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21 Aug HSR: Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (21 Aug 2014) 15 Raptors []
21 Aug Birding Augusta County ["Herbert Larner" ]
21 Aug Re: [shenvalbirds] Wood Stork - Clarke Co. / GONE [William Leigh ]
21 Aug Re: [shenvalbirds] Wood Stork - Clarke Co. / GONE [Perri Borowiecki ]
21 Aug Wood Stork - Clarke Co. / GONE ["Jon Little" ]
21 Aug Wood Stork / Clarke Co ["Jon Little" ]
21 Aug HSR: Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (20 Aug 2014) 1 Raptors []
20 Aug Purple Martin roost / Frederick Co ["Jon Little" ]
20 Aug Mississippi Kites in Annandale, VA Aug. 19, 2014 [janet anderson via va-bird ]
20 Aug Willet in Prince William County and two Tern species in Culpeper County, 20 August 2014 [Perri Borowiecki ]
20 Aug Common Nighthawks - Stuarts Draft [Brenda Tekin ]
20 Aug Mathews, VA 8/19/14 ["Marshall Faintich" ]
20 Aug Virginia Beach Ruff - Site Update [Jim Marcum ]
20 Aug Re: va-bird Digest, Vol 88, Issue 22 [Patricia Polentz ]
20 Aug Voice: Greater Washington Area, Aug 19 ["Joe Coleman" ]
20 Aug Re: WWBT 12 SANDHILL CRANE [Adam D'Onofrio ]
19 Aug Manassas: Upland Sandy YES, Amer Golden-Plover NO [Stephen Johnson ]
19 Aug WWBT 12 SANDHILL CRANE [Leo Snead ]
19 Aug HSR: Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (19 Aug 2014) 8 Raptors []
19 Aug Bev Leeuwenburg's Bird Books [taberzz--- via va-bird ]
19 Aug HSR: Harvey's Knob (19 Aug 2014) Raptors []
19 Aug Bobolinks at Blandy Experimental Farm ["David E. Carr" ]
19 Aug HSR: Harvey's Knob (14 Aug 2014) 2 Raptors []
18 Aug Olive-sided and Yellow-bellied Flycatchers ["Marshall Faintich" ]
18 Aug Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk [Harry Glasgow via va-bird ]
18 Aug Upland Sandpiper still at Bristow Road Sod Farm [David Larsen - birding ]
18 Aug Vertebratathon by Virginia group in Ecuador [Frederick Atwood via va-bird ]
17 Aug North Topsail, NC trip report [Andrew Rapp ]
17 Aug Bristow Road Sod Farm, Prince William County, Aug 17, 2014: American Golden-Plover & Upland Sandpiper [Elton Morel via va-bird ]
17 Aug Great Falls NP Bird Walk 08/17/14 [Dendroica--- via va-bird ]
17 Aug HSR: Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (17 Aug 2014) 10 Raptors []
17 Aug Osprey at Reston Bird Walk [WILLIAM ]
17 Aug Dyke Marsh, Aug 17, 2014 [Larry Meade via va-bird ]
17 Aug Whitehurst Tract Ruff []
17 Aug Re: Chincoteague NWR and surrounding areas [Bill Hohenstein ]
17 Aug bird-id....Phoebe [Lynn Rafferty ]
16 Aug HSR: Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (16 Aug 2014) 49 Raptors []
16 Aug Cerulean Warblers! [Jason Berry via va-bird ]
16 Aug Ruff - Virginia Beach [Jim Marcum ]
16 Aug HSR: Harvey's Knob (16 Aug 2014) 11 Raptors []
16 Aug ID question [Lynn Rafferty ]
16 Aug HSR: Harvey's Knob (15 Aug 2014) 3 Raptors []
16 Aug swallow roost ["Michael A. Shank." ]
15 Aug HSR: Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (15 Aug 2014) 55 Raptors []
15 Aug Ruff at Whitehurst Tract Va Beach [Robert Ake ]
15 Aug MIKI - Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch [Brenda Tekin ]
15 Aug American Avocet at Dyke Marsh [Edward Eder ]
15 Aug Re: Glossy Ibis in Swoope, VA 8/14/14 ["Marshall Faintich" ]
15 Aug Late Summer Birding- Lynchburg area [Michael Boatwright ]
14 Aug 20th annual Kiptopeke Challenge - CALL FOR TEAMS! [Paul Nasca ]
14 Aug Glossy Ibis and Great Egret ["Marshall Faintich" ]
13 Aug The Channels & Buffalo Mountain NAP hawkwatch dates [Eric Harrold via va-bird ]
14 Aug HSR: Harvey's Knob (13 Aug 2014) 3 Raptors []
13 Aug Chincoteague Shorebird/Gull Survey 8/13/2014 [Joelle Buffa ]
13 Aug Mississippi Kites in Northern Prince William County ["Dave Larsen - birding" ]
13 Aug wish list ["Felicity Rask" ]
13 Aug Correction - link to Rockfishgaphawkwatch [Brenda Tekin ]
12 Aug Voice: Greater Washington Area, Aug 12 ["Joe Coleman" ]
12 Aug Walkerton turf, King William Co. 8/12 [akb ]
12 Aug Virginia Beach Mississippi Kites [RKNFurnish--- via va-bird ]
12 Aug Chincoteague NWR and surrounding areas [Bill Hohenstein ]
12 Aug Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch [Brenda Tekin ]
12 Aug Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Boardwalk [Harry Glasgow via va-bird ]
12 Aug Re: Ben Brenman park, Alexandria [Robnoblestar via va-bird ]
11 Aug Bethel Beach. Mathews, VA [Barbara Houston ]
11 Aug Kites, turkeys, and the osprey and the goldfish [Linda Millington ]
11 Aug Re: Early Osprey [Allen Wolf ]
11 Aug Early Osprey ["Allen M. Hale, Supervisor" ]
11 Aug Back Bay NWR - Sat/Sun August 9-10 [Rob Bielawski ]
11 Aug White Ibis ["Michael A. Shank." ]
11 Aug swallow roost ["Michael A. Shank." ]
10 Aug Ruddy Duck, Brambleton [George Martin ]
10 Aug Valley View Kites: Sunday [Donald Sweig ]
10 Aug Aquia Landing SP (Staff Co), Possum Pt Rd (Pr Wm Co( and the Stone Bridge of Dyke Marsh (Frfx Co), 10 Aug 2014 ["Kurt Gaskill" ]
10 Aug Snowy egret/ stone bridge/ dyke marsh [Appleaday via va-bird ]
10 Aug DYKE MARSH SUNDAY WALK [Edward Eder ]

Subject: HSR: Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (21 Aug 2014) 15 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 21 Aug 2014 18:08:09 -0400
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Aug 21, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       1             14             14
Bald Eagle                   0              1              1
Northern Harrier             0              0              0
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0              6              6
Cooper's Hawk                1              6              6
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          1              1              1
Broad-winged Hawk           10             84             84
Red-tailed Hawk              1             12             12
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             1              9              9
Merlin                       0              0              0
Peregrine Falcon             0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              3              3
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              0              0
Mississippi Kite             0              2              2

Total:                      15            138            138
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00 
Observation end   time: 13:45:00 
Total observation time: 5.75 hours

Official Counter:        Rose Thomas

Observers:        Brenda Tekin, Josh Laubach

Weather:
Brisk NW wind diminished to 6-9km/h out of the west by second hour .  By 12
EST  dark clouds began to move in from WSW and with the 100% cloud cover
and no wind the air felt hot and heavy. Bar.Pressure(23.1-29.2),
humidity(75%<60%), cloud cover(20% increasing to 100%).  Hazy out over the
western valley.

Raptor Observations:
A few birds moving today including the season's first Red-shouldered Hawk.

Non-raptor Observations:
Ruby-throated Hummingbird (at least 6, most stopping at the feeder), Barn
Swallow(35+), Bank Swallow(at least 2), Tree Swallow(20+), 

Raccoon walked across road disappearing into heavy vegetation below the old
water tank.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Brenda Tekin (brenda AT birdsofvirginia.com)
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://www.rockfishgaphawkwatch.org

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Subject: Birding Augusta County
From: "Herbert Larner" <larnersky AT mindspring.com>
Date: Thu, 21 Aug 2014 17:16:41 -0400
Hello all

 

This morning I started out by going up to the Days Inn off of Bells Lane to
check out the small pond that is drying up . The two Imm. White Ibis that
were found last Saturday are still hanging out . In Swoope at Smith's the
Great Egret & Imm. Glossy Ibis are still there after a week . Also there
were a few shore birds with about 15 Killdeer , 1 spotted , 2 Solitary , 1
least & 2 Semiplamated Sandpipers .  Over in waynesboro at the Invista ponds
the 3 little Green Herons have gotted their feathers & they are moving all
over the tree branches . Also I found 1 Blue - winged Teal mixed in with
about 7 Imm. Wood Duck's . There was one adult with a young one about 3
weeks old .  The two Imm. Turkey Vultures that were in a brush pile across
from the Target in Stuarts Draft have fledged . There were still there on
Saturday & now they have left . 

 

Allen Larner

Staunton 

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Subject: Re: [shenvalbirds] Wood Stork - Clarke Co. / GONE
From: William Leigh <leightern AT msn.com>
Date: Thu, 21 Aug 2014 16:55:03 -0400
Ditto I had the same experience    No wood stork

Sent from my iPhone

> On Aug 21, 2014, at 4:48 PM, Perri Borowiecki  
wrote: 

> 
> I was there at 4:00 pm and did not see the Wood Stork. I checked a few other 
Berryville ponds but didn't have any luck. 

> -Perri
> 
> Sent from my iPhone
> 
> ******************************
> Perri R. Borowiecki
> Dumfries, VA
> pborowiecki AT comcast.net
> 
>> On Aug 21, 2014, at 16:42, "'Jon Little' littlejon48 AT comcast.net 
[shenvalbirds]"  wrote: 

>> 
>> I just received a note from a birder in Woodstock who did not find the Wood 
Stork we reported. He did not find it at 1PM today. We had seen it at 10:25, so 
it apparently had left. 

>> 
>> 
>> 
>> Jon Little
>> 
>> Winchester
>> 
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Subject: Re: [shenvalbirds] Wood Stork - Clarke Co. / GONE
From: Perri Borowiecki <pborowiecki AT comcast.net>
Date: Thu, 21 Aug 2014 16:48:30 -0400
I was there at 4:00 pm and did not see the Wood Stork. I checked a few other 
Berryville ponds but didn't have any luck. 

-Perri

Sent from my iPhone

******************************
Perri R. Borowiecki
Dumfries, VA
pborowiecki AT comcast.net

> On Aug 21, 2014, at 16:42, "'Jon Little' littlejon48 AT comcast.net 
[shenvalbirds]"  wrote: 

> 
> I just received a note from a birder in Woodstock who did not find the Wood 
Stork we reported. He did not find it at 1PM today. We had seen it at 10:25, so 
it apparently had left. 

> 
>  
> 
> Jon Little
> 
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Subject: Wood Stork - Clarke Co. / GONE
From: "Jon Little" <littlejon48 AT comcast.net>
Date: Thu, 21 Aug 2014 16:42:00 -0400
I just received a note from a birder in Woodstock who did not find the Wood
Stork we reported. He did not find it at 1PM today. We had seen it at 10:25,
so it apparently had left.

 

Jon Little

Winchester

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Subject: Wood Stork / Clarke Co
From: "Jon Little" <littlejon48 AT comcast.net>
Date: Thu, 21 Aug 2014 09:57:27 -0400
West Virginia birder Matt Orsie just called with a report of a WOOD STORK at
a small pond NW of Berryville. The pond is at the intersection of Crums
Church Rd and Old Charlestown Rd, next to the old church. He also saw 2
Great Egrets and 1 GB Heron. From Berryville, go west on Hwy 7, turn north
onto Crums Church Rd at the light, and go north to just before the dead end.

 

Jon & BJ Little

Winchester

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Subject: HSR: Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (20 Aug 2014) 1 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 21 Aug 2014 09:08:05 -0400
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Aug 20, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       0             13             13
Bald Eagle                   0              1              1
Northern Harrier             0              0              0
Sharp-shinned Hawk           1              6              6
Cooper's Hawk                0              5              5
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk            0             74             74
Red-tailed Hawk              0             11             11
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             0              8              8
Merlin                       0              0              0
Peregrine Falcon             0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              3              3
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              0              0
Mississippi Kite             0              2              2

Total:                       1            123            123
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 10:00:00 
Observation end   time: 13:00:00 
Total observation time: 2 hours

Official Counter:        Rose Thomas

Observers:        

Weather:
Dense fog and clouds early morning.  Fog began to lift by 10 am with dense
patches along the parkway.   Mild SE breezes. 27.5-29C temps. Mostly cloudy
(>85%). Rain began around noon and lasted about 30 min. Dark skies
remained.

Raptor Observations:


Non-raptor Observations:

========================================================================
Report submitted by Brenda Tekin (brenda AT birdsofvirginia.com)
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://www.rockfishgaphawkwatch.org

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Subject: Purple Martin roost / Frederick Co
From: "Jon Little" <littlejon48 AT comcast.net>
Date: Wed, 20 Aug 2014 21:04:01 -0400
From 8:00-8:40 tonight, we watched again in awe as the Martins descended
into Walmart's trees. Since we last saw them on 8/9, the flock has
definitely grown to 5000 or more. This time, almost every single bird wanted
to gather in 2 Lindens in the middle of the parking lot. Those that couldn't
get into those 2 adjacent trees settled into 2 others nearby, or into one of
the Sycamores. We've never noticed them to be so intent on using so few
trees. Two other Lindens quite nearby were totally ignored.

 

Jon & BJ Little

Winchester

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Subject: Mississippi Kites in Annandale, VA Aug. 19, 2014
From: janet anderson via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Wed, 20 Aug 2014 20:52:43 -0400 (EDT)
2 Mississippi Kites - 1 adult and 1 first year bird were seen at Green  
Springs Gardens in Annandale, Fairfax County, VA on August 19, 2014. Also seen 

there were American Kestrel and Bald Eagle.
 
Janet Anderson
Falls Church, VA
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Subject: Willet in Prince William County and two Tern species in Culpeper County, 20 August 2014
From: Perri Borowiecki <pborowiecki AT comcast.net>
Date: Wed, 20 Aug 2014 19:47:48 -0400
VA Birders,
Late this afternoon Todd Day and I had one Black Tern and three Forster's Terns 
at a private pond in Culpeper County. We also had a very wet juvenile Peregrine 
Falcon preening in a tree. When the Peregrine took flight, the terns took off. 


On my way home I decided to stop at the Bristow sod farm in Prince William 
County, where I had three Willet (Western). They were in the turned dirt on the 
northwest side of the road in to the sod farm (Split Oak Lane). With the Willet 
were both Black-bellied and American Golden Plovers. On the opposite side of 
the road in the grassy fields were Greater Yellowlegs, seven Wild Turkey, and 
ubiquitous Killdeer. I did not see any of the previously reported Upland 
Sandpipers. 


Perri

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Dumfries, VA
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Subject: Common Nighthawks - Stuarts Draft
From: Brenda Tekin <brenda AT birdsofvirginia.com>
Date: Wed, 20 Aug 2014 18:56:19 -0400
At 6:42 as I was sitting out on back deck enjoying a lovely late
Summer evening I saw 3 chimney swifts overhead. Then, coming up behind them 
were more swifts and 3 COMMON NIGHTHAWKS flying in from the North. Common 
Nighthawks migrating early?? Or, possibly early arrivals that will hang around 
the area until more arrive before big push?? 



3 Common Nighthawk -- Flying over house with small group of Chimney Swifts. I 
believe this is my earliest date for fall migration. 


Aug 20, 2014
US-VA-Stuarts Draft-108 Canton Ln-Backyard
Stationary
0 miles
1 Minutes
Observers: 1
All birds reported? Yes

9 Chimney Swift
5 Ruby-throated Hummingbird
3 Common Grackle



Brenda
Brenda Tekin
Stuart's Draft, VA

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Subject: Mathews, VA 8/19/14
From: "Marshall Faintich" <mfaintich AT theworddoctor.com>
Date: Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:03:08 -0400
38 avian species including Seaside Sparrow, Tricolored Heron, Snowy Egret
plus a lot more. Report and photos:

 

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

 

Marshall Faintich

Nellysford, VA

 

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In real life, the shortest distance between two points is never a straight
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Subject: Virginia Beach Ruff - Site Update
From: Jim Marcum <marcums AT cns.umass.edu>
Date: Wed, 20 Aug 2014 12:31:44 -0400
I went to the Whitehurst Tract of Princess Anne WMA to check on the short grass 
area where many shorebirds were reported over the weekend. I was quite 
surprised to find the entire impoundment completely flooded. The only bird 
present was a Great Egret. Although I checked a lot of other areas in the tract 
the only shorebirds seen were a few Killdeer and Spotted Sandpiper. 


Jim Marcum
Virginia Beach
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Subject: Re: va-bird Digest, Vol 88, Issue 22
From: Patricia Polentz <polentz AT va.net>
Date: Wed, 20 Aug 2014 11:16:12 -0400
Hello All,
I receive the va-bird list serve in digest form. When birders submit 
their oberservations and do not delete previous messages, I receive 
screens and screens of repeated messages. This morning when I read 
the digest I had 50 screens for 6 messages. Please when you submit 
your observations, delete all previous messages except the one you 
are replying to. It makes it a lot easier to see and read the new messages.

Thank you,
Patricia Polentz
Christiansburg

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Subject: Voice: Greater Washington Area, Aug 19
From: "Joe Coleman" <joecoleman AT rstarmail.com>
Date: Wed, 20 Aug 2014 10:03:14 -0400
FYI - this report is for sightings from Aug 12 through Aug 18 and was compiled 
by Helen Patton & transcribed by Steve Cordle. 

Joe Coleman

Hotline:     Voice of the Naturalist
Date:        8/19/2014
Coverage:    MD/DC/VA/DE/WV panhandle
Reports, comments, questions: voice AT AudubonNaturalist.org
Compiler:    Helen Patton
Sponsor:     Audubon Naturalist Society of the Central Atlantic
               States (independent of NAS)
Transcriber: Steve Cordle 

Please consider joining ANS, especially if you are a regular user of
the Voice (Individual $50; Family $65; Nature Steward $100; Audubon
Advocate $200). The membership number is 301-652-9188, option 12; the
address is 8940 Jones Mill Road, Chevy Chase, MD 20815; and the web
site is http://www.AudubonNaturalist.org.

This is the Voice of the Naturalist, a service of the Audubon
Naturalist Society. This report covers the week starting Tuesday,
August 12 and was completed on Tuesday, August 19 at 3:45 p.m.

The top birds this week were AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN in MD and VA and
SEDGE WREN in DE. 

Other birds of interest this week included SNOW GOOSE, TUNDRA SWAN,
ducks, ANHINGA, waders, WHITE and GLOSSY IBIS, MISSISSIPPI KITE,
BROAD-WINGED HAWK, BLACK-NECKED STILT, AMERICAN AVOCET,  shorebirds,
BONAPARTE'S GULL, terns, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER,  flycatchers, COMMON
RAVEN, SWAINSON'S THRUSH, warblers, LARK SPARROW and SUMMER TANAGER.  

TOP BIRDS 

A flock of nineteen AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS was on the Potomac River
in Charles Co, MD on August 16. An AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN was at the
Craney Island Disposal Area, Portsmouth, VA on August 18.

A SEDGE WREN was encountered at Bombay Hook NWR, Kent Co, DE on August
16-18.

OTHER BIRDS OF INTEREST

A SNOW GOOSE and a TUNDRA SWAN continued at Bombay Hook NWR, Kent Co,
DE, this week. 

Sightings of migrant ducks included BLUE-WINGED TEAL, NORTHERN
SHOVELER, NORTHERN PINTAIL and GREEN-WINGED TEAL at Figgs Landing,
Worcester Co, MD on August 14. The August 14 census of Poplar Island,
Talbot Co, MD found SURF SCOTER, BLACK SCOTER, LONG-TAILED DUCK and
RED-BREASTED MERGANSER. A KING EIDER was also on Poplar Island on
August 19. A WHITE-WINGED SCOTER was at Black Walnut Point, Talbot Co,
MD on August 17.

On August 16, seven ANHINGAS were seen along Blackwater Road in
Chesapeake Co, VA. 

A SNOWY EGRET was on the shores of the Patuxent River just north of
the Rte 231 Bridge, Charles Co, MD on August 17. Thirty-one LITTLE
BLUE HERONS and eleven CATTLE EGRETS were at North Beach State Park,
Baltimore Co, MD on August 14. A YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was at the
North Beach Marsh, Calvert Co, MD on August 14.

A continuing immature WHITE IBIS was seen at Wooton's Landing,
Patuxent River Park, Anne Arundel Co, MD on August 12. Another WHITE
IBIS was at Black Hill Regional Park, Montgomery Co, MD on August 13.
A GLOSSY IBIS was at Oxon Hill Farm, Prince George's Co, MD on August
13. 

A MISSISSIPPI KITE landed in a yard in Virginia Beach, VA on August
12. A number of MISSISSIPPI KITES were sighted at sites near Largo
Vista, Prince William County, VA on August 13. A MISSISSIPPI KITE flew
over the Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch, Augusta Co, VA on August 15.

The migration of BROAD-WINGED HAWKS is underway with 32 reported from
the Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch on both August 15 and 16.

Both BLACK-NECKED STILT and AMERICAN AVOCETS were on Poplar Island,
Talbot Co, MD on August 14. An AMERICAN AVOCET was at Dyke Marsh,
Fairfax Co, VA on August 15.

An AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER and an UPLAND SANDPIPER were at the Bristow
Road Sod Farm, Prince William Co, VA on August 17. The UPLAND
SANDPIPER was seen again on August 18. Three UPLAND SANDPIPERS were at
the Salisbury Airport, Wicomico Co, MD on August 17. Three WILSON'S
PLOVERS were at Chincoteague NWR, Accomack Co, VA on August 13. Four
PIPING PLOVERS were at the Craney Island Disposal Area on August 13.
Shorebirds of note seen on Hart-Miller Island, Baltimore Co, MD on
August 14 included BLACK-BELLIED and SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS and LEAST
and SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS. Shorebirds of note on Poplar Island,
Talbot Co, MD on August 14 included WESTERN SANDPIPER, WHITE-RUMPED
SANDPIPER, DUNLIN and RED-NECKED PHALAROPE. Another RED-NECKED
PHALAROPE was seen at the end of Old Morgantown Road, Garrett Co, MD
on August 16, 17 and 18. SOLITARY, PECTORAL, STILT and LEAST
SANDPIPERS were in a small puddle near the end of Taylor Road,
Wicomico Co, MD on August 17. The STILT SANDPIPER was still present on
August 18. A WHIMBREL flew by the beach on Assateague Island,
Worcester Co, MD on August 17. Shorebirds seen on the C&O Canal at
North Branch, Allegany Co, on August 18 included SEMIPALMATED,
WESTERN, LEAST and PECTORAL SANDPIPERS.

A BONAPARTE'S GULL was at Bombay Hook NWR, Kent Co, DE on August 13. A
BLACK TERN was noted at the Old Morgantown Road landing along the
Youghiogheny River, Garrett Co., MD on August 12. Some SANDWICH TERNS
were on Assateague Island and Skimmer Island, Worcester Co., MD on
August 17. A BLACK TERN was at the Anita C. Leight Estuary, Harford
Co, MD, on August 17.

A group of RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS was at Chincoteague NWR, Accomack
Co, VA in the dead pines across from the lighthouse parking lot. A
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was at Eastern Neck NWR, Kent Co, MD on August
16. Two adult and one immature RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS were on the
Bradenbaugh Flats, Harford Co, MD on August 18.

A MERLIN was perched on snags at Piney Reservoir, Garrett Co, MD on
August 18.

Migrant flycatchers included: an OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER at Black
Marsh, Baltimore Co, MD on August 15; a YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER at
North Point State Park, Baltimore Co, MD on August 14; an ALDER
FLYCATCHER on August 16 and a WILLOW FLYCATCHER on August 15 at the
Irvine Nature Center, Baltimore Co., MD; a LEAST FLYCATCHER at Wheaton
Regional Park, Montgomery Co, MD on August 16
 
A COMMON RAVEN flew over downtown Bethesda, Montgomery Co, MD on
August 18.
 
An early SWAINSON'S THRUSH was at Wheaton Regional Park, Montgomery
Co, MD on August 14.

A LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH was at Cromwell Valley Park, Baltimore Co., MD
on August 14. A NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH was at Wheaton Regional Park,
Montgomery Co, MD on August 14. A BLUE-WINGED WARBLER was at Morgan
Run NEA, Carroll Co, MD on August 14. A MOURNING WARBLER was at
Cromwell Valley Park on August 13, 14 and 15. Another MOURNING WARBLER
was in the Maintenance Yard of Rock Creek Park, NW DC, on August 17.
Yet another MOURNING WARBLER was on Red Fox Lane, Albemarle Co, VA on
August 18 and 19. A CANADA WARBLER was at Cromwell Valley  State Park,
also Baltimore Co, MD on August 14. Warblers noted at Rock Creek Park,
NW DC on August 15 included OVENBIRD, WORM-EATING, BLUE-WINGED,
BLACK-AND-WHITE, TENNESSEE, AMERICAN REDSTART, CHESTNUT-SIDED,
YELLOW-THROATED and CANADA WARBLERS. Wheaton Regional Park, Montgomery
Co, MD hosted six warbler species on August 15 including NORTHERN
WATERTHRUSH, MAGNOLIA, YELLOW and CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLERS. A
BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER was added to the Rock Creek Park sightings on
August 16. Warblers seen at Finzel Swamp, Allegany/Garrett Cos, MD on
August 17 included: HOODED, BLACKBURNIAN, CHESTNUT-SIDED and
BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLERS.

A LARK SPARROW was at the Chincoteague NWR, Accomack Co, VA on August
16.

A SUMMER TANAGER was at the corner of Todd's Corner Road and Sharp
Road, close to Pickering Creek Audubon Center, Talbot Co, MD on August
14. 

***

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

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

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Monday, identify the county as well as the state, and include your
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Subject: Re: WWBT 12 SANDHILL CRANE
From: Adam D'Onofrio <bigadfromlb AT comcast.net>
Date: Wed, 20 Aug 2014 11:38:36 +0000 (UTC)
Yes, it was definitely a Sandhill Crane. They misidentified it, calling it a 
"young Great Blue Heron". I thought they were taking it to the Wildlife Center 
of Virginia but if they release it at the heron rookery, there may be a 
Sandhill Crane in Richmond somewhere!! 


Adam D'Onofrio 
North Dinwiddie 


----- Original Message -----

From: "Leo Snead"  
To: "Virginia Birds"  
Sent: Tuesday, August 19, 2014 9:45:21 PM 
Subject: [Va-bird] WWBT 12 SANDHILL CRANE 

Did anyone else see the 6:00 news tonight showing what they called a GBH in a N 
chesterfield yard today? Three feet tall, stocky dark bill and large red crown 
patch....sure looked like a sandhill crane to me! It was captured and was going 
to be released at the heron rookery downtown. 


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> 1. Re: Chincoteague NWR and surrounding areas (Bill Hohenstein) 
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> 3. Dyke Marsh, Aug 17, 2014 (Larry Meade) 
> 4. Osprey at Reston Bird Walk (WILLIAM) 
> 5. HSR: Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (17 Aug 2014) 10 Raptors 
> (reports AT hawkcount.org) 
> 6. Great Falls NP Bird Walk 08/17/14 (Dendroica AT aol.com) 
> 7. Bristow Road Sod Farm, Prince William County, Aug 17, 2014: 
> American Golden-Plover & Upland Sandpiper (Elton Morel) 
> 8. North Topsail, NC trip report (Andrew Rapp) 
> 9. Vertebratathon by Virginia group in Ecuador (Frederick Atwood) 
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> ---------------------------------------------------------------------- 
> 
> Message: 1 
> Date: Sun, 17 Aug 2014 09:40:20 -0400 
> From: Bill Hohenstein  
> To: "va-bird AT listserve.com"  
> Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Chincoteague NWR and surrounding areas 
> Message-ID:  
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> 
> Hi all: 
> 
> I'm wrapping up a week at Chincoteague and wanted to follow up with a quick 
report on birds and birding conditions. Shorebird concentrations slowly picked 
up during the week with yesterday being the best day on the Wildlife Loop. 
Midweek rains helped extend the area where peeps are feeding, but the vast 
majority of birds remain frustratingly far out on the flats. There were 
probably over 1,000 birds on the flats, mostly semipalmated sandpipers and 
least sandpipers, but also large numbers of semipalmated plovers. There were a 
small number of larger chunky sandpipers mixed in -- that I'm guessing were 
Pectoral and a few longer sleeker ones that I'm guessing were White Rumped but 
they were too far out to confirm. 

> 
> Lesser and Greater Yellowlegs are present as well as a number of egrets and 
Ibis on the loop. I've seen Cattle, Snowy, and Great Egrets and Glossy and 
White Ibis on the loop. 

> 
> The flats across from the beach visitors center continues to be good for 
terns, sandpipers, gulls, and egrets. Royal, Common, Forsters, Caspian, Least, 
Sandwich, Skimmers, and a single Black Tern (on one day) have been present. Red 
Knots and Dowitchers are scattered among the Willets and Marbled Godwits. 

> 
> I found a group of Red Headed Woodpeckers in some of the dead pines across 
from the lighthouse parking lot. A good find -- I don't think they are breeding 
along the wildlife loop anymore -- I have not seen them there in a couple of 
years. 

> 
> Queen Sound Landing -- on the main causeway continues to have a colony of 
common terns with some newly fledged young. I did not see Gull Billed terns 
there despite multiple stops. 

> 
> The clapper rails on the causeway to the refuge (past the McDonalds) are 
everywhere -- there are some newly fledged young feeding on the insects in the 
grass -- some are in the road. I also spotted a Saltmarsh Sparrow from here. 

> 
> I found one other Saltmarsh Sparrow in the dunes along the south beach 
parking lot. 

> 
> Overall a great week -- with a stop to see friends in Greenbackville -- I 
totaled 116 species for the week. 

> 
> Shorebird numbers should continue to pick up -- with a bit of rain, the 
conditions here should be very good. 

> 
> Bill 
> 
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/73831614 AT N00/sets/72157646139650797/ 
> 
> 
> 
> From: elliety AT msn.com 
> To: va-bird AT listserve.com 
> Subject: Chincoteague NWR and surrounding areas 
> Date: Tue, 12 Aug 2014 17:35:36 -0400 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> Here is a quick report from Monday and Tuesday at Chincoteague NWR and 
surrounding areas. The highlight so far was a White Faced Ibis, mixed in with 
four Glossy Ibis. It had bubble gum colored legs, extensive white on three 
sides of the eye, a reddish eye, and red fleshy area in front of the eye. 

> 
> The White Faced Ibis was in black duck pool across from the area where folks 
stop to see the ponies (on beach road). 

> 
> Swan's Cove is probably the best single spot for seeing birds at the moment. 
A good variety of terns (Royal, Common, one Sandwich, Least, skimmers, and 
Forsters). Marbled Godwit, Willet, Red Knot, SB Dowitchers, Sanderlings, Semi 
palmated Sandpipers, Spotted Sandpipers. A good variety of egrets and herons, 
and gulls. 

> 
> Birding is difficult on the wildlife loop. Not too much water and most of the 
birds are way out. There are good numbers of peeps -- the usuals, but you need 
to search for them. There was a large flock of White Ibis on the wildlife loop 
yesterday (35 birds or so). 

> 
> The beach south of the parking lots has a large number of sanderlings and 
good numbers of ruddy turnstones and black bellied plovers. 

> 
> Today, I took the jeep around on the MD side and drove down to the VA state 
line. From there, my brother and I walked to the north wash flats and back. The 
wild beach has lots of birds -- again mostly sanderlings and all five types of 
common summer gulls. In addition, good numbers of ruddy turnstones, willets, 
and BBPlovers, and flocks of whimbrels and red knots. The impoundments were a 
bit quiet. Lots of water in the Old Fields -- limiting it to gulls, terns, and 
egrets. The North Wash Flats had an assortment of peeps -- the usuals. It also 
had 9 eastern meadowlarks. Another highlight was a single vesper sparrow on the 
dike north of the Old Fields. 

> 
> It rained today so we'll see what the weather brings. I'm here for the rest 
of the week. 

> 
> Bill 
> 
> 
> ------------------------------ 
> 
> Message: 2 
> Date: Sun, 17 Aug 2014 14:41:06 +0000 
> From: david.clark AT chasnorfolk.org 
> To: va-bird AT listserve.com 
> Subject: [Va-bird] Whitehurst Tract Ruff 
> Message-ID:  
> Content-Type: text/plain; charset="utf-8" 
> 
> Still present this morning around 9:00 
> 
> David Clark 
> Norfolk 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> ------------------------------ 
> 
> Message: 3 
> Date: Sun, 17 Aug 2014 12:44:15 -0400 (EDT) 
> From: Larry Meade  
> To: va-bird AT listserve.com 
> Subject: [Va-bird] Dyke Marsh, Aug 17, 2014 
> Message-ID: <8D188519DD8397E-1898-8F22 AT webmailstg-vd08.sysops.aol.com> 
> Content-Type: text/plain; charset="us-ascii" 
> 
> 
> Nine people out for the weekly bird walk at Dyke Marsh in Fairfax County. The 
walks, sponsored by Friends of Dyke Marsh, are held every Sunday at 8:00 AM and 
are free and open to all. Today we tallied 47 bird species. Highlights included 
a family of Orchard Orioles in the picnic area, Forster's and Caspian Terns, 
Bald Eagles, Ruby-throated Hummingbirds, and many Great Blue Herons and Great 
Egrets. We also saw some fresh Viceroy Butterflies. 

> 
> Larry Meade 
> Merrifield, Va 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> Dyke Marsh, Fairfax, US-VA 
> Aug 17, 2014 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM 
> Protocol: Traveling 
> 1.0 mile(s) 
> 47 species 
> 
> Canada Goose 100 
> Mallard 70 
> Double-crested Cormorant 12 
> Great Blue Heron 30 
> Great Egret 15 
> Green Heron 1 
> Osprey 8 
> Bald Eagle 5 
> Greater Yellowlegs 3 
> Laughing Gull 25 
> Ring-billed Gull 10 
> Caspian Tern 2 
> Forster's Tern 16 
> Mourning Dove 7 
> Chimney Swift 3 
> Ruby-throated Hummingbird 5 
> Belted Kingfisher 2 
> Red-bellied Woodpecker 1 
> Downy Woodpecker 3 
> Northern Flicker 1 
> Eastern Wood-Pewee 4 
> Acadian Flycatcher 1 
> Great Crested Flycatcher 2 
> Red-eyed Vireo 1 
> Blue Jay 6 
> American Crow 2 
> Fish Crow 7 
> Tree Swallow 1 
> Barn Swallow 12 
> Carolina Chickadee 10 
> Tufted Titmouse 5 
> White-breasted Nuthatch 2 
> Marsh Wren 1 
> Carolina Wren 14 
> Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 6 
> American Robin 12 
> Gray Catbird 6 
> European Starling 10 
> Common Yellowthroat 1 
> Yellow Warbler 3 
> Song Sparrow 1 
> Northern Cardinal 16 
> Red-winged Blackbird 2 
> Common Grackle 12 
> Orchard Oriole 6 
> American Goldfinch 8 
> House Sparrow 6 
> 
> View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19494861 

> 
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org/VA) 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> ------------------------------ 
> 
> Message: 4 
> Date: Sun, 17 Aug 2014 13:58:42 -0400 
> From: WILLIAM  
> To: va-bird  
> Subject: [Va-bird] Osprey at Reston Bird Walk 
> Message-ID:  
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> 
> Twenty-five birders, many of them first-timers to our group, showed up today 
for the bird walk at Stratton Woods Park in Reston. The most unexpected and 
entertaining sighting of the day may have been an Osprey that flew in with a 
large goldfish, apparently filched from a nearby backyard pond. The Osprey 
landed on a light standard in the park and leisurely fed on the fish, giving 
everyone plenty of time to observe it. The complete list of birds observed 
today: 

> Great Blue HeronTurkey VultureOspreyRed-shouldered HawkMourning Dove 
> Chimney SwiftRuby-throated HummingbirdRed-bellied 
WoodpeckerDowny-WoodpeckerHairy Woodpecker 

> Northern FlickerEastern KingbirdBlue JayAmerican CrowFish Crow 
> Tree SwallowBarn SwallowCarolina ChickadeeTufted TitmouseWhite-breasted 
Nuthatch 

> Carolina WrenBlue-gray GnatcatcherEastern BluebirdAmerican RobinGray Catbird 
> European StarlingCedar WaxwingEastern TowheeSong SparrowNorthern Cardinal 
> Common GrackleHouse FinchAmerican Goldfinch 
> The Reston bird walks are held at least monthly at various parks and natural 
areas in Reston. The walks are co-sponsored by the Audubon Society of Northern 
Virginia, Reston Association, and the Bird Feeder. Check the ASNV website, 
audubonva.org, for the dates of upcoming walks. 

> Bill BrownHerndon 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> ------------------------------ 
> 
> Message: 5 
> Date: 17 Aug 2014 16:08:29 -0400 
> From: reports AT hawkcount.org 
> To: va-bird AT listserve.com 
> Subject: [Va-bird] HSR: Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (17 Aug 2014) 10 
> Raptors 
> Message-ID: <20140817203529.28276.qmail AT taiga.com> 
> Content-Type: text/plain; charset=iso-8859-1 
> 
> Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch 
> Waynesboro, Virginia, USA 
> Daily Raptor Counts: Aug 17, 2014 
> ------------------------------------------------------------------- 
> 
> Species Day's Count Month Total Season Total 
> ------------------ ----------- -------------- -------------- 
> Black Vulture 0 0 0 
> Turkey Vulture 0 0 0 
> Osprey 1 13 13 
> Bald Eagle 0 1 1 
> Northern Harrier 0 0 0 
> Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 4 4 
> Cooper's Hawk 0 3 3 
> Northern Goshawk 0 0 0 
> Red-shouldered Hawk 0 0 0 
> Broad-winged Hawk 7 71 71 
> Red-tailed Hawk 0 10 10 
> Rough-legged Hawk 0 0 0 
> Golden Eagle 0 0 0 
> American Kestrel 0 7 7 
> Merlin 0 0 0 
> Peregrine Falcon 0 0 0 
> Unknown Accipiter 0 0 0 
> Unknown Buteo 1 3 3 
> Unknown Falcon 0 0 0 
> Unknown Eagle 0 0 0 
> Unknown Raptor 0 0 0 
> Mississippi Kite 0 2 2 
> 
> Total: 10 114 114 
> ---------------------------------------------------------------------- 
> 
> Observation start time: 08:30:00 
> Observation end time: 11:30:00 
> Total observation time: 3 hours 
> 
> Official Counter: Vic Laubach 
> 
> Observers: Josh Laubach 
> 
> Visitors: 
> Al Wolf 
> 
> 
> Weather: 
> Strong W winds. 21-25.5C temps. Light rain in early morning but no 
> precipitation through late afternoon. Dark 100% cloud coverage early 
> becoming partly sunny (75% cloud coverage) by 11:30. 
> 
> Raptor Observations: 
> 
> 
> 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 
> 
> 
> 
> ------------------------------ 
> 
> Message: 6 
> Date: Sun, 17 Aug 2014 17:06:12 -0400 (EDT) 
> From: Dendroica AT aol.com 
> To: va-bird AT listserve.com 
> Subject: [Va-bird] Great Falls NP Bird Walk 08/17/14 
> Message-ID: <996b5.451872b.41227344 AT aol.com> 
> Content-Type: text/plain; charset="US-ASCII" 
> 
> Our group of six birders recorded 34 species of birds on today's walk which 
> included several Yellow-billed Cuckoos and our first sighting of a 
> Black-and-White Warbler as we enter the fall migration period. The list 
follows. 

> 
> We meet every Sunday at 8 AM at the visitors' center parking lot. Come 
> join us. 
> 
> Ralph Wall 
> 
> The list: 
> Canada Goose 6 
> Wood Duck 2 
> Mallard 12 
> Double-crested Cormorant 3 
> Great Blue Heron 1 
> Black Vulture 12 
> Turkey Vulture 6 
> Mourning Dove 2 
> Yellow-billed Cuckoo 4 
> Chimney Swift 8 
> Red-bellied Woodpecker 2 
> Downy Woodpecker 2 
> Northern Flicker 1 
> Pileated Woodpecker 2 
> Eastern Wood-Pewee 5 
> Acadian Flycatcher 1 
> Great Crested Flycatcher 3 
> Red-eyed Vireo 2 
> Blue Jay 8 
> American Crow 4 
> Fish Crow 2 
> Northern Rough-winged Swallow 3 
> Tree Swallow 4 
> Barn Swallow 1 
> Carolina Chickadee 5 
> Tufted Titmouse 10 
> White-breasted Nuthatch 4 
> Carolina Wren 8 
> Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 6 
> Black-and-white Warbler 1 
> Chipping Sparrow 1 
> Northern Cardinal 6 
> Baltimore Oriole 2 
> American Goldfinch 6 
> 
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org) 
> 
> 
> ------------------------------ 
> 
> Message: 7 
> Date: Sun, 17 Aug 2014 17:00:11 -0700 
> From: Elton Morel  
> To: "va-bird AT listserve.com"  
> Subject: [Va-bird] Bristow Road Sod Farm, Prince William County, Aug 
> 17, 2014: American Golden-Plover & Upland Sandpiper 
> Message-ID: 
> <1408320011.87849.YahooMailNeo AT web126101.mail.ne1.yahoo.com> 
> Content-Type: text/plain; charset=iso-8859-1 
> 
> VA Birders: 
> ? 
> After an unsuccessful attempt early this morning, a return visit this 
afternoon to the Bristow?Road Sod Farms in Prince William?county was 
delightfully productive.? I quickly found an American Golden-Plover in a flock 
of Killdeers and later on I found a very distant scope-view of an Upland 
Sandpiper - probably the same bird that Linda Chittum found on Saturday.? The 
details of the location for these birds are in the eBird notes below. 

> ? 
> I also visited?Valley View Park off of Valley View Road south of Bristow 
Road.? Four Mississippi Kites are still present.? I found them perched in the 
sycamores on the north side of the entrance road across from a pond with a high 
berm and just past a horse trail that crosses the entrance road. 

> ? 
> Elton Morel 
> Arlington, VA 
> ? 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> Bristow Road Sod Farm, Prince William, US-VA 
> Aug 17, 2014 1:45 PM - 2:45 PM 
> Protocol: Traveling 
> 0.25 mile(s) 
> Comments: 
> 13 species 
> 
> Black Vulture 6 
> Turkey Vulture 4 
> American Golden-Plover 1 Seen from the corner of Bristow Road & Split Oak 
Lane, looking east into a plowed field with Killdeers, Horned Larks and MODOs. 
About 100 to 150 yards out, easily found with binoculars but a scope helped. 
Breeding-plumaged adult. About the size of a Killdeer. Black underparts and 
throat bordered by white on the sides of neck and breast. White eyebrow set off 
by black eyeline and black cap. Brown back and wings speckled with black. Once 
when the bird lifted its wings, the armpits were light grayish, not black. 
Digiscoped photos available. 

> Killdeer 12 
> Upland Sandpiper 1 Initially seen from the corner of Bristow Road & Split Oak 
Lane, looking east into a grass field about 1/3 of a mile out - scope needed to 
ID. I then walked about 1/4 mile southeast on Bristow Road to get a better 
angle. Large brown shorebird with whitish belly, long legs (leg color could not 
be determined), plump, football shaped body, long neck with small head and 
short, straight bill (bill color could not be determined), the long neck 
accentuated by chicken-like head bobbing as it was walking and picking at the 
turf. Poor digiscoped photos available. 

> Laughing Gull 100 
> Mourning Dove 75 
> American Kestrel 1 
> Horned Lark 20 
> Barn Swallow 15 
> European Starling 25 
> Eastern Meadowlark 2 
> American Goldfinch 1 Heard only. 
> 
> View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19496225 

> 
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org/) 
> 
> ------------------------------ 
> 
> Message: 8 
> Date: Sun, 17 Aug 2014 23:58:11 -0400 
> From: Andrew Rapp  
> To: "va-bird AT listserve.com"  
> Subject: [Va-bird] North Topsail, NC trip report 
> Message-ID:  
> Content-Type: text/plain; charset="iso-8859-1" 
> 
> Hey everyone, 
> I returned tonight from the beach in NC at North Topsail, where I have been 
for the past week. I ended the week with a total of 85 birds. NO lifers anymore 
:(. I had five targets going into the trip that I hoped to see. By the end I 
had all five including two rare birds. 

> The targets plus rare birds and how many I saw are below 
> Gull-bulled Tern 1 
> Black Tern 2 
> Pectoral Sandpiper 3 
> Marbled Godwit 4 
> Red Knot 7 
> Rare birds 
> Reddish Egret 4 (seen at the same time to ensure they were all different 
birds) 

> https://www.flickr.com/photos/115043594 AT N05/14766320319/ just one of the 
possible more than four I saw 

> Great Cormorant 1 (Early but young birds come down a little earlier) 
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/115043594 AT N05/14929487906/ 
> 
> 
> Non-bird lifers 
> Fiery Skipper 
> Ocola Skipper 
> Clouded Skipper 
> Hayhurst's Scallopwing 
> Southern Broken Dash 
> Twin-spotted Skipper 
> Brazilian Skipper 
> Six-lined Racerunner 
> Green Tree Frog 
> Squirrel Tree Frog 
> 
> To see all my pics view my flickr 
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/115043594 AT N05/with/14929487906/ 
> As always Good Birding, 
> Andrew Rapp 
> 
> P.S. I am jealous of all that were on the Craney Island Trip sounds like you 
got some great birds 

> 
> 
> 
> ------------------------------ 
> 
> Message: 9 
> Date: Mon, 18 Aug 2014 05:09:29 -0700 
> From: Frederick Atwood  
> To: Va-bird Birding  
> Subject: [Va-bird] Vertebratathon by Virginia group in Ecuador 
> Message-ID: 
> <1408363769.56733.YahooMailNeo AT web120501.mail.ne1.yahoo.com> 
> Content-Type: text/plain; charset=iso-8859-1 
> 
> Dear VA-Birders 
> The Virginia Society of Ornithology board granted permission for me to post 
this one-time message. 

> 
> Flint Hill School students recently conducted a Vertebratathon in Ecuador to 
> try to raise money for conservation in Ecuador through Rain Forest Trust 
(based in Warrenton 

> VA). This link describes the vertebratathon and lists the 531 species 
> (414 birds) we found in our three week visit to the Andes (Antisana, 
Papallacta, Otavalo), cloudforests 

> (west and east slopes), rain forest (Tiputini), and Galapagos (Tip Top 
> III itinerary in N and W portion). 
> Please consider donating to this cause as instructed on the link. You can 
also see our itinerary and other info on this link. 

> 
https://sites.google.com/a/flinthill.org/ecuador-photographic-and-ecological-study-trip/vertabratathon 

> 
> ? 
> 
> PS we also sponsored an Ecuadorean girl with us during the entire trip, 
> and two birding-guides-in-training on the Galapagos portion of the trip. 
> 
> Thanks! 
> All the best 
> 
> Fred 
> ? 
> Frederick D. Atwood fredatwood at yahoo dot com 
> Flint Hill School, 10409 Academic Dr, Oakton, VA 22124 
> 703-242-1675 
> http://www.agpix.com/fredatwood 
> http://www.flinthill.org 
> http://tea.armadaproject.org/tea_atwoodfrontpage.html 
> 
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Subject: Manassas: Upland Sandy YES, Amer Golden-Plover NO
From: Stephen Johnson <stevejohnson2 AT verizon.net>
Date: Tue, 19 Aug 2014 22:08:39 -0400
This morning Tues. 19 August, Lynn Rafferty and I visited the Bristow Sod Farm, 
following up on recent reports (thank you!!) by Dave Larsen, Gerry Hawkins, 
Elton Morel, and others. 

 
We spent 45 minutes, saw one other friendly birder, and found the Upland 
Sandpiper. It was alone in the grass (all the other birds were on bare dirt 
patches), about 100m east of the intersection. No sign of the American 
Golden-Plover today. 

 
Most of the birds (Horned Larks, Killdeers, doves) were east of the 
intersection this morning (8-8:30 AM). Very few to the west. 

 
This is a really good scope situation; either that, or strong, steady 
binoculars are needed at a minimum. 

 
-Steve Johnson & Lynn Rafferty

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Subject: WWBT 12 SANDHILL CRANE
From: Leo Snead <thesneads2 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 19 Aug 2014 21:45:21 -0400
Did anyone else see the 6:00 news tonight showing what they called a GBH in a N 
chesterfield yard today? Three feet tall, stocky dark bill and large red crown 
patch....sure looked like a sandhill crane to me! It was captured and was going 
to be released at the heron rookery downtown. 


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>   1. Re: Chincoteague NWR and surrounding areas (Bill Hohenstein)
>   2. Whitehurst Tract Ruff (david.clark AT chasnorfolk.org)
>   3. Dyke Marsh, Aug 17, 2014 (Larry Meade)
>   4. Osprey at Reston Bird Walk (WILLIAM)
>   5. HSR: Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (17 Aug 2014) 10 Raptors
>      (reports AT hawkcount.org)
>   6. Great Falls NP Bird Walk 08/17/14 (Dendroica AT aol.com)
>   7. Bristow Road Sod Farm, Prince William County, Aug 17,    2014:
>      American Golden-Plover & Upland Sandpiper (Elton Morel)
>   8. North Topsail, NC trip report (Andrew Rapp)
>   9. Vertebratathon by Virginia group in Ecuador (Frederick Atwood)
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> Message: 1
> Date: Sun, 17 Aug 2014 09:40:20 -0400
> From: Bill Hohenstein 
> To: "va-bird AT listserve.com" 
> Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Chincoteague NWR and surrounding areas
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> Hi all:
> 
> I'm wrapping up a week at Chincoteague and wanted to follow up with a quick 
report on birds and birding conditions. Shorebird concentrations slowly picked 
up during the week with yesterday being the best day on the Wildlife Loop. 
Midweek rains helped extend the area where peeps are feeding, but the vast 
majority of birds remain frustratingly far out on the flats. There were 
probably over 1,000 birds on the flats, mostly semipalmated sandpipers and 
least sandpipers, but also large numbers of semipalmated plovers. There were a 
small number of larger chunky sandpipers mixed in -- that I'm guessing were 
Pectoral and a few longer sleeker ones that I'm guessing were White Rumped but 
they were too far out to confirm. 

> 
> Lesser and Greater Yellowlegs are present as well as a number of egrets and 
Ibis on the loop. I've seen Cattle, Snowy, and Great Egrets and Glossy and 
White Ibis on the loop. 

> 
> The flats across from the beach visitors center continues to be good for 
terns, sandpipers, gulls, and egrets. Royal, Common, Forsters, Caspian, Least, 
Sandwich, Skimmers, and a single Black Tern (on one day) have been present. Red 
Knots and Dowitchers are scattered among the Willets and Marbled Godwits. 

> 
> I found a group of Red Headed Woodpeckers in some of the dead pines across 
from the lighthouse parking lot. A good find -- I don't think they are breeding 
along the wildlife loop anymore -- I have not seen them there in a couple of 
years. 

> 
> Queen Sound Landing -- on the main causeway continues to have a colony of 
common terns with some newly fledged young. I did not see Gull Billed terns 
there despite multiple stops. 

> 
> The clapper rails on the causeway to the refuge (past the McDonalds) are 
everywhere -- there are some newly fledged young feeding on the insects in the 
grass -- some are in the road. I also spotted a Saltmarsh Sparrow from here. 

> 
> I found one other Saltmarsh Sparrow in the dunes along the south beach 
parking lot. 

> 
> Overall a great week -- with a stop to see friends in Greenbackville -- I 
totaled 116 species for the week. 

> 
> Shorebird numbers should continue to pick up -- with a bit of rain, the 
conditions here should be very good. 

> 
> Bill
> 
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/73831614 AT N00/sets/72157646139650797/
> 
> 
> 
> From: elliety AT msn.com
> To: va-bird AT listserve.com
> Subject: Chincoteague NWR and surrounding areas
> Date: Tue, 12 Aug 2014 17:35:36 -0400
> 
> 
> 
> 
> Here is a quick report from Monday and Tuesday at Chincoteague NWR and 
surrounding areas. The highlight so far was a White Faced Ibis, mixed in with 
four Glossy Ibis. It had bubble gum colored legs, extensive white on three 
sides of the eye, a reddish eye, and red fleshy area in front of the eye. 

> 
> The White Faced Ibis was in black duck pool across from the area where folks 
stop to see the ponies (on beach road). 

> 
> Swan's Cove is probably the best single spot for seeing birds at the moment. 
A good variety of terns (Royal, Common, one Sandwich, Least, skimmers, and 
Forsters). Marbled Godwit, Willet, Red Knot, SB Dowitchers, Sanderlings, Semi 
palmated Sandpipers, Spotted Sandpipers. A good variety of egrets and herons, 
and gulls. 

> 
> Birding is difficult on the wildlife loop. Not too much water and most of the 
birds are way out. There are good numbers of peeps -- the usuals, but you need 
to search for them. There was a large flock of White Ibis on the wildlife loop 
yesterday (35 birds or so). 

> 
> The beach south of the parking lots has a large number of sanderlings and 
good numbers of ruddy turnstones and black bellied plovers. 

> 
> Today, I took the jeep around on the MD side and drove down to the VA state 
line. From there, my brother and I walked to the north wash flats and back. The 
wild beach has lots of birds -- again mostly sanderlings and all five types of 
common summer gulls. In addition, good numbers of ruddy turnstones, willets, 
and BBPlovers, and flocks of whimbrels and red knots. The impoundments were a 
bit quiet. Lots of water in the Old Fields -- limiting it to gulls, terns, and 
egrets. The North Wash Flats had an assortment of peeps -- the usuals. It also 
had 9 eastern meadowlarks. Another highlight was a single vesper sparrow on the 
dike north of the Old Fields. 

> 
> It rained today so we'll see what the weather brings. I'm here for the rest 
of the week. 

> 
> Bill
>                                                   
> 
> ------------------------------
> 
> Message: 2
> Date: Sun, 17 Aug 2014 14:41:06 +0000
> From: david.clark AT chasnorfolk.org
> To: va-bird AT listserve.com
> Subject: [Va-bird] Whitehurst Tract Ruff
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> 
> Still present this morning around 9:00
> 
> David Clark
> Norfolk
> 
> 
> 
> 
> ------------------------------
> 
> Message: 3
> Date: Sun, 17 Aug 2014 12:44:15 -0400 (EDT)
> From: Larry Meade 
> To: va-bird AT listserve.com
> Subject: [Va-bird] Dyke Marsh, Aug 17, 2014
> Message-ID: <8D188519DD8397E-1898-8F22 AT webmailstg-vd08.sysops.aol.com>
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> 
> Nine people out for the weekly bird walk at Dyke Marsh in Fairfax County. The 
walks, sponsored by Friends of Dyke Marsh, are held every Sunday at 8:00 AM and 
are free and open to all. Today we tallied 47 bird species. Highlights included 
a family of Orchard Orioles in the picnic area, Forster's and Caspian Terns, 
Bald Eagles, Ruby-throated Hummingbirds, and many Great Blue Herons and Great 
Egrets. We also saw some fresh Viceroy Butterflies. 

> 
> Larry Meade
> Merrifield, Va
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> Dyke Marsh, Fairfax, US-VA
> Aug 17, 2014 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 1.0 mile(s)
> 47 species
> 
> Canada Goose  100
> Mallard  70
> Double-crested Cormorant  12
> Great Blue Heron  30
> Great Egret  15
> Green Heron  1
> Osprey  8
> Bald Eagle  5
> Greater Yellowlegs  3
> Laughing Gull  25
> Ring-billed Gull  10
> Caspian Tern  2
> Forster's Tern  16
> Mourning Dove  7
> Chimney Swift  3
> Ruby-throated Hummingbird  5
> Belted Kingfisher  2
> Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
> Downy Woodpecker  3
> Northern Flicker  1
> Eastern Wood-Pewee  4
> Acadian Flycatcher  1
> Great Crested Flycatcher  2
> Red-eyed Vireo  1
> Blue Jay  6
> American Crow  2
> Fish Crow  7
> Tree Swallow  1
> Barn Swallow  12
> Carolina Chickadee  10
> Tufted Titmouse  5
> White-breasted Nuthatch  2
> Marsh Wren  1
> Carolina Wren  14
> Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  6
> American Robin  12
> Gray Catbird  6
> European Starling  10
> Common Yellowthroat  1
> Yellow Warbler  3
> Song Sparrow  1
> Northern Cardinal  16
> Red-winged Blackbird  2
> Common Grackle  12
> Orchard Oriole  6
> American Goldfinch  8
> House Sparrow  6
> 
> View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19494861 

> 
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org/VA)
> 
> 
> 
> 
> ------------------------------
> 
> Message: 4
> Date: Sun, 17 Aug 2014 13:58:42 -0400
> From: WILLIAM 
> To: va-bird 
> Subject: [Va-bird] Osprey at Reston Bird Walk
> Message-ID: 
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> 
> Twenty-five birders, many of them first-timers to our group, showed up today 
for the bird walk at Stratton Woods Park in Reston. The most unexpected and 
entertaining sighting of the day may have been an Osprey that flew in with a 
large goldfish, apparently filched from a nearby backyard pond. The Osprey 
landed on a light standard in the park and leisurely fed on the fish, giving 
everyone plenty of time to observe it. The complete list of birds observed 
today: 

> Great Blue HeronTurkey VultureOspreyRed-shouldered HawkMourning Dove
> Chimney SwiftRuby-throated HummingbirdRed-bellied 
WoodpeckerDowny-WoodpeckerHairy Woodpecker 

> Northern FlickerEastern KingbirdBlue JayAmerican CrowFish Crow
> Tree SwallowBarn SwallowCarolina ChickadeeTufted TitmouseWhite-breasted 
Nuthatch 

> Carolina WrenBlue-gray GnatcatcherEastern BluebirdAmerican RobinGray Catbird
> European StarlingCedar WaxwingEastern TowheeSong SparrowNorthern Cardinal
> Common GrackleHouse FinchAmerican Goldfinch
> The Reston bird walks are held at least monthly at various parks and natural 
areas in Reston. The walks are co-sponsored by the Audubon Society of Northern 
Virginia, Reston Association, and the Bird Feeder. Check the ASNV website, 
audubonva.org, for the dates of upcoming walks. 

> Bill BrownHerndon
> 
> 
>                         
> 
> ------------------------------
> 
> Message: 5
> Date: 17 Aug 2014 16:08:29 -0400
> From: reports AT hawkcount.org
> To: va-bird AT listserve.com
> Subject: [Va-bird] HSR: Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (17 Aug 2014) 10
>    Raptors
> Message-ID: <20140817203529.28276.qmail AT taiga.com>
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> 
> Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
> Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
> Daily Raptor Counts: Aug 17, 2014
> -------------------------------------------------------------------
> 
> Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
> ------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
> Black Vulture                0              0              0
> Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
> Osprey                       1             13             13
> Bald Eagle                   0              1              1
> Northern Harrier             0              0              0
> Sharp-shinned Hawk           1              4              4
> Cooper's Hawk                0              3              3
> Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
> Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
> Broad-winged Hawk            7             71             71
> Red-tailed Hawk              0             10             10
> Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
> Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
> American Kestrel             0              7              7
> Merlin                       0              0              0
> Peregrine Falcon             0              0              0
> Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
> Unknown Buteo                1              3              3
> Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
> Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
> Unknown Raptor               0              0              0
> Mississippi Kite             0              2              2
> 
> Total:                      10            114            114
> ----------------------------------------------------------------------
> 
> Observation start time: 08:30:00 
> Observation end   time: 11:30:00 
> Total observation time: 3 hours
> 
> Official Counter:        Vic Laubach
> 
> Observers:        Josh Laubach
> 
> Visitors:
> Al Wolf
> 
> 
> Weather:
> Strong W winds. 21-25.5C temps. Light rain in early morning but no
> precipitation through late afternoon. Dark 100% cloud coverage early
> becoming partly sunny (75% cloud coverage) by 11:30.
> 
> Raptor Observations:
> 
> 
> 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
> 
> 
> 
> ------------------------------
> 
> Message: 6
> Date: Sun, 17 Aug 2014 17:06:12 -0400 (EDT)
> From: Dendroica AT aol.com
> To: va-bird AT listserve.com
> Subject: [Va-bird] Great Falls NP Bird Walk 08/17/14
> Message-ID: <996b5.451872b.41227344 AT aol.com>
> Content-Type: text/plain; charset="US-ASCII"
> 
> Our group of six birders recorded 34 species of birds on today's walk which 
> included several Yellow-billed Cuckoos and our first sighting of a  
> Black-and-White Warbler as we enter the fall migration period. The list 
follows. 

> 
> We meet every Sunday at 8 AM at the visitors' center parking lot. Come  
> join us.
> 
> Ralph Wall
> 
> The list:
> Canada Goose  6
> Wood Duck  2
> Mallard   12
> Double-crested Cormorant  3
> Great Blue Heron  1
> Black  Vulture  12
> Turkey Vulture  6
> Mourning Dove   2
> Yellow-billed Cuckoo  4
> Chimney Swift  8
> Red-bellied  Woodpecker  2
> Downy Woodpecker  2
> Northern Flicker   1
> Pileated Woodpecker  2
> Eastern Wood-Pewee  5
> Acadian  Flycatcher  1
> Great Crested Flycatcher  3
> Red-eyed Vireo   2
> Blue Jay  8
> American Crow  4
> Fish Crow  2
> Northern  Rough-winged Swallow  3
> Tree Swallow  4
> Barn Swallow   1
> Carolina Chickadee  5
> Tufted Titmouse  10
> White-breasted  Nuthatch  4
> Carolina Wren  8
> Blue-gray Gnatcatcher   6
> Black-and-white Warbler  1
> Chipping Sparrow  1
> Northern  Cardinal  6
> Baltimore Oriole  2
> American Goldfinch   6
> 
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3  (http://ebird.org)
> 
> 
> ------------------------------
> 
> Message: 7
> Date: Sun, 17 Aug 2014 17:00:11 -0700
> From: Elton Morel 
> To: "va-bird AT listserve.com" 
> Subject: [Va-bird] Bristow Road Sod Farm, Prince William County, Aug
>    17,    2014: American Golden-Plover & Upland Sandpiper
> Message-ID:
>    <1408320011.87849.YahooMailNeo AT web126101.mail.ne1.yahoo.com>
> Content-Type: text/plain; charset=iso-8859-1
> 
> VA Birders:
> ?
> After an unsuccessful attempt early this morning, a return visit this 
afternoon to the Bristow?Road Sod Farms in Prince William?county was 
delightfully productive.? I quickly found an American Golden-Plover in a flock 
of Killdeers and later on I found a very distant scope-view of an Upland 
Sandpiper - probably the same bird that Linda Chittum found on Saturday.? The 
details of the location for these birds are in the eBird notes below. 

> ?
> I also visited?Valley View Park off of Valley View Road south of Bristow 
Road.? Four Mississippi Kites are still present.? I found them perched in the 
sycamores on the north side of the entrance road across from a pond with a high 
berm and just past a horse trail that crosses the entrance road. 

> ?
> Elton Morel
> Arlington, VA
> ?
> 
> 
> 
> 
> Bristow Road Sod Farm, Prince William, US-VA
> Aug 17, 2014 1:45 PM - 2:45 PM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 0.25 mile(s)
> Comments:
> 13 species
> 
> Black Vulture 6
> Turkey Vulture 4
> American Golden-Plover 1 Seen from the corner of Bristow Road & Split Oak 
Lane, looking east into a plowed field with Killdeers, Horned Larks and MODOs. 
About 100 to 150 yards out, easily found with binoculars but a scope helped. 
Breeding-plumaged adult. About the size of a Killdeer. Black underparts and 
throat bordered by white on the sides of neck and breast. White eyebrow set off 
by black eyeline and black cap. Brown back and wings speckled with black. Once 
when the bird lifted its wings, the armpits were light grayish, not black. 
Digiscoped photos available. 

> Killdeer 12
> Upland Sandpiper 1 Initially seen from the corner of Bristow Road & Split Oak 
Lane, looking east into a grass field about 1/3 of a mile out - scope needed to 
ID. I then walked about 1/4 mile southeast on Bristow Road to get a better 
angle. Large brown shorebird with whitish belly, long legs (leg color could not 
be determined), plump, football shaped body, long neck with small head and 
short, straight bill (bill color could not be determined), the long neck 
accentuated by chicken-like head bobbing as it was walking and picking at the 
turf. Poor digiscoped photos available. 

> Laughing Gull 100
> Mourning Dove 75
> American Kestrel 1
> Horned Lark 20
> Barn Swallow 15
> European Starling 25
> Eastern Meadowlark 2
> American Goldfinch 1 Heard only.
> 
> View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19496225 

> 
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org/)
> 
> ------------------------------
> 
> Message: 8
> Date: Sun, 17 Aug 2014 23:58:11 -0400
> From: Andrew Rapp 
> To: "va-bird AT listserve.com" 
> Subject: [Va-bird] North Topsail, NC trip report
> Message-ID: 
> Content-Type: text/plain; charset="iso-8859-1"
> 
> Hey everyone,
> I returned tonight from the beach in NC at North Topsail, where I have been 
for the past week. I ended the week with a total of 85 birds. NO lifers anymore 
:(. I had five targets going into the trip that I hoped to see. By the end I 
had all five including two rare birds. 

> The targets plus rare birds and how many I saw are below
> Gull-bulled Tern 1
> Black Tern 2
> Pectoral Sandpiper 3
> Marbled Godwit 4
> Red Knot 7
> Rare birds
> Reddish Egret 4 (seen at the same time to ensure they were all different 
birds) 

> https://www.flickr.com/photos/115043594 AT N05/14766320319/ just one of the 
possible more than four I saw 

> Great Cormorant 1 (Early but young birds come down a little earlier)
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/115043594 AT N05/14929487906/
> 
> 
> Non-bird lifers
> Fiery Skipper
> Ocola Skipper
> Clouded Skipper
> Hayhurst's Scallopwing
> Southern Broken Dash
> Twin-spotted Skipper
> Brazilian Skipper
> Six-lined Racerunner
> Green Tree Frog
> Squirrel Tree Frog
> 
> To see all my pics view my flickr
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/115043594 AT N05/with/14929487906/
> As always Good Birding,
> Andrew Rapp
> 
> P.S. I am jealous of all that were on the Craney Island Trip sounds like you 
got some great birds 

> 
>                         
> 
> ------------------------------
> 
> Message: 9
> Date: Mon, 18 Aug 2014 05:09:29 -0700
> From: Frederick Atwood 
> To: Va-bird Birding 
> Subject: [Va-bird] Vertebratathon by Virginia group in Ecuador
> Message-ID:
>    <1408363769.56733.YahooMailNeo AT web120501.mail.ne1.yahoo.com>
> Content-Type: text/plain; charset=iso-8859-1
> 
> Dear VA-Birders
> The Virginia Society of Ornithology board granted permission for me to post 
this one-time message. 

> 
> Flint Hill School students recently conducted a Vertebratathon in Ecuador to 
> try to raise money for conservation in Ecuador through Rain Forest Trust 
(based in Warrenton 

> VA). This link describes the vertebratathon and lists the 531 species 
> (414 birds) we found in our three week visit to the Andes (Antisana, 
Papallacta, Otavalo), cloudforests 

> (west and east slopes), rain forest (Tiputini), and Galapagos (Tip Top 
> III itinerary in N and W portion). 
> Please consider donating to this cause as instructed on the link. You can 
also see our itinerary and other info on this link. 

> 
https://sites.google.com/a/flinthill.org/ecuador-photographic-and-ecological-study-trip/vertabratathon 

> 
> ? 
> 
> PS we also sponsored an Ecuadorean girl with us during the entire trip, 
> and two birding-guides-in-training on the Galapagos portion of the trip.
> 
> Thanks!
> All the best
> 
> Fred
> ?
> Frederick D. Atwood     fredatwood at yahoo dot com
> Flint Hill School, 10409 Academic Dr, Oakton, VA 22124
> 703-242-1675 
> http://www.agpix.com/fredatwood
> http://www.flinthill.org
> http://tea.armadaproject.org/tea_atwoodfrontpage.html
> 
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Subject: HSR: Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (19 Aug 2014) 8 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 19 Aug 2014 20:08:12 -0400
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Aug 19, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       0             13             13
Bald Eagle                   0              1              1
Northern Harrier             0              0              0
Sharp-shinned Hawk           1              5              5
Cooper's Hawk                2              5              5
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk            3             74             74
Red-tailed Hawk              1             11             11
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             1              8              8
Merlin                       0              0              0
Peregrine Falcon             0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              3              3
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              0              0
Mississippi Kite             0              2              2

Total:                       8            122            122
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 10:45:00 
Observation end   time: 13:15:00 
Total observation time: 2.5 hours

Official Counter:        Brenda Tekin

Observers:        

Weather:
Dense fog and low clouds persisted until around 10 am EST. Dark clouds
would roll in on the lower level E-SE wind, at times shrouding the Bear Den
towers to the north, and then roll out providing periods of patches of blue
sky and sunshine. 

Temp: 26.2c>28.2c; Humidity: 74<67%; Bar.Pressure: steady at 27.81; Fog
early morning and then haze.

Raptor Observations:
A few birds trickled through. At times, birds were quickly lost against the
dark gray clouds.

Non-raptor Observations:
Ruby-throated Hummingbird(3), Barn Swallow(60), Common Raven-non-migrating
(3)
========================================================================
Report submitted by Brenda Tekin (brenda AT birdsofvirginia.com)
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://www.rockfishgaphawkwatch.org

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Subject: Bev Leeuwenburg's Bird Books
From: taberzz--- via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Tue, 19 Aug 2014 18:35:16 -0400 (EDT)
Many of you knew Bev, who passed away in February. I had made a previous post 
that my Kiptopeke Challenge team was dedicating its efforts this September to 
Bev, who was a great supporter of the event and of Coastal VA Wildlife 
Observatory. On the Observatory website www.cvwo.org we have posted information 
on the left-side menu about Bev's bird book library, which her family and 
friends wanted to go to "good homes." It is very generous and anyone who has 
interest in any of the books, please contact me directly, per the instructions 
there. 


Brian Taber
CVWO  
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Subject: HSR: Harvey's Knob (19 Aug 2014) Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 19 Aug 2014 17:08:02 -0400
Harvey's Knob
Roanoke, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Aug 19, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Total:                       0             19             19
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 10:30:00 
Observation end   time: 15:30:00 
Total observation time: 5 hours

Official Counter:        Carl Christensen

Observers:        

Visitors:
None


Weather:
Fog and low clouds in the morning hours. Clearing after 12:30 with
visibility at a 2/3 the remainder of the afternoon.

Raptor Observations:
No raptors today.

Non-raptor Observations:
3 TVs the only thing in the air today.

Predictions:
Showers possible, and early AM haze. Hope for a better day than today.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Carl Christianson ()
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Subject: Bobolinks at Blandy Experimental Farm
From: "David E. Carr" <dec5z AT cms.mail.virginia.edu>
Date: Tue, 19 Aug 2014 08:44:26 -0400
This morning I saw about a dozen basic-plumaged Bobolinks in the new 
wildflower meadow along Wilkin's Lane at Blandy Experimental Farm in Clarke 
County.  Also in the area were Red-headed Woodpeckers, a singing Blue 
Grosbeak, and lots of Indigo Buntings.  There has been a Great Egret hanging 
out at Lake Arnold for a couple of weeks now.

The wildflower meadow is just beyond the southeast corner of the Arboretum, 
near the large, chain-link fence enclosed chestnut orchard.

David Carr

Director, Blandy Experimental Farm
Research Associate Professor, Environmental Sciences
University of Virginia
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Subject: HSR: Harvey's Knob (14 Aug 2014) 2 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 19 Aug 2014 04:08:32 -0400
Harvey's Knob
Roanoke, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Aug 14, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Total:                       2              5              5
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:30:00 
Observation end   time: 17:00:00 
Total observation time: 7.5 hours

Official Counter:        Joyce Holt

Observers:        Darryl Martin, Dillard Childress

Weather:
Very nice day with clouds and a breeze. I (Joyce) was not going to do a
report unless something good showed up.  Darryl and Dillard found the
eagle; I had already gone.   Hence the sketchy weather data.

Raptor Observations:
Mature BE at 3:30 DST  low and close

Non-raptor Observations:
Not much

One Monarch
========================================================================
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Subject: Olive-sided and Yellow-bellied Flycatchers
From: "Marshall Faintich" <mfaintich AT theworddoctor.com>
Date: Mon, 18 Aug 2014 15:05:22 -0400
Rockfish Valley Trail 8/18/14 report and photos:

 

 
http://www.symbolicmessengers.com/Blog2014/2014_08_18.htm

 

Marshall Faintich

Nellysford, VA 

 

____________________________________________________________________________
_______________________

 

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mfaintich AT cyberwind.net

 

www.symbolicmessengers.com  

 

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

 

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Subject: Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk
From: Harry Glasgow via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Mon, 18 Aug 2014 10:44:51 -0700
Often, the highlights of the Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk list 
things that weren't there rather than things that were. This morning's 
walkwas one of those. Today was one of the very few in this activity's 
history in which there were no Canada Geese - on the ground or overhead. No 
Geese! Nineteen birders assembled on this warm, humid, cloudy morning and 
identified 39 species. Huntley's population of ducksseems to be down to a 
very few Wood Ducks and Mallards. A pair of snapping turtles in the throes of 
rough courtship probably drew the most attention of this morning's birders. 


Wood Duck 5
Mallard 5
Great Blue Heron 8
Great Egret
 2
Green Heron 5
Osprey 1
Solitary Sandpiper 1
Mourning Dove 2
Yellow-billed Cuckoo 1
Chimney Swift 6
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 4
Belted Kingfisher 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker 8
Downy Woodpecker 3
Northern Flicker 1
Pileated Woodpecker 1
Eastern Wood-Pewee 4
Acadian Flycatcher 3
Eastern Phoebe 7
Eastern Kingbird 4
Red-eyed Vireo 4
Blue Jay 3
American Crow 3
Barn Swallow 30
Carolina Chickadee 4
Tufted Titmouse 4
White-breasted Nuthatch 3
House Wren 1
Carolina Wren 6
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 4
American Robin 24
Gray Catbird 6
Northern Mockingbird 2
Common Yellowthroat 2
Northern Cardinal 7
Red-winged Blackbird 20
Common Grackle 60
House Finch 1
American
 Goldfinch 8

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



Harry Glasgow
Friends of Huntley Meadows Park
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Subject: Upland Sandpiper still at Bristow Road Sod Farm
From: David Larsen - birding <hirundo AT comcast.net>
Date: Mon, 18 Aug 2014 10:28:27 -0400
The previously reported Upland Sandpiper was still on the grassy field near the 
airport this morning  AT  10:15. Bristow Road is in northern Prince William 
County. 


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Subject: Vertebratathon by Virginia group in Ecuador
From: Frederick Atwood via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Mon, 18 Aug 2014 05:09:29 -0700
Dear VA-Birders
The Virginia Society of Ornithology board granted permission for me to post 
this one-time message. 


Flint Hill School students recently conducted a Vertebratathon in Ecuador to 
try to raise money for conservation in Ecuador through Rain Forest Trust (based 
in Warrenton 

VA). This link describes the vertebratathon and lists the 531 species 
(414 birds) we found in our three week visit to the Andes (Antisana, 
Papallacta, Otavalo), cloudforests 

(west and east slopes), rain forest (Tiputini), and Galapagos (Tip Top 
III itinerary in N and W portion). 
Please consider donating to this cause as instructed on the link. You can also 
see our itinerary and other info on this link. 


https://sites.google.com/a/flinthill.org/ecuador-photographic-and-ecological-study-trip/vertabratathon 


 

PS we also sponsored an Ecuadorean girl with us during the entire trip, 
and two birding-guides-in-training on the Galapagos portion of the trip.

Thanks!
All the best

Fred

Frederick D. Atwood     fredatwood at yahoo dot com
Flint Hill School, 10409 Academic Dr, Oakton, VA 22124
703-242-1675 
http://www.agpix.com/fredatwood
http://www.flinthill.org
http://tea.armadaproject.org/tea_atwoodfrontpage.html
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Subject: North Topsail, NC trip report
From: Andrew Rapp <lax3birder AT live.com>
Date: Sun, 17 Aug 2014 23:58:11 -0400
Hey everyone,
I returned tonight from the beach in NC at North Topsail, where I have been for 
the past week. I ended the week with a total of 85 birds. NO lifers anymore :(. 
I had five targets going into the trip that I hoped to see. By the end I had 
all five including two rare birds. 

The targets plus rare birds and how many I saw are below
Gull-bulled Tern 1
Black Tern 2
Pectoral Sandpiper 3
Marbled Godwit 4
Red Knot 7
Rare birds
Reddish Egret 4 (seen at the same time to ensure they were all different birds)
https://www.flickr.com/photos/115043594 AT N05/14766320319/ just one of the 
possible more than four I saw 

Great Cormorant 1 (Early but young birds come down a little earlier)
https://www.flickr.com/photos/115043594 AT N05/14929487906/
 
 
Non-bird lifers
Fiery Skipper
Ocola Skipper
Clouded Skipper
Hayhurst's Scallopwing
Southern Broken Dash
Twin-spotted Skipper
Brazilian Skipper
Six-lined Racerunner
Green Tree Frog
Squirrel Tree Frog
 
To see all my pics view my flickr
https://www.flickr.com/photos/115043594 AT N05/with/14929487906/
As always Good Birding,
Andrew Rapp
 
P.S. I am jealous of all that were on the Craney Island Trip sounds like you 
got some great birds 

 
 		 	   		  
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Subject: Bristow Road Sod Farm, Prince William County, Aug 17, 2014: American Golden-Plover & Upland Sandpiper
From: Elton Morel via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Sun, 17 Aug 2014 17:00:11 -0700
VA Birders:

After an unsuccessful attempt early this morning, a return visit this afternoon 
to the BristowRoad Sod Farms in Prince Williamcounty was delightfully 
productive. I quickly found an American Golden-Plover in a flock of Killdeers 
and later on I found a very distant scope-view of an Upland Sandpiper - 
probably the same bird that Linda Chittum found on Saturday. The details of 
the location for these birds are in the eBird notes below. 


I also visitedValley View Park off of Valley View Road south of Bristow Road. 
Four Mississippi Kites are still present. I found them perched in the 
sycamores on the north side of the entrance road across from a pond with a high 
berm and just past a horse trail that crosses the entrance road. 


Elton Morel
Arlington, VA





Bristow Road Sod Farm, Prince William, US-VA
Aug 17, 2014 1:45 PM - 2:45 PM
Protocol: Traveling
0.25 mile(s)
Comments:
13 species

Black Vulture 6
Turkey Vulture 4
American Golden-Plover 1 Seen from the corner of Bristow Road & Split Oak Lane, 
looking east into a plowed field with Killdeers, Horned Larks and MODOs. About 
100 to 150 yards out, easily found with binoculars but a scope helped. 
Breeding-plumaged adult. About the size of a Killdeer. Black underparts and 
throat bordered by white on the sides of neck and breast. White eyebrow set off 
by black eyeline and black cap. Brown back and wings speckled with black. Once 
when the bird lifted its wings, the armpits were light grayish, not black. 
Digiscoped photos available. 

Killdeer 12
Upland Sandpiper 1 Initially seen from the corner of Bristow Road & Split Oak 
Lane, looking east into a grass field about 1/3 of a mile out - scope needed to 
ID. I then walked about 1/4 mile southeast on Bristow Road to get a better 
angle. Large brown shorebird with whitish belly, long legs (leg color could not 
be determined), plump, football shaped body, long neck with small head and 
short, straight bill (bill color could not be determined), the long neck 
accentuated by chicken-like head bobbing as it was walking and picking at the 
turf. Poor digiscoped photos available. 

Laughing Gull 100
Mourning Dove 75
American Kestrel 1
Horned Lark 20
Barn Swallow 15
European Starling 25
Eastern Meadowlark 2
American Goldfinch 1 Heard only.

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Subject: Great Falls NP Bird Walk 08/17/14
From: Dendroica--- via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Sun, 17 Aug 2014 17:06:12 -0400 (EDT)
Our group of six birders recorded 34 species of birds on today's walk which 
 included several Yellow-billed Cuckoos and our first sighting of a  
Black-and-White Warbler as we enter the fall migration period. The list 
follows. 

 
We meet every Sunday at 8 AM at the visitors' center parking lot. Come  
join us.
 
Ralph Wall
 
The list:
Canada Goose  6
Wood Duck  2
Mallard   12
Double-crested Cormorant  3
Great Blue Heron  1
Black  Vulture  12
Turkey Vulture  6
Mourning Dove   2
Yellow-billed Cuckoo  4
Chimney Swift  8
Red-bellied  Woodpecker  2
Downy Woodpecker  2
Northern Flicker   1
Pileated Woodpecker  2
Eastern Wood-Pewee  5
Acadian  Flycatcher  1
Great Crested Flycatcher  3
Red-eyed Vireo   2
Blue Jay  8
American Crow  4
Fish Crow  2
Northern  Rough-winged Swallow  3
Tree Swallow  4
Barn Swallow   1
Carolina Chickadee  5
Tufted Titmouse  10
White-breasted  Nuthatch  4
Carolina Wren  8
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher   6
Black-and-white Warbler  1
Chipping Sparrow  1
Northern  Cardinal  6
Baltimore Oriole  2
American Goldfinch   6

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Subject: HSR: Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (17 Aug 2014) 10 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 17 Aug 2014 16:08:29 -0400
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Aug 17, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       1             13             13
Bald Eagle                   0              1              1
Northern Harrier             0              0              0
Sharp-shinned Hawk           1              4              4
Cooper's Hawk                0              3              3
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk            7             71             71
Red-tailed Hawk              0             10             10
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             0              7              7
Merlin                       0              0              0
Peregrine Falcon             0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                1              3              3
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              0              0
Mississippi Kite             0              2              2

Total:                      10            114            114
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:30:00 
Observation end   time: 11:30:00 
Total observation time: 3 hours

Official Counter:        Vic Laubach

Observers:        Josh Laubach

Visitors:
Al Wolf


Weather:
Strong W winds. 21-25.5C temps. Light rain in early morning but no
precipitation through late afternoon. Dark 100% cloud coverage early
becoming partly sunny (75% cloud coverage) by 11:30.

Raptor Observations:


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: Osprey at Reston Bird Walk
From: WILLIAM <billbr50 AT msn.com>
Date: Sun, 17 Aug 2014 13:58:42 -0400
Twenty-five birders, many of them first-timers to our group, showed up today 
for the bird walk at Stratton Woods Park in Reston. The most unexpected and 
entertaining sighting of the day may have been an Osprey that flew in with a 
large goldfish, apparently filched from a nearby backyard pond. The Osprey 
landed on a light standard in the park and leisurely fed on the fish, giving 
everyone plenty of time to observe it. The complete list of birds observed 
today: 

Great Blue HeronTurkey VultureOspreyRed-shouldered HawkMourning Dove
Chimney SwiftRuby-throated HummingbirdRed-bellied 
WoodpeckerDowny-WoodpeckerHairy Woodpecker 

Northern FlickerEastern KingbirdBlue JayAmerican CrowFish Crow
Tree SwallowBarn SwallowCarolina ChickadeeTufted TitmouseWhite-breasted 
Nuthatch 

Carolina WrenBlue-gray GnatcatcherEastern BluebirdAmerican RobinGray Catbird
European StarlingCedar WaxwingEastern TowheeSong SparrowNorthern Cardinal
Common GrackleHouse FinchAmerican Goldfinch
The Reston bird walks are held at least monthly at various parks and natural 
areas in Reston. The walks are co-sponsored by the Audubon Society of Northern 
Virginia, Reston Association, and the Bird Feeder. Check the ASNV website, 
audubonva.org, for the dates of upcoming walks. 

Bill BrownHerndon


 		 	   		  
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Subject: Dyke Marsh, Aug 17, 2014
From: Larry Meade via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Sun, 17 Aug 2014 12:44:15 -0400 (EDT)
 Nine people out for the weekly bird walk at Dyke Marsh in Fairfax County. The 
walks, sponsored by Friends of Dyke Marsh, are held every Sunday at 8:00 AM and 
are free and open to all. Today we tallied 47 bird species. Highlights included 
a family of Orchard Orioles in the picnic area, Forster's and Caspian Terns, 
Bald Eagles, Ruby-throated Hummingbirds, and many Great Blue Herons and Great 
Egrets. We also saw some fresh Viceroy Butterflies. 


Larry Meade
Merrifield, Va

 

 



Dyke Marsh, Fairfax, US-VA
Aug 17, 2014 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
47 species

Canada Goose  100
Mallard  70
Double-crested Cormorant  12
Great Blue Heron  30
Great Egret  15
Green Heron  1
Osprey  8
Bald Eagle  5
Greater Yellowlegs  3
Laughing Gull  25
Ring-billed Gull  10
Caspian Tern  2
Forster's Tern  16
Mourning Dove  7
Chimney Swift  3
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  5
Belted Kingfisher  2
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Downy Woodpecker  3
Northern Flicker  1
Eastern Wood-Pewee  4
Acadian Flycatcher  1
Great Crested Flycatcher  2
Red-eyed Vireo  1
Blue Jay  6
American Crow  2
Fish Crow  7
Tree Swallow  1
Barn Swallow  12
Carolina Chickadee  10
Tufted Titmouse  5
White-breasted Nuthatch  2
Marsh Wren  1
Carolina Wren  14
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  6
American Robin  12
Gray Catbird  6
European Starling  10
Common Yellowthroat  1
Yellow Warbler  3
Song Sparrow  1
Northern Cardinal  16
Red-winged Blackbird  2
Common Grackle  12
Orchard Oriole  6
American Goldfinch  8
House Sparrow  6

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Subject: Whitehurst Tract Ruff
From: david.clark AT chasnorfolk.org
Date: Sun, 17 Aug 2014 14:41:06 +0000
Still present this morning around 9:00

David Clark
Norfolk


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Subject: Re: Chincoteague NWR and surrounding areas
From: Bill Hohenstein <elliety AT msn.com>
Date: Sun, 17 Aug 2014 09:40:20 -0400
Hi all:
 
I'm wrapping up a week at Chincoteague and wanted to follow up with a quick 
report on birds and birding conditions. Shorebird concentrations slowly picked 
up during the week with yesterday being the best day on the Wildlife Loop. 
Midweek rains helped extend the area where peeps are feeding, but the vast 
majority of birds remain frustratingly far out on the flats. There were 
probably over 1,000 birds on the flats, mostly semipalmated sandpipers and 
least sandpipers, but also large numbers of semipalmated plovers. There were a 
small number of larger chunky sandpipers mixed in -- that I'm guessing were 
Pectoral and a few longer sleeker ones that I'm guessing were White Rumped but 
they were too far out to confirm. 

 
Lesser and Greater Yellowlegs are present as well as a number of egrets and 
Ibis on the loop. I've seen Cattle, Snowy, and Great Egrets and Glossy and 
White Ibis on the loop. 

 
The flats across from the beach visitors center continues to be good for terns, 
sandpipers, gulls, and egrets. Royal, Common, Forsters, Caspian, Least, 
Sandwich, Skimmers, and a single Black Tern (on one day) have been present. Red 
Knots and Dowitchers are scattered among the Willets and Marbled Godwits. 

 
I found a group of Red Headed Woodpeckers in some of the dead pines across from 
the lighthouse parking lot. A good find -- I don't think they are breeding 
along the wildlife loop anymore -- I have not seen them there in a couple of 
years. 

 
Queen Sound Landing -- on the main causeway continues to have a colony of 
common terns with some newly fledged young. I did not see Gull Billed terns 
there despite multiple stops. 

 
The clapper rails on the causeway to the refuge (past the McDonalds) are 
everywhere -- there are some newly fledged young feeding on the insects in the 
grass -- some are in the road. I also spotted a Saltmarsh Sparrow from here. 

 
I found one other Saltmarsh Sparrow in the dunes along the south beach parking 
lot. 

 
Overall a great week -- with a stop to see friends in Greenbackville -- I 
totaled 116 species for the week. 

 
Shorebird numbers should continue to pick up -- with a bit of rain, the 
conditions here should be very good. 

 
Bill
 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/73831614 AT N00/sets/72157646139650797/
 
 
 
From: elliety AT msn.com
To: va-bird AT listserve.com
Subject: Chincoteague NWR and surrounding areas
Date: Tue, 12 Aug 2014 17:35:36 -0400




Here is a quick report from Monday and Tuesday at Chincoteague NWR and 
surrounding areas. The highlight so far was a White Faced Ibis, mixed in with 
four Glossy Ibis. It had bubble gum colored legs, extensive white on three 
sides of the eye, a reddish eye, and red fleshy area in front of the eye. 

 
The White Faced Ibis was in black duck pool across from the area where folks 
stop to see the ponies (on beach road). 

 
Swan's Cove is probably the best single spot for seeing birds at the moment. A 
good variety of terns (Royal, Common, one Sandwich, Least, skimmers, and 
Forsters). Marbled Godwit, Willet, Red Knot, SB Dowitchers, Sanderlings, Semi 
palmated Sandpipers, Spotted Sandpipers. A good variety of egrets and herons, 
and gulls. 

 
Birding is difficult on the wildlife loop. Not too much water and most of the 
birds are way out. There are good numbers of peeps -- the usuals, but you need 
to search for them. There was a large flock of White Ibis on the wildlife loop 
yesterday (35 birds or so). 

 
The beach south of the parking lots has a large number of sanderlings and good 
numbers of ruddy turnstones and black bellied plovers. 

 
Today, I took the jeep around on the MD side and drove down to the VA state 
line. From there, my brother and I walked to the north wash flats and back. The 
wild beach has lots of birds -- again mostly sanderlings and all five types of 
common summer gulls. In addition, good numbers of ruddy turnstones, willets, 
and BBPlovers, and flocks of whimbrels and red knots. The impoundments were a 
bit quiet. Lots of water in the Old Fields -- limiting it to gulls, terns, and 
egrets. The North Wash Flats had an assortment of peeps -- the usuals. It also 
had 9 eastern meadowlarks. Another highlight was a single vesper sparrow on the 
dike north of the Old Fields. 

 
It rained today so we'll see what the weather brings. I'm here for the rest of 
the week. 

 
Bill
 		 	   		   		 	   		  
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Subject: bird-id....Phoebe
From: Lynn Rafferty <radmom8992 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 17 Aug 2014 07:23:30 -0400
Thanks, everyone for your responses.
The consensus is that it is a Phoebe.
Cheers,
Lynn Rafferty
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Subject: HSR: Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (16 Aug 2014) 49 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 16 Aug 2014 20:08:02 -0400
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Aug 16, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       5             12             12
Bald Eagle                   1              1              1
Northern Harrier             0              0              0
Sharp-shinned Hawk           2              3              3
Cooper's Hawk                1              3              3
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk           32             64             64
Red-tailed Hawk              3             10             10
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             3              7              7
Merlin                       0              0              0
Peregrine Falcon             0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                1              2              2
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              0              0
Mississippi Kite             1              2              2

Total:                      49            104            104
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Gabriel Mapel

Observers:        Allen Larner, Brenda Tekin, Vic Laubach

Visitors:
Mary & Daniel Mapel, Rick Myers, Nancy Newman, Lynne McDonald


Weather:
Mostly sunny with only a few whispy clouds. 17-21.8*C. Light WSW breezes.

Raptor Observations:
Eight different raptor species today! Our first bald eagle, an adult,
passed by on the east side of the mountain at 12:32pm. First bird (9:22am
OS), last bird (2:27pm BW).

Prior to this season, only 8 Mississippi Kites have been reported in the
history of Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch. These 8 Kites were seen in 8 separate
years: 1998, 1999, 2002, 2003, 2008, 2009, 2012 and 2013. As if it wasn't
enough to see our 9th Kite yesterday, we had our 10th Mississippi Kite
today, making this our first multi-Kite year! Today's Kite was flying very
high up along with 3 Broad-winged Hawks. It was immediately noticed to be
different (falcon-like) from the hawks having long, slender, pointed wings,
squared tail, slender body, and a light head. It shot out ahead of the
hawks and passed by overhead quickly at 10:47am without giving any good
photos. Good looks in spotting scopes were had.

Non-raptor Observations:
2 DC Cormorants spotted flying NW. 7 Hummingbirds. 4 Common Raven. 7
Monarch Butterflies.

Predictions:
Partly sunny, upper 80s, possible rain late in evening.
========================================================================
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: Cerulean Warblers!
From: Jason Berry via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Sat, 16 Aug 2014 17:04:06 -0700
Hi Everyone,

My wife and I watched a pair of Cerulean Warblers closely
associating together about 400 meters down the Trillium Trail at the Thompson
Wildlife Mgt. Area this afternoon around 4 pm.  We came with the hopes of 
seeming some migrants and the remote hope of seeing Ceruleans.  Since eBird 
has never had them recorded here in August, I knew it would be unlikely to say 
the least.  Cerulean seem tough this late in the season (some have already 
shown up in Guatemala by this date), and they seem to quietly just slip out of 
the US and just as quietly show up on their Andean wintering grounds. 


But we got lucky and within 10 minutes, they came in to spishing! One was an 
adult male with breast band, the 

other appeared to be a female with greenish-blue wash and eyeline and no breast
band.  They foraged high in the oaks.  This is the same, exact location where 
they 

breed, and because this pair was associating together so closely, I am assuming
they are not migrants – though, I could be wrong.  

Otherwise no other warblers and just a pair of red-eyed
Vireos, tons of Pewees, and a beautiful Scarlet Tanager.  I wonder if we 
birded similar habitat at the 

same time, but on the west – not east-facing slope, we would have had more 
bird 

activity (even if the wind might had hindered that too)?  
 
Good Birding!
Jason Berry
Washington, DC
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Subject: Ruff - Virginia Beach
From: Jim Marcum <marcums AT cns.umass.edu>
Date: Sat, 16 Aug 2014 19:39:42 -0400
The Ruff reported yesterday by Bob Ake was observed this afternoon between 3:30 
and 4:00 pm at the Whitehurst Tract of the Princess Anne Wildlife Management 
Area. I observed it the the northernmost impoundment of Whitehurst Tract 2. 
(See Map of Impoundments, Princess Anne WMA on line.) 


Princess Ann WMA--Whitehurst Tract, Virginia Beach, US-VA
Aug 16, 2014 2:45 PM - 7:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
32 species

Canada Goose  9
Great Blue Heron  2
Great Egret  2
Snowy Egret  4
Little Blue Heron  1
Cattle Egret  5
White Ibis  1
Turkey Vulture  1
Semipalmated Plover  8
Killdeer  18
Spotted Sandpiper  3
Solitary Sandpiper  2
Greater Yellowlegs  3
Ruff 1 Ruff in non-breeding plumage seen in the northernmost impoundment of 
Whitehurst Tract 2. Bird had very stocky body with short neck. Back and wing 
coverts had very scaly appearance. Legs were orange/greenish and bill was short 
and slightly decurved. No distinctive markings on head of bird as seen through 
spotting scope from about 100 yards away. Foreneck and breast appeared to be a 
drab grey color and belly was white. The distinguishing white markings were 
observed on the tail when bird was in flight. 

Least Sandpiper  30
Pectoral Sandpiper  3
Short-billed Dowitcher  1
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  1
Downy Woodpecker  2
Great Crested Flycatcher  1
Eastern Kingbird  1
American Crow  4
Carolina Chickadee  4
Tufted Titmouse  2
European Starling  2
Prothonotary Warbler  1
Prairie Warbler  1
Field Sparrow  1
Northern Cardinal  2
Blue Grosbeak  4
Indigo Bunting  1
American Goldfinch  1

View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19488860 


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


Jim Marcum
Virginia Beach, VA
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Subject: HSR: Harvey's Knob (16 Aug 2014) 11 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 16 Aug 2014 19:08:30 -0400
Harvey's Knob
Roanoke, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Aug 16, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Total:                      11             17             17
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Carl Christensen

Observers:        Bill James, Dave Brunstetter, Dillard Childress

Visitors:
Steve and Patty Goss came by . Its been a few years, but at one time were
regulars with their son Cory. Turns out they are friends of my daughter.
Small world.


Weather:
A warm hazy day with temps ranging 18 to 23C with a 3/4 visibility. Cloud
cover at 5-10 % with a light breeze out of the SW.

Raptor Observations:
Most birds flying high and over the Knob. After 2 PM no birds observed.

Non-raptor Observations:
Lots of traffic, but few stopped. One Monarch seen.

Predictions:
Same type of weather but a bit warmer. a stiffer breeze that may bring 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: ID question
From: Lynn Rafferty <radmom8992 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 16 Aug 2014 13:26:21 -0400
I took a few photos at Ellanor Lawrence Park (Chantilly) of of some kind of
flycatcher that I need help identifying.
When you click on the link it will bring up one photo, you can see the
others if you arrow left.

https://flic.kr/p/oKsxyB

Thanks for any help on this,
Lynn Rafferty
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Subject: HSR: Harvey's Knob (15 Aug 2014) 3 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 16 Aug 2014 08:08:47 -0400
Harvey's Knob
Roanoke, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Aug 15, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Total:                       3              6              6
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 10:15:00 
Observation end   time: 13:00:00 
Total observation time: 2.75 hours

Official Counter:        Katie James

Observers:        Bill James

Visitors:
Very nice couple from Vinton who we hope will return on a more productive
day.


Weather:
A cool, but hazy day on the mountain with temps ranging 19 to 22 with a 3
visibility and cloud cover 40 to 60%.  Light winds (1-2) were from the west
northwest.

Raptor Observations:
Not much happening today with a couple of high BWs and a low Merlin.  Had
hoped for an Osprey or two, but they were in the valley.

Non-raptor Observations:
Not too much traffic today, but did have at least two Monarchs and a couple
of hummers.

Predictions:
Dillard says he is going up.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Bill James (bijam AT aol.com)
Harvey's Knob information may be found at:
http://bijame.googlepages.com/home


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Subject: swallow roost
From: "Michael A. Shank." <tallwhiteoak AT verizon.net>
Date: Sat, 16 Aug 2014 07:36:11 -0400
      Hello va-birders,

The number os swallows useing the cornfields for a roost seems to be growing. 
They start gathering in at about 7:45 P.M. and usally are roosted by 8:25 P.M. 
I am not an expert on estimating the numbers, but I think there is 8,000 or 
more swallows. Tree Swallows are the biggest percentage with Barn Swallows 
next, have heard some Purple Martins with them. They take off about 6:10 A.M., 
this really neat to see to. The roost is on Cannery Woods Drive Dayton Va. just 
south of the intersection with Ottbine Road. 


                                    Mike Shank
                            Rockingham County


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Subject: HSR: Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (15 Aug 2014) 55 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 15 Aug 2014 21:08:19 -0400
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Aug 15, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       7              7              7
Bald Eagle                   0              0              0
Northern Harrier             0              0              0
Sharp-shinned Hawk           1              1              1
Cooper's Hawk                2              2              2
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk           32             32             32
Red-tailed Hawk              7              7              7
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             4              4              4
Merlin                       0              0              0
Peregrine Falcon             0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                1              1              1
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              0              0
Mississippi Kite             1              1              1

Total:                      55             55             55
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:30:00 
Observation end   time: 15:30:00 
Total observation time: 8 hours

Official Counter:        Gabriel Mapel

Observers:        Brenda Tekin, Rose Thomas

Visitors:
Daniel and Mary Mapel, Eve Gaige, Pam Howie


Weather:
Fall-like, with cooler temps and breezy throughout the day that may have
been the motivator for a decent day. Increasing cloud cover helped in
locating the high fliers.  Temp:17c>25c; Wind: NW to W to SW by late
afternoon; clear visibility for miles. 

Raptor Observations:
After missing out on most of last year's flight due to a lengthy illness,
it was great to be able to join Gabriel Mapel and Rose Thomas for today's
season opener.  Gabriel was first on board to kick off the 39th season,
soon joined by Rose Thomas. I joined up by 11am.  The first bird of the
season was an American Kestrel at 8:06 am EST. It was a day full of
surprises that tallied 7 different species (that may be a new record for
opening day) that included an impressive flight of Osprey (a total of 7
with 4 within a 30-minute span) and seven Red-tailed Hawks, all flying
high. The highlight was the distant large falcon-like bird first spotted by
Rose. Gabriel got on the bird with his scope to ID a MISSISSIPPI KITE. 
Luck was on our side as the kite turned and sailed directly overhead
providing decent views and photos for documenting the juvenile as it headed
southward.

Link to images of kite:
http://home.ntelos.net/~btkin/rockfish_gap_hawk_watch/link_pages/MIKl_link.html


Non-raptor Observations:
Numerous migrating Barn Swallow(100+); Brown-headed Cowbird(12); Red-winged
Blackbird(3); Chimney Swift(75+); Scarlet Tanager(1); Common Raven(5);
Cedar Waxwing(50); Ruby-throated Hummingbird(3); Monarch Butterfly(3)
========================================================================
Report submitted by Brenda Tekin (brenda AT birdsofvirginia.com)
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://www.rockfishgaphawkwatch.org

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Subject: Ruff at Whitehurst Tract Va Beach
From: Robert Ake <robertake AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 15 Aug 2014 15:47:47 -0400
At about 2pm this afternoon I saw a Ruff at the Whitehurst Tract of the
Princess Anne WMA in rural Va Beach.  It was in an impoundment (about the
third one south from the entrance on Munden Rd) with short grass that had
65 Canada Geese, 25 Killdeer, 2 Semipalmated Plovers, 3 Pectoral
Sandpipers, a mix of Least and Semipalmated Sandpipers, 2 Spotted
Sandpipers, and a Solitary Sandpiper.  Another impoundment along the walk
had a group of White Ibis, Little Blue Herons, Great Egrets, and a Great
Blue Heron.  The Ruff was in the female plumage with patterned back, small
head, dumpy body, shortish down-curved bill with a pale base, somewhat
streaked breast, longish yellowish legs.  When it flew, the large bright
white patches on the outsides of the tail were obvious.  They have never
really struck me as ovals as some field guides suggest.  Unfortunately when
it flew, I couldn't refind it, but the weather should be about the same for
the next day or so.
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Subject: MIKI - Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
From: Brenda Tekin <brenda AT birdsofvirginia.com>
Date: Fri, 15 Aug 2014 14:46:30 -0400
About 15 minutes ago a MISSISSIPPI KITE flew over fairly low providing good 
views. Photos taken. 


Nice showing of osprey and broad-winged for first day.

Detailed report will be sent out tonight.  



Brenda
Brenda Tekin, Co-coordinator
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Waynesboro, VA

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Subject: American Avocet at Dyke Marsh
From: Edward Eder <nutmegz AT mac.com>
Date: Fri, 15 Aug 2014 13:38:55 -0400
An American Avocet in breeding plumage was seen from the Belle Haven Picnic 
area just north of Dyke Marsh, this moring at 8:25 AM. 

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Subject: Re: Glossy Ibis in Swoope, VA 8/14/14
From: "Marshall Faintich" <mfaintich AT theworddoctor.com>
Date: Fri, 15 Aug 2014 13:28:02 -0400
Report and photos:

 
http://www.symbolicmessengers.com/Blog2014/2014_08_14.htm

Marshall Faintich

Nellysford, VA

 

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Subject: Late Summer Birding- Lynchburg area
From: Michael Boatwright <mboater AT att.net>
Date: Fri, 15 Aug 2014 10:55:15 -0400
Been getting out a bit lately around the Lynchburg area looking for late summer 
waders, shorebirds etc to add to my 2014 Lynchburg Area (Lynchburg, Amherst Co, 
Bedford County, Campbell Co) big year list. Pretty slow overall as one might 
expect for this time of year but some notables are listed below. 


1 Great Egret- College Lake Lynchburg 08/03/14; continuing 8/8 (fide Sandra 
Weigand) 


9 Great Egret- Thrasher's Lake Amherst Co 08/08/14; seen again early morning as 
they departed 08/09 (fide Donna Mateski de Sanchez) 


1 Great Egret- Mill Creek Lake Amherst Co 08/12/14

1 Black Tern (first summer plumage) Mill Creek Lake Amherst Co 08/12/14

1 Mississippi Kite (first summer plumage) Brookneal Fish Hatchery Campbell Co 
08/14/14 


Spotted and Solitary Sandpipers College Lake, Thrasher's Lake, Wal-mart pond 
Madison Heights various days and times since at least 07/12/14 


The egret, tern, and kite brought my list total to 193.

Cheers and good birding,

Mike

Michael R. Boatwright
Amherst, VA 		 	   		  
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Subject: 20th annual Kiptopeke Challenge - CALL FOR TEAMS!
From: Paul Nasca <63crows AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 14 Aug 2014 23:15:00 -0400
Hello Virginia Birders,

Are you up for a challenge - the Kiptopeke Challenge?!

The 20th annual Kiptopeke Challenge (KC) is just around the corner -
Saturday, September 20, 2014.  The Coastal Virginia Wildlife Observatory
(CVWO) invites birders of all skill levels to participate in the event.

The KC is a fun and friendly "Big Day" birding competition.  Teams compete
to identify the greatest number of bird species in a single day within the
competition boundary of Accomack and Northampton Counties, Virginia
(including the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel).  The purpose of the KC is to
increase awareness of fall bird migration on Virginia’s Eastern Shore and
to help raise funds for the CVWO.

It is easy to get involved and there are several categories in which to
compete: 24-Hour, 3-Hour, Youth Team (age 18 and under), and Special Venue.
The event is open to everyone regardless of their birding ability and it
only takes two people to form a team. The KC is a great way for
participants to utilize their birding skills in support of a non-profit
organization dedicated to avian research, habitat conservation, and public
education.

For more information, a brochure, or to register write to
kiptopekechallenge AT gmail.com or visit www.cvwo.org.

Sincerely,

Paul Nasca

CVWO Kiptopeke Challenge Coordinator

Fredericksburg, VA

kiptopekechallenge AT gmail.com
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Subject: Glossy Ibis and Great Egret
From: "Marshall Faintich" <mfaintich AT theworddoctor.com>
Date: Thu, 14 Aug 2014 16:22:22 -0400
Glossy Ibis and Great Egret at Smith Lake this morning (8/14/14) in the
Swoope area southwest of Staunton, VA. Here's a link to one photo:

 

http://www.symbolicmessengers.com/Blog2014/2014_08_14/GIbis
 &Egret_EA159940.jpg

 

I will post a report and more photos when I get a chance to process them.

 

Marshall Faintich

Nellysford, VA

 

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Subject: The Channels & Buffalo Mountain NAP hawkwatch dates
From: Eric Harrold via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Wed, 13 Aug 2014 17:38:34 -0700
Folks,

We will be on hand at The Channels NAP in Russell/Washington Counties on 
Friday, September 19th from 10-4 at the summit to point out migrating raptors, 
most of which will be Broad-winged Hawks. The next day we will be observing the 
migration from Buffalo Mountain NAP in Floyd County during the same hours of 
the day. Please refer to the attached fliers for more information. 


Eric Harrold
Preserve Stewardship Technician
Southwest Region, Virginia Natural Heritage Program
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Subject: HSR: Harvey's Knob (13 Aug 2014) 3 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 14 Aug 2014 08:08:52 -0400
Harvey's Knob
Roanoke, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Aug 13, 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              0              0
Bald Eagle                   2              2              2
Northern Harrier             1              1              1
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0              0              0
Cooper's Hawk                0              0              0
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0              0
Red-tailed Hawk              0              0              0
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             0              0              0
Merlin                       0              0              0
Peregrine Falcon             0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              0              0

Total:                       3              3              3
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Observation start time: 13:00:00 
Observation end   time: 15:00:00 
Total observation time: 2 hours

Official Counter:        Bill James

Observers:        Katie James

Visitors:
Lots of folks drying out from the rain taking in the beautiful views.


Weather:
After 5 days of rain, we couldn't resist going on the mountain.  Winds were
from the NW to North at a 3 with 4 visibility and about 70% cover and
temperature 20.

Raptor Observations:
Adult BE up and over the knob at 1:04 and another that hour at 1:58 on a
path over the valley (Eagle Alley).  At least two immature Red Shouldereds
playing, a couple of accipiters also not serious and a couple of Red
Taileds testing the wind.  A nice and surprising male Harrier was
southbound.  Hoping for an Osprey, but apparently they were performing for
Barry at local ponds.

Non-raptor Observations:
A very nice greeting from a quintet of Ravens.  Helping our new dog (Patsy
Cline) to adjust to the activities of the hawkwatch and she did very well. 
I saw one Monarch.

Predictions:
Will someone go up?
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Report submitted by Bill James (bijam AT aol.com)
Harvey's Knob information may be found at:
http://bijame.googlepages.com/home


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Subject: Chincoteague Shorebird/Gull Survey 8/13/2014
From: Joelle Buffa <clyde_joelle AT verizon.net>
Date: Wed, 13 Aug 2014 20:55:30 -0700
Below are the results of our weekly shorebird/gull survey conducted at 
Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge onWednesday, Aug 13, 2014. All water 
areas (impoundments and beach areas) were covered in a8.5 hour survey. All 
individuals are counted for the target species; other birds seen or heard on 
the survey are followed by a dash. 


Recent rains have created a variety of water depths on the impoundments 
providing habitat for a great diversity of species. We counted 9,665 shorebirds 
of 22 species. Sanderlings on the beach led the way with 5,096, semi-palmated 
sandpiper (1,534), semi-palmated plover (618), and willet (486).In addition 
tothe semi-palmated, plovers were well represented by145 black-bellied, 61 
piping, 4 killdeer and 3 Wilson's (these were seen in a closed area 2-3 miles 
south of the old Coast Guard Station)).We likely under-counted some of the 
less common shorebird species such as Western, Pectoral, and White-rumped, as 
they are easy to overlook in the flocks of more common "peeps".Most of the 
dowitchers were likely short-billed, although we only heard the distinctive 
calls of 2 individuals. 


Two thousand laughing gulls arethe most we've counted during one survey, so 
perhaps they had a good breeding year in Chincoteague Bay.The 175 lesser 
black-backed gulls follows the pattern of the last few years of post breeding 
build up on Wild Beach. 


Related to Wildlife Conservation, August 15 is the last day to submit comments 
onthe Refuge's Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP) , which will guide 
management over the next 15 years. In our opinion, Alternative C is the most 
wildlife friendly of those presented in the Draft CCP, and will best protect 
shorebirds and other wildlife since it eliminatesrecreational vehicles on the 
beaches and reduces the amount of wildlife habitat that will be impacted from 
the relocated beach parking lot. The draft CCP may be viewed and downloaded 
online at http://www.fws.gov/refuge/chincoteague/what_we_do/conservation.html. 
Comments can be submitted via email to northeastplanning AT fws.gov. Put 
"Chincoteague NWR CCP" in the subject line. 



Joelle Buffa and Clyde Morris

Canada Goose -- 
American Black Duck -- 
Mallard -- 
Black Scoter -- 
Northern Bobwhite -- 
Double-crested Cormorant 101 
Brown Pelican 86 
Great Blue Heron -- 
Great Egret -- 
Snowy Egret -- 
Little Blue Heron -- 
Tricolored Heron -- 
Cattle Egret -- 
Green Heron -- 
White Ibis -- 
Glossy Ibis -- 
Black Vulture -- 
Turkey Vulture -- 
Osprey -- 
Red-shouldered Hawk -- 
Clapper Rail -- 
American Oystercatcher 27 
Black-bellied Plover 145 
Wilson's Plover 3 
Semipalmated Plover 618 
Piping Plover 61 
Killdeer 4 
Spotted Sandpiper 13 
Greater Yellowlegs 195 
Willet 486 
Lesser Yellowlegs 158 
Greater/Lesser Yellowlegs 278 
Whimbrel 7 
Marbled Godwit 37 
Ruddy Turnstone 107 
Red Knot 71 
Sanderling 5,096 
Dunlin 2 
Least Sandpiper 103 
White-rumped Sandpiper 1 
Pectoral Sandpiper 4 
Semipalmated Sandpiper 134 
Western Sandpiper 1 
peep sp. 377 
Short-billed Dowitcher 2 
Short-billed/Long-billed Dowitcher 361 
Laughing Gull 2,000 
Ring-billed Gull 73 
Herring Gull 357 
Lesser Black-backed Gull 175 
Great Black-backed Gull 63 
Least Tern 120 
Caspian Tern 5 
Common Tern 29 
Forster's Tern 95 
Royal Tern 241 
Sandwich Tern 4 
Black Skimmer 59 
Mourning Dove -- 
Yellow-billed Cuckoo -- 
Belted Kingfisher -- 
Northern Flicker -- 
Eastern Wood-Pewee -- 
Eastern Kingbird -- 
Blue Jay -- 
American Crow -- 
Purple Martin -- 
Tree Swallow -- 
Barn Swallow -- 
Carolina Chickadee -- 
Brown-headed Nuthatch -- 
House Wren -- 
Carolina Wren -- 
American Robin -- 
Gray Catbird -- 
Brown Thrasher -- 
European Starling -- 
Cedar Waxwing -- 
Common Yellowthroat -- 
Eastern Towhee -- 
Song Sparrow -- 
Northern Cardinal -- 
Blue Grosbeak -- 
Indigo Bunting -- 
Red-winged Blackbird -- 
Eastern Meadowlark -- 
Common Grackle -- 
Orchard Oriole -- 
House Finch -- 
American Goldfinch -- 
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Subject: Mississippi Kites in Northern Prince William County
From: "Dave Larsen - birding" <hirundo AT comcast.net>
Date: Wed, 13 Aug 2014 12:52:02 -0400
Besides the kites in Bristow (Valley View Community Park) there have been a
number of sightings along route 15 (James Madison Hwy) further north in
Prince William County.  There was a group of four Mississippi Kites reported
near Evergreen Country Club on August 7th, and then another group of 3-5
kites was reported on August 11th at or near a pond on Largo Vista Drive.
These locations are only two miles apart as the kite flies, so it is
possible these are the same individuals.

 

This morning I was driving north on route 15 heading for Largo Vista Drive
when I spotted a Mississippi Kite sharing a thermal briefly with a
Red-shouldered Hawk near the intersection of 15 and Waverly Farm Drive (Park
Valley Church) about 3 miles south of the Largo Vista location.  When I got
to Largo Vista I found another birder watching three kites (two adults and
one sub adult) perched in a tree directly across the pond.  They were taking
turns sallying forth to hunt insects and then returning to the tree.  While
we watched them another birder who works at a local business stopped to chat
and told us that he had been aware of these birds being at this location for
at least two weeks, but that they could have been there much earlier in the
summer.  As I was leaving Largo Vista road, at the intersection of Loudoun
Drive and route 15 I spotted yet another kite soaring off some distance to
the east.

 

Dave Larsen

Haymarket

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Subject: wish list
From: "Felicity Rask" <jericson7 AT cox.net>
Date: Wed, 13 Aug 2014 12:39:13 -0400
Have been hearing Yellow-billed Cuckoo in several locations around
Gloucester. Now, following the recent posting of a Black-billed Cuckoo in
New Kent Co. am hoping to see, or hear, that one.

Felicity Rask

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Subject: Correction - link to Rockfishgaphawkwatch
From: Brenda Tekin <brenda AT birdsofvirginia.com>
Date: Wed, 13 Aug 2014 07:54:49 -0400
Yesterday's post for Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch included an incorrect web link. My 
apologies. 


The correct link is 
www.rockfishgaphawkwatch.org


Brenda
Brenda Tekin
Stuart's Draft, VA

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Subject: Voice: Greater Washington Area, Aug 12
From: "Joe Coleman" <joecoleman AT rstarmail.com>
Date: Tue, 12 Aug 2014 23:31:51 -0400
FYI - this corrected report is for sightings from Aug 5 through Aug 11 and was 
compiled by Gerry Hawkins & transcribed by Steve Cordle. 

Joe Coleman

Hotline:     Voice of the Naturalist
Date:        8/12/2014
Coverage:    MD/DC/VA/DE/WV panhandle
Reports, comments, questions: voice AT AudubonNaturalist.org
Compiler:    Gerry Hawkins
Sponsor:     Audubon Naturalist Society of the Central Atlantic
               States (independent of NAS)
Transcriber: Steve Cordle 

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site is http://www.AudubonNaturalist.org.

This is the Voice of the Naturalist, a service of the Audubon
Naturalist Society. This report covers the week starting Tuesday,
August 5 and was completed on Tuesday, August 12 at 10:30 a.m.

The top birds this week were BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING-DUCK in VA,
NEOTROPIC CORMORANT* in MD, WHITE-WINGED DOVE* in DE, SEDGE WREN in DE
and "LAWRENCE'S WARBLER"* in DE. 

Other birds of interest this week included SNOW GOOSE, TUNDRA SWAN,
various ducks, HORNED GREBE, AMERICAN BITTERN, various herons and
egrets, WHITE IBIS, MISSISSIPPI KITE, various shorebirds, BONAPARTE'S
GULL, GULL-BILLED TERN, EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE, BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO,
YELLOW-BELLIED, ALDER and LEAST FLYCATCHERS, COMMON
RAVEN, PURPLE MARTIN, and various warblers.   

TOP BIRDS 

Up to five BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING DUCKS were observed on Hog Island
WMA, Surry Co, VA on August 6 and 7. Two of these birds were banded
recently in the Santee Delta of South Carolina by the South Carolina
Dept. of Natural Resources in connection with a multi-state study to
examine the distribution and movement patterns of this species. 

A NEOTROPIC CORMORANT* was seen again in the Potomac River just
upstream from Violette's Lock on the C & O Canal in Montgomery Co, MD
on August 10 and 11.

A WHITE-WINGED DOVE* was seen in Canal Pointe, Sussex Co, DE on August
8.

One, and on some days two, SEDGE WRENS were encountered at Bombay Hook
NWR, Kent Co, DE all week, primarily just past the Allee House.

Although this report typically does not cover New Castle Co, DE, a
female "LAWRENCE'S WARBLER"* seen at the Ashland Nature Center there
on August 8 is noteworthy because of the few records of the this rarer
form of BLUE-WINGED WARBLER/GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER hybrid in DE. 

OTHER BIRDS OF INTEREST

A continuing SNOW GOOSE and TUNDRA SWAN were seen all week at Bombay
Hook NWR, Kent Co, DE. 

Sightings of migrant dabbling ducks included an AMERICAN BLACK DUCK at
Fletcher's Boat House on the C & O Canal in Washington, DC on August
5; BLUE-WINGED TEAL at Patuxent Research Refuge-South Tract, Prince
George's Co, MD on August 9 (3) and in Hunting Creek, Alexandria,
Fairfax Co, VA on August 10 (1); and GREEN-WINGED TEAL at the North
Beach marsh, Calvert Co, MD on August 6 (1) and on Hart-Miller Island,
Baltimore Co, MD on August 11 (5). 

Sightings of diving ducks included a CANVASBACK at the Craney Island
Disposal Area, Portsmouth, VA on August 7; a RING-NECKED DUCK at Swan
Creek Wetland-Cox Creek, Anne Arundel Co, MD on August 6 and 9; a
GREATER SCAUP at Swan Creek Wetland-Cox Creek on August 5, 6 and 9; a
LESSER SCAUP at Youghiogheny Reservoir in Garret Co, MD on August 5,
James River Park, Richmond, VA on August 7, Hurlock Wastewater
Treatment Plant, Dorchester Co, MD on August 9 and Bombay Hook NWR,
Kent Co, DE on August 9; a SURF SCOTER in Queen Anne's Co, MD on
August 9; a BLACK SCOTER at Back Bay NWR, Virginia Beach, VA on August
10; and RUDDY DUCKS at Bombay Hook NWR, Kent Co, DE on August 9 and 10
(high of 3), a lake in Ashburn, Loudoun Co, VA on August 10 (1) and
Hog Island WMA, Surry Co, VA on August 9-11 (1). 

A HORNED GREBE was seen again in North Beach, Calvert Co, MD on August
6 and 8 and on Tobacco Island, Accomack Co, VA on August 8. 

On August 8 a startling 23 ANHINGAS were seen in flight from Jericho
Ditch in the Great Dismal Swamp NWR, Suffolk, VA, and a continuing
nesting pair with young were observed along Blackwater Road in
Chesapeake Co, VA on August 6, 9 and 11.  

An AMERICAN BITTERN was observed flying into cattails at the McDaniel
College Golf Course in Carroll Co, MD on August 6 and at Fowler Beach,
Sussex Co, DE on August 6. 

Large numbers of SNOWY EGRETS are being seen in the reporting area,
with a high of 232 at the North Beach marsh, Calvert Co, MD on August
9. TRICOLORED HERONS were seen at several locations, including Fort
Landing State Park, Virginia Beach, VA on August 7 (1), Fowler Beach
Road, Sussex Co, DE on August 9 (1), Hog Island WMA, Surry Co, VA on
August 10 (1) and Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center, Queen Anne's
Co, MD on August 10 (3). CATTLE EGRETS were seen with cattle along
Governor's Bridge Road in Bowie, Prince George's Co, MD on August 10
and near the intersection of Rutland and St. George Barber Road in
Davidsonville, Anne Arundel Co, MD on August 11. A continuing juvenile
YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was observed in North Beach, Calvert Co, MD
on August 6, 8 and 10. 

A continuing immature WHITE IBIS was seen at Wooton's Landing,
Patuxent River Park, Anne Arundel Co, MD all week. A WHITE IBIS also
was seen at Lilypons in Frederick Co, MD on August 6-11, in flight
over Rockburn Branch Park, Howard Co, MD on August 7, at Lake
Churchill, Montgomery Co, MD on August 8 and 9 and at the north end of
Little Seneca Creek in Black Hill RP, Montgomery Co, MD on August 11.
In interior VA, an immature WHITE IBIS was seen in Cooks Creek in
Dayton, Rockingham Co on August 8 and 10. WHITE IBIS sightings along
the coast included Prime Hook NWR, Sussex Co, DE on August 6 (1),
Assateague Island, Worcester Co, MD on August 5 (36 in flight over the
visitors' center) and 7 (1), and Bombay Hook NWR, Kent Co, DE on
August 9 (1) and 10 (12). 

Numerous MISSISSIPPI KITES were seen in Prince William Co, VA
including a high of six above the Evergreen Country Club and other
locations in Haymarket on August 7 and 11 and a high of eight above
Valley View Park in Bristow on August 8-11. In VA this species also
continues to be regularly seen in flight over Virginia Beach and Green
Spring Gardens Park in Fairfax Co.  

Shorebirds of note during the weekly shorebird survey at Chincoteague
NWR, Accomack Co, VA on August 5 included a continuing hatch-year
WILSON'S PLOVER in the area known as the Hook (which currently is
closed to the public), 75 PIPING PLOVERS, a high count for recent
years, nine STILT SANDPIPERS, the first of the season at this
location, several MARBLED GODWITS and over 250 RED KNOTS. 

Noteworthy shorebird sightings during the week also included an
AMERICAN AVOCET at Chincoteague NWR on August 9; an AMERICAN
GOLDEN-PLOVER at the Craney Island Disposal Area, Portsmouth, VA on
August 7; a county-record WILLET in a local pond in Rockbridge Co, VA
on August 9; as many as four UPLAND SANDPIPERS along Oland Road,
Frederick Co, MD on August 8-10; a RUDDY TURNSTONE at Swan Creek
Wetland-Cox Creek, Anne Arundel Co, MD on August 7; a BAIRD'S
SANDPIPER at a pond in White Marsh, Baltimore Co, MD on August 7; a
WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER along Broadkill Beach Road in Sussex Co, DE on
August 9; three WESTERN SANDPIPERS  and four STILT SANDPIPERS among
thousands of peeps and other shorebirds at Bombay Hook NWR, Kent Co,
DE during a Delaware Ornithological Society field trip there on August
9; and one WESTERN SANDPIPER at the North Beach marsh, Calvert Co, MD
on August 10. 

Returning BONAPARTE'S GULLS were seen at several locations along the
coast of Kent and Sussex Counties in DE. A FRANKLIN'S GULL was
reported at Jones Point Park in Alexandria, Fairfax Co, VA on August
10. Two LEAST TERNS were seen in flight at the nearby Hunting Creek
bridge in Alexandria, Fairfax Co, VA on August 5. A GULL-BILLED TERN
was observed at Prime Hook State WMA, Sussex Co, DE on August 10.

A EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE was seen at Mount Solon Pond, Augusta Co, VA
on August 9 and 10; along Magotha Road in Northampton Co, VA on August
5 and 6; along Sandpiper Road in Virginia Beach, VA on August 9; and
at Kiptopeke State Park, Northampton Co, VA on August 11.  

A migrant BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO was spotted at Morgan Run NEA, Carroll
Co, MD on August 7 and at the Howard County Conservancy, Howard Co, MD
on August 8, and another was heard singing repeatedly at Woodlawn
Wildlife Area, Cecil Co, MD on August 11. 

Migrant flycatchers included a YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER in a
residential yard in Croom, Prince George's Co, MD on August 6, Prince
William Forest Park, Prince William Co, VA on August 9 and the area
around the Nature Center in Rock Creek Park, Washington, DC on August
10. An ALDER FLYCATCHER was heard singing repeatedly at Hughes Hollow,
Montgomery Co, MD on August 11, and a LEAST FLYCATCHER was encountered
at Sands Road Park, Anne Arundel Co, MD on August 8, Stratford Hall
Plantation, Westmoreland Co, VA on August 10, the Woodlawn Wildlife
Area, Cecil Co, MD on August 11, along Greenbank Road in Baltimore on
August 10 and along Black Walnut Point Road on Tilghman Island, Talbot
Co, MD on August 10. 

Lower altitude reports of COMMON RAVEN included sightings at Swan
Creek Wetland-Cox Creek, Anne Arundel Co, MD on August 6 and 7. 

On August 7, an estimated 4,000-4,500 or more PURPLE MARTINS were
observed descending into trees in the parking lot of a Walmart on
Pleasant Valley Road in Winchester, Frederick Co, VA. 

At least 10 species of migrant wood warbler were seen during the week,
including several early species. These included a NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH
at Triadelphia Reservoir-Pigtail Branch, Howard Co, MD on August 5 and
several other locations; a TENNESSEE WARBLER at Woodlawn Wildlife
Area, Cecil Co, MD and Cromwell Valley Park, Baltimore Co, MD on
August 11; a BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER at Piney Run Park, Carroll Co, MD on
August 8; and a CANADA WARBLER at Morgan Run NEA, Carroll Co, MD on
August 7, Lake Roland, Robert E. Lee Park, Baltimore Co, MD on August
8 and Cromwell Valley Park, Baltimore Co, MD on August 11.

***

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

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

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

Thank you for your interest, and enjoy the birds.

*Of interest to the records committee.

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Subject: Walkerton turf, King William Co. 8/12
From: akb <arun1bose AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 12 Aug 2014 22:01:50 -0400
Got out after dinner tonight and checked the turf along Woodbury Rd in
Walkerton. The heavy rain from earlier in the day had left standing water
on the fields (ploughed and sodded). I had been here briefly 2 weeks ago,
but did not see too much. This evening was a bit more productive.

4 Semipalmated Plover

10 Killdeer

32 Lesser Yellowlegs

2 Stilt Sandpiper

6 Least Sandpiper

18 Pectoral Sandpiper

2 Semipalmated Sandpiper

1 Laughing Gull (Juv.)

If you visit stay on the road and do not venture into the fields.

Arun Bose
Richmond
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Subject: Virginia Beach Mississippi Kites
From: RKNFurnish--- via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Tue, 12 Aug 2014 19:07:02 -0400 (EDT)
We had a single Mississippi Kite land on it's usual perch in our back  yard 
tree at 6:50 this evening.  Five minutes later, a pair of  American Crows 
chased it off.
 
Dang it!
 
Good Birds,
Ron Furnish & Marie Mullins
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Subject: Chincoteague NWR and surrounding areas
From: Bill Hohenstein <elliety AT msn.com>
Date: Tue, 12 Aug 2014 17:35:36 -0400
Here is a quick report from Monday and Tuesday at Chincoteague NWR and 
surrounding areas. The highlight so far was a White Faced Ibis, mixed in with 
four Glossy Ibis. It had bubble gum colored legs, extensive white on three 
sides of the eye, a reddish eye, and red fleshy area in front of the eye. 

 
The White Faced Ibis was in black duck pool across from the area where folks 
stop to see the ponies (on beach road). 

 
Swan's Cove is probably the best single spot for seeing birds at the moment. A 
good variety of terns (Royal, Common, one Sandwich, Least, skimmers, and 
Forsters). Marbled Godwit, Willet, Red Knot, SB Dowitchers, Sanderlings, Semi 
palmated Sandpipers, Spotted Sandpipers. A good variety of egrets and herons, 
and gulls. 

 
Birding is difficult on the wildlife loop. Not too much water and most of the 
birds are way out. There are good numbers of peeps -- the usuals, but you need 
to search for them. There was a large flock of White Ibis on the wildlife loop 
yesterday (35 birds or so). 

 
The beach south of the parking lots has a large number of sanderlings and good 
numbers of ruddy turnstones and black bellied plovers. 

 
Today, I took the jeep around on the MD side and drove down to the VA state 
line. From there, my brother and I walked to the north wash flats and back. The 
wild beach has lots of birds -- again mostly sanderlings and all five types of 
common summer gulls. In addition, good numbers of ruddy turnstones, willets, 
and BBPlovers, and flocks of whimbrels and red knots. The impoundments were a 
bit quiet. Lots of water in the Old Fields -- limiting it to gulls, terns, and 
egrets. The North Wash Flats had an assortment of peeps -- the usuals. It also 
had 9 eastern meadowlarks. Another highlight was a single vesper sparrow on the 
dike north of the Old Fields. 

 
It rained today so we'll see what the weather brings. I'm here for the rest of 
the week. 

 
Bill
 		 	   		  
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Subject: Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
From: Brenda Tekin <brenda AT birdsofvirginia.com>
Date: Tue, 12 Aug 2014 17:14:46 -0400
My son, a die hard Jacksonville Jaguars' fan, recently wrote "Can you smell 
that? Nothing else in the world smells like that. Breathe it in. That's the 
smell of football season!" 


I share that same enthusiasm for fall raptor migration!

Our 39th season counting raptors at Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch kicks off this 
Friday, August 15 and will run through the end of November. 


Mark your calendars for our upcoming open house event - 

Where the Raptors Soar--A Day at the Hawk Watch
Sunday, September 14, 2014
11am - 3pm

The event will include exhibits, educational materials, raptor prints, and a 
special raptor presentation by The Wildlife Center of Virginia at 1pm. 


Free food and drinks will be provided.

We welcome visitors who wish to watch, learn and even help spot hawks in the 
sky. It’s a beautiful venue where folks and their families can visit, bring a 
lawn chair and picnic and hang out. 


On behalf of all of our volunteer counters, we hope to see you at the hawk 
watch this fall! 


Brenda
Brenda Tekin, Co-coordinator 
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Waynesboro, VA
http://www.rockfish_gap_hawk_watch.com

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Subject: Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Boardwalk
From: Harry Glasgow via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Tue, 12 Aug 2014 08:56:05 -0700
Please forgive the delay of this report. I have been out of town.  Thirteen 
birders enjoyed a mild and pleasant August morning 

identifying 45 species during the Huntley Meadows Monday Morning
Boardwalk.  Highlights included watching
the resident Osprey practice “touch and go” landings and spotting a 
Louisiana 

Waterthrush.  My deepest thanks to Monday Morning stalwart Barry Pearson for 
leading the walk in my absence and compiling this data. 

 
Canada Goose    2
Wood Duck    10
Mallard    3
Great Blue Heron    7
Great Egret    2
Green Heron    3
Osprey    4
Red-shouldered Hawk    1
Solitary Sandpiper    1
Rock Pigeon    3
Mourning Dove    3
Yellow-billed Cuckoo    1
Barred Owl    1
Chimney Swift    10
Ruby-throated Hummingbird    3
Red-bellied Woodpecker    5
Downy Woodpecker    3
Hairy Woodpecker    2
Pileated Woodpecker    2
Eastern Wood-Pewee    3
Acadian Flycatcher    2
Eastern Phoebe    3
Great Crested Flycatcher    2
Eastern Kingbird    2
Red-eyed Vireo    2
Blue Jay    1
Purple Martin    4
Tree Swallow    1
Barn Swallow    8
Carolina Chickadee    10
Tufted Titmouse    4
White-breasted Nuthatch    1
Carolina Wren    3
House Wren    1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher    5
Eastern bluebird    2
American robin    10
Gray Catbird    4
Louisiana Waterthrush    1
Common Yellowthroat    5
Northern Cardinal    4
Red-winged Blackbird    10
Common Grackle    4
House Finch    2
American Goldfinch    7

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



Harry Glasgow
Friends of Huntley Meadows Park
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Subject: Re: Ben Brenman park, Alexandria
From: Robnoblestar via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Tue, 12 Aug 2014 09:58:47 -0400
There were eleven green heron an a couple of black-crowned night-heron at the 
park yesterday 


The wood duck is still present in eclipse plumage 

Rob Young 
Alexandria, va


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> On Aug 1, 2014, at 9:08, Robnoblestar  wrote:
> 
> There are both green and black crowned night-heron showing well at the park 
Over the past several days. 

> 
> Green Heron have nested again and adult, first year and juvenile Night-heron 
have been seen. 

> 
> For those unfamiliar with Wood Duck eclipse plumage, there is a male on the 
lake. 

> 
> The park is at Cameron Station, off Duke Street near the Beatley Library
> 
> Rob Young 
> Alexandria 
> 
> 
> 
> Sent from my iPhone
> 
>> On Aug 1, 2014, at 8:55, "Albright, Tom (USMS)"  
wrote: 

>> 
>> An Acadian Flycatcher was seen yesterday at Monticello Park. This was the 
first July bird of this species seen in the Park in 10 years 

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Subject: Bethel Beach. Mathews, VA
From: Barbara Houston <rinksyd AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 11 Aug 2014 20:46:20 -0400
Sorry for the late post....things have been really hectic.

I visited Bethel Beach for sunrise and about another 90 minutes or so 
Saturday morning.  It was a gorgeous morning and there was only one 
group of people fishing while I was there.
The tide was at peak high and there was nothing on the front beach, lots 
of terns flying over the water, and a few cormorants bobbing around.  I 
walked down to the hook and there were two young osprey on the 
platform.  One flew off and the other stayed there and let me take some 
pics and watched me closely.

Once around the hook, there were birds everywhere.  I was super pleased 
to see black skimmers playing in the water. Several oystercatchers were 
there as well.

I actually got a picture with four different birds in it: Semipalmated 
Plover, Black skimmer, Black Bellied Plover, and Short-billed Dowitcher 
on the main beach.

The majority of the activity was on the new 'island' created by the 
inlet that is there now.

It was a gorgeous morning and nice activity.

Pics start at: http://fynefoto.phanfare.com/6626583#imageID=220872705

Barbara Houston
New Kent, VA



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Subject: Kites, turkeys, and the osprey and the goldfish
From: Linda Millington <millington.linda AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 11 Aug 2014 17:24:33 -0400
Birders,

Emily Southgate and I set off at mid-day to search for the Mississippi
Kites seen in Prince William County. We found our first 2 in the
subdivision along Largo Vista Road off Rt. 15 in Haymarket. The kites were
perched in a very tall bare tree alongside a small lake on Largo Vista
Road. We spent a long time watching and photographing them.They would fly
from their perch, catch insects, and return to the same perch to eat their
prey. As we left the lake to drive further through the subdivision, a large
group of Wild Turkeys - 3 adults and 16 young turkeys of various ages
crossed the road in front of us. When we left the subdivision, there were 3
more Mississippi Kites soaring above the intersection of Rt. 15 and Loudoun
Drive.

We then drove on to Valley View Park where Donald Sweig had reported 7
kites. We saw one perched in the treeline near the baseball field. A
Red-shouldered Hawk sat on a fence and a Great Blue Heron fished in the
pond.

Driving home about 3 PM, we spotted an Osprey hunting over a pond with
three fountains shooting water into the air in the Bristow shopping center
in Brentsville at Linton Hall Road (Rt. 619) and Rt. 28. We parked next to
the pond and watched as the Osprey dove to the water time and time again in
a seemingly futile quest. At times, he flew through the spray of the
fountains. Then, suddenly, he dove again and came up with an orange fish in
his talons. He perched across the highway and proceeded to eat the
goldfish? - koi?- koi carp? - it was bright orange with white on the tail.
An accipiter - either a Coopers or a Sharp-shinned dashed by as we watched
the Osprey in the scope.

All in all, a wonderful birding adventure this afternoon!

Linda Millington
Upperville VA
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Subject: Re: Early Osprey
From: Allen Wolf <alwolf12 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Mon, 11 Aug 2014 10:58:09 -0400
Hi Allen,
I live along the South River in Augusta County near Crimora, and we also 
regularly have Ospreys, as well as Bald Eagles, fishing here every spring and 
fall-- very rarely in Summer. This year, however, we had Ospreys twice in late 
July and also on Aug 1, and we had Bald Eagles here three times in late July, 
as well as yesterday on Aug 10. I don't know if those here are early migrators 
or birds who nested somewhere relatively near and just came for the good 
fishing spot-- but in any case, just like where you are, it's rare to have 
Ospreys or Bald Eagles here so many times prior to late Aug/Sept. 

Al Wolfthe Red MillCrimora, VA
> Date: Mon, 11 Aug 2014 10:09:07 -0400
> From: super AT buteobooks.com
> To: va-bird AT listserve.com
> Subject: [Va-bird] Early Osprey
> 
> During Spring and Fall migration, Ospreys are frequently sighted along 
> the Rockfish River in Nelson County. Yesterday afternoon (8/10/14), what 
> appeared to be a juvenile was seen perched and then in flight from the 
> Route 639 bridge near Rockfish Depot. In past years, Ospreys have not 
> been seen in migration prior to early September.
> 
> Allen
> 
> -- 
> Allen Hale 
> East District Supervisor
> Nelson County
> 3130 Laurel Road
> Shipman, Virginia 22971
> (434) 263-4842
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Subject: Early Osprey
From: "Allen M. Hale, Supervisor" <super AT buteobooks.com>
Date: Mon, 11 Aug 2014 10:09:07 -0400
During Spring and Fall migration, Ospreys are frequently sighted along 
the Rockfish River in Nelson County. Yesterday afternoon (8/10/14), what 
appeared to be a juvenile was seen perched and then in flight from the 
Route 639 bridge near Rockfish Depot. In past years, Ospreys have not 
been seen in migration prior to early September.

Allen

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Nelson County
3130 Laurel Road
Shipman, Virginia 22971
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Subject: Back Bay NWR - Sat/Sun August 9-10
From: Rob Bielawski <robbielawski AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 11 Aug 2014 07:43:07 -0400
Spent the weekend hiking the trails out at Back Bay NWR in southeast
Virginia Beach and got to see some pretty neat birds, though no rarities.
I'd walked the beachfront last Tuesday and saw a lot of shorebirds, but
Saturday I walked the interiors of the park instead. Starting at the
parking area, I headed down the East Dike Trail to the loop that enters
False Cape State Park, and then headed back north. The water levels in the
ditches and canals adjacent to the trail are all pretty high, and there are
no exposed mud flats right now, so shorebirds were non-existent except for
a lone Spotted Sandpiper. Wading birds like Great Egrets, Little Blue
Herons, White & Glossy Ibis were seen far out into the marshes to the west,
closer to the West Dike Trail side of the park (which is closed this time
of the year).

On Sunday, I did the same walk, but instead of staying inland on the return
trip north, I walked the beach from False Cape's Barbour Hill back up to
the parking area of Back Bay, ~3.5 miles of coastline. On the beach, I saw
similar birds to what I'd seen on Tuesday, extremely numerous groups of
Sanderlings, large numbers of Willet, a few Ruddy Turnstone & Black-bellied
Plover (some still in breeding colors), and probably about 20 Semipalmated
Plovers. Did not see any Piping Plovers, or any Peeps either. Royal,
Caspian, Forster's, Sandwich & Gull-billed Terns were seen over the water,
and the typical Laughing / Ring-billed / Herring / Great Black-backed Gulls
were also seen. I had 2 large shorebirds fly by very high overhead, and
from the poor quality photos, they appear to be Whimbrels, with their
downcurved bills and non-ibis-like body & wing shape. I also saw one male
Black Scoter sitting on the beach, which seemed unusual to me. He did head
off into the water and appeared to be swimming just fine, though perhaps he
had a wing injury, but I couldn't see any.

Some other birds seen in the park inland: Plenty of Indigo Buntings & Blue
Grosbeaks, tons of Red-winged Blackbird and Brown-headed Cowbirds, saw a
couple Blue-Gray Gnatcatchers, and heard my share of Common Yellowthroats,
while seeing just one female. No Prairie Warblers this time out
unfortunately. Hopefully next weekend I can get back out on a beach walk to
see if any interested migrating birds have showed up that I didn't find
this past week. Some photos are posted to
www.outdoor-imagery.com/gallery-last-outing . On Wednesday when I do my
weekly blog update there will be ~175 photos added to
www.outdoor-imagery.com/blog in the top article. Check'em out if you get
the opportunity.

Rob Bielawski
Virginia Beach, VA
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Subject: White Ibis
From: "Michael A. Shank." <tallwhiteoak AT verizon.net>
Date: Mon, 11 Aug 2014 07:08:54 -0400
Mike reported the imm white ibis on West Mosby Road, Dayton yesterday. This 
bird was first seen on Fri. Aug 8, then again on Sun. Aug 10. Both sightings 
were at approx 8 am. The bird flew around 8:40. We last saw it perched on power 
lines north of Cargill. Didn't hear of any other sightings yesterday. Poor 
parking, busy road and the creek has lots of tall grasses for him to hide. 

          -Evelyn Shank


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Subject: swallow roost
From: "Michael A. Shank." <tallwhiteoak AT verizon.net>
Date: Mon, 11 Aug 2014 06:29:17 -0400
             Hello Va-birders,

Last evening we watched the swallows come in to the corn fields to roost. At 
8:15 to 8:30 last evening was when the biggest flocks were flying around. This 
morning at 6:15 they took off for the day. The swallows that I could identify 
were Barn and Tree Swallows. 



                              Mike Shank
                    Rockingham County


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Subject: Ruddy Duck, Brambleton
From: George Martin <grm0803 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 10 Aug 2014 21:35:53 -0400
There was a male Ruddy Duck in breeding plumage on the lake to the left of
the 6th hole at the Brambleton Golf Course (Ashburn, VA) today.

George Martin
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Subject: Valley View Kites: Sunday
From: Donald Sweig <skybirds.d AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 10 Aug 2014 19:15:55 -0400
 I arrived at Valley view Park in Prince William County about 10 o'clock this 
morning and stayed for about 2-1/2 hours. When I arrived, a woman named Bridget 
from Maryland was already there looking at the kites; Bob Augustine from 
Rockville, Maryland soon arrived. As from yesterday, the birds were actively 
flying, soaring and power-diving after prey. I personally saw six kites in the 
air at one place in the sky, and a seventh kite in another part of the sky at 
the same time. Bob, who is an excellent birder, said he had an eighth kite in 
the sky at the same time. It was quite a show, and as Bob said, normally one 
has to go to the Carolinas to see this many Mississippi kites in the same place 
at the same time. All the kites we saw were either adults or second-year 
sub-adults, we not find any juvenile, hatching- year kites. 

    Donald Sweig
     Falls Church, Virginia

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Subject: Aquia Landing SP (Staff Co), Possum Pt Rd (Pr Wm Co( and the Stone Bridge of Dyke Marsh (Frfx Co), 10 Aug 2014
From: "Kurt Gaskill" <KurtCapt87 AT verizon.net>
Date: Sun, 10 Aug 2014 19:14:20 -0400
VA BIRDers,

Rich Rieger and I started at Aquia Landing SP at 730am this morning until
about 9am. Highlight was a Northern Waterthrush in the bushes/reeds in
standing water, about half way down the road close to the first sandy beach.
A very shy bird. Other notables of the 46 species encountered were Wood
Duck, Caspian and Forster's Terns, Ruby-throated Hummers, E. Wood Pewee,
Acadian Flycatcher (across from the entrance), E. Phoebe, Great Crested
Flycatcher, E. Kingbirds, White-eyed Vireos incl FL, Red-eyed V incl FY,
Tree Swallow, many Barn Swallows, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, 2 Wood Thrush
gurgling near the entrance, Gray Catbirds incl FL, Brown Thrashers incl FL,
No. Parula, 4 Yellow Warblers, several Common Yellowthroats incl FL, and
Orchard Orioles.  

We paid a quick visit to the Possum Point area starting near 930am and the
highlight were 2 Bank Swallows on a wire near the road.  In addition to the
usual Bald Eagles, other new highlights for the day were Purple Martins,
House Wren, Chipping Sparrows, and Field Sparrows.  We later visited Neabsco
Creek and found 2 Northern Rough-winged Swallows. A short visit to Fort
Belvoir followed and produced Blue Grosbeak.

At 515pm, Rich and I met up at the Stone Bridge, later met by David Ledwith
and Larry Meade.  Highlight here was the season's first Blue-winged Teal.
Other notables were Wood Duck, 33 Great Egrets, the previously reported
Snowy Egret, Semipalmated Sandpipers, Killdeer, Greater and Lesser
Yellowlegs, about 52 Semipalmated Sandpipers, and 14 Least Sandpipers.  A
reasonably good day for mid August with 75 species tallied.

Kurt Gaskill

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Subject: Snowy egret/ stone bridge/ dyke marsh
From: Appleaday via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Sun, 10 Aug 2014 18:07:44 -0400
Posted up w. Great Egrets. Right now. Easy to pick out. 

Rich Rieger
Alexandria. 

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Subject: DYKE MARSH SUNDAY WALK
From: Edward Eder <nutmegz AT mac.com>
Date: Sun, 10 Aug 2014 15:14:14 -0400
Nine birders joined the Dyke Marsh walk today with highlights including close 
up views of seven first year Purple Martins which perched at close distance in 
a Cottonwood tree adjacent to the Boardwalk and chattered with nine 
accompanying adults. We believe that the small colony nested in a sailboat off 
of the marina. Other special events included near views of 8 foraging Baltimore 
orioles, including 4 adult males, and an estimated nine Orchard Orioles. 
Caspian Terns were seen fishing off of the spadderdock near the Stone Bridge 
and scooping up small fish in a "Skimmer-like" fashion instead of their usual 
plunge diving. Ruby-throated Hummers visited Cardinal flowers near the tip of 
the Haul Rd. 

The group appreciated scope views of a nesting Goldfinch close to the boardwalk 
and a Marsh Wren nest in the peninsula visible northwest of the observation 
deck. 

 Due to the high tide, shorebirds were not in evidence early on the walk but a 
trip to the Hunting Creek mudflats produced 6 shorebirds. 


Species count  61 (Including Hunting Creek Mudflat)
Canada Geese 142
Mallard 85
Wood Duck  1  ( near mudflat  spadderdock}
Double-crested Cormorant 7
Great Blue Heron 11
Great Egret 23
Green Heron 3
Black Vulture 1
Turkey Vulture 1
Bald Eagle 1
Osprey 8
Semipalmated Plover 1
Killdeer 3
Greater Yellowlegs 1
Lesser Yellowlegs 8
Semipalmated Sandpiper 28
Least S P 12
Laughing Gull 35
Ring Billed Gull 80
Caspian Tern 15
Forster's Tern 19
Rock Pigeon 5
Mourning Dove 15
Chimney Swift 16
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 5
Downy Woodpecker 4
Red=bellied Woodpecker 3
Northern Flicker 2
Eastern Wood Pewee 1
Eastern Phoebe 2
Great Crested FC 1
Eastern KB 6
Blue Jay 6
American Crow 6
Fishing Crow 7
Pulple Martin 35
Barn Swallow 12
Rough-winged Swallow 3
Carolina Chickadee 4
Tufted Titmouse 1 
White-breasted Nuthatch 3
Carolina Wren 3
Marsh Wren {heard} 1
Blue-grey Nuthatch 5
American Robin 6
Northern Mockingbird 2
Grey Catbird 5
European Starling 55
Yellow Warbler 4
Common YT 3
Hooded Warbler (heard)
Song Sparrow 6
Northern Cardinal 5
Indigo Bunting 2
Red-wing Blackbird 48
Common Grackle 14
Orchard Oriole 9
Baltimore Oriole 8
House Finch 2
American Goldfinch 5
House Sparrow  4





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