DC Area, 1/24/2017

Spectacled Eiders,©BirdQuest

Hotline:     Voice of the Naturalist
Date:        1/24/2017
Coverage:    MD/DC/VA/central and southern DE/WV panhandle
Reports, comments and questions: voice@anshome.org
Compiler:    Helen Patton                =20
Sponsor:     Audubon Naturalist Society of the Central
               Atlantic States (independent of NAS)
Transcriber: Steve Cordle

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This is the Voice of the Naturalist, a service of the Audubon
Naturalist Society. This report covers the week starting Tuesday,
January 17 and was completed on Tuesday, January 24 at 5:00 p.m.=20

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

The top birds this week were BARROW'S GOLDENEYE* in MD, RUFOUS

Other birds of interest this week included geese, TRUMPETER SWAN,


The drake BARROW'S GOLDENEYE* continued to be seen at the Elm's
Environmental Education Center, St. Mary's Co, MD with the most recent
sighting on January 21. If looking for this bird do not drive in but
park in the hunter's parking lot before the gate and walk about a mile
to the bay and then several hundred yards to the north.=20

A continuing young female RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD in Wildewood, St. Mary's
Co, MD was seen most recently on January 22.=20

The continuing female WESTERN TANAGER* in a residential yard in the
Alanton neighborhood of Virginia Beach, VA was seen as recently as
January 22.

A BULLOCK'S ORIOLE was reported from Churchneck, Northampton Co, VA on
January 19, 22, 23 and 24.=20


GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE were seen at several locations in the
reporting area. The Maryland sighting included:. one at Whitter Lake,
=46rederick Co, MD, sometimes accompanied by a SNOW GOOSE, on January
19, 21 and 22; several spots in Garrett Co. including:. four at
Bradford Lake on January 20; one at the Peat Moss Road on January 20
and four in Pleasant Valley on January 18; one at the Solomons,
Calvert Co, MD on January 18 and one at the Thomas Johnson Bridge
fishing piers, also Calvert Co, on January 19. Virginia sightings
included: five at Liberty Corner Farm, Albemarle Co. on January 20 and
three continuing individuals at Bristow Village Lake, Prince William
Co, VA on January 18, 21 and 22.

Delaware sightings included: two to eight at Bombay Hook NWR, Raymond
Pool, Kent Co. on January 20 and one at Deep Branch Road Sussex Co, on
January 21.

Inland SNOW GEESE continued to be found in a number of locations in
both MD and VA with a high count of 20 at Patterson Road, Hydes,
Baltimore Co, MD on January23. There was also one on January 20 and 22
at the pond behind the Walmart in Madison Heights, Amherst Co, VA.
Another ROSS'S GOOSE first reported from the intersection of Rte. 28
and Traville Gateway Drive may have moved to the intersection of Shady
Grove Road and Gudelsky Drive, Montgomery Co, MD on January 22. A
ROSS'S GOOSE was at Deep Road, Sussex Co, DE on January 21. Nine
ROSS'S GEESE were on Turkey Island Road, Henrico Co, VA on January 20.
A ROSS'S GOOSE was at Glen Rickett's Sports Complex, Amherst Co, VA on
January 21.

Three BRANT were at Thomas Point Park, Anne Arundel Co, MD on January
21 and 22.

CACKLING GEESE were seen throughout the region.

Continuing TRUMPETER SWANS were seen at Lake Artemisia, Prince
George's Co, MD during the week and at Perryville Community Park,
Cecil Co, MD on January 18. The longstanding tagged TRUMPETER SWAN was
seen at Lake Churchill as recently as January 20. Two TRUMPETER SWANS
were at the Queensville Road Pond, Anne Arundel Co, MD on January 19
and 21.

A EURASIAN WIGEON was seen January 18, 19 and 20 at Pleasure House
Point Natural Area, Virginia Beach, VA and another one was at Craney
Island Disposal Area, Portsmouth VA on January 19. Another EURASIAN
WIDGEON was at Assawoman WA, Sussex Co, DE on January 19. A REDHEAD
was at Mason Road Pond, Allegany Co, MD on January 18 and 22. Two
LONG-TAILED DUCK was at Lake Artemisia, Prince George's Co, MD on
January 22.

Another LONG-TAILED DUCK was near Tydings Memorial Park, Havre de
Grace, Harford Co, MD on January 18. A LONG-TAILED DUCK was at
Dangerfield Island, Alexandria, VA on January 22.

A flock of 30 WILD TURKEYS was at Highway 58 West at Leggett's Bottom,
Pittsylvania Co, VA on January 19.

One to two RED-NECKED GREBES were at Fort Monroe, Hampton, VA on
January 22 and 23. One RED-NECKED GREBE was at Gravelly Point Park,
Arlington, VA on January 22. Two RED-NECKED GREBES were at Occoquan
Bay NWR, Prince William Co, VA on January 19.

The two continuing SANDHILL CRANES at the Algonkian Nature Preserve,
Loudoun Co, VA, were seen during the week. On January 17 and 18 two
SANDHILL CRANES were seen in the Green Springs area on East Jack
Jouett Rd, Louisa Co, VA. Two SANDHILL CRANES were at the C&O Canal,
Riley's Lock, Montgomery Co, MD on January 18 and 22. As many as 31
SANDHILL CRANES were at Kingsville Park, Baltimore Co, MD on January
19 and 21. Two SANDHILL CRANES were at Trump Ponds, Loudoun Co, VA on
January 18.

As many as 27 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS were at Blackwater NWR, Dorchester
Co, MD on January 18, 19, 21 and 23 while 36-39 were on Egypt Road on
January 21.

A MARBLED GODWIT was at Bombay Hook NWR, Shearness Pool, Kent Co, DE
on January 18 and 20. Three to Five PURPLE SANDPIPERS were at
Herrington Harbor, Anne Arundel Co, MD on January 19, 21, 22 and 24.
An AMERICAN WOODCOCK was at Cranesville Church, Garrett Co, MD on
January 20. One to three AMERICAN WOODCOCKS were at Curling Creek
=46arm, Rixeyville, Culpeper Co, VA on January21.

RAZORBILLS were seen from the CBBT, Islands 1 and 4, Northampton Co,
VA on January 22 and 24.=20

One to three BLACK-HEADED GULLS were at Wolfe Neck WTP, Sussex Co, DE
on January 19, 20 and 24. An ICELAND GULL was seen January 18, 20 and
21 at the Eastern Sanitary Landfill (restricted access), Baltimore,
MD. Another ICELAND GULL was at the Ocean City Inlet, Worcester Co, MD
on January 22. A GLAUCOUS GULL was at Roaches Run WS, Arlington, VA on
January 22.

Three AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS were seen at Back Bay NWR, Virginia
Beach, VA on January 21.
The AMERICAN BITTERN at Black Marsh, North Point SP, Baltimore Co, MD
was seen through January 18. Another AMERICAN BITTERN was at Poplar
Island, Talbot Co, MD on January 18 and 19.=20

BALD EAGLES were reported from many sites during the week.

Birders continue to enjoy seeing SHORT-EARED OWLS at fields along
Konterra Drive in Prince George's Co, MD, with the latest sighting on
January 21. The owner's restrictions on access to this location may be
viewed on posts to MD Birding and the MD Birding Facebook page.
SHORT-EARED OWLS were also seen at a number of other locations
including one or two in Shenandoah State Park, Augusta/Albemarle Cos.,
VA on January 18 and 20. On January 20, four SHORT-EARED OWLS were
seen from Stone Bridge Rd near Milldale, Warren Co, VA.

The NORTHERN SHRIKE found in Montgomery Co, MD on January 1 was last
reported on January 18; it was not reported after that sighting. The
continuing NORTHERN SHRIKE along Bens Point Road in Queen Anne's Co,
MD was seen most recently on January 22. The NORTHERN SHRIKE* that has
been present at the Sully Woodlands, Fairfax Co, VA since early
October was reported from Rock Hill District Park on January 22 and
may have moved there.=20

Confirmed widely scattered sightings of irruptive BLACK-CAPPED
CHICKADEES in MD and VA continued this past week.=20

A PINE SISKIN came to a feeder in the Broad Run/Burkittsville,
=46rederick Co, MD on January 23.

Two SNOW BUNTINGS continued to be seen at Point Lookout SP, St. Mary's
Co, MD with the most recent report from January 19.=20

ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS were found at several locations in DE, MD and
VA. Over-wintering NASHVILLE WARBLERS include one at North Beach,
Calvert Co, MD on January18 and another in Great Shiplock Park,
Richmond City, VA on January 21.

A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was seen again at Big Water Farm (private),
Queen Anne's Co, MD during the week. A LINCOLN'S SPARROW was seen
January 18 and 21 at the Occoquan Bay NWR, Woodbridge, Prince William
Co, VA. Another LINCOLN' SPARROW was at Blandy Experimental Farm,
Clarke Co, VA on January 22.

A BALTIMORE ORIOLE was seen on the Potomac River side of the Mount
Vernon trail north of Belle Haven parking lot and at Villageo/Lindall
Parkland, New Castle Co, DE through the week. A BALTIMORE ORIOLE was
at Lasting Lightway, Howard Co, MD on January 18. Another BALTIMORE
ORIOLE was at Belle Haven Park, Fairfax Co, VA also on January 18.


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

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

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Thank you for your interest, and enjoy the birds.

*Of interest to the applicable state records committee

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