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11/11/19 5:25 pm Lydia Schindler <lydia13621...> Re: [MDBirding] Speaking of Juncos -- what about odors?
11/11/19 5:02 pm Tim Houghton <timhoughton...> Re: [MDBirding] Lark Sparrow at assateague bayside campgrnd, site 10
11/11/19 12:03 pm Lisa Wilcox Deyo <lisawilcoxdeyo...> [MDBirding] Re: Still waiting
11/11/19 11:58 am Lisa Wilcox Deyo <lisawilcoxdeyo...> Re: [MDBirding] Still waiting
11/11/19 10:44 am 'Jim Nelson' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Speaking of Juncos -- what about odors?
11/11/19 10:11 am Brad P <bradphoebus...> [MDBirding] Lark Sparrow at assateague bayside campgrnd, site 10
11/11/19 7:03 am Derek C. Richardson <dcr...> [MDBirding] Lake Artmesia Horned Grebe
11/11/19 3:38 am Matt Hafner <hafner.matt...> [MDBirding] Barn Owl in Harford
11/10/19 6:12 pm 'Jim Nelson' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] Still waiting
11/10/19 3:07 pm Dianne Westbrook <edwestbrook1...> [MDBirding] Re: Still waiting
11/9/19 7:54 pm Bobbi <b.reichwein...> [MDBirding] Re: Still waiting
11/9/19 5:09 pm Timothy Boucher <timothyboucherbirder...> [MDBirding] Re: Still waiting
11/9/19 11:47 am Janet Millenson <janet...> [MDBirding] Still waiting
11/9/19 11:34 am David Gibson <20cabot...> Re: [MDBirding] Painted Buntings-Cecil Co.
11/9/19 10:55 am Mark Johnson <mj3151...> [MDBirding] Painted Buntings-Cecil Co.
11/8/19 3:51 pm Matthew Felperin <mattyfelp...> [MDBirding] Re: Late Osprey, NOVA
11/8/19 3:09 pm Matthew Felperin <mattyfelp...> [MDBirding] Late Osprey, NOVA
11/8/19 1:13 pm Jim Wilkinson <lakekoshare...> [MDBirding] Re: Orange-crowned Warbler at Elkhorn Garden Plots, Columbia, Howard County, Nov 7
11/8/19 12:13 pm 'Jim Nelson' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Seneca Christmas Bird Count, Sunday, Dec. 15-- we need counters and feeder watchers
11/8/19 11:10 am Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4...> [MDBirding] Adult Brown Pelican OC Inlet
11/8/19 5:35 am Dianne Westbrook <edwestbrook1...> [MDBirding] AABC Sunday Trip CANCELLED
11/8/19 5:23 am Dianne Westbrook <edwestbrook1...> [MDBirding] AABC Trip Cancelled, Sunday
11/8/19 5:03 am Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4...> [MDBirding] Hybrid wigeon Oakley Street
11/7/19 1:46 pm Jim Wilkinson <lakekoshare...> [MDBirding] Orange-crowned Warbler at Elkhorn Garden Plots, Columbia, Howard County, Nov 7
11/7/19 8:11 am Peter Lev <plev...> [MDBirding] Balt. Bird Club Nov. 9 field trip CANCELED
11/6/19 3:53 pm Derek C. Richardson <dcr...> [MDBirding] American Black Duck x Mallard hybrid?
11/6/19 6:35 am 'Mike Bowen' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] FOS Hooded Merganzers
11/6/19 5:33 am 'Judy Bromley' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] FOS Hooded Merganzers
11/5/19 9:19 am Phil Davis <pdavis...> [MDBirding] MD/DCRC web pages - corrections
11/5/19 8:13 am Harry Armistead <harryarmistead...> [MDBirding] Ferry Neck, Oct. 31-Nov. 4, 2019.
11/4/19 1:05 pm Matt Hafner <hafner.matt...> Re: [MDBirding] Franklin's Gull, Harford/Cecil Counties
11/4/19 10:47 am Tim Carney <timmyc83...> [MDBirding] Franklin's Gull, Harford/Cecil Counties
11/3/19 7:54 am Brad P <bradphoebus...> [MDBirding] Chesapeake Audubon at Swan Harbor 11/2
11/2/19 10:44 am Gail Joice <gailfiona...> Re: [MDBirding] Abridged summary of - 2 updates in 2 topics
11/2/19 7:35 am Rick Borchelt <rborchelt...> Re: [MDBirding] FOS Bufflehead
11/2/19 7:22 am Pat <pvaldata1...> [MDBirding] FOS Bufflehead
11/2/19 7:18 am 'George Jett' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Rusty Blackbirds
11/1/19 11:58 am David Gibson <20cabot...> [MDBirding] More Thoughts on Birds and Bird Photography
11/1/19 9:16 am Philip Kline <pgeorgekline...> [MDBirding] Late migrants at FDR Memorial
10/30/19 6:31 pm Jim Green <jkgbirdman53...> Fwd: [MDBirding] Re: "Butterbutt"
10/29/19 5:40 pm 'George Jett' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] Codes and Views and "views"
10/29/19 5:28 pm Janet Millenson <janet...> [MDBirding] Re: "Butterbutt"
10/29/19 5:12 pm 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] Codes and Views and "views"
10/29/19 5:02 pm Jason Schultz <jschultzems...> Re: [MDBirding] Codes and Views and "views"
10/29/19 4:33 pm Warblerick <ricksussman1955...> Re: [MDBirding] Codes and Views and "views"
10/29/19 4:15 pm Harry Armistead <harryarmistead...> [MDBirding] Ferry Neck & Blackwater N.W.R., Oct. 26-28, 2019.
10/29/19 2:55 pm Marcia Balestri <mebalestri...> Re: [MDBirding] Codes and Views and "views"
10/29/19 2:54 pm 'George Jett' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] Codes and Views and "views"
10/29/19 2:51 pm Rick Borchelt <rborchelt...> Re: [MDBirding] Codes and Views and "views"
10/29/19 2:13 pm 'jovet' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] Codes and Views and "views"
10/29/19 1:35 pm drgngem K <drgngems2013...> Re: [MDBirding] Codes and Views and "views"
10/29/19 1:06 pm JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> Re: [MDBirding] Codes and Views and "views"
10/29/19 9:16 am 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] Codes and Views
10/29/19 8:50 am JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> [MDBirding] Codes and Views
10/28/19 7:18 pm Warblerick <ricksussman1955...> [MDBirding] Little Bennett Park
10/28/19 12:18 pm Lisa Wilcox Deyo <lisawilcoxdeyo...> [MDBirding] Little Bennett Park
10/28/19 11:20 am JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> Re: [MDBirding] Butterbutts
10/28/19 10:43 am Lisa Wilcox Deyo <lisawilcoxdeyo...> Re: [MDBirding] Abridged summary of - 2 updates in 2 topics
10/28/19 10:03 am 'Scott Young' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Orange crowned-warbler Gude Trail
10/28/19 10:00 am Tim Houghton <timhoughton...> [MDBirding] Clay-Colored Sparrow at Hydes Road Park
10/28/19 8:13 am Pat <pvaldata1...> [MDBirding] Butterbutts
10/27/19 2:52 pm 'George Jett' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] Red-headed Woodpeckers
10/27/19 9:13 am JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> [MDBirding] [FR] White-crowned Sp, but not yet White-throated Sp
10/25/19 4:07 pm Matthew Felperin <mattyfelp...> [MDBirding] Beltway cedar waxwings
10/25/19 8:12 am Harry Armistead <harryarmistead...> [MDBirding] part 2, Oct. 8-15, 2019, lower Eastern Shore, mostly Virginia.
10/25/19 6:28 am JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> [MDBirding] "Views" when on http://www.mdbirding.com/
10/24/19 8:22 pm Don Simonson <don.r.simonson...> [MDBirding] Chimney Swifts - possible tree roost - Mont Co
10/24/19 4:21 pm Jim Felley <jdfelley...> [MDBirding] Red Gate Park, Rockville
10/24/19 12:59 pm Wallace Kornack <wallace...> [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Thursday 10/24/19
10/24/19 9:16 am Harry Armistead <harryarmistead...> [MDBirding] part 1, Sept. 25-Oct. 8, 2019, lower Eastern Shore, mostly Virginia.
10/23/19 4:16 pm 'Kurt Schwarz' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Turf Valley Mute Swans
10/23/19 9:00 am Wallace Kornack <wallace...> [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, 10/23/19
10/23/19 12:24 am Phil Davis <pdavis...> [MDBirding] MD/DC Records Committee updates
10/22/19 12:41 pm Wallace Kornack <wallace...> [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Tuesday 10/22/19
10/22/19 9:44 am Jared Fisher <Jared.Fisher...> [MDBirding] Fwd: Dove in Craig Park, Havre De Grace
10/22/19 6:18 am Kevin Graff <keyweststyle2001...> [MDBirding] Hart-Miller Island, 10/21/19
10/22/19 4:27 am Lydia Schindler <lydia13621...> Re: [MDBirding] Red Gate Park
10/21/19 4:00 pm Sigi <2justski...> [MDBirding] Re: iD requested
10/21/19 3:18 pm Sigi <2justski...> [MDBirding] iD requested
10/21/19 12:17 pm bob augustine <augustinebob8...> [MDBirding] Red Gate Park
10/21/19 7:07 am Tim Carney <timmyc83...> [MDBirding] Swan Creek - short birdwalk on 10/26
10/20/19 2:31 pm 'Fred Shaffer' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> [MDBirding] Avocet at North Beach marsh
10/20/19 11:10 am guineabird via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] raptor ID question
10/20/19 8:30 am David Gibson <20cabot...> Re: [MDBirding] raptor ID question
10/20/19 7:01 am James Wilson <birdmanjfw...> [MDBirding] raptor ID question
10/19/19 2:14 pm Tim Houghton <timhoughton...> [MDBirding] Chesapeake Audubon at Mount Pleasant
10/19/19 6:42 am Wallace Kornack <wallace...> [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park. Saturday 10/19/19
10/18/19 3:34 pm Kevin Graff <keyweststyle2001...> [MDBirding] Hart-Miller Island, 10/14/19
10/18/19 1:57 pm Ann Hobbs <hobbs_ann...> [MDBirding] Ruddy Duck at MLK Rec. Park, MoCo
10/18/19 8:15 am Pat <pvaldata1...> [MDBirding] Egrets pt. 2
10/18/19 8:13 am Pat <pvaldata1...> [MDBirding] Egrets, Jones Creek
10/18/19 7:48 am Wallace Kornack <wallace...> [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Friday 10/18/19
10/18/19 5:53 am guineabird via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] The Sharpie, Blue Jay and Pileated
10/18/19 5:43 am Sean McGuinn <captainamerica23...> [MDBirding] Lots of Laughter!
10/18/19 5:22 am Sean McGuinn <captainamerica23...> [MDBirding] The Sharpie, Blue Jay and Pileated
10/17/19 6:15 pm Harry Armistead <harryarmistead...> [MDBirding] Dorchester County bird count, September 21, 2019.
10/17/19 2:45 pm David Gibson <20cabot...> [MDBirding] Birds and Bird Photography
10/17/19 10:01 am Brain <drgngems2013...> Re: [MDBirding] Sparrow photo ID
10/16/19 8:12 pm Georgia McDonald <gmcdonald1501...> Re: [MDBirding] Sparrow photo ID
10/16/19 1:23 pm Matthew Felperin <mattyfelp...> Re: [MDBirding] Re: Red-headed Woodpeckers
10/16/19 12:54 pm Tom Kimbis <tom.kimbis...> [MDBirding] Re: Orange-crowned at Cromwell
10/16/19 12:53 pm Tom Kimbis <tom.kimbis...> [MDBirding] Re: Red-headed Woodpeckers
10/16/19 6:09 am 'Mike Bowen' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] Re: Red-headed Woodpeckers
10/16/19 5:40 am Noah Comet <noahcomet...> Re: [MDBirding] Sharp shinned Hawk
10/16/19 5:31 am Suzanne Carley <suzannec13...> [MDBirding] Sharp shinned Hawk
10/15/19 4:19 pm Rob Hilton <rob.hilton.2010...> [MDBirding] Re: Red-headed Woodpeckers
10/15/19 3:52 pm 'George Jett' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Re: [MDBirding] Red-headed Woodpeckers
10/15/19 2:09 pm Tim Houghton <timhoughton...> [MDBirding] Orange-crowned at Cromwell
10/15/19 1:44 pm James Monsma <jim.monsma...> [MDBirding] Re: Bird Strikes in NOMA (DC)
10/15/19 12:29 pm Mark Johnson <mj3151...> [MDBirding] Harford Co. American Avocets-Woodley Rd., Aberdeen
10/15/19 10:30 am john pangborn <pangborn.john19...> [MDBirding] Blue mash
10/15/19 10:10 am Jim Green <jkgbirdman53...> [MDBirding] Red-headed Woodpeckers
10/15/19 6:55 am Wallace Kornack <wallace...> [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Tuesday 10/15/19
10/14/19 2:52 pm JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> [MDBirding] [FR] FOS White-crowned Sp VISUAL
10/14/19 12:03 pm Wallace Kornack <wallace...> [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Monday 10/14/19
10/14/19 7:59 am Hugh McGuinness <hdmcguinness...> [MDBirding] Hermit Warbler Garrett County
10/14/19 5:07 am Lacey N. Dunham <lacey.n.dunham...> Re: [MDBirding] Bird Strikes in NOMA (DC)
10/13/19 11:22 am Paul Pisano <cheep.paul...> Re: [MDBirding] Bird Strikes in NOMA (DC)
10/13/19 11:05 am Lori B <loribowes...> [MDBirding] Bird Strikes in NOMA (DC)
10/13/19 6:53 am Wallace Kornack <wallace...> [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Sunday 10/13/19
10/12/19 4:19 pm JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> [MDBirding] [FR] FOS White-crowned Sp
10/12/19 6:55 am Wallace Kornack <wallace...> [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Saturday 10/12/19
 
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Date: 11/11/19 5:25 pm
From: Lydia Schindler <lydia13621...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Speaking of Juncos -- what about odors?
Thanks, Jim. Very interesting.

On Mon, Nov 11, 2019 at 1:44 PM 'Jim Nelson' via Maryland & DC Birding <
<mdbirding...> wrote:

> Since we have had several messages about Dark-eyed Juncos in the last
> couple of days, I think folks may be interested in an article about a
> recent study of the sources and roles of odors in juncos. Always something
> new to learn.
>
> https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/10/science/birds-smell-bacteria.html
>
> Jim Nelson
> Bethesda, MD
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Date: 11/11/19 5:02 pm
From: Tim Houghton <timhoughton...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Lark Sparrow at assateague bayside campgrnd, site 10
What a beautiful day for birding, and Brad Phoebus and I had an enjoyable time birding a few places on the eastern shore. We spent a couple of hours at Scott's Landing (and the road of the same name). The highlight was a Saltmarsh Sparrow--I had really wanted a Nelson's but oh well. We ran into Marcia Balestri who gave me some hand cleanser and paper towels that I used to clean up--a bit--after I took a fall deep into the stinky black mud of the marsh while chasing what turned out to be a SALS. Just up the road we had a flock of Brown-Headed Nuthatches and a late Parula. The best bird of the day came at the Bayside camping area on Assateague where we found a LARK SPARROW sharing a sandy spot on the ground with a song sparrow at site 10, on the left soon after you turn into loop A. Very cool bird! It was near the place, where, quite a few years ago, Kye Jenkins and I had a clay-colored sparrow. Further past #10 we had a CHAT. And then the long ride home after finding a few things at Life of the Marsh Trail.

Tim Houghton
(Glen Arm)

> On November 11, 2019 at 1:10 PM Brad P < <bradphoebus...> mailto:<bradphoebus...> > wrote:
>
>
> Across from this red rv. Was foraging in sand or what have you.
>
> Brad Phoebus
> Middle River MD
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Date: 11/11/19 12:03 pm
From: Lisa Wilcox Deyo <lisawilcoxdeyo...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Still waiting
Janet,

I hear you. We live in the same area and strangely, I also have not seen a
junco in my yard yet, nor a white-throated sparrow. I usually have a small
flock by now.
(sorry for double post)

Lisa Wilcox Deyo
Carderock Springs, Bethesda, MD

On Saturday, November 9, 2019 at 2:46:57 PM UTC-5, Janet Millenson wrote:
>
> Although I expected to see juncos in my yard this morning, flown in on the
> cold northern winds, they still haven't gotten here.
>
> Each year they've been arriving later, it seems:
>
> 2018 -- November 9
> 2017 -- November 8
> 2016 -- November 2
> 2015 -- October 15 (!)
> 2014 -- November 1
>
> Might this delayed migration be related to climate change?
>
>
> Janet Millenson
> Potomac, MD (Montgomery County)
> <ja......> <javascript:>
>
>

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Date: 11/11/19 11:58 am
From: Lisa Wilcox Deyo <lisawilcoxdeyo...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Still waiting
Janet,

We live in the same area, relatively. I haven't seen a junco or
whitethroat in my yard or neighborhood yet, which has been strange.

Lisa Wilcox Deyo
Carderock Springs, Bethesda, MD.

On Sunday, November 10, 2019 at 9:12:51 PM UTC-5, Jim Nelson wrote:
>
> Janet,
>
> I saw several other replies to your email. My first junco this fall in my
> suburban yard outside DC was on October 30. Looking back over the years of
> observations in my yard, here are my first arrival dates in recent years
> where I generally made daily observations.
>
> 2018 also October 30
> 2017 November 1
> 2016 October 29
> 2015 October 9
> 2014 October 26
> 2013 October 30
> 2012 October 28
> 2011 October 26
> 2010 October 13
> 2009 October 26
> 2008 November 2
> 2007 October 21
>
> So generally these are pretty consistent except for a couple of very early
> arrivals in 2015 and 2010. So I'm not seeing any change.
>
> Having added all my observations over the years to eBird really pays off
> when I'm looking for this kind of information.
>
> Jim Nelson
> Bethesda, MD
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Janet Millenson <ja......> <javascript:>>
> To: mdbirding <mdbi......> <javascript:>>
> Sent: Sat, Nov 9, 2019 2:46 pm
> Subject: [MDBirding] Still waiting
>
> Although I expected to see juncos in my yard this morning, flown in on the
> cold northern winds, they still haven't gotten here.
> Each year they've been arriving later, it seems:
> 2018 -- November 9
> 2017 -- November 8
> 2016 -- November 2
> 2015 -- October 15 (!)
> 2014 -- November 1
> Might this delayed migration be related to climate change?
>
> Janet Millenson
> Potomac, MD (Montgomery County)
> <ja......> <javascript:>
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Date: 11/11/19 10:44 am
From: 'Jim Nelson' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Speaking of Juncos -- what about odors?
Since we have had several messages about Dark-eyed Juncos in the last couple of days, I think folks may be interested in an article about a recent study of the sources and roles of odors in juncos.  Always something new to learn.
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/10/science/birds-smell-bacteria.html

Jim NelsonBethesda, MD

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Date: 11/11/19 10:11 am
From: Brad P <bradphoebus...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Lark Sparrow at assateague bayside campgrnd, site 10
Across from this red rv. Was foraging in sand or what have you.

Brad Phoebus
Middle River MD

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Date: 11/11/19 7:03 am
From: Derek C. Richardson <dcr...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Lake Artmesia Horned Grebe

There was a Horned Grebe (+ 3 female Buffleheads) in the north portion of
the lake this morning (PG County). Full list to be posted to eBird
eventually.

D

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Date: 11/11/19 3:38 am
From: Matt Hafner <hafner.matt...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Barn Owl in Harford
I was lucky enough to record a Barn Owl over my house last night as I was letting the dogs outside. I presume it was a migrant, but I’ll try to spend a little more time outside the next couple nights to see if it’s hanging around. This was one of my most wanted county birds in Harford and it was extra cool to get it from the yard.
https://ebird.org/checklist/S61351550

Matt Hafner
Forest Hill, MD

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Date: 11/10/19 6:12 pm
From: 'Jim Nelson' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Still waiting
Janet,
I saw several other replies to your email.  My first junco this fall in my suburban yard outside DC was on October 30.  Looking back over the years of observations in my yard, here are my first arrival dates in recent years where I generally made daily observations.
2018  also October 302017 November 12016 October 292015 October 92014 October 262013 October 302012 October 282011 October 262010 October 132009 October 262008 November 22007 October 21
So generally these are pretty consistent except for a couple of very early arrivals in 2015 and 2010.  So I'm not seeing any change.
Having added all my observations over the years to eBird really pays off when I'm looking for this kind of information.
Jim NelsonBethesda, MD

-----Original Message-----
From: Janet Millenson <janet...>
To: mdbirding <mdbirding...>
Sent: Sat, Nov 9, 2019 2:46 pm
Subject: [MDBirding] Still waiting

Although I expected to see juncos in my yard this morning, flown in on the cold northern winds, they still haven't gotten here.
Each year they've been arriving later, it seems: 2018 -- November 9
2017 -- November 8
2016 -- November 2
2015 -- October 15 (!)
2014 -- November 1 Might this delayed migration be related to climate change?
Janet Millenson
Potomac, MD (Montgomery County)
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Date: 11/10/19 3:07 pm
From: Dianne Westbrook <edwestbrook1...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Still waiting
Had my 1st one of the season in my Pasadena yard just this morning.

Dianne Westbrook
Pasadena, MD
Anne Arundel County

On Saturday, November 9, 2019 at 2:46:57 PM UTC-5, Janet Millenson wrote:
>
> Although I expected to see juncos in my yard this morning, flown in on the
> cold northern winds, they still haven't gotten here.
>
> Each year they've been arriving later, it seems:
>
> 2018 -- November 9
> 2017 -- November 8
> 2016 -- November 2
> 2015 -- October 15 (!)
> 2014 -- November 1
>
> Might this delayed migration be related to climate change?
>
>
> Janet Millenson
> Potomac, MD (Montgomery County)
> <ja......> <javascript:>
>
>

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Date: 11/9/19 7:54 pm
From: Bobbi <b.reichwein...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Still waiting
One arrived in my yard Nov. 3, in 2018 it was Nov. 9. Just glad to see
them and the White-throats.

Bobbi Reichwein
Davidsonville, MD
b.reichwein at gmail.com

On Saturday, November 9, 2019 at 2:46:57 PM UTC-5, Janet Millenson wrote:
>
> Although I expected to see juncos in my yard this morning, flown in on the
> cold northern winds, they still haven't gotten here.
>
> Each year they've been arriving later, it seems:
>
> 2018 -- November 9
> 2017 -- November 8
> 2016 -- November 2
> 2015 -- October 15 (!)
> 2014 -- November 1
>
> Might this delayed migration be related to climate change?
>
>
> Janet Millenson
> Potomac, MD (Montgomery County)
> <ja......> <javascript:>
>
>

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Date: 11/9/19 5:09 pm
From: Timothy Boucher <timothyboucherbirder...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Still waiting
Mine arrived on Tuesday!

Tim

On Saturday, November 9, 2019 at 2:46:57 PM UTC-5, Janet Millenson wrote:
>
> Although I expected to see juncos in my yard this morning, flown in on the
> cold northern winds, they still haven't gotten here.
>
> Each year they've been arriving later, it seems:
>
> 2018 -- November 9
> 2017 -- November 8
> 2016 -- November 2
> 2015 -- October 15 (!)
> 2014 -- November 1
>
> Might this delayed migration be related to climate change?
>
>
> Janet Millenson
> Potomac, MD (Montgomery County)
> <ja......> <javascript:>
>
>

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Date: 11/9/19 11:47 am
From: Janet Millenson <janet...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Still waiting
Although I expected to see juncos in my yard this morning, flown in on
the cold northern winds, they still haven't gotten here.

Each year they've been arriving later, it seems:

2018 -- November 9
2017 -- November 8
2016 -- November 2
2015 -- October 15 (!)
2014 -- November 1

Might this delayed migration be related to climate change?


Janet Millenson
Potomac, MD (Montgomery County)
<janet...>


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Date: 11/9/19 11:34 am
From: David Gibson <20cabot...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Painted Buntings-Cecil Co.
Mark, That's great. We get Painted Buntings almost every winter here in our
backyard in Chesapeake, VA. If anyone up there is interested, we've
observed over the years that Painted Buntings have a serious fondness for
white proso millet. Next, they favor sunflower chips. We have a tray
feeder, among other kinds, and in the winter is it always stocked with a
quality.white proso mix. Good luck!
Dave Gibson
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> This morning there were two Painted Buntings (male and female) in the
> scrubby area to the left of the Perryville Town Dock (eBird hotspot). The
> male was only seen briefly at 8:26AM, but the female has continued to be
> seen intermittently, hunkered down in the phragmites to the left of the
> boardwalk, about a third of the way out. I scattered seed a few places in
> hopes of keeping them around for a while. There was also a late Nashville
> Warbler seen in the same area.
>
> Mark Johnson
> Aberdeen, MD
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Date: 11/9/19 10:55 am
From: Mark Johnson <mj3151...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Painted Buntings-Cecil Co.
This morning there were two Painted Buntings (male and female) in the scrubby area to the left of the Perryville Town Dock (eBird hotspot). The male was only seen briefly at 8:26AM, but the female has continued to be seen intermittently, hunkered down in the phragmites to the left of the boardwalk, about a third of the way out. I scattered seed a few places in hopes of keeping them around for a while. There was also a late Nashville Warbler seen in the same area.

Mark Johnson
Aberdeen, MD

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Date: 11/8/19 3:51 pm
From: Matthew Felperin <mattyfelp...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Late Osprey, NOVA
Thanks, will do! Thanks for taking the time to chat today.

Matt Felperin
Roving Naturalist - NOVA Parks

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> On Nov 8, 2019, at 6:09 PM, Matthew Felperin <mattyfelp...> wrote:
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> Matt Felperin
> Roving Naturalist - NOVA Parks
>
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Date: 11/8/19 3:09 pm
From: Matthew Felperin <mattyfelp...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Late Osprey, NOVA
I know this is slightly out of "jurisdiction", but thought I'd share. Was paddling on the Occoquan Reservoir just downstream from Bull Run Marina. Saw a male adult Osprey scanning the reservoir, followed me for about a mile. Probably the latest Osprey I’ve ever seen in the dc area!


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Date: 11/8/19 1:13 pm
From: Jim Wilkinson <lakekoshare...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Orange-crowned Warbler at Elkhorn Garden Plots, Columbia, Howard County, Nov 7
Orange-crowned still present at 2:30 PM in same area as 7 Nov. Slightly
better photos in eBird checklist.

https://ebird.org/checklist/S61275726

Jim Wilkinson
Columbia, MD

On Thursday, November 7, 2019 at 4:46:46 PM UTC-5, Jim Wilkinson wrote:
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> Seen around 3:15 PM along the paved path at the east end of the garden
> plots under the power lines. Only able to get bad photo as the bird was
> very skittish. With Song, Field and Chipping Sparrows in weeds.
>
> Jim Wilkinson
> Columbia, MD
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Date: 11/8/19 12:13 pm
From: 'Jim Nelson' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Seneca Christmas Bird Count, Sunday, Dec. 15-- we need counters and feeder watchers
The annual Seneca Christmas Bird Count (CBC) will be held Sunday,
December 15.?? The count circle has a radius of 7.5 miles, centered on
Violette???s Lock on the C&O Canal on the Maryland side of the Potomac
River, and covers a good portion Montgomery County (and areas of Fairfax
and Loudoun counties in northern Virginia across the Potomac).?? Our
count circle is divided into 16 sectors each with a Sector Leader.

I am the compiler for the Seneca CBC.?? The Seneca CBC has been conducted
almost every year since 1955. This will be the 61st recorded count. Last
year, our 133 counters in the field and 17 feeder watchers racked up 90
species and 21,148 individual birds, notwithstanding rain and high water
conditions from heavy rains the previous day. We could not have done
this without the many volunteers who helped us, both old timers and new
participants, counting in the field and in their yards.?? We always need
new people to help with the count.

The Montgomery County portion of our count circle (described below)
contains lots of interesting habitat and is very important to the
success of our count.?? We need additional folks, regardless of your
birding skill level, to help count birds in the field. Doing a CBC can
be a lot of fun, a great learning experience, and a chance to meet other
birders. Those of you who use eBird will find the CBC to be a natural
fit.?? If you are interested in counting in the field, please contact
me.?? Let me know where you are located and your level of birding
experience, so I can place you in an appropriate sector.?? We love having
newer birders join us, and we will make sure you are teamed with a more
experienced person for the count.

There is also an important role for folks who can???t get out in the field
on December 15 but live inside the count circle and like to watch birds
in their yards and at their feeders.?? You can contribute very useful
information to the CBC too.

In Montgomery County, on the east side, the border of the count circle
extends from the C&O Canal downstream of Great Falls, swinging up
through Potomac north through the western parts of Rockville and
Gaithersburg, and then arcing through the southern part of Germantown,
passing just south of Boyds, taking in most of Poolesville, and then
swinging south back to the Potomac a bit south and east of Edwards
Ferry.?? If you live inside this area and you are interested in reporting
the birds you observe in your yard and at your feeders on December 15,
please let me know.?? I can confirm whether you fall inside the count
circle and make arrangements for you to send in your yard/feeder count.

I will be happy to answer any questions you have about the CBC.

I look forward to your participation.

Thanks in advance.

Jim Nelson
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Date: 11/8/19 11:10 am
From: Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Adult Brown Pelican OC Inlet
On south jetty.

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Date: 11/8/19 5:35 am
From: Dianne Westbrook <edwestbrook1...>
Subject: [MDBirding] AABC Sunday Trip CANCELLED
Anne Arundel Bird Club trip is cancelled for this Sunday November 10th at
Quiet Waters Park

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Date: 11/8/19 5:23 am
From: Dianne Westbrook <edwestbrook1...>
Subject: [MDBirding] AABC Trip Cancelled, Sunday
Anne Arundel Bird Club trip is cancelled for this Sunday November 10th at
Quiet Waters Park

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Date: 11/8/19 5:03 am
From: Kurt Schwarz <kurtschwarz4...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Hybrid wigeon Oakley Street
Anyone else seen what I think is Am Wigeon x Mallard at Oakley St.
Cambridge? I’m only guessing at the Mallard part.
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Date: 11/7/19 1:46 pm
From: Jim Wilkinson <lakekoshare...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Orange-crowned Warbler at Elkhorn Garden Plots, Columbia, Howard County, Nov 7
Seen around 3:15 PM along the paved path at the east end of the garden
plots under the power lines. Only able to get bad photo as the bird was
very skittish. With Song, Field and Chipping Sparrows in weeds.

Jim Wilkinson
Columbia, MD

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Date: 11/7/19 8:11 am
From: Peter Lev <plev...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Balt. Bird Club Nov. 9 field trip CANCELED
The Baltimore Bird Club's Nov. 9 field trip to Ashland NCR Trail and Paper
Mill Flats is canceled. We apologize for the inconvenience.



Peter Lev

Baltimore, MD

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Date: 11/6/19 3:53 pm
From: Derek C. Richardson <dcr...>
Subject: [MDBirding] American Black Duck x Mallard hybrid?

Hi everyone,

There is a group of ducks that has been hanging out together at Lake
Artemesia (PG County) in the southern portion for weeks now consisting of
a regular adult male Mallard, an all-white domestic Mallard (would that
make it male, or can female domestics look the same? or, more likely, do I
not understand domestics at all?), and a strange bird that to me suggests
an American Black Duck x Mallard hybrid female. I've attached a (poor)
photo of the latter, showing its overall dark appearance, greenish bill,
strange white eyebrow, but also some white in the speculum. I'd like to
get the ID right for eBird, if anyone has any thoughts...?

Thanks!

D

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Date: 11/6/19 6:35 am
From: 'Mike Bowen' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] FOS Hooded Merganzers
Yes, Hoodies are back:  I came across a dozen (10 males and two females) in the Crabbs Branch pond in Rockville a week ago (10/30).  This pond regularly has Hooded Mergansers throughout the winter when it's not frozen. 

I also saw 6 Common Mergansers (all hens) on the Potomac River above Swain's Lock in Montgomery County just 2 days ago.  Of course, this is a species that breeds in small numbers along the river.
Michael BowenBethesda

D. H. Michael Bowen
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Bethesda, Maryland 20817Phone/fax: (301) 530-5764

On Wednesday, November 6, 2019, 8:33:54 AM EST, 'Judy Bromley' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> wrote:

Four HOME yesterday evening on the small stormwater pond at Marriott HQ in N Bethesda. Acting as if it were spring, 3 males dipping, raising their hoods, showing off for the one female. Fun to watch.

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Date: 11/6/19 5:33 am
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Subject: [MDBirding] FOS Hooded Merganzers
Four HOME yesterday evening on the small stormwater pond at Marriott HQ in N Bethesda. Acting as if it were spring, 3 males dipping, raising their hoods, showing off for the one female. Fun to watch.

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Date: 11/5/19 9:19 am
From: Phil Davis <pdavis...>
Subject: [MDBirding] MD/DCRC web pages - corrections
Hi MDBirders:

A data manipulation error on my part caused a number of species to be
dropped out of the latest MD and DC database report update postings.
These data products have been corrected and updates have been posted.

MD: https://mdbirds.org/records-committee/maryland-bird-records/
DC:
https://mdbirds.org/records-committee/district-of-columbia-bird-records/

Sorry for any confusion!

Thanks.

Phil


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Date: 11/5/19 8:13 am
From: Harry Armistead <harryarmistead...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Ferry Neck, Oct. 31-Nov. 4, 2019.
FERRY NECK, TALBOT COUNTY, MD, October 31-November 4, 2019.


OCTOBER 31, THURSDAY. near routes 301 X 481 2 bald eagles. At the little square pond on the west side of Route 309 near Route 404, 2 great egrets, seen here also on Oct. 28 (and 1 on Oct. 26). 22 wild turkeys at Bellevue X Ferry Neck roads at 2:06 P.M.


RIGBY’S FOLLY, Armistead property, Ferry Neck, Talbot County, arrive at 2:13, mostly overcast, south 20-35, 74 degrees F., tide 1+ foot above normal high tide. only a trace of rain in the gauge since Oct. 28. A lot of higher-than-normal tides this fall. has dried up much. few birds around:


bald eagle 4, sharp-shinned hawk 1, common loon 1, mallard 20, eastern bluebird 20, Canada goose all of 16,


laughing gull 310 at 6:19 P.M., a most impressive, dense, low, wheeling mass, swirling, seemingly confused by the weather, over and to the west of Edwards Point, as if trying to decide where to roost, then streaming in a compact line out of Irish Creek to the mouth of Choptank River, an impressive spectacle and one of the higher counts for here (but cf. c. 890 Oct. 29, 1999), reminiscent of how tree swallows act in the fall just before roosting.


also: Fowler’s toad 1, gray squirrel 1. Very many of what I refer to as mosquito hawks today and during the previous visit, too. Some get in the house.


NOVEMBER 1, FRIDAY. clear, cool, 45-54, NW20-15. 0.5” of rain fell last night. Lots of standing water again in the fields. An adult bald eagle RIGHT OVER Graul’s supermarket in St. Michaels and an imm. over our Field 4. No food in the feeder for a couple of months but 2 titmice, a chickadee, and a gray squirrel turn up within an hour after I fill the feeders today. tree swallow 20. eastern bluebird 2. one buckeye. A perfect sunset over the western shore. Daughter Mary arrives with her boys, Lucas and David.


NOVEMBER 2, SATURDAY. clear, a gem, 40-51, SE5 becoming calm. another perfect sunset. common loon 97, 86 of these, most in small pods, seen by scoping from Lucy Point just before sunset. On Nov. 2, 1996, we saw 104, 91 of those flyovers, but no flyovers seen today. Make 3 visits to Lucy Point today.


An influx of landbirds: hermit thrush 6 (record is 20 on Oct. 13, 1991), white-throated sparrow 38, bufflehead 30, surf scoter 26, laughing gull 300 (mostly well offshore, miles, in groups, feeding frenzies), flicker 2, black vulture 9, horned grebe 4, Forster’s tern 5, Canada goose 70, great blue heron 3, American black duck 3, great black-backed gull 2 adults, herring gull 3, ring-billed gull 6, gray catbird 2, American robin 8, red-winged blackbird 28, tundra swan 2, bald eagle 3, and turkey vulture 12. Some of these totals notable for being low. Unusual to see no hawks.


NON-AVIAN TAXA: deer - 3 does and a fine 8-point buck in Field 4 (all tines at least 5 inches), eastern cottontail 1, gray squirrel 6 (plus 1 at Fox Harbor drive), buckeye 2, red admiral 1 (a large one with beautiful markings on the boxwood). Daughter Anne and her daughter Alexis arrive.


NOVEMBER 3, SUNDAY. clear, NW15-20, 38-53, cold. Finally a good migrant landbird showing. MIDDLE DISTANCE MIGRANT JAMBOREE:


Do a “little sit” on the lawn by the edge of Field 1, 9-11:45, and from 9 until 9:30 next to a small copse, of less than an acre, mostly persimmons, but also a couple of oaks, a crab apple/hawthorn, and a honey locust with Virginia creeper, poison ivy, and English ivy, sit with an ice pack on my still-ailing right quadriceps and under these constraints nevertheless see a splendid mixed species foraging guild. This little area is in the lee and bathed by the morning sun. Good, close views of all of these:


yellow palm warbler 4, pine warbler 2, myrtle warbler 4, hermit thrush 1, slate-colored junco 3, ruby-crowned kinglet 3, golden-crowned kinglet 1, eastern bluebird 6, eastern phoebe 2, Carolina chickadee 2, tufted titmouse 2, eastern screech-owl 1, house finch 5, and northern mockingbird 1. Feeding on poison ivy berries: chickadee and myrtle warbler. On a hawthorn/crab apple fruit: hermit thrush.


Also today: bald eagle 2, black duck 3, black vulture 9, tree swallow 2, cowbird 18, and sharp-shinned hawk 1. There are single gray squirrels here, at Benoni Point, Anderby Hall Road (+ a hermit thrush), and 2 at Bellevue.


NOVEMBER 4, MONDAY. 2 gray squirrels, another farther down Ferry Neck Road. Leave at 8:36 A.M., EST.


4-LETTER NAMES. In view of the recent brouhaha, if Butter But had a Banding Lab 4-letter abbreviation it would be BUBU, what my children, and now grandchildren, call a small bruise or cut.


The proper abbreviations are easily found by Googling “Bird Banding Laboratory abbreviations”. Certainly shouldn’t use them on MDBIRDING. I use them a lot when I’m out in the middle of nowhere stumbling around with pencil and small notebook.


To avoid carpal tunnel syndrome it’s much easier for me to jot down YCNH (yellow-crowned night heron), BCNH (black-crowned night heron), NRWS (northern rough-winged swallow), DCCO (double-crested cormorant), etc., than the birds’ full names.


My own abbrevs. ignore duplication with western species not found in the places I haunt. CAWR (Carolina wren) works in MD and VA where canyon wren and cactus wren would be accidental. A day or so later when keyboarding reports I’m sometimes confused by my own abbreviations.


I use the 4-letter ones for plants and animals, too. People sometimes. RIOT is river otter. FICR is fiddler crab, but, watch out, could be fish crow! BAHA is Baccharis halimifolia. CGTF is Cope’s gray tree frog. BTBW is black-throated blue warbler, but, watch out again, BTGW is black-throated green warbler, but could be construed as black-throated gray warbler, HEGU as herring gull could be Heermann’s gull, CEWA as cedar waxwing could be cerulean warbler, TRSW as tree swallow, or, trumpeter swan. BASW could be barn or bank swallow.


There are pitfalls. Thank Heaven for SORA, WILL (willet), BRAN (brant), OSPR (osprey), WHIM (whimbrel), etc. Best use a printed checklist in the field with the full name.


Recent criticisms on MDBIRD, sometimes personal, even mentioning names, are a shame.


Best to all. - Harry Armistead (HAAR), Philadelphia.

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Date: 11/4/19 1:05 pm
From: Matt Hafner <hafner.matt...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Franklin's Gull, Harford/Cecil Counties
I’ve heard from others that the bird is still present, just far on the Cecil side of the river.

Matt

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> Matt Hafner just found a first-year FRANKLIN'S GULL at the base of Conowingo Dam. He was viewing from the Fisherman's Park. He is not currently on the bird as of 13:46.
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> Tim Carney
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Date: 11/4/19 10:47 am
From: Tim Carney <timmyc83...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Franklin's Gull, Harford/Cecil Counties
Matt Hafner just found a first-year FRANKLIN'S GULL at the base of
Conowingo Dam. He was viewing from the Fisherman's Park. He is not
currently on the bird as of 13:46.

Tim Carney
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Date: 11/3/19 7:54 am
From: Brad P <bradphoebus...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Chesapeake Audubon at Swan Harbor 11/2
It was a clear and cool saturday morning for Chesapeake Audubon at Swan
Harbor(Harford County), where 10 brave companions battled the hordes of
Song Sparrows to produce several nice species including White-crowned and
Lincoln's Sparrows. Winter is evidently upon us as a few "packs" of Juncos
turned up, as well as Golden Crowned Kinglets, a Brown Creeper, and an
amazing singing Winter Wren. A few late Broad-winged Hawks defied my
belief. The water gave distant but nice views of several ducks, geese,
gulls and Forster's Terns.

Brad Phoebus
Middle River MD

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Date: 11/2/19 10:44 am
From: Gail Joice <gailfiona...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Abridged summary of - 2 updates in 2 topics
Site editor: Why do you give space to David Gibson’s long essays? Seems outside of birding in MD!

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> Hi MD birders, Here's my latest photo essay
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> Philip Kline <pgeorgekline...>: Nov 01 09:07AM -0700
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Date: 11/2/19 7:35 am
From: Rick Borchelt <rborchelt...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] FOS Bufflehead
9:59 am actually, but who’s counting? I was actually. Was over in the launch facility on Wallops for this one, payload has one of my agency’s science instruments aboard. Flock of peeps passing by freaked when the engines cut on.

> On Nov 2, 2019, at 10:22 AM, Pat <pvaldata1...> wrote:
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> What a nice morning! Rocket launch at 10:00, and 20 minutes later our first Bufflehead of the season, a female, made a pretty touchdown next to the dock.
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Date: 11/2/19 7:22 am
From: Pat <pvaldata1...>
Subject: [MDBirding] FOS Bufflehead
What a nice morning! Rocket launch at 10:00,  and 20 minutes later our first Bufflehead of the season, a female, made a pretty touchdown next to the dock.Pat ValdataCrisfield, MDSent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone

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Date: 11/2/19 7:18 am
From: 'George Jett' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Rusty Blackbirds

Folks 
As I was leaving the house to shop I heard bird songs I had not heard in awhile.  On close inspection I counted about  dozen rusty blackbirds eating the dogwood berries.
Nice visitors.  Don’t know how long they will stay.
A couple Red-headed Woodpeckers are still here also.
George

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Date: 11/1/19 11:58 am
From: David Gibson <20cabot...>
Subject: [MDBirding] More Thoughts on Birds and Bird Photography
Hi MD birders, Here's my latest photo essay
<https://birdpartner.com/2019/11/01/birds-bird-photography-2/>. It's a more
bird/wildlife photography nuts and bolts piece than I've written before. I
describe my gear and my settings, I introduce shooting modes and so on. And
as always, I share a few thoughts on birds and what I hope you find are
compelling photos. I hope you enjoy it, and I look forward to your
feedback!

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Date: 11/1/19 9:16 am
From: Philip Kline <pgeorgekline...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Late migrants at FDR Memorial
I birded the west end of the National Mall this morning and ran into a
small flock of kinglets and chickadees near the FDR Memorial that contained
a 1st-fall Black-and-white Warbler and a first-fall Nashville Warbler.
Seemed noteworthy for November (the Black-and-white triggered the ebird
filter, although the Nashville surprisingly didn't). An adult Bald Eagle
soared over the MLK Memorial delighting a visiting school group. The
Constitution Gardens Pond had a nice selection of waterfowl, including
Gadwall, Ruddy Duck, American Wigeon, and a few dozen Shovelers. A Lesser
Scaup was on the Reflecting Pool.

Good birding,

Philip Kline

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Date: 10/30/19 6:31 pm
From: Jim Green <jkgbirdman53...>
Subject: Fwd: [MDBirding] Re: "Butterbutt"


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> From: Jim Green <jkgbirdman53...>
> Date: October 30, 2019 at 9:19:43 PM EDT
> To: Janet Millenson <janet...>
> Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Re: "Butterbutt"
>
> Hi Janet. You could have also exclaimed “ButterBUTT”.
>
> Hey mr speicher. I thought you were talking about BumbleBees(BB) a much rarer sighting in late October than the EABL...Just thought I’d add my 2 cents while watching WS game 7 (PS...WS is the 2 letter banding code for World Series ⚾️⚾️⚾️)
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> Sent from my iPhone
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>> On Oct 29, 2019, at 8:28 PM, Janet Millenson <janet...> wrote:
>>
>> Speaking of Butterbutts...
>>
>> Many years ago, I went on a 12-day Sierra Club trip to a fairly remote mountain area in California. When several members of our group decided to skinny-dip in one of the lakes, I sat on shore (fully covered up against the mosquitoes and UV rays) scanning the trees my binoculars. My exclamation of "Look, a Yellow-rump!" was met with laughter, because the others assumed I was referring to one of the swimmers.
>>
>>
>>
>> Janet Millenson
>> Potomac, MD (Montgomery County)
>> <janet...>
>>
>>
>>> On 10/29/2019 8:12 PM, 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding wrote:
>>> Butterbutt is just a colloquialism for Yellow-rumped Warbler! Not sure if even Google would help with that one :)
>>>
>>>
>>> Tyler Bell
>>> <jtylerbell...>
>>> California, Maryland
>>>
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Date: 10/29/19 5:40 pm
From: 'George Jett' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Codes and Views and "views"
RickI don’t agree. Once Yellow-bellied Sapsucker is defined as YBSA it should be understood.  No need not use legitimate  banner codes after that.  For me it reduces the potential for typos.CheersGeorge  

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Oh, fiddle-dee-dee and folderol. Stop bickering like children. The "rules" here are to use the full common names of birds, no acronyms or band codes. So that means no BB or BE, no matter how obvious it may seem to you (but not to anyone else). We go through this stupid fight about every six months on here. If it were up to me, the band codes would be fine, as they're easy enough to learn, and most birders know them, but it's not. Just use the common names, please!
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Date: 10/29/19 5:28 pm
From: Janet Millenson <janet...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: "Butterbutt"
Speaking of Butterbutts...

Many years ago, I went on a 12-day Sierra Club trip to a fairly remote
mountain area in California. When several members of our group decided
to skinny-dip in one of the lakes, I sat on shore (fully covered up
against the mosquitoes and UV rays) scanning the trees my binoculars. My
exclamation of "Look, a Yellow-rump!" was met with laughter, because the
others assumed I was referring to one of the swimmers.


Janet Millenson
Potomac, MD (Montgomery County)
<janet...>


On 10/29/2019 8:12 PM, 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding wrote:
> Butterbutt is just a colloquialism for Yellow-rumped Warbler! Not sure
> if even Google would help with that one :)
>
>
> Tyler Bell
> <jtylerbell...>
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Date: 10/29/19 5:12 pm
From: 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Codes and Views and "views"
Butterbutt is just a colloquialism for Yellow-rumped Warbler! Not sure if even Google would help with that one :)


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On Tuesday, October 29, 2019, 8:03:25 PM EDT, Jason Schultz <jschultzems...> wrote:

Common names. Not nicknames. None of my guidebooks have a butterbutt in the index...


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>
> Oh, fiddle-dee-dee and folderol. Stop bickering like children. The "rules" here are to use the full common names of birds, no acronyms or band codes. So that means no BB or BE, no matter how obvious it may seem to you (but not to anyone else). We go through this stupid fight about every six months on here. If it were up to me, the band codes would be fine, as they're easy enough to learn, and most birders know them, but it's not. Just use the common names, please!
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Date: 10/29/19 5:02 pm
From: Jason Schultz <jschultzems...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Codes and Views and "views"
Common names. Not nicknames. None of my guidebooks have a butterbutt in the index...


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> Oh, fiddle-dee-dee and folderol. Stop bickering like children. The "rules" here are to use the full common names of birds, no acronyms or band codes. So that means no BB or BE, no matter how obvious it may seem to you (but not to anyone else). We go through this stupid fight about every six months on here. If it were up to me, the band codes would be fine, as they're easy enough to learn, and most birders know them, but it's not. Just use the common names, please!
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Date: 10/29/19 4:33 pm
From: Warblerick <ricksussman1955...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Codes and Views and "views"
Oh, fiddle-dee-dee and folderol. Stop bickering like children. The "rules" here are to use the full common names of birds, no acronyms or band codes. So that means no BB or BE, no matter how obvious it may seem to you (but not to anyone else). We go through this stupid fight about every six months on here. If it were up to me, the band codes would be fine, as they're easy enough to learn, and most birders know them, but it's not. Just use the common names, please!
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Date: 10/29/19 4:15 pm
From: Harry Armistead <harryarmistead...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Ferry Neck & Blackwater N.W.R., Oct. 26-28, 2019.
FERRY NECK & BLACKWATER N.W.R., OCTOBER 26-28, 2019. Liz & Harry Armistead.


OCTOBER 26, SATURDAY. At the little, square pond on the east side of Route 309 (just north of 309 X 404) is a great egret, where I’ve never seen one before. On our return Oct. 28 there are 2.


RIGBY’S FOLLY, Talbot County, arrive at 1:36, mostly overcast, east 10, 65-69, 3.5” in the rain gauge since Oct. 15, the drought is definitely over, well over:


mallard 18, royal tern 1, Forster’s tern 1, eastern phoebe 1, bald eagle 3, turkey vulture 22, black vulture 4, northern harrier 2, red-tailed hawk 1, red-shouldered hawk 1, sharp-shinned hawk 1, Cooper’s hawk 1, wild turkey 1, common loon 7, great blue heron 1, Canada goose only 18, and laughing gull 95.


NON-AVIAN TAXA: gray squirrel 4 (plus singles down towards Benoni Point and up Anderby Hall road), 2 deer (3 does and a buck), monarch 21, Fowler’s toad 1, and cabbage white 1. Nice to see this many monarchs, all in southbound flight).


OCTOBER 27, SUNDAY. guided birding tour at BLACKWATER, 7:30-noon (actual tour from 8 - 11:45), low 60s - 70, SE20-35+, rain off and on, a deluge with strongest winds at 11:30 for half an hour. tidal waters high, fresh waters low In view of the jumpy forecast and poor conditions today we are surprised ANYONE shows. windy & wet but warm.


6 participants: Harry & Liz Armistead, Tom Cimino, Maury Epner, Deborah Fox, Chris Sorge. complete list (some found before or after the official tour, or else nearby but not on the refuge):


double-crested cormorant 21 immatures (at Sewards on the defunct Christmas tree reef), Canada goose 225, great blue heron 3, great egret 2, tundra swan 3, American black duck 1, mallard 70, northern shoveler 4 (2 pairs), turkey vulture 8, red-tailed hawk 1, bald eagle 12 (several right at their nests), northern harrier 1, ruby-crowned kinglet 1, KING RAIL (LA; heard giving its steady, metronomic, “kick, kick, kick, kick, kick … “ call), American kestrel 1. black vulture 2, greater yellowlegs 5, Wilson’s snipe 1, laughing gull 60, ring-billed gull 70,


great black-backed gull 1 adult (Cambridge), herring gull 5, Forster’s tern 17, mourning dove 3, northern flicker 5, downy woodpecker 1 (in Phragmites), eastern phoebe 1, hermit thrush 1, myrtle warbler 7, red-winged blackbird 1,000 mas o menos, eastern meadowlark 8, Carolina wren 2, cedar waxwing 4, northern cardinal 2, American crow 6, Carolina chickadee 3, swamp sparrow 1, northern mockingbird 1, song sparrow 1, Savannah sparrow 4, chipping sparrow, eastern bluebird 11, and European starling 300 (mostly along Egypt Road).


NON-AVIAN TAXA: fox squirrel 3, gray squirrel 1, white-tailed deer 1 doe and 1 8-point buck, common watersnake (on the drive pavement, alive, right next to a dead 1-foot-long eel), southern leopard frog, an unIDd frog on the road, probably another southern leopard frog. The warmth and abundant precipitation stimulates some herps to make an appearance today.


back at RIGBY’S FOLLY: SW10+, clearing, cove waters 1’> normal high tide, 68-73, becoming calm and clear with a perfect sunset, NO clouds, but no green flash:


laughing gull 200, sharp-shinned hawk 1, bald eagle 1, common loon 1, bufflehead 11 (FOS), surf scoter 21 (FOS), brown thrasher 4 (giving their dusk call, 6:24-6:31). NON-AVIAN TAXA: gray squirrel 3 (very vocal at day’s end, singin’ their li’l hearts out), monarch 2, diamond-backed terrapin 1, Fowler’s toad 1, white-tailed deer 7. 0.6” additional rain fell last night and this morning. A lot of standing water in the fields. That makes 3.1” since October, 15.


OCTOBER 28, MONDAY. Mostly from our dock 8:45-9:30 A.M., after which we leave for Philadelphia: Forster’s tern 49 (probably missed some earlier ones; circa the 7th or 8th highest total for here, but 204, September 7, 1996, in the aftermath of Hurricane Fran. Today’s 49 are an actual flight up Irish Creek, with a lot of plunge-diving; the 100 or so laughing gulls are headed the same way). All our previous FOTE highs are in the Sept. to early November stretch.


bald eagle 1 adult, common loon 4, Canada goose 80, double-crested cormorant 1, turkey vulture 12, great blue heron 1, eastern phoebe 1, and common grackle 5 (the only ones seen this period).


Also: gray squirrel 4 and red fox 1. clear, NW5+, 58 degrees F. cool. I mean real cool, man, like Miles Davis in his album ‘Birth of the Cool’. Can you dig it?



Best to all. - Harry Armistead, Philadelphia.

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Date: 10/29/19 2:55 pm
From: Marcia Balestri <mebalestri...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Codes and Views and "views"
Wow. I find it interesting that folks are OK with using unofficial abbreviations that are for their own use, but I have been excoriated on this forum and privately for using official banding codes (and yes, I spelled the whole name out, too) which are easy to learn and accepted in all the other forums I post to. The last episode is why I no longer post on this forum.
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> On Oct 29, 2019, at 4:35 PM, drgngem K <drgngems2013...> wrote:
>
> In this case I understood that it meant bluebirds after reading the message but there have been other posts where I didn’t recognize the species acronyms. I think it would be better to just use the first few letters when doing shorthand? Just for everyone’s ease of understanding.
> Rebecca
>
> “Today is only one day in all the days that will ever be. But what will happen in all the other days that ever come can depend on what you do today.”
> Ernest Hemingway
>
>
>
> On Oct 29, 2019, at 16:06, JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> <mailto:<jugornought...>> wrote:
>
>> On 10/29/19, 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding
>> <mdbirding...> <mailto:<mdbirding...>> wrote:
>>> As with any acronym, if you don't define it first, then you shouldn't use
>>> it, which I believe is standard on this list for banding codes. BB and BE
>>> aren't codes at all since they're just something that you use. And since the
>>> topic was butterbutts, it was even less clear that BB meant bluebird.
>>
>> Tyler lighten up!
>>
>> If this had been a profound rarity, there would have been cause for
>> your inflexible attitude, but that was not the case here!
>>
>> There are few enough posts coming to MD Birding anymore as it is and
>> if people perceive that every word of a text is going to be critically
>> scrutinized they may well decide not to bother.
>>
>> I can accept that you might have been confused initially, but i doubt
>> it. I think you were just looking for an excuse to add the text that
>> you have now done. What did you really accomplish by doing so?
>>
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Date: 10/29/19 2:54 pm
From: 'George Jett' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Codes and Views and "views"
I am with Tyler also.  And I don’t like Hemingway.George

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On Tuesday, October 29, 2019, Rick Borchelt <rborchelt...> wrote:

I this case I'm with Tyler; I was confused too trying to imagine butterbutts crowding into birdhouses.  I think the operative rule for all kinds of communication like this should be, if there is a chance it can be misinterpreted, it will be, and clarity is our best defense against miscommunication.  
On Tue, Oct 29, 2019 at 4:06 PM JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> wrote:

On 10/29/19, 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding
<mdbirding...> wrote:
> As with any acronym, if you don't define it first, then you shouldn't use
> it, which I believe is standard on this list for banding codes. BB and BE
> aren't codes at all since they're just something that you use. And since the
> topic was butterbutts, it was even less clear that BB meant bluebird.

Tyler lighten up!

If this had been a profound rarity, there would have been cause for
your inflexible attitude, but that was not the case here!

There are few enough posts coming to MD Birding anymore as it is and
if people perceive that every word of a text is going to be critically
scrutinized they may well decide not to bother.

I can accept that you might have been confused initially, but i doubt
it.  I think you were just looking for an excuse to add the text that
you have now done.  What did you really accomplish by doing so?

Jim Speicher
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Date: 10/29/19 2:51 pm
From: Rick Borchelt <rborchelt...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Codes and Views and "views"
I this case I'm with Tyler; I was confused too trying to imagine
butterbutts crowding into birdhouses. I think the operative rule for all
kinds of communication like this should be, if there is a chance it can be
misinterpreted, it will be, and clarity is our best defense against
miscommunication.

On Tue, Oct 29, 2019 at 4:06 PM JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...>
wrote:

> On 10/29/19, 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding
> <mdbirding...> wrote:
> > As with any acronym, if you don't define it first, then you shouldn't use
> > it, which I believe is standard on this list for banding codes. BB and BE
> > aren't codes at all since they're just something that you use. And since
> the
> > topic was butterbutts, it was even less clear that BB meant bluebird.
>
> Tyler lighten up!
>
> If this had been a profound rarity, there would have been cause for
> your inflexible attitude, but that was not the case here!
>
> There are few enough posts coming to MD Birding anymore as it is and
> if people perceive that every word of a text is going to be critically
> scrutinized they may well decide not to bother.
>
> I can accept that you might have been confused initially, but i doubt
> it. I think you were just looking for an excuse to add the text that
> you have now done. What did you really accomplish by doing so?
>
> Jim Speicher
> BroadRun/Burkittsville area
> [FR] Frederick County
> WA Co. MOS member
> C&O count coordinator
>
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Date: 10/29/19 2:13 pm
From: 'jovet' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Codes and Views and "views"
Has anyone else ever noticed that, when birds are few and rarities are rarer, us birders tend to get grumpier?   Normally we are a pretty happy group.   Let's leave invectives for other venues and look forward to the winter birds .... patience.  
And please, do use full name before an acronym or banding code.  It's just polite and enhances understanding for all birders.  
Happy almost-Halloween and good birding! 
Joanne
Joanne Howl, DVMsometimes aka "Mom" West River, MD


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From: drgngem K <drgngems2013...>
To: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...>
Cc: James Tyler Bell <jtylerbell...>; Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Sent: Tue, Oct 29, 2019 4:35 pm
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Codes and Views and "views"

In this case I understood that it meant bluebirds after reading the message but there have been other posts where I didn’t recognize the species acronyms. I think it would be better to just use the first few letters when doing shorthand? Just for everyone’s ease of understanding. Rebecca

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On Oct 29, 2019, at 16:06, JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> wrote:


On 10/29/19, 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding
<mdbirding...> wrote:

As with any acronym, if you don't define it first, then you shouldn't use


it, which I believe is standard on this list for banding codes. BB and BE


aren't codes at all since they're just something that you use. And since the


topic was butterbutts, it was even less clear that BB meant bluebird.


Tyler lighten up!

If this had been a profound rarity, there would have been cause for
your inflexible attitude, but that was not the case here!

There are few enough posts coming to MD Birding anymore as it is and
if people perceive that every word of a text is going to be critically
scrutinized they may well decide not to bother.

I can accept that you might have been confused initially, but i doubt
it.  I think you were just looking for an excuse to add the text that
you have now done.  What did you really accomplish by doing so?

Jim Speicher
BroadRun/Burkittsville area
[FR] Frederick County
WA Co. MOS member
C&O count coordinator

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Date: 10/29/19 1:35 pm
From: drgngem K <drgngems2013...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Codes and Views and "views"
In this case I understood that it meant bluebirds after reading the message but there have been other posts where I didn’t recognize the species acronyms. I think it would be better to just use the first few letters when doing shorthand? Just for everyone’s ease of understanding.
Rebecca

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Ernest Hemingway



> On Oct 29, 2019, at 16:06, JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> wrote:
>
> On 10/29/19, 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding
> <mdbirding...> wrote:
>> As with any acronym, if you don't define it first, then you shouldn't use
>> it, which I believe is standard on this list for banding codes. BB and BE
>> aren't codes at all since they're just something that you use. And since the
>> topic was butterbutts, it was even less clear that BB meant bluebird.
>
> Tyler lighten up!
>
> If this had been a profound rarity, there would have been cause for
> your inflexible attitude, but that was not the case here!
>
> There are few enough posts coming to MD Birding anymore as it is and
> if people perceive that every word of a text is going to be critically
> scrutinized they may well decide not to bother.
>
> I can accept that you might have been confused initially, but i doubt
> it. I think you were just looking for an excuse to add the text that
> you have now done. What did you really accomplish by doing so?
>
> Jim Speicher
> BroadRun/Burkittsville area
> [FR] Frederick County
> WA Co. MOS member
> C&O count coordinator
>
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Date: 10/29/19 1:06 pm
From: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Codes and Views and "views"
On 10/29/19, 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding
<mdbirding...> wrote:
> As with any acronym, if you don't define it first, then you shouldn't use
> it, which I believe is standard on this list for banding codes. BB and BE
> aren't codes at all since they're just something that you use. And since the
> topic was butterbutts, it was even less clear that BB meant bluebird.

Tyler lighten up!

If this had been a profound rarity, there would have been cause for
your inflexible attitude, but that was not the case here!

There are few enough posts coming to MD Birding anymore as it is and
if people perceive that every word of a text is going to be critically
scrutinized they may well decide not to bother.

I can accept that you might have been confused initially, but i doubt
it. I think you were just looking for an excuse to add the text that
you have now done. What did you really accomplish by doing so?

Jim Speicher
BroadRun/Burkittsville area
[FR] Frederick County
WA Co. MOS member
C&O count coordinator

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Date: 10/29/19 9:16 am
From: 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Codes and Views
As with any acronym, if you don't define it first, then you shouldn't use it, which I believe is standard on this list for banding codes. BB and BE aren't codes at all since they're just something that you use. And since the topic was butterbutts, it was even less clear that BB meant bluebird.


Tyler Bell
<jtylerbell...>
California, Maryland

On Tuesday, October 29, 2019, 11:50:39 AM EDT, JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> wrote:

Codes

On Monday, October 28, 2019, 2:20:30 PM EDT, JAMES SPEICHER wrote:
>  I had a BB pair checking out my House Wren bird box this morning.  I
> thought Spring was the peak season for house hunting...

On 10/28/19, 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding
<mdbirding...> wrote:
> What is a BB?

Bluebirds, thought that would have been obvious given the context
[birds checking out House Wren nest box] & Pat's message mentioning
Bluebirds, apologize if not.

I don't use "codes" 99.999% of the time, but when i do i also use the
full name.  I do have some eccentric abbrev that i will sometimes use,
e.g. BB for Bluebirds is what i would use in field notes during counts
as well as BE for Bald Eagle.  Those sometimes make it into Maryland &
DC Birding when the usage would seem to me not to pose a puzzle.

Views
Jared replied off list to my query on this topic:
It's just views to that post on the website. Not email views. Last I
checked it [membership] was about 1600, not everyone is signed up to
receive emails.

Read my original post that Jared replied to at
[http://digest.sialia.com/?rm=message;id=1560451].

Jim S

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Date: 10/29/19 8:50 am
From: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Codes and Views
Codes

On Monday, October 28, 2019, 2:20:30 PM EDT, JAMES SPEICHER wrote:
> I had a BB pair checking out my House Wren bird box this morning. I
> thought Spring was the peak season for house hunting...

On 10/28/19, 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding
<mdbirding...> wrote:
> What is a BB?

Bluebirds, thought that would have been obvious given the context
[birds checking out House Wren nest box] & Pat's message mentioning
Bluebirds, apologize if not.

I don't use "codes" 99.999% of the time, but when i do i also use the
full name. I do have some eccentric abbrev that i will sometimes use,
e.g. BB for Bluebirds is what i would use in field notes during counts
as well as BE for Bald Eagle. Those sometimes make it into Maryland &
DC Birding when the usage would seem to me not to pose a puzzle.

Views
Jared replied off list to my query on this topic:
It's just views to that post on the website. Not email views. Last I
checked it [membership] was about 1600, not everyone is signed up to
receive emails.

Read my original post that Jared replied to at
[http://digest.sialia.com/?rm=message;id=1560451].

Jim S

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Date: 10/28/19 7:18 pm
From: Warblerick <ricksussman1955...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Little Bennett Park
Western Palm Warbler.
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Date: 10/28/19 12:18 pm
From: Lisa Wilcox Deyo <lisawilcoxdeyo...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Little Bennett Park
Two people suggested it was a Palm Warbler, which makes sense. It did not
have yellow at all on the breast, which threw me off, even though I know
Palms are tail-bobbers.

On Monday, October 28, 2019 at 1:43:02 PM UTC-4, Lisa Wilcox Deyo wrote:
>
>
> Birding at Little Bennett Park doesn't disappoint. On Sunday we saw 17+
> species on Pine Knob Trail, through open woods and grasslands. The
> highlights were:
> 1 Winter wren
> 1 Eastern phoebe
> 2 N. Parula
> 1 Palm warbler
> 15+ Yellow-rumped warblers
> 10+ cedar waxwings
> 6 Kinglets
> 2 imm. Rose-breasted grosbeaks (heard but not seen)
> Blue bird
> Warbler spp.
>
> I thought I saw a N. waterthrush among the yellow-rumps. It had a whiter
> breast, with dark brown streaks, and it pumped its tail. I didn't get good
> views of the top of the bird, and I didn't see yellow on the bird.
> Is this possible, or just another rendition of a yellow-rump?
>
> Lisa Wilcox Deyo
> Carderock Springs, MD
>
> On Mon, Oct 28, 2019 at 3:55 AM <mdbirding...> wrote:
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>> <https://groups.google.com/forum/?utm_source=digest&utm_medium=email#!forum/mdbirding/topics> Google
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>> Several birds been around for two week at our Lothian house. A very
>> good acorn crop this year. Maybe they will stay the winter.
>> At least three birds rattling better part of the day. ...more
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>> JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...>: Oct 27 12:13PM -0400
>>
>> While the WCSP have been here for a couple of weeks, i've yet to see
>> or hear their WTCP brethren. The WCSP are very vocal and i assume i
>> should also be hearing WTSP...
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Date: 10/28/19 11:20 am
From: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Butterbutts
I had a BB pair checking out my House Wren bird box this morning. I
thought Spring was the peak season for house hunting...

Jim S

On 10/28/19, Pat <pvaldata1...> wrote:
> On this gorgeous morning, two Yellow-rumped Warblers and a bright yellow
> Palm Warbler bathed in a puddle just a few feet away from our perfectly good
> birdbath. A couple of male Bluebirds had a singing duel, and an immature
> Bald Eagle soared overhead.Pat ValdataCrisfield, MDSent from my Verizon,
> Samsung Galaxy smartphone
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Date: 10/28/19 10:43 am
From: Lisa Wilcox Deyo <lisawilcoxdeyo...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Abridged summary of - 2 updates in 2 topics
Birding at Little Bennett Park doesn't disappoint. On Sunday we saw 17+
species on Pine Knob Trail, through open woods and grasslands. The
highlights were:
1 Winter wren
1 Eastern phoebe
2 N. Parula
1 Palm warbler
15+ Yellow-rumped warblers
10+ cedar waxwings
6 Kinglets
2 imm. Rose-breasted grosbeaks (heard but not seen)
Blue bird
Warbler spp.

I thought I saw a N. waterthrush among the yellow-rumps. It had a whiter
breast, with dark brown streaks, and it pumped its tail. I didn't get good
views of the top of the bird, and I didn't see yellow on the bird.
Is this possible, or just another rendition of a yellow-rump?

Lisa Wilcox Deyo
Carderock Springs, MD

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Date: 10/28/19 10:03 am
From: 'Scott Young' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Orange crowned-warbler Gude Trail
Bob Augustine has spotted an orange-crowned warbler twice today across from entrance to the Gude Trail from Dubuque Court (39.108611, -77.143303) in Rockville.

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Date: 10/28/19 10:00 am
From: Tim Houghton <timhoughton...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Clay-Colored Sparrow at Hydes Road Park
About 11:30. About 1/3 down (entering from road end) the far west trail that goes along the creek. First seen on non-creek side, then into bare tree on creek side, then continuing toward horse field. A fairly contrasty one as these birds go now.


Tim Houghton

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Date: 10/28/19 8:13 am
From: Pat <pvaldata1...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Butterbutts
On this gorgeous morning, two Yellow-rumped Warblers and a bright yellow Palm Warbler bathed in a puddle just a few feet away from our perfectly good birdbath. A couple of male Bluebirds had a singing duel, and an immature Bald Eagle soared overhead.Pat ValdataCrisfield, MDSent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone

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Date: 10/27/19 2:52 pm
From: 'George Jett' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Red-headed Woodpeckers
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Several birds been around for two week at our Lothian house.   A very good acorn crop this year.  Maybe they will stay the winter.
At least three birds rattling better part of the day.
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FolksI. had two red-headed woodpeckers (RHWO) at our Lothian,  MD home today. This is the third group of RHWO migrants this season.  None have stayed yet.  Two winters the critters over wintered in the five years we have been here.  Good acorn crops help.
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One seen on Hunting Quarter Rd and at least 3 on Sycamore Landing Rd. All were adults.

Jim Green
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Date: 10/27/19 9:13 am
From: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...>
Subject: [MDBirding] [FR] White-crowned Sp, but not yet White-throated Sp
While the WCSP have been here for a couple of weeks, i've yet to see
or hear their WTCP brethren. The WCSP are very vocal and i assume i
should also be hearing WTSP...

A bird bath is my only attractor at this time of year...

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BroadRun/Burkittsville area
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Date: 10/25/19 4:07 pm
From: Matthew Felperin <mattyfelp...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Beltway cedar waxwings
Driving on the outer loop of the beltway this afternoon between Georgia ave and Connecticut exits I caught a glimpse of unusual bird activity flying back and forth between the trees on either side of the highway. I was obviously driving at highway speed but was able to make a quick ID that these were cedar waxwings. I also noticed these trees bore fruit; unsure of the tree species. Take a drive on the beltway tomorrow morning and enjoy the flyovers!


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Date: 10/25/19 8:12 am
From: Harry Armistead <harryarmistead...>
Subject: [MDBirding] part 2, Oct. 8-15, 2019, lower Eastern Shore, mostly Virginia.
lower Eastern Shore (esp. Virginia), September 25 - October 15, 2019. raptors, high water, good food, good company.


part 2, October 9-15.


OCTOBER 9, known to the laity (and the cognoscenti as well) as, simply, WEDNESDAY. 145 brown pelicans on the ships. 3 Eurasian collared-doves at the Peacock. This month Hal and Lynn have seen them at a number of places where they are usually not found, including way out Custis Tomb Road.



135 raptors with Cooper’s at 42 outnumbering sharpies (8), osprey 33, merlin 10, and peregrine 8 plus 18 monarchs. Down at the SHIPS 145 brown pelicans. Liz is 75 today.


OCTOBER 10, THURSDAY. 812 raptors with sharpie 310, Cooper’s 205, merlin 97, peregrine 19, osprey 37, bald eagle 11, harrier 10 & kestrel 112.

At the end of the hawkwatch period a flock of 29 great egrets and 7 snowy egrets flies over high. For whatever reason I never “get on” these. Thousands of tree swallows. 35 monarchs. Am on the platform 10-6. Liz returns to Philadelphia, blasting off for septentrionalian (if not hyperborean) climes (a slight exaggeration). Several American crows harass a merlin, unbelievable. An Eurasian collared-dove at the Peacock.


OCTOBER 11, FRIDAY. A lot of uncountable northbound raptors today, but 448 countable, southbound ones, with bald eagle 15, red-shoulder 3, merlin 27, peregrine 6, harrier 10, and, GET THIS juxtaposition of accipiters: 177 Cooper’s and 125 sharpies. A few decades ago the ratio was perhaps 15 or 10 sharpies to 1 Coop, but since then the Coops have increased and the sharpies decreased. Coops have now become common in urban areas, haunting feeders, where they often hit on mourning doves. 45 monarchs.


OCTOBER 12, SATURDAY. My extended sojourn here each fall can be quite social, but after a while I feel the need for solitude, achieved this morning by a peaceful solo drive to some of my favorite spots, 9-11. RAMP LANE: 1 ea. of tricolored heron, white ibis, snowy egret, great egret, kingfisher, bald eagle imm., and monarch, and the higher than usual tide is stimulating. Steve saw c. 200 white ibis here earlier in the morning and found several clapper rails.


Jones Cove Road, 1 monarch. Bull’s Drive: kestrel 5, some buckeyes, palm warbler 5, bluebird 4, and phoebe 3. Magotha Road: an Eurasian collared-dove and a monarch. Taylor Pond, 27 turtle snouts showing above the water’s surface, 55 laughing gulls (only 1 an immie) availing themselves of fresh water, a catbird, and 2 greater yellowlegs on the margins. A nice, peaceful, slow drive. The very high tide has receded 4-5”. Am on the platform 7:15-8:45, and rejoin the human race there 11 until 5:45.


414 raptors, with 188 sharpies, 81 Cooper’s, 48 merlins, and 4 peregrines plus 148 flickers, 8 sapsuckers, 4 meadowlarks, 2 nighthawks, and a common loon, not to mention 420 monarchs. Today Michael tags over 150 monarchs, his best total, so far. This is the day of the BIG SIT and, confined to the upper level of the platform, Anna and her minions record 66 species.


RAMP LANE revisited: 6:06-6:36, S10, 66, fair. To witness the full moon rising here as seen through the Raccoon Island loblolly pines with the 190-foot Smith Island lighthouse to the right along with the adjacent bald eagle nest and 180 white ibis is this sojourn’s most wondrous spectacle. Bob Anderson has done a painting that captures the allure of such a scene.

Also: snowy egret 14, great egret 8, clapper rail 2, cormorant just 1, kingfisher 1, and bald eagle 2 plus a gray squirrel.


OCTOBER 13, SUNDAY. 8:30: At the SHIPS brown pelican 380, sanderling 3, rock pigeon 70, starling 40, laughing gull 245 (15 immature), and common tern 1 plus 6 dolphins and 8 monarchs. 9 A.M.: RAMP LANE, white ibis 20, great egret 1, snowy egret 1, and a d.o.r. gray squirrel. 8 kestrels on the wires from Cedar Grove Road south along Route 600 to ESVNWR.


849 raptors incl. 519 sharpies, 176 Cooper’s, 12 broad-wings, 74 kestrels, 21 merlins, 14 harriers, and 6 peregrines. It looks to be a 1,000+ raptor day, but the flight dries up in the early afternoon.


One last visit to Ramp Lane with Linda & Jeff Millington and, what better company?, Anna and Megan. 4:45-6:45, SE5 or calm, overcast, light rain off and on beginning 5:45, 70 degrees F.: clapper rail 6, brown pelican 85, black skimmer 110, white ibis 145 (most all adults), herring gull 12, bald eagle 4 adults (by their nests), cormorant 75, great egret 20, not-so-great egret 9, laughing gull 55, royal tern 12, tricolored heron 1, boat-tailed grackle 12 males, great blue heron 2, American black duck 12, and kingfisher 1. A fine last day and the only time in the past 17 when I dine alone at suppertime.


OCTOBER 14, MONDAY. Day of the living (and dead, too) gray squirrel. Time for the bittersweet trip home, but looking forward to returning in November. Clean up my quarters and take care to remove everything that’s mine. A d.o.r. doe at Routes 704 X 13, near where I once hit a buck. 2 adult bald eagles are at the Capeville Road nest, where I haven’t seen any for several years. Getaway breakfast at Sting-Ray’s, always includes scrapple, where there are 2 trucks with “farm use” license plates.


This time of year is when gray squirrels go nuts, beefing up for the winter, scatter hoarding, with wild scamperings, perhaps inspired by their favorite non-fiction title Two years before the mast. It’s also when they are at their furriest, especially the bushy tail.


Eastville PNC bank, Route 13, 4 gray squirrels, most always see them here. MACHIPONGO, 2 more squirreleepoohs. BOX TREE ROAD, 10:20 A.M., not much, high tide well above normal, bald eagle 1, laughing gull 47, great egret 1, great blue heron 1. Following localities with single d.o.r. squirrels (requiescat in pavement): WEBBS ISLAND X ROUTE 600, MARIONVILLE, RED BANK, and EXMORE (with a black vulture chowing down for some original Brunswick stew). WILLIS WHARF, 10:54 A.M., high tide a foot above normal, ruddy turnstone 29, Forster’s tern 4, bald eagle 1, little blue heron 3 immatures, and rock pigeon 5 plus a live squirrel. EXMORE again: a squirrel.


GARGATHA LANDING ROAD: 11:45 - 12:25, high tide but has been letting out for a while, 11 imm. white ibis, Forster’s tern 5, osprey 1, starling 375, great egret 12, boat-tailed grackle 1 male, and kestrel 1.


back to MARYLAND: additional single gray squirrels in Dorchester County at Salem, Bucktown, Blackwater N.W.R., and Cambridge. Go 3/4 down HOG ISLAND ROAD that involves speeding through deep, muddy puddles, but no wildlife seen. Get the car washed at WET DOG in Easton tomorrow, the wash is fast, then for half an hour afterwards they work on the car with rags and spray, do a great job. Griffith Neck & lower Maple Dam/Shorter’s Wharf roads closed due to the very high tidal waters. A d.o.r. deer at BUCKTOWN.


BLACKWATER N.W.R., 4:45-5:45. d.o.r. virginia opossum on Key Wallace Drive. least sandpiper 20, pectoral sandpiper 3, dunlin 18, semipalmated plover 8, killdeer 1, an early swan presumably tundra but distant, looks huge, ?, Canada goose 700, cormorant 24 immatures, great egret 6, long-billed dowitcher 1, lesser yellowlegs 5, starling 85, greater yellowlegs 6, great egret 6, great blue heron 6, mallard 4, kestrel 1, and osprey 1 plus a snapping turtle (big one!) and 8 painted turtles. Nice muddy margins due to the drought in Pools 3 and 5 = those shorebirds.


Going into the approach pattern for Rigby’s Folly there are 650 Canada geese in John Swaine’s big field. At the old place it’s gotten dark already. 0.3” in the rain gauge since Sept. 25, probably fallen last night.


OCTOBER 15, TUESDAY. Leave Rigby’s Folly at 9:36, see 2 squirrels on the way out, another at Royal Oak. ROUTE 481, south of Ruthsburg, a d.o.r. squirrel and deer plus a live imm. bald eagle. Route 481 near Hope a kestrel. d.o.r. deer along ROUTE 301 at miles 101, 108 & 118. A Cooper’s Hawk flies right over I-95 at Philadelphia International Airport.


Thanks to neighbors Phil Merrick, John Swaine, Nancy Lytell, and Sharon Schline for information about the recent very high tides on Ferry Neck. These were higher than the dock platforms, sweeping away a cushion and a long, heavy, wooden boat hook from our dock. John Swaine’s response is worth repeating in toto:


“The recent high tides on October 10,11,12,16 were all 1.5 to 2 feet above normal high tide with the evening high tide of the 16th the highest. Also September 18-19 similar levels. The October 16 tide was the highest here since Isabel in 2003, but nowhere near that level. Also of note, from July 1 till September 30 I recorded just 4.5 inches of precipitation. About 1/3 of the normal amount. Also, there were 53 days with a high temperature for the day 90 degrees or greater from May 1 till October 2nd. Yes it has started to rain again. I hope it doesn't try to make up the deficit all right now in harvest season. Yields are way off from expected amounts. Corn in the 50-70 bu/acre range. Soybeans so far around 20 bu/acre. Milo around 60 where it was 100 bu/acre last year.” - Many thanks, John.



ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS: Many thanks to Barbara Stiles and Cathy Fountaine for various courtesies at K.S.P. The trip is worth it just to see Cathy’s corgi, Roxie. While I struggled with my bad right quadriceps many helped out, incl. Don, Anna, Will, Bob Anderson, Thuy, Michael, Peter, Joe, Megan, Lynn, Chris and others (3 of them M.D.s!), carrying things and giving me a hand and advice. Will, Bob Anderson, and Wes Hetrick treated me to so many meals I went home flush, with some weight gain.


RECESSIONAL and DIMINUENDO. My hearing has been deteriorating for years. Lately I’ve had trouble “getting on” birds others see, especially those spotted with their unaided eyes, high up, or above the horizon a ways. Most of my scanning is done along the horizon. Then there was the problem with my leg this time. Stamina is not what it used to be. Tinnitus for 15+ years, Diabetes for 7. But basically it is good to be 79. I regret not getting out through the saltmarshes this visit. Maybe in November.


“OUR” SCARCE BIRDS: their Cape May status in 2018. At Cape May resident (and non-resident) heavy hitters are out EVERY day. Consequently the sparse presence of these species is of interest in that rather large county with varied habitats (where 339 species were seen in 2018) and reflects on their rarity in parts of the Delmarva Peninsula where we bird.


Ross’ goose 2 records, eared grebe 0, black rail (no “definitive” records), yellow rail 0, king rail 2, buff-breasted sandpiper 4 records, red phalarope 0, no skuas, Sabine gull 0, arctic tern 1, Swainson hawk 1, rough-legged hawk 2, pileated woodpecker 0 (almost accidental in Cape May County), western kingbird 1, ash-throated flycatcher 1, sedge wren 4, American tree sparrow 1, Henslow sparrow 0, Leconte sparrow 1, Brewer blackbird 0, mourning warbler 6, golden-winged warbler 5, painted bunting 2.


Unrelatedly but of interest, the raptor banding project at Cape May after 52 years (through 2018) has banded 152,947 raptors. This and the above information is from the Peregrine observer 2019 (reporting on 2018 events), 254 pages, an utterly fascinating publication.


MISTAKES. Oh, there probably are a few. Please let me know if you detect any. Not a blue jay flight year.


Best to all. - Harry Armistead, 10 S. Letitia St., Apt. 202, Philadelphia, PA 19106.

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Date: 10/25/19 6:28 am
From: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...>
Subject: [MDBirding] "Views" when on http://www.mdbirding.com/
When one is at the Maryland & DC Birding website

http://www.mdbirding.com/

information pertaining to # of "views" is presented for each post.

Georgia McDonald's post "Sparrow Photo ID" on 10/17 has the current
OCT record # of views @151. Presumably the post goes out in email to
thousands [?] of members, so i'm curious of the meaning of this
modifier...as well as the current # of members.

Jim Speicher
BroadRun/Burkittsville area
[FR] Frederick County
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Date: 10/24/19 8:22 pm
From: Don Simonson <don.r.simonson...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Chimney Swifts - possible tree roost - Mont Co
I counted 13 late CHIMNEY SWIFTS at C and O Canal at Violette's Lock today,
at first took them for migrants heading in direction of Blockhouse Point.
But thirty minutes later a similar size group re-appeared and seemed to be
converging at much lower altitude at sunset, close to the parking lot,
looking a lot like a flock going to roost..and suddenly vanished from my
view. No chimneys there, maybe going to roost in one of the many large
hollow trees there??
Good birding,
Don Simonson
Darnestown MD

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Date: 10/24/19 4:21 pm
From: Jim Felley <jdfelley...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Red Gate Park, Rockville
My daughter Madeleine and I explored the closed Red Gate golf club in
Rockville, which has been featured recently on this group. We found it to
be extremely birdy, as previously described. Many flocks of mixed
sparrows, mostly Song and Chipping with some Yellow-rumped warblers mixed
in, flocks of American robins, starlings, Blue jays, as well as American
goldfinches and Eastern bluebirds. There were several highlights,
including two Savannah sparrows and a Vesper Sparrow among the Song and
Chipping sparrows in a brushy and weedy area north of the 8th hole (as far
as I can tell), close looks at a Red-tailed Hawk and an immature
Red-shouldered Hawk, and a Blue-headed Vireo in the parking lot area as we
were leaving.

I am definitely coming back to this location.

Jim

Jim Felley
Gaithersburg

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Date: 10/24/19 12:59 pm
From: Wallace Kornack <wallace...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Thursday 10/24/19
This morning (10/24) in the maintenance yard at Rock Creek Park…..

The following list of birds was provided by Bill Butler.

Mourning Dove 4
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
Downy Woodpecker 3
Hairy Woodpecker 3
Northern Flicker 3
Eastern Phoebe 2
Blue-headed Vireo
Blue Jay 7
American Crow
Carolina Chickadee 4
Tufted Titmouse 7
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 6
White-breasted Nuthatch 4
Carolina Wren 5
European Starling
American Robin 14
House Finch
Chipping Sparrow 14
Dark-eyed Junco
White-throated Sparrow 2
Song Sparrow 3
Eastern Towhee 2
Brown-headed Cowbird 2
Common Grackle 19 flyby
Northern Cardinal 4

Have Fun Birding!

Wallace Kornack
Washington DC


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Date: 10/24/19 9:16 am
From: Harry Armistead <harryarmistead...>
Subject: [MDBirding] part 1, Sept. 25-Oct. 8, 2019, lower Eastern Shore, mostly Virginia.
lower Eastern Shore, esp. Virginia, September 25-October 15, 2019.

raptors, high water, good food, & good company. part 1, Sept. 25-Oct. 8.


ABBREVIATIONS: BCNH = black-crowned night heron. cormorant = double-crested cormorant. CVWO, Coastal Virginia Wildlife Observatory. ESVNWR, Eastern Shore of Virginia National Wildlife Refuge. KSP, Kiptopeke State Park, esp. the hawkwatch platform. RAMP, Ramp Lane at ESVNWR. ROUTE 600 a.k.a. Seaside Road. SHIPS, the 9 concrete ships at KSP as seen from the end of Route 704. YCNH = yellow-crowned night heron.


DRAMATIS PERSONAE (not intended to be a complete list. Just some of the people I bumped into, some very briefly, glimpsing them in their evanescence, as it were): Bob Ake & Joyce Neff, Bob Anderson & Thuy Tran, Curtis & Lynn Badger, Nancy Barnhart, Joe Beatty, Arun Bose, Ed & Peggy Bowen, Ned Brinkley, Rudy Cashwell, Dave Clark, Shirley Devan, Sue & Wes Earp, Lynn Davidson & Hal Wierenga, Todd Day, Jen Elmer, Kit Fechtig, Dave Fischer, Betsy & Chris Foster, Dale & Katie Garst, Wes Hetrick & Rose Leong, Gerri Howe, Mike Iwanik, Roberta Kellam, Reese Lukei, Kevin & Pam McGann, Don Metzger, Scott Mewborn, Jeff & Linda Millington, Jill & Lance Morrow, Paul & Heidi Nasca, Michael Parker, Sue Rice, Bob Rineer, Debbie Robbins, Will Russell, Duane Schilling, Dave Shanahan, Scott Smith, Peter Smithson, Dan Southworth, Brian Taber, Steve Thornhill, Mike Tove & family, Phyllis Williamson.


CVWO FALL STAFF: Anna Stunkel, hawk counter. Michael Ferrara, monarch tagger. Megan Murante, educator. These three are excellent: congenial, confidant, knowledgeable, composed, and great company. They work so well with the public, and with each other. A good crew, the A Team.


ALL RAPTOR TOTALS are those of Anna Stunkel, CVWO Hawkcounter extraordinaire at KSP. Her prompt reports, with full details, are found at hawkcount.org<http://hawkcount.org> or via www.aba.org<http://www.aba.org> “birding news”, or VA-BIRD.


APOLOGIA PRO VITA SUA. One of the main reasons I do these writeups is for my own memory and record, A SORT OF PERSONAL DIARY. I think I’ll enjoy reading them when I become older and feebler than I am now. They also get the sightings on the record soon after they are made.


SEPTEMBER 25, WEDNESDAY. Arrive at Rigby’s Folly 4:40. No rain since Sept. 23, very dry & the drought will continue 3 more weeks. Sit on our dock 5:20-7:20: laughing gull 51, Canada goose 43, osprey 1, bald eagle 1 adult, wood duck 1, royal tern 2 and great egret 2 plus gray squirrel 2, diamond-backed terrapin 5, and Fowler’s toad 1. Not much, really.


SEPTEMBER 26, THURSDAY. red-spotted purple 2, monarch 2, common wood nymph 1, gray squirrel 2 (1 way out on flimsy, high-up, willow oak branches after the little acorns), and deer 1. leave 9:25. EGYPT ROAD, black racer 1, bald eagle 2, eastern bluebird 3, great blue heron 1.


BLACKWATER N.W.R., cormorant 17 immatures, Caspian tern 3, bald eagle 6, lesser yellowlegs 7, greater yellowlegs 2, killdeer 11, least sandpiper 7, great egret 5, great blue heron 5, Forster’s tern 79, American black duck 1, pine warbler 1, chipping sparrow 8, Canada goose 16, and mallard 4 plus monarch 4, painted turtle 31, red-bellied cooter 4, and cloudless sulphur 9. fresh waters low, tidal average. At Sewards causeway a snakehead and another at DeCoursey Bridge.


MARDELA SPRINGS: A d.o.r. striped skunk. Arrive at KSP where I will be for 17 days. KSP: A NORTHERN WHEATEAR is down by the SHIPS where it is observed by a small mob, good scope views, well-photographed, the 3rd local record. Found by Kathy Spencer. Now THAT is a good way to begin my visit. A wheatear is also seen Sept. 28-29 a little south of the junction of Machipongo Rd. & Route 600 on the westside by Paul & Heidi, Elisa & Nick Flanders, and probably others. Perhaps photographs can determine if it was a different individual. I’m betting it is. 185 pelicans are on the ships.


SEPTEMBER 27, FRIDAY. Am on the platform 9:45-2:30 and 3:45-5:30. 506 raptors: osprey 66, Cooper’s 129, sharpie 76, merlin 41, and peregrine 42. A good, hawk-filled first day for me.


SEPTEMBER 28, SATURDAY. slows down some. 182 raptors with 51 ospreys, 8 Cooper’s, 52 sharpies, 15 merlin, and 20 peregrines. Pick up Will at Norfolk airport. We then go to RAMP LANE where Don, Paul & Heidi are also on hand. Ramp Lane list:


white ibis 192, clapper rail 7, tricolored heron 10, snowy egret 20, great egret 17, laughing gull 110, herring gull 3, royal tern heard only, great black-backed gull 1, great blue heron 3, greater yellowlegs 1, bald eagle 1 ad., glossy ibis 1, BCNH 3, short-billed dowitcher 7, merlin 1, seaside sparrow 4, green heron 1, boat-tailed grackle 3 males, brown pelican 22, and osprey 1 plus a doe swimming across the Federal Cut. 5:30-7 P.M., SW15, fair, 75 degrees F.


SEPTEMBER 29, SUNDAY. What will probably turn out to be the season’s best raptor day: 1,073 incl. osprey 275, Cooper’s 97, sharpie 130, broad-winged 28, kestrel 202, merlin 167 (there were 289 Sept. 17), and a season high peregrine 125 plus a piddling 27 monarchs. Hal & Lynn arrive for their extended stay. I count 115 brown pelicans on the SHIPS. Someone sees a prothonotary warbler.


SEPTEMBER 30, MONDAY. I make no notes, but Anna’s report includes 627 raptors, with osprey 157, Cooper’s 64, sharpie 127, merlin 121, and peregrine 40. Flybys: 5 northern pintails. 123 monarchs.


OCTOBER 1, TUESDAY. A day of recoveries. The Cheriton clinic is most helpful with my troublesome, right quadriceps. At Cheriton Tires Michael Parker recognizes me and asks if I have seen the wheatear. Not what one expects from an out-of-the-way car place! His wife, Melanie, works at wildlife rehabilitation in Painter. He beefs up the tires and the dashboard warning light goes off.


453 raptors with 34 Cooper’s, 56 sharpies, 83 merlins and 72 peregrines. Bob Anderson gives Will a lift to Norfolk airport for his flight home to Tucson early Wednesday. Noisy helicopters do training drills right over my quarters at low elevations at 8:30 P.M.


OCTOBER 2, WEDNESDAY. 302 raptors, an example of a “slow” day here with merlin 60, kestrel 87, peregrine 9, harrier 4, broad-winged 4, osprey 42, sharpie 90, harrier 4, and Cooper’s 6. Early on from the platform Anna hears 2 great horned owls duetting.


RAMP LANE, 5:50-7:10 P.M. in company with Michael. low 80s, calm, clear: white ibis 2 (!!), snowy egret 18, great egret 27, cormorant 8, great blue heron 4, clapper rail 3, YCNH 5, Cooper’s hawk 1 imm. (perched at length on the handicapped sign; great view), seaside sparrow 1, tricolored heron 5, greater yellowlegs 1, and belted kingfisher 1 plus 2 deer.


OCTOBER 3, THURSDAY. 725 raptors with merlin 90, peregrine 39, broad-winged 38, sharpie 199, and Cooper’s 134 plus 102 monarchs. Monarchs are counted here as part of the CVWO study, the lion’s share conducted by Monarch Tagger extraordinaire Michael Ferrara. One of the things making my visit here this year memorable is the sight of Michael’s clunky, chigger & tick-free boots, and his running in them, butterfly net deployed. Am on the platform 9-5:15. An impressive kettle of 320 brown pelicans rises over the SHIPS. With such a spectacle who needs Jurassic Park?


RAMP LANE, by myself. 5:37-6:50, fair, NE20, 77-74: white ibis 0 (!!), snowy egret 6, tricolored heron 1, bald eagle 1 ad., greater yellowlegs 1, great egret 11, royal tern 7, laughing gull 22, brown pelican 6, belted kingfisher 1, cormorant 32, herring gull 1 seen to drop clam, successfully, it shatters, northern shoveler 4, merlin 1, YCNH 1 imm., and great blue heron 5 plus a gray squirrel. My least interesting visit here this year. As usual there are a few pickup trucks, 1 with tags MR CLAM, another with PRO-GUNR.


OCTOBER 4, FRIDAY. 638 raptors including osprey 92, bald eagle 18, merlin 109, peregrine 23, kestrel 168, sharpie 120, and Cooper’s 74 plus 100 great blue herons (exact total, with one flock of 42), the season’s 1st myrtle warbler, and 350 monarchs. Liz arrives.


OCTOBER 5, SATURDAY. Bob Anderson appears on the platform holding a lovely rough green snake. Days later, I didn’t record when, Megan brings one up here, too. Super slim, a narrow head, such a bright green, their prey must be very small, the eyes remind me of a miniature Geico gecko’s. Impossible to see them against a background of the trees they frequent.


Liz and I visit the SHIPS area 3-3:30 and find brown pelican 345, sandwich tern 1, Forster’s tern 2, cormorant 190, laughing gull 180, great black-backed gull 1, herring gull 7, kestrel 1, osprey 1, turkey vulture 3, rock pigeon 30, starling 40, and fish crow 1.


606 raptors with osprey 49, bald eagle 14, harrier 11, sharpie 188, Cooper’s 74, broad-winged 17, redtail 4, kestrel 102, merlin 131, peregrine 14, and 2 unIDd raptors. To our astonishment an American bittern has landed among the black cherries in front of the platform. Its left wing is droopy, but it eludes capture, flies across Route 704. Also seen today: 766 monarchs, 209 northbound flickers, and 38 distant white ibis. Seeing white ibis from the platform is a rather new phenomenon. Liz and I are on the platform 7:30-3 & 3:30-5. Cape Henry Audubon Society visits today.


In the morning there are 39 turkey vultures and 19 American crows in 3 dirt fields seen from Sting-Ray’s to Capeville and Arlington Roads to K.S.P., apparently eating the dirt. de gustibus non est disputandum, eh?! I suppose so.


OCTOBER 6, SUNDAY. just 74 raptors with osprey 22, sharpie 13, Cooper’s 9, merlin 7, and peregrine 13 plus only 30 monarchs. Liz and I shove off for RAMP LANE in company with Katie Garst & her dad Dale, Kevin and Pam McGann, where we hold forth 5:15-6:45, recording:


clapper rail 14, white ibis 95 (could be 45, can’t read my own writing), snowy egret 19, bald eagle 2, greater yellowlegs 28, short-billed dowitcher 16, western sandpiper 4, dunlin 26, whimbrel 1, willet 1, black skimmer 60, wild turkey 1, great egret 38, snowy egret 19, kingfisher 1, cormorant 30, brown pelican 3, seaside sparrow 1, merlin 1, peregrine falcon 2, harrier 1, herring gull 6, osprey 1, black vulture 20, turkey vulture 12, royal tern 3, great blue heron 2, tricolored heron 5, and laughing gull 20. No mammals.


One of the most successful visits. The big variance in numbers from visit to visit, esp. among members of the heron tribe, is baffling. Most seem on their way to roost on Fisherman Island. Perhaps some are really migrating, hence are not seen during succeeding visits, explaining, in part, the disparities.


OCTOBER 7, MONDAY. Meagre raptor movement again, with only 98 but incl. 33 peregrines. As happens 1x or 2x each fall, today the peregrine is the most abundant raptor. 30 monarchs. Liz and I wander, meander, and wend some. Lynn & Hal leave.


OYSTER LANDFILL, 3 P.M.: black vulture 115 (as usual at point blank range, often scrambling around like chickens when the garbage comes in. They are a spectacle, albeit a grotesque one, not necessarily to EVERYONE’S liking. To each his own.).: fish crow 45, rock pigeon 45, starling 25, cormorant 1, snowy egret 1, great blue heron 1, Canada goose 160, turkey vulture 2, peregrine falcon 1, herring gull 60, YCNH 1 imm., laughing gull 80.


At the Peacock Motor Inn (not open for business) there are 4 Eurasian collared-doves at the odd hour of 4:10. Raptor experts Jill and Lance Morrow have set up a peregrine trapping station nearby and bring over an imm. male they captured. Later they bring another and Anna gets to release it. She hears a singing indigo bunting, bizarre at this late date, and Lynn & Will hear them on 2 other recent dates. Even in mid-August it is unusual to hear one singing.


Another visit to RAMP LANE with Anna and Liz, 6-7, with these results: white ibis 115, cormorant 22, great egret 26, snowy egret 63, clapper rail 12, brown pelican 63, great blue heron 5, turkey vulture 18, gila monster 0, tricolored heron 5, boat-tailed grackle 1 male, harrier 1, greater yellowlegs 1, osprey 1, peregrine 1, herring gull 5 and laughing gull 20 plus 3 gray squirrels and what is possibly a Marsh Rice Rat (Oryzomys palustris), scurrying underneath the dumpster.


If so, get back in the Spartina alterniflora, dude, where you belong; BE more cryptic. All the poking around I’ve done in saltmarshes, I’ve seldom seen them, but had a nice view once down at the very end of Bull’s Drive at the landing there, crossing a part in the marsh grasses where there is a sort of soggy, muddy launch area. There’s a low, partial rainbow among the gray clouds over distant Smith Island.


OCTOBER 8, TUESDAY. All of 49 raptors the most numerous being osprey with 14. Anna sees a peregrine stoop on a great blue heron. Some rain, strong ENE winds, 30 m.p.h. or more. A Wilson’s snipe. 85 brown pelicans on the concrete SHIPS.


Most surprising is a flock of 10 MARBLED GODWITS, photographed by Megan, regionally not unusual, but they are a 1st record for the platform according to Brian Taber. Am on the platform 10-1. 66-68 all day long. An osprey goes over carrying a blow toad (puffer fish, a.k.a. chicken-of-the-sea) photographed by Stephen.


6 Eurasian collared-doves near Peacock Motor Inn. Liz and I make a brief visit to RAMP LANE at 5 P.M.: black vulture 39, wild turkey 7 large poults, kingfisher 1, merlin 1, white ibis 1 adult, snowy egret 1, osprey 1, bald eagle 1, peregrine 1, and great egret 5. The tide there is 1.5’ above the normal high due to the strong easterlies. 20 deer, a herd at COBB ISLAND STATION.


Best to all. - Harry Armistead, 10 S. Letitia St, Apt. 202, Philadelphia, PA 19106.

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Date: 10/23/19 4:16 pm
From: 'Kurt Schwarz' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Turf Valley Mute Swans
I am likely peeing in the wind, but there have been repeated reports of Mute Swans at Turf Valley Resort. These swans are not free flying or wild. That are not countable, and there for ornament only.

Kurt Schwarz

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Date: 10/23/19 9:00 am
From: Wallace Kornack <wallace...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, 10/23/19
This morning (10/23) at Rock Creek Park………….

The following bird list was provided by Bill Butler.

——Maintenance Yard
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 2
Downy Woodpecker 2
Hairy Woodpecker
Eastern Phoebe 2
Blue Jay 6
American Crow 2
Fish Crow
Tufted Titmouse 3
White-breasted Nuthatch 3
American Robin 16
Chipping Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow 6
Song Sparrow 3
Brown-headed Cowbird 2
Common Grackle 9
Northern Cardinal 4

——Yard Parking Lot
Mourning Dove 16
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Blue Jay 2
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
European Starling
American Robin 3
House Sparrow 2
House Finch 2
Eastern Towhee
Common Grackle 4
Northern Cardinal

Have Fun Birding!

Wallace Kornack
Washington DC

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Date: 10/23/19 12:24 am
From: Phil Davis <pdavis...>
Subject: [MDBirding] MD/DC Records Committee updates
Hi MD/DC birders:

We have posted updates to our MD/DC Records Committee (MD/DCRC) data
products on the committee's web pages, located on the MOS web site (https://mdbirds.org/
).

Data Product Updates. Updates posted, for both Maryland and the
District of Columbia, include the following:

* The MD and DC Official Lists (the species totals for these lists
remain at 453 and 341, respectively),

* The MD and DC Review Lists,

* Abridged versions of the committee's MD and DC databases, and

* A chronology of when species were added to the Official Lists of
MD and DC.

Data products are PDF documents. The Maryland documents are here ...

https://mdbirds.org/records-committee/maryland-bird-records/

... and the District of Columbia documents are here ...

https://mdbirds.org/records-committee/district-of-columbia-bird-records/

Taxonomy Changes. All MD/DCRC data products were updated to conform to
the latest taxonomy standard, the AOS North American Checklist 60th
Supplement, which was published in July. Only a few of the 40+ changes
directly affect our regional lists. Below is a summary:

1. White-winged Scoter Split. The Old World Asian taxon [Stejneger's
Scoter Melanitta stejnegeri] and the Old World European taxon [Velvet
Scoter M. fusca] were split from our North American species. Our North
American taxon retains the common name White-wing Scoter, however, the
scientific species name changes to Melanitta deglandi.

2. Common Ground Dove Name Change. Hypens were removed from the common
names of all Ground Doves, therefore, Columbina passerina is now
Common Ground Dove.

3. Storm-Petrel Genus Transfer. Some of our North Atlantic
Storm-Petrels were transferred into another genus. Leach's
Storm-Petrel is now Hydrobates leucorhoa and Band-rumped Storm-Petrel
is now Hydrobates castro.

4. Dark-eyed Junco Placement. This taxon was moved up from following
Spotted Towhee to now follow American Tree Sparrow.

5. White-crowned Sparrow Placement. This taxon was also moved up from
following Swamp Sparrow to now follow the newly moved Dark-eyed Junco.

6. Oreothlypis Warbler Genus Split. The genus of Oreothlypis warblers
was split and some were changed to Leiothlypis. Four of our species
are affected: Tennessee Warbler, Orange-crowned Warbler, Nashville
Warbler, and Virginia's Warbler. These species remain in the same
place, in the same order, but with the changed genus.


Thanks to the MOS Webmaster, Tom Strikwerda for posting these changes.

Phil

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Phil Davis, Secretary
MD/DC Records Committee
2549 Vale Court
Davidsonville, Maryland 21035 USA
301-261-0184
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Date: 10/22/19 12:41 pm
From: Wallace Kornack <wallace...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Tuesday 10/22/19
This morning (10/22) at Rock Creek Park………

Bill Butler reported seeing the the following birds:

——Maintenance Yard
Palm Warbler 2
Yellow-rumped Warbler 2
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
Pileated Woodpecker
Blue Jay 3
Common Raven flyby
Tufted Titmouse 2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 6
White-breasted Nuthatch 3
Carolina Wren 2
American Robin 2
Song Sparrow 2
Northern Cardinal 2

——Yard Parking Lot
Mourning Dove 29
European Starling 4

Have Fun Birding!

Wallace Kornack
Washington DC

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Date: 10/22/19 9:44 am
From: Jared Fisher <Jared.Fisher...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Fwd: Dove in Craig Park, Havre De Grace
Forwarding on behalf of Marc Breslav

Jared Fisher
Rockville MD

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Date: Tue, Oct 22, 2019 at 12:39 PM
Subject: what to do dove
To: <mdbirding+<owners...>


I am writing to you as list owner because I'm not sure this is appropriate
for posting by a nonmember of the list.

Yesterday I was traveling through Maryland to return to my home in New
York state. I knew Havre de Grace was a charismatic town so left I-95 in
search of of a place with a water view where we could picnic. In the space
of 20 minutes at Craig Park I twice saw at least one large plump dove
flying by and flashing white **seemingly** on its flank. I am an
experienced observer but could not claim that this was anything more than a
POSSIBLE white-winged dove. I just didn't see enough for long enough to
make a positive ID. My goal in writing is to encourage nearby birders to
pop by. It is an e-bird site and there is no record for this species.

Thanks.

Marc Breslav

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Date: 10/22/19 6:18 am
From: Kevin Graff <keyweststyle2001...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Hart-Miller Island, 10/21/19
10/21/19 - 710am-3pm
Hart-Miller Island, Essex, B Co., MD

WEATHER: PC, 54-66 degrees, NNE 4K- ESE 5K
OBS: Kevin Graff, Pamela Kellett

Canada Goose - 555
Gadwall - 216
American Wigeon - 145
American Black Duck - 215
Mallard - 156
Blue-winged Teal - 1
Northern Shoveler - 166
Northern Pintail - 86
Green-winged Teal - 97
*CANVASBACK - 1
*REDHEAD - 1
Ring-necked Duck - 10
Greater Scaup - 1
Lesser Scaup - 17
Ruddy Duck - 35
Pied-billed Grebe - 5
Double-crested Cormorant - 95
*AMERICAN BITTERN - 1
Great Blue Heron - 10
Great Egret - 1
Black-crowned Night Heron - 2
Black Vulture - 1
Turkey Vulture - 1
Bald Eagle - 4
Northern Harrier - 2
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 1
Cooper's Hawk - 1
Red-shouldered Hawk - 1
Peregrine Falcon - 2
American Coot - 57
Black-bellied Plover - 17
*AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER - 8
Semipalmated Plover - 8
Killdeer - 16
*AMERICAN AVOCET - 57
Greater Yellowlegs - 68
Lesser Yellowlegs - 68
*RED KNOT - 1
Sanderling - 2
Semipalmated Sandpiper - 6
Western Sandpiper - 1
Least Sandpiper - 70
Pectoral Sandpiper - 19
Dunlin - 47
*STILT SANDPIPER - 2
*LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER - 6
Laughing Gull - 2
Ring-billed Gull - 37
Herring Gull - 12
*LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL - 1
Great Black-backed Gull - 8
Caspian Tern - 45
*ROYAL TERN - 2
Mourning Dove - 19
Downy Woodpecker - 2
Eastern Phoebe - 4
American Crow - 3
Tree Swallow - 15
Carolina Chickadee - 2
Brown Creeper - 1
Carolina Wren - 5
Winter Wren - 2
Golden-crowned Kinglet - 1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet - 6
Hermit Thrush - 1
Gray Catbird - 1
Northern Mockingbird - 1
European Starling - 445
Common Yellowthroat - 3
Yellow-rumped Warbler - 35
Field Sparrow - 2
Savannah Sparrow - 15
Song Sparrow - 65
Lincoln's Sparrow - 1
Swamp Sparrow - 45
White-throated Sparrow - 10
"Slate-colored" Junco - 3
Northern Cardinal - 10
*BOBOLINK - 9
Red-winged Blackbird - 301
Brown-headed Cowbird - 3
House Finch - 3
American Goldfinch - 3
SPECIES: 83 INDIVIDUALS: 3405

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

BUTTERFLIES
Cabbage White - 2
Orange Sulphur - 4
Cloudless Sulphur - 2
Common Buckeye - 15
Pearl Crescent - 9
Variegated Fritillary - 3
Eastern Tailed Blue - 1
Monarch - 3

INSECTS: Spotted Cucumber Beetle - 2


Kevin Graff
Jarrettsville, MD
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Date: 10/22/19 4:27 am
From: Lydia Schindler <lydia13621...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Red Gate Park
Thanks, Bob, for your excellent detailed report.

Lydia Schindler

On Mon, Oct 21, 2019 at 3:17 PM bob augustine <augustinebob8...>
wrote:

> On Saturday afternoon (Oct. 19) , I decided to explore this new park,
> formerly a golf course (off Avery Road near Norbeck Road in Rockville.).
> From the parking area I headed for the two ponds to the west. walking all
> around both which did not cause concern among the dozens of Canada Geese in
> the water. I found one Savannah Sparrow, several Song Sparrows, a Common
> Yellowthroat, and two Phoebes. Along the trail to the SW, I had two
> Golden-crowned Kinglets, two Chipping Sparrows. and a few Yellow-rumped
> Warblers. I then headed over to the western boundary along which there were
> several birds including three Ruby-crowned Kinglets. I proceeded to follow
> the western edge north. I found another small pond which, unlike the larger
> ones, seemed to have many frogs. A Pileated Woodpecker flew N over the
> central trail. Further down the trail I heard a Meadowlark call and was
> surprised when four flew up into nearby pines. A few minutes later, a
> Merlin streaked by heading S, probably one of those that roost across from
> the boat dock at Lake Needwood. Probably the same bird flew by an hour
> later heading N. This time it landed atop a spruce tree affording some
> photos. I spotted a Red-tailed Hawk in about the center of the course
> sitting in a tall tree. Probably the same bird was seen soaring a few
> minutes later with two Ravens. A distant group of soaring vultures proved
> to contain a Cooper's Hawk and a Sharp-shinned Hawk.
>
> Near the NW corner I found another pond and a Catbird. Following the
> North boundary trail, I found a collection of birds at the outflow from the
> pond. These included several Palm Warblers, a Swamp Sparrow, two Field
> Sparrows, and a White-crowned Sparrow. At one point a Red-shouldered Hawk
> flew over. On the way back, I had several Palm Warblers and heard a
> twittering from some of the pines along the central trail that sounded like
> Red Crossbills, but I never found any. A flock of Chipping Sparrows was on
> the other side of the netting erected to protect cars in the parking lot
> from errant golf balls. Not bad for two hours' birding.
>
> I expect this property will prove productive, if it is birded a lot. At
> nearby Gude Trail (Accessed from Dubuque Ct. off Indianola Drive) which
> runs NE-SW along the N side of Gude landfill, three years of intensive
> birding produced 166 species. I encourage everyone to try out Red Gate's
> paved cart trails.
>
> Bob Augustine
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Date: 10/21/19 4:00 pm
From: Sigi <2justski...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: iD requested
Thanks everyone. I was hoping it wasn't a bald eagle. I reported it to the
DNR.

On Monday, October 21, 2019 at 6:18:20 PM UTC-4, Sigi wrote:
>
> Came upon this bird under a newly installed transformer in Hollywood, MD.
> Thought I was bad at iding live birds but also having trouble with dead
> ones too.
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Date: 10/21/19 3:18 pm
From: Sigi <2justski...>
Subject: [MDBirding] iD requested
Came upon this bird under a newly installed transformer in Hollywood, MD.
Thought I was bad at iding live birds but also having trouble with dead
ones too.

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Date: 10/21/19 12:17 pm
From: bob augustine <augustinebob8...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Red Gate Park
On Saturday afternoon (Oct. 19) , I decided to explore this new park,
formerly a golf course (off Avery Road near Norbeck Road in Rockville.).
From the parking area I headed for the two ponds to the west. walking all
around both which did not cause concern among the dozens of Canada Geese in
the water. I found one Savannah Sparrow, several Song Sparrows, a Common
Yellowthroat, and two Phoebes. Along the trail to the SW, I had two
Golden-crowned Kinglets, two Chipping Sparrows. and a few Yellow-rumped
Warblers. I then headed over to the western boundary along which there were
several birds including three Ruby-crowned Kinglets. I proceeded to follow
the western edge north. I found another small pond which, unlike the larger
ones, seemed to have many frogs. A Pileated Woodpecker flew N over the
central trail. Further down the trail I heard a Meadowlark call and was
surprised when four flew up into nearby pines. A few minutes later, a
Merlin streaked by heading S, probably one of those that roost across from
the boat dock at Lake Needwood. Probably the same bird flew by an hour
later heading N. This time it landed atop a spruce tree affording some
photos. I spotted a Red-tailed Hawk in about the center of the course
sitting in a tall tree. Probably the same bird was seen soaring a few
minutes later with two Ravens. A distant group of soaring vultures proved
to contain a Cooper's Hawk and a Sharp-shinned Hawk.

Near the NW corner I found another pond and a Catbird. Following the
North boundary trail, I found a collection of birds at the outflow from the
pond. These included several Palm Warblers, a Swamp Sparrow, two Field
Sparrows, and a White-crowned Sparrow. At one point a Red-shouldered Hawk
flew over. On the way back, I had several Palm Warblers and heard a
twittering from some of the pines along the central trail that sounded like
Red Crossbills, but I never found any. A flock of Chipping Sparrows was on
the other side of the netting erected to protect cars in the parking lot
from errant golf balls. Not bad for two hours' birding.

I expect this property will prove productive, if it is birded a lot. At
nearby Gude Trail (Accessed from Dubuque Ct. off Indianola Drive) which
runs NE-SW along the N side of Gude landfill, three years of intensive
birding produced 166 species. I encourage everyone to try out Red Gate's
paved cart trails.

Bob Augustine

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Date: 10/21/19 7:07 am
From: Tim Carney <timmyc83...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Swan Creek - short birdwalk on 10/26
Hi everyone,

There will be a brief birdwalk at Swan Creek this Saturday, October 26 from
8:00 AM to 10:00 AM as part of an open house event. Space is limited. You
can email my work address to sign up: tcarn [at] menv [dot] com.

Early versions of the flyers have a start time of 7:00 AM. We moved it to
8:00 AM since it will still be too dark at 7.

Thanks,
Tim Carney
Parkville, MD

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Date: 10/20/19 2:31 pm
From: 'Fred Shaffer' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Avocet at North Beach marsh
I just had an American Avocet at North Beach marsh. Good views as the bird rested in some shallow water. Went to get my camera and the bird disappeared. Trying to relocate.Fred ShafferCrofton, <MDGlaucousgull...>

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Date: 10/20/19 11:10 am
From: guineabird via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] raptor ID question
Great pic, beautiful Sharpie!
Gail FrantzBalto County
In a message dated 10/20/2019 10:01:02 AM Eastern Standard Time, <birdmanjfw...> writes:

My daughter in Mt. Airy sent me the attached photo of a raptor eating a chipmunk.  Naturally, the picture is not high resolution and it might have been taken thru a screen.  The legs and head shape and maybe the back tell me Sharpie.  However, the color of the bill appears to be off as does the color of the throat and it collar.  Probably an off-color Sharpie but inquiring minds want to know.
Many thanks for your comments and ID help.Jim Wilson


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Date: 10/20/19 8:30 am
From: David Gibson <20cabot...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] raptor ID question
Jim, My first thought: Sharpie. doesn't look robust enough to be a Coops.
Maybe colors look off here, but then, the image looks off, too. Good luck!
Dave Gibson
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> My daughter in Mt. Airy sent me the attached photo of a raptor eating a
> chipmunk. Naturally, the picture is not high resolution and it might have
> been taken thru a screen. The legs and head shape and maybe the back tell
> me Sharpie. However, the color of the bill appears to be off as does the
> color of the throat and it collar. Probably an off-color Sharpie but
> inquiring minds want to know.
>
> Many thanks for your comments and ID help.
> Jim Wilson
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Date: 10/20/19 7:01 am
From: James Wilson <birdmanjfw...>
Subject: [MDBirding] raptor ID question
My daughter in Mt. Airy sent me the attached photo of a raptor eating a
chipmunk. Naturally, the picture is not high resolution and it might have
been taken thru a screen. The legs and head shape and maybe the back tell
me Sharpie. However, the color of the bill appears to be off as does the
color of the throat and it collar. Probably an off-color Sharpie but
inquiring minds want to know.

Many thanks for your comments and ID help.
Jim Wilson

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Date: 10/19/19 2:14 pm
From: Tim Houghton <timhoughton...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Chesapeake Audubon at Mount Pleasant
On a beautiful sunny day at Mount Pleasant, the Chesapeake Audubon Society field trip group found some nice birds and had plenty of laughs. Highlights included: juvenile red-headed woodpecker, white-crowned sparrow, Lincoln's sparrow, raven, kestrel, Cooper's hawk, many blue-headed vireos, winter wren, hermit thrush, parula, palm, and black-throated green.


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Date: 10/19/19 6:42 am
From: Wallace Kornack <wallace...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park. Saturday 10/19/19
This morning (10/19) at Rock Creek Park………...

——Ridge (Gary)
Black-throated Green Warbler 4
Yellow-rumped Warbler 2
Blue-headed Vireo
Brown Thrasher

———Maintenance Yard (Contributors)
Yellow-rumped Warbler 2
Mourning Dove
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 3
Red-bellied Woodpecker 5
Downy Woodpecker 2
Hairy Woodpecker 2
Eastern Phoebe
Blue Jay 3
American Crow 4
Tufted Titmouse 9
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 6
White-breasted Nuthatch 6
House Wren 3
Winter Wren 2
Carolina Wren 2
Swainson's Thrush 2
American Robin 2
Dark-eyed Junco
Song Sparrow 3
Lincoln's Sparrow 2
Common Grackle 22 flyby
Northern Cardinal 3

Contributors: David Kent, Seth, Gary Allport, Chuck James, Rodger Poore

Have Fun Birding!

Wallace Kornack
Washington DC

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Date: 10/18/19 3:34 pm
From: Kevin Graff <keyweststyle2001...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Hart-Miller Island, 10/14/19
10/14/19 - 715am-3pm
Hart-Miller Island, Essex, B Co., MD

WEATHER: Fog/Fair, 48-74 degrees, W 3K- WSW 8K

Snow Goose - 1 (immature)
Canada Goose - 511
Mute Swan - 2
Wood Duck - 3
Gadwall - 85
*EURASIAN WIGEON - 1
American Wigeon - 136
American Black Duck - 69
Mallard - 153
Blue-winged Teal - 6
Northern Shoveler - 165
Northern Pintail - 59
Green-winged Teal - 61
Greater Scaup - 1
*CANVASBACK - 1
*REDHEAD - 1
Bufflehead - 1 (presume same female returns after absent for weeks)
Ruddy Duck - 22
Pied-billed Grebe - 20
Double-crested Cormorant - 62
Great Blue Heron - 14
Great Egret - 6
Black-crowned Night Heron - 1
Black Vulture - 1
Turkey Vulture - 1
Bald Eagle - 2
Northern Harrier - 1
Cooper's Hawk - 1
Peregrine Falcon - 2
American Coot - 18
Black-bellied Plover - 8
*AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER - 16
Semipalmated Plover - 9
Killdeer - 38
*AMERICAN AVOCET - 76
Spotted Sandpiper - 1
Greater Yellowlegs - 148
Lesser Yellowlegs - 197
HUDSONIAN GODWIT - 1
Sanderling - 2
Semipalmated Sandpiper - 21
Western Sandpiper - 2
Least Sandpiper - 91
White-rumped Sandpiper - 2
Pectoral Sandpiper - 29
Dunlin - 3
Stilt Sandpiper - 3
*LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER - 3
Laughing Gull - 16
Ring-billed Gull - 30
Herring Gull - 15
Great Black-backed Gull - 59
Caspian Tern - 162
Forster's Tern - 8
Rock Pigeon - 1
Mourning Dove - 25
Downy Woodpecker - 3
Northern Flicker - 3
Eastern Phoebe - 3
American Crow - 3
Carolina Wren - 6
Marsh Wren - 2
*SEDGE WREN - 1
Gray Catbird - 6
European Starling - 435
Common Yellowthroat - 6
Palm Warbler - 4
Yellow-rumped Warbler - 11
Savannah Sparrow - 10
Song Sparrow - 44
Lincoln's Sparrow - 1
Swamp Sparrow - 39
White-throated Sparrow - 1
White-crowned Sparrow - 1
Northern Cardinal - 10
Bobolink - 1
Red-winged Blackbird - 268
Brown-headed Cowbird - 13
House Finch - 6
American Goldfinch - 4
SPECIES: 80 INDIVIDUALS: 3254

MAMMALS: Red Fox - 2 WT Deer - 4 Raccoon (tracks)

BUTTERFLIES
Cabbage White - 3
Orange Sulphur - 5
Cloudless Sulphur - 2
Common Buckeye - 13
Pearl Crescent - 4
Monarch - 13

DRAGONFLIES
Wandering Glider - 1
Black Saddlebags - 1

INSECTS
Large Milkweed Bug - 15
Virginian Tiger Moth - 3 (Yellow Bear)
Isabella Tiger Moth - 3 (Woolly Bear)

KEVIN GRAFF
JARRETTSVILLE, MD
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Date: 10/18/19 1:57 pm
From: Ann Hobbs <hobbs_ann...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Ruddy Duck at MLK Rec. Park, MoCo
Adult male present since at least yesterday evening. Otherwise the birding is pleasant there but not too exciting.

Ann Hobbs
Silver Spring, MD

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Date: 10/18/19 8:15 am
From: Pat <pvaldata1...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Egrets pt. 2
One Great Egret, too.Pat ValdataCrisfield, MDSent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone

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Date: 10/18/19 8:13 am
From: Pat <pvaldata1...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Egrets, Jones Creek
Just yesterday I commented to Bob that we hadn't seen any egrets in several weeks, and this morning we have two juvenile Snowies running around in the low-tide shallows Nice!.Pat ValdataCrisfield, MDSent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone

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Date: 10/18/19 7:48 am
From: Wallace Kornack <wallace...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Friday 10/18/19
This morning (10/18) in the maintenance yard at Rock Creek Park with Tina and Dan………

Common Yellowthroat 3
Yellow-rumped Warbler 4
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker 2
Eastern Phoebe
Blue Jay 2
American Crow 13
Tufted Titmouse 9
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 2
White-breasted Nuthatch 4
Brown Creeper
Carolina Wren 2
American Robin 2
House Finch
White-throated Sparrow 14
Song Sparrow 2
Eastern Towhee 3
Northern Cardinal 5

Have Fun Birding!

Wallace Kornack
Washington DC

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Date: 10/18/19 5:53 am
From: guineabird via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] The Sharpie, Blue Jay and Pileated
(Where are you, Sean?)You're right, it is interesting.No doubt, Jays are part of the food chain.
One summer, several years ago, I watched four BJ's that sat quietly by a house wren nest only to pluck off a little one as it stepped out into the world for the first time. One of the birds would secure the tiny bird in its claws then fly away with the other three jays behind.
During the time the jays were gone, another wren would manage an escape. In a few moments the killer squad would return and repeat the process.It appeared to me the group was in training.
Gail FrantzBalto County
In a message dated 10/18/2019 8:22:29 AM Eastern Standard Time, <captainamerica23...> writes:

I thought it was interesting that the SSHA was going after a Jay... the Jay probably had it coming to him.

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Date: 10/18/19 5:43 am
From: Sean McGuinn <captainamerica23...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Lots of Laughter!
With the super high tides we’ve been experiencing in the Bay area it’s brought a lot of fish in. However, with the tides going out it’s left many fish stranded close to shore. Yesterday at work I observed around 400 LAGU’s having a feast! It was a buffet out in the river. On shore I watched a GBHE pick fish out of the rocks on our living shoreline. Easy meals!

This was the largest amount of LAGU’s I’d ever witnessed in one area. Typically we have tons of RBGU in that area of the river, but yesterday I saw zero.


Sean McGuinn

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Date: 10/18/19 5:22 am
From: Sean McGuinn <captainamerica23...>
Subject: [MDBirding] The Sharpie, Blue Jay and Pileated
The other day I observed a Sharpie going after a Blue Jay. However, in all of the ruckus two PIWOs were fending off and giving the Sharpie a hard time. It was enough of a problem for the SSHA for the Blue Jay to escape. I thought it was interesting that the SSHA was going after a Jay, but as we know the Jay probably had it coming to him. I just thought this was super cool so I wanted to share.

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Date: 10/17/19 6:15 pm
From: Harry Armistead <harryarmistead...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Dorchester County bird count, September 21, 2019.
24th DORCHESTER COUNTY, MARYLAND, FALL BIRD COUNT, September 21, 2019. 154 species. no rarities. 31 observers in 10 sectors. 141 species last year.


ABBREVIATIONS: BNWR, Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge. EI, Elliott Island Road. HI, Hooper’s Island. HWwTP, Hurlock Wastewater Treatment Plant. TI, Taylor’s Island.


UN-EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: Better weather, more participants, more sectors covered, and an increase in all mileages and hours helped make this count much more successful than last year’s, when the weather was mostly overcast with adverse NE15-20 m.p.h. winds and poor visibility (1 mile or less) early on. Still, there was no fallout to speak of again this year. The count being 6 days later helped us to find white-throated sparrow, brown creeper, myrtle warbler, and more ruby-crowned kinglets.


The strangeness of September is reflected again in the low numbers of crested flycatcher (2, versus 150 or more on the spring counts), and the lack of wood thrush, ovenbird, and field sparrow, none of this surprising. Other missed species: gadwall, black-bellied plover, western sandpiper, dunlin, purple martin, northern rough-winged swallow, and red-breasted nuthatch (NOT a flight year for them).


This is the worst fall in my memory for landbird/passerine migrants. Sparse! Wet areas in fields often have shorebirds, but with this extended drought there are none of those. Hurlock, with its wacky water, attracts swallows that feed on midges. A similar plant in Philadelphia does the same, with one or two hundred overwintering northern rough-winged swallows.


DRAMATIS PERSONAE: 1. NECK DISTRICT. Colin McAllister.

2. greater TAYLOR’S ISLAND area. Wayne Bell, George Radcliffe et al., including the MOS youth group. Devi Abbott, Phuriwat, Nara & Tyme Anusonti-Inthra, Jean Palanuwech, Matt Addicks, Daniel, Mike, & Jonathan Irons, Oliver Patrick, Aaron Reb, Chad & Forrest Baublitz, and Georgia Steele.

3. greater ELLIOTT ISLAND ROAD area. Harry Armistead.

4. NORTH OF ROUTE 50, WEST (turf farm, Hurlock, upper Choptank River). Holger Pflicke.

5. NORTH OF ROUTE 50, EAST (N. Tara Rd., Hog Farm, Eldorado, Galestown, Brookview, Marshyhope Creek). Suzette Stitely.

6. greater HOOPER’S ISLAND area. Jeff Effinger.

7. greater BLACKWATER N.W.R. area. Terry Allen, Julie Schoch.

8. CENTRAL EAST COUNTY (S. of Route 50, W. of Elliott Island Road). Steve Ford.

9. ROUTE 336 & areas S of Blackwater: Peter Smithson & Winger West.

10: 4 BACKYARD COUNTS, mostly in the greater Cambridge area: Debbie Robbins, Emily & Tom Moore, Cyndy Steiner, Eddie Wozny.


SYMBOLISM: Canada goose 1,249 (10, 8-652. 527) means: the grand total is 1,249 seen in 10 sectors whose numbers ranged from 8 to 652 and 527 were seen in the 2018 fall count. If there is no parenthetical information concerning sectors that means the species was seen in only 1 sector, such as: green-winged teal 4 (13), the 13 = how many were seen in the 2018 fall count. 2nd numbers elsewhere in this report (e.g., in the EFFORT section) indicate the totals for the 2018 fall count.


WATERFOWL: Canada goose 1,249 (10, 8-652. 527). wood duck 129 (4, 1-85. 82). American black duck 27 (4, 1-21. 13). mallard 90 (8, 1-25. 80). blue-winged teal 64 (2, 6-58. 4). northern shoveler 85 (25). green-winged teal 4 (13). ruddy duck 11 (previous 3 species all HWwTP. 6).


northern bobwhite 3 (8). wild turkey 13 (4, 2-4. 14). pied-billed grebe 1 (EI. 0). rock pigeon 30 (3, 4-21. 25). mourning dove 187 (10, 5-60. 168). yellow-billed cuckoo 1 (3). common nighthawk 3 (TI. 0). chimney swift 7 (3, 1-3. 28). ruby-throated hummingbird 14 (8, 1-4. 37).


RALLIDS: clapper rail 25 (2, 7-18. 1). king rail 3 (2, 1-2. 0). Virginia rail 51 (3, 9-31. 6). sora 2 (0). common gallinule 3 (EI. 0).


SHOREBIRDS: semipalmated plover 8 (3, 1-5. 14). killdeer 31 (5, 2-16. 23). ruddy turnstone 4 (Swan Harbor. 2). stilt sandpiper 1 (BNWR. 0). sanderling 9 (2, 3-6. 0). least sandpiper 20 (3, 3-9. 62). pectoral sandpiper 18 (HWwTP. 6). semipalmated sandpiper 25 (3, 4-12. 140). Wilson’s snipe 1 (HWwTP. 0). spotted sandpiper 5 (4, 1-2. 7). solitary sandpiper 1 (1). greater yellowlegs 14 (3, 2-8. 22). lesser yellowlegs 10 (2, 3-7. 50).


LARIDS: laughing gull 1,451 (10, 15-313. 2,245). ring-billed gull 66 (6, 1-21. 33). herring gull 362 (6, 1-145. 373). great black-backed gull 108 (5, 1-98. 104). unIDd gull 20 (0). Caspian tern 18 (4, 1-12. 20). common tern 8 (2, 1-7. 11). Forster’s tern 588 (6, 1-365. 309). royal tern 101 (4, 9-47. 107).


the PRIMITIVES & HEIBS (Herons, Egrets, Ibises & Bitterns, a Paul DuMontism): double-crested cormorant 455 (6, 1-256. 368). AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN 3 (HI. from 2-5 present for several weeks fide JE; how odd. 0). brown pelican 234 (2, 30-204. 104). great blue heron 83 (10, 1-16. 61). great egret 89 (6, 1-38. 124). snowy egret 46 (6, 1-21. 76). tricolored heron 19 (2, 1-18. 2). cattle egret 26 (TI. 16). green heron 4 (3, 1-2. 8). black-crowned night heron 1 (EI. 2). glossy ibis 1 (4).


RAPTORS: black vulture 69 (8, 2-27. 42). turkey vulture 468 (10, 8-130. 468 may seem too many, but Dorchester is Maryland’s biggest county and has 541 square miles of land, most of which was covered today. 258). osprey 45 (7, 1-18. 52). bald eagle 96 (10, 1-23. 84). northern harrier 10 (5, 1-5. 6). sharp-shinned hawk 5 (4, 1-2. 1). Cooper’s hawk 9 (6, 1-2. 8). red-shouldered hawk 2 (2, 1-1. 7). broad-winged hawk 2 (TI. 1). red-tailed hawk 13 (9, 1-3. 4). American kestrel 28 (5, 1-20. 23). merlin 4 (3, 1-2. 14). peregrine falcon 2 (2, 1-1. 2).


OWLS: eastern screech-owl 25 (5, 1-13. 10). great horned owl 22 (5, 1-17. 3). barred owl 8 (CE. 0).


WOODPECKERS & KINGFISHER: belted kingfisher 9 (6, 1-3. 4). red-headed woodpecker 16 (4, 1-9. 14). red-bellied woodpecker 43 (9, 1-10. 11). downy woodpecker 58 (9, 1-20. 28). hairy woodpecker 6 (3, 1-13. 6). northern flicker 39 (7, 1-12. 7). pileated woodpecker 14 (4, 1-9. 7).


FLYCATCHERS: eastern wood-pewee 21 (7, 1-9. 19). least flycatcher 3 (2, 1-2. 2). unIDd empidonax 4 (4, 1-1. 2). eastern phoebe 8 (6, 1-2. 4). great crested flycatcher 2 (2, 1-1. 4). eastern kingbird 3 (2, 1-2. 2).


white-eyed vireo 14 (3, 1-8. 17). blue-headed vireo 1 (0). red-eyed vireo 9 (3, 1-5. 10). blue jay 199 (10, 6-40. 81). American crow 193 (10, 1-46. 148). fish crow 14 (8, 1-3. 119). unIDd crow 103 (4, 6-68. 46). horned lark 18 (3, 1-13. 5).


SWALLOWS: tree swallow 2,044 (8, 2-1,853. 2,930). bank swallow 4 (HWwTP. 2). cliff swallow 2 (HI. 1). barn swallow 108 (6, 1-68. 157).


LI’L SPRITES: Carolina chickadee 150 (10, 1-47. 80). tufted titmouse 114 (9, 1-30. 38). white-breasted nuthatch 3 (NE. 1). brown-headed nuthatch 88 (9, 1-50. 46). brown creeper 1. house wren 17 (4, 2-8. 7). marsh wren 6 (2, 1-5. 4). Carolina wren 155 (9, 5-35. 84). blue-gray gnatcatcher 13 (5, 1-6. 32). ruby-crowned kinglet 3 (3, 1-1. 0).


THRUSH TYPES: eastern bluebird 119 (10, 1-28. 62). veery 5 (2, 1-4. 4). Swainson’s thrush 3 (2, 1-2. 1). American robin 183 (7, 1-120. 29). gray catbird 73 (8, 1-37. 12). brown thrasher 13 (4, 1-8. 3). northern mockingbird 80 (8, 7-16. 40).


European starling 1,717 (9, 28-850. 1,912). cedar waxwing 27 (4, 2-17. 11). house sparrow 108 (6, 8-50. 59). house finch 10 (3, 1-6. 3). American goldfinch 52 (8, 1-12. 44).


WARBLERS: worm-eating warbler 1 (1). northern waterthrush 4 (3, 1-2. 0). black-and-white warbler 21 (6, 1-7. 15). common yellowthroat 64 (8, 1-21. 26). American redstart 51 (6, 2-20. 16). Cape May warbler 2 (4). northern parula 20 (6, 1-6. 3). magnolia warbler 12 (2, 1-11. 0). Blackburnian warbler 1 (0). yellow warbler 3 (2, 1-2. 2). chestnut-sided warbler 1 (1). blackpoll warbler 1 (0). black-throated blue warbler 1 (1). palm warbler 2 (2, 1-1. 0). pine warbler 134 (9, 4-51. 62). myrtle warbler 1 (0). prairie warbler 4 (2, 1-3. 3). black-throated green warbler 5 (0).


SPARROWS: eastern towhee 7 (5, 1-3. 1). chipping sparrow 109 (10, 1-35. 63). Savannah sparrow 11 (4, 1-6. 2). saltmarsh sparrow 1 (EI. 0). seaside sparrow 2 (2, 1-1. 8). song sparrow 7 (4, 1-2. 0). swamp sparrow 1 (EI. 0). white-throated sparrow 1 (0). unIDd sparrow 1 (0).


the PRETTY ONES: summer tanager 5 (4, 1-2. 11). scarlet tanager 1 (2). northern cardinal 122 (9, 3-38. 85). rose-breasted grosbeak 1 (0). blue grosbeak 28 (7, 1-15. 58). indigo bunting 21 (4, 1-11. 15).


BLACKBIRDS: bobolink 2,079 (7, 1-1180. 1,497). red-winged blackbird 723 (6, 35-273. 680). eastern meadowlark 9 (2, 2-7. 1). common grackle 50 (6, 1-24. 1,241). boat-tailed grackle 7 (2, 1-6. 2). brown-headed cowbird 371 (6, 4-180. 207). unIDd blackbird 562 (2, 20-541. 0). Baltimore oriole 4 (1).


the GREAT DISPARITIES. Wide variation in the numbers of some species seen by multiple parties is mostly due to big differences among the sectors. Some sectors have no saltmarsh or big, open waters. Others lack upland habitats. Some sectors enjoyed day-long efforts. Others were the result of short, backyard counts. Most sectors were covered by just one or 2 persons as contrasted with the juggernaut party of 16 at Taylor’s Island, which found 103 species, the largest list, and also had impressive high counts of many common species.


EFFORT: 4:30 A.M. - 8 P.M. hours on foot 62 (36), by car 40 (23). miles by foot 30 (26), by car 504 (456). hours owling 7 (6), miles owling 40 (37). 31 (19) observers in 10 (8) sectors.


WEATHER: 55-86 degrees F. winds calm at start, then E5 briefly, then SW 10-15-5 from morning on. clear. no precipitation. 70 degrees at dusk. 55 at pre-dawn. No wild and wooly upwellings of the region of mohorovicic discontinuity. For that we may be thankful. yes!


THE 10 SPECIES WITH BIGGEST NUMBERS: bobolink 2,079. tree swallow 2,044. European starling 1,717. laughing gull 1,451. Canada goose 1,249. red-winged blackbird 723. Forster’s tern 588. turkey vulture 468. double-crested cormorant 455. brown-headed cowbird 371. confusing the issue: 561 unidentified blackbirds.


SPECIES SEEN IN 10, 9 & 8 SECTORS: recorded in all 10 sectors, 11 species: Canada goose, mourning dove, laughing gull, great blue heron, turkey vulture, bald eagle, blue jay, American crow, Carolina chickadee, eastern bluebird, chipping sparrow. In 9 sectors, 9 species: red-tailed hawk, red-bellied woodpecker, downy woodpecker, tufted titmouse, brown-headed nuthatch, Carolina wren, European starling, pine warbler, northern cardinal. In 8 sectors, 8 species: mallard, black vulture, fish crow, tree swallow, gray catbird, northern mockingbird, American goldfinch, common yellowthroat.


FAMILY GROUP REPRESENTATION: waterfowl 8, heron types 8 (good), shorebirds 13, raptors 13 (good), larids 8, woodpeckers 6, swallows 4 (good), warblers 18 (good, considering there was not much of a flight), sparrows 7 (good), flycatchers 5, owls 3.


NON-AVIAN TAXA (28 species): several sectors reported these. BUTTERFLIES: cloudless sulphur 80, monarch 107, tiger swallowtail 6, black swallowtail 3, silver-spotted skipper 2, snout 1, red-spotted purple 4, common wood nymph 2, variegated fritillary 2, eastern tailed blue 1, orange sulphur 1, buckeye 19, painted lady 5. MAMMALS: fox squirrel 1, gray squirrel 6, muskrat 1, sika deer 14, white-tailed deer 9, red fox 1. DRAGONFLY: blue darter 11. FISH: snakehead 2. TURTLES: red-bellied cooter 8, painted turtle 17, mud turtle 2, snapping turtle 1, diamond-backed terrapin 2. SNAKE: black rat snake 1. other INSECT: scissor-grinder cicada: 21.


MISTAKES. Probably are some. Please let me know if you spot any, no matter how small. Thanks.


Best to all. - Harry Armistead, Philadelphia.

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Date: 10/17/19 2:45 pm
From: David Gibson <20cabot...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Birds and Bird Photography
Hi, MD and DC birders, I've published yet another photo essay: "A Few
Thoughts on Birds and Bird Photography
<https://birdpartner.com/2019/10/17/birds-bird-photography/>." I cover some
bird photography basics and share some thoughts about birds. Hopefully,
you'll find the content, which also includes some interesting stories, both
engaging and helpful. And as always, I welcome and look forward to your
feedback!

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Date: 10/17/19 10:01 am
From: Brain <drgngems2013...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Sparrow photo ID
Lol. Glad you got it IDed. Hope Arizona was great (Rockhound heaven, don't know much about the birds there...)
Rebecca, Baltimore Co

On October 16, 2019, at 11:12 PM, Georgia McDonald <gmcdonald1501...> wrote:

Sorry---  wandering around  SE AZ & email got put on the back burner. Hadn't turned the computer on for a number of days.


Would have to accept as song sparrow.  The only other possibility was Savannah, but yellow face patches were not visible. While both photos are of the same bird, we had poor views of 2 different sparrow individuals.  Central dark breast spot of a song sparrow was never visible on either.  Fox Sparrow was never in the running.


On ebird, there are a bijillion reports of Song Sparrow, only a few scattered reports of Savannah Sparrow in that area. 


Georgia McDonald   Towson, Balt Co  (when not wandering around Arizona or elsewhere)


On Mon, Oct 14, 2019, 9:30 AM <guineabird...> wrote:

And the winner is:   Fox?         Song?

(I vote Song)


Gail


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Requesting opinions on 2 mediocre sparrow photos, Cecil County, Elk River Park marsh.


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Date: 10/16/19 8:12 pm
From: Georgia McDonald <gmcdonald1501...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Sparrow photo ID
Sorry--- wandering around SE AZ & email got put on the back burner.
Hadn't turned the computer on for a number of days.

Would have to accept as song sparrow. The only other possibility was
Savannah, but yellow face patches were not visible. While both photos are
of the same bird, we had poor views of 2 different sparrow individuals.
Central dark breast spot of a song sparrow was never visible on either.
Fox Sparrow was never in the running.

On ebird, there are a bijillion reports of Song Sparrow, only a few
scattered reports of Savannah Sparrow in that area.

Georgia McDonald Towson, Balt Co (when not wandering around Arizona or
elsewhere)

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> And the winner is: Fox? Song?
> (I vote Song)
>
> Gail
>
> In a message dated 10/10/2019 4:58:45 PM Eastern Standard Time,
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> Requesting opinions on 2 mediocre sparrow photos, Cecil County, Elk River
> Park marsh.
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Date: 10/16/19 1:23 pm
From: Matthew Felperin <mattyfelp...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Re: Red-headed Woodpeckers
I know this is slightly out of jurisdiction, but I saw 3 juveniles right across the river from there on the woodland trail along the Potomac at algonkian regional park.



Matthew J. Felperin
Roving Naturalist


> On Oct 16, 2019, at 3:53 PM, Tom Kimbis <tom.kimbis...> wrote:
>
> Red-Headed Woodpeckers are here to stay-- that is, they should be overwintering. I saw 5 (2 adult, 3 juvenile) last week at Hughes Hollow, another juvenile with adults calling on Sycamore Landing Rd, and had a fellow birder see some up the C&O Canal in the region of Hughes Hollow. The number of juveniles is therefore at least three and likely more as we likely have multiple nest locations. Does not seem as if these birds are headed out anytime soon.
>
>> On Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at 1:10:14 PM UTC-4, Jim Green wrote:
>> One seen on Hunting Quarter Rd and at least 3 on Sycamore Landing Rd. All were adults.
>>
>> Jim Green
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Date: 10/16/19 12:54 pm
From: Tom Kimbis <tom.kimbis...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Orange-crowned at Cromwell
Had one Monday at Hughes Hollow (Montgomery)

On Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at 5:09:13 PM UTC-4, <timho......>
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> A gray-headed/immature orange-crowned warbler near box 10 today around 1pm
> at Cromwell.
>
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Date: 10/16/19 12:53 pm
From: Tom Kimbis <tom.kimbis...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Red-headed Woodpeckers
Red-Headed Woodpeckers are here to stay-- that is, they should be
overwintering. I saw 5 (2 adult, 3 juvenile) last week at Hughes Hollow,
another juvenile with adults calling on Sycamore Landing Rd, and had a
fellow birder see some up the C&O Canal in the region of Hughes Hollow. The
number of juveniles is therefore at least three and likely more as we
likely have multiple nest locations. Does not seem as if these birds are
headed out anytime soon.

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> One seen on Hunting Quarter Rd and at least 3 on Sycamore Landing Rd. All
> were adults.
>
> Jim Green
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Date: 10/16/19 6:09 am
From: 'Mike Bowen' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Re: Red-headed Woodpeckers
I drove down Hunting Quarter Rd. around 10 a.m. on October 15 and the place was alive with woodpeckers.  In fact I had all 6 local species, including 2 Yellow-belled Sapsuckers and 3 very active and vocal adult Red-headed Woodpeckers.  I later saw another Red-headed on the west side of Hughes Hollow.
Mike BowenBethesda

D. H. Michael Bowen
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Bethesda, Maryland 20817Phone/fax: (301) 530-5764

On Tuesday, October 15, 2019, 7:19:49 PM EDT, Rob Hilton <rob.hilton.2010...> wrote:

I saw one adult Red-headed Woodpecker a few hundred feet south of the Hughes Hollow impoundments late Saturday morning, and another adult flew across River Road near its junction with Partnership Road.

Rob HiltonSilver Spring
On Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at 1:10:14 PM UTC-4, Jim Green wrote:
One seen on Hunting Quarter Rd and at least 3 on Sycamore Landing Rd. All were adults.

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Date: 10/16/19 5:40 am
From: Noah Comet <noahcomet...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Sharp shinned Hawk
Always amazing to witness such moments, even if they can look a bit grim to
our eyes. (As Tennyson put it, nature is unsentimental, 'red in tooth and
claw.')

One thing---with the head looking (to me) capped rather than hooded and
with those thicker legs and the bird's overall size in relation to the
dove, I'd call this a Cooper's Hawk, not a Sharp-Shinned. Does that feel
right to you?---or are you pretty solid on the id?

As you may know, accipiters have been known to use windows in precisely
this way: put a prey-bird to flight, get it to stun itself by smacking into
a window, and then swoop down for an easy meal. Again, grim, but quite
brilliant too. It's essentially a form of tool-use!

Noah

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> I heard a loud noise on the window and I went to find out what happened.
> Then I had to look for my phone to take a photo. This Sharp Shinned Hawk
> has a Mourning Dove pinned, and then flew away with it.
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Date: 10/16/19 5:31 am
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Subject: [MDBirding] Sharp shinned Hawk
I heard a loud noise on the window and I went to find out what happened.
Then I had to look for my phone to take a photo. This Sharp Shinned Hawk
has a Mourning Dove pinned, and then flew away with it.

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Date: 10/15/19 4:19 pm
From: Rob Hilton <rob.hilton.2010...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Red-headed Woodpeckers
I saw one adult Red-headed Woodpekcer a few hundred feet south of the
Hughes Hollow impoundments late Saturday morning, and another adult flew
across River Road near its junction with Partnership Road.

Rob Hilton
Silver Spring

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> One seen on Hunting Quarter Rd and at least 3 on Sycamore Landing Rd. All
> were adults.
>
> Jim Green
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Date: 10/15/19 3:52 pm
From: 'George Jett' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Red-headed Woodpeckers
FolksI. had two red-headed woodpeckers (RHWO) at our Lothian,  MD home today. This is the third group of RHWO migrants this season.  None have stayed yet.  Two winters the critters over wintered in the five years we have been here.  Good acorn crops help.
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One seen on Hunting Quarter Rd and at least 3 on Sycamore Landing Rd. All were adults.

Jim Green
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Date: 10/15/19 2:09 pm
From: Tim Houghton <timhoughton...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Orange-crowned at Cromwell
A gray-headed/immature orange-crowned warbler near box 10 today around 1pm at Cromwell.


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Date: 10/15/19 1:44 pm
From: James Monsma <jim.monsma...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Bird Strikes in NOMA (DC)
Hi, Lori,

City Wildlife's Lights Out program would definitely be interested in
learning about any birds you find at NoMa Metro. You can email photos with
dates and locations found to <info...> Perhaps we can even
persuade Metro to treat some of the windows. But the first step is to
document collisions.

Thank you for raising this matter!

Jim Monsma
Director
City Wildlife


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> Good morning,
>
> A building in NOMA at the NOMA metro (I believe 150 L St.) seems to be a
> magnet for bird strikes. I've only recently started paying attention as I
> ride my bike past on the way to work, but I've seen a number of dead birds
> in the past few days:
>
> https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/34201549
> https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/34208133
> https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/34163347
>
> Could use some i.d. help with this one
> <https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/34201549>.
>
> Also, if you are in the area, perhaps more eyes on the ground would help.
> The birds start to disappear after the morning. I've seen them on the Met
> Branch Trail.
>
> Thanks,
> Lori
>
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Date: 10/15/19 12:29 pm
From: Mark Johnson <mj3151...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Harford Co. American Avocets-Woodley Rd., Aberdeen
There are currently two American Avocets in the last runoff pond on the left side of Woodley road, almost to the end of the road (@ 2 mi.), just beyond The Container Store warehouse (last building on the road). This is not the same pond where the RNPH was recently seen...approximately a mile farther along Woodley Rd. The pond is fenced and it's private property...you have to view the pond from the fence or the road. The birds have been staying out in the open near the center of the pond.

Mark Johnson
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Date: 10/15/19 10:30 am
From: john pangborn <pangborn.john19...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Blue mash
10/14 saw 30 lesser yellow legs and 4 pectoral sandpipers and Kildeer on the landfill pond.

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Date: 10/15/19 10:10 am
From: Jim Green <jkgbirdman53...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Red-headed Woodpeckers
One seen on Hunting Quarter Rd and at least 3 on Sycamore Landing Rd. All were adults.

Jim Green
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Date: 10/15/19 6:55 am
From: Wallace Kornack <wallace...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Tuesday 10/15/19
This morning (10/15) in the maintenance yard at Rock Creek Park with David Kent……..

Common Yellowthroat 6
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler 9
Black-throated Green Warbler
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
Downy Woodpecker 3
Hairy Woodpecker
Eastern Phoebe 3
Blue Jay 7
American Crow 4 flyby
Carolina Chickadee 2
Tufted Titmouse 6
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 9
White-breasted Nuthatch 4
Carolina Wren
Cedar Waxwing 6 flyby
Dark-eyed Junco
White-throated Sparrow 6
Song Sparrow
Brown-headed Cowbird 3
Common Grackle 4 flyby
Northern Cardinal 6

Have Fun Birding!

Wallace Kornack
Washington DC

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Date: 10/14/19 2:52 pm
From: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...>
Subject: [MDBirding] [FR] FOS White-crowned Sp VISUAL
A grouping of three adults in the yard today...always welcome!

On 10/12/19, JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> wrote:
> Believe i heard at least one singing/calling this morning. No visual
> unless i can spot them at the water bath since first feed will be suet
> set out 1 NOV with BOSS delayed until 1 JAN as has been my practice
> for ~4 years. Prior to that i had fed much earlier, tho never year
> round.
>
> WCSP are a common yard bird here...
>
> Jim Speicher
> BroadRun/Burkittsville area
> [FR] Frederick County
> WA Co. MOS member
> C&O count coordinator
>

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Date: 10/14/19 12:03 pm
From: Wallace Kornack <wallace...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Monday 10/14/19
This morning (10/14) at Rock Creek Park with Jim Lemert…….

——Maintenance Yard
Common Yellowthroat 3
Mourning Dove 2
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker
Eastern Phoebe 2
Blue Jay 4
American Crow 5
Tufted Titmouse 5
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 5
White-breasted Nuthatch 5
House Wren
Carolina Wren 2
American Robin 2
White-throated Sparrow
Eastern Towhee 3
Northern Cardinal 4

Have Fun Birding!

Wallace Kornack
Washington DC

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Date: 10/14/19 7:59 am
From: Hugh McGuinness <hdmcguinness...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Hermit Warbler Garrett County
An apparent HERMIT WARBLER has been photographed in the overflow parking
lot of Herrington Manor St Pk in Garrett Co. That is all I know about it.

Hugh

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Date: 10/14/19 5:07 am
From: Lacey N. Dunham <lacey.n.dunham...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Bird Strikes in NOMA (DC)
Hi Lori,

How upsetting. Thanks for bringing to the list. If you haven't already, you
might want to contact DC City Wildlife and Lights Out DC
<https://citywildlife.org/programs/lights-out-dc/>; during migration
season, they have volunteers who go out and collect dead or injured birds.
The latter they will attempt to rehabilitate, if possible. The former they
tally and use to convince landlords to adopt better practices for light
abatement. I believe they only walk the downtown area currently, but with
all the construction in the NoMa/Gallaudet are and your own experience with
seeing evidence of repeated bird strikes there, it might be worth reaching
out.

--Lacey N. Dunham
Washington, DC (Van Ness/Forest Hills)








On Sun, Oct 13, 2019 at 2:22 PM Paul Pisano <cheep.paul...> wrote:

> As I noted in iNat, my guess is that the warbler is a female Wilson’s.
> It’s a bit hard to tell given the condition, and I’m open to other
> suggestions. The other two are clearly Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers.
>
> Thank you for documenting those, as difficult as it may be.
>
> Paul Pisano
> Arlington, VA
>
> On Oct 12, 2019, at 9:55 AM, Lori B <loribowes...> wrote:
>
> Good morning,
>
> A building in NOMA at the NOMA metro (I believe 150 L St.) seems to be a
> magnet for bird strikes. I've only recently started paying attention as I
> ride my bike past on the way to work, but I've seen a number of dead birds
> in the past few days:
>
> https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/34201549
> https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/34208133
> https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/34163347
>
> Could use some i.d. help with this one
> <https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/34201549>.
>
> Also, if you are in the area, perhaps more eyes on the ground would help.
> The birds start to disappear after the morning. I've seen them on the Met
> Branch Trail.
>
> Thanks,
> Lori
>
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Date: 10/13/19 11:22 am
From: Paul Pisano <cheep.paul...>
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Bird Strikes in NOMA (DC)
As I noted in iNat, my guess is that the warbler is a female Wilson’s. It’s a bit hard to tell given the condition, and I’m open to other suggestions. The other two are clearly Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers.

Thank you for documenting those, as difficult as it may be.

Paul Pisano
Arlington, VA

> On Oct 12, 2019, at 9:55 AM, Lori B <loribowes...> wrote:
>
> Good morning,
>
> A building in NOMA at the NOMA metro (I believe 150 L St.) seems to be a magnet for bird strikes. I've only recently started paying attention as I ride my bike past on the way to work, but I've seen a number of dead birds in the past few days:
>
> https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/34201549
> https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/34208133
> https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/34163347
>
> Could use some i.d. help with this one <https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/34201549>.
>
> Also, if you are in the area, perhaps more eyes on the ground would help. The birds start to disappear after the morning. I've seen them on the Met Branch Trail.
>
> Thanks,
> Lori
>
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Date: 10/13/19 11:05 am
From: Lori B <loribowes...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Bird Strikes in NOMA (DC)
Good morning,

A building in NOMA at the NOMA metro (I believe 150 L St.) seems to be a
magnet for bird strikes. I've only recently started paying attention as I
ride my bike past on the way to work, but I've seen a number of dead birds
in the past few days:

https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/34201549
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/34208133
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/34163347

Could use some i.d. help with this one
<https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/34201549>.

Also, if you are in the area, perhaps more eyes on the ground would help.
The birds start to disappear after the morning. I've seen them on the Met
Branch Trail.

Thanks,
Lori

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Date: 10/13/19 6:53 am
From: Wallace Kornack <wallace...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Sunday 10/13/19
This morning (10/13) in the maintenance yard at Rock Creek Park with Sally Wechsler and Jim Lemert……..

Black-and-white Warbler
American Redstart 2
Mourning Dove 9
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Red-bellied Woodpecker 6
Hairy Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker
Northern Flicker 3
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Eastern Phoebe 3
Blue Jay 4
American Crow 16 flyby
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse 2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 8
Carolina Wren 2
European Starling
American Robin 2
White-throated Sparrow 3
Song Sparrow 2
Eastern Towhee 3
Common Grackle 18
Northern Cardinal 3

Have Fun Birding!

Wallace Kornack
Washington DC

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Date: 10/12/19 4:19 pm
From: JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...>
Subject: [MDBirding] [FR] FOS White-crowned Sp
Believe i heard at least one singing/calling this morning. No visual
unless i can spot them at the water bath since first feed will be suet
set out 1 NOV with BOSS delayed until 1 JAN as has been my practice
for ~4 years. Prior to that i had fed much earlier, tho never year
round.

WCSP are a common yard bird here...

Jim Speicher
BroadRun/Burkittsville area
[FR] Frederick County
WA Co. MOS member
C&O count coordinator

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Date: 10/12/19 6:55 am
From: Wallace Kornack <wallace...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Rock Creek Park, Saturday 10/12/19
This morning (10/12) in the maintenance yard at Rock Creek Park…….

Fellow birders saw the following:

Common Yellowthroat 2
American Redstart
Northern Parula
Bay-breasted Warbler
Palm Warbler 4
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler 4
Canada Goose 13 flyby
Mourning Dove 2
Chimney Swift
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Red-bellied Woodpecker 4
Downy Woodpecker 2
Northern Flicker
Eastern Phoebe
Blue-headed Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
Blue Jay 4
American Crow
Carolina Chickadee 4
Tufted Titmouse 3
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
White-breasted Nuthatch 4
Carolina Wren
Gray Catbird
American Robin 3
Cedar Waxwing 4 flyby
House Finch
Eastern Towhee 4
Northern Cardinal
Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Contributors: Holger Pficke, Paul DeAnna, David Kent, Carol McClellan, Kaleb Friend, Mardi Hastings

Have Fun Birding!

Wallace Kornack
Washington DC

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