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18 Apr Dismal Swamp - Washington and Railroad Ditches - 4/18/15 [Robert Ake ]
18 Apr NVBC Walk at Algonkian Regional Park, Loudoun County, Apr 18, 2015 [Elton Morel via va-bird ]
18 Apr Red-headed woodpeckers Mount Vernon Bike Trail [Don Peterson via va-bird ]
18 Apr FOS Worm-eating Warbler ["Marshall Faintich" ]
18 Apr Re: FOS Chimney Swifts [Wendy Ealding ]
18 Apr 4/18/15 - Suffolk - Great Dismal Swamp NWR (Jericho Ditch Trail & Washington Ditch Boardwalk) [Rob Bielawski ]
18 Apr First Orchard Oriole, Eastern Kingbird, and Hummingbird in Annandale ["Larry Cartwright" ]
18 Apr Clarke County along the Shenandoah - Rose-breasted Grosbeak [Linda Millington ]
18 Apr Hummer Lynchburg ["sandra p. weigand via va-bird" ]
18 Apr Prince William migrants, 13 warbler species [Marc Ribaudo ]
18 Apr FOS Chimney Swifts [David White ]
18 Apr Bonaparte's Gulls at Jones Point []
18 Apr Rose-breasted Grosbeak 4/18 [Adam D'Onofrio ]
18 Apr Hummers, Siskins, et al in the Yard [pepherup--- via va-bird ]
18 Apr Re: (no subject) [Mary Ann Krammes ]
18 Apr (no subject) ["s.updike via va-bird" ]
18 Apr FOS in Franklin County [Alyce Quinn via va-bird ]
17 Apr Re: Dismal Swamp - Jericho Ditch Lane and Hudnell Ditch ["David Gibson" ]
17 Apr Dismal Swamp - Jericho Ditch Lane and Hudnell Ditch [Frank Fogarty ]
17 Apr Orange-crowned Warbler Bryan Park, Richmond [Robert Beard ]
17 Apr 3 FOS Birds This AM @ Ben Brenman Park, Alexandria ["Walter L. Barrows" ]
17 Apr Glossy Ibis, Prothonotary Warbler, Wood Thrush, Common Yellowthroats, et. al. - Huntley Meadows Park, Fairfax Co. []
17 Apr Birding Augusta County ["Herbert Larner" ]
17 Apr Purple finches Fairfax Station []
17 Apr INBU / Frederick Co; EAKI / Clarke Co ["Jon Little" ]
17 Apr Red Headed Woodpeckers []
17 Apr back yard birds ["Janet Merritt" ]
17 Apr FOS Blue-headed Vireo [Gerco H ]
17 Apr Hog Island WMA ["Living, Stephen (DGIF)" ]
17 Apr 4/16/15 - Virginia Beach - Back Bay NWR [Rob Bielawski ]
17 Apr Craney Island open tomorrow [Elisa Enders ]
17 Apr Red-breasted Mergansers in Richmond (city) [Alyssa Freeman ]
16 Apr Thrashers, Siskins and Juncos ["Nancy Young" ]
16 Apr Yellow-throated Warbler: Riverbend Park [Donald Sweig ]
16 Apr Chucks & Whips in Augusta County ["Herbert Larner" ]
16 Apr Another FOS House Wren [Korea via va-bird ]
16 Apr Re: Pine Siskin at Annandale feeders [Scott Priebe ]
16 Apr Re: Bobcat calling [guyasutah12--- via va-bird ]
16 Apr RT hummer in Woodbridge [Marc Ribaudo ]
16 Apr Mixed flock of warblers in Franklin County [Alyce Quinn via va-bird ]
16 Apr A four warbler morning at Riverbend Park (Fairfax County) [Walter Hadlock ]
16 Apr Shenandoah Valley 4/15/15 ["Marshall Faintich" ]
16 Apr Fairfax Co: Dyke Marsh: Little Gull Thurs am []
16 Apr Pine Siskin at Annandale feeders [Larry Cartwright ]
16 Apr Bobcat calling [Jeff Blalock ]
16 Apr Catbird [Marc Ribaudo ]
16 Apr FOS house wren [Pam and Ben via va-bird ]
16 Apr Wood thrush in Franklin County [Alyce Quinn via va-bird ]
15 Apr Walker Nature Center [bryan peters ]
15 Apr Rusty Blackbirds [Brenda Tekin ]
15 Apr Rusty in Commercial Rosslyn [Secret Egret ]
15 Apr Rusty Blackbird preliminary report [Robert Ake ]
15 Apr Hummingbird in Lake Ridge [Barbara Farron ]
15 Apr Fwd: [eBird Alert] Virginia Rare Bird Alert ["kurtcapt87 AT verizon.net" ]
15 Apr Field Trip to McCormick's Marl Trail [josephine king via va-bird ]
15 Apr 4/12/15 Chincoteague NWR Shorebird/Gull Survey [Joelle Buffa ]
15 Apr Palm Warbler FOS, and four Pine Siskins Wilderness LOW [Suzanne Stewart ]
15 Apr glossy ibis, lower Northern Neck [Tom Saunders ]
14 Apr Fwd: [eBird Alert] Virginia Rare Bird Alert ["kurtcapt87 AT verizon.net" ]
15 Apr Dismal Swamp and Lake Smith/Lawson Area [Andrew Baldelli ]
15 Apr Hummingbird, waterthrush and vireo in Franklin County [Alyce Quinn via va-bird ]
14 Apr WOOD THRUSH IN GLOUCESTER []
14 Apr Late Report for Middle Peninsula, April 12 [Frederick Atwood via va-bird ]
14 Apr Reston FOY's and hundreds of Swallows at Lake Anne []
14 Apr Voice: Greater Washington Area, April 14 ["Joe Coleman" ]
14 Apr Swallow ID Help [Larry Johnson ]
14 Apr Ovenbird, Kingbird, Bluebird, and Forster's Tern at Sandy River Reservoir, Prince Edward County [Evan Spears ]
14 Apr Looking for volunteers interested in secretive marshbird surveys for PhD research [Patrice Nielson ]
14 Apr Least Terns at Messick Point [Dave Youker via va-bird ]
14 Apr FOS Annandale ["Leslie Sturges" ]
14 Apr FOS Yellow-throated Vireo - Buchanan County [Roger mayhorn ]
14 Apr FOS Hummingbird [Gerco H ]
14 Apr 4/13/15 - Virginia Beach - Stumpy Lake Natural Area [Rob Bielawski ]
13 Apr Fwd: Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk ["Walter L. Barrows" ]
13 Apr FOS birds Pittsylvania County [Meadows9 ]
13 Apr FOS hummingbird Albemarle County [Wanda SanJule ]

Subject: Dismal Swamp - Washington and Railroad Ditches - 4/18/15
From: Robert Ake <rake AT cox.net>
Date: Sat, 18 Apr 2015 18:26:56 -0400
     Today the Williamsburg Bird Club and guests met at 7:00am at the 
Washington Ditch parking lot and headed down the trail toward the lake.  
The bird songs started slowly with Wood Thrush and Pine Warbler being 
noteworthy at the beginning.  Soon more warblers began to be heard 
including our first Swainson's Warbler which was just a bit too far off 
the trail to try and see.  That wasn't the case for the second bird.  
After a Herculean group effort the singing bird was spotted and put in 
the scope for everyone to get stunning views.  It was a lifer for 
several.  We had a minimum of 4 Swainson's Warblers during the walk.  We 
saw most of the other warblers on our list of eleven except the Hooded.  
We put in a valiant effort, but the reward just wasn't there.
     At one point we looked up to see a Barred Owl perched in a small 
tree only a few feet off the trail.  This owl began to talk with another 
nearby owl and soon the woods was full of owls cackling and giving their 
monkey calls.  Later a surprise for me was a singing Blue-headed Vireo 
which went nicely with the Red-eyed and White-eyed Vireos.
     The butterflies seen were: E. Tiger Swallowtail 5, Zebra 
Swallowtail 15, Question Mark 1, Pearl Crescent 1, Falcate Orangetip 5.
     After returning to our cars, a smaller group of us headed down to 
Railroad Ditch for a trip into the burn area near Lake Drummond. We 
added Prairie Warblers to our list to finish with an even dozen warblers 
for the day.  We also had a FOY Eastern Kingbird, a hunting Northern 
Harrier, a couple of Greater Yellowlegs, and two Wilson Snipes.  On our 
way through the woods we heard two more Swainson's Warblers.  With the 
crunching gravel under tire it's difficult to hear much of anything 
without stopping frequently which we had chosen not to do.  Along 
Interior Ditch we saw several Palamedes Swallowtails.
     Below are the lists for Washington Ditch and Railroad Ditch (and 
West and Interior).  Remember the Great Dismal Swamp Birding Festival is 
next week, April 23-25, 2015.  It's free and open to the public, but you 
need to register.  For more information see their website.  
http://www.fws.gov/nwrs/threecolumn.aspx?id=2147564299

Dismal Swamp NWR Washington Ditch, Suffolk, US-VA
Apr 18, 2015 6:44 AM - 11:12 AM
Protocol: Traveling
3.0 mile(s) on foot
40 species

Wood Duck  2
Double-crested Cormorant  3
Turkey Vulture  2
Red-shouldered Hawk  1
Barred Owl  6
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  3
Downy Woodpecker  3
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  1
Pileated Woodpecker  3
Great Crested Flycatcher  5
White-eyed Vireo  1
Blue-headed Vireo  1
Red-eyed Vireo  3
Blue Jay  1
Carolina Chickadee  2
Carolina Wren  8
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  1
Hermit Thrush  2
Wood Thrush  1
American Robin  1
Ovenbird  3
Louisiana Waterthrush  3
Prothonotary Warbler  15
Swainson's Warbler  4
Common Yellowthroat  4
Hooded Warbler  4
American Redstart  5
Northern Parula  2
Pine Warbler  1
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)  7
Yellow-throated Warbler  2
White-throated Sparrow  2
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored)  1
Red-winged Blackbird  4
Common Grackle  2
Brown-headed Cowbird  2
American Goldfinch  3

Dismal Swamp NWR Railroad Ditch, Suffolk, US-VA
Apr 18, 2015 11:26 AM - 1:26 PM
Protocol: Traveling
6.0 mile(s) by car with some stops along Interior Ditch in the burn area
27 species

Mallard  2
Great Blue Heron  1
Turkey Vulture  6
Northern Harrier  1
Killdeer  1
Greater Yellowlegs  2
Wilson's Snipe  2
Red-bellied Woodpecker  3
Great Crested Flycatcher  8
Eastern Kingbird  1
White-eyed Vireo  3
Carolina Chickadee  1
Tufted Titmouse  2
Carolina Wren  1
American Robin  1
Ovenbird  2
Prothonotary Warbler  6
Swainson's Warbler  2
Common Yellowthroat  10
Hooded Warbler  2
Pine Warbler  3
Prairie Warbler  6
Eastern Towhee  2
White-throated Sparrow  1
Northern Cardinal  4
Common Grackle  4
Brown-headed Cowbird  1

Robert Ake
Norfolk VA
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Subject: NVBC Walk at Algonkian Regional Park, Loudoun County, Apr 18, 2015
From: Elton Morel via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Apr 2015 20:49:46 +0000 (UTC)
VA Birders:
About forty(!) or so birders attended the Northern Virginia Bird Club walk at 
Algonkian Regional Park in Loudoun county.  The walk was led by Ruth Schrott 
and me.  We collectively found 48 species on a warm but rather slow 
spring morning of birding complicated by an unexpected half-marathon starting 
at the picnic area near the boat ramp.  For awhile, I was worried that our 
count of bird species wouldn't match the number of birders. 

Our best birds were a roosting Barred Owl well spotted by Jean in the deciduous 
woods along the Potomac and east of the golf driving range.  We also found 3 
Palm Warblers amongst many Yellow-rumped Warblers and Blue-gray Gnatcatchers.  
We had a short raptor watch where the trail dead ends at Sugarland Run. We 
spotted a distant Broad-winged Hawk as well as a Red-shouldered and Red-tailed 
Hawk plus both vulture species.  Other bird highlights were a couple of 
occupied Great Blue Heron nests across the river and a pair of Wood Ducks 
flying amongst the trees in the picnic area and even briefly landing in a 
sycamore tree.  I bet they were just as bewildered and overwhelmed with all 
the commotion of the half-marathon start-finish line as we were. 

I think our most interesting observation was of a frog -- I am guessing a 
tree frog --  about 15 to 20 feet up in the knot of a tree.  A couple of 
Carolina Chickadees were making a racket and flying in to look at the tree 
frog in the knot of the tree.  I couldn't tell whether they were just 
inspecting the frog or actually pecking at the frog.  I have never seen that 
before. 

Below is the complete eBird list for this morning's walk.  If I have forgotten 
to share this list with anyone, please send me an email.  

Elton MorelArlington, VA
   
Algonkian Regional Park - MFF05, Loudoun, US-VA
Apr 18, 2015 7:15 AM - 10:40 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
Comments: NVBC bird walk led by Elton Morel and Ruth Schrott.
48 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose 6
Wood Duck 3 Includes a pair briefly perching high in a sycamore tree.
Mallard 4
Common Merganser 1 Male, flyover. Not rare at this location and time of year. 
Uncommon breeder west of Great Falls NP. 

Double-crested Cormorant 10
Great Blue Heron 8 Two herons on separate nests in sycamore trees.
Great Egret 1 Distant flyby.
Black Vulture 1
Turkey Vulture 7
Bald Eagle 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Broad-winged Hawk 1
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Ring-billed Gull 3
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 1
Mourning Dove 1 Heard only
Barred Owl 1 Excellent looks at a roosting bird.
Belted Kingfisher 1 Flyby, calling.
Red-bellied Woodpecker 8
Downy Woodpecker 5
Hairy Woodpecker 2
Northern Flicker 1 Heard only
Pileated Woodpecker 2
Blue Jay 6
Fish Crow 20
crow sp. 5
Tree Swallow 7
Carolina Chickadee 20
Tufted Titmouse 25
White-breasted Nuthatch 4
Carolina Wren 6 Heard only
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 25
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 3
Eastern Bluebird 1
American Robin 8
Northern Mockingbird 1
European Starling 15
Palm Warbler 3
Yellow-rumped Warbler 30
Chipping Sparrow 12
Song Sparrow 1
White-throated Sparrow 6
Dark-eyed Junco 4
Northern Cardinal 12
Red-winged Blackbird 8
Common Grackle 6
Brown-headed Cowbird 8
Purple Finch 1
American Goldfinch 20

View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22921781 


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



   
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Subject: Red-headed woodpeckers Mount Vernon Bike Trail
From: Don Peterson via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Apr 2015 16:38:32 -0400
A pair of Red-headed woodpeckers were seen in the trees near the Mount
Vernon parkway bike trail one-half mile north of the Mount Vernon parking
lot on April 17.  Very unusual. 

 

Don Peterson 

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Subject: FOS Worm-eating Warbler
From: "Marshall Faintich" <mfaintich AT theworddoctor.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Apr 2015 16:29:11 -0400
Allen Creek Nature Preserve; 4/18/15. Report and photos:

 

 
http://www.symbolicmessengers.com/Blog2015/2015_04_18.htm

 

Marshall Faintich

Nellysford, VA

 

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www.symbolicmessengers.com  

 

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

 

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Subject: Re: FOS Chimney Swifts
From: Wendy Ealding <wendy.ealding AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Apr 2015 15:53:29 -0400
FOS Chimney Swifts also in Midlothian today.  Hummingbirds arrived on April
8.

Wendy Ealding
Midlothian

On Sat, Apr 18, 2015 at 12:40 PM, David White  wrote:

> Just now appeared o'er downtown Charlottesville, midday today.  My yard
> still bereft of hummers.
>
> David I. White Jr. | 505 Park Plaza, Charlottesville VA | H: 434-296-4272
> | C: 434-466-3636 | dizoo AT comcast.net
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Subject: 4/18/15 - Suffolk - Great Dismal Swamp NWR (Jericho Ditch Trail & Washington Ditch Boardwalk)
From: Rob Bielawski <robbielawski AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Apr 2015 15:49:06 -0400
Folks,

*Quick Notes*
Great Dismal Swamp NWR (Jericho Ditch Trail) - 8:00 - 11:05 AM - Prairie
Warbler, Prothonotary Warbler, American Redstart, Common Yellowthroat,
Black-and-White Warbler, Great Crested Flycatcher, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher,
Wild Turkey, River Otters, Black Bear tracks.
Great Dismal Swamp NWR (Washington Ditch Boardwalk) - 11:20 AM -12:20 PM -
Ovenbird, Northern Parula

*Outing Photographs*
*http://www.rbnature.com/galleries/we-20150419/
*

*Last Week's Recap*
*http://www.rbnature.com/blog/we-20150412
*

*Full Outing Details*

This morning I headed out from Virginia Beach to the Great Dismal Swamp
about 7 AM, arriving at the Jericho Ditch Trailhead parking area just
before 8 AM. On the way into the park, *Prairie & Prothonotary Warblers*
could be heard from the car, almost deafening at this time of day. I walked
the Jericho Ditch Trail southeastward, passing the junction with the Lynn
Ditch where I could see a pair of *Wild Turkey* about a half mile or so
down, one, a male, was all puffed up and looked massive even at that
distance. It was almost hard to isolate other bird songs from the Prairie
Warblers the first mile or so, there was an incredible amount of them
singing along the trailsides. As I got further down the trail though, the
Prothonotary Warblers became the dominant singers. About a mile in, the
trail makes a jog across the ditch, then follows that side for the
remainder, and in this area I spotted a rather large *Black Bear track* in
the muddy path. It looked a few days old though as the rains of the week
had warped it a bit. I saw a few more tracks as I kept moving southeast,
heading in the same direction, but I never saw any bears on the trip. In
the next mile of the trail, I spotted my first of year *Black-and-White
Warblers*, as a pair flew across the trail to a tree, and scampered around
the trunk. *American Redstarts* could also be heard in a couple of spots,
but I never got a look at any today. *Wood Ducks *were seen scattered along
the small ditches, and I spooked quite a few of them, though some were
probably repeat birds. Zebra Swallowtails were by far the dominant
butterflies in the area, and only a few Tiger Swallowtails and a lone Black
Swallowtail showed up as well.


In the final mile and a half before the fire tower, *Gray Catbirds* were
the star of the show. There was tons of them along this stretch, and their
calls of all different types made it impossible to hear the other birds of
the swamp. I don't know if this is a known breeding area for the masses of
Catbirds, but many of them were carrying nest materials, and a number of
them were calling out in the open which isn't typical from what I've seen
of this species. Near here also, I watched as a pair of Prairie Warblers
chased one another down into the underbrush, snapping a couple of
photographs as they attempted to breed in the dense foliage. I don't think
my presence was too much of a hinderance for these birds. Once I reached
the fire tower, a pair of *Turkey Vultures *were sitting at the top, some
100+ feet up in the air. I wondered what the view must be like from up
there, given that it is taller than the surrounding tree canopy, I'd
imagine one could see quite far from there. I kept going a bit further
southeast, but the trail turned into a muddy mess, and the grasses are
already started to grow high, so I made the decision to just turn around
and head back the same way (I'd originally planned to do a circuit of this
trail, the Middle Ditch & Lynn Ditch to get me back).


Headed back northwest towards the parking area, I ran into a pair of hikers
visiting the park the first time, hailing from northeast Canada. We chatted
a few minutes and they kept on in the opposite direction. Just as they'd
left, I noticed a dark shape move out onto the trail a few hundred yards
ahead, and realized it was a River Otter. I called back to the folks to
look that way, and they got to watch as two more shapes moved out. It was a
whole family of River Otters, acting quite playful along the trail, rolling
over one another, and dashing back and forth from side to side. As I neared
them, they of course darted back into the swamp and disappeared, but
watching them in the binoculars was good fun for quite a number of minutes.
After this, the next fun observation was that of a *Great Crested
Flycatcher *that was zooming back and forth across the trail, allowing me a
photograph of it high up a tree. I was nearing the last mile and a half of
the trail, closing in on where the trail jogs across the ditch, when I'd
heard some movement ahead of me. Another River Otter came running out onto
the trail, then jumped into the ditch. As I approached this one, I could
hear thrashing in the water, and I got within about 5 feet of its source. I
watched as an Otter was rolling around in the water, and my instant thought
was that it was tied up on something given how it was behaving and that I
got so close. So I started talking aloud to it just to see its reaction. As
soon as I did, it stopped, stared right up the bank at me, and dove off
into the water. Clearly, it wasn't stuck or tied up to something, so what
was the deal? Well, a few seconds later, a 3-4 foot long Red-bellied
Watersnake came rushing out of the water at the same spot, up the bank,
actually aggressively moved towards me, and then dove to the opposite ditch
across the trail. I did not see the two together, but I believe the Otter
must have been trying to prey on the snake, and was caught up in a struggle
with it when I first approached. This is something I've never before seen
in the wild, so if anyone knows more about the prey Otters typically take,
let me know, I was unaware that they'd pursue large snakes.


After this excitement, I kept onward, and the remainder of the trail was
pretty quiet. Lots of *Blue-gray Gnatcatchers*, and the Prairie &
Prothonotary Warblers were still singing though. I reached the car and
headed off about 11:05 AM or thereabouts. Driving out on the gravel
roadway, I saw a Red-shouldered Hawk perched on a branch above the road,
and also encountered 2 more Wild Turkeys before I hit the entry gate. Since
it was still early, and my hike got cut short, I drove over to Washington
Ditch and walked the boardwalk area next. As with my outing last Sunday, I
could hear a *Northern Parula* calling near the boadwalk's junction with
the ditch trail, and it took me about a half hour this time, but I finally
spotted it, and grabbed some poor quality, though, ID-worthy photographs!
At this point in the day though, most of the birds had stopped singing,
save for some Prothonotaries, and a few *Ovenbirds*, but I walked another
couple of miles in the vicinity of the parking area before calling it a day
and heading out. If you haven't made it to the swamp yet, now is the time,
it is absolutely beautiful right now, having greened up immensely in the
last week!


Rob Bielawski

Virginia Beach, VA

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Subject: First Orchard Oriole, Eastern Kingbird, and Hummingbird in Annandale
From: "Larry Cartwright" <prowarbler AT verizon.net>
Date: Sat, 18 Apr 2015 15:45:09 -0400
Morning birding in the Annandale/western Alexandria area yielded our first
Orchard Oriole of the year at the little pond in Mason-District Park, an
Eastern Kingbird was at Ben Brenman Park, and my first Ruby-throated
Hummingbird (female) greeted me at my feeder when I arrived home. 

 

Larry Cartwright 

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Subject: Clarke County along the Shenandoah - Rose-breasted Grosbeak
From: Linda Millington <millington.linda AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Apr 2015 14:43:08 -0400
Birders,

Carole Miller, Andy Martin, and I walked this morning along Swift Shoals
Road alongside the Shenandoah River beginning at the Rt. 50 bridge. Amidst
the many Yellow-rumped Warblers and Blue-gray Gnatcatchers we found a
beautiful male Red-breasted Grosbeak. A Northern Parula sang high above. We
also watched a pair of Blue-gray Gnatcatchers building their tiny nest in
the crook of a tree branch over the road. Cliff Swallows were tending to
nests on the bridge.The bluebells were spectacular.

Linda Millington
Upperville VA
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Subject: Hummer Lynchburg
From: "sandra p. weigand via va-bird" <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Apr 2015 13:53:35 -0400
I saw my first Ruby on Thursday morning and again in the afternoon and  
today.  I still have 10-15 male and female Purple Finches with 3 female  PIne 
Siskins visiting the feeders.  Unfortunately, I have seen a couple of  
Brown-headed Cowbirds every few days,  too.        Happy  Birding!
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Subject: Prince William migrants, 13 warbler species
From: Marc Ribaudo <moribaudo AT verizon.net>
Date: Sat, 18 Apr 2015 13:24:44 -0400
A pretty good morning in the Dumfries-Woodbridge area this morning. I birded 
with Kurt Gaskill and we visited Breckenridge Rd., Possum Pt., Metz Wetlands, 
and Leesylvania SP. Quite a few recent arrivals, including wood thrush, scarlet 
tanager, red-eyed vireo, great-crested flycatcher, house wren, worm-eating 
warbler, hooded warbler, yellow warbler, prairie warbler, prothonotary warbler, 
and green heron. Other notables were a raven at Metz, about a dozen rusty 
blackbirds at Metz, blue-winged teal, greater scaup, blue-headed vireo, 
red-headed woodpecker, eastern whip-poor-will, savannah sparrow, and eastern 
kingbird. I had my first double-digit warbler morning with 13. I tallied 92 
species in all. 


Marc Ribaudo



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Subject: FOS Chimney Swifts
From: David White <dizoo AT comcast.net>
Date: Sat, 18 Apr 2015 12:40:44 -0400
Just now appeared o'er downtown Charlottesville, midday today. My yard still 
bereft of hummers. 


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

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Subject: Bonaparte's Gulls at Jones Point
From: hayessg AT gmail.com
Date: Sat, 18 Apr 2015 12:17:54 -0400
There were two Bonaparte's Gulls just upstream from the bridge near the shore 
feeding from 11:00-11:25 am at Jones Point Park. 


Other noteworthy bird at Jones Point was a Cooper's Hawk feeding on a grackle.

Cheers

Shawn Hayes, PhD
Alexandria, VA
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Subject: Rose-breasted Grosbeak 4/18
From: Adam D'Onofrio <bigadfromlb AT comcast.net>
Date: Sat, 18 Apr 2015 15:21:19 +0000 (UTC)
Just had a male ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK on my sunflower seed feeder. A tad on 
the early side but a welcome sight. 


Adam D'Onofrio 
North Dinwiddie 

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Subject: Hummers, Siskins, et al in the Yard
From: pepherup--- via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Apr 2015 10:56:36 -0400
This morning, 2 male hummers fighting over the one feeder I have up. No females 
seen yet. 4 pine siskins on the niger socks. 4 white throats, one junco, 2 
chipping sparrows, multiple grackles, cardinals, chickadees, titmouse, and 
brown thrasher in a very busy yard. Not a single blue bird observed in the yard 
this spring in a location that usually has several nesting pair. I am concerned 
about what might have happened to them this winter. 


Peggy Lyons
Concord
Campbell County
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Subject: Re: (no subject)
From: Mary Ann Krammes <mafabjan1977 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Apr 2015 10:32:29 -0400
FOY - 2 ruby throated hummingbirds in Slate Mills, VA (near Culpeper).



On Sat, Apr 18, 2015 at 9:05 AM, s.updike via va-bird  wrote:

> FOY ruby throated hummingbird in N chesterfield this am. Juncos have been
> gone since Wednesday.
>
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Subject: (no subject)
From: "s.updike via va-bird" <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Apr 2015 09:05:33 -0400
FOY ruby throated hummingbird in N chesterfield this am. Juncos have been gone 
since Wednesday. 


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Subject: FOS in Franklin County
From: Alyce Quinn via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Apr 2015 00:37:18 +0000 (UTC)
Had the FOS black-and-white warbler come through the yard this morning, and 
finally heard a chuck-will's-widow tonight.  Still no whip-poor-wills, though. 

Alyce QuinnBurnt Chimney
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Subject: Re: Dismal Swamp - Jericho Ditch Lane and Hudnell Ditch
From: "David Gibson" <davidrhorer AT verizon.net>
Date: Fri, 17 Apr 2015 16:56:11 -0400
Frank, Great list. The Lane is one of my favorite places to bird. It is 
magical (someone told me it's akin to a religious experience) this time of 
year. You were lucky to hear the Swainson's. I had my very first one ever (a 
lifer) yesterday at the corner of Douglas Rd. and Rte. 17 just off the Canal 
Trail (Dismal Swamp) in Chesapeake. I was thrilled needless to say and 
savoured every minute the bird sang. It was only feet away. Of course I 
never saw it. But boy did I try!! Best, Dave
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Frank Fogarty" 
To: "va-bird" 
Sent: Friday, April 17, 2015 3:44 PM
Subject: [Va-bird] Dismal Swamp - Jericho Ditch Lane and Hudnell Ditch


> Hi all,
>
> I birded around the north end of Great Dismal Swamp NWR this morning and
> was glad I made the trip. While I didn't run across anything truly 
> unusual,
> it was probable the birdiest I have ever seen the swamp. The overcast, 
> mild
> morning meant lots of avian activity, with most singers still going strong
> even at 10 and 11am.
>
> Highlights:
>
> 4 Swainson's Warbler (3 on Jericho Ditch Lane, 1 about 100yds down Hudnell
> Ditch)
>>40 Prairie Warbler (Hard to believe how many were along Hudnell)
> 14 Black-and-White Warbler (Hudnell)
> 2 Barred Owl (Jericho Ditch Lane)
> 5 Hermit Thrush (singing at both locations)
> 1 Yellow-billed Cuckoo (Hudnell)
> 3 American Redstart (2 miles down Hudnell)
> 4 Hooded Warbler (Jericho Ditch Lane)
> Heaps of Prothonotary Warbler (Everywhere)
>
> Other animals (inspired by Bob Ake)
>
> Butterflies:
> Lots of Zebra Swallowtail (Eurytides marcellus)
> Lots of Azures (Celastrina ladon)
> Henry's Elfin (Incisalia henrici)
> Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucous)
> Falcated Orangetip (Anthocharis midea)
> Black Swallowtail (Papilio polyxenes)
>
> Turtles:
> Eastern Painted Turtle
> Spotted Turtle
> Northern Red-bellied Cooter
> Yellow-bellied Slider
>
> Plus 3 River Otter
>
> Good birds,
> Frank Fogarty
> Hampton
>
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Subject: Dismal Swamp - Jericho Ditch Lane and Hudnell Ditch
From: Frank Fogarty <fogartyfa AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Apr 2015 15:44:48 -0400
Hi all,

I birded around the north end of Great Dismal Swamp NWR this morning and
was glad I made the trip. While I didn't run across anything truly unusual,
it was probable the birdiest I have ever seen the swamp. The overcast, mild
morning meant lots of avian activity, with most singers still going strong
even at 10 and 11am.

Highlights:

4 Swainson's Warbler (3 on Jericho Ditch Lane, 1 about 100yds down Hudnell
Ditch)
>40 Prairie Warbler (Hard to believe how many were along Hudnell)
14 Black-and-White Warbler (Hudnell)
2 Barred Owl (Jericho Ditch Lane)
5 Hermit Thrush (singing at both locations)
1 Yellow-billed Cuckoo (Hudnell)
3 American Redstart (2 miles down Hudnell)
4 Hooded Warbler (Jericho Ditch Lane)
Heaps of Prothonotary Warbler (Everywhere)

Other animals (inspired by Bob Ake)

Butterflies:
Lots of Zebra Swallowtail (Eurytides marcellus)
Lots of Azures (Celastrina ladon)
Henry's Elfin (Incisalia henrici)
Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucous)
Falcated Orangetip (Anthocharis midea)
Black Swallowtail (Papilio polyxenes)

Turtles:
Eastern Painted Turtle
Spotted Turtle
Northern Red-bellied Cooter
Yellow-bellied Slider

Plus 3 River Otter

Good birds,
Frank Fogarty
Hampton

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Subject: Orange-crowned Warbler Bryan Park, Richmond
From: Robert Beard <rbeard22205 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Apr 2015 15:10:03 -0400



The front yesterday droped a lot of migrants into Bryan Park, Richmond VA, and 
Orange-crowned Warbler was one of them. It was seen along the trail that starts 
150 paces from the parking lot at shelter one. The bird was located and then 
relocated by a bit of pishing so this might be a specimen that could be found 
again. Not a real beauty, as it was the drab gray version, but its a bird the 
birders would like (few field marks - a challenge to ID). Also in the park, 
Eastern Meadowlark, FOS Great-crested Flycatcher, Red-eyed Vireo, Indigo 
Bunting and Swamp Sparrow. Tons of yellow-rumps, black and white and pine 
warblers too. The full ebird list is below for those interested. 


Bob Beard in Richmond

> Date: Fri, 17 Apr 2015 14:23:42 -0400
> From: ebird-checklist AT cornell.edu
> To: rbeard22205 AT hotmail.com
> Subject: eBird Report - Bryan Park, Apr 17, 2015
> 
> Bryan Park, Richmond City, US-VA
> Apr 17, 2015 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 2.0 mile(s)
> Comments: First Orange-crowned Warbler I have seen in the park was today. 
First of spring today included Great-crested Flycatcher, Eastern Meadowlark 
(first time seeing this bird at Bryan), Red-eyed Vireo, Indigo Bunting and 
Swamp Sparrow. The last front pulled in quite a nice increase in birds. 

> 51 species
> 
> Canada Goose  10
> Mallard  6
> Double-crested Cormorant  3
> Black Vulture  1
> Turkey Vulture  3
> Cooper's Hawk  1
> Red-shouldered Hawk  2
> Red-tailed Hawk  2
> Mourning Dove  6
> Barred Owl  1
> Chimney Swift  4
> Red-headed Woodpecker 1 Continuing bird from the winter, still hanging around 
the sandy bar/dead tree area. 

> Red-bellied Woodpecker  4
> Downy Woodpecker  2
> Northern Flicker  1
> Great Crested Flycatcher  1     First of spring for me at the park.
> White-eyed Vireo  4
> Red-eyed Vireo  1     First of spring for me at the park.
> Blue Jay  8
> American Crow  6
> Northern Rough-winged Swallow  2
> Purple Martin  12
> Tree Swallow  1
> Barn Swallow  7
> Carolina Chickadee  4
> Tufted Titmouse  3
> White-breasted Nuthatch  1
> Carolina Wren  4
> Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 6 Found a nest about 30 paces down the main road from 
Sheter 1. 

> Ruby-crowned Kinglet  3
> American Robin  12
> Brown Thrasher  2
> Northern Mockingbird  4
> European Starling  4
> Black-and-white Warbler  1
> Orange-crowned Warbler 1 Bird was seen along trail that heads 150 paces from 
the parking lot at Shelter 1. This bird was a drab bird, with dull yellow 
breast (and ever so faint streaking) very gray head, a not bright but 
detectable eye ring, dull dark eye line somewhat faint), no wing bars, 
yellowish rump. Did not vocalize. 

> Pine Warbler  1
> Yellow-rumped Warbler 44 Could have easily been more. I encountered several 
groups from all over the park. Some were in bright spring suits and others were 
a dull as a winter overcast. 

> Eastern Towhee  6
> Chipping Sparrow  2
> Field Sparrow  2
> Song Sparrow  4
> Swamp Sparrow  1     First of spring for me at the park.
> White-throated Sparrow  30
> Northern Cardinal  6
> Red-winged Blackbird  6
> Eastern Meadowlark 1 First of spring for me at the park, and well, the first 
Meadowlark I have seen here at Bryan. 

> Common Grackle  7
> Brown-headed Cowbird  3
> American Goldfinch  12
> House Sparrow  3
> 
> View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22908501 

> 
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
 		 	   		   		 	   		  
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Subject: 3 FOS Birds This AM @ Ben Brenman Park, Alexandria
From: "Walter L. Barrows" <wbarrows AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Apr 2015 14:01:22 -0400
Caspian Tern, Eastern Kingbird, and Barn Swallow were seen by me at the
park for the first time this spring.  E-bird report is below.  I've added
some photos to my Ben Brenman gallery
http://wlb3.smugmug.com/Virginia-Parks/Ben-Brenman-Park/

Note: the Caspian Tern was banded.

Ben Brenman Park, Alexandria, US-VA
Apr 17, 2015 9:15 AM - 11:15 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
Comments:     clear, with light wind
19 species

Canada Goose  6
Wood Duck  1     continuing bird
Mallard  8
Ring-billed Gull  1
Caspian Tern  1     FOS
Mourning Dove  4
Belted Kingfisher  2     pair
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Eastern Kingbird  1     FOS
Fish Crow  3
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  5
Barn Swallow  1     FOS
American Robin  4
Song Sparrow  2
Northern Cardinal  X
Red-winged Blackbird  X
Common Grackle  8
House Finch  1
House Sparrow  X

Cheers

*Walt*

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Subject: Glossy Ibis, Prothonotary Warbler, Wood Thrush, Common Yellowthroats, et. al. - Huntley Meadows Park, Fairfax Co.
From: <david.boltz4 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Apr 2015 13:48:09 -0400
Well, you won't find the Glossy Ibises on my checklist below, but another 
birder/photographer told me that he had taken a picture of a flock of them 
flying out of the wetland. Sure enough, on his camera was a photo of 7 
flying away, time stamped 7:32 a.m. I knew I should have gotten going 
earlier this morning.

When I arrived at the Visitors Center parking lot at 7:30 there were 2 Wood 
Thrushes singing, and one rather close. Not much activity was happening near 
the feeders or on the walk to the wetland, but singing Common Yellowthroats 
could be heard on the approach. I counted a minimum of 6, as they seem to 
have descended on the park en masse. Another birder told me he had seen a 
Prothonotary Warbler near the observation tower, and sure enough a male was 
singing and showing in the area just past the tower on the left. Other 
warblers included good showings of Palm and Yellow-rumped Warblers, mostly 
in the woods on the trail beyond the boardwalk.

Other notables were 2 males and a female Blue-winged Teal and one Greater 
Yellowlegs.

Yesterday, when jogging through the adjacent neighborhood of Woodstone (on 
Bedrock Rd.) I heard my FOS House Wren and saw a Chipping Sparrow at the 
entrance to Huntley Meadows Park.

Dave Boltz
Alexandria/Fairfax County

Huntley Meadows Park - CMN04, Fairfax, US-VA
Apr 17, 2015 7:25 AM - 10:25 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.25 mile(s)
42 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose  25
Wood Duck  8
Mallard  4
Blue-winged Teal  3
Northern Shoveler  3
Wild Turkey 1
Great Blue Heron  1
Turkey Vulture  4
Osprey  1
Red-shouldered Hawk  1
American Coot  7
Greater Yellowlegs  1
Mourning Dove  2
Chimney Swift  4
Red-bellied Woodpecker  3
Downy Woodpecker  2
Hairy Woodpecker  2
Pileated Woodpecker  1
Blue Jay  2
crow sp.  2
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  1
Tree Swallow  20
Barn Swallow  2
Carolina Chickadee  X
Tufted Titmouse  X
White-breasted Nuthatch  4
Carolina Wren  2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  8
Wood Thrush  2
American Robin  X
Prothonotary Warbler  1
Common Yellowthroat  6
Palm Warbler  6
Yellow-rumped Warbler  12
Eastern Towhee  1
Song Sparrow  3
Swamp Sparrow  4
White-throated Sparrow  12
Northern Cardinal  10
Red-winged Blackbird  X
Common Grackle  7
Brown-headed Cowbird  X
American Goldfinch  10 

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Subject: Birding Augusta County
From: "Herbert Larner" <larnersky AT mindspring.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Apr 2015 12:28:51 -0400
Hello all 

 

After the rains from yesterday I checked out a few places to see if the
weather pattern dropped in any new migrants . I had three new migrants today
. Other than that not much is happening . 

 

Gadwall -- 12  

 

Bufflehead -- 2 ( pair ) 

 

Bonaparte's Gull -- 2 at McCunes 

 

Forster's Tern -- 3 at a private lake near Stuarts Draft 

 

Grasshopper Sparrow  -- 1 in Swoope on Livick Rd. 

 

Allen Larner

Staunton 

 

 

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Subject: Purple finches Fairfax Station
From: carol.sottili AT gmail.com
Date: Fri, 17 Apr 2015 11:50:51 -0400
Flock of purple finches has been at my feeder for past seven days. Number 
increased to an even dozen today. Have had feeder for 20 years and have never 
had so many purple finches stick around for so long. 

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Subject: INBU / Frederick Co; EAKI / Clarke Co
From: "Jon Little" <littlejon48 AT comcast.net>
Date: Fri, 17 Apr 2015 11:57:58 -0400
We had our FOS Indigo Bunting at our feeder today. Also, BJ found an Eastern
Kingbird along the river in Clarke Co this AM.

 

Jon & BJ Little

Winchester

 

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Subject: Red Headed Woodpeckers
From: wesley233 AT comcast.net
Date: Fri, 17 Apr 2015 15:36:52 +0000 (UTC)
Seen at my feeder on4-16-15 2 Red Headed Woodpeckers. 
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Subject: back yard birds
From: "Janet Merritt" <janet.gmu AT verizon.net>
Date: Fri, 17 Apr 2015 11:34:59 -0400
Great week for back yard birds for me.  Two (male and female) piliated
woodpeckers and the next day a Marsh hawk (who unfortunately found a downy
woodpecker for his prey)

Janet

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Subject: FOS Blue-headed Vireo
From: Gerco H <drgerco AT hotmail.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Apr 2015 11:33:01 -0400
Amidst the color appearances of brightly glowing Purple, House and American 
Goldfinches a single Blue-headed Vireo showed up in the yard (Northern Loudoun 
County) this morning. To add to the festivities at the feeder a few Pine 
Siskins are still around and filling up on thistle seed and what looks like 
flower buds. 

Last night I had 2-3 Barred Owls calling for a while across the creek (roughly 
0.5 away). At time is is amazing how sound carries and how well we can hear the 
duets. 

Yesterday, my FOS House Wren showed in the yard. The Eastern Bluebirds better 
hurry up with breeding before the wren takes over. I can only hope that the 
House Wren moved through and the resident one does not show up for another 2-3 
weeks. Somehow our resident House Wren likes to evict the Eastern Bluebirds no 
matter what box they are using. 


GercoLeesburg, Va 		 	   		  
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Subject: Hog Island WMA
From: "Living, Stephen (DGIF)" <Stephen.Living AT dgif.virginia.gov>
Date: Fri, 17 Apr 2015 15:09:59 +0000
I'm happy to announce that Hog Island WMA will re-open to public visitation 
effective tomorrow Saturday April 18th. 


Our thanks to everyone for their patience while we completed this project. As 
anyone who had visited recently knows our main road had grown nearly impassable 
but is now in great shape! 


Good Birding

Steve

Stephen Living | Region 1 Lands & Facilities Manager | Virginia Department of 
Game and Inland Fisheries 
|stephen.living AT dgif.virginia.gov 



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Subject: 4/16/15 - Virginia Beach - Back Bay NWR
From: Rob Bielawski <robbielawski AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Apr 2015 08:05:56 -0400
Folks,

*Quick Notes*
Back Bay NWR - 3:35 - 6:50 PM - FOY Barn Swallow (Sandbridge), Prairie
Warblers, American Bittern, Wilson's Snipes, Tricolored Herons,
Black-crowned Night-Heron, Common Yellowthroats, Blue-gray Gnatcatchers.

*Outing Photographs*
*http://www.rbnature.com/galleries/we-20150419/
*

*Last Week's Recap*
*http://www.rbnature.com/blog/we-20150412
*

*Full Outing Details*

Thanks to an afternoon meeting at the City of Virginia Beach that got out
an hour earlier, I was able to get out for a nice long 7.5 mile hike at
Back Bay NWR on Thursday evening. Driving through Sandbridge en route to
the park I saw a pair of swallows on one of the overhead power lines
paralleling the roadway, so I pulled a u-turn and parked nearby, got the
binoculars up on them and ID'd them as my first *Barn Swallows* of the
year. Though a common bird, it was nice to finally see a pair of them
sitting on a wire so they could be easily identified, even from the
driver's side of a car. I arrive at the park about 3:35 PM, and noticed
that no attendant was there today. I headed into the park, seeing a *Northern
Mockingbird* along the way in, then parked up near the Kuralt Trail and
started my walk southward towards the Loop Road. I stayed to the eastern
half of the Loop Road, and almost immediately began hearing the calls
of *Prairie
Warblers* in the scrub terrain to the east. I tried to locate the birds at
a couple of spots before I finally saw one of beautiful yellow and black
songbirds singing its heart out from the top of what I believe was a Live
Oak. These warblers were one of the highlights of the day, and could be
heard calling all along the East Dike, with their signature 'countdown'
song ringing in my ears still. *Eastern Towhees*, *Brown Thrashers*,
and *White-throated
Sparrows* were also present along the Loop Road, and all were singing as
well, making for a perfect soundtrack to walk too.


Heading southward along the East Dike Trail, I saw one massive Common
Snapping Turtle in the ditch to the east, a few *Carolina Chickadees*
hopping from shrub to shrub, and a pair of *Blue Jays* at the double
90-degree bend in the trail. *Glossy Ibis*, *White Ibis*, *Snowy Egret*,
and *Great Egrets* could all be seen out on the nearer portions of the
impoundments from this bend area, but they were too far out for 400mm
photographs to be of any quality. Some *Mallards* also could be seen, but
that was it for waterfowl, whatever is there still is far enough away that
you need a powerful scope, or a wild imagination to identify accordingly.
In this area also, I could hear a *Yellowlegs* calling from high up, but
couldn't spot it. This time of year the park is full of both Lessers &
Greaters, though with the West Dike Trail having not opened, it is more
difficult, if not impossible to be able to see the shorebirds right now.
Continuing southbound, a pair of *Common Yellowthroats* delighted me with
some great views as they hopped around the cattails on a small puddle off
the west side of the trail, and nearby, a Prairie Warbler seen close enough
to the trail for a few good photographs. Their yellow & black neck and
facial patterns, and the rusty spot on their back just make them gorgeous
birds, dare I say one of, if not, my favorite of the spring warblers.
Nearing the southernmost bend in the trail, before it starts tracking
westward towards the junction with False Cape State Park's entry road, I
was photographing a group of Yellow-rumped Warbler, and accidentally
spooked what I believe was a *Wilson's Snipe* into flight. It disappeared
extremely fast to the west unfortunately. Coming around the final bend, a
large wading bird jumped out of the foliage across the ditch, showing
itself plainly as a surprise *Black-crowned Night-Heron* adult! The bird
hopped up into the tree, then flew up and over, allowing only some photos
of half of its body, but still clear enough to separate from the much more
common Yellow-crowns. This is only the second Black-crown I've seen at the
park this year actually, the first being during the full ice over back in
February/March up near the Bay Trail.


I reached the False Cape entry trail, grabbed a drink of water, and
attempted to photograph a pair of *Blue-gray Gnatcatchers* that had flown
in to check me over. They repeatedly jumped from branch to branch, moving
through a tangle of Live Oaks, making for difficult shots, but again, some
ID worthy ones did come out of this. After this I headed back northward
along the same route, walking a bit faster this time. I'd contemplated
walking into False Cape and coming back north along the beach road, but
this adds about 2.8 miles to the hike, and being an after-work hike, I
wasn't sure if I could pull it off before the sun set. The walk northward
was a bit more quiet, though I could hear the Prairie Warblers and
Yellowthroats along the path, I mostly just walked the whole way up the
East Dike Trail quickly. I spooked another Snipe, this time getting a good
look at it in my binoculars as it landed out in the marsh, then disappeared
from view. About a hundred yards or so south of the East Dike gate, a pair
of White-tailed Deer were seen grazing up along the trail shoulders. While
watching the deer, an *American Bittern* rose out of the marsh to my east,
and then flew across the path! After it had moved far off to the west, I
moved closer to watch the deer. As I approached, they of course ran off to
the safety of the marsh to the west, but stopped, turned, and stared back
at me, making for some nice photographs. The Loop Road again was filled
with Prairie Warbler Song, and Eastern Towhees calling as well. While on
the Loop Road, a group of 5 *Tricolored Herons* flew high over me, heading
out over the ocean. This is the first time at the park that I've seen a
group flying together like this, and earlier I had actually seen a group of
a dozen or so Snowy Egrets doing the same thing. I took the southern beach
access trail out across the dunes and onto the beach itself. The strong
easterly winds were driving quite a swell into the beach, and a massive
debris line could be seen from north to south. Because of the swell, I
couldn't pick any birds out of the water aside from *Double-crested
Cormorants*, of which there were thousands due to a massive cyclone of them
off the northern mile of the beach. A few *Forster's Terns* were seen, a
single *Royal Ter*n, and the typical 4 species of *gulls* (*Ring-billed,
Herring, Lesser & Great Black-backed*), with 1 *Brown Pelican* rounded out
the beach birds. No shorebirds were observed here. I walked one last
section of the park, the Bay Trail, but by this point the sun was dropping
low in the sky, and though I could hear many *Red-winged Blackbirds*
calling, and a *King Rail* cackling off in the distance, it was pretty
quiet for birds. Two more Common Yellowthroats, and a *Swamp Sparrow* were
seen, and then I was off back towards the car and out of the refuge.


Rob Bielawski

Virginia Beach, VA
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Subject: Craney Island open tomorrow
From: Elisa Enders <elisaenders AT hotmail.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Apr 2015 08:02:05 -0400
I called the Craney Island office this morning to verify that they will be open 
to visitors tomorrow. The lady I spoke to said that they were planning to be 
open. If they have to close, signs will be posted at the gate. She also said 
several other things. They like to know in advance of any groups that are 
planning to come, so call if you can. Their number is 757-484-1021. Also, (as 
she always tells me) 4WD or AWD vehicles or trucks/SUVs are recommended for 
driving the roads out there. I think one needs to check with the office in 
advance to ask about the road conditions out there and just know the 
limitations of your vehicle and your driving abilities. I've not had any 
trouble with my little 2WD wagon, but I haven't been out there on the worst 
days they have had. If I remember correctly, the Craney folks cannot provide 
any towing assistance. Also, do not drive on the upper roads...even just to 
park and look at the cells. 

 
We have a lot of restrictions, and I miss the days when I could visit on a 
weekday, but it could be much worse (no access). It is a wonderful spot for 
shorebirds and a few other bird groups, so please abide by their rules. I don't 
think there are any other places like it in Virginia. 

 
I won't be there tomorrow. Instead I will be in Norfolk, leading a bird walk at 
the Weyanoke Sanctuary, at 9am. 

 
So, currently Craney will be open tomorrow. If going, you have to be at the 
gate between 8am and 8:15am. Hope some folks get out there and see some birds! 

 
Elisa Flanders
Portsmouth, VA

 
 		 	   		  
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Subject: Red-breasted Mergansers in Richmond (city)
From: Alyssa Freeman <tsiporah.shani AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Apr 2015 00:33:22 -0400
Went for a late afternoon/early evening walk at the 42nd Street portion of
James River Park, and while looking out at the top of the bridge over the
railroad tracks, looking out over the water, I saw a pair of Red-breasted
Mergansers. Not sure I've ever seen them this far inland before.

Alyssa Freeman
Richmond, VA
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Subject: Thrashers, Siskins and Juncos
From: "Nancy Young" <nanjyoung AT juno.com>
Date: Thu, 16 Apr 2015 23:34:11 -0400
On Monday I heard my FOY Brown Thrasher singing in the backyard. Then
Wednesday, near Troutville school, two Thrashers landed just few feet in
front of me as I got out of my car. They were so busy fighting each other
they didn't even see me at first. After a few seconds one of them left and
the other flew up in a tree and began singing.
I still have Juncos and Pine Siskins at my feeders. They have been here
daily since December or earlier. Today I counted 15 Siskins and one Junco.
So far no hummers have shown up.

Nancy Young
Blue Ridge,
Botetourt County

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Subject: Yellow-throated Warbler: Riverbend Park
From: Donald Sweig <skybirds.d AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 16 Apr 2015 21:28:08 -0400
 I finally got a nice look at a singing Yellow-throated Warbler on a reasonably 
low branch, right over the path at Riverbend Park today. 

 We also saw at least 7, probably 8, Palm Warblers, and 8 to 10 Yellow-rump 
Warblers. 

  There were lots of Chipping Sparrows and White-throated Sparrows as well.
 The Bluebells another wildflowers are in full bloom and startlingly beautiful. 

  Donald Sweig
   Falls Church, Virginia
  

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Subject: Chucks & Whips in Augusta County
From: "Herbert Larner" <larnersky AT mindspring.com>
Date: Thu, 16 Apr 2015 21:26:16 -0400
Hello all 

 

Just got back from the Big Levels Wildlife Management area in Stuarts Draft
. As I was driving slowly & listening out for any Night Jars a bird flew in
front of me & landed about 20 feet from the vehicle .  It was still light
enough to get an ID on the bird . A nice Barred Owl . It then flew away &  I
left the area so the Owl could continue to hunt . I also had 4 Whip - poor -
will's & one distance Chuck - will's  - widow . After that I headed to a
wetland area in Stuarts Draft that last year produced a Sora . All I could
hear was frogs upon frogs . 

 

Allen Larner

Staunton 

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Subject: Another FOS House Wren
From: Korea via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Thu, 16 Apr 2015 20:43:38 -0400
Saw our FOS House Wren this morning in the backyard checking out bird house 
offerings; a welcome return. Last year we had two pairs raising broods. 


Jack Greenwood
Falls Church
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Subject: Re: Pine Siskin at Annandale feeders
From: Scott Priebe <falco57 AT msn.com>
Date: Thu, 16 Apr 2015 17:57:46 -0400
My wife reports that we had 8+ Siskins at our feeders today. We've had them 
continuously since 2/14, and keep wondering when they'll depart. 


Scott D. Priebe

Springfield, VA

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> 
> Yesterday and this morning
> 
> Larry Cartwright
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Subject: Re: Bobcat calling
From: guyasutah12--- via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Thu, 16 Apr 2015 17:55:48 -0400
Where was this? At least the county.
 

 

 

-----Original Message-----
From: Jeff Blalock 
To: VA-BIRD 
Sent: Thu, Apr 16, 2015 9:40 am
Subject: [Va-bird] Bobcat calling


At 0500 this morning while still in bed I heard a Bobcat calling between some
houses just down from me

I went outside and heard it call several times
more

I checked the Cornell Lab Library of natural sounds to confirm and I was
right 

May God Bless and Keep You

Jeff
Blalock
jcbabirder AT gcronline.com
434-470-4352
South Boston VA
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Subject: RT hummer in Woodbridge
From: Marc Ribaudo <moribaudo AT verizon.net>
Date: Thu, 16 Apr 2015 17:48:16 -0400
A male hummer is at our feeder in Woodbridge.  This is the earliest I have 
ever seen one in Virginia. 


Marc Ribaudo

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Subject: Mixed flock of warblers in Franklin County
From: Alyce Quinn via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Thu, 16 Apr 2015 19:44:33 +0000 (UTC)
During a brief lull in the rain today, a mixed flock came through the yard.  I 
saw and heard parula, palm warbler, yellow-rumped warbler, and cerulean 
warbler. 

Alyce QuinnBurnt Chimney
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Subject: A four warbler morning at Riverbend Park (Fairfax County)
From: Walter Hadlock <jaybirdncarol AT verizon.net>
Date: Thu, 16 Apr 2015 13:55:00 -0400
Greetings,

We went to Riverbend Park mid-morning to check out the flowers--Bluebells, etc. 
are looking great and should continue to into next week. We walked upriver from 
the visitor center. 


Much to our surprise, we had a four warbler morning and watched a pair of 
Common Merganser flying down river. Here is our list: 


Canada Goose
Common Merganser--one male/one female
Great Blue Heron
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker

Pileated Woodpecker
American Crow
Fish Crow
Tree Swallow
Carolina Chickadee

Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (H)
Eastern Bluebird
Northern Parula

Yellow-rumped Warbler
Yellow-throated Warbler
Palm Warbler--6
Song Sparrow
White-throatred Sparrow

Good birding to all,
Jay and Carol Hadlock
Herndon, VA (Fairfax County)




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Subject: Shenandoah Valley 4/15/15
From: "Marshall Faintich" <mfaintich AT theworddoctor.com>
Date: Thu, 16 Apr 2015 12:25:25 -0400
 

FOS American Redstart, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher build
its nest. Report and photos:

 

 
http://www.symbolicmessengers.com/Blog2015/2015_04_15.htm

 

Marshall Faintich

Nellysford, VA

____________________________________________________________________________
_______________________

 

Marshall Faintich, Ph.D.

 

mfaintich AT theworddoctor.com

 

mfaintich AT cyberwind.net

 

www.symbolicmessengers.com  

 

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

 

____________________________________________________________________________
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Subject: Fairfax Co: Dyke Marsh: Little Gull Thurs am
From: sjsuter29 AT verizon.net
Date: Thu, 16 Apr 2015 10:22:53 -0500 (CDT)
The Little Gull found Sunday afternoon by Rob Young off Belle Haven marina 
seems to still be around. At least an adult (alternate plumage) Little Gull was 
present feeding and sitting on the nearly mirror flat river circa 1 km SE of 
the south platform at the end of the Haul road for 10+ minutes just after 0800 
this morning. It was among a loose group of 8 Bonaparte's Gulls (4 of which 
were also dark-hooded). The birds were on the water when I first found them and 
were back on the water when I left started back up the Haul Rd. Between 0900 
and 0930, I noticed several Bonnies flying upriver off the marina, but did not 
see the Little Gull among them (though facing east from the marina backlighting 
and glare were stronger). Nor did I find it among the few Bonnies settled onto 
the bars off the mouth of Hunting Creek around 1000. 


The Red-throated Loon was again present off the marina.

Sherman Suter
Alexandria VA 22307  / Port Republic MD 20676
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Subject: Pine Siskin at Annandale feeders
From: Larry Cartwright <prowarbler AT verizon.net>
Date: Thu, 16 Apr 2015 10:59:07 -0400
Yesterday and this morning

Larry Cartwright
prowarbler AT verizon.net

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Subject: Bobcat calling
From: Jeff Blalock <jcbabirder AT gcronline.com>
Date: Thu, 16 Apr 2015 08:20:15 -0400
At 0500 this morning while still in bed I heard a Bobcat calling between some 
houses just down from me 


I went outside and heard it call several times more

I checked the Cornell Lab Library of natural sounds to confirm and I was right 

May God Bless and Keep You

Jeff Blalock
jcbabirder AT gcronline.com
434-470-4352
South Boston VA
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Subject: Catbird
From: Marc Ribaudo <moribaudo AT verizon.net>
Date: Thu, 16 Apr 2015 08:12:58 -0400
A catbird has returned to our yard in Woodbridge.

Marv Ribaudo

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Subject: FOS house wren
From: Pam and Ben via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Thu, 16 Apr 2015 08:08:50 -0400
White Oaks Park, Fairfax County, 4/15/15.

 

It was not too taxing to identify it.

 

Ben Jesup

Alexandria

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Subject: Wood thrush in Franklin County
From: Alyce Quinn via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Thu, 16 Apr 2015 02:56:32 +0000 (UTC)
Still no whips or chucks but I did hear the FOS wood thrush singing this 
morning.  Always a treat. 

Alyce QuinnBurnt Chimney
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Subject: Walker Nature Center
From: bryan peters <pas2iche AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 15 Apr 2015 17:27:17 -0400
This morning, 8 people joined me for a Northern Virginia Bird Club walk at
Walker Nature Center. The mild temperature and calm winds made for a
pleasant hike, but the birds weren't as cooperative as we'd hoped. Still,
we managed a few highlights: 3 Purple Finches (2 males, 1 female), 1 Hermit
Thrush, 1 Eastern Phoebe, 1 Northern Rough-winged Swallow, and 1 female
Wood Duck sunning herself on a dock.

After half the group split off, a few of us were treated to extended views
of a Cooper's Hawk building a nest while a juvenile Red-shouldered Hawk
chuffed disapprovingly just three branches down. As one currently dealing
with the misery of living in an apartment below noisy neighbors, I
particularly empathized with the Red-shouldered Hawk's frustration.

--Pete
Fairfax, VA
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Subject: Rusty Blackbirds
From: Brenda Tekin <brenda AT birdsofvirginia.com>
Date: Wed, 15 Apr 2015 16:09:27 -0400
A flock of 13 Rusty Blackbirds just flew in to briefly perch atop neighbor's 
small grouping of red oaks in their front yard. They flew across the street 
over our house and landed in top of red oaks out back. 


Brenda
Brenda Tekin
Stuart's Draft, VA

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Subject: Rusty in Commercial Rosslyn
From: Secret Egret <mysecretegret AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 15 Apr 2015 15:47:47 -0400
This morning as i was getting to work i saw a rusty blackbird on a tree outside 
my office building in Rosslyn. What could he have possibly found attractive 
about this area of concrete jungle? 


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Subject: Rusty Blackbird preliminary report
From: Robert Ake <rake AT cox.net>
Date: Wed, 15 Apr 2015 15:35:49 -0400
Hey gang,
     I was just sent some numbers for March.  They don't include any 
submissions after March 31 even if those submissions apply to March 
sightings.  These totals are for the southern states and don't include 
the numbers from our number one challenge Ohio.  But just for the record 
the data shows just how dominant your effort was and how successful as 
well.  Keep it up.  And remember it doesn't count until you submit your 
numbers to ebird.

Thanks,
Bob Ake

State Coordinator
Rusty Blackbird Spring Migration Blitz

State           # Checklists Reporting Rusties
US-AL 	61

US-AR 	51

US-FL 	38
US-GA 	229

US-KS 	44

US-LA 	38

US-MS 	62

US-NC 	151

US-OK 	29

US-SC 	79

US-TN 	122
US-TX 	75
*US-VA* 	*371*

US-WV 	57


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Subject: Hummingbird in Lake Ridge
From: Barbara Farron <repbarb AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 15 Apr 2015 15:03:40 -0400
A male hummingbird was just seen at the feeder in my backyard.  I live 
in Lake Ridge, near Woodbridge and the town of Occoquan.

Barbara Farron
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Subject: Fwd: [eBird Alert] Virginia Rare Bird Alert
From: "kurtcapt87 AT verizon.net" <kurtcapt87@verizon.net>
Date: Wed, 15 Apr 2015 13:39:19 -0400

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-------- Original Message --------
Subject: [eBird Alert] Virginia Rare Bird Alert 
From: ebird-alert AT cornell.edu
To: 
CC: 

*** Species Summary:

Spotted Sandpiper (1 Richmond)
Least Tern (1 Poquoson)
Eastern Kingbird (1 Appomattox, 1 Prince William)
Red-eyed Vireo (1 Augusta)
Wood Thrush (1 Fairfax)
Kentucky Warbler (1 Gloucester)
Bachman's Sparrow (1 Fairfax)
Painted Bunting (2 Hampton)

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

NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

Spotted Sandpiper (Actitis macularius) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Apr 14, 2015 10:19 by Lee Adams
- Suggett's Point, Richmond, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=37.8447184,-76.7280368&ll=37.8447184,-76.7280368 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22860000
- Comments: "Distinct white eye brow, dark line through eye. Brown above, white 
below. Doesn't look like a yellowlegs which I always think a solitary sandpiper 
does." 


Least Tern (Sternula antillarum) (2)
- Reported Apr 14, 2015 12:45 by David Youker
- Messick Rd.--Back Cove, Poquoson, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=37.1098699,-76.3232446&ll=37.1098699,-76.3232446 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22861892
- Comments: "Very familiar with this species; fish exchange between the two"

Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Apr 12, 2015 09:55 by Evan Spears
- Holliday Lake State Park - PAP04, Appomattox, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=37.3967258,-78.641988&ll=37.3967258,-78.641988 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22817923
- Comments: "Early arrival. Normal arrival date is around April 25th. Seen in 
top of tree near Boat Ramp. Identified first by call, then by dark back, light 
front, and white-tipped tail feathers. 


" 


Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus) (1)
- Reported Apr 11, 2015 07:30 by Kyle W
- Silver Lake Rd, Prince William, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.8434407,-77.665025&ll=38.8434407,-77.665025 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22859280
- Comments: "It was on the ground, and then flew away"

Red-eyed Vireo (Vireo olivaceus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Apr 14, 2015 13:40 by Gabriel Mapel
- Red Mill Ln, Augusta, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.1783117,-78.8632658&ll=38.1783117,-78.8632658 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22862302
- Comments: "Somewhat early but this is the same date as the first REVI in Aug. 
Co. in 2012. Vireo with bold face pattern, long beak, no wingbars, overall 
lightish underside. Seen well in rainstorm during mini-fallout consisting 
primarily of MYWA." 


Wood Thrush (Hylocichla mustelina) (1)
- Reported Apr 14, 2015 06:30 by Vince Ascrizzi
- Vin's Yard, Fairfax, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=39.0208591,-77.3303068&ll=39.0208591,-77.3303068 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22866432
- Comments: "Calling in my yard at dawn."

Kentucky Warbler (Geothlypis formosa) (1)
- Reported Apr 14, 2015 12:01 by George Harris
- Beaverdam Park - CGL02, Gloucester, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=37.4456,-76.5313&ll=37.4456,-76.5313 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22861501
- Comments: "Singing & visual observation.  Unmistakeable."

Bachman's Sparrow (Peucaea aestivalis) (1)
- Reported Apr 14, 2015 06:00 by Andreas Seiter
- My neighborhood park, Fairfax, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.753989,-77.1667349&ll=38.753989,-77.1667349 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22869308
- Comments: "Heard it singing, I did not see it. Song exactly as in iBird 
recording" 


Painted Bunting (Passerina ciris) (1)
- Reported Apr 14, 2015 07:00 by Ernie Miller
- Marvin Dr., Hampton, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=37.0517607,-76.3695717&ll=37.0517607,-76.3695717 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22871283
- Comments: "Photographed visiting water feature. Likely the same 'Green' PABU 
that has spent the last two winters in this area. Selecting photos to add." 


Painted Bunting (Passerina ciris) (1)
- Reported Apr 14, 2015 07:00 by Jessica Ausura
- Marvin Dr., Hampton, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=37.0517607,-76.3695717&ll=37.0517607,-76.3695717 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22871295
- Comments: "Photographed visiting water feature. Likely the same 'Green' PABU 
that has spent the last two winters in this area. Selecting photos to add." 


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Subject: Field Trip to McCormick's Marl Trail
From: josephine king via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Wed, 15 Apr 2015 17:32:52 +0000 (UTC)
A field trip to McCormick's Farm in Southern Augusta County was conducted this 
morning with 10 members attending. 38 species were noted to include a side trip 
to Willow Lake in Rockbridge County. The list follows: 

Canada Goose  10Mallard  2 (Willow Lake)Ring-necked Duck 23 (Willow 
Lake)Pied-billed Grebe 1Black Vulture 1Turkey Vulture 2Osprey 1 (Willow 
Lake)Bald Eagle 1 (Willow Lake)Cooper's Hawk 1 (Willow Lake)Killdeer 1Solitary 
Sandpiper 1 Rock Pigeon  3Mourning Dove  6Red-bellied Woodpecker  2Downy 
Woodpecker 1Northern Flicker  1Blue Jay  10American Crow 8Tree Swallow 
 9No.Rough-winged Swallow 2 (Willow Lake)Barn Swallow  2Carolina Chickadee 
2Tufted Titmouse 2White-breasted Nuthatch 2Carolina Wren 2Ruby-crowned Kinglet 
1Eastern Bluebird 5American Robin  10E. Starling 6Eastern Towhee  8Chipping 
Sparrow  5Field Sparrow  4Song Sparrow  6White-throated Sparrow 
 4Red-winged Blackbird 6Eastern Meadowlark 3Common Grackle 15American 
Goldfinch  15 

Many thanks to all the participants. It was a lovely day and a fun 
trip. Respectfully submitted, 

Jo King
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Subject: 4/12/15 Chincoteague NWR Shorebird/Gull Survey
From: Joelle Buffa <clyde_joelle AT verizon.net>
Date: Wed, 15 Apr 2015 16:15:23 +0000 (UTC)
  It was a beautiful spring day for the weekly shorebird survey at 
Chincoteague NWR. We counted 1,293 individual shorebirds. Dunlin led the way 
with 571 individuals, Sanderling 430 and Greater Yellowlegs 92. We had 12 
species of shorebirds. These numbers are more similar to a winter count than a 
spring migration count, except for the Piping Plovers and Am. Oystercatchers 
setting up territories on the beach north of the Parking Lot (remember that the 
Beach north of the Coast Guard Stn. is closed to vehicle and foot traffic to 
protect these nesting birds). Perhaps numbers will increase next week. Water 
levels are excellent in some of the impoundments but most shorebirds were seen 
in tidal areas/beaches. 

Large numbers of Northern Gannets and Red-throated/Common Loons were flying 
north just off shore of the beaches along with large flocks of scoters and 
mergansers. The variety of ducks is still high though the numbers of 
individuals is down from that seen in the winter. Land migrants are arriving 
such as Barn and Tree Swallows, Yellow-throated Warblers and most of the summer 
season herons and egrets. The 2 Least Terns we saw flying over the beach where 
they usually nest on the Hook are early according to e-bird. We searched but 
did not find the White-faced Ibis we saw last week. 

Our next survey will be Sunday, April 19th.
Clyde Morris and Joelle Buffa


| Canada Goose | -- |
| Gadwall | -- |
| American Wigeon | -- |
| American Black Duck | -- |
| Mallard | -- |
| Northern Shoveler | -- |
| Northern Pintail | -- |
| Green-winged Teal | -- |
| Surf Scoter | -- |
| Black Scoter | -- |
| Bufflehead | -- |
| Hooded Merganser | -- |
| Red-breasted Merganser | -- |
| Red-throated Loon | 14 |
| Common Loon | 40 |
| loon sp. | 70 |
| Horned Grebe | 37 |
| Northern Gannet | 56 |
| Double-crested Cormorant | 69 |
| Brown Pelican | 1 |
| Great Blue Heron | -- |
| Great Egret | -- |
| Snowy Egret | -- |
| Little Blue Heron | -- |
| Tricolored Heron | -- |
| Black Vulture | -- |
| Turkey Vulture | -- |
| Osprey | -- |
| Bald Eagle | -- |
| Red-tailed Hawk | -- |
| American Coot | -- |
| American Oystercatcher | 26 |
| Black-bellied Plover | 67 |
| Piping Plover | 47 |
| Killdeer | 1 |
| Greater Yellowlegs | 92 |
| Willet | 31 |
| Lesser Yellowlegs | 4 |
| Greater/Lesser Yellowlegs | 34 |
| Ruddy Turnstone | 3 |
| Sanderling | 430 |
| Dunlin | 571 |
| Least Sandpiper | 1 |
| Short-billed/Long-billed Dowitcher | 12 |
| Laughing Gull | 8 |
| Ring-billed Gull | 22 |
| Herring Gull | 232 |
| Lesser Black-backed Gull | 98 |
| Great Black-backed Gull | 73 |
| 
Least   Tern                                                           3 Common 
Tern | 3 | 

| Forster's Tern | 35 |
| Mourning Dove | -- |
| Belted Kingfisher | -- |
| Red-bellied Woodpecker | -- |
| Downy Woodpecker | -- |
| Northern Flicker | -- |
| Merlin | -- |
| American Crow | -- |
| Fish Crow | -- |
| Horned Lark | -- |
| Tree Swallow | -- |
| Barn Swallow | -- |
| Brown-headed Nuthatch | -- |
| Marsh Wren | -- |
| Carolina Wren | -- |
| American Robin | -- |
| Brown Thrasher | -- |
| Northern Mockingbird | -- |
| Pine Warbler | -- |
| Yellow-rumped Warbler | -- |
| Yellow-throated Warbler | -- |
| Eastern Towhee | -- |
| Chipping Sparrow | -- |
| White-throated Sparrow | -- |
| Dark-eyed Junco | -- |
| Northern Cardinal | -- |
| Red-winged Blackbird | -- |
| Eastern Meadowlark | -- |
| Common Grackle | -- |
| Boat-tailed Grackle | -- |
| Brown-headed Cowbird | -- |

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Subject: Palm Warbler FOS, and four Pine Siskins Wilderness LOW
From: Suzanne Stewart <suzinotsue AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 15 Apr 2015 12:15:29 -0400
The Palm warbler, with tail a bobbing, was hunting for insects in the
garden.

Suzanne E. Stewart
​Lake of the Woods, Wilderness
Orange County​
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Subject: glossy ibis, lower Northern Neck
From: Tom Saunders <birdnerd53 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 15 Apr 2015 09:01:50 -0400
Four birds in a flooded field this morning near the intersection of Balls
Neck Road and Shiloh School Road, about six miles north of Kilmarnock. Well
seen and studied in excellent light, I can rule out white-faced this time
around.

Tom Saunders
Kilmarnock
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Subject: Fwd: [eBird Alert] Virginia Rare Bird Alert
From: "kurtcapt87 AT verizon.net" <kurtcapt87@verizon.net>
Date: Tue, 14 Apr 2015 11:08:39 -0400

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*** Species Summary:

Snow Goose (1 Virginia Beach)
Little Gull (4 Fairfax)
Least Tern (1 Newport News)
Black Skimmer (1 Northampton, 1 Poquoson)
Ruby-throated Hummingbird (2 Roanoke)
Red-cockaded Woodpecker (1 Pittsylvania)
Eastern Kingbird (2 Albemarle, 1 King George)
Red-eyed Vireo (1 Chesterfield, 1 Richmond City)
Wood Thrush (1 Chesterfield, 1 Richmond City, 1 Williamsburg)
Northern Waterthrush (2 Fairfax)
Yellow Warbler (Northern) (1 Fairfax)
Chestnut-sided Warbler (1 Fairfax)
Fox Sparrow (Red) (1 Prince William)
Rose-breasted Grosbeak (2 Suffolk)
Blue Grosbeak (1 Albemarle)
Indigo Bunting (1 Richmond City)

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below shows observations of rare birds in Virginia. View this alert on the web 
at http://ebird.org/ebird/alert/summary?sid=SN35646 

NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

Snow Goose (Chen caerulescens) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Apr 13, 2015 19:05 by Rob Bielawski
- Farmfield (SW Corner of Independence & Princess Anne), Virginia Beach, 
Virginia 

- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=36.7883397,-76.1142361&ll=36.7883397,-76.1142361 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22850932
- Comments: "White goose with pink bill. A bit of smudgy gray coloring on neck 
feathers. Very late in season to see one of these here in Virginia Beach. I 
stopped, found a place to park, and walked back for a photograph. 

IMG_1581 

IMG_1581" 


Little Gull (Hydrocoloeus minutus) (1)
- Reported Apr 13, 2015 16:25 by Russell Taylor
- Belle Haven--Marina, Fairfax, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.7763,-77.0484&ll=38.7763,-77.0484 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22853139
- Comments: "Observed Midchannel in-flight for almost 15 minutes. A small gull 
with white wing tips and light gray covert and scapulars from above, underwing 
appearing almost black going to gray around the edges. Adult alternate plumage, 
with complete black hood. Flight behavior was a lazy flapping about 4 to 10 
feet off the water with occasional dips down to the water surface." 


Little Gull (Hydrocoloeus minutus) (1)
- Reported Apr 13, 2015 11:20 by Art Drauglis
- Belle Haven--Marina, Fairfax, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.7763,-77.0484&ll=38.7763,-77.0484 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22840780
- Comments: "Continuing. Did not see it venture into MD waters. Partial hood, 
some black underwings. Smaller than nearby BOGU and RBGU." 


Little Gull (Hydrocoloeus minutus) (1)
- Reported Apr 13, 2015 15:30 by Dixie Sommers
- Dyke Marsh - CMN02, Fairfax, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.7695,-77.0494&ll=38.7695,-77.0494 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22856983
- Comments: "Continuing. Viewed flying in center of river. Very dark underwings 
with white edge, dark head" 


Little Gull (Hydrocoloeus minutus) (1)
- Reported Apr 13, 2015 12:52 by Gerry Hawkins
- Dyke Marsh - CMN02, Fairfax, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.7695,-77.0494&ll=38.7695,-77.0494 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22846246
- Comments: "This continuing adult was seen in flight upriver and briefly on 
the water for about four minutes starting at two o'clock and was identified by 
the diagnostic mostly dark gray, appearing blackish, underwings and lack of 
black on the upperwings." 


Least Tern (Sternula antillarum) (4)
- Reported Apr 14, 2015 07:30 by Jason  Strickland
- Denbigh Park (aka Denbigh Docks), Newport News, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=37.1236139,-76.5684307&ll=37.1236139,-76.5684307 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22856976
- Comments: "Very small, thin wings, yellow bill, some black on head. Heard the 
calls first..familiar with call. I've never seen them here before...took photos 
for proof..they seemed to be moving up the river, maybe half the size of nearby 
forsters tern...foy" 


Black Skimmer (Rynchops niger) (4) CONFIRMED
- Reported Apr 11, 2015 10:30 by Bryan Barmore
- Messick Point, Poquoson, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=37.110145,-76.3212061&ll=37.110145,-76.3212061 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22851844
- Comments: "Large Tern with black back, white belly and orange and black bill. 
Seen skimming through the water." 


Black Skimmer (Rynchops niger) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Apr 11, 2015 10:50 by Frank Fogarty
- Willis Wharf - CES10, Northampton, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=37.5118393,-75.8065867&ll=37.5118393,-75.8065867 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22830756
- Comments: "Unmistakable black and white birds with unique orange bills."

Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris) (1)
- Reported Apr 13, 2015 08:40 by Ed Burroughs
- 5886 Poor Mountain Road, Roanoke, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=37.2332937,-80.1323244&ll=37.2332937,-80.1323244 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22849897
- Comments: "A male showed up in late morning - we first noticed it performing 
its undulating display flight. It disappeared for a while and then showed up at 
our hummingbird feeder hanging at our window which gave us clear up-close 
views: bright green above with a bright red gorget with black band above it, 
white upper breast. The date of this sighting was the same date as last year." 


Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris) (1)
- Reported Apr 13, 2015 08:40 by Carol Burroughs
- 5886 Poor Mountain Road, Roanoke, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=37.2332937,-80.1323244&ll=37.2332937,-80.1323244 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22849962
- Comments: "A male showed up in late morning - we first noticed it performing 
its undulating display flight. It disappeared for a while and then showed up at 
our hummingbird feeder hanging at our window which gave us clear up-close 
views: bright green above with a bright red gorget with black band above it, 
white upper breast. The date of this sighting was the same date as last year." 


Red-cockaded Woodpecker (Picoides borealis) (1)
- Reported Apr 11, 2015 17:30 by Lynn Henderson
- Whitmell School Road, Pittsylvania, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=36.6664482,-79.5116454&ll=36.6664482,-79.5116454 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22846049
- Comments: "I have seen this bird at my suet feeder 3 times in two weeks. 
Never seen it here before. Last sighting was April 11" 


Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus) (1)
- Reported Apr 13, 2015 15:30 by Pete Myers
- Chris Greene Lake, Albemarle, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.1642555,-78.437748&ll=38.1642555,-78.437748 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22845908
- Comments: "large dark flycatcher sitting perched 15 feet away black weight 
underbody tips of tailfeathers white. seen through Swarovski scope at 40 X in 
perfect light" 


Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus) (1)
- Reported Apr 13, 2015 12:15 by Thomas Jones
- Chris Greene Lake, Albemarle, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.1642555,-78.437748&ll=38.1642555,-78.437748 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22843947
- Comments: "First seen by Tom Pierson and pointed out to me. Seen well in 
binoculars up close.l" 


Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus) (1)
- Reported Apr 13, 2015 16:00 by Tim Metcalf
- King George--Rixey Road, King George, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.307753,-77.0993257&ll=38.307753,-77.0993257 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22849188
- Comments: "" 


Red-eyed Vireo (Vireo olivaceus) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Apr 12, 2015 09:35 by Beth Oristian
- James River Park--42nd St, Richmond City, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=37.5240933,-77.4749851&ll=37.5240933,-77.4749851 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22852261
- Comments: "Both singing, also reported yesterday"

Red-eyed Vireo (Vireo olivaceus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Apr 13, 2015 08:57 by Wendy Ealding
- Rockwood Park - CAP01, Chesterfield, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=37.4519673,-77.580986&ll=37.4519673,-77.580986 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22839770
- Comments: "ID by repetitive  vireo  song, olive back white underparts"

Wood Thrush (Hylocichla mustelina) (1)
- Reported Apr 13, 2015 06:30 by Megan Massa
- Matoaka Lake and Woods, Williamsburg, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=37.2667353,-76.7241626&ll=37.2667353,-76.7241626 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22839612
- Comments: "Flagged as early, but not unexpected especially since other 
location have already had them. Singing and displaying aggression towards 
Hermit Thrush. 


" 


Wood Thrush (Hylocichla mustelina) (1)
- Reported Apr 13, 2015 12:50 by Janice Frye
- Riverside Drive, James River Park, Richmond City, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=37.5580167,-77.5282001&ll=37.5580167,-77.5282001 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22854595
- Comments: "Heard giving alarm/call at a brushy spot. No place to park, heard 
only." 


Wood Thrush (Hylocichla mustelina) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Apr 13, 2015 08:57 by Wendy Ealding
- Rockwood Park - CAP01, Chesterfield, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=37.4519673,-77.580986&ll=37.4519673,-77.580986 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22839770
- Comments: "rufous back and wings, heavily spotted breast, larger than 
adjacent Hermit Thrush" 


Northern Waterthrush (Parkesia noveboracensis) (1)
- Reported Apr 12, 2015 17:30 by Luke Powell
- Great Falls National Park - CGF10, Fairfax, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.9937,-77.2553&ll=38.9937,-77.2553 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22844885
- Comments: "Singing from a braided stream . . . heard only. 3-parted song 
perfectly matching the Stokes' recording." 


Northern Waterthrush (Parkesia noveboracensis) (1)
- Reported Apr 12, 2015 17:30 by Sumita Chatterjee
- Great Falls National Park - CGF10, Fairfax, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.9937,-77.2553&ll=38.9937,-77.2553 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22845150
- Comments: "Singing from a braided stream . . . heard only. 3-parted song 
perfectly matching the Stokes' recording." 


Yellow Warbler (Northern) (Setophaga petechia) (1)
- Reported Apr 13, 2015 07:00 by Harry Glasgow
- Huntley Meadows Park - CMN04, Fairfax, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.7589,-77.0959&ll=38.7589,-77.0959 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22849209

Chestnut-sided Warbler (Setophaga pensylvanica) (1)
- Reported Apr 13, 2015 07:00 by Harry Glasgow
- Huntley Meadows Park - CMN04, Fairfax, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.7589,-77.0959&ll=38.7589,-77.0959 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22849209

Fox Sparrow (Red) (Passerella iliaca) (1)
- Reported Apr 12, 2015 07:19 by David Govoni
- VA Govoni-Bybell Residence (Brentsville Area), Prince William, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.6745631,-77.4791908&ll=38.6745631,-77.4791908 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22851785
- Comments: "Large sparrow. Observed at close range. Unmistakable pattern and 
color. Not unheard of at this time of year in yard and area." 


Rose-breasted Grosbeak (Pheucticus ludovicianus) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Apr 13, 2015 07:11 by Robert Ake
- Dismal Swamp NWR Washington Ditch, Suffolk, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=36.6436306,-76.542778&ll=36.6436306,-76.542778 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22840393
- Comments: "2 males with rosy breasts singing their pretty robin-like song, 
white-spotted black wings." 


Rose-breasted Grosbeak (Pheucticus ludovicianus) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Apr 13, 2015 07:00 by Andrew Hawkins
- Great Dismal Swamp NWR--Washington Ditch, Suffolk, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=36.6356416,-76.5142822&ll=36.6356416,-76.5142822 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22841963
- Comments: "2 males, clearly seen by entire group. black head, black and white 
wings, red breast showing, seen for a few minutes browsing in upper part of 
tree." 


Blue Grosbeak (Passerina caerulea) (1)
- Reported Apr 13, 2015 08:00 by John  Holden
- River oaks lane, Albemarle, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.0663743,-78.4528998&ll=38.0663743,-78.4528998 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22846362
- Comments: "On feeder yesterday , in tree nearby today . Less than 1/2 mile 
from another eBird report this week ." 


Indigo Bunting (Passerina cyanea) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Apr 13, 2015 12:00 by Thilakam Ravindran
- James River Park--Reedy Creek, Richmond City, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=37.5244459,-77.4683332&ll=37.5244459,-77.4683332 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22845827
- Comments: "slim bird, blue with dark wings with no red on them"

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Subject: Dismal Swamp and Lake Smith/Lawson Area
From: Andrew Baldelli <andrewbaldelli AT hotmail.com>
Date: Wed, 15 Apr 2015 07:50:41 -0400
Sorry for this late post I visited the Dismal swamp on April 11th and Lake 
Smith/Lawson area on April 12 for a few hours each. 

Highlights for Dismal swamp were Northern Parula , Red eyed vireo , Hooded 
Warbler , Black and White Warbler , Ovenbird and a group of about 100 Rusty 
Blackbirds . 


On Sunday April 12th I found 2 male Hooded Warblers at Lake Smith/Lawson area. 
The birds were across the causeway that separates the lakes . After you cross 
the bridge the birds were on the right in very dense thickets . Other highlight 
was a Winter Wren . 

Again sorry for late post , enjoy the spring birding .

Cheers
Andrew 
 		 	   		  
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Subject: Hummingbird, waterthrush and vireo in Franklin County
From: Alyce Quinn via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Wed, 15 Apr 2015 03:22:54 +0000 (UTC)
Yesterday about 15 minutes after I said we'd had no hummingbirds here yet, the 
first one appeared.  So now I'm going to mention that the whip-poor-wills and 
chuck-will's-widows have not yet returned, in hopes they will show themselves 
soon.  This morning we heard blue-headed vireo and Louisiana waterthrush. 

Alyce QuinnBurnt Chimney

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Subject: WOOD THRUSH IN GLOUCESTER
From: <hjwilliams3 AT cox.net>
Date: Tue, 14 Apr 2015 20:55:59 -0400
We heard our FOS WOOD THRUSH today and LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH ON April 13.

Hayes Williams at White Marsh in Gloucester County
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Subject: Late Report for Middle Peninsula, April 12
From: Frederick Atwood via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Tue, 14 Apr 2015 23:41:45 +0000 (UTC)
I was hoping that the Western Grebe Lee Adams had found might still be hanging 
out somewhere in the Rappahannock River, so I checked out several river 
viewpoints in Essex and Middlesex counties to see what was around.  From there 
I went to the Pocket on the Pamunkey River in King William, and finished the 
day listening to frogs at sunset at an oxbow pond (Riverwood, private) in upper 
King William.  I could not find a Western Grebe but did find several FOY birds 
including the following in chronological order: 

1. Cliff Swallows (55) going in and out of nests and flying around the route 
301 bridge that goes from Port Royal (Caroline) to King George. No Peregrines 
could be seen at this bridge, though the downriver viewpoint is no longer 
publicly accessible. (Bill Portlock saw a pair here in the winter as he did his 
river eagle survey.) 


2. Grasshopper Sparrow (early), Northern Parula, and Ovenbird, Marl Bank Rd, 
Essex 

3. Eastern Kingbird, along route 17 in Loretto, Essex
4. Marsh Wren, River Place off of River Reach Rd, Essex
5. Royal Terns, Bowlers Wharf, Essex, 5 of the 9 seen here had USGS metal bands 
on their legs but they were too far to be read. 


6. White-eyed Vireo, Mt Prospect Rd, Essex
7. Handsome male Prothonotary Warbler, Riverwood near Beulahville, King William
Other interesting things:

8. Total species = 94
9. Ruddy Ducks were all over the place in the Rappahannock R. They were most 
abundant bird of the day. My total was 8214, with the highest number (4450) at 
Canoe House Landing, Middlesex. In most careful estimates, about 80% of these 
were males. Many were in splendid ruddy plumage with blue bills. 


10. The 2nd most abundant bird was Double-crested Cormorant, with a total of 
1062 found at 9 locations; the highest number (585) was at the Rte 360 bridge 
over the Rappahannock at Tappahannock.  11. At this same bridge was a pair of 
Peregrine Falcons. Bill Portlock also spotted this pair back in the winter when 
he did his eagle survey along the river by boat. One of the falcons took off 
and snagged a small passerine which it ate on a pillar of the bridge under the 
highway. 


12. Other than the ruddies, waterfowl have pretty much left the area. I had the 
following totals for the entire day: 21 Canada Geese, 5 Wood Ducks, 14 gadwall, 
5 american wigeon, 1 mallard, 4 green-winged teal, 3 canvasback (late), 4 
ring-necked duck, 99 lesser scaup, 20 scaup sp, 115 bufflehead, 1 female common 
goldeneye, 20 red-breasted merganser, 5 common loon, 10 horned grebe, 13 coot 


13. A Great Blue Heron rookery in Essex with something like 45 active nests, 
most appearing to be incubated.  Another small rookery of great blue heron 
nests on the power line pylons in the Mattaponi River, West Point.  

14. Significant numbers of Bonaparte's Gulls in the Rappahannock R, totaling 69 
birds at 7 locations.  Also 27 laughing gulls at 5 locations. 

15. A red-headed woodpecker along Marl Bank Rd, Essex
16.  Brown-headed Nuthatches at almost the furthest point up the middle 
peninsula that I have seen them, at River Place, Essex as well as a short 
distance away at Ware's Wharf. 


17. Warbler totals for the day were: Ovenbird 1, LA waterthursh 2, Prothonotary 
1, Yellowthroat 3, Parula 1, Pine 4, Palm 2, yellow-rumped 22, yellow-throated 
7. 

18. Sparrow totals for the day were chipping 32, field 3, grasshopper 1, song 
13, swamp 5, white-throated 3, savannah 47, junco none.  All 47 Savannahs were 
along Marl Bank Rd in Essex. 

19. Abundant Spring Peepers, Pickerel Frogs, and Southern Leopard Frogs, and a 
couple Carpenter frogs were singing at dusk at Riverwood, and spring peepers 
were heard in several places throughout the day. 

20. My first Tiger Swallowtail and Falcate Orange tip of the year were flying 
in Essex. 


It was a real joy to be outside all day savoring the spectacular weather, 
listening to the bird songs and frogs, and admiring the trees blooming and 
sprouting their tender young leaves in a wide range of colors. 


All the bestFred
Frederick D. Atwood fredatwood at yahoo dot com
Flint Hill School, 10409 Academic Dr, Oakton, VA 22124
703-242-1675 
http://www.agpix.com/fredatwood
http://www.flinthill.org
http://tea.armadaproject.org/tea_atwoodfrontpage.html
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Subject: Reston FOY's and hundreds of Swallows at Lake Anne
From: lcdyoung93 AT verizon.net
Date: Tue, 14 Apr 2015 18:02:15 -0500 (CDT)
 Today there must have been at least 4-500 swallows working the 
surface of Lake Anne. Hard to estimate a count as they swarmed, 
but the overwhelming majority were Tree with only a few Northern
Rough-winged and Barn mixed in along with also a few FOY 
Chimney Swifts Also.4 Blue-winged Teal and 1 American Coot.
 FOY's in yard today included 1 Brown Thrasher and 1 
House Wren. The Brown Thrasher I heard the the moment I 
opened the back door and was in fine repertoire despite
the rain. 
 Dave Young
 Reston, Virginia 



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Subject: Voice: Greater Washington Area, April 14
From: "Joe Coleman" <joecoleman AT rstarmail.com>
Date: Tue, 14 Apr 2015 16:44:30 -0400
FYI  - this report is for sightings from April 7 through April 13 and was
compiled by Joe Coleman & transcribed by Steve Cordle.

Joe Coleman

 

Hotline:           Voice of the Naturalist

Date:              04/14/2015

Coverage:          MD/DC/VA/DE/WV panhandle

Reports, comments, questions:  voice AT anshome.org  

Compiler:          Joe Coleman

Sponsor:           Audubon Naturalist Society of the Central

                     Atlantic States (independent of NAS)

Transcriber:       Steve Cordle 

 

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Voice (Individual $50; Family $65; Nature Steward $100; Audubon Advocate
$200). The membership number is 301-652-9188, option 12; the address is 8940
Jones Mill Road, Chevy Chase, MD 20815; and the web site is
http://www.AudubonNaturalist.org.

 

This is the Voice of the Naturalist, a service of the Audubon Naturalist
Society. This report covers the week starting Tuesday, April 7 and was
completed on Tuesday, April 14 at 10:30 a.m. 

 

The top bird this week was a WESTERN GREBE* in VA.

 

Other birds of interest this week included TRUMPETER SWAN, ducks, RED-NECKED
GREBE, ANHINGA, AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN, AMERICAN and LEAST BITTERNS,
SANDHILL CRANE, shorebirds, LITTLE GULL, NORTHERN SHRIKE, COMMON RAVEN,
CLIFF SWALLOW, RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, warblers including SWAINSON'S,
sparrows, and PAINTED BUNTING,. 

 

TOP BIRDS

 

Numbers of First of Season species were observed throughout the area.

 

A WESTERN GREBE* was seen and photographed April 7 from a private lane at
Suggett's Point, Richmond, VA.

 

OTHER BIRDS OF INTEREST

 

A TRUMPETER SWAN continues in the vicinity of the Black Hill Regional Park,
Montgomery Co, MD with sightings on April 7 and 9 at the nearby Lake
Churchill.

 

A EURASIAN WIGEON was seen April 8 at the Chincoteague NWR, Accomack Co, VA.
BLUE-WINGED TEAL continued to be seen in a variety of locations during the
week. Three HARLEQUIN DUCKS, a drake and two females, were seen April 13 at
Indian River Inlet, DE; the drake HARLEQUIN was seen there April 7.

 

A SURF SCOTER was seen April 9 on the Shenandoah River from Bloomery Rd,
Jefferson Co, VA. Inland WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS continued to be observed at a
number of locations including one on April 8 at the James River Park--The
Wetlands, Richmond, VA and another the 8th through the 10th at Violette's
Lock, Montgomery Co, MD.

 

RED-NECKED GREBES are still being seen at a number of locations including at
the Ocean City Inlet, Worcester Co, MD on April 7, at Rocky Gap SP,
Allegany, MD on April 7, at Fort Washington NP, Prince George's Co, MD on
the 9th, at Colonial Beach, Westmoreland Co, VA on April 7, and at Lake
Frederick, Frederick Co, VA on April 10, There were also two RED-NECKED
GREBES at Indian River Inlet, DE on April 7. 

 

A male ANHINGA was soaring over Taylors Millpond in Greensville Co, VA on
April 11.

 

AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS continue to be seen at Blackwater NWR, Dorchester
Co, MD with over 30 there on April 9. An AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN was seen
April 10 at the Belmont Bay Marina, Prince William Co, VA. An astounding 85
were seen flying over the private Evergreen Park, St. Mary's Co, MD, on
April 12. Six AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS were seen April 10 at Hog Island WMA,
Surry Co, VA; five were there on the 11th.

 

AMERICAN BITTERNS turned up at a few locations this past week. A LEAST
BITTERN was seen April 11 at Patuxent River Park- Wooton's Landing, Anne
Arundel Co, MD.

 

Four SANDHILL CRANES flew over Jones Junction, Bel Air in Hartford Co on
April 14. A SANDHILL CRANE was seen April 12 on the mud flats in Little
Tom's Cove, Chincoteague NWR, Accomack Co, VA.

 

Two PIPING PLOVERS were spotted April 11 at Fort Monroe, Hampton, VA.

SPOTTED SANDPIPERS also turned up at a few widely scattered locations this
past week.

 

LITTLE GULLS were seen at a few locations this past week including one at
Dyke Marsh, Fairfax Co, VA on April 12 and 13. There was also one on the
Back River at Eastern Blvd, Baltimore, MD on the 10th and 12th and another
at Centennial Park, Howard Co on April 12. Two, possibly three, were seen at
Fort Smallwood Park, Anne Arundel Co, MD on the 11th and another at Fort
Washington NP, Prince George's Co, MD, on the 12th.

 

The NORTHERN SHRIKE that was found last week in Frederick Co, MD on Shriver
Rd, about 0.4 miles south of Harney Rd, just north of the big tree line was
seen through April 10.

Lowland COMMON RAVENS continue to be observed throughout the reporting area.


 

CLIFF SWALLOWS were seen April 12 working on their nests on the Rte 50
Bridge over the Shenandoah River in Clarke Co, VA.

 

RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES popped up a number of widely scattered locations
this past week.

 

WARBLERS, including many First of Season species, popped up at a number of
locations this past week. A SWAINSON'S WARBLER was found April 13 along
Washington Ditch, Great Dismal Swamp NWR, Suffolk, VA. 

 

The continuing VESPER SPARROW was seen again at Kenilworth Park on April 7.
Three VESPER SPARROWS were observed April 11 at the Irvine Nature Center,
Owings Mills, Howard Co, MD. Five VESPER SPARROWS were reported from the
Indian Creek WMA, Charles Co, MD, on April 11. A flock of at least six
VESPER SPARROWS were seen along Possum Pt Rd, Prince William Co, VA on the
12th. Two VESPER SPARROWS were seen at Hughes Hollow, Montgomery Co, MD on
April 12. 

 

A PAINTED BUNTING showed up at a feeder in Norfolk, VA on April 8; another
also showed up the same day at a feeder in Great Bridge, Chesapeake, VA.

 

RUSTY BLACKBIRDS continue to be reported from a number of locations. 

 

PURPLE FINCHES and PINE SISKINS seemed to turn up at feeders all over the
area the past few days.

               

***

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

Thank you for your interest, and enjoy the birds.

 

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Subject: Swallow ID Help
From: Larry Johnson <emaillarryj AT verizon.net>
Date: Tue, 14 Apr 2015 16:26:51 -0400
Saw this swallow in with the Barn and Tree Swallows at Chincoteague. Dont know 
if its a juvenile Barn, a Rough-Winged, a hybrid, or a genetically-challanged 
bird. The head looks like it wants to be a Barn, but the tail is screaming 
Tree. Thoughts. Thanks. 


https://www.flickr.com/gp/117800205 AT N05/6Q1K1K

https://www.flickr.com/gp/117800205 AT N05/745273


Larry



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Subject: Ovenbird, Kingbird, Bluebird, and Forster's Tern at Sandy River Reservoir, Prince Edward County
From: Evan Spears <e3spears AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 14 Apr 2015 15:44:22 -0400
Got some great looks at the new arrivals at Sandy River Reservoir this
morning right before the rain. There were a few birds still on and above
the lake including three female RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS, some
DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS, a couple BONAPARTE'S GULLS, and a surprise
FORSTER'S TERN (only the fifth regional record)! The forest, however, was a
buzz with warbler songs where I picked out OVENBIRDS, NORTHERN PARULAS, and
a few PRAIRIE WARBLERS among others; even the YELLOW-THROATED WARBLERS were
dusting off their vocal chords. Near the boat ramp I had a cooperative
WHITE-EYED VIREO, EASTERN KINGBIRD, and EASTERN BLUEBIRD. I logged 37
species overall in about an hour.

Photos: https://www.flickr.com/photos/65924095 AT N06/

Full Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22861929

Evan Spears
Farmville, VA
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Subject: Looking for volunteers interested in secretive marshbird surveys for PhD research
From: Patrice Nielson <patrice829 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 14 Apr 2015 15:03:26 -0400
Hi VA birders! I am a student at the University of Maryland (although I
live in Alexandria) doing a PhD research project on habitats of secretive
marshbirds in the DC metro area. The species I am researching are the
American bittern, least bittern, Virginia rail, sora, and King rail. It's
the time of year for morning and evening marshbird surveys and I'm looking
for people interested in volunteering to help me out. Morning surveys are
~6-9am, and evening surveys are ~5:30-8:30pm. Sites are near DC and mostly
along the Potomac and Anacostia Rivers.

You don't need any experience with these birds to come out with me, but if
you do, that's great, too! Per University requirements, I am required to
have someone with me so I am not in the field alone. Some marshes are
accessed by foot or vehicle, but several are accessed by kayak (which I
provide, along with life vests and paddles). All you need to bring is water
and some snacks (if desired). Cameras are also welcome! The times will
change as sunrise and sunset times change and the actual days I go out will
depend on good weather.

Please let me know if you're available/interested and we can work out more
details.

Thanks!
Patrice
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Subject: Least Terns at Messick Point
From: Dave Youker via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Tue, 14 Apr 2015 14:47:54 -0400
Around noon today I went to Messick Point in Poquoson and found 2 Least  
Terns at the end of Florida Ave.  They were perched on one of the pilings,  
and there was an attempted fish exchange.  However, the female did not feel  
the fish was quite good enough.
 
A Northern Harrier was also seen, and numerous Seaside Sparrows, Clapper  
Rails & Willets were calling.
 
Dave Youker
Yorktown, VA
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Subject: FOS Annandale
From: "Leslie Sturges" <lsturges AT verizon.net>
Date: Tue, 14 Apr 2015 12:10:45 -0400
FOS chimney swifts flying over and calling 4/13 early afternoon

FOS male House wren 4/14 am

 

Leslie



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Subject: FOS Yellow-throated Vireo - Buchanan County
From: Roger mayhorn <rmayhorn AT hughes.net>
Date: Tue, 14 Apr 2015 10:36:37 -0400 (EDT)


On Sunday, April 12, our first Yellow-throated Vireo was singing in our 
backyard. A pair has nested there or nearby for the past three years; this may 
be one of that pair. 



Roger Mayhorn 
Compton Mt 
Buchanan County 
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Subject: FOS Hummingbird
From: Gerco H <drgerco AT hotmail.com>
Date: Tue, 14 Apr 2015 09:18:49 -0400
Our First of Season (FOS) Ruby-throated Hummingbird (male) showed up at the 
feeder in Northern Loudoun County this morning. His visit was brief, just 30 
seconds or so. We also had over a dozen Purple Finches, a few Pine Siskins and 
2 Ruby-crowned Kinglet. 

GercoLeesburg, VA 		 	   		  
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Subject: 4/13/15 - Virginia Beach - Stumpy Lake Natural Area
From: Rob Bielawski <robbielawski AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 14 Apr 2015 08:18:17 -0400
Folks,

*Quick Notes*
Stumpy Lake Natural Area - 4:20 - 6:55 PM - FOY Wood Thrush, FOY
Ruby-throated Hummingbird, FOY Great Crested Flycatcher, heard several
Ovenbirds.
Other sightings from the Trip - 1 Snow Goose on the southwest quadrant of
the Princess Anne Road & Independence Boulevard intersection (photos as
link below).

*Outing Photographs*
*http://www.rbnature.com/galleries/we-20150419/
*

*Last Week's Recap (Will Post Tonight)*
*http://www.rbnature.com/blog/we-20150412
*

*Full Outing Details*

This week started off with gorgeous weather on Monday, so I brought my gear
to work, and at 4 PM headed out for Stumpy Lake. Warblers and other
songbirds have been showing up here on eBird reports so I wanted to see if
I could see some of the colorful birds here in my hometown. This being my
first outing to the park, I didn't quite know what to expect. Traveling
into the park along a causeway, I saw a Pied-billed Grebe and a few
Double-crested Cormorants out in the swampy waters. The parking area for
the hiking trail is immediately to the left when you cross the causeway,
and the trail picks up right at its side. The trail itself, roughly 1.5
miles long, is a figure 8 of sorts, with a larger loop on the west, and
smaller on the east. I headed west initially, which takes you clockwise
around the main loop, and skirts the edge of the golf course at first. I
tried my best to pay close attention to the birds high up in the canopy,
seeing a number of Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, a few Carolina Chickadees, a
Pine Warbler, and a few Yellow-rumped Warblers along the first quarter mile
stretch. After passing the middle cut-through trail of the figure 8, still
heading clockwise, I encountered a Hermit Thrush, and about a hundred feet
further west, heard something rustling on the ground. I watched intently as
the bird, which I was hoping might be an Ovenbird, hopped out into the
open. It wasn't an Ovenbird, but instead was a Wood Thrush! This was the
first of its kind that I've seen in Virginia Beach since getting interested
in birding, so it was tough to collect myself and try for a photograph. I
snapped a few as it rose ever higher into the trees, but the sun was
shining right at me from this direction, so they weren't the best, but good
enough to verify ID.


The next half mile or so I followed the trail westward, as it approached
the backside of a neighborhood. Sun shining in my eyes, and loud music from
someone's house meant it was almost pointless to stare upwards, so I just
walked this stretch. When I made the turn to the north, then again to the
east on the loop, I began searching for birds once again. My first
observation was a pair of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds that came zooming
through the canopy, stopping briefly on a branch, then again cruising out
of view. Along this northern part of the loop, there is a swamp off the
path, at times very close, so I tried standing still in spots along this
part of the loop to see if the water was attracting more species. Several
more Hermit Thrushes were seen in this area, and quite a few Blue-gray
Gnatcatchers, but no migrants warbler species unfortunately. I could hear a
couple Ovenbirds calling from a distance, but never when I was near enough
to search them out. Clever birds. A few Common Grackles moved through the
marsh, as did some American Crows, and a Black Vulture and a pair of Tree
Swallows were seen hovering high up above the canopy. I listened very hard
for my favorite song, that of the Prairie Warbler, but did not hear, or see
any of this species. When I'd reached the east end of the loop, I turned
180 degrees, and walk it all in reverse, this time, walking quickly along
the half I'd just birded, knowing the sun would be in my face. Along the
way, I kept hearing a bird giving a call every 10 or 15 seconds, one I
didn't recognize. I stared from tree to tree for about 10 minutes searching
out the source of the call, when finally it flushed from its spot high in a
tree, and landed slightly lower. Through the binoculars I could identify it
as a Great Crested Flycatcher, another first of year species. Being so high
up, my photos (see link above) weren't the best, but still good enough for
an ID. After it moved back up into the canopy, I continued on westward.
Again the loud music at the far west end was quite annoying, but I turned
the west edge of the loop and headed back eastward, now watching intently
for small birds moving through the trees. It was all quiet until I got near
the spot where I'd seen the Wood Thrush. Yet again, it came hopping out of
the vegetation growing close to the forest floor, posed, and jumped up into
a tree. This time, the sun at my back, I got much nicer photographs of the
beautiful bird.


The sun was now getting pretty low in the sky, so when I hit the middle
cut-through of the figure 8 again, I took it up to the marshy side, then
decided to do one final loop counterclockwise (seeing if I could get a 3rd
photo opportunity with the Wood Thrush with the sun at my back). This time,
walking quickly, and stopping for a couple of shots of Tufted Titmice and
Carolina Chickadees, I again spotted the Wood Thrush, back in its same
location. I only grabbed a photo or two, but spent more time watching it in
my binoculars. Their white undersides with black spots, and beautiful brown
backs make them just a striking bird to see in person. As with most birds,
field guide photos do them little justice. After a few minutes watching, I
moved past it, without spooking it off so it may very well be in this same
spot today. I headed over to the parking area after checking out the
eastern portion of the marsh, but finding nothing new. From the boat launch
pier, about 20-25 Double-crested Cormorants had taken up a roosting spot
atop a Cypress Tree, and a pair of Canada Geese flew in as well. I left the
park about 6:55 PM, heading out down Indian River Road, and up Independence
Boulevard. Thinking my birding for the day had come to a close, I was
surprised when I saw a small group of 22 Canada Geese on the southwest
quadrant of the intersection with Princess Anne Road...with 1 white bird
clearly visible among them! I pulled a u-turn at the intersection, and
parked just south of there on the street, put back together my camera,
grabbed the binoculars, and walked up closer. The white bird, a Snow Goose,
is the latest occurrence of one I've seen in Virginia Beach (see photos at
link above). It was quite a surprise, and a highly unexpected way to finish
off my Monday excursion!


Rob Bielawski

Virginia Beach, VA

www.rbnature.com
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Subject: Fwd: Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk
From: "Walter L. Barrows" <wbarrows AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 13 Apr 2015 21:29:10 -0400
I've added about a dozen new pix to my Huntley Meadows gallery, from this
morning's very pleasant walk.  Thanks, Harry.

http://wlb3.smugmug.com/Virginia-Parks/Huntley-Meadows-Park/

Cheers

*Walt*

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From: Harry Glasgow 
Date: Mon, Apr 13, 2015 at 7:14 PM
Subject: Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk
To: VA Bird Listserv 


Several exciting sightings and beautiful weather provided a wonderful
Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk for over 25 birders this morning.
Among warblers seen were a Chestnut-sided, a Yellow, and many
Yellow-rumped.  Duck populations remain high as do Red-winged Blackbirds.
Of further note was the observation of a White-breasted Nuthatch
constructing a nest.  Great day!

Canada Goose  16
Wood Duck  10
Gadwall  8
Mallard  7
Blue-winged Teal  5
Northern Shoveler  12
Green-winged Teal  2
Hooded Merganser  2
Pied-billed Grebe  1
Turkey Vulture  1
Osprey  1
Red-shouldered Hawk  2
American Coot  6
Ring-billed Gull  1
Mourning Dove  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  7
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  1
Downy Woodpecker  5
Eastern Phoebe  1
Blue Jay  1
American Crow  1
Fish Crow  1
Carolina Chickadee  12
Tufted Titmouse  11
White-breasted Nuthatch  2    seen building a nest
Carolina Wren  5
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  8
American Robin  6
Northern Mockingbird  2
European Starling  12
Common Yellowthroat  2
Yellow Warbler (Northern)  1
Chestnut-sided Warbler  1
Palm Warbler  2
Pine Warbler  1
Yellow-rumped Warbler  16
Prairie Warbler  1
Chipping Sparrow  2
Song Sparrow  5
Swamp Sparrow  4
White-throated Sparrow  7
Northern Cardinal  12
Red-winged Blackbird  100
Rusty Blackbird  62    large numbers of Rusty Blackbirds have been a weekly
event all winter
Brown-headed Cowbird  5
American Goldfinch  3

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: FOS birds Pittsylvania County
From: Meadows9 <meadows9 AT fairpoint.net>
Date: Mon, 13 Apr 2015 20:36:59 -0400
First RT of the year was spotted Friday. I haven't seen him since so he must 
have just pit stopped at the feeder. Louisiana Waterthrushes are back on the 
creek bottom as well as Blue Gray Gnatcatchers. Purple Finches were at the 
feeders over the weekend. Hope the Siskins leave soon! 


Lexi Meadows
Gretna, VA

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Subject: FOS hummingbird Albemarle County
From: Wanda SanJule <wandasanjule AT hotmail.com>
Date: Mon, 13 Apr 2015 20:21:30 -0400
Just saw the first Hummingbird of the season at the feeder this evening. 
Wanda SanJule
North west Albemarle County

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