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9/21/17 5:30 pm Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...> [MDBirding] Fwd: 2017 Crowder-Messersmith Newsletter - and Join Us For Our Annual Talk Featuring Don Messersmith October 12!
9/21/17 10:06 am 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] Odd Red-Shouldered Hawk
9/21/17 7:42 am Wallace Kornack <wallace...> [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Thursday 9/21/17
9/21/17 6:59 am Clayton Koonce <cg.koonce...> [MDBirding] Re: Odd Red-Shouldered Hawk
9/21/17 5:57 am Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4...> [MDBirding] GW Warbler Oregon Ridge continues
9/20/17 5:50 pm Harry Armistead <harryarmistead...> [MDBirding] Dorchester fall count, September 16, 2017.
9/20/17 4:23 pm Harry Armistead <harryarmistead...> [MDBirding] Smith I., Elliott I., Blackwater, Ferry Neck, Sept. 12-18, 2017.
9/20/17 3:48 pm Noah Comet <noahcomet...> Re: [MDBirding] Odd Red-Shouldered Hawk
9/20/17 11:29 am Jim Nelson <kingfishers2...> [MDBirding] Backyard Wilson's Warbler, Bethesda, Mont. Co.
9/20/17 11:23 am Kurt Schwarz <krschwa1...> [MDBirding] Odd Red-Shouldered Hawk
9/20/17 10:53 am Joe Hanfman <auk1844...> [MDBirding] Clay-colored Sparrow - Worcester
9/20/17 10:26 am Tim Houghton <timhoughton...> Re: [MDBirding] Goldewinged at oregon
9/20/17 9:05 am Tim Houghton <timhoughton...> [MDBirding] Goldewinged at oregon
9/20/17 8:58 am Tim Houghton <timhoughton...> [MDBirding] Goldewinged at oregon
9/20/17 8:56 am Tim Houghton <timhoughton...> [MDBirding] Goldewinged at oregon
9/20/17 8:11 am Wallace Kornack <wallace...> [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Wednesday 9/20/17
9/19/17 3:27 pm JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> [MDBirding] Patuxent Refuge News
9/19/17 3:03 pm Kurt Schwarz <krschwa1...> [MDBirding] Howard County Police Cut Off Access to Major Portion of Patapsco Valley State Park
9/19/17 9:43 am Joe Hanfman <auk1844...> [MDBirding] Golden-winged Warbler - Baltimore
9/19/17 7:34 am Wallace Kornack <wallace...> [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Tuesday 9/19/17
9/19/17 7:05 am Tim Carney <timmyc83...> [MDBirding] Re: Swan Creek: CONNECTICUT WARBLER, rare shorebirds
9/18/17 11:57 am Derek C. Richardson <dcr...> [MDBirding] PG Fall Count 2017 Laurel results
9/18/17 10:48 am Tim Carney <timmyc83...> [MDBirding] Re: Swan Creek being evacuated
9/18/17 9:10 am Tim Carney <timmyc83...> [MDBirding] Swan Creek being evacuated
9/18/17 9:10 am Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...> [MDBirding] Wheaton Regional Park today 9/18
9/18/17 8:11 am Tim Carney <timmyc83...> [MDBirding] Swan Creek: CONNECTICUT WARBLER, rare shorebirds
9/18/17 7:06 am Wallace Kornack <wallace...> [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Monday 9/18/17
9/17/17 2:56 pm Derek C. Richardson <dcr...> [MDBirding] mystery call -- ID help?
9/17/17 12:03 pm jugbayjs <jugbayjs...> [MDBirding] Interesting empid at Gov Bridge Natural area in Bowie
9/17/17 10:01 am Tom Kimbis <tom.kimbis...> [MDBirding] CHANGED TO JUV GREEN HERON: Possible juvenile Tricolor at Hughes Hollow
9/17/17 10:01 am Tom Kimbis <tom.kimbis...> [MDBirding] Re: Possible juvenile Tricolor at Hughes Hollow
9/17/17 8:11 am Wallace Kornack <wallace...> [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Sunday 9/17/17
9/17/17 4:54 am Stephanie Lovell <amorellovell...> [MDBirding] Montgomery Bird Club first meeting of the 2017 -18 season
9/16/17 9:22 am Tom Kimbis <tom.kimbis...> [MDBirding] Possible juvenile Tricolor at Hughes Hollow
9/16/17 8:18 am Wallace Kornack <wallace...> [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Saturday 9/16/17
9/16/17 7:29 am Derek C. Richardson <dcr...> [MDBirding] Rocky Gorge new migrants (PG county)
9/15/17 11:50 am Denise Ryan <screechowl...> [MDBirding] Re: Big Chimney Swift roost in Hyattsville
9/15/17 7:46 am Derek C. Richardson <dcr...> [MDBirding] Rocky Gorge (PG County)
9/15/17 7:39 am Wallace Kornack <wallace...> [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Friday 9/15/17
9/15/17 7:36 am Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...> [MDBirding] Wheaton Regional Park today 9/15
9/14/17 2:06 pm Karen Caruso <karen.caruso...> [MDBirding] JBWS Ongoing Bird Survey. 59 species - Black-and-White, Nashville, Hooded and Black-throated Blue
9/14/17 11:13 am Beth Kantrowitz <kantrowitz...> [MDBirding] Big Chimney Swift roost in Hyattsville
9/14/17 10:46 am Wallace Kornack <wallace...> [MDBirding] Re: Rock Creek Park, 9/14/17; possible Western Tanager
9/14/17 7:18 am Wallace Kornack <wallace...> [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Thursday 9/14/17
9/13/17 6:51 pm Andy Wilson <awilson.gettysburg...> [MDBirding] Nighthawks, Frederick
9/13/17 4:00 pm <lynsm77...> [MDBirding] Schoolhouse Pond - Juvenile Green Heron
9/13/17 1:01 pm Wallace Kornack <wallace...> [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Wednesday 9/13/17
9/13/17 10:57 am Tim Carney <timmyc83...> [MDBirding] Hart-Miller Island Birding Bus Tour 9/26/2017
9/13/17 10:56 am 'Emily Carter Mitchell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Sugarloaf Mountain
9/13/17 9:50 am Pat Valdata <pvaldata1...> [MDBirding] Warblers found
9/13/17 5:12 am Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...> Re: [MDBirding] Seeking warblers
9/12/17 8:54 pm Joe Wolf <birdingwolf55...> [MDBirding] Seeking warblers
9/12/17 7:06 pm Suzanne Richman <suzanne_richman...> Re: [MDBirding] Seeking warblers
9/12/17 3:08 pm 'Jim Stasz' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> RE: [MDBirding] Re: Seeking warblers
9/12/17 3:03 pm Pat Valdata <pvaldata1...> [MDBirding] Thanks for the warbler suggestions
9/12/17 3:02 pm Jim <epiphenomenon9...> Re: [MDBirding] Re: Seeking warblers
9/12/17 2:59 pm Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4...> Re: [MDBirding] Re: Seeking warblers
9/12/17 2:49 pm Jim <epiphenomenon9...> Re: [MDBirding] Re: Seeking warblers
9/12/17 2:27 pm Kevin Bennett <kevinfpbennett...> [MDBirding] Seeking warblers
9/12/17 2:24 pm Tim Houghton <timhoughton...> Re: [MDBirding] Lawrences warbler at turkey pt.
9/12/17 2:22 pm 'Marcy Stutzman' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Re: Seeking warblers
9/12/17 1:50 pm Pat Valdata <pvaldata1...> [MDBirding] Seeking warblers
9/12/17 10:42 am Joe Coleman <joecoleman...> [MDBirding] FW: DC Area, 9/12/2017
9/12/17 7:55 am Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...> [MDBirding] Wheaton Regional Park today 9/12
9/12/17 7:40 am 'Bird couple' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] White Ibis at Schoolhouse Pond
9/12/17 7:27 am Tim Houghton <timhoughton...> Re: [MDBirding] Lawrences warbler at turkey pt.
9/12/17 7:26 am Wallace Kornack <wallace...> [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Tuesday 9/12/17
9/12/17 6:35 am Fred Shaffer <glaucousgull...> [MDBirding] White Ibis at Schoolhouse Pond
9/12/17 6:17 am Tim Houghton <timhoughton...> [MDBirding] Lawrences warbler at turkey pt.
9/12/17 4:53 am jugbayjs <jugbayjs...> [MDBirding] White Ibis Schoolhouse Pond
9/11/17 7:00 pm 'Gemma Radko' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Common Nighthawks- Frederick County
9/11/17 6:03 pm jugbayjs <jugbayjs...> [MDBirding] Franklin's Gull and White Ibis at Jug bay
9/11/17 4:16 pm Harry Armistead <harryarmistead...> [MDBirding] Smith Island/Tangier Island Christmas Bird Count considered.
9/11/17 11:59 am jcdlmartin via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> RE: [MDBirding] Sandpiper Photos-request for ID, Comments
9/11/17 10:48 am David Moulton, Bethesda, MD <moulton.davidh...> [MDBirding] DC Sabine's Gull
9/11/17 8:59 am Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...> [MDBirding] Wheaton Regional Park today 9/11
9/11/17 8:36 am Tim Carney <timmyc83...> [MDBirding] Poplar Island 9/8/2017 (long-ish)
9/11/17 8:11 am Wallace Kornack <wallace...> [MDBirding] Re: Rock Creek Park, Monday 9/11/17
9/11/17 8:03 am Wallace Kornack <wallace...> [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Monday 9/11/17
9/11/17 7:10 am <scottlewis38...> [MDBirding] Sandpiper Photos-request for ID, Comments
9/11/17 4:34 am Scott Young <wsyacy...> [MDBirding] Re: Sabines Montgomery
9/11/17 4:04 am Scott Young <wsyacy...> [MDBirding] Re: Sabines Montgomery
9/10/17 1:53 pm Dan Haas <nervousbirds...> Re: [MDBirding] Re: Sabines Montgomery
9/10/17 12:53 pm pbudde <pbudde...> [MDBirding] DC Sabine's Gull
9/10/17 12:38 pm Mark Rositol <mrositol510...> [MDBirding] Re: Sabines Montgomery
9/10/17 11:22 am Anthony Futcher <tonyfutcher1...> Re: [MDBirding] help w/ bird ID please. See photos. Purple martins with starlings?
9/10/17 9:07 am Ted on Little Round Bay <akbar...> [MDBirding] help w/ bird ID please. See photos. Purple martins with starlings?
9/10/17 8:40 am Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...> [MDBirding] Wheaton Regional Park today 9/10
9/10/17 8:27 am Derek C. Richardson <dcr...> [MDBirding] Rocky Gorge migrants (PG County)
9/10/17 7:53 am Wallace Kornack <wallace...> [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Sunday 9/10/17
9/10/17 7:43 am Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4...> [MDBirding] Irvine Lark Sparrow No
9/10/17 5:38 am Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4...> [MDBirding] Stilt Sandpiper Howard County
9/10/17 4:59 am Dave Roberts <ddroberts50...> [MDBirding] Sabines Montgomery
9/10/17 12:21 am Hugh Vandervoort <hughva...> Re: [MDBirding] Migration last night
9/9/17 7:54 pm Dan Haas <nervousbirds...> Re: [MDBirding] Migration last night
9/9/17 7:23 pm Russ Ruffing <ruff2...> RE: [MDBirding] Migration last night
9/9/17 6:39 pm Samuel Miller <srmiller2022...> Re: [MDBirding] Migration last night
9/9/17 6:26 pm Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4...> Re: [MDBirding] Migration last night
9/9/17 6:24 pm Dan Haas <nervousbirds...> Re: [MDBirding] Migration last night
9/9/17 6:05 pm Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...> [MDBirding] Migration last night
9/9/17 2:01 pm Rob Hilton <rob.hilton.2010...> [MDBirding] Sabine's Gull continues this afternoon in DC
9/9/17 1:11 pm Hugh McGuinness <hdmcguinness...> [MDBirding] Big Flight at RCP
9/9/17 10:51 am Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4...> Re: [MDBirding] Re: Stilt Sandpiper Howard County
9/9/17 9:54 am Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...> [MDBirding] Major flight today at Wheaton Regional Park 9/9
9/9/17 8:35 am Howard Patterson <howard21042...> [MDBirding] Re: Stilt Sandpiper Howard County
9/9/17 8:25 am Howard Patterson <howard21042...> [MDBirding] Re: Stilt Sandpiper Howard County
9/9/17 8:08 am Howard Patterson <howard21042...> [MDBirding] Stilt Sandpiper Howard County
9/9/17 7:52 am pbudde <pbudde...> Re: [MDBirding] Directions, Washington Sailing Marina?
9/9/17 7:39 am Patricia Wood <pwood...> [MDBirding] Directions, Washington Sailing Marina?
9/9/17 7:21 am Wallace Kornack <wallace...> [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Saturday 9/9/17
9/9/17 7:04 am Brad Phoebus <bradphoebus...> [MDBirding] Re: The Lark Sparrow at Irvine Nature Center
9/9/17 5:55 am 'Clive Harris' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] Sabines Montgomery
9/9/17 4:42 am dma3 via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Sabines Montgomery
9/9/17 4:33 am dma3 via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Montg Sabines continues
9/9/17 3:58 am Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...> Re: [MDBirding] Out of area ... Morning flight on the Dike
9/9/17 2:51 am James Wilson <birdmanjfw...> [MDBirding] Out of area ... Morning flight on the Dike
9/8/17 4:27 pm Phil Davis <pdavis...> [MDBirding] Request for documentation: 25 Aug 2012 pelagic
9/8/17 12:13 pm Andy Beiderman <aandyy...> [MDBirding] Re: The Lark Sparrow at Irvine Nature Center
9/8/17 11:48 am Tim Houghton <timhoughton...> [MDBirding] The Lark Sparrow at Irvine Nature Center
9/8/17 10:33 am Steve Long <steve.long4...> Re: [MDBirding] Nemisis Photo Bird finally photographed!
9/8/17 9:31 am Joe Wolf <birdingwolf55...> [MDBirding] Nemisis Photo Bird finally photographed!
9/8/17 8:20 am Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...> [MDBirding] Wheaton Regional Park today 9/8
9/8/17 8:03 am Wallace Kornack <wallace...> [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Friday 9/8/17
9/7/17 6:19 pm 'Frederick Fallon' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Black Tern in Garrett
9/7/17 2:47 pm Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...> [MDBirding] Swan Creek update today, 9/7
9/7/17 2:16 pm Mark Rositol <mrositol510...> [MDBirding] Re: Montgomery Sabine's sitting now
9/7/17 12:36 pm Rick Borchelt <rborchelt...> Re: [MDBirding] Ferry Neck, Blackwater, and (mostly) Eastern Shore of Virginia, August 31 - September 5, 2017.
9/7/17 11:46 am Harry Armistead <harryarmistead...> [MDBirding] Ferry Neck, Blackwater, and (mostly) Eastern Shore of Virginia, August 31 - September 5, 2017.
9/7/17 10:38 am dma3 via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Montgomery Sabine's sitting now
9/7/17 10:21 am dma3 via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Montgomery Sabine's is back
9/7/17 10:07 am dma3 via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] Juv Sabines Gull Sycamore
9/7/17 9:54 am Mary Ann Todd <maryatodd2...> [MDBirding] Juv Sabines Gull Sycamore
9/7/17 9:54 am Hugh David Fleischmann <david...> [MDBirding] Poplar Island tomorrow 9/8
9/7/17 9:06 am Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...> Re: [MDBirding] Sabine's Gull: YES or NO
9/7/17 8:41 am Linda Just <ljustrn...> Re: [MDBirding] Swan Creek Sharp-tailed Sandpiper August 5/6 - MAYBE?
9/7/17 8:29 am David Amini <dmamini...> [MDBirding] Re: Rock Creek Park, Thursday 9/7/17
9/7/17 8:12 am Kevin Bennett <kevinfpbennett...> [MDBirding] Swan Creek Sharp-tailed Sandpiper August 5/6 - MAYBE?
9/7/17 8:02 am pbudde <pbudde...> Re: [MDBirding] Sabine's Gull: YES or NO
9/7/17 7:29 am Wallace Kornack <wallace...> [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Thursday 9/7/17
9/7/17 7:19 am Matt Hafner <hafner.matt...> [MDBirding] Swan Creek Sharp-tailed Sandpiper August 5/6 - MAYBE?
9/7/17 7:09 am Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...> [MDBirding] Sabine's still at marina
9/7/17 6:41 am Jan Braumuller <janbraumuller...> [MDBirding] Sabine's Gull: YES or NO
9/6/17 5:57 pm Scott Baron <baron.scott...> Fwd: [MDBirding] Swan Creek updates 9/6/2017
9/6/17 2:41 pm Lydia Schindler <lydia13621...> [MDBirding] Fwd: DC Area, 8/29/2017
9/6/17 1:29 pm dma3 via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Sabine's continues
9/6/17 9:38 am Dan Haas <nervousbirds...> Re: [MDBirding] Swan Creek updates 9/6/2017
9/6/17 9:17 am Tim Carney <timmyc83...> [MDBirding] Swan Creek updates 9/6/2017
9/6/17 8:03 am Wallace Kornack <wallace...> [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Wednesday 9/6/17
9/6/17 7:45 am Lydia Schindler <lydia13621...> [MDBirding] Fwd: DC Area, 8/29/2017
9/6/17 7:41 am Kevin Bennett <kevinfpbennett...> [MDBirding] Sabine's Gull- YES
9/6/17 5:13 am Hugh McGuinness <hdmcguinness...> Re: [MDBirding] RFI: Sharp-tailed Sandpiper
9/6/17 5:09 am Scott Baron <baron.scott...> [MDBirding] RFI: Sharp-tailed Sandpiper
9/6/17 4:59 am Ted on Little Round Bay <akbar...> [MDBirding] Sad find (with photos) dead juvenile green heron
9/5/17 5:31 pm Hugh McGuinness <hdmcguinness...> [MDBirding] Birding the SAV on the Potomac in DC
9/5/17 5:22 pm scott bates <fennecfox1947...> [MDBirding] Ospreys at Culler Lake
9/5/17 10:41 am Andy Beiderman <aandyy...> [MDBirding] Re: D.C. Sabine's Gull
9/5/17 8:49 am Nicholas Lund <nicholas.lund...> [MDBirding] D.C. Sabine's Gull
9/5/17 7:59 am Kurt Schwarz <krschwa1...> [MDBirding] Rob Hilton, Please Contact Me Off List
9/5/17 7:33 am Wallace Kornack <wallace...> [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Tuesday 9/5/17
9/5/17 6:34 am C Wood <cwood022...> [MDBirding] Sharp-tailed SP
9/5/17 6:30 am Matt Hafner <hafner.matt...> [MDBirding] Sharp-tailed Sandpiper at Swan Creek - YES
9/5/17 6:24 am Thomas Harten <tjharten1...> Re: [MDBirding] Re: Sabine's Gull in D.C.
9/4/17 6:29 pm Keith Maley <keith.maley...> [MDBirding] Re: Sabine's Gull in D.C.
9/4/17 6:10 pm Dave Mitchell (Howard County) <mitch.design.srvc...> [MDBirding] Re: Location Question,Pls - Glossy Ibis at Blue Mash
9/4/17 1:49 pm Scott Young <wsyacy...> [MDBirding] Summit Hall Turf Farm
9/4/17 1:28 pm Max Wilson <max.wilson...> [MDBirding] Re: Location Question,Pls - Glossy Ibis at Blue Mash
9/4/17 12:48 pm Les R Becker <lesrbecker2...> [MDBirding] Location Question,Pls - Glossy Ibis at Blue Mash
9/4/17 12:35 pm 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Northern Bobwhite, Park Hall, St. Mary's County, 9/3/17
9/4/17 8:30 am Mark Rositol <mrositol510...> [MDBirding] Re: Sabine's Gull in D.C.
9/4/17 7:49 am Wallace Kornack <wallace...> [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Monday 9/4/17
9/4/17 7:06 am Max Wilson <max.wilson...> [MDBirding] Connecticut Warbler & Ibis at Blue Mash
9/4/17 6:21 am Sharon F1727 <sharonf1727...> [MDBirding] Sabine's Gull
9/4/17 6:19 am Warblerick <ricksussman1955...> [MDBirding] Sabine's Gull in D.C.
9/4/17 6:17 am <cheep.paul...> [MDBirding] Sabine's Gull in D.C.
9/3/17 12:22 pm christine ley <chrisley21...> [MDBirding] Warblers at violette's lock sept 3
9/3/17 10:03 am Diana Linnekin <dlinnekin...> [MDBirding] Re: Phalarope
9/3/17 9:03 am Tim Houghton <timhoughton...> [MDBirding] Conn at same place as two days ago. Cromwell.
9/3/17 8:29 am Wallace Kornack <wallace...> [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Sunday 9/3/17
9/3/17 7:56 am Lydia Schindler <lydia13621...> [MDBirding] Re: Earlier MD Sharp-tailed Sandpiper report
9/3/17 6:29 am 'Andrew Clemens' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Phalarope
9/2/17 7:13 pm Lovelace, Glen (DelDOT) <Glen.Lovelace...> [MDBirding] Queen Anne's Co. 9/1
9/2/17 2:13 pm Hugh Vandervoort <hughva...> [MDBirding] Red Necked Phalarope at Sandy Point
9/2/17 12:23 pm Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4...> Re: [MDBirding] Red-necked Phalarope
9/2/17 11:01 am Phil Davis <pdavis...> [MDBirding] Request for documentation: Scopoli's Shearwater 09/30/2012, off of OC
9/2/17 10:52 am Dan Haas <nervousbirds...> [MDBirding] Red-necked Phalarope
9/2/17 9:08 am Steve Long <steve.long4...> [MDBirding] Help identifying a big, fat Hummer
9/1/17 10:02 pm Phil Davis <pdavis...> [MDBirding] Cross-posted message re eBird documentation
9/1/17 10:00 pm Phil Davis <pdavis...> [MDBirding] Earlier MD Sharp-tailed Sandpiper report
9/1/17 4:10 pm Kevin Graff <keyweststyle2001...> [MDBirding] Hart-Miller Island, 08/28/17
9/1/17 10:54 am Matt Hafner <hafner.matt...> [MDBirding] Sharp-tailed Sandpiper - YES and LAST CHANCE BEFORE TUESDAY
9/1/17 10:42 am Thomas Stock <altomomatic...> [MDBirding] Swan Creek Sharp-tailed Sandpiper
9/1/17 10:42 am Thomas Stock <altomomatic...> [MDBirding] Swan Creek Sharp-tailed Sandpiper
9/1/17 7:49 am Wallace Kornack <wallace...> [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Friday 9/1/17
9/1/17 7:48 am Tim Houghton <timhoughton...> [MDBirding] Connecticut at cromwell
9/1/17 5:19 am Matt Hafner <hafner.matt...> Re: [MDBirding] Swan Creek 9/1 - Yes Sharp-tailed
9/1/17 4:38 am Tim Carney <timmyc83...> [MDBirding] Swan Creek 9/1
8/31/17 5:15 pm Karen Caruso <karen.caruso...> [MDBirding] Jug Bay Wetlands Center Ongoing Bird Survey - 41 species
8/31/17 2:54 pm Thomas Stock <altomomatic...> RE: [MDBirding] SWAN CREEK CLOSED
8/31/17 12:26 pm Matt Hafner <hafner.matt...> [MDBirding] SWAN CREEK CLOSED
8/31/17 12:21 pm 'diane Ford' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Sharp-tailed Sandpiper, Yellow-headed Blackbird=Yes! Swan Creek Dredge Impoundment
8/31/17 8:01 am 'Bird couple' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] Swan Creek extended hours today 8/31
8/31/17 7:41 am Wallace Kornack <wallace...> [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Thursday 8/31/17, Golden-winged Warbler
8/31/17 7:40 am Matt Hafner <hafner.matt...> Re: [MDBirding] Swan Creek extended hours today 8/31
8/31/17 7:39 am Tim Carney <timmyc83...> [MDBirding] Re: Swan Creek access on Labor Day
8/31/17 7:36 am Tim Carney <timmyc83...> [MDBirding] Swan Creek extended hours today 8/31
8/31/17 7:30 am Bert Harris <aramidopsis...> [MDBirding] Swan Creek access on Labor Day
8/31/17 5:51 am Tim Carney <timmyc83...> [MDBirding] There is also a Yellow-headed Blackbird at Swan Creek
8/31/17 5:23 am Brad Phoebus <bradphoebus...> [MDBirding] Re: Goldenwinged warbler at turkey pt. Female. At very end southest corner.
8/31/17 5:09 am Martha Morris <mmorris5301...> [MDBirding] Goldenwinged warbler at turkey pt. Female. At very end southest corner.
8/31/17 4:11 am Mary Ann Todd <maryatodd2...> [MDBirding] Sharp-tailed Continues Swan Creek
8/30/17 4:14 pm Gene Ricks <gricks1949...> [MDBirding] Re: Sharp-tailed Sandpiper at Swan Creek
8/30/17 1:26 pm Joe Hanfman <auk1844...> Re: [MDBirding] Sharp-tailed Sandpiper at Swan Creek
8/30/17 1:23 pm Matt Hafner <hafner.matt...> [MDBirding] Re: Sharp-tailed Sandpiper at Swan Creek - UPDATE YES
8/30/17 1:17 pm Matt Hafner <hafner.matt...> [MDBirding] Sharp-tailed Sandpiper at Swan Creek
8/30/17 11:13 am Matt Hafner <hafner.matt...> [MDBirding] Re: Interesting Calidris at Swan Creek - possible Sharp-tailed
8/30/17 10:52 am Matt Hafner <hafner.matt...> [MDBirding] Interesting Calidris at Swan Creek - possible Sharp-tailed
8/30/17 10:24 am Matt Hafner <hafner.matt...> [MDBirding] Hudsonian Godwits and phalaropes at Swan Creek
8/30/17 7:39 am Wallace Kornack <wallace...> [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Wednesday 8/30/17
8/30/17 7:39 am Tim Houghton <timhoughton...> [MDBirding] Goldenwinged warbler at turkey pt. Female. At very end southest corner.
8/29/17 11:35 am JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> [MDBirding] Even later Am. Robin eggshell
8/29/17 7:10 am Jim Green <jkgbirdman53...> [MDBirding] Re: Harford County American Golden Plovers
8/29/17 4:40 am Jim Green <jkgbirdman53...> [MDBirding] Harford County American Golden Plovers
8/28/17 3:38 pm Max Wilson <max.wilson...> RE: [MDBirding] American Golden Plover Montgomery
8/28/17 1:51 pm Max Wilson <max.wilson...> RE: [MDBirding] American Golden Plover Montgomery
8/28/17 9:44 am 'Ryan Fick' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> RE: [MDBirding] American Golden Plover Montgomery
8/28/17 9:09 am David Fleischmann <david...> RE: [MDBirding] Swan Creek 8/25/2017 and 8/26/2017
8/28/17 7:33 am Tim Carney <timmyc83...> [MDBirding] Swan Creek 8/25/2017 and 8/26/2017
8/28/17 7:28 am Wallace Kornack <wallace...> [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Monday 8/28/17
8/28/17 7:10 am dma3 via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] American Golden Plover Montgomery
8/28/17 5:28 am john pangborn <pangborn.john19...> [MDBirding] Glossy Ibis still at Blue mash
8/27/17 8:38 pm JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> [MDBirding] [FR] 8/27/2017 Common Nighthawk/Bat/Late Am. Robin eggshell
8/27/17 7:08 pm 'MikeBowen' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Re: Wheaton Regional Sun Oct 27
8/27/17 6:14 pm Patricia Wood <pwood...> [MDBirding] Re: Common Nighthawks, downtown Bethesda, August 26
8/27/17 6:07 pm 'Frederick Fallon' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] GLIB at Blue Mash - yes
8/27/17 5:18 pm Fred Shaffer <glaucousgull...> [MDBirding] Common Nighthawks
8/27/17 9:46 am Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4...> [MDBirding] Attaching the photo would have helped!
8/27/17 9:43 am Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4...> [MDBirding] Off-topic, eagle ID
8/27/17 9:40 am <sjtaken...> [MDBirding] Wheaton Regional Sun Oct 27
8/27/17 9:24 am Pete Givan <rocinrobin...> [MDBirding] Re: Need ID Help
8/27/17 8:40 am Don Simonson <don.r.simonson...> [MDBirding] Re: Common Nighthawks, downtown Bethesda, August 26
8/27/17 8:39 am Dave Mitchell (Howard County) <mitch.design.srvc...> [MDBirding] Re: Assateague Bird ID Please
8/27/17 8:23 am David Powell <seneca.ranger...> [MDBirding] Glossy Ibis
8/27/17 8:21 am Derek C. Richardson <dcr...> [MDBirding] Rocky Gorge/Supplee Park (PG County)
8/27/17 7:26 am Wallace Kornack <wallace...> [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Sunday 8/27/17
8/26/17 6:45 pm Dave Mitchell (Howard County) <mitch.design.srvc...> [MDBirding] Assateague Bird ID Please
8/26/17 6:26 pm 'MikeBowen' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Common Nighthawks, downtown Bethesda, August 26
8/26/17 4:01 pm Patricia Valdata <pvaldata1...> [MDBirding] Fall returnees
8/26/17 10:56 am Pete Givan <rocinrobin...> [MDBirding] Need ID Help
8/26/17 10:43 am Harry Armistead <harryarmistead...> [MDBirding] Blackwater, Ferry Neck, South Point Marsh, August 21-23, 2017. pelican banding.
8/26/17 8:10 am Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...> [MDBirding] Wheaton Regional Park today August 26
8/26/17 7:54 am Wallace Kornack <wallace...> [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Saturday 8/26/17
8/26/17 7:31 am Anna Urciolo <urcioloa...> [MDBirding] Glossy Ibis still at Blue Mash.
8/26/17 4:59 am marian rutigliano <mcrutig...> [MDBirding] Cromwell Valley Park
8/26/17 4:53 am <keyweststyle2001...> [MDBirding] Cromwell Valley Park
8/25/17 11:42 pm Phil Davis <pdavis...> [MDBirding] Hummingbird observations during the total eclipse in SC [extralimital]
8/25/17 7:49 pm Kojo Baidoo <baidookojo6...> [MDBirding] Yard/Neighborhood Migrants 8/24-8/25
8/25/17 5:06 pm Lovelace, Glen (DelDOT) <Glen.Lovelace...> [MDBirding] Dorchester warblers and Wicomico shorebirds 8/25
8/25/17 4:32 pm Tim Carney <timmyc83...> [MDBirding] Re: Baird's Sandpiper in Baltimore County
8/25/17 11:29 am Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4...> Re: [MDBirding] OT: Dozens of hummers in a birdbath (in L.A.)
8/25/17 11:19 am Janet Millenson <janet...> [MDBirding] OT: Dozens of hummers in a birdbath (in L.A.)
8/25/17 10:41 am <dengue1...> [MDBirding] Re: OSFL, more @ Wheaton Regional Park today, August 25
8/25/17 9:15 am Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...> [MDBirding] OSFL, more @ Wheaton Regional Park today, August 25
8/25/17 8:47 am Don Simonson <don.r.simonson...> [MDBirding] 14 Wood Ducks NIH pond mont co
8/25/17 8:44 am Keith Costley <oriolekec1...> [MDBirding] Baird's Sandpiper in Baltimore County
8/25/17 7:37 am Wallace Kornack <wallace...> [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Friday 8/25/17
8/25/17 5:36 am Stephanie Lovell <amorellovell...> [MDBirding] Photo credit
8/24/17 5:56 pm jcdlmartin via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Wicomico Shorebirds, 8/24
8/24/17 5:05 pm 'Ryan Fick' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> RE: [MDBirding] Re: Glossy Ibis
8/24/17 3:59 pm <dengue1...> [MDBirding] Re: Glossy Ibis
8/24/17 2:21 pm <marshwren50...> RE: [MDBirding] Eclipse Birds - Bowie
8/24/17 2:11 pm Tim Houghton <timhoughton...> Re: [MDBirding] Mournings, CONNECTICUT at cromwell
8/24/17 1:46 pm Don Simonson <don.r.simonson...> [MDBirding] Wood ducks NIH storm water pond
8/24/17 1:36 pm Don Simonson <don.r.simonson...> [MDBirding] Eclipse Birds - Chimney Swifts Darnestown Mont Co
8/24/17 1:28 pm Don Simonson <don.r.simonson...> [MDBirding] Re: Another great yard bird - Olive-sided Flycatcher!!!
8/24/17 12:28 pm 'MikeBowen' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Re: Glossy Ibis
8/24/17 12:16 pm Eugene J. Scarpulla <ejscarp...> [MDBirding] Ron Naveen: "Whales & Seabirds" Data
8/24/17 8:53 am Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...> [MDBirding] Wheaton Regional Park today August 24
8/24/17 8:19 am Tim Carney <timmyc83...> [MDBirding] Poplar Island 8/23/2017
8/24/17 7:43 am Tim Houghton <timhoughton...> [MDBirding] Olive sided cromwell
8/24/17 7:11 am Wallace Kornack <wallace...> [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Thursday 8/24/17
8/24/17 6:49 am john pangborn <pangborn.john19...> [MDBirding] Stilt Sandpiper at blue Mash nature trail
8/24/17 6:06 am john pangborn <pangborn.john19...> [MDBirding] Glossy Ibis
8/24/17 6:00 am Brad Phoebus <bradphoebus...> [MDBirding] Mournings, CONNECTICUT at cromwell
8/24/17 5:35 am Brad Phoebus <bradphoebus...> [MDBirding] Mournings, CONNECTICUT at cromwell
8/24/17 5:11 am Brad Phoebus <bradphoebus...> [MDBirding] Mournings, CONNECTICUT at cromwell
8/23/17 5:52 pm Kojo Baidoo <baidookojo6...> [MDBirding] Another great yard bird - Olive-sided Flycatcher!!!
8/23/17 5:13 pm Mike Mangiaracina <mike.mangiaracina...> [MDBirding] Nighthawk over Takoma Park
8/23/17 4:15 pm Mark Johnson <mj3151...> [MDBirding] Perryville (Cecil Co.) Black Terns and shore birds
8/23/17 3:16 pm john pangborn <pangborn.john19...> [MDBirding] Blue Mash Nature Trail -- Aug 23, 2017
8/23/17 3:11 pm Art Drauglis <lwsyrup...> [MDBirding] DC - Beach Drive and Rock Creek Park Closures
8/23/17 2:41 pm Kojo Baidoo <baidookojo6...> [MDBirding] Migrant Yard Birding/Cerulean Warbler!!!
8/23/17 12:26 pm Jim Felley <jdfelley...> [MDBirding] Smithsonian Ruby-throat
8/23/17 10:26 am Gregory Gough <gregorygough...> [MDBirding] sandpiper confirmation needed
8/23/17 9:14 am Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4...> Re: [MDBirding] Glossy Ibis Blue Mash nature trail
8/23/17 8:01 am Joe Wolf <birdingwolf55...> [MDBirding] sandpiper confirmation needed
8/23/17 7:52 am Joe Hanfman <auk1844...> Re: [MDBirding] Glossy Ibis Blue Mash nature trail
8/23/17 7:26 am Wallace Kornack <wallace...> [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Wednesday 8/23/17
8/23/17 5:30 am john pangborn <pangborn.john19...> [MDBirding] Glossy Ibis Blue Mash nature trail
8/22/17 1:22 pm Lydia Schindler <lydia13621...> [MDBirding] Fwd: DC Area, 8/22/2017
8/22/17 8:59 am Jim Green <jkgbirdman53...> [MDBirding] Fwd: Charles County Brown-headed Nuthatch
8/22/17 6:57 am Wallace Kornack <wallace...> [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Tuesday 8/22/17
 
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Date: 9/21/17 5:30 pm
From: Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fwd: 2017 Crowder-Messersmith Newsletter - and Join Us For Our Annual Talk Featuring Don Messersmith October 12!
Hi all,

All friends and fans of Don Messersmith will want to attend his talk October 12 at Woodend, "Some Mammals I Have Known." This is the annual Crowder-Messersmith Conservation Fund lecture.

Details are below..

Gail Mackiernan
Colesville, MD


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> From: Carol Hayes <Carol.Hayes...>
> Subject: 2017 Crowder-Messersmith Newsletter - and Join Us For Our Annual Talk Featuring Don Messersmith October 12!
>
> Dear Friends of the Crowder-Messersmith Conservation Fund,
>
> Attached is our 2017 Newsletter including news on our latest fund grantees, Daphne’s very successful Mongolian Birdathon results and our annual talk, “Some Mammals I Have Known” featuring Don Messersmith. Don is perhaps better known for his expertise in ornithology and entomology, but through his worldwide travels over the years has also had memorable encounters with mammals – some at very close quarters!
>
> The event will be at Woodend, on October 12 from 7-9pm.
>
> Light refreshments will be served. Please rsvp to Carol Hayes at <carol.hayes...> or by phone at 301-652-9188 x10.
> Donations to the Fund will be gratefully accepted.
>
> Thank you for your support of the Crowder-Messersmith Conservation Fund!
>
>
> Carol Hayes
>
> Office Coordinator
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> (301) 652-9188 x10
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Date: 9/21/17 10:06 am
From: 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Odd Red-Shouldered Hawk
Based on the path of Irma not coming anywhere near Maryland, I'd say the chances of this being B. lineatus extimus are almost zero. Irma petered out west of the Appalachians before any remnants made it to MD so, IMO, if it sucked up an extimus, it would have dropped out far to the south and west of us. One can always hope, though! Tyler Bell
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From: Noah Comet <noahcomet...>
To: <mdbirding...>
Sent: Wednesday, September 20, 2017 6:48 PM
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Odd Red-Shouldered Hawk

That's a weird one all right. To me it almost looks the head is featherless--a bird suffering from some kind of parasite or disease. 


On Sep 20, 2017, at 2:23 PM, Kurt Schwarz <krschwa1...> wrote:


I have gone out on a limb and posted to eBird a sighting of a POSSIBLE extremis subspecies of Red-shouldered at the Howard County Conservancy late this morning.  I've consulted several texts and cannot find any illustrations of the expected lineatus that show such a white head.  For my checklist, and the two frames, see http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S39300397
Or does it just have some condition, with all the contour feathers off, and perhaps just down showing?  From the tail pattern it is clearly an adult. 

Kurt SchwarzEllicott City
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Date: 9/21/17 7:42 am
From: Wallace Kornack <wallace...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Thursday 9/21/17
This morning (9/21) in Rock Creek Park maintenance yard…….

Highlights: Philadelphia Vireo and Red-headed Woodpecker

Black-and-white Warbler
Common Yellowthroat 2
Magnolia Warbler 2
Mourning Dove 4
Chimney Swift 6+
Red-headed Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker 5+
Downy Woodpecker 2
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker 7+
Pileated Woodpecker
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Eastern Phoebe
Great Crested Flycatcher
Philadelphia Vireo FOS (Susan, Sally)
Red-eyed Vireo 3
Blue Jay 9
American Crow 3
Carolina Chickadee 4
White-breasted Nuthatch
House Wren 2
Carolina Wren 2
American Robin 29++
Brown Thrasher
Cedar Waxwing 14
Scarlet Tanager 2
Northern Cardinal 3
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 2

Contributors: Bill Butler, Sally Wechsler, John Boright, Tucker Scully, Lee Kimball, Jim Lemert, Susan Volman

Have Fun Birding!

Wallace Kornack
Washington DC

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Date: 9/21/17 6:59 am
From: Clayton Koonce <cg.koonce...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Odd Red-Shouldered Hawk
On Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at 2:23:14 PM UTC-4, Kurt Schwarz wrote:
> I have gone out on a limb and posted to eBird a sighting of a POSSIBLE extremis subspecies of Red-shouldered at the Howard County Conservancy late this morning.  I've consulted several texts and cannot find any illustrations of the expected lineatus that show such a white head.  For my checklist, and the two frames, see http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S39300397
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> Or does it just have some condition, with all the contour feathers off, and perhaps just down showing?  From the tail pattern it is clearly an adult. 
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> Kurt Schwarz
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> Ellicott City
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> <krsc......>

I am wondering if I had the same or similar hawk at Lake Kittamaqundi the same morning. Several photos with cropped views are in my eBird list: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S39297765

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Date: 9/21/17 5:57 am
From: Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4...>
Subject: [MDBirding] GW Warbler Oregon Ridge continues
Andy Biederman spotted it about 0850 by the NW corner of the wetland area
with bird blind, on outside of that area.
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Date: 9/20/17 5:50 pm
From: Harry Armistead <harryarmistead...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Dorchester fall count, September 16, 2017.
22nd DORCHESTER COUNTY, MARYLAND, FALL BIRD COUNT, Saturday, September 16, 2017. 166 species (148 in 2106, 146 in 2015).


WATERFOWL: Canada goose 418 (8: 1-120), tundra swan 2 (present for a long time; Hurlock; photographed), wood duck 109 (4: 1-98), American black duck 25 (3: 2-17), mallard 597 (8: 1-500), blue-winged teal 12 (4: 1-5), northern shoveler 43 (Hurlock), northern pintail 3 (2: 1-2), green-winged teal 38 (2: 11-27), ring-necked duck 1 male (Hurlock; photographed, present for some time), ruddy duck 19 (2: 1-18),


northern bobwhite 3 (on the verge of extirpation?), wild turkey 3 (2: 1-2; low count), common loon 1 (hard to get on this count), pied-billed grebe 6 (2: 3-3),


RALLIDS: clapper rail 2 (2: 1-1), king rail 2, Virginia rail 23 (4: 3-7), common gallinule 2 (2: 1-1; seems to be in decline here),


SHOREBIRDS : American oystercatcher 2, black-bellied plover 9 (2: 4-5), AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER 28 (photographed; MB), semipalmated plover 32 (5: 1-26), killdeer 29 (7: 1-20), HUDSONIAN GODWIT 1 (Hurlock; photographed; MB), sanderling 4, least sandpiper 40 (2: 10-30), pectoral sandpiper 19 (2: 5-14), semipalmated sandpiper 34 (3: 8-15), western sandpiper 1 (photographed), spotted sandpiper 1, solitary sandpiper 1, greater yellowlegs 31 (4: 1-17), lesser yellowlegs 30 (4: 1-13), RED-NECKED PHALAROPE 1 (GR,DI,JR et al.; photographed),


LARIDS: laughing gull 884 (9: 2-300), ring-billed gull 80 (5: 3-28), herring gull 478 (7: 1-178), great black-backed gull 117 (3: 2-111), unIDd gull 7, unIDd tern 2, Caspian tern 13 (2: 5-8), common tern 45 (3: 1-41), Forster’s tern 644 (8: 1-384), royal tern 102 (5: 1-80; most of them at Crocheron),


the PRIMITIVES: double-crested cormorant 617 (8: 1-417), AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN 3 (BNWR), brown pelican 387 (3: 4-377; 377 seen from Hooper’s Island), great blue heron 82 (8: 1-28), great egret 162 (5: 2-102), snowy egret 78 (5: 2-33), little blue heron 2 adults (EIR), tricolored heron 12 (EIR), cattle egret 44 (Taylor’s Island), green heron 2 (2: 1-1), glossy ibis 2,


RAPTORS: black vulture 33 (8: 1-11), turkey vulture 304 (10: 2-115), vulture unIDd 3, osprey 24 (5, 2-10), bald eagle 104 (10: 1-31), northern harrier 6 (3, 1-4), sharp-shinned hawk 7 (3: 1-5), Cooper’s hawk 8 (5, 1-3), red-shouldered hawk 3 (3: 1-1), red-tailed hawk 5 (4: 1-2), American kestrel 27 (8: 1-9),


“TRANSITIONAL” LANDBIRDS: rock pigeon 39 (4: 1-34), mourning dove 145 (10: 1-45), yellow-billed cuckoo 8 (4: 1-3), common nighthawk 5 (2: 2-3), chimney swift 4 (remarkably low), ruby-throated hummingbird 21 (7: 1-10), belted kingfisher 10 (6: 1-3


OWLS: eastern screech-owl 45 (5: 3-23; 23 in the greater Taylor’s Island area), great horned owl 9 (3: 1-7), barred owl 10 (2: 2-8),


WOODPECKERS: red-headed woodpecker 25 (6: 1-7), red-bellied woodpecker 30 (8: 1-10), downy woodpecker 65 (9: 2-18), hairy woodpecker 11 (5: 1-4), northern flicker 31 (7: 2-7), pileated woodpecker 20 (7: 1-6),


FLYCATCHERS: OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER 1 (JE), eastern wood-pewee 53 (9: 2-15), Acadian flycatcher 1, least flycatcher 2 (2: 1-1), empidonax unIDd 8 (2: 1-7), eastern phoebe 7 (4: 1-2), great crested flycatcher 13 (5: 1-5), eastern kingbird 1 (EIR),


VIREOS: white-eyed vireo 33 (8: 1-13), yellow-throated vireo 1 (Kuehnle Tract of BNWR), warbling vireo 1 (Greenbrier Swamp), red-eyed vireo 24 (5: 2-8),


CORVIDS: blue jay 192 (10: 3-32), American crow 173 (9: 7-39), fish crow 2 (a peculiar species to be a squeaker, eh?), unIDd crow 19,


LARK & SWALLOWS: horned lark 21 (2: 3-18), purple martin 6 (3: 1-4), tree swallow 50 (how odd to be seen by only 1 party), bank swallow 2 (Hurlock), barn swallow 22 (4: 1-12),


LI’L SPRITES: Carolina chickadee 145 (10: 3-47), tufted titmouse 101 (10: 2-23), white-breasted nuthatch 1, brown-headed nuthatch 128 of the little things (9: 1-50), BROWN CREEPER 1 (SS, a good find this early on), house wren 31 (5: 1-12), marsh wren 8 (2: 2-6), Carolina wren 129 (10: 6-23), blue-gray gnatcatcher 40 (4: 7-21), ruby-crowned kinglet 1,


THRUSH TYPES: eastern bluebird 79 (8: 3-18), veery 13 (4: 3-4; so often we don’t find any), Swainson’s thrush 19 (3: 1-17; usually miss this), wood thrush 1, American robin 89 (6: 1-60), gray catbird 43 (10: 1-8), brown thrasher 22 (7: 1-8), northern mockingbird 64 (9: 2-15),


European starling 1,478 (9: 4-807), cedar waxwing 17 (4: 3-6), house sparrow 31 (5: 1-15), house finch 6 (3: 1-4), American goldfinch 38 (7: 2-12),


WARBLERS: ovenbird 4 (3: 1-2), worm-eating warbler 1, northern waterthrush 3, blue-winged warbler 1, black-and-white warbler 24 (6: 1-8), Tennessee warbler 6 (4: 1-2), common yellowthroat 62 (9: 2-13), hooded warbler 2 (2: 1-1), American redstart 71 (8: 2-17), Cape May warbler 3 (2: 1-2), northern parula 21 (7: 1-11), magnolia warbler 21 (4: 1-9), bay-breasted warbler 2 (2: 1-1), Blackburnian warbler 2 (2: 1-1), yellow warbler 11 (5: 1-4), chestnut-sided warbler 2, blackpoll warbler 2 (2: 1-1), palm warbler 2 (2: 1-1), pine warbler 99 (9: 1-30), prairie warbler 3 (2: 1-2), black-throated green warbler 3 (2: 1-2), Canada warbler 1 (EIR), yellow-breasted chat 2 (2: 1-1; yes, I know. No longer considered a warbler, but included here for old times’ sake), warbler unIDd 4 (2: 2-2),


SPARROWS: eastern towhee 8 (3: 1-5), chipping sparrow 131 (9: 1-55; an utterly harmless, inoffensive species), field sparrow 6 (2: 2-4), Savannah sparrow 8 (2: 1-7), seaside sparrow 6 (2: 2-4), song sparrow 3 (2: 1-2), swamp sparrow 1, sparrow unIDd 2,


the PRETTY ONES: summer tanager 18 (7: 1-3), scarlet tanager 4, northern cardinal 91 (9: 1-22), rose-breasted grosbeak 5 (2: 1-4), blue grosbeak 32 (7: 1-9), indigo bunting 17 (6: 1-6), DICKCISSEL 1 (GR,DI,JR et al.),


BLACKBIRDS, if you will: bobolink 212 (7: 2-121), red-winged blackbird 1,027 (7: 5-700), eastern meadowlark 1 (in flight over Gadwall Bend, EIR; sometimes miss the EAME), common grackle 157 (3: 1-151), brown-headed cowbird, if you will excuse the expression, 634 (8: 2-330), Baltimore oriole 5.


SECTORS with their participants:


Marcia Balestri, north of Route 50 incl. Hurlock, the Shiloh Church Turf Farm, North Tara Road, Brookview, Rhodesdale, Indiantown Road, Reid Road, Rhodesdale.


Matt Whitbeck, restricted areas of Blackwater N.W.R. (Howard Tract, Greenbriar Swamp)


George Radcliffe, Wayne Bell & M.O.S. youth birders: Taylor's I., Slaughter & Parsons creeks, Smithville Road S to Moneystump

Swamp. Christine & Jasper Merry, Lisa & Patrick Newcombe, Daniel & Jonathan Irons, Jerald Reb.


Jeff Effinger, Hooper's I., Hip Roof Road, Meekins Neck, Swan Harbor.


Steve & Robin Ford, east-central county S of Rt. 50, including Kraft Neck Rd., some of Steele Neck Rd., areas W of Elliott I. Rd.


Dave Palmer, greater Blackwater N.W.R. and on S to Lakesville, Crapo, Wingate, Shorter's Wharf, Cedar Creek Rd., Crocheron, et al.


Harry Armistead, Elliott I. Rd., Lewis Wharf Rd., BNWR Kuehnle Tract & adjacent Griffith Neck Rd., Bestpitch, and Transquaking River.


Colin McAllister, Neck District (west of Cambridge).


Frank Morgan, roads off of Rt. 16 from Cambridge city limits to Woolford & Madison. Maple Dam Rd. from its intersection with Key Wallace Drive N to Cambridge city limits, but not Key Wallace Drive. Also, Route 335 from Rt. 16 to but not including Key Wallace Drive.


Suzette Stitely, the greater Cambridge city limits.


TOP TEN: SPECIES WITH THE HIGHEST COUNTS: European starling 1,478; red-winged blackbird 1,027; laughing gull 884; Forster’s tern 644; brown-headed cowbird 634; double-crested cormorant 617; mallard 597; herring gull 478; Canada goose 418; brown pelican 387.


FAMILY REPRESENTATION: waterfowl 11 (good); rallids 4 (O.K.); shorebirds 17 (good); larids 8 (merely O.K.); heron types 8 (good); raptors 10 (O.K.); owls 3; woodpeckers 6; flycatchers 7 (very good); vireos 4 (good); swallows 4 (good); warblers 23 (very good); sparrows 7 (O.K.)


THE ORDER OF THINGS: here is unorthodox based on the official, erratic, M.O.S. fall list, that I have rearranged slightly.


SEEN IN ALL 10 SECTORS (8 species only): mourning dove, turkey vulture, bald eagle, blue jay, Carolina chickadee, tufted titmouse, Carolina wren, gray catbird. Why there aren’t more: some sectors were only covered for a few hours. Some lacked saltmarsh or open bay areas. Coverage varied from 3-4 hours hours to 16. One area was covered entirely on foot. The 4 areas with the combined longest hours with most varied and/or favorable habitat recorded species totals of 90, 88, 88 & 99.


SYMBOLISM, NUMBERS MUMBO JUMBO. Canada goose 418 (8: 1-120) represents that CGs had a grand total of 418 seen in 8 sectors with high and low counts of 1 and 120 respectively. If there’s just a # after a species name, no parenthetical stuff, that means the birds were seen by just 1 party. Semipalmated sandpiper 34 (3: 8-15) represents same data types as under Canada goose above, but when just 3 parties found the bird by totaling the low and high (8 + 15 = 23) and subtracting that from the grand total of 34 the total seen by the 3rd party, 11, can be determined. I think indicating these numbers helps to understand the status of a species in this area.


EFFORT: 19 observers (some of them non-birding parents) in 10 sectors, as good coverage as it ever gets hereabouts. Miles by car 397, by foot 28. Hours by car 32, by foot 56. Owling miles 83, owling hours 15. 2:30 A.M. - 7:15 P.M.


MISTAKES: Please let me know if you see any. They’re here probably. Trying to get this report out before I go to Kiptopeke for 16 days on September 25.


SEPTEMBER ODDITIES: Missing boat-tailed grackle a surprise, although I do think they’re declining here. Notice the puny numbers, at least compared to those in the spring, of yellowthroat, crested flycatcher, kingbird, Osprey, towhee, meadowlark, all sparrows except chippie, robins, and blackbirds to some extent. This is normal, happens every September.


WEATHER: A lovely late summer day. clear or fair all day, 62-84 degrees F., winds calm or NE 5-10. Late in the afternoon it became mostly overcast with intermittent rain for c. 15 minutes, occasionally heavy for a few minutes, yet with concomitant sunshine resulting in a nice rainbow off to the east from c. 5:15 P.M. on for the rest of the day.


UN-EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: About the best coverage ever. There was a nice fallout of migrants at Taylor’s Island but not much anywhere else. All 10 sectors contributed unique species. Of the 8 unIDd empidonax it is almost certain some were Traill’s Flycatchers, but none were ID’d as such, so, we’ll just have to let them go unIDd.


SUN: sunrise 6:47; sunset 7:10. Moon rise 2:45 A.M., set 5:08 P.M., 22% visible.


TIDES (low, high, low):

McCready's Creek, Elliott I.: 5:50, 11:28, 5:59.

Barren I.: 6:14, 11:20, 5:26.

Middle Hooper's I.: 6:31, 11:25, 5:43.

Bishop's Head: 5:32, 11:11, 5:41.

Taylor's I., Slaughter Creek: 8:10, 12:50, 7:22.

Cambridge: 8:42, 1:23, 7:54.



ABRREVIATIONS: BNWR, Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, EIR, Elliott Island Road. others are some of the observers’ initials.


EFFORT: 19 observers in 10 sectors.


ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS: Many thanks to Eric Barnhart for granting access to Hurlock Wastewater Treatment Plant on a day when that facility is closed. Thanks to Matt Whitbeck for facilitating access to BNWR’s Kuehnle Tract. Biggest thanks go to the participants. I received all of their neat, complete lists in less than 3 days after the day of the count.


Best to all. - Harry Armistead, Philadelphia.

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Date: 9/20/17 4:23 pm
From: Harry Armistead <harryarmistead...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Smith I., Elliott I., Blackwater, Ferry Neck, Sept. 12-18, 2017.
FERRY NECK, SMITH I., ELLIOTT I. RD. & BLACKWATER N.W.R., SEPTEMBER 12-18, 2017. Beautiful, but not that birdy, late summer days, with moderate temperatures, sunny, and light winds. Lots of bright yellow flowers.


SEPTEMBER 12, TUESDAY. RIGBY’S FOLLY. Arrive at 4:35. Two adult bald eagles roosting in pines at the head of Poplar Cove. We smell a dead animal somewhere out front and 5 turkey vultures and a black vulture are attracted by whatever it is, fly low over the lawn area. American kestrel 2. 30 laughing gulls hawking insects over Anderby Hall Road. Spotted sandpiper 1. Liz hears a screech-owl at 8 P.M. One belted kingfisher. One royal tern.


NON-AVIAN TAXA: diamondback terrapin 3, eastern cottontail 2. In the planter with the parsley are 3 big black swallowtail caterpillars and 13 smaller ones that have reduced the parsley to mere stalks. Liz will buy more parsley for them tomorrow. 1” in the rain gauge since September 1, but it has dried out some. Lots of “wheat” and other weeds in the bean fields including some jimsom weed. fair, calm, 78.


SEPTEMBER 13, WEDNESDAY. SMITH ISLAND, MD, with the Friends of Blackwater, 10 A.M. - 3 P.M. with Marcia Pradines, Michele Whitbeck, and Matt Whitbeck from Blackwater plus Mary Lynch, Kathy Slaughter, and others (16 total). 38 species, Ewell, Goat Island, Swan Island, a near circumnavigation of Glenn L. Martin N.W.R., walk down Marsh Road c. 1/3 mi. towards Rhodes Point with Peter Smithson while the others lunch. I enjoyed seeing the heavily-laden pomegranate bushes as well as some big fig trees. Complete list:


American black duck 26, double-crested cormorant 48, brown pelican 85, great blue heron 4, great egret 24, snowy egret 3, little blue heron 8 (mostly adults), tricolored heron 10, green heron 1, yellow-crowned night heron 2 immatures, glossy ibis 7, turkey vulture 3, osprey 24, bald eagle 4 (2 ad., 2 imm.), northern harrier 1, red-tailed hawk 1 imm., clapper rail 6, American oystercatcher 1, black-bellied plover 1, unIDd sandpiper 6, sanderling 2, laughing gull 55, ring-billed gull 1, herring gull 575 (most on the north jetty), great black-backed gull 125, Caspian tern 7, Forster’s tern 1, royal tern 16, rock pigeon 4, belted kingfisher 1, fish crow 70, tree swallow 1, Carolina wren 1, American robin 1, gray catbird 1 (Matt W.), northern mockingbird 2, European starling 12, boat-tailed grackle 3, and house sparrow 31.


NON-AVIAN TAXA: black swallowtail 1, scissor-grinder cicada (I think) 4, seaside dragonlet 9, cloudless sulphur 4, and diamondback terrapin 1. Capt. Dale Tyler in the ‘Ms. Tyler’ took us out from Crisfield, 16 of us, we lunched at the Bayside Inn Restaurant, then viewed the extensive rip rap work on the west & north sides of the refuge, the result of funds acquired after Hurricane Sandy.


John Weske has provided the pelican banders with a helpful summary of banding in this area. Just a few miles south of Ewell at South Point Marsh, which is in Virginia, on two forays this year a total of 1,509 brown pelican chicks were banded this year. Due to time and our energy hundreds were not banded, but the goal was to band a good portion of this colony, not everything, from the over 1,000 nests here. In addition 15 or so miles to the north Dave Brinker et al. banded 224 pelican chicks on Adam I., in Dorchester County, MD. The grand total for the central Bay was therefore 1,733.


In 2016 John et al. banded 535 pelican chicks at South Point Marsh while Dave Brinker and his helpers banded 135 at Adam Island and 879 on nearby Holland Island. So the 2016 total for the central Chesapeake Bay was 1,549. Pelicans have a recovery rate for c. 8% so eventually circa 124 of the 2016 pelicans and 139 of the 2017 ones will be heard from again, found dead on a Florida beach, shot in Cuba, or whatever. By such means it has been learned that the Chesapeake pelicans very rarely venture north, on the Gulf coast, of the St. Petersburg-Tampa-Clearwater area during the colder months, and so were not affected much, if at all, by the big oil spill in the Gulf several years ago.


CRISFIELD: 15 or so semipalmated sandpipers, 4 ospreys, 60 herring gulls, 75 cormorants, one brown pelican, and a great blue heron. Mostly sunny, high c. 80, winds 8-15, low tide at Ewell at 1:31 P.M. Lovely weather.


SEPTEMBER 14, THURSDAY. RIGBY’S FOLLY. bald eagle 6, American redstart 2, blue-gray gnatcatcher 3, northern parula 1, eastern kingbird 3, common tern 1, ruby-throated hummingbird 2, chimney swift 1, barn swallow 1, tree swallow 5, osprey 2, Carolina chickadee 4, royal tern 4, Forster’s tern 8, snowy egret 2. Liz hears a screech-owl at 8:38 P.M. Two tailless red-winged blackbirds. Fair, 70-82, S 15-5.


NON-AVIAN TAXA: the highlight - 2 beautiful common checkered skippers in the clover plus 3 cloudless sulphurs, 7 monarchs, 2 cabbage whites, 2 pearl crescents. An eastern cottontail. 3 green frogs in the Waterthrush Pond. One painted turtle in Frog Hollow. Three gray squirrels.


SEPTEMBER 15, FRIDAY. RIGBY’S FOLLY. Ten bald eagles (7 adults & an immature in sight simultaneously). Eight ospreys. Two snowy egrets. Two green herons. Royal tern 2, Forster’s tern 4, barn swallow 3, black vulture 8. BUTTERFLIES: painted lady 2, pearl crescent 3, monarch 3, cloudless sulphur 2, cabbage white 3, buckeye 3, and red-spotted purple 1 plus 4 LBJs. Gray squirrel 3, incl. one with dark reddish-brown underparts that I’ll call “Rubirosa”. 73-82, fair or clear, NNE5 but mostly NW 10-5


SEPTEMBER 16, SATURDAY. ELLIOTT ISLAND ROAD, a segment of the 22nd Dorchester County fall bird count. EIR in its entirety, Vienna, Lewis Wharf Road, Griffith Neck Road, and BNWR’s Kuehnle Tract. 84 species. 5:15 A.M. - 7:15 P.M. 99 miles by car. 62-84 degrees F., clear or fair becoming overcast c. 5 P.M. with occasional rain even though the sun was partially out resulting in a nice rainbow, winds calm or else east 5-10. High tide at McCready’s Creek at 11:28 A.M. Complete list (numbers for Kuehnle Tract [1:15 - 2:15 P.M.] are in parentheses, 25 species):


Canada goose 18 (15), wood duck (1), American black duck 17, mallard 1, blue-winged teal 2, northern pintail 1 female, wild turkey 1, pied-billed grebe 3, rock pigeon 2, mourning dove 45 (2), clapper rail 1, Virginia rail 6, common gallinule 1, semipalmated plover 1, killdeer 1, greater yellowlegs 11, lesser yellowlegs 1, laughing gull 300 (65), ring-billed gull 3, herring gull 62,


Caspian tern 8, Forster’s tern 18, royal tern 1, double-crested cormorant 30, great blue heron 13 (1), great egret 102 (5), snowy egret 33, little blue heron 2 adults, tricolored heron 12, black vulture 4 (3), turkey vulture 115 (18), osprey 10, bald eagle 24 (0 but 2 nests seen), northern harrier 4, eastern screech-owl 6, belted kingfisher (1),


red-headed woodpecker 3, red-bellied woodpecker (1), downy woodpecker 7, pileated woodpecker (1), American kestrel 1, eastern wood-pewee 13, eastern phoebe 2, great crested flycatcher (1), eastern kingbird 1, white-eyed vireo 1, yellow-throated vireo (1), red-eyed vireo 4 (1), blue jay 9 (3), American crow 25, Carolina chickadee 17 (4), tufted titmouse 8 (2), brown-headed nuthatch 9 (1), house wren 6, marsh wren 6, Carolina wren 8 (2), blue-gray gnatcatcher 4 (1), veery 3, Swainson’s thrush 1,


gray catbird 4, northern mockingbird 5, European starling 115, house sparrow 1, ovenbird 2, black-and-white warbler 7 (1), common yellowthroat 4, American redstart 11 (2), northern parula 1, magnolia warbler 1, yellow warbler 1, pine warbler 17 (3), prairie warbler 1, Canada warbler 1, Savannah sparrow 7, seaside sparrow 2, song sparrow 2, swamp sparrow 1, summer tanager 2 (1), NORTHERN CARDINAL 1, red-winged blackbird 30, eastern meadowlark 1, common grackle 5, brown-headed cowbird 2.


A pleasant but rather barren day with these notable misses: goldfinch, bluebird, brown pelican, green heron, red-tailed hawk, northern flicker, fish crow, any swallows, brown thrasher, chipping sparrow, towhee, blue grosbeak, indigo bunting, and boat-tailed grackle. I mean, really.


NON-AVIAN TAXA: eastern cottontail 1, red fox 1 (plus 2 d.o.r.), gray squirrel 1 d.o.r., raccoon 1 d.o.r., diamondback terrapin 1, orange sulphur 2, cloudless sulphur 7, monarch 6, common wood nymph 1, cabbage white 3, lbjs (unIDd little blue jobs - butterflies) 3. No deer.


SEPTEMBER 17, SUNDAY. BLACKWATER N.W.R., 7:15 - 1 (birding tour 8-12), 69-82, calm or NE 5, clear or fair, water levels all high. 10 on this guided birding tour: Harry & Liz Armistead, Bill & Jane Hill, Karen Caruso, Leo Weigant, Pam Smith, Tom Cimino, Don Chance, Linda Anderson. Ave atque vale for Pam who is moving back to her native New Hampshire. 50 species, some seen before or after the official tour, and/or at Cambridge. Complete list:


Canada goose 40, mallard 8, wild turkey 18 (I think this is how many Tom said he saw from Egypt Road), rock pigeon 4, mourning dove 4, ruby-throated hummingbird 1, killdeer 6, greater yellowlegs 4, laughing gull 90, ring-billed gull 3, herring gull 6 (Cambridge), great black-backed gull 2 (Cambridge), Caspian tern 20, Forster’s tern 155, double-crested cormorant 24 immatures (at Sewards), AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN 3, great blue heron 4, great egret 6, black vulture 4, turkey vulture 30, bald eagle 14, northern harrier 1 beautiful adult male, red-tailed hawk 1,


belted kingfisher 1, red-headed woodpecker 3, pileated woodpecker 1, blue jay 5, American crow 8, tree swallow 7, Carolina chickadee 4, tufted titmouse 2, brown-headed nuthatch 4, blue-gray gnatcatcher 1, eastern bluebird 2, American robin 8 (Cambridge), gray catbird 2, northern mockingbird 4, European starling 45, house sparrow 6, common yellowthroat 1 (in the Butterfly Garden), pine warbler 2, chipping sparrow 2, GRASSHOPPER SPARROW 1 (spotted by Tom; great views through the scope), blue grosbeak 2, bobolink 30, red-winged blackbird 25 (most of them having molted their tails), common grackle 6, brown-headed cowbird 2.


NON-AVIAN TAXA: 2 green tree frogs at the Visitor Center, one in extremis. redbelly turtle 2. painted turtle 2. eastern cottontail 1. gray squirrel 2 (Cambridge). The tickseed sunflowers (Coreopsis) cover much of some of the impoundments, so bright yellow as to be somewhat blinding. Most of the blooming hibiscus are over. Lots of cloudless sulphurs, 8 black swallowtails, 6 monarchs, and a common wood nymph.


Back at Rigby’s Folly: A female merlin. An adult red-tailed hawk being harassed by 2 American crows. Fair or clear in late afternoon, NE5+, 81 degrees F., beautiful. A great blue heron sunbathing with its wings cupped, making life difficult for ectoparasites or perhaps it just feels good?


SEPTEMBER 18, MONDAY. Overcast, occasional light drizzle, NE 10, 70 degrees F. Carolina wren foraging at close range for an extended period in the boxwood closest to the front porch. One gray squirrel missing the tip of its tail (“the tipless one” that I’ll dub “Tipless in Talbot”). It’s been a while since I’ve seen the several other gray squirrels I’ve given nicknames to: “Santa Claws”, “Snowshoes”, “Half Tail”, and “Tail Half-red”. Perhaps they’ve passed on to the Happy Scampering Grounds. Leave by c. 9 A.M. A bald eagle soaring near Ruthsburg over Route 481.


Best to all. - Harry Armistead, Philadelphia.

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Date: 9/20/17 3:48 pm
From: Noah Comet <noahcomet...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Odd Red-Shouldered Hawk
That's a weird one all right. To me it almost looks the head is featherless--a bird suffering from some kind of parasite or disease.



> On Sep 20, 2017, at 2:23 PM, Kurt Schwarz <krschwa1...> wrote:
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> I have gone out on a limb and posted to eBird a sighting of a POSSIBLE extremis subspecies of Red-shouldered at the Howard County Conservancy late this morning. I've consulted several texts and cannot find any illustrations of the expected lineatus that show such a white head. For my checklist, and the two frames, see http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S39300397
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> Or does it just have some condition, with all the contour feathers off, and perhaps just down showing? From the tail pattern it is clearly an adult.
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Date: 9/20/17 11:29 am
From: Jim Nelson <kingfishers2...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Backyard Wilson's Warbler, Bethesda, Mont. Co.
Sitting on the deck this morning enjoying my breakfast and watching
birds in our small backyard in Bethesda (suburban DC), I was surprised
to see a Wilson's Warbler flitting about.  Checking my eBird records,
this is my only second sighting in 36 years of observing in our yard.

Otherwise, migration sightings in our yard this fall have been few, a
sign of dwindling populations and physical changes in the neighborhood.

On an upbeat note, last evening eating pizza on the deck at sundown, we
were surprised to see a Red-tailed Hawk apparently chasing a larger bird
into a nearby tree.  Brief view of the other bird as it flew off, made
us suspect a Great Horned Owl.  Today having lunch the deck , we had 2
flyover Red-shouldered Hawks and an immature Cooper's Hawk landing in
the yard in pursuit of birds near the feeders.  So at least a lot of
raptor action these two days.

Jim Nelson

Bethesda, MD

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Date: 9/20/17 11:23 am
From: Kurt Schwarz <krschwa1...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Odd Red-Shouldered Hawk
I have gone out on a limb and posted to eBird a sighting of a POSSIBLE extremis subspecies of Red-shouldered at the Howard County Conservancy late this morning. I've consulted several texts and cannot find any illustrations of the expected lineatus that show such a white head. For my checklist, and the two frames, see http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S39300397


Or does it just have some condition, with all the contour feathers off, and perhaps just down showing? From the tail pattern it is clearly an adult.


Kurt Schwarz
Ellicott City
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Date: 9/20/17 10:53 am
From: Joe Hanfman <auk1844...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Clay-colored Sparrow - Worcester
There is a Clay-colored Sparrow at Sunset Park. It was mostly in the back right corner where the double fence gets wider. With it were a Blackburnian and Black-throated Blue warblers and about 8 Common Yellowthroats.

The birds are being stalked by an ugly white feral cat with a black tail.

Joe Hanfman
Columbia, MD

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Date: 9/20/17 10:26 am
From: Tim Houghton <timhoughton...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Goldewinged at oregon
Email phone problems delayed the previous message. Around 11:30 the Golden-Winged was putting on a good show 10-20 feet above the ground in the first large sycamore that's downhill from the fenced garden along the field path next to the woods. It was with a mixed flock of warblers and red-eyed vireos. As you are going downhill on the path to the sycamore, the gwwa was with the other birds on the right side of the sycamore where there are some nice branches that are shaded and inviting. They hung around for around 5 minutes, maybe more.

Other nice birds today included sharp-shinned (1), Cooper's (1), merlin (1), Phila vireo (1), r-c kinglet (1), veery (1), gray-cheeked (2), r-b grosbeak (3) and 10 warbler species (gwwa, black and white, yellowthroat, redstart, parula, magnolia, bay-breasted, blackpoll, yellow-rumped and b-t green).

It's been fun getting to know this place. I never gave it much attention before this fall. Beats Cromwell of late.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S39299815 .

Tim Houghton
(Glen Arm)


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> showing beautifully in sycamore at trail between field and woods downhill from fenced garden. Lots of other stuff around
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Date: 9/20/17 9:05 am
From: Tim Houghton <timhoughton...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Goldewinged at oregon
showing beautifully in sycamore along trail between field and woods
downhill from fenced garden. Other good stuff around.

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Date: 9/20/17 8:58 am
From: Tim Houghton <timhoughton...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Goldewinged at oregon
showing beautifully in sycamore at trail between field and woods
downhill from fenced garden. Lots of other stuff around

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Date: 9/20/17 8:56 am
From: Tim Houghton <timhoughton...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Goldewinged at oregon
showing beautifully in sycamore at trail between field and woods
downhill from fenced garden. Lots of other stuff around

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Date: 9/20/17 8:11 am
From: Wallace Kornack <wallace...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Wednesday 9/20/17
This morning (9/20) at Rock Creek Park……..

——Maintenance Yard
Black-and-white Warbler 3
Common Yellowthroat
American Redstart 2
Northern Parula
Magnolia Warbler
Palm Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Mourning Dove 8
Chimney Swift 6+
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Red-bellied Woodpecker 5
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker 6
Pileated Woodpecker 2
Red-eyed Vireo
Blue Jay 9
American Crow 11
Carolina Chickadee 3
Tufted Titmouse 5
White-breasted Nuthatch
House Wren 2
Carolina Wren 3
Swainson's Thrush
American Robin 27+
Gray Catbird
Brown Thrasher 2
Cedar Waxwing 41 in three flights
Scarlet Tanager
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Indigo Bunting
House Finch
American Goldfinch

——Yard Parking Lot and Fence Line
Mourning Dove
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker
Blue Jay 3
Swainson's Thrush
American Robin 2
Scarlet Tanager
House Finch
House Sparrow 3

Contributors: Bill butler, Leon Kass, Marina True, Jim Lemert, Dan Eberly, Susan Volman, James Illingworth, John Stinson

Have Fun Birding!

Wallace Kornack
Washington DC

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Date: 9/19/17 3:27 pm
From: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Patuxent Refuge News
The POST published an article in the Metro sec today regarding the Refuge's
ending its Whooping Crane propagation efforts. I don't think this falls
into the category of "bad news" although I haven't read the full article
yet. It's of interest to me especially as I worked in this program in the
early 1970's when it was in its infancy. Likely, as a historical issue, it
might interest others...

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/animalia/wp/2017/09/18/a-50-year-effort-to-raise-endangered-whooping-cranes-comes-to-an-end/?utm_term=.e726685320fb

If the link doesn't work, I found it by searching for "Patuxent"

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

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Date: 9/19/17 3:03 pm
From: Kurt Schwarz <krschwa1...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Howard County Police Cut Off Access to Major Portion of Patapsco Valley State Park
Dear Maryland Birders,


If you visit the Henryton area of Patpasco Valley State Park on the Howard County side, you no longer have access thereto. The Howard County Bird Club has filed comment with the Chief of Police, Director of Public Works, County Executive and County Council. You, too, can register a complaint. This is YOUR park, but unthinking action by HCPD has ended your access to that part. See below for further context and suggested talking points. Or use your own. There is a easy email link to all the officials. Note, if you come from out-of-county to visit this spot, make that known in your email, this HCPD action affects more than just Howard County residents.


Kurt Schwarz
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MOS
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HOWARD COUNTY POLICE CLOSE ACCESS TO HENRYTON ROAD
PART OF PATAPSCO VALLEY STATE PARK

The Howard County Police Department cut off public parking on Henryton Road. In early September the Department of Public Works at the behest of the Howard County Police Department (HCPD) posted the circle (and much of the road) at the end of Henryton Road as “NO PARKING”. The circle is the only safe parking for access to that portion of Patapsco Valley State Park.

That means you can’t go into PVSP from Henryton Road. You can no longer visit Henryton’s abundant and diverse wildlife, at least 157 species of birds, dozens of reptile species, and numerous wildflowers found there. It is also the most consistent location for Cerulean Warbler, a rare breeder in Howard County, which attracts birders from all over the state. The area is also popular with fisherman, with trout being stocked in the river by the State.

Add your voice to that of the Howard County Bird Club by making your protest known. Below my signature are some thoughts that you should share with the Howard County Executive, County Council, Police Chief, and Department of Public Works. Also include Maryland Park Service since the Howard County Police cut off access to a section of the Patapsco Valley State Park without notifying them. Feel free to forward this email to other park users.
Copy the text below my signature and click on the SEND MAIL link. That brings up an email for your use. Paste the information you copied into the email body or provide your own personal experience, sign it, and send it.
John Harris
President
Howard County Bird Club


Howard County Police Department has cut off my access to the Henryton section of Patapsco Valley State Park in Howard County by posting NO PARKING signs.
We understand this posting may have been occasioned by complaints of local residents about partying and other undesirable activities in the area. We are sympathetic to those concerns, but this could easily be solved by posting no parking at night and a few well-timed patrols by HCPD officers to deter future unwanted activities. We also suggest partnership with Maryland Natural Resources Police. This would allow taxpayers continued access to their State Park.
Why not just change the no parking signs at the end of Henryton Road to read
NO PARKING DUSK TO DAWN?


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Date: 9/19/17 9:43 am
From: Joe Hanfman <auk1844...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Golden-winged Warbler - Baltimore
There is an adult male Golden-winged Warbler at Oregon Ridge Park. It was
found this morning by Simon Best. I relocated it about 11:00.
Park by the Nature Center. Walk towards the Nature Center and take the
first path on your right. You will pass some bee hives. Turn right on the
Miners Trail. You will get to a meadow where at its end is a high
inaccessible blind.
It is favoring some walnut trees with a bench dedicated to Thomas Pfeiffer
Pop Pop Beard.

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Date: 9/19/17 7:34 am
From: Wallace Kornack <wallace...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Tuesday 9/19/17
This morning (9/19) at Rock Creek Park maintenance yard………...

Black-and-white Warbler
Common Yellowthroat 2
Northern Parula 2
Magnolia Warbler
Blackpoll Warbler
Palm Warbler
Mourning Dove 3
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Chimney Swift 7+
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker 6+
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker 7+
Pileated Woodpecker 2
Red-eyed Vireo 4
Blue Jay 4
Carolina Chickadee 6
Tufted Titmouse 6
White-breasted Nuthatch 4
House Wren
Carolina Wren 2
American Robin 28++
Gray Catbird on fence line
Brown Thrasher 3
Scarlet Tanager 2
Northern Cardinal 2
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 3
American Goldfinch

Contributors: Leon Kass, John Boright, Katharine Kravetz, Marina True, Stephen Jones, Dan Eberly, Susan Volman

Have Fun Birding!

Wallace Kornack
Washington DC

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Date: 9/19/17 7:05 am
From: Tim Carney <timmyc83...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Swan Creek: CONNECTICUT WARBLER, rare shorebirds
Apologies for the temporary closure yesterday!

Overall it was one of my best censuses this year despite three Peregrine Falcons constantly taking shots at the waterfowl and shorebirds! Aside from the highlights I already posted, I also found three Black-bellied Plover, a second American Golden-Plover, and two Ruddy Turnstones on the north tern island. Additionally there was a great mixed flock on the road to the wetlands that was moving through just before closing (3:10 PM). The most exciting species were Philadelphia Vireo, Tennessee Warbler, Nashville Warbler, Blackburnian Warbler, and Rose-breasted Grosbeak. As I was driving back, I saw a White-throated Sparrow in the brush - I'm not sure if this is the oversummering bird or a new arrival.

I also heard a Sora in the wetlands and another bird nearby that sounded like a gallinule.

Weirdest miss: ZERO Red-winged Blackbirds.

Full list from yesterday with photos:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S39268270

Tim Carney
Parkville/Towson, MD

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


On Monday, September 18, 2017 at 11:11:05 AM UTC-4, Tim Carney wrote:
> Conducting a census but I wanted to get the word out...
>
> There was a CONNECTICUT WARBLER with 7+ yellowthroats and a House Wren on the road to the wetlands. It was about 3/4 down the road on the left.
>
> In the wetlands, I had a Wilson's Warbler and a Lincoln's Sparrow around the riffle and back gate.
>
> There are a lot of birds in the dredge cells. Highlights: Hudsonian Godwit, American Golden-Plover, Baird's Sandpiper, Wilson's Phalarope, American Avocet, Short-billed Dowitcher (1 of each).
>
> The site is open until 3:30 PM today. Please sign in.
>
> Tim Carney
> Nottingham, MD

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Date: 9/18/17 11:57 am
From: Derek C. Richardson <dcr...>
Subject: [MDBirding] PG Fall Count 2017 Laurel results

The day started off foggy and not very promising, but things picked up
eventually and I finished with a decent diversity of species for the PG
Fall count in the Laurel area yesterday (Sep 17) -- 61 species (including
spuhs).

The highlight was my first Hooded Warbler for the count -- 2 in fact: a
young bird at Rocky Gorge (Supplee Lane) and an adult male at Laurel
Riverfront Park. Overall I had 7 warbler species yesterday.

Other notables were low counts for Canada Goose (going back to 2007) and
high counts for cormorant, Red-bellied Woodpecker, kestrel (just 2
birds, at the same location, but that was my high!), American Crow oddly
enough, White-breasted Nuthatch (everywhere!), House Wren, and redstart.

The biggest miss was Song Sparrow (first time since 2007). No owls.

Fun as always!

For those who like lists, I've attached my results for the past 10 years
as a PDF, including yesterday's count.

D

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Date: 9/18/17 10:48 am
From: Tim Carney <timmyc83...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Swan Creek being evacuated
There was a chemical leak in Curtis Bay, but we just received the "all clear" and are open again. Apologies to anyone who was here earlier and had to be evacuated!

Tim Carney
Parkville/Towson, MD

On Monday, September 18, 2017 at 12:10:24 PM UTC-4, Tim Carney wrote:
> Just got a text that the site is being evacuated. (I'm at lunch.)
>
> I don't know anything else, but I'll post when I know more.
>
> Tim Carney
> Parkville/Towson, MD
>
> Sent from my iPhone

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Date: 9/18/17 9:10 am
From: Tim Carney <timmyc83...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Swan Creek being evacuated
Just got a text that the site is being evacuated. (I'm at lunch.)

I don't know anything else, but I'll post when I know more.

Tim Carney
Parkville/Towson, MD

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Date: 9/18/17 9:10 am
From: Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Wheaton Regional Park today 9/18
Hi all,

We thought it was going to be a dud day as when we arrived at 7:30, as the early sun was swallowed by gray mist and overcast. Everything seemed eerily quiet. And in fact it took about an hour, and the sun finally peeking though, for migrants to become active. All the action was by Pine Lake, near the benches, and at the Wall of Vines and adjacent birches. We ended up with 9 warbler species and a hybrid Brewster's Warbler (in the previously noted birches). Description below; the all white/pale gray underparts may indicate it was second-generation backcross. Besides the Brewster's the best were Canada, Nashville and Tennessee. Interestingly, none of the expected later migrants like BT Green or Blue. Had three male Scarlet Tanagers and a male Rose-breasted Grosbeak feeding on berries in the wall of vines. Otherwise very few Catbirds and Robins, no sparrows but Chipping, and only one flycatcher, a Pewee.

Gail Mackiernan and Barry Cooper
Colesville, MD

39 species
Birds of interest:

Wood Duck 2
Great Blue Heron 1
Green Heron 2
Osprey 1 Flyover at Brookside, seemed to be descending to Pine Lake.
Cooper's Hawk 1 Gardens
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 2
Belted Kingfisher 1
Hairy Woodpecker (Eastern) 1
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 5
Eastern Wood-Pewee 1
Red-eyed Vireo 6
Blue Jay 25 Estimate
Gray Catbird 6
Brewster's Warbler (hybrid) 1 Seen feeding birches near wall of vines. Views primarily from underneath. All light gray (whitish) underparts, darker bluish gray upper parts, single very obvious and bright yellow wing bar, slight indication of line through eye. Crown not seen. Lack of black throat and auricular patch eliminates Golden-winged.
Black-and-white Warbler 2
Tennessee Warbler 1
Nashville Warbler 1
Common Yellowthroat 1
American Redstart 8 Including 3 adult males
Northern Parula 2
Magnolia Warbler 5
Chestnut-sided Warbler 2
Canada Warbler 1
Chipping Sparrow 8
Scarlet Tanager 3
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 1

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Date: 9/18/17 8:11 am
From: Tim Carney <timmyc83...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Swan Creek: CONNECTICUT WARBLER, rare shorebirds
Conducting a census but I wanted to get the word out...

There was a CONNECTICUT WARBLER with 7+ yellowthroats and a House Wren on the road to the wetlands. It was about 3/4 down the road on the left.

In the wetlands, I had a Wilson's Warbler and a Lincoln's Sparrow around the riffle and back gate.

There are a lot of birds in the dredge cells. Highlights: Hudsonian Godwit, American Golden-Plover, Baird's Sandpiper, Wilson's Phalarope, American Avocet, Short-billed Dowitcher (1 of each).

The site is open until 3:30 PM today. Please sign in.

Tim Carney
Nottingham, MD

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Date: 9/18/17 7:06 am
From: Wallace Kornack <wallace...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Monday 9/18/17
This morning (9/18) at Rock Creek Park…...

——Maintenance Yard
Black-and-white Warbler 3
Common Yellowthroat
American Redstart 3
Magnolia Warbler
Palm Warbler FOS
Canada Warbler
Mourning Dove 2
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker 4
Downy Woodpecker 4
Northern Flicker 9
Pileated Woodpecker 2
Blue Jay 9
American Crow 3
Carolina Chickadee 4
Tufted Titmouse 3
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
House Wren
Carolina Wren 4
American Robin 25++
Scarlet Tanager
Northern Cardinal 2
American Goldfinch

——Ridge (Jim, Katharine)
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Carolina Chickadee
Red-eyed Vireo
Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Contributors: Leon Kass, Jim Lemert, Susan Volman, Katharine Kravetz, Dan Eberly, Betsy Lovejoy, Danielle

Have Fun Birding!

Wallace Kornack
Washington DC

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Date: 9/17/17 2:56 pm
From: Derek C. Richardson <dcr...>
Subject: [MDBirding] mystery call -- ID help?

See attached (hope it's small enough for the list) -- I thought maybe
Great Crested Flycatcher, but it's not burry enough? This was about an
hour after dawn in Rocky Gorge (PG County) in semi-mature forest by the
water.

Full fall count results to come! (There's still some daylight left...).

Thanks,

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Date: 9/17/17 12:03 pm
From: jugbayjs <jugbayjs...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Interesting empid at Gov Bridge Natural area in Bowie
As part of the PG Fall count today, I was at Gov Bridge late this morning, and saw an interesting empid. Not suggesting you run out to look, but if you happen to be in the area or go there sometime soon...

I found it in the woods down by the river at the canoe launch. Until proven otherwise, I am reporting it as Yellow-bellied Fly, since a Western Fly would obviously need documented with pic/s and audio.

It was an obviously small yellow empid, uniform olive above and yellow/gray-olive below as described: dull yellow throat, gray-olive breast and prominent lemon belly and undertail. It had a very short primary projection and short tail. It had a small bill (noticeably smaller than ACFL and Trail's); and a bold prominent eyering.

The part that bugged me is at one point it was briefly perched pretty close (25 feet) and I had a good look at its face in my bins. Rather than having an evenly rounded eyering, I thought it appeared to be pointed at the rear - this is a mark for Western Fly (COFL/PSFL) and I am well aware of the unlikelyhood of this! They are very similar to YBFL otherwise, and I have seen many of both western species out west so at first I was surprised/excited. I am not certain the eyering was pointed -- but my first impression was that, and it had Cordilleran Fly feel to it (minus the elevation and normal coniferous habitat!).

It moved before I could get a pic with my point and shoot. As it continued to forage it moved a lot, and there were numerous very active goldfinch in the area making it tough to track. I never had another really good look at its face before I lost it. I patiently waited for about 10 minutes but it did not return, and it never vocalized. So until proven otherwise, I am reporting it as YBFL.

Regards-
Jeff Shenot

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Date: 9/17/17 10:01 am
From: Tom Kimbis <tom.kimbis...>
Subject: [MDBirding] CHANGED TO JUV GREEN HERON: Possible juvenile Tricolor at Hughes Hollow
On Saturday, September 16, 2017 at 12:22:21 PM UTC-4, Tom Kimbis wrote:
> Seen around 745 this morning from distance. Clearly reddish neck as seen in juv Tricolor. Shape matches Tricolor. Yellow legs. In first impoundment on left. Was there when I entered, not visible when returned to area around 845am. Clearer in bins than in photos. Worth a return visit.

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Date: 9/17/17 10:01 am
From: Tom Kimbis <tom.kimbis...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Possible juvenile Tricolor at Hughes Hollow
On Saturday, September 16, 2017 at 12:22:21 PM UTC-4, Tom Kimbis wrote:
> Seen around 745 this morning from distance. Clearly reddish neck as seen in juv Tricolor. Shape matches Tricolor. Yellow legs. In first impoundment on left. Was there when I entered, not visible when returned to area around 845am. Clearer in bins than in photos. Worth a return visit.

UPDATE: CHANGING THIS TO A JUVENILE GREEN HERON. THANKS FOR THE FEEDBACK. THE BIRD IS LIKELY STANDING ON A ROCK ETC UNDER SURFACE OF WATER WHICH MADE IT APPEAR TALLER THAN IT ACTUALLY IS.

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Date: 9/17/17 8:11 am
From: Wallace Kornack <wallace...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Sunday 9/17/17
This foggy morning (9/17) at Rock Creek Park……..

5 Warblers were seen: Ovenbird, Black-and-white, Redstart. Parula, Bay-breasted

——Maintenance Yard
Ovenbird
Black-and-white Warbler
American Redstart
Northern Parula 2
Bay-breasted Warbler
Mourning Dove 3
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Red-bellied Woodpecker 4
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker FOS
Downy Woodpecker 3
Northern Flicker 4
Pileated Woodpecker 2
Eastern Phoebe FOS
Red-eyed Vireo 5
Blue Jay 6
Carolina Chickadee 3
Tufted Titmouse 3
White-breasted Nuthatch 3
Carolina Wren 2
Swainson's Thrush 2
American Robin 30+
Gray Catbird
Brown Thrasher 4
Northern Cardinal 2
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 4

——Ridge (Susan, John +)
American Redstart
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker
Carolina Chickadee
American Robin

——Yard Parking Lot (Susan)
Wood Thrush

——Stables Area (Nick +)
Barred Owl

——Fence Line
Northern Flicker
Tufted Titmouse
Swainson’s Thrush

——Dog Run (Jim, Katharine)
American Redstart
Great Crested Flycatcher
Swainson’s Thrush
Brown Thrasher

Contributors: Leon Kass, Jim Lemert, Katherine Kravetz, Dan Eberly, Nick Constantinople, Gene and Susan Murry, Nisao, Tully and Devon Hochhausler, John Boright

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Date: 9/17/17 4:54 am
From: Stephanie Lovell <amorellovell...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Montgomery Bird Club first meeting of the 2017 -18 season
Please plan to come hear Bonnie Ott on Wednesday, Sept 20th at Potomac
Presbyterian Church,10301 River Road. Doors open at 7:00 p.m., refreshments
7:30 and meeting starts at 8:00 p.m.

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Bonnie will be speaking about and showing her photographs of Sparrows,
those LBJ's that can confuse and captivate you.

Hope to see you there, and you can bring your check book to renew your
membership, or to join us at the meeting.

Stephanie Lovell
VP Montgomery Bird Club

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Date: 9/16/17 9:22 am
From: Tom Kimbis <tom.kimbis...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Possible juvenile Tricolor at Hughes Hollow
Seen around 745 this morning from distance. Clearly reddish neck as seen in juv Tricolor. Shape matches Tricolor. Yellow legs. In first impoundment on left. Was there when I entered, not visible when returned to area around 845am. Clearer in bins than in photos. Worth a return visit.

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Date: 9/16/17 8:18 am
From: Wallace Kornack <wallace...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Saturday 9/16/17
This morning (9/16) at Rock Creek Park…...

11 warblers seen: Blue-winged, Yellowthroat, Redstart, Magnolia, Blackburnian, BT Green, Tennessee, Chestnut-sided, Parula, Black-and-white, Blackpoll

——Maintenance Yard
Blue-winged Warbler
Common Yellowthroat 2
American Redstart 2
Magnolia Warbler 2
Blackburnian Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler 2
Cooper's Hawk FOS
Red-tailed Hawk
Chimney Swift 2
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Red-bellied Woodpecker 6
Downy Woodpecker 6
Northern Flicker 6
Pileated Woodpecker 2
Eastern Wood-Pewee 2
Red-eyed Vireo 4
Blue Jay 7
American Crow 19
Carolina Chickadee 4
Red-breasted Nuthatch 3
Carolina Wren 3
American Robin 25++
Brown Thrasher
Cedar Waxwing 15+
Scarlet Tanager 2
Northern Cardinal
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 2
Common Grackle 30+

——Equitation Field (Jim, Nick, John, Rennie)
American Redstart
Tennessee Warbler
Cooper’s Hawk FOS (Rennie)
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Red-eyed Vireo
Carolina Wren 2
Scarlet Tanager
Rose-breasted Grosbeak

——Ridge (Jim, Nick, John, Rennie)
Cape May Warbler
Magnolia Warbler
Chestnut-sided Warbler
American Redstart
Blackburnian Warbler
Northern Parula
Tennessee Warbler
Black-and-white Warbler
Blackpoll Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler

——Yard Parking Lot (Leon)
Black-and-white Warbler
Common Yellowthroat

——Fence Line
Scarlet Tanager

——Dog Run (Susan, John, Sally, Dan)
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Great Crested Flycatcher
Baltimore Oriole
Carolina Wren
House Wren

——Nature Center
Northern Parula

Contributors: Leon Kass, Sally Wechsler, Jim Lemert, Nick Constantinople, Dan Eberly, John Boright, Matt Sileo, Susan Volman, Cathy, Rennie Selkirk +++

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Wallace Kornack
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Date: 9/16/17 7:29 am
From: Derek C. Richardson <dcr...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Rocky Gorge new migrants (PG county)

Highlights today were Prairie and Canada Warbler. Hopefully most of these
nice migrants will stick around for tomorrow's fall count!

Rocky Gorge Reservoir/Supplee Park, Prince George's, Maryland, US
Sep 16, 2017 8:06 AM - 9:45 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
Comments: Distance is one way. Disruption for about 15 minutes at one
of the good warbler spots when a large group of youths jogged in, milled
about, then jogged out.
34 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose 20
Double-crested Cormorant 11
Turkey Vulture 2
Mourning Dove 20
Red-bellied Woodpecker 5
Downy Woodpecker 5
Hairy Woodpecker 2 maybe 3
Northern Flicker 3
Pileated Woodpecker 2
Red-eyed Vireo 2
Blue Jay 15
American Crow 5
Fish Crow 3
crow sp. 3
Common Raven 1 heard only (1 croak)
Carolina Chickadee 6
Tufted Titmouse 8
White-breasted Nuthatch 4
House Wren 1
Carolina Wren 10
American Robin 10
Gray Catbird 7
Northern Mockingbird 1
European Starling 9
Black-and-white Warbler 1
Common Yellowthroat 3
Magnolia Warbler 2
Prairie Warbler 1
Canada Warbler 1
Eastern Towhee 3
Scarlet Tanager 1
Northern Cardinal 12
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 1 adult female or juvenile
American Goldfinch 1
House Sparrow 1

View this checklist online at
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Date: 9/15/17 11:50 am
From: Denise Ryan <screechowl...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Big Chimney Swift roost in Hyattsville
Beth, can you share an approximate address for the roost? Or a cross street please? Hyattsville is quite large generally. I live in Cheverly, but my address is often listed as Hyattsville too.

Denise Ryan
Cheverly, MD

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Date: 9/15/17 7:46 am
From: Derek C. Richardson <dcr...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Rocky Gorge (PG County)

Slow for warblers at the start at the reservoir, but it picked up after a
bit (B&W, redstart, Magnolia, Chestnut-sided), and there were several
other good migrants (Solitary Sandpiper, Swainson's Thrush, Scarlet
Tanager, and Rose-breasted Grosbeak). Full eBird report:

Rocky Gorge Reservoir/Supplee Park, Prince George's, Maryland, US
Sep 15, 2017 8:11 AM - 10:04 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.25 mile(s)
Comments: Distance is one way. Sunny, warm, a little humid, breeze at
times. Also saw 1 tiny frog/toad.
39 species

Canada Goose 35
Double-crested Cormorant 7 maybe 4 more (very distant)
Great Egret 3
Turkey Vulture 1
Cooper's Hawk 1
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Solitary Sandpiper 1 dark above apart from white outer tail; no wing
bars; flicking wingbeats, flying just above eye level over the water;
vocalization however a bit different than the recording in my field guide
(seemed to be 3 quicker notes and lower pitched than "peet-weet")
Mourning Dove 20
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 5
Downy Woodpecker 6
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 1
Pileated Woodpecker 1
Red-eyed Vireo 6
Blue Jay 15
American Crow 5
Carolina Chickadee 10
Tufted Titmouse 8
White-breasted Nuthatch 5
Carolina Wren 10
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 1
Eastern Bluebird 2
Swainson's Thrush 1
American Robin 7
Gray Catbird 8
Brown Thrasher 2
Northern Mockingbird 3
European Starling 9
Cedar Waxwing 8
Black-and-white Warbler 1
American Redstart 1 yellowstart
Magnolia Warbler 5
Chestnut-sided Warbler 1
Eastern Towhee 2
Scarlet Tanager 3 1 male molting
Northern Cardinal 22
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 1
American Goldfinch 1
House Sparrow 1

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S39190787

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

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Date: 9/15/17 7:39 am
From: Wallace Kornack <wallace...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Friday 9/15/17
This morning (9/15) at Rock Creek Park…….

7 warblers were seen: Redstart, Parula, Magnolia, BT Green, Bay-breasted, Chestnut-sided, Blackburnian

Tucker Scully provided a report of the warblers seen at the Ridge.

——Maintenance Yard
American Redstart 4
Northern Parula 2
Magnolia Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler 3
Mourning Dove 4
Barred Owl
Chimney Swift
Red-headed Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker 14+
Downy Woodpecker 3
Hairy Woodpecker 2
Northern Flicker 13+
Pileated Woodpecker 2
Eastern Wood-Pewee 2
Red-eyed Vireo
Blue Jay 6
American Crow 2
Carolina Chickadee 3
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
Carolina Wren 2
American Robin 31+
Gray Catbird
Brown Thrasher
Cedar Waxwing
Scarlet Tanager 2
Northern Cardinal 3
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 3
Baltimore Oriole
Common Grackle 29+
American Goldfinch 2

——Fence Line (Katherine, Marina)
Bay-breasted Warbler
Chestnut-sided

——Ridge (Paul, Tucker, Jim)
Blackburnian Warbler
Northern Parula
American Redstart
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Magnolia Warbler
Bay-breasted Warbler

Contributors: Leon Kass, Jim Lemert, Tucker Scully, Paul DeAnna, Katharine Kravetz, John Boright, Marina True, Dan Eberly, Susan Volman, Matt Sileo,

Have Fun Birding!

Wallace Kornack
Washington DC

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Date: 9/15/17 7:36 am
From: Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Wheaton Regional Park today 9/15
Hi all,

Nice sunny morning but despite the (very light) NW breeze last night, not much evidence of nocturnal migration. Jays, however, seemed to be everywhere and very vocal. An early weak flurry of activity at the "ridge" and then it was like pulling teeth to find migrants. We only saw 5 species of warbler, Redstart the most common (other birders saw a Canada), a handful of Red-eyes, a few Pewees and one Traill's -type Empid. A Solitary SP at the lake was nice.

Need another cold front!

Gail Mackiernan and Barry Cooper
Colesville, MD

41 species (+3 other taxa)
Birds of interest:

Wood Duck 9
Great Blue Heron 1
Cooper's Hawk 1
Solitary Sandpiper 1
Chimney Swift 3
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 4
Belted Kingfisher 1
Hairy Woodpecker (Eastern) 1
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 6
Pileated Woodpecker 1
Eastern Wood-Pewee 3
Alder/Willow Flycatcher (Traill's Flycatcher) 1
Red-eyed Vireo 5
Blue Jay 25 Estimate
Eastern Bluebird 3
Catharus sp. 1
Gray Catbird 15 Estimate
Tennessee Warbler 1
American Redstart 5
Magnolia Warbler 3
Chestnut-sided Warbler 1
Black-throated Green Warbler 2
Eastern Towhee 2
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 1

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Date: 9/14/17 2:06 pm
From: Karen Caruso <karen.caruso...>
Subject: [MDBirding] JBWS Ongoing Bird Survey. 59 species - Black-and-White, Nashville, Hooded and Black-throated Blue
Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary, Anne Arundel, Maryland, US
Sep 14, 2017 7:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.5 mile(s)
59 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose 101
Wood Duck 14
Blue-winged Teal 1
Mallard 3
Green-winged Teal 2
Double-crested Cormorant 2
Great Blue Heron 8
Great Egret 10
Turkey Vulture 3
Osprey 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1
Bald Eagle 6
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Sora 1
Laughing Gull 171
Forster's Tern 1
Mourning Dove 5
Yellow-billed Cuckoo 1
Chimney Swift 3
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 3
Belted Kingfisher 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
Downy Woodpecker 2
Merlin 1
Eastern Wood-Pewee 9
Acadian Flycatcher 2
Eastern Phoebe 5
flycatcher sp. (Tyrannidae sp.) 1
White-eyed Vireo 1
Red-eyed Vireo 4
Blue Jay 9
American Crow 10
Fish Crow 3
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 1
Purple Martin 4 Observed in the parking lot
Tree Swallow 2
Barn Swallow 7
Carolina Chickadee 4
Tufted Titmouse 4
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
Marsh Wren 1
Carolina Wren 5
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 2
Eastern Bluebird 4
American Robin 3
Gray Catbird 3
Northern Waterthrush 2
Black-and-white Warbler 4
Nashville Warbler 1
Common Yellowthroat 6
Hooded Warbler 1
American Redstart 4
Black-throated Blue Warbler 3
Chipping Sparrow 1
Eastern Towhee 2
Northern Cardinal 4
Indigo Bunting 1
Red-winged Blackbird 2000 Estimate
Common Grackle 150
American Goldfinch 8

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S39178098

Next survey: September 28

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Date: 9/14/17 11:13 am
From: Beth Kantrowitz <kantrowitz...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Big Chimney Swift roost in Hyattsville
Last night I got off the bus about 7:30 pm and, instead of turning toward home, went the opposite direction to pick up something at the store. I realized there was a lot of Chimney Swift chittering above me. This time of year, I always look for a nearby uncapped chimney when I hear a lot of swifts. A few years ago there were 200 roosting in the abandoned WSSC building across from my apartment complex, and a few years before that there was a smaller roost in a chimney at St. Jerome's church.

To my great surprise, I saw hundreds of swifts circling a small chimney in the center of another apartment complex. They were definitely going in, so I stood in the complex's parking lot watching what looked like 300-500 birds going into that small residential chimney. I kept expecting someone to ask what I was looking at, but no one seemed to notice me, the birds, or the amazing natural spectacle. I did not draw anyone's attention to it because I don't think the residents or management would be happy about hundreds of birds in their chimney. By 7:50 all but a few birds had gone in, and it was getting too dark to see them, so I left.

Happy to share this special suburban swift surprise :)

-Beth Kantrowitz, Hyattsville

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Date: 9/14/17 10:46 am
From: Wallace Kornack <wallace...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Rock Creek Park, 9/14/17; possible Western Tanager
Here is a report I received from Jim Lemert about seeing a possible Western Tanager.

Wallace Kornack
Washington DC

>
>
> From: Jim Lemert <jmslmrt...>
> Subject: Re: Rock Creek Park, 9/14/17; possible Western Tanager
> Date: September 14, 2017 at 1:00:14 PM EDT
> To: <wallace...>
>
> At about 8;40 this morning, I saw in the Dog Run a bird which, which I think was a Western Tanager.
> The bird had a yellow face, yellow on the breast, a white stomach area and a yellow under tail.
> The wings were gray with white wing bars. This would be consistent with an immature Western Tanager.
> See Sibley Guide to Birds, p 463.
>
> Jim
>
> Jim Lemert
> <jmslmrt...>

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Date: 9/14/17 7:18 am
From: Wallace Kornack <wallace...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Thursday 9/14/17
This morning (9/14) at Rock Creek Park…..

——Maintenance Yard
American Redstart 5
Northern Parula
Red-tailed Hawk
Mourning Dove 7
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Downy Woodpecker 2
Northern Flicker 6
Pileated Woodpecker 2
Eastern Wood-Pewee 2
Blue Jay 5
American Crow 5
Carolina Chickadee 4
Tufted Titmouse 3
Red-breasted Nuthatch 2
House Wren
Carolina Wren
American Robin 20+
Scarlet Tanager 2
Rose-breasted Grosbeak FOS (Leon, Jim)

——Fence Line
Ovenbird

——Ridge
American Redstart

Contributors: Leon Kass, Jim Lemert, Katherine Kravetz, Eric ++

Have Fun Birding !

Wallace Kornack
Washington DC

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Date: 9/13/17 6:51 pm
From: Andy Wilson <awilson.gettysburg...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Nighthawks, Frederick
Continuing a good run of Nighthawk sightings, I counted 37 over my house this evening, and 15 near Thurmont earlier. In the last 3 weeks I've seen Nighthawks at 8 sites in the county, totaling 370 birds. Always one of the highlights of the annual birding cycle for me!

Cheers

Andy Wilson
Frederick

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Date: 9/13/17 4:00 pm
From: <lynsm77...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Schoolhouse Pond - Juvenile Green Heron
I spotted the juvenile green heron yesterday and today at lunchtime. He's quite active. Alas, no camera on hand!

Lyn Miller
Cheverly

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Date: 9/13/17 1:01 pm
From: Wallace Kornack <wallace...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Wednesday 9/13/17
This morning (9/13) at Rock Creek Park.....

Jim Lemert visited the Park at 10am and found the following birds:

----Maintenance Yard
Black-and-white Warbler
American Redstart
Common Yellowthroat---seen by another birder

----Fence Line
Ovenbird

----Dog Run
Gray Catbird

Have Fun Birding !

Wallace Kornack
Washington DC

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Date: 9/13/17 10:57 am
From: Tim Carney <timmyc83...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Hart-Miller Island Birding Bus Tour 9/26/2017
Hello everyone,

On Tuesday, September 26, I will be leading a birding bus tour at Hart-Miller Island (HMI). The boat will depart from landbase at 9:00 AM and return at 1:30 PM. While at HMI, we will cover the entire site, stopping at multiple locations to look for shorebirds, waterfowl, migratory songbirds, and any other notable birds that might be present. The tour will be conducted via tour bus and will involve minimal walking.

This tour is open to anyone. To sign up, email tcarn [at] menv [dot] com. Space is limited to 20 participants. You may reserve a maximum of 2 spaces. If more than 20 people sign up, I will develop a waiting list in case any participants cancel.

If you regularly join the Monday birding walks, consider not signing up for the birding bus tour to open up space for those who might not be physically able to handle the usual 7-mile walk. However, you must be able to board the boat and the bus without assistance.

The tour will be canceled in the event of high winds or excessive rain.

This tour is offered by Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Port Administration (MDOT MPA) and Maryland Environmental Service (MES), and is not affiliated with any birding club or organization.

These birding bus tours will become a twice-yearly event moving forward, with one tour offered in April/May and another offered in August/September each year.

Tim Carney
Parkville/Towson, MD

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Date: 9/13/17 10:56 am
From: 'Emily Carter Mitchell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Sugarloaf Mountain
Sugarloaf Mountain is hopping today with warblers everywhere throughout the trail and along the road and parking areas. Plenty of hermit thrush as well

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Date: 9/13/17 9:50 am
From: Pat Valdata <pvaldata1...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Warblers found
Thank you for the suggestions. I was staying very close to Centennial Park so I started there. Lovely place, but it was raining and the birds were not apparent except for a couple of chickadees and two probable warblers that were just gray against a gray sky.

The weather cleared a bit when I got to Terrapin Park. What a gem! Despite some misting and terrible light, I found "Yellowstarts," a Magnolia that was in the open, a very entertaining Ovenbird who walked in the open (once slipping on a wet leaf), and several Common Yellowthroats. A bonus was a flyover Common Loon.

A small list, but it was late morning on a crappy day, so I'll take it!

Pat Valdata 
Crisfield, Somerset County

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Date: 9/13/17 5:12 am
From: Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Seeking warblers
The only issue with Terrapin is finding it! Not obvious. You have to drive into a business park and wind your way through to the westernmost road to get to the entrance. Not well-marked, or at least wasn't the last time we were there.

I second the recommendation, however. Especially on a NE wind, it can be very birdy. For example, one October some years back we went there with friends from Texas. There had been a fair NE breeze on a clear night. There was a petty spectacular diurnal flight of robins and jays, a few late warblers, Pine and Palm, and over 50 kinglets of both species! A birder at Sandy Point the same day had only 3 kinglets so obviously the birds were piled up along the bay shore. We have had Connecticut and Golden-winged there in years past as well. Great place!

Gail Mackiernan
Colesville, MD

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> On Sep 12, 2017, at 11:54 PM, Joe Wolf <birdingwolf55...> wrote:
>
> I second Terrapin - it was very "birdy" Monday morning: more birds between the parking area and the ponds than along the bay. Lots of redstarts, magnolias, black and white, a few parulas and chestnut sided: and red eyed vireos
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Date: 9/12/17 8:54 pm
From: Joe Wolf <birdingwolf55...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Seeking warblers
I second Terrapin - it was very "birdy" Monday morning: more birds between the parking area and the ponds than along the bay. Lots of redstarts, magnolias, black and white, a few parulas and chestnut sided: and red eyed vireos

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Date: 9/12/17 7:06 pm
From: Suzanne Richman <suzanne_richman...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Seeking warblers
Gee this is great, we're headed down Route 50 Thursday and I'm going to check out both places.


Suzanne


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Subject: [MDBirding] Seeking warblers

I'm in Ellicott City tonight, heading home tomorrow via the Bay Bridge. Any suggestions on the best places to see some warblers tomorrow morning more or less on my way home?

Pat Valdata
Crisfield, Somerset County

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Date: 9/12/17 3:08 pm
From: 'Jim Stasz' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: RE: [MDBirding] Re: Seeking warblers

I agree. Less than two miles out of your way home. There used to be a need for a parking permit, but that was discontinued a few years ago. Nice trails.

Jim Stasz
North Beach MD

On Tuesday, September 12, 2017 'Marcy Stutzman' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> wrote:

Terrapin Beach Park
191 Cross Island Trail
Stevensville, MD 21666
Queen Anne's County

Just across the bridge to the left on Rt 8 might be a good place to look!

Marcy Stutzman
Russett, MD 20724

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Date: 9/12/17 3:03 pm
From: Pat Valdata <pvaldata1...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Thanks for the warbler suggestions
Thank you, everyone, for the suggestions on where to see warblers. I'll check out the locations and Waze ny way around tomorrow.


Pat Valdata 
Crisfield, Somerset County

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Date: 9/12/17 3:02 pm
From: Jim <epiphenomenon9...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Re: Seeking warblers
Hooray!!! Thanks for letting us know Kurt.

Jim Moore
Rockville

On Tue, Sep 12, 2017 at 5:58 PM, Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4...>
wrote:

> The fee at Terrapin Park was rescinded. Current QA County Parks site says
> it is free. I can't copy and paste here, but google Terrapin Nature Park
> and click on parksnrec.org.
>
> On Tue, Sep 12, 2017 at 4:49 PM Jim <epiphenomenon9...> wrote:
>
>> Not disagreeing, but last time I checked you need a county permit to park
>> at Terrapin Nature Park, and these are a bit of a hassle to obtain. (This
>> policy was instituted a few years ago).
>>
>> Another option would be Middle Patuxent Env. Area (MPEA) in Howard
>> County. Also Brookside Gardens/Wheaton Regional Park in Mont. Co. The
>> latter a bit out of the way but can be worth it; also fairly easy to bird
>> there.
>>
>> Good birding!
>> Jim Moore
>> Rockville
>>
>>
>> On Tue, Sep 12, 2017 at 5:22 PM, 'Marcy Stutzman' via Maryland & DC
>> Birding <mdbirding...> wrote:
>>
>>> Terrapin Beach Park
>>> 191 Cross Island Trail
>>> <https://maps.google.com/?q=191+Cross+Island+Trail+%0D+Stevensville,+MD+21666+%0D+Queen+Anne's+County&entry=gmail&source=g>
>>> Stevensville, MD 21666
>>> Queen Anne's County
>>> <https://maps.google.com/?q=191+Cross+Island+Trail+%0D+Stevensville,+MD+21666+%0D+Queen+Anne's+County&entry=gmail&source=g>
>>>
>>> Just across the bridge to the left on Rt 8 might be a good place to look!
>>>
>>> Marcy Stutzman
>>> Russett, MD 20724
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Date: 9/12/17 2:59 pm
From: Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Re: Seeking warblers
The fee at Terrapin Park was rescinded. Current QA County Parks site says
it is free. I can't copy and paste here, but google Terrapin Nature Park
and click on parksnrec.org.

On Tue, Sep 12, 2017 at 4:49 PM Jim <epiphenomenon9...> wrote:

> Not disagreeing, but last time I checked you need a county permit to park
> at Terrapin Nature Park, and these are a bit of a hassle to obtain. (This
> policy was instituted a few years ago).
>
> Another option would be Middle Patuxent Env. Area (MPEA) in Howard
> County. Also Brookside Gardens/Wheaton Regional Park in Mont. Co. The
> latter a bit out of the way but can be worth it; also fairly easy to bird
> there.
>
> Good birding!
> Jim Moore
> Rockville
>
>
> On Tue, Sep 12, 2017 at 5:22 PM, 'Marcy Stutzman' via Maryland & DC
> Birding <mdbirding...> wrote:
>
>> Terrapin Beach Park
>> 191 Cross Island Trail
>> Stevensville, MD 21666
>> Queen Anne's County
>>
>> Just across the bridge to the left on Rt 8 might be a good place to look!
>>
>> Marcy Stutzman
>> Russett, MD 20724
>>
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Date: 9/12/17 2:49 pm
From: Jim <epiphenomenon9...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Re: Seeking warblers
Not disagreeing, but last time I checked you need a county permit to park
at Terrapin Nature Park, and these are a bit of a hassle to obtain. (This
policy was instituted a few years ago).

Another option would be Middle Patuxent Env. Area (MPEA) in Howard County.
Also Brookside Gardens/Wheaton Regional Park in Mont. Co. The latter a bit
out of the way but can be worth it; also fairly easy to bird there.

Good birding!
Jim Moore
Rockville

On Tue, Sep 12, 2017 at 5:22 PM, 'Marcy Stutzman' via Maryland & DC Birding
<mdbirding...> wrote:

> Terrapin Beach Park
> 191 Cross Island Trail
> Stevensville, MD 21666
> Queen Anne's County
>
> Just across the bridge to the left on Rt 8 might be a good place to look!
>
> Marcy Stutzman
> Russett, MD 20724
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Date: 9/12/17 2:27 pm
From: Kevin Bennett <kevinfpbennett...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Seeking warblers
I'm fond of Governor Bridge Natural Area on the Patuxent River just south of Rt. 50. Nice forest and pond edges to explore.

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Date: 9/12/17 2:24 pm
From: Tim Houghton <timhoughton...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Lawrences warbler at turkey pt.
I had an enjoyable time this morning at Turkey Point--not a lot of activity throughout but there were several nice pockets of birds. Lawrence's was a bright and beautiful surprise as was the less colorful orange-crowned. Scrounged up 15 warbler species. Interestingly, I didn't find any of the birds I normally hope to find here at this time: no bay-breasted, no blackpolls, no cape mays. http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S39146806 .

Tim Houghton
(Glen Arm)


> On September 12, 2017 at 10:27 AM Tim Houghton <timhoughton...> wrote:
>
>
> Adult orange crowned warbler southwest edge. Very cool. Been tracking it.
>
> > > On September 12, 2017 at 9:17 AM Tim Houghton <timhoughton...> wrote:
> >
> >
> > In wooded corridor before lighthouse are.
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Date: 9/12/17 2:22 pm
From: 'Marcy Stutzman' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Seeking warblers
Terrapin Beach Park
191 Cross Island Trail
Stevensville, MD 21666
Queen Anne's County

Just across the bridge to the left on Rt 8 might be a good place to look!

Marcy Stutzman
Russett, MD 20724

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Date: 9/12/17 1:50 pm
From: Pat Valdata <pvaldata1...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Seeking warblers
I'm in Ellicott City tonight, heading home tomorrow via the Bay Bridge. Any suggestions on the best places to see some warblers tomorrow morning more or less on my way home?

Pat Valdata 
Crisfield, Somerset County

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Date: 9/12/17 10:42 am
From: Joe Coleman <joecoleman...>
Subject: [MDBirding] FW: DC Area, 9/12/2017
FYI Joe Coleman

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Hotline: Voice of the Naturalist
Date: 9/12/2017
Coverage: MD/DC/VA/central and southern DE/WV panhandle
Reports, comments and questions: <voice...>
Compiler: Gerry Hawkins
Sponsor: Audubon Naturalist Society of the Central
Atlantic States (independent of NAS)
Transcriber: Steve Cordle

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

This is the Voice of the Naturalist, a service of the Audubon Naturalist
Society. This report covers the week starting Tuesday, September 5 and was
completed on Tuesday, September 12 at 8:15 a.m.

Information on noteworthy birds is presented below in taxonomic order, as
set forth in the American Ornithological Society Checklist for North and
Middle American Birds, as revised through the 58th Supplement (July 2017).

The top birds this week were SHARP-TAILED SANDPIPER* in MD, SABINE'S GULL*
in DC and MD, FRANKLIN'S GULL* in MD, ROSEATE SPOONBILL* in VA,
YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD in MD and WESTERN TANAGER* in VA.

Other birds of interest this week included TRUMPETER SWAN, BLACK SCOTER,
BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO, AMERICAN AVOCET, AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER, WHIMBREL,
HUDSONIAN GODWIT, RED KNOT, STILT, BAIRD'S, WHITE-RUMPED and BUFF-BREASTED
SANDPIPERS, WILLET, LESSER YELLOWLEGS, WILSON'S and RED-NECKED PHALAROPES,
PARASITIC JAEGER, GULL-BILLED and BLACK TERNS, RED-THROATED and COMMON
LOONS, TRICOLORED HERON, WHITE and GLOSSY IBIS, MISSISSIPPI KITE, GOLDEN
EAGLE, OLIVE-SIDED, ALDER and YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHERS, LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE,
COMMON RAVEN, WINTER WREN, CLAY-COLORED, LARK and LINCOLN'S SPARROWS,
GOLDEN-WINGED, CONNECTICUT, MOURNING and CERULEAN WARBLERS and DICKCISSEL.

TOP BIRDS

A continuing first Maryland record SHARP-TAILED SANDPIPER* was seen again at
Swan Creek Wetland-Cox Creek DMCF (restricted access) in Anne Arundel Co, MD
on September 5 and 6 and possibly on September 7.

A juvenile SABINE'S GULL* that was spotted on September 4 over hydrilla mats
in the Potomac River (DC waters) from the Washington Sailing Marina in
Alexandria, VA was seen all week from there and adjacent but
inappropriately-named Daingerfield Island. Incredibly, another young
SABINE'S GULL* was observed over the Potomac River from Sycamore Landing on
the C&O Canal in Montgomery Co, MD on September 7-11 and farther upriver at
Edwards Ferry in Montgomery Co on September 11. Finally, on September 8 yet
another young SABINE'S GULL was photographed on Poplar Island in Talbot Co,
MD.

On September 11 a birder reported seeing a FRANKLIN'S GULL* with LAUGHING
GULLS along the Patuxent River near Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary in Prince
George's Co, MD.

On September 5 a ROSEATE SPOONBILL* was seen again at Back Bay NWR, Virginia
Beach, VA.

Highlights during the week at Swan Creek Wetland-Cox Creek DMCF (restricted
access) in Anne Arundel Co, MD included two YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRDS on
September 6. Another YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD was picked out of a large flock
of RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS on Poplar Island in Talbot Co, MD on September 8.

On September 7 a WESTERN TANAGER* was found in a mixed species flock at the
Kiptopeke SP Hawkwatch in Northampton Co, VA.

OTHER BIRDS OF INTEREST

On September 10 three banded TRUMPETER SWANS were seen at a local pond near
the Environmental Studies on the Piedmont, Clifton Farm field station
(private access) in Fauquier Co, Virginia, where they are resident.

Several species of migratory dabbling ducks, including BLUE-WINGED TEAL,
NORTHERN SHOVELER, GADWALL and NORTHERN PINTAIL, were seen at various
locations in the reporting area during the week. Migratory diving ducks
included BLACK SCOTERS at several locations, including five individuals
along 9119 Bay Avenue in North Beach, Calvert Co, MD on September 6; two
individuals on Poplar Island, Talbot Co, MD on September 8; and one
individual at the Ocean City Inlet in Worcester Co, MD on September 6.

Non-raptor highlights at the Kiptopeke SP Hawkwatch in Northampton Co, VA on
September 9 included a flyover BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO.

Birders who visited Swan Creek Wetland-Cox Creek DMCF (restricted access) in
Anne Arundel Co, MD to see the above-noted SHARP-TAILED SANDPIPER also
enjoyed seeing a wide variety of other shorebirds, with noteworthy sightings
including a single AMERICAN AVOCET on September 5-8 and 11; a single
AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER on September 6, 7 and 11; three HUDSONIAN GODWITS on
September 5-7; a high of 54 STILT SANDPIPERS on September 5-8 and 11; a high
of five BAIRD'S SANDPIPERS on September 5-7; a high of six WHITE-RUMPED
SANDPIPERS on September 5-8 and 11; and a high of three WILSON'S PHALAROPES
on September 5-7 and 11.

High numbers of AMERICAN AVOCETS continued at Bombay Hook NWR, Kent Co, DE
and the Craney Island Disposal Area (restricted access) in Portsmouth, VA,
with a high of 100 and 450 individuals reported at these respective
locations on September 7. Poplar Island in Talbot Co, MD also hosted a large
number of AMERICAN AVOCETS, with 89 individuals counted there on September
8. A single AMERICAN AVOCET was seen along 1000 Kembo Road in Anne Arundel
Co, MD on September 6.

AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVERS were found at several locations. In Virginia
sightings included a high of nine individuals at Staunton River SP in
Halifax Co and Staunton Public Use Area in Mecklenburg Co on September 5, 6,
8 and 9; 1-2 individuals at a pond along Oakwood Drive in Rockingham Co on
September 6, 9 and 11; and one individual at the Craney Island Disposal Area
(restricted access) in Portsmouth on September 7. Sightings of AMERICAN
GOLDEN-PLOVER in Maryland included four continuing individuals at the Aldino
Sod Farm in Harford Co on September 5 and a single individual at the Harford
Co Airport on September 5.

On September 10 an uncommon WHIMBREL was photographed in flight at Sandy
Point SP in Anne Arundel Co, MD. A single HUDSONIAN GODWIT was spotted at
Bombay Hook NWR, Kent Co, DE on September 7, 9 and 10. Away from the coast a
single RED KNOT was seen on Poplar Island in Talbot Co, MD on September 8
and the Craney Island Disposal Area (restricted access) in Portsmouth, VA on
September 7. An inland STILT SANDPIPER was found in the Potomac River (DC
waters) from a location near Tide Lock Park in Alexandria, VA on September
8; at the Hunting Creek Bridge in Fairfax Co, VA on September 9; and at
Rocky Gorge Reservoir-Browns Bridge in Howard Co, MD on September 9 and 10.
A single BAIRD'S SANDPIPER was spotted at the Craney Island Disposal Area
(restricted access) in Portsmouth, VA on September 7 and the Log Cabin Road
turf farm in Wicomico Co, MD on September 11. Sightings of the similar
WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER included a reporting area high 26 individuals counted
on Poplar Island in Talbot Co, MD on September 8; a high of four individuals
at Bombay Hook NWR, Kent Co, DE on September 7, 8 and 10; five individuals
at a turf farm along Log Cabin Road in Wicomico Co, MD on September 8; five
individuals at the Craney Island Disposal Area (restricted access) in
Portsmouth, VA on September 7; two individuals at Eastern Shore of Virginia
NWR in Northampton Co, VA on September 10; and a single continuing
individual at Staunton River SP in Halifax Co, VA on September 7. Three
BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPERS were found on Poplar Island in Talbot Co, MD on
September 8. BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPERS also continued at the Shiloh Church
Turf Farm in Dorchester Co, MD, with a high of seven individuals seen on
September 5, 8 and 9. Sightings of BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER in Virginia
included two continuing individuals along 3066 to 4108 Lumber Mill Road in
Dayton, Rockingham Co on September 6; two continuing individuals at the
Staunton View Public Use Area in Mecklenburg Co on September 6; one
continuing individual at the King Family Vineyard in Albemarle Co on
September 7; and one individual at the Craney Island Disposal Area
(restricted access) in Portsmouth on September 7. On September 5 six inland
WILLETS were observed in flight at Leesylvania SP in Prince William Co, VA.
On September 10 an unusually high number (228) of LESSER YELLOWLEGS was
counted inland at Staunton River SP in Halifax Co, VA.

On September 7 an area-high 50 WILSON'S PHALAROPES and 25 RED-NECKED
PHALAROPES were recorded at the Craney Island Disposal Area (restricted
access) in Portsmouth, VA. Sightings of WILSON'S PHALAROPE also included two
continuing individuals reported at Bombay Hook NWR, Kent Co, DE on September
9; two individuals along 1000 Kembo Road in Anne Arundel Co, MD on September
6; two individuals on Poplar Island in Talbot Co, MD on September 8; one
individual at a turf farm along Log Cabin Road in Wicomico Co, MD on
September 8; and one individual at Staunton River SP in Halifax Co, VA on
September 5. Eleven RED-NECKED PHALAROPES were counted on Poplar Island in
Talbot Co, MD on September 8, and 1-2 RED-NECKED PHALAROPES were seen again
in the Potomac River (DC waters) from the waterfront in Alexandria, VA on
September 5 and 8.

Observers at the Kiptopeke SP Hawkwatch in Northampton Co, VA on September 6
were surprised to see a PARASITIC JAEGER in flight over land.

The only GULL-BILLED TERNS reported in the reporting area during the week
were two individuals at Chincoteague NWR, Accomack Co, VA on September 8.
BLACK TERNS were reported at many locations, including a reporting area-high
50 individuals at the Craney Island Disposal Area (restricted access) in
Portsmouth, VA on September 7. Sightings of BLACK TERN elsewhere in Virginia
included a single individual spotted in flight at the Kiptopeke SP Hawkwatch
in Northampton Co on September 6 and Occoquan Bay NWR in Prince William Co
on September 8. During the week BLACK TERNS also were observed over the
Potomac River (DC waters) from the Washington Sailing Marina and other
waterfront locations in Alexandria, VA, with a high of nine individuals
reported on September 8. Sightings of BLACK TERNS in Maryland included 15
individuals reported at Perryville Community Park in Cecil Co on September
9; 15 individuals at a private pond along Peat Moss Road in Garrett Co, MD
on September 5; a single individual over a flooded field along Pea Patch
Road in Garrett Co on September 7; and a single individual at Flag Ponds
Nature Park in Calvert Co, MD on September 10. A single BLACK TERN was seen
at the Milford Neck Wildlife Area in Kent Co, DE on September 8 and 9.
Noteworthy tern sightings also included a COMMON TERN seen again over the
Potomac River (DC waters) from Tide Lock Park in Alexandria, VA on September
5, and a COMMON TERN seen along the C&O Canal-Sycamore Landing in Montgomery
Co, MD on September 7.

On September 10 a RED-THROATED LOON was observed in flight at the Kiptopeke
SP Hawkwatch in Northampton Co, VA, and on September 10 a COMMON LOON was
seen in flight at the Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch in Waynesboro, VA.

Two TRICOLORED HERONS were found on Poplar Island in Talbot Co, MD on
September 8, and a continuing TRICOLORED HERON at Swan Creek Wetland-Cox
Creek DMCF (restricted access) in Anne Arundel Co, MD was seen on September
7 and 8.

The northernmost WHITE IBIS seen in the reporting area during the week was a
single individual at Bombay Hook NWR, Kent Co, DE on September 9-11 and four
individuals at the Milford Neck Wildlife Area in Kent Co, DE on September 7.
Inland a high of ten WHITE IBIS and one GLOSSY IBIS were counted at Staunton
River SP in Halifax Co, VA and the Staunton View Public Use Area in
Mecklenburg Co, VA on September 5-6 and 8-10. A continuing GLOSSY IBIS was
seen along the Blue Mash Nature Trail in Montgomery Co, MD on September 5
and 6.

Noteworthy reports at the Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch in Waynesboro, VA included
an early GOLDEN EAGLE on September 8 and a MISSISSIPPI KITE on September 10
and 11. The only other MISSISSIPPI KITES recorded in the reporting area
during the week were a total of four individuals along Moultrie Court and
nearby White House Lane in Virginia Beach, VA on September 6 and 9.

In Virginia an OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was found at the intersection of Park
Road and Jefferson Park Circle in Charlottesville on September 5; a private
yard in Fredericksburg on September 5; Goose Creek-Kephart Bridge Landing in
Loudoun Co on September 7; Conway-Robinson State Forest in Prince William Co
on September 10; and Chincoteague NWR in Accomack Co on September 10. In
Maryland an OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was seen at Mt. Pleasant Farm in Howard
Co on September 6; Cromwell Valley Park in Baltimore Co on September 7-9 and
11; Irvine Nature Center in Baltimore Co on September 7; Fort Frederick SP
in Washington Co on September 8; Hughes Hollow in Montgomery Co on September
9; BARC-Research Road in Prince George's Co on September 9; along the Blue
Mash Nature Trail in Montgomery Co on September 5, 7 and 8; and at Black
Walnut Point in Talbot Co, MD on September 10. In addition, two OLIVE-SIDED
FLYCATCHERS were seen at Friend's Delight at Sang Run in Garrett Co, MD on
September 8. An OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATER also was found at the Maintenance Yard
in Rock Creek Park in Washington, DC on September 6.

Empid highlights included an ALDER FLYCATCHER found at the Maintenance Yard
in Rock Creek Park in Washington, DC on September 7, and two ALDER
FLYCATCHERS found at Wheaton Regional Park in Montgomery Co, MD on September
9. YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER was reported at numerous locations, including a
single individual at Battery Kemble Park in Washington, DC on September 9.
In Maryland, reports of YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER included single
individuals at Elk Neck SP-Turkey Point in Cecil Co on September 7;
Patterson Park in Baltimore Co on September 7; Susquehanna SP in Harford Co
on September 7; Black Walnut Point in Talbot Co on September 8, 9 and 11;
Cromwell Valley Park in Baltimore Co on September 9 and 10; C&O
Canal-Sycamore Landing in Montgomery Co on September 9; Patuxent Research
Refuge-North Tract in Anne Arundel Co on September 9; Mount Pleasant
Farm-Howard County Conservancy in Howard Co on September 10; Seneca Greenway
Trail in Montgomery Co on September 10; and Blue Mash Nature Trail in
Montgomery Co on September 10. In addition, two YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHERS
were reported at Wheaton Regional Park in Montgomery Co, MD on September 9,
and one was reported there on September 11. Sightings of YELLOW-BELLIED
FLYCATCHER in Virginia included four individuals at Sunset Beach in
Northampton Co on September 10; one individual at the Kiptopeke SP Hawkwatch
in Northampton Co on September 9; one individual at the Switzer Lake area in
Rockingham Co on September 10; and one individual caught in a mist net at
the Environmental Studies on the Piedmont, Clifton Farm field station
(private access) in Fauquier Co on September 11.

A high of six continuing LOGGERHEAD SHRIKES was seen at the Smith Farm in
Lunenburg Co, VA on September 10 and 11.

Lowland COMMON RAVENS included an individual seen at Tide Lock Park in
Alexandria, VA and over the adjacent Potomac River (DC waters) on September
9.

Early arriving winter residents in the reporting area included a WINTER WREN
spotted at the Maintenance Yard in Rock Creek Park in Washington, DC on
September 5 and 7 and at Occoquan Bay NWR in Prince William Co, VA on
September 5.

Sparrow highlights included CLAY-COLORED SPARROWS at several locations,
including a high of three individuals at Back Bay NWR in Virginia Beach, VA
on September 8-11; one individual at Sunset Park in Ocean City, Worcester
Co, MD on September 8; and one individual at Assateague Island NS-Life of
the Marsh, Worcester Co, MD on September 9. A LARK SPARROW was seen at the
Irvine Nature Center in Baltimore Co, MD on September 7-9. In Virginia, two
LARK SPARROWS were seen at Back Bay NWR in Virginia Beach on September 8-11,
and a continuing LARK SPARROW was seen at Fisherman's Island NWR (restricted
access) in Northampton Co on September 11. Early LINCOLN'S SPARROWS included
single individuals reported at Gosnold's Hope Park in Hampton, VA on
September 7; Waples Mill Meadow Park in Fairfax Co, VA on September 10; and
Hone Quarry Recreation Area in Rockingham Co, VA on September 11; and two
individuals seen at the Woodlawn Wildlife Area in Cecil Co, MD on September
10.

Highlights of a substantial influx of migrant warblers during the latter
part of the week included a GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER at several locations,
including Battery Kemble Park in Washington, DC on September 9; the Nature
Center area in Rock Creek Park in Washington, DC on September 9; Hughes
Hollow in Montgomery Co, MD on September 9 and 10; Millington WMA-Black
Bottom Road in Kent Co, MD on September 10; Conway-Robinson State Forest in
Prince William Co, VA on September 10; Eastern Shore of Virginia NWR in
Northampton Co, VA on September 10; and the Nanticoke Wildlife Area in
Sussex Co, DE on September 10. An always-desired CONNECTICUT WARBLER was
reported at several locations in Maryland, including along the Blue Mash
Nature Trail in Montgomery Co on September 5; the Audrey Carroll Audubon
Sanctuary in Frederick Co on September 6; Big Water Farm (private) in Queen
Anne's Co on September 10; Freedom Park in Carroll Co on September 10; Great
Seneca Greenway Trail in Montgomery Co on September 10; and Oregon Ridge
Park in Baltimore Co on September 10. A CONNECTICUT WARBLER was found in the
Nature Center area in Rock Creek Park in Washington, DC on September 8. In
Virginia, a CONNECTICUT WARBLER was reported at Capeville in Northampton Co
on September 9; Great Falls NP in Fairfax Co on September 9; and the Switzer
Lake area in Rockingham Co on September 10. The similar MOURNING WARBLER was
found at Hughes Hollow in Montgomery Co, MD on September 7; Lower Senate
Park in Washington, DC on September 8; the Kiptopeke Condominiums in
Northampton Co, VA on September 9; Great Seneca Greenway Trail in Montgomery
Co, MD on September 10; and Big Water Farm (private) in Queen Anne's Co, MD
on September 11. Noteworthy warblers also included a CERULEAN WARBLER at
several locations in Maryland, including on the Eastern Shore, where it is a
very rare migrant. These sightings were at Assateague Island NS-Bayside
Campground in Worcester Co on September 9; Wheaton Regional Park in
Montgomery Co on September 9; Adkins Arboretum in Caroline Co on September
10; Big Water Farm (private) in Queen Anne's Co on September 10; and 11A
Laurel Hill Road in Prince George's Co on September 11.

Migrating DICKCISSELS included 1-2 individuals that flew by the Kiptopeke SP
Hawkwatch in Northampton Co, VA on September 6 and 10.

***

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

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

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

Thank you for your interest, and enjoy the birds.

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Date: 9/12/17 7:55 am
From: Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Wheaton Regional Park today 9/12
Hi all,

Quite a bit slower today, not unexpected with the overcast skies last night. Still some migrants about, the highlight being a stunning adult male Hooded Warbler, flushed from the ground near the south gate of Brookside Gardens. Otherwise just six other warbler species, Yellowthroat the most abundant. Another birder had a single Parula. Very few Pewees and Red-eyes. Nice looks at a fresh Least Flycatcher. Had our FOS Ruby-crowned Kinglet and multiple Swainson's Thrushes feeding in the vines. The number of Wood Ducks in Pine Lake is up to 11. However we need another cold front, there are still plenty of migrants to come!

Gail Mackiernan and Barry Cooper
Colesville, MD

42 species
Birds of interest:

Wood Duck 11
Belted Kingfisher 1
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 8
Pileated Woodpecker 2
Eastern Wood-Pewee 2
Least Flycatcher 1
Red-eyed Vireo 6
Blue Jay 25 Estimate
House Wren (Northern) 3
Carolina Wren 5
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1 FOS
Eastern Bluebird 8
Swainson's Thrush 3
American Robin 25
Gray Catbird 25 Estimate
Brown Thrasher 3
Black-and-white Warbler 6
Common Yellowthroat 10
Hooded Warbler 1
American Redstart 5
Magnolia Warbler 3
Chestnut-sided Warbler 1
Black-throated Green Warbler 6
Chipping Sparrow 5
Eastern Towhee 1
Scarlet Tanager 1
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 2

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Date: 9/12/17 7:40 am
From: 'Bird couple' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] White Ibis at Schoolhouse Pond
Fred: great bird. After getting the word, I diverted from my normal commute route and went to Schoolhouse to look for the bird. Could not refind it, but I only had 20 minutes to look. It could have been skulking about or maybe flown to nearby Depot Pond?

Good birding!

Warren Strobel
Annapolis

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> On Sep 12, 2017, at 9:34 AM, Fred Shaffer <glaucousgull...> wrote:
>
> I've been having trouble with my e-mail account, and haven't consistently been able to access it recently. But, since I was able to log in now, I thought I'd provide a few additional details of the Schoolhouse Pond White Ibis. It was an juvenile White Ibis that apparently flew in with a Great Egret during my morning walk today. I initially saw the bird as I stood on the rear observation platform. It was along the pond's shore on the side near the road. I hadn't seen the ibis or egret when I began my walk, and I suspect that they flew in when I was in the woods along the backside of the pond. I rushed back around and got some pretty close photos of the bird as it foraged at the pond's edge. I'm not sure if the bird is still present or not. Before I left, a jogger had gone by and flushed the waders up (they were pretty close to the trail/boardwalk) and last I saw the ibis was flying around over the County Administration Building. I don't know if it settled back down at the pond or went elsewhere, but it is probably worth checking the local Upper Marlboro ponds and Jug Bay if you want to see this bird. An exciting start to the day, and the first White Ibis I've seen at Schoolhouse Pond! It just shows that after 30 years of observing at a small location like Schoolhouse Pond, something new can still turn up. I will attach some photos to my eBird report this evening. Good birding,
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> Fred Shaffer
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> Crofton, Anne Arudnel
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Date: 9/12/17 7:27 am
From: Tim Houghton <timhoughton...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Lawrences warbler at turkey pt.
Adult orange crowned warbler southwest edge. Very cool. Been tracking
it.

On September 12, 2017 at 9:17 AM Tim Houghton
<timhoughton...> wrote:

In wooded corridor before lighthouse are.


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Date: 9/12/17 7:26 am
From: Wallace Kornack <wallace...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Tuesday 9/12/17
This morning (9/12) at Rock Creek Park…….

Warbler species seen: Redstart, Cape May, Chestnut-sided, Ovenbird, Yellowthroat

——Maintenance Yard
American Redstart 3
Cape May Warbler
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Common Nighthawk
Chimney Swift 3
Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker 2
Pileated Woodpecker 2
Eastern Wood-Pewee 2
Red-eyed Vireo 2
Blue Jay 2
Carolina Chickadee 3
Tufted Titmouse 2
White-breasted Nuthatch 3
House Wren 2
Swainson's Thrush
American Robin 15
Scarlet Tanager
Northern Cardinal 2
Common Grackle 100++

——Fence Line
Ovenbird

——Dog Run
Common Yellowthroat 2
American Redstart
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Blue Jay
Carolina Chickadee
House Wren
Gray Catbird
Northern Cardinal

Contributors: Leon Kass, Jim Lemert, John Boright, Susan Volman, Clint, Eric, Marina True, Katharine Kravetz, Wendy and Don Kates, Mardi Hastings

Have Fun Birding!

Wallace Kornack
Washington DC

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Date: 9/12/17 6:35 am
From: Fred Shaffer <glaucousgull...>
Subject: [MDBirding] White Ibis at Schoolhouse Pond
I've been having trouble with my e-mail account, and haven't consistently been able to access it recently. But, since I was able to log in now, I thought I'd provide a few additional details of the Schoolhouse Pond White Ibis.  It was an juvenile White Ibis that apparently flew in with a Great Egret during my morning walk today. I initially saw the bird as I stood on the rear observation platform.  It was along the pond's shore on the side near the road.  I hadn't seen the ibis or egret when I began my walk, and I suspect that they flew in when I was in the woods along the backside of the pond.  I rushed back around and got some pretty close photos of the bird as it foraged at the pond's edge.  I'm not sure if the bird is still present or not.  Before I left, a jogger had gone by and flushed the waders up (they were pretty close to the trail/boardwalk) and last I saw the ibis was flying around over the County Administration Building.  I don't know if it settled back down at the pond or went elsewhere, but it is probably worth checking the local Upper Marlboro ponds and Jug Bay if you want to see this bird.  An exciting start to the day, and the first White Ibis I've seen at Schoolhouse Pond!  It just shows that after 30 years of observing at a small location like Schoolhouse Pond, something new can still turn up.  I will attach some photos to my eBird report this evening. Good birding,
Fred <ShafferGlaucousGull...>, Anne Arudnel

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Date: 9/12/17 6:17 am
From: Tim Houghton <timhoughton...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Lawrences warbler at turkey pt.
In wooded corridor before lighthouse are.


Tim houghton

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Date: 9/12/17 4:53 am
From: jugbayjs <jugbayjs...>
Subject: [MDBirding] White Ibis Schoolhouse Pond
Just had a call from Fred Shaffer, who is having computer problems and can't post. He is at Schoolhouse Pond in Upper Marlboro and there is a juvie White Ibis. Hard to say, but a good chance it's the same bird I saw last eve at Jug Bay, since individual gulls and/or waterfowl often are seen at both places.

Be on the lookout for possible storm-displaced birds from the southeast. Good chance for Wood Stork, Spoonbill, etc...

Jeff Shenot
Croom, Md

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Date: 9/11/17 7:00 pm
From: 'Gemma Radko' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Common Nighthawks- Frederick County
I was delighted to see two groups of Common Nighthawks this evening; the first of 25-30 birds, the second of @10 birds. Seen about an hour apart; both groups were heading south/southeast.

Gemma Radko
Ijamsville, MD

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Date: 9/11/17 6:03 pm
From: jugbayjs <jugbayjs...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Franklin's Gull and White Ibis at Jug bay
Since there have been multiple birds reported in the region in the last week, this evening I was looking for a Sabine's Gull and had no luck. However, I did get lucky and saw a juvie White Ibis, and an adult Franklin's Gull. The gull was originally seen coming down the river, and I saw it briefly on the water with some Laughers but the group was spooked by an eagle and it flew back up the river with some of the Laughers (not all). It did not return. Then about 20 minutes later I saw a White Ibis come in from teh south, way up high at first and then it dropped down and landed at Jug Bay on the PG side with a couple of Great Egrets. I tried was unable to get a picture of the gull, but I got some video of the ibis. Pretty tricky to do with one hand using a point and shoot (I'm recovering from shoulder surgery and can't use left hand)!

If you are in the area tomorrow it may be worth a look for either.

Cheers-
Jeff Shenot
Croom MD

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Date: 9/11/17 4:16 pm
From: Harry Armistead <harryarmistead...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Smith Island/Tangier Island Christmas Bird Count considered.
I am planning this. Would include the southern 1/2 of Smith and all of Tangier plus Great Fox Island archipelago. May not be possible, depends on ferries, lodging, and restaurants, of which there may not be many/any. I'd welcome your thoughts. January 5, Friday. Thanks. - Harry Armistead, Philadelphia.

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Date: 9/11/17 11:59 am
From: jcdlmartin via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: RE: [MDBirding] Sandpiper Photos-request for ID, Comments
Scott, the breast pattern looks good to me and I believe I'm seeing some retained streaking along the rear flanks. I think you got it.

Joel Martin
Chincoteague VA

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On Monday, September 11, 2017 scottlewis38 <scottlewis38...> wrote:
Last Thursday, 9/7/17, I viewed the shorebirds at Swan Creek and took several photos of a pectoral/sharp-tailed sandpiper. The photos can be found here:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/154792212@N02/

I would appreciate any comments (publicly or privately), especially as the photos relate to ones posted on e-bird in general and specifically here: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S39037940

Thanks and good birding.

Scott Lewis
State College, PA

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Date: 9/11/17 10:48 am
From: David Moulton, Bethesda, MD <moulton.davidh...>
Subject: [MDBirding] DC Sabine's Gull
And it continues at same location Monday afternoon. At distance, easy to confuse at rest with young laughing gull, but noticeably smaller when side by side. In air, unmistakable wing pattern obvious.

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Date: 9/11/17 8:59 am
From: Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Wheaton Regional Park today 9/11
Hi all,

Another brilliant day at WRP, unexpected because when I checked the radar last night it looked fairly quiet. However the action started early at the "ridge" along the Shorefield parking area, which kept birders active too for over an hour. Some birds were missed as they flew into the trees, but the flock contained two Wilson's Warblers which showed well for us. It was slow by the white house but picked up again near Pine Lake. In mid-morning a huge flock of swifts suddenly appeared over the lake, and remained swirling around in "tornado formation" for some time. We personally had 15 species of warbler, although some were only singletons. Interesting that the mix had changed so much, today the "flavor" was Redstarts (including about a half-dozen adult males) , Magnolias and Yellowthroats, with a good dose of Chestnut-sideds. There had also obviously been a major influx of Red-eyes and Pewees. Two Warbling Vireos singing (!) by the lake. A rather worn Yellow-bellied Flycatcher in Brookside was the only interesting Empid. Barry had a flyby Cuckoo of undetermined species. Although we saw no thrushes, others reported a Swainson's and a Gray-cheeked.

Gail Mackiernan and Barry Cooper
Colesville, MD

54 species (+3 other taxa)
Birds of interest

Wood Duck 5
Green Heron 2
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Yellow-billed/Black-billed Cuckoo 1
Chimney Swift 100
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 4
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 10
Pileated Woodpecker 2
Eastern Wood-Pewee 12 Large increase since yesterday
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher 1 Worn adult showing molt.
Alder/Willow Flycatcher (Traill's Flycatcher) 1
Great Crested Flycatcher 1
Warbling Vireo (Eastern) 2
Red-eyed Vireo 25 Conservative estimate
Blue Jay 25 Estimate, most flyovers
House Wren (Northern) 4
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 1
Eastern Bluebird 8
American Robin 30 Estimate
Gray Catbird 15 Estimate, increase since yesterday
Northern Waterthrush 1
Black-and-white Warbler 5
Tennessee Warbler 2
Nashville Warbler 1
Common Yellowthroat 12 Significant increase
American Redstart 20
Cape May Warbler 1
Northern Parula 2
Magnolia Warbler 18 Estimate
Bay-breasted Warbler 1
Blackburnian Warbler 1
Chestnut-sided Warbler 10
Black-throated Green Warbler 7
Canada Warbler 3
Wilson's Warbler 2
warbler sp. (Parulidae sp.) 20 Early flybys into high trees
Chipping Sparrow 15
Eastern Towhee 2
Scarlet Tanager 1
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 3

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Date: 9/11/17 8:36 am
From: Tim Carney <timmyc83...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Poplar Island 9/8/2017 (long-ish)
September is one of my favorite months to conduct a census on Poplar Island. Shorebird diversity is still high, there is usually an influx of warblers and other transient passerines, dabbling ducks begin arriving, and some of the breeders are still present.

September is also challenging because it seems that the local eagles and Peregrine are much more active than usual, causing entire groups of ducks and shorebirds to flush as I'm trying to count them. Because of this, I usually do a quick count by 10s or 50s, then try to fine-tune it before the flock disperses. The eagles and Peregrine usually become less active as the day progresses.

On September 8, the eagles and Peregrine were especially active in Cell 6 so I decided to return to that cell in the afternoon. This was a good decision, because my personal favorite find on Poplar (ever) was waiting for me in Cell 2C: a juvenile SABINE'S GULL. This was the first record for the site, second for Talbot County, and eleventh for Maryland overall. It was also a lifer for me, and it remained long enough for the birding tour and five of my coworkers to view it. While watching the Sabine's, I noticed a cowbird flock and inspected it carefully for Yellow-headed Blackbird. To my surprise, an immature male YHBL was in the flock! This was another first site record.

Other major highlights included a Barn Owl roosting in one of the sheds, three Buff-breasted Sandpipers, and a flock of 11 Red-necked Phalaropes. One group of peeps contained 26 White-rumped Sandpipers which seemed high. I also found an adult Lesser Black-backed Gull in the Cell 6 gull/tern flock and two Wilson's Phalaropes were nearby.

I was surprised at the *lack* of transient passerines. Two Blue-gray Gnatcatchers and two American Goldfinches were all I found.

Full eBird checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S39126428

Tim Carney
Parkville/Towson, MD

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Date: 9/11/17 8:11 am
From: Wallace Kornack <wallace...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Rock Creek Park, Monday 9/11/17
Additional birds seen at fence line and yard parking lot.

Wallace Kornack
Washington DC

> Begin forwarded message:
>
> From: Leon Kass <LKass...>
> Subject: Ovenbird
> Date: September 11, 2017 at 8:51:58 AM EDT
> To: "<wallace...>" <wallace...>
>
> Dear Wallace:
>
> On my walk back along the fence line, an ovenbird walked in front of me for most half the way, bobbing and showing off. A real treat.
>
> Also a pair of cardinals there, and a a couple of red-eyed vireos and a wood pewee in the parking lot.
>
> See you tomorrow.
>
> Leon
>
> Sent from my iPad

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Date: 9/11/17 8:03 am
From: Wallace Kornack <wallace...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Monday 9/11/17
This morning (9/11) at Rock Creek Park…..

9 warblers seen: Ovenbird, Black-and-white, Yellowthroat, Redstart, Magnolia, Blackburnian, Chestnut-sided, BT Green, Nashville

Note: Ridge Road from Glover Road to Ross Drive is closed to traffic. A request has been made to the Park Service to open the road so that birders may reach Picnic Area 18 and the Equitation Field by car. No response so far.

——Maintenance Yard
Ovenbird 2 (Tom)
Black-and-white Warbler 5
Common Yellowthroat
American Redstart 8
Magnolia Warbler 2
Blackburnian Warbler (Tim)
Chestnut-sided Warbler 2
Black-throated Green Warbler 4
Mourning Dove 10
Common Nighthawk
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker 4
Northern Flicker 8
Pileated Woodpecker 3
Eastern Wood-Pewee 2
Great Crested Flycatcher
Red-eyed Vireo 10
Blue Jay
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Veery
Wood Thrush FOS
American Robin 12+
Cedar Waxwing
Scarlet Tanager
Northern Cardinal 6
Common Grackle 30++

——Equitation Field (Jim)
American Redstart
Magnolia Warbler
Chipping Sparrow 12

——Ridge (Jim, Katharine, Susan, Jeff, Clint)
Black-and-white Warbler
American Redstart 2
Magnolia Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler
Ovenbird
Red-eyed Vireo
Scarlet Tanager

——Parking Lot
Veery
Barred Owl path from yard to Nature Center (Jim)

——Fence Line
Nashville Warbler (Shirley)
Black-and-white

——Dog Run (Jim)
Common Yellowthroat
Red-tailed Hawk

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Date: 9/11/17 7:10 am
From: <scottlewis38...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Sandpiper Photos-request for ID, Comments
Last Thursday, 9/7/17, I viewed the shorebirds at Swan Creek and took several photos of a pectoral/sharp-tailed sandpiper. The photos can be found here:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/154792212@N02/

I would appreciate any comments (publicly or privately), especially as the photos relate to ones posted on e-bird in general and specifically here: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S39037940

Thanks and good birding.

Scott Lewis
State College, PA

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Date: 9/11/17 4:34 am
From: Scott Young <wsyacy...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Sabines Montgomery
Found at Edwards Ferry 34 minutes later before it headed downstream

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Date: 9/11/17 4:04 am
From: Scott Young <wsyacy...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Sabines Montgomery
Flew upstream at 6:51 this morning.

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Date: 9/10/17 1:53 pm
From: Dan Haas <nervousbirds...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Re: Sabines Montgomery
Frustrating is looking all over Anne Arundel County for one, and not finding any. But the searching is the fun part anyway. Congrats on your success!

Best,

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> On Sep 10, 2017, at 3:38 PM, Mark Rositol <mrositol510...> wrote:
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> SAGU flying North of Sycamore Landing. Been looking since 7 30am. Doesn't appear to have stayed. I walked up further,and it is not in sight. Very frustrating, even with success
> M. Rositol
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Date: 9/10/17 12:53 pm
From: pbudde <pbudde...>
Subject: [MDBirding] DC Sabine's Gull
The Sabine's Gull found at the Washington Sailing Marina a week ago by Paul Pusano was still present Sunday afternoon. It spent most of its time feeding over the vegetation south of the DCA nav pier.


Paul
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Date: 9/10/17 12:38 pm
From: Mark Rositol <mrositol510...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Sabines Montgomery
SAGU flying North of Sycamore Landing. Been looking since 7 30am. Doesn't appear to have stayed. I walked up further,and it is not in sight. Very frustrating, even with success
M. Rositol
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Date: 9/10/17 11:22 am
From: Anthony Futcher <tonyfutcher1...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] help w/ bird ID please. See photos. Purple martins with starlings?
Not Red-wings.

I'm almost certain these are Brown-headed Cowbirds, but the amount of
notch in the tails bothers me. They just do not look like Martins. They
have the variability in plumage that one would expect from Cowbirds at
this time of year.

Good birding,

Tony Futcher

Hyattsville, MD


On 9/10/2017 12:07 PM, Ted on Little Round Bay wrote:
> The most obvious choice would be redwing blackbirds, but the tail doesn't look right. Are these purple martins w/ the starlings? The only noises were some starling sounds. Thanks for the help!
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Date: 9/10/17 9:07 am
From: Ted on Little Round Bay <akbar...>
Subject: [MDBirding] help w/ bird ID please. See photos. Purple martins with starlings?
The most obvious choice would be redwing blackbirds, but the tail doesn't look right. Are these purple martins w/ the starlings? The only noises were some starling sounds. Thanks for the help!

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Date: 9/10/17 8:40 am
From: Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Wheaton Regional Park today 9/10
Hi all,

A good morning, but not a great morning (like yesterday was). A cool, rather strong NE breeze at first which fortunately did die down over time. Good numbers of migrants but definitely fewer with a somewhat different mix that yesterday. In all we had 13 species of warbler but no major rarities. Most of the activity was at the ridge near Shorefield and along Pine Lake. We went into Brookside through the north gate and found an active flock with four Baybreasts. Number of Empids way down, with a Least being the most interesting. Would expect tomorrow to be slower as is the usual situation after strong cold fronts. No idea what Irma is going to do to the weather next week.

Gail Mackiernan and Barry Cooper,
Colesville, MD

52 species (+1 other taxa)
Birds of interest:

Wood Duck 5
Mallard 2
Double-crested Cormorant 6 Flyover flock in V formation
Green Heron 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Broad-winged Hawk 2
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 4
Red-bellied Woodpecker 12 - everywhere, this may be an undercount
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 4
Eastern Wood-Pewee 6
Alder/Willow Flycatcher (Traill's Flycatcher) 1
Least Flycatcher 1
Warbling Vireo (Eastern) 2
Red-eyed Vireo 18
Blue Jay 25 Estimate
House Wren 4
Eastern Bluebird 2
American Robin 25 Estimate
Gray Catbird 12
Brown Thrasher 2 FOS
Ovenbird 1
Black-and-white Warbler 4
Tennessee Warbler 2
Common Yellowthroat 6
American Redstart 10
Northern Parula 1
Magnolia Warbler 12
Bay-breasted Warbler 6
Blackburnian Warbler 1
Chestnut-sided Warbler 8
Blackpoll Warbler 2 FOS
Black-throated Blue Warbler 2 Females together
Black-throated Green Warbler 15
Canada Warbler 2
Chipping Sparrow 3
Eastern Towhee 1
Scarlet Tanager 2
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 3

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Date: 9/10/17 8:27 am
From: Derek C. Richardson <dcr...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Rocky Gorge migrants (PG County)

Started out slow and the strong breeze didn't help, but things picked up
this morning and I finished with 40 species, including 6 warblers (B&W,
redstart, Magnolia, Black-throated Green & Blue (both FOS here for me),
and Pine). Unusually high numbers of hummingbird and Hairy Woodpecker.
Full report below:


Rocky Gorge Reservoir/Supplee Park, Prince George's, Maryland, US
Sep 10, 2017 7:50 AM - 10:34 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.5 mile(s)
Comments: Distance is one way (with some backtracking). Sunny, cool,
strong breeze at times. Also heard 1 rooster.
40 species

Canada Goose 10
Double-crested Cormorant 1
Black Vulture 3
Turkey Vulture 2
Cooper's Hawk 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Mourning Dove 3
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 3 1 feeding at forget-me-nots, 1 chasing BLJA
Red-bellied Woodpecker 5
Downy Woodpecker 4
Hairy Woodpecker 3 all heard only
Eastern Wood-Pewee 2
Red-eyed Vireo 2
Blue Jay 15
American Crow 10
Fish Crow 2
Carolina Chickadee 12
Tufted Titmouse 10
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
House Wren 1
Carolina Wren 9
Eastern Bluebird 2
American Robin 5
Gray Catbird 7
Brown Thrasher 1
Northern Mockingbird 2
European Starling 4
Cedar Waxwing 25
Black-and-white Warbler 1
American Redstart 3
Magnolia Warbler 9
Black-throated Blue Warbler 1
Pine Warbler 1 drab
Black-throated Green Warbler 2
Chipping Sparrow 2
Eastern Towhee 3
Northern Cardinal 15
House Finch 1
American Goldfinch 1
House Sparrow 4

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S39105384

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

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Date: 9/10/17 7:53 am
From: Wallace Kornack <wallace...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Sunday 9/10/17
This morning (9/10) at Rock Creek Park…...

12 warbler species were seen: Yellowthroat, Redstart, Cape May, Magnolia, Chestnut-sided, BT Green, Canada, Parula, BT Blue, Ovenbird, Bay-breasted, Blackburnian,

——Maintenance Yard
Common Yellowthroat
American Redstart 2
Cape May Warbler
Magnolia Warbler 3
Chestnut-sided Warbler 3
Black-throated Green Warbler 6
Canada Warbler
Common Nighthawk 2
Chimney Swift 6
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 4
Red-bellied Woodpecker 4
Downy Woodpecker 2
Northern Flicker 3
Pileated Woodpecker 2
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Red-eyed Vireo 14
Blue Jay 7
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch 6
Carolina Wren
Swainson's Thrush
American Robin 15
Cedar Waxwing 15++
Scarlet Tanager 2
Northern Cardinal 3
Rose-breasted Grosbeak FOS
Common Grackle
American Goldfinch

——Fence Line (Leon)
Common Yellowthroat
Ovenbird

——Yard Parking Lot (Susan)
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Northern Parula

——Equitation Field (Jim)
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Canada Warbler
Brown Thrasher

——Ridge (Jim)
Northern Parula
Black-and-white Warbler
American Redstart
Bay-breasted Warbler
Blackburnian Warbler
Black-throated Green
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Canada Warbler

——Dog Run
Magnolia Warbler
Downy Woodpecker
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Red-eyed Vireo
Northern Cardinal
Song Sparrow 3

Contributors: Leon Kass, Ami Chang, Susan Volman, Jim Lemert, Sally Wechsler, Marta Wagner, Simon and Cicilia, Mike Bowen, +++

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Wallace Kornack
Washington DC

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Date: 9/10/17 7:43 am
From: Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Irvine Lark Sparrow No
I have been scouring the area of the boardwalk previously described and all
the other bare areas, for the past hour. No joy. Several Barred Owls were
calling. Only Sparrows I saw were Field.
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Date: 9/10/17 5:38 am
From: Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Stilt Sandpiper Howard County
A Stilt Sandpiper was found yesterday at Brown' Bridge on Howard side.

Continues as of 08:30 this morning. Currently north/upstream of bridge in
front of Island. View from bridge. Parking available both sides. Use care
on bridge.
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Date: 9/10/17 4:59 am
From: Dave Roberts <ddroberts50...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Sabines Montgomery
The Sabine's gull flew upstream at 7:05. Did not return after 40 min
Dave Roberts
Bethesda

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Date: 9/10/17 12:21 am
From: Hugh Vandervoort <hughva...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Migration last night
Terrapin Nature Park was inundated;maybe the most migrants I've seen
in 6 years of visiting the park.
Annapolis, MD
My Birding Blog
http://hughvandervoort.com/


On Sat, Sep 9, 2017 at 10:54 PM, Dan Haas <nervousbirds...> wrote:
> I apologize for emailing during a wedding break - and I will proof-read next
> time!! :-)
>
> That said, if the radar looks good tonight, I'll look forward to tomorrow's
> arrivals!
>
> Best,
>
> Dan
> 443-756-6207
> www.danhaas.com
>
> On Sep 9, 2017, at 9:39 PM, Samuel Miller <srmiller2022...> wrote:
>
> Nocturnal flight call activity has been reflective of these observations as
> well. Two nights ago I had over 200 warbler calls during the 7 hour
> recording period representing 17 warbler species. Many of these calls were
> "zeep complex" calls and a handful of them produced identifiable
> spectrograms. So far tonight there seems to be a good number of Bay-breasted
> Warblers flying as well as a noticable increase in Rose- breasted Grosbeaks.
> We'll see how this translates to ground birding tomorrow.
>
> - Sam Miller
> Gambrills, MD
>
>
> On Sep 9, 2017 9:05 PM, "Gail Mackiernan" <katahdinss...> wrote:
>
> Hi all,
>
> It is obvious from the counts at Cape May and the experiences of many
> birders around here (including us) that last night we had a major movement
> of birds over a wide front. It is almost like a dam broke! Last week we
> were in Maine and visited the migratory hotspot of Cousin Island near
> Yarmouth three times, all nights with the ideal NW winds. Although we had
> some good days, they were not overwhelming. Well today the counter there,
> Derrick Lovitch, was overwhelmed by almost 4000 birds, with all-time high
> counts of many species. I can imagine other sites had similar experiences.
> Any other birders in this area have major flights?
>
> Gail Mackiernan
> Colesville, MD
>
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Date: 9/9/17 7:54 pm
From: Dan Haas <nervousbirds...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Migration last night
I apologize for emailing during a wedding break - and I will proof-read next time!! :-)

That said, if the radar looks good tonight, I'll look forward to tomorrow's arrivals!

Best,

Dan
443-756-6207
www.danhaas.com

> On Sep 9, 2017, at 9:39 PM, Samuel Miller <srmiller2022...> wrote:
>
> Nocturnal flight call activity has been reflective of these observations as well. Two nights ago I had over 200 warbler calls during the 7 hour recording period representing 17 warbler species. Many of these calls were "zeep complex" calls and a handful of them produced identifiable spectrograms. So far tonight there seems to be a good number of Bay-breasted Warblers flying as well as a noticable increase in Rose- breasted Grosbeaks. We'll see how this translates to ground birding tomorrow.
>
> - Sam Miller
> Gambrills, MD
>
>
> On Sep 9, 2017 9:05 PM, "Gail Mackiernan" <katahdinss...> wrote:
> Hi all,
>
> It is obvious from the counts at Cape May and the experiences of many birders around here (including us) that last night we had a major movement of birds over a wide front. It is almost like a dam broke! Last week we were in Maine and visited the migratory hotspot of Cousin Island near Yarmouth three times, all nights with the ideal NW winds. Although we had some good days, they were not overwhelming. Well today the counter there, Derrick Lovitch, was overwhelmed by almost 4000 birds, with all-time high counts of many species. I can imagine other sites had similar experiences. Any other birders in this area have major flights?
>
> Gail Mackiernan
> Colesville, MD
>
> Sent from my iPad
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Date: 9/9/17 7:23 pm
From: Russ Ruffing <ruff2...>
Subject: RE: [MDBirding] Migration last night
My yard birding today was fantastic, with 14 warbler species plus RB Grosbeaks, Least Fly, Swainson's Thrush, Warbling Vireo and many Scarlet Tanagers. Also a late Purple Martin. I also recorded NFC's last night but have not had a chance to peruse the file. Recording again tonight as well.

Russ Ruffing
Woodstock

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Sent: Saturday, September 9, 2017 9:06 PM
To: <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Migration last night

Hi all,

It is obvious from the counts at Cape May and the experiences of many birders around here (including us) that last night we had a major movement of birds over a wide front. It is almost like a dam broke! Last week we were in Maine and visited the migratory hotspot of Cousin Island near Yarmouth three times, all nights with the ideal NW winds. Although we had some good days, they were not overwhelming. Well today the counter there, Derrick Lovitch, was overwhelmed by almost 4000 birds, with all-time high counts of many species. I can imagine other sites had similar experiences. Any other birders in this area have major flights?

Gail Mackiernan
Colesville, MD

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Date: 9/9/17 6:39 pm
From: Samuel Miller <srmiller2022...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Migration last night
Nocturnal flight call activity has been reflective of these observations as
well. Two nights ago I had over 200 warbler calls during the 7 hour
recording period representing 17 warbler species. Many of these calls were
"zeep complex" calls and a handful of them produced identifiable
spectrograms. So far tonight there seems to be a good number of
Bay-breasted Warblers flying as well as a noticable increase in Rose-
breasted Grosbeaks. We'll see how this translates to ground birding
tomorrow.

- Sam Miller
Gambrills, MD


On Sep 9, 2017 9:05 PM, "Gail Mackiernan" <katahdinss...> wrote:

Hi all,

It is obvious from the counts at Cape May and the experiences of many
birders around here (including us) that last night we had a major movement
of birds over a wide front. It is almost like a dam broke! Last week we
were in Maine and visited the migratory hotspot of Cousin Island near
Yarmouth three times, all nights with the ideal NW winds. Although we had
some good days, they were not overwhelming. Well today the counter there,
Derrick Lovitch, was overwhelmed by almost 4000 birds, with all-time high
counts of many species. I can imagine other sites had similar experiences.
Any other birders in this area have major flights?

Gail Mackiernan
Colesville, MD

Sent from my iPad

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Date: 9/9/17 6:26 pm
From: Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Migration last night
The radar again blossoms tonight.

On Sat, Sep 9, 2017 at 9:24 PM Dan Haas <nervousbirds...> wrote:

> It was impressive this AM in St. Margaret's this AM, and once the warblers
> and vireos quieted down, I had a few kettles of Broad-wings, which for
> Annapolis in the fall, I find to be impressive.
>
> Best,
>
> Dan
> 443-756-6207
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>
> > On Sep 9, 2017, at 9:05 PM, Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...>
> wrote:
> >
> > Hi all,
> >
> > It is obvious from the counts at Cape May and the experiences of many
> birders around here (including us) that last night we had a major movement
> of birds over a wide front. It is almost like a dam broke! Last week we
> were in Maine and visited the migratory hotspot of Cousin Island near
> Yarmouth three times, all nights with the ideal NW winds. Although we had
> some good days, they were not overwhelming. Well today the counter there,
> Derrick Lovitch, was overwhelmed by almost 4000 birds, with all-time high
> counts of many species. I can imagine other sites had similar experiences.
> Any other birders in this area have major flights?
> >
> > Gail Mackiernan
> > Colesville, MD
> >
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Date: 9/9/17 6:24 pm
From: Dan Haas <nervousbirds...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Migration last night
It was impressive this AM in St. Margaret's this AM, and once the warblers and vireos quieted down, I had a few kettles of Broad-wings, which for Annapolis in the fall, I find to be impressive.

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> On Sep 9, 2017, at 9:05 PM, Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...> wrote:
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> Hi all,
>
> It is obvious from the counts at Cape May and the experiences of many birders around here (including us) that last night we had a major movement of birds over a wide front. It is almost like a dam broke! Last week we were in Maine and visited the migratory hotspot of Cousin Island near Yarmouth three times, all nights with the ideal NW winds. Although we had some good days, they were not overwhelming. Well today the counter there, Derrick Lovitch, was overwhelmed by almost 4000 birds, with all-time high counts of many species. I can imagine other sites had similar experiences. Any other birders in this area have major flights?
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Date: 9/9/17 6:05 pm
From: Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Migration last night
Hi all,

It is obvious from the counts at Cape May and the experiences of many birders around here (including us) that last night we had a major movement of birds over a wide front. It is almost like a dam broke! Last week we were in Maine and visited the migratory hotspot of Cousin Island near Yarmouth three times, all nights with the ideal NW winds. Although we had some good days, they were not overwhelming. Well today the counter there, Derrick Lovitch, was overwhelmed by almost 4000 birds, with all-time high counts of many species. I can imagine other sites had similar experiences. Any other birders in this area have major flights?

Gail Mackiernan
Colesville, MD

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Date: 9/9/17 2:01 pm
From: Rob Hilton <rob.hilton.2010...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Sabine's Gull continues this afternoon in DC
Hi all,

The Sabine's Gull was flying, in DC waters, relatively close to the shore
at Washington Sailing Marina (which is Alexandria, Virginia), this
afternoon. It was still present at 1:35 when I walked back to my car. I
and some other birders were at the southeast-most dock/pier looking out
toward National Airport and the pier extending south of the airport, and
the bird often came as close as the southern edge of the submerged aquatic
vegetation mat. I know it was present all morning, and it was reported as
recently as 3:30 pm.

Rob Hilton
Silver Spring

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Date: 9/9/17 1:11 pm
From: Hugh McGuinness <hdmcguinness...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Big Flight at RCP
The warbler-vireo flight at the Ridge at Rock Creek Park was pretty
spectacular this morning. All told, I saw thirteen species of warblers
including 16 Tennessee, 10 Bay-breasted, and 19 Magnolia. Other common
warblers this morning included Black-throated Green and Chestnut-sided. My
Red-eyed Vireo count for the two hours I was there was 66. In addition, I
estimated I saw 250 warblers-vireos fly overhead that I couldn't ID.

Hugh

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Date: 9/9/17 10:51 am
From: Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Re: Stilt Sandpiper Howard County
Unable to locate as of 1330. 1 Pect, 2 Least, Killdeer only.

On Sat, Sep 9, 2017 at 11:35 AM Howard Patterson <howard21042...>
wrote:

> Currently In a tiny pond on the downstream side of the bridge.
>
> Howard Patterson
> Ellicott City
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> Sent from Alto
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> On Saturday, September 9, 2017, Howard Patterson <howard21042...>
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> Just flew to the downstream side of the bridge, trying to relocate.
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> Howard Patterson
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> On Saturday, September 9, 2017, Howard Patterson <howard21042...>
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> Stilt Sandpiper at Browns Bridge Road, Patuxent River at the
> Howard/Montgomery county line, on the Howard County side, upstream from the
> bridge.
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Date: 9/9/17 9:54 am
From: Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Major flight today at Wheaton Regional Park 9/9
Hi all,

After the report from Cape May we hoped that there would be some "trickle-down" to us, and there was. Not thousands but over a hundred warblers of which at least 50 came through very early and disappeared high into the trees. Also a good flight of Empids and vireos. We personally recorded 15 warbler species with double digits of Tennessees, Redstarts, BT Greens, Magnolias, Chestnuts, and Bay-breasteds. Best was probably a female Cerulean seen early. Lots of Red-eyed Vireos and two Warbling, one of which was singing constantly. Heard but did not see three Rose-breasted Grosbeaks and a Barred Owl. Empids included two bright Yellow-bellied in widely separated locations, and two which we ID'd as Alder based on our recent study of this species in Maine. Quite an exceptional day although it did quiet down fairly quickly after 10 am. We paid a brief visit to the old bridge at Kemp Mill and added a few warblers there but nothing new.

Gail Mackiernan and Barry Cooper
Colesville, MD

Comments: Major flight today, northerly wind, sunny, cool at first.
60 species (+3 other taxa)

Wood Duck 5
Barred Owl (Northern) 1 Heard only
Chimney Swift 2
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 4
Hairy Woodpecker (Eastern) 1
Northern Flicker 5
Eastern Wood-Pewee 4
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher 2
Acadian Flycatcher 1
Alder Flycatcher 2
Alder/Willow Flycatcher (Traill's Flycatcher) 4
Empidonax sp. 2
Great Crested Flycatcher 2
Warbling Vireo (Eastern) 2
Red-eyed Vireo 18
Blue Jay 25 Estimate, flyovers all morning
Tree Swallow 2
Barn Swallow (American) 4
House Wren (Northern) 2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 2
Eastern Bluebird 6
Wood Thrush 1
American Robin 45 Flyovers and others feeding on lawns
Gray Catbird 10
Cedar Waxwing 20 Estimate, flyover flock
Northern Waterthrush 1
Black-and-white Warbler 5
Tennessee Warbler 15 High number but an obvious major flight in area, e.g. many seen at Rock Creek today as well.
Nashville Warbler 1
Common Yellowthroat 6
American Redstart 15
Cape May Warbler 1
Cerulean Warbler 1 Female, first autumn.
Northern Parula 1
Magnolia Warbler 18
Bay-breasted Warbler 10 Again, a major passage of this species through area today, e.g. at Rock Creek. Had one flock of 6 at eye level near parking lot.
Blackburnian Warbler 6
Chestnut-sided Warbler 12
Black-throated Green Warbler 15
Canada Warbler 3
warbler sp. (Parulidae sp.) 50 Many early flyovers high in trees
Chipping Sparrow 20 Estimate
Eastern Towhee 2
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 3
Baltimore Oriole 3

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S39081312

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Date: 9/9/17 8:35 am
From: Howard Patterson <howard21042...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Stilt Sandpiper Howard County
Currently In a tiny pond on the downstream side of the bridge.

Howard Patterson
Ellicott City




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On Saturday, September 9, 2017, Howard Patterson <howard21042...> wrote:
Just flew to the downstream side of the bridge, trying to relocate.

Howard Patterson
Ellicott City


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On Saturday, September 9, 2017, Howard Patterson <howard21042...> wrote:
Stilt Sandpiper at Browns Bridge Road, Patuxent River at the Howard/Montgomery county line, on the Howard County side, upstream from the bridge.

Howard Patterson and Kevin Heffernan
Ellicott City


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Date: 9/9/17 8:25 am
From: Howard Patterson <howard21042...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Stilt Sandpiper Howard County
Just flew to the downstream side of the bridge, trying to relocate.

Howard Patterson
Ellicott City


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On Saturday, September 9, 2017, Howard Patterson <howard21042...> wrote:
Stilt Sandpiper at Browns Bridge Road, Patuxent River at the Howard/Montgomery county line, on the Howard County side, upstream from the bridge.

Howard Patterson and Kevin Heffernan
Ellicott City


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Date: 9/9/17 8:08 am
From: Howard Patterson <howard21042...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Stilt Sandpiper Howard County
Stilt Sandpiper at Browns Bridge Road, Patuxent River at the Howard/Montgomery county line, on the Howard County side, upstream from the bridge.

Howard Patterson and Kevin Heffernan
Ellicott City


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Date: 9/9/17 7:52 am
From: pbudde <pbudde...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Directions, Washington Sailing Marina?
Patricia,
At the marina there is free public parking towards the left. Once there, walk out to the Potimac and look for the large mats of green vegetation on the water's surface between you and the very long pier jutting south from National Airport. The gull has been there. A scope would be very helpful.
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-------- Original message --------From: Patricia Wood <pwood...> Date: 9/9/17 10:39 AM (GMT-05:00) To: Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Subject: [MDBirding] Directions, Washington Sailing Marina?
I'm thinking of going down there to see the Sabines, and realized after I got the directions to get to the place online that they left me unsure just what to do once I got there!  I don't want to bother the Marina folks, but I'm wondering where one parks, and just where to go inside it to view the birds on the water.  It may be perfectly clear once there, but then again, maybe not.  We've all been in that fix, at some spot or other, I suspect.  If you can help, please post here on the list; I might not be the only one who has wondered about this.  Thanks in advance for any help.

Patricia Wood
Silver Spring
ps Any other good spot near to the Marina?

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Date: 9/9/17 7:39 am
From: Patricia Wood <pwood...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Directions, Washington Sailing Marina?
I'm thinking of going down there to see the Sabines, and realized after I got the directions to get to the place online that they left me unsure just what to do once I got there! I don't want to bother the Marina folks, but I'm wondering where one parks, and just where to go inside it to view the birds on the water. It may be perfectly clear once there, but then again, maybe not. We've all been in that fix, at some spot or other, I suspect. If you can help, please post here on the list; I might not be the only one who has wondered about this. Thanks in advance for any help.

Patricia Wood
Silver Spring
ps Any other good spot near to the Marina?

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Date: 9/9/17 7:21 am
From: Wallace Kornack <wallace...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Saturday 9/9/17
This morning (9/9) at Rock Creek Park…..

Upon leaving the maintenance yard I received reports from Sharon and Katherine about the warblers seen in the Yard Parking Lot and the Ridge (See list below).

13 warbler species were seen: Black-and-white, Yellowthroat, Redstart, Cape May, Magnolia, BT Blue, BT Green, Bay-breasted, Chestnut-sided, Blackburnian, Blackpoll, Tennessee, Canada

——Maintenance Yard
Black-and-white Warbler 3
Common Yellowthroat 2
American Redstart 2
Cape May Warbler 3
Magnolia Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler 3
Black-throated Green Warbler 2
Mourning Dove 4
Common Nighthawk
Chimney Swift 8+
Red-bellied Woodpecker 8
Northern Flicker 8
Pileated Woodpecker 2
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Great Crested Flycatcher
Red-eyed Vireo 8
Blue Jay 9
American Crow
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
House Wren 2
American Robin 20+
Brown Thrasher 2
Scarlet Tanager 6
Northern Cardinal 2
Baltimore Oriole 3

——Yard Parking Lot (Sharon)
Bay-breasted Warbler
Magnolia Warbler
American Redstart
Black-and-white Warbler
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Blackburnian Warbler
Yellow-throated Vireo
Eastern Wood-Pewee

——Ridge (Katherine)
Cape May Warbler
Bay-breasted Warbler
Blackburnian Warbler
Blackpoll Warbler
American Redstart
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Black-and-white Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler
Magnolia Warbler
Tennessee Warbler
Canada Warbler

Contributors: Leon Kass, Greg Gough, Matt Sileo, Tucker Scully, Lee Kimball, Josh, Gary Jones, Dan Eberly, Jim Lemert, Sharon, Rob Hilton, Lisa Shannon, Katherine Kravetz, Sasha Litman, Hugh McGuinness, Susan Volman, +++

Have Fun Birding!

Wallace Kornack
Washington DC

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Date: 9/9/17 7:04 am
From: Brad Phoebus <bradphoebus...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: The Lark Sparrow at Irvine Nature Center
Bird present today, still by boardwalk area

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Date: 9/9/17 5:55 am
From: 'Clive Harris' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Sabines Montgomery
Back at same spot 855

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> Sitting in middle of river off upstream tip of Van Deventer island. Should be seeable from Syc Landing
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Date: 9/9/17 4:42 am
From: dma3 via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Sabines Montgomery
Sitting in middle of river off upstream tip of Van Deventer island. Should be seeable from Syc Landing

Dave Czaplak

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Date: 9/9/17 4:33 am
From: dma3 via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Montg Sabines continues
Half mile above Sycamore

Dave Czaplak

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Date: 9/9/17 3:58 am
From: Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Out of area ... Morning flight on the Dike
Interestingly, it was not very active in this area yesterday morning. I would be interested to hear what Kiptopeake observed. We were at Cape Charles Virginia a number of years ago in early November, when Cape May recorded a tremendous morning flight, estimated to be in the millions, of American Robins. We also had a morning flight that went on for several hours and we thought, at the time, it was at least 1-2 million Robins. That night the banders trapping Sawwhet Owls caught 72! All hands were in deck to process the birds.

Gail Mackiernan
Colesville, MD

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> The Morning Flight count at Cape May from Friday is worth noting. I have copied the report below. If you want to learn more about Morning Flight, go to the Cape May Bird Observatory web site.
> Jim Wilson
> Queenstown
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>
> Morning Flight - Friday, September 8, 2017
> Can you say YOWZA?!?
>
> 15,000 birds counted today.
>
> 12,244 American Redstarts.
>
> This morning was absolutely bonkers at the Higbee dike and platform. Clearly, weather conditions were perfect for migrating songbirds overnight, and come sunrise, they streamed out of the trees in a massive wave that lasted for almost a solid hour. It was one of the most amazing bird spectacles I have ever seen...although, I must say, I didn't get to watch THAT much of it since I was trying my best to get everything entered into Trektellen. In fact, I eventually abandoned all hope of entering American Redstarts in real time (because there were just way too many!) which is why the data presented below is vastly different than the live stream count from earlier today. With a flight this massive (360-600 birds/min!!!), it's best to get a sense of how many individual birds are flying by and then pick through/break down who ISN'T a Redstart. But enough about crunching the numbers, let's look at some awesome Neotropical migrants below!!
>
> Also, it looks like tomorrow could be another spectacular morning for songbirds so I would get out and go birding if you can!
>
> And, of course, I have to thank all the awesome people who helped picked through those 12000 Redstarts to find other species. You guys rock, and I don't know what I would have done without you. Special thanks to Tom Johnson and Glen Davis for helping me crunch numbers afterwards (and special thanks to Tom for some photos...because I certainly didn't have time to take many).
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Date: 9/9/17 2:51 am
From: James Wilson <birdmanjfw...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Out of area ... Morning flight on the Dike
The Morning Flight count at Cape May from Friday is worth noting. I have copied the report below. If you want to learn more about Morning Flight, go to the Cape May Bird Observatory web site.
Jim Wilson
Queenstown


Morning Flight - Friday, September 8, 2017
Can you say YOWZA?!?

15,000 birds counted today.

12,244 American Redstarts.

This morning was absolutely bonkers at the Higbee dike and platform. Clearly, weather conditions were perfect for migrating songbirds overnight, and come sunrise, they streamed out of the trees in a massive wave that lasted for almost a solid hour. It was one of the most amazing bird spectacles I have ever seen...although, I must say, I didn't get to watch THAT much of it since I was trying my best to get everything entered into Trektellen. In fact, I eventually abandoned all hope of entering American Redstarts in real time (because there were just way too many!) which is why the data presented below is vastly different than the live stream count from earlier today. With a flight this massive (360-600 birds/min!!!), it's best to get a sense of how many individual birds are flying by and then pick through/break down who ISN'T a Redstart. But enough about crunching the numbers, let's look at some awesome Neotropical migrants below!!

Also, it looks like tomorrow could be another spectacular morning for songbirds so I would get out and go birding if you can!

And, of course, I have to thank all the awesome people who helped picked through those 12000 Redstarts to find other species. You guys rock, and I don't know what I would have done without you. Special thanks to Tom Johnson and Glen Davis for helping me crunch numbers afterwards (and special thanks to Tom for some photos...because I certainly didn't have time to take many).

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Date: 9/8/17 4:27 pm
From: Phil Davis <pdavis...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Request for documentation: 25 Aug 2012 pelagic
Hi MD birders:

I am working very hard to sort out documentation from the Aug 25, 2012
pelagic trip out of Lewes, DE into MD waters and I can use help from
some of you.

Specifically, I am interested in photos of the five Black-capped
Petrels from that day.

A key issue in sorting out the documentation associated with these
five birds deals with the times of their observations and the times of
the photographs.

I have a few usable photos from a few photographers where I was able
to determine the time of the photograph from the EXIF metadata
associated with the images.

I have useable images from Sam Galick for birds #2 and #3 and from
George Jett for bird #3 but that's it.

I either have copies of, or have seen excellent photos from Mike
Burchett (5 images), JB Churchill (1 image), Mark Hoffman (3 images),
and Paul Guris (2 images). If I could ask those photographers to
please forward me copies of your photos, along with the times of the
images, or the originals files with EXIF info, or some other way to
associate the image with the five candidates. As it stands right now,
I can't use any of these other images for records documentation since
I can't associate the photos with the five birds of record. Perhaps
the original frame numbers can be used to put images in the proper
order. Or, I might be able to visually match-up images without times
to others that are from known times, but I would prefer to have direct
time links.

Single birds were seen during each of the following time windows
(assuming the photographers camera clocks were set properly):

Bird #1 MD/2012-076 07:00 - 07:30 (no photos seem to have been taken)
Bird #2 MD/2012-077 07:30 - 08:00 (currently 1 image by S Galick taken
at 7:57 per exif time, 1 image (probably of this bird) by P Guris (no
exif time in my copy of the image)
Bird #3 MD/2012-078 08:00 - 08:30 (currently 1 image by S Galick taken
at 8:24, 1 image taken by G Jett at 8:13) [Same bird 9 minutes apart;
clock setting differences?]
Bird #4 MD/2012-081 08:30 - 09:00 (no photos)
Bird #5 MD/2012-083 09:30 - 10:00 (no photos)

If anyone else has photos of any of these Black-capped Petrels from
this trip, please let me know. Some of the other people that were on
this trip include: Paul Pisano, Jason Berry, Matt Hafner, Ed Boyd, Jim
Stasz, Mikey Lutmerding, Nancy Magnusson, John Hubbell, Jared
Satchell, Josh Lefever, Stephen Brenner, Note Fronk, Anna Fosoli,
Robert Parsons, and Michael Dreibelbis.

I would greatly appreciate any help I can get with this task.

Thanks, much!

Phil

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Davidsonville, Maryland 21035 USA
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Date: 9/8/17 12:13 pm
From: Andy Beiderman <aandyy...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: The Lark Sparrow at Irvine Nature Center
Be aware that the trails at Irvine are closed to the public after 1pm until mid October for hunting. Note is on their website.

Andy Beiderman
Baltimore MD

On Friday, September 8, 2017 at 2:48:52 PM UTC-4, <timho......> wrote:
> I don't think this bird has been reported on this list, so I'll provide some info. It was found yesterday by Keith Costley and has been seen off and on today. To hopefully find it, go down the asphalt road from the parking lot. The road ends at a tree line that divides the two main fields. Take the tree line to the end and you'll come to a boardwalk on the left side of the line. The boardwalk is a good place to hang out as you look for the bird.
>
>
>
> Tim Houghton
> (Glen Arm)

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Date: 9/8/17 11:48 am
From: Tim Houghton <timhoughton...>
Subject: [MDBirding] The Lark Sparrow at Irvine Nature Center
I don't think this bird has been reported on this list, so I'll provide some info. It was found yesterday by Keith Costley and has been seen off and on today. To hopefully find it, go down the asphalt road from the parking lot. The road ends at a tree line that divides the two main fields. Take the tree line to the end and you'll come to a boardwalk on the left side of the line. The boardwalk is a good place to hang out as you look for the bird.


Tim Houghton

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Date: 9/8/17 10:33 am
From: Steve Long <steve.long4...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Nemisis Photo Bird finally photographed!
Good work!

I haven't even been able to SEE any of the ones around here that I have been
hearing all summer for years.

Steve Long
Oxford

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Sent: Friday, September 08, 2017 12:31 PM
Subject: [MDBirding] Nemisis Photo Bird finally photographed!


Alright - this is not nearly as interesting as Sharp Tailed Sandpipers or
Sabine's Gulls. But - I've been trying to get a decent photo of a Yellow
Billed Cuckoo for 2 years. I hear them, and I see them in binos, but can't
ever get a decent photo. Finally, this morning, One decided to let me take
his picture! Photos taken at Piscataway NP - Accokeek Ck boardwalk. Best
other bird of the morning was a Canada Warbler

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Date: 9/8/17 9:31 am
From: Joe Wolf <birdingwolf55...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Nemisis Photo Bird finally photographed!
Alright - this is not nearly as interesting as Sharp Tailed Sandpipers or Sabine's Gulls. But - I've been trying to get a decent photo of a Yellow Billed Cuckoo for 2 years. I hear them, and I see them in binos, but can't ever get a decent photo. Finally, this morning, One decided to let me take his picture! Photos taken at Piscataway NP - Accokeek Ck boardwalk. Best other bird of the morning was a Canada Warbler

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Date: 9/8/17 8:20 am
From: Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Wheaton Regional Park today 9/8
Hi all,

Back from Maine and thus, back at WRP. A sunny cool morning, but quieter than expected. Not helped at all by loud mowers and blowers at Pine Lake (oblivious to the birders and walkers being disturbed, not to mention the birds - needless to say, no birds there!) Best birds for us were probably the Broad-wing and the Least Flycatcher, but other birders saw a Philadelphia Vireo we missed ☹️.

Still tons of warblers and vireos in Maine so hope they make their way here soon, it has been a bit of a slow autumn so far!

Gail Mackiernan and Barry Cooper
Colesville, MD

40 species
Birds of interest:

Wood Duck 4
Great Blue Heron 1
Green Heron 1
Cooper's Hawk 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Broad-winged Hawk 1
Northern Flicker 3
Pileated Woodpecker 1
Eastern Wood-Pewee 3
Least Flycatcher 1
Great Crested Flycatcher 1
Red-eyed Vireo 10
Blue Jay 12
Eastern Bluebird 6
American Robin 18
Gray Catbird 9
Cedar Waxwing 2
Black-and-white Warbler 2
Common Yellowthroat 3
American Redstart 3
Magnolia Warbler 1
Black-throated Green Warbler 3
Chipping Sparrow 12
Scarlet Tanager 2

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S39063562

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Date: 9/8/17 8:03 am
From: Wallace Kornack <wallace...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Friday 9/8/17
This morning (9/8) at Rock Creek Park…….

9 warbler species were seen: Magnolia, Yellowthroat, Redstart, Chestnut-sided, Bay-breasted, Black-and-white, Hooded, Cape May, Black-throated Green

——Equitation Field (Paul, Katherine)
Magnolia Warbler 3
Common Yellowthroat
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Red-eyed Vireo

——Ridge (Paul, Katharine)
Magnolia Warbler 2
American Redstart 2
Chestnut-sided Warbler 3
Bay-breasted Warbler FOS (Paul)
Black-and-white Warbler
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Red-eyed Vireo 3

——Maintenance Yard
Hooded Warbler FOS (Leon)
American Redstart
Cape May Warbler (Leon)
Magnolia Warbler 3
Black-throated Green Warbler 3
Chimney Swift 9+
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 3
Red-bellied Woodpecker 6
Downy Woodpecker 5
Northern Flicker 12
Pileated Woodpecker 2
Eastern Wood-Pewee 4
Great Crested Flycatcher
Red-eyed Vireo 6
Blue Jay 6
American Crow 2
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
Carolina Wren
American Robin 18+
Scarlet Tanager 2
Northern Cardinal 5
Baltimore Oriole
Common Grackle 300++

——Yard Parking Lot
Black-throated Green Warbler 2
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Great Crested Flycatcher
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
American Robin 2
House Finch 2
House Sparrow 3

——Dog Run (Greg Gough+)
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Blue Jay
Carolina Wren
American Robin
Song Sparrow
Red-winged Blackbird FOS
Common Grackle 100+

Contributors: Leon Kass, Jim Lemert, John Boright, Paul DeAnna, Katharine Kravetz, Susan Volman, Shirley Putnam, Matt Sileo, Marina True, Hanan Jacoby, Michael Bender, Greg Gough, Sharon ++

Have Fun Birding!

Wallace Kornack
Washington DC


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Date: 9/7/17 6:19 pm
From: 'Frederick Fallon' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Black Tern in Garrett
Driving homeward from a wedding in Ohio, we decided to stop in Oakland and try for the rarities reported there. On Wed AM, we dipped on the phalaropes at Trout Run WTP, the OSFL at Loch Lynn Park, and the SACR on Musser Rd. But as a consolation prize we spotted a Black Tern over the flooded field on Pea Patch Rd, where the Sandhill Crane is a sometime visitor. At this season the face was pied black and white; some black remained on the axillaries. This bird is probably more unexpected than the Sandhill Crane itself.
Fred & Jane FallonHuntingtown

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Date: 9/7/17 2:47 pm
From: Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Swan Creek update today, 9/7
Hi all,

Had not seen any updates from Swan Creek today, although lots of birders were there in the afternoon when Barry and I visited. The long and short of it is that there are some really nice birds at the site, but no sign of the Sharp-tailed Sandpiper. The scoop we heard is that there have been no definite reports for some time, and ongoing confusion with Pectoral Sandpipers. We did see 12 species of shorebird, including Wilson's Phalarope, American Golden Plover, and multiple White-rumped and Stilt Sandpipers. The continuing 3 Hudsonian Godwits were seen earlier in the day, but not by us.

Gail Mackiernan and Barry Cooper
Colesville, MD

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Date: 9/7/17 2:16 pm
From: Mark Rositol <mrositol510...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Montgomery Sabine's sitting now
Any updates would be appreciated!

M. Rositol
Fort Washington, MD

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Date: 9/7/17 12:36 pm
From: Rick Borchelt <rborchelt...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Ferry Neck, Blackwater, and (mostly) Eastern Shore of Virginia, August 31 - September 5, 2017.
I also hope everyone's had a chance to see the nice shout-out about Harry
in the current ABA Birding magazine, in the Milestones column of the
(August) issue. Terrific piece!

On Thu, Sep 7, 2017 at 2:46 PM, Harry Armistead <harryarmistead...>
wrote:

> FERRY NECK, BLACKWATER, AND (mostly) EASTERN SHORE OF VIRGINIA, AUGUST 31-
> SEPTEMBER 5, 2017.
>
>
> ABBREVIATIONS: C.B.B.T., Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel, Virginia.
> C.V.W.O., Coastal Virginia Wildlife Observatory. ESVA, Eastern Shore of
> Virginia. ESVNWR, Eastern Shore of Virginia National Wildlife Refuge.
> K.S.P., Kiptopeke State Park, Virginia (esp. the hawkwatch platform).
> RLAn, Bob Anderson.
>
>
> C.B.B.T. CLOSURE effective the end of September, Island 1, the fishing
> pier, the restaurant … everything. Making room for equipment involved with
> the creation of additional tunnels. Could be years???
>
>
> AUGUST 31, THURSDAY. Arrive at RIGBY’S FOLLY, Ferry Neck, Talbot County,
> MD, at 5:20 P.M. 1.65” in our rain gauge fallen since Aug. 22. mostly
> overcast, humid, WSW 5, 82-78. Wild turkey 5 in Field 4, cedar waxwing 5,
> Forster’s tern 5, green heron 2, brown thrasher 1, red-tailed hawk 1, snowy
> egret 1, great blue heron 1, barn swallow 5, European starling 25, bald
> eagle 3 adults (incl. 1 on the Field 4 pole), osprey 7 (with one on the
> Field 2 pole), and double-crested cormorant 8 plus a doe and her fawn in
> Field 2, 3 gray squirrels, 1 Fowler’s toad, 1 monarch, 3 unIDd frogs at The
> Pond, and 2 eastern cottontails. The ponds and Woods 2 vernal pool are
> full of water. The lawn and trails have been mowed today.
>
>
> SEPTEMBER 1, FRIDAY. Take off for Virginia. EGYPT ROAD, DORCHESTER
> COUNTY, MD, 10:30-11 A.M., mostly high overcast, NE15+, 65-67, cool (real
> cool, Man). Pretty empty, verging on devoid, not much on the wires: blue
> grosbeak 2, bald eagle 1, eastern kingbird 2, eastern bluebird 4, American
> kestrel 1, turkey vulture 4.
>
>
> BLACKWATER N.W.R., 11 A.M. - 2:10 P.M., overcast, 67-64, NE 10, waters
> high. Forster’s tern 165, Caspian tern 11, laughing gull 78 (only 2
> immatures), osprey just 2, blue-winged teal 14, Virginia rail 2, mourning
> dove 21, rock pigeon 2, gray catbird 1, eastern wood pewee 2, chipping
> sparrow 2, double-crested cormorant 26 (all immatures), bald eagle only 5,
> spotted sandpiper 1, great egret 3, great blue heron 4, European starling
> 35, barn swallow 8, eastern bluebird 4, eastern kingbird 6, blue grosbeak
> 1, red-headed woodpecker 1, bobolink 21, BLACK TERN 1, ring-billed gull
> 13, AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN 3, house sparrow 9, Canada goose 4,
> ruby-throated hummingbird 1, red-winged blackbird 38, and brown-headed
> cowbird 4 plus 6 painted turtles.
>
>
> GARGATHA LANDING, ACCOMACK COUNTY, VA, 5:10-5:45 P.M., NE 15, 64 degrees
> F., overcast, tide c. 1.5’> normal high tide and still rising; clapper rail
> 1, tricolored heron 1, laughing gull 95, bald eagle 2, great egret 8,
> double-crested cormorant 12, osprey 1, great blue heron 2, ruby-throated
> hummingbird 2, American kestrel 2, Forster’s tern 1, and bobolink 1 plus 7
> deer incl. a fawn.
>
>
> SEPTEMBER 2, SATURDAY. ESVNWR (RAMP LANE), a brief visit in the early
> morning: laughing gull 180 (just 8 of these immatures), tricolored heron 3,
> snowy egret 2, great egret 2, and mallard 1 plus a baby box turtle. Run
> into Steve Thornhill and his friend here.
>
>
> CHESAPEAKE BAY BRIDGE-TUNNEL, Island 1, 8 A.M. - 1:30 P.M., overcast, NE
> 20 - E or SE 15 declining to 5, 71 degrees F., occasional light drizzle,
> high tide becoming low tide. Bob Anderson, Thuy Tran, HTA. A good, slow,
> thorough look-see. 29 species, complete list:
>
>
> *GREAT SHEARWATER 1* (not THAT rare, but the bird-of-the-day for me, a
> long way from Tristan da Cunha, eh?; seen at 9:42, just off the tapered end
> of the rocks, hence c. 100 yards away, and looking down on it, flying UP
> the Bay; beautiful view; sorry the other 2 folks hadn’t arrived yet), ROCK
> PIGEON *202* (my personal high for here;’ a careful count; 145 initially
> on Island 1, then a series of small flocks arriving out of the north [how
> odd] from the other islands presumably), American oystercatcher 1 (Bob has
> seen as many as 13 here), ruddy turnstone 14 (3 still in breeding plumage),
> sanderling 7, semipalmated sandpiper 2, western sandpiper 1, spotted
> sandpiper 1,
>
>
> LARIDS: laughing gull 315 (steady flight coming out of the north and
> keeping going), ring-billed gull 10, herring gull 9, great black-backed
> gull 25, Caspian tern 9, BLACK TERN 5, common tern 66, Forster’s tern 1,
> royal tern 21, sandwich tern 44 (most hunting in the channel).
>
>
> double-crested cormorant 10, brown pelican 18, great blue heron 1,
> yellow-crowned night heron 2 (1 bedraggled adult, 1 immature), osprey 6,
> belted kingfisher 1, an apparent *Myiarchus* flycatcher 1 (tantalizing;
> not seen well; brief look; RLAn,TT), purple martin 2, tree swallow 31, barn
> swallow 55, and *CAROLINA WREN 1* (singing !!).
>
>
> Also: 2 Loggerhead turtles, 7 dolphins, a large black butterfly, 11 big
> dragonflies. Ships seen: ‘CSL Virginia’ with Limassol (Cyprus) registry
> headed out; ‘Maersk Vallvik’, Singapore headed in; ‘Mol Bravo’, Hong
> Kong, headed out; ‘USNS Gordon’ (U.S. Navy) going out; a trawler ‘Ocean
> Prowler’ going in.
>
>
> Love to see the big ships. Takes me back to 1959 when my classmate Lars
> Egede-Nissen and I were deckhands on the Norwegian freighter ‘Thorsahl’
> (probably I spell this incorrectly; sorry, Lars) going to Tahiti, New
> Caledonia, American and British Samoa, Lae New Guinea, Newcastle and Sydney
> Australia, and Fiji. $44 a month plus 3 squares and a flop. What a trip
> that was!
>
>
> KSP Hawkwatch platform, I’m here 2-5 with Bob, Thuy, Tim Berry, Joe Beatty
> & the inimitable C.V.W.O. hawkcounter, Anna Stunkel. So glad she’s
> returned. Summer tanager, yellow-billed cuckoo, and, best of all, a
> YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER that chooses to forage (doesn’t have to be a
> sycamore or pine) up and down the hawkwatch platform ramp at close range.
> A beauty. Anna counts 52 ospreys today plus 337 eastern kingbirds, and 152
> yellowlegs (bet they are lessers).
>
>
> ESVNWR - RAMP LANE, 5:30-7:30, Bob, Thuy, Anna & me. overcast, rain at
> the end, SE15+, 75 degrees F. A productive visit. A great end to a red
> letter day: eastern kingbird 500 (my confreres think this number is
> considerably too low, but, it’s what I’m gonna go with), clapper rail 4,
> laughing gull 225 (39 are immatures), tricolored heron 20, great egret 60,
> not-so-great egret 40, white ibis 144, merlin 1, American black duck 2,
> Caspian tern 2, osprey 4, northern harrier 1, northern flicker 1, bobolink
> 2, bald eagle 2, great blue heron 3, peregrine falcon 1, seaside sparrow 1,
> brown pelican 12, red-winged blackbird 1 male, and semipalmated plover 1
> plus 3 deer.
>
>
> SEPTEMBER 3, SUNDAY. Start off at the K.S.P. boat ramp where there are at
> least *680 BROWN PELICANS* on the concrete ships at 7:40 A.M., the most
> I’ve ever seen there. Rest of the day on the K.S.P. hawkwatch platform
> with Joe, Bob, Thuy & Anna, 8 A.M. - 5 P.M. Not a lot of hawks this early
> in the year but the company, conversation, and interspersed periods of nice
> silence, are good. Osprey 73, red-breasted nuthatch 1, glossy ibis 17, the
> yellow-throated warbler again, 10 blue-gray gnatcatchers. An osprey lands
> on the T-pole with a small red drum and proceeds to devour it starting with
> the areas around the mouth and head. Pileated woodpecker 1. blue grosbeak
> 2.
>
>
> SEPTEMBER 4, MONDAY (Labor Day). ESVNWR, Ramp Lane, 3 imm. black-crowned
> night herons, laughing gull only 8, clear, calm, a cool 65 degrees F.,
> great egret 1, i.e., not much. Up at the CITGO STATION (Route 13 X
> Townsend Drive), strangely productive c. 100 yards to the west: glossy
> ibis 29, black vulture 18, turkey vulture 14, bobolink 1, herring gull 30,
> and laughing gull 115. These all back by the seafood company on the S side
> of Townsend Dr. No cars here but 7 at Royal Farms, 4 at Sting-Ray’s.
>
>
> Most of the rest of the day at K.S.P. hawkwatch platform with the usual
> crew: Anna counts 30 ospreys, 204 chimney swifts, and 19 RED-HEADED
> WOODPECKERS (but cf. 43 here on September 25, 1966, as listed in the Gold
> Book p. 180). c. 200 barn swallows.
>
>
> RAMP LANE, ESVNWR, a somewhat unproductive visit (as compared with
> September 2), but, let me tell you, so nice to see the nearly full moon
> rising over Smith Island, and looking at the island’s lighthouse through
> the grove of loblolly pines, an adult Bald Eagle sitting on its nest.
> white ibis 34 (only 3 adults), tricolored heron 1, clapper rail 5, green
> heron 1, belted kingfisher 1, snowy egret 15, tree & barn swallow combo c.
> 200, EASTERN KINGBIRD 0, Canada goose 6, great egret 16, ruby-throated
> hummingbird 1, semipalmated plover 1, double-crested cormorant 14, osprey
> 1, royal tern 2, great blue heron 2, peep unIDd 2, laughing gull all of 8,
> and brown pelican 22. 6:45-7:45, clear, SW5, 75 degrees F.
>
>
> SEPTEMBER 5, Bob Anderson keeps me company as I decompress from my
> KIptopeke high by brief visits to several of my ESVA favorite places on the
> way back to Pencil-vain-eye-A. Gull-billed tern singletons at all 3
> spots. BOX TREE (Machipongo): 10:05-10:40, SW15, 79, fair, hazy, mid-tide
> and letting out: - gull-billed tern 1, willet 15, peep unIDd 1, laughing
> gull 165 (all of them adults), herring gull 8, snowy egret 5, spotted
> sandpiper 2, Forster’s tern 3, turkey vulture 1, blue-gray gnatcatcher 2
> (RLAn), eastern kingbird 1. Some nice little patches of joe pye weed in
> the lovely saltmarsh near the tiny little tidal gut just before one gets to
> the road’s end. NASSAWADOX: 1 gray squirrel.
>
>
> WILLIS WHARF, 11:05-noon, 82-84, SW15, clear, tide going out with mud just
> starting to become exposed but a lot of mud by the time we leave.
> Gull-billed tern 1, willet 33, semipalmated plover 1, snowy egret 2, great
> egret 1, Caspian tern 3, Forster’s tern 6, double-crested cormorant 2,
> laughing gull 135, ruddy turnstone 18 (resting on a dock), bald eagle 1
> adult, killdeer 1, belted kingfisher 1, little blue heron 1 immature, rock
> pigeon 2, eastern bluebird 1, green heron 1, and diamondback terrapin 1.
> No marbled godwits yet. A big cinderblock structure going up w/ no
> trespassing signs in front of the post office makes it hard to check out
> the prime areas. Usually I look over the fresh water pond off of Ballard
> Road but not this time.
>
>
> GARGATHA LANDING (NE of Accomac): SW15+, 85-89, fair, low tide and still
> falling, fair. 12:50-1:30. Gull-billed tern 1, clapper rail 6 (good views
> of 2 of these interacting right out in the open), black skimmer 1, barn
> swallow all of 2, spotted sandpiper 2, peep unIDd 1, snowy egret 6, great
> egret 3, semipalmated plover 9, bald eagle 2 (1 ad., 1 imm.), laughing gull
> 30, double-crested cormorant 2, great blue heron 2, tricolored heron 1,
> black-bellied plover 1, greater yellowlegs 1, willet 3, Forster’s tern 1,
> Caspian tern 6, royal tern 1, and little blue heron 1 adult plus buckeye 1
> and red-spotted purple 1. TREHERNEVILLE, the Tyson chicken plant: 2
> immature bald eagles right over the plant. THE BLUE ROUTE outside of
> Philadelphia, a Cooper’s Hawk standing on the paved shoulder within feet of
> thousands of cars roaring by, probably hit and stunned. I should have
> stopped.
>
>
> PLUS CA CHANGE the more it AIN’T the same. RECENT CHANGES AT KIPTOPEKE.
> The huge ROYAL FARMS has been open for a several weeks. Has 12 service
> bays (= 24 sets of gas pumps). A selection of food/drink that makes
> Sting-Ray’s look like a gourmet’s delight. I’m afraid it may “walmart”
> some of the smaller, establishments such as the nearby CITGO station
> (Lankford Truck Plaza) and perhaps even Sting-Ray’s. Loads of cars out
> front in contrast to none at Citgo about the same time and just a few at
> Sting-Ray’s. I stopped in, but who wants to wait behind 6 others at the
> cashier just to get a copy of the Virginian-Pilot? I get mine at Citgo
> since Sting-Ray’s no longer has a V-P dispenser.
>
>
> In recent years 3 defunct motels have re-opened. At Sunset Beach Resort
> there are now 100s of trailers. There’s now an obnoxious commercial food
> and I-don’t-know-what-else establishment at the entrance to Kiptopeke State
> Park on the little triangle of land there, apparently for sale. I’m
> apprehensive about what may happen next in this area to further despoil
> Kiptopeke’s bucolic qualities.
>
>
> CLASSICAL MUSIC STATIONS. My poor impression with how such stations
> report weather is not improved today when I hear “… the overnight high on
> Wednesday will be 50.” The … high? I’ve also heard recently: “We will
> keep you apprised on Hurricane Irma”, and then nothing, instead of just
> saying what is then known about it. In Philadelphia they are even worse
> with traffic reports. I can’t stand Fred Childs’ delivery, sounds so
> patronizing and condescending. Peter Van de Graaff is very precise, often
> playing stuff I’ve never heard by composers I’ve never heard of, sometimes
> with 3 consecutive French pieces. But that’s O.K.
>
>
> When you hear someone identified as being from a specific country and/or
> century you KNOW it will not be a major composer. Some other announcers
> speak in such hushed, sepulchral tones, as if their mere presence might
> offend the listener. Others are in love with the sound of their own voice
> as much as the music. Hard to strike a balance, I guess.
>
>
> Don’t get me wrong … I like Leadbelly, Johnny Cash, the MJQ, Mose Allison,
> Bob Dylan, Brubeck, and others just as much as the high tone stuff.
> Classical stations often say: “Remember, all music was once new.” In the
> case of classical music my response is: “Unfortunately, some of it still
> is.” Give me the old warhorses every time.
>
>
> Best to all. - Harry Armistead, Philadelphia.
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Date: 9/7/17 11:46 am
From: Harry Armistead <harryarmistead...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Ferry Neck, Blackwater, and (mostly) Eastern Shore of Virginia, August 31 - September 5, 2017.
FERRY NECK, BLACKWATER, AND (mostly) EASTERN SHORE OF VIRGINIA, AUGUST 31- SEPTEMBER 5, 2017.


ABBREVIATIONS: C.B.B.T., Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel, Virginia. C.V.W.O., Coastal Virginia Wildlife Observatory. ESVA, Eastern Shore of Virginia. ESVNWR, Eastern Shore of Virginia National Wildlife Refuge. K.S.P., Kiptopeke State Park, Virginia (esp. the hawkwatch platform). RLAn, Bob Anderson.


C.B.B.T. CLOSURE effective the end of September, Island 1, the fishing pier, the restaurant … everything. Making room for equipment involved with the creation of additional tunnels. Could be years???


AUGUST 31, THURSDAY. Arrive at RIGBY’S FOLLY, Ferry Neck, Talbot County, MD, at 5:20 P.M. 1.65” in our rain gauge fallen since Aug. 22. mostly overcast, humid, WSW 5, 82-78. Wild turkey 5 in Field 4, cedar waxwing 5, Forster’s tern 5, green heron 2, brown thrasher 1, red-tailed hawk 1, snowy egret 1, great blue heron 1, barn swallow 5, European starling 25, bald eagle 3 adults (incl. 1 on the Field 4 pole), osprey 7 (with one on the Field 2 pole), and double-crested cormorant 8 plus a doe and her fawn in Field 2, 3 gray squirrels, 1 Fowler’s toad, 1 monarch, 3 unIDd frogs at The Pond, and 2 eastern cottontails. The ponds and Woods 2 vernal pool are full of water. The lawn and trails have been mowed today.


SEPTEMBER 1, FRIDAY. Take off for Virginia. EGYPT ROAD, DORCHESTER COUNTY, MD, 10:30-11 A.M., mostly high overcast, NE15+, 65-67, cool (real cool, Man). Pretty empty, verging on devoid, not much on the wires: blue grosbeak 2, bald eagle 1, eastern kingbird 2, eastern bluebird 4, American kestrel 1, turkey vulture 4.


BLACKWATER N.W.R., 11 A.M. - 2:10 P.M., overcast, 67-64, NE 10, waters high. Forster’s tern 165, Caspian tern 11, laughing gull 78 (only 2 immatures), osprey just 2, blue-winged teal 14, Virginia rail 2, mourning dove 21, rock pigeon 2, gray catbird 1, eastern wood pewee 2, chipping sparrow 2, double-crested cormorant 26 (all immatures), bald eagle only 5, spotted sandpiper 1, great egret 3, great blue heron 4, European starling 35, barn swallow 8, eastern bluebird 4, eastern kingbird 6, blue grosbeak 1, red-headed woodpecker 1, bobolink 21, BLACK TERN 1, ring-billed gull 13, AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN 3, house sparrow 9, Canada goose 4, ruby-throated hummingbird 1, red-winged blackbird 38, and brown-headed cowbird 4 plus 6 painted turtles.


GARGATHA LANDING, ACCOMACK COUNTY, VA, 5:10-5:45 P.M., NE 15, 64 degrees F., overcast, tide c. 1.5’> normal high tide and still rising; clapper rail 1, tricolored heron 1, laughing gull 95, bald eagle 2, great egret 8, double-crested cormorant 12, osprey 1, great blue heron 2, ruby-throated hummingbird 2, American kestrel 2, Forster’s tern 1, and bobolink 1 plus 7 deer incl. a fawn.


SEPTEMBER 2, SATURDAY. ESVNWR (RAMP LANE), a brief visit in the early morning: laughing gull 180 (just 8 of these immatures), tricolored heron 3, snowy egret 2, great egret 2, and mallard 1 plus a baby box turtle. Run into Steve Thornhill and his friend here.


CHESAPEAKE BAY BRIDGE-TUNNEL, Island 1, 8 A.M. - 1:30 P.M., overcast, NE 20 - E or SE 15 declining to 5, 71 degrees F., occasional light drizzle, high tide becoming low tide. Bob Anderson, Thuy Tran, HTA. A good, slow, thorough look-see. 29 species, complete list:


GREAT SHEARWATER 1 (not THAT rare, but the bird-of-the-day for me, a long way from Tristan da Cunha, eh?; seen at 9:42, just off the tapered end of the rocks, hence c. 100 yards away, and looking down on it, flying UP the Bay; beautiful view; sorry the other 2 folks hadn’t arrived yet), ROCK PIGEON 202 (my personal high for here;’ a careful count; 145 initially on Island 1, then a series of small flocks arriving out of the north [how odd] from the other islands presumably), American oystercatcher 1 (Bob has seen as many as 13 here), ruddy turnstone 14 (3 still in breeding plumage), sanderling 7, semipalmated sandpiper 2, western sandpiper 1, spotted sandpiper 1,


LARIDS: laughing gull 315 (steady flight coming out of the north and keeping going), ring-billed gull 10, herring gull 9, great black-backed gull 25, Caspian tern 9, BLACK TERN 5, common tern 66, Forster’s tern 1, royal tern 21, sandwich tern 44 (most hunting in the channel).


double-crested cormorant 10, brown pelican 18, great blue heron 1, yellow-crowned night heron 2 (1 bedraggled adult, 1 immature), osprey 6, belted kingfisher 1, an apparent Myiarchus flycatcher 1 (tantalizing; not seen well; brief look; RLAn,TT), purple martin 2, tree swallow 31, barn swallow 55, and CAROLINA WREN 1 (singing !!).


Also: 2 Loggerhead turtles, 7 dolphins, a large black butterfly, 11 big dragonflies. Ships seen: ‘CSL Virginia’ with Limassol (Cyprus) registry headed out; ‘Maersk Vallvik’, Singapore headed in; ‘Mol Bravo’, Hong Kong, headed out; ‘USNS Gordon’ (U.S. Navy) going out; a trawler ‘Ocean Prowler’ going in.


Love to see the big ships. Takes me back to 1959 when my classmate Lars Egede-Nissen and I were deckhands on the Norwegian freighter ‘Thorsahl’ (probably I spell this incorrectly; sorry, Lars) going to Tahiti, New Caledonia, American and British Samoa, Lae New Guinea, Newcastle and Sydney Australia, and Fiji. $44 a month plus 3 squares and a flop. What a trip that was!


KSP Hawkwatch platform, I’m here 2-5 with Bob, Thuy, Tim Berry, Joe Beatty & the inimitable C.V.W.O. hawkcounter, Anna Stunkel. So glad she’s returned. Summer tanager, yellow-billed cuckoo, and, best of all, a YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER that chooses to forage (doesn’t have to be a sycamore or pine) up and down the hawkwatch platform ramp at close range. A beauty. Anna counts 52 ospreys today plus 337 eastern kingbirds, and 152 yellowlegs (bet they are lessers).


ESVNWR - RAMP LANE, 5:30-7:30, Bob, Thuy, Anna & me. overcast, rain at the end, SE15+, 75 degrees F. A productive visit. A great end to a red letter day: eastern kingbird 500 (my confreres think this number is considerably too low, but, it’s what I’m gonna go with), clapper rail 4, laughing gull 225 (39 are immatures), tricolored heron 20, great egret 60, not-so-great egret 40, white ibis 144, merlin 1, American black duck 2, Caspian tern 2, osprey 4, northern harrier 1, northern flicker 1, bobolink 2, bald eagle 2, great blue heron 3, peregrine falcon 1, seaside sparrow 1, brown pelican 12, red-winged blackbird 1 male, and semipalmated plover 1 plus 3 deer.


SEPTEMBER 3, SUNDAY. Start off at the K.S.P. boat ramp where there are at least 680 BROWN PELICANS on the concrete ships at 7:40 A.M., the most I’ve ever seen there. Rest of the day on the K.S.P. hawkwatch platform with Joe, Bob, Thuy & Anna, 8 A.M. - 5 P.M. Not a lot of hawks this early in the year but the company, conversation, and interspersed periods of nice silence, are good. Osprey 73, red-breasted nuthatch 1, glossy ibis 17, the yellow-throated warbler again, 10 blue-gray gnatcatchers. An osprey lands on the T-pole with a small red drum and proceeds to devour it starting with the areas around the mouth and head. Pileated woodpecker 1. blue grosbeak 2.


SEPTEMBER 4, MONDAY (Labor Day). ESVNWR, Ramp Lane, 3 imm. black-crowned night herons, laughing gull only 8, clear, calm, a cool 65 degrees F., great egret 1, i.e., not much. Up at the CITGO STATION (Route 13 X Townsend Drive), strangely productive c. 100 yards to the west: glossy ibis 29, black vulture 18, turkey vulture 14, bobolink 1, herring gull 30, and laughing gull 115. These all back by the seafood company on the S side of Townsend Dr. No cars here but 7 at Royal Farms, 4 at Sting-Ray’s.


Most of the rest of the day at K.S.P. hawkwatch platform with the usual crew: Anna counts 30 ospreys, 204 chimney swifts, and 19 RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS (but cf. 43 here on September 25, 1966, as listed in the Gold Book p. 180). c. 200 barn swallows.


RAMP LANE, ESVNWR, a somewhat unproductive visit (as compared with September 2), but, let me tell you, so nice to see the nearly full moon rising over Smith Island, and looking at the island’s lighthouse through the grove of loblolly pines, an adult Bald Eagle sitting on its nest. white ibis 34 (only 3 adults), tricolored heron 1, clapper rail 5, green heron 1, belted kingfisher 1, snowy egret 15, tree & barn swallow combo c. 200, EASTERN KINGBIRD 0, Canada goose 6, great egret 16, ruby-throated hummingbird 1, semipalmated plover 1, double-crested cormorant 14, osprey 1, royal tern 2, great blue heron 2, peep unIDd 2, laughing gull all of 8, and brown pelican 22. 6:45-7:45, clear, SW5, 75 degrees F.


SEPTEMBER 5, Bob Anderson keeps me company as I decompress from my KIptopeke high by brief visits to several of my ESVA favorite places on the way back to Pencil-vain-eye-A. Gull-billed tern singletons at all 3 spots. BOX TREE (Machipongo): 10:05-10:40, SW15, 79, fair, hazy, mid-tide and letting out: - gull-billed tern 1, willet 15, peep unIDd 1, laughing gull 165 (all of them adults), herring gull 8, snowy egret 5, spotted sandpiper 2, Forster’s tern 3, turkey vulture 1, blue-gray gnatcatcher 2 (RLAn), eastern kingbird 1. Some nice little patches of joe pye weed in the lovely saltmarsh near the tiny little tidal gut just before one gets to the road’s end. NASSAWADOX: 1 gray squirrel.


WILLIS WHARF, 11:05-noon, 82-84, SW15, clear, tide going out with mud just starting to become exposed but a lot of mud by the time we leave. Gull-billed tern 1, willet 33, semipalmated plover 1, snowy egret 2, great egret 1, Caspian tern 3, Forster’s tern 6, double-crested cormorant 2, laughing gull 135, ruddy turnstone 18 (resting on a dock), bald eagle 1 adult, killdeer 1, belted kingfisher 1, little blue heron 1 immature, rock pigeon 2, eastern bluebird 1, green heron 1, and diamondback terrapin 1. No marbled godwits yet. A big cinderblock structure going up w/ no trespassing signs in front of the post office makes it hard to check out the prime areas. Usually I look over the fresh water pond off of Ballard Road but not this time.


GARGATHA LANDING (NE of Accomac): SW15+, 85-89, fair, low tide and still falling, fair. 12:50-1:30. Gull-billed tern 1, clapper rail 6 (good views of 2 of these interacting right out in the open), black skimmer 1, barn swallow all of 2, spotted sandpiper 2, peep unIDd 1, snowy egret 6, great egret 3, semipalmated plover 9, bald eagle 2 (1 ad., 1 imm.), laughing gull 30, double-crested cormorant 2, great blue heron 2, tricolored heron 1, black-bellied plover 1, greater yellowlegs 1, willet 3, Forster’s tern 1, Caspian tern 6, royal tern 1, and little blue heron 1 adult plus buckeye 1 and red-spotted purple 1. TREHERNEVILLE, the Tyson chicken plant: 2 immature bald eagles right over the plant. THE BLUE ROUTE outside of Philadelphia, a Cooper’s Hawk standing on the paved shoulder within feet of thousands of cars roaring by, probably hit and stunned. I should have stopped.


PLUS CA CHANGE the more it AIN’T the same. RECENT CHANGES AT KIPTOPEKE. The huge ROYAL FARMS has been open for a several weeks. Has 12 service bays (= 24 sets of gas pumps). A selection of food/drink that makes Sting-Ray’s look like a gourmet’s delight. I’m afraid it may “walmart” some of the smaller, establishments such as the nearby CITGO station (Lankford Truck Plaza) and perhaps even Sting-Ray’s. Loads of cars out front in contrast to none at Citgo about the same time and just a few at Sting-Ray’s. I stopped in, but who wants to wait behind 6 others at the cashier just to get a copy of the Virginian-Pilot? I get mine at Citgo since Sting-Ray’s no longer has a V-P dispenser.


In recent years 3 defunct motels have re-opened. At Sunset Beach Resort there are now 100s of trailers. There’s now an obnoxious commercial food and I-don’t-know-what-else establishment at the entrance to Kiptopeke State Park on the little triangle of land there, apparently for sale. I’m apprehensive about what may happen next in this area to further despoil Kiptopeke’s bucolic qualities.


CLASSICAL MUSIC STATIONS. My poor impression with how such stations report weather is not improved today when I hear “… the overnight high on Wednesday will be 50.” The … high? I’ve also heard recently: “We will keep you apprised on Hurricane Irma”, and then nothing, instead of just saying what is then known about it. In Philadelphia they are even worse with traffic reports. I can’t stand Fred Childs’ delivery, sounds so patronizing and condescending. Peter Van de Graaff is very precise, often playing stuff I’ve never heard by composers I’ve never heard of, sometimes with 3 consecutive French pieces. But that’s O.K.


When you hear someone identified as being from a specific country and/or century you KNOW it will not be a major composer. Some other announcers speak in such hushed, sepulchral tones, as if their mere presence might offend the listener. Others are in love with the sound of their own voice as much as the music. Hard to strike a balance, I guess.


Don’t get me wrong … I like Leadbelly, Johnny Cash, the MJQ, Mose Allison, Bob Dylan, Brubeck, and others just as much as the high tone stuff. Classical stations often say: “Remember, all music was once new.” In the case of classical music my response is: “Unfortunately, some of it still is.” Give me the old warhorses every time.


Best to all. - Harry Armistead, Philadelphia.

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Date: 9/7/17 10:38 am
From: dma3 via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Montgomery Sabine's sitting now
Off upstream end Van Deventer island I think it is called. Would be hard to pick out from Sycamore, but in sight

Dave Czaplak

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Date: 9/7/17 10:21 am
From: dma3 via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Montgomery Sabine's is back
1/2 mile upstream from Sycamore landing. Might be seeable from path at end of Syc Landing rd

Dave Czaplak

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Date: 9/7/17 10:07 am
From: dma3 via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Juv Sabines Gull Sycamore
Went out of sight upriver towards Edwards Ferry

Dave Czaplak

> On Sep 7, 2017, at 12:54 PM, Mary Ann Todd <maryatodd2...> wrote:
>
> Juv Sabines Gull Montgomery. 1/2 mile upstream from Sycamore landing. Going upriver. Update. Still present.
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Date: 9/7/17 9:54 am
From: Mary Ann Todd <maryatodd2...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Juv Sabines Gull Sycamore
Juv Sabines Gull Montgomery. 1/2 mile upstream from Sycamore landing. Going
upriver. Update. Still present.

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Date: 9/7/17 9:54 am
From: Hugh David Fleischmann <david...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Poplar Island tomorrow 9/8
Something has come up and I'm unable to make the Poplar Island trip tomorrow. Please contact me if you wish to have one ticket for tomorrow restricted access tour. Thanks.

Awesome Birding in 2017!

H. David Fleischmann
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Date: 9/7/17 9:06 am
From: Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Sabine's Gull: YES or NO
When we saw it this morning we were looking from one of the four small boat docks to the right of the buildings. The gull was between the two closest hydrilla mats and was swimming. Pretty distinctive profile even in bins. It did fly quite a bit eventually, coming fairly close at one point. No problem with bins although of course much better in the scope. However as we were leaving the bird flew out towards the airport pier and was swimming along the far edge of the furthest hydrilla mat. Would have been struggling with just our binoculars...

Gail Mackiernan
Colesville, MD

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> On Sep 7, 2017, at 11:01 AM, pbudde <pbudde...> wrote:
>
> A scope is almost certainly required, though you might get a distant view of the distinctive wing pattern of the juvenile with only binoculars. When I saw it yesterday it was always far out near the pier with the runway landing lights.
>
>
>
> Paul
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> Paul Budde
> Washington, DC
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> From: Jan Braumuller <janbraumuller...>
> Date: 9/7/17 9:41 AM (GMT-05:00)
> To: 'Andrew Clemens' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
> Subject: [MDBirding] Sabine's Gull: YES or NO
>
> Good morning,
> Please report asap today with specific site and whether a scope is needed. Thank you!! Best, Jan Braumuller
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Date: 9/7/17 8:41 am
From: Linda Just <ljustrn...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Swan Creek Sharp-tailed Sandpiper August 5/6 - MAYBE?
I was there Tuesday and, after reviewing my photos and thinking more about
it, I have since them been skeptical myself. While I am no expert on
Sharp-tailed Sandpipers, I would have thought the bird would have had more
of an obvious crown. I do not remember seeing that rufousy looking crown
that was so obvious in Sibley's illustrations. I also wondered if the bird
would have lost that much streaking in a period of 4 days-but again, I'm no
expert, and often rely on great birders, like Matt. Maybe I could pose
those questions to Matt. I did see the streaking that extended to the
flanks, that Matt so graciously pointed out to the birders that were
present Tuesday, though. Nevertheless, whether it is accepted or not, I
had a wonderful time looking at the other rarities . And a great find by
Matt!

Lin Just
Colora, Md

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> This should also convince anyone who has photos from this week to upload
> them if they haven't done so yet.
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Date: 9/7/17 8:29 am
From: David Amini <dmamini...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Rock Creek Park, Thursday 9/7/17
On Thursday, September 7, 2017 at 10:29:07 AM UTC-4, Wallace Kornack wrote:
> This morning (9/7) at Rock Creek Park…..
>
>
> 5 warbler species seen:  Redstart, Chestnut-sided, Black-and-white, Yellowthroat, Magnolia
>
>
> ——Maintenance Yard
> American Redstart     2
> Chestnut-sided Warbler  
> Mourning Dove     4
> Chimney Swift     12+
> Ruby-throated Hummingbird  
> Red-bellied Woodpecker    6
> Downy Woodpecker     2
> Northern Flicker     15+
> Pileated Woodpecker    3
> Eastern Wood-Pewee     2
> Great Crested Flycatcher  
> Red-eyed Vireo     7
> Blue Jay     3
> Carolina Chickadee     4
> Tufted Titmouse     2
> White-breasted Nuthatch  
> House Wren 
> Winter Wren     (Tucker)
> Carolina Wren     3
> American Robin   15
> Gray Catbird  
> Northern Cardinal  
> Orchard Oriole     FOS  (Tucker)
> Baltimore Oriole     2
> Common Grackle     32+
> American Goldfinch     2
>
>
>
> ——Dog Run   (Matt +)
> Black-and-white Warbler  
> Common Yellowthroat     2
> Magnolia Warbler     3
> Ruby-throated Hummingbird     2
> Downy Woodpecker  
> Northern Flicker  
> Eastern Wood-Pewee     3
> Great Crested Flycatcher  
> Blue Jay  
> White-breasted Nuthatch  
> Gray Catbird  
> Northern Cardinal  
> Baltimore Oriole  
> Common Grackle     15+
>
>
>
> Contributors:  Leon Kass. Matt Sileo, Jim Lemert, John Boright, Katharine Kravetz, Tucker Scully, David
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>
> Have Fun Birding!
>
>
> Wallace Kornack
> Washington  DC

Wallace,

Had three black and white warblers in the maintenance yard parking lot towards the horse stable, and also one wood thrush at the fence line

-David Amini

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Date: 9/7/17 8:12 am
From: Kevin Bennett <kevinfpbennett...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Swan Creek Sharp-tailed Sandpiper August 5/6 - MAYBE?
This should also convince anyone who has photos from this week to upload them if they haven't done so yet.

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Date: 9/7/17 8:02 am
From: pbudde <pbudde...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Sabine's Gull: YES or NO
A scope is almost certainly required, though you might get a distant view of the distinctive wing pattern of the juvenile with only binoculars. When I saw it yesterday it was always far out near the pier with the runway landing lights.


Paul
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-------- Original message --------From: Jan Braumuller <janbraumuller...> Date: 9/7/17 9:41 AM (GMT-05:00) To: 'Andrew Clemens' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Subject: [MDBirding] Sabine's Gull: YES or NO
Good morning,
  Please report asap today with specific site and whether a scope is needed. Thank you!!   Best, Jan Braumuller

Sent from my iPad

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Date: 9/7/17 7:29 am
From: Wallace Kornack <wallace...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Thursday 9/7/17
This morning (9/7) at Rock Creek Park…..

5 warbler species seen: Redstart, Chestnut-sided, Black-and-white, Yellowthroat, Magnolia

——Maintenance Yard
American Redstart 2
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Mourning Dove 4
Chimney Swift 12+
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Red-bellied Woodpecker 6
Downy Woodpecker 2
Northern Flicker 15+
Pileated Woodpecker 3
Eastern Wood-Pewee 2
Great Crested Flycatcher
Red-eyed Vireo 7
Blue Jay 3
Carolina Chickadee 4
Tufted Titmouse 2
White-breasted Nuthatch
House Wren
Winter Wren (Tucker)
Carolina Wren 3
American Robin 15
Gray Catbird
Northern Cardinal
Orchard Oriole FOS (Tucker)
Baltimore Oriole 2
Common Grackle 32+
American Goldfinch 2

——Dog Run (Matt +)
Black-and-white Warbler
Common Yellowthroat 2
Magnolia Warbler 3
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 2
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Eastern Wood-Pewee 3
Great Crested Flycatcher
Blue Jay
White-breasted Nuthatch
Gray Catbird
Northern Cardinal
Baltimore Oriole
Common Grackle 15+

Contributors: Leon Kass. Matt Sileo, Jim Lemert, John Boright, Katharine Kravetz, Tucker Scully, David

Have Fun Birding!

Wallace Kornack
Washington DC


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Date: 9/7/17 7:19 am
From: Matt Hafner <hafner.matt...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Swan Creek Sharp-tailed Sandpiper August 5/6 - MAYBE?
Hey everyone,

I want to put out a word of caution since there are still a lot people who
want to see this bird. Many people have been looking at the photos taken
this week (Sept 5th and 6th) and the consensus is that no photos CONFIRM
the Sharp-tailed Sandpiper to be present. Several of the photos posted to
eBird are Pectoral Sandpipers, while others are inconclusive.

I thought that I saw the bird on Tuesday, and that it had lost some of it's
streaking on the flanks and undertail coverts. After further review of the
available photos (including my own), I am not convinced.

Some factors to consider:

The Sharp-tailed has a dark base to the bill. Many photos this week show a
pale base to the bill.

One "soft" field mark that I discussed with Dave Czaplak last week was that
the densest chest streaking on Pectoral Sandpipers, occurs at the lower
center of the chest. This is the least dense area on the Sharp-tailed.
Many photos this week show a dark, densely streaked lower chest.

Last week, when I found the Sharp-tailed, the only Pectoral Sandpipers were
juveniles, which would not be easily confused with the Sharp-tailed, an
adult. On Friday, an adult Pectoral was observed and photographed in close
proximity to the Sharp-tailed (
https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/67767791#_ga=2.3804020.576149888.1504792727-1157881165.1396634485).
Over the last 2 days, there are several, at least 4-6, adult Pectorals
present. This makes picking out the Sharp-tailed much more difficult when
the birds are not close. Many of the field marks on the Sharp-tailed are
subtle and best observed in good light at close range. This is one of the
reasons I was so hesitant to make the initial call last Wednesday.

I will be out at Swan Creek again today and tomorrow around lunch time
trying to confirm the presence of the Sharp-tailed. The past two days have
still had plenty of good birds (3 Hudsonian Godwits, 2 Wilson's Phalaropes,
2-5 Baird's Sandpipers, American Golden-Plover) so I hope others will make
it out to check as well.

Good birding!

Matt Hafner
Forest Hill, MD

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Date: 9/7/17 7:09 am
From: Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Sabine's still at marina
Hi - Sabine's still on hydrilla mostly on the water but with some nice flights - to the right hand side of the hydrilla mats looking out from boat docks. Also two Black Terns.

Gail Mackiernan
Colesville

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Date: 9/7/17 6:41 am
From: Jan Braumuller <janbraumuller...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Sabine's Gull: YES or NO
Good morning,
Please report asap today with specific site and whether a scope is needed. Thank you!! Best, Jan Braumuller

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Date: 9/6/17 5:57 pm
From: Scott Baron <baron.scott...>
Subject: Fwd: [MDBirding] Swan Creek updates 9/6/2017
I had my first visit today to Swan Creek Wetland in Anne Arundel County.
It certainly does attract a good variety of birds!

One caution for those who are looking for the Sharp-tailed Sandpiper is
that the field marks on this individual are far from obvious. Until Dan H.
arrived and kindly helped us get on the bird, we struggled to pick out the
Sharp-tailed from the Pectorals that were present. Perhaps others more
familiar with the bird can chime in but I would be hard pressed to pick out
the Sharp-tailed from a line up tomorrow if I had to. Other birders who
were there felt the same way!

Please remember to park at the end of the road and sign in at the trailer.
You must bird from a small area at the end of the road.

Thank you, Matt H., Dan H. and everyone else for finding the bird and for
posting updates.

Happy birding,

Scott Baron
Gaithersburg, Md.


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From: Dan Haas <nervousbirds...>
Date: Wed, Sep 6, 2017 at 12:38 PM
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Swan Creek updates 9/6/2017
To: Tim Carney <timmyc83...>
Cc: Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>


One American Golden Plover, two Wilson's Phalarope, a Sanderling,
White-rumped Sand, three Greater Yellowlegs!, American Avocet, loads of
Stilt Sand, and many Pectorals, and a Black-bellied Plover that was present
earlier this AM (but not recently).

Best,

Dan
443-756-6207
www.danhaas.com

> On Sep 6, 2017, at 12:17 PM, Tim Carney <timmyc83...> wrote:
>
> Didn't see any updates so I figured I would post:
>
> - The site is open today until 3:30 PM.
> - The Sharp-tailed Sandpiper has been reported.
> - My coworker found TWO Yellow-headed Blackbirds feeding together. From
the flagpole, scope towards the Key Bridge, and they were on the upper dike
road.
> - There are also two Baird's Sandpipers and three Hudsonian Godwits
present.
>
> Tim Carney
> Parkville/Towson, MD
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Date: 9/6/17 2:41 pm
From: Lydia Schindler <lydia13621...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fwd: DC Area, 8/29/2017
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Date: Wed, Sep 6, 2017 at 10:45 AM
Subject: Fwd: DC Area, 9/5/2017
To: MDbirding <MDBirding...>



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Date: Tue, Sep 5, 2017 at 4:55 PM
Subject: DC Area, 9/5/2017
To: <BIRDEAST...>


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

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

This is the Voice of the Naturalist, a service of the Audubon
Naturalist Society. This report covers the week starting Tuesday, Aug
29 and was completed on Tuesday, Sept 5 at about 3:00 p.m.

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

TOP BIRDS THIS WEEK: SHARP-TAILED SANDPIPER* in MD, and SABINE'S GULL*
in DC/VA

OTHER BIRDS OF INTEREST: out-of-season ducks, NORTHERN BOBWHITE,
MISSISSIPPI KITE, BROAD-WINGED HAWK, SANDHILL CRANE, HUDSONIAN GODWIT,
WILSON'S PHALAROPE, RED-NECKED PHALAROPE, BONAPARTE'S GULL, WESTERN
KINGBIRD, GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER, CONNECTICUT WARBLER, YELLOW-RUMPED
WARBLER, WHITE-THROATED SPARROW, YELLOW-THROATED BLACKBIRD

TOP BIRDS

A likely first MD record SHARP-TAILED SANDPIPER* was photographed Aug
29 – Sep 1 at Swan Creek Wetland, Anne Arundel Co MD. Swan Creek was
closed Sep 2-4, but the bird was seen again early Sep 5. Probably in
Alexandria VA (but possibly also in SE DC waters of the Potomac R), a
SABINE'S GULL was seen Sep 4. Early on Sep 5, it was clearly in DC
waters. This could be a first record for both DC and VA.

OTHER BIRDS OF INTEREST

Out-of-season ducks included a RING-NECKED DUCK continuing Aug 31 &
Sep 1 at Hurlock WWTP, Dorchester Co MD, and a RED-BREASTED MERGANSER
Aug 31 and Sep 1 in Sussex Co DE at the VFW Quillens Pt. Hurlock WWTP
hosted 13 RUDDY DUCKs on Aug 30 and Sep 1, and single RUDDY DUCKs were
spotted on Aug 30 at the Easton WWTP (Talbot Co MD) and at Swan Creek
Wetland on Sep 3.

At least one NORTHERN BOBWHITE was heard Sep 4 in St Mary's City, St
Mary's Co MD.

Four MISSISSIPPI KITEs were reported Sep 1 over Lake Braddock Dr,
Burke VA (Fairfax Co).

Small numbers of BROAD-WINGED HAWKs were reported by the mountain hawk
watches, with a possible increase occurring at week's end with 23
reported by the Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch on Sep 4. Along the coast,
only one BROAD-WINGED HAWK was reported, at Kiptopeke Hawk Watch on
Sep 4.

SANDHILL CRANEs were reported at widely separated places: one Aug 30
at Bombay Hook NWR, and three Sep 1 at Mosser Rd Marsh in Garrett Co
MD.

On Aug 29, a single HUDSONIAN GODWIT was spotted in Oakwood Drive Pond
in Rockingham Co VA. On Aug 30, eight HUDSONIAN GODWITs were seen at
Swan Creek Wetland; at least three remained there early on Sep 5.

Swan Creek Wetland hosted a single WILSON'S PHALAROPE and 4 RED-NECKED
PHALAROPEs on Aug 30. A single RED-NECKED PHALAROPE was seen Sep 2 at
Sandy Pt SP, Anne Arundel Co MD.

A handful of BONAPARTE'S GULLs were scattered over central MD, both
Eastern and Western Shores of Chesapeake Bay.

A couple of GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLERs were seen in rather unexpected
places: a female on Aug 30 at Turkey Pt Light Station, Cecil Co MD,
and a male on Aug 31 in Rock Creek Pk, NW DC. Several single
CONNECTICUT WARBLERs were seen: one on Sep 1 at Greenbury Pt in Anne
Arundel Co MD and one continuing Sep 1 at Cromwell Valley Pk,
Baltimore Co MD.; on Sep 3 at Cromwell Valley Pk and at
Conway-Robinson St Forest, Prince William Co VA; and Sep 3-4 at Blue
Mash Nature Trail, Montgomery Co MD. An early (late?) YELLOW-RUMPED
WARBLER was spotted Sep 3 in Leesylvania SP, Prince William Co VA.

Likewise either early or late, a WHITE-THROATED SPARROW was in a
private yard in Prince George's Co MD on Sep 3.

At Swan Creek Wetland, A YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD was present Aug 31
and Sep 1.

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

The Audubon Sanctuary Shop (301-652-3606 <(301)%20652-3606>,
http://anshome.org/shop) is
an excellent source for guidebooks and many other nature-related
titles.

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

Thank you for your interest, and enjoy the birds.

*Of interest to the applicable records committee

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Date: 9/6/17 1:29 pm
From: dma3 via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Sabine's continues
At 4:15 it was sitting on the sav 1/2 way down the airport pier, periodically lifting its wings. Viewed from Washington Sailing Marina.

Dave Czaplak

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Date: 9/6/17 9:38 am
From: Dan Haas <nervousbirds...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Swan Creek updates 9/6/2017
One American Golden Plover, two Wilson's Phalarope, a Sanderling, White-rumped Sand, three Greater Yellowlegs!, American Avocet, loads of Stilt Sand, and many Pectorals, and a Black-bellied Plover that was present earlier this AM (but not recently).

Best,

Dan
443-756-6207
www.danhaas.com

> On Sep 6, 2017, at 12:17 PM, Tim Carney <timmyc83...> wrote:
>
> Didn't see any updates so I figured I would post:
>
> - The site is open today until 3:30 PM.
> - The Sharp-tailed Sandpiper has been reported.
> - My coworker found TWO Yellow-headed Blackbirds feeding together. From the flagpole, scope towards the Key Bridge, and they were on the upper dike road.
> - There are also two Baird's Sandpipers and three Hudsonian Godwits present.
>
> Tim Carney
> Parkville/Towson, MD
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Date: 9/6/17 9:17 am
From: Tim Carney <timmyc83...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Swan Creek updates 9/6/2017
Didn't see any updates so I figured I would post:

- The site is open today until 3:30 PM.
- The Sharp-tailed Sandpiper has been reported.
- My coworker found TWO Yellow-headed Blackbirds feeding together. From the flagpole, scope towards the Key Bridge, and they were on the upper dike road.
- There are also two Baird's Sandpipers and three Hudsonian Godwits present.

Tim Carney
Parkville/Towson, MD

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Date: 9/6/17 8:03 am
From: Wallace Kornack <wallace...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Wednesday 9/6/17
This overcast morning (9/6) at Rock Creek Park with Leon Kass and Susanna…..

——Maintenance Yard
Mourning Dove 2
Chimney Swift 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
Downy Woodpecker 2
Northern Flicker 4
Pileated Woodpecker 3
Great Crested Flycatcher
Red-eyed Vireo 6
Blue Jay 8 (5 at Dog run)
American Crow 2
Carolina Chickadee 4
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
House Wren 2
Carolina Wren at fence line
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
American Robin 6
Northern Cardinal
Common Grackle

Have Fun Birding!

Wallace Kornack
Washington DC


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Date: 9/6/17 7:45 am
From: Lydia Schindler <lydia13621...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fwd: DC Area, 8/29/2017
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Steve Cordle <scordle...>
Date: Tue, Sep 5, 2017 at 4:55 PM
Subject: DC Area, 8/29/2017
To: <BIRDEAST...>


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

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

This is the Voice of the Naturalist, a service of the Audubon
Naturalist Society. This report covers the week starting Tuesday, Aug
29 and was completed on Tuesday, Sept 5 at about 3:00 p.m.

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

TOP BIRDS THIS WEEK: SHARP-TAILED SANDPIPER* in MD, and SABINE'S GULL*
in DC/VA

OTHER BIRDS OF INTEREST: out-of-season ducks, NORTHERN BOBWHITE,
MISSISSIPPI KITE, BROAD-WINGED HAWK, SANDHILL CRANE, HUDSONIAN GODWIT,
WILSON'S PHALAROPE, RED-NECKED PHALAROPE, BONAPARTE'S GULL, WESTERN
KINGBIRD, GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER, CONNECTICUT WARBLER, YELLOW-RUMPED
WARBLER, WHITE-THROATED SPARROW, YELLOW-THROATED BLACKBIRD

TOP BIRDS

A likely first MD record SHARP-TAILED SANDPIPER* was photographed Aug
29 – Sep 1 at Swan Creek Wetland, Anne Arundel Co MD. Swan Creek was
closed Sep 2-4, but the bird was seen again early Sep 5. Probably in
Alexandria VA (but possibly also in SE DC waters of the Potomac R), a
SABINE'S GULL was seen Sep 4. Early on Sep 5, it was clearly in DC
waters. This could be a first record for both DC and VA.

OTHER BIRDS OF INTEREST

Out-of-season ducks included a RING-NECKED DUCK continuing Aug 31 &
Sep 1 at Hurlock WWTP, Dorchester Co MD, and a RED-BREASTED MERGANSER
Aug 31 and Sep 1 in Sussex Co DE at the VFW Quillens Pt. Hurlock WWTP
hosted 13 RUDDY DUCKs on Aug 30 and Sep 1, and single RUDDY DUCKs were
spotted on Aug 30 at the Easton WWTP (Talbot Co MD) and at Swan Creek
Wetland on Sep 3.

At least one NORTHERN BOBWHITE was heard Sep 4 in St Mary's City, St
Mary's Co MD.

Four MISSISSIPPI KITEs were reported Sep 1 over Lake Braddock Dr,
Burke VA (Fairfax Co).

Small numbers of BROAD-WINGED HAWKs were reported by the mountain hawk
watches, with a possible increase occurring at week's end with 23
reported by the Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch on Sep 4. Along the coast,
only one BROAD-WINGED HAWK was reported, at Kiptopeke Hawk Watch on
Sep 4.

SANDHILL CRANEs were reported at widely separated places: one Aug 30
at Bombay Hook NWR, and three Sep 1 at Mosser Rd Marsh in Garrett Co
MD.

On Aug 29, a single HUDSONIAN GODWIT was spotted in Oakwood Drive Pond
in Rockingham Co VA. On Aug 30, eight HUDSONIAN GODWITs were seen at
Swan Creek Wetland; at least three remained there early on Sep 5.

Swan Creek Wetland hosted a single WILSON'S PHALAROPE and 4 RED-NECKED
PHALAROPEs on Aug 30. A single RED-NECKED PHALAROPE was seen Sep 2 at
Sandy Pt SP, Anne Arundel Co MD.

A handful of BONAPARTE'S GULLs were scattered over central MD, both
Eastern and Western Shores of Chesapeake Bay.

A couple of GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLERs were seen in rather unexpected
places: a female on Aug 30 at Turkey Pt Light Station, Cecil Co MD,
and a male on Aug 31 in Rock Creek Pk, NW DC. Several single
CONNECTICUT WARBLERs were seen: one on Sep 1 at Greenbury Pt in Anne
Arundel Co MD and one continuing Sep 1 at Cromwell Valley Pk,
Baltimore Co MD.; on Sep 3 at Cromwell Valley Pk and at
Conway-Robinson St Forest, Prince William Co VA; and Sep 3-4 at Blue
Mash Nature Trail, Montgomery Co MD. An early (late?) YELLOW-RUMPED
WARBLER was spotted Sep 3 in Leesylvania SP, Prince William Co VA.

Likewise either early or late, a WHITE-THROATED SPARROW was in a
private yard in Prince George's Co MD on Sep 3.

At Swan Creek Wetland, A YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD was present Aug 31
and Sep 1.

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

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

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

Thank you for your interest, and enjoy the birds.

*Of interest to the applicable records committee

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Date: 9/6/17 7:41 am
From: Kevin Bennett <kevinfpbennett...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Sabine's Gull- YES
I saw the Sabine's Gull at about 9:30am after searching for about 30 minutes. It flew for a moment before settling back into the water about 3/4 of the way toward the end of the pier. A Bonaparte's Gull was also present among the many birds feeding on the submerged vegetation.

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Date: 9/6/17 5:13 am
From: Hugh McGuinness <hdmcguinness...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] RFI: Sharp-tailed Sandpiper
Scott, at Swan Creek you can only stand in a 100 x 50 foot area, so that is
where you will see the Sharp-tailed if you are lucky. The bird has been
obliging in showing up in the mud both north and south of viewing area.

Hugh

On Wed, Sep 6, 2017 at 8:09 AM, Scott Baron <baron.scott...> wrote:

> Hi,
>
> Where has the Sharp-tailed been seen at Swan Creek? I'll be searching for
> it this morning.
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> Thanks,
>
> Scott Baron
> Gaithersburg, Md.
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Date: 9/6/17 5:09 am
From: Scott Baron <baron.scott...>
Subject: [MDBirding] RFI: Sharp-tailed Sandpiper
Hi,

Where has the Sharp-tailed been seen at Swan Creek? I'll be searching for
it this morning.

Thanks,

Scott Baron
Gaithersburg, Md.

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Date: 9/6/17 4:59 am
From: Ted on Little Round Bay <akbar...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Sad find (with photos) dead juvenile green heron
Found floating in front of our place this morning. I'm afriad he/she's the heron I'd seen around the house the last 2 weeks.

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Date: 9/5/17 5:31 pm
From: Hugh McGuinness <hdmcguinness...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Birding the SAV on the Potomac in DC
B/c DC now has its own text-based Rare Bird Alert, rarities from the
District are not posted as frequently on this listserv. I thought it might
be a good idea to remind members that birding the subaquatic vegetation
(SAV) from the Virginia side of the Potomac has been very good in the last
week. The mat is not as thick as last year, and so it has not been as
productive, however, just like last year the first week of September has
seen a lot of activity on (and above) the mat.

The best-bird so far is DC's first SABINE'S GULL, a hatch-year found
yesterday morning at Washington Sailing Marina by Paul Pisano. This bird
remained through at least 6:30pm tonight, and appears that at least 50-60
e-birders have been to see it so far.

Other recent notables include a hy WILSON'S PHALAROPE found Sunday by Frank
Hawkins off the powerplant just north of Tide Lock Park, which was present
until dusk but not found subsequently. Yesterday Mark Rositol found 2
RED-NECKED PHALAROPES on the SAV northeast of Gibbon Street in Alexandria,
and these birds were still present late this afternoon.

In addition, a COMMON TERN was present at the Power Plant yesterday and
today, while yesterday a few BLACK TERNS were seen over the SAV throughout
much of the afternoon. Both Northern Shoveler and Blue-winged Teal have
also been seen recently feeding in the mat.

The best time to visit the mat seems to be on the rising tide just after
low tide. The light is much, much better in the afternoon. Key spots to
check are from Gibbon Street or Jones Pt Park, the end of Orinoco Street,
Tide Lock Park, and the Washington Sailing Marina.

Good birding to all!

Hugh

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Date: 9/5/17 5:22 pm
From: scott bates <fennecfox1947...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Ospreys at Culler Lake
Walking at Culler Lake in Frederick last Friday and saw two ospreys fishing. Returned the next day to photograph. No sign of them last Sunday.

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Date: 9/5/17 10:41 am
From: Andy Beiderman <aandyy...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: D.C. Sabine's Gull
Still present, foraging on far side of mat mostly,but now resting by building with white balls on top.

Andy Beiderman
Baltimore, MD

On Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at 11:49:55 AM UTC-4, Nick Lund wrote:
> Just passing along word from others that the bird is still being seen from Washington Sailing Marina, sitting in the water near the Reagan Airport landing light pier as of 11am.
>
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Date: 9/5/17 8:49 am
From: Nicholas Lund <nicholas.lund...>
Subject: [MDBirding] D.C. Sabine's Gull
Just passing along word from others that the bird is still being seen from
Washington Sailing Marina, sitting in the water near the Reagan Airport
landing light pier as of 11am.

Nick

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Date: 9/5/17 7:59 am
From: Kurt Schwarz <krschwa1...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Rob Hilton, Please Contact Me Off List



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Date: 9/5/17 7:33 am
From: Wallace Kornack <wallace...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Tuesday 9/5/17
This morning (9/5) at Rock Creek Park……

5 warbler species seen: Black-and-white, Yellowthroat, Redstart, Magnolia, Ovenbird

——Maintenance Yard
Black-and-white Warbler 3
Common Yellowthroat 2
American Redstart
Magnolia Warbler
Mourning Dove 5
Yellow-billed Cuckoo (Leon, Marina)
Chimney Swift 21+
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker 8+
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker 2
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker 4
Great Crested Flycatcher 3
Red-eyed Vireo 9+
Blue Jay 2
Carolina Chickadee 2
Tufted Titmouse 2
White-breasted Nuthatch 4
Winter Wren (Marina)
Carolina Wren 3
American Robin 11
Cedar Waxwing 2 FOS (Bill)
Scarlet Tanager 3
Northern Cardinal 6
Baltimore Oriole 2
Common Grackle

——Fence Line
Ovenbird (Susan)

——Dog Run (John, Jim, Marina)
Common Yellowthroat
American Redstart
Magnolia Warbler 2
Cooper's Hawk FOS (Jim)
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 3
Red-bellied Woodpecker 5
Hairy Woodpecker
Eastern Wood-Pewee 2
Great Crested Flycatcher
Red-eyed Vireo 3
Blue Jay 6
House Wren
Carolina Wren
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
American Robin 4
Gray Catbird 2
Song Sparrow 3
Northern Cardinal 3
Baltimore Oriole 7
Common Grackle

Contributors: Bill Butler, Leon Kass, Cathy Grosmann, Mark and Linda Domincovich, Jim Lemert, John Boright, Katharine Kravetz, Marina True, Susan Volman

Have Fun Birding!

Wallace Kornack
Washington DC

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Date: 9/5/17 6:34 am
From: C Wood <cwood022...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Sharp-tailed SP
any update on the Sharp-tailed appreciated. Thanks


Chris Wood
Woodbury, CT
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Date: 9/5/17 6:30 am
From: Matt Hafner <hafner.matt...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Sharp-tailed Sandpiper at Swan Creek - YES
The Sharp-tailed Sandpiper is being reported at Swan Creek. Three Hudsonian Godwits and Baird's Sandpiper are also reportedly present.

Please follow the instructions if you visit:

*** NOTE: Swan Creek/Cox Creek is an active industrial site and mitigation project in northern Anne Arundel Co. Access is at the end of Kembo Road off Fort Smallwood Road near 695. The site is open ONLY Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Please be in your car and leaving at 3:30 p.m.. Remember to always sign in at the office, to be on your best behavior (people have worked hard to coordinate this access), and to stick to permitted areas. This Swan Creek map linked here details where you are and aren't allowed to walk. http://www.billhubick.com/docs/swan_creek_map.jpg. ***

Matt Hafner
Forest Hill, MD

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Date: 9/5/17 6:24 am
From: Thomas Harten <tjharten1...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Re: Sabine's Gull in D.C.
Interesting! I know that one was found up in Connecticut in recent days as
well.

On Mon, Sep 4, 2017 at 8:41 PM, Keith Maley <keith.maley...> wrote:

> Gull was present at the same location from 7:00 PM until it was too dark
> to view it, for those hoping to go in the morning. It became more active in
> feeding over the mats as the sun went down, flying downriver at one point
> beyond view, but returning shortly.
>
> Many thanks to Paul Pisano for finding this incredible bird and sharing
> the information. Always incredible to observe a lifer.
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Date: 9/4/17 6:29 pm
From: Keith Maley <keith.maley...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Sabine's Gull in D.C.
Gull was present at the same location from 7:00 PM until it was too dark to view it, for those hoping to go in the morning. It became more active in feeding over the mats as the sun went down, flying downriver at one point beyond view, but returning shortly.

Many thanks to Paul Pisano for finding this incredible bird and sharing the information. Always incredible to observe a lifer.

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Date: 9/4/17 6:10 pm
From: Dave Mitchell (Howard County) <mitch.design.srvc...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Location Question,Pls - Glossy Ibis at Blue Mash
Ditto, appreciate the detail. Been there a few times but not to the pond described.

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Date: 9/4/17 1:49 pm
From: Scott Young <wsyacy...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Summit Hall Turf Farm
Quick question: toady people found a number of interesting birds at "Summit Hall Turf Farm." How is this site actually viewed by the public? Or is it private? Do you go to the end of Sycamore landing and head up the tow path? Thank you.

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Date: 9/4/17 1:28 pm
From: Max Wilson <max.wilson...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Location Question,Pls - Glossy Ibis at Blue Mash
Les,

The pond with the Ibis and shorebirds is southwest of the chainlink gate at the end of the entrance road from Zion Rd. The viewing location is approximately at the dropped pun on the attached map. There's a well trampled area about midway along the loop trail south pf the gravel road.

Good luck.
Max Wilson
Potomac, Montgomery

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Date: 9/4/17 12:48 pm
From: Les R Becker <lesrbecker2...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Location Question,Pls - Glossy Ibis at Blue Mash
Hello Group Members,

I'm a newcomer to the group and look forward to learning and contributing. My question: I have walked around the Blue Mash Nature Trail trying to observe the confirmed Glossy Ibis. I have walked to a pond from two different starting points at the Zion Rd parking lot several times without success. At least one blog talks about a 2nd pond visible through the chain link fence. Can anyone offer guidance on accessing the pond where the Ibis has been been seen and/or the view of the 2nd pond?

Many Thanks

Les

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Date: 9/4/17 12:35 pm
From: 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Northern Bobwhite, Park Hall, St. Mary's County, 9/3/17
Jane Kostenko and I stopped at a yard sale on the way to docent duty at Historic St. Mary's City. We immediately heard a NOBO calling from behind the house near corn fields. I asked the woman holding the sale if they were cage birds and she said they were wild and were usually around somewhere behind their house. Bird calls twice in audio at 3 and 17 seconds.

https://soundcloud.com/jtylerbell/voice-170903

The only other reliable spot, that I know of, in St. Mary's County, for NOBO, is Long Neck Road. If anyone would like to try for this bird, park at the lot just beyond the orange road sign with a bend to the right and 30 mph on southbound Rt. 5. There's an abandoned house there and you should be able to see the corn field on the south side of the road. Might not be able to see the bird but should easily hear it. If you get to the Green Door, you've overshot.



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California, Maryland

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Date: 9/4/17 8:30 am
From: Mark Rositol <mrositol510...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Sabine's Gull in D.C.
Still present at 11 20 am

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Date: 9/4/17 7:49 am
From: Wallace Kornack <wallace...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Monday 9/4/17
This morning (9/4) at Rock Creek Park…..

8 warbler species seen: Black-and-white, Redstart, Nashville, Ovenbird, Yellowthroat, Magnolia, Chestnut-sided, Canada

——Maintenance Yard
Black-and-white Warbler 3
Mourning Dove 4
Common Nighthawk FOS (Hugh)
Chimney Swift 101+ (Bill)
Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker 3
Pileated Woodpecker 3
Eastern Wood-Pewee 2
Great Crested Flycatcher 3
Red-eyed Vireo 4
Blue Jay 3
American Crow 8
Tufted Titmouse 2
White-breasted Nuthatch 3
Carolina Wren 2
Swainson's Thrush
American Robin 7
Gray Catbird 2
Scarlet Tanager
Northern Cardinal 3
Baltimore Oriole 2

——Yard Parking Lot
American Redstart
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Scarlet Tanager
Northern Cardinal
House Sparrow

——Fence Line
Nashville Warbler (Leon)

——Horse Center
Baltimore Oriole 3 (Susan)

——Long Path
Ovenbird FOS (Susan)

——Dog Run
Common Yellowthroat 3
Magnolia Warbler
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Canada Warbler (Leon)
Mourning Dove
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
Downy Woodpecker
Eastern Wood-Pewee 2
Least Flycatcher (Jim)
Red-eyed Vireo 3
Blue Jay 2
House Wren
Song Sparrow 3 FOS (Jim)
Northern Cardinal 3
Baltimore Oriole 3

Contributors: Bill Butler, Marjorie Rachlin, Leon Kass, Paul DeAnna, Sharon Forsyth, Katharine Kravetz, Jim Lemert, Tucker Scully, Lee Kimball, Lacey Dunham, Hugh McGuiness, Devon and Tully Hochhausler, Susan Volman, David Lauter, ++

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Washington DC


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Date: 9/4/17 7:06 am
From: Max Wilson <max.wilson...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Connecticut Warbler & Ibis at Blue Mash
The Glossy Ibis continues at the landfill pond this morning at Blue Mash (Montgomery County).

At about 10:00, I had an immature Connecticut Warbler in the undergrowth to the north of the entrance road opposite wher the trail to the pond breaks off to the south.

Max Wilson
Potomac, Montgomery County

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Date: 9/4/17 6:21 am
From: Sharon F1727 <sharonf1727...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Sabine's Gull
Paul Pisano found at Washington Sailing Marina DC

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Date: 9/4/17 6:19 am
From: Warblerick <ricksussman1955...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Sabine's Gull in D.C.
Wow, great find Paul!!

Rick Sussman
Woodbine, MD

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Date: 9/4/17 6:17 am
From: <cheep.paul...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Sabine's Gull in D.C.
I just found a Sabine's Gull at Washington Sailing Marina in D.C. ( just south of National Airport)

Paul Pisano
Arlington va

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Date: 9/3/17 12:22 pm
From: christine ley <chrisley21...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Warblers at violette's lock sept 3

Chestnut -sided
Magnolia
Redstart
Waterthrush

Chris ley
Bethesda
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Date: 9/3/17 10:03 am
From: Diana Linnekin <dlinnekin...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Phalarope
On Sunday, September 3, 2017 at 9:29:23 AM UTC-4, Andrew Clemens wrote:
> Has anyone chased the red necked phalarope at Sandy Point today.   Is it still there?
>
>
> Sent from Yahoo Mail on Android

I was there at 8ish this morning and didn't see it. I suspect it fled the crowds of folks at the park to enjoy the non-rainy day.

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Date: 9/3/17 9:03 am
From: Tim Houghton <timhoughton...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Conn at same place as two days ago. Cromwell.
fun to watch ut walk onn branches

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Date: 9/3/17 8:29 am
From: Wallace Kornack <wallace...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Sunday 9/3/17
This morning (9/3) at Rock Creek Park……

8 Warbler species were seen. Black-and-white, Tennessee, Yellowthroat, Redstart, Parula, Magnolia, Yellow, Chestnut-sided

——Maintenance Yard
Black-and-white Warbler 4
Tennessee Warbler FOS (Sally)
Common Yellowthroat
American Redstart 7
Northern Parula
Magnolia Warbler
Yellow Warbler FOS (Paul)
Chimney Swift 6+
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 3
Red-bellied Woodpecker 4
Downy Woodpecker 4
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Great Crested Flycatcher
Red-eyed Vireo 8
Blue Jay 2
Carolina Chickadee 2
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
House Wren
Carolina Wren
American Robin 9
Gray Catbird
Northern Cardinal 4
Baltimore Oriole 6 flyby
Common Grackle
American Goldfinch 2

——Fence Line
Veery
Swainson's Thrush

——Yard Parking Lot
Black-and-white Warbler
American Redstart 3
Chestnut-sided Warbler 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Blue Jay 3
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Carolina Wren
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Ruby-crowned Kinglet FOS (Paul)
Veery
House Sparrow 3

——Dog Run (John)
Black-and-white Warbler
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Date: 9/3/17 7:56 am
From: Lydia Schindler <lydia13621...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Earlier MD Sharp-tailed Sandpiper report
On Saturday, September 2, 2017 at 1:00:30 AM UTC-4, Phil Davis wrote:
> Hi MDBirders:
>
>
> I have been asked by several people about prior Maryland records of
> Sharp-tailed Sandpiper.
>
>
> There is only one prior report for Maryland, a Not Accepted record. There
> are no previous reports for DC.
>
>
> The MD bird was reported as having been observed on 08/26/1973 at the
> Summit Hall Turf Farm on River Road in Poolesville in Montgomery County.
> It was described as an juvenile bird. The bird was reported by Carl W.
> Carlson and Charles D. Creameans. Later that day, Jackson M. and David
> Abbott reported that they had relocated the bird and had also found a
> second bird in the field with over 300 Pectorals, about 300 Killdeers,
> and 2 Buff-breasteds. The birds were not relocated the next day. No
> photos were taken, but extensive notes were prepared and the observation
> was published in three journals: Maryland Birdlife 29(3):111;
> Atlantic Naturalist 29(1):27; and American Birds
> 28(1):34.
>
>
> At the time, this would have been the first record for the Middle
> Atlantic States. Previous east coast records included two in FL and one
> in MA.
>
>
> The main reason that the committee did not accept the report was that
> most members felt that a juvenile Pectoral could not be ruled out from
> the written description.
>
>
> Hope that helps.
>
>
> Phil
>
>
> PS. I have seen many four-letter abbreviations for this species. FYI, the
> Bird Banding Lab (BBL) banding code and old AOU four-letter abbreviation
> is SHAS.
>
>
>
>
>
>
> ===================================================
>
> Phil Davis, Secretary
>
> MD/DC Records Committee
>
> 2549 Vale Court
>
> Davidsonville, Maryland  21035     USA
>
> 301-261-0184
>
>
> <mailto......>
>
>
> MD/DCRC Web site: 
>
> http://www.MDBirds.org/mddcrc/rcindex.html
>
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Thanks, Phil. Very interesting background.

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Date: 9/3/17 6:29 am
From: 'Andrew Clemens' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Phalarope
Has anyone chased the red necked phalarope at Sandy Point today.   Is it still there?

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Date: 9/2/17 7:13 pm
From: Lovelace, Glen (DelDOT) <Glen.Lovelace...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Queen Anne's Co. 9/1
Good evening,

After enjoying the fantastic assemblage of shorebirds at Swan Creek, I escaped across the bridge before traffic got bad. Since the day remained cloudy, but the north wind subsided, I thought I might be able find some warblers in the afternoon. I chose Wye Island as my spot because an abundance of edge habitat. The idea worked as I was able to find several active flocks. The migrants consisted mostly of Redstarts and gnatcatchers, but I was able to find 2 Magnolias and a Black-throated Green. But the best migrant was a Veery found on the Ferry Trail.

?Later, I checked Central Sod Farms on John Brown Rd. Numerous Killdeer, Horned Lark and Dove with a smattering of other shorebirds in the northeast field - 12 Least and 1 Semi Sand, 2 Black-bellied Plover and an early Snipe.


Good birding,

Glen Lovelace III

Seaford, DE

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Date: 9/2/17 2:13 pm
From: Hugh Vandervoort <hughva...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Red Necked Phalarope at Sandy Point
This is the bird found by Dan Haas. A very cooperative subject.

Annapolis, MD
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Date: 9/2/17 12:23 pm
From: Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Red-necked Phalarope
Continuing as of 3:00. Very approachable. 50 traffic is backed up so get
off well before Sandy Point and take back roads.

On Sat, Sep 2, 2017 at 1:52 PM Dan Haas <nervousbirds...> wrote:

> At Sandy Point SP now. South beach pond, closest to the bridge.
>
> About the best views one could ever hope for, and the bird seems to prefer
> the company of humans to the harassing Laughing Gulls. ;-)
>
> Best,
>
> Dan
> 443-756-6207
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Date: 9/2/17 11:01 am
From: Phil Davis <pdavis...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Request for documentation: Scopoli's Shearwater 09/30/2012, off of OC
MD Birders:

This is a request for photos of one of several Scopoli's Shearwaters
that were observed on an Ocean City pelagic trip on Sunday,
09/30/2012. It is believed that photos were taken of one or more of
perhaps as many as four of these birds, However, I have not been able
to locate any of the photos. Thanks to Fred Shaffer for providing the
clues.

FYI, Cory's Shearwater had previously been considered as a single
species with two subspecies: the nominate Mediterranean-breeding
subspecies Scopoli's Shearwater (Calonectris diomedea diomedea), and
the Atlantic-breeding Cory's Shearwater (Calonectris diomedea borealis).
Several taxonomic authorities, including the the IOC (and hence, the
British Ornithological Union), Avibase, HBW Alive, etc., have recently
split the Cory's Shearwater complex into two separate species and it
possible that the AOS could follow suit for North America, at some
point in the future. [Cape Verde Shearwater (Calonectris edwardsii)
had been split from this complex even earlier.]

I have photos of Scopoli's from other pelagic trips, but none from
this specific 2012 trip.

Feel free to reply, off-list.

Thanks.

Phil

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Date: 9/2/17 10:52 am
From: Dan Haas <nervousbirds...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Red-necked Phalarope
At Sandy Point SP now. South beach pond, closest to the bridge.

About the best views one could ever hope for, and the bird seems to prefer the company of humans to the harassing Laughing Gulls. ;-)

Best,

Dan
443-756-6207
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Date: 9/2/17 9:08 am
From: Steve Long <steve.long4...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Help identifying a big, fat Hummer
I am experimenting with number and placement of Hummingbird feeders to try to get them to settle down and quit chasing each other away. When I put up a third feeder, somewhat more distant from the first two, the male Ruby Throat that guarded the tree where the other two feeders are located did not try to control the third.

To my surprise a noticeably longer and heavier looking Hummer took over that third feeder. I cannot identify it. It does not seem to have a green back, like all of the others. It is predominantly light and darker gray, with lighter undersides, including throat, and possibly the front top of its head, with no obvious throat markings. The back and back of head and area through eyes to beak is darker gray, but not very dark. There seems to be some white at the end of its tail. This bird gets harrassed by what appears to be either an immature male or a female Ruby Throat, but seems to dominate.

I will try to get a picture when conditions here inprove for photography, but, any ideas in the mean time?

Steve Long
Oxford

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Date: 9/1/17 10:02 pm
From: Phil Davis <pdavis...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Cross-posted message re eBird documentation
Hi MD/DC Birders:

The following cross-post is from Birdchat of an original message about
eBird documentation that was first posted to the Los Angeles County
(CA) listserver from respected birder, author, and ornithologist,
Kimball Garrett.

I spend a great deal of time "mining" eBird checklists for
documentation of MD/DC Records Committee reviewable observations, so I
feel Kimball's pain and thought I would share his message with our
regional community in an effort to help improve the quality of our
rarity documentation. By no means is this a "rant"from me ... merely
an small step to help improve our local documentation best practices.
My committee interests mostly have to do with the "Description"
section of Kimball's message.

Thanks.

Phil


Date: Fri, 1 Sep 2017 20:49:23 -0700
From: Daniel Edelstein <danieledelstein...>
Subject: [BIRDCHAT] Important Message About eBird From Kimball
Garrett (Below), Ornithology Collections Manager, Natural History
Museum of Los Angeles County
To: <BIRDCHAT...>

Birders, Below I'm sharing a message from Kimball Garrett,
Ornithology Collections Manager Natural History Museum of Los
Angeles County.

It was posted recently at the Los Angeles County listserv.


Dan Singer, an excellent ornithologist/birder/eBird reviewer for
San Francisco, Marin Co. Sonoma Co. and beyond shared Kimball's
message recently at the North Bay Bird listserv….and Dan notes
Kimball is one of the finest field ornithologists in California
and, for that matter, North America. All the issues addressed in
Kimball's message below pertain to eBird users everywhere. Some of
the specific examples Kimball may not apply to our area (e.g.
Southwestern Willow Flycatcher), but the broader concepts
do.Regards, Daniel Edelstein, Novato, CA & Ellison Bay, WI
warblerwatch.com



Date: 8/24/17 12:24 pm
From: Kimball Garrett <kgarrett...>
Subject: [LACoBirds] eBird issues this Fall
Birders,

Fall migration is in full swing. The rate of use of eBird by Los
Angeles County birders continues to skyrocket, with the obvious
benefit of much denser information about our avifauna, but also
with the drawbacks of continuing and even accelerating issues with
data quality. So here's another in a series of occasional messages
intended to improve the eBird database for our area. If you know
eBird users who are not on this list serve, always feel free to
share these messages with them. This mini-rant will cover three
issues: (1) Adding descriptions; (2) dealing with subspecies
options; and (3) improving metadata in the "Comments" section.

DESCRIPTIONS
This could be subtitled "There is a happy medium between Curtis
Marantz and the average eBird user." We all know it is now easy
(and desirable) to upload photos and audio files to one's eBird
checklist. But when you are asked to document a flagged record,
PLEASE keep in mind that such evidence is only part of the
documentation that should support unusual records. I am constantly
amazed at how many eBirders will attach a photo (or 2 or 3...) to
their checklist to document a rarity and will not write a single
word about the sighting. In many cases the photos are less than
ideal, and might not even help support the identification; so we
rely on the added value of a written description. This is where
Curtis comes in..... you don't have to write a Marantzian tome of
4000 words to document a rarity (though such detail is helpful).
But please add information about the circumstances of the sighting
and any characters (e.g. size and structure, movements, other
behaviors, plumage, voice, etc.) that are not evident from the
photos as well as amplification of what is shown in the photos.
And indicate how similar species were considered and eliminated. I
fear that the simple art of writing a good description of a bird
to document a sighting and confirm its identification is
disappearing from our birding culture. I largely blame the
apparent need for instant gratification through smartphones and
apps - why not jot notes down in the field (they have these things
called pens, pencils and notebooks) and then add a thoughtful and
detailed description based on these notes when you're home sitting
at your computer? Yes, it takes time. But the alternative is
having what might be a perfectly good record questioned or even
invalidated by a reviewer. And as I have mentioned before (let's
call this section "Sandwiches I have Eaten While Birding"),
concentrate on relevant points in your description and leave the
irrelevant things out.

SUBSPECIES
I strongly urge eBirders to enter data ONLY at the level of
species, except in the few cases where well-marked subspecies are
(usually) readily identifiable in the field; species with
field-identifiable subspecies or subspecies groups in L. A. County
include but are not limited to: Yellow-rumped Warbler,
White-crowned Sparrow, Green-winged Teal, Red-tailed Hawk, Merlin,
Northern Flicker (and intergrades), Bell's Vireo, Hermit Thrush,
White Wagtail, Red Crossbill (call types), Bell's Sparrow,
Savannah Sparrow, Fox Sparrow, and Dark-eyed Junco. In some of
these cases only one subspecies (or none) occurs regularly. In
some other cases, observers with extensive experience and good
studies of the bird in question can also reasonably determine
subspecies (e.g. Orange-crowned Warbler, Marsh Wren, Song Sparrow,
Canada Goose, Cackling Goose, Leach's Storm-Petrel, Red-breasted
Sapsucker). There is nothing to be gained by indicating a
subspecies based ONLY on your locality - so it's preferable to
enter "Osprey" rather than "Osprey (carolinensis)" even if you can
be 99.9% certain that a local Osprey is of the North American
carolinensis subspecies. An exception would be if you were able to
study the bird well enough to rule out the other Osprey subspecies
based on actual characters rather than locality. A lot of the
subspecies entry issues seem to arise from the use of smartphone
apps, so when entering data via such an app be sure to select the
full species rather than a particular subspecies (unless you can
document the subspecies). To the novice birder, some of the
subspecies names might seem completely appropriate, even though
they're not. A recent example is a birder who entered "Willow
Flycatcher (Southwestern)" on the assumption that a Willow
Flycatcher in the "southwest" should be that subspecies. In fact,
of course, the "Southwestern" Willow Flycatcher (Empidonax
traillii extimus) is known from Los Angeles County in recent years
only by a very few possible breeding pairs, with essentially no
documented records of migrants. So 99.9% of Willow Flycatchers in
L. A. County will be what eBird calls "Willow Flycatcher
(Northwestern) (Empidonax traillii brewsteri/adastus), even though
Los Angeles County is hardly "northwestern." Why not just enter as
"Willow Flycatcher"?

METADATA AND INTRODUCTORY COMMENTS
When you enter an eBird checklist you can make comments about that
birding event in the Comments section on the second screen ("Date
and Effort"). It is unfortunate that eBird does not require users
to enter information about conditions, but until they institute
that capability, you can use the "Comments" section to add
information on, for example, sky conditions, wind conditions,
precipitation, temperature, tide, and other physical environmental
conditions that can greatly impact your bird list. Indicate how
you covered the area (route, areas of concentration, etc.). Also a
description of the habitat, any disturbances or other conditions
that might impact your bird list, names of birding companions
(these show up automatically only if the list is "shared" with
them), condition of vegetation and food crop, and anything else
that seems relevant. Sure, you could even mention what kind of
sandwich you had for lunch.

All of the above must seem like "work," but I suspect a large
number of you use eBird for the common good as a thorough
avifaunal record rather than simply for an accounting of your
sport-listing accomplishments. Joseph Grinnell and other "early"
naturalists in California might have spent hours writing in their
journals about each of their field outings, and that information
is invaluable to researchers today. Can't we, at least in some
small part, try to do the same?

Kimball

Kimball L. Garrett
Ornithology Collections Manager
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
900 Exposition Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90007 USA
(213) 763-3368


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Date: 9/1/17 10:00 pm
From: Phil Davis <pdavis...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Earlier MD Sharp-tailed Sandpiper report
Hi MDBirders:

I have been asked by several people about prior Maryland records of
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper.

There is only one prior report for Maryland, a Not Accepted record.
There are no previous reports for DC.

The MD bird was reported as having been observed on 08/26/1973 at the
Summit Hall Turf Farm on River Road in Poolesville in Montgomery
County. It was described as an juvenile bird. The bird was reported by
Carl W. Carlson and Charles D. Creameans. Later that day, Jackson M.
and David Abbott reported that they had relocated the bird and had
also found a second bird in the field with over 300 Pectorals, about
300 Killdeers, and 2 Buff-breasteds. The birds were not relocated the
next day. No photos were taken, but extensive notes were prepared and
the observation was published in three journals: Maryland Birdlife
29(3):111; Atlantic Naturalist 29(1):27; and American Birds 28(1):34.

At the time, this would have been the first record for the Middle
Atlantic States. Previous east coast records included two in FL and
one in MA.

The main reason that the committee did not accept the report was that
most members felt that a juvenile Pectoral could not be ruled out from
the written description.

Hope that helps.

Phil

PS. I have seen many four-letter abbreviations for this species. FYI,
the Bird Banding Lab (BBL) banding code and old AOU four-letter
abbreviation is SHAS.


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Date: 9/1/17 4:10 pm
From: Kevin Graff <keyweststyle2001...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Hart-Miller Island, 08/28/17
08/28/17 – 710am-220pm

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



WEATHER: Fair/MC, 62-75 degrees, calm- E 8K



Canada Goose – 155

Wood Duck – 8

Gadwall – 2

American Black Duck – 20

Mallard – 94

Blue-winged Teal – 6

Northern Shoveler – 16

*NORTHERN PINTAIL – 2 (pair)

Green-winged Teal – 18

Ruddy Duck – 1 (drake)

Pied-billed Grebe – 4

Double-crested Cormorant – 53

Great Blue Heron – 10

Great Egret – 2

Snowy Egret – 1

Turkey Vulture – 1

Osprey – 14

Bald Eagle – 4

Northern Harrier – 1

Red-tailed Hawk – 1

Peregrine Falcon – 1

*COMMON GALLINULE – 1 (juvenile)

*AMERICAN COOT – 1 (juvenile)

Black-bellied Plover – 8

*AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER – 1

Semipalmated Plover – 1

Killdeer – 2

*MARBLED GODWIT – 1

Spotted Sandpiper – 2

Greater Yellowlegs – 29

Lesser Yellowlegs – 46

Semipalmated Sandpiper – 8

Western Sandpiper – 1

Least Sandpiper – 42

*WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER – 1

peep – 20

Stilt Sandpiper – 3

Pectoral Sandpiper – 2

Short-billed Dowitcher – 3

Laughing Gull – 13

Ring-billed Gull – 56

Herring Gull – 10

*LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL – 2 (2nd S going into 3rd W; 3rd S going into 4th
W)

Great Black-backed Gull – 40

Caspian Tern – 248

*ROYAL TERN – 2 (adult & juvenile)

Mourning Dove – 13

Yellow-billed Cuckoo – 2

Chimney Swift – 2

Ruby-throated Hummingbird – 5

Eastern Phoebe – 1

Great Crested Flycatcher – 1

Eastern Kingbird – 5

American Crow – 2

Purple Martin – 9

Tree Swallow – 31

Barn Swallow – 34

Carolina Wren – 2

Marsh Wren – 1

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher – 2

Gray Catbird – 8

Northern Mockingbird – 1

European Starling – 135

Common Yellowthroat – 6

American Redstart – 1

Yellow Warbler – 2

Chestnut-sided Warbler – 1

Canada Warbler – 1

Song Sparrow – 2

Swamp Sparrow – 1

Northern Cardinal – 11

Blue Grosbeak – 1

Indigo Bunting – 2

Red-winged Blackbird – 90

Brown-headed Cowbird – 4

Baltimore Oriole – 2

House Finch – 6

American Goldfinch – 33

SPECIES: 77 INDIVIDUALS: 1374



MAMMALS: Red Fox – 3



REPTILES: N Water Snake – 1



AMPHIBIANS: Fowler’s Toad – 18



BUTTERFLIES

E Tiger Swallowtail – 1

Black Swallowtail – 10

Spicebush Swallowtail – 2

Cabbage White – 20

Orange Sulphur – 25

Cloudless Sulphur – 5

Eastern tailed Blue – 2

Variegated Fritillary – 2

Pearl Crescent – 10

Painted Lady – 1

Common Buckeye – 14

Red-spotted Purple – 1

Monarch – 36 (33 adults, 1 caterpillar, 2 chrysalis)

Silver-spotted Skipper – 6

Common Sootywing – 1

Wild Indigo Duskywing – 1

Horace’s Duskywing – 1

Least Skipper – 2



DRAGONFLIES

Common Green Darner – 4

Twelve-spotted Skimmer – 2

Needham’s Skimmer – 32

Eastern Pondhawk – 35

Wandering Glider – 2

Black Saddlebags – 35

Four-spotted Pennant – 2



MOTHS: Snowberry Clearwing – 1 (caterpillar, photos), Yellow-necked
Caterpillar Moth – 1



BEETLES: Convergent Lady Beetle – 3, Seven-spotted Lady Beetle – 2



Kevin Graff
Jarrettsville, MD
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Date: 9/1/17 10:54 am
From: Matt Hafner <hafner.matt...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Sharp-tailed Sandpiper - YES and LAST CHANCE BEFORE TUESDAY
Just wanted to reiterate that, at this time, Swan Creek is not planning on
being open Saturday, Sunday, or Labor Day. Also, as of now, there are no
plans for extended hours this evening. So if you want to see the bird, I'd
recommend getting over there by 3pm so you can get a good look before
leaving at 3:30pm. The facility will reopen on Tuesday September 5th at
7am.

The bird has been cooperative all day so far, feeding straight out from the
viewing area and relatively close in. Other good birds present include 8
Hudsonian Godwits, 2 Wilson's Phalaropes, a Baird's Sandpiper, and a
Yellow-headed Blackbird. Of course there are several Stilt, White-rumped,
and Western Sandpipers around to enjoy as well.

Good birding!

Matt Hafner
Forest Hill, MD

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Date: 9/1/17 10:42 am
From: Thomas Stock <altomomatic...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Swan Creek Sharp-tailed Sandpiper
Thank you to Matt Hafner for finding this incredible bird!

Saw it this morning up close and personal before it moved further out onto the mudflats.

Great shorebirding - Hudsonian Godwits were awesome! - made outstanding by the presence of a mega-rarity.

Tom Stock
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Date: 9/1/17 10:42 am
From: Thomas Stock <altomomatic...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Swan Creek Sharp-tailed Sandpiper
Thank you to Matt Hafner for finding this incredible bird!

Saw it this morning up close and personal before it moved further out onto the mudflats.

Great shorebirding - Hudsonian Godwits were awesome! - made outstanding by the presence of a mega-rarity.

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Date: 9/1/17 7:49 am
From: Wallace Kornack <wallace...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Friday 9/1/17
This morning (9/1) at Rock Creek Park maintenance yard area……

4 warbler species seen: Redstart, Cape May, Chestnut-sided, Black-throated Blue

——Maintenance Yard
American Redstart 4
Cape May Warbler FOS (Hugh)
Chestnut-sided Warbler 3
Red-shouldered Hawk heard
Mourning Dove
Chimney Swift 20+
Red-bellied Woodpecker 4
Northern Flicker 3
Pileated Woodpecker 3
Great Crested Flycatcher 2
American Crow 2
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
House Wren
Carolina Wren 2
American Robin 5
Northern Cardinal 7

——Fence Line
Black-throated Blue Warbler FOS (Lacey)

——Yard Parking Lot
House Sparrow FOS (Bill)

Contributors: Bill Butler, Leon Kass, Katherine Kravetz, Hanan Jacoby, High Mc Guinness, Susan Volman, Lacey Dunham

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Wallace Kornack
Washington DC

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Date: 9/1/17 7:48 am
From: Tim Houghton <timhoughton...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Connecticut at cromwell
between boxes 9 and 10 on minebank trail seen from field side

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Date: 9/1/17 5:19 am
From: Matt Hafner <hafner.matt...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Swan Creek 9/1 - Yes Sharp-tailed
Tim reports the Sharp-tailed and Yellow-headed Blackbird seem as if 8am.

Matt Hafner
Forest Hill, MD

> On Sep 1, 2017, at 7:38 AM, Tim Carney <timmyc83...> wrote:
>
> Open 7:00-3:30 today. I would not count on extended hours.
>
> No Sharp-tailed yet.
>
> Present: 8 Hudsonian Godwits, 1 Baird's, 5 White-rumped, 1 Black-bellied Plover...
>
> Stay tuned. Lots of birders looking for the Sharp-tailed.
>
> Tim Carney
> Parkville/Towson, MD
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Date: 9/1/17 4:38 am
From: Tim Carney <timmyc83...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Swan Creek 9/1
Open 7:00-3:30 today. I would not count on extended hours.

No Sharp-tailed yet.

Present: 8 Hudsonian Godwits, 1 Baird's, 5 White-rumped, 1 Black-bellied Plover...

Stay tuned. Lots of birders looking for the Sharp-tailed.

Tim Carney
Parkville/Towson, MD

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Date: 8/31/17 5:15 pm
From: Karen Caruso <karen.caruso...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Jug Bay Wetlands Center Ongoing Bird Survey - 41 species
Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary, Anne Arundel, Maryland, US
Aug 31, 2017 7:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.5 mile(s)
Comments: Ongoing Bird Survey
41 species (+3 other taxa)

Canada Goose 48
Wood Duck 7
Mallard 2
Mallard x American Black Duck (hybrid) 1
Double-crested Cormorant 3
Great Blue Heron 4
Great Egret 3
Black Vulture 6
Turkey Vulture 44
Osprey 8
Northern Harrier 1
Bald Eagle 3
hawk sp. 1
Lesser Yellowlegs 5
shorebird sp. 1
Laughing Gull 29
Forster's Tern 8
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 1
Mourning Dove 2
Chimney Swift 5
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 5
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Eastern Wood-Pewee 5
Eastern Phoebe 6
Red-eyed Vireo 9
Blue Jay 1
Tree Swallow 3
Barn Swallow 6
Carolina Chickadee 4
Tufted Titmouse 3
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
Carolina Wren 5
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 3
Eastern Bluebird 7
Wood Thrush 1
American Robin 9
Gray Catbird 1
Common Yellowthroat 4
Northern Parula 1
Chipping Sparrow 3
Northern Cardinal 1
Blue Grosbeak 1
Red-winged Blackbird 1
American Goldfinch 7

Next survey Sept 14

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Date: 8/31/17 2:54 pm
From: Thomas Stock <altomomatic...>
Subject: RE: [MDBirding] SWAN CREEK CLOSED
For those of us who were planning on chasing the bird Friday, any word on the status of Swan Creek tomorrow?

Tom Stock
Silver Spring MD



On Thursday, August 31, 2017 Matt Hafner <hafner.matt...> wrote:

From Tim Carney:

Swan Creek had to unexpectedly close at 3:20pm.  Do not go chase the shorebirds this afternoon.

Matt Hafner

Forest Hill, MD

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Date: 8/31/17 12:26 pm
From: Matt Hafner <hafner.matt...>
Subject: [MDBirding] SWAN CREEK CLOSED
From Tim Carney:

Swan Creek had to unexpectedly close at 3:20pm. Do not go chase the
shorebirds this afternoon.

Matt Hafner
Forest Hill, MD

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Date: 8/31/17 12:21 pm
From: 'diane Ford' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Sharp-tailed Sandpiper, Yellow-headed Blackbird=Yes! Swan Creek Dredge Impoundment
Hi all-  Had a wonderful morning with a host of birders taking in the [Lifer!] Sharp-tailed Sandpiper [found previously by Matt Hafner-thankyou!] It was niceto see Wilson's Phalaropes doing their " spinney thingy" in the water.
A female Yellow-headed Blackbird dropped in for great looks (another county bird!) and hung out with a flock of cowbirds. Also had a Magnolia warbler and Cape Maywith Kevin Graff and others along the trail to the marsh.
D.Ford/Bethesda, Md.


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Date: 8/31/17 8:01 am
From: 'Bird couple' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Swan Creek extended hours today 8/31
And thank you Matt for the amazing find!! Don't get too many lifers in my home county these days!

Warren Strobel
Annapolis

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> On Aug 31, 2017, at 10:40 AM, Matt Hafner <hafner.matt...> wrote:
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> Thank you Tim, MPA, and MES!
>
> Matt Hafner
> Forest Hill, MD
>
>> On Thu, Aug 31, 2017 at 10:36 AM, Tim Carney <timmyc83...> wrote:
>> Hello everyone,
>>
>> Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Port Administration (MDOT MPA) and Maryland Environmental Service (MES) approved extended hours at Swan Creek today. We will keep the gates open until 5:30 PM today only.
>>
>> No word on tomorrow, this weekend, or Labor Day yet.
>>
>> Tim Carney
>> Parkville/Towson, MD
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Date: 8/31/17 7:41 am
From: Wallace Kornack <wallace...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Thursday 8/31/17, Golden-winged Warbler
This morning (8/31) in Rock Creek Park maintenance yard…...

Golden-winged Warbler was found by Paul DeAnna above the yard’s ravine. It was also seen be many birders.

Golden-winged Warbler m. FOS (Paul)
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Mourning Dove 1
Chimney Swift 51 +
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 4
Red-bellied Woodpecker 8
Downy Woodpecker 2
Hairy Woodpecker 2
Northern Flicker 7
Pileated Woodpecker 3
Eastern Wood-Pewee 3
Great Crested Flycatcher 3
Red-eyed Vireo 2
Blue Jay 4
American Crow 2
Common Raven heard in yard parking lot (Bill)
Carolina Chickadee 3
Tufted Titmouse 2
White-breasted Nuthatch 3
House Wren 2
Winter Wren (John)
Carolina Wren 2
American Robin 9 +
Scarlet Tanager
Northern Cardinal 6
Baltimore Oriole 2
Common Grackle 2
American Goldfinch 3

Contributors: Bill Butler, Paul DeAnna, Leon Kass, John Boright, Susan Volman, Katharine Kravetz, Stephen Jones

Have Fun Birding!

Wallace Kornack
Washington DC

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Date: 8/31/17 7:40 am
From: Matt Hafner <hafner.matt...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Swan Creek extended hours today 8/31
Thank you Tim, MPA, and MES!

Matt Hafner
Forest Hill, MD

On Thu, Aug 31, 2017 at 10:36 AM, Tim Carney <timmyc83...> wrote:

> Hello everyone,
>
> Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Port Administration (MDOT
> MPA) and Maryland Environmental Service (MES) approved extended hours at
> Swan Creek today. We will keep the gates open until 5:30 PM today only.
>
> No word on tomorrow, this weekend, or Labor Day yet.
>
> Tim Carney
> Parkville/Towson, MD
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Date: 8/31/17 7:39 am
From: Tim Carney <timmyc83...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Swan Creek access on Labor Day
Hi Bert,

As of now, the site will be closed on Labor Day. It will reopen on Tuesday at 7:00 AM.

Tim Carney
Parkville/Towson, MD

On Thursday, August 31, 2017 at 10:30:24 AM UTC-4, Bert Harris wrote:
> Hi all,
>
> Does anyone know if Swan Creek will be open during the normal hours on Labor Day?
>
> Thank you,
> Bert Harris, Orlean, VA

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Date: 8/31/17 7:36 am
From: Tim Carney <timmyc83...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Swan Creek extended hours today 8/31
Hello everyone,

Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Port Administration (MDOT MPA) and Maryland Environmental Service (MES) approved extended hours at Swan Creek today. We will keep the gates open until 5:30 PM today only.

No word on tomorrow, this weekend, or Labor Day yet.

Tim Carney
Parkville/Towson, MD

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Date: 8/31/17 7:30 am
From: Bert Harris <aramidopsis...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Swan Creek access on Labor Day
Hi all,

Does anyone know if Swan Creek will be open during the normal hours on Labor Day?

Thank you,
Bert Harris, Orlean, VA

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Date: 8/31/17 5:51 am
From: Tim Carney <timmyc83...>
Subject: [MDBirding] There is also a Yellow-headed Blackbird at Swan Creek
Reported by Jeff Shenot, Ed Boyd, et al. near the trailers.

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

Tim Carney
Parkville/Towson, MD

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Date: 8/31/17 5:23 am
From: Brad Phoebus <bradphoebus...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Goldenwinged warbler at turkey pt. Female. At very end southest corner.
On Thursday, August 31, 2017 at 8:09:44 AM UTC-4, Martha Morris wrote:
> Where is "turkey pt"?

It's the southern tip of Elk Neck State Park in Cecil County.

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Date: 8/31/17 5:09 am
From: Martha Morris <mmorris5301...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Goldenwinged warbler at turkey pt. Female. At very end southest corner.
Where is "turkey pt"?

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Date: 8/31/17 4:11 am
From: Mary Ann Todd <maryatodd2...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Sharp-tailed Continues Swan Creek
At trailers now.

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Date: 8/30/17 4:14 pm
From: Gene Ricks <gricks1949...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Sharp-tailed Sandpiper at Swan Creek
On Wednesday, August 30, 2017 at 4:17:36 PM UTC-4, Matt Hafner wrote:
> I've received nothing but positive comments about the interesting Calidris, so I'm starting a new thread here. 
>
> Tim Carney notes that TODAY ONLY there is Swan Creek access until 5:30 PM.  As far as I know, people on site are not currently seeing the bird. Closer photos were obtained after I left by Ryan Johnson and Dan Haas.
>
> *** NOTE: Swan Creek/Cox Creek is an active industrial site and
> mitigation project in northern Anne Arundel Co. Access is at the end of
> Kembo Road off Fort Smallwood Road near 695. The site is open ONLY
> Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Please be in your car and
> leaving at 3:30 p.m.. Remember to always sign in at the office, to be on
> your best behavior (people have worked hard to coordinate this access),
> and to stick to permitted areas. This Swan Creek map linked here
> details where you are and aren't allowed to walk. http://www.billhubick.com/docs/swan_creek_map.jpg. ***
>
> Good luck!
>
> Matt Hafner
> Forest Hill, MD

Here's 2 photos of the Sharp-tailed that landed in front of us and the Pectoral that was near it for comparison.

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Date: 8/30/17 1:26 pm
From: Joe Hanfman <auk1844...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Sharp-tailed Sandpiper at Swan Creek
Matt,
Great find. About 2:45 the Sharp-tailed Sandpiper flew to the south edge of the South Cell near a large piece of white trash. It was not visible at the distance.
Before it flew, it hung out on the spit on the west side of the North Cell. That is were several of us got photos.
It briefly landed in front of us next to a Pectoral Sandpiper. That would have been a great photo but it was too quick for me.

Joe Hanfman
Columbia, MD

> On Aug 30, 2017, at 4:17 PM, Matt Hafner <hafner.matt...> wrote:
>
> I've received nothing but positive comments about the interesting Calidris, so I'm starting a new thread here.
>
> Tim Carney notes that TODAY ONLY there is Swan Creek access until 5:30 PM. As far as I know, people on site are not currently seeing the bird. Closer photos were obtained after I left by Ryan Johnson and Dan Haas.
>
> *** NOTE: Swan Creek/Cox Creek is an active industrial site and mitigation project in northern Anne Arundel Co. Access is at the end of Kembo Road off Fort Smallwood Road near 695. The site is open ONLY Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Please be in your car and leaving at 3:30 p.m.. Remember to always sign in at the office, to be on your best behavior (people have worked hard to coordinate this access), and to stick to permitted areas. This Swan Creek map linked here details where you are and aren't allowed to walk. http://www.billhubick.com/docs/swan_creek_map.jpg. ***
>
> Good luck!
>
> Matt Hafner
> Forest Hill, MD
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Date: 8/30/17 1:23 pm
From: Matt Hafner <hafner.matt...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Sharp-tailed Sandpiper at Swan Creek - UPDATE YES
Tim Carney reports that the bird has been refound in close.

Good luck,

Matt Hafner
Forest Hill, MD

On Wed, Aug 30, 2017 at 4:17 PM, Matt Hafner <hafner.matt...> wrote:

> I've received nothing but positive comments about the interesting
> Calidris, so I'm starting a new thread here.
>
> Tim Carney notes that TODAY ONLY there is Swan Creek access until 5:30
> PM. As far as I know, people on site are not currently seeing the bird.
> Closer photos were obtained after I left by Ryan Johnson and Dan Haas.
>
> *** NOTE: Swan Creek/Cox Creek is an active industrial site and mitigation
> project in northern Anne Arundel Co. Access is at the end of Kembo Road off
> Fort Smallwood Road near 695. The site is open ONLY Monday through Friday,
> 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Please be in your car and leaving at 3:30 p.m..
> Remember to always sign in at the office, to be on your best behavior
> (people have worked hard to coordinate this access), and to stick to
> permitted areas. This Swan Creek map linked here details where you are and
> aren't allowed to walk. http://www.billhubick.com/docs/swan_creek_map.jpg.
> ***
>
> Good luck!
>
> Matt Hafner
> Forest Hill, MD
>

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Date: 8/30/17 1:17 pm
From: Matt Hafner <hafner.matt...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Sharp-tailed Sandpiper at Swan Creek
I've received nothing but positive comments about the interesting Calidris,
so I'm starting a new thread here.

Tim Carney notes that TODAY ONLY there is Swan Creek access until 5:30 PM.
As far as I know, people on site are not currently seeing the bird. Closer
photos were obtained after I left by Ryan Johnson and Dan Haas.

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

Good luck!

Matt Hafner
Forest Hill, MD

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Date: 8/30/17 11:13 am
From: Matt Hafner <hafner.matt...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Interesting Calidris at Swan Creek - possible Sharp-tailed
Attached are my two best photos. I can't find any evidence that Pectoral shows this much streaking on the flanks. However, the photos are poor, so I really hope others can get better ones.

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> On Aug 30, 2017, at 1:52 PM, Matt Hafner <hafner.matt...> wrote:
>
> Apologies, but with all the good birds at Swan Creek, I took a bunch of photos of a Calidris that I thought had Sharp-tailed possibility. Now that I'm inside looking at the photos, I think there's a chance it could be a worn adult Sharp-tailed. I saw no adult Pectoral Sandpipers while I was there, just 2 juveniles.
>
> The interesting bird has streaking down the entire flanks to the undertail coverts. If anyone is at Swan Creek this afternoon, please look for and try to photograph this bird. My scope broken, decreasing the quality of my digiscopes.
>
> Matt Hafner
> Forest Hill, MD

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Date: 8/30/17 10:52 am
From: Matt Hafner <hafner.matt...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Interesting Calidris at Swan Creek - possible Sharp-tailed
Apologies, but with all the good birds at Swan Creek, I took a bunch of
photos of a Calidris that I thought had Sharp-tailed possibility. Now that
I'm inside looking at the photos, I think there's a chance it could be a
worn adult Sharp-tailed. I saw no adult Pectoral Sandpipers while I was
there, just 2 juveniles.

The interesting bird has streaking down the entire flanks to the undertail
coverts. If anyone is at Swan Creek this afternoon, please look for and
try to photograph this bird. My scope broken, decreasing the quality of my
digiscopes.

Matt Hafner
Forest Hill, MD

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Date: 8/30/17 10:24 am
From: Matt Hafner <hafner.matt...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Hudsonian Godwits and phalaropes at Swan Creek
8 godwits, 4 red-necked, and 1 wilson's phalaropes present now.

Matt Hafner
Forest Hill, MD

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Date: 8/30/17 7:39 am
From: Wallace Kornack <wallace...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Wednesday 8/30/17
This morning (8/30) at Rock Creek Park maintenance yard…...

Common Raven was seen by Bill Butler and Sally Wechsler.

7 Warbler Species seen: Wormeating, Blue-wing, Redstart, Magnolia, Chestnut-sided, Canada, Black-and-white

——Maintenance Yard
Worm-eating Warbler
Blue-winged Warbler 3
American Redstart 5 +
Magnolia Warbler
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Canada Warbler
Mourning Dove
Chimney Swift 50 +
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker 6
Northern Flicker 3
Pileated Woodpecker 3
Eastern Wood-Pewee 4
Great Crested Flycatcher 2
Red-eyed Vireo 6
Blue Jay 4
American Crow 9
Common Raven FOS (Bill, Sally)
Carolina Chickadee 2
Tufted Titmouse 4
White-breasted Nuthatch
House Wren 2
Carolina Wren 3
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 3
American Robin 11 +
Gray Catbird
Northern Cardinal 4
Baltimore Oriole

——Fence Line (Jim)
Black-and-white Warbler

——Yard Parking Lot
Black-and-white Warbler 2
Great Crested Flycatcher
Yellow-throated Vireo FOS (Jim)
Red-eyed Vireo
Common Grackle

Contributors: Bill Butler, John Boright, Sally Wechsler, Marina True, Jim Lemert

Have Fun Birding!

Wallace Kornack
Washington DC

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Date: 8/30/17 7:39 am
From: Tim Houghton <timhoughton...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Goldenwinged warbler at turkey pt. Female. At very end southest corner.
Goldenwinged warbler female at end southwest corner now.

Tim houghton

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Date: 8/29/17 11:35 am
From: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Even later Am. Robin eggshell
On 8/27/17, JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> wrote:
> Earlier today I happened upon a Robin's eggshell on the driveway. If
> the Yellowbook is up to date, that would be 5 days later that the 8/22
> date indicated for "last egg date" for Am. Robin.

Another one on the driveway this morning. 8/29/2017...

Of course, the shell fragments are indicative of a "hatch" date rather
than an "egg laid" date...

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

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Date: 8/29/17 7:10 am
From: Jim Green <jkgbirdman53...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Harford County American Golden Plovers
Correcting typo. Meant Aldine Rd

Sent from my iPhone

> On Aug 29, 2017, at 7:40 AM, Jim Green <jkgbirdman53...> wrote:
>
> 2 in distance viewed from airport parking lot -Aldine Rd - opposite side of road from airport looking towards soccer fields/athletic complex.
>
> Jim Green
> Gaithersburg MD
>
> Sent from my iPhone

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Date: 8/29/17 4:40 am
From: Jim Green <jkgbirdman53...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Harford County American Golden Plovers
2 in distance viewed from airport parking lot -Aldine Rd - opposite side of road from airport looking towards soccer fields/athletic complex.

Jim Green
Gaithersburg MD

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Date: 8/28/17 3:38 pm
From: Max Wilson <max.wilson...>
Subject: RE: [MDBirding] American Golden Plover Montgomery
American Golden-Plover is still at the Hughes Rd polo fields as of 6:37pm. For north end. Close to fence.

Max Wilson
Potomac, Montgomery

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Date: 8/28/17 1:51 pm
From: Max Wilson <max.wilson...>
Subject: RE: [MDBirding] American Golden Plover Montgomery
Has anyone looked for the American Golden-Plover at Hughes Road this afternoon after Ryan? It would be a life bird.

Thanks!
Max Wilson
Potomac, Montgomery Cty

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Date: 8/28/17 9:44 am
From: 'Ryan Fick' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: RE: [MDBirding] American Golden Plover Montgomery


Bird still present. Distant in the back fields. 
Ryan FickBethesda. 


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Date: 8/28/17 10:10 (GMT-05:00)
To: <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] American Golden Plover Montgomery

Hughes Rd polo field. But periodically flushed out of sight to back fields by workers.

Dave Czaplak

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Date: 8/28/17 9:09 am
From: David Fleischmann <david...>
Subject: RE: [MDBirding] Swan Creek 8/25/2017 and 8/26/2017
Thank you Tim for again allowing us this great access. Much appreciated. Have a great day!

Awesome birding in 2017!

H. David Fleischmann
M-410-598-9292
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Sent: Monday, August 28, 2017 10:34 AM
To: Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Swan Creek 8/25/2017 and 8/26/2017

I conducted a census at Swan Creek on Friday 8/25 and co-led a field trip there with Stan Arnold on 8/26. The species in the dredge cells were similar between both days, but there was a notably higher variety of transient passerines on the Friday census. Some highlights:

DMCF (dredge cells)
Influx of Blue-winged Teal, Northern Shoveler, and Green-winged Teal Stilt Sandpiper 16 Baird's Sandpiper 1 (8/25 only) White-rumped Sandpiper 4 Western Sandpiper 1 (8/25 only) Short-billed Dowitcher 6 Wilson's Phalarope (1 on 8/25, 2 on 8/26) Bonaparte's Gull 1 Black Tern 1 Royal Tern 1 (8/26 only) No Killdeer on 8/25!

Trailers/parking area
Cliff Swallow 1 (8/25 only)

Woods/wetlands
Pied-billed Grebe 1
Tricolored Heron 1 (8/25 only)
Virginia Rail 3 (8/25 only)
Traill's Flycatcher 1 (8/25 only)
Least Flycatcher 1 (8/25 only)
Marsh Wren 1
Chestnut-sided Warbler 3 (8/25 only)
Prairie Warbler 1 (8/25 only)
Canada Warbler 1 (8/25 only)
Yellow-breasted Chat 1 (8/25 only)

Offshore
Black-crowned Night-Heron 1 (8/25 only)
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron 1 (8/26 only) Royal Tern 2 (8/25 only)

Personally the most notable birds (for me) were the Yellow-crowned Night-Heron and the Baird's Sandpiper. The heron was a county bird; thank you to Brian Rollfinke for spotting it. The sandpiper was also special just because of how cooperative it was.

8/25 list:
https://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S38867457

8/26 list:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S38834672

Tim Carney
Parkville/Towson, MD

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

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Date: 8/28/17 7:33 am
From: Tim Carney <timmyc83...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Swan Creek 8/25/2017 and 8/26/2017
I conducted a census at Swan Creek on Friday 8/25 and co-led a field trip there with Stan Arnold on 8/26. The species in the dredge cells were similar between both days, but there was a notably higher variety of transient passerines on the Friday census. Some highlights:

DMCF (dredge cells)
Influx of Blue-winged Teal, Northern Shoveler, and Green-winged Teal
Stilt Sandpiper 16
Baird's Sandpiper 1 (8/25 only)
White-rumped Sandpiper 4
Western Sandpiper 1 (8/25 only)
Short-billed Dowitcher 6
Wilson's Phalarope (1 on 8/25, 2 on 8/26)
Bonaparte's Gull 1
Black Tern 1
Royal Tern 1 (8/26 only)
No Killdeer on 8/25!

Trailers/parking area
Cliff Swallow 1 (8/25 only)

Woods/wetlands
Pied-billed Grebe 1
Tricolored Heron 1 (8/25 only)
Virginia Rail 3 (8/25 only)
Traill's Flycatcher 1 (8/25 only)
Least Flycatcher 1 (8/25 only)
Marsh Wren 1
Chestnut-sided Warbler 3 (8/25 only)
Prairie Warbler 1 (8/25 only)
Canada Warbler 1 (8/25 only)
Yellow-breasted Chat 1 (8/25 only)

Offshore
Black-crowned Night-Heron 1 (8/25 only)
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron 1 (8/26 only)
Royal Tern 2 (8/25 only)

Personally the most notable birds (for me) were the Yellow-crowned Night-Heron and the Baird's Sandpiper. The heron was a county bird; thank you to Brian Rollfinke for spotting it. The sandpiper was also special just because of how cooperative it was.

8/25 list:
https://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S38867457

8/26 list:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S38834672

Tim Carney
Parkville/Towson, MD

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

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Date: 8/28/17 7:28 am
From: Wallace Kornack <wallace...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Monday 8/28/17
This morning (8/28) at Rock Creek Park maintenance yard…...

Black-and-white Warbler
American Redstart 4
Magnolia Warbler
Chestnut-sided Warbler 5
Canada Warbler
Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Chimney Swift 23+
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
Downy Woodpecker 2
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker 6
Pileated Woodpecker 3
Eastern Wood-Pewee 2
Great Crested Flycatcher
Red-eyed Vireo 3
Blue Jay 3
American Crow 2
Carolina Chickadee 2
House Wren
Carolina Wren
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 2
American Robin 15+
Scarlet Tanager
Northern Cardinal 6
Baltimore Oriole 2
House Finch

Contributors: Bill Butler, Jim Lemert, Katharine Kravetz, Susan Volman, Patrick and Lisa Neucomb, Wendy Kates, Dany Sloan

Have Fun Birding!

Wallace Kornack
Washington DC

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Date: 8/28/17 7:10 am
From: dma3 via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] American Golden Plover Montgomery
Hughes Rd polo field. But periodically flushed out of sight to back fields by workers.

Dave Czaplak

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Date: 8/28/17 5:28 am
From: john pangborn <pangborn.john19...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Glossy Ibis still at Blue mash


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Date: 8/27/17 8:38 pm
From: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...>
Subject: [MDBirding] [FR] 8/27/2017 Common Nighthawk/Bat/Late Am. Robin eggshell
I also happened to be out at the right time [1930ish] to see a single
C. Nighthawk this evening. That was followed pretty quickly by a lone
bat.

Earlier today I happened upon a Robin's eggshell on the driveway. If
the Yellowbook is up to date, that would be 5 days later that the 8/22
date indicated for "last egg date" for Am. Robin.

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

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Date: 8/27/17 7:08 pm
From: 'MikeBowen' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Wheaton Regional Sun Oct 27
On Sunday, August 27, 2017 at 12:40:40 PM UTC-4, <sjt......> wrote:
> Hi All:
> Another gorgeous day. Berries are still abundant and especially along the train tracks were swarmed with orioles, robins and other birds. Mike Bowen saw a northern waterthrush which I missed but got great views of the other warblers. The canada warbler had moved from the tracks and was found today near Pine Lake. The redstart was calling - doesn't it know that it is fall?
>
>
> Mallard 3
> Mourning Dove 4
> Ruby-throated Hummingbird 2
> Red-bellied Woodpecker 4
> Downy Woodpecker 2
> Hairy Woodpecker 1
> Northern Flicker 4
> Pileated Woodpecker 1
> Eastern Wood-Pewee 3
> Empidonax sp. 1
> Great Crested Flycatcher 1
> Red-eyed Vireo 4
> Blue Jay 3
> American Crow 2
> Carolina Chickadee 1
> White-breasted Nuthatch 1
> Carolina Wren 3
> Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 5
> American Robin 35
> Gray Catbird 12
> Northern Mockingbird 1
> European Starling 15
> Cedar Waxwing 6
> Black-and-white Warbler 2
> American Redstart 2
> Magnolia Warbler 2
> Chestnut-sided Warbler 3
> Canada Warbler 1
> Chipping Sparrow 8
> Song Sparrow 1
> Eastern Towhee 2
> Northern Cardinal 6
> Baltimore Oriole 8
> House Finch 2
> American Goldfinch 3
> House Sparrow 6
>
> Sally Wechsler

The Northern Waterthrush was perched up in the sun and stayed just long enough for some of us to get photos

Mike Bowen

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Date: 8/27/17 6:14 pm
From: Patricia Wood <pwood...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Common Nighthawks, downtown Bethesda, August 26
Thanks for the heads up, Mike (pun intended). I went outside about 7:15 tonight for a little walk around where I live (residential Silver Spring not too far from downtown), and saw first 2, then 9, and finally 1 nighthawk wheeling overhead, in the course of about a half hour. Very nice! First I've seen in a while.
Patricia Wood


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Date: 8/27/17 6:07 pm
From: 'Frederick Fallon' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] GLIB at Blue Mash - yes
This AM we noted the Glossy Ibis at the "landfill" pond; it was easy to find once we found that pond and not the former settling pond. Under observation from 1030 to1100. Also present -

MALL - 19
KILL - 7SESA - 6LESA - 2  (surprisingly in the minority)
LEYE - 4SOSA - 2 (tucked away on near side)
but alas no Stilt Sandpiper.
Please excuse the bander codes if not proper here.

Fred & Jane Fallon


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Date: 8/27/17 5:18 pm
From: Fred Shaffer <glaucousgull...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Common Nighthawks
I visited the Blue Mash Nature Trail this evening. I didn't find the Glossy Ibis, but I did have a group of 9 Common Nighthawks fly over at a little before 7:00 pm. They were in a loose group and were hawking for insects as they went.

Fred <ShafferGlaucousgull...>, Anne Arundel

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Date: 8/27/17 9:46 am
From: Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Attaching the photo would have helped!
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Ellicott City, Howard County
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Date: 8/27/17 9:43 am
From: Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Off-topic, eagle ID
This photo is on display at the Hillwood Estate in DC. Said to be an "an
eagle wearing the 'Marie Louise' necklace, taken by Irving Penn, 1961. Any
idea? Harpy Eagle? Something else?
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Date: 8/27/17 9:40 am
From: <sjtaken...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Wheaton Regional Sun Oct 27
Hi All:
Another gorgeous day. Berries are still abundant and especially along the train tracks were swarmed with orioles, robins and other birds. Mike Bowen saw a northern waterthrush which I missed but got great views of the other warblers. The canada warbler had moved from the tracks and was found today near Pine Lake. The redstart was calling - doesn't it know that it is fall?


Mallard 3
Mourning Dove 4
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker 4
Downy Woodpecker 2
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 4
Pileated Woodpecker 1
Eastern Wood-Pewee 3
Empidonax sp. 1
Great Crested Flycatcher 1
Red-eyed Vireo 4
Blue Jay 3
American Crow 2
Carolina Chickadee 1
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
Carolina Wren 3
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 5
American Robin 35
Gray Catbird 12
Northern Mockingbird 1
European Starling 15
Cedar Waxwing 6
Black-and-white Warbler 2
American Redstart 2
Magnolia Warbler 2
Chestnut-sided Warbler 3
Canada Warbler 1
Chipping Sparrow 8
Song Sparrow 1
Eastern Towhee 2
Northern Cardinal 6
Baltimore Oriole 8
House Finch 2
American Goldfinch 3
House Sparrow 6

Sally Wechsler

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Date: 8/27/17 9:24 am
From: Pete Givan <rocinrobin...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Need ID Help
Thank you to everyone who sent me emails identifying this bird. Of course after I went through my Sibley App I found it. But, the winner is Baltimore Oriole. There seems to be a split on male or female. I would vote for male because of the orange coloring. We saw 7 or 8 females that were very yellow. Thanks again.

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Date: 8/27/17 8:40 am
From: Don Simonson <don.r.simonson...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Common Nighthawks, downtown Bethesda, August 26
On Saturday, August 26, 2017 at 9:26:01 PM UTC-4, MikeBowen wrote:
> Birders in down-county Montgomery Co. or DC wanting to see Common Nighthawks in moth-like flight during their late-summer southward migration should consider visiting the intersection of Wisconsin Ave. and East-West Highway in Bethesda some evening soon. Gerry Hawkins, Pat Bradley, Anne Cianni and I had just left the new Q by Peter Chang restaurant on E-W Hwy. (terrific food) when Anne drew our attention to a flock of Nighthawks above two brightly lit office buildings between Round House Theatre (Waverly St.)and Wisconsin Avenue. We counted 21 for sure, but there could have been many more. We (naturally, being birders) had a scope at hand and enjoyed great scope looks. Good views from the sidewalk across from the theater and from Avondale St. off Wisc. Ave. north of the lit buildings.
> Crossed paths with Common Nighthawks same night - counted 15 at once - but missed you and Anne. My wife Marcia pointed out the nighthawks, we had stepped out into the alley behind Bethesda Blues and Jazz Club during the intermission of Root Boy Slim and Allstars Mood Music for the Atomic Age set (terrific music).
Good birding! Don Simonson, Darnestown MD

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Date: 8/27/17 8:39 am
From: Dave Mitchell (Howard County) <mitch.design.srvc...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Assateague Bird ID Please
Looks like a Least Sandpiper to me.

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Date: 8/27/17 8:23 am
From: David Powell <seneca.ranger...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Glossy Ibis
The glossy Ibis is continuing at Blue Mash pond.

Dave

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Date: 8/27/17 8:21 am
From: Derek C. Richardson <dcr...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Rocky Gorge/Supplee Park (PG County)

Migrants have been evident in the Laurel area the past few days, though
I've not been able to get out as much as I want. This morning at Rocky
Gorge by the reservoir I found 5 warbler species: Blue-winged,
Black-and-white, Am. Redstart, Magnolia, & Chestnut-sided. The other bird
of interest was a Brown Thrasher. Yesterday at Laurel Waterfront Park we
had a good look at a Canada Warbler.

Today's eBird checklist is below. Also had 6 Killdeer on the fields by
the dam.

Rocky Gorge Reservoir/Supplee Park, Prince George's, Maryland, US
Aug 27, 2017 8:48 AM - 10:23 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.2 mile(s)
Comments: Distance is one way. High cloud, light breeze, warm,
moderately humid. Most of the warblers were seen by the last power pylon
before the water. Also heard 1 rooster.
37 species

Canada Goose 30
Double-crested Cormorant 1
Turkey Vulture 1
Mourning Dove 3
Yellow-billed Cuckoo 2
Chimney Swift 4
Red-bellied Woodpecker 5
Downy Woodpecker 5
Eastern Wood-Pewee 3
Great Crested Flycatcher 1
Red-eyed Vireo 5
Blue Jay 7
American Crow 7
Barn Swallow 2
Carolina Chickadee 15
Tufted Titmouse 7
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
House Wren 2
Carolina Wren 10
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 1
Eastern Bluebird 3
American Robin 1
Gray Catbird 6
Brown Thrasher 1
Northern Mockingbird 1 maybe 2
European Starling 3
Blue-winged Warbler 1
Black-and-white Warbler 2
American Redstart 1
Magnolia Warbler 2
Chestnut-sided Warbler 1
Song Sparrow 1
Eastern Towhee 1
Northern Cardinal 16
Common Grackle 1
American Goldfinch 4
House Sparrow 5

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S38847598

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

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Date: 8/27/17 7:26 am
From: Wallace Kornack <wallace...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Sunday 8/27/17
This morning (8/27) at Rock Creek Park…..

In addition to 7 warbler species, a rare Olive-sided Flycatcher was found close to the Yard Parking Lot toward the Stables.

——Yard Parking Lot
Ovenbird FOS (Kevin, Menachen)
Red-tailed Hawk
Olive-sided Flycatcher FOS (Kevin, Menachen)
Baltimore Oriole

——Maintenance Yard
Worm-eating Warbler FOS
Black-and-white Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Magnolia Warbler
Chestnut-sided Warbler 3
Canada Warbler
Red-shouldered Hawk
Mourning Dove 2
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
Downy Woodpecker 3
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker 4
Pileated Woodpecker 3
Eastern Wood-Pewee 3
Least Flycatcher
Great Crested Flycatcher
Red-eyed Vireo
Blue Jay
Carolina Chickadee
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
House Wren 2
Carolina Wren 2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 4
American Robin 4
Gray Catbird
Scarlet Tanager
Northern Cardinal 2
Baltimore Oriole 2
Common Grackle
American Goldfinch 2

Contributors: Bill Butler, Jim Lemert, Katherine Kravetz, Susan Volman, Devon and Tully Hochhausler, Paul DeAnna, Menachen Goldstein, Kevin Bennett, Cheryl Longue, Paul Orsinger, Anka Banks

Have Fun Birding!

Wallace Kornack
Washington DC

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Date: 8/26/17 6:45 pm
From: Dave Mitchell (Howard County) <mitch.design.srvc...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Assateague Bird ID Please
I appreciate some help here. Looks Like Pectoral Sandpiper or several others, what you think.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/139451146@N07/36689753321/in/datetaken-public/

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Date: 8/26/17 6:26 pm
From: 'MikeBowen' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Common Nighthawks, downtown Bethesda, August 26
Birders in down-county Montgomery Co. or DC wanting to see Common Nighthawks in moth-like flight during their late-summer southward migration should consider visiting the intersection of Wisconsin Ave. and East-West Highway in Bethesda some evening soon. Gerry Hawkins, Pat Bradley, Anne Cianni and I had just left the new Q by Peter Chang restaurant on E-W Hwy. (terrific food) when Anne drew our attention to a flock of Nighthawks above two brightly lit office buildings between Round House Theatre (Waverly St.)and Wisconsin Avenue. We counted 21 for sure, but there could have been many more. We (naturally, being birders) had a scope at hand and enjoyed great scope looks. Good views from the sidewalk across from the theater and from Avondale St. off Wisc. Ave. north of the lit buildings.

Mike Bowen
Bethesda, Montgomery Bird Club

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Date: 8/26/17 4:01 pm
From: Patricia Valdata <pvaldata1...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fall returnees
I meant to send this a few weeks ago, but didn't get the chance. Early
August saw the return of Eastern Bluebirds, Brown-Headed Nuthatches, and
the Belted Kingfisher, all of whom went invisible and silent during nesting
season. First I heard them, then a few days later I started seeing them.
It's nice to have some of my favorite birds back.

Pat Valdata
Crisfield, Somerset County

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Date: 8/26/17 10:56 am
From: Pete Givan <rocinrobin...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Need ID Help
These photos were taken at Wheaton Regional Park this morning. There were at least two and possibly three birds. The location was from Pine Lake we had crossed the tracks and were about to cut through heading towards the playground area. There is a large dead tree. The birds were at the very top. I have included a photo that also has a Goldfinch in it for size comparison.

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Date: 8/26/17 10:43 am
From: Harry Armistead <harryarmistead...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Blackwater, Ferry Neck, South Point Marsh, August 21-23, 2017. pelican banding.
SOUTH POINT MARSH, BLACKWATER, FERRY NECK, AUGUST 21-23, 2017. Pelican banding. Musings on Smith Island & environs.


AUGUST 21, MONDAY. RIGBY’S FOLLY, Ferry Neck, Talbot County, Maryland. hot, humid, 87, SW10, high tide, clear, 0.6” in the rain gauge since August 16. All of the following are seen during the ECLIPSE, 1:50 (I started late) - 4:03, but no special behavior is noted because of it. There is a strange light and feel going on but not much dimming of brightness. I sneak 3 furtive looks at the sun. w/o those glasses, of c. 1 second each, but it is so blinding it just looks like an average sun does. 23 species, complete list:


least sandpiper 1 & lesser yellowlegs 1, both in Field 4. royal tern 3, Forster’s tern 1, common tern 1, ring-billed gull 1, laughing gull 7, mourning dove 6, osprey 12 (6 carrying fish), turkey vulture 8, yellow-billed cuckoo 1, American crow 3, tufted titmouse 1 (bathing in the Varmint Pool ), brown thrasher 1, northern mockingbird 1, Carolina wren 1, ruby-throated hummingbird 1, European starling 6, barn swallow 7, purple martin 11, double-crested cormorant 1, and snowy egret 2.


NON-AVIAN TAXA (also seen during the eclipse): bluet 33 (damselflies). BUTTERFLIES, 7 species: red-spotted purple 1, monarch 2, cloudless sulphur 2, sulphur unIDd 1, small skipper unIDd 2, pearl crescent 2, hackberry emperor 4. HERPTILES: A 3” skink on the porch, a female box turtle near the front porch. MAMMALS: eastern cottontail 2, gray squirrel 4 (together in the same area of the lawn NW of the house), 2 spotted fawns in Field 4. None of the squirreleepoohs are recognizeable individuals seen earlier in the summer: snowshoes, half-tail, or tail half-red.


Apres eclipse some additional birds: wood duck 5, Carolina chickadee 2, bald eagle 1, great blue heron 1, green heron 5, red-winged blackbird 16, common grackle 1, and 4 diamondback terrapin.


YET ANOTHER SCREWY CAROLINA WREN NEST SITE, the 5th this year, this one with 2 fresh eggs in a small, recessed area of John Weske’s boat, a Nautico, parked out near the garage. This on the heels, this summer, of a nest in a director’s chair on the front porch, in the dryer vent on the N side of the house, in a low planter by the back porch, and in the tilted, old osprey platform under the car port. The property late date for Carolina Wren eggs is September 13.


AUGUST 22, TUESDAY. Rigby’s Folly, 2 lesser yellowlegs in Field 4. A female box turtle on the right-of-way part of the driveway (between Woods 2 and Woods 5).


BLACKWATER N.W.R., 11:50 A.M. - 3 P.M. Part of this time I take some folks from Carroll County, MD, around Wildlife Drive. Some of the birds listed below are seen before and after that tour. DRAMATIS PERSONAE (assumes I read the varied handwriting correctly): Bernice Culver, Ron & Sharon Schmidt, Dottie McGeehan, Jeanne Morris, and Elaine Fuller. 38 species, complete list:


1 singing male DICKCISSEL (heard out front from the V.C. Butterfly Garden; a singing male was also reported August 20 from Hog Range next to Tubman State Park), mourning dove 2, ruby-throated hummingbird 4, Virginia rail 3, laughing gull 30, ring-billed gull 10, herring gull 1, great black-backed gull 7 (adults on Malkus Bridge lamp posts), Caspian tern 1, Forster’s tern 39, double-crested cormorant 12 (Sewards), AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN 3, great blue heron 3, great egret 4,


turkey vulture 12, osprey 5, bald eagle 7, red-headed woodpecker 1, American kestrel 1 (Egypt Road, early migrant), eastern wood pewee 1, eastern kingbird 2, American crow 3, purple martin 50, tree swallow 900, barn swallow 70 (most of these 3 swallow species individuals on wires near Bucktown), Carolina wren 2 (1 of them stunned after flying into the Visitor Center windows but takes off when I am about to capture it; I’ve seen other birds stunned after hitting the glass here), eastern bluebird 3, American robin 2, northern mockingbird 2, European starling 30, house sparrow 2, chipping sparrow 6, northern cardinal 2, blue grosbeak 2, indigo bunting 2, bobolink 4, red-winged blackbird 20, eastern meadowlark 1.


Face it, it is hard to get a great list on a very hot August afternoon, and, with all the water levels so high. Clear, 86-90-92, heat index 100 or so, phew!, SW 15-20.


NON-AVIAN TAXA: woodchuck 1 (a fat one), painted turtle 2, redbelly turtle 3, and these BUTTERFLIES: cloudless sulphur 26 (big influx since a few days ago), orange sulphur 14, black swallowtail 6, monarch 5, and spicebush swallowtail 2.


AUGUST 23, WEDNESDAY. SOUTH POINT MARSH, ACCOMACK COUNTY, VIRGINIA. Now, NOW, we come to the MAIN EVENT, banding of Brown Pelican chicks. Here there are over 1,000 pairs, reminiscent of the chapter ‘Cities in the Wilderness’, about colonial waterbirds in Roger Tory Peterson’s Birds over America. Ten of us launch from Somer’s Cove Marina in Crisfield, MD. On July 13 819 chicks were banded here by a crew of 34. Today, from c. 10 A.M. until 1:45 P.M. it is much cooler and more pleasant than on stifling July 13.


With only 10 folks we acquit ourselves well with 690 banded (a total of 1,509 for this summer, when combined with the 819 banded July 13). We run out of time, and to some extent energy, and there are probably several 100 birds that will remain unbanded. No nests seen that still have eggs and the cormorant breeding season is over with, finito - all the birds have left their nest areas - except for a handful of large juveniles we flush from the dense tussocks of Panicum. A few of the pelican nestlings tense up and regurgitate, almost always Menhaden, but I see one c. 10” Striped Bass and a few Spot today among the regurgitations.


“Therewith out of her mouth she spewed

a flood of poison horrible and black.

full of great lumps of flesh and gobbets raw

that stunk so viley if forced him slack

his grasping hold and from her turn him back.

her vomit full of books and papers was

and toads and frogs that eyes did lack

creeping way sought in the weedy grass,

her filthy parbreake all the place defile it has.”


Spencer, ‘the Fairie queen’. … you get the picture. ugh!!


On a much more pleasant note: DRAMATIS PERSONAE: Trevor Michaels, Mario Eusi, Carl Dunnock, Marnie Pepper, and Lisa Buhr, these 5 all from the USDA/APHIS Nutria Team based at Blackwater N.W.R. Marcia Pradines, Refuge Manager, Blackwater N.W.R. Ray McClain, USDA, Annapolis Office, Problem Wildlife Hotline. John Weske, bander extraordinaire and in charge of the banding project today. Birders and pelican wranglers at large: Bob Ake and Harry Armistead. This crew, other than Bob and me, put in unbroken hours of hard work rounding up and banding the pelicans.


Many of the young are big - “bruisers” they’re called - almost as large as adults. Bob Ake and I leave the others an hour or so before they finish, head back towards the commodious APHIS boat, and scan for birds. In our late 70s, we are the seniors present, EXCEPT, John is 81 and indefatigable. Here’s the complete list for S.P.M. Bob is especially astute at spotting and identifying the shorebirds:


SHOREBIRDS: western sandpiper 4, least sandpiper 3, semipalmated sandpiper 6, semipalmated plover 21, unIDd peep 11, American oystercatcher only 2 (an adult with its grown chick), ruddy turnstone 1, sanderling 3. HERON TYPES: yellow-crowned night heron 3, great egret 4, snowy egret 6, tricolored heron 3, great blue heron 1, glossy ibis 1. RAPTORS: bald eagle 1, osprey 2, northern harrier 1. Other goodies: BLACK TERN 3, royal tern 2, laughing gull 1, seaside sparrow 3, gadwall 1, fish crow 3, barn swallow 3, American black duck 8, and boat-tailed grackle

3. I don’t bother trying to estimate double-crested cormorants, herring and great black-backed gulls, who cares?, but not all THAT many as their nesting seems to be over here, its success or lack of it passing into history.


Also seen today: 1 diamondback terrapin, 4 cloudless sulphurs, and 2 monarchs. On July 12 I counted 290 pelican nests still with eggs in the southern two-thirds of the colony. No doubt most of the birds banded today are from those nests. WEATHER: quite comfortable, low 80s, fair at start becoming mostly overcast, SW 10+ becoming NW 15. Tide dead low (plenty of exposed mud and soggy sod banks) becoming high.


The South Point Marsh area saw the 1st nesting Brown Pelicans in 1992, building exponentially to 1,207 pairs by 2003, and 1,434 nests on May 18, 2004. The first Double-crested Cormorants nests were found here in 1993. In 2003 there were 907 pairs. Information for this paragraph is found in Virginia’s birdlife: an annotated checklist, 4th edition, by Stephen C. Rottenborn & Edward S. Brinkley, Virginia Society of Ornithology (Virginia avifauna 7), 2007, 330p.


If we’d gone farther south some the extensive sandbars would have been seen, stretching away in the shimmering distance towards Tangier Island, and consequently a lot more shorebirds, esp. oystercatchers, in all probability. Perhaps a few Mute Swans, too.


Yesterday and this morning there were 6 or more mundane issues that might have led to my being dehydrated today, but there is no trace of that in marked contrast to the medical problems I sustained July 13, landing me in the Easton, MD, ER the next day for 4+ hours, and that’s with no waiting. Consequently today I am very relieved. Very gratified. As they say: “I’m O.K., Coach; send me back in.” I suspect drinking a lot of Glaceau Smartwater with its electrolytes is the main reason all is good.


SMITH ISLAND, MD. Today we pass the 3 Smith I. villages, Ewell as we arrive, Rhodes Point & Tylerton as we leave. No stopping but on Smith we see: American black duck 31 (feeding midst the SAV on the west side of Big Thorofare), great egret 40 (most of them on the bustling, vibrant flats adjacent to Swan Island), willet 2 (Swan Island), fish crow 12, green heron 2, and little blue heron 2. If we’d stopped near Swan Island there was no doubt much else to be seen there on the flats, a couple of hundred birds in the distance, foraging and resting. When I first visited Smith I. in the 1970s there were no trees on Swan Island. Now there is a full-blown hammock there with many sizeable trees and nesting heron types. Good!


Swan Island is a segment of the Glenn L. Martin N.W.R., in the purview of Blackwater N.W.R. Glenn L. Martin, 1886-1953, was an early aviation pioneer and barnstormer who in 1954 donated most of the northern half to Smith Island, some 2,569 acres, to the U. S. Fish & Wildlife Service for this refuge, now comprising 4,548 acres (according to Wikipedia). Martin’s company later merged to become Martin Marietta and, now, Lockheed Martin. He designed the Martin Bomber.


One of my favorite place names, Terrapin Sand Point, is part of the refuge. So is a large hammock, Cherry Island, that has a thriving heronry and has been the site of a Bald Eagle nest. In the period 1967 - 1978 I spent all or parts of 40-some days on the central Chesapeake Bay islands in the breeding season and NEVER saw one Bald Eagle or Brown Pelican: (cf. Maryland Birdlife, “summer birds of lower Chesapeake Bay islands in Maryland”, September 1978, vol. 34, no. 3, pages 99-151). I used to fantasize about spending an entire fall on Cherry Island, mist-netting migrant landbirds. Last night, August 25, I dreamt of Smith Island.


‘Terrapin Sand Point

and Okahanikan Cove

names alone are good.’

from “Chesapeake haiku”, a poem by What’s-his-name.


IN LITT. For a great book on this area one can do no better than Tom Horton’s An island out of time: a memoir of Smith Island in the Chesapeake, W. W. Norton & Company, 1996, 316p. “Shankses” describes the South Point Marsh area, on pages 290-291. I’ve got to start re-reading this superb book. One of my favorite phrases of Tom Horton’s is describing the Smith Island area as one of “great horizontality”. My own screwiest sighting here was of 7 Red Crossbills at Ewell on May 28, 1978, an unlikely species way out here on an unlikely date.


In February 2002 Liz and I spent a weekend on Smith Island. it was calm and unseasonably warm. We hired a fellow with a Jon Boat to take us down to the South Point Marsh area, a place full of fond memories of summer forays and bandings of some of the colonial waterbirds: pelicans, oystercatchers, gulls, skimmers, and Royal Terns (including 1,400 Royal Tern chicks banded by John and 3 others of us one day). On February 9, 2002, at South Point Marsh - I’ve misplaced the original field notes - I remember we saw over 1,000 each of Tundra Swans, American Wigeon, and Dunlin. Not bad for the “dead of winter”, a phrase that should be done away with?


William Least Heat Moon’s book Blue highways celebrates minor roadways in the United States. Part of that book is set in Smith Island where the author talks with a lady who is a sort of unofficial island historian. I forget her name, but years before the book came out I blundered onto her at her house of the south side of Ewell and east of the road to Rhodes Point. We had a nice talk. It’s not often that I scoop a major author.


Back on the mainland at Crisfield by 4 P.M., August 23, 2017, and then the 185-mile drive to home in Philadelphia. The French fries at the Bridgewater, DE, McDonalds are much better than those at the McD’s in Crisfield, but the coffee suffices at both locales. Flocks of resident Canada Geese just N of the Maryland/Delaware line and also S of Dover, DE.


JAN REESE ON OSPREYS. Recently I commented on how Ospreys locally, in the Rigby’s Folly area, have had a poor breeding season. Jan read my comments, and, based on his much-more extensive experience this year, in the Tilghman Island area, he agrees, even though his recent counts there have been unprecedentedly high, 175, 229, 213, and 188 Ospreys, no doubt greatly augmented by non-resident birds migrating through. There are loads of pound net stakes visible from Tilghman Island where many of the Ospreys can be seen perched.


Best to all. - Harry Armistead, Philadelphia.

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Date: 8/26/17 8:10 am
From: Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Wheaton Regional Park today August 26
Hi all,

Quite a few birders out today but no sign of yesterday's Olive-sided. As is usual after a cold front, not as many migrants either. And unfortunately, the park decided to start mowing very early along Pine Lake so this area, usually so productive, was birdless. Robins everywhere, lots of Orioles and Pewees but only five species of warbler, a couple of interesting Empids and a smattering of other migrants. We are off to Maine next week so when we get back, the cast of characters should have changed!

Gail Mackiernan and Barry Cooper
Colesville, MD

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

Wood Duck 3
Great Blue Heron 1 Flyover
Green Heron 1 Brookside
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 2
Hairy Woodpecker (Eastern) 1
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 6
Pileated Woodpecker 2
Eastern Wood-Pewee 10 At least
Acadian Flycatcher 2
Alder/Willow Flycatcher (Traill's Flycatcher) 1
Least Flycatcher 1
Great Crested Flycatcher 2
Eastern Kingbird 2
Warbling Vireo (Eastern) 1
Red-eyed Vireo 5
Blue Jay 10
House Wren (Northern) 2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (caerulea) 2
Wood Thrush 2
American Robin 100 Estimate
Gray Catbird 15
Black-and-white Warbler 4
American Redstart 4
Magnolia Warbler 2
Chestnut-sided Warbler 3
Canada Warbler 2
Chipping Sparrow 15
Eastern Towhee 16
Baltimore Oriole 10

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S38829659
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Date: 8/26/17 7:54 am
From: Wallace Kornack <wallace...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Saturday 8/26/17
This morning (8/26) at the Rock Creek Park maintenance yard…...

Black-and-white Warbler
American Redstart 5
Blackburnian Warbler (Susan)
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Red-shouldered Hawk
Mourning Dove 7
Chimney Swift 2
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 4
Red-bellied Woodpecker 7
Downy Woodpecker 4
Northern Flicker 9
Pileated Woodpecker 3
Eastern Wood-Pewee 4
Great Crested Flycatcher 2
Red-eyed Vireo 4
Blue Jay 13
American Crow 15
Carolina Chickadee 3
Tufted Titmouse 2
White-breasted Nuthatch 7
House Wren 2
Carolina Wren 6
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 5
Veery 2
American Robin 9
Gray Catbird 3
Scarlet Tanager
Northern Cardinal 7
Baltimore Oriole 4
House Finch 2
American Goldfinch 2

Contributors: Bill Butler, Leon Kass, Jim Lemert, Susan Volman, Mike Mangiaracina, Alisa Glassman

Have Fun Birding!

Wallace Kornack
Washington DC

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Date: 8/26/17 7:31 am
From: Anna Urciolo <urcioloa...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Glossy Ibis still at Blue Mash.
Haven't seen stilt sandpiper yet. Blue wing teal and solitary sandpiper also.

With Rob Hilton and Lisa Shannon
Anna Urciolo
Rockville

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Date: 8/26/17 4:59 am
From: marian rutigliano <mcrutig...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Cromwell Valley Park
Mourning Warbler on blue trail halfway between Willow Grove bridge and Box 9. On side of trail adjacent to field.

Marian Rutigliano

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Date: 8/26/17 4:53 am
From: <keyweststyle2001...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Cromwell Valley Park
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher and Olive-side Flycatcher halfway down meadow
path pass box 10, small pocket of passerines on side path to dry
stream bed before box 10 and on way back, one Connecticut Warbler at W
end of sparrow field. Reminder that there is a large event going on.
"Dam Jam" from 9 to 3. - Kevin Graff
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Date: 8/25/17 11:42 pm
From: Phil Davis <pdavis...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Hummingbird observations during the total eclipse in SC [extralimital]
Total Eclipse Observations - Ruby-throated Hummingbirds in South Carolina

Background
My wife, Barbara, and I traveled to Summerville, SC to visit my
brother and his wife during the recent total solar eclipse.

My brother is a avid feeder of hummingbirds and he maintains
approximately 13 feeders in his yard and attached to his windows.
Earlier in the summer, he had estimated that he was feeding
approximately 80 Ruby-throated Hummingbirds. When we arrived from
Maryland, a few days before the eclipse, he noted that many of the
males had recently left and estimated that the flock was,
conservatively, about 35 birds. I think that the number might have
been even higher, perhaps 35-50.

My brother lives about 15 miles northwest of downtown Charleston at
approximately 32.91N, -80.24W. At this location, the time of totality
was 1 minute and 22 seconds, beginning at approximately 2:45:42 pm and
the eclipse altitude was approximately 62 degrees above the horizon.

Pre-Eclipse
On the afternoon of the eclipse, 21 Aug 2017, the sky was mostly
cloudy and a short rain shower was forecast to begin about 30 minutes
before totality.

Around 2:15 pm, showers did begin and it rained fairly hard for about
15 minutes and then slowed up around 2:30 before stopping prior to the
period of totality. During the heavy showers, the hummingbirds left
the feeders and retreated to the woods, about 100 feet behind the
house, as they normally do during heavy rains. As the showers slowed
and then stopped, before totality, the birds returned, as usual, in
force, to the feeders. On many feeders, 2 and 3 birds were feeding at
once, compared to the more normal case where one bird dominates a
feeder for several minutes and then relinquishes the feeder to another
bird.

As the sky started to noticeably darken, the birds were very actively
feeding. We noted that about 8 minutes before totality began, the
birds began to leave the feeders and head back to the woods. By one
minute before totality, the last bird had left the feeders. We did not
notice any other unusual bird activity in the yard, except for one
American Crow, flying furiously overhead, apparently heading back to a
roost. We did not hear the local Barred Owls calling, that we heard
the evening before.

Totality
During totality, the ambient light was very dark, but not totally
dark. Since the sky was mostly cloudy, the sun illuminated the clouds
that were lower on the horizon, beyond the 71 mile-wide totality path
(i.e., about 35.5 miles on each side). These distant illuminated
clouds reflected light back from the sides of the totality zone,
preventing total darkness at our location. However, the sky's lighting
effect was still very dramatic and it was very much darker than would
have been the case during just a partial solar eclipse. We did not
note any bird activity during totality.

Post-Eclipse
Immediately after totality ended, the increase in light level was
dramatic, as if someone was turning up a lighting dimmer switch. The
eclipse exit change in light level was much more apparent to us than
the earlier eclipse entrance.

We did not see a hummingbird return to a feeder until about 4 minutes
after totality when a single bird returned. At about 8 minutes after
totality, more birds started to show up and by about 14 minutes after,
the flock seemed to have returned to normal and was feeding furiously.

Summary
In summary, it appears that the local Ruby-throated Hummingbirds were
inclined to stay at the feeders and feed as long as possible and then
quickly leave as the sky darkened before totality and they were much
slower to return the feeders after the period of totality ended.
Perhaps they were "confused" about what was happening and were
reluctant to leave their "night" roosts?


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Date: 8/25/17 7:49 pm
From: Kojo Baidoo <baidookojo6...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Yard/Neighborhood Migrants 8/24-8/25
Yesterday's migration was fantastic! I had eight warbler species, the earliest I've ever recorded such variety. The best species was a nice Canada Warbler, a bird I haven't seen in fall in two years, but one I usually see in the neighborhood at least once in the spring. I also saw a Tennessee, one I should see a couple more times in the coming weeks, and three Blackburnian Warblers in the same tree. Least Flycatcher and Warbling Vireo were quite nice; the latter was a bit of a surprise.

Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S38820578

American Redstart: https://www.flickr.com/photos/132863360@N02/36803529705/in/dateposted-public/

Today was, expectedly, less active, but still good. Highlights included FOS Chestnut-sided Warbler, and I must have had at least ten, mostly in my yard and the yards around mine. Definitely a high count. It was also the first time I had Blackburnians (two today) for two consecutive days, which makes sense because I usually only see them in the fall. A nice surprise was a colorful adult male Cape May Warbler, which was only a little less bright than they are in the spring; it was also my FOS for the species (and my FOY). An interesting miss was Magnolia Warbler, easily my most common warbler migrant; in the past years, I've had at least seventy during the end of August, September, and early to mid October with the peak in September. So, I'm expecting a whole lot, possibly tomorrow or Sunday, and that flow won't cease for a while. I had two Least Flycatchers and many gnatcatchers today as well (also had them yesterday).

Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S38820682

Hoping for some great birds this weekend,

Kojo Baidoo
Reisterstown, MD

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Date: 8/25/17 5:06 pm
From: Lovelace, Glen (DelDOT) <Glen.Lovelace...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Dorchester warblers and Wicomico shorebirds 8/25
Hello All,

I began the day birding around home, but that was slow and dull (except maybe for a juvenile Chat). So I moved on to nearby Dorchester in hopes of some warblers there. My first stop on North Tara Rd was at the northeast edge of the woods (at a gravel driveway). Among an active flock was a Brewster's Warbler, certainly an unexpected find on Delmarva. This bird had a bright yellow crown, 2 bright yellow wingbars; generally gray above and clean white below; and no pattern on the face. On the southwest end of the road, I had a Blackburnian Warbler. In between, were 3 Ovenbird, 2 Worm-eating, at least 6 Prairie, at least 9 Pine. Also, both tanager and 2 Red-headed Woodpeckers at the stream crossing. On the west end of Wesley Rd was another large active flock with a Chestnut-Sided and Redstart. With adding yellowthroat and a Yellow at Hurlock WWTP, 11 warbler species total. Otherwise, Hurlock WWTP held the usual suspects.

The Royal Sod farm on ME 331 between Hurlock and Rhodesdale held an Upland Sandpiper (in the northeast corner), 2 Amer. Golden Plover and 1 Black-bellied (in the middle), and a smattering of common shorebirds in the tiny puddle (southeast corner). A newly harvested potato field across the road could be good with some rain and rotting potatoes.

Next stop was the Log Cabin Rd sod farm to chase the Reeve reported by Jim Stasz. I could not relocate it in an hour of trying. Lots of shorebirds present though - numbers of Lesserlegs, Pecs, Least and Semi Sands; a few Semi Plover, 1 Solitary. My consolation prize was Least Bittern flushed from the tall grasses by the mowers.


Good birding,

Glen Lovelace III

Seaford, DE

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Date: 8/25/17 4:32 pm
From: Tim Carney <timmyc83...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Baird's Sandpiper in Baltimore County
Hey everyone,

The Baird's Sandpiper was still present at 4:00 PM and I got a report of it being there as late as 6:38 PM today. This is a great bird at a cool spot. If you chase tomorrow, or bird there in general, please remember the rules:

- Park in the obvious parking lots
- Do not park at the "bridge" over the little stream
- DO NOT PARK ALONG THE ROAD
- DO NOT PARK ON THE GRASS

The last two in particular are of utmost importance. It might also be a good idea to call and let them know you are coming to see the bird.

Also, the Baird's is very skittish. You can walk up to the ponds, but I would stay at a good distance to prevent spooking the bird.

Tim Carney
Parkville/Towson, MD

On Friday, August 25, 2017 at 11:44:02 AM UTC-4, Keith Eric Costley wrote:
> Simon Best found a Baird's Sandpiper at the Friendly Farm, Upperco eBird HotSpot in Baltimore County this morning. Great find Simon!
>  
>
> Keith Eric Costley
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Date: 8/25/17 11:29 am
From: Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] OT: Dozens of hummers in a birdbath (in L.A.)
Given location and plumage, Allen's.

On Fri, Aug 25, 2017 at 2:19 PM Janet Millenson <janet...> wrote:

> Thought you hummingbird fans would enjoy seeing this short clip:
> http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2017/08/footage-of-over-30-hummingbirds-splashing-in-a-birdbath/
>
> Species IDs, anyone?
>
> Janet Millenson
> Potomac, MD (Montgomery County)
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Date: 8/25/17 11:19 am
From: Janet Millenson <janet...>
Subject: [MDBirding] OT: Dozens of hummers in a birdbath (in L.A.)
Thought you hummingbird fans would enjoy seeing this short clip:
http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2017/08/footage-of-over-30-hummingbirds-splashing-in-a-birdbath/

Species IDs, anyone?


Janet Millenson
Potomac, MD (Montgomery County)
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Date: 8/25/17 10:41 am
From: <dengue1...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: OSFL, more @ Wheaton Regional Park today, August 25
On Friday, August 25, 2017 at 12:15:39 PM UTC-4, katahdinss wrote:
> Hi all,
>
>
> Finally a good migration day at WRP, lots of warblers about as well as other migrants. Quite a few birders, too. Robins were everywhere feeding on berries, flying in and out -  "robinated" again! Two early flyover Nighthawks were nice to see. We personally saw 9 species of warbler, dominated by Chestnut-sideds which seemed to be everywhere, with nice looks at FOS Prairie, FOS Magnolia, as well as Blackburnian and Canada. Bob Augustine also found a male Wilson's, which we missed. Big influx of Catbirds, still good numbers of Orioles, no Swallows. Only a few Blue Jays.  Things were lively most everywhere, but it died pretty quickly at 9:30 am. The highlight of the morning was an Olive-sided Flycatcher which appeared late on the "OSFL snags" near the mini train tracks - if we hadn't been hanging around trying to find the Wilson's, we would have missed it!
>
>
> Gail Mackiernan and Barry Cooper
> Colesville, MD
>
>
> Protocol: Traveling 
>
> 51 species
> Birds of interest:
>
> Wood Duck  5
> Green Heron  3
> Common Nighthawk  2     Flyovers at about 8 am
> Chimney Swift  2
> Ruby-throated Hummingbird  2
> Northern Flicker  4
> Pileated Woodpecker  2
> Olive-sided Flycatcher  1     On snags near mini  train tracks, later flew west and seen on snags along Shorefield parking lot. Large flycatcher, big-headed and short-tailed, obvious "vested" appearance, white scapular tufts observed. Foraged by making long sallies out from highest perch, at one point chased by Pewee which was distinctly smaller in size.
> Eastern Wood-Pewee  7
> Acadian Flycatcher  2
> Great Crested Flycatcher  3
> Yellow-throated Vireo  1
> Red-eyed Vireo  8
> Blue Jay  6     Significant decline
> House Wren  2
> Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (caerulea)  5
> Eastern Bluebird  1
> Veery  1
> Gray Catbird  20     Estimate, significant increase since yesterday
> Northern Mockingbird  2
> Cedar Waxwing  1
> Blue-winged Warbler  1
> Black-and-white Warbler  4
> Common Yellowthroat  4
> American Redstart  8
> Magnolia Warbler  3
> Blackburnian Warbler  2
> Chestnut-sided Warbler  15
> Prairie Warbler  1
> Canada Warbler  4
> Chipping Sparrow  18     Estimate
> Eastern Towhee  3
> Baltimore Oriole  7

The Olive-sided Flycatcher first seen by Gail & Barry was still at the Shorefield parking lot as of 1:30 pm. Was on dead limbs at top of tree that is at the parking lot entrance.

Woody & Rae Dubois

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Date: 8/25/17 9:15 am
From: Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...>
Subject: [MDBirding] OSFL, more @ Wheaton Regional Park today, August 25
Hi all,

Finally a good migration day at WRP, lots of warblers about as well as other migrants. Quite a few birders, too. Robins were everywhere feeding on berries, flying in and out - "robinated" again! Two early flyover Nighthawks were nice to see. We personally saw 9 species of warbler, dominated by Chestnut-sideds which seemed to be everywhere, with nice looks at FOS Prairie, FOS Magnolia, as well as Blackburnian and Canada. Bob Augustine also found a male Wilson's, which we missed. Big influx of Catbirds, still good numbers of Orioles, no Swallows. Only a few Blue Jays. Things were lively most everywhere, but it died pretty quickly at 9:30 am. The highlight of the morning was an Olive-sided Flycatcher which appeared late on the "OSFL snags" near the mini train tracks - if we hadn't been hanging around trying to find the Wilson's, we would have missed it!

Gail Mackiernan and Barry Cooper
Colesville, MD

Protocol: Traveling

51 species
Birds of interest:

Wood Duck 5
Green Heron 3
Common Nighthawk 2 Flyovers at about 8 am
Chimney Swift 2
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 2
Northern Flicker 4
Pileated Woodpecker 2
Olive-sided Flycatcher 1 On snags near mini train tracks, later flew west and seen on snags along Shorefield parking lot. Large flycatcher, big-headed and short-tailed, obvious "vested" appearance, white scapular tufts observed. Foraged by making long sallies out from highest perch, at one point chased by Pewee which was distinctly smaller in size.
Eastern Wood-Pewee 7
Acadian Flycatcher 2
Great Crested Flycatcher 3
Yellow-throated Vireo 1
Red-eyed Vireo 8
Blue Jay 6 Significant decline
House Wren 2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (caerulea) 5
Eastern Bluebird 1
Veery 1
Gray Catbird 20 Estimate, significant increase since yesterday
Northern Mockingbird 2
Cedar Waxwing 1
Blue-winged Warbler 1
Black-and-white Warbler 4
Common Yellowthroat 4
American Redstart 8
Magnolia Warbler 3
Blackburnian Warbler 2
Chestnut-sided Warbler 15
Prairie Warbler 1
Canada Warbler 4
Chipping Sparrow 18 Estimate
Eastern Towhee 3
Baltimore Oriole 7

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Date: 8/25/17 8:47 am
From: Don Simonson <don.r.simonson...>
Subject: [MDBirding] 14 Wood Ducks NIH pond mont co
14 in view at once . Great views. Rte 355 and Woodmont Ave., Bethesda md
Don Simonson
Darnestown md


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Date: 8/25/17 8:44 am
From: Keith Costley <oriolekec1...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Baird's Sandpiper in Baltimore County
Simon Best found a Baird's Sandpiper at the Friendly Farm, Upperco eBird
HotSpot in Baltimore County this morning. Great find Simon!
Keith Eric Costley
<OrioleKEC1...>
Randallstown, Baltimore County

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Date: 8/25/17 7:37 am
From: Wallace Kornack <wallace...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Friday 8/25/17
This morning (8/25) in the Rock Creek Park maintenance yard…...

Black-and-white Warbler
American Redstart 3 (plus 1 at Ridge)
Blackburnian Warbler
Chestnut-sided Warbler 2
Canada Warbler
Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk (Marina)
Mourning Dove 3
Yellow-billed Cuckoo (Marina)
Chimney Swift 4
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 3
Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
Downy Woodpecker 2
Northern Flicker 8
Pileated Woodpecker 3
Eastern Wood-Pewee 4
Great Crested Flycatcher
Eastern Kingbird 2 FOS (Bill)
Blue Jay 2
American Crow 2
Carolina Chickadee 3
Tufted Titmouse 2
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
House Wren 5
Carolina Wren 2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 4
American Robin 4
Gray Catbird
Northern Cardinal 9
Baltimore Oriole 8 (7 in one view)
House Finch
American Goldfinch 4

Contributors: Bill Butler, Leon Kass, Jim Lemert, Marina True, Don and Wendy Kates

Have Fun Birding!

Wallace Kornack
Washington DC

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Date: 8/25/17 5:36 am
From: Stephanie Lovell <amorellovell...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Photo credit
Forgot to give photo credit to Michael Bowen for the Glossy Ibis he
captured so well in the email that just went out alerting birders of Mark
England's offer to birders access to see it.
Stephanie

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Date: 8/24/17 5:56 pm
From: jcdlmartin via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Wicomico Shorebirds, 8/24
There were a LOT of shorebirds today at the turf farm on Log Cabin Road near Salisbury. This was at the more northerly field where there is still much standing water. I would estimate perhaps 150 birds, but they were hard to count as they moved through the grasses and flew often. Despite spending a good bit of time I couldn't pull out any real goodies, but it's worth checking over the next few days. Species identified (numbers apprx.) were:

Killdeer - 4
Greater Yellowlegs - 10
Lesser Yellowlegs - 30
Solitary Sandpiper - 3
Pectoral Sandpiper - 20
Least Sandpiper - 90
Semipalmated Sandpiper - 5

No grasspipers were seen, but the turf was being mowed which didn't help. Other sites checked (Hampshire Road, Taylor Road, Jersey Road and Levon Dashiel Road) had few or no birds or were being mowed.

Joel Martin
Chincoteague VA



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Date: 8/24/17 5:05 pm
From: 'Ryan Fick' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: RE: [MDBirding] Re: Glossy Ibis


I also saw both birds present and were there when I left at 1955. What was just as special was a lesser yellow legs that I saw missing one of its namesake legs. This bird fed effortlessly hopping on its single usable limb. I was entertained and inspired by this little fella as I watched him/her for awhile. I also heard 2 great horned owls while being sysemantically devoured by local mosquitoes. They've been a very hard bird for me to track down in Montgomery Co.  It sounded as if one was lower pitched than the other, which I believe I remember reading at some point allows you to distinguish between the sexes. 
Ryan FickBethesda, MD. 


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Date: 8/24/17 18:59 (GMT-05:00)
To: Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Glossy Ibis

On Thursday, August 24, 2017 at 9:06:44 AM UTC-4, john pangborn wrote:
> Set the same location that was yesterday  sent at 9am

Both the Glossy Ibis and the Stilt Sandpiper were still at the pond at 4:30 on the 24th. Thanks for spotting and reporting these birds, John.

Woody & Rae Dubois

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Date: 8/24/17 3:59 pm
From: <dengue1...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Glossy Ibis
On Thursday, August 24, 2017 at 9:06:44 AM UTC-4, john pangborn wrote:
> Set the same location that was yesterday  sent at 9am

Both the Glossy Ibis and the Stilt Sandpiper were still at the pond at 4:30 on the 24th. Thanks for spotting and reporting these birds, John.

Woody & Rae Dubois

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Date: 8/24/17 2:21 pm
From: <marshwren50...>
Subject: RE: [MDBirding] Eclipse Birds - Bowie
I also had a flock of swifts as the eclipse was just starting, about 20 of them flying to the east over our yard in Bowie. They kept going, did not perch within my view. The most noticeable avian response to the eclipse was the incessant loud chipping of all the cardinals in our woodlot. They started chipping (like they normally do at dusk) before the eclipse even started, at about 12:50 pm. And they kept going, non-stop, until about 3:30 pm. From time to time, Blue Jays, Carolina Wrens, Carolina Chickadees, and Blue-grey Gnatcatchers added scolding notes to the chipping of the cardinals. And one of our local Red-shouldered Hawks made a few passes over the yard.

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

Bowie, MD
<marshwren50...>

From: Don Simonson
Sent: Thursday, August 24, 2017 4:36 PM
To: Maryland & DC Birding
Subject: [MDBirding] Eclipse Birds - Chimney Swifts Darnestown Mont Co

On August 21, as the eclipse neared its darkest point, I noticed a dozen Chimney Swifts swooping low over our yard, twittering very excitedly. As it got darker, the swifts began perching (!) in the tallest bare branches of a tall pin cherry tree, and their numbers increased. At the darkest point, my wife Marcia and I counted 25 swifts. This is the highest number recorded ever in our yard. as the light increased, the swifts vanished. I dont think I had ever seen any number of swifts perching on branches- didnt know they could do that!
I surmise they were migrating, or just out hunting, when the eclipse darkness caught them by surprise and they set down at "first dark" when unable to reach their preferred chimney.
good birding
Don simonson
Darnestown MD

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Date: 8/24/17 2:11 pm
From: Tim Houghton <timhoughton...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Mournings, CONNECTICUT at cromwell
Awesome day at Cromwell. Brad found an imm Mourning warbler in the middle of the sparrow field. It flew to brush by the creek and I noticed other birds in the area and went there. I then saw what appeared to be a Connecticut! Amazing. The birds moved along the creek and I followed after getting in the largely dried-up creek bed. I got a couple of more looks at both birds--and then the really cool part. The Conn was near the bottom of a tree (near creek and where sp. field joins the woods). Meanwhile the imm Mourning was a little higher in the same tree, and when I looked at it, I found an adult male MOWA with it! Just amazing. A Canada was also in the area, along with a couple of yellowthroats.

We ran into another really nice flock between boxes 10 and 11 (11 is now just a pole--no box there). We found an adult male Blackburnian and an adult male Wilson's. Nearby a Least Fly, too. (A female BLBW was up the trail behind the yellow barn.) Finally, we found the THIRD Mourning warbler, also in the same area. Later in the morning we discovered an olive-sided flycatcher across from the house that's near the kiln.

Tim Houghton
Glen Arm

> On August 24, 2017 at 8:11 AM Brad Phoebus <bradphoebus...> wrote:
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> Tim h and i have a ton of birds right at willow grove including multiple mournings and brown connecticut of all things
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Date: 8/24/17 1:46 pm
From: Don Simonson <don.r.simonson...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Wood ducks NIH storm water pond
8 Wood Ducks - unusual high count in exposed spot - in wide variety of eclipse plumages at NIH storm water pond. Easily viewed with binocs or scope from Woodmont and Rte. 355.

checklist:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S38801902

Good birding!
Don Simonson
Darnestown MD

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Date: 8/24/17 1:36 pm
From: Don Simonson <don.r.simonson...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Eclipse Birds - Chimney Swifts Darnestown Mont Co
On August 21, as the eclipse neared its darkest point, I noticed a dozen Chimney Swifts swooping low over our yard, twittering very excitedly. As it got darker, the swifts began perching (!) in the tallest bare branches of a tall pin cherry tree, and their numbers increased. At the darkest point, my wife Marcia and I counted 25 swifts. This is the highest number recorded ever in our yard. as the light increased, the swifts vanished. I dont think I had ever seen any number of swifts perching on branches- didnt know they could do that!
I surmise they were migrating, or just out hunting, when the eclipse darkness caught them by surprise and they set down at "first dark" when unable to reach their preferred chimney.
good birding
Don simonson
Darnestown MD

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Date: 8/24/17 1:28 pm
From: Don Simonson <don.r.simonson...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Another great yard bird - Olive-sided Flycatcher!!!
On Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at 8:52:28 PM UTC-4, Kojo Baidoo wrote:
> Well, I've just been having an amazing day. I decided to see if I could relocate the Cerulean Warbler from this morning, and while I had no luck with that, I soon noticed a compact, fairly large flycatcher perched at the very top of a tall tree. For some reason, I assumed it was a kingbird at first, but they're quite vocal and this bird was quiet, and something just seemed very off about that I.D. I took a picture and zoomed in, and quickly noticed a very clear vest. The bird would sally out to catch flies, and that's when it became very apparent that it was larger, darker, and generally more compact than a pewee. Something that was also quite interesting was the fact that whenever it flew out, an actual pewee would chase it, and then when it returned to a perch the smaller flycatcher would follow it and perch lower, emitting distressed notes. The Olive-sided perched on the tallest branch every time it moved, as well. Two Common Nighthawks were also nice, and my FOS.
>
> Two eBird rarities in one day, so amazing! Hoping and hoping that this sets the tone for the rest of the season.
>
>
>
> Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S38789930
>
>
>
> Good Birding,
>
> Kojo Baidoo
> Reisterstown, MD

Congratulations Kojo! Two exciting birds well described.
Good Birding,
Don Simonson Darnestown MD

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Date: 8/24/17 12:28 pm
From: 'MikeBowen' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Glossy Ibis
On Thursday, August 24, 2017 at 9:06:44 AM UTC-4, john pangborn wrote:
> Set the same location that was yesterday  sent at 9am

The Glossy Ibis was still at the edge of the pond nearest the landfill at Blue Mash at 11 a.m. on the 24th. John P. was still there. I was able to get some decent photos: eBird checklist is at https://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S38797890

I also saw the Stilt Sandpiper reported here by John, but it was too distant for my camera.

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Date: 8/24/17 12:16 pm
From: Eugene J. Scarpulla <ejscarp...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Ron Naveen: "Whales & Seabirds" Data
In the 1980s, Ron Naveen operated "Whales & Seabirds", offering Ocean City,
Maryland, pelagic trips. The late Maurice Barnhill was the keeper of all of
Ron's data and it is thought that he probably digitized the data. Whether
these files still exist is currently being investigated.



I know that several members of this listserve participated in Ron's trips.
If any participants have any trip data, please forward the data to me. The
data will potentially be used for an article for the spring 2018 issue of
Maryland Birdlife.



The spring 2018 issue will be dedicated to pelagic articles. If you have a
potential article for the pelagic issue, please submit that to me, as well.



Thanks,
Gene



Gene Scarpulla

Editor, The Maryland Entomologist

Editor, Maryland Birdlife

Bowie, Maryland

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Date: 8/24/17 8:53 am
From: Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Wheaton Regional Park today August 24
Hi all,

Slower than hoped-for as the cold front was still puttering by through when we arrived, cloudy and not that cold. Need a strong NW wind to get things moving. There had been changes, however - Barn Swallows, Orioles and Gnatcatchers down, Chipping Sparrows up - and a smattering of warblers. Five species only, three lovely Canadas the highlight. Hey, it can only get better!

Gail Mackiernan and Barry Cooper,
Colesville, MD

44 species (+1 other taxa)
Birds of interest:

Wood Duck 2
Chimney Swift 1
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 3
Belted Kingfisher 1
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 6
Pileated Woodpecker 2
Eastern Wood-Pewee 5
Acadian Flycatcher 1
Great Crested Flycatcher 3
Eastern Kingbird 2
Red-eyed Vireo 5
Blue Jay 20 Estimate
Barn Swallow (American) 4
House Wren (Northern) 1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (caerulea) 1
Eastern Bluebird 6
Wood Thrush 1
Gray Catbird 12
Black-and-white Warbler 3
Common Yellowthroat 1 Heard only
American Redstart 3
Chestnut-sided Warbler 2
Canada Warbler 3
Chipping Sparrow 20 Estimate, large influx since last visit
Eastern Towhee 1
Baltimore Oriole 7

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S38797309


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Date: 8/24/17 8:19 am
From: Tim Carney <timmyc83...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Poplar Island 8/23/2017
Yesterday's census at Poplar Island was, quite simply, one of the most productive days I've ever had there. Shorebird diversity was outstanding. Though there were many highlights, three species stuck out as obvious favorites:

- Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (a juvenile in the Cell 1A barges, and my personal first in the county)
- Buff-breasted Sandpiper (2 in Cell 5AB)
- Marbled Godwit (Cell 1A mudflat)

Also very high on the list were three Red Knots. It's been a good year for them onsite.

I was excited to find an American Golden-Plover and a Baird's Sandpiper in Cell 2B. I wasn't expecting to see either of these until September.

Other notables included Tricolored Heron, lots of Black-necked Stilts and American Avocets, Western and White-rumped Sandpipers, Wilson's and Red-necked Phalaropes, and 11 Black Terns.

I'm still reviewing dowitcher photos because I think I had at least one, and maybe as many as three Long-billed Dowitchers, but they are one of the trickier IDs. I want to be sure before I eBird them.

Two Common Gallinules called back in Cell 1A and I saw an adult Virginia Rail leading a chick across the Cell 1A mudflat.

Blue-winged Teal and Northern Shovelers are back in good numbers and I also saw two Green-winged Teal.

Good luck to the birding tour onsite today!

eBird checklist with photos: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S38796819

Tim Carney
Parkville/Towson, MD

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Date: 8/24/17 7:43 am
From: Tim Houghton <timhoughton...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Olive sided cromwell
across from house thats next to kiln

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Date: 8/24/17 7:11 am
From: Wallace Kornack <wallace...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Thursday 8/24/17
This morning (8/24) at Rock Creek Park with Bill Butler, Leon Kass, Jim Lemert, Hugh McGuinness…...

——Maintenance Yard
Black-and-white Warbler
Common Yellowthroat 2 FOS
American Redstart 2
Magnolia Warbler FOS
Chestnut-sided Warbler 2
Canada Warbler FOS (Hugh)
Red-shouldered Hawk
Mourning Dove 11
Yellow-billed Cuckoo FOS
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 4
Red-bellied Woodpecker 5
Downy Woodpecker 3
Northern Flicker 7
Pileated Woodpecker 4
Eastern Wood-Pewee 7
Great Crested Flycatcher
Red-eyed Vireo
Blue Jay 6
American Crow
Carolina Chickadee 2
Tufted Titmouse 4
White-breasted Nuthatch 5
House Wren 6
Carolina Wren 3
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
American Robin 6
Gray Catbird 3
Cedar Waxwing
Scarlet Tanager
Northern Cardinal 2
Baltimore Oriole 4
House Finch
American Goldfinch

Have Fun Birding!

Wallace Kornack
Washington DC

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Date: 8/24/17 6:49 am
From: john pangborn <pangborn.john19...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Stilt Sandpiper at blue Mash nature trail
The same Pond that the Glossy Ibis is in.

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Date: 8/24/17 6:06 am
From: john pangborn <pangborn.john19...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Glossy Ibis
Set the same location that was yesterday sent at 9am

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Date: 8/24/17 6:00 am
From: Brad Phoebus <bradphoebus...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Mournings, CONNECTICUT at cromwell
Another mourning. A third mourning. Also magnolia, blackburnian, wilsons. Good birds here today folks

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Date: 8/24/17 5:35 am
From: Brad Phoebus <bradphoebus...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Mournings, CONNECTICUT at cromwell
One of mournings an adult male. Balt county btw fot those unaware

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Date: 8/24/17 5:11 am
From: Brad Phoebus <bradphoebus...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Mournings, CONNECTICUT at cromwell
Tim h and i have a ton of birds right at willow grove including multiple mournings and brown connecticut of all things

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Date: 8/23/17 5:52 pm
From: Kojo Baidoo <baidookojo6...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Another great yard bird - Olive-sided Flycatcher!!!
Well, I've just been having an amazing day. I decided to see if I could relocate the Cerulean Warbler from this morning, and while I had no luck with that, I soon noticed a compact, fairly large flycatcher perched at the very top of a tall tree. For some reason, I assumed it was a kingbird at first, but they're quite vocal and this bird was quiet, and something just seemed very off about that I.D. I took a picture and zoomed in, and quickly noticed a very clear vest. The bird would sally out to catch flies, and that's when it became very apparent that it was larger, darker, and generally more compact than a pewee. Something that was also quite interesting was the fact that whenever it flew out, an actual pewee would chase it, and then when it returned to a perch the smaller flycatcher would follow it and perch lower, emitting distressed notes. The Olive-sided perched on the tallest branch every time it moved, as well. Two Common Nighthawks were also nice, and my FOS.

Two eBird rarities in one day, so amazing! Hoping and hoping that this sets the tone for the rest of the season.



Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S38789930



Good Birding,

Kojo Baidoo
Reisterstown, MD

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Date: 8/23/17 5:13 pm
From: Mike Mangiaracina <mike.mangiaracina...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Nighthawk over Takoma Park
I just saw my FOS Common Nighthawk while out on a walk.

Mike Mangiaracina
Takoma Park, MD

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Date: 8/23/17 4:15 pm
From: Mark Johnson <mj3151...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Perryville (Cecil Co.) Black Terns and shore birds
The grass mats directly off the point at Perryville were swarming with birds twenty minutes ago, including 17+ Black Terns and hundreds of shore birds that were too far out to ID. Small groups of birds were heading south low over the mats. I forgot my phone, so couldn't text anybody...sorry. The Black Terns were all around the near edge of the grass mats out in good light, so it was quite a show...a bunch of them were sitting on the mats too.


Mark Johnson

Aberdeen

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Date: 8/23/17 3:16 pm
From: john pangborn <pangborn.john19...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Blue Mash Nature Trail -- Aug 23, 2017
Blue Mash Nature Trail
Aug 23, 2017
7:52 AM
Traveling
0.50 miles
90 minutes
All birds reported? Yes
Comments:

14 Mallard
1 Glossy Ibis -- Long brownish bill billboard white borders on the face
within dark eyes Legs: legs are darker not like the white-faced ibis who
has legs are much more reddish I also have video
3 Killdeer
3 Least Sandpiper
1 Pectoral Sandpiper
1 Spotted Sandpiper
1 Carolina Wren
1 Gray Catbird
2 Field Sparrow

Number of Taxa: 9
John pangborn
Gaithersburg MD

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Date: 8/23/17 3:11 pm
From: Art Drauglis <lwsyrup...>
Subject: [MDBirding] DC - Beach Drive and Rock Creek Park Closures
In Case You Missed It

Thanks to ongoing reconstruction of Beach Drive in Rock Creek Park, vehicular access to
some of the park's top birding spots will be limited for the next year.

The Nature Center and Maintenance Yard will be open, but can only be accessed from the north (Oregon Ave./Military Road).
As I am interpreting the map, we will still be able to get to The Ridge and Equitation Field, but will have to walk, bike, or literally hoof it.

Official site:

https://www.nps.gov/rocr/learn/management/beach-drive-rehabilitation.htm


Art D.
W. DC

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Date: 8/23/17 2:41 pm
From: Kojo Baidoo <baidookojo6...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Migrant Yard Birding/Cerulean Warbler!!!
I've been doing a fair amount of yard birding recently in anticipation of the storm that is the fall migrant movement, just to see if I can find anything. I've had a lot of gnatcatchers passing through in the past two weeks with an estimated five every day I've been outside, along with a Black-and-white Warbler (last Saturday), American Redstart (one Aug 14, Monday, and one today), and a Yellow Warbler on Monday and Tuesday. Today, I wasn't expecting much because of rain during the night, and for the first twenty-five minutes I was just watching a mixed flock of chickaddes, gnatcatchers, local birds, and a single redstart that passed through for little more than a minute. However, soon another bird appeared among the gnatcatchers, definitely a warbler. It was a slim and long bird, and it gave me a Chestnut-sided jazz because of the apparent grayish underparts and tail pattern (I was viewing the bird with my naked eye). However, soon it came down, and then I got more of a Blackburnian/Baypoll vibe when I noticed a yellowish tinge. I took photos, and soon the bird retreated back up to the canopy. When I took a break to look at my photos, I was expecting a drab Blackburnian; however, what I had looking back me (or rather, an insect in front of me) was most definitely a female Cerulean Warbler! The blue-green tints to the cap, eye-stripe, and wings gave it away, along with the streaks. I was never expecting to see this bird during the fall, and especially not in my own yard! Probably the rarest and coolest yard bird I've ever had. I'm not expecting her to stick around, because she's definitely got a long journey ahead of her... hopefully she makes it down to those cloud rainforests safely and comes back up here to breed next spring.

Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S38786785
Photo: https://www.flickr.com/photos/132863360@N02/36594076562/in/dateposted-public/

Looking forward to an exciting migration season!

Kojo Baidoo
Reisterstown, MD

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Date: 8/23/17 12:26 pm
From: Jim Felley <jdfelley...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Smithsonian Ruby-throat
In the Enid Haupt Garden behind the Castle, a female was feeding on _Erythrina_ flowers (large, red and tubular) near the skylight on the northwest side of the garden.
If you go to the gardens but miss the hummer, you will still be amazed by the butterflies, around the Erythrina, but also throngs of them milling around the _Lantana_ planted on the parterre
(Plants names courtesy of Michael the gardener. A visitor reported a hummer to him last week among the tropical plants next to the wall of the Freer)

Jim

Jim Felley
Gaithersburg, MD

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Date: 8/23/17 10:26 am
From: Gregory Gough <gregorygough...>
Subject: [MDBirding] sandpiper confirmation needed
Eye ring and greenish legs look good for solitary.

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Date: 8/23/17 9:14 am
From: Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Glossy Ibis Blue Mash nature trail
Continuing as of 11:45, follow Joe's directions.

On Wed, Aug 23, 2017 at 10:52 AM Joe Hanfman <auk1844...> wrote:

> GLIB still present.
> Follow the gravel road until you are about 30 yards from the landfill
> fence. Take the grass path to the left until you have a clear view of the
> landfill pond.
>
>
> Joe Hanfman
> Columbia, MD
>
> On Aug 23, 2017, at 8:30 AM, john pangborn <pangborn.john19...>
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> At the landfill pond.
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Date: 8/23/17 8:01 am
From: Joe Wolf <birdingwolf55...>
Subject: [MDBirding] sandpiper confirmation needed
I saw and photographed these 2 (what I believe to be) solitary sandpipers at North Beach marsh on Sunday evening. The photos are for ID purposes at best - severely cropped and sharpened. But - the photo was taken completely across the marsh, so I think its pretty good that I could even get an idea of the birds ID!

Since I've never seen Solitary's here, I wanted to get a conformation, or other ID, before filling out the ebird report.

thanks

joe

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Date: 8/23/17 7:52 am
From: Joe Hanfman <auk1844...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Glossy Ibis Blue Mash nature trail
GLIB still present.
Follow the gravel road until you are about 30 yards from the landfill fence. Take the grass path to the left until you have a clear view of the landfill pond.

Joe Hanfman
Columbia, MD

> On Aug 23, 2017, at 8:30 AM, john pangborn <pangborn.john19...> wrote:
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> At the landfill pond.
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Date: 8/23/17 7:26 am
From: Wallace Kornack <wallace...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Wednesday 8/23/17
This morning (8/23) at Rock Creek Park with Leon Kass and Jim Lemert…..

——Ridge (Jim)
Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker 2
Eastern Wood-Pewee 2
American Crow
White-breasted Nuthatch
Scarlet Tanager
House Finch FOS

——Maintenance Yard
American Redstart 4
Mourning Dove 3
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 4
Red-headed Woodpecker FOS (Leon)
Red-bellied Woodpecker 6
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker 6
Pileated Woodpecker 4
Eastern Wood-Pewee 2
Great Crested Flycatcher 4
Red-eyed Vireo 4
Blue Jay 2
Carolina Chickadee 4
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
House Wren 3
Carolina Wren 2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 6
American Robin 19
Northern Cardinal 6
Baltimore Oriole 3 (Leon)
Common Grackle 2
American Goldfinch 2

Have Fun Birding!

Wallace Kornack
Washington DC


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Date: 8/23/17 5:30 am
From: john pangborn <pangborn.john19...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Glossy Ibis Blue Mash nature trail
At the landfill pond.

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Date: 8/22/17 1:22 pm
From: Lydia Schindler <lydia13621...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fwd: DC Area, 8/22/2017
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Date: Tue, Aug 22, 2017 at 10:55 AM
Subject: DC Area, 8/22/2017
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Hotline: Voice of the Naturalist
Date: 8/22/2017
Coverage: MD/DC/VA/central and southern DE/WV panhandle
Reports, comments and questions: <voice...>
Compiler: Helen Patton
Sponsor: Audubon Naturalist Society of the Central
Atlantic States (independent of NAS)
Transcriber: Steve Cordle

Please consider joining ANS, especially if you are a regular user of the
Voice of the Naturalist (Individual $50; Family $65; Nature Steward $100;
Audubon Advocate $200). The membership number is 301-652-9188
<(301)%20652-9188>, option 12; the address is 8940 Jones Mill Road, Chevy
Chase, MD 20815; and the web site is http://www.AudubonNaturalist.org.

This is the Voice of the Naturalist, a service of the Audubon Naturalist
Society. This report covers the week starting Tuesday, August 15 and was
completed on Tuesday, August 22 at 9:40 a.m.

Information on noteworthy birds is presented below in taxonomic order, as
set forth in the American Ornithological Society Checklist for North and
Middle American Birds, as revised through the 58th Supplement (July 2017).

The top bird this week were WOOD STORK* in VA.

Other birds of interest this week included waterfowl, NORTHERN BOBWHITE,
AMERICAN AVOCET, shorebirds, gulls, terns, ANHINGA, wading birds, WHITE and
GLOSSY IBIS, SWALLOW-TAILED KITE, MISSISSIPPI KITE, BROAD-WINGED HAWK,
woodpeckers, WILLOW FLYCATCHER, LARK SPARROW, warblers and DICKCISSEL.

TOP BIRD

As reported last week, A young WOOD STORK* continued to be ween at the
stakeout place along Pleasant Ridge Road in Virginia Beach, VA during the
current week.

OTHER BIRDS OF INTEREST

Two continuing TUNDRA SWANS were seen at Hurlock WWTP in Dorchester Co, MD
on August 19 and 20.

SURF SCOTERS were reported from several venues during the week including:
two at Prospect Bay, Queen Anne's Co, MD on August 16; one that moved
between the North Beach Marsh, Calvert Co, MD and nearby waters in Anne
Arundel Co on August 19 and 20 and one at Big Water Farm (private) also in
Queen Anne's Co, MD on August 21. BLACK SCOTERS accompanied the SURF
SCOTERS at North Beach and one more was at the Ocean City Inlet, Worcester
Co, MD on August 16.Ten COMMON MERGANSERS were at Shenandoah University
River Campus, Clarke Co, VA on August 16. Five COMMON MERGANSERS were in
Harman, Riverside Dr., Buchanan Co, VA on August 19. A RED-BREASTED
MERGANSER was at Knapp's Narrows Marina, Talbot Co, MD on August 20.

NORTHERN BOBWHITE were found on Egypt Road, Dorchester Co, MD on August 17.

One to four AMERICAN AVOCETS were at Bethel Beach NAP, Matthews Co, VA on
August 10 and 21.

A WILSON'S PLOVER was at Chincoteague NWR, Accomack Co, VA on August 16.

An UPLAND SANDPIPER was on Rushville Road, Rockingham Co, VA on August 15,
Another UPLAND SANDPIPER was at Sandy Point SP, Anne Arundel Co, MD on
August 16. Another UPLAND SANDPIPER was at Pretlow Industrial Park fields,
Franklin City, VA on August 17, 20 and 21. A LONG-BILLED CURLEW was at
Wachapreague Back Bay, Accomack Co, VA on August 16. A STILT SANDPIPER was
in Salisbury, Log Cabin Road, Wicomico Co, MD on August 19. Two BAIRD'S
SANDPIPERS were at Whitehall Crossroads, Leipsic, Kent Co, DE on August 15
and 20. A BAIRD'S SANDPIPER was at Prime Hook NWR, Prime Hook Beach, Kent
Co, DE on August 20. A BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER was at the Staunton View
Public Use Area, Mecklenburg Co, VA on August 10. Four WILSON'S PHALAROPES
were at the Hurlock WWTP, Dorchester Co, MD on August 15.

A BONAPARTE'S GULL was seen again at Swan Creek Wetland-Cox Creek
(restricted access) in Anne Arundel Co, MD on August 16-18 and another
BONAPARTE'S GULL was at Wilson Bridge, Prince George's Co, MD on August 15.

On August 15, 16 1nd 19, a GULL-BILLED TERN was at Bombay Hook NWR, Kent
Co, DE. Small numbers of BLACK TERNS were seen at several locations in the
reporting area including: one at Lake Linganore, Frederick Co, MD on August
15; one to seven at Perryville Community Park, Cecil Co, MD on August 16
and 17; four at Loch Raven Reservoir, Baltimore Co, MD on August 18; 2 at
the Hurlock WWTP, Dorchester Co, MD on August 19; eight at Hog Island Road,
Caroline Co, MD on August 19; one to six at Brierly Creek WMA, Prince
Edward Co, VA on August 19 and 20; nine were at Staunton View Public Use
Area, Mecklenburg Co, VA on August 20 and 6 at Dyke March, Fairfax Co, VA
on August 20.. Two COMMON TERNS were on the C&O Canal, Violette's Lock,
Montgomery Co, MD on August 15. A COMMON TERN was at Bombay Hook NWR, Kent
Co, DE on August 20. A SANDWICH TERN was at Cape Henlopen SP, Sussex Co, DE
on August 16. Two SANDWICH TERNS were at Little Assawoman Bay, Sussex Co,
De on August19.

During the week, an ANHINGA* was at Chamberlayne Swamp in Hanover Co, VA.

On August 19 an AMERICAN BITTERN was reported at Bombay Hook NWR, Kent Co,
DE. Inland herons and egrets included: a LITTLE BLUE HERON at the Great
Dismal Swamp NWR, Suffolk, VA on August 16; a TRICOLORED HERON and a
YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT HERON on Ragged Island, Isle of Wight Co, VA on August
19; one to two TRICOLORED HERONS at the Chesapeake Bay Environmental
Center (Horsehead), Queen Anne's Co, MD on August 16 and 19; one TRICOLORED
HERON at the Swan Creek dredge containment facility, Anne Arundel Co, MD on
August 16-18; one TRICOLORED HERON at Accotink Bay WR, Fairfax Co, VA on
August 20 and another YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON at the Federal Hill
Estate/Farm, Clarke Co, VA on August 15.

A spectacle of hundreds of GLOSSY and WHITE IBIS congregated in
Chincoteague Bay, Accomack Co, VA on August 17. A WHITE IBIS was at Bombay
Hook NWR, Kent Co, DE on August 10. Six GLOSSY IBIS were at Swan Harbor
Farm Park, Harford Co, MD on August 16.

A survey of MISSISSIPPI KITE nests in Northern Virginia revealed that 3 out
of the 4 nesting sites had successfully raised chicks. Other MISSISSIPPI
KITE sightings included: two juveniles being fed at Woodridge Road/Braddock
Road in Alexandria and an adult with two juveniles at Woodland
Road/Backlink Road in Annandale, VA on August 20. A SWALLOW-TAILED KITE was
observed from Bull Run PO Road, ½ mile south of Braddock Road, Loudoun Co,
VA on August 17. Noteworthy raptors during the week also included a small
number of early migrating BROAD-WINGED HAWKS at several locations in
Virginia and Maryland.

A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was at Blackwater NWR, Dorchester Co, MD on August
15. Two RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS were at the Fox Chase Ponds and Wetlands,
Howard Co, MD on August 16 and 20. Two RED-COCKADED WOODPECKERS were at the
Piney Grove Preserve, Sussex Co, VA on August 18.

A WILLOW FLYCATCHER was at a home in Anne Arundel Co, MD on August 16.

On August 20, a LARK SPARROW was at Esmont, 30 minutes south of
Charlottesville VA.

Migratory warblers continued to trickle into the reporting area. Highlights
included: a BLUE-WINGED WARBLER found on the Shearman's Mill Loop in Sky
Meadows SP, Fauquier Co, VA on August 17; a BLUE-WINGED and a MOURNING
WARBLER were at Devil's Ditch, Northampton Co, VA on August 19; a MOURNING
WARBLER at Freestone Point in Leesylvania SP, Prince William Co, VA on
August 20 and CERULEAN WARBLERS found on the Blue Trail at Cromwell Valley
Park, Baltimore Co, MD on August 17 and on the Poquoson Fire Road and Cabin
in Shenandoah NP, Luray, VA on August 19.

DICKCISSELS continue in the Underwood Road area in Howard Co, MD, with a
high of three individuals seen on August 17, and at various other locations
in the reporting area.

***

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

The Audubon Sanctuary Shop (301-652-3606 <(301)%20652-3606>,
http://anshome.org/shop)is an excellent source for guidebooks and many
other nature-related titles.

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

Thank you for your interest, and enjoy the birds.

*Of interest to the Records Committee

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Date: 8/22/17 8:59 am
From: Jim Green <jkgbirdman53...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fwd: Charles County Brown-headed Nuthatch


> From: Jim Green <jkgbirdman53...>
> Date: August 22, 2017 at 9:58:00 AM EDT
> To: <mdbirding...>
> Subject: Charles County Brown-headed Nuthatch
>
> Seen and heard at Southern Park in treeline right-centerfield area behind 2nd ballfield on your right as you enter park
>
> Jim Green
> Gaithersburg MD
>
> Sent from my iPhone

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Date: 8/22/17 6:57 am
From: Wallace Kornack <wallace...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Tuesday 8/22/17
This morning (8/22) at Rock Creek Park with Jim Lemert….

——Ridge
Canada Warbler FOS (Jim)
Mourning Dove 2
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Tufted Titmouse 2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 3
Northern Cardinal 2

——Maintenance Yard
Mourning Dove 2
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
Downy Woodpecker 2
Northern Flicker 5
Pileated Woodpecker 3
Great Crested Flycatcher 4
Blue Jay
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
House Wren
American Robin 9
Northern Cardinal 2

Have Fun Birding!

Wallace Kornack
Washington DC

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