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1/23/20 5:02 pm Edward Boyd <edboyd59...> Re: [MDBirding] Boat-tailed grackle
1/23/20 4:31 pm 'Marcy Stutzman' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] PG co crow roost question
1/23/20 3:32 pm Tom Kimbis <tom.kimbis...> [MDBirding] Be safe - Know the state/county hunting dates!
1/22/20 6:48 pm 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] Boat-tailed grackle
1/22/20 5:24 pm Kathie Lambert <kathie.lambert.pac...> Re: [MDBirding] West Annapolis Robins
1/22/20 3:13 pm Warblerick <ricksussman1955...> [MDBirding] Boat-tailed grackle
1/22/20 12:07 pm Tim Persons <timondelaplaya...> [MDBirding] Boat-tailed grackle
1/22/20 8:06 am Janet Millenson <janet...> Re: [MDBirding] West Annapolis Robins
1/22/20 7:15 am randy <randysch...> [MDBirding] West Annapolis Robins
1/22/20 5:50 am 'Marcy Stutzman' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Re: White bird, small black specks, orange crest, abt robin size: Towson MD feeder
1/22/20 5:46 am 'Marcy Stutzman' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Re: Birding at the Beltway Agricultural Research Center
1/22/20 5:08 am Diana Linnekin <dlinnekin...> [MDBirding] Birding at the Beltway Agricultural Research Center
1/22/20 4:35 am Ann Hobbs <hobbs_ann...> Re: [MDBirding] eBird support?
1/22/20 4:16 am Marideth Sandler <maridethsandler...> [MDBirding] Large flocks of Canadian Geese grazing
1/22/20 4:16 am Jeffrey Bingenheimer <bartbing...> [MDBirding] Merlins at Wheaton Regional Park
1/22/20 4:16 am Janet Ardam <gojanet10216...> [MDBirding] Re: Sandhill Cranes
1/22/20 4:16 am Dee Z <dee.ziegler...> [MDBirding] White bird, small black specks, orange crest, abt robin size: Towson MD feeder
1/21/20 6:21 pm Marcia Watson <marshwren50...> Re: [MDBirding] eBird support?
1/21/20 4:22 pm Derek C. Richardson <dcr...> [MDBirding] eBird support?
1/21/20 9:56 am Janet Millenson <janet...> [MDBirding] Baltimore Oriole (yes, in winter) - RFI
1/21/20 9:30 am Steve Huy <grisly.remains...> [MDBirding] Re: Just an FYI - Ocean City Parking
1/21/20 4:36 am Steve Ferendo, Frederick, MD <stevefinmd...> [MDBirding] Re: Sandhill Cranes
1/20/20 1:32 pm Kerry Stone <kstonelfs...> [MDBirding] Add on to previous msg
1/20/20 1:24 pm Kerry Stone <kstonelfs...> [MDBirding] Sandhill Cranes
1/20/20 6:13 am 'Ted on Little Round Bay' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] A little help w/ Lesser vs. Greater scaup ID please?
1/19/20 5:58 pm 'Jim Nelson' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] Sandhills Cranes
1/19/20 2:30 pm JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> Re: [MDBirding] Sandhills Cranes
1/19/20 1:16 pm Kerry Stone <kstonelfs...> [MDBirding] Sandhills Cranes
1/19/20 1:12 pm Robert McLean <tmclean1090...> Re: [MDBirding] Re: Greater White-fronted Goose
1/18/20 1:34 pm Mark Johnson <mj3151...> [MDBirding] Short-eared Owls-Carroll Co.
1/18/20 10:12 am Cheryl Hogue <cheryl.hogue...> [MDBirding] Re: Just an FYI - Ocean City Parking
1/18/20 9:16 am Marcia Balestri <mebalestri...> [MDBirding] Just an FYI - Ocean City Parking
1/18/20 4:43 am David Gibson <20cabot...> Re: [MDBirding] Question about a Woodpecker
1/18/20 4:09 am James Wilson <birdmanjfw...> Re: [MDBirding] Question about a Woodpecker
1/17/20 2:34 pm ehrlicr <ehrlicr...> [MDBirding] Re: Greater White-fronted Goose
1/17/20 11:54 am bob augustine <augustinebob8...> Re: [MDBirding] Question about a Woodpecker
1/17/20 9:55 am Linda Just <ljustrn...> [MDBirding] Re: Commonwealth of Virginia - Contact the Governor's Office
1/17/20 8:52 am Marcia Watson <marshwren50...> Re: [MDBirding] Virginia Hampton Rds. Bridge Tunnel
1/17/20 8:40 am Linda Just <ljustrn...> [MDBirding] Commonwealth of Virginia - Contact the Governor's Office
1/17/20 8:39 am Jim Rapp <dlitedirector...> Re: [MDBirding] Virginia Hampton Rds. Bridge Tunnel
1/17/20 8:32 am Bobbi <b.reichwein...> Re: [MDBirding] Virginia Hampton Rds. Bridge Tunnel
1/16/20 9:31 pm Marcia Watson <marshwren50...> Re: [MDBirding] Virginia Hampton Rds. Bridge Tunnel
1/16/20 7:49 pm JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> Re: [MDBirding] Virginia Hampton Rds. Bridge Tunnel
1/16/20 6:16 pm Linda Just <ljustrn...> Re: [MDBirding] Virginia Hampton Rds. Bridge Tunnel
1/16/20 6:13 pm David Gibson <20cabot...> Re: [MDBirding] Virginia Hampton Rds. Bridge Tunnel
1/16/20 6:06 pm Linda Just <ljustrn...> [MDBirding] Virginia Hampton Rds. Bridge Tunnel
1/16/20 3:30 pm JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> [MDBirding] Hagerstown City Park Redstart
1/16/20 3:27 pm JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> [MDBirding] GBBC Photo Contest Winners
1/16/20 2:32 pm David Sandler <detour61...> Re: [MDBirding] Greater White-fronted Goose
1/16/20 1:47 pm JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> Fwd: [MDBirding] Triadelphia Reservoir?
1/16/20 12:56 pm Jim Wilkinson <lakekoshare...> [MDBirding] Active morning at Back River WWTP, January 16
1/16/20 12:29 pm Kimberly Tomko <ktomkat...> Re: [MDBirding] Greater White-fronted Goose
1/16/20 10:23 am Steve Long <steve.long4...> [MDBirding] Tundra Swans
1/16/20 8:47 am Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4...> Re: [MDBirding] Triadelphia Reservoir?
1/16/20 8:16 am Marcia Watson <marshwren50...> [MDBirding] Triadelphia Reservoir?
1/16/20 8:02 am Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4...> Re: [MDBirding] Greater White-fronted Goose
1/16/20 7:44 am ehrlicr <ehrlicr...> [MDBirding] Greater White-fronted Goose
1/14/20 9:24 am Harry Armistead <harryarmistead...> [MDBirding] Ferry Neck, Blackwater, Hooper's Island, Jan. 7-9, 2020 et al.
1/14/20 4:28 am James Wilson <birdmanjfw...> [MDBirding] Question about a Woodpecker
1/13/20 6:31 am Jim Rapp <dlitedirector...> [MDBirding] Jan. 24-26: Winter Delmarva Birding Weekend
1/12/20 5:05 pm Warblerick <ricksussman1955...> [MDBirding] Bluebirds galore
1/12/20 11:10 am Lauren Goodsmith <lauren.goodsmith...> [MDBirding] Bluebirds galore
1/12/20 6:14 am 'George Jett' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Confused Canada Geese
1/11/20 5:09 pm Janet Ardam <jago10216...> [MDBirding] Sandhill Cranes
1/11/20 6:56 am Art Drauglis <lwsyrup...> [MDBirding] Finzel Swamp closed?
1/10/20 3:51 pm 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] Re: MD-DC Breeding Bird Atlas Portal
1/10/20 3:01 pm James Speicher <jugornought...> [MDBirding] Re: MD-DC Breeding Bird Atlas Portal
1/8/20 4:02 pm Allen Lewis <allenrlewis...> [MDBirding] Howard County Bird Club Meeting
1/8/20 3:44 pm Scott Young <wsyacy...> [MDBirding] Re: Birds enrich our lives
1/8/20 2:57 pm David Gibson <20cabot...> [MDBirding] Birds enrich our lives
1/8/20 1:25 pm JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> [MDBirding] Hummers?
1/8/20 11:04 am Gabriel Foley <mddcbba3...> [MDBirding] MD-DC Breeding Bird Atlas Portal
1/8/20 4:08 am Timothy Boucher <timothyboucherbirder...> [MDBirding] Re: Birder’s Guide to MD & DC - Website Relaunch
1/7/20 6:49 pm Kevin Graff <keyweststyle2001...> [MDBirding] Hart-Miller Island, 01/06/2020
1/6/20 11:42 am Tim Houghton <timhoughton...> [MDBirding] Sedge Wrens at Chesapeake Beach Railroad Trail, 1/6/20
1/6/20 3:23 am Fran Toler <francestoler...> [MDBirding] Re: C&O count - current availability. ~Three weeks out...
1/5/20 3:37 pm JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> [MDBirding] C&O count - current availability. ~Three weeks out...
1/4/20 3:45 pm Marcia Watson <marshwren50...> Re: [MDBirding] Re: Birder’s Guide to MD & DC - Website Relaunch
1/4/20 3:01 pm 'MikeBowen' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Re: Birder’s Guide to MD & DC - Website Relaunch
1/4/20 2:56 pm 'MikeBowen' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Black Skimmer at Ocean City Inlet
1/4/20 11:41 am Marcia Watson <marshwren50...> Re: [MDBirding] Finding Wood Ducks in Balto County
1/4/20 11:20 am Bil R <brogg9...> [MDBirding] Finding Wood Ducks in Balto County
1/3/20 4:36 am Tim Carney <timmyc83...> [MDBirding] Masonville Cove - access restrictions
1/2/20 1:44 pm Kevin Graff <keyweststyle2001...> [MDBirding] North Point State Park, Jan 1, 2020
1/2/20 1:13 pm David Gibson <20cabot...> [MDBirding] Gray Kingbird in VA
1/2/20 1:12 pm Jim Green <jkgbirdman53...> [MDBirding] Carroll County Greater White-fronted Goose
1/2/20 12:43 pm Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4...> Re: [MDBirding] Help w/ Swan ID on Severn River Near Sherwood Forest
1/2/20 9:55 am Patricia Valdata <pvaldata1...> Re: [MDBirding] Birder’s Guide to MD & DC - Website Relaunch
1/2/20 9:40 am Marcia Watson <marshwren50...> [MDBirding] Birder’s Guide to MD & DC - Website Relaunch
1/2/20 9:14 am Gabriel Foley <mddcbba3...> Re: [MDBirding] Re: eBird and MD BBA3
1/2/20 8:56 am 'Ted on Little Round Bay' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Help w/ Swan ID on Severn River Near Sherwood Forest
1/2/20 6:21 am Bryan H <bghenson23...> Re: [MDBirding] Re: eBird and MD BBA3
1/2/20 6:04 am 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] Re: eBird and MD BBA3
1/2/20 5:56 am John McKitterick <john.mckitterick...> Re: [MDBirding] Re: eBird and MD BBA3
1/2/20 5:21 am 'Mike Bowen' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] Re: eBird and MD BBA3
1/2/20 5:02 am 'Jim Nelson' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] Re: eBird and MD BBA3
1/2/20 4:55 am 'Kurt Gaskill' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] Re: eBird and MD BBA3
1/2/20 4:46 am 'Jim Nelson' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] Re: eBird and MD BBA3
1/2/20 4:00 am Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...> Re: [MDBirding] Re: eBird and MD BBA3
1/2/20 3:46 am Bryan H <bghenson23...> Re: [MDBirding] Re: eBird and MD BBA3
1/1/20 2:21 pm JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> [MDBirding] [FR] F(X)OY
1/1/20 1:19 pm Hugh David Fleischmann <huey122663...> Re: [MDBirding] Hagerstown Egyptian Goose
1/1/20 1:12 pm 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Hagerstown Egyptian Goose
1/1/20 9:34 am Scott Young <wsyacy...> Re: [MDBirding] Re: eBird and MD BBA3
1/1/20 8:39 am 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] Re: eBird and MD BBA3
1/1/20 8:00 am Scott Young <wsyacy...> [MDBirding] Re: eBird and MD BBA3
1/1/20 7:23 am 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] eBird and MD BBA3
1/1/20 6:07 am guineabird via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Re: MDBirding] OT: SPYBIRD!
12/31/19 2:53 pm 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Hagerstown Mute Swans
12/31/19 12:24 pm Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4...> Re: [MDBirding] Red-throated loon still at Piney Run
12/31/19 12:06 pm Les R Becker <lesrbecker2...> Re: [MDBirding] Red-throated loon still at Piney Run
12/31/19 11:52 am Marcia Watson <marshwren50...> Fwd: [MDBirding] Iceland Gull and sign-off from Schoolhouse Pond
12/31/19 9:50 am Mike Milligan <mike.milligan...> Re: [MDBirding] Red-throated loon still at Piney Run
12/31/19 9:17 am Anna Urciolo <anna.urciolo...> [MDBirding] Red-throated loon still at Piney Run
12/31/19 8:16 am JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> [MDBirding] Re: Redstart continues at Hagerstown City Park
12/31/19 8:14 am JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> [MDBirding] Redstart continues at Hagerstown City Park
12/31/19 7:53 am 'George Jett' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] Iceland Gull and sign-off from Schoolhouse Pond
12/31/19 6:26 am 'Fred Shaffer' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Iceland Gull and sign-off from Schoolhouse Pond
12/30/19 6:35 pm 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] Jug Bay CBC Results - December15, 2019
12/30/19 3:47 pm Warblerick <ricksussman1955...> [MDBirding] Jug Bay CBC Results - December15, 2019
12/30/19 3:42 pm Warblerick <ricksussman1955...> [MDBirding] Fort Belvoir CBC, 29 Dec 2019, quick Summary
12/30/19 3:34 pm Eric Hastings <eman.hastings...> [MDBirding] Trumpeter Swan Washington County
12/30/19 3:26 pm Eric Hastings <eman.hastings...> [MDBirding] Trumpeter Swan
12/30/19 2:31 pm Marcia Watson <marshwren50...> [MDBirding] Jug Bay CBC Results - December15, 2019
12/30/19 10:11 am Janet Millenson <janet...> [MDBirding] Seeking David Clark
12/30/19 8:24 am Maryanne Dolan <maryanne.dolan...> Re: [MDBirding] they don't fly
12/30/19 7:55 am Pat <pvaldata1...> [MDBirding] Common Loon
12/30/19 7:44 am 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Southern MD Common Mergansers
12/30/19 7:11 am Warblerick <ricksussman1955...> [MDBirding] Report on the Seneca MD/VA CBC December 15
12/30/19 5:31 am Tim Carney <timmyc83...> [MDBirding] Swan Creek birdwalk - Sat, Jan 25
12/30/19 5:25 am James Wilson <birdmanjfw...> [MDBirding] they don't fly
12/30/19 3:57 am Mary Konchar <marykonchar...> [MDBirding] Re: Tripod
12/29/19 4:40 pm Howard Wu <howiewu1...> [MDBirding] [FRI] Chesapeake Beach Clapper Rail, CBEC Sedge Wren
12/29/19 3:42 pm Bryan H <bghenson23...> [MDBirding] Re: C&O Canal from Edwards Ferry to White's Ferry - Central Loudoun CBC
12/29/19 1:15 pm Wayne Bierbaum <wm.bierbaum...> [MDBirding] North Beach - Calvert County, Common Loon etc
12/29/19 7:52 am Peter Givan <pdgiv73...> [MDBirding] Re: Tripod
12/29/19 7:34 am David Gibson <20cabot...> Re: [MDBirding] Tripod
12/29/19 7:01 am Kerry Stone <kstonelfs...> [MDBirding] Tripod
12/29/19 6:19 am Warblerick <ricksussman1955...> [MDBirding] C&O Canal from Edwards Ferry to White's Ferry - Central Loudoun CBC
12/29/19 6:10 am Bryan H <bghenson23...> [MDBirding] C&O Canal from Edwards Ferry to White's Ferry - Central Loudoun CBC
12/29/19 3:51 am David Gibson <20cabot...> [MDBirding] ID Help, please
12/28/19 2:52 pm Derek C. Richardson <dcr...> [MDBirding] starling murmuration
12/28/19 11:10 am JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> Re: [MDBirding] Rusty blackbirds at Patuxent NWS Visitor Center
12/28/19 10:54 am Jim Felley <jdfelley...> [MDBirding] Rusty blackbirds at Patuxent NWS Visitor Center
12/28/19 10:35 am Patti Armistead <pattiarmistead...> Re: [MDBirding] ID help
12/28/19 3:56 am David Gibson <20cabot...> Re: [MDBirding] ID help
12/27/19 8:41 pm thbeal via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] ID help
12/27/19 2:01 pm 'Jim Stasz' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> RE: [MDBirding] ID help
12/27/19 1:59 pm Patti Armistead <pattiarmistead...> [MDBirding] ID help
12/27/19 1:12 pm James Wilson <birdmanjfw...> [MDBirding] Re: Golden-crowned Sparrow - Head Injury
12/27/19 10:55 am fwitebsky via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Golden-crowned Sparrow - Head Injury
12/26/19 6:37 pm Les R. Becker <lesrbecker2...> [MDBirding] Montgomery County Sandhill Cranes
12/26/19 3:51 pm 'Sarah Romero' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] Re: Rufous Hummingbird continuing Howard County
12/26/19 3:20 pm Janet Millenson <janet...> [MDBirding] Last call for Sugarloaf Christmas Count - Sunday, Dec. 29
12/26/19 9:23 am 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] Re: Rufous Hummingbird continuing Howard County
12/26/19 9:18 am Kerry Stone <kstonelfs...> Re: [MDBirding] Re: Rufous Hummingbird continuing Howard County
12/26/19 7:21 am Bob Ringler <ringler.bob...> Re: [MDBirding] Hagerstown redstart..
12/25/19 2:32 pm JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> [MDBirding] Hagerstown redstart..
12/25/19 11:14 am JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> [MDBirding] (FR) ~Christmas birds & etc.
12/24/19 1:14 pm Mike Burke <burkemf...> Re: [MDBirding] Migrating Mallards?
12/24/19 7:16 am 'Sarah Romero' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] Re: Rufous Hummingbird continuing Howard County
12/24/19 5:58 am Ed Vigezzi <ed.vigezzi...> [MDBirding] Re: Rufous Hummingbird continuing Howard County
 
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Date: 1/23/20 5:02 pm
From: Edward Boyd <edboyd59...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Boat-tailed grackle
Bob Ringler would have data on info not in ebird. ebird has 1 record for
Anne Arundel at Fort Smallwood, and 1 record for Caliber of a bird flying
south liver the water from North Beach. That's it north of Saint Mary's.

Any Boat-tailed Grackle seen on the western shore of Maryland north of
Saint Mary's (where they are a rare bird) would be a remarkable find,
especially away from the immediate coast, and requires complete details
and/or clear images for documentation.

Ed Boyd
Westminster, MD

On Wed, Jan 22, 2020, 21:48 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <
<mdbirding...> wrote:

> Boat-tailed Grackle isn't on the eBird filter for Montgomery which means
> that it's beyond rare there. Without solid photographic or audio evidence,
> this is surely a Common Grackle.
>
> Tyler Bell
> <jtylerbell...>
> California, Maryland
>
>
> On Wednesday, January 22, 2020, 6:13:55 PM EST, Warblerick <
> <ricksussman1955...> wrote:
>
>
> How did you seperate it from the much more likely Common Grackle?
> Rick Sussman
> Woodbine, MD
>
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Date: 1/23/20 4:31 pm
From: 'Marcy Stutzman' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] PG co crow roost question
Gregg Patrick Boersma posted a picture in Facebook MD Birding showing the
crows roosting on the top of the New Carrollton Parking Garage today
(1/23/20), in case anyone is still interested in the question asked in this
thread.

Gregg Patrick Boersma
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Date: 1/23/20 3:32 pm
From: Tom Kimbis <tom.kimbis...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Be safe - Know the state/county hunting dates!
Fellow birders, be safe by always remembering to check the state hunting
calendar before heading to an area with allowable hunting (or close by).
If you are doing so, wear a bright top and hat! Not great for stalking
birds, but better than catching shell.

According to the state calendar--

DEER: All winter deer hunting in the state ends Jan 31. Firearm hunting for
deer appears to be finished for winter, but archery continues until Jan 31.

TURKEY: The short 3-day season started TODAY and runs through SAT 1/25.

DUCKS: Season ends on Jan 31.

GEESE: Continues through March 10. This is one to pay particular attention
to -- you're not safe wandering about as a birder just because deer hunting
season ends with January.

Different counties have different regulations, fall into different hunting
regions and use different rules for Sunday hunting. Please consult the
below link for more information, and do double-check my dates above.

https://dnr.maryland.gov/huntersguide/Documents/Hunting_Seasons_Calendar.pdf



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Date: 1/22/20 6:48 pm
From: 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Boat-tailed grackle
Boat-tailed Grackle isn't on the eBird filter for Montgomery which means that it's beyond rare there. Without solid photographic or audio evidence, this is surely a Common Grackle.

Tyler Bell
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California, Maryland

On Wednesday, January 22, 2020, 6:13:55 PM EST, Warblerick <ricksussman1955...> wrote:

How did you seperate it from the much more likely Common Grackle?
Rick Sussman
Woodbine, MD

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Date: 1/22/20 5:24 pm
From: Kathie Lambert <kathie.lambert.pac...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] West Annapolis Robins
When my mom lived in West Annapolis on Tucker St, there was a huge oak tree
at the street. Most of it hung over the driveway. It was common for
several hundred Robins to roost in the tree. She often walked out to find
her car nearly unrecognizable due to the Robin crap. This time of year,
that portion of the yard stank badly. Mom was a birder but she didn't much
appreciate the Robins' choice of roost.

Kathie Lambert
Harwood, MD

On Wed, Jan 22, 2020 at 11:06 AM Janet Millenson <janet...> wrote:

> Randy,
>
> You're not the only one living in a "Robin 'Hood" this winter. On the
> recent Sugarloaf Mountain Christmas Bird Count (December 29), many sectors
> reported American Robin numbers in the 300-500 range. One sector in
> Frederick County tallied more than 3400 robins, bringing the count's total
> to a record high 6075.
>
> Janet Millenson
> Potomac, MD (Montgomery County)
> <janet...>
>
>
> On 1/22/2020 10:09 AM, randy wrote:
>
> For the past few weeks here in my West Annapolis neighborhood, there have
> been literally thousands of (mostly) robins, mostly noticeable at dusk and
> dawn. I've lived in MD for 30+ years, and I know that all the robins don't
> go south for the winter like they did in my Ohio home, but this has been
> crazy. Every single tree is just full of them when I walk the dogs in the
> evening, and they just explode from the trees in my backyard if I walk
> outside.
>
> The whole neighborhood is curious about why they might be here. It's not
> all that unusual to see a small flock at some time during the winter, but
> there honestly must be thousands now. We've wondered if they're just
> migrating late (or returning early), but the numbers are way out of line
> with a normal fall/spring migration.
>
> Any ideas? Have any other areas noticed this recently?
>
> Thanks for your time, would love to have something to share with the
> neighbors about this.
>
> randy
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Date: 1/22/20 3:13 pm
From: Warblerick <ricksussman1955...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Boat-tailed grackle
How did you seperate it from the much more likely Common Grackle?
Rick Sussman
Woodbine, MD

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Date: 1/22/20 12:07 pm
From: Tim Persons <timondelaplaya...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Boat-tailed grackle
Boat-tailed grackle sort of far inland. Kensington, MD near Mormon Temple.
On tray feeder containing subflower seed and cracked corn. Blue
iridescent head with bright yellow eyes. Have never seen at feeder before.

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Date: 1/22/20 8:06 am
From: Janet Millenson <janet...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] West Annapolis Robins
Randy,

You're not the only one living in a "Robin 'Hood" this winter. On the
recent Sugarloaf Mountain Christmas Bird Count (December 29), many
sectors reported American Robin numbers in the 300-500 range. One sector
in Frederick County tallied more than 3400 robins, bringing the count's
total to a record high 6075.

Janet Millenson
Potomac, MD (Montgomery County)
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On 1/22/2020 10:09 AM, randy wrote:
> For the past few weeks here in my West Annapolis neighborhood, there
> have been literally thousands of (mostly) robins, mostly noticeable at
> dusk and dawn. I've lived in MD for 30+ years, and I know that all the
> robins don't go south for the winter like they did in my Ohio home,
> but this has been crazy. Every single tree is just full of them when I
> walk the dogs in the evening, and they just explode from the trees in
> my backyard if I walk outside.
>
> The whole neighborhood is curious about why they might be here. It's
> not all that unusual to see a small flock at some time during the
> winter, but there honestly must be thousands now. We've wondered if
> they're just migrating late (or returning early), but the numbers are
> way out of line with a normal fall/spring migration.
>
> Any ideas? Have any other areas noticed this recently?
>
> Thanks for your time, would love to have something to share with the
> neighbors about this.
>
> randy
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Date: 1/22/20 7:15 am
From: randy <randysch...>
Subject: [MDBirding] West Annapolis Robins
For the past few weeks here in my West Annapolis neighborhood, there have
been literally thousands of (mostly) robins, mostly noticeable at dusk and
dawn. I've lived in MD for 30+ years, and I know that all the robins don't
go south for the winter like they did in my Ohio home, but this has been
crazy. Every single tree is just full of them when I walk the dogs in the
evening, and they just explode from the trees in my backyard if I walk
outside.

The whole neighborhood is curious about why they might be here. It's not
all that unusual to see a small flock at some time during the winter, but
there honestly must be thousands now. We've wondered if they're just
migrating late (or returning early), but the numbers are way out of line
with a normal fall/spring migration.

Any ideas? Have any other areas noticed this recently?

Thanks for your time, would love to have something to share with the
neighbors about this.

randy

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Date: 1/22/20 5:50 am
From: 'Marcy Stutzman' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: White bird, small black specks, orange crest, abt robin size: Towson MD feeder
Perhaps it is a leucistic Northern Cardinal.

Marcy Stutzman
Russett, MD 20724

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Date: 1/22/20 5:46 am
From: 'Marcy Stutzman' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Birding at the Beltway Agricultural Research Center
There is limited public access. The land is private and no trespassing
because of the research being performed. There are public roads that run
through the property that are well used with little room for a vehicle to
pull off. The limited public access I know of used to be at the museum, but
I don't know if it is still there or not.

Marcy Stutzman
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Date: 1/22/20 5:08 am
From: Diana Linnekin <dlinnekin...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Birding at the Beltway Agricultural Research Center
Greetings all! Does anyone in this group have information on birding at
the Beltway Agricultural Research Center (BARC). I am curious as to what is
accessible to the public and when, as well as what is not accessible. Is
there a point of contact at BARC that can grant access or provide
information? Thank you very much for any information you can provide.
Best, Diana

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Date: 1/22/20 4:35 am
From: Ann Hobbs <hobbs_ann...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] eBird support?
Derek & Marcia,
I also submitted a “new support ticket” several weeks ago, to ask about the "ask the ebird community” feature that has disappeared from the help section. This feature was a source of much helpful information (though also occasionally of snarky comments about changes to the website). I have not received a response either. I just assumed no one wanted to bother explaining the situation, or perhaps they are just overwhelmed. I agree with Marcia that the help section seems somewhat meager since the overhaul. Perhaps it is a “work in progress”?
Ann Hobbs
Silver Spring, MD

On Jan 21, 2020, at 9:21 PM, Marcia Watson <marshwren50...><mailto:<marshwren50...>> wrote:

Derek,

I’ve also noticed that the “help” or “support” section seems to have been rebuilt. An entry that earlier had detailed instructions on moving Avisys data to eBird has now been pruned to one short generic and unhelpful paragraph. Overall the remaining set of entries seems awfully meager.

Marcia
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http://www.friendsofpatuxent.org/

Bowie, Maryland
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On Jan 21, 2020, at 7:22 PM, Derek C. Richardson <dcr...><mailto:<dcr...>> wrote:


A question for the MD eBirders out there:

Does anyone know the status of eBird help support these days? I've submitted 2 tickets in the past 2 weeks and heard nothing back, not even an acknowledgment. I'm submitting these by clicking on "New Support Ticket" here: https://support.ebird.org/support/home

(I've also noticed that a lot of eBird questions searched-for using google result in links that just go to the support pages and do not provide the actual solution -- this suggests a reorganization was done that dropped or moved older solutions.)

Thanks for any help!

-Derek

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Date: 1/22/20 4:16 am
From: Marideth Sandler <maridethsandler...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Large flocks of Canadian Geese grazing
On January 21. I saw several very large flocks of CG on grassy areas in Potomac Park. Are these migrants already moving north? Hadn't seen them there recently

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Date: 1/22/20 4:16 am
From: Jeffrey Bingenheimer <bartbing...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Merlins at Wheaton Regional Park
I saw a pair of Merlins near the edge of Pine Lake in Wheaton Regional Park this morning.

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Date: 1/22/20 4:16 am
From: Janet Ardam <gojanet10216...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Sandhill Cranes
Very glad you found them Susan! As I was leaving, they flew across the
road right over me and laded in the golf course, lost to sight. A great
sight to see!

On Tuesday, January 14, 2020 at 9:38:31 AM UTC-5, Susan Hunt wrote:
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> Linda, Moira, and I saw the three cranes coming in for a landing at the
> Poolesville golf course at 9:08 this morning.
>
> Susan Hunt
> Wheaton
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Date: 1/22/20 4:16 am
From: Dee Z <dee.ziegler...>
Subject: [MDBirding] White bird, small black specks, orange crest, abt robin size: Towson MD feeder
Can anyone help identify? I've seen it only once, at our new feeder;
watched it for several minutes. Thanks for any suggestions. Dee
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Date: 1/21/20 6:21 pm
From: Marcia Watson <marshwren50...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] eBird support?
Derek,

I’ve also noticed that the “help” or “support” section seems to have been rebuilt. An entry that earlier had detailed instructions on moving Avisys data to eBird has now been pruned to one short generic and unhelpful paragraph. Overall the remaining set of entries seems awfully meager.

Marcia
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http://www.friendsofpatuxent.org/

Bowie, Maryland
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> On Jan 21, 2020, at 7:22 PM, Derek C. Richardson <dcr...> wrote:
>
>
> A question for the MD eBirders out there:
>
> Does anyone know the status of eBird help support these days? I've submitted 2 tickets in the past 2 weeks and heard nothing back, not even an acknowledgment. I'm submitting these by clicking on "New Support Ticket" here: https://support.ebird.org/support/home
>
> (I've also noticed that a lot of eBird questions searched-for using google result in links that just go to the support pages and do not provide the actual solution -- this suggests a reorganization was done that dropped or moved older solutions.)
>
> Thanks for any help!
>
> -Derek
>
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Date: 1/21/20 4:22 pm
From: Derek C. Richardson <dcr...>
Subject: [MDBirding] eBird support?

A question for the MD eBirders out there:

Does anyone know the status of eBird help support these days? I've
submitted 2 tickets in the past 2 weeks and heard nothing back, not even
an acknowledgment. I'm submitting these by clicking on "New Support
Ticket" here: https://support.ebird.org/support/home

(I've also noticed that a lot of eBird questions searched-for using google
result in links that just go to the support pages and do not provide the
actual solution -- this suggests a reorganization was done that dropped or
moved older solutions.)

Thanks for any help!

-Derek

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Date: 1/21/20 9:56 am
From: Janet Millenson <janet...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Baltimore Oriole (yes, in winter) - RFI
Although the Sugarloaf Mountain Christmas Bird Count tallied a
below-average 82 species on December 29 (the near-constant rain didn't
help), our Count Week list included some great finds. One CW bird new to
our cumulative list was a female *Baltimore Oriole* that has been
visiting a suet feeder in Dickerson for several weeks.

The homeowner is interested in "any reports or other resources that
could help us understand why this bird is here now, apparently alone and
at the wrong time." I promised that the knowledgeable folks on MdBirding
would surely be able to help. Please reply to me and I will forward the
information to the homeowner. Thanks!

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Date: 1/21/20 9:30 am
From: Steve Huy <grisly.remains...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Just an FYI - Ocean City Parking
I believe you can use the ParkMobile app to pay and manage your parking in
OC. I highly recommend it. Not only will it send reminders when your time
is about to expire, but you don't need to walk to one of the kiosks to pay,
or update your expected time. You can do it all from your mobile device. As
long as you aren't distracted by your children and completely forget about
paying until it's too late.

Steve Huy
Frederick, MD

On Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 12:15:59 PM UTC-5, Marcia Balestri wrote:
>
> Beginning in April, Ocean City's new demand-based parking system will take
> effect. The new system will work as follows:
>
> October, April & May (before Memorial Day weekend)
>
> - Monday-Thursday: Parking will be free at both the Ocean City
> Inlet, all other municipal parking lots and on-street parking
> - Friday-Sunday: Rates will be $3 an hour at the Ocean City Inlet
> Parking Lot and at $2 an hour other municipal parking lots and at on-street
> parking
>
> Friday of Memorial Day weekend through Oct. 1
>
> - At the Ocean City Inlet rates will be $3.50 an hour and $3 an hour
> at all other municipal parking lots and on-street parking
>
> If an individual, who parks at a municipal lot, pays their parking
> fine within an hour of it being issued, the $50 fine will be voided,
> according to the town's parking resolution.
>
> At the Inlet, if an individual doesn't pay for their parking, the town
> will bill them using their license plate for the time they parked plus a
> $25 fee. If that bill isn't paid within 30 days the town raises the fine to
> $50, according to the resolution. All that can be avoided if the violator
> pays for the time they parked up to an hour after they left the Inlet.
>
> If you haven’t been to OC lately, there are no more booths with people in
> them where you pay your parking. It is all electronic now, and you need to
> know your license plate. It’s simple once you have done it, but can be
> confusing the first time for some. There is an information booth with
> someone to help with problems (most of the time).
> _____________________
>
> Marcia Balestri
> Worcester County, Maryland
> <mebal......> <javascript:>
>
>
>
>
>
> “...ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge: it is
> those who know little, and not those who know much, who so
> positively assert that this or that problem will never be solved
> by science." Charles Darwin, 1871
>
>
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Date: 1/21/20 4:36 am
From: Steve Ferendo, Frederick, MD <stevefinmd...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Sandhill Cranes
You are absolutely right. Poor behavior is one of the main reasons some
refuse to post locations.

On Monday, January 20, 2020 at 4:24:35 PM UTC-5, Kerry Stone wrote:
>
> Finally saw the Sandhill Cranes. Beautiful! What was not so beautiful was
> the behavior of some of the birders. No trespassing means no trespassing.
> Moving, with your camera, in front of other birders...ridiculous. And,
> finally, would you want someone parking on your lawn? Makes us birders look
> bad and really hurts our reputation. C’mon! My middle school students know
> better. (Also posted to Facebook MDBirfing group)
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Date: 1/20/20 1:32 pm
From: Kerry Stone <kstonelfs...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Add on to previous msg
These are the Sandhill Cranes in Poolesville. Saw them next to the
Poolesville Golf Course in the corn fields. Three of them.

Kerry
Montgomery County

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Date: 1/20/20 1:24 pm
From: Kerry Stone <kstonelfs...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Sandhill Cranes
Finally saw the Sandhill Cranes. Beautiful! What was not so beautiful was
the behavior of some of the birders. No trespassing means no trespassing.
Moving, with your camera, in front of other birders...ridiculous. And,
finally, would you want someone parking on your lawn? Makes us birders look
bad and really hurts our reputation. C’mon! My middle school students know
better. (Also posted to Facebook MDBirfing group)

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Date: 1/20/20 6:13 am
From: 'Ted on Little Round Bay' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] A little help w/ Lesser vs. Greater scaup ID please?
If there's anything obvious on any one of these birds please let me know.
This is little round bay on the severn river in crownsville at 8:30 AM
The flock was about 24 and they were mixed in with canada geese and a few
mallards. They appeared close to mallard sized but a bit smaller. They
appear larger than buffleheads nearby.
I could not see any irridescence from the sun angle.

See attached and thanks for any help.


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Date: 1/19/20 5:58 pm
From: 'Jim Nelson' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Sandhills Cranes
Birds of North America online under Main Foods Taken states:  "Flying insects. Small fruits in fall, winter, and spring, especially during unfavorable weather."
Jim NelsonBethesda


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From: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...>
To: Kerry Stone <kstonelfs...>
Cc: Maryland Birding <mdbirding...>
Sent: Sun, Jan 19, 2020 5:30 pm
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Sandhills Cranes

On Sun, Jan 19, 2020 at 4:16 PM Kerry Stone <kstonelfs...> wrote:
> What could that Phoebe be eating in this weather?

I observed one that appeared to upchuck a millet seed last year.

More here [https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Eastern_Phoebe/lifehistory]
under "food."

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

ps had a bookend pair of accipiters sitting on adjacent fence posts in
early afternoon...pic later

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Date: 1/19/20 2:30 pm
From: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Sandhills Cranes
On Sun, Jan 19, 2020 at 4:16 PM Kerry Stone <kstonelfs...> wrote:
> What could that Phoebe be eating in this weather?

I observed one that appeared to upchuck a millet seed last year.

More here [https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Eastern_Phoebe/lifehistory]
under "food."

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

ps had a bookend pair of accipiters sitting on adjacent fence posts in
early afternoon...pic later

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Date: 1/19/20 1:16 pm
From: Kerry Stone <kstonelfs...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Sandhills Cranes
Staked out for a while. No luck...was entertained by a hunting Kestral
though. Stopped by Hughes Hollow on the way home and saw a Phoebe. What
could that Phoebe be eating in this weather?

Kerry
Takoma Park, MD.

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Date: 1/19/20 1:12 pm
From: Robert McLean <tmclean1090...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Re: Greater White-fronted Goose
The White-fronted goose continues at Lake Montebello (Balto. City). Seen at
2:50 pm on 1/19. Seen three tenths of a mile after the western part of loop
turns one way. Seen in the fields north of the loop. In with a bunch of
Canadas, the best way to pick out the bird might be to just look for orange
legs or bill ( not a pink bill, but may be pink-orange)

Good birding!

Taylor McLean
Towson MD

On Fri, Jan 17, 2020, 5:34 PM ehrlicr <ehrlicr...> wrote:

> Good Evening - Was there this afternoon. Thank you for your help. Best
>
>
> On Thursday, January 16, 2020 at 10:43:55 AM UTC-5, ehrlicr wrote:
>>
>> Good Morning,
>> I wanted to know if the continuing bird at Lake Montebello, Baltimore,
>> Maryland is there today.
>> There were ebird posts yesterday but do not see any today.
>> May be too windy or moved on.
>> Thank You.
>>
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Date: 1/18/20 1:34 pm
From: Mark Johnson <mj3151...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Short-eared Owls-Carroll Co.
There were two Short-eared Owls photographed on Sixes Bridge Rd. around 4 PM yesterday (1/17/20). They were reported in eBird as Northern Harriers.

Mark Johnson
Aberdeen, MD

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Date: 1/18/20 10:12 am
From: Cheryl Hogue <cheryl.hogue...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Just an FYI - Ocean City Parking
Thank you for this information, Marcia.

Cheryl Hogue
Silver Spring

On Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 12:15:59 PM UTC-5, Marcia Balestri wrote:
>
> Beginning in April, Ocean City's new demand-based parking system will take
> effect. The new system will work as follows:
>
> October, April & May (before Memorial Day weekend)
>
> - Monday-Thursday: Parking will be free at both the Ocean City
> Inlet, all other municipal parking lots and on-street parking
> - Friday-Sunday: Rates will be $3 an hour at the Ocean City Inlet
> Parking Lot and at $2 an hour other municipal parking lots and at on-street
> parking
>
> Friday of Memorial Day weekend through Oct. 1
>
> - At the Ocean City Inlet rates will be $3.50 an hour and $3 an hour
> at all other municipal parking lots and on-street parking
>
> If an individual, who parks at a municipal lot, pays their parking
> fine within an hour of it being issued, the $50 fine will be voided,
> according to the town's parking resolution.
>
> At the Inlet, if an individual doesn't pay for their parking, the town
> will bill them using their license plate for the time they parked plus a
> $25 fee. If that bill isn't paid within 30 days the town raises the fine to
> $50, according to the resolution. All that can be avoided if the violator
> pays for the time they parked up to an hour after they left the Inlet.
>
> If you haven’t been to OC lately, there are no more booths with people in
> them where you pay your parking. It is all electronic now, and you need to
> know your license plate. It’s simple once you have done it, but can be
> confusing the first time for some. There is an information booth with
> someone to help with problems (most of the time).
> _____________________
>
> Marcia Balestri
> Worcester County, Maryland
> <mebal......> <javascript:>
>
>
>
>
>
> “...ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge: it is
> those who know little, and not those who know much, who so
> positively assert that this or that problem will never be solved
> by science." Charles Darwin, 1871
>
>
>

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Date: 1/18/20 9:16 am
From: Marcia Balestri <mebalestri...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Just an FYI - Ocean City Parking
Beginning in April, Ocean City's new demand-based parking system will take effect. The new system will work as follows:

October, April & May (before Memorial Day weekend)

Monday-Thursday: Parking will be free at both the Ocean City Inlet, all other municipal parking lots and on-street parking
Friday-Sunday: Rates will be $3 an hour at the Ocean City Inlet Parking Lot and at $2 an hour other municipal parking lots and at on-street parking
Friday of Memorial Day weekend through Oct. 1

At the Ocean City Inlet rates will be $3.50 an hour and $3 an hour at all other municipal parking lots and on-street parking
If an individual, who parks at a municipal lot, pays their parking fine within an hour of it being issued, the $50 fine will be voided, according to the town's parking resolution.

At the Inlet, if an individual doesn't pay for their parking, the town will bill them using their license plate for the time they parked plus a $25 fee. If that bill isn't paid within 30 days the town raises the fine to $50, according to the resolution. All that can be avoided if the violator pays for the time they parked up to an hour after they left the Inlet.


If you haven’t been to OC lately, there are no more booths with people in them where you pay your parking. It is all electronic now, and you need to know your license plate. It’s simple once you have done it, but can be confusing the first time for some. There is an information booth with someone to help with problems (most of the time).
_____________________

Marcia Balestri
Worcester County, Maryland
<mebalestri...>






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Date: 1/18/20 4:43 am
From: David Gibson <20cabot...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Question about a Woodpecker
Hi James and MD birders, I've been involved with translocating Red-cockaded
Woodpeckers down here in VA from areas in North Carolina to the Great
Dismal Swamp. I wrote a bit about this and provided a recording of a
calling RCW in an earlier blog post
<https://birdpartner.com/2018/11/02/designed-to-fly/>. (Thank you, by the
way, to those of you who read my blogs!) The story can be found in the "The
Marvel of Bird Flight" section. I also provide a link in the blog to
additional info about RCW's.
Here's a great article about RCW's
<https://www.dgif.virginia.gov/wildlife/information/red-cockaded-woodpecker/>
provided by the Virginia Dept. of Game and Inland Fisheries (VGDIF). It is
well worth reading and will help you better understand this species. BTW
and FYI...though these birds do usually nest in cavities in live pines
infected with a fungus, I've never once heard any of the wildlife
biologists I've worked with refer to these pines as 'unhealthy.' All the
best,
Dave Gibson
https://birdpartner.com/



On Sat, Jan 18, 2020 at 7:09 AM James Wilson <birdmanjfw...> wrote:

> Bob,
>
> Thanks for your response.
>
> Red-cockaded Woodpecker may be it. My initial research only turned up
> that it will dig into a healthy pine *but * *the heartwood has been
> softened by red heart fungus*, i.e. it is not a healthy tree.
>
> After I posted my question, I continued searching but this time I picked
> up an honest to goodness hold in your hand flip the pages book. The
> Birder's Handbook stated that it will sometimes attack a totally healthy
> tree (no heartwood rot) and take up to one year.
>
> Someone else suggested to ask Cornell. I have yet to take the time to
> find their Q&A section. Maybe today.
>
> Jim Wilson.
>
> On Friday, January 17, 2020 at 2:54:25 PM UTC-5, bob augustine wrote:
>>
>> Red-cockeded
>>
>> Bob Augustine
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Date: 1/18/20 4:09 am
From: James Wilson <birdmanjfw...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Question about a Woodpecker
Bob,

Thanks for your response.

Red-cockaded Woodpecker may be it. My initial research only turned up that
it will dig into a healthy pine *but * *the heartwood has been softened by
red heart fungus*, i.e. it is not a healthy tree.

After I posted my question, I continued searching but this time I picked up
an honest to goodness hold in your hand flip the pages book. The Birder's
Handbook stated that it will sometimes attack a totally healthy tree (no
heartwood rot) and take up to one year.

Someone else suggested to ask Cornell. I have yet to take the time to find
their Q&A section. Maybe today.

Jim Wilson.

On Friday, January 17, 2020 at 2:54:25 PM UTC-5, bob augustine wrote:
>
> Red-cockeded
>
> Bob Augustine
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Date: 1/17/20 2:34 pm
From: ehrlicr <ehrlicr...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Greater White-fronted Goose
Good Evening - Was there this afternoon. Thank you for your help. Best


On Thursday, January 16, 2020 at 10:43:55 AM UTC-5, ehrlicr wrote:
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> Good Morning,
> I wanted to know if the continuing bird at Lake Montebello, Baltimore,
> Maryland is there today.
> There were ebird posts yesterday but do not see any today.
> May be too windy or moved on.
> Thank You.
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Date: 1/17/20 11:54 am
From: bob augustine <augustinebob8...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Question about a Woodpecker
Red-cockeded

Bob Augustine

On Tue, Jan 14, 2020 at 7:28 AM James Wilson <birdmanjfw...> wrote:

> Several years ago while doing internet research about woodpeckers, I
> remember reading about a woodpecker that makes a nesting cavity in a live,
> healthy tree. It took 2 to 3 years for it to excavate the hole.
>
> At least that is what I *think* I remember. I definitely cannot remember
> the species of woodpecker.
>
> Recently I have spent way too much time googling the internet in a
> fruitless search. I went to the local library and the research librarian
> and she came up empty. I think I should have started my search here first
> ... at least I hope someone can help.
>
> QUESTION: Is there a woodpecker that takes 2 to 3 years to excavate a
> nesting cavity in a live and totally healthy tree? Or is my memory faulty,
> deranged, wrong, bad, inaccurate, foggy etc etc.
>
> Many thanks for any help.
> Jim Wilson
> Queenstown
> Note: it is not the Red-cockaded Woodpecker which digs into a healthy
> pine but the heartwood has been softened by red heart fungus.
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Date: 1/17/20 9:55 am
From: Linda Just <ljustrn...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Commonwealth of Virginia - Contact the Governor's Office
This was the link I used. There was a spot for non-Virginia residents.

On Fri, Jan 17, 2020 at 11:40 AM Linda Just <ljustrn...> wrote:

> Commonwealth of Virginia - Contact the Governor's Office
>
>
>
> https://www.governor.virginia.gov/constituent-services/communicating-with-the-governors-office/?eType=EmailBlastContent&eId=3ff30aad-4ba4-43a4-89e2-1f05a7d8f474
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Date: 1/17/20 8:52 am
From: Marcia Watson <marshwren50...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Virginia Hampton Rds. Bridge Tunnel
Bobbi and all,

Scroll down to the bottom of the page on the link I sent. There are instructions for non-residents.

Marcia
------------
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Patuxent Bird Club
https://patuxentbirdclub.org/

Maryland Ornithological Society
https://mdbirds.org/

Friends of Patuxent
http://www.friendsofpatuxent.org/

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> On Jan 17, 2020, at 11:32 AM, Bobbi <b.reichwein...> wrote:
>
> The link took me to a Virginia RESIDENT Action Alert signature page, non-VA residents get kicked off. Any other thoughts? Thanks.
>
> Bobbi Reichwein
> PAX Bird Club
> AABC
>
> <b..........>
>
>> On Friday, January 17, 2020 at 12:31:45 AM UTC-5, Marcia Watson wrote:
>> Here’s the link to ABC’s “take action” page on the tern issue. https://abcbirds.org/action/petition-save-the-terns
>>
>> Marcia
>> ------------
>> Marcia Watson
>> Patuxent Bird Club
>> https://patuxentbirdclub.org/
>>
>> Maryland Ornithological Society
>> https://mdbirds.org/
>>
>> Friends of Patuxent
>> http://www.friendsofpatuxent.org/
>>
>> Bowie, Maryland
>> <marsh......>
>>
>>
>>> On Jan 16, 2020, at 10:49 PM, JAMES SPEICHER <jugor......> wrote:
>>>
>>>> On Thu, Jan 16, 2020 at 9:06 PM Linda Just <lju......> wrote:
>>>> There is a form on the American Conservancy website, that will prompt Virginia residents and non residents to respond. I apologize if this was mentioned in a previous email. I do hope this is an appropriate request for this site, but this is of utmost importance. Thanks.
>>>
>>> Can you provide the specific link? I didn't find it...only the press
>>> release that David provided, which had a link to donating that I saw.
>>>
>>> Jim S
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Date: 1/17/20 8:40 am
From: Linda Just <ljustrn...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Commonwealth of Virginia - Contact the Governor's Office
Commonwealth of Virginia - Contact the Governor's Office


https://www.governor.virginia.gov/constituent-services/communicating-with-the-governors-office/?eType=EmailBlastContent&eId=3ff30aad-4ba4-43a4-89e2-1f05a7d8f474

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Date: 1/17/20 8:39 am
From: Jim Rapp <dlitedirector...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Virginia Hampton Rds. Bridge Tunnel
This is included in the ABC alert I received this morning:

If you are not a Virginia resident, we have an alternate method to enable you to communicate with the Governor (since our action alert system requires that respondents be direct constituents). Simply copy the sample letter below and paste it into the Governor’s official online communication form. You can customize it with your own thoughts. Please visit this link (you may need to copy & paste linl below) to proceed to send a letter to the Governor as a non-Virginia resident.

https://www.governor.virginia.gov/constituent-services/communicating-with-the-governors-office/?eType=EmailBlastContent&eId=3ff30aad-4ba4-43a4-89e2-1f05a7d8f474


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> On January 17, 2020 at 11:32 AM Bobbi <b.reichwein...> wrote:
>
> The link took me to a Virginia RESIDENT Action Alert signature page, non-VA residents get kicked off. Any other thoughts? Thanks.
>
> Bobbi Reichwein
> PAX Bird Club
> AABC
>
> <b..........>
>
> On Friday, January 17, 2020 at 12:31:45 AM UTC-5, Marcia Watson wrote:
>
> > > Here’s the link to ABC’s “take action” page on the tern issue. https://abcbirds.org/action/petition-save-the-terns https://abcbirds.org/action/petition-save-the-terns
> >
> > Marcia
> > ------------
> > Marcia Watson
> > Patuxent Bird Club
> > https://patuxentbirdclub.org/
> >
> > Maryland Ornithological Society
> > https://mdbirds.org/
> >
> > Friends of Patuxent
> > http://www.friendsofpatuxent.org/ http://www.friendsofpatuxent.org/
> >
> > Bowie, Maryland
> > <marsh......>
> >
> >
> > On Jan 16, 2020, at 10:49 PM, JAMES SPEICHER < <jugor......> wrote:
> >
> >
> > > > > On Thu, Jan 16, 2020 at 9:06 PM Linda Just < <lju......> wrote:
> > >
> > > > > > > There is a form on the American Conservancy website, that will prompt Virginia residents and non residents to respond. I apologize if this was mentioned in a previous email. I do hope this is an appropriate request for this site, but this is of utmost importance. Thanks.
> > > >
> > > > > > > Can you provide the specific link? I didn't find it...only the press
> > > release that David provided, which had a link to donating that I saw.
> > >
> > > Jim S
> > >
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Date: 1/17/20 8:32 am
From: Bobbi <b.reichwein...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Virginia Hampton Rds. Bridge Tunnel
The link took me to a Virginia RESIDENT Action Alert signature page, non-VA
residents get kicked off. Any other thoughts? Thanks.

Bobbi Reichwein
PAX Bird Club
AABC

<b..........>

On Friday, January 17, 2020 at 12:31:45 AM UTC-5, Marcia Watson wrote:
>
> Here’s the link to ABC’s “take action” page on the tern issue.
> https://abcbirds.org/action/petition-save-the-terns
>
> Marcia
> ------------
> Marcia Watson
> Patuxent Bird Club
> https://patuxentbirdclub.org/
>
> Maryland Ornithological Society
> https://mdbirds.org/
>
> Friends of Patuxent
> http://www.friendsofpatuxent.org/
>
> Bowie, Maryland
> <marsh......> <javascript:>
>
>
> On Jan 16, 2020, at 10:49 PM, JAMES SPEICHER <jugor......>
> <javascript:>> wrote:
>
> On Thu, Jan 16, 2020 at 9:06 PM Linda Just <lju......> <javascript:>>
> wrote:
>
> There is a form on the American Conservancy website, that will prompt
> Virginia residents and non residents to respond. I apologize if this was
> mentioned in a previous email. I do hope this is an appropriate request
> for this site, but this is of utmost importance. Thanks.
>
>
> Can you provide the specific link? I didn't find it...only the press
> release that David provided, which had a link to donating that I saw.
>
> Jim S
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Date: 1/16/20 9:31 pm
From: Marcia Watson <marshwren50...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Virginia Hampton Rds. Bridge Tunnel
Here’s the link to ABC’s “take action” page on the tern issue. https://abcbirds.org/action/petition-save-the-terns

Marcia
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> On Jan 16, 2020, at 10:49 PM, JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> wrote:
>
>> On Thu, Jan 16, 2020 at 9:06 PM Linda Just <ljustrn...> wrote:
>> There is a form on the American Conservancy website, that will prompt Virginia residents and non residents to respond. I apologize if this was mentioned in a previous email. I do hope this is an appropriate request for this site, but this is of utmost importance. Thanks.
>
> Can you provide the specific link? I didn't find it...only the press
> release that David provided, which had a link to donating that I saw.
>
> Jim S
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Date: 1/16/20 7:49 pm
From: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Virginia Hampton Rds. Bridge Tunnel
On Thu, Jan 16, 2020 at 9:06 PM Linda Just <ljustrn...> wrote:
> There is a form on the American Conservancy website, that will prompt Virginia residents and non residents to respond. I apologize if this was mentioned in a previous email. I do hope this is an appropriate request for this site, but this is of utmost importance. Thanks.

Can you provide the specific link? I didn't find it...only the press
release that David provided, which had a link to donating that I saw.

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Date: 1/16/20 6:16 pm
From: Linda Just <ljustrn...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Virginia Hampton Rds. Bridge Tunnel
Thanks David. I also posted it on my Facebook page, hoping to get more
involved.

On Thu, Jan 16, 2020 at 9:13 PM David Gibson <20cabot...> wrote:

> Linda, Great reminder. Here's the link:
> https://abcbirds.org/article/hampton-roads-save-the-terns. There are many
> different reasons why this has happened and many share the blame. But it's
> not too late for all of us to help out.
> Dave Gibson
> https://birdpartner.com/
>
>
> Dave Gibson
> https://birdpartner.com/
>
>
>
> On Thu, Jan 16, 2020 at 9:06 PM Linda Just <ljustrn...> wrote:
>
>> I’m sure many of you have heard of the disastrous expansion of the
>> Hampton Rds. Bridge Tunnel in Virginia, where a nesting site for Terns was
>> paved. I’m under the impression that 20,000 + Terns and Black Skimmers will
>> be displaced. Please consider writing to the governor of Virginia in
>> pleading for a separate island built with dredge spoils that are nearby.
>> There is a form on the American Conservancy website, that will prompt
>> Virginia residents and non residents to respond. I apologize if this was
>> mentioned in a previous email. I do hope this is an appropriate request
>> for this site, but this is of utmost importance. Thanks.
>>
>> Linda Just
>> Colora, Md
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Date: 1/16/20 6:13 pm
From: David Gibson <20cabot...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Virginia Hampton Rds. Bridge Tunnel
Linda, Great reminder. Here's the link:
https://abcbirds.org/article/hampton-roads-save-the-terns. There are many
different reasons why this has happened and many share the blame. But it's
not too late for all of us to help out.
Dave Gibson
https://birdpartner.com/


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On Thu, Jan 16, 2020 at 9:06 PM Linda Just <ljustrn...> wrote:

> I’m sure many of you have heard of the disastrous expansion of the Hampton
> Rds. Bridge Tunnel in Virginia, where a nesting site for Terns was paved.
> I’m under the impression that 20,000 + Terns and Black Skimmers will be
> displaced. Please consider writing to the governor of Virginia in pleading
> for a separate island built with dredge spoils that are nearby. There is a
> form on the American Conservancy website, that will prompt Virginia
> residents and non residents to respond. I apologize if this was mentioned
> in a previous email. I do hope this is an appropriate request for this
> site, but this is of utmost importance. Thanks.
>
> Linda Just
> Colora, Md
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Date: 1/16/20 6:06 pm
From: Linda Just <ljustrn...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Virginia Hampton Rds. Bridge Tunnel
I’m sure many of you have heard of the disastrous expansion of the Hampton
Rds. Bridge Tunnel in Virginia, where a nesting site for Terns was paved.
I’m under the impression that 20,000 + Terns and Black Skimmers will be
displaced. Please consider writing to the governor of Virginia in pleading
for a separate island built with dredge spoils that are nearby. There is a
form on the American Conservancy website, that will prompt Virginia
residents and non residents to respond. I apologize if this was mentioned
in a previous email. I do hope this is an appropriate request for this
site, but this is of utmost importance. Thanks.

Linda Just
Colora, Md

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Date: 1/16/20 3:30 pm
From: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Hagerstown City Park Redstart
I wondered if it had shown up on the FB side of MD Birding since it was
last reported on eBird on 12/31.

Jim S

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Date: 1/16/20 3:27 pm
From: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...>
Subject: [MDBirding] GBBC Photo Contest Winners
FYI

https://gbbc.birdcount.org/2019-photo-contest/?utm_source=Cornell+Lab+eNews&utm_campaign=78b60eebf2-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2019_12_06_11_34_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_47588b5758-78b60eebf2-306283249

tinyurl is
https://tinyurl.com/sslxeb8

Jim S

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Date: 1/16/20 2:32 pm
From: David Sandler <detour61...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Greater White-fronted Goose
I found the flock and the target goose in field opposite housing for Morgan State U on Argonne Drive

Sent from my iPhone

> On Jan 16, 2020, at 3:29 PM, Kimberly Tomko <ktomkat...> wrote:
>
> It goes back and forth from the lake to the fields around the treatment facility visible from Hillen Road. There are some buildings and hills that can obstruct your view so it’s possible it’s still there.
>
> Kim Tomko
> Baltimore City
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>>> On Jan 16, 2020, at 11:02 AM, Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4...> wrote:
>>>
>> 
>> No sign of it at 11:00 today.
>>
>>> On Thu, Jan 16, 2020 at 10:43 AM ehrlicr <ehrlicr...> wrote:
>>> Good Morning,
>>> I wanted to know if the continuing bird at Lake Montebello, Baltimore, Maryland is there today.
>>> There were ebird posts yesterday but do not see any today.
>>> May be too windy or moved on.
>>> Thank You.
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Date: 1/16/20 1:47 pm
From: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...>
Subject: Fwd: [MDBirding] Triadelphia Reservoir?
Meant to reply all...

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From: *JAMES SPEICHER* <jugornought...>
Date: Thursday, January 16, 2020
Subject: [MDBirding] Triadelphia Reservoir?
To: Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4...>


I've asked my sister who's an engineer with WSSC to see if she can pry out
some information...and will forward.

Jim S

On Thursday, January 16, 2020, Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4...> wrote:

> Trails remain closed. Viewing from the dam depends on whom you ask. I have
> been denied on several attempts. Website is useless.
>
> On Thu, Jan 16, 2020 at 11:16 AM Marcia Watson <marshwren50...>
> wrote:
>
>> Can anyone give an update on the status of Triadelphia Dam and the trails
>> nearby? Is the construction completed and are the dam and trails open
>> again? I’ve been seeing some eBird reports coming out of there. I looked
>> on the WSSC website for an update but could not find the current status.
>> Thanks,
>>
>> Marcia
>> ------------
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>> Patuxent Bird Club
>> https://patuxentbirdclub.org/
>>
>> Maryland Ornithological Society
>> https://mdbirds.org/
>>
>> Friends of Patuxent
>> http://www.friendsofpatuxent.org/
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Date: 1/16/20 12:56 pm
From: Jim Wilkinson <lakekoshare...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Active morning at Back River WWTP, January 16
https://ebird.org/checklist/S63455258

Despite the wind there were a lot of birds in and around the mature pines
near the entrance. Most interesting was a male Pine Warbler and doubl-digit
Yellow-rumps.

Jim Wilkinson
Columbia, MD

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Date: 1/16/20 12:29 pm
From: Kimberly Tomko <ktomkat...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Greater White-fronted Goose
It goes back and forth from the lake to the fields around the treatment facility visible from Hillen Road. There are some buildings and hills that can obstruct your view so it’s possible it’s still there.

Kim Tomko
Baltimore City

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> On Jan 16, 2020, at 11:02 AM, Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4...> wrote:
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> 
> No sign of it at 11:00 today.
>
>> On Thu, Jan 16, 2020 at 10:43 AM ehrlicr <ehrlicr...> wrote:
>> Good Morning,
>> I wanted to know if the continuing bird at Lake Montebello, Baltimore, Maryland is there today.
>> There were ebird posts yesterday but do not see any today.
>> May be too windy or moved on.
>> Thank You.
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Date: 1/16/20 10:23 am
From: Steve Long <steve.long4...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Tundra Swans
Saw a flock of Tundra Swans in a field by Rt.50, a little north of
Vienna, yesterday afternoon.  This morning, a pair of swans with a gray
juvenile dropped into our cove near Oxford and sent me scrambling for
the bird book to see if they might be Trumpeters. But, alas, from the
head/bill shape, I am confident that they were Tundras.

In the 1980s, we used to have sizeable flocks of Tundras (then Whistling
Swans) in this cove each winter, and an occasional Mute Swan.  Then the
Mutes became residents, and took over the territory.  DNR seems to have
pretty much eradicated the Mutes as of a few years ago,  so I have been
hoping for the Tundras to stop in here, again.  But, this is the first
ones we have seen on this cove for decades.

Steve Long, Oxford

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Date: 1/16/20 8:47 am
From: Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Triadelphia Reservoir?
Trails remain closed. Viewing from the dam depends on whom you ask. I have
been denied on several attempts. Website is useless.

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> Can anyone give an update on the status of Triadelphia Dam and the trails
> nearby? Is the construction completed and are the dam and trails open
> again? I’ve been seeing some eBird reports coming out of there. I looked
> on the WSSC website for an update but could not find the current status.
> Thanks,
>
> Marcia
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> Patuxent Bird Club
> https://patuxentbirdclub.org/
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Date: 1/16/20 8:16 am
From: Marcia Watson <marshwren50...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Triadelphia Reservoir?
Can anyone give an update on the status of Triadelphia Dam and the trails nearby? Is the construction completed and are the dam and trails open again? I’ve been seeing some eBird reports coming out of there. I looked on the WSSC website for an update but could not find the current status. Thanks,

Marcia
------------
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Patuxent Bird Club
https://patuxentbirdclub.org/

Maryland Ornithological Society
https://mdbirds.org/

Friends of Patuxent
http://www.friendsofpatuxent.org/

Bowie, Maryland
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Date: 1/16/20 8:02 am
From: Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Greater White-fronted Goose
No sign of it at 11:00 today.

On Thu, Jan 16, 2020 at 10:43 AM ehrlicr <ehrlicr...> wrote:

> Good Morning,
> I wanted to know if the continuing bird at Lake Montebello, Baltimore,
> Maryland is there today.
> There were ebird posts yesterday but do not see any today.
> May be too windy or moved on.
> Thank You.
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Date: 1/16/20 7:44 am
From: ehrlicr <ehrlicr...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Greater White-fronted Goose
Good Morning,
I wanted to know if the continuing bird at Lake Montebello, Baltimore,
Maryland is there today.
There were ebird posts yesterday but do not see any today.
May be too windy or moved on.
Thank You.

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Date: 1/14/20 9:24 am
From: Harry Armistead <harryarmistead...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Ferry Neck, Blackwater, Hooper's Island, Jan. 7-9, 2020 et al.
FERRY NECK, HOOPER’S ISLAND, BLACKWATER, JANUARY 7-9, 2020. Cape Charles CBC results. Philadelphia scenes. In short, a miscellany, a potpourri if not pauvrete.


JANUARY 7, TUESDAY. Philadelphia: a bald eagle flies right across I-95 and into the Navy Yard. SW of Middletown, DE, single red-shouldered and red-tailed hawks on the wires. Route 301, MD, two A-10 Warthogs fly across. Route 481: 3 bald eagles (one on its nest in the sycamore near Routes 309 X 481, 2 others nearby), 1 immature red-shouldered hawk, and a spectacular, adult female peregrine falcon swoops right in front of the car and lands in an oak. Route 33 W of Easton: 12 wild turkeys in their favorite field across from Town & Country. In one of John Swaine’s fields 1,475 Canada geese, the first geese or swans seen today.


Arrive at Rigby’s Folly 2:37 P.M., overcast, rain, calm, 41-38 degrees F., the fields a sodden mass, the ponds and ditches full, the way I like it. Walk across Field 1 in boots with an umbrella out to Lucy Point at sunset, the southwestern sky a pale, diffuse pink low down, auguring well for a nice day tomorrow, but not much on the Choptank River mouth. horned grebe 4, ruddy duck 40, tundra swan 38, bufflehead 75, Canada goose 165 (75 in Field 2), and surf scoter 3. A male red-bellied woodpecker in the yard. A subdued visit this time because of a head and chest cold (virus). Feeling wousy. ugh!


JANUARY 8, WEDNESDAY. clear, NW15-20, 38-44. Spend most of the day reading a review book Blood ties: a story of falconry and fatherhood ** by Ben Crane (U. Chicago Pr., due out March 2020, 320pp., $18, unillustrated). C. Albert Matthew$ services the geothermal system, 10:45-12:15. They always seem to find something that needs fixing or replacement. Wish I’d stuck with gas. Same thing happens at Nissan dealerships when I go for some one, simple, need. I’ve had better results at Pep Boys, trust them more.


BELLEVUE, 2 P.M. a pied-billed grebe right in the marina enclosure, a bald eagle, a pileated woodpecker. DEEP NECK, 3 P.M., mallard 20, Canada goose 2,000, tundra swan 40, most of these on the edge of Broad Creek. RIGBY’S FOLLY, a smart-looking fox sparrow along the drive hedgerow, nice, extended look. 65 redheads, 1,310 Canada geese.


JANUARY 9, THURSDAY. clear or fair, 28 at start, NW5+. In Poplar Cove, 55 ruddy ducks accompanied by 2 redheads. The near full moon plus the NW winds push the tide way out past the end of our dock. 2 deer, 2 gray squirrels. FERRY NECK ROAD, 24 wild turkeys.


EGYPT ROAD: bald eagle 2, tundra swan 16 (in a field), starling 95, sika deer 1 buck.


BLACKWATER N.W.R. My original intention is just a random drive through on the way to Hooper’s Island. When I run into Ron Ketter, who is doing one of the regular waterbird counts today, that intention is only reinforced. 100s of pintails. Pool 3 is loaded with swans and geese. Also see an adult male northern harrier, 1 American white pelican, 25 common mergansers, 1 red-tailed hawk, 16 bald eagles, and a fox squirrel. Fresh waters high, tidal waters low.


HOOPER’S ISLAND but also including Swan Harbor, Great Marsh, and environs, 1:30-5, NW5+ becoming nice and calm, 35-40-34, high tide falling fast to a very low low tide. Good numbers of some ducks. Run into Charles Hopkins here and we bird together some.


COMPLETE LIST: WATERFOWL (15 species): Canada goose 1,350. tundra swan 95 (low). American black duck 13. mallard 2. northern shoveler 3 (strange seeing them sitting out in the middle of Honga River). northern pintail 575 (rafted up well offshore in upper Honga River as if they are pochards or other diving ducks). canvasback 5. redhead, oh, 500 or so (started to despair of seeing the almost traditional big redhead numbers on Hoopers until Charles pointed these out a bit south of Hoopersville, on Honga River). lesser scaup 2. surf scoter 70. black scoter 20 (close views of several males with their knobby, bright orange bill processes; “sea prothonotaries”). long-tailed duck 0 (almost always a few one can look down on [and hear!] from the top of Ferry Narrows Bridge). bufflehead 410. common goldeneye 13. red-breasted merganser 2. ruddy duck 4.


EVERYONE ELSE: red-throated loon 2 (good, close looks). common loon 6. horned grebe 5. great blue heron 5. bald eagle 6. northern harrier 1 (at sunset). red-tailed hawk 1. American kestrel 2. clapper rail 2 (1 well-seen at length sitting on the sod bank, surveying its domain, E of Cat Cove; when I move forward with the car it scuttles off into the Juncus roemerianus). killdeer 4. dunlin 3 (on the artificial jetties S of Ferry Narrows Bridge). sanderling 0 (seldom miss them at Swan Harbor but the long sandbars there are much diminished). Bonaparte’s gull 2 (Tar Bay). ring-billed, herring & great black-backed gulls, low numbers. mourning dove 6. northern mockingbird 3. European starling 460 (glomming onto the remains of a huge old pile of discarded crab shells). red-winged blackbird 45. house sparrow 11 (foraging in last year’s crab pots’ incidental catch at Hoopersville). song sparrow 1 (out of place offshore a ways on the rocks of one of the experimental jetties).


To be at Hooper’s Island at sunset and day’s end is a tremendous experience, especially when it is clear and dead calm. Out across the Bay with this good visibility the bridge across Patuxent River shows up pretty well. If there had been pelicans, cormorants, or gannets out there they would have been easily visible.


Good news is that Denny’s country fried steak is back up to par, after a dismal showing my previous visit. Thus fortified, Liz is sick, needs me at home, but doesn’t say so, so I head back, am home at exactly midnight. Unrelatedly, I once drove through the town of Rorschach, Austria, at exactly midnight.


** Falconry books. There have been several fairly recent falconry books that are sometimes intensely autobiographical, as is Blood ties. Coincidentally, they are all about the same dimensions. A rage for falcons by Stephen Bodio (Nick Lyons Books, 1984), Falcon fever: a falconer in the twenty-first century by Tim Gallagher (Houghton Mifflin, 2008), and H is for hawk by Helen Macdonald (Grove Press, 2014).


** This last title, although highly acclaimed in many quarters, I would say would be more appropriately entitled M is for me. Several people I know, some of them non-birders, couldn’t stand it. There seems to be something about falconry that often leads to its practitioners being quite introspective.


Having read some of my meanderings above, perhaps Rick Blom’s “definition” of LISTSERV might be appropriate here: “An e-mail discussion group in which every random, irrelevant thought of every participant is automatically dumped onto your computer. One out of fifty messages contains useful information.” - Maryland Birdlife, fall 2019, p. 52. In Rick’s wry, irreverent, way a bit overstated, but the gist of what he says has a kernel of truth. There IS quite a bit of chaff.


JANUARY 12, SUNDAY. PHILADELPHIA. George gives me a whirlwind tour of some of the best birding spots in Philadelphia along the Delaware River: the Navy Yard, FDR Park, Pulaski Park, Pennypack-on-the-Delaware, a sewage treatment plant, Betsy Ross Bridge. Shovelers, lesser scaup, greater scaup, ruddy ducks, a pied-billed grebe, 2 mute swans, ring-necked ducks, canvasbacks. We see two bald eagle nests and last year’s osprey nest.


At the sewage pond c. 100 northern rough-winged swallows overwinter, subsisting on midges. On Jan. 11 an extremely aseasonal bank swallow is seen there. Sandwiched in between the Delaware and Schuylkill rivers, this seemingly unpromising area, chockfull of ghastly scenes of urban decay, often has more “good” birds than the pristine areas of the Delmarva Peninsula I favor. And there are extensive parks, some ponds, woodlands, scrubby areas, and good views of open waters on Delaware River. On Jan. 11 four orange-crowned warblers were found on Keith Russell’s January Philadelphia bird count.


55th CAPE CHARLES, Virginia, CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT:


This count was December 30, 2019, a Monday, with 26 participants finding 148 species. Of most interest: two birds new to the count, a yellow-throated vireo (photographed) and a white-winged dove. After more than half-a-century new species are not found every year.


Notable are record highs of 15 orange-crowned warblers (seen by 5 parties) and 9 blue-headed vireos (seen by 2). A high tide helped produce good numbers of the three reclusive marsh sparrow species and 2 wrens: 36 saltmarsh, 19 Nelson’s and 17 seaside sparrows plus 11 sedge and 7 marsh wrens. Twenty Ipswich sparrows are also a good total.


Other higher-than-normal totals are 7 peregrine falcons, 207 brown pelicans, 14 red-shouldered hawks, 1,847 black-bellied plovers, 9,009 dunlin, 52 clapper rails, and 374 double-crested cormorants. Nice but not that unusual totals include 36 bald eagles, 4 whimbrel, 387 willets, 21 red knots, and 61 American woodcock. In most years this count achieves the national high for woodcock.


Semi-rare: cackling goose 1, blue-gray gnatcatcher 1, greater white-fronted goose 3, and common eider 1. A few of the totals may later be slightly downsized in an attempt to compensate for possible duplicate sightings of large, conspicuous, wide-ranging species, such as pelicans and eagles.


This area at the end of the long Delmarva Peninsula both concentrates some species and makes others at times unusually scarce. We are still learning its salient features. Since only two active birders live here, the count is dependent on observers from elsewhere. Coastal Virginia Wildlife Observatory sponsors the count, helps in a big way to fund the fee for the all-important boat party, that finds the lion’s share of shorebirds.


A larger-than-usual number of species were either absent or in very low numbers this time. Notably American goldfinch 2, rusty blackbird 0, purple finch 0, horned lark 0, snow goose 0, wood duck 0, American coot 0, northern bobwhite 0 (in precipitous decline all over the Mid-Atlantic region), black-crowned night heron 0, lesser yellowlegs 0, red-headed woodpecker 0, northern pintail 1, white-winged scoter 0.


PARTICIPANTS: Bob Ake, George Armistead (co-compiler), Harry Armistead, Pam Barton, Arun Bose, Dana Bradshaw, Ned Brinkley (co-compiler), Jack Carroll, Dan Cristol, Doug Davis, Kit Fechtig, Todd Fellenbaum, Teta Kain, Kathy Louthan, Grazina & Michael McClure, Chris Monahan, Rich Moncrief, Ellison Orcutt, Napier Shelton, Wes Teets, Sarah Trachy, Michael Walter, Bryan Watts, Bill Williams, Gary Williamson. Thanks to Eastern Shore of Virginia National Wildlife Refuge for permitting access to restricted areas and to Greg Cridlin for likewise letting our observers onto his farming property.


Cape Charles count is December 30 every year. All are welcome. - Harry Armistead (compiler 1968-2016) on behalf of compilers George Armistead and Ned Brinkley.


Best to all. - Harry Armistead, Philadelphia.

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Date: 1/14/20 4:28 am
From: James Wilson <birdmanjfw...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Question about a Woodpecker
Several years ago while doing internet research about woodpeckers, I
remember reading about a woodpecker that makes a nesting cavity in a live,
healthy tree. It took 2 to 3 years for it to excavate the hole.

At least that is what I *think* I remember. I definitely cannot remember
the species of woodpecker.

Recently I have spent way too much time googling the internet in a
fruitless search. I went to the local library and the research librarian
and she came up empty. I think I should have started my search here first
... at least I hope someone can help.

QUESTION: Is there a woodpecker that takes 2 to 3 years to excavate a
nesting cavity in a live and totally healthy tree? Or is my memory faulty,
deranged, wrong, bad, inaccurate, foggy etc etc.

Many thanks for any help.
Jim Wilson
Queenstown
Note: it is not the Red-cockaded Woodpecker which digs into a healthy pine
but the heartwood has been softened by red heart fungus.

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Date: 1/13/20 6:31 am
From: Jim Rapp <dlitedirector...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Jan. 24-26: Winter Delmarva Birding Weekend
The 5th annual Winter Delmarva Birding Weekend http://delmarvabirding.com/winter-dbw-jan-24-26/ will be held January 24-26, 2020. We tallied 118 species https://mailchi.mp/wicomicoenvironment/delmarvabirding?e=ef8afe1070 during the 2019 event, including multiple sightings of Gray and Harbor Seals.

Registration information can be found athttp://www.DelmarvaBirding.com .

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Date: 1/12/20 5:05 pm
From: Warblerick <ricksussman1955...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Bluebirds galore
More likely a Red-shouldered Hawk. Broad-wings spend our winters in South America.
Rick Sussman
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Date: 1/12/20 11:10 am
From: Lauren Goodsmith <lauren.goodsmith...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Bluebirds galore
Eastern bluebirds galore at Cromwell Valley Park today. Also spotted: Pileated woodpecker, red tailed and broad-winged hawk, plus the usual winter denizens.

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Date: 1/12/20 6:14 am
From: 'George Jett' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Confused Canada Geese

Folks With this very warm January spell the hundreds of Canada Geese are flying north.  They are likely  to turn around when more seasonable temps return.Normally the daylight cycle promotes migration.  This warm weather seems to have confused the birds.GeorgeSent from AOL Mobile Mail
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Date: 1/11/20 5:09 pm
From: Janet Ardam <jago10216...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Sandhill Cranes
Sandhill Cranes continue in Poolesville on W. Willard Rd. 3 in the field across from the golf course entrance.


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Date: 1/11/20 6:56 am
From: Art Drauglis <lwsyrup...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Finzel Swamp closed?
I just tried to visit Finzel but the neighbor has installed a gate to keep people out. From TNC’s website
NOTE ABOUT VISITING FINZEL: It has been brought to our attention that a new neighbor has installed a gate that blocks access to the preserve. Please know that we are working diligently with legal services to determine how to best resolve this issue. We will continue to provide updates on this matter as we have them.

Just so you know....

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Date: 1/10/20 3:51 pm
From: 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Re: MD-DC Breeding Bird Atlas Portal
Just a reminder that safe dates are really just to sort out which birds are residents and which might be migrants. If you find a pair of Bald Eagles building a nest over this upcoming weekend, or last weekend, safe dates don't apply.

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On Friday, January 10, 2020, 6:01:14 PM EST, James Speicher <jugornought...> wrote:

Hi
I'm curious about the safe dates for Bald Eagle:
START 4 / 15; END 8 / 5
the start date seems awfully late...
Jim S

On Wednesday, January 8, 2020 at 2:04:26 PM UTC-5, Gabriel Foley wrote:
Hi everyone,
I have had a number of people ask me when to use the Atlas eBird portal (ebird.org/atlasmddc) as opposed to general eBird (ebird.org) and how 'safe dates' fit into this Atlas, so I thought I would send out a message here.
If you haven't read the Atlas Handbook yet, I would encourage you to do so. There is a lot of useful information in there.
You should submit checklists to the Atlas when you have a breeding code in a checklist, or when you are submitting a nocturnal checklist. You can find instructions for using the portal (on the website and on the app) at https://ebird.org/ atlasmddc/about/data- submission.
Safe dates are a date rangefor each species that indicate when migrants are likely to be absent from Maryland and DC. Within these date ranges, you can use 'Possible status' codes, including Habitat (code H) and Singing (code S). The further outside of a species' safe dates you are, the more cautious you should be using codes that are relatively weak evidence of breeding. For example, Hooded Mergansers are displaying to each other right now. This could be classified as a Display (code C), but many of these individuals will migrate further north to breed. Using that code in January, well before they intend to nest, would create a misleading map of their breeding in Maryland and DC. You can find safe dates at https://ebird.org/ atlasmddc/about/safe-dates.
Hope this helps clear things up!
Best,Gabriel FoleyNorth Bethesda, <MDmddc......>
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Date: 1/10/20 3:01 pm
From: James Speicher <jugornought...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: MD-DC Breeding Bird Atlas Portal
Hi

I'm curious about the safe dates for Bald Eagle:

START 4 / 15; END 8 / 5

the start date seems awfully late...

Jim S

On Wednesday, January 8, 2020 at 2:04:26 PM UTC-5, Gabriel Foley wrote:
>
> Hi everyone,
>
> I have had a number of people ask me when to use the Atlas eBird portal (
> ebird.org/atlasmddc) as opposed to general eBird (ebird.org) and how
> 'safe dates' fit into this Atlas, so I thought I would send out a message
> here.
>
> If you haven't read the Atlas Handbook yet, I would encourage you to do
> so. There is a lot of useful information in there.
>
> You should submit checklists to the Atlas when you have a breeding code in
> a checklist, or when you are submitting a nocturnal checklist. You can find
> instructions for using the portal (on the website and on the app) at
> https://ebird.org/atlasmddc/about/data-submission.
>
> Safe dates are a date range for each species that indicate when migrants
> are likely to be absent from Maryland and DC. Within these date ranges, you
> can use 'Possible status' codes, including Habitat (code H) and Singing
> (code S). The further outside of a species' safe dates you are, the more
> cautious you should be using codes that are relatively weak evidence of
> breeding. For example, Hooded Mergansers are displaying to each other right
> now. This could be classified as a Display (code C), but many of these
> individuals will migrate further north to breed. Using that code in
> January, well before they intend to nest, would create a misleading map of
> their breeding in Maryland and DC. You can find safe dates at
> https://ebird.org/atlasmddc/about/safe-dates.
>
> Hope this helps clear things up!
>
> Best,
> Gabriel Foley
> North Bethesda, MD
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> Atlas Coordinator
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> North Bethesda, MD
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Date: 1/8/20 4:02 pm
From: Allen Lewis <allenrlewis...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Howard County Bird Club Meeting
Howard County Bird Club Meeting – Linda Hunt and Keven Heffernan of the
Howard County Bird Club will summarize results from 2019 Howard County
Butterfly survey. Julie Constantino Project Manager of the Howard County
Office of Community sustainability will present an overview of the Howard
County Bee City USA initiative. Both presentations will be given at the
monthly meeting of the Howard County Bird Club 7:30 PM Thursday, January 9,
at Robinson Nature Center, 6692 Cedar Lane, Columbia. Information:
howardbirds.org

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Date: 1/8/20 3:44 pm
From: Scott Young <wsyacy...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Birds enrich our lives
I enjoy these blogs and I especially like the bufflehead photo from this
one. The discouraging price at B&H Photo for the Sony set-up to capture the
picture - $18,048... But, then again, Colin Franks is an awesome
photographer and makes the most from his equipment!

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Date: 1/8/20 2:57 pm
From: David Gibson <20cabot...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Birds enrich our lives
Hi MD and DC birders, Here's my latest blog
<https://birdpartner.com/2020/01/08/we-love-birds-2/>, another in the
series about how birds enrich our lives. It includes the usual photos,
photo tips, bird photos, attempts at humor, and stories—including a love
story. I hope you enjoy it and share it, and I welcome your comments. All
the best, great birds, and thanks so much for reading. Thanks, too, to the
administrators here for giving me permission to post.

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Date: 1/8/20 1:25 pm
From: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Hummers?
Just wondering if any are still around. My feeder is still out...

Jim Speicher
BroadRun/Burkittsville area
[FR] Frederick County
WA Co. MOS member
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Date: 1/8/20 11:04 am
From: Gabriel Foley <mddcbba3...>
Subject: [MDBirding] MD-DC Breeding Bird Atlas Portal
Hi everyone,

I have had a number of people ask me when to use the Atlas eBird portal (
ebird.org/atlasmddc) as opposed to general eBird (ebird.org) and how 'safe
dates' fit into this Atlas, so I thought I would send out a message here.

If you haven't read the Atlas Handbook yet, I would encourage you to do so.
There is a lot of useful information in there.

You should submit checklists to the Atlas when you have a breeding code in
a checklist, or when you are submitting a nocturnal checklist. You can find
instructions for using the portal (on the website and on the app) at
https://ebird.org/atlasmddc/about/data-submission.

Safe dates are a date range for each species that indicate when migrants
are likely to be absent from Maryland and DC. Within these date ranges, you
can use 'Possible status' codes, including Habitat (code H) and Singing
(code S). The further outside of a species' safe dates you are, the more
cautious you should be using codes that are relatively weak evidence of
breeding. For example, Hooded Mergansers are displaying to each other right
now. This could be classified as a Display (code C), but many of these
individuals will migrate further north to breed. Using that code in
January, well before they intend to nest, would create a misleading map of
their breeding in Maryland and DC. You can find safe dates at
https://ebird.org/atlasmddc/about/safe-dates.

Hope this helps clear things up!

Best,
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North Bethesda, MD
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Date: 1/8/20 4:08 am
From: Timothy Boucher <timothyboucherbirder...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Birder’s Guide to MD & DC - Website Relaunch
Terrific resource - thanks for taking the time to update it!

Tim

On Thursday, January 2, 2020 at 12:40:34 PM UTC-5, Marcia Watson wrote:
>
> Happy New Year to everyone. For the new year, the Maryland Ornithological
> Society has a new look for its its online *Birder’s Guide to Maryland &
> DC* at a new address: https://birdersguidemddc.org/. This online
> resource, which first launched in 2016, now has descriptions of 192 places
> to bird, covering all the counties in MD, the City of Baltimore, and
> Washington, DC. It’s meant to be a resource for local birders as well as
> out-of-state visitors.
>
> There are many new features on the website, including the ability to
> search for birding sites by name, by region, by county, by habitat, by type
> (such as a state park or hunting area), by features (such as boat launch or
> picnic area), and via a statewide interactive Google map. One of the new
> features is a set of links to top eBird hotspots, including the top 25
> hotspots for MD & DC, the #1 hotspot in each county, and the top ten in
> each region; these top hotspot collections are available by scrolling down
> on the home page.
>
> This project has been a long time coming and has been a true collaborative
> volunteer effort. MOS first set up a committee to develop a MD birding
> trail or guide back in 2008. More than 70 people representing all parts of
> MD as well as DC have contributed content for the *Birder’s Guide; *a
> complete list of contributors is on the website under the “About Us” menu
> item. The beautiful photo of a Baltimore Oriole at the top of the new
> home page was contributed by Bonnie Ott. The new website was designed by
> Gabe Seiden of Connect4Consulting, a small business located in Takoma Park.
>
> We are still building out some of the content for the website, especially
> birding site descriptions and a checklist for Washington, DC, as well as
> some of the features that will be under the “Resources” menu item. Also,
> some time later this year, we’ll be putting out a call for photos of the
> birding locations. We will continue adding more birding site descriptions
> just as fast as we can research the details and write them up. For this
> effort, input from local birders is crucial, so if you would like to
> suggest a place to include, or if you have updates or corrections for
> existing site descriptions, please let us know. I serve as the editor for
> the website and my email address is <marsh......> <javascript:>.
>
> I hope that you’ll take a look at the website and that it will inspire you
> to visit some new places. https://birdersguidemddc.org/
>
> Marcia
> ------------
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> Patuxent Bird Club
> https://patuxentbirdclub.org/
>
> Maryland Ornithological Society
> https://mdbirds.org/
>
> Friends of Patuxent
> http://www.friendsofpatuxent.org/
>
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Date: 1/7/20 6:49 pm
From: Kevin Graff <keyweststyle2001...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Hart-Miller Island, 01/06/2020
01/06/2020 - 710am-3pm
Hart-Miller Island, Essex, B Co., MD

WEATHER: Overcast/PC, 36-51 degrees, WSW 3K- W 10K OBS: John D, Kevin G,
Joe H

Canada Goose - 452
*MUTE SWAN - 3
Tundra Swan - 148
Gadwall - 430
American Wigeon - 206
American Black Duck - 195
Mallard - 480
Northern Shoveler - 16
Northern Pintail - 380
Green-winged Teal - 190
Canvasback - 3
Redhead - 56
Ring-necked Duck - 20
Greater Scaup - 13
Lesser Scaup - 36
Long-tailed Duck - 3
Bufflehead - 20
Common Goldeneye - 2
Hooded Merganser - 73
Red-breasted Merganser - 27
Ruddy Duck - 396
Common Loon - 3
Pied-billed Grebe - 1
Horned Grebe - 1
Double-crested Cormorant - 1
Great Blue Heron - 6
Black Vulture - 1
Turkey Vulture - 1
Bald Eagle - 3
Northern Harrier - 2
Cooper's Hawk - 1
Red-shouldered Hawk - 1
Red-tailed Hawk - 1
Virginia Rail - 1
American Coot - 315
*BONAPARTE'S GULL - 2
Ring-billed Gull - 40
Herring Gull - 18
Great Black-backed Gull - 5
Rock Pigeon - 1
Mourning Dove - 54
Red-bellied Woodpecker - 1
Downy Woodpecker - 2
Northern Flicker - 7
American Crow - 3
*HORNED LARK - 12
Carolina Chickadee - 2
Carolina Wren - 6
Golden-crowned Kinglet - 6
Ruby-crowned Kinglet - 2
Northern Mockingbird - 1
European Starling - 42
*SNOW BUNTING - 24
Eastern Towhee - 1
Savannah Sparrow - 4
Song Sparrow - 58
Swamp Sparrow - 18
White-throated Sparrow - 13
Northern Cardinal - 10
Red-winged Blackbird - 135
American Goldfinch - 8
SPECIES: 61 INDIVIDUALS: 3962

MAMMALS: E Red Bat - 1 Red Fox - 2


Kevin Graff

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Date: 1/6/20 11:42 am
From: Tim Houghton <timhoughton...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Sedge Wrens at Chesapeake Beach Railroad Trail, 1/6/20
Our first trip to this location, Brad Phoebus and I enjoyed finding a few nice birds, especially two Sedge Wrens. (At the "T" go left--about 500 feet from beginning of cement, on the LEFT, a little short of the tall bat box.) One was very close to the path and gave us great views. Both calling. Some other nice birds: Long-Tailed Duck, Goldeneye, VA Rail, Common Yellowthroat.

Tim Houghton
(Glen Arm)

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Date: 1/6/20 3:23 am
From: Fran Toler <francestoler...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: C&O count - current availability. ~Three weeks out...

Hi James
I would interested in one of the spots in the 30s (32/34 or 38/39)

Thanks
Fran Toler
<francestoler...>


On Sunday, January 5, 2020 at 6:37:22 PM UTC-5, James Speicher wrote:
>
> Count dates for 2020: 1/25/20 thru 2/2/20
>
> Detailed information for all aspects of the count attached as a PDF file
>
> (milepost/milepost)
> 6/9 - may be near the Beltway/American Legion bridge 32/34 or 38/39)
>
> A few sections of interest to FR & Mont counties are
> 32/34
> 38/39
>
> Further out:
> 94/95
> 96/97
> 100/105
> 112/150
>
> Jim Speicher
> BroadRun/Burkittsville area
> Frederick County MD
> M.O.S. member, Washington Co Chapter
> C&O count coordinator
>
> > ---------- Forwarded message ---------
> > From: JAMES SPEICHER <jugor......> <javascript:>>
> > Date: Fri, Nov 22, 2019 at 6:44 PM
> > Subject: C&O count - call for coverage
> >
> > Count dates for 2020: 1/25/20 thru 2/2/20
> >
> > 2020 will mark the 3rd year of the count's rebirth following the end of
> DC Audubon Society's [DCAS] sponsorship of the count in 2016.
> >
> > Every year there are far flung areas in Washington & Allegany counties
> that lack coverage. In *2016 DCAS was unable to cover 22 miles in
> Washington and 5 miles in Allegany county. In 2019 with the renewed count
> still in its infancy the gaps were 34 miles in Washington and 23 miles in
> Allegany county. Some of the individuals who had volunteered to assist in
> these areas in 2016 included Mike Englar, Hans Holbrook, [first name
> unknown] Epperly, June Tveekrem, Mary Huebner, Vern Gauthier, and Mark
> Malec. I have no contact info for most of them, but they would be welcome
> back as would anyone else reading this with an interest in birding the C&O
> canal towpath in winter.
> >
> > The C&O Canal Trust has developed an excellent interactive Access and
> Parking link for the entire towpath: [
> https://www.canaltrust.org/plan/parking-along-the-co-canal-3/]. Use it
> to determine ease of access to any area of the towpath.
> >
> > *2016's count was encumbered with an historic blizzard on the day of the
> count and many areas were never able to be surveyed. In part this was what
> led to the expansion of the count period to the current 9 day window.
> Other changes were also implemented with the goal of improving the data.
> At over 180 miles in extent, the C&O count
> > rivals the coverage issues that prevent all State CBCs from occurring on
> a single date...
> >
> > Jim Speicher
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Date: 1/5/20 3:37 pm
From: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...>
Subject: [MDBirding] C&O count - current availability. ~Three weeks out...
Count dates for 2020: 1/25/20 thru 2/2/20

Detailed information for all aspects of the count attached as a PDF file

(milepost/milepost)
6/9 - may be near the Beltway/American Legion bridge

A few sections of interest to FR & Mont counties are
32/34
38/39

Further out:
94/95
96/97
100/105
112/150

Jim Speicher
BroadRun/Burkittsville area
Frederick County MD
M.O.S. member, Washington Co Chapter
C&O count coordinator

> ---------- Forwarded message ---------
> From: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...>
> Date: Fri, Nov 22, 2019 at 6:44 PM
> Subject: C&O count - call for coverage
>
> Count dates for 2020: 1/25/20 thru 2/2/20
>
> 2020 will mark the 3rd year of the count's rebirth following the end of DC Audubon Society's [DCAS] sponsorship of the count in 2016.
>
> Every year there are far flung areas in Washington & Allegany counties that lack coverage. In *2016 DCAS was unable to cover 22 miles in Washington and 5 miles in Allegany county. In 2019 with the renewed count still in its infancy the gaps were 34 miles in Washington and 23 miles in Allegany county. Some of the individuals who had volunteered to assist in these areas in 2016 included Mike Englar, Hans Holbrook, [first name unknown] Epperly, June Tveekrem, Mary Huebner, Vern Gauthier, and Mark Malec. I have no contact info for most of them, but they would be welcome back as would anyone else reading this with an interest in birding the C&O canal towpath in winter.
>
> The C&O Canal Trust has developed an excellent interactive Access and Parking link for the entire towpath: [https://www.canaltrust.org/plan/parking-along-the-co-canal-3/]. Use it to determine ease of access to any area of the towpath.
>
> *2016's count was encumbered with an historic blizzard on the day of the count and many areas were never able to be surveyed. In part this was what led to the expansion of the count period to the current 9 day window. Other changes were also implemented with the goal of improving the data. At over 180 miles in extent, the C&O count
> rivals the coverage issues that prevent all State CBCs from occurring on a single date...
>
> Jim Speicher

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Date: 1/4/20 3:45 pm
From: Marcia Watson <marshwren50...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Re: Birder’s Guide to MD & DC - Website Relaunch
Thank you, Mike. I want to give you a shout-out too. You were instrumental in taking on the huge task of organizing all the submitted site descriptions and managing the process of deciding which places to include. And Joan Cwi did a fabulous job of spearheading the development of the original website, with JB Churchill as web developer. So many others have contributed to this project. It’s been a long haul. No one person could have done it.

Marcia
------------
Marcia Watson
Patuxent Bird Club
https://patuxentbirdclub.org/

Maryland Ornithological Society
https://mdbirds.org/

Friends of Patuxent
http://www.friendsofpatuxent.org/

Bowie, Maryland
<marshwren50...>


> On Jan 4, 2020, at 6:01 PM, 'MikeBowen' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> wrote:
>
> As a member of the original MOS group to work on this project, chaired by the indefatigable Joan Cwi, I have been extremely encouraged and mighty impressed to see the final result: a thoroughly modern, attractive and informative web site. Kudos to Marcia and to all the others who have brought this endeavor to such splendid fruition!
>
> Mike Bowen
> Bethesda, Montgomery County
>
>> On Thursday, January 2, 2020 at 12:40:34 PM UTC-5, Marcia Watson wrote:
>> Happy New Year to everyone. For the new year, the Maryland Ornithological Society has a new look for its its online Birder’s Guide to Maryland & DC at a new address: https://birdersguidemddc.org/. This online resource, which first launched in 2016, now has descriptions of 192 places to bird, covering all the counties in MD, the City of Baltimore, and Washington, DC. It’s meant to be a resource for local birders as well as out-of-state visitors.
>>
>> There are many new features on the website, including the ability to search for birding sites by name, by region, by county, by habitat, by type (such as a state park or hunting area), by features (such as boat launch or picnic area), and via a statewide interactive Google map. One of the new features is a set of links to top eBird hotspots, including the top 25 hotspots for MD & DC, the #1 hotspot in each county, and the top ten in each region; these top hotspot collections are available by scrolling down on the home page.
>>
>> This project has been a long time coming and has been a true collaborative volunteer effort. MOS first set up a committee to develop a MD birding trail or guide back in 2008. More than 70 people representing all parts of MD as well as DC have contributed content for the Birder’s Guide; a complete list of contributors is on the website under the “About Us” menu item. The beautiful photo of a Baltimore Oriole at the top of the new home page was contributed by Bonnie Ott. The new website was designed by Gabe Seiden of Connect4Consulting, a small business located in Takoma Park.
>>
>> We are still building out some of the content for the website, especially birding site descriptions and a checklist for Washington, DC, as well as some of the features that will be under the “Resources” menu item. Also, some time later this year, we’ll be putting out a call for photos of the birding locations. We will continue adding more birding site descriptions just as fast as we can research the details and write them up. For this effort, input from local birders is crucial, so if you would like to suggest a place to include, or if you have updates or corrections for existing site descriptions, please let us know. I serve as the editor for the website and my email address is <marsh......>
>>
>> I hope that you’ll take a look at the website and that it will inspire you to visit some new places. https://birdersguidemddc.org/
>>
>> Marcia
>> ------------
>> Marcia Watson
>> Patuxent Bird Club
>> https://patuxentbirdclub.org/
>>
>> Maryland Ornithological Society
>> https://mdbirds.org/
>>
>> Friends of Patuxent
>> http://www.friendsofpatuxent.org/
>>
>> Bowie, Maryland
>> <marsh......>
>>
>
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Date: 1/4/20 3:01 pm
From: 'MikeBowen' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Birder’s Guide to MD & DC - Website Relaunch
As a member of the original MOS group to work on this project, chaired by
the indefatigable Joan Cwi, I have been extremely encouraged and mighty
impressed to see the final result: a thoroughly modern, attractive and
informative web site. Kudos to Marcia and to all the others who have
brought this endeavor to such splendid fruition!

Mike Bowen
Bethesda, Montgomery County

On Thursday, January 2, 2020 at 12:40:34 PM UTC-5, Marcia Watson wrote:
>
> Happy New Year to everyone. For the new year, the Maryland Ornithological
> Society has a new look for its its online *Birder’s Guide to Maryland &
> DC* at a new address: https://birdersguidemddc.org/. This online
> resource, which first launched in 2016, now has descriptions of 192 places
> to bird, covering all the counties in MD, the City of Baltimore, and
> Washington, DC. It’s meant to be a resource for local birders as well as
> out-of-state visitors.
>
> There are many new features on the website, including the ability to
> search for birding sites by name, by region, by county, by habitat, by type
> (such as a state park or hunting area), by features (such as boat launch or
> picnic area), and via a statewide interactive Google map. One of the new
> features is a set of links to top eBird hotspots, including the top 25
> hotspots for MD & DC, the #1 hotspot in each county, and the top ten in
> each region; these top hotspot collections are available by scrolling down
> on the home page.
>
> This project has been a long time coming and has been a true collaborative
> volunteer effort. MOS first set up a committee to develop a MD birding
> trail or guide back in 2008. More than 70 people representing all parts of
> MD as well as DC have contributed content for the *Birder’s Guide; *a
> complete list of contributors is on the website under the “About Us” menu
> item. The beautiful photo of a Baltimore Oriole at the top of the new
> home page was contributed by Bonnie Ott. The new website was designed by
> Gabe Seiden of Connect4Consulting, a small business located in Takoma Park.
>
> We are still building out some of the content for the website, especially
> birding site descriptions and a checklist for Washington, DC, as well as
> some of the features that will be under the “Resources” menu item. Also,
> some time later this year, we’ll be putting out a call for photos of the
> birding locations. We will continue adding more birding site descriptions
> just as fast as we can research the details and write them up. For this
> effort, input from local birders is crucial, so if you would like to
> suggest a place to include, or if you have updates or corrections for
> existing site descriptions, please let us know. I serve as the editor for
> the website and my email address is <marsh......> <javascript:>.
>
> I hope that you’ll take a look at the website and that it will inspire you
> to visit some new places. https://birdersguidemddc.org/
>
> Marcia
> ------------
> Marcia Watson
> Patuxent Bird Club
> https://patuxentbirdclub.org/
>
> Maryland Ornithological Society
> https://mdbirds.org/
>
> Friends of Patuxent
> http://www.friendsofpatuxent.org/
>
> Bowie, Maryland
> <marsh......> <javascript:>
>
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Date: 1/4/20 2:56 pm
From: 'MikeBowen' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Black Skimmer at Ocean City Inlet
An adult Black Skimmer was seen by several birders today, sitting with
gulls in the soaking wet parking lot by Ocean City Inlet. Anne Cianni and
I saw it at around 3 p.m., but 10 minutes later it had disappeared. There
was also a Laughing Gull in the same parking lot -- hardly a rarity, but
not common in "mid-Winter," if that is indeed the season we are now in.

Photos in my eBird checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S63011031

Mike Bowen
Bethesda, Montgomery County

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Date: 1/4/20 11:41 am
From: Marcia Watson <marshwren50...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Finding Wood Ducks in Balto County
Try South Tract at Patuxent Research Refuge. This is in northern Prince George’s County and is an easy trip down I-295 from Baltimore County. They are usually on Cash Lake or one of the small ponds near Cash Lake. See https://birdersguidemddc.org/site/patuxent-research-refuge-south-tract-national-wildlife-visitor-center/ for trail map and directions.

Marcia
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> On Jan 4, 2020, at 2:20 PM, Bil R <brogg9...> wrote:
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> Looking to see and photo some wood ducks on Sunday Jan 5. Any one have a fairly reliable spot to locate them?
>
> Thank you,
> Bill R
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Date: 1/4/20 11:20 am
From: Bil R <brogg9...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Finding Wood Ducks in Balto County
Looking to see and photo some wood ducks on Sunday Jan 5. Any one have a
fairly reliable spot to locate them?

Thank you,
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Date: 1/3/20 4:36 am
From: Tim Carney <timmyc83...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Masonville Cove - access restrictions
Hi everyone,

To entice the eagles back to their nest, we are temporarily closing access
to Masonville Cove beyond the footbridge behind the Education Center. You
can still scope from the deck or walk the trail along the east side of the
stream, but the trails will be closed until further notice.

Email tcarn [at] menv [dot] com with any questions.

Thanks,
Tim

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Date: 1/2/20 1:44 pm
From: Kevin Graff <keyweststyle2001...>
Subject: [MDBirding] North Point State Park, Jan 1, 2020
01/01/20 - 820am-1150am
North Point State Park, B Co., MD

WEATHER: MC, 41-46 degrees, W 7 mph- W 13 mph OBS: 11

C Goose - 97
Tundra Swan - 2
Mallard - 8
Lesser Scaup - 15
Long-tailed Duck - 1
Bufflehead - 42
Common Goldeneye - 4
Hooded Merganser - 11
Red-breasted Merganser - 1
Ruddy Duck - 49
Horned Grebe - 1
Double-crested Cormorant - 30
Great Blue Heron - 2
Black Vulture - 8
Turkey Vulture - 3
Bald Eagle - 5
Red-shouldered Hawk - 1
Red-tailed Hawk - 1
Peregrine Falcon - 1
Virginia Rail - 1
Least Sandpiper - 1
Purple Sandpiper - 1
Dunlin - 1
Ring-billed Gull - 8
Herring Gull - 4
Great Black-backed Gull - 3
Mourning Dove - 9
Belted Kingfisher - 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker - 3
Downy Woodpecker - 3
Hairy Woodpecker - 1
Pileated Woodpecker - 1
Northern Flicker - 11
Eastern Phoebe - 1
Blue Jay - 2
American Crow - 5
Carolina Chickadee - 3
Tufted Titmouse - 2
Carolina Wren - 4
Ruby-crowned Kinglet - 1
Hermit Thrush - 1
American Robin - 40
Northern Mockingbird - 1
European Starling - 10
Snow Bunting - 8
Eastern Towhee - 2
Fox Sparrow - 1
Song Sparrow - 6
Swamp Sparrow - 4
White-throated Sparrow - 13
Northern Cardinal - 10
Red-winged Blackbird - 29
Common Grackle - 157
American Goldfinch - 3
SPECIES: 54 INDIVIDUALS: 633

MAMMALS: WT Deer - 1 Gray Squirrel - 13

Kevin Graff
Jarrettsville, MD
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Date: 1/2/20 1:13 pm
From: David Gibson <20cabot...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Gray Kingbird in VA
Hi all, Many of you might be aware of this, but a Gray Kingbird has shown
up to your south in Chesapeake, VA. It is being seen near the intersection
of Rte. 17 and Cornland Rd. I watched it hawk insects there for about 15
minutes this morning. It was quite a sight. Attached is a so-so photo.
Happy New Year and good luck, Dave Gibson

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Date: 1/2/20 1:12 pm
From: Jim Green <jkgbirdman53...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Carroll County Greater White-fronted Goose
On private property SE of Taneytown (Rt 194) on private property with approx 450 Canada geese. Viewed from the shoulder of the road (not very safe). Lots of traffic.

Jim Green
Gaithersburg MD

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Date: 1/2/20 12:43 pm
From: Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Help w/ Swan ID on Severn River Near Sherwood Forest
Tundras.

On Thu, Jan 2, 2020 at 11:56 AM 'Ted on Little Round Bay' via Maryland & DC
Birding <mdbirding...> wrote:

> See attached. This is as close as I dared go in my boat. This is the 1st
> I've seen these here in my 9 years on the water.
> Our part of the Severn is just recovering from a major red algae bloom all
> over the river. This was a bumper year for submerged aquatic vegetation on
> the Severn.
>
> There was a flock about 50 buffleheads nearby and a huge flock of canada
> geese on the water nearby as well.
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Date: 1/2/20 9:55 am
From: Patricia Valdata <pvaldata1...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Birder’s Guide to MD & DC - Website Relaunch
Marcia, many thanks to the team that produced this guide! What a huge
amount of work that was.

Pat Valdata
Crisfield, Somerset County


On Thu, Jan 2, 2020 at 12:40 PM Marcia Watson <marshwren50...>
wrote:

> Happy New Year to everyone. For the new year, the Maryland Ornithological
> Society has a new look for its its online *Birder’s Guide to Maryland &
> DC* at a new address: https://birdersguidemddc.org/. This online
> resource, which first launched in 2016, now has descriptions of 192 places
> to bird, covering all the counties in MD, the City of Baltimore, and
> Washington, DC. It’s meant to be a resource for local birders as well as
> out-of-state visitors.
>
> There are many new features on the website, including the ability to
> search for birding sites by name, by region, by county, by habitat, by type
> (such as a state park or hunting area), by features (such as boat launch or
> picnic area), and via a statewide interactive Google map. One of the new
> features is a set of links to top eBird hotspots, including the top 25
> hotspots for MD & DC, the #1 hotspot in each county, and the top ten in
> each region; these top hotspot collections are available by scrolling down
> on the home page.
>
> This project has been a long time coming and has been a true collaborative
> volunteer effort. MOS first set up a committee to develop a MD birding
> trail or guide back in 2008. More than 70 people representing all parts of
> MD as well as DC have contributed content for the *Birder’s Guide; *a
> complete list of contributors is on the website under the “About Us” menu
> item. The beautiful photo of a Baltimore Oriole at the top of the new
> home page was contributed by Bonnie Ott. The new website was designed by
> Gabe Seiden of Connect4Consulting, a small business located in Takoma Park.
>
> We are still building out some of the content for the website, especially
> birding site descriptions and a checklist for Washington, DC, as well as
> some of the features that will be under the “Resources” menu item. Also,
> some time later this year, we’ll be putting out a call for photos of the
> birding locations. We will continue adding more birding site descriptions
> just as fast as we can research the details and write them up. For this
> effort, input from local birders is crucial, so if you would like to
> suggest a place to include, or if you have updates or corrections for
> existing site descriptions, please let us know. I serve as the editor for
> the website and my email address is <marshwren50...>
>
> I hope that you’ll take a look at the website and that it will inspire you
> to visit some new places. https://birdersguidemddc.org/
>
> Marcia
> ------------
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> Patuxent Bird Club
> https://patuxentbirdclub.org/
>
> Maryland Ornithological Society
> https://mdbirds.org/
>
> Friends of Patuxent
> http://www.friendsofpatuxent.org/
>
> Bowie, Maryland
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Date: 1/2/20 9:40 am
From: Marcia Watson <marshwren50...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Birder’s Guide to MD & DC - Website Relaunch
Happy New Year to everyone. For the new year, the Maryland Ornithological Society has a new look for its its online Birder’s Guide to Maryland & DC at a new address: https://birdersguidemddc.org/. This online resource, which first launched in 2016, now has descriptions of 192 places to bird, covering all the counties in MD, the City of Baltimore, and Washington, DC. It’s meant to be a resource for local birders as well as out-of-state visitors.

There are many new features on the website, including the ability to search for birding sites by name, by region, by county, by habitat, by type (such as a state park or hunting area), by features (such as boat launch or picnic area), and via a statewide interactive Google map. One of the new features is a set of links to top eBird hotspots, including the top 25 hotspots for MD & DC, the #1 hotspot in each county, and the top ten in each region; these top hotspot collections are available by scrolling down on the home page.

This project has been a long time coming and has been a true collaborative volunteer effort. MOS first set up a committee to develop a MD birding trail or guide back in 2008. More than 70 people representing all parts of MD as well as DC have contributed content for the Birder’s Guide; a complete list of contributors is on the website under the “About Us” menu item. The beautiful photo of a Baltimore Oriole at the top of the new home page was contributed by Bonnie Ott. The new website was designed by Gabe Seiden of Connect4Consulting, a small business located in Takoma Park.

We are still building out some of the content for the website, especially birding site descriptions and a checklist for Washington, DC, as well as some of the features that will be under the “Resources” menu item. Also, some time later this year, we’ll be putting out a call for photos of the birding locations. We will continue adding more birding site descriptions just as fast as we can research the details and write them up. For this effort, input from local birders is crucial, so if you would like to suggest a place to include, or if you have updates or corrections for existing site descriptions, please let us know. I serve as the editor for the website and my email address is <marshwren50...>

I hope that you’ll take a look at the website and that it will inspire you to visit some new places. https://birdersguidemddc.org/

Marcia
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Patuxent Bird Club
https://patuxentbirdclub.org/

Maryland Ornithological Society
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Friends of Patuxent
http://www.friendsofpatuxent.org/

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Date: 1/2/20 9:14 am
From: Gabriel Foley <mddcbba3...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Re: eBird and MD BBA3
Hi all,

My name is Gabriel Foley; I am the Atlas Coordinator. It's lovely to 'meet'
you all!

It's great to see so much interest in the Atlas. I've attached the Handbook
(you can find it on the website as well, ebird.org/atlasmddc/about), which
should answer most of the questions that have come up in this email thread.

Regarding the Atlas eBird portal: the general recommendation is to only
submit checklists that have breeding codes (except for nocturnal checklists
- all nocturnal checklists should be submitted, including ones with no
birds observed). *Only checklists entered through the Atlas eBird portal
count towards the Atlas*, so it's critical to use the portal (
ebird.org/atlasmddc).

There are instructions in the Handbook for submitting checklists on mobile
and on the computer. On the computer, just go to ebird.org/atlasmddc - this
is the Atlas portal. On your mobile device, go to account settings to
change the portal. Once you change the portal on the app, it remains
changed until you change it back. I know it can seem overwhelming, but it's
actually pretty simple once you go through it a time or two.

If you want to change the portal on a checklist, just go to the website,
find the appropriate checklist, and select 'Checklist tools' in the top
right, and you'll see an option to change the portal.

Bryan's reply below contains some excellent tips and suggestions; you can
also follow the Atlas on social media (@mddcbba3
<https://www.facebook.com/mddcbba3/>), or contact me if you have any
questions not covered by the Handbook. I'm always happy to talk atlasing!

Happy new year to you all, and I look forward to seeing you out in the
field!

Gabriel

From: Bryan H <bghenson23...>
> Date: Thu, Jan 2, 2020 at 9:21 AM
> Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Re: eBird and MD BBA3
> To: MD Birding <mdbirding...>
>
>
> Here are my suggestions on Atlasing from a participant perspective:
>
>
> 1. eBird - this is the main way atlas data is collected, use it - it
> has great maps as the data comes together
> 2. Breeding codes - add them to your checklists (it's pretty easy to
> select them)
> 3. Field notes - take notes anytime you think you see breeding
> behavior - these support the codes and help the folks looking to validate
> the data later
> 4. Change to the portal - if the list isn't entered into the portal it
> won't make it into the atlas - reviewers might catch it later (if you added
> breeding codes), but you need to do it on any list with breeding behavoir
> 5. Block boundaries - learn where the blocks begin and end and which
> ones are priority blocks - stationary counts will figure that out for you
> automatically when you add to the portal, traveling, you need to account
> for which blocks you are in
> 6. Safe dates - learn them, but document any breeding behavior (did I
> mention field notes) for anything outside too - part of the project is
> figuring out any changes to breeding dates
> 7. Talk to others about the BBA* - you'll find lots of homeowners and
> photographers that will tell you about owls and hawks and other birds they
> have found nests for
> 8. Nocturnal surveys - do these - they are fantastic for getting to
> hear owls (and nightjars possibly)
> 9. Travel - getting to under-birded blocks is important - teaming up
> with others can make this very sucessful
> 10. Priority species - some species are of extra interest - see the
> handbook -
> https://s3.amazonaws.com/is-ebird-wordpress-prod-s3/wp-content/uploads/sites/80/2019/12/FORM_MDDCBBA3_AtlaserHandbook_Dec2019_V1.pdf
> 11. Patience - observing breeding behavior involves lingering and
> observing birds longer
>
> Benefits of participating:
>
> 1. Going to areas you may never have birded - I've explored areas
> around me that I had never visited and found some great habitats I've gone
> back to many times
> 2. Owling - nocturnal surveys are awesome - listening to owls is great
> - at one spot, we had 4 screech owls pop up a few feet away from us
> 3. Learning more about bird's nests - we found a nest during a night
> walk and it turned out to be a Red-eyed Vireo nest - before I never would
> have recognized it, now I know it
> 4. Special sightings - some of us followed some Peregrine Falcon
> sightings and found an eyrie locally - the pictures of the baby falcons
> when they were banded are terribly cute
> 5. Watching and learning breeding behaviors is fun
> 6. For the listers - you can track how many species you have confirmed
> and number of blocks you have contributed to
>
> * I've gotten reports of Great Horned Owls, Barred Owls, Mississippi Kites
> through homeowners and photographers
>
> Hope this helps,
> Bryan Henson
> Sterling, VA
>
> On Thu, Jan 2, 2020 at 8:56 AM John McKitterick <
> <john.mckitterick...> wrote:
>
>> Mike:
>>
>> You should definitely submit any breeding observations through the atlas
>> portal, regardless of where in Maryland or DC you are birding. One of the
>> neat things about using eBird for the Atlas is that we can all contribute
>> to the effort whenever we are out birding in MD/DC. The Atlas uses the
>> block leads not to control who is atlasing the blocks, but to ensure that
>> the level of effort is consistent in each block throughout the state. We
>> want each block to be atlased with at least a minimum number of hours of
>> effort, and achieving that is one of the main responsibilities of the block
>> leads.
>>
>> As far as which portal to use goes, if you know you are atlasing, then
>> obviously you should use the atlas portal. On the other hand, if you think
>> you won't be gathering any useful breeding data, you might set your portal
>> to the regular eBird portal. And then if you do see or hear breeding
>> evidence, you have two options. One is to stop your current eBird list,
>> submit it, and start up a new one using the Atlas portal to record those
>> codes. The other is to record the breeding code in your current eBird list,
>> and then once you've submitted the list you can edit the list on eBird to
>> change the portal after the fact. I don't think you can change the portal
>> on a submitted list through the smartphone app, so you will have to
>> remember to do it when you get home and have access to a browser.
>>
>> --John McKitterick
>> Columbia, MD
>> VP, MOS
>>
>>
>> On Thu, Jan 2, 2020, 8:21 AM 'Mike Bowen' via Maryland & DC Birding <
>> <mdbirding...> wrote:
>>
>>> A related question: For the duration of the BBA in Maryland/DC, should
>>> I use the MD-DC BBA portal for any and all my birding in MD and DC, even
>>> though most of it will necessarily be in blocks assigned to others and
>>> likely will not contain any breeding information
>>>
>>> Mike Bowen, Montgomery County
>>>
>>> D. H. Michael Bowen
>>> 8609 Ewing Drive
>>> Bethesda, Maryland 20817
>>> Phone/fax: (301) 530-5764
>>>
>>>
>>> On Thursday, January 2, 2020, 08:02:02 AM EST, 'Jim Nelson' via Maryland
>>> & DC Birding <mdbirding...> wrote:
>>>
>>>
>>> One more thing. At the bottom of the eBird homepage is a link to a page
>>> about "Regional portals and collaborators" The Virginia Breeding Bird
>>> Atlas portal is on that list (MD does not appear yet, I suspect because the
>>> portals page hasn't been updated). At the top of that webpage it says --
>>> "eBird is available throughout the world. In addition to the core eBird
>>> site we have several regional portals, which are managed by local partners
>>> and provide local information and birding expertise. When visiting a region
>>> or planning a visit to that region, we encourage you to check these sites.
>>> These applications are fully integrated so when you enter records into
>>> eBird, they immediately show up in each portal (and vice versa)."
>>>
>>> To test this, when I clicked on the VA eBird Atlas link there, I got a
>>> screen that shows my stats through that portal -- 6 checklists, 4 species
>>> confirmed as breeding (based on codes I used in eBird), etc. When I
>>> clicked on "My eBird" in that portal I see my total stats, and when I click
>>> on "Manage My Checklists" I get only the 6 checklists I submitted through
>>> that portal.
>>>
>>> Then going back to my regular eBird portal (the one we all use), those 6
>>> checklists are in my list under "Manage My Checklists" with all the other
>>> checklists I have submitted.
>>>
>>> Jim Nelson
>>>
>>> -----Original Message-----
>>> From: Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...>
>>> To: Bryan H <bghenson23...>
>>> Cc: Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
>>> Sent: Thu, Jan 2, 2020 7:00 am
>>> Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Re: eBird and MD BBA3
>>>
>>> Also, if a checklist is entered on the BBA portal, does it also
>>> automatically appear in your personal My eBird account?
>>>
>>> Gail Mackiernan
>>> Colesville
>>>
>>> Sent from my iPad
>>>
>>> On Jan 2, 2020, at 6:46 AM, Bryan H <bghenson23...> wrote:
>>>
>>> The guidance in VA (which may well differ from the MD guidance) was to
>>> only submit checklists using the BBA Portal if they contained breeding
>>> codes/data. My understanding for the rationale was that otherwise when
>>> doing quality checks on checklists, they would have to wade through a lot
>>> of checklists that had no breeding data to realize that one or two
>>> checklists (for GHOW for example) were missing breeding codes.
>>>
>>> I have not looked through the MD/DC BBA documentation to see what the
>>> correct guidance is, but the documentation can be found here:
>>> https://ebird.org/atlasmddc/about
>>>
>>> Hope that helps,
>>> Bryan Henson
>>> Sterling, VA
>>>
>>> On Wednesday, January 1, 2020 at 11:39:48 AM UTC-5, Tyler Bell wrote:
>>>
>>> There are virtually no breeding birds right now other than owls and Bald
>>> Eagle (crossbills could be but this isn't a year for them). So, unless you
>>> have something that qualifies as probable or confirmed, it won't matter. If
>>> you're familiar with safe dates, you'll know that most birds aren't of
>>> concern until April or May at the earliest. I'm not sure if you go back and
>>> change it but there's no reason why it wouldn't just move the data from the
>>> regular to the BBA database.
>>>
>>> Also, if you use eBird on a computer, please use the BBA portal:
>>>
>>> https://ebird.org/atlasmddc/ map <https://ebird.org/atlasmddc/map>
>>>
>>> This is all new to most of us. Virginia is well into their BBA so anyone
>>> familiar with VA data, it would be nice to have any clarification!
>>>
>>> Tyler Bell
>>> <jtyle......>
>>> California, Maryland
>>>
>>>
>>> On Wednesday, January 1, 2020, 11:00:06 AM EST, Scott Young <
>>> <wsy......> wrote:
>>>
>>>
>>> Thanks for the reminder. I have 2 questions:
>>>
>>>
>>> 1. Can you add them to the MD BBA from the computer browser/eBird site?
>>> 2. Can you change the portal after submission without having to delete
>>> and re-enter data?
>>>
>>> Thank you,
>>>
>>> Scott Young
>>> Giathersburg, MD
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Date: 1/2/20 8:56 am
From: 'Ted on Little Round Bay' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Help w/ Swan ID on Severn River Near Sherwood Forest
See attached. This is as close as I dared go in my boat. This is the 1st
I've seen these here in my 9 years on the water.
Our part of the Severn is just recovering from a major red algae bloom all
over the river. This was a bumper year for submerged aquatic vegetation on
the Severn.

There was a flock about 50 buffleheads nearby and a huge flock of canada
geese on the water nearby as well.

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Date: 1/2/20 6:21 am
From: Bryan H <bghenson23...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Re: eBird and MD BBA3
Here are my suggestions on Atlasing from a participant perspective:


1. eBird - this is the main way atlas data is collected, use it - it has
great maps as the data comes together
2. Breeding codes - add them to your checklists (it's pretty easy to
select them)
3. Field notes - take notes anytime you think you see breeding behavior
- these support the codes and help the folks looking to validate the data
later
4. Change to the portal - if the list isn't entered into the portal it
won't make it into the atlas - reviewers might catch it later (if you added
breeding codes), but you need to do it on any list with breeding behavoir
5. Block boundaries - learn where the blocks begin and end and which
ones are priority blocks - stationary counts will figure that out for you
automatically when you add to the portal, traveling, you need to account
for which blocks you are in
6. Safe dates - learn them, but document any breeding behavior (did I
mention field notes) for anything outside too - part of the project is
figuring out any changes to breeding dates
7. Talk to others about the BBA* - you'll find lots of homeowners and
photographers that will tell you about owls and hawks and other birds they
have found nests for
8. Nocturnal surveys - do these - they are fantastic for getting to hear
owls (and nightjars possibly)
9. Travel - getting to under-birded blocks is important - teaming up
with others can make this very sucessful
10. Priority species - some species are of extra interest - see the
handbook -
https://s3.amazonaws.com/is-ebird-wordpress-prod-s3/wp-content/uploads/sites/80/2019/12/FORM_MDDCBBA3_AtlaserHandbook_Dec2019_V1.pdf
11. Patience - observing breeding behavior involves lingering and
observing birds longer

Benefits of participating:

1. Going to areas you may never have birded - I've explored areas around
me that I had never visited and found some great habitats I've gone back to
many times
2. Owling - nocturnal surveys are awesome - listening to owls is great -
at one spot, we had 4 screech owls pop up a few feet away from us
3. Learning more about bird's nests - we found a nest during a night
walk and it turned out to be a Red-eyed Vireo nest - before I never would
have recognized it, now I know it
4. Special sightings - some of us followed some Peregrine Falcon
sightings and found an eyrie locally - the pictures of the baby falcons
when they were banded are terribly cute
5. Watching and learning breeding behaviors is fun
6. For the listers - you can track how many species you have confirmed
and number of blocks you have contributed to

* I've gotten reports of Great Horned Owls, Barred Owls, Mississippi Kites
through homeowners and photographers

Hope this helps,
Bryan Henson
Sterling, VA

On Thu, Jan 2, 2020 at 8:56 AM John McKitterick <john.mckitterick...>
wrote:

> Mike:
>
> You should definitely submit any breeding observations through the atlas
> portal, regardless of where in Maryland or DC you are birding. One of the
> neat things about using eBird for the Atlas is that we can all contribute
> to the effort whenever we are out birding in MD/DC. The Atlas uses the
> block leads not to control who is atlasing the blocks, but to ensure that
> the level of effort is consistent in each block throughout the state. We
> want each block to be atlased with at least a minimum number of hours of
> effort, and achieving that is one of the main responsibilities of the block
> leads.
>
> As far as which portal to use goes, if you know you are atlasing, then
> obviously you should use the atlas portal. On the other hand, if you think
> you won't be gathering any useful breeding data, you might set your portal
> to the regular eBird portal. And then if you do see or hear breeding
> evidence, you have two options. One is to stop your current eBird list,
> submit it, and start up a new one using the Atlas portal to record those
> codes. The other is to record the breeding code in your current eBird list,
> and then once you've submitted the list you can edit the list on eBird to
> change the portal after the fact. I don't think you can change the portal
> on a submitted list through the smartphone app, so you will have to
> remember to do it when you get home and have access to a browser.
>
> --John McKitterick
> Columbia, MD
> VP, MOS
>
>
> On Thu, Jan 2, 2020, 8:21 AM 'Mike Bowen' via Maryland & DC Birding <
> <mdbirding...> wrote:
>
>> A related question: For the duration of the BBA in Maryland/DC, should I
>> use the MD-DC BBA portal for any and all my birding in MD and DC, even
>> though most of it will necessarily be in blocks assigned to others and
>> likely will not contain any breeding information
>>
>> Mike Bowen, Montgomery County
>>
>> D. H. Michael Bowen
>> 8609 Ewing Drive
>> Bethesda, Maryland 20817
>> Phone/fax: (301) 530-5764
>>
>>
>> On Thursday, January 2, 2020, 08:02:02 AM EST, 'Jim Nelson' via Maryland
>> & DC Birding <mdbirding...> wrote:
>>
>>
>> One more thing. At the bottom of the eBird homepage is a link to a page
>> about "Regional portals and collaborators" The Virginia Breeding Bird
>> Atlas portal is on that list (MD does not appear yet, I suspect because the
>> portals page hasn't been updated). At the top of that webpage it says --
>> "eBird is available throughout the world. In addition to the core eBird
>> site we have several regional portals, which are managed by local partners
>> and provide local information and birding expertise. When visiting a region
>> or planning a visit to that region, we encourage you to check these sites.
>> These applications are fully integrated so when you enter records into
>> eBird, they immediately show up in each portal (and vice versa)."
>>
>> To test this, when I clicked on the VA eBird Atlas link there, I got a
>> screen that shows my stats through that portal -- 6 checklists, 4 species
>> confirmed as breeding (based on codes I used in eBird), etc. When I
>> clicked on "My eBird" in that portal I see my total stats, and when I click
>> on "Manage My Checklists" I get only the 6 checklists I submitted through
>> that portal.
>>
>> Then going back to my regular eBird portal (the one we all use), those 6
>> checklists are in my list under "Manage My Checklists" with all the other
>> checklists I have submitted.
>>
>> Jim Nelson
>>
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...>
>> To: Bryan H <bghenson23...>
>> Cc: Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
>> Sent: Thu, Jan 2, 2020 7:00 am
>> Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Re: eBird and MD BBA3
>>
>> Also, if a checklist is entered on the BBA portal, does it also
>> automatically appear in your personal My eBird account?
>>
>> Gail Mackiernan
>> Colesville
>>
>> Sent from my iPad
>>
>> On Jan 2, 2020, at 6:46 AM, Bryan H <bghenson23...> wrote:
>>
>> The guidance in VA (which may well differ from the MD guidance) was to
>> only submit checklists using the BBA Portal if they contained breeding
>> codes/data. My understanding for the rationale was that otherwise when
>> doing quality checks on checklists, they would have to wade through a lot
>> of checklists that had no breeding data to realize that one or two
>> checklists (for GHOW for example) were missing breeding codes.
>>
>> I have not looked through the MD/DC BBA documentation to see what the
>> correct guidance is, but the documentation can be found here:
>> https://ebird.org/atlasmddc/about
>>
>> Hope that helps,
>> Bryan Henson
>> Sterling, VA
>>
>> On Wednesday, January 1, 2020 at 11:39:48 AM UTC-5, Tyler Bell wrote:
>>
>> There are virtually no breeding birds right now other than owls and Bald
>> Eagle (crossbills could be but this isn't a year for them). So, unless you
>> have something that qualifies as probable or confirmed, it won't matter. If
>> you're familiar with safe dates, you'll know that most birds aren't of
>> concern until April or May at the earliest. I'm not sure if you go back and
>> change it but there's no reason why it wouldn't just move the data from the
>> regular to the BBA database.
>>
>> Also, if you use eBird on a computer, please use the BBA portal:
>>
>> https://ebird.org/atlasmddc/ map <https://ebird.org/atlasmddc/map>
>>
>> This is all new to most of us. Virginia is well into their BBA so anyone
>> familiar with VA data, it would be nice to have any clarification!
>>
>> Tyler Bell
>> <jtyle......>
>> California, Maryland
>>
>>
>> On Wednesday, January 1, 2020, 11:00:06 AM EST, Scott Young <
>> <wsy......> wrote:
>>
>>
>> Thanks for the reminder. I have 2 questions:
>>
>>
>> 1. Can you add them to the MD BBA from the computer browser/eBird site?
>> 2. Can you change the portal after submission without having to delete
>> and re-enter data?
>>
>> Thank you,
>>
>> Scott Young
>> Giathersburg, MD
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Date: 1/2/20 6:04 am
From: 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Re: eBird and MD BBA3
My understanding is that if you submit birds in your checklist that don't have any breeding codes, it won't go into the BBA data. So, in late spring, when boreal songbirds are coming through, as long as you don't list them as singing on territory or something else egregious, you should be fine. That way you don't have to flip flop between the BBA portal and regular eBird.

Tyler Bell
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On Thursday, January 2, 2020, 8:56:37 AM EST, John McKitterick <john.mckitterick...> wrote:

Mike:
You should definitely submit any breeding observations through the atlas portal, regardless of where in Maryland or DC you are birding. One of the neat things about using eBird for the Atlas is that we can all contribute to the effort whenever we are out birding in MD/DC. The Atlas uses the block leads not to control who is atlasing the blocks, but to ensure that the level of effort is consistent in each block throughout the state. We want each block to be atlased with at least a minimum number of hours of effort, and achieving that is one of the main responsibilities of the block leads.
As far as which portal to use goes, if you know you are atlasing, then obviously you should use the atlas portal. On the other hand, if you think you won't be gathering any useful breeding data, you might set your portal to the regular eBird portal. And then if you do see or hear breeding evidence, you have two options. One is to stop your current eBird list, submit it, and start up a new one using the Atlas portal to record those codes. The other is to record the breeding code in your current eBird list, and then once you've submitted the list you can edit the list on eBird to change the portal after the fact. I don't think you can change the portal on a submitted list through the smartphone app, so you will have to remember to do it when you get home and have access to a browser.
--John McKitterickColumbia, MDVP, MOS

On Thu, Jan 2, 2020, 8:21 AM 'Mike Bowen' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> wrote:

A related question:  For the duration of the BBA in Maryland/DC, should I use the MD-DC BBA portal for any and all my birding in MD and DC, even though most of it will necessarily be in blocks assigned to others and likely will not contain any breeding information
Mike Bowen, Montgomery County
D. H. Michael Bowen
8609 Ewing Drive
Bethesda, Maryland 20817Phone/fax: (301) 530-5764

On Thursday, January 2, 2020, 08:02:02 AM EST, 'Jim Nelson' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> wrote:

One more thing.  At the bottom of the eBird homepage is a link to a page about "Regional portals and collaborators"  The Virginia Breeding Bird Atlas portal is on that list (MD does not appear yet, I suspect because the portals page hasn't been updated).  At the top of that webpage it says -- "eBird is available throughout the world. In addition to the core eBird site we have several regional portals, which are managed by local partners and provide local information and birding expertise. When visiting a region or planning a visit to that region, we encourage you to check these sites. These applications are fully integrated so when you enter records into eBird, they immediately show up in each portal (and vice versa)."
To test this, when I clicked on the VA eBird Atlas link there, I got a screen that shows my stats through that portal -- 6 checklists, 4 species confirmed as breeding (based on codes I used in eBird), etc.  When I clicked on "My eBird" in that portal I see my total stats, and when I click on "Manage My Checklists" I get only the 6 checklists I submitted through that portal.

Then going back to my regular eBird portal (the one we all use), those 6 checklists are in my list under "Manage My Checklists" with all the other checklists I have submitted.
Jim Nelson

-----Original Message-----
From: Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...>
To: Bryan H <bghenson23...>
Cc: Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Sent: Thu, Jan 2, 2020 7:00 am
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Re: eBird and MD BBA3

Also, if a checklist is entered on the BBA portal, does it also automatically appear in your personal My eBird account? 
Gail MackiernanColesville

Sent from my iPad
On Jan 2, 2020, at 6:46 AM, Bryan H <bghenson23...> wrote:


The guidance in VA (which may well differ from the MD guidance) was to only submit checklists using the BBA Portal if they contained breeding codes/data. My understanding for the rationale was that otherwise when doing quality checks on checklists, they would have to wade through a lot of checklists that had no breeding data to realize that one or two checklists (for GHOW for example) were missing breeding codes.
I have not looked through the MD/DC BBA documentation to see what the correct guidance is, but the documentation can be found here: https://ebird.org/atlasmddc/about
Hope that helps,Bryan HensonSterling, VA

On Wednesday, January 1, 2020 at 11:39:48 AM UTC-5, Tyler Bell wrote:
There are virtually no breeding birds right now other than owls and Bald Eagle (crossbills could be but this isn't a year for them). So, unless you have something that qualifies as probable or confirmed, it won't matter. If you're familiar with safe dates, you'll know that most birds aren't of concern until April or May at the earliest. I'm not sure if you go back and change it but there's no reason why it wouldn't just move the data from the regular to the BBA database.
Also, if you use eBird on a computer, please use the BBA portal:

https://ebird.org/atlasmddc/ map

This is all new to most of us. Virginia is well into their BBA so anyone familiar with VA data, it would be nice to have any clarification!
Tyler Bell
<jtyle......>
California, Maryland

On Wednesday, January 1, 2020, 11:00:06 AM EST, Scott Young <wsy......> wrote:


Thanks for the reminder. I have 2 questions:

1. Can you add them to the MD BBA from the computer browser/eBird site?2. Can you change the portal after submission without having to delete and re-enter data?
Thank you,
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Date: 1/2/20 5:56 am
From: John McKitterick <john.mckitterick...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Re: eBird and MD BBA3
Mike:

You should definitely submit any breeding observations through the atlas
portal, regardless of where in Maryland or DC you are birding. One of the
neat things about using eBird for the Atlas is that we can all contribute
to the effort whenever we are out birding in MD/DC. The Atlas uses the
block leads not to control who is atlasing the blocks, but to ensure that
the level of effort is consistent in each block throughout the state. We
want each block to be atlased with at least a minimum number of hours of
effort, and achieving that is one of the main responsibilities of the block
leads.

As far as which portal to use goes, if you know you are atlasing, then
obviously you should use the atlas portal. On the other hand, if you think
you won't be gathering any useful breeding data, you might set your portal
to the regular eBird portal. And then if you do see or hear breeding
evidence, you have two options. One is to stop your current eBird list,
submit it, and start up a new one using the Atlas portal to record those
codes. The other is to record the breeding code in your current eBird list,
and then once you've submitted the list you can edit the list on eBird to
change the portal after the fact. I don't think you can change the portal
on a submitted list through the smartphone app, so you will have to
remember to do it when you get home and have access to a browser.

--John McKitterick
Columbia, MD
VP, MOS


On Thu, Jan 2, 2020, 8:21 AM 'Mike Bowen' via Maryland & DC Birding <
<mdbirding...> wrote:

> A related question: For the duration of the BBA in Maryland/DC, should I
> use the MD-DC BBA portal for any and all my birding in MD and DC, even
> though most of it will necessarily be in blocks assigned to others and
> likely will not contain any breeding information
>
> Mike Bowen, Montgomery County
>
> D. H. Michael Bowen
> 8609 Ewing Drive
> Bethesda, Maryland 20817
> Phone/fax: (301) 530-5764
>
>
> On Thursday, January 2, 2020, 08:02:02 AM EST, 'Jim Nelson' via Maryland &
> DC Birding <mdbirding...> wrote:
>
>
> One more thing. At the bottom of the eBird homepage is a link to a page
> about "Regional portals and collaborators" The Virginia Breeding Bird
> Atlas portal is on that list (MD does not appear yet, I suspect because the
> portals page hasn't been updated). At the top of that webpage it says --
> "eBird is available throughout the world. In addition to the core eBird
> site we have several regional portals, which are managed by local partners
> and provide local information and birding expertise. When visiting a region
> or planning a visit to that region, we encourage you to check these sites.
> These applications are fully integrated so when you enter records into
> eBird, they immediately show up in each portal (and vice versa)."
>
> To test this, when I clicked on the VA eBird Atlas link there, I got a
> screen that shows my stats through that portal -- 6 checklists, 4 species
> confirmed as breeding (based on codes I used in eBird), etc. When I
> clicked on "My eBird" in that portal I see my total stats, and when I click
> on "Manage My Checklists" I get only the 6 checklists I submitted through
> that portal.
>
> Then going back to my regular eBird portal (the one we all use), those 6
> checklists are in my list under "Manage My Checklists" with all the other
> checklists I have submitted.
>
> Jim Nelson
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...>
> To: Bryan H <bghenson23...>
> Cc: Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
> Sent: Thu, Jan 2, 2020 7:00 am
> Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Re: eBird and MD BBA3
>
> Also, if a checklist is entered on the BBA portal, does it also
> automatically appear in your personal My eBird account?
>
> Gail Mackiernan
> Colesville
>
> Sent from my iPad
>
> On Jan 2, 2020, at 6:46 AM, Bryan H <bghenson23...> wrote:
>
> The guidance in VA (which may well differ from the MD guidance) was to
> only submit checklists using the BBA Portal if they contained breeding
> codes/data. My understanding for the rationale was that otherwise when
> doing quality checks on checklists, they would have to wade through a lot
> of checklists that had no breeding data to realize that one or two
> checklists (for GHOW for example) were missing breeding codes.
>
> I have not looked through the MD/DC BBA documentation to see what the
> correct guidance is, but the documentation can be found here:
> https://ebird.org/atlasmddc/about
>
> Hope that helps,
> Bryan Henson
> Sterling, VA
>
> On Wednesday, January 1, 2020 at 11:39:48 AM UTC-5, Tyler Bell wrote:
>
> There are virtually no breeding birds right now other than owls and Bald
> Eagle (crossbills could be but this isn't a year for them). So, unless you
> have something that qualifies as probable or confirmed, it won't matter. If
> you're familiar with safe dates, you'll know that most birds aren't of
> concern until April or May at the earliest. I'm not sure if you go back and
> change it but there's no reason why it wouldn't just move the data from the
> regular to the BBA database.
>
> Also, if you use eBird on a computer, please use the BBA portal:
>
> https://ebird.org/atlasmddc/ map <https://ebird.org/atlasmddc/map>
>
> This is all new to most of us. Virginia is well into their BBA so anyone
> familiar with VA data, it would be nice to have any clarification!
>
> Tyler Bell
> <jtyle......>
> California, Maryland
>
>
> On Wednesday, January 1, 2020, 11:00:06 AM EST, Scott Young <
> <wsy......> wrote:
>
>
> Thanks for the reminder. I have 2 questions:
>
>
> 1. Can you add them to the MD BBA from the computer browser/eBird site?
> 2. Can you change the portal after submission without having to delete and
> re-enter data?
>
> Thank you,
>
> Scott Young
> Giathersburg, MD
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Date: 1/2/20 5:21 am
From: 'Mike Bowen' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Re: eBird and MD BBA3
A related question:  For the duration of the BBA in Maryland/DC, should I use the MD-DC BBA portal for any and all my birding in MD and DC, even though most of it will necessarily be in blocks assigned to others and likely will not contain any breeding information
Mike Bowen, Montgomery County
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On Thursday, January 2, 2020, 08:02:02 AM EST, 'Jim Nelson' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> wrote:

One more thing.  At the bottom of the eBird homepage is a link to a page about "Regional portals and collaborators"  The Virginia Breeding Bird Atlas portal is on that list (MD does not appear yet, I suspect because the portals page hasn't been updated).  At the top of that webpage it says -- "eBird is available throughout the world. In addition to the core eBird site we have several regional portals, which are managed by local partners and provide local information and birding expertise. When visiting a region or planning a visit to that region, we encourage you to check these sites. These applications are fully integrated so when you enter records into eBird, they immediately show up in each portal (and vice versa)."
To test this, when I clicked on the VA eBird Atlas link there, I got a screen that shows my stats through that portal -- 6 checklists, 4 species confirmed as breeding (based on codes I used in eBird), etc.  When I clicked on "My eBird" in that portal I see my total stats, and when I click on "Manage My Checklists" I get only the 6 checklists I submitted through that portal.

Then going back to my regular eBird portal (the one we all use), those 6 checklists are in my list under "Manage My Checklists" with all the other checklists I have submitted.
Jim Nelson

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From: Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...>
To: Bryan H <bghenson23...>
Cc: Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Sent: Thu, Jan 2, 2020 7:00 am
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Re: eBird and MD BBA3

Also, if a checklist is entered on the BBA portal, does it also automatically appear in your personal My eBird account? 
Gail MackiernanColesville

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On Jan 2, 2020, at 6:46 AM, Bryan H <bghenson23...> wrote:


The guidance in VA (which may well differ from the MD guidance) was to only submit checklists using the BBA Portal if they contained breeding codes/data. My understanding for the rationale was that otherwise when doing quality checks on checklists, they would have to wade through a lot of checklists that had no breeding data to realize that one or two checklists (for GHOW for example) were missing breeding codes.
I have not looked through the MD/DC BBA documentation to see what the correct guidance is, but the documentation can be found here: https://ebird.org/atlasmddc/about
Hope that helps,Bryan HensonSterling, VA

On Wednesday, January 1, 2020 at 11:39:48 AM UTC-5, Tyler Bell wrote:
There are virtually no breeding birds right now other than owls and Bald Eagle (crossbills could be but this isn't a year for them). So, unless you have something that qualifies as probable or confirmed, it won't matter. If you're familiar with safe dates, you'll know that most birds aren't of concern until April or May at the earliest. I'm not sure if you go back and change it but there's no reason why it wouldn't just move the data from the regular to the BBA database.
Also, if you use eBird on a computer, please use the BBA portal:

https://ebird.org/atlasmddc/ map

This is all new to most of us. Virginia is well into their BBA so anyone familiar with VA data, it would be nice to have any clarification!
Tyler Bell
<jtyle......>
California, Maryland

On Wednesday, January 1, 2020, 11:00:06 AM EST, Scott Young <wsy......> wrote:


Thanks for the reminder. I have 2 questions:

1. Can you add them to the MD BBA from the computer browser/eBird site?2. Can you change the portal after submission without having to delete and re-enter data?
Thank you,
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Date: 1/2/20 5:02 am
From: 'Jim Nelson' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Re: eBird and MD BBA3
One more thing.  At the bottom of the eBird homepage is a link to a page about "Regional portals and collaborators"  The Virginia Breeding Bird Atlas portal is on that list (MD does not appear yet, I suspect because the portals page hasn't been updated).  At the top of that webpage it says -- "eBird is available throughout the world. In addition to the core eBird site we have several regional portals, which are managed by local partners and provide local information and birding expertise. When visiting a region or planning a visit to that region, we encourage you to check these sites. These applications are fully integrated so when you enter records into eBird, they immediately show up in each portal (and vice versa)."
To test this, when I clicked on the VA eBird Atlas link there, I got a screen that shows my stats through that portal -- 6 checklists, 4 species confirmed as breeding (based on codes I used in eBird), etc.  When I clicked on "My eBird" in that portal I see my total stats, and when I click on "Manage My Checklists" I get only the 6 checklists I submitted through that portal.

Then going back to my regular eBird portal (the one we all use), those 6 checklists are in my list under "Manage My Checklists" with all the other checklists I have submitted.
Jim Nelson

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From: Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...>
To: Bryan H <bghenson23...>
Cc: Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Sent: Thu, Jan 2, 2020 7:00 am
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Re: eBird and MD BBA3

Also, if a checklist is entered on the BBA portal, does it also automatically appear in your personal My eBird account? 
Gail MackiernanColesville

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On Jan 2, 2020, at 6:46 AM, Bryan H <bghenson23...> wrote:


The guidance in VA (which may well differ from the MD guidance) was to only submit checklists using the BBA Portal if they contained breeding codes/data. My understanding for the rationale was that otherwise when doing quality checks on checklists, they would have to wade through a lot of checklists that had no breeding data to realize that one or two checklists (for GHOW for example) were missing breeding codes.
I have not looked through the MD/DC BBA documentation to see what the correct guidance is, but the documentation can be found here: https://ebird.org/atlasmddc/about
Hope that helps,Bryan HensonSterling, VA

On Wednesday, January 1, 2020 at 11:39:48 AM UTC-5, Tyler Bell wrote:
There are virtually no breeding birds right now other than owls and Bald Eagle (crossbills could be but this isn't a year for them). So, unless you have something that qualifies as probable or confirmed, it won't matter. If you're familiar with safe dates, you'll know that most birds aren't of concern until April or May at the earliest. I'm not sure if you go back and change it but there's no reason why it wouldn't just move the data from the regular to the BBA database.
Also, if you use eBird on a computer, please use the BBA portal:

https://ebird.org/atlasmddc/ map

This is all new to most of us. Virginia is well into their BBA so anyone familiar with VA data, it would be nice to have any clarification!
Tyler Bell
<jtyle......>
California, Maryland

On Wednesday, January 1, 2020, 11:00:06 AM EST, Scott Young <wsy......> wrote:


Thanks for the reminder. I have 2 questions:

1. Can you add them to the MD BBA from the computer browser/eBird site?2. Can you change the portal after submission without having to delete and re-enter data?
Thank you,
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Date: 1/2/20 4:55 am
From: 'Kurt Gaskill' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Re: eBird and MD BBA3
Gail and All,

Yes, all Atlas sightings will go into your personal account. This electronic approach is fast and results in increased participation.

IMO significant issues are:

The Atlas coordinator must carefully define criteria to use the breeding codes

Local and regional training is needed; bird clubs can help this process

Entry into the regular portal with breeding codes added - many of these may never be used in the Atlas

Entry into the regular portal with no codes for a range of useful and uncommon species such as owls, thus depriving the Atlas of valuable data

Entry into the Atlas portal with no codes or the list partially coded

Entry into the Atlas portal with codes outside of safe date range, e.g., during migration

There are some other issues which involve specific codes being used incorrectly

The biggest administrative issue is Ebird running the update files (created by the state Atlas coordinator to edit incorrect or improper coding) in a timely fashion

Moreover, some owl, Raven, woodcock, and grouse regional safe dates probably need to be revised

Kurt Gaskill

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> On Jan 2, 2020, at 7:00 AM, Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...> wrote:
>
> Also, if a checklist is entered on the BBA portal, does it also automatically appear in your personal My eBird account?
>
> Gail Mackiernan
> Colesville
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> Sent from my iPad
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>> On Jan 2, 2020, at 6:46 AM, Bryan H <bghenson23...> wrote:
>>
>> The guidance in VA (which may well differ from the MD guidance) was to only submit checklists using the BBA Portal if they contained breeding codes/data. My understanding for the rationale was that otherwise when doing quality checks on checklists, they would have to wade through a lot of checklists that had no breeding data to realize that one or two checklists (for GHOW for example) were missing breeding codes.
>>
>> I have not looked through the MD/DC BBA documentation to see what the correct guidance is, but the documentation can be found here: https://ebird.org/atlasmddc/about
>>
>> Hope that helps,
>> Bryan Henson
>> Sterling, VA
>>
>>> On Wednesday, January 1, 2020 at 11:39:48 AM UTC-5, Tyler Bell wrote:
>>> There are virtually no breeding birds right now other than owls and Bald Eagle (crossbills could be but this isn't a year for them). So, unless you have something that qualifies as probable or confirmed, it won't matter. If you're familiar with safe dates, you'll know that most birds aren't of concern until April or May at the earliest. I'm not sure if you go back and change it but there's no reason why it wouldn't just move the data from the regular to the BBA database.
>>>
>>> Also, if you use eBird on a computer, please use the BBA portal:
>>>
>>> https://ebird.org/atlasmddc/map
>>>
>>> This is all new to most of us. Virginia is well into their BBA so anyone familiar with VA data, it would be nice to have any clarification!
>>>
>>> Tyler Bell
>>> <jtyle......>
>>> California, Maryland
>>>
>>>
>>> On Wednesday, January 1, 2020, 11:00:06 AM EST, Scott Young <wsy......> wrote:
>>>
>>>
>>> Thanks for the reminder. I have 2 questions:
>>>
>>> 1. Can you add them to the MD BBA from the computer browser/eBird site?
>>> 2. Can you change the portal after submission without having to delete and re-enter data?
>>>
>>> Thank you,
>>>
>>> Scott Young
>>> Giathersburg, MD
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Date: 1/2/20 4:46 am
From: 'Jim Nelson' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Re: eBird and MD BBA3
Gail,
My understanding is that all the eBird submissions, regardless of portal used, are reflected in your personal "My eBird" data because you log in using the same username and password for each portal.  For example, during the Great Backyard Bird Count in February, there is a special portal used and everything I entered there was in my "My eBird".  Also, I did a couple of checklists through the VA eBird Atlas portal when I was birding in Virginia during breeding season, and they were part of my total in My eBird.
Jim Nelson

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To: Bryan H <bghenson23...>
Cc: Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Sent: Thu, Jan 2, 2020 7:00 am
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Re: eBird and MD BBA3

Also, if a checklist is entered on the BBA portal, does it also automatically appear in your personal My eBird account? 
Gail MackiernanColesville

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On Jan 2, 2020, at 6:46 AM, Bryan H <bghenson23...> wrote:


The guidance in VA (which may well differ from the MD guidance) was to only submit checklists using the BBA Portal if they contained breeding codes/data. My understanding for the rationale was that otherwise when doing quality checks on checklists, they would have to wade through a lot of checklists that had no breeding data to realize that one or two checklists (for GHOW for example) were missing breeding codes.
I have not looked through the MD/DC BBA documentation to see what the correct guidance is, but the documentation can be found here: https://ebird.org/atlasmddc/about
Hope that helps,Bryan HensonSterling, VA

On Wednesday, January 1, 2020 at 11:39:48 AM UTC-5, Tyler Bell wrote:
There are virtually no breeding birds right now other than owls and Bald Eagle (crossbills could be but this isn't a year for them). So, unless you have something that qualifies as probable or confirmed, it won't matter. If you're familiar with safe dates, you'll know that most birds aren't of concern until April or May at the earliest. I'm not sure if you go back and change it but there's no reason why it wouldn't just move the data from the regular to the BBA database.
Also, if you use eBird on a computer, please use the BBA portal:

https://ebird.org/atlasmddc/ map

This is all new to most of us. Virginia is well into their BBA so anyone familiar with VA data, it would be nice to have any clarification!
Tyler Bell
<jtyle......>
California, Maryland

On Wednesday, January 1, 2020, 11:00:06 AM EST, Scott Young <wsy......> wrote:


Thanks for the reminder. I have 2 questions:

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Date: 1/2/20 4:00 am
From: Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Re: eBird and MD BBA3
Also, if a checklist is entered on the BBA portal, does it also automatically appear in your personal My eBird account?

Gail Mackiernan
Colesville

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> On Jan 2, 2020, at 6:46 AM, Bryan H <bghenson23...> wrote:
>
> The guidance in VA (which may well differ from the MD guidance) was to only submit checklists using the BBA Portal if they contained breeding codes/data. My understanding for the rationale was that otherwise when doing quality checks on checklists, they would have to wade through a lot of checklists that had no breeding data to realize that one or two checklists (for GHOW for example) were missing breeding codes.
>
> I have not looked through the MD/DC BBA documentation to see what the correct guidance is, but the documentation can be found here: https://ebird.org/atlasmddc/about
>
> Hope that helps,
> Bryan Henson
> Sterling, VA
>
>> On Wednesday, January 1, 2020 at 11:39:48 AM UTC-5, Tyler Bell wrote:
>> There are virtually no breeding birds right now other than owls and Bald Eagle (crossbills could be but this isn't a year for them). So, unless you have something that qualifies as probable or confirmed, it won't matter. If you're familiar with safe dates, you'll know that most birds aren't of concern until April or May at the earliest. I'm not sure if you go back and change it but there's no reason why it wouldn't just move the data from the regular to the BBA database.
>>
>> Also, if you use eBird on a computer, please use the BBA portal:
>>
>> https://ebird.org/atlasmddc/map
>>
>> This is all new to most of us. Virginia is well into their BBA so anyone familiar with VA data, it would be nice to have any clarification!
>>
>> Tyler Bell
>> <jtyle......>
>> California, Maryland
>>
>>
>> On Wednesday, January 1, 2020, 11:00:06 AM EST, Scott Young <wsy......> wrote:
>>
>>
>> Thanks for the reminder. I have 2 questions:
>>
>> 1. Can you add them to the MD BBA from the computer browser/eBird site?
>> 2. Can you change the portal after submission without having to delete and re-enter data?
>>
>> Thank you,
>>
>> Scott Young
>> Giathersburg, MD
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Date: 1/2/20 3:46 am
From: Bryan H <bghenson23...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Re: eBird and MD BBA3
The guidance in VA (which may well differ from the MD guidance) was to only
submit checklists using the BBA Portal if they contained breeding
codes/data. My understanding for the rationale was that otherwise when
doing quality checks on checklists, they would have to wade through a lot
of checklists that had no breeding data to realize that one or two
checklists (for GHOW for example) were missing breeding codes.

I have not looked through the MD/DC BBA documentation to see what the
correct guidance is, but the documentation can be found here:
https://ebird.org/atlasmddc/about

Hope that helps,
Bryan Henson
Sterling, VA

On Wednesday, January 1, 2020 at 11:39:48 AM UTC-5, Tyler Bell wrote:
>
> There are virtually no breeding birds right now other than owls and Bald
> Eagle (crossbills could be but this isn't a year for them). So, unless you
> have something that qualifies as probable or confirmed, it won't matter. If
> you're familiar with safe dates, you'll know that most birds aren't of
> concern until April or May at the earliest. I'm not sure if you go back and
> change it but there's no reason why it wouldn't just move the data from the
> regular to the BBA database.
>
> Also, if you use eBird on a computer, please use the BBA portal:
>
> https://ebird.org/atlasmddc/map
>
> This is all new to most of us. Virginia is well into their BBA so anyone
> familiar with VA data, it would be nice to have any clarification!
>
> Tyler Bell
> <jtyle......> <javascript:>
> California, Maryland
>
>
> On Wednesday, January 1, 2020, 11:00:06 AM EST, Scott Young <
> <wsy......> <javascript:>> wrote:
>
>
> Thanks for the reminder. I have 2 questions:
>
>
> 1. Can you add them to the MD BBA from the computer browser/eBird site?
> 2. Can you change the portal after submission without having to delete and
> re-enter data?
>
> Thank you,
>
> Scott Young
> Giathersburg, MD
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Date: 1/1/20 2:21 pm
From: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...>
Subject: [MDBirding] [FR] F(X)OY
2nd year of this effort...

All yard, or seen from yard birds

Starling 5
Turkey vulture 2
Flicker
White-crowned Sp.
White-throated Sp. ~5
Cardinal m&f
Downey woodpecker
Red-bellied woodpecker
House Finch 2
Mockingbird, which flew inches above my turned back to grab an unseen food
item just inside the garage door opening thus avoiding its fate of being
just off the list as it was in 2019.

Odd bird out this year was Am. Robin.

Conducted without rigor from 1430 - 1552.

Jim Speicher
BroadRun/Burkittsville area
[FR] Frederick County
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Date: 1/1/20 1:19 pm
From: Hugh David Fleischmann <huey122663...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Hagerstown Egyptian Goose
The place is full of mutts. I was just there and there was every variety and mixture of Graylags, Muscovies, Domestic Mallards, Odd Canada Geese and Mute Swans. It looks like they had a 60”s style huge orgy and the results were a lot of mutts. The Egyptian Goose was probably one of the purer species there, lol.

Awesome Birding in 2019!

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> On Jan 1, 2020, at 4:12 PM, 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> wrote:
>
> 
> I've heard from several people that the Hagerstown City Park is functionally a zoo. Any exotic waterfowl there are not countable. So, the Egyptian Goose will be invalidated as an exotic. Sorry. If one pops up elsewhere, it will be taken into consideration!
>
> Tyler Bell
> <jtylerbell...>
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>
>
> On Tuesday, December 31, 2019 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <jtylerbell...> wrote:
> Please don't eBird the Mute Swans at the Hagerstown City Park. They are pinioned "pets" and are not wild in any way. We're seeing a lot of these due to the presence of the Egyptian Goose there.
>
> Thanks!
> Tyler Bell
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Date: 1/1/20 1:12 pm
From: 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Hagerstown Egyptian Goose
I've heard from several people that the Hagerstown City Park is functionally a zoo. Any exotic waterfowl there are not countable. So, the Egyptian Goose will be invalidated as an exotic. Sorry. If one pops up elsewhere, it will be taken into consideration!
Tyler Bell
<jtylerbell...>
California, Maryland

On Tuesday, December 31, 2019 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <jtylerbell...> wrote:
Please don't eBird the Mute Swans at the Hagerstown City Park. They are pinioned "pets" and are not wild in any way. We're seeing a lot of these due to the presence of the Egyptian Goose there.
Thanks!
Tyler Bell
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Date: 1/1/20 9:34 am
From: Scott Young <wsyacy...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Re: eBird and MD BBA3
Thanks a lot. Still new to this. Did see a bald eagle
<https://www.facebook.com/WalterScottYoung3#>.

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Date: 1/1/20 8:39 am
From: 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Re: eBird and MD BBA3
There are virtually no breeding birds right now other than owls and Bald Eagle (crossbills could be but this isn't a year for them). So, unless you have something that qualifies as probable or confirmed, it won't matter. If you're familiar with safe dates, you'll know that most birds aren't of concern until April or May at the earliest. I'm not sure if you go back and change it but there's no reason why it wouldn't just move the data from the regular to the BBA database.
Also, if you use eBird on a computer, please use the BBA portal:

https://ebird.org/atlasmddc/map

This is all new to most of us. Virginia is well into their BBA so anyone familiar with VA data, it would be nice to have any clarification!
Tyler Bell
<jtylerbell...>
California, Maryland

On Wednesday, January 1, 2020, 11:00:06 AM EST, Scott Young <wsyacy...> wrote:


Thanks for the reminder. I have 2 questions:

1. Can you add them to the MD BBA from the computer browser/eBird site?2. Can you change the portal after submission without having to delete and re-enter data?
Thank you,
Scott YoungGiathersburg, MD 

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Date: 1/1/20 8:00 am
From: Scott Young <wsyacy...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: eBird and MD BBA3

>
> Thanks for the reminder. I have 2 questions:
>

1. Can you add them to the MD BBA from the computer browser/eBird site?
2. Can you change the portal after submission without having to delete and
re-enter data?

Thank you,

Scott Young
Giathersburg, MD

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Date: 1/1/20 7:23 am
From: 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] eBird and MD BBA3
Now that it's officially 2020, be sure to select the Maryland Breeding Bird Atlas portal on your eBird app!


Tyler Bell
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Date: 1/1/20 6:07 am
From: guineabird via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: MDBirding] OT: SPYBIRD!
Thank you Warren!

You presented a much needed laugh in today's environmentally constipated world.
Gail FrantzBaltimore County

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Date: 12/31/19 2:53 pm
From: 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Hagerstown Mute Swans
Please don't eBird the Mute Swans at the Hagerstown City Park. They are pinioned "pets" and are not wild in any way. We're seeing a lot of these due to the presence of the Egyptian Goose there.
Thanks!
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Date: 12/31/19 12:24 pm
From: Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Red-throated loon still at Piney Run
The gates to the park were closed at 3:00 pm and parking area outside the
gate was full. So no access late this afternoon.

On Tue, Dec 31, 2019 at 3:05 PM Les R Becker <lesrbecker2...> wrote:

> I checked the Carroll County Piney Run Park eBird Hotspot site and found
> the Red-throated Loon as well as the OP's name attached to the report. As I
> don't believe in coincidences, I'm certain that this is the same report and
> location.
>
> Best,
>
> Les
>
> On Tue, Dec 31, 2019 at 12:50 PM Mike Milligan <mike.milligan...>
> wrote:
>
>> Anna,
>>
>> Where is "at Piney Run"? I don't have plans for tomorrow, so ....
>>
>> Mike M
>>
>> On Tue, Dec 31, 2019 at 12:17 PM Anna Urciolo <anna.urciolo...>
>> wrote:
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>>>
>>> By the dam , close to the shore. Snow goose was also present.
>>>
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Date: 12/31/19 12:06 pm
From: Les R Becker <lesrbecker2...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Red-throated loon still at Piney Run
I checked the Carroll County Piney Run Park eBird Hotspot site and found
the Red-throated Loon as well as the OP's name attached to the report. As I
don't believe in coincidences, I'm certain that this is the same report and
location.

Best,

Les

On Tue, Dec 31, 2019 at 12:50 PM Mike Milligan <mike.milligan...>
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> Anna,
>
> Where is "at Piney Run"? I don't have plans for tomorrow, so ....
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> Mike M
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>> By the dam , close to the shore. Snow goose was also present.
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Date: 12/31/19 11:52 am
From: Marcia Watson <marshwren50...>
Subject: Fwd: [MDBirding] Iceland Gull and sign-off from Schoolhouse Pond
Fred,

I want to give you a public shout-out to recognize your diligence in documenting birdlife at Schoolhouse Pond, not only with your narrative reports to this email list, but also through your daily eBird reports. You mentioned that your life list at Schoolhouse Pond stands at 229. Your reports are the main reason that Schoolhouse Pond is the #1 eBird hotspot in Prince George’s County, in terms of number of species reported. Schoolhouse Pond beats out much larger places in our county, such as Beltsville Ag Research Center, Merkle NRMA, and even South Tract of Patuxent Research Refuge. You contributed the large majority of species reports that built up the list for the pond.

I was interested to know exactly how many eBird checklists you’ve submitted for Schoolhouse Pond over the years, so I looked it up on eBird. That number is 3,465! That’s just an amazing number, way more than I’ve submitted for my own backyard.

Thanks so much for all you’ve done at Schoolhouse Pond. We’ll all miss your reports, but I’m sure you’re going to find a new favorite place for your daily walks. Best wishes in retirement.

PS: I apologize if there are multiple copies of this - for some reason it’s not going through to the email group.

Marcia
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> From: "'Fred Shaffer' via Maryland & DC Birding" <mdbirding...>
> Date: December 31, 2019 at 9:21:55 AM EST
> To: Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
> Subject: [MDBirding] Iceland Gull and sign-off from Schoolhouse Pond
> Reply-To: Fred Shaffer <glaucousgull...>
>
> Highlights from my morning walk at Schoolhouse Pond today (Dec. 31st) included a flyover 1st-winter Iceland Gull and my personal high count at the pond of 248 Ring-necked Ducks. The Iceland Gull was with a small group of Herring Gulls that were headed towards the Brown Station Road Landfill. The waterfowl continue to show up in impressive numbers at the pond this fall/winter, with the continuing male Redhead present, 13 Northern Shovelers, a female Northern Pintail, 2 American Wigeon, several Ruddy Ducks and a male Lesser Scaup present.
>
> And after 32 years, today is my last day working for M-NCPPC, meaning the end of my daily walks around Schoolhouse Pond. I've gotten a lot of enjoyment walking around the pond and seeing the diversity of birds over the years. In general, I walked once around the pond from 1987 to 1998 (at lunch) and twice around the pond from 1998 to the present (before work and at lunch). Prior to 1989 you couldn't go all the way around the pond, but had to turn around at the rear observation platform. Highlights over the years included a White Pelican (November 2000), Glaucous Gulls (on three occasions), White Ibis (September 2017), Eurasian Wigeon (early 90s), the long-staying Trumpeter Swan (2006 - 09) and the recent Ash-throated Flycatcher (November 2019). Other particularly memorable sightings include the Black-headed Gull that was present on the ice of the pond during one of the February 2010 blizzards, the American Avocet (Oct. 2004), Greater White-fronted Goose (Dec. 2005 and March 2010), Ross's Goose (Dec. 2006), and the Franklin's Gull (November 2009). I should probably also mention December 26, 2004, which was perhaps the most remarkable gull day at the pond that I ever experienced. 4 Lesser Black-backed Gulls were present, along with one possible LBBG x HERG hybrid. But the highlight was definitely the adult Glaucous Gull and adult Iceland Gull (kumlien's) that were present that afternoon, which is virtually unheard of in Maryland. I documented the many rare gulls seen at the pond that month in an old Maryland Birdlife article. I didn't even see the rarest of the gulls (the Mew Gull found by Sherman Suter on December 24th). Non-bird highlights included the pair of River Otters that were regularly seen during the fall of 2013 and seeing the pond daily under different conditions and different seasons. Walks just after or during snowstorms were particularly enjoyable.
>
> My Schoolhouse Pond life list is now 229. The only bird not included on eBird is the Eurasian Wigeon, as I don't have an exact date for that early 90s sighting. While I'll miss my daily walks at the pond, I will probably still bird here periodically as I don't live that far away. Since today's bird list was pretty extensive and will be my last regular post from the location, I've copied my eBird checklist below. Good birding!
>
> Fred Shaffer
> <GlaucousGull...>
> Crofton, Anne Arundel
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> ----- Forwarded Message -----
> From: "<ebird-checklist...>" <ebird-checklist...>
> To: "<glaucousgull...>" <glaucousgull...>
> Sent: Tuesday, December 31, 2019, 08:19:10 AM EST
> Subject: eBird Report - Schoolhouse Pond, Upper Marlboro, Dec 31, 2019
>
> Schoolhouse Pond, Upper Marlboro, Prince George's, Maryland, US
> Dec 31, 2019 7:19 AM - 8:03 AM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 0.8 mile(s)
> Checklist Comments: Overcast and cool.
> 45 species (+1 other taxa)
>
> Canada Goose 420
> Northern Shoveler 13
> American Wigeon 2
> Mallard 29
> Mallard x American Black Duck (hybrid) 1
> Northern Pintail 1 Female.
> Redhead 1
> Ring-necked Duck 248 Personal high count for the pond.
> Lesser Scaup 1
> Ruddy Duck 2
> Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 5
> Ring-billed Gull 43
> Herring Gull 9
> Iceland Gull 1 1st winter flyover heading to the Brown Station Road Landfill with a group of Herring Gulls. Pale off-white plumage noted, as were the all pale extended primaries. Bird appeared slightly smaller (in wingspan and overall size) than the Herring Gulls it was with.
> Double-crested Cormorant 1
> Great Blue Heron 1
> Black Vulture 21
> Bald Eagle 2
> Belted Kingfisher 1
> Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
> Downy Woodpecker 1
> Pileated Woodpecker 1
> Northern Flicker 2
> Blue Jay 1
> American Crow 4
> Fish Crow 1
> Carolina Chickadee 4
> Tufted Titmouse 2
> White-breasted Nuthatch 2
> Winter Wren 1
> Carolina Wren 4
> European Starling 12
> Eastern Bluebird 2
> American Robin 12
> House Sparrow 2
> House Finch 3
> American Goldfinch 1
> Dark-eyed Junco 1
> White-throated Sparrow 7
> Song Sparrow 3
> Swamp Sparrow 1
> Eastern Towhee 1
> Red-winged Blackbird 11
> Common Grackle 404
> Yellow-rumped Warbler 3
> Northern Cardinal 3
>
> View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S62802115
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Date: 12/31/19 9:50 am
From: Mike Milligan <mike.milligan...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Red-throated loon still at Piney Run
Anna,

Where is "at Piney Run"? I don't have plans for tomorrow, so ....

Mike M

On Tue, Dec 31, 2019 at 12:17 PM Anna Urciolo <anna.urciolo...>
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> By the dam , close to the shore. Snow goose was also present.
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Date: 12/31/19 9:17 am
From: Anna Urciolo <anna.urciolo...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Red-throated loon still at Piney Run

By the dam , close to the shore. Snow goose was also present.

Anna Urciolo
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Date: 12/31/19 8:16 am
From: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Redstart continues at Hagerstown City Park
HANFMAN is the correct spelling... apologies

On Tuesday, December 31, 2019, JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> wrote:

> Seen by Joe Hangman this morning and reported on eBird
>
> https://ebird.org/checklist/S62804900
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> I believe that sets a new MD seasonal record. Next to fall (?) would be
> the January 3rd DC record.
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> Jim S
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Date: 12/31/19 8:14 am
From: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Redstart continues at Hagerstown City Park
Seen by Joe Hangman this morning and reported on eBird:

https://ebird.org/checklist/S62804900

I believe that sets a new MD seasonal record. Next to fall (?) would be the
January 3rd DC record.

Jim S

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Date: 12/31/19 7:53 am
From: 'George Jett' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Iceland Gull and sign-off from Schoolhouse Pond
Fred Congratulations on retiring.  I will miss you daily reports.  They have added a few county birds to my P G list.CheersGeorge

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On Tuesday, December 31, 2019, 'Fred Shaffer' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> wrote:

Highlights from my morning walk at Schoolhouse Pond today (Dec. 31st) included a flyover 1st-winter Iceland Gull and my personal high count at the pond of 248 Ring-necked Ducks.  The Iceland Gull was with a small group of Herring Gulls that were headed towards the Brown Station Road Landfill.  The waterfowl continue to show up in impressive numbers at the pond this fall/winter, with the continuing male Redhead present, 13 Northern Shovelers, a female Northern Pintail, 2 American Wigeon, several Ruddy Ducks and a male Lesser Scaup present.  
And after 32 years, today is my last day working for M-NCPPC, meaning the end of my daily walks around Schoolhouse Pond. I've gotten a lot of enjoyment walking around the pond and seeing the diversity of birds over the years.  In general, I walked once around the pond from 1987 to 1998 (at lunch) and twice around the pond from 1998 to the present (before work and at lunch).  Prior to 1989 you couldn't go all the way around the pond, but had to turn around at the rear observation platform.  Highlights over the years included a White Pelican (November 2000), Glaucous Gulls (on three occasions), White Ibis (September 2017), Eurasian Wigeon (early 90s), the long-staying Trumpeter Swan (2006 - 09) and the recent Ash-throated Flycatcher (November 2019).  Other particularly memorable sightings include the Black-headed Gull that was present on the ice of the pond during one of the February 2010 blizzards, the American Avocet (Oct. 2004), Greater White-fronted Goose (Dec. 2005 and March 2010), Ross's Goose (Dec. 2006), and the Franklin's Gull (November 2009).  I should probably also mention December 26, 2004, which was perhaps the most remarkable gull day at the pond that I ever experienced.  4 Lesser Black-backed Gulls were present, along with one possible LBBG x HERG hybrid. But the highlight was definitely the adult Glaucous Gull and adult Iceland Gull (kumlien's) that were present that afternoon, which is virtually unheard of in Maryland.  I documented the many rare gulls seen at the pond that month in an old Maryland Birdlife article. I didn't even see the rarest of the gulls (the Mew Gull found by Sherman Suter on December 24th).  Non-bird highlights included the pair of River Otters that were regularly seen during the fall of 2013 and seeing the pond daily under different conditions and different seasons.  Walks just after or during snowstorms were particularly enjoyable.
My Schoolhouse Pond life list is now 229. The only bird not included on eBird is the Eurasian Wigeon, as I don't have an exact date for that early 90s sighting. While I'll miss my daily walks at the pond, I will probably still bird here periodically as I don't live that far away.  Since today's bird list was pretty extensive and will be my last regular post from the location, I've copied my eBird checklist below.  Good birding!
Fred <ShafferGlaucousGull...>, Anne Arundel
----- Forwarded Message ----- From: "<ebird-checklist...>" <ebird-checklist...>To: "<glaucousgull...>" <glaucousgull...>Sent: Tuesday, December 31, 2019, 08:19:10 AM ESTSubject: eBird Report - Schoolhouse Pond, Upper Marlboro, Dec 31, 2019
Schoolhouse Pond, Upper Marlboro, Prince George's, Maryland, US
Dec 31, 2019 7:19 AM - 8:03 AM
Protocol: Traveling
0.8 mile(s)
Checklist Comments:    Overcast and cool.
45 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose  420
Northern Shoveler  13
American Wigeon  2
Mallard  29
Mallard x American Black Duck (hybrid)  1
Northern Pintail  1    Female.
Redhead  1
Ring-necked Duck  248    Personal high count for the pond.
Lesser Scaup  1
Ruddy Duck  2
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  5
Ring-billed Gull  43
Herring Gull  9
Iceland Gull  1    1st winter flyover heading to the Brown Station Road Landfill with a group of Herring Gulls. Pale off-white plumage noted, as were the all pale extended primaries.  Bird appeared slightly smaller (in wingspan and overall size) than the Herring Gulls it was with.
Double-crested Cormorant  1
Great Blue Heron  1
Black Vulture  21
Bald Eagle  2
Belted Kingfisher  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Downy Woodpecker  1
Pileated Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  2
Blue Jay  1
American Crow  4
Fish Crow  1
Carolina Chickadee  4
Tufted Titmouse  2
White-breasted Nuthatch  2
Winter Wren  1
Carolina Wren  4
European Starling  12
Eastern Bluebird  2
American Robin  12
House Sparrow  2
House Finch  3
American Goldfinch  1
Dark-eyed Junco  1
White-throated Sparrow  7
Song Sparrow  3
Swamp Sparrow  1
Eastern Towhee  1
Red-winged Blackbird  11
Common Grackle  404
Yellow-rumped Warbler  3
Northern Cardinal  3

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Date: 12/31/19 6:26 am
From: 'Fred Shaffer' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Iceland Gull and sign-off from Schoolhouse Pond
Highlights from my morning walk at Schoolhouse Pond today (Dec. 31st) included a flyover 1st-winter Iceland Gull and my personal high count at the pond of 248 Ring-necked Ducks.  The Iceland Gull was with a small group of Herring Gulls that were headed towards the Brown Station Road Landfill.  The waterfowl continue to show up in impressive numbers at the pond this fall/winter, with the continuing male Redhead present, 13 Northern Shovelers, a female Northern Pintail, 2 American Wigeon, several Ruddy Ducks and a male Lesser Scaup present.  
And after 32 years, today is my last day working for M-NCPPC, meaning the end of my daily walks around Schoolhouse Pond. I've gotten a lot of enjoyment walking around the pond and seeing the diversity of birds over the years.  In general, I walked once around the pond from 1987 to 1998 (at lunch) and twice around the pond from 1998 to the present (before work and at lunch).  Prior to 1989 you couldn't go all the way around the pond, but had to turn around at the rear observation platform.  Highlights over the years included a White Pelican (November 2000), Glaucous Gulls (on three occasions), White Ibis (September 2017), Eurasian Wigeon (early 90s), the long-staying Trumpeter Swan (2006 - 09) and the recent Ash-throated Flycatcher (November 2019).  Other particularly memorable sightings include the Black-headed Gull that was present on the ice of the pond during one of the February 2010 blizzards, the American Avocet (Oct. 2004), Greater White-fronted Goose (Dec. 2005 and March 2010), Ross's Goose (Dec. 2006), and the Franklin's Gull (November 2009).  I should probably also mention December 26, 2004, which was perhaps the most remarkable gull day at the pond that I ever experienced.  4 Lesser Black-backed Gulls were present, along with one possible LBBG x HERG hybrid. But the highlight was definitely the adult Glaucous Gull and adult Iceland Gull (kumlien's) that were present that afternoon, which is virtually unheard of in Maryland.  I documented the many rare gulls seen at the pond that month in an old Maryland Birdlife article. I didn't even see the rarest of the gulls (the Mew Gull found by Sherman Suter on December 24th).  Non-bird highlights included the pair of River Otters that were regularly seen during the fall of 2013 and seeing the pond daily under different conditions and different seasons.  Walks just after or during snowstorms were particularly enjoyable.
My Schoolhouse Pond life list is now 229. The only bird not included on eBird is the Eurasian Wigeon, as I don't have an exact date for that early 90s sighting. While I'll miss my daily walks at the pond, I will probably still bird here periodically as I don't live that far away.  Since today's bird list was pretty extensive and will be my last regular post from the location, I've copied my eBird checklist below.  Good birding!
Fred <ShafferGlaucousGull...>, Anne Arundel
----- Forwarded Message ----- From: "<ebird-checklist...>" <ebird-checklist...>To: "<glaucousgull...>" <glaucousgull...>Sent: Tuesday, December 31, 2019, 08:19:10 AM ESTSubject: eBird Report - Schoolhouse Pond, Upper Marlboro, Dec 31, 2019
Schoolhouse Pond, Upper Marlboro, Prince George's, Maryland, US
Dec 31, 2019 7:19 AM - 8:03 AM
Protocol: Traveling
0.8 mile(s)
Checklist Comments:    Overcast and cool.
45 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose  420
Northern Shoveler  13
American Wigeon  2
Mallard  29
Mallard x American Black Duck (hybrid)  1
Northern Pintail  1    Female.
Redhead  1
Ring-necked Duck  248    Personal high count for the pond.
Lesser Scaup  1
Ruddy Duck  2
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  5
Ring-billed Gull  43
Herring Gull  9
Iceland Gull  1    1st winter flyover heading to the Brown Station Road Landfill with a group of Herring Gulls. Pale off-white plumage noted, as were the all pale extended primaries.  Bird appeared slightly smaller (in wingspan and overall size) than the Herring Gulls it was with.
Double-crested Cormorant  1
Great Blue Heron  1
Black Vulture  21
Bald Eagle  2
Belted Kingfisher  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Downy Woodpecker  1
Pileated Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  2
Blue Jay  1
American Crow  4
Fish Crow  1
Carolina Chickadee  4
Tufted Titmouse  2
White-breasted Nuthatch  2
Winter Wren  1
Carolina Wren  4
European Starling  12
Eastern Bluebird  2
American Robin  12
House Sparrow  2
House Finch  3
American Goldfinch  1
Dark-eyed Junco  1
White-throated Sparrow  7
Song Sparrow  3
Swamp Sparrow  1
Eastern Towhee  1
Red-winged Blackbird  11
Common Grackle  404
Yellow-rumped Warbler  3
Northern Cardinal  3

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S62802115

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


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Date: 12/30/19 6:35 pm
From: 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Jug Bay CBC Results - December15, 2019
Marcia:
Nice count data!
Where was the Trumpeter Swan? There was one reported recently up near Deale. Perhaps in the Churchton/Franklin Manor area? If it was in Calvert, details on the location, please!

Tyler Bell
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California, Maryland

On Monday, December 30, 2019, 5:31:00 PM EST, Marcia Watson <marshwren50...> wrote:


Here’s a summary report of the results of the Jug Bay Christmas Bird Count, held on Sunday, December 15, 2019.  The Jug Bay circle covers parts of Prince George’s, Anne Arundel, and Calvert Counties, and includes the Patuxent River from a couple miles north of Jug Bay south to just past Lower Marlboro, as well as open waters of the Chesapeake Bay from Churchton/Franklin Manor south to Chesapeake Beach. The circle includes rural areas; suburban developments; a couple of small towns and a few villages; county-owned parks and preserves such as Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary (Anne Arundel) and Patuxent River Park (Prince George’s); a number of state hunting/wildlife management areas; and municipal parks and beaches.

 

As has been reported for other counts, the weather was fair and mild on December 15, with temperatures ranging from the upper 30s in early morning to the mid-fifties by noon. There was no precipitation and most of the day had light winds, with some gusts to 24 mph in the afternoon.

 

Overall, our counters observed a total of 115 species. Over the previous ten years, from 2009 through 2018, the total species ranged from 89 to 115, with a ten-year average of 108 species. Thus we had good diversity in 2019.  But we did not set a record. The highest species number on record was in 2001, with 122 species.

 

This year, we had 13 “Add-On Species” (species not found annually and so not included on our regular checklist):

·       Trumpeter Swan

·       Trumpeter/Tundra Swan Hybrid

·       Mallard X Amer Black Duck Hybrid

·       Blue-winged Teal (Count Week)

·       Black Scoter

·       Black-crowned Night Heron

·       Clapper Rail

·       Lesser Black-backed Gull

·       Common Raven

·       Sedge Wren

·       Palm Warbler

·       Orange-crowned Warbler

·       Pine Siskin

 

A number of birds – 23 species - were observed in just one of the 12 sectors in our count circle, and our counters put in extra efforts to turn up these specialties, which included many of the add-ons but also regular checklist species such as Northern Shoveler; Redhead; American Coot; American Woodcock; Laughing Gull; Marsh Wren; Pine Warbler; Savannah Sparrow; and Pine Siskin.

 

This year, the total number of individual birds - 115,366 birds - was bolstered by a count of over 60,000 Common Grackles and almost 8,000 Red-winged Blackbirds from a single sector that covers prime Prince George’s County farmlands.  Over the previous ten years, the total number of individual birds ranged from 34,140 to 1,413,515, averaging 218,550 individuals. Thus, at first glance, this year’s count provided lower than average numbers of individual birds. And indeed, most counters reported that birds were scarce in the field. However, that ten-year average of 218,550 individual birds is skewed by a high count of 1,413,515 birds in 2018, that included over 300,000 red-wingeds, over 500,000 grackles, plus another 500,00 blackbird “sp.” Likewise, in 2015, the total number of 255,508 individuals was skewed by very high blackbird numbers. Ignoring 2015 and 2018, this year’s number of individual birds EXCEEDED the total numbers of individuals in eight of the previous ten years.  Still, further analysis of count trends will no doubt show that some species have suffered drastic declines.

 

We had a total of 41 counters in the field, all of whom put in a remarkable effort. We had no feeder watchers. I have been astonished to read about the large numbers of counters who participated in some of the other counts, e.g.,  the Seneca CBC, which was held on the same day as the Jug Bay count, had 158 people in the field plus 19 feeder watchers.  That’s almost exactly one counter for each square mile in the Seneca count circle. By contrast, the coverage for the Jug Bay circle equated to one counter for each 4.3 square miles in the count circle (admittedly, our circle includes large areas of water that are viewed from land). Many of our counters worked solo and most spent some time owling. We finished the day with a tally rally and Dutch-treat meal at the Chesapeake Grill and Deli in Dunkirk.  I commend all of our Jug Bay CBC volunteers for their hard work and dedication.   

 

Marcia

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Patuxent Bird Club

A Chapter of the Maryland Ornithological Society

www.patuxentbirdclub.org

 

Bowie, MD

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Date: 12/30/19 3:47 pm
From: Warblerick <ricksussman1955...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Jug Bay CBC Results - December15, 2019
Great work Marcia. Excellent breakdown of numbers. It is quite amazing how some counts get huge numbers of field birders, while some go wanting.
Rick Sussman
Woodbine MD

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Date: 12/30/19 3:42 pm
From: Warblerick <ricksussman1955...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fort Belvoir CBC, 29 Dec 2019, quick Summary
Great report, thank you Kurt.
Rick Sussman
Woodbine MD

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Date: 12/30/19 3:34 pm
From: Eric Hastings <eman.hastings...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Trumpeter Swan Washington County
I just happened to have a camera with me. I was heading out to Greenbrier
State Park on Route 40.
I believe this is a Trumpeter Swan. First ever for me in Washington County.
It was in a field east
of Route 40 and Stottlemyer Rd.

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Date: 12/30/19 3:26 pm
From: Eric Hastings <eman.hastings...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Trumpeter Swan


I just happened to have a camera with me. I was heading out route 40 to
Greenbrier State Park.

This is the first ever trumpeter swan I've seen in Washington County.

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Date: 12/30/19 2:31 pm
From: Marcia Watson <marshwren50...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Jug Bay CBC Results - December15, 2019
Here's a summary report of the results of the Jug Bay Christmas Bird Count,
held on Sunday, December 15, 2019. The Jug Bay circle covers parts of
Prince George's, Anne Arundel, and Calvert Counties, and includes the
Patuxent River from a couple miles north of Jug Bay south to just past Lower
Marlboro, as well as open waters of the Chesapeake Bay from
Churchton/Franklin Manor south to Chesapeake Beach. The circle includes
rural areas; suburban developments; a couple of small towns and a few
villages; county-owned parks and preserves such as Jug Bay Wetlands
Sanctuary (Anne Arundel) and Patuxent River Park (Prince George's); a number
of state hunting/wildlife management areas; and municipal parks and beaches.



As has been reported for other counts, the weather was fair and mild on
December 15, with temperatures ranging from the upper 30s in early morning
to the mid-fifties by noon. There was no precipitation and most of the day
had light winds, with some gusts to 24 mph in the afternoon.



Overall, our counters observed a total of 115 species. Over the previous ten
years, from 2009 through 2018, the total species ranged from 89 to 115, with
a ten-year average of 108 species. Thus we had good diversity in 2019. But
we did not set a record. The highest species number on record was in 2001,
with 122 species.



This year, we had 13 "Add-On Species" (species not found annually and so not
included on our regular checklist):

. Trumpeter Swan

. Trumpeter/Tundra Swan Hybrid

. Mallard X Amer Black Duck Hybrid

. Blue-winged Teal (Count Week)

. Black Scoter

. Black-crowned Night Heron

. Clapper Rail

. Lesser Black-backed Gull

. Common Raven

. Sedge Wren

. Palm Warbler

. Orange-crowned Warbler

. Pine Siskin



A number of birds - 23 species - were observed in just one of the 12 sectors
in our count circle, and our counters put in extra efforts to turn up these
specialties, which included many of the add-ons but also regular checklist
species such as Northern Shoveler; Redhead; American Coot; American
Woodcock; Laughing Gull; Marsh Wren; Pine Warbler; Savannah Sparrow; and
Pine Siskin.



This year, the total number of individual birds - 115,366 birds - was
bolstered by a count of over 60,000 Common Grackles and almost 8,000
Red-winged Blackbirds from a single sector that covers prime Prince George's
County farmlands. Over the previous ten years, the total number of
individual birds ranged from 34,140 to 1,413,515, averaging 218,550
individuals. Thus, at first glance, this year's count provided lower than
average numbers of individual birds. And indeed, most counters reported that
birds were scarce in the field. However, that ten-year average of 218,550
individual birds is skewed by a high count of 1,413,515 birds in 2018, that
included over 300,000 red-wingeds, over 500,000 grackles, plus another
500,00 blackbird "sp." Likewise, in 2015, the total number of 255,508
individuals was skewed by very high blackbird numbers. Ignoring 2015 and
2018, this year's number of individual birds EXCEEDED the total numbers of
individuals in eight of the previous ten years. Still, further analysis of
count trends will no doubt show that some species have suffered drastic
declines.



We had a total of 41 counters in the field, all of whom put in a remarkable
effort. We had no feeder watchers. I have been astonished to read about the
large numbers of counters who participated in some of the other counts,
e.g., the Seneca CBC, which was held on the same day as the Jug Bay count,
had 158 people in the field plus 19 feeder watchers. That's almost exactly
one counter for each square mile in the Seneca count circle. By contrast,
the coverage for the Jug Bay circle equated to one counter for each 4.3
square miles in the count circle (admittedly, our circle includes large
areas of water that are viewed from land). Many of our counters worked solo
and most spent some time owling. We finished the day with a tally rally and
Dutch-treat meal at the Chesapeake Grill and Deli in Dunkirk. I commend all
of our Jug Bay CBC volunteers for their hard work and dedication.



Marcia

_________

Marcia Watson

Patuxent Bird Club

A Chapter of the Maryland Ornithological Society

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



Bowie, MD

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Date: 12/30/19 10:11 am
From: Janet Millenson <janet...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Seeking David Clark
I'm trying to get in touch with David Clark regarding a sighting on his
Saturday, December 28 eBird checklist for Black Hill Regional Park. It
may contribute a Count Week bird to the Sugarloaf Mountain Christmas
Bird Count list.

If you have any contact information for him, please let me know. Thanks!


Janet Millenson (Sugarloaf CBC compiler)
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Date: 12/30/19 8:24 am
From: Maryanne Dolan <maryanne.dolan...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] they don't fly
I had a grasshopper on my front stoop.
Maryanne Dolan
Elkton

On Mon, Dec 30, 2019 at 8:25 AM James Wilson <birdmanjfw...> wrote:

> I heard spring peepers in the yard this morning around 7:00 a.m.
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Date: 12/30/19 7:55 am
From: Pat <pvaldata1...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Common Loon
We just watched a Common Loon surface with a large fish that took about 5 minutes to dispatch. The loon repeatedly bit at the fish and dove with the fish in its mouth. Finally it positioned the fish properly and got it down. Amazing to see the huge bulge in the loon's throat after that.Otherwise a quiet morning here: a few sleepy Buffleheads, the usual flock of piglets (House Finches).Pat ValdataCrisfield, MDSent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone

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Date: 12/30/19 7:44 am
From: 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Southern MD Common Mergansers
Common Merganser is uncommon at best in Calvert and St. Mary's with the exception of a sliver of the northern Patuxent up near Jug Bay before it hits the Anne Arundel County line. There have been two reports over the weekend, though, that might be of interest. The first, in St. Mary's, is 3 females at the Harry Lundberg school of seamanship in Piney Point. Sadly, the pond where the birds are being seen is not accessible to the general public.
The second report, from Calvert in the Chesapeake Ranch Estates in Lusby, isn't specific but they've been found at Lake Lariat on previous Patuxent CBCs so I'm assuming, perhaps incorrectly, that's where this bird was found.

Tyler Bell
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California, Maryland

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Date: 12/30/19 7:11 am
From: Warblerick <ricksussman1955...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Report on the Seneca MD/VA CBC December 15
Great report Jim! Sadly our local Triadelphia CBC has not produced any report thus far, so no telling how well we did (in the rain on Dec.14).
Rick Sussman
Woodbine MD

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Date: 12/30/19 5:31 am
From: Tim Carney <timmyc83...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Swan Creek birdwalk - Sat, Jan 25


Good morning,



Dan Haas and I will be co-leading a birdwalk at Swan Creek Wetlands and Cox
Creek Dredged Material Containment Facility (DMCF) on Saturday, January 25.
The walk will be held from 7:00 AM to 11:00 AM. We must be offsite at
11:00. The walk will involve extensive walking on a rock/dirt path. There
is minimal shade, and we will need to cross moving water at one point.
Snowy and icy conditions are possible. Please dress appropriately and wear
sturdy footwear.



While onsite, we will carefully sort through winter waterfowl and also
spend time looking for rails, unusual sparrows, and whatever else is
around. We will be divided into two groups of roughly 20 participants each.
One group will visit the wetlands while the other checks the DMCF, and then
the groups will switch. Both groups will see the same areas of the site.



The walk is limited to 40 participants. You may reserve two spots. Please
provide a name and email address for each participant. I will also create a
waiting list if we exceed 40 responses. There is no raindate this time, and
the walk will be canceled if the forecast is calling for rain/high winds or
inclement winter weather.



This walk is offered by Maryland Environmental Service (MES) on behalf of
Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Port Administration (MDOT
MPA).



Please email tcarney [at] menv [dot] com if you would like to sign up. I
can also provide a site map and directions for first-time visitors.



Thanks,

Tim Carney

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Date: 12/30/19 5:25 am
From: James Wilson <birdmanjfw...>
Subject: [MDBirding] they don't fly
I heard spring peepers in the yard this morning around 7:00 a.m.
Jim Wilson
Queenstown

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Date: 12/30/19 3:57 am
From: Mary Konchar <marykonchar...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Tripod
Service Photo in Baltimore has a good supply of tripods and tripod heads to
choose from.

Mary
Easton, MD

On Sunday, December 29, 2019 at 10:01:29 AM UTC-5, Kerry Stone wrote:
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> Can someone please suggest a good resource to purchase a tripod for a
> spotting scope? I know Amazon has them but many are for cameras. I wouldn’t
> mind used.
>
> Kerry
> Takoma Park, MD
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Date: 12/29/19 4:40 pm
From: Howard Wu <howiewu1...>
Subject: [MDBirding] [FRI] Chesapeake Beach Clapper Rail, CBEC Sedge Wren
Hi, all --

I am thinking about making a run for these birds in the coming days.

I looked at the eBird reports -- there is a Clapper Rail, a Sedge Wren, and
maybe 2 Soras at the Chesapeake Railroad Trail in Chesapeake Bay, and 1 or
2 Sedge Wrens at the Chesapeake Bay Environment Center. I have the general
information.

My request is: if you have any specific tips on how/where/when to find
these birds, I'd greatly appreciate it! Location obvious is critical, best
time of the day is important too. And anything else you can think of.

Thanks,
Howard Wu
Herndon, VA

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Date: 12/29/19 3:42 pm
From: Bryan H <bghenson23...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: C&O Canal from Edwards Ferry to White's Ferry - Central Loudoun CBC
We had 4 winter wrens. A little lower than I might have thought for that
distance, but sometimes they are a little sneaky. All 4 were heard before
seen, so if they didn't chip, then they might have snuck by us.

On Sunday, December 29, 2019 at 9:19:26 AM UTC-5, Warblerick wrote:
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> Nice report Bryan! How were numbers of Winter Wrens?
> Rick Sussman
> Woodbine MD

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Date: 12/29/19 1:15 pm
From: Wayne Bierbaum <wm.bierbaum...>
Subject: [MDBirding] North Beach - Calvert County, Common Loon etc
The seawall and pier at North Beach is a good place to find wintering
waterfowl.
Today there were black scoters, common loons, long-tailed ducks,
buffleheads, one horned grebe, a raft of black ducks. Early morning is
best from the pier north along the seawall.

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Date: 12/29/19 7:52 am
From: Peter Givan <pdgiv73...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Tripod
I bought mine at Cape May Bird Observatory. They have a fantastic staff at
the store and numerous brands that you can play with before you make your
decision. I think I paid around $300 for the carbon fiber tripod and the
head.


On Sunday, December 29, 2019 at 10:01:29 AM UTC-5, Kerry Stone wrote:
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> Can someone please suggest a good resource to purchase a tripod for a
> spotting scope? I know Amazon has them but many are for cameras. I wouldn’t
> mind used.
>
> Kerry
> Takoma Park, MD
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Date: 12/29/19 7:34 am
From: David Gibson <20cabot...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Tripod
Kerry, IMHO, B&H <https://www.bhphotovideo.com/> is one of the best places
around to purchase all kinds of optics gear including spotting scopes,
tripods, and tripod heads. They also are always available to offer helpful
advice. You also might want to check out their 'Explora' articles like this
one on birding with spotting scopes
<https://www.bhphotovideo.com/explora/photography/tips-and-solutions/guide-birding-spotting-scopes>.
Good luck!
Dave Gibson
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> spotting scope? I know Amazon has them but many are for cameras. I wouldn’t
> mind used.
>
> Kerry
> Takoma Park, MD
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Date: 12/29/19 7:01 am
From: Kerry Stone <kstonelfs...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Tripod
Can someone please suggest a good resource to purchase a tripod for a
spotting scope? I know Amazon has them but many are for cameras. I wouldn’t
mind used.

Kerry
Takoma Park, MD

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Date: 12/29/19 6:19 am
From: Warblerick <ricksussman1955...>
Subject: [MDBirding] C&O Canal from Edwards Ferry to White's Ferry - Central Loudoun CBC
Nice report Bryan! How were numbers of Winter Wrens?
Rick Sussman
Woodbine MD

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Date: 12/29/19 6:10 am
From: Bryan H <bghenson23...>
Subject: [MDBirding] C&O Canal from Edwards Ferry to White's Ferry - Central Loudoun CBC
Yesterday, 3 birders participating in the Central Loudoun CBC birded the
C&O Canal from Edward's Ferry to White's Ferry. It was a lovely walk with
lots of birds. We found 47 species in the CBC sector.

Highlights of the walk included many (21!) Red-headed Woodpeckers, a brief
visit by a Merlin, a Barred Owl, many Kinglets (10 ruby and 14
golden-crowned), several Brown Creepers and an incredible number of
White-throated Sparrows (327).

eBird checklists can be found here:
https://ebird.org/checklist/S62729115
https://ebird.org/checklist/S62729573


We're always looking for more volunteers and sector leaders to participate
in the Central Loudoun CBC. Next year's count will be on Monday, December
28, 2020. If you are interested in participating, please contact myself or
Joe Coleman ( <jcoleman...> ) or contact us through the
Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy website (loudounwildlife.org).

Thanks,
Bryan Henson
Sterling, VA

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Date: 12/29/19 3:51 am
From: David Gibson <20cabot...>
Subject: [MDBirding] ID Help, please
Hi all, Can I assume this is an Orange-crowned Warbler?
Dave Gibson
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Date: 12/28/19 2:52 pm
From: Derek C. Richardson <dcr...>
Subject: [MDBirding] starling murmuration

There was an amazing flight of European Starlings (and other birds) in our
neighborhood at dusk today. I uploaded a long(ish) video to YouTube:

https://youtu.be/gTMnUt-bzxs

Enjoy!

D

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Date: 12/28/19 11:10 am
From: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Rusty blackbirds at Patuxent NWS Visitor Center
The Frederick county CBC on 12/14 had 14. See his 16420 Creamery Rd @3:41
w/pic eBird post.

Jim S

On Saturday, December 28, 2019, Jim Felley <jdfelley...> wrote:

> I haven't heard much about Rusty blackbirds this fall, so I was happy to
> find a small group (5-6) on the far side of the lake from the Visitors
> Center (this is the South Tract of the Patuxent refuge).
>
> Otherwise there were Canada geese, mallards, Ring-necked ducks, Red-winged
> blackbirds, and lots of sparrows (in order of numbers, White-throated,
> Song, Dark-eyed juncos, Field and Swamp)
>
> Jim
>
> Jim Felley
> Gaithersburg, MD
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Date: 12/28/19 10:54 am
From: Jim Felley <jdfelley...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Rusty blackbirds at Patuxent NWS Visitor Center
I haven't heard much about Rusty blackbirds this fall, so I was happy to
find a small group (5-6) on the far side of the lake from the Visitors
Center (this is the South Tract of the Patuxent refuge).

Otherwise there were Canada geese, mallards, Ring-necked ducks, Red-winged
blackbirds, and lots of sparrows (in order of numbers, White-throated,
Song, Dark-eyed juncos, Field and Swamp)

Jim

Jim Felley
Gaithersburg, MD

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Date: 12/28/19 10:35 am
From: Patti Armistead <pattiarmistead...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] ID help
Yep, thanks!

On Saturday, December 28, 2019 at 6:56:34 AM UTC-5, David Gibson wrote:
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> Agreed! Definitely Swamp.
> Dave Gibson
> https://birdpartner.com/
>
>
>
> On Fri, Dec 27, 2019 at 11:41 PM thbeal via Maryland & DC Birding <
> <mdbi......> <javascript:>> wrote:
>
>> The rufous shoulder indicates Swamp
>>
>> Tom B
>>
>>
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Patti Armistead <pattiar......> <javascript:>>
>> To: Maryland & DC Birding <mdbi......> <javascript:>>
>> Sent: Fri, Dec 27, 2019 4:59 pm
>> Subject: [MDBirding] ID help
>>
>> I am struggling with a sparrow I spotted at Blue Mash. I am inclined to
>> call it Nelson's Sparrow, but not sure.
>> Thank you,
>> Patti Armistead
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Date: 12/28/19 3:56 am
From: David Gibson <20cabot...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] ID help
Agreed! Definitely Swamp.
Dave Gibson
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On Fri, Dec 27, 2019 at 11:41 PM thbeal via Maryland & DC Birding <
<mdbirding...> wrote:

> The rufous shoulder indicates Swamp
>
> Tom B
>
>
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> To: Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
> Sent: Fri, Dec 27, 2019 4:59 pm
> Subject: [MDBirding] ID help
>
> I am struggling with a sparrow I spotted at Blue Mash. I am inclined to
> call it Nelson's Sparrow, but not sure.
> Thank you,
> Patti Armistead
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Date: 12/27/19 8:41 pm
From: thbeal via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] ID help
The rufous shoulder indicates Swamp
Tom B


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I am struggling with a sparrow I spotted at Blue Mash. I am inclined to call it Nelson's Sparrow, but not sure.
Thank you,Patti Armistead
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Date: 12/27/19 2:01 pm
From: 'Jim Stasz' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: RE: [MDBirding] ID help

Swamp Sparrow
On Friday, December 27, 2019 Patti Armistead <pattiarmistead...> wrote:
I am struggling with a sparrow I spotted at Blue Mash. I am inclined to call it Nelson's Sparrow, but not sure.
Thank you,Patti Armistead


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Date: 12/27/19 1:59 pm
From: Patti Armistead <pattiarmistead...>
Subject: [MDBirding] ID help
I am struggling with a sparrow I spotted at Blue Mash. I am inclined to
call it Nelson's Sparrow, but not sure.
Thank you,
Patti Armistead

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Date: 12/27/19 1:12 pm
From: James Wilson <birdmanjfw...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Golden-crowned Sparrow - Head Injury

this is from the Delaware birders:

I certainly enjoyed watching a very healthy-looking western tanager female
feeding on berries by the Bombay Hook visitors’ center. Thanks to all of
the good reports that alerted us to this wonderfully “lost” bird.

BUT my question is whether any of you know how to get permission to look
for the golden-crowned sparrow in Maryland? It’s not far away and has
continued to show, but the only info I can find is that it is on private
land with restricted viewing. Maybe I missed something, but if anyone has
info on how to respectfully look for this bird, I would be delighted. I do
love these vagrants, and Queen Anne’s County is one of our nearest
neighbors!

Joy Peters
Dover, DE
<Trogon1000...>

Jim Wilson
queenstown

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Date: 12/27/19 10:55 am
From: fwitebsky via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Golden-crowned Sparrow - Head Injury
I think the Golden-crowned Sparrow at the Chester River Field Research Center may have had a head injury in the past.  Some photos and details are in the eBird checklist I posted from the 25th.  If you're interested, I think you can get to that checklist by pasting this link into your browser:
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S62631954

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Date: 12/26/19 6:37 pm
From: Les R. Becker <lesrbecker2...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Montgomery County Sandhill Cranes
Good Evening All,

Has anyone observed the Sandhill Cranes in the last day or two, pls?

TY.

Les

Les R. Becker

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Date: 12/26/19 3:51 pm
From: 'Sarah Romero' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Re: Rufous Hummingbird continuing Howard County
Please contact the person in the below info. She has the address and specific instructions on how to get there and where to park, etc.

> On Dec 26, 2019, at 12:18 PM, Kerry Stone <kstonelfs...> wrote:
>
> 
> Good morning. I know you cannot publicly give out the address but could you give me the general area? I’m in Takoma Park. Wondering how close.
> Kerry
>
>> On Tue, Dec 24, 2019 at 10:16 AM 'Sarah Romero' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> wrote:
>> Yes. Please see info below for contact info for setting up a viewing time. It was present today.
>>
>>>> On Dec 24, 2019, at 9:04 AM, Ed Vigezzi <ed.vigezzi...> wrote:
>>>>
>>> 
>>> Is this hummingbird still present at this location?
>>>
>>>> On Saturday, December 7, 2019 at 7:59:07 PM UTC-5, Sarah Romero wrote:
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> This message was initially posted by Kurt Schwarz. However, he will be unable to acknowledge and act on requests in the near future. Please respond to Mary Lou Clark, contact information below, until Kurt is again available.
>>>>> A hatch-year male Rufous Hummingbird has been visiting a feeder in Ellicott City since November. Bruce Peterjohn banded it on November 11 and confirmed the ID. A second female Selasphorus hummingbird was initially present but appears to have moved on and was not identified. Circumstances have not permitted us to open up this sighting until recently.
>>>>> The feeder is in a very, very small viewing area of a townhouse community. The owner and neighbors have been cooperative with the birders who have visited. This has worked because only a limited number of observers are visiting at any one time and they have used circumspect behavior. If you would like to see a Rufous Hummingbird, contact me. Details will be shared with the requester under the condition that they will not be further disseminated. If you have friends who cannot join you, do not share, have them contact me. Addresses and other locational information on this bird are to be distributed only through me.
>>>>>
>>>>> If you make a request, please also indicate date and time you hope to visit, so that I can manage such that there is not a large group all at once.
>>>>>
>>>>> Please be quiet and respectful to the neighbors, who have all been very nice, and some even show curiosity.
>>>>>
>>>>> DO NOT POST TO eBIRD, FLICKR, FACEBOOK, or any other social media. Once the bird moves on, you will be advised and then you can post all over the place. I will make a good faith effort to respond to requests in a timely manner.
>>>>>
>>>>> Mary Lou Clark
>>>>> President
>>>>> Howard County Bird Club
>>>>>
>>>>> <doctorfx_99...>
>>>>> 410-465-4061 (to leave a voice mail)
>>>>> 443-878-2546 (to leave a text message)
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Date: 12/26/19 3:20 pm
From: Janet Millenson <janet...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Last call for Sugarloaf Christmas Count - Sunday, Dec. 29
Ready to grab your binoculars and spend a few hours birding in scenic
upper Montgomery County or lower Frederick County? The Sugarloaf
Mountain CBC still has room for you! Prior experience with a Christmas
Count is helpful but not required. Let me know ASAP if you're interested
in joining our count on Sunday.

Janet Millenson (compiler)
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Date: 12/26/19 9:23 am
From: 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Re: Rufous Hummingbird continuing Howard County
Ellicott City, Howard County


Tyler <Belljtylerbell...>
California, Maryland

On Thursday, December 26, 2019, 12:18:04 PM EST, Kerry Stone <kstonelfs...> wrote:

Good morning. I know you cannot publicly give out the address but could you give me the general area? I’m in Takoma Park. Wondering how close. Kerry
On Tue, Dec 24, 2019 at 10:16 AM 'Sarah Romero' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> wrote:

Yes. Please see info below for contact info for setting up a viewing time. It was present today. 

On Dec 24, 2019, at 9:04 AM, Ed Vigezzi <ed.vigezzi...> wrote:



Is this hummingbird still present at this location?

On Saturday, December 7, 2019 at 7:59:07 PM UTC-5, Sarah Romero wrote:

-
 This message was initially posted by Kurt Schwarz. However, he will be unable to acknowledge and act on requests in the near future. Please respond to Mary Lou Clark, contact information below, until Kurt is again available.
A hatch-year male Rufous Hummingbird has been visiting a feeder in Ellicott City since November.  Bruce Peterjohn banded it on November 11 and confirmed the ID. A second female Selasphorus hummingbird was initially present but appears to have moved on and was not identified. Circumstances have not permitted us to open up this sighting until recently. 

The feeder is in a very, very small viewing area of a townhouse community. The owner and neighbors have been cooperative with the birders who have visited. This has worked because only a limited number of observers are visiting at any one time and they have used circumspect behavior. If you would like to see a Rufous Hummingbird, contact me.  Details will be shared with the requester under the condition that they will not be further disseminated.  If you have friends who cannot join you, do not share, have them contact me. Addresses and other locational information on this bird are to be distributed only through me. 
If you make a request, please also indicate date and time you hope to visit, so that I can manage such that there is not a large group all at once.  Please be quiet and respectful to the neighbors, who have all been very nice, and some even show curiosity.  DO NOT POST TO eBIRD, FLICKR, FACEBOOK, or any other social media.  Once the bird moves on, you will be advised and then you can post all over the place. I will make a good faith effort to respond to requests in a timely manner. 
Mary Lou ClarkPresidentHoward County Bird Club
<doctorfx_99...>    (to leave a voice mail)443-878-2546    (to leave a text message)






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Date: 12/26/19 9:18 am
From: Kerry Stone <kstonelfs...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Re: Rufous Hummingbird continuing Howard County
Good morning. I know you cannot publicly give out the address but could you
give me the general area? I’m in Takoma Park. Wondering how close.
Kerry

On Tue, Dec 24, 2019 at 10:16 AM 'Sarah Romero' via Maryland & DC Birding <
<mdbirding...> wrote:

> Yes. Please see info below for contact info for setting up a viewing time.
> It was present today.
>
> On Dec 24, 2019, at 9:04 AM, Ed Vigezzi <ed.vigezzi...> wrote:
>
> 
> Is this hummingbird still present at this location?
>
> On Saturday, December 7, 2019 at 7:59:07 PM UTC-5, Sarah Romero wrote:
>>
>>
>> -
>> This message was initially posted by Kurt Schwarz. However, he will
>> be unable to acknowledge and act on requests in the near future. Please
>> respond to Mary Lou Clark, contact information below, until Kurt is again
>> available.
>>
>> A hatch-year male Rufous Hummingbird has been visiting a feeder in
>> Ellicott City since November. Bruce Peterjohn banded it on November 11 and
>> confirmed the ID. A second female Selasphorus hummingbird was initially
>> present but appears to have moved on and was not identified. Circumstances
>> have not permitted us to open up this sighting until recently.
>>
>> The feeder is in a very, very small viewing area of a townhouse
>> community. The owner and neighbors have been cooperative with the birders
>> who have visited. This has worked because only a limited number of
>> observers are visiting at any one time and they have used circumspect
>> behavior. If you would like to see a Rufous Hummingbird, contact me. Details
>> will be shared with the requester under the condition that they will not
>> be further disseminated. If you have friends who cannot join you, do not
>> share, have them contact me. Addresses and other locational
>> information on this bird are to be distributed only through me.
>>
>> If you make a request, please also indicate date and time you hope to
>> visit, so that I can manage such that there is not a large group all at
>> once.
>>
>> Please be quiet and respectful to the neighbors, who have all been
>> very nice, and some even show curiosity.
>>
>> DO NOT POST TO eBIRD, FLICKR, FACEBOOK, or any other social
>> media. Once the bird moves on, you will be advised and then you can post
>> all over the place. I will make a good faith effort to respond to
>> requests in a timely manner.
>>
>> Mary Lou Clark
>> President
>> Howard County Bird Club
>>
>> <doctorfx_99...>
>> 410-465-4061 (to leave a voice mail)
>> 443-878-2546 (to leave a text message)
>>
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Date: 12/26/19 7:21 am
From: Bob Ringler <ringler.bob...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Hagerstown redstart..
Jim,
The only later records for American Redstarts I have in my database are
one through 29 December 2011 and one through 3 January 2016. Both of these
were in DC. In Maryland the latest is 21 December 1975 at Tilghman Island
on the St. Michaels CBC.

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> https://ebird.org/checklist/S62597171
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> Wonder if we are getting close to a seasonal record on this bird...
>
> Jim S
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Date: 12/25/19 2:32 pm
From: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Hagerstown redstart..
https://ebird.org/checklist/S62597171

Wonder if we are getting close to a seasonal record on this bird...

Jim S

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Date: 12/25/19 11:14 am
From: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...>
Subject: [MDBirding] (FR) ~Christmas birds & etc.
A likely Coopers hawk hung around the suet feeders for ~15-20 minutes a few
days ago. I have pics and may post later.

Yesterday while getting out BOSS to augment the suet, a bat flew by - this
in the late afternoon.

WCSP, WTSP, Cardinals, a mockingbird, and RB & Downey woodpeckers are
feasting incl on the new menu item.

Missing again so far this feeding season are Chickadees & titmice...

Jim S

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Date: 12/24/19 1:14 pm
From: Mike Burke <burkemf...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Migrating Mallards?
Steve,
Good observation. Many mallards do indeed migrate. According to the authoritative Birds of North America,
“Migration

Short to medium-distance partial migrant; many populations in North America and temperate western Europe are sedentary. Migrates along distinct corridors, 80–250 km wide, between breeding and wintering grounds. Generally uses same corridor for both spring and autumn migration and is faithful to migration corridor after first year (89<https://birdsna.org/Species-Account/bna/species/mallar3/references#REF31559>). Mallards from one breeding area use several different corridors to different wintering areas. Unlike many other dabbling ducks, no pattern between breeding and wintering latitude; i.e., Mallards breeding farthest north do not necessarily winter farthest south (90<https://birdsna.org/Species-Account/bna/species/mallar3/references#REF34169>). Many urban populations and populations at the border between breeding and wintering ranges sedentary or undergo very short movements if water freezes over or if snow covers food.”

For more detail, go to https://birdsna.org/Species-Account/bna/species/mallar3/distribution#mignat

Mike

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On Dec 21, 2019, at 11:14 AM, Steve Long <steve.long4...> wrote:

This is more a question about bird behavior than IDs.

When I got up this morning and looked out on the cove, I spotted a Barrows Goldeneye, so started scanning the cove for new arrivals. The Goldeneye seemed to be with a large group of Mallards that was not here, before. The whole group seems to be migrating. They appear to have left, now, and small groups of Hooded Mergansers are coming in, building to a sizeable flock. Yesterday, it was an unusually huge number of Canada Geese in the cove and all over our yard, but only a few Canadas, today. So, this SEEMS like migration groups stopping over on the way further south.

In the 1980s, this cove was home to a large flock of hybrid Mallard/White Ducks (plus one Muscovey) that hung around all year. That group slowly dwindled, and we have typically seen only a few apparently pure Mallards a few times per year since then. Except today, when there are at least several dozen Mallards that appear to be migrating through. But, it is also possible that local Mallards have come here from other nearby places as freeze-up is commencing, and hunting is picking up. (We prevent hunting on this cove by buying-up the blind permits each year.) However, their apparent association with the Goldeneye tends to make me think that these Mallards are probably migrating like native ducks.

So, my question to the group is whether flocks of Mallards are known to migrate along the east coast, now. If so, where do they typically spend the summers and winters?

Steve Long

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Date: 12/24/19 7:16 am
From: 'Sarah Romero' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Re: Rufous Hummingbird continuing Howard County
Yes. Please see info below for contact info for setting up a viewing time. It was present today.

> On Dec 24, 2019, at 9:04 AM, Ed Vigezzi <ed.vigezzi...> wrote:
>
> 
> Is this hummingbird still present at this location?
>
>> On Saturday, December 7, 2019 at 7:59:07 PM UTC-5, Sarah Romero wrote:
>>
>>
>> This message was initially posted by Kurt Schwarz. However, he will be unable to acknowledge and act on requests in the near future. Please respond to Mary Lou Clark, contact information below, until Kurt is again available.
>>> A hatch-year male Rufous Hummingbird has been visiting a feeder in Ellicott City since November. Bruce Peterjohn banded it on November 11 and confirmed the ID. A second female Selasphorus hummingbird was initially present but appears to have moved on and was not identified. Circumstances have not permitted us to open up this sighting until recently.
>>> The feeder is in a very, very small viewing area of a townhouse community. The owner and neighbors have been cooperative with the birders who have visited. This has worked because only a limited number of observers are visiting at any one time and they have used circumspect behavior. If you would like to see a Rufous Hummingbird, contact me. Details will be shared with the requester under the condition that they will not be further disseminated. If you have friends who cannot join you, do not share, have them contact me. Addresses and other locational information on this bird are to be distributed only through me.
>>>
>>> If you make a request, please also indicate date and time you hope to visit, so that I can manage such that there is not a large group all at once.
>>>
>>> Please be quiet and respectful to the neighbors, who have all been very nice, and some even show curiosity.
>>>
>>> DO NOT POST TO eBIRD, FLICKR, FACEBOOK, or any other social media. Once the bird moves on, you will be advised and then you can post all over the place. I will make a good faith effort to respond to requests in a timely manner.
>>>
>>> Mary Lou Clark
>>> President
>>> Howard County Bird Club
>>>
>>> <doctorfx_99...>
>>> 410-465-4061 (to leave a voice mail)
>>> 443-878-2546 (to leave a text message)
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Date: 12/24/19 5:58 am
From: Ed Vigezzi <ed.vigezzi...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Rufous Hummingbird continuing Howard County
Is this hummingbird still present at this location?

On Saturday, December 7, 2019 at 7:59:07 PM UTC-5, Sarah Romero wrote:
>
>
> -
> This message was initially posted by Kurt Schwarz. However, he will
> be unable to acknowledge and act on requests in the near future. Please
> respond to Mary Lou Clark, contact information below, until Kurt is again
> available.
>
> A hatch-year male Rufous Hummingbird has been visiting a feeder in
> Ellicott City since November. Bruce Peterjohn banded it on November 11 and
> confirmed the ID. A second female Selasphorus hummingbird was initially
> present but appears to have moved on and was not identified. Circumstances
> have not permitted us to open up this sighting until recently.
>
> The feeder is in a very, very small viewing area of a townhouse
> community. The owner and neighbors have been cooperative with the birders
> who have visited. This has worked because only a limited number of
> observers are visiting at any one time and they have used circumspect
> behavior. If you would like to see a Rufous Hummingbird, contact me. Details
> will be shared with the requester under the condition that they will not
> be further disseminated. If you have friends who cannot join you, do not
> share, have them contact me. Addresses and other locational
> information on this bird are to be distributed only through me.
>
> If you make a request, please also indicate date and time you hope to
> visit, so that I can manage such that there is not a large group all at
> once.
>
> Please be quiet and respectful to the neighbors, who have all been
> very nice, and some even show curiosity.
>
> DO NOT POST TO eBIRD, FLICKR, FACEBOOK, or any other social
> media. Once the bird moves on, you will be advised and then you can post
> all over the place. I will make a good faith effort to respond to
> requests in a timely manner.
>
> Mary Lou Clark
> President
> Howard County Bird Club
>
> <doctorfx_99...>
> 410-465-4061 (to leave a voice mail)
> 443-878-2546 (to leave a text message)
>
>
>

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