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Updated on Monday, September 1 at 09:36 PM EST
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Olive-sided Flycatcher,©David Sibley

1 Sep Chincoteague environs Sunday and Monday [Denise Ryan via va-bird ]
1 Sep Kiptopeke Hawkwatch [taberzz--- via va-bird ]
01 Sep HSR: Harvey's Knob (01 Sep 2014) 10 Raptors []
1 Sep Berryville Woodstork Continuous [Gerco ]
01 Sep HSR: Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (01 Sep 2014) 20 Raptors []
01 Sep HSR: Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (01 Sep 2014) 52 Raptors []
1 Sep HUD godwit visible from belle haven [Fredatwood via va-bird ]
01 Sep Re: Hunting Creek Bridge ["Kurt Gaskill" ]
1 Sep Hog Island WMA 9/1 [Adam D'Onofrio ]
1 Sep Black Terns - Halifax Co. [Paul Glass ]
1 Sep Migrants in Shenandoah National Park; Madison, Rappahannock and Page counties [teresa ivory ]
1 Sep Rufous Hummingbird -Rockfish Gap [Brenda Tekin ]
1 Sep Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk. [Harry Glasgow via va-bird ]
1 Sep Black Terns/Potomac River/Dyke Marsh [Rich Rieger via va-bird ]
01 Sep A slow day at Riverbend Park's meadow--lots of Eastern Wood-Pewees [Walter Hadlock ]
1 Sep Woodstork [Arun Bose ]
1 Sep Woodstork 09/01 [Arun Bose ]
01 Sep Hunting Creek Bridge [Marc Ribaudo ]
01 Sep Black terns [Marc Ribaudo ]
1 Sep Wood Stork continues in Clarke county [Teri ]
01 Sep Black tern [Marc Ribaudo ]
31 Aug birds at Craney Island, Portsmouth, VA [Elisa Enders ]
31 Aug Crums Church Rd, Blandy, and Fauquier Co ["Kurt Gaskill" ]
31 Aug HSR: Snickers Gap (31 Aug 2014) 13 Raptors []
31 Aug Berryville Woodstork [Gerco ]
31 Aug Dyke marsh...stone bridge ["kurtcapt87 AT verizon.net" ]
31 Aug HSR: Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (31 Aug 2014) 27 Raptors []
31 Aug Re: Clarke Co. WOST [Russell Taylor ]
31 Aug Unusual(?) Hummingbird ["Marshall Faintich" ]
31 Aug Clarke Co. WOST [Russell Taylor ]
31 Aug Merrimac Farm WMA [Harry Glasgow via va-bird ]
31 Aug westmoreland and king george counties Aug 30 [Frederick Atwood via va-bird ]
31 Aug Fwd: eBird Report - Dyke Marsh - CMN02, Aug 31, 2014 [Marc Ribaudo ]
31 Aug Great Falls Sunday Walk [Marshall Rawson via va-bird ]
31 Aug Wood Stork, Clarke Co. [Diane L via va-bird ]
30 Aug Nighthawks and Swifts [Donald Sweig ]
30 Aug HSR: Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (30 Aug 2014) 25 Raptors []
30 Aug New eBird Hotspot for the Wood Stork in Clarke County [Perri ]
30 Aug Loggerhead Shrike (Goochland) [GrouseK9 via va-bird ]
30 Aug Shorebirds at MacKay Island NWR [Bill Keith ]
30 Aug Wood Stork - Clarke County []
30 Aug HSR: Snickers Gap (30 Aug 2014) 25 Raptors []
30 Aug HSR: Harvey's Knob (29 Aug 2014) 15 Raptors []
30 Aug Marbled Godwith @ Back Bay NWR - 8/30/2014 [Rob Bielawski ]
30 Aug NVBC Walk at Huntley Meadows Park Hike and Bike Trail, Aug 30, 2014 plus Cameron Run [Elton Morel via va-bird ]
30 Aug Wilson's Plover Date correction and other birds of note from Chincoteague [Jennifer Elmer via va-bird ]
30 Aug Leesylvania State Park [Marc Ribaudo ]
30 Aug ESA opinion and Martha [Peter Doherty ]
30 Aug ESA opinion and Martha [Peter Doherty ]
30 Aug ESA opinion and Martha ["Peter Doherty leasttern AT hotmail.com [hmbirds]" ]
30 Aug Wilson's Plover @ Chincoteague [Jennifer Elmer via va-bird ]
30 Aug Wood Stork still present in Clarke cty today [Teri ]
30 Aug Burke Lake Bald Eagles [Trish Strat ]
29 Aug Fwd: Time to go warbling [Stephen Johnson ]
29 Aug Green Heron still at Long Branch in Arlington today ["prowarbler" ]
29 Aug Huntley Meadows, Accotink Wildlife Preserve, 29 Aug 2014 ["Kurt Gaskill" ]
29 Aug FW: eBird Report - Air Force Memorial, Aug 29, 2014 [Gerry Hawkins ]
29 Aug Openings For Warbler Day on Compton Mt - Sept 13 [roger mayhorn ]
29 Aug Re: Nighthawks: Air Force Memorial []
29 Aug Leesylvania State Park - Woodbridge []
29 Aug More nighthawks [Gerco ]
29 Aug Nighthawks: Air Force Memorial [Donald Sweig ]
29 Aug Nighthawks [Marc Ribaudo ]
29 Aug HSR: Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (29 Aug 2014) 28 Raptors []
29 Aug HSR: Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (28 Aug 2014) 10 Raptors []
29 Aug Late August migrants at my house (Albemarle) [Andrew Rapp ]
29 Aug Ovenbird in Herndon [Susan Hart ]
29 Aug Time to go warbling [Larry Meade via va-bird ]
29 Aug HSR: Harvey's Knob (28 Aug 2014) 4 Raptors []
29 Aug Re: Wood Stork in Clarke County: August 29 [David Bridge ]
29 Aug Fw: [shenvalbirds] Wild Birds's Songs, Feather Colors Changed by Mercury Contamination [birdergonewild--- via va-bird ]
29 Aug Winkler BP, Alexandria VA [Russell Taylor ]
28 Aug Nighthawks, Air Force Memorial, Arlington [Alan Handley ]
28 Aug Short-billed Dowitcher - Hunting Creek Bridge, Alexandria []
28 Aug Warblers on the move ["Gerco (Home)" ]
28 Aug Re: Seaside Sparrow, Caspian Terns @ Ragged Island WMA, Isle of Wight County [Elisa Enders ]

Subject: Chincoteague environs Sunday and Monday
From: Denise Ryan via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Mon, 1 Sep 2014 19:07:39 -0700
Some nice sightings in no particular order from Sunday &Monday in Chincoteague 
Bay and Chincoteague Wildlife Refuge 

This report does not include all birds seen, but I am sharing those that may of 
interest to others that were not repeated in earlier reports or the shorebird 
survey from a week ago. 




Chincoteague Bay mud flats Sunday morning
1 American Avocet
1 Marbled Godwit
6 American Oystercaters
12 Black Skimmers
Little Blue Heron
6 Brown Pelicans
2 Osprey
1 Horseshoe Crab - alive on the mudflat
One hula hoop sized nest out of grass with a single egg (no birds guarding it). 
The egg was tan with black speckles and about 30% larger than a extra large 
chicken egg. I was surprised to see an egg so late in the season that appeared 
unmolested and unguarded. This was above the high tide line right under a 5 ft 
tall shrub. I was told they are called Merklebush or shrub? Anyone have ideas 
about what kind of bird nest/egg I may have encountered? 



Monday - North Side of Wildlife Loop Road of the Refuge
2 Solitary Sandpipers 

Several Pectoral Sandpipers - I lost count but perhaps a half dozen
2 Spotted Sandpipers in nonbreeding plumage
Could not find any Wilson's Plovers but lots of Semipalm Plovers
1 Imm. Black-crowned night heron

If anyone finds the Wilson's Plover before 2 pm on Tuesday, I'd sure appreciate 
an email of where you saw it or them to savetheocean at yahoo.com ASAP before I 
head back to Maryland. Thanks! 



Denise Ryan
Cheverly, MD
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Subject: Kiptopeke Hawkwatch
From: taberzz--- via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Mon, 1 Sep 2014 21:29:05 -0400
Welcome back to hawkwatcher Katie Rittenhouse! She started at Kiptopeke today 
and will also be posting regularly on the Observatory's General Blog at 
www.cvwo.org about migration highlights, our feeders, our Monarch and Educator 
programs, which start Sept 15th and our Baywatch Waterbird Migration program, 
which starts Oct 1st just north of Kiptopeke. Visitors are always welcome! 



Brian Taber
Coastal Virginia Wildlife Observatory
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Subject: HSR: Harvey's Knob (01 Sep 2014) 10 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 01 Sep 2014 21:09:58 -0400
Harvey's Knob
Roanoke, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 01, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       0              0              3
Bald Eagle                   1              1             15
Northern Harrier             0              0              4
Sharp-shinned Hawk           2              2              6
Cooper's Hawk                0              0              6
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          1              1              2
Broad-winged Hawk            4              4             26
Red-tailed Hawk              0              0              6
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             1              1              1
Merlin                       0              0              1
Peregrine Falcon             0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                1              1              1
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              0              0

Total:                      10             10             71
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:00:00 
Observation end   time: 15:00:00 
Total observation time: 6 hours

Official Counter:        Bill James

Observers:        Dave Brunstetter, Dillard Childress, Katie James,
                  Steve goff

Visitors:
Very interested and pleasant mom and son up to learn about hawks and
migration.


Weather:
Hot and humid day with temperature ranging from 24 to  27, cloud cover
variable all day 40 to 80%, winds mostly West at 1 to 3, variable all day,
and visibility improving from 3 to 4.

Raptor Observations:
Hawks appeared on both sides despite the westerly wind and the sole eagle
was low on the East side, a mature at 10:36.  Allen Miller was chief
spotter and ID'er today.

Non-raptor Observations:
Total observers exceeded total hawks.  Not as many parkway users as might
be expected on this holiday.  Bear dogs out early.  At least 4 Monarchs

Predictions:
Hotter still with more big birds than today.
========================================================================
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: Berryville Woodstork Continuous
From: Gerco <drgerco AT hotmail.com>
Date: Mon, 1 Sep 2014 20:48:32 -0400
Seven of us saw the Berryville Woodstork (at the intersection of Crumbs 
Church Rd and Old Chaltestown Rd in far northern Clarke County) late 
afternoon today. Most folks arrived between 500 and 530pm and endured a 
short (or longer) wait in the heat and sunshine before the stork flew 
in. While waiting for the stork we observed many pooling butterflies 
(Clouded Sulphurs, Tiger Swallowtail. a monarch, and a bunch of flutter 
ones I do not know). Around 545pm today, the stork flew in low over the 
trees from north of Old Charlestown Rd and landed in the mud pool. The 
resident young great blue heron wasn't very pleased with the arrival of 
another youngster. The heron tried to chase away the stork, but was not 
successful.  The stork went about its way, drinking and fouraging. 
Surpisingly the heron followed the stork around, perhaps hoping for a 
little snack. No such luck I think.  Many of the locals drivng by slowed 
down and waved at us. Very nice. I am glad I went back and waited the stork.

Gerco
Leesburg, VA
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Subject: HSR: Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (01 Sep 2014) 20 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 01 Sep 2014 20:09:57 -0400
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch
Tip of Virginia's Eastern Shore, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 01, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                      14             14             14
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             6              6              6
Merlin                       0              0              0
Peregrine Falcon             0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              0              0

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

Observation start time: 07:00:00 
Observation end   time: 15:00:00 
Total observation time: 8 hours

Official Counter:        Katie Rittenhouse

Observers:        Bob Anderson, Harry Armistead, Thuy Tran

Weather:
A humid day of 78-90F with SW winds 5-15mph. A storm front moved in late
afternoon.

Raptor Observations:


Non-raptor Observations:
A few flocks of Bobolink and Eastern Kingbird started the count. Purple
Martin in small flocks throughout 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: HSR: Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (01 Sep 2014) 52 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 01 Sep 2014 20:09:46 -0400
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 01, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       9              9             59
Bald Eagle                   2              2              9
Northern Harrier             0              0              1
Sharp-shinned Hawk           3              3             16
Cooper's Hawk                1              1             10
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          1              1              3
Broad-winged Hawk           31             31            226
Red-tailed Hawk              2              2             26
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             1              1             20
Merlin                       0              0              0
Peregrine Falcon             0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              4
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               2              2              2
Mississippi Kite             0              0              2

Total:                      52             52            378
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:30:00 
Observation end   time: 15:30:00 
Total observation time: 8 hours

Official Counter:        Multiple Counters

Observers:        Brenda Tekin, Gabriel Mapel, Pete Nebel

Visitors:
Several folks ventured up today including Tyler Turbin and Genevieve O(?)
from Richmond, Mary Mapel, Carson Lambert, Dianna Rapp, Andrew Rapp, Rich
and Peg Hodglana, Joe and Sally Cipollo.


Weather:
Windy, warm and humid.  A steady westerly wind throughout the day at times
strong enough to topple small objects.  Temp:23.8>27.7 (At the lower
elevation temperature climbed up to lower 90's); Humidity: 75%<64%;
Bar.Pressure: 27.98<27.92; Cloud Cover: Starting at 40% decreasing to 25%
and then back up to 40% - 70% before decreasing to 30% and less by the
afternoon hour.

Raptor Observations:
Several birds found west over Waynesboro. Some high,some low, and some
in-between.  Some observed dropping down into the trees to our north but
most hurried down the ridge. First bird of the day was a Broad-winged  AT 
8:36.

Two Bald Eagles (adult at 10:40; imm. AT  11:14)


Non-raptor Observations:
Nice showing of swallows including Bank(3), Barn(8), Cliff(1), Tree(100+);
Baltimore Oriole(1), Scarlet Tanager(1), Black-throated Blue Warbler(1),
Common Raven(non migrating-8), Ruby-throated Hummingbird(21).

Today's highlight was the first documented Rufous Hummingbird at Rockfish
Gap Hawk Watch.  This bird, an adult male, came in low providing very good
looks. 

Predictions:
HOT!
========================================================================
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: HUD godwit visible from belle haven
From: Fredatwood via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Mon, 1 Sep 2014 19:10:34 -0400
In scope now. Am moving to bridge to try for closet view

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Subject: Re: Hunting Creek Bridge
From: "Kurt Gaskill" <KurtCapt87 AT verizon.net>
Date: Mon, 01 Sep 2014 19:05:04 -0400
VA BIRDers,

Additions to Marc's early morning report:

Am. Black Duck - at least 1
Mallard - 165 give or take...I did not do an accurate count.
No. Shoveler 12
Blue-winged Teal 3
Green-winged Teal 2
The early morning Black Tern numbers dissipated by 9am (one left) but a new
group of a dozen came through near 10 am.

Kurt Gaskill

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From: va-bird [mailto:va-bird-bounces+kurtcapt87=verizon.net AT listserve.com]
On Behalf Of Marc Ribaudo
Sent: Monday, September 01, 2014 8:33 AM
To: va-bird AT listserve.com
Subject: [Va-bird] Hunting Creek Bridge

Besides the terns there was a nice bunch of shorebirds at the bridge.  These
included 1 white-rumped, 1 pectoral, 3 short-billed dowitchers, 1
semi-palmated plover, least and semipalmated sandpipers, both yellowlegs,
and killdeer.

Marc Ribaudo

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Subject: Hog Island WMA 9/1
From: Adam D'Onofrio <bigadfromlb AT comcast.net>
Date: Mon, 1 Sep 2014 22:11:32 +0000 (UTC)
I visited Hog Island WMA in Surry Co. today. The 19 AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS are 
still present in the Homewood Creek Impoundment. Today, I discovered that one 
of them has a green wing tag. I got a quick look at the tag through my scope 
and read what I thought was 546. I did some research online and found that 
there is a large pelican banding operation in Minnesota that places green 
cattle tags on the wing as well as a USGS metal band on the leg. I reported the 
tag number to USGS so I will see if someone responds. There were more 
shorebirds down there today than there has been including a crisp juvenile 
BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER, definitely one of my favorite species, and 8 
WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS. Migrant land birds were few but I did have a MAGNOLIA 
WARBLER, a female BALTIMORE ORIOLE and 3 flyover BOBOLINKS. Ebird list below. 
Good birding. 


Adam D'Onofrio 
North Dinwiddie 

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19640131 

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Subject: Black Terns - Halifax Co.
From: Paul Glass <pag AT gcrcompany.com>
Date: Mon, 1 Sep 2014 18:03:39 -0400
I spent the morning birding Staunton River State Park in Halifax county.
Unfortunately, the lake level is still much too high to expose any mudflats,
and consequently the only shorebirds were 2 Spotted Sandpipers and a flyby
Greater Yellowlegs.  Dickie birds were pretty active up until about 9:00.
The most common species were Red-eyed Vireos, Gnatcatchers and Pine
Warblers.  In one flock I found a Warbling Vireo which was my first for the
county.  Other migrants included Chesnut-sided Warbler, Redstart, and
Baltimore Oriole.  There were a few waterbirds around including many Great
Egrets, a continuing Snowy Egret, and most notably a flock of 43 Black
Terns.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19636969


Paul Glass
South Boston, VA
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Subject: Migrants in Shenandoah National Park; Madison, Rappahannock and Page counties
From: teresa ivory <ivory1888 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 1 Sep 2014 16:56:52 -0400
I had about 12 birds in a mixed flock at South River picnic grounds
(Skyline drive mile marker 63) this a.m.  The loop from the parking lot
down South River Falls trail, north on the AT, and back to Skyline on the
fire road is always productive. The last part is where I encountered
Black-throated Greens and Blue, Blackburnian, and Tennessee warblers, Cedar
Waxwings, Ruby-throated Hummingsbirds, and Red-eyed Vireos moving through
the tree tops. Further north at Limberlost the local nesters ( Hooded,
Chestnut-sided, Cerulean, and Redstart warblers) have moved out. Another
mixed flock was near the parking lot where I added Ovenbird and
the breeding Blue-headed Vireos and Juncos in addition to the above
mentioned birds and the ubiquitous Black Bear.
Teri Holland
Berryville, Va
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Subject: Rufous Hummingbird -Rockfish Gap
From: Brenda Tekin <brenda AT birdsofvirginia.com>
Date: Mon, 1 Sep 2014 16:38:35 -0400
This morning at approximately 9:24am EST, the first documented RUFOUS 
HUMMINGBIRD flew over the hawk watch at Rockfish Gap in Waynesboro, VA. 


We are approaching peak migration for Ruby-throats and they were well 
represented today. Many were high overhead continuing southward on strong 
westerly winds without slowing down. A few would come in to the hill top 
feeder. 


This hummingbird flew across low with morning sun lighting it up. When I first 
saw it coming straight in it it seemed large, especially the upper chest area. 
As it neared it was then that I clearly saw the upper underside from chin to 
upper breast was ORANGE. That's when my jaw dropped and I uttered a few words 
under my breadth. Gabriel Maple quickly picked up on the bird about the time it 
reached the edge of the upper edge of the ridge where we were sitting. This 
bird was lot up in the morning sun and When the bird vas soon as it veered left 
to go around the west side of the building toward the parking lot we both could 
easily see the orange (rufous) rump. I couldn't detect any green but then 
again, the bird was moving quickly and all I could see was orange. 


The extent of the rufous and the rufous rump leads us to the conclusion that it 
was an adult male Rufous Hummingbird. 




Brenda
Brenda Tekin
Stuart's Draft, VA

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Subject: Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk.
From: Harry Glasgow via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Mon, 1 Sep 2014 10:25:27 -0700
It was Hazy, Hot and Humid as 21 birders set out on this Labor Day Huntley 
Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk. Reflecting nearby warbler reports for the past 
week, we kept sharp eyes for any migrating warblers, but our only sightings 
were Common Yellowthroat and Yellow Warbler. We felt these could be local 
nesters as easily as migrants. So the watch continues. One of our younger 
birders reported spotting a Brown Creeper. We gently explained that really 
couldn't be the case. Here's hoping we passed along some bird lore as well as 
experience in having an error corrected. 


Canada Goose  1
Wood Duck  5
Mallard  1
Great Blue Heron 
 6
Great Egret  2
Green Heron  3
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Solitary Sandpiper  1
Mourning Dove  5
Yellow-billed Cuckoo  1
Chimney Swift  3
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  1
Belted Kingfisher  2
Red-bellied Woodpecker  2
Downy Woodpecker  5
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Pileated Woodpecker  2
Eastern Wood-Pewee  2
Acadian Flycatcher  2
Eastern Phoebe  2
Eastern Kingbird  2
Blue Jay  3
American Crow  6
crow sp.  12
Carolina Chickadee  4
Tufted Titmouse  4
White-breasted Nuthatch  6
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  3
Eastern Bluebird  5
American Robin  50
Gray Catbird  4
Common Yellowthroat  3
Yellow Warbler  4
Song Sparrow  4
Northern Cardinal  7
Indigo Bunting  1
Common Grackle  10
House Finch  2
American
 Goldfinch  4


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 Glasgow
Friends of Huntley Meadows Park
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Subject: Black Terns/Potomac River/Dyke Marsh
From: Rich Rieger via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Mon, 1 Sep 2014 13:23:36 -0400
MidMorning Kayaking out of Belle Haven Marina/Dyke Marsh led to the hoped for 
BLACK TERNS. Some immatures posted up on pilings in the marina and some plying 
the hydrilla mats south of the Little Gut. GREAT EGRETS were holding morning 
meeting at the mouth of the Big Gut - at least 20 - with one SNOWY EGRET 
interloping. A few shorebirds worked the mats - LESSER YELLOWLEGS and maybe 6 
(un)SPOTTED SANDPIPERS. One lone CEDAR WAXWING was about and one BELTED 
KINGFISHER as well. 


Will be back for low tide late this p.m. after caulking the bathtub...

Rich Rieger
Alexandria


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Subject: A slow day at Riverbend Park's meadow--lots of Eastern Wood-Pewees
From: Walter Hadlock <jaybirdncarol AT verizon.net>
Date: Mon, 01 Sep 2014 12:55:42 -0400
Good day all,

It was warm and muggy for our Audubon Society of Northern Virginia (ASNV) 
sponsored walk at Riverbend Park's meadow (Fairfax County). Lots of dew and wet 
birds from last night's rain storm. A member of our group visited the river 
just before the walk and reported it was running high and there were no birds. 


The meadow was pretty quiet, but we had good looks at a number of Eastern 
Wood-Pewees, Eastern Phoebes, and worked hard to identify a Magnolia Warbler. 
Here's our list: 


Mourning Dove
Yellow-billed Cuckoo--H
Chimney Swift
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Red-bellied Woodpecker--HY and adult males and females

Downy Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Eastern Phoebe
Great Crested Flycatcher--maybe

Red-eyed Vireo--H
Blue Jay
American Crow
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse--H

White-breasted Nuthatch--H
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Eastern Bluebird
Gray Catbird
Magnolia Warbler

Common Yellowthroat
Chipping Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
American Goldfinch

Jay and Carol Hadlock
Herndon,VA (Fairfax County)
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Subject: Woodstork
From: Arun Bose <arun1bose AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 1 Sep 2014 09:31:55 -0400
 ... And flew north westerly at 9:25

Arun bose
Richmond 

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Subject: Woodstork 09/01
From: Arun Bose <arun1bose AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 1 Sep 2014 08:47:43 -0400
Is present right now. See previous posts for directions etc. 

Arun Bose
Richmond

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Subject: Hunting Creek Bridge
From: Marc Ribaudo <moribaudo AT verizon.net>
Date: Mon, 01 Sep 2014 08:32:53 -0400
Besides the terns there was a nice bunch of shorebirds at the bridge. These 
included 1 white-rumped, 1 pectoral, 3 short-billed dowitchers, 1 semi-palmated 
plover, least and semipalmated sandpipers, both yellowlegs, and killdeer. 


Marc Ribaudo

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Subject: Black terns
From: Marc Ribaudo <moribaudo AT verizon.net>
Date: Mon, 01 Sep 2014 07:59:52 -0400
Make that about 30 black terns at the Stone Bridge.

Marc Ribaudo

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Subject: Wood Stork continues in Clarke county
From: Teri <ivory1888 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 1 Sep 2014 07:36:24 -0400
The Wood Stork continues in Berryville at Crums Church rd and old Charlestown 
rd. The cows are in the puddle with the birds. The stork is actively feeding. 

Teri Holland
Berryville, Va


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Subject: Black tern
From: Marc Ribaudo <moribaudo AT verizon.net>
Date: Mon, 01 Sep 2014 07:29:45 -0400
There is a black tern over the hydrilla mats off the Stone Bridge in 
Alexandria. 


Marc Ribaudo

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Subject: birds at Craney Island, Portsmouth, VA
From: Elisa Enders <elisaenders AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sun, 31 Aug 2014 21:51:39 -0400
Yesterday, during an impromptu visit to Craney Island, several interesting 
species (although none are unexpected at Craney) were seen. 

 
17 Wilson's Phalaropes and 2 Red-necked Phalaropes were seen well in the 
northwest corner of the western side of the north cell. Several duck species 
were seen, including Northern Shovelers, Blue-winged Teal, Mallards, a Ruddy 
Duck, and several American Black Ducks. Over 100 (probably closer to 200) 
American Avocets and double digit numbers of Black-necked Stilts, several 
hundred peep (mostly Semipalmated Sandpipers), Short-billed Dowitchers, several 
Black Terns, a few Least Terns, Caspian Terns, Royal Terns, and Laughing Gulls 
were in this pool. One first year Laughing Gull was pursued by a Peregrine 
Falcon. 

 
In the middle cell, at least 5 White-rumped Sandpipers were counted. Stilt 
Sandpipers were seen in small numbers. One Western Sandpiper was picked out 
from the shorebirds, although there are likely more. Two Soras were seen well 
here, at the water's edge, among phragmites. Among disturbed soil areas on the 
north side of Craney, a single Buff-breasted Sandpiper was observed by some. 
The Buff-breasted Sandpiper was skittish and required patience to be observed. 

 
On a sandspit on the east side of Craney, in a flock of gulls and terns, two 
Lesser Black-backed Gulls (including a very striking adult bird) were seen. 

 
Craney Island is currently open to visitors on a limited basis, on a few 
Saturdays each month. For more information on which Saturdays Craney is open, 
call their office at 757-484-1021, during normal weekday business hours. 


Elisa Enders
Portsmouth, VA


 		 	   		  
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Subject: Crums Church Rd, Blandy, and Fauquier Co
From: "Kurt Gaskill" <KurtCapt87 AT verizon.net>
Date: Sun, 31 Aug 2014 21:17:42 -0400
VA BIRDers,

Rich Rieger and I visited the little pond at the end of Crums Church Rd and
saw the Wood Stork from about 0815 to 0845.  Great discussions with the
local State Police where we exchanged stories (birds and drugs).  Three
possibly notable non-stork sightings were Northern Bobwhite and Red-tailed
Hawk calling and 3 Cedar Waxwings flying past.  Also, kudos to Diane who
stayed to watch where the beastie roosts.

Rich and went to Blandy Arboretum where we found about 15 or so Bobolinks in
the tall grassy bit near the wire-fenced-in Orchard; some Red-headed WPs
were calling from the nearby tree edges along with a Great Crested
Flycatcher.  We continued the loop road and where it goes through a wood
grove on the west side where we encountered a few interesting species:

more Red-headed WPs
E. Wood Pewee 3
Red-eyed V 1
Wood Thrush 1
Ovenbird 2
Black&White 1
Magnolia 1
Chestnut-sided 1
Scarlet Tanager 1

We continued east to Fauquier Co, mainly birding Crenshaw Rd heading
southish.  A few notables here:

Green Heron 1
Osprey 1 (actually, near Paris)
Red-shouldered 2
Red-tailed 3
Am. Kestrel 2
Barred Owl 1, near the southernmost creek crossing on Crenshaw
RT Hummer 1
Red-headed WP 2
E. Wood Pewee 7, several singing
Acadian Fly 1
Trails Fly 1
E. Phoebe 2
Great Crested Fly 1
Warbling V 1, HY (Crenshaw follows a stream for some length)
Red-eyed V 4
Com. Raven 1, outside of Upperville
Barn Sw 24
BG Gnatcatcher 2
Gray Catbird 6
Brown Thrasher 2
Cedar Waxing 1
Ovenbird 1
Black&White 1
Am. Redstart 2
Magnolia 1
Chestnut-sided 2
Canada 1
Field Sp 2, both singing

finally, we passed quickly through Manassas Battlefield, Chinn Ridge, and
encountered a YB Cuckoo.

Kurt Gaskill

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Subject: HSR: Snickers Gap (31 Aug 2014) 13 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 31 Aug 2014 20:08:37 -0400
Snickers Gap
20 Miles West of Leesburg, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Aug 31, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       2             13             13
Bald Eagle                   1              9              9
Northern Harrier             1              1              1
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0              2              2
Cooper's Hawk                0              1              1
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk            5             21             21
Red-tailed Hawk              4              7              7
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             0              3              3
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:                      13             57             57
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:00:00 
Observation end   time: 13:30:00 
Total observation time: 4.5 hours

Official Counter:        Joan Boudreau and Bob Abrams

Observers:        BJ Little, Jon Little

Visitors:
As always we had many "what are you looking at" questions. We have great
imaginations though and continue to come up with spectacular answers. As
we're located in a commuter parking lot and a parking lot for the
Appalachian Trail we offer an irresistible curiosity. We're always tempted
to say things like space ships, the Northern Lights, planes, balloons, etc.
Keeps us amused between birds.


Weather:
Light, warm breeze, partly sunny.

Raptor Observations:
Last good bird was a scraggly Harrier, hard to identify. Kept us on our
toes.

Non-raptor Observations:
Nice to be back on our little mountain. Hope this year brings lots of good
birds and good birders.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Joan and Bob (icepeep AT aol.com)


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Subject: Berryville Woodstork
From: Gerco <drgerco AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sun, 31 Aug 2014 19:50:51 -0400
Well no luck with the Woodstork at 1120am this morning. A great blue 
hero, a great egret and a red-headed woodpecker were present though.

Also present was a spotting scope lens cap. If you lost yours at the 
church, please let me know and I will mail it to you.

Gerco
Leesburg, VA
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Subject: Dyke marsh...stone bridge
From: "kurtcapt87 AT verizon.net" <kurtcapt87@verizon.net>
Date: Sun, 31 Aug 2014 19:04:15 -0400
Black.bellied Plover and 22 Black Terns plus other goodies at 7pm
Kurt Gaskill

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Marc Ribaudo  wrote:

>The weekly bird walk at Dyke Marsh in Alexandria, sponsored by the Friends of 
Dyke Marsh, was attended by 15 folks who were treated to more cicadas than 
birds.  The trail was as quiet as I have ever seen it.  A few birds made very 
brief appearance that were seen by only a few, such as the adult male 
black-throated blue warbler (our only warbler) and a Baltimore oriole. There 
were many water birds off the picnic area, including a pied-billed grebe, 
yellowlegs on the hydrilla mats, and Caspian and Forster's terns. The complete 
list is below. 

>
>Marc Ribaudo
>
>Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE DROID
>
>-------- Original Message --------
>Subject: eBird Report - Dyke Marsh - CMN02, Aug 31, 2014
>From: ebird-checklist AT cornell.edu
>To: moribaudo AT verizon.net
>CC: 
>
>Dyke Marsh - CMN02, Fairfax, US-VA
>Aug 31, 2014 7:15 AM - 11:00 AM
>Protocol: Traveling
>1.5 mile(s)
>Comments:     Submitted from  BirdLog NA for Android v1.9.6
>43 species
>
>Canada Goose  50
>American Black Duck  2
>Mallard  200
>Pied-billed Grebe  1
>Double-crested Cormorant  12
>Great Blue Heron  3
>Great Egret  24
>Turkey Vulture  1
>Osprey  5
>Bald Eagle  3
>Greater Yellowlegs  1
>Lesser Yellowlegs  8
>Laughing Gull  35
>Ring-billed Gull  40
>Great Black-backed Gull  1
>Caspian Tern  18
>Forster's Tern  10
>Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  4
>Mourning Dove  1
>Chimney Swift  12
>Belted Kingfisher  2
>Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
>Downy Woodpecker  3
>Northern Flicker  1
>Eastern Wood-Pewee  1
>Eastern Phoebe  3
>Great Crested Flycatcher  1
>Blue Jay  1
>Fish Crow  3
>Carolina Chickadee  2
>Carolina Wren  4
>American Robin  12
>Gray Catbird  1
>Northern Mockingbird  2
>European Starling  25
>Black-throated Blue Warbler  1
>Northern Cardinal  3
>Indigo Bunting  1
>Red-winged Blackbird  3
>Common Grackle  10
>Baltimore Oriole  1
>House Finch  1
>American Goldfinch  3
>
>View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19623039 

>
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Subject: HSR: Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (31 Aug 2014) 27 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 31 Aug 2014 19:08:58 -0400
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Aug 31, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       2             50             50
Bald Eagle                   1              7              7
Northern Harrier             0              1              1
Sharp-shinned Hawk           1             13             13
Cooper's Hawk                0              9              9
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              2              2
Broad-winged Hawk           21            195            195
Red-tailed Hawk              2             24             24
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             0             19             19
Merlin                       0              0              0
Peregrine Falcon             0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              4              4
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              0              0
Mississippi Kite             0              2              2

Total:                      27            326            326
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:00:00 
Observation end   time: 15:00:00 
Total observation time: 8 hours

Official Counter:        Multiple Counters

Observers:        Allen Larner, Vic Laubach

Weather:
Light SE breeze early increasing to brisk SE wind at 1pm. 70-84F. Mostly
cloudy all day (50-97% cloud coverage). Hazy in the distance. Hot and
humid! 

Raptor Observations:
Immature Bald Eagle came in low over the Inn at 11:15am. 

Non-raptor Observations:
226 Tree Swallow. 232 Chimney Swift. 5 Hummingbird. 6 Raven.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Vic Laubach (laubach AT virginia.edu)
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://www.rockfishgaphawkwatch.org

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Subject: Re: Clarke Co. WOST
From: Russell Taylor <gnatcatcher AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 31 Aug 2014 16:32:54 -0400
And then back in the puddle at a little after 4. 

Cheers,
Russ


On Aug 31, 2014, at 3:42 PM, Russell Taylor  wrote:

> Just a note; Wood Stork is not present at its personal hotspot. However, it 
did do a flyover at 3pm, looked down at its puddle and headed off NNE. As of 
3:45, has not been back. 

> 
> Cheers,
> Russ Taylor 
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Subject: Unusual(?) Hummingbird
From: "Marshall Faintich" <mfaintich AT theworddoctor.com>
Date: Sun, 31 Aug 2014 15:55:33 -0400
Rockfish Valley Trail 8/31/14. Report and photos:

 

 
http://www.symbolicmessengers.com/Blog2014/2014_08_31.htm

 

Marshall Faintich

Nellysford, VA

 

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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: Clarke Co. WOST
From: Russell Taylor <gnatcatcher AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 31 Aug 2014 15:42:41 -0400
Just a note; Wood Stork is not present at its personal hotspot. However, it did 
do a flyover at 3pm, looked down at its puddle and headed off NNE. As of 3:45, 
has not been back. 


Cheers,
Russ Taylor 

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Subject: Merrimac Farm WMA
From: Harry Glasgow via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Sun, 31 Aug 2014 11:26:02 -0700
Seven birders assembled at Merrimac Farm WMA in Nokesville for the Prince 
William Conservation Alliance Last-Sunday Nature walk. We identified 21 bird 
species, several butterfly species, and many wildflowers. It was a warm morning 
but the light breeze kept it comfortable. 


Canada Goose  28
Great Egret  1
Turkey Vulture  1
Mourning Dove 
 1
Yellow-billed Cuckoo  2
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  2
Eastern Phoebe  2
Great Crested Flycatcher  1
White-eyed Vireo  3
Blue Jay  6
Carolina Chickadee  2
Tufted Titmouse  1
Carolina Wren  2
Blue-gray
 Gnatcatcher  1
Gray Catbird  2
Cedar Waxwing  1
Common Yellowthroat  1
Eastern Towhee  1
Northern Cardinal  4
American Goldfinch  6

The Merrimac Farm Wildlife Management Area is located on Deepwood Lane in 
Nokesville. Most GPS devices can find Merrimac Farm, and any good map of Prince 
William County has it. Merrimac farm is accessible every day, and is subject to 
the entry fee described on the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries website. 


Harry Glasgow
Nancy Vehrs
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Subject: westmoreland and king george counties Aug 30
From: Frederick Atwood via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Sun, 31 Aug 2014 10:47:45 -0700
I spent the day Saturday at many of my usual birding spots in the upper 
Northern Neck in King George and Westmoreland Counties (King George ponds, 
Dogue, and Leedstown). It was my first visit since June since I was away all 
summer. Highlight of the 96 species was an immature great cormorant on private 
property along route 3 near Sealston. This ebird list 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19619190 has poor but identifiable 
photos and a summary of field marks. This is an unusual time of year and an 
unusual place to see this species, normally found in winter at more coastal or 
bay shore locations. 


WARBLERS were found in a few flocks but not many species (13), the highlights 
being chestnut-sided, immature chat, and great views of a male hooded warbler. 
Most common warbler other than yellowthroat (34) were black and white (6), 
redstart (6), parula (6), yellow (6), prairie (4) and pine (4). Also had 
ovenbird, yellow-throated, and prothonotary. 


I looked carefully for SHOREBIRDS in farm fields, shorelines and mucky spots in 
both counties and the most unusual finds were a short-billed dowitcher at King 
George Ponds and my first August sighting of a snipe, in Leedstown. Leedstown 
also had a big flock of killdeer (185), a smattering of peeps (least and 
semipalmated), and 110 fish crows along Horners Mill Rd. I scanned long, hard, 
and unsuccessfully in search of golden plovers and buff-breasted sandpipers 
which I have seen at this location before. Other shorebirds of the day were 
solitary (2), spotted (1), pectoral (3), semipalmated plover (7, Leedstown and 
KG Ponds), and both lesser (8) and greater (3) yellowlegs. The total for peeps 
was 45 least, 27 semipalmated, and 7 unidentified. Day-total for killdeer was 
232. 


In Leedstown I also heard my first Sora of the year.

There were very few waterfowl--only Canada Geese (237), wood ducks (2), 
Mallards (30), and Blue-winged Teal (12), as well as 2 pied-billed grebes. 


The only gulls and terns I could find were 2 forster's terns in Leedstown and 
12 Laughing Gulls. 

Hummingbirds were all over the place, 12 found all day. 
Mourning Doves (178), Indigo buntings (36), blue grosbeak (34, some of which 
were feeding fledglings) and bobolinks (56) also seemed to be everywhere today. 


Only 1 meadowlark and 3 grasshopper sparrows were seen, in King George, and one 
group of 5 horned larks, in Leedstown. 


2 Baltimore orioles were in Leedstown and a total of only 7 orchard orioles was 
found in both counties. 


Herons totaled 8 great blue, 4 great egret, and 3 green. A local farmer 
described what sounded like a cattle egret seen earlier this month near Dogue 
following his tractor eating bugs. 


I saw 26 bald eagles, 18 of which were immatures hanging out on the sand bars 
and dead tree trunks at one of the KG ponds. 


All the best
Fred


Frederick D. Atwood     
Flint Hill School, 10409 Academic Dr, Oakton, VA 22124
703-242-1675 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/75425046 AT N06/sets/
http://www.agpix.com/fredatwood
http://www.flinthill.org
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Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Dyke Marsh - CMN02, Aug 31, 2014
From: Marc Ribaudo <moribaudo AT verizon.net>
Date: Sun, 31 Aug 2014 12:41:16 -0400
The weekly bird walk at Dyke Marsh in Alexandria, sponsored by the Friends of 
Dyke Marsh, was attended by 15 folks who were treated to more cicadas than 
birds.  The trail was as quiet as I have ever seen it.  A few birds made very 
brief appearance that were seen by only a few, such as the adult male 
black-throated blue warbler (our only warbler) and a Baltimore oriole. There 
were many water birds off the picnic area, including a pied-billed grebe, 
yellowlegs on the hydrilla mats, and Caspian and Forster's terns. The complete 
list is below. 


Marc Ribaudo

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-------- Original Message --------
Subject: eBird Report - Dyke Marsh - CMN02, Aug 31, 2014
From: ebird-checklist AT cornell.edu
To: moribaudo AT verizon.net
CC: 

Dyke Marsh - CMN02, Fairfax, US-VA
Aug 31, 2014 7:15 AM - 11:00 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.5 mile(s)
Comments:     Submitted from  BirdLog NA for Android v1.9.6
43 species

Canada Goose  50
American Black Duck  2
Mallard  200
Pied-billed Grebe  1
Double-crested Cormorant  12
Great Blue Heron  3
Great Egret  24
Turkey Vulture  1
Osprey  5
Bald Eagle  3
Greater Yellowlegs  1
Lesser Yellowlegs  8
Laughing Gull  35
Ring-billed Gull  40
Great Black-backed Gull  1
Caspian Tern  18
Forster's Tern  10
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  4
Mourning Dove  1
Chimney Swift  12
Belted Kingfisher  2
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Downy Woodpecker  3
Northern Flicker  1
Eastern Wood-Pewee  1
Eastern Phoebe  3
Great Crested Flycatcher  1
Blue Jay  1
Fish Crow  3
Carolina Chickadee  2
Carolina Wren  4
American Robin  12
Gray Catbird  1
Northern Mockingbird  2
European Starling  25
Black-throated Blue Warbler  1
Northern Cardinal  3
Indigo Bunting  1
Red-winged Blackbird  3
Common Grackle  10
Baltimore Oriole  1
House Finch  1
American Goldfinch  3

View this checklist online at 
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Subject: Great Falls Sunday Walk
From: Marshall Rawson via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Sun, 31 Aug 2014 12:27:59 -0400
Our group of ten birders tallied 39 species (+3 other taxa) on this muggy 
Sunday morning. Highlights included cuckoos in multiple areas, pair of 
kingfishers and a green heron on the river, wood ducks on the clay pond, 
indigos behind the dumpster, osprey circling over the parking lot, scarlet 
tanagers and a Baltimore oriole in the picnic area. 

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

Thank you to Ralph and Sally for taking care of the walk while I was on 
vacation. -- Marshall Rawson, McLean VA 


Canada Goose  40
Wood Duck  3
Mallard  24
Common Merganser  1
Double-crested Cormorant  4
Great Blue Heron  1
Green Heron  1
Black Vulture  8
Turkey Vulture  8
Osprey  1
Bald Eagle  1
Yellow-billed Cuckoo  7
Chimney Swift  3
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  1
Belted Kingfisher  2
Red-bellied Woodpecker  2
Downy Woodpecker  1
Hairy Woodpecker  2
Pileated Woodpecker  2
Eastern Wood-Pewee  2
Acadian Flycatcher  1
Least Flycatcher  1
Empidonax sp.  6    
Blue Jay  4
American Crow  4
Fish Crow  2
swallow sp.  1
Carolina Chickadee  8
Tufted Titmouse  8
White-breasted Nuthatch  7
Carolina Wren  3
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  1
Eastern Bluebird  6
American Robin  3
warbler sp.  3
Chipping Sparrow  1
Song Sparrow  1
Scarlet Tanager  3
Northern Cardinal  6
Indigo Bunting  3
Common Grackle  2
Baltimore Oriole  1



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Subject: Wood Stork, Clarke Co.
From: Diane L via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Sun, 31 Aug 2014 06:06:56 -0700
The bird just left the pond and joined a GB Heron in the field behind the 
church. 


Diane Lepkowski
Harrisonburg, VA

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Subject: Nighthawks and Swifts
From: Donald Sweig <skybirds.d AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 30 Aug 2014 21:30:32 -0400
 There were about ten Common Nighthawks swirling around in the lights at the 
Air Force Memorial at 9:45 this evening. 

 Earlier in the evening, about 8 o'clock, we had about 1,000 Chimney Swifts at 
the usual place on S. 16th St. 

    Donald Sweig
     Falls Church, Virginia

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Subject: HSR: Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (30 Aug 2014) 25 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 30 Aug 2014 20:08:01 -0400
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Aug 30, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       5             48             48
Bald Eagle                   2              6              6
Northern Harrier             0              1              1
Sharp-shinned Hawk           2             12             12
Cooper's Hawk                0              9              9
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              2              2
Broad-winged Hawk           15            174            174
Red-tailed Hawk              0             22             22
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             1             19             19
Merlin                       0              0              0
Peregrine Falcon             0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              4              4
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              0              0
Mississippi Kite             0              2              2

Total:                      25            299            299
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:30:00 
Observation end   time: 15:30:00 
Total observation time: 8 hours

Official Counter:        Vic Laubach

Observers:        Allen Hale, Brenda Tekin, Gabriel Mapel, Josh Laubach

Visitors:
Mary Mapel


Weather:
Although the surrounding areas were fairly clear, Rockfish Gap was severely
fogged in and didn't start clearing until 10:30 EST. Because of this one
counter manned our alternate count site in Constitution Park, Waynesboro
while two other counters remained on Afton Mountain in the fog. When the
fog finally lifted then  counters manned the mountain for remainder of day.
The entire day was very hazy. To the west the skies were mostly sunny, but
to the east the skies remained filled with dark, thick haze. Mild SE winds.
28.5C. 

Raptor Observations:
Two adult Bald Eagles (12:37pm and 3:13pm). One Osprey flew directly
overhead at only a height of 50 feet!

Non-raptor Observations:
192 Chimney Swifts, 6 Hummingbirds, 6 Ravens. Later on in the evening 101
Common Nighthawks and 242 Chimney Swifts passed through the gap between
7:30-8:05pm, mostly east-to-west direction.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Vic Laubach (laubach AT virginia.edu)
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://www.rockfishgaphawkwatch.org

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Subject: New eBird Hotspot for the Wood Stork in Clarke County
From: Perri <pborowiecki AT comcast.net>
Date: Sat, 30 Aug 2014 23:28:43 +0000 (UTC)
Greetings all, 
I am one of the eBird editors for Virginia and I wanted to let you know that is 
a new hotspot for the Wood Stork being seen on Crums Church Road in Berryville, 
Va (Clarke County). The new hotspot is named "Crums Church Puddle (Wood Stork 
Spot)". 

For those who use eBird, I encourage you to utilize the hotspot when submitting 
checklists for this location. For previously submitted checklists, I encourage 
you to edit your checklists and change your location to utilize the hotspot. 
This can be accomplished by opening your checklist under "Manage My 
Observations" and click "Edit Location" at the top of the page. This will bring 
you back to the main "Submit Observations" page. If you select "Find it on a 
Map" and type in "Berryville, Va" you can then locate the newly created 
hotspots on the map. 


I will be sending a form email to individuals who have submitted checklists for 
this location to encourage everyone to edit the checklist location to utilize 
the hotspot. 


Wood Storks are one of my favorite birds; seeing one in Virginia made my day. 
Perri 

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Perri R. Borowiecki 
pborowiecki AT comcast.net 
Dumfries, VA 
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Subject: Loggerhead Shrike (Goochland)
From: GrouseK9 via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Sat, 30 Aug 2014 19:12:17 -0400
A shrike has been spotted in Goochland County twice. Once with lizard snack. 
Near Oilville exit of 64, go west on 250. South on Fairgrounds road. 1/4 mile 
on right is Deerfield neighborhood. Just after road to neighborhood it was 
spotted from Fairground road. Reating/hunting on power lines hunting over 
fields. Careful on this road as traffic is fast and heavy. Should pull off on 
side roads/neighboorhoods. 


~Robert McLemore
Maidens, VA
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Subject: Shorebirds at MacKay Island NWR
From: Bill Keith <unchmp1 AT verizon.net>
Date: Sat, 30 Aug 2014 16:57:23 -0500 (CDT)
 There were several hundred shorebirds within easy viewing range at MacKay 
Island MWR today. They were at the fishing/viewing pier at the end of the 
access road. Sandpipers, Plovers & Dowitchers. Due to time constraints, I was 
not able to ID all the different species. Semipalms, Western & Pectoral 
Sandpipers. Short-billed Dowitchers. Probably more. 

   Bill Keith
   Portsmouth, VA
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Subject: Wood Stork - Clarke County
From: <dcharlesl AT msn.com>
Date: Sat, 30 Aug 2014 17:45:44 -0400
Bird just arrived at 5:45pm. 
Bird was absent since 12noon today

David Ledwith 

Falls Church, VA
 		 	   		  
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Subject: HSR: Snickers Gap (30 Aug 2014) 25 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 30 Aug 2014 17:08:39 -0400
Snickers Gap
20 Miles West of Leesburg, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Aug 30, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       5             11             11
Bald Eagle                   5              8              8
Northern Harrier             0              0              0
Sharp-shinned Hawk           1              2              2
Cooper's Hawk                0              1              1
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk            9             16             16
Red-tailed Hawk              2              3              3
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             3              3              3
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:                      25             44             44
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:30:00 
Observation end   time: 14:30:00 
Total observation time: 6 hours

Official Counter:        Steve Small

Observers:        BJ Little, Carol Cwiklinski, Jon Little, Steve Small

Weather:
Mostly Cloudy, 70 - 80 Degrees F, Sunny, Dry, SSE/SE 0-5 mph w/ gusts to
10.

Raptor Observations:
All five Osprey came through in the 1100 hr.  Great looks at the two
Juvenile BE's.

Non-raptor Observations:
6 RTHU

========================================================================
Report submitted by Steve Small (hawkseast AT gmail.com)


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Subject: HSR: Harvey's Knob (29 Aug 2014) 15 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 30 Aug 2014 17:08:54 -0400
Harvey's Knob
Roanoke, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Aug 29, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       0              3              3
Bald Eagle                   4             14             14
Northern Harrier             1              4              4
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0              4              4
Cooper's Hawk                2              6              6
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              1              1
Broad-winged Hawk            8             22             22
Red-tailed Hawk              0              6              6
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             0              0              0
Merlin                       0              1              1
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:                      15             61             61
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:00:00 
Observation end   time: 17:00:00 
Total observation time: 8 hours

Official Counter:        David Kirk

Observers:        Mike Crowder

Visitors:
Thanks for the help of Cynthia and Roger Baroody from Covington and Bill
Rhodes from Roanoke


Weather:
Beautiful summer day with winds from the ENE, light and variable to begin
but steadily increasing to Beaufort 2 to 3 by days end.  Clear skies with
31-40Km visibility. Temperature 19c > 24c by end of watch.  It was so cool
in the shade and with wind that one had to move into the sun to warm up.   

Raptor Observations:
First bird was a Northern Harrier and then IBE at 12:01; MBE at 12:12; IBE
at 12:14 and IBE at 12:31.  Most all raptors were seen over the knob or to
the East in the Goose Creek Valley. 

Non-raptor Observations:
Monarchs: 6; Dragonflies 6 (Green Darners and Saddlebags;
Hummingbirds 3; Blue jays 12; motorcyclists: many and more on the way 

Predictions:
About the same can't get much better
========================================================================
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: Marbled Godwith @ Back Bay NWR - 8/30/2014
From: Rob Bielawski <robbielawski AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 30 Aug 2014 16:41:31 -0400
Hi all!

This morning I went out for a hike through Back Bay NWR to False Cape State
Park, out to the beach, then back north along the beach to the NWR parking
area.

There was plenty of birds to be found, most of which along the East Dike
Trail were very far out in the marshes and impoundments to the west. All I
could make out without a nice set of binoculars were some Great Egrets and
either Snowies or Little Blue Heron Juveniles next to them along the West
Dike. I could see large flocks of shorebirds spiraling around, so someone
with a scope could probably enjoy a nice time viewing.

On the beach, saw the same birds I've been seeing (Sanderling, Willet,
Black-bellied Plover, Ruddy Turnstone, Semipalmated Plovers), but had one
nice surprise towards the end of the walk, a beautiful Marbled Godwit! I
don't think they're rare along the coast this time of year when migrating,
but it was a county first for me so was very excited to see it.

Some photographs of the Marbled Godwit are up on my website at
www.hrwe.org/blog/temporary-photos/  and I'll post up some others of the
walk as soon as I get a chance, what a beautiful day!

Rob Bielawski
Virginia Beach, VA
www.hrwe.org
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Subject: NVBC Walk at Huntley Meadows Park Hike and Bike Trail, Aug 30, 2014 plus Cameron Run
From: Elton Morel via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Sat, 30 Aug 2014 12:47:01 -0700
VA Birders:
 
About 30 birders came out for the NVBC bird walk at Huntley Meadow's Hike and 
Bike trail in Fairfax county on Saturday, Aug 30, 2014. We collectively scraped 
together 47 species in what otherwise was a rather subdued morning of birding 
probably because the overcast weather. Our best bird of the day was the Canada 
Warbler that we found in a mixed species flock near the 2nd entrance (south) to 
the Pond Trail while on our return walk down the Hike & Bike Trail. Other 
warblers in this flock were a Black-and-white, Magnolia, Chestnut-sided and 
American Redstart. Other notable finds were a Nashville Warbler found by Larry 
Cartwright in the meadow to the left of the observation platform, good looks at 
a perched up Great-crested Flycatcher and scope views of an Eastern Bluebird 
having great difficulty swallowing a monster green caterpillar. 

 
After my lunch, I visited Cameron Run along Eisenhower Avenue in Alexandria. 
Birds of note were two Snowy Egrets with a Great Egret, five Green Herons, one 
Black-crowned Night Heron, many Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs and Least 
Sandpipers, five Semipalmated Sandpipers, one Semipalmated Plover, two 
Killdeers and, best of all, two Short-billed Dowitchers. Most of the "peeps" 
were across from the water park while the larger shorebirds were across from 
the intersection of Eisenhower and Bluestone Drive. 

 
The complete list for this morning's NVBC walk is below.
 
Elton Morel
Arlington, Virginia
 
Huntley Meadows Park--Hike and Bike Trail, Fairfax, US-VA
Aug 30, 2014 6:50 AM - 11:10 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.5 mile(s)
Comments: NVBC bird walk.
47 species

Canada Goose 30 Flyover
Wood Duck 4
Mallard 3
Great Blue Heron 3
Great Egret 2
Osprey 1
Mourning Dove 5
Chimney Swift 100
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 9
Belted Kingfisher 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker 6
Downy Woodpecker 5
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 3
Pileated Woodpecker 2
Eastern Wood-Pewee 3
Acadian Flycatcher 1
Eastern Phoebe 1
Great Crested Flycatcher 2
Red-eyed Vireo 2
Blue Jay 8
American Crow 4
Barn Swallow 3
Carolina Chickadee 25
Tufted Titmouse 20
White-breasted Nuthatch 5
House Wren 2
Carolina Wren 6 Heard only
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 5
Eastern Bluebird 4
American Robin 40
Gray Catbird 7
Black-and-white Warbler 3
Nashville Warbler 1 Found by Larry Cartwright.
Common Yellowthroat 20
American Redstart 4
Magnolia Warbler 2
Chestnut-sided Warbler 2
Canada Warbler 1
Eastern Towhee 2 Heard only
Song Sparrow 2
Northern Cardinal 12
Indigo Bunting 1
Common Grackle 25
Baltimore Oriole 1
American Goldfinch 15
House Sparrow 20 At entrance construction area.
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Subject: Wilson's Plover Date correction and other birds of note from Chincoteague
From: Jennifer Elmer via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Sat, 30 Aug 2014 11:49:56 -0400 (EDT)
Sorry I put the wrong date of the observation of the Wilson's Plover it was 
yesterday ( 8/29/14) silly me. Other Birds of note during my trip to 
Chincoteague NWR 

Snow Goose Pond 
1, Pectoral Sandpiper    (  feeding next to the Wilson's Plover  )
1, White- Rumped Sandpiper 
3 Red Headed Woodpeckers 
At tom's Cove 
2 Black Terns 

 Birding Forever 

 Jennifer Elmer 

 Pocomoke City MD 


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Subject: Leesylvania State Park
From: Marc Ribaudo <moribaudo AT verizon.net>
Date: Sat, 30 Aug 2014 11:21:37 -0400
Kurt Gaskill and I birded Leesylvania SP in Woodbridge this morning. A lot of 
nothing in much of the park but there were several pockets of good activity. We 
encountered 10 warbler species, including black and white, American redstart, 
northern parula, Wilson's, blackburnian, magnolia, prairie, chestnut-sided, 
common yellowthroat, and ovenbird. We also saw veery, least flycatcher, 
Baltimore oriole, white-eyed vireo, blue grosbeak, yellow-billed cuckoo, and 
screech owl. Kurt also saw a Swainson's thrush before we joined up. 


Marc Ribaudo

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Subject: ESA opinion and Martha
From: Peter Doherty <leasttern AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sat, 30 Aug 2014 10:34:08 -0400
Greetings. In celebration of Martha the USFWS has recently "construed" the 
Endangered Species Act. Is Environmental Memory of no importance? See below. 

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/21/opinion/conservation-or-curation.html?_r=0 

Peter Doherty
leastternathotmaildotcom
Virginia Beach, VA

 		 	   		  
Subject: ESA opinion and Martha
From: Peter Doherty <leasttern AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sat, 30 Aug 2014 10:34:08 -0400
Greetings. In celebration of Martha the USFWS has recently "construed" the 
Endangered Species Act. Is Environmental Memory of no importance? See below. 

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/21/opinion/conservation-or-curation.html?_r=0 

Peter Doherty
leastternathotmaildotcom
Virginia Beach, VA

 		 	   		  
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Subject: ESA opinion and Martha
From: "Peter Doherty leasttern AT hotmail.com [hmbirds]" <hmbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 30 Aug 2014 10:34:08 -0400
Greetings. In celebration of Martha the USFWS has recently "construed" the 
Endangered Species Act. Is Environmental Memory of no importance? See below. 

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/21/opinion/conservation-or-curation.html?_r=0 

Peter Doherty
leastternathotmaildotcom
Virginia Beach, VA

 		 	   		  
Subject: Wilson's Plover @ Chincoteague
From: Jennifer Elmer via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Sat, 30 Aug 2014 09:26:13 -0400 (EDT)
Hi fellow VA birders, its been a while since I posted on here but now I have a 
bird to report. 

Yesterday (8/19/14 ) I found a Wilson's Plover feeding along the ditch north of 
Snow Goose pond at Chincoteague NWR. I know they nest on the barrier Islands 
along the Eastern Shore but I don't see them often. I took a few Digi scope 
Pictures and showed the bird to 2 more birders. 


 Birding Forever 

 Jennifer Elmer 

 Pocomoke City MD 


                                                              
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Subject: Wood Stork still present in Clarke cty today
From: Teri <ivory1888 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 30 Aug 2014 08:27:27 -0400
The Wood Stork is still present this a.m. in Berryville. The location is Crums 
Church rd and Old Charlestown rd. 

Teri Holland
Berryville, Va
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Subject: Burke Lake Bald Eagles
From: Trish Strat <pstrat57 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 30 Aug 2014 07:45:41 -0400
Spotted the bald eagles on the northwest shoreline of Burke Lake (Fairfax 
County) while fishing in a rented jon boat. The pair then treated us to an 
aerial display, rising on a thermal and eventually flying side-by-side high in 
the sky. (Got a photo) 

Trish Strat
Oakton, VA

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Subject: Fwd: Time to go warbling
From: Stephen Johnson <stevejohnson2 AT verizon.net>
Date: Fri, 29 Aug 2014 22:25:01 -0400
Slightly off-topic because it's barely over the state line in Maryland -- -- 
But to chime in with Larry, this morning we had a collection of 15 species all 
in two trees, and one was a Canada Warbler - clearly a migrant. This was along 
Violette's Lock Road, just a few hundred yards from the Potomac River across 
from Potomac Falls, Virginia. 


Meanwhile the real reason for our visit there, the Neotropic Cormorant that's 
been seen there, did not show up between 8-10AM today Friday 29 August. 


Steve Johnson



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> From: Larry Meade via va-bird 
> Date: August 29, 2014 8:05:01 PM EDT
> To: va-bird AT listserve.com
> Subject: [Va-bird] Time to go warbling
> Reply-To: Larry Meade 
> 
> I stopped my Luria Park in Fairfax County this afternoon to look for 
migrating warblers This park is just inside the Beltway in the Merrifield area. 
I found a Yellow, Nashville, Chestnut-sided, and Magnolia Warbler, plus an 
American Redstart in less than an hour. 

> 
> Good Birding,
> 
> Larry Meade
> Merrifield, VA
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Subject: Green Heron still at Long Branch in Arlington today
From: "prowarbler" <prowarbler AT verizon.net>
Date: Fri, 29 Aug 2014 22:15:42 -0400
Enjoyed the late morning with a walk around Long Branch Nature Center and
found the Green Heron still present at the little pond in front of the
visitor's center actively fishing and quite successfully too. There was a
slight evidence of fall migration with a host of Pewees, an American
(yellow) Redstart and a Chestnut-sided Warbler present. Katherine also
spotted an adult Red-shouldered Hawk perched over the path, providing good,
if slightly blocked, views. Apparently the small flock of Blue Jays in the
area was not as pleased with the hawk's presence as we were.

 

Long Branch Nature Center - CGF15, Arlington, US-VA Aug 29, 2014 9:44 AM -
12:29 PM

Protocol: Traveling

1.5 mile(s)

Comments:     
Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.7.6 24 species Green Heron 1 Red-shouldered Hawk 1 Mourning Dove 2 Red-bellied Woodpecker 2 Downy Woodpecker 1 Northern Flicker 1 Eastern Wood-Pewee 4 Great Crested Flycatcher 1 Blue Jay 5 Carolina Chickadee 8 Tufted Titmouse 3 White-breasted Nuthatch 1 Carolina Wren 6 American Robin 25 Gray Catbird 7 European Starling 5 American Redstart 1 Chestnut-sided Warbler 1 Eastern Towhee 2 Song Sparrow 1 Northern Cardinal 10 Common Grackle (Purple) 2 American Goldfinch 12 House Sparrow 11 View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19604591 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: Huntley Meadows, Accotink Wildlife Preserve, 29 Aug 2014
From: "Kurt Gaskill" <KurtCapt87 AT verizon.net>
Date: Fri, 29 Aug 2014 22:10:35 -0400
 VA BIRDers,

I started at Huntley this morning just after 7 am from the Telegraph Rd
side.  Highlights were Yellow-throated Vireo and Bobolink.  I walked the
trail and visited the Woodcock Meadow and Pond Trail.  The list of notables
are below (45 species).

Red-shouldered Hawk 1
C. Swift 1 (ugh!)
Belted Kingfisher 1
E. Wood Pewee 3
Trails Flycatcher 1
E. Phoebe 2
Great Crested Flycatcher 2
Yellow-thr V 1
Red-eyed V 3
House Wren 5, incl one FY with white gape
BG Gnatcatcher 3
Gray Catbird 8
Chestnut-sided 2
Magnolia 2
Black & White 3
Am. Redstart 4
Com. Yellowthroat 16
Canada 2
E. Towhee 2
Indigo Bunting 5
Bobolink 1

The next stop was Ft Belvoir's Accotink Wildlife Preserve, the trail from
the parking lot before the guard station, then the archery range area.  It
was late (after 11 am to about 1 pm) but the notables were:

Great Egret 1
Green Heron 1
Osprey 6
Bald Eagle 2
Caspian Tern 1
Forster's Tern 2
E. Phoebe 3
E. Kingbird 1
Red-eyed V 1
No. Rough-winged Sw 65
Bank Sw 1
Barn Sw 10
House Wren 1
Gray Catbird 7
Cedar Waxing 6
No. Parula 1
Black & White 1
Prothonotary 1
No. Waterthrush 1
Chipping Sp 1
Indigo Bunting 3

And then at Dyke Marsh/Stone Bridge from 530 to 630pm:
Blue-winged Teal 10
No. Pintail 1
Bald Eagle 6, incl one HY
Semiplover 4
Killdeer 2
Greater Yellowlegs 10
Lesser Yellowlegs 4
Semipeep 5
Least peep 1
Short-billed Dowitcher 2
Great Black-backded Gull 2
Caspian Tern 24
Forster's Tern 20

Kurt Gaskill


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Subject: FW: eBird Report - Air Force Memorial, Aug 29, 2014
From: Gerry Hawkins <maineusa AT comcast.net>
Date: Fri, 29 Aug 2014 22:01:04 -0400
Fellow Birders,
	I too watched Common Nighthawks at the Air Force Memorial tonight and, as
noted in the below eBird report, found that the last free concert in the
summer series of the US Air Force Singing Sergeants and Band only made the
birds and evening more spectacular. For those who are interested in
supporting our military in this manner, the next free concert at the Air
Force Memorial by these representatives of the USAF is at 7:00 pm on
Friday, September 12 and is a special USAF Birthday Celebration Concert at
which cake will be served. Also, both tonight, when I arrived shortly
before 8, and in the past we have had no difficulty parking for these
concerts along the street between the Memorial and Arlington National
Cemetery.
Gerry Hawkins
Arlington, VA



>Air Force Memorial, Arlington, US-VA
>Aug 29, 2014 8:00 PM - 9:14 PM
>Protocol: Stationary
>Comments:     This report records Common Nighthawks flying around the Air
>Force Memorial while the Air Force Singing Sergeants and Band performed
>the final free concert in their summer series. I first observed
>nighthawks at 8:30 and eventually had nine in the same field of view.
>These birds were high and relatively low, less than a quarter of the
>height of the Memorial, and sometimes were flycatching directly above me
>as I stood at one side of the concert area. The concert lights below
>provided more light than usual and made the birds especially impressive.
>Spectacular.  
Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.7.6 >1 species > >Common Nighthawk 9 > >View this checklist online at >http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19608951 > >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: Openings For Warbler Day on Compton Mt - Sept 13
From: roger mayhorn <rmayhorn AT hughes.net>
Date: Fri, 29 Aug 2014 21:50:33 -0400 (EDT)
We still have SIX openings for our annual Warbler Day on Compton Mt, which will 
take place this year on Saturday, September 13. For those who don't know about 
it, it is a day when my wife Lynda and I invite birders to our property on 
Compton Mt in Buchanan County to watch with us, as many fall migrants pass 
through our yard and fields on their way southward. There is no charge, but we 
do ask that those coming contact us to reserve a spot because we are limited in 
the number of birders that we can comfortably accomodate. Birders sit or walk 
around our yard and watch fall warblers come down to bathe in our small yard 
stream or watch as the birds feed in the trees and shrubs around the property. 
We usually get 55 or more species for the day. Black-throated Greens, 
Blackburnians and Yellow-throated Warblers have already started coming through. 


A free lunch is served, and birders are asked to bring a lawn or camp chair and 
their own soft drink. 

September 13 is a good day for warblers at our place because that is about the 
peak of the migration in our area. I usually start seeing warblers coming into 
our yard around August 24 or 25, and the numbers continue to grow each day 
until about the middle of September. By the end of September the warbler 
migration slows dramatically. 


The Comfort Inn in Grundy, about 25 minutes away, still offers its birder's 
discount of $79.99 per night plus tax. In order to get the discount you have to 
call the Grundy Comfort Inn directily at 276 935-5050. 


If you plan to join us, please reply to this post so I can add your name to the 
list. If you need directions let me know. Warbler Day is always fun and a great 
day of birding, and what birder doesn't enjoy that? 


Roger Mayhorn
Compton Mt
Buchanan County
 
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Subject: Re: Nighthawks: Air Force Memorial
From: <david.boltz4 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 29 Aug 2014 21:31:23 -0400
Donald, et. al.,

Tonight was the final Air Force Band concert of the season at the AF 
Memorial. So, there should be no more conflicts with birding there.

Dave Boltz (retired AF Band member)

-----Original Message----- 
From: Donald Sweig
Sent: Friday, August 29, 2014 9:11 PM
To: Va-Bird
Subject: [Va-bird] Nighthawks: Air Force Memorial

I drove down to the Air Force Memorial, just above the Pentagon, in 
Arlington tonight to check on the nighthawks.   I found what appeared, in a 
quick look, to be about eight birds at a reasonable height above the 
Memorial.
  Unfortunately the Air Force was having some kind of a concert there 
tonight, so there was absolutely no place to park and there was lots and 
lots of artificial light down at the ground level.     All of the parking 
that was formerly across the street has now been removed.  Even so, I pulled 
up onto the dirt there, got out of the car and looked for about a minute and 
counted about eight birds.
   The guard told me that the memorial is open, with parking, until about 11 
every night, so, I'll try again tomorrow or Sunday.
    Donald Sweig
    Falls Church, Virginia

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Subject: Leesylvania State Park - Woodbridge
From: <dcharlesl AT msn.com>
Date: Fri, 29 Aug 2014 21:27:34 -0400
After birding for about an hour late this morning at Leesylvania State Park in 
Woodbridge, I met up with Linda Chittum and here is a list of the warblers we 
saw this afternoon: 

Ovenbird
Northern Waterthrush
Common Yellowthroat
Northern Parula
Magnolia Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Yellow-throated Warbler
Canada Warbler
Wilson's Warbler

David Ledwith 
Falls Church, VA 		 	   		  
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Subject: More nighthawks
From: Gerco <drgerco AT hotmail.com>
Date: Fri, 29 Aug 2014 21:20:52 -0400
Clearly the Common Nighthawks are on the move. I had 4 flying north 
bound and one flying east bound this evening.

Gerco
Leesburg, VA
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Subject: Nighthawks: Air Force Memorial
From: Donald Sweig <skybirds.d AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 29 Aug 2014 21:11:15 -0400
I drove down to the Air Force Memorial, just above the Pentagon, in Arlington 
tonight to check on the nighthawks. I found what appeared, in a quick look, to 
be about eight birds at a reasonable height above the Memorial. 

 Unfortunately the Air Force was having some kind of a concert there tonight, 
so there was absolutely no place to park and there was lots and lots of 
artificial light down at the ground level. All of the parking that was formerly 
across the street has now been removed. Even so, I pulled up onto the dirt 
there, got out of the car and looked for about a minute and counted about eight 
birds. 

 The guard told me that the memorial is open, with parking, until about 11 
every night, so, I'll try again tomorrow or Sunday. 

    Donald Sweig
    Falls Church, Virginia

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Subject: Nighthawks
From: Marc Ribaudo <moribaudo AT verizon.net>
Date: Fri, 29 Aug 2014 20:59:08 -0400
Two common nighthawks flew over my house in Woodbridge at around 8pm this 
evening. 


Marc Ribaudo

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Subject: HSR: Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (29 Aug 2014) 28 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 29 Aug 2014 20:08:57 -0400
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Aug 29, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       6             43             43
Bald Eagle                   0              4              4
Northern Harrier             0              1              1
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0             10             10
Cooper's Hawk                0              9              9
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              2              2
Broad-winged Hawk           17            159            159
Red-tailed Hawk              3             22             22
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             1             18             18
Merlin                       0              0              0
Peregrine Falcon             0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                1              4              4
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              0              0
Mississippi Kite             0              2              2

Total:                      28            274            274
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Rose Thomas

Observers:        Josh Laubach, Vic Laubach

Visitors:
Therese Metcalf


Weather:
Light ESE breezes. 19.1-22.8C. No clouds except for a few, faint wispy
clouds way off to the west. 

Raptor Observations:


Non-raptor Observations:
2 Monarch butterflies.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Vic Laubach (laubach AT virginia.edu)
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://www.rockfishgaphawkwatch.org

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Subject: HSR: Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (28 Aug 2014) 10 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 29 Aug 2014 20:08:19 -0400
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Aug 28, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       1             37             37
Bald Eagle                   0              4              4
Northern Harrier             0              1              1
Sharp-shinned Hawk           1             10             10
Cooper's Hawk                0              9              9
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          1              2              2
Broad-winged Hawk            7            142            142
Red-tailed Hawk              0             19             19
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             0             17             17
Merlin                       0              0              0
Peregrine Falcon             0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              3              3
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              0              0
Mississippi Kite             0              2              2

Total:                      10            246            246
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:30:00 
Observation end   time: 13:00:00 
Total observation time: 4.5 hours

Official Counter:        Rose Thomas

Observers:        

Weather:
Mild NNW breezes. 22.5-26.1 C. 5% cloud cover increasing to 30% at noon. 

Raptor Observations:


Non-raptor Observations:

========================================================================
Report submitted by Vic Laubach (laubach AT virginia.edu)
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://www.rockfishgaphawkwatch.org

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Subject: Late August migrants at my house (Albemarle)
From: Andrew Rapp <lax3birder AT live.com>
Date: Fri, 29 Aug 2014 20:28:17 -0400
Hey everyone,
I have been trying to fit birding into my busy school and sports schedule, and 
so far I have been granted some great birds (Albemarle County). I have noticed 
some trends of migrating birds here around my house. The Worm-eating Warbler 
came in number up til school started around the 26. Canada Warblers have 
started their movement here the past week. And finally one of my favorites the 
Magnolias have just started arriving here. Other birds to note are a Common 
Nighthawk, a Peregrine Falcon coming off the mountains and kettling with a few 
TVs, a Brewster's Warbler, and a very early Mourning Warbler. Then the best a 
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher! A lifer and yard bird! 

You can see my pics at https://www.flickr.com/photos/115043594 AT N05/
Good Birding,
Andrew Rapp
 		 	   		  
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Subject: Ovenbird in Herndon
From: Susan Hart <suehart AT mindspring.com>
Date: Fri, 29 Aug 2014 20:19:57 -0400
I was at The Bird Feeder in Reston this morning and Carol Hadlock asked 
if I'd seen any migrants yet.  I said no--nothing interesting in our 
yard lately.   I was totally surprised to see an Ovenbird foraging in my 
yard early this evening.  It's a first for our yard and also a new life 
bird for me.

Sue Hart
Herndon, VA
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Subject: Time to go warbling
From: Larry Meade via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Fri, 29 Aug 2014 20:05:01 -0400 (EDT)
I stopped my Luria Park in Fairfax County this afternoon to look for migrating 
warblers This park is just inside the Beltway in the Merrifield area. I found a 
Yellow, Nashville, Chestnut-sided, and Magnolia Warbler, plus an American 
Redstart in less than an hour. 


Good Birding,

Larry Meade
Merrifield, VA
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Subject: HSR: Harvey's Knob (28 Aug 2014) 4 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 29 Aug 2014 17:08:00 -0400
Harvey's Knob
Roanoke, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Aug 28, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       1              3              3
Bald Eagle                   0             10             10
Northern Harrier             0              3              3
Sharp-shinned Hawk           1              4              4
Cooper's Hawk                0              4              4
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              1              1
Broad-winged Hawk            2             14             14
Red-tailed Hawk              0              6              6
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             0              0              0
Merlin                       0              1              1
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             46             46
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 10:00:00 
Observation end   time: 15:00:00 
Total observation time: 5 hours

Official Counter:        Joyce Holt

Observers:        Andy Biggs, Bill & Katie James, Liz Williams

Visitors:
Gil Miller from NC, young man from Germany who had some knowledge of raptor
movements (did not get his name)

Surprise visit by John and Sharon Williamson.  They even brought us ice
cream bars!  What a delight -seeing two of our favorite people and getting
a welcome treat on a warm day!

report submitted by blueskyjoyce AT comcast.net


Weather:
Winds were iffy; no steady breezes or direction.  Cloud cover was adequate.
Haze subsided slightly toward the end of the watch but not much.

Raptor Observations:
BV, TV, Raven

Non-raptor Observations:
Cardinal, Carolina Wren, Goldfinch, Chimney Swift, Great Blue Heron
(northbound), Hummingbird

Fritillary (sp.), Tiger Swallowtail, Cabbage White
========================================================================
Report submitted by Joyce Holt (blueskyjoyce AT adelphia.net)
Harvey's Knob information may be found at:
http://bijame.googlepages.com/home


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Subject: Re: Wood Stork in Clarke County: August 29
From: David Bridge <bridgedavid AT earthlink.net>
Date: Fri, 29 Aug 2014 13:29:24 -0400 (GMT-04:00)
August 29, 0750-0821; I visited the “Wood Stork farm pond”.
The immature Wood Stork was present during this time span 
“He” was actively feeding during this whole time period.
The bird seemed completely unconcerned by the road traffic, ca. 75 feet away.
Eventually, some of the cattle came down to drink, and as more and more cattle 
arrived he flew away. 

One car was present when I arrived; and two more cars arrive before bird and I 
left. 

A large number of photographs were taken by all observers.

Also present were: Killdeers – 3; and one small sandpiper, most likely a 
Least Sand. 

No egrets or heron were seen.

David Bridge
Alexandria, VA

-----Original Message-----
>From: "David E. Carr" 
>Sent: Aug 28, 2014 9:12 AM
>To: va-bird AT listserve.com
>Subject: [Va-bird] Wood Stork in Clarke County
>
>
>The Wood Stork (first reported last week) was present this morning at 8 AM 
>in the pond at the junction of Crums Church and Old Charles Town Roads in 
>Clarke County.  Also present were 5 Great Egrets and a Great Blue Heron.
>
>David Carr
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Subject: Fw: [shenvalbirds] Wild Birds's Songs, Feather Colors Changed by Mercury Contamination
From: birdergonewild--- via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Fri, 29 Aug 2014 16:56:58 +0000
Hello all 

Check out the below article 


Allen Larner

Staunton 



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http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/08/140828-bird-song-mercury-language-brain-science-winged-warning/ 


 

A recent article in National Geographic on the effects of mercury on birds. 
Much of the article discusses research conducted on South River. 



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Subject: Winkler BP, Alexandria VA
From: Russell Taylor <gnatcatcher AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 29 Aug 2014 11:45:35 -0400
With camp season over, I did a late morning stop in Winkler today.
Lots of birds with not much variety (and improbable numbers of robins
and grackles). The only notable migrants/passthrus were an Ovenbird
and a Chestnut-sided Warbler. 24 spp altogether.

The main pond initially seemed empty, but I noticed some whitewash on
the rock edges. Careful observation revealed concealed Green Herons
motionless in the bushes, watching me. I got up to 6 (mostly hatch
year), when I accidentally flushed a 7th from the near shore. That set
off pandemonium ... apparently GRHE like to be close, but not too
close. The efforts of that 7th heron to land somewhere ended up riling
up at least 5 of the other herons, chasing each others, hackles
raised, defending their perch spots.

Beautiful morning. Enjoy the upcoming long birding weekend!

Russ Taylor
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19603952
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Subject: Nighthawks, Air Force Memorial, Arlington
From: Alan Handley <alan.lomion AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 28 Aug 2014 21:48:34 -0400
Headed down to the Air Force Memorial to look for nighthawks with the
padre. When we arived about 8:45 PM there were around six present, flying
as low as about half-way up the monument, and by the time we left about
9:20, there were at least twelve, but they'd moved high enough that it was
very likely there were more.

We also heard an unidentified bird calling as it flew over. We guessed it
was some manner of shorebird, but couldn't be sure.

My dad also wanted me to mention that there were about 100 swifts
descending into the white chimney on the southwest corner of Columbia Pike
and Walter Reed St. this evening. Yet another spot to check in an excellent
neighborhood for swifts that also includes the nearby chimneys at 16th st.
and Edgewood, and 13th rd. between Edgewood and Walter Reed.

Alan Handley
Arlington County
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Subject: Short-billed Dowitcher - Hunting Creek Bridge, Alexandria
From: <dcharlesl AT msn.com>
Date: Thu, 28 Aug 2014 19:04:04 -0400
At 7pm there were 2 Short-billed Dowitcher on west side of Hunting Creek Bridge 
in 

Alexandria, just off of the GW Parkway south of the Wilson Bridge. 

David Ledwith 

Falls Church, VA
 		 	   		  
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Subject: Warblers on the move
From: "Gerco (Home)" <drgerco AT hotmail.com>
Date: Thu, 28 Aug 2014 09:26:05 -0400
In the past few days, I have seen warblers on the move in far Northern
Loudoun County. It is nice to see this happening so early. My big week for
the yard is typically the 3rd week in September. Seen so far are American
Redstart, Kentucky Warbler and this morning a Black-and-White Warbler with a
Blackburnian Warbler.

 

Gerco

Leesburg, VA

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Subject: Re: Seaside Sparrow, Caspian Terns @ Ragged Island WMA, Isle of Wight County
From: Elisa Enders <elisaenders AT hotmail.com>
Date: Thu, 28 Aug 2014 09:13:45 -0400
I forgot to say that these birds were seen yesterday afternoon (5 to 7pm). 
Sorry! 


Elisa Enders
Portsmouth, VA


 

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> Date: Thu, 28 Aug 2014 08:47:18 -0400
> Subject: [Va-bird] Seaside Sparrow, Caspian Terns  AT  Ragged Island WMA, Isle 
of Wight County 

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> A brief visit to Bennett's Creek Park in Suffolk found very few birds 
(recently too much development and people in this park). 

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> However, there were a few more birds at Ragged Island WMA, but nothing 
unexpected. Very little was on the James River, but a few hundred 
Double-crested Cormorants and a few Royal and Caspian Terns few overhead 
(calling). Laughing, Ring-billed, and Great Black-backed Gulls were observed, 
as well as a few Brown Pelicans. No ducks! Clapper Rails were very vocal (made 
me wish I had my recorder in hand) and one rail was seen very well (preening, 
swimming, and possibly chasing another, unseen rail). Then again, Ragged is a 
very good spot for observing this species. One well-fed, but ragged looking 
Seaside Sparrow was seen, and this bird or another gave a few quiet songs. No 
other sparrow species were found and activity in the small patch of trees was 
lacking. A Boat-tailed Grackle was heard and a Bald Eagle few overhead too. 

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> It is nice to be back in coastal Virginia!
> 
> Elisa Enders
> Portsmouth, VA
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