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7 Mar Re: NVBC @ Huntley/Sunday/March 8 [Trista Nealon ]
7 Mar Bird Sightings [janet anderson via va-bird ]
7 Mar NVBC @ Huntley/Sunday/March 8 [Rich Rieger via va-bird ]
7 Mar Cowbirds, Horned Larks / Shenandoah Co. ["Jon Little" ]
07 Mar Re: Rectortown Road Rough-legged Hawk [Edward Eder ]
07 Mar Rectortown Road Rough-legged Hawk [Edward Eder ]
7 Mar Day in the Valley (3/7) 2 Longspurs, 2 Swans, 2 Mergansers, and 2 Young Birders Clubs [Andrew Rapp ]
8 Mar Augsta & Rockingham Cos. today - Tundra Swans, C. Mergansers, Smith's Longspur [Diane L via va-bird ]
07 Mar Occoquan area birding (Prince Wm County) 07 March [Stephen Johnson ]
7 Mar NVBC Birds & Trees ID Walk at Riverbend Park, Saturday, Mar 7, 2015 [Elton Morel via va-bird ]
7 Mar Kerr Reservoir 3/7 [Adam D'Onofrio ]
7 Mar 3/7/15 - Virginia Beach - First Landing SP & Pleasure House Point NA [Rob Bielawski ]
7 Mar White-winged scoters at Dyke; goldeneye there and across from Fort Washington [Pam and Ben via va-bird ]
7 Mar Red-necked Grebe at Sherwood Lake development, VA Beach [Elisa Enders ]
7 Mar Smith's Longspur continues Saturday, 03.07.15 [Sandy ]
7 Mar Re: va-bird Digest, Vol 95, Issue 9 [Tom B ]
07 Mar Cooper's eating robin [Marc Ribaudo ]
7 Mar Black vulture in Highland Co. [Patti Reum ]
7 Mar Smith's Longspur YES [Daryl Owens ]
7 Mar Re: Smith's Longspur yes Saturday [Marti Eisentraut ]
06 Mar Fwd: [eBird Alert] Virginia Rare Bird Alert ["kurtcapt87 AT verizon.net" ]
07 Mar Re: White-winged scoter, Leesylvania State Park ["kurtcapt87 AT verizon.net" ]
07 Mar White-winged scoter, Leesylvania State Park [Marc Ribaudo ]
7 Mar Blackbirds and other signs of spring (Lynchburg) ["Sattler, Gene" ]
7 Mar Smith's Longspur yes Saturday [Gabriel Mapel via va-bird ]
7 Mar Coopers hawk [suzanne via va-bird ]
7 Mar New yard birds! ["Robyn A. Puffenbarger" ]
7 Mar Highland County report [Patti Reum ]
06 Mar Western Tanager - New Kent County ["Lynda Blair" ]
6 Mar Tree Swallows, Lesser Scaup, & Mergansers at Sandy River Reservoir, Prince Edward County [Evan Spears ]
6 Mar 2 Short-eared Owls (Louisa Co) [Andrew Rapp ]
6 Mar 3/6/15 - Virginia Beach - CBBT 1st Island - 4 Red-necked Grebe, 1 Great Cormorant, Photos [Rob Bielawski ]
6 Mar Leucistic Carolina Chickadee ["Marshall Faintich" ]
6 Mar Biggest Bully on the Block [Bryan via va-bird ]
6 Mar Re: Cowbird; Barred Owl [Eirlys Barker ]
05 Mar Fwd: [eBird Alert] Virginia Rare Bird Alert ["kurtcapt87 AT verizon.net" ]
6 Mar Re: Smith's Longspur 3/5 or 3/6? [vineeta anand ]
6 Mar Smith's Longspur YES [Gabriel Mapel via va-bird ]
6 Mar Re: Smith's Longspur 3/5 or 3/6? [Daryl Owens ]
6 Mar Smith's Longspur 3/5 or 3/6? ["Elizabeth Wilkins/vanMontfrans" ]
6 Mar Back Yard Invasion [pepherup--- via va-bird ]
5 Mar Crabtree Pond Porterfield Highway, Abingdon Virginia ["Ed and Helen Morgan" ]
6 Mar Rose-breasted grosbeak found dead, James City County ["Cristol, Daniel A" ]
5 Mar Cowbird; Barred Owl [George Martin ]
5 Mar Purple Martin, Charles City County [Susan Ridd ]
5 Mar Purple Martin, Charles City County [Susan Ridd ]
5 Mar FW: Craney Island, Portsmouth CLOSED Saturday [Elisa Enders ]
5 Mar Re: Fwd: busy feeders [Scott Priebe ]
05 Mar Re: Fwd: busy feeders [Shipman Nancy ]
5 Mar Re: Fwd: busy feeders [morann--- via va-bird ]
5 Mar Fwd: busy feeders [Rich Rieger via va-bird ]
05 Mar busy feeders ["Larry Cartwright" ]
5 Mar Bryan Park Walk postponed to March 15 [Susan Ridd ]
5 Mar Fwd: busy feeders [Rich Rieger via va-bird ]
05 Mar busy feeders ["Marc Ribaudo" ]
5 Mar ring-billed gulls [Scott Jackson-Ricketts ]
5 Mar Contacts for Chancellorsville, Charlottesville, and Gordonsville CBC Data [Andrew Rapp ]
05 Mar Female Red-winged Blackbirds [Walter Hadlock ]
5 Mar intermedius Lesser Black-backed Gull, Cape Charles [Ned Brinkley ]
5 Mar Watch your waxwings [Ned Brinkley ]
4 Mar Sharp-shinned Hawk Gives Chase - Compton Mt [Roger mayhorn ]
4 Mar Red-winged Blackbird, Botetourt County ["Nancy Young" ]
5 Mar Re: Back To The Bay Bridge-Tunnel (photos) [Les Brooks ]
4 Mar Mill Creek Today [pepherup--- via va-bird ]
4 Mar Blue-headed vireo [Scott Jackson-Ricketts ]
4 Mar Smith's and melting snow [david shoch ]
4 Mar Orange-crowned Warbler, Norfolk, 3/4/15 [nicholas ]
04 Mar NVBC meeting tonight YES ["Joanna Bellows Taylor" ]
4 Mar Smiths longspur yes [Bb ]
4 Mar Common Goldeneye at Greenfield [Wes Teets ]
04 Mar Fwd: [eBird Alert] Virginia Rare Bird Alert ["kurtcapt87 AT verizon.net" ]
04 Mar FOS Osprey? Hopewell [Barbara Houston ]
3 Mar Greater Snow Geese [rlukei--- via va-bird ]
3 Mar Voice: Greater Washington area, March 3 [Joe Coleman ]
3 Mar Male and Female Red-breasted Mergansers [Colt Gregory ]
3 Mar Re: College Creek Hawkwatch [Ned Brinkley ]

Subject: Re: NVBC @ Huntley/Sunday/March 8
From: Trista Nealon <trnealon AT comcast.net>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 21:51:26 -0500
The Huntley Meadows Teen Bird Club was there tonight and we heard one woodcock 
peenting in the second field. We were unable to see it, though. 


Trista Nealon


Sent from my iPhone

> On Mar 7, 2015, at 8:39 PM, Rich Rieger via va-bird  
wrote: 

> 
> Larry Cartwright and I will be leading the Woodcock Walk at Huntley Meadows 
Sunday night as planned. We will meet in the parking lot for the back entrance 
at 6:30p. Parking lot is off N. Kings Hwy near where it intersects w. Telegraph 
Road. A few things to think on before you make the trip. 

> 
> There have been no recent reports of Woodcocks at Huntley.
> Larry and I scouted tonight and came up empty.
> Does not mean birds are not present.
> 
> Forecast calls for a pleasant evening -Temp in the 40's w. a light breeze and 
some clouds - nice night for a stroll. 

> With sun/warmth tomorrow, the path will be wet to slushy. Wear appropriate 
footwear. Also good idea to bring a flashlight. 

> While scouting tonight - heard a Great Horned Owl -Barred Owl is also 
possible. 

> Jupiter is bright in the eastern sky, Venus to the west.
> I will not talk about football or RG III - can not guarantee I will not talk 
about the Nats. 

> 
> Rich Rieger
> Alexandria
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Subject: Bird Sightings
From: janet anderson via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 21:20:04 -0500
March 6, 2015
 
Ben Brenman Park in Alexandria, Fairfax County, VA
Many Canvasbacks and Redhead Ducks along with 1 Wood Duck
 
March 7, 2015
 
1 Peregrine Falcon seen from office complex in Baileys Crossroads, Falls  
Church, Fairfax County, VA
 
Janet M. Anderson
Falls Church, VA
 
 
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Subject: NVBC @ Huntley/Sunday/March 8
From: Rich Rieger via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 20:39:00 -0500
Larry Cartwright and I will be leading the Woodcock Walk at Huntley Meadows 
Sunday night as planned. We will meet in the parking lot for the back entrance 
at 6:30p. Parking lot is off N. Kings Hwy near where it intersects w. Telegraph 
Road. A few things to think on before you make the trip. 


There have been no recent reports of Woodcocks at Huntley.
 Larry and I scouted tonight and came up empty.
Does not mean birds are not present.

Forecast calls for a pleasant evening -Temp in the 40's w. a light breeze and 
some clouds - nice night for a stroll. 

With sun/warmth tomorrow, the path will be wet to slushy. Wear appropriate 
footwear. Also good idea to bring a flashlight. 

While scouting tonight - heard a Great Horned Owl -Barred Owl is also possible.
Jupiter is bright in the eastern sky, Venus to the west.
I will not talk about football or RG III - can not guarantee I will not talk 
about the Nats. 


Rich Rieger
Alexandria

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Subject: Cowbirds, Horned Larks / Shenandoah Co.
From: "Jon Little" <littlejon48 AT comcast.net>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 20:09:58 -0500
We found Horned Larks today in 6 different spots (120+ total), plus a large
flock of Cowbirds (100+ mixed in with Starlings) feeding in a cattle lot SW
of Woodstock. We searched in vain for Longspurs.

 

Jon & BJ Little

Winchester

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Subject: Re: Rectortown Road Rough-legged Hawk
From: Edward Eder <nutmegz AT mac.com>
Date: Sat, 07 Mar 2015 20:05:32 -0500
Saw the Rough-legged at approximately 4PM.
> On Mar 7, 2015, at 7:55 PM, Edward Eder  wrote:
> 
> Great views were obtained of the Dark morph Rough-legged Hawk. At least 4 
Northern Harriers were seen (with one " Gray Ghost"), along with mating 
Red-tail Hawks, 2 Red-shouldered Hawks, two American Kestrels and one adult 
Bald Eagle that was attracted to a deer carcass. Unfortunately, no Short-eared 
Owls were seen. 


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Subject: Rectortown Road Rough-legged Hawk
From: Edward Eder <nutmegz AT mac.com>
Date: Sat, 07 Mar 2015 19:55:53 -0500
Great views were obtained of the Dark morph Rough-legged Hawk. At least 4 
Northern Harriers were seen (with one " Gray Ghost"), along with mating 
Red-tail Hawks, 2 Red-shouldered Hawks, two American Kestrels and one adult 
Bald Eagle that was attracted to a deer carcass. Unfortunately, no Short-eared 
Owls were seen. 

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Subject: Day in the Valley (3/7) 2 Longspurs, 2 Swans, 2 Mergansers, and 2 Young Birders Clubs
From: Andrew Rapp <lax3birder AT live.com>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 19:27:43 -0500
Hey everyone,
Last night I got a phone call from Gabriel saying the Northern Teen Birders 
Club was coming down and he invited me to join him. Of course I would! I 
couldn't give up a chance of seeing Fred's Boys as I call them. I arrived at 
Weyer's Cave airport the meeting place a little early thanks to light traffic 
so I went in quest of the Smith's Longspur and quickly found the continuing 
bird. This time I had a much better looks of the bird and heard the flight 
call. I wasn't meaning to pursue the bird for better pictures but when it 
landed only 10 feet away I had to try to improve my blob-of-a-bird pictures 
from a week ago. This proved successful and you will be able to see my pictures 
of him in my checklists that I attached below. Fred's Boys arrived soon there 
after to come and enjoy the bird. Due to the last minute making of the trip 
only two of Fred's Boys (Tucker and Elliot) were able to make it but they were 
very enthusiastic about birds and it was a blast. Once we were done watc 

 hing this awesome bird we headed towards Dayton for the Trumpeter Swan. On the 
way we stopped by Old Bridgewater Road which was amazing as the ground was 
crawling with ants as they appeared 1500 Horned Larks! The ground was moving 
with them. Gabriel found a distant Lapland which only him and Tucker saw. While 
we stood there scanning a few Pipits were feeding in front of us. We then 
headed up the road where a few of the Larks had moved to granting everyone in 
the group great looks at a roadside Lapland Longspur. This was a lifer for 
Elliot and Tucker and a great bird to get good looks at (my tenth on the year). 
We then headed over to Silver Lake where the Trumpeter still hangs out. Also 
there were a few Pipits, an American Wigeon, and 2 Red-breasted Mergansers. Our 
final stop of the day with the Northern Teen Birders was Bridgewater at 
Wildwood Park. We found a few good ducks including 13 Common Mergansers, a 
Pintail, 11 Lesser Scaups, 2 Redheads, 1 Ring-necked Duck, and 2 Pi 

 ed-billed Grebes. We then walked down the trail to the Screech-Owl who was 
sitting up looking pretty today. Sadly this was the end as Gabriel and I had to 
both go home. As I waited for my ride I picked up a few more birds at Wildwood 
including a Cooper's Hawk, Hermit Thrush, and an Eastern Towhee where I had one 
two weeks ago. 

On the way home I quickly stopped off at Fishersville Quarry which had a small 
unfrozen patch holding 7 Canvasbacks, 11 Coots, 11 Ring-necked Ducks, 1 Ruddy 
Duck, and 2 Mallards (what a rarity). It was a great day and I want to thank 
Fred Atwood for bringing down his young birders and for mentoring them. 

Good Birding,
Andrew Rapp
 
eBird Checklists:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22219359
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22219361
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22219364
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22219370
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22219374
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22212998
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Subject: Augsta & Rockingham Cos. today - Tundra Swans, C. Mergansers, Smith's Longspur
From: Diane L via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Sun, 8 Mar 2015 00:23:43 +0000 (UTC)
A few observations of today, birding with Greg Moyers:


Rockingham: 


The North River  AT  Bridgewater, in the vicinity of Rt. 42, hosted at least 9 
Common Mergansers, 12 Lesser Scaup, 2 Redheads, PB Grebes, A. Coots and the 
continuing drake Northern Pintail who hangs with the semi-tame Mallards. 

We found a Common Merganser (male) in the river along Fairview Rd, Mt. 
Crawford. 



Augusta: 

Swoope: Two Tundra Swans (adults) at Smithleigh Lake, along with many other 
waterfowl species (viewed from North Mountain Rd.) Two road-wandering Striped 
Skunks. Sloppy, wet roads, some quite muddy...lots of snow melt! 


Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport: Late this afternoon we found several 
birders enjoying the Smith's Longspur. Though portions of the fields are 
beginning to lose snow cover, the bird still preferred the road shoulders. 
After we'd been there a good while, standing still, the bird worked its way 
toward us, coming within about 20'. Nice treat! 



Diane Lepkowski
Harrisonburg
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Subject: Occoquan area birding (Prince Wm County) 07 March
From: Stephen Johnson <stevejohnson2 AT verizon.net>
Date: Sat, 07 Mar 2015 18:59:00 -0500
This afternoon we visited Leesylvania State Park, Neabsco Creek (from both 
sides), Veterans Park, and Occoquan Regional Park, all of which are near 
Occoquan in Prince Williams County. 


Best birds were American Pipit and Hermit Thrush, both at Occoquan Regional 
Park, right beside the road; and 5 Canvasback at Leesylvania. 


I counted 5 separate examples, all at Leesylvania, of 1-2 Ring-Billed Gulls 
watching nearby as a Herring Gull worked on a dead fish. There were an amazing 
number of dead fish in view on the surface of the ice or in the shallow water. 
All were apparently ignored by the many Bald Eagles, who were busy pulling more 
fish (either alive or dead, not sure) from the open water. 


We got some good photos of two big beavers above water, chewing on sticks quite 
near us, after swimming across a creek in Veterans Park. 


Best inorganic sighting was the piled-up plates of ice around the pier at 
Leesylvania. I was amazed by the quantity of solid ice pieces piled up several 
feet above the water surface level, I guess just from the wind. 


Steve Johnson & Lynn Rafferty

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Subject: NVBC Birds & Trees ID Walk at Riverbend Park, Saturday, Mar 7, 2015
From: Elton Morel via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 22:31:45 +0000 (UTC)

VA Birders:
The Northern Virginia Bird Club in association with the Arlington Master 
Naturalists held a special birds and trees ID walk  led by Joanne Hutton and 
me at Riverbend Park in Fairfax county.  It was a very cold start at 8 degrees 
this morning.  Most of the river was iced over and plenty of fresh snow on the 
ground from Thursday's storm.  Luckily the entrance road and parking lots were 
well ploughed.   We identified 39 bird species and 22 tree species.  There 
was some waterfowl in some open spots on the ice predominately Redheads as well 
as Canvasbacks, Ring-necked Ducks, Gadwall, Bufflehead, Common Mergansers, 
Lesser Scaup and American Wigeon.  The more unusual ducks for this location 
were a quick flyby of a pair of Green-winged Teal, a couple of male Greater 
Scaups and a lone male Northern Pintail. There wasn't much in the way of land 
birds except for common residents and winter visitors.  Perhaps the three 
Yellow-rumped Warblers were the most interesting land birds. For much of walk, 
we focused on identifying trees.  Joanne Hutton expertly showed us identifying 
characteristics of the trees even without their leaves, concentrating on the 
trees' structure, bark, seed pods and buds.  Our tree list was the 
following:  Eastern Hemlock, Eastern Red Cedar, Tulip Poplar, Pawpaw, 
Sycamore, American Elm, Black Walnut, Beech, Northern Red Oak, White Oak, River 
Birch, Musclewood, Serviceberry, Black Cherry, Black Locust, Black Gum, 
Dogwood, Box Elder, Red Maple, Green Ash, Hawthorn and American Holly. 

The complete eBird list is below. Elton MorelArlington, VA
 
Riverbend Park - CGF11, Fairfax, US-VA
Mar 7, 2015 7:30 AM - 11:15 AM
Protocol: Traveling
0.5 mile(s)
Comments: NVBC Birds & Trees ID Walk led by Joanne Hutton & Elton Morel.
39 species

Canada Goose 150
Gadwall 15
American Wigeon 25
American Black Duck 6
Mallard 30
Northern Pintail 1
Green-winged Teal 2 Quick flyby
Canvasback 15
Redhead 100 Estimate. Most common duck present.
Ring-necked Duck 30
Greater Scaup 2
Lesser Scaup 60
Bufflehead 40
Common Merganser 10
Turkey Vulture 1
Bald Eagle 3
Red-tailed Hawk 2
American Coot 30
Ring-billed Gull 200
Great Black-backed Gull 3 Flybys
Mourning Dove 3
Red-bellied Woodpecker 6
Downy Woodpecker 3
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Pileated Woodpecker 1 Heard only
Blue Jay 20
American Crow 5
Fish Crow 3
Carolina Chickadee 12
Tufted Titmouse 15
White-breasted Nuthatch 8
Carolina Wren 4
American Robin 2
Yellow-rumped Warbler 3
Song Sparrow 2
White-throated Sparrow 12
Dark-eyed Junco 2
Northern Cardinal 15
American Goldfinch 6

View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22207858 


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



    
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Subject: Kerr Reservoir 3/7
From: Adam D'Onofrio <bigadfromlb AT comcast.net>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 22:34:23 +0000 (UTC)
Paul Glass, Mike Iwanik and I birded around Kerr Dam in Mecklenburg Co. today. 
Highlights were 2 RED-NECKED GREBES above the dam and 3 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS at 
Palmer Point. There was not a whole lot of ducks around but we scraped up 
several species including all 3 mergansers, GADWALL, AMERICAN WIGEON, NORTHERN 
PINTAIL, COMMON GOLDENEYE, LESSER SCAUP and BUFFLEHEAD. One RED-THROATED LOON 
was at Palmer Point but the Pacific Loon was, once again, a no show. There were 
over 3000 gulls above and below the dam that included at least 45 HERRING 
GULLS, the most we've ever seen down there. Five LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS was 
also a new high count for us and included 3 adults, one second cycle bird and a 
first cycle bird. The LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE was in its usual spot at Palmer 
Springs. Good birding. 


Adam D'Onofrio 
North Dinwiddie 
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Subject: 3/7/15 - Virginia Beach - First Landing SP & Pleasure House Point NA
From: Rob Bielawski <robbielawski AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 16:38:00 -0500
Folks,

*Quick Notes*
First Landing State Park - 7:45 - 11:15 AM - Osprey (FOY at the park), 3
Fox Sparrow
Pleasure House Point - 11:35 AM - 12:50 PM - Red-tailed Hawk, Green-winged
Teal

*Outing Photographs*
http://www.rbnature.com/galleries/we-20150308/ Photos Will be up later this
weekend.

*Full Information*
Today was the second day in a row where we had beautiful blue skies with
almost zero clouds over southeastern Virginia. Early this morning I went up
to First Landing State Park's 64th Street entrance in order to take full
advantage of a beautiful Saturday outdoors. I parked at the corner of
Pacific Avenue & 64th Street, then walked into the park. It had been awhile
since I'd done a longer walk so I did one of my favorite routes through the
park, walking the Cape Henry, Long Creek, Osprey trails to the far west end
of the park and back, for a total distance of 9 miles. There was some sort
of run/walk event going on, and therefore more folks in the park than on a
typical outing unfortunately. Walking the Cape Henry Trail from the
entrance westwards yielded a Pileated Woodpecker and a Downy Woodpecker, a
few Carolina Chickadees and Northern Cardinals, as well as some
Double-crested Cormorants out on Lake Susan Constant. Near the northwest
side of the lake, my route cuts back to the roadway, then down onto the
Long Creek Trail. In this area I've had good luck seeing Hermit Thrushes in
the past, but didn't see any today. Though, on my way out of the park, I
spotted and photographed a Fox Sparrow at this site. The stretch from the
roadway to the junction with the Osprey Trail is more or less straight for
about a mile, and feeding flocks of songbirds are often encountered, but
again, nothing was today.

Walking the Osprey Trail towards the shores of Broad Bay, I kept my eyes
peeled for any number of the Pine Warblers I could hear overhead in the
tree canopy. However, it wasn't until much later in the walk that I'd
finally put eyes on my first one of the year. Also, in this stretch, I've
seen a good amount of Red-headed Woodpeckers in the past, and this is my
3rd attempt this year to photograph some at the park that didn't turn any
up. Perhaps some warmer weather will bring them out. Upon reaching Broad
Bay I could see that it was about 50% frozen over, with large floes of ice
actually sliding up onto the beaches thanks to the incoming tidal push.
This is the first time I've ever heard the ice in Virginia Beach, though
having grown up in Minnesota, I'm no stranger to the sounds. Several of the
ice floes were moving around buoys and water level rods in the bay,
knocking them backwards, but being split into two as they were pushed. With
all the water iced up, there wasn't much in the way of ducks viewable, but
some Buffleheads and Ruddy Ducks could be seen. Both tidal creeks that flow
under wooden bridges were also frozen, so no birds were seen there. White
Hill Lake was also completely frozen over on the surface, and a few Great
Blue Herons were perched along the shoreline, with a couple of Hooded
Mergansers visible in the creek right at the outlet site. After crossing
the large wooden bridge over the creek, the Long Creek Trail hits a
junction with the White Hill Lake Trail, and I continued west along the
Long Creek portion. The creek meanders through a salt marsh and then
empties into the bay, and at this location a single Tundra Swan was sitting
out on the water, I believe my first of the species at First Landing to
date. Continuing westward, the waterway starts to constrict between the
park shoreline and that of Bay Island. As it narrows, the currents get
faster and faster, and therefore no ice existed on the surface here,
allowing more Buffleheads, Ruddy Ducks, Hooded Mergansers, and a few
Mallards a place to rest. It was here that I also saw my first Osprey of
the year at the park, and a Belted Kingfisher that flew past cackling as it
went.

After I'd reached the far western extent of the park, I turned around and
headed back east, picking out a Cooper's Hawk up in a tall pine tree after
hearing it calling, the first time I've ever heard one of them as opposed
to just seeing one. On the way back I got a second chance at seeing pretty
much the same birds, but did find 2 Fox Sparrows in the underbrush along
the trail as well, my second and thirds of the year after just my first
last Saturday. The temperature had warmed up considerably from the 26
degrees earlier in the morning, and amazingly, in just an hour or two, the
ice had almost completely melted on Broad Bay, with large amounts of
floating slush being knocked onto the shoreline by the waves. What a change
in a such a short period of time. Over the rest of the walk, I noted some
songbirds like Brown Thrasher and Carolina Wren, but nothing out of the
ordinary made an appearance, so when I reached the car at 11:15 AM or so, I
decided to try out Pleasure House Point.

Once I arrived to Dinwiddie Drive and made my way onto the park's meadows I
realized it was quite quiet. Just a few Gadwall were seen on the storm
water pond with the concrete wier, and no birds could be seen at the outlet
location to the creek. Most of the marsh grasses along the shoreline were
completely knocked down which made it easy to see across the inland
islands. Perhaps it was from the heavy snows we had last week and the week
before, or perhaps it was from higher than normal tides from the low
pressure systems that caused the snow, or perhaps it was a combination of
the two, I'm not sure. Out of the mudflats, there are still plenty of Brant
visible, and the three standard gulls (Ring-billed, Herring, Great
Black-backed), but I couldn't pick out any shorebirds with my binoculars or
camera lens. I did have a Greater Yellowlegs fly over, and did also find 2
of them later in the walk with their obvious long bills and bigger stature
than their Lesser cousins. Not too long ago the main portion of Pleasure
House Creek was teeming with ducks of several species, but this portion of
the creek was near empty today. A couple of Canada Geese could be seen
across the way, and plenty of Northern Shovelers were around though. When I
reached the far western edge of the park, a good number of Green-winged
Teal were visible, some walking on the ice that remained in the final
upstream bay prior to the creek going under Shore Drive, and many Northern
Shovelers were also around. Walking back eastward I stuck to the 'inland"
trails that cut through the woods, hoping to see something new. I did find
a Red-tailed Hawk, soaring high over the park and heading out over the
Chesapeake Bay to the north, which is a species I don't see a whole lot of
in northern Virginia Beach, though I know they're not exactly a rare find.
An Osprey soared past as well, probably one of the pair that has
overwintered along the creek the past few years. The biggest surprise to me
of the outing, was just how few people I saw on such a beautiful day. Not
that I'm complaining though, as it was nice and peaceful in the park, which
is most definitely not always the case seeing as how close to a major
corridor it is. Only 1 Great Egret and 1 Great Blue Heron were sighted
today, which is low for the park, and no Snowy Egrets this time. After
reaching the car this time, I headed back home to grab some lunch, and to
lay down to rest up a bit for tomorrow, which is supposed to be just as
sunny, and even a bit warmer if the meteorologists are correct. Definitely
a day not to be missed!

Rob Bielawski
Virginia Beach, VA
www.rbnature.com
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Subject: White-winged scoters at Dyke; goldeneye there and across from Fort Washington
From: Pam and Ben via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 16:33:01 -0500
Jim Mathews and I looked for waterfowl from Jones Point to Mount Vernon this
afternoon.  The dominant birds were scaup, but every stop had canvasback
(particularly Belle Haven Marina), bufflehead, and common mergs.  The best
birds were five male white-winged scoters at the marina (far across the
river just south of Washington Harbor), one female goldeneye at the marina,
and one male and three female goldeneye from the overlook across from Fort
Washington.  We also saw hooded mergs, black ducks, redheads, and
ring-necked ducks at several stops.  Mallards, a single ruddy, and Canada
geese round out the waterfowl.  We also saw two pied-billed grebes from the
Stone Bridge, and one horned grebe from the marina.

 

Ben  Jesup

Alexandria

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Subject: Red-necked Grebe at Sherwood Lake development, VA Beach
From: Elisa Enders <elisaenders AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 16:04:23 -0500
There is a Red-necked Grebe, currently on the north pond, off Princess Anne 
Road. 


Elisa Flanders
Portsmouth, VA
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Subject: Smith's Longspur continues Saturday, 03.07.15
From: Sandy <sandralfarkas2 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 15:28:20 -0500
Hello all,
Susan Haskew and I left Springfield in a balmy 8° to arrive at the Shenandoah 
Airport to see the Smith's Longspur on the road in front of us as we drove in. 
The bird was feeding with horned larks on the side of the road. It was flushed 
many times by cars entering the airport however, it always came back. It flew 
between two intersecting roads. We watch the bird between 10 AM and 1 PM and 
got pictures. BTW: Thomas House Restaurant, Dayton, VA is a great place to eat 
and it's near Silver Lake where we saw the trumpeter swam and many pipets. 


Sandy Farkas 
Springfield, VA 

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Subject: Re: va-bird Digest, Vol 95, Issue 9
From: Tom B <tmb528 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 13:23:07 -0500
Just wanted to thank Rob Bielawski for his excellent in-depth report about
his recent trip to the CBBT.  It is written from the perspective of a
birder and a birder who likes to take photographs.  Seeing a raft of ducks
or a seal is great but if that raft or seal is out of range for a 400 or
500mm lens then the trip can be a bit frustrating.  Distance matters.  We
were there a week or so ago and there was absolutely nothing going on.  We
almost jumped in the car today just to see the grebes....almost.  Thanks
again.

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>    1. Back Yard Invasion (pepherup AT aol.com)
>    2. Smith's Longspur 3/5 or 3/6? (Elizabeth Wilkins/vanMontfrans)
>    3. Re: Smith's Longspur 3/5 or 3/6? (Daryl Owens)
>    4. Smith's Longspur YES (Gabriel Mapel)
>    5. Re: Smith's Longspur 3/5 or 3/6? (vineeta anand)
>    6. Fwd: [eBird Alert] Virginia Rare Bird Alert 
>       (kurtcapt87 AT verizon.net)
>    7. Re: Cowbird; Barred Owl (Eirlys Barker)
>    8. Biggest Bully on the Block (Bryan)
>    9. Leucistic Carolina Chickadee (Marshall Faintich)
>   10. 3/6/15 - Virginia Beach - CBBT 1st Island - 4 Red-necked
>       Grebe, 1 Great Cormorant, Photos (Rob Bielawski)
>   11. 2 Short-eared Owls (Louisa Co) (Andrew Rapp)
>   12. Tree Swallows, Lesser Scaup, & Mergansers at Sandy River
>       Reservoir, Prince Edward County (Evan Spears)
>   13. Western Tanager - New Kent County (Lynda Blair)
>   14. Highland County report (Patti Reum)
>   15. New yard birds! (Robyn A. Puffenbarger)
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> Message: 1
> Date: Fri, 6 Mar 2015 10:15:07 -0500
> From: pepherup AT aol.com
> To: va-bird AT listserve.com
> Subject: [Va-bird] Back Yard Invasion
> Message-ID: <14befa78275-962-ae6 AT webprd-a62.mail.aol.com>
> Content-Type: text/plain; charset=utf-8
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>
> This morning as I looked out on the frozen sleety yard, all I could see
> was a seething mass of black.  There was an invasion of grackles,
> red-winged blackbirds and starlings on all the feeders and on the ground.
> I had seen  one or two grackles and red-winged blackbirds last week but
> they must have all arrived in a mass this morning.   I counted 50 on the
> ground under one feeder and then just gave up counting.
> Also seen this morning were a mass of pine siskins on the thistle socks,
> goldfinches starting to show breeding plumage, the 2 fox sparrows that have
> been here since the bad weather descended, several towhees, many
> white-throats, juncos, house finches, cardinals and one yellow rump warbler
> which showed up yesterday .  Back to the feed store today for more birdseed!
>
> Peggy Lyons
> Concord
> Campbell County
>
>
> ------------------------------
>
> Message: 2
> Date: Fri, 6 Mar 2015 10:19:19 -0500
> From: "Elizabeth Wilkins/vanMontfrans" 
> To: va-bird AT listserve.com
> Subject: [Va-bird] Smith's Longspur 3/5 or 3/6?
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> Would appreciate info on the longspur at Shenandoah Valley Airport - has
> anyone observed it yesterday or today?  We may try to get out there
> tomorrow if it is continuing.
> Thanks,
> Elizabeth Wilkins
> Yorktown, VA
>
>
> ------------------------------
>
> Message: 3
> Date: Fri, 6 Mar 2015 10:24:44 -0500
> From: Daryl Owens 
> To: Elizabeth Wilkins/vanMontfrans 
> Cc: "va-bird AT listserve.com" 
> Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Smith's Longspur 3/5 or 3/6?
> Message-ID: 
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>
> I too am thinking of trying for the Smith's tomorrow.  Thanks in advance
> for any information.
>
> Daryl Owens
> Oakwood VA
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> > On Mar 6, 2015, at 10:21 AM, Elizabeth Wilkins/vanMontfrans <
> vanwilkins AT gmail.com> wrote:
> >
> > Would appreciate info on the longspur at Shenandoah Valley Airport - has
> > anyone observed it yesterday or today?  We may try to get out there
> > tomorrow if it is continuing.
> > Thanks,
> > Elizabeth Wilkins
> > Yorktown, VA
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> Message: 4
> Date: Fri, 6 Mar 2015 12:22:31 -0500
> From: Gabriel Mapel 
> To: shenvalbirds AT yahoo.com, va-bird AT listserve.com
> Subject: [Va-bird] Smith's Longspur YES
> Message-ID: <741E13EE-B8A6-4960-8F38-0059E30EC527 AT yahoo.com>
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> Present now along shoulder of entry road to AirPort (regular location)
> Gabriel Mapel
>
> Sent from my iPhone
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>
> ------------------------------
>
> Message: 5
> Date: Fri, 6 Mar 2015 12:36:20 -0500
> From: vineeta anand 
> To: Daryl Owens 
> Cc: "va-bird AT listserve.com" ,    Elizabeth
>         Wilkins/vanMontfrans 
> Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Smith's Longspur 3/5 or 3/6?
> Message-ID:
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> Since the Longspurs are still at the Shenandoah Valley airport, I'd like to
> make a trip there tomorrow from Alexandria. Would anyone else like a ride?
> Vineeta
>
> "We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts, With our
> own thoughts we make the world." Gautama Buddha
>
> On Fri, Mar 6, 2015 at 10:24 AM, Daryl Owens 
> wrote:
>
> > I too am thinking of trying for the Smith's tomorrow.  Thanks in advance
> > for any information.
> >
> > Daryl Owens
> > Oakwood VA
> >
> > Sent from my iPhone
> >
> > > On Mar 6, 2015, at 10:21 AM, Elizabeth Wilkins/vanMontfrans <
> > vanwilkins AT gmail.com> wrote:
> > >
> > > Would appreciate info on the longspur at Shenandoah Valley Airport -
> has
> > > anyone observed it yesterday or today?  We may try to get out there
> > > tomorrow if it is continuing.
> > > Thanks,
> > > Elizabeth Wilkins
> > > Yorktown, VA
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> Message: 6
> Date: Thu, 05 Mar 2015 11:42:55 -0500
> From: "kurtcapt87 AT verizon.net" 
> To: VA-bird 
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> *** Species Summary:
>
> Trumpeter Swan (4 Rockingham)
> White-winged Scoter (2 Alexandria, 1 Chesterfield, 1 Richmond City, 1 York)
> Rough-legged Hawk (1 Fauquier)
> Loggerhead Shrike (1 Charlotte)
> Smith's Longspur (4 Augusta)
> Western Tanager (1 James City)
>
> ---------------------------------------------
> Thank you for subscribing to the  Virginia Rare Bird Alert. The
> report below shows observations of rare birds in Virginia.  View this alert
> on the web at http://ebird.org/ebird/alert/summary?sid=SN35646
> NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated
>
> Trumpeter Swan (Cygnus buccinator) (1) CONFIRMED
> - Reported Mar 04, 2015 11:46 by David Shoch
> - Silver Lake - MNR01, Rockingham, Virginia
> - Map:
> http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.4239,-78.941&ll=38.4239,-78.941
> - Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22170833
> - Comments: "Continuing  title="Photo & Video Sharing by SmugMug"> alt="Photo & Video Sharing by SmugMug" />"
>
> Trumpeter Swan (Cygnus buccinator) (1) CONFIRMED
> - Reported Feb 28, 2015 16:20 by Betsy Pinkston
> - Silver Lake - MNR01, Rockingham, Virginia
> - Map:
> http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.4239,-78.941&ll=38.4239,-78.941
> - Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22177382
> - Comments: "Continuing. Seen beside Mute Swans for comparison. Black
> bill."
>
> Trumpeter Swan (Cygnus buccinator) (1) CONFIRMED
> - Reported Feb 28, 2015 14:13 by Jessica Ausura
> - Silver Lake - MNR01, Rockingham, Virginia
> - Map:
> http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.4239,-78.941&ll=38.4239,-78.941
> - Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22178495
> - Comments: "Continuing. Photographed.
> "
>
> Trumpeter Swan (Cygnus buccinator) (1) CONFIRMED
> - Reported Feb 28, 2015 14:13 by Ernie Miller
> - Silver Lake - MNR01, Rockingham, Virginia
> - Map:
> http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.4239,-78.941&ll=38.4239,-78.941
> - Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22177261
> - Comments: "Continuing. Photographed.
> "
>
> White-winged Scoter (Melanitta fusca) (1)
> - Reported Feb 28, 2015 12:00 by Janice Frye
> - Riverside Drive, James River Park, Richmond City, Virginia
> - Map:
> 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=37.5580167,-77.5282001&ll=37.5580167,-77.5282001 

> - Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22178050
> - Comments: "Probably the same male seen here in snow and rain on 2/21,
> got a photo this time.  Actually sort of expected in the winter along the
> James these days."
>
> White-winged Scoter (Melanitta fusca) (2)
> - Reported Mar 04, 2015 15:50 by Janice Frye
> - Robious Landing Park - CRI13, Chesterfield, Virginia
> - Map:
> 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=37.5558733,-77.6465607&ll=37.5558733,-77.6465607 

> - Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22178163
> - Comments: "Not that uncommon here once the Great Lakes freeze to the
> extent they have currently. Very distinctive appearance."
>
> White-winged Scoter (Melanitta fusca) (2) CONFIRMED
> - Reported Mar 04, 2015 14:50 by Sherman Suter
> - S end Old Town, Alexandria, Virginia
> - Map:
> 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.7959916,-77.0395553&ll=38.7959916,-77.0395553 

> - Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22174622
> - Comments: "continuing; both birds showing white streak above rear flanks
> (from secondaries); m black, with white comma up and back from under eye;
> f, brownish black with no white in face; again, both actively feeding on
> crayfish; birds not close together; slowly moving upstream (from S end of
> Fords Landing to off Windmill Hill dog park);"
>
> White-winged Scoter (Melanitta fusca) (1) CONFIRMED
> - Reported Mar 04, 2015 12:25 by Jeff Shenot
> - Windmill Hill Park, Alexandria, Virginia
> - Map:
> 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.7993583,-77.04198&ll=38.7993583,-77.04198 

> - Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22174293
> - Comments: "continuing from yesterday; a dark scoter with a distinct
> small white patch in the wing's secondaries, visible both while swimming
> and when it moved its wings as it dove"
>
> White-winged Scoter (Melanitta fusca) (1)
> - Reported Mar 02, 2015 11:45 by stephen grimes
> - York, York, Virginia
> - Map:
> 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=37.23049,-76.5698&ll=37.23049,-76.5698 

> - Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22151063
> - Comments: "Continuing at Colonial Waterfront Park near floating dock.
> Large black Scoter with white secondary patch on flank. White crescent
> above and behind eye"
>
> Rough-legged Hawk (Buteo lagopus) (1)
> - Reported Feb 28, 2015 17:30 by Ernie Miller
> - Rectortown--Short-eared Owl fields , Fauquier, Virginia
> - Map:
> 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.9270987,-77.8563309&ll=38.9270987,-77.8563309 

> - Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22178024
> - Comments: "Photographed.
> "
>
> Loggerhead Shrike (Lanius ludovicianus) (1) CONFIRMED
> - Reported Mar 04, 2015 15:51 by Mike Stinson
> - Farm W of US 15 / US 360 junction N of Keysville, Charlotte, Virginia
> - Map:
> 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=37.0659332,-78.4760499&ll=37.0659332,-78.4760499 

> - Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22175629
> - Comments: "on wire, same location as seen a few times in recent weeks"
>
> Smith's Longspur (Calcarius pictus) (1) CONFIRMED
> - Reported Mar 04, 2015 10:00 by David Shoch
> - Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport (Weyers Cave), Augusta, Virginia
> - Map:
> 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.261064,-78.905611&ll=38.261064,-78.905611 

> - Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22171338
> - Comments: "Continuing. Seen at 10 am briefly and again at 11:30. Called
> several times - a rich rattle, matching Xeno Canto XC181811, sometimes
> disyllabic. Photos taken  title="Photo & Video Sharing by SmugMug"> alt="Photo & Video Sharing by SmugMug" />  title=""> alt="" />"
>
> Smith's Longspur (Calcarius pictus) (1) CONFIRMED
> - Reported Feb 28, 2015 15:15 by Betsy Pinkston
> - Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport (Weyers Cave), Augusta, Virginia
> - Map:
> 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.261064,-78.905611&ll=38.261064,-78.905611 

> - Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22177385
> - Comments: "Continuing. Foraging along road. Seen through scope and
> binoculars. Plumage: Non-breeding. Eye-ring apparent."
>
> Smith's Longspur (Calcarius pictus) (1) CONFIRMED
> - Reported Feb 28, 2015 11:52 by Ernie Miller
> - Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport (Weyers Cave), Augusta, Virginia
> - Map:
> 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.261064,-78.905611&ll=38.261064,-78.905611 

> - Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22176362
> - Comments: "Continuing. Photographed.
> "
>
> Smith's Longspur (Calcarius pictus) (1) CONFIRMED
> - Reported Feb 28, 2015 11:52 by Jessica Ausura
> - Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport (Weyers Cave), Augusta, Virginia
> - Map:
> 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.261064,-78.905611&ll=38.261064,-78.905611 

> - Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22178496
> - Comments: "Continuing. Photographed.
> "
>
> Western Tanager (Piranga ludoviciana) (1) CONFIRMED
> - Reported Mar 04, 2015 08:50 by Andrew Hawkins
> - Settlers' Mill, James City, Virginia
> - Map:
> 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=37.241664,-76.7560458&ll=37.241664,-76.7560458 

> - Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22174762
> - Comments: "continuing bird at this location since November 2014
>
>  title="tanager 1 by Andrew Hawkins, on Flickr"> alt="tanager 1" />
>
>  title="tanager2 by Andrew Hawkins, on Flickr"> alt="tanager2" />"
>
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> Message: 7
> Date: Fri, 6 Mar 2015 13:22:45 -0500
> From: Eirlys Barker 
> To: George Martin 
> Cc: "Virginia Birds \(E-mail\)" 
> Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Cowbird; Barred Owl
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> Content-Type: text/plain; charset=UTF-8
>
> I also had my first Cowbird of the year/ season as well as my first fox
> sparrow.
>
> Eirlys Barker,
> Pinetta, Gloucester
>
> On Thu, Mar 5, 2015 at 7:27 PM, George Martin  wrote:
>
> > Not rare, but had FOS brown-headed cowbird at the backyard millet feeder
> > this morning.  Later in the morning, a barred owl perched in the woods 20
> > yards from the house for 30 minutes.
> >
> > George Martin
> > Burke, VA
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>
> Message: 8
> Date: Fri, 6 Mar 2015 13:41:14 -0500
> From: Bryan 
> To: "va-bird AT listserve.com" 
> Subject: [Va-bird] Biggest Bully on the Block
> Message-ID: <9685251B-DA00-41AB-807F-976526C2AF85 AT yahoo.com>
> Content-Type: text/plain;       charset=us-ascii
>
> Have had varying numbers (1-30) of robins in the backyard for the past two
> weeks with little conflict - until today. One robin has spent the day
> chasing every other bird except a Flicker away from two hanging feeders and
> the area underneath them! When one Dove wouldn't take the hint the Robin
> hit him hard enough to make feathers fly. Starlings and Bluejays put up a
> token resistance but everything else is staying out of his way. Seems like
> expending that much energy would be counterproductive...:-(.
>
> Bryan Cloyed - Woodbridge, Va
>
> Sent from my iPhone 6+
>
>
>
> ------------------------------
>
> Message: 9
> Date: Fri, 6 Mar 2015 15:54:27 -0500
> From: "Marshall Faintich" 
> To: 
> Subject: [Va-bird] Leucistic Carolina Chickadee
> Message-ID: <000a01d0584f$bcb93760$362ba620$ AT theworddoctor.com>
> Content-Type: text/plain;       charset="us-ascii"
>
> Leucistic (brown and white) Carolina Chickadee in the Stoney Creek section
> of Wintergreen Resort. Report and photos:
>
>
>
> http://www.symbolicmessengers.com/Blog2015/2015_03_06.htm
>
>
>
> Marshall Faintich
>
> Nellysford, VA
>
>
>
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> In real life, the shortest distance between two points is never a straight
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> Message: 10
> Date: Fri, 6 Mar 2015 19:55:49 -0500
> From: Rob Bielawski 
> To: VA-Bird List 
> Subject: [Va-bird] 3/6/15 - Virginia Beach - CBBT 1st Island - 4
>         Red-necked Grebe, 1 Great Cormorant, Photos
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> Folks,
>
> *Quick Notes*
> South Thimble Island (CBBT) - 3:25 - 4:50 PM - 1 Great Cormorant flyby, 4
> Red-necked Grebes present on southeast side of island, 1 on the west side.
> 1 Harbor Seal up around the point, and 2 large rafts of Scaup at north &
> southeast sides.
>
> *Outing Photographs*
> *http://www.rbnature.com/galleries/we-20150308/
> *
>
> *Full Information*
> After heading up to the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel the past few Friday's
> after work, I finally was able to get a pair of birds I've been seeking all
> winter long. Arriving at about 3:25 PM to the southeast corner, taking my
> usual spot in the parking lot, I could see a massive group of Scaup
> floating just on the other side of the fence. There was several hundred
> birds in this raft, and at least a couple of Redheads mixed in. While
> scanning the group, I saw one bird with a longer neck, and yellow bill, and
> knew it immediately as my very first Red-necked Grebe! I know many folks
> have seen them around the islands the past few weeks, due in large part to
> the harsh winter further north, and the Great Lakes having now almost
> completely frozen over. However, everytime I looked for them, I came up
> empty, until today! While I was watching the grebe diving and popping back
> up about a minute later, a cormorant flew past just a hundred yards out or
> so. This one appeared different right off the bat, with large amount of
> white showing on the face, neck, and on the rump, this was a Great
> Cormorant, and a second life bird in a span of just minutes!
>
> I snapped off a few in-flight shots as the Great Cormorant flew past
> (they're on my site at the link above), and I took a whole bunch of shots
> of the Red-necked Grebe as it was very close in to the island, well within
> 400mm range. With taking so many shots though, holding plastic and metal
> barehanded, my hands started to freeze, so I walked the perimeter of the
> island to get the blood pumping a bit. Another large raft of Scaup was
> present on the east side of the northern point, with some Surf Scoters,
> Bufflehead, and a couple of Long-tailed Ducks further out in the channel. A
> few Black Scoters were also present in the raft after close inspection.
> Horned Grebe were also found around the island in higher numbers than I've
> seen thus far this season, and about 15 of them were seen on my walk.
> Heading out onto the fishing pier, I saw a Harbor Seal surface along the
> rocks behind the restaurant, and as I watched it dove back down into the
> depths. I walked out and back on the pier, and noted another Red-necked
> Grebe to the south, where I'd seen a couple of loons last week. Scaup were
> the only waterfowl present on the western side of the island, and it was
> sure something to watch as they rode up and down the huge, long period,
> waves streaming into shore.
>
> Walking back around the island yielded some nice looks at the Harbor Seal
> as it came back up, and followed the shoreline, getting swept "inland" on a
> few occasions by the rough waters, but catching the next wave and moving
> back outward. Another fellow was watching the birds from a car nearby and
> said he'd seen the grebes and Redheads as well. I spent about a half hour
> just kind of pacing to warm up, walking the pier out and back a second
> time, and then heading back around towards my car. From near my car, I
> could see 4 Red-necked Grebes (some showing full red necks already) a
> couple hundred yards out in the water, which seemed amazing for me, having
> seen my first ever just an hour or so earlier in the day. I don't know if
> this is being considered an irruption year for the species, like we had
> last year, but they're definitely being reported around the area, and if I
> saw 4 today, I'd assume more folks will be seeing them over the weekend. I
> still could not locate any Harlequin Ducks, but I know they're out in the
> bay somewhere. Tomorrow, the Virginia Aquarium is doing a boat trip onto
> the bay from 11 AM - 3 PM, and I'd expect the folks on it will be treated
> to some great views of our winter birds, given just how close even a
> pedestrian like me was able to get to some today. The weather reports are
> all calling for sunny skies, with warming temperatures through the weekend,
> so it should be an excellent time to be outdoors!
>
> Rob Bielawski
> Virginia Beach, VA
> www.rbnature.com
>
>
> ------------------------------
>
> Message: 11
> Date: Fri, 6 Mar 2015 20:46:55 -0500
> From: Andrew Rapp 
> To: "va-bird AT listserve.com" 
> Subject: [Va-bird] 2 Short-eared Owls (Louisa Co)
> Message-ID: 
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> Hey everyone,
> This afternoon I did a little bit of birding around Green Springs
> Historical District with very little good birds. Since it was very slow and
> I really wanted to see some Short-eared Owls I decided to stick around the
> big barn on East Jack Jouett and wait for them. I stood out there in the
> snow for 40 minutes freezing my toes off until finally a Shortie flew over
> the hill. As I watched him another flew in and they fought for a little
> while chasing after each other. This is my third time this year looking for
> these birds and finally I got some. If you want directions or want to know
> anything about the great birding area of Green Springs just send me an
> email.
> Good Birding,
> Andrew Rapp
>
>
> ------------------------------
>
> Message: 12
> Date: Fri, 6 Mar 2015 21:30:23 -0500
> From: Evan Spears 
> To: va-bird AT listserve.com
> Subject: [Va-bird] Tree Swallows, Lesser Scaup, & Mergansers at Sandy
>         River Reservoir, Prince Edward County
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> Hundreds of ducks this afternoon at Sandy River Reservoir but most of them
> were LESSER SCAUP. All three MERGANSER species were still present. Lots of
> RING-BILLED GULLS and one HERRING GULL. Three BALD EAGLES soared high above
> the lake. First of season TREE SWALLOWS dipped low over the water. There
> was also a flock of AMERICAN WIGEON near the dam, a flyover pair of
> GREEN-WINGED TEAL, and one HORNED GREBE. Thirteen species of waterfowl
> total.
>
> Several species of waterfowl at Wilck's Lake as well. The many male HOODED
> MERGANSERS were courting the few females in small groups by tossing their
> heads back, inflating their crested, croaking, and then chasing each other.
> What a sight!
>
> Photos: https://www.flickr.com/photos/65924095 AT N06/
>
> Sandy River Reservoir:
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22200507
> Wilck's Lake: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22199787
>
> Evan Spears
> Farmville, VA
>
>
> ------------------------------
>
> Message: 13
> Date: Fri, 06 Mar 2015 23:51:22 -0500
> From: "Lynda Blair" 
> To: "va-bird" 
> Subject: [Va-bird] Western Tanager - New Kent County
> Message-ID: <1E16C4BDFC4F4032A82EE8865BAD200F AT LyndaPC>
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> Since the sleet/snow event on Wed. we have had a Western Tanager here at
> our
> feeders in New Kent County. Hopefully it will stick around for a while. It
> is having to put up with a lot of Starlings and Grackles but am trying to
> keep it well supplied with a variety of seeds and suet.  Anyone wishing to
> come and see the bird, please email me - tomlyn AT verizon.net or message
> through my FB page.
> Images are here-
>
> http://lyndablair.smugmug.com/New-Images/New/i-FqdgSVM/A
>
> Lynda Blair
> New Kent, VA
>
>
>
>
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> Message: 14
> Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 08:21:37 -0500
> From: Patti Reum 
> To: va-bird AT listserve.com
> Subject: [Va-bird] Highland County report
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> The roads are in good shape out here.  I do have all wheel drive.
> Yesterday I did my usual loop in search of Golden Eagles, with no luck.  I
> did see a male Red-breasted Merganser and a pair of Hoodies at the farm
> pond on laurel fork rd.  and also a pair of red-tails. Also on the stream
> that comes out of the pond, a pair of Mallards and 4 Kildeer, a sight for
> sore eyes.  Also saw a female kestrel on hevener lane.  No sign of Horned
> Larks, but very little had been plowed by the side of the road so there was
> no bare ground for them to feed.
>
> --
> Patti Reum
>
>
> ------------------------------
>
> Message: 15
> Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 13:20:55 +0000
> From: "Robyn A. Puffenbarger" 
> To: "va-bird AT listserve.com" 
> Subject: [Va-bird] New yard birds!
> Message-ID:
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> <74ECA356A4BED94BA64B003572E17C8658AEF992 AT COSTELLO.Bridgewater.local>
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>
> Hello -
>
> We have had a snowy week and missed class Thursday so no report from the
> ornithology class at Bridgewater College.  Instead, we got to watch birds
> in the snow at home, and a couple of the students came over to enjoy birds
> with us.
>
> In our watching Thursday March 5th, we got to see another view of yard
> bird #123, Savannah Sparrow that had first come by the Saturday before.
> Then bird #124, a Rusty Blackbird, showed up!  Bill and I were very
> excited!  We got some decent pictures and are trying to figure out the
> plumage, but none of our field guides agree as to if this is a young male
> or female.  We have not seen much of Rusties, so if you would like to
> comment to rpuffenb AT bridgewater.edu, we would appreciate the help.
>
> Flckr pictures at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/131428725 AT N08/
>
> Cheers -
> Robyn Puffenbarger, Ph.D. | Biology | Associate Professor of Biology
> phone: 540-828-5713 | fax: 540-828-5661 | online: bridgewater.edu
>
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Subject: Cooper's eating robin
From: Marc Ribaudo <moribaudo AT verizon.net>
Date: Sat, 07 Mar 2015 12:00:28 -0500
I am sitting in my kitchen watching a young Cooper's hawk on the ground eating 
a robin. 


Marc Ribaudo

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Subject: Black vulture in Highland Co.
From: Patti Reum <pareum AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 11:33:53 -0500
I saw a black vulture today perched on Rt. 220.  Seems like an very early
bird for around here.  There was a dead deer up the road a bit, so maybe he
would feed on that, but the deer was in a place where it would be very
difficult for the bird to feed successfully.  Also the male Red-wings are
back!

Patti

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Subject: Smith's Longspur YES
From: Daryl Owens <daryl.owens AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 11:22:29 -0500
Present now.  Just flew toward the airport.

Daryl Owens

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Subject: Re: Smith's Longspur yes Saturday
From: Marti Eisentraut <meisentraut AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 11:05:01 -0500
Still here at 11am

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> On Mar 7, 2015, at 9:30 AM, Gabriel Mapel via va-bird  
wrote: 

> 
> Here now
> Gabriel Mapel and a group of ~10
> 
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Subject: Fwd: [eBird Alert] Virginia Rare Bird Alert
From: "kurtcapt87 AT verizon.net" <kurtcapt87@verizon.net>
Date: Fri, 06 Mar 2015 13:00:40 -0500

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*** Species Summary:

Greater White-fronted Goose (1 Augusta)
Trumpeter Swan (3 Rockingham)
White-winged Scoter (1 Alexandria, 1 Richmond City, 1 York)
White Ibis (1 Virginia Beach)
Rough-legged Hawk (1 Fauquier)
Iceland Gull (1 Virginia Beach)
Snowy Owl (1 Spotsylvania)

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

NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

Greater White-fronted Goose (Anser albifrons) (3)
- Reported Mar 03, 2015 13:15 by Diane Lepkowski
- Mount Solon Pond, Free Mason Rd., Augusta Co., VA, Augusta, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.3445866,-79.0860908&ll=38.3445866,-79.0860908 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22188437
- Comments: "Found by Charles Zig Ziegenfus & his JMU Ornithology class earlier 
today. Will add photos." 


Trumpeter Swan (Cygnus buccinator) (1)
- Reported Mar 01, 2015 14:15 by Joe Glick
- Silver Lake - MNR01, Rockingham, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.4239,-78.941&ll=38.4239,-78.941 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22180084
- Comments: "Continuing. characteristic V on forehead. facial skin tapers all 
the way to the eye" 


Trumpeter Swan (Cygnus buccinator) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 01, 2015 11:20 by Alex Wiebe
- Silver Lake - MNR01, Rockingham, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.4239,-78.941&ll=38.4239,-78.941 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22133109
- Comments: "Continuing bird."

Trumpeter Swan (Cygnus buccinator) (1)
- Reported Mar 01, 2015 11:15 by Patrick Newcombe
- Silver Lake - MNR01, Rockingham, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.4239,-78.941&ll=38.4239,-78.941 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22180093
- Comments: "continuing"

White-winged Scoter (Melanitta fusca) (9)
- Reported Mar 04, 2015 13:15 by Steven Miller
- Belle Isle/Main Section - CRI10, Richmond City, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=37.5349,-77.4492&ll=37.5349,-77.4492 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22186693
- Comments: "Watched dark brown & black ducks with a white speculum in the 
James River dive while standing on the Lee Bridge facing east." 


White-winged Scoter (Melanitta fusca) (4) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 04, 2015 16:30 by Kurt Gaskill
- Windmill Hill Park, Alexandria, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.7993583,-77.04198&ll=38.7993583,-77.04198 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22182494
- Comments: "dark scoter with white line from wing near waterline, white lines 
near eye, present for 24 hrs or so" 


White-winged Scoter (Melanitta fusca) (1)
- Reported Mar 05, 2015 09:45 by Adrian Hanline
- Yorktown Colonial Park - CLP05, York, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=37.2325,-76.5032&ll=37.2325,-76.5032 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22182693
- Comments: "Large black duck with visible white secondaries"

White Ibis (Eudocimus albus) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 05, 2015 14:40 by Robert Ake
- Virginia Beach, 3568 Muddy Creek Road, Virginia Beach, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=36.69598,-75.97707&ll=36.69598,-75.97707 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22184397

Rough-legged Hawk (Buteo lagopus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 28, 2015 17:30 by Jessica Ausura
- Rectortown--Short-eared Owl fields , Fauquier, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.9270987,-77.8563309&ll=38.9270987,-77.8563309 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22182448
- Comments: "Photographed.
" 


Iceland Gull (Larus glaucoides) (1)
- Reported Feb 28, 2015 20:10 by Pamela Monahan
- Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel VB, Virginia Beach, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=37.0217246,-76.087532&ll=37.0217246,-76.087532 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22188779
- Comments: "Kumlien's identified by experienced birder. Photographed. 1PM_2669" 


Snowy Owl (Bubo scandiacus) (1)
- Reported Mar 05, 2015 12:00 by Angie Wornstaff
- Ashby Medow Estates, Spotsylvania, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.2720989,-77.6053619&ll=38.2720989,-77.6053619 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22187288
- Comments: "Saw snowy owl in field behind my house during snow storm it stayed 
all afternoon just sitting in field. Was there till dark." 


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Subject: Re: White-winged scoter, Leesylvania State Park
From: "kurtcapt87 AT verizon.net" <kurtcapt87@verizon.net>
Date: Sat, 07 Mar 2015 10:43:51 -0500
5 white winged scoters off the dyke March marina at 9 am....greater white 
fronted goose on the west side of the stone bridge. 

Kurt Gaskill

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Marc Ribaudo  wrote:

>I saw 4 white-winged scoters at Leesylvania SP this morning. The one male and 
3 females were just off the breakwater at the big parking lot. In the open 
water that can be seen from the fishing pier were lots of mergansers, mostly 
common but also red-breasted. A mixed flock of greater and lesser scaup 
contained a ring-necked duck. Also seen were a few ruddy ducks and bufflehead, 
and about a dozen tundra swans were sitting on the ice at the mouth of Powell's 
creek. I ran into Paul Pisano who also saw some common goldeneyes from the 
pier. 

>
>I started the morning off at Occoquan Bay NWR but the gate did not open. The 
road appeared to be plowed so maybe the automatic gate was frozen. I checked 
Belmont Marina and saw lots of hooded mergansers in what little open water 
there was. Also some common mergs. There was quite a bit of displaying going on 
with male hoodies fanning their crests and female commons stretched full out on 
the water, following males like some kind of weird submarine. 

>
>Marc Ribaudo
>
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Subject: White-winged scoter, Leesylvania State Park
From: Marc Ribaudo <moribaudo AT verizon.net>
Date: Sat, 07 Mar 2015 09:56:33 -0500
I saw 4 white-winged scoters at Leesylvania SP this morning. The one male and 3 
females were just off the breakwater at the big parking lot. In the open water 
that can be seen from the fishing pier were lots of mergansers, mostly common 
but also red-breasted. A mixed flock of greater and lesser scaup contained a 
ring-necked duck. Also seen were a few ruddy ducks and bufflehead, and about a 
dozen tundra swans were sitting on the ice at the mouth of Powell's creek. I 
ran into Paul Pisano who also saw some common goldeneyes from the pier. 


I started the morning off at Occoquan Bay NWR but the gate did not open. The 
road appeared to be plowed so maybe the automatic gate was frozen. I checked 
Belmont Marina and saw lots of hooded mergansers in what little open water 
there was. Also some common mergs. There was quite a bit of displaying going on 
with male hoodies fanning their crests and female commons stretched full out on 
the water, following males like some kind of weird submarine. 


Marc Ribaudo

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Subject: Blackbirds and other signs of spring (Lynchburg)
From: "Sattler, Gene" <edsattle AT liberty.edu>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 14:41:54 +0000
We usually have the Common Grackles moving back into town sometime in February, 
usually about mid-month, but in recent years occasionally as early as the 
second week or as late as the last week. With the cold and snowy second half of 
the month this year, however, after seeing just one scout on the 17th after our 
several inch snowfall, I did not see any in my casual observations until this 
past Thursday (3/5) when others were also reporting them coming to feeders 
after the last weather event of mixed ice and snow that afternoon. And with 
many small groups around yesterday and this morning they are obviously here to 
stay. The last two days have also seen small groups of Red-winged Blackbirds 
around as others have also been reporting, with singing prominent this morning. 
Yesterday I noted an American Crow nest building in the top of a white pine in 
the back of the yard, and this morning an American Kestrel cruised through the 
neighborhood, silenced the Red-winged Blackbirds 

 momentarily. They are hard to find in the immediate vicinity of town these 
days in the appropriate habitat, so this individual is probably an early 
migrant. We are bound to start seeing a lot of spring activity breaking out now 
that the weather is finally changing. 


Good birding,

Gene Sattler
Lynchburg



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Subject: Smith's Longspur yes Saturday
From: Gabriel Mapel via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 09:29:56 -0500
Here now
Gabriel Mapel and a group of ~10

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Subject: Coopers hawk
From: suzanne via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 09:16:02 -0500
I have a coopers hawk sitting on my fence eating a junco.

Suzanne Malone

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Subject: New yard birds!
From: "Robyn A. Puffenbarger" <rpuffenb AT bridgewater.edu>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 13:20:55 +0000
Hello -

We have had a snowy week and missed class Thursday so no report from the 
ornithology class at Bridgewater College. Instead, we got to watch birds in the 
snow at home, and a couple of the students came over to enjoy birds with us. 


In our watching Thursday March 5th, we got to see another view of yard bird 
#123, Savannah Sparrow that had first come by the Saturday before. Then bird 
#124, a Rusty Blackbird, showed up! Bill and I were very excited! We got some 
decent pictures and are trying to figure out the plumage, but none of our field 
guides agree as to if this is a young male or female. We have not seen much of 
Rusties, so if you would like to comment to rpuffenb AT bridgewater.edu, we would 
appreciate the help. 


Flckr pictures at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/131428725 AT N08/

Cheers - 
Robyn Puffenbarger, Ph.D. | Biology | Associate Professor of Biology
phone: 540-828-5713 | fax: 540-828-5661 | online: bridgewater.edu
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Subject: Highland County report
From: Patti Reum <pareum AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 08:21:37 -0500
The roads are in good shape out here.  I do have all wheel drive.
Yesterday I did my usual loop in search of Golden Eagles, with no luck.  I
did see a male Red-breasted Merganser and a pair of Hoodies at the farm
pond on laurel fork rd.  and also a pair of red-tails. Also on the stream
that comes out of the pond, a pair of Mallards and 4 Kildeer, a sight for
sore eyes.  Also saw a female kestrel on hevener lane.  No sign of Horned
Larks, but very little had been plowed by the side of the road so there was
no bare ground for them to feed.

-- 
Patti Reum
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Subject: Western Tanager - New Kent County
From: "Lynda Blair" <tomlyn AT verizon.net>
Date: Fri, 06 Mar 2015 23:51:22 -0500
Since the sleet/snow event on Wed. we have had a Western Tanager here at our 
feeders in New Kent County. Hopefully it will stick around for a while. It 
is having to put up with a lot of Starlings and Grackles but am trying to 
keep it well supplied with a variety of seeds and suet.  Anyone wishing to 
come and see the bird, please email me - tomlyn AT verizon.net or message 
through my FB page.
Images are here-

http://lyndablair.smugmug.com/New-Images/New/i-FqdgSVM/A

Lynda Blair
New Kent, VA


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Subject: Tree Swallows, Lesser Scaup, & Mergansers at Sandy River Reservoir, Prince Edward County
From: Evan Spears <e3spears AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 6 Mar 2015 21:30:23 -0500
Hundreds of ducks this afternoon at Sandy River Reservoir but most of them
were LESSER SCAUP. All three MERGANSER species were still present. Lots of
RING-BILLED GULLS and one HERRING GULL. Three BALD EAGLES soared high above
the lake. First of season TREE SWALLOWS dipped low over the water. There
was also a flock of AMERICAN WIGEON near the dam, a flyover pair of
GREEN-WINGED TEAL, and one HORNED GREBE. Thirteen species of waterfowl
total.

Several species of waterfowl at Wilck's Lake as well. The many male HOODED
MERGANSERS were courting the few females in small groups by tossing their
heads back, inflating their crested, croaking, and then chasing each other.
What a sight!

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

Sandy River Reservoir: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22200507
Wilck's Lake: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22199787

Evan Spears
Farmville, VA
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Subject: 2 Short-eared Owls (Louisa Co)
From: Andrew Rapp <lax3birder AT live.com>
Date: Fri, 6 Mar 2015 20:46:55 -0500
Hey everyone,
This afternoon I did a little bit of birding around Green Springs Historical 
District with very little good birds. Since it was very slow and I really 
wanted to see some Short-eared Owls I decided to stick around the big barn on 
East Jack Jouett and wait for them. I stood out there in the snow for 40 
minutes freezing my toes off until finally a Shortie flew over the hill. As I 
watched him another flew in and they fought for a little while chasing after 
each other. This is my third time this year looking for these birds and finally 
I got some. If you want directions or want to know anything about the great 
birding area of Green Springs just send me an email. 

Good Birding,
Andrew Rapp
 		 	   		  
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Subject: 3/6/15 - Virginia Beach - CBBT 1st Island - 4 Red-necked Grebe, 1 Great Cormorant, Photos
From: Rob Bielawski <robbielawski AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 6 Mar 2015 19:55:49 -0500
Folks,

*Quick Notes*
South Thimble Island (CBBT) - 3:25 - 4:50 PM - 1 Great Cormorant flyby, 4
Red-necked Grebes present on southeast side of island, 1 on the west side.
1 Harbor Seal up around the point, and 2 large rafts of Scaup at north &
southeast sides.

*Outing Photographs*
*http://www.rbnature.com/galleries/we-20150308/
*

*Full Information*
After heading up to the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel the past few Friday's
after work, I finally was able to get a pair of birds I've been seeking all
winter long. Arriving at about 3:25 PM to the southeast corner, taking my
usual spot in the parking lot, I could see a massive group of Scaup
floating just on the other side of the fence. There was several hundred
birds in this raft, and at least a couple of Redheads mixed in. While
scanning the group, I saw one bird with a longer neck, and yellow bill, and
knew it immediately as my very first Red-necked Grebe! I know many folks
have seen them around the islands the past few weeks, due in large part to
the harsh winter further north, and the Great Lakes having now almost
completely frozen over. However, everytime I looked for them, I came up
empty, until today! While I was watching the grebe diving and popping back
up about a minute later, a cormorant flew past just a hundred yards out or
so. This one appeared different right off the bat, with large amount of
white showing on the face, neck, and on the rump, this was a Great
Cormorant, and a second life bird in a span of just minutes!

I snapped off a few in-flight shots as the Great Cormorant flew past
(they're on my site at the link above), and I took a whole bunch of shots
of the Red-necked Grebe as it was very close in to the island, well within
400mm range. With taking so many shots though, holding plastic and metal
barehanded, my hands started to freeze, so I walked the perimeter of the
island to get the blood pumping a bit. Another large raft of Scaup was
present on the east side of the northern point, with some Surf Scoters,
Bufflehead, and a couple of Long-tailed Ducks further out in the channel. A
few Black Scoters were also present in the raft after close inspection.
Horned Grebe were also found around the island in higher numbers than I've
seen thus far this season, and about 15 of them were seen on my walk.
Heading out onto the fishing pier, I saw a Harbor Seal surface along the
rocks behind the restaurant, and as I watched it dove back down into the
depths. I walked out and back on the pier, and noted another Red-necked
Grebe to the south, where I'd seen a couple of loons last week. Scaup were
the only waterfowl present on the western side of the island, and it was
sure something to watch as they rode up and down the huge, long period,
waves streaming into shore.

Walking back around the island yielded some nice looks at the Harbor Seal
as it came back up, and followed the shoreline, getting swept "inland" on a
few occasions by the rough waters, but catching the next wave and moving
back outward. Another fellow was watching the birds from a car nearby and
said he'd seen the grebes and Redheads as well. I spent about a half hour
just kind of pacing to warm up, walking the pier out and back a second
time, and then heading back around towards my car. From near my car, I
could see 4 Red-necked Grebes (some showing full red necks already) a
couple hundred yards out in the water, which seemed amazing for me, having
seen my first ever just an hour or so earlier in the day. I don't know if
this is being considered an irruption year for the species, like we had
last year, but they're definitely being reported around the area, and if I
saw 4 today, I'd assume more folks will be seeing them over the weekend. I
still could not locate any Harlequin Ducks, but I know they're out in the
bay somewhere. Tomorrow, the Virginia Aquarium is doing a boat trip onto
the bay from 11 AM - 3 PM, and I'd expect the folks on it will be treated
to some great views of our winter birds, given just how close even a
pedestrian like me was able to get to some today. The weather reports are
all calling for sunny skies, with warming temperatures through the weekend,
so it should be an excellent time to be outdoors!

Rob Bielawski
Virginia Beach, VA
www.rbnature.com
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Subject: Leucistic Carolina Chickadee
From: "Marshall Faintich" <mfaintich AT theworddoctor.com>
Date: Fri, 6 Mar 2015 15:54:27 -0500
Leucistic (brown and white) Carolina Chickadee in the Stoney Creek section
of Wintergreen Resort. Report and photos:

 

http://www.symbolicmessengers.com/Blog2015/2015_03_06.htm

 

Marshall Faintich

Nellysford, VA

 

____________________________________________________________________________
_______________________

 

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mfaintich AT theworddoctor.com

 

mfaintich AT cyberwind.net

 

www.symbolicmessengers.com  

 

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

 

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Subject: Biggest Bully on the Block
From: Bryan via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Fri, 6 Mar 2015 13:41:14 -0500
Have had varying numbers (1-30) of robins in the backyard for the past two 
weeks with little conflict - until today. One robin has spent the day chasing 
every other bird except a Flicker away from two hanging feeders and the area 
underneath them! When one Dove wouldn't take the hint the Robin hit him hard 
enough to make feathers fly. Starlings and Bluejays put up a token resistance 
but everything else is staying out of his way. Seems like expending that much 
energy would be counterproductive...:-(. 


Bryan Cloyed - Woodbridge, Va

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Subject: Re: Cowbird; Barred Owl
From: Eirlys Barker <dreirlys AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 6 Mar 2015 13:22:45 -0500
I also had my first Cowbird of the year/ season as well as my first fox
sparrow.

Eirlys Barker,
Pinetta, Gloucester

On Thu, Mar 5, 2015 at 7:27 PM, George Martin  wrote:

> Not rare, but had FOS brown-headed cowbird at the backyard millet feeder
> this morning.  Later in the morning, a barred owl perched in the woods 20
> yards from the house for 30 minutes.
>
> George Martin
> Burke, VA
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Subject: Fwd: [eBird Alert] Virginia Rare Bird Alert
From: "kurtcapt87 AT verizon.net" <kurtcapt87@verizon.net>
Date: Thu, 05 Mar 2015 11:42:55 -0500

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Subject: [eBird Alert] Virginia Rare Bird Alert 
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*** Species Summary:

Trumpeter Swan (4 Rockingham)
White-winged Scoter (2 Alexandria, 1 Chesterfield, 1 Richmond City, 1 York)
Rough-legged Hawk (1 Fauquier)
Loggerhead Shrike (1 Charlotte)
Smith's Longspur (4 Augusta)
Western Tanager (1 James City)

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

NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

Trumpeter Swan (Cygnus buccinator) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 04, 2015 11:46 by David Shoch
- Silver Lake - MNR01, Rockingham, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.4239,-78.941&ll=38.4239,-78.941 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22170833
- Comments: "Continuing Photo & Video Sharing by SmugMug" 


Trumpeter Swan (Cygnus buccinator) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 28, 2015 16:20 by Betsy Pinkston
- Silver Lake - MNR01, Rockingham, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.4239,-78.941&ll=38.4239,-78.941 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22177382
- Comments: "Continuing. Seen beside Mute Swans for comparison. Black bill."

Trumpeter Swan (Cygnus buccinator) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 28, 2015 14:13 by Jessica Ausura
- Silver Lake - MNR01, Rockingham, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.4239,-78.941&ll=38.4239,-78.941 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22178495
- Comments: "Continuing. Photographed.
" 


Trumpeter Swan (Cygnus buccinator) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 28, 2015 14:13 by Ernie Miller
- Silver Lake - MNR01, Rockingham, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.4239,-78.941&ll=38.4239,-78.941 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22177261
- Comments: "Continuing. Photographed.
" 


White-winged Scoter (Melanitta fusca) (1)
- Reported Feb 28, 2015 12:00 by Janice Frye
- Riverside Drive, James River Park, Richmond City, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=37.5580167,-77.5282001&ll=37.5580167,-77.5282001 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22178050
- Comments: "Probably the same male seen here in snow and rain on 2/21, got a 
photo this time. Actually sort of expected in the winter along the James these 
days." 


White-winged Scoter (Melanitta fusca) (2)
- Reported Mar 04, 2015 15:50 by Janice Frye
- Robious Landing Park - CRI13, Chesterfield, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=37.5558733,-77.6465607&ll=37.5558733,-77.6465607 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22178163
- Comments: "Not that uncommon here once the Great Lakes freeze to the extent 
they have currently. Very distinctive appearance." 


White-winged Scoter (Melanitta fusca) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 04, 2015 14:50 by Sherman Suter
- S end Old Town, Alexandria, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.7959916,-77.0395553&ll=38.7959916,-77.0395553 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22174622
- Comments: "continuing; both birds showing white streak above rear flanks 
(from secondaries); m black, with white comma up and back from under eye; f, 
brownish black with no white in face; again, both actively feeding on crayfish; 
birds not close together; slowly moving upstream (from S end of Fords Landing 
to off Windmill Hill dog park);" 


White-winged Scoter (Melanitta fusca) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 04, 2015 12:25 by Jeff Shenot
- Windmill Hill Park, Alexandria, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.7993583,-77.04198&ll=38.7993583,-77.04198 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22174293
- Comments: "continuing from yesterday; a dark scoter with a distinct small 
white patch in the wing's secondaries, visible both while swimming and when it 
moved its wings as it dove" 


White-winged Scoter (Melanitta fusca) (1)
- Reported Mar 02, 2015 11:45 by stephen grimes
- York, York, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=37.23049,-76.5698&ll=37.23049,-76.5698 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22151063
- Comments: "Continuing at Colonial Waterfront Park near floating dock. Large 
black Scoter with white secondary patch on flank. White crescent above and 
behind eye" 


Rough-legged Hawk (Buteo lagopus) (1)
- Reported Feb 28, 2015 17:30 by Ernie Miller
- Rectortown--Short-eared Owl fields , Fauquier, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.9270987,-77.8563309&ll=38.9270987,-77.8563309 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22178024
- Comments: "Photographed.
" 


Loggerhead Shrike (Lanius ludovicianus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 04, 2015 15:51 by Mike Stinson
- Farm W of US 15 / US 360 junction N of Keysville, Charlotte, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=37.0659332,-78.4760499&ll=37.0659332,-78.4760499 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22175629
- Comments: "on wire, same location as seen a few times in recent weeks"

Smith's Longspur (Calcarius pictus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 04, 2015 10:00 by David Shoch
- Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport (Weyers Cave), Augusta, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.261064,-78.905611&ll=38.261064,-78.905611 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22171338
- Comments: "Continuing. Seen at 10 am briefly and again at 11:30. Called 
several times - a rich rattle, matching Xeno Canto XC181811, sometimes 
disyllabic. Photos taken Photo & Video Sharing by SmugMug " 


Smith's Longspur (Calcarius pictus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 28, 2015 15:15 by Betsy Pinkston
- Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport (Weyers Cave), Augusta, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.261064,-78.905611&ll=38.261064,-78.905611 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22177385
- Comments: "Continuing. Foraging along road. Seen through scope and 
binoculars. Plumage: Non-breeding. Eye-ring apparent." 


Smith's Longspur (Calcarius pictus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 28, 2015 11:52 by Ernie Miller
- Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport (Weyers Cave), Augusta, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.261064,-78.905611&ll=38.261064,-78.905611 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22176362
- Comments: "Continuing. Photographed.
" 


Smith's Longspur (Calcarius pictus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 28, 2015 11:52 by Jessica Ausura
- Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport (Weyers Cave), Augusta, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.261064,-78.905611&ll=38.261064,-78.905611 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22178496
- Comments: "Continuing. Photographed.
" 


Western Tanager (Piranga ludoviciana) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 04, 2015 08:50 by Andrew Hawkins
- Settlers' Mill, James City, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=37.241664,-76.7560458&ll=37.241664,-76.7560458 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22174762
- Comments: "continuing bird at this location since November 2014

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Subject: Re: Smith's Longspur 3/5 or 3/6?
From: vineeta anand <vineetaa AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 6 Mar 2015 12:36:20 -0500
Since the Longspurs are still at the Shenandoah Valley airport, I'd like to
make a trip there tomorrow from Alexandria. Would anyone else like a ride?
Vineeta

"We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts, With our
own thoughts we make the world." Gautama Buddha

On Fri, Mar 6, 2015 at 10:24 AM, Daryl Owens 
wrote:

> I too am thinking of trying for the Smith's tomorrow.  Thanks in advance
> for any information.
>
> Daryl Owens
> Oakwood VA
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> > On Mar 6, 2015, at 10:21 AM, Elizabeth Wilkins/vanMontfrans <
> vanwilkins AT gmail.com> wrote:
> >
> > Would appreciate info on the longspur at Shenandoah Valley Airport - has
> > anyone observed it yesterday or today?  We may try to get out there
> > tomorrow if it is continuing.
> > Thanks,
> > Elizabeth Wilkins
> > Yorktown, VA
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Subject: Smith's Longspur YES
From: Gabriel Mapel via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Fri, 6 Mar 2015 12:22:31 -0500
Present now along shoulder of entry road to AirPort (regular location)
Gabriel Mapel

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Subject: Re: Smith's Longspur 3/5 or 3/6?
From: Daryl Owens <daryl.owens AT hotmail.com>
Date: Fri, 6 Mar 2015 10:24:44 -0500
I too am thinking of trying for the Smith's tomorrow. Thanks in advance for any 
information. 


Daryl Owens 
Oakwood VA

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> On Mar 6, 2015, at 10:21 AM, Elizabeth Wilkins/vanMontfrans 
 wrote: 

> 
> Would appreciate info on the longspur at Shenandoah Valley Airport - has
> anyone observed it yesterday or today?  We may try to get out there
> tomorrow if it is continuing.
> Thanks,
> Elizabeth Wilkins
> Yorktown, VA
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Subject: Smith's Longspur 3/5 or 3/6?
From: "Elizabeth Wilkins/vanMontfrans" <vanwilkins AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 6 Mar 2015 10:19:19 -0500
Would appreciate info on the longspur at Shenandoah Valley Airport - has
anyone observed it yesterday or today?  We may try to get out there
tomorrow if it is continuing.
Thanks,
Elizabeth Wilkins
Yorktown, VA
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Subject: Back Yard Invasion
From: pepherup--- via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Fri, 6 Mar 2015 10:15:07 -0500
This morning as I looked out on the frozen sleety yard, all I could see was a 
seething mass of black. There was an invasion of grackles, red-winged 
blackbirds and starlings on all the feeders and on the ground. I had seen one 
or two grackles and red-winged blackbirds last week but they must have all 
arrived in a mass this morning. I counted 50 on the ground under one feeder and 
then just gave up counting. 

Also seen this morning were a mass of pine siskins on the thistle socks, 
goldfinches starting to show breeding plumage, the 2 fox sparrows that have 
been here since the bad weather descended, several towhees, many white-throats, 
juncos, house finches, cardinals and one yellow rump warbler which showed up 
yesterday . Back to the feed store today for more birdseed! 


Peggy Lyons
Concord
Campbell County
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Subject: Crabtree Pond Porterfield Highway, Abingdon Virginia
From: "Ed and Helen Morgan" <edandhelenmorgan AT embarqmail.com>
Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2015 21:41:42 -0500
This morning there were 15 hooded mergansers and a pair of ring necked ducks
on the pond.  Several Canada geese and one snow goose were in a near-by
field.  Ed Morgan, Abingdon, VA

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Subject: Rose-breasted grosbeak found dead, James City County
From: "Cristol, Daniel A" <dacris AT wm.edu>
Date: Fri, 6 Mar 2015 00:28:49 +0000
The William & Mary Ornithology class visited Little Creek Reservoir Park in 
James City County near Toano, and found two feather piles that appeared to be 
Cooper's Hawk kills. The first was a cardinal. The second was really perplexing 
and consisted of light gray primary and secondary feathers, and many bloody 
clumps of buffy-tipped breast feathers. There were no tail feathers or back 
feathers. One secondary feather has a distinctive white spot in the middle of 
the trailing-edge vane, and several primaries were distinctively notched. We 
brought the feathers back and compared them to the skins in our collection and 
the bird is a female (or dull young male) Rose-breasted Grosbeak. One cannot 
rule out Black-headed Grosbeak from the feathers we have, but it looks more 
like a Rose-breasted to me. Interestingly, another individual of this species 
appeared for 1+ day at a feeder 10 miles away during Christmas Count week in 
mid-December. The kill was fresh as the blood was still red. 

 The class is debating whether to add it to the semester list, which already 
contains Smith's Longspur and other notables! Dan Cristol 

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Subject: Cowbird; Barred Owl
From: George Martin <grm0803 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2015 19:27:35 -0500
Not rare, but had FOS brown-headed cowbird at the backyard millet feeder
this morning.  Later in the morning, a barred owl perched in the woods 20
yards from the house for 30 minutes.

George Martin
Burke, VA
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Subject: Purple Martin, Charles City County
From: Susan Ridd <susaneridd AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2015 19:07:08 -0500
March 5, 2015:  Jimmy Fitzgerald walked towards the mailbox when a familiar
bird flew towards him - a male Purple Martin.

“If the bird could talk, “said Kathy Butler, “he was saying, ‘Jimmy – 
make 

me some eggs! I’m hungry!’” Jimmy is known for frying eggs, cutting them
into slices and then flipping the pieces into the air for his Purple
Martins on the front porch of his home during cold weather. To arrive in
the middle of our third snow storm is just amazing.

When Jimmy returned from the mailbox to his home, he could not see the
bird, and so he called to him. The Purple Martin stuck his head out from
the Martin house and looked at him.

For those who would like to help Jimmy get his 60+ houses ready for the
birds, please email me off line at susaneridd AT gmail.com. We may go this
weekend to assist Jimmy. Hope springs eternal, right? Spring *is* coming. .
.

Sue Ridd

Glen Allen, VA
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Subject: Purple Martin, Charles City County
From: Susan Ridd <susaneridd AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2015 19:07:09 -0500
March 5, 2015:  Jimmy Fitzgerald walked towards the mailbox when a familiar
bird flew towards him - a male Purple Martin.

“If the bird could talk, “said Kathy Butler, “he was saying, ‘Jimmy – 
make 

me some eggs! I’m hungry!’” Jimmy is known for frying eggs, cutting them
into slices and then flipping the pieces into the air for his Purple
Martins on the front porch of his home during cold weather. To arrive in
the middle of our third snow storm is just amazing.

When Jimmy returned from the mailbox to his home, he could not see the
bird, and so he called to him. The Purple Martin stuck his head out from
the Martin house and looked at him.

For those who would like to help Jimmy get his 60+ houses ready for the
birds, please email me off line at susaneridd AT gmail.com. We may go this
weekend to assist Jimmy. Hope springs eternal, right? Spring *is* coming. .
.

Sue Ridd

Glen Allen, VA
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Subject: FW: Craney Island, Portsmouth CLOSED Saturday
From: Elisa Enders <elisaenders AT hotmail.com>
Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2015 18:00:34 -0500
I thought I should on pass this information.

Elisa Flanders
Portsmouth, VA


 
> 
> Subject: Craney Sat.
> 
> Ruth Beck called back later today. She said she'd talked to the folks at 
Craney, and 

> they would be closed on Saturday with no public access. This would have 
> been an open day for the public.  The roads must be pretty bad.  She 
> asked that we spread the word to people who might have been planning to 
> go.  Please pass the word along to those you know who frequent the 
> site.  Might be good to post it to the FB page, too.
> Thanks,
> Virginia Boyles
> 
 		 	   		  
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Subject: Re: Fwd: busy feeders
From: Scott Priebe <falco57 AT msn.com>
Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2015 14:58:39 -0500
Pretty good backyard birding at our house today. We still have Pine Siskins 
visiting (6 today), higher than usual numbers of Juncos and Goldfinches, and a 
pair of Hairy Woodpeckers, which used to be common visitors, but not lately. 


Scott D. Priebe

Springfield, VA

> Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2015 14:43:26 -0500
> To: appleadayonsite AT aol.com; va-bird AT listserve.com
> Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Fwd:  busy feeders
> From: va-bird AT listserve.com
> 
> Speaking of mallards, I wasn't able to send a photo via this list but the web 
master confirmed (via the photo I sent to him) that I did indeed have a 
pied-billed grebe on my patio last week! I thought that's what it was, which 
was unusual, and found out that it was true. Poor birds are scurrying this 
winter! 

> 
> 
> Ann Donaldson
> Barboursville
> 
> 
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Rich Rieger via va-bird 
> To: Virginia birding birding 
> Sent: Thu, Mar 5, 2015 2:34 pm
> Subject: [Va-bird] Fwd:  busy feeders
> 
> 
> That's what I get for not using my secure email account...
> 
> Anon...
> 
> Begin
> forwarded message:
> 
> > From: "Larry Cartwright" 
> >
> Date: March 5, 2015 2:29:50 PM EST
> > To: 
> > Subject:
> [Va-bird] busy feeders
> > 
> > Marc and Anonymous,
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > Interesting the
> variety that Marc is getting verses what we are getting in
> > Annandale.
> > 
> >
> 
> > 
> > We don't have a single Icterid, not one. Marc has 'em all.
> > 
> > 
> >
> 
> > Yet we have more House Finches than I have seen since the "eye disease"
> hit
> > them 20 years ago... at least 35 and growing. Maybe 50 cardinals (um,
> >
> Eastern Cardinals if the AOU breaks them out).  Just as many Goldfinches if
> >
> not more.  Juncos about 25 and White-throats maybe 60.  A pair of Eastern
> >
> Towhees. A Swamp Sparrow.  A dozen Song sparrows.  Several dozen Carolina
> >
> Chickadees and Tufted Titmice. 
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > Anonymous.. I know where you
> live!  :)
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > Larry Cartwright
> > 
> > prowarbler AT verizon.net
>  
> > 
> > 703-941-3142
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > 
> >
> Please don't squeal on me... "illegal" (according to condo rules) feeding
> >
> going on in the courtyard... just too cold not to... most interesting so far
> >
> was a pair of Mallards a few days back when I came home from work. It was
> >
> dark and the male flew a short distance off but F stayed put. Threw out some
> >
> mixed seed and she hit it right away. Male came back as I walked away. They
> >
> stayed for around an hour. Came back next night, did not stay as long. It's
> >
> not like I live next to a pond...? Wonder how they found out?
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > No
> sign of them today, but more open water lately.
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > Anonymous
> > 
> >
> Alexandria, VA
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > Begin forwarded message:
> > 
> > 
> > 
> >> From:
> "Marc Ribaudo" 
> >> 
> >
> 
> >> Date: March 5, 2015 1:14:01 PM EST
> > 
> >> To: "VA-BIRD"
>  >
> > 
> >> Subject:
> [Va-bird] busy feeders
> > 
> >> 
> > 
> >> As expected, its been a very busy day at
> the feeder's.  Lots of blackbirds
> > (grackle, redwinged blackbird and cowbird),
> a pair of towhees, a pair of
> > chipping sparrows, and lots of robins, besides
> the usual winter visitors.
> > The robins appear to be eating seed from the
> feeder, as all the holly and
> > other berries are long gone.  One robin entered
> our garage and refused to
> > leave, even when I approached it.  I have put out
> some raisins and grapes to
> > help them along.  We also had a visit from a
> sharp-shinned hawk.  
> > 
> >> 
> > 
> >> Marc Ribaudo
> > 
> >> Woodbridge
> > 
> >>
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Subject: Re: Fwd: busy feeders
From: Shipman Nancy <nancy.shipman AT verizon.net>
Date: Thu, 05 Mar 2015 14:57:32 -0500
In our small townhouse courtyard, where we feed suet and sunflower seed, we 
presently have a Carolina wren, 2 downies, 1 red-bellied, a yellow-rump (only 
on the suet), 10 goldfinches, 4 house finches, 3 cardinals, 3 mourning doves, 1 
song sparrow, lots of juncoes, and 1 robin, who has been entertaining us for 
days: he will not allow any other birds to land on the ground. Whenever one 
does, he swoops in and chases it away. The smaller birds go easily, but the 
cardinals and mourning doves are more difficult to move, and the robin often 
has to make contact with them to convince them to move out. Right now, our 
Japanese maple is full of the other birds, while the robin alone is on the 
ground, patrolling his territory. Occasionally, one of the birds in the tree 
will drop to the ground, but the robin quickly makes it clear that that is not 
allowed. 


Do others see this aggressive robin behavior?

Nancy Shipman


> On Mar 5, 2015, at 2:33 PM, Rich Rieger via va-bird  
wrote: 

> 
> That's what I get for not using my secure email account...
> 
> Anon...
> 
> Begin forwarded message:
> 
>> From: "Larry Cartwright" > 

>> Date: March 5, 2015 2:29:50 PM EST
>> To: >
>> Subject: [Va-bird] busy feeders
>> 
>> Marc and Anonymous,
>> 
>> 
>> 
>> Interesting the variety that Marc is getting verses what we are getting in
>> Annandale.
>> 
>> 
>> 
>> We don't have a single Icterid, not one. Marc has 'em all.
>> 
>> 
>> 
>> Yet we have more House Finches than I have seen since the "eye disease" hit
>> them 20 years ago... at least 35 and growing. Maybe 50 cardinals (um,
>> Eastern Cardinals if the AOU breaks them out).  Just as many Goldfinches if
>> not more.  Juncos about 25 and White-throats maybe 60.  A pair of Eastern
>> Towhees. A Swamp Sparrow.  A dozen Song sparrows.  Several dozen Carolina
>> Chickadees and Tufted Titmice. 
>> 
>> 
>> 
>> Anonymous.. I know where you live!  :)
>> 
>> 
>> 
>> Larry Cartwright
>> 
>> prowarbler AT verizon.net  
>> 
>> 703-941-3142
>> 
>> 
>> 
>> 
>> 
>> Please don't squeal on me... "illegal" (according to condo rules) feeding
>> going on in the courtyard... just too cold not to... most interesting so far
>> was a pair of Mallards a few days back when I came home from work. It was
>> dark and the male flew a short distance off but F stayed put. Threw out some
>> mixed seed and she hit it right away. Male came back as I walked away. They
>> stayed for around an hour. Came back next night, did not stay as long. It's
>> not like I live next to a pond...? Wonder how they found out?
>> 
>> 
>> 
>> No sign of them today, but more open water lately.
>> 
>> 
>> 
>> Anonymous
>> 
>> Alexandria, VA
>> 
>> 
>> 
>> Begin forwarded message:
>> 
>> 
>> 
>>> From: "Marc Ribaudo" 
>>> 
>> 
>>> Date: March 5, 2015 1:14:01 PM EST
>> 
>>> To: "VA-BIRD"  >
>> 
>>> Subject: [Va-bird] busy feeders
>> 
>>> 
>> 
>>> As expected, its been a very busy day at the feeder's.  Lots of blackbirds
>> (grackle, redwinged blackbird and cowbird), a pair of towhees, a pair of
>> chipping sparrows, and lots of robins, besides the usual winter visitors.
>> The robins appear to be eating seed from the feeder, as all the holly and
>> other berries are long gone.  One robin entered our garage and refused to
>> leave, even when I approached it.  I have put out some raisins and grapes to
>> help them along.  We also had a visit from a sharp-shinned hawk.  
>> 
>>> 
>> 
>>> Marc Ribaudo
>> 
>>> Woodbridge
>> 
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Subject: Re: Fwd: busy feeders
From: morann--- via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2015 14:43:26 -0500
Speaking of mallards, I wasn't able to send a photo via this list but the web 
master confirmed (via the photo I sent to him) that I did indeed have a 
pied-billed grebe on my patio last week! I thought that's what it was, which 
was unusual, and found out that it was true. Poor birds are scurrying this 
winter! 



Ann Donaldson
Barboursville



-----Original Message-----
From: Rich Rieger via va-bird 
To: Virginia birding birding 
Sent: Thu, Mar 5, 2015 2:34 pm
Subject: [Va-bird] Fwd:  busy feeders


That's what I get for not using my secure email account...

Anon...

Begin
forwarded message:

> From: "Larry Cartwright" 
>
Date: March 5, 2015 2:29:50 PM EST
> To: 
> Subject:
[Va-bird] busy feeders
> 
> Marc and Anonymous,
> 
> 
> 
> Interesting the
variety that Marc is getting verses what we are getting in
> Annandale.
> 
>

> 
> We don't have a single Icterid, not one. Marc has 'em all.
> 
> 
>

> Yet we have more House Finches than I have seen since the "eye disease"
hit
> them 20 years ago... at least 35 and growing. Maybe 50 cardinals (um,
>
Eastern Cardinals if the AOU breaks them out).  Just as many Goldfinches if
>
not more.  Juncos about 25 and White-throats maybe 60.  A pair of Eastern
>
Towhees. A Swamp Sparrow.  A dozen Song sparrows.  Several dozen Carolina
>
Chickadees and Tufted Titmice. 
> 
> 
> 
> Anonymous.. I know where you
live!  :)
> 
> 
> 
> Larry Cartwright
> 
> prowarbler AT verizon.net
 
> 
> 703-941-3142
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
>
Please don't squeal on me... "illegal" (according to condo rules) feeding
>
going on in the courtyard... just too cold not to... most interesting so far
>
was a pair of Mallards a few days back when I came home from work. It was
>
dark and the male flew a short distance off but F stayed put. Threw out some
>
mixed seed and she hit it right away. Male came back as I walked away. They
>
stayed for around an hour. Came back next night, did not stay as long. It's
>
not like I live next to a pond...? Wonder how they found out?
> 
> 
> 
> No
sign of them today, but more open water lately.
> 
> 
> 
> Anonymous
> 
>
Alexandria, VA
> 
> 
> 
> Begin forwarded message:
> 
> 
> 
>> From:
"Marc Ribaudo" 
>> 
>

>> Date: March 5, 2015 1:14:01 PM EST
> 
>> To: "VA-BIRD"
 >
> 
>> Subject:
[Va-bird] busy feeders
> 
>> 
> 
>> As expected, its been a very busy day at
the feeder's.  Lots of blackbirds
> (grackle, redwinged blackbird and cowbird),
a pair of towhees, a pair of
> chipping sparrows, and lots of robins, besides
the usual winter visitors.
> The robins appear to be eating seed from the
feeder, as all the holly and
> other berries are long gone.  One robin entered
our garage and refused to
> leave, even when I approached it.  I have put out
some raisins and grapes to
> help them along.  We also had a visit from a
sharp-shinned hawk.  
> 
>> 
> 
>> Marc Ribaudo
> 
>> Woodbridge
> 
>>
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Subject: Fwd: busy feeders
From: Rich Rieger via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2015 14:33:21 -0500
That's what I get for not using my secure email account...

Anon...

Begin forwarded message:

> From: "Larry Cartwright" 
> Date: March 5, 2015 2:29:50 PM EST
> To: 
> Subject: [Va-bird] busy feeders
> 
> Marc and Anonymous,
> 
> 
> 
> Interesting the variety that Marc is getting verses what we are getting in
> Annandale.
> 
> 
> 
> We don't have a single Icterid, not one. Marc has 'em all.
> 
> 
> 
> Yet we have more House Finches than I have seen since the "eye disease" hit
> them 20 years ago... at least 35 and growing. Maybe 50 cardinals (um,
> Eastern Cardinals if the AOU breaks them out).  Just as many Goldfinches if
> not more.  Juncos about 25 and White-throats maybe 60.  A pair of Eastern
> Towhees. A Swamp Sparrow.  A dozen Song sparrows.  Several dozen Carolina
> Chickadees and Tufted Titmice. 
> 
> 
> 
> Anonymous.. I know where you live!  :)
> 
> 
> 
> Larry Cartwright
> 
> prowarbler AT verizon.net  
> 
> 703-941-3142
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> Please don't squeal on me... "illegal" (according to condo rules) feeding
> going on in the courtyard... just too cold not to... most interesting so far
> was a pair of Mallards a few days back when I came home from work. It was
> dark and the male flew a short distance off but F stayed put. Threw out some
> mixed seed and she hit it right away. Male came back as I walked away. They
> stayed for around an hour. Came back next night, did not stay as long. It's
> not like I live next to a pond...? Wonder how they found out?
> 
> 
> 
> No sign of them today, but more open water lately.
> 
> 
> 
> Anonymous
> 
> Alexandria, VA
> 
> 
> 
> Begin forwarded message:
> 
> 
> 
>> From: "Marc Ribaudo" 
>> 
> 
>> Date: March 5, 2015 1:14:01 PM EST
> 
>> To: "VA-BIRD"  >
> 
>> Subject: [Va-bird] busy feeders
> 
>> 
> 
>> As expected, its been a very busy day at the feeder's.  Lots of blackbirds
> (grackle, redwinged blackbird and cowbird), a pair of towhees, a pair of
> chipping sparrows, and lots of robins, besides the usual winter visitors.
> The robins appear to be eating seed from the feeder, as all the holly and
> other berries are long gone.  One robin entered our garage and refused to
> leave, even when I approached it.  I have put out some raisins and grapes to
> help them along.  We also had a visit from a sharp-shinned hawk.  
> 
>> 
> 
>> Marc Ribaudo
> 
>> Woodbridge
> 
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Subject: busy feeders
From: "Larry Cartwright" <prowarbler AT verizon.net>
Date: Thu, 05 Mar 2015 14:29:50 -0500
Marc and Anonymous,

 

Interesting the variety that Marc is getting verses what we are getting in
Annandale.

 

We don't have a single Icterid, not one. Marc has 'em all.

 

Yet we have more House Finches than I have seen since the "eye disease" hit
them 20 years ago... at least 35 and growing. Maybe 50 cardinals (um,
Eastern Cardinals if the AOU breaks them out).  Just as many Goldfinches if
not more.  Juncos about 25 and White-throats maybe 60.  A pair of Eastern
Towhees. A Swamp Sparrow.  A dozen Song sparrows.  Several dozen Carolina
Chickadees and Tufted Titmice. 

 

Anonymous.. I know where you live!  :)

 

Larry Cartwright

prowarbler AT verizon.net  

703-941-3142

 

 

Please don't squeal on me... "illegal" (according to condo rules) feeding
going on in the courtyard... just too cold not to... most interesting so far
was a pair of Mallards a few days back when I came home from work. It was
dark and the male flew a short distance off but F stayed put. Threw out some
mixed seed and she hit it right away. Male came back as I walked away. They
stayed for around an hour. Came back next night, did not stay as long. It's
not like I live next to a pond...? Wonder how they found out?

 

No sign of them today, but more open water lately.

 

Anonymous

Alexandria, VA

 

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> From: "Marc Ribaudo" 
>

> Date: March 5, 2015 1:14:01 PM EST

> To: "VA-BIRD"  >

> Subject: [Va-bird] busy feeders

> 

> As expected, its been a very busy day at the feeder's.  Lots of blackbirds
(grackle, redwinged blackbird and cowbird), a pair of towhees, a pair of
chipping sparrows, and lots of robins, besides the usual winter visitors.
The robins appear to be eating seed from the feeder, as all the holly and
other berries are long gone.  One robin entered our garage and refused to
leave, even when I approached it.  I have put out some raisins and grapes to
help them along.  We also had a visit from a sharp-shinned hawk.  

> 

> Marc Ribaudo

> Woodbridge

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Subject: Bryan Park Walk postponed to March 15
From: Susan Ridd <susaneridd AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2015 14:16:24 -0500
Because of the snow  and time change, we will postpone the March 1 walk to
March 15th. Thanks for your understanding.

Sue Ridd
804.270.5365
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Subject: Fwd: busy feeders
From: Rich Rieger via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2015 13:55:23 -0500
Please don't squeal on me... "illegal" (according to condo rules) feeding going 
on in the courtyard... just too cold not to... most interesting so far was a 
pair of Mallards a few days back when I came home from work. It was dark and 
the male flew a short distance off but F stayed put. Threw out some mixed seed 
and she hit it right away. Male came back as I walked away. They stayed for 
around an hour. Came back next night, did not stay as long. It's not like I 
live next to a pond...? Wonder how they found out? 


No sign of them today, but more open water lately.

Anonymous
Alexandria, VA

Begin forwarded message:

> From: "Marc Ribaudo" 
> Date: March 5, 2015 1:14:01 PM EST
> To: "VA-BIRD" 
> Subject: [Va-bird] busy feeders
> 
> As expected, its been a very busy day at the feeders. Lots of blackbirds 
(grackle, redwinged blackbird and cowbird), a pair of towhees, a pair of 
chipping sparrows, and lots of robins, besides the usual winter visitors. The 
robins appear to be eating seed from the feeder, as all the holly and other 
berries are long gone. One robin entered our garage and refused to leave, even 
when I approached it. I have put out some raisins and grapes to help them 
along. We also had a visit from a sharp-shinned hawk. 

> 
> Marc Ribaudo
> Woodbridge
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Subject: busy feeders
From: "Marc Ribaudo" <moribaudo AT verizon.net>
Date: Thu, 05 Mar 2015 13:14:01 -0500
As expected, its been a very busy day at the feeder’s. Lots of blackbirds 
(grackle, redwinged blackbird and cowbird), a pair of towhees, a pair of 
chipping sparrows, and lots of robins, besides the usual winter visitors. The 
robins appear to be eating seed from the feeder, as all the holly and other 
berries are long gone. One robin entered our garage and refused to leave, even 
when I approached it. I have put out some raisins and grapes to help them 
along. We also had a visit from a sharp-shinned hawk. 


Marc Ribaudo
Woodbridge
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Subject: ring-billed gulls
From: Scott Jackson-Ricketts <scottjr AT ls.net>
Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2015 10:09:21 -0500
It is unusual to see these gulls along the New River here at Cox's Chapel.
I counted 33.
Grayson County.

Scott Jackson-Ricketts
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Subject: Contacts for Chancellorsville, Charlottesville, and Gordonsville CBC Data
From: Andrew Rapp <lax3birder AT live.com>
Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2015 09:40:46 -0500
I am trying to get in contact with some of the leaders of the Charlottesville, 
Chancellorsville, and Gordonsville CBCs seeking their records for this year. If 
you could help and point me in the right direction to who to talk to that would 
very helpful. 

Good Birding,
Andrew Rapp
 		 	   		  
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Subject: Female Red-winged Blackbirds
From: Walter Hadlock <jaybirdncarol AT verizon.net>
Date: Thu, 05 Mar 2015 09:37:25 -0500
Good morning from snowy Herndon,

Four female Red-wiinged Blackbirds are visiting our back yard looking for food 
on this snowy morning. It is nice of them to show up on Backyard Feeder Watch 
day. 


Also, we have had as many as two Yellow-rumped Warblers in the yard for a week 
or so. 


Jay and Carol Hadlock
Herndon, VA (Fairfax County)
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Subject: intermedius Lesser Black-backed Gull, Cape Charles
From: Ned Brinkley <23cahow AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2015 09:30:17 -0500
A few minutes ago, I photographed an adult Lesser Black-backed Gull with
very dark upperparts (very little if any contrast with black of primaries)
on Cape Charles harbor. After reviewing the literature, I am sure it is not
a Kelp or Kelp hybrid, and the overall size, shape, shape of bill point to
a Lesser of subspecies intermedius. I know of just two other records of
this subspecies in North America, but there must be others. For what it's
worth, I have never seen a bird that looked anything like this bird in
North America.

The bird is perched among Herring, Great Black-backed, and Ring-billed
Gulls on the barge in the harbor that sits just north of The Shanty
Restaurant. The storm probably means that these birds will stay put here
for the day, as this is a regular roosting area for gulls in the harbor.

Ned Brinkley
Cape Charles, Va.
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Subject: Watch your waxwings
From: Ned Brinkley <23cahow AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2015 07:53:55 -0500
This morning at 6:55, Libby Luettinger and I observed a flock of six
waxwings land in the tree in front of Watson's Hardware on Mason Avenue in
Cape Charles, about 35 feet away from us. One of the birds was clearly much
heftier than the others, we noted, and so I walked toward my car, 10 feet
in the birds' direction, to fetch binoculars. The birds flew, the larger
bird leading the smaller ones, toward the north-northwest. We didn't hear
much in the way of vocalizations from the birds, but we were certain that
the birds were all waxwings, as we could see their shapes well when they
were resting (with crests) and in flight.

I drove around for a half hour, trying to relocate the birds without
success.

I think it's possible, but by no means confirmed, that this bird was a
Bohemian Waxwing with five Cedar Waxwings. I know both species well. In a
place where Bohemian is common, I might even have reported it as one. But
we weren't able to see details of plumage or voice that would confirm this,
unfortunately, so it remains one of those birds that got away (unless it
sticks around in town - I'll keep looking).

We should keep a close watch on waxwing flocks this month; Virginia has
only two reports of Bohemian (neither confirmed by photograph), but one is
from March (1975). It would be great to confirm the species in the state;
it is certainly rare enough that a photograph or audio recording would be
highly desirable. The species irrupts into the mid-Atlantic to our north
about every 10 years (1994, 2004 were both years with records into NY/NJ
and as far south as coastal Maryland). There have been records of single
birds south to Island Beach State Park, NJ this year. In Charlottesville in
1994, I saw a heavy-bodied waxwing with Cedar Waxwing around the Pavilion
gardens on UVA Grounds, but it was under similar frustrating circumstances.

Ned Brinkley
Cape Charles, Va.
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Subject: Sharp-shinned Hawk Gives Chase - Compton Mt
From: Roger mayhorn <rmayhorn AT hughes.net>
Date: Wed, 4 Mar 2015 23:28:57 -0500 (EST)



On Monday I glanced outside to see a lone Downy Woodpecker frozen in place on 
the side of the wooden block that holds our suet feeder, as if it were trying 
to hide. Having seen this behavior in the past when a hawk was near I looked up 
into the trees at the edge of the yard. Sure enough there was an adult Sharpie 
sitting on a branch craning its neck this way and that, looking intently at the 
area of the feeders. 



After a few seconds it flew down to perch on top of one of the bluebird nest 
box posts beside the yard pond. While it was flying down, the Downy, with a 
tree between it and the hawk, beat a hasty retreat in the opposite direction 
without being seen. The hawk sat on the post for about a minute searching for 
prey. 



Suddenly, the hawk exploded into the air. It had seen a small bird leave a bush 
a few feet away and head toward the woods. By the time the two were at the edge 
of the woods, the hawk was right on the bird's tail. This small passerine 
zigged then zagged passing between trees with the hawk close behind. The small 
bird then made a sharp right, and so did the hawk. I watched as the two 
streaked through the woods, dodging trees, shrubs and thickets with the small 
bird managing to stay out in front of the deadly predator close behind it. I 
didn't see the end of the chase because they disappeared into the woods, but it 
has been my experience that a bird that manages to elude a hawk for more than a 
few seconds usually gets away because the bird can make sharper turns than the 
hawk, and with each turn the smaller bird gains a bit more distance; the hawk 
realizes it is wasting precious energy and gives up the chase. 



There is constant drama in nature if we are fortunate enough to get to witness 
it. 



Roger Mayhorn 
Compton Mt 
Buchanan County 
















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Subject: Red-winged Blackbird, Botetourt County
From: "Nancy Young" <nanjyoung AT juno.com>
Date: Wed, 4 Mar 2015 23:16:34 -0500
A male Red-wing at the feeder today was a first for this year.  They are
seldom seen in my yard except during migration.  He tried the suet feeder
and found it empty so moved on.  I must refill it tomorrow!!

Spring is on the way.

Nancy Young
Blue Ridge, Botetourt County

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Subject: Re: Back To The Bay Bridge-Tunnel (photos)
From: Les Brooks <ubrooks AT verizon.net>
Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2015 03:28:51 +0000 (UTC)
Hello everyone!

Sorry I'm a bit late on posting the pictures.  It seems a bug and my body are 
having a disagreement with the bug winning so far.  This afternoon the bod 
received some assistance and I thought I heard a little bugle playing charge!  
As long as I don't hear Taps I should be fine.  So, all in all I have been 
down but not out.  I think I'm rambling so.......If you care to have a look 
here is a link to an image.  (All five new photos are in this same section.)  
Lets hope this link works.... 


Female Red-Breasted Merganser 
http://natures-finest-photography.com/gallery/ducks-and-geese/merganser-at-rest-nfp-s/ 

  
Hoping everyone has a great day and best birding!
Les BrooksGlen Allenwww.Natures Finest Photography.com










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Subject: Mill Creek Today
From: pepherup--- via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Wed, 4 Mar 2015 15:43:46 -0500
 Trying to cure cabin fever, I visited a private pond in Campbell County then 
drove out to Mill Creek in Amherst County. 

At the private property in Campbell I found 7 ring necked ducks and 3 male 
canvasbacks. 

 Mill Creek is about 90 % frozen over but has a clear section near the parking 
area. While there, I saw 4 American wigeon, 1 female common goldeneye, 4 ruddy 
ducks, 1 Canada goose and 2 bald eagles sitting in trees around the shore. 

 There is a winter storm warning for Amherst County tonight and tomorrow so 
more snow is on the way. 


Peggy Lyons
Concord, VA
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Subject: Blue-headed vireo
From: Scott Jackson-Ricketts <scottjr AT ls.net>
Date: Wed, 4 Mar 2015 15:30:14 -0500
Just heard my fos Blue-headed vireo, Grayson County.

Scott Jackson-Ricketts
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Subject: Smith's and melting snow
From: david shoch <dshoch AT hotmail.com>
Date: Wed, 4 Mar 2015 19:28:04 +0000
I returned to the Shenandoah Valley Airport this morning to spend some more 
quality time with the longspur. One bird was present for short feeding bouts by 
the entrance road in the morning between 10 am and 11:45, and then again at ~1 
pm. The snow in the surrounding fields is rapidly melting with the higher temps 
and intermittent rain today, and the longspur, as well as the larks, is 
predictably spending more time out in the fields among the corn stubble out of 
sight from the road. Tomorrow's predicted snow should bring the field birds 
back in to the road. 


No Lapland Longspurs despite diligent searching, and last week's Savannah 
Sparrows appear to be gone. 


David Shoch
Charlottesville
 		 	   		  
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Subject: Orange-crowned Warbler, Norfolk, 3/4/15
From: nicholas <flicknanders AT hotmail.com>
Date: Wed, 4 Mar 2015 14:04:35 -0500
 Hey all, spent a few minutes at the Quarantine Road path on the campus of Old 
Dominion University in Norfolk today around 1pm and was pleased to get a nice 
look at 1 Orange-crowned Warbler before it was repeatedly chased by a Myrtle 
Warbler. 

 
The lone Baltimore Oriole continues at the grape jelly in our yard in southern 
Portsmouth as of this morning also. Maybe next year it will return with some 
friends! 

 
Nick Flanders
Portsmouth, VA 
 		 	   		  
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Subject: NVBC meeting tonight YES
From: "Joanna Bellows Taylor" <jandrtaylor AT verizon.net>
Date: Wed, 04 Mar 2015 13:50:37 -0500
I have been keeping an eye on the weather and it looks as though we are a go
for tonight's meeting.  We will be finished by 10:00 at the latest and
weather.com is predicting that the temperature will be 40F at that time.  Do
come, it is going to be a super talk.  Check out www.nvabc.org for details.


 

Joanna Taylor

Arlington, VA

 

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Subject: Smiths longspur yes
From: Bb <birdranger248 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 4 Mar 2015 12:15:44 -0500
1130 today saw male in flight over high are in field sw of intersection. 1140 
female flew in from field to road shoulder by 25mph sign for good views. Walked 
shoulder for 15 minutes then disappeared. Now i know why folks waited for her 
to fly to get diagnostic pics. Heard some longspur type rattles too, gorgeous! 
Lots of horned larks. Longspur was lifer aba 669! Woo hoo! Thanks to posters 
and tipsters. 


Brian Bockhahn
Durham NC
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Subject: Common Goldeneye at Greenfield
From: Wes Teets <wesrtx AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 4 Mar 2015 11:27:01 -0500
Female on the lake now, with canvasbacks, scaup, pintails, wigeons, and the 
usuals. 


Wes Teets
Buchanan, VA
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Subject: Fwd: [eBird Alert] Virginia Rare Bird Alert
From: "kurtcapt87 AT verizon.net" <kurtcapt87@verizon.net>
Date: Wed, 04 Mar 2015 11:19:34 -0500

Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE DROID

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

*** Species Summary:

Trumpeter Swan (3 Rockingham)
White-winged Scoter (3 Alexandria)
Great Cormorant (3 Alexandria)
White Ibis (1 Virginia Beach)
Rough-legged Hawk (1 Fauquier)
Merlin (1 Shenandoah)
Peregrine Falcon (1 Clarke)
Marsh Wren (1 James City)
Smith's Longspur (5 Augusta)

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

NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

Trumpeter Swan (Cygnus buccinator) (1)
- Reported Mar 03, 2015 15:07 by Diane  Holsinger
- Silver Lake - MNR01, Rockingham, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.4239,-78.941&ll=38.4239,-78.941 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22164782
- Comments: "Still here feeding in the back of the lake with the mute swans"

Trumpeter Swan (Cygnus buccinator) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 03, 2015 11:25 by Greg Tito
- Silver Lake - MNR01, Rockingham, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.4239,-78.941&ll=38.4239,-78.941 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22158989
- Comments: "continuing bird, seen well in scope. All-black bill with 
feathering on top (between eyes) coming to a sharp point, and feathering on 
sides not showing the angle near the gape of a Tundra Swan." 


Trumpeter Swan (Cygnus buccinator) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 27, 2015 15:15 by Bob  Butterworth
- Silver Lake - MNR01, Rockingham, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.4239,-78.941&ll=38.4239,-78.941 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22161835
- Comments: "Continuing bird, seen well in good light, digiscoped. Very large 
all white swan, about the same size as the two nearby Mute Swans, but 
shorter-tailed; large all black bill with straight upper edge to top of upper 
mandible." 


White-winged Scoter (Melanitta fusca) (1)
- Reported Mar 03, 2015 15:25 by Aaron Maizlish
- Jones Point Park - CMN01, Alexandria, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.7918,-77.0414&ll=38.7918,-77.0414 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22164792
- Comments: "About 100 yards from shore, seemed to loosely associate with the 
RB Merganser for a while. Good views. Male, did not show much of a white comma 
on face, if any. Conspicuous white wing stripes." 


White-winged Scoter (Melanitta fusca) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 03, 2015 10:15 by Sherman Suter
- Jones Point Park - CMN01, Alexandria, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.7918,-77.0414&ll=38.7918,-77.0414 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22159962
- Comments: "dark ducks showing white streak above rear flanks (from white 
secondaries); m, black with white comma up and back from under eye; f, 
brownish-black, no white on face; likely 2 of the 3 birds present between Belle 
Haven picnic grounds and Oronoco St since 23 Feb; as E Eder noted, actively 
feeding on crayfish;" 


White-winged Scoter (Melanitta fusca) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 03, 2015 12:31 by Gerry Hawkins
- Windmill Hill Park, Alexandria, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.7993583,-77.04198&ll=38.7993583,-77.04198 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22159392
- Comments: "These continuing birds were seen at closer range than yesterday 
from nearby Jones Point Park but still were at too great a distance to 
photograph under poor weather conditions." 


Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo) (1)
- Reported Mar 03, 2015 15:25 by Aaron Maizlish
- Jones Point Park - CMN01, Alexandria, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.7918,-77.0414&ll=38.7918,-77.0414 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22164792
- Comments: "1st year, on pliings at Jones Beach - reported earlier today. 
Close to shore." 


Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 03, 2015 10:15 by Sherman Suter
- Jones Point Park - CMN01, Alexandria, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.7918,-77.0414&ll=38.7918,-77.0414 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22159962
- Comments: "1st yr bird perched on piling among series NE of Fords Landing; 
other pilings occupied by im & ad DCCo; 

larger than DCCo, with relatively shorter tail; brown above, including brown 
neck; large, blocky head; long, heavy grayish bill; yellow chin patch bordered 
by broad, diffuse white throat; white belly with brownish streakings along 
flanks and border with brown neck;" 


Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 03, 2015 12:31 by Gerry Hawkins
- Windmill Hill Park, Alexandria, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.7993583,-77.04198&ll=38.7993583,-77.04198 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22159392
- Comments: "The below photo of a juvenile Great Cormorant found by Sherman 
Suter earlier today shows the key identification characteristics of this bird 
as compared with a juvenile Double-crested Cormorant: blocky head, 
brown-streaked neck, upper breast and flanks and a white belly that create an 
obvious two-toned appearance, less yellow skin in the gular area, some white on 
the throat and posterior to the yellow gular skin and a grayish bill. 

" 


White Ibis (Eudocimus albus) (20) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 03, 2015 14:35 by Rebecca  McLaughlin
- Virginia Beach, Virginia Beach, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=36.859307,-75.9784451&ll=36.859307,-75.9784451 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22159919
- Comments: "Near marsh land in a forested area. There was about 20 
individuals, one juvenile in the group. They were feasting on small minnows and 
the seeds of the marsh grass." 


Rough-legged Hawk (Buteo lagopus) (1)
- Reported Mar 03, 2015 14:00 by Robert Ake
- Marshall, 2955 Rectortown Road, Fauquier, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.92454,-77.86541&ll=38.92454,-77.86541 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22165574
- Comments: "light phase bird perched at the top of a tall tree on the treeline 
to the north of the only parking area just west of Rectortown. Long wings, dark 
belly, blackish face with white eyeliner, white tail with dark terminal band." 


Merlin (Falco columbarius) (1)
- Reported Feb 25, 2015 15:00 by Ed Trelawny
- Home Woodstock, Shenandoah, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.9075987,-78.5290289&ll=38.9075987,-78.5290289 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22164434
- Comments: "flew in to a perch on a snag strong flier pointed wings dark 
streaked breast definite mustache noted just larger than a Blue Jay Tiaga race" 


Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus) (1)
- Reported Feb 27, 2015 13:17 by Gerry Hawkins
- Borden's Spring, Clarke, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=39.0266937,-78.0995214&ll=39.0266937,-78.0995214 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22156504
- Comments: "long-winged falcon with dark gray helmut, fairly wide malar mark; 
uniformly barred underwings; barred breast & belly (on tawny wash), undertail 
coverts; thin bars on tail; 

in flight around and perched in sycamore near pond, spooking ducks;"

Marsh Wren (Cistothorus palustris) (1)
- Reported Mar 03, 2015 12:10 by Nancy Barnhart
- Jamestown Island - CLP03, James City, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=37.2031985,-76.7564106&ll=37.2031985,-76.7564106 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22159161
- Comments: "Fairly regular winter visitor in this location. Heard vocalizing 
loudly with classic gurgling song and rapid chatter." 


Smith's Longspur (Calcarius pictus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 03, 2015 09:50 by Greg Tito
- Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport (Weyers Cave), Augusta, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.261064,-78.905611&ll=38.261064,-78.905611 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22158873
- Comments: "Continuing pale 1st winter bird seen well around the intersection 
of the small road that comes off the main airport entrance rd. Small pinkish 
bill, two white outer tail feathers, distinctive head pattern with malar 
stripe, superciliary, and broken dark markings on auriculars, and typical 
hunched-over longspur posture." 


Smith's Longspur (Calcarius pictus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 03, 2015 08:50 by David Carr
- Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport (Weyers Cave), Augusta, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.261064,-78.905611&ll=38.261064,-78.905611 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22156862
- Comments: "Continuing bird. A pale, buffy, sparrow-like bird with dark brown 
streaking on the back. Outer rectrices all white. Small white patch on 
shoulder. Bill light except upper mandible darker toward tip. White eye-ring. 
Scattered dark streaks on throat and along flank. Feeding along the edge of the 
smaller road near the airport parking lot (not the main airport entrance road). 
Photographed. 


Smith's Longspur" 


Smith's Longspur (Calcarius pictus) (1)
- Reported Mar 02, 2015 13:20 by Joel Martin
- Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport (Weyers Cave), Augusta, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.261064,-78.905611&ll=38.261064,-78.905611 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22166073
- Comments: "Continuing bird, feeding along the shoulder of the road leading to 
the airport parking lot. Buffy underparts, finely streaked on breast and sides. 
White outer tail feathers. White eye ring. Long primary projection. 


Smith's Longspur 

Smith's Longspur" 


Smith's Longspur (Calcarius pictus) (1)
- Reported Mar 01, 2015 11:30 by Joe Glick
- Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport (Weyers Cave), Augusta, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.261064,-78.905611&ll=38.261064,-78.905611 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22168171
- Comments: "continuing bird. stays within small area. flushed to edge of main 
road by a passing car. returned to same location." 


Smith's Longspur (Calcarius pictus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 27, 2015 13:45 by Bob  Butterworth
- Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport (Weyers Cave), Augusta, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.261064,-78.905611&ll=38.261064,-78.905611 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22161837
- Comments: "Continuing bird, well seen again, digiscoped pics taken but not as 
good as pics taken earlier in the morning due to poorer lighting conditions. 
Smaller than nearby Horned Larks, more plump and shorter tailed; but slightly 
larger than the Savannah Sparrow seen further down the road; slender pale 
conical bill; thin pale eyering, pale ear coverts darkly framed, dark malar 
stripe connects with the fine streaks across breast and narrowly down the 
flanks, otherwise quite buffy underparts, thinly white margined coverts, all 
white outer tail feathers seen in flight." 


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Subject: FOS Osprey? Hopewell
From: Barbara Houston <rinksyd AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 04 Mar 2015 06:15:54 -0500
It is almost 20 days earlier than last year, but I saw an osprey 
yesterday morning in Hopewell near my office on the James River.  He was 
not at one of the four nests, but further inland on a telephone pole 
having lunch.  Last year, I think my first one returned around the 24th 
and then two days later, the other 7 showed up.

I am hoping that means this burst of snow we are getting tomorrow is the 
last of winter and spring is here!

Barbara Houston
New Kent. VA

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Subject: Greater Snow Geese
From: rlukei--- via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Tue, 3 Mar 2015 22:17:41 -0500
Estimate of 15,000 Greater Snow Geese in farm field off Mill Landing Road in 
Virginia Beach today March 3 

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Subject: Voice: Greater Washington area, March 3
From: Joe Coleman <joecoleman AT rstarmail.com>
Date: Tue, 3 Mar 2015 22:11:48 -0500
FYI the following was compiled by Gerry Hawkins & transcribed by Steve Cordle.
Joe Coleman

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> 
> Hotline:           Voice of the Naturalist
> Date:              03/03/2015
> Coverage:          MD/DC/VA/DE/WV panhandle
> Reports, comments, questions:  voice AT anshome.org
> Compiler:          Gerry Hawkins
> Sponsor:           Audubon Naturalist Society of the Central Atlantic
> States (independent of NAS)
> Transcriber:       Steve Cordle 
> 
> Please consider joining ANS, especially if you are a regular user of
> the Voice (Individual $50; Family $65; Nature Steward $100; Audubon
> Advocate $200). The membership number is 301-652-9188, option 12; the
> address is 8940 Jones Mill Road, Chevy Chase, MD 20815; and the web
> site is http://www.AudubonNaturalist.org.
> 
> This is the Voice of the Naturalist, a service of the Audubon
> Naturalist Society. This report covers the week starting Tuesday,
> February 24 and was completed on Tuesday, March 3 at 10:00 a.m. 
> 
> The top birds this week were SNOWY OWL in Maryland, SMITH'S LONGSPUR*
> in Virginia, WESTERN TANAGER* in Virginia and PAINTED BUNTING in
> Virginia.
> 
> Other birds of interest this week included GREATER WHITE-FRONTED
> GOOSE, ROSS'S GOOSE, CACKLING GOOSE, TRUMPETER SWAN, EURASIAN WIGEON,
> BLUE-WINGED TEAL, WHITE-WINGED SCOTER, LONG-TAILED DUCK, HARLEQUIN
> DUCK, RED-NECKED GREBE, GREAT CORMORANT, WHITE IBIS, OSPREY,
> ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, GOLDEN EAGLE, SANDHILL CRANE, WESTERN SANDPIPER,
> ICELAND and GLAUCOUS GULLS, DOVEKIE and other alcids on a Maryland
> pelagic trip, EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE, SHORT-EARED OWL, LOGGERHEAD
> SHRIKE, COMMON RAVEN, LAPLAND LONGSPUR, SNOW BUNTING, PINE WARBLER,
> LINCOLN'S SPARROW, out-of-range subspecies of DARK-EYED JUNCO, SUMMER
> TANAGER, DICKCISSEL, YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD, BALTIMORE ORIOLE and
> COMMON REDPOLL. 
> 
> TOP BIRDS
> 
> The only reported SNOWY OWL sighting during the week occurred on
> February 25, when an individual was seen flying over fields on the
> west side of West Willard Road from Izaak Walton Way, which is the
> entry road to the private property of the Izaak Walton League of
> America in Poolesville, Montgomery Co, MD. 
> 
> A SMITH'S LONGSPUR* was found along the grassy edge to the entrance
> road to the Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport in Augusta Co, VA on
> February 23 but was not identified until photographs were examined on
> the following day. This bird was seen throughout the week with HORNED
> LARKS, SAVANNAH SPARROWS and early in the week a few LAPLAND
> LONGSPURS, and generated much interest because it is the first record
> of this species in Virginia. A possible second individual was reported
> at this location by some on February 25 and 26 but has not been
> confirmed. 
> 
> On February 28-March 2 a female WESTERN TANAGER* was seen at
> residential feeders in Chesapeake, VA. A male WESTERN TANAGER*
> continues at a residence in Settlers' Mill, James City Co, VA, where
> it has been seen almost daily since November 10. 
> 
> On February 26 several PAINTED BUNTINGS, consisting of two males and a
> female, were seen in a residential yard in Great Bridge, Chesapeake,
> VA. 
> 
> OTHER BIRDS OF INTEREST
> 
> On March 2 two GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE were found in a flock of
> CANADA GEESE on the south side of the Washington Monument in
> Washington, DC. In Maryland, two GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE continue
> at the Cumberland-Terminus in Allegany Co, and on February 27 a single
> GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was found in a large flock of CANADA GEESE
> along Cooper Lane in Somerset Co. On March 2 a continuing GREATER
> WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was seen on the south side of the Belle Haven Golf
> Course near the Hunting Creek Bridge and Dyke Marsh WP in Fairfax Co,
> VA. On February 28-March 2 two ROSS'S GEESE were seen on the south
> side of Little Creek Reservoir in James City Co, VA, and on March 1 a
> single ROSS'S GOOSE was spotted in a large flock of SNOW GEESE in
> central Kent Co, DE. On February 28 a possible hybrid blue SNOW
> GOOSE/ROSS'S GOOSE was seen again at Fort Monroe in Hampton, VA.
> CACKLING GEESE continue to be spotted in flocks of CANADA GEESE,
> including two at Greene Mountain Lake, Greene Co, VA on February 25,
> continuing individuals at Dyke Marsh WP, Fairfax Co, VA on February 26
> and along Red Fox Lane in Albemarle Co, VA on March 1, two at Sherwood
> Lakes, Virginia Beach, VA on February 28 and one in the Shenandoah
> River from Bloomery Road in Millville, Jefferson Co, WV on February
> 25. 
> 
> In Maryland, a TRUMPETER SWAN continues at Ball Park in Frederick Co,
> Black Hill RP in Montgomery Co and the Cumberland Terminus in Allegany
> Co, with the latest sightings on February 24, February 27 and March 2,
> respectively. In addition, on February 25 four TRUMPETER SWANS were
> found at Patuxent Research Refuge-Central Tract, Prince George's Co,
> MD. In Virginia, a TRUMPETER SWAN was reported near Frog Pond Road in
> Augusta Co on February 27, and two were seen again in the North Fork
> Shenandoah River from River and Red Banks Roads in Shenandoah Co on
> February 28-March 2. A TRUMPETER SWAN also continues with two MUTE
> SWANS at Silver Lake in Rockingham Co, VA. 
> 
> A male EURASIAN WIGEON was found at Bay Creek in Northampton Co, VA on
> February 25, and a male and female were reported at the mouth of the
> Lynnhaven River in Virginia Beach, VA on February 27. A continuing
> BLUE-WINGED TEAL was seen at Schoolhouse Pond in Prince George's Co,
> MD on February 25.
> 
> WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS were observed at many inland locations. In
> Maryland sightings included a high of eight individuals in the
> Susquehanna River from Port Deposit, Cecil Co and across the river
> from Lapidum, Harford Co, with the latest sightings on February 28, a
> single individual at Violettes Lock on the C&O Canal in Montgomery Co
> on February 25, 26 and 28, a single individual at the Mouth of the
> Monocacy on the C&O Canal in Montgomery Co on February 26, a single
> individual at Edward's Ferry on the C&O Canal in Montgomery Co on
> February 28 and a single individual at the Cumberland-Terminus in
> Allegany Co on March 1. Inland sightings of WHITE-WINGED SCOTER in
> Virginia included several continuing individuals in the Potomac River
> from Dyke Marsh WP and the nearby Jones Point Park and Alexandria
> waterfront in Fairfax Co, a single individual in the James River from
> Half Moon Beach in Richmond on February 28, a single individual at
> Jamestown Island, James City Co on March 1, and two individuals at the
> Jordan Point Marina in Prince George Co on February 28. In the West
> Virginia panhandle, a continuing individual was seen in the Shenandoah
> River from Bloomery Road in Millville, Jefferson Co on February 25. 
> 
> LONG-TAILED DUCKS also were seen at several inland locations,
> including Conowingo Dam, Harford Co, MD on February 24; Fisherman's
> Park, Harford Co, MD on February 24; Violettes Lock on the C&O Canal
> in Montgomery Co, MD on February 25, 26 and 28; Spring Gap on the C&O
> Canal in Allegany Co, MD on March 1; Susquehanna River from Lapidum,
> Harford Co, MD on February 28; Potomac River from the waterfront in
> Alexandria on March 2; and the Shenandoah River from Bloomery Road in
> Millville, Jefferson Co, WV on February 25. On February 26 an
> estimated 2,500 REDHEADS were observed at Hooper's Island in
> Dorchester Co, MD, most of which were in the Honga River. A HARLEQUIN
> DUCK continues at the Cumberland-Terminus in Allegany Co, MD and the
> Indian River Inlet, Sussex Co, DE, and several individuals continue at
> the Ocean City Inlet, Worcester Co, MD. HARLEQUIN DUCKS also continue
> at the Chesapeake Bay-Bridge Tunnel, Virginia Beach, VA, including
> eight seen on Island No. 3 on February 28 and March 1. 
> 
> More RED-NECKED GREBES were seen in the reporting area as their
> traditional wintering grounds on the Great Lakes freeze. In Maryland
> one was seen at Bay Ridge in Anne Arundel Co on February 25, nearby
> Thomas Point Park, Anne Arundel Co on February 25 and 28 and Fort
> Washington NP, Prince George's Co on March 2; and during the week as
> many as three were seen at the Ocean City Inlet in Worcester Co. On
> February 28 a RED-NECKED GREBE was seen at the Indian River Inlet and
> in nearby Rehoboth Bay from Savages Ditch Road in Sussex Co, DE, and
> on February 27 two were seen in the Potomac River from Gravelly Point
> Park in Arlington, VA. In Virginia one was found at Greene Mountain
> Lake, Greene Co on February 25, in the Potomac River from Jones Point
> Park, Fairfax Co on March 2 and at Narrow Passage Creek, North Fork
> Shenandoah River in Shenandoah Co on March 2. In addition, on February
> 28 a birding group from Hampton Roads, VA found five RED-NECKED GREBES
> during a field trip to the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel, Virginia
> Beach, VA, and four were seen there on March 2. 
> 
> GREAT CORMORANT was seen at several locations, including a high of 16
> perched on the lighthouse at Thomas Point Park in Anne Arundel Co, MD
> on February 25. 
> 
> WHITE IBIS continue in Virginia Beach, VA, including several
> continuing individuals along Horn Point Road on February 25 and 29
> individuals along Back Bay Landing Road on March 2. 
> 
> On February 28 and March 2 an OSPREY was seen perched in a tree on the
> Kent Co side of the frozen Chester River in Chestertown, MD. 
> 
> The historic irruption of ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS in the reporting area
> continues. In Maryland, ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS continue along Konterra
> Drive in Prince George's Co, along Stull and Mountaindale Roads in
> Frederick Co, at Elkton Marsh in Cecil Co and at the Oaks Landfill
> (private) in Montgomery Co. In Maryland, a ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK also was
> reported at Trout Run WWTP, Garrett Co on February 25, Irvine Nature
> Center, Owings Mills, Howard Co on February 26 and 27, along Baltimore
> Boulevard in Baltimore Co on February 26, near Gunpowder Falls SP,
> Baltimore Co on February 27, at Shoreham Beach, Anne Arundel Co on
> February 28 and at the Frostburg park and ride in Allegany Co, on
> March 1. In Virginia, this species continues to be seen in fields
> along Rectortown Road in Fauquier Co, and also was reported near Frog
> Pond Road in Augusta Co on February 27, in the Swoope area in Augusta
> Co on March 2 and along Rt. 250 near Bullpasture Mountain in Highland
> Co on February 28. 
> 
> Sightings of GOLDEN EAGLE included a continuing individual near a deer
> carcass along Stone Bridge Road in Warren Co, VA on February 24 and a
> perched juvenile along Swamp Road in Worcester Co, MD on February 26.
> A GOLDEN EAGLE also was reported trying to capture a SNOW GOOSE along
> Cods Road near Prime Hook NWR in Sussex Co, DE on February 25. 
> 
> On February 24 and 25 a SANDHILL CRANE was seen in a grassy field
> along Grays Corner Road a short distance before the intersection with
> Route 50 in Worcester Co, MD. 
> 
> Twelve WESTERN SANDPIPERS were among the shorebirds at Willis Wharf,
> Northampton, Co, VA on February 24, and 10 were found at the 83rd
> Street beach in Virginia Beach, VA on March 1. 
> 
> On February 24 a GLAUCOUS GULL and an ICELAND GULL were reported at
> North East Community Park, Cecil Co, MD. On February 25 a GLAUCOUS
> GULL and two ICELAND GULLS were reported at the Salisbury Landfill, in
> the pond next to Naylor Mill Road, in Wicomico Co, MD. On February 28
> a local birding group found an ICELAND GULL on Island No. 2 at the
> Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel, Virginia Beach, VA. 
> 
> The birds seen in Maryland waters on a pelagic trip out of Ocean City,
> Worcester Co, MD on March 1 included DOVEKIE, COMMON MURRE, RAZORBILL
> and ATLANTIC PUFFIN, as well as NORTHERN FULMAR and BLACK-LEGGED
> KITTIWAKE. 
> 
> On February 28 two continuing EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVES were observed in
> flight near Lyle and Preston Streets in Radford Co, VA. 
> 
> SHORT-EARED OWLS continue at traditional locations, including along
> Port Mahon Road in Kent Co, DE, Rectortown Road in Fauquier Co, VA and
> Limestone School Road in Loudoun Co, VA. SHORT-EARED OWLS also
> continue at the ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK spot along Konterra Drive in Prince
> George's Co, MD. 
> 
> On February 27 a continuing LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE was seen perched on a
> wire near the intersection of Langhorne and Irish Roads in Albemarle
> Co, VA. 
> 
> Lowland COMMON RAVENS continue to be encountered in the reporting
> area, including along the C&O Canal near Chain Bridge and at the
> National Arboretum and Navy Yard in Washington, DC on February 24 and
> 26 and as far east as Scientists' Cliffs on the Chesapeake Bay in
> Calvert Co, MD on March 2. 
> 
> On March 2 a resident of Nokesville, Prince William Co, VA enjoyed
> watching a mixed flock of LAPLAND LONGSPURS, HORNED LARKS and AMERCAN
> PIPITS in his front yard. Over 20 LAPLAND LONGSPURS were found with
> HORNED LARKS along Mason Branch Road in Caroline Co, MD on March 1. A
> couple of LAPLAND LONGSPURS continue along Ironshire Station Road in
> Worcester Co, MD, with the latest sighting on March 2. On February 28
> at least one LAPLAND LONGSPUR was found in a huge HORNED LARK flock
> along Rt. 36 west of Slaughter Beach in Sussex Co, DE. 
> 
> Two likely continuing SNOW BUNTINGS were flushed along the beach at
> Sandy Point SP, Anne Arundel Co, MD on February 24. A small flock of
> SNOW BUNTINGS continues at the north end of Grandview Beach in
> Hampton, VA, and a relatively large flock of SNOW BUNTINGS continues
> at Cape Henlopen SP, Sussex Co, DE.
> 
> On February 24 a continuing PINE WARBLER was seen and heard singing
> near Lake Elkhorn in Howard Co, MD.
> 
> A LINCOLN'S SPARROW continues in the restricted wetlands area at Fort
> McHenry in Baltimore, MD, with the latest report on February 28. 
> 
> On February 27 a DARK-EYED JUNCO (Oregon subspecies) was reported at
> the College Creek hawk watch in James City Co, VA, and on February 26
> a possible DARK-EYED JUNCO (Cassiar subspecies) was found at Patapsco
> Valley SP-JMC Quadrant in Baltimore Co, MD.
> 
> A male SUMMER TANAGER continues at a feeder and in nearby trees at the
> Beacon Place Apartments on Beacon Square Court in Gaithersburg,
> Montgomery Co, MD.
> 
> On March 2 a female/immature DICKCISSEL was reported associating with
> WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS before flying west at Hughes Hollow in
> Montgomery Co, MD. 
> 
> On February 24 a male YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD was spotted in a flock
> of COMMON GRACKLES in back of a residential home in Harford Co, MD. 
> 
> As in past winters, residential feeders in Chesapeake, VA continue to
> be a popular wintering location for several BALTIMORE ORIOLES. 
> 
> There were fewer reports of COMMON REDPOLL during the week, but three
> were found at Black Marsh in Baltimore Co, MD on February 25, and one
> was seen at a residential feeder in Centreville, Fairfax Co, VA on
> February 27. 
>    
> ***
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Subject: Male and Female Red-breasted Mergansers
From: Colt Gregory <colt_gregory AT hotmail.com>
Date: Tue, 3 Mar 2015 21:23:49 -0500





This morning, I saw a male and female Red-breasted Merganser, several M/F 
Buffleheads and Rudy ducks among numerous Canada Geese at the small Linden 
lakes on Williamson Blvd just off Route 234 in Manassas. I didn't expect the 
Mergansers and don't know how long they will stay but all I have to do to watch 
is look out my office window! 


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Subject: Re: College Creek Hawkwatch
From: Ned Brinkley <23cahow AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 3 Mar 2015 19:19:02 -0500
Also 13 male Northern Pintails in a northbound flock on Sunday at Cape Charles 
beach just before noon. Unheard of here! 


Ned Brinkley 
Cape Charles, VA

Sent from my iPhone

> On Mar 3, 2015, at 4:42 PM, Brian and Deborah Taber via va-bird 
 wrote: 

> 
> 
> More like a duckwatch today. There were east winds, heavy clouds, a 
temperature around freezing and lots of waterfowl moving around, including a 
high for the site 27 Northern Pintails, a Red-necked Grebe, a Pied-billed 
Grebe, 2 Horned Grebes, 10 Red-throated Loons, 2 Brown Pelicans, hundreds of 
Red-breasted Mergansers and scaup on the James River. 

> 
> Despite the weather, 16 Turkey Vultures and 6 Black Vultures were recorded 
migrating across the river from 10-12:00. 

> 
> Since our 1st day on Feb 9th, this is only the 3rd hawk count there as 3 
weeks of snow, rain, wind and cold shut down migration. The duck blind at the 
site, where Ospreys nest each year was knocked down last week by the ice. 

> 
> Brian Taber
> Coastal VA Wildlife Observatory
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