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3/23/17 8:22 pm SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...> [MDBirding] Fwd: [BIRDHAWK] Fort Smallwood Park (23 Mar 2017) 184 Raptors
3/23/17 5:33 pm Steve Johnson <stevejohnson2...> [MDBirding] Re: Binoculars, Good selection of 12x
3/23/17 3:34 pm 'Elda Banks' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Scissor-talied Flycatcher at Ocean City?
3/23/17 2:10 pm Suzanne Richman <suzanne_richman...> Re: [MDBirding] Vacant lot is now really vacant
3/23/17 12:23 pm JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> [MDBirding] [FR] Best Bike Ride Birds Today/Monday
3/23/17 12:01 pm Derek C. Richardson <dcr...> Re: [MDBirding] Re: Oxbow swans & teal
3/23/17 11:47 am Harry Armistead <harryarmistead...> [MDBirding] Blackwater, Cambridge & Ferry Neck (+ Bombay Hook) March 17-21, 2017.
3/23/17 9:20 am Marcy Stutzman <marciastutzman...> [MDBirding] Re: Oxbow swans & teal
3/23/17 8:49 am Marcia Balestri <mebalestri...> [MDBirding] Vacant lot is now really vacant
3/23/17 8:27 am Derek C. Richardson <dcr...> [MDBirding] Oxbow swans & teal
3/23/17 7:36 am JimC <jimcancil...> [MDBirding] Re: Can you I.D. this trill?
3/23/17 7:32 am Hugh David Fleischmann <david...> [MDBirding] American White Pelican
3/23/17 5:19 am Dianne Westbrook <edwestbrook1...> [MDBirding] Re: Binoculars, Good selection of 12x
3/22/17 8:42 pm SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...> [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Wednesday, March 22, 2017 303 Raptors
3/22/17 8:39 pm SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...> [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Tuesday, March 21, 2017 52 Raptors
3/22/17 6:47 pm Lydia Schindler <lydia13621...> [MDBirding] Fwd: DC Area, 3/22/2017
3/22/17 4:23 pm Walter Ellison <rossgull61...> Re: [MDBirding] Can you I.D. this trill?
3/22/17 4:21 pm Warblerick <ricksussman1955...> Re: [MDBirding] Re: Can you I.D. this trill?
3/22/17 2:57 pm Kevin Graff <keyweststyle2001...> [MDBirding] Loch Raven POint & Cromwell Valley Park, 03/21/17
3/22/17 2:31 pm Rick Borchelt <rborchelt...> Re: [MDBirding] Re: Can you I.D. this trill?
3/22/17 2:30 pm Marcia Watson <marshwren50...> RE: [MDBirding] Can you I.D. this trill?
3/22/17 2:29 pm JimC <jimcancil...> [MDBirding] Re: Can you I.D. this trill?
3/22/17 2:20 pm 'Rod Burley' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] Re: Binoculars, Good selection of 12x
3/22/17 1:15 pm JimC <jimcancil...> [MDBirding] Can you I.D. this trill?
3/22/17 11:55 am Warblerick <ricksussman1955...> [MDBirding] Re: Binoculars, Good selection of 12x
3/22/17 11:29 am 'Elda Banks' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] Re: Tundra Swan at Oxbow Lake (256)
3/22/17 11:26 am Noah Bers <noahbers...> [MDBirding] Re: Binoculars, Good selection of 12x
3/22/17 10:45 am Marcy Stutzman <marciastutzman...> [MDBirding] Re: Tundra Swan at Oxbow Lake (256)
3/22/17 9:38 am 'Rod Burley' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] Tundra Swan at Oxbow Lake (256)
3/22/17 9:12 am 'Elda Banks' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] Tundra Swan at Oxbow Lake (256)
3/22/17 8:56 am <marciastutzman...> Re: [MDBirding] Tundra Swan at Oxbow Lake (256)
3/22/17 8:53 am 'Elda Banks' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] Tundra Swan at Oxbow Lake (256)
3/22/17 8:52 am 'Elda Banks' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] Tundra Swan at Oxbow Lake (256)
3/22/17 8:43 am Marcy Stutzman <marciastutzman...> Re: [MDBirding] Tundra Swan at Oxbow Lake (256)
3/22/17 7:41 am Brad Phoebus <bradphoebus...> Re: [MDBirding] Yellow-headed Blackbird-Harford Co.
3/22/17 7:36 am 'Elda Banks' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] Tundra Swan at Oxbow Lake (256)
3/22/17 7:36 am 'Elda Banks' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] Tundra Swan at Oxbow Lake (256)
3/22/17 7:34 am Tim Carney <timmyc83...> [MDBirding] Swan Creek 3/21/2017
3/22/17 5:48 am s byrd <mybyrdz5...> [MDBirding] Fox Sparrows still , Southwest area park 2 Osprey
3/22/17 5:21 am Frank Boyle <ravenfrank...> Re: [MDBirding] Chan
3/22/17 5:16 am Warblerick <ricksussman1955...> [MDBirding] Chan
3/22/17 12:51 am Frank Boyle <ravenfrank...> [MDBirding] Chan
3/21/17 7:30 pm JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> [MDBirding] [FR] Potomac river Ring-billed Gull flight
3/21/17 6:09 pm SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...> [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Tuesday, March 21, 2017 52 Raptors
3/21/17 2:43 pm Warblerick <ricksussman1955...> [MDBirding] Re: Chan Robbins
3/21/17 1:03 pm Scott Young <wsyacy...> [MDBirding] Re: Binoculars, Good selection of 12x
3/21/17 12:27 pm Tony Futcher <tonyfutcher1...> Re: [MDBirding] Chan Robbins
3/21/17 9:55 am Judi Durda <jdurda...> RE: [MDBirding] Chan Robbins
3/21/17 9:50 am David Fleischmann <david...> RE: [MDBirding] Chan Robbins
3/21/17 9:43 am Walter Ellison <rossgull61...> Re: [MDBirding] Chan Robbins
3/21/17 9:18 am Pat Valdata <pvaldata1...> RE: [MDBirding] Chan Robbins
3/21/17 8:20 am Marcy Stutzman <marciastutzman...> [MDBirding] Tundra Swan at Oxbow Lake (256)
3/21/17 8:16 am Wil Hershberger <wil.natureimagesandsounds...> [MDBirding] Re: Chan Robbins
3/21/17 8:12 am Warblerick <ricksussman1955...> [MDBirding] Chan Robbins
3/21/17 5:49 am 'Bird couple' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Fwd: [MDBirding] Re: Tundra Swans on the move
3/21/17 5:32 am <keyweststyle2001...> [MDBirding] Red-necked Grebe, Loch Raven
3/21/17 5:22 am Donald Sweig <skybirds.d...> Re: [MDBirding] Re: Tundra Swans on the move
3/21/17 4:50 am Jim Green <jkgbirdman53...> Re: [MDBirding] Yellow-headed Blackbird-Harford Co.
3/21/17 4:40 am 'MikeBowen' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Re: Tundra Swans on the move
3/20/17 8:12 pm SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...> [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Monday, March 20, 2017 21 Raptors
3/20/17 6:38 pm Steve Long <steve.long4...> Re: [MDBirding] Re: Binoculars, Good selection of 12x
3/20/17 5:25 pm Warblerick <ricksussman1955...> Re: [MDBirding] Re: Binoculars, Good selection of 12x
3/20/17 5:06 pm Warblerick <ricksussman1955...> Re: [MDBirding] Re: Binoculars, Good selection of 12x
3/20/17 5:00 pm Kevin Graff <keyweststyle2001...> [MDBirding] Hart-Miller Island, 03/20/17
3/20/17 4:56 pm Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...> [MDBirding] Still Fox Sparrows!
3/20/17 4:04 pm Warblerick <ricksussman1955...> [MDBirding] Tundra Swans on the move
3/20/17 3:02 pm 'Andrew Clemens' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Painted Bunting
3/20/17 2:57 pm Steve Long <steve.long4...> Re: [MDBirding] Re: Binoculars, Good selection of 12x
3/20/17 2:16 pm JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> Re: [MDBirding] Binoculars, Good selection of 12x
3/20/17 2:04 pm Mark Johnson <mj3151...> [MDBirding] Yellow-headed Blackbird-Harford Co.
3/20/17 11:00 am '<espijc...>' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Osprey. Harford County
3/20/17 10:28 am <keyweststyle2001...> Re: [MDBirding] White Pelican, Baltimore Co
3/20/17 8:44 am Duvall Sollers <dbsollers61...> Re: [MDBirding] White Pelican, Baltimore Co
3/20/17 8:10 am Pete Givan <rocinrobin...> [MDBirding] Re: Binoculars, Good selection of 12x
3/20/17 8:02 am Noah Bers <noahbers...> [MDBirding] Binoculars, Good selection of 12x
3/20/17 8:00 am Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4...> Re: RE: [MDBirding] White Pelican, Baltimore Co
3/20/17 7:18 am blueheron05 <blueheron05...> [MDBirding] frustrated ospreys
3/20/17 6:46 am 'Jim Stasz' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Fwd: RE: [MDBirding] White Pelican, Baltimore Co
3/20/17 5:17 am 'Jim Stasz' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> RE: [MDBirding] White Pelican, Baltimore Co
3/20/17 4:07 am <keyweststyle2001...> [MDBirding] White Pelican, Baltimore Co
3/19/17 8:10 pm SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...> [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Sunday, March 19, 2017 81 Raptors
3/19/17 12:18 pm Karen Caruso <karen.caruso...> [MDBirding] Sandy Point - Brown-headed Cowbird, American Coot
3/19/17 11:22 am 'Susan Hunt' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] Osprey at Hughes Hollow
3/19/17 11:15 am marian rutigliano <mcrutig...> [MDBirding] Osprey
3/19/17 10:31 am <keyweststyle2001...> [MDBirding] Common Teal, Cecil Co
3/19/17 9:26 am Sharon F1727 <sharonf1727...> [MDBirding] Tricolored Heron in DC
3/19/17 8:21 am Tim Carney <timmyc83...> [MDBirding] Common Teal, Cecil Co.
3/19/17 6:24 am Karen Caruso <karen.caruso...> [MDBirding] Osprey - South River, Riva Bridge
3/18/17 4:31 pm Andy Martin <apmartin2...> Re: [MDBirding] Great egret, Lake Kittamaqundi (and county FOY osprey yesterday)
3/18/17 3:44 pm Pat Valdata <pvaldata1...> RE: [MDBirding] Great egret, Lake Kittamaqundi (and county FOY osprey yesterday)
3/18/17 3:41 pm David Moulton, Bethesda, MD <moulton.davidh...> [MDBirding] Re: Schoolhouse Pond - Bald Eagle, Red-shouldered Hawk
3/18/17 2:47 pm Clayton Koonce <cg.koonce...> [MDBirding] Great egret, Lake Kittamaqundi (and county FOY osprey yesterday)
3/18/17 2:23 pm Marcia Watson <marshwren50...> Re: [MDBirding] Re: Oppose Crippling Cuts that Endanger Birds.
3/18/17 1:08 pm Jim Wilkinson <lakekoshare...> [MDBirding] Re: Oppose Crippling Cuts that Endanger Birds.
3/18/17 12:59 pm Karen Caruso <karen.caruso...> [MDBirding] Schoolhouse Pond - Bald Eagle, Red-shouldered Hawk
3/18/17 12:55 pm Karen Caruso <karen.caruso...> [MDBirding] Sandy Point State Park - Lesser Scaup, Killdeer
3/18/17 7:45 am Derek C. Richardson <dcr...> [MDBirding] Fox Sparrows continue
3/18/17 5:35 am Mary Anne Fluke <mfluke62...> [MDBirding] Scissor-tailed flycatcher
3/18/17 5:23 am Mary Anne Fluke <mfluke62...> [MDBirding] Scissor-tailed flycatcher
3/17/17 7:34 pm Winger and June West <westw...> [MDBirding] Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
3/17/17 7:06 pm SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...> [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Friday, March 17, 2017 71 Raptors
3/17/17 2:16 pm Debbie Taylor <debrataylor11...> [MDBirding] Re: No more Rock Wrens I guess
3/17/17 1:53 pm Marcia Balestri <mebalestri...> [MDBirding] No more Rock Wrens I guess
3/17/17 11:20 am Thomas Harten <tjharten1...> [MDBirding] King's Landing Park (Calvert)
3/17/17 10:03 am Warblerick <ricksussman1955...> [MDBirding] Re: Fox Sparrows still here
3/17/17 9:20 am Bobbi <b.reichwein...> [MDBirding] Re: Fox Sparrows still here
3/17/17 8:45 am Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...> [MDBirding] Fox Sparrows still here
3/17/17 7:52 am Joan Cwi <jafjsc...> [MDBirding] Nesting crows
3/17/17 7:11 am Pat Valdata <pvaldata1...> [MDBirding] New spring birds
3/17/17 6:27 am s byrd <mybyrdz5...> [MDBirding] Now Four Fox Sparrows Balto . Highlands yard
3/16/17 4:19 pm Edward Boyd <edboyd59...> Re: [MDBirding] Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
3/16/17 3:30 pm Scott Young <wsyacy...> [MDBirding] Re: Thank you to all who came to see the Painted bunting in Aberdeen MD.
3/16/17 3:28 pm Duvall Sollers <dbsollers61...> [MDBirding] Home Depot Pond
3/16/17 2:40 pm SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...> [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Thursday, March 16, 2017 33 Raptors
3/16/17 2:26 pm <krschwa1...> [MDBirding] Oppose Crippling Cuts that Endanger Birds.
3/16/17 12:19 pm Suzanne Richman <suzanne_richman...> Re: [MDBirding] Tundra swans great falls
3/16/17 12:00 pm christine ley <chrisley21...> [MDBirding] Tundra swans great falls
3/16/17 11:05 am Tim Houghton <timhoughton...> [MDBirding] Swan Harbor
3/16/17 10:03 am <krschwa1...> [MDBirding] Help pass the Fracking Ban in the Senate!
3/16/17 8:24 am Winger and June West <westw...> [MDBirding] Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
3/16/17 6:39 am s byrd <mybyrdz5...> [MDBirding] Now Three Fox Sparrows Balto Highlands yard
3/16/17 5:25 am Warblerick <ricksussman1955...> [MDBirding] Re: Painted Bunting in Harford
3/15/17 9:20 pm JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> Re: [MDBirding] Re: Painted Bunting in Harford
3/15/17 8:59 pm Josh Emm <apistopanchax...> Re: [MDBirding] Re: Painted Bunting in Harford
3/15/17 8:24 pm Anthony V. <tonyvanschoor...> [MDBirding] Re: Painted Bunting in Harford
3/15/17 4:02 pm Dan Haas <nervousbirds...> [MDBirding] Observations from the winter event of 2017
3/15/17 4:00 pm Hugh David Fleischmann <david...> Re: [MDBirding] Re: Fox Sparrow at feeder
3/15/17 3:36 pm Derek C. Richardson <dcr...> Re: [MDBirding] Re: Fox Sparrow at feeder
3/15/17 3:17 pm Chris Wright <chriswright6...> [MDBirding] Re: Fox Sparrow at feeder
3/15/17 2:43 pm Robert Parsons <rparsons...> RE: [MDBirding] Thank you to all who came to see the Painted bunting in Aberdeen MD.
3/15/17 1:58 pm Hugh David Fleischmann <david...> Re: [MDBirding] Thank you to all who came to see the Painted bunting in Aberdeen MD.
3/15/17 1:58 pm Mike Hudson <mike.p.hudson...> [MDBirding] American White Pelican over Back River
3/15/17 1:32 pm hardenm55 <hardenm55...> Re: [MDBirding] Thank you to all who came to see the Painted bunting in Aberdeen MD.
3/15/17 1:28 pm Tim Carney <timmyc83...> [MDBirding] Southwest Area Park, Baltimore Co.
3/15/17 1:13 pm Fred Brown <freddybrown123...> [MDBirding] Thank you to all who came to see the Painted bunting in Aberdeen MD.
3/15/17 12:25 pm Frank Marenghi <frank_marenghi...> [MDBirding] Re: Fox Sparrow at feeder
3/15/17 11:40 am <krschwa1...> [MDBirding] Help Save Pollinators in Maryland
3/15/17 11:33 am JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> [MDBirding] [FR] Another fox sparrow
3/15/17 11:26 am s byrd <mybyrdz5...> [MDBirding] Fox Sparrow Balto Highlands yard
3/15/17 10:29 am Hugh Vandervoort <hughva...> [MDBirding] Hotspot Locator
3/15/17 10:17 am 'Bill Hubick' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] slow release, my 2 cents
3/15/17 9:43 am 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] slow release, my 2 cents
3/15/17 8:53 am Barbara Sollers <dbsollers61...> Re: [MDBirding] slow release, my 2 cents
3/15/17 7:51 am Rick Borchelt <rborchelt...> Re: [MDBirding] slow release, my 2 cents
3/15/17 7:45 am Barbara Knapp <chestnutgrower...> [MDBirding] Fox sparrow in Germantown
3/15/17 7:32 am Warblerick <ricksussman1955...> Re: [MDBirding] Still here...
3/15/17 7:29 am Patricia Valdata <pvaldata1...> [MDBirding] slow release, my 2 cents
3/15/17 6:08 am Kerry Stone <kstonelfs...> Re: [MDBirding] Still here...
3/15/17 5:53 am Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...> [MDBirding] Still here...
3/15/17 5:42 am Warblerick <ricksussman1955...> [MDBirding] Re: Fox Sparrow at feeder
3/15/17 5:11 am 'Leslie Starr' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Harford Painted Bunting
3/15/17 5:07 am Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...> Re: [MDBirding] Re: Rare Birds: Let's All Take a Deep Breath
3/14/17 9:49 pm Dorothy Paugh <aldopaugh...> [MDBirding] Re: Rare Birds: Let's All Take a Deep Breath
3/14/17 8:06 pm <wbell2...> [MDBirding] MOS BIRDATHON RETURNS
3/14/17 7:28 pm Jane Kostenko <jkostenko...> [MDBirding] RE: Rare Birds: Let's All Take a Deep Breath
3/14/17 7:14 pm Andy Martin <apmartin2...> Re: [MDBirding] Re: speaking of Fox Sparrows...
3/14/17 6:14 pm George Jett <gmjett...> [MDBirding] FW: eBird Report - 6553 Mallard Lane, Lothian, MD 20711, Mar 14, 2017
3/14/17 5:47 pm SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...> [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Monday, March 13, 2017 13 Raptors
3/14/17 5:26 pm 'Michel Cavigelli' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] Re: speaking of Fox Sparrows...
3/14/17 3:24 pm Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...> [MDBirding] FOUR Fox Sparrows...
3/14/17 3:02 pm <krschwa1...> [MDBirding] Rare Birds: Let's All Take a Deep Breath
3/14/17 3:01 pm 'Nancy McAllister' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] speaking of Fox Sparrows...
3/14/17 2:36 pm marian rutigliano <mcrutig...> [MDBirding] Robins
3/14/17 2:32 pm missy Placed <9nationals...> Re: [MDBirding] Robins
3/14/17 2:19 pm JB Churchill <jchurchi...> Re: [MDBirding] speaking of Fox Sparrows...
3/14/17 2:14 pm Joan Cwi <jafjsc...> [MDBirding] Robins
3/14/17 2:08 pm 'Andrew Clemens' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] Slow release
3/14/17 1:22 pm Nancy Magnusson <magnunc...> [MDBirding] Slow release
3/14/17 1:21 pm Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4...> Re: [MDBirding] speaking of Fox Sparrows...
3/14/17 1:05 pm JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> [MDBirding] Kojo Baidoo's (RSHAs) & a DC BE pair
3/14/17 12:32 pm <kmlathroum...> Re: Re: [MDBirding] Re: Painted Bunting in Harford
3/14/17 11:52 am Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4...> Re: [MDBirding] speaking of Fox Sparrows...none
3/14/17 11:37 am Russ Ruffing <ruff2...> Re: [MDBirding] speaking of Fox Sparrows...
3/14/17 11:09 am Frank Boyle <ravenfrank...> [MDBirding] Rusty morning...
3/14/17 11:01 am Hugh David Fleischmann <david...> Re: [MDBirding] Re: Painted Bunting in Harford
3/14/17 10:55 am Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...> Re: [MDBirding] speaking of Fox Sparrows...
3/14/17 10:34 am Paul Woodford <pwoodford68...> [MDBirding] song sparrow at suet
3/14/17 10:33 am 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] Re: Painted Bunting in Harford
3/14/17 10:25 am Kerry Stone <kstonelfs...> Re: [MDBirding] Fox Sparrow at feeder
3/14/17 10:24 am Warblerick <ricksussman1955...> [MDBirding] Fox Sparrow at feeder
3/14/17 10:15 am Marcia Watson <marshwren50...> [MDBirding] Cancelled: Tonight's meeting of Patuxent Bird Club/PG Audubon
3/14/17 10:07 am Derek C. Richardson <dcr...> [MDBirding] Re: speaking of Fox Sparrows...
3/14/17 9:52 am 'Andrew Clemens' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] Re: Painted Bunting in Harford
3/14/17 9:41 am Derek C. Richardson <dcr...> [MDBirding] speaking of Fox Sparrows...
3/14/17 9:30 am Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...> [MDBirding] Fox Sparrow at feeder
3/14/17 9:08 am Lydia Schindler <lydia13621...> [MDBirding] Fwd: DC Area, 3/14/2017
3/14/17 7:00 am Warblerick <ricksussman1955...> [MDBirding] Re: Painted Bunting in Harford
3/14/17 6:36 am Kevin Graff <keyweststyle2001...> [MDBirding] Re: Hart-Miller Island, 03/13/17
3/13/17 7:09 pm Josh Emm <apistopanchax...> [MDBirding] Painted Bunting in Harford
3/13/17 7:05 pm Kojo Baidoo <baidookojo6...> [MDBirding] A Huge Mistake I Made (RSHAs)
3/13/17 6:55 pm 'Michel Cavigelli' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] Black Rail Article
3/13/17 6:17 pm Kevin Graff <keyweststyle2001...> [MDBirding] Hart-Miller Island, 03/13/17
3/13/17 3:55 pm Lydia Schindler <lydia13621...> [MDBirding] Re: Rare Birder Alert: Nico Sarbanes!
3/13/17 12:25 pm <keyweststyle2001...> [MDBirding] Little Gull
3/13/17 10:25 am Fred Shaffer <glaucousgull...> Re: [MDBirding] Four Trumpeter Swans at Schoolhouse Pond
3/13/17 10:09 am Fred Shaffer <glaucousgull...> [MDBirding] Four Trumpeter Swans at Schoolhouse Pond
3/13/17 9:32 am Marcia Watson <marshwren50...> [MDBirding] Black Rail Article
3/13/17 7:33 am 'Stephen Davies' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] Yellow-Crowned Night Herons
3/13/17 7:16 am Derek Hudgins <derekhudgins...> Re: [MDBirding] Scissor-tailed Flycatcher WoCo
3/12/17 6:29 pm SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...> [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Sunday, March 12, 2017 34 Raptors
3/12/17 3:05 pm Patricia Wood <pwood...> [MDBirding] Yellow-Crowned Night Herons
3/12/17 8:42 am John McKitterick <jbmck...> [MDBirding] Lyme disease forecast
3/12/17 8:16 am Pat Valdata <pvaldata1...> [MDBirding] Great Egret
3/11/17 6:57 pm SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...> [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Saturday, March 11, 2017 19 Raptors
3/11/17 2:43 pm Kojo Baidoo <baidookojo6...> [MDBirding] Spring is on the way
3/11/17 9:51 am 'nicoantonmusic1' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Re: Rare Birder Alert: Nico Sarbanes!
3/11/17 7:24 am Joe Hanfman <auk1844...> [MDBirding] Black-headed Gull - Baltimore
3/10/17 9:54 am s byrd <mybyrdz5...> [MDBirding] Re: Patapsco State Park Ravens and Kinder less Kinder
3/10/17 9:08 am Marcia Balestri <mebalestri...> Re: [MDBirding] Big Millpond Widgeons pt 2
3/10/17 8:59 am Marcy Stutzman <marciastutzman...> [MDBirding] Re: Patapsco State Park Ravens and Kinder less Kinder
3/10/17 8:48 am s byrd <mybyrdz5...> [MDBirding] Big Millpond Widgeons pt 2
3/10/17 8:16 am Hugh David Fleischmann <david...> Re: [MDBirding] Scissor-tailed Flycatcher WoCo
3/10/17 8:03 am Tim Carney <timmyc83...> [MDBirding] Masonville 3/8/2017
3/10/17 7:59 am Mark Johnson <mj3151...> [MDBirding] Little Gulls at Lapidum in Harford Co.
3/10/17 7:58 am Harry Armistead <harryarmistead...> [MDBirding] Oodles of Bald Eagles, Blue Geese, Canvasbacks & Redheads.
3/10/17 7:04 am s byrd <mybyrdz5...> [MDBirding] Big Millpond Wigeons ? and Anne Arundel Eagles
3/10/17 6:55 am Betsy Bangert <elizabetsy111...> [MDBirding] Scissor-tailed Flycatcher WoCo
3/10/17 6:35 am s byrd <mybyrdz5...> [MDBirding] Patapsco State Park Ravens and Kinder less Kinder
3/10/17 3:43 am Bob Shipman <audubonva...> [MDBirding] LAST MINUTE BIRDING OPPORTUNITY
3/9/17 11:22 pm JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> [MDBirding] [FR] Tundra Swans on the move; 3/10 @0205
3/9/17 7:52 pm SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...> [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Thursday, March 9, 2017 88 Raptors
3/9/17 3:23 pm Eugene J. Scarpulla <ejscarp...> [MDBirding] Rare Birder Alert: Nico Sarbanes!
3/9/17 11:39 am Tim Carney <timmyc83...> [MDBirding] Swan Creek 3/9/2017
3/9/17 11:07 am JimC <jimcancil...> [MDBirding] Interesting Bald Eagle maneuver..
3/9/17 10:55 am Andy Beiderman <aandyy...> [MDBirding] Scissortail continues in OC
3/9/17 9:49 am Jim Felley <jdfelley...> [MDBirding] Constitution Gardens ducks - Greater Scaup
3/9/17 7:24 am Jim Green <jkgbirdman53...> [MDBirding] MOS-ANS Evening bird walks (Montgomery County)
3/9/17 6:25 am Pat Valdata <pvaldata1...> [MDBirding] Red breasted Mergansers
3/8/17 8:43 pm SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...> [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Wednesday, March 8, 2017 61 Raptors
3/8/17 3:36 pm 'Ryan Fick' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] White Eyed Vireo
3/8/17 10:48 am Michael Ostrowski <birdmath...> [MDBirding] Scissor-tailed Flyatcher hotspot
3/7/17 7:02 pm SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...> [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Tuesday, March 7, 2017 138 Raptors
3/7/17 5:43 pm Karen Caruso <karen.caruso...> [MDBirding] Flycatcher plus usual suspects - Ocean City and environs
3/7/17 4:59 pm Kevin Graff <keyweststyle2001...> [MDBirding] Hart-Miller Island, 03/06/17
3/7/17 12:01 pm Pat Valdata <pvaldata1...> RE: [MDBirding] Scissor Tailed flycatcher
3/7/17 10:34 am Tim Carney <timmyc83...> [MDBirding] Swan Creek birdwalk 4/8/2017
3/7/17 8:40 am Kye jenkins <kyebird54...> [MDBirding] Scissor Tailed flycatcher
3/7/17 8:20 am Tim Carney <timmyc83...> [MDBirding] Poplar Island 3/6/2017
3/7/17 6:40 am Gerry Hawkins <maineusa...> [MDBirding] Voice of the Naturalist, Greater DC area, February 28-March 6, 2017
3/7/17 6:18 am Marcia Watson <marshwren50...> Re: [MDBirding] Re: Environmental Film Festival Featuring Birds
3/7/17 5:57 am Gene Scarpulla <ejscarp...> [MDBirding] Re: Environmental Film Festival Featuring Birds
3/7/17 4:46 am <keyweststyle2001...> [MDBirding] Re: Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
3/7/17 4:34 am Martha Morris <mmorris5301...> [MDBirding] Environmental Film Festival Featuring Birds
3/7/17 4:30 am <keyweststyle2001...> [MDBirding] Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
3/7/17 4:07 am Tim Carney <timmyc83...> [MDBirding] Re: Ocean City
3/6/17 8:02 pm SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...> [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Monday, March 6, 2017 32 Raptors
3/6/17 5:55 pm Tim Carney <timmyc83...> [MDBirding] Re: Ocean City
3/6/17 1:24 pm Tim Carney <timmyc83...> [MDBirding] Ocean City
3/6/17 1:06 pm <keyweststyle2001...> [MDBirding] Common Teal, Harford County
3/6/17 9:23 am 'Leslie Starr' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] Timing update on my Scissor-tailed Flycatcher post
3/6/17 9:18 am Linda Friedland <linnet1...> [MDBirding] Pipits at the Polo Fields, MoCo
3/6/17 8:33 am <krschwa1...> [MDBirding] Environmental Film Festival Featuring Birds
3/6/17 6:55 am Jim Green <jkgbirdman53...> [MDBirding] Timing update on my Scissor-tailed Flycatcher post
3/6/17 6:50 am Jim Green <jkgbirdman53...> [MDBirding] Ocean City Scissor-tailed Flycatcher (STFL) update
3/6/17 6:29 am Joe Hanfman <auk1844...> [MDBirding] Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
3/6/17 5:43 am Matt Hafner <hafner.matt...> [MDBirding] Common Teal in Edgewood
3/5/17 7:11 pm SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...> [MDBirding] Fwd: [BIRDHAWK] Fort Smallwood Park (05 Mar 2017) 8 Raptors
3/5/17 4:56 pm David Moulton, Bethesda, MD <moulton.davidh...> [MDBirding] Birding access to PAX River Naval Air Station this Saturday
3/5/17 12:48 pm George Jett <gmjett...> [MDBirding] FW: eBird Report - 6553 Mallard Lane, Lothian, MD 20711, Mar 5, 2017
3/5/17 11:58 am Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...> [MDBirding] Hawks are moving
3/5/17 7:30 am Gene Ricks <gricks1949...> [MDBirding] Sizzor-tailed Flycatcher
3/5/17 7:30 am John Hubbell <johngilhub1...> [MDBirding] Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, OC
3/4/17 7:45 pm SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...> [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Saturday, March 4,2017 18 Raptors
3/4/17 10:34 am Warblerick <ricksussman1955...> [MDBirding] Red breasted nuthatch - Huntingtown
3/4/17 9:53 am Joe Wolf <birdingwolf55...> [MDBirding] Red breasted nuthatch - Huntingtown
3/3/17 8:06 pm SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...> [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Friday, March 3, 2017 16 Raptors
3/3/17 10:03 am Marcia Balestri <mebalestri...> [MDBirding] Cape May Bird Observatory Optics Sale
3/3/17 6:14 am Jack Saba <jlsaba001...> Re: [MDBirding] Possible Tricolored Heron, Berlin, MD
3/3/17 5:31 am JimC <jimcancil...> [MDBirding] Owl moves in before construction completed
3/3/17 5:30 am Diana Linnekin <dlinnekin...> [MDBirding] Re: Jug Bay Wetlands Center Ongoing bird survey
3/2/17 8:08 pm SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...> [MDBirding] Fwd: [BIRDHAWK] Fort Smallwood Park (02 Mar 2017) 25 Raptors
3/2/17 6:52 pm Karen Caruso <karen.caruso...> [MDBirding] Jug Bay Wetlands Center Ongoing bird survey
3/2/17 6:05 pm <krschwa1...> [MDBirding] Howard County Waterfowl Search March 11 Cancelled
3/2/17 3:30 pm Alexander Baish <abaish1...> [MDBirding] Possible Tricolored Heron, Berlin, MD
3/2/17 11:50 am Jim Wilkinson <lakekoshare...> [MDBirding] Common Yellowthroat at Fort Holabird Park, Baltimore, on March 2
3/2/17 11:01 am Harry Armistead <harryarmistead...> [MDBirding] Ferry Neck & Blackwater N.W.R., February 23-28, 2017.
3/2/17 8:23 am stan arnold <thrushhost...> Re: [MDBirding] Nice read on Vultures.
3/2/17 7:53 am JimC <jimcancil...> [MDBirding] Nice read on Vultures.
3/1/17 7:53 pm SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...> [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Wednesday, March 1, 2017 34 Raptors
3/1/17 4:00 pm Edward Stevens <resellingthings...> [MDBirding] I'm pretty sure i spotted a golden eagle at the city landfill
3/1/17 11:14 am Jim Felley <jdfelley...> [MDBirding] Lincoln Monument birds, 3/1
3/1/17 7:08 am Peter Lev <plev...> [MDBirding] Bob Mumford photography and lecture
3/1/17 6:41 am Tim Carney <timmyc83...> [MDBirding] Masonville 2/28/2017
3/1/17 5:24 am Andy Wilson <awilson.gettysburg...> Re: [MDBirding] 3 minute birdwatching documentary from UK
3/1/17 5:09 am JimC <jimcancil...> [MDBirding] 3 minute birdwatching documentary from UK
2/28/17 8:54 pm SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...> [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Tuesday, February 28 , 2017 2 Raptors
2/28/17 3:14 pm David Fleischmann <david...> RE: [MDBirding] Re: Ebird question
2/28/17 2:20 pm Daniel Sloan <danielsloan215...> [MDBirding] Re: Ebird question
2/28/17 1:39 pm Lydia Schindler <lydia13621...> [MDBirding] DC Area, 2/28/2017
2/28/17 7:45 am Joan Cwi <jafjsc...> Re: [MDBirding] Female cardinal behavior
2/28/17 7:31 am Warblerick <ricksussman1955...> [MDBirding] Female cardinal behavior
2/28/17 7:09 am hlhorrocks <hlhorrocks...> [MDBirding] Female cardinal behavior
2/28/17 3:58 am Kevin Graff <keyweststyle2001...> [MDBirding] belated Masonville Cove report, 02/22/17
2/27/17 8:04 pm SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...> [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Monday, February 27, 2017 31 Raptors
2/27/17 5:10 pm Kevin Graff <keyweststyle2001...> [MDBirding] Hart-Miller Island, 02/27/17
2/27/17 3:58 pm Guineabird via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] The Environment We Share
2/27/17 6:04 am Tim Carney <timmyc83...> [MDBirding] Swan Creek 2/23/2017
2/26/17 7:08 pm SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...> [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Sunday, February 26, 2017 21 Raptors First Osprey
2/26/17 2:56 pm Martha Morris <mmorris5301...> [MDBirding] Tree Swallows at CBEC
2/26/17 11:31 am gyrfal via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Shovelers in the Turning Basis
2/26/17 5:50 am Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4...> [MDBirding] BH Nuthatches Charles County
2/25/17 2:33 pm Kojo Baidoo <baidookojo6...> [MDBirding] Love is in the Air...
2/25/17 2:25 pm Tim Houghton <timhoughton...> [MDBirding] Chesapeake Audubon Field Trip at Loch Raven Res., 2/25/17
2/25/17 10:36 am Debbie Terry <dterry12...> [MDBirding] Wood Ducks
2/25/17 10:28 am Janet Millenson <janet...> [MDBirding] Raven (late report)
2/25/17 8:47 am David Powell <seneca.ranger...> [MDBirding] EBird apologizes
2/25/17 8:47 am Robert McLean <tmclean1090...> [MDBirding] Blue-winged Teal at Paper Mill Flats
2/25/17 7:37 am <krschwa1...> [MDBirding] Howard County Waterfowl Search
2/24/17 8:07 pm SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...> [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Hawkwatch Friday, February 24, 2017 20 Raptors
2/24/17 7:08 pm George Jett <gmjett...> Fwd: [MDBirding] Night flight over Pasadena (2/24)
2/24/17 6:43 pm 'Bill Hubick' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Night flight over Pasadena (2/24)
2/24/17 4:51 pm Georgia McDonald <gmcdonald2006...> Re: [MDBirding] Canada geese, eastern phoebe Plus Mourning Cloak
2/24/17 2:17 pm Barbara Johnson <barbarajohnson222...> [MDBirding] Tree Swallows at CBEC
2/24/17 10:56 am David Moulton, Bethesda, MD <moulton.davidh...> [MDBirding] Red-headed WPs - Loudon County
2/24/17 10:43 am Andy Beiderman <aandyy...> Re: [MDBirding] Re: Le Conte's Sparrow, Harford Co.
2/24/17 9:39 am Jim Wilkinson <lakekoshare...> [MDBirding] Pine Warbler in eastern Howard County, February 24
2/24/17 9:12 am Patricia Valdata <pvaldata1...> [MDBirding] Horned Grebe migration question
2/24/17 6:34 am Sarah Romero <sarah.m.romero52...> [MDBirding] Re: Canada Geese heading North
2/24/17 6:23 am gmcdonald2006 <gmcdonald2006...> [MDBirding] Canada geese, eastern phoebe
2/24/17 5:15 am Thomas Harten <tjharten1...> Re: [MDBirding] More signs of Spring
2/24/17 5:01 am Warblerick <ricksussman1955...> [MDBirding] More signs of Spring
2/24/17 4:57 am Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...> Re: [MDBirding] Signs of spring
2/24/17 4:51 am brent byers <baypuffin...> [MDBirding] Signs of spring
2/24/17 4:24 am James Wilson <birdmanjfw...> [MDBirding] Canada Geese heading North
2/23/17 7:23 pm David Curson <dcurson...> [MDBirding] 2nd annual bird conservation summit at Patuxent NWR, March 4th
2/23/17 5:07 pm Andy Martin <apmartin2...> [MDBirding] Am. Woodcocks - Sycamore Landing Rd, Mont Co
2/23/17 2:28 pm <marshwren50...> RE: [MDBirding] Re: Cedar Waxwing by the dozen - Salisbury
2/23/17 1:32 pm Warblerick <ricksussman1955...> [MDBirding] Re: Cedar Waxwing by the dozen - Salisbury
2/23/17 1:28 pm JimC <jimcancil...> [MDBirding] Re: Cedar Waxwing by the dozen - Salisbury
2/23/17 8:28 am Tim Carney <timmyc83...> Re: [MDBirding] Re: Le Conte's Sparrow, Harford Co.
2/23/17 8:22 am Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4...> Re: [MDBirding] Re: Le Conte's Sparrow, Harford Co.
2/23/17 7:00 am Hugh David Fleischmann <david...> [MDBirding] Re: Le Conte's Sparrow, Harford Co.
2/23/17 5:38 am Joe Hanfman <auk1844...> [MDBirding] Red-headed Woodpeckers - Queen Anne's
2/23/17 5:35 am Karen Caruso <karen.caruso...> [MDBirding] Wild Turkey at Schoolhouse Pond
2/23/17 5:09 am 'MikeBowen' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Re: FOY Fox Sparrow in Backyard, right on time, Bethesda, Mont. Co.
2/23/17 3:42 am Art Drauglis <lwsyrup...> [MDBirding] DC - Roosevelt Island Access
2/22/17 7:12 pm Stephen Johnson <stevejohnson2...> [MDBirding] hello Howard Elitzak
2/22/17 6:25 pm Jim Nelson <kingfishers2...> [MDBirding] FOY Fox Sparrow in Backyard, right on time, Bethesda, Mont. Co.
2/22/17 4:26 pm Karen Caruso <karen.caruso...> [MDBirding] Egypt Rd and Blackwater NWR - Spring in January?!
2/22/17 1:57 pm Tim Carney <timmyc83...> [MDBirding] Le Conte's Sparrow, Harford Co.
2/22/17 9:08 am Marcia Balestri <mebalestri...> [MDBirding] Razorbill at the Inlet this morning
2/22/17 8:59 am <keyweststyle2001...> [MDBirding] Masonville Cove
2/22/17 8:15 am Warblerick <ricksussman1955...> Re: [MDBirding] Spring is in the air (and yard).
2/22/17 6:29 am blueheron05 <blueheron05...> [MDBirding] Re: Cedar Waxwing by the dozen - Salisbury
2/22/17 6:16 am Frank Boyle <ravenfrank...> Re: [MDBirding] Spring is in the air (and yard).
2/22/17 5:08 am Fred Shaffer <glaucousgull...> [MDBirding] Wild Turkey at Schoolhouse Pond
2/21/17 6:58 pm Lydia Schindler <lydia13621...> [MDBirding] Fwd: DC Area, 2/21/2017
2/21/17 3:37 pm Chris Eberly <mdeaglenests...> [MDBirding] Maryland Bird Conservation Partnership needs Bald Eagle nest monitors
2/21/17 2:25 pm Warblerick <ricksussman1955...> [MDBirding] Spring is in the air (and yard).
2/21/17 2:24 pm Warblerick <ricksussman1955...> [MDBirding] Re: Cedar Waxwing by the dozen - Salisbury
2/21/17 2:10 pm JimC <jimcancil...> [MDBirding] Cedar Waxwing by the dozen - Salisbury
2/21/17 11:26 am Tim Carney <timmyc83...> [MDBirding] Poplar Island 2/17/2017
2/21/17 6:46 am Steve Long <steve.long4...> [MDBirding] Did migration start?
 
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Date: 3/23/17 8:22 pm
From: SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fwd: [BIRDHAWK] Fort Smallwood Park (23 Mar 2017) 184 Raptors
Fort Smallwood Park
Pasadena, Maryland, USA


Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 23, 2017
Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
Black Vulture 8 67 69
Turkey Vulture 161 979 1038
Osprey 10 72 73
Bald Eagle 1 27 31
Northern Harrier 0 1 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 14 14
Cooper's Hawk 0 14 14
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 2 15 22
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 1 16 17
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 2 2
American Kestrel 0 23 23
Merlin 0 2 2
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0
Total: 184 1232 1306


Observation start time: 9:45 am
Observation end time: 2:45 pm
Total observation time: 5 hours
Official Counter Sue Ricciardi
Observers: Hal Wierenga

Visitors: 3

Weather: Sunny with a few thin clouds in the afternoon; 31-42 degrees; excellent visibility; winds light and at times northerly, 0-8 mph

Raptor Observations: Raptors were flying high today

Non-raptor Observations: Not much migrating today

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

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

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Date: 3/23/17 5:33 pm
From: Steve Johnson <stevejohnson2...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Binoculars, Good selection of 12x
On Monday, March 20, 2017 at 11:02:51 AM UTC-4, Noah Bers wrote:
> Can anyone recommend a place in the MD area with a good selection of 12x binoculars? I'm looking for something to carry along with my 8x as an alternative to a scope but want to be sure that I can hold them stable before I dive in.
>
> I tested a pair of 10x Vortex Viper HDs and they were really quite nice.
>
> Thanks!

Concerning the narrower field-of-view with higher magnifications: For what it's worth, I used 7X35 and 8X40 for many, many years. 7 years ago I bought a pair of Canon Image-Stabilized (IS-2) 12x40's. I have almost never had a problem with the narrower field of view. It took me a day or two to get used to precisely aiming them, at whatever target I wanted to look at. The steadiness of the view, rock solid, more than makes up for the flittiness of birds. With this super close, very steady view, I usually have a sense of which way the bird is going to fly, before it takes off!! No kidding. I do occasionally have trouble picking up a bird in flight - but usually, not. Good luck with your shopping -- -- Steve Johnson, Fairfax, Virginia

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Date: 3/23/17 3:34 pm
From: 'Elda Banks' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Scissor-talied Flycatcher at Ocean City?
Has anyone seen the Scissor -tailed Flycatcher recently?Thanks.Elda BanksSilve rSpring

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Date: 3/23/17 2:10 pm
From: Suzanne Richman <suzanne_richman...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Vacant lot is now really vacant
What a travesty. How did this happen? Where will the birds rest now? And I was worried about when they "cleaned" it up last year.


Suzanne Richman


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From: <mdbirding...> <mdbirding...> on behalf of Marcia Balestri <mebalestri...>
Sent: Thursday, March 23, 2017 11:49 AM
To: MD Birding
Subject: [MDBirding] Vacant lot is now really vacant

The vacant lot next to Sunset Park in Ocean City is now devoid of all rocks and vegetation (except grasses). The mounds of dirt/sand are still there, but little else.
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Worcester County, Maryland
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Date: 3/23/17 12:23 pm
From: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...>
Subject: [MDBirding] [FR] Best Bike Ride Birds Today/Monday
I ended my "winter" break of two months duration on Monday when I
encountered a singing E. Phoebe as well as a Common Merg couple.

Today's notables incl many singing Tufted Tits and both wood ducks and
Kingfishers bookending my intersections with Catoctin Creek.

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

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Date: 3/23/17 12:01 pm
From: Derek C. Richardson <dcr...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Re: Oxbow swans & teal

Hi Marcy,

I heard a distant croak that I wanted to call a Common Raven but it wasn't
repeated and I couldn't locate the bird. :(

Oxbow Lake is always a great place to check out!

D

On Thu, 23 Mar 2017, Marcy Stutzman wrote:

> Hi Derek, I ran over to count the swans, too (and agree with your
> count). More than 300 left over night. Didn't have enough time to look
> for much more. Am interested in the possible CORA We had two during the
> recent AACo Bird Club field trip to the Annapolis Junction Business
> Park, and just a short distance the way a raven flies.
>
> Marcy
>
> Marcy Stutzman
> Russett, MD 20724

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Date: 3/23/17 11:47 am
From: Harry Armistead <harryarmistead...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Blackwater, Cambridge & Ferry Neck (+ Bombay Hook) March 17-21, 2017.
FERRY NECK, CAMBRIDGE, & BLACKWATER N.W.R., MARCH 17-21, 2017. Also: Bombay Hook N.W.R. Lots of gannets, Blue Geese, swans, Redheads, Canvasbacks & Eagles.


MARCH 17, FRIDAY. Afternoon visit to BOMBAY HOOK N.W.R. with Diane & Thos Leonards. Higher numbers are rough, sloppy estimates. American Coot 55, Northern Harrier 6, Bald Eagle 7 (plus an active nest; one eagle captures a Green-winged Teal right in front of us; take that, Benjamin Franklin; see … it doesn’t have to be a kleptoparasitized fish or roadkill; GET OFF your Wild Turkey high horse), American Avocet 2 (Raymond’s Pool), Green-winged Teal 275, Northern Shoveler 300, American Black Duck 50, American Black Duck X Mallard hybrid 1, Lesser Scaup 1 female, Ring-necked Duck 8, Mallard 20, Ruddy Duck 4, Great Blue Heron 1, Turkey Vulture 14, Snow Goose 6, Canada Goose 8, Tundra Swan 14, Horned Lark 1, Bufflehead 9, Northern Pintail 175, and Gadwall 65. 2 - 4:30 P.M. Fair, 43-46, NW10, high tide but falling.


ROUTE 33 W of Easton: 16 Wild Turkeys (and 3 deer) in their favorite field, plus 11 more in our Field 4, three deer in Field 1. 13 Tundra Swans in Poplar Cove. An Eastern Cottontail on the driveway at 9:30 P.M. Overcast, 44 degrees F., SW5, arrive at Rigby’s Folly at 6:20 P.M.


MARCH 18, SATURDAY. Most of today Liz & I spend in DORCHESTER COUNTY with Earl & Suze Segal, Diane & Thos Leonards. First off at OAKLEY STREET and also the yacht club in Cambridge, 10:30 - noon. Dispense a bucket of corn: Canvasback 600, Lesser Scaup 600, American Wigeon 46, Canada Goose 4, Mallard 12, Surf Scoter 80, Bufflehead 16, Ruddy Duck 24, Horned Grebe 1, Double-crested Cormorant 12, AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHER 2 (offshore, flying up river; I’ve never seen them before here), Great Black-backed Gull 4, Herring & Ring-billed gull combo 200, and Northern Mockingbird 1. EGYPT ROAD: Wild Turkey 6, Red-tailed Hawk 1.


BLACKWATER N.W.R., 12:15-2:15, low 50s, calm becoming overcast, then clearing, NW5+. tidal waters very low, fresh waters high. BLUE GOOSE 870, Snow Goose 2,600, Tundra Swan 32, Canada Goose X, Wood Duck 1, American Black Duck 18, Mallard 70, Northern Shoveler 200, Northern Pintail 6, Green-winged Teal 115, Ring-necked Duck 130 (Pool 1), Common Merganser 125, Ruddy Duck 8, Double-crested Cormorant 2, AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN 101 (best seen from opposite Pool 3), Great Blue Heron 5, Bald Eagle 59, Northern Harrier 2, Red-tailed Hawk 2, American Kestrel 1, American Coot 7, Killdeer 13, Dunlin 160, Ring-billed Gull 70, Forster’s Tern 12, Rock Pigeon 12 (in Cambridge), Eastern Bluebird 6, American Robin 12, Pine Warbler 6 (singers; Liz hears most of these) + some unremarkable landbirds. Many New Jersey Chorus Frogs calling, esp. along Key Wallace Drive W of the Visitor Center.


back in TALBOT COUNTY: 14 Wild Turkeys opposite Town & Country, Route 33 W of Easton at 9:45 (some seen here 2 other times today). At RIGBY’S FOLLY, a Red Fox & 1 Gray Squirrel, then out at Lucy Point, 3:45-5:40 P.M., fair, NW 5 - 10 - 15+, 56-54, haze cuts in about a mile offshore, not the best conditions for seeing birds on the waters, spend some of this time dozing: Canada Goose 190, Tundra Swan 21, American Wigeon 2, Surf Scoter 4, Bufflehead 60, Ruddy Duck 45, Red-breasted Merganser 0, Common Loon 1, Horned Grebe 22, NORTHERN GANNET 0 (but see 445 on March 20 !!), Black Vulture 5, Bald Eagle 1, Laughing Gull 1 (first of the season; wakes me up as it passes right overhead calling), Fish Crow 8, and American Robin 30.


MARCH 19, SUNDAY. Overcast becoming fair, then clear, NW 15 - 30 - 10, 38-50 degrees F. Take it easy today. Make a shad roe and sardines-in-oil (Raccoon bait) run to Graul’s, where a waterman asks me if I am a waterman. I guess I fit in a little finally. 1” or so rain last night. The ditches and our little ponds, while not brimming over, are nice and full. Do some clipping and other work along the driveway. 42 White-throated Sparrows in one group on the driveway.


BELLEVUE at 6 P.M.: Bufflehead 8, Common Loon 1 (in full breeding plumage right in the enclosed area of the marina), Great Blue Heron 1, Ruddy Duck 26, Common Goldeneye 2 males, Horned Grebe 2, Herring Gull 80 (dispersed, sitting on the water), Gray Squirrel 1, and deer 3. ANDERBY HALL ROAD: Belted Kingfisher 1. BENONI POINT ROAD: Tundra Swan 4. FROG HOLLOW: a Great Blue Heron in fine nuptial plumage with a fish, c. 6”, that, after manipulating it, swallows it. RIGBY’S FOLLY, a group of 37 deer in Field 4, then 6 more in Field 1 = 43, I think a record count for our property, all of them does. After the end of the hunting seasons, and recently, the Olszewskis have put out 600+ lbs. of corn.


MARCH 20, MONDAY. Clear, then mostly overcast, becoming completely overcast, 44-54, NW 15-5-0. Three Bald Eagles. 40 American Robins in the yard, calling and singing, very active. No luck with the Raccoon (Havahart) trap last night. At Lucy Point in the morning: 1 skipjack, 3 dredgers, 1 workboat, and 1 tonger in an O.D. skiff, who eventually flushes the Redheads. The Redheads get steadily closer during the course of the day, enabling much more accurate (and steadily higher) counts. Otherwise, unremarkable water bird numbers, at least compared to later in the day. Just 2 Gray Squirrels, a somewhat muted presence of them this visit, except I see 5 before leaving on March 21.


LUCY POINT, 4:30-7:15, totally calm, visibility excellent, no shimmer, 51-44, overcast, low tide. The most spectacular time I’ve ever had here. In the morning I am pleased to see 8 gannets here. 8!! This afternoon there are 445 NORTHERN GANNETS, many of them plunge-diving. It is so quiet I can hear it as they tear, rocket, and plunge dramatically into the water headfirst, even though they may be no closer than 1 mile. Clouds of them in this manner are redolent of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel at this time of year, except there may be thousands there. Just before sunset almost every one of them goes out, way out, into the Choptank River mouth to land and apparently prepare to roost on the water. This enables me to get a very accurate total, that, to my relief, is very close to the 425 I estimated when they were wheeling around. 445 is more than double my previous high for Lucy Point. All are adults except for one 3rd year, subadult individual.


Other Lucy Point goodies: REDHEAD 930 (close range; a pure flock except for several Buffleheads hanging out on their periphery), Surf Scoter 2,500, Long-tailed Duck 500 (my estimates for Oldsquaws and Skunkheads are really rough, and very likely too low, because they are SO far offshore), Lesser Scaup 9, Common Goldeneye 0, Osprey 4 (migrating birds, low, coming across the Choptank River mouth from the S), Bald Eagle 1 adult, Pileated Woodpecker 1 (calls in the woods behind me), Canvasback 14, Herring Gull 4 (how curious; the only gulls), American Robin 40, Canada Goose 18, Tundra Swan 320, Bufflehead 110, Common Loon 7, Horned Grebe 30 (some starting to acquire breeding plumage), Ruddy Duck 21, Great Blue Heron 0, and Red-breasted Merganser 26 (6 of them adult males).


MARCH 21, THURSDAY. Very calm, 45, overcast, raw. Mostly from the dock: Red-breasted Merganser 27 (swimming along, fishing, just past the dock; elegant birds), Bald Eagle 1 adult, Horned Grebe 4, Bufflehead 14, Northern Gannet 2, Ruddy Duck 45, Common Loon 1, Redhead 930 (yesterday’s flock, lingering), Tundra Swan 240 (high and to the east, in full cry, 2 flocks of c. 120 each, headed out of here, to points north, very far north; about as beautiful [but poignant] a sight and sound as one could wish; I’ll miss them, but, see you in November, guys). Also 8 swans still hanging around. 5 Gray Squirrels at the feed. Leave at 8:40 A.M.


Single Gray Squirrels at Ulmer Road (Ferry Neck) and RIGHT IN the middle of Easton. A single Wild Turkey, a tom, all puffed up and displaying in the middle of the otherwise empty field across from Town & Country (raging hormones) plus an adult Bald Eagle flying towards us right over the road, level with the tops of the phone poles. Get away breakfast at Denny’s.


Two adult Bald Eagles perched near their nest W of Route 481 and c. 1.6 miles N of the conspicuous (inactive?) nest in the isolated Sycamore E of Route 481. This is the 3rd straight trip I’ve seen these 2 this way. S of Hope 22 Tundra Swans in a wheat field. W of Route 301 near milepost 101 are two deer, does, one pure white and small.


SPOILED ROTTEN, NIPPED IN THE BUD. The very cold weather just before this visit has compromised the blooming forsythia, quince, and crab apples, making their blossoms much subdued. The daffodils seem to have come through O.K.


FAVORITE QUOTE encountered during this weekend’s readings, from a book review of a biography (Boom: a biography of Viscount Trenchard - father of the Royal Air Force, by Russell Miller, Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 2016 [?]) of British General Viscount Air Marshal Hugh Trenchard, described as “completely inarticulate”, who said to his Aide-de-Camp, Maurice Baring: “I can’t write what I mean and I can’t say what I mean. I expect you to know what I mean.”


Best to all. - Harry Armistead, Philadelphia.

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Date: 3/23/17 9:20 am
From: Marcy Stutzman <marciastutzman...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Oxbow swans & teal
Hi Derek, I ran over to count the swans, too (and agree with your count). More than 300 left over night. Didn't have enough time to look for much more. Am interested in the possible CORA We had two during the recent AACo Bird Club field trip to the Annapolis Junction Business Park, and just a short distance the way a raven flies.

Marcy

Marcy Stutzman
Russett, MD 20724

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Date: 3/23/17 8:49 am
From: Marcia Balestri <mebalestri...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Vacant lot is now really vacant
The vacant lot next to Sunset Park in Ocean City is now devoid of all rocks and vegetation (except grasses). The mounds of dirt/sand are still there, but little else.
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Worcester County, Maryland
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Date: 3/23/17 8:27 am
From: Derek C. Richardson <dcr...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Oxbow swans & teal

At Oxbow Lake (Anne Arundel County) this morning: the Tundra Swans
continue (I counted about 65), and 2 Blue-winged Teal among a nice variety
of duck species. Full list below.

Oxbow Lake, Anne Arundel, Maryland, US
Mar 23, 2017 9:21 AM - 10:45 AM
Protocol: Traveling
0.35 mile(s)
Comments: Distance is one way. Sunny, cold, light breeze. May have
heard CORA.
32 species

Canada Goose 11
Tundra Swan 65
Wood Duck 7
Gadwall 12
American Wigeon 4
American Black Duck 1
Mallard 17
Blue-winged Teal 2
Northern Shoveler 8
Green-winged Teal (American) 30
Ring-necked Duck 6
Hooded Merganser 3
Great Blue Heron 3
Turkey Vulture 3
Bald Eagle 2
Ring-billed Gull 20
Mourning Dove 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
Downy Woodpecker 2
Blue Jay 5
American Crow 3
Carolina Chickadee 2
Tufted Titmouse 4
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
Brown Creeper 1
Carolina Wren 3
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 1
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) 6
Song Sparrow 2
Northern Cardinal 3
Red-winged Blackbird 7
American Goldfinch 1

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35371307

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

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Date: 3/23/17 7:36 am
From: JimC <jimcancil...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Can you I.D. this trill?

You folks are so nice; I feel guilty. At 7am leaving for town the wind was down and the most vocal bird was close, but it was cold ..phone was in the house.

Per your suggestion, I'll point the iPhone in the right direction and see if I can catch ones here in town. Cheers.

Jim

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Date: 3/23/17 7:32 am
From: Hugh David Fleischmann <david...>
Subject: [MDBirding] American White Pelican
The American White Pelican is still visible, resting on the Essex Wastewater Treatment Plant pier. Visible from Cox Point. I am not skilled enough nor my scope good enough to make out if the Black-headed Gull was present.

Awesome Birding in 2017!

H. David Fleischmann
410-598-9292
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Date: 3/23/17 5:19 am
From: Dianne Westbrook <edwestbrook1...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Binoculars, Good selection of 12x
I've had the Nikkon Monarch 5 12x42's for about 4 years now and love love love them! (Bought at Bass Pro Shop). The learning curve with them isn't much at all, they give a much better view of the bird, they are amazing in low light conditions (I've even watched a fox in my yard at 3am using these bins!) and they aren't heavy at all, I use the bin harness as most others do for carrying comfortably. I can't say enough about how great they are.

I started out with the 10x42's (even tho everyone said only use 8's for birding, but it just wasn't a good enough look at the bird for me) and then went to the 12's and was a bit happier. I've compared mine to Swarovski and Zeiss' 8's and they are VERY similar, but cost alot less. I bought mine at Bass Pro for around $320 but Amazon sells them for a bit less.

Good luck and happy birding,
Dianne Westbook

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Date: 3/22/17 8:42 pm
From: SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Wednesday, March 22, 2017 303 Raptors
Fort Smallwood Park
Pasadena, Maryland, USA


Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 22, 2017
Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
Black Vulture 8 59 61
Turkey Vulture 246 818 877
Osprey 25 62 63
Bald Eagle 2 26 30
Northern Harrier 0 1 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 13 13
Cooper's Hawk 3 14 14
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 13 20
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 1 15 16
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 2 2
American Kestrel 16 22 22
Merlin 1 2 2
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0
Total: 303 1047 1121


Observation start time: 10 am
Observation end time: 3:30 pm Daylight Time
Total observation time: 5.5 hours
Official Counter Sue Ricciardi
Observers: Chris Reed, Hal Wierenga

Weather: Sunny with a few clouds at first; 41-46 degrees; excellent visibility; winds strong and northwesterly, 14-22 mph, gusting to 32 mph

Raptor Observations: First overall good day for migrant raptors; many Ospreys dealing with the strong winds by skimming the water surface as they made their way north; nice show of American Kestrels

Non-raptor Observations: Northern Pintail 3; American Black Duck 2; Bonaparte's Gull 25; around 100 gulls moving north; Tree Swallow 158; first Northern Rough-winged Swallow of the season; Red-headed Woodpecker

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

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

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Date: 3/22/17 8:39 pm
From: SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Tuesday, March 21, 2017 52 Raptors
Fort Smallwood Park
Pasadena, Maryland, USA


Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 21, 2017
Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
Black Vulture 17 51 53
Turkey Vulture 29 572 631
Osprey 1 37 38
Bald Eagle 1 24 28
Northern Harrier 0 1 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 12 12
Cooper's Hawk 0 11 11
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 2 13 20
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 2 14 15
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 2 2
American Kestrel 0 6 6
Merlin 0 1 1
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0
Total: 52 744 818


Observation start time: 12:15 pm
Observation end time: 3 pm Daylight Time
Total observation time: 2.75 hours
Official Counter Sue Ricciardi
Observers:

Weather: Mostly cloudy after overcast lifted with some fog; 53-59 degrees; poor to fair visibility; winds from the WNW, 7-9 mph

Raptor Observations:

Non-raptor Observations: Red-throated Loon; Common Loon 3; Horned Grebe 6

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

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

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Date: 3/22/17 6:47 pm
From: Lydia Schindler <lydia13621...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fwd: DC Area, 3/22/2017
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Date: Wed, Mar 22, 2017 at 9:44 PM
Subject: DC Area, 3/22/2017
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Hotline: Voice of the Naturalist
Date: 3/22/2017
Coverage: MD/DC/VA/DE/WV panhandle
Reports, comments, questions: <voice...>
Compiler: Helen Patton
Sponsor: Audubon Naturalist Society of the Central Atlantic
States (independent of NAS)
Transcriber: Steve Cordle

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

This is the Voice of the Naturalist, a service of the Audubon
Naturalist Society. This report covers the week starting Tuesday,
March 14 and was completed on Wednesday, March 22 at about 5:30 p.m.

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

TOP BIRDS THIS WEEK: PINK-FOOTED GOOSE* in DE, SISSOR-TAILED
FLYCATCHER* in MD, PAINTED BUNTING in MD and DE, EUROPEAN GOLDFINCH*
in VA, WESTERN TANAGER in VA and YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD in MD.

OTHER BIRDS OF INTEREST: CACKLING GOOSE, ducks, grebes, AMERICAN WHITE
PELICAN, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, GOLDEN EAGLE, shorebirds, RAZORBILL,
gulls, MANX SHEARWATER, RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD, shrikes, LAPLAND
LONGSPURS, SNOW BUNTING, sparrows and RUSTY BLACKBIRD.

TOP BIRDS

The PINK-FOOTED GOOSE* continued in Sussex Co DE, around the
intersection of Fowler Beach and Cods Roads, with sightings on March
16, 17, 18 and 21.

The SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER* was seen once on March 17, flying down
St. Louis Ave in Ocean City, Worcester Co, MD.

A PAINTED BUNTING has been seen regularly at a feeder in Aberdeen,
Harford Co, MD.

Leesylvania SP in Prince William Co, VA hosted a EUROPEAN GOLDFINCH*
on March 15 and 16.

A WESTERN TANAGER was at Settler's Mill, James City Co, Va on March
16.

A YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD was at Hopkins Farm Pond, Harford Co, MD on
March 20 and 21.

OTHER BIRDS OF INTEREST

A CACKLING GOOSE was at the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center
(Horsehead), Queen Anne's Co, MD on March 19.

A EURASIAN WIGEON was at Poplar Spring Animal Farm (private),
Montgomery Co, MD on March 19. Another EURASIAN WIGEON was at Prime
Hook NWR, Sussex Co, DE also on March 19. A EURASIAN WIGEON was at
Graves Farm Road, Sussex Co, DE on March 20. A REDHEAD was at the
Denton WWTP, Caroline Co, DE on March 16 and 17. A LONG-TAILED DUCK
was at Lake Frederick, Frederick Co, MD on March 21. Another
LONG-TAILED DUCK was at Lapidum, Harford Co, MD, also on March 21. Two
COMMON EIDERS were seen from the Lewes-Cape May ferry in Sussex Co,
DE waters on March19 and 22.

A RED-NECKED GREBE was at Loch Raven Reservoir, Baltimore, MD on March
21. Another RED-NECKED GREBE was at Greenbury Point, Anne Arundel Co,
MD also on March 21. An EARED GREBE was at Buckroe Beach, Hampton Co,
VA on March 16, 18, 19 and 21.

Hundreds, perhaps thousands of LOONS, HORNED GREBES, and RAZORBILLS
were at Back Bay NWR, Virginia Beach, VA on March on March 18.

As many as 20 AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS were on Hog Island WMA, Surry
Co, VA on March 16, 18 and 19. Twenty-eight AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS
were at the Salisbury Landfill, Naylor Mill Road pond, Wicomico Co, MD
on March16. An AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN spotted first at Hart-Miller
Island, Baltimore Co, MD on March 20 took a little flying tour of the
neighborhood, and then returned to Hart-Miller.

Four RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS were at Huntley Meadows Park, Fairfax Co,
VA on March 14. Another RED-HEADED WOODPECKER at Luria Park, also
Fairfax Co, VA on March 18.

On March 19 and 20, Pickering Creek Audubon Center, Talbot Co, MD
hosted a GOLDEN EAGLE.

The Shorebird Survey conducted at Chincoteague NWR, Accomack Co, VA on
March 20 noted 12 shorebird species. The most numerous species
included: 1436 DUNLIN; 411 WILLET; 362 SANDERLING and 144
BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS. There were 12 PIPING PLOVERS in the mix also.
AMERICAN WOODCOCK were displaying at Huntley Meadows Park, Fairfax Co,
VA on March 19 from 7:37 until 8:00 p.m.

Two to four RAZORBILLS were at Ft. Monroe, Hampton Co, VA on March 16,
18 and 20. Another RAZORBILL was at Indian River Inlet, Sussex Co, DE
on March 19.

A LITTLE GULL was at Back River, Baltimore Co, MD at the MES land base
on March 14.A BLACK-HEADED GULL was at Back River, Baltimore Co, MD
during the week. Another BLACK-HEADED GULL was at Chincoteague NWR,
Accomack Co, VA on March 20.Two ICELAND GULLS were at the Salisbury
Landfill, Wicomico Co, MD on March 16. Another ICELAND GULL was at the
Walmart Ponds, Colonial Heights, VA also on March 19.

A MANX SHEARWATER was at Little Island Park, Virginia Beach, VA on
March 20.

In St. Mary's Co MD, the RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD continued March 20, 21 and
22 at Wildewood Neighborhood Walk.

A NORTHERN SHRIKE was at Prime Hook NWR, Sussex Co, DE on March 18.
The continuing LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE, was seen on March 17, 18 and 21 at
Sully Woodlands, Fairfax Co VA. Another LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE was at
Cartersville Road, Cumberland Co, VA on March 18 and 19.

LAPLAND LONGSPURS were observed off Gunston Road, Mason Neck, Fairfax
Co, VA at the Meadowood BLM facility on March 15. A SNOW BUNTING was
at Point Lookout, Saint Mary's Co, MD on March 17.

The CLAY-COLORED SPARROW continued all week in Queen Anne's Co MD, at
the Big Water Farm (private). FOX SPARROWS were seen in many venues
throughout the area this week.

RUSTY BLACKBIRDS were also seen throughout the area during the week.

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

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

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Please post reports before midnight Monday, identify the county as
well as the state, and include your name and a Tuesday morning
contact, either e-mail or phone.

Thank you for your interest, and enjoy the birds.

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Date: 3/22/17 4:23 pm
From: Walter Ellison <rossgull61...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Can you I.D. this trill?
Hi All,

The slurred quality of the notes and the surge near the end sound to me
like a classic Pine Warbler. Got any tall loblollies around?

Good Birding,

Walter Ellison

On Wed, Mar 22, 2017 at 4:15 PM, JimC <jimcancil...> wrote:

> A single bird returned about two weeks ago. (12mi W of Salisbury) We're
> in a heavily wooded area with a ton of birds in both the woods and marsh.
> This elusive guy is high in the trees and seems to move frequently. We
> now got second nearby and perhaps 2-3 more in town. (Salisbury) I simply
> cannot see it, but would like to know who we are sharing the property with.
>
> There are four trills about 6-7sec apart.
>
> I may try to get a better recording - dumbski here had the phone pointed
> backwards. Side note: any old iPhone still works if you have WiFi.
>
> Thanks. Jim
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Date: 3/22/17 4:21 pm
From: Warblerick <ricksussman1955...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Re: Can you I.D. this trill?
Juncos have been singing in my yard for the past week, at least. Haven't heard any Chipping Sparrows yet, and I've got no Pine Warblers around to confuse them.

Rick Sussman
Woodbine,MD

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Date: 3/22/17 2:57 pm
From: Kevin Graff <keyweststyle2001...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Loch Raven POint & Cromwell Valley Park, 03/21/17
03/21/17 – 730am-810am

Loch Raven Reservoir—Loch Raven Point, B Co., MD



WEATHER: MC, 43-44 degrees, calm



Canada Goose – 70

Tundra Swan – 17

American Black Duck – 2

Mallard – 16

Ring-necked Duck – 30

Lesser Scaup – 13 (uncommon anywhere at the reservoir)

Long-tailed Duck – 1 (drake, rare away from bay)

Bufflehead – 16

Common Goldeneye – 2 (drakes, rare away from bay)

Hooded Merganser – 8

Common Merganser – 54

Ruddy Duck – 2

Common Loon – 7

Pied-billed Grebe – 59

Horned Grebe – 7

Red-necked Grebe – 1

Double-crested Cormorant – 5

Great Blue Heron – 1

Ring-billed Gull – 64

Herring Gull – 2

Mourning Dove – 1

Belted Kingfisher – 1

Downy Woodpecker – 1

Blue Jay – 2

American Crow – 2

Carolina Chickadee – 2

Carolina Wren – 1

Eastern Bluebird – 2

American Robin – 6

Yellow-rumped Warbler – 1

Song Sparrow – 5

White-throated Sparrow – 2

“Slate-colored” Junco – 11

Northern Cardinal – 4

SPECIES: 34 INDIVIDUALS: 418



03/21/17 – 820am-1120am

Cromwell Valley Park—Willow Grove Farm, B Co., MD



WEATHER: Overcast, 44-51 degrees, calm- variable 4 mph OBS: 4



Canada Goose – 19 (2, 4, 4, 9)

Double-crested Cormorant – 1

Turkey Vulture – 2

Bald Eagle – 1

Red-tailed Hawk – 2

Ring-billed Gull – 32

Mourning Dove – 8

Red-bellied Woodpecker – 1

Downy Woodpecker – 2

Eastern Phoebe – 2

Blue Jay – 3

American Crow – 4

Common Raven – 1

Tree Swallow – 1

Carolina Chickadee – 4

Tufted Titmouse – 2

White-breasted Nuthatch – 1

Carolina Wren – 2

Eastern Bluebird – 8

American Robin – 152

Northern Mockingbird – 2

European Starling – 8

Chipping Sparrow – 8

Fox Sparrow – 1

Song Sparrow – 14

White-throated Sparrow – 6

“Slate-colored” Junco – 10

Northern Cardinal – 5

Red-winged Blackbird – 21

Common Grackle – 6

Brown-headed Cowbird – 2

House Finch – 10

American Goldfinch – 1

House Sparrow – 10

SPECIES: 34 INDIVIDUALS: 352




03/21/17 – 935am-1045am

Cromwell Valley Park—Sherwood Farm, B Co., MD



WEATHER: Overcast, 46-49 degrees, variable 4 mph OBS: 4



Canada Goose – 7

Tundra Swan – 82

Turkey Vulture – 2

Osprey – 1

Sharp-shinned Hawk – 1

Red-tailed Hawk – 1

Ring-billed Gull – 9

Mourning Dove – 4

Downy Woodpecker – 1

Eastern Phoebe – 1

Blue Jay – 2

American Crow – 1

Carolina Chickadee – 2

Carolina Wren – 1

Eastern Bluebird – 6

American Robin – 42

Northern Mockingbird – 1

European Starling – 2

Chipping Sparrow – 4

Field Sparrow – 2

Song Sparrow – 8

Swamp Sparrow – 4

White-throated Sparrow – 1

“Slate-colored” Junco – 5

Northern Cardinal – 1

Red-winged Blackbird – 2

American Goldfinch – 1

House Sparrow – 2

SPECIES: 28 INDIVIDUALS: 196




03/21/17 – 1015am-1025am

Cromwell Valley Park—Eck Farm, B Co., MD



WEATHER: Overcast, 47 degrees, variable 4 mph OBS: 4



Black Vulture – 1

Turkey Vulture – 4

Sharp-shinned Hawk – 1

Ring-billed Gull – 11

Downy Woodpecker – 1

American Crow – 2

Eastern Bluebird – 2

American Robin – 3

European Starling – 1

Chipping Sparrow – 2

Song Sparrow – 2

Northern Cardinal – 1

Red-winged Blackbird – 1

SPECIES: 13 INDIVIDUALS: 32


Kevin Graff
Jarrettsville, MD
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Date: 3/22/17 2:31 pm
From: Rick Borchelt <rborchelt...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Re: Can you I.D. this trill?
Juncos have only recently begun vocalizing in response to day length.

On Wed, Mar 22, 2017 at 5:29 PM, JimC <jimcancil...> wrote:

> For some reason.. the replies come to my email rather than here? The
> consensus seems to be the Pine Warbler. We have a lot of pines among the
> mixed hardwoods in our wooded area.
>
> One reply was the Junco ..who's call is not dissimilar but they've been
> feeding here all winter and seem to be pretty silent compared to the noisy
> bunch that just started to call. Thanks all.
>
> Jim
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Date: 3/22/17 2:30 pm
From: Marcia Watson <marshwren50...>
Subject: RE: [MDBirding] Can you I.D. this trill?
Jim,

I can barely hear it, even with my laptop computer speakers turned to maximum, but it sounds like Pine Warbler. The second option would be Chipping Sparrow but I lean toward Pine Warbler, based mostly on some variation from trill to trill, especially around the third and fourth repetitions. PIWAs are already singing up here in Prince George's County, so would be singing down your way as well. The ones in town might more likely be Chipping Sparrows, based on location/habitat alone. Maybe you could try to get a town-based recording as well. Chipping Sparrow has a harder edge to the trill, more mechanical, like a sewing machine. Pine Warbler has a more open loose trill that lacks that mechanical, monotonous quality and there may be some slight variation from trill to trill.

Marcia
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Maryland Ornithological Society

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To: Maryland & DC Birding
Subject: [MDBirding] Can you I.D. this trill?

A single bird returned about two weeks ago. (12mi W of Salisbury) We're in a heavily wooded area with a ton of birds in both the woods and marsh. This elusive guy is high in the trees and seems to move frequently. We now got second nearby and perhaps 2-3 more in town. (Salisbury) I simply cannot see it, but would like to know who we are sharing the property with.

There are four trills about 6-7sec apart.

I may try to get a better recording - dumbski here had the phone pointed backwards. Side note: any old iPhone still works if you have WiFi.

Thanks. Jim

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Date: 3/22/17 2:29 pm
From: JimC <jimcancil...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Can you I.D. this trill?
For some reason.. the replies come to my email rather than here? The consensus seems to be the Pine Warbler. We have a lot of pines among the mixed hardwoods in our wooded area.

One reply was the Junco ..who's call is not dissimilar but they've been feeding here all winter and seem to be pretty silent compared to the noisy bunch that just started to call. Thanks all.

Jim

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Date: 3/22/17 2:20 pm
From: 'Rod Burley' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Re: Binoculars, Good selection of 12x
I agree with Rick!! Love the 8x. Great for woodland birding!! Great all around!! I have the Nikon 7's and simply love them!!

Sent from my iPhone

> On Mar 22, 2017, at 2:55 PM, Warblerick <ricksussman1955...> wrote:
>
> Keep in mind, the higher power you go, the narrower the field of view, generally speaking. A narrow field is not ideal for warbler watching, as they flit about the branches a lot. Very easy to lose sight of them, especially in close trees or wooded situations. I love warblers and woodland birding, to the point that I chose an 8 power with as wide a field as I could find. They serve very well as an all around binocular too, even for hawks, shorebirds, etc. But, then again, I've been birding over 45 years, and am on my 8th (and final) pair of binoculars.
>
> Rick Sussman
> Woodbine,MD
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Date: 3/22/17 1:15 pm
From: JimC <jimcancil...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Can you I.D. this trill?
A single bird returned about two weeks ago. (12mi W of Salisbury) We're in a heavily wooded area with a ton of birds in both the woods and marsh. This elusive guy is high in the trees and seems to move frequently. We now got second nearby and perhaps 2-3 more in town. (Salisbury) I simply cannot see it, but would like to know who we are sharing the property with.

There are four trills about 6-7sec apart.

I may try to get a better recording - dumbski here had the phone pointed backwards. Side note: any old iPhone still works if you have WiFi.

Thanks. Jim

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Date: 3/22/17 11:55 am
From: Warblerick <ricksussman1955...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Binoculars, Good selection of 12x
Keep in mind, the higher power you go, the narrower the field of view, generally speaking. A narrow field is not ideal for warbler watching, as they flit about the branches a lot. Very easy to lose sight of them, especially in close trees or wooded situations. I love warblers and woodland birding, to the point that I chose an 8 power with as wide a field as I could find. They serve very well as an all around binocular too, even for hawks, shorebirds, etc. But, then again, I've been birding over 45 years, and am on my 8th (and final) pair of binoculars.

Rick Sussman
Woodbine,MD

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Date: 3/22/17 11:29 am
From: 'Elda Banks' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Re: Tundra Swan at Oxbow Lake (256)
Wow!  That's some increase in the number of swans!!Elda BanksSilver Spring


On Wednesday, March 22, 2017 1:45 PM, Marcy Stutzman <marciastutzman...> wrote:


The number of Tundra Swan at Oxbow Lake increased overnight to 379!

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

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Sent: Wed, Mar 22, 2017 1:40 pm
Subject: eBird Report - Oxbow Lake, Mar 22, 2017

Oxbow Lake, Anne Arundel, Maryland, US
Mar 22, 2017 12:34 PM - 1:04 PM
Protocol: Traveling
0.5 mile(s)
Comments: Conditions: 46.4°F (feels like 40 °F), wind from NW 14 mph, mostly clear. Then number of Tundra Swan increased overnight to 377. With the winds out of the NW, they are not going anywhere until Saturday, when there could be a mass exodus. The winds were really strong and it was cold, so I didn't take too much time looking for the finds by Elda Banks yesterday (first of year Blue-winged Teal and Eastern Phoebe). Interesting data from eBird relative to Tundra Swan at Oxbow this time of year:
2017: high of 377 between 3/8-3/22 (so far)
2015: high of 91 between 3/15-17
2011: high of 70 between 3/3-3/12
2009: high of 99 between 3/11-3/21 (126 overflew on 3/21)
13 species

Canada Goose 25
Tundra Swan 377 The number of Tundra Swan has been increasing over the past week or so mostly due to the winds coming out of the N and NW and the swan waiting for some southerly winds to continue their migration.
Wood Duck 2
Gadwall 1
American Wigeon 3
Mallard 10
Northern Shoveler 2
Green-winged Teal 10
Great Blue Heron 1
Ring-billed Gull 50
Blue Jay 1
American Crow 1
Carolina Wren 1

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35352130

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

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Date: 3/22/17 11:26 am
From: Noah Bers <noahbers...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Binoculars, Good selection of 12x
Hi Everyone, I really appreciate everyone's feedback. As I expected, there aren't many places that keep 12x in stock. The folks that put out the Warbler Guide seem to really like their Vortex Viper 15x50s (crazy big, right!) so 12x's seem like they could work out for my need. I'll let everyone know what I think after a few weeks.

www.thewarblerguide.com/blog/2015/3/25/lightweight-scope-alternatives-revisited

Happy Birding,
Noah

On Monday, March 20, 2017 at 11:02:51 AM UTC-4, Noah Bers wrote:
> Can anyone recommend a place in the MD area with a good selection of 12x binoculars? I'm looking for something to carry along with my 8x as an alternative to a scope but want to be sure that I can hold them stable before I dive in.
>
> I tested a pair of 10x Vortex Viper HDs and they were really quite nice.
>
> Thanks!

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Date: 3/22/17 10:45 am
From: Marcy Stutzman <marciastutzman...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Tundra Swan at Oxbow Lake (256)
The number of Tundra Swan at Oxbow Lake increased overnight to 379!

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

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To: marciastutzman <marciastutzman...>
Sent: Wed, Mar 22, 2017 1:40 pm
Subject: eBird Report - Oxbow Lake, Mar 22, 2017

Oxbow Lake, Anne Arundel, Maryland, US
Mar 22, 2017 12:34 PM - 1:04 PM
Protocol: Traveling
0.5 mile(s)
Comments: Conditions: 46.4°F (feels like 40 °F), wind from NW 14 mph, mostly clear. Then number of Tundra Swan increased overnight to 377. With the winds out of the NW, they are not going anywhere until Saturday, when there could be a mass exodus. The winds were really strong and it was cold, so I didn't take too much time looking for the finds by Elda Banks yesterday (first of year Blue-winged Teal and Eastern Phoebe). Interesting data from eBird relative to Tundra Swan at Oxbow this time of year:
2017: high of 377 between 3/8-3/22 (so far)
2015: high of 91 between 3/15-17
2011: high of 70 between 3/3-3/12
2009: high of 99 between 3/11-3/21 (126 overflew on 3/21)
13 species

Canada Goose 25
Tundra Swan 377 The number of Tundra Swan has been increasing over the past week or so mostly due to the winds coming out of the N and NW and the swan waiting for some southerly winds to continue their migration.
Wood Duck 2
Gadwall 1
American Wigeon 3
Mallard 10
Northern Shoveler 2
Green-winged Teal 10
Great Blue Heron 1
Ring-billed Gull 50
Blue Jay 1
American Crow 1
Carolina Wren 1

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35352130

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Date: 3/22/17 9:38 am
From: 'Rod Burley' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Tundra Swan at Oxbow Lake (256)
Blue-winged Teal

Sent from my iPhone

> On Mar 22, 2017, at 10:36 AM, 'Elda Banks' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> wrote:
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> Here's the photo. Elda Banks
>
>
> On Wednesday, March 22, 2017 10:31 AM, Elda Banks <elda.banks...> wrote:
>
>
> Marcy, Thanks for all of your postings about Oxbow Lake. We went yesterday
> from 2:30 to 4:30pm. Sorry we missed you. We also saw this duck with its beak in the water. It was near the Green-winged Teal. Any ideas on its identity? Thank you.
> Elda Banks
> Silver Spring
>
>
> On Tuesday, March 21, 2017 11:20 AM, Marcy Stutzman <marciastutzman...> wrote:
>
>
> I've been tracking the number of Tundra Swan at Oxbow Lake since 3/8. Today there are 256, quite an increase from 53 for the past week or so. Migrating Tundra Swan stopover at Oxbow Lake to rest and refuel.
>
> Oxbow Lake, Anne Arundel, Maryland, US
> Mar 21, 2017 11:00 AM - 11:05 AM
> Protocol: Stationary
>
> Comments: Conditions: 51°F, Wind variable from the north at 1mph, gusts 1.9 mph.
>
> The number of Tundra Swan at Oxbow Lake increased to 256 overnight.
> Interesting data from eBird relative to Tundra Swan at Oxbow this time of year:
> 2017: high of 256 between 3/8-3/21 (so far)
> 2015: high of 91 between 3/15-17
> 2011: high of 70 between 3/3-3/12
> 2009: high of 99 between 3/11-3/21 (126 overflew on 3/21)
>
> Tundra Swan 256
>
> View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35327940
>
> Marcy Stutzman
> Russett, MD 20724
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Date: 3/22/17 9:12 am
From: 'Elda Banks' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Tundra Swan at Oxbow Lake (256)
Yippie!! Thank you. I meant to say Eastern Phoebe.Elda


On Wednesday, March 22, 2017 11:56 AM, "<marciastutzman...>" <marciastutzman...> wrote:



Eastern Phoebe - also first of the year at the Oxbow!

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To: Marcy Stutzman <marciastutzman...>; Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Cc: jaymsheppard95 <jaymsheppard95...>
Sent: Wed, Mar 22, 2017 11:52 am
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Tundra Swan at Oxbow Lake (256)

We also saw this flycatcher.  Is it an Eastern Flycatcher?Elda BanksSilver Spring

On Wednesday, March 22, 2017 11:42 AM, Marcy Stutzman <marciastutzman...> wrote:

Blue-winged Teal!!!!!  I was expecting them to arrive soon.

Hope you also saw some Wilson's Snipe

Marcy

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Date: 3/22/17 8:56 am
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Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Tundra Swan at Oxbow Lake (256)



Eastern Phoebe - also first of the year at the Oxbow!



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To: Marcy Stutzman <marciastutzman...>; Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
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Sent: Wed, Mar 22, 2017 11:52 am
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Tundra Swan at Oxbow Lake (256)



We also saw this flycatcher. Is it an Eastern Flycatcher?
Elda Banks
Silver Spring






On Wednesday, March 22, 2017 11:42 AM, Marcy Stutzman <marciastutzman...> wrote:



Blue-winged Teal!!!!! I was expecting them to arrive soon.

Hope you also saw some Wilson's Snipe


Marcy

Marcy Stutzman
Russett, MD 20724

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Date: 3/22/17 8:53 am
From: 'Elda Banks' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Tundra Swan at Oxbow Lake (256)
Yes,  thanks, we saw one!


On Wednesday, March 22, 2017 11:42 AM, Marcy Stutzman <marciastutzman...> wrote:


Blue-winged Teal!!!!!  I was expecting them to arrive soon.

Hope you also saw some Wilson's Snipe

Marcy

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Russett, MD 20724

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Date: 3/22/17 8:52 am
From: 'Elda Banks' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Tundra Swan at Oxbow Lake (256)
We also saw this flycatcher.  Is it an Eastern Flycatcher?Elda BanksSilver Spring





On Wednesday, March 22, 2017 11:42 AM, Marcy Stutzman <marciastutzman...> wrote:


Blue-winged Teal!!!!!  I was expecting them to arrive soon.

Hope you also saw some Wilson's Snipe

Marcy

Marcy Stutzman
Russett, MD 20724

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Date: 3/22/17 8:43 am
From: Marcy Stutzman <marciastutzman...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Tundra Swan at Oxbow Lake (256)
Blue-winged Teal!!!!! I was expecting them to arrive soon.

Hope you also saw some Wilson's Snipe

Marcy

Marcy Stutzman
Russett, MD 20724

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Date: 3/22/17 7:41 am
From: Brad Phoebus <bradphoebus...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Yellow-headed Blackbird-Harford Co.
the bird continues

Brad Phoebus
Perry hall md

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Date: 3/22/17 7:36 am
From: 'Elda Banks' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Tundra Swan at Oxbow Lake (256)
Here's the photo. Elda Banks


On Wednesday, March 22, 2017 10:31 AM, Elda Banks <elda.banks...> wrote:


Marcy, Thanks for all of your postings about Oxbow Lake. We went yesterdayfrom 2:30 to 4:30pm.  Sorry we missed you.  We also saw this duck with its beak in the water. It was near the Green-winged Teal. Any ideas on its identity? Thank you.Elda BanksSilver Spring


On Tuesday, March 21, 2017 11:20 AM, Marcy Stutzman <marciastutzman...> wrote:


I've been tracking the number of Tundra Swan at Oxbow Lake since 3/8. Today there are 256, quite an increase from 53 for the past week or so.  Migrating Tundra Swan stopover at Oxbow Lake to rest and refuel.

Oxbow Lake, Anne Arundel, Maryland, US
Mar 21, 2017 11:00 AM - 11:05 AM
Protocol: Stationary

Comments: Conditions: 51°F, Wind variable from the north at 1mph, gusts 1.9 mph.

The number of Tundra Swan at Oxbow Lake increased to 256 overnight.
Interesting data from eBird relative to Tundra Swan at Oxbow this time of year:
2017: high of 256 between 3/8-3/21 (so far)
2015: high of 91 between 3/15-17
2011: high of 70 between 3/3-3/12
2009: high of 99 between 3/11-3/21 (126 overflew on 3/21)

Tundra Swan 256

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35327940

Marcy Stutzman
Russett, MD 20724

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Date: 3/22/17 7:36 am
From: 'Elda Banks' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Tundra Swan at Oxbow Lake (256)
Marcy, Thanks for all of your postings about Oxbow Lake. We went yesterdayfrom 2:30 to 4:30pm.  Sorry we missed you.  We also saw this duck with its beak in the water. It was near the Green-winged Teal. Any ideas on its identity? Thank you.Elda BanksSilver Spring


On Tuesday, March 21, 2017 11:20 AM, Marcy Stutzman <marciastutzman...> wrote:


I've been tracking the number of Tundra Swan at Oxbow Lake since 3/8. Today there are 256, quite an increase from 53 for the past week or so.  Migrating Tundra Swan stopover at Oxbow Lake to rest and refuel.

Oxbow Lake, Anne Arundel, Maryland, US
Mar 21, 2017 11:00 AM - 11:05 AM
Protocol: Stationary

Comments: Conditions: 51°F, Wind variable from the north at 1mph, gusts 1.9 mph.

The number of Tundra Swan at Oxbow Lake increased to 256 overnight.
Interesting data from eBird relative to Tundra Swan at Oxbow this time of year:
2017: high of 256 between 3/8-3/21 (so far)
2015: high of 91 between 3/15-17
2011: high of 70 between 3/3-3/12
2009: high of 99 between 3/11-3/21 (126 overflew on 3/21)

Tundra Swan 256

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35327940

Marcy Stutzman
Russett, MD 20724

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Date: 3/22/17 7:34 am
From: Tim Carney <timmyc83...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Swan Creek 3/21/2017
The most unexpected bird observed on yesterday's census was a SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER, first seen in the north cell and later seen in the south cell. This is extremely early for this bird to be seen in this part of the state.

Other highlights included Common Goldeneyes, Ring-necked Ducks, and one Redhead, which are generally uncommon onsite; three northbound Tundra Swan skeins; a Virginia Rail in the wetlands; and the local pair of Common Ravens actively working the powerline and back edge of the wetlands throughout the morning.

eBird checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35348162

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

Tim Carney
Nottingham, MD

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Date: 3/22/17 5:48 am
From: s byrd <mybyrdz5...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fox Sparrows still , Southwest area park 2 Osprey
Four Fox sparrow still at Balto . Highlands yard . The dominant birds of the birdseed. They are there more then the other birds and they hog the food .
2 Osprey sitting on High powerline pole at Southwest area park Balto. Highlands Southwest balto . Only other thing noticed here were Song sparrows .


Saundra Byrd
southwest balto.

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Date: 3/22/17 5:21 am
From: Frank Boyle <ravenfrank...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Chan
Eurasian Collared Dove, you and I hemmed and hawed about it out in the field that day (Olney???). It was at the beginning of (at least in the Mid-Atlantic states) more than rarity sightings of said dove.

Stick. Ice. Yep 👍.

Frank Boyle
Broken Wallet Farm
Rohrersville, MD


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> I remember that tally rally Frank, but not the bird in question. We're getting old. Great tribute to the great man.
> Rick Sussman
> Woodbine, MD
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Date: 3/22/17 5:16 am
From: Warblerick <ricksussman1955...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Chan
I remember that tally rally Frank, but not the bird in question. We're getting old. Great tribute to the great man.
Rick Sussman
Woodbine, MD

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Date: 3/22/17 12:51 am
From: Frank Boyle <ravenfrank...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Chan
I first met Chan doing the Triadelphia Christmas Count the year I moved to Maryland, which was 1993.

Chan introduced me to local birders, the BBS, and was a voice of humor and reason during one particular Triadelphia tally rally at Meadowside nature center... suffice it to say I was questioned vigorously by a fellow counter and area leader in a sighting. My father was there, he was amused as well! Me, not so much but oh so very thankful that Chan stepped in to sort it all out (he and I later chuckled about it).

In 1994 at the MOS conference (Harford Co?) Chan led a blitz by car that I remember quite well. We raced from spot to spot, Chan leading the way in his station wagon (!) and it is on this trip that I really began to learn birding by ear... at wooded stops Chan would incomprehensibly hear warblers in the treetops, id them without hesitation, yet take a few moments to explain to me (and the group) how, and why he knew this magical skill (as I always say, I am forever suspended in the "intermediate birder" class). Wow. What a pleasure, a joy to have had the privilege of birding with Chan, and later on while we both lived in Laurel he encouraged me to participate in both BBS efforts (alas, the second one was the only one I really was able to fully participate in). The first MD/DC atlas he explained, in retrospect at the time as only Chan could, why despite my efforts I missed deadlines, and he did it in such a positive way as to fully put a self-described OCD birder such as myself at total ease, no easy task for those of you who know me.

Oh Chan, you will be missed. And talk of a "full life" and referencing your advanced age is, as you would say, not really a big deal or issue at all.

Frank



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Broken Wallet Farm
Rohrersville, MD


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Date: 3/21/17 7:30 pm
From: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...>
Subject: [MDBirding] [FR] Potomac river Ring-billed Gull flight
I observed a "kettle" of appx 60 gulls over the property @1820 this
evening. I then drove to the vicinity of Brunswick along MD 17, but
did not find any gulls in the fields nor in the disturbed ground where
the Weis store is being built at the new development. It may be that
the main flight has already occurred. In some years the fields along
17 have been full of gulls, but it may be that farming practices have
changed to make them less attractive...no field is bare at the moment.
This westward flight in spring of RBGU is noted in *The Birds of MD
and DC by Stewart & Robbins [p. 159]...

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

*ps I have two copies, one is signed by both authors to Arnold J
Ho[r]berg. If that rings a bell with anyone, please let me know...

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Date: 3/21/17 6:09 pm
From: SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Tuesday, March 21, 2017 52 Raptors
Fort Smallwood Park
Pasadena, Maryland, USA


Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 21, 2017
Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
Black Vulture 17 51 53
Turkey Vulture 29 572 631
Osprey 1 37 38
Bald Eagle 1 24 28
Northern Harrier 0 1 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 12 12
Cooper's Hawk 0 11 11
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 2 13 20
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 2 14 15
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 2 2
American Kestrel 0 6 6
Merlin 0 1 1
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0
Total: 52 744 818


Observation start time: 12:15 pm
Observation end time: 3 pm Daylight Time
Total observation time: 2.75 hours
Official Counter Sue Ricciardi
Observers:

Weather: Mostly cloudy after overcast lifted with some fog; 53-59 degrees; poor to fair visibility; winds from the WNW, 7-9 mph

Raptor Observations:

Non-raptor Observations: Red-throated Loon; Common Loon 3; Horned Grebe 6


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

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

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Date: 3/21/17 2:43 pm
From: Warblerick <ricksussman1955...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Chan Robbins
On Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at 11:12:26 AM UTC-4, Warblerick wrote:
> For those who haven't heard yet, Chan Robbins passed away yesterday. I'm sure there will be articles and an obituary to follow. The world has lost a true pioneer in ornithology, and a great human being.
>
> Rick Sussman
> Woodbine, MD

Back in the mid-1990's, my wife and I took over as compilers for the Triadelphia CBC, from Norm Saunders (a count that Chan started I believe in the 1950's). About our 3rd year in, at the tally on Saturday night, I had a friend who really wanted to meet Chan, so we chatted while we waited for him (he was always one of the last ones in, followed later by Jay Sheppard). Finally he arrived, and after the introductions, I asked him if he was going to stay for the tally, and he said he was just dropping off his tally sheets (he was also an Area co-leader), and couldn't stay, as he had a severe chest cold, and he still had to go to choir practice for his church that evening! He was probably up before 4 AM and out in the field by 5 looking and listening for owls, then out tromping his territory for 9-10 more hours, and wouldn't return home till probably 10-11. And by then he was in his mid-late 70's! This is how I think of Chan, as an indefatigable man, with varied interests, sharing his time with everyone, with grace and a smile. There will never be another like him, and he will be sorely missed.

Rick Sussman
Woodbine,MD

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Date: 3/21/17 1:03 pm
From: Scott Young <wsyacy...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Binoculars, Good selection of 12x
I started out as recommended with an 8x binocular. However, I always felt a little too far away. I recently purchased the Nikon 7578 MONARCH 5 12x42 Binocular and I really like it. With only a slight learning curve, I am able to get a better view of birds, both near and far. I don't find it to wobble but if you have a tremor, that would, of course, be a problem. ymmv

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Date: 3/21/17 12:27 pm
From: Tony Futcher <tonyfutcher1...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Chan Robbins
One of the true giants in ornithology, and yet one of the humblest and
unassuming people one could meet.

I first heard about him when I began birding on the Patuxent Wildlife
Refuge in 1957 - back in the "good old days" when one could freely bird
on the refuge. He was on Midway at the time, but I had the pleasure of
meeting his wife on several occasions, and she would leave a gate open
for me and my fellow teen birders if we were birding when gates were
closing.

I didn't meet Chan until I began banding with Kathy Klimkiewicz, and
joined the good old MABBAG group. Many wonderful conversations were
enjoyed, and he would frequently stop by the banding station at the
Refuge to chat.

I also have and treasure even more, and autographed copy of the Golden
Guide he authored.

He will surely be missed.

Tony Futcher

Hyattsville, MD


On 3/21/2017 11:12 AM, Warblerick wrote:
> For those who haven't heard yet, Chan Robbins passed away yesterday. I'm sure there will be articles and an obituary to follow. The world has lost a true pioneer in ornithology, and a great human being.
>
> Rick Sussman
> Woodbine, MD
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Date: 3/21/17 9:55 am
From: Judi Durda <jdurda...>
Subject: RE: [MDBirding] Chan Robbins
I met him once. In his office and got a signature on a golden guide.

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To: 'Warblerick' <ricksussman1955...>; 'Maryland & DC Birding' <mdbirding...>
Subject: RE: [MDBirding] Chan Robbins

I only had the pleasure of meeting him once at the MOS Conference and he was an amazing person. He acted as if we were friends and showed an interest in my birding and where I had been. He will be surely missed. Thanks for sharing Rick!

Awesome birding in 2017!

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Subject: [MDBirding] Chan Robbins

For those who haven't heard yet, Chan Robbins passed away yesterday. I'm sure there will be articles and an obituary to follow. The world has lost a true pioneer in ornithology, and a great human being.

Rick Sussman
Woodbine, MD

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Date: 3/21/17 9:50 am
From: David Fleischmann <david...>
Subject: RE: [MDBirding] Chan Robbins
I only had the pleasure of meeting him once at the MOS Conference and he was an amazing person. He acted as if we were friends and showed an interest in my birding and where I had been. He will be surely missed. Thanks for sharing Rick!

Awesome birding in 2017!

H. David Fleischmann
M-410-598-9292
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Subject: [MDBirding] Chan Robbins

For those who haven't heard yet, Chan Robbins passed away yesterday. I'm sure there will be articles and an obituary to follow. The world has lost a true pioneer in ornithology, and a great human being.

Rick Sussman
Woodbine, MD

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Date: 3/21/17 9:43 am
From: Walter Ellison <rossgull61...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Chan Robbins
Dear Fellow Birders,

The first field guide I bought as an adolescent birder was the Golden Guide
Chan co-authored. My first bird monitoring project, the Christmas bird
count, was championed by Chan who participated in and compiled myriad
counts. The second bird monitoring project I worked on was the Vermont bird
atlas, part of a movement spearheaded by Chan on this continent. I
eventually also became a long-term volunteer in his greatest project the
Breeding Bird Survey that has documented so much about the status of bird
populations in North America. When Nancy and I first visited Patuxent back
in the 1980s Chan made time for us from his busy schedule and gave us
pointers for birding southern Dorchester County. It was a huge honor to
work with Chan on the second Maryland and D.C. bird atlas and to see first
hand his vision and drive to learn more about birds and to conserve them.
Chan's approach to bird study gave us many new insights but his lasting
contribution was application of those findings to preserving birds and the
places where they live. We have all been truly blessed to have this kind,
dedicated, insightful, and tireless bird lover inciting us to be better
lovers of all things avian. Even after such a long and full life he shall
be sorely missed.

Good Birding (and good birding to Chan on another plane),

Walter Ellison

Chestertown, Maryland

On Tue, Mar 21, 2017 at 11:12 AM, Warblerick <ricksussman1955...>
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> For those who haven't heard yet, Chan Robbins passed away yesterday. I'm
> sure there will be articles and an obituary to follow. The world has lost a
> true pioneer in ornithology, and a great human being.
>
> Rick Sussman
> Woodbine, MD
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Date: 3/21/17 9:18 am
From: Pat Valdata <pvaldata1...>
Subject: RE: [MDBirding] Chan Robbins
Oh no! Not unexpected at his age, but still a loss.


Pat Valdata 
Crisfield, Somerset County

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Date:03/21/2017 11:12 AM (GMT-05:00)
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Subject: [MDBirding] Chan Robbins

For those who haven't heard yet, Chan Robbins passed away yesterday. I'm sure there will be articles and an obituary to follow. The world has lost a true pioneer in ornithology, and a great human being.

Rick Sussman
Woodbine, MD

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Date: 3/21/17 8:20 am
From: Marcy Stutzman <marciastutzman...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Tundra Swan at Oxbow Lake (256)
I've been tracking the number of Tundra Swan at Oxbow Lake since 3/8. Today there are 256, quite an increase from 53 for the past week or so. Migrating Tundra Swan stopover at Oxbow Lake to rest and refuel.

Oxbow Lake, Anne Arundel, Maryland, US
Mar 21, 2017 11:00 AM - 11:05 AM
Protocol: Stationary

Comments: Conditions: 51°F, Wind variable from the north at 1mph, gusts 1.9 mph.

The number of Tundra Swan at Oxbow Lake increased to 256 overnight.
Interesting data from eBird relative to Tundra Swan at Oxbow this time of year:
2017: high of 256 between 3/8-3/21 (so far)
2015: high of 91 between 3/15-17
2011: high of 70 between 3/3-3/12
2009: high of 99 between 3/11-3/21 (126 overflew on 3/21)

Tundra Swan 256

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35327940

Marcy Stutzman
Russett, MD 20724

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Date: 3/21/17 8:16 am
From: Wil Hershberger <wil.natureimagesandsounds...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Chan Robbins
Thank you Rick. I had the pleasure of birding with Chan several times. He will certainly be missed and he leaves a wonderful legacy of research and the simple joy of studying and watching birds.

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Date: 3/21/17 8:12 am
From: Warblerick <ricksussman1955...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Chan Robbins
For those who haven't heard yet, Chan Robbins passed away yesterday. I'm sure there will be articles and an obituary to follow. The world has lost a true pioneer in ornithology, and a great human being.

Rick Sussman
Woodbine, MD

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Date: 3/21/17 5:49 am
From: 'Bird couple' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Fwd: [MDBirding] Re: Tundra Swans on the move



>
> Heard some Tundra Swans calling over Annapolis this morning as I was walking the puppy. Definitely on the move!
>
> Warren Strobel
> Annapolis
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> Sent from my iPhone
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>>> On Mar 21, 2017, at 7:40 AM, 'MikeBowen' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> wrote:
>>>
>>> On Monday, March 20, 2017 at 7:04:23 PM UTC-4, Warblerick wrote:
>>> Just looking out our back door and saw large numbers of American Robins heading NE, about 6:40 PM, and then a flock of 43 Tundra Swans heading in a V due north right over our house (Woodbine,Carroll County) at 6:48 or so, hoo-hoooing all the way! One of my favorite sights and sounds of spring, right up there with American Toads chorusing.
>>>
>>> Rick Sussman
>>> Woodbine,MD
>>
>> There were ten Tundra Swans sitting on the Potomac on Monday morning (3/20), midway between Swain's Lock on the C&O Canal and the upstream end of Conn Island, about a quarter mile downstream of Swain's.
>>
>> Mike Bowen
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Date: 3/21/17 5:32 am
From: <keyweststyle2001...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Red-necked Grebe, Loch Raven
Continuing at the point but farther away toward golf course. Quite a few
waterfowl at the point - Kevin Graff.
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Date: 3/21/17 5:22 am
From: Donald Sweig <skybirds.d...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Re: Tundra Swans on the move
Mike,
There were 10 additional Tundra Swans down by the north end of Conn Island yesterday. About 10 days ago I counted and photographed 49, just a little south of where you saw the 10 yesterday. The new Bald Eagle nest, on the island in the river just about where you saw the swans yesterday, has some hatchlings now. Among the other waterfowl on the river, I also had two Horned Grebes, one in about half breeding plumage.
Donald Sweig
Falls Church, Virginia

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> On Mar 21, 2017, at 7:40 AM, "'MikeBowen' via Maryland & DC Birding" <mdbirding...> wrote:
>
>> On Monday, March 20, 2017 at 7:04:23 PM UTC-4, Warblerick wrote:
>> Just looking out our back door and saw large numbers of American Robins heading NE, about 6:40 PM, and then a flock of 43 Tundra Swans heading in a V due north right over our house (Woodbine,Carroll County) at 6:48 or so, hoo-hoooing all the way! One of my favorite sights and sounds of spring, right up there with American Toads chorusing.
>>
>> Rick Sussman
>> Woodbine,MD
>
> There were ten Tundra Swans sitting on the Potomac on Monday morning (3/20), midway between Swain's Lock on the C&O Canal and the upstream end of Conn Island, about a quarter mile downstream of Swain's.
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Date: 3/21/17 4:50 am
From: Jim Green <jkgbirdman53...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Yellow-headed Blackbird-Harford Co.
YELLOW-headed Blackbird continues in same location where Mark JOHNSON found it yesterday. Currently feeding on dirt mounds with barley seed...Thanks Mark!

Jim Green
Gaithersburg MD

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> There was an adult male Yellow-headed Blackbird in with a large flock of predominantly Red-winged Blackbirds this afternoon (3:45-4:10PM) around the farm pond, field and trees at the intersection of Rtes. 155 and 156. Most of the flock had flown off by the time I left, but they had flown off earlier and returned to the big bare tree at the corner near the house and red barn, so they're probably still in the area and may return to that spot. There's a big fertilizer/manure heap in the field close by that the birds were visiting, flying between there and the trees near the corner. This is the same farm that hosted the Snowy Owl a few years ago...now the ebird hotspot known as Hopkins Farm Pond. There's a wide shoulder along 155 that can be used to pull off and check the area.
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> Mark Johnson
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Date: 3/21/17 4:40 am
From: 'MikeBowen' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Tundra Swans on the move
On Monday, March 20, 2017 at 7:04:23 PM UTC-4, Warblerick wrote:
> Just looking out our back door and saw large numbers of American Robins heading NE, about 6:40 PM, and then a flock of 43 Tundra Swans heading in a V due north right over our house (Woodbine,Carroll County) at 6:48 or so, hoo-hoooing all the way! One of my favorite sights and sounds of spring, right up there with American Toads chorusing.
>
> Rick Sussman
> Woodbine,MD

There were ten Tundra Swans sitting on the Potomac on Monday morning (3/20), midway between Swain's Lock on the C&O Canal and the upstream end of Conn Island, about a quarter mile downstream of Swain's.

Mike Bowen
Bethesda

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Date: 3/20/17 8:12 pm
From: SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Monday, March 20, 2017 21 Raptors
Fort Smallwood Park
Pasadena, Maryland, USA


Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 20, 2017
Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
Black Vulture 0 34 36
Turkey Vulture 17 543 602
Osprey 3 36 37
Bald Eagle 0 23 27
Northern Harrier 0 1 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 12 12
Cooper's Hawk 0 11 11
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 11 18
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 0 12 13
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 2 2
American Kestrel 0 6 6
Merlin 0 1 1
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0
Total: 21 692 766


Observation start time: 9:30 am
Observation end time: 2:30 pm Daylight Time
Total observation time: 5 hours
Official Counter Sue Ricciardi
Observers: Chris Reed, Hal Wierenga

Visitors: 6

Weather: Partly cloudy becoming mostly cloudy and overcast as rain clouds moved in

Raptor Observations:

Non-raptor Observations: Green-winged Teal 4; Wilson's Snipe; Eastern Phoebe; northward moving Herring Gulls 47

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

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

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Date: 3/20/17 6:38 pm
From: Steve Long <steve.long4...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Re: Binoculars, Good selection of 12x
The down side of 12x25 is that they are NOT bright. As the light diminishes
in the evening, I lose the ability to see through them well before losing
the ability to see without them. But, they are plenty bright for daytime
use.

But, the down side of things that are bright is that they are either large
and heavy or have low magnification so as to be small. That is just the
physics of magnification. There are some ways to physically optimize, at
some expense, but really small, bright and powerful is not going to happen
UNLESS we use electronics to capture, enlarge, and brighten an image taken
with a small lens on a very small sensor. But, I have not heard of that
being done for birding binoculars. When it is, I suppose it will also
include image stabilization. Digital cameras can do all that to some
degree, now.

But, at some point in the spectrum of increasing magnification, it becomes
very difficult to AIM the limited field of view accurately enough to include
the intended subject. I am about at my personal limit for that at 12x,
AFTER some practice.

Don't misunderstand; I have larger binoculars and a 20-60x scope. I use the
12x25s for walking around and spotting things when I am not interested in or
able to carry something larger. My comment here was mainly related to the
"jumpiness" not really seeming like much of an issue with the 12x25s that we
use.

I have more problems with "jumpiness" when on my boat and trying to use my
7x50s to see a bird. The boat motion makes the image jumpy, and the low
magnification makes it hard to see detail at a glance. In bright light, I
can sometimes read a buoy number better with the 12x25s than with the 7x50s.
But, I can SEE the buoy with the 7x50s even when it is hard to spot it with
the unaided eye in the dusk. (White bird poop on buoys often makes it hard
to read white numbers on buoys.)

Steve Long
Oxford

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Sent: Monday, March 20, 2017 8:06 PM
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Re: Binoculars, Good selection of 12x


12x25? Wow, I've never heard of anyone using that for birding. The image
can't be very bright. The exit pupil on 12x25's is about 2mm, or roughly
half what your open pupil is (4-5 mm for most adults in regular light). So
you're only getting about half the available light. Most recommended birding
binoculars have numbers like 7x35 or 8x40, with an exit pupil of 5, which
just about matches your own pupil, allowing all the light coming through the
eyepiece to be used, giving a nice bright image. 12x25 must be like looking
through a keyhole, I would think.

Rick Sussman
Woodbine, MD

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Date: 3/20/17 5:25 pm
From: Warblerick <ricksussman1955...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Re: Binoculars, Good selection of 12x
12 X binoculars are not generally popular for birding. You may have to try a hunting type store (Bass Pro shops) to even find a pair.

Rick Sussman
Woodbine, MD

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Date: 3/20/17 5:06 pm
From: Warblerick <ricksussman1955...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Re: Binoculars, Good selection of 12x
12x25? Wow, I've never heard of anyone using that for birding. The image can't be very bright. The exit pupil on 12x25's is about 2mm, or roughly half what your open pupil is (4-5 mm for most adults in regular light). So you're only getting about half the available light. Most recommended birding binoculars have numbers like 7x35 or 8x40, with an exit pupil of 5, which just about matches your own pupil, allowing all the light coming through the eyepiece to be used, giving a nice bright image. 12x25 must be like looking through a keyhole, I would think.

Rick Sussman
Woodbine, MD

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Date: 3/20/17 5:00 pm
From: Kevin Graff <keyweststyle2001...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Hart-Miller Island, 03/20/17
03/20/17 – 715am-3pm

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



WEATHER: Sunny/MC, 35-53 degrees, NW 3K- NW 4K OBS: Kevin Graff, Martin
Granbom



Canada Goose – 56

*MUTE SWAN – 1

Tundra Swan – 76 (including flock of 17 flyby N)

Wood Duck – 2

Gadwall – 34

American Wigeon – 6

American Black Duck – 63

Mallard – 65

*BLUE-WINGED TEAL – 2

Northern Shoveler – 385

Northern Pintail – 76

Green-winged Teal – 62

*CANVASBACK – 2

Ring-necked Duck – 33

Greater Scaup – 4

Lesser Scaup – 1286

Scaup Sp – 9

*LONG-TAILED DUCK – 1 (hen)

Bufflehead – 79
*COMMON GOLDENEYE – 1 (hen)

Hooded Merganser – 1 (drake)

Red-breasted Merganser – 35

Ruddy Duck – 317

Pied-billed Grebe – 3

Horned Grebe – 2

Double-crested Cormorant – 106

*AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN – 1 (photos)

Great Blue Heron – 9

Turkey Vulture – 2 (migrating N, non-stop toward mainland)

Osprey – 6

Bald Eagle – 6

Northern Harrier – 2

Sharp-shinned Hawk – 1

Cooper’s Hawk – 1

Peregrine Falcon – 1

*VIRGINIA RAIL – 1

American Coot – 26

Killdeer – 6

*PECTORAL SANDPIPER – 5 (photos)

Wilson’s Snipe – 1

Bonaparte’s Gull – 7

*LAUGHING GULL – 1

Ring-billed Gull – 52

Herring Gull – 13

Great Black-backed Gull – 9

Mourning Dove – 32

Red-bellied Woodpecker – 1

Downy Woodpecker – 2

Northern Flicker – 8

Eastern Phoebe – 2

American Crow – 3

Fish Crow – 1

*HORNED LARK – 13

*BARN SWALLOW – 1

Carolina Wren – 3

Golden-crowned Kinglet – 3

Hermit Thrush – 1

American Robin – 11

Northern Mockingbird – 1

European Starling – 8

Yellow-rumped Warbler – 2

Eastern Towhee – 8

American Tree Sparrow – 2

Savannah Sparrow – 1

Song Sparrow – 133

Swamp Sparrow – 19

White-throated Sparrow – 19

White-crowned Sparrow – 2 (immature)

“Slate-colored” Junco – 1

Northern Cardinal – 17

Red-winged Blackbird – 248

Common Grackle – 13

American Goldfinch – 1

SPECIES: 72 INDIVIDUALS: 3413



MAMMALS: Red Fox – 2, Fresh tracks: WT Deer, Raccoon & Opossum



BUTTERFLIES: Orange Sulphur – 8, Cabbage White – 7


Kevin Graff
Jarrettsville, MD
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Date: 3/20/17 4:56 pm
From: Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Still Fox Sparrows!
Still three Fox Sparrows at our feeders today...yay!

Gail Mackiernan
Colesville, MD

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Date: 3/20/17 4:04 pm
From: Warblerick <ricksussman1955...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Tundra Swans on the move
Just looking out our back door and saw large numbers of American Robins heading NE, about 6:40 PM, and then a flock of 43 Tundra Swans heading in a V due north right over our house (Woodbine,Carroll County) at 6:48 or so, hoo-hoooing all the way! One of my favorite sights and sounds of spring, right up there with American Toads chorusing.

Rick Sussman
Woodbine,MD

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Date: 3/20/17 3:02 pm
From: 'Andrew Clemens' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Painted Bunting
I know that the pained bunting that is being seen was banded but I have not gotten a good enough, close enough view to read the banding code(s).   Can someone please send them to me?
Thank you!!!
Andrew Clemens

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Date: 3/20/17 2:57 pm
From: Steve Long <steve.long4...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Re: Binoculars, Good selection of 12x
I really don't understand the problem with 12x binoculars being "too jumpy".

My family's favorite "walking around" binocular is the old Minolta "Activa"
12 x 25. Those are light enough to carry that we DO carry them - a lot. We
even use them from the car when we are intentionally birding. A scope takes
a lot more effort, and a lot more time to get "on target", so we often don't
have one when we see something, or it leaves while we set-up the scope. The
little 12x Activas go right on-target and provide a real chance to see field
marks during time-limited opportunities.

And, even with the restricted field of view, the "jumpiness" of the edge of
the field is no problem.

Perhaps that is because the IMAGE doesn't seem to jump very much as the
binoculars shake a bit. Is that because the optics are somehow better, or
is my family just less jumpy than most?

Steve Long
Oxford

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Sent: Monday, March 20, 2017 11:10 AM
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Binoculars, Good selection of 12x


Noah,
I rarely recommend 10X much less 12X. As you said, stability is an issue and
it gets worse the more powerful the bins. If you do decide on 12X make sure
you can mount them on a tripod. You will want to do that from time to time.
I would recommend a small scope say around 12X to 42X with a tripod. I don't
sell any of this at my store, but I could order it in if need be. I'm in
Rockville.

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Date: 3/20/17 2:16 pm
From: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Binoculars, Good selection of 12x
Hi Noah

Maybe you missed my query in Jan about this topic...???

Anyway, I asked for advice about Image Stabilized Bins manf by Canon and
received helpful advice and in fact purchased the 10x42 model as a result.

Go to

www.mdbirding.com

and search using my name Speicher

sort by date and look for the FEB 1 in GREEN ink post beginning with
Canon-10x42

click on each named poster to reveal the full discussion.

The IS feature is quite remarkable - no need for tripod use, but the bins
are expensive!

Jim S

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> Can anyone recommend a place in the MD area with a good selection of 12x
> binoculars? I'm looking for something to carry along with my 8x as an
> alternative to a scope but want to be sure that I can hold them stable
> before I dive in.
>
> I tested a pair of 10x Vortex Viper HDs and they were really quite nice.
>
> Thanks!
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Date: 3/20/17 2:04 pm
From: Mark Johnson <mj3151...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Yellow-headed Blackbird-Harford Co.
There was an adult male Yellow-headed Blackbird in with a large flock of predominantly Red-winged Blackbirds this afternoon (3:45-4:10PM) around the farm pond, field and trees at the intersection of Rtes. 155 and 156. Most of the flock had flown off by the time I left, but they had flown off earlier and returned to the big bare tree at the corner near the house and red barn, so they're probably still in the area and may return to that spot. There's a big fertilizer/manure heap in the field close by that the birds were visiting, flying between there and the trees near the corner. This is the same farm that hosted the Snowy Owl a few years ago...now the ebird hotspot known as Hopkins Farm Pond. There's a wide shoulder along 155 that can be used to pull off and check the area.


Mark Johnson

Aberdeen, MD

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Date: 3/20/17 11:00 am
From: '<espijc...>' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Osprey. Harford County
I just drove passed an osprey unexpectedly perched on a phone pole along Jarrrettsville Road between Pocock and Hess Roads. 
John CanolesKingsville MD 
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------ Original message------From: Kurt SchwarzDate: Mon, Mar 20, 2017 11:00 AMTo: Jim Stasz;<mdbirding...>;Cc: Subject:Re: RE: [MDBirding] White Pelican, Baltimore Co
Continuing at 10:50. Flew briefly and landed on water showing black wing tips. Now back structure towering over Cormorants. Red breasted mergansers in cove on other side of Cox Point.
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Subject: RE: [MDBirding] White Pelican, Baltimore Co
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The PELICAN is sitting with cormorants on the outflow structure at Back River WWTP. Seen from Malibu Restaurant/Royal Farms at Eastern Avenue Bridge. Sent from AOL Mobile Mail
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Date: 3/20/17 10:28 am
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Subject: Re: [MDBirding] White Pelican, Baltimore Co
The pelican is back at hart miller island now. - Kevin Graff
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From: Jim StaszSent: Monday, March 20, 2017 8:17 AMTo:
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The PELICAN is sitting with cormorants on the outflow structure at
Back River WWTP. Seen from Malibu Restaurant/Royal Farms at Eastern
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Date: 3/20/17 8:44 am
From: Duvall Sollers <dbsollers61...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] White Pelican, Baltimore Co
Still present at 10:15 am. Viewed from Cox Point.

Duvall Sollers
Hereford, MD

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> Date: Monday, March 20, 2017
> Subject: RE: [MDBirding] White Pelican, Baltimore Co
> To: keyweststyle2001 <keyweststyle2001...>, mdbirding <mdbirding...>
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Date: 3/20/17 8:10 am
From: Pete Givan <rocinrobin...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Binoculars, Good selection of 12x
Noah,
I rarely recommend 10X much less 12X. As you said, stability is an issue and it gets worse the more powerful the bins. If you do decide on 12X make sure you can mount them on a tripod. You will want to do that from time to time. I would recommend a small scope say around 12X to 42X with a tripod. I don't sell any of this at my store, but I could order it in if need be. I'm in Rockville.

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Date: 3/20/17 8:02 am
From: Noah Bers <noahbers...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Binoculars, Good selection of 12x
Can anyone recommend a place in the MD area with a good selection of 12x binoculars? I'm looking for something to carry along with my 8x as an alternative to a scope but want to be sure that I can hold them stable before I dive in.

I tested a pair of 10x Vortex Viper HDs and they were really quite nice.

Thanks!

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Date: 3/20/17 8:00 am
From: Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4...>
Subject: Re: RE: [MDBirding] White Pelican, Baltimore Co
Continuing at 10:50. Flew briefly and landed on water showing black wing
tips. Now back structure towering over Cormorants. Red breasted mergansers
in cove on other side of Cox Point.

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> River WWTP. Seen from Malibu Restaurant/Royal Farms at Eastern Avenue
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Date: 3/20/17 7:18 am
From: blueheron05 <blueheron05...>
Subject: [MDBirding] frustrated ospreys
A pair of ospreys have bred successfully on a utility pole on the banks of Wharf Creek for the last 9 years. They returned this weekend to find that the power company had constructed a new platform nearby and placed a rounded baffle on top of the pole where they'd been nesting. For three days, now, they have been industriously bringing sticks to rebuild their nest. The sticks slide off, though a few are now lodged on the wires themselves. The ospreys are still trying.

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Date: 3/20/17 6:46 am
From: 'Jim Stasz' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Fwd: RE: [MDBirding] White Pelican, Baltimore Co
Also visible from Cox Point Park.

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Date: Monday, March 20, 2017
Subject: RE: [MDBirding] White Pelican, Baltimore Co
To: keyweststyle2001 <keyweststyle2001...>, mdbirding <mdbirding...>

The PELICAN is sitting with cormorants on the outflow structure at Back River WWTP. Seen from Malibu Restaurant/Royal Farms at Eastern Avenue Bridge.

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Just left hart miller island, going up Back River. - Kevin Graff


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Date: 3/20/17 5:17 am
From: 'Jim Stasz' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: RE: [MDBirding] White Pelican, Baltimore Co
The PELICAN is sitting with cormorants on the outflow structure at Back River WWTP. Seen from Malibu Restaurant/Royal Farms at Eastern Avenue Bridge.

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Just left hart miller island, going up Back River. - Kevin Graff


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Date: 3/20/17 4:07 am
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Subject: [MDBirding] White Pelican, Baltimore Co
Just left hart miller island, going up Back River. - Kevin Graff
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Date: 3/19/17 8:10 pm
From: SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Sunday, March 19, 2017 81 Raptors
Fort Smallwood Park
Pasadena, Maryland, USA


Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 19, 2017
Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
Black Vulture 16 34 36
Turkey Vulture 62 526 585
Osprey 2 33 34
Bald Eagle 0 23 27
Northern Harrier 0 1 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 11 11
Cooper's Hawk 1 11 11
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 11 18
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 0 12 13
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 2 2
American Kestrel 0 6 6
Merlin 0 1 1
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0
Total: 81 671 745


Observation start time: 11:45 am
Observation end time: 3 pm Daylight Time
Total observation time: 3.25 hours
Official Counter Sue Ricciardi
Observers:

Visitors: Abby and Steve plus 2

Weather: Mostly cloudy at the start after the morning rain/snow, becoming partly cloudy; 40-49 degrees; excellent visibility; winds from the north, sometimes with a northwest component, 7-15 mph, gusting to 16 mph

Raptor Observations: Vultures started to fly as soon as the skies began to clear. An Osprey was carrying a stick toward the area where there was a nest last year

Non-raptor Observations:


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

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

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Date: 3/19/17 12:18 pm
From: Karen Caruso <karen.caruso...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Sandy Point - Brown-headed Cowbird, American Coot
Sandy Point State Park, Anne Arundel, Maryland, US
Mar 19, 2017 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
3.0 mile(s)
19 species

Canada Goose 30
Mallard 17
Lesser Scaup 35
Black Vulture 2
Osprey 1
Bald Eagle 1
American Coot 2
Ring-billed Gull 7
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Downy Woodpecker 1
Blue Jay 2
American Crow 21
Carolina Chickadee 2
Eastern Bluebird 2
American Robin 35
European Starling 13
Red-winged Blackbird 10
Common Grackle 7
Brown-headed Cowbird 1

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Date: 3/19/17 11:22 am
From: 'Susan Hunt' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Osprey at Hughes Hollow
We had one at Hughes Hollow this morning!
Susan HuntWheaton, MD

From: marian rutigliano <mcrutig...>
To: Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Sent: Sunday, March 19, 2017 2:15 PM
Subject: [MDBirding] Osprey

Just saw an Osprey overhead flying roughly NW. Nice to see.

Marian Rutigliano
Towson, MD

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Date: 3/19/17 11:15 am
From: marian rutigliano <mcrutig...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Osprey
Just saw an Osprey overhead flying roughly NW. Nice to see.

Marian Rutigliano
Towson, MD

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Date: 3/19/17 10:31 am
From: <keyweststyle2001...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Common Teal, Cecil Co
Still there at the wetlands‎. - Kevin Graff
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Date: 3/19/17 9:26 am
From: Sharon F1727 <sharonf1727...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Tricolored Heron in DC
A Tricolored Heron first spotted by Frank Hawkins and me flying over Kenilworth Park subsequently landed on a mudflat in the Anacostia River and later was relocated by Robert Steele in the ponds at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens.

Sharon Forsyth
W/DC

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Date: 3/19/17 8:21 am
From: Tim Carney <timmyc83...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Common Teal, Cecil Co.
Sean McCandless found and photographed a Common Teal (Eurasian subspecies of Green-winged Teal) at West Meadow Park in Elkton, Cecil Co. He said it's 3/4 around the road, behind some pines, in a wetland pond.

Tim Carney
Nottingham, MD

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Date: 3/19/17 6:24 am
From: Karen Caruso <karen.caruso...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Osprey - South River, Riva Bridge
Home-Butternut Rd, Riva MD 21140, Anne Arundel, Maryland, US
Mar 18, 2017 4:00 PM - 4:15 PM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments: First of the season
1 species

Osprey 1 First Osprey of the year: in a tree overlooking the South River on the south west side of the Riva Bridge.

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Date: 3/18/17 4:31 pm
From: Andy Martin <apmartin2...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Great egret, Lake Kittamaqundi (and county FOY osprey yesterday)
Today around 3 pm in NW Mont Co at White's Ferry along Potomac River had my FOS county Great Egret flyby heading down river. 'Scoping from White's Ferry boat ramp few minutes later, relocated Great Egret among 15 or so Great Blue Heron's on nests in rookery that's down river on north tip of Harrison Island (or maybe its on the small unnamed island just upstream of Harrison Is.).

Andy Martin
Gaithersburg

On Saturday, March 18, 2017 at 6:44:11 PM UTC-4, Pat Valdata, Elkton wrote:
> I've had a Great Egret for the past few days, but I'm way south. Today there was a second egret but its bill isn't bright yellow like the first black bird. Top of bill looks grayish.
>
>
> Pat Valdata 
> Crisfield, Somerset County
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> -------- Original message --------
> From: Clayton Koonce <cg.k......>
> Date:03/18/2017 5:47 PM (GMT-05:00)
> To: Maryland & DC Birding <mdbi......>
> Cc:
> Subject: [MDBirding] Great egret, Lake Kittamaqundi (and county FOY osprey yesterday)
>
>
> eBird flagged the egret as rare, and I shared on the Maryland Notable Bird Sightings Facebook group, too. I was very surprised to find a great egret at Lake Kittamaqundi this afternoon. A photo of the bird is in the group photostream. Is this unusually early for this bird? I see the March 12 sighting in Elkton earlier on this board.
>
> Also, yesterday I had Howard County's FOY osprey at Lake K.
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> Clayton
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> Columbia
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> Howard County Bird Club member
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Date: 3/18/17 3:44 pm
From: Pat Valdata <pvaldata1...>
Subject: RE: [MDBirding] Great egret, Lake Kittamaqundi (and county FOY osprey yesterday)
I've had a Great Egret for the past few days, but I'm way south. Today there was a second egret but its bill isn't bright yellow like the first black bird. Top of bill looks grayish.

Pat Valdata 
Crisfield, Somerset County

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Date:03/18/2017 5:47 PM (GMT-05:00)
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Subject: [MDBirding] Great egret, Lake Kittamaqundi (and county FOY osprey yesterday)


eBird flagged the egret as rare, and I shared on the Maryland Notable Bird Sightings Facebook group, too. I was very surprised to find a great egret at Lake Kittamaqundi this afternoon. A photo of the bird is in the group photostream. Is this unusually early for this bird? I see the March 12 sighting in Elkton earlier on this board.

Also, yesterday I had Howard County's FOY osprey at Lake K.

Clayton

Columbia

Howard County Bird Club member

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Date: 3/18/17 3:41 pm
From: David Moulton, Bethesda, MD <moulton.davidh...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Schoolhouse Pond - Bald Eagle, Red-shouldered Hawk
Later in the afternoon, at least 6 Wilson's Snipe were grazing on he muddy flats at the back of the pond, mixed in with some Killdeer. And over where the boradwalk is busted, a Pipit and a Fox Sparrow were hiding.

On Saturday, March 18, 2017 at 3:59:16 PM UTC-4, Karen Caruso wrote:
> Schoolhouse Pond, Prince George's, Maryland, US
> Mar 18, 2017 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
> Protocol: Stationary
> 9 species
>
> Canada Goose 5
> Mallard 16
> Double-crested Cormorant 3
> Great Blue Heron 2
> Bald Eagle 1
> Red-shouldered Hawk 1
> Mourning Dove 1
> Belted Kingfisher 1
> Dark-eyed Junco 4
>
> Boardwalk is closed, but viewing was excellent. Cormorants were diving and fishing close to the dock - Eagle and Red-shouldered Hawk in the same tree....

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Date: 3/18/17 2:47 pm
From: Clayton Koonce <cg.koonce...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Great egret, Lake Kittamaqundi (and county FOY osprey yesterday)

eBird flagged the egret as rare, and I shared on the Maryland Notable Bird Sightings Facebook group, too. I was very surprised to find a great egret at Lake Kittamaqundi this afternoon. A photo of the bird is in the group photostream. Is this unusually early for this bird? I see the March 12 sighting in Elkton earlier on this board.

Also, yesterday I had Howard County's FOY osprey at Lake K.

Clayton

Columbia

Howard County Bird Club member

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Date: 3/18/17 2:23 pm
From: Marcia Watson <marshwren50...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Re: Oppose Crippling Cuts that Endanger Birds.
Not mentioned in the email from David Yarnold is that the budget proposal totally eliminates the Chesapeake Bay Program, which has been responsible for cleanup and restoration efforts in the entire watershed of the Bay. The Bay Program's budget goes from $73 million to $0. So not only does the budget negatively impact land-based conservation, but it also wields a death-blow to the Chesapeake Bay cleanup. It is really just unthinkable that all those years of work will be undone.

Marcia
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Patuxent Bird Club
Maryland Ornithological Society

Bowie, Maryland
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> On Mar 18, 2017, at 4:08 PM, Jim Wilkinson <lakekoshare...> wrote:
>
>> On Thursday, March 16, 2017 at 5:26:35 PM UTC-4, Kurt Schwarz wrote:
>> You can help save funding for our birds. See below.
>>
>>
>> Kurt Schwarz, Conservation Chair, Maryland Ornithological Society, <krsc......>
>>
>>
>> The White House has just released a budget proposal that would put America’s birds on the chopping block. ACTION ALERT Tell Congress to block conservation cuts Take Action Roseate Spoonbills. Dear Kurt,
>>
>> The White House has just released a budget proposal that would put America’s birds on the chopping block. This proposal would mean crippling reductions to our nation’s most important conservation initiatives, many of which support Audubon’s efforts to protect birds and the places they need.
>>
>> Please write to your members of Congress now and ask them to oppose these draconian cuts that would affect all Americans and endanger birds across the United States.
>>
>> Our country has a proud conservation legacy. Yet millions of birders and outdoor lovers stand to lose their opportunity to pass on our shared natural heritage to their kids and grandkids if such a severe proposal is implemented. It would eliminate ecosystem restoration programs, cut the Environmental Protection Agency by 31%, and slash hundreds of millions of dollars at the Department of the Interior and NOAA that invested locally – from neighborhood parks to iconic landscapes. This would be a death sentence for America’s long bipartisan legacy of protecting our cherished natural places and the birds and other wildlife that depend on them.
>>
>> Conservation programs help protect local parks, wild places, and Important Bird Areas. They support collaboration to improve habitat for birds on working lands, and large-scale efforts to restore treasured ecosystems like the Great Lakes and the Gulf of Mexico. From the Bald Eagle to the Red-cockaded Woodpecker and the Snowy Plover, hundreds of species will be at risk with cuts to programs that protect habitat, restore our coasts, and advance clean energy.
>>
>> Take action now by writing to your U.S. senators and representatives to strongly encourage them to reject these cuts, and instead fully support our conservation legacy. Sincerely, David Yarnold CEO and President
>> National Audubon Society Photo: Cynthia Hansen/Audubon Photography Awards Take Action National Audubon Society, 225 Varick Street, New York, NY 10014 USA
>> (844) 428-3826 audubon.org
>>
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> Thanks Kurt for posting this. These proposed budget cuts are some of the most short-sighted I have seen in a long time.
>
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Date: 3/18/17 1:08 pm
From: Jim Wilkinson <lakekoshare...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Oppose Crippling Cuts that Endanger Birds.
On Thursday, March 16, 2017 at 5:26:35 PM UTC-4, Kurt Schwarz wrote:
> You can help save funding for our birds.  See below.
>
>
> Kurt Schwarz, Conservation Chair, Maryland Ornithological Society, <krsc......>
>
>
> The White House has just released a budget proposal that would put America’s birds on the chopping block. ACTION ALERT Tell Congress to block conservation cuts Take Action Roseate Spoonbills. Dear Kurt,
>  
> The White House has just released a budget proposal that would put America’s birds on the chopping block. This proposal would mean crippling reductions to our nation’s most important conservation initiatives, many of which support Audubon’s efforts to protect birds and the places they need.
>  
> Please write to your members of Congress now and ask them to oppose these draconian cuts that would affect all Americans and endanger birds across the United States.
>  
> Our country has a proud conservation legacy. Yet millions of birders and outdoor lovers stand to lose their opportunity to pass on our shared natural heritage to their kids and grandkids if such a severe proposal is implemented. It would eliminate ecosystem restoration programs, cut the Environmental Protection Agency by 31%, and slash hundreds of millions of dollars at the Department of the Interior and NOAA that invested locally – from neighborhood parks to iconic landscapes. This would be a death sentence for America’s long bipartisan legacy of protecting our cherished natural places and the birds and other wildlife that depend on them.
>  
> Conservation programs help protect local parks, wild places, and Important Bird Areas. They support collaboration to improve habitat for birds on working lands, and large-scale efforts to restore treasured ecosystems like the Great Lakes and the Gulf of Mexico. From the Bald Eagle to the Red-cockaded Woodpecker and the Snowy Plover, hundreds of species will be at risk with cuts to programs that protect habitat, restore our coasts, and advance clean energy.
>  
> Take action now by writing to your U.S. senators and representatives to strongly encourage them to reject these cuts, and instead fully support our conservation legacy. Sincerely, David Yarnold CEO and President
> National Audubon Society Photo: Cynthia Hansen/Audubon Photography Awards Take Action National Audubon Society, 225 Varick Street, New York, NY 10014 USA
> (844) 428-3826 audubon.org
>
> © 2017 National Audubon Society, Inc.
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> unsubscribe



Thanks Kurt for posting this. These proposed budget cuts are some of the most short-sighted I have seen in a long time.

Jim Wilkinson
Columbia, MD
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Date: 3/18/17 12:59 pm
From: Karen Caruso <karen.caruso...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Schoolhouse Pond - Bald Eagle, Red-shouldered Hawk
Schoolhouse Pond, Prince George's, Maryland, US
Mar 18, 2017 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Protocol: Stationary
9 species

Canada Goose 5
Mallard 16
Double-crested Cormorant 3
Great Blue Heron 2
Bald Eagle 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Mourning Dove 1
Belted Kingfisher 1
Dark-eyed Junco 4

Boardwalk is closed, but viewing was excellent. Cormorants were diving and fishing close to the dock - Eagle and Red-shouldered Hawk in the same tree....

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Date: 3/18/17 12:55 pm
From: Karen Caruso <karen.caruso...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Sandy Point State Park - Lesser Scaup, Killdeer
Sandy Point State Park, Anne Arundel, Maryland, US
Mar 17, 2017 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.5 mile(s)
10 species

Canada Goose 4
Mallard 7
Lesser Scaup 21
Killdeer 7
Great Black-backed Gull 1
Mourning Dove 1
Blue Jay 1
American Crow 1
American Robin 23
Dark-eyed Junco 2

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Date: 3/18/17 7:45 am
From: Derek C. Richardson <dcr...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fox Sparrows continue

Happy to see 2 Fox Sparrows still visiting the yard, despite the dwindling
snow cover. Also 3 Red-winged Blackbirds, and, among the dozen
goldfinches, 1 bright yellow male. No sign of a towhee so far this
season.

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Date: 3/18/17 5:35 am
From: Mary Anne Fluke <mfluke62...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Scissor-tailed flycatcher
I meant Ocean City

Thanks, Mary Anne

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Date: 3/18/17 5:23 am
From: Mary Anne Fluke <mfluke62...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Scissor-tailed flycatcher
Does anyone know if the Scissor-tailed flycatcher is still in OChina?

Thanks,
MA Fluke
Baltimore

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Date: 3/17/17 7:34 pm
From: Winger and June West <westw...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
Peter Smithson and I went to the ball field at 3rd Street in Ocean City at about 7:30 this morning and waited for a half hour, no STFL. So we went over to the Inlet and met up with Jim Stasz and Ed Boyd and birded there for about an hour. We then headed back to 3rd Street. At about 9 AM, we saw a bird come flying out of the extreme east end of the ball field and fly south down St. Louis Avenue. I yelled Scissor-tailed Flycatcher and Peter agreed. A few moments later, a Parks and Rec employee who has seen the STFL numerous times, came running over and said, “Did you see the flycatcher fly over head and go down the street (St Louis Avenue)?” So, it’s still around.

We waited around off and on until about 1 PM to see it again, but we never did see it again.

Winger West
Millersville, MD
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Date: 3/17/17 7:06 pm
From: SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Friday, March 17, 2017 71 Raptors
Fort Smallwood Park
Pasadena, Maryland, USA


Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 17, 2017
Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
Black Vulture 0 18 20
Turkey Vulture 63 464 523
Osprey 2 31 32
Bald Eagle 0 23 27
Northern Harrier 0 1 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk 2 11 11
Cooper's Hawk 1 10 10
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 11 18
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 3 12 13
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 2 2
American Kestrel 0 6 6
Merlin 0 1 1
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0
Total: 71 590 664


Observation start time: 10 am
Observation end time: 3 pm Daylight Time
Total observation time: 5 hours
Official Counter Sue Ricciardi
Observers: Chris Reed

Weather: Partly cloudy; 38-47 degrees; excellent visibility; winds mostly from the west, sometimes with a northwest component, 8-12 mph

Raptor Observations:

Non-raptor Observations: 58 Gadwalls, influx of American Robins and White-throated Sparrows
---------------------------------------------
Report submitted by Sue Ricciardi (<susiericc...> mailto:<susiericc...> )
Fort Smallwood Park information may be found at: http://www.mdbirds.org/sites/mdsites/hawks/hawkwatch.html

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

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Date: 3/17/17 2:16 pm
From: Debbie Taylor <debrataylor11...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: No more Rock Wrens I guess
On Friday, March 17, 2017 at 4:53:26 PM UTC-4, Marcia Balestri wrote:
> I stopped by Sunset Park this afternoon, and there was a landscape company deployed in the vacant lot next to the park. I spoke briefly to the head guy about what was going on, and he said they were just hired to remove all the bushes and dig up and remove all the big rocks. He either didn’t know or wouldn’t tell me what the plans are for that lot, but I talked to the guys from OC Recreation who were parked in the Sunset Park. They said they heard 2 different rumors; one that there was a shopping area going in, the other that it was going to be a hotel. Seems too small a lot for a hotel, but who knows? 
>
>
> On a better note, the 2 Razorbills are still at the inlet, one pretty close in, the other at the end of South Jetty. On a not better note, no sign of the Scissor-tailed Flycatcher. I think it headed for warmer climes.
>
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> _____________________
>
> Marcia Balestri
> Worcester County, Maryland
> <mebal......>
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> “...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 

Guess it wasn't your day! sorry

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Date: 3/17/17 1:53 pm
From: Marcia Balestri <mebalestri...>
Subject: [MDBirding] No more Rock Wrens I guess
I stopped by Sunset Park this afternoon, and there was a landscape company deployed in the vacant lot next to the park. I spoke briefly to the head guy about what was going on, and he said they were just hired to remove all the bushes and dig up and remove all the big rocks. He either didn’t know or wouldn’t tell me what the plans are for that lot, but I talked to the guys from OC Recreation who were parked in the Sunset Park. They said they heard 2 different rumors; one that there was a shopping area going in, the other that it was going to be a hotel. Seems too small a lot for a hotel, but who knows?

On a better note, the 2 Razorbills are still at the inlet, one pretty close in, the other at the end of South Jetty. On a not better note, no sign of the Scissor-tailed Flycatcher. I think it headed for warmer climes.
_____________________

Marcia Balestri
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Date: 3/17/17 11:20 am
From: Thomas Harten <tjharten1...>
Subject: [MDBirding] King's Landing Park (Calvert)
I unchained myself from my desk and walked down to the Patuxent to see if
our resident ospreys had returned. Dipped on the ospreys but did spot at
least 37 Green-wing Teal foraging on the extensive mudflats exposed by the
extreme low tide. Out on Cocktown Creek, I scared up about a dozen Wood
Ducks. Bald eagles seemed to be everywhere....

A beautiful spring day for a walk!

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Date: 3/17/17 10:03 am
From: Warblerick <ricksussman1955...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Fox Sparrows still here
On Friday, March 17, 2017 at 11:45:40 AM UTC-4, katahdinss wrote:
> Hi,
>
>
> Five Fox Sparrows at the feeder right now - the Robins have mostly left after demolishing our neighbor's holly tree. Also a few Grackles, plus the usual suspects...
>
>
> Gail Mackiernan,
> Colesville, MD
>
> Sent from my iPad

Still at least 1 Fox Sparrow here, though I've mostly been working and not really looking. At lunchtime, it was joined again by a lovely male Towhee scratching around on the ground beneath the bushes.

Rick Sussman
Woodbine,MD

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Date: 3/17/17 9:20 am
From: Bobbi <b.reichwein...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Fox Sparrows still here
On Friday, March 17, 2017 at 11:45:40 AM UTC-4, katahdinss wrote:
> Hi,
>
>
> Five Fox Sparrows at the feeder right now - the Robins have mostly left after demolishing our neighbor's holly tree. Also a few Grackles, plus the usual suspects...
>
>
> Gail Mackiernan,
> Colesville, MD
>
> Sent from my iPad

Three Fox Sparrows this morning, the high for this year, but not the record high which is 5 several years ago. Still have White-throats and Juncos. I'm enjoying them while they last.

Bobbi Reichwein
Davidsonville, MD

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Date: 3/17/17 8:45 am
From: Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fox Sparrows still here
Hi,

Five Fox Sparrows at the feeder right now - the Robins have mostly left after demolishing our neighbor's holly tree. Also a few Grackles, plus the usual suspects...

Gail Mackiernan,
Colesville, MD

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Date: 3/17/17 7:52 am
From: Joan Cwi <jafjsc...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Nesting crows
I have a pair of crows building a next in the evergreen tree across my driveway. I see them off and on all day bringing in nesting materials. They complain whenever I spend too much time getting into my car—time spent usually observing them!

Question—will having crows around stop other birds from nesting nearby? It’s great observing them, but I hope it isn’t to the detriment of seeing other nesters later...

Joan Cwi
Baltimore

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Date: 3/17/17 7:11 am
From: Pat Valdata <pvaldata1...>
Subject: [MDBirding] New spring birds
New yard birds and a sign of spring: two Greater and two Lesser Yellowlegs on the tidal mud flats this morning. A handsome Great Blue Heron is with them. I haven't seen it since the storm blew in.

Pat Valdata 
Crisfield, Somerset County

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Date: 3/17/17 6:27 am
From: s byrd <mybyrdz5...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Now Four Fox Sparrows Balto . Highlands yard
The Fox Sparrows are staying and accumulating !! Four happily eating together . Best pics ever . Beautiful bird

Saundra Byrd
southwest Baltimore

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Date: 3/16/17 4:19 pm
From: Edward Boyd <edboyd59...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
Winger,

We checked a number of times between about 1:30 this afternoon and 6:30
this evening without success. The wind was still blowing hard out of the
west all day, so don't how this might affect the bird. We also checked
beyond the two fields in which it has been mostly observed with the same
lack of success. We searched as far south as the route 50 bridge, and as
many as 8 blinks to the north. We'll try again tomorrow morning before
heading west.

Ed Boyd
Westminster, MD

On Mar 16, 2017 11:24 AM, "Winger and June West" <westw...> wrote:

Is the Scissor-tailed Flycatcher still around the ball field at Ocean
City? I wanted to take a friend over to see it if it’s still there.
Thanks.

Winger West
Millersville, MD
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Date: 3/16/17 3:30 pm
From: Scott Young <wsyacy...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Thank you to all who came to see the Painted bunting in Aberdeen MD.
Thank you very much for your hospitality and assistance for Josh Emm!

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Date: 3/16/17 3:28 pm
From: Duvall Sollers <dbsollers61...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Home Depot Pond
Hi everyone,

Just got back from the Home Depot Pond in Harford County. Had hoped the Common Teal was still hanging around, but if it was, I couldn’t pick it out.

Birds seen………………

8 Canada Goose
1 Bald Eagle
1 Great Blue Heron
1 Mute Swan
4 Wood Duck
2 Amer. Black Duck
7 Mallard
2 Northern Shovelers
4 Northern Pintail
7 Green-winged Teal
8 Ring-necked Duck

Good Birding,
Duvall Sollers,
Hereford, MD

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Date: 3/16/17 2:40 pm
From: SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Thursday, March 16, 2017 33 Raptors
Fort Smallwood Park
Pasadena, Maryland, USA


Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 16, 2017
Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
Black Vulture 4 18 20
Turkey Vulture 23 401 460
Osprey 5 29 30
Bald Eagle 0 23 27
Northern Harrier 0 1 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 9 9
Cooper's Hawk 0 9 9
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 1 11 18
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 0 9 10
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 2 2
American Kestrel 0 6 6
Merlin 0 1 1
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0
Total: 33 519 593


Observation start time: 08:30:00
Observation end time: 13:00:00
Total observation time: 4.5 hours
Official Counter Sue Ricciardi
Observers: Chris Reed

Weather: Mostly sunny; a chilly 28-35 degrees; excellent visibility; winds strong out of the west, 9-25 mph, gusting to 32 mph

Raptor Observations:

Non-raptor Observations: 47 Gadwalls; 11 Northern Shovelers

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

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

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Date: 3/16/17 2:26 pm
From: <krschwa1...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Oppose Crippling Cuts that Endanger Birds.
You can help save funding for our birds. See below.
Kurt Schwarz, Conservation Chair, Maryland Ornithological Society,
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The White House has just released a budget proposal that would put
America’s birds on the chopping block.

National Audubon Society

ACTION ALERT

Tell Congress to block conservation cuts

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Dear Kurt,

The White House has just released a budget proposal that would put
America’s birds on the chopping block. This proposal would mean
crippling reductions to our nation’s most important conservation
initiatives, many of which support Audubon’s efforts to protect
birds and the places they need.

Please write to your members of Congress now and ask them to oppose
these draconian cuts that would affect all Americans and endanger
birds across the United States.

Our country has a proud conservation legacy. Yet millions of birders
and outdoor lovers stand to lose their opportunity to pass on our
shared natural heritage to their kids and grandkids if such a severe
proposal is implemented. It would eliminate ecosystem restoration
programs, cut the Environmental Protection Agency by 31%, and slash
hundreds of millions of dollars at the Department of the Interior and
NOAA that invested locally – from neighborhood parks to iconic
landscapes. This would be a death sentence for America’s long
bipartisan legacy of protecting our cherished natural places and the
birds and other wildlife that depend on them.

Conservation programs help protect local parks, wild places, and
Important Bird Areas. They support collaboration to improve habitat
for birds on working lands, and large-scale efforts to restore
treasured ecosystems like the Great Lakes and the Gulf of Mexico. From
the Bald Eagle to the Red-cockaded Woodpecker and the Snowy Plover,
hundreds of species will be at risk with cuts to programs that protect
habitat, restore our coasts, and advance clean energy.

Take action now by writing to your U.S. senators and representatives
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Date: 3/16/17 12:19 pm
From: Suzanne Richman <suzanne_richman...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Tundra swans great falls
Cool.



Suzanne


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Subject: [MDBirding] Tundra swans great falls

About 20 seen from the platform right below the eagle nest. Both Eagles were flying around.
Chris ley
Bethesda

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Date: 3/16/17 12:00 pm
From: christine ley <chrisley21...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Tundra swans great falls
About 20 seen from the platform right below the eagle nest. Both Eagles were flying around.
Chris ley
Bethesda

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Date: 3/16/17 11:05 am
From: Tim Houghton <timhoughton...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Swan Harbor
I spent some time late morning birding from my car along the entrance road. Some good stuff, especially at the entrance along the creek. Some of the birds:

Killdeer (4)

Snipe (1)

Sapsucker (1)

Horned Lark (7+)

Winter Wren (1)

RC Kinglet (3)

Hermit Thrush (2)

Brown Thrasher (1)

Pipit (7+)

Fox Sparrow (9)

RUSTY Blackbird (14)


Tim Houghton

(Glen Arm)

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Date: 3/16/17 10:03 am
From: <krschwa1...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Help pass the Fracking Ban in the Senate!
This post is on behalf of the Maryland Ornithological Society and has
been pre-cleared with the moderator.
Please consider supporting the fracking ban bill in the Maryland
Senate. Fracking presents a threat to the Important Bird Areas in
Garret and Allegany Counties. The University of Maryland Public
Health Study of 2014 stated that fracking will cause habitat
destruction through spills of waste water. The EPA admitted in 2016
that fracking can contaminate pubic drinking water. MOS and Audubon
MD-DC both support the fracking ban. The corresponding bill has
passed the House of Delegates.
Kurt R. Schwarz, Conservation Chair, Maryland Ornithological Society,
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We need your help to pass the Fracking Ban in the Senate!

Maryland Chapter

Dear Kurt,

Write or call your Senator!
Take Action
Take Action

Our campaign to ban fracking in Maryland is gathering force - two
weeks ago, over one thousand Marylanders rallied in Annapolis to
oppose fracking, and on March 10th the Maryland House of Delegates
agreed, voting overwhelmingly for legislation to prohibit this
destructive practice from coming to our state.

Now it is time for the Maryland Senate to act! We are close to having
the needed votes, but the bill's fate in the Senate is still
uncertain.

Please tell your state senator to ban fracking in Maryland by
supporting SB 740, the senate ban bill! If your legislator is a
co-sponsor or already in support, we still need you to speak up. We
need all of our Senate champions to talk to President Miller and
Senator Joan Carter Conway and ask for the bill to move out of
committee so it is voted upon the Senate floor.

Hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," shoots millions of gallons of
pressurized, chemical-laden water deep into the earth to obtain shale
gas. The evidence continues to mount that fracking pollutes our air,
water, and land, and is a serious threat to public health. Methane
emissions throughout the process threaten our climate. Yet Maryland's
current moratorium on fracking expires in just a few months.

It's time for a ban. Let's turn our attention toward building a
thriving economy based on clean, non-polluting energy sources.
Fracking our state will take us backwards, not forward to this
critical goal.

You can make a difference by writing or calling your state senator. Urge
her or him to support this important bill and to ask Senate President
Mike Miller to bring SB740 to a vote in the full Senate. We expect
Senate action very soon, so please add your voice today!

Thank you for your support,

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Beyond Gas Committee Co-Chair

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Date: 3/16/17 8:24 am
From: Winger and June West <westw...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
Is the Scissor-tailed Flycatcher still around the ball field at Ocean City? I wanted to take a friend over to see it if it’s still there. Thanks.

Winger West
Millersville, MD
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Date: 3/16/17 6:39 am
From: s byrd <mybyrdz5...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Now Three Fox Sparrows Balto Highlands yard
Went straight home last night with more birdfood to make sure I keep the Fox Sparrow fed . The Fox sparrow and others were working on nothing so I threw a large cupful of food out . Waited about 5 or so min. and the birds started reappearing . There were TWO Fox Sparrows so I ran for the camera . When I got back there were Three .They happily ate and hogged up the food til dusk. they were pecking at and running after the other birds . I put out lots of food this morning hoping to keep them coming back . Beautiful birds .

Also this morning at first light I had a flock of several hundred blackbirds coming from the marsh where they roost and filling the neighborhood trees and sky. They were a mix of or all Brown Headed cowbirds / Redwinged blackbirds . I hate that I don't know how to list these on ebird . They are too hard to cypher when its dark and your driving . I could estimate them at a Million like someone in Florida who just listed a Million 1,000,000 . Of Tree Swallows . Its on Ebird !!!Other than that one report the highest Tree Swallow count was around 500 . Wonder how many cases of a Million birds are posted on Ebird ? How does one prove a Million birds ?

Saundra Byrd
Southwest Baltimore

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Date: 3/16/17 5:25 am
From: Warblerick <ricksussman1955...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Painted Bunting in Harford
On Monday, March 13, 2017 at 10:09:48 PM UTC-4, Josh Emm wrote:
> All,
> There's currently an adult male Painted Bunting coming to a feeder in Aberdeen, MD. The presence of this bird was originally slow release because of the super limited parking situation and the homeowner's uncertainty as to how many people would come see it. But because a certain (no names here) "birder" (term used lightly) decided to take it upon them self to put it all over Facebook, I figure now is as good a time as any to open it up to the whole list serv. If you're interested, please shoot me an email apistopanchax AT gmail.com
> Good birding
> Josh Emm
> HdG, MD
>
> Sent from my iPhone

I'd like to echo what Jim Speicher said, paragraph for paragraph. I couldn't have said it better myself. Sounds like Josh made the best of the situation, balancing concern for the bird, the hosts and the neighborhood, with birders desire. Thanks Josh for your efforts!
And also like Jim, I wont be racing up to see this beauty, but if one shows up in my yard, I'll know who to call to handle logistics!

Rick Sussman
Woodbine,MD

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Date: 3/15/17 9:20 pm
From: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Re: Painted Bunting in Harford
Hey Josh...the old saying: no good deed goes unpunished :(

Still in spite of that, GOOD people DO good deeds and sounds pretty
clear from what I have read that you are one of those, so thanks for
your efforts!

For my part, I haven't and won't see the PABU as I am most interested
in those birds that happen to visit ME rather than the other way
'round...saves on gas too.

Jim Speicher

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Date: 3/15/17 8:59 pm
From: Josh Emm <apistopanchax...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Re: Painted Bunting in Harford
The issue here wasn't a doubtfulness that the MD birding community would respect the bird. The issue wasn't that the homeowners would be mistreated. At first the grandmother - Charlotte - was unsure how well a big group of birders in her yard would go over with the neighbors. After seeing that we could behave, they wanted more people to come because they are a family of very kind hospitable people. The issue with a "mass release" to the birding community boiled down to logistics. There's enough parking for MAYBE 4 or 5 vehicles and enough standing room for about a dozen people. Anthony, if I had told you and everyone else from day 1, I was quite sure that they could easily become overrun and we would've quickly worn out our welcome. Instead, they've NEVER been overrun and we are still welcome to this day, a clear victory for the birding community.
You mentioned how the Reading Black-backed Oriole was done correctly. In that case, there was beyond ample parking since that was a huge neighborhood with driveways for the locals and a ton of street parking on Indiana Ave. for the visitors. The case here in Aberdeen is a tiny neighborhood with very limited street parking and although the locals do also have driveways, the neighbors don't want us parking in front of their homes. As has been said by many, and I think Bill Hubick said it best with his write up on MDOsprey, there are a million options that must be weighed. I could've opened it up to nobody and had people calling for my head because they wanted to see the bird and didn't or opened it to everyone and potentially had a catastrophe. I found middle ground and erred on the conservative side to respect the quiet neighborhood and many many people have still viewed the PABU. And in the end, as Fred Brown himself emailed out to this very list only a few hours ago, he's been grateful as to how I handled the situation. I spent plenty of my own time (hours) conversing with the family trying to come up with a release method that suited them; not only on that first day, but over the the weeks that followed. I wouldn't challenge anyone to try to do it better because I know how tough it is and there will always be dissenters. Nobody is entitled to see any particular bird, as many people who've chased and dipped can tell you, and that's even more true on private property where the homeowner has the final say as to whether they want visitors or not. Count your blessings that these folks have allowed us to see this bird! The first Harford County record for this species came to a private feeder where the homeowner didn't want any visitors at all...
Josh Emm
HdG, MD

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> On Mar 15, 2017, at 11:24 PM, Anthony V. <tonyvanschoor...> wrote:
>
>> On Monday, March 13, 2017 at 10:09:48 PM UTC-4, Josh Emm wrote:
>> All,
>> There's currently an adult male Painted Bunting coming to a feeder in Aberdeen, MD. The presence of this bird was originally slow release because of the super limited parking situation and the homeowner's uncertainty as to how many people would come see it. But because a certain (no names here) "birder" (term used lightly) decided to take it upon them self to put it all over Facebook, I figure now is as good a time as any to open it up to the whole list serv. If you're interested, please shoot me an email apistopanchax AT gmail.com
>> Good birding
>> Josh Emm
>> HdG, MD
>>
>> Sent from my iPhone
>
> Seems to me like someone dropped the ball and/or lacks the skills to be an ambassador to birding in this situation. I knocked on the door when I arrived and when the Grandmother answered she had a huge smile and said the bird was there right now. She asked me where everyone else was? Confused, I asked how many people were you expecting? She said she thought this bird was one that more people would love to enjoy as she has. When she asked me to tell as many as possible. It through up a red flag in my mind..Why would she say this? Has no one been listening? Are people selfish? Whose call is it anyway? If the homeowner wants to allow and accommodate with overwhelming hospitality to people with or without cameras. Who is it that steps up and funnels people to quite a sight? An ambassador would be prepared for such an event and have a list of rules/concerns to go public with keeping the homeowners, neighbors and bird and in mind. The folks in PA with the Black-backed Oriole did it right and everything went well. Why couldn't this happen in this case? The fence was already a great barrier. The bird had its favorite places to perch established and wasn't in a bad situation and was very well fed and healthy looking. It was a lifer for me and I was talking with the Grandmother for a half hour or the 45min I was there. Guess I just listen too well....I'm concerned that people are doing this for the wrong reason and good people become discouraged and find something else to do with their time.
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Date: 3/15/17 8:24 pm
From: Anthony V. <tonyvanschoor...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Painted Bunting in Harford
On Monday, March 13, 2017 at 10:09:48 PM UTC-4, Josh Emm wrote:
> All,
> There's currently an adult male Painted Bunting coming to a feeder in Aberdeen, MD. The presence of this bird was originally slow release because of the super limited parking situation and the homeowner's uncertainty as to how many people would come see it. But because a certain (no names here) "birder" (term used lightly) decided to take it upon them self to put it all over Facebook, I figure now is as good a time as any to open it up to the whole list serv. If you're interested, please shoot me an email apistopanchax AT gmail.com
> Good birding
> Josh Emm
> HdG, MD
>
> Sent from my iPhone

Seems to me like someone dropped the ball and/or lacks the skills to be an ambassador to birding in this situation. I knocked on the door when I arrived and when the Grandmother answered she had a huge smile and said the bird was there right now. She asked me where everyone else was? Confused, I asked how many people were you expecting? She said she thought this bird was one that more people would love to enjoy as she has. When she asked me to tell as many as possible. It through up a red flag in my mind..Why would she say this? Has no one been listening? Are people selfish? Whose call is it anyway? If the homeowner wants to allow and accommodate with overwhelming hospitality to people with or without cameras. Who is it that steps up and funnels people to quite a sight? An ambassador would be prepared for such an event and have a list of rules/concerns to go public with keeping the homeowners, neighbors and bird and in mind. The folks in PA with the Black-backed Oriole did it right and everything went well. Why couldn't this happen in this case? The fence was already a great barrier. The bird had its favorite places to perch established and wasn't in a bad situation and was very well fed and healthy looking. It was a lifer for me and I was talking with the Grandmother for a half hour or the 45min I was there. Guess I just listen too well....I'm concerned that people are doing this for the wrong reason and good people become discouraged and find something else to do with their time.

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Date: 3/15/17 4:02 pm
From: Dan Haas <nervousbirds...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Observations from the winter event of 2017
Reporting from lovely Coastal / Central AA County, I can summarize this
recent weather in just 5 species. Birding from my regular spots between
Sandy Point SP, and my neighborhood in Amberley (St. Margaret's), I noted
the following arrivals:

-Killdeer: Hundreds, everywhere. Even foraging under the pines at Sandy
Point.

-Fox Sparrows: Dozens, at various spots. Seven at my feeder this AM.

-Rusty Blackbirds: Careful exact counts at all my stops that I'd put in the
dozens, but never quite enough.

-Bonaparte's Gulls: My first of 2017 from Sandy Point. This species was
absent from the central bay all winter, which is out of the norm, from my
experience.

-American Pipits: Hundreds! Sandy Point was loaded with them yesterday, and
the field at the entrance of my community had a flock I'd conservatively
estimate at 80-100 birds this afternoon.

Good Birding,

Dan Haas
St. Margaret's, MD

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Date: 3/15/17 4:00 pm
From: Hugh David Fleischmann <david...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Re: Fox Sparrow at feeder
I finally get to join the crowd. My first ever Fox Sparrows. Yard bird #72. Back to enjoying birding.

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Sent from my iPhone

> On Mar 15, 2017, at 3:25 PM, Frank Marenghi <frank_marenghi...> wrote:
>
>
> My fiance and I had FIVE Fox Sparrows in the yard of our new home in Shady Side (A. A. Co.) this morning. I think that's the most I've ever seen at a feeder at once. Yesterday and the day before I had a good candidate "Pink-sided" Junco here too; have photo and video to review.
>
> Also of note locally was a big flock of American Pipits working the outfield grass at a small local park. There were at least 80 birds foraging with 14 Killdeer and a couple dozen Robins.
>
> Birds are definitely moving despite the freezing temps and high winds.
>
> Cheers,
>
>
> Frank Marenghi
> Shady Side, MD
>
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Date: 3/15/17 3:36 pm
From: Derek C. Richardson <dcr...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Re: Fox Sparrow at feeder

Got home this evening and refilled the feeders. It just took a few
minutes for *five* Fox Sparrows to show up -- never seen that many at
once. Happy to feed them, along with the other usual suspects. :)

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Date: 3/15/17 3:17 pm
From: Chris Wright <chriswright6...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Fox Sparrow at feeder
On Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at 12:30:34 PM UTC-4, katahdinss wrote:
> Among all the "usual suspects" at our feeders this morning, a lovely Fox Sparrow. The first one we have seen at the feeders this season...
>
> Gail Mackiernan
> Colesville, MD
>
> Sent from my iPad

A first-ever Fox Sparrow under our feeder in Chevy Chase, with a Pine Warbler on the peanut feeder.

Chris Wright

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Date: 3/15/17 2:43 pm
From: Robert Parsons <rparsons...>
Subject: RE: [MDBirding] Thank you to all who came to see the Painted bunting in Aberdeen MD.
Charlotte, Mike and Fred---

Thank you for your kind note! And of course thank you for the wonderful hospitality to so many birders! Although I have traveling and not been back to Maryland while this bird has been---and so unable to see it, I have benefited from similar hospitality from many other individuals such as yourselves, all over the country! It is much appreciated. We birders are an "interesting" group sometimes, but as you have seen first-hand, the vast majority are wonderful, kind, thoughtful and dedicated people. Hope to meet you sometime.

Robert Parsons
Potomac, Maryland

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To: Fred Brown <freddybrown123...>
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Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Thank you to all who came to see the Painted bunting in Aberdeen MD.

Thank you to your entire family for being such hospitable hosts and for making this misplaced bird feel comfortable. And give Mike an extra special thanks for his 41 years of military service. God bless.

Awesome Birding in 2017!

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410-598-9292
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> On Mar 15, 2017, at 4:11 PM, Fred Brown <freddybrown123...> wrote:
>
> We would like to thank all of the birders we had the pleasure of meeting. Everyone that came to see the bird was very respectful and kind. This whole experience has really interested me in birding, especially the drive and devotion I saw in you all. I want to thank Josh Emm for doing such a great job managing all of this and answering our hundreds of questions. You did a great job getting the word out to as many birders as you could while respecting our initial concern for parking and we appreciate it. We would also like to thank you for going out of your way to stop over and make sure everything was going well in the beginning. I'm sorry for the confusion caused on our part and apologize to any who were caught up in it, as this was OUR fault none of your's. I want to apologize to those who were among the last to find out about the bird as we have limited parking and initially asked the info to be released slowly among the birding community, as we didn't know what to expect from it all, but after becoming more comfortable we decided to make it more public. If you haven't gotten to see the bird and are interested You can either contact Josh or call my cell phone 443-752-7376 (my name is Fred). I also want to thank Jane kostanko for all her help, and David Fleischman for helping spread the word and all of the wonderful pictures and bird food. Thank you guys and once again I am sorry for the confusion I caused. You all were a huge help and we look forward to more visitors.
>
> Thank you all.
>
> From: Charlotte, Mike, and Fred.
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Date: 3/15/17 1:58 pm
From: Hugh David Fleischmann <david...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Thank you to all who came to see the Painted bunting in Aberdeen MD.
Thank you to your entire family for being such hospitable hosts and for making this misplaced bird feel comfortable. And give Mike an extra special thanks for his 41 years of military service. God bless.

Awesome Birding in 2017!

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

Sent from my iPhone

> On Mar 15, 2017, at 4:11 PM, Fred Brown <freddybrown123...> wrote:
>
> We would like to thank all of the birders we had the pleasure of meeting. Everyone that came to see the bird was very respectful and kind. This whole experience has really interested me in birding, especially the drive and devotion I saw in you all. I want to thank Josh Emm for doing such a great job managing all of this and answering our hundreds of questions. You did a great job getting the word out to as many birders as you could while respecting our initial concern for parking and we appreciate it. We would also like to thank you for going out of your way to stop over and make sure everything was going well in the beginning. I'm sorry for the confusion caused on our part and apologize to any who were caught up in it, as this was OUR fault none of your's. I want to apologize to those who were among the last to find out about the bird as we have limited parking and initially asked the info to be released slowly among the birding community, as we didn't know what to expect from it all, but after becoming more comfortable we decided to make it more public. If you haven't gotten to see the bird and are interested You can either contact Josh or call my cell phone 443-752-7376 (my name is Fred). I also want to thank Jane kostanko for all her help, and David Fleischman for helping spread the word and all of the wonderful pictures and bird food. Thank you guys and once again I am sorry for the confusion I caused. You all were a huge help and we look forward to more visitors.
>
> Thank you all.
>
> From: Charlotte, Mike, and Fred.
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Date: 3/15/17 1:58 pm
From: Mike Hudson <mike.p.hudson...>
Subject: [MDBirding] American White Pelican over Back River
Hi All,

This afternoon I had an American White Pelican over Back River in Essex, Baltimore County. I was just outside Cox Point Park when the bird flew over heading up the river in the direction of 695. I got some decent photos of the bird, as it was traveling quite slow in the high winds.

Good birding!

Mike Hudson
Chestertown, MD

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Date: 3/15/17 1:32 pm
From: hardenm55 <hardenm55...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Thank you to all who came to see the Painted bunting in Aberdeen MD.
On Wed, Mar 15, 2017 at 4:13 PM Fred Brown <freddybrown123...> wrote:

> We would like to thank all of the birders we had the pleasure of meeting.
> Everyone that came to see the bird was very respectful and kind. This whole
> experience has really interested me in birding, especially the drive and
> devotion I saw in you all. I want to thank Josh Emm for doing such a great
> job managing all of this and answering our hundreds of questions. You did a
> great job getting the word out to as many birders as you could while
> respecting our initial concern for parking and we appreciate it. We would
> also like to thank you for going out of your way to stop over and make sure
> everything was going well in the beginning. I'm sorry for the confusion
> caused on our part and apologize to any who were caught up in it, as this
> was OUR fault none of your's. I want to apologize to those who were among
> the last to find out about the bird as we have limited parking and
> initially asked the info to be released slowly among the birding community,
> as we didn't know what to expect from it all, but after becoming more
> comfortable we decided to make it more public. If you haven't gotten to see
> the bird and are interested You can either contact Josh or call my cell
> phone 443-752-7376 (my name is Fred). I also want to thank Jane kostanko
> for all her help, and David Fleischman for helping spread the word and all
> of the wonderful pictures and bird food. Thank you guys and once again I am
> sorry for the confusion I caused. You all were a huge help and we look
> forward to more visitors.
>
> Thank you all.
>
> From: Charlotte, Mike, and Fred.
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Fred- and thanks to you and your family for being such gracious hosts! We
appreciate the opportunity to see this beautiful bird.

Respectfully,

Monroe Harden
Havre de Grace, MD

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Date: 3/15/17 1:28 pm
From: Tim Carney <timmyc83...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Southwest Area Park, Baltimore Co.
Along the road to the boat launch:

1 Osprey
3 Wilson's Snipes (or is plural Snipe?)
10 American Pipits
1 American Tree Sparrow
2 Savannah Sparrows
6 Rusty Blackbirds

Plus 4 Eastern Meadowlarks near the lightrail.

Tim Carney
Nottingham, MD

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Date: 3/15/17 1:13 pm
From: Fred Brown <freddybrown123...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Thank you to all who came to see the Painted bunting in Aberdeen MD.
We would like to thank all of the birders we had the pleasure of meeting. Everyone that came to see the bird was very respectful and kind. This whole experience has really interested me in birding, especially the drive and devotion I saw in you all. I want to thank Josh Emm for doing such a great job managing all of this and answering our hundreds of questions. You did a great job getting the word out to as many birders as you could while respecting our initial concern for parking and we appreciate it. We would also like to thank you for going out of your way to stop over and make sure everything was going well in the beginning. I'm sorry for the confusion caused on our part and apologize to any who were caught up in it, as this was OUR fault none of your's. I want to apologize to those who were among the last to find out about the bird as we have limited parking and initially asked the info to be released slowly among the birding community, as we didn't know what to expect from it all, but after becoming more comfortable we decided to make it more public. If you haven't gotten to see the bird and are interested You can either contact Josh or call my cell phone 443-752-7376 (my name is Fred). I also want to thank Jane kostanko for all her help, and David Fleischman for helping spread the word and all of the wonderful pictures and bird food. Thank you guys and once again I am sorry for the confusion I caused. You all were a huge help and we look forward to more visitors.

Thank you all.

From: Charlotte, Mike, and Fred.

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Date: 3/15/17 12:25 pm
From: Frank Marenghi <frank_marenghi...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Fox Sparrow at feeder

My fiance and I had FIVE Fox Sparrows in the yard of our new home in Shady Side (A. A. Co.) this morning. I think that's the most I've ever seen at a feeder at once. Yesterday and the day before I had a good candidate "Pink-sided" Junco here too; have photo and video to review.

Also of note locally was a big flock of American Pipits working the outfield grass at a small local park. There were at least 80 birds foraging with 14 Killdeer and a couple dozen Robins.

Birds are definitely moving despite the freezing temps and high winds.

Cheers,


Frank Marenghi
Shady Side, MD



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Date: 3/15/17 11:40 am
From: <krschwa1...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Help Save Pollinators in Maryland
The Maryland Legislature is poised to take another major step in
protecting our pollinators from neonicotinoid pesticides. It has but
to pass the House of Delegates. The Maryland Ornithological Society
has been supporting this bill. Since the pesticide is toxic to birds,
and expressed throughout the plant so treated, it poses a threat to
nectar, fruit, and seed-eating birds. We urge you to support this
bill. MOS Chapters and Officers, as well as Audubon MD-DC officers,
please consider forwarding to your members.
Kurt SchwarzConservation ChairMaryland Ornithological Society <krschwa1...>

Friends,
[IMAGE]Thanks to you, we've had tremendous success to date in this
legislative session. Our bill successfully passed in the Maryland
Senate and is now making its way through the House of Delegates.
Your delegate needs to hear from you today.
Your voice is vital. Your email can make the difference as to whether HB
830 lives or dies. Contact your delegate TODAY and tell them to
support this important legislation. To recap: Last year, the Maryland
General Assembly passed a bill requiring several state agencies to
establish a pollinator habitat plan for the lands they own or manage,
to increase critical habitat for Maryland pollinators. But we must
make sure we aren’t harming the species we are trying to protect. We
need to ensure that pesticides toxic to pollinators are not used on
those state pollinator habitats.
House Bill 830 would require that these habitats be free of toxic
pesticides known to harm bees, birds, butterflies and other
pollinators.

Your Maryland delegate needs to hear from you today. Please tell your
delegate that you support HB 830 and urge them to do so too!

Your voice can make the difference between our bill passing or not.
Because of your advocacy, Maryland passed landmark pollinator
protection legislation. Now it's time to speak up again.
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Don't delay, contact your Maryland delegate today and make sure
critical habitat for Maryland pollinators stays safe!

Don't miss a thing -- follow the action on Facebook and Twitter
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Date: 3/15/17 11:33 am
From: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...>
Subject: [MDBirding] [FR] Another fox sparrow
On 3/15/17, Barbara Knapp <chestnutgrower...> wrote:
> First time in several years that I have had a Fox Sparrow among the many birds in my yard.

************************
Ditto that for me - just a single.

Also present were two fem RW Blackbirds among the males
WC & WT sp.
at least 13 Juncos [most this season]
cardinals
GOFIs & HOFIs
Chickadees, etc.

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

ps feeding only B/O sunflower and suet and from midJan to midMay...

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Date: 3/15/17 11:26 am
From: s byrd <mybyrdz5...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fox Sparrow Balto Highlands yard
Excited to get my first ever yard Fox Sparrow last evening in my Southwest Baltimore yard . Had to feed the birds up close to the house since it was too wet for me to walk thru the yard . So I was able to get some photos too. He joined in with the Juncos , Cardinals , White throated sparrows , Chickadees , Titmouse , Mourning doves,House finch, wb nuthatch , Rb woodpecker , downy wp , Song sparrow and house sparrows .

Saundra Byrd
south Baltimore

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Date: 3/15/17 10:29 am
From: Hugh Vandervoort <hughva...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Hotspot Locator
I noticed in a recent email that we have a Hotspot locator at : http://www.mdbirding.com/hotspot.html

In checking, I see that Beach Road in AA county near the USNA isn't included despite the stated "Full List".
I can appreciate that this is difficult, so I'm "Just sayin."

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Date: 3/15/17 10:17 am
From: 'Bill Hubick' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] slow release, my 2 cents
Amen, Tyler! ;)  I was just joking with Matt Hafner that it was nice to sit one of these discussions out. But. I. can't. quite. do. it.
I'd encourage anyone who thinks it's obvious to take a turn at facilitating rare bird access and do their best. I suspect you'll come away with an appreciation for how complex it gets. Fairness isn't as clear-cut under field conditions, I assure you. The problem is that everyone has a different idea of what's fair and none of us have any actual authority in a specific homeowner situation. And Tyler didn't even touch on the horrifying cases, like when the bird leaves after its banded, the neighbors are complaining, or someone breaks something!  Experienced facilitators tend to be happy to share the job.

This community is full of good people doing their best for birds, people, conservation, and science. This is a tricky topic and I urge everyone to be polite. Big thanks to everyone who's hosted our wonderful and strange community or facilitated on our behalf. Like Tyler said, it sucks. :)
Haven't read enough on the subject? Here's a treatise I wrote a few years ago in a similar situation. I like it because it walks the reader through the thought process of how to handle the situation. It still makes my pulse quicken. By the way, a lot of good people worked together to put those MOS guidelines out there to assist (shared earlier by Kurt Schwarz). Another example of good people volunteering their time to help the community. I hope a few of you enjoy the MDOSPREY :) post below (10/20/2011).
Good birding!

Bill

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Sent: Thursday, October 20, 2011 12:28 PM
Subject: Facilitating Access to a Rare Bird on Private Property

Hi Everyone,
 
Facilitating access to a rarity on private property is an extremely delicate and stressful job. This topic will be raised annually in most states, and I agree with Maryanne that any discussion in this forum should be amicable and intended to be productive.
 
There have been a couple references to guidelines, and we should start by pointing out that neither MOS nor any club has formal authority in such matters. Not only is it inappropriate to try to assume authority in matters of private property access, each situation is so different as to render application of strict guidelines nearly impossible. The best anyone can do is make some general recommendations. Here are mine, based on involvement with facilitating access to several state-level rarities on private property. These concepts were applied, for example, to the Monrovia White-winged Dove, which I think was a rare 100% success.
 
First, remember that we are now enjoying the luxury of hindsight. In real time involvement, any mistake or slightly different set of circumstances could end with a very different story. We're dealing with the "More people should have seen it." ending, but it could have easily been a horror story where 200 people stormed a now-furious community, trashed a few lawns, and made the papers - a major black eye for the birding community. There are simply a huge number of variables involved. Please indulge me by walking through the process.
 
Please try to step back and put yourself in the position of someone who just became aware of a major rarity on private property. Start the clock. With every moment that passes, you are now somewhat responsible in the public eye for whether the bird is properly documented for science, who gets to see it, and the well-being of the homeowners, the neighbors, and the bird. Your instincts are probably telling you that you are socially and politically in a dangerous position, and you're totally right. And good news!  Your final responsibility in this stressful process will be to absorb a predictable, but untold volume of animosity from the community. The rarer the bird, the higher the stakes, and the more upset some of the first people who don't see the bird will be. Has your pulse quickened yet? Mine is picking up again even during my proofread.
 
So, let's come up with some basic guidelines. I'm sure we'll agree that the well-being of the bird, the homeowners, and the neighbors is our #1 priority. Everyone agrees with that, but stop and think what that means. We know in this case that the homeowners were awesome, friendly people, and that the layout could have PERHAPS allowed more people to park and access the site. This is certainly not always the case, and it takes time to make contact, communicate with the homeowners about what they're in for, and see how much they're willing to go through for a bunch of crazy strangers who want to stand in their yard. Some homeowners are not nearly as flexible and for various valid reasons want a much small number of visitors (or even no visitors).
 
OK, you have a name, number, and an address. Maybe you even have a photo of the bird. You think it's legit. There are two ends of the spectrum option-wise:
 
Option 1) Post it immediately to the list-serve. Risk: The house is stormed and chaos ensues. The homeowners are overwhelmed. A fence is damaged. The police are telling people to move along. The birding community looks terrible and you are publicly castigated for your insensitivity to the community and the well-being of the bird. This does happen regularly. How would you like for that to be considered your fault?

(Clock is still ticking. Did you e-mail anyone yet?)
 
Option 2) Keep it nearly entirely secret and arrange only enough access to photograph it once and band the bird. Risk: Personal, permanent animosity from birders who believe it was unreasonable to not try to help some people see the bird. After all, in most cases, SOME visitation is easily arranged. Many homeowners love sharing their visitor. Some have gone on to become active birders and members of their local bird club. Are you going to default to keeping it a secret?
 
I'll give you a hint. Don't do either of those. There's a galaxy of compromises between those two bad options. Someone should go out there and feel it out. Keep in mind that any tiny step in one direction increases risk on the other end. The more people you tell, the higher the chance of disturbance. The fewer people you tell, the more animosity from the community.
 
Are we having fun yet? Enjoy the start of the 150 e-mails you'll be sending over the next two weeks!
 
You've made contact. The homeowner seems nice and excited for you and perhaps a couple others to come over.
 
During the initial visit, good facilitators should do all of the following:
 
- Be pleasant and informative
- Ensure the bird is documented with photo/video to establish the record
- [If applicable] Bring up the subject of banding, explaining the huge benefits to science, but also ensuring they know there's a small chance the bird might depart after the banding
- Prepare the homeowner for the level of interest and discuss options for how to control the flow of information.
- Look for logistical goldmines such as a public place to view the bird. Suggest possible options based on homeowner's interest.
 
Note: I recommend trying to have one main facilitator to avoid confusion and undue stress to the homeowners. This is unofficial, of course, and the homeowners should do as they please. However, imagine what a mess it could be if you had competing forces disseminating information. One main POC is best for a variety of reasons.
 
Sometimes, as in the case of the White-winged Dove, an ideal viewing location exists. This is a gold mine, and is the best chance that the word can be spread quickly. There are other special cases when the word can go public immediately, but this is the exception. And of course, the rarer the bird, the more chance of a nightmare situation. Even with a limited release of information, this can quickly snowball into public knowledge. For a bird like a Green Violetear, it would be chased not only by locals, but from visitors from throughout (at least) the Mid-Atlantic and New England.
 
So some sort of "Slow Release" process is what we as facilitators settle on, often with much discussion with the homeowners. This is more manageable overall, and makes it easier to cut it off if there is disturbance to the homeowners, the neighbors, or the bird. The concept is that you tell an initial list and explain to them to tell a few people after they've seen the bird. In many cases, the bird sticks around and everyone who cares to see the bird hears about it over a week or two. It's a shame if the bird doesn't stick around long enough, but no one can predict how long it will stay, and there might be no way to increase the volume of visitors. You don't want to be the one who causes these nice people to be over-run.
 
So, the "Slow Release" process emerges, and it's probably the best thing we're going to get. You should start by getting some people over to get good photos and fully establish the ID, and the banders should be alerted as early as possible. Everything after this is a service you and the homeowners are doing for the birding community. By the way, the banders here in Maryland are Bruce Peterjohn (<bpeterjohn...>) and David Holmes (<musiclbndr...>). Any hummingbird from this point forward this year is likely to not be a Ruby-throated, and I'm sure they'd like to know about it. Keep those feeders up!
 
Who gets told beyond that is up to you, and this is where you won't win. I am 100% confident that there is no system that will satisfy even a narrow majority of people. It will also please approximately 0% of the people who don't get to see the bird. You might personally establish criteria based on being a photographer, being a local, making regular field birding contributions, membership on the records committee, being your friend, being a serious lister, or others.

Now that you have your hopeless subjective criteria, try making a list of people. If you are told to start slow (let's say 15-20 people) and let the word spread, even the people who didn't hear about it directly from the initial message might resent you. I typically get "why was I left off?" e-mails even from the people who heard about it word of mouth within 24 hours. (I tell them that's just how it has to work.) The best you can do is explain the situation, be sincere, and have thick skin. You're doing the best you can. I will say that the local bird club can be an invaluable team mate, and you might even choose to try to pass the facilitation to them. When Tyler and I were working with Esther and her community in Monrovia, we tagged in the Frederick club early and they helped a lot. When questioned on "our" decisions, it was nice to say that everything in place was in accordance with the homeowner, the community, (and the church!, in this case), and the local bird club. We were covered, and I might have slept well again after that.

There are no golden rules, however, and saying that locals should ALWAYS control the situation is probably not correct. Many rare birds have been suppressed locally over the years, probably to greater detriment to science (i.e., documentation) and maximum possible access. Does a casual local birder have more "right" to a bird than a passionate field birder who contributes 100s of eBird reports and extensive rarity documentation regularly? People will argue about these things forever, and this is the part that will not be solved to everyone's satisfaction. Please avoid this topic, discuss it off-line, or do so with great care. (This is the key danger in starting a flame war.) I am typically exhausted by the end of the process. In some cases I have ended up sending about 200 e-mails.
 
Wrapping up:

Whew! OK, it's over. Final steps.
 
- Recognize the homeowners for being awesome. Personally, I like to send a print of the bird even if I was just a visitor. In other cases, we have recognized them with MOS awards or gifts like bird club membership, a hummingbird guide, and so on.

- Submit details to the MD/DCRC and eBird. (eBird reports should be postponed until the bird is public knowledge.)
 
I really wish there were a perfect solution, but I think we've arrived at the best possible approach through hard work. Yes, it would have been awesome if more people had gotten to see the bird. That said, I believe that this one was handled extremely well. Anyone facilitating access is volunteering a lot of time to carefully share something special with the community. I would encourage everyone to be supportive and empathetic. Someday you might be hoping we are!
 
Good birding,
 
Bill



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From: 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
To: Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Sent: Wednesday, March 15, 2017 12:42 PM
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] slow release, my 2 cents

OK, let's think about this. You either find a rare bird or hear about it somehow. How do you spread the word? Here are two scenarios. Kelp Gull shows up on the pier at a seafood restaurant with adequate parking. The folks at the restaurant are notified and are fine with the word going out publicly. Emails go out about the location and a full color photo shows up on the Saturday Washington Post Metro section. The bird sticks around for 6 years and literally thousands of people come to see it, many eating at the restaurant. Easy peasy.

Second scenario. Jim Stasz finds a Calliope Hummingbird at his house. He says to come by and even has chairs set out for people to sit in while waiting. There's tons of parking nearby. In this case, the homeowner found the bird, posted the location and is fine with unrestricted access. Problem solved.

Next scenario. Rufous Hummingbird shows up at your neighbor's house. The feeder is only visible from their backyard. They don't want lots of people to see it but are fine with a trickle. Now what? First, county birders get to see it. Then what? How do you control access when the homeowners specifically restrict the number. Seriously, how would you determine who next to allow to visit?

There's no simple answer to allowing access to a rarity. Every situation is different. Being a contact person for a rarity sucks. I don't wish it on anyone.

Tyler Bell
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Subject: Re: [MDBirding] slow release, my 2 cents



I agree with Rick's comments completely!  Especially with his final sentence.  In general I find the Maryland birding community to be extremely helpful in sharing information.  I have ALWAYS gotten an immediate reply either in person or through email when I have asked a question.

That being said, I find it interesting that the "elite" members of the MD birding community always get early access to rarity species while those of us who are not among the upper echelon of birders have to wait significantly longer for announcements.  I would match my birding ethics with anyone else in the state!  This does cause a bit of frustration at times.

Just my thoughts!

Good Birding,

Duvall Sollers
Hereford, MD

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I think Pat's point -- and one made well in the posted guidelines -- is that the process of selecting who finds out and when needs to be transparent and transparently fair.  Having much experience with rare and local butterflies along the same lines, this is easier said than done, but having the commitment to fairness and transparency and communicating that commitment often and widely goes a long way to soothing hurt feelings of disenfranchisement.  People need to feel they have some reasonable expectation of being informed at some point. 
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>As a homeowner I understand the need for slow release of a rare bird's location, but I think it should be done so that local birders get the news first. In the case of this Painted Bunting, I would hope that members of the Harford Bird Club were the first to be notified about this bird.
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>>When the Green Violet-ear Hummingbird was in Elkton years ago, there were a lot of hard feelings because that bird's location was given to only one member of the Cecil Bird Club. It seemed unfair that birders from other states were told of that exceptional rarity when birders who lived within a few minutes of this bird were not told it was there until after it had left the area.
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Date: 3/15/17 9:43 am
From: 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] slow release, my 2 cents
OK, let's think about this. You either find a rare bird or hear about it somehow. How do you spread the word? Here are two scenarios. Kelp Gull shows up on the pier at a seafood restaurant with adequate parking. The folks at the restaurant are notified and are fine with the word going out publicly. Emails go out about the location and a full color photo shows up on the Saturday Washington Post Metro section. The bird sticks around for 6 years and literally thousands of people come to see it, many eating at the restaurant. Easy peasy.

Second scenario. Jim Stasz finds a Calliope Hummingbird at his house. He says to come by and even has chairs set out for people to sit in while waiting. There's tons of parking nearby. In this case, the homeowner found the bird, posted the location and is fine with unrestricted access. Problem solved.

Next scenario. Rufous Hummingbird shows up at your neighbor's house. The feeder is only visible from their backyard. They don't want lots of people to see it but are fine with a trickle. Now what? First, county birders get to see it. Then what? How do you control access when the homeowners specifically restrict the number. Seriously, how would you determine who next to allow to visit?

There's no simple answer to allowing access to a rarity. Every situation is different. Being a contact person for a rarity sucks. I don't wish it on anyone.

Tyler Bell
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I agree with Rick's comments completely! Especially with his final sentence. In general I find the Maryland birding community to be extremely helpful in sharing information. I have ALWAYS gotten an immediate reply either in person or through email when I have asked a question.

That being said, I find it interesting that the "elite" members of the MD birding community always get early access to rarity species while those of us who are not among the upper echelon of birders have to wait significantly longer for announcements. I would match my birding ethics with anyone else in the state! This does cause a bit of frustration at times.

Just my thoughts!

Good Birding,

Duvall Sollers
Hereford, MD

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On Mar 15, 2017, at 10:51 AM, Rick Borchelt <rborchelt...> wrote:


I think Pat's point -- and one made well in the posted guidelines -- is that the process of selecting who finds out and when needs to be transparent and transparently fair. Having much experience with rare and local butterflies along the same lines, this is easier said than done, but having the commitment to fairness and transparency and communicating that commitment often and widely goes a long way to soothing hurt feelings of disenfranchisement. People need to feel they have some reasonable expectation of being informed at some point.
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>As a homeowner I understand the need for slow release of a rare bird's location, but I think it should be done so that local birders get the news first. In the case of this Painted Bunting, I would hope that members of the Harford Bird Club were the first to be notified about this bird.
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>>When the Green Violet-ear Hummingbird was in Elkton years ago, there were a lot of hard feelings because that bird's location was given to only one member of the Cecil Bird Club. It seemed unfair that birders from other states were told of that exceptional rarity when birders who lived within a few minutes of this bird were not told it was there until after it had left the area.
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Date: 3/15/17 8:53 am
From: Barbara Sollers <dbsollers61...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] slow release, my 2 cents
I agree with Rick's comments completely! Especially with his final sentence. In general I find the Maryland birding community to be extremely helpful in sharing information. I have ALWAYS gotten an immediate reply either in person or through email when I have asked a question.

That being said, I find it interesting that the "elite" members of the MD birding community always get early access to rarity species while those of us who are not among the upper echelon of birders have to wait significantly longer for announcements. I would match my birding ethics with anyone else in the state! This does cause a bit of frustration at times.

Just my thoughts!

Good Birding,

Duvall Sollers
Hereford, MD

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> On Mar 15, 2017, at 10:51 AM, Rick Borchelt <rborchelt...> wrote:
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> I think Pat's point -- and one made well in the posted guidelines -- is that the process of selecting who finds out and when needs to be transparent and transparently fair. Having much experience with rare and local butterflies along the same lines, this is easier said than done, but having the commitment to fairness and transparency and communicating that commitment often and widely goes a long way to soothing hurt feelings of disenfranchisement. People need to feel they have some reasonable expectation of being informed at some point.
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>> As a homeowner I understand the need for slow release of a rare bird's location, but I think it should be done so that local birders get the news first. In the case of this Painted Bunting, I would hope that members of the Harford Bird Club were the first to be notified about this bird.
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>> When the Green Violet-ear Hummingbird was in Elkton years ago, there were a lot of hard feelings because that bird's location was given to only one member of the Cecil Bird Club. It seemed unfair that birders from other states were told of that exceptional rarity when birders who lived within a few minutes of this bird were not told it was there until after it had left the area.
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Date: 3/15/17 7:51 am
From: Rick Borchelt <rborchelt...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] slow release, my 2 cents
I think Pat's point -- and one made well in the posted guidelines -- is
that the process of selecting who finds out and when needs to be
transparent and transparently fair. Having much experience with rare and
local butterflies along the same lines, this is easier said than done, but
having the commitment to fairness and transparency and communicating that
commitment often and widely goes a long way to soothing hurt feelings of
disenfranchisement. People need to feel they have some reasonable
expectation of being informed at some point.

On Wed, Mar 15, 2017 at 10:29 AM, Patricia Valdata <pvaldata1...>
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> As a homeowner I understand the need for slow release of a rare bird's
> location, but I think it should be done so that local birders get the news
> first. In the case of this Painted Bunting, I would hope that members of
> the Harford Bird Club were the first to be notified about this bird.
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> When the Green Violet-ear Hummingbird was in Elkton years ago, there were
> a lot of hard feelings because that bird's location was given to only one
> member of the Cecil Bird Club. It seemed unfair that birders from other
> states were told of that exceptional rarity when birders who lived within a
> few minutes of this bird were not told it was there until after it had left
> the area.
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> Pat Valdata
> Crisfield, Somerset County
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Date: 3/15/17 7:45 am
From: Barbara Knapp <chestnutgrower...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fox sparrow in Germantown
First time in several years that I have had a Fox Sparrow among the many birds in my yard.

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Date: 3/15/17 7:32 am
From: Warblerick <ricksussman1955...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Still here...
My first bird (that I saw) when I opened the blinds, was a Cooper's Hawk, swirling around trying to nab breakfast. Not sure if it was the adult from yesterday or an immature, as we have both. The last new bird on yesterday's list was an adult Cooper's Hawk that had caught a starling, late in the afternoon.
Today I still have a male Towhee and at least 2 Fox Sparrows.

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Woodbine, MD

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Date: 3/15/17 7:29 am
From: Patricia Valdata <pvaldata1...>
Subject: [MDBirding] slow release, my 2 cents
As a homeowner I understand the need for slow release of a rare bird's
location, but I think it should be done so that local birders get the news
first. In the case of this Painted Bunting, I would hope that members of
the Harford Bird Club were the first to be notified about this bird.

When the Green Violet-ear Hummingbird was in Elkton years ago, there were a
lot of hard feelings because that bird's location was given to only one
member of the Cecil Bird Club. It seemed unfair that birders from other
states were told of that exceptional rarity when birders who lived within a
few minutes of this bird were not told it was there until after it had left
the area.

Pat Valdata
Crisfield, Somerset County

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Date: 3/15/17 6:08 am
From: Kerry Stone <kstonelfs...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Still here...
I have only one fox sparrow this morning. The other one must be sleeping
in.

Kerry
Montgomery County


On Wed, Mar 15, 2017 at 8:53 AM Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...>
wrote:

>
>
> First birds at the feeder this morning were two Fox Sparrows...also Robins
> eating cut-up apple and drinking.
>
>
>
> Gail Mackiernan
>
> Colesville, MD
>
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> Sent from my iPad
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> > On Mar 15, 2017, at 8:42 AM, Warblerick <ricksussman1955...>
> wrote:
>
> >
>
> >> On Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at 12:30:34 PM UTC-4, katahdinss wrote:
>
> >> Among all the "usual suspects" at our feeders this morning, a lovely
> Fox Sparrow. The first one we have seen at the feeders this season...
>
> >>
>
> >> Gail Mackiernan
>
> >> Colesville, MD
>
> >>
>
> >> Sent from my iPad
>
> >
>
> > Two Fox Sparrows this morning, and a male Eastern Towhee, as well as all
> the regulars (except the nuthatch and Red-bellied Woodpeckers, suspiciously
> absent).
>
> >
>
> > Rick Sussman
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Date: 3/15/17 5:53 am
From: Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Still here...

First birds at the feeder this morning were two Fox Sparrows...also Robins eating cut-up apple and drinking.

Gail Mackiernan
Colesville, MD

Sent from my iPad

> On Mar 15, 2017, at 8:42 AM, Warblerick <ricksussman1955...> wrote:
>
>> On Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at 12:30:34 PM UTC-4, katahdinss wrote:
>> Among all the "usual suspects" at our feeders this morning, a lovely Fox Sparrow. The first one we have seen at the feeders this season...
>>
>> Gail Mackiernan
>> Colesville, MD
>>
>> Sent from my iPad
>
> Two Fox Sparrows this morning, and a male Eastern Towhee, as well as all the regulars (except the nuthatch and Red-bellied Woodpeckers, suspiciously absent).
>
> Rick Sussman
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Date: 3/15/17 5:42 am
From: Warblerick <ricksussman1955...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Fox Sparrow at feeder
On Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at 12:30:34 PM UTC-4, katahdinss wrote:
> Among all the "usual suspects" at our feeders this morning, a lovely Fox Sparrow. The first one we have seen at the feeders this season...
>
> Gail Mackiernan
> Colesville, MD
>
> Sent from my iPad

Two Fox Sparrows this morning, and a male Eastern Towhee, as well as all the regulars (except the nuthatch and Red-bellied Woodpeckers, suspiciously absent).

Rick Sussman
Woodbine,MD

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Date: 3/15/17 5:11 am
From: 'Leslie Starr' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Harford Painted Bunting
Dorothy, I remember well your Painted Bunting and what a good job you did of managing viewing, as Josh did when the Harford bird was so newly being seen that the homeowners didn't know if they wanted anyone coming at all. The Harford bird is even less accessible than yours was. The viewer basically has to be in the shrubbery, well into the yard, to get a view of the feeder, and there are far fewer parking options than in your neighborhood. I'm sure the homeowners would still prefer that birders find out individually how to get to this bird rather than having their address publicized.

In a recent message to this group, Josh offered that people could contact him for viewing information, and apparently the homeowners are also fine with David Fleischmann acting as liaison. I'm copying Josh and David in this message so you can easily click on their addresses if you want to contact them. (Josh is <apistopanchax...> and David is <david...>)

It is a privilege to be able to see rare birds on private property, not a right. Perhaps there could be a more fair way of determining who is allowed to see these birds, such as a lottery, but in the meantime, the slow release of information to close associates and those known to be respectful of the bird and its hosts has worked well.

Leslie Starr
Baltimore



On Mar 15, 2017, at 12:48 AM, Dorothy Paugh wrote:


> Does this mean the location can now be given to those of us not in the know? Who might I ask?
>
> I have some experience with this issue having hosted and shared a male painted bunting with hundreds of birders from mid Feb - mid Apr 2010 despite parking issues. I asked for an email or call first and kept a sign-up list limited to three cars /half hour since the bird came to eat every 20 min.
>
> Dorothy Paugh
> Bowie, MD

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Date: 3/15/17 5:07 am
From: Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Re: Rare Birds: Let's All Take a Deep Breath
We went to see that bird and recall how well-organized Dorothy was re visitors.
Thanks, Dorothy!

Gail Mackiernan and Barry Cooper
Colesville, Md

Sent from my iPad

> On Mar 15, 2017, at 12:48 AM, Dorothy Paugh <aldopaugh...> wrote:
>
> Does this mean the location can now be given to those of us not in the know? Who might I ask?
>
>
> I have some experience with this issue having hosted and shared a male painted bunting with hundreds of birders from mid Feb - mid Apr 2010 despite parking issues. I asked for an email or call first and kept a sign-up list limited to three cars /half hour since the bird came to eat every 20 min.
>
> Dorothy Paugh
>
> Bowie, MD
>
>
>
> From: <mdbirding...> <mdbirding...> on behalf of Jane Kostenko <jkostenko...>
> Sent: Tuesday, March 14, 2017 10:28 PM
> To: <mdbirding...>
> Subject: [MDBirding] RE: Rare Birds: Let's All Take a Deep Breath
>
> Thanks, Kurt, for reminding folks that hosting a rare bird is never easy nor straight forward. There is often more to a story than we know and this is a classic case of several well-meaning people getting caught up in the changing wishes of the bird's host; everyone involved had the homeowner's comfort/happiness and the bird's well-being as driving factors in their actions, while also wanting to share this remarkable find with other MD birders.
>
> Through a bizarre series of events, I have been in contact with the homeowner of the Painted Bunting throughout and he emailed me this evening to explain and confirm that he had given David Fleishmann and other birders permission to tell more birders about the bunting. The homeowner went on to say that David had not done anything wrong by doing this.
>
> Good luck to those who try for the bird this weekend!
>
> Jane Kostenko
> <jkostenko...>
> California, MD
>
>
> ----- Forwarded Message -----
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> Sent: Tuesday, March 14, 2017 6:02 PM
> Subject: [MDBirding] Rare Birds: Let's All Take a Deep Breath
>
> I suggest we all review these guidelines: http://www.mdbirds.org/birds/reports/Rare_Bird_Procedures_MOSv2F.pdf
>
> Both Josh and Dave made good faith efforts to abide by the homeowners' wishes, while allowing access to many birders. Will it always be to the taste of each us? Perhaps not. But we should not publicly impugn the motives of anybody serving as manager of a rare bird sighting. If you have a problem, discuss with said person. We are all too quick to assume ill motives of others. I would assert that virtually all of us, in fact, wish to provide the fullest access possible to a rare bird, consistent with the welfare of the bird and the interests and wishes of the property owners. Without the later, nobody sees the bird.
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Date: 3/14/17 9:49 pm
From: Dorothy Paugh <aldopaugh...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Rare Birds: Let's All Take a Deep Breath
Does this mean the location can now be given to those of us not in the know? Who might I ask?


I have some experience with this issue having hosted and shared a male painted bunting with hundreds of birders from mid Feb - mid Apr 2010 despite parking issues. I asked for an email or call first and kept a sign-up list limited to three cars /half hour since the bird came to eat every 20 min.


Dorothy Paugh

Bowie, MD


________________________________
From: <mdbirding...> <mdbirding...> on behalf of Jane Kostenko <jkostenko...>
Sent: Tuesday, March 14, 2017 10:28 PM
To: <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] RE: Rare Birds: Let's All Take a Deep Breath


Thanks, Kurt, for reminding folks that hosting a rare bird is never easy nor straight forward. There is often more to a story than we know and this is a classic case of several well-meaning people getting caught up in the changing wishes of the bird's host; everyone involved had the homeowner's comfort/happiness and the bird's well-being as driving factors in their actions, while also wanting to share this remarkable find with other MD birders.

Through a bizarre series of events, I have been in contact with the homeowner of the Painted Bunting throughout and he emailed me this evening to explain and confirm that he had given David Fleishmann and other birders permission to tell more birders about the bunting. The homeowner went on to say that David had not done anything wrong by doing this.

Good luck to those who try for the bird this weekend!

Jane Kostenko
<jkostenko...>
California, MD


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Sent: Tuesday, March 14, 2017 6:02 PM
Subject: [MDBirding] Rare Birds: Let's All Take a Deep Breath

I suggest we all review these guidelines: http://www.mdbirds.org/birds/reports/Rare_Bird_Procedures_MOSv2F.pdf

Both Josh and Dave made good faith efforts to abide by the homeowners' wishes, while allowing access to many birders. Will it always be to the taste of each us? Perhaps not. But we should not publicly impugn the motives of anybody serving as manager of a rare bird sighting. If you have a problem, discuss with said person. We are all too quick to assume ill motives of others. I would assert that virtually all of us, in fact, wish to provide the fullest access possible to a rare bird, consistent with the welfare of the bird and the interests and wishes of the property owners. Without the later, nobody sees the bird.

Kurt Schwarz
Ellicott City, Howard County
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Date: 3/14/17 8:06 pm
From: <wbell2...>
Subject: [MDBirding] MOS BIRDATHON RETURNS
The YMOS Birdathon returns this weekend, 18 and 19 March 2017. This is the principal fund raiser for the youth program of the MD Ornithological Society (YMOS). Proceeds will help support six junior teams at the World Series of Birding at Cape May, NJ, this May. One team will compete as Carbon Free Kids without use of any motorized vehicle. We seek pledges of $0.25, $0.50, or $1.00 per bird seen or heard on the MD Eastern Shore. Please send your pledge level to either Wayne Bell (<wbell2...>) or George Radcliffe (<radclifg...>). We will reply with a confirmation and, shortly after the Birdathon, information on the amount owed and where to send payment. Thanks to everyone for your continued interest in the YMOS and for your support of this year’s outstanding group of young birders.
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Date: 3/14/17 7:28 pm
From: Jane Kostenko <jkostenko...>
Subject: [MDBirding] RE: Rare Birds: Let's All Take a Deep Breath
Thanks, Kurt, for reminding folks that hosting a rare bird is never easy nor straight forward. There is often more to a story than we know and this is a classic case of several well-meaning people getting caught up in the changing wishes of the bird's host; everyone involved had the homeowner's comfort/happiness and the bird's well-being as driving factors in their actions, while also wanting to share this remarkable find with other MD birders.

Through a bizarre series of events, I have been in contact with the homeowner of the Painted Bunting throughout and he emailed me this evening to explain and confirm that he had given David Fleishmann and other birders permission to tell more birders about the bunting. The homeowner went on to say that David had not done anything wrong by doing this.

Good luck to those who try for the bird this weekend!

Jane Kostenko
<jkostenko...>
California, MD


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Sent: Tuesday, March 14, 2017 6:02 PM
Subject: [MDBirding] Rare Birds: Let's All Take a Deep Breath

I suggest we all review these guidelines: http://www.mdbirds.org/birds/reports/Rare_Bird_Procedures_MOSv2F.pdf

Both Josh and Dave made good faith efforts to abide by the homeowners' wishes, while allowing access to many birders. Will it always be to the taste of each us? Perhaps not. But we should not publicly impugn the motives of anybody serving as manager of a rare bird sighting. If you have a problem, discuss with said person. We are all too quick to assume ill motives of others. I would assert that virtually all of us, in fact, wish to provide the fullest access possible to a rare bird, consistent with the welfare of the bird and the interests and wishes of the property owners. Without the later, nobody sees the bird.

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Date: 3/14/17 7:14 pm
From: Andy Martin <apmartin2...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Re: speaking of Fox Sparrows...
Driving some back roads in NW Mont Co this afternoon looking for birds
driven to road shoulders due to snow cover probably had about 20+ Fox
Sparrows and that only accounts for those places where I felt safe enough
to stop and take a look. Feel certain there were probably many more.

American Robin also very prevalent. Don't think I can remember so many when
I have driven snow covered roads in Mont Co after Dec, Jan, Feb snow storms.

Andy Martin
Gaithersburg

On Tue, Mar 14, 2017 at 8:26 PM, 'Michel Cavigelli' via Maryland & DC
Birding <mdbirding...> wrote:

> Fox sparrow also present at Greenbelt back yard feeders today. And a male
> towhee. Both irregular.
>
> Sent from my iPhone
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> > On Mar 14, 2017, at 1:06 PM, Derek C. Richardson <dcr...>
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> >
> > Make that *2* Fox Sparrows...(and 25 juncos).
> >
> > D
> >
> >> On Tue, 14 Mar 2017, Derek C. Richardson wrote:
> >> As we were watching our feeders I noted we hadn't seen a Fox Sparrow
> all season, then I saw Gail's post, and then Frances saw a Fox Sparrow in
> the yard. :)
> >> (Other storm notables in the yard: Yellow-bellied Sapsucker at the
> feeders, a Song Sparrow, 1 male Red-winged Blackbird, 1 male Brown-headed,
> and lots of Common Grackles).
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Date: 3/14/17 6:14 pm
From: George Jett <gmjett...>
Subject: [MDBirding] FW: eBird Report - 6553 Mallard Lane, Lothian, MD 20711, Mar 14, 2017
Weather brought in some new birds for the year. First Rusty Blackbirds and a Swamp Sparrow. Enjoy

George

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Subject: eBird Report - 6553 Mallard Lane, Lothian, MD 20711, Mar 14, 2017

6553 Mallard Lane, Lothian, MD 20711, Anne Arundel, Maryland, US Mar 14, 2017 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments: Fox Sparrow, Rusty Blackbirds, and Swamp Sparrow - first for the month.
25 species (+1 other taxa)

Wood Duck 2 male & female
Common/Red-breasted Merganser 6 six Common Merganser swimming down the creek: 3 males, 3 females
Turkey Vulture 1
Mourning Dove 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Downy Woodpecker 5
Eastern Phoebe 2
Blue Jay 4
American Crow 2
Carolina Chickadee 5
Tufted Titmouse 7
White-breasted Nuthatch 3
Carolina Wren 2
Eastern Bluebird 2 one male one female eating peanut butter
American Robin 5
Pine Warbler 2
Fox Sparrow 3 One singing
Dark-eyed Junco 5
White-throated Sparrow 25
Song Sparrow 6
Swamp Sparrow 1
Eastern Towhee 2
Northern Cardinal 8
Red-winged Blackbird 80
Rusty Blackbird 2 One male one female - first for the year
American Goldfinch 15

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35186678

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

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Date: 3/14/17 5:47 pm
From: SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Monday, March 13, 2017 13 Raptors
Fort Smallwood Park
Pasadena, Maryland, USA


Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 13, 2017
Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
Black Vulture 0 14 16
Turkey Vulture 5 378 437
Osprey 5 24 25
Bald Eagle 2 23 27
Northern Harrier 0 1 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 9 9
Cooper's Hawk 1 9 9
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 10 17
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 0 9 10
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 2 2
American Kestrel 0 6 6
Merlin 0 1 1
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0
Total: 13 486 560



Observation start time: 10 am
Observation end time: 2 pm Daylight Time
Total observation time: 4 hours
Official Counter Chris Reed
Observers:


Weather: Partly cloudy with high thin clouds and contrails; 30-35 degrees; excellent visibility; winds easterly, 9-18 mph

Raptor Observations: The Osprey total of 25 is more than twice what would be expected at this time in the season.

Non-raptor Observations: Two Blue-winged Teals


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

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

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

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Date: 3/14/17 5:26 pm
From: 'Michel Cavigelli' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Re: speaking of Fox Sparrows...
Fox sparrow also present at Greenbelt back yard feeders today. And a male towhee. Both irregular.

Sent from my iPhone

> On Mar 14, 2017, at 1:06 PM, Derek C. Richardson <dcr...> wrote:
>
>
> Make that *2* Fox Sparrows...(and 25 juncos).
>
> D
>
>> On Tue, 14 Mar 2017, Derek C. Richardson wrote:
>> As we were watching our feeders I noted we hadn't seen a Fox Sparrow all season, then I saw Gail's post, and then Frances saw a Fox Sparrow in the yard. :)
>> (Other storm notables in the yard: Yellow-bellied Sapsucker at the feeders, a Song Sparrow, 1 male Red-winged Blackbird, 1 male Brown-headed, and lots of Common Grackles).
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Date: 3/14/17 3:24 pm
From: Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...>
Subject: [MDBirding] FOUR Fox Sparrows...
Now there are four....

Gail Mackiernan
Colesville, MD

Sent from my iPad

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Date: 3/14/17 3:02 pm
From: <krschwa1...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Rare Birds: Let's All Take a Deep Breath
I suggest we all review these guidelines: http://www.mdbirds.org/birds/reports/Rare_Bird_Procedures_MOSv2F.pdf
Both Josh and Dave made good faith efforts to abide by the homeowners'
wishes, while allowing access to many birders. Will it always be to
the taste of each us? Perhaps not. But we should not publicly impugn
the motives of anybody serving as manager of a rare bird sighting. If
you have a problem, discuss with said person. We are all too quick to
assume ill motives of others. I would assert that virtually all of
us, in fact, wish to provide the fullest access possible to a rare
bird, consistent with the welfare of the bird and the interests and
wishes of the property owners. Without the later, nobody sees the
bird.
Kurt SchwarzEllicott City, Howard Countyfor these purposes,
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Date: 3/14/17 3:01 pm
From: 'Nancy McAllister' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] speaking of Fox Sparrows...
And Fox Sparrow was a yard bird today for us in Ellicott City.Been waiting for 11 years for this one to show up! Yay! ~Nancy McAllister “Don’t ask yourself what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”  ~Howard Thurman

From: Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4...>
To: Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...>; Russ Ruffing <ruff2...>
Cc: Derek C. Richardson <dcr...>; <mdbirding...>
Sent: Tuesday, March 14, 2017 4:21 PM
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] speaking of Fox Sparrows...

A red fox Sparrow just showed up here in PA. A lifer for Mom.

On Tue, Mar 14, 2017 at 2:37 PM Russ Ruffing <ruff2...> wrote:

I've got two as well

Sent from my iPhone

> On Mar 14, 2017, at 1:55 PM, Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...> wrote:
>
> Now it is TWO Fox Sparrows! But they are fighting over who scratches where...come on guys, there is enough for all...
>
> Also, lots of Robins at the holly, which was untouched all winter, and a RAVEN flying unseen above the low clouds - GROAKKK - getting to be more common around here...
>
> Gail Mackiernan
> Colesville, MD
>
> Sent from my iPad
>
>> On Mar 14, 2017, at 12:41 PM, Derek C. Richardson <dcr...> wrote:
>>
>>
>> As we were watching our feeders I noted we hadn't seen a Fox Sparrow all season, then I saw Gail's post, and then Frances saw a Fox Sparrow in the yard. :)
>>
>> (Other storm notables in the yard: Yellow-bellied Sapsucker at the feeders, a Song Sparrow, 1 male Red-winged Blackbird, 1 male Brown-headed, and lots of Common Grackles).
>>
>> D
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Date: 3/14/17 2:36 pm
From: marian rutigliano <mcrutig...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Robins
Yes, I noticed that today, too. Dozens of robins, starting late morning. I wondered if theyou were just all pushing through and stopped in the area mid-migration to rest.

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Date: 3/14/17 2:32 pm
From: missy Placed <9nationals...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Robins
Loads of robins at Hains Point... all winter!

> On Mar 14, 2017, at 5:14 PM, Joan Cwi <jafjsc...> wrote:
>
> I have seen very few robins this winter, but in the last hour a group of about 75 arrived and have been flying from tree to tree. There’s not a lot around here for them to eat, so I hope they find better quarters soon! (Here is Baltimore City.)
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> Migrating? Escaping the nor’easter further north of here?
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Date: 3/14/17 2:19 pm
From: JB Churchill <jchurchi...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] speaking of Fox Sparrows...
Well I had 6 today at my house in Frostburg so there! The most I ever
remember was 23 at feeders I put out at the Hungerford House on Assateague
Island National Seashore (back in the pine woodlands). That was quite a
sight.

On Tue, Mar 14, 2017 at 4:21 PM, Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4...>
wrote:

> A red fox Sparrow just showed up here in PA. A lifer for Mom.
>
>
> On Tue, Mar 14, 2017 at 2:37 PM Russ Ruffing <ruff2...> wrote:
>
>> I've got two as well
>>
>> Sent from my iPhone
>>
>> > On Mar 14, 2017, at 1:55 PM, Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...>
>> wrote:
>> >
>> > Now it is TWO Fox Sparrows! But they are fighting over who scratches
>> where...come on guys, there is enough for all...
>> >
>> > Also, lots of Robins at the holly, which was untouched all winter, and
>> a RAVEN flying unseen above the low clouds - GROAKKK - getting to be more
>> common around here...
>> >
>> > Gail Mackiernan
>> > Colesville, MD
>> >
>> > Sent from my iPad
>> >
>> >> On Mar 14, 2017, at 12:41 PM, Derek C. Richardson <dcr...>
>> wrote:
>> >>
>> >>
>> >> As we were watching our feeders I noted we hadn't seen a Fox Sparrow
>> all season, then I saw Gail's post, and then Frances saw a Fox Sparrow in
>> the yard. :)
>> >>
>> >> (Other storm notables in the yard: Yellow-bellied Sapsucker at the
>> feeders, a Song Sparrow, 1 male Red-winged Blackbird, 1 male Brown-headed,
>> and lots of Common Grackles).
>> >>
>> >> D
>> >>
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Date: 3/14/17 2:14 pm
From: Joan Cwi <jafjsc...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Robins
I have seen very few robins this winter, but in the last hour a group of about 75 arrived and have been flying from tree to tree. There’s not a lot around here for them to eat, so I hope they find better quarters soon! (Here is Baltimore City.)

Migrating? Escaping the nor’easter further north of here?

Joan Cwi

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Date: 3/14/17 2:08 pm
From: 'Andrew Clemens' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Slow release
Interesting.  Are there people who officially tasked with "slow release" or did they task themselves?  What does "slow release" mean?   Who is it "slow released" to?   Who decides that and how is it decided?   My understanding is that the bird has been around since early January and the intention was to release the location after the bird was gone.  Understand, I am NOT being critical but only seeking information.With this said...I have been to the location and it is a very small area and the parking is very small.  A crowd would quickly overwhelm the bird, the homeowner and the parking.   AND this IS a bird that many would have traveled to see.  
Andy

On Tuesday, March 14, 2017 4:22 PM, Nancy Magnusson <magnunc...> wrote:


My two cents. There are very good reasons for slow release. Two of these are: the bird and the property owners. Those tasked with handling slow releases have a thankless job in a no-win (for them) situation.
Nancy Magnusson
Howard County

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Date: 3/14/17 1:22 pm
From: Nancy Magnusson <magnunc...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Slow release
My two cents. There are very good reasons for slow release. Two of these are: the bird and the property owners. Those tasked with handling slow releases have a thankless job in a no-win (for them) situation.
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Date: 3/14/17 1:21 pm
From: Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] speaking of Fox Sparrows...
A red fox Sparrow just showed up here in PA. A lifer for Mom.


On Tue, Mar 14, 2017 at 2:37 PM Russ Ruffing <ruff2...> wrote:

> I've got two as well
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> > On Mar 14, 2017, at 1:55 PM, Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...>
> wrote:
> >
> > Now it is TWO Fox Sparrows! But they are fighting over who scratches
> where...come on guys, there is enough for all...
> >
> > Also, lots of Robins at the holly, which was untouched all winter, and a
> RAVEN flying unseen above the low clouds - GROAKKK - getting to be more
> common around here...
> >
> > Gail Mackiernan
> > Colesville, MD
> >
> > Sent from my iPad
> >
> >> On Mar 14, 2017, at 12:41 PM, Derek C. Richardson <dcr...>
> wrote:
> >>
> >>
> >> As we were watching our feeders I noted we hadn't seen a Fox Sparrow
> all season, then I saw Gail's post, and then Frances saw a Fox Sparrow in
> the yard. :)
> >>
> >> (Other storm notables in the yard: Yellow-bellied Sapsucker at the
> feeders, a Song Sparrow, 1 male Red-winged Blackbird, 1 male Brown-headed,
> and lots of Common Grackles).
> >>
> >> D
> >>
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Date: 3/14/17 1:05 pm
From: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Kojo Baidoo's (RSHAs) & a DC BE pair
On 3/13/17, Kojo Baidoo <baidookojo6...> wrote:
I hope they stay warm in the storm tonight and tomorrow...
*************************************
WUSA 9 news @noon showed a nice pic of one of the DC BE pairs huddled
side by side in their nest...likely from an eagle cam still...

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

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Date: 3/14/17 12:32 pm
From: <kmlathroum...>
Subject: Re: Re: [MDBirding] Re: Painted Bunting in Harford
I am utterly amazed at how "full contact" birding can be these days and the self appointed "Bird Police" who can decide who the few select people are that are given the heads up when something rare and unique shows up. The whole it's my bird and you can't see it or know about attitude is so childish in my personal opinion.


I have not seen this bunting but was aware of it at least a week before the pictures were posted to Facebook. I for one appreciate the fact that the photographs were posted of this stunningly colored little bird, which I have only ever seen twice before.


This is so reminiscent of a few years ago when I posted a picture of a long eared owl with the location listed as a 1,000 acre piece of public park property and I was told that I gave out too much information, Really?


I think it's time we all grow up and act like mature adults. After all in the big scheme of things and at the end of the day it is a bird and everyone should have the same chance to see it.


They were great pictures Hugh, thanks for posting.


Mike



On 03/14/17, Hugh David Fleischmann wrote:


To my birding friends. I am being forced to respond to this nonsense. I am going to make one and only one response. As i am the no named birder Josh speaks of, let me set the record straight. There was no issue with people seeing this bird, or posting pictures to Facebook. The homeowners want more people to enjoy this bird, before it leaves. They dont want it on secret lock down. They enjoy the people and the excitement surrounding having a rarity at their house. This is an exact quote from the homeowner:


"yea, please tell as many people as you like, we aren't worried about the number of birders, as long as they know the whole parking deal, lol."



I am only sorry that one person (no names here) had the control over who had the pleasure of seeing this bird since January 27th. They only care that people park correctly so as to not disturb the neighbors property. I hope all get to enjoy. The homeowners are incredibly generous people. Anyone that goes should consider taking a token of bird seed or suet, to show your appreciation. I'm done and thanks for listening to my response. I won't have my good name besmerched by alternate facts!


Contact Josh for access info or you are welcome to contact me. Have a great spring 😎 day.


Awesome Birding in 2017!

Hugh David Fleischmann
410-598-9292
<david...>


On Mar 14, 2017 12:52 PM, 'Andrew Clemens' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> wrote:

There are also photographers who did NOT post this to facebook after they photographed it. PLEASE do NOT make this photographers vs birders. Some of us love both and CAN keep locations quiet!


Andy






On Tuesday, March 14, 2017 9:59 AM, Warblerick <ricksussman1955...> wrote:



On Monday, March 13, 2017 at 10:09:48 PM UTC-4, Josh Emm wrote:
> All,
> There's currently an adult male Painted Bunting coming to a feeder in Aberdeen, MD. The presence of this bird was originally slow release because of the super limited parking situation and the homeowner's uncertainty as to how many people would come see it. But because a certain (no names here) "birder" (term used lightly) decided to take it upon them self to put it all over Facebook, I figure now is as good a time as any to open it up to the whole list serv. If you're interested, please shoot me an email apistopanchax AT gmail.com
> Good birding
> Josh Emm
> HdG, MD
>
> Sent from my iPhone

There does seem to be an ever increasing clique of bird-photographers in Maryland. Each trying to out-do the next, and not very good at keeping a bird location to themselves. Once one has posted a picture to FB, then they all start posting.

Rick Sussman
Woodbine, MD


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Date: 3/14/17 11:52 am
From: Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] speaking of Fox Sparrows...none
None here in PA where Fox Sparrow is for some reason setting of the rare
bird trigger on eBird.

On Tue, Mar 14, 2017 at 2:37 PM Russ Ruffing <ruff2...> wrote:

> I've got two as well
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> > On Mar 14, 2017, at 1:55 PM, Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...>
> wrote:
> >
> > Now it is TWO Fox Sparrows! But they are fighting over who scratches
> where...come on guys, there is enough for all...
> >
> > Also, lots of Robins at the holly, which was untouched all winter, and a
> RAVEN flying unseen above the low clouds - GROAKKK - getting to be more
> common around here...
> >
> > Gail Mackiernan
> > Colesville, MD
> >
> > Sent from my iPad
> >
> >> On Mar 14, 2017, at 12:41 PM, Derek C. Richardson <dcr...>
> wrote:
> >>
> >>
> >> As we were watching our feeders I noted we hadn't seen a Fox Sparrow
> all season, then I saw Gail's post, and then Frances saw a Fox Sparrow in
> the yard. :)
> >>
> >> (Other storm notables in the yard: Yellow-bellied Sapsucker at the
> feeders, a Song Sparrow, 1 male Red-winged Blackbird, 1 male Brown-headed,
> and lots of Common Grackles).
> >>
> >> D
> >>
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Date: 3/14/17 11:37 am
From: Russ Ruffing <ruff2...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] speaking of Fox Sparrows...
I've got two as well

Sent from my iPhone

> On Mar 14, 2017, at 1:55 PM, Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...> wrote:
>
> Now it is TWO Fox Sparrows! But they are fighting over who scratches where...come on guys, there is enough for all...
>
> Also, lots of Robins at the holly, which was untouched all winter, and a RAVEN flying unseen above the low clouds - GROAKKK - getting to be more common around here...
>
> Gail Mackiernan
> Colesville, MD
>
> Sent from my iPad
>
>> On Mar 14, 2017, at 12:41 PM, Derek C. Richardson <dcr...> wrote:
>>
>>
>> As we were watching our feeders I noted we hadn't seen a Fox Sparrow all season, then I saw Gail's post, and then Frances saw a Fox Sparrow in the yard. :)
>>
>> (Other storm notables in the yard: Yellow-bellied Sapsucker at the feeders, a Song Sparrow, 1 male Red-winged Blackbird, 1 male Brown-headed, and lots of Common Grackles).
>>
>> D
>>
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Date: 3/14/17 11:09 am
From: Frank Boyle <ravenfrank...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Rusty morning...
...in more ways than one. Still clearing snow here, we got roughly 11" of wet, heavy stuff.

Mixed in with the hordes of Red-Winged Blackbirds and Starlings are about a dozen Rusty Blackbirds.

My snow clearing skills are quite rusty, but by 7:30 I was out with my trusty Sears (a very old but good one) snowblower and I got our Road and driveway done, with some manual shoveling of the dog 🐶 run, etc. thrown in for good measure.

Keep yer stick on the ice,

Frank Boyle
Broken Wallet Farm
Rohrersville, MD


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Date: 3/14/17 11:01 am
From: Hugh David Fleischmann <david...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Re: Painted Bunting in Harford
To my birding friends. I am being forced to respond to this nonsense. I
am going to make one and only one response. As i am the no named
birder Josh speaks of, let me set the record straight. There was no
issue with people seeing this bird, or posting pictures to Facebook.
The homeowners want more people to enjoy this bird, before it leaves.
They dont want it on secret lock down. They enjoy the people and the
excitement surrounding having a rarity at their house. This is an
exact quote from the homeowner:
"yea, please tell as many people as you like, we aren't worried about
the number of birders, as long as they know the whole parking deal,
lol."

I am only sorry that one person (no names here) had the control over
who had the pleasure of seeing this bird since January 27th. They only
care that people park correctly so as to not disturb the neighbors
property. I hope all get to enjoy. The homeowners are incredibly
generous people. Anyone that goes should consider taking a token of
bird seed or suet, to show your appreciation. I'm done and thanks for
listening to my response. I won't have my good name besmerched by
alternate facts!
Contact Josh for access info or you are welcome to contact me. Have a
great spring 😎 day.
Awesome Birding in 2017!

Hugh David Fleischmann
410-598-9292
<david...>
On Mar 14, 2017 12:52 PM, 'Andrew Clemens' via Maryland & DC Birding
<mdbirding...> wrote:

There are also photographers who did NOT post this to facebook
after they photographed it. PLEASE do NOT make this
photographers vs birders. Some of us love both and CAN keep
locations quiet!
Andy

On Tuesday, March 14, 2017 9:59 AM, Warblerick
<ricksussman1955...> wrote:


On Monday, March 13, 2017 at 10:09:48 PM UTC-4, Josh Emm wrote:
> All,
> There's currently an adult male Painted Bunting coming to a
feeder in Aberdeen, MD. The presence of this bird was originally
slow release because of the super limited parking situation and
the homeowner's uncertainty as to how many people would come see
it. But because a certain (no names here) "birder" (term used
lightly) decided to take it upon them self to put it all over
Facebook, I figure now is as good a time as any to open it up to
the whole list serv. If you're interested, please shoot me an
email apistopanchax AT gmail.com
> Good birding
> Josh Emm
> HdG, MD
>
> Sent from my iPhone

There does seem to be an ever increasing clique of
bird-photographers in Maryland. Each trying to out-do the next,
and not very good at keeping a bird location to themselves. Once
one has posted a picture to FB, then they all start posting.

Rick Sussman
Woodbine, MD

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Date: 3/14/17 10:55 am
From: Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] speaking of Fox Sparrows...
Now it is TWO Fox Sparrows! But they are fighting over who scratches where...come on guys, there is enough for all...

Also, lots of Robins at the holly, which was untouched all winter, and a RAVEN flying unseen above the low clouds - GROAKKK - getting to be more common around here...

Gail Mackiernan
Colesville, MD

Sent from my iPad

> On Mar 14, 2017, at 12:41 PM, Derek C. Richardson <dcr...> wrote:
>
>
> As we were watching our feeders I noted we hadn't seen a Fox Sparrow all season, then I saw Gail's post, and then Frances saw a Fox Sparrow in the yard. :)
>
> (Other storm notables in the yard: Yellow-bellied Sapsucker at the feeders, a Song Sparrow, 1 male Red-winged Blackbird, 1 male Brown-headed, and lots of Common Grackles).
>
> D
>
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Date: 3/14/17 10:34 am
From: Paul Woodford <pwoodford68...>
Subject: [MDBirding] song sparrow at suet
No fox sparrows at my feeders, unfortunately, but I did see a song sparrow
at the suet feeder, which I had never seen before.

Paul Woodford
Ellicott City, MD

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Date: 3/14/17 10:33 am
From: 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Re: Painted Bunting in Harford
Agreed. In this case, it was someone who was given the information and didn't follow the request to keep it under wraps. OTOH, this may be the last slow release bird that they're alerted to.

Tyler Bell
<jtylerbell...>
California, Maryland

From: 'Andrew Clemens' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
To: Warblerick <ricksussman1955...>; Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Sent: Tuesday, March 14, 2017 12:52 PM
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Re: Painted Bunting in Harford

There are also photographers who did NOT post this to facebook after they photographed it.  PLEASE do NOT make this photographers vs birders.   Some of us love both and CAN keep locations quiet!
Andy

On Tuesday, March 14, 2017 9:59 AM, Warblerick <ricksussman1955...> wrote:


On Monday, March 13, 2017 at 10:09:48 PM UTC-4, Josh Emm wrote:
> All,
> There's currently an adult male Painted Bunting coming to a feeder in Aberdeen, MD. The presence of this bird was originally slow release because of the super limited parking situation and the homeowner's uncertainty as to how many people would come see it. But because a certain (no names here) "birder" (term used lightly) decided to take it upon them self to put it all over Facebook, I figure now is as good a time as any to open it up to the whole list serv. If you're interested, please shoot me an email apistopanchax AT gmail.com
> Good birding
> Josh Emm
> HdG, MD
>
> Sent from my iPhone

There does seem to be an ever increasing clique of bird-photographers in Maryland. Each trying to out-do the next, and not very good at keeping a bird location to themselves. Once one has posted a picture to FB, then they all start posting.

Rick Sussman
Woodbine, MD

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Date: 3/14/17 10:25 am
From: Kerry Stone <kstonelfs...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Fox Sparrow at feeder
I have a pair here too. Takoma Park.

Kerry
Montgomery County

On Tue, Mar 14, 2017 at 1:24 PM Warblerick <ricksussman1955...>
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> Here too.
>
>
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> Rick Sussman
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Date: 3/14/17 10:24 am
From: Warblerick <ricksussman1955...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fox Sparrow at feeder
Here too.

Rick Sussman
Carroll County

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Date: 3/14/17 10:15 am
From: Marcia Watson <marshwren50...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Cancelled: Tonight's meeting of Patuxent Bird Club/PG Audubon
Because of the dangerous travel conditions, tonight's meeting of the Patuxent Bird Club and Prince George's Audubon Society is cancelled. The speaker, Greg Kearns, will be rescheduled for a later date.

Be safe out there.

Marcia
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Date: 3/14/17 10:07 am
From: Derek C. Richardson <dcr...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: speaking of Fox Sparrows...

Make that *2* Fox Sparrows...(and 25 juncos).

D

On Tue, 14 Mar 2017, Derek C. Richardson wrote:
> As we were watching our feeders I noted we hadn't seen a Fox Sparrow all
> season, then I saw Gail's post, and then Frances saw a Fox Sparrow in the
> yard.
> :)
>
> (Other storm notables in the yard: Yellow-bellied Sapsucker at the feeders, a
> Song Sparrow, 1 male Red-winged Blackbird, 1 male Brown-headed, and lots of
> Common Grackles).

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Date: 3/14/17 9:52 am
From: 'Andrew Clemens' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Re: Painted Bunting in Harford
There are also photographers who did NOT post this to facebook after they photographed it.  PLEASE do NOT make this photographers vs birders.   Some of us love both and CAN keep locations quiet!
Andy

On Tuesday, March 14, 2017 9:59 AM, Warblerick <ricksussman1955...> wrote:


On Monday, March 13, 2017 at 10:09:48 PM UTC-4, Josh Emm wrote:
> All,
> There's currently an adult male Painted Bunting coming to a feeder in Aberdeen, MD. The presence of this bird was originally slow release because of the super limited parking situation and the homeowner's uncertainty as to how many people would come see it. But because a certain (no names here) "birder" (term used lightly) decided to take it upon them self to put it all over Facebook, I figure now is as good a time as any to open it up to the whole list serv. If you're interested, please shoot me an email apistopanchax AT gmail.com
> Good birding
> Josh Emm
> HdG, MD
>
> Sent from my iPhone

There does seem to be an ever increasing clique of bird-photographers in Maryland. Each trying to out-do the next, and not very good at keeping a bird location to themselves. Once one has posted a picture to FB, then they all start posting.

Rick Sussman
Woodbine, MD

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Date: 3/14/17 9:41 am
From: Derek C. Richardson <dcr...>
Subject: [MDBirding] speaking of Fox Sparrows...

As we were watching our feeders I noted we hadn't seen a Fox Sparrow all
season, then I saw Gail's post, and then Frances saw a Fox Sparrow in the yard.
:)

(Other storm notables in the yard: Yellow-bellied Sapsucker at the feeders, a
Song Sparrow, 1 male Red-winged Blackbird, 1 male Brown-headed, and lots of
Common Grackles).

D

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Date: 3/14/17 9:30 am
From: Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fox Sparrow at feeder
Among all the "usual suspects" at our feeders this morning, a lovely Fox Sparrow. The first one we have seen at the feeders this season...

Gail Mackiernan
Colesville, MD

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Date: 3/14/17 9:08 am
From: Lydia Schindler <lydia13621...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fwd: DC Area, 3/14/2017
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Date: Tue, Mar 14, 2017 at 11:51 AM
Subject: DC Area, 3/14/2017
To: <BIRDEAST...>


Hotline: Voice of the Naturalist
Date: 3/14/2017
Coverage: MD/DC/VA/DE/WV panhandle
Reports, comments, questions: <voice...>
Compiler: Bob Hartman
Sponsor: Audubon Naturalist Society of the Central
Atlantic States (independent of NAS)
Transcriber: Steve Cordle

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

This is the Voice of the Naturalist, a service of the Audubon
Naturalist Society. This report covers the week starting Tuesday,
March 7, and was completed on Tuesday, March 14 at about 8:00 a.m.

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


TOP BIRDS THIS WEEK: PINK-FOOTED GOOSE* in DE, SCISSOR-TAILED
FLYCATCHER* and PAINTED BUNTING in MD, and EUROPEAN GOLDFINCH* in VA.

OTHER BIRDS OF INTEREST: TRUMPETER SWAN, CHUKAR, EARED GREBE, AMERICAN
WHITE PELICAN, YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON, GOLDEN EAGLE, SORA,
PECTORAL SANDPIPER, RAZORBILL, BLACK-HEADED GULL, LITTLE GULL, RUFOUS
HUMMINGBIRD, NORTHERN SHRIKE, NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW, and
CLAY-COLORED SPARROW

TOP BIRDS

The PINK-FOOTED GOOSE* continued in Sussex Co DE, around the
intersection of Fowler Beach and Cods Roads, with sightings on March 8
& 11.

The SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER* continued all week in Ocean City MD
(Worcester Co). Most sightings were at two ball fields near 3rd
Street, one on the ocean-side, the other on the sound side.

A PAINTED BUNTING has been seen regularly at a feeder in Aberdeen MD
(Harford Co).

Leesylvania SP, in Prince William Co VA, hosted a EUROPEAN GOLDFINCH*
March 11-13; all of the many sightings seem to have been around the
Visitors Center and the nearby picnic area. One observer noted that
the bird had no leg bands, so it might not be an escape.

OTHER BIRDS OF INTEREST

Four probable TRUMPETER SWANs were reported March 13 at Schoolhouse
Pond in Upper Marlboro, Prince George's Co MD.

In Alexandria VA, along Portner Place, off Portner Rd, a CHUKAR was
sighted on March 7. Although it is undoubtedly an escape, it may be of
interest to those who haven't had a chance to see that species in the
western US.

On March 10, an EARED GREBE was spotted at Black Walnut Pk, Talbot Co
MD.

In addition to the AMERICAN WHITE PELICANs that now seem to be
resident at Blackwater NWR (Dorchester Co MD), the single bird
continued March 13 at Hart-Miller Island, Baltimore Co MD.

An early YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was present March 12 along Sligo
Creek in Montgomery Co MD, apparently around the White Oak area.

On March 13, Hart-Miller Island also hosted a Golden Eagle.

An early SORA was spotted at Swan Creek Wetland, Anne Arundel Co MD,
on March 9. Also early was a PECTORAL SANDPIPER at Hart-Miller Island
on March 13.

RAZORBILLs continued at Ocean City MD, with 1-2 seen March 7 & 9.

Reports of Black-headed Gull came from three Maryland locations: one
March 11 at North Point Pk, Baltimore Co; one March 12 along the
Susquehanna R at Lapidum; the third March 12 at Back River in eastern
Baltimore City. Also in MD, single LITTLE GULLs were seen: one March
10 at Lapidum, the other March 13 at Back River.

In St. Mary's Co MD, the RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD continued March 12 at
Wildewood Neighborhood Walk.

Also continuing was the NORTHERN SHRIKE, on March 11 at Sully
Woodlands, Fairfax Co VA.

Early NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOWs were seen in MD: one March 9 at
Swan Creek Wetland, one March 10 at the Salisbury Landfill Naylor Mill
Rd pond (Wicomico Co), another on March 10 in Harford Co, around the
Clubhouse Rd pond.

The CLAY-COLORED SPARROW continued all week in Queen Anne's Co MD, at
the Big Water Farm (private).

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

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

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

Thank you for your interest, and enjoy the birds.

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Date: 3/14/17 7:00 am
From: Warblerick <ricksussman1955...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Painted Bunting in Harford
On Monday, March 13, 2017 at 10:09:48 PM UTC-4, Josh Emm wrote:
> All,
> There's currently an adult male Painted Bunting coming to a feeder in Aberdeen, MD. The presence of this bird was originally slow release because of the super limited parking situation and the homeowner's uncertainty as to how many people would come see it. But because a certain (no names here) "birder" (term used lightly) decided to take it upon them self to put it all over Facebook, I figure now is as good a time as any to open it up to the whole list serv. If you're interested, please shoot me an email apistopanchax AT gmail.com
> Good birding
> Josh Emm
> HdG, MD
>
> Sent from my iPhone

There does seem to be an ever increasing clique of bird-photographers in Maryland. Each trying to out-do the next, and not very good at keeping a bird location to themselves. Once one has posted a picture to FB, then they all start posting.

Rick Sussman
Woodbine, MD

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Date: 3/14/17 6:36 am
From: Kevin Graff <keyweststyle2001...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Hart-Miller Island, 03/13/17
**Left out 4 Wilson's Snipes.**


On Mon, Mar 13, 2017 at 9:17 PM, Kevin Graff <keyweststyle2001...>
wrote:

>
> 03/13/07 – 710am-3pm
>
> Hart-Miller Island, Essex, B Co., MD
>
>
>
> WEATHER: Fair, 24-39 degrees, N 5K- calm
>
>
>
> Canada Goose – 51
>
> Tundra Swan – 129
>
> Wood Duck – 2
>
> Gadwall – 35
>
> American Wigeon – 8
>
> American Black Duck – 26
>
> Mallard – 22
>
> Northern Shoveler – 303
>
> Northern Pintail – 32
>
> Green-winged Teal – 56
>
> Ring-necked Duck – 19
>
> Greater Scaup – 3
>
> Lesser Scaup – 1551
>
> Scaup – Sp – 46
>
> Bufflehead – 87
>
> Common Goldeneye – 3
>
> Red-breasted Merganser – 3
>
> Ruddy Duck – 277
>
> Pied-billed Grebe – 1
>
> Horned Grebe – 2
>
> *RED-NECKED GREBE – 1
>
> Double-crested Cormorant – 67
>
> *AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN – 1 (continuing in am, not seen in pm)
>
> Great Blue Heron – 8
>
> Turkey Vulture – 2
>
> Osprey – 2
>
> Northern Harrier – 2
>
> Bald Eagle – 10 (4 adults, 6 immature, all over N Cell, kept dabblers at
> bay all day)
>
> *GOLDEN EAGLE – 1 (adult, have poor photo, will add to flickr.com soon)
>
> Sharp-shinned Hawk – 1
>
> Red-shouldered Hawk – 1
>
> American Coot – 26
>
> Killdeer – 3
>
> *PECTORAL SANDPIPER – 6 (have poor photos, will add to flickr.com soon)
>
> *BONAPARTE'S GULL – 1 (adult flyby toward Back River)
>
> Ring-billed Gull – 18
>
> Herring Gull – 6
>
> Great Black-backed Gull – 2
>
> Mourning Dove – 22
>
> Red-bellied Woodpecker – 1
>
> Downy Woodpecker – 2
>
> Northern Flicker – 10
>
> Eastern Phoebe – 1
>
> American Crow – 3
>
> *TREE SWALLOW – 1
>
> Carolina Chickadee – 2
>
> Carolina Wren – 4
>
> Ruby-crowned Kinglet – 2
>
> Hermit Thrush – 2
>
> American Robin – 1
>
> European Starling – 3
>
> Yellow-rumped Warbler – 1
>
> Eastern Towhee – 2
>
> American Tree Sparrow – 3
>
> Field Sparrow – 1
>
> Savannah Sparrow – 2
>
> Song Sparrow – 120
>
> Swamp Sparrow – 13
>
> White-throated Sparrow – 26
>
> White-crowned Sparrow – 2 (immature)
>
> “Slate-colored” Junco – 1
>
> Northern Cardinal – 15
>
> Red-winged Blackbird – 235
>
> American Goldfinch – 2
>
> SPECIES: 63 INDIVIDUALS: 3291
>
>
>
> MAMMALS: Red Fox – 2
>
>
>
> BUTTERFLIES: Orange Sulphur – 1
>
>
>
> Kevin Graff
>
> Jarrettsville, MD
>
> <Keyweststyle2001...>
>
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Date: 3/13/17 7:09 pm
From: Josh Emm <apistopanchax...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Painted Bunting in Harford
All,
There's currently an adult male Painted Bunting coming to a feeder in Aberdeen, MD. The presence of this bird was originally slow release because of the super limited parking situation and the homeowner's uncertainty as to how many people would come see it. But because a certain (no names here) "birder" (term used lightly) decided to take it upon them self to put it all over Facebook, I figure now is as good a time as any to open it up to the whole list serv. If you're interested, please shoot me an email apistopanchax AT gmail.com
Good birding
Josh Emm
HdG, MD

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Date: 3/13/17 7:05 pm
From: Kojo Baidoo <baidookojo6...>
Subject: [MDBirding] A Huge Mistake I Made (RSHAs)
So, I was watching Apollo and Hera Sunday morning, per usual. When I arrived at the heart of their territory, where the nest is located, I noticed a peculiar thing. The hawks were perched in a tree together and had just finished mating based on the vocalizations I heard when Hera, the female bird, flew off when she saw me. That also seemed normal enough. Then, Apollo flew up to the nest and called... also normal. What wasn't normal, though, was that I never saw him leave the nest. Normally, he flies up there with a stick or just to rearrange sticks, but has a specific call that he usually uses when at the nest to communicate with his mate. So, when I didn't see him fly out, I walked to another angle, looked up, and saw a tail poking out from the side of the nest, incubation style. That's when it hit me.

I had gotten the genders of the birds mixed up... for over a year.

As soon as the possibility hit me, it all seemed to make sense. How Apollo normally stays in the heart of the territory while Hera flies off somewhere else. How Apollo has been doing the majority of the nest building. How Apollo, when a Red-tail or Cooper's hawk is spotted in the territory, simply regards them with a watchful eye while Hera will circle, call, and dive bomb said intruder. How Hera is the shyer bird, but becomes much more tame once the eggs are laid. How Hera seemed to be the one I photographed doing display flights last year based on markings. Even how Hera seemed to be the bird on top during copulation, which I wasn't sure of because the majority of the time I have seen them, they were backlit... I can't believe I didn't see it before.

Now, looking back, I believe I onlY decided genders based on the fact that when I first encountered them, the first bird I encountered was Apollo, and SHE was calling territorially from a high perch. Additionally, she seemed smaller than the other bird, and she still does, but I realize that most of my views of them together are often backlit or very fleeting since the MALE is the one who often flies off.

I am absolutely astounded that I didn't figure this out before; it didn't even occur to me, even though all the signs were very, very obvious. For example, when I photographed one of the birds doing display flights in April, and I saw the markings on the breast were different than Apollo's, I immediately thought another male had replaced him and he had died; after all, "he" had to have been fairly old since I'd known "him" for a long time for a RSHA. Didn't even occur.

Well, I've decided to change their names to Zeus and Leto, which I find still fit, and even better, were an actual couple in Greek mythology. And, Leto has started to sit on the nest, so I anticipate egg laying soon.

On another note, I had my first migratory hawk of the season yesterday as well, a high Merlin winging its way north. And, a Coop made an appeaerance, attempting to snag a dove, missing, and then proceeding to perch in a tree not one hundred feet from the nest of Zeus and Leto, who simply fixed the hawk with a docile stare. Not the first time this has happened.

Anyway, with my newfound knowledge, lots of aspects of the birds and their way of life, including their individual dispositions, should make a lot more sense now as they continue their breeding process. Can't wait to observe them again, and I hope they stay warm in the storm tonight and tomorrow.

Kojo Baidoo
Reisterstown, MD

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Date: 3/13/17 6:55 pm
From: 'Michel Cavigelli' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Black Rail Article
Thanks for sharing, Marcia. Sad.

Sent from my iPhone

> On Mar 13, 2017, at 12:32 PM, Marcia Watson <marshwren50...> wrote:
>
> There is a good short article on the population decline of the Black Rail in our area and beyond, in the Bay Journal: http://www.bayjournal.com/article/black_rail_population_sinking_fast_as_rising_sea_level_drowns_its_habitat?utm_source=Bay+Journal+Weekly+News&utm_campaign=21a4230911-Newsltr_2017_Mar_13&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_bde9036159-21a4230911-109997401
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> The numbers are startling and sobering.
>
> Marcia
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Date: 3/13/17 6:17 pm
From: Kevin Graff <keyweststyle2001...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Hart-Miller Island, 03/13/17
03/13/07 – 710am-3pm

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



WEATHER: Fair, 24-39 degrees, N 5K- calm



Canada Goose – 51

Tundra Swan – 129

Wood Duck – 2

Gadwall – 35

American Wigeon – 8

American Black Duck – 26

Mallard – 22

Northern Shoveler – 303

Northern Pintail – 32

Green-winged Teal – 56

Ring-necked Duck – 19

Greater Scaup – 3

Lesser Scaup – 1551

Scaup – Sp – 46

Bufflehead – 87

Common Goldeneye – 3

Red-breasted Merganser – 3

Ruddy Duck – 277

Pied-billed Grebe – 1

Horned Grebe – 2

*RED-NECKED GREBE – 1

Double-crested Cormorant – 67

*AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN – 1 (continuing in am, not seen in pm)

Great Blue Heron – 8

Turkey Vulture – 2

Osprey – 2

Northern Harrier – 2

Bald Eagle – 10 (4 adults, 6 immature, all over N Cell, kept dabblers at
bay all day)

*GOLDEN EAGLE – 1 (adult, have poor photo, will add to flickr.com soon)

Sharp-shinned Hawk – 1

Red-shouldered Hawk – 1

American Coot – 26

Killdeer – 3

*PECTORAL SANDPIPER – 6 (have poor photos, will add to flickr.com soon)

*BONAPARTE'S GULL – 1 (adult flyby toward Back River)

Ring-billed Gull – 18

Herring Gull – 6

Great Black-backed Gull – 2

Mourning Dove – 22

Red-bellied Woodpecker – 1

Downy Woodpecker – 2

Northern Flicker – 10

Eastern Phoebe – 1

American Crow – 3

*TREE SWALLOW – 1

Carolina Chickadee – 2

Carolina Wren – 4

Ruby-crowned Kinglet – 2

Hermit Thrush – 2

American Robin – 1

European Starling – 3

Yellow-rumped Warbler – 1

Eastern Towhee – 2

American Tree Sparrow – 3

Field Sparrow – 1

Savannah Sparrow – 2

Song Sparrow – 120

Swamp Sparrow – 13

White-throated Sparrow – 26

White-crowned Sparrow – 2 (immature)

“Slate-colored” Junco – 1

Northern Cardinal – 15

Red-winged Blackbird – 235

American Goldfinch – 2

SPECIES: 63 INDIVIDUALS: 3291



MAMMALS: Red Fox – 2



BUTTERFLIES: Orange Sulphur – 1



Kevin Graff

Jarrettsville, MD

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Date: 3/13/17 3:55 pm
From: Lydia Schindler <lydia13621...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Rare Birder Alert: Nico Sarbanes!
On Thursday, March 9, 2017 at 6:23:06 PM UTC-5, Gene Scarpulla wrote:
> Several years ago, I compiled a list of Maryland birders who listened to jazz.  The file has long since been lost, having been on a previous computer.  So, I’m posting this to the MD/DC Birding group to reach the 15 or so of us who were on the list.  Recently, Marcia and I attended the Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival in Rockville so that we could see 23-year old friend and Maryland birder Nico Sarbanes and the Nico Sarbanes Quintet.  (Yes, Nico is the birder who first reported [without optics, I might add] the Brown Boobies at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor.)  What an incredibly talented performer!  Marcia and I thoroughly enjoyed the evening, as well as reconnecting with Nico.  Besides being a talented musician, he is also an accomplished song writer.  His song “Somethin' fo' Smitty” is a tune that I originally thought was a jazz standard.  I was awed to find out that Nico had written it.  He has just released his first CD: Nico Sarbanes: Live in Baltimore.  He and his group play at various venues in the Baltimore/Washington area.  If you get the chance, go see Nico, this time holding his trumpet instead of his binoculars.  You can find out more about Nico and his music at http://www.nicosarbanes.com/.
>  
>
> Gene Scarpulla
> Editor, The Maryland Entomologist
> Editor, Maryland Birdlife
> Bowie, Maryland
> <ejscarp...>
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Thanks, Gene, for alerting us to this wonderful talent.

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Date: 3/13/17 12:25 pm
From: <keyweststyle2001...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Little Gull
One adult in winter plumage just flew up Back River at MES land base‎.
- Kevin Graff
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Date: 3/13/17 10:25 am
From: Fred Shaffer <glaucousgull...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Four Trumpeter Swans at Schoolhouse Pond
One thing that I'll add to my earlier post is that I compared my photos from today with the photos of the known wing-tagged Trumpeter Swan that was at Schoolhouse Pond from May 2006 to March 2009 and the pattern of feathering at the base of the bill was comparable.
Fred <ShafferGlaucousGull...>, MD

On Monday, March 13, 2017 1:09 PM, Fred Shaffer <glaucousgull...> wrote:


There are four probable Trumpeter Swans at Schoolhouse Pond.  The birds were not present during my morning walk, but were easily visible at lunchtime, feeding towards the rear of the pond.  At least with binoculars and some of my better camera shots, the birds look good for Trumpeters, with no yellow on the bill, massive long and sloping bills, and the feathers coming to a point on the forehead.  While I probably can't rule out "trumplings" completely (there's one swan that looked a little smaller), I think the swans look good for Trumpeters and I'll upload my photos to eBird this evening.  The birds did not have visible wing tags and I couldn't tell if they were banded. I had known that waterfowl was moving, as I had 4 Hooded Mergansers and 4 Green-winged Teal during my walk this morning.  Good birding!
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Date: 3/13/17 10:09 am
From: Fred Shaffer <glaucousgull...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Four Trumpeter Swans at Schoolhouse Pond
There are four probable Trumpeter Swans at Schoolhouse Pond.  The birds were not present during my morning walk, but were easily visible at lunchtime, feeding towards the rear of the pond.  At least with binoculars and some of my better camera shots, the birds look good for Trumpeters, with no yellow on the bill, massive long and sloping bills, and the feathers coming to a point on the forehead.  While I probably can't rule out "trumplings" completely (there's one swan that looked a little smaller), I think the swans look good for Trumpeters and I'll upload my photos to eBird this evening.  The birds did not have visible wing tags and I couldn't tell if they were banded. I had known that waterfowl was moving, as I had 4 Hooded Mergansers and 4 Green-winged Teal during my walk this morning.  Good birding!
Fred <ShafferGlaucousGull...>, MD

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Date: 3/13/17 9:32 am
From: Marcia Watson <marshwren50...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Black Rail Article
There is a good short article on the population decline of the Black Rail in our area and beyond, in the Bay Journal: http://www.bayjournal.com/article/black_rail_population_sinking_fast_as_rising_sea_level_drowns_its_habitat?utm_source=Bay+Journal+Weekly+News&utm_campaign=21a4230911-Newsltr_2017_Mar_13&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_bde9036159-21a4230911-109997401

The numbers are startling and sobering.

Marcia
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Patuxent Bird Club
Maryland Ornithological Society

Bowie, Maryland
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Date: 3/13/17 7:33 am
From: 'Stephen Davies' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Yellow-Crowned Night Herons
Pat et al
Still there this morning:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35152043

Has anyone told it about the weather forecast for tonight? 
Cheers
Stephen

 Stephen J. Davies

Silver Spring, MD
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From: Patricia Wood <pwood...>
To: Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Sent: Sunday, March 12, 2017 6:04 PM
Subject: [MDBirding] Yellow-Crowned Night Herons

I've been checking eBird for reports, and as of yesterday, the closest was South Carolina, so I didn't really expect to see one when I went for a walk in Sligo (the part SE of Colesville), and I didn't.  A Pileated was a nice find tho.  Anyway, today I looked at the eBird reports for any rarities seen in Montgomery County and there it was--a Yellow-Crowned Night-Heron in Sligo Creek!  And a little SE of Colesville at that.  Congratulations to Stephen Davies for spotting the first one.  Of course I went back, but tho I saw the two Mallards that Steve's report included, no heron.  Hope this really early one will be ok given the weather coming up.

Patricia Wood
Silver Spring

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Date: 3/13/17 7:16 am
From: Derek Hudgins <derekhudgins...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Scissor-tailed Flycatcher WoCo
The Scissor-tailed Flycatcher is putting on a show at 10 in the second field between 3rd and 4th Streets in Ocean City, the one surrounded by the skate park and playground.

Good birding,
Derek Hudgins
Baltimore

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Date: 3/12/17 6:29 pm
From: SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Sunday, March 12, 2017 34 Raptors
Fort Smallwood Park
Pasadena, Maryland, USA


Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 12, 2017
Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
Black Vulture 0 14 16
Turkey Vulture 19 373 432
Osprey 4 19 20
Bald Eagle 4 21 25
Northern Harrier 0 1 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk 3 9 9
Cooper's Hawk 1 8 8
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 10 17
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 1 9 10
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 2 2
American Kestrel 2 6 6
Merlin 0 1 1
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0
Total: 34 473 547


Observation start time: 08:45:00 Daylight Savings Time
Observation end time: 1:00:00
Total observation time: 4.25 hours
Official Counter Bill Hubick
Observers: Chris Reed, Dan Haas

Weather: Mostly cloudy becoming partly cloudy; cold again: 27-35 degrees; excellent visibility; winds westerly, sometimes with a northwest component, 8-14 mph, gusting to 23 mph

Raptor Observations: The average total number of Bald Eagles observed moving north at this point in the season is about 6; the total so far this season is 25.

Non-raptor Observations: 18 Northern Shovelers; 18 Bonaparte's Gulls; more Herring Gulls moving north
---------------------------------------------
Report submitted by Sue Ricciardi (<susiericc...> mailto:<susiericc...> )
Fort Smallwood Park information may be found at: http://www.mdbirds.org/sites/mdsites/hawks/hawkwatch.html

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

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Date: 3/12/17 3:05 pm
From: Patricia Wood <pwood...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Yellow-Crowned Night Herons
I've been checking eBird for reports, and as of yesterday, the closest was South Carolina, so I didn't really expect to see one when I went for a walk in Sligo (the part SE of Colesville), and I didn't. A Pileated was a nice find tho. Anyway, today I looked at the eBird reports for any rarities seen in Montgomery County and there it was--a Yellow-Crowned Night-Heron in Sligo Creek! And a little SE of Colesville at that. Congratulations to Stephen Davies for spotting the first one. Of course I went back, but tho I saw the two Mallards that Steve's report included, no heron. Hope this really early one will be ok given the weather coming up.

Patricia Wood
Silver Spring

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Date: 3/12/17 8:42 am
From: John McKitterick <jbmck...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Lyme disease forecast
A story on a forbidding Lyme disease forecast, based on an increase in
mice populations. One of the factors in this increase is the increased
fragmentation of the Eastern forests, a familiar problem to this community.
The increase in mice populations is also apparent in my house this winter
:-(.

http://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2017/03/06/518219485/forbidding-forecast-for-lyme-disease-in-the-northeast?utm_source=npr_newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=20170312&utm_campaign=npr_email_a_friend&utm_term=storyshare

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Date: 3/12/17 8:16 am
From: Pat Valdata <pvaldata1...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Great Egret
I just saw our FOS Great Egret in the creek. New yard bird!

Pat Valdata 
Crisfield, Somerset County

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Date: 3/11/17 6:57 pm
From: SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Saturday, March 11, 2017 19 Raptors
Fort Smallwood Park
Pasadena, Maryland, USA


Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 11, 2017
Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
Black Vulture 2 14 16
Turkey Vulture 6 354 413
Osprey 3 15 16
Bald Eagle 2 17 21
Northern Harrier 0 1 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk 2 6 6
Cooper's Hawk 1 7 7
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 1 10 17
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 1 8 9
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 2 2
American Kestrel 0 4 4
Merlin 1 1 1
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0
Total: 19 439 513


Observation start time: 09:30:00
Observation end time: 14:30:00
Total observation time: 5 hours
Official Counter Paul Fritz
Observers: Chris Reed, Hal Wierenga, Lynn Davidson

Weather: Clouds decreasing from 50% to 5% over the course of the watch; a cold 27-35 degrees; excellent visibility; winds strong and westerly, 15-22 mph, gusting to 31 mph

Raptor Observations: The first-of-the season Merlin landed about 40 feet away in a snag. Scoping it revealed several blue feathers on the upper shoulder with all the rest brown, making it a young male. He sat still for 5 or more minutes, even when a man walked right by the tree! The Cooper's Hawk was an adult with a beautiful blue back, small enough to be a male. He flew within 5 feet of the concrete next to the path, only several feet above the ground. Cool observations in the cold!

Non-raptor Observations: Red-headed Woodpecker

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

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

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Date: 3/11/17 2:43 pm
From: Kojo Baidoo <baidookojo6...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Spring is on the way
Apollo and Hera have been quite busy over the last couple of weeks, renovating the nest and mating with each other, Usually, the morning for me starts off with finding them perched together in a favorite tree. Then, Hera sees me and flies off to wherever, while Apollo just watches me for about five seconds before losing interest. Then, he switches to several perches to keep an eye on his domain for about an hour before Hera returns, he flies off to meet her, and they mate. Then, she goes off to hunt, while he either flies to the other part of the forest that he prefers hunting in (basically, the part of the. forest that isn't in the immediate vicinity of the nest) to continue. sitting around, does a bit of branching (breaking off sticks to go place on/in the nest), or goes to hunt. There are, of course, a few variations in this routine which seems to be a mix of their usual winter habits (the sitting around part) and preparing for spring. For example, when the Red-tails try to intrude, the pair goes all warrior mode, working together as a team to drive their larger cousins out (it's usually only one individual). Later in the season, Hera will also become more tame, usually around the time she lays her eggs. My guess is that it's the protective mother instinct kicking in.

Anyone who read my posts about these birds may recall that I did end up finding another breeding RSHA pair in my neighborhood, an adult male and an immature (sexually mature, apparently) female. Around the time Apollo and Hera started to become active, these two seem to have done the same; the male bird is calling in the field behind my house often. A mystery that I have yet to solve is why the bird he is mated with has not seem to have molted and grown adult plumage yet. Last year, she was in the same immature plumage, and had tattered tail feathers (the ends were, at least) which helped me to identify her . I saw a similarly plumaged bird over the course of the winter a couple of times, but I thought it was just a visited bird from farther up North. Looking at pictures, I saw that it had the same tattered feather ends as the bird from last spring. If they are the same bird, I am very confused as to why she has not grown adult feathers; I read that immatures usually change in their second fall, which would have been in 2016 for this bird. At first I thought that she had changed when I had a fleeting glance of her flying away, but a much better look last Sunday said otherwise. Can anybody explain this? She appears to be very healthy; she wasn't the tamest when I found her over the winter, which suggests that (although tameness can be an individual trait, sick or hungry birds are usually more so) so I have no idea what's causing this. There's also the possibiltiy that the adult male simply happened to mate with two different immature females, which is pretty weird. I doubt I'll ever really know the true story, but I might as well try, right?


Good Birding,

Kojo Baidoo
Reisterstown, MD

Apollo: https://www.flickr.com/photos/132863360@N02/33343846976/in/dateposted-public/

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Date: 3/11/17 9:51 am
From: 'nicoantonmusic1' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Rare Birder Alert: Nico Sarbanes!


Thanks so much for the kind words, Gene!

Nico Sarbanes

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Date: 3/11/17 7:24 am
From: Joe Hanfman <auk1844...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Black-headed Gull - Baltimore
Just saw a Black-headed Gull at North Point SP. There is a cove to the southwest of the large jetty/pier. It flew in there with 8 Bonaparte's Gulls.
Flew past the large jetty/pier with BOGU's. Larger than BOGU, black on underside of primaries, slower wing beat than BOGU, red bill.

Joe Hanfman
Columbia, MD

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Date: 3/10/17 9:54 am
From: s byrd <mybyrdz5...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Patapsco State Park Ravens and Kinder less Kinder
On Friday, March 10, 2017 at 11:59:47 AM UTC-5, Marcy Stutzman wrote:
> Hi Saundra,
>
> Following your description on a map, I noticed a railroad bridge crossing the river near that tower. Have you ever walked down to the river to take a look at what might be nesting underneath it?
>
> Marcy Stutzman
> Russett, MD 20724

Hi Marcy , That's possibly the railroad that goes right over the river next to the pay station. That's where I saw the Raven last year .He headed in the opposite direction both times . I do remember a crow making funny sounds bout a year ago under the interstate 95 bridge further down the park though .I recorded it but eventually deleted the video I think . Ill keep an eye on the bridges . thanks

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Date: 3/10/17 9:08 am
From: Marcia Balestri <mebalestri...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Big Millpond Widgeons pt 2
The one near Vienna is in Dorchester, but there is a Big Mill Pond in Worcester near the VA border.
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> On Mar 10, 2017, at 11:48 AM, s byrd <mybyrdz5...> wrote:
>
> I should've added the location I was talking about . Big Millpond which I think this is only my second time stopping here is near Vienna (Dorchester county or Worcester county not sure from map im looking at at the moment ) . Seen from pulloff on rt 50 .
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> Saundra Byrd
> Baltimore
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Date: 3/10/17 8:59 am
From: Marcy Stutzman <marciastutzman...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Patapsco State Park Ravens and Kinder less Kinder
Hi Saundra,

Following your description on a map, I noticed a railroad bridge crossing the river near that tower. Have you ever walked down to the river to take a look at what might be nesting underneath it?

Marcy Stutzman
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Date: 3/10/17 8:48 am
From: s byrd <mybyrdz5...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Big Millpond Widgeons pt 2
I should've added the location I was talking about . Big Millpond which I think this is only my second time stopping here is near Vienna (Dorchester county or Worcester county not sure from map im looking at at the moment ) . Seen from pulloff on rt 50 .

Saundra Byrd
Baltimore

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Date: 3/10/17 8:16 am
From: Hugh David Fleischmann <david...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Scissor-tailed Flycatcher WoCo
Still present as of 10:45. It was hanging out on the pitchers mound.

Awesome Birding in 2017!

H. David Fleischmann
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> On Mar 10, 2017, at 9:55 AM, Betsy Bangert <elizabetsy111...> wrote:
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> The STFL was still present at the ballfields between 3rd and 4th St. in Ocean City this morning.
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Date: 3/10/17 8:03 am
From: Tim Carney <timmyc83...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Masonville 3/8/2017
Apologies for the delay in posting. I surveyed Masonville Cove on Wednesday 3/8. I did not relocate the Orange-crowned Warbler, but it was very windy which kept passerines hunkered down.

Highlights included 2 AMERICAN WIGEONS and 3 REDHEADS out in the cove. Both are unusual at this location. I also saw 3 Tree Swallows behind the Education Center and 1 American Kestrel in a restricted area.

eBird checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35083551

Tim Carney
Nottingham, MD

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Date: 3/10/17 7:59 am
From: Mark Johnson <mj3151...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Little Gulls at Lapidum in Harford Co.
There were at least two Little Gulls among the many Bonapartes and Ring Billed Gulls heading upstream on the Susquehanna at Lapidum through the snowfall this morning. The first was seen at 8:44 and the second at 10:12 AM. There was also a huge flight of Tree Swallows streaming by for the entire hour+ that I was there...many thousands.


Mark Johnson

Aberdeen, MD

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Date: 3/10/17 7:58 am
From: Harry Armistead <harryarmistead...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Oodles of Bald Eagles, Blue Geese, Canvasbacks & Redheads.
FERRY NECK, BLACKWATER, TAYLOR’S ISLAND, and ELLIOTT ISLAND ROAD, MARCH 5-8, 2017. Lots of Blue Geese, Canvasbacks, Redheads & Bald Eagles.


MARCH 5, SUNDAY. On the way to God’s Country from PA. At Middletown, DE, 21 Fish Crows. A d.o.r. Striped Skunk at the MD/DE border, Route 301, and another fatality at Route 301, Milepost 118. Route 481: just one each of bluebird and kestrel. Arrive at Rigby’s Folly, Ferry Neck, Talbot County, 3:45 P.M. in time to see 3 Gray Squirrels on the way up the driveway and, from the dock: Ruddy Duck 280, Horned Grebe 6, Red-breasted Merganser 1, and Bufflehead 7.


Then it’s out to Lucy Point across our Field 1 (by car!), 4:30-6:10, where it is dead calm, clear, with excellent visibilty, and the crazy temperature swings from 34-42-30: REDHEAD 610 (but the flock is slowly swimming out-of-sight around Holland Point, so who knows how many are really in the area), Bufflehead 260, NORTHERN GANNET 19 (actively hunting though with no wind they have to work; only 1 plungediver seen), Horned Grebe 10, Surf Scoter 470, Ruddy Duck 65, Canada Goose 60, Tundra Swan 45, Long-tailed Duck 310, Herring Gull 9, Common Loon 2, Red-breasted Merganser 8, and Great Blue Heron 1.


Only 1 boat seen. Today is more like it, but still not as impressive as in the past when my early spring maxima for Surf Scoter and Long-tailed Duck have both been over 9,000. Things do change. I set the Raccoon trap but to no avail. Very low tide, exposed mud out to the end of the dock. The ditches, little ponds, and fields dried up considerably since last time.


MARCH 6, MONDAY. Bird in DORCHESTER COUNTY from 7 A.M. until 6:30 P.M., 111 birding car miles.


BALD EAGLE breakdown. 95 total (nice, but my personal best is 199): Egypt Road 19 (usually I see from none to 3 or 4 here; no roadkills or deer carcasses to explain this big uptick), Blackwater central areas 36, Hip Roof Road 1, Taylor’s Island 8, marshes at Transquaking River (Bestpitch) 7, Lewis Wharf Road 6, and Elliott Island Road 18. See adults on 6 nests, probably brooding small eaglets.


OAKLEY STREET and Cambridge waterfront from there upstream (east) to just past the old Route 50 bridge: 7-7:30. Most of the Canvasbacks are just W of the yacht club, seem largely indifferent to my offerings of corn, a big bucket’s worth: Canvasback 700, Lesser Scaup 600, Canada Goose 15, American Wigeon 50, Mallard 25, Surf Scoter 55, Long-tailed Duck 2, Fish Crow 8, Ring-billed & Herring Gull combo 400 (mostly sitting on the old bridge, n side), Double-crested Cormorant 7, Killdeer 1, and 1 Gray Squirrel. 30 degrees F., fair, NE5.


EGYPT ROAD: Gadwall 1, Wood Duck 6, Hooded Merganser 2 (these 3 species at the “Prothonotary Place”), Tundra Swan 12 (in a field), Wild Turkey 13, Sharp-shinned Hawk 1, Black Vulture 3, Canada Goose 36, Turkey Vulture 11, Red-tailed Hawk 1, Horned Lark 1, duck unIDd 80 (flying N in the distance), and Eastern Bluebird 4. 7:10 - 7:55.


BLACKWATER N.W.R., central areas, 8 A.M. - 1 P.M. After some of my numbers, in parentheses, are selected totals of the official refuge count done March 2, mostly along Wildlife Drive, Sewards, and the Route 335 bridge, but also including the rather distant Kuehnle Tract and several other areas, minor ones.


BLUE GOOSE 1,095 (I’d wager this is the highest Maryland total in decades; only a Ringler or Stasz would know for sure; result of a careful estimate counting by tens). Time was … there were far more Blues than Snows here, this being then one of 3 good places in the East to see good numbers of Blues, the others being Mattamuskeet, NC, and the Hopewell, VA, areas.


Snow Goose (regular whities) 1,650 (2,360), Tundra Swan 345 (753), Ring-necked Duck 170 (Pool 1; 182), Northern Shoveler 225 (214), Mallard 120, Gadwall 8, American Wigeon 6, American Black Duck 12, Northern Pintail 8, Bufflehead 1 (Pool 1), American Coot 9, Great Blue Heron 38 (34 of them in flight over the small [well, maybe NOT so small] colony in the pines by the Marsh Edge Trail), AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN 40, Green-winged Teal 105 (264), Common Merganser 2, Black-bellied Plover 2, Killdeer 22, Forster’s Tern 16 (2), Dunlin a mere 7, Red-tailed Hawk 1 adult, Northern Harrier 1 adult male, Hooded Merganser 3 (36), Savannah Sparrow 2, Fish Crow 2.


NON-AVIAN TAXA & details. Calling: 1 Southern Leopard Frog, 4 or 5 New Jersey Chorus Frogs. Tidal waters lower than I’ve ever seen them. Clear, SE10+, 35-45 degrees F. Fresh water levels high. It is nice to see someone walking, on a leash, their Beagle, my favorite dog breed.


HIP ROOF ROAD: American Black Duck 4. SMITHVILLE ROAD: Red-tailed Hawk 1, American Black Duck 6.


TAYLOR’S ISLAND, 1:20-3. Not much. Tundra Swan 210, Northern Gannet 6, American Robin 70, Rock Pigeon 43 (most on the roof of the Taylor’s Island Family Campground [TIFC] store with 2 Gray Squirrels nearby), Bufflehead 8, Surf Scoter 10, Horned Grebe 4, Turkey Vulture 55, Red-tailed Hawk 2, Common Loon 1, Great Blue Heron 1, Red-winged Blackbird 220 (95% females), Common Grackle 12. Mallard 2, Forster’s Tern 1, Canada Goose 105, American Kestrel 1, and Mourning Dove 14. Along the W edge of the little pond on the way in to TIFC 14 Painted Turtles are basking. Down Punch Island road a ways is a nice Fox Squirrel. I pull up RIGHT NEXT to it and after regarding me for a few seconds it scampers off. Clear becoming partly cloudy, SE15+, 49-51


TRANSQUAKING RIVER/BESTPITCH. 3:30 P.M. When the waters out or low the open area on the south side E of the river is nice and muddy, as it is today. Green-winged Teal 104, Greater Yellowlegs 1, American Black Duck 6, Northern Harrier 3, Killdeer 3, Black Vulture 8, Turkey Vulture 28, Mallard 2, Great Blue Heron 1, and Canada Goose 40. 50 degrees F., SE15, partly cloudy.


LEWIS WHARF ROAD, 4 P.M., offers a great view up and down Nanticoke River by a little muddy launch area used by a few commercial fisherman and anglers with profuse (unfortunately) growths of Japanese Knot Weed on either side of the launch place. Slate-colored Junco 9.


ELLIOTT ISLAND ROAD, 4:10-6:30. Short-eared Owl 0, Boat-tailed Grackle 0, CANVASBACK 3,625, Lesser Scaup 75, Ruddy Duck 200 (these last 3 species in Fishing Bay where the road goes along the bay edge after the sharp, right-angle left turn to the south), Gadwall 6, American Wigeon 4, American Black Duck 160, Mallard 8, Green-winged Teal 120, Bufflehead 4, Northern Harrier 6, Greater Yellowlegs just 2, Wilson’s Snipe 3, Savannah Sparrow 2, and Eastern Meadowlark 1. Two Sika Deer at dusk. 51-52-46, SE15, fair then mostly overcast (i.e., unfair, but get used to it) with occasional very light sprinkles, tide very low but rising. 32 species. One angler from Salisbury on the shore near the cans with 2 lines set for White Perch using bloodworms for bait.


MARCH 7, TUESDAY. Take it easy, recover from yesterday, and enjoy the pleasures of relaxing solitude. In Poplar Cove are 14 Tundra Swans (5 of them young), all dozing. Rest up dudes, it’s a long way to Nunavut. In Field 2 then flying to Field 1 some 300 blackbirds: 50% Red-winged Blackbirds, 50% European Starlings. Do some clipping of overhanging vegetation on the driveway. A Belted Kingfisher over the cove. To see a White-throated Sparrow in full fig foraging in the fresh green grass among small purple and white flowers is lovely sight.


Drive to Holland Point, hoping to meet the new owners, but they are not there. I leave my card with the caretaker, with whom I have a nice talk. It’s a 7.0 mile drive, and, typical of Talbot County, less than half a mile from our Lucy Point to there by water. Do see 360 Redheads and a blackbird flock of c. 200, half redwings and half grackles.


LUCY POINT, 2 - 3:53 P.M., fair becoming mostly overcast, 57-59, SW15+ with considerable chop, making finding birds difficult, even though the wind is diminishing. Unhelpful haze cuts in at about 1 mile out. Spend about 1/3 of this period dozing in the sporadic sunshine. No scope this time: Northern Gannet 3, Common Goldeneye 1, Red-breasted Merganser 17, Tundra Swan 45, Bufflehead 74 (close in), Great Blue Heron 1, Eastern Bluebird 1, Canada Goose 30, Ruddy Duck 1, Horned Grebe 2, Ring-billed Gull 9, Surf Scoter 5, and unIDd duck 39. One workboat and 1 skipjack, the latter under sail.


Drive the fields again, staying in the middle, totaling 1.9 miles from 4 - 4:45: American Robin 95, starling 150, Red-winged Blackbird 150, all in Field 2. An Eastern Bluebird near the nest box on the pole of Field 4. American Crow 2 in Field 6. An unIDd sparrow flushes from the turnips in Field 3 (the Clover Field); now that might have been something interesting. The fields all have fresh growth of grasses, 1”-3” high, but, as usual, lack the field birds I’d have wished to see: larks, Killdeer, pipits, and their ilk. The Hawthorns or Crab Apples or whatever they are, are on the verge of bursting into white bloom, early. From the dock at 5 P.M.: Horned Grebe 2 and a Common Loon dealing with a Hogchoker.


MARCH 8, WEDNESDAY. Catch a large Raccoon in the big Havahart trap overnight, no doubt the culprit that has been emptying feeders, sometimes knocking them off of the “shepherd’s crooks”. Dangle a partially-opened can of sardines in olive oil, trying to get at this they step on the plate that triggers the trap closure. Years ago I caught 10 Raccoons with the same trap in a two-week period at our home in Philadelphia, where they had been tearing the garbage bags apart, and relocated the ‘coons to distant areas.


In spite of the problems they cause, such as breaking into the Maryland house via the roof for 4 consecutive winters - I once opened up a side panel in the guest room and there was a mother ‘coon and 3 youngsters - they are attractive, smart-looking creatures. The photograph of one by Dave Harp, looking out from a tree cavity, on the cover of this March’s issue of Tidewater Times, is guaranteed to melt most hearts.


4 Gray Squirrels, including an errant individual with white paws and legs that I’ll call Snowshoes. Never seen that before. Overcast, some rain, clearing apparent in the NW, winds NW15 and building, 52, verging on nasty. American Robins are feasting on something in the English Ivy (berries?). Leave at 7:30 A.M.


4 Wild Turkeys in one of John Swaine’s fields, 8 more opposite Town & Country, in their favorite field south of Route 33, W of Easton. A get away breakfast at Denny’s. I like to sit in a booth on the S side that overlooks a wide, overgrown, sumpy ditch, sometimes inhabited by sparrows. I’m used to seeing Bag Worms (Thyridopteryx ephemeraeformis, name is about as long as their bags, at least in size 18 font) on Eastern Redcedars. There are some in the ditch vegetation that has no cedars, but, instead cattails, Panicum, Black Cherries, young Red Mulberries, honeysuckle, and blackberry brambles.


Just up the road from Route 404 and off of Route 309 are 37 Tundra Swans feeding on winter wheat, 8 of them youngsters, plus a Horned Lark, and an adult Bald Eagle watching the swans from its perch. Along Route 481: Canada Goose 110, Killdeer 3, Rock Pigeon 12, an adult male Northern Harrier, Horned Lark 1, Eastern Bluebird 4, Mourning Dove 4, American Kestrel 1, and a pair of Bald Eagles near their nest in a Loblolly Pine, a nest I hadn’t noticed before. On the bridge over the Sassafras River, Route 301, is a large, dead Striped Skunk. And so it goes.


I experience a certain sadness as the winter birds, especially waterbirds, leave, perhaps a mild form of seasonal affective disorder. That sort of thing used to hit me in fall, especially in late September. Once at Cape May at that time of year c. 1960 a close friend asked me: “Harry, what’s wrong?” I didn’t know what was wrong. I just felt kind of blue.


Best to all. - Harry Armistead.

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Date: 3/10/17 7:04 am
From: s byrd <mybyrdz5...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Big Millpond Wigeons ? and Anne Arundel Eagles
Ive gone on Ebird and checked the reports for American Widgeon at Big Millpond for the end of February . I only see a couple reports and they only have a couple Widgeon . I stopped there on February 25 and there were approx. 100 ducks there . I could find nothing else but Widgeon . Every head had the white Mohawk . Did anyone else see a hundred Widgeon here recently ? Could it have been something else ? There were also 5 Tundra Swans there , a few Mallard and Geese . Ducks are such unfriendly birds . They all moved away after I pulled up .

Also the Eagles are on all three nests in the North Anne Arundel County Area . The 1025 Nursery road one , the BWX Nursery road one and the Furnace creek one . Gonna be some Osprey Eagle wars to follow !

Saundra Byrd
Baltimore

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Date: 3/10/17 6:55 am
From: Betsy Bangert <elizabetsy111...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Scissor-tailed Flycatcher WoCo
The STFL was still present at the ballfields between 3rd and 4th St. in Ocean City this morning.

Good birding!

Betsy Bangert
Ocean Pines, MD

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Date: 3/10/17 6:35 am
From: s byrd <mybyrdz5...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Patapsco State Park Ravens and Kinder less Kinder
Hi All, Late report of Raven at Patapsco State park Elkridge area at Washington blvd. tower . I have photos of what me and my friend Sykes swore was a Raven last year in this same area . Only about one tower away . It was a huge blackbird on top the tower near the entrance fee booth . We pulled onto shoulder and jumped out taking pics . It flew off and headed across the river .
Found another or the same Raven on the tower next to Washington blvd last Monday . I had just toured the park and found nothing at all of interest and when I was leaving had seen a large dark bird on the tower near Wash. Bld. from inside the park near the entrance fee gate so when I got outside the park I stopped near Washington bld to see what the bird was . Got my binoculars on it and saw it was all black . It came off the tower as I was looking at it and headed downward and then across Washington bld . As it landed in the crotch of a tree it was immediately surrounded by 5 other crows ALL of which were much smaller ! Yayyy ! Its the Raven ! Some squawking occurred and then the Raven with the crows in tow headed up Washington bld. Go Raven !
Kinder Park off Ritchie hwy near or in Severna Park is becoming in my opinion less Kinder everytime I go there . Its usually a battle to get in or out with all the sports events being held . Much of the habitat is getting taken away . Ive used this for my afterwork walks for many years . Its where I began my life as a birder . Don't think I can go here anymore . Will be finding a different place for afterwork .

Saundra Byrd
Baltimore

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Date: 3/10/17 3:43 am
From: Bob Shipman <audubonva...>
Subject: [MDBirding] LAST MINUTE BIRDING OPPORTUNITY
Join Virginia Society of Ornithology-sponsored birding tour to Guatemala, 1-10 April 2017 led by local Guatemala expert John Cahill; visit lowlands, highlands, three days in/around Tikal. Late cancellation makes either one or two spaces available. Contract Bob Shipman for details at 703-883-3868 or <ships333...>

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Date: 3/9/17 11:22 pm
From: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...>
Subject: [MDBirding] [FR] Tundra Swans on the move; 3/10 @0205
What a nice sound to hear again...!!!

I had stepped outside @0100 just to see what was doing before heading
to bed, not thinking at all of swans. Other than a fox, I heard
nothing at that time. Only later as noted did I hear my first
migrating swans of the spring season. The moon, which had been bright
@0100, was then hidden behind clouds, which are promised to bring back
winter for a time. The swans will be OK...wonder if they will
consider reversing course for a time...

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

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Date: 3/9/17 7:52 pm
From: SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Thursday, March 9, 2017 88 Raptors
Fort Smallwood Park
Pasadena, Maryland, USA


Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 09, 2017
Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
Black Vulture 4 12 14
Turkey Vulture 70 348 407
Osprey 5 12 13
Bald Eagle 1 15 19
Northern Harrier 0 1 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 4 4
Cooper's Hawk 5 6 6
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 9 16
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 1 7 8
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 2 2
American Kestrel 1 4 4
Merlin 0 0 0
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0
Total: 88 420 494


Observation start time: 10:00:00
Observation end time: 14:30:00
Total observation time: 4.5 hours
Official Counter Sue Ricciardi
Observers: Chris Reed, Hal Wierenga

Visitors: Shirley Turner

Weather: Thin clouds at first, then partly cloudy; 61-70 degrees; excellent visibility; winds strong out of the west, 14-22 mph, gusting to 26 mph

Raptor Observations: Eight species today; Bald Eagle was a juvenile, likely a Florida-born bird; local Peregrine Falcon

Non-raptor Observations: 24 Tree Swallows; some blackbird and Herring Gull movement today
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Report submitted by Sue Ricciardi (<susiericc...> mailto:<susiericc...> )
Fort Smallwood Park information may be found at: http://www.mdbirds.org/sites/mdsites/hawks/hawkwatch.html

Site Description
Fort Smallwood Park is located on the western shore of Chesapeake Bay at the
mouth of the Patapsco River, 11 miles south of Baltimore, MD. Best winds are
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Date: 3/9/17 3:23 pm
From: Eugene J. Scarpulla <ejscarp...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Rare Birder Alert: Nico Sarbanes!
Several years ago, I compiled a list of Maryland birders who listened to
jazz. The file has long since been lost, having been on a previous
computer. So, I'm posting this to the MD/DC Birding group to reach the 15
or so of us who were on the list. Recently, Marcia and I attended the
Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival in Rockville so that we could see 23-year old
friend and Maryland birder Nico Sarbanes and the Nico Sarbanes Quintet.
(Yes, Nico is the birder who first reported [without optics, I might add]
the Brown Boobies at Baltimore's Inner Harbor.) What an incredibly talented
performer! Marcia and I thoroughly enjoyed the evening, as well as
reconnecting with Nico. Besides being a talented musician, he is also an
accomplished song writer. His song "Somethin' fo' Smitty" is a tune that I
originally thought was a jazz standard. I was awed to find out that Nico
had written it. He has just released his first CD: Nico Sarbanes: Live in
Baltimore. He and his group play at various venues in the
Baltimore/Washington area. If you get the chance, go see Nico, this time
holding his trumpet instead of his binoculars. You can find out more about
Nico and his music at http://www.nicosarbanes.com/.



Gene Scarpulla

Editor, The Maryland Entomologist

Editor, Maryland Birdlife

Bowie, Maryland

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Date: 3/9/17 11:39 am
From: Tim Carney <timmyc83...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Swan Creek 3/9/2017
This was a very productive morning at Swan Creek, but activity quickly subsided once the winds picked up. Highlights:

DMCF
45 Green-winged Teal

Wetlands
2 Wood Ducks
2 Hooded Mergansers
1 SORA - very early
3 Virginia Rails
1 Osprey
1 Northern Rough-winged Swallow - early-ish
1 Marsh Wren
2 Rusty Blackbirds

Woods/trailers
1 Eastern Phoebe
1 Common Raven

Restricted areas
1 Red-breasted Nuthatch

Large numbers of Ruddy Ducks continue offshore as well.

eBird checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35068970

Tim Carney
Nottingham, MD

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

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Date: 3/9/17 11:07 am
From: JimC <jimcancil...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Interesting Bald Eagle maneuver..
Sure wish I had a camera last Tuesday. My 12mi drive to work due West of Salisbury has about 6mi of lightly traveled, 2-lane. It is not at all uncommon to see Bald Eagles in pastures foraging on carrion. This morning (about 7am) however, I sat in the right lane about 30' from an adult BE who was trying to figure how to handle a possum that had been hit during the night. The possum was medium sized but the BE seemingly could not lift it in its beak and walk to the shoulder.. between looking at me (luckily there was no other traffic for a few minutes) and tugging the possum it seemingly got flustered.


Its next, and successful, move was to stand on the possum and flap its wings and bump-hop the carcass over to the shoulder. As soon as it was off the road I drove off.

As an aside: Virtually 'every morning' there are parade of Crows, Vultures that are like ladies in Moscownwith brooms; they come out just after first light to clean the roads of frogs, bugs and other assorted victims of collisions with cars.


Cheers. Jim/Salisbury

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Date: 3/9/17 10:55 am
From: Andy Beiderman <aandyy...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Scissortail continues in OC
It left the park closer to the water when a dog showed up but it's still around.

Razorbills in inlet and LBBG seem from flycatcher park on islands.

Andy Beiderman
Baltimore, MD

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Date: 3/9/17 9:49 am
From: Jim Felley <jdfelley...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Constitution Gardens ducks - Greater Scaup
Just back from a quick walk around Constitution Gardens. Two newcomers:
A female Bufflehead (on the west side of the pond, with a group of Ring-necked ducks)
A female Greater Scaup (on the east side, with another group of Ring-necked ducks, id'ed by size and shape of bill, shape of head and amount of white around the bill base)
Still lots of Northern Shovellers, many Ring-necked ducks, an American Wigeon and the usual mallards and Canada geese

Jim

Jim Felley
Gaithersburg

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Date: 3/9/17 7:24 am
From: Jim Green <jkgbirdman53...>
Subject: [MDBirding] MOS-ANS Evening bird walks (Montgomery County)

Last evening I led the first of three joint Md Ornithological/Audubon Naturalist Society evening bird walks. We (14 people total) met at 4 pm at Riley's Lock on the bridge. As expected waterfowl sightings were far and few. We saw Bufflehead, Pied-billed Grebes (5), 6 flyby Common Mergansers, lots of Double-crested Cormorants and Ring-billed Gulls. Our best bird here was a low flying Merlin that went north by the bridge right over the water.

We then went to Hughes Hollow where there were lots of singing Red-winged blackbirds, 19 Ring-necked Ducks and a pair of Hooded Mergansers. We also had numerous Wood Ducks, 4 Green-winged Teal and more Hooded Mergs flying into roost in the wetland.

We then headed to Sycamore Landing Road. Towards the end of the road we heard a distant Red-headed Woodpecker before heading back to the fields. The gusty winds of several hours ago had passed and our warm evening was ideal for our finish.

The American Woodcock display more than made up for our earlier lack of waterfowl. I estimated at least 4 different birds all making multiple displays with the first PEENT heard at 6:40 and the last at 7:05 pm. The woodcock were very cooperative and I believe everybody in the group was able to see one either on the ground or in the air slightly after takeoff. We also heard 3 Barred and 1 Great-horned Owls, flyby American Wigeon and Wood Ducks. We had two Wilson's Snipe fly out of the field we were standing in IDed by their raspy flight call and erratic flight.

There are two more trips next week (March 14 & 16) both of which start at 4 pm on the bridge at Riley's Lock. No reservations and all are welcome!

Earlier in the day I saw 3 Horned Larks and 13 American Pipits on the Hughes Rd polo fields, both of which were previously reported by Linda Friedland.

Jim Green
Gaithersburg MD
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Date: 3/9/17 6:25 am
From: Pat Valdata <pvaldata1...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Red breasted Mergansers
I currently see a flock of 20 (!) In the Jones Creek and the males are doing a display where they stretch their necks up and tilt their heads and then "bow." 

So far, nome of the females deem especially impressed, but there's a lot of preening going on.

Pat Valdata 
Crisfield, Somerset County

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Date: 3/8/17 8:43 pm
From: SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Wednesday, March 8, 2017 61 Raptors
Fort Smallwood Park
Pasadena, Maryland, USA


Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 08, 2017
Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
Black Vulture 1 8 10
Turkey Vulture 55 278 337
Osprey 2 7 8
Bald Eagle 2 14 18
Northern Harrier 1 1 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 3 3
Cooper's Hawk 0 1 1
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 9 16
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 0 6 7
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 2 2
American Kestrel 0 3 3
Merlin 0 0 0
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0
Total: 61 332 406


Observation start time: 09:45:00
Observation end time: 14:30:00
Total observation time: 4.75 hours
Official Counter Sue Ricciardi
Observers: Chris Reed, Hal Wierenga, John Hoffman

Weather: Sunny most of the time becoming partly cloudy in the last hour or so; 52-63 degrees; excellent visibility; winds strong out of the west, 15-18 mph, gusting to 25 mph

Raptor Observations: A pair of courting Red-shouldered Hawks

Non-raptor Observations: Nine Tree Swallows; singing Pine Warbler; northward movement of Herring Gulls today
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Report submitted by Sue Ricciardi (<susiericc...> mailto:<susiericc...> )
Fort Smallwood Park information may be found at: http://www.mdbirds.org/sites/mdsites/hawks/hawkwatch.html

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

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Date: 3/8/17 3:36 pm
From: 'Ryan Fick' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] White Eyed Vireo
Hi all,

Wanted to pass along that I almost assuredly had a White Eyed Vireo yesterday at Sycamore Landing Road in Mont. Co. It was singing in the correct shrubby habitat that you would expect this species to be in. I searched momentarily but never got a visual of the bird. But the garbled, slurred and blurry notes were pretty unmistakable and resembled what I would be hearing on the way home if I didn't get my girlfriend and her dog back to the apartment expeditiously for lunch, so I abandoned any further searching.

When I got home to look up the species early arrival in Mont. Co. I was surprised to see this would represent a record in e-bird that is roughly 3 weeks early. Anyway, my researching ability with e-bird is pretty poor, so that could be wrong and as a native Pennsylvanian I have a poorer understanding of arrivals and departures here than most; however, 2 years here has begun educating me nicely. If any of my Mont. Co. friends are in the area, keep your ears and eyes open. I've never known a mockingbird to mimic this complicated song.

Ryan Fick
Bethesda, MD

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Date: 3/8/17 10:48 am
From: Michael Ostrowski <birdmath...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Scissor-tailed Flyatcher hotspot
Hi all,
I have just approved a stakeout hotspot in eBird for the Scissor-tailed
Flycatcher is Ocean City. It should appear for public use in eBird within
about 12 hours. Please merge your personal locations.

Mike Ostrowski
Sarasota, FL

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Date: 3/7/17 7:02 pm
From: SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Tuesday, March 7, 2017 138 Raptors
Fort Smallwood Park
Pasadena, Maryland, USA


Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 07, 2017
Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
Black Vulture 6 7 9
Turkey Vulture 114 223 282
Osprey 3 5 6
Bald Eagle 5 12 16
Northern Harrier 0 0 0
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 3 3
Cooper's Hawk 1 1 1
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 6 9 16
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 2 6 7
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 1 2 2
American Kestrel 0 3 3
Merlin 0 0 0
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0
Total: 138 271 345


Observation start time: 11:00:00
Observation end time: 15:00:00
Total observation time: 4 hours
Official Counter Sue Ricciardi
Observers: Chris Reed, John Hoffman, Linda Baker

Weather: Mostly cloudy with patches of blue between waves of dark clouds; 61-68 degrees; excellent visibility; winds out of the SSW, increasing in intensity over the course of the watch: 9-18 mph gusting to 25 mph

Raptor Observations: A second straight day with adult Golden Eagle - unprecedented. Yesterday's was the earliest ever in a season. A Golden Eagle has been observed on 3/11/11, 3/7/12, and 3/11/13; so with those of yesterday and today, the span of days from March 6-11 accounts for 5 of 8 Golden Eagles since 2011.

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

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

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Date: 3/7/17 5:43 pm
From: Karen Caruso <karen.caruso...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Flycatcher plus usual suspects - Ocean City and environs
399 4th St Ballpark, Worcester, Maryland, US
Mar 4, 2017 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments:     Continuing raritiy at this location
3 species

Double-crested Cormorant  3
Ring-billed Gull  5
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher  1     Rarity observed at this location over the past week


Ocean City Inlet, Worcester, Maryland, US
Mar 4, 2017 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.5 mile(s)
Comments:     Very windy
15 species

Brant  2
Canada Goose  1
Red-throated Loon  1
Common Loon  3
Double-crested Cormorant  2
Great Blue Heron  1
Bald Eagle  1
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Ruddy Turnstone  4
Purple Sandpiper  1
Ring-billed Gull  52
Herring Gull  4
Great Black-backed Gull  1
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  3
Mourning Dove  21

Ocean City--Sunset Park, Worcester, Maryland, US
Mar 7, 2017 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments:     Windy, water choppy
11 species

American Black Duck  4
Common Eider  4
Black Scoter  1
Long-tailed Duck  1
Bufflehead  6
Red-breasted Merganser  1
Red-throated Loon  1
Northern Gannet  8
Great Cormorant  1
Double-crested Cormorant  6
Bonaparte's Gull  1

Castaways Campground (Eagle's Nest), Worcester, Maryland, US
Mar 7, 2017 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
8 species

Canada Goose  1
Gadwall  10
Bufflehead  10
Turkey Vulture  6
American Robin  6
Northern Mockingbird  1
European Starling  3
Yellow-rumped Warbler  1

Bayside Development Marsh, Worcester, Maryland, US
Mar 7, 2017 3:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Protocol: Traveling
4.0 mile(s)
7 species

Canada Goose  16
Mallard  5
Bufflehead  5
Ring-billed Gull  3
American Robin  7
Northern Mockingbird  1
Song Sparrow  1

West Ocean City Pond, Worcester, Maryland, US
Mar 7, 2017 3:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Protocol: Stationary
11 species

Tundra Swan  20
Gadwall  12
Mallard  40
Canvasback  75
Ring-necked Duck  20
Lesser Scaup  12
Bufflehead  1
Ruddy Duck  2
Ring-billed Gull  1
Herring Gull  6
Fish Crow  4

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Date: 3/7/17 4:59 pm
From: Kevin Graff <keyweststyle2001...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Hart-Miller Island, 03/06/17
03/06/17 – 710am-3pm

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



WEATHER: Fair/PC, 29-50 degrees, calm- SE 8K OBS: Mike B, Kevin G, John
L, Pete R



Canada Goose – 93

Tundra Swan – 443

*WOOD DUCK – 8

Gadwall – 55

American Wigeon – 36

American Black Duck – 97

Mallard – 30

Northern Shoveler – 192

Northern Pintail – 34

Green-winged Teal – 48

Ring-necked Duck – 23

Greater Scaup – 4

Lesser Scaup – 1638

Scaup Sp – 120

Bufflehead – 84

Common Goldeneye – 3

Hooded Merganser – 2

Red-breasted Merganser – 6

Ruddy Duck – 284

Horned Grebe – 1

Double-crested Cormorant – 44

*AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN – 1 (South Cell)

Great Blue Heron – 9

Turkey Vulture – 1

*OSPREY – 2

Bald Eagle – 6

Northern Harrier – 1 (gray ghost)

Sharp-shinned Hawk – 1

Peregrine Falcon – 1

American Coot – 25

Killdeer – 3

*DUNLIN – 1

*WILSON'S SNIPE – 4

Ring-billed Gull – 31

Herring Gull – 14

Great Black-backed Gull – 9

Mourning Dove – 27

Red-bellied Woodpecker – 2

Downy Woodpecker – 2

Northern Flicker – 6

American Crow – 3

Fish Crow – 1

White-breasted Nuthatch – 1

Carolina Wren – 4

Winter Wren – 1

American Robin – 4

European Starling – 3

Yellow-rumped Warbler – 2

Eastern Towhee – 2

Field Sparrow – 1

Song Sparrow – 90

Swamp Sparrow – 6

White-throated Sparrow – 20

White-crowned Sparrow – 2 (immature)

“Slate-colored” Junco – 2

Northern Cardinal – 16

Red-winged Blackbird – 97

American Goldfinch – 10

SPECIES: 57 INDIVIDUALS: 3656


MAMMALS: Red Fox - 3


BUTTERFLIES: Orange Sulphur - 6



Kevin Graff

Jarrettsville, MD

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Date: 3/7/17 12:01 pm
From: Pat Valdata <pvaldata1...>
Subject: RE: [MDBirding] Scissor Tailed flycatcher
Seen at 2:55 on grass of oceanside ballpark.


Pat Valdata 
Crisfield, Somerset County

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Date:03/07/2017 11:40 AM (GMT-05:00)
To: Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
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Subject: [MDBirding] Scissor Tailed flycatcher

Being seen at ballfield as of 11am. Kye Jenkins

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Date: 3/7/17 10:34 am
From: Tim Carney <timmyc83...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Swan Creek birdwalk 4/8/2017
Hello everyone,

I will be leading a birdwalk at Swan Creek on Saturday, April 8, 2017, from 8:00-11:00. Note the delayed start time of 8:00 (we normally start at 7:00).

Stan Arnold, our usual fearless, awesome, and exceptionally talented co-leader, is unavailable to co-lead this walk with me, so space is limited to 20.

Please email tcarn [at] menv [dot] com to sign up.

Swan Creek is located at 1000 Kembo Rd, Curtis Bay, MD 21226.

Thanks!
Tim Carney
Nottingham, MD

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Date: 3/7/17 8:40 am
From: Kye jenkins <kyebird54...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Scissor Tailed flycatcher
Being seen at ballfield as of 11am. Kye Jenkins

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Date: 3/7/17 8:20 am
From: Tim Carney <timmyc83...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Poplar Island 3/6/2017
Highlights from yesterday's census at Poplar Island included 2 Black-crowned Night-Herons and 9 Short-eared Owls overwintering along the barges; 4 Bonaparte's Gulls in an offshore gull feeding flock; first-of-season Tree Swallows perched on two nestboxes; and 40 Great Blue Herons roosting on one of the habitat islands - the most I've seen in one place here.

eBird checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35024672

Tim Carney
Nottingham, MD

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Date: 3/7/17 6:40 am
From: Gerry Hawkins <maineusa...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Voice of the Naturalist, Greater DC area, February 28-March 6, 2017
Hotline: Voice of the Naturalist
Date: 3/7/2017
Coverage: MD/DC/VA/central and southern DE/WV panhandle
Reports, comments and questions: <voice...>
Compiler: Gerry Hawkins
Sponsor: Audubon Naturalist Society of the Central
Atlantic States (independent of NAS)
Transcriber: Steve Cordle

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

This is the Voice of the Naturalist, a service of the Audubon
Naturalist Society. This report covers the week starting Tuesday,
February 28 and was completed on Tuesday, March 7 at 8:30 a.m.

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

The top birds this week were PINK-FOOTED GOOSE* in DE, GREEN-WINGED
TEAL (EURASIAN) in MD, RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD in MD, SCISSOR-TAILED
FLYCATCHER* in MD, WESTERN TANAGER* in VA and YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD
in MD. In addition, a Neotropical BLACK-BACKED ORIOLE* continues a
short distance outside the reporting area in PA.

Other birds of interest this week included GREATER WHITE-FRONTED,
ROSS'S and CACKLING GEESE, TRUMPETER SWAN, EURASIAN WIGEOEN, COMMON
EIDER, RED-NECKED and EARED GREBES, EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE, SANDHILL
CRANE, AMERICAN AVOCET, PIPING PLOVER, MARBLED GODWIT, LONG-BILLED
DOWITCHER, AMERICAN WOODCOCK, RAZORBILL, GLAUCOUS GULL, GREAT
CORMORANT, AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN, TRICOLORED and GREEN HERONS, GOLDEN
EAGLE, LOGGERHEAD and NORTHERN SHRIKES, NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW,
BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEE, MARSH WREN, BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER, RED
CROSSBILL, LAPLAND LONGSPUR, SNOW BUNTING, BLACK-AND-WHITE,
ORANGE-CROWNED and NASHVILLE WARBLERS, COMMON YELLOWTHROAT, AMERICAN
TREE, CLAY-COLORED and LINCOLN'S SPARROWS, PAINTED BUNTING, BREWER'S
BLACKBIRD and BALTIMORE ORIOLE.

TOP BIRDS

A continuing PINK-FOOTED GOOSE* near Prime Hook NWR in Sussex Co, DE
was seen all week in large flocks of SNOW GEESE along Cods Road and
nearby Fowler Beach and Prime Hook Roads. This is the second record of
this species in Delaware, and the first since 1953.

On March 6 a male of the Eurasian subspecies of the GREEN-WINGED TEAL,
which is considered a separate species known as EURASIAN or COMMON
TEAL by many authorities, was found in the wetland across from the
Home Depot on Route 40 in Edgewood, Harford Co, MD.

A continuing young female RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD in the Wildewood
neighborhood in St. Mary's Co, MD was seen most recently on March 4.

On March 1, 4, 5 and 6 a SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER* was observed
actively foraging at the bay-side ball field bordered by 3rd and 4th
Streets, and to a lesser extent an adjacent ball park bordered by
these same streets, in Ocean City, MD.

A male WESTERN TANAGER* that returned to a residential feeder in
Settlers' Mill, Williamsburg, VA on November 4 for the eighth winter
in a row was last seen on March 5.

On February 28 a YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD was seen for the second
consecutive day at a feeder along Raley Road in St. Mary's Co, MD.

A continuing BLACK-BACKED ORIOLE*, a Central American endemic that has
been recorded in the ABA checklist area only one other time, was seen
all week a short distance outside the reporting area at 20 and 21
Indiana Avenue in Sinking Spring, Berks Co, PA.

OTHER BIRDS OF INTEREST

On March 4 a GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was spotted in a large flock
of SNOW GEESE along Draper Road in Sussex Co, DE. On February 28 and
March 2-5 1-2 ROSS'S GEESE also were spotted in large flocks of SNOW
GEESE in Sussex Co, DE, near the intersection of Fowler Beach and Cods
Roads, the intersection of Cods and 13 Curves Roads and along Prime
Hook Road. On February 28 a single ROSS'S GOOSE was spotted at Bombay
Hook NWR, Kent Co, DE. A continuing ROSS'S GOOSE was seen at Falls
Mills Lake in Tazewell Co, VA on February 28 and along Bell's Lane in
Staunton, VA on March 6. On March 4 and 5 two CACKLING GEESE were at
Broadford Lake in Garrett Co, MD.

A longstanding, tagged TRUMPETER SWAN continues at Lake Churchill in
Montgomery Co, MD, with the latest sighting on March 5.

A EURASIAN WIGEON was reported at Swan Cove and along the Wildlife
Loop at Chincoteague NWR, Accomack Co, VA on March 1 and 3,
respectively. Noteworthy diving ducks included COMMON EIDERS at
several locations, including a single individual at The Point in Point
Lookout SP, Worcester Co, MD on March 3 and 5; a high of seven
individuals at the Ocean City Inlet, Worcester Co, MD on March 2, 4
and 6; and four individuals at Island No. 3 at the Chesapeake Bay
Bridge-Tunnel, Northampton Co, VA on March 4.

A continuing RED-NECKED GREBE at Loch Raven Reservoir-Loch Raven Point
in Baltimore Co, MD was seen most recently on March 5. A RED-NECKED
GREBE also was reported at Island Nos. 1 and 3 at the Chesapeake Bay
Bridge-Tunnel in VA on March 5 and 4, respectively, and at Little
Island Park in Virginia Beach, VA on March 2. A continuing EARED GREBE
off Black Walnut Point in Talbot Co, MD was seen most recently on
March 5. On the same day a continuing EARED GREBE also was seen again
at Buckroe Beach in Hampton, VA.

On March 1 a continuing EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE was photographed at 7
West McCabe Street, Selbyville, Sussex County, DE.

On March 4 two continuing SANDHILL CRANES were seen along the
Sanctuary Trail in Algonkian Nature Preserve, Loudoun Co, VA.

Wintering AMERICAN AVOCETS included an area high 111 individuals at
Broadkill Marsh and other locations in Prime Hook NWR, Sussex Co, DE
on March 1-6; a high of ten individuals at Bombay Hook NWR, Kent Co,
DE on February 28 and March 3; and 62 individuals counted during the
weekly survey at the Craney Island Disposal Area in Portsmouth, VA on
March 2. A distant PIPING PLOVER was seen from Castaways Campground
(Eagle's Nest) in Worcester Co, MD on March 4 and 6. A continuing
MARBLED GODWIT also was seen from this location on March 1. During the
week many birders enjoyed encounters with migrating AMERICAN
WOODCOCKS, including at such traditional locations as Bombay Hook NWR,
Kent Co, DE, Sycamore Landing Road in Montgomery Co, MD, the hike-bike
trail at Huntley Meadows Park, Fairfax Co, VA and Kenilworth Park in
Washington, DC. Migrating shorebirds also included 12 LONG-BILLED
DOWITCHERS reported at Truitt's Landing in Worcester Co, MD on March 4
and eight LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS at Prime Hook NWR, Sussex Co, DE on
March 6. The early stage of shorebird migration also was indicated by
GREATER and LESSER YELLOWLEGS and PECTORAL SANDPIPERS at several
locations.

Northward moving RAZORBILLS continue to be observed at several
locations in Virginia Beach, VA, including 133 individuals at Rudee
Inlet on March 3 and a high of 117 individuals at Little Island Park
on February 28 and March 2 and 6. RAZORBILLS also were observed a
short distance north at Island No. 4 at the Chesapeake Bay
Bridge-Tunnel in Northampton Co, VA, with a high of five individuals
seen on March 4 and 5. Elsewhere, 1-2 RAZORBILLS were seen at the
Indian River Inlet in Sussex Co, DE on February 28 and March 3-5, and
a high of six RAZORBILLS were seen at the Ocean City Inlet in
Worcester Co, MD on February 28 and March 4-6.

A GLAUCOUS GULL was found at the ponds near the Walmart in Colonial
Heights, VA on March 1 and at the Salisbury Landfill-Naylor Mill Rd.
Pond in Wicomico Co, MD on March 2.

A small number of GREAT CORMORANTS was seen at expected coastal
locations, with multiple sightings consisting of a high of 10
individuals from the Lewes-Cape May Ferry on March 3 and 5; two
individuals at the Indian River Inlet in Sussex Co, DE on February 28;
a high of four individuals at Black Walnut Point, Talbot Co, MD on
February 28 and March 5; and two individuals at each of Island Nos. 3
and 4 at the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel in VA on March 4.

A high of 27 continuing AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS were seen at Hog
Island WMA, Surry Co, VA on March 1 and 6. A single continuing
AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN was seen during the weekly survey of
Hart-Miller Island, Baltimore Co, MD on March 6. AMERICAN WHITE
PELICANS continue to winter at and near Blackwater NWR in Dorchester
Co, MD, with a high of 48 individuals counted along nearby DeCoursey
Bridge Road on March 5.

A continuing TRICOLORED HERON was seen at the Indian River Inlet in
Sussex Co, DE on March 2 and nearby at Delaware Seashore SP-Burton's
Island on March 3, which may be the same bird. A wintering GREEN HERON
continues at Ben Brenman Park in Alexandria, VA, with the most recent
sighting on March 4.

A GOLDEN EAGLE was observed in flight from West Old Philadelphia Road
in Cecil Co, MD on March 2 and at the Fort Smallwood Park Hawk Watch
in Anne Arundel Co, MD on March 6.

A LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE was found along Walkers Creek Valley Road in Giles
Co, VA on March 6, and a continuing LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE at the Smith
Farm in Lunenburg Co, VA was seen again on March 1. On March 3 a
NORTHERN SHRIKE was found along the Observation Point Trail in Prime
Hook NWR, Sussex Co, DE. A NORTHERN SHRIKE* that has been present at
the Sully Woodlands in Fairfax Co, VA since at least early October
2016 was seen most recently on March 1.

On March 4 an early NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW was spotted in
flight with a large number of TREE SWALLOWS at Dick Cross WMA,
Mecklenburg Co, VA.

Confirmed sightings of irruptive BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEES included
single individuals at Loch Raven Reservoir-Skeet and Trap Club in
Baltimore Co, MD on February 28; 39 Gammy Drive in Elkton, Cecil Co,
MD on February 28; and Mariner Point Park in Harford Co, MD on March
4. In addition, on March 1 and 6 two continuing BLACK-CAPPED
CHICKADEES were seen at Swan Harbor Farm Park in Harford Co, MD.

On February 28 a wintering MARSH WREN was seen again at Swan Creek
Wetland-Cox Creek in Anne Arundel Co, MD.

On March 2 an apparent wintering BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER was seen again
at Camp Pendleton State Military Reservation (restricted access) in
Virginia Beach, VA.

On March 5 a high of 39 RED CROSSBILLS were counted at Briery Branch
Gap in Rockingham Co, VA.

On March 4 a LAPLAND LONGSPUR was spotted with HORNED LARKS at Curles
Neck Farm (restricted access), Henrico County, VA. A continuing SNOW
BUNTING was seen at The Point at Point Lookout SP, St. Mary's Co, MD
on March 1-3 and 5. SNOW BUNTINGS also continue at the Craney Island
Disposal Area in Portsmouth, VA, with a high of 15 individuals
reported on March 2 and 3, and at Fort Monroe in Hampton, VA, where
seven individuals were seen on March 5.

An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was found at several locations in Sussex Co,
DE, consisting of a private yard in Selbyville on March 3; along Cods
Road on March 5; a private yard in Lewes on March 1, 4 and 5; and a
private yard in Rehoboth Beach on March 5. In Maryland a continuing
ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was seen at Masonville Cove in Baltimore Co on
February 28 and Swan Harbor Farm Park in Harford Co on March 5, and a
single individual was found at Bayside Development Marsh in Worcester
Co on March 6. On February 28 an ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was seen on
Kingman Island in Washington, DC. In Virginia a continuing
ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was seen near the intersection of Bayview and
Charlie Roads in Occoquan Bay NWR, Prince William Co on February 28
and March 4 and 5. Other sightings of this species in Virginia
included a high of three individuals at Elizabeth River Park in
Chesapeake on March 2 and 4.

On February 28 a wintering NASHVILLE WARBLER was seen again on Kingman
Island in Washington, DC. On March 2 a BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER was
photographed at Deep Creek Lock Park in Chesapeake, VA and a COMMON
YELLOWTHROAT was found at Fort Holabird Park in Baltimore Co, MD.

A small number of AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS was seen at several
locations, with multiple sightings outside of Garrett Co, MD limited
to 3-4 individuals at the Irvine Nature Center in Baltimore Co, MD on
March 4 and 5, and two individuals at the Oaks Landfill (private) in
Montgomery Co, MD on March 5. A continuing CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was
seen most recently at Big Water Farm (private) in Queen Anne's Co, MD
and at 103 Exeter Court in James City Co, VA on March 6. A wintering
LINCOLN'S SPARROW at Occoquan Bay NWR, Prince William Co, VA also was
seen most recently on March 6.

On March 4 a continuing male PAINTED BUNTING was photographed at a
residence along Chesapeake Circle in Chesapeake, VA.

On March 3 ten continuing BREWER'S BLACKBIRDS were observed near the
intersection of West Gibbs and Blackwater Roads in Virginia Beach, VA.

On February 28 and March 2 a continuing male BALTIMORE ORIOLE was seen
at Barboursville Vineyard in Orange Co, VA. On March 4 another
wintering male BALTIMORE ORIOLE was reported at 188 Farmville Lake
Road in Prince Edward Co, VA. On March 5 a continuing male BALTIMORE
ORIOLE was photographed at a feeder in a residential yard in Berlin,
Worcester Co, MD.

***

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

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

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

Thank you for your interest, and enjoy the birds.

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Date: 3/7/17 6:18 am
From: Marcia Watson <marshwren50...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Re: Environmental Film Festival Featuring Birds
I was birding on South Tract near the Visitor's Center yesterday. In addition to ducks on the ponds, as mentioned by Kurt, there were singing Pine Warblers in the woods near the junction of the Valley and Laurel Trails.

Marcia
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Patuxent Bird Club
Maryland Ornithological Society

Bowie, Maryland
<marshwren50...>

> On Mar 7, 2017, at 8:57 AM, Gene Scarpulla <ejscarp...> wrote:
>
> Please note that the Environmental Film Festival is held in conjunction with the Refuge System Birthday Bash! at the National Wildlife Visitors Center. The events are free. Details can be found at https://www.fws.gov/refuge/Patuxent/events/birthdaybash.html
>
> Gene Scarpulla
> Editor, The Maryland Entomologist
> Editor, Maryland Birdlife
> Bowie, Maryland
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Date: 3/7/17 5:57 am
From: Gene Scarpulla <ejscarp...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Environmental Film Festival Featuring Birds
Please note that the Environmental Film Festival is held in conjunction with the Refuge System Birthday Bash! at the National Wildlife Visitors Center. The events are free. Details can be found at https://www.fws.gov/refuge/Patuxent/events/birthdaybash.html

Gene Scarpulla
Editor, The Maryland Entomologist
Editor, Maryland Birdlife
Bowie, Maryland
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Date: 3/7/17 4:46 am
From: <keyweststyle2001...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
Got flushed by a Fish Crow. Last seen going south half a block and out of
view near the alley. - Kevin Graff
Sent from my BlackBerry 10 smartphone on the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network.

From: <keyweststyle2001...>: Tuesday, March 7, 2017 7:29 AMTo:
MD BirdingSubject: Scissor-tailed Flycatcher


Still there. On ground behind bus stop shelter on philadelphia Ave. -
Kevin Graff
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Date: 3/7/17 4:34 am
From: Martha Morris <mmorris5301...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Environmental Film Festival Featuring Birds
I was just checking this out before I received this post and would add that according to the dceff site, this event is free and doesn't require a reservation.

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Date: 3/7/17 4:30 am
From: <keyweststyle2001...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
Still there. On ground behind bus stop shelter on philadelphia Ave. -
Kevin Graff
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Date: 3/7/17 4:07 am
From: Tim Carney <timmyc83...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Ocean City
Additional clarification (sorry): I meant PHILADELPHIA Avenue, not Pennsylvania.

Good luck to those chasing today.

Tim Carney
Nottingham, MD

On Monday, March 6, 2017 at 8:55:34 PM UTC-5, Tim Carney wrote:
> Clarification: I saw the flycatcher at the eastern ballfield, directly behind the City Hall building. It looks like most of the birders present this morning saw it at the western/bayside ballfield. So, to anyone chasing, I would recommend checking both fields. I last saw the bird directly against the fence behind the glass bus stop shelter along Pennsylvania Ave.
>
> Tim Carney
> Nottingham, MD
>
> On Monday, March 6, 2017 at 4:24:53 PM UTC-5, Tim Carney wrote:
> > Scissor-tailed Flycatcher still actively working the ballfield when I left at 4:15. Currently looking at a Razorbill in the inlet.
> >
> > Tim Carney
> > Nottingham, MD
> >
> > Sent from my iPhone

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Date: 3/6/17 8:02 pm
From: SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Monday, March 6, 2017 32 Raptors
Fort Smallwood Park
Pasadena, Maryland, USA


Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 06, 2017
Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
Black Vulture 1 1 3
Turkey Vulture 21 109 168
Osprey 1 2 3
Bald Eagle 5 7 11
Northern Harrier 0 0 0
Sharp-shinned Hawk 2 3 3
Cooper's Hawk 0 0 0
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 1 3 10
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 0 4 5
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 1 1 1
American Kestrel 0 3 3
Merlin 0 0 0
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0
Total: 32 133 207


Observation start time: 10:00:00
Observation end time: 15:00:00
Total observation time: 5 hours
Official Counter Sue Ricciardi
Observers: Alan Johnston


Weather: Partly to mostly cloudy; 43-52 degrees; excellent visibility; winds light and variable, at times with a southerly component

Raptor Observations: An eagle day today. Highlight was an adult Golden Eagle which glided by high at 1:45 pm. Five Bald Eagles heading north plus four others, one of which was likely a juvenile, dispersing from Florida.

Non-raptor Observations: A pair of Green-winged Teals, 7 Red-breasted Mergansers up close


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

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

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Date: 3/6/17 5:55 pm
From: Tim Carney <timmyc83...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Ocean City
Clarification: I saw the flycatcher at the eastern ballfield, directly behind the City Hall building. It looks like most of the birders present this morning saw it at the western/bayside ballfield. So, to anyone chasing, I would recommend checking both fields. I last saw the bird directly against the fence behind the glass bus stop shelter along Pennsylvania Ave.

Tim Carney
Nottingham, MD

On Monday, March 6, 2017 at 4:24:53 PM UTC-5, Tim Carney wrote:
> Scissor-tailed Flycatcher still actively working the ballfield when I left at 4:15. Currently looking at a Razorbill in the inlet.
>
> Tim Carney
> Nottingham, MD
>
> Sent from my iPhone

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Date: 3/6/17 1:24 pm
From: Tim Carney <timmyc83...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Ocean City
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher still actively working the ballfield when I left at 4:15. Currently looking at a Razorbill in the inlet.

Tim Carney
Nottingham, MD

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Date: 3/6/17 1:06 pm
From: <keyweststyle2001...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Common Teal, Harford County
Adult male still there at back end of the pond at rt 40 and‎ rt 24,
across from Home Depot. Over 80 Ring-necked Ducks. - Kevin Graff
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Date: 3/6/17 9:23 am
From: 'Leslie Starr' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Timing update on my Scissor-tailed Flycatcher post
The flycatcher was back in the field by 10:30.

Leslie Starr & Joe Turner


> On Mar 6, 2017, at 9:55 AM, Jim Green <jkgbirdman53...> wrote:
>
> JOE HANFMAN posted his observation as he was leaving at 9:29 am so the Cooper'Hawk cane through about 9:30-9:35 am not 9:15 as I previously reported.
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> Jim Green
> Gaithersburg MD
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Date: 3/6/17 9:18 am
From: Linda Friedland <linnet1...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Pipits at the Polo Fields, MoCo
At about 10:30 this morning six American Pipits were feeding on the polo
grounds in the area near the grandstand. Joining them was a single
Horned Lark.

Linda Friedland, Montgomery County

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Date: 3/6/17 8:33 am
From: <krschwa1...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Environmental Film Festival Featuring Birds
On March 18, the National Wildlife Visitor Center on the South Tract of
Patuxent Research Refuge is hosting an Environmental Film Festival.
It starts at 11:00 with a series of short films "Spotlight on Bird
Conservation" and will be followed by a panel discussion featuring
Bruce Peterjohn of the Bird Banding Lab, Grant Sizemore of American
Bird Conservancy, Walker Golden of Atlantic Flyway Initiative, and two
film makers, Aditi Desai and Jared Flesher. The films are:
Seabird's Journey (2 min)Mapping Migration (4 min)Birds of May (28
min),Surviving the Wild: Cats and Birds (8 min)
Panel discussion 11:45-12:15.
1:00 p.m. Nature's Engineers: The Nest from PBS' Nature series
2:15 Re-run of the short subjects.
Other films will be shown throughout the DC are March 17-24. See: http://dceff.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/Environmental-Film-Festival_2017-Festival-Guide.pdf
Go early and walk around the lakes. Shovelers, Ring-necks,
Bufflelheads, Pied-billed Grebe were there Saturday


South Tract – National Wildlife Visitor Center

Address
10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop
Laurel, MD 20708-4027
Phone: 301 497-5760
Email: <Jennifer_Hill...>


Kurt SchwarzConservation ChairMaryland Ornithological <Societykrschwa1...>
(for these purposes)

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Date: 3/6/17 6:55 am
From: Jim Green <jkgbirdman53...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Timing update on my Scissor-tailed Flycatcher post
JOE HANFMAN posted his observation as he was leaving at 9:29 am so the Cooper'Hawk cane through about 9:30-9:35 am not 9:15 as I previously reported.

Jim Green
Gaithersburg MD


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Date: 3/6/17 6:50 am
From: Jim Green <jkgbirdman53...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Ocean City Scissor-tailed Flycatcher (STFL) update
Appeared about 8:30ish this morning on 4th St ball field mostly feeding from the ground. I saw the bird with Glen Lovelace, Joe Hanfman and Jeff Culler. Shortly after they left a Cooper's Hawk (COHA) unsuccessfully took a dive at the STFL. The STFL flew north on St Louis Ave, briefly perched on a telephone wire then flew around the corner towards Isle of Wright Bay where I lost sight of it. I went back to the backfield and did not relocate it there either. The COHA came through about 9:15 am

Jim Green
Gaithersburg MD

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Date: 3/6/17 6:29 am
From: Joe Hanfman <auk1844...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
The Scissor-tailed Flycatcher is currently at the ball field in Ocean City at 3rd and St. Louis, bayside.

Joe Hanfman
Columbia, MD

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Date: 3/6/17 5:43 am
From: Matt Hafner <hafner.matt...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Common Teal in Edgewood
Mark Johnson reports a male Common Teal at the wetland across from the Edgewood Home Depot on Rt 40. First county record!

Matt Hafner
Forest Hill, MD

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Date: 3/5/17 7:11 pm
From: SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fwd: [BIRDHAWK] Fort Smallwood Park (05 Mar 2017) 8 Raptors
Fort Smallwood Park
Pasadena, Maryland, USA


Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 05, 2017
Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
Black Vulture 0 0 2
Turkey Vulture 7 88 147
Osprey 1 1 2
Bald Eagle 0 2 6
Northern Harrier 0 0 0
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 1 1
Cooper's Hawk 0 0 0
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 2 9
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 0 4 5
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 0 3 3
Merlin 0 0 0
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0
Total: 8 101 175


Observation start time: 10:00:00
Observation end time: 14:00:00
Total observation time: 4 hours
Official Counter Sue Ricciardi
Observers: Chris Reed

Visitors: 4
Weather: Sunny; 28-34 degrees; excellent visibility; light winds, easterly at times

Raptor Observations: Second Osprey of the season; a local pair of adult Bald Eagles frolicking about.

Non-raptor Observations: Immature Red-headed Woodpecker

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

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

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Date: 3/5/17 4:56 pm
From: David Moulton, Bethesda, MD <moulton.davidh...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Birding access to PAX River Naval Air Station this Saturday
For anyone interested in birding the restricted-access PAXNAS, you should consider joining Dean Newman's Southern Maryland Audubon Society field trip on Saturday morning. Make sure to call or email Dean asap as access to the base is otherwise restricted. Here are the details:

March 11 – SATURDAY – 8:00 a.m. – 12 noon
FIELD TRIP to Patuxent River Naval Air Station, St. Mary’s County. Meet at the
Park and Ride lot across from Lexington Park Post Office, Tulagi Place
“LATE WINTER LAND BIRDS AND WATERFOWL”
Leader: Dean Newman
This trip has produced in the past Lapland Longspurs, Snow Buntings
and Short-eared Owls. Facilities are available. No fee, but MUST REGISTER AHEAD OF TIME.
Meet at the Park and Ride lot across the street from the Lexington Park Post Office on
Tulagi Place in Lexington Park, MD. Call or email Dean to register: <dean.newman...> or
301-672-5464.

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Date: 3/5/17 12:48 pm
From: George Jett <gmjett...>
Subject: [MDBirding] FW: eBird Report - 6553 Mallard Lane, Lothian, MD 20711, Mar 5, 2017
Folks

A few birds out the window while eating. Note second Pine Warbler this month.


Cheers

George

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Subject: eBird Report - 6553 Mallard Lane, Lothian, MD 20711, Mar 5, 2017

6553 Mallard Lane, Lothian, MD 20711, Anne Arundel, Maryland, US Mar 5, 2017 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments: Second Pine Warbler of March
20 species

Wood Duck 2
Great Blue Heron 1
Mourning Dove 2
Belted Kingfisher 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
Downy Woodpecker 3
Pileated Woodpecker 1
Blue Jay 2
Carolina Chickadee 4
Tufted Titmouse 6
White-breasted Nuthatch 3
Carolina Wren 2
Eastern Bluebird 3
Pine Warbler 1
Dark-eyed Junco 1
White-throated Sparrow 4
Song Sparrow 1
Northern Cardinal 8
Red-winged Blackbird 75
American Goldfinch 4

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S34984363

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

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Date: 3/5/17 11:58 am
From: Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Hawks are moving
Hi -

In just a short time while I was out in the back yard this afternoon, had a few raptors passing over our house in Colesville: adult Bald Eagle, adult Redtail, and adult Red-shouldered Hawk, as well as 2-3 Turkey Vultures. All were moving more or less to the north.

Gail Mackiernan
Colesville, MD

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Date: 3/5/17 7:30 am
From: Gene Ricks <gricks1949...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Sizzor-tailed Flycatcher
Present at the OC 4th Street ballpark.

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Date: 3/5/17 7:30 am
From: John Hubbell <johngilhub1...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, OC
Marcia Balestri refound the Scissor-tailed Flycatcher this morning at the Ocean City ball fields between 3rd and 4th. Now in skate park field.

John Hubbell
Washington DC


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Date: 3/4/17 7:45 pm
From: SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Saturday, March 4,2017 18 Raptors
Fort Smallwood Park
Pasadena, Maryland, USA


Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 04, 2017
Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
Black Vulture 0 0 2
Turkey Vulture 17 81 140
Osprey 0 0 1
Bald Eagle 1 2 6
Northern Harrier 0 0 0
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 1 1
Cooper's Hawk 0 0 0
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 2 9
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 0 4 5
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 0 3 3
Merlin 0 0 0
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0
Total: 18 93 167



Observation start time: 10:15:00
Observation end time: 14:30:00
Total observation time: 4.25 hours
Official Counter Sue Ricciardi
Observers: Chris Reed


Visitors: Mary Lou Clark

Weather: Partly cloudy; 34-40 degrees; excellent visibility; winds strong, usually with a northwesterly component, 12-20 mph, gusting to 28 mph

Raptor Observations: Several Bald Eagles, two immature Red-shouldered Hawks and a Cooper's Hawk making appearances, but only Turkey Vultures and one immature Bald Eagle heading north

Non-raptor Observations: Three Ring-necked Ducks


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

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

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Date: 3/4/17 10:34 am
From: Warblerick <ricksussman1955...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Red breasted nuthatch - Huntingtown
Congrats! Beautiful little hyperactive birds. I had one most of the winter, thru Feb.3, then suddenly it appeared again yesterday!
Rick Sussman
Woodbine (Carroll County), MD

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Date: 3/4/17 9:53 am
From: Joe Wolf <birdingwolf55...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Red breasted nuthatch - Huntingtown
I feel like everyone in MD has been knee-deep in rb nuthatches this winter - everyone except me.

Just had my LIFER red breasted nuthatch come into a suet feeder in my yard. Obviously a new yard bird as well

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Date: 3/3/17 8:06 pm
From: SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Friday, March 3, 2017 16 Raptors
Fort Smallwood Park
Pasadena, Maryland, USA


Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 03, 2017
Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
Black Vulture 0 0 2
Turkey Vulture 15 64 123
Osprey 0 0 1
Bald Eagle 0 1 5
Northern Harrier 0 0 0
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 1 1
Cooper's Hawk 0 0 0
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 2 9
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 0 4 5
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 1 3 3
Merlin 0 0 0
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0
Total: 16 75 149


Observation start time: 10:00:00
Observation end time: 14:00:00
Total observation time: 4 hours
Official Counter Sue Ricciardi
Observers: Chris Reed


Weather: Mostly cloudy; 37-42 degrees; excellent visibility; winds very strong out of the WNW, 18-24 mph, gusting to 35 mph

Raptor Observations: 6 Bald Eagles up and about in the wind

Non-raptor Observations: Two Bonaparte's Gulls

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

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

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Date: 3/3/17 10:03 am
From: Marcia Balestri <mebalestri...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Cape May Bird Observatory Optics Sale
Just an FYI. The CMBO Optics Sale is going to be on April 8-9 this year at the Cape May Center for Research and Education in Goshen. For those of you who are looking to upgrade your optics, this is a really good time/place to try out most all of the brands of binoculars and spotting scopes. They have both new and used optics as well as demo and factory refurbished models that can save you lots of money. Just passing info along since I get questions about optics a lot--I have no vested interest in CMBO or any optics companies.

For more info:

http://www.njaudubon.org/SectionCapeMayBirdObservatory/SpecialEvents/AnnualOpticsSale.aspx

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Date: 3/3/17 6:14 am
From: Jack Saba <jlsaba001...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Possible Tricolored Heron, Berlin, MD
I found one at Chincoteague on Feb 16. See ebird list for photo.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S34434916

Jack Saba
Berwyn Heights


On 3/2/17 6:30 PM, Alexander Baish wrote:
> 2:26pm: Heading west on US 50 today, I had an ebird-incidental-level sighting of what I was sure was a Tricolored Heron in the drainage ditch just east of the US 113 intersection. This seemed early based on my recollection and checking ebird confirmed it would be about 2 weeks before the early confident arrival window for this species. Because of this, I tried to hustle back from my business in Salisbury to grab a pic before submitting a checklist but was unable to do so before dusk. Being that the sighting location is only a few hundred yards from the super-birdy new Berlin Falls Park and also that I probably won't be able to follow up on this tomorrow, I should tell anybody birding in the vicinity through the weekend to keep cameras ready and eyes open to capture an early sighting and some easy ebird documentation.
>
> Alexander Baish
> Presently of Ocean City
> Respond to "a l e x a n d e r. b a I s h @outlook.com" (spaces added to defeat spam)
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Date: 3/3/17 5:31 am
From: JimC <jimcancil...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Owl moves in before construction completed
I placed Wood Duck boxes in the marsh years ago but the DNR came and installed many more in the WMA across the creek and I re-purposed some of my boxes into owl boxes. A fellow recently offered duck boxes on Craigslist for $45 that are exceptional, compared to my old boxes. I got two.

I could not reach over the 'coon roof' to set the top screw and had to leave the box hanging from a halyard 'till I came up with another way to secure it. Three days later, I'm painted into a corner: an owl has moved in already... I can't disturb it banging away during the day... nor am I confident about working on a ladder in the dark?! But, I am happy it likes the new accommodations.

Side note: when I asked him if he could make Bat Boxes; he looked at me like I was nuts. (I got two off Ebay from some 14yr old kid lat year) The small clearing where this owl box is located has already had three bats last weekend. We like bats.


Jim

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Date: 3/3/17 5:30 am
From: Diana Linnekin <dlinnekin...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Jug Bay Wetlands Center Ongoing bird survey
Good morning Karen,

Wow, looks like you saw a lot of nice birds! I see you got to Jug Bay at 7.30 AM yesterday. Do you need special access to enter that early or is it open to any visitors then? I am hoping to go tomorrow as early as possible however their webpage says they don't open until 9 AM. Thanks for any info you can provide me.


On Thursday, March 2, 2017 at 9:52:01 PM UTC-5, Karen Caruso wrote:
> Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary, Anne Arundel, Maryland, US
> Mar 2, 2017 7:30 AM - 10:00 AM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 3.0 mile(s)
> Comments: Cold, windy
> 29 species
>
> Canada Goose 5
> Tundra Swan 2
> Wood Duck 6
> American Black Duck 40
> Northern Shoveler 5
> Green-winged Teal 212
> Common Merganser 1
> Black Vulture 40
> Turkey Vulture 12
> Osprey 2
> Northern Harrier 2
> Bald Eagle 7
> Red-shouldered Hawk 1
> Ring-billed Gull 30
> Herring Gull 200
> Mourning Dove 2
> Pileated Woodpecker 1 Flying across the drive on the way out
> American Crow 1
> Tree Swallow 40
> Brown Creeper 1
> Carolina Wren 2
> Golden-crowned Kinglet 2
> Northern Mockingbird 1
> Dark-eyed Junco 10
> White-throated Sparrow 1
> Song Sparrow 1
> Eastern Towhee 1
> Northern Cardinal 1
> Red-winged Blackbird 35

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Date: 3/2/17 8:08 pm
From: SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fwd: [BIRDHAWK] Fort Smallwood Park (02 Mar 2017) 25 Raptors
Fort Smallwood Park
Pasadena, Maryland, USA


Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 02, 2017
Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
Black Vulture 0 0 2
Turkey Vulture 22 49 108
Osprey 0 0 1
Bald Eagle 1 1 5
Northern Harrier 0 0 0
Sharp-shinned Hawk 0 1 1
Cooper's Hawk 0 0 0
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 0 2 9
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 0 4 5
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 2 2 2
Merlin 0 0 0
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0
Total: 25 59 133


Observation start time: 09:00:00
Observation end time: 13:00:00
Total observation time: 4 hours
Official Counter Hal Wierenga, Sue Ricciardi
Observers: Chris Reed, Hal Wierenga, Ralph Geuder

Weather: Mostly sunny; 44-48 degrees; excellent visibility; winds very strong mostly from the WNW, 21-26 mph, gusting to 44 mph

Raptor Observations: First American Kestrels of the season; very strong winds probably hindered the flight

Non-raptor Observations: 38 Gadwalls; 25 Horned Grebes; 22Song Sparrows; about 50 basking turtles

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

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

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Date: 3/2/17 6:52 pm
From: Karen Caruso <karen.caruso...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Jug Bay Wetlands Center Ongoing bird survey
Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary, Anne Arundel, Maryland, US
Mar 2, 2017 7:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Protocol: Traveling
3.0 mile(s)
Comments: Cold, windy
29 species

Canada Goose 5
Tundra Swan 2
Wood Duck 6
American Black Duck 40
Northern Shoveler 5
Green-winged Teal 212
Common Merganser 1
Black Vulture 40
Turkey Vulture 12
Osprey 2
Northern Harrier 2
Bald Eagle 7
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Ring-billed Gull 30
Herring Gull 200
Mourning Dove 2
Pileated Woodpecker 1 Flying across the drive on the way out
American Crow 1
Tree Swallow 40
Brown Creeper 1
Carolina Wren 2
Golden-crowned Kinglet 2
Northern Mockingbird 1
Dark-eyed Junco 10
White-throated Sparrow 1
Song Sparrow 1
Eastern Towhee 1
Northern Cardinal 1
Red-winged Blackbird 35

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Date: 3/2/17 6:05 pm
From: <krschwa1...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Howard County Waterfowl Search March 11 Cancelled
Due to family care issues, I am unable to lead the Howard County
Waterfowl Search on March 11. Nobody has stepped forward, so it is
cancelled.
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Date: 3/2/17 3:30 pm
From: Alexander Baish <abaish1...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Possible Tricolored Heron, Berlin, MD
2:26pm: Heading west on US 50 today, I had an ebird-incidental-level sighting of what I was sure was a Tricolored Heron in the drainage ditch just east of the US 113 intersection. This seemed early based on my recollection and checking ebird confirmed it would be about 2 weeks before the early confident arrival window for this species. Because of this, I tried to hustle back from my business in Salisbury to grab a pic before submitting a checklist but was unable to do so before dusk. Being that the sighting location is only a few hundred yards from the super-birdy new Berlin Falls Park and also that I probably won't be able to follow up on this tomorrow, I should tell anybody birding in the vicinity through the weekend to keep cameras ready and eyes open to capture an early sighting and some easy ebird documentation.

Alexander Baish
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Date: 3/2/17 11:50 am
From: Jim Wilkinson <lakekoshare...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Common Yellowthroat at Fort Holabird Park, Baltimore, on March 2
A Common Yellowthroat that looked like a first winter male was at the park this morning. It was in a tiny cattail marsh crossed by a boardwalk near the baseball fields. The bird popped up briefly but I could not get any pictures. Seems early for a spring migrant.

Jim Wilkinson
Columbia, MD

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Date: 3/2/17 11:01 am
From: Harry Armistead <harryarmistead...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Ferry Neck & Blackwater N.W.R., February 23-28, 2017.
FERRY NECK & BLACKWATER N.W.R., FEBRUARY 23-28, 2017. ruddies, Redheads, big white birds. early spring vegetation. a bleak Choptank River. The first 3 days have way-above-normal temperatures. Sure could use a good soaking rain. Liz and I spend much of the time reading our respective copies of 2 massive WWII histories by Shirer and Atkinson (the latter on loan from Bob Lukens). I catch a Gray Squirrel in a crab net (February 26). Surprised not to see an early Osprey.


FEBRUARY 23, THURSDAY. On the way down from Philadelphia, a lackluster trip: Middletown, DE, a migrating Sharp-shinned Hawk, 19 non-migratory Fish Crows. Route 481, 2 Horned Larks, 1 American Kestrel. South of Cordova to the east of Route 309, 50 Tundra Swans in a field. Liz sees 3 Painted Turtles in Frog Hollow (this is just east of our property boundary).


Arrive at Rigby’s Folly, Ferry Neck, Talbot County, Armistead property, at 3 P.M. for 3 productive hours. 72 degrees F.! Things get squirrelee right away: on the driveway on the edge of Field 4 are a FOX SQUIRREL and 4 Gray Squirrels. The canoe has again been blown over and the chairs and stuff at Lucy Point are in wind-blown disarray. After unloading the car (9 trips car to house) seen from the dock c. 4 P.M. are Red-breasted Merganser 8, Bufflehead 40, Horned Grebe 5, Ruddy Duck 70, Bald Eagle 3, Canada Goose 135, and REDHEAD 1,130. To give perspective on this, previous Redhead high counts for here include: Feb. 9, 2003, 57; Feb. 16, 1975, 45; Feb. 24, 2000, 39; and Feb. 6, 2000, 26. Wow!!! I don’t know what significance there is that these are all February dates. The Redheads are massed out in the center of Irish Creek.


Out at Lucy Point, 4:35-6:10: Tundra Swan 76 (plus 3 in northward migration), Horned Grebe 6, Bufflehead 36, Bald Eagle 1 adult, Ruddy Duck 16, Ring-billed Gull 12, unIDd gull 16, Redhead 4, and NORTHERN GANNET 1 adult (early), plus a flyout of Canada Geese to the north in 21 flocks in configurations ranging from 8 to 180 and totalling c. 983 and c. 373 other CGs apparently not going anywhere. One Gray Squirrel. 67-60, SW10+, clear but the haze cuts in at about a mile out, yet a perfect sunset, blinding down to the horizon behind the trees on the western shore. No boats.


FEBRUARY 24, FRIDAY. “Sittin’ on a dock by the bay … “ Yes, sittin’ there 9:30-11:30: the REDHEADS again but in flight in 5 rapidly-moving flocks, some with hundreds, briefly, so I’ll go with yesterday’s estimate of 1,130 plus red-breasted merganser 17, bufflehead 22, red-tailed hawk 1 adult, herring gull 4, ring-billed gull 1, horned grebe 3, belted kingfisher 1, bald eagle 3 adults, black vulture 6, fish crow 2 (a sign of spring, sort of), ruddy duck 16, tundra swan 5. We also see 2 Winter Jellyfish and a small Horseshoe Crab lying on its back, flailing its legs ineffectively (in February!?). I flip it over with a long boat hook and it disappears. One unIDd butterfly. There’s one tonger out in Irish Creek and a small skiff (MD1646BH) sets two nets and tends them at the mouth of the cove, all within the space of < 1 hour. 1 other workboat.


LUCY POINT, 11:37-1:17. horned grebe 4, bufflehead 40, Canada goose 55, red-tailed hawk 2, common loon 1, herring gull 2, tundra swan 2, red-breasted merganser 20, and redhead 2. fair, 62, SW10 and dropping, haze again has cut in at about a mile offshore. See a 2.5’ fish, flailing around on the surface, looks like a small shark, periodically dives, but seems to be in extremis. 3 dredgers, MD1646BH again, 1 pleasure boat. Out at the point again, continues to be bleak, 4:30-6: tundra swan 43, Canada goose 245, surf scoter 22, red-breasted merganser 2.


FEBRUARY 25, SATURDAY. Fair but ominous purple sky developing to the N spreading from the NW at 3 P.M. with winds NW 15+ and rain coming, earlier SSE10-15+, 62-73, temps dropping to 55 by 5:15 P.M. From the dock 9:15-11:15: horned grebe 4, herring gull 1, ring-billed gull 3. turkey vulture 11, black vulture 3, bald eagle 2 adults, bufflehead 26, ruddy duck 30, red-breasted merganser 11, belted kingfisher 1, MERLIN 1 (2nd winter record; a female), American kestrel 1, tundra swan 9, Canada goose 175, cedar waxwing 14, and redhead 275.


7 Gray Squirrels. Sit out by the Big Field Noon - 12:30: 5 does, 1 killdeer, 2 green-winged teal with 4 mallard or black duck types. Pileated woodpecker in the yard 1:50 P.M. Spectacular. Three does seen running from Woods 2 to Woods 6. Over the winter a lot of rosemary has survived, usable in cooking, and some parsley.


BELLEVUE: 2:45 P.M.: ruddy duck 30, ring-billed gull 80, and horned grebe 1. At Frog Hollow a great blue heron and 4 Painted Turtles at 3:15. A wild turkey gobbling at 8:30 A.M. and 13 in Field 6.


FEBRUARY 26, SUNDAY. At BLACKWATER N.W.R. Numbers for some species that are in parentheses represent counts conducted by the Blackwater N.W.R. staff on February 23 for comparison. What a difference a few days can make. The refuge numbers are probably much more accurate than mine. 8 participants: Harry & Liz Armistead, Don Barrow, Tom Cimino, Carol Czerkies, Ann & Paul Dercyk, and Pam Smith. Windy, cold, 37-45, NW15+, fair becoming clear, tidal waters a bit low, fresh waters high. 7 A.M. - 1:30 P.M. (official guided birding tour 8 - noon). Some birds listed below found before or after the official bird tour. I haven’t seen this many Blue Geese here in many, many years.


Complete list: snow goose 1,000 (3,700), blue goose 210 (350), Canada goose 2,000, tundra swan 670 (573), wood duck 2, gadwall 10, American wigeon 2 (31), American black duck 14, mallard 90 (942), mallard X American black duck hybrid 1, northern shoveler 80 (385), northern pintail 0 (94), green-winged teal 165 (70), ring-necked duck 190 (48), Hooded Merganser 0 (35), AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN 70 [this is Walter Ellison’s count from yesterday that I’ll go with today because today’s birds, except for 2, are ALL the way over on the S side of Blackwater River], great blue heron 0 [!!], turkey vulture 24, bald eagle 20, northern harrier 1, American coot 4 (4), greater yellowlegs 12, dunlin 40 (136),


ring-billed gull 85, herring gull 20 (Cambridge), great black-backed gull 5 (Cambridge), Forster’s tern 1 (23; a remarkable winter count for here), mourning dove 6, red-headed woodpecker 1 (Tom Cimino), northern flicker 1, American crow 10, horned lark 2 (Egypt Road), tree swallow 4, Carolina wren 1, eastern bluebird 6, American robin 10 [incl. 1 in full song on top of a lamp at the Cambridge Wawa], northern mockingbird 3, European starling 12, myrtle warbler 3, Savannah sparrow 4, song sparrow 3, white-throated sparrow 1, white-crowned sparrow 1 immature [at the Visitor Center area most of this winter], northern cardinal 3, red-winged blackbird 30, common grackle 90 [most at Cambridge], and house sparrow 2.


NON-AVIAN TAXA: Several New Jersey Chorus Frogs calling, like running one’s fingers up the teeth of a comb. Eastern Cottontail 1. Muskrat 1. Yesterday Walter Ellison saw 2 AMERICAN AVOCETS on the refuge. Nice to run into Greg Inskip and Jim Stasz.


At RIGBY’S FOLLY later in the afternoon. 8 Gray Squirrels (including Santa Claws, see below). 38-47, fair becoming clear, NW15+/. Out at Lucy Point, 5:40-6:23, another perfect sunset, 44-38, NW5, visibility excellent: tundra swan 45, ruddy duck 22, horned grebe 14, red-breasted merganser 3, bufflehead 46, Canada Goose 200 (roosting WAY out on the Choptank), great blue heron 1, ring-billed gull 49 (going to roost near the geese), and bald eagle 1. No boats. Venus, clear and bright over the western post-sunset glow.


In Field 6: 21 robins and c. 400 blackbirds = red-winged blackbird c. 60%, starlings 35% & common grackles 5%. In the hedgerow between Field 6 and Field 7, SE side, find the remains of a deer including a head with 9 points, 5 tines on the left antler, put it out by the garage to cleanse some more. Liz sees the merlin again plus 330 Canada geese in the cove.


5:01 P.M. SANTA CLAWS DROPS IN FOR A VISIT. A soft landing, in the ashes. Any landing you can scamper away from is a good landing. We’d heard noises in the living room chimney for several days. Yesterday I shut the door, let down the shades, placed a lamp next to the fireplace, brought in a crab net, opened one window and the damper … and waited. Nothing.


Today the same set up. After several minutes a fat Gray Squirrel drops down into the ashes, and sits there, bewildered, as if to say “What the Hell is this?”, perhaps confused by my mother’s decor and effects, including her library. Face it, Francis Parkman’s works (17 volumes, Little, Brown & Co., 1877-) and Beaux & belles of England by James Boaden et al. (13 volumes, Grolier Society, c. 1890) can get to the best of us, be offputting. And things don’t get much better with J. L. Motley’s Rise of the Dutch Republic et sequelae (7 volumes, 1871-1875, Harper & Brothers). It might have gone more smoothly if there had been a copy of the Tale of squirrel nutkin


Be that as it may, I’d hoped whatever came down the chimney would make a break for the open window. No. No scampering away from this landing. Taking advantage of the squirrel’s understandable astonishment at its surroundings (perhaps sometimes shared occasionally by our human guests), I, thank Heaven, am easily able to scoop up the confused animal in the crab net, the top of its head missing fur and raw, and unceremoniously dump it out the northeast living room window. I rejected Meathead, Sorehead, Hothead, and Baldpate, went with Santa Claws for a moniker. Careful scrutiny of squirrels at our feed the next few days, alas, failed to find S.C. Perhaps he decided he’d had enough of this burg. Hope he gets over it, fast.


A few years ago we had a cover put on this chimney. Will have to get that checked out soon.


FEBRUARY 27, MONDAY. Never done it before, but, it’s SO dry, drive the car around the periphery of all 7 fields = a total of 3.45 miles; the fields total 58.9 acres with acreage from Field 1 (the Big Field) to Field 7 respectively as: 13.3, 10.0, 3.9, 12.3, 3.8, 12.2, and 3.4 acres. Not a single bird in any field, but the flock of 13 Wild Turkeys seen again, from Field 6 in an adjacent property. Almost got stuck once. Remove a 20 lb. rock from Field 1 that has been offending my sensibilities for years, dropped off a contractor’s truck, and heave it over the bank to add to the rip rap. Under the rock is a Black Widow. At Lucy Point, 11:42 A.M. (SW5+, 49 degrees F., fair) a brief visit: bald eagle 1, red-breasted merganser 9, bufflehead 14, tundra swan 48, and offshore 4 dredgers and 2 skipjacks. One unIDd sulphur.


From the dock briefly at 11:14: RUDDY DUCK 590, red-breasted merganser 3, horned grebe 3, Canada goose 130. On the S side of the hedgerow between Fields 3 & 4 are 3 squirrels, all adopting the Weltanschaaung attitude, 2 grays and 1 FOX SQUIRREL, sitting up on their haunches, white bellies visible at considerable distance. Today here: fair, SW5+ becoming overcast, 47-55.


FEBRUARY 28, TUESDAY. Lucy Point, 8:05-8:36, dead clam, visibility near perfect, 46-49, clear: Bufflehead 465, Surf Scoter 80, Common Loon 6, Horned Grebe 8, Tundra Swan 17, Herring Gull 6, Long-tailed Duck 7 (also hear them even though they are at a great distance, so far that it is hard to ID them even with the 32X scope), Bald Eagle 1, Common Goldeneye 6, Belted Kingfisher 1, Red-breasted Merganser 1, Lesser Scaup 4, and boats: 1 skipjack, 11 dredgers, 1 sailboat.


Up Irish Creek: 290 Ruddy Ducks but the flock disappears around Edwards Point so I’m sure there are more, perhaps the full complement of 590 seen yesterday, all of them cute Gray Squirrel 7 in the yard, 2 on the driveway, and 1 d.o.r. (requiescat in pavement) opposite Frog Hollow, where there are 5 Painted Turtles basking. Leave at 9 A.M. Getaway breakfast at Denny’s in Easton: great service, generous helpings, delicious hash browns, and commodious coffee mugs with, and this is important, room for all 4 fingers around the handle. A paucity of young, live oysters on the rip rap this winter.


On the way home to PA: 20 Tundra Swans in a field W of Route 309. On Route 481 a pair of adult Bald Eagles < 0.5 mi. from a nest in the isolated Sycamore near Routes 481 X 309, one American Kestrel, 4 Tundra Swans in a field S of Ruthsburg. At milepost 117, Route 301, an imm. Bald Eagle, a Red-tailed Hawk, and a Striped Skunk, the latter d.o.r. Another dead skunk a few miles previously.


Here in Philadelphia a lot of Crocuses, Snowdrops, and some Forsythia have come out since February 23.


the SINGULAR AMERICAN PIPIT. Perhaps this sort of thing happens every year, but I find it curious that a bird often seen in flocks is only represented by one individual on these recent Christmas counts: Virginia: Chincoteague, Matthews, Cape Charles, Bannister River; Mattamuskeet, NC; Seaford-Nanticoke, DE; Macon, Georgia; Denton, MD.


GREAT FEATS/FEETS OF PREDATION. The issue of Virginia Birds with records for fall 2016 (vol. 13, no. 2) has 2 photographs (p. 27) by Charlie Plimpton of a Northern Goshawk dispatching an apparently healthy immature Great Black-backed Gull, a bird perhaps 3 or 4 times its size, weight, and bulk, at Pickett’s Harbor Natural Area Preserve, November 9, 2016. This is all the more amazing because the photograph seems to be of an immature male hawk, smaller than a female would be. Charlie was the Coastal Virginia Wildlife Observatory Bay Watch person, conducting a sea watch of lower Chesapeake Bay about a mile north of Kiptopeke State Park.


Great Black-backed Gull is not exactly a pushover. I remember 3 occasions when I witnessed, respectively, a GBBG killing an apparently healthy Red-breasted Merganser, American Coot, and Horned Grebe. The species has been described as ”A brute of a gull, this is the largest gull species in the world. Heavy and powerful, it is a fearless and intimidating bird … it is a bully, chasing other gulls to steal food … “ Birds of Pennsylvania (Scott & Nix, , Inc., 2015, p. 105, George L. Armistead).


Once on the Cape Charles Christmas count several of us flushed a goshawk out on Smith Island 7 or 8 times. The first few incidents it was carrying a Tricolored Heron. After that we found the heron, its entrails eaten out. We continued to flush the gos as we moved south on the island for its northern 4 or so miles, where this long segment of the island consists of just dunes, beach, and saltmarsh and is quite narrow. I think it was an immature female. At Cape May Chris Witt once saw a Peregrine Falcon strike and kill a Great Egret.


ENDANGERED “SPECIES”. It bothers me that the lay press and even most bird literature continues to refer to various subspecies, most recently the Delmarva Fox Squirrel (no longer endangered), as endangered species when they are subspecies. The Florida Panther also. In cases such as these the species per se is not endangered, the subspecies is.


BEST SIGN THIS TRIP. At a contractor’s shop: “Make your driveway great again.”


Go a few miles inland and plenty of daffodils are out. Local willows getting green. Some forsythia also out. It all seems early.


Best to all. - Harry Armistead, Philadelphia.

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Date: 3/2/17 8:23 am
From: stan arnold <thrushhost...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Nice read on Vultures.
Nice read!

Stan Arnold
Ferndale


On Thu, Mar 2, 2017 at 10:53 AM, JimC <jimcancil...> wrote:

> We have tons in the sky at all times on the Eastern Shore. I kew a little
> but had not appreciated them 'till I read this.
>
> https://www.quora.com/Why-do-vultures-not-take-live-prey/
> answer/Stefan-Pociask
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> Jim/Salisbury
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Date: 3/2/17 7:53 am
From: JimC <jimcancil...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Nice read on Vultures.
We have tons in the sky at all times on the Eastern Shore. I kew a little but had not appreciated them 'till I read this.

https://www.quora.com/Why-do-vultures-not-take-live-prey/answer/Stefan-Pociask

Jim/Salisbury

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Date: 3/1/17 7:53 pm
From: SUE RICCIARDI <susiericc...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fort Smallwood Park Wednesday, March 1, 2017 34 Raptors
Fort Smallwood Park
Pasadena, Maryland, USA


Daily Raptor Counts: Mar 01, 2017
Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total
Black Vulture 0 0 2
Turkey Vulture 27 27 86
Osprey 0 0 1
Bald Eagle 0 0 4
Northern Harrier 0 0 0
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 1 1
Cooper's Hawk 0 0 0
Northern Goshawk 0 0 0
Red-shouldered Hawk 2 2 9
Broad-winged Hawk 0 0 0
Red-tailed Hawk 4 4 5
Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0
Golden Eagle 0 0 0
American Kestrel 0 0 0
Merlin 0 0 0
Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0
Unknown Buteo 0 0 0
Unknown Falcon 0 0 0
Unknown Eagle 0 0 0
Unknown Raptor 0 0 0
Total: 34 34 108


Observation start time: 10:30:00
Observation end time: 13:00:00
Total observation time: 2.5 hours
Official Counter Sue Ricciardi
Observers:

Visitors: Jay McGann

Weather: Mostly cloudy; 69-71 degrees; good visibility; winds strong and southwesterly, 15-17 mph, gusting to 31 mph

Raptor Observations: Line of strong thunderstorms caused an early end to a decent flight

Non-raptor Observations:


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

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

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Date: 3/1/17 4:00 pm
From: Edward Stevens <resellingthings...>
Subject: [MDBirding] I'm pretty sure i spotted a golden eagle at the city landfill
I've been going to the baltimore city landfill on quarantine road for awhile now and recently spotted what i believe to have been a golden eagle. At any point in the day at least hundreds of birds are feeding there. I will try to get a picture next time if its a hawk its gotta be a size record.

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Date: 3/1/17 11:14 am
From: Jim Felley <jdfelley...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Lincoln Monument birds, 3/1
A lunchtime walk around the Tidal Basin and Constitution Gardens produced a highlight of 3 Fox sparrows at the DC Veteran's Memorial. They were feeding under the shrubs and trees west of the memorial, with a flock of Juncos. There was also a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker in the area.
The Tidal Basin was fairly empty, other than a small group of Lesser Scaup near the Jefferson Memorial.
The DC Veterans' Memorial had a lot of birds other than the sparrows, including flocks of Robins, Starlings and Common Grackles, the aforementioned Dark-eyed juncos, Carolina chickadees, and Tufted titmice.
Constitution Gardens pond is filled with Northern Shovellers, over 30 in fact. This may be the most shovellers I've ever seen in one place (and I used to bird in SW Louisiana!). Also at the pond were the usual Mallards and Canada geese, some Double-crested cormorants, two pair of American Wigeon and the male Gadwall that seems to have spent the whole winter there.

Jim

Jim Felley
Gaithersburg, MD

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Date: 3/1/17 7:08 am
From: Peter Lev <plev...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Bob Mumford photography and lecture
Bob Mumford will present “National Wildlife Refuges, National Treasures” on
Tuesday, March 7 at 7:00 pm as part of the Baltimore Bird Club’s Tuesday
Lecture Series. The location is the Cylburn Arboretum’s Greenhouse
Classroom, 4915 Cylburn Ave. in Baltimore City.



Bob is an award-winning photographer and the author of two books, Spring
Comes to Washington and The Exquisite Birds of Ecuador. During the last
thirty years he has criss-crossed the country, visiting over seventy
national wildlife refuges from far Northeast Maine to far southwest
California, and from the Aleutian Islands to the Florida Keys. He will
screen images from these travels, including stunning photographs of birds,
mammals, reptiles and landscapes.



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Directions to Cylburn Arboretum: From Baltimore Beltway I-695, go south on
I-83 Jones Falls Expressway. Take Northern Parkway Exit west (right). Go
about ½ mile up hill to traffic light, turn left on Greenspring Ave. Go
about ¼ mile, just past the first road intersection, and turn left through
the stone gate entrance into Cylburn Arboretum grounds.



Follow the drive to circle in front of Vollmer Center building, and go
around the circle to the first parking area. Follow bend to left and follow
signs for Greenhouse Classroom, going up a short hill to the northernmost
parking area. The Greenhouse building is adjacent to the parking lot, go in
the door and turn left for the Classroom.



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Date: 3/1/17 6:41 am
From: Tim Carney <timmyc83...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Masonville 2/28/2017
Yesterday I conducted a census at Masonville Cove. I relocated the continuing ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER at the end of the stream behind the Education Center. It foraged there for a bit, then flew east into one of the restricted areas.

In a different restricted