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Dovekie,©Dan Lane

19 Dec Perhaps of interest- Warblers react before a tornado [Janet Paisley ]
19 Dec Western Branch of Chesapeake [Barry ]
19 Dec Eastern Shore 12/15-18 + Maryland Tufted Duck [Gabriel Mapel via va-bird ]
19 Dec Fwd: American Bittern at Dyke Marsh [Larry Meade via va-bird ]
18 Dec Jamestown Island [Barbara Houston ]
18 Dec Lake Biggins, Newport News [Barbara Houston ]
18 Dec Diascund Reservoir - New Kent, VA [Barbara Houston ]
18 Dec American Bittern at Dyke Marsh [Larry Meade via va-bird ]
18 Dec Great Horned Owl ["Jeffrey Blalock" ]
18 Dec Dunlin - Hunting Creek Bridge, Alexandria []
18 Dec Interactive Map - Audubon Christmas Bird Counts ["Ron Fowler" ]
18 Dec Christmas Bird Count Contact ["Ron Fowler" ]
18 Dec offer to help on No. Shenandoah CBC Saturday 20 Dec [Stephen Johnson ]
18 Dec Dec 17 Chincoteague NWR Shorebird Sruvey [Joelle Buffa ]
17 Dec 61 species on lower Eastern Shore Dec 17 [Shirley Devan ]
16 Dec Voice: Greater Washington Area, Dec 16 ["Joe Coleman" ]
17 Dec Lapland Longspurs continue, Woodward Turf Farm, Fauquier County [Elisa Enders ]
17 Dec Re: Snowy Owl invasions [Bill Portlock ]
17 Dec Need Volunteers for the Ft Belvoir CBC, Jan 4, 2015 ["Kurt Gaskill" ]
17 Dec Common Eider -- Chincoteague NWR [Gabriel Mapel via va-bird ]
17 Dec Snowy Owl In Woodbridge, Prince Wm Co, VA ["Joe Coleman" ]
16 Dec Lapland Longspurs continue, Woodward Turf, Fauquier County [Elisa Enders ]
17 Dec Re: Snowy owl in Essex County VA [Bill Portlock ]
17 Dec Snowy owl in Essex County VA [Bill Portlock ]
16 Dec Snowy Owl invasions ["Sattler, Gene" ]
16 Dec Injured gull at City Point marina in Hopewell. [Barbara Houston ]
16 Dec Red-shouldered Hawk perched on Bluebird box [roger mayhorn ]
15 Dec Ross's Goose continues in Lynchburg [Michael Boatwright ]
15 Dec Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk [Harry Glasgow via va-bird ]
15 Dec Greater Snow Geese [rlukei--- via va-bird ]
15 Dec Posting [Kevin Walter ]
15 Dec Bald Eagle, Vienna [Eliza Morss ]
15 Dec Yellow-Breasted Chat in Charlottesville [Janet Paisley ]
14 Dec Birds seen during part of The Plains CBC ["Joe Coleman" ]
14 Dec Manassas-Bull Run CBC- Cub Run Stream Valley Park ["Larry Cartwright" ]
14 Dec Fwd: Manassas-Bull Run CBC - Sector 3 - Bull Run Reg. Pk. Route - 12-14-14 [Phillip Kenny ]
14 Dec Re: [shenvalbirds] Highland Golden Eagles [Maggie via va-bird ]
14 Dec Highland Golden Eagles [William Leigh ]
14 Dec a big thank you to our Virginia CBC compilers [Stephen Johnson ]
14 Dec Cackling Geese in Staunton ["Herbert Larner" ]
14 Dec Tons of backyard birds [Barry ]
14 Dec Great Falls Walk - Christmas Bird Count [Marshall Rawson via va-bird ]
14 Dec Ross's Goose- Lynchburg [Michael Boatwright ]
13 Dec Re: 12/13 - Virginia Beach Area - Back Bay NWR / Little Island / Sandbridge / Rudee Inlet / PHP & CBBT [Rob Bielawski ]
13 Dec Virginia Beach Area 12-13-14 [Matt Anthony ]
13 Dec Re: Common Eiders at Rudee Inlet on behalf of Rob Bielawski [Pam Monahan ]
13 Dec Re: Common Eiders at Rudee Inlet on behalf of Rob Bielawski [RKNFurnish--- via va-bird ]
13 Dec 12/13 - Virginia Beach Area - Back Bay NWR / Little Island / Sandbridge / Rudee Inlet / PHP & CBBT [Rob Bielawski ]
13 Dec Roaches Run Waterfowl Sanctuary, Arlington County, Saturday, , Dec 13, 2014 -- Nashville Warbler [Elton Morel via va-bird ]
13 Dec [va-bird] Normans Ford Rd, Remington, VA - Lapland Longspurs - finally [Scott Priebe ]
13 Dec Nassawadox & Cape Charles cbcs, trying again [Harry Armistead ]
13 Dec Christmas Bird Count in Highland County [Patti Reum ]
13 Dec Common Eiders at Rudee Inlet on behalf of Rob Bielawski [Pamela Monahan ]
13 Dec Nassawadox & Cape Charles Christmas counts, Dec. 21 & 30 respectively. [Harry Armistead ]
11 Dec Re: Christmas Bird Counts [Elisa Enders ]
13 Dec Re: Sharp-shinned catches chickadee [Beth Blair via va-bird ]
12 Dec Sharp-shinned catches chickadee [roger mayhorn ]
12 Dec Birders needed for CBC on 12/14 around Lake Manassas [Pam and Ben via va-bird ]
11 Dec Re: Christmas Bird Counts [akb ]
12 Dec Many songbirds this morning [Christina Birdsong ]
12 Dec Eiders at CBBT []
12 Dec Rudee Inlet Eiders [Ron Furnish via va-bird ]
11 Dec Common Eider (pair) Rudee Inlet, Va Bch 12-11 [Karen Beatty ]
11 Dec Bird Walk, Banshee Reeks, (Loudoun Co), Dec 13 ["Joe Coleman" ]
11 Dec Re: Christmas Bird Counts ["Joe Coleman" ]
11 Dec Re: Christmas Bird Counts [Elisa Enders ]
10 Dec Re: Christmas Bird Counts ["Kurt Gaskill" ]
10 Dec HSR: Harvey's Knob (10 Dec 2014) 10 Raptors []
10 Dec Red Knot Listed - VA to Play Critical Recovery Role ["Wilson, Michael D" ]
10 Dec Northern Harrier at Dyke Marsh during Northern Va. Bird Club walk ["Larry Cartwright" ]
10 Dec Bald Eagles [Amy Ellis ]
10 Dec Rusty Blackbirds [Sally Knight ]
10 Dec Rusty Blackbirds [Sally Knight ]
10 Dec Looking for counters and feeder watchers for Seneca Christmas Bird Count, Sunday, 12/14/14 ["Jim Nelson" ]
10 Dec Christmas Bird Counts [Ellison Orcutt ]
9 Dec Bird Note [Christina Birdsong ]

Subject: Perhaps of interest- Warblers react before a tornado
From: Janet Paisley <janetpaisley AT comcast.net>
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 12:13:26 -0500
Something that may interest:
http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-30531060



Janet Paisley
Charlottesville, VA 




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Subject: Western Branch of Chesapeake
From: Barry <sworriorbarry AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 10:43:27 -0500
Black-Capped chickadees in my yard. 100% for sure. Song is distinct from 
Carolina 


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Subject: Eastern Shore 12/15-18 + Maryland Tufted Duck
From: Gabriel Mapel via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 15:22:10 +0000 (UTC)
All,My dad and I spent 4 days on the Eastern Shore (primarily around the 
Chincoteague area in Accomack County) from Monday 12/15 through yesterday 
(Thursday) 12/18.  In the end, we had a trip list of 113 species with several 
highlights. 

We started off on Monday on the CBBT at Island #1 where we found 16 species 
with highlights: 4 Surf Scoter, 3 Red-throated & 2 Common Loons, 1 Gannet, 115 
Double-crested (no Great) Cormorants, 8 R. Turnstones, 3 Purple Sandpipers, 1 
Lesser Black-backed Gull.  Unfortunately, we missed out on our biggest target, 
the previously-reported pair of Common Eiders.From there, we headed over to 
Ramp Ln at the Eastern Shore of VA NWR (Northampton Co) and found 11 species 
highlighted by a nice Saltmarsh Sparrow.Our final Northampton County stop was 
at Magothy Bay Preserve where we found the continuing Eurasian Wigeon among 
Gadwall, Am. Wigeon, N. Pintail, Bufflehead, and Hooded Merganser.  Once we 
reached our hotel, the Days Inn at Chincoteague (Accomack County), we were 
surprised to hear a Barn Owl repeatedly calling from not far away. 

We started off Tuesday with 3.5 hours birding the Beach Access Rd at 
Chincoteague NWR.  We had 62 species with highlights: 870 Snow Geese (there 
were likely moe off of Wildlife Loop), 1 Ross's Goose among the Snows, a 
diversity of common ducks, 2 N. Harrier, 2 Bald Eagle, 3 Clapper Rail, 14 Am. 
Oystercatcher, 1 Black-bellied Plover, 69 G. Yellowlegs, 93 Willet, 1 L. 
Yellowlegs, 23 Sanderling, 125 Dunlin, 2 Seaside Sparrow, 3 Pine Siskin.We then 
headed over to Queen Anne's Landing where a male King Eider was reported from 
15Nov-1Dec.  Unfortunately, we struck out, but managed 22 species with 
highlights: 60 Brant, 1 Long-tailed Duck, 54 Bufflehead, 3 RBMerganser, 2 
Red-throated Loon, 10 Common Loon, 1 PB & 1 Horned Grebes, 3 N. Harriers, 1 
Bald Eagle, 7 Am. Oystercatcher.On Tuesday afternoon, I birded the Marsh Trail 
off of Wildlife Loop, within the NWR.  Highlights of 28 species included 3000+ 
Snow Geese, plenty of waterfowl (20 Tundra Swan, 60 Gadwall, 30 Am. Wigeon, 40 
A. Black Duck, 30 Mallard, 4 N. Shoveler, 20 N. Pintail, 100 GWTeal, 3 Hooded 
Merganser), 2 N. Harrier, 1 Great Horned Owl heard calling. 

We finished Tuesday over at Saxis Marsh (on the main eastern shore, not 
Chincoteague) where we had 13 species with highlights: an impressive count of 
at least 17 N. Harriers, 2 Bald Eagles, 5 rails heard calling (4 Clapper & 1 
Virginia), 2 Sedge Wren, 1 Am. Pipit. 

On Wednesday, we once again started off on Beach Rd at Chincoteague NWR. 
 Highlights of 48 species included: 2000+ Snow Geese, 30 Brant flyover, 
waterfowl (3 Tundra Swan, 30 Gadwall, 15 Am. Wigeon, 35 Am. Black Ducks, 20 
Mallard, 15 N. Shoveler, 6 N. Pintail, 10 GWTeal, 3 Hooded Merganser, 6 Ruddy 
Duck, 7 RTLoon, 3 Common Loon, 4 PBGrebe), 1 Am. Bittern (along channel on left 
side of road when driving toward beach, right before you are next to Swans Cove 
Pool), 1 Tricolored Heron, 1 N. Harrier, 2 Bald Eagle, 1 Clapper Rail, 
shorebirds (1 BBPlover, 70 G. Yellowlegs, 4 Marbled Godwit, 40 Dunlin, 1 
Short-billed Dowitcher).We then headed over to Queen Anne's Landing where 
another thorough search for King Eider came up empty handed.Wednesday afternoon 
we traversed various portions of the Chincoteague NWR and found 60 species with 
highlights: waterfowl (6000+ Snow Geese, 1 Ross's Goose among Snow Geese, 10 
Brant flyover, 115 Canada Goose, 74 Tundra Swan, 280 Gadwall, 70 Am. Wigeon, 
255 A. Black Duck, 120 Mallard, 110 N. Shoveler, 800 GWTeal, 1 Common Eider 
located off of the beach approximately 1.5 mile north of Toms Cove, 49 Surf 
Scoter, 2 WWScoter, 27 Black Scoter, 21 scoter sp., 11 RTLoon, 4 Common Loon, 2 
PBGrebe), 7 N. Gannet, raptors (2 N. Harrier, 1 Cooper's Hawk, 1 Bald Eagle, 1 
RTHawk), shorebirds (17 G. Yellowlegs, 23 Willet, 1 L. Yellowlegs, 45 
Sanderling, 1 Am. Woodcock heard peenting at dusk), 1 Hermit Thrush, 1 Brown 
Thrasher, 2 Seaside Sparrow, 1 Fox Sparrow, 10 Swamp Sparrow. 

On Thursday we took the longer, northern route home via Maryland to attempt to 
find the drake Tufted Duck found in Anne Arundel County, Maryland on Wednesday. 
 We arrived on site (the south cell at the Swan Creek industrial park-type 
setting) and there were plenty of birders that had the bird in their scopes! 
 It was a sharp-looking bird and an excellent lifer.  Despite all the other 
diving ducks it is associating with (3000-4000 total primarily Canvasbacks, 
both Scaup species, and Ruddy Ducks but also 1 Redhead and 6 Bufflehead), given 
that birders are looking down on the water body, if you have patience, the 
black back (among other field marks) should stand out, especially if you have a 
scope.  It's a great bird and not too too far from Virginia.  There are more 
details on the Maryland birding listserve.  Someone posted on the listseve 
that it is still present this morning (Friday). 

Thanks to my dad for a very fun trip and good birding to all,Gabriel MapelNew 
Hope (Augusta County), VA 

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Subject: Fwd: American Bittern at Dyke Marsh
From: Larry Meade via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 06:48:37 -0500
 

 

 

-----Original Message-----
From: Larry Meade 
To: va-bird 
Sent: Thu, Dec 18, 2014 8:12 pm
Subject: American Bittern at Dyke Marsh


I joined Ed Eder at around 3:30 PM to observe an American Bittern which he had 
found today at Dyke Marsh in Fairfax County. The bird was feeding near the 
bench next to the bridge just after the left turn on Haul Road. 


Larry Meade
Merrifield,VA

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Subject: Jamestown Island
From: Barbara Houston <rinksyd AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 22:06:05 -0500
I decided to swing through Jamestown Island on the way home and was some 
kind of glad I did.  I got onto the island and crossed the little bridge 
on the loop tour and thought out loud, 'It sure would be nice to see an 
owl today'.  (Really, I did say this out loud)

As I went around the corner and look over, there is a Barred Owl sitting 
on a stump!  I about dropped my camera trying to get it up and snap a 
picture before it flew off.  I turned off the truck and shot a couple 
pics and a video of the owl...it was in good light and was such a 
gorgeous bird!  I watched him for a few minutes and then he flew a 
little farther into the woods.  I moved up and watched him sit there for 
a minute and then flew even further back.  It was so cool!

One thing I found really strange was that the bird activity around him 
was crazy.  There were little birds flying back and forth between me and 
the owl, behind him, above him, under him....it was by far the busiest 
and birdiest place on the island.  I made the loop and had a few other 
nice surprises, a couple eagles, and some cedar waxwings as well.
Yellow rumps ruled the count for the afternoon.

Pics from Jamestown start here: 
http://albums.phanfare.com/isolated/BYOc98lV/1/6764616#imageID=230250064

I had a great birding day!!

Barbara Houston
New Kent, VA



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Subject: Lake Biggins, Newport News
From: Barbara Houston <rinksyd AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 21:56:07 -0500
I headed here after leaving the reservoir in New Kent.  There were 
several guys fishing on the front side, so I went down to the playground 
pier.  There were several grebes, mallards, widgeon, cormorants, and a 
couple bufflehead.  When I got ready to leave, I had an osprey come in 
as well.

Other birds included blue jay, cardinals, chickadees, downy woodpecker, 
mourning doves, great blue heron, flicker, and mockingbirds.

The best pictures are of a cormorant trying to wrangle and swallow a 
quite large recently stocked trout, and a mallard eating an unexpected 
breakfast.

Those pictures start at:
http://albums.phanfare.com/isolated/BYOc98lV/1/6764616#imageID=230249990

Barbara Houston
New Kent, VA


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Subject: Diascund Reservoir - New Kent, VA
From: Barbara Houston <rinksyd AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 21:50:02 -0500
I swung by the reservoir this morning hoping to get sunrise but instead 
was treated to a large raft of Ring Neck and Coots.  There were several 
hundred of each on the end near the boat ramp, and another hundred or so 
scattered up toward the front end as well.

I sat in the truck waiting on the sun to rise and watch the ducks as 
well as a dozen or so grebes that were near the shoreline.  As I 
watched, a pair of adult bald eagles flew over and were surveying the 
breakfast offerings on the water and looked about to dive when another 
pair of eagles came into view.  Breakfast was put on hold as the first 
pair chased after the second pair and drove them off. They then went and 
sat on a tree on the island and watched to make sure the intruders had 
left and then eventually flew off without getting a bird.

I drove up toward the dam end of the reservoir and there were several 
other smaller rafts of ducks that included some Canvasbacks, Ruddy 
Ducks, Ring necks, Coots, and more grebes.

I didn't get what I had planned in the way of pictures, but sure did 
enjoy the show this morning!

A few pics from this morning are loaded here:
http://albums.phanfare.com/isolated/BYOc98lV/1/6764616#imageID=230249910

Barbara Houston
New Kent, VA

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Subject: American Bittern at Dyke Marsh
From: Larry Meade via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 20:12:03 -0500
I joined Ed Eder at around 3:30 PM to observe an American Bittern which he had 
found today at Dyke Marsh in Fairfax County. The bird was feeding near the 
bench next to the bridge just after the left turn on Haul Road. 


Larry Meade
Merrifield,VA
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Subject: Great Horned Owl
From: "Jeffrey Blalock" <jcbabirder AT gcronline.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 19:57:17 -0500
Greetings to all:

On the way from Danville this evening I saw not one but two Great Horned
Owls.  After working in Danville for nearly 26 years I miss coming home at
this time of year and seeing them out on the wires and trees hunting for
supper.

The first one was in Pittsylvania County and the second was in Halifax
County on Hwy 58E.

May the LORD Bless and Keep you

Jeffrey Blalock
103 Elizabeth Court
South Boston, VA  24592
434-572-8619 Home
434-470-4352 Cell
jcbabirder AT gcronline.com










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Subject: Dunlin - Hunting Creek Bridge, Alexandria
From: <dcharlesl AT msn.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 19:16:34 -0500
Late this afternoon, I stopped by the Hunting Creek Bridge in Alexandria on the 
George Washington Parkway just south of the Wilson Bridge. I saw 3 Dunlin 
probing the mudflats. 

David Ledwith
Falls Church, VA 		 	   		  
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Subject: Interactive Map - Audubon Christmas Bird Counts
From: "Ron Fowler" <rfowler64 AT verizon.net>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 09:20:39 -0500
VA-Bird List Members -

The National Audubon Society has an interactive map of the all the Christmas 
Bird Counts with links to the compilers email addresses at 
http://audubon.maps.arcgis.com/apps/Viewer/index.html?appid=87992bb4fea643f6b044488f48528eae 


This map would be useful if you are looking for a count to participate in this 
year. 


Ronald Fowler
Arlington, VA 22213 
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Subject: Christmas Bird Count Contact
From: "Ron Fowler" <rfowler64 AT verizon.net>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 09:16:25 -0500
VA-Bird List Members -

The National Audubon Society has an interactive map of the all the Christmas 
Bird Counts with links to the compilers email addresses at 
http://audubon.maps.arcgis.com/apps/Viewer/index.html?appid=87992bb4fea643f6b044488f48528eae 


This map would be useful if you are looking for a count to participate in this 
year. 


Ronald Fowler
Arlington, VA 22213 
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Subject: offer to help on No. Shenandoah CBC Saturday 20 Dec
From: Stephen Johnson <stevejohnson2 AT verizon.net>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 06:27:20 -0500
This is late notice, but whoever is collecting observers to participate in the 
Northern Shenandoah Valley CBC this Saturday Dec. 20, I would like to 
participate. Please let me know if there is a sector lacking coverage (and 
describe its boundaries to me), and/or put me in contact with whoever I can go 
with. 


I sent an email to the compiler, but no reply. I found the CBC date and his 
email address at http://www.virginiabirds.net/cbc.html. 


Steve Johnson
cell Fairfax, VA

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Subject: Dec 17 Chincoteague NWR Shorebird Sruvey
From: Joelle Buffa <clyde_joelle AT verizon.net>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 02:51:39 +0000 (UTC)
 Below are the results of our weekly shorebird/gull survey conducted at 
Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge on Wednesday Dec. 17, 2014. All water 
areas (impoundments and beach areas) were covered in a 5 hour survey. All 
individuals are counted for the target species; other birds seen or heard on 
the survey are followed by a dash. 

 We had a beautiful and warm shorebird survey on the Refuge. The birds must 
have been enjoying it too as we counted 1,498 individual shorebirds of 12 
species. This is above the 5-year average in number of individuals for 
December, and a good diversity of species for this time of year. 

Refuge impoundment F across from the National Park Service Visitor Center and 
the North Beach Parking Area had an amazing 1,141 of these individuals. 
Semi-palmated Plovers (6) is a bit of a surprise this late in the year. Greater 
Yellowlegs had a strong showing with 142 in this pond; Dunlin had 792 and 
Dowitchers 107. Raptors were also showing well with Northern Harrier, 
Sharp-shinned Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Bald Eagle, Merlin, Peregrine Falcon and 
both species of Vultures added in. Waterfowl were plentiful with the Snow Geese 
making quite a show when the Bald Eagles flew overhead. 

Our next survey will be December 31st.
Clyde Morris and Joelle Buffa    
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   - 1 Attachment




| Snow Goose | -- |
| Canada Goose | -- |
| Tundra Swan | -- |
| Gadwall | -- |
| American Wigeon | -- |
| American Black Duck | -- |
| Mallard | -- |
| Northern Shoveler | -- |
| Northern Pintail | -- |
| Green-winged Teal | -- |
| Surf Scoter | -- |
| Black Scoter | -- |
| Bufflehead | -- |
| Red-breasted Merganser | -- |
| Ruddy Duck | -- |
| Red-throated Loon | 16 |
| Common Loon | 18 |
| Horned Grebe | 35 |
| Northern Gannet | 13 |
| Double-crested Cormorant | 4 |
| Great Blue Heron | -- |
| Great Egret | -- |
| Tricolored Heron | -- |
| Black Vulture | -- |
| Turkey Vulture | -- |
| Northern Harrier | -- |
| Sharp-shinned Hawk | -- |
| Bald Eagle | -- |
| Red-tailed Hawk | -- |
| American Coot | 30 |
| American Oystercatcher | 16 |
| Black-bellied Plover | 29 |
| Semipalmated Plover | 6 |
| Greater Yellowlegs | 160 |
| Willet | 67 |
| Lesser Yellowlegs | 3 |
| Marbled Godwit | 7 |
| Ruddy Turnstone | 1 |
| Sanderling | 144 |
| Dunlin | 943 |
| Least Sandpiper | 1 |
| peep sp. | 20 |
| Short-billed/Long-billed Dowitcher | 117 |
| Bonaparte's Gull | 4 |
| Ring-billed Gull | 305 |
| Herring Gull | 181 |
| Lesser Black-backed Gull | 7 |
| Great Black-backed Gull | 154 |
| Forster's Tern | 44 |
| Mourning Dove | -- |
| Belted Kingfisher | -- |
| Northern Flicker | -- |
| Merlin | -- |
| Peregrine Falcon | -- |
| Blue Jay | -- |
| American Crow | -- |
| Tree Swallow | -- |
| Carolina Chickadee | -- |
| Brown-headed Nuthatch | -- |
| Eastern Bluebird | -- |
| American Robin | -- |
| Brown Thrasher | -- |
| European Starling | -- |
| Yellow-rumped Warbler | -- |
| Eastern Towhee | -- |
| Savannah Sparrow | -- |
| Fox Sparrow | -- |
| Song Sparrow | -- |
| Swamp Sparrow | -- |
| White-throated Sparrow | -- |
| Dark-eyed Junco | -- |
| Northern Cardinal | -- |
| Red-winged Blackbird | -- |
| Eastern Meadowlark | -- |
| Boat-tailed Grackle | -- |
| House Finch | -- |


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Subject: 61 species on lower Eastern Shore Dec 17
From: Shirley Devan <sedevan52 AT cox.net>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 21:17:23 -0500
Greetings,

Barbara Houston and I traveled around the lower Eastern Shore today — going 
as far north as the the Cheriton Landfill with stops at CBBT island 1, Eastern 
Shore National Wildlife Refuge, Kiptopeke State Park, Bay Creek in Cape 
Charles, Cape Charles Beach, Cape Charles Harbor, Town of Oyster, Landfill, 
Magotha Road, Sunset Beach, back to CBBT island 1 before our last stop at 
Pleasure House Point in VA Beach. 


As you can imagine we didn’t linger too long at any spot so we were pleased 
to tally 61 species — mostly the usual suspects. 


The FOG was the theme of the morning. At Kiptopeke at 11:30 it was so foggy we 
could not see the concrete ships across from the fishing area! 

The surprise birds of the day were the Black Skimmers that flew over our heads 
on CBBT island 1 about 9 am this morning. They circled over and headed back 
towards VA Beach and we never saw them again. Barbara was quick with her camera 
and snapped a few photos. 


Diversity of ducks and seabirds at CBBT island 1 is still low — only Black 
Scoters and Red-breasted Mergansers and just a couple of those. 


We tallied the most species at the Cheriton Landfill — 17 species including 
hundreds of Canada Geese, Ring-billed Gulls, and American Coots. A handful each 
of: Black Ducks, Bufflehead, Northern Shoveler, Ruddy Ducks, Gadwall, 
Pie-billed Grebe, Black-crowned Night Herons (3), Canvasback (1), and American 
Wigeon (4). 


Two Clapper Rails today — one seen (but not heard) in the Bay Creek community 
in Cape Charles. The other heard (but not seen) at Pleasure House Point. 


Egrets were coming in to roost as the sun set at Pleasure House Point — 6 
each Great Egrets and Snowy Egrets — and about 50 Hooded Mergansers put on 
quite a show. 


All in all, a beautiful day to be on the Shore. The CBC counters have their 
work cut out for them! Good luck over the next few days and weeks. 


If anyone is interested in the list for each spot, contact me off list and 
I’ll be glad to send along. 


Shirley Devan
Williamsburg Bird Club
http://williamsburgbirdclub.org/









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Subject: Voice: Greater Washington Area, Dec 16
From: "Joe Coleman" <joecoleman AT rstarmail.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 20:48:46 -0500
FYI  - this report is for sightings from Dec  9 through Dec 15 and was
compiled by Joe Coleman & transcribed by Steve Cordle.

Joe Coleman

 

Hotline:           Voice of the Naturalist

Date:              12/16/2014

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

Reports, comments, questions:  voice AT anshome.org  

Compiler:          Joe Coleman

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Transcriber:       Steve Cordle (  

 

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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, December 9 and was
completed on Tuesday, December 16 at 12:30 p.m.

 

The top birds this week were SNOWY OWL in DE, MD and VA, and WESTERN
TANAGER* in VA.

 

Other birds of interest this week were waterfowl including GREATER
WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE, ROSS'S GOOSE, TRUMPETER SWAN, and EURASIAN WIGEON,
RED-NECKED GREBE, GREAT CORMORANT, LEAST BITTERN, NORTHERN GOSHAWK,
ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, GOLDEN EAGLE, SANDHILL CRANE, PURPLE SANDPIPER, WILSON'S
PHALAROPE, FRANKLIN'S GULL, ICELAND GULL, SHORT-EARED OWL, LOGGERHEAD
SHRIKE, SEDGE WREN, LAPLAND LONGSPUR, SNOW BUNTING, warblers, LINCOLN'S
SPARROW, SUMMER TANAGER, and YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD.   

 

TOP BIRDS

 

SNOWY OWL sightings continued in MD & DE with one in VA as well. One was
reported from Easton, MD on the 9th. The one in VA was seen in a backyard in
Chantilly, VA on the 12th at a location only about a mile from Dulles
Airport. A SNOWY OWL was reported at Herring Point, Cape Henlopen SP, Sussex
Co, DE on Dec 14. Two were seen Dec 14 in the marshes along Port Mahon Rd,
DE; one was seen there Dec 11.

 

A WESTERN TANAGER* was again seen at a feeder in Settler's Mill, James City
Co, VA with the latest report from Dec 15.

 

OTHER BIRDS OF INTEREST

 

GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE continued to be seen at a number of locations.
Nine of them, along with three ROSS'S GEESE and four CACKLING GEESE, were
seen and photographed on private property at Curles Neck, Henrico Co, VA
during the Hopewell CBC on the 14th. A GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE continued
at Whittier Creek Park, Frederick Co, MD, with reports throughout the week.
Single GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE were seen at Swan Harbor Farm Park,
Harford Co, MD on Dec 10 and 11 and one was also seen Dec 9 at Cranberry
Reservoir, Carroll Co, MD. As many as two ROSS'S GEESE were seen at the
Cumberland Terminus, Allegany Co, MD throughout the week. Five ROSS'S GEESE
were found at Bombay Hook and one at the Woodland Beach Wildlife Area, Kent
Co, DE during the Bombay Hook CBC on the 14th. A ROSS'S GOOSE was found Dec
14 mixed in with a flock of Canada Geese at a small pond off Gristmill Dr
behind the Graves Mill Shopping Center, Lynchburg, VA; it was also there on
the 15th. CACKLING GEESE were reported from a number of locations throughout
the week including as many as 10 on Dec 13 at Winter's pond on Dennett Rd,
Oakland, Garrett Co, MD. The TRUMPETER SWAN, first seen in mid-Nov and which
hatched in Toronto in 2013 and was banded in Ontario, Canada in Feb 2014,
continued to be seen throughout the week at Lake Churchill and on Little
Seneca Lake at the next-door Black Hill Regional Park, Montgomery Co, MD.
Another TRUMPETER SWAN was seen the 9th, 10th, & 12th at or near the
Cumberland Terminus.

 

A EURASIAN WIGEON and a EURASIAN GREEN-WINGED TEAL* (also known as COMMON
TEAL) were found during a visit to Craney Island, Portsmouth, VA on Dec 11.
A EURASIAN WIGEON was also seen Dec 14 at the Eastern Neck NWR, Kent Co, MD.

 

A hen GREATER SCAUP was seen Dec 9 at Centennial Park, Howard Co, MD. A male
COMMON EIDER was seen Dec 9 from Island #1 of the Chesapeake Bay
Bridge/Tunnel islands, Northampton Co, VA; two immature COMMON EIDERS were
there on the 12th & 13th. Two COMMON EIDERS were seen Dec 11, 12, & 13 at
Rudee Inlet, Virginia Beach, VA.

 

A RED-NECKED GREBE was seen Dec 15 at Violette's Lock, C&O Canal, Montgomery
Co, MD.

 

A GREAT CORMORANT was seen Dec 14 at the Eastern Neck NWR, Kent Co, MD.

 

A LEAST BITTERN was found at Bear Swamp during the Bombay Hook (DE) CBC on
the 14th.

 

A NORTHERN GOSHAWK was reported from Woodland Beach Dec 14 during the Bombay
Hook CBC. An immature light phase ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK flew south over the
Baltimore Beltway east of Charles St on Dec 13.

 

GOLDEN EAGLES were seen on Dec 13 along Wimer Mountain Rd, Highland Co, VA.
A GOLDEN EAGLE was found Dec 14 at Bear Swamp during the Bombay Hook CBC.

 

Eight SANDHILL CRANES flew over Ellicott City, MD on the 15th. The
continuing SANDHILL CRANE at Raymond Pool and the Shearness Pool, Bombay
Hook NWR, Kent Co, DE was seen as recently Dec 15. Varying numbers of
SANDHILL CRANES were seen along and near Bradshaw Rd close to Kingsville,
Baltimore Co, MD throughout the week with two there on the 13th, six on the
11th, eight on the 14th, and 12 on the 12th.

 

A dozen PURPLE SANDPIPERS were seen Dec 13 at Herrington Harbor, Anne
Arundel Co, MD. A WILSON'S PLALAROPE was seen Dec 11 at the Craney Island
Disposal Area, Portsmouth, VA. 

 

A FRANKLIN'S GULL continued to be seen during the week at Chestertown WWTP,
Kent Co MD. An ICELAND GULL was found Dec 14 at Violette's Lock on the C&O
Canal in Montgomery Co, MD. 

 

A SHORT-EARED OWL was seen Dec 14 and 15 hunting over a farm field on Gerst
Rd in Perry Hall, Baltimore Co, MD.

 

A LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE was seen Dec 11 along Mineral Spring Rd, Boydton,
Mecklenburg Co, VA. For the second year in a row a LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE was
found at Bergdoll Rd, DE during the Bombay Hook CBC on Dec 14.

 

A SEDGE WREN was seen the 14th & 15th at the Eastern Neck NWR, Kent Co, MD.
Another was seen Dec 15 near the boat ramp at the Ellis Bay WMA, Wicomico
Co, MD.

 

Two LAPLAND LONGSPURS were seen and photographed along Whitehall Neck Rd,
right outside Bombay Hook NWR, on the 11th. Six LAPLAND LONGSPURS were seen
Dec 13 at the Woodward Turf Farm along Normans Ford Rd, Remington, Fauquier
Co, VA; two were seen there on the 15th. One was found Dec 14 at Woodland
Beach, Kent Co, DE during the Bombay Hook CBC.  

 

A SNOW BUNTING was seen Dec 14 at Sandy Point SP, Anne Arundel Co, MD.

Several were reported from a variety of locations during the Bombay Hook
CBC. There was a Nov 14 report of SNOW BUNTINGS at the Chesapeake Bay
Bridge/Tunnel islands, Northampton Co, VA.

 

Two BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLERS were found the 14th; one was at City Point,
Hopewell, VA while the other was at Prince George, Prince George Co, VA. An
ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was seen Dec 13 at Big Water Farm, Queen Anne's Co,
MD. A NASHVILLE WARBLER was seen Dec 13 at Roaches Run, Arlington Co, VA.  A
YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT, first seen in a backyard on Dec 2, was seen again on
Dec 14 during the Charlottesville CBC.

 

A late LINCOLN'S SPARROW was found Dec 14 during The Plains CBC in
northwestern Prince William Co, VA.

 

A SUMMER TANAGER was seen and photographed at a backyard feeder in Potomac,
Montgomery Co, MD on Dec 11.

 

A YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD was seen Dec 14 mixed in with a "massive"

flock of Red-winged Blackbirds at Chesapeake Farms, Kent Co, MD.

 

***

 

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, as well as
directly to the Voice.

 

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

 

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

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

 

Thank you for your interest, and enjoy the birds.

 

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Subject: Lapland Longspurs continue, Woodward Turf Farm, Fauquier County
From: Elisa Enders <elisaenders AT hotmail.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 10:17:05 -0500
I tried to post yesterday, but it didn't go through. Here is a report for the 
turf farm from yesterday (Tuesday, 12/16/14). Nick Flanders and I were in 
Fauquier County today and stopped by the Woodward Turf Farm. Horned Larks, 
American Pipits, and Lapland Longspurs were seen along Normans Ford Road.We 
counted at least 16 longspurs. There may have been more longspurs. These birds 
were feeding in a plowed field along Normans Ford Road (Route 654), just west 
of Sumerduck Road (Route 651). They were mixed with Horned Larks. Rattle and 
"tew" calls (a slightly descending note reminiscent of European Starling call) 
were heard. Longspurs were seen well. They are slightly smaller than the larks. 
Very sparrow-like in appearance. White outer tail feathers were observed, as 
well as dark outlined cheek patch and two strong white lines down back. A 
flyover Pine Siskin was also heard. 

Later, at CF Phelps WMA, a Common Raven was heard. There were good numbers of 
sparrows by the Wheatley entrance, mostly White-throated. 

Elisa FlandersPortsmouth, VA

  		 	   		  
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Subject: Re: Snowy Owl invasions
From: Bill Portlock <portlock AT bealenet.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 08:36:14 -0500
Hi all,

A Snowy Owl was located and photographed on the George Washington’s 
Birthplace Christmas Bird Count on Sunday, December 14, 2014. It was on private 
property. 


Bill Portlock, compiler

> On Dec 16, 2014, at 1:01 PM, Sattler, Gene  wrote:
> 
> Hi all,
> 
> Last winter's Snowy Owl invasion prompted a collaboration among some 
biologists to learn as much as possible about this species through the 
opportunities provided by the mass movement of birds south. They named their 
endeavor "Project SNOWStorm", and have been posting a wealth of information at 
their website, including tracking information on the movement of individual 
Snowy Owls that have had radio transmitters attached to them. 

> 
> It is looking like a smaller invasion is possible this winter, so they have 
geared up to continue taking advantage of this opportunity. 

> 
> Their website is below, as well as a link to an article from the University 
of Pennsylvania's School of Veterinary Medicine on what they have been learning 
from the necropsies of many of the Snowy Owls that died last winter during the 
irruption. 

> 
> http://www.projectsnowstorm.org/
> 
> 
> 
http://www.vet.upenn.edu/about/news-and-events/publications/penn-vet-extra/penn-vet-extra-december-2014/penn-vet-working-to-understand-snowy-owls?utm_source=ExpressPigeon&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Penn+Vet+Extra+%5B15%5D#sthash.Mcgfkr7e.dpuf 

> 
> 
> Good birding,
> 
> Gene Sattler
> Lynchburg
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Subject: Need Volunteers for the Ft Belvoir CBC, Jan 4, 2015
From: "Kurt Gaskill" <KurtCapt87 AT verizon.net>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 19:04:32 -0500
VA BIRDers,

Well, the CBC opening bell has gone off and many of us are resting and
recounted a wonderful opening weekend.  And, you are reading the seasonal
note that the Ft Belvoir CBC, taking place Sunday Jan 4, needs volunteers.
This year the need is approaching critical. Drop me a line if you are
interested in some of the following opportunities:

The Fort Hunt Sector has one volunteer.  A team of birders would have full
rein in this area, which includes nearly 4 miles of Potomac River
waterfront, various large estates with exotic plantings, GW Parkway
property, Ft Hunt park and more.  In previous years this area has produced
Great Egret multiple times (and nowhere else) plus Baltimore Oriole.  Winter
favorites such as Brown Thrasher and Rusty Blackbirds are undoubtedly
present.  And always Bald Eagles.

The Huntley Meadows boardwalk portion and east side portion of the park is
currently covered by two birders.  A couple more would be most valuable.
Opportunities on the west side exist, too.

The Ft Belvoir sector has lots of wild areas and few counters - see Kevin
Walter's recent message.

The Gunston sector which contains Pohick Park, the Pohick River area
upstream of the park, Meadowood Park, Gunston plantation, and areas next to
Occoquan Bay and Kane's Creek (all great for waterfowl) needs at least 3
more teams for coverage.  If you want to go for owls, this sector is wide
open as no one does it!  (All 3 typical owls are present year round in good
numbers plus great potential for No. Saw-whet, Long-eared, Short-eared and
Snowy.)

The Mason Neck sector is great for forest birding. Try the early morning for
owls, get the forest birds in the morning and be diverted by waterfowl
present in the thousands off the visitor center or the Great Marsh.

The Burke Lake sector has piedmont habitat and is the last place in Fairfax
Co to report Bobwhite, Rough-legged Hawk, Iceland Gull, No. Saw-whet Owl,
Long-eared Owl and Brown-headed Nuthatch (and, incidentally, the only
Fairfax Co records ever!) on the count. A team or two could have a great
day.

The Occoquan Bay NWR needs a couple good birders. It is likely that right
now there are 2 White-eyed Vireos present, plus great opportunities for
sparrows (remember the Brewer's?) and hawks and woodcock.

The Leesylvania SP and Julie Metz area on Neabsco Cr is currently covered by
only 2 birders - at least one more team is needed and two would be better.
If you have boots, try moving through the marsh of Neabsco Creek and get a
snipe (this has happened, as one year it was the only snipe of the count!).
This area has produced not one but two Harris's Sparrows one year, a
Clay-colored Sparrow, many Pine Siskins have been reported recently at
Leesylvania SP (check for something else?), several Eastern Screech Owls in
a quarter mile of road have been found and now note the nearby Snowy Owl
report!

Please drop me a line or give me a call - 703 768 2172 - and express your
interest in an area. Thank you!

Kurt Gaskill, compiler and clean up technician, Ft B CBC

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Subject: Common Eider -- Chincoteague NWR
From: Gabriel Mapel via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 18:39:43 -0500
All,
At Chincoteague NWR (Accomack County) this afternoon there was a young male 
Common Eider present among a raft of Surf & Black Scoters, approximately 1.5 
miles north of Toms Cove and near where the D-Dike connects the beach and the 
Service Road. 


Also, for anyone wondering I DID NOT find the Common Eiders at CBBT island #1 
on Monday or the King Eider at Queen Anne's Landing yesterday or today. 


Good birding,
Gabriel Mapel

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Subject: Snowy Owl In Woodbridge, Prince Wm Co, VA
From: "Joe Coleman" <joecoleman AT rstarmail.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 18:07:47 -0500
A report of a Snowy Owl came into the Voice of the Naturalist after I
finished the report yesterday.

 

The reporter said:

"A co-worker of mine took photos of a Snowy owl in her backyard located in
Woodbridge, Virginia 22191. It roosted in a tall tree in her backyard on
Sat, 12/13 and Sunday 12/14 in afternoon. She took me there during our lunch
hour on 12/15 but it was not there. 

 

My co-worker's house is one-half mile from the Featherstone National
Wildlife Refuge, on the Potomac.

 

I have been a birder for 20+ years and have seen a Snowy owl before. Her
photos were unmistakable."

 

Joe Coleman

 

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Subject: Lapland Longspurs continue, Woodward Turf, Fauquier County
From: Elisa Enders <elisaenders AT hotmail.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 21:53:33 -0500
Nick Flanders and I were in Fauquier County today and stopped by the Woodward 
Turf Farm. Horned Larks, American Pipits, and Lapland Longspurs were seen along 
Normans Ford Road. 

We counted at least 16 longspurs. There may have been more longspurs. These 
birds were feeding in a plowed field along Normans Ford Road (Route 654), just 
west of Sumerduck Road (Route 651). They were mixed with Horned Larks. Rattle 
and "tew" calls (a slightly descending note reminiscent of European Starling 
call) were heard. Longspurs were seen well. They are slightly smaller than the 
larks. Very sparrow-like in appearance. White outer tail feathers were 
observed, as well as dark outlined cheek patch and two strong white lines down 
back. 

A flyover Pine Siskin was also heard.

Later, at CF Phelps WMA, a Common Raven was heard. There were good numbers of 
sparrows by the Wheatley entrance, mostly White-throated. 


Elisa Flanders
Portsmouth, VA
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Subject: Re: Snowy owl in Essex County VA
From: Bill Portlock <portlock AT bealenet.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 16:39:34 -0500
All- I should have added that the Snowy Owl on 12.14.14 apparently moved and 
was not re-found by same and multiple other observers later the same day. 

Bill Portlock

> On Dec 17, 2014, at 4:16 PM, Bill Portlock  wrote:
> 
> A Snowy owl was reported on the George Washington’s Birthplace Christmas 
Bird Count on Sunday, December 14, 2014. It was seen well by four observers and 
photographs document the sighting. It was on private property in Essex County, 
VA. This is the second consecutive year that Snowy Owl has been recorded on 
this CBC. 

> Bill Portlock, Compiler.
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Subject: Snowy owl in Essex County VA
From: Bill Portlock <portlock AT bealenet.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 16:16:14 -0500
A Snowy owl was reported on the George Washington’s Birthplace Christmas Bird 
Count on Sunday, December 14, 2014. It was seen well by four observers and 
photographs document the sighting. It was on private property in Essex County, 
VA. This is the second consecutive year that Snowy Owl has been recorded on 
this CBC. 

Bill Portlock, Compiler.
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Subject: Snowy Owl invasions
From: "Sattler, Gene" <edsattle AT liberty.edu>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 18:01:24 +0000
Hi all,

Last winter's Snowy Owl invasion prompted a collaboration among some biologists 
to learn as much as possible about this species through the opportunities 
provided by the mass movement of birds south. They named their endeavor 
"Project SNOWStorm", and have been posting a wealth of information at their 
website, including tracking information on the movement of individual Snowy 
Owls that have had radio transmitters attached to them. 


It is looking like a smaller invasion is possible this winter, so they have 
geared up to continue taking advantage of this opportunity. 


Their website is below, as well as a link to an article from the University of 
Pennsylvania's School of Veterinary Medicine on what they have been learning 
from the necropsies of many of the Snowy Owls that died last winter during the 
irruption. 


http://www.projectsnowstorm.org/



http://www.vet.upenn.edu/about/news-and-events/publications/penn-vet-extra/penn-vet-extra-december-2014/penn-vet-working-to-understand-snowy-owls?utm_source=ExpressPigeon&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Penn+Vet+Extra+%5B15%5D#sthash.Mcgfkr7e.dpuf 



Good birding,

Gene Sattler
Lynchburg
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Subject: Injured gull at City Point marina in Hopewell.
From: Barbara Houston <rinksyd AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 10:48:54 -0500
I was at City Point marina yesterday for a few minutes and saw this gull 
near the boat ramps.  It let me get right close and as I watched it, I 
noticed something was different.  When it turned a bit, I could see that 
it was missing a foot!  and it had a zip-tie looking tag on the other 
leg.  It did not appear to be in pain or bothered by the missing foot.

The picture is at: http://fynefoto.phanfare.com/6764616

and I did video it as well, and that is at: http://youtu.be/FgY-z583GsY

Barbara Houston
New Kent

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Subject: Red-shouldered Hawk perched on Bluebird box
From: roger mayhorn <rmayhorn AT hughes.net>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 00:03:57 -0500 (EST)
When I first looked out early this morning an immature Red-shouldered Hawk was 
perched in the same spot where a Barred Owl had perched a couple of nights ago. 
This fellow, or possibly gal, was more than likely watching for the chipmunks 
that have been coming to our bird feeders on a regular basis in spite of the 
cold weather. If any were around this morning they were smarter than to come 
out where almost certain death was waiting. I don't know how long this fellow 
had been perched there before I saw him, but he stayed another 15 minutes 
before heading off, down past my neighbor's barn. 



Here is a link to a photo. http://www.pbase.com/mayhorn/image/158544611 



Roger Mayhorn 
Compton Mt 
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Subject: Ross's Goose continues in Lynchburg
From: Michael Boatwright <mboater AT att.net>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 18:32:28 -0500
The Ross's Goose was present with 14 Canada Geese today between 11:45 and 1:00 
at the same pond off of Gristmill Drive in Lynchburg. My wife Sandra and I 
enjoyed watching it from our booth as we ate lunch at the adjacent Andy Chang 
China Grill. Several local birders looked for but did not find the Ross's 
earlier in the day. So if you go looking for it you may have to wait awhile 
and/or make multiple visits. The owners of the Chinese grill have said it is 
okay to park in their lot and look for the bird from their property.  


Cheers,

Mike

Michael R. Boatwright
Amherst VA

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Subject: Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk
From: Harry Glasgow via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 21:36:56 +0000 (UTC)
 Today's Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk drew over 25 birders to a 
beautiful morning where we identified 46 species. A Merlin, a huge flock of 
Green-winged Teal reminiscent of earlier days of the Birdwalk, and a lengthy 
discussion over many photographs and Bird Guide analysis as to the identity of 
a possible Cackling Goose.  Result was no Cackling Goose.  

Canada Goose  212
Gadwall  3
American Wigeon  1
American Black Duck  2
Mallard  51
Northern Shoveler  10
Northern Pintail  4
Green-winged Teal  100+
Hooded Merganser  10
Ruddy Duck  3
Great Blue Heron  3
Red-shouldered Hawk  2
Ring-billed Gull  4
Mourning Dove  9
Belted Kingfisher  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  6
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  2
Downy Woodpecker  4
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  2
Pileated Woodpecker  2
Merlin  1
Blue Jay  5
American Crow  15
Carolina Chickadee  17
Tufted Titmouse  11
White-breasted Nuthatch  6
Brown Creeper  1
Winter Wren  2
Carolina Wren  6
Golden-crowned Kinglet  7
Eastern Bluebird  6
Hermit Thrush  1
American Robin  2
Northern Mockingbird  1
Yellow-rumped Warbler  2
Chipping Sparrow  3
Song Sparrow  7
Swamp Sparrow  8
White-throated Sparrow  10
Dark-eyed Junco  12
Northern Cardinal  8
Red-winged Blackbird  12
Common Grackle  3
House Finch  7
American Goldfinch  21
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 8AM (7AM from April through October), 
is free of charge, requires no reservation, and is open to all. Birders meet in 
the parking lot at the Park's entrance at 3701 Lockheed Blvd, Alexandria, VA. 
Questions should be directed to Park staff during normal business hours at 
(703)768-2525. 

Harry GlasgowFriends of Huntley Meadows Park
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Subject: Greater Snow Geese
From: rlukei--- via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 15:05:04 -0500
Sunday Dec 14 and Monday Dec 15 there are about 10,000 Greater Snow Geese in 
the Snow Geese Pool around the wildlife drive at Chincoteague NWR. I was able 
to identify 8 with yellow neck collars. 

Monday there are about 15,000 Greater Snow Geese in farm field just off 
Metompkin Bay. Too far from road to read neck collars. 



Reese Lukei
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Subject: Posting
From: Kevin Walter <kevinwalter44 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 08:59:11 -0500
Please post regarding the Ft. Belvoir CBC.  Thanks!

Kevin Walter


*Fort** Belvoir** Christmas Bird Count*

The Fort Belvoir Christmas Bird Count (CBC) will be held Sunday January
4th, 2015.  This annual count is one of the oldest in the area dating back
to 1911 and is sponsored by National Audubon Society. These counts help us
to better understand wintering bird populations. If you’re interested in
Fort Belvoir’s CBC call Kevin Walter at 703-805-3969 to register.  Novice
birders as well as experts should consider participating; novices will be
teamed up with seasoned birders, for an invaluable learning experience.
Meeting location will be at Accotink Bay Wildlife Refuge Environmental
Education Center for all start times (5am, 7am, and 1pm) Sunday, January
4th, 2015.
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Subject: Bald Eagle, Vienna
From: Eliza Morss <eliza.morss AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 08:34:18 -0500
Shocked to spot a bald eagle flying low near Peterson Lane Park in Vienna 
(Fairfax County) around 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 13. 


Eliza Morss, Oakton
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Subject: Yellow-Breasted Chat in Charlottesville
From: Janet Paisley <janetpaisley AT comcast.net>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 06:03:41 -0500
The Chat first reported by David Shoch on Dec 2, cooperated and continued 
coming and going into the Wax Myrtle in his back yard for our CBC. No sign of 
the Nashville Warbler that he reported there on Monday. 

Thanks Liz and David for sharing access to this bird with us.

Janet Paisley
Charlottesville, VA




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Subject: Birds seen during part of The Plains CBC
From: "Joe Coleman" <joecoleman AT rstarmail.com>
Date: Sun, 14 Dec 2014 22:31:31 -0500
Laura McGranaghan, Marcia Weidner, Tess McAllister & I covered the northeast
portion of Sector 1 of The Plains CBC this morning. We covered the area east
& north of The Plains east to & including Busthead Rd & north of Rte 55. In
the afternoon Marcia Weidner, Tess McAllister & I covered the portion of
Sector 1 of The Plains CBC south of Rte 55 from the Plains to the eastern
edge of Marshall & north of I-66. Our highlights included finding 7 seven
woodpecker species, a flock of Ring-billed Gulls which included a first year
Herring Gull (which Laura photographed), 3 Common Ravens, 341 American
Robins, 124 Cedar Waxwings, and 3 Savannah Sparrows.

 

From eBird:

Date Range         Dec 13

Locations            The Plains

                              

               13-Dec

Number of Species           47

Number of Individuals     1,187

Number of Checklists      2

               

               

               13-Dec

Species Name     Species Count

Canada Goose    154

Hooded Merganser          2

Great Blue Heron              1

Black Vulture      11

Turkey Vulture    30

Cooper's Hawk   1

Accipiter sp.        1

Red-shouldered Hawk     2

Red-tailed Hawk               8

Ring-billed Gull   18

Herring Gull         1

Rock Pigeon        16

Mourning Dove  15

Red-headed Woodpecker              1

Red-bellied Woodpecker               14

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker               6

Downy Woodpecker        4

Hairy Woodpecker           3

Northern Flicker 5

Pileated Woodpecker      6

American Kestrel              1

Blue Jay 34

American Crow  29

Common Raven 3

Carolina Chickadee          6

Tufted Titmouse               12

White-breasted Nuthatch              9

Brown Creeper   1

Winter Wren       1

Carolina Wren    10

Eastern Bluebird 21

Hermit Thrush    1

American Robin 341

Northern Mockingbird     4

European Starling             33

Cedar Waxwing 124

Yellow-rumped Warbler  3

Eastern Towhee 4

Field Sparrow     6

Savannah Sparrow           3

Song Sparrow     31

Swamp Sparrow 3

White-throated Sparrow 87

Dark-eyed Junco               95

Northern Cardinal            9

American Goldfinch         16

House Sparrow  1

 

Joe Coleman

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Subject: Manassas-Bull Run CBC- Cub Run Stream Valley Park
From: "Larry Cartwright" <prowarbler AT verizon.net>
Date: Sun, 14 Dec 2014 22:26:16 -0500
 

My team was responsible for covering Cub Run Stream Valley Park in western
Fairfax County as part of the Manassas-Bull Run CBC.  Woodpeckers put on a
show today; there were Red-bellies and Northern Flickers everywhere.
Red-shouldered Hawks were well-represented as well, with 3 seen
simultaneously at the edge of the golf course at Chantilly Country Club on
the north end of the park. We had 5 total.  We had great looks at bluebirds
and Yellow-rumped Warblers.  Our list is below for anyone interested. 

 

I want to thank my teammates Katherine Wychulis, Nick Nichols, and Alan Rush
and sons for their sighting and companionship during today's outing.  

 

 

Cub Run Stream Valley Park- Dec 14, 2014, 2:47 PM, Fairfax, US-VA Dec 14,
2014 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM

Protocol: Traveling

5.5 mile(s)

Comments:     
Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.8 42 species (+1 other taxa) Canada Goose 7 Mallard 5 Pied-billed Grebe 2 Great Blue Heron 3 Black Vulture 4 Turkey Vulture 9 Cooper's Hawk 1 Red-shouldered Hawk 5 Red-tailed Hawk (Eastern) 1 Ring-billed Gull 120 Mourning Dove 5 Belted Kingfisher 2 Red-bellied Woodpecker 25 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 2 Downy Woodpecker 7 Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 20 Pileated Woodpecker 4 Blue Jay 25 American Crow 23 Fish Crow 4 crow sp. 6 Common Raven 1 Carolina Chickadee 44 Tufted Titmouse 22 White-breasted Nuthatch 19 Brown Creeper 1 Winter Wren 2 Carolina Wren 20 Golden-crowned Kinglet 1 Eastern Bluebird 27 American Robin 52 Northern Mockingbird 1 European Starling 25 Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 19 Chipping Sparrow 2 Field Sparrow 5 Song Sparrow 34 White-throated Sparrow 43 Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) 63 Northern Cardinal 19 Red-winged Blackbird 6 House Finch 2 American Goldfinch 32 View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20903969 This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org) Larry Cartwright prowarbler AT verizon.net *** You are subscribed to va-bird as jsiler AT birdingonthe.net. If you wish to unsubscribe, or modify your preferences please visit http://mailman.listserve.com/listmanager/listinfo/va-bird ***
Subject: Fwd: Manassas-Bull Run CBC - Sector 3 - Bull Run Reg. Pk. Route - 12-14-14
From: Phillip Kenny <philkenny AT verizon.net>
Date: Sun, 14 Dec 2014 18:27:07 -0500
Rentz Hilyer, Russ Taylor and I birded Bull Run Regional Park in Fairfax County 
this morning as part of the Manassas CBC. We found 8 Brown Creeper, a Merlin 
and an American Tree Sparrow. The complete list and link to some photos are 
below. 


Phillip Kenny
1731 Killarney Court
Vienna VA 22182-2133
703-255-5423
philkenny AT verizon.net
> 
> Photos are posted to my flickr site: 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/95123562 AT N07/ 

> 
> Bull Run Regional Park - CBR07, Fairfax, US-VA
> Dec 14, 2014 6:40 AM - 12:30 PM
> 
> 43 species
> 
> Canada Goose  100
> Black Vulture  12
> Turkey Vulture  6
> Red-tailed Hawk 2
> Bald Eagle  1
> Red-shouldered Hawk  2
> Ring-billed Gull  100
> Mourning Dove  6
> Red-bellied Woodpecker  12
> Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  1
> Downy Woodpecker  14
> Hairy Woodpecker  4
> Northern Flicker  25
> Pileated Woodpecker  3
> Merlin  1
> Blue Jay  20
> American Crow  90
> Fish Crow  55
> Carolina Chickadee  51
> Tufted Titmouse  50
> White-breasted Nuthatch  12
> Brown Creeper  8
> Winter Wren  2
> Carolina Wren  15
> Golden-crowned Kinglet  6
> Ruby-crowned Kinglet  2
> Eastern Bluebird  20
> American Robin  12
> Northern Mockingbird  1
> European Starling  8
> Yellow-rumped Warbler  6
> Eastern Towhee  1
> American Tree Sparrow  1
> Chipping Sparrow  1
> Field Sparrow  7
> Song Sparrow  37
> Swamp Sparrow  6
> White-throated Sparrow  44
> Dark-eyed Junco  56
> Northern Cardinal  16
> Common Grackle  1
> House Finch  5
> American Goldfinch  21
> 
> 

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Subject: Re: [shenvalbirds] Highland Golden Eagles
From: Maggie via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Sun, 14 Dec 2014 17:58:34 -0500
I saw two Golden Eagles across Wimer Mountain Road from my place a couple of 
weeks ago. They often can be found over there in the winter. Also, at my 
cottage on the Chesapeake Bay (Gwynns Island) I had five adult Bald Eagles in 
my yard there last week. One of them landed on the roof of the cottage. Hope 
they are there for the Mathews Christmas Count. 


Margaret O'Bryan

On Dec 14, 2014, at 5:47 PM, William Leigh leightern AT msn.com [shenvalbirds] 
 wrote: 


> 
> All, 
> 
> I birded Highland county on Saturday and found several Golden Eagles along 
Wimer Mountain road across from Margaret Obryan's. GEs were also observed from 
Laurel Fork road. At least one Bald Eagle was also spotted along Wimer Mountain 
road. An immature Red-shoulder hawk was seen near intersection of Blue GRass 
road and Snyder road. Also at the feeders on Synder road I found a lone Swamp 
Sparrow. 

> 2 American Tree Sparrows were seen on Wimer Mountain road about half way 
between Margaret's place and Hardscrabble road. 

> 
> Today in Rockingham County things were very quiet but we did find a group of 
Pintails and Wigeons on Moores Mill road near Broadway. The Shrike was not 
home. 

> 
> best,
> 
> 
> William Leigh leightern AT msn.com
> 
> Bridgewater, Virginia 
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Subject: Highland Golden Eagles
From: William Leigh <leightern AT msn.com>
Date: Sun, 14 Dec 2014 22:47:21 +0000
All, 
I birded Highland county on Saturday and found several Golden Eagles along 
Wimer Mountain road across from Margaret Obryan's. GEs were also observed from 
Laurel Fork road. At least one Bald Eagle was also spotted along Wimer Mountain 
road. An immature Red-shoulder hawk was seen near intersection of Blue GRass 
road and Snyder road. Also at the feeders on Synder road I found a lone Swamp 
Sparrow. 2 American Tree Sparrows were seen on Wimer Mountain road about half 
way between Margaret's place and Hardscrabble road. 

Today in Rockingham County things were very quiet but we did find a group of 
Pintails and Wigeons on Moores Mill road near Broadway. The Shrike was not 
home. 

best,

William Leigh leightern AT msn.com

Bridgewater, Virginia 
 

 

 		 	   		  
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Subject: a big thank you to our Virginia CBC compilers
From: Stephen Johnson <stevejohnson2 AT verizon.net>
Date: Sun, 14 Dec 2014 17:16:42 -0500
Every year I participate in one or two bird counts. I've been in several counts 
just once each, and several others for 5 years or more. 


Each circle is led by a compiler who spends countless hours coordinating lots 
of people and data, and many circles are also supported by people organizing 
the teams, providing food at lunch or at a tally rally, etc. 


Today I am grateful to Bob and Nancy Shipman, Carolyn Williams, and whoever 
else helped on today's Manassas-Bull Run CBC. 


To all the people (you know who you are, compilers and others) who help support 
Christmas Bird Counts: 


Thank you!!

Steve Johnson
Fairfax, VA


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Subject: Cackling Geese in Staunton
From: "Herbert Larner" <larnersky AT mindspring.com>
Date: Sun, 14 Dec 2014 16:10:14 -0500
Hello all

 

Today we had our CBC & tonight I will know the total species seen . But I
wanted to put out this that we have two Cackling Geese at Lake Tams in the
City of Staunton . 

 

Allen Larner 

Staunton 

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Subject: Tons of backyard birds
From: Barry <sworriorbarry AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 14 Dec 2014 13:46:45 -0500
I'm in the Western Branch of Chesapeake. Today, I found the following:
Blue Jays
Northern Cardinals
Carolina Wrens
Carolina Chickadees
Female Baltimore Oriole
Downy Woodpecker
Redbellied Woodpecker
Yellow bellied Sapsucker 
Northern mockingbird
Tufted Titmouse
Cowbird
European Starling
Mourning Dove
House Finch
Yellow-Rumped Warbler
Red shouldered Hawks
Dark-eyed Junco
American Robin


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Subject: Great Falls Walk - Christmas Bird Count
From: Marshall Rawson via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Sun, 14 Dec 2014 12:48:18 -0500
Today for the Christmas Bird Count our group of seven tallied 44 species. 
Around/ on the holly trees just beyond the entrance kiosk produced a strong 
start with two hermit thrushes, a hairy and red-belly woodpeckers, cardinals, 
waxwings, chickadees, juncos, nuthatches. In the holding basin area, much to 
our delight, wefound three winter wrens. Notably missing today were kinglets. 
Upstream the mallards were on the clay pond. Both eagles were present on their 
Conn Island nest. 

All birders are welcome to join this Sunday walk that meets at 8:00 am in the 
visitors center parking lot. -- Marshall Rawson, McLean VA 


Canada Goose  36
American Black Duck  3
Mallard  12
Ring-necked Duck  30
Bufflehead  10
Common Merganser  3
Pied-billed Grebe  1
Great Blue Heron  1
Black Vulture  2
Turkey Vulture  6
Cooper's Hawk  1
Bald Eagle  2
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Ring-billed Gull  3
Herring Gull  3
Mourning Dove  1
Belted Kingfisher  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  8
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  2
Downy Woodpecker  2
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  1
Pileated Woodpecker  3
Eastern Phoebe  1
Blue Jay  8
American Crow  5
Carolina Chickadee  6
Tufted Titmouse  16
White-breasted Nuthatch  4
Brown Creeper  1
Winter Wren  4
Carolina Wren  4
Eastern Bluebird  16
Hermit Thrush  2
American Robin  1
European Starling  6
Cedar Waxwing  12
Yellow-rumped Warbler  4
Song Sparrow  3
White-throated Sparrow  14
Dark-eyed Junco  8
Northern Cardinal  4
House Finch  2
American Goldfinch  6



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Subject: Ross's Goose- Lynchburg
From: Michael Boatwright <mboater AT att.net>
Date: Sun, 14 Dec 2014 12:06:17 -0500
Today (12/14) around 9:45 a.m. I found an adult Ross's Goose with a flock of 
Canada Geese at a small pond off Gristmill Drive behind the Graves Mill 
Shopping Center in Lynchburg. Jim and Sandra Elder and Mark Johnson got there a 
few minutes later and we all enjoyed nice scope and binocular views as the 
Ross's feed in the grass and swam in the pond. Got some nice pics as well. The 
Graves Mill Shopping Center is located on US Rt 221on the west side of 
Lynchburg. 


The Ross's Goose brought my local area Big Year list to 212 and the cumulative 
list to 221 species. 


Cheers,

Mike

Michael R. Boatwright
Amherst, VA

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Subject: Re: 12/13 - Virginia Beach Area - Back Bay NWR / Little Island / Sandbridge / Rudee Inlet / PHP & CBBT
From: Rob Bielawski <robbielawski AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 22:17:31 -0500
Photos from the outing "12/13 - Virginia Beach Area - Back Bay NWR / Little
Island / Sandbridge / Rudee Inlet / PHP & CBBT" are now posted to
http://www.hrwe.org/staff-admins/rob-bielawski/galleries/we-20141214 for
those who are interested in viewing, there is about 60 or so of them!
Thanks!

Rob Bielawski
Virginia Beach, VA

On Sat, Dec 13, 2014 at 4:34 PM, Rob Bielawski 
wrote:
>
> Hey All!
>
> After what seemed like the longest week of dreary weather of all time, the
> clouds and rain finally cleared here on Thursday/Friday and I got a great
> day out birding the area all day today! There were reports on here of
> Common Eiders being present in pairs at both Rudee Inlet & the Chesapeake
> Bay Bridge-Tunnel, so I went to both locations to check on them. First
> though, I started off at Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge and didn't see
> anything out of the ordinary. A lone Northern Harrier and the typical
> waterfowl (Tundra Swans, Gadwall, Buffleheads, Hooded Mergansers, etc.)
> were all present. The beach was almost devoid of birds, only 2 Sanderlings
> were out, no gulls/pelicans/cormorants/gannets.
>
> After I left Back Bay about 9:30 AM, I stopped at Little Island Park just
> to sneak out to the kayak launch area across the main road. I immediately
> spooked a Cooper's Hawk that I hadn't seen perched nearby. I could see a
> few ducks out on the water so crept around to the next trail access south
> to get in a better spot with the sun. When I reached the water, there was a
> mixed flock of American Wigeon, Hooded Merganser, Gadwall, American Black
> Duck, and Pied-billed Grebe together. Unfortunately, the Hoodies must have
> spotted me even though I was in thick cover, and the flock took to the air,
> landing further south on this small cove of Back Bay. So again I headed
> northward up through Sandbridge, where I found a Merlin (my FOY in Virginia
> Beach) perched up on a power line along the main road. I swung around a
> couple times to get a few photos of it from the driver seat, and then kept
> on.
>
> Rudee Inlet was the next stop, where I pulled in along the north side of
> the inlet at the resort area. I could see almost immediately the 2 blobs
> riding the waves up and down & soon confirmed them as the Common Eiders
> that Karen Beatty had sighted the other day. A new life bird for me! The
> sun was making it impossible to get any photographs so I drove around into
> the Croatan neighborhood on the south side of the inlet. Parking & walking
> out the public access (about 1/2 mile south of the inlet), then heading up
> to the inlet. I could see them in a perfect spot, and there was another
> fellow with a scope or camera situated along the southern jetty, but as I
> approached, some beachgoers' dog broke away from them and jumped into the
> water, chasing them off into the air (they headed north after rounding the
> outside of the jetty). So that was that, a bit of a bummer, but still was
> excited to have seen them. Headed again northward.
>
> Next stop was Pleasure House Point just in the hopes that something neat
> might show up. I walked the park east to west, parking at Dinwiddie Drive
> and seeing many Gadwall on the small stormwater retention pond nearby. The
> mudflats were slightly visible, and a big group of 42 Brant were sitting
> out on them, and in the nearby waters. Another FOY in Virginia Beach for
> me, though others have posted about them being present in the past couple
> of weeks. Aside from the Brants, the top birds for me here was a group of
> Hooded Mergansers / Buffleheads & a Ruddy Duck in close on one of the
> ponds, and a perched Cooper's Hawk that I redeemed myself on after scaring
> one earlier in the day before I could spot it.
>
> Final stop of the day was the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel's first island.
> The Common Eiders were both present here and was very excited to make that
> 4 of them after having seen the first of my life just hours before! Several
> other birders were present (Karen & Keith Roberts and Karen Kearney also).
> Karen & I got some great looks at both birds over the next 45 mins or so,
> and also got to add a Purple Sandpiper that landed on the rocks nearby.
> There was Buffleheads, Red-breasted Merganser, and Long-tailed Ducks also
> present off the north end of the island and lots of Gannets cruising by. We
> also got good looks at a River Otter that was swimming around in the
> protected waters just west of the point, a first for me out on the islands!
>
> Now I've got 350 or so photographs to go through from the day, but wanted
> to send this out in case anyone wanted the information. I posted some
> photos of the Common Eiders to my website at (
> http://www.hrwe.org/staff-admins/rob-bielawski/galleries/we-20141214) and
> will post all the rest of the shots once I can get through them over the
> next couple days!
>
> Rob Bielawski
> Virginia Beach, VA
> www.hrwe.org
>
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Subject: Virginia Beach Area 12-13-14
From: Matt Anthony <mhanthony AT email.wm.edu>
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 20:01:45 -0500
Erin Chapman, Megan Massa, and I spent the better part of the day birding
the Virginia Beach area. Here are some highlights:

Rudee Inlet (7:15 am): Common Eider were continuing, with great views in
the inlet. Also counted 11 Lesser Black-backed Gulls on the beach.

Virginia Marine Science Center (8:00am): Nice mixed flock included 2 Pine
Warblers and 1 House Wren

Little Island Park (9:15 am): Not much on the water. Had 2 Grey Catbirds, 1
Field Sparrow, and 1 Orange-crowned Warbler in the scrubby area across the
street.

Back Bay NWR (10:30 am): Not much here. No luck relocating the Prairie
Warbler.

Stumpy Lake (12:30 pm): Eastern Phoebe

Pleasure House Point (3:00 pm): 1 Western Willet, 1 Laughing Gull, 1 Black
Skimmer

Best,
--Matt Anthony
College of William & Mary
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Subject: Re: Common Eiders at Rudee Inlet on behalf of Rob Bielawski
From: Pam Monahan <pammonahan AT me.com>
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 17:41:27 -0500
As a follow up to Ron's follow up, I was also able to locate the 2 Common 
Eiders and photograph them about 1:30 pm at the mouth of Rudee Inlet. 


Please excuse the brevity of this message. It was sent from my iPhone 4s.


> On Dec 13, 2014, at 5:03 PM, RKNFurnish AT aol.com wrote:
> 
> As a follow up to Rob/Pam's post, we were able to get some photos of the 
Rudee Inlet Common Eiders at 12:30, so they must've returned once the dog left 
them alone. A King Eider last winter, Common Eiders this winter...can a 
Steller's or Spectacled be far behind? (We can dream, right?) 

>  
> Ron Furnish & Marie Mullins
>  
> In a message dated 12/13/2014 3:41:27 P.M. Eastern Standard Time, 
pammonahan AT me.com writes: 

> 11:00am 2 Common Eiders were present 10 mins ago at Rudee Inlet but chased 
off by a dog that jumped into water and swam out after them. They left inlet 
and headed north after going out around the northern jetty. 

> 
> Pam Monahan
> Tampa, FL/Virginia Beach, VA 
> “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way 
its animals are treated” ~ Mahatma Gandhi 

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Subject: Re: Common Eiders at Rudee Inlet on behalf of Rob Bielawski
From: RKNFurnish--- via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 17:03:20 -0500
As a follow up to Rob/Pam's post, we were able to get some photos of the  
Rudee Inlet Common Eiders at 12:30, so they must've returned once the dog 
left them alone. A King Eider last winter, Common Eiders this winter...can a 

Steller's or Spectacled be far behind?  (We can dream, right?)
 
Ron Furnish & Marie Mullins
 
 
In a message dated 12/13/2014 3:41:27 P.M. Eastern Standard Time,  
pammonahan AT me.com writes:

11:00am  2 Common Eiders were present 10 mins ago at Rudee Inlet but chased 
off by a  dog that jumped into water and swam out after them. They left 
inlet and headed  north after going out around the northern jetty.

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Subject: 12/13 - Virginia Beach Area - Back Bay NWR / Little Island / Sandbridge / Rudee Inlet / PHP & CBBT
From: Rob Bielawski <robbielawski AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 16:34:11 -0500
Hey All!

After what seemed like the longest week of dreary weather of all time, the
clouds and rain finally cleared here on Thursday/Friday and I got a great
day out birding the area all day today! There were reports on here of
Common Eiders being present in pairs at both Rudee Inlet & the Chesapeake
Bay Bridge-Tunnel, so I went to both locations to check on them. First
though, I started off at Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge and didn't see
anything out of the ordinary. A lone Northern Harrier and the typical
waterfowl (Tundra Swans, Gadwall, Buffleheads, Hooded Mergansers, etc.)
were all present. The beach was almost devoid of birds, only 2 Sanderlings
were out, no gulls/pelicans/cormorants/gannets.

After I left Back Bay about 9:30 AM, I stopped at Little Island Park just
to sneak out to the kayak launch area across the main road. I immediately
spooked a Cooper's Hawk that I hadn't seen perched nearby. I could see a
few ducks out on the water so crept around to the next trail access south
to get in a better spot with the sun. When I reached the water, there was a
mixed flock of American Wigeon, Hooded Merganser, Gadwall, American Black
Duck, and Pied-billed Grebe together. Unfortunately, the Hoodies must have
spotted me even though I was in thick cover, and the flock took to the air,
landing further south on this small cove of Back Bay. So again I headed
northward up through Sandbridge, where I found a Merlin (my FOY in Virginia
Beach) perched up on a power line along the main road. I swung around a
couple times to get a few photos of it from the driver seat, and then kept
on.

Rudee Inlet was the next stop, where I pulled in along the north side of
the inlet at the resort area. I could see almost immediately the 2 blobs
riding the waves up and down & soon confirmed them as the Common Eiders
that Karen Beatty had sighted the other day. A new life bird for me! The
sun was making it impossible to get any photographs so I drove around into
the Croatan neighborhood on the south side of the inlet. Parking & walking
out the public access (about 1/2 mile south of the inlet), then heading up
to the inlet. I could see them in a perfect spot, and there was another
fellow with a scope or camera situated along the southern jetty, but as I
approached, some beachgoers' dog broke away from them and jumped into the
water, chasing them off into the air (they headed north after rounding the
outside of the jetty). So that was that, a bit of a bummer, but still was
excited to have seen them. Headed again northward.

Next stop was Pleasure House Point just in the hopes that something neat
might show up. I walked the park east to west, parking at Dinwiddie Drive
and seeing many Gadwall on the small stormwater retention pond nearby. The
mudflats were slightly visible, and a big group of 42 Brant were sitting
out on them, and in the nearby waters. Another FOY in Virginia Beach for
me, though others have posted about them being present in the past couple
of weeks. Aside from the Brants, the top birds for me here was a group of
Hooded Mergansers / Buffleheads & a Ruddy Duck in close on one of the
ponds, and a perched Cooper's Hawk that I redeemed myself on after scaring
one earlier in the day before I could spot it.

Final stop of the day was the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel's first island.
The Common Eiders were both present here and was very excited to make that
4 of them after having seen the first of my life just hours before! Several
other birders were present (Karen & Keith Roberts and Karen Kearney also).
Karen & I got some great looks at both birds over the next 45 mins or so,
and also got to add a Purple Sandpiper that landed on the rocks nearby.
There was Buffleheads, Red-breasted Merganser, and Long-tailed Ducks also
present off the north end of the island and lots of Gannets cruising by. We
also got good looks at a River Otter that was swimming around in the
protected waters just west of the point, a first for me out on the islands!

Now I've got 350 or so photographs to go through from the day, but wanted
to send this out in case anyone wanted the information. I posted some
photos of the Common Eiders to my website at (
http://www.hrwe.org/staff-admins/rob-bielawski/galleries/we-20141214) and
will post all the rest of the shots once I can get through them over the
next couple days!

Rob Bielawski
Virginia Beach, VA
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Subject: Roaches Run Waterfowl Sanctuary, Arlington County, Saturday, , Dec 13, 2014 -- Nashville Warbler
From: Elton Morel via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 18:01:02 +0000 (UTC)
 VA Birders:
While visiting Roaches Run Waterfowl Sanctuary this late morning, I found a 
Nashville Warbler in the scrubby vines and brambles near the south end of the 
parking lot and the outflow culverts under George Washington Parkway.  Perhaps 
this bird might stick around for next Saturday's Washington DC CBC.  Next to 
the inflow culverts at the southwest corner of Roaches Run were a juvenile 
Black-crowned Night Heron and a Great Egret. 

While at a stop at Gravelly Point, I saw a Peregrine Falcon zip by a couple of 
times spooking up the starling and cowbird flock in the fenced field with the 
landing lights. 

Elton MorelArlington, VA
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Subject: [va-bird] Normans Ford Rd, Remington, VA - Lapland Longspurs - finally
From: Scott Priebe <falco57 AT msn.com>
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 12:42:32 -0500
Headed to Normans Ford Rd, hoping for Lapland Longspurs (lifer); arriving  AT  
8:30 AM. Finally, the stars aligned and I found six. Also present were American 
Pipits (72), Horned Larks (35-40), E. Meadowlarks (11), and Kildeer (7). All 
were on the turf farm property (North side of the road, sun at your back, so 
great clear views) across from the corn field (still standing) before you reach 
the first house on the right. Also 11 Meadowlarks on North side, near 
Summerduck. Stayed till around 9:30 when a male N. Harrier flew over the field 
(also saw a female). 


Scott D. Priebe

Springfield, VA 		 	   		  
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Subject: Nassawadox & Cape Charles cbcs, trying again
From: Harry Armistead <harryarmistead AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 17:15:54 +0000
H hour approacheth. Here's my last appeal. Many thanks to those already 
committed. 


CBCs: You're cordially invited.  2 E. Shore of VA Christmas Bird Counts. 
NASSAWADOX, Sun., Dec. 21.  HQ is at Best Western, Exmore. 
757-442-7378.  $89 on Sat. night, $79 on Sunday. 
krsmith AT sharconmgt.com  (Kassandra Smith, Manager).  I will be in Rm.
106 the night before & after.  Compilation will be in the continental
breakfast area of the motel.  E side of Rt. 13, N end of town. 
Dinner is at Sage Restaurant next door; breakfast on your own ... there are
many options. CAPE CHARLES, Tue., Dec. 30, 50TH ANNIVERSARY COUNT. HQ is 
Peacock Motor Inn 

(just like olde tymes), refurbished and professionally run.  $99. 
Nice.  I'll be in Rm. 2 down at the S elbow, nights of Dec. 29 & 30, a
huge suite w/ plenty of room for the compilation.  757-331-1127. 
info AT peacockmotorinn.com  E side of Rt. 13, just N of Sting-Ray's. 
Breakfast is at Sting-Ray's at 6.  Please eat there then ... they're
opening up early just for us.  Dinner there, too.  Both motels have
small fridges in all rooms.  Both honor AAA and AARP.  Compilations
both begin at 7 P.M. 

-Harry Armistead, Philadelphia.  		 	   		  
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Subject: Christmas Bird Count in Highland County
From: Patti Reum <pareum AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 12:08:45 -0500
As the CBC season approaches, I want to give all you birders a heads-up
that I will be starting a count in Highland County next year.  I will
schedule it towards the end of the count period, preferably on a Saturday
or even a week day. The more wintry the weather, the better for birds like
Golden Eagles and Rough-legged hawks. It also seems that many counts are
held on Sundays and I am trying not to interfere with established counts. I
believe a count was held here many years ago, but I think it's time to get
one established again.  As you plan your winter trips to Highland, please
keep this in mind.  If you could send me the lists of birds you see and
approximate locations, it would be very helpful for next year. Also, please
feel free to invite me along!
Thanks,
Patti Reum
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Subject: Common Eiders at Rudee Inlet on behalf of Rob Bielawski
From: Pamela Monahan <pammonahan AT me.com>
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 12:00:38 -0500
11:00am 2 Common Eiders were present 10 mins ago at Rudee Inlet but chased off 
by a dog that jumped into water and swam out after them. They left inlet and 
headed north after going out around the northern jetty. 


Pam Monahan
Tampa, FL/Virginia Beach, VA 
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Subject: Nassawadox & Cape Charles Christmas counts, Dec. 21 & 30 respectively.
From: Harry Armistead <harryarmistead AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 16:17:41 +0000

 		 	   		  
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Subject: Re: Christmas Bird Counts
From: Elisa Enders <elisaenders AT hotmail.com>
Date: Thu, 11 Dec 2014 12:12:49 -0500
Hey all,
 
I guess I live in my happy and ignorant world, but thought things were pretty 
good in Virginia. 

 
Anyway, I was very glad to read Ellison's email. I really hadn't thought much 
about the lack of CBC information, but please refer to my first sentence. But, 
he has brought up an excellent point. So, I pulled out my most recent copy of 
Teta Kain's CBC summary from the Raven publication (a VSO publication) which is 
from 2012 to 2013. There are 52 counts listed and 22 aren't listed on the VSO's 
CBC page. 

 
These counts are: Chincoteague, Wachapreague, Chesapeake Bay, Dismal Swamp, 
Mathews County, Chancellorsville, Gordonsville, Warren, Darlington Heights, 
Chatham, Danville, Shenandoah NP - Luray, Big Flat Mountain, Lexington, 
Blacksburg, Giles County, Tazewell, Mount Rogers - Whitetop, Glade Spring, 
Blackford, Bristol, and Wise County. 

 
I sent Arun information on the Dismal Swamp count, and he will post it as soon 
as he can. This count is happening on the 22nd, and the phone number for the 
refuge office is 757-986-3705. They had a very recent change in the CBC date. 

 
I just found information for the Lexington CBC and will get that to Arun. The 
date for this count is the 20th (compiler is Dick Rowe, email RoweRA AT vmi.edu). 

 
I'll look at the Audubon website and see if there are any additional CBCs that 
are lacking date and contact information. 

 
Teta's summary lists email addresses for all the compilers. Although I respect 
Kurt, I found his response lacking in initiative and depressing. Audubon in 
Virginia is not as well funded as in some of the other states, but there are 
more disorganized places to be. With the email addresses from Teta's summary, I 
will contact compilers of the remaining CBCs. This is a bit late, but whatever 
information I obtain, I will post. 

 
Ellison, thanks for bringing this up.

Elisa Flanders
Portsmouth, VA


 
> From: KurtCapt87 AT verizon.net
> To: mr.ellyo AT gmail.com; va-bird AT listserve.com
> Date: Wed, 10 Dec 2014 21:09:15 -0500
> Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Christmas Bird Counts
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> Ellison,
> 
> Welcome to Virginia!  I feel your frustration.
> 
> Kurt Gaskill
> 
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> From: va-bird [mailto:va-bird-bounces+kurtcapt87=verizon.net AT listserve.com]
> On Behalf Of Ellison Orcutt
> Sent: Wednesday, December 10, 2014 10:01 AM
> To: va-bird AT listserve.com
> Subject: [Va-bird] Christmas Bird Counts
> 
> Hey folks,
> 
> I'm trying my best to figure out a way to view all of the upcoming CBC's in
> the state but haven't found an efficient way.  The list on the VSO website
> has a fair amount of them with dates but it does not include every count.
> National Audubon has a sortable list but many counts do not have a date on
> their list.  I also found an interactive map of the counts but it seems that
> many their also don't have dates.  Anyone have an idea of how I can get more
> of this info without emailing every count compiler to ask the date?
> 
> I'd like to be able to find chances to help on new counts. It's too bad so
> many of the counts are scheduled on the same two days.
> 
> 
> VSO:
> http://www.virginiabirds.net/cbc.html
> 
> Audubon:
> http://tinyurl.com/np8r2zv
> 
> Map:
> http://tinyurl.com/o92lcjf
> 
> 
> 
> Ellison
> --
> Ellison Orcutt
> Birder/Naturalist
> Richmond, Va
> Cell: (804) 339-6976
> Mr.EllyO AT gmail.com
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Subject: Re: Sharp-shinned catches chickadee
From: Beth Blair via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 02:47:07 +0000 (UTC)
Which species?  :)  Great pic, though...
      From: roger mayhorn 
 To: va-bird AT listserve.com 
 Sent: Friday, December 12, 2014 8:51 PM
 Subject: [Va-bird] Sharp-shinned catches chickadee
   



I looked out through the glass of the dining room door today to see a small 
Sharp-shinned Hawk on the ground not far from our feeders. In its talons was an 
unfortunate Carolina Chickadee that had just expired. You can see just how 
small this hawk is by comparing it to the chickadee (See photo link below). 
According to Sibley's a chickadee is about 4 3/4 inches long. Using that as a 
reference this hawk should be only about 11 or 12 inches long, which would make 
it a male Sharp-shinned. I took the photo through the glass just before it took 
off into the woods with its prey. 

Since our Buchanan County CBC is on Sunday, this species can be counted for 
count week. 



http://www.pbase.com/mayhorn/image/158513867 



Roger Mayhorn 
Compton Mt 
Buchanan County 


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Subject: Sharp-shinned catches chickadee
From: roger mayhorn <rmayhorn AT hughes.net>
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2014 20:51:02 -0500 (EST)


I looked out through the glass of the dining room door today to see a small 
Sharp-shinned Hawk on the ground not far from our feeders. In its talons was an 
unfortunate Carolina Chickadee that had just expired. You can see just how 
small this hawk is by comparing it to the chickadee (See photo link below). 
According to Sibley's a chickadee is about 4 3/4 inches long. Using that as a 
reference this hawk should be only about 11 or 12 inches long, which would make 
it a male Sharp-shinned. I took the photo through the glass just before it took 
off into the woods with its prey. 

Since our Buchanan County CBC is on Sunday, this species can be counted for 
count week. 



http://www.pbase.com/mayhorn/image/158513867 



Roger Mayhorn 
Compton Mt 
Buchanan County 


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Subject: Birders needed for CBC on 12/14 around Lake Manassas
From: Pam and Ben via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2014 18:33:53 -0500
Speaking of CBCs, sector 6 of The Plains CBC is looking very short handed.
Please contact me if you are interested in joining us.

 

Ben Jesup

Alexandria

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Subject: Re: Christmas Bird Counts
From: akb <arun1bose AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 11 Dec 2014 23:47:51 -0500
Thank you Elisa, Joe and Meredith for forwarding count info. Much
appreciated. VSO website CBC list is updated at

http://www.virginiabirds.net/cbc.html

Happy CBC'ing

Arun Bose
Richmond
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Subject: Many songbirds this morning
From: Christina Birdsong <helpwithbirth AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2014 11:22:08 -0500
Visiting the Cromwell Farms neighborhood were a wide variety of birds, all
in one tree.  Cardinals, Carolina Chickadees, House Finches, a Hairy
Woodpecker, a Catbird and Mockingbirds.  Nothing unusual but a pleasure to
see such activity in now Crepemyrtle.

Christina Birdsong
Norfolk VA
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Subject: Eiders at CBBT
From: david.clark AT chasnorfolk.org
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2014 14:32:23 +0000
2 immature male Common Eiders were present off the first island of the 
Chesapeake Bay Bridge-tunnel this morning from 8:30 - 9:00. 


David Clark
Norfolk 


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Subject: Rudee Inlet Eiders
From: Ron Furnish via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2014 09:34:12 -0500
The two Eiders, reported by Karen Beatty yesterday, are currently in the mouth 
of the Rudee Inlet here in Virginia Beach. 


Happy Holidays everyone 
Ron Furnish

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Subject: Common Eider (pair) Rudee Inlet, Va Bch 12-11
From: Karen Beatty <chirp50 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 11 Dec 2014 18:44:00 -0500
Tom and I observed a pair of Common Eider at Rudee Inlet. They were first
observed on the south side where the small jettie meets the beach. The pair
swan behind the jetties and close to shore before turning around and
swimming in the main channel. They turned and appeared to be heading out to
sea when a boat came in and they went to the same position we first saw
them. We observed them about a half hour. They were easily seen without a
scope. We can't decide if they are both 1st winter males as in some of the
pictures we got they each appear to have white breasts. When viewing them
with bins this didn't appear to be the case....so...I wonder if the
lighting was playing tricks on us. One had more yellow on the beak and the
other more olive. You can view 4 pictures that show the pair together and
each more close up. Two different cameras were used, so you will see a
difference in color due to that (I think). Here is the link.......



https://picasaweb.google.com/115426894375178708381/CommonEidersRudeeInlet121114?authuser=0&authkey=Gv1sRgCIr9yc7Rg6X09wE&feat=directlink 


Karen & Tom Beatty
Virginia Beach
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Subject: Bird Walk, Banshee Reeks, (Loudoun Co), Dec 13
From: "Joe Coleman" <joecoleman AT rstarmail.com>
Date: Thu, 11 Dec 2014 14:38:06 -0500
Everyone is invited to join us for the regular (every 2nd Sat.) monthly bird
walk at the Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve in central Loudoun County this
Sat., Dec 13, meeting at 8:00 am in the parking lot at the Visitor
Center/Manor House.  These free bird walks are sponsored by the Loudoun
Wildlife Conservancy (www.loudounwildlife.org
 ) and the Friends of Banshee Reeks
(www.bansheereeks.org  ).

 

We hold the walk, regardless of the weather, unless it is dangerous but
don't expect a lot of participants if the weather is lousy.

 

Information and directions for Banshee Reeks, which is open every Sat. &
Sun. from 8 am to 4 pm, can be found at www.bansheereeks.org
 .

 

Information on the Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy's many free programs and
field trips can be found at www.loudounwildlife.org
 .

 

Thanks, Joe Coleman

540-554-2542 or joecoleman AT rstarmail.com  

 

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Subject: Re: Christmas Bird Counts
From: "Joe Coleman" <joecoleman AT rstarmail.com>
Date: Thu, 11 Dec 2014 13:58:17 -0500
Elisa,
Thanks for posting this - really appreciate it. I know that Arun tries his
best to collect info on all of Virginia's CBCs and post it to the VSO
website (http://www.virginiabirds.net/cbc.html) but he can only post what
people pass on to him & it's obvious that a lot of people don't. He sent out
a message to VA-Bird on Nov. 13 letting people know he'd posted dates and
contact info for all the counts he had rec'd info on & requested info on
those that weren't listed.

Also, several of us who compile counts in the Washington Area tried back in
August & September to coordinate the dates of our counts and did manage to
avoid scheduling several of them on the same day but because of the number
of counts in Virginia & Maryland in the DC area did end with some on the
same day & more back to back.

I also passed on to Arun info on all the counts I knew about at that time.

Joe Coleman, President
Virginia Society of Ornithology & Compiler of the Central Loudoun CBC

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From: va-bird
[mailto:va-bird-bounces+joecoleman=rstarmail.com AT listserve.com] On Behalf Of
Elisa Enders
Sent: Thursday, December 11, 2014 12:13 PM
To: Kurt Gaskill; 'Ellison Orcutt'; va-bird AT listserve.com
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Christmas Bird Counts

Hey all,
 
I guess I live in my happy and ignorant world, but thought things were
pretty good in Virginia. 
 
Anyway, I was very glad to read Ellison's email. I really hadn't thought
much about the lack of CBC information, but please refer to my first
sentence. But, he has brought up an excellent point. So, I pulled out my
most recent copy of Teta Kain's CBC summary from the Raven publication (a
VSO publication) which is from 2012 to 2013. There are 52 counts listed and
22 aren't listed on the VSO's CBC page. 
 
These counts are: Chincoteague, Wachapreague, Chesapeake Bay, Dismal Swamp,
Mathews County, Chancellorsville, Gordonsville, Warren, Darlington Heights,
Chatham, Danville, Shenandoah NP - Luray, Big Flat Mountain, Lexington,
Blacksburg, Giles County, Tazewell, Mount Rogers - Whitetop, Glade Spring,
Blackford, Bristol, and Wise County.
 
I sent Arun information on the Dismal Swamp count, and he will post it as
soon as he can. This count is happening on the 22nd, and the phone number
for the refuge office is 757-986-3705. They had a very recent change in the
CBC date.
 
I just found information for the Lexington CBC and will get that to Arun.
The date for this count is the 20th (compiler is Dick Rowe, email
RoweRA AT vmi.edu).
 
I'll look at the Audubon website and see if there are any additional CBCs
that are lacking date and contact information.
 
Teta's summary lists email addresses for all the compilers. Although I
respect Kurt, I found his response lacking in initiative and depressing.
Audubon in Virginia is not as well funded as in some of the other states,
but there are more disorganized places to be. With the email addresses from
Teta's summary, I will contact compilers of the remaining CBCs. This is a
bit late, but whatever information I obtain, I will post.
 
Ellison, thanks for bringing this up.

Elisa Flanders
Portsmouth, VA


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Subject: Re: Christmas Bird Counts
From: Elisa Enders <elisaenders AT hotmail.com>
Date: Thu, 11 Dec 2014 12:12:49 -0500
Hey all,
 
I guess I live in my happy and ignorant world, but thought things were pretty 
good in Virginia. 

 
Anyway, I was very glad to read Ellison's email. I really hadn't thought much 
about the lack of CBC information, but please refer to my first sentence. But, 
he has brought up an excellent point. So, I pulled out my most recent copy of 
Teta Kain's CBC summary from the Raven publication (a VSO publication) which is 
from 2012 to 2013. There are 52 counts listed and 22 aren't listed on the VSO's 
CBC page. 

 
These counts are: Chincoteague, Wachapreague, Chesapeake Bay, Dismal Swamp, 
Mathews County, Chancellorsville, Gordonsville, Warren, Darlington Heights, 
Chatham, Danville, Shenandoah NP - Luray, Big Flat Mountain, Lexington, 
Blacksburg, Giles County, Tazewell, Mount Rogers - Whitetop, Glade Spring, 
Blackford, Bristol, and Wise County. 

 
I sent Arun information on the Dismal Swamp count, and he will post it as soon 
as he can. This count is happening on the 22nd, and the phone number for the 
refuge office is 757-986-3705. They had a very recent change in the CBC date. 

 
I just found information for the Lexington CBC and will get that to Arun. The 
date for this count is the 20th (compiler is Dick Rowe, email RoweRA AT vmi.edu). 

 
I'll look at the Audubon website and see if there are any additional CBCs that 
are lacking date and contact information. 

 
Teta's summary lists email addresses for all the compilers. Although I respect 
Kurt, I found his response lacking in initiative and depressing. Audubon in 
Virginia is not as well funded as in some of the other states, but there are 
more disorganized places to be. With the email addresses from Teta's summary, I 
will contact compilers of the remaining CBCs. This is a bit late, but whatever 
information I obtain, I will post. 

 
Ellison, thanks for bringing this up.

Elisa Flanders
Portsmouth, VA


 
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> To: mr.ellyo AT gmail.com; va-bird AT listserve.com
> Date: Wed, 10 Dec 2014 21:09:15 -0500
> Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Christmas Bird Counts
> 
> Ellison,
> 
> Welcome to Virginia!  I feel your frustration.
> 
> Kurt Gaskill
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: va-bird [mailto:va-bird-bounces+kurtcapt87=verizon.net AT listserve.com]
> On Behalf Of Ellison Orcutt
> Sent: Wednesday, December 10, 2014 10:01 AM
> To: va-bird AT listserve.com
> Subject: [Va-bird] Christmas Bird Counts
> 
> Hey folks,
> 
> I'm trying my best to figure out a way to view all of the upcoming CBC's in
> the state but haven't found an efficient way.  The list on the VSO website
> has a fair amount of them with dates but it does not include every count.
> National Audubon has a sortable list but many counts do not have a date on
> their list.  I also found an interactive map of the counts but it seems that
> many their also don't have dates.  Anyone have an idea of how I can get more
> of this info without emailing every count compiler to ask the date?
> 
> I'd like to be able to find chances to help on new counts. It's too bad so
> many of the counts are scheduled on the same two days.
> 
> 
> VSO:
> http://www.virginiabirds.net/cbc.html
> 
> Audubon:
> http://tinyurl.com/np8r2zv
> 
> Map:
> http://tinyurl.com/o92lcjf
> 
> 
> 
> Ellison
> --
> Ellison Orcutt
> Birder/Naturalist
> Richmond, Va
> Cell: (804) 339-6976
> Mr.EllyO AT gmail.com
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Subject: Re: Christmas Bird Counts
From: "Kurt Gaskill" <KurtCapt87 AT verizon.net>
Date: Wed, 10 Dec 2014 21:09:15 -0500
Ellison,

Welcome to Virginia!  I feel your frustration.

Kurt Gaskill

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Sent: Wednesday, December 10, 2014 10:01 AM
To: va-bird AT listserve.com
Subject: [Va-bird] Christmas Bird Counts

Hey folks,

I'm trying my best to figure out a way to view all of the upcoming CBC's in
the state but haven't found an efficient way.  The list on the VSO website
has a fair amount of them with dates but it does not include every count.
National Audubon has a sortable list but many counts do not have a date on
their list.  I also found an interactive map of the counts but it seems that
many their also don't have dates.  Anyone have an idea of how I can get more
of this info without emailing every count compiler to ask the date?

I'd like to be able to find chances to help on new counts. It's too bad so
many of the counts are scheduled on the same two days.


VSO:
http://www.virginiabirds.net/cbc.html

Audubon:
http://tinyurl.com/np8r2zv

Map:
http://tinyurl.com/o92lcjf



Ellison
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Birder/Naturalist
Richmond, Va
Cell: (804) 339-6976
Mr.EllyO AT gmail.com
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Subject: HSR: Harvey's Knob (10 Dec 2014) 10 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 10 Dec 2014 17:12:35 -0400
Harvey's Knob
Roanoke, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Dec 10, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       0              0             90
Bald Eagle                   1              1            113
Northern Harrier             0              0             19
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0              0            629
Cooper's Hawk                0              0            121
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0             10
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0          10833
Red-tailed Hawk              8              8            309
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 1              1              4
American Kestrel             0              0            122
Merlin                       0              0             12
Peregrine Falcon             0              0             21
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              6
Unknown Buteo                0              0              6
Unknown Falcon               0              0              1
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              0             13

Total:                      10             10          12309
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:30:00 
Observation end   time: 15:30:00 
Total observation time: 3 hours

Official Counter:        Matt Hosmer

Observers:        Bill James

Visitors:
Just Bill and Me.


Weather:
Temperature stayed around 3-5°c, wind was blowing hard and cold all day
18-22mph NW, cloud cover started at about 60% then around 11:00a.m. about
100% flurries off and on, then partly cloudy.

Raptor Observations:
Adult Golden Eagle  AT  10:53a.m. 
Adult Bald Eagle  AT  2:50p.m.

Non-raptor Observations:
Flurries, I (Matt) did not see any sign of life other than one RT and GE,
no V's or Raven's or parkway traffic. Bill however saw more birds and
parkway traffic as he finished the watch.

Predictions:
Similar, more Eagles?
========================================================================
Report submitted by Matt Hosmer ()
Harvey's Knob information may be found at:
http://bijame.googlepages.com/home

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Subject: Red Knot Listed - VA to Play Critical Recovery Role
From: "Wilson, Michael D" <mdwils AT wm.edu>
Date: Wed, 10 Dec 2014 20:35:06 +0000
By Bryan Watts


http://www.ccbbirds.org/2014/12/10/red-knots-receive-listing-endangered-species-act-virginia-play-critical-role-recovery/ 


In a press conference held on December 9th, 2014, Service Director Dan Ashe 
announced the decision by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to designate the 
rufa subspecies of the red knot as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. 
A "threatened" designation recognizes a significant risk of becoming endangered 
throughout all or a portion of a species' range. The announcement concludes a 
multi-year, comprehensive assessment of available information on both the 
population and potential threats, including coastal development, climate change 
and declines in horseshoe crab eggs - a key prey resource within Delaware Bay. 


Rufa red knots have one of the longest migrations known to science. From 
breeding grounds in the high arctic, a portion of the population migrates to 
winter grounds on the tip of South America, a round-trip distance of over 
20,000 miles. Like many shorebirds, these extreme migrants require concentrated 
food resources to prepare themselves for long flights. Deterioration of prey 
resources and foraging conditions within refueling sites is believed to have 
played an important role in their decline. Since the early 1980s the population 
has declined by more than 75%. 


Data collected in Virginia played a significant role in the listing process. 
Since 1994, Bryan Watts (Director of The Center for Conservation of Biology at 
the College of William & Mary and Virginia Commonwealth University) and Barry 
Truitt (Chief Conservation Scientist for the Virginia Coast Reserve of The 
Nature Conservancy) have conducted weekly aerial surveys of shorebirds along 
the outer coast of Virginia during the spring migration season. The results of 
these surveys were provided to the Service and have been used both in listing 
deliberations and in the ongoing designation of critical habitat for the 
species. 


Virginia will play a critical role in the stabilization and recovery of the 
rufa population. Each spring, the Virginia Barrier Islands provide a refueling 
site to 30-50% of the entire population. Birds stage here before embarking on 
their final flight to arctic breeding grounds. Unlike the highly developed 
coastlines of New Jersey to the north and North Carolina to the south, more 
than 95% of the Virginia Barrier Islands are in protective ownership by The 
Nature Conservancy, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Commonwealth of 
Virginia. This pristine coastline provides a much-needed oasis for the birds 
during their northward migration. 


In a forthcoming paper to be published in the Journal of Wildlife Management, 
Watts and Truitt outline the importance of Virginia to staging knots and sound 
an urgent alarm. Unlike the well-known staging area in Delaware Bay where knots 
feed on horseshoe crab eggs, knots staging in Virginia feed on intertidal 
mollusks. In most years, blue mussels are the food of choice. 


The distribution of blue mussels is undergoing a catastrophic shift due to 
climate change. Blue mussels are extremely sensitive to warm seas, and over the 
past 50 years their range has been contracting northward at an average rate of 
7.5 kilometers per year. Virginia is now within the trailing edge of this 
range, suggesting that within the relatively near term, knots may no longer 
have access to this resource. The loss of blue mussels may have a much greater 
impact on the migration system of the red knot than the well-publicized harvest 
of horseshoe crabs. 



Center for Conservation Biology
College of William and Mary & Virginia Commonwealth University
P.O. Box 8795
Williamsburg, VA 23187-8795
web: www.ccbbirds.org
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Subject: Northern Harrier at Dyke Marsh during Northern Va. Bird Club walk
From: "Larry Cartwright" <prowarbler AT verizon.net>
Date: Wed, 10 Dec 2014 14:32:34 -0500
Four birders joined Rich Rieger for the Northern Virginia Bird Club
sponsored walk at Dyke Marsh today. For the second time since Sunday, we had
difficulty in finding titmice (we ended up with 1) and woodpeckers were
virtually a no show.  However, we did make up for it with raptors.  A
Peregrine Falcon was still perched at the same spot on the Woodrow Wilson
Bridge as Sunday.  We had 4 Red-tailed Hawks, at least 2 pushing through in
migration and a juvenile giving us great views as it engaged in probable
hunting in the picnic area. A juvenile Red-shouldered Hawk flew within 20
feet over our heads on the boardwalk. But the absolute highlight had to be
the Northern Harrier. The bird scanned and listened for prey as it flew
within several feet above the marsh vegetation. Then it increased in
elevation as it crossed northbound over the Haul Road peninsula.  That's
when it spotted the perched Bald Eagle, a bird much bigger and heavier than
itself. No matter, the harrier took a dive at the eagle and veered off only
a few feet away from its target and then went on its way. The eagle remained
perched. I wonder if this was the same eagle that was targeted by a
Peregrine Falcon on Sunday.  It was virtualy at the same location with the
only difference being the eagle was soaring during Sunday's incident and
perched today.  

 

Dyke Marsh - CMN02, Fairfax, US-VA

Dec 10, 2014 8:12 AM - 11:53 AM

Protocol: Traveling

2.0 mile(s)

Comments:     
Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.8 40 species (+2 other taxa) Canada Goose 250 American Black Duck 1 Mallard 97 American Black Duck x Mallard (hybrid) 1 Lesser Scaup 2 Bufflehead 5 Ruddy Duck 13 Pied-billed Grebe 4 Double-crested Cormorant 6 Great Blue Heron 3 Turkey Vulture 2 Northern Harrier 1 Bald Eagle 2 Red-shouldered Hawk 1 Red-tailed Hawk 4 Laughing Gull 1 Ring-billed Gull 100 Herring Gull 6 Great Black-backed Gull 9 Mourning Dove 5 Belted Kingfisher 1 Northern Flicker 2 Peregrine Falcon 1 Blue Jay 3 American Crow 4 crow sp. 1 Carolina Chickadee 20 Tufted Titmouse 1 Brown Creeper 1 Winter Wren 2 Carolina Wren 12 Eastern Bluebird 1 Northern Mockingbird 1 European Starling 60 Song Sparrow 5 Swamp Sparrow 2 White-throated Sparrow 22 Dark-eyed Junco 1 Northern Cardinal 5 Red-winged Blackbird 86 American Goldfinch 27 House Sparrow 2 View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20854291 This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org) Larry Cartwright prowarbler AT verizon.net *** You are subscribed to va-bird as jsiler AT birdingonthe.net. If you wish to unsubscribe, or modify your preferences please visit http://mailman.listserve.com/listmanager/listinfo/va-bird ***
Subject: Bald Eagles
From: Amy Ellis <mabijibo AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 10 Dec 2014 14:17:36 -0500
I know Bald Eagle spottings have become relatively common, but I saw one
this morning perched in a tree in a busy area near GMU (Fairfax, VA).
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Subject: Rusty Blackbirds
From: Sally Knight <sally.knight60 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 10 Dec 2014 13:20:30 -0500
Sorry - I forgot to add where I live. Brooke Road, Stafford. Within walking 
distance of Aquia Landing Park. 

Sally

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Subject: Rusty Blackbirds
From: Sally Knight <sally.knight60 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 10 Dec 2014 12:31:20 -0500
This morning, before heading to work, I scanned a flock of black birds in the 
top of the trees and noticed what I thought was a Rusty Blackbird. Getting my 
scope out I realized there were several Rusty's in amongst the Red-wing's with 
at least one Cowbird. Nice to see so many Rusty's from the warmth of the house. 

Sally

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Subject: Looking for counters and feeder watchers for Seneca Christmas Bird Count, Sunday, 12/14/14
From: "Jim Nelson" <kingfishers2 AT verizon.net>
Date: Wed, 10 Dec 2014 10:25:23 -0500
The annual Seneca Christmas Bird Count (CBC) will be held this Sunday, December 
14. The count circle has a diameter of 15 miles, centered on Violette’s Lock 
on the C&O Canal on the Maryland side of the Potomac, and includes portions of 
Fairfax and Loudoun Counties. 


I am the compiler for the Seneca CBC. We can still use folks to help count 
birds in the field, so if you are interested, please contact me. 


There is also an important role for folks who live inside the count circle and 
who like to stay home and watch birds in their yards and at their feeders. 
Feeder watchers can contribute useful information to the CBC too. 


In northern Virginia, the count circle begins on the Potomac River just 
downstream of Great Falls, swings south through northern portions of Reston and 
Herndon, passes south of Oak Grove, through Sterling, then swinging west and 
north just east of Ashburn and Lansdowne, coming back to the Potomac near 
Elizabeth Mills Park. If you live inside this area and you are interested in 
reporting the birds you observe in your yard and at your feeders on Sunday, 
please let me know. I can confirm whether you fall inside the count circle and 
make arrangements for you to send in your yard count. 


Sunday looks to be a good weather day, so you should see some nice birds in 
your yards. 


Thanks in advance.

Jim Nelson
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Subject: Christmas Bird Counts
From: Ellison Orcutt <mr.ellyo AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 10 Dec 2014 10:01:20 -0500
Hey folks,

I'm trying my best to figure out a way to view all of the upcoming CBC's in
the state but haven't found an efficient way.  The list on the VSO website
has a fair amount of them with dates but it does not include every count.
National Audubon has a sortable list but many counts do not have a date on
their list.  I also found an interactive map of the counts but it seems
that many their also don't have dates.  Anyone have an idea of how I can
get more of this info without emailing every count compiler to ask the date?

I'd like to be able to find chances to help on new counts. It's too bad so
many of the counts are scheduled on the same two days.


VSO:
http://www.virginiabirds.net/cbc.html

Audubon:
http://tinyurl.com/np8r2zv

Map:
http://tinyurl.com/o92lcjf



Ellison
-- 
Ellison Orcutt
Birder/Naturalist
Richmond, Va
Cell: (804) 339-6976
Mr.EllyO AT gmail.com
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Subject: Bird Note
From: Christina Birdsong <helpwithbirth AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 9 Dec 2014 16:29:46 -0500
As an avid birder I'm always hungry for any news that relates to my
passion.  I'm probably late doing this but I've just discovered Bird Note
on NPR.  Dwight Davis airs Bird Note on his morning show on WHRO.  For
instance today's Bird Note program featured the call of the Northern
goshawk.  Now I'll recognize that call.  It may be of interest to you and
you can listen at
http://birdnote.org/show/northern-goshawk-esteemed-bird-prey, and/or
subscribe to the podcast.

Locally the Peregrine falcon has not been seen in the last two days.  There
has been an absolute dirty of birds on any of the waters nearby, which
include, Lochhaven, Knitting Mill Creek, or the waters along Jamestown
Crescent.  Was hoping this last big cold front would plant them into the
neighborhood, but not yet.  However, a few buffleheads were seen at the
Loch.

Christina Birdsong
Norfolk VA
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