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9/18/20 4:58 pm 'James Meyers' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] More Broadwinged Hawks at Cromwell
9/18/20 2:31 pm David Gibson <20cabot...> [MDBirding] Bird Photos and Photo Tips
9/16/20 4:20 pm JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> Re: [MDBirding] Re: (no subject)
9/16/20 2:25 pm 'George Jett' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] Re: (no subject)
9/16/20 2:19 pm 'Mike Bowen' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] Re: (no subject)
9/16/20 2:00 pm 'George Jett' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Re: (no subject)
9/16/20 1:56 pm 'MikeBowen' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Re: Othello Park Frederick County
9/16/20 11:29 am JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> [MDBirding] Re: Othello Park Frederick County
9/16/20 11:27 am JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> [MDBirding] Othello Park Frederick County
9/16/20 2:54 am 'Michel Cavigelli' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] any research on migrant traps?
9/16/20 1:35 am <bghen......> <bghenson23...> Re: [MDBirding] any research on migrant traps?
9/15/20 7:50 pm 'diane Ford' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Fw: eBird Report - Needwood Mansion Pond, Sep 15, 2020
9/15/20 5:31 pm 'James Meyers' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Another Good Broad-winged Hawk count at Cromwell
9/15/20 5:25 pm John Stith <john.stith...> Re: [MDBirding] any research on migrant traps?
9/15/20 5:22 pm 'Jim Nelson' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Surprising New Yard Bird, Bethesda, Mont. Co.
9/15/20 8:27 am Haninah Levine <haninah...> Re: [MDBirding] Fort Totten Park mini-fallout
9/15/20 7:58 am Matthew Felperin <mattyfelp...> Re: [MDBirding] Fort Totten Park mini-fallout
9/15/20 6:59 am Haninah Levine <haninah...> [MDBirding] Fort Totten Park mini-fallout
9/15/20 4:29 am 'James Meyers' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Broadwinged Hawk flight at Cromwell VP Balto. Co.
9/14/20 11:27 am Jon Barrett <jonbarrettphoto...> RE: [MDBirding] any research on migrant traps?
9/14/20 11:12 am Jim Green <jkgbirdman53...> [MDBirding] Sabine’s Gull
9/14/20 11:10 am Marcia Watson <marshwren50...> RE: [MDBirding] any research on migrant traps?
9/14/20 10:38 am Phil Davis <pdavis...> Re: [MDBirding] any research on migrant traps?
9/14/20 9:16 am JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> Re: [MDBirding] any research on migrant traps?
9/14/20 8:23 am Marcia Watson <marshwren50...> Re: [MDBirding] any research on migrant traps?
9/14/20 7:56 am Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...> Re: [MDBirding] any research on migrant traps?
9/14/20 7:49 am Steve Long <steve.long4...> Re: [MDBirding] any research on migrant traps?
9/14/20 7:22 am 'Russ Ruffing' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] any research on migrant traps?
9/14/20 6:25 am David Gibson <20cabot...> Re: [MDBirding] any research on migrant traps?
9/14/20 6:13 am 'Michel Cavigelli' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] any research on migrant traps?
9/14/20 5:59 am John Stith <john.stith...> [MDBirding] any research on migrant traps?
9/13/20 10:32 am Stephanie Pendergrass Dalke <stephanie.pendergrass...> [MDBirding] Re: Nocturnal Flight - Sept. 12 AM
9/13/20 8:29 am Joe Hanfman <auk1844...> [MDBirding] Sabine’s Gull PG
9/12/20 11:20 am JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> [MDBirding] FREDCO Hummingbirds today
9/12/20 10:59 am JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> [MDBirding] Well named
9/12/20 9:36 am Winger and June West <westw...> [MDBirding] Bird Magazines
9/12/20 9:02 am Kevin Graff <keyweststyle2001...> [MDBirding] Hart-Miller Island, 09/11/20
9/12/20 2:46 am <rndo......> <rndouglas...> [MDBirding] Nocturnal Flight - Sept. 12 AM
9/11/20 5:39 pm Pat <pvaldata1...> Re: [MDBirding] Re: Connecticut Warbler at Turkey Pt.
9/11/20 5:07 pm Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...> Re: [MDBirding] Re: Connecticut Warbler at Turkey Pt.
9/11/20 4:41 pm Cheryl Hogue <cheryl.hogue...> [MDBirding] Re: Connecticut Warbler at Turkey Pt.
9/11/20 2:22 pm Tim Houghton <timhoughton...> [MDBirding] Connecticut Warbler at Turkey Pt.
9/11/20 2:05 pm David Gibson <20cabot...> [MDBirding] Birds Are Markers
9/11/20 10:14 am Derek Richardson <derek.c.richardson...> Re: [MDBirding] sound clip opinion sought
9/11/20 9:49 am Matthew Felperin <mattyfelp...> Re: [MDBirding] sound clip opinion sought
9/11/20 9:44 am David Gibson <20cabot...> Re: [MDBirding] sound clip opinion sought
9/11/20 9:02 am Matthew Felperin <mattyfelp...> Re: [MDBirding] sound clip opinion sought
9/11/20 8:44 am Derek Richardson <derek.c.richardson...> [MDBirding] sound clip opinion sought
9/10/20 7:51 am Harry Armistead <harryarmistead...> [MDBirding] Ferry Neck, September 4-8, 2020.
9/9/20 6:27 pm Andy Martin <apmartin2...> [MDBirding] Re: Red-breasted Nuthatches, Laytonsville
9/9/20 5:06 pm Haninah Levine <haninah...> Re: [MDBirding] Blue jay tail variation
9/9/20 4:44 pm Scott Young <wsyacy...> [MDBirding] Blue jay tail variation
9/9/20 3:02 pm Matthew Felperin <mattyfelp...> [MDBirding] Red-breasted Nuthatches, Laytonsville
9/9/20 11:43 am 'Fred Shaffer' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] DC Sabine's Gull
9/9/20 10:19 am Patricia Valdata <pvaldata1...> [MDBirding] anting
9/9/20 9:05 am Matthew Felperin <mattyfelp...> Re: [MDBirding] Sabine’s Gull Washington Sailing Marina
9/9/20 8:13 am Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...> [MDBirding] Sabine’s Gull Washington Sailing Marina
9/6/20 6:03 pm Marcia Watson <marshwren50...> [MDBirding] Mill Creek MOS Sanctuary - Closed Until Jan 31
9/6/20 4:56 pm <gel......> <geldds...> [MDBirding] Lesser Yellowlegs at Lake Roland
9/6/20 9:45 am David Gibson <20cabot...> [MDBirding] Green Heron Album
9/5/20 6:06 pm Matthew Felperin <mattyfelp...> Re: [MDBirding] Big morning at Wheaton Regional Park 9/5
9/5/20 5:38 pm David Gibson <20cabot...> [MDBirding] A Green Heron Album
9/5/20 2:51 pm David Gibson <20cabot...> [MDBirding] A Green Heron Album
9/5/20 1:43 pm Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...> [MDBirding] Big morning at Wheaton Regional Park 9/5
9/5/20 9:06 am Sandra Farkas <sandralfarkas2...> Re: [MDBirding] Painting wind turbine blades black to decrease bird hits
9/5/20 3:51 am 'Ross Geredien' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Great White Heron
9/4/20 8:55 am 'Jim Stasz' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] White-winged Dove reported on eBird in Waldorf, Charles County.
9/4/20 7:45 am Scott Young <wsyacy...> Re: [MDBirding] Painting wind turbine blades black to decrease bird hits
9/4/20 6:34 am Steve Long <steve.long4...> Re: [MDBirding] Painting wind turbine blades black to decrease bird hits
9/4/20 5:58 am Scott Young <wsyacy...> Re: [MDBirding] Painting wind turbine blades black to decrease bird hits
9/4/20 4:41 am Joe Hanfman <auk1844...> [MDBirding] Red-necked Phalarope - Dorchester
9/4/20 2:43 am Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4...> Re: [MDBirding] Painting wind turbine blades black to decrease bird hits
9/3/20 8:59 pm 'Paul O'Brien' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] Painting wind turbine blades black to decrease bird hits
9/3/20 7:10 pm Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4...> Re: [MDBirding] Painting wind turbine blades black to decrease bird hits
9/3/20 7:05 pm Roberta Reichwein <b.reichwein...> [MDBirding] Re: (no subject)
9/3/20 6:53 pm 'George Jett' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Re: (no subject)
9/3/20 6:50 pm Bobbi <b.reichwein...> [MDBirding] Painting wind turbine blades black to decrease bird hits
9/3/20 11:32 am Phil Davis <pdavis...> [MDBirding] Red-cockaded Woodpecker, Golden Hill, 17 Sep 1960
9/3/20 9:44 am 'Mike Bowen' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] Avocet at Wheaton Regional Park?
9/3/20 8:08 am Harry Armistead <harryarmistead...> [MDBirding] September 19 Dorchester County fall bird count
9/3/20 7:58 am Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...> Re: [MDBirding] Avocet at Wheaton Regional Park?
9/3/20 7:49 am 'Jim Stasz' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> RE: [MDBirding] Avocet at Wheaton Regional Park?
9/3/20 6:36 am Anna Urciolo <anna.urciolo...> [MDBirding] Avocet at Wheaton Regional Park?
9/2/20 1:22 pm 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] Great Egret or Great White Heron?
9/2/20 12:47 pm Matthew Felperin <mattyfelp...> Re: [MDBirding] Avocet still present 3:15 at Wheaton
9/2/20 12:46 pm Matthew Felperin <mattyfelp...> Re: [MDBirding] Great Egret or Great White Heron?
9/2/20 12:25 pm 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Great Egret or Great White Heron?
9/2/20 12:14 pm 'Scott Young' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Avocet still present 3:15 at Wheaton
9/2/20 12:12 pm Harry Armistead <harryarmistead...> [MDBirding] Eastern Shore, September 16-18, 1960.
9/2/20 12:11 pm Tim Houghton <timhoughton...> [MDBirding] Irvine AGAIN golden-winged...and more
9/2/20 5:32 am Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...> [MDBirding] Avocet at Wheaton Regional
9/1/20 1:59 pm Kevin Graff <keyweststyle2001...> [MDBirding] Cromwell Valley Park, 09/01/20
9/1/20 12:01 pm Pat <pvaldata1...> [MDBirding] Black Skimmers in Crisfield
9/1/20 11:14 am Harry Armistead <harryarmistead...> [MDBirding] lower Eastern Shore (& Brigantine, NJ), August 21-30, 2020 + some German tongue twisters)
8/31/20 6:19 pm Kevin Graff <keyweststyle2001...> [MDBirding] Hart-Miller Island, 08/31/20
8/31/20 11:50 am Cheryl Hogue <cheryl.hogue...> [MDBirding] Re: Confirmation help on Snowy Egret (with yellow legs)
8/31/20 5:30 am 'Ted on Little Round Bay' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Re: FREDCO, RHWP, 8-26-2020
8/30/20 5:13 pm <rob.hil......> <rob.hilton.2010...> [MDBirding] Re: Confirmation help on Snowy Egret (with yellow legs)
8/30/20 4:24 pm 'George Jett' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] Confirmation help on Snowy Egret (with yellow legs)
8/30/20 3:36 pm 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] Trumpeter Swans?
8/30/20 2:02 pm Les R. Becker <lesrbecker2...> [MDBirding] Carroll County White Ibis
8/30/20 1:55 pm FRANCES TOLER <francestoler...> [MDBirding] Trumpeter Swans?
8/30/20 12:32 pm David Gibson <20cabot...> Re: [MDBirding] Confirmation help on Snowy Egret (with yellow legs)
8/30/20 12:12 pm 'Ted on Little Round Bay' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Confirmation help on Snowy Egret (with yellow legs)
8/29/20 10:12 am JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> [MDBirding] FREDCO Yard birds today
8/28/20 1:55 pm Harry Armistead <harryarmistead...> [MDBirding] lower Eastern Shore, August 5-9, 16-20, 2020.
8/28/20 1:54 pm David Gibson <20cabot...> [MDBirding] A Green Heron Colony
8/28/20 11:51 am Tim Houghton <timhoughton...> [MDBirding] correction on my checklist today
8/27/20 3:51 pm Patricia Valdata <pvaldata1...> [MDBirding] fall migration
8/27/20 2:32 pm 'Peter Kaestner' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Possible Long-billed Dowitcher at Paper Mill Flats 17:30 Thursday
8/27/20 1:48 pm Matthew Felperin <mattyfelp...> Re: [MDBirding] Bird ID help
8/27/20 11:17 am Joe Hanfman <auk1844...> Re: [MDBirding] Bird ID help
8/27/20 11:16 am Tim Carney <timmyc83...> [MDBirding] Re: Bird ID help
8/27/20 11:15 am Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4...> Re: [MDBirding] Bird ID help
8/27/20 11:13 am Strobel, Warren <warren.strobel...> Re: [MDBirding] Bird ID help
8/27/20 11:11 am Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4...> Re: [MDBirding] Bird ID help
8/27/20 11:09 am Edmund LeGrand <edmundlegrand...> [MDBirding] Re: Help Needed - Bird Song Survey
8/27/20 11:09 am lhg5037 <lhg5037...> [MDBirding] Bird ID help
8/27/20 6:12 am 'diane Ford' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Fw: eBird Report - Aspen Hill, Aug 26, 2020
8/26/20 3:21 pm Janet Millenson <janet...> Re: [MDBirding] RTHU video
8/26/20 2:14 pm JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> [MDBirding] RTHU video
8/26/20 2:11 pm Harry Armistead <harryarmistead...> [MDBirding] Dorchester's south islands, August 23, 2020.
8/26/20 2:10 pm Steve Ferendo, Frederick, MD <stevefinmd...> [MDBirding] FREDCO, RHWP, 8-26-2020
8/26/20 10:44 am Derek Richardson <derek.c.richardson...> [MDBirding] Rocky Gorge warblers and more
8/25/20 4:44 pm Kevin Graff <keyweststyle2001...> [MDBirding] Cromwell Valley Park, 08/25/20
8/25/20 3:00 pm 'MikeBowen' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Re: Help Needed - Bird Song Survey
8/25/20 2:47 pm David Gibson <20cabot...> Re: [MDBirding] Help Needed - Bird Song Survey
8/25/20 2:08 pm Matthew Felperin <mattyfelp...> Re: [MDBirding] Help Needed - Bird Song Survey
8/25/20 1:03 pm Hugh McGuinness <hdmcguinness...> Re: [MDBirding] Help Needed - Bird Song Survey
8/25/20 12:41 pm Marcia Watson <marshwren50...> [MDBirding] Help Needed - Bird Song Survey
8/24/20 5:10 pm 'James Meyers' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Nighthawks (finally!)
8/23/20 5:09 pm Haninah Levine <haninah...> Re: [MDBirding] Help with confusing molting duck ID
8/23/20 5:07 pm Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4...> Re: [MDBirding] Help with confusing molting duck ID
8/23/20 5:02 pm Haninah Levine <haninah...> [MDBirding] Help with confusing molting duck ID
8/23/20 6:40 am guineabird via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] Carbo-loading Hummingbirds
8/22/20 2:49 pm Les Eastman <les...> Fwd: Re: [MDBirding] Carbo-loading Hummingbirds
8/22/20 12:14 pm 'Paul O'Brien' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Carbo-loading Hummingbirds
8/22/20 8:09 am 'Michel Cavigelli' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] EBird telephone app use
8/21/20 6:07 pm Matthew Felperin <mattyfelp...> Re: [MDBirding] VA bird
8/21/20 4:26 pm JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> [MDBirding] VA bird
8/21/20 2:46 pm Susan Hood <susanjhood...> [MDBirding] Fwd: Golden-winged Warbler Irvine
8/21/20 2:30 pm Gabriel Foley <gabriel.j.foley...> Re: [MDBirding] EBird telephone app use
8/21/20 2:17 pm JB Churchill <jchurchi...> Re: [MDBirding] EBird telephone app use
8/21/20 2:12 pm Georgia McDonald <gmcdonald1501...> [MDBirding] EBird telephone app use
8/21/20 11:41 am Patricia Valdata <pvaldata1...> Re: [MDBirding] Mystery marsh bird
8/21/20 10:22 am Harry Armistead <harryarmistead...> Re: [MDBirding] Mystery marsh bird
8/21/20 8:30 am Tim Houghton <timhoughton...> [MDBirding] Golden winged at irvine
8/21/20 3:46 am David Gibson <20cabot...> Re: [MDBirding] Mystery marsh bird
8/20/20 8:51 pm Pat <pvaldata1...> [MDBirding] Mystery marsh bird
8/20/20 4:09 pm David Gibson <20cabot...> [MDBirding] Anatomy of a Photo Shoot, Part Three
8/20/20 3:12 pm David Gibson <20cabot...> [MDBirding] Anatomy of a Photo Shoot, Part Three
8/20/20 3:10 pm David Gibson <20cabot...> [MDBirding] Anatomy of a Photo shoot, Part Three
8/20/20 10:30 am Eugene J. Scarpulla <ejscarp...> [MDBirding] Maryland Birdlife: Call for Submissions for the Spring 2021 Issue
8/20/20 5:46 am JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> [MDBirding] FREDCO EUCD checklist request
8/19/20 8:49 pm JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> [MDBirding] Re: FREDCO EUCDs and GHOW calling
8/19/20 7:04 pm JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> [MDBirding] FREDCO EUCDs and GHOW calling
8/19/20 5:26 pm Marcia Watson <marshwren50...> [MDBirding] Black/Latinx Scholarship Announcement
8/19/20 1:00 pm Kevin Graff <keyweststyle2001...> [MDBirding] Cromwell Valley Park, 08/18/20
8/19/20 12:39 pm Tim Houghton <timhoughton...> [MDBirding] Mourning Warbler, Cromwell
8/19/20 11:33 am Walter Ellison <rossgull61...> Re: [MDBirding] More ID help
8/19/20 11:00 am Hugh McGuinness <hdmcguinness...> Re: [MDBirding] More ID help
8/19/20 10:36 am Jack Saba <jlsaba001...> [MDBirding] More ID help
8/19/20 9:43 am Jack Saba <jlsaba001...> [MDBirding] Re: Y-B Flycatcher?
8/19/20 9:43 am Jack Saba <jlsaba001...> [MDBirding] Y-B Flycatcher?
 
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Date: 9/18/20 4:58 pm
From: 'James Meyers' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] More Broadwinged Hawks at Cromwell
Patience and perseverance paid off at the Cromwell V.P. Hawkwatch on
Friday, Sept. 18th with over 500 Broad-winged Hawks seen late afternoon.
Most of the day was very slow with few birds seen against a cloudy sky.
By 2:00 PM the sky turned into a nice mix of sun and clouds as a North
wind continued. The flight did not start in earnest until around 4:00 PM.
This weekend could bring more nice flights as several hawkwatch sites north
of us had over a thousand BWs each on Friday. These include Scotts Mnt.
NY., Mnt. Peter, NY. and Quaker Ridge, Conn. Go to *hawkcount.org.* for
details.

Jim Meyers
Nottingham, MD

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Date: 9/18/20 2:31 pm
From: David Gibson <20cabot...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Bird Photos and Photo Tips
Hi fellow birders, Here
<https://birdpartner.com/2020/09/18/bird-photo-tips/> are a few photos from
the season that has passed, as well as a few photo tips that I hope will be
helpful.

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Date: 9/16/20 4:20 pm
From: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Re: (no subject)
The naming is a little more interesting...

Clipped from FNP which can't be read for free...

Frederick *County Parks* and Recreation's new *Othello Regional Park* near
Knoxville Thursday afternoon. The nearly complete project is built on a
214-acre piece of farmland purchased in 2008. The *park is named after
Othello*, a Black slave who became free *after* the Civil War... Aug 20,
2020

Jim S

On Wed, Sep 16, 2020, 5:25 PM 'George Jett' via Maryland & DC Birding <
<mdbirding...> wrote:

> And they have Shakespeare plays in the weekend.
>
> Sent from AOL Mobile Mail
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>
> On Wednesday, September 16, 2020, 'Mike Bowen' via Maryland & DC Birding <
> <mdbirding...> wrote:
>
> George: Right on. It's probably the only park in the state at which a
> Verdi opera plays around the clock . . . .
>
> MB
>
> D. H. Michael Bowen
> 8609 Ewing Drive
> Bethesda, Maryland 20817
> Phone/fax: (301) 530-5764
>
>
> On Wednesday, September 16, 2020, 5:00:45 PM EDT, 'George Jett' via
> Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> wrote:
>
>
>
>
> Mike
> Who is the manager. — Desdemona? & the guard Iago.
>
> Cheers
> GJ
>
>
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> On Wednesday, September 16, 2020, 'MikeBowen' via Maryland & DC Birding <
> <mdbirding...> wrote:
>
> Yes, Othello Park was recommended as an eBird Hotspot about 10 days ago
> and established as a new Hotspot just over a week ago.
>
> Mike Bowen
> Bethesda
> eBird Volunteer Hotspot Reviewer for Maryland
>
>
>
> On Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at 2:27:34 PM UTC-4, James Speicher wrote:
>
> Website
>
> https://www.recreater.com/705/ Othello-Regional-Park
> <https://www.recreater.com/705/Othello-Regional-Park>
>
> Has just opened. Is it possible to pre-designate it as a hotspot?
>
> Jim S
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Date: 9/16/20 2:25 pm
From: 'George Jett' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Re: (no subject)
And they have Shakespeare plays in the weekend. 

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George:  Right on.  It's probably the only park in the state at which a Verdi opera plays around the clock . . . .

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Mike Who is the manager. — Desdemona?  & the guard Iago.
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  Yes, Othello Park was recommended as an eBird Hotspot about 10 days ago and established as a new Hotspot just over a week ago.
Mike BowenBethesdaeBird Volunteer Hotspot Reviewer for Maryland



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Date: 9/16/20 2:19 pm
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Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Re: (no subject)
George:  Right on.  It's probably the only park in the state at which a Verdi opera plays around the clock . . . .

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Mike Who is the manager. — Desdemona?  & the guard Iago.
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  Yes, Othello Park was recommended as an eBird Hotspot about 10 days ago and established as a new Hotspot just over a week ago.
Mike BowenBethesdaeBird Volunteer Hotspot Reviewer for Maryland



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Date: 9/16/20 2:00 pm
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Subject: [MDBirding] Re: (no subject)


Mike Who is the manager. — Desdemona?  & the guard Iago.
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Mike BowenBethesdaeBird Volunteer Hotspot Reviewer for Maryland



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Date: 9/16/20 1:56 pm
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Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Othello Park Frederick County
Yes, Othello Park was recommended as an eBird Hotspot about 10 days ago
and established as a new Hotspot just over a week ago.

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> Website
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> Has just opened. Is it possible to pre-designate it as a hotspot?
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Date: 9/16/20 11:29 am
From: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Othello Park Frederick County
Knew I should have checked...

Already done...nice!

Jim S

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Date: 9/16/20 11:27 am
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Subject: [MDBirding] Othello Park Frederick County
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Has just opened. Is it possible to pre-designate it as a hotspot?

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Date: 9/16/20 2:54 am
From: 'Michel Cavigelli' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] any research on migrant traps?
John,

Cool that you are exploring potential hotspots! I think there's lots of potential under birded locations. Having said that, birds became active later than usual in my neighborhood the day you were out, perhaps because of the wildfire induced haze...

Michel

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> On Sep 15, 2020, at 8:30 PM, John Stith <john.stith...> wrote:
>
> Well I experimented with this by trying a park that's not an eBird Hotspot, to see if I could identify an unknown migrant trap. I looked at terrain maps for my area and picked Cheverly Nature Park. It's on a significant hill I can see from my house five miles away, and it has an east-facing forested slope.
>
> I was there at sunrise this morning and did not see that much movement. I doubt it was any more birdy than anywhere else this morning. There is a lot of highway noise there. Might that be another factor in migrant traps -- do they choose places with less human noise? The hazy light this morning didn't help either; there was no sunlight hitting the top of the trees. I moved on to Euclid Street Park in Cheverly around 8 a.m. and did see a few different warblers there, but they moved so fast I could only identify a common yellowthroat among them.
>
> I did hear one call at Cheverly Nature Park that might be a life bird for me. Is the attached recording definitely a rose-breasted grosbeak, or are there other calls this could be?
>
> Thanks!
> John Stith
> Chillum, Md.
>
>> On Monday, September 14, 2020 at 2:27:47 PM UTC-4 <jonbarr......> wrote:
>> Currently the Rte. 193 entrance is blocked off, with a sign directing you to park across the street on Walker Lane.
>>
>> Jon
>>
>> Jon Barrett
>> <jonbarr......>
>> Greenbelt, MD
>>
>>
>>
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: <mdbi......> <mdbi......> On Behalf Of Marcia Watson
>> Sent: Monday, September 14, 2020 2:10 PM
>> To: 'Phil Davis' <pda......>; 'MDbirding' <mdbi......>
>> Subject: RE: [MDBirding] any research on migrant traps?
>>
>> And to follow up on Phil's remarks about Greenbelt National Park: I too would often pull in there for a lunch break when I was working in College Park. In my opinion, Greenbelt Park is way under-birded and deserves more attention. It has good topography, as Phil says, and good habitat. The main entrance is on Rte 193/ Greenbelt Road just east of the interchange for Rte 201. The back entrance that Phil mentions, on Good Luck Road, is not always open, or even if the outer gate is open, the inner gate, providing access to the road network within the park, may be closed. If you enter from Rte 193, normally you can drive the whole loop through the park and this is an excellent choice for those who are mobility-impaired. However, at present there is a road upgrade going on within the park and the loop road may be all or partially closed. I haven't been there recently to see for sure what the situation is. For more information on birding the park, see https://birdersguidemddc.org/site/greenbelt-national-park/.
>>
>> Marcia
>> _________
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>> Patuxent Bird Club
>> A Chapter of the Maryland Ornithological Society www.patuxentbirdclub.org
>>
>> Bowie, MD
>> <Marsh......>
>>
>>
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: <mdbi......> [mailto:<mdbi......>] On Behalf Of Phil Davis
>> Sent: Monday, September 14, 2020 1:38 PM
>> To: MDbirding
>> Subject: Re: [MDBirding] any research on migrant traps?
>>
>> Hi Michael, et al.
>>
>> FYI ... I used to work in Greenbelt and would often eat a sandwich at lunchtime at the Greenbelt National Park entrance just off of Good Luck Road (across from Parkdale HS). I believe this was one of the highest point in the park and I often had great luck there, right from the parking lot ... Mourning Warbler comes to mind ... and there was typically no one else around. However, this was decades ago ... sigh ...
>>
>> Phil
>>
>> At 09:13 09/14/2020, 'Michel Cavigelli' via Maryland & DC Birding wrote:
>> >Good question. I have wondered the same. My neighborhood in Greenbelt
>> >(PG Co) seems to have substantially more migrants than those of two
>> >birding friends who live at lower elevations in Greenbelt...I have
>> >assumed that elevation is part of the issue but places like rock Creek
>> >Park often have more diversity and higher numbers than my neighborhood
>> >(but also many more birders...).
>> >
>> >Michel Cavigelli
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Date: 9/16/20 1:35 am
From: <bghen......> <bghenson23...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] any research on migrant traps?
Yes, there is a classic Rose-breasted Grosbeak call in that recording - my
favorite description of it is 'sneaker squeaking on gym floor'

On Tuesday, September 15, 2020 at 8:25:26 PM UTC-4 <john.......> wrote:

> Well I experimented with this by trying a park that's not an eBird
> Hotspot, to see if I could identify an unknown migrant trap. I looked at
> terrain maps for my area and picked Cheverly Nature Park. It's on a
> significant hill I can see from my house five miles away, and it has an
> east-facing forested slope.
>
> I was there at sunrise this morning and did not see that much movement. I
> doubt it was any more birdy than anywhere else this morning. There is a lot
> of highway noise there. Might that be another factor in migrant traps -- do
> they choose places with less human noise? The hazy light this morning
> didn't help either; there was no sunlight hitting the top of the trees. I
> moved on to Euclid Street Park in Cheverly around 8 a.m. and did see a few
> different warblers there, but they moved so fast I could only identify a
> common yellowthroat among them.
>
> I did hear one call at Cheverly Nature Park that might be a life bird for
> me. Is the attached recording definitely a rose-breasted grosbeak, or are
> there other calls this could be?
>
> Thanks!
> John Stith
> Chillum, Md.
>
> On Monday, September 14, 2020 at 2:27:47 PM UTC-4 <jonbarr......>
> wrote:
>
>> Currently the Rte. 193 entrance is blocked off, with a sign directing you
>> to park across the street on Walker Lane.
>>
>> Jon
>>
>> Jon Barrett
>> <jonbarr......>
>> Greenbelt, MD
>>
>>
>>
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: <mdbi......> <mdbi......> On Behalf Of
>> Marcia Watson
>> Sent: Monday, September 14, 2020 2:10 PM
>> To: 'Phil Davis' <pda......>; 'MDbirding' <
>> <mdbi......>
>> Subject: RE: [MDBirding] any research on migrant traps?
>>
>> And to follow up on Phil's remarks about Greenbelt National Park: I too
>> would often pull in there for a lunch break when I was working in College
>> Park. In my opinion, Greenbelt Park is way under-birded and deserves more
>> attention. It has good topography, as Phil says, and good habitat. The main
>> entrance is on Rte 193/ Greenbelt Road just east of the interchange for Rte
>> 201. The back entrance that Phil mentions, on Good Luck Road, is not always
>> open, or even if the outer gate is open, the inner gate, providing access
>> to the road network within the park, may be closed. If you enter from Rte
>> 193, normally you can drive the whole loop through the park and this is an
>> excellent choice for those who are mobility-impaired. However, at present
>> there is a road upgrade going on within the park and the loop road may be
>> all or partially closed. I haven't been there recently to see for sure what
>> the situation is. For more information on birding the park, see
>> https://birdersguidemddc.org/site/greenbelt-national-park/.
>>
>> Marcia
>> _________
>> Marcia Watson
>> Patuxent Bird Club
>> A Chapter of the Maryland Ornithological Society www.patuxentbirdclub.org
>>
>> Bowie, MD
>> <Marsh......>
>>
>>
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: <mdbi......> [mailto:<mdbi......>] On
>> Behalf Of Phil Davis
>> Sent: Monday, September 14, 2020 1:38 PM
>> To: MDbirding
>> Subject: Re: [MDBirding] any research on migrant traps?
>>
>> Hi Michael, et al.
>>
>> FYI ... I used to work in Greenbelt and would often eat a sandwich at
>> lunchtime at the Greenbelt National Park entrance just off of Good Luck
>> Road (across from Parkdale HS). I believe this was one of the highest point
>> in the park and I often had great luck there, right from the parking lot
>> ... Mourning Warbler comes to mind ... and there was typically no one else
>> around. However, this was decades ago ... sigh ...
>>
>> Phil
>>
>> At 09:13 09/14/2020, 'Michel Cavigelli' via Maryland & DC Birding wrote:
>> >Good question. I have wondered the same. My neighborhood in Greenbelt
>> >(PG Co) seems to have substantially more migrants than those of two
>> >birding friends who live at lower elevations in Greenbelt...I have
>> >assumed that elevation is part of the issue but places like rock Creek
>> >Park often have more diversity and higher numbers than my neighborhood
>> >(but also many more birders...).
>> >
>> >Michel Cavigelli
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Date: 9/15/20 7:50 pm
From: 'diane Ford' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fw: eBird Report - Needwood Mansion Pond, Sep 15, 2020
 It was a good morning to be out. As predicted, it was an active.  Probably had some misses since birds were darting here and there. Best bird was Red-breasted Nuthatch feeding in pines by the pond.
D. Ford

----- Forwarded Message ----- From: "<ebird-checklist...>" <ebird-checklist...>To: "<dmford455...>" <dmford455...>Sent: Tuesday, September 15, 2020, 10:46:30 PM EDTSubject: eBird Report - Needwood Mansion Pond, Sep 15, 2020
Needwood Mansion Pond, Montgomery, Maryland, US
Sep 15, 2020 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Protocol: Traveling
0.02 mile(s)
Checklist Comments:    Very active migrant day! Observed one banded Northern Parula Warbler fall immature. Black-throated green warbler parent feeding young!
46 species (+2 other taxa)

Canada Goose  2
Chimney Swift  1
Black Vulture  2
Turkey Vulture  4
Sharp-shinned Hawk  1
Red-shouldered Hawk  1
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  2
Downy Woodpecker  2
Northern Flicker  1
Eastern Wood-Pewee  6
flycatcher sp. (Tyrannidae sp.)  1
Red-eyed Vireo  7
vireo sp.  1
Blue Jay  2
American Crow  4
Carolina Chickadee  4
Tufted Titmouse  2
Red-breasted Nuthatch  1
White-breasted Nuthatch  2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  1
House Wren  1
Carolina Wren  4
European Starling  1
Gray Catbird  8
Brown Thrasher  1
Northern Mockingbird  1
Eastern Bluebird  1
Veery  1
Swainson's Thrush  1
Wood Thrush  1
American Robin  7
Cedar Waxwing  5
American Goldfinch  2
Eastern Towhee  1
Common Grackle  6
Black-and-white Warbler  4
Common Yellowthroat  2
American Redstart  6
Northern Parula  6
Magnolia Warbler  4
Bay-breasted Warbler  1
Chestnut-sided Warbler  2
Black-throated Blue Warbler  4
Black-throated Green Warbler  4    Observed one possible parent bird feeding young in tree. Was catching food and feeding.
Canada Warbler  2
Scarlet Tanager  1
Northern Cardinal  5

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S73653022

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Date: 9/15/20 5:31 pm
From: 'James Meyers' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Another Good Broad-winged Hawk count at Cromwell
Over 1,000 Broad-winged Hawks were seen today, Tuesday Sept.15th, at the
Cromwell Valley Park Hawk Watch. Beginning at 8:45 AM numerous groups were
seen rising from their roosts, gaining height and moving off quickly
utilizing a nice NNE wind. The largest single group was about 230 birds,
and the flight was intermittent until it ended by 4:00 PM.
Go to *hawkcount.org *for details.

Jim Meyers
Nottingham MD.

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Date: 9/15/20 5:25 pm
From: John Stith <john.stith...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] any research on migrant traps?
Well I experimented with this by trying a park that's not an eBird Hotspot,
to see if I could identify an unknown migrant trap. I looked at terrain
maps for my area and picked Cheverly Nature Park. It's on a significant
hill I can see from my house five miles away, and it has an east-facing
forested slope.

I was there at sunrise this morning and did not see that much movement. I
doubt it was any more birdy than anywhere else this morning. There is a lot
of highway noise there. Might that be another factor in migrant traps -- do
they choose places with less human noise? The hazy light this morning
didn't help either; there was no sunlight hitting the top of the trees. I
moved on to Euclid Street Park in Cheverly around 8 a.m. and did see a few
different warblers there, but they moved so fast I could only identify a
common yellowthroat among them.

I did hear one call at Cheverly Nature Park that might be a life bird for
me. Is the attached recording definitely a rose-breasted grosbeak, or are
there other calls this could be?

Thanks!
John Stith
Chillum, Md.

On Monday, September 14, 2020 at 2:27:47 PM UTC-4 <jonbarr......>
wrote:

> Currently the Rte. 193 entrance is blocked off, with a sign directing you
> to park across the street on Walker Lane.
>
> Jon
>
> Jon Barrett
> <jonbarr......>
> Greenbelt, MD
>
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: <mdbi......> <mdbi......> On Behalf Of
> Marcia Watson
> Sent: Monday, September 14, 2020 2:10 PM
> To: 'Phil Davis' <pda......>; 'MDbirding' <
> <mdbi......>
> Subject: RE: [MDBirding] any research on migrant traps?
>
> And to follow up on Phil's remarks about Greenbelt National Park: I too
> would often pull in there for a lunch break when I was working in College
> Park. In my opinion, Greenbelt Park is way under-birded and deserves more
> attention. It has good topography, as Phil says, and good habitat. The main
> entrance is on Rte 193/ Greenbelt Road just east of the interchange for Rte
> 201. The back entrance that Phil mentions, on Good Luck Road, is not always
> open, or even if the outer gate is open, the inner gate, providing access
> to the road network within the park, may be closed. If you enter from Rte
> 193, normally you can drive the whole loop through the park and this is an
> excellent choice for those who are mobility-impaired. However, at present
> there is a road upgrade going on within the park and the loop road may be
> all or partially closed. I haven't been there recently to see for sure what
> the situation is. For more information on birding the park, see
> https://birdersguidemddc.org/site/greenbelt-national-park/.
>
> Marcia
> _________
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> A Chapter of the Maryland Ornithological Society www.patuxentbirdclub.org
>
> Bowie, MD
> <Marsh......>
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: <mdbi......> [mailto:<mdbi......>] On
> Behalf Of Phil Davis
> Sent: Monday, September 14, 2020 1:38 PM
> To: MDbirding
> Subject: Re: [MDBirding] any research on migrant traps?
>
> Hi Michael, et al.
>
> FYI ... I used to work in Greenbelt and would often eat a sandwich at
> lunchtime at the Greenbelt National Park entrance just off of Good Luck
> Road (across from Parkdale HS). I believe this was one of the highest point
> in the park and I often had great luck there, right from the parking lot
> ... Mourning Warbler comes to mind ... and there was typically no one else
> around. However, this was decades ago ... sigh ...
>
> Phil
>
> At 09:13 09/14/2020, 'Michel Cavigelli' via Maryland & DC Birding wrote:
> >Good question. I have wondered the same. My neighborhood in Greenbelt
> >(PG Co) seems to have substantially more migrants than those of two
> >birding friends who live at lower elevations in Greenbelt...I have
> >assumed that elevation is part of the issue but places like rock Creek
> >Park often have more diversity and higher numbers than my neighborhood
> >(but also many more birders...).
> >
> >Michel Cavigelli
>
> ==================================
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Date: 9/15/20 5:22 pm
From: 'Jim Nelson' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Surprising New Yard Bird, Bethesda, Mont. Co.
I've been keeping track of birds seen in or from my small suburban yard in Bethesda, Montgomery County, just outside DC, since June 12, 1981.  As bird populations decline, the climate changes, and our neighborhood loses old trees and bushes as small houses get replaced by larger ones that take up nearly their entire lot, it is harder and harder to add a new species.  In early August I added a flyover Barn Swallow, not really unexpected, which was the first new species since October of 2018.
Today, as I sat on the deck after eating lunch, I saw a woodpecker land on one of my hanging feeders.  As I raised my binoculars, I expected a Red-bellied Woodpecker, but I was amazed to see an immature Red-headed Woodpecker.  We are a long way from places where Red-headed Woodpecker would be expected.
The bird was around all afternoon since being found initially around 1:10 pm. It kept visiting the hanging feeders to take black oil sunflower seeds. It appeared to be eating some of the seeds and caching others in the bark of maple and elm trees in the yard. It engaged in one bout of vocalizing between visits to feeders. It became increasingly aggressive toward other birds at the feeders driving off others, including a Blue Jay which is physically larger. It was chasing Downy and Red-bellied Woodpeckers whenever they approached the feeders or the areas in the maple and elm where the Red-headed appeared to be caching seeds, lending further support to the idea that it is protecting both its source of food (the feeders) and the caches it is creating. It's just beginning to show some red feathers scattered on the head with one small, bright red patch near the base of the mandible on the left cheek.

This is species number 128 for our yard list.
Jim NelsonBethesda, MD

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Date: 9/15/20 8:27 am
From: Haninah Levine <haninah...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Fort Totten Park mini-fallout
Thanks. Any tips on distinguishing CSWA and BBWA in autumn?

Someone else also suggested Nashville warbler for #2. Lots of
similar-looking warblers named after random locations on the East Coast!

On Tue, Sep 15, 2020 at 10:58 AM Matthew Felperin <mattyfelp...>
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> I would say chestnut sided, mourning/Connecticut (would be EXCELLENT
> find), and blue winged based on those descriptions. Cool!
>
> *Matthew J. Felperin*
>
>
> On Sep 15, 2020, at 9:59 AM, Haninah Levine <haninah...> wrote:
>
> 
> Hi gang,
>
> Hat-tip to Birdcast - following up on their prediction of heavy overnight
> movement, I went out to Fort Totten Park this morning to see what turned
> up. Around 7:15, a flock of several dozen migrants materialized in a couple
> of trees along the edge of the northern lawn. I had trouble keeping up, but
> I can say with confidence that I saw Black-and-white, Black-throated green,
> and Northern parula warblers, a Redstart, and several Red-eyed vireos, as
> well as large numbers of Empidonax flycatchers. Here is what I saw that I'm
> not confident on the ID for:
>
> - Yellowish warbler with gray, barred wings, pale undersides, and
> red-streaked sides - any tips on how to decide if it was a Chestnut-sided
> or a Bay-breasted? I got a pretty clear view, but I'm having trouble
> figuring out distinguishing field marks for these two species in autumn.
> - Yellowish warbler-like bird with slate-gray head - at the time I
> thought it was a Blue-headed vireo, which were abundant here in the early
> spring, but looking at pictures, I think there was more yellow overall than
> on a BHVI, and I'm wondering if it was a Tennessee warbler, or something
> else.
> - Solidly yellow warbler with gray, barred wings, no pale undersides
> or red streaks - likely a Blue-winged warbler, but can't rule out a Pine or
> Prothonotary warbler (both less likely based on habitat).
>
> Thanks,
>
> Haninah
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Date: 9/15/20 7:58 am
From: Matthew Felperin <mattyfelp...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Fort Totten Park mini-fallout
I would say chestnut sided, mourning/Connecticut (would be EXCELLENT find), and blue winged based on those descriptions. Cool!

Matthew J. Felperin


> On Sep 15, 2020, at 9:59 AM, Haninah Levine <haninah...> wrote:
>
> 
> Hi gang,
>
> Hat-tip to Birdcast - following up on their prediction of heavy overnight movement, I went out to Fort Totten Park this morning to see what turned up. Around 7:15, a flock of several dozen migrants materialized in a couple of trees along the edge of the northern lawn. I had trouble keeping up, but I can say with confidence that I saw Black-and-white, Black-throated green, and Northern parula warblers, a Redstart, and several Red-eyed vireos, as well as large numbers of Empidonax flycatchers. Here is what I saw that I'm not confident on the ID for:
> Yellowish warbler with gray, barred wings, pale undersides, and red-streaked sides - any tips on how to decide if it was a Chestnut-sided or a Bay-breasted? I got a pretty clear view, but I'm having trouble figuring out distinguishing field marks for these two species in autumn.
> Yellowish warbler-like bird with slate-gray head - at the time I thought it was a Blue-headed vireo, which were abundant here in the early spring, but looking at pictures, I think there was more yellow overall than on a BHVI, and I'm wondering if it was a Tennessee warbler, or something else.
> Solidly yellow warbler with gray, barred wings, no pale undersides or red streaks - likely a Blue-winged warbler, but can't rule out a Pine or Prothonotary warbler (both less likely based on habitat).
> Thanks,
>
> Haninah
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Date: 9/15/20 6:59 am
From: Haninah Levine <haninah...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fort Totten Park mini-fallout
Hi gang,

Hat-tip to Birdcast - following up on their prediction of heavy overnight
movement, I went out to Fort Totten Park this morning to see what turned
up. Around 7:15, a flock of several dozen migrants materialized in a couple
of trees along the edge of the northern lawn. I had trouble keeping up, but
I can say with confidence that I saw Black-and-white, Black-throated green,
and Northern parula warblers, a Redstart, and several Red-eyed vireos, as
well as large numbers of Empidonax flycatchers. Here is what I saw that I'm
not confident on the ID for:

- Yellowish warbler with gray, barred wings, pale undersides, and
red-streaked sides - any tips on how to decide if it was a Chestnut-sided
or a Bay-breasted? I got a pretty clear view, but I'm having trouble
figuring out distinguishing field marks for these two species in autumn.
- Yellowish warbler-like bird with slate-gray head - at the time I
thought it was a Blue-headed vireo, which were abundant here in the early
spring, but looking at pictures, I think there was more yellow overall than
on a BHVI, and I'm wondering if it was a Tennessee warbler, or something
else.
- Solidly yellow warbler with gray, barred wings, no pale undersides or
red streaks - likely a Blue-winged warbler, but can't rule out a Pine or
Prothonotary warbler (both less likely based on habitat).

Thanks,

Haninah

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Date: 9/15/20 4:29 am
From: 'James Meyers' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Broadwinged Hawk flight at Cromwell VP Balto. Co.
Over 500 Broad-winged Hawks were counted at the Cromwell Valley Park
hawkwatch on Monday, Sept.14th. Most of the flight started at around 2:00
PM after a somewhat slow morning. Bald Eagles and Kestrels also had a nice
showing, with 15 and 19 respectively. With hawkwatch sites north of us
getting good numbers also on Monday, we hope to get another nice flight
today. Go to *hawkcount.org *for details.

Jim Meyers
Nottingham, MD.

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Date: 9/14/20 11:27 am
From: Jon Barrett <jonbarrettphoto...>
Subject: RE: [MDBirding] any research on migrant traps?
Currently the Rte. 193 entrance is blocked off, with a sign directing you to park across the street on Walker Lane.

Jon

Jon Barrett
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Greenbelt, MD



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To: 'Phil Davis' <pdavis...>; 'MDbirding' <mdbirding...>
Subject: RE: [MDBirding] any research on migrant traps?

And to follow up on Phil's remarks about Greenbelt National Park: I too would often pull in there for a lunch break when I was working in College Park. In my opinion, Greenbelt Park is way under-birded and deserves more attention. It has good topography, as Phil says, and good habitat. The main entrance is on Rte 193/ Greenbelt Road just east of the interchange for Rte 201. The back entrance that Phil mentions, on Good Luck Road, is not always open, or even if the outer gate is open, the inner gate, providing access to the road network within the park, may be closed. If you enter from Rte 193, normally you can drive the whole loop through the park and this is an excellent choice for those who are mobility-impaired. However, at present there is a road upgrade going on within the park and the loop road may be all or partially closed. I haven't been there recently to see for sure what the situation is. For more information on birding the park, see https://birdersguidemddc.org/site/greenbelt-national-park/.

Marcia
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Sent: Monday, September 14, 2020 1:38 PM
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Subject: Re: [MDBirding] any research on migrant traps?

Hi Michael, et al.

FYI ... I used to work in Greenbelt and would often eat a sandwich at lunchtime at the Greenbelt National Park entrance just off of Good Luck Road (across from Parkdale HS). I believe this was one of the highest point in the park and I often had great luck there, right from the parking lot ... Mourning Warbler comes to mind ... and there was typically no one else around. However, this was decades ago ... sigh ...

Phil

At 09:13 09/14/2020, 'Michel Cavigelli' via Maryland & DC Birding wrote:
>Good question. I have wondered the same. My neighborhood in Greenbelt
>(PG Co) seems to have substantially more migrants than those of two
>birding friends who live at lower elevations in Greenbelt...I have
>assumed that elevation is part of the issue but places like rock Creek
>Park often have more diversity and higher numbers than my neighborhood
>(but also many more birders...).
>
>Michel Cavigelli

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Date: 9/14/20 11:12 am
From: Jim Green <jkgbirdman53...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Sabine’s Gull
Continuing. Seen from far end of Piscataway boardwalk across the Potomac River flying back and forth just to the north with dead trees in the background. I observed 12:45 - 1:45pm and still there when I left. Scope required.

Jim Green
Gaithersburg MD

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Date: 9/14/20 11:10 am
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Subject: RE: [MDBirding] any research on migrant traps?
And to follow up on Phil's remarks about Greenbelt National Park: I too would often pull in there for a lunch break when I was working in College Park. In my opinion, Greenbelt Park is way under-birded and deserves more attention. It has good topography, as Phil says, and good habitat. The main entrance is on Rte 193/ Greenbelt Road just east of the interchange for Rte 201. The back entrance that Phil mentions, on Good Luck Road, is not always open, or even if the outer gate is open, the inner gate, providing access to the road network within the park, may be closed. If you enter from Rte 193, normally you can drive the whole loop through the park and this is an excellent choice for those who are mobility-impaired. However, at present there is a road upgrade going on within the park and the loop road may be all or partially closed. I haven't been there recently to see for sure what the situation is. For more information on birding the park, see https://birdersguidemddc.org/site/greenbelt-national-park/.

Marcia
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Sent: Monday, September 14, 2020 1:38 PM
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Subject: Re: [MDBirding] any research on migrant traps?

Hi Michael, et al.

FYI ... I used to work in Greenbelt and would often eat a sandwich at lunchtime at the Greenbelt National Park entrance just off of Good Luck Road (across from Parkdale HS). I believe this was one of the highest point in the park and I often had great luck there, right from the parking lot ... Mourning Warbler comes to mind ... and there was typically no one else around. However, this was decades ago ... sigh ...

Phil

At 09:13 09/14/2020, 'Michel Cavigelli' via Maryland & DC Birding wrote:
>Good question. I have wondered the same. My neighborhood in
>Greenbelt (PG Co) seems to have substantially more migrants than
>those of two birding friends who live at lower elevations in
>Greenbelt...I have assumed that elevation is part of the issue but
>places like rock Creek Park often have more diversity and higher
>numbers than my neighborhood (but also many more birders...).
>
>Michel Cavigelli

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Date: 9/14/20 10:38 am
From: Phil Davis <pdavis...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] any research on migrant traps?
Hi Michael, et al.

FYI ... I used to work in Greenbelt and would often eat a sandwich at
lunchtime at the Greenbelt National Park entrance just off of Good
Luck Road (across from Parkdale HS). I believe this was one of the
highest point in the park and I often had great luck there, right
from the parking lot ... Mourning Warbler comes to mind ... and there
was typically no one else around. However, this was decades ago ... sigh ...

Phil

At 09:13 09/14/2020, 'Michel Cavigelli' via Maryland & DC Birding wrote:
>Good question. I have wondered the same. My neighborhood in
>Greenbelt (PG Co) seems to have substantially more migrants than
>those of two birding friends who live at lower elevations in
>Greenbelt...I have assumed that elevation is part of the issue but
>places like rock Creek Park often have more diversity and higher
>numbers than my neighborhood (but also many more birders...).
>
>Michel Cavigelli

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Date: 9/14/20 9:16 am
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Subject: Re: [MDBirding] any research on migrant traps?
My two cents

All other things being equal, an east facing elevation catching first light
would be quite attractive to a migrant that had been in flight all night...

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Date: 9/14/20 8:23 am
From: Marcia Watson <marshwren50...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] any research on migrant traps?
In contrast, my yard on Collington Branch, a tributary of the Patuxent River, is NOT a migrant trap. Our house sits on the south-facing slope of the Collington Branch stream valley, with a belt of trees between us and the stream, which flows through a wide marshy floodplain. Our house sits well below the ridge at the top of the stream valley, and the trees facing our house do not catch the morning sun. The stream flows from west to east behind our house, although it turns to flow to the south a short distance away. The stream valley has over 50 acres of good habitat and connects with other good strips of habitat. It’s a great sheltered spot for breeding or wintering birds, but does not attract migrants in any numbers. But for human comfort, we’re usually 5 degrees cooler in summer and 5 degrees warmer in winter, and sheltered from high winds.

Marcia
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> On Sep 14, 2020, at 10:23 AM, 'Russ Ruffing' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> wrote:
>
> My 5.5 acre yard adjacent to Patapsco State Park In Howard County is a high point more or less, and has been a fantastic location for migrants over the years. My morning yard surveys during migration routinely match or exceed the numbers and diversity of known locations like Rock Creek and Wheaton, and most times it’s just me surveying vs multiple birders at those locations. Over the years I’ve noticed that birds tend to be flying up from the Patapsco River valley to my location at sunrise, ostensibly to forage in the trees that catch the early sun. So higher elevations may be favored simply because they catch the sun earlier than other locations.
>
> Russ Ruffing
> Woodstock, MD
>
> Sent from my iPhone
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>>> On Sep 14, 2020, at 8:59 AM, John Stith <john.stith...> wrote:
>>>
>> 
>> I've been wondering why migrant traps -- places that attract a lot of migrating birds -- are where they are.
>>
>> I read this nicely detailed description of the maintenance yard area of Rock Creek Park in DC. It points out the the yard is at the top of a hill that is higher than most of its surroundings.
>>
>> http://www.thebirdist.com/2015/10/a-crudely-drawn-guide-to-birding-at-dcs.html
>>
>> Is elevation part of what makes a migrant trap? Peninsulas like Cape May in New Jersey make a lot of sense, but what about inland. How would one go about identifying a migrant trap in a place not already widely known. Does anyone know of any published research on this?
>>
>> Thanks!
>> John Stith
>> Chillum, Md.
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Date: 9/14/20 7:56 am
From: Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] any research on migrant traps?
Actually, the way I heard it, it was Greg Gough who first figured out that - due to its elevation as one of the highest points in DC, thus catching the sun first (which causes insects to become active), as well as being on a green N/S corridor through the city - the Ridge at RCP would be a migrant trap. And it was, for decades... as described the Claudia Wild’s 1990s era bird-finding guide to DC.

When we were birding RCP in the 90’s and 2000’s, the Ridge was where to be at dawn and then as the sun rose, more vegetated areas like the Yard or the Dog Run would be better. We have not regularly birded RCP for almost a decade, and I get the impression that the Ridge is no longer as good as it once was. Have heard from longtime RCP birders that removal of vegetation - vines, brush and rough weeds- has made it less attractive but not sure if this is true. Certainly bird numbers have declined significantly.

Gail Mackiernan
Colesville

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> On Sep 14, 2020, at 10:22 AM, 'Russ Ruffing' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> wrote:
>
> My 5.5 acre yard adjacent to Patapsco State Park In Howard County is a high point more or less, and has been a fantastic location for migrants over the years. My morning yard surveys during migration routinely match or exceed the numbers and diversity of known locations like Rock Creek and Wheaton, and most times it’s just me surveying vs multiple birders at those locations. Over the years I’ve noticed that birds tend to be flying up from the Patapsco River valley to my location at sunrise, ostensibly to forage in the trees that catch the early sun. So higher elevations may be favored simply because they catch the sun earlier than other locations.
>
> Russ Ruffing
> Woodstock, MD
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
>> On Sep 14, 2020, at 8:59 AM, John Stith <john.stith...> wrote:
>>
>> 
>> I've been wondering why migrant traps -- places that attract a lot of migrating birds -- are where they are.
>>
>> I read this nicely detailed description of the maintenance yard area of Rock Creek Park in DC. It points out the the yard is at the top of a hill that is higher than most of its surroundings.
>>
>> http://www.thebirdist.com/2015/10/a-crudely-drawn-guide-to-birding-at-dcs.html
>>
>> Is elevation part of what makes a migrant trap? Peninsulas like Cape May in New Jersey make a lot of sense, but what about inland. How would one go about identifying a migrant trap in a place not already widely known. Does anyone know of any published research on this?
>>
>> Thanks!
>> John Stith
>> Chillum, Md.
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Date: 9/14/20 7:49 am
From: Steve Long <steve.long4...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] any research on migrant traps?
When I lived in Cape St. Claire, on the north side of Broadneck
Peninsula in Anne Arundel County, I had obvious migrants in the springs
and autumns that I did not see other times or elsewhere.

It is a relatively high area that sticks out into the Chesapeake Bay,
and I had reliable seed and water, both at elevated and ground levels. 
There were large trees on my lot and a wooded lot next to it with
undergrowth and ground cover.  It seemed that migrating birds would stop
there for a day or maybe just a few hours.

I suspect it has something to do with birds looking for a convenient and
safe place to rest.  Once, while sailing in very dense fog, tens of
miles east of Long Island, NY, a flock of Baltimore Orioles came out of
the fog and began circling my boat, which was motoring south at the
time.  Eventually, a male landed on my lifeline, and all the others flew
off into the fog except for one female.  That female circled the boat
for an hour while the male rested.  Even when the male moved and hid
inside one of my dorade vents, the female kept circling and never landed
on the boat.  After about an hour, the male came out and it flew off
into the fog with the female, headed roughly northward.  I don't know if
that over-water route is normal for Baltimore Orioles, or if they were
lost in the fog and had inadvertently strayed over water.  They were
flying low, and may all have been looking for someplace to land.  At
least one definitely seemed to need to rest.

Steve Long

On 9/14/2020 8:58 AM, John Stith wrote:
> I've been wondering why migrant traps -- places that attract a lot of
> migrating birds -- are where they are.
>
> I read this nicely detailed description of the maintenance yard area
> of Rock Creek Park in DC. It points out the the yard is at the top of
> a hill that is higher than most of its surroundings.
>
> http://www.thebirdist.com/2015/10/a-crudely-drawn-guide-to-birding-at-dcs.html
>
> Is elevation part of what makes a migrant trap? Peninsulas like Cape
> May in New Jersey make a lot of sense, but what about inland. How
> would one go about identifying a migrant trap in a place not already
> widely known. Does anyone know of any published research on this?
>
> Thanks!
> John Stith
> Chillum, Md.
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Date: 9/14/20 7:22 am
From: 'Russ Ruffing' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] any research on migrant traps?
My 5.5 acre yard adjacent to Patapsco State Park In Howard County is a high point more or less, and has been a fantastic location for migrants over the years. My morning yard surveys during migration routinely match or exceed the numbers and diversity of known locations like Rock Creek and Wheaton, and most times it’s just me surveying vs multiple birders at those locations. Over the years I’ve noticed that birds tend to be flying up from the Patapsco River valley to my location at sunrise, ostensibly to forage in the trees that catch the early sun. So higher elevations may be favored simply because they catch the sun earlier than other locations.

Russ Ruffing
Woodstock, MD

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> On Sep 14, 2020, at 8:59 AM, John Stith <john.stith...> wrote:
>
> 
> I've been wondering why migrant traps -- places that attract a lot of migrating birds -- are where they are.
>
> I read this nicely detailed description of the maintenance yard area of Rock Creek Park in DC. It points out the the yard is at the top of a hill that is higher than most of its surroundings.
>
> http://www.thebirdist.com/2015/10/a-crudely-drawn-guide-to-birding-at-dcs.html
>
> Is elevation part of what makes a migrant trap? Peninsulas like Cape May in New Jersey make a lot of sense, but what about inland. How would one go about identifying a migrant trap in a place not already widely known. Does anyone know of any published research on this?
>
> Thanks!
> John Stith
> Chillum, Md.
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Date: 9/14/20 6:25 am
From: David Gibson <20cabot...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] any research on migrant traps?
Fascinating stuff. Though elevation can be a factor, I think these traps
are usually ecologically healthy areas surrounded by built environments and
along major flyways. Size can play a role, too. The most significant traps
can be the smallest. No doubt there's literature out there about this.
Dave Gibson
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On Mon, Sep 14, 2020 at 9:13 AM 'Michel Cavigelli' via Maryland & DC
Birding <mdbirding...> wrote:

> Good question. I have wondered the same. My neighborhood in Greenbelt (PG
> Co) seems to have substantially more migrants than those of two birding
> friends who live at lower elevations in Greenbelt...I have assumed that
> elevation is part of the issue but places like rock Creek Park often have
> more diversity and higher numbers than my neighborhood (but also many more
> birders...).
>
> Michel Cavigelli
>
> On Monday, September 14, 2020, 08:59:13 AM EDT, John Stith <
> <john.stith...> wrote:
>
>
> I've been wondering why migrant traps -- places that attract a lot of
> migrating birds -- are where they are.
>
> I read this nicely detailed description of the maintenance yard area of
> Rock Creek Park in DC. It points out the the yard is at the top of a hill
> that is higher than most of its surroundings.
>
>
> http://www.thebirdist.com/2015/10/a-crudely-drawn-guide-to-birding-at-dcs.html
>
> Is elevation part of what makes a migrant trap? Peninsulas like Cape May
> in New Jersey make a lot of sense, but what about inland. How would one go
> about identifying a migrant trap in a place not already widely known. Does
> anyone know of any published research on this?
>
> Thanks!
> John Stith
> Chillum, Md.
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Date: 9/14/20 6:13 am
From: 'Michel Cavigelli' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] any research on migrant traps?
Good question. I have wondered the same. My neighborhood in Greenbelt (PG Co) seems to have substantially more migrants than those of two birding friends who live at lower elevations in Greenbelt...I have assumed that elevation is part of the issue but places like rock Creek Park often have more diversity and higher numbers than my neighborhood (but also many more birders...).
Michel Cavigelli
On Monday, September 14, 2020, 08:59:13 AM EDT, John Stith <john.stith...> wrote:

I've been wondering why migrant traps -- places that attract a lot of migrating birds -- are where they are.
I read this nicely detailed description of the maintenance yard area of Rock Creek Park in DC. It points out the the yard is at the top of a hill that is higher than most of its surroundings.
http://www.thebirdist.com/2015/10/a-crudely-drawn-guide-to-birding-at-dcs.html

Is elevation part of what makes a migrant trap? Peninsulas like Cape May in New Jersey make a lot of sense, but what about inland. How would one go about identifying a migrant trap in a place not already widely known. Does anyone know of any published research on this?
Thanks!John StithChillum, Md.

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Date: 9/14/20 5:59 am
From: John Stith <john.stith...>
Subject: [MDBirding] any research on migrant traps?
I've been wondering why migrant traps -- places that attract a lot of
migrating birds -- are where they are.

I read this nicely detailed description of the maintenance yard area of
Rock Creek Park in DC. It points out the the yard is at the top of a hill
that is higher than most of its surroundings.

http://www.thebirdist.com/2015/10/a-crudely-drawn-guide-to-birding-at-dcs.html

Is elevation part of what makes a migrant trap? Peninsulas like Cape May in
New Jersey make a lot of sense, but what about inland. How would one go
about identifying a migrant trap in a place not already widely known. Does
anyone know of any published research on this?

Thanks!
John Stith
Chillum, Md.

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Date: 9/13/20 10:32 am
From: Stephanie Pendergrass Dalke <stephanie.pendergrass...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Nocturnal Flight - Sept. 12 AM
Yes! I was near Union Station in DC beginning my Lights Out monitoring
route around 5:45-6:00am Saturday, and I heard loads and loads of birds
overhead. (I found 9 window strike victims, which is medium-to-high for the
typical daily number of birds we find during the fall)

According to the weather forecast and BirdCast, it looks like Monday night
into Tuesday morning should be heavy across the region! I look forward to
hearing what people see on Tuesday.

Stephanie P. Dalke
Hyattsville, MD

On Saturday, September 12, 2020 at 5:46:20 AM UTC-4 <rndo......> wrote:

> If anyone is awake now (5:45am Saturday), take a quick listen outside.
> Nocturnal flight calls have been trickling past all week pre-sunrise, but
> right now there's a pretty decent flight up here in northern Montgomery
> County.
>
> I was just hearing 15-20 birds per minute, with some even visible against
> the skyglow. Mostly thrushes, but a few sparrows and warblers mixed in. A
> Yellow-billed Cuckoo was easily identifiable as it passed high overhead.
>
> Cheers,
> Ryan Douglas
>
> Montgomery Co.,MD
> Missouri eBird Reviewer/Hotspot Reviewer
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Date: 9/13/20 8:29 am
From: Joe Hanfman <auk1844...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Sabine’s Gull PG
The Sabine’s Gull continues at Piscataway Park boardwalk. Walk past the boardwalk and past the open field towards the green buoy.

Joe Hanfman
Columbia, MD

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Date: 9/12/20 11:20 am
From: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...>
Subject: [MDBirding] FREDCO Hummingbirds today
Very active at the feeder. At least two imm./females and an adult
male...first one in 8 days...

Jim S

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Date: 9/12/20 10:59 am
From: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Well named
But odd in two respects...
1 That there was only one and
2 That it chose to perch in its namesake tree

See

https://ebird.org/atlasmddc/checklist/S73502736

I continue to revisit the FREDCO EUCD hangout tho it's not been reported
since 8/22.

Jim S

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Date: 9/12/20 9:36 am
From: Winger and June West <westw...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Bird Magazines
Over the past two years, I’ve accumulated a stack of bird magazines about 12” high to include: American Bird Conservancy, Living Bird, Nature Conservancy, Bird Conservation, Birding, Audubon, Bird Watching and Birds and Blooms.

I hate to throw these in the recycle bin. Any ideas of what to do with them? I’d be glad to mail them to anyone or any organization that might want them.

Winger West
Millersville, MD
(410) 987-3036

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Date: 9/12/20 9:02 am
From: Kevin Graff <keyweststyle2001...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Hart-Miller Island, 09/11/20
09/11/20 - 655am-1055am (limited to South Cell due covid-19 pandemic)
Hart-Miller Island, Essex, B Co., MD

WEATHER: Overcast/MC, 72-76 degrees, NNE 4K- N 7K

Canada Goose - 137
Trumpeter Swan - 2
Wood Duck - 1
Gadwall - 6
American Black Duck - 1
Mallard - 15
Blue-winged Teal - 1
Northern Shoveler - 3
Green-winged Teal - 2
Ruddy Duck - 2
Pied-billed Grebe - 12
Double-crested Cormorant - 33
Great Blue Heron - 4
Great Egret - 3
Snowy Egret - 1
Glossy Ibis - 4
Turkey Vulture - 1
Osprey - 1
Bald Eagle - 4 (2 ad, 2 imm)
Northern Harrier - 1
Cooper's Hawk - 1
Merlin - 2
Black-bellied Plover - 10 (flock flying down the bay)
American Golden-Plover - 1 (w/ BBPL)
Semipalmated Plover - 1 (narrow murky beach w/ dead SAV floating around)
Killdeer - 2
Spotted Sandpiper - 1
Greater Yellowlegs - 2
Lesser Yellowlegs - 1
Sanderling - 1 (narrow murky beach)
Least Sandpiper - 3 (narrow murky beach)
Laughing Gull - 15
Ring-billed Gull - 15
Herring Gull - 7
L Black-backed Gull - 1 (seen in flight after gull/tern flock spooked in
air over North cell)
Great Black-backed Gull - 10
Caspian Tern - 70
Black Tern - 2 (terns flock feeding frenzy over SAV sticking above water
line)
Forster's Tern - 6
Royal Tern - 1
Mourning Dove - 14
Chimney Swift - 3
Ruby-throated Hummingbird - 2
Easter Wood-Pewee - 2
Least Flycatcher - 1
Eastern Phoebe - 1 (flyover)
Red-eyed Vireo - 2
American Crow - 2
Tree Swallow - 7
Barn Swallow - 29
Tufted Titmouse - 2
Carolina Wren - 4
Marsh Wren - 2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher - 2
Veery - 2
Gray Catbird - 6
Brown Thrasher - 1 (juvenile)
European Starling - 28
Worm-eating Warbler - 1
Mourning Warbler - 1
Common Yellowthroat - 3
American Redstart - 3
Blackburnian Warbler - 1 (flyover)
Yellow Warbler - 2
Eastern Towhee - 1
Grasshopper Sparrow - 1
Song Sparrow - 2
Northern Cardinal - 10
Blue Grosbeak - 1
Bobolink - 38
Red-winged Blackbird - 39
American Goldfinch - 10
SPECIES: 72 INDIVIDUALS: 609

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


AMPHIBIANS: S Leopard Frog - 1


BUTTERFLIES

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail - 1

Black Swallowtail - 10

Cabbage White - 3

Orange Sulphur - 10

Cloudless Sulphur - 3

Common Buckeye - 3

Pearl Crescent - 3

Eastern Tailed Blue - 2

Monarch - 8


DRAGONFLIES

Common Green Darner - 1

Needham's Skimmer - 3

Eastern Pondhawk - 10

Black Saddlebags - 15

Wandering Glider - 2


INSECTS: Bronzed Tiger Beetle - 2 Multi-colored Asian Lady Beetle - 3


Kevin Graff

Jarrettsville, MD

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Date: 9/12/20 2:46 am
From: <rndo......> <rndouglas...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Nocturnal Flight - Sept. 12 AM
If anyone is awake now (5:45am Saturday), take a quick listen outside.
Nocturnal flight calls have been trickling past all week pre-sunrise, but
right now there's a pretty decent flight up here in northern Montgomery
County.

I was just hearing 15-20 birds per minute, with some even visible against
the skyglow. Mostly thrushes, but a few sparrows and warblers mixed in. A
Yellow-billed Cuckoo was easily identifiable as it passed high overhead.

Cheers,
Ryan Douglas

Montgomery Co.,MD
Missouri eBird Reviewer/Hotspot Reviewer

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Date: 9/11/20 5:39 pm
From: Pat <pvaldata1...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Re: Connecticut Warbler at Turkey Pt.

I haven't had much luck with permethin and biting flies, though. They chew me right through my treated clothes.Pat ValdataCrisfield, MDSent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone
-------- Original message --------From: Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...> Date: 9/11/20 8:07 PM (GMT-05:00) To: Cheryl Hogue <cheryl.hogue...> Cc: Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Re: Connecticut Warbler at Turkey Pt. We travel a lot to chiggery and ticky areas, and before we go we spray our socks and pants with permethrin, allow them to air outside over several days, and pack. The permethrin stays in the fabric over several washes. Works well, we have never had much issue with chiggers.Gail MackiernanColesvilleSent from my iPadOn Sep 11, 2020, at 7:41 PM, Cheryl Hogue <cheryl.hogue...> wrote:Congrats on the Connecticut!I love my Insect Shield socks: https://www.insectshield.com/Insect-Shield-Sport-Crew-Sock-P438.aspxI also have Insect Shield shirts and some pants I sent to them to get treated.Cheryl HogueSilver SpringOn Friday, September 11, 2020 at 5:22:07 PM UTC-4 <timhoughton...> wrote:










It was brown-hooded--immature/female type--in southwest corner. Overall, the birding was slow at TP. I got there with hopes of finding Blackpoll, Cape May, and Bay-Breasted, but today I didn't find any of those. Still, obviously, a good day there. But watch out for the biting flies. They seem to love white socks. And it takes a good deal of repellant to dissuade them. One migration forecast says big movement tonight--so tomorrow will hopefully be good birding.






Tim Houghton


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Date: 9/11/20 5:07 pm
From: Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Re: Connecticut Warbler at Turkey Pt.
We travel a lot to chiggery and ticky areas, and before we go we spray our socks and pants with permethrin, allow them to air outside over several days, and pack. The permethrin stays in the fabric over several washes. Works well, we have never had much issue with chiggers.

Gail Mackiernan
Colesville


Sent from my iPad

> On Sep 11, 2020, at 7:41 PM, Cheryl Hogue <cheryl.hogue...> wrote:
>
> Congrats on the Connecticut!
>
> I love my Insect Shield socks: https://www.insectshield.com/Insect-Shield-Sport-Crew-Sock-P438.aspx
>
> I also have Insect Shield shirts and some pants I sent to them to get treated.
>
>
> Cheryl Hogue
> Silver Spring
>> On Friday, September 11, 2020 at 5:22:07 PM UTC-4 <timhoughton...> wrote:
>>
>> It was brown-hooded--immature/female type--in southwest corner. Overall, the birding was slow at TP. I got there with hopes of finding Blackpoll, Cape May, and Bay-Breasted, but today I didn't find any of those. Still, obviously, a good day there. But watch out for the biting flies. They seem to love white socks. And it takes a good deal of repellant to dissuade them. One migration forecast says big movement tonight--so tomorrow will hopefully be good birding.
>>
>> Tim Houghton
>> (Glen Arm)
>
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Date: 9/11/20 4:41 pm
From: Cheryl Hogue <cheryl.hogue...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Connecticut Warbler at Turkey Pt.
Congrats on the Connecticut!

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On Friday, September 11, 2020 at 5:22:07 PM UTC-4 <timhoughton...>
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>
> It was brown-hooded--immature/female type--in southwest corner. Overall,
> the birding was slow at TP. I got there with hopes of finding Blackpoll,
> Cape May, and Bay-Breasted, but today I didn't find any of those. Still,
> obviously, a good day there. But watch out for the biting flies. They seem
> to love white socks. And it takes a good deal of repellant to dissuade
> them. One migration forecast says big movement tonight--so tomorrow will
> hopefully be good birding.
>
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Date: 9/11/20 2:22 pm
From: Tim Houghton <timhoughton...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Connecticut Warbler at Turkey Pt.

It was brown-hooded--immature/female type--in southwest corner. Overall, the birding was slow at TP. I got there with hopes of finding Blackpoll, Cape May, and Bay-Breasted, but today I didn't find any of those. Still, obviously, a good day there. But watch out for the biting flies. They seem to love white socks. And it takes a good deal of repellant to dissuade them. One migration forecast says big movement tonight--so tomorrow will hopefully be good birding.

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Date: 9/11/20 2:05 pm
From: David Gibson <20cabot...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Birds Are Markers
Hi MD and DC birders, According to Roger Tory Peterson, birds are many
things to many people. One thing they definitely are, are "markers of the
changing seasons." I wrote about that and other things in "Birds Are Markers
<https://birdpartner.com/2020/09/11/birds-are-markers/>." I hope you enjoy
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Date: 9/11/20 10:14 am
From: Derek Richardson <derek.c.richardson...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] sound clip opinion sought
Thanks everyone, looks like the consensus is Carolina Wren. I appreciate
the help! I'll upload that recording to eBird for posterity. :)

D

On Fri, Sep 11, 2020 at 12:48 PM Matthew Felperin <mattyfelp...>
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> I first listened to it in the city with a lot of noise in the background,
> I now agree it’s a Carolina wren. You can hear another one in the
> background as well
>
> *Matt Felperin*
>
>
>
> On Sep 11, 2020, at 12:44 PM, David Gibson <20cabot...> wrote:
>
> 
> Hi all, Sounds like a Carolina (the timbre). Definitely not a Kentucky.
> And doesn't sound like an Ovenbird. My .02.
> Dave Gibson
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>
>
>
> On Fri, Sep 11, 2020 at 12:02 PM Matthew Felperin <mattyfelp...>
> wrote:
>
>> Sounds like an Ovenbird to me!
>>
>> On Fri, Sep 11, 2020 at 11:43 AM Derek Richardson <
>> <derek.c.richardson...> wrote:
>>
>>> Hello! I recorded the attached bird song at Rocky Gorge in PG county
>>> this morning. To me it sounds possible for Kentucky Warbler, except would
>>> this sort of vocalization be expected in the fall? Otherwise I guess it's a
>>> somewhat atypical Carolina Wren song (there was another individual singing
>>> in the background). No visual unfortunately (forest edge with dense-ish
>>> understory). The BirdNet api <https://birdnet.cornell.edu/api/> gives a
>>> modestly higher probability for KEWA over CARW, but the analysis does not
>>> include region or time of year.
>>>
>>> Thanks in advance for your thoughts!
>>>
>>> D
>>>
>>> P.S. Pretty slow today at the reservoir, except there were a lot of
>>> House Wrens, Brown Thrashers, and Indigo Buntings around. Full list here
>>> <https://ebird.org/checklist/S73456669>.
>>>
>>>
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Date: 9/11/20 9:49 am
From: Matthew Felperin <mattyfelp...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] sound clip opinion sought
I first listened to it in the city with a lot of noise in the background, I now agree it’s a Carolina wren. You can hear another one in the background as well

Matt Felperin



> On Sep 11, 2020, at 12:44 PM, David Gibson <20cabot...> wrote:
>
> 
> Hi all, Sounds like a Carolina (the timbre). Definitely not a Kentucky. And doesn't sound like an Ovenbird. My .02.
> Dave Gibson
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>
>
>
>> On Fri, Sep 11, 2020 at 12:02 PM Matthew Felperin <mattyfelp...> wrote:
>> Sounds like an Ovenbird to me!
>>
>>> On Fri, Sep 11, 2020 at 11:43 AM Derek Richardson <derek.c.richardson...> wrote:
>>> Hello! I recorded the attached bird song at Rocky Gorge in PG county this morning. To me it sounds possible for Kentucky Warbler, except would this sort of vocalization be expected in the fall? Otherwise I guess it's a somewhat atypical Carolina Wren song (there was another individual singing in the background). No visual unfortunately (forest edge with dense-ish understory). The BirdNet api gives a modestly higher probability for KEWA over CARW, but the analysis does not include region or time of year.
>>>
>>> Thanks in advance for your thoughts!
>>>
>>> D
>>>
>>> P.S. Pretty slow today at the reservoir, except there were a lot of House Wrens, Brown Thrashers, and Indigo Buntings around. Full list here.
>>>
>>>
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Date: 9/11/20 9:44 am
From: David Gibson <20cabot...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] sound clip opinion sought
Hi all, Sounds like a Carolina (the timbre). Definitely not a Kentucky. And
doesn't sound like an Ovenbird. My .02.
Dave Gibson
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> Sounds like an Ovenbird to me!
>
> On Fri, Sep 11, 2020 at 11:43 AM Derek Richardson <
> <derek.c.richardson...> wrote:
>
>> Hello! I recorded the attached bird song at Rocky Gorge in PG county this
>> morning. To me it sounds possible for Kentucky Warbler, except would this
>> sort of vocalization be expected in the fall? Otherwise I guess it's a
>> somewhat atypical Carolina Wren song (there was another individual singing
>> in the background). No visual unfortunately (forest edge with dense-ish
>> understory). The BirdNet api <https://birdnet.cornell.edu/api/> gives a
>> modestly higher probability for KEWA over CARW, but the analysis does not
>> include region or time of year.
>>
>> Thanks in advance for your thoughts!
>>
>> D
>>
>> P.S. Pretty slow today at the reservoir, except there were a lot of House
>> Wrens, Brown Thrashers, and Indigo Buntings around. Full list here
>> <https://ebird.org/checklist/S73456669>.
>>
>>
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Date: 9/11/20 9:02 am
From: Matthew Felperin <mattyfelp...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] sound clip opinion sought
Sounds like an Ovenbird to me!

On Fri, Sep 11, 2020 at 11:43 AM Derek Richardson <
<derek.c.richardson...> wrote:

> Hello! I recorded the attached bird song at Rocky Gorge in PG county this
> morning. To me it sounds possible for Kentucky Warbler, except would this
> sort of vocalization be expected in the fall? Otherwise I guess it's a
> somewhat atypical Carolina Wren song (there was another individual singing
> in the background). No visual unfortunately (forest edge with dense-ish
> understory). The BirdNet api <https://birdnet.cornell.edu/api/> gives a
> modestly higher probability for KEWA over CARW, but the analysis does not
> include region or time of year.
>
> Thanks in advance for your thoughts!
>
> D
>
> P.S. Pretty slow today at the reservoir, except there were a lot of House
> Wrens, Brown Thrashers, and Indigo Buntings around. Full list here
> <https://ebird.org/checklist/S73456669>.
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Date: 9/11/20 8:44 am
From: Derek Richardson <derek.c.richardson...>
Subject: [MDBirding] sound clip opinion sought
Hello! I recorded the attached bird song at Rocky Gorge in PG county this
morning. To me it sounds possible for Kentucky Warbler, except would this
sort of vocalization be expected in the fall? Otherwise I guess it's a
somewhat atypical Carolina Wren song (there was another individual singing
in the background). No visual unfortunately (forest edge with dense-ish
understory). The BirdNet api <https://birdnet.cornell.edu/api/> gives a
modestly higher probability for KEWA over CARW, but the analysis does not
include region or time of year.

Thanks in advance for your thoughts!

D

P.S. Pretty slow today at the reservoir, except there were a lot of House
Wrens, Brown Thrashers, and Indigo Buntings around. Full list here
<https://ebird.org/checklist/S73456669>.

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Date: 9/10/20 7:51 am
From: Harry Armistead <harryarmistead...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Ferry Neck, September 4-8, 2020.
FERRY NECK, SEPTEMBER 4-8, 2020. A time of goldenrod, tickseed sunflowers, and clematis (and in my case, Clamato juice and cheese curls). Those sunflowers are so brilliant that at Easton along Route 322 (across from McDonald’s), you’d almost wish you had dark glasses.


SEPTEMBER 4, FRIDAY. A brief drive through John Brown Road turf farm but only see 2 laughing gulls and 2 horned larks plus a cloudless sulphur.


Arrive at Ferry Neck 3:30 P.M. Right off there’s a little brown-headed nuthatch at the one feeder that has a tiny bit of feed left over from more than a week ago. Very seldom see them anymore. They used to breed in our woods. High was 13 on January 1, 1955. Also a blue-gray gnatcatcher, a cattle egret, an adult bald eagle, 5 unIDd peep, and an immature little blue heron.


4 gray squirrels. 1 eastern cottontails. 2 does and a 6-pt. buck in Field 1. Overcast, 88 falling to 74, rain 6:15-7:15 amounts to 0.35”, wind NW 5-10. Before this 0.55” fallen since August 29. Lots of standing water. A firefly; don’t think I’ve very seen one this late in the year, perhaps enervated by the rain.


Yesterday was our 54th wedding anniversary. Not only that but the Phillies won on a walkoff in the 10th (bonus baseball) inning and the Flyers won in double overtime. Anne and her daughter Alexis arrive.


SEPTEMBER 5, SATURDAY. 40 species, incl.: osprey 9, bald eagle 6, least sandpiper 3 (land in Field 1), royal tern 2, ruby-throated hummingbird 3, eastern wood-pewee 1, red-breasted nuthatch 1, brown-headed nuthatch 3 (at the feeders; voracious, tame), veery 1, blue-gray gnatcatcher 2, cedar waxwing flocks of 5 and 12 = 17, red-eyed vireo 2, magnolia warbler 1, American redstart 1, northern parula 1, black-and-white warbler 1, Baltimore oriole 2, bobolink 2.


gray squirrel 4 (much scolding; WHAT did I do now?), eastern cottontail 2, monarch 3, red admiral 1. summer azure 1, cabbage white 14, orange sulphur 2, cloudless sulphur 1, buckeye 1, diamond-backed terrapin 2.


68-81, clear or fair, NW15-10-calm at end, for a while NE or NNE 5+, low humidity. Lots of standing water. For the 1st time hear a scissor-grinder cicada. Mostly I hear them farther south from here, at Blackwater and Kiptopeke for example.


SEPTEMBER 6, SUNDAY. weather: nice one. 3 each of these: royal tern, Forster’s tern, bald eagle, ruby-throated hummingbird, brown-headed nuthatch, and Carolina chickadee plus Canada goose 25, black-and-white warbler 1. diamond-backed terrapin 5. An osprey catches a white perch in the cove, spends a half hour devouring it, at which point I have to leave for dinner.


SEPTEMBER 7, MONDAY, LABOR DAY. another beauty with few birds. brown-headed nuthatch 1, bald eagle 4 (again an adult goes deep into Woods 1 at the head of Poplar Cove with a small fish), diamond-backed terrapin 5.


SEPTEMBER 8, TUESDAY. Shortly after midnight Liz, from our bed, hears an eastern screech-owl, giving the whinny call.


SEPTEMBER 19 DORCHESTER COUNTY FALL BIRD COUNT: Could still use a few more participants. …


Harry Armistead, Bellevue, MD, and Philadelphia, PA.

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Date: 9/9/20 6:27 pm
From: Andy Martin <apmartin2...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Red-breasted Nuthatches, Laytonsville

>
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Like the way you phrase this! A man has got to have priorities! :)

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Date: 9/9/20 5:06 pm
From: Haninah Levine <haninah...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Blue jay tail variation
Funny - just this weekend I initially mistook a Blue jay for a
Yellow-billed cuckoo because of the prominent spots on the underside of the
tail, which I’d never noticed before in Blue jays - I didn’t realize that
there’s this much individual variation. Thank you for sharing!

On the topic of bird quirks, this weekend I was camping in Shenandoah NP,
and in the morning, a young housecat was wandering around the campground. A
group of four or five Carolina wrens gathered around to yell at it, when to
my surprise a Hooded warbler arrived to join them. I had never seen a
warbler of any kind act quite so boldly, except perhaps a Common
yellowthroat - it was sitting on a branch in the open, not more than ten
feet from my son and me!

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> Recently, Tyler Bell disabused me of a yellow-billed cuckoo ID in favor of
> a blue jay (in my defense, it was foggy but the body shape should have been
> a dead giveaway!). In any case, that spurred me to look at the tails of my
> backyard BLJA visitors. As shown in the figure below, you can see that the
> two sides of the tail could be used like fingerprints to ID them (and,
> maybe to a lesser extent, YBCUs). I suppose this may be known to many
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Date: 9/9/20 4:44 pm
From: Scott Young <wsyacy...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Blue jay tail variation
Recently, Tyler Bell disabused me of a yellow-billed cuckoo ID in favor of
a blue jay (in my defense, it was foggy but the body shape should have been
a dead giveaway!). In any case, that spurred me to look at the tails of my
backyard BLJA visitors. As shown in the figure below, you can see that the
two sides of the tail could be used like fingerprints to ID them (and,
maybe to a lesser extent, YBCUs). I suppose this may be known to many
birders and if anyone knows of a publication addressing this, please pass
it along.

Thanks,

Scott Young
Gaithersburg

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Date: 9/9/20 3:02 pm
From: Matthew Felperin <mattyfelp...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Red-breasted Nuthatches, Laytonsville
Was taking a day off of birding to spend time
with the gf, went to Elder Pine Brewing on Sundown rd. in Laytonsville and sat outside in the Loblolly Pines. Saw a silhouette of a nuthatch and it proved to be a RBNU, a state bird for me! Come to find out there are at least three birds seen and heard. There may be several more here. So if you’d like to see them, come on down to elder pine and have a nice brew on an Adirondack chair and enjoy the nuthatch show while it lasts!

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Date: 9/9/20 11:43 am
From: 'Fred Shaffer' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] DC Sabine's Gull
The Sabine's Gull continues at Washington Sailing Marina. Along the far shore, very distant, a scope is needed to view. Fun watching these pretty gulls in flight.

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Date: 9/9/20 10:19 am
From: Patricia Valdata <pvaldata1...>
Subject: [MDBirding] anting
We've had a sudden uptick in activity with the rain ending. Right now a
Chipping Sparrow and three Mourning Doves appear to be anting in the front
yard, lying low with wings spread. The doves periodically lift one wing
straight up and hold it there for a bit.

I counted 17 species in a half hour while sitting in the sunroom. A
Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher and Yellow Warbler flitted through; all the other
birds were locals, including baby Eastern Bluebirds, House Finches,
Goldfinches, and Chipping Sparrows. The Chippies and Goldfinches are still
begging; the other two species are foraging for themselves. Still have
hummers squabbling.

It was fun to watch a Carolina Chickadee pull out a thistle seed from the
tube feeder and hold it in its toes to peck it open. Seemed like a lot of
work for a tiny meal. I guess it's time to put the sunflower seed out.

Pat Valdata
Crisfield, Somerset County

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Date: 9/9/20 9:05 am
From: Matthew Felperin <mattyfelp...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Sabine’s Gull Washington Sailing Marina
Congrats Paul! I would not have been able to pick that up 😆 pays to look at every single bird!

Matthew J. Felperin



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> Not sure this had been posted earlier but Paul Pisano found a immature Sabine’s Gull this morning at WSM, same site and almost same date - and same finder! - as the one in 2017. Last report was it was being seen ranging up and down river over towards east side. Congratulations, Paul!
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Date: 9/9/20 8:13 am
From: Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Sabine’s Gull Washington Sailing Marina
Hi,

Not sure this had been posted earlier but Paul Pisano found a immature Sabine’s Gull this morning at WSM, same site and almost same date - and same finder! - as the one in 2017. Last report was it was being seen ranging up and down river over towards east side. Congratulations, Paul!

Gail Mackiernan
Colesville

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Date: 9/6/20 6:03 pm
From: Marcia Watson <marshwren50...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Mill Creek MOS Sanctuary - Closed Until Jan 31
The Sanctuary Committee of the Maryland Ornithological Society is reminding everyone that the Mill Creek MOS Sanctuary in Talbot County is closed from now until January 31 for annual deer management. Please do not enter the Mill Creek Sanctuary during this time.

For more information about Mill Creek Sanctuary, see https://mdbirds.org/conservation/refuges-sanctuaries/mill-creek/

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

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Date: 9/6/20 4:56 pm
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Subject: [MDBirding] Lesser Yellowlegs at Lake Roland
We saw this Lesser Yellowlegs while we were kayaking at Lake Roland.

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Date: 9/6/20 9:45 am
From: David Gibson <20cabot...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Green Heron Album
Hi MD and DC birders, I posted this before but there was a problem with the
link. Bear with me as I try posting again a different way. This blog post
is a continuation of "A Green Heron Colony." It includes more great photos
taken by Douglas Liu at Wild Lake in Columbia, MD as well as a few of my
own. I hope you enjoy it and pass it along. Here's the link:
https://birdpartner.com/2020/09/05/green-heron-photos/.

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Date: 9/5/20 6:06 pm
From: Matthew Felperin <mattyfelp...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Big morning at Wheaton Regional Park 9/5
Go ahead and add Wilson’s Warbler (f/Juv) to the list of warblers there today, observed by myself and a few other birders.










Went to rock creek park this morning, wishing I had gone to wheaton instead... I need golden winged!!

Matthew J. Felperin




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Date: 9/5/20 5:38 pm
From: David Gibson <20cabot...>
Subject: [MDBirding] A Green Heron Album
Hi MD and DC birders, This blog post
<http://birdpartner.com/2020/09/05/green-heron-photos/> is a continuation
of "A Green Heron Colony." It includes more great photos taken by Douglas
Liu at Wild Lake in Columbia, MD as well as a few of my own. I hope you
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Date: 9/5/20 2:51 pm
From: David Gibson <20cabot...>
Subject: [MDBirding] A Green Heron Album
Hi MD and DC birders, This blog post </> is a continuation of "A Green
Heron Colony." It includes more great photos taken by Douglas Liu at Wild
Lake in Columbia, MD. I hope you enjoy it and pass it along.

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Date: 9/5/20 1:43 pm
From: Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Big morning at Wheaton Regional Park 9/5
Hi all,

I haven‘t posted much recently but today was an outstanding migration day so deserved some special mention. Birdcast lit up last night for our area and everyone’s high expectations were fulfilled. Activity started early- earlier than we arrived in fact - and continued for several hours. Initially the birds were frustratingly active, darting and flying high in the trees, but eventually settled enough for the many birders present to enjoy.

Looking at everyone’s eBird lists, it appears 20 species of warbler were recorded - we saw 14 well and I very briefly glimpsed a Golden-winged found by Nathan Tea. Most abundant for us were Black-and-White, Magnolia, Redstart, Chestnut-sided and Yellowthroat as well as multiple Blackburnian, Black-throated Blue, Canada and Blue-wing. Less abundant species recorded by us included Nashville, BT Green, Tennessee, Parula, and Blackpoll. Other birders ticked Bay-breasted, Cape May, Prairie, Palm and Pine.

Other good birds seen (not all by us) included Summer Tanager, Yellow-throated and Philadelphia Vireo, as well as (hopefully) harbingers of northern visitors to come - Purple Finch and Red-breasted Nuthatch.

Anyway, a day to remember...

Gail Mackiernan
Colesville, MD





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Date: 9/5/20 9:06 am
From: Sandra Farkas <sandralfarkas2...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Painting wind turbine blades black to decrease bird hits
Solution:
Just turn them off during migration!

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Date: 9/5/20 3:51 am
From: 'Ross Geredien' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Great White Heron
The bill in the photo looks thicker and heavier than a Great Egret bill, so together with the legs, it looks good for a Great White Heron to me.

Ross Geredien
College Park

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Date: 9/4/20 8:55 am
From: 'Jim Stasz' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] White-winged Dove reported on eBird in Waldorf, Charles County.

Hi Folks,

The property owner has been contacted and does not want visitors.

Jim Stasz
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Date: 9/4/20 7:45 am
From: Scott Young <wsyacy...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Painting wind turbine blades black to decrease bird hits

Let me amend my thought to say we know that stationary lights can attract
birds, but what do we know about lights in motion that would be on the
blades? I guess we shouldn't put them on the towers themselves...

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Date: 9/4/20 6:34 am
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Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Painting wind turbine blades black to decrease bird hits
At least it is a start to ask how birds perceive (or misperceive or
don't perceive) wind turbine blades.

Having black blades probably helps noticing them against a light sky,
because the birds are probably biologically geared to notice motions
that might be attacks from flying predators, at least during the day.

But, windmill blades also move at night and during dense fogs over land
and the ocean waters, when and where there are sometimes mass
migrations.  Not siting windmills in such locations may be difficult,
because first, the migrations are following long paths, and second,
those paths can shift laterally by large amounts due to winds and other
factors.  The precise timing of migrations is also not fully
predictable.  And, the migrating birds are also probably "playing the
winds" to facilitate their travels.

So, it may be most practical to require wind farms in the vicinity of
known migration paths to stop their blades for the whole periods when
migrations are known to occur.  A requirement like that would naturally
have the tendency to favor siting wind farms well away from important
migration routes.

Steve Long


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Date: 9/4/20 5:58 am
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Maybe paint the blades and towers black and put lights over them for at
night?

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Date: 9/4/20 4:41 am
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Subject: [MDBirding] Red-necked Phalarope - Dorchester
There is a Red-necked Phalarope at Shiloh Church Turf Farm in Hurlock. It is in the 3rd pond south of the house with about 500 shorebirds. They are moving around as they get buzzed by a Peregrine and Merlin.

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Date: 9/4/20 2:43 am
From: Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Painting wind turbine blades black to decrease bird hits
Good point. Raptors, however, are diurnal migrants, and the most egregious
wind farm at Altamont in California kills lots of hawks and eagles.

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Date: 9/3/20 8:59 pm
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Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Painting wind turbine blades black to decrease bird hits
Is it just me?  I thought birds flew into turbine blades during nocturnal migration because they could NOT see them.  Painting them black would only make it worse.  Somebody fill me in on what I have missed.
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Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Painting wind turbine blades black to decrease bird hits

That study was very small and not large enough. It points to a possible mitigation measure but needs to be expanded to establish validity. And it is no panacea or excuse for poor sighting. Also, as someone has pointed out, does nothing for bats. And the study ignores the fact that FAA has a say. A similar study in the Netherlands showed purple turbines also reduced kills.  But it will not pass muster in the US due to flight issues.
Again, the best solution is to not put turbines where they will kill birds and bats.
Poor siting of turbines has engaged MOS for the last 15 or more years.
Kurt SchwarzConservation ChairMaryland Ornithological Society 
On Thu, Sep 3, 2020 at 9:50 PM Bobbi <b.reichwein...> wrote:

Hi all-sent to me by a friend-interesting-what do some of you think?

https://www.yahoo.com/news/painting-wind-turbines-black-could-132537552.html
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Date: 9/3/20 7:10 pm
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Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Painting wind turbine blades black to decrease bird hits
That study was very small and not large enough. It points to a possible
mitigation measure but needs to be expanded to establish validity. And it
is no panacea or excuse for poor sighting. Also, as someone has pointed
out, does nothing for bats. And the study ignores the fact that FAA has a
say. A similar study in the Netherlands showed purple turbines also reduced
kills. But it will not pass muster in the US due to flight issues.

Again, the best solution is to not put turbines where they will kill birds
and bats.

Poor siting of turbines has engaged MOS for the last 15 or more years.

Kurt Schwarz
Conservation Chair
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Date: 9/3/20 7:05 pm
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Subject: [MDBirding] Re: (no subject)
The study only addressed the effects on birds of painting the blades
black. Bats fly by sonar I believe whereas birds use sight.

Gives one hope don't you think?

Bobbi

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Date: 9/3/20 6:50 pm
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Subject: [MDBirding] Painting wind turbine blades black to decrease bird hits
Hi all-sent to me by a friend-interesting-what do some of you think?

https://www.yahoo.com/news/painting-wind-turbines-black-could-132537552.html

Bobbi Reichwein
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Date: 9/3/20 11:32 am
From: Phil Davis <pdavis...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Red-cockaded Woodpecker, Golden Hill, 17 Sep 1960
Hi Harry, et al.

FYI ... Your 17 Sep 1960 record of Red-cockaded Woodpecker at Golden
Hill was accepted as MD record MD/2009-062 and is shown in the MD/DC
Records Committee database, here ...

https://mdbirds.org/wp-content/uploads/md-records-database.pdf

(see page 111 - large PDF document - DON'T PRINT!)

A copy of your 27 Jun 2009 email, which provided the details for this
record, is shown below, in blue.

As you noted, your sighting was recorded in The Season report (Jul-Sep
1960), edited by Chan Robbins in Maryland Birdlife 16(4):92-97: "a
Red-cockaded Woodpecker was still in its nesting area near Golden Hill
on Sept. 17 (Armistead)." (page 96).

Hope this helps and thanks for your continued support!

Phil


From: Harry Armistead <harryarmistead...>
To: Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Eastern Shore, September 16-18, 1960.
Date: Wed, 2 Sep 2020 19:11:59 +0000

OLD CHECKLIST CARDS UNEARTHED, Eastern Shore, September 16-18,
1960. Hadn't seen these in many years. Many.

September 16, a 13-hour effort working Hooper's Island, Blackwater
N.W.R., and ending at Elliott Island Road. That was a GOOD day.
I'll enter it in eBird soon. Highlights among the 115 species
include:

(snip)

September 17, Hooper's & Taylor's islands and Golden Hill.
Red-cockaded woodpecker 1, Golden Hill, a the site where an
occupied nesting cavity had recently been found (but the Maryland
Birdlife article on this breeding record is not cited in either MD
breeding bird atlas; I don't have these atlases here today in
Pennsylvania; they are in Maryland; I will 2X check this assertion
over Labor Day Weekend; if it is incorrect I will say so, and
apologize, in a later posting.).

Soon afterwards the woods at Golden Hill were lumbered. I go past
there several times a year and always think of the woodpeckers.
cf. Maryland Birdlife, v. 14, no. 3, pp. 63-68, 1958, "Nesting of
the Red-cockaded Woodpecker in Maryland", by Robert E. Stewart,
the nest site visited by Stewart, Chan Robbins, Brooke Meanley,
Sam Dyke, and Paul Springer in June 1958. Golden Hill is at Route
335 only a few miles south of where Blackwater refuge's Wildlife
Drive ends at Route 335

(snip)

Best to all. - Harry Armistead, Bellevue, MD, and Philadelphia,
PA.



From: Harry Armistead <harryarmistead...>
To: Phil Davis <pdavis...>
CC: Harry Armistead <harryarmistead...>
Subject: Red-cockaded Woodpecker, Golden Hill, MD, September 17,
1960.
Date: Sat, 27 Jun 2009 16:44:24 +0000

RED-COCKADED WOODPECKER AT GOLDEN HILL, DORCHESTER COUNTY,
MARYLAND, SEPTEMBER 17, 1960.

For what it is worth, nearly a half-century after the fact, here
is information on this sighting. In connection with preparing a
tribute to the late M. Brooke Meanley, which I will submit to
Maryland Birdlife, I obtained RCWO information from Phil Davis
(for MD) and some from VA from Bill Williams. This prompted me,
for the first time in many years, to review my old checklists and
notes to determine when I had seen one of the Golden Hill RCWOs.

I saw a Red-cockaded Woodpecker here on the morning of September
17, 1960.* My field notes indicate I was in the area (Taylor’s
Island, Hoopers Island, and Golden Hill) between 6:15 and 11 A.M.,
finding 62 species, after which I left for Ocean City, MD. I do
remember distinctly seeing a black-and-white barred woodpecker in
between the size of a Downy and a Hairy with the large, clear
white patch on the sides of its head. There was no conspicuous
red patch above the nape such as a male Downy or Hairy would
have. I did not see the red cockade, and made no effort to, being
satisfied with the view I had (c. 100 yards in good light with 8X
binoculars), but I understand this is hard to see even under ideal
circumstances. I have no record on whether this RCWO made any
vocalizations. I think not.

* Maryland Birdlife, vol. 16, no. 4, December 1960, p. 96,
“the Season,” [July, August, September 1960] Chandler S.
Robbins: “As many as 3 adult Red-headed Woodpeckers,
probably transients, were found at Hoopers Island on Sept. 16,
and a Red-cockaded Woodpecker was still in its nesting area
near Golden Hill on Sept. 17 (Armistead).”

My only previous experience (then) with RCWO was seeing several
individuals in Florida on a motor trip in late summer 1959 with
Gordon W. Chaplin, a high school friend. Short of age-regression
hypnosis (!?), that is all I remember at this time (June 27,
2009). But because of the uniqueness of this species in Maryland
this made a lasting impression on me.

Earlier I had obtained precise information on the location of the
1958 RCWO active nest cavity (MDDCRC MD/1997-606). I don’t
remember who gave me this. It may have been Dick Kleen (who
probably would have gotten it from Chan Robbins) or else I may
have gotten it directly from Chan. I finally got around to
visiting this site on Sept. 17, 1960, parked, and walked in a
short way west of Route 335 (a few 100 yards north of the junction
of Routes 335 & 336) through the Loblolly Pine forest that is just
southwest of the South Dorchester Elementary and Middle School
(Dorchester County ADC Atlas, Map 28, coordinates F11 & F12). I
think this was called the Spicer Tract. Soon after 1960, or
perhaps even later in that year, this forest was logged.
Occasionally I lead field trips through here and when driving
through tell the participants to observe the appropriate
solemnities as we pass slowly by with our 4-way blinkers
flashing.

CONTEXT: I was actively birding on the lower Eastern Shore during
this period, when I was a junior at the U. of Pennsylvania. On
Sept. 16, 1960, my 20th birthday, I did a full-day in Dorchester
County, 6:45 A.M-7:15 P.M., finding 115 species. The route then
conforms with routes I have done in the previous 14 consecutive
years (1995-2008) and it will be nice to add that day’s numbers
to my fall bird count database. On Sept. 18 I spent the day at
the north Ocean City banding station, benefiting from associating
with Gladys Cole, Gordon and Jim Meade, and Jack and Renee
Kimmich.

As one can surmise from my writeup, this is a cherished memory,
but about all I can furnish to a records committee 49 years after
the fact. For what it’s worth … here it is. At the very
least it will place this “report” on the record.

Henry (“Harry”) T. Armistead, 523 E. Durham St., Philadelphia,
PA 19119-1225. 215-248-4120. <harryarmistead...>



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2549 Vale Court
Davidsonville, Maryland 21035 USA
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Date: 9/3/20 9:44 am
From: 'Mike Bowen' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Avocet at Wheaton Regional Park?
Tom Kimbis and I were at WRP this morning, getting there rather late, but none of the (many) birders who were there earlier had seen the bird.  Nor was it at any of the ponds in Brookside Gardens or at Wheaton Branch Stormwater Ponds.
Mike BowenBethesda

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Bethesda, Maryland 20817Phone/fax: (301) 530-5764

On Thursday, September 3, 2020, 10:58:13 AM EDT, Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...> wrote:

Unfortunately,  it appears to have left...was not present when someone checked area before 7 am today.
Gail MackiernanColesville

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Has anyone sighted the avocet at Wheaton Regional Park this morning?
Anna UrcioloRockville

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Date: 9/3/20 8:08 am
From: Harry Armistead <harryarmistead...>
Subject: [MDBirding] September 19 Dorchester County fall bird count
There is existing excellent coverage, but there are still areas with no observers: the Neck District, roads off of Routes 16 & 335, and Cambridge.

If interested please eMail me offline.

Partial day efforts would be fine.

Dorchester is one of the state's largest counties, but is one with the fewest birders.

Thanks. - Harry Armistead.

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Date: 9/3/20 7:58 am
From: Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Avocet at Wheaton Regional Park?
Unfortunately, it appears to have left...was not present when someone checked area before 7 am today.

Gail Mackiernan
Colesville

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Date: 9/3/20 7:49 am
From: 'Jim Stasz' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: RE: [MDBirding] Avocet at Wheaton Regional Park?

There are 2 lists in eBird from this morning.  Neither list has the Avocet.

Jim Stasz
North Beach MD
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On Thursday, September 3, 2020 Anna Urciolo <anna.urciolo...> wrote:
Has anyone sighted the avocet at Wheaton Regional Park this morning?
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Date: 9/3/20 6:36 am
From: Anna Urciolo <anna.urciolo...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Avocet at Wheaton Regional Park?
Has anyone sighted the avocet at Wheaton Regional Park this morning?

Anna Urciolo
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Date: 9/2/20 1:22 pm
From: 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Great Egret or Great White Heron?
The observer told me he had seen it yesterday at Calvert Beach. Today, it was up near Matoaka Cottages (fossil picking location) in Port Republic then flew back to Calvert Beach!

Tyler Bell
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California, Maryland

On Wednesday, September 2, 2020, 3:45:55 PM EDT, Matthew Felperin <mattyfelp...> wrote:

That looks damn convincing to me and it’s not just the legs. Loral patch and other facial features, perceived size (and maybe longer neck?) make this really look like a GBH white morph. 

Matthew J. Felperin



On Sep 2, 2020, at 3:25 PM, 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> wrote:



A friend sent me a photo he took in Calvert County. I'm unclear on when but it's likely in St. Leonard where he lives. I've never seen a Great Egret that didn't have black legs so I'm thinking this might be a Great White Heron. Several years ago, there was one near this location at Scientist Cliffs just north of St. Leonard. Thoughts?

Tyler Bell
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Date: 9/2/20 12:47 pm
From: Matthew Felperin <mattyfelp...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Avocet still present 3:15 at Wheaton
Avocet moved to other side of pine lake, near the stream. Mourning warbler also reported this afternoon and I’m bummed I missed that!

Matthew J. Felperin



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Date: 9/2/20 12:46 pm
From: Matthew Felperin <mattyfelp...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Great Egret or Great White Heron?
That looks damn convincing to me and it’s not just the legs. Loral patch and other facial features, perceived size (and maybe longer neck?) make this really look like a GBH white morph.

Matthew J. Felperin



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> A friend sent me a photo he took in Calvert County. I'm unclear on when but it's likely in St. Leonard where he lives. I've never seen a Great Egret that didn't have black legs so I'm thinking this might be a Great White Heron. Several years ago, there was one near this location at Scientist Cliffs just north of St. Leonard. Thoughts?
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Date: 9/2/20 12:25 pm
From: 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Great Egret or Great White Heron?
A friend sent me a photo he took in Calvert County. I'm unclear on when but it's likely in St. Leonard where he lives. I've never seen a Great Egret that didn't have black legs so I'm thinking this might be a Great White Heron. Several years ago, there was one near this location at Scientist Cliffs just north of St. Leonard. Thoughts?

Tyler Bell
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California, Maryland

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Date: 9/2/20 12:14 pm
From: 'Scott Young' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Avocet still present 3:15 at Wheaton
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Date: 9/2/20 12:12 pm
From: Harry Armistead <harryarmistead...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Eastern Shore, September 16-18, 1960.
OLD CHECKLIST CARDS UNEARTHED, Eastern Shore, September 16-18, 1960. Hadn’t seen these in many years. Many.


September 16, a 13-hour effort working Hooper’s Island, Blackwater N.W.R., and ending at Elliott Island Road. That was a GOOD day. I’ll enter it in eBird soon. Highlights among the 115 species include:


17 warblers, a nice flight at Hooper’s I., 5 pied-billed grebes (unusual; seen at all 3 areas), 15 little blue herons (hardly ever see them in the fall anymore), 170 pintails, 70 blue-winged teal, 45 wigeon, 1 merlin, a paltry 2 bald eagles, my best 20th birthday present - a whimbrel on a beach at Elliott Island, a real late least tern, a black tern, 7 kingfishers (probably the most unusual count of the day), 5,000 tree swallows, 70 barn swallows, 7 marsh wrens, 12 Swainson’s and a gray-cheeked thrush, 20 red-eyed vireos, 41 boat-tailed grackles, and 10 Baltimore orioles.


Only 6 shorebirds. Strange to miss chipping sparrow, blue grosbeak, and indigo bunting. No owls. But this compares real well with some of the “first” fall counts in the 1990s. SO … I am going to consider it an official county fall count. Last year’s was dubbed the 24th, so some revisioning is going on with the 26th in 2020. Fair enough?


September 17, Hooper’s & Taylor’s islands and Golden Hill. Red-cockaded woodpecker 1, Golden Hill, a the site where an occupied nesting cavity had recently been found (but the Maryland Birdlife article on this breeding record is not cited in either MD breeding bird atlas; I don’t have these atlases here today in Pennsylvania; they are in Maryland; I will 2X check this assertion over Labor Day Weekend; if it is incorrect I will say so, and apologize, in a later posting.). Elsewhere: American kestrel 30, common loon 2, pied-billed grebe 2, merlin 1, northern waterthrush 1, Canada warbler 1.


Soon afterwards the woods at Golden Hill were lumbered. I go past there several times a year and always think of the woodpeckers. cf. Maryland Birdlife, v. 14, no. 3, pp. 63-68, 1958, “Nesting of the Red-cockaded Woodpecker in Maryland”, by Robert E. Stewart, the nest site visited by Stewart, Chan Robbins, Brooke Meanley, Sam Dyke, and Paul Springer in June 1958. Golden Hill is at Route 335 only a few miles south of where Blackwater refuge’s Wildlife Drive ends at Route 335


September 18, Ocean City, MD, area: cattle egret 2, American oystercatcher 1, buff-breasted sandpiper 3, black-billed cuckoo 1, gray-cheeked thrush 1, Philadelphia vireo 1, and dickcissel 1, the interesting landbirds listed here banded by Gladys Cole and Dr. (Gordon?) Meade.


5 years later at this banding station were my 1st attempts to extract birds from mist nets. This did not go very well. I was awkward and lacked confidence. I don’t think I broke any legs, but it would be a couple of years before I became fairly adept at it.


CALENDARS. This summer I’ve received 16 unsolicited 2021 calendars, some from organizations I’ve never had anything to do with. I guess this works otherwise they wouldn’t do it, but I have never made any contributions as a result of their receipt.


Best to all. - Harry Armistead, Bellevue, MD, and Philadelphia, PA.

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Date: 9/2/20 12:11 pm
From: Tim Houghton <timhoughton...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Irvine AGAIN golden-winged...and more
Just a little ways down from last week's spot on the Bauer entrance rd., I had another GWWA this morning, an immature female. Also an imm. Mourning Warbler in the same flock. I had a 2nd imm. MOWA along the gravel path that runs to the left of the small plateau behind the camp building (at bottom of asphalt path that goes down from parking). More problematic because so early--I had what I believe is an adult Orange-Crowned Warbler in the same flock as the 2nd MOWA. Basically, it would be very very early for OCWA, but I decided to put it down when I noticed that an OCWA was given e-Bird credit yesterday around an hour north near Harrisburg. I went through a lengthy description in my e-Bird report. But because it is basically extremely early, I will say there's a chance that it's a very unusual Tennessee. Also had a singing red-breasted nuthatch at parking. Many Veery around. I still haven't come across an olive-sided fly this season!

Tim Houghton
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Date: 9/2/20 5:32 am
From: Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Avocet at Wheaton Regional
On spit on east side of Pine Lake.

Gail Mackiernan
Colesville

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Date: 9/1/20 1:59 pm
From: Kevin Graff <keyweststyle2001...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Cromwell Valley Park, 09/01/20
09/01/20 - 725am-1045am
Cromwell Valley Park, B Co., MD

WEATHER: Overcast, 66-70 degrees, N 3 mph- ENE 3 mph (drizzle on/off)
OBS: 8

Osprey - 1
Red-tailed Hawk - 1
Caspian Tern - 1
Mourning Dove - 14
Yellow-billed Cuckoo - 3
Chimney Swift - 4
Ruby-throated Hummingbird - 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker - 5
Downy Woodpecker - 3
Hairy Woodpecker - 1
Northern Flicker - 1
Eastern Wood-Pewee - 6
Acadian Flycatcher - 1
Least Flycatcher - 1
Great Crested Flycatcher - 3
Yellow-throated Vireo - 1
Warbling Vireo - 1
Red-eyed Vireo - 14
Blue Jay - 9
American Crow - 2
Purple Martin - 5
Barn Swallow - 1
Carolina Chickadee - 3
Tufted Titmouse - 2
White-breasted Nuthatch - 3
Carolina Wren - 3
House Wren - 1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher - 13
Ruby-crowned Kinglet - 1
Eastern Bluebird - 15
American Robin - 16
Gray Catbird - 7
Northern Mockingbird - 12
European Starling - 36
Cedar Waxwing - 9
Black-and-white Warbler - 1
Common Yellowthroat - 6
American Redstart - 8
Northern Parula - 1
Magnolia Warbler - 1
Yellow Warbler - 1
Chestnut-sided Warbler - 4
Chipping Sparrow - 4
Field Sparrow - 1
Song Sparrow - 2
Canada Warbler - 1
Northern Cardinal - 10
Rose-breasted Grosbeak - 1
Blue Grosbeak - 3
Indigo Bunting - 2
Baltimore Oriole - 2
Common Grackle - 6
Brown-headed Cowbird - 4
House Finch - 8
American Goldfinch - 12
House Sparrow - 8
SPECIES: 56 INDIVIDUALS: 286

MAMMALS: Gray Sq - 9 WT Deer - 3

AMPHIBIANS: Green Frog - 1 Bullfrog - 2 (tadpoles)

BUTTERFLIES
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail - 1
Black Swallowtail - 1
Red-spotted Purple - 1
Monarch - 3


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Date: 9/1/20 12:01 pm
From: Pat <pvaldata1...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Black Skimmers in Crisfield

I'm happy to report that the skimmers are back in Crisfield at the seafood processing plants, just like last year. I saw about 75 today.Pat ValdataCrisfield, MDSent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone

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Date: 9/1/20 11:14 am
From: Harry Armistead <harryarmistead...>
Subject: [MDBirding] lower Eastern Shore (& Brigantine, NJ), August 21-30, 2020 + some German tongue twisters)
LOWER EASTERN SHORE (& Brigantine, NJ), AUGUST 21-30, 2020. some German tongue twisters.


AUGUST 21, FRIDAY. 8 lesser yellowlegs in the Field 4 wet area, one of the highest counts here for a species seldom seen, see them 3X in the course of the day. An adult bald eagle flushes them 2X. After the 2nd time they leave.. yellow-billed cuckoo 1.


A small flight across the cove to the north 6:45-7:45 P.M.: 2 mourning doves, a goldfinch, 5 robins, an indigo bunting, a spotted sandpiper, a belted kingfisher, 4 bluebirds, 5 starlings, and 7 northern mockingbirds.


Curious what the mockers are doing. Seven ties the 3rd largest count for here: 7 on November 10, 1973. During the time I banded, a 25-year period, this revealed there was actually a small flight or influx of mockers in late August and early September, when I would catch more than I would have expected. I banded 22 in the fall of 1969. Highest count: 13 on September 14, 1973. By 2003 I’d heard them imitate 31 species.


Another nice day this Friday but humid, 74-83, light winds, sunny, mosquitos get worse each day. Becomes overcast late. 3 spotted turtles. 1 monarch. 2 cloudless sulphurs. In Field 4, the BACHELOR COTILLION, group of 4 bucks, including what seems to be the same wall-hanger seen August 18.


AUGUST 22, SATURDAY. In the good old Field 4 wet area, Rigby’s Folly’s answer to the Cheyenne Bottoms, 6 least sandpipers and, perhaps the same 8 lesser yellowlegs as yesterday. In the yard a female-plumaged black-and-white warbler. 23 Canada geese in Field 1.


Out in Field 1, Rigby’s Folly’s answer to the Serengeti, 2 fawns, 4 does, and 2 bucks as well as 23 Canada geese.


AUGUST 23, SUNDAY. Dorchester County boating trip, posted earlier.


AUGUST 24, MONDAY. Starting a garbage run, as I walk out to the car at at 9:29 A.M. a great horned owl flushes at close range, prompting a gray squirrel to scold. Who would blame him/her for not wanting to end up as Brunswick stew (poo stew)?


In the Field 1 low area are 22 Canada geese (the number builds to 47 in late afternoon) and a greater yellowlegs. Off a ways from the lawn another gray squirrel utters its mewing call, reminiscent of that of a yellow-bellied sapsucker.


Everyone into the pool. Last one in’s a dirty brood parasite. bird bath action. the one under the cedar: 3 or so each of chickadee, titmouse, 2 cardinals, a thrasher, an adult male American redstart, and a yellow warbler.


And this with abundant natural surface water all over the place. Normally in the course of a full day usually see just 1 or 2 birds in the bath, sometimes none. The yellow warbler is brilliant. Under any circumstance a chickadee is adorable. One bathing even more so.


Nearby in the yard: 4 pine warblers, a chipping sparrow, 3 indigo buntings, a hairy woodpecker, a black-and-white warbler, a rose-breasted grosbeak, a crested flycatcher, and 2 bluebirds.


Other goodies today: 16 Forster’s and a royal tern, a spotted sandpiper, 2 cattle egrets. Up to 86, SW10, increased humidity, sunny, very brief period of light rain.


AUGUST 25, TUESDAY. a chestnut-sided warbler, 2 blue-gray gnatcatchers, a male pine warbler, a yellow-billed cuckoo, a great horned owl besieged by American crows. fair, SW 15-20, 77-88, humidity not too bad.


“Sittin’ on a dock by the Bay”, 6:40-7:45 P.M. 2 adult bald eagles apparently going to overnight in the pines at the head of the cove. 1 adult & 1 immature little blue heron, 1 snowy egret, 3 green herons, 1 great blue, a kingfisher, 3 cattle egrets, 2 barn swallows, 1 royal & 2 Forster’s terns, 10 laughing gulls, 1 yellow-billed cuckoo.. At 7:42 a great horned owl flies across the cove. Nice look. Thunder and lightning at the end. better go in.


AUGUST 26, WEDNESDAY. migrants: eastern wood-pewee 1, Swainson’s thrush 1, white-eyed vireo 1, red-eyed vireo 1, solitary sandpiper 1, blue-gray gnatcatcher 3, black-and-white 2, magnolia 1, and yellow 2 warblers, American redstart 1 adult male, and Baltimore oriole 1.


53 species including also: little blue heron 1, cedar waxwing 9 (3 flocks), yellow-billed cuckoo 1, royal tern 6, ruby-throated hummingbird 4, European starling 300 juveniles (the flock flushed by an adult bald eagle), field sparrow 1, chipping sparrow 3, and indigo bunting 2.


On the way out to the dock there is a big luna moth on the ground. Half an hour later it starts to fly across the cove, lands in the water 100 feet out. A few minutes later an adult laughing gull eats it.


74-83, NW15-10, then SW 10, clear. A beauty. There is a cloud that looks A LOT like a gangly osprey, wings extended but partially bent. Stays that way for about 10 minutes. Sitting on our chairs under the big willow oak we see, simultaneously, 3 gray squirrels feasting on toadstools.


flutterbys: hackberry emperor 2, red-spotted purple 3, cloudless sulphur 3, cabbage white 30, and monarch 3 plus a few small skippers I don’t know how to ID.


AUGUST 27, THURSDAY. Sittin’ on the dock before din-dins: wood duck 1, cattle 10, great 2 & snowy 1 egret, little blue heron 1. weather? I forget, but while on the dock there are complex cloud formations with distant thunder (celestial tympani) and lightning to the north and northwest.


fields treated today with liquid fertilizer, ammonium nitrate? 9 deer in Field 1: a fawn, 5 does, and 3 bucks, one with a big, 8-pt. rack. 1 spotted turtle in the Woods 4 vernal pool, where I seldom see turtles.


AUGUST 28, FRIDAY. up to 88 degrees F., SW10-15, clear or fair becoming overcast. American redstart 1, black-and-white warbler 1, blue-gray gnatcatcher 1, red-tailed hawk 1. Same deer in Field 1, I think, as yesterday, but with the addition of another fawn = 10 animals.


gray squirrel 8. Liz found a lovely clump of cardinal flower a few days ago. About 8 days back there were 4 black swallowtail caterpillars eating up our parsley. One of today’s gray squirrels, 15’ up in a black walnut, takes a good 15 minutes to “render” one of the nuts, a prissy eater.


One doozie of a storm from 8 P.M. until at least 3 A.M., last night, (insomnia at least enables me to enjoy the great weather) with big lightning every second or so initially and not as much thunder as one might expect. 3.4” of rain, none of which we need. Fortunately not that much wind.


AUGUST 29, SATURDAY. Stop at the John Brown Road turf farm in Queen Annes County. Dan Haas is there and right away puts us on the 2 buff-breasted sandpipers; this takes the sting out of leaving the Eastern Shore. Charles Hopkins is also there.


AUGUST 30, SUNDAY. George treats me to a morning at Brigantine (Forsythe N,W.R.) NJ that is loaded with birds. Two young peregrines are on the observation tower and do not flush when we get out of the car right underneath them. George catches an eastern box turtle. We see c. 82 species, incl.:


sora 1 (out in the open), clapper rail 7 (2 well-seen), yellow-crowned night heron 2, tree swallow c. 4,000, seaside sparrow 6, saltmarsh sparrow 1, bobolink 300, American avocet 14, whimbrel 2, white-rumped sandpiper 4, western sandpiper 7, laughing gull 2,400, black skimmer 1, snowy egret 80, bald eagle 3, peregrine falcon 3, marsh wren 2, semipalmated sandpiper many 100s, least sandpiper dozens, and Canada goose 95.


ADDENDA. In my recent posting on a boating foray I neglected to indicate how many oystercatchers we saw at Adam Island. Well, here is that total you’ve been, breathlessly, waiting for: 4.


ALL RISE. well, quite a few rise. white perch, esp. in the late afternoon, hit the surface, often quite close to the dock and the rip rap.


THOSE RABBITS. SO tame. Going out to the dock I pass within 4 feet of 2 who are totally unconcerned. As I pass one I look it in the eye and say: “Don’t mind me, I just live here.” To the other look in its eye and I intone: “Are you a scampering wee wump?” No reaction. Just keep on nibbling the grass.


Coming up the drive they are loath to give way. One, car so close the hood obscures it, so I back up, do this 5 times, variously blow the horn, turn on the hazard lights, rev the engine, cut loose with the high beams = no reaction, finally just ease the car forward and I can’t see it but if finally hops off into the honeysuckle. Cute, but low SAT scores. It’s a good thing for them I’m not a red-tailed hawk.


On August 25, watching the action at the feeders, I see a gray squirrel chase away a cottontail, both of them on the ground underneath a feeder. Never seen that before. So much for a “peaceable kingdom”.


CONSONANT KINGS. JAWBUSTERS. Absent-mindedly thumbin’ through Vogel in Afrika by Rainer Christian Ertel (Fauna Verlag, 2009, 399 pages) one comes across the nightjars, species that sport 7 consonants in a row. These are the Nachtschwalben.


There are 10 species of nightjars here, the 2 with the longest names - good examples of German compound words - are: Schleppennachtschwalbe (Long-tailed Nightjar) and Welwitschnachtschwalbe (Square-tailed Nightjar), with 22 letters each. However, they are outclassed by Schwarzbrustschlangenadler (Bare-chested Snake-Eagle), that tips the scales at 26.


And you thought Northern Rough-winged Swallow and Yellow-crowned Night Heron were long names. However, if one counts the spaces between those English words, and the hyphens, there’s not much difference in their lengths and those of the nightjars. Be thankful for Sora, Dunlin (Alpenstrandlaufer), and Osprey (Fischadler). There are 107 entries in Ertel’s index that begin with Sch.


In all fairness it should be pointed out that, to one’s relief, there are many German names for birds that are either, sometimes dramatically, shorter than those in English, or even the same, such as Merlin, Saker, Lanner, Ortolan, Skua (Great Skua), Kormoran (Great Cormorant), Star (Common Starling), Fitis (Willow Warbler), Marabu (Marabou Stork), Knutt (Red Knot), Noddi (Brown Noddy), and Amsel (Common Blackbird). More importantly, Ertel’s book comprises an astounding collection of many 100s of helpful photographs, 5 of them by George.


A favorite name for me is flycatcher (Schnapper). This is all very well, but it doesn’t get me off the hook for not knowing how to put unlauts over the 3 words above that need them. Perhaps it is just as well that some of my ancestors emigrated from Hesse-Darmstadt 400 years ago. Mein Gott in Himmel!


Best to all. - Harry Armistead, Bellevue, MD, and Philadelphia, PA.

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Date: 8/31/20 6:19 pm
From: Kevin Graff <keyweststyle2001...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Hart-Miller Island, 08/31/20
08/31/20 - 655am-1155am (including paddling along shore)
Hart-Miller Island, Essex, B Co., MD

WEATHER: MC/light rain, 67-74 degrees, ENE 3K- ESE 6K

Canada Goose - 76
*TRUMPETER SWAN - 2
Wood Duck - 6
Gadwall - 2
Am. Black Duck - 1 (drake)
Mallard - 12
Blue-winged Teal - 8 (single flock flyby)
Ruddy Duck - 2
Pied-billed Grebe - 8
Double-crested Cormorant - 32
Great Blue Heron - 6
Great Egret - 6
Snowy Egret - 1
Cattle Egret - 3 (single flock flying down the bay)
Turkey Vulture - 2
Osprey - 3
Bald Eagle - 3
Northern Harrier - 1
Killdeer - 1
Spotted Sandpiper - 1
Greater Yellowlegs - 2
Lesser Yellowlegs - 3
Least Sandpiper - 8
Semipalmated Sandpiper - 3
Stilt Sandpiper - 1 (w/ gulls & terns)
*BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER - 1 (what left of puddle between upper & lower
crossdike)
Laughing Gull - 8
Ring-billed Gull - 9
Herring Gull - 7
Great Black-backed Gull - 4
*GULL-BILLED TERN - 1 (w/ gulls and terns at south cell's tern flats)
Caspian Tern - 73
Forster's Tern - 2
Rock Pigeon - 1
Mourning Dove - 13
Yellow-billed Cuckoo - 1
Ruby-throated Hummingbird - 2
Chimney Swift - 6
Eastern Wood-Pewee - 2
*YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER - 1 (excellent look thru scope)
Willow Flycatcher - 1 (still at breeding site since July)
Great Crested Flycatcher - 2
Eastern Kingbird - 3
Red-eyed Vireo - 2
American Crow - 5
Purple Martin - 14
N Rough-winged Swallow - 2
Tree Swallow - 9
Barn Swallow - 49
Carolina Chickadee - 1
*RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH - 1 (row of pines)
Carolina Wren - 3
Marsh Wren - 2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher - 2
Gray Catbird - 6
European Starling - 26
Cedar Waxwing - 1
*GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER - 1
Tennessee Warbler - 1
Common Yellowthroat - 6
American Redstart - 3
Magnolia Warbler - 3
Yellow Warbler - 4
Chestnut-sided Warbler - 1
Northern Cardinal - 8
Blue Grosbeak - 1 (juvenile)
Indigo Bunting - 1
Baltimore Oriole - 2
Bobolink - 1
Red-winged Blackbird - 52
House Finch - 2
American Goldfinch - 7
SPECIES: 72 INDIVIDUALS: 546

MAMMALS: Raccoon (tracks) WT Deer (tracks) Red Fox (tracks)

REPTILES: E Painted Turtle - 2

BUTTERFLIES
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail - 2
Black Swallowtail - 2
Cabbage White - 3
Orange Sulphur - 2
Cloudless Sulphur - 2
Common Buckeye - 2
Pearl Crescent - 1
Eastern Tailed Blue - 1
Monarch - 8
Silver-spotted Skipper - 2
Wild Indigo Duskywing - 1
Zabulon Skipper - 1

DRAGONFLIES
Common Green Darner - 1
Needham's Skimmer - 2
Eastern Pondhawk - 5
Black Saddlebags - 5
Halloween Pennant - 1

INSECTS
Bronzed Tiger Beetle - 1
Milkweed Borer - 1
False Potato Beetle - 1
Common Looper Moth - 1

***on Aug 21st: following good birds at HMI: 1 Marbled Godwit (flew, seen
from wasp-infested tower), 1 White-rumped Sandpiper, 1 Baird's Sandpiper
(large puddle between upper and lower crossdike), 2 Short-billed Dowitcher,
1 Long-billed Dowitcher, 1 Black Tern & one Prothonotary Warbler. notepad
got wet when fell out of pocket while getting out of kayak at mainland's
boat ramp***


KEVIN GRAFF
JARRETTSVILLE, MD
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Date: 8/31/20 11:50 am
From: Cheryl Hogue <cheryl.hogue...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Confirmation help on Snowy Egret (with yellow legs)
See this excerpt from Armistead and Sullivan here, with a photo of a
first-fall Snowy that looks a lot like Ted's photo:
https://www.allaboutbirds.org/news/how-to-identify-white-herons-excerpt-from-better-birding-book/

Cheryl Hogue
Silver Spring

On Sunday, August 30, 2020 at 8:13:22 PM UTC-4, <rob.hil......> wrote:
>
> It's a Snowy Egret.
>
> Rob Hilton
> Silver Spring
>
>
> On Sunday, August 30, 2020 at 3:11:57 PM UTC-4 Ted on Little Round Bay
> wrote:
>
>>
>> Hi. I assume this is a snowy egret and not a juvenile little blue heron,
>> but I'm a little confused by the the yellow legs. Juvenile I suppose, but
>> if anyone wouldn't mind confirming for me, I'd appreciate it. Thanks very
>> much.
>>
>> Crownsville, on the Severn River. This afternoon. See photos[image:
>> L1060571.jpg][image: L1060566.jpg]
>>
>

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Date: 8/31/20 5:30 am
From: 'Ted on Little Round Bay' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: FREDCO, RHWP, 8-26-2020
Wow. I'd love to see one of these guys some day. Where in Frederick
County?

On Wednesday, August 26, 2020 at 5:10:08 PM UTC-4 Steve Ferendo, Frederick,
MD wrote:

> [image: RED-HEADED_WOODPECKER_82620001.jpg]
>
> [image: RED-HEADED_WOODPECKER_82620002.jpg]
> I found two red-headed woodpeckers on Richard Remsburg Rd today. Note:both
> photos may be of the same bird.
>

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Date: 8/30/20 5:13 pm
From: <rob.hil......> <rob.hilton.2010...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Confirmation help on Snowy Egret (with yellow legs)
It's a Snowy Egret.

Rob Hilton
Silver Spring


On Sunday, August 30, 2020 at 3:11:57 PM UTC-4 Ted on Little Round Bay
wrote:

>
> Hi. I assume this is a snowy egret and not a juvenile little blue heron,
> but I'm a little confused by the the yellow legs. Juvenile I suppose, but
> if anyone wouldn't mind confirming for me, I'd appreciate it. Thanks very
> much.
>
> Crownsville, on the Severn River. This afternoon. See photos[image:
> L1060571.jpg][image: L1060566.jpg]
>

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Date: 8/30/20 4:24 pm
From: 'George Jett' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Confirmation help on Snowy Egret (with yellow legs)
TedLittle blue heron. The key might be thebicolored bill for you.George

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Hi.  I assume this is a snowy egret and not a juvenile little blue heron, but I'm a little confused by the the yellow legs.  Juvenile I suppose, but if anyone wouldn't mind confirming for me, I'd appreciate it.  Thanks very much.

Crownsville, on the Severn River.  This afternoon.  See photos


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Date: 8/30/20 3:36 pm
From: 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Trumpeter Swans?
They are virtual residents and yes, they are Trumpeter Swans!

Tyler Bell
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On Sunday, August 30, 2020, 4:55:19 PM EDT, FRANCES TOLER <francestoler...> wrote:

Just went for an afternoon walk at Patuxent North Tract, and finishing off in the Merganser Pond we saw two swans.  On closer examination they had the bill-head shape of Trumpeter Swans! Expecting no good birds I hadn’t brought my good camera and I have Only some terrible iPhone shots.

Turns out they were continuing, but I thought I would mention it here in case Someone hadn’t had a chance to go see
Fran Toler

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Date: 8/30/20 2:02 pm
From: Les R. Becker <lesrbecker2...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Carroll County White Ibis
Good Afternoon,

Just wondering if there is any alternative to bushwhacking along Piney Run to view this bird?

TY

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Date: 8/30/20 1:55 pm
From: FRANCES TOLER <francestoler...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Trumpeter Swans?
Just went for an afternoon walk at Patuxent North Tract, and finishing off in the Merganser Pond we saw two swans. On closer examination they had the bill-head shape of Trumpeter Swans! Expecting no good birds I hadn’t brought my good camera and I have Only some terrible iPhone shots.

Turns out they were continuing, but I thought I would mention it here in case Someone hadn’t had a chance to go see
Fran Toler

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Date: 8/30/20 12:32 pm
From: David Gibson <20cabot...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Confirmation help on Snowy Egret (with yellow legs)
Ted, The lores and general shape are giveaways. Snowy Egret juv. Also, that
leg color is fairly typical, I believe. Good luck,
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> Hi. I assume this is a snowy egret and not a juvenile little blue heron,
> but I'm a little confused by the the yellow legs. Juvenile I suppose, but
> if anyone wouldn't mind confirming for me, I'd appreciate it. Thanks very
> much.
>
> Crownsville, on the Severn River. This afternoon. See photos[image:
> L1060571.jpg][image: L1060566.jpg]
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Date: 8/30/20 12:12 pm
From: 'Ted on Little Round Bay' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Confirmation help on Snowy Egret (with yellow legs)

Hi. I assume this is a snowy egret and not a juvenile little blue heron,
but I'm a little confused by the the yellow legs. Juvenile I suppose, but
if anyone wouldn't mind confirming for me, I'd appreciate it. Thanks very
much.

Crownsville, on the Severn River. This afternoon. See photos[image:
L1060571.jpg][image: L1060566.jpg]

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Date: 8/29/20 10:12 am
From: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...>
Subject: [MDBirding] FREDCO Yard birds today
Included a family group of 3 E Kingbirds, an E Phoebe, Chipping Sparrows,
etc

https://ebird.org/atlasmddc/checklist/S72945961

One of the Kingbirds and the Phoebe pursued the same prey item (moth) with
the Phoebe claiming the prize.

Later one of the Kingbirds captured a cicada.

Kingbirds were a new yard bird.

Jim S

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Date: 8/28/20 1:55 pm
From: Harry Armistead <harryarmistead...>
Subject: [MDBirding] lower Eastern Shore, August 5-9, 16-20, 2020.
LOWER EASTERN SHORE, AUGUST 5-9, 16-20, 2020.


A time of blooming rose-of-Sharon bushes, crepe myrtles, partridge pea, and marsh hibiscus, and of goldenrod and milkweed building in. Also, on many days, this is a time of heroic cloud formations that would be the envy of Albert Bierstadt or Francis Lee Jacques. A time of developing toadstools, mushrooms, and their ilk. A time of this and that and the other thing, mostly that but with this closing fast and the other thing hopelessly in arrears.


AUGUST 5, WEDNESDAY. A day of peace, sun, drying out, and light or no winds after the hurly burly of Isaias. Out on the dock 6:30-8:15 P.M. with aerial foraging, the 1st I’ve noticed this summer, of 31 laughing gulls. 17 cattle egrets c. 8:10 P.M. on their way to Poplar Island. Light rain last night didn’t even register in the rain gauge. 1 great and 1 snowy egret, 1 great blue and 2 green herons. 8 terrapin. 2 gray squirrels along the driveway. We spent most of the morning policing up the countless fallen branches and sticks on the lawn, mostly from the big willow oak.


AUGUST 6, THURSDAY. Fair, mostly sunny then becoming overcast with light east winds late in the day, high in the low 80s. 7 semipalmated plovers come out of the North and keep going at 6:18 P.M. Delightful to see these charming little shorebirds with their cheerful chew-wi call note. Come all the way from, perhaps, Baffin Island.


1 Cope’s gray tree frog calling near the dock. 2 bald eagles. First monarch of the fall. Yellow-billed cuckoo 1. A lot of lightning but not much thunder last night producing 0.475” of, you guessed it, rain. Mowers here from 8:17 - 8:48, cut the lawn and driveway. 3 spotted turtles in the Woods 4 vernal pool. 18 mourning doves in Field 1 plus 3 fawns, 4 does, and 1 buck.


Oak Creek area. My 2nd attempt to find the whooper swan = my usual back luck with stakeouts. Instead find 3 snow egrets, a great blue heron, and 4 gray squirrels.


AUGUST 7, FRIDAY. glossy ibis 1, bald eagle 1 adult perches in a loblolly at the head of the cove. fox squirrel 1. muskrat 1. spotted turtle 1. At Oak Creek 6 snowy egrets & the swan must have left. Forgot to record the weather.


AUGUST 8, SATURDAY. 3 snowy egrets. As I head out for Dorchester County a great horned owl flushes from trees at the driveway bend at 6:18 A.M. 0.4” in the rain gauge from last night.


RIGHT ON the front brick steps a fat 2 foot plus EASTERN HOG-NOSED SNAKE, with highly-colored markings is in the act, in flagrante delicto as it were, of beginning the process of swallowing a grown Fowler’s toad, my favorite batrachian. 2nd property record. As I begin to go up the steps (don’t mind me, I just live here) it bolts away and disappears into the labyrinthine fastnesses of the 70-year-old boxwood rows. I’m not trying to catch it. The only other record is of one also in the act of swallowing a toad.


The one today looks JUST like the photograph in the Maryland amphibian and reptile atlas by Heather R. Cunningham (Johns Hopkins, 2018) on page 202. The atlas only shows this species occurring in Talbot County on its far eastern edge.


EGYPT ROAD. 27 species, 9-10:30, mostly overcast or fair, 75-80, winds light & variable. singing birds: field sparrow 5, common yellowthroat 4, indigo bunting 8, white-eyed vireo 1, Carolina wren 6, chipping sparrow 7, and blue grosbeak 1, but no northern bobwhite, prothonotary warbler, prairie warbler, or yellow-breasted chat. Also, wild turkey 1, great blue heron 1, osprey 1, rock pigeon 7, house sparrow 3, barn swallow 30, purple martin 5, and ruby-throated hummingbird 2. green frog 3, painted turtle 1, black swallowtail 1.


BLACKWATER N.W.R., 10:30 - 2:45, high 70s to low 80s, mostly overcast, winds light and variable, tidal and fresh water high. 40 species, incl.:


double-crested cormorant 17, Forster’s tern 18, bald eagle 11, osprey 12, great egret 3, great blue heron 3, green heron 3, mallard 4, Canada goose 10, king rail 1, greater yellowlegs 6, lesser yellowlegs 30, semipalmated sandpiper 14, red-headed woodpecker 2, blue jay 1, tufted titmouse 2, brown-headed nuthatch 3, eastern bluebird 2, Carolina wren 6, common yellowthroat 1, red-eyed vireo 1, blue grosbeak 3, indigo bunting 5, northern cardinal 0, eastern kingbird 1, and eastern meadowlark 1.


non-avian taxa: cloudless sulphur 8, monarch 9, unIDd sulphur 30, red-bellied cooter 3, painted turtle 7, black swallowtail 3, cabbage white 11, deer 1. Lots of visitation: at Sewards causeway 17 cars (mostly anglers)., also 17 cars at the Route 335 bridge (mostly kayakers).


AUGUST 9, SUNDAY. On the way back to Philadelphia we check, for the 4th time, at Oak Creek but still fail to see the whooper swan.


AUGUST 16, SUNDAY. ROUTE 495 east of Wilmington, DE, an imm. bald eagle along Delaware River, dangerously close to a network of wires. JOHN BROWN ROAD turf farm: killdeer 30, least sandpiper 9, laughing gull 175, greater yellowlegs 1, barn, tree and bank swallows in aggregate 25 foraging just inches above the grass.


RIGBY’S FOLLY, arrive 3 P.M., low 70s, overcast, 0.5” in rain gauge since Aug. 9 then occasional light rain, clearing at end, with a partial rainbow to the northeast. NW 15-10. One of those days when in a few brief hours after arriving a rather productive result happens. 28 species.


For the 1st time ever see 7 species of heron types: best is an imm. little blue heron, 23 cattle egrets, 3 green herons, 2 great blue herons,1 great egret, 5 snowy egrets, 1 glossy ibis.


Also: bald eagle 2, Forster’s tern 6, royal tern 1, yellow-billed cuckoo 1, and brown thrasher 1. A female American kestrel flushes off the pole in Field 4, an early migrant. When Liz calls that supper’s ready I come in off the dock and a great horned owl flushes right in the yard.


In Field 1, which is gamey today, 5 mourning doves, 29 Canada geese and 7 deer (2 spotted fawns, a 6-point buck, and 4 does). In Field 4 a doe and a spotted fawn. The abundant standing water and humidity stimulates 5 Cope’s gray tree frogs to call. 1 gray squirrel. 1 monarch, 1 diamond-backed terrapin.


Rob Berg has finished the railing along the east side of the dock, a good job. Mary, David & Lucas arrive.


AUGUST 17, MONDAY. 70s (!), fair, a drizzle for 15 minutes 6:45 P.M., NW-SW-NW, 15-10, at 8:30 P.M. thunder, lightning, and some winds with 0.3” of (unneeded) rain. high tide > normal in mid-afternoon.


33 Canada geese in Field 1 with 2 does and a 6-pt. buck. red-tailed hawk 1 adult, bald eagle 2, snowy egret 3, Forster’s tern 3, European starling 130. a pileated woodpecker.


David catches a white perch that we eat for dinner. eastern cottontail 2, gray squirrel 2 (appear before I finish putting out the feed, for the 1st time in over a month), red fox 1, Cope’s gray tree frog 2, diamond-backed terrapin 3, cloudless sulphur 2, red-spotted purple 1, spotted turtle 1. An 8-pt. buck in Field 4. John Weske comes to retrieve his boat the ‘Lou-na-sea’. No fireflies.


During the course of tropical storm Isaias half the sticks on our osprey nest blew off. There is now a growth of grasses in the nest, some 3’ high, looks like phragmites. All of a sudden there are huge numbers of sea nettles, mostly small ones. I clear the dock ladder, loaded with Ruppia maritima, and raise it out of the water, where it has been for several weeks.


AUGUST 18, known to many as, simply, TUESDAY. A gem. Clear, NW10 becoming SW then calm, 72-83, humidity just fine. 54 Canada geese now in Field 1, helping themselves to young soy bean shoots, and,, perhaps not as amazing as, say, 6,300 dunlin in massed, coordinated flight approaching a high tide roost on Ship Shoal Island, the flock of juvenile European starlings in that same field is now up to c. 300, a minor spectacle as they wheel back and forth in amazing, synchronized flight. But … where are their moms and dads?? Das ist die Frage. 36 species, incl.:


little blue heron 1 imm., green heron 3, great egret 2, cattle egret 23, snowy egret 3, turkey vulture 16, black vulture 9, Cooper’s hawk 1, bald eagle 4, laughing gull 62 (going to roost at dusk), Forster’s tern 5, royal tern 1, American robin 8, European starling 300 juveniles, eastern kingbird 1, ruby=throated hummingbird 1, blue-gray gnatcatcher 3 (migrants), cedar waxwing 4, American goldfinch 1, blue grosbeak 1, chimney swift 6.


critters and varmints: deer here and there, mostly here: 6 does, 2 spotted fawns, 1 6-pt. buck, 1 8-pt. buck, the latter with points/tines 8” long, a noble creature, a potential “wall hanger” for somebody sometime. 1 Cope’s gray tree frog. 18 diamond-backed terrapin. 4 monarchs. 2 eastern cottontails 2 cloudless sulphurs.


AUGUST 19, WEDNESDAY. 0.3” rain in the morning, overcast then becoming nice and sunny and fair. 69-78. winds NNW 10-15 then dropping. Liz spots the 1st belted kingfisher of the season. In the Field 4 wetspot are a greater and a lesser yellowlegs foraging. 1 monarch.


In sight simultaneously from the dock: 2 snowy and 1 great egret, the little blue heron, a green heron, and a great blue heron. After all these rains and the high humidity the numbers of mushrooms and toadstools have grown exponentially. Some of the toadstools are gleaming white and about the size of dinner plates. The marsh hibiscus next to the driveway finally has 2 blossoms, but they will not last long.


John Weske leaves his boat off. VIRGINIA: On July 18 he and 2 friends band at South Point Marsh north of Tangier I. tagging 127 brown pelicans chicks, 4 yellow-crowned night herons, 4 American oystercatchers, a semipalmated plover, 3 cormorants, 2 laughing gulls, a few herring and great black-backed gulls and ospreys. A remarkable achievement. John is 84 and still does these things.


AUGUST 20, THURSDAY. (named for Thor, the god of war). 1 monarch. Another fine, sunny day with light winds and temperatures mostly in the 70s, though it did get up to 82. blue-gray gnatcatcher 1. The immature little blue heron is seen every day now. An adult bald eagle pitches in and lands at dusk in a pine on the east edge of the lawn. That is unusual.


36 Canada geese in Field 1 along with 2 fawns, 4 does, and a 6-pt. buck. A small foraging guild on the south edge of the lawn: 3 brown indigo buntings, 2 bluebirds, 2 cardinals, and a pine warbler. One spotted turtle. The mowers are here, a day late, but they do a good job. 12 barn swallows foraging actively low over Field 4. Liz photographs some of the bigger, white, toadstools in Woods 3 and 5.


Best to all. - Harry Armistead, Bellevue, Maryland. Our quarantine continues, a form of glorified house arrest.

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Date: 8/28/20 1:54 pm
From: David Gibson <20cabot...>
Subject: [MDBirding] A Green Heron Colony
Hi MD and DC birders, If you love Green Herons (and who doesn't), you'll
enjoy this short piece
<http://birdpartner.com/2020/08/28/green-heron-colony/>. And if you thought
the birds were secretive and/or hard to find, think again.

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Date: 8/28/20 11:51 am
From: Tim Houghton <timhoughton...>
Subject: [MDBirding] correction on my checklist today
I put down the wrong location on my e-Bird checklist today. I corrected it but not before the rarities were listed at the wrong spot. The rarities are for Patuxent--North Tract.

Thanks, Tim Houghton
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Date: 8/27/20 3:51 pm
From: Patricia Valdata <pvaldata1...>
Subject: [MDBirding] fall migration
This morning I saw a gaggle of 15 Black Vultures. They've been largely
absent all summer. And this afternoon, on Rehobeth Road heading toward Rt.
13 near Pokomoke City, I saw my first huge flock of blackbirds, somewhere
between 500-1000 birds at least. Was driving so I couldn't stop for a
better estimate.

Pat Valdata
Crisfield, Somerset County

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Date: 8/27/20 2:32 pm
From: 'Peter Kaestner' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Possible Long-billed Dowitcher at Paper Mill Flats 17:30 Thursday
Too far away to be sure, but it’s a pretty good match.

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Date: 8/27/20 1:48 pm
From: Matthew Felperin <mattyfelp...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Bird ID help
Definitely Chestnut sided f/Juv. Those wing bars, gray chest/throat and light yellow/olive cap. Nice find!

Matthew J. Felperin



>> On Aug 27, 2020, at 2:17 PM, Joe Hanfman <auk1844...> wrote:
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Date: 8/27/20 11:17 am
From: Joe Hanfman <auk1844...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Bird ID help
It's a Chestnut-sided Warbler.

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Date: 8/27/20 11:16 am
From: Tim Carney <timmyc83...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Bird ID help
Chestnut-sided Warbler, likely a male in basic (nonbreeding) plumage due to
the chestnut wash on the flanks.

Tim Carney
Parkville, MD

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Date: 8/27/20 11:15 am
From: Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Bird ID help
Indeed. Lacks eye line for Bay breast. I had no credibility any way.

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Date: 8/27/20 11:13 am
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Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Bird ID help
Looks like a female or immature American Redstart to me...

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Date: 8/27/20 11:11 am
From: Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Bird ID help
Looks like immature Bay-breasted Warbler. Nice shot.

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Date: 8/27/20 11:09 am
From: Edmund LeGrand <edmundlegrand...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Help Needed - Bird Song Survey
I took it. Interesting project. My comment was that I'd like to see how
non-birders respond, because they don't have the biases that birders do.
The clicking of a Yellow Rail would not be the slightest bit boring to
me--it would get my heart racing. So I'm torn between saying the clicking
is very boring or very exciting.

One could do the same for views (or partial views) of birds. For most
people a Pileated Woodpecker would look (or sound) rather interesting. But
simply put a white patch on the wing and give it a big white bill (and a
monotonous call note) and it would be extremely attractive to birders.

One could use these consensus opinions (once one gets rid of the bias) as
useful descriptors for birding field guides.

Ed LeGrand
Crossville, TN

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> I was happy to take the survey, too, and found it to be interesting, if a
> bit baffling -- I found very few of the songs to be "sweet" but don't know
> whether that was "just me" or the nature of the songs chosen. It will be
> most interesting to read an analysis of the results when the project is
> over. And, I wonder, what theories the designers of the project had in
> mind and whether those theories were confirmed or refuted.
> BTW, I very much doubt that I would have chosen differently if the songs
> had been in .wav format rather than .mp3.
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Date: 8/27/20 11:09 am
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Subject: [MDBirding] Bird ID help
Can anyone help ID this bird?

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Date: 8/27/20 6:12 am
From: 'diane Ford' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fw: eBird Report - Aspen Hill, Aug 26, 2020
Hi all- It looks like Fall Migration has started. Started slow, but turned out to be nice finding 2 groups of warblers moving thru the trees. Depending
on the weather it should pick up over next couple of weeks.

D.Ford/Bethesda, Md.


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Aspen Hill, Montgomery, Maryland, US
Aug 26, 2020 11:00 AM - 1:45 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.5 mile(s)
Checklist Comments:    Weather nice, front came thru 8/25 with rain.
31 species (+2 other taxa)

Mourning Dove  2
Chimney Swift  1
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  2
Great Blue Heron  1
Black Vulture  1
Turkey Vulture  2
Red-shouldered Hawk  2
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Downy Woodpecker  1
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Pileated Woodpecker  1
Eastern Wood-Pewee  3
Least Flycatcher  1    Small flycatcher, with largish head, eye ring and crisp white wingbars with shortish tail.
Great Crested Flycatcher  2
flycatcher sp. (Tyrannidae sp.)  3
Red-eyed Vireo  2
Blue Jay  5
Carolina Chickadee  4
Tufted Titmouse  4
White-breasted Nuthatch  2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  6
Carolina Wren  2
Gray Catbird  5
American Robin  5
American Goldfinch  6
Common Grackle  10
Black-and-white Warbler  2
Common Yellowthroat  1
American Redstart  2
Chestnut-sided Warbler  1
Bay-breasted/Blackpoll Warbler  1    Immature Bay-breasted Warbler. Buttery chest with thin streaking, richer olive back with wing bars.
Canada Warbler  2
Northern Cardinal  4

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S72848052

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


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Date: 8/26/20 3:21 pm
From: Janet Millenson <janet...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] RTHU video
I know how he feels -- there are days I just want to fill up on sugar
water too!

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Date: 8/26/20 2:14 pm
From: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...>
Subject: [MDBirding] RTHU video
This guy was tanking up all morning...

https://tinyurl.com/y2ax8cmq

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Date: 8/26/20 2:11 pm
From: Harry Armistead <harryarmistead...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Dorchester's south islands, August 23, 2020.
AUGUST 23, SUNDAY. DORCHESTER COUNTY’s SOUTH ISLANDS. John Weske treats me to the grand tour, the Great Circle Route, of these islands, counterclockwise from Crocheron, Bloodsworth Island-Fin Creek, the east side of Bloodsworth, Spring, Holland, Adam, Northeast, and Pone islands, the west and north sides of Bloodsworth, and on back to Crocheron.


The messy, deteriorating launch site at Crocheron is 60 miles, one way, from Rigby’s Folly. To its credit it DOES have a Dumpster and a johnny-on-the-spot. Off the west side of Bloodsworth we go far offshore avoiding 4 submerged Sherman tanks, one of which I slammed into once. NOT good for the outboard’s lower unit. Bent the skeg on mine.


John is a careful, deliberate skipper and a good conversationalist. His boat is powered by a big 115 HP outboard. My starvation rations today: cheese curls, PB&J on marbled rye, peach slices, and several bottles of Propel (electrolytes city). Lists below, such as they are, are complete..


Winds SW 10-15-5-10. Temps high 70s to low and mid 80s. Sunny with some clouds. low tide at start to mostly high at the end. In early afternoon when it is hot and with little wind it feels good to pour a bottle of cold water over my head. Aahhh!!


This is my first successful trip to the islands in several years, after 3 unsatisfactory, to say the least, experiences, following one of which I spent 4.25 hrs. in the ER dealing with a dehydration issue or two and, for the 1st time I can recall, an irregular pulse. Today went gratifyingly well. It was SO GOOD to be back to these islands that I visited 50 straight years beginning in 1967.


These islands are much diminished in terms, especially, of heron types, ducks, and trees. They are eroding away fast.


CROCHERON: royal tern 22 (they LIKE this little harbor), spotted sandpiper 1, bald eagle 1 adult & 1 immature, Forster’s tern 3, osprey 7, Canada goose 30, and cormorant 7.


FIN CREEK, BLOODSWORTH I. 10:30-11. The creek penetrates from north to south 1.25 miles and is plenty deep enough for our boat, even at low tide. The dozens of great blue heron nesting platforms, built by the Navy, are in disarray and something of a shambles. But one has a big bald eagle nest. Looks like only 3 great blue heron nests, compared to 180 back in the 1970s:


bald eagle 2 adults, osprey 7 (with a big nest on the faux tank), seaside sparrow 8, cormorant 4, barn swallow 6 (migrating), American black duck 1, herring gull 3, laughing gull 4, eastern kingbird 1, gray catbird 1 (the latter 2 species probably breeding birds), great egret 3, and diamond-backed terrapin 3.


BLOODSWORTH ISLAND - EAST SIDE: great blue heron 1, barn swallow 1, tricolored heron 3, great egret 4, northern harrier 1, herring gull 16, snowy egret 1, seaside sparrow 1, brown pelican 1, cormorant 6, Caspian tern 1, osprey 5, and bald eagle 1 adult. The 2 small eastern redcedar hammocks, that used to have a few great blue heron nests, have washed away. 11:15-12:25.


SPRING ISLAND. 12:30. The brown pelican colony is on the south end. In some previous years, when they bred here at all, it was on the north end. A few large young birds seen from our vantage point about 100 yards offshore. cormorant 25, brown pelican 235 (flight-capable birds, in slight simultaneously), great egret 1, seaside sparrow 1, laughing gull 4, barn swallow 1, herring gull 25, great black-backed gull 1 large youngster


Mostly hauled out, on the east side of the larger, south, segment of Spring are 90 diamond-backed terrapin. nice! We circumnavigate Spring.


HOLLAND ISLAND. c. 1 P.M. There is a big bald eagle nest in one of the few trees remaining on the south end. great egret 3, brown pelican 60, cormorant 30, boat-tailed grackle 2 males, osprey 3, herring gull 10, laughing gull 4. Only a few trees remain on the north end.


About half a mile of the former north end, including a nice grove of American hackberries and 2 graveyards, is now under the waves. Hard to believe a town of 300 some souls lived here until the early part of the 20th century, with a school, store, church, and much else, including a large fleet of traditional wooden workboats. sic transit gloria mundi.


Pickin’ her clean. Two fellows landed from the ‘Fishin’ Pole’ are working the extensive exposed, bare, sod bank with metal detectors. Farther north a woman is prospecting the beach for, I’d guess, sea glass. I am not blameless with a small collection of old glass bottles, a few arrowheads, an axehead. etc., gathered here some years ago, One of the best times to look around for such things is on the west side in the early spring after the winter’s northwesters have exposed, eroded, parts of the island. At that time of year I once saw a harbor seal hauled out on Holland, a most appealing mammal.


ADAM ISLAND. 1:10-2. another island eroded to smithereens. but the ranking spectacle today. Some extensive sandbars are new with a few thousand birds resting on them. Here we make our only landing today, a brief one.


brown pelican 730 (but I don’t think they’re nesting here; one has a bad left wing), cormorant 1,000 or so (as cormorants tend to do, once flushed many or most are gone, so I fail to get a careful estimate before many skedaddle), herring gull 610, great black-backed gull 30, osprey 6, Forster’s tern 1, duck 1 unIDd (either a mallard, a blackie, or a gadwall), American oystercatcher, great blue heron 1.


On the remains of the old Navy tower, torn down years ago, are 15 cormorant nests. Looks like many of the gulls do nest here.


NORTHEAST ISLAND (from a distance; I’ve never landed here): 120 herring gull, 60 cormorants. Nice sandbar here.


PONE ISLAND (a satellite of Bloodsworth); Also has a good sandbar. 80 herring gulls.


BLOODSWORTH ISLAND, west and north ends. Worth checking out but as usual is not to be due to the military detritus. Besides, our trip is essentially over and we steam back to Crocheron at 25-30 m.p.h.


GRAND TOTALS FOR TODAY. c. 1,026 brown pelicans. c. 864 herring gulls. c. 1,102 double-crested cormorants. bald eagle 5. George and I saw the 1st county brown pelicans on July 4, 1996, 4 immatures flying past Pone Island. Just look at all those the pelicans now!! Carumba.


GO FIGURE. Not a single red-winged blackbird all day. In late summer many blackbirds pull a disappearing act, as do, on these islands at least, great blue herons. In the past week I’ve seen one common grackle.


Best to all. Harry Armistead, Bellevue, MD, and Philadelphia, PA.

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Date: 8/26/20 2:10 pm
From: Steve Ferendo, Frederick, MD <stevefinmd...>
Subject: [MDBirding] FREDCO, RHWP, 8-26-2020


[image: RED-HEADED_WOODPECKER_82620001.jpg]

[image: RED-HEADED_WOODPECKER_82620002.jpg]
I found two red-headed woodpeckers on Richard Remsburg Rd today. Note:both
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Date: 8/26/20 10:44 am
From: Derek Richardson <derek.c.richardson...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Rocky Gorge warblers and more
The birdcast <https://birdcast.info/> predicted some movement today and
that seemed to be the case early this morning at Rocky Gorge
Reservoir/Supplee Park (PG County). Highlights were 6 warbler species
(Worm-eating, Black-and-white, yellowthroat, Blackburnian, Chestnut-sided,
Black-throated Green), plus a Least Flycatcher heard (chip notes) and seen,
and 2 very faint but distinct vocalizations from a Red-breasted Nuthatch.
The full list for today with uploaded audio for the last 2 birds (hard to
pick them out!!) is posted here <https://ebird.org/checklist/S72838862> on
eBird. Oddly, no titmice today (but lots of chickadees)...

D

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Date: 8/25/20 4:44 pm
From: Kevin Graff <keyweststyle2001...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Cromwell Valley Park, 08/25/20
08/25/20 - 720am-1020am
Cromwell Valley Park, B Co., MD

WEATHER: Fair/PC, 73-82 degrees, WSW 6 mph- W 8 mph OBS: 6

Double-crested Cormorant - 1
Black Vulture - 3
Turkey Vulture - 2
Cooper's Hawk - 1
Red-shouldered Hawk - 1
Rock Pigeon - 1
Mourning Dove - 7
Yellow-billed Cuckoo - 1
Chimney Swift - 9
Ruby-throated Hummingbird - 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker - 4
Downy Woodpecker - 4
Northern Flicker - 5
Olive-sided Flycatcher - 1
Eastern Wood-Pewee - 3
Acadian Flycatcher - 1
Traill's Flycatcher sp - 1 (very brief look)
Warbling Vireo - 1
Red-eyed Vireo - 1
Blue Jay - 2
American Crow - 1
Barn Swallow - 12
Carolina Chickadee - 3
Tufted Titmouse - 7
White-breasted Nuthatch - 1
Carolina Wren - 5
House Wren - 4
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher - 11
Eastern Bluebird - 11
American Robin - 7
Gray Catbird - 8
Northern Mockingbird - 2
Brown Thrasher - 1
European Starling - 7
Black-and-white Warbler - 1
Mourning Warbler - 1
Common Yellowthroat - 1
Yellow Warbler - 1
Chestnut-sided Warbler - 2
Canada Warbler - 1
Eastern Towhee - 1
Chipping Sparrow - 3
Field Sparrow - 2
Song Sparrow - 1
Northern Cardinal - 9
Indigo Bunting - 2
Baltimore Oriole - 1
Common Grackle - 11
Brown-headed Cowbird - 2
House Finch - 4
American Goldfinch - 6
House Sparrow - 8
SPECIES: 51 INDIVIDUALS: 188

MAMMALS: Gray Sq - 10

BUTTERFLIES *(left out one red admiral last week)*
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail - 4
Black Swallowtail - 1
Cabbage White - 3
Orange Sulphur - 3
Pearl Crescent - 2
N Pearly-eye - 1
Red Spotted Purple - 1
Monarch - 10
Silver-spotted Skipper - 3


KEVIN GRAFF
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Date: 8/25/20 3:00 pm
From: 'MikeBowen' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Help Needed - Bird Song Survey
I was happy to take the survey, too, and found it to be interesting, if a
bit baffling -- I found very few of the songs to be "sweet" but don't know
whether that was "just me" or the nature of the songs chosen. It will be
most interesting to read an analysis of the results when the project is
over. And, I wonder, what theories the designers of the project had in
mind and whether those theories were confirmed or refuted.
BTW, I very much doubt that I would have chosen differently if the songs
had been in .wav format rather than .mp3.

Mike Bowen
Bethesda.

On Tuesday, August 25, 2020 at 3:41:33 PM UTC-4, Marcia Watson wrote:
>
> Dear Birders,
>
>
>
> I’m writing on behalf of Mollie Goldblatt, who is a rising 11th grader
> from the Mount Washington area of Baltimore. Mollie is asking for our help
> in completing a survey for a summer research project she is doing. Mollie
> wrote:
>
>
>
> My advisor and I have developed an online survey which involves rating ten
> different birdsong segments on several characteristics. I am looking for a
> group of bird-watchers who would be willing to devote about ten to fifteen
> minutes to take the survey at
>
>
>
>
> https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScqmxNeUvxpszvk6lq0vEnkPtFC6n3VmztBMQQQOyhEuVbclg/viewform?usp=sf_link
>
>
>
>
> Mollie will share the results of the study with us when it is complete. I
> hope you’ll consider taking the survey. Thanks,
>
>
>
> Marcia
>
> _________
>
> Marcia Watson
>
> President
>
> Patuxent Bird Club
>
> A Chapter of the Maryland Ornithological Society
>
> www.patuxentbirdclub.org
>
>
>
> Bowie, MD
>
> <Marsh......> <javascript:>
>
>
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Date: 8/25/20 2:47 pm
From: David Gibson <20cabot...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Help Needed - Bird Song Survey
Marcia, I began to take the survey but couldn't finish. MP3 files aren't
representative of what one hears in the field, so I found it hard to
respond in a way that might be helpful. I'd encourage Ms. Goldblatt and her
advisor to consider using WAV files instead.
Dave Gibson
https://birdpartner.com/



On Tue, Aug 25, 2020 at 3:41 PM Marcia Watson <marshwren50...>
wrote:

> Dear Birders,
>
>
>
> I’m writing on behalf of Mollie Goldblatt, who is a rising 11th grader
> from the Mount Washington area of Baltimore. Mollie is asking for our help
> in completing a survey for a summer research project she is doing. Mollie
> wrote:
>
>
>
> My advisor and I have developed an online survey which involves rating ten
> different birdsong segments on several characteristics. I am looking for a
> group of bird-watchers who would be willing to devote about ten to fifteen
> minutes to take the survey at
>
>
>
>
> https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScqmxNeUvxpszvk6lq0vEnkPtFC6n3VmztBMQQQOyhEuVbclg/viewform?usp=sf_link
>
>
>
>
> Mollie will share the results of the study with us when it is complete. I
> hope you’ll consider taking the survey. Thanks,
>
>
>
> Marcia
>
> _________
>
> Marcia Watson
>
> President
>
> Patuxent Bird Club
>
> A Chapter of the Maryland Ornithological Society
>
> www.patuxentbirdclub.org
>
>
>
> Bowie, MD
>
> <Marshwren50...>
>
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Date: 8/25/20 2:08 pm
From: Matthew Felperin <mattyfelp...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Help Needed - Bird Song Survey
I happily took the survey, but I honestly think this would be better off targeted specifically to non birders because birders would say every song is fascinating and brings joy haha even if it may sound annoying or aggressive to other people. I feel that is the best way to get unbiased feedback on people’s reactions to the sounds they are hearing. I shared this feedback with her at the end of the survey.

Matthew J. Felperin

> On Aug 25, 2020, at 4:03 PM, Hugh McGuinness <hdmcguinness...> wrote:
>
> 
> I just took the survey. It was fun and I am interested in what she is trying to figure out.
>
> Hugh
>
>> On Tue, Aug 25, 2020 at 3:41 PM Marcia Watson <marshwren50...> wrote:
>> Dear Birders,
>>
>>
>>
>> I’m writing on behalf of Mollie Goldblatt, who is a rising 11th grader from the Mount Washington area of Baltimore. Mollie is asking for our help in completing a survey for a summer research project she is doing. Mollie wrote:
>>
>>
>>
>> My advisor and I have developed an online survey which involves rating ten different birdsong segments on several characteristics. I am looking for a group of bird-watchers who would be willing to devote about ten to fifteen minutes to take the survey at
>>
>>
>>
>> https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScqmxNeUvxpszvk6lq0vEnkPtFC6n3VmztBMQQQOyhEuVbclg/viewform?usp=sf_link
>>
>>
>>
>> Mollie will share the results of the study with us when it is complete. I hope you’ll consider taking the survey. Thanks,
>>
>>
>>
>> Marcia
>>
>> _________
>>
>> Marcia Watson
>>
>> President
>>
>> Patuxent Bird Club
>>
>> A Chapter of the Maryland Ornithological Society
>>
>> www.patuxentbirdclub.org
>>
>>
>>
>> Bowie, MD
>>
>> <Marshwren50...>
>>
>>
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Date: 8/25/20 1:03 pm
From: Hugh McGuinness <hdmcguinness...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Help Needed - Bird Song Survey
I just took the survey. It was fun and I am interested in what she is
trying to figure out.

Hugh

On Tue, Aug 25, 2020 at 3:41 PM Marcia Watson <marshwren50...>
wrote:

> Dear Birders,
>
>
>
> I’m writing on behalf of Mollie Goldblatt, who is a rising 11th grader
> from the Mount Washington area of Baltimore. Mollie is asking for our help
> in completing a survey for a summer research project she is doing. Mollie
> wrote:
>
>
>
> My advisor and I have developed an online survey which involves rating ten
> different birdsong segments on several characteristics. I am looking for a
> group of bird-watchers who would be willing to devote about ten to fifteen
> minutes to take the survey at
>
>
>
>
> https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScqmxNeUvxpszvk6lq0vEnkPtFC6n3VmztBMQQQOyhEuVbclg/viewform?usp=sf_link
>
>
>
>
> Mollie will share the results of the study with us when it is complete. I
> hope you’ll consider taking the survey. Thanks,
>
>
>
> Marcia
>
> _________
>
> Marcia Watson
>
> President
>
> Patuxent Bird Club
>
> A Chapter of the Maryland Ornithological Society
>
> www.patuxentbirdclub.org
>
>
>
> Bowie, MD
>
> <Marshwren50...>
>
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Date: 8/25/20 12:41 pm
From: Marcia Watson <marshwren50...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Help Needed - Bird Song Survey
Dear Birders,



I'm writing on behalf of Mollie Goldblatt, who is a rising 11th grader from
the Mount Washington area of Baltimore. Mollie is asking for our help in
completing a survey for a summer research project she is doing. Mollie
wrote:



My advisor and I have developed an online survey which involves rating ten
different birdsong segments on several characteristics. I am looking for a
group of bird-watchers who would be willing to devote about ten to fifteen
minutes to take the survey at



https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScqmxNeUvxpszvk6lq0vEnkPtFC6n3VmztB
MQQQOyhEuVbclg/viewform?usp=sf_link



Mollie will share the results of the study with us when it is complete. I
hope you'll consider taking the survey. Thanks,



Marcia

_________

Marcia Watson

President

Patuxent Bird Club

A Chapter of the Maryland Ornithological Society

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



Bowie, MD

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Date: 8/24/20 5:10 pm
From: 'James Meyers' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Nighthawks (finally!)
Been looking for nighthawks the last couple weeks.....finally saw a nice
group of 19 birds flying over the house near the Gunpowder River just below
Harford Rd. These birds were seen at 7:50 PM heading west.

Jim Meyers

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Date: 8/23/20 5:09 pm
From: Haninah Levine <haninah...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Help with confusing molting duck ID
Thanks! That also explains the bill shape.

All the best,

Haninah

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> The pale one is a hybrid with domestic duck. The head pattern is typical
> of mongrel duck. And with that mix up of genes , where the overall
> whiteness comes from, who knows?
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>> Hi all,
>>
>> My friend asked for help IDing these two large ducks he spotted on the
>> Alexandria waterfront. The darker one seems to be a male Mallard in molt,
>> but the pale one has me stumped. The pale breast and dark head recall a
>> male Northern pintail, presumably halfway to eclipse, but the time of year
>> is wrong for a pintail in the DC area. I also considered a feral Muscovy
>> duck, but the pink around the face is missing. Occam’s razor seems to
>> suggest a female Mallard in some sort of atypical molt. Thoughts?
>>
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Date: 8/23/20 5:07 pm
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Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Help with confusing molting duck ID
The pale one is a hybrid with domestic duck. The head pattern is typical of
mongrel duck. And with that mix up of genes , where the overall whiteness
comes from, who knows?

Kurt Schwarz
Howard County

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> Hi all,
>
> My friend asked for help IDing these two large ducks he spotted on the
> Alexandria waterfront. The darker one seems to be a male Mallard in molt,
> but the pale one has me stumped. The pale breast and dark head recall a
> male Northern pintail, presumably halfway to eclipse, but the time of year
> is wrong for a pintail in the DC area. I also considered a feral Muscovy
> duck, but the pink around the face is missing. Occam’s razor seems to
> suggest a female Mallard in some sort of atypical molt. Thoughts?
>
> Thanks,
>
> Haninah
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Date: 8/23/20 5:02 pm
From: Haninah Levine <haninah...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Help with confusing molting duck ID
Hi all,

My friend asked for help IDing these two large ducks he spotted on the
Alexandria waterfront. The darker one seems to be a male Mallard in molt,
but the pale one has me stumped. The pale breast and dark head recall a
male Northern pintail, presumably halfway to eclipse, but the time of year
is wrong for a pintail in the DC area. I also considered a feral Muscovy
duck, but the pink around the face is missing. Occam’s razor seems to
suggest a female Mallard in some sort of atypical molt. Thoughts?

Thanks,

Haninah

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Date: 8/23/20 6:40 am
From: guineabird via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Carbo-loading Hummingbirds
 Thank you Paul!Visited the Patons many years ago when they were both in charge. Was not aware of this lovely development. Gail FrantzBalto County  In a message dated 8/22/2020 3:14:22 PM Eastern Standard Time, <mdbirding...> writes: 
They are tanking up for the trek to winter quarters, so lots of feeder activity.  The males will be gone in a few days. But all is not lost.  If you have ever enjoyed the show at the Paton's house in Patagonia, AZ, you should be aware that, although the Patons are gone, Tucson Audubon owns and maintains the property, including web cams.  Go to tucsonaudubon.org to see the two Paton Center hummingbird cams.  So far this month I have seen Broad-billed, Black-chinned (the two most common), Anna's, Violet-crowned (not for a few days), Broad-tailed and Rufous, Just in from the Rockies.  It's a great way to spend time cooped up with SARS CoV 2 both day and night.  Yes, night.  Mexican Long-tongued Bats stick their absurdly long snouts in the ports and can drain the feeders overnight.  It's quite a show and a great diversion from, well, you know what.  Enjoy! Paul O'BrienRockville, Mont. Co., MD
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Date: 8/22/20 2:49 pm
From: Les Eastman <les...>
Subject: Fwd: Re: [MDBirding] Carbo-loading Hummingbirds
Oops, I meant for this to go to the whole group.


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Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Carbo-loading Hummingbirds
Date: Sat, 22 Aug 2020 12:49:45 -0700
From: Les Eastman <les...>
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On 8/22/2020 12:14 PM, 'Paul O'Brien' via Maryland & DC Birding wrote:
> They are tanking up for the trek to winter quarters, so lots of feeder
> activity.  The males will be gone in a few days. But all is not lost.
>  If you have ever enjoyed the show at the Paton's house in Patagonia,
> AZ, you should be aware that, although the Patons are gone, Tucson
> Audubon owns and maintains the property, including web cams.  Go to
> tucsonaudubon.org to see the two Paton Center hummingbird cams.  So far
> this month I have seen Broad-billed, Black-chinned (the two most
> common), Anna's, Violet-crowned (not for a few days), Broad-tailed and
> Rufous, Just in from the Rockies.  It's a great way to spend time cooped
> up with SARS CoV 2 both day and night.  Yes, night.  Mexican
> Long-tongued Bats stick their absurdly long snouts in the ports and can
> drain the feeders overnight.  It's quite a show and a great diversion
> from, well, you know what.  Enjoy!
>
> Paul O'Brien
> Rockville, Mont. Co., MD

There is also the Cornell feeder cam in west Texas.

https://www.allaboutbirds.org/cams/west-texas-hummingbirds/

Les

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Date: 8/22/20 12:14 pm
From: 'Paul O'Brien' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Carbo-loading Hummingbirds
They are tanking up for the trek to winter quarters, so lots of feeder activity.  The males will be gone in a few days. But all is not lost.  If you have ever enjoyed the show at the Paton's house in Patagonia, AZ, you should be aware that, although the Patons are gone, Tucson Audubon owns and maintains the property, including web cams.  Go to tucsonaudubon.org to see the two Paton Center hummingbird cams.  So far this month I have seen Broad-billed, Black-chinned (the two most common), Anna's, Violet-crowned (not for a few days), Broad-tailed and Rufous, Just in from the Rockies.  It's a great way to spend time cooped up with SARS CoV 2 both day and night.  Yes, night.  Mexican Long-tongued Bats stick their absurdly long snouts in the ports and can drain the feeders overnight.  It's quite a show and a great diversion from, well, you know what.  Enjoy!
Paul O'BrienRockville, Mont. Co., MD

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Date: 8/22/20 8:09 am
From: 'Michel Cavigelli' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] EBird telephone app use
Not in my experience. Have to manually fix it.

Michel Cavigelli

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> On Aug 21, 2020, at 5:30 PM, Gabriel Foley <gabriel.j.foley...> wrote:
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> 
> And as JB indicated, you can view the block borders by tapping the elapsed time or distance (screenshot below).
>
> Cheers,
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> <IMG-9007.PNG>
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>
>> On Fri, Aug 21, 2020 at 5:17 PM JB Churchill <jchurchi...> wrote:
>> No it does not. You need to determine which block the data best represents. One thing that got me was watching the app track my location thinking I was in a single block only to discover (when cell reception kicked back in) that I’d travelled far across the block border.
>>
>>> On Fri, Aug 21, 2020 at 5:12 PM Georgia McDonald <gmcdonald1501...> wrote:
>>> If you start a checklist in Block A, but accidentally cross into adjacent Block B, does the EBird app correct your block location?
>>>
>>> Inquiring minds want to know.
>>>
>>> Georgia McDonald Towson, Balt Co
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Date: 8/21/20 6:07 pm
From: Matthew Felperin <mattyfelp...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] VA bird
Sounds like a waterthrush to me

Matthew J. Felperin



> On Aug 21, 2020, at 7:26 PM, JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> wrote:
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> 
> While doing trail maintenance yesterday I came upon a bird that could only be described as drab and sparrow sized. It's behavior was it's most notable feature. Foraging along the path ahead of me, as I advanced it flushed, but only moving ahead on the trail. This happened ~6 times b4 the bird finally flew off into the understory away from the path. No bins, no camera. Bird did not vocalize.
>
> The recent reports of Worm-eating warbler led me to read Audubon and then Cornell descriptions of it, one of which seemed to point instead to Swainson's. Shenandoah National Park's Thornton River trail is adjacent to this stream. Also, it seemed to me that the bird was bobbing it's tail, tho in the dim light a side to side wobble is also possible....
>
> In MD according to the Yellow Book, Swainson's would be rare after July.
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Date: 8/21/20 4:26 pm
From: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...>
Subject: [MDBirding] VA bird
While doing trail maintenance yesterday I came upon a bird that could only
be described as drab and sparrow sized. It's behavior was it's most notable
feature. Foraging along the path ahead of me, as I advanced it flushed, but
only moving ahead on the trail. This happened ~6 times b4 the bird finally
flew off into the understory away from the path. No bins, no camera. Bird
did not vocalize.

The recent reports of Worm-eating warbler led me to read Audubon and then
Cornell descriptions of it, one of which seemed to point instead to
Swainson's. Shenandoah National Park's Thornton River trail is adjacent to
this stream. Also, it seemed to me that the bird was bobbing it's tail, tho
in the dim light a side to side wobble is also possible....

In MD according to the Yellow Book, Swainson's would be rare after July.

Jim S

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Date: 8/21/20 2:46 pm
From: Susan Hood <susanjhood...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fwd: Golden-winged Warbler Irvine
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> To: Susan Hood <susanjhood...>
> Date: 08/21/2020 5:39 PM
> Subject: Fwd: please forward
>
>
*Some more detail. I saw the female GWWA along the somewhat newly acquired road that runs parallel to main entrance road and which is on the other side of the Visitors Center. As you go down hill, the flock would have been around 500 feet past the VC. The day had been good but fairly ordinary until I hit the big flock. I was focusing on the GW so maybe missed some of the others, but there were at least---- 3 Blue-Winged Warblers, 4 Canada Warblers, 2 Chestnut-Sided, 3 Black-and-Whites, 2 Redstarts. And nearby a Worm-Eating Warbler.

Tim Houghton(Glen Arm)*

Thanks, Susan!

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Date: 8/21/20 2:30 pm
From: Gabriel Foley <gabriel.j.foley...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] EBird telephone app use
And as JB indicated, you can view the block borders by tapping the elapsed
time or distance (screenshot below).

Cheers,
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> No it does not. You need to determine which block the data best
> represents. One thing that got me was watching the app track my location
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> kicked back in) that I’d travelled far across the block border.
>
> On Fri, Aug 21, 2020 at 5:12 PM Georgia McDonald <gmcdonald1501...>
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Date: 8/21/20 2:17 pm
From: JB Churchill <jchurchi...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] EBird telephone app use
No it does not. You need to determine which block the data best represents.
One thing that got me was watching the app track my location thinking I was
in a single block only to discover (when cell reception kicked back in)
that I’d travelled far across the block border.

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Date: 8/21/20 2:12 pm
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Subject: [MDBirding] EBird telephone app use
If you start a checklist in Block A, but accidentally cross into adjacent
Block B, does the EBird app correct your block location?

Inquiring minds want to know.

Georgia McDonald Towson, Balt Co

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Date: 8/21/20 11:41 am
From: Patricia Valdata <pvaldata1...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Mystery marsh bird
My goodness, there are a LOT of recordings of Sora sounds! I listened to a
bunch of them. Most of the calls (as opposed to the whinny) have two notes
or a single squeaky note. What I heard last night was more of a whistle
than a squeak. I also listened to the DNR recordings of frogs and toads and
none matched the sound.

I'll be sure to bring my cell phone with me when I put the dog out tonight,
and hopefully will get a recording if whatever it is calls again.

Thanks for the suggestions, everyone!

Pat Valdata
Crisfield, Somerset County


On Fri, Aug 21, 2020 at 1:22 PM Harry Armistead <harryarmistead...>
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> Sora seems likely based on description, time of year & habitat. There are
> many good recordings of sora that would help. This time of year Claudia
> Wilds and I found one in the marsh at the north side of Oregon Inlet, NC,
> in 1977, and I heard one in mid-August at the Easton, MD, wastewater
> treatment place. Presumably all these are post-breeding individuals.
>
> ------------------------------
> *From:* <mdbirding...> <mdbirding...> on behalf
> of Pat <pvaldata1...>
> *Sent:* Friday, August 21, 2020 3:51 AM
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> *Subject:* [MDBirding] Mystery marsh bird
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> Does anyone have a guess about which bird would be calling in a marshy
> area at this time of night? I was just out with the dog and heard a clear,
> single note, sounding like "you", repeated every 2 seconds or so.
> Definitely not a hoot, more like a whistle.
>
> Then I heard something make a raspy, hissing noise much
> closer--opossum?---and so we went back inside, which is why I
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Date: 8/21/20 10:22 am
From: Harry Armistead <harryarmistead...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Mystery marsh bird
Sora seems likely based on description, time of year & habitat. There are many good recordings of sora that would help. This time of year Claudia Wilds and I found one in the marsh at the north side of Oregon Inlet, NC, in 1977, and I heard one in mid-August at the Easton, MD, wastewater treatment place. Presumably all these are post-breeding individuals.

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Does anyone have a guess about which bird would be calling in a marshy area at this time of night? I was just out with the dog and heard a clear, single note, sounding like "you", repeated every 2 seconds or so. Definitely not a hoot, more like a whistle.

Then I heard something make a raspy, hissing noise much closer--opossum?---and so we went back inside, which is why I
don't have a recording.

Pat Valdata
Crisfield, MD

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Date: 8/21/20 8:30 am
From: Tim Houghton <timhoughton...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Golden winged at irvine
female in awesome mixed flock a ways down new-property road on other side
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Date: 8/21/20 3:46 am
From: David Gibson <20cabot...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Mystery marsh bird
Sora, possibly?
Dave Gibson
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On Thu, Aug 20, 2020 at 11:51 PM Pat <pvaldata1...> wrote:

>
> Does anyone have a guess about which bird would be calling in a marshy
> area at this time of night? I was just out with the dog and heard a clear,
> single note, sounding like "you", repeated every 2 seconds or so.
> Definitely not a hoot, more like a whistle.
>
> Then I heard something make a raspy, hissing noise much
> closer--opossum?---and so we went back inside, which is why I
> don't have a recording.
>
> Pat Valdata
> Crisfield, MD
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Date: 8/20/20 8:51 pm
From: Pat <pvaldata1...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Mystery marsh bird

Does anyone have a guess about which bird would be calling in a marshy area at this time of night? I was just out with the dog and heard a clear, single note, sounding like "you", repeated every 2 seconds or so. Definitely not a hoot, more like a whistle.Then I heard something make a raspy, hissing noise much closer--opossum?---and so we went back inside, which is why I don't have a recording.Pat ValdataCrisfield, MDSent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone

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Date: 8/20/20 4:09 pm
From: David Gibson <20cabot...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Anatomy of a Photo Shoot, Part Three
Hi MD and DC birders, This is the last post
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Date: 8/20/20 3:12 pm
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Subject: [MDBirding] Anatomy of a Photo Shoot, Part Three
Hi MD and DC birders, This is the last post
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Date: 8/20/20 3:10 pm
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Subject: [MDBirding] Anatomy of a Photo shoot, Part Three
Hi MD and DC birders, This is the last post
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Date: 8/20/20 10:30 am
From: Eugene J. Scarpulla <ejscarp...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Maryland Birdlife: Call for Submissions for the Spring 2021 Issue
Maryland/DC/Mid-Atlantic Region Birders,

Have you been procrastinating about writing and submitting an article or
note to Maryland Birdlife? Associate Editor Mark Johnson and I are currently
soliciting manuscripts for the spring 2021 issue. The journal needs your
submittals to remain viable. Submissions from authors with little to no
writing experience are welcome and I am available to assist writers as
needed. Articles documenting first Maryland records, either current or
historical, are always welcome.

Maryland Birdlife is published twice annually to record and encourage the
study of birds in and around Maryland. The journal contains original
articles, notes, and research papers primarily pertaining to Maryland and
the Mid-Atlantic region. Potential topics could include geographic or
temporal distribution, ecology, biology, morphology, systematics, behavior,
migration, life history, as well as other biological topics. The five annual
bird counts are also published. All submissions are subject to editorial
review and acceptance. Articles and research papers will be peer-reviewed.
For more information or for sending submissions, please contact me at:
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Thanks,

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Date: 8/20/20 5:46 am
From: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...>
Subject: [MDBirding] FREDCO EUCD checklist request
I talked to one of the homeowner @6524 Morningside Ct yesterday who told me
she had had a nice discussion with a border/photographer in recent days.

If you have had a similar experience and have an address linked to your
checklist AND have a photo included, send the link to me and I will try to
get it to the homeowner.

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Date: 8/19/20 8:49 pm
From: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: FREDCO EUCDs and GHOW calling
Correction - first state EUCD observation was in 2002

https://ebird.org/checklist/S13445704

On Wed, Aug 19, 2020, 10:02 PM JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> wrote:

> I tried for the local Eurasian Collared-Dove for 1/2 hour each day, the
> past two days. Couldn't confirm either day. I thought I heard a single call
> this evening around 1700 from Morningside Ct, but it was too faint to be
> sure and then a resident began mowing.
>
> The previous EUCD sighting for the county as well as first accepted record
> for MD was in 2006. I was one of the observers then tho the date was a
> surprise when I looked it up...
>
> https://ebird.org/checklist/S3082074
>
> First GHOW heard calling from the yard in several months
>
> https://ebird.org/atlasmddc/checklist/S72599342
>
> Jim S
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Date: 8/19/20 7:04 pm
From: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...>
Subject: [MDBirding] FREDCO EUCDs and GHOW calling
I tried for the local Eurasian Collared-Dove for 1/2 hour each day, the
past two days. Couldn't confirm either day. I thought I heard a single call
this evening around 1700 from Morningside Ct, but it was too faint to be
sure and then a resident began mowing.

The previous EUCD sighting for the county as well as first accepted record
for MD was in 2006. I was one of the observers then tho the date was a
surprise when I looked it up...

https://ebird.org/checklist/S3082074

First GHOW heard calling from the yard in several months

https://ebird.org/atlasmddc/checklist/S72599342

Jim S

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Date: 8/19/20 5:26 pm
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Subject: [MDBirding] Black/Latinx Scholarship Announcement

I’m sharing this announcement on behalf of the Maryland Ornithological Society.

An Annual Scholarship For Black and Latinx Birders Takes Flight in Maryland & DC
With the intent to support college bound birders in the Maryland & DC region, a scholarship fund for Black and Latinx Birders has been created.

The Annual Scholarship for Black and Latinx Birders of Maryland & DC aims to increase the number of Black Birders and Latinx Birders studying in the fields of environmental science or the biological sciences. This brand new fund is unlike any other in the Maryland and DC area because it is for birders seeking higher education.

An independent committee of Maryland and DC birders and bird conservationists was formed with the intention of developing a scholarship fund that would benefit Black and Latinx birders in any year of their undergraduate studies. The committee is now part of the Maryland Bird Conservation Partnership and is actively fundraising to increase the amount of each award. Two scholarships will be awarded each year. Scholarship awards range from a minimum of $2,500 to a maximum of $5,000, depending on funding for the current year. The intent of the committee is to establish this scholarship for decades to come in support of birders studying in the fields of environmental or biological sciences.

The mission of the Maryland Bird Conservation Partnership is to maintain and enhance native bird populations and their habitats through partnerships and community action for the enjoyment and enrichment of current and future generations.

MOS is pleased to be a founding sponsor for this important new initiative. Want to help? Donate here: https://marylandbirds.networkforgood.com/projects/106858-black-latinx-birders-annual-scholarship-fund




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Date: 8/19/20 1:00 pm
From: Kevin Graff <keyweststyle2001...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Cromwell Valley Park, 08/18/20
08/18/20 - 725am-955am
Cromwell Valley Park, B Co., MD

WEATHER: Fair, 63-73 degrees, ENE 3 mph- NW 4 mph OBS: 5

Black Vulture - 3
Turkey Vulture - 2
Osprey - 1 (migrating)
Red-shouldered Hawk - 1
Mourning Dove - 8
Chimney Swift - 6
Ruby-throated Hummingbird - 4
Red-bellied Woodpecker - 1
Downy Woodpecker - 1
Northern Flicker - 1
Olive-sided Flycatcher - 1
Eastern Wood-Pewee - 1
Warbling Vireo - 1
Red-eyed Vireo - 1
Blue Jay - 2
American Crow - 2
Tree Swallow - 2
Barn Swallow - 24
Carolina Chickadee - 2
Tufted Titmouse - 2
White-breasted Nuthatch - 1
Carolina Wren - 5
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher - 5
Eastern Bluebird - 9
American Robin - 2
Gray Catbird - 6
Northern Mockingbird - 2
European Starling - 10
Cedar Waxwing - 1
Common Yellowthroat - 1
Anmerican Redstart - 1
Chipping Sparrow - 2
Field Sparrow - 1
Song Sparrow - 1
Northern Cardinal - 8
Indigo Bunting - 1
Red-winged Blackbird - 1
Common Grackle - 4
Brown-headed Cowbird - 1
Baltimore Oriole - 4
House Finch - 8
American Goldfinch - 12
House Sparrow - 4
SPECIES: 43 INDIVIDUALS: 156

MAMMALS: Gray Sq - 10

BUTTERFLIES
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail - 3
Black Swallowtail - 2
Cabbage White - 5
Orange Sulphur - 6
Common Buckeye - 1
Pearl Crescent - 2
Monarch - 5
Silver-spotted Skipper - 1

KEVIN GRAFF
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Date: 8/19/20 12:39 pm
From: Tim Houghton <timhoughton...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Mourning Warbler, Cromwell
An immature mourning warbler (probably female) was about 2/3 of the way up the path from the yellow barn as you walk toward the Chat Trail.

Tim Houghton
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Date: 8/19/20 11:33 am
From: Walter Ellison <rossgull61...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] More ID help
Hi All,

What is more the Acadian Flycatcher is the only eastern empid that molts
before it migrates. This appears to be an adult Acadian in pre-basic late
summer molt.

All the Best & Good Birding,

Walter Ellison

Chestertown, MD



On Wed, Aug 19, 2020 at 2:00 PM Hugh McGuinness <hdmcguinness...>
wrote:

> Hi Jack,
>
> That bird is a mess! First let's start by saying that all species of
> empidonax young can show a bright yellow belly, so you can't ID a
> Yellow-bellied Flycatcher based on the yellowness of the belly. You need to
> use structural cues that are difficult to discern on this bird.
>
> Looking at your bird I see a large bill, a long primary projection and a
> long tail. As a result, I would call your bird an Acadian Flycatcher.
>
> Hugh
>
> On Wed, Aug 19, 2020 at 1:36 PM Jack Saba <jlsaba001...> wrote:
>
>> Yesterday (Tues Aug 18) at Governor Bridge Natural Area, P.G. County, as
>> I was checking out the ponds closest to the parking area, I heard
>> something chattering at the edge of the first pond. It chattered
>> continuously, without pause between phrases, for perhaps 10-15 s before
>> I started recording; on the recording the phrases are spaced out. Most
>> sound to me like t-sip, but a bit past the halfway point on the
>> recording there are some rougher notes. One person who heard my rather
>> noisy recording thought it MIGHT be a Sedge Wren, which would be a life
>> bird for me.
>>
>> Later, at the main fishing pond, I spotted an empid and was able to get
>> some pictures. Based on the amount of yellow I see on the bird, I think
>> it might be a Y-B Flycatcher, but I know other empids can show varying
>> amount of yellow in the fall, so I'm not completely convinced.
>>
>> Also seen:
>>
>> Large number of Gnatcatchers
>> Cooper's Hawk
>> Green Heron flying across the large pond
>> Prothonotary Warbler near the canoe launch
>> Redstart
>>
>> Jack Saba
>> Berwyn Heights
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Date: 8/19/20 11:00 am
From: Hugh McGuinness <hdmcguinness...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] More ID help
Hi Jack,

That bird is a mess! First let's start by saying that all species of
empidonax young can show a bright yellow belly, so you can't ID a
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher based on the yellowness of the belly. You need to
use structural cues that are difficult to discern on this bird.

Looking at your bird I see a large bill, a long primary projection and a
long tail. As a result, I would call your bird an Acadian Flycatcher.

Hugh

On Wed, Aug 19, 2020 at 1:36 PM Jack Saba <jlsaba001...> wrote:

> Yesterday (Tues Aug 18) at Governor Bridge Natural Area, P.G. County, as
> I was checking out the ponds closest to the parking area, I heard
> something chattering at the edge of the first pond. It chattered
> continuously, without pause between phrases, for perhaps 10-15 s before
> I started recording; on the recording the phrases are spaced out. Most
> sound to me like t-sip, but a bit past the halfway point on the
> recording there are some rougher notes. One person who heard my rather
> noisy recording thought it MIGHT be a Sedge Wren, which would be a life
> bird for me.
>
> Later, at the main fishing pond, I spotted an empid and was able to get
> some pictures. Based on the amount of yellow I see on the bird, I think
> it might be a Y-B Flycatcher, but I know other empids can show varying
> amount of yellow in the fall, so I'm not completely convinced.
>
> Also seen:
>
> Large number of Gnatcatchers
> Cooper's Hawk
> Green Heron flying across the large pond
> Prothonotary Warbler near the canoe launch
> Redstart
>
> Jack Saba
> Berwyn Heights
>
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Date: 8/19/20 10:36 am
From: Jack Saba <jlsaba001...>
Subject: [MDBirding] More ID help
Yesterday (Tues Aug 18) at Governor Bridge Natural Area, P.G. County, as
I was checking out the ponds closest to the parking area, I heard
something chattering at the edge of the first pond. It chattered
continuously, without pause between phrases, for perhaps 10-15 s before
I started recording; on the recording the phrases are spaced out. Most
sound to me like t-sip, but a bit past the halfway point on the
recording there are some rougher notes. One person who heard my rather
noisy recording thought it MIGHT be a Sedge Wren, which would be a life
bird for me.

Later, at the main fishing pond, I spotted an empid and was able to get
some pictures. Based on the amount of yellow I see on the bird, I think
it might be a Y-B Flycatcher, but I know other empids can show varying
amount of yellow in the fall, so I'm not completely convinced.

Also seen:

Large number of Gnatcatchers
Cooper's Hawk
Green Heron flying across the large pond
Prothonotary Warbler near the canoe launch
Redstart

Jack Saba
Berwyn Heights

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Date: 8/19/20 9:43 am
From: Jack Saba <jlsaba001...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Y-B Flycatcher?
Sent accidentally. Please ignore. Will resend in a bit with images.

On 8/19/20 12:43, Jack Saba wrote:
> Based on the amount of yellow I see on this bird, I believe it is a
> Y-B Flycatcher, but I know some other empids can show varying amount
> of yellow in the fall. Anyone expert enough willing to comment?
>
> Seen yesterday (Tues Aug 18) at Governor Bridge Natural Area, P.G.
> County.
>
> Jack Saba
> Berwyn Heights
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Date: 8/19/20 9:43 am
From: Jack Saba <jlsaba001...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Y-B Flycatcher?
Based on the amount of yellow I see on this bird, I believe it is a Y-B
Flycatcher, but I know some other empids can show varying amount of
yellow in the fall. Anyone expert enough willing to comment?

Seen yesterday (Tues Aug 18) at Governor Bridge Natural Area, P.G. County.

Jack Saba
Berwyn Heights

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