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Burrowing Owls,©Julie Zickefoose

31 Oct HSR: Harvey's Knob (31 Oct 2014) 7 Raptors []
31 Oct 10/31 - Back Bay NWR, Virginia Beach [Rob Bielawski ]
31 Oct HSR: Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (31 Oct 2014) 185 Raptors []
31 Oct Fwd: eBird Report - Staunton River State Park, Oct 31, 2014 ["Jeffrey C. Blalock" ]
31 Oct HSR: Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (31 Oct 2014) 74 Raptors []
31 Oct Waterfowl, Swift Creek Reservoir; 10/31 [Ellison Orcutt ]
31 Oct Fwd: eBird Report - 103 Elizabeth Court, South Boston, VA, Oct 31, 2014 ["Jeffrey C. Blalock" ]
31 Oct Purple Finch [Jeff Blalock ]
31 Oct Sabine's Gull , Parasitic Jaeger White Pelican Virginia Beach [Andrew Baldelli ]
31 Oct Pine Siskins No. Arlington ["Joanna Bellows Taylor" ]
31 Oct [va-bird] Occoquan NWR, Woodbridge [Scott Priebe ]
31 Oct Beaverdam Park - CGL02- Main Entrance [G B Harris ]
31 Oct Coots at Staunton River SP [Jeff Blalock ]
31 Oct Tundra Swan [Jeff Blalock ]
31 Oct HSR: Harvey's Knob (30 Oct 2014) 21 Raptors []
31 Oct Re: cardinals ["Patricia Scanlon M. " ]
30 Oct Blandy Farm -Sky meadows: Tuesday [Donald Sweig ]
30 Oct HSR: Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (30 Oct 2014) 25 Raptors []
30 Oct HSR: Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (30 Oct 2014) 204 Raptors []
30 Oct Re: cardinals ["John Dewell" ]
30 Oct HSR: Snickers Gap (30 Oct 2014) 16 Raptors []
30 Oct Red-breasted Nuthatch in Chincoteague [Marv ]
29 Oct 10/29 - Pleasure House Point, Virginia Beach [Rob Bielawski ]
29 Oct HSR: Harvey's Knob (29 Oct 2014) 18 Raptors []
29 Oct Re: cardinals ["Nancy Young" ]
29 Oct HSR: Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (29 Oct 2014) 95 Raptors []
29 Oct HSR: Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (29 Oct 2014) 11 Raptors - CH Record []
29 Oct cardinals ["Janet Merritt" ]
29 Oct A Common Raven in Great Falls, Fairfax County [David Bridge ]
29 Oct NVBC BIRD WALK-BURKE LAKE PARK RESULTS, WED., OCT. 29, 2014 AT 8:30 am [Allie Guidry via va-bird ]
29 Oct Winter Migrants in the Yard This Week [pepherup--- via va-bird ]
29 Oct Ruddy Duck ["Felicity Rask" ]
29 Oct FOS Junco 10/24 in Hartwood [dorgeloh ]
29 Oct Surf Scoter at Lake Frederick (Frederick County) ["David E. Carr" ]
29 Oct Night herons at bennbrenman [Robnoblestar via va-bird ]
28 Oct HSR: Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (28 Oct 2014) 123 Raptors []
28 Oct White-crowned Sparrows - Purple Finches [roger mayhorn ]
28 Oct HSR: Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (28 Oct 2014) 170 Raptors-RS record! []
28 Oct HSR: Harvey's Knob (28 Oct 2014) 14 Raptors []
28 Oct Re: Northern Gannets - Virginia Beach [JJ Johnson ]
28 Oct Northern Gannets - Virginia Beach [Karen Beatty ]
28 Oct Sparrows and Finches at Kiptopeke [taberzz--- via va-bird ]
27 Oct Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk [Harry Glasgow via va-bird ]
27 Oct Vesper's Sparrow, James City County [Nicholas Newberry ]
27 Oct HSR: Harvey's Knob (27 Oct 2014) 6 Raptors []
27 Oct mixed flocks [Stephen Johnson ]
27 Oct HSR: Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (27 Oct 2014) 131 Raptors []
27 Oct HSR: Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (26 Oct 2014) 149 Raptors []
27 Oct Sky Meadows SP--Bridle Trail, Fauquier county, Oct 27, 2014 - Dickcissel and Orange-crowned Warbler [Elton Morel via va-bird ]
27 Oct HSR: Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (27 Oct 2014) 89 Raptors []
27 Oct Greater White-fronted Goose near Jamestown [Bill Williams ]
27 Oct Richmond Audubon Society monthly meeting, Nov 20, 6PM [Diane Jadlowski ]
26 Oct Bird Sightings [janet anderson via va-bird ]
26 Oct HSR: Snickers Gap (26 Oct 2014) 223 Raptors []
26 Oct HSR: Harvey's Knob (26 Oct 2014) 16 Raptors []
26 Oct Re: Greater White-fronted Goose near Jamestown [Matt Anthony ]
26 Oct HSR: Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (26 Oct 2014) 124 Raptors []
26 Oct Early Bufflehead, Lake Shenandoah (Rockingham) [Diane L via va-bird ]
26 Oct Merrimac Farm WMA [Harry Glasgow via va-bird ]
26 Oct Dyke Marsh Walk for Oct 15, Ducks, a Siskin, and a White-crowned Sparrow ["Larry Cartwright" ]
26 Oct Great Falls National Park Walk [Marshall Rawson via va-bird ]
26 Oct Re: [va-bird] Occoquan Bay NWR , Woodbridge [Bill Hohenstein ]
26 Oct Greater White-fronted Goose near Jamestown [Bill Williams ]
26 Oct Brent and Becky's Bulbs [Felicity Rask ]
25 Oct crows and raven BRP ["Nancy Young" ]
25 Oct Re: [va-bird] Occoquan Bay NWR , Woodbridge ["Kurt Gaskill" ]
25 Oct Dyke Duck Dynasty Redux... [Rich Rieger via va-bird ]
26 Oct some highlights from Oakton this week, Fairfax Co [Frederick Atwood via va-bird ]
25 Oct Am. White Pelican, WC Sparrows, winter finches, Eastern Shore 10/25/14 [nicholas ]
26 Oct purple finches- Silver Lake--Prince William County Park, Oct 25, 2014 [Frederick Atwood via va-bird ]
25 Oct HSR: Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (25 Oct 2014) 93 Raptors []
25 Oct HSR: Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (25 Oct 2014) 362 Raptors []
25 Oct NVBC Walk at Meadowood Recreation Area - Mustang Trail Loop, Fairfax county, Oct 25, 2014 [Elton Morel via va-bird ]
25 Oct Central Rockingham Co. (Harrisonburg area)- Siskins, P. Finches, RB Nuthatches [Diane L via va-bird ]
25 Oct HSR: Harvey's Knob (25 Oct 2014) 30 Raptors []
25 Oct Duck Dynasty @ Dyke Marsh - CMN02, Oct 25, 2014 [Rich Rieger via va-bird ]

Subject: HSR: Harvey's Knob (31 Oct 2014) 7 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 31 Oct 2014 22:10:28 -0400
Harvey's Knob
Roanoke, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 31, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       0             16             90
Bald Eagle                   0             20            107
Northern Harrier             0              7             19
Sharp-shinned Hawk           1            457            617
Cooper's Hawk                2             69            115
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              3              8
Broad-winged Hawk            0             29          10833
Red-tailed Hawk              4            179            240
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              1              1
American Kestrel             0             55            121
Merlin                       0              5             10
Peregrine Falcon             0             13             20
Unknown Accipiter            0              4              6
Unknown Buteo                0              2              6
Unknown Falcon               0              1              1
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              1             10

Total:                       7            862          12204
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        David Kirk

Observers:        Mike Crowder

Visitors:
None


Weather:
Temperatures from 5C > 10C, 100% cloud cover diminishing to 75% ending with
100% cover.  Winds from ESE and SE from 2B to calm then back to 2B.
Visibility 4 with haze in West valley.

Raptor Observations:
Raptors over the top of the watch area.

Non-raptor Observations:
Parkway traffic light with a dozen hikers on AT most of whom were in a
hurry.

Predictions:
Rain
========================================================================
Report submitted by David Kirk (dakirk42 AT cox.net)
Harvey's Knob information may be found at:
http://bijame.googlepages.com/home


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Subject: 10/31 - Back Bay NWR, Virginia Beach
From: Rob Bielawski <robbielawski AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 31 Oct 2014 22:18:27 -0400
Hey Folks!

Did a little Halloween walk around Back Bay NWR this evening after work.
After sunset tonight, the East Dike road will now be closed to visitors
until next summertime. The West Dike road will open up again on April 1,
2015. Until then, the only areas open to the public are the trails
immediately around the parking area, the Loop Road up to the waterfowl
observation blind, and the beachfront all the way to the North Carolina
border. These areas are all open year-round.

Anyways, I wanted to get one last walk in along the East Dike before it
closed up for the winter. I first walked the close trails, seeing a few
Yellow-rumped Warblers and a small (probably still 500 or more birds)
murmuration taking flight around the visitor center. A continuous stream of
Tree Swallows flew from south to north the entire 2 hours & 20 minutes I
was there, probably number in the thousands. The wind was really whipping
out of the northeast so the water in the bay was very very low as this
direction of wind causes it to flow southward towards
Currituck/Albemarle/Pamlico Sounds faster than the tide pushes it back in.
With the north wind I walked out on to the beach thinking something might
have blown in close to shore, and a few Northern Gannets (FOS) were seen
but still pretty far out. Some Sanderlings were the only shorebirds
present, and one of them was banded, so I'll be interested to see what
information I get back on that one.

After getting off the windblown beach I headed down the East Dike. Along
the way I saw a number of Golden-crowned Kinglets (see photos of those and
other birds  AT 
http://www.hrwe.org/staff-admins/rob-bielawski/galleries/we-20141102), and
I also found a lone Clapper Rail next to a freshwater ditch about 3/4 mile
south of the waterfowl blind. I've seen a number of King Rails in the park,
due in part to the abundance of freshwater (though the bay is slightly
saline), but this is the first Clapper I've seen here (since they seem to
prefer saltmarsh and brackish habitats). Also got a look at an adult &
immature Bald Eagle sitting out on one of the impoundments. Then to close
out the walk I had a close encounter with a Great Blue Heron, and got to
watch it capture a very large (~12 inch) Largemouth Bass before I headed
back up to the parking area.

It's been such a great year down at Back Bay for me, this was my 29th visit
to the park in 2014 (annual pass to federal lands has become the best
Christmas gift my fiance has ever gotten me!). I'm up to 121 species in the
park this year and hopefully we'll be able to uncover a few more as we get
into the final 2 months of 2014 tomorrow. I will greatly miss being able to
take the long walks down to False Cape State Park until springtime, but
when it comes around, I'll be excited to have my favorite area open again
(the West Dike).

Rob Bielawski
Virginia Beach, VA
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Subject: HSR: Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (31 Oct 2014) 185 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 31 Oct 2014 20:10:43 -0400
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch
Tip of Virginia's Eastern Shore, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 31, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       0           1117           3431
Bald Eagle                   6            157            243
Northern Harrier             8            370            506
Sharp-shinned Hawk          72           4440           6485
Cooper's Hawk               76           1703           2454
Northern Goshawk             0              2              2
Red-shouldered Hawk          8             45             55
Broad-winged Hawk            1            592            996
Red-tailed Hawk             11            214            269
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 1              3              3
American Kestrel             0           1600           3899
Merlin                       2           1082           1712
Peregrine Falcon             0           1085           1284
Unknown Accipiter            0              1              2
Unknown Buteo                0              1              4
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              6              8
Unknown Raptor               0             17             61
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              2

Total:                     185          12435          21416
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:00:00 
Observation end   time: 16:00:00 
Total observation time: 9 hours

Official Counter:        Katie Rittenhouse, Zak Poulton

Observers:        Steve Thornhill

Weather:
Partly cloudy skies with light NNE winds

Raptor Observations:
Immature Golden Eagle 1330

Non-raptor Observations:
The skies were filled with flocks of small birds this morning.
Approximately 10,000 American Robins between 700 and 1200. Large flocks of
Blackbirds including 1 Rusty Blackbird. Pine Siskins, Purple Finches, and
Eastern Bluebirds.
Also, a few pairs of Common Loons and 2 Red-throated Loons. 
========================================================================
Report submitted by Brian Taber (Taberzz AT aol.com)
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch information may be found at:
www.cvwo.org


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Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Staunton River State Park, Oct 31, 2014
From: "Jeffrey C. Blalock" <jcbabirder AT gcronline.com>
Date: Fri, 31 Oct 2014 19:47:04 -0400
Sent from my NOOK


ebird-checklist AT cornell.edu wrote:


Staunton River State Park, Halifax, US-VA
Oct 31, 2014 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
4.0 mile(s)
Comments:     3 miles car / 1 mile foot
39 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose  50
Tundra Swan  1
American Wigeon  3
Mallard  12
Ring-necked Duck  25
Pied-billed Grebe  13
Double-crested Cormorant  25
Great Blue Heron  5
Turkey Vulture  6
Bald Eagle  3
American Coot 300 Blackish duck like birds with white frontal shield and bill. 
Most likely number understated. Have pictures will up load Asap 

Killdeer  4
peep sp.  1
Ring-billed Gull  5
Mourning Dove  2
Belted Kingfisher  2
Red-headed Woodpecker  2
Red-bellied Woodpecker  3
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  2
Northern Flicker  2
Pileated Woodpecker  1
Eastern Phoebe  2
Blue Jay  15
American Crow  30
Fish Crow  2
Tufted Titmouse  1
White-breasted Nuthatch  2
Carolina Wren  2
Eastern Bluebird  8
Hermit Thrush  2
American Robin  15
Northern Mockingbird  1
Eastern Towhee  4
Chipping Sparrow  10
Song Sparrow  6
Swamp Sparrow  3
Dark-eyed Junco  3
Northern Cardinal  4
Common Grackle  1
American Goldfinch  4

View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20395899 


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Subject: HSR: Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (31 Oct 2014) 74 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 31 Oct 2014 19:10:11 -0400
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 31, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       0             60            361
Bald Eagle                   1             87            239
Northern Harrier             0             49             79
Sharp-shinned Hawk           9           1908           2686
Cooper's Hawk                1            272            379
Northern Goshawk             0              3              4
Red-shouldered Hawk          7             83            102
Broad-winged Hawk            0            107          18514
Red-tailed Hawk             54            316            401
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 2             19             20
American Kestrel             0            265            396
Merlin                       0             28             41
Peregrine Falcon             0             45             65
Unknown Accipiter            0             14             18
Unknown Buteo                0              8             13
Unknown Falcon               0              3              5
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              9             20
Mississippi Kite             0              0              3
Swainson's Hawk              0              1              2

Total:                      74           3277          23348
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:00:00 
Observation end   time: 16:00:00 
Total observation time: 9 hours

Official Counter:        Gabriel Mapel

Observers:        Rose Thomas, Vic Laubach

Visitors:
Brian Patteson (Pelagic bird expert from Hatteras, NC), Mary Mapel.


Weather:
Mostly cloudy to overcast. Mild ESE breezes. 7.7-10.2C. Thick haze to the
west in Shenandoah Valley.

Raptor Observations:
The raptor flight was slow all day except for the 2-3pm hour when 43
raptors flew through (1BE, 3SS, 1CH, 2RS, 35RT, 1GE)! 

Unaged GE 1:46, Adult GE 2:11, 1YR BE 2:46. One northbound adult BE (not
counted) at 12:06). First bird 9:43 RS, last bird 3:42 RT.

Non-raptor Observations:
Another food-Corvid today: a crow flew by carrying some kettle corn in it
beak. 131 DC Cormorant flock, 29 Fish Crow, 10 Raven, 344 Robin, 172
Waxwing, 68 Pine Siskin, 101 Goldfinch.
========================================================================
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: Waterfowl, Swift Creek Reservoir; 10/31
From: Ellison Orcutt <mr.ellyo AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 31 Oct 2014 19:28:37 -0400
Hello "people dressed as birders for halloween",

A quick note about my visit to Swift Creek in Chesterfield earlier this
afternoon.  There were exceptional numbers of certain waterfowl species and
some new arrivals.   High counts of Coot, Pied-billed Grebe and Ruddy
Duck.  Also, a small foraging flock of Bonaparte's Gulls was nice to see.
I didn't spend a ton of time beating the bushes but I did turn up a tardy
Black-and-white Warbler.  Full list is below.

Good birds,

Ellison


Swift Creek Reservoir, Chesterfield, US-VA
Oct 31, 2014 1:48 PM - 3:48 PM
Protocol: Traveling
8.0 mile(s)
Comments:     
Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.8 43 species Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 247 Mute Swan (Cygnus olor) 2 Gadwall (Anas strepera) 14 American Black Duck (Anas rubripes) 1 Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 63 Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata) 11 Green-winged Teal (American) (Anas crecca carolinensis) 1 Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola) 9 Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis) 314 Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps) 106 Careful count Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) 8 Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) 3 Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) 1 Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) 1 Cooper's Hawk (Accipiter cooperii) 1 Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) 1 Adult American Coot (Fulica americana) 580 Estimate in 10's; one flock Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus) 2 Bonaparte's Gull (Chroicocephalus philadelphia) 15 Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis) 8 Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 6 Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon) 2 Red-headed Woodpecker (Melanerpes erythrocephalus) 1 Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus) 2 Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) 1 Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) 5 American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) 4 Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis) 7 Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor) 4 White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis) 1 Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus) 1 Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula) 2 Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis) 1 Black-and-white Warbler (Mniotilta varia) 1 Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) (Setophaga coronata coronata) 3 Savannah Sparrow (Eastern) (Passerculus sandwichensis [savanna Group]) 2 Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 6 Swamp Sparrow (Melospiza georgiana) 1 White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis) 4 Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 5 Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater) 9 House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus) 2 American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) 3 View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20393709 This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org) -- Ellison Orcutt Birder/Naturalist Richmond, Va Cell: (804) 339-6976 Mr.EllyO AT gmail.com *** You are subscribed to va-bird as jsiler AT birdingonthe.net. If you wish to unsubscribe, or modify your preferences please visit http://mailman.listserve.com/listmanager/listinfo/va-bird ***
Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - 103 Elizabeth Court, South Boston, VA, Oct 31, 2014
From: "Jeffrey C. Blalock" <jcbabirder AT gcronline.com>
Date: Fri, 31 Oct 2014 18:38:18 -0400
Sent from my NOOK


ebird-checklist AT cornell.edu wrote:


103 Elizabeth Court, South Boston, VA, Halifax, US-VA
Oct 31, 2014
Protocol: Incidental
17 species

Mourning Dove  8
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Blue Jay  1
Carolina Chickadee  2
Tufted Titmouse  2
Carolina Wren  1
American Robin  1
Northern Mockingbird  1
Yellow-rumped Warbler  3
Chipping Sparrow  3
Song Sparrow  1
White-throated Sparrow  4
Dark-eyed Junco  3
Northern Cardinal  5
House Finch  5
Purple Finch  1
American Goldfinch  2

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Subject: Purple Finch
From: Jeff Blalock <jcbabirder AT gcronline.com>
Date: Fri, 31 Oct 2014 15:44:15 -0400
Male Purple Finch at feeder

May God Bless and Keep You

Jeff Blalock
434-470-4352
South Boston VA
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Subject: Sabine's Gull , Parasitic Jaeger White Pelican Virginia Beach
From: Andrew Baldelli <andrewbaldelli AT hotmail.com>
Date: Fri, 31 Oct 2014 15:11:08 -0400
I wanted to get out a quick email about the seabirds along the Ocean front the 
last two days , I will write a more detailed report later .Yesterday I viewed a 
massive number of gulls , gannets etc. at Rudee Inlet . Today I went down to 
Little Island Park just North of Back Bay NWR. . I witnessed an epic gathering 
of seabirds , ducks and gulls .Highlights were 1 Imm. Sabine's Gull , 2 
Parasitic Jaegers and 6 White Pelicans Flying south towards Back Bay .I wanted 
to get this out so birders in area could get to Ocean front and look for birds 
, I will write more detailed report later of numbers and other species . 

Cheers Andrew  		 	   		  
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Subject: Pine Siskins No. Arlington
From: "Joanna Bellows Taylor" <jandrtaylor AT verizon.net>
Date: Fri, 31 Oct 2014 14:40:02 -0400
A small flock of Pine Siskins is currently visiting my niger feeder.  There
are at least six but there may be more.  There is a lot of scrapping among
themselves and also with the Goldfinches so it makes them hard to count.

 

Joanna Taylor

Arlington, VA

 

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Subject: [va-bird] Occoquan NWR, Woodbridge
From: Scott Priebe <falco57 AT msn.com>
Date: Fri, 31 Oct 2014 13:08:46 -0400
Occoquan was very birdy this morning. Occoquan Bay hosted 300-400 Ruddy Ducks 
and a few other species of waterfowl, incouding 3 Horned Grebes and 2 
Bufflehead. Sparrows abounded (10 species), especially along Fox Rd (daybreak) 
and at Catamount Cr. I ID'd ~150 individual sparrows, which was less than half 
of sparrows I saw. Other highlights Purple Finch, Rusty Blackbird, Brown 
Creeper and Marsh Wren. 


Scott D. Priebe

Springfield, VA

Species: 52

Canada Goose            30+        
Mallard                 3        
Northern Shoveler       6        
Ring-necked Duck        5        
Bufflehead              2        
Ruddy Duck              300+      
Pied-billed Grebe       1        
Horned Grebe            3        
Great Blue Heron        3        
Turkey Vulture          2        
Bald Eagle              3        
Sharp-shinned Hawk      1        
Red-shouldered Hawk     1        
American Coot           4        
Ring-billed Gull        1        
Herring Gull            1        
Mourning Dove           3        
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1        
Downy Woodpecker        5        
Northern Flicker        2        
Eastern Phoebe          4        
Blue Jay                1        
American Crow           X        
Fish Crow               1        
Carolina Chickadee      3        
Tufted Titmouse         2        
Brown Creeper           1        
Marsh Wren              1        
Carolina Wren           10       
Golden-crowned Kinglet  7        
Ruby-crowned Kinglet    7        
Hermit Thrush           3        
American Robin          30       
Northern Mockingbird    4        
European Starling       300+     
Palm Warbler            3        
Yellow-rumped Warbler   19       
Eastern Towhee          2        
Chipping Sparrow        5        
Field Sparrow           5        
Savannah Sparrow        4        
Song Sparrow            35+       
Lincoln's Sparrow       1        
Swamp Sparrow           21       
White-throated Sparrow  50+      
White-crowned Sparrow   9        
Dark-eyed Junco         28       
Northern Cardinal       8        
Red-winged Blackbird    1        
Rusty Blackbird         1        
Purple Finch            1        
American Goldfinch      3        

 		 	   		  
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Subject: Beaverdam Park - CGL02- Main Entrance
From: G B Harris <gbhrlh AT cox.net>
Date: Fri, 31 Oct 2014 12:10:44 -0400
Waterfowl have begun to arrive at Beaverdam Park in Gloucester. Bald Eagles 
were stooping on the Coots creating massive flapping and water spray. 

> 
> Beaverdam Park - CGL02, Gloucester, US-VA
> Oct 31, 2014 8:49 AM - 10:59 AM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 2.0 mile(s)
> Comments:     George & Rosemarie Harris.  Picnic area and to Bullfrog Bridge.
> 40 species
> 
> Canada Goose  110
> Mallard  6
> Northern Shoveler  3
> Ring-necked Duck  2
> Ruddy Duck  250     
> Pied-billed Grebe  3
> Double-crested Cormorant  60
> Great Blue Heron  5
> Great Egret  1
> Turkey Vulture  1
> Bald Eagle  4
> American Coot  1500    
> Killdeer  5
> Laughing Gull  2
> Ring-billed Gull  2
> Forster's Tern  5
> Mourning Dove  86     cut over corn field just before park entrance.
> Belted Kingfisher  4
> Red-bellied Woodpecker  2
> Downy Woodpecker  1
> Hairy Woodpecker  1
> Pileated Woodpecker  1
> American Crow  3
> Carolina Chickadee  2
> Tufted Titmouse  2
> Brown Creeper  1
> Winter Wren  1
> Carolina Wren  3
> Golden-crowned Kinglet  3
> Ruby-crowned Kinglet  2
> Hermit Thrush  1
> Yellow-rumped Warbler  7
> Eastern Towhee  2
> Chipping Sparrow  2
> Swamp Sparrow  2
> White-throated Sparrow  10
> Dark-eyed Junco  15
> Northern Cardinal  3
> Common Grackle  1000
> American Goldfinch  1
> 
> View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20390982 

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

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Subject: Coots at Staunton River SP
From: Jeff Blalock <jcbabirder AT gcronline.com>
Date: Fri, 31 Oct 2014 11:21:48 -0400
I am probably under estimating but I would say that there is 300 coots at SRSP

May God Bless and Keep You

Jeff Blalock
434-470-4352
South Boston VA
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Subject: Tundra Swan
From: Jeff Blalock <jcbabirder AT gcronline.com>
Date: Fri, 31 Oct 2014 10:59:23 -0400
I am looking at a Tundra Swan from the point at Staunton River State Park

It can also be seen from Staunton View Park in Mecklenburg Co as well

Also Coots grebes and ducks

May God Bless and Keep You

Jeff Blalock
434-470-4352
South Boston VA
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Subject: HSR: Harvey's Knob (30 Oct 2014) 21 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 31 Oct 2014 10:10:00 -0400
Harvey's Knob
Roanoke, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 30, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       0             16             90
Bald Eagle                   0             20            107
Northern Harrier             2              7             19
Sharp-shinned Hawk           1            456            616
Cooper's Hawk                0             67            113
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          1              3              8
Broad-winged Hawk            0             29          10833
Red-tailed Hawk             16            175            236
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              1              1
American Kestrel             0             55            121
Merlin                       0              5             10
Peregrine Falcon             0             13             20
Unknown Accipiter            1              4              6
Unknown Buteo                0              2              6
Unknown Falcon               0              1              1
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              1             10

Total:                      21            855          12197
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Joyce Holt

Observers:        Bill & Katie James, Carl Christensen, Darryl Martin,
                  Liz Williams, Matt Hosmer

Visitors:
Mike Donahue and Tom Bailey from the U.S. Forest Service, Nancy Young from
Blue Ridge


Weather:
Pleasant day with NW breezes.  

Raptor Observations:
A few kettles of vultures.  Quite a few flyovers from Ravens, mostly pairs.

Non-raptor Observations:
Goldfinch were the only passerines flying through.

Matt celebrating his birthday.  Carl graduated from his physical therapy
sessions.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Joyce Holt (blueskyjoyce AT adelphia.net)
Harvey's Knob information may be found at:
http://bijame.googlepages.com/home


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Subject: Re: cardinals
From: "Patricia Scanlon M. " <pescanlon AT cox.net>
Date: Fri, 31 Oct 2014 00:25:48 -0400
My cardinals would bring their babies to my yard and park them while they 
foraged or ate from the feeder. So I had allot of cardinals during the summer 
through the end of September. Very late nesting. I think they have left their 
parents or spread out so I don't see as many during the day. But, like yours, 
they always come in the evening and stay until dark. 


I have a hummingbird feeder that has a cap with a one inch well. My catbird was 
pecking at the glass at the waterline, and trying to figure out how to get the 
nectar from the plastic flowers. So I put nectar in the well and not only the 
catbird and chickadee but my cardinal drinks nectar too. I have it situated in 
a tree so that the birds can reach the well to drink. I'm going to leave it up 
all winter. I know the yellow rumps like sweet treats! 


Pat Scanlon
Norfolk

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On Oct 29, 2014, at 8:09 PM, "Nancy Young"  wrote:

> Same here - few if any Cardinals in the daytime this past month or more.
> But when I go out at dusk to bring in the feeders I nearly always hear one
> or two giving their little metallic chips.  I call them my late birds.  They
> are the last at the feeders after all other birds have gone to bed.
> 
> Nancy Young
> Blue Ridge
> Botetourt County
> 
> -----Original Mes
> From: va-bird [mailto:va-bird-bounces+nanjyoung=juno.com AT listserve.com] On
> Behalf Of Janet Merritt
> Sent: Wednesday, October 29, 2014 5:02 PM
> To: va-bird AT listserve.com
> Subject: [Va-bird] cardinals
> 
> Hi.  My home backs up to Eleanor Lawrence park and I actively feed the
> birds.  I generally have multiple sightings of several cardinals every day.
> For the last month I haven't seen ANY cardinals. This is VERY atypical and I
> have been watching and feeding in the same spot for 15+ years.  I see no
> indication of a predator (feathers, sightings of cats, etc).   The
> chickadees, mourning doves, and titmice seem to be unchanged, maybe slightly
> less active.   We add sunflower seeds to our general bird seed (purchased at
> Southern States) and even threw away a bag that we thought might have gotten
> 'buggy'.  .  Any ideas of why this might be occurring?  
> 
> Thanks,
> 
> Janet
> 
> 
> 
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Subject: Blandy Farm -Sky meadows: Tuesday
From: Donald Sweig <skybirds.d AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 21:23:37 -0400
 I found three Pine Siskins feeding in the cones on the Hemlock trees in the 
conifer forest at Blandy on Tuesday; also one female and two male Purple 
finches on the perimeter Road. 

 At Skymeadows, after lunch, 6 to 8 Red-headed woodpeckers in the Walnut grove 
by the picnic area, and, about 5 o'clock, four White -crowned sparrows just off 
the parking lot at the beginning of the Bridle Trail. 

    Donald Sweig
    Falls Church, Virginia

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Subject: HSR: Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (30 Oct 2014) 25 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 30 Oct 2014 20:10:48 -0400
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 30, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       0             60            361
Bald Eagle                   0             86            238
Northern Harrier             0             49             79
Sharp-shinned Hawk           4           1899           2677
Cooper's Hawk                6            271            378
Northern Goshawk             0              3              4
Red-shouldered Hawk          6             76             95
Broad-winged Hawk            0            107          18514
Red-tailed Hawk              8            262            347
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 1             17             18
American Kestrel             0            265            396
Merlin                       0             28             41
Peregrine Falcon             0             45             65
Unknown Accipiter            0             14             18
Unknown Buteo                0              8             13
Unknown Falcon               0              3              5
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              9             20
Mississippi Kite             0              0              3
Swainson's Hawk              0              1              2

Total:                      25           3203          23274
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00 
Observation end   time: 15:00:00 
Total observation time: 7 hours

Official Counter:        Rose Thomas

Observers:        Brenda Tekin

Weather:
Partly cloudy with mild NW winds. 10.0-12.0C.

Raptor Observations:
Unaged Golden Eagle at 10:15am. 

Non-raptor Observations:

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

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Subject: HSR: Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (30 Oct 2014) 204 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 30 Oct 2014 20:10:19 -0400
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch
Tip of Virginia's Eastern Shore, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 30, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       7           1117           3431
Bald Eagle                   8            151            237
Northern Harrier             9            362            498
Sharp-shinned Hawk          47           4368           6413
Cooper's Hawk               84           1627           2378
Northern Goshawk             0              2              2
Red-shouldered Hawk          6             37             47
Broad-winged Hawk           11            591            995
Red-tailed Hawk             26            203            258
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 2              2              2
American Kestrel             2           1600           3899
Merlin                       1           1080           1710
Peregrine Falcon             1           1085           1284
Unknown Accipiter            0              1              2
Unknown Buteo                0              1              4
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              6              8
Unknown Raptor               0             17             61
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              2

Total:                     204          12250          21231
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Bob Anderson, Katie Rittenhouse, Zak Poulton

Observers:        Katie Rittenhouse, Rexanne Bruno, Thuy Tran

Visitors:
Nick, Rod Gardner 


Weather:


Raptor Observations:
2 Juvenile Golden Eagles

Non-raptor Observations:
3 Sandhill Cranes 
31 Scoter sp., 50 Surf Scoter
3 Royal Tern
4 Common Loon
2-3 Vesper Sparrows seen on Seaside Road 
========================================================================
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: cardinals
From: "John Dewell" <jdewell4 AT comcast.net>
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 19:15:51 -0400
Hi,  I'm a good ways from northern VA. and the Roanoke area, but Cardinals
are one of my most numerous feeder birds.  We have lived here over 40 years.
My back yard backs up to a wooded area with underbrush. Our yard has some
large oak tree with some open areas, beds of azaleas and other shade loving
shrubs.  I looked at the feeders around 4 o'clock today and there were 4, 1
pair under each tube feeder.  I have several feeders in the back yard, 2 are
tube feeders with black oil sunflower seed.  The number of cardinals always
goes down this time of year along with everything else.  During the summer
when they are nesting, my tube feeders will be empty by early afternoon,
right now I have to refill them every other day.  Usually by December I'm
back to filling them once a day and the cardinal census has gone back up.

During the nesting season I have seen as many as 30 at one time.  Mostly
fledglings following the parents around.  Last winter we had a flock during
one of the snowstorms of 50 to 75 cardinals, really pretty in the snow but
hard to count. 

John
Chesterfield County 

-----Original Message-----
From: va-bird [mailto:va-bird-bounces+jdewell4=comcast.net AT listserve.com] On
Behalf Of Nancy Young
Sent: Wednesday, October 29, 2014 8:09 PM
To: va-bird AT listserve.com
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] cardinals

Same here - few if any Cardinals in the daytime this past month or more.
But when I go out at dusk to bring in the feeders I nearly always hear one
or two giving their little metallic chips.  I call them my late birds.  They
are the last at the feeders after all other birds have gone to bed.

Nancy Young
Blue Ridge
Botetourt County

-----Original Message-----
From: va-bird [mailto:va-bird-bounces+nanjyoung=juno.com AT listserve.com] On
Behalf Of Janet Merritt
Sent: Wednesday, October 29, 2014 5:02 PM
To: va-bird AT listserve.com
Subject: [Va-bird] cardinals

Hi.  My home backs up to Eleanor Lawrence park and I actively feed the
birds.  I generally have multiple sightings of several cardinals every day.
For the last month I haven't seen ANY cardinals. This is VERY atypical and I
have been watching and feeding in the same spot for 15+ years.  I see no
indication of a predator (feathers, sightings of cats, etc).   The
chickadees, mourning doves, and titmice seem to be unchanged, maybe slightly
less active.   We add sunflower seeds to our general bird seed (purchased at
Southern States) and even threw away a bag that we thought might have gotten
'buggy'.  .  Any ideas of why this might be occurring?  

Thanks,

Janet

 

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Subject: HSR: Snickers Gap (30 Oct 2014) 16 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 30 Oct 2014 15:10:34 -0400
Snickers Gap
20 Miles West of Leesburg, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 30, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       0             26            141
Bald Eagle                   5             40            123
Northern Harrier             0             17             46
Sharp-shinned Hawk           4            373            773
Cooper's Hawk                0             27             76
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          4             22             50
Broad-winged Hawk            0             19           5304
Red-tailed Hawk              2            253            307
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 1              5              5
American Kestrel             0             49             92
Merlin                       0              7             11
Peregrine Falcon             0             10             12
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              4
Unknown Buteo                0              2              6
Unknown Falcon               0              0              2
Unknown Eagle                0              1              1
Unknown Raptor               0              2              6

Total:                      16            853           6959
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:30:00 
Observation end   time: 12:30:00 
Total observation time: 4 hours

Official Counter:        The Littles

Observers:        Jen Folts

Visitors:
2


Weather:
Promising start, with bright sunny skies, chilly temps, a nice west wind at
6 mph and 5% cloud cover. By late morning, however, the wind had died, and
a helmet of dense, dark, unmoving clouds sat right over us. 

Raptor Observations:
More eagles than Sharpies! Adult GOEA made a beeline down the west side of
the ridge at 9:57 am. Three non-migrating BAEA.

Non-raptor Observations:
2 Common Loons, 9 Purple Finches, 4 White-throated Sparrows, 23 Black
Vultures, 19 Turkey Vultures.
========================================================================
Report submitted by BJ Little (bluejay88 AT adelphia.net)


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Subject: Red-breasted Nuthatch in Chincoteague
From: Marv <mbrubin AT verizon.net>
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 08:15:12 -0400
A Red-breasted Nuthatch showed up at my back deck feeders this morning.
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Subject: 10/29 - Pleasure House Point, Virginia Beach
From: Rob Bielawski <robbielawski AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 21:03:02 -0400
Hi Folks!

Thanks to a meeting getting out early today I was fortunate enough to sneak
up to Pleasure House Point Natural Area Preserve in Virginia Beach for an
evening hike. I ran into a couple other birders (Kathy Spencer, who lives
locally and birds often here, and a man from Roanoke named Randy) along the
way that were looking for the Nelson's Sparrows. We were able to track down
quite a few sparrows darting in and out of the taller reeds along the tidal
shoreline, but it took a while before we got one out in the open that we
were all certain was a Nelson's. In addition to the Nelson's, I saw at
least one Saltmarsh Sparrow this time (photograph of this species and
others available at
http://www.hrwe.org/staff-admins/rob-bielawski/galleries/we-20141102).

After getting both 'rarity' sparrow species today I was feeling pretty
happy, given that I only get an hour or 2 before the sun sets this time of
year. But, just when I was thinking it couldn't get better, it managed
too... as a Clapper Rail ran out onto of the marsh about 100 feet or so
away, and the 3 of us birders all got to watch it for what seemed like a
long time by rail standards, but was probably just a couple actual minutes.
I took a considerable amount of photographs, which makes this only the
second time this year I've been able to get clear ones at the park.

All the typical birds one would expect were also around, the gulls
(Laughing/Ring-billed/Herring/Great Black-backed), and they erupted off the
mudflats just after an adult Bald Eagle chased an Osprey carrying a fish
right overhead. I didn't notice any terns or skimmers this outing, and the
mudflats were devoid of shorebirds so no Oystercatchers were seen. However,
a lone Greater Yellowlegs did show up towards the end of the walk, and in
the last quarter mile on my own, a lone American Black Duck & Belted
Kingfisher were seen on the smaller of the two largest ponds off Marlin Bay
Drive's entry trail. It turned out to be a beautiful evening, so I'm
extremely thankful that I was able to get up there on a weeknight this late
in the season to see everything! I do not look forward to daylight savings
time kicking in soon.

Rob Bielawski
Virginia Beach, VA
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Subject: HSR: Harvey's Knob (29 Oct 2014) 18 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 29 Oct 2014 20:10:09 -0400
Harvey's Knob
Roanoke, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 29, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       0             16             90
Bald Eagle                   2             20            107
Northern Harrier             0              5             17
Sharp-shinned Hawk           4            455            615
Cooper's Hawk                1             67            113
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              2              7
Broad-winged Hawk            0             29          10833
Red-tailed Hawk             10            159            220
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 1              1              1
American Kestrel             0             55            121
Merlin                       0              5             10
Peregrine Falcon             0             13             20
Unknown Accipiter            0              3              5
Unknown Buteo                0              2              6
Unknown Falcon               0              1              1
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              1             10

Total:                      18            834          12176
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Baron Gibson

Observers:        

Visitors:
A few leaf peepers 


Weather:
100% cloud cover beginning of watch with a cold front moving through during
the noon hours with occasional sprinkle's, after the front moved through,
clouds dispersed to 25% by the end of watch. Winds NW  AT  a 3 most of the
watch with an occasional 4. Temps 12-13c, mid 50's all watch.

Raptor Observations:
Little movement but our first GE (Juve) of the year  AT  13:30.

2 AEBE together  AT  14:23. One of the AEBE had several primary feathers
missing on it's left wing near the end of wing.

Non-raptor Observations:
A lot of TV, BV & raven movement throughout the watch.
A flock of 30-ish crows flew in to the tops of the tree's on the knob, a
few minutes later they all got up calling and started chasing & diving at 2
ravens.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Baron Gibson (Hawkwatche215 AT gmail.com)
Harvey's Knob information may be found at:
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Subject: Re: cardinals
From: "Nancy Young" <nanjyoung AT juno.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 20:09:07 -0400
Same here - few if any Cardinals in the daytime this past month or more.
But when I go out at dusk to bring in the feeders I nearly always hear one
or two giving their little metallic chips.  I call them my late birds.  They
are the last at the feeders after all other birds have gone to bed.

Nancy Young
Blue Ridge
Botetourt County

-----Original Message-----
From: va-bird [mailto:va-bird-bounces+nanjyoung=juno.com AT listserve.com] On
Behalf Of Janet Merritt
Sent: Wednesday, October 29, 2014 5:02 PM
To: va-bird AT listserve.com
Subject: [Va-bird] cardinals

Hi.  My home backs up to Eleanor Lawrence park and I actively feed the
birds.  I generally have multiple sightings of several cardinals every day.
For the last month I haven't seen ANY cardinals. This is VERY atypical and I
have been watching and feeding in the same spot for 15+ years.  I see no
indication of a predator (feathers, sightings of cats, etc).   The
chickadees, mourning doves, and titmice seem to be unchanged, maybe slightly
less active.   We add sunflower seeds to our general bird seed (purchased at
Southern States) and even threw away a bag that we thought might have gotten
'buggy'.  .  Any ideas of why this might be occurring?  

Thanks,

Janet

 

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Subject: HSR: Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (29 Oct 2014) 95 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 29 Oct 2014 19:10:11 -0400
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch
Tip of Virginia's Eastern Shore, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 29, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       1           1110           3424
Bald Eagle                   1            143            229
Northern Harrier             1            353            489
Sharp-shinned Hawk          66           4321           6366
Cooper's Hawk                6           1543           2294
Northern Goshawk             0              2              2
Red-shouldered Hawk          0             31             41
Broad-winged Hawk            1            580            984
Red-tailed Hawk              1            177            232
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel            10           1598           3897
Merlin                       5           1079           1709
Peregrine Falcon             3           1084           1283
Unknown Accipiter            0              1              2
Unknown Buteo                0              1              4
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              6              8
Unknown Raptor               0             17             61
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              2

Total:                      95          12046          21027
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Katie Rittenhouse

Observers:        Joe Beatty

Visitors:
Bill and Linda, Ashwari


Weather:
Mostly cloudy skies and moderate SW winds.

Raptor Observations:


Non-raptor Observations:
Pine Siskin, Purple Finch, American Goldfinch, Red-breasted Nuthatch

========================================================================
Report submitted by Brian Taber (Taberzz AT aol.com)
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch information may be found at:
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Subject: HSR: Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (29 Oct 2014) 11 Raptors - CH Record
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 29 Oct 2014 19:10:59 -0400
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 29, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       0             60            361
Bald Eagle                   0             86            238
Northern Harrier             1             49             79
Sharp-shinned Hawk           6           1895           2673
Cooper's Hawk                3            265            372
Northern Goshawk             0              3              4
Red-shouldered Hawk          0             70             89
Broad-winged Hawk            0            107          18514
Red-tailed Hawk              0            254            339
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0             16             17
American Kestrel             0            265            396
Merlin                       0             28             41
Peregrine Falcon             0             45             65
Unknown Accipiter            0             14             18
Unknown Buteo                0              8             13
Unknown Falcon               0              3              5
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               1              9             20
Mississippi Kite             0              0              3
Swainson's Hawk              0              1              2

Total:                      11           3178          23249
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00 
Observation end   time: 11:00:00 
Total observation time: 3 hours

Official Counter:        Rose Thomas

Observers:        

Weather:
Mild NW winds. 17.6-19.5C. 95-100% cloud cover. Intermittent drizzle or
light rain, becoming heavier by 11am. 

Raptor Observations:
Today we broke the season record for CH, previously 370 in 2012. At 10:15
two BE (AD and IMM) appeared over the ridge but then flew northward and not
counted.

Non-raptor Observations:
100+ Robins.
========================================================================
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: cardinals
From: "Janet Merritt" <janet.gmu AT verizon.net>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 17:02:16 -0400
Hi.  My home backs up to Eleanor Lawrence park and I actively feed the
birds.  I generally have multiple sightings of several cardinals every day.
For the last month I haven't seen ANY cardinals. This is VERY atypical and I
have been watching and feeding in the same spot for 15+ years.  I see no
indication of a predator (feathers, sightings of cats, etc).   The
chickadees, mourning doves, and titmice seem to be unchanged, maybe slightly
less active.   We add sunflower seeds to our general bird seed (purchased at
Southern States) and even threw away a bag that we thought might have gotten
'buggy'.  .  Any ideas of why this might be occurring?  

Thanks,

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Subject: A Common Raven in Great Falls, Fairfax County
From: David Bridge <bridgedavid AT earthlink.net>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 16:39:05 -0400 (GMT-04:00)
On October 28, I was working on a house just east of Seneca Road in Great 
Falls, Fairfax County. 

About 2:30pm, a single Common Raven flew over the property heading roughly 
south. 

It called several time, and the wedge-shaped tail was seen as it passed 
overhead. 

I have recorded Ravens a few times before at this location, but rarely.

David Bridge
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Subject: NVBC BIRD WALK-BURKE LAKE PARK RESULTS, WED., OCT. 29, 2014 AT 8:30 am
From: Allie Guidry via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 12:29:34 -0700
Observation Start Time: 8:30 AM
Observation End Time: 11:30 AM

This morning 8 birders joined the Northern Virginia Bird Club for a bird walk 
at Burke Lake Park. On this beautiful fall morning the group spotted 37 
species. A few of the highlights on the lake were Wood Ducks, a Ruddy Duck, 2 
Belted Kingfishers and a Pied-Billed Grebe. Along the trail we had one Brown 
Creeper, Ruby-Crowned Kinglets, Dark-Eyed Junkos and White-Throated Sparrows, a 
sure sign of Fall. 


Today's sightings:

37 species total
50Canada Goose 
5Wood Duck 
6Mallard 
1Ruddy Duck 
1Pied-billed Grebe 
3Double-crested Cormorant 
1Great Blue Heron 
2Turkey Vulture 
4Ring-billed Gull 
2Belted Kingfisher 
3Red-bellied Woodpecker 
3Downy Woodpecker 
1Northern Flicker 
16Blue Jay 
12American Crow 
4Fish Crow 
7Carolina Chickadee 
8Tufted Titmouse 
2White-breasted Nuthatch 
1Brown Creeper 
3Carolina Wren 
1Golden-crowned Kinglet 
2Ruby-crowned Kinglet 
10Eastern Bluebird 
22American Robin 
1Northern Mockingbird 
3European Starling 
8Cedar Waxwing 
1Yellow-Rumped Warbler 
3Chipping Sparrow 
4Song Sparrow 
5White-throated Sparrow 
2Dark-eyed Junco 
4Northern Cardinal 
240Common Grackle 
2House Finch 
2American Goldfinch 
Submitted by Allie Guidry, Northern Virginia Bird Club
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Subject: Winter Migrants in the Yard This Week
From: pepherup--- via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 13:48:29 -0400
So far this week I have had white crowned sparrows, female purple finches, 
junco, yellowbellied sapsucker in the yard. Other sightings of usual birds; 
sharp shinned hawks, black vultures, phoebe, blue birds, cardinals and blue 
jays. The 50 or so resident house finches make it unlikely that the winter 
migrants will hang around long. Still looking for a red-breasted nuthatch. 


Peggy Lyons
Concord
Campbell County, VA
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Subject: Ruddy Duck
From: "Felicity Rask" <jericson7 AT cox.net>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 11:24:58 -0400
15 Ruddy Duck on Ware River - close to (Wharehouse Landing). Two days ago
there were 16.  eBird will not post because of the high count. This time I
have photos! 

Also seen for the last three days is a Common Loon and a few late Laughing
Gulls.

Felicity Rask, Gloucester  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Subject: FOS Junco 10/24 in Hartwood
From: dorgeloh <dorgeloh AT infionline.net>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 10:08:06 -0400 (GMT-04:00)
Had two Junco's , my FOS on Fri 10/24 in Hartwood VA , west of Fredericksburg.
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Subject: Surf Scoter at Lake Frederick (Frederick County)
From: "David E. Carr" <dec5z AT cms.mail.virginia.edu>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 08:42:56 -0400
This morning at about 7:50 AM I saw a single immature Surf Scoter on Lake 
Frederick (Frederick County, VA).  Also on the lake were 7 Ruddy Ducks, 8 
American Wigeon, and 4 American Coots.

David Carr
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Subject: Night herons at bennbrenman
From: Robnoblestar via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 08:27:38 -0400
There are currently 6 black-crowned night herons at the small reception pin at 
the west end of the lake viewable from the small nearby bridge. There are 3 
adults and 3 juvenile birds 


The park is off of duke street in the west end of Alexandria

Rob Young


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Subject: HSR: Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (28 Oct 2014) 123 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 28 Oct 2014 21:10:45 -0400
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch
Tip of Virginia's Eastern Shore, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 28, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       1           1109           3423
Bald Eagle                   0            142            228
Northern Harrier             8            352            488
Sharp-shinned Hawk          82           4255           6300
Cooper's Hawk               10           1537           2288
Northern Goshawk             0              2              2
Red-shouldered Hawk          1             31             41
Broad-winged Hawk            0            579            983
Red-tailed Hawk              0            176            231
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel            17           1588           3887
Merlin                       2           1074           1704
Peregrine Falcon             2           1081           1280
Unknown Accipiter            0              1              2
Unknown Buteo                0              1              4
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              6              8
Unknown Raptor               0             17             61
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              2

Total:                     123          11951          20932
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 06:30:00 
Observation end   time: 15:30:00 
Total observation time: 9 hours

Official Counter:        Katie Rittenhouse

Observers:        Joe Beatty

Visitors:
Bill and Linda


Weather:
Few clouds and moderate SW winds

Raptor Observations:


Non-raptor Observations:
Monarch-41
========================================================================
Report submitted by Brian Taber (Taberzz AT aol.com)
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch information may be found at:
www.cvwo.org


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Subject: White-crowned Sparrows - Purple Finches
From: roger mayhorn <rmayhorn AT hughes.net>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 21:31:58 -0400 (EDT)
Today there were 6 immature White-crowned Sparrows at the feeders and the yard 
stream. There have been at least 2 here every day for the last couple of weeks. 

Purple Finches have also become regulars at the feeders.
 
Roger Mayhorn
Compton Mt
Buchanan County
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Subject: HSR: Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (28 Oct 2014) 170 Raptors-RS record!
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 28 Oct 2014 20:10:09 -0400
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 28, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       0             60            361
Bald Eagle                   2             86            238
Northern Harrier             2             48             78
Sharp-shinned Hawk          75           1889           2667
Cooper's Hawk               18            262            369
Northern Goshawk             0              3              4
Red-shouldered Hawk         22             70             89
Broad-winged Hawk            0            107          18514
Red-tailed Hawk             47            254            339
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0             16             17
American Kestrel             2            265            396
Merlin                       1             28             41
Peregrine Falcon             1             45             65
Unknown Accipiter            0             14             18
Unknown Buteo                0              8             13
Unknown Falcon               0              3              5
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              8             19
Mississippi Kite             0              0              3
Swainson's Hawk              0              1              2

Total:                     170           3167          23238
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:00:00 
Observation end   time: 16:30:00 
Total observation time: 9.5 hours

Official Counter:        Gabriel Mapel

Observers:        Allen Larner

Visitors:
Ron and Caroline Kovatch, Jennifer Jowdy, Daniel and Mary Mapel


Weather:
Mild SW winds early shifting to light SSE breezes after noon. 16.3-21.6C.
Mostly cloudy (50-80%). Clear visibility.

Raptor Observations:
Another 3-falcon day including a nice adult Peregrine at 12:53 and a
late-day Merlin at 3:34. The 22 RS today ties the day-high record from
10/19/1986! In addition, we have just surpassed the previous season RS
record of 67 in 2006! Several RS flew by in family groups of 3-4.
Two more Bald Eagles: 1:55 1YR and 3:38 AD. First bird 8:34 CH, last bird
4:04 SS.

Non-raptor Observations:
5 Monarch, 6 Wood Duck, 1 Red-breasted Nuthatch, 141 Robin, 90 Waxwing, 11
Purple Finch, 23 Pine Siskin. The smaller of the two young Black Rat Snakes
made an appearance today.
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Report submitted by Vic Laubach (laubach AT virginia.edu)
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://www.rockfishgaphawkwatch.org

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Subject: HSR: Harvey's Knob (28 Oct 2014) 14 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 28 Oct 2014 19:10:17 -0400
Harvey's Knob
Roanoke, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 28, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       0             16             90
Bald Eagle                   1             18            105
Northern Harrier             0              5             17
Sharp-shinned Hawk           2            451            611
Cooper's Hawk                3             66            112
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              2              7
Broad-winged Hawk            0             29          10833
Red-tailed Hawk              7            149            210
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             0             55            121
Merlin                       1              5             10
Peregrine Falcon             0             13             20
Unknown Accipiter            0              3              5
Unknown Buteo                0              2              6
Unknown Falcon               0              1              1
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              1             10

Total:                      14            816          12158
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Carl Christensen

Observers:        David Kirk, Matt Hosmer, Mike Crowder

Visitors:
Several cars stopped. While still in their cars, the occupants asked what
we were doing and then drove off.


Weather:
Warm day with temperatures ranging from 14C to 24C. Winds almost
non-existent all day. A slight SE breeze late in the watch. Cloud cover was
steady at 25% and visibility at 5.

Raptor Observations:
Our first bird was in the late morning. All sightings were over the Knob or
on the west side. The only exception was an ABE at 12:35 low on the east
side.

Non-raptor Observations:
Parkway traffic slowing down, but hikers are still continuing through with
7 today.

Seven monarch butterflies noted.

Predictions:
NW winds return with cooler temps and good cloud cover.
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Report submitted by Carl Christianson ()
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http://bijame.googlepages.com/home


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Subject: Re: Northern Gannets - Virginia Beach
From: JJ Johnson <byrdnyrd33 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 14:36:25 -0400
There were two at the Scenic Overlook north of CBBT on Sunday.

Jan Frye
On Oct 28, 2014 12:43 PM, "Karen Beatty"  wrote:

> We just saw our FOS Gannets off shore - all juvies - about six
>
> Karen & Tom Beatty
> Virginia Beach
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Subject: Northern Gannets - Virginia Beach
From: Karen Beatty <chirp50 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 12:43:49 -0400
We just saw our FOS Gannets off shore - all juvies - about six

Karen & Tom Beatty
Virginia Beach
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Subject: Sparrows and Finches at Kiptopeke
From: taberzz--- via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 12:08:27 -0400
Yesterday at sunrise there were more than 250 sparrows around the feeders by 
the hawkwatch platform...they dispersed throughout the day...finch flyovers, 
which continued well into the afternoon, included 52 Purples, the most I've 
seen there, about 30 American Goldfinches, 14 House Finches and 63 Pine 
Siskins: 


White-throated Sparrow   estimated 125
White-crowned Sparrow   3
Swamp Sparrow    1
Field Sparrow   1
Chipping Sparrow  estimated 35
Song Sparrow   22
Dark-eyed Junco    57
Eastern Towhee   3
Northern Cardinal   5

Brian Taber
Coastal VA Wildlife Observatory

    
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Subject: Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk
From: Harry Glasgow via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Oct 2014 20:18:12 -0700
Sixteen birders gathered this morning for the Huntley Meadows Monday Morning 
Birdwalk and tallied 37 species. While 37 species is a bit low for our outings, 
this morning's highlights make up for the numbers. A large flock of migrating 
Tundra Swans flew over the Park. A Wilson's Snipe was seen, and a late 
lingering Green Heron was spotted. Additionally, the group spotted 3 
White-crowned Sparrows, an unusually large group of Mourning Doves searching 
around the newly constructed water impoundment area, and a FOS Yellow-bellied 
Woodpecker. Birders who may join us on the Monday Morning Walks are reminded 
that starting next week, the walk will begin at 8 AM. These winter hours will 
continue until next spring. 


Canada Goose  22
Tundra Swan  36
Wood Duck  9
Mallard  22
Great Blue Heron 
 8
Green Heron (Eastern)  1
Red-shouldered Hawk  1
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Wilson's Snipe  1
Mourning Dove  50
Belted Kingfisher  3
Red-bellied Woodpecker  2
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  1
Downy Woodpecker  4
Northern Flicker  4
Pileated Woodpecker  2
Blue Jay  9
American Crow  22
Fish Crow  3
Carolina Chickadee  7
Tufted Titmouse  4
White-breasted Nuthatch  3
Carolina Wren  7
Eastern Bluebird  6
American Robin  8
Northern Mockingbird  2
Palm Warbler  1
Yellow-rumped Warbler  5
Chipping Sparrow  1
Song Sparrow  10
White-throated Sparrow  15
White-crowned Sparrow  3
Northern Cardinal  12
Red-winged Blackbird  200+
Rusty Blackbird  8
Common Grackle  8
American Goldfinch 
 12

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



Harry Glasgow
Friends of Huntley Meadows Park
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Subject: Vesper's Sparrow, James City County
From: Nicholas Newberry <nickenew1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Oct 2014 21:52:05 -0400
Hello fellow birders and bird watchers,

After looking for the Jamestown Greater White-fronted Goose with a few members 
of the Bird Club of William and Mary and falling short of finding any geese 
whatsoever, we decided to take our poor luck to Treasure Island Road, 
Williamsburg. Hoping to strike it rich we were rewarded with a Vesper’s 
Sparrow feeding along side the road next to the largest field close to colonial 
parkway. The bird had a nice strong facial pattern and showed off its pearl 
white outer tail feathers in flight a few times: a real jackpot. I think Matt 
Anthony may have a few digiscoped pics that will be attached to the checklist 
below if they came out nicely (mine did not). 


http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20355076 
 


All the best,
Nick Newberry
Williamsburg/Oakton, Va
President, Bird Club of William and Mary
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Subject: HSR: Harvey's Knob (27 Oct 2014) 6 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 27 Oct 2014 21:10:54 -0400
Harvey's Knob
Roanoke, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 27, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       0             16             90
Bald Eagle                   0             17            104
Northern Harrier             0              5             17
Sharp-shinned Hawk           1            449            609
Cooper's Hawk                0             63            109
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              2              7
Broad-winged Hawk            0             29          10833
Red-tailed Hawk              5            142            203
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             0             55            121
Merlin                       0              4              9
Peregrine Falcon             0             13             20
Unknown Accipiter            0              3              5
Unknown Buteo                0              2              6
Unknown Falcon               0              1              1
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              1             10

Total:                       6            802          12144
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 10:45:00 
Observation end   time: 15:15:00 
Total observation time: 4.5 hours

Official Counter:        Katie James

Observers:        Bill James, David Kirk

Visitors:
Some slow drivers with questions.


Weather:
Warm, pleasant day on the mountain with only one thing lacking.  Temps ran
from 15 to 21C with 0-20 % cloud cover (but none in the flight approach)
and light winds from the southwest slipping through the east and west sides
on occasion (variable).

Raptor Observations:
David Holt has proposed a stimulus for the northern flight of Broadwings
which can be found on our website.  First bird today was in the third hour.
 Probably wouldn't have seen any without the expert assistance of David
(aka Cap'n) Kirk.

Non-raptor Observations:
Far fewer leafers out today.  Beautiful but near windless fall day.

Predictions:
More cloudless sky, but with steadier winds albeit from the southwest. 
Continuing warm with the return of the stink bug (Dillard's costume for
Halloween).
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Subject: mixed flocks
From: Stephen Johnson <stevejohnson2 AT verizon.net>
Date: Mon, 27 Oct 2014 21:22:47 -0400
I saw an article recently about research on mixed flocks, and a team that 
attempted to actually follow them. (Yeah good luck with that.) The article 
encouraged us all to study such flocks. 


So, here's the species in my one good mixed flock today, at Cub Run park, just 
West of Stonecroft Drive, just North of Cub Run Rec Center (western Fairfax 
County). 


Downy Woodpecker
White-Breasted Nuthatch
Carolina Chickadee
Northern Mockingbird
Nashville Warbler
Yellow-Rumped Warbler
White-Throated Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
American Goldfinch

This was a good exercise in the adage "bird every bird" (no matter how common 
they are), because otherwise I would have missed #5 there. 


If others care to, I would love to see lists of your mixed flocks. The article 
concluded that Titmice are often the flock "leaders" - follow them, and you'll 
stay with the flock. But danged if I saw a Titmouse with this flock today. 


P.S., it sure was a gorgeous day today.

Steve Johnson
Fairfax, VA

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Subject: HSR: Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (27 Oct 2014) 131 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 27 Oct 2014 20:10:33 -0400
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch
Tip of Virginia's Eastern Shore, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 27, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       5           1108           3422
Bald Eagle                   0            142            228
Northern Harrier            11            344            480
Sharp-shinned Hawk          31           4173           6218
Cooper's Hawk               43           1525           2276
Northern Goshawk             2              4              4
Red-shouldered Hawk         14             30             40
Broad-winged Hawk            9            579            983
Red-tailed Hawk              2            176            231
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel            11           1571           3870
Merlin                       3           1072           1702
Peregrine Falcon             0           1079           1278
Unknown Accipiter            0              1              2
Unknown Buteo                0              1              4
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              6              8
Unknown Raptor               0             17             61
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              2

Total:                     131          11828          20809
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:00:00 
Observation end   time: 16:00:00 
Total observation time: 9 hours

Official Counter:        Bob Anderson, Katie Rittenhouse

Observers:        Brian Taber, Joe Beatty, Thuy Tran

Weather:
Blue skies with light WNW winds

Raptor Observations:


Non-raptor Observations:
A good flight of Purple Finches (42) and Pine Siskins this morning. A few
American Goldfinch (3) and House Finch. A mixed flock of Sparrows
(White-throated Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Chipping Sparrow, Song Sparrow,
Field Sparrow, Eastern Towhee, and White-crowned Sparrow) foraging around
the hawk watch. 
Monarch- 25
Common Loon3, Great Blue Heron 2, Wood Duck 28, Canada Goose 15
Large flocks of American Robins and Blackbirds  
========================================================================
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 (26 Oct 2014) 149 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 27 Oct 2014 19:10:07 -0400
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch
Tip of Virginia's Eastern Shore, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 26, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       2           1103           3417
Bald Eagle                   1            142            228
Northern Harrier            10            333            469
Sharp-shinned Hawk          39           4142           6187
Cooper's Hawk               41           1482           2233
Northern Goshawk             0              2              2
Red-shouldered Hawk          1             16             26
Broad-winged Hawk            2            570            974
Red-tailed Hawk             24            174            229
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel            26           1560           3859
Merlin                       2           1069           1699
Peregrine Falcon             1           1079           1278
Unknown Accipiter            0              1              2
Unknown Buteo                0              1              4
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              6              8
Unknown Raptor               0             17             61
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              2

Total:                     149          11697          20678
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 06:30:00 
Observation end   time: 15:00:00 
Total observation time: 8.5 hours

Official Counter:        Katie Rittenhouse

Observers:        

Weather:
Blue skies and moderate NW winds.

Raptor Observations:


Non-raptor Observations:
Rusty Blackbird-1
Monarch-7
Small numbers of Purple Finch, House Finch, and Pine Siskin
Large Flocks of American Robins and Blackbirds
========================================================================
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Kiptopeke Hawkwatch information may be found at:
www.cvwo.org


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Subject: Sky Meadows SP--Bridle Trail, Fauquier county, Oct 27, 2014 - Dickcissel and Orange-crowned Warbler
From: Elton Morel via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Oct 2014 15:46:09 -0700
VA Birders:

I took the day off today on what turned out to be a gloriously beautiful autumn 
morning at Sky Meadows State Park in Fauquier county. And unlike Sunday's 
whether, there was little or no wind to complicate the birding. I walked the 
Bridle Trail and most importantly, the Hayfield Trail section of the loop. The 
best birds I found were a female Dickcissel along the north end of Hayfield 
Trail and an Orange-crowned Warbler on the north end of Rolling Meadows trail 
along the stone wall and west of the junction with the Hayfield Trail. This may 
or may not be the same Orange-crowned Warbler that Linda Chittum found along 
the Bridle Trail on Sunday. The Dickcissel was very co-operative allowing me 
the time to take some digiscoped photos. There were loads of sparrows along 
Hayfield Trail -- 3 Lincoln's Sparrows, many Savannah, White-crowned, 
White-throated, Swamp, Song and Field Sparrows. Despite lots of searching, I 
didn't find a Vesper Sparrow and 

 surprisingly I missed Chipping Sparrows.

The complete eBird list is below.

Elton Morel
Arlington, Virginia
 
Sky Meadows SP--Bridle Trail, Fauquier, US-VA
Oct 27, 2014 8:00 AM - 11:20 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.5 mile(s)
Comments:
47 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose 100 All flyovers headed towards Gap Run Road pond.
Great Blue Heron 1 Flyby
Black Vulture 5
Turkey Vulture 8
Killdeer 3 Flyover, calling
Mourning Dove 5
Belted Kingfisher 2 Heard only.
Red-headed Woodpecker 1 Brown-headed juvenile.
Red-bellied Woodpecker 10
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 4
Downy Woodpecker 3
Northern Flicker 8
American Kestrel 2
Blue Jay 15
American Crow 8
crow sp. 6
Common Raven 2 Flyby, "croaking".
Carolina Chickadee 4
Tufted Titmouse 2
White-breasted Nuthatch 3
Carolina Wren 5
Golden-crowned Kinglet 1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 3
Eastern Bluebird 15
American Robin 6 Flyovers
Brown Thrasher 1
Northern Mockingbird 3
European Starling 25
Cedar Waxwing 20
Orange-crowned Warbler 1 Found on the north end of Rolling Meadows trail along 
the stone wall up the hill and west of the junction with Hayfield Trail. Mostly 
dingy greenish-yellow bird overall, medium grayish head with dark eyeline but 
no obvious eyering (not a Nashville), no obvious wingbars, dingy 
greenish-yellow underparts, brightest on the breast and undertail coverts, 
palest in the vent (not a Tennessee), diffuse streaking on the breast; small, 
sharp bill. In a mixed species flock of Yellow-rumped & Palm Warblers and lots 
of sparrows. 

Palm Warbler 2
Yellow-rumped Warbler 10
Eastern Towhee 3
Field Sparrow 25
Savannah Sparrow 20
Song Sparrow 60
Lincoln's Sparrow 3
Swamp Sparrow 12
White-throated Sparrow 40
White-crowned Sparrow 15
Dark-eyed Junco 1 Just one!?
Northern Cardinal 4
Dickcissel 1 Female found along the north end of Hayfield Trail. Sort of like a 
House Sparrow except a yellow breast with a few very diffuse streaks 
(immature?), dark malar stripe, white throat, yellowish moustachial stripe, 
broken whitish eye ring, yellow eye brow. Digiscoped photos taken. 

Red-winged Blackbird 4
Eastern Meadowlark 25
House Finch 8 Flyovers, calling
Purple Finch 3 Flyovers, calling "pik, pik" calls.
American Goldfinch 20

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http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20352265 


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Subject: HSR: Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (27 Oct 2014) 89 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 27 Oct 2014 18:10:53 -0400
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 27, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       0             60            361
Bald Eagle                   2             84            236
Northern Harrier             2             46             76
Sharp-shinned Hawk          40           1814           2592
Cooper's Hawk                7            244            351
Northern Goshawk             0              3              4
Red-shouldered Hawk          2             48             67
Broad-winged Hawk            0            107          18514
Red-tailed Hawk             32            207            292
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 2             16             17
American Kestrel             2            263            394
Merlin                       0             27             40
Peregrine Falcon             0             44             64
Unknown Accipiter            0             14             18
Unknown Buteo                0              8             13
Unknown Falcon               0              3              5
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              8             19
Mississippi Kite             0              0              3
Swainson's Hawk              0              1              2

Total:                      89           2997          23068
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:00:00 
Observation end   time: 16:00:00 
Total observation time: 9 hours

Official Counter:        Gabriel Mapel

Observers:        

Visitors:
Jennifer Jowdy, Andre Wilkerson, Mary Mapel.


Weather:
Light to mild W winds early switching to S after 11am. 10.6-18.3C. Mostly
sunny, 0-5% cloud cover before 2pm and 20-25% cover thereafter. Very clear
visibility.

Raptor Observations:
Adult BE 10:43, 2YR BE 1:13.
Subadult GE 1:52, Juv GE 2:37.
First bird 7:16 SS, last bird 3:42 AK.

Non-raptor Observations:
2 Monarchs, 2 Tree Swallow, 8 DC Cormorant, 1 Red-headed Woodpecker, 28
Fish Crow, 1 Raven, 31 Waxwing, 70 Robin, 2 Rusty Blackbird, 64 RW
Blackbird, 3 Purple Finch, 191 Pine Siskin, 26 GC Kinglet. Four hot air
balloons to the east early. Crow landed on street light holding large acorn
in bill.
========================================================================
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: Greater White-fronted Goose near Jamestown
From: Bill Williams <billwilliams154 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Oct 2014 18:02:46 -0400
All,

The Greater White-fronted Goose was seen and photographed by Jason
Strickland this morning (27 Oct) at Mainland Farm, right where it was at
the same time (circa 8:00 a.m.) yesterday (26 Oct). It left the field on
its own with Canada Geese at 9:50 a.m.

A note of interest here is that Peyton Smith saw this goose with Canadas
yesterday afternoon at Jamestown Island, unaware the bird had been at
Mainland Farm in the morning. Then that evening at 5:50 p.m. Matt Anthony
saw it fly over Mainland Farm.

Best Birds,

Bill
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Subject: Richmond Audubon Society monthly meeting, Nov 20, 6PM
From: Diane Jadlowski <djadski AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Oct 2014 10:43:25 -0400
*Thursday, November 20, 2014:*

It’s that time of year again: The Richmond Audubon

November pot luck dinner and story-sharing!

For this special meal, we’ll provide turkey and

ham and you can bring a dish to share. Be

creative, bring your favorite family Thanksgiving

dish, or try out something new! Please label your

dishes and let us know what’s in the dish you

bring.

We each help provide the program by picking out

3 – 5 pictures and sending them to Lewis Barnett

(blbarnett3 AT gmail.com). He’ll put them all

together and we can each share the story to go

along with our pictures. No pictures? but you

have a story to share? Let us know and we’ll

add your name to the agenda, too. The number

of folks who have shared has grown each year;

please “show and tell” your story & pictures.

We meet at St. Luke Lutheran Church, 7757

Chippenham Pkwy, Richmond. Please come

and join us at 6:00 pm for good food, great

company and even better pictures and stories.

December 2014.

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Subject: Bird Sightings
From: janet anderson via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Oct 2014 22:51:09 -0400
Bird Sightings for Arlington, Virginia, Arlington County, (Parents Home)  
for October 25, 2014
 
3 Adult Bald Eagles
9 Red Tail Hawks
1 Hairy Woodpecker
1 Blue Headed Vireo
1 Sharp Shinned Hawk
5 Ruby Crowned Kinglets
 
Janet M. Anderson
Falls Church, VA
 
 
 
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Subject: HSR: Snickers Gap (26 Oct 2014) 223 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 26 Oct 2014 21:10:23 -0400
Snickers Gap
20 Miles West of Leesburg, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 26, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       0             26            141
Bald Eagle                   4             35            118
Northern Harrier             0             17             46
Sharp-shinned Hawk          46            369            769
Cooper's Hawk                2             27             76
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk         10             18             46
Broad-winged Hawk            0             19           5304
Red-tailed Hawk            154            251            305
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 3              4              4
American Kestrel             1             49             92
Merlin                       0              7             11
Peregrine Falcon             0             10             12
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              4
Unknown Buteo                0              2              6
Unknown Falcon               0              0              2
Unknown Eagle                1              1              1
Unknown Raptor               2              2              6

Total:                     223            837           6943
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:00:00 
Observation end   time: 17:15:00 
Total observation time: 8.25 hours

Official Counter:        Joan Boudreau and Bob Abrams

Observers:        Duane Schilling

Visitors:
Janis Stone, Michael Nayer and a whole bunch of really cool mutts. 


Weather:
Strong WNW winds with gusts to 35 mph and not a cloud in the sky all day. 

Raptor Observations:
3 stunning Golden Eagles and a lot of fast moving specks. 

Non-raptor Observations:
Probably 200 finches throughout the day with Purple Finch and Am. Goldfinch
leading the pack. 
========================================================================
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Subject: HSR: Harvey's Knob (26 Oct 2014) 16 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 26 Oct 2014 20:10:21 -0400
Harvey's Knob
Roanoke, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 26, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       0             16             90
Bald Eagle                   0             17            104
Northern Harrier             0              5             17
Sharp-shinned Hawk           3            448            608
Cooper's Hawk                1             63            109
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              2              7
Broad-winged Hawk            0             29          10833
Red-tailed Hawk             11            137            198
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             1             55            121
Merlin                       0              4              9
Peregrine Falcon             0             13             20
Unknown Accipiter            0              3              5
Unknown Buteo                0              2              6
Unknown Falcon               0              1              1
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              1             10

Total:                      16            796          12138
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:30:00 
Observation end   time: 15:00:00 
Total observation time: 6.5 hours

Official Counter:        Matt Hosmer

Observers:        David Kirk, Randy Doss

Visitors:
Had some help which was awesome, David Kirk, Andrew, his Mom and
Grandmother, and Randy Doss. A plethora of leaf lookers and classic cars,
one through hiker and and some average hikers. 


Weather:
Strong NW breeze at the start of the watch died down towards the end.
Temperatures started off chilly  AT  15° ended  AT  22°. Clear as far as the
unaided eye/eyes could see, and not a cloud for said eye/eyes to see.

Raptor Observations:
All raptors were southbound.

Non-raptor Observations:
2 Canadian Geese headed south, I found that interesting.

Predictions:
Warmer...should be a splendid day.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Matt Hosmer ()
Harvey's Knob information may be found at:
http://bijame.googlepages.com/home

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Subject: Re: Greater White-fronted Goose near Jamestown
From: Matt Anthony <mhanthony AT email.wm.edu>
Date: Sun, 26 Oct 2014 18:57:01 -0400
I saw the bird in flight briefly around 5:50 pm  at
the location described. I was unable to relocate it on the ground.

On Sunday, October 26, 2014, Bill Williams 
wrote:

> Greetings All,
>
> James City County's first Greater White-fronted Goose was at Mainland Farm
> near Jamestown this morning (26 October). It was initially observed at
> about 50 meters foraging among ~300 Canada Geese, then seen in flight when
> the flock flew from the field to avoid encroachment by a large farm vehicle
> working the land.
>
> Hopefully this goose will stay for a while. If so we will post subsequent
> observations.
>
> Mainland Farm is located off Greensprings Road, Route 614.
>
> Best Birds,
>
> Bill Williams
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Subject: HSR: Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (26 Oct 2014) 124 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 26 Oct 2014 18:10:21 -0400
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 26, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       0             60            361
Bald Eagle                   7             82            234
Northern Harrier             0             44             74
Sharp-shinned Hawk          66           1774           2552
Cooper's Hawk                9            237            344
Northern Goshawk             1              3              4
Red-shouldered Hawk          2             46             65
Broad-winged Hawk            0            107          18514
Red-tailed Hawk             33            175            260
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 1             14             15
American Kestrel             2            261            392
Merlin                       0             27             40
Peregrine Falcon             0             44             64
Unknown Accipiter            2             14             18
Unknown Buteo                1              8             13
Unknown Falcon               0              3              5
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              8             19
Mississippi Kite             0              0              3
Swainson's Hawk              0              1              2

Total:                     124           2908          22979
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:00:00 
Observation end   time: 16:00:00 
Total observation time: 9 hours

Official Counter:        Gabriel Mapel

Observers:        Vic Laubach, William Leigh

Visitors:
Omar Beiler, Jerry and Doreen Peters (Great Falls, VA), Mary Mapel.


Weather:
Clear blue cloudless sky with 12.2-18.6C temps. Very strong (50-61km/hr) W
winds most of the day, diminishing to 12-19 W winds after 2pm. Very clear
visibility and super low humidity (38-13%).

Raptor Observations:
AD NG 7:48. 
Juv GE 3:39.
AD BE 2x10:52, 10:59, 3:49.
3YR BE 9:46.
1YR BE 10:52, 3:20.
First bird 7:15 SS, last bird 3:52 RT.
An adult CH observed carrying an avian prey in it talons, rising up over
rockpile 3 gaining height and then migrating south while still carrying
prey.

Non-raptor Observations:
12 Raven, 269 Robin, 50 RW Blackbird, 6 Purple Finch, 63 Pine Siskin.
========================================================================
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: Early Bufflehead, Lake Shenandoah (Rockingham)
From: Diane L via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Oct 2014 19:20:14 +0000 (UTC)
Four of us (D. Wendelken, G. Moyers, W. Leigh & I) covered Lake Shenandoah this 
morning, ending as the winds really began to whip. Five Bufflehead were nearly 
a week earlier than the species' "Gold Book" extreme date of Nov 1 for our 
Mountains & Valleys region. (Greg Moyers, our master record-keeper(!) later 
reported his personal early record matched the Gold Book's 11/1.) 


Between us we found around 40 species including five Purple Finches, a 
Ring-billed Gull, three PB Grebes, 15+ Wood Ducks; and six Sparrow species: 
Swamp, Fox, Chipping, Song, WT, & WC. (Yesterday's Rockingham Bird Club trip 
here also turned up E. Towhee, Junco, and Field, for a nine-sparrow weekend.) 


Diane Lepkowski
Harrisonburg

PS - on a side note, photo review of RB Nuthatches yesterday (combined with my 
observations) show the birds returned repeatedly to the same two side-by-side 
pine cones, picked out a seed then flew low/ mid-level into dense cover (cedars 
and brush) to eat it before returning again to the cones. Always neat to learn/ 
watch behaviors! I of course saw they were zipping back and forth, so it was 
especially interesting later to discover the photos showed seed-in-bill exits. 

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Subject: Merrimac Farm WMA
From: Harry Glasgow via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Oct 2014 11:19:09 -0700
Four birders took part in today's monthly birdwalk at Merrimac Farm Wildlife 
Management Area in Nokesville. These walks, held on the last Sunday of every 
month, are sponsored by the Prince William Conservation Alliance. This morning, 
we identified 26 species. Highlights included a Brown Thrasher sharing a low 
tree with a collection of Eastern Bluebirds, some Cardinals, and a few 
Chickadees. Also, we spooked a Barred Owl from the shore of the property's 
pond. He flew into a nearby tree and promptly drew the attention of a group of 
Blue Jays who harassed it until it flew off. 


Wood Duck  4
Turkey Vulture  1
Red-shouldered Hawk  1
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Barred Owl  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  6
Downy Woodpecker  4
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  8
Pileated Woodpecker  1
Eastern Phoebe  5
Blue Jay  49
Carolina Chickadee  12
Tufted Titmouse  2
White-breasted Nuthatch  3
Carolina Wren  4
Eastern Bluebird  12
American Robin  23
Brown Thrasher  1
Northern Mockingbird  1
European Starling  1
Yellow-rumped Warbler  5
Eastern Towhee  3
White-throated Sparrow  8
Northern Cardinal  17
American Goldfinch  4

Merrimac Farm is a property of the Virginia Department of Game and Inland 
Fisheries and is located on Deepwood Lane in Nokesville. The Prince William 
Conservation Alliance conducts many programs at Merrimac Farm. The Monthly 
Sunday birdwalk is one of those programs. 


Harry Glasgow
Nancy Vehrs
Prince William Conservation Alliance
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Subject: Dyke Marsh Walk for Oct 15, Ducks, a Siskin, and a White-crowned Sparrow
From: "Larry Cartwright" <prowarbler AT verizon.net>
Date: Sun, 26 Oct 2014 13:51:49 -0400
The river was alive with birds this morning as 14 people joined me for the
Dyke Marsh Sunday morning bird walk. (The walks occur at 8:00 AM  every
Sunday except during the Christmas Bird Count season. They are free to all).
Ruddy Ducks, Pied-billed Grebes numbering over two dozen, and American Coots
were active sometimes within a few short yards of the riverbank, permitting
close scrutiny.  We spotted a drake and two hen Pintails, some wigeons, and
Northern Shovelers further out into the river.  A few lucky people were
delighted to see a drake Redhead. Great Egrets were in good numbers for this
late in the year.  Ruby-crown Kinglets flitted about everywhere and we heard
a Winter Wren, proof that a change of seasons is upon us. I heard the
vocalization and then briefly saw a Pine Siskin. The highlight bird of the
day may have been a White-crowned Sparrow, spotted by Larry Meade on the
Haul Road peninsula.  For those who care, a list of today's observations are
provided. 

 

 

 

Dyke Marsh - CMN02, Fairfax, US-VA

Oct 26, 2014 11:11 AM - 2:41 PM

Protocol: Traveling

1.5 mile(s)

Comments:     
Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.7.6 52 species (+1 other taxa) Canada Goose 120 Wood Duck 22 American Wigeon 5 Mallard 35 Northern Shoveler 40 Northern Pintail 3 Redhead 1 Ruddy Duck 140 Pied-billed Grebe 28 Double-crested Cormorant 80 Great Blue Heron 8 Great Egret 31 Turkey Vulture 1 Bald Eagle 5 Red-shouldered Hawk 2 Red-tailed Hawk 1 American Coot 650 Greater Yellowlegs 1 Laughing Gull 15 Ring-billed Gull 300 Herring Gull 5 Great Black-backed Gull 3 Mourning Dove 115 Belted Kingfisher 3 Red-bellied Woodpecker 7 Downy Woodpecker 5 Hairy Woodpecker 1 Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 3 Blue Jay 20 American Crow 1 Fish Crow 25 crow sp. 3 Carolina Chickadee 26 Tufted Titmouse 6 White-breasted Nuthatch 4 Winter Wren 1 Carolina Wren 10 Ruby-crowned Kinglet 13 American Robin 5 Northern Mockingbird 1 European Starling 30 Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 22 Song Sparrow 4 Swamp Sparrow 1 White-throated Sparrow 12 White-crowned Sparrow (Eastern) 1 Northern Cardinal 15 Red-winged Blackbird 20 Common Grackle (Purple) 6 House Finch 2 Pine Siskin 1 American Goldfinch 10 House Sparrow 4 View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20340977 This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org) Larry Cartwright prowarbler AT verizon.net *** You are subscribed to va-bird as jsiler AT birdingonthe.net. If you wish to unsubscribe, or modify your preferences please visit http://mailman.listserve.com/listmanager/listinfo/va-bird ***
Subject: Great Falls National Park Walk
From: Marshall Rawson via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Oct 2014 13:00:37 -0400
On this beautiful morning our group of eight tallied 42 species. We started off 
with sparrows 

between the second and third overlook -- Chipping, song, white-crowned, 
white-throats and towhees. 

Just beyond in the picnic area was a blue-headed vireo. Highlight of the day 
was a fox sparrow dining 

on grapes. In fact fox grapes were loaded with bluebirds, robins, waxwings and 
a pileated. There were 

a large number of ruby-crowned kinglets. This regular Sunday walk is open to 
all. It meets at 8am in 

the visitors center parking lot. -- Marshall Rawson, McLean VA

Canada Goose  100
American Black Duck  2
Mallard  20
Common Merganser  3
Pied-billed Grebe  5
Double-crested Cormorant  6
Great Blue Heron  1
Black Vulture  5
Turkey Vulture  5
Bald Eagle  1
Mourning Dove  1
Belted Kingfisher  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  10
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  2
Downy Woodpecker  8
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  5
Pileated Woodpecker  5
Blue-headed Vireo  1
Blue Jay  24
American Crow  36
Fish Crow  6
Carolina Chickadee  8
Tufted Titmouse  6
White-breasted Nuthatch  4
Carolina Wren  6
Golden-crowned Kinglet  2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  12
Eastern Bluebird  12
Hermit Thrush  1
American Robin  20
Cedar Waxwing  24
Yellow-rumped Warbler  6
Eastern Towhee  2
Chipping Sparrow  3
Fox Sparrow  1
Song Sparrow  5
White-throated Sparrow  12
White-crowned Sparrow  2
Northern Cardinal  8
House Finch  2
American Goldfinch  3



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Subject: Re: [va-bird] Occoquan Bay NWR , Woodbridge
From: Bill Hohenstein <elliety AT msn.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Oct 2014 11:44:38 -0400
All,
 
At least one vesper sparrow is still present along the Bayview road near the 
bench today. Overall good numbers and diversity of sparrows: white crowned, 
white throated, song, savannah, field, swamp, chipping, and towhees. Large 
numbers of yellow rumped warblers and a few yellow palms. 

 
I also saw two Wilson snipe that rose out of the fields at dawn as I drove in 
(very nice). 

 
Notable misses:  no catbirds for me.. 
 
Here are some pictures of the Vesper Sparrow.  
 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/73831614 AT N00/
 
Bill
 
> From: KurtCapt87 AT verizon.net
> To: falco57 AT msn.com; va-bird AT listserve.com
> Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 23:38:15 -0400
> Subject: Re: [Va-bird] [va-bird] Occoquan Bay NWR , Woodbridge
> 
> VA BIRDers,
> 
> A few additions to Scott's fine report.
> 
> From Bayview Rd, Marc Ribaudo and I moved south along Easy Rd to the water's
> edge then back up Fox Rd to the parking lot.  Afterwards I drove the
> Wildlife Dr out and spotted the Vesper Sp on Charlie Rd that Keith Malley
> reported.  Other notables at the refuge today were:
> 
> Wood Duck 4 along with 6 Am Black Ducks all flying over the marsh on Easy Rd
> Ring-necked Ducks 16 and Ruddy Duck 210 at Deephole Pt
> some Pied-billed Grebes out south
> We noted 4 Sharpies and 1 Red-shouldered Hawk
> 2 King Rails
> calling Greater Yellowlegs
> 2 Caspian Terns
> Blue Jays - 60+
> House Wren along Bayview Rd
> GC Kinglets
> Brown Thrasher - 5, a high count for me in late October
> Yellow-rumped - at least 41
> Red-winged BB 500+
> Common Grackle 500+
> Purple Finch 4
> 
> After the refuge I visited the Occoquan Marina with highlight an astounding
> 169 Pied-billed Grebes (counted singly) and one Horned Grebe.
> 
> Kurt Gaskill
> 
> PS A Stop at Ben Brennan Park in the City of Alex produced 2 Black-crowned
> Night-herons.
> 
> 
> 
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: va-bird [mailto:va-bird-bounces+kurtcapt87=verizon.net AT listserve.com]
> On Behalf Of Scott Priebe
> Sent: Saturday, October 25, 2014 2:09 PM
> To: va-bird
> Subject: [Va-bird] [va-bird] Occoquan Bay NWR , Woodbridge
> 
> Very nice morning for birding.  Hoped to see the LeConte's Sp, and may have,
> but can't be certain.  At least ten species of sparrows though (counting
> Towhee and Junco as sparrows). 
> 
> Bird of the day for me was three Vesper Sparrows (quasi-Lifer) on Bayview
> near the bench.  The first was in one of the Sweet Gums on the left, then
> two on the road feeding unconcerned by my presence.  I wasn't sure what they
> were, then Bill Higgins came be and said he was pretty certain they were
> Vesper.  Bold white eye ring the most obvious feature, but no obvious white
> outer tail feathers, which is what bothered me. We were able to get quite
> close, 10-15', with Bill shooting pics.  Checked pictures on line at home,
> and no more doubts about the ID. Why quasi-Lifer?  I remember my father and
> grandfather pointing them out to me as a kid, but haven't seen one since I
> began keeping lists  AT  ~age 16. So now I can officially list it.
> 
> Also saw 16 White-crowned Sparrows, 1 adult, 15 juv.; second in number only
> to Song Sp.
> 
> At around noon in the parking lot, a small, very bright orange-buffy sparrow
> flew into and perched in the tall grass in the planter near the blind, with
> a White-crown nearby for size comparison.  I was about 50' away, so did not
> have a good enough look to see more than the flash of color and size.  It
> flew towards Bayview into the bushes before I could get a better look at it.
> It may have been a very bright Lincoln's Sp., but maybe, just maybe, the
> LeConte's .
> 
> Scott D. Priebe
> 
> Springfield, VA
> 
> Species: 45 
> 
> Canada Goose                   
> Mallard                    
> Double-crested Cormorant      
> Turkey Vulture               
> Sharp-shinned Hawk        1-2        
> Cooper's Hawk             1-2        
> Red-shouldered Hawk       1        
> King Rail                 1        
> Solitary Sandpiper        1        
> Laughing Gull             x        
> Ring-billed Gull          x        
> Mourning Dove             4        
> Red-bellied Woodpecker    1        
> Downy Woodpecker          1        
> Northern Flicker         2       
> Eastern Phoebe            1        
> Blue Jay                  x        
> American Crow             x        
> Fish Crow                 x        
> Carolina Chickadee        5        
> Marsh Wren                1        
> Carolina Wren             x        
> Ruby-crowned Kinglet      2        
> Eastern Bluebird          1        
> Hermit Thrush             1        
> American Robin            x        
> Gray Catbird              1        
> Northern Mockingbird      3        
> Brown Thrasher            2        
> European Starling         x        
> Palm Warbler              2 (1 Yellow, 1 Brown)        
> Yellow-rumped Warbler     7        
> Eastern Towhee            1        
> Field Sparrow             3        
> Vesper Sparrow            3        
> Savannah Sparrow          6        
> Song Sparrow              30+      
> Lincoln's Sparrow         2        
> Swamp Sparrow             5 
> White-throated Sparrow       7
> White-crowned Sparrow    16       
> Dark-eyed Junco           2        
> Northern Cardinal         1        
> Red-winged Blackbird      1        
> House Finch               1        
> American Goldfinch        10       
> 
>  		 	   		  
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Subject: Greater White-fronted Goose near Jamestown
From: Bill Williams <billwilliams154 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Oct 2014 11:17:35 -0400
Greetings All,

James City County's first Greater White-fronted Goose was at Mainland Farm
near Jamestown this morning (26 October). It was initially observed at
about 50 meters foraging among ~300 Canada Geese, then seen in flight when
the flock flew from the field to avoid encroachment by a large farm vehicle
working the land.

Hopefully this goose will stay for a while. If so we will post subsequent
observations.

Mainland Farm is located off Greensprings Road, Route 614.

Best Birds,

Bill Williams
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Subject: Brent and Becky's Bulbs
From: Felicity Rask <jericson7 AT cox.net>
Date: Sun, 26 Oct 2014 10:02:26 -0400
Saturday, Middle Peninsula Bird club had a "Bird and Bloom" walk in the lovely 
Autumn gardens. 

22 species
Both Kinglets and a Brown Creeper heard.
Song Sparrows were everywhere and difficult to count. ManyBluebirds but no 
House Sparrows -we hope they have moved on... 

Also seen: crows, Northern Flickers, Starlings, Carolina Wrens, Eastern 
Phoebes, Cardinals, Mocking Birds, Titmice, Turkey Vulture, two flying flocks: 
one of Canada Geese and the other of small unidentified birds. 

Also heard: Eastern Towhee, Downey Woodpecker, Blue Jay, Pileated Woodpecker, 
and possibly a White Throated Sparrow. 

Lots of butterflies: Monarch, Buckeye, Painted Lady, Cabbage White, Yellow 
Sulphur. 

Abundant color and food everywhere.
Thankyou George and Rosemarie Harris for your quick eyes and ears. 
Felicity Rask, Gloucester
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Subject: crows and raven BRP
From: "Nancy Young" <nanjyoung AT juno.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 23:54:22 -0400
Early this afternoon I watched two Crows harassing a Raven until all three
disappeared over the trees.  

Nancy Young
Blue Ridge Parkway
MP 105

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Subject: Re: [va-bird] Occoquan Bay NWR , Woodbridge
From: "Kurt Gaskill" <KurtCapt87 AT verizon.net>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 23:38:15 -0400
VA BIRDers,

A few additions to Scott's fine report.

From Bayview Rd, Marc Ribaudo and I moved south along Easy Rd to the water's
edge then back up Fox Rd to the parking lot.  Afterwards I drove the
Wildlife Dr out and spotted the Vesper Sp on Charlie Rd that Keith Malley
reported.  Other notables at the refuge today were:

Wood Duck 4 along with 6 Am Black Ducks all flying over the marsh on Easy Rd
Ring-necked Ducks 16 and Ruddy Duck 210 at Deephole Pt
some Pied-billed Grebes out south
We noted 4 Sharpies and 1 Red-shouldered Hawk
2 King Rails
calling Greater Yellowlegs
2 Caspian Terns
Blue Jays - 60+
House Wren along Bayview Rd
GC Kinglets
Brown Thrasher - 5, a high count for me in late October
Yellow-rumped - at least 41
Red-winged BB 500+
Common Grackle 500+
Purple Finch 4

After the refuge I visited the Occoquan Marina with highlight an astounding
169 Pied-billed Grebes (counted singly) and one Horned Grebe.

Kurt Gaskill

PS A Stop at Ben Brennan Park in the City of Alex produced 2 Black-crowned
Night-herons.




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On Behalf Of Scott Priebe
Sent: Saturday, October 25, 2014 2:09 PM
To: va-bird
Subject: [Va-bird] [va-bird] Occoquan Bay NWR , Woodbridge

Very nice morning for birding.  Hoped to see the LeConte's Sp, and may have,
but can't be certain.  At least ten species of sparrows though (counting
Towhee and Junco as sparrows). 

Bird of the day for me was three Vesper Sparrows (quasi-Lifer) on Bayview
near the bench.  The first was in one of the Sweet Gums on the left, then
two on the road feeding unconcerned by my presence.  I wasn't sure what they
were, then Bill Higgins came be and said he was pretty certain they were
Vesper.  Bold white eye ring the most obvious feature, but no obvious white
outer tail feathers, which is what bothered me. We were able to get quite
close, 10-15', with Bill shooting pics.  Checked pictures on line at home,
and no more doubts about the ID. Why quasi-Lifer?  I remember my father and
grandfather pointing them out to me as a kid, but haven't seen one since I
began keeping lists  AT  ~age 16. So now I can officially list it.

Also saw 16 White-crowned Sparrows, 1 adult, 15 juv.; second in number only
to Song Sp.

At around noon in the parking lot, a small, very bright orange-buffy sparrow
flew into and perched in the tall grass in the planter near the blind, with
a White-crown nearby for size comparison.  I was about 50' away, so did not
have a good enough look to see more than the flash of color and size.  It
flew towards Bayview into the bushes before I could get a better look at it.
It may have been a very bright Lincoln's Sp., but maybe, just maybe, the
LeConte's .

Scott D. Priebe

Springfield, VA

Species: 45 

Canada Goose                   
Mallard                    
Double-crested Cormorant      
Turkey Vulture               
Sharp-shinned Hawk        1-2        
Cooper's Hawk             1-2        
Red-shouldered Hawk       1        
King Rail                 1        
Solitary Sandpiper        1        
Laughing Gull             x        
Ring-billed Gull          x        
Mourning Dove             4        
Red-bellied Woodpecker    1        
Downy Woodpecker          1        
Northern Flicker         2       
Eastern Phoebe            1        
Blue Jay                  x        
American Crow             x        
Fish Crow                 x        
Carolina Chickadee        5        
Marsh Wren                1        
Carolina Wren             x        
Ruby-crowned Kinglet      2        
Eastern Bluebird          1        
Hermit Thrush             1        
American Robin            x        
Gray Catbird              1        
Northern Mockingbird      3        
Brown Thrasher            2        
European Starling         x        
Palm Warbler              2 (1 Yellow, 1 Brown)        
Yellow-rumped Warbler     7        
Eastern Towhee            1        
Field Sparrow             3        
Vesper Sparrow            3        
Savannah Sparrow          6        
Song Sparrow              30+      
Lincoln's Sparrow         2        
Swamp Sparrow             5 
White-throated Sparrow       7
White-crowned Sparrow    16       
Dark-eyed Junco           2        
Northern Cardinal         1        
Red-winged Blackbird      1        
House Finch               1        
American Goldfinch        10       

 		 	   		  
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Subject: Dyke Duck Dynasty Redux...
From: Rich Rieger via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 22:20:36 -0400
Guess I left out the 500 or so AM COOT that I compared the Ruddy Ducks to... 
(at Dyke Marsh) 


Rich
Alexandria
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Subject: some highlights from Oakton this week, Fairfax Co
From: Frederick Atwood via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Oct 2014 02:13:35 +0000 (UTC)
Walked my usual short woods-loop (Oak Marr park) and campus (Flint Hill School) 
walks a few times this week.  Found a few fun things.Coopers Hawk chasing 
starlings  on 24thImm Red-headed Woodpecker flying over campus on 24th (only 
my third time seeing it here Sept 15, 2010; Sept 9, 2012)yellow-bellied 
sapsucker on 24thmerlin flying over during powder-puff flag-football game on 
24thred-breasted nuthatch calling in pines during bioresearch class's lichen 
study on 24thbrown creeper on 22ndwinter wrens daily 22-24th, max of 3 on 
24thhouse wren on 23rdruby-crowned kinglets daily 22-24th, max of 4 on 
24thgolden-crowned kinglets on 24th4 hermit thrushes on 24th3 yellow palm 
warblers in dry-pond on 24thyellow-rumped warblers only 1-3 daily 

3 eastern towhees on 24thchipping sparrows daily with high of 20 on 24thfield 
sparrows daily with high of 10 on 24thsongs, white-throats dailyswamp sparrow: 
1 on 22 and 23juncos: a few on 22 and 24th 

Heading out to NNK tomorrow.All the bestFred

Frederick D. Atwood 
Flint Hill School, 10409 Academic Dr, Oakton, VA 22124
703-242-1675 
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Subject: Am. White Pelican, WC Sparrows, winter finches, Eastern Shore 10/25/14
From: nicholas <flicknanders AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 21:55:35 -0400
Hey all, the Field Ornithology class from Old Dominion University taught by Dr. 
Walters visited several sites in Northampton Co. today. Dawn at the Bunker 
Overlook area of Eastern Shore of VA NWR was busy, with a couple small flocks 
of Pine Siskins, 8 Purple Finches, and at least 2 Rusty Blackbirds flying over. 
At Magotha Rd. west of Harmony Rd. we counted at least 8 Eurasian 
Collared-Doves, 1 Magnolia Warbler, and at least 1 Am. Pipit (fly-over). Just 
east of Harmony Rd. along Magotha Rd. we saw 1 Am. White Pelican flyover, and 
briefly saw 1 Green Heron and 1 Am. Woodcock at the freshwater swamp. At 
Kiptopeke State Park near the Hawkwatch Platform we got good looks at 2 
White-crowned Sparrows. Finally, the pond at the Oyster Landfill held 1 Common 
Gallinule, 2 Am. Coots, 1 Snow Goose, 2 Wood Ducks, 7 Pied-billed Grebes, 5 
Ruddy Ducks, 2 Am. Black Ducks, and 1 Am. Wigeon. Best, 

 
Nick Flanders
Portsmouth, VA 
 		 	   		  
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Subject: purple finches- Silver Lake--Prince William County Park, Oct 25, 2014
From: Frederick Atwood via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Oct 2014 01:52:34 +0000 (UTC)
Great morning with some students from Field Natural History /Ornithology class 
today. 

The geese were a blast to watch.
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 Subject: eBird Report - Silver Lake--Prince William County Park, Oct 25, 2014
   
Silver Lake--Prince William County Park, Prince William, US-VA
Oct 25, 2014 8:42 AM - 11:32 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
Comments:    Figure 8 hike around lakes. FHS FNH&O class. Tommy Peterson. 
James Farrell. Aaron Cargas. Clear blue skies. Started cool and warmed up 
nicely.  
Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.7.1 39 species Canada Goose  19    Bathing and chasing each other, playing, rolling over on backs in water, and diving underwater. A LOT of fun to watch for about 15 minutes. Wood Duck  7 Hooded Merganser  1 Pied-billed Grebe  4 Great Blue Heron  1 Black Vulture  18 Turkey Vulture  15 Bald Eagle  1    A Red-tailed Hawk  1 Mourning Dove  3 Belted Kingfisher  1    F probably same bird at both lakes. Red-bellied Woodpecker  3 Downy Woodpecker  3 Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  5 Eastern Phoebe  1 Blue Jay  4 American Crow  5 Fish Crow  1 Carolina Chickadee  7 Carolina Wren  6 Ruby-crowned Kinglet  2 Eastern Bluebird  9 American Robin  2 Northern Mockingbird  6 European Starling  3 Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)  27 Eastern Towhee  1 Chipping Sparrow  3 Field Sparrow  3 Song Sparrow  17 White-throated Sparrow  9 White-crowned Sparrow  1    Imm Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored)  3 Northern Cardinal  9 Red-winged Blackbird  1 Brown-headed Cowbird  40 House Finch  7 Purple Finch  7    Birds calling as they flew over. One with partial song in cedars. FOS. American Goldfinch  28 View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20331253 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: Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (25 Oct 2014) 93 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 25 Oct 2014 20:10:06 -0400
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 25, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       0             60            361
Bald Eagle                   1             75            227
Northern Harrier             1             44             74
Sharp-shinned Hawk          72           1708           2486
Cooper's Hawk                3            228            335
Northern Goshawk             0              2              3
Red-shouldered Hawk          5             44             63
Broad-winged Hawk            0            107          18514
Red-tailed Hawk              6            142            227
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 1             13             14
American Kestrel             2            259            390
Merlin                       0             27             40
Peregrine Falcon             0             44             64
Unknown Accipiter            0             12             16
Unknown Buteo                0              7             12
Unknown Falcon               0              3              5
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               2              8             19
Mississippi Kite             0              0              3
Swainson's Hawk              0              1              2

Total:                      93           2784          22855
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:00:00 
Observation end   time: 16:15:00 
Total observation time: 9.25 hours

Official Counter:        Vic Laubach

Observers:        Gabriel Mapel

Visitors:
Janet Paisley, Mary Mapel


Weather:
Sunny and clear blue skies all day. 8.2-16.5C. 29-39km/hr W winds early
diminishing to W 12-28km/hr after 10am. 

Raptor Observations:
Adult 2:21 BE. 3:03 JUV GE. First bird 8:25 SS, last bird 3:57 SS.

Non-raptor Observations:
A large number of Pine Siskins (149 total) flew through the gap during
first couple of hours often in large groups of 10-30 each. 1 Sapsucker, 10
Raven, 4 Tree Swallow, 177 Robin, 2 American Pipit. An American Crow flew
by carrying an unshelled peanut in it's bill. 2 Monarchs. A different young
Black Rat Snake appeared today (shorter and smaller than previous one). 4
hot air balloons off in the east early.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Vic Laubach (laubach AT virginia.edu)
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://www.rockfishgaphawkwatch.org

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Subject: HSR: Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (25 Oct 2014) 362 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 25 Oct 2014 20:10:16 -0400
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch
Tip of Virginia's Eastern Shore, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 25, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       2           1101           3415
Bald Eagle                   6            141            227
Northern Harrier            13            323            459
Sharp-shinned Hawk          69           4103           6148
Cooper's Hawk              169           1441           2192
Northern Goshawk             0              2              2
Red-shouldered Hawk          4             15             25
Broad-winged Hawk            5            568            972
Red-tailed Hawk             84            150            205
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             8           1534           3833
Merlin                       0           1067           1697
Peregrine Falcon             2           1078           1277
Unknown Accipiter            0              1              2
Unknown Buteo                0              1              4
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              6              8
Unknown Raptor               0             17             61
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              2

Total:                     362          11548          20529
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 06:45:00 
Observation end   time: 14:30:00 
Total observation time: 7.75 hours

Official Counter:        Katie Rittenhouse

Observers:        Steve Thornhill, Zak Poulton

Weather:
0% cloud cover, light NW winds

Raptor Observations:


Non-raptor Observations:
Rusty Blackbird-2
Monarch-15
Large flocks of sparrows (Dark-eyed Junco, White-throated Sparrow, Chipping
Sparrow, Field Sparrows, Song Sparrow, White-crowned sparrow) 
Red-breasted Nuthatch-2, Purple Finch-2, American Goldfinch-3, Pine
Siskin-1
========================================================================
Report submitted by Brian Taber (Taberzz AT aol.com)
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch information may be found at:
www.cvwo.org


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Subject: NVBC Walk at Meadowood Recreation Area - Mustang Trail Loop, Fairfax county, Oct 25, 2014
From: Elton Morel via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 17:12:01 -0700

VA Birders:

The Northern Virginia Bird Club held a bird walk at the Meadowood Recreation 
Area near Gunston in Fairfax county. We walked the Mustang Trail Loop looking 
mostly for sparrows with pretty good success. We collectively found 49 species 
including ten sparrow species. The highlight of our walk was a very 
co-operative Vesper Sparrow feeding in the trail along the south end of the 
Mustang Loop trail. We had extended scope views studying this bird and this 
Vesper Sparrow was a "Lifer" for quite a number of participants. Other notable 
sparrows found were at least five White-crowned Sparrows (both adults and 
immatures) and a somewhat early Fox Sparrow -- both of these species were found 
in the brush near Enchanted Pond -- the little fishing pond closest to Gunston 
Road. We also found Savannah, Field, White-throated, Chipping, Swamp and Song 
Sparrows as well as a few Dark-eyed Juncos. 


Other notable finds were Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Brown Thrasher, Brown 
Creeper, both kinglet species, Palm Warbler and Eastern Meadowlarks. 


The complete eBird list is below.

Elton Morel
Arlington, VA 


Meadowood Recreation Area--Mustang Trailhead, Fairfax, US-VA
Oct 25, 2014 7:35 AM - 11:40 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
Comments: NVBC walk led by Elton Morel. Started at the Lower Potomac Field 
Station Office parking lot and then walked the Mustang Trail Loop. 

49 species (+2 other taxa)

Canada Goose  2     Flyover
Double-crested Cormorant  2     Flyover
Black Vulture  4
Turkey Vulture  2
Cooper's Hawk  1     Immature.
Bald Eagle  4     Adults were seen during the tally.
Killdeer  11     In horse pasture at entrance to Field Station.
Ring-billed Gull  2     Flyover
gull sp.  1     Flyover, probably a Laughing Gull.
Mourning Dove  10
Red-bellied Woodpecker  8
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  2
Downy Woodpecker  3
Hairy Woodpecker  2
Northern Flicker  12
Pileated Woodpecker  2     Heard only.
Eastern Phoebe  1
Blue Jay  25
American Crow  6
Fish Crow  1
crow sp.  4
Carolina Chickadee  4
Tufted Titmouse  2     Heard only.
White-breasted Nuthatch  3
Brown Creeper  1
Carolina Wren  5
Golden-crowned Kinglet  1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 2 Seen in the cedars above the picnic tables during the 
tally. 

Eastern Bluebird  30
American Robin  12
Brown Thrasher  1
Northern Mockingbird  4
European Starling  50
Palm Warbler  1
Yellow-rumped Warbler  2
Chipping Sparrow  15
Field Sparrow  2
Vesper Sparrow 1 Found feeding in the gravel/grassy trail on the south portion 
of Mustang Trail along a row of sweet gums. Streaky sparrow, paler than a Song 
Sparrow, obvious white eyering, dark ear coverts framed by white, smallish 
conical bill, white outer tail feathers seen when in flight, necklace of fine 
streaks on the breast, a little bit of fine streaking down the flanks, 
otherwise white underparts. Prolonged scope views of a very co-operative bird. 
Digiscoped photos taken. 

Savannah Sparrow  8
Fox Sparrow 1 Found in the brush near Enchanted Pond. Big reddish-brown 
sparrow, larger than a Song Sparrow, smaller than a towhee, large conical bill, 
heavy reddish streaking & spots on breast. 

Song Sparrow  25
Swamp Sparrow  3
White-throated Sparrow  12
White-crowned Sparrow  5     At least five birds, 2 adults, 3 immatures.
Dark-eyed Junco  3
Northern Cardinal  10
Red-winged Blackbird  20
Eastern Meadowlark  3
Common Grackle 100 Large flock seen distantly moving through the tops of the 
trees. 

American Goldfinch  20
House Sparrow  10

View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20331925 


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Subject: Central Rockingham Co. (Harrisonburg area)- Siskins, P. Finches, RB Nuthatches
From: Diane L via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 17:04:42 -0700
A few each of Purple Finches and Pine Siskins visited my central Shenandoah 
Valley yard feeders and water today. Nearby, at Lake Campbell's edge, two 
Red-breasted Nuthatches dined on White Pines. 


Diane Lepkowski
Harrisonburg

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Subject: HSR: Harvey's Knob (25 Oct 2014) 30 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 25 Oct 2014 20:10:45 -0400
Harvey's Knob
Roanoke, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 25, 2014
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Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       0             16             90
Bald Eagle                   1             17            104
Northern Harrier             1              5             17
Sharp-shinned Hawk          11            445            605
Cooper's Hawk                1             62            108
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              2              7
Broad-winged Hawk            0             29          10833
Red-tailed Hawk             16            126            187
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             0             54            120
Merlin                       0              4              9
Peregrine Falcon             0             13             20
Unknown Accipiter            0              3              5
Unknown Buteo                0              2              6
Unknown Falcon               0              1              1
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              1             10

Total:                      30            780          12122
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Observation start time: 09:00:00 
Observation end   time: 16:00:00 
Total observation time: 7 hours

Official Counter:        Carl Christensen

Observers:        Dillard Childress

Visitors:
Andrew, his mom and grandmother came by to help and also Phillip. Thank
you--always a BIG help.


Weather:
Westerly winds changing to NW, fairly steady at 2 with periods of calm. No
cloud cover during the watch. Temperatures from 10-14C and back to 13C by
the end of the watch. Visibility at 5 throughout the day.

Raptor Observations:
Moderate activity by TVs, BVs and ravens during the day. All birds observed
came on the west side and were fairly easy to pick up.
ABE at 2:40 p.m.


Non-raptor Observations:
Heavy traffic on Parkway and Overlook. Exceptional views overlooking both
valleys. Several hikers observed today. Most were sectional hikers; two
indicated they were through hikers going south.

Predictions:
NW winds projected at a 3-4 beaufort. Clear and sunny. Stronger winds might
possibly produce more birds.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Carl Christianson ()
Harvey's Knob information may be found at:
http://bijame.googlepages.com/home


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Subject: Duck Dynasty @ Dyke Marsh - CMN02, Oct 25, 2014
From: Rich Rieger via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 18:38:31 -0400
Took a stroll along the hike/bike path at Dyke Marsh (GW Pkwy, Alexandria) from 
the north parking lot to the stone bridge - saw a lot of ducks and assorted 
waterfowl... the abundant mats of SAV 

seem to be quite the draw... numbers - mostly estimated - and ebird list 
follow... I think there may even be more Shovelers than Mallards - 


Rich Rieger
Alexandria
Begin forwarded message:

> From: ebird-checklist AT cornell.edu
> Date: October 25, 2014 6:32:33 PM EDT
> To: zelig88 AT aol.com
> Subject: eBird Report - Dyke Marsh - CMN02, Oct 25, 2014
> 
> Dyke Marsh - CMN02, Fairfax, US-VA
> Oct 25, 2014 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 2.0 mile(s)
> Comments:     low tidings...
> 23 species
> 
> Canada Goose  200
> Gadwall  10
> American Wigeon  50
> Mallard  300
> Northern Shoveler  300     best "guesstimate" actively feeding
> Northern Pintail  6
> Green-winged Teal  7
> Ring-necked Duck  1
> Ruddy Duck 300 large raft, swimming and diving, compared to large raft of 
nearby coots to estimate numbers 

> Pied-billed Grebe  75     maybe more, conservative count, swimming and diving
> Double-crested Cormorant  30
> Great Blue Heron  10
> Great Egret  12
> Bald Eagle  2
> Greater Yellowlegs  10
> Lesser Yellowlegs  10
> Laughing Gull  100
> Ring-billed Gull  300
> Great Black-backed Gull  2
> Forster's Tern  2
> American Crow  10
> Fish Crow  1
> European Starling  50
> 
> View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20335577 

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

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