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1/17/19 7:05 am 'Michel Cavigelli' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] Barnacle Goose?
1/17/19 6:54 am Andy Wilson <awilson.gettysburg...> Re: [MDBirding] Barnacle Goose?
1/17/19 6:54 am Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...> Re: [MDBirding] Barnacle Goose?
1/17/19 6:37 am 'Michel Cavigelli' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] Barnacle Goose?
1/17/19 3:24 am Cris Clore <crisclore...> Re: [MDBirding] Digest for - 2 updates in 1 topic
1/17/19 2:12 am Denise Ryan <screechowl...> [MDBirding] Barnacle Goose?
1/16/19 8:16 am jugbayjs <jugbayjs...> [MDBirding] Barnacle Goose?
1/16/19 7:34 am 'Michel Cavigelli' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Barnacle Goose?
1/15/19 7:04 pm Lydia Schindler <lydia13621...> [MDBirding] ISO: A few good birders
1/15/19 4:49 pm Steve Long <steve.long4...> [MDBirding] Raven at old Total Wine store location
1/15/19 4:08 pm Warblerick <ricksussman1955...> Re: [MDBirding] DC Area, 1/15/2019
1/15/19 3:37 pm JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> Re: [MDBirding] DC Area, 1/15/2019
1/15/19 7:27 am Lydia Schindler <lydia13621...> [MDBirding] DC Area, 1/15/2019
1/14/19 6:33 pm Patrick Malone <pmalone...> [MDBirding] out of area - Shollenberger Park, Petaluma CA
1/14/19 1:48 pm Joe Hanfman <auk1844...> [MDBirding] Blandair field trip
1/14/19 12:31 pm jugbayjs <jugbayjs...> [MDBirding] [FR] SNOW BIRDS
1/14/19 10:47 am Max Wilson <max.wilson...> [MDBirding] Barnacle back at Whittier
1/14/19 10:41 am David Greenspoon <greenspoon...> Re: [MDBirding] Re: dearth of titmice and chickadees
1/14/19 10:38 am Suzanne Richman <suzanne_richman...> Re: [MDBirding] Re: dearth of titmice and chickadees
1/14/19 10:28 am Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4...> [MDBirding] Barnacle Goode
1/14/19 9:40 am Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4...> [MDBirding] Barnacle back at Whittier
1/14/19 9:38 am Rick Borchelt <rborchelt...> Re: [MDBirding] [FR] SNOW BIRDS
1/14/19 9:35 am Janet Millenson <janet...> Re: [MDBirding] [FR] SNOW BIRDS
1/14/19 8:48 am Andrew McGann <andrew.mcgann...> Re: [MDBirding] [FR] SNOW BIRDS
1/14/19 8:38 am Jim Nelson <kingfishers2...> Re: [MDBirding] Re: dearth of titmice and chickadees
1/14/19 8:02 am guineabird via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] [FR] SNOW BIRDS
1/14/19 7:54 am Rick Borchelt <rborchelt...> Re: [MDBirding] [FR] SNOW BIRDS
1/14/19 7:25 am Chas Argent <chas.argent...> Re: [MDBirding] [FR] SNOW BIRDS
1/14/19 6:50 am jugbayjs <jugbayjs...> Re: [MDBirding] [FR] SNOW BIRDS
1/14/19 6:41 am Andy Wilson <awilson.gettysburg...> [MDBirding] Re: dearth of titmice and chickadees
1/14/19 6:32 am Steve Long <steve.long4...> Re: [MDBirding] [FR] SNOW BIRDS
1/14/19 5:22 am Jim Nelson <kingfishers2...> Re: [MDBirding] [FR] SNOW BIRDS
1/13/19 8:02 pm Jon Barrett <jonbarrettphoto...> RE: [MDBirding] [FR] SNOW BIRDS
1/13/19 7:49 pm Janet Millenson <janet...> Re: [MDBirding] [FR] SNOW BIRDS
1/13/19 7:00 pm lacsmith12 <lacsmith12...> Re: [MDBirding] [FR] SNOW BIRDS
1/13/19 5:57 pm Dan Haas <nervousbirds...> Re: [MDBirding] [FR] SNOW BIRDS
1/13/19 5:54 pm Anna <anka.dc...> [MDBirding] [FR] SNOW BIRDS
1/13/19 3:46 pm Chas Argent <chas.argent...> [MDBirding] Re: [FR] SNOW BIRDS
1/13/19 1:53 pm JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> [MDBirding] [FR] SNOW BIRDS
1/13/19 1:48 pm Jim Wilkinson <lakekoshare...> [MDBirding] Pine Warbler Returns to yard in Columbia, Howard January 13
1/13/19 10:54 am Matthew Felperin <mattyfelp...> Re: [MDBirding] Red-throated Loons at Lake Artemesia
1/13/19 5:58 am Peter Lev <plev...> [MDBirding] BBC Covered Dish Dinner CANCELED TODAY JAN. 13
1/13/19 5:23 am Andy Wilson <awilson.gettysburg...> Re: [MDBirding] Barnacle Goose - no
1/12/19 1:44 pm Tim Carney <timmyc83...> [MDBirding] Barnacle Goose - no
1/12/19 12:16 pm Bud Poole <budpoole343...> Re: [MDBirding] Snowy Owl
1/12/19 11:41 am Sharon F1727 <sharonf1727...> Re: [MDBirding] Snowy Owl
1/12/19 11:18 am Sharon F1727 <sharonf1727...> Re: [MDBirding] Snowy Owl
1/12/19 11:17 am 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] field trip to JPPM canceled
1/12/19 10:11 am Joe Hanfman <auk1844...> [MDBirding] Snowy Owl
1/12/19 10:00 am Thomas Ostrowski <tjostrow...> Re: [MDBirding] Red-throated Loons at Lake Artemesia
1/12/19 7:53 am Tim Guida <timothyguida...> [MDBirding] Red-throated Loons at Lake Artemesia
1/12/19 7:29 am Georgia McDonald <gmcdonald1501...> [MDBirding] Re: [DMV Rare Bird Alert] Barnacle Goose
1/12/19 6:27 am Rick Borchelt <rborchelt...> Re: [MDBirding] Barnacle Goose Present Saturday AM
1/12/19 6:15 am Elaine Hendricks <ehendric48...> [MDBirding] Barnacle Goose Present Saturday AM
1/12/19 6:14 am Andy Wilson <awilson.gettysburg...> Re: [MDBirding] Frederick Barnacle Goose on Sat. 1/12/2019?
1/12/19 6:11 am Bud Poole <budpoole343...> [MDBirding] St Marys VATH
1/12/19 5:44 am Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...> Re: [MDBirding] Frederick Barnacle Goose on Sat. 1/12/2019?
1/12/19 5:20 am Howard Wu <howiewu1...> [MDBirding] Frederick Barnacle Goose on Sat. 1/12/2019?
1/11/19 2:26 pm Duvall Sollers <dbsollers61...> [MDBirding] Barnacle Goose in Frederick
1/11/19 10:43 am Andy Wilson <awilson.gettysburg...> [MDBirding] Barnacle Goose, Frederick
1/11/19 9:45 am Tim Carney <timmyc83...> [MDBirding] Re: Swan Creek birdwalk - Saturday, January 12
1/11/19 6:27 am Lynne Parks <v.lynneparks...> [MDBirding] Varied Thrush
1/11/19 6:09 am Lynne Parks <v.lynneparks...> [MDBirding] Varied Thrush
1/10/19 9:28 pm JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> [MDBirding] Chesapeake and Ohio Canal count mile reservations needed - UPDATE
1/10/19 8:27 pm Don Simonson <don.r.simonson...> [MDBirding] Re: Annual Birding Report Returns
1/10/19 11:45 am Jim Wilkinson <lakekoshare...> [MDBirding] Purple Finches in western Howard County, January 10
1/10/19 11:26 am pbudde <pbudde...> Re: [MDBirding] Why are only maybe 5% Purple Finches Adult Male plumage?
1/10/19 11:13 am Pat <pvaldata1...> Re: [MDBirding] Why are only maybe 5% Purple Finches Adult Male plumage?
1/10/19 10:54 am Hugh McGuinness <hdmcguinness...> Re: [MDBirding] Why are only maybe 5% Purple Finches Adult Male plumage?
1/10/19 10:23 am 'Jim Stasz' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] Why are only maybe 5% Purple Finches Adult Male plumage?
1/10/19 10:07 am thbeal via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Why are only maybe 5% Purple Finches Adult Male plumage?
1/10/19 9:21 am Ed Vigezzi <ed.vigezzi...> [MDBirding] Re: Gunner Lake Redheads (Montgomery Co)
1/10/19 6:27 am Jim Green <jkgbirdman53...> [MDBirding] Gunner Lake Redheads (Montgomery Co)
1/9/19 10:47 am 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Access guidelines for Varied Thrush
1/9/19 6:28 am Lydia Schindler <lydia13621...> Re: [MDBirding] DC Area, 1/8/2018
1/9/19 6:24 am 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] DC Area, 1/8/2018
1/9/19 6:10 am Lydia Schindler <lydia13621...> [MDBirding] DC Area, 1/8/2018
1/8/19 10:39 am JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> Re: [MDBirding] Varied Thrush - Jan 8
1/8/19 6:09 am 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] Varied Thrush - Jan 8
1/8/19 6:05 am mike burchett <mikeburchett23...> [MDBirding] Varied Thrush - Jan 8
1/8/19 4:26 am Kevin Graff <keyweststyle2001...> [MDBirding] Hart-Miller Island, 01/07/19
1/7/19 12:02 pm Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4...> [MDBirding] Re: Loreley Glaucous Gull Present Now.
1/7/19 9:05 am Tim Carney <timmyc83...> [MDBirding] Re: Loreley Glaucous Gull Present Now.
1/7/19 8:21 am Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...> [MDBirding] Varied Thrush continues
1/7/19 7:47 am Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4...> [MDBirding] Loreley Glaucous Gull Present Now.
1/6/19 2:46 pm JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> Re: [MDBirding] Re: Annual Birding Report Returns
1/6/19 2:31 pm JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> Re: [MDBirding] Varied Thrush
1/6/19 7:00 am George Jett <gmjett...> Re: [MDBirding] Varied Thrush
1/6/19 5:21 am Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4...> [MDBirding] Varied Thrush
1/6/19 4:57 am Joe Hanfman <auk1844...> [MDBirding] Barrow’s Goldeneye
1/5/19 8:46 pm JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> Re: [MDBirding] New Montgomery County Hotspots
1/5/19 8:06 pm Brenton Reyner <brenton5432...> [MDBirding] New Montgomery County Hotspots
1/5/19 9:53 am Peter Lev <plev...> [MDBirding] BBC Jan. 6 field trip canceled
1/5/19 7:54 am David Moulton, Bethesda, MD <moulton.davidh...> [MDBirding] Re: Varied Thrush Seen January 4
1/4/19 3:01 pm Warblerick <ricksussman1955...> [MDBirding] My Yard Big Year list
1/4/19 11:36 am Chris Wright <chriswright6...> [MDBirding] Re: Sand hill cranes
1/4/19 8:58 am Janet Millenson <janet...> [MDBirding] Sandhill cranes
1/4/19 7:28 am Joe Hanfman <auk1844...> [MDBirding] Orange-crowned Warblers - Talbot
1/4/19 7:15 am Derek Hudgins <derekhudgins...> [MDBirding] Varied Thrush Seen January 4
1/3/19 2:50 pm Warblerick <ricksussman1955...> [MDBirding] My Yard Big Year
1/3/19 1:50 pm Judi Durda <jdurda...> Re: [MDBirding] yard bird
1/3/19 1:35 pm Warblerick <ricksussman1955...> [MDBirding] yard bird
1/3/19 11:53 am 'j. d. newman' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] yard bird
1/3/19 10:01 am Bud Poole <budpoole343...> Re: [MDBirding] Varied Thrush/Calliope report
1/3/19 5:16 am Duvall Sollers <dbsollers61...> [MDBirding] Ross's Goose in Talbot County
1/2/19 12:01 pm Jim Green <jkgbirdman53...> [MDBirding] Sycamore Landing Rd Red-headed Woodpeckers (Mont Co)
1/2/19 11:04 am Jim Green <jkgbirdman53...> [MDBirding] Willard Road Sandhill Cranes (Mont Co)
1/2/19 8:25 am john pangborn <pangborn.john19...> [MDBirding] Blue Mash Nature Trail -- Jan 02, 201
1/1/19 7:02 pm Dean Mahlstedt <birdingboyy...> Re: [MDBirding] Varied Thrush/Calliope report
1/1/19 6:28 pm George Jett <gmjett...> Re: [MDBirding] Varied Thrush/Calliope report
1/1/19 6:27 pm George Jett <gmjett...> Re: [MDBirding] Varied Thrush/Calliope report
1/1/19 6:10 pm 'Leslie' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] Varied Thrush/Calliope report
1/1/19 5:49 pm Harry Armistead <harryarmistead...> [MDBirding] Fort McHenry birding
1/1/19 4:33 pm 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] Varied Thrush/Calliope report
1/1/19 4:29 pm 'jovet' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] Varied Thrush/Calliope report
1/1/19 4:27 pm 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] Varied Thrush/Calliope report
1/1/19 4:23 pm George Jett <gmjett...> [MDBirding] Varied Thrush/Calliope report
1/1/19 12:57 pm JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> [MDBirding] 2019 FXOY
1/1/19 12:17 pm Donald Sweig <skybirds.d...> Re: [MDBirding] I.D. these remains....
1/1/19 11:28 am John McKitterick <jbmck...> Re: [MDBirding] I.D. these remains....
1/1/19 11:08 am JimC <wetstuff...> [MDBirding] Re: Assateague National Seashore
1/1/19 9:28 am Lydia Schindler <lydia13621...> [MDBirding] DC Area 1/1/2019
1/1/19 9:16 am Warblerick <ricksussman1955...> [MDBirding] I.D. these remains....
1/1/19 8:49 am Janet Millenson <janet...> [MDBirding] First bird
1/1/19 8:47 am JimC <wetstuff...> [MDBirding] I.D. these remains....
12/31/18 9:23 pm JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> [MDBirding] Chesapeake and Ohio Canal count mile reservations needed - UPDATE
12/31/18 3:37 pm Jon Barrett <jonbarrettphoto...> RE: [MDBirding] Re: Annual Birding Report Returns
12/31/18 2:53 pm John McElroy <jmcelroy...> Re: [MDBirding] Re: Annual Birding Report Returns
12/31/18 1:57 pm David Powell <seneca.ranger...> Re: [MDBirding] Re: Annual Birding Report Returns
12/31/18 1:45 pm JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> Re: [MDBirding] Re: Annual Birding Report Returns
12/31/18 12:31 pm David Powell <seneca.ranger...> [MDBirding] Re: Annual Birding Report Returns
12/31/18 10:09 am 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Varied Thrush visitation rules
12/31/18 7:40 am Gerry Hawkins <maineusa...> [MDBirding] Sandhills Cranes, Montgomery Co
12/30/18 2:58 pm Jim Nelson <kingfishers2...> Re: [MDBirding] Sand hill cranes
12/30/18 11:41 am JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> Re: [MDBirding] Sand hill cranes
12/30/18 7:05 am Anna Urciolo <urcioloa...> [MDBirding] Sand hill cranes
12/30/18 7:04 am Anna Urciolo <urcioloa...> [MDBirding] Sand hill cranes
12/30/18 5:40 am Jared Fisher <jaredfisher...> [MDBirding] Varied Thrush seen this morning
12/29/18 6:33 pm 'Clive Harris' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] Mont Co Sandhill Cranes across from Poolesville GC entrance
12/29/18 6:12 pm Jan Braumuller <janbraumuller...> [MDBirding] Sandhill Cranes
12/29/18 5:47 pm Janet Millenson <janet...> Re: [MDBirding] Mont Co Sandhill Cranes across from Poolesville GC entrance
12/29/18 5:00 pm Andy Martin <apmartin2...> [MDBirding] Mont Co Sandhill Cranes across from Poolesville GC entrance
12/29/18 2:01 pm George Jett <gmjett...> Re: [MDBirding] Varied Thrush?
12/29/18 10:52 am Frank Hawkins <a.f.a.hawkins...> [MDBirding] Possible Thayer’s full at Georgetown Reservoir, DC
12/29/18 10:31 am 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] Varied Thrush?
12/29/18 10:28 am Les R. Becker <lesrbecker2...> [MDBirding] Varied Thrush?
12/29/18 9:27 am 'Bird couple' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Varied Thrush refound
12/29/18 7:49 am 'Bird couple' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] No Varied Thrush yet today.
12/29/18 7:14 am 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] No RLHA
12/29/18 5:42 am Dean Mahlstedt <birdingboyy...> Re: [MDBirding] Varied Thrush eBird hotspot and the rules
12/28/18 7:27 pm Dave Mitchell (Howard County) <mitch.design.srvc...> [MDBirding] Patapsco State State Park, Elkridge
12/28/18 7:24 pm Dave Mitchell (Howard County) <mitch.design.srvc...> [MDBirding] Re: Trumpeters continue Patuxent North Tract
12/28/18 7:40 am recycledeq <recycledeq...> Re: [MDBirding] Swan Creek birdwalk - Saturday, January 12
12/28/18 7:21 am Tim Carney <timmyc83...> [MDBirding] Swan Creek birdwalk - Saturday, January 12
12/27/18 1:28 pm 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Fw: Rough-legged Hawk
12/27/18 5:08 am Kevin Graff <keyweststyle2001...> [MDBirding] Eared Grebe at bayside point.
12/27/18 3:13 am 'Mike Bowen' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] Varied Thrush eBird hotspot and the rules
12/26/18 8:27 pm JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> Re: [MDBirding] Varied Thrush eBird hotspot and the rules
12/26/18 6:21 pm 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] Varied Thrush eBird hotspot and the rules
12/26/18 5:38 pm 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Varied Thrush eBird hotspot and the rules
12/26/18 2:55 pm 'Mike Bowen' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] St. Mary's County Varied Thrush, 12/26
12/26/18 8:59 am JimC <wetstuff...> [MDBirding] A Raptor commute
12/26/18 8:47 am JimC <wetstuff...> [MDBirding] Re: Assateague National Seashore
12/26/18 8:42 am 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] St. Mary's County Varied Thrush, 12/26
12/26/18 6:31 am Lydia Schindler <lydia13621...> Re: [MDBirding] PBS Nature
12/26/18 5:34 am Marcia Balestri <mebalestri...> [MDBirding] PBS Nature
12/25/18 6:09 pm thbeal via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] out of area: Birds in NM last week
12/25/18 5:38 pm Lydia Schindler <lydia13621...> Re: [MDBirding]
12/25/18 2:42 pm JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> Re: [MDBirding]
12/25/18 2:25 pm Warblerick <ricksussman1955...> Re: [MDBirding]
12/25/18 1:55 pm JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> Re: [MDBirding]
12/25/18 1:43 pm Jim Wilkinson <lakekoshare...> [MDBirding] Pine Siskin at Lake Elkhorn in Columbia, Howard County, Dec 25
12/25/18 1:34 pm JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> [MDBirding] out of area: Canaan Valley WV
12/25/18 8:47 am Lydia Schindler <lydia13621...> [MDBirding]
12/25/18 8:34 am Patrick Malone <pmalone...> [MDBirding] out of area: Birds in NM last week
12/23/18 12:48 pm Marcia Watson <marshwren50...> Re: [MDBirding] Varied Thrush yesterday in St. Mary's county
12/23/18 9:52 am 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] Varied Thrush yesterday in St. Mary's county
12/23/18 8:53 am Marcia Balestri <mebalestri...> [MDBirding] Assateague National Seashore
12/23/18 8:50 am George Jett <gmjett...> Re: [MDBirding] Varied Thrush yesterday in St. Mary's county
12/23/18 7:34 am TIMOTHY HOUGHTON <timhoughton...> [MDBirding] Varied Thrush yesterday in St. Mary's county
12/23/18 7:30 am 'Bill Hubick' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] Annual Birding Report Returns
12/23/18 7:11 am David Powell <seneca.ranger...> [MDBirding] Annual Birding Report Returns
12/23/18 6:22 am Mark Johnson <marksjohnson2...> [MDBirding] Rock Run Christmas Count
12/22/18 9:12 am 'Marcy Stutzman' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Oxbow Lake: Wilson's Snipe
12/21/18 1:06 pm Kevin Graff <keyweststyle2001...> [MDBirding] Hart-Miller Island, 12/20/18
12/21/18 12:25 pm Kevin Graff <keyweststyle2001...> [MDBirding] Masonville Cove, 12/19/18
12/21/18 10:24 am 'Michel Cavigelli' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Red Crossbilss?
12/21/18 8:12 am Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4...> [MDBirding] Trumpeters continue Patuxent North Tract
12/21/18 5:23 am Tim Carney <timmyc83...> [MDBirding] Poplar Island 2019 Birding Tour Dates
12/20/18 4:55 pm Harry Armistead <harryarmistead...> [MDBirding] December 14-17, 2018, Ocean City & (mostly) Virginia Eastern Shore.
12/20/18 1:18 pm Jim Wilkinson <lakekoshare...> [MDBirding] Pine Warbler in east Columbia, Howard County on Dec 20
12/20/18 10:58 am Lovelace, Glen (DelDOT) <Glen.Lovelace...> [MDBirding] Deal Island 12/20/18
12/20/18 8:35 am Warblerick <ricksussman1955...> [MDBirding] Re: Eagle Attack on Gull (Somerset Co.)
12/20/18 7:52 am Steve Huy <grisly.remains...> [MDBirding] Re: Eagle Attack on Gull (Somerset Co.)
12/19/18 9:34 pm JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> [MDBirding] Chesapeake and Ohio Canal count mile reservations needed - UPDATE
12/19/18 6:29 pm 'Jesse' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Common Ravens - NW Branch, Montgomery County
12/19/18 8:28 am Jim Wilkinson <lakekoshare...> [MDBirding] Re: DC Area 12/18/2018
12/19/18 3:33 am Lydia Schindler <lydia13621...> [MDBirding] DC Area 12/18/2018
12/18/18 8:54 am Patricia Valdata <pvaldata1...> [MDBirding] Eagle Attack on Gull (Somerset Co.)
 
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Date: 1/17/19 7:05 am
From: 'Michel Cavigelli' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Barnacle Goose?
Agreed. I decided to go to North Point State Park yesterday and can report that all the geese in the one flock I saw seemed to be Canadas--I tried hard to make one of them a Barnacle, or even a Cackling, but no success.
Michel
On Thursday, January 17, 2019, 9:54:43 AM EST, Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...> wrote:

If this was the goose from Baltimore Co. (and possibly before that, Pennsylvania, based on plumage details)  it could have made another significant move. Goose flocks should be checked anywhere within a fairly significant radius. Although, of course, we hope it returns to Whittier Lake!
Gail MackiernanColesville, MD

Sent from my iPad
On Jan 17, 2019, at 9:36 AM, 'Michel Cavigelli' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> wrote:


Agreed, and thanks to all who have spent time relocating the goose! Here's to hoping for their continued success!
Michel Cavigelli
On Thursday, January 17, 2019, 5:12:13 AM EST, Denise Ryan <screechowl...> wrote:

I appreciate the monitoring, I hope to attempt Friday weather permitting so all intel is helpful. 

Denise Ryan

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Date: 1/17/19 6:54 am
From: Andy Wilson <awilson.gettysburg...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Barnacle Goose?
I didn't see the Barnacle Goose or Ross's Goose at 7:45-8 am this morning.
As far as I'm aware the Barnacle was last seen on Monday.

I'll keep checking!

Cheers

Andy

On Thu, Jan 17, 2019 at 9:36 AM 'Michel Cavigelli' via Maryland & DC
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> Agreed, and thanks to all who have spent time relocating the goose! Here's
> to hoping for their continued success!
>
> Michel Cavigelli
>
> On Thursday, January 17, 2019, 5:12:13 AM EST, Denise Ryan <
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> I appreciate the monitoring, I hope to attempt Friday weather permitting
> so all intel is helpful.
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Date: 1/17/19 6:54 am
From: Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Barnacle Goose?
If this was the goose from Baltimore Co. (and possibly before that, Pennsylvania, based on plumage details) it could have made another significant move. Goose flocks should be checked anywhere within a fairly significant radius. Although, of course, we hope it returns to Whittier Lake!

Gail Mackiernan
Colesville, MD

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> On Jan 17, 2019, at 9:36 AM, 'Michel Cavigelli' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> wrote:
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> Agreed, and thanks to all who have spent time relocating the goose! Here's to hoping for their continued success!
>
> Michel Cavigelli
>
> On Thursday, January 17, 2019, 5:12:13 AM EST, Denise Ryan <screechowl...> wrote:
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> I appreciate the monitoring, I hope to attempt Friday weather permitting so all intel is helpful.
>
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Date: 1/17/19 6:37 am
From: 'Michel Cavigelli' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Barnacle Goose?
Agreed, and thanks to all who have spent time relocating the goose! Here's to hoping for their continued success!
Michel Cavigelli
On Thursday, January 17, 2019, 5:12:13 AM EST, Denise Ryan <screechowl...> wrote:

I appreciate the monitoring, I hope to attempt Friday weather permitting so all intel is helpful. 

Denise Ryan

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Date: 1/17/19 3:24 am
From: Cris Clore <crisclore...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Digest for - 2 updates in 1 topic
Odd duck spotted in Germantown. Muscovy duck? Whatever is it doing here?

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> eBird tells me the Barnacle Goose at Whittier Lake hasn't been seen since
> the 14th (Monday). Has anyone seen it more recently but not listed it on
> eBird...wondering if a trip out there is worth it for me today...Thanks.
> Michel CavigelliPG Co
> jugbayjs <jugbayjs...>: Jan 16 08:16AM -0800
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> It was not seen yesterday despite a continuous effort all day, by me and
> many others, including extensive checks of near and far ponds, lakes and
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Date: 1/17/19 2:12 am
From: Denise Ryan <screechowl...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Barnacle Goose?
I appreciate the monitoring, I hope to attempt Friday weather permitting so all intel is helpful.

Denise Ryan

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Date: 1/16/19 8:16 am
From: jugbayjs <jugbayjs...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Barnacle Goose?
It was not seen yesterday despite a continuous effort all day, by me and many others, including extensive checks of near and far ponds, lakes and fields that could potentially hold waterfowl or attract them.

Only negative reports so far today.

Jeff Shenot
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Date: 1/16/19 7:34 am
From: 'Michel Cavigelli' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Barnacle Goose?
eBird tells me the Barnacle Goose at Whittier Lake hasn't been seen since the 14th (Monday). Has anyone seen it more recently but not listed it on eBird...wondering if a trip out there is worth it for me today...Thanks.
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Date: 1/15/19 7:04 pm
From: Lydia Schindler <lydia13621...>
Subject: [MDBirding] ISO: A few good birders
The "venerable" Voice of the Naturalist (now approaching 40) is looking for
two or three additional compilers. This volunteer position requires solid
knowledge of North American birds, bird identification, and patterns of
occurrence, as well as familiarity with birding locales in the Voice area
(DC, MD, VA, DE). In addition, compilers need to be computer-literate,
comfortable with Word, and abreast of reporting sources such as eBird,
local listservers, and Facebook birding pages--and/or open to sharpening
these skills.

Each compiler produces a report once every month or so (schedules tailored
to fit). The weekly report is distributed every Tuesday not only through
the Audubon Naturalist Society, MDBirding, and VA-Birds, but also
nationwide to several hundred subscribers of BirdEast.

Preparing the week's Voice takes a serious time commitment, starting with
especially close attention to bird reports throughout the week. Toward the
end of the week, the job--preparing a draft, keeping up with reports,
assessing "importance," checking locations for accuracy, refining and
polishing the report--is likely to consume at least five hours.

Volunteers can count on all the help they want, in the form of mentoring as
well as a collection of background resource papers. It's also possible to
do the Voice as a team, as is the case with birder Rick Sussman and his
computer-savvy wife Nancy.

It can be fun, it can be challenging, it can be rewarding. If this sounds
like it might be a good fit for you, please contact Pam Oves,
<Pam.Oves...> <Pam.Oves...>.

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Date: 1/15/19 4:49 pm
From: Steve Long <steve.long4...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Raven at old Total Wine store location
This afternoon, there was a Raven flying around and calling repeatedly
at the old Corridor/ Total Wine store location, by the Panera Bread at
the end of the strip mall at Rt 198 and Balto/Wash Pkwy.

Steve Long, Oxford

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Date: 1/15/19 4:08 pm
From: Warblerick <ricksussman1955...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] DC Area, 1/15/2019
Thanks for your input. The Voice of the Naturalist is not strictly a rare bird report. It highlights the most unusual sightings (accidentals, out-of-season birds, as well as true rarities), and other birds of interest, for each week. January Eastern Phoebes are notable as a bird of interest.

Rick Sussman
Woodbine, MD

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Date: 1/15/19 3:37 pm
From: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] DC Area, 1/15/2019
On 1/15/19, Lydia Schindler <lydia13621...> wrote:

> An EASTERN PHOEBE was seen near the entrance to Bombay Hook NWR, Kent
> Co, DE on Jan 11, and one was also found at a home in Fauquier Co, VA
> on Jan 14.

PLUS ONE yesterday [1/14/19]. Likely the same one had been seen in a
neighbor's yard at the onset of the snow on Saturday.

Mine posed in a pine branch very close to the 2nd story window I was
looking from. BINS not needed. The little guy upchucked what looked
like a seed before moving on. Possibly a "wild" seed with millet also
a possibility though I don't know that my neighbor sets out
birdfeed...

Though uncommon, I really don't think these are rare in our area in winter.

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

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Date: 1/15/19 7:27 am
From: Lydia Schindler <lydia13621...>
Subject: [MDBirding] DC Area, 1/15/2019
Hotline: Voice of the Naturalist
Date: 1/15/2019
Coverage: MD/DC/VA/central and southern DE/WV panhandle
Reports, comments, questions: <voice...>
Compilers: Rick and Nancy Sussman
Sponsor: Audubon Naturalist Society of the Central
Atlantic States (independent of NAS)
Transcriber: Steve Cordle

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

This is the Voice of the Naturalist, a service of the Audubon
Naturalist Society. This report covers the week starting Tuesday,
January 8, and was completed on Tuesday, January 15, at 9:00 a.m.

Information on noteworthy birds is presented below in taxonomic order,
as set forth in the American Ornithological Society Checklist for
North and Middle American Birds, as revised through the 59th
Supplement (June 2018).

Top Birds this week are: BARNACLE GOOSE* in MD, BARROW'S GOLDENEYE* in
MD, BAR-TAILED GODWIT* in VA, WOOD STORK* in MD and VA, ASH-THROATED
FLYCATCHER* in VA, and VARIED THRUSH* in MD.

Other Birds of Interest include: SNOW GOOSE, ROSS'S GOOSE, GREATER
WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE, CACKLING GOOSE, TRUMPETER SWAN, other waterfowl,
RED-NECKED GREBE, SANDHILL CRANE, AMERICAN AVOCET, AMERICAN
OYSTERCATCHER, PURPLE SANDPIPER, PARASITIC JAEGER, RAZORBILL, gulls,
RED-THROATED and PACIFIC LOON*, GREAT CORMORANT, AMERICAN WHITE
PELICAN, egrets and herons, ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, GOLDEN EAGLE, SNOWY and
SHORT-EARED OWL, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, EASTERN and SAY'S PHOEBE*,
SEDGE and MARSH WREN, BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER, WOOD THRUSH, EVENING
GROSBEAK, SNOW BUNTING, CLAY-COLORED SPARROW, BALTIMORE ORIOLE,
over-wintering warblers, WESTERN TANAGER, and PAINTED BUNTING.

TOP BIRDS

A BARNACLE GOOSE* was discovered and photographed among a large flock
of Canada Geese mid-day on Jan 11, at Whittier Lake Park in Frederick
Co, MD. It was relocated the following day at the same location and
later in a field east of Rocky Springs Rd. about 0.3 mile west of
Yellow Springs Rd. The bird was seen again briefly on the afternoon of
Jan 13 in a field south of the lake, with a large flock of Canada
Geese, and then it was back at Lake Whittier on Jan 14.

A BARROW'S GOLDENEYE* continued to be seen sporadically at The Elms
Environmental Education Center (private), in St. Mary's Co, MD, seen
most recently on Jan 12.

The BAR-TAILED GODWIT* was still being seen at Chincoteague NWR-Tom's
Cove in Accomack Co, VA as recently as Jan 12.

A very out-of-season WOOD STORK* was seen by two different individuals
in MD on Jan 10. Shortly before noon, it was spotted flying over Point
Lookout SP, St. Mary's Co, north of the causeway and heading north.
About an hour later, another observer saw it from the Patuxent River
Naval Air Station, also in St. Mary's Co, and was able to capture two
very distant cell phone photos as it flew low over the treetops. On
Jan 14, a second WOOD STORK* was discovered feeding in a marshy area
of Wayne Creek-Lafayette River, in the Suburban Acres neighborhood in
Norfolk, VA.

An ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER* was still being seen at Ancarrow's
Landing, Richmond City, VA, with reports from Jan 9, 11, and 12.

The VARIED THRUSH*, first found on Dec 22, 2018, continued to delight
birders in Leonardtown, St. Mary's Co, MD, with recent sightings for
Jan 8-12. Access guidelines: the bird has mostly been seen in the area
around 22070 Philip Drive or sometimes across the street. Please park
along the left side of the road beyond the drainage basin after the
first house on Philip and before the homeowner's house (both houses
are on the left side). Parking priority is along the street only from
half the drainage basin towards 22070 Philip Drive. If that is full,
people can park in the horseshoe section of the 22070 driveway-the
second entrance around to, but not blocking, the first entrance to the
garage. If that is full, park along the neighbors' section of the road
(i.e., the half of the drainage basin towards their house). They have
not complained at all, but at this point we'll try to limit further
damage to their section of property. If that space is full, please try
to avoid parking directly in front of another house.

OTHER BIRDS OF INTEREST

Over one thousand SNOW GEESE were seen at North Point SP, Baltimore
Co, MD on Jan 8, with smaller numbers there the following day. A
continuing lone SNOW GOOSE was seen several times this week along the
Anacostia River Park in SE DC, most recently on Jan 9, 10, and 12. A
ROSS'S GOOSE was reported this week at Wells Road, Milford, Sussex Co,
DE on Jan 10, and relocated south of there, near Prime Hook NWR on Jan
12. On Jan 14, a ROSS'S GOOSE was found in a rain pool along Lewistown
Rd, Talbot Co, MD. Compared with last year, GREATER WHITE-FRONTED
GEESE have been rather scarce this season. A single bird continued at
Fort Howard Veteran's Park-Todd's Inheritance Historic Site, Baltimore
Co, MD on Jan 9-12, and another was found at the Rt 213 south pond in
Queen Anne's Co, MD on Jan 12. A CACKLING GOOSE continued to be seen
at Belle Haven Park-North Parking area, Fairfax Co, VA on Jan 9 and
another was reported in the vicinity of the Barnacle Goose on Jan 11,
at Whittier Lake Park, Frederick Co, MD.

A TRUMPETER SWAN remained at Alter Pond at Soil Conservation Road in
Prince George's Co, MD on Jan 8 and 12, and a pair continued at Lake
Brittle in Fauquier Co, VA on Jan 11-14.

A pair of lingering BLUE-WINGED TEAL were at Lake Collusion, Seahorse
Beach, in Calvert Co, MD on Jan 9. A REDHEAD continued through Jan 12
at Rocky Gap SP, Allegany Co, MD. A continuing first-winter male
COMMON EIDER was still being reported at Fort Monroe, Hampton Co, VA,
seen most recently on Jan 14. A female HARLEQUIN DUCK was scoped at
Pleasure House Point Natural Area, Virginia Beach, VA on Jan 12. A
female LONG-TAILED DUCK continued at Holliday Lake SP, Appomattox Co,
VA, seen as recently as Jan 9-14, and another was seen at Broadway
Wastewater Treatment Facility (restricted access) Rockingham Co, VA on
Jan 11. An uncommon COMMON GOLDENEYE continued at Cumberland-Terminus
in Allegany Co, MD on Jan 9 and 10, and a continuing male RED-BREASTED
MERGANSER remained at Piney Run Park, Carroll Co, MD Jan 9-11.

A RED-NECKED GREBE was reported from Loch Raven Reservoir-Old Picnic
Area Trail, Baltimore Co, MD on Jan 12.

SANDHILL CRANES were still viewable in the Bradshaw Rd area of
Kingsville, Baltimore Co, MD with five there on Jan 8, and eight seen
on Jan 9.

A late pair of AMERICAN AVOCETS were spotted at Gordon's Pond in
Rehoboth, Sussex Co, DE on Jan 11, and a lingering pair of AMERICAN
OYSTERCATCHERS were seen in flight at Grandview Nature Preserve,
Hampton, VA on Jan 12. PURPLE SANDPIPERS continued at Chesapeake Beach
Veteran's Memorial, Calvert Co, MD, with five there on Jan 8, and a
pair remaining on Jan 9.

A light-phase PARASITIC JAEGER was spotted from the Cape Henlopen Hawk
Watch, Sussex Co, DE on Jan 8.

An impressive southbound movement of RAZORBILLS has been going on
along the Atlantic coast recently. On Jan 8, 25 were seen on the water
from the Lewes-Cape May Ferry terminal in Sussex Co, DE, and more than
100 were seen in flight going past Cape Henlopen SP, Sussex Co, DE the
same day, with smaller numbers reported from this location on the
following days as well.

On Jan 8 and 9, an ICELAND GULL was seen at the Annapolis Junction
Transfer Station in Anne Arundel Co, MD, one continued at Georgetown
Reservoir, NW DC on Jan 9, another lingered at Lorely Beach Community
Pier (private) in Baltimore Co, MD, Jan 10-12, and one more was
spotted on the water at the Choptank River-Rt 50 bridge in Dorchester
Co, MD also on Jan 12. In Virginia, an ICELAND GULL was seen at the
Prince William County Landfill, Prince William Co, on Jan 12. A
beautiful immature GLAUCOUS GULL was seen and enjoyed by a birding
group near the Ocean City Inlet, Worcester Co, MD on Jan 12.

RED-THROATED LOONS continued at North Point SP, Baltimore Co, MD with
six seen there on Jan 9. Further inland, a pair of RED-THROATED LOONS
were discovered at Lake Artemesia, Prince George's Co, MD on Jan 12.
An unconfirmed yet detailed report of a PACIFIC LOON* came from the
Lewes-Cape May Ferry (DE waters) Sussex Co, DE on Jan 8, but was not
relocated.

GREAT CORMORANTS continued to be seen at the Kent Point Marina in
Queen Anne's Co, MD, with 26 there on Jan 8 and 16 on Jan 12.

A group of 17 AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS were seen and photographed at
Hog Island WMA, Surry Co, VA on Jan 13.

GREAT EGRETS continued to winter in a few areas this week. One was at
Lake Artemesia, Prince George's Co, MD, seen as recently as Jan 12.
Another was at Little Creek Wildlife Area, Kent Co, DE on Jan 9, and
another was at Ashburn-Alder Lake in Loudoun Co, VA on Jan 12. A very
late SNOWY EGRET continued at Grandview Nature Preserve in Hampton,
VA, as reported on Jan 8 and 14. An immature LITTLE BLUE HERON was
seen at Government Island, Stafford Co, VA, with sightings from Jan
9-11. A wintering GREEN HERON was discovered at Berlin Falls Park,
Worcester Co, MD on Jan 14. BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS were seen in
several places in MD this week, with individuals reported from Baker
Park, Frederick Co, and Wheeler's Pond and Woods, Charles Co, both on
Jan 9, and the Anacostia River Trail, Prince George's Co, on Jan 12.

Two ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS were spotted this week, with a dark morph bird
continuing at Prime Hook NWR-Fowler Beach Rd, Sussex Co, DE on Jan 8
and a light morph bird being seen at Dulles Airport, Loudoun Co, VA on
Jan 12. A GOLDEN EAGLE was seen at the Town Hill Overlook, Allegany
Co, MD on Jan 9, and another was reported from Lake Brittle, Fauquier
Co, VA on Jan 12.

A SNOWY OWL was seen and photographed on a jetty at Kent Point Marina,
Queen Anne's Co, MD on Jan 12. SHORT-EARED OWLS have been scarce this
winter, but a single bird continued at Messick Point, Poquoson, VA on
Jan 10. Another delighted a homeowner as it flew through her yard
(Accident, Garrett Co, MD) and landed on a fencepost about 100 yards
away, and then continued in the area for another 20 minutes, in the
snow, on Jan 12.

RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS continued to be seen at Prime Hook NWR-Fowler
Beach Rd, Sussex Co, DE Jan 8-12, two were at Gibson Rd, Whitehall,
Baltimore Co, MD on Jan 8 and 14 and four were at Lloyd Bowen Rd,
Calvert Co, MD, on Jan 8. A single bird continued at Fox Chase Pond in
Howard Co, MD with reports from Jan 9-12.

An EASTERN PHOEBE was seen near the entrance to Bombay Hook NWR, Kent
Co, DE on Jan 11, and one was also found at a home in Fauquier Co, VA
on Jan 14. The SAY'S PHOEBE* seen last week along Sandiges Rd, Amherst
Co, VA, was spotted again on Jan 8, but not after that, despite
diligent searches.

A continuing SEDGE WREN was heard at Cornfield Harbor Drive, St.
Inigoes, St. Mary's Co, MD on Jan 8. MARSH WRENS were reported from
the Chesapeake Beach Railroad Trail, Calvert Co, MD on Jan 8, and
another from Blandy Experimental Farm/State Arboretum of Virginia,
Clarke Co, VA the same day. On Jan 12, a skulking MARSH WREN was
briefly seen and clearly heard in the mitigated wetland at Swan Creek
Wetland-Cox Creek DMCF (access by guided tour only), Anne Arundel Co,
MD.

A wintering BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER was seen again Jan 8-11, at
Ancarrow's Landing, in Richmond City, VA.

A WOOD THRUSH, unusual for this time of year, was found along the
Gwynns Falls Trail South, Baltimore Co, MD on Jan 8 and 9.

Six EVENING GROSBEAKS were continuing at Union Springs Hollow Lake,
Rockingham Co, VA, on Jan 8-10, and a single bird was at a feeder in
Albemarle Co, VA on Jan 12.

A group of at least eight SNOW BUNTINGS have been faithful to the rock
jetty at North Point SP, Baltimore, with sightings from Jan 8-12.

A wintering CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was seen throughout the week at the
Laurel Hill Equestrian Center, Fairfax Co, VA, most recently on Jan
14.

Lingering BALTIMORE ORIOLES were seen at Crest Lawn Memorial Gardens,
Howard Co, MD on Jan 8, one coming to a feeder in Clintwood, Dickenson
Co, VA and another at a feeder in Virginia Beach, VA, both on Jan 10.
On Jan 13, a Baltimore Oriole visited a snow-covered hummingbird
feeder at a home in Baltimore Co, MD.

Over-wintering warblers seen this week included an OVENBIRD confirmed
at Gwynns Falls Trail South, Baltimore Co, MD on Jan 8, and a
BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER continuing at Ancarrow's Landing, Richmond
City, VA on Jan 8-12. Three ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS were seen and
heard by a group of birders on Jan 12 at Swan Creek Wetland-Cox Creek
DMCF, Anne Arundel Co, MD, and a NASHVILLE WARBLER was also at
Ancarrow's Landing, Richmond City, VA on Jan 12. A CAPE MAY WARBLER
was faithfully visiting a suet feeder in Hanover Co, VA through Jan
13, a NORTHERN PARULA was seen along the Anacostia River Trail in
Prince George's Co, MD on Jan 12, three PALM WARBLERS were at Swan
Creek Wetland-Cox Creek DMCF in Anne Arundel Co, MD on Jan 12, and
another at Ancarrow's Landing, Richmond City, VA the same day. Three
PINE WARBLERS continued to be seen at the LBJ Memorial Grove-Columbia
Island Marina, SW DC, with reports for Jan 8 and 10, and a
YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER has been feeding on suet in a yard in Virginia
Beach, VA through at least Jan 10.

A WESTERN TANAGER continued Jan 11-13 at Lake Windsor, Virginia Beach,
VA.

Two different male PAINTED BUNTINGS were visiting feeders at homes in
Virginia; one in Chesapeake, VA and one in Mechanicsville, Hanover Co,
VA both reported on Jan 9.

***

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,
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Date: 1/14/19 6:33 pm
From: Patrick Malone <pmalone...>
Subject: [MDBirding] out of area - Shollenberger Park, Petaluma CA
wetlands park in this town in Sonoma County CA. northern shovelers, green-winged teals, lots of American coots. these pix taken on a too-brief Sunday morning visit yesterday just before returning to snow-bound DC.

https://flic.kr/s/aHsmz9DywT <https://flic.kr/s/aHsmz9DywT>


Patrick & Vicki Malone
4901 Essex Avenue
Chevy Chase, MD 20815
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Date: 1/14/19 1:48 pm
From: Joe Hanfman <auk1844...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Blandair field trip
Due to a scheduling conflict, the Blandair field trip of 2/10 has been
moved to 2/16.

*Blandair Park North*

February 16, Sunday, 8:00 a.m. 2-3 hours.

Meet at the south end of Summer Hollow Ln, Columbia

Walk the trails along scrubland and woods. Sometimes non-winter birds
over-winter here.

No facilities, boots recommended.

Leader - Anthony VanSchoor, *tonyvanschoor AT gmail DOT com*


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Date: 1/14/19 12:31 pm
From: jugbayjs <jugbayjs...>
Subject: [MDBirding] [FR] SNOW BIRDS
A good discussion. As predicted, fwiw, the chickadees are back in my yard today. They have only spent a small time at feeders, but have been in the yard all afternoon.

Jeff Shenot
Croom, Md

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Date: 1/14/19 10:47 am
From: Max Wilson <max.wilson...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Barnacle back at Whittier
With Kurt looking at the Barnacle Goose in Whittier Lake right now - 1:45.

Max Wilson

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Date: 1/14/19 10:41 am
From: David Greenspoon <greenspoon...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Re: dearth of titmice and chickadees
Titmice were among my most consistent feeder birds. All my other regulars
have been visiting, but I have not had a titmouse or chickadee at my feeder
this winter. I thought it anecdotal to my yard and find it distressing that
others have noticed this too.

David Greenspoon
Reisterstown, MD

On Mon, Jan 14, 2019, 1:38 PM Suzanne Richman <suzanne_richman...>
wrote:

> I have a hemlock tree that still has most of its cones. The titmouse and
> chickadees used to cover this tree and eat the cones. I've noticed that
> there have been none of these birds for the last couple years. I live in
> Bethesda very close to Friendship Heights.
>
> Suzanne Richman
>
> ------------------------------
> *From:* <mdbirding...> <mdbirding...> on behalf
> of Jim Nelson <kingfishers2...>
> *Sent:* Monday, January 14, 2019 11:37 AM
> *To:* <mdbirding...>
> *Subject:* Re: [MDBirding] Re: dearth of titmice and chickadees
>
> I do at least one eBird checklist (and often 2 or 3) from my yard
> virtually every day of the year going back many years. Looking at my data
> in eBird, the frequency with which I have been seeing or hearing Carolina
> Chickadee and Tufted Titmouse in or around my yard beginning in the fall
> 2018 is well below the average of all my years of observation from this
> location. I also do Project FeederWatch from this location each week
> during the FeederWatch season, and for this season (beginning in November)
> my CACH and TUTI numbers are down from past years.
>
> Jim Nelson
> Bethesda, MD
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Andy Wilson <awilson.gettysburg...>
> To: Steve Long <steve.long4...>
> Cc: mdbirding <mdbirding...>
> Sent: Mon, Jan 14, 2019 9:41 am
> Subject: [MDBirding] Re: dearth of titmice and chickadees
>
> I have no chickadees or titmice coming to my yard in Frederick. This
> dearth has been noted in SE Pennsylvania, too. I looked at MD eBird data a
> few weeks ago, the charts can be seen in this tweet:
>
> https://twitter.com/AndyWGettysburg/status/1069621239206109185
>
> As well as depressing nesting success, the wet summer could have resulted
> in more West Nile Virus transmission (more mosquitos), which is known to
> hit these two species particularly hard.
>
> Cheers
>
> Andy Wilson
> Frederick
>
> On Mon, Jan 14, 2019 at 9:32 AM Steve Long <steve.long4...>
> wrote:
>
> I have not attempted to numerically quantify the Titmouse or Chickadee
> populations coming to my feeders. But, I am still seeing Titmouse
> visitors, but have noticed that the Chickadees have become absent,
> recently. Typically, We see EVERYBODY at our feeders and ice-free bird
> baths when we get this much snow, but no Chickadees, so far as I have seen
> for this event.
> Steve Long, Oxford
> On 1/14/2019 8:22 AM, Jim Nelson wrote:
>
> We had a similar result for the Seneca CBC on December 16. Carolina
> Chickadee total was the lowest since 1963, and Tufted Titmouse was the
> lowest since 1961. One factor that affected our totals for these and other
> species on the count, was the heavy rain the day before our count and rain
> on count day which rendered a number of areas we normally survey
> inaccessible due to flooding and adversely affected our abilities to find
> birds based on sound or movement.
>
> Jim Nelson
> Bethesda, MD
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Janet Millenson <janet...> <janet...>
> To: mdbirding <mdbirding...> <mdbirding...>
> Sent: Sun, Jan 13, 2019 10:49 pm
> Subject: Re: [MDBirding] [FR] SNOW BIRDS
>
> On the Sugarloaf Mountain Christmas Bird Count two weeks ago, tallies for
> both chickadees and titmice hit record lows for the 34 years of the count.
>
> Janet Millenson
> Potomac, MD (Montgomery County)
> <janet...>
> ----------------------------------------------------------------
> "Look at the birds!" -- Pascal the parrot (R.I.P.)
>
>
> On 1/13/2019 9:59 PM, lacsmith12 wrote:
>
> MIA chickadees and titmice have been noticeable at our feeders here in
> Mount Airy and during both the Audrey Carroll and Fred Archibald Audubon
> Sanctuary midwinter counts over the past two weekends. This was also the
> case during the Catoctin Christmas Count back in December. We completed
> the 17th annual midwinter count yesterday at the Fred Archibald Sanctuary
> and only had 3 each of chickadees and titmice; our lowest total for each in
> the 17 year history. Our next lowest total for chickadee was 14 in 2004.
> We only had 4 titmice in 2004. Something has definitely reduced their
> numbers this winter, at least in the Piedmont. The nuthatch numbers,
> however, seem unaffected.
>
> David Smith
> Mt. Airy
>
>
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Date: 1/14/19 10:38 am
From: Suzanne Richman <suzanne_richman...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Re: dearth of titmice and chickadees
I have a hemlock tree that still has most of its cones. The titmouse and chickadees used to cover this tree and eat the cones. I've noticed that there have been none of these birds for the last couple years. I live in Bethesda very close to Friendship Heights.

Suzanne Richman

________________________________
From: <mdbirding...> <mdbirding...> on behalf of Jim Nelson <kingfishers2...>
Sent: Monday, January 14, 2019 11:37 AM
To: <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Re: dearth of titmice and chickadees

I do at least one eBird checklist (and often 2 or 3) from my yard virtually every day of the year going back many years. Looking at my data in eBird, the frequency with which I have been seeing or hearing Carolina Chickadee and Tufted Titmouse in or around my yard beginning in the fall 2018 is well below the average of all my years of observation from this location. I also do Project FeederWatch from this location each week during the FeederWatch season, and for this season (beginning in November) my CACH and TUTI numbers are down from past years.

Jim Nelson
Bethesda, MD


-----Original Message-----
From: Andy Wilson <awilson.gettysburg...>
To: Steve Long <steve.long4...>
Cc: mdbirding <mdbirding...>
Sent: Mon, Jan 14, 2019 9:41 am
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: dearth of titmice and chickadees

I have no chickadees or titmice coming to my yard in Frederick. This dearth has been noted in SE Pennsylvania, too. I looked at MD eBird data a few weeks ago, the charts can be seen in this tweet:

https://twitter.com/AndyWGettysburg/status/1069621239206109185

As well as depressing nesting success, the wet summer could have resulted in more West Nile Virus transmission (more mosquitos), which is known to hit these two species particularly hard.

Cheers

Andy Wilson
Frederick

On Mon, Jan 14, 2019 at 9:32 AM Steve Long <steve.long4...><mailto:<steve.long4...>> wrote:
I have not attempted to numerically quantify the Titmouse or Chickadee populations coming to my feeders. But, I am still seeing Titmouse visitors, but have noticed that the Chickadees have become absent, recently. Typically, We see EVERYBODY at our feeders and ice-free bird baths when we get this much snow, but no Chickadees, so far as I have seen for this event.
Steve Long, Oxford
On 1/14/2019 8:22 AM, Jim Nelson wrote:
We had a similar result for the Seneca CBC on December 16. Carolina Chickadee total was the lowest since 1963, and Tufted Titmouse was the lowest since 1961. One factor that affected our totals for these and other species on the count, was the heavy rain the day before our count and rain on count day which rendered a number of areas we normally survey inaccessible due to flooding and adversely affected our abilities to find birds based on sound or movement.

Jim Nelson
Bethesda, MD


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From: Janet Millenson <janet...><mailto:<janet...>
To: mdbirding <mdbirding...><mailto:<mdbirding...>
Sent: Sun, Jan 13, 2019 10:49 pm
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] [FR] SNOW BIRDS

On the Sugarloaf Mountain Christmas Bird Count two weeks ago, tallies for both chickadees and titmice hit record lows for the 34 years of the count.

Janet Millenson
Potomac, MD (Montgomery County)
<janet...><mailto:<janet...>
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On 1/13/2019 9:59 PM, lacsmith12 wrote:
MIA chickadees and titmice have been noticeable at our feeders here in Mount Airy and during both the Audrey Carroll and Fred Archibald Audubon Sanctuary midwinter counts over the past two weekends. This was also the case during the Catoctin Christmas Count back in December. We completed the 17th annual midwinter count yesterday at the Fred Archibald Sanctuary and only had 3 each of chickadees and titmice; our lowest total for each in the 17 year history. Our next lowest total for chickadee was 14 in 2004. We only had 4 titmice in 2004. Something has definitely reduced their numbers this winter, at least in the Piedmont. The nuthatch numbers, however, seem unaffected.

David Smith
Mt. Airy



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Date: 1/14/19 10:28 am
From: Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Barnacle Goode
Lake Whittier along south shore
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Date: 1/14/19 9:40 am
From: Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Barnacle back at Whittier
Per eBird
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Date: 1/14/19 9:38 am
From: Rick Borchelt <rborchelt...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] [FR] SNOW BIRDS
Well thought out. This was a terrible early-mid season for Lepidoptera in general, with very low numbers or nonexistent broods for many common species — which fits the hypothesis well.

> On Jan 14, 2019, at 11:48 AM, Andrew McGann <andrew.mcgann...> wrote:
>
> My hunch is that the lower-than-typical population levels that people are observing for our local Parids (Carolina Chickadee and Tufted Titmouse) could be caused by the confluence of these life history traits:
>
> 1.) Non-migratory
>
> 2.) “R-selected” species, where annual mortality and reproductive rates are normally relatively higher than more long-lived “k-selected” (carrying capacity) species. CACH have a typical clutch size of 6 eggs, but the range is 3-10 eggs, and clutch size decreases with laying date (BNA online).
>
> 3.) Sensitive nesting phenology and weather-related problems with food availability in the Spring of 2018. The BNA online states "Nest success greatest for clutches initiated close to modal laying date.” I think that there is a reward for birds who get the “timing” right. Successfully provisioning 6 extra mouths is not easy, and I think that THE key food item for the nestlings are the “inch worm” caterpillars. (The small, soft, green, leaf-eating caterpillars, which peak in abundance a short period of time after leaf-out, when the dominant forest canopy tree species’ leaves are still actively growing, and have less chemical defense against insects.)
>
>
> I think that the cavity-nesting trait is a red herring. Given the widespread/regional geographic scale of the low nesting success, it corresponds more with food availability phenology problems than it does with the physical security of the nest itself. Predator effects would probably be local, and nest predators probably wouldn’t have a banner-successful year everywhere in our region. Although maybe that could not be said for nest parasites? By way of comparison, I think other cavity nesting species like Carolina Wrens or woodpeckers are not utilizing the same food source (soft green caterpillars), but rather spiders for the wrens and beetle grubs for woodpeckers. Even nuthatches seem to find most of their insect prey on the trunks and large branches.
>
> Critically, I think the phenology (timing) matters a great deal for the Parids. The nesting phenology is normally timed for the peak abundance of these “inch worm” caterpillars, and that is probably the main reason why the courtship and nesting behaviors are so tightly synchronized among the Parids in a given geographic area. When I was working as an undergrad student in Bob Curry’s lab at Villanova University in the early 2000s, we saw that the “clutch initiation date” (first egg laid) was within a day or two for the vast majority of nests at a site. And basically I think that the adults were timing their nesting so that peak food-demand of their growing young matched the peak food-abundance of their most important prey.
>
> Lots of other species eat those “inch worm” caterpillars, but if they are longer-lived or migratory species, we probably don’t sense their low populations as much as our local feeder birds that are typically so easily observed.
>
> But these ecological questions are super interesting, and there’s nothing to stop “amateurs” (or professionals) from trying to connect the dots and improve our understanding of how these complex things are connected to each other in terms of matter and energy.
>
> The BNA Online account for Carolina Chickadee is a top-notch resource. https://birdsna.org/Species-Account/bna/species/carchi/introduction
>
> Happy birding,
> Andy McGann
>
> Washington, DC
>
>
>
>> On Jan 14, 2019, at 10:54 AM, Rick Borchelt <rborchelt...> wrote:
>>
>> Would this have had a disproportionate effect on cavity nesters? If so, was there a similar decline in nesting nuthatches, woodpeckers and bluebirds? If not, what is it about parids that made them especially susceptible?
>>
>>> On Mon, Jan 14, 2019 at 10:25 AM Chas Argent <chas.argent...> wrote:
>>> The rains had to have made an impact. The attached chart shows the 3-month (May/June/July) rainfall totals at BWI over the last five years. Last year was ridiculous.
>>>
>>> And the May 2018 data does no reflect the Memorial Day event we had in Catonsville, where I recorded 14+ inches in one 6-hour period.
>>>
>>> ~Chas
>>>
>>> On Sunday, January 13, 2019 at 8:57:13 PM UTC-5, Dan Haas wrote:
>>>
>>> > Might be that the rains this year negatively impacting their nesting success. They might still be around, just in smaller numbers.
>>> >
>>> > Maybe?
>>> >
>>> > All the best,
>>> >
>>> > Dan Haas
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Date: 1/14/19 9:35 am
From: Janet Millenson <janet...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] [FR] SNOW BIRDS
Andy,

Thank you for the detailed, informative, and interesting description of
the likely causes of this perplexing paucity of parids. The noticeable
absence of these previously common birds is like finding that your local
ice cream shop doesn't have any vanilla.

Janet Millenson
Potomac, MD (Montgomery County)
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On 1/14/2019 11:48 AM, Andrew McGann wrote:
> My hunch is that the lower-than-typical population levels that people
> are observing for our local Parids (Carolina Chickadee and Tufted
> Titmouse) could be caused by the confluence of these life history traits:
>  1.) Non-migratory
>  2.) “R-selected” species, where annual mortality and reproductive
> rates are normally relatively higher than more long-lived “k-selected”
> (carrying capacity) species. CACH have a typical clutch size of 6
> eggs, but the range is 3-10 eggs, and clutch size decreases with
> laying date (BNA online).
>
>  3.) Sensitive nesting phenology and weather-related problems with
> food availability in the Spring of 2018.  The BNA online states "Nest
> success greatest for clutches initiated close to modal laying date.” I
> think that there is a reward for birds who get the
> “timing” right. Successfully provisioning 6 extra mouths is not easy,
> and I think that THE key food item for the nestlings are the “inch
> worm” caterpillars. (The small, soft, green, leaf-eating caterpillars,
> which peak in abundance a short period of time after leaf-out, when
> the dominant forest canopy tree species’ leaves are still actively
> growing, and have less chemical defense against insects.)
>
>
> I think that the cavity-nesting trait is a red herring. Given the
> widespread/regional geographic scale of the low nesting success, it
> corresponds more with food availability phenology problems than it
> does with the physical security of the nest itself. Predator effects
> would probably be local, and nest predators probably wouldn’t have a
> banner-successful year everywhere in our region. Although maybe that
> could not be said for nest parasites? By way of comparison, I think
> other cavity nesting species like Carolina Wrens or woodpeckers are
> not utilizing the same food source (soft green caterpillars), but
> rather spiders for the wrens and beetle grubs for woodpeckers. Even
> nuthatches seem to find most of their insect prey on the trunks and
> large branches.
>
> Critically, I think the phenology (timing) matters a great deal for
> the Parids. The nesting phenology is normally timed for the peak
> abundance of these “inch worm” caterpillars, and that is probably the
> main reason why the courtship and nesting behaviors are so tightly
> synchronized among the Parids in a given geographic area. When I was
> working as an undergrad student in Bob Curry’s lab at Villanova
> University in the early 2000s, we saw that the “clutch initiation
> date” (first egg laid) was within a day or two for the vast majority
> of nests at a site. And basically I think that the adults were timing
> their nesting so that peak food-demand of their growing young matched
> the peak food-abundance of their most important prey.
>
> Lots of other species eat those “inch worm” caterpillars, but if they
> are longer-lived or migratory species, we probably don’t sense their
> low populations as much as our local feeder birds that are typically
> so easily observed.
>
> But these ecological questions are super interesting, and there’s
> nothing to stop “amateurs” (or professionals) from trying to connect
> the dots and improve our understanding of how these complex things are
> connected to each other in terms of matter and energy.
>
> The BNA Online account for Carolina Chickadee is a top-notch resource.
> https://birdsna.org/Species-Account/bna/species/carchi/introduction
>
> Happy birding,
> Andy McGann
>
> Washington,  DC
>
>
>
>> On Jan 14, 2019, at 10:54 AM, Rick Borchelt <rborchelt...>
>> <mailto:<rborchelt...>> wrote:
>>
>> Would this have had a disproportionate effect on cavity nesters?  If
>> so, was there a similar decline in nesting nuthatches, woodpeckers
>> and bluebirds? If not, what is it about parids that made them
>> especially susceptible?
>>
>> On Mon, Jan 14, 2019 at 10:25 AM Chas Argent <chas.argent...>
>> <mailto:<chas.argent...>> wrote:
>>
>> The rains had to have made an impact. The attached chart shows
>> the 3-month (May/June/July) rainfall totals at BWI over the last
>> five years. Last year was ridiculous.
>>
>> And the May 2018 data does no reflect the Memorial Day event we
>> had in Catonsville, where I recorded 14+ inches in one 6-hour period.
>>
>> ~Chas
>>
>> On Sunday, January 13, 2019 at 8:57:13 PM UTC-5, Dan Haas wrote:
>>
>> > Might be that the rains this year negatively impacting their
>> nesting success. They might still be around, just in smaller numbers.
>> >
>> > Maybe?
>> >
>> > All the best,
>> >
>> > Dan Haas
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Date: 1/14/19 8:48 am
From: Andrew McGann <andrew.mcgann...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] [FR] SNOW BIRDS
My hunch is that the lower-than-typical population levels that people are observing for our local Parids (Carolina Chickadee and Tufted Titmouse) could be caused by the confluence of these life history traits:

1.) Non-migratory

2.) “R-selected” species, where annual mortality and reproductive rates are normally relatively higher than more long-lived “k-selected” (carrying capacity) species. CACH have a typical clutch size of 6 eggs, but the range is 3-10 eggs, and clutch size decreases with laying date (BNA online).

3.) Sensitive nesting phenology and weather-related problems with food availability in the Spring of 2018. The BNA online states "Nest success greatest for clutches initiated close to modal laying date.” I think that there is a reward for birds who get the “timing” right. Successfully provisioning 6 extra mouths is not easy, and I think that THE key food item for the nestlings are the “inch worm” caterpillars. (The small, soft, green, leaf-eating caterpillars, which peak in abundance a short period of time after leaf-out, when the dominant forest canopy tree species’ leaves are still actively growing, and have less chemical defense against insects.)


I think that the cavity-nesting trait is a red herring. Given the widespread/regional geographic scale of the low nesting success, it corresponds more with food availability phenology problems than it does with the physical security of the nest itself. Predator effects would probably be local, and nest predators probably wouldn’t have a banner-successful year everywhere in our region. Although maybe that could not be said for nest parasites? By way of comparison, I think other cavity nesting species like Carolina Wrens or woodpeckers are not utilizing the same food source (soft green caterpillars), but rather spiders for the wrens and beetle grubs for woodpeckers. Even nuthatches seem to find most of their insect prey on the trunks and large branches.

Critically, I think the phenology (timing) matters a great deal for the Parids. The nesting phenology is normally timed for the peak abundance of these “inch worm” caterpillars, and that is probably the main reason why the courtship and nesting behaviors are so tightly synchronized among the Parids in a given geographic area. When I was working as an undergrad student in Bob Curry’s lab at Villanova University in the early 2000s, we saw that the “clutch initiation date” (first egg laid) was within a day or two for the vast majority of nests at a site. And basically I think that the adults were timing their nesting so that peak food-demand of their growing young matched the peak food-abundance of their most important prey.

Lots of other species eat those “inch worm” caterpillars, but if they are longer-lived or migratory species, we probably don’t sense their low populations as much as our local feeder birds that are typically so easily observed.

But these ecological questions are super interesting, and there’s nothing to stop “amateurs” (or professionals) from trying to connect the dots and improve our understanding of how these complex things are connected to each other in terms of matter and energy.

The BNA Online account for Carolina Chickadee is a top-notch resource. https://birdsna.org/Species-Account/bna/species/carchi/introduction <https://birdsna.org/Species-Account/bna/species/carchi/introduction>

Happy birding,
Andy McGann

Washington, DC



> On Jan 14, 2019, at 10:54 AM, Rick Borchelt <rborchelt...> wrote:
>
> Would this have had a disproportionate effect on cavity nesters? If so, was there a similar decline in nesting nuthatches, woodpeckers and bluebirds? If not, what is it about parids that made them especially susceptible?
>
> On Mon, Jan 14, 2019 at 10:25 AM Chas Argent <chas.argent...> <mailto:<chas.argent...>> wrote:
> The rains had to have made an impact. The attached chart shows the 3-month (May/June/July) rainfall totals at BWI over the last five years. Last year was ridiculous.
>
> And the May 2018 data does no reflect the Memorial Day event we had in Catonsville, where I recorded 14+ inches in one 6-hour period.
>
> ~Chas
>
> On Sunday, January 13, 2019 at 8:57:13 PM UTC-5, Dan Haas wrote:
>
> > Might be that the rains this year negatively impacting their nesting success. They might still be around, just in smaller numbers.
> >
> > Maybe?
> >
> > All the best,
> >
> > Dan Haas
>
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Date: 1/14/19 8:38 am
From: Jim Nelson <kingfishers2...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Re: dearth of titmice and chickadees
I do at least one eBird checklist (and often 2 or 3) from my yard virtually every day of the year going back many years.  Looking at my data in eBird, the frequency with which I have been seeing or hearing Carolina Chickadee and Tufted Titmouse in or around my yard beginning in the fall 2018 is well below the average of all my years of observation from this location.  I also do Project FeederWatch from this location each week during the FeederWatch season, and for this season (beginning in November) my CACH and TUTI numbers are down from past years.
Jim NelsonBethesda, MD


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From: Andy Wilson <awilson.gettysburg...>
To: Steve Long <steve.long4...>
Cc: mdbirding <mdbirding...>
Sent: Mon, Jan 14, 2019 9:41 am
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: dearth of titmice and chickadees

I have no chickadees or titmice coming to my yard in Frederick. This dearth has been noted in SE Pennsylvania, too. I looked at MD eBird data a few weeks ago, the charts can be seen in this tweet:
https://twitter.com/AndyWGettysburg/status/1069621239206109185
As well as depressing nesting success, the wet summer could have resulted in more West Nile Virus transmission (more mosquitos), which is known to hit these two species particularly hard.
Cheers
Andy WilsonFrederick
On Mon, Jan 14, 2019 at 9:32 AM Steve Long <steve.long4...> wrote:

I have not attempted to numerically quantify the Titmouse or Chickadee populations coming to my feeders.  But, I am still seeing Titmouse visitors, but have noticed that the Chickadees have become absent, recently.  Typically, We see EVERYBODY at our feeders and ice-free bird baths when we get this much snow, but no Chickadees, so far as I have seen for this event. Steve Long, Oxford
On 1/14/2019 8:22 AM, Jim Nelson wrote:

We had a similar result for the Seneca CBC on December 16.  Carolina Chickadee total was the lowest since 1963, and Tufted Titmouse  was the lowest since 1961.  One factor that affected our totals for these and other species on the count, was the heavy rain the day before our count and rain on count day which rendered a number of areas we normally survey inaccessible due to flooding and adversely affected our abilities to find birds based on sound or movement.
Jim Nelson Bethesda, MD

-----Original Message-----
From: Janet Millenson <janet...>
To: mdbirding <mdbirding...>
Sent: Sun, Jan 13, 2019 10:49 pm
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] [FR] SNOW BIRDS

On the Sugarloaf Mountain Christmas Bird Count two weeks ago, tallies for both chickadees and titmice hit record lows for the 34 years of the count.
Janet Millenson
Potomac, MD (Montgomery County)
<janet...>
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On 1/13/2019 9:59 PM, lacsmith12 wrote:


MIA chickadees and titmice have been noticeable at our feeders here in Mount Airy and during both the Audrey Carroll and Fred Archibald Audubon Sanctuary midwinter counts over the past two weekends. This was also the case during the Catoctin Christmas Count back in December.  We completed the 17th annual midwinter count yesterday at the Fred Archibald Sanctuary and only had 3 each of chickadees and titmice; our lowest total for each in the 17 year history.  Our next lowest total for chickadee was 14 in 2004. We only had 4 titmice in 2004. Something has definitely reduced their numbers this winter, at least in the Piedmont. The nuthatch numbers, however,  seem unaffected.
David Smith Mt. Airy


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Date: 1/14/19 8:02 am
From: guineabird via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] [FR] SNOW BIRDS
How 'bout a raccoon and a 'possum?
Gail FrantzBaltimore County
In a message dated 1/13/2019 4:53:01 PM Eastern Standard Time, <jugornought...> writes:

Just what you would expect coming to the suet and B/O SS...

Jim SpeicherBroadRun/Burkittsville area[FR] Frederick County MD
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Date: 1/14/19 7:54 am
From: Rick Borchelt <rborchelt...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] [FR] SNOW BIRDS
Would this have had a disproportionate effect on cavity nesters? If so,
was there a similar decline in nesting nuthatches, woodpeckers and
bluebirds? If not, what is it about parids that made them especially
susceptible?

On Mon, Jan 14, 2019 at 10:25 AM Chas Argent <chas.argent...> wrote:

> The rains had to have made an impact. The attached chart shows the 3-month
> (May/June/July) rainfall totals at BWI over the last five years. Last year
> was ridiculous.
>
> And the May 2018 data does no reflect the Memorial Day event we had in
> Catonsville, where I recorded 14+ inches in one 6-hour period.
>
> ~Chas
>
> On Sunday, January 13, 2019 at 8:57:13 PM UTC-5, Dan Haas wrote:
>
> > Might be that the rains this year negatively impacting their nesting
> success. They might still be around, just in smaller numbers.
> >
> > Maybe?
> >
> > All the best,
> >
> > Dan Haas
>
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Date: 1/14/19 7:25 am
From: Chas Argent <chas.argent...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] [FR] SNOW BIRDS
The rains had to have made an impact. The attached chart shows the 3-month (May/June/July) rainfall totals at BWI over the last five years. Last year was ridiculous.

And the May 2018 data does no reflect the Memorial Day event we had in Catonsville, where I recorded 14+ inches in one 6-hour period.

~Chas

On Sunday, January 13, 2019 at 8:57:13 PM UTC-5, Dan Haas wrote:

> Might be that the rains this year negatively impacting their nesting success. They might still be around, just in smaller numbers.
>
> Maybe?
>
> All the best,
>
> Dan Haas

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Date: 1/14/19 6:50 am
From: jugbayjs <jugbayjs...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] [FR] SNOW BIRDS
I didnt have any Carolina Chickadees at our feeders yesterday but they have not been scarce here. No shortage of tweens or titmice. Maybe some CACHs decided to save energy during the storm and sleep/stay in their roost cavaties. I think they'll probably be back out today, but if not maybe they moved a little south?

Jeff Shenot
Croom Md

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Date: 1/14/19 6:41 am
From: Andy Wilson <awilson.gettysburg...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: dearth of titmice and chickadees
I have no chickadees or titmice coming to my yard in Frederick. This dearth
has been noted in SE Pennsylvania, too. I looked at MD eBird data a few
weeks ago, the charts can be seen in this tweet:

https://twitter.com/AndyWGettysburg/status/1069621239206109185

As well as depressing nesting success, the wet summer could have resulted
in more West Nile Virus transmission (more mosquitos), which is known to
hit these two species particularly hard.

Cheers

Andy Wilson
Frederick

On Mon, Jan 14, 2019 at 9:32 AM Steve Long <steve.long4...>
wrote:

> I have not attempted to numerically quantify the Titmouse or Chickadee
> populations coming to my feeders. But, I am still seeing Titmouse
> visitors, but have noticed that the Chickadees have become absent,
> recently. Typically, We see EVERYBODY at our feeders and ice-free bird
> baths when we get this much snow, but no Chickadees, so far as I have seen
> for this event.
>
> Steve Long, Oxford
> On 1/14/2019 8:22 AM, Jim Nelson wrote:
>
> We had a similar result for the Seneca CBC on December 16. Carolina
> Chickadee total was the lowest since 1963, and Tufted Titmouse was the
> lowest since 1961. One factor that affected our totals for these and other
> species on the count, was the heavy rain the day before our count and rain
> on count day which rendered a number of areas we normally survey
> inaccessible due to flooding and adversely affected our abilities to find
> birds based on sound or movement.
>
> Jim Nelson
> Bethesda, MD
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Janet Millenson <janet...> <janet...>
> To: mdbirding <mdbirding...> <mdbirding...>
> Sent: Sun, Jan 13, 2019 10:49 pm
> Subject: Re: [MDBirding] [FR] SNOW BIRDS
>
> On the Sugarloaf Mountain Christmas Bird Count two weeks ago, tallies for
> both chickadees and titmice hit record lows for the 34 years of the count.
>
> Janet Millenson
> Potomac, MD (Montgomery County)
> <janet...>
> ----------------------------------------------------------------
> "Look at the birds!" -- Pascal the parrot (R.I.P.)
>
>
> On 1/13/2019 9:59 PM, lacsmith12 wrote:
>
> MIA chickadees and titmice have been noticeable at our feeders here in
> Mount Airy and during both the Audrey Carroll and Fred Archibald Audubon
> Sanctuary midwinter counts over the past two weekends. This was also the
> case during the Catoctin Christmas Count back in December. We completed
> the 17th annual midwinter count yesterday at the Fred Archibald Sanctuary
> and only had 3 each of chickadees and titmice; our lowest total for each in
> the 17 year history. Our next lowest total for chickadee was 14 in 2004.
> We only had 4 titmice in 2004. Something has definitely reduced their
> numbers this winter, at least in the Piedmont. The nuthatch numbers,
> however, seem unaffected.
>
> David Smith
> Mt. Airy
>
>
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Date: 1/14/19 6:32 am
From: Steve Long <steve.long4...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] [FR] SNOW BIRDS
I have not attempted to numerically quantify the Titmouse or Chickadee
populations coming to my feeders.  But, I am still seeing Titmouse
visitors, but have noticed that the Chickadees have become absent,
recently.  Typically, We see EVERYBODY at our feeders and ice-free bird
baths when we get this much snow, but no Chickadees, so far as I have
seen for this event.

Steve Long, Oxford

On 1/14/2019 8:22 AM, Jim Nelson wrote:
> We had a similar result for the Seneca CBC on December 16. Carolina
> Chickadee total was the lowest since 1963, and Tufted Titmouse  was
> the lowest since 1961.  One factor that affected our totals for these
> and other species on the count, was the heavy rain the day before our
> count and rain on count day which rendered a number of areas we
> normally survey inaccessible due to flooding and adversely affected
> our abilities to find birds based on sound or movement.
>
> Jim Nelson
> Bethesda, MD
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Janet Millenson <janet...>
> To: mdbirding <mdbirding...>
> Sent: Sun, Jan 13, 2019 10:49 pm
> Subject: Re: [MDBirding] [FR] SNOW BIRDS
>
> On the Sugarloaf Mountain Christmas Bird Count two weeks ago, tallies
> for both chickadees and titmice hit record lows for the 34 years of
> the count.
>
> Janet Millenson
> Potomac, MD (Montgomery County)
> <janet...> <mailto:<janet...>
> ----------------------------------------------------------------
> "Look at the birds!" -- Pascal the parrot (R.I.P.)
>
>
> On 1/13/2019 9:59 PM, lacsmith12 wrote:
> MIA chickadees and titmice have been noticeable at our feeders here in
> Mount Airy and during both the Audrey Carroll and Fred Archibald
> Audubon Sanctuary midwinter counts over the past two weekends. This
> was also the case during the Catoctin Christmas Count back in
> December.  We completed the 17th annual midwinter count yesterday at
> the Fred Archibald Sanctuary and only had 3 each of chickadees and
> titmice; our lowest total for each in the 17 year history.  Our next
> lowest total for chickadee was 14 in 2004. We only had 4 titmice in
> 2004. Something has definitely reduced their numbers this winter, at
> least in the Piedmont. The nuthatch numbers, however,  seem unaffected.
>
> David Smith
> Mt. Airy
>
>
>
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Date: 1/14/19 5:22 am
From: Jim Nelson <kingfishers2...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] [FR] SNOW BIRDS
We had a similar result for the Seneca CBC on December 16.  Carolina Chickadee total was the lowest since 1963, and Tufted Titmouse  was the lowest since 1961.  One factor that affected our totals for these and other species on the count, was the heavy rain the day before our count and rain on count day which rendered a number of areas we normally survey inaccessible due to flooding and adversely affected our abilities to find birds based on sound or movement.
Jim NelsonBethesda, MD

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From: Janet Millenson <janet...>
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Sent: Sun, Jan 13, 2019 10:49 pm
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] [FR] SNOW BIRDS

On the Sugarloaf Mountain Christmas Bird Count two weeks ago, tallies for both chickadees and titmice hit record lows for the 34 years of the count.
Janet Millenson
Potomac, MD (Montgomery County)
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On 1/13/2019 9:59 PM, lacsmith12 wrote:


MIA chickadees and titmice have been noticeable at our feeders here in Mount Airy and during both the Audrey Carroll and Fred Archibald Audubon Sanctuary midwinter counts over the past two weekends. This was also the case during the Catoctin Christmas Count back in December.  We completed the 17th annual midwinter count yesterday at the Fred Archibald Sanctuary and only had 3 each of chickadees and titmice; our lowest total for each in the 17 year history.  Our next lowest total for chickadee was 14 in 2004. We only had 4 titmice in 2004. Something has definitely reduced their numbers this winter, at least in the Piedmont. The nuthatch numbers, however,  seem unaffected.
David Smith Mt. Airy


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Date: 1/13/19 8:02 pm
From: Jon Barrett <jonbarrettphoto...>
Subject: RE: [MDBirding] [FR] SNOW BIRDS
I’ve been seeing chickadees through the winter so far, though none today that I noticed. Tufted Titmice have also been regulars and did turn up today. As it’s only our second winter here, I can’t say if what we’re seeing is normal or low. When we were in Bethesda, both were year-round regulars.



Jon Barrett

Greenbelt, MD



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Subject: Re: [MDBirding] [FR] SNOW BIRDS



On the Sugarloaf Mountain Christmas Bird Count two weeks ago, tallies for both chickadees and titmice hit record lows for the 34 years of the count.



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On 1/13/2019 9:59 PM, lacsmith12 wrote:

MIA chickadees and titmice have been noticeable at our feeders here in Mount Airy and during both the Audrey Carroll and Fred Archibald Audubon Sanctuary midwinter counts over the past two weekends. This was also the case during the Catoctin Christmas Count back in December. We completed the 17th annual midwinter count yesterday at the Fred Archibald Sanctuary and only had 3 each of chickadees and titmice; our lowest total for each in the 17 year history. Our next lowest total for chickadee was 14 in 2004. We only had 4 titmice in 2004. Something has definitely reduced their numbers this winter, at least in the Piedmont. The nuthatch numbers, however, seem unaffected.



David Smith

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Date: 1/13/19 7:49 pm
From: Janet Millenson <janet...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] [FR] SNOW BIRDS
On the Sugarloaf Mountain Christmas Bird Count two weeks ago, tallies
for both chickadees and titmice hit record lows for the 34 years of the
count.


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On 1/13/2019 9:59 PM, lacsmith12 wrote:
> MIA chickadees and titmice have been noticeable at our feeders here in
> Mount Airy and during both the Audrey Carroll and Fred Archibald
> Audubon Sanctuary midwinter counts over the past two weekends. This
> was also the case during the Catoctin Christmas Count back in
> December.  We completed the 17th annual midwinter count yesterday at
> the Fred Archibald Sanctuary and only had 3 each of chickadees and
> titmice; our lowest total for each in the 17 year history. Our next
> lowest total for chickadee was 14 in 2004. We only had 4 titmice in
> 2004. Something has definitely reduced their numbers this winter, at
> least in the Piedmont. The nuthatch numbers, however,  seem unaffected.
>
> David Smith
> Mt. Airy
>
>

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Date: 1/13/19 7:00 pm
From: lacsmith12 <lacsmith12...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] [FR] SNOW BIRDS
MIA chickadees and titmice have been noticeable at our feeders here in Mount Airy and during both the Audrey Carroll and Fred Archibald Audubon Sanctuary midwinter counts over the past two weekends. This was also the case during the Catoctin Christmas Count back in December.  We completed the 17th annual midwinter count yesterday at the Fred Archibald Sanctuary and only had 3 each of chickadees and titmice; our lowest total for each in the 17 year history.  Our next lowest total for chickadee was 14 in 2004. We only had 4 titmice in 2004. Something has definitely reduced their numbers this winter, at least in the Piedmont. The nuthatch numbers, however,  seem unaffected.David SmithMt. AirySent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone
-------- Original message --------From: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> Date: 1/13/19 16:52 (GMT-05:00) To: Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Subject: [MDBirding] [FR] SNOW BIRDS Just what you would expect coming to the suet and B/O SS:CardinalsJuncosWC & WT SparrowsStarlingAll woodpeckers except [so far] Pileated, Red-headed, Hairy, SapsuckerA pair of WB Nuthatches [a lone RB NUT is likely around and may havebeen missed]A few GoldfinchesCaro WrenMockingbirdMissing ALL SEASONTufted TitmouseCaro ChickadeeThese two have been remarked upon as MIA among others also on the WVListserver recently:http://digest.sialia.com/?rm=one_list;id=131Jim SpeicherBroadRun/Burkittsville area[FR] Frederick County MDM.O.S. member, Washington [WA] Co Chapter-- -- You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google Group 'Maryland & DC Birding'. To view group guidelines or change email preferences, visit this group on the web at http://www.mdbirding.comUnfamiliar with a hotspot mentioned on this list? Quickly locate it here - http://www.mdbirding.com/hotspot.html

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Date: 1/13/19 5:57 pm
From: Dan Haas <nervousbirds...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] [FR] SNOW BIRDS
Might be that the rains this year negatively impacting their nesting success. They might still be around, just in smaller numbers.

Maybe?

All the best,

Dan Haas
St. Margaret’s

> On Jan 13, 2019, at 7:33 PM, Anna <anka.dc...> wrote:
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> Interesting. Our resident titmice (always 1- 2 pairs all year, give or take a few extras) and Carolina chickadees, who've been a mainstay in our backyard and woods for as long as I remember, have seemingly vanished this winter, as well. Both species being MIA this winter is quite sad. I wonder what's driven them away
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Date: 1/13/19 5:54 pm
From: Anna <anka.dc...>
Subject: [MDBirding] [FR] SNOW BIRDS
Interesting. Our resident titmice (always 1- 2 pairs all year, give or take a few extras) and Carolina chickadees, who've been a mainstay in our backyard and woods for as long as I remember, have seemingly vanished this winter, as well. Both species being MIA this winter is quite sad. I wonder what's driven them away

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Date: 1/13/19 3:46 pm
From: Chas Argent <chas.argent...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: [FR] SNOW BIRDS
We've had a shortage (though not a total absence) of Chickadees, Titmice, and W-T Sparrows in Catonsville, though the W-Ts showed up today.

~Chas

On Sunday, January 13, 2019 at 4:53:00 PM UTC-5, James Speicher wrote:
> Just what you would expect coming to the suet and B/O SS:
> Cardinals
> Juncos
> WC & WT Sparrows
> Starling
> All woodpeckers except [so far] Pileated, Red-headed, Hairy, Sapsucker
> A pair of WB Nuthatches [a lone RB NUT is likely around and may have
> been missed]
> A few Goldfinches
> Caro Wren
> Mockingbird
>
> Missing ALL SEASON
> Tufted Titmouse
> Caro Chickadee
>
> These two have been remarked upon as MIA among others also on the WV
> Listserver recently:
> http://digest.sialia.com/?rm=one_list;id=131
>
> Jim Speicher
> BroadRun/Burkittsville area
> [FR] Frederick County MD
> M.O.S. member, Washington [WA] Co Chapter

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Date: 1/13/19 1:53 pm
From: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...>
Subject: [MDBirding] [FR] SNOW BIRDS
Just what you would expect coming to the suet and B/O SS:
Cardinals
Juncos
WC & WT Sparrows
Starling
All woodpeckers except [so far] Pileated, Red-headed, Hairy, Sapsucker
A pair of WB Nuthatches [a lone RB NUT is likely around and may have
been missed]
A few Goldfinches
Caro Wren
Mockingbird

Missing ALL SEASON
Tufted Titmouse
Caro Chickadee

These two have been remarked upon as MIA among others also on the WV
Listserver recently:
http://digest.sialia.com/?rm=one_list;id=131

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

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Date: 1/13/19 1:48 pm
From: Jim Wilkinson <lakekoshare...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Pine Warbler Returns to yard in Columbia, Howard January 13
A Pine Warbler last seen in our yard on Dec 20 came to suet this afternoon. Picture on eBird checklist:

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51643838

Jim Wilkinson
Columbia, MD

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Date: 1/13/19 10:54 am
From: Matthew Felperin <mattyfelp...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Red-throated Loons at Lake Artemesia
Any loon sightings today at artemesia?

Matthew J. Felperin

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> On Jan 12, 2019, at 12:59 PM, Thomas Ostrowski <tjostrow...> wrote:
>
> The two red-throated loons are still at the back of the lake. Casually diving along the edge of the ice. Sometimes even taking flight a short distance. I don’t imagine they’ll be staying here long but maybe the snow will delay their departure some.
>
> Tom Ostrowski
> Hyattsville, Md
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>> On Jan 12, 2019, at 10:53 AM, Tim Guida <timothyguida...> wrote:
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>> There are currently two Red-throated loons at the southern lobe of lake Artemesia, they are in the only large area of open water at the moment.
>>
>> Tim Guida
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Date: 1/13/19 5:58 am
From: Peter Lev <plev...>
Subject: [MDBirding] BBC Covered Dish Dinner CANCELED TODAY JAN. 13
Baltimore Bird Club's Covered Dish Dinner scheduled for today is CANCELED.
Snow came in a bit worse than expected in Baltimore City.

We will do our best to reschedule this event, with Peter Kaestner as
featured speaker, in early March.

Peter Lev

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Date: 1/13/19 5:23 am
From: Andy Wilson <awilson.gettysburg...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Barnacle Goose - no
No sign at 810am Sunday. Not all geese here though, so could be still in area.

Roads not great, as you would expect. Stay safe out there, folks.

Andy Wilson
Frederick

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> On Jan 12, 2019, at 4:43 PM, Tim Carney <timmyc83...> wrote:
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> No Barnacle Goose at Whittier Lake and the geese are departing, not arriving to roost like I’d hoped.
>
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Date: 1/12/19 1:44 pm
From: Tim Carney <timmyc83...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Barnacle Goose - no
No Barnacle Goose at Whittier Lake and the geese are departing, not
arriving to roost like I’d hoped.

Tim Carney
Parkville, MD

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Date: 1/12/19 12:16 pm
From: Bud Poole <budpoole343...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Snowy Owl
Still present as of 3:10.

Bud Poole
Patterson Park

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Date: 1/12/19 11:41 am
From: Sharon F1727 <sharonf1727...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Snowy Owl
It has been suggested elsewhere that if birders buy something from the
marina store, it would be appreciated and a nice gesture.
Sharon Forsyth
W/DC

On Sat, Jan 12, 2019 at 1:11 PM Joe Hanfman <auk1844...> wrote:

> There is a Snowy Owl at Kent Point Marina. You must checkin and ask for
> permission. You may be asked to sign a waiver. The area around the north
> jetty is private so do not approach. The SnOw is on the north jetty. There
> are also 18 Dunlin, 16 Great Cormorants and hundreds of Surf Scoters plus
> all the usuals.
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Date: 1/12/19 11:18 am
From: Sharon F1727 <sharonf1727...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Snowy Owl
Folks,
It's probably better not to share this on Facebook, as there is some
concern that if too many people show up and some behave badly, birders
could lose access to this small marina, which is in a quiet neighborhood.
FB MD Birding has over 10,000 members.
Sharon Forsyth
W/DC

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> There is a Snowy Owl at Kent Point Marina. You must checkin and ask for
> permission. You may be asked to sign a waiver. The area around the north
> jetty is private so do not approach. The SnOw is on the north jetty. There
> are also 18 Dunlin, 16 Great Cormorants and hundreds of Surf Scoters plus
> all the usuals.
>
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Date: 1/12/19 11:17 am
From: 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] field trip to JPPM canceled
Tomorrow, 1/13, is supposed to be the Southern Maryland Audubon Society field trip to Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum in Calvert County. Due to the impending snowstorm, I'm canceling the trip. Yes, the trip could possibly be a go but there's no way that staff will have plowed the roads there so parking and access would be a major issue. There is no snow/rain date. Sorry!


Tyler Bell
<jtylerbell...>
California, Maryland

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Date: 1/12/19 10:11 am
From: Joe Hanfman <auk1844...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Snowy Owl
There is a Snowy Owl at Kent Point Marina. You must checkin and ask for permission. You may be asked to sign a waiver. The area around the north jetty is private so do not approach. The SnOw is on the north jetty. There are also 18 Dunlin, 16 Great Cormorants and hundreds of Surf Scoters plus all the usuals.

Joe Hanfman
Columbia, MD

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Date: 1/12/19 10:00 am
From: Thomas Ostrowski <tjostrow...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Red-throated Loons at Lake Artemesia
The two red-throated loons are still at the back of the lake. Casually diving along the edge of the ice. Sometimes even taking flight a short distance. I don’t imagine they’ll be staying here long but maybe the snow will delay their departure some.

Tom Ostrowski
Hyattsville, Md

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> On Jan 12, 2019, at 10:53 AM, Tim Guida <timothyguida...> wrote:
>
> There are currently two Red-throated loons at the southern lobe of lake Artemesia, they are in the only large area of open water at the moment.
>
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Date: 1/12/19 7:53 am
From: Tim Guida <timothyguida...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Red-throated Loons at Lake Artemesia
There are currently two Red-throated loons at the southern lobe of lake Artemesia, they are in the only large area of open water at the moment.

Tim Guida

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Date: 1/12/19 7:29 am
From: Georgia McDonald <gmcdonald1501...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: [DMV Rare Bird Alert] Barnacle Goose
Barnacle goose seen in field on 1082 rocky springs road. 5 min ago. Someone
entered the field from the opposite side and the entire flock flew off.

Georgia McDonald

On Jan 12, 2019 10:12 AM, "David Czaplak" <daveczaplak...> wrote:

At 9:55 Barnacle was in field east of Rocky Springs Rd about .3 miles west
of Yellow Spring Rd. With huge flock of Canadas. No good pulloffs

Dave Czaplak

> On Jan 12, 2019, at 9:33 AM, Daniel Sloan <danielsloan215...>
wrote:
>
> At Whittier Lake. It just departed about 5 minutes ago. Was present all
morning. I expect it to circle back. See attached screenshot for other
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Date: 1/12/19 6:27 am
From: Rick Borchelt <rborchelt...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Barnacle Goose Present Saturday AM
Yes. Present at 9:15 and showing well although the numbers of geese are dwindling as they fly out to forage

> On Jan 12, 2019, at 9:14 AM, Elaine Hendricks <ehendric48...> wrote:
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> I just checked eBird for "Canada Goose" and discovered that the Barnacle Goose has been seen by at least 3 observers this morning. Appears to be present now at Lake Whittier in Frederick County.
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Date: 1/12/19 6:15 am
From: Elaine Hendricks <ehendric48...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Barnacle Goose Present Saturday AM
I just checked eBird for "Canada Goose" and discovered that the Barnacle
Goose has been seen by at least 3 observers this morning. Appears to be
present now at Lake Whittier in Frederick County.

Elaine Hendricks
Greenbelt, MD

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Date: 1/12/19 6:14 am
From: Andy Wilson <awilson.gettysburg...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Frederick Barnacle Goose on Sat. 1/12/2019?
I’m not there, but several reports for Sat morning on eBird

Andy Wilson
Frederick

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> On Jan 12, 2019, at 8:44 AM, Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...> wrote:
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> We also, any updates much appreciated! Per ebird it was there in late afternoon...
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> Gail Mackiernan
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>> On Jan 12, 2019, at 8:20 AM, Howard Wu <howiewu1...> wrote:
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>> I am thinking about making a run before the snow comes down. Please post if you have been there (whether or not it's there, the info is valuable), appreciate your input!
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>> Thanks in advance!
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>> Howard Wu
>> Herndon, VA
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Date: 1/12/19 6:11 am
From: Bud Poole <budpoole343...>
Subject: [MDBirding] St Marys VATH
Seen extremely well since ~ 8:30 at 22073 Phillip.

Bud Poole
Patterson Park

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Date: 1/12/19 5:44 am
From: Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Frederick Barnacle Goose on Sat. 1/12/2019?
We also, any updates much appreciated! Per ebird it was there in late afternoon...

Gail Mackiernan
Colesville, MD

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Date: 1/12/19 5:20 am
From: Howard Wu <howiewu1...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Frederick Barnacle Goose on Sat. 1/12/2019?
I am thinking about making a run before the snow comes down. Please post if you have been there (whether or not it's there, the info is valuable), appreciate your input!

Thanks in advance!

Howard Wu
Herndon, VA

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Date: 1/11/19 2:26 pm
From: Duvall Sollers <dbsollers61...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Barnacle Goose in Frederick
The goose was present at Whittier Lake in Frederick at 3:40 pm until I left at 3:55 pm.

Duvall Sollers
Hereford, MD

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Date: 1/11/19 10:43 am
From: Andy Wilson <awilson.gettysburg...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Barnacle Goose, Frederick
At Whittier Lake, right now. 140pm. About 1500 Canada Geese here at moment.

Andy Wilson

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Date: 1/11/19 9:45 am
From: Tim Carney <timmyc83...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Swan Creek birdwalk - Saturday, January 12
Hi all,

Sorry to spam the list. We are moving the walk to 8:00 tomorrow, not 7:00. Just wanted to reach as wide an audience as possible so no one shows up too early.

Tim Carney
Parkville, MD

On Friday, December 28, 2018 at 10:21:17 AM UTC-5, Tim Carney wrote:
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> Stan Arnold and I will be co-leading a birdwalk at Swan Creek Wetlands and Cox Creek Dredged Material Containment Facility (DMCF) on Saturday, January 12. The walk will be held from 7:00-11:00. It will involve extensive walking on a rock/dirt path. There is minimal shade, and we will need to cross moving water at one point. Please dress appropriately and wear sturdy footwear.
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> While onsite, we will look for rails and other specialty marsh birds in the mitigated wetland, and scan the dredge cells for waterfowl. We will be divided into two groups of roughly 20 participants each. One group will visit the wetlands while the other checks the DMCF, and then the groups will switch. Both groups will see the same areas of the site.
>
> A major construction project is underway at the site, so we may not be able to walk around the DMCF. I do not think the parking area will be affected, so we should still be able to scan for waterfowl from the flagpole like we usually do.
>
> The walk is limited to 40 participants. You may reserve two spots. Please provide a name and email address for each participant. I will also create a waiting list if we exceed 40 responses. There is no raindate this time, and the walk will be canceled if there is rain/high winds/ice on January 12.
>
> This walk is offered by Maryland Environmental Service (MES) on behalf of Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Port Administration (MDOT MPA).
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> Please email me at tcarn [at] menv [dot] com if you would like to sign up. I can also provide a site map and directions for first-time visitors.
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> Thanks,
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Date: 1/11/19 6:27 am
From: Lynne Parks <v.lynneparks...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Varied Thrush

Hi,





At 8:49 a.m. we had the Varied Thrush on the lawn of 22073 Philip Dr. (x-apple-data-detectors://0) It moved into the shrubs in front of the house.







Access guidelines: The homeowners are extremely welcoming. Birders may visit between 8am and 4pm (x-apple-data-detectors://1). Visitors may walk on the driveway but please stay on the asphalt, do not go onto the deck, and do not wander around the yard. Please park along the left side of the road between the first house on Philip and this house (both houses are on the left side). If that space is full, please try to avoid parking directly in front of another house.



Good birding,




Lynne Parks

Baltimore









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Date: 1/11/19 6:09 am
From: Lynne Parks <v.lynneparks...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Varied Thrush






Hi,





We just had the Varied Thrush on the lawn of 22073 Philip Dr. It’s visible. now in the shrubs in front of the house.









Access guidelines: The homeowners are extremely welcoming. Birders may visit between 8am and 4pm (x-apple-data-detectors://8). Visitors may walk on the driveway but please stay on the asphalt, do not go onto the deck, and do not wander around the yard. Please park along the left side of the road between the first house on Philip and this house (both houses are on the left side). If that space is full, please try to avoid parking directly in front of another house.



Good birding,



Lynne Parks

Baltimore
















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Date: 1/10/19 9:28 pm
From: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Chesapeake and Ohio Canal count mile reservations needed - UPDATE
Count dates: 1/26/19 thru 2/3/19

SPECIAL APPEAL TO DC/METRO BIRDERS
The coverage gaps for Montgomery County are disappointing to say the
least. Here's another way to break them out - maybe that will be the
key to connecting to some one of you, or better yet, SEVERAL ONES OF
YOU :)

We're 15 miles short of complete coverage in Montgomery County as follows:
Milepost 6 to milepost 10; 4 miles
Milepost 11 to milepost 14; 3 miles
Milepost 18 to milepost 19; 1 mile
Milepost 27 to milepost 29; 2 miles
Milepost 32 to milepost 36; 4 miles
Milepost 38 to milepost 39; 1 mile

NOTE that there may be some issues in some areas due to 2018 storm
damage, so check the NPS site for details:
C&O NPS web link: https://www.nps.gov/choh/index.htm

For more C&O Count details see:
http://birding.aba.org/message.php?mesid=1511513&MLID=MARY&MLNM=Maryland - DC

Some links don't seem to work at the ABA site, but the important ones
are found in this text.

Note: Participants must be current eBird users
[https://ebird.org/home], or be willing to join as data must be
submitted in eBird checklist format.

Note: C&O Canal Trust's access and parking web link:
https://www.canaltrust.org/plan/parking-along-the-co-canal-3/

UPDATED **RESERVED miles are shown just below. Coverage is shown for
birders using the eBird "travelling" protocol, referencing the START
and END mileposts [#/#] with gaps indicated by a semicolon [;].

All miles: 0/6; 10/11; 14/18; 19/27; 29/32; 36/38; 39/77; 79/88;
95/98; 99/101; 156/163; 171/173; 183/canal terminus

Miles by county:
DC 0/3
MONTCO 3/6; 10/11; 14/18; 19/27; 29/32; 36/38
FREDCO 39/58
WASHCO 58/77; 79/88; 95/98; 99/101
ALLEG 156/163; 171/173; 183/canal terminus

To decode the above, for the "MONTCO 29/32; 36/38" entry, a towpath
section in Montgomery County from milepost 29 to milepost 38 has been
reserved with the exception of a GAP of FOUR MILES between mileposts
32 and 36. In addition the mile [mile 39] following milepost 38 is
available.

Re reserving miles:
REPLY with particulars in the following manner: I will bird from
START milepost # to END milepost #.

**RESERVED miles - see *Q & *A section in the FIRST link...

Next update will be 01/18/19.

Jim Speicher
BroadRun/Burkittsville area
[FR] Frederick County MD
Maryland Ornithological Society member, Washington [WA] Co, MD Chapter

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Date: 1/10/19 8:27 pm
From: Don Simonson <don.r.simonson...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Annual Birding Report Returns
Dave,
You are greatly appreciated!
Good birding in 2019!
Don
Don Simonson, Darnestown MD
> Happy Holidays,
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Date: 1/10/19 11:45 am
From: Jim Wilkinson <lakekoshare...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Purple Finches in western Howard County, January 10
I saw a flock of brown birds at feeders along Florence Road late this morning. I counted at least 11 birds. No sign of adult males in the group.

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51530643

Jim Wilkinson
Columbia, MD

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Date: 1/10/19 11:26 am
From: pbudde <pbudde...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Why are only maybe 5% Purple Finches Adult Male plumage?
It could also be that adults are more adept at finding food and consequently stay farther north in winter.


Paul
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-------- Original message --------From: Pat <pvaldata1...> Date: 1/10/19 2:13 PM (GMT-05:00) To: Hugh McGuinness <hdmcguinness...> Cc: <thbeal...>, MDBirds <mdbirding...> Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Why are only maybe 5% Purple Finches Adult Male plumage?
I see the opposite in the big rafts of Ringbilled Gulls here. Almost all are in adult plumage; maybe 10% are juvenile.

Pat ValdataCrisfield, MD
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-------- Original message --------From: Hugh McGuinness <hdmcguinness...> Date: 1/10/19 1:53 PM (GMT-05:00) To: Cc: <thbeal...>, MDBirds <mdbirding...> Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Why are only maybe 5% Purple Finches Adult Male plumage?
And death rate in adult males must be pretty high.

On Thu, Jan 10, 2019 at 1:23 PM 'Jim Stasz' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> wrote:


Immature males are still brown.



Jim Stasz
North Beach MD
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Still getting large numbers of Purple Finches at my backyard feeder in Glenn Dale, MD. As many as 15 at a time. Anybody know why only maybe 1 in 20 are Purple?




Tom Beal
Glenn Dale, MD
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Date: 1/10/19 11:13 am
From: Pat <pvaldata1...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Why are only maybe 5% Purple Finches Adult Male plumage?
I see the opposite in the big rafts of Ringbilled Gulls here. Almost all are in adult plumage; maybe 10% are juvenile.

Pat ValdataCrisfield, MD
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And death rate in adult males must be pretty high.

On Thu, Jan 10, 2019 at 1:23 PM 'Jim Stasz' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> wrote:


Immature males are still brown.



Jim Stasz
North Beach MD
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In a message dated 1/10/2019 1:07:16 PM Eastern Standard Time, <mdbirding...> writes:




Still getting large numbers of Purple Finches at my backyard feeder in Glenn Dale, MD. As many as 15 at a time. Anybody know why only maybe 1 in 20 are Purple?




Tom Beal
Glenn Dale, MD
Just west of Bowie
 
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Date: 1/10/19 10:54 am
From: Hugh McGuinness <hdmcguinness...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Why are only maybe 5% Purple Finches Adult Male plumage?
And death rate in adult males must be pretty high.

On Thu, Jan 10, 2019 at 1:23 PM 'Jim Stasz' via Maryland & DC Birding <
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> Immature males are still brown.
>
> Jim Stasz
> North Beach MD
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> In a message dated 1/10/2019 1:07:16 PM Eastern Standard Time,
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> Still getting large numbers of Purple Finches at my backyard feeder in
> Glenn Dale, MD. As many as 15 at a time. Anybody know why only maybe 1 in
> 20 are Purple?
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> Tom Beal
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Date: 1/10/19 10:23 am
From: 'Jim Stasz' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Why are only maybe 5% Purple Finches Adult Male plumage?
Immature males are still brown.

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In a message dated 1/10/2019 1:07:16 PM Eastern Standard Time, <mdbirding...> writes:

Still getting large numbers of Purple Finches at my backyard feeder in Glenn Dale, MD. As many as 15 at a time. Anybody know why only maybe 1 in 20 are Purple?

Tom BealGlenn Dale, MDJust west of Bowie
 
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Date: 1/10/19 10:07 am
From: thbeal via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Why are only maybe 5% Purple Finches Adult Male plumage?
Still getting large numbers of Purple Finches at my backyard feeder in Glenn Dale, MD. As many as 15 at a time. Anybody know why only maybe 1 in 20 are Purple?

Tom BealGlenn Dale, MDJust west of Bowie

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Date: 1/10/19 9:21 am
From: Ed Vigezzi <ed.vigezzi...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Gunner Lake Redheads (Montgomery Co)
On Thursday, January 10, 2019 at 9:27:33 AM UTC-5, Jim Green wrote:
> Currently 3 drakes and 1 hen on the lake.
>
> Sent from my iPhone

Thanks!

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Date: 1/10/19 6:27 am
From: Jim Green <jkgbirdman53...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Gunner Lake Redheads (Montgomery Co)
Currently 3 drakes and 1 hen on the lake.

Sent from my iPhone

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Date: 1/9/19 10:47 am
From: 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Access guidelines for Varied Thrush
Folks:
The road edge at the suggested parking area for the Varied Thrush in St. Mary's County is getting trashed. Yes, people are behaving and parking where they've been told to but repeated parking there for weeks is taking its toll. So, some new advice from Chuck Stickney, Zach's dad.
"From now on - parking priority is along the street only on our half - i.e. from half the drainage basin towards our house (22070 Philip Drive). If that is full people can park in the horseshoe section of our driveway - the second entrance around to but not blocking the first entrance to our garage. If that is full park along neighbor's section of the road - i.e. the half of the drainage base toward their house.  They have not complained at all but at this point we'll try to limit further damage to their section of property."

Below are the guidelines that have been circulating, amended. Please post this when submitting an eBird checklist, an email to the various groups, and when posting on Facebook. And, from a friend who was there this morning, one of the neighbors scolded people about how torn up the road edge was and suggested birders bring some garden tools and try and fix it. A rake or two would be helpful and go a long way toward keeping relations civil there.

OBTW, eBird checklists lacking the guidelines are not being validated by the MD eBird reviewers. It's a simple copy and paste, people!

Access guidelines: The bird has mostly been seen in the woods on the left (north) side of 22070 Philip Drive in greater Leonardtown MD. The homeowners are extremely welcoming. Birders may visit between 8am and 4pm. Visitors may walk on the driveway but please stay on the asphalt, do not go onto the deck, and do not wander around the yard.

Please park along the left side of the road beyond the drainage basin after the first house on Philip and before the homeowner's house (both houses are on the left side). Parking priority is along the street only from half the drainage basin towards 22070 Philip Drive. If that is full, people can park in the horseshoe section of the 22070 driveway - the second entrance around to but not blocking the first entrance to the garage. If that is full park along the neighbor's section of the road - i.e. the half of the drainage basin toward their house.  They have not complained at all but at this point we'll try to limit further damage to their section of property. If that space is full, please try to avoid parking directly in front of another house.

Tyler Bell
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California, Maryland

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Date: 1/9/19 6:28 am
From: Lydia Schindler <lydia13621...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] DC Area, 1/8/2018
Thanks, Tyler.

On Wed, Jan 9, 2019 at 9:24 AM James Tyler Bell <jtylerbell...>
wrote:

> FYI, the Cornfield Harbor report of the BAGO was a location error. St.
> James Road is the road to the Elms Environmental Education Center, the
> private eBird hotspot that most eBird users use when reporting the BAGO. If
> you chase this bird, do not go to the Elms Public Beach off of Bay Forest
> Road. You will not see the bird from there.
>
>
> Tyler Bell
> <jtylerbell...>
> California, Maryland
>
>
> On Wednesday, January 9, 2019, 9:10:53 AM EST, Lydia Schindler <
> <lydia13621...> wrote:
>
>
> Hotline: Voice of the Naturalist
> Date: 1/8/2019
> Coverage: MD/DC/VA/central and southern 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
>
> The BARROW'S GOLDENEYE continued Jan 1-6 at The Elms Environmental
> Education Center (private), St. Mary's Co MD. Other sightings in St.
> Mary's Co, possibly the same bird, were at St. James Church Rd on Jan
> 6 and Cornfield Harbor (wherever that is), also on Jan 6.
>
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Date: 1/9/19 6:24 am
From: 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] DC Area, 1/8/2018
FYI, the Cornfield Harbor report of the BAGO was a location error. St. James Road is the road to the Elms Environmental Education Center, the private eBird hotspot that most eBird users use when reporting the BAGO. If you chase this bird, do not go to the Elms Public Beach off of Bay Forest Road. You will not see the bird from there.


Tyler Bell
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California, Maryland

On Wednesday, January 9, 2019, 9:10:53 AM EST, Lydia Schindler <lydia13621...> wrote:

Hotline:     Voice of the Naturalist
Date:        1/8/2019
Coverage:    MD/DC/VA/central and southern 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

The BARROW'S GOLDENEYE continued Jan 1-6 at The Elms Environmental
Education Center (private), St. Mary's Co MD. Other sightings in St.
Mary's Co, possibly the same bird, were at St. James Church Rd on Jan
6 and Cornfield Harbor (wherever that is), also on Jan 6.


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Date: 1/9/19 6:10 am
From: Lydia Schindler <lydia13621...>
Subject: [MDBirding] DC Area, 1/8/2018
Hotline: Voice of the Naturalist
Date: 1/8/2019
Coverage: MD/DC/VA/central and southern 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.anshome.org.

This is the Voice of the Naturalist, a service of the Audubon
Naturalist Society. This report covers the week starting Tuesday,
January 1, and was completed on Tuesday, January 8 at about 3:00 p.m.

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

TOP BIRDS THIS WEEK: BARROW'S GOLDENEYE in MD, RED-NECKED GREBE in MD,
BAR-TAILED GODWIT, NORTHERN GOSHAWK, and RED-COCKADED WOODPECKER in
VA, VARIED THRUSH in MD, EVENING GROSBEAK in VA

OTHER BIRDS OF INTEREST: SNOW GOOSE, ROSS'S GOOSE, GREATER
WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE, CACKLING GOOSE, TRUMPETER SWAN, SANDHILL CRANE,
LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER, PARASITIC JAEGER, RAZORBILL, GLAUCOUS GULL,
RED-THROATED LOON, GREAT CORMORANT, TRICOLORED HERON, GOLDEN EAGLE,
MERLIN, NORTHERN SHRIKE, COMMON RAVEN, BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEE,
BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCH, SEDGE WREN, RED CROSSBILL, CLAY-COLORED
SPARROW, HARRIS'S SPARROW, LINCOLN'S SPARROW, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER

TOP BIRDS

The BARROW'S GOLDENEYE continued Jan 1-6 at The Elms Environmental
Education Center (private), St. Mary's Co MD. Other sightings in St.
Mary's Co, possibly the same bird, were at St. James Church Rd on Jan
6 and Cornfield Harbor (wherever that is), also on Jan 6.

Usually an exciting find around here, a RED-NECKED GREBE WAS seen Jan
1 at Le Compte Bay in Dorchester Co MD, this time just an "also-ran".

The BAR-TAILED GODWIT continued through the week at Chincoteague NWR,
Accomack Co VA.

A NORTHERN GOSHAWK was reported Jan 6 around the International
Conservation House in Fauquier Co VA.

The RED-COCKADED WOODPECKER seen Jan 7 at the Piney Grove Preserve
(Sussex Co VA) was outside our normal reporting area, but still an
exciting find.

The VARIED THRUSH along Philip Dr in Leonardtown MD (St. Mary's Co)
continued through Jan 7.

EVENING GROSBEAKs continue in VA. One was at "Church Neck"
(Northampton Co) Jan 1 & 2, and up to 6 were seen Jan 2-5 around Union
Springs (Rockingham Co).

OTHER BIRDS OF INTEREST

Apparently all the unpaid federal workers went birding all week, and
found a lot of good birds.

SNOW GEESE were seen in small numbers throughout the reporting area,
but those were overshadowed by the 12000+ seen over Hart-Miller Island
(Baltimore Co MD) Jan 7. ROSS'S GEESE were just scattered singles over
the area: at Broadkill Beach Jan 6 in Sussex Co DE; continuing Jan 2
along John S Mosby Hwy in Fauquier Co VA; along Willisville Rd in
Loudon Co VA; at Silver Lk (near Rehoboth) Jan 4 in Sussex Co DE; and
continuing Jan 1-3 at Black Walnut Point in Talbot Co MD. Over a dozen
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE were reported, most at Broadford Lake
(Garrett Co MD), where there were 9. Singles were seen in Baltimore Co
MD (Jan 4 & 7), Carroll Co MD (Jan 1-6), Prince George's Co MD (Jan
2), and Fauquier Co VA (Jan 2). Single CACKLING GEESE were seen, Jan 6
at Bombay Hook NWR (Kent Co DE), Jan 1-6 at Belle Haven Park (Fairfax
VA), Jan 5-6 at Occoquan Sewage Plant (Fairfax VA), Jan 6 at Dyke
Marsh Wildlife Preserve (Fairfax VA), and Jan 5 at Sunrise Valley Park
(Fairfax VA). Loudon Co had them more concentrated: up to 5 along
Willisville Rd, 6 along Piney Swamp Rd. A number of TRUMPETER SWANs
were reported: 1-2 continuing Jan 1-5 in Anne Arundel Co MD; up to 7
Jan 1-7 in Fauquier Co VA; 1-3 Jan 2 & 5 in Loudon Co VA; one Jan 1-5
in Prince George's Co MD; and 1-4 in Sussex Co DE Jan 2 & 6.

Up to 18 SANDHILL CRANEs were reported (Jan 4) from Baltimore Co MD,
but only one (Jan 1) from Harford Co MD, and 1-2 from Montgomery Co MD
Jan 1-7).

LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERs were reported, two Jan 1 from Oyster VA
(Northampton Co) and 6 from Chincoteague NWR Jan 4.

Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch (Sussex Co DE) reported one Parasitic Jaeger
on Jan 1, and 6 RAZORBILLs were spotted from Chincoteague NWR on Jan
4.

GLAUCOUS GULLs were reported: one continuing Jan 3 at Loreley Beach
Community Pier (private)(Baltimore Co MD), one Jan 2 at Indian River
Inlet (Sussex Co DE); 1-2 continuing Jan 1-3 at the Prince William Co
(VA) landfill; and one at Sandy Point SP (MD) on Jan 6. RED-THROATED
LOONs continued at North Point SP (Baltimore Co MD) Jan 1 - 5, with a
high count of 21 on Jan 3. Hart-Miller Island had 5 RED-THROATED LOONs
on Jan 7. Kent Point Marina (Queen Anne's Co MD) hosted GREAT
CORMORANTs Jan 3 – 5, with a high count of 18 on Jan 5. Bayside
peninsula, at Assateague Island NS (Worcester Co MD), had a single
TRICOLORED HERON on Jan 6.

Two GOLDEN EAGLEs were spotted in MD, one at Little Pipe Creek Pk
(Carroll Co, Jan 4) and the other Jan 7 at Pickering Creek Audubon
Center (Talbot Co). One Merlin continued Jan 2 at Rocky Gap SP,
Allegany Co MD. One NORTHERN SHRIKE continued through the week around
Sully Woodlands in Fairfax VA. One to three COMMON RAVENs were in
Harford Co MD through Jan 1-6.

On Jan 2, a BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEE was reported from Red House Rd in
Nanticoke River WMA (Wicomico Co MD). On Jan 1 & 4, up to 3
BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCHes were reported from around Big Stone Beach in
Kent Co DE. SEDGE WRENs were seen in MD, one Jan 4 & 7 at Chesapeake
Bay Environmental Center (Horsehead) (Queen Anne's Co), and one Jan 1
at Cornfield Harbor (St Mary's Co). DE had one also, Jan 2 at
Beachview court, Selbyville (private) (Sussex Co).

One RED CROSSBILL made an appearance, Jan 4 at the Spooks Hill boat
ramp of Prettyboy Reservoir (Baltimore Co MD). A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW
continued Jan 1-4 at Laurel Hill Equestrian Center (Fairfax VA), and a
HARRIS'S SPARROW CONTINUED at "Church Neck" (Northampton Co VA) Jan
1-4. A single LINCOLN'S SPARROW CONTINUED Jan 4 at Muddy Hole Farm Pk
(Fairfax VA).

ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERs were sparsely distributed over DE and MD: one
Jan 2 at Bombay Hook NWR and several more in Kent Co DE Jan 2-5. In MD
there was one near Aberdeen Jan 1 & 5 (Harford Co), 1-2 at Pickering
Creek Audubon Center Jan 1-4, and one at Chesapeake Bay Environmental
Center on Jan 4.

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: 1/8/19 10:39 am
From: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Varied Thrush - Jan 8
On 1/8/19, 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding
<mdbirding...> wrote:
> And also, thanks for posting the guidelines in your email. There have been
> quite a few observers who have failed to do this assuming that putting them
> in their eBird checklists is sufficient! People planning on looking for the
> thrush are not only looking at eBird but group emails, as well, for
> guidance.

Backing up Tyler's statement...there are at least two ways for people
not on the Google Group to view posts:

1. http://digest.sialia.com/?rm=one_list;id=173

2. http://birding.aba.org/message.php?mesid=1511513&MLID=MARY&MLNM=Maryland - DC

Jim S

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Date: 1/8/19 6:09 am
From: 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Varied Thrush - Jan 8
Mike:
Congrats on the VATH today.

And also, thanks for posting the guidelines in your email. There have been quite a few observers who have failed to do this assuming that putting them in their eBird checklists is sufficient! People planning on looking for the thrush are not only looking at eBird but group emails, as well, for guidance.

Tyler Bell
<jtylerbell...>
California, Maryland

On Tuesday, January 8, 2019, 9:05:49 AM EST, mike burchett <mikeburchett23...> wrote:

Hi all,
The Varied Thrush was present this morning at the corner of Philip Dr. and Brenda Ct. in Leonardtown.  It was digging around in the flower bed along the side of the house at 8:30am.

Access guidelines: The homeowners are extremely welcoming. Birders may visit between 8am and 4pm. Visitors may walk on the driveway but please stay on the asphalt, do not go onto the deck, and do not wander around the yard. Please park along the left side of the road between the first house on Philip and this house (both houses are on the left side). If that space is full, please try to avoid parking directly in front of another house.
Good birding,Mike BurchettBerlin, MD

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Date: 1/8/19 6:05 am
From: mike burchett <mikeburchett23...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Varied Thrush - Jan 8
Hi all,

The Varied Thrush was present this morning at the corner of Philip Dr. and
Brenda Ct. in Leonardtown. It was digging around in the flower bed along
the side of the house at 8:30am.


Access guidelines: The homeowners are extremely welcoming. Birders may
visit between 8am and 4pm. Visitors may walk on the driveway but please
stay on the asphalt, do not go onto the deck, and do not wander around the
yard. Please park along the left side of the road between the first house
on Philip and this house (both houses are on the left side). If that space
is full, please try to avoid parking directly in front of another house.

Good birding,
Mike Burchett
Berlin, MD

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Date: 1/8/19 4:26 am
From: Kevin Graff <keyweststyle2001...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Hart-Miller Island, 01/07/19
01/07/19 - 710am-3pm
Hart-Miller Island, Essex, B Co., MD

WEATHER: MC/Overcast, 34-36 degrees, NE 4K- E 3K
OBS: Tom Feild, Kevin Graff

Snow Goose - 12400
Canada Goose - 379
Tundra Swan - 59 (55 South Cell; 4 North Cell)
Gadwall - 96
American Wigeon - 11 (5 drakes, 6 hens)
American Black Duck - 98
Mallard - 82
Northern Shoveler - 19 (10 drakes, 9 hens)
Northern Pintail - 42
Green-winged Teal - 16 (8 pairs)
Ring-necked Duck - 3 (drakes)
Greater Scaup - 3 (2 drakes,1 hen)
Lesser Scaup - 184
Scaup Sp - 45
Long-tailed Duck - 24 (17 drakes, 7 hens)
Bufflehead - 54
Common Goldeneye - 3 (1 drake, 2 hens)
Hooded Merganser - 6 (3 pairs)
Red-breasted Merganser - 2 (drakes)
Ruddy Duck - 129
Red-throated Loon - 5
Pied-billed Grebe - 4
Double-crested Cormorant - 6
Great Blue Heron - 6
Turkey Vulture - 1
Bald Eagle - 2 (adult & immature)
Northern Harrier - 5
Cooper's Hawk - 1
American Coot - 22
Ring-billed Gull - 26
Herring Gull - 40
Great Black-backed Gull - 7
Rock Pigeon - 1
Mourning Dove - 21
Red-bellied Woodpecker - 2
Downy Woodpecker - 2
Northern Flicker - 6
Blue Jay - 9
Carolina Chickadee - 4
Red-breasted Nuthatch - 1
White-breasted Nuthatch - 4
Brown Creeper - 1
Carolina Wren - 4
Golden-crowned Kinglet - 2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet - 2
American Robin - 1
Northern Mockingbird - 1
Brown Thrasher - 1
European Starling - 61
Chipping Sparrow - 3
Field Sparrow - 2
Savannah Sparrow - 2
Fox Sparrow - 2
Song Sparrow - 68
Swamp Sparrow - 4
White-throated Sparrow - 32
White-crowned Sparrow - 1 (immature)
"Slate-colored" Junco - 1
Northern Cardinal - 13
Red-winged Blackbird - 158
Purple Finch - 1
American Goldfinch - 14
SPECIES: 61 INDIVIDUALS: 14204

MAMMALS
Red Fox - 2
WT Deer (tracks)
Raccoon (tracks)
River Otter (tracks)

INSECTS: Isabella Tiger Moth - 1 (Woolly Bear)


Kevin Graff
Jarrettsville, MD
<KeyWeststyle2001...>

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Date: 1/7/19 12:02 pm
From: Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Loreley Glaucous Gull Present Now.
Withdrawing my call of Glaucous, I was mistaken. It was “only” an Iceland,
but a plumage unfamiliar to me. Size, head shape, dainty bill should have
clued me.

On Mon, Jan 7, 2019 at 10:47 AM Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4...> wrote:

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Date: 1/7/19 9:05 am
From: Tim Carney <timmyc83...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Loreley Glaucous Gull Present Now.
Cool!

FYI to all: This is a PRIVATE pier in a quiet waterfront community. A representative from the community said that "a few" birders would be ok, but this is probably one of those situations where excessive visitors could result in a loss of access. If you go, park off of the road and scope from the paved section near the picnic tables. DO NOT STAND ON THE PIER ITSELF. The residents made it very clear that we are not allowed to stand on the pier. Give residents priority if they wish to use the pier.

I have not been in contact with anyone in the community about access. I am merely repeating what I have heard from others.

Thanks,
Tim Carney
Parkville, MD

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Date: 1/7/19 8:21 am
From: Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Varied Thrush continues
Smashing views of the St. Mary’s VATH this morning from about 9:30 to 11:00 am. Mostly feeding on edge of lawn of home corner Brenda Ct. and Phillips Dr. Owner there very friendly. Please obey visiting hours (8-4) and parking requests (not in front of houses).

Gail Mackiernan and Barry Cooper
Colesville MD

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Date: 1/7/19 7:47 am
From: Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Loreley Glaucous Gull Present Now.
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Date: 1/6/19 2:46 pm
From: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Re: Annual Birding Report Returns
On Sun, Jan 6, 2019 at 3:01 PM Lacey N. Dunham <lacey.n.dunham...>
wrote:
You should be able to add the Excel spreadsheet to your account’s Google
Drive. From there, you can open the native Excel file as a "Google Sheet"
and manipulate the fields and edit just as you would an Excel doc.
Sometimes in the transfer, the fields or formatting are wonky, but
otherwise, this is a handy way to share data via the cloud, and without
requiring folks to use the MS Suite.

Actually, DUHHHHHHHHHHH to myself, Gmail's newest version make it easy to
bring up an Excel spreadsheet in Google Sheets. It's the option for the
attached file that looks like a pencil...see attached.

I'd be curious to see what a submitted form looks like as this effort has
always been a mystery to me...

Jim S

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Date: 1/6/19 2:31 pm
From: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Varied Thrush
On Sun, Jan 6, 2019 at 10:00 AM George Jett <gmjett...> wrote:
Just seen by many on Phillips

Purely out of curiosity, does anyone know how many have signed the "guest"
book for the VATH?

Jim S

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Date: 1/6/19 7:00 am
From: George Jett <gmjett...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Varied Thrush
Just seen by many on Phillips George

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On Sunday, January 6, 2019, Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4...> wrote:

In view now in front of house just below Brenda Ct.--
Kurt Schwarz
Ellicott City, Howard County
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Date: 1/6/19 5:21 am
From: Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Varied Thrush
In view now in front of house just below Brenda Ct.
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Date: 1/6/19 4:57 am
From: Joe Hanfman <auk1844...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Barrow’s Goldeneye
The Barrow’s Goldeneye is at Elms Environment Center. Viewed from the far north end, south of the pound nets and straight off the point where there is a small bench. It is the closest bird and with a flock of Black Scoters and scaup. There is some driftwood about 100 yards off shore and it is beyond that.

Make sure to park in the hunters parking lot and walk in. It is about a 1 mile walk.


Joe Hanfman
Columbia, MD

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Date: 1/5/19 8:46 pm
From: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] New Montgomery County Hotspots
Thanks for that info...

I had another problem. I had relied on an "address to LAT/LONG conversion"
link to find the LOT/LONG coordinates for my home's bird feeding site.
After 32 checklists I discovered that the location was in a neighbors
yard. Using the same steps and replacing "merge" with "move" I was able to
get all of my "32 ducks in a row" EZPZ :)

If you are unsure how to MOVE a personal location to the appropriate
LAT/LONG in ebird; follow these steps:

1: At the top of the page click "my ebird"

2: On the right side of the page click "manage my locations"

3: Find the location you want to MOVE

4: To the far right of that location's name click "edit"

5: Click the bubble that says MOVE

6: Enlarge the map until you can clearly see where the "balloon" should be
& click on the exact spot you want the "balloon" to MOVE to

7: Click the MOVE box

You don't actually have to know the exact LAT/LONG coordinates as long as
you enlarge the map so that the location is obvious...

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

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Date: 1/5/19 8:06 pm
From: Brenton Reyner <brenton5432...>
Subject: [MDBirding] New Montgomery County Hotspots
Hi All,

A few months back some new hotspots were set up in Montgomery County by
Mike Bowen and Mike Ostrowski in ebird. Two of these are local parks around
Laytonsville and four cover the park land on and around the Seneca Creek
Greenway Trail. A few of these areas have received some coverage in the
past, and because of this, I was hoping that anyone who has submitted a
checklist previously from any of the areas listed and pictured below please
change the location of your checklist to the appropriate hotspot, or merge
your personal location with the appropriate hotspot in ebird.

If you have birded these areas before, or are considering birding them in
the future, I've made a quick map to help identify which hotspot is which,
and made a rough sketch of trails/walkable area at the locations. Numbers
on the map correspond with hotspots which are hyperlinked to the
appropriate ebird hotspot page below.

[image: Hotspot Map.png]

1: Seneca Creek Greenway Trail--Brink Road to Watkins Mill Road
<https://ebird.org/hotspot/L6262758>

2: Greenway Trail--Huntmaster Rd to Brink Rd (Incl. Goshen Park)
<https://ebird.org/hotspot/L7396529> (this hotspot covers the wetland area
between Brink and Huntmaster Roads as well)

3: Seneca Creek Greenway Trail--Huntmaster Road to Watkins Road
<https://ebird.org/hotspot/L6262751>

4: Magruder Branch Trail--Watkins Rd. to Log House Rd.
<https://ebird.org/hotspot/L7402461>

5: Laytonsville Pond <https://ebird.org/hotspot/L8065654>

6: Sundown Rd. Park <https://ebird.org/hotspot/L5050347>


If you are unsure how to merge your personal location to the appropriate
hotspot in ebird; follow these steps:

1: At the top of the page click "my ebird"

2: On the right side of the page click "manage my locations"

3: Find the location you want to change/merge

4: To the far right of that location's name click "edit"

5: Click the bubble that says "merge"

6: Click on the hotspot you want to merge the location with on the map

7: Click the "merge" box


If you have any questions regarding these locations or merging hotspots
feel free to contact me off-list.


Good birding,

Brenton Reyner
Gaithersburg, Maryland

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Date: 1/5/19 9:53 am
From: Peter Lev <plev...>
Subject: [MDBirding] BBC Jan. 6 field trip canceled
Baltimore Bird Club's Jan. 6 field trip to Loch Raven is canceled because
Loch Raven Drive is closed.



Peter Lev

Baltimore, MD

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Date: 1/5/19 7:54 am
From: David Moulton, Bethesda, MD <moulton.davidh...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Varied Thrush Seen January 4
On Friday, January 4, 2019 at 10:15:05 AM UTC-5, Derek Hudgins wrote:
> The Varied Thrush was seen briefly at 9:15 in the ditch along the right side of Brenda Ct., then again from 9:45 to 10:05 foraging in the dirt in front of the house across the street from the pin. It also perched for about ten minutes 10-15 feet off the ground on an exposed branch above the tree with dead leaves closest to the Brenda Ct. sign. Thrush was first spotted by the neighbor who lives across the street from the pin. He says he sees it mostly from 8-9, occasionally around 1, and around 4; the bird is skittish.
>
> Access guidelines: The bird was seen today in the woods on the left (north) side of 22070 Philip Drive in greater Leonardtown MD. The homeowners are extremely welcoming. Birders may visit between 8am and 4pm. Visitors may walk on the driveway but please stay on the asphalt, do not go onto the deck, and do not wander around the yard. Please park along the left side of the road between the first house on Philip and this house (both houses are on the left side). If that space is full, please try to avoid parking directly in front of another house.
>
> Good birding,
> Derek Hudgins
> Cockeysville

VATH was present again at 8:50-9:15 on Jan 5.

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Date: 1/4/19 3:01 pm
From: Warblerick <ricksussman1955...>
Subject: [MDBirding] My Yard Big Year list

Here is my yard list in order of appearance. I have put in some dates to show new birds at the beginning of each month where necessary.

1) American Crow 1/1/18
2) Blue Jay
3) Northern Cardinal
4) Tufted Titmouse
5) House Finch
6) White-throated Sparrow
7) Song Sparrow
8) Northern Mockingbird
9) Red-shouldered Hawk
10) Carolina Chickadee
11) White-breasted Nuthatch
12) Downy Woodpecker
13) Turkey Vulture
14) Canada Goose
15) Mourning Dove
16) Black Vulture
17) Red-tailed Hawk
18) Cooper's Hawk
19) Dark-eyed Junco
20) Greater White-fronted Goose
21) Eastern Towhee
22) Red-bellied Woodpecker
23) Carolina Wren
24) American Goldfinch
25) Northern Flicker
26) Bald Eagle
27) Pileated Woodpecker
28) Brown-headed Cowbird
29) Cedar Waxwing
30) Mallard
31) Common Merganser
32) Chipping Sparrow
33) Yellow-rumped Warbler
34) Rock Pigeon
35) Eastern Bluebird
36) Snow Goose
37) American Robin 2/1/18
38) Red-winged Blackbird
39) Common Grackle
40) Common Raven
41) Fish Crow
42) Sharp-shinned Hawk
43) Great Blue Heron
44) Ring-billed Gull
45) Tundra Swan
46) Field Sparrow
47) Hairy Woodpecker 3/8/18
48) Herring Gull
49) Killdeer
50) Ring-necked Duck
51) Eastern Phoebe
52) Fox Sparrow
53) Osprey
54) Brown Thrasher
55) Eastern Meadowlark 4/6/18
56) Palm Warbler
57) Tree Swallow
58) Chimney Swift
59) House Wren
60) Common Loon
61) Ruby-crowned Kinglet
62) Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
63) Broad-winged Hawk
64) Barn Swallow
65) Double-crested Cormorant
66) Eastern Kingbird
67) Ruby-throated Hummingbird
68) Blue-winged Teal
69) Purple Martin
70) American Kestrel
71) Green Heron
72) Great Crested Flycatcher 5/2/18
73) Blue-headed Vireo
74) Cape May Warbler
75) Eastern Wood-Pewee
76) Gray Catbird
77) Yellow Warbler
78) White-eyed Vireo
79) Black-throated Green Warbler
80) Prairie Warbler
81) White-crowned Sparrow
82) Baltimore Oriole
83) Common Yellowthroat
84) Wood Thrush
85) Warbling Vireo
86) Indigo Bunting
87) Orchard Oriole
88) Red-eyed Vireo
89) Rose-breasted Grosbeak
90) Scarlet Tanager
91) Magnolia Warbler
92) American Redstart
93) Mississippi Kite
94) Common Nighthawk
95) Red-headed Woodpecker
96) Black-throated Blue Warbler
97) Northern Parula
98) Tennessee Warbler
99) Blackpoll Warbler
100) Yellow-billed Cuckoo
101) Grasshopper Sparrow 6/12/18
102) Chestnut-sided Warbler 8/24/18
103) Black-and-white Warbler 9/4/18
104) Merlin
105) Connecticut Warbler
106) Nashville Warbler
107) Purple Finch
108) Red-breasted Nuthatch
109) Swainson's Thrush
110) Bay-breasted Warbler
111) Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
112) Philadelphia Vireo
113) Eastern Screech-Owl
114) Greater Yellowlegs 10/6/18
115) Pine Siskin
116) Hermit Thrush
117) Hooded Merganser 12/7/18

I could add European Starling and House Sparrow which I don't usually put on my daily list. I did include Rock Pigeon because they are not common here.

Thanks for looking,
Rick Sussman
Woodbine
Carroll County

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Date: 1/4/19 11:36 am
From: Chris Wright <chriswright6...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Sand hill cranes
On Sunday, December 30, 2018 at 10:04:07 AM UTC-5, Anna Urciolo wrote:
> Seen up on hill west of small pond across from golf course. 16600 West Willard - Poolesville MD
>
> Anna Urciolo
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Cranes still in field as described by Anna at 1:00 pm Friday Jan 4.

Chris Wright
Chevy Chase, MD

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Date: 1/4/19 8:58 am
From: Janet Millenson <janet...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Sandhill cranes
Two cranes present at 10:30 a.m. in the field to the left of the
Poolesville Golf Course driveway.


Janet Millenson
Potomac, MD (Montgomery County)
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Date: 1/4/19 7:28 am
From: Joe Hanfman <auk1844...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Orange-crowned Warblers - Talbot
2 Orange-crowned Warblers are at Pickering Creek. They were at the Wetland Window with a mixed sparrow flock.

Joe Hanfman
Columbia, MD

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Date: 1/4/19 7:15 am
From: Derek Hudgins <derekhudgins...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Varied Thrush Seen January 4
The Varied Thrush was seen briefly at 9:15 in the ditch along the right side of Brenda Ct., then again from 9:45 to 10:05 foraging in the dirt in front of the house across the street from the pin. It also perched for about ten minutes 10-15 feet off the ground on an exposed branch above the tree with dead leaves closest to the Brenda Ct. sign. Thrush was first spotted by the neighbor who lives across the street from the pin. He says he sees it mostly from 8-9, occasionally around 1, and around 4; the bird is skittish.

Access guidelines: The bird was seen today in the woods on the left (north) side of 22070 Philip Drive in greater Leonardtown MD. The homeowners are extremely welcoming. Birders may visit between 8am and 4pm. Visitors may walk on the driveway but please stay on the asphalt, do not go onto the deck, and do not wander around the yard. Please park along the left side of the road between the first house on Philip and this house (both houses are on the left side). If that space is full, please try to avoid parking directly in front of another house.

Good birding,
Derek Hudgins
Cockeysville

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Date: 1/3/19 2:50 pm
From: Warblerick <ricksussman1955...>
Subject: [MDBirding] My Yard Big Year
Since I work from home, last year I decided to try for a Big Year birding in my yard (3.45 acres). My goal was to beat the previous years total of 114, which included both House Sparrow and European Starling, but to try to do it "clean", ie, without the HOSP or EUST. At the start of 2018 my yard list stood at 158, so finding anything new would also be a challenge. My first day back in the shop, January 2, I stepped outside with my binoculars about 4 PM to watch the many flocks of Canada Geese coming over, and to scan for anything new. Luck was with me as a pair of Greater White-fronted Geese were flying low out in front of a flock of CANGs, in full setting sun as they headed from SE-NW. This was a new yard bird, No. 159. By the end of January my yard list was at 36.

By the end of February I was at 46, with Field Sparrow my last bird of the month. March added only 8 new birds to the list, and April saw 17 additions, including 3 Blue-winged Teal on my neighbors little farm pond, about half of which is visible, down the hill from my yard. This was also a new species for the yard, No. 160!

May was to be the biggest month as migration was in full swing. 29 new species came through, and highlights were the half dozen or more Cape May Warblers that stayed for about a week, feeding in my large holly trees. On May Count day, May 12, I was out most of the day with family obligations, but I stepped outside at 6:30 PM, and 5 minutes later was watching a Mississippi Kite flying over my yard and over my neighbors fields. It went back over another neighbors woods before coming in low again over my back yard, feeding on the wing. Another new yard species, No. 161 and a crazy unthought of record! Grasshopper Sparrow was the only June addition, seen and heard from my neighbors hay field, one day before he mowed it.


August added only a single species as well, a Chestnut-sided Warbler to bring my list to 102. But September was going to be a good month, as it turned out. I added 11 new species to bring the total to 113, just shy of my goal. On Sept. 16, in the late afternoon, I stepped outside my shop with my binoculars, and stood near the fence by the front meadow, and spished several times. Much to my surprise, an immature Connecticut Warbler popped up right in front of me about 20 feet away, in dense cover of goldenrods. It worked its way to the bottom branches of a small cherry tree giving me great looks. Another new yard species, and one I never would have thought I would seen here, No. 162! Even more mind blowing was that on Sept 25 another COWA, this one an adult male popped up in nearly the exact same spot and time of day. Hard to beat that, but September also surprised me with a Philadelphia Vireo on the 30th (and again on Oct. 5 and 10!), and the first of the invasion year Purple Finches (still present as I write this on 1/3/19), and Red-breasted Nuthatch on several occasions.

A heard only Greater Yellowlegs sounded off in dense fog as it flew above me in circles before flying off to the NE, on Oct. 16, making yard bird No. 114, tying my total from last year. The record breaker came on October 19, when 5-6 Pine Siskins visited my feeders, yard bird No. 115! On October 28 I watched a Hermit Thrush skulk around in the shrubbery in the way back, and on December 7 there were several pairs of Hooded Mergansers on the farm pond, ending the year at 117 species (not counting HOSP or EUST).

Big misses were Great Horned Owl, Northern Harrier, Lincoln's and Swamp Sparrow, Black-billed Cuckoo, Great Egret, Belted Kingfisher, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Olive-sided Flycatcher, Savannah Sparrow, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Ovenbird and Peregrine Falcon, all of which have been seen here and were possible.

I will write up the complete list, in order, maybe tomorrow.

Rick Sussman
Woodbine, Carroll County

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Date: 1/3/19 1:50 pm
From: Judi Durda <jdurda...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] yard bird
Pleasantly they are a regular for me in the winter in Davidsonville.

Judi L. Durda
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On Jan 3, 2019, at 4:34 PM, Warblerick <ricksussman1955...><mailto:<ricksussman1955...>> wrote:

Nice! That's one of the rarest birds that I have on my yard list. They are no doubt in the nearby woods, but almost never come to visit me. I may have 2 or 3 in twelve years here.

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Date: 1/3/19 1:35 pm
From: Warblerick <ricksussman1955...>
Subject: [MDBirding] yard bird
Nice! That's one of the rarest birds that I have on my yard list. They are no doubt in the nearby woods, but almost never come to visit me. I may have 2 or 3 in twelve years here.

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Date: 1/3/19 11:53 am
From: 'j. d. newman' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] yard bird
A Brown Creeper (Certhia familiaris) flew into the half-dead pear tree in my backyard (Stillwater Ave., Kensington) this afternoon. It foraged for awhile, then flew off.  I hadn't seen one in years.

John Newman

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Date: 1/3/19 10:01 am
From: Bud Poole <budpoole343...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Varied Thrush/Calliope report
Two reports of the VATH have come through today, so far.

Bud Poole
Patterson Park

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Date: 1/3/19 5:16 am
From: Duvall Sollers <dbsollers61...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Ross's Goose in Talbot County
Sorry for the late post. There was a Ross’s Goose at Black Walnut Point in Talbot County yesterday (Jan. 2) morning. Also quite a few Black & Surf Scoters plus a single White-winged.

The Ross’s was in a group of hundreds of Canada Geese in the bay, swimming fairly close in to shore.

Duvall Sollers
Hereford, MD

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Date: 1/2/19 12:01 pm
From: Jim Green <jkgbirdman53...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Sycamore Landing Rd Red-headed Woodpeckers (Mont Co)
4 adults currently moving around on both sides of the road just beyond the first bridge.

Jim Green
Gaithersburg MD

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Date: 1/2/19 11:04 am
From: Jim Green <jkgbirdman53...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Willard Road Sandhill Cranes (Mont Co)
Currently being seen .3 miles further up road from Golf Course entrance towards Poolesville.

Jim Green
Gaithersburg MD

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Date: 1/2/19 8:25 am
From: john pangborn <pangborn.john19...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Blue Mash Nature Trail -- Jan 02, 201
Constructing a new trail very muddy

53 Canada Goose
2 Gadwall
15 Mallard
9 American Black Duck
1 Canvasback
120 Ring-necked Duck
32 Bufflehead
6 Hooded Merganser
1 Red-shouldered Hawk
1 Belted Kingfisher
3 Red-bellied Woodpecker
3 Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)
12 Blue Jay
7 American Crow
2 Fish Crow
1 White-breasted Nuthatch (Eastern)
5 Carolina Wren
3 Eastern Bluebird
1 Northern Mockingbird
9 White-throated Sparrow
5 Song Sparrow

Number of Taxa: 21
John panhborn
Gaithersburg MD

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Date: 1/1/19 7:02 pm
From: Dean Mahlstedt <birdingboyy...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Varied Thrush/Calliope report
We were at the stakeout from 11am til 12:53pm and the Thrush was a no-show. Dean Mahlstedt

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> On Jan 1, 2019, at 9:10 PM, 'Leslie' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> wrote:
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> The Varied Thrush was not observed between 8:00 and 10:45 this morning and I have not heard any positive reports since then, making it a no-show for two consecutive days now.
>
> Leslie Starr
> Port Republic
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>
>> On Jan 1, 2019, at 7:19 PM, George Jett <gmjett...> wrote:
>>
>> Folks
>>
>> Seen no reports of the two rare winter birds today. I thought a group would start 2019 by tracking these jewels.
>>
>> We’re they absent?
>>
>> Thanks
>> George
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Date: 1/1/19 6:28 pm
From: George Jett <gmjett...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Varied Thrush/Calliope report
JoanneThanksGeorge

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On Tuesday, January 1, 2019, 'jovet' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> wrote:

George,
The Calliope has his own Facebook page "Cal the Calliope visits Maryland".  To the best of my memory, Cal stopped showing up on the 31st and no reports today.   Feeders are still up.  
Joanne
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Subject: [MDBirding] Varied Thrush/Calliope report

Folks
Seen no reports of the two rare winter birds today.  I thought a group would start 2019 by tracking these jewels.
We’re they absent?
ThanksGeorge


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Date: 1/1/19 6:27 pm
From: George Jett <gmjett...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Varied Thrush/Calliope report
Thanks
Good thing they were only county birds.George
Hi to Jane

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Last visit by the CAHU was 12/30. Jennifer, the homeowner, posted pix of Cal sporting some nice gorget feathers and hoped to see them all molted in. Appears that won't happen.


Tyler Bell
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On Tuesday, January 1, 2019, 7:29:16 PM EST, 'jovet' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> wrote:

George,
The Calliope has his own Facebook page "Cal the Calliope visits Maryland".  To the best of my memory, Cal stopped showing up on the 31st and no reports today.   Feeders are still up.  
Joanne
Joanne Howl, DVMWest River, MD


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Subject: [MDBirding] Varied Thrush/Calliope report

Folks
Seen no reports of the two rare winter birds today.  I thought a group would start 2019 by tracking these jewels.
We’re they absent?
ThanksGeorge


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Date: 1/1/19 6:10 pm
From: 'Leslie' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Varied Thrush/Calliope report
The Varied Thrush was not observed between 8:00 and 10:45 this morning and I have not heard any positive reports since then, making it a no-show for two consecutive days now.

Leslie Starr
Port Republic



> On Jan 1, 2019, at 7:19 PM, George Jett <gmjett...> wrote:
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> Folks
>
> Seen no reports of the two rare winter birds today. I thought a group would start 2019 by tracking these jewels.
>
> We’re they absent?
>
> Thanks
> George
>
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Date: 1/1/19 5:49 pm
From: Harry Armistead <harryarmistead...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fort McHenry birding
Can someone please inform me offline when bird walks are at Ft. McHenry and who is the best person who'd know the list total for there and/or lead the walks? Thanks a heap. harryarmistead at hotmail dot com - Harry Armistead, Philadelphia.

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Date: 1/1/19 4:33 pm
From: 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Varied Thrush/Calliope report
Last visit by the CAHU was 12/30. Jennifer, the homeowner, posted pix of Cal sporting some nice gorget feathers and hoped to see them all molted in. Appears that won't happen.


Tyler Bell
<jtylerbell...>
California, Maryland

On Tuesday, January 1, 2019, 7:29:16 PM EST, 'jovet' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> wrote:

George,
The Calliope has his own Facebook page "Cal the Calliope visits Maryland".  To the best of my memory, Cal stopped showing up on the 31st and no reports today.   Feeders are still up.  
Joanne
Joanne Howl, DVMWest River, MD


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Subject: [MDBirding] Varied Thrush/Calliope report

Folks
Seen no reports of the two rare winter birds today.  I thought a group would start 2019 by tracking these jewels.
We’re they absent?
ThanksGeorge


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Date: 1/1/19 4:29 pm
From: 'jovet' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Varied Thrush/Calliope report
George,
The Calliope has his own Facebook page "Cal the Calliope visits Maryland".  To the best of my memory, Cal stopped showing up on the 31st and no reports today.   Feeders are still up.  
Joanne
Joanne Howl, DVMWest River, MD


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Folks
Seen no reports of the two rare winter birds today.  I thought a group would start 2019 by tracking these jewels.
We’re they absent?
ThanksGeorge


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Date: 1/1/19 4:27 pm
From: 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Varied Thrush/Calliope report
There was quite a conversation on Cal the CAHU's Facebook page when he was AWOL on 12/31 despite constant surveillance by the homeowner. No reports today, either. And, no positive reports of the VATH yesterday or today via any digital format. I don't think the VATH is gone but who knows. The CAHU, IMO, is outta here.

Tyler Bell
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California, Maryland

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Folks
Seen no reports of the two rare winter birds today.  I thought a group would start 2019 by tracking these jewels.
We’re they absent?
ThanksGeorge


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Date: 1/1/19 4:23 pm
From: George Jett <gmjett...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Varied Thrush/Calliope report
Folks
Seen no reports of the two rare winter birds today.  I thought a group would start 2019 by tracking these jewels.
We’re they absent?
ThanksGeorge


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Date: 1/1/19 12:57 pm
From: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...>
Subject: [MDBirding] 2019 FXOY
1. WCSP
2. WTSP
3. TV
4. RTHA
5. CAWR
6. BV
7. NOCA [female then male]
8. RSHA
9. DOWO [again female then male]
10. STAR
Actually, #9 would have been either a NOMO, or a *BLJA, but a flash of
white wasn't good enough for an ID.

11. Just missing out was a NOMO...

The sequence was not interrupted either by the Cardinals, or the DOWOs
with the female appearing first then the male tying for the # shown,
before the next species was seen. The first 6 were EZPEASY. 7 & 8
came within several hours. 9 & 10 took an additional couple of hours.

Suet only has been on the menu since NOV, but BOSS will be added now
that JAN has arrived.

LIST SPELLED OUT:
1. White-crowned Sparrow
2. White-throated Sparrow
3. Turkey Vulture
4. Red-tailed Hawk [seen first by eye as a "highlight" against dark of
S Mtn, then rust of tail visible with 10x bins...distance was 1/2
dozen miles at least, likely a pair]
5. Carolina Wren [heard first, then a pair seen much later]
6. Black Vulture
7. Northern Cardinal
8. Red-shouldered Hawk [heard then the same bird seen perched at a
distance of ~1/4 mile]
9. Downey Woodpecker
10. Starling [alone perched high in a neighbor's tree]

11. Northern Mockingbird

12. Happy 2019 to all...DID I MENTION C&O CANAL COUNT...

*Blue Jay

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

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Date: 1/1/19 12:17 pm
From: Donald Sweig <skybirds.d...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] I.D. these remains....
Hermit Thrush was my thought as well.
Donald Sweig
Falls Church, Virginia

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> Hermit Thrush. By the rufous tail, and date.
> Rick Sussman
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Date: 1/1/19 11:28 am
From: John McKitterick <jbmck...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] I.D. these remains....
The problem of birds hitting windows is one that is addressed in the
Jan/Feb issue of the Yellowthroat, which should be available on the MOS
website soon. One of the articles describes how to make DIY Acopian
birdsavers. From personal experience, these work much better than any of
the decals that I have tried.

--John McKitterick
Columbia, MD

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> We occasionally see some 'loners' like the Fox Sparrow, Wood Thrush and a
> couple of others I cannot remember, but this little one was sitting beside
> the garage in pine shatz. It must have hit a window.
>
> From top-of-head to end of tail feathers it is ~5.5" ...to beak tip,
> laid out, ~6.75". It most resembles a Veery in our Peterson's, but we are
> well east of the map locations in the book.
>
> We have markers in the house windows facing the feeders, but it appears I
> need them on the garage (the feeder side) also.
>
> Thanks for the help.
>
> Jim
>
>
> 12mi W of Salisbury - a creek off the Nanticoke River
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Date: 1/1/19 11:08 am
From: JimC <wetstuff...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Assateague National Seashore
Marcia, We went back a couple of days ago. More people. The kites were flying again. A perfect day. ...except, I read this morning where parks out west have people simply dumping their garbage on the side of the road, taking dumps near where people are and fighting over unassigned campsites.

I have a sign machine, and if this shutdown lasts much longer, I'll make some signs to remind people to take their trash back out with them. (I have done some work over 30 years for the Fed. lifeguards and will make sure I don't step on any toes...)

Jim

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Date: 1/1/19 9:28 am
From: Lydia Schindler <lydia13621...>
Subject: [MDBirding] DC Area 1/1/2019
Hotline: Voice of the Naturalist
Date: 1/1/2019
Coverage: MD/DC/VA/central and southern DE/WV panhandle
Reports, comments and questions: <voice...>
Compilers: Eugene Murray, Susan Higginbotham, and Gerry
Hawkins
Sponsor: Audubon Naturalist Society of the Central
Atlantic States (independent of NAS)
Transcriber: Steve Cordle

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

This is the Voice of the Naturalist, a service of the Audubon
Naturalist Society. This report covers the week starting Tuesday,
December 25, 2018 and was completed on Tuesday, January 1, 2019 at
8:00 a.m.

Information on noteworthy birds is presented below in taxonomic order,
as set forth in the American Ornithological Society Checklist for
North and Middle American Birds, as revised through the 59th
Supplement (June 2018). This report does not provide information about
likely escaped or released birds (e.g. various parrots and parakeets),
non-established feral birds (e.g., Muscovy Duck) and introduced game
birds (e.g., Ring-necked Pheasant).

The top birds this week were CALLIOPE HUMMINGBIRD* in MD, BAR-TAILED
GODWIT* in VA, SAY'S PHOEBE* in VA, ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER* in VA,
VARIED THRUSH* in MD, HARRIS'S SPARROW* in VA and WESTERN TANAGER in
VA.

Other birds of interest this week included SNOW, GREATER WHITE-FRONTED
and CACKLING GEESE, MUTE and TRUMPETER SWANS, REDHEAD, KING EIDER,
HARLEQUIN DUCK, SURF and BLACK SCOTERS, LONG-TAILED DUCK, COMMON
GOLDENEYE, RED-NECKED, EARED and WESTERN GREBES, SORA, SANDHILL CRANE,
RED KNOT, PURPLE SANDPIPER, PARASITIC JAEGER, DOVEKIE, RAZORBILL,
BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE, BLACK-HEADED, ICELAND and GLAUCOUS GULLS,
GREAT CORMORANT, AMERICAN WHITE and BROWN PELICANS, AMERICAN BITTERN,
GREAT EGRET, TRICOLORED and GREEN HERONS, BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON,
GLOSSY IBIS, RED-TAILED HAWK ("NORTHERN"), ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, GOLDEN
EAGLE, LONG-EARED OWL, LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE, WHITE-EYED and BLUE-HEADED
VIREOS, BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEE, SEDGE and MARSH WRENS, BLUE-GRAY
GNATCATCHER, EVENING GROSBEAK, RED CROSSBILL, SNOW BUNTING,
CLAY-COLORED and VESPER SPARROWS, BALTIMORE ORIOLE, ORANGE-CROWNED
WARBLER and several out-of-season warblers, and PAINTED BUNTING.

TOP BIRDS

A continuing young male CALLIOPE HUMMINGBIRD* at backyard feeders at
977 Dogwood Tree Lane in Cape St Claire, Anne Arundel Co, MD was seen
through December 30 but was not seen on December 31. It is imperative
that persons interested in looking for this bird follow the guidelines
of the homeowners of the property and include these guidelines in any
report of this bird on eBird, Facebook or other forum. These
guidelines may be found on MD Birding and in most recent reports of
this species on eBird under Maryland Rare Bird Alerts.

A BAR-TAILED GODWIT* was a prominent visitor at Chincoteague NWR,
Accomack Co, VA on December 26-31. This is likely the same bird seen
there on December 1 and 18-19.

On December 25 a SAY'S PHOEBE* found on the prior day was relocated in
fields and on various perches at 487-514 Sandidges Road in Amherst Co,
VA.

On December 29 and 30 an ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER* was photographed at
Ancarrow's Landing in Richmond, VA and along Crag's Causeway in
Virginia Beach, VA.

A continuing VARIED THRUSH* at 22070 Philip Drive and nearby in St.
Mary's Co, MD was seen through December 30 but not on December 31,
which may have been due to inclement weather. It is imperative that
persons interested in looking for this bird follow the guidelines of
the homeowners of the property and include these guidelines in any
report of this bird on eBird, Facebook or other forum. These
guidelines may be found in a post by Tyler Bell on MD Birding on
December 31, 2018 titled "Varied Thrush visitation rules" and in most
recent reports of this species on eBird under Maryland Rare Bird
Alerts.

On December 31 a HARRIS'S SPARROW* was photographed at feeders at
10657 Church Neck Road in Northampton Co, VA, making this the second
consecutive winter in which this species has visited Virginia. It is
imperative that persons interested in looking for this bird follow the
guidelines of the homeowners of the property and include these
guidelines in any report of this bird on eBird, Facebook or other
forum. These guidelines may be found in the reports of this species
filed on eBird on December 31, 2018 under Virginia Rare Bird Alerts.

A WESTERN TANAGER continues to visit back yard feeders at a residence
on Lake Windsor in Virginia Beach, VA, with the most recent report on
December 30.

OTHER BIRDS OF INTEREST

There were many other noteworthy birds found in the reporting area
during the week, undoubtedly in part due to the increased number of
birders and coverage as a result of National Audubon Society sponsored
Christmas Bird Counts conducted during the week.

In addition to very large numbers of SNOW GEESE at several mid-coastal
locations in Delaware and in Worcester Co, MD, a single SNOW GOOSE was
found at McDonogh Pond in Baltimore Co, MD on December 27-29, and an
apparent continuing single SNOW GOOSE was reported in flight near East
Potomac Park in Washington, DC on December 29. A single SNOW GOOSE and
a GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE were photographed at the Mulwyck Lane
Ponds in Fauquier Co, VA on December 30.

A continuing CACKLING GOOSE was spotted among the hundreds of CANADA
GEESE at Belle Haven Park-North Picnic Area in Fairfax Co, VA on
December 25, 26 and 31 and at the Cumberland Terminus in Allegany Co,
MD on December 26. On December 26 four CACKLING GEESE were
photographed in the retention ponds behind Lowe's on Liberty Trail in
Louisa Co, VA. A single CACKLING GOOSE was found at the Dulles
Greenway Wetlands Mitigation Project-South in Loudoun Co, VA on
December 28 and the Cheriton Landfill in Northampton Co, VA on
December 30.

An invasive MUTE SWAN was seen at the Westminster Community Pool in
Carroll Co, MD most recently on December 31 and at Lake Collusion in
Calvert Co, MD on December 30. Reports of TRUMPETER SWAN during the
week included a tagged individual (T87) that was seen again at Lake
Artemesia in Prince George's Co, MD on December 25.

Noteworthy ducks during the week included an inland REDHEAD found at
Lake Habeeb in Rocky Gap SP, Allegany Co, MD on December 27 and 30 and
a female KING EIDER spotted flying north at Back Bay NWR, Virginia
Beach, VA on December 29. The only HARLEQUIN DUCKS reported in the
area during the week were two individuals at CBBT-Island No. 4 on
December 26 and one individual at the Lynnhaven Inlet Flats in
Virginia Beach, VA on December 31. A continuing female SURF SCOTER at
inland Lake Frederick in Frederick Co, VA was seen most recently
December 29. An inland BLACK SCOTER was seen again at Lake Manor in
Bedford Co, VA on December 25-27 and along Temple Lake Drive in
Colonial Heights, VA on December 26-28. On December 30 a continuing
female LONG-TAILED DUCK was spotted on the lower pond at Liberty
Corner Farm in Albemarle Co, VA. COMMON GOLDENEYES continue at the
Georgetown Reservoir in Washington, DC, with one or two females seen
all week.

On December 29 a RED-NECKED GREBE was seen at Indian River Inlet in
Sussex Co, DE and Little Island Park in Virginia Beach, VA. On
December 27 and 30 an EARED GREBE was photographed at Tom's Cove in
Chincoteague NWR, Accomack Co, VA. An EARED GREBE also was reported at
Assateague Island NS-Bayside Point in Worcester Co, MD on December 27.
On December 29 a WESTERN GREBE was photographed at Little Island Park
in Virginia Beach, VA.

A transmitter-tracked hatch-year male SORA was spotted in the marsh at
Jackson Landing, Patuxent River Park, Prince George's Co, MD on
December 27. On December 30 a SORA was heard at the East Beach marsh
at Sandy Point SP in Anne Arundel Co, MD.

Area SANDHILL CRANES included two continuing individuals along West
Willard Road in Poolesville, Montgomery Co, MD on December 29-31.

Shorebird highlights during the week included a well-photographed
continuing RED KNOT at Assateague Island NS-OSV, Worcester Co, MD on
December 29. A PURPLE SANDPIPER was observed on the jetty at
Chesapeake Beach Veterans Memorial Park in Calvert Co, MD on December
26, and two were spotted on the jetty at Herrington Harbor, Anne
Arundel Co, MD on December 26 and 29.

PARASITIC JAEGERS were seen from shore in Virginia Beach, VA on
December 29 – two at Little Island Park and one at Back Bay NWR.

On December 30 a DOVEKIE was spotted flying from the base of a jetty
at the Ocean City Inlet in Worcester Co, MD. As a result of a large
southbound movement witnessed in the Northeast in recent weeks,
RAZORBILLS were observed at many locations in the reporting area,
especially in Delaware, where a high of 346 individuals were counted
at Cape Henlopen SP on December 30. Much smaller numbers of RAZORBILLS
were observed at various locations in Maryland and Virginia during the
week, with a high of 29 individuals reported at Assateague Island in
Worcester Co, MD on December 28 and 100 individuals at Little Island
Park in Virginia Beach, VA on December 29.

Gull highlights included an immature BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE in flight
at Little Island Park in Virginia Beach, VA on December 29. A
BLACK-HEADED GULL was spotted at Rudee Inlet in Virginia Beach, VA on
December 28 and the Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch in Sussex Co, DE on
December 30. An ICELAND GULL (thayeri) was photographed at CBBT-Island
No. 4 in Northampton Co, VA on December 26. An ICELAND GULL that was
not identified to subspecies was photographed at Sandy Point SP in
Anne Arundel Co, MD on December 30 and reported at the Salisbury
Landfill-Naylor Mill Road Pond in Wicomico Co, MD on December 29. A
continuing GLAUCOUS GULL was seen at the Prince William Co Landfill in
Prince William Co, VA on December 30 and 31. A GLAUCOUS GULL also was
reported in flight at Conowingo Dam in Harford Co, MD on December 30.
GREAT CORMORANTS were seen at several coastal and bay locations during
the week, with a high of 14 individuals separated from the
DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS perched on the Bloody Point Bar Lighthouse
off the Kent Point Marina in Queen Anne's Co, MD on December 26 and
29.

On December 31 an AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN was photographed at Salisbury
City Park in Wicomico Co, MD. A continuing BROWN PELICAN was seen at
Assateague I. NS-OSV in Worcester Co, MD on December 29.

An AMERICAN BITTERN was seen at the Black Marsh in Baltimore Co, MD on
December 26 and at Patuxent River Park-Jackson Landing in Prince
George's Co, MD on December 27.

A continuing GREAT EGRET at Lake Artemesia in Prince George's Co, MD
was most recently seen on December 31. Single GREAT EGRETS also were
spotted this week in Montgomery Co, MD and Kent Co, DE. Two TRICOLORED
HERONS were found at Deal Island WMA-Riley Roberts Road turnoff in
Somerset Co, MD on December 29. On December 27 a GREEN HERON was
photographed at Royal Lake Park in Fairfax Co, VA. On December 26 a
continuing BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was seen at Baker Park, Frederick
Co, MD.

On December 25-28 two GLOSSY IBIS were seen at Chincoteague NWR in
Accomack Co, VA and three were found on December 27 and 30 at Fairmont
WMA-West Impoundment in Somerset Co, MD.

A so-called "NORTHERN" RED-TAILED HAWK (abieticola), a dark form that
is not uniformly recognized as a subspecies, was photographed at the
Brown Station Road Landfill (restricted access) in Prince George's Co,
MD on December 27. On the same day a ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was observed in
flight over agricultural fields along Lloyd Bowen Road in Calvert Co,
MD. On December 26 and 27 a GOLDEN EAGLE graced the skies over the
Pickering Creek Audubon Center in Talbot Co, MD, where this species
occurs annually in small numbers.

Although this report typically does not include information on most
owls for their protection, during the week rare bird reports on eBird
noted a LONG-EARED OWL flushed from a stand of red cedar along Prime
Hook Beach Road in Sussex Co, DE on December 30 and a continuing
LONG-EARED OWL at Blandy Experimental Farm/State Arboretum of Virginia
in Clarke Co, VA.

On December 30 a LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE was reported on a power line at
1287 Miles Creek Road in Mecklenburg Co, VA.

An out-of-season WHITE-EYED VIREO was photographed at Little Island
Park in Virginia Beach, VA on December 29. On December 25 birders
looking for a vagrant VARIED THRUSH also enjoyed watching a continuing
BLUE-HEADED VIREO in a mixed-species flock at 22070 Philip Drive in
St. Mary's Co, MD. A BLUE-HEADED VIREO also was found at Fairmount
WMA-East Impoundment in Somerset Co, MD on December 27 and along
2800-3076 Butlers Bluff Drive in Cape Charles, Northampton Co, VA on
December 31.

A continuing BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEE on Wilson Court in
Charlottesville, VA was seen most recently on December 31.

During the week a SEDGE WREN was discovered at several locations in
Virginia Beach: along Horn Point Road on December 27 and 29, at the
Princess Anne WMA-Whitehurst Tract on December 30 and False Cape SP on
December 29. On December 31 a SEDGE WREN was heard near the end of
Cornfield Harbor Road in St. Mary's Co, MD.

A continuing MARSH WREN at Rattlesnake Spring in Blandy Experimental
Farm/State Arboretum of Virginia in Clarke Co, VA was seen most
recently on December 30. On the same day a MARSH WREN was recorded at
Sandy Point SP in Anne Arundel Co, MD.

A wayward BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER was found at Windsor Castle Park in
Isle of Wight, VA on December 25 and at Ancarrow's Landing in
Richmond, VA on December 29-31.

Small numbers of irruptive EVENING GROSBEAKS were found in Virginia
during the week. Three visited feeders on Declan Court in Prince
William Co on December 25, two visited feeders in the Brentsville area
of Prince William Co on December 29 and as many as six visited feeders
at a private location along Woodcock Lane in Dayton, Rockingham Co on
December 25-30. Elsewhere, a single EVENING GROSBEAK was observed at a
feeder at the Cape Henlopen SP Nature Center in Sussex Co, DE on
December 27.

Continuing RED CROSSBILLS at Prettyboy Reservoir in Baltimore Co, MD
were limited to one individual heard in flight on December 28.

As many as eight continuing SNOW BUNTINGS were found at Crystal Pier
in North Point SP in Baltimore Co, MD through December 30, perhaps in
part due to seed being thrown on the rocky habitat favored by this
species. A high of sixteen SNOW BUNTINGS were spotted in dunes between
83rd and 88th Streets in Virginia Beach, VA on December 26 and 31, and
four were found on CBBT-Island No. 4 in Northampton Co, VA on December
26. In Delaware, a high of 18 SNOW BUNTINGS were found along Fowler
Beach Road in Prime Hook NWR and Cape Henlopen SP in Sussex Co, DE on
December 30.

A continuing CLAY-COLORED SPARROW at the Laurel Hill Equestrian Center
in Fairfax Co, VA for the second consecutive winter was seen most
recently on December 31. On December 29 a VESPER SPARROW was recorded
calling at an unspecified location in Worcester Co, MD.

A continuing adult male BALTIMORE ORIOLE at a residential feeder in
Lincoln, Loudoun Co, VA was seen again on December 30.

Sightings of ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER included at least one individual
found between the Belle Haven Park-North Parking Area and the Hunting
Creek Bridge in Fairfax Co, VA on December 26 and at nearby Dyke Marsh
WP in Fairfax Co, VA on December 25. Sightings in Maryland included
1-2 individuals found at the Pickering Creek Audubon Center in Talbot
Co on December 29 and 30 and a single individual found at 500 Osborne
Lane or nearby Mullins Park in Harford Co on December 29 and 30.

Out-of-season warblers found in the reporting area during the week
included the following:

- A BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER at two locations in Cape
Charles, Northampton Co, VA on December 30 and Crags
Causeway in Virginia Beach, VA on December 31, and two
individuals at Ancarrow's Landing in Richmond, VA on
December 29.

- A NASHVILLE WARBLER at locations on Main and Taylor
Streets in Chincoteague, Accomack Co, VA on December 29
and Ancarrow's Landing in Richmond, VA on December 30
and 31. Another was reported on December 26 at Summit
Point in Jefferson Co, WV.

- A CAPE MAY WARBLER at the Raspberry Falls Golf & Hunt
Club in Loudoun Co, VA on December 28 and a private
residence in Hanover Co, VA on December 29 and 31.

- A NORTHERN PARULA on Capeville Drive in Cape Charles,
Northampton Co, VA on December 30.

- A BLACKPOLL WARBLER at Little Island Park in Virginia
Beach Co, VA on December 29.

- PINE WARBLERS at several locations, including four
individuals at Crest Lawn Memorial Gardens in Howard Co,
MD on December 27 and five continuing individuals at the
LBJ Memorial Grove/Columbia Island Marina in Washington,
DC on December 30.

- A YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER at a residential feeder in
Virginia Beach, VA on December 28.

- A PRAIRIE WARBLER at Back Bay NWR in Virginia Beach, VA
on December 31.

- A male WILSON'S WARBLER at Settler's Mill in James City
Co, VA on December 25.

A PAINTED BUNTING was seen at private residences in Anne Arundel Co,
MD on December 26, Chesapeake, VA on December 30, and Hanover Co, VA
on December 27 and 30.

And finally, best wishes for a happy and peaceful new year to all!

***

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

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

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

Thank you for your interest, and enjoy the birds.

*Of interest to the applicable state records committee
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Date: 1/1/19 9:16 am
From: Warblerick <ricksussman1955...>
Subject: [MDBirding] I.D. these remains....
Hermit Thrush. By the rufous tail, and date.
Rick Sussman
Woodbine MD

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Date: 1/1/19 8:49 am
From: Janet Millenson <janet...>
Subject: [MDBirding] First bird
My first bird of 2019 was a Red-breasted Nuthatch at the sunflower
feeder -- a very nice start to the year.

Happy New Year to everyone!


Janet Millenson
Potomac, MD (Montgomery County)
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Date: 1/1/19 8:47 am
From: JimC <wetstuff...>
Subject: [MDBirding] I.D. these remains....
We occasionally see some 'loners' like the Fox Sparrow, Wood Thrush and a couple of others I cannot remember, but this little one was sitting beside the garage in pine shatz. It must have hit a window.

From top-of-head to end of tail feathers it is ~5.5" ...to beak tip, laid out, ~6.75". It most resembles a Veery in our Peterson's, but we are well east of the map locations in the book.

We have markers in the house windows facing the feeders, but it appears I need them on the garage (the feeder side) also.

Thanks for the help.

Jim


12mi W of Salisbury - a creek off the Nanticoke River

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Date: 12/31/18 9:23 pm
From: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Chesapeake and Ohio Canal count mile reservations needed - UPDATE
The 2019 C&O Count period is now just around the corner!

This update will be beefier than usual, re-stating most of the initial
details. Updates to follow will again be abbreviated with reference
to this message by way of a link.

Count dates for 2019: 1/26/19 thru 2/3/19

In 2018 the C&O count was resurrected after a one-year hiatus. In
2018 miles were not reserved and duplicate miles were
acceptable/expected due to the last minute count revival. Thankfully,
no duplicate miles were submitted. In truth there's no good way to
handle duplicate miles when compiling the data, so they're being
eliminated in this and in future years. The count will again extend
over NINE days incl two weekends. Unless you feel you will be out of
the state/country for that entire period, finding a day or two or even
three for birding on the C&O should be doable. Participation in other
county level mid-winter counts should not greatly conflict with
participation in the C&O count. Their organization is not connected
to this event.

EVERYONE wanting to participate will need to submit their list(s) to
eBird [https://ebird.org/home] and then SHARE the resulting eBird
checklist with me. If you're not already eBird-ing, give it a try if
only to participate in this event. eBird is a handy way to build your
life list, and your observations can add to the information useful for
monitoring bird populations. I can attest to the fact that eBird is
also quite good at restricting the amount of email they send out to
members. I have a guide to checklist "sharing" that i can send to
those who find they need it. Available also is a beginners eBird
tutorial of my own creation.

First and foremost, keep in mind, you are NOT specifying a DATE you will count.

Towpath RESERVED miles [see *Q & *A below] are shown below. Coverage
is shown for birders using the eBird "travelling" protocol,
referencing the START and END mileposts [#/#] with gaps indicated by a
semicolon [;].

All miles: 3/6; 10/11; 14/18; 19/27; 29/32; 36/38; 39/77; 95/98;
99/101; 171/173; 183/canal terminus

Miles by county:
DC
MONTCO 3/6; 10/11; 14/18; 19/27; 29/32; 36/38
FREDCO 39/58
WASHCO 58/77; 95/98; 99/101
ALLEG 171/173; 183/canal terminus

To decode the above, for the "MONTCO 29/32; 36/38" entry, a towpath
section in Montgomery County from milepost 29 to milepost 38 has been
reserved with the exception of a GAP of FOUR MILES between mileposts
32 and 36. In addition the mile [mile 39] following milepost 38 is
available.

To reserve mile(s):
REPLY with particulars in the following manner: I will bird from
START milepost # to END milepost #.

Birding using the eBird "stationary" protocol following GBBC rules is
also acceptable with no requirement for specific reservations - ask
for particulars.

A reminder & additional information will be sent pre-count to those
who contact me to reserve miles, or as potential "stationary"
counters.

Consult the C&O Canal NHP site [https://www.nps.gov/choh/index.htm]
for up to date towpath conditions/closures.

Consult the C&O Canal Trusts Access and Parking
link[https://www.canaltrust.org/plan/parking-along-the-co-canal-3/] to
determine towpath access in your area of interest. Note that while
the Trust will indicate incremental towpath miles, actual mileposts
are in full miles only. The info will also clue you in to the
distance & direction to the nearest milepost from parking.

*Q Why are miles reserved already?
*A In October, the "veteran" group of 2018 birders who either DID
successfully submit SHARED eBird checklists to me, or would have done,
or might have done, but for complicating factors were contacted for
preferences for 2019...

Note that as a participant in 2019, you will move up to the "veteran"
group for 2020 and have first crack at either the same miles covered
in 2019, or totally new miles, unless they can be claimed by one of
the other "veteran" birders...

I'll provide additional updates on towpath coverage to MD Birding,
becoming more frequent as 1/26/19 approaches.

This link [https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44128936] should show
species info as well as remarks and effort details for the 2018 count.

Available but not attached
2018 C&O Count Compilation in PDF.
NPS Canal Milepost Lat Long in DD in PDF.

Jim Speicher

ps PLEASE FORWARD

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Date: 12/31/18 3:37 pm
From: Jon Barrett <jonbarrettphoto...>
Subject: RE: [MDBirding] Re: Annual Birding Report Returns
Libre Office is an (even better) free open source alternative to MS Office. It “forked” from Open Office several years ago (think of it as a new species evolving from the core program) and has generally been more dynamic.



Jon



Greenbelt, MD



From: <mdbirding...> <mdbirding...> On Behalf Of John McElroy
Sent: Monday, December 31, 2018 5:03 PM
To: David Powell <seneca.ranger...>; JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...>
Cc: md birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Re: Annual Birding Report Returns



Use Google Docs (for MS Word files) and Sheets (for MS Excel files) easily accessed via Chrome web browser. Another option is to download and use Open Office, a free open source alternative to MS Office.

On 12/31/18 4:56 PM, David Powell wrote:

Jim,



Good question, I have no idea how it would be done.



An easier way is to print out the form and mail it to me.



Dave



On Mon, Dec 31, 2018 at 4:45 PM JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> <mailto:<jugornought...> > wrote:

I've heard that Google somehow allows one to "work up" Excel documents
without needing OFFICE. If that's not true, it leaves some people up
a creek. If true, it would be nice to know how that's done.

Jim S

On 12/31/18, David Powell <seneca.ranger...> wrote:
> Hi Everyone,
>
> I have attached the 2018 annual birding reporting form. Many thanks to Russ
> Ruffing for revising his last form and for Joe Hanfman sharing county list
> numbers. I have removed a couple of items, but have tried to keep most of
> the data the same as previous years.
>
> Please save and return the form to me by the January 31st deadline. I will
> respond to each email verifying I have received your form. I will be out of
> the country for a week in mid-January and will not be able to respond to
> emails during this time.
>
> I look forward to seeing your 2018 lists. Please email me if you have any
> questions.
>
> Happy New Year
>
> Dave
>
>
> On Sun, Dec 23, 2018 at 10:10 AM David Powell <seneca.ranger...> <mailto:<seneca.ranger...> >
> wrote:
>
>> Hi Everyone,
>>
>> I have volunteered to take over the annual MD/DC birding report. While I
>> will be trying to incorporate as much as possible from the great reports
>> Russ Ruffing compiled in past years, it may be a bit more limited in
>> scope.
>>
>> A reporting form and instructions will be coming out next week.
>>
>> Happy Holidays,
>>
>> Dave Powell
>> Germantown, MD
>>
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Date: 12/31/18 2:53 pm
From: John McElroy <jmcelroy...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Re: Annual Birding Report Returns
Use Google Docs (for MS Word files) and Sheets (for MS Excel files)
easily accessed via Chrome web browser.  Another option is to download
and use Open Office, a free open source alternative to MS Office.

On 12/31/18 4:56 PM, David Powell wrote:
> Jim,
>
> Good question, I have no idea how it would be done.
>
> An easier way is to print out the form and mail it to me.
>
> Dave
>
> On Mon, Dec 31, 2018 at 4:45 PM JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...>
> <mailto:<jugornought...>> wrote:
>
> I've heard that Google somehow allows one to "work up" Excel documents
> without needing OFFICE.  If that's not true, it leaves some people up
> a creek.  If true, it would be nice to know how that's done.
>
> Jim S
>
> On 12/31/18, David Powell <seneca.ranger...>
> <mailto:<seneca.ranger...>> wrote:
> > Hi Everyone,
> >
> > I have attached the 2018 annual birding reporting form. Many
> thanks to Russ
> > Ruffing for revising his last form and for Joe Hanfman sharing
> county list
> > numbers. I have removed a couple of items, but have tried to
> keep most of
> > the data the same as previous years.
> >
> > Please save and return the form to me by the January 31st
> deadline. I will
> > respond to each email verifying I have received your form. I
> will be out of
> > the country for a week in mid-January and will not be able to
> respond to
> > emails during this time.
> >
> > I look forward to seeing your 2018 lists. Please email me if you
> have any
> > questions.
> >
> > Happy New Year
> >
> > Dave
> >
> >
> > On Sun, Dec 23, 2018 at 10:10 AM David Powell
> <seneca.ranger...> <mailto:<seneca.ranger...>>
> > wrote:
> >
> >> Hi Everyone,
> >>
> >> I have volunteered to take over the annual MD/DC birding
> report. While I
> >> will be trying to incorporate as much as possible from the
> great reports
> >> Russ Ruffing compiled in past years, it may be a bit more
> limited in
> >> scope.
> >>
> >> A reporting form and instructions will be coming out next week.
> >>
> >> Happy Holidays,
> >>
> >> Dave Powell
> >> Germantown, MD
> >>
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Date: 12/31/18 1:57 pm
From: David Powell <seneca.ranger...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Re: Annual Birding Report Returns
Jim,

Good question, I have no idea how it would be done.

An easier way is to print out the form and mail it to me.

Dave

On Mon, Dec 31, 2018 at 4:45 PM JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...>
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> I've heard that Google somehow allows one to "work up" Excel documents
> without needing OFFICE. If that's not true, it leaves some people up
> a creek. If true, it would be nice to know how that's done.
>
> Jim S
>
> On 12/31/18, David Powell <seneca.ranger...> wrote:
> > Hi Everyone,
> >
> > I have attached the 2018 annual birding reporting form. Many thanks to
> Russ
> > Ruffing for revising his last form and for Joe Hanfman sharing county
> list
> > numbers. I have removed a couple of items, but have tried to keep most of
> > the data the same as previous years.
> >
> > Please save and return the form to me by the January 31st deadline. I
> will
> > respond to each email verifying I have received your form. I will be out
> of
> > the country for a week in mid-January and will not be able to respond to
> > emails during this time.
> >
> > I look forward to seeing your 2018 lists. Please email me if you have any
> > questions.
> >
> > Happy New Year
> >
> > Dave
> >
> >
> > On Sun, Dec 23, 2018 at 10:10 AM David Powell <seneca.ranger...>
> > wrote:
> >
> >> Hi Everyone,
> >>
> >> I have volunteered to take over the annual MD/DC birding report. While I
> >> will be trying to incorporate as much as possible from the great reports
> >> Russ Ruffing compiled in past years, it may be a bit more limited in
> >> scope.
> >>
> >> A reporting form and instructions will be coming out next week.
> >>
> >> Happy Holidays,
> >>
> >> Dave Powell
> >> Germantown, MD
> >>
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Date: 12/31/18 1:45 pm
From: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Re: Annual Birding Report Returns
I've heard that Google somehow allows one to "work up" Excel documents
without needing OFFICE. If that's not true, it leaves some people up
a creek. If true, it would be nice to know how that's done.

Jim S

On 12/31/18, David Powell <seneca.ranger...> wrote:
> Hi Everyone,
>
> I have attached the 2018 annual birding reporting form. Many thanks to Russ
> Ruffing for revising his last form and for Joe Hanfman sharing county list
> numbers. I have removed a couple of items, but have tried to keep most of
> the data the same as previous years.
>
> Please save and return the form to me by the January 31st deadline. I will
> respond to each email verifying I have received your form. I will be out of
> the country for a week in mid-January and will not be able to respond to
> emails during this time.
>
> I look forward to seeing your 2018 lists. Please email me if you have any
> questions.
>
> Happy New Year
>
> Dave
>
>
> On Sun, Dec 23, 2018 at 10:10 AM David Powell <seneca.ranger...>
> wrote:
>
>> Hi Everyone,
>>
>> I have volunteered to take over the annual MD/DC birding report. While I
>> will be trying to incorporate as much as possible from the great reports
>> Russ Ruffing compiled in past years, it may be a bit more limited in
>> scope.
>>
>> A reporting form and instructions will be coming out next week.
>>
>> Happy Holidays,
>>
>> Dave Powell
>> Germantown, MD
>>
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Date: 12/31/18 12:31 pm
From: David Powell <seneca.ranger...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Annual Birding Report Returns
Hi Everyone,

I have attached the 2018 annual birding reporting form. Many thanks to Russ
Ruffing for revising his last form and for Joe Hanfman sharing county list
numbers. I have removed a couple of items, but have tried to keep most of
the data the same as previous years.

Please save and return the form to me by the January 31st deadline. I will
respond to each email verifying I have received your form. I will be out of
the country for a week in mid-January and will not be able to respond to
emails during this time.

I look forward to seeing your 2018 lists. Please email me if you have any
questions.

Happy New Year

Dave


On Sun, Dec 23, 2018 at 10:10 AM David Powell <seneca.ranger...>
wrote:

> Hi Everyone,
>
> I have volunteered to take over the annual MD/DC birding report. While I
> will be trying to incorporate as much as possible from the great reports
> Russ Ruffing compiled in past years, it may be a bit more limited in scope.
>
> A reporting form and instructions will be coming out next week.
>
> Happy Holidays,
>
> Dave Powell
> Germantown, MD
>

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Date: 12/31/18 10:09 am
From: 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Varied Thrush visitation rules
Many people are coming to St. Mary's and have been successful in seeing the elusive Varied Thrush found by young Zach Stickney more than a week ago. However, many people are also not posting the visitation rules in their emails or eBird checklists. As with the Calliope Hummingbird in Cape St. Claire, if you don't have the rules in your checklist, it's being invalidated, per the homeowners request. It's a simple copy and paste and saves the eBird reviewers a lot of unnecessary time contacting observers when they could simply validate the checklist otherwise. Here are the rules, in bold, again:
"Access guidelines: The bird has mostly been seen in the woods on the left (north) side of 22070 Philip Drive in greater Leonardtown MD. The homeowners are extremely welcoming. Birders may visit between 8am and 4pm. Visitors may walk on the driveway but please stay on the asphalt, do not go onto the deck, and do not wander around the yard. Please park along the left side of the road between the first house on Philip and this house (both houses are on the left side). If that space is full, please try to avoid parking directly in front of another house.
New guidance from the neighborhood: Please don't troll the streets in your car looking for the bird. Please park and walk. It looks very suspicious!"
And for anyone who has not come, but are planning to, observers might want to include a more specific location in their notes as the bird does wander around the neighborhood.

Thanks!
Tyler Bell
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California, Maryland


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Date: 12/31/18 7:40 am
From: Gerry Hawkins <maineusa...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Sandhills Cranes, Montgomery Co
These continuing birds are now at the far edge of a field at 16907-16981 W Willard Road.

Gerry Hawkins
Arlington, VA



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Date: 12/30/18 2:58 pm
From: Jim Nelson <kingfishers2...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Sand hill cranes
Jim,
Birds of North America online doesn't talk about the derivation of the common name, but the Wikipedia article on Sandhill Crane says "The common name of this bird refers to habitat like that at the Platte River, on the edge of Nebraska's Sandhills on the American Plains." Other sites that came up when I search on "Sandhill Crane name origin" say something similar.
Jim NelsonBethesda, MD


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To: Anna Urciolo <urcioloa...>
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Sent: Sun, Dec 30, 2018 2:41 pm
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Sand hill cranes

On 12/30/18, Anna Urciolo <urcioloa...> wrote:
> Seen up on hill west of small pond across from golf course. 16600 West
> Willard - Poolesville MD

Of course, sandhill is one word, tho spellchecker is trying to tell me
otherwise.

I wonder if they were first seen in the Nebraska Sandhills region and
thus the name.  Also wonder who first saw/named them other than native
Americans.  Possibly, the Lewis & Clark expedition members...

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

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Date: 12/30/18 11:41 am
From: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Sand hill cranes
On 12/30/18, Anna Urciolo <urcioloa...> wrote:
> Seen up on hill west of small pond across from golf course. 16600 West
> Willard - Poolesville MD

Of course, sandhill is one word, tho spellchecker is trying to tell me
otherwise.

I wonder if they were first seen in the Nebraska Sandhills region and
thus the name. Also wonder who first saw/named them other than native
Americans. Possibly, the Lewis & Clark expedition members...

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

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Date: 12/30/18 7:05 am
From: Anna Urciolo <urcioloa...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Sand hill cranes
Continuing birds.

Anna Urciolo

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Date: 12/30/18 7:04 am
From: Anna Urciolo <urcioloa...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Sand hill cranes

Seen up on hill west of small pond across from golf course. 16600 West Willard - Poolesville MD

Anna Urciolo
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Date: 12/30/18 5:40 am
From: Jared Fisher <jaredfisher...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Varied Thrush seen this morning
Spotted 830 by Howard Patterson across from 22070 Philip dr. under small
holly.

Jared Fisher
Rockville MD

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Date: 12/29/18 6:33 pm
From: 'Clive Harris' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Mont Co Sandhill Cranes across from Poolesville GC entrance
They have been frequenting that area since at least the Seneca CBC two weeks ago. That day they turned up at around 730AM and left by around 1030AM.

Good birding

Clive Harris
Cabin John MD

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> On Dec 30, 2018, at 10:00 AM, Andy Martin <apmartin2...> wrote:
>
> I easily found the pair of Sandhill Cranes reported yesterday on the MD Notable Bird FB page by Susan Petro. Birds (at least around 1:45 pm) were in field across from entrance to Poolesville Public Golf course along Willard Rd, maybe 75-100 yards from small pond.
>
> Andy Martin
> Gaithersburg
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Date: 12/29/18 6:12 pm
From: Jan Braumuller <janbraumuller...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Sandhill Cranes
Greetings!
I would like to try to locate the Sandhill Cranes tomorrow. If anyone locates them early in the day, please report ASAP. Thank you and Happy New Year to all!
Jan Braumuller
Arlington

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Date: 12/29/18 5:47 pm
From: Janet Millenson <janet...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Mont Co Sandhill Cranes across from Poolesville GC entrance
Andy,

Please go out early tomorrow and chase those cranes a few miles north
till they're inside the Sugarloaf Mountain CBC circle!!

Janet Millenson
Potomac, MD (Montgomery County)
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On 12/29/2018 8:00 PM, Andy Martin wrote:
> I easily found the pair of Sandhill Cranes reported yesterday on the MD Notable Bird FB page by Susan Petro. Birds (at least around 1:45 pm) were in field across from entrance to Poolesville Public Golf course along Willard Rd, maybe 75-100 yards from small pond.
>
> Andy Martin
> Gaithersburg
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Date: 12/29/18 5:00 pm
From: Andy Martin <apmartin2...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Mont Co Sandhill Cranes across from Poolesville GC entrance
I easily found the pair of Sandhill Cranes reported yesterday on the MD Notable Bird FB page by Susan Petro. Birds (at least around 1:45 pm) were in field across from entrance to Poolesville Public Golf course along Willard Rd, maybe 75-100 yards from small pond.

Andy Martin
Gaithersburg

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Date: 12/29/18 2:01 pm
From: George Jett <gmjett...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Varied Thrush?
TylerR these roads or what?Back in MD and may look.George

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On Saturday, December 29, 2018, 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> wrote:

Yes, on Philip near Knight. 

Tyler Bell
<jtylerbell...>
California, Maryland

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On Sat, Dec 29, 2018 at 1:28 PM, Les R. Becker<lesrbecker2...> wrote: Has anyone observed the thrush today in Leonardtown?

TY

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Date: 12/29/18 10:52 am
From: Frank Hawkins <a.f.a.hawkins...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Possible Thayer’s full at Georgetown Reservoir, DC
Photos at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51052820
Seen until 1 pm at least- possibly still present
Frank Hawkins Washington DC

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Date: 12/29/18 10:31 am
From: 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Varied Thrush?
Yes, on Philip near Knight. 

Tyler Bell
<jtylerbell...>
California, Maryland

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On Sat, Dec 29, 2018 at 1:28 PM, Les R. Becker<lesrbecker2...> wrote: Has anyone observed the thrush today in Leonardtown?

TY

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Date: 12/29/18 10:28 am
From: Les R. Becker <lesrbecker2...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Varied Thrush?
Has anyone observed the thrush today in Leonardtown?

TY

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Date: 12/29/18 9:27 am
From: 'Bird couple' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Varied Thrush refound
In group of holly trees off Knight Road, about 30 yards beyond Phillip Drive. Seen by two observers, but being reclusive.

Warren Strobel
Annapolis

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Date: 12/29/18 7:49 am
From: 'Bird couple' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] No Varied Thrush yet today.
Multiple observers searching at the stakeout spot.

Warren Strobel
Annapolis

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Date: 12/29/18 7:14 am
From: 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] No RLHA
Jane Kostenko and I tried for the Calvert Rough-legged Hawk this morning. Considerable fog but only saw a couple of Red-shoulders. Could still be around. Tried Lloyd Bowen Road as well as Cage and Mackall.
 
Tyler Bell
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California, Maryland

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Date: 12/29/18 5:42 am
From: Dean Mahlstedt <birdingboyy...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Varied Thrush eBird hotspot and the rules
Is the thrust still present? Dean

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> On Dec 27, 2018, at 6:12 AM, 'Mike Bowen' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> wrote:
>
> Jim:
>
> To Merge your Personal Location with the Hotspot:
>
> 1. Go to My eBird
>
> 2. Click on Manage My Locations
>
> 3. Select the Personal Location you used by its name (scroll down the list or use the search box)
>
> 4. On the extreme right-hand column, click Edit
>
> 5. On the Google map that is displayed, your Personal Location shows as a green "balloon"
>
> 6. Click on Merge, the third button above the map; the Hotspot will show up as a red "balloon" (you may have to zoom in to find it)
>
> 7. Click on "Merge" in the rectangular box on the left above the map; you can safely leave the box that asks "Delete after Merging" checked; you won't lose any data since your checklist is now associated with the Hotspot.
>
> 8. Click "Yes" on the "Are you Sure? box
>
> That's it.
>
> Mike Bowen
> eBird Hotspot Reviewer for Maryland
>
>
>
> D. H. Michael Bowen
> 8609 Ewing Drive
> Bethesda, Maryland 20817
> Phone/fax: (301) 530-5764
>
>
> On Wednesday, December 26, 2018, 11:27:29 PM EST, JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> wrote:
>
>
> 1. Merging is done how?
>
> 2. I had a recent issue of my "preferences" being set to convey only
> the species info, not the comments section when others looked at my
> checklists. So comments with the species is probably safest unless
> you know how your preferences are set.
>
> Jim S
>
> On 12/26/18, 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding
> <mdbirding...> wrote:
> > As with the Cape St. Claire Calliope Hummingbird, if you are submitting a
> > checklist using the eBird hotspot, please add the rules (see below) to your
> > checklist. Personally, I've been adding them in both the comments section
> > for date and effort as well as with the species.
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Date: 12/28/18 7:27 pm
From: Dave Mitchell (Howard County) <mitch.design.srvc...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Patapsco State State Park, Elkridge
Spent an hour yesterday walking and driving, saw 1 Bald Eagle.

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Date: 12/28/18 7:24 pm
From: Dave Mitchell (Howard County) <mitch.design.srvc...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Trumpeters continue Patuxent North Tract
Drove into the North Tract today, one swinging gate was closed with a sign on it. Assumed it was closed, it had started raining anyway.

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Date: 12/28/18 7:40 am
From: recycledeq <recycledeq...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Swan Creek birdwalk - Saturday, January 12
Hey,
Forrest and I would like to go

Thank You,
Chad Baublitz
Recycled Equipment

> On Dec 28, 2018, at 10:21 AM, Tim Carney <timmyc83...> wrote:
>
> Good morning,
>
> Stan Arnold and I will be co-leading a birdwalk at Swan Creek Wetlands and Cox Creek Dredged Material Containment Facility (DMCF) on Saturday, January 12. The walk will be held from 7:00-11:00. It will involve extensive walking on a rock/dirt path. There is minimal shade, and we will need to cross moving water at one point. Please dress appropriately and wear sturdy footwear.
>
> While onsite, we will look for rails and other specialty marsh birds in the mitigated wetland, and scan the dredge cells for waterfowl. We will be divided into two groups of roughly 20 participants each. One group will visit the wetlands while the other checks the DMCF, and then the groups will switch. Both groups will see the same areas of the site.
>
> A major construction project is underway at the site, so we may not be able to walk around the DMCF. I do not think the parking area will be affected, so we should still be able to scan for waterfowl from the flagpole like we usually do.
>
> The walk is limited to 40 participants. You may reserve two spots. Please provide a name and email address for each participant. I will also create a waiting list if we exceed 40 responses. There is no raindate this time, and the walk will be canceled if there is rain/high winds/ice on January 12.
>
> This walk is offered by Maryland Environmental Service (MES) on behalf of Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Port Administration (MDOT MPA).
>
> Please email me at tcarn [at] menv [dot] com if you would like to sign up. I can also provide a site map and directions for first-time visitors.
>
> Thanks,
> Tim Carney
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Date: 12/28/18 7:21 am
From: Tim Carney <timmyc83...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Swan Creek birdwalk - Saturday, January 12
Good morning,

Stan Arnold and I will be co-leading a birdwalk at Swan Creek Wetlands and Cox Creek Dredged Material Containment Facility (DMCF) on Saturday, January 12. The walk will be held from 7:00-11:00. It will involve extensive walking on a rock/dirt path. There is minimal shade, and we will need to cross moving water at one point. Please dress appropriately and wear sturdy footwear.

While onsite, we will look for rails and other specialty marsh birds in the mitigated wetland, and scan the dredge cells for waterfowl. We will be divided into two groups of roughly 20 participants each. One group will visit the wetlands while the other checks the DMCF, and then the groups will switch. Both groups will see the same areas of the site.

A major construction project is underway at the site, so we may not be able to walk around the DMCF. I do not think the parking area will be affected, so we should still be able to scan for waterfowl from the flagpole like we usually do.

The walk is limited to 40 participants. You may reserve two spots. Please provide a name and email address for each participant. I will also create a waiting list if we exceed 40 responses. There is no raindate this time, and the walk will be canceled if there is rain/high winds/ice on January 12.

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

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

Thanks,
Tim Carney

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Date: 12/27/18 1:28 pm
From: 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fw: Rough-legged Hawk
Sherman Suter reports a light morph Rough-legged Hawk in the ag fields along Lloyd Bowen Road in Calvert County. It was just after dropping down the hill to the flood plain on the right over the horse farm just before 2 pm.

Nice bird and the timing is great as it will count as a CW bird for the Pax CBC on Sunday!

Tyler Bell
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Date: 12/27/18 5:08 am
From: Kevin Graff <keyweststyle2001...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Eared Grebe at bayside point.
One seen at assateague island national seashore bayside point. Over 60 horned grebe and hundreds of ducks as well. - Kevin Graff.

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Date: 12/27/18 3:13 am
From: 'Mike Bowen' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Varied Thrush eBird hotspot and the rules
Jim:
To Merge your Personal Location with the Hotspot:
1.  Go to My eBird
2.  Click on Manage My Locations
3.  Select the Personal Location you used by its name (scroll down the list or use the search box)
4.  On the extreme right-hand column, click Edit
5.  On the Google map that is displayed, your Personal Location shows as a green "balloon"
6.  Click on Merge, the third button above the map; the Hotspot will show up as a red "balloon" (you may have to zoom in to find it)
7.  Click on "Merge" in the rectangular box on the left above the map; you can safely leave the box that asks "Delete after Merging" checked; you won't lose any data since your checklist is now associated with the Hotspot.

8. Click "Yes" on the "Are you Sure? box
That's it.
Mike BoweneBird Hotspot Reviewer for Maryland



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On Wednesday, December 26, 2018, 11:27:29 PM EST, JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> wrote:

1. Merging is done how?

2. I had a recent issue of my "preferences" being set to convey only
the species info, not the comments section when others looked at my
checklists.  So comments with the species is probably safest unless
you know how your preferences are set.

Jim S

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> As with the Cape St. Claire Calliope Hummingbird, if you are submitting a
> checklist using the eBird hotspot, please add the rules (see below) to your
> checklist. Personally, I've been adding them in both the comments section
> for date and effort as well as with the species.

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Date: 12/26/18 8:27 pm
From: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Varied Thrush eBird hotspot and the rules
1. Merging is done how?

2. I had a recent issue of my "preferences" being set to convey only
the species info, not the comments section when others looked at my
checklists. So comments with the species is probably safest unless
you know how your preferences are set.

Jim S

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<mdbirding...> wrote:
> As with the Cape St. Claire Calliope Hummingbird, if you are submitting a
> checklist using the eBird hotspot, please add the rules (see below) to your
> checklist. Personally, I've been adding them in both the comments section
> for date and effort as well as with the species.

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Date: 12/26/18 6:21 pm
From: 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Varied Thrush eBird hotspot and the rules
Corrigendum:

Since the new hotspot doesn't contain the address which is the locus of sightings, please use the text below. Sorry for the confusion!

Access guidelines:
The bird was seen in the woods on the left (north) side of 22070 Philip Drive in greater Leonardtown MD. The homeowners are extremely welcoming. Birders may visit between 8am and 4pm. Visitors may walk on the driveway but please stay on the asphalt, do not go onto the deck, and do not wander around the yard. Please park along the left side of the road between the first house on Philip and this house (both houses are on the left side). If that space is full, please try to avoid parking directly in front of another house.


Tyler Bell
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California, Maryland

On Wednesday, December 26, 2018, 8:38:51 PM EST, 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> wrote:

As with the Cape St. Claire Calliope Hummingbird, if you are submitting a checklist using the eBird hotspot, please add the rules (see below) to your checklist. Personally, I've been adding them in both the comments section for date and effort as well as with the species. If you have not added them, those checklists will be invalidated until the bird is gone or the rules change. Doubtful that the rules for the VATH or CAHU will relax so please respect the homeowner's wishes for both.

And, if you submitted a VATH checklist, the hotspot is now live and the eBird reviewers would kindly request that you merge your personal location onto the hotspot. Saves us a lot of work down the line when we try and consolidate the data. The new location name is:

stakeout Varied Thrush, Leonardtown (2018)

Thanks!
Tyler Bell
<jtylerbell...>
California, Maryland

Access guidelines:
Birders may visit between 8am and 4pm. Visitors may walk on the driveway but please stay on the asphalt, do not go onto the deck, and do not wander around the yard. Please park along the left side of the road between the first house on Philip and this house (both houses are on the left side). If that space is full, please try to avoid parking directly in front of another house.

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Date: 12/26/18 5:38 pm
From: 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Varied Thrush eBird hotspot and the rules
As with the Cape St. Claire Calliope Hummingbird, if you are submitting a checklist using the eBird hotspot, please add the rules (see below) to your checklist. Personally, I've been adding them in both the comments section for date and effort as well as with the species. If you have not added them, those checklists will be invalidated until the bird is gone or the rules change. Doubtful that the rules for the VATH or CAHU will relax so please respect the homeowner's wishes for both.

And, if you submitted a VATH checklist, the hotspot is now live and the eBird reviewers would kindly request that you merge your personal location onto the hotspot. Saves us a lot of work down the line when we try and consolidate the data. The new location name is:

stakeout Varied Thrush, Leonardtown (2018)

Thanks!
Tyler Bell
<jtylerbell...>
California, Maryland

Access guidelines:
Birders may visit between 8am and 4pm. Visitors may walk on the driveway but please stay on the asphalt, do not go onto the deck, and do not wander around the yard. Please park along the left side of the road between the first house on Philip and this house (both houses are on the left side). If that space is full, please try to avoid parking directly in front of another house.

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Date: 12/26/18 2:55 pm
From: 'Mike Bowen' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] St. Mary's County Varied Thrush, 12/26
A "stakeout-type" Hotspot has just been set up for the Varied Thrush in St. Mary's County.  Exact name is: 

stakeout Varied Thrush, Leonardtown (2018)

(Note that eBird automatically will add "St. Mary's County" at the end of this name.)  The Hotspot is located at 22070 Philip Drive south of Leonardtown.

The Hotspot should be established in the eBird system by the time it gets light on December 27, so will be usable by eBirders on Thursday and subsequently.  If the bird sticks around into the new year, we'll add 2019 to the Hotspot name.
The eBird Reviewers for Maryland urge all birders to include in their checklists the ground rules for searching for the Varied Thrush:
"Birders may visit between 8am and 4pm. Visitors may walk on the driveway but please stay on the asphalt, do not go onto the deck, and do not wander around the yard. Please park along the left side of the road between the first house on Philip and this house (both houses are on the left side). If that space is full, please try to avoid parking directly in front of another house."

Mike BowenBethesdaeBird Hotspot Reviewer for Maryland


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California, Maryland

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Date: 12/26/18 8:59 am
From: JimC <wetstuff...>
Subject: [MDBirding] A Raptor commute

I live 12 miles West of Salisbury and was treated to: 2 Redtails, 1 Bald Eagle and 1 Northern Harrier on the drive in and back yesterday. 'Pretty sure they are always around, but with 95% of the leaves gone it much easier to see their vertical profiles in the trees along the road. I especially love the way the Harriers 'work' the pastures around us...

An unusual (not seen in many years) flyover of Snow Geese. We do not normally see them over in my area near the Nanticoke.

And... Bluebirds have been flying around the former Duck Box - now Screech Owl/Camera box. We have seen them on the camera maybe three times. I hung a proper Blue Bird box not terribly far away in a clearing. Who knows? Cheers.


Jim

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Date: 12/26/18 8:47 am
From: JimC <wetstuff...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Assateague National Seashore
On Sunday, December 23, 2018 at 11:53:44 AM UTC-5, Marcia Balestri wrote:
> Roads are open today. Facilities including bathrooms are closed. There are a couple of port-a-potties around for the construction workers that are probably usable although I didn’t check.
>
>
An unexpected surprise, Marcia. I remember a Federal shutdown in the past where the turn-South to the Federal park was blocked off. I even talked to some campers. One said there was still water available.

We always take the dog for a long walk when the weather is good in winter. The state park is very restricted about where you can walk a dog - I understand nesting. ...and there are people, like His Petulance who closed the Gvmt., do not feel 'leash laws' apply to them.

I will send a note of thanks to the current superintendent - it was Deborah Darden last I heard.

Saturday coming (5th) - should be another great day at Assateague. Cheers.

Jim

(maybe a couple of Sparrows in the scrub, but nothing notable seaside.)

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Date: 12/26/18 8:42 am
From: 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] St. Mary's County Varied Thrush, 12/26
Jim Stasz and Aaron Graham were on the Varied Thrush when Jane Kostenko and I arrived at the usual location this morning at 10:30. We left around 11 after talking with the family. Jane and Fred Fallon had come and departed with Jim and Aaron. There were no other birders present when we left. If you go, bring a bucket full of patience since it seems to like to skulk in the abundant hollies.

Access guidelines: The bird was seen today in the woods on the left (north) side of 22070 Philip Drive in greater Leonardtown MD. The homeowners are extremely welcoming. Birders may visit between 8am and 4pm. Visitors may walk on the driveway but please stay on the asphalt, do not go onto the deck, and do not wander around the yard. Please park along the left side of the road between the first house on Philip and this house (both houses are on the left side). If that space is full, please try to avoid parking directly in front of another house.

Tyler Bell
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California, Maryland

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Date: 12/26/18 6:31 am
From: Lydia Schindler <lydia13621...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] PBS Nature
Thank you, Marcia!

Lydia Schindler
St Augustine

On Wed, Dec 26, 2018 at 8:34 AM Marcia Balestri <mebalestri...>
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> The PBS show, Nature, has a show on Northern Goshawks tonight at 8PM (at
> least it is on the PBS station over here).
> _____________________
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> Marcia Balestri
> Worcester County, Maryland
> <mebalestri...>
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>
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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
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Date: 12/26/18 5:34 am
From: Marcia Balestri <mebalestri...>
Subject: [MDBirding] PBS Nature
The PBS show, Nature, has a show on Northern Goshawks tonight at 8PM (at least it is on the PBS station over here).
_____________________

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Worcester County, Maryland
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Date: 12/25/18 6:09 pm
From: thbeal via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] out of area: Birds in NM last week
Hope you went up to the top of Sandia Peak and saw all three Rosy-finches. 
Tom Beal


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Sent: Tue, Dec 25, 2018 11:34 am
Subject: [MDBirding] out of area: Birds in NM last week

Friends: Took a trip to several spots in northern NM last week and got some interesting views of cranes, raptors, wood ducks and other birds. 

cranes at Bernardo: https://flic.kr/s/aHskPp7RA9waterfowl at nature center in ABQ: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmvHwkbtraptors and others near LV NM: https://flic.kr/s/aHskue6amp(pix before ring-billed gulls were taken in March 2018) 
The Bernardo wildlife area is run by the state and is much less known than its neighbor NWR at Bosque del Apache. You can get closer to the cranes at Bernardo, which has large fields of corn that the birds feast on. 
Patrick & Vicki Malone4901 Essex AvenueChevy Chase, MD <20815301-656-9153pmalone...> 
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Date: 12/25/18 5:38 pm
From: Lydia Schindler <lydia13621...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding]
Best of luck!

On Tue, Dec 25, 2018, 5:42 PM JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> wrote:

> On Tue, Dec 25, 2018 at 5:25 PM Warblerick <ricksussman1955...>
> wrote:
> That's how it's been reported for the past two weeks, on eBird, but you're
> right. Thanks for the correction.
>
> Don't know any particulars, but there is a Pottery along with a couple of
> private residences on Townsend Rd just over the ridge and down the WASHCO
> side. The pottery [name escapes me] run by Bill Van Gilder is generally
> open 10 to 4 . As far as I know, the park's residence south of the Arch
> may not be occupied, but worth a try as there may be a feeder there and
> parking is adjacent.
>
> Will have a chance to check it out next couple of days...
>
> Jim S
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Date: 12/25/18 2:42 pm
From: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding]
On Tue, Dec 25, 2018 at 5:25 PM Warblerick <ricksussman1955...>
wrote:
That's how it's been reported for the past two weeks, on eBird, but you're
right. Thanks for the correction.

Don't know any particulars, but there is a Pottery along with a couple of
private residences on Townsend Rd just over the ridge and down the WASHCO
side. The pottery [name escapes me] run by Bill Van Gilder is generally
open 10 to 4 . As far as I know, the park's residence south of the Arch
may not be occupied, but worth a try as there may be a feeder there and
parking is adjacent.

Will have a chance to check it out next couple of days...

Jim S

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Date: 12/25/18 2:25 pm
From: Warblerick <ricksussman1955...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding]
That's how it's been reported for the past two weeks, on eBird, but you're right. Thanks for the correction.
Rick Sussman
Woodbine, MD

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Date: 12/25/18 1:55 pm
From: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding]
On Tue, Dec 25, 2018 at 11:47 AM Lydia Schindler <lydia13621...>
wrote:
EVENING GROSBEAKS were reported in small numbers this week. One was seen
again at Gapland SP in Frederick Co, MD on Dec 18...

No such place. There is, however, GATHLAND SP on Gapland Rd, which is only
about 3.5 air miles from me😀

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

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Date: 12/25/18 1:43 pm
From: Jim Wilkinson <lakekoshare...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Pine Siskin at Lake Elkhorn in Columbia, Howard County, Dec 25
With goldfinches at a 3-tubed feeder near the bridge at the upper end of the lake. Picture below:

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50950922

Jim Wilkinson
Columbia, MD

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Date: 12/25/18 1:34 pm
From: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...>
Subject: [MDBirding] out of area: Canaan Valley WV
Since it's slow on the list, shouldn't hurt to add this sighting with pics
of 50 EVGR:

http://birding.aba.org/message.php?mesid=1508984&MLID=WV&MLNM=West%20Virginia

Why not trip there for some skiing/birding over the
Holidays/Furloughdays…???

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

"Deck the Wall with boughs of Folly...Fa La La La La, La La La La"

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Date: 12/25/18 8:47 am
From: Lydia Schindler <lydia13621...>
Subject: [MDBirding]
Hotline: Voice of the Naturalist
Date: 12/25/2018
Coverage: MD/DC/VA/central and southern DE/WV panhandle
Reports, comments, questions: <voice...>
Compilers: Rick and Nancy Sussman
Sponsor: Audubon Naturalist Society of the Central
Atlantic States (independent of NAS)
Transcriber: Steve Cordle

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

This is the Voice of the Naturalist, a service of the Audubon Naturalist
Society. This report covers the week starting Tuesday, December 18, and was
completed on Tuesday, December 25, at 9:00 a.m.

Information on noteworthy birds is presented below in taxonomic order, as
set forth in the American Ornithological Society Checklist for North and
Middle American Birds, as revised through the 59th Supplement (June 2018).

Top Birds this week were: WHITE-WINGED DOVE* in VA, CALLIOPE HUMMINGBIRD*
in MD, BAR-TAILED GODWIT* in VA, SAY’S PHOEBE* in VA, GREAT TIT* in VA, and
VARIED THRUSH* in MD.

Other Birds of Interest include: SNOW GOOSE, GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE,
CACKLING GOOSE, TRUMPETER SWAN, REDHEAD, COMMON EIDER, all three SCOTER
species, LONG-TAILED DUCK, EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE, SANDHILL CRANE,
BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, MARBLED GODWIT, PURPLE SANDPIPER, gulls, GREAT
CORMORANT, AMERICAN BITTERN, GREAT EGRET, GREEN HERON, BLACK-CROWNED
NIGHT-HERON, GLOSSY IBIS, GOLDEN EAGLE, LONG-EARED and SHORT-EARED OWL,
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, LOGGERHEAD and NORTHERN SHRIKE, BLUE-HEADED VIREO,
wrens, BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER, EVENING GROSBEAK, COMMON REDPOLL, SNOW
BUNTING, sparrows, YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD, YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT,
ORANGE-CROWNED and other out-of-season warblers, ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK,
and INDIGO BUNTING.

TOP BIRDS

The WHITE-WINGED DOVE*, a bird of the desert SW, that has been visiting a
feeder in Claytor Lake, Pulaski Co, VA, continued daily Dec 18-21.

The now locally famous CALLIOPE HUMMINGBIRD*, a hatch-year male, continues
to visit several feeders in a yard at 77 Dogwood Tree Lane, Cape St.
Claire, Anne Arundel Co, MD through Dec 23. The owners ask that visitors
come between 9 am and 4 pm, stay on the cement pad on the left side of the
backyard, do not park in front of the home across the street, close the
gate, and sign the guest book.

A BAR-TAILED GODWIT*, likely the same individual seen in the spring, was
found again during a shorebird survey at Chincoteague NWR, Accomack Co, VA
on Dec 18 and 19.

A SAY’S PHOEBE* was found mid-day on Dec 24 along Sandiges Road (Rt 610) in
Amherst Co (north of Lynchburg), VA. The bird was hanging around a brush
pile near an old barn about 0.4 miles from US Rt 60. It flew back and forth
across the road a few times then flew out of sight and was not relocated.

A vagrant GREAT TIT* (Parus major), a Eurasian native related to our
titmouse, was photographed at a feeder on the naval base in Norfolk, VA.
Its provenance has not been determined, but it was very likely
ship-assisted.

A male VARIED THRUSH*, normally found in the western U.S. and Canada, was
seen and photographed in a front yard on Philip Dr, St. Mary’s Co, MD on
Dec 22, for a first county record, and if accepted by the MDDC Records
Committee, a fifth state record. The bird was relocated on Dec 23 in the
woods on the left side of the house at 22070 Philip Drive in Leonardtown,
MD, and again in the same neighborhood on Dec 24. The (extremely welcoming)
homeowners request that birders come between 8 am and 4 pm, and park along
the left side of the road between the first house on Philip and this house
(both houses are on the left side). If that space is full, please try to
avoid parking directly in front of another house.

OTHER BIRDS OF INTEREST

A large flock of 250-300 SNOW GEESE were seen in flight, away from the bay,
at Dutch Gap Conservation Area-Henricus Historical Park, Chesterfield Co,
VA on Dec 22. A lone GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE, lingering for the past
two weeks, was seen again at Fallston Road Pond in Harford Co, MD on Dec
18. A CACKLING GOOSE was reported at Ocean Lakes High School in Virginia
Beach, VA on Dec 22, another was seen on Dec 22-23 at Cumberland-Terminus,
Allegany Co, MD, and another was found on Dec 24 at Belle Haven Park-North
Parking area, Fairfax Co, VA.

A TRUMPETER SWAN (wing tag #T87) remains on Lake Artemesia, with sightings
Dec 18-24. A pair of TRUMPETER SWANS were at the Patuxent Research
Refuge-North Tract, Anne Arundel Co, MD on Dec 21, and two continued on
Lake Brittle in Fauquier Co, VA on Dec 22.

A REDHEAD was seen in western MD at Rocky Gap SP, Allegany Co, on Dec
21-23. A first year male COMMON EIDER was spotted again at Phoebus
Waterfront Park, Hampton, VA on Dec 22. On Dec 18, 19, 22, and 23, a pair
of SURF SCOTERS were seen, continuing from last week, at Lake Frederick,
Frederick Co, VA. All three SCOTER species were seen at Eastern Neck NWR in
Kent Co, MD on Dec 20, with 40 SURF, one WHITE-WINGED and one BLACK
reported. On Dec 20-23 an adult BLACK SCOTER was at Everett Lake in Bedford
Co, VA. A male LONG-TAILED DUCK was seen and photographed at Cranberry
Reservoir, Carroll Co, MD on Dec 18, while another was spotted at Liberty
Corner Farm, Albemarle Co, VA on Dec 22.

A high number of 30 EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVES were reported from Dayton,
Rockingham Co, VA on Dec 22.

A pair of SANDHILL CRANES have been seen in the area of Poolesville,
Montgomery Co, MD recently. On Dec 20 they were spotted walking and eating
in a large field on the north side of Westerly Road and seen again on Dec
22.

Six BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS were spotted from the wildlife drive at
Blackwater NWR, Dorchester Co, MD on Dec 18. Four MARBLED GODWITS were
found sleeping and preening at Bombay Hook NWR, Kent Co, DE on Dec 23.
Notable anywhere away from the coast, a pair of PURPLE SANDPIPERS were seen
along the jetty at Herrington Harbor, Anne Arundel Co, MD on Dec 19, and a
single individual was at Chesapeake Beach Marina in Calvert Co, MD on Dec
20.

A lone BONAPARTE’S GULL was seen flying over with Ring-billed Gulls at
Wingina Boat Ramp in Nelson Co, VA on Dec 21. On Dec 22, 61 LAUGHING GULLS
were counted from Loreley Beach Community Pier (private) in Baltimore Co,
MD. On the same day, an immature ICELAND GULL was seen at the Prince
William County Landfill, Prince William Co, VA. On Dec 23, two ICELAND and
one GLAUCOUS GULL were reported from the same location. A LESSER
BLACK-BACKED GULL was reported from Leonardtown, St. Mary’s Co, MD on Dec
20, in the company of Ring-billed and Herring Gulls.

As many as 17 GREAT CORMORANTS were perched on the Bloody Point Bar Light
at the Kent Point Marina, Queen Anne’s Co, MD, Dec 19, with a fewer number
seen there on Dec 22.

A pair of AMERICAN BITTERNS were reported from Hart-Miller Island, Essex
Co, MD on Dec 20. A late GREAT EGRET was reported throughout the week at
Lake Artemesia in Prince George’s Co, MD Dec 18-24. Another was seen at
Port Mahon Rd, Kent Co, DE on Dec 19. A late lingering GREEN HERON has been
reliably seen feeding, sunning, and preening in an outflow channel at the
Ashby Pond Conservancy Site in Fairfax City, VA on Dec 18 and 19. A
lingering immature BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was seen again in the marshy
area at Culler Lake in Baker Park, Frederick Co, MD on Dec 19. A pair of
GLOSSY IBIS were spotted at Chincoteague NWR-Snow Goose Pond, Accomack Co,
VA on Dec 24.

On Dec 21, an immature GOLDEN EAGLE was reported from Newport News Park,
Newport News, VA.

A LONG-EARED OWL was photographed at the Blandy Experimental Farm/State
Arboretum of Virginia, Clarke Co, VA on Dec 19. On Dec 18, a SHORT-EARED
OWL was hunting over the marsh at Fowler’s Beach, Sussex Co, DE, and three
were seen there on Dec 19.

RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS were once again seen in MD at Fox Chase Pond and
Wetlands, in Howard Co, on Dec 19-22, and at Gibson Rd, Baltimore Co on Dec
21.

A LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE was discovered on Dec 23 on Bells Lane, in the area of
the big pond, in Staunton, VA. The continuing NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen
again at the Sully Woodlands, Fairfax Co, VA, most recently on Dec 18. A
late BLUE-HEADED VIREO was located at Sandy Bottom Natural Park, in
Hampton, VA on Dec 21, while another was seen at Leonardtown, St. Mary’s
Co, MD on Dec 24.

Lingering wrens included a HOUSE WREN continuing at the city point area of
Hopewell, VA on Dec 20 and 23, another at Eastern Regional Park, Baltimore
Co, MD on Dec 20, a SEDGE WREN continuing at the Chesapeake Bay
Environmental Center (Horsehead) Queen Anne’s Co, MD on Dec 20, and MARSH
WRENS at Swan Creek Wetland-Cox Creek DMCF (continuing) on Dec 19, another
at Blandy Experimental Farm/State Arboretum of Virginia, Clarke Co, VA the
same day, and another at Baylight Rd in Baltimore Co, MD on Dec 22.

Late BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHERS in Virginia were found at Dutch Gap
Conservation Area/Henricus Historical Park in Chesterfield Co, Dec 19-20,
and a pair continuing at Ancarrow’s Landing in Richmond City, on Dec 22,
while another was seen among a group of Yellow-rumped Warblers on the dune
trail at Back Bay NWR, Virginia Beach, VA on Dec 23.

EVENING GROSBEAKS were reported in small numbers this week. One was seen
again at Gapland SP in Frederick Co, MD on Dec 18, and four females were
seen the same day on private land near Union Springs dam in Rockingham Co,
VA. A pair of females continue to visit feeders in the same yard as the
White-winged Dove, in Claytor Lake, Pulaski Co, VA, with sightings
throughout the week.

A COMMON REDPOLL was discovered feeding on seeds at the top of a sweet gum
tree on the road to the marina at Dyke Marsh, Fairfax Co, VA on Dec 24.

Twenty or more SNOW BUNTINGS were at Fowler’s Beach, Milford, Sussex Co, DE
on Dec 18. A small flock with varying numbers continues to visit North
Point SP in Baltimore Co, MD, with reports on Dec 19, 21, and 22. In
Virginia, 13 SNOW BUNTINGS were along the 88th Street Beach, Virginia Beach
on Dec 23.

A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was seen again at the Laurel Hill Equestrian Center,
Fairfax, VA, as recently as Dec 23. A VESPER SPARROW flushed up from a
field with a flock of Savannah Sparrows at Sayler’s Creek Road Pond in
Prince Edward Co, VA on Dec 22. The adult LARK SPARROW at the National
Arboretum, NE DC remains in the area of the stream restoration, seen in the
company of a mixed flock of Song and White-throated Sparrows and Dark-eyed
Juncos as recently as Dec 23. Three SAVANNAH SPARROWS were found at
Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens, NE DC on Dec 23. A well seen and
photographed GRASSHOPPER SPARROW continued in the brambles along the
Anacostia River, at the National Arboretum, NE DC on Dec 23. A LECONTE’S
SPARROW was found at Princess Anne WMA-Whitehurst Tract, Virginia Beach, VA
on Dec 23. At least two (one adult, one immature) WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS
were seen in the stream restoration area at the National Arboretum, NE DC
on Dec 20, continuing through Dec 24.

An adult male YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD was seen in a mixed group of
blackbirds heading north at Princess Anne WMA-Whitehurst Tract, in Virginia
Beach, VA on Dec 23. Another adult male was reported from Whitehall Neck
Road, near the intersection with Bear Swamp Road, Kent Co, DE on the same
day.

On Dec 19, a well-described YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT was reported from the C&O
Canal-Potomac Boat Club, NW DC, seen eating berries near the towpath.

An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, found on a CBC last week, was relocated at St.
Mary’s College of Maryland, St. Mary’s Co, MD on Dec 19. Other lingering
warblers this week included a BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER at Weyanoke
Sanctuary, Norfolk, VA on Dec 21, a bright adult NASHVILLE WARBLER at the
National Arboretum, NE DC on Dec 20, another at Ancarrow’s Landing,
Richmond City, VA on Dec 22, a COMMON YELLOWTHROAT at Huntley Meadows Park,
Fairfax Co, VA on Dec 18 and another at Chino Farms-10 acre Pond (private),
Queen Anne’s Co, MD on Dec 23, a CAPE MAY WARBLER eating suet at a feeder
in a yard in Entwood (private), Hanover Co, VA on Dec 22 & 23, a PALM
WARBLER seen at a private farm in Kent Co, MD on Dec 23, a YELLOW-RUMPED
(AUDUBON’S) WARBLER continuing at a private residence on Deep Creek Road in
Accomack Co, VA on Dec 22, and a YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER which was found on
the DC CBC and continued at East Potomac Park-Haines Point, SW DC on Dec 19.

An out-of-season ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK was visiting a feeder on Dec 18 on
Westview Drive, St. Inigoes, St. Mary’s Co, MD.

A late INDIGO BUNTING wad discovered at Algonkian Regional Park in Loudoun
Co, VA on Dec 21.


***

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

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

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

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Date: 12/25/18 8:34 am
From: Patrick Malone <pmalone...>
Subject: [MDBirding] out of area: Birds in NM last week
Friends: Took a trip to several spots in northern NM last week and got some interesting views of cranes, raptors, wood ducks and other birds.


cranes at Bernardo: https://flic.kr/s/aHskPp7RA9 <https://flic.kr/s/aHskPp7RA9>
waterfowl at nature center in ABQ: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmvHwkbt <https://flic.kr/s/aHsmvHwkbt>
raptors and others near LV NM: https://flic.kr/s/aHskue6amp <https://flic.kr/s/aHskue6amp> (pix before ring-billed gulls were taken in March 2018)

The Bernardo wildlife area is run by the state and is much less known than its neighbor NWR at Bosque del Apache. You can get closer to the cranes at Bernardo, which has large fields of corn that the birds feast on.

Patrick & Vicki Malone
4901 Essex Avenue
Chevy Chase, MD 20815
301-656-9153
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Date: 12/23/18 12:48 pm
From: Marcia Watson <marshwren50...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Varied Thrush yesterday in St. Mary's county
The eBird checklist gives the location as 22070 Philip Dr., St. Mary's County. Remember to be courteous and respectful of privacy if you visit.

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

Bowie, Maryland
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> Tim
> The location would be useful. St. Mary’s county is a large area.
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> Zack Stickney, as some of you know, found a Varied Thrush yesterday in his front yard and had it for a brief period. How cool is that! I was just talking with the congenial owner of the property who was happy for me to mention the subject on the list. She cautions, however, that as far as she knows, the bird has yet to be seen this morning. She said it is fine for people to show up but asks that people take care to practice common courtesy, e.g., not park in front of driveways, etc. There is a boat ramp and tennis courts down the street which also offers some parking spaces.
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Date: 12/23/18 9:52 am
From: 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Varied Thrush yesterday in St. Mary's county
Search eBird. 

Tyler Bell
<jtylerbell...>
California, Maryland

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On Sun, Dec 23, 2018 at 11:50 AM, George Jett<gmjett...> wrote: TimThe location would be useful.  St. Mary’s county is a large area.George Jett

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Zack Stickney, as some of you know, found a Varied Thrush yesterday in his front yard and had it for a brief period. How cool is that! I was just talking with the congenial owner of the property who was happy for me to mention the subject on the list. She cautions, however, that as far as she knows, the bird has yet to be seen this morning. She said it is fine for people to show up but asks that people take care to practice common courtesy, e.g., not park in front of driveways, etc. There is a boat ramp and tennis courts down the street which also offers some parking spaces. 




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Date: 12/23/18 8:53 am
From: Marcia Balestri <mebalestri...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Assateague National Seashore
Roads are open today. Facilities including bathrooms are closed. There are a couple of port-a-potties around for the construction workers that are probably usable although I didn’t check.
_____________________

Marcia Balestri
Worcester County, Maryland
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Date: 12/23/18 8:50 am
From: George Jett <gmjett...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Varied Thrush yesterday in St. Mary's county
TimThe location would be useful.  St. Mary’s county is a large area.George Jett

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Zack Stickney, as some of you know, found a Varied Thrush yesterday in his front yard and had it for a brief period. How cool is that! I was just talking with the congenial owner of the property who was happy for me to mention the subject on the list. She cautions, however, that as far as she knows, the bird has yet to be seen this morning. She said it is fine for people to show up but asks that people take care to practice common courtesy, e.g., not park in front of driveways, etc. There is a boat ramp and tennis courts down the street which also offers some parking spaces. 




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Date: 12/23/18 7:34 am
From: TIMOTHY HOUGHTON <timhoughton...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Varied Thrush yesterday in St. Mary's county
Zack Stickney, as some of you know, found a Varied Thrush yesterday in his front yard and had it for a brief period. How cool is that! I was just talking with the congenial owner of the property who was happy for me to mention the subject on the list. She cautions, however, that as far as she knows, the bird has yet to be seen this morning. She said it is fine for people to show up but asks that people take care to practice common courtesy, e.g., not park in front of driveways, etc. There is a boat ramp and tennis courts down the street which also offers some parking spaces.


Tim Houghton

(Glen Arm)

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Date: 12/23/18 7:30 am
From: 'Bill Hubick' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Annual Birding Report Returns
Awesome. Thanks, Dave!
Bill Bill HubickPasadena, <Marylandbill_hubick...>://www.billhubick.com
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From: David Powell <seneca.ranger...>
To: md birding <mdbirding...>
Sent: Sunday, December 23, 2018 10:11 AM
Subject: [MDBirding] Annual Birding Report Returns

Hi Everyone,
I have volunteered to take over the annual MD/DC birding report. While I will be trying to incorporate as much as possible from the great reports Russ Ruffing compiled in past years, it may be a bit more limited in scope.
A reporting form and instructions will be coming out next week.

Happy Holidays,
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Date: 12/23/18 7:11 am
From: David Powell <seneca.ranger...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Annual Birding Report Returns
Hi Everyone,

I have volunteered to take over the annual MD/DC birding report. While I
will be trying to incorporate as much as possible from the great reports
Russ Ruffing compiled in past years, it may be a bit more limited in scope.

A reporting form and instructions will be coming out next week.

Happy Holidays,

Dave Powell
Germantown, MD

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Date: 12/23/18 6:22 am
From: Mark Johnson <marksjohnson2...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Rock Run Christmas Count
This Saturday is the Rock Run Christmas Count and we have several sectors uncovered. If you are interested in participating, please let me know. Weather is looking good!

Cheers,
Mark Johnson
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Date: 12/22/18 9:12 am
From: 'Marcy Stutzman' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Oxbow Lake: Wilson's Snipe
If the Patuxent Research Refuge's North or South Tracts are closed, consider visiting Oxbow Lake! Wilson's Snipe returned this morning and are feeding in the mud around the peninsula.

To see what has been seen recently visit the eBird Oxbow Lake Hotspot: https://ebird.org/hotspot/L470637

Marcy Stutzman
Russett, MD 20724

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Subject: eBird Report - Oxbow Lake, Dec 22, 2018

Oxbow Lake, Anne Arundel, Maryland, US
Dec 22, 2018 10:15 AM - 11:45 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.5 mile(s)
Comments: Conditions: 49°F, partly cloudy, wind WNW 16 mph gusts to 27 mph. A little windy, but still a nice morning for a walk around Oxbow Lake. The water level is down from the flood a week ago and the rain on Monday and Tuesday. Nice mud for Wilson's Snipe and Killdeer who flew in on my trip back from Eagle's Head Cove. Many of the waterfowl (geese, ducks, and mergansers) were huddled in the western cove. Amazingly, about 250+ Canada Geese all took off at the same time and I watched as a large skein flew across the sky westward, probably to find a field to feed in. The number of Bufflehead increased, but I did not find any Shoverlers or Gadwall while I was there.
14 species

Canada Goose 300
Mallard 50
American Black Duck 4
Bufflehead 8
Hooded Merganser 20
Mourning Dove 2
Killdeer 6
Wilson's Snipe 7 Wilson's Snipe are not uncommon at Oxbow Lake.
Ring-billed Gull 75
Turkey Vulture 1
Belted Kingfisher 2
Blue Jay 1
Carolina Wren 2
White-throated Sparrow 5

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50862815

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

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Date: 12/21/18 1:06 pm
From: Kevin Graff <keyweststyle2001...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Hart-Miller Island, 12/20/18
12/20/18 - 715am-115pm
Hart-Miller Island, Essex, B Co., MD

WEATHER: MC/Light rain, 35-39 degrees, calm- N 3K

Canada Goose - 356
MUTE SWAN - 2
Tundra Swan - 14
Gadwall - 151
American Wigeon - 16
A Black Duck - 308
Mallard - 318
Northern Shoveler - 64
Northern Pintail - 93
Green-winged Teal - 427
CANVASBACK - 1 (drake)
Ring-necked Duck - 6
Greater Scaup - 4
Lesser Scaup - 796
WHITE-WINGED SCOTER - 2 (hens)
LONG-TAILED DUCK - 12 (3 drakes, 9 hens)
Bufflehead - 57
Common Goldeneye - 5 (1 drake, 4 hens)
Hooded Merganser - 9
Red-breasted Merganser - 11
Ruddy Duck - 88
Pied-billed Grebe - 4
Double-crested Cormorant - 11
AMERICAN BITTERN - 2
Great Blue Heron - 4
Northern Harrier - 3
Bald Eagle - 2 (adult & immature)
Cooper's Hawk - 1
Peregrine Falcon - 1
American Coot - 28
Ring-billed Gull - 42
Herring Gull - 49
Great Black-backed Gull - 13
Mourning Dove - 32
Great Horned Owl - 1
N SAW-WHET OWL - 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker - 2
Downy Woodpecker - 1
Northern Flicker - 2
Blue Jay - 15
Carolina Chickadee - 1
White-breasted Nuthatch - 2
Brown Creeper - 1
Carolina Wren - 1
Golden-crowned Kinglet - 3
Ruby-crowned Kinglet - 1
Northern Mockingbird - 1
European Starling - 45
Cedar Waxwing - 9
SNOW BUNTING - 3
Eastern Towhee - 6
Field Sparrow - 4
Savannah Sparrow - 4
Fox Sparrow - 4
Song Sparrow - 96
Swamp Sparrow - 9
White-throated Sparrow - 29
White-crowned Sparrow - 6
"Slate-colored" Junco - 3
Northern Cardinal - 12
Red-winged Blackbird - 56
American Goldfinch - 5
SPECIES: 62 INDIVIDUALS: 3255

MAMMALS: Red Fox - 2 WT Deer - 1 Raccoon (tracks)

MOTHS: Isabella Tiger Moth - 1 (Woolly Bear)


Kevin Graff
Jarrettsville, MD
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Date: 12/21/18 12:25 pm
From: Kevin Graff <keyweststyle2001...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Masonville Cove, 12/19/18
12/19/18 - 745am-1145am (Scientific Monitoring/Wildlife Census)
Masonville Cove, B'more, MD

WEATHER: PC/MC, 27-43 degrees, calm- SW 7 mph

Canada Goose - 8
Gadwall - 2
Mallard - 22
Canvasback - 66
Ring-necked Duck - 6
Greater Scaup - 1
Lesser Scaup - 331
Black Scoter - 1 (hen)
Bufflehead - 56
Common Goldeneye - 1 (hen)
Common Merganser - 16
Ruddy Duck - 197
Double-crested Cormorant - 12
Great Blue Heron - 4
Turkey Vulture - 1
Bald Eagle - 1
Cooper's Hawk - 2
Red-shouldered Hawk - 2
American Kestrel - 2
Killdeer - 4
Ring-billed Gull - 62
Herring Gull - 32
Great Black-backed Gull - 12
Rock Pigeon - 11
Mourning Dove - 6
Belted Kingfisher - 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker - 1
Downy Woodpecker - 3
Northern Flicker - 2
Eastern Phoebe - 1
American Crow - 4
Fish Crow - 5
Carolina Chickadee - 1
Carolina Wren - 4
Golden-crowned Kinglet - 3
Ruby-crowned Kinglet - 1
Gray Catbird - 1
Northern Mockingbird - 5
European Starling - 45
Eastern Towhee - 1
Field Sparrow - 3
Song Sparrow - 20
Swamp Sparrow - 6
White-throated Sparrow - 22
"Slate-colored" Junco - 3
Northern Cardinal - 9
Red-winged Blackbird - 5
American Goldfinch - 2
SPECIES: 49 INDIVIDUAL: 1008

MAMMALS: Red Fox - 3 WT Deer - 4 Raccoon (tracks)

MOTHS: Isabella Tiger Moth - 1 (Woolly Bear)


Kevin Graff
Jarrettsville, MD
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Date: 12/21/18 10:24 am
From: 'Michel Cavigelli' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Red Crossbilss?
Tomorrow, I will be driving by the park where the crossbills have been seen north of Baltimore (name of park escaping me). I need to convince one of the car riders that stopping for a one hour walk will be worth their while despite the fact they are not a birder...only worth doing if people are still seeing the crossbills...have people been seeing them lately? I haven't noticed them on ebird alerts.
Thanks!
Michel CavigelliPG Co.

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Date: 12/21/18 8:12 am
From: Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Trumpeters continue Patuxent North Tract
Merganser Pond, Wildlife Viewing Area.

Visitors must check in at Contact Station. Closes at4:00 pm. It is unclear
if the refuge will close with a potential government shut down. They will
be closed Monday regardless. This is what they tell me at the Contact
Station.

Birds appeared contented a of 11:00.
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Ellicott City, Howard County
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Date: 12/21/18 5:23 am
From: Tim Carney <timmyc83...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Poplar Island 2019 Birding Tour Dates
Hello everyone,

I am posting this on behalf of Poplar Island Outreach staff. Please see the attached document for 2019 tour dates and *NEW* sign-up policies.

Any questions should be directed to poplartours [at] menv [dot] com, and NOT to me.

Thanks,
Tim Carney
Parkville, MD

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Date: 12/20/18 4:55 pm
From: Harry Armistead <harryarmistead...>
Subject: [MDBirding] December 14-17, 2018, Ocean City & (mostly) Virginia Eastern Shore.
DECEMBER 14-17, 2018, Ocean City, MD & (mostly) Eastern Shore of Virginia.


DECEMBER 14, a.k.a.Friday. PHILADELPHIA TO LOCUSTVILLE, VA.


OCEAN CITY INLET 2:20-3:20, calm, overcast, 51 degrees F., visibility 1 mile or so. brant 11, green-winged teal (a female flies in off of the ocean and lands, for reasons best known to herself, RIGHT NEXT to a pair of common eiders, the 3 birds less than 100 feet from the parking lot; nice!). common eider 11 (2 of them adult males). surf scoter 3. white-winged scoter 1 (right in the inlet flying close). black scoter 4. long-tailed duck 30. bufflehead 9. unIDd scoter 30. rock pigeon 145. ruddy turnstone 2. sanderling 7. (purple sandpiper, horned grebe, northern gannet, Forster’s tern, Bonaparte’s gull, red-throated loon - all ZERO). common loon 2. double-crested cormorant 2. ring-billed gull 190. herring gull 8. great black-backed gull 6.


WEST OCEAN CITY POND (Golf Course Road). 3:45 P.M. 52, overcast, calm. Loaded during this brief look-see. Canada goose 1, gadwall 30, American wigeon 2, mallard 40, ring-necked duck 6, northern pintail 2, hooded merganser 10, lesser scaup 6, bufflehead 9, canvasback 670, ruddy duck 14. American coot 5. great blue heron 5. SKIMMER ISLAND (the little that’s left of it) bald eagle 1 adult.


WHEN I WORE a younger man’s hip waders I would have visited, today, other Ocean City spots plus Chincoteague. But, the old stamina ain’t what it used to be. Likewise on this coming Monday I would have hit a few more places than I did, perhaps Deal Island, on the way home.


A poignant time of year, what with the approaching winter solstice. Emily Dickinson said it best: “There’s a certain slant of light (on) winter afternoons. … When it comes the landscape listens./Shadows hold their breath./When it goes ’tis like the distance/On the look of death.” But, soon eno’ the days will be getting longer.


DECEMBER 15, SATURDAY. WACHAPREAGUE CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT. Locustville area, incl. George & Barbara Reigers’ property. George Reiger, Michael Male & Harry Armistead.


WATERFOWL. Ross’s goose 1 adult (gleaming white, proportionately shorter, stockier neck than the snows, stubby, equilateral-triangle-shaped bill, SO much smaller than the snowgies. Seen on the ground in good light at 100 feet, then flushed with the snows; seen by HTA & GR; previously I’ve seen Ross’s c. 12 times in the Mid-Atlantic; c. 2:30 P.M.; in the morning I’d looked over many 100s of snow geese hoping for a Ross’s, to no effect; this time, early afternoon, the 1st bird I looked at was the Ross’s (!!); right at the entrance to the Reigers’ driveway; seen well through binoculars).


WATERFOWL: snow goose 3,000. blue goose 55. Canada goose 14. American black duck 10. mallard 26. green-winged teal 2 (MM). long-tailed duck 1 male (out of place flying from upper Rattrap Creek out to the open bays area). bufflehead 16. hooded merganser 6. red-breasted merganser 22 (a “school” of them actively diving and streaming along). ruddy duck 9.


horned grebe 1. great blue heron 4. black vulture 3. turkey vulture 30. bald eagle 2 adults. black-bellied plover 14. American oystercatcher 2. greater yellowlegs 6. willet 3. marbled godwit 2 (MM, in upper Rattrap Creek). ruddy turnstone 1 (in a field). RED KNOT 1 (in the same field, seen at 100 feet, leisurely study, in company with 100 dunlin; at rest). western sandpiper 1. dunlin 285. short-billed dowitcher 1. ring-billed gull 900. herring gull 7. Forster’s tern 3.


mourning dove 13. belted kingfisher 2. red-bellied woodpecker 1. downy woodpecker 1. northern flicker 1. blue jay 12. American crow 11. red-breasted nuthatch 2. Carolina wren 5. eastern bluebird 10. American robin 12. northern mockingbird 4. brown thrasher 1. European starling 115.


American pipit 70 (a single flock; in the same field with the knot, dunlin, meadowlarks, Savannah sparrows, and palm warblers; one of the biggest AMPI flocks I’ve ever seen). palm warbler 8. eastern towhee 1. chipping sparrow 1. field sparrow 1. Savannah sparrow 5. song sparrow 1. swamp sparrow 2. white-throated sparrow 102. slate-colored junco 7. northern cardinal 3. red-winged blackbird 3. eastern meadowlark 8. American goldfinch 11. house sparrow 6.


3 observers in 2 parties. 6 hours. 7 hours on foot. 5 hours by car. 2 miles on foot. 12 miles by car. overcast all day. FOGGY. visibility 100 yards most of the day. some of the time the 3 of us worked together. very low tide at 8 A.M. 54 degrees F. and steady. some mist and light rain. high tide at mid-day. Because of the fog a boat trip to Cedar Island with Ruth Boettcher was cancelled. winds calm or east c. 5 m.p.h. Two gray squirrels. Small area covered but apart, I think, from Karen Terwilliger’s sector. We ran into Karen and her friend.


SUNDAY, DECEMBER 16, NASSAWADOX CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT, boat (Hog Island party). Nancy Kinzinger, Judy Illimensee, Michael Male, Frank Renshaw, Marcus Killmon, and Harry Armistead.


WATERFOWL: brant 425. Canada goose 2. tundra swan 2. gadwall 22. American wigeon 9, American black duck 24 (low). mallard 6. northern pintail 11. surf scoter 45. black scoter 14. unIDd scoter 30. long-tailed duck 4. bufflehead 90. common goldeneye 1. hooded merganser 1 (low). red-breasted merganser 2. ruddy duck 69 (MM; in a pond on Hog I.).


red-throated loon 5. common loon 20. horned grebe 6. northern gannet 11. great blue heron 4. bald eagle 11. northern harrier 4. red-tailed hawk 1. merlin 2 (on north end of Hog; 1 female, 1 male; seen repeatedly).


black-bellied plover 45. American oystercatcher 30 (low; come to think of it, ALL the shorebird numbers were low). greater yellowlegs 2. willet 1. marbled godwit 1. sanderling 36. western sandpiper 6. dunlin 500. short-billed dowitcher 1.


herring gull 60. great black-backed gull 15. northern flicker 2. gray catbird 4. fox sparrow 2. swamp sparrow 2. white-throated sparrow 2. pine siskin 6 (how pleasantly odd that the only ones on this C.B.C. were seen here!).


MAMMALS: EASTERN COTTONTAIL 1, raccoon 1, deer 1, dolphin 3. Lots of raccoon and deer tracks. Michael showed Frank and me a mushroom, larger than a silver dollar, growing right in the sand.


5 observers in 3 parties. 8 A.M. - 1 P.M. temperatures in the high 40s to low 50s. wind SW10+ becoming west 15. low tide at start, high tide later c. 2 P.M. mostly overcast but occasional clear spots. Occasional light rain towards the end. 15 miles by boat, 6 miles on foot. 2 hours by boat. 9 hours on foot. Rough in the inlet and offshore, the tops of the waves blown off by the wind and tidal action (Quinby Inlet?).


DECEMBER 17, MONDAY. A gem of a sunny day. WILLIS WHARF, 8:30-9:35, clear, 43-44, SW15+, low tide. Canada goose 180, bufflehead 9, hooded merganser 19, common loon 3, double-crested cormorant 1, bald eagle 1, Cooper’s hawk 1 adult female, peregrine falcon 1 immature female, semipalmated plover 1, American oystercatcher 5, willet 65, marbled godwit 60, dunlin 200, rock pigeon 11, and fish crow 7.


BOX TREE ROAD, 10 A.M., greater yellowlegs 2, bufflehead 1, red-tailed hawk 1, red-shouldered hawk 1 adult, belted kingfisher 1, eastern bluebird 6, and red-bellied woodpecker 1. low tide, 47-48, SW15, clear.


GARGATHA LANDING, 11:02-12:21, 51-52, SW15+, low tide but rising, clear. brant 180, dunlin 140, boat-tailed grackle 1 male, Forster’s tern 16, bald eagle 4, turkey vulture 16, black vulture 5, sharp-shinned hawk 1, American kestrel 1, belted kingfisher 1, great blue heron 3, eastern bluebird 5, northern harrier 4, American black duck 1, greater yellowlegs 7, red-breasted merganser 3, green-winged teal 9, unIDd scoter 11, hooded merganser 21, bufflehead 1, Carolina chickadee 1, and American goldfinch 3 plus 9 deer. A nearby field is full of blooming mustard. Probably a buckeye or 2 in there.


PERDUE chicken plant near Accomac: 6 black vultures right over this monstrosity. TYSON chicken plant near Temperanceville: at THIS monstrosity 510 Canada geese at their pond plus 3 buffleheads, 2 mallards, and 6 turkey vultures. Back in MD 70 ring-billed gulls just N of the MD/VA line, 90 a couple of miles farther N. An adult bald eagle over Pocomoke City, another adult at Dover, DE, and an immature at Smyrna, DE.


HOW DID WE EVER DO IT? Back when the children were young Liz and I, after work, Friday, would drive 225 miles with the kids, to the Reigers, arrive c. 9 P.M. I’d get up early Saturday, owl (once 21 screech-owls in 2 hours; the area’s loaded with them), then walk the 6-7 mile length of Cedar Island. After the compilation Sat. we’d drive 125 miles to our Maryland place, to a house with poor heat, no running water or plumbing. Then on Sunday participate in the St. Michaels, MD, Christmas count and after its compilation drive 140 miles back to the Philadelphia home and go to work the next day (Monday).


Lately I drive down alone on Friday, as this year, do the Wachapreague count Sat., and the nearby Nassawadox count on Sunday, sleep in Monday at Exmore, then drive home. Somewhat more sensible. My first Wachapreague count was in 1977 on a day when it rained 3 inches and I had a strep throat. I’ve only missed a year or 2 since. Even in that rain George Reiger took Claudia Wilds and me out in his boat from Folly Creek. But it was hopeless and around mid-day we quit. These counts are supposed to be, at least partially, fun.


With this better schedule in recent years I still somewhat dread this drill, am a bit apprehensive. It involves driving 500 miles alone now that my close friend Jared Sparks is no longer here. Yet when it is over, accomplished one more time, I feel a great satisfaction. Get a rush, a high, from it all: the good people, the remarkable birding, and the wonderful places. I’d say Christmas bird counts are 1/3 social, 1/3 recreational, and 1/3 science, and enable one to become familiar with wonderful places.


“ …even though there are many nuggets that ornithologists can mine from this rich lode of bird information, to me and to my friends it is our way of celebrating the holidays, an ornithological ritual that has come to represent Yuletide more than Santa Claus or the Christmas tree.” Roger Tory Peterson on the Christmas counts, Birds over America (Dodd, Mead, 1948, p. 47). I share this sentiment, up to a point. Really, RTP, isn’t it a little overstated?! But in my humble, “BOA” is the best bird book ever written. I’ve been on c. 320 C.B.C.s starting in 1955 (or was it 1954?). Why stop now?


OYSTERS. And on my last day, that Monday, I buy pints of oysters from Terry’s, by the bridge at Willis Wharf. My stocking stuffers. I appreciate that Terry will sell them retail to this cash customer, fresh from watching the big willet and godwit numbers out in front of the post office.


THE PASSING SCENE. Most of the area’s cotton fields are still unharvested. A few more soy bean fields have been, but many remain unharvested. The long railroad that runs a few feet from Route 13, east of it, looks like it stretches to infinity. It seems that with some local houses just east of the RR, the people who live there must park off the road shoulder a little, then cross the RR tracks to get to their houses, perhaps having to do this for decades. ? The big Statue of Liberty mockup that used to stand on the south side of Exmore on the west side of Route 13 has been moved into downtown Exmore. There has been so much rain lately that all the fields look like a swamp, and there are big wet areas even back in the woods.


Best to all. - Harry Armistead, Philadelphia.

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Date: 12/20/18 1:18 pm
From: Jim Wilkinson <lakekoshare...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Pine Warbler in east Columbia, Howard County on Dec 20
A Pine Warbler came to our suet feeder this afternoon. eBird list with ooor photos here:
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50826345

It may be the same bird that spent last winter in our neighborhood.

Jim Wilkinson
Columbia, MD

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Date: 12/20/18 10:58 am
From: Lovelace, Glen (DelDOT) <Glen.Lovelace...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Deal Island 12/20/18
Hello,

Along Riley Roberts Rd this morning were 5 White Pelicans, a male Eurasian Wigeon among hundreds of American Wigeon and Gadwall, 4 Redhead, 3 Canvasback. Also found 2 Marsh Wrens; a modest heron flight of 7 Black-crowned Night Herons and 6 Great Egret; 3 Greater and 2 Lesser Yellowlegs and several small flocks of Dunlin. Unfortunately the rain came much too soon.

Good birding,
Glen Lovelace III
Seaford, DE

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Date: 12/20/18 8:35 am
From: Warblerick <ricksussman1955...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Eagle Attack on Gull (Somerset Co.)
Years ago I was looking at the ducks on Georgetown Reservoir when a Bald Eagle flew in (from behind) and neatly picked a gull off the waters surface. Flew up to a tree and had a feast.
Rick Sussman
Woodbine, MD

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Date: 12/20/18 7:52 am
From: Steve Huy <grisly.remains...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Eagle Attack on Gull (Somerset Co.)
Last winter I watched a juvenile bald eagle repeatedly going after a black backed gull on the ocean at Rehoboth. The gull ducked under the best it could and lost a few feathers. The eagle eventually landed on the beach.

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Date: 12/19/18 9:34 pm
From: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Chesapeake and Ohio Canal count mile reservations needed - UPDATE
Count dates: 1/26/19 thru 2/3/19

For full details see:

http://birding.aba.org/message.php?mesid=1502460&MLID=MARY&MLNM=Maryland -
DC

Note: Participants must be current eBird users [https://ebird.org/home], or
be willing to join as data must be submitted in eBird checklist format.

Note: C&O NPS web link:
https://www.nps.gov/choh/index.htm

Note: C&O Canal Trust's access and parking web link:
https://www.canaltrust.org/plan/parking-along-the-co-canal-3/

UPDATED **RESERVED miles are shown just below. Coverage is shown for
birders using the eBird "travelling" protocol, referencing the START and
END mileposts [#/#] with gaps indicated by a semicolon [;]. This is fluid
and may change including opening miles currently closed. Next update will
be 12/30/18.

All miles: 3/6; 10/11; 14/18; 19/27; 29/32; 36/38; 39/77; 95/98; 99/101;
171/173; 183/canal terminus

Miles by county:
DC
MONTCO 3/6; 10/11; 14/18; 19/27; 29/32; 36/38
FREDCO 39/58
WASHCO 58/77; 95/98; 99/101
ALLEG 171/173; 183/canal terminus

To decode the above, for the "MONTCO 29/32; 36/38" entry, a towpath section
in Montgomery County from milepost 29 to milepost 38 has been reserved with
the exception of a GAP of FOUR MILES between mileposts 32 and 36. In
addition the mile [mile 39] following milepost 38 is available.

Re reserving miles:
REPLY with particulars in the following manner: I will bird from START
milepost # to END milepost #.

**RESERVED miles - see *Q & *A section in the FIRST link...

Jim Speicher
BroadRun/Burkittsville area
[FR] Frederick County MD
Maryland Ornithological Society member, Washington [WA] Co, MD Chapter

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Date: 12/19/18 6:29 pm
From: 'Jesse' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Common Ravens - NW Branch, Montgomery County
I saw three Common Ravens croaking and circling with Black Vultures today above Northwest Branch in Montgomery County.

Jesse
Takoma Park

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Date: 12/19/18 8:28 am
From: Jim Wilkinson <lakekoshare...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: DC Area 12/18/2018
On Wednesday, December 19, 2018 at 6:33:38 AM UTC-5, Lydia Schindler wrote:
> Hotline:     Voice of the Naturalist
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> Date:        12/18/2018
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> Coverage:    MD/DC/VA/central and southern DE/WV
> panhandle
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> Reports,
> comments, questions: 
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> Compiler:   Lydia Schindler
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> Sponsor:     Audubon Naturalist Society of the Central
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>                Atlantic States (independent of
> NAS)
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> Transcriber:
> Steve Cordle
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> Additionally,
> ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS were seen in a number of locations this past week.
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> Where were these Orange-crowned Warblers seen? They are rare enough that locations would be helpful in a RBA.


Jim Wilkinson
Columbia, MD
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Date: 12/19/18 3:33 am
From: Lydia Schindler <lydia13621...>
Subject: [MDBirding] DC Area 12/18/2018
Hotline: Voice of the Naturalist

Date: 12/18/2018

Coverage: MD/DC/VA/central and southern DE/WV panhandle

Reports, comments, questions: *<voice...>*

Compiler: Lydia Schindler

Sponsor: Audubon Naturalist Society of the Central

Atlantic States (independent of NAS)

Transcriber: Steve Cordle



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



This is the Voice of the Naturalist, a service of the Audubon Naturalist
Society. This report covers the week starting Tuesday, Dec 11, and was
completed on Tuesday, Dec 18, at 11 a.m.



Information on noteworthy birds is presented below in taxonomic order, as
set forth in the American Ornithological Society Checklist for North and
Middle American Birds, as revised through the 59th Supplement (June 2018).



Top birds this week are BARROW’S GOLDENEYE* in MD, WHITE-WINGED DOVE* in
VA, CALLIOPE HUMMINGBIRD* in MD, YELLOW RAIL* in VA, SNOWY OWL in MD,
NELSON’S SPARROW in MD, and WESTERN TANAGER in VA.



Other Birds of Interest include SNOW GOOSE, ROSS’S GOOSE, GREATER
WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE, TRUMPETER SWAN, SURF and BLACK SCOTERS, LONG-TAILED
DUCK, COMMON GOLDENEYE, COMMON GALLINULE, SANDHILL CRANE, MARBLED GODWIT,
PURPLE SANDPIPER, BLACK-HEADED GULL, GREAT CORMORANT, NORTHERN SHRIKE*,
nuthatches, wrens including SEDGE WREN, EVENING GROSBEAK, RED CROSSBILL,
PINE SISKIN, SNOW BUNTING, sparrows, BALTIMORE ORIOLE, warblers, and
PAINTED BUNTING.



TOP BIRDS



A BARROW’S GOLDENEYE* was found Dec 12, in the company of COMMON
GOLDENEYES, at Fishing Point at the Patuxent River Naval Air Station, St.
Mary’s Co, MD.



A WHITE-WINGED DOVE* continues its daily visits to a feeder at Claytor
Lake, Pulaski Co, VA.



Well into its second month, a banded CALLIOPE HUMMINGBIRD* makes regular
visits to feeders at 77 Dogwood Tree Ln, Cape St Claire, Anne Arundel Co,
MD. The hospitable homeowners welcome observers between 9 am and 4 pm, but
ask that they stay on the cement pad on the left side of the back yard, not
park in front of the house across the street, close the gate, and sign the
guest book.

Report of a briefly glimpsed YELLOW RAIL comes from Chincoteague NWR,
Accomack Co, VA. The bird flushed across the road at the entrance to the
Wildlife Drive at sunset on Dec 11.

A SNOWY OWL perching on a harbor light in the Chesapeake Bay drew many
birders to Sandy Point SP, Anne Arundel Co, MD, on Dec 13. On Dec 14 a/the
SNOWY OWL was seen on the westbound span of the Bay Bridge (Queen Anne’s
Co, MD).



A NELSON’S SPARROW was a fine consolation prize for birders searching,
unsuccessfully, in heavy fog, for the Snowy Owl at Sandy Point SP on Dec 14.



A WESTERN TANAGER was photographed at Lake Windsor, Virginia Beach, VA, Dec
13.





OTHER BIRDS OF INTEREST



Among the thousands of SNOW GEESE wintering in the mid-Atlantic, at least
one has made its way to DC. This SNOW GOOSE (perhaps the same immature bird
photographed last week at Constitution Gardens) could be seen Dec 16 from
East Potomac Park-Hains Point, DC, as could two LONG-TAILED DUCKS.



A ROSS'S GOOSE that was frequenting the campus of Northern Virginia
Community College, Loudoun Co, VA, was last reported Dec 11.



Single GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE were sighted in MD at Whittier Lake
Park, Frederick Co, and a field near North Point SP, Baltimore, both on Dec
12, as well as at Yellow Bank Rd fields, Calvert Co, Dec 16 and 17, and
Crosby Rd, Kent Co, on Dec 16.



Several locations in Fauquier Co, VA, showcased TRUMPETER SWANS: as many as
six birds at the Clifton Institute (private access) Dec 13; two at Lake
Brittle Dec 14 and 15; seven in The Plains Dec 16; two at Lake Ashby Dec
17; and a dozen at Airlie House (restricted access) Dec 17. A tagged
TRUMPETER SWAN (T87) continued at Lake Artemesia, Prince George’s Co, MD,
through Dec 17.



Three SURF SCOTERS at Lake Frederick, Frederick Co, VA, were still present
as of Dec 16; two were reported Dec 17. A BLACK SCOTER found Dec 14 was a
first for Masonville Cove (M-F 9-4, Sat 9-1, Closed Sun) in Baltimore Co,
MD.



Two LONG-TAILED DUCKS were spotted at Piscataway Park, Prince George’s Co,
MD, Dec 17. A LONG-TAILED DUCK continued at Centennial Park, Howard Co, MD,
through Dec 11.



A COMMON GALLINULE was seen and photographed Dec 16 at Little Creek WA,
Kent Co, DE.



Two SANDHILL CRANES flew over the Poolesville Golf Club, Montgomery Co, MD,
Dec 16. Through the week as many as three dozen SANDHILL CRANES gathered in
fields off Bradshaw Rd in Kingsville, Baltimore Co, MD, with the latest
report from Dec 16.



Four MARBLED GODWITS were present at Raymond Pool, Bombay Hook NWR, Kent
Co, DE on Dec 16.

Three or four PURPLE SANDPIPERS were found at Herrington Harbor, Anne
Arundel Co, MD, Dec 16 and 17.



A BLACK-HEADED GULL was feeding over a farm pond at Curles Neck Farm
(restricted access), Henrico Co, VA, on Dec 16.

An AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN seen at a great distance made its way to Hog
Island WMA, Surry Co, VA, Dec 16.

At least ten GREAT CORMORANTS were gathered at the Bloody Point Bar
lighthouse, Queen Anne’s Co, MD, on Dec 13.



The NORTHERN SHRIKE that has been hanging out at Sully Woodlands in Fairfax
Co, VA, was most recently reported Dec 14. A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen Dec
12 at Piney Reservoir, Garrett Co, MD.


On Dec 15, Big Stone Beach Rd in Milford Neck WA, Kent Co, DE, played host
to three species of NUTHATCH: RED-BREASTED, WHITE-BREASTED, and
BROWN-HEADED, as well as four species of WREN: WINTER, SEDGE, MARSH, and
CAROLINA. A SEDGE WREN was again found at the Chesapeake Bay Environmental
Center (Horsehead), Queen Anne’s Co, MD, Dec 14. A MARSH WREN continues at
Blandy Experimental Farm, Clarke Co, VA, with reports from Dec 16 and 17.



EVENING GROSBEAK sightings were sparse this week: in MD, single birds in
Garrett Co Dec 11, Washington Co Dec 14, and Montgomery Co Dec 17; on Dec
11, two birds in the Brentsville area of Prince William Co, VA, and four at
Falls Ridge Preserve in Montgomery Co, VA.

A small flock of RED CROSSBILLS continued to frequent Prettyboy Reservoir
in northern Baltimore Co, MD, with reports through Dec 16.



A dozen PINE SISKINS have been regulars this week at feeders in Alexandria,
VA. PINE SISKINS were spotted Dec 13 at Pinehurst Parkway Park and Dec 14
at Masonville Cove, both in Baltimore, MD.



Small numbers of SNOW BUNTINGS have been working the beach/dunes junction
along the oceanfront at the northern end of Virginia Beach, VA (between 82nd
and 85th Sts), Dec 12 to 15. Small flocks of SNOW BUNTINGS are also
flitting around Assateague Island NS, Worcester Co, MD.



An AMERICAN TREE SPARROW was discovered at Poplar Neck Marsh, Caroline Co,
MD, Dec 11. A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was seen at Curles Neck Farm (restricted
access), Henrico Co, VA, Dec 16. On Dec 11 a VESPER SPARROW was spotted
near the guard shack at the Oaks Landfill, Montgomery Co, MD. The
continuing LARK SPARROW at the National Arboretum, NE DC, showed up again
near the stream restoration area on Dec 16, and also on Dec 14 along with a
WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW. On Dec 17, the National Arboretum, NE DC, hosted a
GRASSHOPPER SPARROW. On Dec 16 a LINCOLN’S SPARROW posed for photos at the
Thalweg Farm, Cecil Co, MD.



Two immature BALTIMORE ORIOLES, male and female, were a nice find on the
Northern VA Bird Club’s Dec 12 trip to the Laurel Hill Equestrian Center,
Fairfax Co, VA. On Dec 15, a female BALTIMORE ORIOLE was observed at Oxon
Hill Farm, Prince George’s Co, MD.



Lingering warblers this week included TENNESSEE, seen at Dyke Marsh,
Fairfax Co, VA, Dec 12, and again on Dec 16, when it gave a brief look near
the entrance to Haul Rd. A NASHVILLE WABLER appeared at Kenilworth Park and
Aquatic Gardens, NE DC, Dec 16. A YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER, a CBC find, was
seen at East Potomac Park-Hains Point, DC, near the golf course clubhouse,
Dec 16 and again Dec 17. An adult male WILSON’S WARBLER was a good find at
Gunpowder Falls SP-Sweet Air, Harford Co, MD, Dec 17.



Additionally, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS were seen in a number of locations
this past week.



Single PAINTED BUNTINGS brightened several private feeders to our south in
Virginia: in Hopewell, Virginia Beach, and Chesapeake.

***

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,
https://anshome.org/naturalist-shop) is an excellent source for guidebooks
and many other nature-related titles.



To report bird sightings, e-mail your report to *<voice...>*.

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



Thank you for your interest and enjoy the birds.



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Date: 12/18/18 8:54 am
From: Patricia Valdata <pvaldata1...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Eagle Attack on Gull (Somerset Co.)
My husband and I were on the back porch when he spotted an immature Bald
Eagle attacking an immature Ring-billed Gull in the creek. After much
splashing, the eagle took off, but the commotion attracted three adult Bald
Eagles, who took turns harassing the poor gull. The gull would take off and
fly a short distance, and an eagle would swoop past it. At one point, the
gull landed near a group of four Red-breasted Mergansers (FOS), which dove
under the water, leaving the gull exposed. This went on for several
minutes, but the gull wasn't tiring and eventually the eagles gave up on
it. It seemed uninjured and has since drifted off downstream.

At one point, both birds flew right past us, about 100 feet away. It was an
amazing scene!

Pat Valdata
Crisfield, Somerset County

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