/hot/cold weather was
> interpreted by some of the Cicadas as yearly cycles so that their
> circannual cycle was fooled into early emergence. Google it. I have
> hundreds in my front yard.
>
> Paul O'Brien
> Rockville
>
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Marcia Watson <marshwren50...>
> To: James Tyler Bell <jtylerbell...>
> Cc: Hugh McGuinness <hdmcguinness...>; Maryland & DC Birding <
> <mdbirding...>
> Sent: Wed, May 17, 2017 2:24 pm
> Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Periodic Cicadas
>
> Other birds that I have seen feasting on cicadas of previous broods in
> Cecil County include Cattle Egrets, Little Blue Herons, Green Herons and
> Black-billed Cuckoos.
>
> Marcia
> -------------
> Marcia Watson
> Patuxent Bird Club
> Maryland Ornithological Society
>
> Bowie, Maryland
> <marshwren50...>
>
> On May 17, 2017, at 1:40 PM, 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <
> <mdbirding...> wrote:
>
> During the last Brood X emergence, there was a huge invasion of
> Mississippi Kites in Cecil County. In the mix was a Swallow-tailed Kite.
> Seems like Sean McCandless's house was in the center of this. Keep an eye
> out for kites as well as cicadas!
> BTW, found this one in Edgewater today. Only one. What's up with that?!
>
> <Magicicada.jpg>
>
> Tyler Bell
> <jtylerbell...>
> California, Maryland
>
>
> ------------------------------
> *From:* Hugh McGuinness <hdmcguinness...>
> *To:*
> *Cc:* Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
> *Sent:* Wednesday, May 17, 2017 12:35 PM
> *Subject:* Re: [MDBirding] Periodic Cicadas
>
> From what I can tell, this is the -4yrs emergence of Brood X, which has a
> 17-yr cycle. The big emergence of this brood is supposed to happen in 2021,
> so this marks the 13th year in the cycle. Some of the broods of periodic
> cicadas are on a 13 yr cycle, but I don't understand why some 17-yr broods
> have a minor emergence in year 13. From what I can tell, birds are really
> enjoying this emergence and it will be interesting to see if it results in
> larger nestling survival for some species due to a more plentiful,
> protein-rich food source.
>
> Hugh
>
> On Wed, May 17, 2017 at 10:30 AM, Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4...>
> wrote:
>
> They're HERE! Just found this recently emerged on on mailbox on Dunloggin
> Ct.
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Date: 5/17/17 3:37 pm
From: 'Frederick Atwood' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Periodic Cicadas
Fascinating! Here in Oakton, Fairfax Co, VA there are lots of nymph sheddings but I have not heard any yet even though it is a very hot day.
 Frederick D. Atwood Flint Hill School, 10409 Academic Dr, Oakton, VA 22124 703-242-1675 http://www.agpix.com/fredatwood http://www.flinthill.org http://tea.armadaproject.org/tea_atwoodfrontpage.html https://www.flickr.com/photos/75425046@N06/sets/

From: Donald Sweig <skybirds.d...>
To: <pobrien776...>
Cc: MDBirding <Mdbirding...>
Sent: Wednesday, May 17, 2017 5:24 PM
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Periodic Cicadas

Love it Paul.   I have just a very few over here in Falls Church, Virginia.    I just love Periodic Cicadas.     Donald Sweig

Sent from my iPad
On May 17, 2017, at 5:17 PM, pobrien776 via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> wrote:


This is "our" Brood X(10) emerging four years early.  The reason seems to be that the late winter/early spring hot/cold/hot/cold weather was interpreted by some of the Cicadas as yearly cycles so that their circannual cycle was fooled into early emergence.  Google it.  I have hundreds in my front yard.
Paul O'BrienRockville 


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Sent: Wed, May 17, 2017 2:24 pm
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Periodic Cicadas

Other birds that I have seen feasting on cicadas of previous broods in Cecil County include Cattle Egrets, Little Blue Herons, Green Herons and Black-billed Cuckoos. 

Marcia-------------Marcia WatsonPatuxent Bird ClubMaryland Ornithological Society
Bowie, <Marylandmarshwren50...>
On May 17, 2017, at 1:40 PM, 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> wrote:


During the last Brood X emergence, there was a huge invasion of Mississippi Kites in Cecil County. In the mix was a Swallow-tailed Kite. Seems like Sean McCandless's house was in the center of this. Keep an eye out for kites as well as cicadas!
BTW, found this one in Edgewater today. Only one. What's up with that?!
<Magicicada.jpg>

Tyler Bell
<jtylerbell...>
California, Maryland

From: Hugh McGuinness <hdmcguinness...>
To:
Cc: Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Sent: Wednesday, May 17, 2017 12:35 PM
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Periodic Cicadas

From what I can tell, this is the -4yrs emergence of Brood X, which has a 17-yr cycle. The big emergence of this brood is supposed to happen in 2021, so this marks the 13th year in the cycle. Some of the broods of periodic cicadas are on a 13 yr cycle, but I don't understand why some 17-yr broods have a minor emergence in year 13. From what I can tell, birds are really enjoying this emergence and it will be interesting to see if it results in larger nestling survival  for some species due to a more plentiful, protein-rich food source.

Hugh

On Wed, May 17, 2017 at 10:30 AM, Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4...> wrote:

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Date: 5/17/17 3:20 pm
From: Cathy Lynn Grossman <cathylynngrossman...>
Subject: [MDBirding] snow goose on Military Road 5/17?
Is it possible that a snow goose was in a tree on Military Road at 9:15 a.m. or so today? I saw the big white bird with a distinctive pink conical beak sitting up on bare branches as I drove home from the Rock Creek Park nature center. According to my Stokes guide, this area is on the non-breeding snow goose migration route. Is there a different bird this might be?

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Date: 5/17/17 2:50 pm
From: Warblerick <ricksussman1955...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Periodic Cicadas
I really love their genus name, Magicicada. Scientists with a sense of wonder and humor...

None here in Carroll County, that I have seen.

Rick Sussman
Woodbin, MD

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Date: 5/17/17 2:46 pm
From: Samuel Miller <srmiller2022...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Night Listening
As I'm sure many of you know, many if not most bird species will migrate
during the night and a lot of them will vocalize while doing so. If winds
during the night favor the migratory movements of birds, hundreds to
thousands can fly over a given area. As you can imagine, this can set up
for some amazing opportunities. Night listening can be one of the best ways
to pick up new birds that would otherwise be harder to find or detect, and
now is one of the prime times to do it. As I mentioned before, many of
these migrating birds will vocalize and quite a bit of them, with practice,
can be identified by ear. Others can be virtually indistinguishable without
a spectrogram.

In recent nights, weather conditions have set up for some really nice
flights. Last night I was able to record 22 species from the comfort of my
backyard. Most of them (as usual this time of the year) were Veery and
Swainson's Thrush with over 100 calls of each heard within the 3 hour
listening period. With good Catharus flights like this, Gray-cheeked
Thrushes are bound to be mixed in- and they were with 4 separate
individuals detected. Another well represented night flight specialty were
Black-billed Cuckoos. They can be very hard birds to find around Maryland
during the day but are almost expected during night flights with good
conditions. I had 6 occurrences of them during my listening period.

The full checklist can be seen here: http://ebird.org/ebird/
view/checklist/S36934394

Nocturnal flight call counts are probably one of the least represented
forms of birding in Maryland. While it may seem a little difficult at
first, it can be very peaceful and highly rewarding. The best way to start
is by learning just a few vocalizations; Catharus thrushes and Cuckoos are
generally the easiest. Even with knowing some vocalizations, many birds are
bound to fly over without ever getting identified- and that's nothing to
worry about. Some of my best birding has come from nights of listening with
over 50 unknown calls. Between the air conditioning units and planes, you
can usually find yourself with a few new yard birds.

- Sam Miller
Gambrills, MD
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P.S. Tonight is looking great for a nice flight. Southwest winds at 15mph
with 100% upper level cloud cover which should prompt the birds to be more
vocal.

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Date: 5/17/17 2:35 pm
From: Kevin Graff <keyweststyle2001...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Rail Trail & Paper Mill Flats, 05/16/17
05/16/17 – 740am-1040am **future Tues weekly walks for next spring**

Torrey C Brown Rail Trail—Phoenix Pond, B Co., MD



WEATHER: PC, 52-68 degrees, WSW 4 mph- SW 6 mph OBS: 8



Canada Goose – 6

Wood Duck – 1

Great Blue Heron – 1

Green Heron – 1

Turkey Vulture – 1

Osprey – 1

Red-shouldered Hawk – 1

Broad-winged Hawk – 1

Solitary Sandpiper – 2

Mourning Dove – 3

Yellow-billed Cuckoo – 1

Black-billed Cuckoo – 1

Chimney Swift – 2

Ruby-throated Hummingbird – 2

Red-bellied Woodpecker – 2

Hairy Woodpecker – 1

Pileated Woodpecker – 2

Eastern Wood-Pewee – 1

Acadian Flycatcher – 1

Great Crested Flycatcher – 3

Eastern Kingbird – 1

Yellow-throated Vireo – 1

Blue-headed Vireo – 1

Warbling Vireo – 5

Red-eyed Vireo – 4

Blue Jay – 2

American Crow – 2

Fish Crow – 1

N Rough-winged Swallow – 3

Barn Swallow – 1

Carolina Chickadee – 2

Tufted Titmouse – 2

House Wren – 2

Carolina Wren – 3

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher – 6

Eastern Bluebird – 2

Wood Thrush – 4

American Robin – 4

Gray Catbird – 5

European Starling – 1

Cedar Waxwing – 8

Ovenbird – 1

Kentucky Warbler – 1

Common Yellowthroat – 5

American Redstart – 1

Northern Parula – 3

Magnolia Warbler – 2

Yellow Warbler – 3

Chestnut-sided Warbler – 3

Black-throated Blue Warbler – 2

Canada Warbler – 2

Song Sparrow – 1

Scarlet Tanager – 2

Northern Cardinal – 6

Rose-breasted Grosbeak – 2

Indigo Bunting – 3

Red-winged Blackbird – 4

Common Grackle – 6

Brown-headed Cowbird – 3

Orchard Oriole – 4

Baltimore Oriole – 2

American Goldfinch – 7

SPECIES: 62 INDIVIDUALS: 157



MAMMALS: Gray Sq – 10



REPTILES: E Painted Turtle – 2



BUTTERFLIES: E Tiger – 3, Spicebush – 1, Cabbage W – 1, Orange Sulphur – 1,
Painted Lady – 1




05/16/17 – 1045am-1215pm

Loch Raven Reservoir—Paper Mill Flats, B Co., MD



WEATHER: PC, 68-70 degrees, SW 6 mph- WSW 6 mph OBS: 6



Canada Goose – 2

Wild Turkey – 1

Double-crested Cormorant – 1

Great Blue Heron – 1

Black Vulture – 2

Turkey Vulture – 4

Osprey – 1

Bad Eagle – 1

Red-shouldered Hawk – 3

Red-tailed Hawk – 3

Least Sandpiper – 1

Spotted Sandpiper – 2

Solitary Sandpiper – 2

Mourning Dove – 6

Chimney Swift – 2

Ruby-throated Hummingbird – 1

Belted Kingfisher – 2

Red-bellied Woodpecker – 2

Downy Woodpecker – 1

Eastern Wood-Pewee – 1

Eastern Phoebe – 2

Eastern Kingbird – 2

Yellow-throated Vireo – 1

Warbling Vireo – 1

Red-eyed Vireo – 1

Blue Jay – 2

American Crow – 4

N Rough-winged Swallow – 3

Tree Swallow – 6

Barn Swallow – 4

Cliff Swallow – 2

Tufted Titmouse – 1

White-breasted Nuthatch – 1

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher – 2

Eastern Bluebird – 1

Wood Thrush – 1

American Robin – 2

Gray Catbird – 2

Cedar Waxwing – 4

Common Yellowthroat – 2

Northern Parula – 3

Yellow Warbler – 2

Song Sparrow – 1

Northern Cardinal – 2

Indigo Bunting – 1

Red-winged Blackbird – 9

Common Grackle – 2

Brown-headed Cowbird – 1

Orchard Oriole – 1

Baltimore Oriole – 2

American Goldfinch – 2

SPECIES: 51 INDIVIDUALS: 109 ***(75 species overall)***



MAMMALS: Gray Sq – 6



BUTTERFLIES: E Tiger – 3, Pearl Crescent – 1



DRAGONFLIES: C Green Darner – 1, Swamp Darner – 1, Black Saddlebags – 2




Kevin Graff
Jarrettsville, MD
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Date: 5/17/17 2:24 pm
From: Donald Sweig <skybirds.d...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Periodic Cicadas
Love it Paul.
I have just a very few over here in Falls Church, Virginia.
I just love Periodic Cicadas.
Donald Sweig

Sent from my iPad

> On May 17, 2017, at 5:17 PM, pobrien776 via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> wrote:
>
> This is "our" Brood X(10) emerging four years early. The reason seems to be that the late winter/early spring hot/cold/hot/cold weather was interpreted by some of the Cicadas as yearly cycles so that their circannual cycle was fooled into early emergence. Google it. I have hundreds in my front yard.
>
> Paul O'Brien
> Rockville
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Marcia Watson <marshwren50...>
> To: James Tyler Bell <jtylerbell...>
> Cc: Hugh McGuinness <hdmcguinness...>; Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
> Sent: Wed, May 17, 2017 2:24 pm
> Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Periodic Cicadas
>
> Other birds that I have seen feasting on cicadas of previous broods in Cecil County include Cattle Egrets, Little Blue Herons, Green Herons and Black-billed Cuckoos.
>
> Marcia
> -------------
> Marcia Watson
> Patuxent Bird Club
> Maryland Ornithological Society
>
> Bowie, Maryland
> <marshwren50...>
>
> On May 17, 2017, at 1:40 PM, 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> wrote:
>
> During the last Brood X emergence, there was a huge invasion of Mississippi Kites in Cecil County. In the mix was a Swallow-tailed Kite. Seems like Sean McCandless's house was in the center of this. Keep an eye out for kites as well as cicadas!
> BTW, found this one in Edgewater today. Only one. What's up with that?!
>
> <Magicicada.jpg>
>
> Tyler Bell
> <jtylerbell...>
> California, Maryland
>
>
> From: Hugh McGuinness <hdmcguinness...>
> To:
> Cc: Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
> Sent: Wednesday, May 17, 2017 12:35 PM
> Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Periodic Cicadas
>
> From what I can tell, this is the -4yrs emergence of Brood X, which has a 17-yr cycle. The big emergence of this brood is supposed to happen in 2021, so this marks the 13th year in the cycle. Some of the broods of periodic cicadas are on a 13 yr cycle, but I don't understand why some 17-yr broods have a minor emergence in year 13. From what I can tell, birds are really enjoying this emergence and it will be interesting to see if it results in larger nestling survival for some species due to a more plentiful, protein-rich food source.
>
> Hugh
>
> On Wed, May 17, 2017 at 10:30 AM, Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4...> wrote:
> They're HERE! Just found this recently emerged on on mailbox on Dunloggin Ct.
> <IMG_1236.JPG>
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Date: 5/17/17 2:17 pm
From: pobrien776 via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Periodic Cicadas
This is "our" Brood X(10) emerging four years early. The reason seems to be that the late winter/early spring hot/cold/hot/cold weather was interpreted by some of the Cicadas as yearly cycles so that their circannual cycle was fooled into early emergence. Google it. I have hundreds in my front yard.


Paul O'Brien
Rockville



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Sent: Wed, May 17, 2017 2:24 pm
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Periodic Cicadas



Other birds that I have seen feasting on cicadas of previous broods in Cecil County include Cattle Egrets, Little Blue Herons, Green Herons and Black-billed Cuckoos.

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


Bowie, Maryland
<marshwren50...>


On May 17, 2017, at 1:40 PM, 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> wrote:



During the last Brood X emergence, there was a huge invasion of Mississippi Kites in Cecil County. In the mix was a Swallow-tailed Kite. Seems like Sean McCandless's house was in the center of this. Keep an eye out for kites as well as cicadas!


BTW, found this one in Edgewater today. Only one. What's up with that?!


<Magicicada.jpg>


Tyler Bell
<jtylerbell...>
California, Maryland








From: Hugh McGuinness <hdmcguinness...>
To:
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Sent: Wednesday, May 17, 2017 12:35 PM
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Periodic Cicadas





From what I can tell, this is the -4yrs emergence of Brood X, which has a 17-yr cycle. The big emergence of this brood is supposed to happen in 2021, so this marks the 13th year in the cycle. Some of the broods of periodic cicadas are on a 13 yr cycle, but I don't understand why some 17-yr broods have a minor emergence in year 13. From what I can tell, birds are really enjoying this emergence and it will be interesting to see if it results in larger nestling survival for some species due to a more plentiful, protein-rich food source.


Hugh



On Wed, May 17, 2017 at 10:30 AM, Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4...> wrote:

They're HERE! Just found this recently emerged on on mailbox on Dunloggin Ct.
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Date: 5/17/17 1:28 pm
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Subject: RE: [MDBirding] Help Save Mattwoman Creek
Go halfway down the page to see the information. The first half is boilerplate unless you want to translate it into <http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=auto&langpair=auto|af&u=http%3A%2F%2Fus12.campaign-archive1.com%2F%3Fu%3Db9712d6b65458b05f3eb50ba1%26id%3Dba3a5d41a1%26e%3D167add207f> Afrikaans, etc.



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Audubon has an alert, you can help preserve the Mattawoman watershed and Port Tobacco River headwaters from rampant development. Go to this link:



<http://mailchi.mp/audubon/iba-action-alert-help-to-save-mattawoman-creek-iba-at-the-may-24th-charles-county-commissioner-hearing?e=167add207f> http://mailchi.mp/audubon/iba-action-alert-help-to-save-mattawoman-creek-iba-at-the-may-24th-charles-county-commissioner-hearing?e=167add207f



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Date: 5/17/17 1:03 pm
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Subject: [MDBirding] Help Save Mattwoman Creek
Audubon has an alert, you can help preserve the Mattawoman watershed and
Port Tobacco River headwaters from rampant development. Go to this
link:
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Date: 5/17/17 11:24 am
From: Marcia Watson <marshwren50...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Periodic Cicadas
Other birds that I have seen feasting on cicadas of previous broods in Cecil County include Cattle Egrets, Little Blue Herons, Green Herons and Black-billed Cuckoos.

Marcia
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Marcia Watson
Patuxent Bird Club
Maryland Ornithological Society

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> On May 17, 2017, at 1:40 PM, 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> wrote:
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> During the last Brood X emergence, there was a huge invasion of Mississippi Kites in Cecil County. In the mix was a Swallow-tailed Kite. Seems like Sean McCandless's house was in the center of this. Keep an eye out for kites as well as cicadas!
> BTW, found this one in Edgewater today. Only one. What's up with that?!
>
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> Tyler Bell
> <jtylerbell...>
> California, Maryland
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> From: Hugh McGuinness <hdmcguinness...>
> To:
> Cc: Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
> Sent: Wednesday, May 17, 2017 12:35 PM
> Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Periodic Cicadas
>
> From what I can tell, this is the -4yrs emergence of Brood X, which has a 17-yr cycle. The big emergence of this brood is supposed to happen in 2021, so this marks the 13th year in the cycle. Some of the broods of periodic cicadas are on a 13 yr cycle, but I don't understand why some 17-yr broods have a minor emergence in year 13. From what I can tell, birds are really enjoying this emergence and it will be interesting to see if it results in larger nestling survival for some species due to a more plentiful, protein-rich food source.
>
> Hugh
>
> On Wed, May 17, 2017 at 10:30 AM, Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4...> wrote:
> They're HERE! Just found this recently emerged on on mailbox on Dunloggin Ct.
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Date: 5/17/17 10:40 am
From: 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Periodic Cicadas
During the last Brood X emergence, there was a huge invasion of Mississippi Kites in Cecil County. In the mix was a Swallow-tailed Kite. Seems like Sean McCandless's house was in the center of this. Keep an eye out for kites as well as cicadas!
BTW, found this one in Edgewater today. Only one. What's up with that?!


Tyler Bell
<jtylerbell...>
California, Maryland

From: Hugh McGuinness <hdmcguinness...>
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Sent: Wednesday, May 17, 2017 12:35 PM
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Periodic Cicadas

From what I can tell, this is the -4yrs emergence of Brood X, which has a 17-yr cycle. The big emergence of this brood is supposed to happen in 2021, so this marks the 13th year in the cycle. Some of the broods of periodic cicadas are on a 13 yr cycle, but I don't understand why some 17-yr broods have a minor emergence in year 13. From what I can tell, birds are really enjoying this emergence and it will be interesting to see if it results in larger nestling survival  for some species due to a more plentiful, protein-rich food source.

Hugh

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Date: 5/17/17 9:43 am
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Subject: [MDBirding] Arctic NWR Under Attack Again
Snowy owls, jaegers, shorebirds, under threat in Congress. Please
consider contacting your Representative and Senators.
Please contact your congressional representatives and tell them to
defend against any budget-related attacks on the Arctic Refuge.
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Date: 5/17/17 9:27 am
From: Hugh McGuinness <hdmcguinness...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Periodic Cicadas
From what I can tell, this is the -4yrs emergence of Brood X, which has a
17-yr cycle. The big emergence of this brood is supposed to happen in 2021,
so this marks the 13th year in the cycle. Some of the broods of periodic
cicadas are on a 13 yr cycle, but I don't understand why some 17-yr broods
have a minor emergence in year 13. From what I can tell, birds are really
enjoying this emergence and it will be interesting to see if it results in
larger nestling survival for some species due to a more plentiful,
protein-rich food source.

Hugh

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Date: 5/17/17 9:22 am
From: Richard Coyle <recbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Off topic. Cicada
Forgot
Richard
Parkville md

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Date: 5/17/17 9:21 am
From: John McKitterick <john.mckitterick...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Periodic Cicadas
I saw some exoskeletons also, just this morning. This is not the big brood,
however. That won't be out for four more years.

John McKitterick
Columbia, MD

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Date: 5/17/17 9:21 am
From: Richard Coyle <recbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Off topic. Cicada
This may be off topic but the cicada's appear to be coming early.
If you see them add your record here.

http://magicicada.org/magicicada/

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Date: 5/17/17 8:54 am
From: Tony Futcher <tonyfutcher1...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Bird ID help, please. Possibly a warbling vireo?
Warbling Vireo!

Tony Futcher

Hyattsville, MD


On 5/17/2017 9:16 AM, Ted on Little Round Bay wrote:
> Thanks for anyone's help. This was this morning at little round bay on the severn. It was hanging around with a couple of blackpoll warblers. I have a short video of it here on youtube (which is where the audio file came from). https://youtu.be/pjPJbYIUtwQ
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Date: 5/17/17 8:50 am
From: Wallace Kornack <wallace...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Wednesday 5/17/17
This morning (5/17) at Rock Creek Park.

14 warblers seen or heard: Ovenbird, Black-and-white, Yellowthroat, Redstart, Cape May, Parula, Magnolia, Bay-breasted, Blackburnian, Chestnut-sided, Blackpoll, BT Blue, Yellow-rump, BT Green

——Equitation Field
American Redstart
Northern Parula
Blackburnian Warbler
Mourning Dove 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Red-eyed Vireo 3
Tufted Titmouse
Carolina Wren
Swainson's Thrush
American Robin 4
European Starling
Chipping Sparrow
Scarlet Tanager
Northern Cardinal 2
Brown-headed Cowbird
American Goldfinch

——Ridge
Ovenbird
American Redstart
Magnolia Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Red-eyed Vireo

——Fence Line
Blackpoll Warbler
Red-eyed Vireo 2
Veery
Swainson's Thrush
Wood Thrush

——Yard Parking Lot
Black-throated Green Warbler
Cape May Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Scarlet Tanager

——Maintenance Yard
Black-and-white Warbler
Common Yellowthroat 2
American Redstart 2
Northern Parula 4
Magnolia Warbler 3
Bay-breasted Warbler
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Blackpoll Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler 2
Red-tailed Hawk
Mourning Dove
Chimney Swift
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
Hairy Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Great Crested Flycatcher
Red-eyed Vireo 6
Blue Jay 2
American Crow 9
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Lincoln's Sparrow
Scarlet Tanager 2
Brown-headed Cowbird
Baltimore Oriole
House Finch
American Goldfinch

——Stables Area
Blackpoll Warbler
Barred Owl

——Nature Center
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Great Crested Flycatcher
Gray-cheeked Thrush
Swainson’s Thrush
Wood Thrush

Contributors: Bill Butler, Gerry Hawkins, Jayden Bowen, Callan Swensen, Jim Lemert, Leslie Colman, John Boright, Katharine Kravetz, Patrick, Susan Volman, Hanan Jacobe, Devon Hochhausler, Tully Hochhäusler, Paul DeAnna, Marina True, Ken Berlin, Sacha Litman, Mardi Hastings, David Sperling, Marcy Logan, Betsy Stephens, Judy Bromley, Gene and Susan Murry, Tucker Scully, Shiela Maher, Cathy Grossman, +

Have Fun Birding!

Wallace Kornack
Washington DC

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Date: 5/17/17 8:39 am
From: Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Mourning Warbler @ Wheaton Park today, May 17
Hi all,

Fewer migrants than yesterday and activity dying down as it got hot, but...highlight of the morning for birders was a beautiful male Mourning Warbler, found by Matt Cohen along the mini train tracks near the white house. It sang off and on, and occasionally gave good, albeit short, looks to the half-dozen birders present. We only had 10 species of warbler, and nothing else of particular note besides the MOWA. Didn't even do the Gardens today.

One interesting note were the number of Periodical Cicadas emerging along the train tracks - our local brood is a 17-year cycle, last emerging in 2004, so these guys are either early or perhaps a subset are on the alternate, 13-year cycle. Having said that, I have never seen emergents other than at the expected 17-year timing, and that's living here for over 60 years.

Gail Mackiernan and Barry Cooper
Colesville, MD


56 species (+2 other taxa)

Canada Goose 10 Plus numerous goslings
Mallard (Domestic type) 1
Green Heron 2
Turkey Vulture 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 2
Mourning Dove 8
Yellow-billed Cuckoo 1 Heard only
Chimney Swift 3
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1 Male
Red-bellied Woodpecker 6
Downy Woodpecker 1
Pileated Woodpecker 1
Eastern Wood-Pewee 1
Acadian Flycatcher 2
Great Crested Flycatcher 4
Eastern Kingbird 4
Warbling Vireo (Eastern) 3
Red-eyed Vireo 12
Blue Jay 3
American Crow 2
Fish Crow 3
crow sp. 5
Tree Swallow 8
Barn Swallow 10
Carolina Chickadee 3
Tufted Titmouse 1
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
House Wren 3
Carolina Wren 2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (caerulea) 5
Eastern Bluebird 4
American Robin 12
Gray Catbird 6
European Starling 3
Cedar Waxwing 3
Ovenbird 2
Northern Waterthrush 1
Mourning Warbler 1 Adult male, found by Matt Cohen; singing on either side of mini train tracks near white house
Common Yellowthroat 3
American Redstart 5
Northern Parula 3
Magnolia Warbler 4
Blackpoll Warbler 5
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 3
Black-throated Green Warbler 1
Chipping Sparrow 4
Song Sparrow 2
Eastern Towhee 1
Northern Cardinal 8
Indigo Bunting 1
Red-winged Blackbird 6
Common Grackle 3
Orchard Oriole 1
Baltimore Oriole 8
House Finch 1
American Goldfinch 4
House Sparrow 3



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Date: 5/17/17 8:30 am
From: 'Marcy Stutzman' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Bird ID help, please. Possibly a warbling vireo?
Sounds like "If I sees you; I will seize you; and I'll squeeze you till you squirt" to me.

Marcy Stutzman
Russett, MD 20724
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Date: 5/17/17 7:31 am
From: Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Periodic Cicadas
They're HERE! Just found this recently emerged on on mailbox on Dunloggin
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Date: 5/17/17 7:05 am
From: Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Mourning Warbler Howard County
A Mourning Warbler has been singing intermittently at Middle Patuxent
Environmental Area. At the amphitheater. From lot on Trotter Rd. Take trail
from parking. At field bear left but do not take trail that is 90 degrees
on left. As you emerge from trees there is on right picnic benches. The
warbler is in the dense tangle on the left of trail.


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Date: 5/17/17 6:45 am
From: Warblerick <ricksussman1955...>
Subject: [MDBirding] CORA in Woodbine
An otherwise quiet morning walk around the backyard was highlighted by 3 COMMON RAVENs over, around, and in the yard. They flew in from the north heading basically east about 9 AM, followed closely by a flock of harassing crows, which swooped and pecked at them as they flew over. They went back and forth several times, putting up quite a ruckus, and one eventually landed in the cover of a tall wild cherry tree along our back property, where it tried to stay hidden while the others flew back and forth. The bird in the tree was also pretty vocal and I was able to get a bad video and voice recording with my cellphone. I watched and listened to them for about 10 minutes and then the drifted towards the east, but were still there when I left about 9:15.

Not a new yard bird but always fun to see and hear. Other birds of note; a calling Yellow-billed Cuckoo around dawn, and several Wood Thrushes being heard yesterday and the day before. Had a female American Redstart this morning as well.

Rick Sussman
Woodbine, MD

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Date: 5/17/17 6:42 am
From: Tim Carney <timmyc83...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Swan Creek 5/16/2017
Great day yesterday! The MOURNING WARBLER was the absolute highlight for me. It was heard throughout the day and I finally saw it around 13:30 - foraging in the leaf litter along the path!

Other highlights:

DMCF:
Ruddy Duck 16

Woods:
Least Flycatcher 2
Hooded Warbler 1
Magnolia Warbler 2
Chestnut-sided Warbler 2
Wilson's Warbler 1
White-crowned Sparrow 3+

Wetlands/river:
Ring-necked Duck 1 (on the river, flew into wetlands)
Ruddy Duck 18
Little Blue Heron 2
Green Heron 1
Semipalmated Plover 5
Virginia Rail 1
Willow Flycatcher 2
Wilson's Warbler 1

Restricted areas:
American Kestrel 1
Willow Flycatcher 1
Least Flycatcher 1
Black-throated Green Warbler 1
Yellow-breasted Chat 1
Lincoln's Sparrow 2

Full eBird list: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S36930535

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

Tim Carney
Nottingham, MD

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Date: 5/17/17 6:36 am
From: Dave Roberts <ddroberts50...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Rusty Blackbird, not Brewer's Blackbird
I posted a photo of what is probably the the same blackbird at Pennyfield on May 14. http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S36841436

It had white eyes and was confirmed to be a rusty. The slightly decurved bill also pushed me to call it a rusty. The eye color is less apparent in some of my pictures from other angles, so this may not be a useful feature for a brief sighting or single photo. I have multiple photos of that rusty if anyone is interested.

Dave Roberts
Bethesda

On Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at 5:15:30 PM UTC-4, Jim Nelson wrote:
> A few days ago I reported my identification of a female Brewer's
> Blackbird at Pennyfield Lock on the C&O Canal in Montgomery County.
> After receiving very useful feedback from Clive Harris, I did a lot more
> research, including looking at lots of pictures of Rusties and Brewer's
> in Cornell's Macaulay Library online. I learned a lot about how female
> Rusties look after they leave us in April and head to Canada. By early
> to mid-May, many are entirely slate gray, and others still retain some
> of the namesake rusty feather tips that haven't yet worn off.
> Reconsidering my bird and my rather poor photos, I have decided that my
> bird was just a late female Rusty. We usually see female Rusties with
> lots of rusty feather tips and edges in winter and early spring before
> they leave the mid-Atlantic. The rusty tips and edges continue to wear
> off as they reach their breeding areas in May, resulting in generally
> slate gray birds. The dark eye on my bird was a red herring. Clive
> shared a picture he had taken on March 30 several years ago showing a
> dark-eyed Rusty . Generally Rusties lose the dark eyes in the fall of
> their first year, but there can be variation (my bird might have been a
> first-year female). Female Brewer's Blackbirds appear more strongly
> brown than my bird and generally have a somewhat lighter head in
> contrast to the rest of the bird.
>
> It's always interesting to learn something new about birds. Here's the
> link to my revised eBird checklist --
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S36772429
>
> Jim Nelson
>
> Bethesda, MD

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Date: 5/17/17 6:16 am
From: Ted on Little Round Bay <akbar...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Bird ID help, please. Possibly a warbling vireo?
Thanks for anyone's help. This was this morning at little round bay on the severn. It was hanging around with a couple of blackpoll warblers. I have a short video of it here on youtube (which is where the audio file came from). https://youtu.be/pjPJbYIUtwQ

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Date: 5/16/17 7:55 pm
From: SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Tuesday, May 16, 2017 64 Raptors
Fort Smallwood Park
Pasadena, Maryland, USA


Daily Raptor Counts: May 16, 2017
Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
Black Vulture 1 27 271
Turkey Vulture 35 719 6607
Osprey 6 35 543
Bald Eagle 9 55 186
Northern Harrier 1 14 76
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 236 1060
Cooper's Hawk 1 33 209
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 3 95
Broad-winged Hawk 7 93 246
Red-tailed Hawk 2 26 171
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 2
American Kestrel 0 3 122
Merlin 0 17 59
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 1 1 4
Unknown Falcon 0 0 2
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 1 5
Mississippi Kite 0 1 1
Total: 64 1264 9659


Observation start time: 9 am
Observation end time: 3 pm Daylight Time
Total observation time: 6 hours
Official Counter Sue Ricciardi
Observers: Bob Rineer, Chris Reed, Dan Haas, Dan Walker, Hal Wierenga, Lynn Davidson, Ralph Geuder


Visitors: Christine Stevens, Diane Price, Karen Caruso, Leo Weigand

Weather: Mostly sunny; 66-78 degrees; fair visibility with haze; winds light with a southwesterly component in the first few hours

Raptor Observations: Tough sky for picking out migrants; light flight today, but a good number of Bald Eagles

Non-raptor Observations: Red-throated Loon

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

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

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Date: 5/16/17 7:37 pm
From: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Rusty Blackbird, not Brewer's Blackbird
Well, keep your powder dry, Jim.

The field guides I possess, all have female Brewer's with DARK
iris/eyes. The only mention of a dark eye in a Rusty is the Robbins,
et al. Golden guide, which states that the "brown eye of a young Rusty
is yellowish by OCT," which you indicate in general terms without
mentioning source.

So it's a single pic by Clive of a single instance of dark eye in a
Rusty against the general consensus of noted experts in the field of
Ornithology. That alone would not persuasive to me. The other field
marks you mention may be persuasive if they refer to the features
evident in the "rather poor photos" you took, but not if they are a
product of recall of an event of even a few hours ago, not to mention
a few days ago. I would instead at the very least put it down as a
"possible Brewer's," with no possibility of a positive ID on this
occasion unless seen again, of course.

I'm only weighing in as I faced the same dilemma about a month ago,
when I had a pair of "possible" female Brewer's at my feeder. At the
time, I was counseled to consider female Cowbird instead with no
mention of dark-eyed Rusties. The bill of the female Cowbird was
conveyed as being rather "plastic" in appearance. However, I don't
believe the birds I saw were Cowbirds. The truth is I will never know
what my birds were definitively, but do believe that they were
Brewer's.

Please don't [anyone] make this out to be an attack on Clive, who I don't know.

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

On 5/16/17, Jim Nelson <kingfishers2...> wrote:
> A few days ago I reported my identification of a female Brewer's
> Blackbird at Pennyfield Lock on the C&O Canal in Montgomery County.
> After receiving very useful feedback from Clive Harris, I did a lot more
> research, including looking at lots of pictures of Rusties and Brewer's
> in Cornell's Macaulay Library online. I learned a lot about how female
> Rusties look after they leave us in April and head to Canada. By early
> to mid-May, many are entirely slate gray, and others still retain some
> of the namesake rusty feather tips that haven't yet worn off.
> Reconsidering my bird and my rather poor photos, I have decided that my
> bird was just a late female Rusty. We usually see female Rusties with
> lots of rusty feather tips and edges in winter and early spring before
> they leave the mid-Atlantic. The rusty tips and edges continue to wear
> off as they reach their breeding areas in May, resulting in generally
> slate gray birds. The dark eye on my bird was a red herring. Clive
> shared a picture he had taken on March 30 several years ago showing a
> dark-eyed Rusty . Generally Rusties lose the dark eyes in the fall of
> their first year, but there can be variation (my bird might have been a
> first-year female). Female Brewer's Blackbirds appear more strongly
> brown than my bird and generally have a somewhat lighter head in
> contrast to the rest of the bird.
>
> It's always interesting to learn something new about birds. Here's the
> link to my revised eBird checklist --
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S36772429
>
> Jim Nelson
>
> Bethesda, MD
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Date: 5/16/17 6:57 pm
From: 'Clive Harris' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Alder Flycatcher, Hughes Hollow
I went to Hughes Hollow this evening.  I found an Alder Flycatcher along the main path.  There was also an American Bittern which lifted off from somewhere at 835 and flew over the impoundments a couple of times before heading off.
Good birding
Clive HarrisCabin John, MD

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Date: 5/16/17 2:49 pm
From: Tim Houghton <timhoughton...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Susquehanna, 28 warblers, Mourning, 5/16/17
A great day at SSP. The beautiful Mourning Warbler was singing up a storm along the kiln trail, as Mark Johnson noted earlier. Other warblers of note: Blue-Winged (1), Tennessee (2), Bay-Breasted (3), Blackburnian (2), Chestnut-Sided (1), Prairie (1), Black-Throated Green (7), Canada (10), Wilson's (1), Chat (2). Also a Gray-Cheeked Thrush along Lapidum Rd. Lots of fun today. 28 warblers is my 2nd highest count here, 95 total species ties my highest.


Tim Houghton

(Glen Arm)

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Date: 5/16/17 2:14 pm
From: Jim Nelson <kingfishers2...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Rusty Blackbird, not Brewer's Blackbird
A few days ago I reported my identification of a female Brewer's
Blackbird at Pennyfield Lock on the C&O Canal in Montgomery County.
After receiving very useful feedback from Clive Harris, I did a lot more
research, including looking at lots of pictures of Rusties and Brewer's
in Cornell's Macaulay Library online. I learned a lot about how female
Rusties look after they leave us in April and head to Canada. By early
to mid-May, many are entirely slate gray, and others still retain some
of the namesake rusty feather tips that haven't yet worn off.
Reconsidering my bird and my rather poor photos, I have decided that my
bird was just a late female Rusty. We usually see female Rusties with
lots of rusty feather tips and edges in winter and early spring before
they leave the mid-Atlantic. The rusty tips and edges continue to wear
off as they reach their breeding areas in May, resulting in generally
slate gray birds. The dark eye on my bird was a red herring. Clive
shared a picture he had taken on March 30 several years ago showing a
dark-eyed Rusty . Generally Rusties lose the dark eyes in the fall of
their first year, but there can be variation (my bird might have been a
first-year female). Female Brewer's Blackbirds appear more strongly
brown than my bird and generally have a somewhat lighter head in
contrast to the rest of the bird.

It's always interesting to learn something new about birds. Here's the
link to my revised eBird checklist --
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S36772429

Jim Nelson

Bethesda, MD

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Date: 5/16/17 12:50 pm
From: Mark Johnson <mj3151...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Mourning Warbler at Susquehanna State Park (Harford)
Tim Houghton found a singing male Mourning Warbler along the kiln trail at Susquehanna SP at around 11:15 AM today. The bird was roughly 1/8 mile along the trail from the gate at the bridge on Stafford Rd., left side of the trail. Dave Littlepage and I, with Tim, listened to it sing a dozen times or so before it gradually drifted farther back in the vegetation along the slope.


Mark Johnson

Aberdeen, MD

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Date: 5/16/17 12:22 pm
From: Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Wheaton Regional Park today, May 16
Hi all,

Another bright sunny morning with lots of migrants. Needless to say, yesterday's Golden-winged was not around but birders today still had 18 warbler species. We personally had 15, with brilliant looks at male Bay-breasted and Blackburnian. Met Jared Fisher and he added Wilson's, Worm-eating and BT Green to the tally. An obvious influx of Blackpolls as well as Red-eyed Vireos, and we finally had Wood-pewees and Acadian FC in multiple sites. Interestingly, the hordes of Waxwings seen in the previous week seem to have vanished.

65 species (+2 other taxa)
Birds of interest:

Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Spotted Sandpiper 2
Chimney Swift 6
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Pileated Woodpecker 1
Eastern Wood-Pewee 3
Acadian Flycatcher 3
Willow Flycatcher 1 Calling repeatedly, clear "fitzbew"
Great Crested Flycatcher 5
Eastern Kingbird 4
White-eyed Vireo 1
Warbling Vireo (Eastern) 3
Red-eyed Vireo 12
Blue Jay 15 Several small flyover flocks
Tree Swallow 8
Barn Swallow 8
House Wren (Northern) 4
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 8
Eastern Bluebird 2
Swainson's Thrush 3
Wood Thrush 6
Ovenbird 1
Northern Waterthrush 1 Brookside Gardens
Black-and-white Warbler 1
Common Yellowthroat 3
American Redstart 4
Cape May Warbler 1
Northern Parula 5
Magnolia Warbler 5
Bay-breasted Warbler 3
Blackburnian Warbler 2
Yellow Warbler 1
Chestnut-sided Warbler 1
Blackpoll Warbler 7
Black-throated Blue Warbler 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 10
Chipping Sparrow 6
Eastern Towhee 1
Scarlet Tanager 5
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 2
Indigo Bunting 5
Orchard Oriole 4
Baltimore Oriole 10

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

Gail Mackiernan and Barry Cooper
Colesville, MD

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Date: 5/16/17 11:52 am
From: Patricia Wood <pwood...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: King Farm golden winged and 10 other warblers!! (Mo. Co.)
Went back this morning around 11 and saw the Golden-winged Warbler again, plus a nice Blackburnian I hadn't seen there in the last two trips. There was more singing than in my two afternoon - evening visits, including the Golden-winged. It's rather drab, so I was thinking female, but could it be a first year male? Anyway, so nice to see so many warblers!

Patricia Wood

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Date: 5/16/17 11:50 am
From: Harry Armistead <harryarmistead...>
Subject: [MDBirding] 100th Dorchester May count. Talbot Bird Club May count. May 10-15. 2017.
100th DORCHESTER COUNTY MAY BIRD COUNT (in part), Elliott Island Road, Saturday, May 13. TALBOT BIRD CLUB MAY BIRD COUNT, May 14, Sunday, Rigby’s Folly segment. Ferry Neck, May 10-15, 2017.


MAY 10, WEDNESDAY. Arrive at Rigby’s Folly at 3:10 P.M. 73, high overcast, S5 m.p.h. Out at Lucy Point, 3:30 - 4, 17 surf scoters (groups of 9 & 8), 1 common loon, 8 diamondback terrapin. From the dock: a common loon. 2 Eastern Cottontails, 6 Gray Squirrels. 0.6” in the rain gauge.


MAY 11, THURSDAY. Rigby’s Folly, 58 dropping to 54, E5+, overcast, rain from mid-morning onwards, cool. Red-headed woodpecker in yard all day, 1 spotted sandpiper, 1 pileated woodpecker. The 4 of us have dinner at The Crab Claw.


MAY 12, FRIDAY. RIGBY’S FOLLY, FERRY NECK, TALBOT COUNTY, MARYLAND. Harry & Liz Armistead, Beth & Will Russell. 65 species. Overcast, 50s - 60 -50s. E10+. Rain begins c. 5 P.M. Pretty good day. Complete list:


Canada goose 3. wood duck 3. mallard 6. surf scoter 7. black scoter 5. wild turkey 1. common loon 3. double-crested cormorant 4. great blue heron 1. black vulture 1. turkey vulture 4. osprey 6. bald eagle 5 (2 nestlings, 2 adults, 1 immature). killdeer 1. ring-billed gull 3. herring gull 3.


yellow-billed cuckoo 1. chimney swift 6. red-bellied woodpecker 3. downy woodpecker 1. northern flicker 1. pileated woodpecker 1. great crested flycatcher 3. eastern kingbird 1. yellow-throated vireo 1. red-eyed vireo 1. blue jay 3. American crow 3. purple martin 1. barn swallow 5.


Carolina chickadee 3. tufted titmouse 3. white-breasted nuthatch 1. house wren 1. Carolina wren 8. eastern bluebird 1. veery 1. Swainson’s thrush 2. wood thrush 1. American robin 3. gray catbird 1. northern mockingbird 2. European starling 1.


WARBLERS: ovenbird 1. blue-winged warbler 1. black-and-white warbler 1. common yellowthroat 2. American redstart 1. northern parula 1. yellow warbler 2. chestnut-sided warbler 1. black-throated blue warbler 2. pine warbler 3. black-throated green warbler 2.


eastern towhee 1. chipping sparrow 1. song sparrow 1. scarlet tanager 2. northern cardinal 7. blue grosbeak 4. indigo bunting 1. red-winged blackbird 8. common grackle 12. brown-headed cowbird 6. American goldfinch 3.


MAY 13, Saturday: 100th DORCHESTER COUNTY MAY BIRD COUNT, ELLIOTT ISLAND ROAD & vicinity SEGMENT, 4:50 A.M. - 8:50 P.M. 112 species. Will Russell & Harry Armistead in 1-2 parties. Complete list:


WATERFOWL: Canada goose 46. wood duck 19 (includes a brood of 7 ducklings). gadwall 2 (a pair). American black duck 18. mallard 30. canvasback 5 (upper Fishing Bay). ruddy duck 40 (upper Fishing Bay).


wild turkey 1. double-crested cormorant only 4. brown pelican 9 (from McCready’s Creek marina). least bittern 1 (flushes from the right road shoulder and flies right in front of the car c. 2 feet off of the ground; what a great view!). great blue heron 22 (a few pairs nest in the EIR hammocks). great egret 0. snowy egret 24. little blue heron 1 adult (Kraft Neck Road). tricolored heron 1. green heron 3. black-crowned night heron 0.


RAPTORS & RALLIDS: black vulture 0. turkey vulture 54 (poor weather keeps many grounded). osprey 22. bald eagle 25 (includes 3 nestlings). northern harrier 2. red-tailed hawk 3. clapper rail 5. Virginia rail 13. common gallinule 2.


SHOREBIRDS: black-bellied plover 6. semipalmated plover 45. killdeer 12. spotted sandpiper 3. solitary sandpiper 1. greater yellowlegs 29. willet 16. lesser yellowlegs 9. semipalmated sandpiper 56. least sandpiper 161. dunlin 142. black-necked stilt 2.


LARIDS: laughing gull 32 (low). ring-billed gull 1. herring gull 6. least tern 1 (Vienna). Caspian tern 2. Forster’s tern 28. royal tern 1.


rock pigeon 2 (Vienna). mourning dove 20. yellow-billed cuckoo 1. eastern screech-owl 0. great horned owl 0. chuck-will’s-widow 0. chimney swift 1 (Vienna). ruby-throated hummingbird 1 (Elliott village-Fishing Point). red-headed woodpecker 3. red-bellied woodpecker 3. downy woodpecker 2. northern flicker 2. pileated woodpecker1.


Acadian flycatcher 1. great crested flycatcher 19. eastern kingbird 5. white-eyed vireo 4. red-eyed vireo 5. blue jay 3. American crow 25. fish crow 1. horned lark 1. purple martin 9. tree swallow 100. bank swallow 1. barn swallow 95.


LI’L SPRITES; Carolina chickadee 6. tufted titmouse 9. brown-headed nuthatch 11. Carolina wren 29. house wren 4. marsh wren 30. blue-gray gnatcatcher 1.


eastern bluebird 0. wood thrush 2. American robin 67 (most in Vienna). gray catbird 12. brown thrasher 3. northern mockingbird 17. European starling 100.


WARBLERS: ovenbird 14. Louisiana waterthrush 1 (Kraft Neck Road). black-and-white warbler 1. prothonotary warbler 2. common yellowthroat 34. American redstart 1. yellow warbler 1. pine warbler 18. prairie warbler 1. Canada warbler 1. yellow-breasted chat 2.


eastern towhee 6. chipping sparrow 23 (harmless). field sparrow 1. Savannah sparrow 1. saltmarsh sparrow 2. seaside sparrow 45. song sparrow 2. swamp sparrow 3.


summer tanager 2. scarlet tanager 1. northern cardinal 18. blue grosbeak 7. indigo bunting 2. red-winged blackbird 200. eastern meadowlark 4. common grackle 150. boat-tailed grackle 7. brown-headed cowbird 18. orchard oriole 14. Baltimore oriole 1. house finch 4. American goldfinch 3. house sparrow 5.


SIX ADVERSITIES: strong wind (all day). rain (11 of the 16 hours). overcast, no sun (all day). cool verging on cold (all day). above normal tides, salt water on the road (most of the day). poor visibility, fog, mist (3 hours). As a result a lot of our numbers are perhaps half (or worse) what they’d be on a day with good weather. Especially affected are such counts of common birds such as Ovenbird, Pine Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, and a bunch of others. But # 100 is in the bag, a wrap, with the enticing prospect of 8 lists from the other parties out today, 6 of which have already come in over the cyberspace as of the end of the day Monday. What good people this count is blessed with, eh!? And … you oughta see Will Russell rack up those warblers with his exceptionally keen hearing and terrific knowledge of them from his extensive Maine experiences. “Lend me your ears!”


WEATHER: Yes, weather. 50 degrees F. at start with rain until 11 A.M., at which point the sky brightens and the ceiling lifts … for a while. Viz excellent in the afternoon, but with, nevertheless, occasional fog and mist complicating things Yes, complicatin’ ‘em. 53 at 11 A.M., winds NW @ 15. Winds NW@ 25 m.p.h. at 12:45 P.M. For a while, at 4:50 the winds become E 10-15, which doesn’t help much either. At finish 55 degrees F., winds NW 15-20, almost entirely overcast, but with a colorful but very small segment of the sky as the sun, as it inevitably does, sets. If it doesn’t set … call 911. The rain, consarnit, kicks in again from 4 P.M. until the, merciful, end. So … mostly an overcast, windy, cool, and rainy day, characterized by the six adversities noted above. Blast those adversities. Yes, blast ‘em.


SWALLOWS AT LOW LEVEL: What with the wind and rain Barn & Tree swallows today fly within 1 -2 feet of the ground, often passing very close in front of our moving car.


NON-AVIAN TAXA: NO butterflies. MAMMALS: red fox 1 (a young kit), sika deer 6, white-tailed deer 2, gray squirrel 1, muskrat 1. REPTILES: snapping turtle 1 & mud turtle 1 (both at Langrell’s Island). AMPHIBIANS: mostly silent due to the weather, but, cricket frog 4.


EFFORT: Miles by car 117, miles on foot 7, miles in Millie’s Road House 0. Hours by car 7, hours on foot 14, hours in Millie’s Road House 0.5. miles owling 5, hours owling 1. Arriving back at Rigby’s Folly, 10:10 P.M., there’s a Raccoon on the lawn.


RIGBY’S FOLLY, FERRY NECK, TALBOT COUNTY, MARYLAND. Sunday, May 14, 2017, complete list, all birds seen on or from our family property, as part of the Talbot Bird Club May Bird Count. Participants: Harry & Liz Armistead, Beth & Will Russell. 72 species.


8 A.M. - 9 P.M. 3 miles on foot, 12 hours on foot. 3 miles by car, 0.5 hours by car. 0.5 hours owling, 0 miles owling. 1 party. 1.2” in the rain gauge from the rain Friday and Saturday. Almost all of the warblers are in the yard. Their singing largely stops by 10 A.M. One of the best warbler representations ever for here in the spring.


WEATHER: 58-76 degrees F. Initially winds SW 10-15, then SW5 to near calm by mid-day, then NW15-20 diminishing to <10. Fair skies. A gem.


Canada goose 2. MUTE SWAN 1 (in flight; over the house; well-seen). surf scoter 7. black scoter 10 (WR saw 5 on May 12). wild turkey 2. common loon 4. double-crested cormorant 18. great blue heron 2. great egret 1. snowy egret 1. cattle egret 1. green heron 1.


black vulture 1. turkey vulture 16. osprey 12. bald eagle 4 (2 adults, 2 big nestlings), Cooper’s hawk 2. red-tailed hawk 1 adult. laughing gull 1. herring gull 3 adults. Forster’s tern 1.


mourning dove 1. yellow-billed cuckoo 3. eastern screech-owl 1 (in woods 2). chuck-will’s-widow 1. chimney swift 4. red-bellied woodpecker 1. hairy woodpecker 1. northern flicker 2.


eastern wood-pewee 1. great crested flycatcher 4. eastern kingbird 0. red-eyed vireo 2. blue jay 3. American crow 6. fish crow 1. purple martin 6. tree swallow 2. bank swallow 1. barn swallow 7.


Carolina chickadee 4. tufted titmouse 3. Carolina wren 5. house wren 1. eastern bluebird 1. American robin 1. gray catbird 6. northern mockingbird 3. European starling 7.


ovenbird 1. black-and-white warbler 1. common yellowthroat 3. American redstart 3. northern parula 2. magnolia warbler 2. Blackburnian warbler 1. yellow warbler 1. chestnut-sided warbler 2. blackpoll warbler 1. black-throated blue warbler 4. pine warbler 3. black-throated green warbler 1. WILSON’S WARBLER 1 male (excellent view at close range nearly as low as eye level; stunning!).


chipping sparrow 1. northern cardinal 7. blue grosbeak 1. indigo bunting 1. red-winged blackbird 1. common grackle 22. brown-headed cowbird 6. orchard oriole 1. Baltimore oriole 1. house finch 2.


NON-AVIAN TAXA. MAMMALS: eastern cottontail 5. gray squirrel 7. FOX SQUIRREL 1. white-tailed deer 12 (at least 4 of them bucks with small antlers). AMPHIBIANS, nearly deafening choruses of Cope’s Gray Tree Frogs and Spring Peepers starting circa 8:15 P.M. Good chorus of Fowler’s Toads at the same time but restricted to near the driveway bend. 1 Bullfrog. REPTILES: diamondback terrapin 18. black rat snake 1. Mud turtle, 1 dead one. One northern watersnake. BUTTERFLIES: cabbage white 2, tiger swallowtail 2, unIDd small skipper 4. I ain’t used to hearing so many peepers this late in the spring. Al otro mano, au contraire, in fact, why are the green tree frogs so reticent this spring. Only heard 1 so far and it was half-hearted about soundin’ off at all. Get with it greenies!


MAY 15, MONDAY. Clear, cool, mid-50s, winds NW 20-25 m.p.h. 1 bunny wabbit, 1 squirreleepooh. Leave at 8:11 A.M. Breakfast at Denny’s.


Best to all. - Harry Armistead.

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Date: 5/16/17 11:29 am
From: Warblerick <ricksussman1955...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fwd: DC Area, 5/16/2017
Rather a disappointing report for peak migration I think.

Rick Sussman
Woodbine, MD

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Date: 5/16/17 10:34 am
From: Lydia Schindler <lydia13621...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fwd: DC Area, 5/16/2017
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From: Steve Cordle <scordle...>
Date: Tue, May 16, 2017 at 11:56 AM
Subject: DC Area, 5/16/2017
To: <BIRDEAST...>


Hotline: Voice of the Naturalist
Date: 5/16/2017
Coverage: MD/DC/VA/central and southern DE/WV panhandle
Reports, comments and questions: <voice...>
Compiler: Bob Hartman
Sponsor: Audubon Naturalist Society of the Central
Atlantic States (independent of NAS)
Transcriber: Steve Cordle

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

This is the Voice of the Naturalist, a service of the Audubon
Naturalist Society. This report covers the week starting Tuesday, May
9, and was completed on Tuesday, May 16 at about 10 AM.

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

The top birds this week were LITTLE EGRET and COMMON REDSHANK, both in
DE.

Other birds of interest this week included GREATER SCAUP, MISSISSIPPI
KITE, WILSON'S PHALAROPE, RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, DICKCISSEL, BREWER'S
BLACKBIRD, and many warblers including MOURNING WARBLER.

TOP BIRDS

Slightly outside our normal reporting area, a LITTLE EGRET was seen
and photographed May 15 at the Ashton Tract, Port Penn DE (New Castle
Co).

Also on May 15 in DE, at the Ted Harvey WMA (Kent Co), a flying
shorebird was identified as a COMMON REDSHANK by two experienced
British birders, one a shorebird ornithologist. Unfortunately, the
bird wasn't found again.

OTHER BIRDS OF INTEREST

On May 14, some late GREATER SCAUP were found in MD. Four were seen at
Poplar Island (Talbot Co). Probably more surprising was the single
GREATER SCAUP reported in Prince George's Co at Lake Artemesia.

Two MISSISSIPPI KITEs were reported. On May 14, one was at
Westmoreland VA (Westmoreland Co), near Westmoreland St Pk. At Fort
Smallwood MD (Anne Arundel Co), another MISSISSIPPI KITE was reported
on May 15.

Near Bridgewater VA, around the intersection of routes 11 & 704
(Rockingham Co), a WILSON'S PHALAROPE was seen May 9.

On May 10, an out-of-season RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH was spotted at Rocky
Gorge Reservoir, Supplee Pk (Prince George's Co).

A few DICKCISSELs showed up a little early in MD. On May 13, two were
seen at Aquasco Farm Pk (Prince George's Co). On May 15, Frederick Co
hosted two at widely separated locations: one along Harney Rd between
Bullfrog and Shriver Rds, the other in an overgrown field in Tuscarora
Creek development.

A likely BREWER'S BLACKBIRD was reported along the C&O Canal near
Pennyfield Lock (Montgomery Co MD). Although the phone photos weren't
very helpful, the description was pretty convincing.

A subjective evaluation suggests that we are having a good year for
warblers. Many locations had species counts of 15 to 20+, including a
few MOURNING WARBLERs in the last few days.

***

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

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

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

Thank you for your interest, and enjoy the birds.

*Of interest to the applicable state records committee

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Date: 5/16/17 10:27 am
From: 'Susan Hunt' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Re: Golden-winged Warbler at Wheaton
It was a beautiful male -- we saw it at "the Ridge" (across the parking lot from the merry-go-round on the Shorefield Road entrance). 
Woody Dubois and his daughter Michelle heard it first, and then another birder spotted it, and we all got good looks at it.
It didn't appear today (as far as I know) although there were Bay-breasteds, a Blackburnian, Blackpolls, Magnolias, and the (still) ubiquitous Myrtles.

From: Wen Lin <wensyilin...>
To: Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Sent: Tuesday, May 16, 2017 1:12 PM
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Golden-winged Warbler at Wheaton

On Monday, May 15, 2017 at 8:01:12 AM UTC-4, Susan Hunt wrote:
> Good looks by many!
>
> Susan Hunt
>
> Sent from my iPhone

A male or female one? Which area it was located?

Wen, Silver Spring

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Date: 5/16/17 10:12 am
From: Wen Lin <wensyilin...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Golden-winged Warbler at Wheaton
On Monday, May 15, 2017 at 8:01:12 AM UTC-4, Susan Hunt wrote:
> Good looks by many!
>
> Susan Hunt
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> Sent from my iPhone

A male or female one? Which area it was located?

Wen, Silver Spring

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Date: 5/16/17 9:58 am
From: Wallace Kornack <wallace...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Tuesday 5/16/17, Golden-winged Warbler
This morning (5/16) at Rock Creek Park.

Golden-winged Warbler was seen by Dany Sloan in the Maintenance Yard. Mourning Warblers were seen in three locations—two in the Maintenance Yard and one along the Fence Line.

20 warbler species seen or heard: Ovenbird, Golden-wing, Black-and-white, Tennessee, Nashville, Mourning, Yellowthroat, Redstart, Cape May, Parula, Magnolia, Bay-breasted, Blackburnian, Chestnut-sided, Blackpoll, BT Blue, Yellow-rump, BT Green, Canada, Wilson’s

First of season birds: Gray Cheeked Thrush, Golden-winged Warbler, Yellow-breasted Chat, Lincoln’s Sparrow

——Equitation Field
Magnolia Warbler
Bay-breasted Warbler
Blackburnian Warbler
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler 2
Canada Warbler (Bodo)
Mourning Dove 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Acadian Flycatcher
Eastern Phoebe
Great Crested Flycatcher
Red-eyed Vireo
American Crow
Tufted Titmouse
Carolina Wren
Swainson's Thrush 2
Wood Thrush
American Robin 6
Scarlet Tanager
Northern Cardinal 2
Brown-headed Cowbird

——Ridge (Dany)
American Redstart
Northern Parula
Magnolia Warbler
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Blackpoll Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler 2
Common Loon flyby
Acadian Flycatcher
Red-eyed Vireo

——Fence Line
Tennessee Warbler
Mourning Warbler
Cape May Warbler 3
Magnolia Warbler
Bay-breasted Warbler (Sacha)
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Mourning Dove
Red-eyed Vireo
Tufted Titmouse
Carolina Wren
Gray-cheeked Thrush FOY (Bill, Sacha, Katharine)
Swainson's Thrush
Wood Thrush
Baltimore Oriole
House Sparrow 3

——Yard Parking Lot
Tennessee Warbler
Cape May Warbler 2
Bay-breasted Warbler
Blackburnian Warbler
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Blackpoll Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Red-tailed Hawk
Mourning Dove
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Red-eyed Vireo
Tufted Titmouse
Carolina Wren 2
Gray-cheeked Thrush FOS (Kurt)
Wood Thrush
American Robin
Gray Catbird
Scarlet Tanager
Northern Cardinal
House Sparrow 7

——Maintenance Yard (Bill)
Ovenbird 2
Golden-winged Warbler FOS (Dany)
Black-and-white Warbler
Tennessee Warbler 2
Nashville Warbler
Mourning Warbler 2
Common Yellowthroat 2
American Redstart 6
Cape May Warbler 2
Northern Parula 4
Magnolia Warbler 7
Bay-breasted Warbler 2 (Hanan)
Blackburnian Warbler 4
Chestnut-sided Warbler 5
Blackpoll Warbler 6
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler 6
Black-throated Green Warbler 2
Canada Warbler
Wilson's Warbler (Sacha)
Red-tailed Hawk
Chimney Swift 9
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker
Eastern Wood-Pewee 2
Great Crested Flycatcher 2
Yellow-throated Vireo (Greg)
Blue-headed Vireo (Sally)
Red-eyed Vireo 2
Blue Jay
American Crow
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
House Wren 2
Carolina Wren 2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Swainson's Thrush
Wood Thrush 2
Gray Catbird
Yellow-breasted Chat FOS
Lincoln's Sparrow FOS (Hanan, Jim)
Scarlet Tanager 4
Northern Cardinal 3
Indigo Bunting
Brown-headed Cowbird
House Finch
American Goldfinch 2

——Nature Center (west side near Stables) (Bill)
Barred Owl
Blue Jay
American Robin
Carolina Wren
Northern Cardinal

Contributors: Bill Butler, Greg Gough, Dany Sloan, Sacha Litman, Shirley Putnam, Kurt Schwarz, Howard Patterson, Joel Merriman, Jim Lemert, Marina True, Betsy Lovejoy, Callan Swensen, Bodo, Hanan Jacoby, Matt Sileo, Micaela, Bodo, Jaden, Don Kates, Wendy Kates, Ed Lyon, Jeff Shenot, Art Drauglis, Mat Cohen, Daniel Blatt, Peggy Conner, Dennis Coskren, Barbara Elkus, Cathy, Chris, +++

Have Fun Birding!

Wallace Kornack
Washington DC

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Date: 5/16/17 8:45 am
From: Harry Armistead <harryarmistead...>
Subject: [MDBirding] 99th Dorchester County May bird count, May 6, 2017 (in full).
99th DORCHESTER COUNTY MAY BIRD COUNT (in full), Saturday, May 6, 2017. 136 species.


NUMBERS MUMBO JUMBO: Canada goose 206 (7, 4-54) represents that CGs were seen by all 7 parties with numbers ranging from 4 to 54 and a grand total of 206. If there’s just one number after a species it is “understood” that just one party found it. Underscored numbers or species represent unusually high counts. Now with species such as great egret 33 (3, 2-21) seen by 3 parties the number found by a 3rd party can be determined by subtracting the combination of 2 and 21 (23) from the grand total of 33 = 10. I am very fond of indicating how many parties see a species, and indicating their range of numbers, so as to give some idea of the abundance and wideness of the distribution of a bird here.


WATERFOWL: snow goose 1. Canada goose 206 (7, 4-54). tundra swan 2. wood duck 20 (4, 2-10). American black duck 33 (3, 6-18). mallard 240 (7, 3-72). blue-winged teal 4 (Elliott I. Rd.). redhead 1 (Hooper’s I.). surf scoter 6 (Hooper’s I.). ruddy duck 119 (2, 24-95).


northern bobwhite 7. wild turkey 46 (4, 3-18). common loon 4 (2, 1-3). red-throated loon 1 (Hooper’s I.; NC). double-crested cormorant 155 (5, 3-117). American white pelican 1 (Blackwater). brown pelican 69 (2, 2-67).


HERON TYPES: great blue heron 79 (6, 1-34). great egret 33 (3, 2-21). snowy egret 27 (3, 2-19). green heron 11 (3, 1-9). black-crowned night heron 0. glossy ibis 16 (2, 2-14).


RAPTORS: black vulture 65 (7, 1-48). turkey vulture 349 (7, 12-87). osprey 110 (7, 2-45). bald eagle 116 (7, 3-41). northern harrier 2 (2, 1-1). Cooper’s hawk 2 (2, 1-1). red-shouldered hawk 3 (3, 1-1). red-tailed hawk 11 (5, 1-5). American kestrel 1. peregrine falcon 1 (adult male; Elliott I. Rd.).


RALLIDS: clapper rail 16 (5, 1-8). king rail 2. Virginia rail 32 (3, 4-19). common gallinule 1 (Elliott I. Rd.).


SHOREBIRDS: semipalmated plover 275 (4, 1-235). killdeer 19 (6, 2-7). spotted sandpiper 2. solitary sandpiper 6 (4, 1-2). greater yellowlegs 61 (3, 6-45). willet 24 (3, 5-12). lesser yellowlegs 39 (4, 4-23). black-necked stilt 8 (Elliott I. Rd.). dunlin 104 (2, 19-85). least sandpiper 319 (5, 5-145). semipalmated sandpiper 37 (Elliott I. Rd.). short-billed dowitcher 3 (Elliott I. Rd.).


LARIDS: Bonaparte’s gull 1 (Lewis Wharf Rd.). laughing gull 706 (6, 8-246). ring-billed gull 318 (5, 5-273). herring gull 102 (5, 1-88). great black-backed gull 6 (Hooper’s I.). least tern 10 (4, 2-3). Caspian tern 3 (2, 1-2). common tern 12 (2, 1-11; Hooper’s I.). Forster’s tern 58 (5, 1-30). royal tern 31 (3, 3-17).


“TRANSITIONAL” LANDBIRDS: rock pigeon 25 (4, 1-17). mourning dove 103 (6, 5-31). yellow-billed cuckoo 1. eastern screech-owl 4 (2, 1-3). great horned owl 0. chuck-will’s-widow 11 (2, 4-7). chimney swift 125 (5, 2-59). ruby-throated hummingbird 2 (2, 1-1). belted kingfisher 1.


WOODPECKERS: red-headed woodpecker 9 (4, 2-3). red-bellied woodpecker 11 (3, 1-3). downy woodpecker 11 (5, 1-4). hairy woodpecker 4 (3, 1-2). northern flicker 18 (4, 1-12). pileated woodpecker 16 (6, 1-10).


FLYCATCHERS & VIREOS: eastern wood-pewee 2 (2, 1-1). Acadian flycatcher 1. eastern phoebe 0. great crested flycatcher 78 (6, 1-31). eastern kingbird 45 (7, 2-14). white-eyed vireo 15 (5, 1-5). yellow-throated vireo 1. red-eyed vireo 31 (5, 5-9).


blue jay 28 (5, 1-11). American crow 138 (7, 2-36). fish crow 10 (3, 1-5). crow unIDd 149 (2, 50-99). horned lark 167 (new high count; 4, 3-108). purple martin 179 (5, 7-68). tree swallow 234 (5, 11-92). northern rough-winged swallow 20 (2, 1-19). bank swallow 18 (2, 8-10). barn swallow 316 (6, 27-85).


LI’L SPRITES: Carolina chickadee 45 (6, 1-16). tufted titmouse 49 (6, 4-20). brown-headed nuthatch 24 of the little things (5, 2-7). house wren 19 (4, 1-10). marsh wren 34 (4-18). Carolina wren 166 (7, 1-29). blue-gray gnatcatcher 26 (5, 1-10).


eastern bluebird 46 (5, 3-19). wood thrush 5 (2, 1-4). American robin 181 (6, 20-44). gray catbird 20 (5, 1-9). brown thrasher 13 (4, 1-6). northern mockingbird 75 (6, 7-21). European starling 608 (6, 38-169). cedar waxwing 85.


WARBLERS: ovenbird 20 (5, 1-9). worm-eating warbler 10 (3, 1-7). black-and-white warbler 1. prothonotary warbler 2 (2, 1-1). common yellowthroat 120 (6, 7-50). yellow warbler 0. pine warbler 42 (6, 1-18). myrtle warbler 15 (5, 1-5). yellow-throated warbler 2, (2, 1-1). prairie warbler 16 (5, 2-7). yellow-breasted chat 6 (3, 2-2).


SPARROWS: eastern towhee 23 (5, 1-8). chipping sparrow 90 (6, 11-17). field sparrow 4 (3, 1-2). Savannah sparrow 1 (Elliott I. Rd.). grasshopper sparrow 0. saltmarsh sparrow 0. seaside sparrow 48 (2, 13-35). song sparrow 8 (5, 1-3). swamp sparrow 3 (Elliott I. Rd.). white-throated sparrow 1.


THE PRETTIES: summer tanager 22 (5, 2-7). scarlet tanager 3 (2, 1-2). northern cardinal 104 (7, 1-32). blue grosbeak 27 (5, 1-12). indigo bunting 21 (6, 2-7).


ICTERIDS: red-winged blackbird 945 (7, 15-250). eastern meadowlark 7 (3, 2-3). common grackle 630 (7, 5-175). boat-tailed grackle 20 (3, 2-16). brown-headed cowbird 168 (7, 4-46). orchard oriole 24 (4, 1-17). Baltimore oriole 1.


house finch 15 (5, 1-5). American goldfinch 27 (6, 2-8). house sparrow 53 (5, 3-25).


DRAMATIS PERSONAE: Dave Palmer, greater Blackwater N.W.R. area and on south to Lakesville, Wingate. Michael McClure, N of Route 50. Sue & Wes Earp, Neck District. Suzette Stitely, Cambridge, some areas N of Route 50. Matt Whitbeck, restricted areas of Blackwater N.W.R.: Holt Tract, Hayes Farm Harry Armistead, greater Elliott I. Rd. area and side roads such as Lewis Wharf, Steele Neck, Griffith Neck, and Kraft Neck, town of Vienna. Jeff Effinger, Hooper’s & Taylor’s islands (and Nate Carle contributed a Red-throated Loon from Hooper’s I.


EFFORT: 8 observers in 7 parties. 3:30 A.M. - 8:45 P.M. foot miles 20, foot hours 30.75. car miles 433, car hours 46.25. night miles 50, night hours 6.75. Four of the parties began at 3:30, 3:30, 4:20, and 4:30 A.M. respectively. How THATS what I call GUNG HO. And in THIS weather. Phew!! Pass the coffee. Dave Palmer got a good photograph of a King Snake.


WEATHER (adverse): clear at start but overcast most of the day with light rain off and on from 1:45 P.M., especially towards sunset. WINDS: SSE or S 20+, gusting to 25 or higher, such that occasionally it comes close to throwing me off balance, frequently makes it difficult to use binoculars, and, of course, very hard to hear birds. Winds shift to W and diminish somewhat by late afternoon. The very high tidal waters prevented access to key areas for several of the parties, including the important sand bars seen from Swan Harbor, the only locations where Sanderlings, turnstones, and oystercatchers can be found.


TIDES: low 6:21 A.M., high 12:08 P.M., low again at 6:39 P.M., these at Fishing Point, Fishing Bay, at the S end of Elliott Island Road. There are 4 “Fishing Points” in the county, 2 of them on Fishing Bay. The low tide is higher than a normal high tide. I have to drive through tidal water 7 or 8 times for a total of c. 1/3 of a mile. Occasional, very brief periods of sunshine. Distant, brilliant blue breaks in the clouds sometimes. 57 - 66 - 53 degrees.


10 SPECIES WITH THE HIGHEST COUNTS: red-winged blackbird 945. laughing gull 706. common grackle 630. European starling 608. turkey vulture 349. least sandpiper 319. ring-billed gull 318. barn swallow 316. semipalmated plover 275. mallard 240.


SPECIES (13) FOUND BY ALL 7 PARTIES: Canada goose, mallard, black vulture, turkey vulture, osprey, bald eagle, eastern kingbird, American crow, Carolina wren, northern cardinal, red-winged blackbird, common grackle, brown-headed cowbird.


BY WAY OF EXPLANATION. Dorchester May bird counts began on the 1st May weekend in 1966. Since 1970 they’ve been conducted on both of the 1st weekends in May.


SUN & MOON. Sunrise 6:01, sunset 8:00. Moon 76% of it visible.


Best to all. - Harry Armistead, Philadelphia.

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Date: 5/16/17 8:45 am
From: Scott Young <wsyacy...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Friendly birders
The past two days I've visited a new hotspot for me - Watkins Ponds along both Crooked Creek Drive and Watkins Overlook - and the warblers have been plentiful. And that was very gratifying. But even more so were the numerous birders (Karl, Cat, Ed, Joe, Matt, Mark, Jaden and others whose names I forget) who came and went offering advice, eyes and good humor. Even hurrying back several hundred yards just to alert a new acquaintence that there is a "find" back up the way. Super! Thank you.

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Date: 5/16/17 4:50 am
From: Tim Carney <timmyc83...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Mourning Warbler at Swan Creek
Singing loudly 3/4 down road to wetlands on left. Also Least Flycatcher at parking area.

Open until 3:30. Please sign in.

Tim Carney
Nottingham, MD

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Date: 5/16/17 4:25 am
From: <keyweststyle2001...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Summer Tanager, Loch Raven
One male summer tanager singing briefly on a not-too-tall maple tree on L
halfway down Peerce Cove ‎section of Loch Raven Reservoir. Also
olive-sided flycatcher on same perch as last year. - Kevin Graff
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Date: 5/16/17 3:41 am
From: Andy Wilson <awilson.gettysburg...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Dickcissel in Frederick
Singing Dickcissel in an overgrown field in my development (Tuscarora Creek), Frederick, yesterday. In thistle covered field at
39.4719, -77.4398. My 166th species here.

Andy Wilson
Frederick

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Date: 5/15/17 8:02 pm
From: Jim Wilkinson <lakekoshare...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Dickcissel in north Frederick County, May 15
Found a Dickcissel along Harney Road about halfway between Bullfrog and Shriver Roads today. Be careful of fast moving vehicles along this road. Photo in eBird checklist here:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S36896160

Also saw a male Bay-breasted Warbler in east Columbia this morning.

Jim Wilkinson
Columbia, MD

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Date: 5/15/17 7:12 pm
From: Will McPhail <butcherbird2013...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Monday 5/15/17, Mourning Warbler
Hi Wallace,

We also had Nashville Warbler in the yard once most birders left. That should bump the species count up for the day. We had the Nashville again this evening around 7:00 in the NE corner of the yard near the vernal pool. We were also able to relocate the Mourning in the same area at 7:30.

Cheers,

Will McPhail

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Date: 5/15/17 6:55 pm
From: SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Monday, May 15, 2017 143 Raptors Mississippi Kite
Fort Smallwood Park
Pasadena, Maryland, USA


Daily Raptor Counts: May 15, 2017
Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
Black Vulture 3 26 270
Turkey Vulture 59 684 6572
Osprey 0 29 537
Bald Eagle 5 46 177
Northern Harrier 1 13 75
Sharp-shinned Hawk 48 235 1059
Cooper's Hawk 5 32 208
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 3 95
Broad-winged Hawk 17 86 239
Red-tailed Hawk 0 24 169
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 2
American Kestrel 1 3 122
Merlin 3 17 59
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 3
Unknown Falcon 0 0 2
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 1 5
Mississippi Kite 1 1 1
Total: 143 1200 9595


Observation start time: 8:45 am
Observation end time: 3:30 pm Daylight Time
Total observation time: 6.75 hours
Official Counter Ralph Geuder, Sue Ricciardi
Observers: Chris Reed, Dan Stewart, Hal Wierenga, Ralph Geuder, Sue Ricciardi

Weather: Sunny; 54-72 degrees; excellent visibility; winds strong starting out from the west, then becoming northwesterly, 12-21 mph, gusting to 29 mph.

Raptor Observations: First Mississippi Kite of the season, an adult, observed at 12:38 pm. Otherwise, Sharp-shinned Hawks and Turkey Vultures with a sprinkle of Broadwings. Cloudless skies probably meant birds were missed.

Non-raptor Observations: An estimated 2000 swallows, Chimney Swifts and Purple Martins pouring by; mostly Trees with good numbers of Barns and Northern Rough-wings; also a few Banks and Cliffs. About 85 Bobolinks; 2 Black-crowned Night Herons, an adult and a one-year old; 2 calling Common Terns. ebird list: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S36894333

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

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

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Date: 5/15/17 3:37 pm
From: Stephanie Lovell <amorellovell...>
Subject: [MDBirding] May 17th meeting of Montgomery Bird Club
This is our last program meeting of the season, we do have the picnic in
June, but that's a meeting for food! and birds!

[image: Inline image 1]

Our next meeting is *Wednesday, May 17*. Kurt will have the latest photos
from his frequent trips to Cape May especially during the migration season.
Kurt Schwarz, Conservation Chair for MOS, Past (long ago) President of
Howard County Bird Club. Retired federal employee, now busy advocating for
birds, and building his birding lists, locally, nationally, and even a bit
abroad. Life-time ambition is to see a Spoon-billed Sandpiper.

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.

​See you there!​

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Date: 5/15/17 2:57 pm
From: Eugene J. Scarpulla <ejscarp...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Atlantic Seabirds Pelagic Trips: 1991 & 1992
In 1991 and 1992, I ran 9 Ocean City pelagic trips under the name Atlantic
Seabirds. I'm currently writing a summary article of the trips for the fall
2017 issue of Maryland Birdlife. As many of you know, I lost all of my
field notes in 2003 due to the storm surge of Hurricane Isabel. I'm
reconstructing the data based on past issues of Maryland Birdlife, American
Birds, e-Bird, and the field notes of trip leaders and participants. I have
a pretty good handle on most of the observed bird species, except for the
more common bird groups (e.g., gulls, terns, non-seabirds). If you were one
of the trip participants, I'm seeking any information about the more common
bird groups, the marine mammals, the marine turtles, and any other
miscellaneous fauna that were observed. If you can provide any data, please
e-mail me directly. Thanks for your help.

Gene Scarpulla

Editor, The Maryland Entomologist

Editor, Maryland Birdlife

Bowie, Maryland

ejscarp (at) comcast (dot) net

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

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Date: 5/15/17 2:08 pm
From: Wallace Kornack <wallace...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Monday 5/15/17, Mourning Warbler
Correction: In the section "20 warblers seen or heard:" replace Yellow-throated Warbler with Yellow Warbler.

Wallace Kornack
Washington. DC

Sent from my iPad

> On May 15, 2017, at 1:13 PM, Wallace Kornack <wallace...> wrote:
>
> This morning (5/15) at Rock Creek Park
>
> Mourning Warbler was seen by Matt Sileo and heard by many in the Maintenance Yard.
>
> 20 warbler species seen or heard: Ovenbird, L. Waterthrush, Black-and-white, Tennessee, Mourning, Yellowthroat, Redstart, Cape May, Parula, Magnolia, Bay-breasted, Blackburnian, Yellow-throated, Chestnut-sided, Blackpoll, BT Blue, Yellow-rump, BT Green, Canada, Wilson’s
>
> Other significant birds are highlighted.
>
> ——Equitation Field
> Louisiana Waterthrush
> Black-and-white Warbler 2
> American Redstart 2
> Northern Parula
> Magnolia Warbler 3
> Blackburnian Warbler
> Chestnut-sided Warbler
> Blackpoll Warbler 2
> Yellow-rumped Warbler 4
> Black-throated Green Warbler
> Mourning Dove
> Yellow-billed Cuckoo
> Red-bellied Woodpecker
> Red-eyed Vireo 3
> Wood Thrush
> American Robin 3
> Cedar Waxwing 7
> Chipping Sparrow 3
> Eastern Towhee
> Scarlet Tanager 2
> Northern Cardinal 2
> Rose-breasted Grosbeak 2
> Brown-headed Cowbird 2
> Baltimore Oriole
>
> ——Ridge
> Ovenbird
> Common Yellowthroat
> American Redstart
> Cape May Warbler
> Magnolia Warbler
> Blackburnian Warbler
> Yellow Warbler
> Blackpoll Warbler
> Yellow-rumped Warbler
> Black-throated Green Warbler
> Eastern Wood-Pewee
> Wood Thrush
> Cedar Waxwing 6
> Scarlet Tanager
> Baltimore Oriole
>
> ——Yard Parking Lot
> Ovenbird
> Black-and-white Warbler
> Tennessee Warbler
> American Redstart
> Magnolia Warbler
> Bay-breasted Warbler
> Blackburnian Warbler
> Yellow Warbler
> Chestnut-sided Warbler
> Blackpoll Warbler
> Black-throated Blue Warbler
> Yellow-rumped Warbler 6
> Ruby-throated Hummingbird
> Pileated Woodpecker
> Red-eyed Vireo
> Carolina Wren
>
> ——Fence Line
> Ovenbird
> Chestnut-sided Warbler
> Red-eyed Vireo
>
> ——Maintenance Yard (Bill)
> Ovenbird
> Louisiana Waterthrush
> Tennessee Warbler FOS (Matt)
> Mourning Warbler FOS (Matt)
> Common Yellowthroat 2
> American Redstart
> Cape May Warbler
> Northern Parula 4
> Bay-breasted Warbler (Joshua)
> Blackburnian Warbler
> Chestnut-sided Warbler 2
> Blackpoll Warbler 2
> Black-throated Blue Warbler
> Black-throated Green Warbler
> Wilson's Warbler (Joshua, David)
> Red-tailed Hawk
> Mourning Dove 2
> Ruby-throated Hummingbird
> Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
> Pileated Woodpecker
> Great Crested Flycatcher
> Eastern Kingbird
> Red-eyed Vireo 2
> Blue Jay 3
> Carolina Chickadee
> Tufted Titmouse
> White-breasted Nuthatch 2
> Carolina Wren 2
> Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
> Swainson's Thrush 2
> Wood Thrush 3
> American Robin 3
> Gray Catbird
> White-throated Sparrow
> Scarlet Tanager 3
> Northern Cardinal 2
> Rose-breasted Grosbeak 2
> Brown-headed Cowbird 3
> Baltimore Oriole
> American Goldfinch 4
>
> ——Stables Area
> Canada Warbler FOS (Gerry)
>
> ——Nature Center
> Ovenbird
> Northern Parula
> Magnolia Warbler
> Black-throated Green Warbler
> Red-bellied Woodpecker
> Great Crested Flycatcher
> Fish Crow
> Swainson's Thrush
> Northern Cardinal
> Baltimore Oriole
>
> Contributors: Bill Butler, Matt Sileo, Shirley Putnam, Gerry Hawkins, David Sterling, Katharine and Eric Kravetz, John Boright, Wendy Kates, Jim Lemert, Jeff Shenot, Daniel Blatt, Joshua Heiser, Ken Berlin, Mardi Hastings, Will McPhail, Shiela Maher, Art Drauglis, Beatice Grabowski, Joe Sonnefeld, Susan Volman
>
> Have Fun Birding!
>
> Wallace Kornack
> Washington DC
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Date: 5/15/17 10:14 am
From: Wallace Kornack <wallace...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Monday 5/15/17, Mourning Warbler
This morning (5/15) at Rock Creek Park

Mourning Warbler was seen by Matt Sileo and heard by many in the Maintenance Yard.

20 warbler species seen or heard: Ovenbird, L. Waterthrush, Black-and-white, Tennessee, Mourning, Yellowthroat, Redstart, Cape May, Parula, Magnolia, Bay-breasted, Blackburnian, Yellow-throated, Chestnut-sided, Blackpoll, BT Blue, Yellow-rump, BT Green, Canada, Wilson’s

Other significant birds are highlighted.

——Equitation Field
Louisiana Waterthrush
Black-and-white Warbler 2
American Redstart 2
Northern Parula
Magnolia Warbler 3
Blackburnian Warbler
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Blackpoll Warbler 2
Yellow-rumped Warbler 4
Black-throated Green Warbler
Mourning Dove
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Red-eyed Vireo 3
Wood Thrush
American Robin 3
Cedar Waxwing 7
Chipping Sparrow 3
Eastern Towhee
Scarlet Tanager 2
Northern Cardinal 2
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 2
Brown-headed Cowbird 2
Baltimore Oriole

——Ridge
Ovenbird
Common Yellowthroat
American Redstart
Cape May Warbler
Magnolia Warbler
Blackburnian Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Blackpoll Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Wood Thrush
Cedar Waxwing 6
Scarlet Tanager
Baltimore Oriole

——Yard Parking Lot
Ovenbird
Black-and-white Warbler
Tennessee Warbler
American Redstart
Magnolia Warbler
Bay-breasted Warbler
Blackburnian Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Blackpoll Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler 6
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Pileated Woodpecker
Red-eyed Vireo
Carolina Wren

——Fence Line
Ovenbird
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Red-eyed Vireo

——Maintenance Yard (Bill)
Ovenbird
Louisiana Waterthrush
Tennessee Warbler FOS (Matt)
Mourning Warbler FOS (Matt)
Common Yellowthroat 2
American Redstart
Cape May Warbler
Northern Parula 4
Bay-breasted Warbler (Joshua)
Blackburnian Warbler
Chestnut-sided Warbler 2
Blackpoll Warbler 2
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler
Wilson's Warbler (Joshua, David)
Red-tailed Hawk
Mourning Dove 2
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
Pileated Woodpecker
Great Crested Flycatcher
Eastern Kingbird
Red-eyed Vireo 2
Blue Jay 3
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
Carolina Wren 2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Swainson's Thrush 2
Wood Thrush 3
American Robin 3
Gray Catbird
White-throated Sparrow
Scarlet Tanager 3
Northern Cardinal 2
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 2
Brown-headed Cowbird 3
Baltimore Oriole
American Goldfinch 4

——Stables Area
Canada Warbler FOS (Gerry)

——Nature Center
Ovenbird
Northern Parula
Magnolia Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Great Crested Flycatcher
Fish Crow
Swainson's Thrush
Northern Cardinal
Baltimore Oriole

Contributors: Bill Butler, Matt Sileo, Shirley Putnam, Gerry Hawkins, David Sterling, Katharine and Eric Kravetz, John Boright, Wendy Kates, Jim Lemert, Jeff Shenot, Daniel Blatt, Joshua Heiser, Ken Berlin, Mardi Hastings, Will McPhail, Shiela Maher, Art Drauglis, Beatice Grabowski, Joe Sonnefeld, Susan Volman

Have Fun Birding!

Wallace Kornack
Washington DC

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Date: 5/15/17 5:01 am
From: 'Susan Hunt' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Golden-winged Warbler at Wheaton
Good looks by many!

Susan Hunt

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Date: 5/14/17 8:57 pm
From: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] [WA & FR] May Count/Global Big Day
Note the "." thought I might have omitted it, but see it is there.

Probably I should have used:
GRSP...or to have more fun GRASP...

I do believe you can figure it out, Rick.

Jim

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> Grass sparrow?
>
> Rick Sussman
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Date: 5/14/17 8:31 pm
From: SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Sunday, May 14, 2017 125 Raptors
Fort Smallwood Park
Pasadena, Maryland, USA


Daily Raptor Counts: May 14, 2017
Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
Black Vulture 10 23 267
Turkey Vulture 40 625 6513
Osprey 7 29 537
Bald Eagle 7 41 172
Northern Harrier 2 12 74
Sharp-shinned Hawk 28 187 1011
Cooper's Hawk 2 27 203
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 3 95
Broad-winged Hawk 16 69 222
Red-tailed Hawk 1 24 169
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 2
American Kestrel 1 2 121
Merlin 11 14 56
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 3
Unknown Falcon 0 0 2
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 1 5
Total: 125 1057 9452



Observation start time: 9:15 am
Observation end time: 5:15 pm
Total observation time: 8 hours
Official Counter Sue Ricciardi
Observers: Andy Higgs, Chris Reed, Dan Walker, Hal Wierenga, John Hoffman


Weather: Partly cloudy becoming mostly cloudy; 56-74 degrees; excellent visibility; winds westerly, at first light,then becoming stronger in the afternoon when it was from the WNW,3-26 mph, gusting to 33 mph

Raptor Observations: On the slow side until the afternoon when the winds picked up. The eleven Merlins formed the high daily count for that species for the season. Good diversity with 11 species.

Non-raptor Observations: Swallows and Chimney Swifts were abundant, maybe 1500 in all; 375 swifts counted which may have been only half the total of that species. 3 Laughing Gulls, 5 Common Terns, 2 Green Herons sitting together on a snag.
ebird checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S36863334


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

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

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Date: 5/14/17 7:28 pm
From: Warblerick <ricksussman1955...>
Subject: [MDBirding] [WA & FR] May Count/Global Big Day
Grass sparrow?

Rick Sussman
Woodbine, MD

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Date: 5/14/17 5:41 pm
From: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...>
Subject: [MDBirding] [WA & FR] May Count/Global Big Day
As a FR resident, it made sense to do some work for them as well, so I
split my time between.

Results will eventually make it to eBird.

I totaled 58 species between the two counties.

Notable WA gets were:
Horned Lark
Wood Duck
Spotted Sandpiper [5 at Greenbrier SP]
Orchard Oriole [also at Greenbrier SP]
Grass. Sparrow

Notable FR gets were:
WCSP [at my feeder, still present today]
WTSP [at my feeder, still present today]
Cape May, Yellow-rumped, Blackpoll warblers [in my evergreens]
Osprey
Fish Crow
Raven

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

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Date: 5/14/17 5:16 pm
From: Hugh Vandervoort <hughva...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Greater Scaup, Lake Artemesia
Graeme Simpson and I saw this Scaup this AM as well.
Annapolis, MD
My Birding Blog
http://hughvandervoort.com/


On Sun, May 14, 2017 at 7:21 PM, Derek C. Richardson <dcr...> wrote:
>
> Flagged as rare by eBird: very good looks (but no good photos unfortunately)
> of what looked to me to be a Greater Scaup by the eastern side of the north
> part of Lake Artemesia (PG County). It was diving quite contentedly,
> hopefully it will stick around. Full list below.
>
> Lake Artemesia, Prince George's, Maryland, US
> May 14, 2017 4:31 PM - 5:53 PM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 1.75 mile(s)
> Comments: A loop around the lake. Mostly sunny, strong wind, warm.
> 34 species
>
> Canada Goose 15
> Wood Duck 1
> Mallard 3
> Greater Scaup 1 adult male scaup sp (not RNDU), rounded head (forehead
> more prominent than back of head on relaxed, diving bird), distant photos on
> iPhone didn't turn out unfortunately
> Black Vulture 2
> Turkey Vulture 2
> Osprey 2
> Red-tailed Hawk 2
> Killdeer 1
> Chimney Swift 1
> Eastern Wood-Pewee 1
> Eastern Phoebe 2
> Great Crested Flycatcher 1
> Red-eyed Vireo 1
> Blue Jay 2
> Fish Crow 3
> Northern Rough-winged Swallow 2
> Tree Swallow 1
> Barn Swallow 3
> Tufted Titmouse 2
> Carolina Wren 2
> Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 3
> American Robin 2
> Gray Catbird 1
> Northern Mockingbird 3
> European Starling 3
> Cedar Waxwing 4
> Northern Cardinal 3
> Red-winged Blackbird 3
> Common Grackle 5
> Brown-headed Cowbird 2
> Baltimore Oriole 2
> American Goldfinch 3
> House Sparrow 4
>
> View this checklist online at
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S36854409
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
>
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Date: 5/14/17 4:26 pm
From: Janet Millenson <janet...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Wet warblers
Earlier today I had FIVE Yellow-rumped Warblers at our little pond at
the same time -- quite a sight. At breakfast time, a Black-and-white
Warbler stopped by.


Janet Millenson
Potomac, MD (Montgomery County)
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Date: 5/14/17 4:21 pm
From: Derek C. Richardson <dcr...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Greater Scaup, Lake Artemesia

Flagged as rare by eBird: very good looks (but no good photos
unfortunately) of what looked to me to be a Greater Scaup by the eastern
side of the north part of Lake Artemesia (PG County). It was diving quite
contentedly, hopefully it will stick around. Full list below.

Lake Artemesia, Prince George's, Maryland, US
May 14, 2017 4:31 PM - 5:53 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.75 mile(s)
Comments: A loop around the lake. Mostly sunny, strong wind, warm.
34 species

Canada Goose 15
Wood Duck 1
Mallard 3
Greater Scaup 1 adult male scaup sp (not RNDU), rounded head (forehead
more prominent than back of head on relaxed, diving bird), distant photos
on iPhone didn't turn out unfortunately
Black Vulture 2
Turkey Vulture 2
Osprey 2
Red-tailed Hawk 2
Killdeer 1
Chimney Swift 1
Eastern Wood-Pewee 1
Eastern Phoebe 2
Great Crested Flycatcher 1
Red-eyed Vireo 1
Blue Jay 2
Fish Crow 3
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 2
Tree Swallow 1
Barn Swallow 3
Tufted Titmouse 2
Carolina Wren 2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 3
American Robin 2
Gray Catbird 1
Northern Mockingbird 3
European Starling 3
Cedar Waxwing 4
Northern Cardinal 3
Red-winged Blackbird 3
Common Grackle 5
Brown-headed Cowbird 2
Baltimore Oriole 2
American Goldfinch 3
House Sparrow 4

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S36854409

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

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Date: 5/14/17 1:31 pm
From: Hugh McGuinness <hdmcguinness...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Mystery Bird Song Update
It would be great if someone would post the audio, so the rest of us could
appreciate the mystery!

Hugh

On Sun, May 14, 2017 at 1:22 PM, <krschwa1...> wrote:

> The bird was finally observed yesterday, photo'd, audio recorded, perhaps
> video'd. I have not seen these yet. The observer is most competent. It
> was a Kentucky Warbler. I noted at least 3 in that vicinity when I
> recorded it two days ago, calling vigorously. At the very least, this
> would appear to be a very aberrant Kentucky song, and I believe we will
> eventually see it deposited to a repository like the McCauley Library at
> Cornell.
>
> Kurt Schwarz
> Ellicott City, Howard County
> <krschwa1...>
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Date: 5/14/17 1:31 pm
From: Hugh McGuinness <hdmcguinness...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Mystery Bird Song Update
It would be great if someone would post the audio, so the rest of us could
appreciate the mystery!

Hugh

On Sun, May 14, 2017 at 1:22 PM, <krschwa1...> wrote:

> The bird was finally observed yesterday, photo'd, audio recorded, perhaps
> video'd. I have not seen these yet. The observer is most competent. It
> was a Kentucky Warbler. I noted at least 3 in that vicinity when I
> recorded it two days ago, calling vigorously. At the very least, this
> would appear to be a very aberrant Kentucky song, and I believe we will
> eventually see it deposited to a repository like the McCauley Library at
> Cornell.
>
> Kurt Schwarz
> Ellicott City, Howard County
> <krschwa1...>
> <kurtschwarz4...> (in the field).
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Date: 5/14/17 12:37 pm
From: Russ Ruffing <ruff2...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Mystery Bird Song Update
Observed singing today by at least five of us. Very strange Kentucky!

Russ Ruffing
Woodstock, MD

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> On May 14, 2017, at 1:22 PM, <krschwa1...> wrote:
>
> The bird was finally observed yesterday, photo'd, audio recorded, perhaps video'd. I have not seen these yet. The observer is most competent. It was a Kentucky Warbler. I noted at least 3 in that vicinity when I recorded it two days ago, calling vigorously. At the very least, this would appear to be a very aberrant Kentucky song, and I believe we will eventually see it deposited to a repository like the McCauley Library at Cornell.
>
> Kurt Schwarz
> Ellicott City, Howard County
> <krschwa1...>
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Date: 5/14/17 11:33 am
From: Kari Cohen <karibc...>
Subject: [MDBirding] National Arboretum on Mother's Day
It was very birdy at both Fern Valley and Azalea Hill. Highlights included multiples of more common warblers and:

Tennessee warbler (singing incessantly at Fern Valley)
Blackburnian warbler (two singing with crippling views at Fern Valley)
Cape May warbler (two singing from low perches at Azalea Hill)
Canada warbler (a silent bird in the understory at Azalea Hill)

Most birds were feeding low and gave great views in still and sunny conditions.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S36834088

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S36832178


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Date: 5/14/17 10:22 am
From: <krschwa1...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Mystery Bird Song Update
The bird was finally observed yesterday, photo'd, audio recorded, perhaps
video'd. I have not seen these yet. The observer is most competent.
It was a Kentucky Warbler. I noted at least 3 in that vicinity when
I recorded it two days ago, calling vigorously. At the very least,
this would appear to be a very aberrant Kentucky song, and I believe
we will eventually see it deposited to a repository like the McCauley
Library at Cornell.
Kurt SchwarzEllicott City, Howard <Countykrschwa1...>@gmail.com
(in the field).

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Date: 5/14/17 9:58 am
From: Wallace Kornack <wallace...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Sunday 5/14/17
This morning (5/14) at Rock Creek Park.

17 Warblers seen or heard: Ovenbird, Louisiana Waterthrush, Black-and-white, Yellowthroat, Hooded, Redstart, Cape May, Parula, Magnolia, Bay-breasted, Blackburnian, Yellow, Chestnut-sided, Blackpoll, BT Blue, Yellow-rump, BT Green

58 Species

——Equitation Field (David +)
Common Yellowthroat
Hooded Warbler
American Redstart
Cape May Warbler 3
Northern Parula
Magnolia Warbler
Blackburnian Warbler
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Blackpoll Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler 6
Black-throated Green Warbler 2
Barred Owl
Blue Jay
Chipping Sparrow
Scarlet Tanager 2
Rose-breasted Grosbeak

——Ridge
Ovenbird
Black-and-white Warbler
Hooded Warbler
American Redstart
Magnolia Warbler 2
Blackburnian Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler 8
Mourning Dove 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Great Crested Flycatcher
Red-eyed Vireo 2
Carolina Wren
Cedar Waxwing
Eastern Towhee
Scarlet Tanager
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 2
Baltimore Oriole 2

——Yard Parking Lot (Bill +)
Ovenbird
Bay-breasted Warbler
Mourning Dove
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Great Crested Flycatcher
Tufted Titmouse
Carolina Wren
Wood Thrush
Northern Cardinal
Brown-headed Cowbird
House Sparrow 4

——Fence Line (Bill +)
Ovenbird
Chestnut-sided Warbler 2
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Great Crested Flycatcher
Red-eyed Vireo
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Swainson's Thrush
Wood Thrush
Scarlet Tanager
Baltimore Oriole
House Sparrow 6

——Maintenance Yard (Bill +)
Ovenbird 2
Louisiana Waterthrush
Black-and-white Warbler 5
Common Yellowthroat 2
American Redstart 6
Northern Parula 3
Magnolia Warbler 3
Bay-breasted Warbler
Blackburnian Warbler 2
Yellow Warbler
Chestnut-sided Warbler 3
Blackpoll Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler 3
Yellow-rumped Warbler 3
Black-throated Green Warbler 4
Great Blue Heron 2 flyby
Red-tailed Hawk
Chimney Swift 2
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
Downy Woodpecker 3
Hairy Woodpecker 2
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Eastern Phoebe
Great Crested Flycatcher 4
Red-eyed Vireo 6
Blue Jay 3
Fish Crow
Carolina Chickadee 3
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
House Wren
Carolina Wren 2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 2
Swainson's Thrush 2
Wood Thrush 3
American Robin 4
Gray Catbird 3
Brown Thrasher
Cedar Waxwing 2
White-throated Sparrow
Scarlet Tanager 3
Northern Cardinal 2
Indigo Bunting
Common Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird 4
Baltimore Oriole 2
American Goldfinch

——Nature Center
Ovenbird
Red-eyed Vireo
Swainson's Thrush 2
American Robin 2
Northern Cardinal

Contributors, Bill Butler, Sally Wechsler, Matt Sileo, Micaela, Shirley Putnam, Frank Hawkins, Nick Lund, Gary Jones, Jim Lemert, Paul Pisano, Michael Bender, Rodger Moore, Tucker Scully, Lee Kimball, Ken Berlin, Betsy Stephens, Beatrice Grabowski, Tom, Joe Sonnefeld, Mardi Hastings, Hanan Jacoby, David Lauter, Betsy Lovejoy, Fran toller, Steve Löfgren, Susan Volman, Andraia, Marcy Logan, T C, Judith, +++

Have Fun Birding!

Wallace Kornack
Washington DC

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Date: 5/14/17 9:30 am
From: Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Wheaton Regional Park and Brookside today, May 14
Hi all,

Nice to finally have a sunny, calm, warm morning and the birds cooperated. Early activity at the Shorefield parking lot edge (when it was still a bit overcast) but most of the birds were around Pine Lake, with some late goodies over at Brookside Nature Center and in the Garden's native plant collection. We had 16 species of warbler, best being a Wilson's early (pointed out to us by another birder, thanks!) and a late morning Cerulean singing at the top of a huge tree near the Nature Ctr. The other birder also had a BT Green which we managed to miss. A beautiful Yellow-throated Vireo in the Gardens was cooperative. Lots of noisy Orioles, Great Cresteds, singing Wood Thrushes, but numbers of Scarlet Tanagers were down. Only sparrow seen was Chipping although at home we still have a few White-throats at the feeders.

Gail Mackiernan and Barry Cooper
Colesville, MD

73 species (+2 other taxa)
Birds of interest:

Wood Duck 2
Green Heron 2
Osprey 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 2
Red-tailed Hawk 1 Flyover, chased by RS Hawk
Spotted Sandpiper 1
Barred Owl (Northern) 2 Heard only, duet
Chimney Swift 4
Belted Kingfisher 1
Hairy Woodpecker (Eastern) 2
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 5
Pileated Woodpecker 2
Eastern Wood-Pewee 1
Acadian Flycatcher 1
Empidonax sp. 1
Eastern Phoebe 1
Great Crested Flycatcher 8
Eastern Kingbird 6
Yellow-throated Vireo 1 Gardens, singing male
Warbling Vireo (Eastern) 2 Continuing at Pine Lake
Red-eyed Vireo 12
Tree Swallow 10
Barn Swallow 10
House Wren 3
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 8
Eastern Bluebird 3
Swainson's Thrush 3
Wood Thrush 8
American Robin 20 Estimate
Gray Catbird 10
Cedar Waxwing 30 Estimate
Ovenbird 5
Northern Waterthrush 2
Black-and-white Warbler 1
Nashville Warbler 1
Common Yellowthroat 4
American Redstart 3
Cerulean Warbler 1
Northern Parula 6
Magnolia Warbler 4
Yellow Warbler (Northern) 1
Chestnut-sided Warbler 1
Blackpoll Warbler 1
Black-throated Blue Warbler 2
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 8
Prairie Warbler 1
Wilson's Warbler 1
Chipping Sparrow 10
Eastern Towhee 3
Scarlet Tanager 3
Indigo Bunting 2
Orchard Oriole 2
Baltimore Oriole 10

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Date: 5/14/17 7:38 am
From: Derek C. Richardson <dcr...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Rocky Gorge Reservoir/Supplee Park

Great conditions this morning at Rocky Gorge (Prince George's county),
netting 65 species (13 warbler sp.), highlighted by Swainson's Thrush,
Veery, Magnolia Warbler, and Chestnut-sided Warbler. Full report below.

Rocky Gorge Reservoir/Supplee Park, Prince George's, Maryland, US
May 14, 2017 6:41 AM - 10:01 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.6 mile(s)
Comments: Distance is one way. Started mostly cloudy and cool with a
very light breeze and occasional rain (with a rainbow!), finished mostly
sunny, warm, and breezy.
65 species

Canada Goose 4
Great Blue Heron 1
Black Vulture 3
Turkey Vulture 1
Osprey 4
Bald Eagle 1
Killdeer 1
Spotted Sandpiper 2
Mourning Dove 5
Chimney Swift 15
Red-bellied Woodpecker 7
Downy Woodpecker 5
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 3
Pileated Woodpecker 2
Eastern Wood-Pewee 4
Great Crested Flycatcher 2
Eastern Kingbird 2
Red-eyed Vireo 18
Blue Jay 11
American Crow 10
Fish Crow 3
Common Raven 1
Tree Swallow 1
Barn Swallow 10
Carolina Chickadee 8
Tufted Titmouse 11
White-breasted Nuthatch 4
House Wren 3
Carolina Wren 6
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 3
Eastern Bluebird 4
Veery 1
Swainson's Thrush 5
Wood Thrush 5
American Robin 6
Gray Catbird 5
Northern Mockingbird 2
European Starling 5
Cedar Waxwing 20
Ovenbird 9
Black-and-white Warbler 2
Common Yellowthroat 4
American Redstart 4
Northern Parula 7
Magnolia Warbler 2
Yellow Warbler 4
Chestnut-sided Warbler 2
Blackpoll Warbler 3
Black-throated Blue Warbler 2
Pine Warbler 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 4
Black-throated Green Warbler 4
Chipping Sparrow 2
Song Sparrow 2
Eastern Towhee 5
Scarlet Tanager 5
Northern Cardinal 15
Blue Grosbeak 2
Indigo Bunting 4
Common Grackle (Purple) 6
Brown-headed Cowbird 3
Baltimore Oriole 2
House Finch 2
American Goldfinch 7
House Sparrow 10

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http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S36834620

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Date: 5/14/17 6:39 am
From: Linda Friedland <linnet1...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Warbler Bonanza at Violette's Lock
Warblers were swarming the area near the Violette's Lock parking lot
from 6:30 to 9 am this morning. Ryan Fick joined me as we tallied 13
species including, Common Yellowthroat, Yellow, American Redstart,
Northern Parula, a host of Blackpolls, several lovely Bay-breasted
males, a couple of Chestnut-sided, a stunning male Blackburnian, a
handsome Canada, many Yellow-rumped, a single Black-throated Blue and
Black-throated green. Ryan continued after I left and may have added more.

What a Happy Mothers' Day!!

Linda Friedland, Montgomery Co.

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Date: 5/13/17 7:06 pm
From: 'Jane Fallon' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Dickcissel Pair At Aquasco Farm Park
At Aquasco Farm Park in southern PG Co. For t he May Count, at 7:45 pm, we were surprised to see and hear a Male Dickcissel. This site is famous for harboring vagrant sparrows so our surprise was somewhat tempered. But moments later the male was joined by a female and they obviously knew each other. A mated pair in this area is extraordinary and suggests a possible range expansion.

Else wise, the total number of migrant species at Merkle WMA todawy was ONE - a N Waterthrush.

Fred & Jane Fallon

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Date: 5/13/17 4:09 pm
From: Patricia Wood <pwood...>
Subject: [MDBirding] King Farm golden winged and 10 other warblers!! (Mo. Co.)
Wow! Crooked Creek Dr. in King Farm (the hotspot name is Watkins Pond something--too tired to look it up) was alive with warblers this afternoon, and activity even picked up after 5 pm, but it was great before that. I was there from about 2 to 5:30, with two other birders most of the time. It was after they left, and after 5 that I finally had a good look at my lifer Golden-winged Warbler, only glimpsed earlier, and had a Parula that we didn't have earlier. Just crazy to see all those little flitting birds, in those nice short trees! So close by and not seeming to mind people, really. Tho I think they tended to drift away from too much talking, you could stand right under the tree they were in.

What a way to spend the Global Big Day!

Patricia Wood
Silver Spring

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Date: 5/13/17 2:12 pm
From: 'K Lambert' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Bobolinks in Harwood (OK, maybe it's actually Lothian)
Field next to the Mt. Zion United Methodist Church. I pass this field every day and keep my eyes peeled. Nothing at 8:45. A few hours later, a neighbor (also a birder) called to let me know she saw them as she was going to Jug Bay. I was at home tending to a sick dog (ate something he shouldn't have and has been barfing all day - vet says he's OK, this too will pass). Finally caught a break and just ran down to the field and saw about 20 Bobolinks. There were also a great number of Barn Swallows and Chimney Swifts flying remarkably low over the fields.

The church is roughly the NW corner of the intersection of Rt 2 and Bayard Rd. The church is on Bayard Rd. Park in the parking lot of the church and walk roughly westward down Bayard Rd. The fields of interest are on the north (right) side of the road. Please be careful on this road! It is narrow with NO safe parking places. The speed limit is 40 mph, but most locals exceed the limit - occasionally the local police do have radar set up, so do be careful.

Kathie Lambert
Harwood, MD

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Date: 5/13/17 5:25 am
From: kjheff122 <kjheff122...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] The Mystery Song Perhaps Solved
All,       We got eyes on the bird this morning while it was singing. It is a Kentucky Warbler. 

Kevin Heffernan


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Kurt,




Have you considered Kirtland's?  Check out xeno-canto.





Paul O'Brien

Rockville






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Subject: [MDBirding] The Mystery Song Perhaps Solved









Thanks all for the input.  I was slow to realize or consider Northern Waterthrush, and that seems to be the best fit.  Some have asked regarding habitat.  That was perhaps want led me to not even think about waterthrush.  The area was mature forest, with dense undergrowth, mostly spicebush, and other stuff I don't know.  No water especially close, just some dry runs.   In the same area, 2-3 Kentucky Warblers were have a calling duel, and I considered it might be an aberrant Kentucky song. But a check of the Warbler Guide, BirdTunes, etc. ruled that out.  But Russ Ruffing clued me to Northern Waterthrush as a candidate, and noted that on migration, they can turn up just about anywhere.   Perhaps this Northern was tad more musical than I am used to.  But rhythm, etc. all seems right.





We'll just have to await another day for a Mourning in Howard County.





Kurt Schwarz

Ellicott City, Howard County

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Date: 5/12/17 9:03 pm
From: pobrien776 via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] The Mystery Song Perhaps Solved
Kurt,


Have you considered Kirtland's? Check out xeno-canto.


Paul O'Brien
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Subject: [MDBirding] The Mystery Song Perhaps Solved



Thanks all for the input. I was slow to realize or consider Northern Waterthrush, and that seems to be the best fit. Some have asked regarding habitat. That was perhaps want led me to not even think about waterthrush. The area was mature forest, with dense undergrowth, mostly spicebush, and other stuff I don't know. No water especially close, just some dry runs. In the same area, 2-3 Kentucky Warblers were have a calling duel, and I considered it might be an aberrant Kentucky song. But a check of the Warbler Guide, BirdTunes, etc. ruled that out. But Russ Ruffing clued me to Northern Waterthrush as a candidate, and noted that on migration, they can turn up just about anywhere. Perhaps this Northern was tad more musical than I am used to. But rhythm, etc. all seems right.


We'll just have to await another day for a Mourning in Howard County.


Kurt Schwarz
Ellicott City, Howard County
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Date: 5/12/17 8:08 pm
From: Jim Nelson <kingfishers2...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Yard first-of-years in Bethesda, Mont. Co.
Not on the level of my Pennyfield Lock observations, but as I watched
birds in my small backyard in the DC suburbs this Friday afternoon as
the rain began, I was pleased to have a first-of-year male Scarlet
Tanager in a tree 3 feet from a first-of-year female Rose-breasted
Grosbeak. Always a treat to find new stuff in the yard.

Jim Nelson

Bethesda, MD

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Date: 5/12/17 8:01 pm
From: Jim Nelson <kingfishers2...>
Subject: [MDBirding] RESEND -- Potential Brewer's Blackbird at Pennyfield Lock (and other birds), Mont. Co. 5/12
Please ignore my partial message ahead of this one. I hit "send" while
trying to edit it.

I had a very interesting walk this gloomy Friday morning from Pennyfield
Lock upstream to Blockhouse Point along the C&O Canal in Montgomery County.

Not a lot of warbler variety, but other birds more than made up for it.
I had 66 species and good variety. You can see them all in my eBird
checklist at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S36772429

Three birds were "rare" in eBird -- Brewer's Blackbird, Summer Tanager,
and Yellow-bellied Flycatcher. Also of note was a Common Nighthawk I
found roosting in a dead tree which would have been invisible if there
had been leaves on the tree.

Obviously my claiming a Brewer's Blackbird has me walking out to the end
of the plank and contemplating my fate. Here is my description from my
eBird Checklist, and there are 4 rather poor photos from my
point-and-shoot camera in the Checklist --

After much contemplation and research, I am listing this bird as a
female Brewer's Blackbird. But I am open to reconsidering that depending
on the feedback I receive. The bird was foraging in the first
impoundment upstream from Pennyfield Lock. I first heard an interesting
blackbirdish "chuck" sound and finally located the bird feeding near a
Solitary Sandpiper in the wet marshy area seen in the photos. The bird
was almost exactly the same body size as the Solitary Sandpiper ruling
out the larger Common Grackle and the smaller, female Brown-headed
Cowbird (both species also ruled out by shape and overall coloration).
My automatic thought was a late female Rusty Blackbird, so I took the
few poor photos that are included here to document it. I noted the
following physical attributes, not necessarily obvious in the photos --
overall grayish to grayish brown bird with no apparent glossiness or
hints of real brown areas or brown feather tips, a slightly two-toned
appearance between the wings and the body, short, pointed, straight
bill, no light areas on the head around the eyes, and dark eyes (though
at one point I thought I saw a hint on whiteness to the iris at one
angle, which could have been reflection since the eyes looked dark
otherwise throughout my viewing andin all the photos). After moving on
with my walk, I thought about the bird more and began to think it wasn't
right for a female Rusty. I listened to the "chuck" sounds of the Rusty
and the Brewer's on my phone and realized it sounded like the Brewer's
"chuck." The bird did not make any other sounds, just chucking a bit as
it foraged. I am very familiar with Brewer's Blackbird from spending
lots of time in Colorado, and I began to conclude it seemed more
Brewer's than Rusty. Doing more research at home, I could not find any
images of female Rusty Blackbirds that matched this bird, and there are
images of Brewer's that do. A female Rusty at this time of year should
have some distinct brown on it , a light eyebrow look, and obvious,
light eyes. The habitat would suggest Rusty, but I have seen Brewer's
foraging in similar areas in Colorado. Some Brewer's winter in Delaware,
so it is possible one was moving this way. Checking eBird, I did not
find any confirmed May sightings of Brewer's in the mid-Atlantic. This
date is also late for Rusty, though I did find one record from May 14 of
another year, near this location, and Rusties have been reported to
eBird this year nearby up to May 2. When I walked back to Pennyfield
about 90 minutes later, the bird was not present.

As noted, I did a lot of research and thinking about this bird, and I am
open to rethinking this identification based on feedback from folks more
knowledgeable than I.

Summer Tanager has been reported from Pennyfield recently. Here are the
details on the Yellow-bellied Flycatcher which I saw in the same area
where I was viewing the blackbird in question --

Seen clearly for about 3 minutes, but bird was moving actively not
allowing a photo. Silent. A small empidonax with a very yellowish cast
all over, including on the throat. Distinct, complete whitish eyering.
Head generally rounded without a crested look. Wings long relative to
tail. Yellowy olive on the upperparts and more yellowish below extending
from throat down through the belly. Olive wash on chest. Overall
yellowish cast and yellow on throat ruled out other eastern empids. It
did not appear to be a "Western" Flycatcher based on the overall
yellowish cast, head shape, and round shape of the eyering (I am very
familiar with Cordilleran from many observations in Colorado). Timing is
consistent with prior records of this species for this area of Maryland
in eBird.

I appreciate any feedback folks have on my "Brewer's", particularly
reasons to think it might really be a Rusty. Also, let me know if you
think I got the Yellow-bellied Flycatcher wrong.

Never a dull time birding.

Jim Nelson

Bethesda, MD

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Date: 5/12/17 7:51 pm
From: Jim Nelson <kingfishers2...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Potential Brewer's Blackbird at Pennyfield Lock (and other birds), Mont. Co. 5/12
I had a very interesting walk this gloomy morning from Pennyfield Lock
upstream to Blockhouse Point along the C&O Canal in Montgomery County.

Not a lot of warbler variety, but other birds more than made up for it.
I had 66 species and good variety. You can see them all in my eBird
checklist at

Three birds were "rare" in eBird -- Brewer's Blackbird, Summer Tanager,
and Yellow-bellied Flycatcher. Also of note was a Common Nighthawk I
found roosting in a dead tree which would have been invisible if there
had been leaves on the tree.

Obviously my claiming a Brewer's Blackbird has me walking out to the end
of the plank and contemplating my fate. Here is my description from my
eBird Checklist, and there are 4 rather poor photos from my
point-and-shoot camera in the Checklist --

After much contemplation and research, I am listing this bird as a
female Brewer's Blackbird. But I am open to reconsidering that depending
on the feedback I receive. The bird was foraging in the first
impoundment upstream from Pennyfield Lock. I first heard an interesting
blackbirdish "chuck" sound and finally located the bird feeding near a
Solitary Sandpiper in the wet marshy area seen in the photos. The bird
was almost exactly the same body size as the Solitary Sandpiper ruling
out the larger Common Grackle and the smaller, female Brown-headed
Cowbird (both species also ruled out by shape and overall coloration).
My automatic thought was a late female Rusty Blackbird, so I took the
few poor photos that are included here to document it. I noted the
following physical attributes, not necessarily obvious in the photos --
overall grayish to grayish brown bird with no apparent glossiness or
hints of real brown areas or brown feather tips, a slightly two-toned
appearance between the wings and the body, short, pointed, straight
bill, no light areas on the head around the eyes, and dark eyes (though
at one point I thought I saw a hint on whiteness to the iris at one
angle, which could have been reflection since the eyes looked dark
otherwise throughout my viewing andin all the photos). After moving on
with my walk, I thought about the bird more and began to think it wasn't
right for a female Rusty. I listened to the "chuck" sounds of the Rusty
and the Brewer's on my phone and realized it sounded like the Brewer's
"chuck." The bird did not make any other sounds, just chucking a bit as
it foraged. I am very familiar with Brewer's Blackbird from spending
lots of time in Colorado, and I began to conclude it seemed more
Brewer's than Rusty. Doing more research at home, I could not find any
images of female Rusty Blackbirds that matched this bird, and there are
images of Brewer's that do. A female Rusty at this time of year should
have some distinct brown on it , a light eyebrow look, and obvious,
light eyes. The habitat would suggest Rusty, but I have seen Brewer's
foraging in similar areas in Colorado. Some Brewer's winter in Delaware,
so it is possible one was moving this way. Checking eBird, I did not
find any confirmed May sightings of Brewer's in the mid-Atlantic. This
date is also late for Rusty, though I did find one record from May 14 of
another year, near this location, and Rusties have been reported to
eBird this year nearby up to May 2. When I walked back to Pennyfield
about 90 minutes later, the bird was not present.

Asno

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Date: 5/12/17 6:15 pm
From: Wallace Kornack <wallace...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Friday 5/12/17
Addendum: A Black-throated Blue was seen in the Maintenance Yard.

Sent from my iPad

> On May 12, 2017, at 11:00 AM, William Butler <williamabutler...> wrote:
>
> You may want to add in your warbler summary and in the Maintenance Yard a correction: Black-Throated Blue warbler (you have Green twice). Also, you forgot Daniel and Sharon who were the ones who saw the Bay-Breasted Warbler there. ( I know you were in haste ).
>
> On Friday, May 12, 2017, 10:08:41 AM EDT, Wallace Kornack <wallace...> wrote:
> This morning (5/12) at Rock Creek Park.
>
> 12 warblers seen or heard: Ovenbird, Blue-wing, Cape May, Parula, Yellow-rump, Yellow, Black-and-white, Redstart, Blackpoll, BT Green, Bay-breasted, Yellowthroat
>
>
> ——Equitation Field
> Ovenbird
> Blue-winged Warbler
> Cape May Warbler
> Northern Parula 2
> Yellow-rumped Warbler 7
> Yellow Warbler
> Mourning Dove 2
> Red-bellied Woodpecker
> Red-eyed Vireo 2
> Tufted Titmouse
> Carolina Wren
> Swainson's Thrush
> American Robin 2
> Chipping Sparrow 3
> Eastern Towhee
> Scarlet Tanager 3
> Northern Cardinal
> Rose-breasted Grosbeak
> Baltimore Oriole
>
> ——Ridge
> Veery
>
> ——Yard Parking Lot (Bill)
> Mourning Dove
> Hairy Woodpecker
> American Crow
> Tufted Titmouse
> Wood Thrush
> American Robin 2
> Northern Cardinal 2
> House Sparrow 4
>
> ——Fence Line (Bill)
> Ovenbird
> Mourning Dove
> Blue Jay
> Wood Thrush 2
> American Robin
> Scarlet Tanager
> Northern Cardinal
> House Sparrow 3
>
> ——Maintenance Yard (Bill)
> Black-and-white Warbler 2
> American Redstart 4
> Northern Parula 3
> Yellow Warbler 2
> Blackpoll Warbler 4
> Yellow-rumped Warbler 4
> Black-throated Green Warbler
> Bay-breasted Warbler
> Black-throated Green 2
> Common Yellowthroat 3
> Red-Tailed Hawk
> Gray Gnatcatcher
> Red-bellied Woodpecker 4
> Downy Woodpecker
> Grackle 2
> Hairy Woodpecker
> Northern Flicker
> Pileated Woodpecker 2
> Eastern Phoebe
> Great Crested Flycatcher 2
> Red-eyed Vireo 2
> Blue Jay 3
> American Crow 3
> Carolina Chickadee
> Tufted Titmouse 4
> White-breasted Nuthatch 3
> Carolina Wren 5
> Swainson's Thrush
> Wood Thrush 2
> American Robin
> Gray Catbird
> Scarlet Tanager 3
> Northern Cardinal
> Indigo Bunting
> Brown-headed Cowbird 5
> Rose-breasted Grosbeak
> Baltimore Oriole
> American Goldfinch 3
> Ruby-throated Hummingbird
>
> Contributors: Bill Butler, Matt Sileo, Micaela, Leslie Coleman, John Boright, Daniel Blatt, Don Kates, Wendy Kates, Tom Eck, Jim Lemert
>
> Have Fun Birding!
>
> Wallace Kornack
> Washington DC
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Date: 5/12/17 2:55 pm
From: <krschwa1...>
Subject: [MDBirding] The Mystery Song Perhaps Solved
Thanks all for the input. I was slow to realize or consider Northern
Waterthrush, and that seems to be the best fit. Some have asked
regarding habitat. That was perhaps want led me to not even think
about waterthrush. The area was mature forest, with dense
undergrowth, mostly spicebush, and other stuff I don't know. No water
especially close, just some dry runs. In the same area, 2-3 Kentucky
Warblers were have a calling duel, and I considered it might be an
aberrant Kentucky song. But a check of the Warbler Guide, BirdTunes,
etc. ruled that out. But Russ Ruffing clued me to Northern
Waterthrush as a candidate, and noted that on migration, they can turn
up just about anywhere. Perhaps this Northern was tad more musical
than I am used to. But rhythm, etc. all seems right.
We'll just have to await another day for a Mourning in Howard County.
Kurt SchwarzEllicott City, Howard <Countykrschwa1...>@gmail.com
(in the field)

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Date: 5/12/17 12:59 pm
From: Kurt Schwarz <krschwa1...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Mystery bird song

I am puzzled. I just recorded at Middle Patuxent Environmental Area, orange trail. The report was Mourning Warbler but this bears no resemblance to any Mourning Warbler song I know. The volume is low. Opinions please. Kurt Schwarz ellicott City

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Date: 5/12/17 12:47 pm
From: Sharon F1727 <sharonf1727...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Loss of insects - fight back!
First despair the alarming decline of birds, then stop despairing and fight back. We all need to support organizations fighting to end the use of neonicotinoids and candidates working to strengthen agencies and legislation that protect us from pesticides that threaten our children and their biological inheritance.

American Bird Conservancy
https://abcbirds.org/program/pesticides/

Sharon Forsyth
Washington, DC

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Date: 5/12/17 8:54 am
From: Scott Young <wsyacy...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Loss of Insects Documented
Thank you Gail. Truly terrifying.

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Date: 5/12/17 8:38 am
From: john pangborn <pangborn.john19...>
Subject: [MDBirding] C and O Canal--Riley's Lock May 12, 2017 and C&O Canal--Violette's Lock
C and O Canal--Riley's Lock
May 12, 2017
6:53 AM
Traveling
1.00 miles
120 minutes

2 Canada Goose
1 Wood Duck
1 Mallard
4 Great Blue Heron
2 Mourning Dove
4 Great Crested Flycatcher
3 Red-eyed Vireo
1 American Crow
4 Tufted Titmouse
1 White-breasted Nuthatch
5 Carolina Wren
1 Wood Thrush
4 Prothonotary Warbler
1 Chestnut-sided Warbler
3 Northern Cardinal
1 Rose-breasted Grosbeak
1 American Goldfinch

Number of Taxa: 17

C&O Canal--Violette's Lock
May 12, 2017
8:50 AM
Traveling
0.50 miles
30 minutes

9 Double-crested Cormorant
2 Red-bellied Woodpecker
150 Tree Swallow
1 Prothonotary Warbler

Number of Taxa: 4
John pangborn
Gaithersburg md

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Date: 5/12/17 8:17 am
From: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...>
Subject: [MDBirding] [FR] RBGB & 5 sparrows
Finally a Rose-breasted Grosbeak along with continuing
WCSP - past limit date for me
WTSP - limit date for me
Chipping Sp
Song Sp
HOSP

Also a Blackpoll Warbler finding something to eat in the evergreens...

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

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Date: 5/12/17 7:09 am
From: Rick Borchelt <rborchelt...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Loss of Insects Documented
Here's the actual full article. I think we can attach PDFs on this
listserv.

On Fri, May 12, 2017 at 9:50 AM, Suzanne Richman <
<suzanne_richman...> wrote:

> I'm not surprised about this report. When traveling to DE beaches from
> Washington, I'm always shocked at how empty the fields are that used to
> have tons of birds. None now. Except when snow geese are migrating. No
> need from scarecrows.
>
>
> Suzanne
>
>
> ------------------------------
> *From:* <mdbirding...> <mdbirding...> on behalf
> of Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...>
> *Sent:* Friday, May 12, 2017 9:37 AM
> *To:* <mdbirding...>
> *Subject:* [MDBirding] Loss of Insects Documented
>
> Hi all -
>
> This abstract is from a recent *Science* magazine- the full article
> implicates loss of habitat, especially agricultural conversion, but also
> use of neonicotinoid pesticides. The implications for birds are of course,
> tremendous. Loss of insect prey may be major reason for population declines
> of Whip-poor-wills and Nighthawks, both of which used to breed widely in
> Maryland. (During the 1980s Breeding Bird Atlas survey, I found nighthawks
> breeding on roofs in several Silver Spring locations, including Wheaton
> Plaza!) Almost all breeding birds, of course, would be affected.
>
> Gail Mackiernan
> Colesville, MD
> Where have all the insects gone?
>
> 1. Gretchen Vogel
>
> Science 12 May 2017:
> Vol. 356, Issue 6338, pp. 576-579
> DOI: 10.1126/science.356.6338.576
>
>
> -
>
> Summary
>
> Entomologists call it the windshield phenomenon: Car windshields used to
> be covered in the spring and summer months with the remains of insects.
> Today, cars remain clean. Observations about splattered bugs don't count as
> scientific, of course, but remarkably few reliable data exist on the fate
> of these important species. Scientists have tracked alarming declines in
> domesticated honey bees, monarch butterflies, and lightning bugs. But few
> have paid attention to the moths, hover flies, beetles, and countless other
> insects that buzz and flitter through the warm months. Of the scant records
> that do exist, many come from amateur naturalists, whether butterfly
> collectors or bird watchers. Now, a new set of long-term data is coming to
> light, this time from a dedicated group of mostly amateur entomologists who
> have tracked insect abundance at hundreds of nature reserves across western
> Europe for more than 30 years. Over that time, the group, the Krefeld
> Entomological Society, has seen the expected ups and downs in the yearly
> insect catches. But in 2013 they spotted something alarming. When they
> returned to one of their earliest trapping sites from 1989, they found that
> the total mass of their catch had fallen by nearly 80%. Perhaps it was a
> particularly bad year, they thought, so they set up the traps again in
> 2014. The numbers were just as low. The group, which had carefully saved
> thousands of samples over 3 decades, did more direct comparisons. They
> found dramatic declines across more than a dozen other sites. Their
> observations raise questions about how widespread such losses are, and what
> might be the cause.
>
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Date: 5/12/17 7:08 am
From: Wallace Kornack <wallace...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Friday 5/12/17
This morning (5/12) at Rock Creek Park.

12 warblers seen or heard: Ovenbird, Blue-wing, Cape May, Parula, Yellow-rump, Yellow, Black-and-white, Redstart, Blackpoll, BT Green, Bay-breasted, Yellowthroat


——Equitation Field
Ovenbird
Blue-winged Warbler
Cape May Warbler
Northern Parula 2
Yellow-rumped Warbler 7
Yellow Warbler
Mourning Dove 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Red-eyed Vireo 2
Tufted Titmouse
Carolina Wren
Swainson's Thrush
American Robin 2
Chipping Sparrow 3
Eastern Towhee
Scarlet Tanager 3
Northern Cardinal
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Baltimore Oriole

——Ridge
Veery

——Yard Parking Lot (Bill)
Mourning Dove
Hairy Woodpecker
American Crow
Tufted Titmouse
Wood Thrush
American Robin 2
Northern Cardinal 2
House Sparrow 4

——Fence Line (Bill)
Ovenbird
Mourning Dove
Blue Jay
Wood Thrush 2
American Robin
Scarlet Tanager
Northern Cardinal
House Sparrow 3

——Maintenance Yard (Bill)
Black-and-white Warbler 2
American Redstart 4
Northern Parula 3
Yellow Warbler 2
Blackpoll Warbler 4
Yellow-rumped Warbler 4
Black-throated Green Warbler
Bay-breasted Warbler
Black-throated Green 2
Common Yellowthroat 3
Red-Tailed Hawk
Gray Gnatcatcher
Red-bellied Woodpecker 4
Downy Woodpecker
Grackle 2
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker 2
Eastern Phoebe
Great Crested Flycatcher 2
Red-eyed Vireo 2
Blue Jay 3
American Crow 3
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse 4
White-breasted Nuthatch 3
Carolina Wren 5
Swainson's Thrush
Wood Thrush 2
American Robin
Gray Catbird
Scarlet Tanager 3
Northern Cardinal
Indigo Bunting
Brown-headed Cowbird 5
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Baltimore Oriole
American Goldfinch 3
Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Contributors: Bill Butler, Matt Sileo, Micaela, Leslie Coleman, John Boright, Daniel Blatt, Don Kates, Wendy Kates, Tom Eck, Jim Lemert

Have Fun Birding!

Wallace Kornack
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Date: 5/12/17 6:50 am
From: Suzanne Richman <suzanne_richman...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Loss of Insects Documented
I'm not surprised about this report. When traveling to DE beaches from Washington, I'm always shocked at how empty the fields are that used to have tons of birds. None now. Except when snow geese are migrating. No need from scarecrows.


Suzanne


________________________________
From: <mdbirding...> <mdbirding...> on behalf of Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...>
Sent: Friday, May 12, 2017 9:37 AM
To: <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Loss of Insects Documented

Hi all -

This abstract is from a recent Science magazine- the full article implicates loss of habitat, especially agricultural conversion, but also use of neonicotinoid pesticides. The implications for birds are of course, tremendous. Loss of insect prey may be major reason for population declines of Whip-poor-wills and Nighthawks, both of which used to breed widely in Maryland. (During the 1980s Breeding Bird Atlas survey, I found nighthawks breeding on roofs in several Silver Spring locations, including Wheaton Plaza!) Almost all breeding birds, of course, would be affected.

Gail Mackiernan
Colesville, MD
Where have all the insects gone?

1. Gretchen Vogel

Science 12 May 2017:
Vol. 356, Issue 6338, pp. 576-579
DOI: 10.1126/science.356.6338.576

*

Summary

Entomologists call it the windshield phenomenon: Car windshields used to be covered in the spring and summer months with the remains of insects. Today, cars remain clean. Observations about splattered bugs don't count as scientific, of course, but remarkably few reliable data exist on the fate of these important species. Scientists have tracked alarming declines in domesticated honey bees, monarch butterflies, and lightning bugs. But few have paid attention to the moths, hover flies, beetles, and countless other insects that buzz and flitter through the warm months. Of the scant records that do exist, many come from amateur naturalists, whether butterfly collectors or bird watchers. Now, a new set of long-term data is coming to light, this time from a dedicated group of mostly amateur entomologists who have tracked insect abundance at hundreds of nature reserves across western Europe for more than 30 years. Over that time, the group, the Krefeld Entomological Society, has seen the expected ups and downs in the yearly insect catches. But in 2013 they spotted something alarming. When they returned to one of their earliest trapping sites from 1989, they found that the total mass of their catch had fallen by nearly 80%. Perhaps it was a particularly bad year, they thought, so they set up the traps again in 2014. The numbers were just as low. The group, which had carefully saved thousands of samples over 3 decades, did more direct comparisons. They found dramatic declines across more than a dozen other sites. Their observations raise questions about how widespread such losses are, and what might be the cause.

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Date: 5/12/17 6:37 am
From: Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Loss of Insects Documented
Hi all -

This abstract is from a recent Science magazine- the full article implicates loss of habitat, especially agricultural conversion, but also use of neonicotinoid pesticides. The implications for birds are of course, tremendous. Loss of insect prey may be major reason for population declines of Whip-poor-wills and Nighthawks, both of which used to breed widely in Maryland. (During the 1980s Breeding Bird Atlas survey, I found nighthawks breeding on roofs in several Silver Spring locations, including Wheaton Plaza!) Almost all breeding birds, of course, would be affected.

Gail Mackiernan
Colesville, MD
Where have all the insects gone?
Gretchen Vogel
Science 12 May 2017:
Vol. 356, Issue 6338, pp. 576-579
DOI: 10.1126/science.356.6338.576

Summary
Entomologists call it the windshield phenomenon: Car windshields used to be covered in the spring and summer months with the remains of insects. Today, cars remain clean. Observations about splattered bugs don't count as scientific, of course, but remarkably few reliable data exist on the fate of these important species. Scientists have tracked alarming declines in domesticated honey bees, monarch butterflies, and lightning bugs. But few have paid attention to the moths, hover flies, beetles, and countless other insects that buzz and flitter through the warm months. Of the scant records that do exist, many come from amateur naturalists, whether butterfly collectors or bird watchers. Now, a new set of long-term data is coming to light, this time from a dedicated group of mostly amateur entomologists who have tracked insect abundance at hundreds of nature reserves across western Europe for more than 30 years. Over that time, the group, the Krefeld Entomological Society, has seen the expected ups and downs in the yearly insect catches. But in 2013 they spotted something alarming. When they returned to one of their earliest trapping sites from 1989, they found that the total mass of their catch had fallen by nearly 80%. Perhaps it was a particularly bad year, they thought, so they set up the traps again in 2014. The numbers were just as low. The group, which had carefully saved thousands of samples over 3 decades, did more direct comparisons. They found dramatic declines across more than a dozen other sites. Their observations raise questions about how widespread such losses are, and what might be the cause.

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Date: 5/12/17 4:30 am
From: Tim Houghton <timhoughton...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Susquehanna yesterday
The activity was more than I expected, although sometimes the lighting conditions were toucg. The Ceruleans are back--really back--in large numbers. I counted 16, including one female. They were spread throughout the park. Certainly more than 16 if I had kept working for them--plus, most of the birds tended to quiet down as the rain got heavier at times. Ran into Mark Johnson who pointed out a common goldeneye at Lapidum. 93 species and 21 warblers. A few of the good birds included: female Cerulean, female Wilson's, Cape May (picnic area near back gate), Chestnut-Sided (Flint Furnace trail), and Canada Warbler. Mark found a black-billed cuckoo at picnic which I missed.


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Date: 5/11/17 7:49 pm
From: Don Simonson <don.r.simonson...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Peregrine Falcon, North Bethesda Mont. Co.
At 4:30 today in pouring rain, while stopped at a traffic light at Rte. 355 and Old Georgetown Road, I was astonished to see the super-long super-pointed wings of a large Peregrine Falcon whipping around one of the apartment towers. in the dark rain it looked sinister, all black like a wet Merlin would, but way bigger (bigger than nearby fleeing Rock Dove), more powerful build, longer winged and way faster! Amazing to see a bird that big that fast.Three seconds max and it vanished.
Don Simonson, Darnestown MD

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Date: 5/11/17 6:01 pm
From: Derek C. Richardson <dcr...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Re: R-B Nuthatch, Rocky Gorge

It's a nice spot: drive along Brooklyn Bridge Rd to Supplee Lane (near the
intersection of Brooklyn Bridge and Bond Mill Rd: https://goo.gl/0YhjMt),
then either park in the lots right there by the playground and athletic
fields (there's also a community building on one side of Supplee Lane and
public washrooms on the other, by the tennis courts) and walk down Supplee
Lane toward the reservoir, or drive Supplee Lane to the end and park at
the boat launch. IMPORTANT: the boat launch and trails are WSSC property
and you need a permit to use them
(https://www.wsscwater.com/watershedregs#fees) -- if you don't want to pay
the fee, you can walk down Supplee Lane until the gate. There's plenty of
birding to be done along the road, particularly at the dip where a small
stream crosses under the road (a Mourning Warbler was seen there last
spring -- I'm still looking!). Just watch the cars because it's a narrow
road and sometimes they go faster than they should.

The nuthatch was in the pines on the left of Supplee Lane just past the
tennis courts.

Good luck!

-Derek

On Thu, 11 May 2017, Valerie Kilgallon wrote:

> Derek, I've only been to Supplee once for birding. Do you travel from
> the water back up the Supplee Lane towards Brooklyn Bridge Road, or do
> you somehow travel along the waterline? The trees are so dense along the
> shoreline (outside the water entry area) I have only gotten a little
> ways in, and the trees are so tall along the road that I've had
> difficulty seeing the birds all the way at the top of the canopy. Can I
> ask how you travel? Your lists are always very impressive!

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Date: 5/11/17 4:00 pm
From: Valerie Kilgallon <vkilgallon...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: R-B Nuthatch, Rocky Gorge
Derek, I've only been to Supplee once for birding. Do you travel from the water back up the Supplee Lane towards Brooklyn Bridge Road, or do you somehow travel along the waterline? The trees are so dense along the shoreline (outside the water entry area) I have only gotten a little ways in, and the trees are so tall along the road that I've had difficulty seeing the birds all the way at the top of the canopy. Can I ask how you travel? Your lists are always very impressive!

On Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at 10:28:44 AM UTC-4, Derek Richardson wrote:
> I was pleasantly surprised by a Red-breasted Nuthatch at Rocky Gorge
> Reservoir/Supplee Park (PG county) today, a species that's considered rare
> by eBird this time of year. I have a nice recording of it (follow the
> link to the eBird checklist at the bottom of this email) -- I counted at
> least 9 other species in that 30-second recording! Also of note today at
> the reservoir: my first Spotted Sandpipers, Eastern Wood-Pewee, and
> Blackpoll Warbler of the season for the location.
>
> Rocky Gorge Reservoir/Supplee Park, Prince George's, Maryland, US
> May 10, 2017 7:32 AM - 9:27 AM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 1.2 mile(s)
> Comments: Distance is one way. Mostly cloudy, cool, breeze (but calm on
> the water).
>
> 47 species (+2 other taxa)
>
> Great Blue Heron 2
> hawk sp. 1 COHA or RSHA (flying low through forest)
> Spotted Sandpiper 4
> Mourning Dove 3
> Red-bellied Woodpecker 5
> Downy Woodpecker 2
> Northern Flicker 2
> Pileated Woodpecker 2
> Eastern Wood-Pewee 1
> Great Crested Flycatcher 3
> Eastern Kingbird 2
> Red-eyed Vireo 9
> Blue Jay 4
> American Crow 6
> Fish Crow 2
> Common Raven 1
> Barn Swallow 2
> swallow sp. 1
> Carolina Chickadee 10
> Tufted Titmouse 8
> Red-breasted Nuthatch 1 maybe 2, near top of pines next to athletic
> fields on Supplee Ln, seen briefly (black & white facial stripes seen
> clearly), audio recording
> White-breasted Nuthatch 3
> House Wren 1
> Carolina Wren 5
> Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 8
> Eastern Bluebird 2
> Wood Thrush 1
> American Robin 4
> Gray Catbird 2
> Northern Mockingbird 1
> European Starling 8
> Cedar Waxwing 45
> Ovenbird 2
> Common Yellowthroat 4
> Northern Parula 1
> Blackpoll Warbler 1
> Black-throated Blue Warbler 1
> Pine Warbler 1
> Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 1
> Eastern Towhee 5
> Scarlet Tanager 3
> Northern Cardinal 16
> Blue Grosbeak 4
> Indigo Bunting 3
> Common Grackle (Purple) 2
> Brown-headed Cowbird 2
> Baltimore Oriole 2
> American Goldfinch 11
> House Sparrow 15
>
> View this checklist online at
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S36704644
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
>
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> University of Maryland
> Department of Astronomy
> 1112 PSC Bldg. 415
> College Park MD 20742 USA
> Tel: 301-405-8786 Fax: 301-314-9067
> Web: http://www.astro.umd.edu/~dcr/

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Date: 5/11/17 12:24 pm
From: Daniel Sloan <danielsloan215...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Raven in Greenbelt, PG County?
I have two at dusk a few nights ago at Meadowbrook Park in Montco, right on the DC border.

Dany Sloan
Columbia Heights, DC


On Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at 7:05:17 AM UTC-4, Eric Christian wrote:
> Driving to work this morning (6:50 AM on BW Parkway Northbound between 95 and 193) I had a large black corvid cross the road. It banked right in front of me and the tail was clearly the rounded diamond shape that I associate with Ravens. I didn't think they were seen this far east in Maryland. Have there been any other sightings?

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Date: 5/11/17 11:18 am
From: Karen Caruso <karen.caruso...>
Subject: [MDBirding] JBWS Ongoing Bird Survey - Yellow Warbler, Northern Parula, Blackburian
Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary, Anne Arundel, Maryland, US
May 11, 2017 7:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
Comments: Ongoing bird survey
39 species

Canada Goose 15
Wood Duck 18
Mallard 1
Double-crested Cormorant 12
Great Blue Heron 2
Osprey 15
Bald Eagle 3
Spotted Sandpiper 2
Mourning Dove 2
Chimney Swift 1
Downy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 2
Pileated Woodpecker 1
Eastern Wood-Pewee 1
Acadian Flycatcher 1
Eastern Phoebe 2
White-eyed Vireo 1
Red-eyed Vireo 2
Tree Swallow 45
Barn Swallow 4
Carolina Chickadee 2
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
Carolina Wren 1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 3
Wood Thrush 5
American Robin 7
Gray Catbird 2
Northern Mockingbird 2 with nest
Northern Waterthrush 1
Common Yellowthroat 7
Northern Parula 1
Blackburnian Warbler 1
Yellow Warbler 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler 2
Chipping Sparrow 1
Swamp Sparrow 1
Eastern Towhee 1
Scarlet Tanager 1
Red-winged Blackbird 13

Next survey: May 26

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Date: 5/11/17 10:23 am
From: Wallace Kornack <wallace...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Thursday 5/11/17
This morning (5/11) at Rock Creek Park. Rained out at 8AM.

13 warbler species seen or heard: Ovenbird, Blue-wing, Black-and-white, Yellowthroat, Redstart, Cape May, Magnolia, Blackburnian, Yellow, Blackpoll, BT Blue, Yellow-rump, BT Green

First of season birds: Gray-cheeked Thrush, Yellow Warbler, While-eyed Vireo

——Equitation Field
Ovenbird
Magnolia Warbler (Jaden)
Black-throated Blue Warbler (Daniel)
Yellow-rumped Warbler 2
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
Tufted Titmouse
Carolina Wren
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Swainson's Thrush
Wood Thrush
American Robin 2
Scarlet Tanager
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Brown-headed Cowbird 2
American Goldfinch

——Ridge
Blue-winged Warbler
American Redstart
Cape May Warbler
Blackburnian Warbler
Yellow Warbler 2
Blackpoll Warbler 3
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler
White-eyed Vireo FOS
Gray-cheeked Thrush FOS

——Yard Parking Lot (Bill)
Mourning Dove
Great Crested Flycatcher
Red-eyed Vireo
Carolina Wren
Wood Thrush
American Robin
Baltimore Oriole
House Sparrow 6

——Fence Line
Veery
Gray Catbird

——Maintenance Yard (Matt)
Black-and-white Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
American Redstart
Yellow Warbler (Matt)
Blackpoll Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
Blue-headed Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo 2
Tufted Titmouse
American Robin
Scarlet Tanager
Indigo Bunting
Brown-headed Cowbird 2
Baltimore Oriole

Contributors: Bill Butler, Matt Sileo, Jaden, Daniel Blatt, Dave, Katharine Kravetz, Dany Sloan, Susan Volman, Jeff Shenot

Have Fun Birding!

Wallace Kornack
Washington DC








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Date: 5/11/17 9:57 am
From: SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Wednesday, May 10, 2017 47 Raptors
Fort Smallwood Park
Pasadena, Maryland, USA


Daily Raptor Counts: May 10, 2017
Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
Black Vulture 0 13 257
Turkey Vulture 24 585 6473
Osprey 1 22 530
Bald Eagle 3 34 165
Northern Harrier 2 10 72
Sharp-shinned Hawk 6 159 983
Cooper's Hawk 0 25 201
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 3 95
Broad-winged Hawk 9 53 206
Red-tailed Hawk 1 23 168
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 2
American Kestrel 0 1 120
Merlin 1 3 45
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 3
Unknown Falcon 0 0 2
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 1 5
Total: 47 932 9327


Observation start time: 9:45 am
Observation end time: 3:30 pm Daylight Time
Total observation time: 5.75 hours
Official Counter Sue Ricciardi
Observers: Chris Reed, Hal Wierenga, John Hoffman

Weather: Partly cloudy; 56-73 degrees; good visibility; winds light, sometimes with a northwest component, 0-8 mph.

Raptor Observations: A very pleasant day weather-wise, but slow raptor-wise

Non-raptor Observations: 432 Blue Jays, 37 Bobolinks, Solitary Sandpiper, 3 Least Sandpipers, Scarlet Tanager


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

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

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Date: 5/11/17 7:31 am
From: Tim Carney <timmyc83...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Poplar Island 5/9/2017
I conducted a census at Poplar Island on May 9. Highlights included continuing high numbers of Seaside Sparrow (7) and Virginia Rail (12), but I did not hear any Marsh Wrens on this trip. A White-eyed Vireo in the Cell 4D test plots was the first record for Poplar Island proper, having previously only been heard on nearby Coaches Island. Other migrant passerines included Northern Waterthrush, Black-throated Blue Warbler, and Indigo Bunting, all of which are rare onsite.

I also saw Common Terns and Bank Swallows at various locations, neither of which were present on the second April census.

Shorebird variety was mediocre, but I counted at least 8 White-rumped Sandpipers.

Lingering waterfowl and waterbirds included Gadwall, Greater Scaup, Lesser Scaup, Surf Scoter, Black Scoter, Long-tailed Duck, Bufflehead, Ruddy Duck, and Horned Grebe.

Full eBird list: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S36730810

Tim Carney
Nottingham, MD

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Date: 5/11/17 7:22 am
From: Hugh David Fleischmann <david...>
Subject: [MDBirding] 9th Warbler species at Oasis
I just had my first Black-throated Green Warbler, high up in my Maple tree. This makes my 9th Warbler species seen in my yard and my second new Oasis Warbler in as many days. I had a Black and White Warbler yesterday. Seeing new birds, even if it is just a new yard bird, is just too much fun. The next best thing to traveling and finding an ABA 4 or 5. Good birding everybody!

Awesome Birding in 2017!

H. David Fleischmann
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Date: 5/11/17 6:35 am
From: jfstup <jfstup38...>
Subject: [MDBirding] kentucky warbler at little Bennett
saw and heard the Kentucky about 8 AM near where Wilson's Mill and Stoneybrook meet.

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Date: 5/10/17 2:41 pm
From: Kevin Graff <keyweststyle2001...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Patterson Park & Druid Hill Park, 05/09/17
05/09/17 – 640am-720am

Patterson Park, Baltimore, MD



WEATHER: PC, 46-48 degrees, calm- NW 4 mph OBS: 3 (including a visiting
birder from India)



Canada Goose – 5

Mallard – 53

Least Bittern – 1

Great Blue Heron – 3

Green Heron – 2

Solitary Sandpiper – 1

Ring-billed Gull – 2

Rock Pigeon – 3

Mourning Dove – 4

Chimney Swift – 8

Downy Woodpecker – 1

Northern Flicker – 1

Eastern Kingbird – 2

Warbling Vireo – 1

Blue Jay – 2

Fish Crow – 4

N Rough-winged Swallow – 2

Barn Swallow – 2

Carolina Chickadee – 2

Carolina Wren – 1

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher – 2

Veery – 1

American Robin – 16

Gray Catbird – 7

Northern Mockingbird – 2

European Starling – 18

Ovenbird – 1

Northern Waterthrush – 1

Common Yellowthroat – 5

Yellow Warbler – 2

American Redstart – 1

Yellow-rumped Warbler – 1

Chipping Sparrow – 2

Swamp Sparrow – 3

Northern Cardinal – 4

Red-winged Blackbird – 18

Common Grackle – 3

Orchard Oriole – 3

Baltimore Oriole – 2

House Finch – 2

American Goldfinch – 4

House Sparrow – 3

SPECIES: 42 INDIVIDUALS: 201



05/09/17 – 745am-815am

Druid Hill Park—Druid Lake, Baltimore, MD



WEATHER: PC, 48-49 degrees, NW 4 mph OBS: 7



Mallard – 1

Ruddy Duck – 2

Pied-billed Grebe – 2

Turkey Vulture – 1 (return trip)

Ring-billed Gull – 4

Rock Pigeon – 5

Mourning Dove – 2

Chimney Swift – 25 (return trip)

Northern Flicker – 1

Eastern Kingbird – 1

Blue Jay – 1

American Crow – 2

N Rough-winged Swallow – 10

Tree Swallow – 1

Barn Swallow – 4

Carolina Chickadee – 1

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher – 1

American Robin – 4

Gray Catbird – 1

Northern Mockingbird – 1

European Starling – 10

Chipping Sparrow – 1

Scarlet Tanager – 1

Red-winged Blackbird – 6

Common Grackle – 1

Brown-headed Cowbird – 1

Orchard Oriole – 1

American Goldfinch – 2

House Sparrow – 3

SPECIES: 29 INDIVIDUALS: 96




05/09/17 – 820am-1155am

Druid Hill Park, Baltimore, MD (disc golf course to Three Sisters
Road/Forest Drive/Mountain Pass south to ball fields)



WEATHER: PC, 49-60 degrees, NW 4 mph- WNW 8 mph OBS: 8



Canada Goose – 2

Black Vulture – 1

Turkey Vulture – 4

Osprey – 1

Red-shouldered Hawk – 3

Red-tailed Hawk – 1

American Kestrel – 1

Ring-billed Gull – 2

Rock Pigeon – 1

Mourning Dove – 3

Chimney Swift – 20

Red-bellied Woodpecker – 4

Downy Woodpecker – 4

Hairy Woodpecker – 3

Acadian Flycatcher – 3

Eastern Phoebe – 1

Great Crested Flycatcher – 3

Eastern Kingbird – 1

White-eyed Vireo – 1

Yellow-throated Vireo – 1

Blue-headed Vireo – 1

Warbling Vireo – 1

Red-eyed Vireo – 4

Blue Jay – 3

American Crow – 3

N Rough-winged Swallow – 2

Barn Swallow – 2

Carolina Chickadee – 3

Tufted Titmouse – 3

White-breasted Nuthatch – 1

House Wren – 1

Carolina Wren – 3

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher – 7

Veery – 2

Swainson’s Thrush – 1

Wood Thrush – 4

American Robin – 22

Gray Catbird – 23

Northern Mockingbird – 1

European Starling – 3

Cedar Waxwing – 4

Ovenbird – 2

Black-and-white Warbler – 4

Tennessee Warbler – 1

American Redstart – 1

Northern Parula – 2

Magnolia Warbler – 1

Blackpoll Warbler – 2

Black-throated Blue Warbler – 5

Yellow-rumped Warbler – 10

Prairie Warbler – 1

Black-throated Green Warbler – 1

Eastern Towhee – 3

Chipping Sparrow – 1

White-throated Sparrow – 1

Scarlet Tanager – 3

Northern Cardinal – 14

Red-winged Blackbird – 2

Common Grackle – 2

Brown-headed Cowbird – 9

Orchard Oriole – 1

Baltimore Oriole – 4

House Finch – 2

American Goldfinch – 8

House Sparrow – 2

SPECIES: 65 INDIVIDUALS: 236



MAMMALS: Gray Sq – 20, WT Deer – 2


BUTTERFLIES: E Tiger Swallowtail - 3, Spicebush Swallowtail - 2


Kevin Graff
Jarrettsville, MD
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Date: 5/10/17 1:47 pm
From: Karen Caruso <karen.caruso...>
Subject: [MDBirding] CBEC - Great Crested Flycatcher, Least Tern, Brown-headed Nuthatch
Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center (Horsehead), Queen Anne's, Maryland, US
May 10, 2017 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.5 mile(s)
28 species

Mute Swan 2 Previously reported
Mallard 1
Great Blue Heron 1
Great Egret 1
Snowy Egret 2
Green Heron 2
Turkey Vulture 2
Osprey 5
Least Tern 1
Mourning Dove 2
Northern Flicker 2
Great Crested Flycatcher 2
Eastern Kingbird 3
American Crow 4
Fish Crow 1
Tree Swallow 15
Barn Swallow 5
Tufted Titmouse 2
Brown-headed Nuthatch 8
Eastern Bluebird 2
American Robin 4
Northern Mockingbird 2
Chipping Sparrow 1
Eastern Towhee 1
Northern Cardinal 3
Red-winged Blackbird 16
Common Grackle 1
Brown-headed Cowbird 2

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Date: 5/10/17 12:02 pm
From: Tim Houghton <timhoughton...>
Subject: [MDBirding] accurate count of breeding Ceruleans in Pataspco Valley
The two breeding Ceruleans I'm sure about are the two at Henryton Center (eBird hotspot). There have been a number of other reports, but I don't know how they mesh with the Center birds. I believe that some of the reports of late from Pat-Marriottsville refer to a CERW that generally spends its time above the tunnel, which is Henryton Center. Similarly, the reports from Patapsco-Henryton may refer to one or both of the CERW at Henryton Center (one or both can be heard from Pat-Hen). The two at Henryton Center have been there the last few years--in Carroll County. I'd like to know if any of the reports from Howard County refer to CERW that are definitely breeding there (confirmed over a period of time); i.e., they are different birds.


I believe that, for this species, it's important to keep accurate count. So some assistance here?


I birded McKeldin today with Andy Smith--no CERW along the peripheral trail. This trail should be checked at least a couple of more times by birders confident about the song--would be a great help . Also areas in the PV south of there. (We did find the two at HC.)


So if you report CERW on eBird, perhaps you could be specific about where exactly the bird is and if you have found it there more than once. Thanks for any assistance!


Tim Houghton

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Date: 5/10/17 8:44 am
From: Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Wheaton Regional Park today, May 10
Hi all,

Cloudy early, some brief sunny periods, then full sun about the time to go home. Oh well. Not as many migrants as in previous days but still some nice birds seen. We personally tallied 9 species of warbler, best being a couple of Cape Mays (brilliant year for them). A lot of usually common spring migrants still very low numbers, e.g. Redstart, Maggie. Lots of Cedar Waxwings, Baltimore Orioles, Scarlet Tanagers, Great Crested Flycatchers and Wood Thrushes singing and calling. A pair of Wood Ducks were investigating a nest box already occupied by a pair of enraged Tree Swallows. (When we left the Swallows were still in possession - small but mighty!). A small Falcon zipped over Pine Lake and was lost behind the trees before we could ID it.

Gail Mackiernan and Barry Cooper
Colesville, MD

56 species (+3 other taxa)

Birds of interest:

Wood Duck 2
Green Heron 2
Red-shouldered Hawk 2
Chimney Swift 15
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 3
Pileated Woodpecker 2
falcon sp. 1
Acadian Flycatcher 1
Great Crested Flycatcher 7
Eastern Kingbird 4
Warbling Vireo (Eastern) 4
Red-eyed Vireo 8
Blue Jay 6
Tree Swallow 10
Barn Swallow (American) 8
House Wren 4
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 5
Eastern Bluebird 3
Swainson's Thrush 1
Wood Thrush 8
American Robin 25 Estimate
Gray Catbird 12 Estimate
Cedar Waxwing 60 Estimate
Ovenbird 4
Northern Waterthrush 1 Brookside
Black-and-white Warbler 4
Nashville Warbler 1
Cape May Warbler 2
Northern Parula 7
Yellow Warbler (Northern) 1
Blackpoll Warbler 1 Heard only
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 12
Chipping Sparrow 6
Eastern Towhee 4
Scarlet Tanager 8
Orchard Oriole 2
Baltimore Oriole 10

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Date: 5/10/17 7:28 am
From: Derek C. Richardson <dcr...>
Subject: [MDBirding] R-B Nuthatch, Rocky Gorge

I was pleasantly surprised by a Red-breasted Nuthatch at Rocky Gorge
Reservoir/Supplee Park (PG county) today, a species that's considered rare
by eBird this time of year. I have a nice recording of it (follow the
link to the eBird checklist at the bottom of this email) -- I counted at
least 9 other species in that 30-second recording! Also of note today at
the reservoir: my first Spotted Sandpipers, Eastern Wood-Pewee, and
Blackpoll Warbler of the season for the location.

Rocky Gorge Reservoir/Supplee Park, Prince George's, Maryland, US
May 10, 2017 7:32 AM - 9:27 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.2 mile(s)
Comments: Distance is one way. Mostly cloudy, cool, breeze (but calm on
the water).

47 species (+2 other taxa)

Great Blue Heron 2
hawk sp. 1 COHA or RSHA (flying low through forest)
Spotted Sandpiper 4
Mourning Dove 3
Red-bellied Woodpecker 5
Downy Woodpecker 2
Northern Flicker 2
Pileated Woodpecker 2
Eastern Wood-Pewee 1
Great Crested Flycatcher 3
Eastern Kingbird 2
Red-eyed Vireo 9
Blue Jay 4
American Crow 6
Fish Crow 2
Common Raven 1
Barn Swallow 2
swallow sp. 1
Carolina Chickadee 10
Tufted Titmouse 8
Red-breasted Nuthatch 1 maybe 2, near top of pines next to athletic
fields on Supplee Ln, seen briefly (black & white facial stripes seen
clearly), audio recording
White-breasted Nuthatch 3
House Wren 1
Carolina Wren 5
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 8
Eastern Bluebird 2
Wood Thrush 1
American Robin 4
Gray Catbird 2
Northern Mockingbird 1
European Starling 8
Cedar Waxwing 45
Ovenbird 2
Common Yellowthroat 4
Northern Parula 1
Blackpoll Warbler 1
Black-throated Blue Warbler 1
Pine Warbler 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 1
Eastern Towhee 5
Scarlet Tanager 3
Northern Cardinal 16
Blue Grosbeak 4
Indigo Bunting 3
Common Grackle (Purple) 2
Brown-headed Cowbird 2
Baltimore Oriole 2
American Goldfinch 11
House Sparrow 15

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S36704644

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

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Date: 5/10/17 7:03 am
From: Wallace Kornack <wallace...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Wednesday 5/10/17
This morning (5/10) at Rock Creek Park.

10 warblers seen or heard: Black-and-white, Redstart, Parula, Blackburnian, Blackpoll, Yellow-rump, Hooded, Cape May, Magnolia, Yellowthroat

——Equitation Field
Black-and-white Warbler
American Redstart
Northern Parula 2
Blackburnian Warbler
Blackpoll Warbler 2
Yellow-rumped Warbler 6
Mourning Dove 3
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Blue-headed Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo 6
Blue Jay 3
American Crow
Tufted Titmouse 2
Veery
Wood Thrush
American Robin 4
Chipping Sparrow
Northern Cardinal 2
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Brown-headed Cowbird 2
American Goldfinch

——Ridge
Northern Redstart
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Scarlet Tanager

——Yard Parking Lot
Hooded Warbler
Cape May Warbler
Magnolia Warbler
Mourning Dove 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
Red-eyed Vireo
Carolina Chickadee 2
Tufted Titmouse
Wood Thrush
Scarlet Tanager
Northern Cardinal 3
Brown-headed Cowbird
Baltimore Oriole
House Sparrow 4

——Fence Line
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Mourning Dove 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
Eastern Phoebe
Great Crested Flycatcher 2
Blue Jay 2
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Veery
Wood Thrush
American Robin
Scarlet Tanager 2
Northern Cardinal 2
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
House Sparrow 5

——Maintenance Yard (Bill)
Black-and-white Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
American Redstart 2
Cape May Warbler
Northern Parula 2
Magnolia Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler 4
Red-tailed Hawk
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Chimney Swift 2
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Red-bellied Woodpecker 5
Downy Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker
Great Crested Flycatcher 2
Red-eyed Vireo 4
Blue Jay 8
American Crow
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse 3
White-breasted Nuthatch
Carolina Wren
Wood Thrush 2
Gray Catbird
Cedar Waxwing 20
Scarlet Tanager 2
Northern Cardinal 3
Brown-headed Cowbird
Baltimore Oriole
American Goldfinch 11

——Nature Center
Barred Owl

Contributors: Bill Butler, Sally Wechsler, Sharon Forsyth, Katharine Kravetz, Callan Swensen, Betsy Stephens, Paul DeAnna, Don Kates, Wendy Kates, John Boright, Art Drauglis, Dick Eiles, Matt Sileo, Jim Lemert, Tucker Scully, Lee Kimball, Brent Holden, Daniel Blatt +

Have Fun Birding!

Wallace Kornack
Washington DC

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Date: 5/10/17 6:31 am
From: Warblerick <ricksussman1955...>
Subject: [MDBirding] BBCU
Just a short bit ago, I was birding along the back fence line of our yard, and decided to do a cuckoo imitation. Within minutes I got a response, surprisingly. The bird called several times from the cover of some cherry trees on the other side of the fence, then flew into my yard, and landed in another small cherry tree. I slowly made my way around, keeping myself hidden by a small pin oak, and spotted the bird perched about halfway up, just above eye level, where I could see its red eyering and black bill! As I was fumbling trying to grab a picture with my cellphone and binoculars, it flew back into the larger trees, where I lost sight of it. Haven't seen a Black-billed here in several years, so it was nice!
Rick Sussman
Woodbine, MD

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Date: 5/10/17 6:01 am
From: Marcia Watson <marshwren50...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Raven in Greenbelt, PG County?
Ravens have been expanding into the Maryland coastal plain over the last decade or more. They are now regularly spotted in certain areas in Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Prince George's Counties and more. There is a breeding pair at Rocky Gorge Reservoir at the northern tip of PG County. There are also some that are regularly seen near the Key Bridge on the Baltimore Beltway.

Marcia
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Maryland Ornithological Society

Bowie, Maryland
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> On May 10, 2017, at 8:12 AM, Eric Christian <heliophysicist...> wrote:
>
>> On Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at 7:34:03 AM UTC-4, Michel Cavigelli, Greenbelt wrote:
>> I live in greenbelt and have seen them a few times flying over my house this spring. And, I see them periodically flying over Beltsville agricultural research center where I work.
>>
>> Michel Cavigelli
>>
>> Sent from my iPhone
>>
>>> On May 10, 2017, at 1:05 PM, Eric Christian <heliophysicist...> wrote:
>>>
>>> Driving to work this morning (6:50 AM on BW Parkway Northbound between 95 and 193) I had a large black corvid cross the road. It banked right in front of me and the tail was clearly the rounded diamond shape that I associate with Ravens. I didn't think they were seen this far east in Maryland. Have there been any other sightings?
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> Thanks, I'm pretty sure I saw one at the Ag Center a few years ago, but didn't get a good enough look at it. But this one was pretty obvious. I work at Goddard.
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Date: 5/10/17 5:12 am
From: Eric Christian <heliophysicist...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Raven in Greenbelt, PG County?
On Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at 7:34:03 AM UTC-4, Michel Cavigelli, Greenbelt wrote:
> I live in greenbelt and have seen them a few times flying over my house this spring. And, I see them periodically flying over Beltsville agricultural research center where I work.
>
> Michel Cavigelli
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> > On May 10, 2017, at 1:05 PM, Eric Christian <heliophysicist...> wrote:
> >
> > Driving to work this morning (6:50 AM on BW Parkway Northbound between 95 and 193) I had a large black corvid cross the road. It banked right in front of me and the tail was clearly the rounded diamond shape that I associate with Ravens. I didn't think they were seen this far east in Maryland. Have there been any other sightings?
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Thanks, I'm pretty sure I saw one at the Ag Center a few years ago, but didn't get a good enough look at it. But this one was pretty obvious. I work at Goddard.

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Date: 5/10/17 4:34 am
From: 'Michel Cavigelli' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Raven in Greenbelt, PG County?
I live in greenbelt and have seen them a few times flying over my house this spring. And, I see them periodically flying over Beltsville agricultural research center where I work.

Michel Cavigelli

Sent from my iPhone

> On May 10, 2017, at 1:05 PM, Eric Christian <heliophysicist...> wrote:
>
> Driving to work this morning (6:50 AM on BW Parkway Northbound between 95 and 193) I had a large black corvid cross the road. It banked right in front of me and the tail was clearly the rounded diamond shape that I associate with Ravens. I didn't think they were seen this far east in Maryland. Have there been any other sightings?
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Date: 5/10/17 4:05 am
From: Eric Christian <heliophysicist...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Raven in Greenbelt, PG County?
Driving to work this morning (6:50 AM on BW Parkway Northbound between 95 and 193) I had a large black corvid cross the road. It banked right in front of me and the tail was clearly the rounded diamond shape that I associate with Ravens. I didn't think they were seen this far east in Maryland. Have there been any other sightings?

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Date: 5/10/17 3:26 am
From: Lydia Schindler <lydia13621...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fwd: DC Area, 5/9/2017
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Date: Tue, May 9, 2017 at 6:06 PM
Subject: DC Area, 5/9/2017
To: <BIRDEAST...>


Hotline: Voice of the Naturalist
Date: 5/9/2017
Coverage: MD/DC/VA/central and southern DE/WV panhandle
Reports, comments and questions: <voice...>
Compiler: Helen Patton
Sponsor: Audubon Naturalist Society of the Central
Atlantic States (independent of NAS)
Transcriber: Steve Cordle

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

This is the Voice of the Naturalist, a service of the Audubon
Naturalist Society. This report covers the week starting Tuesday, May
2 and was completed on Tuesday, May 9 at 4:45 p.m.

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

The top birds this week were BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING DUCK in DE,
SWALLOW-TAILED KITE and SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER in VA.

Other birds of interest this week included waterfowl, BLACK-BILLED
CUCKOO, rails, SANDHILL CRANE, shorebirds, PARASITIC JAEGER, Sterna
Terns, BLACK SKIMMER, ANHINGA, AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN, AMERICAN
BITTERN, LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE, SEDGE WREN, thrushes, warblers,
CLAY-COLORED and LINCOLN'S SPARROWS and BOBOLINK.

TOP BIRDS

Four BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING DUCKS were at the Gary NELTNOR POT NETS,
Sussex Co, DE on May 2.

A SWALLOW-TAILED KITE was observed in Northampton Co, VA on the west
side of Rte 13 north of Cheriton on May 7.

A SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER was in the Pungo area of Virginia Beach
near the intersection of Muddy Creek and Gum Bridge Road on May 8.

OTHER BIRDS OF INTEREST

A continuing CACKLING GOOSE at Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center
(Horsehead) in Queen Anne's Co, MD was most recently seen on May 9.
Four TRUMPETER SWANS were at Huntley Meadows Park, Fairfax Co, VA on
May 6.

A CANVASBACK was at Masonville Cove, Baltimore Co, MD on May 4. A
REDHEAD was at the C&O Canal, Violette's Lock, Montgomery Co, MD on
May 5. A hen WOOD DUCK with 11 tiny ducklings were at Wheaton Regional
Park, Montgomery Co, MD on May 7. Two COMMON EIDERS were at Metompkin
Island, Accomack Co, VA on May 7.

BLACK-BILLED CUCKOOS were observed at several locations during the
week including: Western Fairfax Co, VA on May 6; Leesylvania SP,
Prince William Co, VA on May 7; and Sky Meadows SP, Fauquier Co, VA on
May 8.

A KING RAIL was at Dyke Marsh, Fairfax Co, VA on May 5. A KING RAIL
and a SORA were at Swan Harbor Farm, Harford Co, MD on May 6.

During the week two SANDHILL CRANES were seen at Gum Bridge Road,d
Virginia Beach, VA. Another SANDHILL CRANE was on Deep Hole Road,
Accomack Co, VA also on May 7.

A lone AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER was spotted with 40 BLACK-BELLIED
PLOVERS on Reese's Corners Rd, near Rock Hall, Kent Co, MD on May 2.
Six WILSON'S PLOVERS were on Wallops Island, Accomack Co, VA on May 3.
Another WILSON'S PLOVER was at Metompkin Island, also Accomack County
on May 7.

A single WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER was reported along Route 213 south of
Redner's in Cecil Co, MD on May 3 and 5; on Carter's Line Road, Clarke
Co, VA on May 4 and 5; and on Oakwood Pond, Rockingham Co, during the
week. Two WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS were at Swan Harbor Farm Park,
Harford Co, MD on May 3. A WILSON'S PHALAROPE was spotted at the
McDonald's on Friedens Church Road near Mount Crawford, Rockingham Co,
VA on May 7.

A PARASITIC JAEGER was reported at the CBBT, Thimble Island,
Northampton Co, VA on May 5. Two PARASITIC JAEGERS were seen from the
Cape May-Lewes Ferry Terminal, Sussex Co, DE on May 4.

Twenty STERNA Terns, some probably ARCTIC TERNS, were flying at the
C&O Canal, Riley's Lock, Montgomery Co, MD on May 5.

Two BLACK SKIMMERS were at Fort Smallwood Park, Anne Arundel Co, MD on
May 7.

Two ANHINGAS were seen at the Stumpy Lake Natural Area in Virginia
Beach, VA on May 2. Another ANHINGA flew by Hart-Miller Island,
Baltimore Co, MD on May 8. ANHINGAS also were found at the Carson
Wetland in Prince George Co, VA on May 3.

On May 3, twenty-two AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS were at Hog Island WMA in
Surry Co, VA. Another AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN was at Poplar Island,
Talbot Co, MD on May 4.

An AMERICAN BITTERN was at the Middle Patuxent Environmental Area,
Howard Co, MD on May 3. Another AMERICAN BITTERN was at Swan Harbor
Farm, Harford Co, MD on May 6.

A continuing LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE at the Smith Farm in Lunenburg Co, VA
was seen most recently on May 6.

On May 5 a SEDGE WREN was at Bles Park, Loudoun Co, VA.

Thrushes were found throughout the region this past week, including
GRAY-CHEEKED, SWAINSON'S THRUSHES and VEERY.

Birders enjoyed encounters with the expected migratory warbler species
throughout the reporting area. Local venues well-known for their
warbler sightings with observations in double digits included: Rock
Creek Park, DC with a high of 15 warbler species during the week;
Susquehanna SP, Harford Co, MD with 19 warbler species on May 2; South
Run Valley Stream Park, Fairfax Co, VA with 13 warbler species on May
4; Warbler Road on the Blue Ridge Parkway, VA with 13 warbler species
also on May 4; Leesylvania SP, Prince William Co, VA with 11 warbler
species on May 7 and Wheaton Regional Park, Montgomery Co, MD on May 8
with 13 warbler species on May 3. Twelve CERULEAN WARBLERS were at
Thompson WMA, western Fauquier Co, VA on May 6.

A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was on Exeter Ct, James City, VA on May 3. A
LINCOLN'S SPARROW was seen at Red Run Stream Valley Trail, Baltimore
Co, MD on May 2.

Migrating BOBOLINKS became increasingly conspicuous during the week,
with high counts of 50 individuals at Oxbow Lake on May 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, anshome.org/shop) is an
excellent source for guidebooks and many other nature-related titles.

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

Thank you for your interest, and enjoy the birds.

*Of interest to the applicable state records committee

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Date: 5/9/17 8:55 pm
From: SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fwd: [BIRDHAWK] Fort Smallwood Park (09 May 2017) 96 Raptors
Fort Smallwood Park
Pasadena, Maryland, USA


Daily Raptor Counts: May 09, 2017
Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
Black Vulture 6 13 257
Turkey Vulture 76 561 6449
Osprey 1 21 529
Bald Eagle 1 31 162
Northern Harrier 0 8 70
Sharp-shinned Hawk 3 153 977
Cooper's Hawk 0 25 201
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 3 95
Broad-winged Hawk 7 44 197
Red-tailed Hawk 0 22 167
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 2
American Kestrel 1 1 120
Merlin 1 2 44
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 3
Unknown Falcon 0 0 2
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 1 5
Total: 96 885 9280



Observation start time: 8:45 am
Observation end time: 3:15 pm
Total observation time: 6.5 hours
Official Counter Ralph Geuder, Sue Ricciardi
Observers: Chris Reed, Dan Walker, Hal Wierenga, Ralph Geuder




Weather: Mostly sunny, 48-63 degrees; excellent visibility; winds mostly on the light side and northwesterly, often from the WNW, 5-12 mph.

Raptor Observations: Mostly vultures today

Non-raptor Observations: Several hundred swallows (Northern Rough-winged, Tree, Barn, Bank, Cliff) Chimney Swifts and Purple Martins; about a dozen Common Terns feeding offshore. ebird list: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S36698767


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

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

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Date: 5/9/17 5:46 pm
From: Warblerick <ricksussman1955...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Yard migranrs
Later in the day, adult White-crowned, White-throated and Chipping Sparrows under the feeders, Indigo Bunting male coming to the feeders,RTHU male at the sugarwater, a pair of Brown Thrashers nest building in a holly shrub beside the deck, and a pair of towhees paying regular visits.
Rick Sussman
Woodbine,MD

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Date: 5/9/17 4:25 pm
From: Don Simonson <don.r.simonson...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Migrants, 16 warbler sp. C+O Canal Mont. Co; Woodpeckers
16 species of warblers (mostly heard-only) before work is a good day! Twelve species in an hour at Violette's Lock, mostly in the tall trees on the west side of Violette's Lock Road, Mont.Co., in the first half mile stretch south of River Road, including Blackburnian, Cape May, Nashville, Blackpoll (1), Black-throated Green. Also my first Acadian Flycatcher of the year, Scarlet Tanager. Stops at Riley's Lock and Hughes Hollow added four more species of warbler. Northern Waterthrushes seemed to be singing everywhere! At home, three different woodpeckers at once on the three suet feeders: Pileated, Red-bellied, and Hairy. Preceeded by a male adult Rose-breasted Grosbeak chomping suet. Ruby-throated Hummingbirds coming to the feeders several times per hour.
Good birding!
Don Simonson, Darnestown MD

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Date: 5/9/17 11:50 am
From: Warblerick <ricksussman1955...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Yard migranrs
Around lunchtime I had an adult Red-headed Woodpecker at the feeders. It was exactly one year ago today when another (or the same) was also at my feeders and fountain.
Rick Sussman
Woodbine, MD

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Date: 5/9/17 11:24 am
From: Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Wheaton Regional Park today, May 9
Hi all,

Not unexpectedly, today was much more quiet than yesterday - though sunny and fairly calm, but cold! Still, migrants were there and we tallied 11 species of warbler, best being a Hooded at the Shorefield "ridge." Again Myrtles and Parulas were most abundant, and we saw several lovely Cape Mays (this has been a great year for them). Many expected species were missing in action though. Had a late Blue-headed Vireo and good numbers of Scarlet Tanagers, Baltimore Orioles, and Indigo Buntings but no thrushes save Wood. Waxwings were everywhere. As it got breezy, activity shut down.

Gail Mackiernan and Barry Cooper
Colesville, MD


63 species (+2 other taxa)
Birds of interest:

Green Heron 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Solitary Sandpiper 1
Chimney Swift 3
Hairy Woodpecker (Eastern) 1
Northern Flicker 1
Pileated Woodpecker 1
Acadian Flycatcher 1
Eastern Phoebe 1
Great Crested Flycatcher 5
Eastern Kingbird 4
Blue-headed Vireo 1
Warbling Vireo 3
Red-eyed Vireo 8
Tree Swallow 10
Barn Swallow (American) 12
House Wren 5
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 4
Eastern Bluebird 4
Wood Thrush 8
Gray Catbird 12
Cedar Waxwing 50 Estimate
Ovenbird 2
Northern Waterthrush 3
Black-and-white Warbler 3
Common Yellowthroat 2
Hooded Warbler 1
American Redstart 1
Cape May Warbler 3
Northern Parula 9
Yellow Warbler (Northern) 2
Blackpoll Warbler 1 Heard only
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 25 Estimate
Chipping Sparrow 6
White-throated Sparrow 2
Eastern Towhee 2
Scarlet Tanager 6
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 1
Indigo Bunting 4
Orchard Oriole 1
Baltimore Oriole 10

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Date: 5/9/17 9:51 am
From: Patricia Wood <pwood...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Osprey fishing at MLK Lake again (Mo. Co.)
Yesterday was I think the third time I've seen an osprey here, and the second time I saw it catch a fish. Maybe it's not just a migrant, but a resident somewhere around here. This time, I saw it dive and then perch at the far end of the lake from me; couldn't tell if it caught anything. After a few minutes, it circled and dove again, and this time flew away with a nice fish.

Patricia Wood
Silver Spring

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Date: 5/9/17 9:24 am
From: Wallace Kornack <wallace...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Tuesday 5/9/17
This morning (5/9) at Rock Creek Park.

15 warblers seen or heard: Ovenbird, Black-and-white, Yellowthroat, Redstart, Cape May, Parula, Magnolia, Bay-breasted, Blackburnian, Chestnut-sided, Blackpoll, BT Blue, Yellow-rump, BT Green, Wilson’s

Bird of the day was a Wilson’s Warbler, seen by Matt Sileo.

——Equitation Field
Ovenbird
Black-and-white Warbler 2
Northern Parula 2
Bay-breasted Warbler
Blackpoll Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler 9
Mourning Dove
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Red-eyed Vireo 2
American Crow
Tufted Titmouse 2
Swainson's Thrush
Wood Thrush
American Robin
Cedar Waxwing 6
Chipping Sparrow 2
Scarlet Tanager

——Ridge
Black-throated Green Warbler
Northern Parula,
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Pileated Woodpecker
Chipping Sparrow
Baltimore Oriole

——Yard Parking Lot (Bill)
Mourning Dove
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Great Crested Flycatcher
American Crow
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
Wood Thrush
Scarlet Tanager
Northern Cardinal
House Sparrow

——Fence Line
Yellow-rumped Warbler 2 (Bill)
Mourning Dove 2
Northern Flicker 2
Blue-headed Vireo
Blue Jay
American Crow
Carolina Chickadee
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
Carolina Wren
Wood Thrush 2
American Robin
House Sparrow 4

——Maintenance Yard (Bill +)
Black-and-white Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
American Redstart 3
Cape May Warbler
Northern Parula 2
Magnolia Warbler
Blackburnian Warbler
Chestnut-sided Warbler 2
Black-throated Blue Warbler 2
Yellow-rumped Warbler 8
Wilson's Warbler
Red-tailed Hawk
Mourning Dove 2
Chimney Swift
Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
Northern Flicker 2
Pileated Woodpecker
Eastern Phoebe
Great Crested Flycatcher 2
Eastern Kingbird
Blue-headed Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo 4
Blue Jay 6
American Crow 5
Carolina Chickadee 3
White-breasted Nuthatch 3
House Wren
Carolina Wren
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 2
Swainson's Thrush 2
Wood Thrush 3
American Robin 2
Cedar Waxwing 2
Scarlet Tanager 3
Northern Cardinal 5
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 4
Indigo Bunting 2
Brown-headed Cowbird 2
Baltimore Oriole 2
American Goldfinch 5

——Nature Center
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Blue-headed Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
Tufted Titmouse
Carolina Wren
American Robin 3
Scarlet Tanager

Contributors: Bill Butler, Sharon Forsyth, Matt Sileo, Callan Swensen, Katharine Kravetz, Daniel Blatt, Betsy Stephens, John Boright, Don Kates, Wendy Kates, Susan Volman, Mike Davis, Ken Berlin, Ann

Have Fun Birding!

Wallace Kornack
Washington DC


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Date: 5/9/17 8:11 am
From: Harry Armistead <harryarmistead...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Osprey repellent
Fairly often Ospreys will build nests on boats, rooftops, etc., or other places where they are not wanted. One of our neighbors has had only limited success with placing pinwheels on their nest. The birds got used to the pinwheels. But when they attached a Batman Pillow to the anchor lite of their boat it did the trick. It IS a scary-looking pillow. ("uneasy lies the head that ...") - Harry Armistead, Philadelphia.

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Date: 5/9/17 6:39 am
From: Warblerick <ricksussman1955...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Yard migranrs
Pretty quiet the past couple days. This morning I had a singing Grasshopper Sparrow across the way in my neighbors fields. Eventually,it flew into my yard and perched in our old garden for a few bad pics through my binoculars. Also had a Field Sparrow in the back meadow.
Rick Sussman
Woodbine, MD

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Date: 5/8/17 9:25 pm
From: SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Monday, May 8, 2017 82 Raptors
Fort Smallwood Park
Pasadena, Maryland, USA


Daily Raptor Counts: May 08, 2017
Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
Black Vulture 4 7 251
Turkey Vulture 59 485 6373
Osprey 3 20 528
Bald Eagle 1 30 161
Northern Harrier 0 8 70
Sharp-shinned Hawk 9 150 974
Cooper's Hawk 1 25 201
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 3 95
Broad-winged Hawk 3 37 190
Red-tailed Hawk 2 22 167
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 2
American Kestrel 0 0 119
Merlin 0 1 43
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 3
Unknown Falcon 0 0 2
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 1 5
Total: 82 789 9184


Observation start time: 9:15 am
Observation end time: 3 pm Daylight Time
Total observation time: 5.75 hours
Official Counter Sue Ricciardi
Observers: Chris Reed, Dan Walker, Hal Wierenga, John Hoffman, Ralph Geuder

Visitors: Marjorie Paoletti, Wayne Longbottom, Gary Van Velsir

Weather: Mostly sunny; 50-59 degrees; excellent visibility; winds strong out and westerly or northwesterly, 14-16 mph, gusting to 22 mph.

Raptor Observations: Better weather today than yesterday, but apparently the raptors thought otherwise as fewer of them migrated today.

Non-raptor Observations: Numerous Barn Swallows today; Least Terns continue in good numbers; two Warbling Vireos

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

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

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Date: 5/8/17 8:28 pm
From: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...>
Subject: [MDBirding] [FR] Best Bike Ride Birds today - one mystery
While crossing Catoctin Creek [CC] on the Poffenberger Rd bridge, I
caught a glimpse of a sandpiper-like bird in flight below. The tail
featured white edging on both sides on an otherwise darkish bird,
which seems to indicate a Solitary Sandpiper. I had in mind that I
might see a Spotted along the creek, but this would be a first
sighting of a Solitary for me, I believe.

The Mystery Bird was observed while I took a break on the Bennies Hill
Rd bridge over CC, which gave me many opportunities for scoping [with
eyes and ears only] the bird over 10 +/- minutes. It flew at treetop
level in wide circles giving a brief, buzzy call. It featured
translucent/transparent patches on either side and close to the base
of a short, square-ish tail. A Chim Swift flying at the same time
compared favorably in size, or might have been a bit larger than the
mystery bird.

House Wrens were featured today.

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

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Date: 5/8/17 7:40 pm
From: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Ruddy Duck
31 of 81 total Ruddies were listed for the Western Shore area for the
2016 May Count conducted May 14, 2016 incl 2 in WA, 8 in CT, 21 in SM
[MD BIRDLIFE, vol 66 (1); Spring 2017, p. 52].

Jim S.

On 5/8/17, Marcia Watson <marshwren50...> wrote:
> Ruddy Duck was a confirmed breeder in a couple of blocks during the last
> Atlas, and observed (but not necessarily breeding) in additional blocks.
> You can see the map here
> https://www.pwrc.usgs.gov/bba/index.cfm?fa=explore.ResultsBySpecies if you
> use a regular computer. Right now I'm writing from an iPad and the map
> doesn't render on iPad, so I can't tell you what it shows.
>
> Marcia
> ------------
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> <marshwren50...>
>
>
>> On May 8, 2017, at 8:03 PM, Pat Valdata <pvaldata1...> wrote:
>>
>> I just saw a breeding plumage male Ruddy paddle by. Isn't it late for
>> that?
>>
>>
>> Pat Valdata
>> Crisfield, Somerset County
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Date: 5/8/17 6:09 pm
From: Marcia Watson <marshwren50...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Ruddy Duck
Ruddy Duck was a confirmed breeder in a couple of blocks during the last Atlas, and observed (but not necessarily breeding) in additional blocks. You can see the map here https://www.pwrc.usgs.gov/bba/index.cfm?fa=explore.ResultsBySpecies if you use a regular computer. Right now I'm writing from an iPad and the map doesn't render on iPad, so I can't tell you what it shows.

Marcia
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>
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Date: 5/8/17 5:24 pm
From: Cornell <rbr73...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Evening birding at Roosevelt Island
Took the opportunity to bird Theodore Roosevelt Island after work this afternoon and early evening. Not too much passerine activity, but plenty of aerial planktonivores, including a whole host of Chimney Swifts, a smattering of Barn Swallows, and five or six Cliff Swallows from the nesting colony at the pedestrian bridge. An unexpected bonus was a Common Nighthawk hawking just above the tree tops right at dusk.

Good birding,

- Reid Rumelt

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Date: 5/8/17 5:11 pm
From: Kevin Graff <keyweststyle2001...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Hart-Miller Island, 05/08/17
05/08/17 – 710am-3pm

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



WEATHER: Fair/PC, 44-62 degrees, W 4K- W 9K OBS: Kevin Graff, Martin
Granbom, Nancy O'Hara



Canada Goose – 49 (incl. 11 goslings)

Wood Duck – 6

Gadwall – 16

American Black Duck – 3

Mallard – 52

*NORTHERN SHOVELER – 8 (drakes)

*NORTHERN PINTAIL – 1 (drake)

Green-winged Teal – 14

Lesser Scaup – 2

*RED-BREASTED MERGANSER – 2 (hens)

Ruddy Duck – 17

Pied-billed Grebe – 2

Double-crested Cormorant – 65

*ANHINGA – 1 (high flyover, mostly glided southbound, under cloud cover)

Great Blue Heron – 18

Turkey Vulture – 19

Osprey – 19

Bald Eagle – 8

Northern Harrier – 1

Peregrine Falcon – 1

American Coot – 7

Black-bellied Plover – 59

*AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER – 1 (flew with flock of Black-bellied)

Semipalmated Plover – 3

Killdeer – 5

Spotted Sandpiper – 3

Greater Yellowlegs – 8

Lesser Yellowlegs – 13

Semipalmated Sandpiper – 7

Least Sandpiper – 54

*WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER – 1

*DUNLIN – 19

Stilt Sandpiper – 12

*RUFF – 1 (presume same female in breeding plumage at N Cell)

*SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER – 3

*BONAPARTE'S GULL – 1 (adult still in winter plumage)

Ring-billed Gull – 33

Herring Gull – 13

Great Black-backed Gull – 6

Caspian Tern – 284

Mourning Dove – 9

Chimney Swift – 1

Ruby-throated Hummingbird – 1

Eastern Kingbird – 9

White-eyed Vireo – 1

Red-eyed Vireo – 1

Blue Jay – 18

American Crow – 3

Purple Martin – 8

Tree Swallow – 33

N Rough-winged Swallow – 2

Bank Swallow – 4

Cliff Swallow – 2

Barn Swallow – 63

Carolina Wren – 3

*SEDGE WREN – 1 (heard twice, very close where the seaside sparrow was)

Marsh Wren – 3

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher – 1

*GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET – 1 (heard few times, confirm with others via phone
calls)

Veery – 1

Gray Catbird – 5

Brown Thrasher – 1

European Starling – 4

Black-and-white Warbler – 3

Common Yellowthroat – 36

Yellow Warbler – 9

Yellow-rumped Warbler – 11

Black-throated Green Warbler – 2

Eastern Towhee – 4

Savannah Sparrow – 4

Song Sparrow – 1

Swamp Sparrow – 3

White-throated Sparrow – 10

*WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW – 1 (adult)

Northern Cardinal – 16

Blue Grosbeak – 1

*BOBOLINK – 9

Red-winged Blackbird – 118

Common Grackle – 8

Brown-headed Cowbird – 14

Orchard Oriole – 12

*BALTIMORE ORIOLE – 1 (male flyby, not a common sight on the island)

American Goldfinch – 23

*HOUSE SPARROW – 2 (both females, far north end at tip of N Cell, very rare
on island)

SPECIES: 84 INDIVIDUALS: 1300



MAMMALS: Red Fox – 3



AMPHIBIANS: Green Tree Frog – 1, Fowler’s Toad – 4



BUTTERFLIES

E Tiger Swallowtail – 1

Black Swallowtail – 10

Cabbage White – 2

Orange Sulphur – 6

Pearl Crescent – 6

Common Buckeye – 4 (left out 4 last week)



DRAGONFLIES: C Green Darner – 2, E Pondhawk – 2



MOTHS: E Tent Caterpillar – 45



BEETLES: Seven-spotted Lady Beetle – 2



Kevin Graff

Jarrettsville, MD

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Date: 5/8/17 5:03 pm
From: Pat Valdata <pvaldata1...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Ruddy Duck
I just saw a breeding plumage male  Ruddy paddle by. Isn't it late for that?


Pat Valdata 
Crisfield, Somerset County

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Date: 5/8/17 1:57 pm
From: Harry Armistead <harryarmistead...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Elliott Island Road & Ferry Neck, May 4-7, 2017.
ELLIOTT ISLAND ROAD & Ferry Neck, MAY 4-7, 2017.


MAY 6, ELLIOTT ISLAND ROAD plus Lewis Wharf, Kraft Neck, Steele Neck & Griffith Neck roads, Henry’s Crossroads, and Vienna. A segment of the 99th Dorchester County May Bird Count. 101 species, 4:30 A.M. - 8:45 P.M. (16.25 hours). 95 miles by car, 1 by foot. Rough sledding. Usually pull an all-nighter for this count, but in view of the poor weather forecast this seems senseless, although some might argue that the whole thing is senseless anyway.


OTHER PARTIES: there are 6 other parties out on this count today. I hope to get out a complete report on what these good folks have seen, combined with my totals, in a week or so. Please stay tuned. Next Saturday, May 13, it gets done all over again. Viva Dorchester!!!


WEATHER (adverse): clear at start but overcast most of the day with light rain off and on from 1:45 P.M., especially towards sunset. WINDS: SSE or S 20+, gusting to 25 or higher, such that occasionally it comes close to throwing me off balance, frequently makes it difficult to use binoculars, and, of course, very hard to hear birds. Winds shift to W and diminish somewhat by late afternoon. TIDES: low 6:21 A.M., high 12:08 P.M., low again at 6:39 P.M. The low tide is higher than a normal high tide. Have to drive through tidal water 7 or 8 times for a total of c. 1/3 of a mile. Occasional, very brief periods of sunshine. Distant, brilliant blue breaks in the clouds sometimes. 57 - 66 - 53 degrees F. Complete list:


Canada goose 42, wood duck 4, American black duck 18, mallard 50, blue-winged teal 4, ruddy duck 95 (upper Fishing Bay), northern bobwhite 0, wild turkey 16, common loon 1, double-crested cormorant 15, great blue heron 16, snowy egret 19, green heron 1, glossy ibis 14,


RAPTORS: black vulture 4, turkey vulture 60, osprey 45, bald eagle 41, red-shouldered hawk 1 (Kraft Neck Road), red-tailed hawk 3, peregrine falcon 1 adult male,


clapper rail 2, Virginia rail 9, common gallinule 1, semipalmated plover 235, killdeer 2, greater yellowlegs 45, willet 12, lesser yellowlegs 7, dunlin 85, least sandpiper 145, semipalmated sandpiper 37, black-necked stilt 8, short-billed dowitcher 3,


Bonaparte’s gull 1 immature (in a field off of Lewis Wharf Road with 70 Laughing Gulls), laughing gull 200, ring-billed gull 12, herring gull 1, least tern 2, Caspian tern 1 (Vienna), Forster’s tern 11 (low), royal tern 3, rock pigeon 2 (Vienna), mourning dove 13,


eastern screech-owl 1, chuck-will’s-widow 4, chimney swift 2 (Vienna), red-headed woodpecker 2, red-bellied woodpecker 1, downy woodpecker 1, northern flicker 1, pileated woodpecker 1,


eastern wood-pewee 1, great crested flycatcher 11, eastern kingbird 11, white-eyed vireo 5, red-eyed vireo 7, blue jay 5, American crow 30, fish crow 0, horned lark 3, purple martin 34, tree swallow 92, barn swallow 85,


Carolina chickadee 3, tufted titmouse 5, brown-headed nuthatch 6 (all of them perky), house wren 7, marsh wren 18, Carolina wren 16, blue-gray gnatcatcher 1, eastern bluebird 4, wood thrush 1, American robin 30, gray catbird 7, brown thrasher 3, northern mockingbird 15,


European starling 125, ovenbird 9, prothonotary warbler 1, common yellowthroat 50 (exact count), pine warbler 18, eastern towhee 8, chipping sparrow 17 (harmless), field sparrow 2, Savannah sparrow 1, saltmarsh sparrow 0, seaside sparrow 35, song sparrow 3, swamp sparrow 3 (breeders),


summer tanager 6, northern cardinal 32, blue grosbeak 4, indigo bunting 2,

red-winged blackbird 250, eastern meadowlark 3, common grackle 175, boat-tailed grackle 16, brown-headed cowbird 35, orchard oriole 17, house finch 5, American goldfinch 3, house sparrow 11.


SHOREBIRDS: Due to the very high tides almost all the shorebirds are in the bare, muddy, fields, wet after an inch or so of rain, that fell yesterday. Exceptions: the stilts, the Willets, 1 of the dowitchers, a very few of both yellowlegs, and some of the Least Sandpipers. Early in the day right on the pavement next to the edge of the tidal water partially covering the road a few Leasts, Willets, and yellowlegs.


KRAFT NECK ROAD is a 3-mile-long gem without a single house. Lots of fields, mixed woodlands, a wooded swamp, hedgerows. But it is unpaved and very muddy today. Have to really gun it to get through w/o getting stuck. Mud all over the car as if Jackson Pollock had been turned loose on it … on a bad day. The pattern of the muddy streaks also bears a crude resemblance to some of the art found in Celtic linear dynamism. Fun to imagine segments of the Lindisfarne Gospels or the Book of Kells on the rear doors. Nevertheless, it’s off to Wet Dog Car Wash in Easton tomorrow to get rid of not just the mud but the salt water residue. As Woody Guthrie used to sing: “Rubbity dubbity, and a scrub scrub scrubbity, and a make ‘em nice and clean o”.


NON-AVIAN TAXA: Eastern Cottontail 1, Muskrat 1, Fox Squirrel 2, Gray Squirrel 1, White-tailed Deer 1, Sika Deer 9. Kraft Neck Road is always good for dragonflies (amber-colored ones numerous, species?), Black Swallowtail 4, Buckeye 1, Clouded Sulphur 1. Green Tree Frog 1, Southern Leopard Frog 5. The first corn sprouts appeared c. 2 weeks ago. Right now it is surprisingly early for Sycamores to be so leafed out. With all this early vegetation, what’s next? Perhaps the cock will crow at midnight. Several lush patches of yellow flags, especially the one next to the Vienna launch area. No snakes or turtles.


A DISAPPOINTING EVENING. At the end of such a long day I station myself at the place I call Gadwall Bend for a good half hour or more. Here herons are often visible winging their way back close to sunset from the lower Dorchester marshes to their colonies out on the Bay islands. Great Egret, Tricolored Heron, and (nearby) Black-crowned Night Heron are almost certain to be seen. But not today. The heronries on the Dorchester islands have been in decline for years. I don’t know about those on Smith Island. Imagine missing a Great Egret today?!!


PUGNACIOUS CARDINALS. Lewis Wharf Road right next to Nanticoke River. Sitting in the driver’s seat eating a leftover sandwich, minding my own business, when a female cardinal starts to fight its image in the adjacent, outside, rear view mirror, about one foot from my astonished eyeballs. Less than a minute later the male does this, too, while carrying food. I think they have a nest in the nearby rank growths of Japanese Knotweed.


MAY 4. RIGBY’S FOLLY, Ferry Neck, Talbot County, MD, arrive at 6:45 P.M. In Field 4 are 6 Wild Turkeys (2 of them strutting toms) and one deer. A Snowy Egret at the head of Poplar Cove.


MAY 5. Mostly just rest and go through my ritual compulsions getting ready for tomorrow. It rains, 0.85” in the rain gauge on the dock. Gray Squirrel 3, Eastern Cottontail 1, White-throated Sparrow 3 (at the feed). Overcast, winds E10+, 62-70 degrees F. Wes & Sue Earp and Michael McClure arrive to overnight and then help out in their respective areas tomorrow..


MAY 7, Michael McClure encounters some lingering White-throated Sparrows at Rigby’s Folly, where it is fair, cool, and windy (25+ m.p.h.), the Choptank River mouth a mass of seething whitecaps. At Wet Dog Car Wash (plan on a good half hour, but they do a terrific job) I see 35 Laughing Gulls, 3 Ring-billed Gulls, 3 robins, 8 starlings, 6 Common Grackles, 5 House Sparrows. At milepost 100, Route 301, a beautiful adult Bald Eagle right over the highway.


COMING SOON TO A THEATER NEAR YOU. I’m at work on a lengthy article that I hope will summarize the 100 May bird counts in Dorchester County, 1966-2017. Should be several 1,000 words. Plan to finish by the end of summer and submit it for consideration in Maryland Birdlife. If done right it should have application for describing the status of 100 or more species on the lower Eastern Shore, especially any perceived changes.


Best to all. - Harry Armistead, Philadelphia.


LAST NIGHT I HAD THE STRANGEST DREAM. Ned Brinkley and I are covering the Wise Point area on the Cape Charles Christmas Count. I hear a Summer Tanager giving its call note several times. Later a fellow says, yes, he’d got his scope on it. Ned and I see a Wilson’s Phalarope. We pass by and through several impounded areas and sections with much metallic debris in the water (that in reality don’t exist there). Behind one line of such are 74 Red-necked Phalaropes. We search in vain for a Red Phalarope that would give us a phalarope grand slam. A woman points to her watch; it is 3:47 P.M. I ask Ned if the compilation will again be in the hotel. He sort of flails his arms and I cannot discern from his response if it will be. We feel we will be late for it in any case. At one point I sink to my thighs in mud.

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Date: 5/8/17 11:08 am
From: Jim Felley <jdfelley...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Lincoln Monument birds, 5/8
I have had little to report from the Mall this spring, (a) because I have been tied to my desk and (b) when the opportunity arose to get out, the weather was atrocious! Today did not look promising, and indeed the birds on the Mall were few and far-between.
The highlight: A Least Sandpiper flying around the field between the horse barns and the reflecting pool.
Other notables: Lots of swallows flying over the pond at Constitution Gardens (Barn, North Rough-winged, Tree) and Chimney swifts too.
Still an American Wigeon at the pond (male)
A singing Orchard Oriole at the Potomac Bridge on the Tidal Basin
Warblers? Yellow-rumped and Common Yellowthroats only, though many of those.
Also, fledgling robins and Mourning doves are about

Jim
Jim Felley
Gaithersburg, MD

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Date: 5/8/17 9:30 am
From: <keyweststyle2001...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Anhinga, Baltimore County
Anyone near the bay might want to look up under clouds as we had one very
high glided over south at hart miller island. Lasted 9 seconds.
Unmistakable, no flaps, crooked neck, spear-like bill, very long
thick tail. - Kevin Graff
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Date: 5/8/17 9:26 am
From: 'diane Ford' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fw: eBird Report - Wheaton Regional Park--mini-train tracks/Pine Lake, May 8, 2017
A pretty good morning overall, but I agree with Gail that the wind is indeed a hindrance to birding. Also wishing for a calm, still day.
D.Ford/Bethesda, Md.

On Monday, May 8, 2017 12:17 PM, "<ebird-checklist...>" <ebird-checklist...> wrote:


Wheaton Regional Park--mini-train tracks/Pine Lake, Montgomery, Maryland, US
May 8, 2017 8:30 AM - 10:20 AM
Protocol: Traveling
0.06 mile(s)
Comments:    Breezy, chilly but clear.
45 species

Canada Goose  2
Mallard  1
Great Blue Heron  1
Turkey Vulture  1
Osprey  1
Red-shouldered Hawk  1
Mourning Dove  2
Chimney Swift  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Pileated Woodpecker  1
Eastern Kingbird  2
Warbling Vireo  1
Red-eyed Vireo  2
Blue Jay  2
Fish Crow  1    by voice.
Tree Swallow  6
Barn Swallow  1
Carolina Chickadee  2
Tufted Titmouse  2
House Wren  2
Carolina Wren  2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  1
Swainson's Thrush  1
Wood Thrush  1
American Robin  5
Gray Catbird  2
Cedar Waxwing  15
Ovenbird  1
Northern Waterthrush  1
Black-and-white Warbler  1
American Redstart  1
Northern Parula  1
Magnolia Warbler  1
Yellow Warbler  1
Yellow-rumped Warbler  6
Eastern Towhee  1
Scarlet Tanager  2
Northern Cardinal  4
Indigo Bunting  1
Red-winged Blackbird  2
Common Grackle  5
Orchard Oriole  2
Baltimore Oriole  2
American Goldfinch  2

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S36654137

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




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Date: 5/8/17 9:09 am
From: Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Lots of migrants at Wheaton Regional Park today, May 8
Hi all,

Sunny but cold to start, no wind early but getting breezy as the morning wore on. One of the best spring birding days we have had at WRP. Most of the early activity was at the Shorefield parking lot edge (our "ridge") where the sun hits first. All told we had 16 species of warbler, almost all seen well, and four thrushes including smashing looks at a FOS Gray-cheeked posing on a sunny log. Best warblers were probably Bay-breast, and Cape May (finally!), but we had double-digits in Parulas which seemed to be everywhere. Add to these singing Rose-breasted Grosbeak, multiple Scarlet Tanagers, both Orioles, a pair of Warbling Vireos, etc. etc. -- all very exciting. As it got breezy action slowed, but we made the rounds, adding a few more migrants. No sign of our Wood Duck and her brood. Interestingly, no raptors seen or heard save a single TV. Still, 63 species was a good tally!

Gail Mackiernan and Barry Cooper,
Colesville, MD

63 species (+2 other taxa)
Birds of interest:

Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1 Male
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 1
Pileated Woodpecker 2
Acadian Flycatcher 1
Great Crested Flycatcher 4
Eastern Kingbird 4
Warbling Vireo (Eastern) 4
Red-eyed Vireo 8
Tree Swallow 10
Barn Swallow (American) 10
House Wren (Northern) 6
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (caerulea) 10
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1
Eastern Bluebird 4 Pair feeding two fledged juveniles.
Veery 2 FOS for park
Gray-cheeked Thrush 1 FOS
Swainson's Thrush 1
Wood Thrush 6
American Robin 20 Estimate
Gray Catbird 15
Cedar Waxwing 50 Estimate
Ovenbird 1
Northern Waterthrush 2
Black-and-white Warbler 4
Nashville Warbler 1
Common Yellowthroat 2
American Redstart 2
Cape May Warbler 2
Northern Parula 10
Magnolia Warbler 1
Bay-breasted Warbler 1
Yellow Warbler 2
Chestnut-sided Warbler 1
Blackpoll Warbler 1
Black-throated Blue Warbler 2
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 25 Estimate
Black-throated Green Warbler 2
Chipping Sparrow 6
Eastern Towhee 2
Scarlet Tanager 6
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 1 Singing male
Indigo Bunting 4
Orchard Oriole 2
Baltimore Oriole 10

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Date: 5/8/17 9:07 am
From: Don Simonson <don.r.simonson...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Philadelphia Vireo in Yard Darnestown
the song of a vireo greeted me when I got the paper this morning, sounded rather like Red-eyed (which would be unusual in my yard) but when i bot binos, it showed itself in the sun , it was yellow below, a bright Philadelphia Vireo! no yellow spectacles and no wing bars. only the second occurrence in 37 years here.
good birding!
don simonson, Darnestown MD

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Date: 5/8/17 8:58 am
From: Wallace Kornack <wallace...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Monday 5/8/17
This morning (5/8) at Rock Creek Park.

12 warbler species were seen: Blue-winged, Black-and-white, Nashville, Yellowthroat, Redstart, Cape May, Parula, Chestnut-sided, Blackpoll, BT Blue, Yellow-rump, BT Green

——Equitation Field
Blue-winged Warbler
Black-and-white Warbler
Nashville Warbler
American Redstart
Northern Parula 2
Yellow-rumped Warbler 16
Black-throated Green Warbler
Mourning Dove 2
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Red-eyed Vireo 4
Blue Jay
Tufted Titmouse
Carolina Wren
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 2
American Robin 2
Cedar Waxwing 9
Chipping Sparrow
Eastern Towhee
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Brown-headed Cowbird 3
American Goldfinch 2

——Ridge (Sharon)
Black-and-white Warbler 2
American Redstart
Cape May Warbler
Northern Parula 2
Blackpoll Warbler 3
Black-throated Blue Warbler 3
Yellow-rumped Warbler 11
Cedar Waxwing 13

——Yard Parking Lot (Bill, Leon)
Blackpoll Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler 3
Red-tailed Hawk flyby
Mourning Dove
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Red-eyed Vireo
Fish Crow
Tufted Titmouse
American Robin
Scarlet Tanager 2
Northern Cardinal 2
Baltimore Oriole
House Finch 2
American Goldfinch 2
House Sparrow

——Fence Line
Black-throated Blue Warbler 2
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Mourning Dove
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Northern Flicker 3
Red-eyed Vireo
Carolina Wren 3
Swainson's Thrush
Wood Thrush
House Sparrow

——Maintenance Yard (Bill)
Black-and-white Warbler 2
Common Yellowthroat
American Redstart 2
Northern Parula
Chestnut-sided Warbler 2
Black-throated Blue Warbler 3
Yellow-rumped Warbler 3
Mourning Dove 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker 4
Downy Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker 3
Eastern Phoebe
Great Crested Flycatcher 2
Blue-headed Vireo
Blue Jay 5
American Crow
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch 4
Carolina Wren
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 4
Swainson's Thrush
Wood Thrush
American Robin 2
Cedar Waxwing 2
Northern Cardinal 4
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Indigo Bunting 3
Brown-headed Cowbird 4
Baltimore Oriole
American Goldfinch 11

——Nature Center
Black-and-white Warbler
Northern Parula
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Red-eyed Vireo
Tufted Titmouse
Carolina Wren
American Robin
Scarlet Tanager
Northern Cardinal

Contributors: Bill Butler, Leon Kass, Jim Lemert, Sharon Forsyth, Daniel Blatt, John Boright, Wendy Kates, Susan Volman, Gary House, Mike Davis, Marina True, Sacha Litman, Mardi Hastings, Betsy Lovejoy, Stephen Jones ++

Have Fun Birding!

Wallace Kornack
Washington DC








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Date: 5/7/17 8:02 pm
From: SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Sunday, May 7, 2017 161 Raptors Black Skimmers
Fort Smallwood Park
Pasadena, Maryland, USA


Daily Raptor Counts: May 07, 2017
Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
Black Vulture 1 3 247
Turkey Vulture 71 426 6314
Osprey 4 17 525
Bald Eagle 8 29 160
Northern Harrier 1 8 70
Sharp-shinned Hawk 43 141 965
Cooper's Hawk 2 24 200
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 1 3 95
Broad-winged Hawk 24 34 187
Red-tailed Hawk 6 20 165
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 2
American Kestrel 0 0 119
Merlin 0 1 43
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 3
Unknown Falcon 0 0 2
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 1 5
Total: 161 707 9102


Observation start time: 9 am
Observation end time: 4:30 pm
Total observation time: 7.5 hours
Official Counter Sue Ricciardi
Observers: Andy Higgs, Andy Smith, Bill Hubick, Dan Walker, Lynn Davidson

Weather:
Mostly cloudy with overcast, dark clouds and showers in the area at times; skies improved in the afternoon. A chilly 50-61 degrees in the strong winds; winds were westerly with a northwest component in the morning 14-20 mph gusting to 34 mph.

Raptor Observations:
We almost left in the morning under threatening skies, but the weather improved and a nice flight ensued.

Non-raptor Observations:
Totally unexpected was the flyby(twice) of 2 adult Black Skimmers. They came in low from the waterside and flew just over our heads over the pond. Stunningly beautiful and graceful in flight. ebird list with photos: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S36642740

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

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

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Date: 5/7/17 5:43 pm
From: 'Gale Janiszewski' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Found camera equipment
If you have lost camera equipment at North Point State Park you can contact the park office at 410-477-0757 to identify and claim.

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Date: 5/7/17 12:58 pm
From: Dan Haas <nervousbirds...>
Subject: [MDBirding] (Currently) Black Skimmer - ANNE ARUNDEL
Earlier today, Bill Hubick & Co. observed two BLACK SKIMMER fly past the Fort Smallwood Hawkwatch. I quickly made my way to Sandy Point State Park, and within the hour, two black skimmer appeared, flying south in the bay. The pair flew around the point and came to rest next to the rain pond on South Beach, close to the bridge.

Although several park guests have walked past the birds, and two rangers did a close drive-by on a golf cart (twice), oh... and one Ring-billed Gull remains intent on harassing the skimmers, these two appear content staying put on the beach.

Best,

Dan
443-756-6207
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Date: 5/7/17 9:49 am
From: ClodvigII via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] adult Glossy Ibis at Lakside Ponds in Harford Co.
Had good looks at this bird for over 4 minutes on the big pond at
Lakeside.

Lou Nielsen
Reisterstown MD

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Date: 5/7/17 8:51 am
From: Wallace Kornack <wallace...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Sunday 5/7/17
This morning (5/7) at Rock Creek Park.

13 warbler species were seen: Ovenbird, L. Waterthrush, BT Blue, Yellowthroat, Redstart, Cape May, Parula, Blackburnian, Chestnut-sided, Blackpoll, Black-and-white, Yellow-rump, BT Green

——Equitation Field
Black-and-white Warbler 3
Cape May Warbler 2
Northern Parula 3
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler 12
Black-throated Green Warbler
Double-crested Cormorant flyby
Mourning Dove 3
Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
Downy Woodpecker
Great Crested Flycatcher 2
Red-eyed Vireo 2
American Crow
American Robin 2
Cedar Waxwing 14
Chipping Sparrow 2
Scarlet Tanager 4
Brown-headed Cowbird
Baltimore Oriole
American Goldfinch 4

——Ridge
Ovenbird
Black-and-white Warbler
Northern Parula
Blackburnian Warbler
Blackpoll Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler 5
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Veery
Eastern Towhee
Scarlet Tanager

——Yard Parking Lot (Bill)
Cape May Warbler
Mourning Dove
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Great Crested Flycatcher
Red-eyed Vireo
Blue Jay
American Crow
Baltimore Oriole
House Sparrow 3

——Fence Line (Bill)
Great Crested Flycatcher
Red-eyed Vireo
American Crow
Tufted Titmouse
House Wren
Northern Cardinal
House Sparrow 3

——Maintenance Yard (Bill)
Black-and-white Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
American Redstart 3
Northern Parula 2
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Canada Goose flyby
Red-tailed Hawk flyby
Mourning Dove 3
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 3
Red-bellied Woodpecker 4
Eastern Phoebe
Great Crested Flycatcher 3
Red-eyed Vireo 4
American Crow 5
Carolina Chickadee 5
Tufted Titmouse 2
House Wren
Carolina Wren 2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
American Robin
Cedar Waxwing 18
Scarlet Tanager 3
Northern Cardinal 3
Indigo Bunting 2
Brown-headed Cowbird 3
Baltimore Oriole 3
American Goldfinch 5

——Long Path (Nick, Betsy L.)
Ovenbird
Louisiana Waterthrush
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Acadian Flycatcher
Red-eyed Vireo
Veery
Wood Thrush

Contributors: Bill Butler, Leon Kass, Jim Lemert, Nick Constantinoble, Katharine Kravetz, Paul DeAnna, Laura Smith, Kelly Barsdate, Daniel Blatt, Susan Volman, Gary Nelson, Wendy Kates, Betsy Stephens, Mike Davis, Gary Jones, David Lauter, David Sperling, Sacha Lidman, Ken Berlin, Betsy Lovejoy. ++

Have Fun Birding!

Wallace Kornack
Washington DC

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Date: 5/7/17 8:42 am
From: Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Wheaton Regional Park today, May 7
Hi all,

Would be very nice to get a calm, warm sunny day this spring! This morning started off well, but soon became breezy, cloudy and chilly. Quite a bit a activity early, but it shut down as the weather deteriorated. Despite that, we saw 11 species of warbler and Ray and Woody Dubois gripped us off with a Cape May. (Doing well at missing these this season!) Redstarts, Parulas, and Myrtles were most numerous. Also a good number of Scarlet Tanagers, Baltimore Orioles (a number of territorial disputes observed), and Indigo Buntings but not a single White-throat although we had some at our feeder this morning. First of season Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Acadian Flycatcher, and Chestnut-sided Warbler. Wood Duck and Canada geese are shepherding tiny young.

Came home to find a Swainson's Thrush and a White-crowned Sparrow feeding among the fallen locust blossoms on our driveway. The Sparrow has been here a week.

Gail Mackiernan and Barry Cooper
Colesville, MD

60 species (+3 other taxa)

Wood Duck 12 (Hen with 11 tiny ducklings)
Red-shouldered Hawk 3
Broad-winged Hawk 1
Red-tailed Hawk 1 Flyover at Brookside, being chased by pair of Red-shoulders
Yellow-billed Cuckoo 1
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 3
Acadian Flycatcher 1 FOS
Eastern Phoebe 2
Great Crested Flycatcher 3
Eastern Kingbird 2
Warbling Vireo (Eastern) 3
Red-eyed Vireo 8
Tree Swallow 8
Barn Swallow (American) 10
House Wren (Northern) 6
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (caerulea) 4
Eastern Bluebird 1
Swainson's Thrush 1
Wood Thrush 6
Cedar Waxwing 15
Ovenbird 3
Louisiana Waterthrush 1 Old Bridge over NW Branch
Northern Waterthrush 2
Black-and-white Warbler 3
Common Yellowthroat 2
American Redstart 5
Northern Parula 6
Yellow Warbler 1 Singing male where pair bred last year
Chestnut-sided Warbler 1
Bay-breasted/Blackpoll Warbler 1 Heard only
Black-throated Blue Warbler 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 12
Chipping Sparrow 8
Eastern Towhee 2
Scarlet Tanager 6
Indigo Bunting 3
Baltimore Oriole 12

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Date: 5/7/17 7:05 am
From: Derek C. Richardson <dcr...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Rocky Gorge Reservoir/Supplee Park

Over 50 species today (9 warblers) at Rocky Gorge Reservoir/Supplee Park
in PG County. The wind was a problem. First-of-season birds for me at this
location: Black-throated Blue Warbler, Yellow Warbler, and Scarlet
Tanager. Full eBird report below.

Rocky Gorge Reservoir/Supplee Park, Prince George's, Maryland, US
May 7, 2017 7:03 AM - 9:10 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.25 mile(s)
Comments: Distance is one way. Mostly to partly sunny, chilly, stiff
persistent breeze with occasional strong gusts. The swallows were all
flying around near the end of the boat ramp. Also saw 3 White-tailed Deer.
54 species (+2 other taxa)

Canada Goose 2 maybe more
Black Vulture 1
Turkey Vulture 2
Osprey 2
Bald Eagle 1 maybe 2
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Buteo sp. 1
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 20 flying in a flock toward the dam
Mourning Dove 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker 5
Downy Woodpecker 2
Northern Flicker 2
Great Crested Flycatcher 1
Eastern Kingbird 1
Red-eyed Vireo 14
Blue Jay 11
American Crow 8
Fish Crow 2
Common Raven 1 chasing BAEA
Tree Swallow 2
Barn Swallow 10
Cliff Swallow 2
Carolina Chickadee 4
Tufted Titmouse 8
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
House Wren 2
Carolina Wren 8
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 8
Wood Thrush 2
American Robin 1
Gray Catbird 1
Northern Mockingbird 3
European Starling 7
Cedar Waxwing 40 approx, several flocks throughout the count
Ovenbird 2
Black-and-white Warbler 1
Common Yellowthroat 3
American Redstart 1
Northern Parula 3
Yellow Warbler 1 singing
Black-throated Blue Warbler 1
Pine Warbler 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 5
warbler sp. (Parulidae sp.) 2 various distant vocalizations
Chipping Sparrow 1
Eastern Towhee 4
Scarlet Tanager 4
Northern Cardinal 14
Blue Grosbeak 1 maybe 2
Indigo Bunting 3
Red-winged Blackbird 1
Common Grackle (Purple) 3
Brown-headed Cowbird 2
Baltimore Oriole 4
American Goldfinch 7
House Sparrow 8

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S36615745

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

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Date: 5/7/17 5:29 am
From: Jay Pitocchelli <jpitocch...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Request for assistance - recordings of migrating Mourning Warbler songs
I am writing once again to ask the birding community for recordings of Mourning Warbler songs during spring migration. It is an opportunity to participate in a Citizens Science Project with two specific goals. 1) Evaluate the use of birdsong as a new tool for studying bird migration. 2) Determine whether different song populations of Mourning Warblers (Western, Eastern, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland) migrate together or separately to their respective areas of the species’ breeding range. This posting is for year three of this project. I am making substantial progress and want to thank everyone who has contributed so far.

All you need to contribute is a smartphone with a voice recording app and some luck. The web page link below describes the project and how to make recordings on your Smartphone in more detail (note - I have also been able to make recordings from videos that birders have sent me).

MOWA song mapper
http://www.anselm.edu/homepage/jpitocch/ornithology/MOWAmapper/MOWASongmapper.html

Here is a link to the recent national Audubon Society story on this research.

Audubon Society reporting
http://www.audubon.org/magazine/spring-2017/this-guy-mapping-how-warblers-migrate-just

If you manage to get some recordings, please send them to the Mourning Warbler Sound Lab (jpitocchATanselm.edu). I would really appreciate your help and contributions to this Citizens Science Project.

Dr. Jay Pitocchelli
Biology Department
Saint Anselm College
Manchester, NH 03102

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Date: 5/7/17 5:13 am
From: <connieskipper...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Garrett County Birdfest
May 5-7. Join us in Garrett County at a great time of the year to see migrating warblers. Friday morning, 8:00 a.m. is a bird walk at Friend’s Delight in Sang Run. Friday evening, 7:00 p.m., is a Twilight hike to look for crepuscular species and owls at Herrington Manor State Park. Saturday morning Mikey Lutmerding will lead a hike at Jennings Randolph Lake while Ranger Connie Skipper leads a walk at Western Maryland 4-H Center. Saturday afternoon Kevin Dodge leads a hike to the Glades and JB Churchill to Mt. Nebo WMA. Sunday morning Mikey Lutmerding leads an excursion to Lost Land Run. Call 301-387-7067 for details and to sign up, also check out the website at discoverycenterdcl.com.

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Date: 5/6/17 7:48 pm
From: world oceans <world.oceans7...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Help w/ Tern ID if possible.. I think it's a Caspian but not at all sure.
Hi, Based on these photos, it seems to me it was likely a Caspian. The
thickness at the base of the bill, the extent of dark color on the
underwings, and the bill color appear to me to be more typical of Caspian
than Royal or anything else.

James Gibson
ex-Silver Spring

On Sat, May 6, 2017 at 6:27 PM, Ted on Little Round Bay <akbar...>
wrote:

> This solitary tern was at Little Round Bay today. It was the size of a
> gull. (I thought it was a gull at 1st.) Is it Caspian, Royal, or
> something else? The legs look black from what I can tell. Thanks for any
> help. Sorry for the poor photos.
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Date: 5/6/17 4:28 pm
From: Marcia Watson <marshwren50...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Goldfinch overload
I don't have feeders but I've been seeing many when I'm out and about at all the places I've been birding.

Marcia
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Patuxent Bird Club
Maryland Ornithological Society

Bowie, Maryland
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> On May 6, 2017, at 5:36 PM, Hugh David Fleischmann <david...> wrote:
>
> Is anyone else experiencing an incredible quantity of American Goldfinch, at their feeders? I just counted 75 and they are doing a good job of emptying 30 feeders, all full yesterday. And more in the trees. Never seen this many at once.
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> Awesome Birding in 2017!
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Date: 5/6/17 2:36 pm
From: Hugh David Fleischmann <david...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Goldfinch overload
Is anyone else experiencing an incredible quantity of American Goldfinch, at their feeders? I just counted 75 and they are doing a good job of emptying 30 feeders, all full yesterday. And more in the trees. Never seen this many at once.

Awesome Birding in 2017!

H. David Fleischmann
410-598-9292
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Date: 5/6/17 11:17 am
From: Kojo Baidoo <baidookojo6...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Red-shouldered Hawk nest
The Red-shouldered Hawk nest appears to still be active! The female bird has been on the nest since the end of March, so my guess is eggs have just hatched since the average incubation period is about 33 days. Last Friday, I was watching the male on top of his favorite lookout tree as he was getting harassed by jays, and when he eventually flew I had my camera ready; when I looked back at pictures, it looked like he was flying straight at me. I brushed this off as just an angle thing, but then when I encountered him on Sunday, and he flew in my direction, it was like he was getting closer, and closer, and closer, not to mention faster. I realized a little too late that I was getting dive bombed, and I hightailed it to a spot behind the nearest tree trunk while he banked and circled to another spot right above my head. I was told by a nest surveyor that it was unlikely for these birds to dive bomb intruders although they do make quite a fuss vocally, so I was a bit at ease both last year and this year, Now that the young are apparently hatched, I suppose the male is much more aggressive, although he already seemed to have it out for me beforehand. A quick Internet search revealed that dive bombing is common farther south, where the hawks nest in residential areas more often, and that makes sense to me. I have heard that the dive bombing usually stops once the young are out of the nest which will be a little while. Looks like I'm just going to have to watch my back (literally) and keep my distance. I'm not quite sure if the usual location I watch the nest at is considered too close for the birds, but I would guess it is; the leafing out of trees will make it hard to watch the nest from any other angle, but I'm sure I can figure something out. All in all, I'm excited that the eggs have seemed to have hatched (or are at least very close to hatching!) and I hope to be able to watch the young develop and grow.

Kojo Baidoo
Reisterstown, MD

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Date: 5/6/17 10:21 am
From: Wallace Kornack <wallace...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Rock Creep Park, Saturday 5/6/17
This morning (5/6) at Rock Creek Park.

7 warbler species seen or heard: Black-and-white, Redstart, Parula, Bay-breasted, Yellow-rump, Blackpoll, Ovenbird

First-of-Year (FOS) species: Acadian Flycatcher, Bay-breasted Warbler

——Equitation Field
Black-and-white Warbler 4
American Redstart 3
Northern Parula
Bay-breasted Warbler fem. FOS
Yellow-rumped Warbler 4
Osprey flyby (John)
Chimney Swift 3 flyby
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Great Crested Flycatcher
Blue Jay
Tufted Titmouse
Cedar Waxwing 3
Scarlet Tanager 4
Eastern Towhee
Indigo Bunting 2

——Ridge
American Redstart
Northern Parula
Yellow-rumped Warbler 2
Double-crested Cormorant 11 flyby
Common Nighthawk 3 flyby
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Eastern Kingbird
Red-eyed Vireo
American Crow
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Wood Thrush
Chipping Sparrow

——Yard Parking Lot and Fence Line
Blackpoll Warbler fence
Mourning Dove
Tufted Titmouse
American Crow
House Sparrow

——Maintenance Yard
American Redstart 2
Northern Parula
Blackpoll Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Mourning Dove
Chimney Swift 4 flyby
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Great Crested Flycatcher
Eastern Kingbird
Red-eyed Vireo
Fish Crow
White-breasted Nuthatch
Swainson's Thrush heard
Cedar Waxwing 19
Scarlet Tanager 4
Northern Cardinal 2
Indigo Bunting
Brown-headed Cowbird 2

——Long Path (Nick)
Ovenbird
Pileated Woodpecker
Acadian Flycatcher FOS (Nick)

——Nature Center
Ovenbird
Black-and-white Warbler
Red-eyed Vireo
Blue Jay
Veery
Swainson's Thrush
Wood Thrush
American Robin 2
Northern Cardinal

Contributors: Evelyn Ralston, Emily Huong, Gary Nelson, Susan Volman, Nick Constantinople, Gary Jones, John Boright, Katharine Kravetz, Jayden, Ben, Daniel Blatt, Jim Lemert, Mike Davis

Have Fun Birding!

Wallace Kornack
Washington DC

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Date: 5/6/17 9:27 am
From: Ted on Little Round Bay <akbar...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Help w/ Tern ID if possible.. I think it's a Caspian but not at all sure.
This solitary tern was at Little Round Bay today. It was the size of a gull. (I thought it was a gull at 1st.) Is it Caspian, Royal, or something else? The legs look black from what I can tell. Thanks for any help. Sorry for the poor photos.

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Date: 5/6/17 5:52 am
From: Pat Valdata <pvaldata1...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Laughing Gulls
Heard a racket and looked up to see a flock of 200+ swirling over Jones Creek.  They keep circling around, working their way downstream.and back again. Don't see an eagle, so no idea what this behavior is all about. Cool, though! Some compensation for this migration season, which has been a bust, literally, ever since I broke my right arm on April 20 and I'm limited to back-porch birding. And yes, I'm right handed!

Pat Valdata 
Crisfield, Somerset County

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Date: 5/5/17 5:42 pm
From: Dan Haas <nervousbirds...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Swan Creek - AA County - Friday
While birding this afternoon (2:30pm), at Swan Creek in Anne Arundel
County, I flushed an all black, small plump rail, with short rounded wings.
The water level was impressively high, and the bird was, at the time of
lift off, at the base of the gravel walkway across the wetlands. It did not
vocalize and only flew a short distance before descending into the reeds. I
got clear views of the back of this bird as it flew up a few feet, and away
from me.

I believe was a BLACK RAIL.

I entered the observation in eBird, fully understanding that the population
of this species is in dramatic decline. Whether or not my write-up passes
the eBird approvers, I felt that the documentation of this sighting was
important.

The bird was on the left side of the gravel walkway, about 20 feet further
down than the original BLACK RAIL from a few years back.

Good Birding,

Dan Haas

St. Margaret's, 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: 5/5/17 4:18 pm
From: john pangborn <pangborn.john19...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Blue Mash Nature Trail -- May 05, 2017
4:40 PM
Stationary
120 minutes
All birds reported? Yes
Comments:
Expecting more shorebirds. There was no habitat due to the Rain.

2 Canada Goose
2 Mallard
3 Turkey Vulture
3 Solitary Sandpiper
2 American Crow
1 Tree Swallow
1 Northern Mockingbird
1 Common Yellowthroat
1 Chipping Sparrow
4 Northern Cardinal
5 Red-winged Blackbird

Number of Taxa: 11
John pangborn
Gaithersburg md

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Date: 5/5/17 12:47 pm
From: 'Marcy Stutzman' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Oxbow Lake - what might get washed out of the marsh today?
The Little Patuxent River reached 8.94 ft at the Savage gage at 12:15 and water continues to pour into Oxbow Lake at 3:45 PM. Jay Sheppard and I spent some time looking and listening. What did we hear? BOBOLINKS. There must be at least 50, many of them males in breading plumage, just singing away.

If you want to see them, park at the 2nd speed bump on Oxbow Place. Follow the trail (walk around the water) to where it meets another trail. Go to your right and walk to the end - it ends in the NE corner at lakeside. Look out over the peninsula and watch the bobolinks.

We also had Tree, Barn, Bank, and Cliff Swallows hawking insects and sitting atop the cattails. Chimney Swifts high in the sky. And an adult Little Blue Heron joined the frog-feast the Great Blue Heron were enjoying.

There is a Yellow Warbler in a little willow tree close to the NE corner, too!

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

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Date: 5/5/17 11:44 am
From: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...>
Subject: [MDBirding] [FR] Continuing WT & WC Sparrows
After an absence of almost a week, a lone WTSP visited today. WCSP
continue in abundance, i.e. up to 5 at times in recent days...

Also a Yellow-rump Warbler of two in the adjacent pines...could
possibly have been Magnolias...

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

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Date: 5/5/17 11:32 am
From: SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Thursday, May 4, 2017 18 Raptors
Fort Smallwood Park
Pasadena, Maryland, USA


Daily Raptor Counts: May 04, 2017
Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
Black Vulture 0 2 246
Turkey Vulture 14 355 6243
Osprey 2 13 521
Bald Eagle 1 21 152
Northern Harrier 0 7 69
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 98 922
Cooper's Hawk 0 22 198
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 2 94
Broad-winged Hawk 1 10 163
Red-tailed Hawk 0 14 159
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 2
American Kestrel 0 0 119
Merlin 0 1 43
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 3
Unknown Falcon 0 0 2
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 1 5
Total: 18 546 8941


Observation start time: 10 am
Observation end time: 1 pm
Total observation time: 3 hours
Official Counter Sue Ricciardi
Observers: Chris Reed

Weather: Mostly cloudy; 58-62 degrees; excellent visibility; winds easterly, 14-14 mph

Raptor Observations: Little flying past on easterly winds

Non-raptor Observations:

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

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

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Date: 5/5/17 9:02 am
From: Tim Carney <timmyc83...>
Subject: [MDBirding] POSSIBLE Cerulean Warbler, AA Co.
I heard a warbler singing several spot-on Cerulean Warbler songs at Severn Run NEA in Anne Arundel County. Unfortunately without a visual I am entering it as "Setophaga sp." in eBird. Black-throated Blue Warbler can sing a frustratingly similar song.

From the parking pulloff on Dicus Mill Rd, the bird was singing north of the road, and seemed to be working its way upstream. If anyone is in the area, it might be worth a stop. Be warned that the road has a lot of vehicle traffic and several blind spots, so caution is advised.

Tim Carney
Nottingham, MD

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Date: 5/5/17 7:52 am
From: 'Marcy Stutzman' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Oxbow Lake - what might get washed out of the marsh today?
Watching the Little Patuxent River rising:

USGS 01594000 LITTLE PATUXENT RIVER AT SAVAGE, MD
https://waterdata.usgs.gov/md/nwis/uv?cb_00060=on&cb_00065=on&format=gif_default&period=7&site_no=01594000

When the river rushes in and floods Oxbow Lake all the interesting things hiding in the marsh must seek higher ground. In the past, we have seen bitterns and rails sitting atop flotsam and jetsam. Maybe we'll see something interesting today!

Be careful if you venture out to your favorite flooded marsh!

Marcy Stutzman
Russett, MD 20724
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Date: 5/5/17 6:50 am
From: 'Clive Harris' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Riley's Lock Terns
c 20 Sterna terns, some look to be Arctic

Good birding

Clive Harris
Cabin John MD

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Date: 5/5/17 6:31 am
From: 'Jane Fallon' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] 9 Rose-breasted Grosbeaks
This morning during a heavy rain, we had 9 Rose- breasted Grosbeaks at our feeders. We have been seeing about 3 or 4 each day since the end of April.

Jane and Fred Fallon
Huntingtown,MD

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Date: 5/5/17 5:39 am
From: Tim Carney <timmyc83...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Masonville 5/4/2017
Great day at Masonville yesterday. Highlights:

Campus (public area):

Red-breasted Merganser 2
Solitary Sandpiper 1
Greater Yellowlegs 1
Least Tern 5
Common Tern 4 (offshore barge)
White-crowned Sparrow 2

Restricted areas:

Gadwall 1
American Wigeon 1
Canvasback 1
Horned Grebe 3
Least Tern 2
Prairie Warbler 1

Nearly all of the expected breeders (Green Heron, Warbling Vireo, Blue Grosbeak, Indigo Bunting, Orchard Oriole, Baltimore Oriole, etc.) were back on territory, and there was an influx of the common migrant warblers.

eBird list: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S36557822
Photos will be added later.

Tim Carney
Nottingham, MD

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Date: 5/5/17 4:45 am
From: Kevin Graff <keyweststyle2001...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Rail trail & the Flats, 05/04/17
05/04/17 – 745am-1115am

Torrey C Brown Rail Trail—Phoenix Pond, B Co., MD



WEATHER: MC, 53-61 degrees, E 10 mph- E 11 mph OBS: 12



Canada Goose – 6

Wood Duck – 2

Double-crested Cormorant – 1

Great Blue Heron – 1

Black Vulture – 3

Turkey Vulture – 7

Osprey – 2

Cooper’s Hawk – 1

Bald Eagle – 3

Red-shouldered Hawk – 3

Broad-winged Hawk – 4

Red-tailed Hawk – 2

Spotted Sandpiper – 1

Solitary Sandpiper – 1

Mourning Dove – 3

Chimney Swift – 3

Red-bellied Woodpecker – 3

Downy Woodpecker – 4

Pileated Woodpecker – 1

American Kestrel – 1

Great Crested Flycatcher – 3

Eastern Kingbird – 3

Yellow-throated Vireo – 3

Warbling Vireo – 3

Red-eyed Vireo – 8

Blue Jay – 6

American Crow – 4

N Rough-winged Swallow – 3

Tree Swallow – 1

Barn Swallow – 3

Carolina Chickadee – 3

Tufted Titmouse – 4

White-breasted Nuthatch – 1

Carolina Wren – 2

House Wren – 3

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher – 13

Eastern Bluebird – 1

Veery – 1

Wood Thrush – 6

American Robin – 9

Gray Catbird – 8

European Starling – 2

Ovenbird – 3

Louisiana Waterthrush – 2

Northern Waterthrush – 2

Black-and-white Warbler – 8

Kentucky Warbler – 1

Common Yellowthroat – 8

American Redstart – 5

Northern Parula – 4

Yellow Warbler – 2

Chipping Sparrow – 1

White-throated Sparrow – 2

Scarlet Tanager – 2

Northern Cardinal – 14

Rose-breasted Grosbeak – 1

Indigo Bunting – 1

Red-winged Blackbird – 7

Common Grackle – 1

Brown-headed Cowbird – 3

Orchard Oriole – 3

Baltimore Oriole – 4

American Goldfinch – 15

SPECIES: 63 INDIVIDUALS: 231



MAMMALS: Gray Sq – 5



BUTTERFLIES: E Tiger Swallowtail – 4




05/04/17 – 1120am-1250pm

Loch Raven Reservoir—Paper Mill Flats, B Co., MD



WEATHER: MC, 61-63 degrees, E 11 mph- ESE 12 mph OBS: 4



Canada Goose – 8

Wood Duck – 1

Mallard – 1

Double-crested Cormorant – 1

Great Blue Heron – 1

Green Heron – 1

Black Vulture – 2

Turkey Vulture – 4

Osprey – 1

Spotted Sandpiper – 1

Solitary Sandpiper – 5

Mourning Dove – 1

Red-bellied Woodpecker – 2

Downy Woodpecker – 2

Northern Flicker – 1

Eastern Wood-Pewee – 1

Eastern Kingbird – 1

Red-eyed Vireo – 2

Blue Jay – 3

American Crow – 2

N Rough-winged Swallow – 6

Tree Swallow – 6

Bank Swallow – 1

Barn Swallow – 6

Cliff Swallow – 2

Carolina Chickadee – 2

Tufted Titmouse – 2

Carolina Wren – 1

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher – 6

American Robin – 5

Gray Catbird – 6

Cedar Waxwing – 29

Worm-eating Warbler – 1 (good look twice, forged low under thick cover)

Northern Waterthrush – 1

Black-and-white Warbler – 1

Common Yellowthroat – 7

American Redstart – 2

Northern Parula – 2

Yellow Warbler – 1

Black-throated Blue Warbler – 2 (males)

Song Sparrow – 1

Scarlet Tanager – 1

Northern Cardinal – 5

Red-winged Blackbird – 13

Brown-headed Cowbird – 1

Orchard Oriole – 1

Baltimore Oriole – 3

American Goldfinch – 8

SPECIES: 48 INDIVIDUALS: 163



MAMMALS: Gray Sq – 4


Kevin Graff
Jarrettsville, MD
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Date: 5/4/17 10:52 pm
From: Phil Davis <pdavis...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Belated Trumpeter Swan report - Odenton/Crofton, Anne Arundel County, MD
Hi MDBirders:

A bit late, but here's another report of Trumpeter Swans in Anne
Arundel County ...

Phil

>From: Elissa Weidaw <eweidaw...>
>Date: Thu, 04 May 2017 17:41:25 -0400
>Subject: Re: swans (newbie question)
>To: Phil Davis <pdavis...>
>
>Phil,
>Thank you so much for your reply.
>I was very interested to hear that trumpeters might be seen in
>Maryland at times. I saw the swans on April 3, and more on April 28
>at "Cattail Lake" at a new residential development called "the
>villages at two rivers" just off Conway Road. See attached google
>maps image (red pin). There were 3 on the 3rd and 4 on the 28th.
>Swan photo is from April 3.
>
>
> > On May 4, 2017, at 4:54 PM, Phil Davis <pdavis...> wrote:
> > Hi Elissa:
> > Trumpeters are common now, due to the re-introduction programs in
> the northeast states and provinces.
> > Just out of curiosity, where did you seem them ... which pond?
> >
> >
> > At 10:16 PM 04/24/2017, Elissa Weidaw wrote:
> >> I recently saw some swans near Crofton/Odenton, Maryland. I
> suspect, based on range maps, they were probably tundra swans,
> though I did not detect the yellow/orange spot on the bill. Is
> there any interest in such a sighting? I have pics and video.

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

MD/DCRC Web site: http://www.MDBirds.org/mddcrc/rcindex.html
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Date: 5/4/17 12:00 pm
From: Jim Wilkinson <lakekoshare...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Bobolinks near Fulton Pond, Howard County, May 4
A few Bobolinks in fields downhill from the water tower on the south side of Route 216. This is just east of Fulton Pond. Distant photo here:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S36541287

Jim Wilkinson
Columbia, MD

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Date: 5/4/17 11:33 am
From: Janet Millenson <janet...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Feeder and pond
A male Rose-breasted Grosbeak has been visiting the sunflower feeder for
the past couple of days. He doesn't just grab and go, he sits there and
chows down for minutes at a time. It definitely motivates me to keep
that feeder filled.

Some birds don't go to feeders, however. In less than an hour our little
pond attracted a Cape May Warbler (first one here in many years), a
Northern Parula, and a Yellow-rump -- all of them quite close up! Sure
beats craning your neck trying to ID birds from below.


Janet Millenson
Potomac, MD (Montgomery County)
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Date: 5/4/17 11:08 am
From: Wallace Kornack <wallace...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Thursday 5/4/17
Add a Magnolia Warbler to the list. It was seen by many birders at the Equitation Field.

Wallace Kornack
Washington DC


> On May 4, 2017, at 12:54 PM, Wallace Kornack <wallace...> wrote:
>
> This morning (5/4) at Rock Creek Park.
>
> 14 warbler species seen or heard: Black-and-white, Cape May, Parula, Blackburnian, Yellow-rump, Prairie, BT Green, Blackpoll, BT Blue, Ovenbird, Yellowthroat, Hooded, Restart, Canada
>
> First of Season (FOS) species: Prairie Warbler, Black-crowned Night-Heron, Hooded Warbler, Canada Warbler, Gray-cheeked Thrush
>
> ——Equitation Field
> Black-and-white Warbler 2
> Cape May Warbler 3
> Northern Parula 4
> Blackburnian Warbler
> Yellow-rumped Warbler 16
> Prairie Warbler 2 FOS (Sharon, Jaden)
> Black-throated Green Warbler
> Wood Duck flyby
> Black-crowned Night-Heron 3 FOS flyby (Bill)
> Mourning Dove 3
> Chimney Swift 2 flyby
> Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
> Great Crested Flycatcher
> Eastern Kingbird
> Red-eyed Vireo 2
> Blue Jay
> American Crow
> Carolina Chickadee
> White-breasted Nuthatch
> Carolina Wren
> Swainson's Thrush
> Wood Thrush
> American Robin 4
> European Starling 4
> Chipping Sparrow
> Scarlet Tanager 3
> Northern Cardinal
> Brown-headed Cowbird
> Baltimore Oriole
> American Goldfinch
>
> ——Ridge
> Black-and-white Warbler
> Blackpoll Warbler
> Yellow-rumped Warbler 5
> Black-throated Green Warbler
> Cedar Waxwing 12
> Eastern Towhee
> Scarlet Tanager
> Rose-breasted Grosbeak
> Baltimore Oriole
>
> ——Yard Parking Lot (Bill +)
> Black-and-white Warbler
> Black-throated Blue Warbler
> Yellow-rumped Warbler
> Mourning Dove
> Red-bellied Woodpecker
> Hairy Woodpecker
> Northern Flicker 2
> Eastern Wood-Pewee
> Eastern Kingbird
> Red-eyed Vireo
> American Crow
> Tufted Titmouse
> American Robin
> Cedar Waxwing 9 flyby
> Scarlet Tanager
> Northern Cardinal
> House Sparrow 3
>
> ——Fence Line (Bill +)
> Ovenbird
> Black-and-white Warbler
> Yellow-rumped Warbler
> Mourning Dove 3
> Red-bellied Woodpecker
> Tufted Titmouse
> Wood Thrush
> Northern Cardinal
> Indigo Bunting
> Baltimore Oriole
> House Sparrow 2
>
> ——Maintenance Yard
> Ovenbird
> Black-and-white Warbler
> Common Yellowthroat
> Hooded Warbler FOY heard (Matt, Mardi)
> American Redstart
> Cape May Warbler 2
> Northern Parula 2
> Blackpoll Warbler 2
> Yellow-rumped Warbler 4
> Black-throated Green Warbler
> Cooper's Hawk (Mike B.)
> Chimney Swift 2 flyby
> Ruby-throated Hummingbird
> Red-bellied Woodpecker
> Eastern Kingbird 3
> Blue-headed Vireo
> Red-eyed Vireo
> Blue Jay
> American Crow
> Tufted Titmouse
> Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 6
> Swainson's Thrush
> American Robin 2
> Cedar Waxwing 4
> Scarlet Tanager 3
> Northern Cardinal 2
> Rose-breasted Grosbeak
> Indigo Bunting
> Baltimore Oriole
> Purple Finch
>
> ——Long Path
> Canada Warbler FOS (Jeff)
> Gray-cheeked Thrush FOS (Jeff)
>
> ——Nature Center
> Northern Parula
> Red-bellied Woodpecker
> Red-eyed Vireo
> Tufted Titmouse
> Carolina Wren
> Veery
> Swainson's Thrush
> American Robin 2
> Cedar Waxwing 12 flyby
> American Goldfinch
> House Sparrow 3
>
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>
> Have Fun Birding!
>
> Wallace Kornack
> Washington DC
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Date: 5/4/17 10:43 am
From: Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Wheaton Regional Park today, May 4
Hi all,

Sunny, but a cold start, then clouds, then breezy - an April day in May...Still a lot of activity but not many new birds - warbler numbers pretty good but diversity just average. Baltimore Orioles were everywhere, local breeders scuffling with apparent migrants, one three-way battle at eye level on Brookside Gardens attracted photographers. Still many Myrtles and Parulas about. Had some Firsts of Season for us - Magnolia and Black-throated Blue, Northern Waterthrush - but had hoped for more. An Osprey perched and calling at Pine Lake. Tally of 62 species (for just two birders) is good for this park in Spring, it is really more of an autumn place.

White-crowned Sparrow is still at our feeder...

Gail Mackiernan and Barry Cooper
Colesville, MD

62 species (+2 other taxa)
Birds of interest:

Green Heron 2
Black Vulture 2 at nest
Osprey 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Spotted Sandpiper 2
Solitary Sandpiper 1
Chimney Swift 2
Hairy Woodpecker 2
Pileated Woodpecker 1
Eastern Phoebe 2
Great Crested Flycatcher 3
Eastern Kingbird 6 3 apparent pairs in widely separated locations.
Warbling Vireo 2
Red-eyed Vireo 8
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 2
Tree Swallow 8
Barn Swallow 12
House Wren 6
Carolina Wren 5
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 6
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1
Eastern Bluebird 1
Swainson's Thrush 2
Wood Thrush 4
American Robin 12
Gray Catbird 12
Cedar Waxwing 15
Ovenbird 4
Northern Waterthrush 1 FOS
Black-and-white Warbler 1
Common Yellowthroat 8
American Redstart 1
Northern Parula 10
Magnolia Warbler 1 FOS
Black-throated Blue Warbler 2 FOS
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 20 Estimate
Chipping Sparrow 8
Eastern Towhee 4
Scarlet Tanager 2
Indigo Bunting 1 Male
Orchard Oriole 2 Males
Baltimore Oriole 15

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Date: 5/4/17 10:27 am
From: <krschwa1...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Gov. Hogan Needs to Hear From You on Pollinator Habitat
Dear Maryland Birders,
We get it - you're busy! Maybe busy as a bee - !
Speaking of bees (and other pollinators, such as birds!), we've made
such great progress in Maryland! Last year, your e-mails to the Governor helped
make sure he allowed the Pollinator Protection Act, restricting sales
of bee-harming pesticides, to become law.
We've come so far, but there's still one thing left to do -- contact Governor Hogan today
to encourage him to sign bill (SB 386/HB 830). This bill requires
that designated state pollinator habitat be free of toxic pesticides
known to harm bees, birds, butterflies and other pollinators. This
ensures we don't harm the very species we are trying to protect. Your
voice made a real difference this year in getting this legislation
passed--legislation that passed with strong bipartisan support!
Please take a moment out of your busy day to help protect pollinators
in our state and ACT NOW to urge Governor Hogan to sign SB 386/HB 830
into law!
MOS backs this bill and has testified on its behalf. This will
hopefully be the last such message this legislative session.
Kurt SchwarzConservation <ChairMOSkrschwa1...>

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Date: 5/4/17 9:54 am
From: Wallace Kornack <wallace...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Thursday 5/4/17
This morning (5/4) at Rock Creek Park.

14 warbler species seen or heard: Black-and-white, Cape May, Parula, Blackburnian, Yellow-rump, Prairie, BT Green, Blackpoll, BT Blue, Ovenbird, Yellowthroat, Hooded, Restart, Canada

First of Season (FOS) species: Prairie Warbler, Black-crowned Night-Heron, Hooded Warbler, Canada Warbler, Gray-cheeked Thrush

——Equitation Field
Black-and-white Warbler 2
Cape May Warbler 3
Northern Parula 4
Blackburnian Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler 16
Prairie Warbler 2 FOS (Sharon, Jaden)
Black-throated Green Warbler
Wood Duck flyby
Black-crowned Night-Heron 3 FOS flyby (Bill)
Mourning Dove 3
Chimney Swift 2 flyby
Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
Great Crested Flycatcher
Eastern Kingbird
Red-eyed Vireo 2
Blue Jay
American Crow
Carolina Chickadee
White-breasted Nuthatch
Carolina Wren
Swainson's Thrush
Wood Thrush
American Robin 4
European Starling 4
Chipping Sparrow
Scarlet Tanager 3
Northern Cardinal
Brown-headed Cowbird
Baltimore Oriole
American Goldfinch

——Ridge
Black-and-white Warbler
Blackpoll Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler 5
Black-throated Green Warbler
Cedar Waxwing 12
Eastern Towhee
Scarlet Tanager
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Baltimore Oriole

——Yard Parking Lot (Bill +)
Black-and-white Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Mourning Dove
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker 2
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Eastern Kingbird
Red-eyed Vireo
American Crow
Tufted Titmouse
American Robin
Cedar Waxwing 9 flyby
Scarlet Tanager
Northern Cardinal
House Sparrow 3

——Fence Line (Bill +)
Ovenbird
Black-and-white Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Mourning Dove 3
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Tufted Titmouse
Wood Thrush
Northern Cardinal
Indigo Bunting
Baltimore Oriole
House Sparrow 2

——Maintenance Yard
Ovenbird
Black-and-white Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Hooded Warbler FOY heard (Matt, Mardi)
American Redstart
Cape May Warbler 2
Northern Parula 2
Blackpoll Warbler 2
Yellow-rumped Warbler 4
Black-throated Green Warbler
Cooper's Hawk (Mike B.)
Chimney Swift 2 flyby
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Eastern Kingbird 3
Blue-headed Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
Blue Jay
American Crow
Tufted Titmouse
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 6
Swainson's Thrush
American Robin 2
Cedar Waxwing 4
Scarlet Tanager 3
Northern Cardinal 2
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Indigo Bunting
Baltimore Oriole
Purple Finch

——Long Path
Canada Warbler FOS (Jeff)
Gray-cheeked Thrush FOS (Jeff)

——Nature Center
Northern Parula
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Red-eyed Vireo
Tufted Titmouse
Carolina Wren
Veery
Swainson's Thrush
American Robin 2
Cedar Waxwing 12 flyby
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow 3

Contributors: Bill Butler, Sharon Forsyth, Jim Lemert, Mike Bowen, Mike Paar, Marina True, Callan Swensen, Gail, Katharine Kravetz, Daniel, Mike Davis, Gerry Hawkins, Ken Berlin, John Boright, Jayden, Jeff Shenot, Gary Nelson +

Have Fun Birding!

Wallace Kornack
Washington DC

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Date: 5/4/17 8:44 am
From: jfstup <jfstup38...>
Subject: [MDBirding] kentucky warbler at Little Bennett
the kentucky i saw was near where it was seen last year. it was singing at the Stoneybrook trail. it took me a while to see it as i kept looking up to high from where i thought the sound was coming from.

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Date: 5/4/17 6:13 am
From: john pangborn <pangborn.john19...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fallsgrove Stream Valley Park May 04, 2017
6:50 AM
Traveling
1.00 miles
120 minutes
All birds reported? Yes
Comments:

3 Canada Goose
2 Great Blue Heron
1 Turkey Vulture
1 Red-eyed Vireo
2 American Crow
1 Tree Swallow
1 Barn Swallow
1 White-breasted Nuthatch
2 Carolina Wren
2 American Robin
3 Gray Catbird
4 European Starling
3 Song Sparrow
2 Northern Cardinal
1 House Sparrow

Number of Taxa: 15
John pangborn
Gaithersburg md.

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Date: 5/4/17 5:04 am
From: Robert McLean <tmclean1090...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Least Bitter at Patterson Park
Heard vocalization from the widest part of the boardwalk; in the rushes off
the island -- roughly west of it.

Not a lot of migrants around.

Taylor McLean
Towson

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Date: 5/3/17 8:44 pm
From: SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Wednesday, May 3, 2017 74 Raptors
Fort Smallwood Park
Pasadena, Maryland, USA


Daily Raptor Counts: May 03, 2017
Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
Black Vulture 0 2 246
Turkey Vulture 58 341 6229
Osprey 3 11 519
Bald Eagle 1 20 151
Northern Harrier 5 7 69
Sharp-shinned Hawk 5 98 922
Cooper's Hawk 1 22 198
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 2 94
Broad-winged Hawk 0 9 162
Red-tailed Hawk 1 14 159
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 2
American Kestrel 0 0 119
Merlin 0 1 43
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 3
Unknown Falcon 0 0 2
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 1 5
Total: 74 528 8923


Observation start time: 8:45 am
Observation end time: 3:30 pm
Total observation time: 6.75 hours
Official Counter Ralph Geuder, Sue Ricciardi
Observers: Dan Walker, Hal Wierenga, John Hoffman, Ralph Geuder, Sue Ricciardi


Visitors: Pam Russell, Judy, Ed Smith

Weather: Partly to mostly cloudy; 58-64 degrees; excellent visibility; a second day of high winds, this time northwesterly 13-24 mph, gusting to 33 mph

Raptor Observations: In spite of two straight days of brisk winds with a westerly component, the raptor flight was slow.

Non-raptor Observations: 2 Cliff Swallows

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

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

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Date: 5/3/17 6:29 pm
From: Marcia Balestri <mebalestri...>
Subject: [MDBirding] CORRECTION: Worcester May Count-May 13
Hi all,

Like everyone else, I am looking for counters in Worcester County for the Saturday, May 13 Count. Worcester is a great place to be in May, so come on over, and I will give you a sector to do. Everything is open right now, so your choice. If you don’t want a sector and just want to do a few spots, just let me know where, so I can hit the spots not being visited.

Many of you use eBird to keep your lists, and eBird has made it easy on us compilers. I can set up a group account with a unique user name, and you can share your lists to that user name. The result: data will already be combined for me to send it in. If you are willing to do that, let me know, and I will send you the user name.

Looking forward to hearing from those of you who have helped me out in the past as well as anyone else who would like to join us.
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Worcester County, Maryland
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Date: 5/3/17 6:27 pm
From: Marcia Balestri <mebalestri...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Worcester May Count-May 14
Hi all,

Like everyone else, I am looking for counters in Worcester County for the May 14 May Count. Worcester is a great place to be in May, so come on over, and I will give you a sector to do. Everything is open right now, so your choice. If you don’t want a sector and just want to do a few spots, just let me know where, so I can hit the spots not being visited.

Many of you use eBird to keep your lists, and eBird has made it easy on us compilers. I can set up a group account with a unique user name, and you can share your lists to that user name. The result: data will already be combined for me to send it in. If you are willing to do that, let me know, and I will send you the user name.

Looking forward to hearing from those of you who have helped me out in the past as well as anyone else who would like to join us.
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Worcester County, Maryland
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Date: 5/3/17 4:17 pm
From: Fred Hoffman <fredhoffman48...>
Subject: [MDBirding] eBird -- Wheaton Regional Park -- May 03, 2017
Wheaton Regional Park
May 03, 2017
5:29 PM
Traveling
2.50 miles
106 minutes
All birds reported? Yes
Comments:

6 Mourning Dove
1 Chimney Swift
6 Red-bellied Woodpecker
1 Downy Woodpecker
4 Blue Jay
1 American Crow
3 Tufted Titmouse
8 Carolina Wren
10 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
4 Wood Thrush
15 American Robin
2 European Starling
2 Ovenbird
1 Black-throated Blue Warbler
1 Yellow-rumped Warbler
8 Chipping Sparrow
1 Song Sparrow
2 Eastern Towhee
2 Scarlet Tanager
3 Northern Cardinal
5 Brown-headed Cowbird
2 American Goldfinch
2 House Sparrow

Number of Taxa: 23

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Date: 5/3/17 4:08 pm
From: john pangborn <pangborn.john19...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Blue Mash Nature Trail May 03, 2017
4:30 PM
Stationary
All birds reported? Yes
Comments:
Looking for Shorebirds

2 Killdeer
10 Least Sandpiper
2 Semipalmated Sandpiper
2 Spotted Sandpiper
4 Lesser Yellowlegs
2 Mourning Dove
1 Blue Jay
1 American Robin

Number of Taxa: 8

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Date: 5/3/17 10:03 am
From: Wallace Kornack <wallace...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Wednesday 5/3/17
This morning (5/3) at Rock Creek Park.

13 warbler species seen or heard: L. Waterthrush, Black-and-white, Redstart, Parula, Magnolia, Blackburnian, BT Blue, Yellow-rump, BT Green, Cape May, Chestnut-sided, Blackpoll, Ovenbird

——Equitation Field
Louisiana Waterthrush
Black-and-white Warbler 3
American Redstart 6
Northern Parula 2
Magnolia Warbler
Blackburnian Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler 9
Black-throated Green Warbler
Mourning Dove 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
Great Crested Flycatcher
Eastern Kingbird
Tufted Titmouse 2
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
Wood Thrush
Scarlet Tanager 4
Brown-headed Cowbird 2

——Ridge
American Redstart 3
Cape May Warbler
Northern Parula 2
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Blackpoll Warbler 4
Black-throated Blue Warbler 3
Yellow-rumped Warbler 4
Black-throated Green Warbler
Scarlet Tanager
Northern Cardinal
Baltimore Oriole

——Yard Parking Lot
Cape May Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler 2
Mourning Dove 3
Red-eyed Vireo
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
Wood Thrush
American Robin 2
European Starling 2
Northern Cardinal
Baltimore Oriole
House Sparrow 4

——Fence Line
Mourning Dove
Blue-headed Vireo
House Wren
Carolina Wren
Wood Thrush

——Maintenance Yard
Ovenbird
Black-and-white Warbler
American Redstart 5
Magnolia Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler 4
Black-throated Green Warbler
Mourning Dove
Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Great Crested Flycatcher 2
Yellow-throated Vireo 2
Red-eyed Vireo 2
Blue Jay 2
American Crow 2
Carolina Chickadee 3
Tufted Titmouse 4
House Wren 2
Carolina Wren 3
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 4
Wood Thrush 3
American Robin
Cedar Waxwing 26 flyby
Scarlet Tanager 5
Northern Cardinal 3
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 2
Indigo Bunting
Brown-headed Cowbird
Baltimore Oriole
American Goldfinch

——Long Path (Susan, Marcy)
Swanson’s Thrush 2
Veery

——Nature Center
Red-eyed Vireo
American Crow
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
American Robin
Chipping Sparrow

Contributors: Bill Butler, Leon Kass, Jacky Werner, Richard Soffer, Sharon Forsyth, Betsy Stephens, John Boright, Dany Sloan, David Sterling, Katharine Kravetz, Susan Volman, Paul DeAnna, Callan Swensen, Art Drauglis, Alan Johnston, Marcy Logan, Brent Holden, Chanel DeGrove, Ken Berlin, Mike ++

Have Fun Birding!

Wallace Kornack
Washington DC

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Date: 5/3/17 9:17 am
From: Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Wheaton Regional Park today, May 3
Hi all,

But of a late start due to awful traffic (we actually had to turn around and access the park by a different route) - and of course then there was that wind! But still an active morning with several Firsts of Season. Unfortunately not every bird was seen with the windy conditions, but obviously quite a good movement last night - Baltimore Orioles and Parulas seemed to be singing everywhere, lots of Myrtles and Redstarts about, although warbler diversity was only average. Two other birders reported a Cape May, which we managed to miss. Had 61 species, which is good for this park!

On another note, our White-crowned Sparrow is still at our feeders.

Gail Mackiernan and Barry Cooper,
Colesville, MD

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

Green Heron 1
Black Vulture 2 (at nest)
Turkey Vulture 2
Red-shouldered Hawk 2
Red-tailed Hawk 3
Spotted Sandpiper 1
Chimney Swift 2
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1 FOS
Hairy Woodpecker (Eastern) 1
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 1
Pileated Woodpecker 1
Eastern Wood-Pewee 1 FOS
Great Crested Flycatcher 3
Eastern Kingbird 4
Yellow-throated Vireo 1
Warbling Vireo (Eastern) 2
Red-eyed Vireo 8
Tree Swallow 8
Barn Swallow (American) 10
House Wren 4
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 3
Eastern Bluebird 1
Swainson's Thrush 2 FOS
Wood Thrush 2
Gray Catbird 12
Brown Thrasher 1
Cedar Waxwing 25 Estimate, in Gardens feeding on cherry
Ovenbird 2
Black-and-white Warbler 3
Common Yellowthroat 2
American Redstart 6
Northern Parula 10
Yellow Warbler 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 20 Estimate
Chipping Sparrow 8
White-throated Sparrow 5
Eastern Towhee 2
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 1 Singing male, FOS
Indigo Bunting 3 FOS
Baltimore Oriole 12 Major influx, migrants plus local breeders already on territory

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Date: 5/3/17 6:05 am
From: Doug Carlson <carlsondc...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Least bittern in patterson park?
I don't consider myself an expert, but I saw what I'm pretty sure was a Least Bittern at Patterson Park in Baltimore this morning. It was at the northeastern tip of the island (where you can commonly see green and black-crowned night herons). Distinctly yellow/brown, a bit smaller than a nearby green heron, and kept craning its neck upward the way that an American Bittern does when it doesn't want to be seen.

I saw it hanging out in the reeds and low branches briefly before losing track of it. Caught it again out of the corner of my eye flying northwest across the water before it disappeared into the reeds.

Keep your eyes peeled if you visit the park in the next few days, would love it if I could get confirmation (or if somebody were to suggest a different ID).

https://www.google.com/maps/place/39%C2%B017'18.3%22N+76%C2%B034'50.8%22W/@39.28843,-76.5813165,183m/data=!3m2!1e3!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x0!8m2!3d39.288429!4d-76.580768

-Doug

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Date: 5/3/17 5:50 am
From: Kevin Graff <keyweststyle2001...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Hart-Miller Island, 05/01/17
05/01/17 – 710am-3pm

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



WEATHER: Fog/MC, 60-77 degrees, ENE 3K- SE 13K OBS: Kevin G, Joe H, Kurt S



Canada Goose – 38

Wood Duck – 14

Gadwall – 8

American Black Duck – 3

Mallard – 48

Blue-winged Teal – 2

*NORTHERN SHOVELER – 24

Green-winged Teal – 23

Lesser Scaup – 1 (drake)

Ruddy Duck – 11

Common Loon – 12

Pied-billed Grebe – 3

Double-crested Cormorant – 69

Great Blue Heron – 15

Great Egret – 2

*BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON – 1 (2nd Y)

Black Vulture – 1

Turkey Vulture – 1

Osprey – 16

Northern Harrier – 3

Sharp-shinned Hawk – 1

Bald Eagle – 5

Merlin – 1

Peregrine Falcon – 1

American Coot – 9

Black-bellied Plover – 34

Semipalmated Plover – 13

Killdeer – 8

Spotted Sandpiper – 2

Greater Yellowlegs – 30

Lesser Yellowlegs – 13

Semipalmated Sandpiper – 1

Least Sandpiper – 58

*WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER – 1 (Peep w/ long wing extension, streaks on upper
flanks)

*STILT SANDPIPER – 1

*SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER – 2

Wilson’s Snipe – 1

Laughing Gull – 1

Ring-billed Gull – 13

Herring Gull – 37

Great Black-backed Gull – 41

Least Tern – 2

Caspian Tern – 255

Mourning Dove – 7

Chimney Swift – 2

Red-bellied Woodpecker – 1

Great Crested Flycatcher – 2

Eastern Kingbird – 13

Blue Jay – 69

American Crow – 2

Purple Martin – 1

N Rough-winged Swallow – 1

Tree Swallow – 20

Barn Swallow – 44

Carolina Wren – 4

Marsh Wren – 4

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher – 3

Veery – 1

Wood Thrush – 1

American Robin – 2

Gray Catbird – 8

European Starling – 3

Black-and-white Warbler – 2

Common Yellowthroat – 37

American Redstart – 1

Yellow Warbler – 3

Yellow-rumped Warbler – 18

Prairie Warbler – 1

Chipping Sparrow – 5

Savannah Sparrow – 8

Song Sparrow – 1

Swamp Sparrow – 6

White-throated Sparrow – 14
*WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW – 5 (3 ad, 2 imm)

Northern Cardinal – 14

Rose-breasted Grosbeak – 1

*BOBOLINK – 12

Red-winged Blackbird – 139

Common Grackle – 5

Brown-headed Cowbird – 6

Orchard Oriole – 10

American Goldfinch – 24

SPECIES: 82 INDIVIDUALS: 1325



MAMMALS: Red Fox – 2, Muskrat – 1



REPTILES: E Box Turtle – 1, Mud Turtle – 1



AMPHIBIANS: Green Tree Frog – 2, Fowler’s Toad – 5



BUTTERFLIES

E Tiger Swallowtail – 1

Black Swallowtail – 5

Cabbage White – 2

Orange Sulphur – 9

Clouded Sulphur – 1

Spring Azure – 1

E Tailed Blue – 2

Pearl Crescent – 8

Variegated Fritillary – 1

Painted Lady – 1

Wild Indigo Duskywing – 4 (left out 5 Fri)



DRAGONFLIES: C Green Darner – 2, E Pondhawk – 2, Black Saddlebags – 2



MOTHS: Eastern Tent Caterpillar – 95



BEETLES: Punctured Tiger Beetle – 15, Bronzed Tiger Beetle – 10, Big-headed
Ground Beetle – 1




Kevin Graff
Jarrettsville, MD
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Date: 5/3/17 5:27 am
From: 'Ryan Fick' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: RE: [MDBirding] Clay-colored and White-crowned Sparrows [MoCo]


No luck with the ccsp this morning. I spent about an hour; not many chipping sparrows to be seen either. Perhaps it'll show up again this afternoon. 
Ryan FickBethesda, MD. 


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From: Max Wilson <max.wilson...>
Date: 4/29/17 07:28 (GMT-05:00)
To: Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Clay-colored and White-crowned Sparrows [MoCo]

Near the playground and tennis court at Mattie J.T. Stepanek Park, King Farm, Rockville (Montgomery County) I had a Clay-colored Sparrow (CCSP) and White-crowned Sparrow this morning between 7:00 and 7:15. The CCSP was originally found 2 days ago by Cat Nguyen and posted to the Facebook group. It was associating with a group of about 6 Chipping Sparows and feeding in the grass.  Also had a few Yellow Warblers, 1st summer Orchard Oriole, and Indigo Bunting.

Max Wilson
Potomac, Montgomery

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Date: 5/2/17 9:56 pm
From: SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Tuesday, May 2, 2017 156 Raptors
Fort Smallwood Park
Pasadena, Maryland, USA


Daily Raptor Counts: May 02, 2017
Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
Black Vulture 2 2 246
Turkey Vulture 98 283 6171
Osprey 5 8 516
Bald Eagle 6 19 150
Northern Harrier 1 2 64
Sharp-shinned Hawk 28 93 917
Cooper's Hawk 6 21 197
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 2 94
Broad-winged Hawk 3 9 162
Red-tailed Hawk 5 13 158
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 2
American Kestrel 0 0 119
Merlin 1 1 43
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 3
Unknown Falcon 0 0 2
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 1 1 5
Total: 156 454 8849



Observation start time: 7 am
Observation end time: 4 pm Daylight Time
Total observation time: 9 hours
Official Counter Paul Fritz, Sue Ricciardi
Observers: Bob Rineer, Chris Reed, Dan Walker, Hal Wierenga, Hugh Hoffman, Lynn Davidson, Paul Fritz, Ralph Geuder


Weather: Partly cloudy; 65-73 degrees; excellent visibility; winds light at first, then becoming very strong for much of the day out of the WNW, then the west 6-23 mph, gusting to 32 mph

Raptor Observations: Seemed like the conditions were better than the ensuing flight.

Non-raptor Observations: Bank Swallow; 20-30 Least Terns


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

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

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Date: 5/2/17 5:49 pm
From: Mike Hudson <mike.p.hudson...>
Subject: [MDBirding] AGPL at Reese's Corner Rd; Kent County
Hi All,

This evening I had an AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER on Reese's Corner Rd in Kent County. This is in the western part of the county, outside Rock Hall.

The bird was with 40+ Black-bellied Plovers, and similarly large numbers of both Yellowlegs.

Good Birding!

Mike Hudson
Chestertown, MD

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Date: 5/2/17 2:25 pm
From: Warblerick <ricksussman1955...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Red Run Trail 5/2/17
Bob, forgive my ignorance bur where is this ?
Rick Sussman
Woodbine,MD

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Date: 5/2/17 2:03 pm
From: Tim Houghton <timhoughton...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Susquehanna, 5/2/17


Andy Smith and I found 89 species, including 19 warblers, today at SSP. A mystery continues to be: where are all the Ceruleans? Normally there are good numbers by May 2, but we had to work hard to scrounge up one poor singer at the walking bridge, where it enters the wildflower trail. But we were happy to see it! The weather was better than predicted, and that helped. Less windy and brighter.


Warblers: Ovenbird (8), Worm-Eating (4), L. Waterthrush (10), N. Waterthrush (1), Black-and-White (8), Prothonotary (5), Kentucky (1, at picnic, not surprisingly), C. Yellowthroat (10+), Redstart (9+), Cerulean (1), Parula (35), Chestnut-Sided (1, picnic), Blackpoll (6), Black-Throated Blue (9), Palm (1), Yellow-Rumped (40), Yellow-Throated (8), Black-Throated Green (1), Chat (1).


Other Birds: Sharp-Shinned Hawk (1), Bonaparte's Gull (3+), Spotted Sandpiper (1), Caspian Tern (6), Forster's Tern (3), Yellow-Billed Cuckoo (3), Pewee (1), Acadian Fly (2), Yellow-Throated Vireo (2), Veery (2), Swainson's Thrush (1), Swamp Sparrow (1), Scarlet Tanager (4), both Orioles.


The peak is still to come!


Tim Houghton

(Glen Arm)


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Date: 5/2/17 1:58 pm
From: Bob Ringler <ringler.bob...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Red Run Trail 5/2/17
Highlights from this morning's walk on the Red Run Stream Valley
Trail were a Blue Grosbeak, a Lincoln's Sparrow, a Blue-winged
Warbler, two Black-throated Blue Warblers, a Blue-headed Vireo, and a
Mink.

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Eldersburg MD

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Date: 5/2/17 11:42 am
From: Wallace Kornack <wallace...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Another warbler
Note the addition of a Prairie Warbler per the attached email from Leon Kass.

Wallace Kornack
Washington DC

> Begin forwarded message:
>
> From: Leon Kass <LKass...>
> Subject: Another warbler
> Date: May 2, 2017 at 2:22:44 PM EDT
> To: "<Wallace...>" <Wallace...>
>
> Wallace:
>
> Make that 15. Several of us saw a Prairie Warbler in the maintenance yard (in the tree to the left loved by goldfinches).
>
> All best,
>
> Leon

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Date: 5/2/17 11:04 am
From: Wallace Kornack <wallace...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Tuesday 5/2/17
Correction: Add Blue-winged Warbler to list. There were 14 warbler species seen.

Wallace Kornack
Washington DC


> On May 2, 2017, at 1:14 PM, Wallace Kornack <wallace...> wrote:
>
> This morning (5/2) at Rock Creek Park.
>
> 13 warbler species seen or heard: Black-and-white, Redstart, FOS Tennessee, Parula, Yellow-rump, BT Green, Ovenbird, Cape May, BT Blue, Magnolia, Blackpoll, Palm, Chestnut-sided
>
> ——Equitation Field (David S.)
> Black-and-white Warbler
> American Redstart
> Tennessee Warbler FOS (David S.)
> Scarlet Tanager
> Rose-breasted Grosbeak
>
> ——Ridge
> Black-and-white Warbler
> Northern Parula 2
> Yellow-rumped Warbler 2
> Black-throated Green Warbler
> Double-crested Cormorant 15 flyby
> Mourning Dove 4
> Red-headed Woodpecker (Beatrice, Susan)
> Red-bellied Woodpecker
> Eastern Kingbird
> Yellow-throated Vireo
> Blue-headed Vireo
> Red-eyed Vireo
> Blue Jay 8
> Wood Thrush
> American Robin 4
> European Starling 16
> Cedar Waxwing 17
> Rose-breasted Grosbeak
> Brown-headed Cowbird 2
> House Sparrow 2
>
> ——Yard Parking Lot (Bill +)
> Ovenbird 2
> Black-and-white Warbler
> Cape May Warbler
> Northern Parula 2
> Black-throated Blue Warbler
> Yellow-rumped Warbler
> Black-throated Green Warbler
> Mourning Dove
> Red-bellied Woodpecker
> Blue-headed Vireo
> Tufted Titmouse 2
> Carolina Wren
> Wood Thrush 2
> American Robin 4
> Scarlet Tanager 3
> Northern Cardinal
> Brown-headed Cowbird
> House Sparrow 3
>
> ——Fence Line (Bill)
> Ovenbird
> Mourning Dove 2
> Red-bellied Woodpecker
> Great Crested Flycatcher
> Eastern Kingbird
> House Wren
> Carolina Wren
> Veery
> Wood Thrush 2
> American Robin
> Northern Cardinal 2
>
> ——Maintenance Yard (Bill)
> Ovenbird
> Blue-winged Warbler
> Black-and-white Warbler 3
> American Redstart
> Cape May Warbler 3
> Northern Parula 3
> Magnolia Warbler
> Blackpoll Warbler
> Black-throated Blue Warbler 5
> Palm Warbler
> Yellow-rumped Warbler 4
> Black-throated Green Warbler 2
> Canada Goose 2 flyby
> Mourning Dove 5
> Yellow-billed Cuckoo
> Chimney Swift 2 flyby
> Ruby-throated Hummingbird
> Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
> Pileated Woodpecker 4
> Great Crested Flycatcher
> Eastern Kingbird 5
> Yellow-throated Vireo
> Blue-headed Vireo 2
> Red-eyed Vireo 11
> Blue Jay 21 flyby
> Carolina Chickadee
> Tufted Titmouse 2
> House Wren 2
> Carolina Wren
> Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 5
> Wood Thrush
> American Robin
> Cedar Waxwing 10
> Scarlet Tanager 6
> Northern Cardinal 4
> Indigo Bunting
> Brown-headed Cowbird 2
> Baltimore Oriole 2
> Purple Finch
> American Goldfinch 6
>
> ——Stables Area
> Black-and-white Warbler
> American Redstart
> Chestnut-sided Warbler
> Blackpoll Warbler 2
> Red-bellied Woodpecker
> Great Crested Flycatcher
> Carolina Wren
> Gray Catbird
> Scarlet Tanager
> Northern Cardinal
> House Sparrow 7
>
> ——Nature Center
> Ovenbird
> Black-and-white Warbler
> Northern Parula
> Yellow-rumped Warbler 7
> Black-throated Green Warbler
> Red-bellied Woodpecker
> Eastern Kingbird
> Red-eyed Vireo
> Blue Jay 12 flyby
> Carolina Chickadee
> Tufted Titmouse
> White-breasted Nuthatch
> American Robin
> Scarlet Tanager 2
>
> Contributors: Bill Butler, Leon Kass, Sally Wechsler, Jim Lemert, Shiela Maher, David Sperling, Sacha Litman, Mike, John Boright, David Lauter, Joe Sonnefeld, Beatrice Grabowski, Gene Murry and wife Susan, Mat Cohen, Matt Sileo +
>
> Have Fun Birding!
>
> Wallace Kornack
> Washington DC
>
>
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Date: 5/2/17 10:56 am
From: 'diane Ford' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fw: eBird Report - rock creek park, May 2, 2017
Hi all,Good numbers of Swainson's Thrushes moving thru this morning. A few warblers, but the windy conditions made them hard to see. Got goodviews of a Barred Owl hunting along the creek being mobbed by Bluejays and Robins.

On Tuesday, May 2, 2017 1:43 PM, "<ebird-checklist...>" <ebird-checklist...> wrote:


rock creek park, Montgomery, Maryland, US
May 2, 2017 9:45 AM - 11:45 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.5 mile(s)
Comments:    Clear, sunny with clouds, cooler and breezy. Swainson's Thrushes moving thru in good numbers.
45 species (+1 other taxa)

Wood Duck  4
Turkey Vulture  1
Buteo sp.  1
Mourning Dove  4
Barred Owl  1
Chimney Swift  3
Belted Kingfisher  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Downy Woodpecker  2
Northern Flicker  1
Pileated Woodpecker  1
Great Crested Flycatcher  3
Yellow-throated Vireo  1
Warbling Vireo  1
Red-eyed Vireo  4
Blue Jay  7    Mobbing Barred Owl roosting in tree.
American Crow  2
Fish Crow  1
Carolina Chickadee  2
Tufted Titmouse  2
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
House Wren  1
Carolina Wren  2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  5
Veery  2
Swainson's Thrush  9
Wood Thrush  4
American Robin  6
Gray Catbird  2
European Starling  2
Ovenbird  1
Northern Waterthrush  2
Black-and-white Warbler  1
Common Yellowthroat  1
American Redstart  1
Northern Parula  2
Chestnut-sided Warbler  1
Black-throated Blue Warbler  4
Yellow-rumped Warbler  2
Chipping Sparrow  1
White-throated Sparrow  4
Scarlet Tanager  1
Northern Cardinal  5
Common Grackle  8
Brown-headed Cowbird  3
American Goldfinch  3

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S36485632

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




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Date: 5/2/17 10:14 am
From: Wallace Kornack <wallace...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Tuesday 5/2/17
This morning (5/2) at Rock Creek Park.

13 warbler species seen or heard: Black-and-white, Redstart, FOS Tennessee, Parula, Yellow-rump, BT Green, Ovenbird, Cape May, BT Blue, Magnolia, Blackpoll, Palm, Chestnut-sided

——Equitation Field (David S.)
Black-and-white Warbler
American Redstart
Tennessee Warbler FOS (David S.)
Scarlet Tanager
Rose-breasted Grosbeak

——Ridge
Black-and-white Warbler
Northern Parula 2
Yellow-rumped Warbler 2
Black-throated Green Warbler
Double-crested Cormorant 15 flyby
Mourning Dove 4
Red-headed Woodpecker (Beatrice, Susan)
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Eastern Kingbird
Yellow-throated Vireo
Blue-headed Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
Blue Jay 8
Wood Thrush
American Robin 4
European Starling 16
Cedar Waxwing 17
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Brown-headed Cowbird 2
House Sparrow 2

——Yard Parking Lot (Bill +)
Ovenbird 2
Black-and-white Warbler
Cape May Warbler
Northern Parula 2
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler
Mourning Dove
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Blue-headed Vireo
Tufted Titmouse 2
Carolina Wren
Wood Thrush 2
American Robin 4
Scarlet Tanager 3
Northern Cardinal
Brown-headed Cowbird
House Sparrow 3

——Fence Line (Bill)
Ovenbird
Mourning Dove 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Great Crested Flycatcher
Eastern Kingbird
House Wren
Carolina Wren
Veery
Wood Thrush 2
American Robin
Northern Cardinal 2

——Maintenance Yard (Bill)
Ovenbird
Blue-winged Warbler
Black-and-white Warbler 3
American Redstart
Cape May Warbler 3
Northern Parula 3
Magnolia Warbler
Blackpoll Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler 5
Palm Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler 4
Black-throated Green Warbler 2
Canada Goose 2 flyby
Mourning Dove 5
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Chimney Swift 2 flyby
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
Pileated Woodpecker 4
Great Crested Flycatcher
Eastern Kingbird 5
Yellow-throated Vireo
Blue-headed Vireo 2
Red-eyed Vireo 11
Blue Jay 21 flyby
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse 2
House Wren 2
Carolina Wren
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 5
Wood Thrush
American Robin
Cedar Waxwing 10
Scarlet Tanager 6
Northern Cardinal 4
Indigo Bunting
Brown-headed Cowbird 2
Baltimore Oriole 2
Purple Finch
American Goldfinch 6

——Stables Area
Black-and-white Warbler
American Redstart
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Blackpoll Warbler 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Great Crested Flycatcher
Carolina Wren
Gray Catbird
Scarlet Tanager
Northern Cardinal
House Sparrow 7

——Nature Center
Ovenbird
Black-and-white Warbler
Northern Parula
Yellow-rumped Warbler 7
Black-throated Green Warbler
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Eastern Kingbird
Red-eyed Vireo
Blue Jay 12 flyby
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
American Robin
Scarlet Tanager 2

Contributors: Bill Butler, Leon Kass, Sally Wechsler, Jim Lemert, Shiela Maher, David Sperling, Sacha Litman, Mike, John Boright, David Lauter, Joe Sonnefeld, Beatrice Grabowski, Gene Murry and wife Susan, Mat Cohen, Matt Sileo +

Have Fun Birding!

Wallace Kornack
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Date: 5/2/17 9:47 am
From: Gerry Hawkins <maineusa...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Voice of the Naturalist, Greater DC area, May 2, 2017
Hotline: Voice of the Naturalist
Date: 5/2/2017
Coverage: MD/DC/VA/central and southern DE/WV panhandle
Reports, comments and questions: <voice...>
Compiler: Gerry Hawkins
Sponsor: Audubon Naturalist Society of the Central
Atlantic States (independent of NAS)
Transcriber: Steve Cordle

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

This is the Voice of the Naturalist, a service of the Audubon Naturalist
Society. This report covers the week starting Tuesday, April 25 and was
completed on Tuesday, May 2 at 5:45 a.m.

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

The top bird this week was RUFF in DE and MD.

Other birds of interest this week included SNOW and CACKLING GEESE, GREATER
SCAUP, SURF, WHITE-WINGED and BLACK SCOTERS, LONG-TAILED DUCK, TRUMPETER
SWAN, NORTHERN BOBWHITE, RED-NECKED GREBE, BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO, COMMON
GALLINULE, SANDHILL CRANE, BLACK-BELLIED and WILSON¹S PLOVERS, STILT and
WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS, WILSON¹S PHALAROPE, PARASITIC and LONG-TAILED
JAEGERS, GULL-BILLED TERN, ANHINGA, AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN, AMERICAN and
LEAST BITTERNS, TRICOLORED HERON, WHITE and GLOSSY IBIS, MISSISSIPPI KITE,
LOGGERHEAD and NORTHERN SHRIKES, SEDGE WREN, SWAINSON¹S, MOURNING, CERULEAN
and CANADA WARBLERS, CLAY-COLORED, VESPER and LINCOLN¹S SPARROWS, DICKCISSEL
and BOBOLINK.

TOP BIRD

On April 27 and 29 birders enjoyed watching and photographed a RUFF in
the headquarters area at Prime Hook NWR, Sussex Co, DE. A RUFF also was
reported on Hart-Miller Island, Baltimore Co, MD on April 28.

OTHER BIRDS OF INTEREST

On April 26 an injured SNOW GOOSE was observed at Byrd Park and nearby
Pocomoke River SP-Shad Landing in Worcester Co, MD. A continuing CACKLING
GOOSE at Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center (Horsehead) in Queen Anne¹s Co,
MD was most recently seen on April 30. Lingering waterfowl also included
small numbers of most migratory duck species. Noteworthy sightings included
a singe CANVASBACK at the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center (Horsehead) in
Queen Anne¹s Co, MD on April 27; a LONG-TAILED DUCK at the North Beach marsh
in Calvert Co, MD on April 30; and small numbers of LONG-TAILED DUCKS and
SURF, WHITE-WINGED and BLACK SCOTERS among other ducks at Poplar Island in
Talbot Co, MD on April 26. Noteworthy inland waterfowl included 1-2 GREATER
SCAUP at Violette¹s Lock on the C&O Canal in Montgomery Co, MD on April 29
and 30, and a SURF SCOTER at this location on April 28.

Two TRUMPETER SWANS were seen at the Owensville Road pond in Anne Arundel
Co, MD on April 26, and a continuing TRUMPETER SWAN was at the Jug Bay
Wetlands Sanctuary in Anne Arundel Co, MD on April 27.

The Chester River Field Research Center (Chino Farms)(restricted access) in
Queen Anne¹s Co, MD is one of the most reliable locations in the reporting
area for NORTHERN BOBWHITES, with a high of eight individuals reported there
on April 26. NORTHERN BOBWHITES also continue to be regularly encountered at
Bombay Hook NWR in Kent Co, DE, particularly around the Visitors Center and
Allee House.

On April 26 a late RED-NECKED GREBE visited Lake Frederick in Frederick Co,
VA.

Migrating cuckoos included BLACK-BILLED CUCKOOS at several locations,
including along Aquasco Farm Road in Prince George¹s Co, MD on April 27; C&O
Limekiln Road in Washington Co, MD on April 27; Woodlawn Wildlife Area in
Cecil Co, MD on April 28; Beverly Farms Park in Montgomery Co, MD on April
29; Ivy Creek Natural Area in Albemarle Co, VA on April 30; Fort Dupont Park
in Washington, DC on April 28; and Rock Creek Park-Maintenance Yard in
Washington, DC on April 30.

Two pairs of COMMON GALLINULES were found during a survey of Poplar Island,
Talbot Co, MD on April 26.

On April 29 a likely continuing SANDHILL CRANE was seen along Orendorf Road
in Garrett Co, MD.

Breeding WILSON¹S PLOVERS have returned to Wallops Island in Accomack Co,
VA, with three individuals reported on May 1. A high of four BLACK-BELLIED
PLOVERS were counted at the Patton Turf Farm in Montgomery Co, MD on April
26 and 27. A small number (1-2) of early STILT SANDPIPERS were found at
several locations, including Swan Harbor Farm Park in Harford Co, MD on
April 26 and 30 and May 1; Poplar Island, Talbot Co, MD on April 26;
Hart-Miller Island, Baltimore Co, MD on April 28; Prime Hook NWR, Sussex Co,
DE on April 28; and Bombay Hook NWR, Kent Co, DE on April 30. A single
WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER was reported along Route 213 south of Redner¹s in
Cecil Co, MD on April 29; on Hart-Miller Island in Baltimore Co, MD on May
1; and on Hog Island WMA in Surry Co, VA on April 30; and 1-2 WHITE-RUMPED
SANDPIPERS were found at Swan Harbor Farm Park in Harford Co, MD on April 30
and May 1. A WILSON¹S PHALAROPE was spotted during the weekly survey of the
Craney Island Disposal Area in Portsmouth, VA on April 27.

A PARASITIC JAEGER was reported chasing gulls off Rehoboth Beach in Sussex
Co, DE on April 30, and single PARASITIC and LONG-TAILED JAEGERS were
reported (with photos) in DE waters from the Lewes-Cape May Ferry on the
same day.

GULL-BILLED TERNS continued to return to the southeastern Virginia coastal
plain, with sightings including two individuals at the Craney Island
Disposal Area in Portsmouth on April 27; four individuals at the Grandview
Nature Preserve in Hampton on April 29; and eight individuals at Fort Monroe
in Hampton on April 29.

An ANHINGA was seen at the Stumpy Lake Natural Area in Virginia Beach, VA
through May 1, and two ANHINGAS were found there on April 29. Two ANHINGAS
also were found at the Carson Wetland in Prince George Co, VA on April 29.

On April 30 a single AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN was photographed in flight above
Hog Island WMA in Surry Co, VA.

Continuing AMERICAN BITTERNS were encountered at Black Marsh in Baltimore
Co, MD on April 25 and Bles Park in Loudoun Co, VA on April 25 and 30. An
AMERICAN BITTERN also was encountered at a closed bridge over Catoctin Creek
on Poffenberger Road in Frederick Co, MD on April 27; a vernal pool in the
campground section of Cabin John Park in Montgomery Co, MD on April 27;
Dulles Greenway Wetlands Mitigation Project in Loudoun Co, VA on April 26
and 29; Broadlands Wetlands Nature Preserve in Loudoun Co, VA on April 27;
and Bombay Hook NWR-Refuge Headquarters in Kent Co, DE on April 29. In
addition, two AMERICAN BITTERNS were unexpectedly seen together at the
Beltsville Agricultural Research Center in Prince George¹s Co, MD on May 1.
Encounters with the elusive LEAST BITTERN included a continuing individual
at Hughes Hollow in Montgomery Co, MD on April 25-28 and 30, 1-2 calling
individuals at Dick Cross WMA in Mecklenberg Co, VA on April 27 and 29; and
two calling individuals at Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary, Anne Arundel Co, MD
on April 27.

On April 27 a TRICOLORED HERON was photographed at Beverly-Triton Beach in
Anne Arundel Co, MD.

On April 27 38 WHITE IBIS were observed flying past the College Creek
Hawkwatch in James City Co, VA. Ten GLOSSY IBIS were at the Patuxent River
Naval Air Station in St. Mary¹s Co, MD on April 27, and 1-2 GLOSSY IBIS were
found at Swan Harbor Farm Park in Harford Co, MD on April 30 and May 1.

Raptor highlights included two early migrating MISSISSIPPI KITES at the
Smith Farm in Lunenburg Co, VA on May 1.

Two continuing LOGGERHEAD SHRIKES at the Smith Farm in Lunenburg Co, VA were
seen most recently on May 1. A NORTHERN SHRIKE* that has been present at the
Sully Woodlands in Fairfax Co, VA since late October 2016 was seen most
recently on April 29.

On April 26 a SEDGE WREN was heard and briefly seen doing a display flight
at the woodcock meadow by the hike-bike trail in Huntley Meadows Park,
Fairfax Co, VA. A SEDGE WREN also was found at Franklin Point SP in Anne
Arundel Co, MD on April 28.

Birders enjoyed encounters with the expected migratory warbler species
throughout the reporting area. These included SWAINSON¹S WARBLERS, which
continued to arrive in the Great Dismal Swamp NWR in the southeastern
coastal plain of VA, the only place where this species is known to regularly
breed in the reporting area. Perhaps the most unlikely warbler report during
the week was a MOURNING WARBLER heard singing in overgrown vegetation in the
front yard of a residence on Alton Place in Washington, DC on May 1.
Individual CERULEAN WARBLERS were encountered at several locations,
including Milford Mill Park in Baltimore Co, MD on April 25 and 26; Cylburn
Arboretum in Baltimore Co, MD on April 30; Susquehanna SP in Harford Co, MD
on April 27 and 28; Fort Dupont Park in Washington, DC on April 28 and 29;
and Rock Creek Park in Washington, DC on April 28 and 30. An early CANADA
WARBLER was found long Big Run Road in Garrett Co, MD on April 29.

Continuing CLAY-COLORED SPARROWS at Big Water Farm (private) in Queen Anne¹s
Co, MD and 103 Exeter Court in James City Co, VA were most recently seen on
April 28 and 30, respectively. A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW also was seen near the
playground at Mattie J.T. Stepanek Park in Montgomery Co, MD on April 27 and
29. Two VESPER SPARROWS were found near 2398 East Ruhl Road in Baltimore Co,
MD on April 25 and May 1. A LINCOLN¹S SPARROW was seen at Rock Creek
Park-Grosvenor in Montgomery Co, MD on April 30; Occoquan Bay NWR, Prince
William Co, VA on April 29; along the hike and bike trail at Huntley Meadows
Park in Fairfax Co, VA on April 30; and in brush along Lake Royal in Fairfax
Co, VA on May 1.

An early male DICKCISSEL was photographed at Mainland Farm in James City Co,
VA on April 30, and two DICKCISSELS were photographed at the Beltsville
Agricultural Research Center in Prince George¹s Co, MD on May 1.

Migrating BOBOLINKS became increasingly conspicuous during the week, with
high counts of 60 individuals at Mainland Farm in James City Co, VA on April
30; 57 individuals at the Fort Smallwood Park Hawkwatch in Anne Arundel Co,
MD on April 29; 50 individuals near the intersection of Sheep and Beaver Dam
Roads in Prince George¹s Co, MD on May 1 and 50 individuals at Staunton
River Battlefield Park, Halifax Co, VA on April 29.

***

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

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

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

Thank you for your interest, and enjoy the birds.

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Date: 5/2/17 6:47 am
From: Harry Armistead <harryarmistead...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Blackwater N.W.R., Ferry Neck, Fort Smallwood, April 27-30, May 1, 2017.
BLACKWATER N.W.R., FERRY NECK & FORT SMALLWOOD, April 27-30, May 1, 2017. Liz & Harry Armistead.


APRIL 27, THURSDAY: FORT SMALLWOOD PARK, Anne Arundel County, MD. We are there 10:30 - 4:15 for a good flight day. In addition to the raptors (many of which we see): Pileated Woodpecker 1, Caspian Tern 4, Least 2, Semipalmated 1 & Solitary 1 sandpipers, rough-winged swallow 2, Common Loon 1, Eastern Kingbird 3, and Least Tern 2. Bullfrog 1 and some Cricket Frogs calling. Lots of basking turtles. Official counts by Sue Ricciardi: Osprey 20, Bald Eagle 17, Northern Harrier 6, Sharp-shinned Hawk 207, Cooper’s Hawk 18, Broad-winged Hawk 58, Red-tailed Hawk 9, American Kestrel 4, Merlin 4, Blue Jay c. 4,000, and some vultures. We see a spectacular pursuit of an Osprey carrying a fish by an adult Bald Eagle. The eagle wins but it takes a while. Several Ospreys catch fish closeby. It’s always good to hang out with Sue, Lynn Davidson, and Hal Wierenga.


FERRY NECK, Rigby’s Folly, arrive 6:45 P.M. Eighteen deer in Field 4 plus 10 Wild Turkeys. Huge, live, moving Horseshoe Crab near the base of the dock along with a small, early Sea Nettle. 0.7” in the rain gauge since last time. Lawn has been cut this week. One Eastern Cottontail.


APRIL 28, FRIDAY. FERRY NECK all day, 65-83, clear becoming partly cloudy, SW<5. A little rain last night. Cattle Egret 1, Eastern Kingbird 1, Green Heron 1, all FOY. Gray Squirrel 4, Eastern Cottontail 2. In Poplar Cove from our dock: Diamondback Terrapin 21, Sea Walnut 2. Liz heard a Cope’s Gray Tree Frog. A fat Fowler’s Toad on the front porch. A most appealing batrachian. An adult Bald Eagle engages in an extended chase of an Osprey with a fish, in spite of being harassed in the process by an American Crow and another Osprey, and is, in spite of these adversities, ultimately successful in this kleptoparasitism. No sign of it just a few days ago, but now Ruppia maritima is starting to appear on the cove bottom. Two sessions out at LUCY POINT:


FIRST: 10:30 - 11, 72, SW<5, clear, viz good. Common Loon 5, Lesser Scaup 1 male, Surf Scoter 7, Tiger Swallowtail 1, Clouded Sulphur 1, Diamondback Terrapin 59. Five boats in sight.


SECOND: 5:10-5:40, clear but hazy, viz excellent, dead calm, low tide, 83 degrees F.: SURF SCOTER 510 (a high count for so late in the year; where were they this morning?), Common Loon 7, a few distant gulls. 16 boats.


APRIL 29, SATURDAY. Hazy, mostly overcast becoming clear then mostly overcast again, 73-86, SW5 becoming calm. Hot. A little rain again, last night. Gray Catbird 1, FOY, at the feed. Two baby Eastern Cottontails by the garage plus an adult nearby. Cute? You bet! To the extreme. Two Cope’s Gray Tree Frogs calling. Mostly just take it easy, do some writing and research today. 82 degrees F. at 7 P.M. Need to get acclimated to this heat. Phew! I ain’t used to it.


APRIL 30, SUNDAY. Going out the drive at 6:10 A.M.: a Mud Turtle and an Eastern Cottontail. Late in the afternoon: Gray Squirrel 5, deer 4 (does; in Field 1), Tiger Swallowtail 1, Brown Thrasher 1 (FOY), and 3 White-throated Sparrows at the feed. 73-87, fair, SW5-10, at 7 P.M. 81 degrees F. Spend most of today in DORCHESTER COUNTY:


BLACKWATER N.W.R. (plus a few birds at Egypt Road and Cambridge; therefore, some of the birds listed below seen before or after the official “guided birding tour” and/or not at the refuge). 7 A.M. - 1:50 P.M. (birding tour 8-noon). 75 species. 75-85 degrees F., mostly clear, SW5-10, fresh water levels average, tidal waters high, hot. Nine of us on the birding tour: Liz Armistead, Kim McDowell, Pam Smith, Bill & Jane Hill, Tom Cimino, Nancy Brown, Chris Kirn.


COMPLETE LIST (many of these numbers approximate): snow goose 1 adult (disabled; Pool 1), Canada goose 6, wood duck 1 male (LA; Egypt Road, in a field ditch), American black duck 6, mallard 10, blue-winged teal 2, northern shoveler 2 males, green-winged teal 14, wild turkey 1 (Egypt Road), double-crested cormorant 4, American white pelican 1 (disabled bird; in its c. 5th year here; way out in the middle of “Lake Blackwater” but conspicuous even at a distance), great blue heron 12, great egret 16, black vulture 2 (Cambridge),


turkey vulture 18, osprey 10, bald eagle 16 (incl. several large nestlings), Virginia rail 5, killdeer 6 (especially vociferous), solitary sandpiper 1, greater yellowlegs 30, lesser yellowlegs 40, black-necked stilt 1 (Pool 1), least sandpiper 55, dunlin 700 (mostly in Pool 3; some already have the black belly patch), short-billed dowitcher 4 (Pool 1), laughing gull 132 (130 of them in a plowed field E of Egypt Road), ring-billed gull 2, herring gull 3 (Malkus Bridge), great black-backed gull 3 imm. (Malkus Bridge), least tern 10, Caspian tern 1, Forster’s tern 0,


mourning dove 4, chimney swift 4 (Cambridge), ruby-throated hummingbird 1, red-headed woodpecker 5, red-bellied woodpecker 1, northern flicker 1, great crested flycatcher 6, eastern kingbird 4, red-eyed vireo 0, American crow 8, fish crow 2, purple martin 30, tree swallow 40, barn swallow 20, Carolina chickadee 2, tufted titmouse 6, white-breasted nuthatch 1 (PS et al.), brown-headed nuthatch 2 (JH), Carolina wren 6, house wren 3, blue-gray gnatcatcher 1 (JH), eastern bluebird 4,


wood thrush 0, American robin 20, gray catbird 3, northern mockingbird 4, European starling 20, ovenbird 3, common yellowthroat 9, pine warbler 5, prairie warbler 1 (LA; Egypt Road), chipping sparrow 5, field sparrow 1 (Egypt Road), Savannah sparrow 8, grasshopper sparrow 3 (JH,LA), summer tanager 0, northern cardinal 4, blue grosbeak 6, red-winged blackbird 65, eastern meadowlark 2, common grackle 45, brown-headed cowbird 4, orchard oriole 8, house finch 2, American goldfinch 2, house sparrow 4.


NON-AVIAN TAXA: TURKLES: redbelly slider 8, mud turtle 1, eastern box turtle 1, painted turtle 3, spotted turtle 1 (captured and “rescued” from the road). FUR BALLS: woodchuck 1, gray squirrel 2, eastern cottontail 4. FROGGIES: cricket frog (good chorus of them right next to us at Pool 1), southern leopard frog 1. FLUTTERBYES: monarch 2, black swallowtail 5, tiger swallowtail 1, painted lady 1, variegated fritillary 1 (a beauty), clouded sulphur 3, cabbage white 2.


Tom Cimino saw a Ruby-throated Hummingbird at his feeder in Princess Anne on April 19. On April 2 he saw a SANDHILL CRANE south of Princess Anne from Route 13 S of Manokin River.


MAY 1, MONDAY. Not having looked into the nest in our folding director’s chair on the front porch since April 12 (when there were 2 eggs), I shine a flashlight into there and am almost hit up side the head by a fleeing Carolina Wren. Inside are several, naked nestlings that somehow have hatched, 3 feet from the front door, in spite of our countless comings and goings, little children playing nearby, and other disturbance. 1 Eastern Cottontail. 2 Gray Squirrels. Leave by 7:30 A.M.


ADVANCED VEGETATION. Iris (big purple ones in our yard), yellow flags (in the ditch on the S side of Route 329), black cherries (throughout), swamp magnolia at BNWR, black locusts (also throughout), paulonia (I consider an ugly tree), lillies-of-the-valley (in our yard), blackberries - these all in bloom - really early for this. Trees are advanced 2+ weeks ahead of schedule. What does this augur? Who knows? One would have to examine the entrails of a crow, but we’re not that much like the Romans of old. Perhaps Dorchester needs a soothsayer or two, forsooth. Or a Delphic oracle. Or a modern day Swami. Any volunteers?


STILL NEED MORE HELP, Dorchester May counts of May 6 and 13. If interested please email me here Today or Wednesday. After that call 410-745-2764. Help! Thanks.


Best to all. - Harry Armistead, Philadelphia.

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Date: 5/2/17 6:36 am
From: JimC <jimcancil...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Finally .. a pic of our elusive new bird.
On Monday, May 1, 2017 at 2:23:58 PM UTC-4, Janet Millenson wrote:
> Jim,
>
> It's a Blue Grosbeak
> (male). Nice picture!
>
> - Janet
>


Thanks Janet.... I called my wife. She said we have had one/two at home (12mi W of Salisbury) over the years. I am turning the lady who works near this window into a birder.

From what she described this morning, she saw a Pileated Woodpecker on a dead pine out back. (we regularly have the Downey and Red-bellied coming for peanuts) Cheers.

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Date: 5/2/17 6:16 am
From: john pangborn <pangborn.john19...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fallsgrove Stream Valley Park May 02, 2017
Fallsgrove Stream Valley Park 39.099x-77.186
May 02, 2017
7:05 AM
Traveling
1.00 miles
120 minutes
All birds reported? Yes
Comments:

3 Canada Goose
2 Great Blue Heron
2 Green Heron
2 Killdeer
1 Spotted Sandpiper
1 Red-bellied Woodpecker
2 Red-eyed Vireo
1 Tree Swallow
1 Barn Swallow
2 Tufted Titmouse
1 Carolina Wren
5 American Robin
2 Gray Catbird
1 Northern Mockingbird
5 European Starling
2 Song Sparrow
1 Northern Cardinal

Number of Taxa: 17
John pangborn
Gaithersburg md

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Date: 5/1/17 8:27 pm
From: SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Monday, May 1, 2017 298 Raptors
Fort Smallwood Park
Pasadena, Maryland, USA


Daily Raptor Counts: May 01, 2017
Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
Black Vulture 0 0 244
Turkey Vulture 185 185 6070
Osprey 3 3 511
Bald Eagle 13 13 143
Northern Harrier 1 1 63
Sharp-shinned Hawk 65 65 888
Cooper's Hawk 15 15 191
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 2 2 94
Broad-winged Hawk 6 6 159
Red-tailed Hawk 8 8 153
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 2
American Kestrel 0 0 119
Merlin 0 0 42
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 3
Unknown Falcon 0 0 2
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 4
Total: 298 298 8688


Observation start time: 9 am
Observation end time: 3:30 pm Daylight Time
Total observation time: 6.5 hours
Official Counter Sue Ricciardi
Observers: Bob Rineer, Chris Reed, Dan Haas, Dan Walker, Hal Wierenga, Jim Stasz

Weather:
Variably cloudy, changing frequently from mostly cloudy with dark masses of clouds to mostly sunny and back again; 67-81 degrees; good visibility; winds strong out of the SSW ending from the south, 10-14 mph, gusting to 24 mph

Raptor Observations:
A continuation of the past several days of good numbers of Turkey Vultures, Bald Eagles and Sharp-shinned Hawks

Non-raptor Observations:
Virginia Rail; female Ruddy Duck; Snowy Egret; over 1200 Blue Jays; Laughing Gull



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

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

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Date: 5/1/17 4:25 pm
From: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...>
Subject: [MDBirding] [FR] FOY RT Hummer male
Today...a bit later than usu...lots of blooms around for them to also
sup on...no females yet.

WC Sparrows still present in numbers, but WT Sparrows may have moved
on...not seen/heard in two days...

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

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Date: 5/1/17 11:27 am
From: Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...>
Subject: [MDBirding] White-crowned Sparrow at feeder
Hi -

Came back from an errand at about 9:30 this morning and as soon as I got out of the car, heard a White-crowned Sparrow singing in the garden, but could not locate it. Heard it again several more times, but never near the feeder. Then, just now, there he is - a beautiful adult, under the feeders with the White-throats! We have only had 2-3 before, and all the previous birds were immatures. Hope he sticks around, Barry isn't home!

Gail Mackiernan
Colesville, MD

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Date: 5/1/17 11:24 am
From: Janet Millenson <janet...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Finally .. a pic of our elusive new bird.
Jim,

It's a Blue Grosbeak (male). Nice picture!

- Janet


On 5/1/2017 2:15 PM, JimC wrote:
> For some strange reason, it stuck around long enough to 'Get My Camera!' This bird showed up perhaps a couple of weeks ago but would only come to the feeder on a dash-n-grab. Then last week it did not show up (when someone was looking) at all. We thought it moved on....
>
> I'm sure it's nothing very special, but in the 35yrs in this location in Salisbury and the 25ys at home on the marsh, we've never seen one. I hope you know what it is. Thanks.
>
> Jim
>


Janet Millenson
Potomac, MD (Montgomery County)
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Date: 5/1/17 11:15 am
From: JimC <jimcancil...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Finally .. a pic of our elusive new bird.
For some strange reason, it stuck around long enough to 'Get My Camera!' This bird showed up perhaps a couple of weeks ago but would only come to the feeder on a dash-n-grab. Then last week it did not show up (when someone was looking) at all. We thought it moved on....

I'm sure it's nothing very special, but in the 35yrs in this location in Salisbury and the 25ys at home on the marsh, we've never seen one. I hope you know what it is. Thanks.

Jim

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Date: 5/1/17 7:52 am
From: Wallace Kornack <wallace...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Monday 5/1/17
This morning (5/1) at Rock Creek Park.

12 warbler species seen or heard: Ovenbird, Blue-wing, Black-and-white, Redstart, Chestnut-sided, Blackpoll, BT Blue, Yellow-rump, Cape May, Yellowthroat, Blackburnian, BT Green

——Equitation Field
Ovenbird
Blue-winged Warbler
Black-and-white Warbler
American Redstart
Northern Parula 2
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Blackpoll Warbler 2
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler 5
Common Loon FOS flyby
Double-crested Cormorant flyby
Red-eyed Vireo 6
Barn Swallow
Wood Thrush
Chipping Sparrow 2
Scarlet Tanager 2
Baltimore Oriole
American Goldfinch

——Ridge (Sharon)
Ovenbird
Blue-winged Warbler
Black-and-white Warbler 5
American Redstart
Cape May Warbler
Northern Parula 4
Black-throated Blue Warbler 6
Common Loon flyby
Red-tailed Hawk flyby (Rennie)
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Great Crested Flycatcher
Eastern Kingbird
Red-eyed Vireo 4
American Crow
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Swainson's Thrush
Wood Thrush 6
Cedar Waxwing 12
Eastern Towhee
Scarlet Tanager 2
Northern Cardinal
Brown-headed Cowbird

——Yard Parking Lot (Bill)
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
House Wren
Carolina Wren
Wood Thrush
American Robin
Northern Cardinal
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
House Sparrow 5

——Fence Line (Bill)
Ovenbird
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Mourning Dove 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Great Crested Flycatcher
American Crow
Tufted Titmouse
House Wren 2
Wood Thrush
American Robin
Gray Catbird
Scarlet Tanager
Northern Cardinal
Rose-breasted Grosbeak (Rennie)

——Maintenance Yard (Bill +)
Ovenbird 2
Blue-winged Warbler
Black-and-white Warbler 3
Common Yellowthroat 2
American Redstart 2
Northern Parula
Blackburnian Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler 2
Yellow-rumped Warbler 4
Black-throated Green Warbler
Double-crested Cormorant
Mourning Dove 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
Pileated Woodpecker
Great Crested Flycatcher
Eastern Kingbird
Blue-headed Vireo 2
Red-eyed Vireo 4
American Crow
Barn Swallow
Carolina Chickadee 2
Tufted Titmouse 5
White-breasted Nuthatch
House Wren
Carolina Wren 3
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Veery
Wood Thrush 2
Scarlet Tanager
Northern Cardinal 2
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 2
Brown-headed Cowbird 3
American Goldfinch 2

——Nature Center
Black-and-white Warbler
Northern Parula
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Mourning Dove
Barred Owl
Pileated Woodpecker
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
House Wren
Carolina Wren
Veery
Gray Catbird
Cedar Waxwing 11
Northern Cardinal
Common Grackle

Contributors: Bill Butler, Leon Kass, Jim Lemert, Sharon Forsyth, David Sterling, Jaden, Matt Sileo, Susan Volman, Rennie Selkirk, David Lauter, Katharine Kravetz, Mardi Hastings, Marina True, Dany Sloan

Have Fun Birding!

Wallace Kornack
Washington DC



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Date: 5/1/17 7:41 am
From: Peter Lev <plev...>
Subject: [MDBirding] May 2 lecture by Patricia Delgado
The Baltimore Bird Club's Tuesday evening lecture series continues on May 2
with Patricia Delgado, Superintendent and Wetland Ecologist at Jug Bay
Wetlands Sanctuary. This program is free and open to the public.
Refreshments and conversation at 7:00 pm, the lecture begins at 7:20.
Please join us!



Location: Cylburn Arboretum Greenhouse Classroom, Baltimore City. The
Arboretum is at 4915 Greenspring Ave. Drive past the Vollmer Center and
park in the northernmost parking lot, adjacent to the greenhouses. Door to
the Greenhouse Classroom is on the southeastern edge of the parking lot.



Peter Lev

Baltimore Bird Club

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Date: 5/1/17 5:57 am
From: 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] BRBO chase, NOT.
Acting on a third hand report of a Brown Booby perched on channel marker 79A (southeast of Chesapeake Beach) yesterday, I ran down to several vantage points in north Calvert this morning. First stop was at Breezy Point. The toll booth was closed. Not sure when they open (Memorial Day?) but when they do, it's $10 to get in. I could see 79A by scoping to the northeast. No BRBO. I stopped at the police memorial in Chesapeake Beach and scanned the Bay, same result. Thought I saw a Purple Sandpiper on one of the jetties but scanning again for several minutes revealed no further sightings. Final stop was at North Beach Marsh. Good shorebird habitat but not many shorebirds. One Snowy Egret in the marsh and 7 of them in the salt pond across the road. Also one Snowy Egret in the pond just north of Herrington Harbour in Anne Arundel. Sigh.

Tyler Bell
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California, Maryland

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Date: 5/1/17 3:34 am
From: scott bates <fennecfox1947...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Catoctin Trail
Pair of Swainson's Thrushes in hemlocks just north of RT 77, Cunningham Falls State Park. In Catoctin Mountain Park, scarlet tanager, towhees, hooded warbler, and American redstart. Also noticed how garlic mustard seems to be increasing at Catoctin. Matt Tillet at Herrington Manor State Park noted garlic mustard there as well.

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Date: 4/30/17 7:32 pm
From: SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Sunday, April 30, 2017 21 Raptors
Fort Smallwood Park
Pasadena, Maryland, USA


Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 30, 2017
Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
Black Vulture 0 142 244
Turkey Vulture 4 2749 5885
Osprey 10 358 508
Bald Eagle 0 95 130
Northern Harrier 0 59 62
Sharp-shinned Hawk 6 775 823
Cooper's Hawk 1 137 176
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 46 92
Broad-winged Hawk 0 153 153
Red-tailed Hawk 0 103 145
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 2
American Kestrel 0 91 119
Merlin 0 36 42
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 3 3
Unknown Falcon 0 2 2
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 3 4
Total: 21 4752 8390


Observation start time: 9:45 am
Observation end time: 2:30 pm Daylight Time
Total observation time: 4.75 hours
Official Counter Sue Ricciardi
Observers:

Weather: A high overcast for most of the day, clearing in the last hour; 70-76 degrees; excellent visibility; winds from the east, 4-10 mph

Raptor Observations: Slow day due to the overcast skies and unfavorable winds

Non-raptor Observations:

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

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

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Date: 4/30/17 5:03 pm
From: Patricia Wood <pwood...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Mattie JT Stepanek Park now a hotspot.
I just discovered this is now a hotspot, and moved the puny list I got in looking for the Clay-Colored Sparrow over to it. Judging from the other lists, there are many more birds than I found on the very hot afternoon I spent just watching the Chipping Sparrows; I plan to go back and look around more!
Patricia Wood
Silver Spring

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Date: 4/30/17 11:45 am
From: Tim Carney <timmyc83...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Cerulean Warbler, Baltimore
Ryan Johnson and I found a female Cerulean Warbler near the old carriage house at Cylburn Arboretum. It was with about 10 Myrtle Warblers. This was earlier today. Sorry for the delay in posting, but we wanted to be certain of the ID after careful photo review.

Tim Carney
Nottingham, MD

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Date: 4/30/17 10:42 am
From: Fred Hoffman <fredhoffman48...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Clay- Colored Sparrow
Anyone see CCSP at Stepanek Park today (Sun Apr 30)? Here now (1:40 pm) no
sign of it around playground in circle. No sight of it. Probably too late
in the day, too many people. If anyone has seen it today, please let me
know.

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Date: 4/30/17 10:34 am
From: Wallace Kornack <wallace...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Sunday 4/30/17
This morning (4/30) at Rock Creek Park.

13 warblers seen or heard: L.Waterthrush, Black-and-white, Parula, Blackpoll, BT Blue, Yellow-rump, BT Green, Kentucky, Cape May, Yellowthroat, Cerulean, Blackburnian, Blue-wing

First-of -season species: Cerulean Warbler, Blackburnian Warbler, Yellow-billed Cuckoo

——Equitation Field
Louisiana Waterthrush (Tully)
Black-and-white Warbler
Northern Parula 3
Blackpoll Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler 4
Black-throated Green Warbler
Mourning Dove
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Great Crested Flycatcher
Yellow-throated Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
American Robin
Cedar Waxwing 15 flyby
Chipping Sparrow
Northern Cardinal 2

——Ross Drive (Hugh)
Kentucky Warbler

——Ridge
Cape May Warbler

——Yard Parking Lot (Bill)
Black-throated Green Warbler
Mourning Dove
Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
Northern Flicker
Great Crested Flycatcher
Fish Crow
Carolina Chickadee
House Wren
Carolina Wren
Wood Thrush
American Robin
Northern Cardinal
House Sparrow 4

——Fence Line (Bill)
Mourning Dove
Red-bellied Woodpecker
House Wren
Carolina Wren
Wood Thrush
American Goldfinch

——Maintenance Yard (Bill+)
Black-and-white Warbler 3
Common Yellowthroat
Cape May Warbler 2
Cerulean Warbler FOS (Matt)
Northern Parula 5
Blackburnian Warbler FOS (Jennifer)
Blackpoll Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler 5
Yellow-rumped Warbler 19
Red-tailed Hawk
Mourning Dove 2
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
Great Crested Flycatcher 2
Yellow-throated Vireo
Blue-headed Vireo 3
Red-eyed Vireo
Blue Jay
American Crow 6
Carolina Chickadee 9
Tufted Titmouse 3
White-breasted Nuthatch 4
House Wren 2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Veery
Swainson's Thrush 2 (Matt)
Wood Thrush 3
Cedar Waxwing 22 flyby
Scarlet Tanager 6
Northern Cardinal 2
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 2
Indigo Bunting 4
Brown-headed Cowbird 6
Purple Finch
American Goldfinch 5

——Nature Center
Blue-winged Warbler (Patrick +)
Black-and-white Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler 2
Black-throated Green Warbler
Mourning Dove
Yellow-billed Cuckoo FOS (Bill)
Chimney Swift
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Great Crested Flycatcher
Red-eyed Vireo 3
Blue Jay
Carolina Chickadee
Carolina Wren 3
Wood Thrush
Cedar Waxwing 9 flyby
Scarlet Tanager

——Dog Run (Bill)
Red-headed Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Great Crested Flycatcher
Red-eyed Vireo
Tufted Titmouse
American Robin 4
Gray Catbird
White-throated Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Northern Cardinal 3
Brown-headed Cowbird
American Goldfinch

Contributors: Bil Butler, Leon Kass, Jim Lemert, Nick Constantinople, Shirley Putnam, Carter Roberts, Gretchen Hochhausler, Tully Hochhausler, Rodger Poore, Mat Cohen, Alan Johnston, Betsy Lovejoy, Susan Volman, Hugh McGuinness, Patrick Newcomb, Lisa Newcomb, Laura Smith, Kelly Barsdate, Daniel Blatt, Jessie Stewart, Hanan Jacoby, Cameron Durall, Jennifer, Jeff, John Bell, Marcy Logan, Gary Jones, Mat Cohen +++

Have Fun Birding!

Wallace Kornack
Washington DC



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Date: 4/30/17 9:39 am
From: 'Marcy Stutzman' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Oxbow Lake - new species today - Bobolink
I added a new species for Oxbow Lake today - Bobolink. Oxbow Lake now has a total of 208 species (despite what the eBird Hotspot shows)!

I maintain a checklist for Oxbow Lake, as well as a map. Anyone wanting either or both, may just email me privately.

Thank you migration!

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

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http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S36420844
eBird Report - Oxbow Lake, Apr 30, 2017
Oxbow Lake, Anne Arundel, Maryland, US
Apr 30, 2017 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM
Protocol: Traveling
0.25 mile(s)

Comments: Conditions: Overcast morning,74.5°F, Overcast, easterly wind variable, gusts 3.1 mph. Overnight fallout. NEW SPECIES for Oxbow Lake - Bobolink! Brings the total species to 208 (despite what is in eBird for the Oxbow Hotspot).

28 species

Canada Goose 3
Wood Duck 2
Great Blue Heron 2
Bald Eagle 2
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Mourning Dove 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Pileated Woodpecker 1
Great Crested Flycatcher 1

Eastern Kingbird 5 There were at least 5 sitting together in a tree, there may have been more.

Red-eyed Vireo 1
Blue Jay 10
Barn Swallow 5
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
Carolina Wren 2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 3
American Robin 1
Gray Catbird 1
Black-and-white Warbler 1
Common Yellowthroat 2
Yellow-throated Warbler 1
White-throated Sparrow 1
Eastern Towhee 1
Northern Cardinal 2
Indigo Bunting 1

Bobolink 2 New species for Oxbow Lake. Breeding males. mostly black with a white back and rump, and a rich buffy nape. Standing at the NE Lakeside, I heard beautiful singing coming from the trees on the peninsula. Looked thru my binoculars and saw multiple small dark birds in trees. Went back to car for my scope and returned to find 2 breeding male Bobolinks sitting together atop one of the trees. Those two flew / relocated to another tree, and later I saw one male in the same trees. Maybe there were 3, maybe more.

Red-winged Blackbird 10
Common Grackle 2

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S36420844

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Date: 4/30/17 8:05 am
From: john pangborn <pangborn.john19...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Blue Mash Nature Trail Apr 30, 2017
7:00 AM
Traveling
2.20 miles
190 minutes
All birds reported? Yes
Comments:

9 Canada Goose
3 Mallard
1 Killdeer
2 Least Sandpiper
3 Spotted Sandpiper
4 Solitary Sandpiper
8 Lesser Yellowlegs
2 Mourning Dove
2 Red-bellied Woodpecker
1 Northern Flicker
3 Great Crested Flycatcher
1 Eastern Kingbird
4 Blue Jay
4 American Crow
9 Tree Swallow
3 Tufted Titmouse
1 House Wren
1 Carolina Wren
2 Eastern Bluebird
3 Wood Thrush
3 American Robin
2 Gray Catbird
3 Northern Mockingbird
1 Ovenbird
5 Common Yellowthroat
2 Field Sparrow
3 White-throated Sparrow
7 Eastern Towhee
7 Northern Cardinal
5 Red-winged Blackbird
1 Brown-headed Cowbird

Number of Taxa: 31
John pangborn
Gaithersburg Md

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Date: 4/30/17 6:53 am
From: 'Ross Geredien' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Strong migration at Lake Artemesia
Fog bank and cloud cover this morning seem to have been good for keeping many migrants hunkered down. There were some nice sized mixed groups with great visibility and "fallout" behavior this morning at Lake Artemesia. Large numbers of warblers and Scarlet Tanagers even drinking from the river along the Anacostia Trail. Several Swainsons and Veeries here as well.

Ross Geredien
Riverdale

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Date: 4/30/17 6:19 am
From: Stephanie Lovell <amorellovell...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Come on down!!! Saturday May 6 to Jug Bay
*Saturday, May 06 Jugbay/Patuxent River*
Join visiting Hartford Audubon Society Connecticut members at 8:00 am when
Jug Bay Naturalist Greg Kearns takes us on a pontoon trip up the Patuxent
River. Highlight of the trip: an opportunity to visit a nest of one of the
thirty nesting pairs of Osprey and take a look at the young. In addition
there’s a good chance of spring warblers including Prothonotary. Greg will
be filling us in on how his work planting wild rice has brought back many
duck and rail species to this area. Trip limit 10. For reservations and
further information contact Stephanie Lovell240 242 3235 or
<amorellovell...>

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We won't see any this size yet, but I'm sure we'll see some babies.

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Date: 4/30/17 4:57 am
From: Warblerick <ricksussman1955...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fascinating migration on radar at moment
Oddly quiet here this morning. So far.
Rick Sussman
Woodbine, MD

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Date: 4/29/17 8:52 pm
From: SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fwd: [BIRDHAWK] Fort Smallwood Park (29 Apr 2017) 428 Raptors
Fort Smallwood Park
Pasadena, Maryland, USA


Daily Raptor Counts: Apr 29, 2017
Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
Black Vulture 11 142 244
Turkey Vulture 209 2745 5881
Osprey 13 348 498
Bald Eagle 12 95 130
Northern Harrier 3 59 62
Sharp-shinned Hawk 154 769 817
Cooper's Hawk 5 136 175
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 2 46 92
Broad-winged Hawk 5 153 153
Red-tailed Hawk 10 103 145
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 2
American Kestrel 0 91 119
Merlin 1 36 42
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 1 3 3
Unknown Falcon 0 2 2
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 2 3 4
Total: 428 4731 8369



Observation start time: 7:45 am
Observation end time: 5:00 pm Daylight Time
Total observation time: 9.25 hours
Official Counter Lynn Davidson, Paul Fritz, Sue Ricciardi
Observers: Hal Wierenga, Lynn Davidson, Paul Fritz, Ralph Geuder


Weather: Overcast at first with a few sprinkles, then mostly cloudy; temperatures rose considerably once the skies cleared some. 71-89 degrees; visibility fair to good; winds southwesterly, 9-15 mph.

Raptor Observations: Good flight after the overcast broke up.

Non-raptor Observations: Around 3,000 Blue Jays; 47 Bobolinks; 10 Least Terns;


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

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

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Date: 4/29/17 8:33 pm
From: Andy Martin <apmartin2...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fascinating migration on radar at moment
Now I have no idea what it will mean for birding tomorrow but if your awake at moment (11:30 pm) and interested in seeing a peculiar migration setup on radar, go to https://radar.weather.gov/Conus/index_loop.php

Birds tonight (green blobs surrounded by dark blue) not progressing much past Mason-Dixon line.

Than go to: https://earth.nullschool.net/#current/wind/surface/level/overlay=mean_sea_level_pressure/orthographic=202.68,86.96,736

Rotate the view from the Arctic (where it opens up on) to the NE US and you can clearly see winds from Southeast meeting winds from north right over the MD/PA border which must just be enough to impede their progress north.

Andy Martin
Gaithersburg

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Date: 4/29/17 5:13 pm
From: Kevin Graff <keyweststyle2001...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Hart-Miller Island, 04/28/17
04/28/17 – 710am-3pm

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



WEATHER: Fair/PC, 60-80 degrees, NW 3K- SE 10K



Canada Goose – 34

Wood Duck – 9

Gadwall – 4

American Black Duck – 16

Mallard – 24

Northern Shoveler – 24

Green-winged Teal – 18

Lesser Scaup – 2

Hooded Merganser – 1 (hen)

Ruddy Duck – 40

Common Loon – 2

Pied-billed Grebe – 5

Double-crested Cormorant – 79

Great Blue Heron – 18

Great Egret – 2

Snowy Egret – 2

*GLOSSY IBIS – 1

Turkey Vulture – 1

Osprey – 17

Bald Eagle – 4

Northern Harrier – 3

American Kestrel – 1

Peregrine Falcon – 1

Virginia Rail – 1

American Coot – 5

Black-bellied Plover – 73

Semipalmated Plover – 8

Killdeer – 6

*AMERICAN AVOCET – 1

Spotted Sandpiper – 2

Greater Yellowlegs – 23

Lesser Yellowlegs – 24

Semipalamted Sandpiper – 1

Least Sandpiper – 31

*STILT SANDPIPER – 1

*RUFF – 1 (Reeve)

Ring-billed Gull – 46

Herring Gull – 19

Great Black-backed Gull – 8

Least Tern – 2

Caspian Tern – 207

Common Tern – 1

Mourning Dove – 9

Chimney Swift – 1

Eastern Phoebe – 1

Great Crested Flycatcher – 1

Eastern Kingbird – 2

Blue Jay – 72 (33, 15, 24)

American Crow – 3

Tree Swallow – 13

Barn Swallow –14

Carolina Wren – 5

Marsh Wren – 3

House Wren – 1

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher – 8

American Robin – 1

Gray Catbird – 16

European Starling – 9

Common Yellowthroat – 10

American Redstart – 1

Northern Parula – 1

*BLACKPOLL WARBLER – 1 (adult male)

Yellow Warbler – 15

Palm Warbler – 1 (western)

Yellow-rumped Warbler – 11

Chipping Sparrow – 1

Savannah Sparrow – 8

*GRASSHOPPER SPARROW – 1 (unexpected, lower road, before building)

*SEASIDE SPARROW – 1 (singing on territory, near same spot as last year)

Song Sparrow – 8

Lincoln’s Sparrow – 1

Swamp Sparrow – 12

White-throated Sparrow – 14

Northern Cardinal – 16

Indigo Bunting – 1

Blue Grosbeak – 1

Red-winged Blackbird – 122

Common Grackle – 7

Brown-headed Cowbird – 4

Orchard Oriole – 4

American Goldfinch – 18

SPECIES: 81 INDIVIDUALS: 1186



MAMMALS: Red Fox – 1



REPTILES: Mud Turtle – 1



AMPHIBIANS: Fowler’s Toad – 11



BUTTERFLIES

Black Swallowtail – 8

E Tiger Swallowtail – 2

Cabbage White – 10

Orange Sulphur – 8

Eastern Tailed Blue – 1

Spring Azure – 1

Pearl Crescent – 9

Common Buckeye – 2



DRAGONFLIES: Common Green Darner – 8, Black Saddlebags – 2



MOTHS: Eastern Tent Caterpillar – 75



BEETLES: Seven-spotted Lady Beetle – 2



Kevin Graff
Jarrettsville, MD
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Date: 4/29/17 3:58 pm
From: Warblerick <ricksussman1955...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Ycnh
Come by and I'll fix you a nice expresso. Frank. ;-)

Rick Sussman
Woodbine,MD

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Date: 4/29/17 3:52 pm
From: Warblerick <ricksussman1955...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Yard migrants
Finally a small but satisfying group of migrants passed through and over the yard today. Nice finds among the 38 species were low-flying Common Loon heading north, Osprey, a group of about two dozen BOBOLINKS flying over heading due north, a singing male Baltimore Oriole, Yellow Warbler, Yellow-rumpled Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, yellow Palm Warbler, Great Crested Flycatcher, a pair of Eastern Kingbirds, Gray Catbird, Eastern Towhee, lots of Tree Swallows (nesting here) and Barn Swallows, lingering numbers of White-throated Sparrows, and loads of Chipping Sparrows.
Rick Sussman
Woodbine,MD

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Date: 4/29/17 1:17 pm
From: Scott Young <wsyacy...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Clay-colored Sparrow-Yes! Mattie J.T. Stepanek Park
It stayed around very obligingly for the hour I was there. Thanks to Diane for pointing it out. We could have had a partial Montgomery Bird Club meeting as Clive Harris and then Andy Martin arrived. Clive pointed out its song as well as a Savannah sparrow. Gorgeous goldfiches and house finches were enjying the dandelions as well. I managed to track down the yellow warbler that was singing to the east of the parking lot before leaving.

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Date: 4/29/17 12:36 pm
From: 'diane Ford' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Clay-colored Sparrow-Yes! Mattie J.T. Stepanek Park
Hi all- Finally got the bird I've been chasing for a long time, but to no avail. The Clay-colored Sparrow was at the location givennear the circle playground and the parking lot. When I got there it was overcast and drizzle, and my hopes sank looking for the bird,one birder was leaving (I didn't get his name, but he had just seen it) and there were many Chippy to sort thru and Am. Goldfinches.
As I was panning the dandelions and grass around, a Bobolink dropped in for a quick snack, then flew off to the north. The first time I saw the
Clay-colored it was near edge of the sidewalk. I was awed by how much " brighter" it was next to the Chipping as I remembered Barry & Gail'sdescription. This was slightly after 11am. Scott Young arrived to photograph and I pointed out the area were the sparrows were foraging, slightly north (?) onthe grassy area filled with dandelions.  A Lifer! Thanks to Max Wilson and Cat Xuan Nguyen for spotting the bird.


D.Ford/Bethesda, Md.

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Date: 4/29/17 10:40 am
From: Rick Borchelt <rborchelt...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Ycnh
There's a new Yellow-crowned Night Heron nest in old town College Park,
too; the adults regularly zip through the neighborhood carrying twigs and I
followed them to a tall oak along one of the side streets. There have been
YC's across Route 1 in University Park for years; they seem to be expanding
out.

On Sat, Apr 29, 2017 at 12:33 PM, Frank Boyle <ravenfrank...> wrote:

> See this is why I rarely post here. With all due respect, MD birders have
> very little in the way of a sense of humor, imho.
>
> Frank "Raven's Nest" O'Boyle
>
> Frank Boyle
> Broken Wallet Farm
> Rohrersville, MD
>
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> Sent from my iPhone
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> > On Apr 29, 2017, at 7:29 AM, Warblerick <ricksussman1955...>
> wrote:
> >
> > Wait. There's Ravens nesting along the C&O canal in DC? Where, where?
> > Rick Sussman
> > Woodbine MD
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Date: 4/29/17 9:55 am
From: Derek C. Richardson <dcr...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Rocky Gorge/Supplee Lane (PG County)

I've been trying to get to the reservoir regularly. It's been pretty slow
warbler wise, but is beginning to pick up, and a lot of other migrants are
coming through. Over 40 species today (full list below), with the
highlights being Black-and-white Warbler and Yellow-breasted Chat, along
with Blue Grosbeak and Baltimore Oriole.

D

Rocky Gorge Reservoir/Supplee Park, Prince George's, Maryland, US
Apr 29, 2017 7:23 AM - 9:04 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.35 mile(s)
Comments: Distance is one way. Cloudy, warm/humid, light breeze. Also
heard a rooster.
46 species (+1 other taxa)

Double-crested Cormorant 6
Osprey 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Mourning