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02 Sep Fwd: [eBird Alert] Virginia Rare Bird Alert ["kurtcapt87 AT verizon.net" ]
1 Sep Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (01 Sep 2015) 41 Raptors []
1 Sep Harvey's Knob (01 Sep 2015) 9 Raptors []
1 Sep Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (01 Sep 2015) 10 Raptors []
1 Sep Voice: Greater Washington Area, Sept 1 ["Joe Coleman" ]
1 Sep Has anyone seen the Brown Booby today? [Wendy Ealding ]
1 Sep Am. Golden Plover@Dyke Marsh/Alexandria [Rich Rieger via va-bird ]
1 Sep Kiptopeke Hawkwatch [Brian and Deborah Taber via va-bird ]
31 Aug Nighthawks + [David White ]
31 Aug Eurasian Collared-Dove in Onancock [David Matson ]
31 Aug Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (31 Aug 2015) 5 Raptors []
31 Aug Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (31 Aug 2015) 22 Raptors []
31 Aug Harvey's Knob (31 Aug 2015) 8 Raptors []
31 Aug American Golden Plover at Huntley Meadows, 8-31-15 [William Young ]
31 Aug more Alexandria shorebirds [Edward Eder ]
31 Aug Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk [Harry Glasgow via va-bird ]
31 Aug Brown Booby Yes [Eve Gaige ]
31 Aug Hummingbirds in Reston (Fairfax County) Continue Strong . . . [Craig Zalk ]
31 Aug Arlington chimney swifts and nighthawks [David Farner ]
30 Aug Immature Yellow-C Night Herons, FtMonroe today []
30 Aug Fwd: eBird Report - New York Monument Manassas Battlefield, Aug 30, 2015 [Phillip Kenny ]
30 Aug Harvey's Knob (30 Aug 2015) 3 Raptors []
30 Aug Sora- Amherst Co Aug 30 [Michael Boatwright ]
30 Aug Snickers Gap (30 Aug 2015) 14 Raptors []
30 Aug Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (30 Aug 2015) 5 Raptors []
30 Aug Merrimac Farm, Nokesville [Harry Glasgow via va-bird ]
30 Aug American Golden Plover Photos, Huntley Meadows, 8-30-15 [William Young ]
30 Aug hummingbird in sprinkler [Emily Southgate ]
30 Aug Pocosin FIre Rd/ Cabin, Shenandoah NP today [Diane L via va-bird ]
30 Aug Black Tern photos (Was: Dyke Marsh walk for August 30 .. ..) [Stephen Johnson ]
30 Aug Brown Booby at Kerr Reservoir [Trista Nealon ]
30 Aug Dyke Marsh walk for August 30 - new waterfowl arrivals and nice group of shorebirds ["Larry Cartwright" ]
30 Aug Re: NW Washington State Birding ["Marshall Faintich" ]
30 Aug NW Washington State Birding ["Marshall Faintich" ]
30 Aug Great Falls Walk [Marshall Rawson via va-bird ]
30 Aug Any sightings of the Brown Booby this morning? [Trista Nealon ]
30 Aug Re: Am. Golden plover [Will McPhail ]
30 Aug Re: Am. Golden plover [Lee ]
30 Aug Chincoteague NW Shorebird/Gull Survey Aug 28 [Joelle Buffa ]
30 Aug Am. Golden plover [Marc Ribaudo ]
30 Aug Canada Warbler in backyard [Walter Hadlock ]
30 Aug Middle Peninsula 7 tern species, white ibis [Frederick Atwood via va-bird ]
29 Aug More Yard Birds on Compton Mt - Buchanan Co ["Roger Mayhorn" ]
29 Aug Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (29 Aug 2015) Raptors []
29 Aug Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (28 Aug 2015) 4 Raptors []
29 Aug Harvey's Knob (29 Aug 2015) 20 Raptors []
29 Aug NVBC at Riverbend [Larry Meade via va-bird ]
29 Aug Fwd: eBird Report - Buggs Island Lake - Hwy 4, Aug 29, 2015 [Jeff Blalock ]
29 Aug Re: Brown Booby [Andrew Rapp ]
29 Aug Snickers Gap (29 Aug 2015) 8 Raptors []
29 Aug Re: Brown Booby [Trista Nealon ]
29 Aug Golden-plover still at Huntley [Pam and Ben via va-bird ]
29 Aug Re: Brown Booby [Trista Nealon ]
29 Aug Buff-breasted & Baird's Sandpipers - Staunton View Park [Paul Glass ]
29 Aug Re: Brown Booby ["Barnett, Lewis" ]
29 Aug Brown Booby [Jeff Blalock ]
29 Aug Re: Brown Booby ["Barnett, Lewis" ]
29 Aug Leesylvania SP nuthatch, migrants ["Marc Ribaudo" ]
29 Aug Re: Brown Booby [Elisa Enders ]
29 Aug Re: Brown Booby ["Barnett, Lewis" ]
29 Aug Brown Booby [Andrew Rapp ]
29 Aug Immature Red-Headed Woodpecker []
29 Aug Brown-headed nuthatch, Leesylvania SP [Marc Ribaudo ]
28 Aug Manassas Battlefield NP and Bull Run river today 28 August [Stephen Johnson ]
28 Aug Harvey's Knob (28 Aug 2015) Raptors []
28 Aug Shorebirds at Hunting Creek , Alexandria [Edward Eder ]
28 Aug Re: Brown Booby present 8/28 [Ellison Orcutt ]
28 Aug Riverbend Park: Meadow Birds [Donald Sweig ]
28 Aug Re: Brown Booby present 8/28 [Ellison Orcutt ]
28 Aug FYI: Possible Immature ZONE TAILED HAWK (not Kite oops!) - Lake Smith/Aragona/Independence Area - VA BEACH ["Tracy" ]
28 Aug FYI Possible Immature Zone Tailed Kite - Lake Smith/Aragona/Independence Area - VA BEACH ["Tracy" ]
28 Aug Roger Tory Petersen [Harry Glasgow via va-bird ]
28 Aug B Booby [Jeff Blalock ]
28 Aug Huntley Meadows [Edward Eder ]
28 Aug Brown Booby [Jeff Blalock ]
28 Aug Brown Booby present 8/28 [Arun Bose ]

Subject: Fwd: [eBird Alert] Virginia Rare Bird Alert
From: "kurtcapt87 AT verizon.net" <kurtcapt87@verizon.net>
Date: Wed, 02 Sep 2015 08:02:25 +0200

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*** Species Summary:

Green-winged Teal (2 Botetourt, 1 Surry)
Common Merganser (1 Mecklenburg)
Ruddy Duck (1 Surry)
Red-throated Loon (1 Mecklenburg)
Brown Booby (3 Mecklenburg)
Glossy Ibis (2 Rockingham)
Mississippi Kite (1 Virginia Beach)
American Golden-Plover (1 Fairfax)
Bonaparte's Gull (1 Prince William)
Least Flycatcher (1 Mecklenburg)
Carolina Chickadee (2 Craig)
Red-breasted Nuthatch (1 Rockingham)
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) (1 Prince William)

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Thank you for subscribing to the  Virginia Rare Bird Alert.The report 
below shows observations of rare birds in Virginia. View or unsubscribe to this 
alert at http://ebird.org/ebird/alert/summary?sid=SN35646 

NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

Green-winged Teal (Anas crecca) (1)
- Reported Sep 01, 2015 12:01 by John Pancake
- Greenfield--Botetourt Center, Botetourt, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=37.4345901,-79.9157524&ll=37.4345901,-79.9157524 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24851001
- Comments: "head shape, green in wing, small duck...this is when they first 
arrive" 


Green-winged Teal (Anas crecca) (1)
- Reported Sep 01, 2015 12:01 by Barry Kinzie
- Greenfield--Botetourt Center, Botetourt, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=37.4345901,-79.9157524&ll=37.4345901,-79.9157524 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24849808
- Comments: "head shape, green in wing, small duck...this is when they first 
arrive" 


Green-winged Teal (Anas crecca) (1)
- Reported Sep 01, 2015 08:45 by Jeffrey Blalock
- US-VA-Surry-Hog Island State Wma - 37.1896x-76.6856, Surry, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=37.189639,-76.685597&ll=37.189639,-76.685597 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24852530
- Comments: "Tiny, green speculum, Buffy stripped at tail coverts"

Common Merganser (Mergus merganser) (1)
- Reported Aug 29, 2015 10:48 by Mary  Foster
- John H. Kerr Reservoir--Dam area, Mecklenburg, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=36.6001493,-78.3036568&ll=36.6001493,-78.3036568 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24851663
- Comments: "Down below dam in tailrace area. White body/ grey wings with 
rufous-brown head, serrated beak, orange legs. Never thought to take photo." 


Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis) (2)
- Reported Sep 01, 2015 08:45 by Jeffrey Blalock
- US-VA-Surry-Hog Island State Wma - 37.1896x-76.6856, Surry, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=37.189639,-76.685597&ll=37.189639,-76.685597 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24852530
- Comments: "Continuing male and female"

Red-throated Loon (Gavia stellata) (1)
- Reported Aug 29, 2015 10:48 by Mary  Foster
- John H. Kerr Reservoir--Dam area, Mecklenburg, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=36.6001493,-78.3036568&ll=36.6001493,-78.3036568 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24851663
- Comments: "Continuing bird previous injury."

Brown Booby (Sula leucogaster) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Aug 29, 2015 10:48 by Mary  Foster
- John H. Kerr Reservoir--Dam area, Mecklenburg, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=36.6001493,-78.3036568&ll=36.6001493,-78.3036568 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24851663
- Comments: "On channel marker 3. Continuing bird."

Brown Booby (Sula leucogaster) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Aug 31, 2015 13:30 by Gabriel Mapel
- North Bend Park and Marina, Mecklenburg, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=36.5858379,-78.3054185&ll=36.5858379,-78.3054185 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24840859
- Comments: "Continuing mega. Mostly dark booby with white underbelly and 
yellowish bill. ID worthy photos. Lifer!" 


Brown Booby (Sula leucogaster) (1)
- Reported Aug 29, 2015 13:10 by Jeffrey Blalock
- Staunton View Public Use Area, Mecklenburg, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=36.6993586,-78.6433983&ll=36.6993586,-78.6433983 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24852074
- Comments: "Had flying around for about 8 minutes"

Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus) 
- Reported Aug 28, 2015 by Greg Moyers
- Lumber Mill Rd, Rockingham, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.438991,-79.0023642&ll=38.438991,-79.0023642 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24842896

Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus) (2)
- Reported Aug 27, 2015 by Greg Moyers
- Lumber Mill Rd, Rockingham, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.438991,-79.0023642&ll=38.438991,-79.0023642 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24842901

Mississippi Kite (Ictinia mississippiensis) (3)
- Reported Sep 01, 2015 12:15 by Tracy Tate
- Jones Memorial Park, Virginia Beach, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=36.8640276,-76.1388315&ll=36.8640276,-76.1388315 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24850533
- Comments: "Continuing birds foraging over this neighborhood. Parked at the 
dead end of N. Witchduck Rd and scanned the skies to confirm that they had not 
yet left the area. Watched a yearling(sub adult) and the recent fledgling 
hunting and eating on the wing. Found the yearling again way up in a cloud 
circling near a Cooper's Hawk and then tussling a bit before folding its wings 
diving steeply for prey that it caught and ate on the wing. After about fifteen 
minutes of watching them appear and disappear behind the trees saw three Kites 
together super high and heading off toward Kings Grant area. Unable to 
definitely confirm the age of the third bird but think it was probably the 
second yearling that I have seen clearly in this location before since it was 
not an obvious adult with black tail and completely grey body totally evident." 


American Golden-Plover (Pluvialis dominica) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Aug 31, 2015 07:00 by Phil Silas
- Huntley Meadows Park - CMN04, Fairfax, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.7589,-77.0959&ll=38.7589,-77.0959 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24843159
- Comments: "Continuing Bird"

Bonaparte's Gull (Chroicocephalus philadelphia) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 01, 2015 06:39 by Gerry Hawkins
- Leesylvania State Park - CPW04, Prince William, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.5918517,-77.2488856&ll=38.5918517,-77.2488856 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24848222
- Comments: "Flagged as rare. A nonbreeding adult was seen in flight from the 
boat launch area on Bushy Point. Smaller than the nearby Ring-billed Gulls with 
a prominent white area on the outer primaries, a black mark behind the eye, a 
dark bill and a more buoyant flight. Also smaller than a Laughing Gull with a 
paler gray back and upperwings that do not have extensive black on the outer 
primaries. As compared with a Forster's Tern has broader wings, a less 
extensive black mark on the head and a different flight style that does not 
include diving into the water." 


Least Flycatcher (Empidonax minimus) (1)
- Reported Aug 31, 2015 14:45 by Gabriel Mapel
- Staunton View Public Use Area, Mecklenburg, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=36.6993586,-78.6433983&ll=36.6993586,-78.6433983 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24840861
- Comments: "giving repeated 'cheBEK cheBEK' call and seen briefly low down. 
Not the softer, less sharp call of Acadian. Lower in understory, and rounder 
head, too. Surprising!" 


Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis) (2)
- Reported Sep 01, 2015 07:45 by Barry Kinzie
- Fenwick Mines - MIO02, Craig, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=37.5743,-80.0554&ll=37.5743,-80.0554 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24851455
- Comments: "ID'd by call and visually...both species found in Craig County"

Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis) (2)
- Reported Sep 01, 2015 07:45 by John Pancake
- Fenwick Mines - MIO02, Craig, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=37.5743,-80.0554&ll=37.5743,-80.0554 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24851608
- Comments: "ID'd by call and visually...both species found in Craig County"

Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis) (3)
- Reported Aug 29, 2015 by Greg Moyers
- Switzer Lake Area - MNR03, Rockingham, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.5719,-79.1451&ll=38.5719,-79.1451 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24842928

Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) (Setophaga coronata) (1)
- Reported Sep 01, 2015 07:15 by Matthew Sileo
- Heritage Hunt Golf Course, Prince William, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.81302,-77.60165&ll=38.81302,-77.60165 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24847373

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Subject: Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (01 Sep 2015) 41 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: Tue, 1 Sep 2015 17:30:04 -0800
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch
Tip of Virginia's Eastern Shore, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 01, 2015
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                      21             21             25
Bald Eagle                   5              5              5
Northern Harrier             2              2              2
Sharp-shinned Hawk           1              1              1
Cooper's Hawk                2              2              2
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk            3              3              3
Red-tailed Hawk              0              0              0
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             7              7              7
Merlin                       0              0              0
Peregrine Falcon             0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              1
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              0              0

Total:                      41             41             46
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 06:30:00 
Observation end   time: 16:30:00 
Total observation time: 10 hours

Official Counter:        Eli Gross

Observers:        

Weather:
Day started overcast, but gave way to clear skies for the majority of the
count. Wind was out of the NW all day

Raptor Observations:
Relatively slow day, but a few migrants trickled through.

Non-raptor Observations:
Large flight of Bobolinks, with flocks numbering up to 150 birds.
Conservatively there were 800+ individuals observed over the course of the
day. 
========================================================================
Report submitted by Brian Taber (Taberzz AT aol.com)
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch information may be found at:
www.cvwo.org



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Subject: Harvey's Knob (01 Sep 2015) 9 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: Tue, 1 Sep 2015 15:13:40 -0800
Harvey's Knob
Roanoke, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 01, 2015
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       1              1             28
Bald Eagle                   0              0             14
Northern Harrier             0              0              0
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0              0              6
Cooper's Hawk                3              3             12
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk            1              1             38
Red-tailed Hawk              3              3             12
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             0              0              5
Merlin                       0              0              1
Peregrine Falcon             1              1              1
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              1
Unknown Buteo                0              0              4
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              0              2

Total:                       9              9            124
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:30:00 
Observation end   time: 15:15:00 
Total observation time: 6.75 hours

Official Counter:        Carl Christensen

Observers:        Baron Gibson, Darryl Martin

Visitors:
Bob Smith from NY spent some time with us while his wife was on a sectional
hike. He planned on meeting up with her tomorrow.

Special thanks to Baron and his telescope; without either, I don't think we
could have identified many birds today. Darryl made some good spots over
the valley.


Weather:
Variable winds from the NW at 3-7 mph, slowing to calm by 2 p.m.
Temperatures ranged from 20C to 26C with cloud cover at 25%. Visibility
remained at 2-3 rating with a haze in the west valley throughout the day.

Raptor Observations:
Difficulty identifying birds as they were flying high and out over the west
valley. 

Non-raptor Observations:
Moderate traffic on the Parkway. Three monarchs observed and little else.

Predictions:
Possible repeat of today.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Carl Christianson ()
Harvey's Knob information may be found at:
http://bijame.googlepages.com/home



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Subject: Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (01 Sep 2015) 10 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: Tue, 1 Sep 2015 12:46:36 -0800
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 01, 2015
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       0              0             27
Bald Eagle                   0              0              8
Northern Harrier             1              1              3
Sharp-shinned Hawk           2              2             15
Cooper's Hawk                0              0              4
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              5
Broad-winged Hawk            4              4            121
Red-tailed Hawk              1              1             10
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             1              1              9
Merlin                       0              0              0
Peregrine Falcon             0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               1              1              1

Total:                      10             10            203
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:15:00 
Observation end   time: 14:30:00 
Total observation time: 6.25 hours

Official Counter:        Gabriel Mapel

Observers:        

Visitors:
Eve Gaige, Peter Clark, Mary Mapel.


Weather:
Hot (22.5-30.1C), humid, and very hazy, once again.  A mix of sun/clouds
all day long (varying from 10-85% cloud cover.)  Moderate wind from the NNW
early, completely dying down by 11:00 and then picking up again out of the
SE in the afternoon.  From 11:45-12:05pmEST a rain shower was visible from
the hawk watch site over the Rockfish Valley to the east, but it never made
it to the gap.  At 2:30pm as we were wrapping up, another rain shower over
Waynesboro to the west looked like it was headed towards the gap.

Raptor Observations:
The first bird of the day was a Broad-wing at 9:20am and for the next 1.5h
the raptor movement was slow but steady, but then as the wind died down the
raptors abandoned the sky.  After scanning an empty sky for over two hours,
efforts were rewarded with two more good birds, a gorgeous adult male
Northern Harrier, and the last bird of the day, a female Kestrel at 1:50pm.

Non-raptor Observations:
4 Ravens, 183 Chimney Swifts, 7 R-T Hummingbirds, 3 Barn Swallow, 1
Red-headed Woodpecker, 1 Eastern Bluebird, 25 Waxwings, 2 Red-winged
Blackbird.

Predictions:
Similar to today: Mix of sun/clouds, low 80's, light north wind.  Chance of
showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Gabriel Mapel (birdmangabriel AT yahoo.com)
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://www.rockfishgaphawkwatch.org



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Subject: Voice: Greater Washington Area, Sept 1
From: "Joe Coleman" <joecoleman AT rstarmail.com>
Date: Tue, 1 Sep 2015 13:31:04 -0400
FYI  - this report is for sightings from Aug 25 through Aug 31 and was
compiled by Helen Patton & transcribed by Steve Cordle.

Joe Coleman

 

Hotline:     Voice of the Naturalist

Date:        9/1/2015

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

Reports, comments and questions: voice AT anshome.org
  

Compiler:    Helen Patton

Sponsor:     Audubon Naturalist Society of the Central

               Atlantic States (independent of NAS)

Transcriber: Steve Cordle 

 

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

 

This is the Voice of the Naturalist, a service of the Audubon Naturalist
Society. This report covers the week starting Tuesday, August 25 and was
completed on Tuesday, September 1, at 11:15 a.m. 

 

The top birds this week were TRUMPETER SWAN* in MD, BROWN BOOBY* in VA and
hybrid BREWSTER'S WARBLER* in MD and a LAWRENCE'S WARBLER* in VA. 

 

Other birds of interest this week included TUNDRA SWAN, ducks, EARED GREBE,
GREAT SHEARWATER, AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN, TRICOLORED HERON, WHITE IBIS,
possible ZONE-TAILED KITE, COMMON GALLINULE, AMERICAN AVOCET, plovers,
sandpipers, terns, BLACK SKIMMERS, COMMON NIGHTHAWK, flycatchers,
PHILADELPHIA VIREO, COMMON RAVEN, warblers, LARK SPARROW and BOBOLINK.  

 

TOP BIRDS

 

Birders continued to observe a longstanding tagged TRUMPETER SWAN* at Lake
Churchill in Montgomery Co, MD, with the latest sightings on August 26, 29
and 30. 

 

A BROWN BOOBY*, initially found and photographed last week, continued to be
seen at the John H Kerr Reservoir, Mecklenburg Co, VA during the week.

 

There were reports of the Blue-winged/Golden-winged hybrids in the area. On
August 29 a LAWRENCE'S WARBLER* was reported across from Leesylvania State
Park, Prince William Co, VA. A BREWSTER'S WARBLER* was at Cromwell Valley
Park, Baltimore Co, MD also on August 29.

 

OTHER BIRDS OF INTEREST

 

On August 29, a TUNDRA SWAN was seen at a cattle farm along Starr Road in
Queen Anne's Co, MD. Waterfowl also included sightings of several migratory
duck species, including BLUE-WINGED TEAL, NORTHERN SHOVELER, NORTHERN
PINTAIL, GREEN-WINGED TEAL, REDHEAD, LESSER SCAUP, SURF SCOTER, BUFFLEHEAD,
HOODED and COMMON MERGANSERS and RUDDY DUCK. 

 

An EARED GREBE that was first found on August 15 continues at Swan Creek
Wetland - Cox Creek, Anne Arundel Co, MD, with the sightings on August 25
and 26. 

 

A GREAT SHEARWATER was seen from the Delaware Seashore SP, Sussex Co, DE on
August 27.

 

Eight to eleven AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS continue at Prime Hook NWR, Sussex
Co, DE, with sighting on August 25, 26, 27 and 31.  

 

TRICOLORED HERONS were found at the Port Penn Impoundments, New Castle Co,
DE during the week.

A WHITE IBIS was at intersection of Freeman Highway and Monroe Avenue, New
Castle Co, DE on August 26.   Twenty-four WHITE IBIS were at the Bayside
Campground, Assateague Island, Worcester Co, MD also on August 26. Eight to
ten WHITE IBIS were at Prime Hook NWR, Sussex Co, DE on August 27 and 31. An
immature WHITE IBIS was at The Life of the Marsh trail on Assateague Island,
Worcester Co, MD on August 28, 29 and 30. Five WHITE IBIS were on the Life
of the Forest Trail, Assateague Island, Worcester Co, MD on August 31. Two
GLOSSY IBIS were at Pickering Creek Audubon Center, Talbot Co, MD on August
27.

 

A possible (and completely out-of-area) ZONE-TAILED KITE was observed at
Lake Smith/Aragona/Independence area, Virginia Beach, VA on August 28.

 

A COMMON GALLINULE was spotted at the Southwest Area Park, Baltimore Co, MD
on August 27.

 

142 AMERICAN AVOCETS were present at Poplar Island, Talbot Co, MD on August
25.

 

An AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER was at Swan Creek dredge containment area, Anne
Arundel Co, MD on August 25. On August 28 an AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER plus a
WILSON'S SNIPE were at Huntley Meadows, Park, Fairfax Co, VA. The AMERICAN
GOLDEN PLOVER was seen again on August 30. A PIPING PLOVER was at the Back
Bay NWR, Virginia Beach, VA on August 26.

 

A Shorebird survey at the Chincoteague NWR on August 28 turned up 199
BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, 842 SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, 59 PIPING PLOVER, 423 LESSER
YELLOWLEGS, 3 MARBLED GODWITS, 4,316 SANDERLING, 42 RED KNOTS, 229 LEAST
SANDPIPER, 7 WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER, 11 PECTORAL SANDPIPER and 475
SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS. A WILLET was seen in the Washington Sailing Marine,
Alexandria, VA on August 29, 30 and 31. An UPLAND SANDPIPER was at Point
Lookout SP, Saint Mary's Co, MD on August 29. Two HUDSONIAN GODWITS were at
Bombay Hook NWR, Kent Co, DE on August 25. Three MARBLED GODWITS were at
Skimmer Island, Ocean City, Worcester Co, MD on August 29, 30 and 31. A
STILT SANDPIPER was at Gravelly Point, DC on August 29. Two STILT SANDPIPERS
and a WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER were at the West OC Pond, Worcester Co, MD on
August 30. A RED KNOT was on Poplar Island, Talbot Co, MD on August 26. A
RED KNOT plus good numbers of WILLETS were at the Castaways Campground on
August 30. A SANDERLING was at the Triadelphia Reservoir, Greenbridge,
Howard Co, MD on August 30. BAIRD'S SANDPIPERS were seen in several areas
including: the Gravel Hill DeDOT ponds, Sussex Co, DE on August 26, 29 and
31; Port Penn Impoundments, New Castle Co, DE on August 28; Old Morgantown
Road, Garrett Co, MD on August 30 and Prime Hook NWR, Sussex Co, DE on
August27 and 28. A BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER was at Prime Hook NWR, Sussex Co,
DE on August 27 and 28.

 

One to two WILSON'S PHALAROPES and two RED-NECKED PHALAROPES were on Poplar
Island, Talbot Co, MD on August 26. A WILSON'S PHALAROPE was at Hunting
Creek, Alexandria, VA on August 28. A WILSON'S PHALAROPE was at a farm pond
on Langford Road, Kent Co, MD on August 31. A RED-NECKED PHALAROPE was at
Bombay Hook NWR, Kent Co, De on August 27. The juvenile RED-NECKED PHALAROPE
which was spotted last week in the Potomac River (District of Columbia
waters) from the Washington Sailing Marina in Alexandria, VA was seen again
during the week. A RED-NECKED PHALAROPE and three WILSON'S PHALAROPES were
among the shorebirds at Poplar Island, Talbot Co, MD on August 25, which
also included two WESTERN SANDPIPERS and a WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER. 

 

Two GULL-BILLED TERNS were at Prime Hook NWR, Sussex Co, DE on August 27. A
GULL-BILLED TERN was at Skimmer Island, Ocean City, Worcester Co, MD on
August 30. Two CASPIAN TERNS were flying down the Potomac, seen from the
Mouth of the Monocacy, Frederick/Montgomery Cos, MD on August 28. Eight
BLACK TERNS were on Poplar Island, Talbot Co, MD on August 25.A single BLACK
TERN fluttered over the hydrilla mats at Dyke Marsh, Fairfax Co, VA on
August 30. A ROYAL TERN was at the Port Penn Impoundments, New Castle Co, DE
on August 28 and 29. A ROYAL TERN was at Black Walnut Point, Talbot Co, MD
on August 30. CASPIAN, ROYAL and SANDWICH TERNS were at the Castaways
Campground, Worcester Co, MD on August 30. Three more SANDWICH TERNS were on
Skimmer Island on the same day.

 

Thirty-five BLACK SKIMMERS were on Skimmer Island, Ocean City, Worcester Co,
MD on August 30.

 

A COMMON NIGHTHAWK was spotted in the Lake Smith Terrace of Virginia Beach,
VA on August 25. Roughly 30 COMMON NIGHTHAWKS flew over a yard in Carroll
Co, MD on August 27.  An estimate of over 60 COMMON NIGHTHAWKS flew over
Layhill Park, Montgomery Co, MD on August 28. Forty-four COMMON NIGHTHAWKS
in two groups flew over Darnestown, Montgomery Co, MD on August 29. Five
COMMON NIGHTHAWKS flew around the Air Force Memorial, Arlington, VA on
August 31.

 

On August 28, OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHERS were at several venues including:
Black Marsh, Baltimore Co, MD; Violette's Lock, Montgomery Co, MD; Cromwell
Valley Park, Baltimore Co, MD and Hughes Hollow, Montgomery Co, MD.  An
OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was also seen at Little Bennett Regional Park,
Montgomery Co, MD on August 30. An ALDER FLYCATCHER was in a yard in Prince
George's Co, MD on August 28. A WILLOW FLYCATCHER was at Elk Neck SP, Cecil
Co, MD also on August 28.

 

A PHILADELPHIA VIREO was seen at Cromwell Valley Park, Baltimore Co, MD on
August 27.

A COMMON RAVEN has taken up residence at the old coal factory in north Old
Town Alexandria, VA. It has been seen flying from building to building
during the past week.

 

Warblers increased in numbers and diversity, and this week ten or more
warbler species were seen at Rock Creek Park in Washington, DC, Cromwell
Valley Park, Baltimore Co, MD, Leesylvania State Park, Prince William Co, VA
, Shenandoah National Park, VA and Wheaton Regional Park, Montgomery Co, MD.
Noteworthy warbler sightings included a GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER at Rock Creek
Park, DC on August 29; a BLUE-WINGED WARBLER at Terrapin Nature Park, Queen
Anne's Co, MD on August 26; both BLUE-WINGED and GOLDEN WINGED WARBLERS at
Rock Creek Park, DC on August 30 and 31; a CONNECTICUT WARBLER at Cromwell
Valley Park, Baltimore Co, MD on August 29 and 31; a MOURNING WARBLER at
Swan Creek dredge containment facility, Anne Arundel Co, MD on August 27; a
MOURNING WARBLER at Wheaton Regional Park, Montgomery Co, MD on August 28;
another MOURNING WARBLER at Hashawha Environmental Center, Carroll Co, MD on
August 30; A CERULEAN WARBLER at Terrapin Park, Queen Anne's Co, MD on
August 29;. Warblers also included one to several TENNESSEE, NASHVILLE, CAPE
MAY, BAY-BREASTED, BLACKBURNIAN, BLACKPOLL and CANADA WARBLERS.  

 

A LARK SPARROW was at Craney Island Disposal Area, Portsmouth, VA on August
27. On August 31 a LARK SPARROW was spotted at Ted Harvey WMA, Dent Co, DE. 

 

Two BOBOLINKS were on Poplar Island, Talbot Co, MD on August 25, feeding the
tall grasses. 

 

***

 

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

 

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

 

To report bird sightings, e-mail your report to voice AT anshome.org
 .

 

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

 

Thank you for your interest, and enjoy the birds.

 

*Of interest to the applicable state records committee

 

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Subject: Has anyone seen the Brown Booby today?
From: Wendy Ealding <wendy.ealding AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 1 Sep 2015 12:42:33 -0400
-- 
Wendy Ealding
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Subject: Am. Golden Plover@Dyke Marsh/Alexandria
From: Rich Rieger via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Tue, 1 Sep 2015 09:50:35 -0400
Sherman Suter and I managed to ID an AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER off the infamous 
"stone bridge" on the GW Pkwy at the north end of Dyke Marsh this morning. 
Could make out bold supercilium in the harsh morning light but rising tide 
inspired the bird to fly and we saw a dark rump and dull stripe on the wing to 
clinch the ID. Sherman saw the AGPL at Huntley yesterday and does not believe 
it's the same bird. 


There was also one SNOWY EGRET among the 89 GREAT EGRETS that we counted - many 
peeps, mostly LEAST SANDPIPERS, G & L YELLOWLEGS, lots of LAUGHING GULLS, some 
CASPIAN and FORESTERS TERNS (no Black Terns this morning) some SHOVELERS and 3 
PB GREBES among the notables. 


Rich Rieger
Alexandria


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Subject: Kiptopeke Hawkwatch
From: Brian and Deborah Taber via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Tue, 1 Sep 2015 09:31:30 -0400
The 39th consecutive season began yesterday for the Kiptopeke Hawkwatch, 
conducted by Coastal VA Wildlife Observatory. It was a partial day, with some 
drizzle. Please welcome our Hawkwatcher, Eli Gross, who has volunteered 
extensively at Golden Gate Raptor Observatory in California. We will also have 
a Hawkwatch Intern for the first time, who is also our Educator, starting next 
week. 



Brian Taber
Coastal VA Wildlife Observatory
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Subject: Nighthawks +
From: David White <dizoo AT comcast.net>
Date: Mon, 31 Aug 2015 23:34:10 -0400
I went up on the mountain tonight to see what I could see, and ended up at a 
Skyline Drive overlook about 10 miles north of the I-64 interchange at Afton. I 
arrived there about 5:30 on a clear evening and, over the next half-hour or so, 
I "collected" some so-called "usuals:" E. Towhees, Goldfinches, Titmice, 
Carolina Chickadees, Downy, Red-Bellied and Pileated Woodpeckers and the croak 
of a distant Raven. 


Suddenly, overhead the sky was filled with a dozen Nighthawks, dipping and 
diving and working their way from the northwest towards the southeast. After 
the last one had cleared my airspace I checked my watch: 6:04. A moment later, 
more 'hawks: another 13 of them silently and gracefully followed... but less 
than 10 minutes later the sky was filled with Nighthawks circling and swooping 
back to the northwest. This continued for a while; I surmise that, overall, 
there were in excess of two dozen birds involved and I observed the last one at 
7:42 as the light was fading. 


By then some Barred Owls were chortling and whooping from down the western 
slope and suddenly I became aware of motion in the grasses behind the retaining 
wall about four feet from me. In the ever-dimming light I realized that there 
were two copperheads wrapped around each other, bobbing and weaving and raising 
their twisted bodies vertically about 15" in the air. They would sway and weave 
and then whip downward before rising again in the space between two rocks of 
the wall. I tried to get closer for a better look - they certainly weren't 
interested in me - but they eventually carried their carrying on back away from 
the wall and into the grasses and out of sight although the grasses continued 
to twitch and sway marking their location. I chose not to pursue in the dark of 
the evening. 


And then, at 8:01. the Whippoorwills started up from down that same western 
slope. Feeling extremely fortunate to have been so entertained, I called it a 
day... and an evening. 


David I. White Jr. | 505 Park Plaza, Charlottesville VA | H: 434-296-4272 | C: 
434-466-3636 | dizoo AT comcast.net 

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Subject: Eurasian Collared-Dove in Onancock
From: David Matson <wrenpt AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 31 Aug 2015 21:37:38 -0400
All,

This morning, at 8:00 AM, a Eurasian Collared-Dove was perched on a wire
over Market Street on the East side of Onancock.

I've driven this route almost daily, during the workweek, for 20 months and
this is the first such I have seen.

David Matson
-- 
David Matson
Suffolk and Onancock, Virginia
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Subject: Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (31 Aug 2015) 5 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: Mon, 31 Aug 2015 17:15:53 -0800
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch
Tip of Virginia's Eastern Shore, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Aug 31, 2015
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       4              4              4
Bald Eagle                   0              0              0
Northern Harrier             0              0              0
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0              0              0
Cooper's Hawk                0              0              0
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk              0              0              0
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             0              0              0
Merlin                       0              0              0
Peregrine Falcon             0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            1              1              1
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              0              0

Total:                       5              5              5
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 11:00:00 
Observation end   time: 17:00:00 
Total observation time: 5 hours

Official Counter:        Eli Gross

Observers:        

Weather:


Raptor Observations:


Non-raptor Observations:

========================================================================
Report submitted by Brian Taber (Taberzz AT aol.com)
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch information may be found at:
www.cvwo.org



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Subject: Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (31 Aug 2015) 22 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: Mon, 31 Aug 2015 17:02:11 -0800
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Aug 31, 2015
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       1             27             27
Bald Eagle                   2              8              8
Northern Harrier             1              2              2
Sharp-shinned Hawk           2             13             13
Cooper's Hawk                0              4              4
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              5              5
Broad-winged Hawk           13            117            117
Red-tailed Hawk              3              9              9
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             0              8              8
Merlin                       0              0              0
Peregrine Falcon             0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              0              0

Total:                      22            193            193
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00 
Observation end   time: 16:00:00 
Total observation time: 8 hours

Official Counter:        Rose Thomas

Observers:        Brenda Tekin, Jenn Detweiler

Visitors:
John McGee, and David Fox.  New Rockfish Gap counter Jenn Detweiler was on
board as an observer for her first time today.  Welcome to the team, Jenn!


Weather:
Overall, a rather nice day for our last day of August!  Light wind all day,
out of the WNW early, and out of the ESE later in the day.  Less humid and
slightly cooler than the last few days (22.2-29.8C).  100% cloud cover
early, decreasing to 15% by 12:00pm EST and increasing back to 50% clouds
by 3pm.  

Raptor Observations:
Surprisingly, quite a decent day!  A nice showing of Broad-wings, most
distant off to the east over the Cut Through, likely would have gone unseen
if not for the nice spotting clouds.  

Highlight birds today included the season's second Northern Harrier and 2
more Bald Eagles (both adults, 12:58pm and 2:39pm).  

Non-raptor Observations:
7 Cedar Waxwings, 25 Chimney Swifts, 1 Hummingbird, 2 Scarlet Tanagers.

Predictions:
Mixed sun/clouds, light NE Wind, slight chance of showers and thunderstorms
in the late afternoon.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Gabriel Mapel (birdmangabriel AT yahoo.com)
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://www.rockfishgaphawkwatch.org



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Subject: Harvey's Knob (31 Aug 2015) 8 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: Mon, 31 Aug 2015 14:24:28 -0800
Harvey's Knob
Roanoke, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Aug 31, 2015
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       3             27             27
Bald Eagle                   3             14             14
Northern Harrier             0              0              0
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0              6              6
Cooper's Hawk                0              9              9
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk            2             37             37
Red-tailed Hawk              0              9              9
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             0              5              5
Merlin                       0              1              1
Peregrine Falcon             0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            0              1              1
Unknown Buteo                0              4              4
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              2              2

Total:                       8            115            115
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 10:00:00 
Observation end   time: 16:00:00 
Total observation time: 6 hours

Official Counter:        Bill James

Observers:        David Kirk, Dillard Childress, Katie James

Visitors:
Several drive bys and chatters....


Weather:
Hot muggy day again with temps ranging from 23.8 to 29.4, barometer 30.08
falling to 30.02, variable and light winds through most of the watch with a
final ESE breeze that produced no raptors.  Cloud cover ranged from 40% to
30% and back to 40% with increasing dark clouds in the W and WNW heading
toward us, perhaps remnants of the tropical storm.  Visibility improved
from a 3 early to a 4 later. 

Raptor Observations:
Ospreys were all high (but within Katie's range) as were the BWs and the
eagles were lower.  IBE at 10:51, ABEs at 12:17 and 2:25.  
This gives the watch 24 Ospreys for the month of August, a new record - the
previous high was 20 in 2009.  The 8/29/15 Osprey count of 14 is also a new
daily high for August going back to the 1970's.  The disparity in our count
and Rockfish's may be evidence that the hawks do not follow our range and
that we are seeing different hawks.

Non-raptor Observations:
Dillard was dancing to John Prine today.  Too many motorcycles.  No
hikers...

Predictions:
Carl will be on the mountain.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Bill James (bijam AT aol.com)
Harvey's Knob information may be found at:
http://bijame.googlepages.com/home



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Subject: American Golden Plover at Huntley Meadows, 8-31-15
From: William Young <wcyoung4242 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 31 Aug 2015 18:13:11 -0400
The American Golden Plover was still at Huntley Meadows Park on Monday
afternoon. I was there from 3:15 to 4:45. I did not locate the bird for
about a half an hour, but I found it after a Cooper's Hawk flushed all of
the shorebirds. I found it first when I was on the far side of the
observation tower. The bird then flew to the right, and I saw it from the
observation deck on the boardwalk. I did not take any new photos to add to
the ones I posted yesterday on my SlickPic site.

William Young
Arlington, VA
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Subject: more Alexandria shorebirds
From: Edward Eder <nutmegz AT mac.com>
Date: Mon, 31 Aug 2015 18:06:40 -0400
A Sanderling was observed off of the Hunting Creek mudflats at 5:15 PM today 
and earlier, a Western Sandpiper was photographed at Huntley Meadows. 

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Subject: Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk
From: Harry Glasgow via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Mon, 31 Aug 2015 19:56:05 +0000 (UTC)
 A large group of over 25 birders assembled this morning for the weekly Huntley 
Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk.  It was a very interesting walk with the 
emphasis being on migrating shorebirds again.  Ten species of shorebirds were 
tallied with a Short-billed Dowitcher and an American Golden-Plover perhaps 
being the most interesting.  These are not unheard of at Huntley Meadows, but 
somewhat unusual. 

Canada Goose  8
Wood Duck  4
Mallard  4
Great Blue Heron  3
Great Egret  1
Little Blue Heron  2
Green Heron  3
Osprey  1
Killdeer  3
Spotted Sandpiper  3
Solitary Sandpiper  3
Greater Yellowlegs  2
Lesser Yellowlegs  2
Least Sandpiper  6
Pectoral Sandpiper  5
Semipalmated Sandpiper  2
Short-billed Dowitcher  1
Wilson's Snipe  1American Golden-Plover  1
Laughing Gull  1
gull sp.  3
Mourning Dove  5
Barred Owl  1
Chimney Swift  5
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  4
Red-bellied Woodpecker  2
Downy Woodpecker  6
Northern Flicker  1
Pileated Woodpecker  1
Eastern Wood-Pewee  5
Acadian Flycatcher  2
Eastern Phoebe  2
Great Crested Flycatcher  1
Blue Jay  4
crow sp.  5
Tree Swallow  1
Barn Swallow  1
Carolina Chickadee  7
Tufted Titmouse  1
White-breasted Nuthatch  3
Carolina Wren  4
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  1
Eastern Bluebird  1
American Robin  6
Gray Catbird  3
Ovenbird  1
Common Yellowthroat  2
Northern Cardinal  4
Red-winged Blackbird  5
Common Grackle  80
American Goldfinch  13
The Monday Morning Birdwalk has been a weekly event at Huntley Meadows since 
1985. It takes place every week, rain or shine (except during electrical 
storms, strong winds, or icy trails), at 7AM (8AM from November through March), 
is free of charge, requires no reservation, and is open to all. Birders meet in 
the parking lot at the Park's entrance at 3701 Lockheed Blvd, Alexandria, VA. 
Questions should be directed to Park staff during normal business hours at 
(703)768-2525. 

Harry GlasgowFriends of Huntley Meadows Park

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Subject: Brown Booby Yes
From: Eve Gaige <egaige AT embarqmail.com>
Date: Mon, 31 Aug 2015 13:34:32 -0400
Brown Booby is here now. As previously reported, flying to and from buoy #3 as 
viewed from the first boat landing on the left as you enter North Bend Park. 

Eve G & Gabriel M

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Subject: Hummingbirds in Reston (Fairfax County) Continue Strong . . .
From: Craig Zalk <craig.zalk AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 31 Aug 2015 10:51:46 -0400
The hummingbird numbers at our house in [south] Reston continue to be quite
strong.  Friday, after watching the birds for about an hour, I did not see
even one adult male of the species.  Saturday, there were several adult
males around.  I have eight feeders out now, and a snapshot would yield a
count of about 10 birds at any moment in time, leading me to conclude
(arguably) that I have about 30 hummers altogether around the property -
much lower than this time last year.  The fighting and bickering
continues.  I look for the first cold September morning to be the beginning
of the end of this year's fall Ruby-throated migration.

Happy birding.  Craig
----------------------------------------------------------
Craig Zalk
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Subject: Arlington chimney swifts and nighthawks
From: David Farner <dfarner AT arlingtonva.us>
Date: Mon, 31 Aug 2015 11:34:10 +0000
The Northern Virginia Bird club swift and nighthawk watch was held Sunday
evening in S. Arlington and made for a fine show! We had between 1000 and 1,500 
Chimney 

Swifts at our usual chimney and five Common Nighthawks at the Air Force
Memorial.


David Farner
Arlington, Virginia

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Subject: Immature Yellow-C Night Herons, FtMonroe today
From: <benmarycop AT cavtel.net>
Date: Sun, 30 Aug 2015 20:14:11 -0500
 Drove to FtMonroe around 7:30pm this evening. So many people out walking & 
sitting on benches along seawall. 



Surprised to see Immature YCNH scattered along in grass, from front entrance, & 
in yards, to Gazebo-parade field, and all the way down to Paradise Club. 



Probably a couple dozen.  Are usually around the water.
Had never seen that many there in all the years Ben & I birded FtMonroe.


also, had a hummer buzz my breakfast plate one morn; must have seen the 
Smuckers Strawberry Jam on my plate. 



Crows had a dog-fight w/Sharpie one morn in my cul-de-sac. That's all the 
excitement for a week. 

Mary Copeland
Hampton, Va.





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Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - New York Monument Manassas Battlefield, Aug 30, 2015
From: Phillip Kenny <philkenny AT verizon.net>
Date: Sun, 30 Aug 2015 21:13:40 -0400
I birded NY Monuments at Manassas Battlefield NP, Prince William Co, VA, this 
morning. I arrived at 6:30 and the birds were popping up everywhere for a solid 
hour. 7 Warbler species total. The most Black and White Warblers I have ever 
seen at once with at least 5 or 6 different birds. However, at 7:30 the switch 
was flipped off and the birds were gone! Great fun while it lasted. 

I then ventured over to Conway Robinson State Forest. I had 7 woodpeckers, 
including many Red-headed Woodpeckers. One RHWO was carrying food. I walked the 
perimeter of the pine stand. There were lots of Pine Warblers, and the 
highlight was a Blue-winged Warbler. He was flying back and forth across the 
hiking trail, making me think nestlings, but I did not find any evidence of 
such. 

There were 2 Ovenbird (10 warblers on the day), Swainsons Thrush, and a Wood 
Thrush. I observed a Cedar Waxwing tearing apart a tent caterpillar nest. I 
guess it was trying to get at the worms, but I had never seen this behavior 
before. 

Here is a link to some photos on Flickr: 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/95123562 AT N07/albums/72157657987837255/with/20831509579/ 

Cheers,
Phil


Phillip Kenny
1731 Killarney Court
Vienna VA 22182-2133
703-255-5423
philkenny AT verizon.net


Begin forwarded message:

> From: ebird-checklist AT cornell.edu
> Subject: eBird Report - New York Monument Manassas Battlefield, Aug 30, 2015
> Date: August 30, 2015 at 8:49:53 PM EDT
> To: philkenny AT verizon.net
> 
> New York Monument Manassas Battlefield, Prince William, Virginia, US
> Aug 30, 2015 6:35 AM - 8:26 AM
> Protocol: Stationary
> Comments:     
Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.1.0 Build 15 > 34 species > > Mourning Dove 3 > Yellow-billed Cuckoo 2 > Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1 > Red-bellied Woodpecker 4 > Downy Woodpecker 5 > Hairy Woodpecker 2 > Northern Flicker 1 > Pileated Woodpecker 2 > Eastern Wood-Pewee 3 > Great Crested Flycatcher 4 > Yellow-throated Vireo 2 > Red-eyed Vireo 3 > Blue Jay 4 > American Crow 1 > Fish Crow 12 > Carolina Chickadee 7 > Tufted Titmouse 3 > White-breasted Nuthatch 3 > Carolina Wren 2 > Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 7 > Eastern Bluebird 3 > American Robin 10 > Gray Catbird 2 > European Starling 7 > Worm-eating Warbler 1 > Black-and-white Warbler 5 > Common Yellowthroat 2 > American Redstart 2 > Northern Parula 2 > Magnolia Warbler 2 > Chestnut-sided Warbler 4 > Northern Cardinal 7 > House Finch 2 > American Goldfinch 5 > > View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24815584 > > This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org) Conway-Robinson State Forest - PCU02, Prince William, Virginia, US Aug 30, 2015 8:41 AM - 10:50 AM Protocol: Traveling 0.932 mile(s) Comments:
Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.1.0 Build 15 27 species Red-shouldered Hawk 1 Mourning Dove 2 Red-headed Woodpecker 6 Red-bellied Woodpecker 4 Downy Woodpecker 3 Hairy Woodpecker 1 Northern Flicker 2 Pileated Woodpecker 2 Eastern Wood-Pewee 4 Red-eyed Vireo 4 Blue Jay 10 Carolina Chickadee 12 Tufted Titmouse 6 White-breasted Nuthatch 4 Carolina Wren 2 Swainson's Thrush 1 Wood Thrush 1 Cedar Waxwing 1 Ovenbird 2 Blue-winged Warbler 1 Small yellow warbler with dark eye line grayish wings with bars. Blue-winged Warbler Common Yellowthroat 1 American Redstart 1 Chestnut-sided Warbler 1 Pine Warbler 9 Eastern Towhee 2 Northern Cardinal 6 American Goldfinch 5 View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24817293 This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org) *** You are subscribed to va-bird as jsiler AT birdingonthe.net. If you wish to unsubscribe, or modify your preferences please visit http://mailman.listserve.com/listmanager/listinfo/va-bird ***
Subject: Harvey's Knob (30 Aug 2015) 3 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: Sun, 30 Aug 2015 16:40:27 -0800
Harvey's Knob
Roanoke, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Aug 30, 2015
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       3             24             24
Bald Eagle                   0             11             11
Northern Harrier             0              0              0
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0              6              6
Cooper's Hawk                0              9              9
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk            0             35             35
Red-tailed Hawk              0              9              9
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             0              5              5
Merlin                       0              1              1
Peregrine Falcon             0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            0              1              1
Unknown Buteo                0              4              4
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              2              2

Total:                       3            107            107
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:30:00 
Observation end   time: 14:00:00 
Total observation time: 5.5 hours

Official Counter:        Mitch Mitchell

Observers:        

Visitors:
David B., Phillip F., The Goffs, the Newcombes, John Slaughter and wife....


Weather:
Winds ranged from 0 to 2 today under cloudy skies all day.  The mild winds
varied from West to Southwest with visibility a 4 and temperatures ranged
from 69 to 86 through the watch.

Raptor Observations:
Barry and Teresa arrived about 2:00 and brought the only hawks of the day
in that hour.  Blacks and Turkey vultures wandered through during the
watch.

Non-raptor Observations:
Better supply of hikers today with 4 going South.  Lots of help, but more
help than hawks.

Predictions:
Stalled weather pattern continues....
========================================================================
Report submitted by Bill James (bijam AT aol.com)
Harvey's Knob information may be found at:
http://bijame.googlepages.com/home



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Subject: Sora- Amherst Co Aug 30
From: Michael Boatwright <mboater AT att.net>
Date: Sun, 30 Aug 2015 18:49:49 -0400
    
This morning (Aug 30, 2015), I flushed a Sora from the bank of a small railroad 
ditch marsh along Galt's Mill road in southern Amherst Co. The rail flew across 
the ditch into thick vegetation and out of sight. I alerted Mark Johnson and he 
again flushed the Sora a little while after I left. Sora is a rare to 
uncommonnot migrant in the central piedmont and I rarely encounter them here. 

Cheers,
Mike 
Michael R. Boatwright Amherst, VA


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Subject: Snickers Gap (30 Aug 2015) 14 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: Sun, 30 Aug 2015 14:17:49 -0800
Snickers Gap
20 Miles West of Leesburg, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Aug 30, 2015
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       1              4              4
Bald Eagle                   2              5              5
Northern Harrier             0              0              0
Sharp-shinned Hawk           1              8              8
Cooper's Hawk                1              1              1
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          1              2              2
Broad-winged Hawk            3             11             11
Red-tailed Hawk              4              4              4
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             1              2              2
Merlin                       0              0              0
Peregrine Falcon             0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              0              0

Total:                      14             37             37
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:00:00 
Observation end   time: 14:00:00 
Total observation time: 5 hours

Official Counter:        Joan Boudreau and Bob Abrams

Observers:        Carol Cwiklinski, Steve Small, The Littles

Visitors:
Lots of cars [AT hikers], several dogs with people


Weather:
Warm in the shade, light breezes from the west. Trying to remember what our
birds look like.

Raptor Observations:


Non-raptor Observations:
Many Chimney Swifts and swallows, several hummingbirds, and a smattering of
other birds: Red-headed Woodpeckers, a Pileated Woodpecker, White-eyed
Vireo, Ravens, and Vultures. Bugs included Black Swallowtail caterpillars,
Emperor Hackberry and Red-spotted Purple butterflies.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Joan and Bob (icepeep AT aol.com)



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Subject: Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (30 Aug 2015) 5 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: Sun, 30 Aug 2015 12:34:50 -0800
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Aug 30, 2015
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       1             26             26
Bald Eagle                   2              6              6
Northern Harrier             0              1              1
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0             11             11
Cooper's Hawk                1              4              4
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              5              5
Broad-winged Hawk            1            104            104
Red-tailed Hawk              0              6              6
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             0              8              8
Merlin                       0              0              0
Peregrine Falcon             0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              0              0

Total:                       5            171            171
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:15:00 
Observation end   time: 14:30:00 
Total observation time: 6.25 hours

Official Counter:        Brenda Tekin, Gabriel Mapel

Observers:        Brenda Tekin, Gabriel Mapel

Visitors:
Omar Beiler bicycled up to the gap from Fishersville today.  Other
visitors, some of which were lucky enough to get to see a Bald Eagle,
included Kathy Rinehart, Marianne Fimbel, Guy & Susan Babineau, and Mary
Mapel.


Weather:
The best two words to describe today's weather are Uncomfortable and Ugly! 
Another hazy, hot (22.7-33.2C), and humid (86% at start, gradually
decreasing) day.  Moderate WSW breezes early but then, as one counter
described, it was as if the door was shut and from 11am-1pm there was no
wind at all.  After 1:00, very light southerly flow of air.  100% cloudy
for most of the day with only a few breaks in the clouds between 1-2pm.  A
very very few sprinkles between 11-12.

Raptor Observations:
Another very slow day as expected with the unsuitable conditions, but we
did manage to get a few raptors moving midday including 2 juvenile (1st
year) Bald Eagles, making for the first multi-Eagle day of the season!  The
first juvenile Eagle flew low straight across the gap at 10:15am, and the
second one, a little more distant off to the east at 11:41.  
First Bird-10:15 BE, Last Bird-12:29 OS.

Non-raptor Observations:
Quite a decent non-raptor flight, perhaps our best of the season thus far:
20 Ruby-throated Hummingbirds, 168 Chimney Swifts, 37 Tree, 2 Barn, and 1
Cliff Swallows, 3 Ravens, 6 Waxwings, and 1 Eastern Kingbird.  2 Monarch
Butterflies.

Predictions:
Unfortunately, more of the same.  No cold front predicted anytime soon
which might be the only thing to get the birds moving in bigger numbers.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Gabriel Mapel (birdmangabriel AT yahoo.com)
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://www.rockfishgaphawkwatch.org



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Subject: Merrimac Farm, Nokesville
From: Harry Glasgow via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Sun, 30 Aug 2015 20:35:18 +0000 (UTC)
 Six birders gathered today for the Prince William Conservation Alliance 
Last-Sunday-of-the Month Birdwalk at the Merrimac Farm Wildlife Management Area 
in Nokesville.  We tallied 39 species, with migrating warblers, a large Wild 
Turkey family, and a few Vireos being the highlights. 


Canada Goose  24
Wild Turkey  19
hawk sp.  1
Mourning Dove  3
Yellow-billed Cuckoo  2
Chimney Swift  1
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  5
Red-bellied Woodpecker  3
Downy Woodpecker  2
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Pileated Woodpecker  2
Eastern Wood-Pewee  6
Acadian Flycatcher  9
Eastern Phoebe  3
Great Crested Flycatcher  1
White-eyed Vireo  5
Yellow-throated Vireo  1
Red-eyed Vireo  2
Blue Jay  11
American Crow  2
crow sp.  6
Carolina Chickadee  13
Tufted Titmouse  6
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
Carolina Wren  4
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  2
Eastern Bluebird  2
Gray Catbird  8
Brown Thrasher  1
Black-and-white Warbler  1
Nashville Warbler  1
Common Yellowthroat  2
American Redstart  1
Northern Parula  1
Prairie Warbler  1
Yellow-breasted Chat  1
Eastern Towhee  8
Northern Cardinal  10
American Goldfinch  15
The Prince William Conservation Alliance is an independent nonprofit watershed 
organization working to protect natural resources and healthy communities 
through stewardship, recreation and education.  These Merrimac Farm birdwalks 
serve these purposes to our community.  Interested readers may learn more by 
accessing the Alliance's website at pwconserve.org. 

Harry GlasgowNancy Vehrs

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Subject: American Golden Plover Photos, Huntley Meadows, 8-30-15
From: William Young <wcyoung4242 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 30 Aug 2015 15:24:47 -0400
I have gone to Huntley Meadows the past two days to look at the American
Golden Plover. I went yesterday afternoon at about 5:30 and found the bird
while looking from the boardwalk. This morning at about 11, I went in the
back entrance and walked to both observation platforms on the opposite side
of the water. I had closer looks at the bird, but I was still not very
close. I took some distant photos and have posted them on my SlickPic
site. I had some good looks when seeing the bird through my 60 power
telescope, but my camera has only a 42 power zoom.

http://www.slickpic.com/u/WilliamYoung?grid

The plover has some black on the breast but is not in breeding plumage. The
undertail coverts are mostly white with a smudge of dark feathers. The back
is a mottled golden color when seen in the right light. From the front, the
bird appears to have a white crown, but the two broad white supercilia do
not meet in the back. The bill appears to be short and small.

There were a lot of birds other than shorebirds at Huntley Meadows last
night, One of the ways that I found the plover was that the shorebirds were
flushed by a juvenile Northern Harrier flying over the marsh. It was a rich
orange brown. There were also two juvenile Little Blue Herons feeding
actively.

Last night, I stopped at the Air Force Memorial in Arlington and saw eight
Common Nighthawks. I saw the first two at 8:30, and two remained when I
left at 10:00. A lot of bats were flying around with them.

William Young
Arlington, VA
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Subject: hummingbird in sprinkler
From: Emily Southgate <ewbsouthgate AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 30 Aug 2015 15:18:25 -0400
Watch your sprinklers for a passing hummingbird! A friend watched several
fly in and out of a sprinkler, and one that hovered under the spray, then
went to a branch to shake off the water.
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Subject: Pocosin FIre Rd/ Cabin, Shenandoah NP today
From: Diane L via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Sun, 30 Aug 2015 19:06:16 +0000 (UTC)
Twelve warbler species included what seems our first local wave of out-of-area 
migrants: Bay-breasted, Cape May, Tennessee, Nashville, and Magnolia. Others 
were Canada, Hooded, Blackburnian, Worm-eating, Black-and-white, Black-throated 
Blue, and Chestnut-sided. We found at least three male Baltimore Oriole 
travel-mates, and three Vireo species including Yellow-throated. Other area 
breeders including Wood Thrush, Scarlet Tanagers and Veery. 


Greg Moyers and I arrived fairly late (after 10 AM)and ran into William Leigh, 
who reported lots of activity. In addition to hitting a mixed flock in two 
different places, perhaps the biggest treat was that they stayed in one area at 
length vs. zipping on through. And many birds came in quite low and close, 
first between fire rd and the southbound Appalachian Trail then later at the 
road-side run of the spring-fed creek. (Feeding, drinking, and bathing were 
apparently much higher priority than avoiding two-legged creatures with 
over-sized "eyes!") 



Diane Lepkowski
Harrisonburg
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Subject: Black Tern photos (Was: Dyke Marsh walk for August 30 .. ..)
From: Stephen Johnson <stevejohnson2 AT verizon.net>
Date: Sun, 30 Aug 2015 14:46:43 -0400
Hi Larry,

We posted a couple of close-up photos of the Black Terns there, taken on August 
25, checklist #S24755132. Here's the link: 


August 25 Belle Haven eBird report

Steve Johnson & Lynn Rafferty
Fairfax, Virginia


On Aug 30, 2015, at 2:01 PM, Larry Cartwright wrote:

> Sixteen people joined me for a partially cloudy, but rather pleasant day for
> the weekly Sunday morning walk at Dyke Marsh.  The walk begins at 8:00 AM
> and is conducted every Sunday except during the Christmas Bird Count season.
> It is free and all are welcome.
> 
> 
> 
> The highlight was new waterfowl arrivals, including 17 Northern Shovelers
> and a hen Blue-winged Teal seen from the picnic area.  A previously reported
> Lesser Scaup was joined by a lone Ruddy Duck representing the diving duck
> contingent.   We had good numbers of shorebirds on the hydrilla mats, with
> Lesser Yellowlegs outnumbering Greater by about three to one.  Gull numbers
> were low because of the high tide, but I was able to pick out one
> Bonaparte's flying downriver. A single Black Tern "fluttered" over the
> hydrilla mats. A juvenile Black-crowned Night-Heron at the marina provided
> decent close up views. No warblers presented themselves to the group, but we
> had good looks at 2 Great Crested Flycatchers.  An Eastern Kingbird family
> group is still hanging around the boardwalk.   A Barn Swallow appeared to
> chase a Spotted Sandpiper across the channel from the boardwalk to the
> adjacent island. One of the oddest things I have ever seen!  
> 
> 
> 
> Other birders reported an American Kestrel, both oriole species, and an
> American Kestrel not seen by our group.  
> 
> 
> 
> The list of 52 species is presented below. 
> 
> 
> 
> Dyke Marsh - CMN02, Fairfax, Virginia, US Aug 30, 2015 7:59 AM - 11:29 AM
> 
> Protocol: Traveling
> 
> 1.5 mile(s)
> 
> Comments:     
Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.8 > > 52 species > > > > Canada Goose 200 > > Mallard 120 > > Blue-winged Teal 1 > > Northern Shoveler 17 > > Lesser Scaup 1 > > Ruddy Duck 1 > > Pied-billed Grebe 6 > > Double-crested Cormorant 14 > > Great Blue Heron 8 > > Great Egret 20 > > Green Heron 2 > > Black-crowned Night-Heron 1 > > Osprey 10 > > Bald Eagle 3 > > Spotted Sandpiper 2 > > Greater Yellowlegs 7 > > Lesser Yellowlegs 24 > > Least Sandpiper 2 > > Bonaparte's Gull 1 In flight, small black bill, large white wing > patches. > > Laughing Gull 130 > > Ring-billed Gull 110 > > Herring Gull (American) 2 > > Great Black-backed Gull 1 > > Caspian Tern 6 > > Black Tern 1 > > Forster's Tern 25 > > Mourning Dove 3 > > Red-bellied Woodpecker 4 > > Downy Woodpecker 2 > > Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 1 > > Eastern Wood-Pewee 1 > > Acadian Flycatcher 1 > > Great Crested Flycatcher 2 > > Eastern Kingbird 4 > > Blue Jay 4 > > Fish Crow 4 > > Purple Martin 3 > > Barn Swallow 3 > > Carolina Chickadee 16 > > Tufted Titmouse 3 > > White-breasted Nuthatch 1 > > Carolina Wren 3 > > Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 8 > > American Robin 10 > > Gray Catbird 4 > > European Starling 90 > > Song Sparrow 1 > > Northern Cardinal 14 > > Red-winged Blackbird 7 > > Common Grackle (Purple) 20 > > American Goldfinch 4 > > House Sparrow 2 > > > > View this checklist online at > http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24818451 > > > > This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org) > > > > Larry Cartwright > > prowarbler AT verizon.net > > > > > > > > *** You are subscribed to va-bird as stevejohnson2 AT verizon.net. If you wish to unsubscribe, or modify your preferences please visit http://mailman.listserve.com/listmanager/listinfo/va-bird *** *** You are subscribed to va-bird as jsiler AT birdingonthe.net. If you wish to unsubscribe, or modify your preferences please visit http://mailman.listserve.com/listmanager/listinfo/va-bird ***
Subject: Brown Booby at Kerr Reservoir
From: Trista Nealon <trnealon AT comcast.net>
Date: Sun, 30 Aug 2015 14:16:44 -0400
It's here on the bouys on the north side of the island.

Trista 
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Subject: Dyke Marsh walk for August 30 - new waterfowl arrivals and nice group of shorebirds
From: "Larry Cartwright" <prowarbler AT verizon.net>
Date: Sun, 30 Aug 2015 14:01:16 -0400
Sixteen people joined me for a partially cloudy, but rather pleasant day for
the weekly Sunday morning walk at Dyke Marsh.  The walk begins at 8:00 AM
and is conducted every Sunday except during the Christmas Bird Count season.
It is free and all are welcome.

 

The highlight was new waterfowl arrivals, including 17 Northern Shovelers
and a hen Blue-winged Teal seen from the picnic area.  A previously reported
Lesser Scaup was joined by a lone Ruddy Duck representing the diving duck
contingent.   We had good numbers of shorebirds on the hydrilla mats, with
Lesser Yellowlegs outnumbering Greater by about three to one.  Gull numbers
were low because of the high tide, but I was able to pick out one
Bonaparte's flying downriver. A single Black Tern "fluttered" over the
hydrilla mats. A juvenile Black-crowned Night-Heron at the marina provided
decent close up views. No warblers presented themselves to the group, but we
had good looks at 2 Great Crested Flycatchers.  An Eastern Kingbird family
group is still hanging around the boardwalk.   A Barn Swallow appeared to
chase a Spotted Sandpiper across the channel from the boardwalk to the
adjacent island. One of the oddest things I have ever seen!  

 

Other birders reported an American Kestrel, both oriole species, and an
American Kestrel not seen by our group.  

 

The list of 52 species is presented below. 

 

Dyke Marsh - CMN02, Fairfax, Virginia, US Aug 30, 2015 7:59 AM - 11:29 AM

Protocol: Traveling

1.5 mile(s)

Comments:     
Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.8 52 species Canada Goose 200 Mallard 120 Blue-winged Teal 1 Northern Shoveler 17 Lesser Scaup 1 Ruddy Duck 1 Pied-billed Grebe 6 Double-crested Cormorant 14 Great Blue Heron 8 Great Egret 20 Green Heron 2 Black-crowned Night-Heron 1 Osprey 10 Bald Eagle 3 Spotted Sandpiper 2 Greater Yellowlegs 7 Lesser Yellowlegs 24 Least Sandpiper 2 Bonaparte's Gull 1 In flight, small black bill, large white wing patches. Laughing Gull 130 Ring-billed Gull 110 Herring Gull (American) 2 Great Black-backed Gull 1 Caspian Tern 6 Black Tern 1 Forster's Tern 25 Mourning Dove 3 Red-bellied Woodpecker 4 Downy Woodpecker 2 Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 1 Eastern Wood-Pewee 1 Acadian Flycatcher 1 Great Crested Flycatcher 2 Eastern Kingbird 4 Blue Jay 4 Fish Crow 4 Purple Martin 3 Barn Swallow 3 Carolina Chickadee 16 Tufted Titmouse 3 White-breasted Nuthatch 1 Carolina Wren 3 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 8 American Robin 10 Gray Catbird 4 European Starling 90 Song Sparrow 1 Northern Cardinal 14 Red-winged Blackbird 7 Common Grackle (Purple) 20 American Goldfinch 4 House Sparrow 2 View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24818451 This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org) Larry Cartwright prowarbler AT verizon.net *** You are subscribed to va-bird as jsiler AT birdingonthe.net. If you wish to unsubscribe, or modify your preferences please visit http://mailman.listserve.com/listmanager/listinfo/va-bird ***
Subject: Re: NW Washington State Birding
From: "Marshall Faintich" <mfaintich AT theworddoctor.com>
Date: Sun, 30 Aug 2015 13:51:09 -0400
Sorry, I posted the wrong link. It should be:

 

http://www.symbolicmessengers.com/Blog2015/Seattle.htm

 

 

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Marshall Faintich, Ph.D.

 

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  www.symbolicmessengers.com

 

In real life, the shortest distance between two points is never a straight
line, so you might as well enjoy the journey !!

 

____________________________________________________________________________
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From: Marshall Faintich [mailto:mfaintich AT theworddoctor.com] 
Sent: Sunday, August 30, 2015 1:49 PM
To: 'va-bird AT listserve.com'
Subject: NW Washington State Birding

 

Alice and I spent 12 days in the greater Seattle, Washington area, and I got
to do some birding there, ending up with 75 avian species and 11 life birds.
There are still a few birds that I have photos of that are unidentified. If
you are interested in reading my report and looking at some photos, they are
posted on my website:

 

http://www.symbolicmessengers.com/Blog2015/2015_08_18.htm

 

Marshall Faintich

Nellysford, VA

 

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www.symbolicmessengers.com  

 

In real life, the shortest distance between two points is never a straight
line, so you might as well enjoy the journey !!

 

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Subject: NW Washington State Birding
From: "Marshall Faintich" <mfaintich AT theworddoctor.com>
Date: Sun, 30 Aug 2015 13:49:21 -0400
Alice and I spent 12 days in the greater Seattle, Washington area, and I got
to do some birding there, ending up with 75 avian species and 11 life birds.
There are still a few birds that I have photos of that are unidentified. If
you are interested in reading my report and looking at some photos, they are
posted on my website:

 

 
http://www.symbolicmessengers.com/Blog2015/2015_08_18.htm

 

Marshall Faintich

Nellysford, VA

 

____________________________________________________________________________
_______________________

 

Marshall Faintich, Ph.D.

 

mfaintich AT theworddoctor.com

 

mfaintich AT cyberwind.net

 

www.symbolicmessengers.com  

 

In real life, the shortest distance between two points is never a straight
line, so you might as well enjoy the journey !!

 

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Subject: Great Falls Walk
From: Marshall Rawson via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Sun, 30 Aug 2015 12:42:56 -0400
This morning our group of six birders tallied 34 species. While it wasn't 
particularly birdy, there were some excellent sightings. We had very nice views 
of a cooperative yellow-billed cuckoo and white-eyed vireo. Warblers included 
multiple Tennessees, male black-throated blue, magnolia and male blackburnians. 



All are welcome to join this regular Sunday walk that meets at 8:00am in the 
visitors center parking lot. 

--Marshall Rawson, McLean VA
Canada Goose  12
Mallard  20
Double-crested Cormorant 6
Great Blue Heron  2
Black Vulture  25
Turkey Vulture  6
Bald Eagle 1
Mourning Dove  2
Yellow-billed Cuckoo  2
Chimney Swift  18
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  3
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Downy Woodpecker  6
Pileated Woodpecker  2
Eastern Wood-Pewee  5
White-eyed Vireo  1
Red-eyed Vireo 1
Blue Jay  5
American Crow  5
Fish Crow  2
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 1
Tree Swallow  1
Carolina Chickadee  10
Tufted Titmouse  10
White-breasted Nuthatch  4
Carolina Wren  4
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  2
American Robin 2
Tennessee Warbler  4
Magnolia Warbler  1
Blackburnian Warbler 2
Black-throated Blue Warbler  1
Northern Cardinal  6
American Goldfinch 4



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Subject: Any sightings of the Brown Booby this morning?
From: Trista Nealon <trnealon AT comcast.net>
Date: Sun, 30 Aug 2015 11:45:13 -0400
Has anyone spotted the Brown Booby at Kerr Reservoir this morning?

Trista 

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Subject: Re: Am. Golden plover
From: Will McPhail <butcherbird2013 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 30 Aug 2015 15:17:55 +0000
Still there at 11:00. Best seen from the observation Platform. A total of
11 shorebird species observed between 10:00-11:00, including:

Greater Yellowlegs
Lesser Yellowlegs
Killdeer
Semipalmated Plover
Am. Golden Plover
Semipalmated Sand
Least Sand
Pectoral Sand
Solitary Sand
Spotted Sand
Common Snipe

Not too shabby for Farifax County!

Will McPhail
Washington, DC

On Sun, Aug 30, 2015 at 9:10 AM Marc Ribaudo  wrote:

> The American golden plover is still at Huntley Meadows in Fairfax County.
>
> Marc Ribaudo
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Subject: Re: Am. Golden plover
From: Lee <leesheehanmiller AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 30 Aug 2015 11:04:29 -0400
Still present- 10:30 am

Approx 12 shore bird species out as well. 

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> 
> The American golden plover is still at Huntley Meadows in Fairfax County.
> 
> Marc Ribaudo
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Subject: Chincoteague NW Shorebird/Gull Survey Aug 28
From: Joelle Buffa <clyde_joelle AT verizon.net>
Date: Sun, 30 Aug 2015 13:34:54 +0000 (UTC)
 Below are the results of our weekly shorebird/gull survey conducted at 
Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge on Friday Aug. 28, 2015. All water areas 
(impoundments and beach areas) were covered in a 9 hour survey. All 
individuals are counted for the target species; other birds seen or heard on 
the survey are followed by a dash.   Without recent rains, most of the 
impoundments were dry so the shorebirds were crowded into the small pools of 
remaining water on such ponds as Old Fields near the Maryland border, where 
nearly 500 yellowlegs  (mostly lesser) were madly feeding, South Wash Flats 
(which had the largest diversity of birds), and F-Pool near the beach. Because 
F-Pool (AKA Swan's Cove pool) has muted tidal action, this pond has water even 
when the other ponds dry up.  Over half of the individual shorebirds were on 
the beaches.   We saw 7,908 individuals of 21 species. The most common was 
the Sanderling with 4,316 individuals followed by  Semiplamated Plover (842), 
Peep (514: small shorebirds too far across the impoundments to ID to species), 
 Willet (475) and Semipalmated Sandpiper (474). A few different flocks of Red 
Knots were seen on the Beaches, for a total of 42 birds; One was flagged but it 
moved too quickly to see the markings. The most interesting shorebird of the 
survey was the lone Black necked Stilt on Old Fields. This is an uncommon 
species on the Refuge though they breed close by along the causeway between the 
mainland and Chincoteague Island. When they do make an appearance on the Refuge 
it is during their post breeding dispersal period such as this month. Also of 
interest were the Black Terns at multiple locations on the Refuge and several 
hawks and a Peregrine Falcon, a sure sign that fall raptor migration has 
begun.Our next survey will be September 4th.Clyde Morris and Joelle Buffa 

| Canada Goose | -- |
| American Black Duck | -- |
| Mallard | -- |
| Northern Shoveler | -- |
| Green-winged Teal | -- |
| Double-crested Cormorant | 116 |
| Brown Pelican | 45 |
| Great Egret | -- |
| Snowy Egret | -- |
| Little Blue Heron | -- |
| Tricolored Heron | -- |
| Cattle Egret | -- |
| Green Heron | -- |
| White Ibis | -- |
| Glossy Ibis | -- |
| Turkey Vulture | -- |
| Osprey | -- |
| Northern Harrier | -- |
| Bald Eagle | -- |
| Red-tailed Hawk | -- |
| Black-necked Stilt | 1 |
| American Oystercatcher | 12 |
| Black-bellied Plover | 199 |
| Semipalmated Plover | 842 |
| Piping Plover | 59 |
| Killdeer | 8 |
| Spotted Sandpiper | 12 |
| Greater Yellowlegs | 84 |
| Willet | 475 |
| Lesser Yellowlegs | 423 |
| Greater/Lesser Yellowlegs | 56 |
| Whimbrel | 13 |
| Marbled Godwit | 3 |
| Ruddy Turnstone | 52 |
| Red Knot | 42 |
| Sanderling | 4,316 |
| Least Sandpiper | 229 |
| White-rumped Sandpiper | 7 |
| Pectoral Sandpiper | 11 |
| Semipalmated Sandpiper | 475 |
| Western Sandpiper | 4 |
| peep sp. | 514 |
| Short-billed/Long-billed Dowitcher | 84 |
| Laughing Gull | 451 |
| Ring-billed Gull | 74 |
| Herring Gull | 341 |
| Lesser Black-backed Gull | 182 |
| Great Black-backed Gull | 103 |
| Least Tern | 18 |
| Caspian Tern | 20 |
| Black Tern | 5 |
| Common Tern | 14 |
| Forster's Tern | 78 |
| Royal Tern | 109 |
| Sandwich Tern | 1 |
| Black Skimmer | 98 |
| Mourning Dove | -- |
| Downy Woodpecker | -- |
| Northern Flicker | -- |
| Peregrine Falcon | -- |
| Eastern Wood-Pewee | -- |
| Great Crested Flycatcher | -- |
| American Crow | -- |
| Fish Crow | -- |
| Tree Swallow | -- |
| Barn Swallow | -- |
| Carolina Chickadee | -- |
| Carolina Wren | -- |
| American Robin | -- |
| Northern Mockingbird | -- |
| European Starling | -- |
| Chipping Sparrow | -- |
| Song Sparrow | -- |
| Northern Cardinal | -- |
| Blue Grosbeak | -- |
| Red-winged Blackbird | -- |
| Eastern Meadowlark | -- |
| Common Grackle | -- |
| Brown-headed Cowbird | -- |
| American Goldfinch | -- |


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Subject: Am. Golden plover
From: Marc Ribaudo <moribaudo AT verizon.net>
Date: Sun, 30 Aug 2015 09:06:36 -0400
The American golden plover is still at Huntley Meadows in Fairfax County.

Marc Ribaudo

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Subject: Canada Warbler in backyard
From: Walter Hadlock <jaybirdncarol AT verizon.net>
Date: Sun, 30 Aug 2015 08:06:55 -0400
Good morning,

We are watching a male Canada Warbler flitting about in our backyard. When we 
checked our Yard List, we found our first sighing was August 28, 2005. 


This bird, along with Brown Thrasher, Northern Flicker, Ruby-throated 
Hummingbird (has been here for awhile now), Northern Mockingbird (does not show 
up in our yard all that often anymore), Gray Catbirds and what could be 
migrating American Robins taking baths in our bird baths, got the morning off 
to a good start. 


Good birding to all,
Jay and Carol Hadlock
Herndon, VA (Fairfax County)
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Subject: Middle Peninsula 7 tern species, white ibis
From: Frederick Atwood via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Sun, 30 Aug 2015 04:18:26 +0000 (UTC)
Hello VA-Birders
I had a really enjoyable day today birding in King William and Mathews 
counties, finding 96 species, 2 state Lifers, and 14 VA year birds for me.  


I started at my property Riverwood, near Beulahville in upper King William, 
where I found nothing unusual. Other than the Black Racer sliding away with a 
frog in its mouth, my favorite sighting here was a spectacular male Hooded 
Warbler still hanging around silently, my only hooded of the day.  There was 
no sign of some of the other resident warblers: missing yellow-throated, 
prothonotary, chat, and LA waterthrush.  The only warblers seen all day other 
than the Hooded were scattered Parula, black-and-white, redstart, yellow, pine, 
prairies, ovenbird, and common yellowthroat, all of which breed in the area.  
There were still plenty of white-eyed vireos and 2 yellow-throated vireos 
singing, but only 2 red-eyed vireos were seen all day. 


From there I went to the turf farm along Woodbury Rd off of Walkerton Rd hoping 
for golden plover, buff-breasted, or other shorebirds, but found only 34 
killdeer, as well as 27 horned larks and my only bank swallow of the day. 


I stopped briefly at the Walkerton bridge over the Mattaponi, but the tide was 
very high. Figuring that would mean it would be going out down in Mathews, I 
zipped down to Bethel Beach, where I hit the jackpot.  Since I never get out 
to Chincoteague and the Eastern Shore it was exciting to see my first Virginia 
Piping Plover and Gull-billed Terns, as well as Least Terns (including 
fledglings), and Common, Forsters, Sandwich, Royal and Caspian Terns, and 4 
juvenile Black Skimmers.  A Clapper Rail and Boat-tailed Grackle here were 
also Virginia year birds for me. These appear to be first Gull-billed Tern 
reports in ebird for the Middle Peninsula and Northern Neck (I would love to 
hear from anyone who has seen them in that region but did not report them to 
ebird). I got my best-ever views of this species, with a good long time to 
study them with the scope in great light. Best of all was watching their 
behavior of flying over the sand bar and dipping down to snag insects or 
crustaceans off the sand as they flew. One of the birds was in excellent 
breeding plumage---what a dapper bird! The other had several white feathers 
speckling the cap.  There was no sign of the whimbrels that had been seen here 
a month ago, though fiddler crabs were abundant. The tide was low so if they 
were around, they could easily have been feeding in the marsh creeks  out of 
sight. Whimbrels are usually pretty noisy, but I didn't hear any either. The 
two most common shorebirds were sanderling and semipalmated plover, but also 
present were black-bellied plover, greater yellowlegs, semipalmated sandpipers, 
least sandpipers, 2 western sandpipers, ruddy turnstones, and spotted 
sandpipers, which were chasing insects on the flats like wilson's phalaropes 
do. Here is my Bethel Beach list in ebird 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24813465  

Then I made a short visit to New Point Comfort where I added brown-headed 
nuthatch, Snowy Egret, Seaside Sparrow, Brown Pelican and about 160 
double-crested cormorants. 

I thought it would be cool if I could add Black Tern to my tern list for the 
day, so from there I went to The Pocket of the Pamunkey River back up in King 
William County where I have often seen this species this time of year. I stayed 
there until dusk but there were no terns present. However, I heard my first 
Sora of the season in the marsh next to the railroad tracks, and best of all, I 
found my first Middle Peninsula White Ibis.  I was scanning the distant side 
of the Pocket with the scope and saw this immature bird flying over the lily 
pads for a hundred yards or so and then dropping into them and disappearing. 
Fortunately during the spectacular sunset, it  landed on the big duck blind to 
roost for the night, allowing for good scope views of the bird, dwarfed by 24 
Great Egrets, which surprisingly seemed to leave it alone, though they 
themselves bickered over the best roosting spots.In flocks of 5-50, about 450 
Canada Geese straggled into the Pocket at dusk.  One of these geese may have 
been a leucistic Canada, though with the poor light and the distance it was 
tough to tell if it was a Canada/domestic hybrid, or a leucistic bird.  Here 
is my ebird list for The Pocket. 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24813414 


Surprisingly I found no bald eagles all day, though ospreys were all over the 
place. 

All the bestFred Atwood


Frederick D. Atwood Flint Hill School, 10409 Academic Dr, Oakton, VA 22124 
703-242-1675 http://www.agpix.com/fredatwood http://www.flinthill.org 
http://tea.armadaproject.org/tea_atwoodfrontpage.html 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/75425046 AT N06/sets/ 

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Subject: More Yard Birds on Compton Mt - Buchanan Co
From: "Roger Mayhorn" <rogermayhorn AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 29 Aug 2015 23:26:15 -0400
I had some good birds in the yard and stream this morning (Saturday) here on
Compton Mt. Warblers seen were Worm-eating, Tennessee, Hooded,
Chestnut-sided and Yellow-throated. Four woodpecker species, Red-bellied,
Downy, Hairy and Pileated. 

 

Yesterday (Friday) I had most of the above along with a Blue-winged Warbler,
2 Black-and-whites, an immature female Redstart, a pair of Blackburnians, a
Pine Warbler, a female Black-throated Green, 5 Scarlet Tanagers, a male
Indigo, both Red-eyed and Yellow-throated Vireos, an Eastern Wood Pewee,
Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, a Gray Catbird, Cedar Waxwings, Chipping Sparrows
and unfortunately 21 House Sparrows.

 

Roger Mayhorn

Compton Mt

Buchanan County

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Subject: Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (29 Aug 2015) Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: Sat, 29 Aug 2015 17:14:09 -0800
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Aug 29, 2015
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       0             25             25
Bald Eagle                   0              4              4
Northern Harrier             0              1              1
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0             11             11
Cooper's Hawk                0              3              3
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              5              5
Broad-winged Hawk            0            103            103
Red-tailed Hawk              0              6              6
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             0              8              8
Merlin                       0              0              0
Peregrine Falcon             0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              0              0

Total:                       0            166            166
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00 
Observation end   time: 13:00:00 
Total observation time: 5 hours

Official Counter:        Rose Thomas

Observers:        

Visitors:
George and Sheila Stukenborg


Weather:
Same ol, same ol...light westerly breeze, threatening clouds coming and
going, humidity....Temp:21.8>27.2C; Humidity:64%>74%<62%;
Bar.Pressure:2814<2810; Cloud Cover:65% decreasing to 40% TO 10% then
increasing to 35%. Total overcast by 3pm.

Raptor Observations:
Nada, zip, big fat ZERO.  Disappointing but not surprising with persistent
high pressure system.  One resident Red Tail was seen three times.

Non-raptor Observations:
Chimney Swift-15; Cedar Waxwing-4

Predictions:
Chance of Rain?  Please....
========================================================================
Report submitted by Brenda Tekin (brenda AT birdsofvirginia.com)
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://www.rockfishgaphawkwatch.org



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Subject: Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (28 Aug 2015) 4 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: Sat, 29 Aug 2015 17:01:17 -0800
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Aug 28, 2015
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       0             25             25
Bald Eagle                   0              4              4
Northern Harrier             1              1              1
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0             11             11
Cooper's Hawk                0              3              3
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              5              5
Broad-winged Hawk            2            103            103
Red-tailed Hawk              0              6              6
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             1              8              8
Merlin                       0              0              0
Peregrine Falcon             0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              0              0

Total:                       4            166            166
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:15:00 
Observation end   time: 18:00:00 
Total observation time: 8.75 hours

Official Counter:        Brenda Tekin, Rose Thomas

Observers:        Brenda Tekin, Rose Thomas

Visitors:
Mary Mapel


Weather:
Dry conditions continue with stationary high pressure system.  Arrived by
9:15 and a brush fire that apparently started along the shoulder of west
bound I-64 had already begun to move up the mountainside. Emergency crews
were on the scene and more arriving as the thick smoke and yellow flames
could be seen from our observation site across the gap.  The firefighters
worked to contain the fire and thankfully there was not much wind or it
could have quickly gotten away from them.  Things were under control within
an hour.  It is extremely dry with low humidity although yesterday there
was a bit more moisture in the air.  We need a front to push out the
lingering high pressure system.  Slight Westerly to WSW breeze becoming out
of the SE by mid-afternoon.  Temp:21.3C>26.8C; Humidity:78%<54%;
Bar.Pressure:2858<2803; Cloud cover:15% increasing to 75% by 11am then down
to 5% by 5pm.

Raptor Observations:
A really slow day...First migrating raptor, an American Kestrel at 10:39
EST.  Rose was rewarded with the first Northern Harrier of the season.

Non-raptor Observations:
Monarch Butterfly-2; Ruby-throated Hummingbird-5; Chimney Swift-19; Barn
Swallow-3; Cedar Waxwing-15; Saddlebag Dragonfly; a crow flying over with
popcorn.  

Predictions:
More of the same.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Brenda Tekin (brenda AT birdsofvirginia.com)
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch information may be found at:
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Subject: Harvey's Knob (29 Aug 2015) 20 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: Sat, 29 Aug 2015 15:45:15 -0800
Harvey's Knob
Roanoke, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Aug 29, 2015
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                      14             21             21
Bald Eagle                   1             11             11
Northern Harrier             0              0              0
Sharp-shinned Hawk           1              6              6
Cooper's Hawk                0              9              9
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk            1             35             35
Red-tailed Hawk              3              9              9
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             0              5              5
Merlin                       0              1              1
Peregrine Falcon             0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            0              1              1
Unknown Buteo                0              4              4
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              2              2

Total:                      20            104            104
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:30:00 
Observation end   time: 16:00:00 
Total observation time: 7.5 hours

Official Counter:        David Brunstetter

Observers:        Baron Gibson, Matt Hosmer

Visitors:
Baron makes his first visit of the season! There were plenty of other eyes
providing invaluable help.  Matt, Dale, Phillip, Mike, Dillard, Bill,
Andrew and his Mom, and the Goffs all pitched in. 


Weather:
Warm day with temperatures ranging from 68F-77F. Winds started light and
variable, but eventually came at us from the E.  Wind speeds from 0-3. It
was hazy, with visibility of 2. Cloud cover varied from wispy to 100% high
cloud cover later in the day. 

Raptor Observations:
What a day for Team Osprey. We initially saw them on both sides of the Knob
. Later they came in primarily from the E. 
Coming in low and slow just E of the Knob, a Mature Eagle was seen at 1:45.

Non-raptor Observations:
Saw a nice string of Camaros. Baron was impressed by a Miata hauling a
motorcycle. 
15 Monarchs were seen today.

Predictions:
Hopefully we will see hawks. Even if we do not, we know they will get
closer with every day.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Dave Brunstetter (DRB57 AT cox.net)
Harvey's Knob information may be found at:
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Subject: NVBC at Riverbend
From: Larry Meade via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Sat, 29 Aug 2015 18:22:47 -0400
Seventeen birders from the Northern Virginia Bird Club came out for a pleasant 
morning of birding at Riverbend Park in Fairfax County, We started at the 
meadow on the Nature Center side in search of warblers and other migrants. We 
only found a few warblers: American Redstarts, a Canada Warbler, and a Common 
Yellowthroat. We also tallied Red-eyed Vireos, a Yellow-throated Vireo, many 
Eastern Wood-Peewees, several RT Hummingbirds, Indigo Buntings, and a Scarlet 
Tanager. We then moved over to the Visitor Center side and checked out the 
river. Here we experienced an unexpected raptor show with close looks at a 
Cooper's and a Red-tailed Hawk. Soon after that, a Red-shouldered Hawk and an 
Osprey began circled above our heads. We counted forty-nine species in total. 
We had a non-avian highlight when we saw the International Space Station high 
overhead glinting in the early morning sun. We also watched a Swift River 
Cruiser dragonfly laying eggs in the river when it suddenly wa 

 s grabbed by a fish. The insect struggled and was briefly upside down in the 
water, but managed to escape and fly away to pose for photos. 




Larry Meade
Vienna, VA



 


 




 


 
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Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Buggs Island Lake - Hwy 4, Aug 29, 2015
From: Jeff Blalock <jcbabirder AT gcronline.com>
Date: Sat, 29 Aug 2015 15:27:06 -0400
> From: ebird-checklist AT cornell.edu
> Date: August 29, 2015 at 3:24:35 PM EDT
> To: jcbabirder AT gcronline.com
> Subject: eBird Report - Buggs Island Lake - Hwy 4, Aug 29, 2015
> 
> Buggs Island Lake - Hwy 4, Mecklenburg, Virginia, US
> Aug 29, 2015 1:10 PM - 1:40 PM
> Protocol: Stationary
> Comments:     Looking for the Brown Booby
> 1 species
> 
> Brown Booby 1 Brown Booby - Buggs Island Lake - 08-29-2015 

> 
> Click on picture to open in Flickr and Click again to see it enlarged.
> 
> View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24803504 

> 
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
> 
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Subject: Re: Brown Booby
From: Andrew Rapp <lax3birder AT live.com>
Date: Sat, 29 Aug 2015 15:05:49 -0400
Sitting on the buoy now. Bargained a boat ride out to get a closer look.


> On Aug 29, 2015, at 1:10 PM, Jeff Blalock  wrote:
> 
> The Brown Booby is still at Buggs Island Lake now being seen from North Bend 
Park 

> 
> From my iPhone
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> May God Bless and Keep You
> 
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Subject: Snickers Gap (29 Aug 2015) 8 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: Sat, 29 Aug 2015 10:44:20 -0800
Snickers Gap
20 Miles West of Leesburg, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Aug 29, 2015
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       3              3              3
Bald Eagle                   0              3              3
Northern Harrier             0              0              0
Sharp-shinned Hawk           1              7              7
Cooper's Hawk                0              0              0
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              1              1
Broad-winged Hawk            4              8              8
Red-tailed Hawk              0              0              0
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             0              1              1
Merlin                       0              0              0
Peregrine Falcon             0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              0              0

Total:                       8             23             23
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:15:00 
Observation end   time: 13:00:00 
Total observation time: 3.75 hours

Official Counter:        The Littles

Observers:        

Weather:
Warm, muggy and hazy. Occasional light wafts from the east. After 11am, a
line of cumulus clouds built in from the northwest but did not clear the
air or invigorate the winds.

Raptor Observations:
Several Redtails kited and wandered across the ridge. As usual, Black and
Turkey Vultures supplied us with focus checks all day.

Non-raptor Observations:
Lots of Chimney Swifts and Tree Swallows. One Raven, one Red-headed
Woodpecker, one singing White-eyed Vireo.
========================================================================
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Subject: Re: Brown Booby
From: Trista Nealon <trnealon AT comcast.net>
Date: Sat, 29 Aug 2015 13:58:25 -0400
Never mind, too much traffic. If anyone spots it in the a.m. please let me 
know. Will probably head down early a.m. tomorrow. 


Trista 

Sent from my iPhone

> On Aug 29, 2015, at 1:46 PM, Trista Nealon  wrote:
> 
> Is that area accessible until dark? Trying to decide whether to make the trip 
this afternoon. 

> 
> Trista 
> 
> Sent from my iPhone
> 
>> On Aug 29, 2015, at 1:22 PM, Barnett, Lewis  wrote:
>> 
>> Same buoy for us, and also the one to the left.
>> 
>> --
>> Lewis Barnett
>> Sent from my mobile
>> On Aug 29, 2015 11:29 AM, Elisa Enders  wrote:
>> Yesterday, the bird spent most of its time resting on channel marker/buoy 
#3. We viewed it from the boat ramp at North Bend Park. 

>> 
>> Elisa Flanders
>> Portsmouth, VA
>> 
>>> From: lbarnett AT richmond.edu
>>> To: lax3birder AT live.com
>>> Date: Sat, 29 Aug 2015 14:41:06 +0000
>>> CC: va-bird AT listserve.com
>>> Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Brown Booby
>>> 
>>> Been here since about 9, and no sign yet.
>>> 
>>> --
>>> Lewis Barnett
>>> Sent from my mobile
>>> On Aug 29, 2015 10:32 AM, Andrew Rapp  wrote:
>>> Has anyone seen the bird today? I am planning on coming down just wanted to 
see if it had been found today. 

>>> Thanks,
>>> Andrew Rapp
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Subject: Golden-plover still at Huntley
From: Pam and Ben via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Sat, 29 Aug 2015 13:48:38 -0400
Jim Mathews and I birded both sides of the park.  Lots of shorebirds.  In
addition to the golden-plover (which appeared to be an adult not quite yet
molted into winter plumage):

6 killdeer

100 least

22 lesser yellowlegs

3 greater yellowlegs

7 pectoral

1 solitary

1 spotted

1 dowitcher

 

Not much in the way of passerines.  Most notable was an ovenbird.

 

We went to the Stone Bridge north of Dyke Marsh, but the most interesting
thing there was a guy who had gotten his jet ski stuck in the mudflats.
Still 3 hours from low tide.  He was trying to dig his way back to the
water.  I called the police to see if he needed help.  At least he had good
views of the numerous yellowlegs and peeps . . . .

 

Ben Jesup

Alexandria

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Subject: Re: Brown Booby
From: Trista Nealon <trnealon AT comcast.net>
Date: Sat, 29 Aug 2015 13:46:14 -0400
Is that area accessible until dark? Trying to decide whether to make the trip 
this afternoon. 


Trista 

Sent from my iPhone

> On Aug 29, 2015, at 1:22 PM, Barnett, Lewis  wrote:
> 
> Same buoy for us, and also the one to the left.
> 
> --
> Lewis Barnett
> Sent from my mobile
> On Aug 29, 2015 11:29 AM, Elisa Enders  wrote:
> Yesterday, the bird spent most of its time resting on channel marker/buoy #3. 
We viewed it from the boat ramp at North Bend Park. 

> 
> Elisa Flanders
> Portsmouth, VA
> 
>> From: lbarnett AT richmond.edu
>> To: lax3birder AT live.com
>> Date: Sat, 29 Aug 2015 14:41:06 +0000
>> CC: va-bird AT listserve.com
>> Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Brown Booby
>> 
>> Been here since about 9, and no sign yet.
>> 
>> --
>> Lewis Barnett
>> Sent from my mobile
>> On Aug 29, 2015 10:32 AM, Andrew Rapp  wrote:
>> Has anyone seen the bird today? I am planning on coming down just wanted to 
see if it had been found today. 

>> Thanks,
>> Andrew Rapp
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Subject: Buff-breasted & Baird's Sandpipers - Staunton View Park
From: Paul Glass <pag AT gcrcompany.com>
Date: Sat, 29 Aug 2015 13:46:00 -0400
Jeff Blalock and I had a nice morning birding Staunton View Park along the
borders of Halifax, Mecklenburg, and Charlotte Counties.  The lake level is
down to 298' exposing the most mudflats that we've seen in a couple years.
Consequently a few good birds were around.  Hightlights were both a
BUFF-BREASTED and a BAIRD'S Sandpiper foraging in the grassy area in the
center of the flat straight out from the parking area.  Other shorebirds
included Black-bellied and Semipalmated Plovers, Killdeer, Sanderling,
Least, Semipalmated, Spotted, Solitary, and Pectoral Sandpipers, and Greater
and Lesser Yellowlegs.  Terns included  FORSTER'S, Caspian, and Black.
Waders included Great-blue, Little-blue, and Green Herons and Great Egrets.
No Ibis today.

Paul Glass
South Boston, VA
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Subject: Re: Brown Booby
From: "Barnett, Lewis" <lbarnett AT richmond.edu>
Date: Sat, 29 Aug 2015 17:22:43 +0000
Same buoy for us, and also the one to the left.

--
Lewis Barnett
Sent from my mobile
On Aug 29, 2015 11:29 AM, Elisa Enders  wrote:
Yesterday, the bird spent most of its time resting on channel marker/buoy #3. 
We viewed it from the boat ramp at North Bend Park. 


Elisa Flanders
Portsmouth, VA

> From: lbarnett AT richmond.edu
> To: lax3birder AT live.com
> Date: Sat, 29 Aug 2015 14:41:06 +0000
> CC: va-bird AT listserve.com
> Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Brown Booby
>
> Been here since about 9, and no sign yet.
>
> --
> Lewis Barnett
> Sent from my mobile
> On Aug 29, 2015 10:32 AM, Andrew Rapp  wrote:
> Has anyone seen the bird today? I am planning on coming down just wanted to 
see if it had been found today. 

> Thanks,
> Andrew Rapp
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Subject: Brown Booby
From: Jeff Blalock <jcbabirder AT gcronline.com>
Date: Sat, 29 Aug 2015 13:10:11 -0400
The Brown Booby is still at Buggs Island Lake now being seen from North Bend 
Park 


From my iPhone

May God Bless and Keep You

Jeff Blalock
103 Elizabeth Court
South Boston VA 24592
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Subject: Re: Brown Booby
From: "Barnett, Lewis" <lbarnett AT richmond.edu>
Date: Sat, 29 Aug 2015 16:26:51 +0000
Bird is now visible from North Bend on the swimming beach side.

--
Lewis Barnett
Sent from my mobile
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Has anyone seen the bird today? I am planning on coming down just wanted to see 
if it had been found today. 

Thanks,
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Subject: Leesylvania SP nuthatch, migrants
From: "Marc Ribaudo" <moribaudo AT verizon.net>
Date: Sat, 29 Aug 2015 12:18:26 -0400
My visit to Leesylvania SP in Woodbridge got off to a great start this morning 
when I found a brown-headed nuthatch in the picnic area, between the restrooms 
and the river. I heard the bird calling, giving its distinctive squeaky-toy 
call, and then found it about 10 feet overhead on a bare branch. No question 
about the i.d. As I started to leave the area I ran into Linda Chittum, and we 
were able to re-find the bird. We then went up to the Confederate battery on 
Freestone Pt., where an owl tape brought in a great rush of birds, including a 
Lawrence’s warbler (blue-winged golden-winged hybrid). I did not get a great 
look, but it had bright yellow underparts and forehead, black throat and chin, 
and some black around the eye. Other birds included redstart, Cape May, parula, 
yellow-throated, and yellow warblers. The hillside below the ruins was the next 
hot spot, where we added Nashville, Canada, black-and-white warblers, common 
yellowthroat, Baltimore oriole, and indigo bunting. At the boardwalk at Bushy 
Pt. we found 3 empids together low in the vegetation. Two were clearly least 
flycatchers. The third appeared greener with a narrower eye ring. Not sure what 
it was. Other birds in the area included scarlet tanager, yellow-throated 
vireo, ovenbird, and prothonotary warbler. A walk along the railroad tracks 
yielded chestnut-sided warbler. All in all a productive morning. The complete 
list is below. 


Marc Ribaudo

Leesylvania State Park - CPW04, Prince William, Virginia, US
Aug 29, 2015 6:25 AM - 10:54 AM
Protocol: Traveling
4.0 mile(s)
Comments:     Submitted from  BirdLog NA for Android v1.9.6
57 species (+2 other taxa)

Mallard  4
Double-crested Cormorant  3
Turkey Vulture  1
Osprey  6
Bald Eagle  1
Laughing Gull  30
Ring-billed Gull  8
Caspian Tern  1
Forster's Tern  2
Mourning Dove  3
Eastern Screech-Owl  2
Chimney Swift  6
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  2
Red-bellied Woodpecker  6
Downy Woodpecker  8
Hairy Woodpecker  3
Northern Flicker  1
Pileated Woodpecker  3
Eastern Wood-Pewee  6
Least Flycatcher  2
Empidonax sp.  1
Great Crested Flycatcher  3
Yellow-throated Vireo  1
Red-eyed Vireo  10
Blue Jay  10
American Crow  5
Fish Crow  2
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  2
Tree Swallow  2
Carolina Chickadee  14
Tufted Titmouse  14
White-breasted Nuthatch  4
Brown-headed Nuthatch 1 Heard its distinctive squeaky toy call first. Located 
bird in pines between restrooms and river. Small nuthatch, brown cap, white 
cheek, chest and belly, Grayish back. Continued to vocalize. 

Carolina Wren  8
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  6
Eastern Bluebird  7
American Robin  16
European Starling  4
Ovenbird  2
Lawrence's Warbler (hybrid) 1 Bright yellow underparts and forehead. Black 
throat and chin. 

Black-and-white Warbler  3
Prothonotary Warbler  2
Nashville Warbler  1
Common Yellowthroat  2
American Redstart  5
Cape May Warbler  1
Northern Parula  5
Yellow Warbler  1
Chestnut-sided Warbler  1
Yellow-throated Warbler  1
Canada Warbler  1
Chipping Sparrow  3
Summer Tanager  1
Scarlet Tanager  1
Northern Cardinal  12
Indigo Bunting  3
Common Grackle  8
Baltimore Oriole  2
American Goldfinch  12
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Subject: Re: Brown Booby
From: Elisa Enders <elisaenders AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sat, 29 Aug 2015 11:29:56 -0400
Yesterday, the bird spent most of its time resting on channel marker/buoy #3. 
We viewed it from the boat ramp at North Bend Park. 


Elisa Flanders
Portsmouth, VA

> From: lbarnett AT richmond.edu
> To: lax3birder AT live.com
> Date: Sat, 29 Aug 2015 14:41:06 +0000
> CC: va-bird AT listserve.com
> Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Brown Booby
> 
> Been here since about 9, and no sign yet.
> 
> --
> Lewis Barnett
> Sent from my mobile
> On Aug 29, 2015 10:32 AM, Andrew Rapp  wrote:
> Has anyone seen the bird today? I am planning on coming down just wanted to 
see if it had been found today. 

> Thanks,
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Subject: Re: Brown Booby
From: "Barnett, Lewis" <lbarnett AT richmond.edu>
Date: Sat, 29 Aug 2015 14:41:06 +0000
Been here since about 9, and no sign yet.

--
Lewis Barnett
Sent from my mobile
On Aug 29, 2015 10:32 AM, Andrew Rapp  wrote:
Has anyone seen the bird today? I am planning on coming down just wanted to see 
if it had been found today. 

Thanks,
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Subject: Brown Booby
From: Andrew Rapp <lax3birder AT live.com>
Date: Sat, 29 Aug 2015 10:31:34 -0400
Has anyone seen the bird today? I am planning on coming down just wanted to see 
if it had been found today. 

Thanks,
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Subject: Immature Red-Headed Woodpecker
From: wesley233 AT comcast.net
Date: Sat, 29 Aug 2015 11:11:13 +0000 (UTC)
Here at Lake Monticello we have had Red-Headed Woodpeckers for several years, 
well this week we have been treated to the visits of an Immature one, or two, 
to our suet feeder. How grand to see they are happy here and breeding. Liz 
Myers 

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Subject: Brown-headed nuthatch, Leesylvania SP
From: Marc Ribaudo <moribaudo AT verizon.net>
Date: Sat, 29 Aug 2015 06:57:15 -0400
I am watching  Brown-headed nuthatch in the picnic area near the restrooms.

Marc Ribaudo

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Subject: Manassas Battlefield NP and Bull Run river today 28 August
From: Stephen Johnson <stevejohnson2 AT verizon.net>
Date: Fri, 28 Aug 2015 21:01:41 -0400
Highlights from Manassas Battlefield Nat'l Park, NY Monuments area, and Bull 
Run river near Clifton - these are both Prince William County. 


MBNP / NY Monuments early morning 28 Aug:

Yellow-Billed Cuckoo, Ruby-Throated Hummingbird, 5 Woodpecker spp
Vireos: Red-Eyed and White-Eyed
Warblers: Magnolia, Redstart, Chestnut-Sided (at least 2, possibly 4+)

I rescinded my eBird report (from yesterday) of a R-C Kinglet here. The bird 
was too far away from me, and my looks at it were too brief, to claim such an 
exceptionally early sighting. That is to say, never mind that Kinglet I was 
going on about, yesterday. 


Interesting note: We had 3 warbler spp at NY Monuments on two consecutive 
mornings (yesterday and today), with zero overlap. Today's 3 are all different 
from yesterday's. I infer that most of these warblers are just dropping by at 
this location for a few hours or a day, no longer. At least it appears that way 
this week, this year, at this location. 


Bull Run (via kayak, at Bull Run Marina), 5-7PM 28 Aug

Wood Ducks
Green Heron - 3, probable family
Bald Eagle adult
Yellow-Billed Cuckoo - 3; a pair together, another one elsewhere

And at both locations, we had single Common Nighthawks, our FOS.

Non-avian: a slap-happy beaver in Bull Run.

Steve Johnson and Lynn Rafferty
Fairfax, Virginia

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Subject: Harvey's Knob (28 Aug 2015) Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: Fri, 28 Aug 2015 16:09:21 -0800
Harvey's Knob
Roanoke, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Aug 28, 2015
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       0              7              7
Bald Eagle                   0             10             10
Northern Harrier             0              0              0
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0              5              5
Cooper's Hawk                0              9              9
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk            0             34             34
Red-tailed Hawk              0              6              6
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             0              5              5
Merlin                       0              1              1
Peregrine Falcon             0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            0              1              1
Unknown Buteo                0              4              4
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              2              2

Total:                       0             84             84
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:30:00 
Observation end   time: 15:15:00 
Total observation time: 5.75 hours

Official Counter:        David Kirk

Observers:        Barry Kinzie, Darryl Martin, King Irvin, Mike Crowder

Visitors:
It was good to spend time with King Ervin and hearing of his many travels
as well as many interesting citizen science projects that has engaged his
interest and time.


Weather:
Winds from the ENE for most of the day at Beaufort 2 with periods of calm.
Temperatures ranged from low of 68F to high of 78F by end of watch.  Cloud
cover was minimal at 5% increasing to no more that 15%.  No precipitation.
Visibility was a 2 with heavy haze in Great Valley in the a.m. and
remaining for most of the day.

Raptor Observations:
No raptors today with the exception of one local Red Tail.

Non-raptor Observations:
5 Monarchs seen as well as several ravens and TV.  Minimal traffice on Blue
Ridge Parkway.  

Predictions:
Same as today
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Report submitted by David Kirk (dakirk42 AT cox.net)
Harvey's Knob information may be found at:
http://bijame.googlepages.com/home



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Subject: Shorebirds at Hunting Creek , Alexandria
From: Edward Eder <nutmegz AT mac.com>
Date: Fri, 28 Aug 2015 18:09:16 -0400
First year Wilson’s Phalarope and a Dowitcher (probable SB) seen off the 
Hunting Creek mudflats at 5 PM today. 

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Subject: Re: Brown Booby present 8/28
From: Ellison Orcutt <mr.ellyo AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 28 Aug 2015 17:25:19 -0400
Subject bird has been sitting on a buoy for the last 75 minutes best viewed 
looking roughly south from North Bank Park. 


Ellison 

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Subject: Riverbend Park: Meadow Birds
From: Donald Sweig <skybirds.d AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 28 Aug 2015 16:10:13 -0400
Even starting as late as 8:45, my friend and I found a few interesting birds in 
the meadow at Riverbend Park this morning. The most interesting bird was the 
probable Tennessee Warbler that was seen briefly foraging in the bushes below 
the tall trees along Jeffrey Road. The bird clearly had a thinner, smaller, 
more pointed beak than on any of the the several Red-eyed Vireos we saw this 
morning. (Tennessee warblers have been found in this exact location many times 
over the past several years.) 

 We also found two Magnolia warblers; was one an adult and one a juvie; other 
adult was found later at a different location in the meadow. 

 We also saw at least four Red-eyed vireos, heard two Yellow-throated vireos, 
both saw and heard several Pee-wees and saw a couple of Phoebes. There was a 
yellow (fall plumage) Scarlet Tanager with strong black wings, and a juvenile 
Great-crested flycatcher in the tree by the car when we returned to the parking 
lot, also a yellow, American Redstart nearby. Also about a half a dozen 
Blue-grey gnatcatchers, a couple of bluebirds, three Catbirds and a House Wren 
investigating a bluebird box. We also found at least three, maybe four, 
hummingbirds, both perched and flying around. There were copious Goldfinches 
everywhere. 

 The meadow was quite beautiful with lots of blooming yellow wings-stem and 
purple thistle. All-in-all, a very nice morning ! 

 The predicted South winds for the next few days do not suggest that we're 
going to have a strong influx of new migrants for awhile. 

   Donald Sweig
   Falls Church, Virginia

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Subject: Re: Brown Booby present 8/28
From: Ellison Orcutt <mr.ellyo AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 28 Aug 2015 15:27:09 -0400
Visible now from North Bend Park at the swimming beach but active and often 
flying towards the damn and out of view. Going to search for better views. 


Ellison 

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Subject: FYI: Possible Immature ZONE TAILED HAWK (not Kite oops!) - Lake Smith/Aragona/Independence Area - VA BEACH
From: "Tracy" <tltaterbug44 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 28 Aug 2015 15:10:36 -0400
Hi All -

I know this is going to sound crazy but I am pretty certain of what I saw and 
hope someone else will see it and get pictures. I was sitting on my front porch 
looking at the sky out over Lake Smith wondering why the crows were all riled 
up somewhere close and saw floating over above me an all dark bird with its 
wings in a slight dihedral. I picked up my binoculars since it was directly 
overhead and not too high and looked at the bird that I assumed would be a 
Turkey Vulture though it didn’t look quite right since with naked eye I could 
see the head looked a little larger than expected and was the dark color of the 
body, as well as seeing with naked eye that it had prominent yellow legs 
against its dark body. As I looked at the bird from underneath with binocs, I 
thought “Wow! That is some crazy speckling on the body and breast and the 
close to body inner underwing.” It looked like someone had pointed a spray 
paint gun at the body of the bird and covered it quickly with white dots that 
were evenly spread over the area and against the rest of the dark body that had 
a brownish cast to it. The speckling was really distinct and I had no idea what 
the bird was having never seen anything like it before. It had a longish tail 
that was kept folded as it flew in the slight dihedral in circles and then 
across the lake toward Thoroughgood. On the folded tail I could see just one 
thick inner band of lighter color and then the thick outer terminal dark band. 
I knew that Zone-tailed Hawks looked like Turkey Vulture in flight and manner 
and flew with them often in their normal habitats but since I didn’t see the 
thin banding of the tail that I expected, I began to think of other all dark 
birds even though at first glance it looked more like the size of TV, so I 
considered an eagle like a Golden Eagle since it was flying in a dihedral and 
then discounted due to the size of the bird and the speckling being so distinct 
and symmetrical and obviously it seemed to me to be an important field mark. 


I watched it soar and also saw it do a wing tuck and dive which didn’t look 
very Turkey Vulture like. I remembered that earlier today while nailing down 
the location of the young Mississippi Kite (as well as an adult and subadult) 
over the Aragona/Sullivan/Ferry Plantation area of VA BEACH, that I had been 
watching a Kite, two Turkey Vulture, two Cooper’s Hawks and a Black Vulture 
against the horizon and had noticed one of the supposed Turkey Vultures 
suddenly tuck its wings and do a steep stoop down to the treeline and I had 
thought, “interesting I have never seen a TV dive like that, it was kind of 
like a Kite dive” in reading about the Zone-Tailed Hawk which is often 
mistaken or assumed to be a Turkey vulture, I read that they will fly with 
vultures and suddenly do low to the ground quick drop stoops to surprise their 
prey (birds, small reptiles and mammals). Maybe that was the same bird and it 
is sticking around the area for the day. 


I saw the bird well and watched it for a good amount of time. I can only say, I 
think it was an immature Zone-tailed Hawk due to those crazy speckles. 
Hopefully someone else will see this bird and get some photos since it is not 
supposed to be here and I almost think I imagined it! Kites really weren’t 
supposed to be here either though, so you never know. If anyone has other ideas 
or an encounter with a similar bird, please let me know. 


Tracy Tate
VA Beach

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Subject: FYI Possible Immature Zone Tailed Kite - Lake Smith/Aragona/Independence Area - VA BEACH
From: "Tracy" <tltaterbug44 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 28 Aug 2015 14:40:05 -0400
Hi All -

I know this is going to sound crazy but I am pretty certain of what I saw and 
hope someone else will see it and get pictures. I was sitting on my front porch 
looking at the sky out over Lake Smith wondering why the crows were all riled 
up somewhere close and saw floating over above me an all dark bird with its 
wings in a slight dihedral. I picked up my binoculars since it was directly 
overhead and not too high and looked at the bird that I assumed would be a 
Turkey Vulture though it didn’t look quite right since with naked eye I could 
see the head looked a little larger than expected and was the dark color of the 
body, as well as seeing with naked eye that it had prominent yellow legs 
against its dark body. As I looked at the bird from underneath with binocs, I 
thought “Wow! That is some crazy speckling on the body and breast and the 
close to body inner underwing.” It looked like someone had pointed a spray 
paint gun at the body of the bird and covered it quickly with white dots that 
were evenly spread over the area and against the rest of the dark body that had 
a brownish cast to it. The speckling was really distinct and I had no idea what 
the bird was having never seen anything like it before. It had a longish tail 
that was kept folded as it flew in the slight dihedral in circles and then 
across the lake toward Thoroughgood. On the folded tail I could see just one 
thick inner band of lighter color and then the thick outer terminal dark band. 
I knew that Zone-tailed Hawks looked like Turkey Vulture in flight and manner 
and flew with them often in their normal habitats but since I didn’t see the 
thin banding of the tail that I expected, I began to think of other all dark 
birds even though at first glance it looked more like the size of TV, so I 
considered an eagle like a Golden Eagle since it was flying in a dihedral and 
then discounted due to the size of the bird and the speckling being so distinct 
and symmetrical and obviously it seemed to me to be an important field mark. 


I watched it soar and also saw it do a wing tuck and dive which didn’t look 
very Turkey Vulture like. I remembered that earlier today while nailing down 
the location of the young Mississippi Kite (as well as an adult and subadult) 
over the Aragona/Sullivan/Ferry Plantation area of VA BEACH, that I had been 
watching a Kite, two Turkey Vulture, two Cooper’s Hawks and a Black Vulture 
against the horizon and had noticed one of the supposed Turkey Vultures 
suddenly tuck its wings and do a steep stoop down to the treeline and I had 
thought, “interesting I have never seen a TV dive like that, it was kind of 
like a Kite dive” in reading about the Zone-Tailed Hawk which is often 
mistaken or assumed to be a Turkey vulture, I read that they will fly with 
vultures and suddenly do low to the ground quick drop stoops to surprise their 
prey (birds, small reptiles and mammals). Maybe that was the same bird and it 
is sticking around the area for the day. 


I saw the bird well and watched it for a good amount of time. I can only say, I 
think it was an immature Zone-tailed Hawk due to those crazy speckles. 
Hopefully someone else will see this bird and get some photos since it is not 
supposed to be here and I almost think I imagined it! Kites really weren’t 
supposed to be here either though, so you never know. If anyone has other ideas 
or an encounter with a similar bird, please let me know. 


Tracy Tate
VA Beach

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Subject: Roger Tory Petersen
From: Harry Glasgow via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Fri, 28 Aug 2015 15:00:01 +0000 (UTC)
   Todayis the 107th anniversary of the birth of Roger Tory Petersen.   A 
recent issue of the radio and on-lineservice Bird-Note, had this item about RTP 
: Petersen's favorite bird was theKing Penguin. He said: "Others see little 
clowns, ridiculous dwarfs,little people dressed in feathers. But they are far 
from that. They are highlyspecialized birds dedicated to penguinism, a life 
molded by the cold,impersonal sea, harsh climate and the crowded colonies in 
which theyreproduce.”   Readers are advised toadd penguinism to their bird 
vocabularies.HarryGlasgowFriendsof Huntley Meadows 

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Subject: B Booby
From: Jeff Blalock <jcbabirder AT gcronline.com>
Date: Fri, 28 Aug 2015 09:46:30 -0400
Just had it flying around again watched it for three minutes before I lost 
sight of it 


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South Boston VA 24592
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Subject: Huntley Meadows
From: Edward Eder <nutmegz AT mac.com>
Date: Fri, 28 Aug 2015 09:12:20 -0400
An American Golden Plover and a Wilson's Snipe seen about 0800 today.

Ed Eder

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Subject: Brown Booby
From: Jeff Blalock <jcbabirder AT gcronline.com>
Date: Fri, 28 Aug 2015 08:11:26 -0400
Just saw the Brown Booby flying by and landing on the water above the dam at 
0800 08-28-2015 


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South Boston VA 24592
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Subject: Brown Booby present 8/28
From: Arun Bose <arun1bose AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 28 Aug 2015 07:56:51 -0400
From north park 

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