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2 Apr ????? Prairie Falcon sightings ???? [Donald Sweig ]
2 Apr College Creek Hawkwatch 1,000th Bird and March Total [Brian Taber via va-bird ]
02 Apr Prince William County [Marc Ribaudo ]
2 Apr Crozet, VA; 4/2/17 ["Marshall Faintich" ]
2 Apr Great Falls N. P. Bird Walk 04/02/17 (Fairfax County) [Dendroica--- via va-bird ]
2 Apr Dyke Marsh, Apr 2, 2017 [Larry Meade via va-bird ]
2 Apr Great Dismal Swamp NWR--Canal Trail, Apr 2, 2017 [G B Harris ]
2 Apr FOS Phoebe [morann--- via va-bird ]
2 Apr Prince William and Fairfax Co morning [Deapesh Misra via va-bird ]
1 Apr Prairie Falcon [Wendy Ealding ]
1 Apr Three CHIPPIES in Falls Church, [Donald Sweig ]
2 Apr Prairie falcons [balexandrescu via va-bird ]
1 Apr Purple finches ["Ed and Helen Morgan" ]
1 Apr Indian River Park, Apr 1, 2017 [G B Harris ]
01 Apr Whip-poor-will, Prince William Co [Marc Ribaudo ]
1 Apr No prairie falcon this afternoon, but some consolation [Pam and Ben via va-bird ]
1 Apr Re: Prairie Falcon [Vineeta ]
1 Apr Birds seen in Alexandria, VA 4/1/17 [janet anderson via va-bird ]
1 Apr Re: No prairie falcon this afternoon, but some consolation [Robnoblestar via va-bird ]
1 Apr Re: No prairie falcon this afternoon, but some consolation [Amanda Dymacek ]
1 Apr Burke Lake: LOONS [Donald Sweig ]
01 Apr Huntley Meadows Walk for April 1 ["Larry Cartwright" ]
1 Apr Purple Finches [Craig Zalk ]
1 Apr Evening Grosbeak in Gloucester [Eirlys Barker ]
01 Apr Prince William and Fairfax Co morning [Marc Ribaudo ]
1 Apr Sora--Paradise Creek Nature Park, Portsmouth [David Gibson ]
1 Apr Prairie Falcon is at the Power Plant now (8:30) ["tkiraly AT tminustendesigns.com" ]
29 Mar Long tailed duck pair DC/Arlington [Karen Fairweather ]
29 Mar Louisiana Waterthrush at Gulf Branch Nature Center [Kenneth Rosenthal ]
29 Mar Long tailed duck pair DC/Arlington [Karen Fairweather ]
29 Mar Palm warbler [Lee ]
29 Mar Leesylvania SP - Yellow-throated Warbler [Keith Maley via va-bird ]
28 Mar Prairie Falcon ["Bruno, Rexanne" ]
29 Mar Re: More RFI: PRAIRIE FALCON [Will McPhail ]
28 Mar Re: Prairie Falcon ["Bruno, Rexanne" ]
29 Mar VSO Conservation Grants announcement [Patti Reum ]
29 Mar Re: More RFI: PRAIRIE FALCON [Rob Bielawski ]
29 Mar More RFI: PRAIRIE FALCON [Donald Sweig ]
28 Mar FW: DC Area, 3/28/2017 ["Joe Coleman" ]
28 Mar Palm Warbler, Great Falls NP - Tundra Swans, Lake Anne [David Young ]
28 Mar Snipe / Frederick Co. ["Jon Little" ]
28 Mar Prairie Falcon in Alexandria [Dave Larsen - Birding ]
28 Mar Re: Chandler Robbins [Sunny Yoder ]
28 Mar scaup on the tidal basin [m b ]
28 Mar Re: Chandler Robbins [David White ]
28 Mar Prairie Falcon present around 9:45 [Alan Handley ]
28 Mar Re: Prairie Falcon - Yes [Ezra Staengl ]
28 Mar Prairie Falcon still At Power Plant [drew kulick ]
28 Mar Louisiana waterthrush calling in Quinton, VA ["Hobson, Chris (DCR)" ]
28 Mar Re: Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk [Lori Keeler ]
28 Mar Have you been following the Richmond Falcon Cam? ["Ruthenberg, Jessica (DGIF)" ]
28 Mar Clarification re: Chan Robbins Memorial Service [Roberta Reichwein ]
28 Mar Early Eastern Whip-poor-will ["Ludwig, Chris (DCR)" ]
27 Mar 3 Peregrine Falcons - 3/23/2017 - Falls Church, VA [janet anderson via va-bird ]
28 Mar Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk [Harry Glasgow via va-bird ]
27 Mar Yesterday/Prairie Falcon chasing Merlin Sunday morning at the Potomac River Generator Station [Todd Kiraly ]
27 Mar Re: Info about Chan Robbins [Daniel Joslyn ]
27 Mar 5:26pm Prairie Falcon [Sandra Farkas ]
27 Mar Great Dismal Swamp NWR, Jericho Lane [G B Harris ]
27 Mar Sparrow with pink bill, Alexandira [Claire Kluskens ]
27 Mar Re: Info about Chan Robbins [Janice Frye ]
27 Mar Re: Prairie Falcon - Yes [Daniel Joslyn ]
27 Mar Re: Info about Chan Robbins ["Bill McGovern" ]
27 Mar Info about Chan Robbins [Roberta Reichwein ]
27 Mar Prairie Falcon - Yes [Melissa Roach ]
27 Mar Vesper Sparrows at Blandy Experimental Farm ["Carr, David E. (dec5z)" ]
27 Mar eBird -- Lake Frederick -- Mar 27, 2017 Frederick Co. []
27 Mar Re: Alexandria - Prairie Falcon [Daniel Joslyn ]
27 Mar Chandler Robbins [Sunny Yoder ]
27 Mar Great Falls Bird Walk 03/26/17 (Fairfax County) [Dendroica--- via va-bird ]
26 Mar Chandler Robbins [Sunny Yoder ]
27 Mar Augusta County today (78 species, Marsh Wren, migrants) [Gabriel Mapel via va-bird ]
26 Mar Black-throated Green Warbler, Williamsburg [Nick Newberry ]
26 Mar Re: Alexandria - Prairie Falcon [Fred Atwood ]
26 Mar Possible Crow Nest in Alexandria [William Boyd ]
26 Mar Mason Neck State Park eagles and coots ["Larry Cartwright" ]

Subject: ????? Prairie Falcon sightings ????
From: Donald Sweig <skybirds.d AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 2 Apr 2017 21:26:30 -0400
 If anyone has seen the Prairie falcon on Sunday I would appreciate knowing 
when and where. Also the first thing in the morning. 

   thank you,
   Donald Sweig
   Falls Church, Virginia

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Subject: College Creek Hawkwatch 1,000th Bird and March Total
From: Brian Taber via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Sun, 2 Apr 2017 17:21:30 -0400
We always track the 1,000th bird to see how the season is progressing and 
yesterday, Bill Williams was on hand as a Sharp-shinned Hawk cruised past for 
number 1,000. The date for the event last year was the second earliest ever, on 
March 23rd. The 3 previous years were April 6th, April 3rd and April 21st, so 
we're on the early side of the 21-year average. 


The total for March was 626, 4th lowest over the past 10 years...following our 
2nd best February ever. Many days saw no coverage due to weather. 


And today, despite steady north winds, we were surprised to tally our 10th best 
day ever, at 153. There were 8 species and 7 Northern Harriers, which is very 
good for the site, as the daily high is 10. April is off to a very fast start. 
All data is shown at the Hawkcount.org website. 


The season total stands at 1166.

The hawkwatch is located on the James River, along the Colonial Parkway, about 
3 miles southeast of Williamsburg. 


Brian Taber
Coastal VA Wildlife Observatory 
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Subject: Prince William County
From: Marc Ribaudo <moribaudo AT verizon.net>
Date: Sun, 02 Apr 2017 17:07:43 -0400
I birded several sites in Woodbridge this morning, tallying 78 species.  
Highlights were yellow-throated warblers, common loon, many hermit thrush, and 
red-headed woodpecker in Leesylvania State Park; red-breasted nuthatch, rusty 
blackbirds, Bonaparte's gull, Caspian and Forster's terns and greater 
yellowlegs at Occoquan NWR; many singing ruby-crowned kinglets at both sites, 
and numerous gnatcatchers.  


Marc Ribaudo

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Subject: Crozet, VA; 4/2/17
From: "Marshall Faintich" <marshall AT faintich.net>
Date: Sun, 2 Apr 2017 15:23:43 -0400
I logged 32 avian species here in Old Trail, not including at least 5 other
avian species that have been here the past few days, but including 2 new Old
Trail species for me: a Pine Warbler (my Old Trail #108) and 3 or more Rusty
Blackbirds (my Old Trail #109). I also saw a fox (by the pond behind the
lodge) for the second time since moving here last August, and this time was
able to get a few photos of it. Report and photos:

 

 
http://www.faintich.net/Blog2017/2017_04_02.htm

 

___________________________

Marshall Faintich

Crozet, VA

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www.faintich.net  

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 N. P. Bird Walk 04/02/17 (Fairfax County)
From: Dendroica--- via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Sun, 2 Apr 2017 15:21:13 -0400
Keith Huffman led our group of  nine. We collectively observed 38  species 
of birds.  An adult Rusty Blackbird was a highlight---a species we  seldom 
find on our Sunday walks here. We meet every Sunday,weather permitting,  at 8 
AM in the visitors center parking lot.  Birders, come join  us.
 
Posted by Ralph Wall
 
The List:
 
Canada Goose  12
Mallard  11
Ring-necked Duck   12
Bufflehead  5
Common Merganser  3
Double-crested  Cormorant  33
Great Blue Heron  23
Black Vulture   8
Turkey Vulture  10
Bald Eagle  1
Ring-billed Gull   1
Mourning Dove  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  10
Downy  Woodpecker  4
Pileated Woodpecker  1
Eastern Phoebe   6
Blue Jay  8
American Crow  8
Fish Crow  10
Tree  Swallow  6
Carolina Chickadee  8
Tufted Titmouse   11
White-breasted Nuthatch  4
Carolina Wren  4
Golden-crowned  Kinglet  1
Eastern Bluebird  2
American Robin  1
Palm  Warbler  1
Yellow-rumped Warbler  6
Chipping Sparrow   3
Dark-eyed Junco  7
White-throated Sparrow  1
Song  Sparrow  1
Northern Cardinal  8
Red-winged Blackbird   2
Rusty Blackbird  1
Brown-headed Cowbird  5
American  Goldfinch  9

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Subject: Dyke Marsh, Apr 2, 2017
From: Larry Meade via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Sun, 2 Apr 2017 15:13:07 -0400
 A sizable group of birders came out this morning to enjoy a beautiful and 
interesting morning of birding. It was the Friends of Dyke Marsh sponsored 
Sunday morning Dyke Marsh walk held every Sunday morning at 8:00 AM which is 
free and open to all. Our group had nice diversity in terms of age and birding 
experience and was fun showing birds to people whicb they had not seen before, 
Some highlights included active Bald Eagles and Ospreys throughout the morning. 
One pair of Bald Eagles perched closely together not too far from the deck at 
the end of the boardwalk. The female kept vocalizing loudly right in the ear of 
the male. We can only imagine what she was complaining about. We also spotted 
four species of swallows including a pair of Purple Martins flying over the 
picnic area and a Barn Swallow at the end of the boardwalk. Grebes were 
agreeable as both species swam close for good views. Also, a Red-tailed Hawk 
flew in and landed just over our heads and then took off with a 

 Blue Jay in pursuit. A Brown Creeper, Winter Wren and Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 
put in appearances and represented wintering birds well. 


Larry Meade
Merrifield, VA

 

 


Dyke Marsh, Fairfax, Virginia, US
Apr 2, 2017 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.5 mile(s)
56 species

Canada Goose  30
Wood Duck  2
American Black Duck  5
Mallard  12
Lesser Scaup  50
Bufflehead  7
Hooded Merganser  1
Common Merganser  3
Red-breasted Merganser  3
Common Loon  3     Flyover
Pied-billed Grebe  4
Horned Grebe  6
Double-crested Cormorant  10
Great Blue Heron  2
Osprey  9
Bald Eagle  6
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Ring-billed Gull  40
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  3
Mourning Dove  8
Red-bellied Woodpecker  5
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  1
Downy Woodpecker  8
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  1
Eastern Phoebe  3
Blue Jay  4
American Crow  2
Fish Crow  6
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  4
Purple Martin  2
Tree Swallow  15
Barn Swallow  1
Carolina Chickadee  10
Tufted Titmouse  4
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
Brown Creeper  1
Winter Wren  1
Carolina Wren  7
Golden-crowned Kinglet  1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  1
American Robin  12
Northern Mockingbird  1
European Starling  3
Yellow-rumped Warbler  2
White-throated Sparrow  8
Song Sparrow  6
Swamp Sparrow  1
Eastern Towhee  2
Northern Cardinal  14
Red-winged Blackbird  20
Common Grackle  4
Brown-headed Cowbird  1
House Finch  4
American Goldfinch  8
House Sparrow  3

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Subject: Great Dismal Swamp NWR--Canal Trail, Apr 2, 2017
From: G B Harris <gbhrlh AT cox.net>
Date: Sun, 2 Apr 2017 12:45:14 -0400
Birders:

6 warbler species,

> 
> Great Dismal Swamp NWR--Canal Trail, Chesapeake, Virginia, US
> Apr 2, 2017 8:30 AM - 10:35 AM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 1.0 mile(s)
> Comments:     GBH-RLH
> 27 species
> 
> Canada Goose  2
> Turkey Vulture  2
> Bald Eagle  2
> Red-shouldered Hawk  1
> Laughing Gull  43
> Mourning Dove  3
> Barred Owl  2
> Red-bellied Woodpecker  2
> Pileated Woodpecker  4
> Carolina Chickadee  3
> Tufted Titmouse  4
> Carolina Wren  5
> Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  5
> Ruby-crowned Kinglet  4
> Hermit Thrush  2
> American Robin  4
> Ovenbird  2
> Black-and-white Warbler  5
> Pine Warbler  4
> Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)  3
> Prairie Warbler  1
> Black-throated Green Warbler  4
> Eastern Towhee  2
> Northern Cardinal  5
> Common Grackle  2
> Brown-headed Cowbird  3
> American Goldfinch  2
> 
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> 
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Subject: FOS Phoebe
From: morann--- via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Sun, 2 Apr 2017 10:11:20 -0400
I've heard him for a couple of days and this morning I saw him chasing insects.


Ann Donaldson
Barboursville
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Subject: Prince William and Fairfax Co morning
From: Deapesh Misra via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Sun, 2 Apr 2017 10:47:29 +0000 (UTC)
 blockquote, div.yahoo_quoted { margin-left: 0 !important; border-left:1px 
#715FFA solid !important; padding-left:1ex !important; background-color:white 
!important; } Hi Marc, 

How does one get into Breckinridge road? I drove here today but then saw the 
"no trespassing" sign right at the entrance to the road from Joplin road. 

And then there was a big sign of military police search which made me feel I 
was in a wrong place.  


Thanks,
- Deapesh.

On Saturday, April 1, 2017, 7:49 PM, Marc Ribaudo  
wrote: 


I visited Breckenridge Rd and the Lorton equestrian center with Kurt Gaskill 
this morning.  I was at Breckenridge at about 6am, and all was quiet until 
6:20 when a whip-poor-will and woodcock called at the same time.  As the sky 
lightened we were treated to a second whip, a host of pine warblers, 
red-breasted nuthatches, golden-crowned kinglets, a gnatcatcher, hermit thrush, 
sapsucker, and phoebe.  We then went to Lorton, enjoying a great egret that 
flew over 95. Shortly after we arrived a tight flock of 44 Bonaparte's gulls 
flew over, heading NW.  Some had full hoods.  Shortly afterwards two smaller 
flocks flew by.  Total count was 64.  Other highlights were a snipe, 18 
white-crowned sparrows, fox and chipping sparrows, 2 jousting Cooper's hawks a 
(a breeding pair?) and northern rough-winged swallow.  


Marc Ribaudo

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Subject: Prairie Falcon
From: Wendy Ealding <wendy.ealding AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 1 Apr 2017 19:00:51 -0400
Has anyone seen the bird since early this morning?

Wendy Ealding
Midlothian
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Subject: Three CHIPPIES in Falls Church,
From: Donald Sweig <skybirds.d AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 1 Apr 2017 18:32:09 -0400
 Three Chipping sparrows just arrived and are now pecking around under my bird 
feeder, right here in my Falls Church yard. 

   Donald Sweig, 
     Falls Church, Virginia

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Subject: Prairie falcons
From: balexandrescu via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Sun, 2 Apr 2017 00:56:36 -0400
Seen Saturday 4/1 around 6pm coming in fast towards the power plant then 
quickly veering off to the right towards the river. Waited for it to return 
until 7 PM but it did not make another appearance. 

Bogdan Alexandrescu

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Subject: Purple finches
From: "Ed and Helen Morgan" <edandhelenmorgan AT embarqmail.com>
Date: Sat, 1 Apr 2017 18:38:06 -0400
Six or so, both sexes, at our feeder today in down town Abingdon, Virginia.
Looks like they are making a broad move.  Ed Morgan

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Subject: Indian River Park, Apr 1, 2017
From: G B Harris <gbhrlh AT cox.net>
Date: Sat, 1 Apr 2017 18:35:38 -0400
WINTER WREN was unexpected!



> 
> Indian River Park, Chesapeake, Virginia, US
> Apr 1, 2017 8:40 AM - 10:00 AM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 1.0 mile(s)
> Comments:     GBH-RLH
> 18 species
> 
> Canada Goose  4
> Downy Woodpecker  2
> Hairy Woodpecker  1
> Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  1
> Pileated Woodpecker  2
> American Crow  4
> Fish Crow  2
> Carolina Chickadee  5
> Tufted Titmouse  4
> Winter Wren  1
> Carolina Wren  6
> Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  4
> Ruby-crowned Kinglet  1
> Brown Thrasher  1
> Pine Warbler  2
> Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)  6
> White-throated Sparrow  2
> Northern Cardinal  4
> 
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> 
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Subject: Whip-poor-will, Prince William Co
From: Marc Ribaudo <moribaudo AT verizon.net>
Date: Sat, 01 Apr 2017 06:24:57 -0400
A whip-poor-will is calling along Breckenridge Rd near Prince William Forest 
Park. 


Marc Ribaudo

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Subject: No prairie falcon this afternoon, but some consolation
From: Pam and Ben via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Sat, 1 Apr 2017 21:08:19 -0400
As of 5 p.m. when I left.  We did get good views of a male kestrel eating a
snake or lizard.  Interesting stuff on the river included a loon and
numerous horned grebes in breeding plumage, lots of rough-winged swallows
heading up river, a few Bonaparte's gulls, and a Caspian tern.

 

Perhaps the highlight of the day was watching rather extended and languorous
copulation of a pair of turkey vultures on the power plant.  Sorry, no
pictures . . . .

 

Actually, the real highlight was spending hours hanging out with kindred
spirits and explaining our presence to curious passersby.

 

Ben Jesup

Alexandria

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Subject: Re: Prairie Falcon
From: Vineeta <vineetaa AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 1 Apr 2017 20:22:40 -0400
I was there around 5 p.m. along with a group of three or four other people.
They had been there for 2-1/2 hours and not seen the bird. I also left, and
will try to head there tomorrow.
Vineeta in Alexandria

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On Sat, Apr 1, 2017 at 7:00 PM, Wendy Ealding 
wrote:

> Has anyone seen the bird since early this morning?
>
> Wendy Ealding
> Midlothian
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Subject: Birds seen in Alexandria, VA 4/1/17
From: janet anderson via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Sat, 1 Apr 2017 23:02:47 -0400

April 1, 2017
 
Did not see the Prairie Falcon this afternoon.
 
Dyke Marsh -  Caspian Tern, Horned Grebe, Tree Swallows, Bald Eagles  and 
Ospreys.
 
Janet M. Anderson
City of Falls Church, VA
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Subject: Re: No prairie falcon this afternoon, but some consolation
From: Robnoblestar via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Sat, 1 Apr 2017 22:59:41 -0400
Good write up Ben, 

Here's the Turkey Vulture activity you describe below ... 

randc319 shared a photo with you from the Flickr app! Check it out:
https://flic.kr/p/STnrTL

Rob Young
Alexandria, VA

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> On Apr 1, 2017, at 21:08, Pam and Ben via va-bird  
wrote: 

> 
> As of 5 p.m. when I left.  We did get good views of a male kestrel eating a
> snake or lizard.  Interesting stuff on the river included a loon and
> numerous horned grebes in breeding plumage, lots of rough-winged swallows
> heading up river, a few Bonaparte's gulls, and a Caspian tern.
> 
> 
> 
> Perhaps the highlight of the day was watching rather extended and languorous
> copulation of a pair of turkey vultures on the power plant.  Sorry, no
> pictures . . . .
> 
> 
> 
> Actually, the real highlight was spending hours hanging out with kindred
> spirits and explaining our presence to curious passersby.
> 
> 
> 
> Ben Jesup
> 
> Alexandria
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Subject: Re: No prairie falcon this afternoon, but some consolation
From: Amanda Dymacek <amanda.dymacek AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 1 Apr 2017 21:48:00 -0400
Yes! Explaining to passersby was the most interesting part of the day! The 
funniest bit was when they would talk about us, but not TO us... "What do you 
think those people are doing? Airplanes! They must be watching airplanes!" And 
that's EXACTLY what we were doing. 


Julian and I narrowly missed the bird by arriving at 9:35am, we stayed until 
12:45pm, returned at 6pm and remained until dark. We looked on both the river 
and railroad sides of the plant. We left at 8pm and only saw contented and calm 
starlings roosting. 


Amanda Dymacek 
Prince Edward Co. 


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> On Apr 1, 2017, at 9:08 PM, Pam and Ben via va-bird  
wrote: 

> 
> As of 5 p.m. when I left.  We did get good views of a male kestrel eating a
> snake or lizard.  Interesting stuff on the river included a loon and
> numerous horned grebes in breeding plumage, lots of rough-winged swallows
> heading up river, a few Bonaparte's gulls, and a Caspian tern.
> 
> 
> 
> Perhaps the highlight of the day was watching rather extended and languorous
> copulation of a pair of turkey vultures on the power plant.  Sorry, no
> pictures . . . .
> 
> 
> 
> Actually, the real highlight was spending hours hanging out with kindred
> spirits and explaining our presence to curious passersby.
> 
> 
> 
> Ben Jesup
> 
> Alexandria
> 
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Subject: Burke Lake: LOONS
From: Donald Sweig <skybirds.d AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 1 Apr 2017 17:14:24 -0400
I drove over to Burke Lake Park this afternoon to see what might be on the 
water. I found numerous, probably hundreds, of Northern Rough-winged and Tree 
Swallows, hocking insects on the surface of the water. There were least 150 
Double-crested Cormorants, many displaying their Spring crests, from which the 
birds get their name. 

   The two bald eagles were much of evidence tending to their nest.
 And, while scoping the lake, I discovered EIGHT COMMON LOONS in full breeding 
plumage, on the far side of the lake from the boat launch. Even at that 
distance their green heads just glowed in the afternoon sun. Too bad they 
weren't closer. 


 There were also a couple of the county park employees racing around the lake 
in a motorboat, which seemed to bother the cormorants a little and the loons a 
lot. When they came back to the boat launch I asked them what they were doing. 
"Just doing our job," one of them replied. Who knows? 

   Donald Sweig
    Falls Church, Virginia


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Subject: Huntley Meadows Walk for April 1
From: "Larry Cartwright" <prowarbler AT verizon.net>
Date: Sat, 01 Apr 2017 12:06:09 -0400
Twenty-two people participated in the Huntley Meadows walk sponsored by the
Northern Virginia Bird Club.   We had a great time, starting with the
observation of a Brown Thrasher perched near the top of a tree at the
Visitor's Center parking lot followed soon after by the presence of a Barred
Owl.  Red-shouldered Hawks were located near the nest.  Red-headed
Woodpeckers were close to being ubiquitous, with seven birds congregating
along the path near the entry to the wetland.  Hooded Mergansers and Wood
Ducks were in pairs in the wetland while a single hen Ring-necked Duck
preened and seemed unconcerned with her solitude.  Half a dozen Northern
Shovelers helped round out the waterfowl numbers.  A single Greater
Yellowlegs stopped briefly at the wetland before taking to the air while
vocalizing as it gained altitude.  A kingfisher presented nice but brief
views for the assembled birders.   Both kinglet species were observed and
Common Yellowthroat, Palm Warbler, and Yellow-rumped Warbler were either
seen or heard. 

 

Huntley Meadows Park, Fairfax, Virginia, US Apr 1, 2017 7:31 AM - 10:41 AM

Protocol: Traveling

2.5 mile(s)

56 species (+1 other taxa)

 

Canada Goose  30

Wood Duck  6

Mallard  10

Northern Shoveler  6

Ring-necked Duck  1

Hooded Merganser  4

Pied-billed Grebe  2

Double-crested Cormorant  21

Great Blue Heron  5

Black Vulture  2

Turkey Vulture  2

Red-shouldered Hawk  2

American Coot  8

Greater Yellowlegs  1

Mourning Dove  1

Barred Owl  1

Belted Kingfisher  1

Red-headed Woodpecker  7     Continuous

Red-bellied Woodpecker  13

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  1

Downy Woodpecker  7

Hairy Woodpecker  5

Northern Flicker  2

Pileated Woodpecker  2

Eastern Phoebe  11

Blue Jay  3

American Crow  2

Fish Crow  3

crow sp.  1

Northern Rough-winged Swallow  3

Tree Swallow  16

Carolina Chickadee  20

Tufted Titmouse  14

White-breasted Nuthatch  5

Winter Wren  2

Carolina Wren  6

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  5

Golden-crowned Kinglet  3

Ruby-crowned Kinglet  2

Eastern Bluebird  5

American Robin  12

Brown Thrasher  1

Northern Mockingbird  1

Common Yellowthroat  1

Palm Warbler  2

Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)  5

Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored)  3

White-throated Sparrow  20

Song Sparrow  6

Swamp Sparrow  7

Eastern Towhee  4

Northern Cardinal  15

Red-winged Blackbird  30

Rusty Blackbird  8

Common Grackle (Purple)  2

Brown-headed Cowbird  1

American Goldfinch  12

 

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35604550

 

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

 

Larry Cartwright

prowarbler AT verizon.net  

 

 

 

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Subject: Purple Finches
From: Craig Zalk <craig.zalk AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 1 Apr 2017 13:24:21 -0400
Purple Finches in south part of Reston.  Roughly 5 males and 2 or 3
females.  Some in molt, but very distinctive.

Craig Zalk, Reston, Fairfax County.
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Subject: Evening Grosbeak in Gloucester
From: Eirlys Barker <dreirlys AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 1 Apr 2017 12:33:13 -0400
We just saw our first ever male Evening Grosbeak here.  I sent a very fuzzy
-- but ok for ID -- photo to ebird, so I won't attach it here.  So exciting
-- just wish he'd stayed a bit longer to get a "pretty" photo.

I'd heard some different bird sounds early this morning and by checking
online, it was clearly more of them.

Eirlys Barker
Pinetta, Gloucester
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Subject: Prince William and Fairfax Co morning
From: Marc Ribaudo <moribaudo AT verizon.net>
Date: Sat, 01 Apr 2017 17:21:43 -0400
I visited Breckenridge Rd and the Lorton equestrian center with Kurt Gaskill 
this morning.  I was at Breckenridge at about 6am, and all was quiet until 
6:20 when a whip-poor-will and woodcock called at the same time.  As the sky 
lightened we were treated to a second whip, a host of pine warblers, 
red-breasted nuthatches, golden-crowned kinglets, a gnatcatcher, hermit thrush, 
sapsucker, and phoebe.  We then went to Lorton, enjoying a great egret that 
flew over 95. Shortly after we arrived a tight flock of 44 Bonaparte's gulls 
flew over, heading NW.  Some had full hoods.  Shortly afterwards two smaller 
flocks flew by.  Total count was 64.  Other highlights were a snipe, 18 
white-crowned sparrows, fox and chipping sparrows, 2 jousting Cooper's hawks a 
(a breeding pair?) and northern rough-winged swallow.  


Marc Ribaudo

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Subject: Sora--Paradise Creek Nature Park, Portsmouth
From: David Gibson <20cabot AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 1 Apr 2017 09:29:13 -0400
If anyone's interested, there's a Sora calling from the marsh right near
the dock/boat launch. Way cool! Dave Gibson, Chesapeake, VA
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Subject: Prairie Falcon is at the Power Plant now (8:30)
From: "tkiraly AT tminustendesigns.com" <tkiraly@tminustendesigns.com>
Date: Sat, 1 Apr 2017 08:43:33 -0400
Currently perched on 1st "smoke" stack on South side and has been gliding 
around- Todd K 



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Subject: Long tailed duck pair DC/Arlington
From: Karen Fairweather <twofairs AT msn.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Mar 2017 15:43:56 +0000
Seen in the Potomac from the Tidal Basin Bridge along with buffleheads and 
lesser scaup. 


Karen Fairweather 
Arlington VA

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Subject: Louisiana Waterthrush at Gulf Branch Nature Center
From: Kenneth Rosenthal <rosenthal.k AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Mar 2017 15:08:32 -0400
Hi All,

Today I hiked to the Potomac from Gulf Branch Nature Center. The trail runs
along Gulf Branch, and I enjoyed good looks at and a serenade by
a Louisiana Waterthrush. Other highlights along the trail included a
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker and Brown Creeper.

Ken Rosenthal
Arlington, VA
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Subject: Long tailed duck pair DC/Arlington
From: Karen Fairweather <twofairs AT msn.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Mar 2017 17:40:36 +0000
Seen in the Potomac from the Tidal Basin Bridge along with buffleheads and 
lesser scaup. 


Karen Fairweather 
Arlington VA

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Subject: Palm warbler
From: Lee <leesheehanmiller AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Mar 2017 13:25:20 -0400
FOS Palm Warbler. Lovely little male at the end of copper leaf way near Durga 
temple in fairfax station. 


Lee

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Subject: Leesylvania SP - Yellow-throated Warbler
From: Keith Maley via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Mar 2017 15:01:35 +0000 (UTC)
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!important; } Currently singing in pair of tall pines across street from Bushey 
Pt sign.  



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Subject: Prairie Falcon
From: "Bruno, Rexanne" <bruno AT lynchburg.edu>
Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2017 15:28:55 +0000
Seen today from 9:34-11:09 when we left.
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Subject: Re: More RFI: PRAIRIE FALCON
From: Will McPhail <butcherbird2013 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Mar 2017 14:03:19 +0000
Hi Donald,

DC birder Greg Gough found and reported the bird to the DC GroupMe text
around 10:00 last Saturday the 25th. I arrived on the scene around 10:30
and we eventually refound the bird. Others began to arrive and we continued
debating the ID (out of an abundance of caution) as our view of the bird
was partially obscured at the time. I then sent out word to the Va
community when we became more certain.

Tide Lock Park is frequented by DC birders as a good spot for waterfowl
given our limited resources in DC proper. I hope that this helps and that
the falcon sticks for others to enjoy.

Cheers,

Will McPhail
Washington, DC

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On Wed, Mar 29, 2017 at 8:24 AM Donald Sweig  wrote:

> I am trying to determine who first saw and posted the Prairie falcon in
> Alexandria.
>  The earliest posting on VA-Bird seems to be from Will McPhail at 11:13
> a.m. on Saturday the 25th.  Elton Morel's E-bird report was at 12:50 I same
> day.
>   I would appreciate any information as to the falcon being seen/posted
> earlier, by whom, and what time.
>      Thanks,
>      Donald Sweig
>     Falls Church, Va.
>
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Subject: Re: Prairie Falcon
From: "Bruno, Rexanne" <bruno AT lynchburg.edu>
Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2017 19:37:31 +0000
Sorry about the brevity of my earlier post - I wanted to let anyone who was 
considering making the trip to see the bird that it was seen this morning (but 
I also wanted to get on the road back to VA Beach to beat DC area commuter 
traffic and get through the HRBT before that traffic got heavy too and beat the 
storms forecast for VA Beach late this afternoon, too - successful on all 
counts). 


Anyway back to the Prairie Falcon seen today, 3/28/17. Jim Marcum and I arrived 
about 9:35AM. 


We parked on 3rd St (thanks you Dixie Sommers for parking info); we walked one 
block north on N Royal St and set up our scopes just across the railroad tracks 
and street where N Royal St curves left at the edge of the Potomac River 
Generating Station property. 


The bird flew up to a perch at the top rim of the right rusty tower just to the 
left of the vertical silverish tube at 9:50AM. It was peregrine like in 
appearance but colors were a soft brown and white. It had some flank steaks 
visible when perched (isn’t seem to have as well defined belly streaks) and 
long brown wings and tail. It’s facial marks were also peregrine like but its 
mustache was brown, it had a more brown cheek patch, a white spot behind its 
large dark eye and a long white eyebrow that stretched well behind its eye. It 
eventually flew south off its perch and we saw dark blackish ‘armpits’ 
under the wings. A crow chased it a bit behind the two towers. Another birder 
rebound it on one of the smaller brick towers. Shortly thereafter it flew and 
disappeared behind the towers for about 20 minutes. Jim & I walked north trying 
to see the other side of the towers. Birders waved to us as we walked back as 
the bird had perched on the left tower, on the rim just below the top and to 
the left of the silverfish tube on the tower. We re-found it at 10:50 and 
watched it until about 11:10AM when we left. 


Rexanne Bruno
Virginia Beach


> On Mar 28, 2017, at 11:28 AM, Bruno, Rexanne  wrote:
> 
> Seen today from 9:34-11:09 when we left.

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Subject: VSO Conservation Grants announcement
From: Patti Reum <pareum AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Mar 2017 09:39:18 -0400
Every year, the Virginia Society of Ornithology awards Conservation Grants
to worthy candidates conducting  research in the field of bird conservation
with potential benefits to Virginia species and habitats, or that increases
our knowledge about native avian species.  The VSO Board of Directors has
budgeted $2,500.00 annually.  Awards are usually $500.00, $1,000.00 or
occasionally more, depending on the worthiness of the project.

Applicants are encouraged to submit a request in writing to the
Conservation Committee Chair.  Each application should include:

1. A short research proposal describing benefits to our knowledge of
Virginia’s avifauna or to a Virginia species.

2. Requested funding level,

3. Detailed budget for requested funding, and

4. Agreement to report back to the VSO at the end of the project.



The Conservation Committee will then consider each application, confer with
the entire Board of the VSO, and notify applicants of an award by *August
15**th* and *November 15**th* each year.  Just to be clear, there are 2
separate competitions for these awards; this is not a two-step process.

There are two deadlines for application:   *JUNE 30* and *OCTOBER 31*.
Please e-mail your application to pareum AT gmail.com.


Patti Reum
​Conservation Chair/VSO​
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Subject: Re: More RFI: PRAIRIE FALCON
From: Rob Bielawski <robbielawski AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Mar 2017 08:16:28 -0400
Will McPhail's eBird report credit Greg Gough on the initial find, see:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35423501

On Wed, Mar 29, 2017 at 8:11 AM, Donald Sweig  wrote:

> I am trying to determine who first saw and posted the Prairie falcon in
> Alexandria.
>  The earliest posting on VA-Bird seems to be from Will McPhail at 11:13
> a.m. on Saturday the 25th.  Elton Morel's E-bird report was at 12:50 I same
> day.
>   I would appreciate any information as to the falcon being seen/posted
> earlier, by whom, and what time.
>      Thanks,
>      Donald Sweig
>     Falls Church, Va.
>
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Subject: More RFI: PRAIRIE FALCON
From: Donald Sweig <skybirds.d AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Mar 2017 08:11:48 -0400
I am trying to determine who first saw and posted the Prairie falcon in 
Alexandria. 

 The earliest posting on VA-Bird seems to be from Will McPhail at 11:13 a.m. on 
Saturday the 25th. Elton Morel's E-bird report was at 12:50 I same day. 

 I would appreciate any information as to the falcon being seen/posted earlier, 
by whom, and what time. 

     Thanks,
     Donald Sweig
    Falls Church, Va.

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Subject: FW: DC Area, 3/28/2017
From: "Joe Coleman" <joecoleman AT rstarmail.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2017 22:12:28 -0400
FYI Joe Coleman

-----Original Message-----
Hotline:         Voice of the Naturalist
Date:            3/28/2017
Coverage:        MD/DC/VA/DE/WV panhandle
Reports, comments, questions:  voice AT anshome.org
Compiler:        Joe Coleman
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 Wednesday, March 22 and was
completed on Tuesday, March 28 at 10:30 a.m.
									
Information on noteworthy birds during this week is presented below in
taxonomic order, as set forth in the American Ornithologists' Union
Checklist for North and Middle American birds as revised through the 57th
supplement (July 2016).

TOP BIRDS THIS WEEK were PINK-FOOTED GOOSE* in DE, GREEN-WINGED TEAL
(EURASIAN) in MD, PRAIRIE FALCON* in VA, and WESTERN TANAGER in VA.
                                  
OTHER BIRDS OF INTEREST included waterfowl, EARED GREBE, EASTERN WHIP-POOR-
WILL, RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD, KING RAIL, SORA, SANDHILL CRANE, shorebirds,
RAZORBILL, BLACK-HEADED GULL, LITTLE GULL, ICELAND GULL, GREAT CORMORANT,
AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN, AMERICAN BITTERN, GREEN HERON, YELLOW-CROWNED
NIGHT-HERON, NORTHERN GOSHAWK, LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE, NORTHERN SHRIKE, LAPLAND
LONGSPUR, SNOW BUNTING, warblers, CLAY-COLORED SPARROW, PAINTED BUNTING,
YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD, and RUSTY BLACKBIRD.
								
TOP BIRDS

The PINK-FOOTED GOOSE* which has been seen near Prime Hook NWR, Sussex Co,
DE, was last reported on March 23; at that time it was seen along Wells Rd
just past the intersection with Buttonwood Rd.

The continuing GREEN-WINGED TEAL (EURASIAN) at West Meadow Park, Cecil Co,
MD was most recently seen March 27. There was also one seen March 25 at the
Ashton Tract, Augustine Wildlife Area, DE.

A PRAIRIE FALCON* was found and photographed on March 25 at the
decommissioned Alexandria Power Plant in Alexandria, VA; it was seen again
on the 26th and 27. It is being seen most frequently perched in various
locations on the south side of the power plant. Because the bird
periodically flies out over the Potomac, it can also be considered a DC
sighting.

The WESTERN TANAGER at Settler's Mill, James City Co, VA was seen again on
March 26.

OTHER BIRDS OF INTEREST

The CACKLING GOOSE at the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center, Queen Anne's
Co, MD was seen again on March 24 and 26.

A EURASIAN WIGEON was at Broadkill Marsh, Prime Hook NWR, Sussex Co, DE also
on March 23. A EURASIAN WIGEON was seem March 25 at Mulberry Landing,
Assawoman WMA, Sussex Co, DE. A LONG-TAILED DUCK continued at Lapidum,
Harford Co, MD, through March 22.  Two COMMON EIDERS were seen from the
Lewes-Cape May ferry in Sussex Co, DE waters on 22.

The RED-NECKED GREBE at Loch Raven Reservoir, Baltimore, MD was seen as
recently as March 26. The EARED GREBE at Buckroe Beach, Hampton Co, VA, was
most recently seen on March 26.          

An early EASTERN WHIP-POOR-WILL was heard at a residence in Hanover Co, VA
early on the morning of March 28.

The RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD continued to be seen during the week at Wildewood
Neighborhood Walk, St. Mary's Co MD.

A KING RAIL was calling from the marsh along the wildlife drive where the
road is blocked at the Occoquan Bay NWR, Prince William Co, VA on March 25.
A SORA was seen March 25 on the edge of a retention pond along Weaneck Haul
Rd, Charles City, Charles City Co, VA.

Six SANDHILL CRANES flew over Baker Park, Frederick, Frederick Co, MD on
March 25. Two were seen again on March 27 along Peat Moss Rd, Garrett Co, MD
in a corn field.

Shorebird numbers continued to increase this past week. Three PURPLE
SANDPIPERS were seen March 25 at the Veterans Memorial at Chesapeake Beach,
Calvert Co, MD. PECTORAL SANDPIPERS were seen in two different locations in
Garrett Co, MD on March 25; 6 were at Herrington Manor SP and 13 were
reported from Peat Moss Rd. AMERICAN WOODCOCKS were displaying at Huntley
Meadows Park, Fairfax Co, VA on March 25.

A RAZORBILL continued at Ft. Monroe, Hampton Co, VA with a report from March
26. 

A BLACK-HEADED GULL found March 23 in the pond next to the Walmart, Colonial
heights, VA, was seen again March 26. Another was seen throughout the week
at Back River, Baltimore Co, MD. A LITTLE GULL was seen March 25 from
Lapidum, Harford Co, MD. An ICELAND GULL was seen March 25 from the
Lewes-Cape May Ferry in DE waters.

Six GREAT CORMORANTS were seen March 25 off of Kent Point, Queen Anne's Co,
MD.

The AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN at the pier at the Essex Wastewater Treatment
Plant, Baltimore, MD, was seen again on March 24 from Cox Point Park.

AN AMERICAN BITTERN was seen March 25 at the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, NE
DC. Another AMERICAN BITTERN was seen the same day in the cell north & west
of the parking lot at the Julie Metz Wetlands Bank, in Woodbridge, Prince Wm
Co, VA.

The GREEN HERON that over-wintered at Ben Brenman Park, Alexandria, VA, was
last reported on March 21.

YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS were seen at a variety of locations including
two at the Jones Fall Trail at Remington, Baltimore Co, MD, throughout the
week.

A NORTHERN GOSHAWK was seen March 27 as it flew over a yard near
Shepherdstown, Jefferson Co, WV.

A LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE was seen and photographed on March 27 at 20627 Old Forge
Rd, Washington Co, MD. The continuing NORTHERN SHRIKE, at Sully Woodlands,
Fairfax Co VA was seen as recently as March 26.

A LAPLAND LONGSPUR was seen and photographed March 25 at Chincoteague NWR,
Accomack Co, VA. Four SNOW BUNTINGS were seen March 23 at Craney Island
Disposal Area, Portsmouth, VA. Two SNOW BUNTINGS were seen March 25 at Fort
Monroe, Hampton, VA.

Early migrating warblers included a BLACK-THROATED GREEN heard at Lake
Matoaka, Williamsburg, VA on March 26.

The CLAY-COLORED SPARROW at the Big Water Farm (private), Queen Anne's Co
MD, was seen as recently as March 26. Two VESPER SPARROWS were seen March 26
at the Agricultural History Farm Park, Montgomery Co, MD. A VESPER SPARROW
was seen March 26 at Swoope, VA along Trimbles Mill Rd. Two VESPER SPARROWS
were seen along Berry's Ferry Road (CR 628) March 27; they were at the edge
of a winter wheat field along the south border of Blandy Experimental Farm,
Clarke Co, VA.

A male PAINTED BUNTING continues to be seen and photographed at a private
residence in Berlin, Worcester Co, MD, with the most recent sighting on
March 27.

The YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD at Hopkins Farm Pond, Harford Co, MD was last
seen on March 22.   

RUSTY BLACKBIRDS were seen throughout the area during the week including a
small flock at the Occoquan Bay NWR, Prince William Co, VA on March 25. 

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

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

To report bird sightings, e-mail your report to voice 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, either
e-mail or phone.

Thank you for your interest, and enjoy the birds.

*Of interest to the applicable records committee

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Subject: Palm Warbler, Great Falls NP - Tundra Swans, Lake Anne
From: David Young <lcdyoung93 AT verizon.net>
Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2017 19:06:49 -0400
 Visited Great Falls NP for an hour at 3:00 PM. I had a few FOY birds in mind 

while driving over, but totally forgot about the one that I would see, a Palm 
Warbler ( FOY in Va), 

hanging out on the fringes of a vocal Carolina Chickadee/ Titmouse flock .
 I birded the area from the far parking lot up to the dam, ducks in order of 
numbers 

included Bufflehead, Ring Necked, Black and Common Mergansers.
 Buffleheads have been seen in real solid numbers all winter here and 
above the dam at Riverbend. 
 Double Crested Cormorants were actively fishing below the dam and then making 
trips up to the rookery on Conn Island ( Immediately above the dam), they 
share space with the dozens of Great Blues that constantly come and go from 
the tree tops. Probably Black-crowned Night-Herons in there too. The Bald Eagle 
nest 

on Conn had zero activity while I was there, but saw a few in flight. 
 On the way home while passing Lake Anne in Reston, I saw 4 Tundra Swans
 on the Lake along with Tree Swallows and probable Rough Winged which I lost 
track 

 in poor lighting. I've been hearing Tundra Swans migrating overhead late at 
night, it 

 still always awes me to hear them woohooing and then see them come into sight 
 silhouette against the night, but they are an uncommon sight on the Lake.


 Dave Young
 Reston, Va 
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Subject: Snipe / Frederick Co.
From: "Jon Little" <littlejon48 AT comcast.net>
Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2017 15:44:02 -0400
I came upon a flock of 26 Wilson's Snipe today, a few miles NE of
Winchester. At the same spot a week ago, there were only 4.

 

Jon Little

Winchester

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Subject: Prairie Falcon in Alexandria
From: Dave Larsen - Birding <hirundo AT comcast.net>
Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2017 14:01:26 -0400
Bird is still present at 2:30 pm. Just finished eating a starling. Resting in 
plant ironwork between Tower and main building. Todd Day and others also 
watching it. 


Dave Larsen

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Subject: Re: Chandler Robbins
From: Sunny Yoder <sunnyyoder AT icloud.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2017 13:44:38 -0400
I also pulled out my copy, the 1983 edition. It was my mother's field guide of 
record, so is thoroughly marked up - key field marks highlighted and dates and 
locations of first sightings annotated - a treasured legacy. 


> On Mar 28, 2017, at 11:29 AM, David White  wrote:
> 
> Thanks to all of you who were (much) more familiar than I with Chandler 
Robbins and his many contributions to birding. That Golden Guide has long been 
a favorite of mine and I just went to my archives (a shelf in the space in my 
home which is sometimes called an "office") and pulled down my 1966 version, 
still in quite good condition. I always appreciated that this guide had the 
range maps as well as the sonograms right there next to the illustrations. 

> 
> Because of the recent news about the Alexandria Prairie Falcon, I took a 
glance at the falcons in this old book and noticed that the Peregrine had been 
"upgraded" from "Duck" but that the Merlin and the Kestrel were still "Pigeon" 
and "Sparrow." 

> 
> Maybe now we'll have to have a "Cityscape Prairie" to add to the falcons. And 
quickly, before they turn into parrots! 

> 
> 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: scaup on the tidal basin
From: m b <marlabeth AT hotmail.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2017 15:35:11 +0000
The lesser scaup (I brought the camera and looked) on the Tidal Basin are still 
there, and have been joined by about 100 buffleheads, a couple of common 
mergansers, and at least 4 horned grebes. In case anyone wants to combine a 
cherry blossom session with some migratory waterfowl watching. I go every year, 
and I have never seen anything but a mallard, Canada goose, or cormorant there. 
Maybe I just went at the wrong time. 




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Subject: Re: Chandler Robbins
From: David White <dizoo AT comcast.net>
Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2017 11:29:03 -0400
Thanks to all of you who were (much) more familiar than I with Chandler Robbins 
and his many contributions to birding. That Golden Guide has long been a 
favorite of mine and I just went to my archives (a shelf in the space in my 
home which is sometimes called an "office") and pulled down my 1966 version, 
still in quite good condition. I always appreciated that this guide had the 
range maps as well as the sonograms right there next to the illustrations. 


Because of the recent news about the Alexandria Prairie Falcon, I took a glance 
at the falcons in this old book and noticed that the Peregrine had been 
"upgraded" from "Duck" but that the Merlin and the Kestrel were still "Pigeon" 
and "Sparrow." 


Maybe now we'll have to have a "Cityscape Prairie" to add to the falcons. And 
quickly, before they turn into parrots! 


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: Prairie Falcon present around 9:45
From: Alan Handley <alan.lomion AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2017 10:57:05 -0400
We pulled up at the parking on Royal Street, and seconds after getting out
of the car the bird flew in and landed near the top of the right tower,
staying put for a few minutes and giving excellent views. It was eventually
chased off by a fish crow, and after waiting a bit we walked down to the
river. Just after crossing the train tracks and turning left to go
upstream, the falcon swooped in 50 ft or so in front of us, presumably
making a pass at one of the numerous sparrows along the trail.

Plenty of other birds around, including one Field Sparrow amongst the many
juncos, as well as an Osprey flying downstream. In the river we had one
Scaup sp. pair, and big rafts of cormorants and coots.

Alan Handley
Arlington County
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Subject: Re: Prairie Falcon - Yes
From: Ezra Staengl <ezraperegrine AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2017 11:01:13 -0400
Has anyone seen it today?  Or failed to see it?  Wondering if the trip
today would be worth it.
Thanks,
Ezra

On Mon, Mar 27, 2017 at 2:44 PM, Daniel Joslyn  wrote:

> Got some good looks at our Falcon being chased in circles around the power
> plant by two crows around 2pm. Looks like it's holding its ground so far. A
> lot of interesting ducks in the river are also viewable from the same spot,
> you just have to turn around!
>
> Dan Joslyn
> Arlington, VA
>
> On Mon, Mar 27, 2017 at 10:10 AM, Melissa Roach 
> wrote:
>
> > Currently in view on the tank.
> >
> > Melissa R
> >
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Subject: Prairie Falcon still At Power Plant
From: drew kulick <uuerd AT hotmail.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2017 14:45:47 +0000
It is sitting on the leftmost tower, from the riverside of the plant.

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Subject: Louisiana waterthrush calling in Quinton, VA
From: "Hobson, Chris (DCR)" <Chris.Hobson AT dcr.virginia.gov>
Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2017 14:24:42 +0000
First one of the year
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Subject: Re: Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk
From: Lori Keeler <lorik3 AT cox.net>
Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2017 9:48:44 -0400
Harry,

I saw something yesterday that you might want to keep an eye out for on next 
week's walk. 


I was walking through that little patch of woods that goes from the tower to 
the boardwalk, when, on my right, I saw two bluebirds perched on a very small 
tree in the woods on my right. Then, one of them disappeared into a hole on the 
right-hand side of the tree while the second bird just hung around. I would 
guess the diameter of the tree trunk was only about 8 inches or so and the hole 
was about 40-50 feet up the trunk. 


Lori Keeler




---- Harry Glasgow via va-bird  wrote: 

=============
A crowd of nearly 30 birders gathered in the fog for the Huntley Meadows Monday 
Morning Birdwalk today.  We tallied 53 species with some of the highlights 
being northrn Rough-winged, and Barn Swallows in addition to the Tree Swallows 
we have been seeing for the past couple of weeks.  Our FOS Osprey caught a 
fish and received a hand from the birders.  We are waiting for the rest of the 
Warblers.  We had a Yellow-rumped Warbler today. 

Canada Goose  62
Wood Duck  15
Mallard  5
Northern Shoveler  3
Green-winged Teal  1
Ring-necked Duck  6
Hooded Merganser  4
Pied-billed Grebe  2
Great Blue Heron  4
Osprey  1
Red-shouldered Hawk  1
American Coot  13
Ring-billed Gull  13
Mourning Dove  2
Barred Owl  1
Belted Kingfisher  1
Red-headed Woodpecker  6
Red-bellied Woodpecker  9
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  3
Downy Woodpecker  5
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  3
Pileated Woodpecker  1
Eastern Phoebe  3
Blue Jay  2
American Crow  2
Fish Crow  75
crow sp.  3
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  6
Tree Swallow  29
Barn Swallow  1
Carolina Chickadee  10
Tufted Titmouse  12
White-breasted Nuthatch  7
Brown Creeper  2
Winter Wren  1
Carolina Wren  7
Golden-crowned Kinglet  4
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  1
Eastern Bluebird  4
Hermit Thrush  2
American Robin  25
Yellow-rumped Warbler  2
Fox Sparrow  1
White-throated Sparrow  30
Song Sparrow  3
Swamp Sparrow  5
Eastern Towhee  3
Northern Cardinal  20
Red-winged Blackbird  145
Rusty Blackbird  30
Common Grackle  20
American Goldfinch  2


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: Have you been following the Richmond Falcon Cam?
From: "Ruthenberg, Jessica (DGIF)" <Jessica.Ruthenberg AT dgif.virginia.gov>
Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2017 13:32:42 +0000
The Richmond Falcon Cam, which follows the nesting season of a Peregrine Falcon 
pair atop the Riverfront Plaza building in downtown Richmond, is back for the 
season! Thanks to our new partner Comcast Business! 


The cam resumed on March 1st and it's already been an interesting season! At 
the seasons' outset, the male Peregrine Falcon who had been paired with the 
same female for several years, replaced her with a new unbanded female. 
However, yesterday afternoon, the male was observed with yet another new female 
in the nest box, but this one is banded. Follow the Richmond Falcon 
Cam to learn more details and 
view the falcons live! 


Jessica Ruthenberg
Watchable Wildlife Biologist
Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries
3909 Airline Blvd., Chesapeake, Virginia 23321
Office: (757) 465-6868 * Cell: (804) 229-2556

jessica.ruthenberg AT dgif.virginia.gov 


Leading wildlife conservation and inspiring people to value the outdoors and 
their role in nature. 


Discover Our Wild Side! Virginia Birding and Wildlife 
Trail * Great Dismal Swamp Birding 
Festival, April 20-22. * 
View the Richmond Falcon Cam 
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Subject: Clarification re: Chan Robbins Memorial Service
From: Roberta Reichwein <b.reichwein AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2017 09:17:25 -0400
*Subject:* *Chanler Robbins Memorial Service*

Jay Sheppard provides the following corrections to the previous
announcement:

Memorial service: Saturday, April 15 at First United Methodist Church, *424*
Main Street, Laurel. Visitation 9:00 am, service *10:00* am, lunch will
follow.


Bobbi Reichwein

Davidsonville, MD
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Subject: Early Eastern Whip-poor-will
From: "Ludwig, Chris (DCR)" <Chris.Ludwig AT dcr.virginia.gov>
Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2017 10:53:00 +0000
At 6:28am DST on 3/28/17, I heard an Eastern Whip-poor-will do 5 consecutive 
"whip-poor-wills" at my residence on the edge of the forest to the south of my 
house in western Hanover County. It was after first light and there were the 
first few sprinkles of an approaching thunder storm. Seems way early but what a 
nice herald of the coming spring. Chris Ludwig, Vontay, Virginia 

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Subject: 3 Peregrine Falcons - 3/23/2017 - Falls Church, VA
From: janet anderson via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Mar 2017 23:05:44 -0400
March 23, 2017 - 3 Peregrine Falcons seen together perched on an office  
building in the Skyline Building Complex in the Bailey's Crossroads area of  
Falls Church, Fairfax County, VA  where I work
 
March 24, 2017 - 2 Peregrine Falcons seen together in the above  location
 
March 27, 2017 - 1 Peregrine Falcon seen at this location.
 
March 27, 2017 - 1 Osprey seen - FOS 
 
Janet M. Anderson
City of Falls Church, VA
 
 
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Subject: Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk
From: Harry Glasgow via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2017 02:37:54 +0000 (UTC)
A crowd of nearly 30 birders gathered in the fog for the Huntley Meadows Monday 
Morning Birdwalk today.  We tallied 53 species with some of the highlights 
being northrn Rough-winged, and Barn Swallows in addition to the Tree Swallows 
we have been seeing for the past couple of weeks.  Our FOS Osprey caught a 
fish and received a hand from the birders.  We are waiting for the rest of the 
Warblers.  We had a Yellow-rumped Warbler today. 

Canada Goose  62
Wood Duck  15
Mallard  5
Northern Shoveler  3
Green-winged Teal  1
Ring-necked Duck  6
Hooded Merganser  4
Pied-billed Grebe  2
Great Blue Heron  4
Osprey  1
Red-shouldered Hawk  1
American Coot  13
Ring-billed Gull  13
Mourning Dove  2
Barred Owl  1
Belted Kingfisher  1
Red-headed Woodpecker  6
Red-bellied Woodpecker  9
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  3
Downy Woodpecker  5
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  3
Pileated Woodpecker  1
Eastern Phoebe  3
Blue Jay  2
American Crow  2
Fish Crow  75
crow sp.  3
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  6
Tree Swallow  29
Barn Swallow  1
Carolina Chickadee  10
Tufted Titmouse  12
White-breasted Nuthatch  7
Brown Creeper  2
Winter Wren  1
Carolina Wren  7
Golden-crowned Kinglet  4
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  1
Eastern Bluebird  4
Hermit Thrush  2
American Robin  25
Yellow-rumped Warbler  2
Fox Sparrow  1
White-throated Sparrow  30
Song Sparrow  3
Swamp Sparrow  5
Eastern Towhee  3
Northern Cardinal  20
Red-winged Blackbird  145
Rusty Blackbird  30
Common Grackle  20
American Goldfinch  2


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: Yesterday/Prairie Falcon chasing Merlin Sunday morning at the Potomac River Generator Station
From: Todd Kiraly <tkiraly AT tminustendesigns.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Mar 2017 21:31:25 -0400
This is actually reporting on activity from yesterday morning as I was just 
reviewing pictures. About 9:20 a.m. the Prairie Falcon darted and trailed 
another fast moving “Falcon” West towards the N. Royal Street/across the 
train tracks. They darted so fast and low that it was a challenge to 
distinguish the lead bird — which I initially thought was a Peregrine Falcon 
after reviewing my small camera screen. I now see that it actually was a Merlin 
(http://www.haussparrow.com/Photography/Newly-Added/i-rzKqxJG/A , 
http://www.haussparrow.com/Photography/Newly-Added/i-MF5P8P7/A). I couldn’t 
get both in the same picture at the same time as it was too quick of an event 
and barely had time to lift my camera. This was the Prairie Falcon going by a 
second later (http://www.haussparrow.com/Photography/Newly-Added/i-XhhV9pp/A). 
Not sure if those that were bird watching from the Potomac River side even had 
a chance to see that event. 


I had noted, on e-bird, that I had viewed a Merlin on Saturday at Daingerfield 
Island at about 11:30 a.m 
(http://www.haussparrow.com/Photography/Newly-Added/i-Jz26jR4/A). I also 
spotted what appeared to be the same Saturday Merlin on Sunday at 8:30 a.m. at 
Daingerfield Island as I was heading to the Alexandria Power Plant 
(http://www.haussparrow.com/Photography/Newly-Added/i-cWPk3Mj/A). This 
particular sighting was more in the swamp area than the Saturday sighting 
(closer to the marina parking lot) and probably less than a quarter mile away 
from the Potomac River Generator Station. It is my guess that this could have 
very well been the same bird that was chased by the Prairie Falcon. 


Just in case this info may help with anyone’s identification of a scene they 
might have caught only a glimpse of. 


Regards,
Todd Kiraly
Arlington, VA

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Subject: Re: Info about Chan Robbins
From: Daniel Joslyn <djoslyn48 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Mar 2017 19:45:16 -0400
As a younger birder I first learned about Mr. Robbins the other day through
one of the podcasts I subscribe to, "For the Birds with Laura Erickson".
She did a segment on how he encouraged her personally as a young science
teacher getting into birding. I recommend her podcast in general, it is the
online version of short segments she does for the local NPR station in
Duluth, MN. Here is the program for anyone who's interested:
http://www.lauraerickson.com/radio/program/11055/chandler-robbins/

Daniel Joslyn
Arlington, VA

On Mon, Mar 27, 2017 at 10:56 AM, Roberta Reichwein 
wrote:

> This is taken from the mdbirding group email, and posted by Jane Fallon who
> I would like to thank for keeping us informed.  I don't think she'd mind if
> I shared it with Virginia birders.  Anyone can access mdbirding.com to
> read
> posts:
>
>
>
>
> It is with sadness that we report that Chandler Robbins, our world famous
> ornithologist, passed away on Monday March 20th.  He was a member of the
> Patuxent Bird Club since its beginning and a founder of MOS.
>
> Attached is a link to a tribute from the National Audubon Society
> http://www.audubon.org/news/in-memory-chandler-s-robbins.
>
> His obituary appeared in the Washington Post  earlier this week:
> https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/
> chandler-robbins-friend-to-birds-and-birdwatchers-dies-
> at-98/2017/03/23/d7c331b0-0f44-11e7-9b0d-d27c98455440_
> story.html?utm_term=.
> f7b9325e21e0
>
> There will be a memorial service on April 15 at the First United Methodist
> Church in Laurel.  Details will be announced later.  Also a Life
> Celebration is being planned by the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center where
> Chan worked for 70 Years, date to be announced.
>
> Bobbi Reichwein
> Davidsonville, MD
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Subject: 5:26pm Prairie Falcon
From: Sandra Farkas <sandralfarkas2 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Mar 2017 17:29:14 -0400
Hello all, 
Prairie falcon in sight from the railroad tracks between the two piles of ties. 
The bird could be seen on the left-hand side of the tower almost at the very 
top near the stairs. It's on the second lip from the top. 


Sandra Farkas 
Springfield Virginia

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Subject: Great Dismal Swamp NWR, Jericho Lane
From: G B Harris <gbhrlh AT cox.net>
Date: Mon, 27 Mar 2017 16:01:25 -0400
Va. Birders:



> From: ebird-checklist AT cornell.edu
> Subject: eBird Report - Great Dismal Swamp NWR, Mar 27, 2017
> Date: March 27, 2017 
> To: gbhrlh AT cox.net
> 
> Great Dismal Swamp NWR, Suffolk, Virginia, US
> Mar 27, 2017 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 1.0 mile(s)
> Comments:     GBH-RLH.  JERICHO LANE
> 21 species
> 
> Wood Duck  1
> Black Vulture  50
> Turkey Vulture  1
> Red-shouldered Hawk   1
> Barred Owl  2
> Red-bellied Woodpecker  3
> Downy Woodpecker  2
> Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  2
> Pileated Woodpecker  3
> Blue Jay  2
> American Crow  2
> Carolina Chickadee  3
> Tufted Titmouse  1
> Carolina Wren  3
> Ruby-crowned Kinglet  2
> Hermit Thrush  1
> Louisiana Waterthrush  1
> Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)  16
> Yellow-throated Warbler  4
> Eastern Towhee  2
> Rusty Blackbird  12
> 
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> 
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Subject: Sparrow with pink bill, Alexandira
From: Claire Kluskens <birdlady2011 AT icloud.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Mar 2017 15:38:05 -0400
Today, at the animal shelter on Eisenhower Avenue, Alexandria City, there was a 
sparrow with a very noticeable pink beak in the little hedgerow between the 
parking lot and the street. Never saw the breast. The eyebrow is white, as seen 
in the photos, no yellow noted. Back fairly finely streaked. Legs appear to be 
pink in the photos. I think this is a Savannah Sparrow, but I would appreciate 
the thoughts of the group. I obtained some very poor photos of which the best 
ones are posted here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/32555011 AT N03/ 
 


Thanks!
Claire Kluskens
Alexandria/Fairfax Co.
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Subject: Re: Info about Chan Robbins
From: Janice Frye <byrdnyrd33 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Mar 2017 15:07:16 -0400
A good tribute to his memory would be to adopt a breeding bird survey
route, or perhaps start one if USGS needs one near you.  :-)

Jan

On Mar 27, 2017 1:08 PM, "Roberta Reichwein"  wrote:

> This is taken from the mdbirding group email, and posted by Jane Fallon who
> I would like to thank for keeping us informed.  I don't think she'd mind if
> I shared it with Virginia birders.  Anyone can access mdbirding.com to
> read
> posts:
>
>
>
>
> It is with sadness that we report that Chandler Robbins, our world famous
> ornithologist, passed away on Monday March 20th.  He was a member of the
> Patuxent Bird Club since its beginning and a founder of MOS.
>
> Attached is a link to a tribute from the National Audubon Society
> http://www.audubon.org/news/in-memory-chandler-s-robbins.
>
> His obituary appeared in the Washington Post  earlier this week:
> https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/
> chandler-robbins-friend-to-birds-and-birdwatchers-dies-
> at-98/2017/03/23/d7c331b0-0f44-11e7-9b0d-d27c98455440_
> story.html?utm_term=.
> f7b9325e21e0
>
> There will be a memorial service on April 15 at the First United Methodist
> Church in Laurel.  Details will be announced later.  Also a Life
> Celebration is being planned by the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center where
> Chan worked for 70 Years, date to be announced.
>
> Bobbi Reichwein
> Davidsonville, MD
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Subject: Re: Prairie Falcon - Yes
From: Daniel Joslyn <djoslyn48 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Mar 2017 14:44:12 -0400
Got some good looks at our Falcon being chased in circles around the power
plant by two crows around 2pm. Looks like it's holding its ground so far. A
lot of interesting ducks in the river are also viewable from the same spot,
you just have to turn around!

Dan Joslyn
Arlington, VA

On Mon, Mar 27, 2017 at 10:10 AM, Melissa Roach  wrote:

> Currently in view on the tank.
>
> Melissa R
>
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Subject: Re: Info about Chan Robbins
From: "Bill McGovern" <bmcgovern AT cox.net>
Date: Mon, 27 Mar 2017 12:45:32 -0400
Thanks for sharing, Roberta--I would have missed the obit otherwise.
Robbins was a pioneer, and it's neat to think that he lived so close by.

  I still have his 1966 Golden Field Guide , and it's a great resource for
seeing how ranges have changed for all species.

Bill

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Behalf Of Roberta Reichwein
Sent: Monday, March 27, 2017 10:57 AM
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Subject: [Va-bird] Info about Chan Robbins

This is taken from the mdbirding group email, and posted by Jane Fallon who
I would like to thank for keeping us informed.  I don't think she'd mind if
I shared it with Virginia birders.  Anyone can access   
http://www.mdbirding.com/  to read posts:

It is with sadness that we report that Chandler Robbins, our world famous
ornithologist, passed away on Monday March 20th.  He was a member of the
Patuxent Bird Club since its beginning and a founder of MOS.

Attached is a link to a tribute from the National Audubon Society: 
  http://www.audubon.org/news/in-memory-chandler-s-robbins

His obituary appeared in the Washington Post  earlier this week:
https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/chandler-robbins-frie
nd-to-birds-and-birdwatchers-dies-at-98/2017/03/23/d7c331b0-0f44-11e7-9b0d-d
27c98455440_story.html?utm_term=.018bdeff1738

There will be a memorial service on April 15 at the First United Methodist
Church in Laurel.  Details will be announced later.  Also a Life Celebration
is being planned by the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center where Chan worked
for 70 Years, date to be announced.

Bobbi Reichwein
Davidsonville, MD
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Subject: Info about Chan Robbins
From: Roberta Reichwein <b.reichwein AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Mar 2017 10:56:47 -0400
This is taken from the mdbirding group email, and posted by Jane Fallon who
I would like to thank for keeping us informed.  I don't think she'd mind if
I shared it with Virginia birders.  Anyone can access mdbirding.com to read
posts:




It is with sadness that we report that Chandler Robbins, our world famous
ornithologist, passed away on Monday March 20th.  He was a member of the
Patuxent Bird Club since its beginning and a founder of MOS.

Attached is a link to a tribute from the National Audubon Society
http://www.audubon.org/news/in-memory-chandler-s-robbins.

His obituary appeared in the Washington Post  earlier this week:
https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/
chandler-robbins-friend-to-birds-and-birdwatchers-dies-
at-98/2017/03/23/d7c331b0-0f44-11e7-9b0d-d27c98455440_story.html?utm_term=.
f7b9325e21e0

There will be a memorial service on April 15 at the First United Methodist
Church in Laurel.  Details will be announced later.  Also a Life
Celebration is being planned by the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center where
Chan worked for 70 Years, date to be announced.

Bobbi Reichwein
Davidsonville, MD
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Subject: Prairie Falcon - Yes
From: Melissa Roach <roach.mc1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Mar 2017 10:10:55 -0400
Currently in view on the tank. 

Melissa R

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Subject: Vesper Sparrows at Blandy Experimental Farm
From: "Carr, David E. (dec5z)" <dec5z AT eservices.virginia.edu>
Date: Mon, 27 Mar 2017 13:38:25 +0000
I saw two Vesper Sparrows along Berry's Ferry Road (CR 628) this morning at 9 
AM. The birds were at the edge of a winter wheat field along the south border 
of Blandy Experimental Farm (Clarke County). 


David Carr
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Subject: eBird -- Lake Frederick -- Mar 27, 2017 Frederick Co.
From: david.boltz4 AT gmail.com
Date: Mon, 27 Mar 2017 09:26:13 -0400
Lots of waterfowl on Lake Frederick this morning. 

Lake Frederick
Mar 27, 2017
9:05 AM
Stationary
15 Minutes
All birds reported? No
Comments: Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.4.2 Build 114

25 Canada Goose
4 Gadwall
3 American Wigeon
1 Mallard
20 Northern Shoveler
24 Ring-necked Duck
6 Greater Scaup
15 Lesser Scaup
60 Bufflehead -- Very large flock.
2 Hooded Merganser
1 Common Loon
1 Pied-billed Grebe
2 Horned Grebe
1 Double-crested Cormorant
2 Bonaparte's Gull

Number of Taxa: 15


Dave Boltz

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Subject: Re: Alexandria - Prairie Falcon
From: Daniel Joslyn <djoslyn48 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Mar 2017 09:22:10 -0400
I think our Falcon was still at the power plant this AM between 8:30 and 9,
but due to heavy fog basically what I saw was a falcon shape perched on one
of the tanks. Will try again this afternoon after the fog has hopefully
burned off.

-Dan Joslyn
Arlington, VA

On Sun, Mar 26, 2017 at 2:22 PM, Art Drauglis  wrote:

> Continues Sunday afternoon. Easy binocular and scope views from N Royal st
> at the RR tracks. Tops of tanks at south end of power plant seem to be
> preferred perches.
>
> Art D
> W DC
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Subject: Chandler Robbins
From: Sunny Yoder <sunnyyoder AT icloud.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Mar 2017 08:26:18 -0400
Thanks to several of you, I found the obit and appreciation that I had missed 
in the Post. It would have been good to know him. 



https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/chandler-robbins-friend-to-birds-and-birdwatchers-dies-at-98/2017/03/23/d7c331b0-0f44-11e7-9b0d-d27c98455440_story.html 
 


Sunny Yoder
Alexandria
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Subject: Great Falls Bird Walk 03/26/17 (Fairfax County)
From: Dendroica--- via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Mar 2017 06:34:44 -0400
Keith Huffman led our group of six.  Among the 33 species observed  were 
three cooperative Winter Wrens.  We meet on Sundays at 8 AM in the  visitors 
center parking lot, weather permitting.  All birders are welcome  to join us. 
 
 
Posted by Ralph Wall
 
The list:  
 
Canada Goose  16
American Black Duck  2
Ring-necked  Duck  20
Bufflehead  22
Common Merganser   2
Double-crested Cormorant  2
Great Blue Heron  5
Black  Vulture  8
Turkey Vulture  6
Bald Eagle  2
Ring-billed  Gull  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  2
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker   3
Downy Woodpecker  4
Hairy Woodpecker  2
Northern  Flicker  2
Pileated Woodpecker  3
Blue Jay  5
American  Crow  3
crow sp.  8
Carolina Chickadee  15
Tufted  Titmouse  25
White-breasted Nuthatch  3
Winter Wren   3
Carolina Wren  4
Eastern Bluebird  2
Hermit Thrush   1
American Robin  7
Chipping Sparrow  1
Dark-eyed Junco   30
Song Sparrow  3
Northern Cardinal  6
Red-winged  Blackbird  1
Brown-headed Cowbird  1

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Subject: Chandler Robbins
From: Sunny Yoder <sunnyyoder AT icloud.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Mar 2017 23:53:15 -0400
I haven’t seen anything about Mr. Robbins’ passing in the local press but 
happened upon a piece in my hometown newspaper the Corpus Christi Caller Times 
by South Texas birding legend Phyllis Yochem: 


One of the great joys of birding is the comparable accessibility of many of the 
luminaries of the pursuit. 


Chandler S. Robbins, principal author of “Birds of North America: A Guide to 
Field Identification,” died last week in Maryland at 98. Instantly 
recognizable to all who began birding in the time before the internet, the 
Golden Guide, as his book is commonly called, was the one that started it all 
for many enthusiasts. 



Sunny Yoder
Alexandria

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Subject: Augusta County today (78 species, Marsh Wren, migrants)
From: Gabriel Mapel via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Mar 2017 02:39:26 +0000 (UTC)
Hi all,Vic Laubach and I birded the day away today covering lots of territory 
in Augusta County.  Starting at sunrise at the Augusta Springs Wetlands we 
then made our way through Swoope, across to Stuarts Draft, up to Waynesboro and 
Fishersville before finishing in the Weyers Cave area at 6pm.  We had a great 
March day and in total found 78 species including several highlights.  Our top 
bird was a Marsh Wren located at the roadside marsh in Swoope along Trimbles 
Mill Rd across from North Mtn Rd. 


Below please find a list of our highlight birds with locations listed.Gabriel 
MapelNew Hope 


Blue-winged Teal 4 Bell's LaneHorned Grebe 1 Fishersville QuarryDouble-crested 
Cormorant 1 InVista Pond (Waynesboro)BC Night-Heron 2 InVista Pond 
(Waynesboro)Northern Harrier 2 Swoope 

Bald Eagle 5 Swoope Nest (occupied by adults) and Stuarts Draft Nest (occupied 
by adults and at least one eaglet)Wilson's Snipe 13 Various locationsHorned 
Lark 4 Guthrie Rd & Stuarts Draft WWTPN. Rough-winged Swallow 2 Swoope (Hope 
Lake, Boy Scout Camp) & Stuarts Draft WWTPBarn Swallow 1 Fishersville 
QuarryBlack-capped Chickadee 1 Augusta Springs WetlandsWinter Wren 1 Augusta 
Springs WetlandsMarsh Wren 1 Swoope (Trimbles Mill Rd)American Pipit 35 Guthrie 
RdLouisiana Waterthrush 1 Augusta Springs WetlandsVesper Sparrow 1 Swoope 
(Trimbles Mill Rd)Savannah Sparrow 26 All in SwoopeSwamp Sparrow 5 Augusta 
Springs Wetlands & SwoopeRusty Blackbird 1 Guthrie Rd 


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Subject: Black-throated Green Warbler, Williamsburg
From: Nick Newberry <nickenew1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Mar 2017 21:12:57 -0400
Hello,

While kayaking around Lake Matoaka this evening, I heard a Black-throated Green 
Warbler sing its full song at least 5 times. March 26 is listed as the extreme 
early date for this species in the coastal plain and this constitutes my first 
March record of this species. The Louisiana Waterthrushes and Yellow-throated 
Warblers are back as well. 


Best,
Nick


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Subject: Re: Alexandria - Prairie Falcon
From: Fred Atwood <fatwood AT flinthill.org>
Date: Sun, 26 Mar 2017 20:45:06 -0400
Bird was present again after about a 45 minute wait at this same location
at about 6:20 this evening. It did not perch; it just hovered over the
building for 20 seconds or so and then moved on to the south.  Many thanks
to all of you who posted updates to VA-Bird! Because of your posts, I
stopped on my way back home from Cape Cod (where I saw handsome drake King
Eider and Eurasian Green Winged Teal before I left)
ALl the best
Fred Atwood
Oakton, Fairfax Co, VA
Chatham, Barnstable Co, MA


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> Continues Sunday afternoon. Easy binocular and scope views from N Royal st
> at the RR tracks. Tops of tanks at south end of power plant seem to be
> preferred perches.
>
> Art D
> W DC
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Subject: Possible Crow Nest in Alexandria
From: William Boyd <billboliviaboyd AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Mar 2017 19:10:42 -0400
Birders,

I arose today early enough to view a crow repeatedly browsing the grassy
yard of a backyard in Arlington near Pentagon City Mall. The day before I'd
worked  in the yard to remove the upper 2/3rds of two enormously overgrown
shrubs, leaving many small sticks and twigs scattered in the grass. The
crow flying off with a bill full of materials returned minutes later to
repeat.

Once the day began to lighten up, I stepped out front to eye a tall tree 3
houses to the west (towards Arlington Ridge) where about 5/6th the way up a
large collection of bedding material appeared be hosting three crows. As
the morning progressed, interrupting myself from work on the front porch,
I'd stop to check out the crow action atop that tree.

My best guess = an active crow's nest. Now, I'm a fan of these corvids but
know little about their natural history particularly related to breeding
time, nesting, etc., so I'd appreciate the thoughts of more experienced
birders.

If anyone wants more details, please email directly. As I'll return to that
Arlington residence on Wednesday, I'll get many more looks.

Bill in Fredericksburg
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Subject: Mason Neck State Park eagles and coots
From: "Larry Cartwright" <prowarbler AT verizon.net>
Date: Sun, 26 Mar 2017 17:42:07 -0400
Only two birders joined me for the Audubon Society of Northern Virginia
sponsored walk at Mason neck State Park today.   Waterfowl species diversity
was low, but there was still a lot of birds on Belmont Bay. A highlight was
watching four Bald Eagles trying to catch coots.  None succeeded, but it was
fascinating for our small group to watch.  There are lots of cowbirds
displaying today and bluebirds and Tree Swallows investigating nest boxes.
We also had two closeup views from two very cooperative Hermit Thrushes.

 

Mason Neck State Park, Fairfax, Virginia, US Mar 26, 2017 8:22 AM - 11:20 AM

Protocol: Traveling

1.5 mile(s)

41 species

 

Canada Goose  60

Wood Duck  4

Gadwall  300

American Black Duck  1

Mallard  80

Northern Shoveler  3

Canvasback  1

Lesser Scaup  800

Ruddy Duck  6

Double-crested Cormorant  3

Great Blue Heron  11

Osprey  4

Bald Eagle  8

American Coot  1200

Mourning Dove  3

Belted Kingfisher  1

Red-bellied Woodpecker  6

Downy Woodpecker  4

Northern Flicker  3

Pileated Woodpecker  2

Eastern Phoebe  2

Blue Jay  15

American Crow  5

Fish Crow  3

Tree Swallow  50

Carolina Chickadee  8

Tufted Titmouse  16

White-breasted Nuthatch  3

Carolina Wren  7

Eastern Bluebird  8

Hermit Thrush  2

American Robin  15

Chipping Sparrow  2

Dark-eyed Junco  25

White-throated Sparrow  40

Song Sparrow  10

Eastern Towhee  4

Northern Cardinal  9

Red-winged Blackbird  12

Brown-headed Cowbird  21

American Goldfinch  4

 

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Larry Cartwright

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