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01 Oct HSR: UPDATE: Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (01 Oct 2014) 786 Raptors []
1 Oct 10/1 - Back Bay NWR, Virginia Beach [Rob Bielawski ]
01 Oct HSR: Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (30 Sep 2014) 644 Raptors []
01 Oct HSR: Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (01 Oct 2014) 644 Raptors []
1 Oct Empidonax flycatcher this time? [Howard Wu ]
1 Oct NVBC at Long Branch [bryan peters ]
30 Sep HSR: Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (30 Sep 2014) 66 Raptors []
30 Sep 9/30 - Pleasure House Point, Virginia Beach [Rob Bielawski ]
30 Sep Yellow-bellied Sapsucker at Langley AFB [Dave Youker via va-bird ]
30 Sep HSR: Harvey's Knob (30 Sep 2014) 10 Raptors []
30 Sep Voice: Greater Washington Area, Sept 30 ["Joe Coleman" ]
30 Sep brown creepers in Fairfax Co. [Frederick Atwood via va-bird ]
30 Sep Mob Scenes 9/30/14 ["Marshall Faintich" ]
30 Sep Re: 44 species on Compton Mt - 11 Warbler species (photos) [William Leigh ]
30 Sep HSR: Harvey's Knob (29 Sep 2014) 4 Raptors []
30 Sep Off topic: advice for Jamaica [Steve Johnson ]
29 Sep HSR: Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (29 Sep 2014) Raptors []
29 Sep 44 species on Compton Mt - 11 Warbler species (photos) [roger mayhorn ]
29 Sep HSR: Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (29 Sep 2014) 403 Raptors []
29 Sep Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk [Harry Glasgow via va-bird ]
29 Sep Merlin at Occoquan Bay NWR - Prince William Co. []
29 Sep A bit of Saw-whet Owl information [Todd Michael Day via va-bird ]
29 Sep Winter finch forecast [Wendy Ealding ]
29 Sep Weekend Birding [Rowe, Richard A., “Dick” ]
29 Sep HSR: Mendota Fire Tower (28 Sep 2014) 196 Raptors []
29 Sep RB Grosbeak & Hummer [Jeff Blalock ]
29 Sep HSR: Snickers Gap (28 Sep 2014) 48 Raptors []
29 Sep HSR: Harvey's Knob (28 Sep 2014) 13 Raptors []
28 Sep HSR: Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (28 Sep 2014) 1034 Raptors []
28 Sep Philadelphia Vireo, Red-headed Woodpecker, and...Double-crested Cormorant? [Wes Teets ]
28 Sep HSR: Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (27 Sep 2014) 653 Raptors []
29 Sep Shenandoah NP--Pocosin Cabin, Sep 28, 2014 [William Leigh ]
28 Sep Golden Plovers ["Michael A. Shank." ]
28 Sep Common Nighthawk [Donald Sweig ]
28 Sep HSR: Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (28 Sep 2014) 117 Raptors []
28 Sep Meadowood Recreation Area, Hidden Pond Loop, Sep 28, 2014 - Early Pine Siskin [Elton Morel via va-bird ]
28 Sep FW: eBird Report - THT - Cotton Mill Park - Berry Hill Plantation, Sep 28, 2014 ["Jeffrey Blalock" ]
28 Sep Great Falls Sunday Walk [Marshall Rawson via va-bird ]
28 Sep Sora - Huntley Meadows, Alexandria []
28 Sep Merrimac Farm, Nokesville [Harry Glasgow via va-bird ]
28 Sep Oranged-crowned Warbler Amherst Co [Michael Boatwright ]
28 Sep Philadelphia vireo, yellow-bellied flycatcher, Leesylvania State Park [Marc Ribaudo ]
28 Sep Broad winged hawks over chantilly VA [Viswa Bala ]
27 Sep HSR: Mendota Fire Tower (27 Sep 2014) 73 Raptors []
27 Sep Philadelphia Vireo - Halifax Co. [Paul Glass ]
27 Sep Birds & Monarchs ["Joe Coleman" ]
27 Sep HSR: Harvey's Knob (27 Sep 2014) 131 Raptors []
27 Sep HSR: Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (27 Sep 2014) 127 Raptors []
27 Sep NVBC at Occoquan Bay NWR -Sep 27, 2014 [Larry Meade via va-bird ]
27 Sep HSR: Snickers Gap (27 Sep 2014) 139 Raptors []
27 Sep Connecticut Warbler & FOS YB Sapsuckers at Monticello Park, Alexandria City []
27 Sep Golden plover [William Leigh ]
27 Sep [va-bird] Leesylvania SP, Pr. Wm. Co. [Scott Priebe ]
27 Sep Zone-tailed Hawk heading south [Ned Brinkley ]
27 Sep HSR: Mendota Fire Tower (26 Sep 2014) 129 Raptors []
26 Sep HSR: Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (26 Sep 2014) 781 Raptors []
26 Sep HSR: Harvey's Knob (26 Sep 2014) 1047 Raptors []
26 Sep HSR: Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (26 Sep 2014) 110 Raptors & KITE! []
26 Sep Navigating a Survey to Save a Species ["Wilson, Michael D" ]
26 Sep FW: eBird Report - THT - Cotton Mill Park - Berry Hill Plantation, Sep 26, 2014 ["Jeffrey Blalock" ]
26 Sep HSR: Harvey's Knob (25 Sep 2014) 10 Raptors []
26 Sep HSR: Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (25 Sep 2014) 31 Raptors []
26 Sep DC Snowy Owl final update [Barbara via va-bird ]
26 Sep Lots of birds and Gray-cheeked (photos) - Compton Mt [roger mayhorn ]
26 Sep Huntley Meadows Lincoln's Sparrows [Edward Eder ]
26 Sep FOS has started ["Gerco (Home)" ]
25 Sep Migrants on the Noland Trail in Newport News [Dave Youker via va-bird ]
25 Sep FW: eBird Report - THT - Cotton Mill Park - Berry Hill Plantation, Sep 25, 2014 ["Jeffrey Blalock" ]
25 Sep 3 Thrush Species etc (Page Co. Shenandoah NP) Fw: eBird Report - Mathews Arm area, Sep 25, 2014 [Gabriel Mapel via va-bird ]
25 Sep HSR: Mendota Fire Tower (25 Sep 2014) 46 Raptors []
25 Sep HSR: Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (25 Sep 2014) 122 Raptors []
25 Sep Re: Mourning and Nashville Warblers northern Amherst Co [Michael Boatwright ]
25 Sep Mourning and Nashville Warblers northern Amherst Co [Michael Boatwright ]
25 Sep Dark-eyed Junco in Oakton, Fairfax Co Sept 25 [Frederick Atwood via va-bird ]
25 Sep The Team Sport of Peregrine Hacking ["Wilson, Michael D" ]
25 Sep Thrushes ["Bulmer, Anthony" ]

Subject: HSR: UPDATE: Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (01 Oct 2014) 786 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 01 Oct 2014 21:10:40 -0400
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch
Tip of Virginia's Eastern Shore, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 01, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                     104            104           2418
Bald Eagle                   5              5             91
Northern Harrier            19             19            155
Sharp-shinned Hawk         221            221           2266
Cooper's Hawk              125            125            876
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0             10
Broad-winged Hawk           35             35            439
Red-tailed Hawk              8              8             63
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel           160            160           2459
Merlin                      53             53            683
Peregrine Falcon            51             51            250
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              1
Unknown Buteo                0              0              3
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               2              2              4
Unknown Raptor               3              3             47
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              2

Total:                     786            786           9767
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 06:15:00 
Observation end   time: 17:45:00 
Total observation time: 11.5 hours

Official Counter:        Katie Rittenhouse

Observers:        Baron Gibson, Brian Taber, Deb Gingrich, Hal Wierenga,
                  Hugh Hoffman, Keith Gingrich, Tina Gibson

Weather:
Sunny skies early. Clouds moved from the west side of the Chesapeake bay,
mid-afternoon, and produced rain on the east side of the peninsula. 

Raptor Observations:


Non-raptor Observations:

========================================================================
Report submitted by Brian Taber (Taberzz AT aol.com)
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch information may be found at:
www.cvwo.org


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Subject: 10/1 - Back Bay NWR, Virginia Beach
From: Rob Bielawski <robbielawski AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 1 Oct 2014 21:37:32 -0400
Hey Folks!

Went down to Back Bay NWR this evening to check on the shorebirds along the
beachfront. I walked about a mile or so south of the beach access along the
beach & back this time. Sanderlings are all over as usual, with quite a few
Willet as well. This time I only saw one pair of Black-bellied Plover, and
one pair of Semipalmated Plover as well. No Ruddy Turnstones were present
as had been on my last outing. Royal & Caspian were the only Tern species
seen, and the usual gulls were accounted for (Ring-billed/Herring/Lesser &
Great Black-backed). Brown Pelican were very numerous, with a couple large
flocks heading southward as the sun dropped. Saw just one Double-crested
Cormorant, and also saw a lone Black Scoter male flying out off the coast.

Back in the interior of the park, very few songbirds were out, just some
typical ones like Northern Mockingbirds, Gray Catbirds, Blue Jays, American
Robins, and American Crows. Also heard a Carolina Chickadee singing. Along
the Loop Road marshes, there was a Great Egret and Great Blue Heron sharing
the same stretch of ditch, but those were the only waders present at the
park today. About 25 photos are up on my site:
http://www.hrwe.org/staff-admins/rob-bielawski/outing-galleries

Also, some non-birding sightings, I got to see a Marsh Rabbit actually
swimming across a ditch today for the very first time. I seen these type of
rabbit often in the park, but had only seen them on land up til today. Some
other non-birds seen was a Squirrel Treefrog at the contact station, and
also a Praying Mantis on a nearby shrub pointed out by Liza Eckhardt who
was about to lead her reptile & amphibian walk at the park.

Rob Bielawski
Virginia Beach, VA
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Subject: HSR: Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (30 Sep 2014) 644 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 01 Oct 2014 21:10:53 -0400
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch
Tip of Virginia's Eastern Shore, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 30, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                      40           2282           2314
Bald Eagle                   4             82             86
Northern Harrier            18            134            136
Sharp-shinned Hawk         206           2045           2045
Cooper's Hawk               90            750            751
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0             10             10
Broad-winged Hawk           56            402            404
Red-tailed Hawk              4             54             55
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel           124           2297           2299
Merlin                      39            630            630
Peregrine Falcon            63            198            199
Unknown Accipiter            0              1              1
Unknown Buteo                0              3              3
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              2              2
Unknown Raptor               0             44             44
Swainson's Hawk              0              2              2

Total:                     644           8936           8981
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 06:15:00 
Observation end   time: 17:00:00 
Total observation time: 10.75 hours

Official Counter:        Brian Taber, Katie Rittenhouse

Observers:        Baron Gibson, Brian Taber, Deb Gingrich, Hal Wierenga,
                  Hugh Hoffman, Keith Gingrich, Tina Gibson

Visitors:
Bruce and Lynn Richardson


Weather:


Raptor Observations:


Non-raptor Observations:

========================================================================
Report submitted by Brian Taber (Taberzz AT aol.com)
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch information may be found at:
www.cvwo.org


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Subject: HSR: Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (01 Oct 2014) 644 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 01 Oct 2014 20:10:16 -0400
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch
Tip of Virginia's Eastern Shore, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 01, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                      40             40           2315
Bald Eagle                   4              4             86
Northern Harrier            18             18            137
Sharp-shinned Hawk         206            206           2087
Cooper's Hawk               90             90            762
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0             10
Broad-winged Hawk           56             56            407
Red-tailed Hawk              4              4             57
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel           124            124           2308
Merlin                      39             39            637
Peregrine Falcon            63             63            202
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              1
Unknown Buteo                0              0              3
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              2
Unknown Raptor               0              0             44
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              2

Total:                     644            644           9060
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 06:15:00 
Observation end   time: 17:00:00 
Total observation time: 10.75 hours

Official Counter:        Brian Taber, Katie Rittenhouse

Observers:        Baron Gibson, Brian Taber, Deb Gingrich, Hal Wierenga,
                  Hugh Hoffman, Keith Gingrich, Tina Gibson

Visitors:
Bruce and Lynn Richardson


Weather:


Raptor Observations:


Non-raptor Observations:

========================================================================
Report submitted by Brian Taber (Taberzz AT aol.com)
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch information may be found at:
www.cvwo.org


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Subject: Empidonax flycatcher this time?
From: Howard Wu <howiewu1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 1 Oct 2014 19:58:36 -0400
Hi, group:

Last time I made a blunder by mistaking an Easter Wood Pewee as a Traill's
Flycatcher (many have pointed out my mistake).

Today I took some pictures of another flycatcher in the same park (Frying
Pan Farm Park in Herndon):

http://www.travelerathome.com/image_upload/birds/2014_fall/flycatcher1.jpg
http://www.travelerathome.com/image_upload/birds/2014_fall/flycatcher2.jpg

I think that this one has a very bold eye ring and its primary projection
is not as long as a pewee's (but probably not very easy to see in these
pictures).

So is it an Empidonax this time? If so, is it possible to narrow it down
any further (it did not make any sound).

Thanks,
Howard
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Subject: NVBC at Long Branch
From: bryan peters <pas2iche AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 1 Oct 2014 17:02:40 -0400
Eight birders joined Charlotte Friend and I for a walk at Long Branch
Nature Center this morning. Conditions were sketchy to begin the walk, but
the rain soon gave way to blue skies and a nice breeze, which encouraged
the birds to do their work.

Warblers were difficult to locate (more so than usual, even), but the group
managed seven species. Highlights of the day, though, were two Scarlet
Tanagers (one bold enough to chase an American Robin into the open) and a
lone Winter Wren. This latter sighting was particularly interesting because
it is only the second eBird record of this species at Long Branch (Elton
Morel saw one in April of this year). I'm not sure what this may portend
for our Virginia winter, but we were delighted to see it nevertheless. Our
list is below.

Happy birding!

--Bryan Peters
Reston, VA

Checklist S20001862
Location
Long Branch Nature Center - CGF15, Arlington County, Virginia, US
Date and Effort
Wed Oct 01, 2014 7:30 AMProtocol:TravelingParty Size:10Duration:4 hour(s)
Distance:2.0 mile(s)Observers:bryan petersComments:NVBC scheduled walk.
Species
31 species total
4
Mourning Dove
3
Red-bellied Woodpecker
5
Downy Woodpecker
2
Hairy Woodpecker
2
Northern Flicker
1
Eastern Wood-Pewee
1
Red-eyed Vireo
10
Blue Jay
1
American Crow
20
Carolina Chickadee
6
Tufted Titmouse
5
White-breasted Nuthatch
1
Winter Wren

Seen by most of the group. Only the second eBird record at this location.
3
Carolina Wren
1
Wood Thrush
8
American Robin
8
Gray Catbird
1
Northern Mockingbird
5
European Starling
1
Ovenbird
1
Black-and-white Warbler
9
Common Yellowthroat
4
Magnolia Warbler
1
Chestnut-sided Warbler
2
Black-throated Blue Warbler

male and female
2
Pine Warbler
3
Eastern Towhee
6
Song Sparrow
2
Scarlet Tanager

The group had multiple and prolonged looks at these two birds. At one
point, one of the Scarlet Tanagers chased an American Robin onto the path
directly in front of us.
30
Northern Cardinal
7
American Goldfinch
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Subject: HSR: Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (30 Sep 2014) 66 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 30 Sep 2014 22:09:20 -0400
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 30, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       0            251            301
Bald Eagle                   1            145            152
Northern Harrier             0             29             30
Sharp-shinned Hawk          44            765            778
Cooper's Hawk                7             98            107
Northern Goshawk             1              1              1
Red-shouldered Hawk          0             17             19
Broad-winged Hawk            6          18212          18407
Red-tailed Hawk              1             61             85
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              1              1
American Kestrel             3            112            131
Merlin                       0             13             13
Peregrine Falcon             2             20             20
Unknown Accipiter            1              4              4
Unknown Buteo                0              1              5
Unknown Falcon               0              2              2
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0             11             11
Mississippi Kite             0              1              3

Total:                      66          19744          20070
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:15:00 
Observation end   time: 15:30:00 
Total observation time: 7.25 hours

Official Counter:        Gabriel Mapel

Observers:        Brenda Tekin, Dave Hunter

Visitors:
Tom Mizell


Weather:
Brisk west wind diminishing by late morning to NW and more easterly to SE
in the afternoon with increasing clouds. Temp:15.3>21.2c, Humidity:89%<81%,
Bar.Pressure:27.75<27.69, low dense fog out over the eastern Piedmont
diminishing somewhat by midday.

Raptor Observations:
Most birds came through morning hour on the W-NW wind but dropped
dramatically after winds shifted to east. Season's first Northern Goshawk,
an immature, flew across the gap at 10:29 am EST fairly low and close
affording very good views by counter Gabriel Mapel. 
Bald Eagle(4th yr-10:11 am). The 2 PEFA were both adults.

Non-raptor Observations:
A Raven flying low through the gap carrying a large French fry with ketchup
in its bill.  Was that crinkle cut or steak fry?  3 Monarch Butterfly
========================================================================
Report submitted by Brenda Tekin (brenda AT birdsofvirginia.com)
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://www.rockfishgaphawkwatch.org

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Subject: 9/30 - Pleasure House Point, Virginia Beach
From: Rob Bielawski <robbielawski AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 30 Sep 2014 21:04:50 -0400
Hey Folks!

Beautiful weather in the lower 70s with partly cloudy skies made for a
great evening up at Pleasure House Point after work. Over the weekend a
pair of Virginia Beach birders, Lisa Rose & Miranda Carr, spotted a
beautiful Black-throated Green Warbler up at the park so I thought maybe I
could have similar luck tonight, and while I wasn't able to find this
particular migrant species, I did see a Yellow Warbler, which is my first
in the park. This, along with getting an American Bittern in flight out
over the marshes were the two highlights for me.

Quite a few Clapper Rails could be heard cackling from the marshes,
especially as the sun was going down. Several were probably within about
fifty feet of me, but I just couldn't lay eyes on them since they can
camouflage so perfectly down in the reeds. The only sighting I had of one
tonight was when a Yellow-crowned Night-Heron landed out in the marsh and
abruptly flushed one Clapper, though it disappeared again almost instantly
into the marsh grasses. They're definitely numerous, and always around
here, but very hard to see unless at low tide, and with a lot of lucky
timing.

As the tide receded, the mudflats filled with Gulls (Laughing, Ring-billed,
Herring & Great Black-backed) though the only shorebird I saw was a lone
Killdeer. Royal Terns were also seen, as well as a number of Brown Pelicans
and Double-crested Cormorants. Typical wading birds (Great Egret, Great
Blue Heron, Yellow-crowned Night-Herons) were also numerous. Not too many
songbirds were seen, just a few Song Sparrows, Carolina Chickadees, and a
flight of Blue Jays. Shooting photos as the sun was going down proved
difficult but I did post a few to my site here:
http://www.hrwe.org/staff-admins/rob-bielawski/outing-galleries

Hope you all get a chance to enjoy the beautiful weather this week!

Rob Bielawski
Virginia Beach, VA
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Subject: Yellow-bellied Sapsucker at Langley AFB
From: Dave Youker via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Tue, 30 Sep 2014 20:25:11 -0400
During a survey of the Langley AFB marsh today, I ran across my first YBSA  
of the season.  Other notables for that area were Clapper Rail and  
Brown-headed Nuthatches.
 
Dave Youker
Yorktown, VA
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Subject: HSR: Harvey's Knob (30 Sep 2014) 10 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 30 Sep 2014 18:09:21 -0400
Harvey's Knob
Roanoke, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 30, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       0             71             74
Bald Eagle                   2             73             87
Northern Harrier             0              8             12
Sharp-shinned Hawk           5            156            160
Cooper's Hawk                2             40             46
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              4              5
Broad-winged Hawk            0          10782          10804
Red-tailed Hawk              0             55             61
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             1             66             66
Merlin                       0              4              5
Peregrine Falcon             0              7              7
Unknown Accipiter            0              2              2
Unknown Buteo                0              4              4
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              9              9

Total:                      10          11281          11342
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:30:00 
Observation end   time: 16:15:00 
Total observation time: 6.75 hours

Official Counter:        Carl Christensen

Observers:        Liz Williams, Mike Crowder

Visitors:
Thanks to Liz and Mike for the company and extra eyes. Mike spotted both
eagles today.


Weather:
West valley covered with low clouds and haze and clearing out by noon. Very
pleasant day with variable winds from the NW. Clear skies with a few clouds
moving in late in the watch. Visibility was fair with light haze in both
the west and east valleys. 



Raptor Observations:
TVs were up and about all day with few raptors to be counted. All sightings
were on the west side.

BE at 11:40 and IBE at 2:40.

Non-raptor Observations:
Traffic fairly heavy on the Parkway today. Several vehicles stopped by with
questions and to observe the valleys. Three hikers came through the AT
early in the watch.

Predictions:
Possible showers and fog early on and clearing with partly cloudy skies. It
looks like it might be similar to today regarding the bird count.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Carl Christianson ()
Harvey's Knob information may be found at:
http://bijame.googlepages.com/home


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Subject: Voice: Greater Washington Area, Sept 30
From: "Joe Coleman" <joecoleman AT rstarmail.com>
Date: Tue, 30 Sep 2014 15:46:20 -0400
FYI - this report is for sightings from Sept 23 through Sept 29 and was 
compiled by Lydia Schindler & transcribed by Steve Cordle. 

Joe Coleman

Hotline:     Voice of the Naturalist
Date:        9/30/2014
Coverage:    MD/DC/VA/DE/WV panhandle
Reports, comments, questions: 
             voice AT anshome.org
Compiler:    Lydia Schindler
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,
September 23 and was completed on Tuesday, September 30 at 7:30 a.m.

Top birds this week are ZONE-TAILED HAWK* in DE, LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE* in
MD, and NELSON'S SPARROW* in the District of Columbia. 

Other birds of interest include SNOW GOOSE, NORTHERN BOBWHITE, EARED
GREBE, NORTHERN GANNET, WHITE IBIS, CATTLE EGRET, raptors, shorebirds,
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, PARASITIC JAEGER, COMMON NIGHTHAWK,
WHIP-POOR-WILL, woodpeckers, vireos, CLIFF SWALLOW, RED-BREASTED
NUTHATCH, CEDAR WAXWING, warblers, sparrows including CLAY-COLORED,
ROSE-BREASTED and BLUE GROSBEAKS, DICKCISSEL, BOBOLINK, EASTERN
MEADOWLARK, PURPLE FINCH, and PINE SISKIN.  

Another feature of the week was the return of many winter residents,
including YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, BROWN CREEPER, WINTER WREN,
GOLDEN-CROWNED and RUBY-CROWNED KINGLETS, YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER,
WHITE-THROATED SPARROW, and DARK-EYED JUNCO. These birds popped up
throughout the area.

TOP BIRDS 

A ZONE-TAILED HAWK* was well seen as it flew over the hawk watch at
Cape Henlopen SP, DE at 11:18 a.m. on September 27. This was a mere 21
minutes after the bird was seen departing Cape May, NJ, where it had
electrified observers on the hawk watch platform and across town as it
soared overhead for several minutes. This bird promises to be a first
record for both states. Birders along the coast were urged to stay on
the alert for this mega-rarity, which can most readily be
distinguished from Turkey Vulture by its banded tail. 

A LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE* was discovered at Irvine Nature Center, Baltimore
Co, MD, on Sept 28, at the central meadow, and subsequently viewed by
many birders. It was not refound Sept 29.

A NELSON'S SPARROW* discovered and photographed at Kenilworth Park on
Sept 29 represents the first sighting in the District of Columbia in
years. The sparrow was near the first goal posts on the right in the
ball field area, foraging in the scrub/grasses right over the rip-rap
for the bike trail. 

OTHER BIRDS OF INTEREST

The first SNOW GEESE of the season showed up in Kent Co, DE Sept 26;
25 birds mixed in with other geese along Little Creek Rd east of
Dover.

A NORTHERN BOBWHITE was photographed at Hughes Hollow WMA, Montgomery
Co, MD, on Sept 27.

An EARED GREBE was seen again Sept 23 at the Craney Island Disposal
Area, Portsmouth, VA.

A NORTHERN GANNET was observed Sept 27 at Point Lookout SP, St Mary's
Co, MD.

A CATTLE EGRET was a surprise find in Grant Co in WV's Eastern
Panhandle on Sept 28. It was spotted at Stony River Dam lake, on
Germany Hollow Rd, and it was seen again Sept 29.

WHITE IBIS continued at Assateague Island NS, Worcester Co, MD, with 4
to 6 birds reported Sept 26 and 28.

Hawk watches kept busy. On Sept 28, Kiptopeke SP, Accomack Co, VA,
recorded more than 1,000 raptors, more than half of them accipiters.
The day of the Zone-tailed Hawk, Sept 27, Prime Hook enjoyed a strong
falcon migration-84 AMERICAN KESTRELS, 57 MERLINS, and a single-day
record 124 PEREGRINE FALCONS, plus 151 OSPREYS and 91 SHARP-SHINNED
HAWKS.

BROAD-WINGED HAWKS continued to stream by. On Sept 23, the Ashland
Hawk Watch, Hockessin, DE, scored with 773 BROAD-WINGS. More modest
but closer, a kettle of 15 arose over the heads of birders at Wheaton
RP, Montgomery Co, MD Sept 27.

AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVERS showed up west of Dayton, Rockingham Co, VA,
with two seen on Sept 27 and six on Sept 28. These birds were found in
the vicinity of the   Shenandoah Valley produce auction, near the
intersection of Lumber Mill Rd and Dry River Rd. The AMERICAN
GOLDEN-PLOVER at Saddlebrook East Community Park, Bowie, Prince
George's Co, MD, was seen again Sept 23 and 24.

Two HUDSONIAN GODWITS were noted Sept 25 at Bombay Hook NWR, DE. 

Swan Harbor Farm Park, Harford Co, MD, hosted a STILT SANDPIPER on
Sept 27 and 28, and, on the 27th, a RED-NECKED PHALAROPE. At the other
end of the state on those same days, Piney Reservoir in Garrett Co was
enjoying a WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER. 

On Sept 23 a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was found at Point Lookout SP,
St. Mary's Co, MD. On Sept 29 a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was found at
Hart-Miller Island, Baltimore Co, MD. 

On Sept 24 a PARASITIC JAEGER flew past the Cape Henlopen hawk watch. 

COMMON NIGHTHAWKS were still trickling through the area this week.

A WHIP-POOR-WILL was reported from Fort McHenry NM, Baltimore, on Sept
26.

Having spotted a young RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, a birder at
Battery-Kemble Park, NW  DC, took advantage of a strong RED-SHAFTED
FLICKER migration plus the return of YELLOW-BREASTED SAPSUCKERS to
turn Sept 28 into a 7-woodpecker day (along with RED-BELLIED, DOWNY,
HAIRY, PILEATED). 

VIREOS were in widespread evidence, with reports of WHITE-EYED,
YELLOW-THROATED, WARBLING, and RED-EYED, as well as numerous migrant
BLUE-HEADED and PHILADELPHIA VIREOS.

Birders on the Monday morning walk Sept 29 at Huntley Meadows Park,
Fairfax Co, VA, reported a fly-over flock of 20 CLIFF SWALLOWS.

RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH showed up at Rock Creek Park, NW DC, on Sept 27
and 28. 

On Sept 27 birders saw a flock of 100 CEDAR WAXWINGS fly over the Blue
Ridge Center for Environmental Stewardship in northwest Loudoun Co,
VA.

WARBLER migration was in full swing, with species in double-digits at
many of the area's hot spots-including Rock Creek Park, NW DC;
Algonkian RP, Loudoun Co, VA; Leesylvania SP and Occoquan Bay NWR,
Prince William Co, VA; Huntley Meadows Park, Fairfax Co VA; and
Wheaton RP and Little Bennett RP, Montgomery Co, MD. 

A GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER was found Sept 23 at Elk Neck SP, Cecil Co,
MD. 

On Sept 28 an ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was found on Joshua Falls Rd in
southern Amherst Co, VA. Also on Sept 28, an ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER
was reported from Woodlawn Wildlife Area, Cecil Co, MD.

CONNECTICUT WARBLERS were discovered at numerous locations. In MD
these included Waterford Farm, Howard Co, Sept 23; Mt. Nebo, Garrett
Co, Sept 24; Cromwell Valley Park, Baltimore, Sept 27; Finzel Swamp,
Allegany Co, Sept 27; and Susquehanna SP, Harford Co, Sept 28. Rock
Creek Park, NW DC, celebrated two CONNECTICUT sightings, Sept 23 and
Sept 27. In VA, a CONNECTICUT WARBLER was reported Sept 27 from the
Switzer Lake area of Rockingham Co.

On Sept 29 a MOURNING WARBLER was discovered at Hughes Hollow WMA,
Montgomery Co, MD, foraging in vegetation where the entrance road
makes a sharp turn toward the parking lot by the impoundments.

On Sept 28 a CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was discovered at Assateague Island
NS/Bayside, Worcester Co, MD

LINCOLN'S SPARROW was seen again at Hughes Hollow, Montgomery Co, MD,
Sept 23 and at Huntley Meadows Park, Fairfax Co, VA, on Sept 26.

WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS appeared at the Rock Creek Park maintenance
yard Sept 27, and at Milltown Landing, Prince George's Co, MD, Sept
28. 

VESPER SPARROW was reported at Baltimore's Cromwell Valley Park Sept
27.

ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAKS were moving through in good numbers. 

On Sept 24, Occoquan Bay NWR hosted VESPER SPARROW as well as BLUE
GROSBEAK plus a DICKCISSEL and at least six BOBOLINKS. On Sept 27,
Kenilworth Park held a BOBOLINK and EASTERN MEADOWLARK.

On Sept 27 PURPLE FINCHES were spotted in Rock Creek Park and also at
a private yard in Kent Co, DE.

Early PINE SISKIN reports come from Auburn Heights Preserve, New
Castle DE, on Sept 27, and from Meadowood Recreation Area (Hidden Pond
loop), Fairfax Co, VA, on Sept 28. 


***

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

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

To report bird sightings, e-mail your report to voice AT anshome.org.
Please post reports before midnight Monday, identify the county as
well as the state, and include your name and a Tuesday morning
contact, e-mail or phone.

Thank you for your interest, and good birding!

*Of interest to the records committee. 

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Subject: brown creepers in Fairfax Co.
From: Frederick Atwood via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Tue, 30 Sep 2014 12:36:45 -0700
Yesterday Sept 29 I had my earliest Virginia fall record of 2 brown creepers at 
Oak Marr Park in Oakton, 1-2 weeks earlier than my usual arrival date here. 
Also present were a rose-breasted grosbeak, 4 pine warblers and 2 
black-throated blue warblers. 


Good Birding

Fred Atwood
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Subject: Mob Scenes 9/30/14
From: "Marshall Faintich" <mfaintich AT theworddoctor.com>
Date: Tue, 30 Sep 2014 14:14:10 -0400
Great Horned Owl and Red-shouldered Hawk pestered by smaller birds. Report
and photos:

 

 
http://www.symbolicmessengers.com/Blog2014/2014_09_30.htm

 

Marshall Faintich

Nellysford, VA

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

 

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Subject: Re: 44 species on Compton Mt - 11 Warbler species (photos)
From: William Leigh <leightern AT msn.com>
Date: Tue, 30 Sep 2014 16:32:23 +0000
Roger, 
Superb photos!
best, 

William Leigh leightern AT msn.com

Bridgewater, Virginia 
 

 



> Date: Mon, 29 Sep 2014 23:00:58 -0400
> From: rmayhorn AT hughes.net
> To: va-bird AT listserve.com
> Subject: [Va-bird] 44 species on Compton Mt - 11 Warbler species (photos)
> 
> On Sunday the bird activity here in our yard on Compton Mt was amazing with 
flocks of warblers and other migrants stopping to feed in the trees, shrubs and 
in the stands of tall plants like goldenrod and iron weed. Many of them came 
down to drink or bathe in the yard stream. Over the course of the day I counted 
44 species, 11 of which were warbler species. The warblers I saw, and there 
were probably more species that I missed, were Tennessees, Northern Parula, 
Yellow-rumped, Black-throated Green, Blackburnian, Yellow-throated, my FOS Palm 
Warbler, several Bay-breasted, Blackpoll, Black-and-white, and Ovenbird. I had 
three species of vireo, White-eyed, Blue-headed and Red-eyed. Aside from 
Bluebirds there were three other thrush species, Gray-cheeked, Swainson's and 
Wood Thrush. Scarlet Tanagers were coming to the stream and Cedar Waxwings and 
Rose-breasted Grosbeaks were constantly in motion as they flew from virginia 
creeper berries to poke berries, to wild grape vines. Als 

 o 
> present were Indigo Buntings, and a Baltimore Oriole. The day's complete 
species list is at the bottom of this message. 

> 
> I managed to get photos of several of the species. They can be found at 
http://www.pbase.com/mayhorn/2014_9_28 

> 
> Roger Mayhorn
> Compton Mt
> Buchanan County
> 
> 
> 44 speciesMourning Dove 7Red-bellied Woodpecker 2Downy Woodpecker 2Hairy 
Woodpecker 1Northern Flicker 5Eastern Phoebe 2White-eyed Vireo 1Blue-headed 
Vireo 1Red-eyed Vireo 1Blue Jay 4American Crow 1Carolina Chickadee 
3White-breasted Nuthatch 3Tufted Titmouse 4Carolina Wren 3Eastern Bluebird 
3Gray-cheeked Thrush 1Swainson's Thrush 6Wood Thrush 2Gray Catbird 7Brown 
Thrasher 6European Starling 32Cedar Waxwing 30Tennessee Warbler 22Northern 
Parula 1Yellow-rumped Warbler 1Black-throated Green Warbler 1Blackburnian 
Warbler 2Yellow-throated Warbler 1Palm Warbler 1 (FOS)Bay-breasted Warbler 
11Blackpoll Warbler 2Black-and-white Warbler 1mOvenbird 1Scarlet Tanager 
3Eastern Towhee 7Chipping Sparrow 1Song Sparrow 2Northern Cardinal 
11Rose-breasted Grosbeak 9 (4m, 5f)Indigo Bunting 5Baltimore Oriole 1House 
Finch American Goldfinch 7 

> 
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Subject: HSR: Harvey's Knob (29 Sep 2014) 4 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 30 Sep 2014 11:09:33 -0400
Harvey's Knob
Roanoke, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 29, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       0             71             74
Bald Eagle                   0             71             85
Northern Harrier             0              8             12
Sharp-shinned Hawk           3            151            155
Cooper's Hawk                1             38             44
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              4              5
Broad-winged Hawk            0          10782          10804
Red-tailed Hawk              0             55             61
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             0             65             65
Merlin                       0              4              5
Peregrine Falcon             0              7              7
Unknown Accipiter            0              2              2
Unknown Buteo                0              4              4
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              9              9

Total:                       4          11271          11332
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:00:00 
Observation end   time: 16:30:00 
Total observation time: 7.5 hours

Official Counter:        Joyce Holt

Observers:        David Kirk, Liz Williams

Visitors:
 Danny and Terry Redford from Big Island - and they will be back when more
hawks are going through.


Weather:
Warm, very light winds, hazy, many different cloud types, a few sprinkles
of rain at the beginning of the watch.

Raptor Observations:
Very few Vultures; not one Raven, no local RT

David K. remained the lone observer at the 4-5 hour;  I am giving him
another SS.  He probably did not see it;  Liz found it as we were driving
past the Montvale overlook on our way home.  It was close and flapping,

Non-raptor Observations:
Phoebe, Goldfinch, Downy WP, Blue Jay, Chickadee, Catbird, Chimney Swift,
Flicker, Pileated WP, Towhee

Monarch - one
Green Darner - two



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


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Subject: Off topic: advice for Jamaica
From: Steve Johnson <stevejohnson2 AT verizon.net>
Date: Tue, 30 Sep 2014 06:11:26 -0700
Please forgive this off topic post. If anyone cares to, please reply off-line.

We are planning a trip to Jamaica in winter 2015 and hope to get in about 3-4 
days of birding. We plan to concentrate on the western 1/2 to 2/3 of the 
island. Questions: 


1) has anyone stayed at Marshall's Pen recently, what are the amenities there, 
how rough or comfortable, how much $$ ? 


2) where else is good to stay for birding on western half?

3) can you recommend a bird guide person there?

4) advice for rental cars: how hard is the driving, who to rent from?

Thank you!
Steve Johnson
Fairfax, Va

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Subject: HSR: Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (29 Sep 2014) Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 29 Sep 2014 23:09:54 -0400
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 29, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       0            251            301
Bald Eagle                   0            144            151
Northern Harrier             0             29             30
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0            721            734
Cooper's Hawk                0             91            100
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0             17             19
Broad-winged Hawk            0          18206          18401
Red-tailed Hawk              0             60             84
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              1              1
American Kestrel             0            109            128
Merlin                       0             13             13
Peregrine Falcon             0             18             18
Unknown Accipiter            0              3              3
Unknown Buteo                0              1              5
Unknown Falcon               0              2              2
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0             11             11
Mississippi Kite             0              1              3

Total:                       0          19678          20004
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00 
Observation end   time: 10:00:00 
Total observation time: 2 hours

Official Counter:        Brenda Tekin

Observers:        

Weather:
100% cloud cover but very good visibility to the north and out in the
western valley.  Increasing west to NW wind, temp:16.1>17.7c, humidity:81%,
Bar.Pressure:28.08.

Light rain moved in by 9:58am EST.

Raptor Observations:
Not one vulture or hawk observed!

Non-raptor Observations:
Let's see...a handful of Tree Swallows, one crow species flying east
through the gap and 3 Robins.  Oh, and 1 Monarch.  That was it for the two
hours!  Not even woodpeckers or those little unidentified warbler flyovers!

Predictions:
Less clouds with less chance of rain.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Brenda Tekin (brenda AT birdsofvirginia.com)
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://www.rockfishgaphawkwatch.org

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Subject: 44 species on Compton Mt - 11 Warbler species (photos)
From: roger mayhorn <rmayhorn AT hughes.net>
Date: Mon, 29 Sep 2014 23:00:58 -0400 (EDT)
On Sunday the bird activity here in our yard on Compton Mt was amazing with 
flocks of warblers and other migrants stopping to feed in the trees, shrubs and 
in the stands of tall plants like goldenrod and iron weed. Many of them came 
down to drink or bathe in the yard stream. Over the course of the day I counted 
44 species, 11 of which were warbler species. The warblers I saw, and there 
were probably more species that I missed, were Tennessees, Northern Parula, 
Yellow-rumped, Black-throated Green, Blackburnian, Yellow-throated, my FOS Palm 
Warbler, several Bay-breasted, Blackpoll, Black-and-white, and Ovenbird. I had 
three species of vireo, White-eyed, Blue-headed and Red-eyed. Aside from 
Bluebirds there were three other thrush species, Gray-cheeked, Swainson's and 
Wood Thrush. Scarlet Tanagers were coming to the stream and Cedar Waxwings and 
Rose-breasted Grosbeaks were constantly in motion as they flew from virginia 
creeper berries to poke berries, to wild grape vines. Also 

 present were Indigo Buntings, and a Baltimore Oriole. The day's complete 
species list is at the bottom of this message. 


I managed to get photos of several of the species. They can be found at 
http://www.pbase.com/mayhorn/2014_9_28 


Roger Mayhorn
Compton Mt
Buchanan County


44 speciesMourning Dove 7Red-bellied Woodpecker 2Downy Woodpecker 2Hairy 
Woodpecker 1Northern Flicker 5Eastern Phoebe 2White-eyed Vireo 1Blue-headed 
Vireo 1Red-eyed Vireo 1Blue Jay 4American Crow 1Carolina Chickadee 
3White-breasted Nuthatch 3Tufted Titmouse 4Carolina Wren 3Eastern Bluebird 
3Gray-cheeked Thrush 1Swainson's Thrush 6Wood Thrush 2Gray Catbird 7Brown 
Thrasher 6European Starling 32Cedar Waxwing 30Tennessee Warbler 22Northern 
Parula 1Yellow-rumped Warbler 1Black-throated Green Warbler 1Blackburnian 
Warbler 2Yellow-throated Warbler 1Palm Warbler 1 (FOS)Bay-breasted Warbler 
11Blackpoll Warbler 2Black-and-white Warbler 1mOvenbird 1Scarlet Tanager 
3Eastern Towhee 7Chipping Sparrow 1Song Sparrow 2Northern Cardinal 
11Rose-breasted Grosbeak 9 (4m, 5f)Indigo Bunting 5Baltimore Oriole 1House 
Finch American Goldfinch 7 


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Subject: HSR: Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (29 Sep 2014) 403 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 29 Sep 2014 21:09:55 -0400
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch
Tip of Virginia's Eastern Shore, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 29, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                      45           2242           2274
Bald Eagle                   1             78             82
Northern Harrier             4            116            118
Sharp-shinned Hawk         142           1839           1839
Cooper's Hawk               23            660            661
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          1             10             10
Broad-winged Hawk            5            346            348
Red-tailed Hawk              1             50             51
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel           141           2165           2167
Merlin                      27            591            591
Peregrine Falcon            11            135            136
Unknown Accipiter            0              1              1
Unknown Buteo                0              3              3
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              2              2
Unknown Raptor               2             44             44
Swainson's Hawk              0              2              2

Total:                     403           8284           8329
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 06:30:00 
Observation end   time: 17:00:00 
Total observation time: 9.5 hours

Official Counter:        Katie Rittenhouse

Observers:        Baron Gibson, Brian Taber, Deb Gingrich, Hal Wierenga,
                  Keith Gingrich

Visitors:
Hugh Hoffman, Tina Gibson, Marissa and Jim Strickland, Lynn and Bruce
Richardson, Lee Adams


Weather:
Overcast skies and light N,NW winds. 

Raptor Observations:


Non-raptor Observations:
Monarch-57
========================================================================
Report submitted by Brian Taber (Taberzz AT aol.com)
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch information may be found at:
www.cvwo.org


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Subject: Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk
From: Harry Glasgow via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Mon, 29 Sep 2014 17:58:59 -0700
There were 19 birders on this morning's Huntley Meadows Monday Morning 
Birdwalk, and we tallied 48 species. We modified the standard procedure for 
this walk somewhat by having an experienced birder survey that portion of the 
Park accessed from Telegraph Road. This report is an amalgamation of these two 
surveys. This is not a practice we plan to continue as the bulk of the Huntley 
bird data supplied from this weekly walk comes from the boardwalk assessments 
only. The Park provides these data for independent research efforts. Suddenly 
adding a previously unsurveyed area would distort it and render it useless. 
Hence, we will not continue this practice, but will instead attempt to recruit 
birders for separate walks in this area of the Park. With this additional 
material, the walk this morning produced 48 species. There were 9 species of 
warbler, mostly from the Telegraph Rd side of the Park. Additional highlights 
include a large flock of Cliff 

 Swallows flying over the Park, well over 100 Chimney Swifts, and our FOS 
White-throated Sparrow. 


Canada Goose  8
Wood Duck  15
Mallard  11
Great Blue Heron  5
Great Egret  1
Red-shouldered Hawk  1
Solitary Sandpiper  3
Greater Yellowlegs  1
Mourning Dove 
 1
Chimney Swift  100+/-
Belted Kingfisher  2
Red-bellied Woodpecker  10
Downy Woodpecker  7
Northern Flicker  8
Pileated Woodpecker  5
Eastern Phoebe  3
Red-eyed Vireo  2
Blue Jay  10
American Crow  4
Fish Crow  1
Cliff Swallow (Northern)  20
Carolina Chickadee  24
Tufted Titmouse  10
White-breasted Nuthatch  5
House Wren  1
Carolina Wren  15
American Robin  23
Gray Catbird  6
Cedar Waxwing  1
Black-and-white Warbler  3
Common Yellowthroat  21
American Redstart  4
Northern Parula  5
Magnolia Warbler  1
Chestnut-sided Warbler  1
Palm Warbler  7
Yellow-rumped Warbler  3
Black-throated Green Warbler  3
Eastern Towhee  2
Song Sparrow  3
White-throated Sparrow  3
Northern Cardinal  16
Indigo
 Bunting  1
Red-winged Blackbird  36
Common Grackle  6
House Finch  8
American Goldfinch  5
House Sparrow  2

The Monday Morning Birdwalk has been a weekly event at Huntley Meadows since 
1985. It takes place every week, rain or shine (except during electrical 
storms, strong winds, or icy trails), at 7AM (8AM from November through March), 
is free of charge, requires no reservation, and is open to all. Birders meet in 
the parking lot at the Park's entrance at 3701 Lockheed Blvd, Alexandria, VA. 
Questions should be directed to Park staff during normal business hours at 
(703)768-2525. 



Harry Glasgow
Friends of Huntley Meadows Park
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Subject: Merlin at Occoquan Bay NWR - Prince William Co.
From: <david.boltz4 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 29 Sep 2014 20:11:02 -0400
I arrived just before the gate opened at Occoquan Bay NWR around 7 a.m. and 
an immature Cooper's Hawk was sitting in the middle of the road right beside 
the checkpoint station. Things were fairly birdy in the early going, but by 
9:30 activity had come to somewhat of a screeching halt. The highlight and 
surprise of the morning was the Merlin perched on the snag in the field near 
the 90 degree turn on the Wildlife Drive, where Charlie Rd. goes down to the 
river. I had seen Kestrels on this perch several times previously, as well 
as Osprey. I did manage 7 warbler species (nothing unexpected) and a large 
number of Indigo Buntings. And, there was one Kestrel perching on a now 
vacant Osprey platform. Complete list below.

Dave Boltz

Occoquan Bay NWR - CPW02, Prince William, US-VA
Sep 29, 2014 7:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Protocol: Traveling
4.0 mile(s)
51 species

Canada Goose  11
Wood Duck  5
Mallard  3
Double-crested Cormorant  5
Great Blue Heron  2
Black Vulture  4
Sharp-shinned Hawk  1
Cooper's Hawk  2
Laughing Gull  6
Ring-billed Gull  5
Mourning Dove  11
Chimney Swift  15
Belted Kingfisher  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  4
Downy Woodpecker  2
Hairy Woodpecker  2
Northern Flicker  4
Pileated Woodpecker  1
American Kestrel  1
Merlin  1
Eastern Wood-Pewee  2
Eastern Phoebe  2
Red-eyed Vireo  7
Blue Jay  55
American Crow  1
Fish Crow  1
Carolina Chickadee  12
Tufted Titmouse  15
House Wren  4
Carolina Wren  6
Eastern Bluebird  3
American Robin  12
Gray Catbird  11
Brown Thrasher  1
Northern Mockingbird  4
European Starling  17
Black-and-white Warbler  1
Common Yellowthroat  5
Northern Parula  3
Chestnut-sided Warbler  1
Blackpoll Warbler  1
Black-throated Blue Warbler  1
Palm Warbler  15
Eastern Towhee  1
Song Sparrow  2
Swamp Sparrow  2
Northern Cardinal  10
Indigo Bunting  15
Red-winged Blackbird  30
Common Grackle  7
American Goldfinch  4

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Subject: A bit of Saw-whet Owl information
From: Todd Michael Day via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Mon, 29 Sep 2014 15:32:09 -0400
VA-Birders, 
 
As we march toward October, we get closer to when some Northern  Saw-whet 
Owls start their annual journey to Virginia.  By now, the vanguard  of these 
migrants could show up at any time.  Veteran Saw-whet researcher  Scott 
Weidensaul plans to begin his banding operation in southeastern  Pennsylvania 
this week, with his southernmost set-up opening 12 October.  
 
Scott and his group have done roost studies with Saw-whets over  the years 
by placing small radio transmitters on owls they've banded, and then  
locating their diurnal roosts. Based on their data of hundreds of roost sites 
in 

the central Appalachians, they have found that in "eastern  hardwood 
forest, saw-whets seem to roost preferentially in the outer branches of large, 

canopy-height hardwoods, usually concealed in clumps of leaves, until  
leaf-fall. When the hardwoods are bare they switch to dense evergreen cover  
(conifers, laurels/rhododendron, greenbrier, etc.). In the study area the owls 

showed a strong preference for pitch pine. When in conifers they are usually  
close to the trunk, generally with a southeastern orientation, but have 
found  them from literally on the ground to eighty feet up."
 
This is notable if for no other reason to dismiss the notion that Saw-whets 
 are conifer-only while there are still leaves on the deciduous trees.  It  
is also good to check patches of rhododendron, laurel, and tangles of 
greenbriar  during winter to maybe luck into finding one of them. 
 
You can read more about Scott and company's research at the Ned Smith  
Center, and learn a bit more about Saw-whets at this link:
 
http://www.nedsmithcenter.org/saw-whet-research/
 
Cheers,
 
Todd


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Todd Michael Day
Jeffersonton,  Virginia
Culpeper  County
blkvulture AT aol.com
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Subject: Winter finch forecast
From: Wendy Ealding <wendy.ealding AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 29 Sep 2014 13:37:15 -0400
Is now available at
http://10000birds.com/2014-2015-winter-finch-forecast.htm

-- 
Wendy Ealding
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Subject: Weekend Birding
From: Rowe, Richard A., “Dick” <RoweRA AT vmi.edu>
Date: Mon, 29 Sep 2014 15:40:20 +0000
Like many of you, I went out looking for migrating warblers and other birds 
this weekend. From the various reports, it seems that Philadelphia Vireos were 
moving through over the weekend. I found 1 at McCormick’s Farm near Raphine VA. 
In addition, I found the following birds of interest at McCormick’s Farm, 
Willow Lake, or the Blue Ridge Parkway: 


Cape May Warbler, Blackburnian Warbler, Black-throated Green Warbler, Palm 
Warbler, Magnolia Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Yellow-throated Vireo, 
Blue-headed Vireo, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Yellow-bellied 
Sapsucker, Cedar Waxwings, Chimney Swifts, flocks of Meadowlarks, and a few 
lingering shorebirds (Least, Pectoral, Semipalmated, and Spotted SP). 


It was a pretty good weekend and I think I had 60 species for the two mornings.

If you’re interested, I’ve posted some photos of a few of these birds:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/vmibiology/

Dick Rowe
VMI Biology
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Subject: HSR: Mendota Fire Tower (28 Sep 2014) 196 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 29 Sep 2014 09:09:35 -0400
Mendota Fire Tower
Mendota, VA, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 28, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       0             11             11
Bald Eagle                   0             16             16
Northern Harrier             0              0              0
Sharp-shinned Hawk           1             12             12
Cooper's Hawk                1             18             18
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk          194           4046           4046
Red-tailed Hawk              0             15             15
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             0             15             15
Merlin                       0              2              2
Peregrine Falcon             0              4              4
Unknown Accipiter            0              2              2
Unknown Buteo                0              2              2
Unknown Falcon               0              2              2
Unknown Eagle                0              3              3
Unknown Raptor               0              2              2

Total:                     196           4150           4150
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:15:00 
Observation end   time: 15:45:00 
Total observation time: 7.5 hours

Official Counter:        Jennifer Meade

Observers:        Susan Greear

Visitors:
Abigail Jantzi arrived with Jennifer and Susan at 9:45. She provided
valuable assistance in sighting hawks until approx 1:00 pm. Allen and  Josh
Alley arrived at approximately 12:30  pm and remained until approx 3:30
providing keen eyes and identification skills. Additional visitors during
the day were: Rusty and Kim Short, Holly and Luke Reed, Donna Linkous, Tina
Linkous, Joe and Sharon McClellan, Macy, Josey, and Lily.


Weather:
Weather began cool, light winds, and variable cloudiness and haze. Clouds
continued all day with an  approx 60-80% coverage of clouds from cirrus, to
cumulus, and altocumulus clouds. As the afternoon progressed, the clouds
thickened into altostratus type clouds  filling the sky to approx 90+%. 

Raptor Observations:
Steady flow of BW Hawks today with a  marked spike in activity from 1-3 pm.
During the 4 o'clock hour, the last 3 BWs of the  day were seen, very low,
flapping and down below eye level. They came  in very close to Clinch
Mountain in the low dip just  east of the tower with an Am Kestrel
harrasing them.  The  3 BWs passed beneath tower in the powerline  clearing
and appeared to go into the trees on south slope of Clinch Mountain just
west of tower at approx eye level. 

Non-raptor Observations:
A few Monarch butterflies fluttered past. During the 12 o'clock hour, a
flock of approx 20 geese were far to the east moving from  a north to south
direction... they were visible only with  binoculars 10X. 

Predictions:
Rain showers Monday and our reporting may be over if no one else has time
to help this week.
========================================================================
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Subject: RB Grosbeak & Hummer
From: Jeff Blalock <jcbabirder AT gcronline.com>
Date: Mon, 29 Sep 2014 09:35:07 -0400
I have a RB Grosbeak at my feeder right now and as I was looking at it a RT 
Hummingbird flew up to my bay window and checked me out 


It might have been interested in my red and black checkered house coat that I 
have on this morning 


May God Bless and Keep You

Jeff Blalock
434-470-4352
South Boston VA
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Subject: HSR: Snickers Gap (28 Sep 2014) 48 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 29 Sep 2014 09:09:44 -0400
Snickers Gap
20 Miles West of Leesburg, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 28, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       0            102            115
Bald Eagle                   2             74             83
Northern Harrier             3             28             29
Sharp-shinned Hawk          20            398            400
Cooper's Hawk                1             48             49
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          4             28             28
Broad-winged Hawk           15           5264           5285
Red-tailed Hawk              1             47             54
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             1             40             43
Merlin                       0              4              4
Peregrine Falcon             0              2              2
Unknown Accipiter            0              4              4
Unknown Buteo                0              4              4
Unknown Falcon               1              2              2
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              4              4

Total:                      48           6049           6106
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00 
Observation end   time: 16:00:00 
Total observation time: 8 hours

Official Counter:        Bob Abrams

Observers:        Bruce Hill, Duane Schilling

Visitors:
Linda & Steve Hollinger
Ron & Dana Clabbers


Weather:
Prevailing Westerly winds in the morning  Hazed cleared by mid morning. 
The wind shifted to east and died out in afternoon.  Clouds increased
throughout the day.

Raptor Observations:


Non-raptor Observations:
Red Headed Wood Pecker
========================================================================
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Subject: HSR: Harvey's Knob (28 Sep 2014) 13 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 29 Sep 2014 05:09:03 -0400
Harvey's Knob
Roanoke, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 28, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       0             71             74
Bald Eagle                   0             71             85
Northern Harrier             1              8             12
Sharp-shinned Hawk           6            148            152
Cooper's Hawk                0             37             43
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              4              5
Broad-winged Hawk            4          10782          10804
Red-tailed Hawk              0             55             61
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             1             65             65
Merlin                       0              4              5
Peregrine Falcon             0              7              7
Unknown Accipiter            1              2              2
Unknown Buteo                0              4              4
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              9              9

Total:                      13          11267          11328
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Joyce Holt

Observers:        

Visitors:
Patty and Steve Goff, Chuck Crowell, Barry & Teresa Kinzie,
seven ladies from Lynchburg, Philip Ferguson, Christine and Andrew.

Chuck, Christine and Andrew were very helpful at spotting the hawks and
butterflies.

A slow day.


Weather:
Warm, hazy, light winds from the West, high thin clouds

Raptor Observations:
Not many TV and BV

Non-raptor Observations:
Raven
Blue Jay ( resident and migrating)
Goldfinch
Chickadee

Monarch - 14
Green Darner - 1
Black Saddlebag - 1

========================================================================
Report submitted by Joyce Holt (blueskyjoyce AT adelphia.net)
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http://bijame.googlepages.com/home


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Subject: HSR: Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (28 Sep 2014) 1034 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 28 Sep 2014 21:09:41 -0400
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch
Tip of Virginia's Eastern Shore, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 28, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                     181           2197           2229
Bald Eagle                   5             77             81
Northern Harrier             9            112            114
Sharp-shinned Hawk         419           1697           1697
Cooper's Hawk              121            637            638
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              9              9
Broad-winged Hawk           33            341            343
Red-tailed Hawk              3             49             50
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel           184           2024           2026
Merlin                      42            564            564
Peregrine Falcon            34            124            125
Unknown Accipiter            0              1              1
Unknown Buteo                0              3              3
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              2              2
Unknown Raptor               3             42             42
Swainson's Hawk              0              2              2

Total:                    1034           7881           7926
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 06:45:00 
Observation end   time: 17:30:00 
Total observation time: 10.75 hours

Official Counter:        Katie Rittenhouse

Observers:        Bob Anderson, Chris Foster, Deb Gingrich, Harry Armistead,
                  Keith Gingrich, Thuy Tran

Visitors:
Brenda, Nancy Foster


Weather:
Partly cloudy skies. Light and variable E winds. 

Raptor Observations:


Non-raptor Observations:
Red-Throated Loon-1
Monarch-86
Norther Flicker-115+
Flocks of migrating Double-crested Cormorants over the Chesapeake Bay. 
========================================================================
Report submitted by Brian Taber (Taberzz AT aol.com)
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch information may be found at:
www.cvwo.org


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Subject: Philadelphia Vireo, Red-headed Woodpecker, and...Double-crested Cormorant?
From: Wes Teets <wesrtx AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 28 Sep 2014 21:02:57 -0400
I spent much of the day birding the Appalachian Trail between Mountain
Pass Road in Troutville and the foothills of Tinker Mountain near
Daleville, for a total of 66 species.

The part of the trail between US 11 and Valley Road has consistently
been the best area for thrushes (no surprise with all the fruiting
shrubs growing along the stream). Here today among the many robins
were VEERY, and SWAINSON'S and GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSHES, all quite vocal.

It was also a great day for woodpeckers. YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKERS
were my first of the season, and an adult RED-HEADED WOODPECKER flying
over Mountain Pass Road toward Tinker Mountain was a nice sight.

Warblers continue to pour through. It seems BLACK-THROATED GREEN
WARBLERS are peaking; I saw at least six, with varying amount of black
on the throat. Also present were PALM, male and female HOODED
WARBLERS, and both BAY-BREASTED and BLACKPOLL WARBLERS offering a nice
comparison. Thirteen warbler species in all.

Other good birds were PHILADELPHIA VIREO, BOBOLINK, and YELLOW-BILLED
CUCKOO. But perhaps the weirdest sighting of the day was a flock of 18
DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS flying in formation over I-81.

Excellent day for birding!

Wes Teets
Buchanan, VA

Botetourt/AT/Troutville to Daleville, Botetourt, US-VA
Sep 28, 2014 7:30 AM - 2:30 PM
Protocol: Traveling
4.0 mile(s)
Comments:     
Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.7.6 66 species Double-crested Cormorant 18 Black Vulture 6 Turkey Vulture 3 Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 Cooper's Hawk 1 Broad-winged Hawk 9 Red-tailed Hawk 1 Killdeer 1 Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 27 Mourning Dove 1 Yellow-billed Cuckoo 1 Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1 Red-headed Woodpecker 1 Red-bellied Woodpecker 3 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 2 Downy Woodpecker 5 Hairy Woodpecker 1 Northern Flicker 5 Pileated Woodpecker 3 Eastern Phoebe 3 White-eyed Vireo 1 Philadelphia Vireo 1 Blue Jay 25 American Crow 4 Common Raven 1 Carolina Chickadee 14 Tufted Titmouse 4 White-breasted Nuthatch 1 House Wren 1 Carolina Wren 21 Eastern Bluebird 6 Veery 1 Gray-cheeked Thrush 1 Swainson's Thrush 1 Wood Thrush 1 American Robin 12 Gray Catbird 11 Brown Thrasher 3 Northern Mockingbird 1 European Starling 100 Cedar Waxwing 40 Black-and-white Warbler 1 Tennessee Warbler 1 Common Yellowthroat 2 Hooded Warbler 2 American Redstart 3 Cape May Warbler 1 Magnolia Warbler 3 Bay-breasted Warbler 2 Chestnut-sided Warbler 3 Blackpoll Warbler 2 Black-throated Blue Warbler 2 Palm Warbler 1 Black-throated Green Warbler 6 Eastern Towhee 9 Chipping Sparrow 1 Field Sparrow 10 Scarlet Tanager 1 Northern Cardinal 21 Rose-breasted Grosbeak 1 Indigo Bunting 4 Bobolink 1 Red-winged Blackbird 76 Brown-headed Cowbird 1 House Finch 3 American Goldfinch 3 View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19969082 This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org) *** You are subscribed to va-bird as jsiler AT birdingonthe.net. If you wish to unsubscribe, or modify your preferences please visit http://mailman.listserve.com/listmanager/listinfo/va-bird ***
Subject: HSR: Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (27 Sep 2014) 653 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 28 Sep 2014 21:09:26 -0400
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch
Tip of Virginia's Eastern Shore, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 27, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                      49           2016           2048
Bald Eagle                   0             72             76
Northern Harrier             8            103            105
Sharp-shinned Hawk         184           1278           1278
Cooper's Hawk               69            516            517
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              9              9
Broad-winged Hawk           70            308            310
Red-tailed Hawk              3             46             47
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel           193           1840           1842
Merlin                      59            522            522
Peregrine Falcon            16             90             91
Unknown Accipiter            0              1              1
Unknown Buteo                0              3              3
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              2              2
Unknown Raptor               2             39             39
Swainson's Hawk              0              2              2

Total:                     653           6847           6892
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 06:45:00 
Observation end   time: 17:00:00 
Total observation time: 10.25 hours

Official Counter:        Bob Anderson, Katie Rittenhouse

Observers:        Chris Foster, Deb Gingrich, Harry Armistead, Keith Gingrich,
                  Thuy Tran

Visitors:
Brenda, Steve Thornhill, Betsy Foster, Marissa, Jim


Weather:
Moderate north winds and sunny skies. 

Raptor Observations:


Non-raptor Observations:
Monarch-84
========================================================================
Report submitted by Brian Taber (Taberzz AT aol.com)
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch information may be found at:
www.cvwo.org


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Subject: Shenandoah NP--Pocosin Cabin, Sep 28, 2014
From: William Leigh <leightern AT msn.com>
Date: Mon, 29 Sep 2014 00:34:13 +0000
Today was a truly great day to be out birding. I started at Pocosin Cabin 
around 7:30 AM and knew almost from the moment I opened the car door that it 
was going to be a good day. The best birding was just below the cabin along the 
fire road where we had loads of Warblers flitting about - too many to really 
count accurately. Most of our time was spent just trying to identify them but 
we did manage one or two photos. We ended up with just 14 species of Warblers 
but it was the number of birds and the constant activity that was so incredible 
today. On top of that we had a superb look at a Philly which was an ABA bird 
for Dave Wendeleken and about an hour later we had great looks at a long sought 
for Connecticut Warbler. We were able to photograph both the COWA and PHVI. 

For photos see: 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/email?subID=S19973532
for ebird list see below. 
best, 

William Leigh leightern AT msn.com

Bridgewater, Virginia 
 

 



> Date: Sun, 28 Sep 2014 20:20:32 -0400
> From: ebird-checklist AT cornell.edu
> To: leightern AT msn.com
> Subject: eBird Report - Shenandoah NP--Pocosin Cabin, Sep 28, 2014
> 
> Shenandoah NP--Pocosin Cabin, Greene, US-VA
> Sep 28, 2014 7:30 AM - 11:30 AM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 0.3 mile(s)
> Comments:     A very good day for Warblers.
> 33 species (+1 other taxa)
> 
> Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris)  1
> Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius)  1
> Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)  1
> Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)  2
> Blue-headed Vireo (Vireo solitarius)  2
> Philadelphia Vireo (Vireo philadelphicus) 1 photographed. Vireo bill, gray 
cap, dark lores, Yellow on throat 

> Philadelphia Vireo 9-28-14 Pocosin 

> Red-eyed Vireo (Vireo olivaceus)  1
> Common Raven (Corvus corax)  1
> Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis)  2
> Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor)  3
> Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis)  1     /h
> White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis)  2
> Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula)  10
> Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis)  2
> Ovenbird (Seiurus aurocapilla)  1
> Worm-eating Warbler (Helmitheros vermivorum)  1
> Black-and-white Warbler (Mniotilta varia)  2
> Tennessee Warbler (Oreothlypis peregrina)  6
> Nashville Warbler (Oreothlypis ruficapilla)  2
> Connecticut Warbler (Oporornis agilis) 1 Bird had just finished bathing in 
ditch on side of fire road and was preening in bush when photographed. Bold eye 
ring, long yellow undertail coverts, brownish hood, Photographed. Connecticut Warbler9-28-14 Pocosin Cabin 

> Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas)  1
> Hooded Warbler (Setophaga citrina)  1     male
> Cape May Warbler (Setophaga tigrina)  2
> Northern Parula (Setophaga americana)  1
> Magnolia Warbler (Setophaga magnolia)  3
> Blackburnian Warbler (Setophaga fusca)  1
> Black-throated Blue Warbler (Setophaga caerulescens)  5
> Black-throated Green Warbler (Setophaga virens)  3
> warbler sp. (Parulinae sp.) 10 A great number of Warblers went unidentified. 
I had several good candidates for Blackpoll but none gave sufficient looks to 
be certain of id. 

> Eastern Towhee (Pipilo erythrophthalmus)  10     number= guestimate
> White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis)  2     fos
> Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)  1
> Rose-breasted Grosbeak (Pheucticus ludovicianus)  6
> American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)  4
> 
> View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19973532 

> 
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Subject: Golden Plovers
From: "Michael A. Shank." <tallwhiteoak AT verizon.net>
Date: Sun, 28 Sep 2014 19:35:31 -0400
Hello Va-birders,

I was at the Shenadoah Valley produce Auction at 6 o'clock this evening on the 
west side of the driveway there was 6 Plovers. 


              Mike Shank
      Rockingham  County


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Subject: Common Nighthawk
From: Donald Sweig <skybirds.d AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 28 Sep 2014 18:28:49 -0400
I had a Common Nighthawk flying around over the north parking lot at Great 
Falls National Park this afternoon. Not unheard of, but unusual for this late 
in September. 

    Donald Sweig
    Falls Church, Virginia

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Subject: HSR: Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (28 Sep 2014) 117 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 28 Sep 2014 18:09:05 -0400
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 28, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       1            251            301
Bald Eagle                   3            144            151
Northern Harrier             3             29             30
Sharp-shinned Hawk          63            721            734
Cooper's Hawk                5             91            100
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          2             17             19
Broad-winged Hawk           36          18206          18401
Red-tailed Hawk              2             60             84
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              1              1
American Kestrel             1            109            128
Merlin                       0             13             13
Peregrine Falcon             1             18             18
Unknown Accipiter            0              3              3
Unknown Buteo                0              1              5
Unknown Falcon               0              2              2
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0             11             11
Mississippi Kite             0              1              3

Total:                     117          19678          20004
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:30:00 
Observation end   time: 16:00:00 
Total observation time: 8.5 hours

Official Counter:        Vic Laubach

Observers:        Dave Hunter, Gabriel Mapel, William Leigh

Visitors:
Ken Ballew, Joanna Chan, Chishun Kwong, Greg Moyers.  


Weather:
Moderate N winds through noon when it shifted to light SE breeze.
15.8-26.5C. 50% cloud coverage early increasing to 90% by 3pm.  

Raptor Observations:
One kettle of 12 BW. Immature PG at 9:58am. Immature BE 1:36. Adult BE
3:21.  

Non-raptor Observations:
Funny observation: A Mourning Dove landed on the VDOT weather station over
by the highway and ended up spinning round-and-round while perched on the
weather vane for about a minute before flying off. I wonder if it got dizzy
and why it stayed perched for so long. Other birds: DC Cormorant (2), Swift
(102), Phoebe (1), Raven (4), Cape May Warbler (1), BTB Warbler (1), Canada
Warbler (1, landed in nearby bush giving nice looks). 28 Monarchs.  
========================================================================
Report submitted by Vic Laubach (laubach AT virginia.edu)
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://www.rockfishgaphawkwatch.org

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Subject: Meadowood Recreation Area, Hidden Pond Loop, Sep 28, 2014 - Early Pine Siskin
From: Elton Morel via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Sun, 28 Sep 2014 13:01:58 -0700

VA Birders:

This morning, I birded the Hidden Pond Loop of the Meadowood Recreation Area in 
Fairfax county. This location can be accessed from Belmont Road off of Gunston 
Road. To my surprise, I found a Pine Siskin. It flew in and landed on a snag at 
the top of a tree and started calling persistently for several minutes. This is 
a very early fall arrival for Pine Siskin in northern Virginia (at least 
according to eBird records). I can only hope that this portends to a good fall 
and winter season for Pine Siskins. 


Other notable finds at this location were 7 warbler species -- mostly the usual 
Pine Warblers plus Black-and-whites, Black-throated Greens, Chestnut-sided, 
Blackpoll, a male Black-throated Blue and only one Common Yellowthroat (see 
note below). 


On a disappointing note, this location was recently mowed with significant 
portions of the shrubby and 2nd growth area completely mowed down. This 
location was an excellent area for sparrows and other bird species associated 
with this shrubby habitat in the months of October and November, but with this 
severe mowing, I don't think this location will be as productive this fall as 
it used to be. 


The complete eBird list is below.

Elton Morel
Arlington, VA






Meadowood Recreation Area, Fairfax, US-VA
Sep 28, 2014 6:35 AM - 8:50 AM
Protocol: Traveling
0.5 mile(s)
Comments: At Hidden Pond Loop off of Belmont Road entrance.
41 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose 16 Flyover
Accipiter sp. 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 1 Heard only
Laughing Gull 2 Flyover
Mourning Dove 8
Chimney Swift 20
Red-bellied Woodpecker 6
Downy Woodpecker 4
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 8
Pileated Woodpecker 1
Eastern Wood-Pewee 4
Eastern Phoebe 3
Red-eyed Vireo 2
Blue Jay 50 Mostly flyovers of migrating birds.
American Crow
 12
Common Raven 1 Heard only
Carolina Chickadee 15
Tufted Titmouse 12
White-breasted Nuthatch 4
Carolina Wren 5
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 2
Eastern Bluebird 25
American Robin 15
European Starling 50
Black-and-white Warbler 4
Common Yellowthroat 1
Chestnut-sided Warbler 1
Blackpoll Warbler 1
Black-throated Blue Warbler 1
Pine Warbler 6
Black-throated Green Warbler 3
Chipping Sparrow 3
Song Sparrow 2 Heard only
Scarlet Tanager 1
Northern Cardinal 12
Indigo Bunting 2 Heard only
Red-winged Blackbird 10 Flyovers
Common Grackle 15 Flyovers
House Finch 4
Pine Siskin 1 Flew in to the top of a snag in a tree on the northeast side of 
the ranger's house. Heard persistent, harsh, rising "jeeah . . . jeeah" calls 
drew my attention to this bird. About same size as nearby AMGO, but heavily 
streaked including underparts, yellow wingbar, forked tail; tiny, sharply 
pointed, conical bill. Digiscoped 

 photos taken with "bins" ended up being almost worthless.
American Goldfinch 5
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Subject: FW: eBird Report - THT - Cotton Mill Park - Berry Hill Plantation, Sep 28, 2014
From: "Jeffrey Blalock" <jcbabirder AT gcronline.com>
Date: Sun, 28 Sep 2014 15:17:31 -0400
Greetings to all:

Went back on the Tobacco Heritage Trail again today because I knew that I will 
not be able to for the next three days. 


Ended up with 45 species including a FOS Swamp Sparrow, YB Sapsucker and a YR 
Warbler. 


There was as many birds or species of warblers as yesterday and almost missed 
the one WE Vireo that I found just before getting off of the trail. 


May the LORD Bless and Keep you

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


THT - Cotton Mill Park - Berry Hill Plantation, Halifax, US-VA
Sep 28, 2014 7:00 AM - 12:45 PM
Protocol: Traveling
4.0 mile(s)
45 species

Black Vulture  40
Turkey Vulture  5
Red-shouldered Hawk  1
Killdeer  2
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  15
Mourning Dove  10
Yellow-billed Cuckoo  1
Chimney Swift  55
Belted Kingfisher  1
Red-headed Woodpecker  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  13
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  1
Downy Woodpecker  3
Northern Flicker  3
Pileated Woodpecker  2
Eastern Wood-Pewee  2
White-eyed Vireo  1
Red-eyed Vireo  4
Blue Jay  18
American Crow  50
Carolina Chickadee  10
Tufted Titmouse  10
Carolina Wren  43
Eastern Bluebird  8
American Robin  3
Gray Catbird  15
Brown Thrasher  3
Northern Mockingbird  4
European Starling  1
Cedar Waxwing  25
Black-and-white Warbler  3
Common Yellowthroat  3
Hooded Warbler 1 While looking at some warblers, he came flying across the 
trail and almost flew into my face. 

American Redstart  11
Cape May Warbler  1
Magnolia Warbler  4
Yellow-rumped Warbler  1
Black-throated Green Warbler  1
Eastern Towhee  2
Swamp Sparrow  1
Summer Tanager  1
Northern Cardinal  12
Indigo Bunting  2
Common Grackle  3
American Goldfinch  3

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Subject: Great Falls Sunday Walk
From: Marshall Rawson via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Sun, 28 Sep 2014 14:31:50 -0400
Our group of twelve tallied 43 species. As the fog burned off we had seven 
warbler species. Blackburnian warblers were stunning in the sun. Throughout the 
morning blue jays were steadily migrating through and we had FOS white-throated 
sparrows. The river was very quiet. Highlights included blue-headed vireos 
migrant flickers and a YB cuckoo. Waxwings everywhere rounded out the morning. 
We adjusted our route this week hoping to maximize fallout by eliminating the 
holding basin area to go farther upstream toward the dam. All are welcome to 
join this regular Sunday walk, which meets at 8:00 am in the visitors center 
parking lot. -- Marshall Rawson, McLean 

Canada Goose  30
Wood Duck  2
Mallard  20
Common Merganser  1
Double-crested Cormorant  8
Great Blue Heron  2
Black Vulture  10
Red-shouldered Hawk  1
Mourning Dove  1
Yellow-billed Cuckoo  1
Chimney Swift  8
Belted Kingfisher  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  4
Downy Woodpecker  4
Hairy Woodpecker  2
Northern Flicker  10
Pileated Woodpecker  3
Eastern Phoebe  1
Blue-headed Vireo  2
Red-eyed Vireo  2
Blue Jay  80
American Crow  20
Fish Crow  10
Carolina Chickadee  15
Tufted Titmouse  20
White-breasted Nuthatch  4
Carolina Wren  6
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  1
Eastern Bluebird  6
American Robin  20
Cedar Waxwing  40
Black-and-white Warbler  1
Northern Parula  1
Magnolia Warbler  2
Blackburnian Warbler  2
Chestnut-sided Warbler  1
Black-throated Blue Warbler  2
Black-throated Green Warbler  2
Chipping Sparrow  1
White-throated Sparrow  10     
Scarlet Tanager  1
Northern Cardinal  2
American Goldfinch  3



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Subject: Sora - Huntley Meadows, Alexandria
From: <dcharlesl AT msn.com>
Date: Sun, 28 Sep 2014 14:00:31 -0400
This afternoon at Huntley Meadows in Alexandria, a Sora was heard calling 
inside the boardwalk loop. 


David Ledwith

Falls Church, VA
 		 	   		  
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Subject: Merrimac Farm, Nokesville
From: Harry Glasgow via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Sun, 28 Sep 2014 10:33:07 -0700
Three birders took part in this morning's Prince William Conservation Alliance 
Last-Sunday-of-the-Month birdwalk at the Merrimac Farm Wildlife Management Area 
in Nokesville. We counted 23 species. Our hope had been to be able to count 
many migrating warblers, but were only able to get one Magnolia. Our highlights 
included a FOS Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, and a couple of Turkeys. 


Canada Goose  8
Wild Turkey  2
Red-bellied Woodpecker  4
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  1
Downy Woodpecker  2
Northern Flicker  2
Pileated Woodpecker  2
Eastern Phoebe  1
White-eyed Vireo  1
Red-eyed Vireo  1
Blue Jay 
 24
American Crow  2
Carolina Chickadee  5
Tufted Titmouse  3
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
House Wren  1
Carolina Wren  5
American Robin  2
Gray Catbird  5
Brown Thrasher  1
Magnolia Warbler  1
Eastern Towhee  1
Northern Cardinal  5

The Prince William Conservation Alliance sponsors these monthly nature walks at 
Merrimac Farm as a way of introducing this beautiful property. These walks 
occur on the last Sunday of every month. Call the Alliance (703.499.4954) for 
further information about the walk including weather policies. Merrimac Farm is 
located on Deepwood Lane in Nokesville. Good GPS systems can find it, or 
consult a PW County map. 


Harry Glasgow
Nancy Vehrs
Prince William Conservation Alliance
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Subject: Oranged-crowned Warbler Amherst Co
From: Michael Boatwright <mboater AT att.net>
Date: Sun, 28 Sep 2014 12:51:56 -0400
Just after sunrise this morning, Mark Johnson and I saw an Orange-crowned 
Warbler on Joshua Falls Rd in southern Amherst Co. Other notables seen along 
this road yesterday and this morning included multiple Philadelphia Vireos, 
lots of Tennessee and Cape May Warblers, a Yellow-breasted Chat, several 
Rose-breasted Grosbeak, both Scarlet and Summer Tanager, and a Red-breasted 
Nuthatch. Between the two mornings we recorded 78 species includuing 14 species 
of warblers. Yesterday morning we were accompanied by Jim Elder and Donna 
Mateski. 


Cheers,

Mike

Michael R. Boatwright
Amherst,  VA
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Subject: Philadelphia vireo, yellow-bellied flycatcher, Leesylvania State Park
From: Marc Ribaudo <moribaudo AT verizon.net>
Date: Sun, 28 Sep 2014 12:23:31 -0400
Linda Chittum teamed up at Leesylvania SP in Woodbridge this morning.  A nice 
fallout on the hillside below the ruins had us hopping for a while.  Lots of 
magnolias and parulas, plus a single Philadelphia vireo and a nice mix of other 
warblers, including redstart, black-throated green, chestnut sided, blackpoll, 
Cape May, and yellowthroat.  The other good spot was behind the visitor center 
where we got great looks at a yellow-bellied flycatcher foraging close to the 
ground. I also saw a least flycatcher here while Linda saw  a chat. We found 
black-throated blue along the ridgeline, palm behind the visitor center, 
yellow-rumped near the big parking lit, and yellow and black-and-white at Bushy 
Point. I also heard a rose-breasted grosbeak in the picnic area. 


Marc Ribaudo    

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Subject: Broad winged hawks over chantilly VA
From: Viswa Bala <balaviswa AT biotools.org>
Date: Sun, 28 Sep 2014 10:55:13 -0400
10 broad winged hawks circling and moving south east at 10:51am sep 28 over our 
house. Intersection of US50 and stringfellow road. 


Viswa Bala

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Subject: HSR: Mendota Fire Tower (27 Sep 2014) 73 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 27 Sep 2014 22:09:16 -0400
Mendota Fire Tower
Mendota, VA, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 27, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       0             11             11
Bald Eagle                   0             16             16
Northern Harrier             0              0              0
Sharp-shinned Hawk           1             11             11
Cooper's Hawk                2             17             17
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk           63           3852           3852
Red-tailed Hawk              0             15             15
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             3             15             15
Merlin                       0              2              2
Peregrine Falcon             1              4              4
Unknown Accipiter            0              2              2
Unknown Buteo                0              2              2
Unknown Falcon               1              2              2
Unknown Eagle                0              3              3
Unknown Raptor               2              2              2

Total:                      73           3954           3954
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:00:00 
Observation end   time: 17:00:00 
Total observation time: 10 hours

Official Counter:        Jennifer Meade

Observers:        Adam Alley, Josh Alley, Susan Greear

Visitors:
Deb Penix, Mike Penix, Brady Castle, Tabitha Castle, Levi Castle, Joey
Castle, Cory Armstrong, Bradley Cornett, Nick Hodge


Weather:
Until the 5 o'clock hour, cloud cover was near perfect for viewing. The 
clouds cleared by late afternoon. 

Raptor Observations:
Morning activity began as promising, but as day went on, the hawk sightings
dwindled.  


Most hawks were visible with naked eye as they passed the fire tower. Very
few were sighted high in sky.

No kettles of hawks greater in number  than 3 or 4  during the day.
Most birds were solo, or no greater than 6 or 7, in a group. 

Non-raptor Observations:
A few sporadic sightings of Monarch butterflies throughout the day. A small
flock of 8 geese flew past during the 10 o'clock hour.
========================================================================
Report submitted by John D Whinery (Fall.Branch.Tn.Bird AT gmail.com)


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Subject: Philadelphia Vireo - Halifax Co.
From: Paul Glass <pag AT gcrcompany.com>
Date: Sat, 27 Sep 2014 21:14:26 -0400
Jeff Blalock and I walked the first 2 miles of the Tobacco Heritage Trail in
South Boston this morning.  It was fairly birdy with several nice groups of
migrants passing through.  We managed 12 warbler species, but the highlight
was a cooperative Philadelphia Vireo that was foraging alongside a Red-eyed
Vireo and 2 Redstarts.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19961558 

Paul Glass
South Boston, VA
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Subject: Birds & Monarchs
From: "Joe Coleman" <joecoleman AT rstarmail.com>
Date: Sat, 27 Sep 2014 20:58:25 -0400
While the dozen birders on the regular (every 4th Saturday of the month) bird 
walk at the Blue Ridge Center began their morning with tendrils of fog in the 
swales and temperatures in the 40's, it had warmed up enough by 9:30 am for 
everyone to take their jackets off. And while we'd seen a decent number of 
birds by then, there hadn't been that many butterflies. By 11:30 am, about when 
I left, we'd seen over a dozen Monarch and several other butterfly species as 
well. 


We met in the parking lot near the Education Center where there were a number 
of birds before we left for the southern end of the center. After seeing 
several flocks of 15 to 20 Cedar Waxwings, a flock of over a 100 Cedar Waxwings 
flew over as well as a Common Raven. We carpooled down to the parking area at 
the end of Sawmill Rd and took the Sweet Run Loop along the southern edge of 
the property into the woods and then walked along Butterfly Alley. We ran into 
several nice mixed flocks which included several warbler species and 
flycatchers where the sun was hitting the trees and vines along the edge of the 
meadows. The warblers included two Tennessee's, a Chestnut-sided, a 
Black-and-White, and a Magnolia. We found several sparrows, including a couple 
of different Towhees which posed nicely for us, as well as more flycatchers 
along Butterfly Alley. The sparrows included two Swamps, one of which appeared 
to be a hatchyear bird, and several Fields. Migrating hawks included a cou 

 ple of Broad-wings and at least three Red-shoulders. After the walk I visited 
the area around the organic farm where there were two Palm Warblers, one of 
which appeared to be a western, for a total of eight different warbler species. 


Information on the Blue Ridge Center for Environmental Stewardship can be found 
at http://www.blueridgecenter.org. Information on the Loudoun Wildlife 
Conservancy and its many free activities can be found at 
www.loudounwildlife.org. 


Joe Coleman

The complete list follows:

Blue Ridge Center for Environmental Stewardship - MFF01, Loudoun, US-VA
Sep 27, 2014 7:45 AM - 11:30 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)

44 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose  21
Black Vulture  8
Turkey Vulture  25
Red-shouldered Hawk  5
Broad-winged Hawk  2
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  6
Mourning Dove  12
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  2
Downy Woodpecker  1
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  4
Pileated Woodpecker  1
Eastern Wood-Pewee  2
Empidonax sp.  1
Eastern Phoebe  5
Blue Jay  155
American Crow  150
Common Raven  2
Tree Swallow  4
Carolina Chickadee  12
Tufted Titmouse  5
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
Carolina Wren  6
Eastern Bluebird  8
Gray Catbird  6
Northern Mockingbird  2
European Starling  25
Cedar Waxwing  125
Black-and-white Warbler  1
Tennessee Warbler  2
Common Yellowthroat  4
Magnolia Warbler  1
Chestnut-sided Warbler  1
Black-throated Blue Warbler  1
Palm Warbler  2
Black-throated Green Warbler  5
Eastern Towhee  4
Chipping Sparrow  2
Field Sparrow  6
Song Sparrow  6
Swamp Sparrow  2
Northern Cardinal  20
Indigo Bunting  1
American Goldfinch  15

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Subject: HSR: Harvey's Knob (27 Sep 2014) 131 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 27 Sep 2014 20:09:19 -0400
Harvey's Knob
Roanoke, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 27, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       0             71             74
Bald Eagle                   1             71             85
Northern Harrier             0              7             11
Sharp-shinned Hawk          23            141            145
Cooper's Hawk                4             37             43
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              4              5
Broad-winged Hawk           80          10728          10750
Red-tailed Hawk             13             55             61
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             9             64             64
Merlin                       1              4              5
Peregrine Falcon             0              7              7
Unknown Accipiter            0              1              1
Unknown Buteo                0              4              4
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              8              8

Total:                     131          11202          11263
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:30:00 
Observation end   time: 16:00:00 
Total observation time: 8.5 hours

Official Counter:        David Brunstetter

Observers:        Dillard Childress, Eunice Hudgins, Matt Hosmer

Visitors:
The Parkway was busy today. Had a nice run of vintage autos in the morning.
Multiple visitors today as the Roanoke Valley Bird club stopped by. Chip
Boggs and his wife came by and shared stories of early hawk watch with
Eunice. Debbie and Alan Overstreet spent much of the morning with us.
Christina and her son Andrew were at their usual spot and were later joined
by her husband. Alan stopped by long enough to tell us he was going
fishing. Thanks to all, and to those I forgot to mention, for their help
today.


Weather:
Day was very pleasant. Started out a cool 55 degrees F, but warmed to 73
degrees F at the end of the watch. We had fog in the western valley that
burned off about 10:30. Skies remained mostly sunny with a brisk E to ESE
wind that became light and variable as the day went on. 

Raptor Observations:
First raptor was at 0750 and the last was at 1600 EST. Immature eagle was
spotted far out to the western side at 1240 EST. Raptors were coming from
both side of the watch today.

Non-raptor Observations:


Predictions:
Dark tonight, followed by light tomorrow. 
========================================================================
Report submitted by Dave Brunstetter (DRB57 AT cox.net)
Harvey's Knob information may be found at:
http://bijame.googlepages.com/home


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Subject: HSR: Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (27 Sep 2014) 127 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 27 Sep 2014 19:09:43 -0400
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 27, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       7            250            300
Bald Eagle                   6            141            148
Northern Harrier             0             26             27
Sharp-shinned Hawk          48            658            671
Cooper's Hawk                6             86             95
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0             15             17
Broad-winged Hawk           60          18170          18365
Red-tailed Hawk              0             58             82
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              1              1
American Kestrel             0            108            127
Merlin                       0             13             13
Peregrine Falcon             0             17             17
Unknown Accipiter            0              3              3
Unknown Buteo                0              1              5
Unknown Falcon               0              2              2
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0             11             11
Mississippi Kite             0              1              3

Total:                     127          19561          19887
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:30:00 
Observation end   time: 14:00:00 
Total observation time: 6.5 hours

Official Counter:        Vic Laubach

Observers:        Allen Larner, Dave Hunter, Gabriel Mapel

Visitors:
John and Johnathan Todd, Tyler Turpin, Jenivive Oei.  


Weather:
Moderate W winds early switching to E winds at noon. As soon as the wind
shifted, the birds stopped flying. 12.7-18.0C. Mostly sunny.  

Raptor Observations:
Six adult BE: 9:32, 11:04 (2), 11:55 (2), 12:14. A kettle of 26 BW in the
morning.  

Non-raptor Observations:
Leucistic Turkey Vulture, 8 Waxwing, 30 Swift, 1 Hummingbird, 3 Red-headed
Woodpecker, 55 Flicker, 1 Phoebe, 32 Blue Jay, 6 Raven, 2 Cape May Warbler,
3 BTB Warbler, 1 BTG Warbler, 2 Junco.  4 Hot air balloons to the east. A
beautiful Fiery Searcher Beetle. 22 Monarchs.  
========================================================================
Report submitted by Vic Laubach (laubach AT virginia.edu)
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://www.rockfishgaphawkwatch.org

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Subject: NVBC at Occoquan Bay NWR -Sep 27, 2014
From: Larry Meade via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Sat, 27 Sep 2014 18:22:00 -0400

 22 birders from the Northern Virginia Bird Club visited Occoquan Bay NWR in 
Prince William County this morning and had an outstanding morning of birding. 
As a group,we tallied 83 species including 16 kinds of warblers. Of course, no 
one saw every bird. A Northern Waterthrush proved to be the most cooperative 
warbler as it flew along the trail in front of us providing all of us with nice 
looks. There were many Indigo Buntings and Palm Warblers in the refuge and we 
had to pick through them to find the other interesting birds. We also saw some 
FOS sparrows including Swamp, Savannah, and White-throated. American Kestrels 
flew over us providing good views. Caspian Terns and Pied-billed Grebes were 
seen out on the water. Oddly enough we did not see a Bald Eagle until we were 
about to sit down together to tally our birds. A comedic moment happened during 
the walk when a Red Fox appeared on the trial behind us. He looked us over for 
a bit and proceeded to take a poop on the t 

 rail. He then casually sauntered off and disappeared. I guess we know now what 
that fox thinks of birders tromping around on his refuge! 


Butterflies seen: 20+Monarchs, Viceroy, Red Admirals, Common Buckeye, 
Red-spotted Purple, Gray Hairstreak, Eastern Comma, Clouded Sulphur, Eastern 
Tailed-Blue, Cabbage White, Sachem, Least Skipper 


Dragonflies: Blue-faced Meadowhawk, Needham's Skimmer, Common Whitetail, Great 
Blue Skimmer, Twelve-spotted Skimmer, Common Pondhawk 


Larry Meade
Merrifield, VA

 



Occoquan Bay NWR - CPW02, Prince William, US-VA
Sep 27, 2014 7:13 AM - 12:39 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.4 mile(s)
Comments:     NVBC bird walk led by Larry Meade & Phil Silas.
Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.7.6 83 speciesgh Canada Goose 22 Wood Duck 5 Gadwall 7 Light underbelly, dark under neck and tail. with mallards for comparison. ID'd by Kurt Gaskill. Mallard 30 Pied-billed Grebe 8 Double-crested Cormorant 5 Great Blue Heron 2 Great Egret 1 Green Heron 1 Found by Kurt Gaskill. Black Vulture 6 Turkey Vulture 3 Sharp-shinned Hawk 3 Cooper's Hawk 1 Bald Eagle 1 Red-shouldered Hawk 3 Red-tailed Hawk 2 Virginia Rail 1 Heard by Kurt Gaskill. Solitary Sandpiper 1 Greater Yellowlegs 1 Laughing Gull 90 Ring-billed Gull 44 Caspian Tern 2 Mourning Dove 7 Yellow-billed Cuckoo 1 Chimney Swift 70 Ruby-throated Hummingbird 2 Belted Kingfisher 2 Red-headed Woodpecker 1 Red-bellied Woodpecker 4 Downy Woodpecker 5 Hairy Woodpecker 2 Northern Flicker 15 Pileated Woodpecker 1 American Kestrel 4 Eastern Wood-Pewee 12 Eastern Phoebe 5 White-eyed Vireo 2 Red-eyed Vireo 3 Blue Jay 55 American Crow 40 Fish Crow 20 Northern Rough-winged Swallow 8 Bank Swallow 1 ID'd by Kurt Gaskill. Carolina Chickadee 25 Tufted Titmouse 10 White-breasted Nuthatch 1 House Wren 2 Carolina Wren 9 Eastern Bluebird 2 American Robin 15 Gray Catbird 22 Brown Thrasher 1 Heard only. Northern Mockingbird 6 European Starling 30 Cedar Waxwing 19 Ovenbird 2 Northern Waterthrush 1 Black-and-white Warbler 2 Common Yellowthroat 9 American Redstart 3 Cape May Warbler 1 Northern Parula 3 Magnolia Warbler 3 Blackburnian Warbler 1 Blackpoll Warbler 1 Black-throated Blue Warbler 1 Palm Warbler 20 Pine Warbler 1 Yellow-rumped Warbler 2 Prairie Warbler 1 Black-throated Green Warbler 2 Eastern Towhee 1 Savannah Sparrow 6 Song Sparrow 1 Swamp Sparrow 1 White-throated Sparrow 2 Scarlet Tanager 3 Northern Cardinal 17 Blue Grosbeak 1 Indigo Bunting 30 Red-winged Blackbird 10 House Finch 6 American Goldfinch 10 View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19957293 This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org) *** You are subscribed to va-bird as jsiler AT birdingonthe.net. If you wish to unsubscribe, or modify your preferences please visit http://mailman.listserve.com/listmanager/listinfo/va-bird ***
Subject: HSR: Snickers Gap (27 Sep 2014) 139 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 27 Sep 2014 18:09:54 -0400
Snickers Gap
20 Miles West of Leesburg, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 27, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       2            102            115
Bald Eagle                   3             72             81
Northern Harrier             1             25             26
Sharp-shinned Hawk          94            378            380
Cooper's Hawk               11             47             48
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0             24             24
Broad-winged Hawk           22           5249           5270
Red-tailed Hawk              1             46             53
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             3             39             42
Merlin                       1              4              4
Peregrine Falcon             1              2              2
Unknown Accipiter            0              4              4
Unknown Buteo                0              4              4
Unknown Falcon               0              1              1
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              4              4

Total:                     139           6001           6058
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:30:00 
Observation end   time: 15:00:00 
Total observation time: 7.5 hours

Official Counter:        Steve Small

Observers:        Carol Cwiklinski, Steve Small

Visitors:
Dennis Savage + 3


Weather:
Clear, sunny, dry, mild temps, light and variable winds

Raptor Observations:
First Bird: AK 07:30 am
Last Bird: BW 02:56 pm

Non-raptor Observations:
Monarchs = 18
========================================================================
Report submitted by Steve Small (hawkseast AT gmail.com)


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Subject: Connecticut Warbler & FOS YB Sapsuckers at Monticello Park, Alexandria City
From: <david.boltz4 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 27 Sep 2014 14:37:10 -0400
I arrived at Monticello Park shortly after 10:30 this morning after another 
commitment in Alexandria. Sometime around 11:00 I ran into Tom Albright, who 
reported getting a quick but definitive view of a Connecticut Warbler in the 
upper end of the park. Several several of us continued to try to re-find the 
bird, but with no success. What we did find was a pair of Yellow-bellied 
Sapsuckers, several Swainson’s Thrushes, a Wood Thrush, and lots of Red-eyed 
Vireos. As for other warblers, I only found a Common Yellowthroat, but Tom 
reported having seen Magnolia and Ovenbird. Things were a bit quiet upon 
leaving around 12:20, but I may return this afternoon to look for the 
Connecticut, which is still a blank box on my life list. 


Dave Boltz
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Subject: Golden plover
From: William Leigh <leightern AT msn.com>
Date: Sat, 27 Sep 2014 14:22:56 -0400
2 golden plover's at the Shenandoah Valley produce auction West of Dayton . 
there is a blue green earth dumpster on the front corner northeast side of the 
parking lot. Scan for The two plovers in the field facing north when standing 
beside the blue dumpster. The produce auction is near the intersection of 
lumber mill road and dry River Road west of Dayton 

Seen at 2:00 sat

Sent from my iPhone

William Leigh
Bridgewater

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Subject: [va-bird] Leesylvania SP, Pr. Wm. Co.
From: Scott Priebe <falco57 AT msn.com>
Date: Sat, 27 Sep 2014 13:54:31 -0400
Only encountered one other birder  AT  Leesylvania this AM. Warbler diversity and 
numbers much better today than previous weekends. Highlights were Broad-winged 
Hawk, Yellow-bellied Flycatcher, Blue-headed Vireo, twelve warbler spp. 
including Tennessee Warbler (2), Nashville, Blackpoll (FOS) and Yellow-rumped 
(FOS) Warblers. 

Also, early just at sunrise, there was a group of six small terns diving out 
from the fishing pier. The light was pretty dim over the water, so I can't be 
certain, but they appeared to be Black Terns. Even when they rose above the 
trees on the opposite bank, they still appeared overall gray, rather than 
white, like Forster's. 


The outing ended on an up beat, as a Broad-winged Hawk flew over my head at ~ 
50 ft. as I was unloading my car. 


Scott D. Priebe

Springfield, VA

Species: 51

Canada Goose                   1        
Double-crested Cormorant       X        
Great Blue Heron               1        
Black Vulture                  1        
Turkey Vulture                 4        
Osprey                         1        
Bald Eagle                     1        
Broad-winged Hawk              1        
Laughing Gull                  X        
Ring-billed Gull               X        
Forster's Tern                 3        
Eastern Screech-Owl            2        
Chimney Swift                  9        
Belted Kingfisher              1        
Red-bellied Woodpecker         7        
Downy Woodpecker               8        
Northern Flicker               6        
Pileated Woodpecker            2        
Eastern Wood-Pewee             1        
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher      1        
Eastern Phoebe                 12       
Blue-headed Vireo              1        
Red-eyed Vireo                 4        
Blue Jay                       10+        
American Crow                  X       
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  6        
Carolina Chickadee             25+       
Tufted Titmouse                8        
White-breasted Nuthatch        7        
Carolina Wren                  1        
Eastern Bluebird               5        
American Robin                 1        
Gray Catbird                   2        
Northern Mockingbird           1        
European Starling              50+       
Black-and-white Warbler        4        
Tennessee Warbler              2        
Nashville Warbler              1        
Common Yellowthroat            2        
American Redstart              3        
Cape May Warbler               3        
Northern Parula                16       
Magnolia Warbler               12       
Chestnut-sided Warbler         1        
Blackpoll Warbler              1        
Black-throated Blue Warbler    2        
Yellow-rumped Warbler          1        
Scarlet Tanager                2        
Northern Cardinal             X        
Indigo Bunting                 1        
American Goldfinch             4    
 		 	   		  
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Subject: Zone-tailed Hawk heading south
From: Ned Brinkley <23cahow AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 27 Sep 2014 12:17:26 -0400
I have a text message from Zak Poulton that the Cape May New Jersey Hawkwatch 
and the Cape henlopen Delaware Hawkwatch both recorded a Zone-tailed Hawk 
today, with the bird passing the Delaware site at 11:13 am. Birders on the 
Maryland and Virginia coast should be on alert for this bird, which can look 
remarkably like a turkey vulture in flight. 


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Subject: HSR: Mendota Fire Tower (26 Sep 2014) 129 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 27 Sep 2014 08:09:24 -0400
Mendota Fire Tower
Mendota, VA, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 26, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       0             11             11
Bald Eagle                   0             16             16
Northern Harrier             0              0              0
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0             10             10
Cooper's Hawk                0             15             15
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk          129           3789           3789
Red-tailed Hawk              0             15             15
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             0             12             12
Merlin                       0              2              2
Peregrine Falcon             0              3              3
Unknown Accipiter            0              2              2
Unknown Buteo                0              2              2
Unknown Falcon               0              1              1
Unknown Eagle                0              3              3
Unknown Raptor               0              0              0

Total:                     129           3881           3881
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:45:00 
Observation end   time: 16:30:00 
Total observation time: 8.75 hours

Official Counter:        John D Whinery

Observers:        Jennifer Quinn

Visitors:
Christy, Geoffrey, Katy and Andrew Correll came for the view (5 minutes)
and about 3 :15 Sam Faust and her friends Hazel Barber and Jodie Ervin
helped watch through birdless skies till the final 3 birds came through
together at 4:45


Weather:
Weather began hazy with 15% cloud cover and fog in the valley east of the
point but not elsewhere. By 10:00 clouds were fewer but fog and haze
remained in the point valley. Haze remained in NE valley most of day. By
2:00 some high cirrus clouds came over but did not reveal any birds. Skies
cleared to 30% cloud cover including low cumulus particularly north of
tower.

Raptor Observations:
For a change over the last 3 days the first 2 hours reminded me of the last
few years. First BWH rose through fog east of 'the point' at 9:01 (DST) and
by 10:00 am spotted 37 BWH's. Then by 11:00 added 84 more, including a
decent kettle rising east of the 'rear' west point of at least 50 + BWH's.
Sky cleared by noon and the usual bright blue skies make spotting
impossible. After a long birdless afternoon, including very few Vultures
and Ravens, saw 3 BWH at 4:45 then nothing before I left at 5:30. Not a
single accipiter etc all day. 

Non-raptor Observations:

========================================================================
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Subject: HSR: Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (26 Sep 2014) 781 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 26 Sep 2014 20:09:06 -0400
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch
Tip of Virginia's Eastern Shore, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 26, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                      89           1967           1967
Bald Eagle                   9             72             72
Northern Harrier            10             95             95
Sharp-shinned Hawk         263           1094           1094
Cooper's Hawk              112            447            447
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          1              9              9
Broad-winged Hawk           48            238            238
Red-tailed Hawk              5             43             43
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel           106           1647           1647
Merlin                     100            463            463
Peregrine Falcon            27             74             74
Unknown Accipiter            0              1              1
Unknown Buteo                0              3              3
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               1              2              2
Unknown Raptor              10             37             37
Swainson's Hawk              0              2              2

Total:                     781           6194           6194
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 06:45:00 
Observation end   time: 17:30:00 
Total observation time: 10.75 hours

Official Counter:        Katie Rittenhouse

Observers:        Deb Gingrich, Harry Armistead, Keith Gingrich

Visitors:
Jim, Marissa, Brenda


Weather:


Raptor Observations:


Non-raptor Observations:
Monarch-87
========================================================================
Report submitted by Brian Taber (Taberzz AT aol.com)
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch information may be found at:
www.cvwo.org


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Subject: HSR: Harvey's Knob (26 Sep 2014) 1047 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 26 Sep 2014 18:09:35 -0400
Harvey's Knob
Roanoke, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 26, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       3             71             74
Bald Eagle                   3             70             84
Northern Harrier             0              7             11
Sharp-shinned Hawk           3            118            122
Cooper's Hawk                3             33             39
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          1              4              5
Broad-winged Hawk         1032          10648          10670
Red-tailed Hawk              1             42             48
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             0             55             55
Merlin                       0              3              4
Peregrine Falcon             0              7              7
Unknown Accipiter            0              1              1
Unknown Buteo                0              4              4
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               1              8              8

Total:                    1047          11071          11132
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 10:00:00 
Observation end   time: 16:00:00 
Total observation time: 6 hours

Official Counter:        David Kirk

Observers:        Carl Christensen, Darryl Martin

Visitors:
Many inquisitive tourist.  A special thanks to Sissy Logan and Pam Ogden
from the Roanoke Bird Club.  They left a few moments before the big push. 
Also we thank Bill Rhodes, Dan Dehart, Linda and Larry Miller from
Laurinburg NC all who have helped in the past. These folk and our regulars
contributed to a wonderful day at the Knob. 


Weather:
Valleys both East and West where completely socked In moments before watch
began.  Ceiling 2600 ft. but quickly lifting.  Visibility 1-5Km with light
and variable winds.  Drizzle early but ending.  Temperatures from
14C>17.5C.  By end of watch clearing skies and light winds.

Raptor Observations:
Big push during the 2-3 hour (EST)with four kettles of over 200 birds and
two smaller kettles in which there were a total of 1005 Broad-winged Hawks.
Adult Bald Eagles at 3:40, 3:43 and 3:46 (EST)

Non-raptor Observations:


Predictions:
Warmer with some clouds early then plenty of sun.  Winds from the West.
========================================================================
Report submitted by David Kirk (dakirk42 AT cox.net)
Harvey's Knob information may be found at:
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Subject: HSR: Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (26 Sep 2014) 110 Raptors & KITE!
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 26 Sep 2014 18:09:40 -0400
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 26, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       4            243            293
Bald Eagle                   0            135            142
Northern Harrier             1             26             27
Sharp-shinned Hawk          71            610            623
Cooper's Hawk               10             80             89
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          1             15             17
Broad-winged Hawk           19          18110          18305
Red-tailed Hawk              0             58             82
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              1              1
American Kestrel             1            108            127
Merlin                       1             13             13
Peregrine Falcon             0             17             17
Unknown Accipiter            1              3              3
Unknown Buteo                0              1              5
Unknown Falcon               0              2              2
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0             11             11
Mississippi Kite             1              1              3

Total:                     110          19434          19760
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00 
Observation end   time: 16:00:00 
Total observation time: 8 hours

Official Counter:        Gabriel Mapel

Observers:        Josh Laubach, Vic Laubach

Visitors:
Maggie & Nick Nicholson (Midlands, England), Thilakam & Manas Niranjan
(Richmond), Nancy Davidson, Malcolm Morris (NY, NY), Al Wolf


Weather:
Very pleasant day! Partly sunny with nice clouds to help locate birds.
Strong W winds early shifting to mild WNW winds after noon. 17.3-21.7C.

Raptor Observations:
Another Mississippi Kite (3rd of the season, immature) passed slowly
through the gap at 2:20pm giving great looks. It proceeded to circle
directly overhead gaining great height before disappearing to the south.
Photos taken can be viewed here (end of album):
http://vehawk.smugmug.com/HawkWatch/Rockfish-Gap-2014  

A nice, slow Merlin also flew through the gap at 3:53pm. First bird (8:30
NH). Last bird (3:53 ME).

Non-raptor Observations:
Swift (122), Hummingbird (5), Tree Swallow (13), Raven (5), BTB Warbler
(1), Monarch (9).
========================================================================
Report submitted by Vic Laubach (laubach AT virginia.edu)
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://www.rockfishgaphawkwatch.org

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Subject: Navigating a Survey to Save a Species
From: "Wilson, Michael D" <mdwils AT wm.edu>
Date: Fri, 26 Sep 2014 21:29:32 +0000
Navigating a Survey to Save a Species 
http://www.ccbbirds.org/2014/09/26/navigating-survey-save-species/

This past summer, researchers for the Center for Conservation Biology (CCB) 
embarked by boat almost every night in a race to help the Atlantic Coast's most 
imperiled bird. Over the past 15-20 years, black rail populations have rapidly 
declined to dangerously low levels that place them at risk of extirpation. 
Determining exactly where black rails still occur is the critical first step 
towards their conservation. CCB is leading focused survey efforts in North 
Carolina and Virginia to gather the information needed to help ensure their 
long-term survival. However, surveying for this species befalls a particular 
set of logistical challenges. Black rails require high marsh zones within some 
of the Atlantic Coast's most remote locations. Most of these areas can only be 
accessed by boat during high tide. In addition, black rails vocalize most 
reliably at night, so the best survey times coincide when navigating waterways 
can be most treacherous for survey teams. 


In North Carolina, Zak Poulton and Katie Rittenhouse piloted the CCB's 17-ft 
Maycraft up narrow channels, across the mouths of rivers, and on the big waters 
of the Pamlico Sound. They were relying only on a depth finder, the on-board 
GPS, and a keen mariner's sense to avoid the pitfalls of nocturnal navigation, 
such as running aground or taking on too big a wave. Zak and Katie's efforts 
were being matched by Fletcher Smith and Jake McClain, who were conducting 
parallel surveys for black rails in the Chesapeake Bay and Barrier Island 
lagoon system of Virginia. Both survey teams had a common approach: visit as 
many accessible high marsh locations as possible throughout the season using a 
game caller to broadcast the not-so-familiar "ki-ki-kerr" and other black rail 
vocalizations at high volume in an attempt to increase detection from 
responding birds. Black rails exhibit some of the most enigmatic vocal 
behaviors among all birds in the United States. Their calling rates ar 

 e irregular and appear to be moderated by unknown factors. A visit to a black 
rail marsh can produce calling birds one night and be silent the next. Because 
of this, the biologists re-visited these locations three times during the 
season. 


The North Carolina survey project marked the first time that a broad-scale, 
systematic survey for black rails has ever taken place in the state. Previous 
efforts conducted by researchers have only focused on surveying small sets of 
marshes. Our study is being funded for two years by the North Carolina Wildlife 
Resources Commission in an effort to document distribution and habitat use and 
to create a first-of-its-kind population benchmark for the state. However, this 
is the second time we have conducted a systematic, state-wide effort in 
Virginia. Both the 2014 summer survey and a previous effort conducted in 2007 
in Virginia were funded by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries 
and were designed to produce the same level of information as North Carolina. 


Black rails were detected at 15 of 153 locations visited by Zak and Katie in 
North Carolina. However, 9 of these locations were directly adjacent to one 
another along the stretch of Highway 12 that bisects Cedar Island (Carteret 
County). The remaining sites were scattered throughout coastal marshes in the 
southern half of the state and only accessible by boat. Next year we will 
survey the Albemarle Sound region and the Outer Banks. 


The Virginia survey results tell a tale even grimmer than what we discovered in 
2007. Seven years ago we determined that black rails were at very low 
population levels and only occurred at 12 of 328 surveyed locations. Black 
rails had disappeared or were reduced in numbers at some of the most widely 
known locations in the state. This past summer, black rails were only detected 
at 1 of the 12 locations previously recorded in 2007 and were not found at any 
of the 123 other sites. The lone holdout marsh at Saxis, which was known 
throughout the 1980s and 1990s to harbor as many as 25 black rails, appears to 
be gasping its last breath for this rail with the detection of only 2 birds. 


The Center for Conservation Biology is committed to creating the information 
resources needed to formulate the best management approaches to save this 
species. Black rails are on a crash course for extirpation. Without management 
intervention, it is likely that the black rail will disappear from many of last 
remaining places it occurs in our lifetime. Black rail existence on the 
Atlantic coast is threatened by sea-level rise, nest predators, and 
incompatible management of marshes, such as mosquito control, deepwater 
impoundments, or the ill-timed use of prescribed fire. 



Michael Wilson
Center for Conservation Biology
College of William and Mary & Virginia Commonwealth University
P.O. Box 8795
Williamsburg, VA 23187-8795
phone: 757-221-1649
fax: 757-221-1650
email: mdwils AT wm.edu
web: www.ccbbirds.org


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Subject: FW: eBird Report - THT - Cotton Mill Park - Berry Hill Plantation, Sep 26, 2014
From: "Jeffrey Blalock" <jcbabirder AT gcronline.com>
Date: Fri, 26 Sep 2014 16:46:38 -0400
Greetings to all:

Another gray but great day on the Tobacco Heritage Trail this morning.

May the LORD Bless and Keep you

Jeffrey Blalock
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Subject: eBird Report - THT - Cotton Mill Park - Berry Hill Plantation,
Sep 26, 2014


THT - Cotton Mill Park - Berry Hill Plantation, Halifax, US-VA
Sep 26, 2014 7:20 AM - 10:40 AM
Protocol: Traveling
3.0 mile(s)
Comments:     Still another gray cloudy day but the rain held off.
34 species

Black Vulture  35
Turkey Vulture  5
Red-shouldered Hawk  1
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  4
Mourning Dove  2
Chimney Swift  2
Red-bellied Woodpecker  5
Downy Woodpecker  2
Pileated Woodpecker  1
Eastern Wood-Pewee  2
White-eyed Vireo  2
Yellow-throated Vireo  1
Red-eyed Vireo  1
Blue Jay  8
American Crow  4
Carolina Chickadee  4
Tufted Titmouse  5
Carolina Wren  19
Eastern Bluebird  1
Gray Catbird  8
Brown Thrasher  8
Black-and-white Warbler  2
Common Yellowthroat  3
American Redstart  8
Northern Parula  2
Magnolia Warbler  3
Blackburnian Warbler  1
Chestnut-sided Warbler  2
Black-throated Blue Warbler  1
Yellow-breasted Chat  1
Summer Tanager  1
Scarlet Tanager  1
Northern Cardinal  4
Indigo Bunting  10

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Subject: HSR: Harvey's Knob (25 Sep 2014) 10 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 26 Sep 2014 16:09:13 -0400
Harvey's Knob
Roanoke, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 25, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       0             68             71
Bald Eagle                   0             67             81
Northern Harrier             0              7             11
Sharp-shinned Hawk           2            115            119
Cooper's Hawk                1             30             36
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              3              4
Broad-winged Hawk            6           9616           9638
Red-tailed Hawk              1             41             47
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             0             55             55
Merlin                       0              3              4
Peregrine Falcon             0              7              7
Unknown Accipiter            0              1              1
Unknown Buteo                0              4              4
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              7              7

Total:                      10          10024          10085
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:00:00 
Observation end   time: 16:00:00 
Total observation time: 7 hours

Official Counter:        Joyce Holt

Observers:        Andy Biggs, David Kirk

Visitors:
A few and they arrived when the view had improved, so they were impressed.

Bill Rhodes - did not get to see any hawks, but it was a pleasant day for
bike riding.


Weather:
Fog and low visibility at the start but wound up a nice day for the finish

Raptor Observations:
TV (very few), BV, SS, TV

Non-raptor Observations:
Raven, Chimney Swift, Goldfinch, Chickadee, Titmouse, Towhee, Blue Jay

Monarch - two
Green Darner Dragonfly - one

Looks like the stinkbugs have moved in for the season - beware and close
doors and windows on vehicles..

A good number of hikers and they appreciated the pretzels I was handing out
today.   Sasha the Blue Heeler got treats, too.


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


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Subject: HSR: Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (25 Sep 2014) 31 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 26 Sep 2014 12:09:55 -0400
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 25, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       1            239            289
Bald Eagle                   0            135            142
Northern Harrier             2             25             26
Sharp-shinned Hawk          19            539            552
Cooper's Hawk                1             70             79
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0             14             16
Broad-winged Hawk            7          18091          18286
Red-tailed Hawk              0             58             82
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              1              1
American Kestrel             0            107            126
Merlin                       0             12             12
Peregrine Falcon             0             17             17
Unknown Accipiter            0              2              2
Unknown Buteo                0              1              5
Unknown Falcon               0              2              2
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               1             11             11
Mississippi Kite             0              0              2

Total:                      31          19324          19650
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 10:30:00 
Observation end   time: 16:00:00 
Total observation time: 5.5 hours

Official Counter:        Rose Thomas

Observers:        Dave Hunter, Vic Laubach

Visitors:
Jennifer Jowdy, two Bridgewater College Ecology classes with Professor Kim
Boylard (18 students in the morning and 18 in afternoon).


Weather:
Strong NW winds all day. 16.8-18.6C. 90-100% cloud cover all day with some
low clouds and fog/drizzle nearby. The morning was socked in with fog with
zero visibility.  

Raptor Observations:
One immature Northern Harrier was observed flying up and down the ridgeline
(repeatedly rising up only to descend back down behind the ridge),
constantly flapping against the strong winds, for at least 3 hours this
afternoon. It finally made it across the gap just before 4pm. It was very
tiring watching this bird flapping for such a long time!  

Non-raptor Observations:
Tree Swallow (18).
========================================================================
Report submitted by Vic Laubach (laubach AT virginia.edu)
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://www.rockfishgaphawkwatch.org

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Subject: DC Snowy Owl final update
From: Barbara via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Fri, 26 Sep 2014 08:20:40 -0700
A necropsy report confirmed that the beloved DC Snowy Owl was indeed killed by 
a motor vehicle. 

 The Raptor Center at the U of Minnesota posted the results here*, which say in 
part, that the owl's body 

"showed signs of severe trauma with multiple broken bones in both wings, the 
skull, and the lower jaw, 

as well as trauma to the internal organs." The Raptor Center remains upbeat 
with this comment: 

"The bird was in great body condition and had just eaten four rodents, 
demonstrating that the efforts regarding 

this bird's rehabilitation were effective."



*

http://www.theraptorcenternews.blogspot.com/2014/09/final-update-on-former-trc-patient-dc.html 


The Raptor Center: Final Update on Former TRC Patient, D.C. Snowy Owl

  
             
The Raptor Center: Final Update on Former TRC Patient,...
As you already know, the body of former
TRC patient “D.C. snowy owl” was recovered from the shoulder of a Minnesota 
highway. The owl’s body, which had been 

stor...  
View on www.theraptorcenter... Preview by Yahoo  
  
 

- Barb
Fairfax, VA
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Subject: Lots of birds and Gray-cheeked (photos) - Compton Mt
From: roger mayhorn <rmayhorn AT hughes.net>
Date: Fri, 26 Sep 2014 10:09:48 -0400 (EDT)
Just after sunrise on Wednesday morning the yard was a beehive of activity with 

birds flying in all directions. A flock of at least 75 Cedar Waxwings were 
feeding on wild grapes, poke berries and Virginia Creeper berries. Three 
Blue-headed Vireos were finding caterpillars in the walnut trees in the yard. A 

Nashville Warbler and a few Tennessee Warblers were working the Goldenrod and 
Yellow Crownbeard at the edge of the yard. Later a Magnolia Warbler came down 
to 

the yard stream to bathe. A lone Ruby-throated Hummingbird was gleaning nectar 
from the orange Jewel Weed at the edge of the woods. Eastern Towhees were 
calling from under every shrub and wildflower patch. The calls of 
Swainson's Thrushes and Rose-breasted Grosbeaks could be heard in the 
surrounding trees. A Summer Tanager posed long enough for a couple of photos on 

a dead branch. A couple of Gray-cheeked Thrushes and several Wood Thrushes were 

just inside the shadows of the woods feeding on wild grapes and poke berries. 
I was able to get several photos of one Gray-cheeked when it came to the yard 
stream. It was a very enjoyable, crisp, early fall morning. 

The photos 
can be seen at http://www.pbase.com/mayhorn/2014_9_24

Below is the 
complete species list for the day.

Roger Mayhorn 
Compton Mt
Buchanan County

Mourning Dove 19
Chimney Swift 1
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
Downy Woodpecker 1m
Eastern Phoebe 1
Blue-headed Vireo 3
Blue Jay 5
American Crow 3
Carolina Chickadee 6
Tufted Titmouse 5
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
Carolina Wren 4
Eastern Bluebird 1
Gray-cheeked Thrush 2
Swainson's Thrush 2
Wood Thrush 6
Gray Catbird 4
Brown Thrasher 3
European Starling 1
Cedar Waxwing 75
Tennessee Warbler 4
Nashville Warbler 1
Summer Tanager 1f
Scarlet Tanager 1
Eastern Towhee 8 (5m, 3f)
Chipping Sparrow 1
Song Sparrow 2
Northern Cardinal 4 (1m, 3f)
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 4 (1m)
Indigo Bunting 3
House Finch 6 (1m, 5f)
American Goldfinch 6
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Subject: Huntley Meadows Lincoln's Sparrows
From: Edward Eder <nutmegz AT mac.com>
Date: Fri, 26 Sep 2014 10:03:23 -0400
The vanguard of migrant sparrows seems to have arrived at Huntley Meadows with 
two Lincoln's and three Swamp Sparrows seen in the wet weedy area at the 
beginning of the boardwalk. A small warbler flock with 7 species was also seen 
at the beginning of the boardwalk with BTGW ,NOPA, BTBW, PAWA, COYE, CSWA and 
MAWA. 

Other birds of interest included a Marsh Wren in the loop, Tree Swallows and 
Rough-winged Swallows, and a flock of early 100 Chimney swifts that skimmed the 
beaver pond for a morning drink. 

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Subject: FOS has started
From: "Gerco (Home)" <drgerco AT hotmail.com>
Date: Fri, 26 Sep 2014 09:34:48 -0400
With the arrival of fall the First of Season bird sightings is starting too.
This morning I had my FOS Yellow-bellied Sapsucker in the yard. It was a
beautiful male checking out the oak tree next to the house.

 

Happy birding.

 

Gerco

Leesburg, VA

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Subject: Migrants on the Noland Trail in Newport News
From: Dave Youker via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Thu, 25 Sep 2014 23:12:30 -0400
I walked a portion of the Noland Trail late this morning to see what last  
night's storm delivered.  The highlight was an Olive-sided Flycatcher  
perched on a dead snag giving nice views until run off by Titmice.  Eight  
warblers species were present with the highest numbers being American 
Redstarts, 

Northern Parulas and Black & Whites.  I did get a rare opportunity to  see a 
Blackburnian foraging on the ground with a group of Parulas.  It was  nice 
to see this warbler without craning your neck looking at the tops of  trees.
 
Dave Youker
Yorktown, VA
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Subject: FW: eBird Report - THT - Cotton Mill Park - Berry Hill Plantation, Sep 25, 2014
From: "Jeffrey Blalock" <jcbabirder AT gcronline.com>
Date: Thu, 25 Sep 2014 21:49:12 -0400
Greetings to all:

Under cloudy skies, I walked the Tobacco Heritage Trail again this morning 
looking for warblers and even though I didn't find a Black-throated Blue and a 
Black-throated Green that I was really hoping to see, I did find a total of 
nine warbler species today. 


The best show of all was when I was taking a break and eating a snack, I had a 
SS Hawk to fly by right in front of me and then dove down onto another SS Hawk 
sitting in some bushes near the ground. 



May the LORD Bless and Keep you

Jeffrey Blalock
103 Elizabeth Court
South Boston, VA  24592
434-572-8619 Home
434-470-4352 Cell
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To: jcbabirder AT gcronline.com
Subject: eBird Report - THT - Cotton Mill Park - Berry Hill Plantation,
Sep 25, 2014


THT - Cotton Mill Park - Berry Hill Plantation, Halifax, US-VA
Sep 25, 2014 7:45 AM - 12:15 PM
Protocol: Traveling
3.0 mile(s)
41 species

Great Egret  1
Black Vulture  10
Turkey Vulture  4
Sharp-shinned Hawk 2 As I was eating my snack at the picnic table a SS Hawk 
came flying across in front of me between me and the duck pond. It dove down on 
another SS Hawk that was resting in the bushes to my right and down low. I 
didn't see the second SS Hawk until after the first hawk went after it. They 
flew around for a short while with the first hawk chasing after the second. 

Red-shouldered Hawk  1
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  8
Mourning Dove  10
Chimney Swift  10
Belted Kingfisher  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  4
Northern Flicker  1
Pileated Woodpecker  1
White-eyed Vireo  2
Red-eyed Vireo  3
Blue Jay  8
American Crow  9
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  1
Barn Swallow  2
Carolina Chickadee  8
Tufted Titmouse  5
Carolina Wren  22
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 1 Small bird with long tail. Bluish-gray on upper and 
white on lower body. Small black bill. 

Gray Catbird  6
Brown Thrasher  5
Northern Mockingbird  1
European Starling  2
Cedar Waxwing  15
Orange-crowned Warbler  2
Common Yellowthroat  3
American Redstart  3
Cape May Warbler  1
Northern Parula  1
Magnolia Warbler  2
Chestnut-sided Warbler  3
Yellow-throated Warbler  2
Prairie Warbler  1
Summer Tanager  1
Scarlet Tanager  3
Northern Cardinal  5
Indigo Bunting  5
American Goldfinch  5

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Subject: 3 Thrush Species etc (Page Co. Shenandoah NP) Fw: eBird Report - Mathews Arm area, Sep 25, 2014
From: Gabriel Mapel via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Thu, 25 Sep 2014 18:29:26 -0700
Hi all,

My dad and I headed up to Shenandoah National Park and took a nice circuit hike 
in the Mathews Arm area (Page Co.). Highlights included a Ruffed Grouse, Barred 
Owl, and 3 Thrush species (Gray-cheeked, Swainson's, Hermit) most of which were 
in the Elkwallow area on the AT. Full eBird report including details on route 
below. Good Birding, 


Gabriel Mapel
New Hope, VA


On Thursday, September 25, 2014 9:24 PM, "ebird-checklist AT cornell.edu" 
 wrote: 

 


Mathews Arm area, Page, US-VA
Sep 25, 2014 1:40 PM - 5:40 PM
Protocol: Traveling
6.0 mile(s)
Comments: circuit hike: Knob Mt Tr-Cutoff Tr-Jeremy's Run Tr-Appalachian 
Tr-Elkwallow Tr. 

28 species

Ruffed Grouse  1     Flushed
Turkey Vulture  5
Barred Owl  1     Calling
Red-bellied Woodpecker  2
Downy Woodpecker  2
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  6
Pileated Woodpecker  4
Eastern Wood-Pewee  1
Eastern Phoebe  1
Blue Jay  2
American Crow  1
Common Raven  3
Carolina Chickadee  2
Tufted Titmouse  2
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
Carolina Wren  2
Gray-cheeked Thrush 1 Near Elkwallow on AT. Overall very gray thrush, very 
distinct breast spots up through throat, gray face with faint white eye ring. 
Giving call notes. 

Swainson's Thrush 5 Buffy eye ring ("spectacles"), very brown and spotted. 
Whiny calls heard. 

Hermit Thrush 1 Thrush lacking facial patterning, heavy breast spotting, red 
tail 

American Robin  10
Cedar Waxwing  10
Ovenbird  1
Hooded Warbler  1
Black-throated Blue Warbler  2
Eastern Towhee  3
Chipping Sparrow  5
Northern Cardinal  1
Indigo Bunting  2

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Subject: HSR: Mendota Fire Tower (25 Sep 2014) 46 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 25 Sep 2014 21:09:04 -0400
Mendota Fire Tower
Mendota, VA, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 25, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       2             11             11
Bald Eagle                   0             16             16
Northern Harrier             0              0              0
Sharp-shinned Hawk           2             10             10
Cooper's Hawk                5             15             15
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk           35           3660           3660
Red-tailed Hawk              0             15             15
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             1             12             12
Merlin                       0              2              2
Peregrine Falcon             0              3              3
Unknown Accipiter            0              2              2
Unknown Buteo                1              2              2
Unknown Falcon               0              1              1
Unknown Eagle                0              3              3
Unknown Raptor               0              0              0

Total:                      46           3752           3752
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00 
Observation end   time: 16:00:00 
Total observation time: 8 hours

Official Counter:        John D Whinery

Observers:        Adam Alley

Visitors:
Drew Peyton, Ronnie Vicars, Gary Whitfield, Fred & Donna Osborne all came
to watch hawks and were invaluable.


Weather:
Weather began with mostly clear skies but by noon the clouds increased and
by the end of the day there was 80% cloud cover and some very dark areas.  

Raptor Observations:
Though very small the largest group of Broad winged Hawks came by in the
last 15 minutes of the watch. In the last 30 minutes we also had a
Sharp-shinned Hawk, 3 Coopers Hawks, American Kestrel and an Unknown Buteo.

Non-raptor Observations:
Military jets practicing refueling (3 passes) and a float plane came by all
in one hour.
========================================================================
Report submitted by John D Whinery (Fall.Branch.Tn.Bird AT gmail.com)


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Subject: HSR: Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (25 Sep 2014) 122 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 25 Sep 2014 20:09:15 -0400
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch
Tip of Virginia's Eastern Shore, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 25, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                      24           1878           1878
Bald Eagle                   2             63             63
Northern Harrier             2             85             85
Sharp-shinned Hawk          37            831            831
Cooper's Hawk               12            335            335
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          1              8              8
Broad-winged Hawk            0            190            190
Red-tailed Hawk              1             38             38
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel            22           1541           1541
Merlin                      11            363            363
Peregrine Falcon             8             47             47
Unknown Accipiter            0              1              1
Unknown Buteo                1              3              3
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              1              1
Unknown Raptor               1             27             27
Swainson's Hawk              0              2              2

Total:                     122           5413           5413
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 06:30:00 
Observation end   time: 16:00:00 
Total observation time: 9.5 hours

Official Counter:        Katie Rittenhouse

Observers:        Harry Armistead

Weather:
Overcast skies with a low ceiling. Moderate NW winds.

Raptor Observations:
Several raptors spotted flying into clouds. 

Non-raptor Observations:

========================================================================
Report submitted by Brian Taber (Taberzz AT aol.com)
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch information may be found at:
www.cvwo.org


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Subject: Re: Mourning and Nashville Warblers northern Amherst Co
From: Michael Boatwright <mboater AT att.net>
Date: Thu, 25 Sep 2014 20:17:09 -0400
Oops, I meant Yellow-throated Vireo not Yellow-throated Warbler.

Mike

Michael R. Boatwright
Amherst, VA

----------------------------------------
> From: mboater AT att.net
> To: va-bird AT listserve.com
> Date: Thu, 25 Sep 2014 20:07:57 -0400
> Subject: [Va-bird] Mourning and Nashville Warblers northern Amherst Co
>
> I have been stopping along Geddes Mnt Rd (Rt 662) in northern Amherst Co for 
the last few afternoons on my home from work to see what I could scrounge up 
for my Lynchburg area year list. Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons I had a 
Nashville Warbler among other more common migrants. The Nashville was in the 
exact same location and associating with a young Cape May Warbler both days so 
I assume it was the same individual. This afternoon around 5:45 I had an 
immature (likely female) Mourning warbler near where I saw the Nashville 
Warbler. Rt 662 is immediately south of the Tye River bridge on US 29 at the 
Nelson County-Amherst County line. After turning onto Rt 662 continue past Old 
Farm Rd on the right then past Yankee View on the left and continue up the hill 
to the top. There is room to pull over and get mostly off the road here but 
there is little traffic on this road. The Mourning Warbler was seen in the 
tangles on the left side of the road here. Other birds along this stret 

 ch of road recently include Chestnut-sided, Tennessee, Black and White, 
Black-throated Green, and Blackburnian Warblers as well as Common Yellowthroat, 
American Redstart and Ovenbird. Also here have been Rose-breasted Grosbeak, 
Yellow-throated Warbler, House Wren, and Blue-gray Gnatcatcher. Eastern Screech 
Owl was calling there today and Tuesday. 

>
> Cheers and Good Birding,
>
> Mike
>
> Michael R. Boatwright
> Amherst, VA
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Subject: Mourning and Nashville Warblers northern Amherst Co
From: Michael Boatwright <mboater AT att.net>
Date: Thu, 25 Sep 2014 20:07:57 -0400
I have been stopping along Geddes Mnt Rd (Rt 662) in northern Amherst Co for 
the last few afternoons on my home from work to see what I could scrounge up 
for my Lynchburg area year list.  Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons I had a 
Nashville Warbler among other more common migrants. The Nashville was in the 
exact same location and associating with a young Cape May Warbler both days so 
I assume it was the same individual. This afternoon around 5:45 I had an 
immature  (likely female) Mourning warbler near where I saw the Nashville 
Warbler.  Rt 662 is immediately south of the Tye River bridge on US 29 at the 
Nelson County-Amherst County line.  After turning onto Rt 662 continue past Old 
Farm Rd on the right then past Yankee View on the left and continue up the hill 
to the top. There is room to pull over and get mostly off the road here but 
there is little traffic on this road.  The Mourning Warbler was seen in the 
tangles on the left side of the road here. Other birds along this stretch of 
road recently include Chestnut-sided, Tennessee, Black and White, 
Black-throated Green, and Blackburnian Warblers as well as Common Yellowthroat, 
American Redstart and Ovenbird. Also here have been Rose-breasted Grosbeak, 
Yellow-throated Warbler, House Wren, and Blue-gray Gnatcatcher. Eastern Screech 
Owl was calling there today and Tuesday. 


Cheers and Good Birding,

Mike

Michael R. Boatwright
Amherst, VA 		 	   		  
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Subject: Dark-eyed Junco in Oakton, Fairfax Co Sept 25
From: Frederick Atwood via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Thu, 25 Sep 2014 16:53:34 -0700
Today, on this drizzly afternoon, members of the Flint Hill School Field 
Natural History and Ornithology class and the Northern Virginia Teen Bird Club 
found the earliest fall record I have had of Dark-eyed Junco in this part of 
the state. Normally they show up here on the Flint Hill School campus in mid 
October, with my earliest record here being Oct 13. 

All the best
Fred

 
Frederick D. Atwood 
Flint Hill School, 10409 Academic Dr, Oakton, VA 22124
703-242-1675 
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Subject: The Team Sport of Peregrine Hacking
From: "Wilson, Michael D" <mdwils AT wm.edu>
Date: Thu, 25 Sep 2014 20:01:08 +0000
The Team Sport of Peregrine Hacking
http://www.ccbbirds.org/2014/09/24/team-sport-peregrine-hacking/

By Bryan Watts

Courtney Turrin and I arrive on the Benjamin Harrison Bridge over the James 
River near Hopewell Virginia just after 7:15 AM. A call to the tenders closes 
the bridge just long enough for us to unload gear in the control tower. The 
historic draw bridge has massive twin lift towers that rise more than 300 feet 
above the water. We carry gear to the north tower landing and attempt to call 
the cable elevator with no success. Rain the night before had shorted the 
elevator, so we prepare additional gear for the long climb up the outer ladders 
to reach the upper catwalk and the falcon nest box that The Center for 
Conservation Biology (CCB) installed in the late 1990s. Halfway up the ladder, 
the adult peregrines begin to wail and stoop. 


As we reach the top of the lift tower, Libby Mojica, 50 miles to the north, 
meets up with a crew from the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) near 
the base of the Norris Bridge across the Rappahannock River. Included in the 
group is environmental specialist Theresa Tabulenas, an entire snooper truck 
crew, a traffic control crew, administrators, and local reporters. Before the 
convoy begins to move onto the bridge, Bart Paxton launches a boat and takes a 
position under the bridge in case a young falcon attempts its first flight. The 
pair of falcons on the Norris Bridge nest on a beam directly under the roadbed 
and more than 100 feet above the water. A specialized snooper truck with a boom 
capable of extending out and curling up under the bridge is the only possible 
access to the nest. Once in place, Libby, Theresa, and a truck operator climb 
inside the small bucket and begin the carnival ride out over the river. Just as 
they are retrieving the brood, Courtney a 

 nd I have arrived back in Williamsburg. Marie Pitts and Courtney band the two 
young peregrines and place a strip of colored tape on one of the bands on each 
bird to make it easier for hack attendants to identify the birds on the wing. 


As Libby concludes the banding event in a parking lot near the Norris Bridge, 
Jake McClain, a student intern at CCB, begins to prepare a vehicle to transport 
the peregrines west. Jake and Ashley Lohr, a biology student attending Virginia 
Tech and summer intern for Shenandoah National Park, will meet half way between 
Williamsburg and Shenandoah to transfer the birds and Ashley will drive the 
birds to the park. Libby arrives in Williamsburg in the early afternoon, 
handing off the birds to Jake.Ashley will have the brids in their hack box by 
early evening. 


Rolf Gubler, a biologist with Shenandoah National Park and an expert at 
managing peregrine releases, has been preparing for the hack. Weeks before the 
transfer of birds, Rolf and Sergio Harding from the Virginia Department of Game 
& Inland Fisheries secured a seasons supply of captive-reared quail to feed the 
peregrines. A week before, Rolf had taken the two custom-made hack boxes from 
storage and put them in place on Hogback Mountain in the park. Rolf and Ashley 
place the birds in the boxes upon arrival and the birds are fed daily until 
ready for release at fledging age. After release from the box, the birds 
continue to be fed until they learn to hunt on their own and disperse from the 
site. Three different cohorts of birds are brought to the site for release over 
the course of the breeding season. 


During the several-weeks-long transition to independence, Rolf and Ashley 
monitor the birds daily, keeping a log of each individual's presence and 
activity. The colored tape placed on the bands facilitates the identification 
of each bird. Mitchell Byrd and I visited the hack site with Rolf and Ashley 
during the last release of the season. Mitchell is the great grandfather of 
peregrine reintroduction in Virginia, having started the release of 
captive-reared birds back in 1978. On this day, we were both treated to the 
sight of 8 young falcons on the wing coming and going to feed and whirling out 
over the valley below. Standing out among the birds was yellow, the bird that 
Courtney and I had taken from the Benjamin Harrison Bridge earlier in the 
season. 


Since the 2000 breeding season, we have translocated 235 young falcons produced 
by coastal pairs to the mountains for release. Translocation has been part of 
an integrated restoration program. Moving the young from the mountains 
increases the survival of young hatched on bridges and buildings where 
mortality is notoriously high, reduces the impact on migratory shorebirds, and 
provides the opportunity to strengthen the mountain population. 


The translocation program has many moving parts and would not be possible 
without a team effort. We thank all of the agencies and individuals who are 
committed to peregrine conservation and who make the effort possible. 


Learn more about CCB's peregrine falcon breeding population monitoring and 
management in Virginia. 
(http://www.ccbbirds.org/what-we-do/research/species-of-concern/species-of-concern-projects/peregrine-falcon-population-management/) 




Michael Wilson
Center for Conservation Biology
College of William and Mary & Virginia Commonwealth University
P.O. Box 8795
Williamsburg, VA 23187-8795
phone: 757-221-1649
fax: 757-221-1650
email: mdwils AT wm.edu
web: www.ccbbirds.org


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Subject: Thrushes
From: "Bulmer, Anthony" <Anthony.Bulmer AT fairfaxcounty.gov>
Date: Thu, 25 Sep 2014 19:41:03 +0000
In the cedar north of the visitor center feeding on grapes there were 3 species 
of thrushes. Swainson's, wood and a grey-cheeked thrush. Also saw my first 
white-throated sparrow of the season. Seems early for the sparrow. 


Tony Bulmer
Naturalist/Historian Senior Intepreter
Ellanor C. Lawrence Park
703-631-0013

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