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29 Jan Dismal Swamp - Railroad Ditch & Lake Drummond - Jan 29, 2015 [Robert Ake ]
29 Jan Trumpeter Swan - more info (Rockingham) [Herbert Larner via va-bird ]
29 Jan American Robins and Cedar Waxwings ["Otis Sowell, Jr." ]
29 Jan Rockingham/Augusta today: 3 Swan species, Snow Geese, L. Shrike, A. Tree Sparrows etc [Gabriel Mapel via va-bird ]
29 Jan Trumpeter Swan, Rockingham County, photos ["Kevin Shank" ]
29 Jan Searching for Purples ["Wilson, Michael D" ]
29 Jan Trumpeter Swan - more info (Rockingham) [Diane L via va-bird ]
29 Jan Pohick Bay Park, Fairfax - Ruddy Duck Rumble [Larry Johnson ]
29 Jan Fwd: [eBird Alert] Virginia Rare Bird Alert ["kurtcapt87 AT verizon.net" ]
29 Jan Accipiter at bird feeders [Emily Southgate ]
29 Jan Trumpeter Swan, Rockingham Co. (Dayton area) [Diane L via va-bird ]
28 Jan Re: Baltimore Oriole at suet, Portsmouth, VA [Elisa Enders ]
28 Jan Boat Trip Off VA Beach [Brian and Deborah Taber via va-bird ]
28 Jan Birding Augusta County ["Herbert Larner" ]
28 Jan Long-tailed Duck at Sandy River Reservoir, Prince Edward County [Evan Spears ]
28 Jan Rough-legged Hawk in Rectortown, VA [Linda Millington ]
28 Jan Shen. Co. Jan 23-28- Lots of finches [David Davis ]
28 Jan Test 4 [Brian and Deborah Taber via va-bird ]
28 Jan Re: Dyke Marsh, Fairfax Count - Northern Virginia Bird Club walk [Dixie Sommers via va-bird ]
28 Jan Dyke Marsh, Fairfax Count - Northern Virginia Bird Club walk [Dixie Sommers via va-bird ]
28 Jan Fwd: [eBird Alert] Virginia Rare Bird Alert ["kurtcapt87 AT verizon.net" ]
28 Jan Test 2 [Brian and Deborah Taber via va-bird ]
28 Jan Common Goldeneyes (but no swans) at Wilck's Lake in Farmville, Prince Edward County [Evan Spears ]
27 Jan Voice: Greater Washington Area, Jan 27 ["Joe Coleman" ]
27 Jan test [Deborah Taber via va-bird ]
27 Jan Common Redpoll in Loudoun County [Daniel Car ]
27 Jan Brown-headed Cowbirds [Linda Millington ]
27 Jan Fwd: [eBird Alert] Virginia Rare Bird Alert ["kurtcapt87 AT verizon.net" ]
27 Jan Re: TRUMPETER SWANS and Mute Swan at Wilck's Lake in Farmville, Prince Edward County [Evan Spears ]
26 Jan White Throated Sparrow at the Hermitage [Christina Birdsong ]
26 Jan LWC bird of prey trip [Gerco ]
26 Jan Dovekie at Cape Charles [Ned Brinkley ]
26 Jan 2015 VSO Annual Meeting Spring in the Spectacular Blue Ridge Mountains Wintergreen Resort, May 8 - 10 [John Spahr via va-bird ]
26 Jan Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk [Harry Glasgow via va-bird ]
26 Jan Virginia Beach Western Tanager and Eurasian Wigeon [Jim Marcum ]
26 Jan Baltimore Oriole at suet, Portsmouth, VA [Elisa Enders ]
26 Jan Snow Buntings, Lapland Longspurs, Harlequin Ducks, etc. [Will McPhail ]
26 Jan Cackling Geese etc., Northampton Co. [Ned Brinkley ]
26 Jan Correction on black-crowned night herons - Alexandria [Siegal ]
26 Jan Black-Crowned Night Herons - Alexandria [Siegal ]
25 Jan Re: PHP Western Tanager refound today [RKNFurnish--- via va-bird ]
25 Jan The most interesting flying object... [Bill Hohenstein ]
25 Jan Riverbend Ducks: Sunday [Donald Sweig ]
25 Jan Re: Some Highlights in Fauquier and Loudoun Cos. 25 Jan 2015 ["Kurt Gaskill" ]
25 Jan Long-tailed Duck in James City Co., B+W and O-C Warblers at City Point, Hopewell, 1/25 [nicholas ]
25 Jan Some Highlights in Fauquier and Loudoun Cos. 25 Jan 2015 ["Kurt Gaskill" ]
25 Jan 1/25/15 - Virginia Beach (Nearshore Waters on Rudee Flipper) [Rob Bielawski ]
25 Jan PHP Western Tanager refound today [RKNFurnish--- via va-bird ]
25 Jan Ring-necked Duck at Ben Brenman Park, Alexandria ["Walter L. Barrows" ]
25 Jan Merrimac Farm [Harry Glasgow via va-bird ]
25 Jan Sunday Dyke Marsh walk (corrected) [Pam and Ben via va-bird ]
25 Jan Great Falls Walk [Marshall Rawson via va-bird ]
25 Jan FW: eBird Report - Dyke Marsh - CMN02, Jan 25, 2015 [Pam and Ben via va-bird ]
25 Jan Photos - Harlequin Ducks at CBBT [Karen Kearney via va-bird ]
25 Jan Greater White-fronted Geese - Rockbridge Co. [Rowe, Richard A, ”Dick” ]
25 Jan GWFG - Crockett Park [Greg Slader via va-bird ]
25 Jan Fwd: [eBird Alert] Virginia Rare Bird Alert ["kurtcapt87 AT verizon.net" ]
25 Jan Harlequin Ducks at CBBT []
24 Jan Raven [Larry Kline via va-bird ]
24 Jan A Grateful Thank You to Larry Brindza! ["Kurt Gaskill" ]
24 Jan TRUMPETER SWANS and Mute Swan at Wilck's Lake in Farmville, Prince Edward County [Evan Spears ]
24 Jan Pine Siskins in Warrenton ["Don & Susan Schupp" ]
24 Jan Riverbend Park, Ffx. Co., Jan. 23 [Scott Baron ]
24 Jan 50th Cape Charles Christmas Bird Count, December 30, 2014 [Harry Armistead ]
24 Jan 1/24/15 - Virginia Beach - CBBT (Common Eider) [Rob Bielawski ]
24 Jan Fw: eBird Report - Leesylvania State Park - CPW04, Jan 24, 2015 ["Marc Ribaudo" ]
24 Jan Pine Siskins in Gloucester []
24 Jan Snow Goose Ft Belvoir now ["kurtcapt87 AT verizon.net" ]
24 Jan Nassawadox Christmas Count, Dec. 21, 2014. [Harry Armistead ]
24 Jan ignore: test message 3 [Harry Armistead ]
24 Jan eBird Resources and Others ["R. Bruce Richardson" ]
24 Jan Fwd: [eBird Alert] Virginia Rare Bird Alert ["kurtcapt87 AT verizon.net" ]
24 Jan Merlin [Rowe, Richard A, ”Dick” ]
23 Jan Results of the DC Christmas Bird Count ["Larry Cartwright" ]
23 Jan 1/23/15 - Va. Beach - Pleasure House Point & CBBT (2 Common Eider) [Rob Bielawski ]
23 Jan Fwd: [eBird Alert] Virginia Rare Bird Alert ["kurtcapt87 AT verizon.net" ]

Subject: Dismal Swamp - Railroad Ditch & Lake Drummond - Jan 29, 2015
From: Robert Ake <rake AT cox.net>
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 19:23:58 -0500
     Yes, I know it's the middle of winter and we should expect cold, 
but 19F at 7:30am felt really cold this morning even though there was 
virtually no wind.  No one showed up to accompany me on my walk along 
Railroad Ditch, so I decided to drive instead of walking right from the 
git-go.  Driving on Railroad Ditch is possible after 7:30am and requires 
only a self-administered permit available in the kiosk at the gate.  I 
used the protocol of driving 0.3mile, getting out and birding, going 
another 0.3mile and repeating the process in this case for the entire 
6.0 miles to Lake Drummond.  The last 2.0 miles before reaching the lake 
are through the relatively recent burn area.
     Because there was no wind, it was easy to hear a long way. 
Woodpeckers were numerous.  Robins and Red-wings were recorded only as 
singles; no flocks were seen or heard flying over.  Sparrows were a bit 
more obvious than usual, but songbirds were slow.  The highlight was 
definitely the Blue-headed Vireo, a beautiful bird with bright yellow 
flanks and lustrous blue head surrounding the white spectacles.  This 
winter has not been good for these vireos. None of the southside 
Tidewater CBCs recorded any.  The burn area produced only an American 
Kestrel, but it was my first for the interior of the swamp. The lake 
added only the Bald Eagle near its nest, the Hooded Merganser, Mallards, 
and Tundra Swans.  The Pine Warblers were clustered around the beginning 
of the drive where there is a pine stand; they were the only warblers 
today.  For the third week in a row no Rusty Blackbirds were seen or heard.
     The refuge is currently constructing a new boardwalk through the 
wet area at the corner of Railroad and West Ditches, two miles from the 
headquarters.  It's an interesting area and the trail should provide a 
better look into it.
     I will be away next week, so the next walk will be scheduled for 
Friday morning, February 13, leaving the Washington Ditch parking lot at 
7:15am.  It's too far ahead to get any meaningful weather forecast and 
no weather date is possible.  So I'll be there and will walk with 
whomever shows up.  No reservation is needed.  Please join me.  Don't be 
spooked by the date; there will be three Friday the thirteenths this year!
     The complete list follows:

Dismal Swamp NWR Railroad Ditch, Suffolk, US-VA
Jan 29, 2015 7:27 AM - 11:22 AM
Protocol: Traveling  6.0 mile(s)  42 species

Tundra Swan  78
Mallard  8
Hooded Merganser  1
Great Blue Heron  1
Black Vulture  2
Turkey Vulture  6
Bald Eagle  1
Red-shouldered Hawk  2
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Mourning Dove  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  15
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  4
Downy Woodpecker  12
Hairy Woodpecker  4
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  12
Pileated Woodpecker  6
American Kestrel  1
Blue-headed Vireo  1
Blue Jay  1
Carolina Chickadee  12
Tufted Titmouse  7
White-breasted Nuthatch  2
Brown-headed Nuthatch  1
Brown Creeper  1
Winter Wren  8
Carolina Wren  14
Golden-crowned Kinglet  1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  2
Hermit Thrush  8
American Robin  8
Gray Catbird  6
Brown Thrasher  2
Pine Warbler  4
Eastern Towhee  10
Fox Sparrow (Red)  5
Song Sparrow  8
Swamp Sparrow  5
White-throated Sparrow  25
Northern Cardinal  2
Red-winged Blackbird  4
Common Grackle  1
American Goldfinch  5

Bob Ake
Norfolk

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Subject: Trumpeter Swan - more info (Rockingham)
From: Herbert Larner via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 15:45:23 -0800


> Also if anyone goes to
> see this bird make sure you pull well off the road for it is
> a two lane country road that is well used & be safe . 
> I went up around noon today & for the time I was there 5
> to 6 vehicles went by that area .  Also if anyone see the
> bird out of the water get a close look at the feet to see if
> it has both hind toes . 
> 
> Allen Larner
> Staunton 
> --------------------------------------------
> On Thu, 1/29/15, Diane L via va-bird 
> wrote:
> 
>  Subject: [Va-bird]
> Trumpeter Swan - more info (Rockingham)
>  To:
> "Shenvalbirds Shenvalbirds" ,
> "Va-bird Birding" 
>  Date: Thursday, January 29, 2015, 2:38 PM
>  
>  The Silver Creek Road
> Trumpeter Swan
>  was still being seen as of
> early this afternoon.
>  The owner of the pond
> and surrounds said they didn't place
> 
> either of the two swans (the Mute or the
> Trumpeter.)   
>  One had been around on
> and off, then more recently was
>  joined by
> the other (I assume the Trumpeter is the more
>  recent arrival.)
>  Diane
> LepkowskiHarrisonburg
>  
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Subject: American Robins and Cedar Waxwings
From: "Otis Sowell, Jr." <otissowell AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 18:43:17 -0500
Almost daily I have been stopping by the Old Stone Jail site near the
Fluvanna County Courthouse in Palmyra waiting for the American Robins and
Cedar Waxwings to show up at the Holly trees, which, by the way, are full
of berries.
 Well, today they showed up in large numbers. I can only guess the numbers
because they were coming and going so fast that it was impossible for one
person to count them all. In the 30 minutes I was there  counted at least
125 American Robins and at least 40 Cedar Waxwings and 1 Red-shouldered
Hawk in a distant tree that was watching all the action.

I did manage to get a few pictures:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/otissowell/


Otis Sowell
Palmyra, Virginia

www.otissowellphotography.com
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Subject: Rockingham/Augusta today: 3 Swan species, Snow Geese, L. Shrike, A. Tree Sparrows etc
From: Gabriel Mapel via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 22:29:23 +0000 (UTC)
Hi all,Eve Gaige and I spent the day birding around northern Augusta and 
southern Rockingham Counties today.  All in all it was a really fun day. 

The highlight was my personal first-ever 3-Swan day (and all in Rockingham)! 
 We were able to view the continuing Trumpeter & Mute Swans along Silver Creek 
Rd (previously well reported on these listservs by Diane L) as well as the Mute 
Swan at Silver Lake.  We, were, however surprised to find our 3rd swan, an 
immature Tundra floating on the river at the far end of Wildwood Park in 
Bridgewater. 

Anyway, here's our summary:We started off the day at Badger Rd (Augusta) where 
we lucked into an enormous Sparrow flock, primarily White-crowned (145+) but 
also 15 WTSparrow, 4 Song Sparrow, 35 Junco, and 2 Am. Tree Sparrows which was 
a really nice treat that gave awesome looks.  These were all in the fields on 
the north side of Badger Rd and not too far east of Nat. Chimneys Rd (the 
"Shrike field").  Unfortunately, we didn't find the reported Loggerhead Shrike 
and moved on.The Mount Solon Pond held 75+ Canada Geese, 3 Gadwall, 4 Am. 
Wigeon, 18 Mallard, 1 Shoveler, 4 Pintail, and 1 GBHeron. 

We headed up to the 4-way intersection below Reddish/Bother Knobs and failed to 
find any Red Crossbills at the intersection.  The roads were too snowy to 
proceed to Reddish or Bother Knob.  Driving back down Briery Branch Rd 
(Rockingham), we hit a nice pocket of birds right before the reservoir.  Here, 
our highlights were: 1 YBSapsucker, 3 Downy & 1 Hairy WP, 2 Black-capped 
Chickadees, 1 B. Creeper, 1 GCKinglet, 3 Fox Sparrow.Down in the valley we got 
great looks of the continuing Mute & Trumpeter Swans along Silver Creek Rd. 
 Other birds along Silver Creek Rd included a flyover Bald Eagle pair, 1 
Wilson's Snipe, 1 Am Kestrel, and 1 H. Lark.Silver Lake held 80+ Canada Geese, 
1 Mute Swan, 57 Gadwall, 6 Am. Wigeon, 100+ Mallard, 1 Canvasback, 9 Redhead, 1 
Bufflehead. 

Lake Campbell held 270+ Canada Geese, 9 Gadwall, 45 Mallard, 3 N. Pintail, 1 
Canvasback, 4 Redhead, 16 RNDuck, 1 Lesser Scaup, 1 GBHeron.Lake Shenandoah's 
only waterfowl were 5 Canada Geese and 6 Mallards but we did have our day's 
only Belted Kingfisher.We lucked into finding 2 Snow Geese (white morph adult 
and immature) with 70+ Canada Geese at the ponds behind the Rockingham Memorial 
Hospital.Along Hwy 257 in Mt Crawford we had a flock of 35 Am. Pipits.Wildwood 
Park in Bridgewater yielded 130+ Canada Geese, 1 Tundra Swan floating on the 
river at the back of the park, 2 Am. Wigeon, 13 Mallard, 1 Redhead, 1 PBGrebe, 
1 resident gray-morph E. Screech-Owl, 1 Pileated Woodpecker. 

We finished the day back at Badger Rd where we were able to get distant but 
satisfactory looks at the Loggerhead Shrike to the north of Badger Rd, near the 
intersection with Nat. Chimneys Rd. 

Thanks to Eve for a very fun day and to everyone else for finding all these 
good birds, like the Trumpeter and Shrike!  Good Birding to all,Gabriel 
MapelNew Hope, VA 

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Subject: Trumpeter Swan, Rockingham County, photos
From: "Kevin Shank" <birds AT naturefriendmagazine.com>
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 17:16:37 -0500
When I stopped by to see the Trumpeter Swan this afternoon, the gentleman
who owns the pond stop by to chat. He mentioned they have been seeing this
swan for three to four weeks.

 

The boys took photos of it, a couple of which I've posted on our website.
They can be seen here: 

 

http://www.naturefriendmagazine.com/photos/photos.pl?catid=158

 

Kevin Shank

Rockingham County

 

 

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Subject: Searching for Purples
From: "Wilson, Michael D" <mdwils AT wm.edu>
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 19:55:26 +0000
Searching for Purples

by Bryan Watts
see link for photos - http://www.ccbbirds.org/2015/01/29/searching-purples/

It was one of those magical days when the winds are light, the water feels like 
silk under the boat and you can't see where the Bay ends and the sky begins. 
You have the sensation of speeding into a featureless wall of blue. Like riding 
a sled through fog on an icy hill, you enter the sublime and all time begins to 
bend and then fades away into blueness. A simple delight that more than makes 
up for the many poor-weather days in the field. 

 
Purple sandpipers are different. When other sandpiper species migrate to 
tropical latitudes, they stubbornly overwinter along the frigid waters of the 
North Atlantic. The bulk of the population moves south just beyond the arctic 
ice, with birds remaining along the coasts of Newfoundland, Greenland and 
Iceland. While other shorebirds forage on sandy beaches, mudflats and marshes, 
they cling to rocks, dodging and weaving through crevices to pluck mollusks and 
crustaceans from slimy surfaces, escaping just as the next wave surges over. In 
winter they inhabit the raw, rocky coastline, a rugged habitat where we would 
like to be if only for a brief visit. 

 
In part because they breed in such remote locations and winter in situations 
beyond easy human reach, our information on population status is incomplete. 
Recent estimates of birds wintering along the Western Atlantic fall around 
16,000 individuals but may be twice that number. A recent analysis of trends 
suggests that the North American population may be declining. 

 
The rocky coastline preferred by the purple sandpiper extends south only to New 
York. This is the position where the fall line (rocky formation that separates 
the piedmont from the coastal plain) reaches the coast. South of this location, 
the coast is comprised of the sandy habitats characteristic of the southern 
Coastal Plain. In recent centuries, we have used rocks to build islands, 
jetties, groins and other structures, creating rocky habitats for purple 
sandpipers and extending their winter range south. 

 
On January 20, two CCB crews were out on the water to visit the largest of 
these artificial rock habitats within the Chesapeake Bay. They are rocky 
islands created to support the entrance of tunnels under the Bay, including the 
Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel, the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel, and the Monitor 
Merrimac Bridge Tunnel. Because the islands are mostly inaccessible from the 
bridges, we surveyed the intertidal perimeter for shorebirds by boat. 

 
We know very little about the ecology and population dynamics of purple 
sandpipers wintering in the mid-Atlantic Coastal Plain. Numbers may vary year 
to year depending on conditions in the heart of their winter range to the 
north. We detected only 86 purple sandpipers along more than 7 kilometers of 
rocky shoreline. The survey provides an initial baseline that may be compared 
to future surveys to examine interannual variation. In addition to the purples, 
we also recorded 64 sanderlings, 38 ruddy turnstones, 21 least sandpipers and 1 
western sandpiper feeding on the rocks. 



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Subject: Trumpeter Swan - more info (Rockingham)
From: Diane L via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 19:38:50 +0000 (UTC)
The Silver Creek Road Trumpeter Swan was still being seen as of early this 
afternoon. 

The owner of the pond and surrounds said they didn't place either of the two 
swans (the Mute or the Trumpeter.)    One had been around on and off, then 
more recently was joined by the other (I assume the Trumpeter is the more 
recent arrival.) 

Diane LepkowskiHarrisonburg

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Subject: Pohick Bay Park, Fairfax - Ruddy Duck Rumble
From: Larry Johnson <emaillarryj AT verizon.net>
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 09:54:30 -0500
The temperature has fallen and competition for food has increased. Saw this 
Ruddy Duck rumble at Pohick Bay Park yesterday. Though y’all might enjoy. 


https://flic.kr/p/qYneug
https://flic.kr/p/qG6oDx
https://flic.kr/p/qG6oBZ
https://flic.kr/p/qYrrM5

Larry
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Subject: Fwd: [eBird Alert] Virginia Rare Bird Alert
From: "kurtcapt87 AT verizon.net" <kurtcapt87@verizon.net>
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 09:50:06 -0500

Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE DROID

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*** Species Summary:

Ross's Goose (1 Augusta)
Black Swan (1 Isle of Wight)
Long-tailed Duck (1 Prince Edward)
Razorbill (1 Virginia Beach)
Glaucous Gull (1 Virginia Beach)

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NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

Ross's Goose (Chen rossii) (6)
- Reported Jan 28, 2015 08:15 by John Pancake
- Fishersville Quarry, Augusta, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.074582,-78.9889526&ll=38.074582,-78.9889526 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21582687
- Comments: "Continuing birds. White goose with black wingtips. Smaller than 
Canada Goose and smaller than Snow Goose. Distinctive bill and gape. The birds 
have been at this location for at least two weeks." 


Black Swan (Cygnus atratus) (2)
- Reported Jan 26, 2015 15:00 by Gennette Huber
- Chuckatuck Creek, Isle of Wight, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=36.9144212,-76.50424&ll=36.9144212,-76.50424 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21582491
- Comments: "Two adults seen along the marsh to the right of the bridge heading 
northbound. White wing feathers visible on one bird. Both a uniform black color 
otherwise." 


Long-tailed Duck (Clangula hyemalis) (1)
- Reported Jan 28, 2015 16:30 by Evan Spears
- Sandy River Reservoir - PHP06, Prince Edward, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=37.2524944,-78.3198938&ll=37.2524944,-78.3198938 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21583065
- Comments: "Seen from the boat launch at the end of Gates-Bass Road (Rt. 605). 
Identified quickly by white head/neck, light flanks, black cheek patch, 
pink-tipped bill, and long black tail. 


 


 


" 


Razorbill (Alca torda) (2)
- Reported Jan 25, 2015 09:00 by Pamela Monahan
- Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel VB, Virginia Beach, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=37.0217246,-76.087532&ll=37.0217246,-76.087532 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21582197
- Comments: "In flight. Close to mouth of Bay. Thanks, F. Fogerty."

Glaucous Gull (Larus hyperboreus) (1)
- Reported Jan 25, 2015 09:00 by Pamela Monahan
- Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel VB, Virginia Beach, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=37.0217246,-76.087532&ll=37.0217246,-76.087532 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21582197
- Comments: "Seen by several other birders on trip. In flight."

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Subject: Accipiter at bird feeders
From: Emily Southgate <ewbsouthgate AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 09:03:09 -0500
Two mornings in a row I have scared an accipter away from my bird feeders
when I opened the drapes on my porch. It has flown away before I was sure
what it was, but I would guess a Cooper's hawk. The feeders have needed
filling less often!
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Subject: Trumpeter Swan, Rockingham Co. (Dayton area)
From: Diane L via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 02:46:50 +0000 (UTC)
A swan, first spotted yesterday by Charles "Zig" Ziegenfus (with his James 
Madison University Ornithology class), was seen from a good distance away both 
yesterday and today. Tonight it offered much closer views, although in poor 
light -- just after sundown. This thanks to it having trailed a Mute Swan that 
seemed interested in checking out my car "blind" as I viewed from the road. 


Location is private though the pond is near the road. PLEASE VIEW FROM THE CAR 
/ road shoulder. NOT on the top of the dam, which may be tempting as it's close 
to the road, but is on private property. 


We believe the bird is a Trumpeter.  Observations my photos don't show:  

Seen from the rear, swimming away, the Mute Swan seemed the narrower of the two 
-- the Trumpeter looked much more wide-bodied. Viewed in profile they seemed 
very close to the same size; my impression of which was larger varied with 
their poses. The Mute Swan seemed to ride higher in the water, which added some 
question in evaluating apparent size. 


The pond is on Silver Creek Rd, Rt. 909, west of Dayton. From Rt. 42 in Dayton: 
Rt 257 west, left on Thomas Spring Rd, fork right on Silver Creek Rd, pond is 
on the left. 



Good luck!

Photos start here: 

http://birdtrek.smugmug.com/Animals/Shenandoah-Valley-Virginia-Winte/46653700_MHfwNv#!i=3848596140&k=VpwLvnQ 


Diane Lepkowski
Harrisonburg
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Subject: Re: Baltimore Oriole at suet, Portsmouth, VA
From: Elisa Enders <elisaenders AT hotmail.com>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 20:44:36 -0500
The Baltimore Oriole is still coming to our feeders. It mainly visits the suet 
feeder and an orange put out for it. 

 
Thanks for emails from folks. Sorry I didn't reply to everyone individually.
 
While the oriole is not consistent, it has been coming thoroughout the day and 
seen as late as 4pm. If anyone is interested in trying to see it, please email 
me. 


Elisa Flanders
Portsmouth, VA


 
> From: elisaenders AT hotmail.com
> To: va-bird AT listserve.com
> Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 11:52:07 -0500
> Subject: [Va-bird] Baltimore Oriole at suet, Portsmouth, VA
> 
> This morning, just after I left home to drive to work, Nick let me know that 
a Baltimore Oriole was feeding at the suet feeder in our backyard. I wasn't far 
from the house, so I headed back and was able to see the oriole, a yard first 
for me. If the oriole becomes a regular visitor and anyone is interested in 
seeing it, I might be able to allow visitors. It is difficult to see the 
feeders from locations other than the house kitchen. I didn't think that an 
oriole was likely to show up at our location. Our backyard borders the 
Bide-A-Wee golf course, but pines are not immediately adjacent to our yard, and 
there is mostly deciduous trees and growth in our yard. Maybe I associate 
wintertime Baltimore Orioles with hollies and camellias more than I should. 

>  
> Funny to me was that the oriole showed up on a morning that I was trying to 
chase, with little success, starlings and squirrels from the suet. 

> 
> Elisa Flanders
> Portsmouth, VA
> 
>  
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Subject: Boat Trip Off VA Beach
From: Brian and Deborah Taber via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 19:26:49 -0500
I'd like to add my congratulations to the Williamsburg Bird Club for another 
great winter wildlife boat trip along the CBBT and off VA Beach last Sunday and 
thanks to Inge Curtis for allowing the remarkable photo of the breaching 
Humpback Whale to be on the General Blog on the Coastal VA Wildlife Observatory 
website at www.cvwo.org 


Brian Taber
CVWO 
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Subject: Birding Augusta County
From: "Herbert Larner" <larnersky AT mindspring.com>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 19:05:53 -0500
Hello all

 

This morning I met up with John Pancake & we set off to bird in & around
Augusta County . Starting off at the Quarry we found  at least 350 to 400 +
Canada's but no odd Geese mixed in except for the 8 Ross's Geese . Shortly
after we got there most of the Geese flew off to the fields to feed . Left
at the Quarry were the usual ducks that have been hanging out there this
winter .  Over at the Invista Ponds in Waynesboro were the two adult BCN
Herons & one GB Heron . Also there was one Pied - billed Grebe & the usual
number of Coot & Hooded Mergansers .  McCune's was frozen as well as the Boy
Scout Camp , Smith's had a little open water where there were at least 200
Canada's only & about 20 GW Teal , Mallard & a couple of Black Duck . The
Bald Eagles are working on their nest getting it ready for another season of
fun . We only found a few Horned Larks calling  & over at the Mt. Solon pond
we had a small group of Canada's , three Pintail , couple of Am. Wigeon &
the usual Mallards . Bells Lane was mostly frozen except the very back pond
where only I & another member can go . This area had Ruddy , Greater Scaup ,
Gadwall , Coot , Mallard & a few Canada's in which one had a green neck
collar XC 80 .  All in all a good & fun day of bird watching in Aug . Co . 

 

Allen Larner 

Staunton 

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Subject: Long-tailed Duck at Sandy River Reservoir, Prince Edward County
From: Evan Spears <e3spears AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 18:52:23 -0500
Male sea duck seen this afternoon from the Gates-Bass Road (Rt. 605) boat
launch area. Flagged as Rare by eBird but not a review species.

Photos: https://www.flickr.com/photos/65924095 AT N06/
Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21583065

Evan Spears
Farmville, VA
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Subject: Rough-legged Hawk in Rectortown, VA
From: Linda Millington <millington.linda AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 18:00:04 -0500
Birders,

Andy Martin called me this afternoon to tell me that she was watching a
Rough-legged Hawk at the Short-eared Owl spot along Rectortown Road just
west of the village of Rectortown, VA. I joined her and we watched the
Rough-legged Hawk gliding and hovering over the fields. We were looking
north from the Edgecliff Farm parking area across several fields to a barn
with a red roof. (not the close barn to the west) The hawk was hunting in
the fields in front of the barn from two tall white sycamores at the
eastern edge of the field all the way across to a red silo on the western
edge. At one point, the hawk perched in the brushline and we had great
looks at its light head and bib and dark belly. When it was flying and
hovering, the light tail, dark belly, and dark wrist patches were evident.

Two Northern Harriers, one a gray ghost, were also hunting; a Red-tailed
Hawk cried in the sky; a Common Raven croaked, and a pair of Red-shouldered
Hawks sat close together on a branch of a tall pine along the road. As we
watched the Rough-legged Hawk while perched, we could see Northern Harriers
hunting in the background. A third Red-shouldered Hawk was also perched in
the brushline.

We began watching the hawk about 4 PM. At about 5:20 PM, after being
harassed by a Northern Harrier, the Rough-legged flew east, and I departed.
I know I should have waited for the Short-eared Owls, but I was frozen
solid, and I had had a totally thrilling experience and magical experience.

Linda Millington
Upperville VA
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Subject: Shen. Co. Jan 23-28- Lots of finches
From: David Davis <daviszepp AT verizon.net>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 17:53:38 -0500
We spent this period at our second home on Cedar Creek and did eBird counts 
every morning and a Feeder Watch count on 2 days. The first weather event that 
hit the night of the 23rd-24th left under and inch of granular ice/snow that 
persisted until the next night. The second event which arrived on the 25th and 
lasted until the morning of the night of the 26th left 5 inches of snow that 
completely covered trees and shrubbery (making for some wonderful photo-ops). 
Many of our regular winter birds were in normal numbers, but we did experience 
some exceptional highs. Our high count for Dark-eyed Juncos was 35 (27th), Pine 
Siskins - 64 (24th), and Am. Goldfinches - 69 (25th)—these are counts, not 
estimates and almost certainly are conservative given the frenetic activity of 
the two fringillids. These may be records for us (since 1979), but I haven’t 
taken the time to make that determination. Somewhat surprisingly, we had no 
Purple Finches after having a few much of the winter so far, and we had no 
other irruptives like Am. Tree Sparrows or Red-breasted Nuthatches. The only 
other species of note was an adult male Yellow-bellied Sapsucker that came to 
our suet feeder on several days. They don’t seem to overwinter in our area 
every year. 


Happy 2015 and good birding

Dave Davis
Arlington and Zepp



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Subject: Test 4
From: Brian and Deborah Taber via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 13:40:27 -0500
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Subject: Re: Dyke Marsh, Fairfax Count - Northern Virginia Bird Club walk
From: Dixie Sommers via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 12:55:59 -0500
Oops!  We did NOT see 5 Common Goldeyes. This should be 5 Common Mergansers.
Sorry for the error.

 

Dixie Sommers

 

From: Dixie Sommers [mailto:dixiesommers AT cs.com] 
Sent: Wednesday, January 28, 2015 12:49 PM
To: 'Va-Bird'
Subject: Dyke Marsh, Fairfax Count - Northern Virginia Bird Club walk

 

Three birders, including leaders Dave Boltz and myself, birded at Dyke Marsh
on this sunny but cold and windy winter morning.  The conditions probably
kept the passerines down, as we were missing many of the common birds.  A
very nice view of a Winter Wren was good compensation. We also spotted an
American Tree Sparrow about 2/3 way down the Haul Road, and debated a bit
about the ID.  Calling it ATSP based on the pale breast and belly with dark
spot, rufous cap and gray supercilium.  Unfortunately it flew before we got
a bead on the bill color.  Another highlight was 7 Canvasbacks resting with
a group of Lesser Scaup and Ruddy Ducks, seen off the platform at the end of
Haul Road. 

 

Waterfowl numbers on the Potomac and flats near the mouth of Hunting Creek
were low, except for a large group of Canada Geese hugging the shore, and a
group of American Black Ducks.  Nice views of three Bald Eagles including
watching one immature fishing.  

 

Northern Virginia Bird Club walks are posted at
http://www.nvabc.org/trips.htm 

 

 

Dyke Marsh - CMN02, Fairfax, US-VA

Jan 28, 2015 8:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Protocol: Traveling

1.5 mile(s)

Comments:     Northern Virginia Bird Club walk. 23 degrees at start. Windy,
clear skies.

31 species

 

Canada Goose  1000

Wood Duck  1

American Black Duck  50

Mallard  150

Northern Shoveler  4

Canvasback  7

Lesser Scaup  330

Bufflehead  16

Common Goldeneye  5

Hooded Merganser  3

Ruddy Duck  120

Double-crested Cormorant  5

Great Blue Heron  4

Bald Eagle  3

Red-tailed Hawk  1

Ring-billed Gull  X

Herring Gull  X

Great Black-backed Gull  4

Mourning Dove  4

Red-bellied Woodpecker  3

Downy Woodpecker  3

Hairy Woodpecker  1     Heard

Northern Flicker  1

Carolina Chickadee  5

Winter Wren  1

Carolina Wren  5

American Tree Sparrow  1     Pale breast and belly with dark spot, rufous
cap and gray supercilium. Did not get bill color before it flew.

Song Sparrow  14

Swamp Sparrow  8

White-throated Sparrow  12

Northern Cardinal  3

 

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Subject: Dyke Marsh, Fairfax Count - Northern Virginia Bird Club walk
From: Dixie Sommers via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 12:49:24 -0500
Three birders, including leaders Dave Boltz and myself, birded at Dyke Marsh
on this sunny but cold and windy winter morning.  The conditions probably
kept the passerines down, as we were missing many of the common birds.  A
very nice view of a Winter Wren was good compensation. We also spotted an
American Tree Sparrow about 2/3 way down the Haul Road, and debated a bit
about the ID.  Calling it ATSP based on the pale breast and belly with dark
spot, rufous cap and gray supercilium.  Unfortunately it flew before we got
a bead on the bill color.  Another highlight was 7 Canvasbacks resting with
a group of Lesser Scaup and Ruddy Ducks, seen off the platform at the end of
Haul Road. 

 

Waterfowl numbers on the Potomac and flats near the mouth of Hunting Creek
were low, except for a large group of Canada Geese hugging the shore, and a
group of American Black Ducks.  Nice views of three Bald Eagles including
watching one immature fishing.  

 

Northern Virginia Bird Club walks are posted at
http://www.nvabc.org/trips.htm 

 

 

Dyke Marsh - CMN02, Fairfax, US-VA

Jan 28, 2015 8:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Protocol: Traveling

1.5 mile(s)

Comments:     Northern Virginia Bird Club walk. 23 degrees at start. Windy,
clear skies.

31 species

 

Canada Goose  1000

Wood Duck  1

American Black Duck  50

Mallard  150

Northern Shoveler  4

Canvasback  7

Lesser Scaup  330

Bufflehead  16

Common Goldeneye  5

Hooded Merganser  3

Ruddy Duck  120

Double-crested Cormorant  5

Great Blue Heron  4

Bald Eagle  3

Red-tailed Hawk  1

Ring-billed Gull  X

Herring Gull  X

Great Black-backed Gull  4

Mourning Dove  4

Red-bellied Woodpecker  3

Downy Woodpecker  3

Hairy Woodpecker  1     Heard

Northern Flicker  1

Carolina Chickadee  5

Winter Wren  1

Carolina Wren  5

American Tree Sparrow  1     Pale breast and belly with dark spot, rufous
cap and gray supercilium. Did not get bill color before it flew.

Song Sparrow  14

Swamp Sparrow  8

White-throated Sparrow  12

Northern Cardinal  3

 

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Subject: Fwd: [eBird Alert] Virginia Rare Bird Alert
From: "kurtcapt87 AT verizon.net" <kurtcapt87@verizon.net>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 09:40:11 -0500

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*** Species Summary:

Greater White-fronted Goose (1 Fauquier)
Cackling Goose (2 James City)
Ruddy Duck (1 Tazewell)
Loggerhead Shrike (1 Charlotte)
Bohemian Waxwing (1 Virginia Beach)
Western Tanager (1 Virginia Beach)
Painted Bunting (1 Chesapeake)
Common Redpoll (2 Loudoun)

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

NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

Greater White-fronted Goose (Anser albifrons) (1)
- Reported Jan 25, 2015 09:00 by Greg  Slader
- C.M. Crockett Park - PCU05, Fauquier, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.6217,-77.7228&ll=38.6217,-77.7228 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21533278
- Comments: "GOOSE WAS AMONG A LARGE GROUP OF CANDA GEESE, ITS HEAD WAS TUCKED 
IN BUT THEN RAISED ITS HEAD AND I WAS ABLE TO IDENTIFY. I AM CONFIDENT BASED ON 
PREVIOUS SIGHTINGS THAT THIS WAS INDEED A GWFG." 


Cackling Goose (Branta hutchinsii) (1)
- Reported Jan 27, 2015 09:15 by Bill Williams
- Drummond's Field/Mainland Farm, James City, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=37.23487,-76.7850393&ll=37.23487,-76.7850393 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21565578
- Comments: "about one third smaller than Canada Geese it was with; small, 
short black bill; relatively small round head with angled forehead; white 
facial patch wider and whiter than that of Canadas; relatively short neck; 
flanks paler gray than Canadas; has been present for several days" 


Cackling Goose (Branta hutchinsii) (1)
- Reported Jan 27, 2015 09:30 by Jason  Strickland
- Mainland Farm, James City, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=37.2374012,-76.7843056&ll=37.2374012,-76.7843056 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21569079
- Comments: "Small goose, roughly half the size of nearby canadas..silvery by 
comparison to cago, stubby bill, larger whiter patch on face pointed out by 
Bill.." 


Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 27, 2015 12:00 by Clancey Deel
- Falls Mills Lake, Tazewell, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=37.2721062,-81.3239872&ll=37.2721062,-81.3239872 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21571513

Loggerhead Shrike (Lanius ludovicianus) (1)
- Reported Jan 27, 2015 by Mike Stinson
- Four Locusts Lane at US 15, Charlotte, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=37.0690595,-78.4753847&ll=37.0690595,-78.4753847 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21573636
- Comments: "Seen on same fence as last week. Stopped to watch briefly after 
first spotting it from the Jeep." 


Bohemian Waxwing (Bombycilla garrulus) (20)
- Reported Jan 27, 2015 14:16 by Joel Burns
- Catfish Joe's, Virginia Beach, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=36.8026831,-76.0737509&ll=36.8026831,-76.0737509 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21570075
- Comments: "These fellows were eating berries from backyard trees in company 
of robins. I viewed these beautiful birds sometimes as near as only five feet. 
Suspect the blizzard has driven these Northerners to the shores of SE 
Virginia." 


Western Tanager (Piranga ludoviciana) (1)
- Reported Jan 23, 2015 11:30 by Andrew Baldelli
- Pleasure House Point, Virginia Beach, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=36.903226,-76.0994303&ll=36.903226,-76.0994303 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21573181
- Comments: "very brief looks at bird which was found a few days earlier , 
seems to be hanging around with Yellow rumps and Bluebirds . Heard calling many 
times" 


Painted Bunting (Passerina ciris) (1)
- Reported Jan 22, 2015 12:15 by Andrew Baldelli
- feeder in Chesapeake, Chesapeake, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=36.7734972,-76.2580884&ll=36.7734972,-76.2580884 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21572386
- Comments: "Female Painted Bunting coming to feeder"

Common Redpoll (Acanthis flammea) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 27, 2015 13:18 by David Larsen
- US-VA-Purcellville-36624 Woodmar Farm Dr, Loudoun, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=39.117794,-77.736656&ll=39.117794,-77.736656 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21568513
- Comments: "015 

Photo by Daniel Carrier who originally found this bird."

Common Redpoll (Acanthis flammea) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 27, 2015 08:05 by Daniel  Carrier
- Woodmar Farm, Loudoun, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=39.120959,-77.7372596&ll=39.120959,-77.7372596 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21564776
- Comments: "I was walking around the lake and on the side where the dam is I 
found a massive flock consisting of lots of house finch, a couple purple finch, 
a solitary siskin, and while I was panning through the birds I stumbled upon a 
bird that I just knew for a fact was a common redpoll. I then ran back to my 
house and grabbed my camera and was able to photograph the bird. 



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Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 08:59:26 -0500
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Subject: Common Goldeneyes (but no swans) at Wilck's Lake in Farmville, Prince Edward County
From: Evan Spears <e3spears AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 08:07:09 -0500
There were two female Common Goldeneyes on the lake behind the library
yesterday morning. This birds is currently listed as a "rare winter
visitor" in the South-Central Piedmont, so it's always a treat to find one,
especially on this small lake. Still no swans though.

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

Evan Spears
Farmville, VA
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Subject: Voice: Greater Washington Area, Jan 27
From: "Joe Coleman" <joecoleman AT rstarmail.com>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 18:40:31 -0500
FYI  - this report is for sightings from Jan 20 through Jan 27 and was
compiled by Helen Patton & transcribed by Steve Cordle.

Joe Coleman

 

Hotline:      Voice of the Naturalist

Date:         1/27/2015

Coverage:     MD/DC/VA/central and southern DE/WV panhandle

Reports, comments, questions:  voice AT anshome.org  

Compiler:     Helen Patton

Sponsor:      Audubon Naturalist Society of the Central Atlantic

                States (independent of NAS)

Transcriber:  Steve Cordle

 

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This is the Voice of the Naturalist, a service of the Audubon Naturalist
Society. This report covers the week starting Tuesday, January 20 and was
completed on Tuesday, January 27 at 3:00  p.m. 

 

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

 

Other birds of interest this past week included waterfowl, RED-NECKED GREBE,
GOLDEN EAGLE, ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, VIRGINIA RAIL, SANDHILL CRANE, DOVEKIE, ,
BLACK-HEADED GULL, SHORT-EARED OWL, BLUE-HEADED VIREO, COMMON RAVENS, MARSH
WREN, warblers, sparrows, SUMMER TANAGER, RUSTY BLACKBIRDS, PAINTED BUNTING
and COMMON REDPOLL. 

 

TOP BIRDS

 

A SNOWY OWL was on Poplar Island, Talbot Co, MD on January 21. Four SNOWY
OWLS were at Little Creek, Kent Co, DE on January 22. Another SNOWY OWL was
at Port Mahon, Kent Co, DE on January 25.

 

The male WESTERN TANAGER* continued to be seen at a residence in Settlers'
Mill, James City Co, VA, on January 21 and 24. A female WESTERN TANAGER was
at Pleasure House Point, Virginia Beach, VA on January 22, 24 and 25. A
WESTERN TANAGER was at White Clay Creek SP, New Castle Co, DE on January 23.

 

OTHER BIRDS OF INTEREST

 

A GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was at Huntley Meadows Park, Fairfax Co, VA on
January 20. More GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE were at the Hunting Creek
Bridge, near the Belle Haven North Parking Area, Fairfax Co, VA on January
25. Five GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE were at Willow Lake, Rockbridge Co, VA
also on January 25.

 

A ROSS'S GOOSE was in Lewes, Sussex Co, DE on January 25. A CACKLING GOOSE
was at Turney's Pond on Harford Creamery Road, Harford Co, MD on January 20.

 

The tagged TRUMPETER SWAN (M78) continues at Black Hill RP, with sighting
during the week. The continuing TRUMPETER SWAN, also tagged (L55), at the
Cumberland Terminus, Allegany Co, MD was seen on January

23 and 24. And the two, possibly hybrids or escapees, continue at Lake
Artemisia, Prince George's Co, MD, with sightings on January 20, 23 and 25. 

 

A EURASIAN WIGEON was at Chincoteague NWR, Accomack Co, VA on January 20.
The one or two EURASIAN WIGEONS reported last week between the dams at Loch
Raven Reservoir in Baltimore Co, MD were seen again this week. Another
EURASIAN WIGEON was at Pleasure House Creek, Virginia Beach, VA on January
26.

There was a waterfowl bonanza in the Potomac River, as seen from Riverbend
Park, Fairfax Co, VA on January 22, which included enormous mixed-species
rafts containing 300-500 REDHEADS plus other ducks. The HARLEQUIN DUCK
continues at the Indian River Inlet, Sussex Co, DE, with the latest report
from January 25. Six HARLEQUIN DUCKS were seen January 24 at the Ocean City
Inlet, Worcester Co, MD. Four HARLEQUIN DUCKS were seen from the CBBT,
Island #1, Northampton Co, VA on January 25. LONG-TAILED DUCKS were on the
Susquehanna River, seen from the Lapidum boat launch, Harford Co, MD on
January 20. Five COMMON EIDERS were at Cape Henlopen SP, Sussex Co, DE on
January 21. A trip to the CBBT, Island 1, Northampton Co, and VA on January
24 encountered a male COMMON EIDER, WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS, BLACK SCOTERS and
LONG-TAILED DUCKS. 

 

A RED-NECKED GREBE was in the Washington Channel, DC on January 24 and 25.
Another RED-NECKED GREBE was at Lapidum, Harford Co, MD on January 25.

 

A GOLDEN EAGLE was at the Pickering Creek Audubon Center, Talbot Co, MD on
January 23. A ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was on Russell Road, Garrett Co, MD on
January 25.

 

Three VIRGINIA RAILS were in the wetlands at Swan Creek dredge containment
facility, Anne Arundel Co, MD on January 23.

 

Five SANDHILL CRANES continue to be seen in fields along Bradshaw Road in
Kingsville, Baltimore Co, MD, with the most recent report from January 23. 

 

A DOVEKIE was flying north at Cape Charles Beach, Northampton Co, VA on
January 26

 

The BLACK-HEADED GULL turned up on January 24 at the Hunt Valley Towne
Centre, Baltimore, MD.

 

A SHORT-EARED OWL was noted on Stone Chapel Road, Carroll Co, MD on January
20. A SHORT-EARED OWL was working at the top of the landfill at Blue Mash
Nature Trail, Montgomery Co, MD on January 26.

 

A BLUE-HEADED VIREO was on the Bassett Hall Nature Trail in Williamsburg,
James City Co, VA on January 23rd.

 

Lowland COMMON RAVENS were seen and heard at several locations this past
week. 

 

A MARSH WREN was in the wetlands at the Swan Creek dredge containment
facility, Anne Arundel Co, MD on January 23. Another MARSH WREN was at
Huntley Meadows Park, Fairfax Co, VA on January 26.

 

An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was at the Indian River Inlet, Sussex Co, DE on
January 22. Another ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was at Kingman Island, DC also on
January 22. A PINE WARBLER was at Lake Elkhorn, Howard Co, MD during the
week. A YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT came to a home in Charlottesville, Albemarle
Co, VA during the week.

 

A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was on Blackburn Road, Prince William Co, VA on
January 23 and 24.AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS were in the two fields that border
the Willow-Grove entrance road to Cromwell Valley Park, Baltimore Co, MD on
January 21. A LINCOLN'S SPARROW was at the Fort McHenry NM, Baltimore Co, on
January 25.

 

A SUMMER TANAGER which is visiting various feeders at the Beacon Place
apartments (916 Beacon Square Court, 20878), Kentlands, Montgomery Co, MD,
was first seen on the 14th, photographed on the 18th, and was seen during
the week.

 

About eighty RUSTY BLACKBIRDS were along Club House Road pond at the
intersection with Park Beach Drive, Aberdeen, Harford Co, MD on January 23.

 

A female PAINTED BUNTING turned up at a private residence in Chesapeake Co,
VA on January 22.

 

The COMMON REDPOLL at Black Hill RP, Montgomery Co, MD, is still visiting
the feeders at the visitors' center with reports during the week. COMMON
REDPOLLS were at seen in many venues including: three at Port Mahon Road,
Kent Co, DE on January 20; one at Bay Pointe, New Castle Co, DE on January
21 and 22; one at Sunset Park, Ocean City, Worcester Co, MD on January 23
and 24; four at the Ocean City Inlet in some seedy weeds by the boardwalk,
Worcester Co, MD on January 24; twelve to thirty-five at Cape Henlopen SP,
Sussex Co, DE on January 25; one at Lake Elkhorn, Howard Co, MD on January
26 and one at Woodmar Farm, Loudoun Co, VA on January 27.

 

***

 

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, anshome.org/shop), is an excellent
source for guidebooks and many other nature-related titles.

 

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

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

 

Thank you for your interest, and enjoy the birds.

 

*Of interest to the applicable state records committee

 

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Subject: test
From: Deborah Taber via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 13:21:43 -0500
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Subject: Common Redpoll in Loudoun County
From: Daniel Car <dscarrier15 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 10:17:22 -0500
 Dear VA birders,


> I was walking around the lake at Woodmar Farms in Loudoun county when I
> came across a large group of birds consisting of house finch, purple finch,
> a solitary sisking, and while I was panning through the massive flock of
> birds I noticed a different looking finch behind a lot of brush. I waited
> until it came to the front where I could clearly see it was a Common
> Redpoll. I ran back to my house grabbed my camera and was able to take some
> photographs of this great bird.



links to photos:

https://flic.kr/p/q1JxBz

https://flic.kr/p/qVe6xU

https://flic.kr/p/q1w2b9

https://flic.kr/p/qF6s1Z


The bird was found on the dam side of the lake at 8:45 am on 1/27/14. The
common redpoll spends most of it's time in the large section of bramble
near the largest cove on the dam side of the lake. I have also seen it fly
to a nearby feeder in someones backyard.



Good birding,

Daniel Carrier
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Subject: Brown-headed Cowbirds
From: Linda Millington <millington.linda AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 10:16:02 -0500
A large flock of Brown-headed Cowbirds - about 60 of them - descended on my
feeders this morning in Upperville, VA.

Linda Millington
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Subject: Fwd: [eBird Alert] Virginia Rare Bird Alert
From: "kurtcapt87 AT verizon.net" <kurtcapt87@verizon.net>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 09:55:53 -0500

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*** Species Summary:

Cackling Goose (1 Virginia Beach)
Trumpeter Swan (1 Prince Edward)
Eurasian Wigeon (3 Virginia Beach)
White-winged Scoter (2 Mecklenburg)
Long-tailed Duck (1 James City)
Spotted Sandpiper (2 Mecklenburg)
Greater Yellowlegs (1 James City, 1 York)
Lesser Black-backed Gull (2 Mecklenburg)
Glaucous Gull (1 Virginia Beach)
Loggerhead Shrike (2 Mecklenburg)
Marsh Wren (Eastern) (1 Fairfax)
Black-and-white Warbler (1 Hopewell)
Clay-colored Sparrow (1 Prince William)
Western Tanager (3 Virginia Beach)

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

NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

Cackling Goose (Branta hutchinsii) (1)
- Reported Jan 26, 2015 13:44 by Robert Ake
- Virginia Beach, 2036 Princess Anne Road, Virginia Beach, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=36.74394,-76.01178&ll=36.74394,-76.01178 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21553136

Trumpeter Swan (Cygnus buccinator) (1)
- Reported Jan 25, 2015 15:28 by Mike Stinson
- Wilck's Lake - PHP05, Prince Edward, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=37.3034,-78.4097&ll=37.3034,-78.4097 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21539847
- Comments: "immature, with typical (for Trumpeter) long bill shape and salmon 
red lining of lower mandible; dark on face continues to dark eye with little or 
no discernable indentation in front of / at contact with eye (unlike typical 
Tundra); bill large, nearly completely black (small lighter area on top 
center); head angular, crown not as rounded as in normal Tundra; crown 
feathering extending onto bill in distinct point; overall size roughly the same 
as nearby Mute Swan; tail proportionately shorter than Mute Swan's tail; neck 
gray, darkest on and near head, fading slightly proximally; body partly white, 
but with many gray feathers evident; apparently the same three swans seen here 
yesterday" 


Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope) (1)
- Reported Jan 26, 2015 09:04 by Ashley Merritt
- Pleasure House Point, Virginia Beach, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=36.903226,-76.0994303&ll=36.903226,-76.0994303 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21561882
- Comments: "With American Widgeon flock on Pleasure House Creek near the South 
bank. Head dark rufous to red in color with dark buffy median stripe, all gray 
flanks and back. Same shape and size as nearby American Widgeons. Have photos." 


Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope) (1)
- Reported Jan 26, 2015 08:50 by James Marcum
- Pleasure House Point, Virginia Beach, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=36.903226,-76.0994303&ll=36.903226,-76.0994303 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21553582
- Comments: "Red head and cream-colored pate clearly visible"

Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope) (1)
- Reported Jan 26, 2015 08:18 by Peggy Eubank
- Pleasure House Point, Virginia Beach, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=36.903226,-76.0994303&ll=36.903226,-76.0994303 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21555488
- Comments: "Beautiful male. Nice red head and silver side. In with about 50 
AMWI." 


White-winged Scoter (Melanitta fusca) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 25, 2015 13:45 by Beth Oristian
- John H. Kerr Reservoir--Dam area, Mecklenburg, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=36.6001493,-78.3036568&ll=36.6001493,-78.3036568 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21557927
- Comments: "Found earlier in the day by AD, PG. Poor photo with Greater 
Scaup." 


White-winged Scoter (Melanitta fusca) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 25, 2015 13:45 by Ellison Orcutt
- John H. Kerr Reservoir--Dam area, Mecklenburg, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=36.6001493,-78.3036568&ll=36.6001493,-78.3036568 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21553721
- Comments: "Found earlier in the day by AD, PG. Poor photo with Greater 
Scaup." 


Long-tailed Duck (Clangula hyemalis) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 26, 2015 09:30 by Bill Williams
- Jamestown--Scotland Ferry to Jamestown Beach, James City, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=37.2231581,-76.7882538&ll=37.2231581,-76.7882538 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21551437
- Comments: "foraging with Buffleheads circa 150 meters away; slightly larger 
and more stocky than Buffleheads; small round white head with a distinct brown 
cheek patch; light brown wing coverts; short, white neck; breast, belly and 
flanks white" 


Spotted Sandpiper (Actitis macularius) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 25, 2015 13:45 by Beth Oristian
- John H. Kerr Reservoir--Dam area, Mecklenburg, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=36.6001493,-78.3036568&ll=36.6001493,-78.3036568 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21557927
- Comments: "poor photos; continuing."

Spotted Sandpiper (Actitis macularius) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 25, 2015 13:45 by Ellison Orcutt
- John H. Kerr Reservoir--Dam area, Mecklenburg, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=36.6001493,-78.3036568&ll=36.6001493,-78.3036568 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21553721
- Comments: "poor photos; continuing."

Greater Yellowlegs (Tringa melanoleuca) (4) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 26, 2015 09:30 by Andrew Hawkins
- Beecham Dr., Yorktown, York, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=37.136714,-76.4496732&ll=37.136714,-76.4496732 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21552653
- Comments: "Seen on mudflat in Poquoson River at low tide. Reported at this 
location in the winter before. Picture very poor, looking directly into glare, 
but yellow legs visible. 


greater yellow legs on Poquoson" 


Greater Yellowlegs (Tringa melanoleuca) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 26, 2015 10:15 by Bill Williams
- Chickahominy Riverfront Park - CPL13, James City, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=37.2656,-76.8725&ll=37.2656,-76.8725 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21551562
- Comments: "three note call; bright yellow legs; gray wing coverts an mantle; 
white tail in flight; relatively long, thin, black bill; expected at this 
location in winter" 


Lesser Black-backed Gull (Larus fuscus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 25, 2015 13:45 by Ellison Orcutt
- John H. Kerr Reservoir--Dam area, Mecklenburg, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=36.6001493,-78.3036568&ll=36.6001493,-78.3036568 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21553721
- Comments: "Continuing adult below the damn."

Lesser Black-backed Gull (Larus fuscus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 25, 2015 13:45 by Beth Oristian
- John H. Kerr Reservoir--Dam area, Mecklenburg, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=36.6001493,-78.3036568&ll=36.6001493,-78.3036568 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21557927
- Comments: "Continuing adult below the damn."

Glaucous Gull (Larus hyperboreus) (1)
- Reported Jan 26, 2015 12:15 by Clark Olsen
- 42nd Street, Virginia Beach, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=36.870609,-75.9801149&ll=36.870609,-75.9801149 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21561624
- Comments: "The gull was with all the others and stood out by its size and 
coloring. Nearly as large as a GBBG with large head, long-yellow bill with dull 
grey tip, silvery grey feathers on back and all white tips and tail. As all 
birds were on the water I could not see its legs and feet." 


Loggerhead Shrike (Lanius ludovicianus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 25, 2015 15:45 by Beth Oristian
- Mineral Springs Rd., Mecklenburg, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=36.563418,-78.238925&ll=36.563418,-78.238925 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21557960
- Comments: "Regular in this area.  Found it in this exact spot in Jan, 2014.
" 


Loggerhead Shrike (Lanius ludovicianus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 25, 2015 15:45 by Ellison Orcutt
- Mineral Springs Rd., Mecklenburg, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=36.563418,-78.238925&ll=36.563418,-78.238925 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21553566
- Comments: "Regular in this area.  Found it in this exact spot in Jan, 2014.
" 


Marsh Wren (Eastern) (Cistothorus palustris) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 26, 2015 08:00 by Harry Glasgow
- Huntley Meadows Park - CMN04, Fairfax, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.7589,-77.0959&ll=38.7589,-77.0959 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21552705
- Comments: "A regular sighting in the HMP central wetlands for at least 2 
months" 


Black-and-white Warbler (Mniotilta varia) (1)
- Reported Jan 25, 2015 12:38 by Elisa Enders Flanders
- Petersburg National Battlefield Park--City Point Unit, Hopewell, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=37.3172399,-77.27736&ll=37.3172399,-77.27736 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21561131
- Comments: "young bird or female. black and white streaked warbler, feeding 
mostly on tree trunks." 


Clay-colored Sparrow (Spizella pallida) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 24, 2015 11:30 by Tobin Hardwick
- US-VA-Woodbridge-15385-15535 Blackburn Rd, Prince William, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.611628,-77.277446&ll=38.611628,-77.277446 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21553396
- Comments: "Confirmed straggler at Blackburn road marsh"

Western Tanager (Piranga ludoviciana) (1)
- Reported Jan 26, 2015 08:50 by James Marcum
- Pleasure House Point, Virginia Beach, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=36.903226,-76.0994303&ll=36.903226,-76.0994303 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21553582
- Comments: "Fairly uniform olive in color with bright double wing bars and 
reddish orange beak. Continuing bird." 


Western Tanager (Piranga ludoviciana) (1)
- Reported Jan 26, 2015 08:18 by Peggy Eubank
- Pleasure House Point, Virginia Beach, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=36.903226,-76.0994303&ll=36.903226,-76.0994303 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21555488
- Comments: "Female. Sort of a dull yellow with a nice bright bill. Continuing 
bird." 


Western Tanager (Piranga ludoviciana) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 25, 2015 16:10 by Erin Chapman
- Pleasure House Point, Virginia Beach, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=36.903226,-76.0994303&ll=36.903226,-76.0994303 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21549212
- Comments: "Continuing. Photos"

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Subject: Re: TRUMPETER SWANS and Mute Swan at Wilck's Lake in Farmville, Prince Edward County
From: Evan Spears <e3spears AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 00:08:20 -0500
The Trumpeter Swans have been seen by other local birders each day at
different times since Saturday. I did not see them Sunday (did not check)
or Monday (did check) but will continue to check in the morning and
evening. More swans were also seen by other birders at Motley Lake which is
a few miles west of Wilck's Lake; based on descriptions probably not same
individuals from Wilck's but could also be Trumpeters.

Two new photos posted I forgot to upload that were taken on the 24th (the
first day they were seen):
https://www.flickr.com/photos/65924095 AT N06/

To make discussion easier, swans have been labeled left or right based on
where they are in the group shots. Please feel free to discuss in the
comment section.

Evan Spears
Farmville, VA
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Subject: White Throated Sparrow at the Hermitage
From: Christina Birdsong <helpwithbirth AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 22:42:28 -0500
Today, about noon, I visited the Hermitage grounds in Norfolk to do a bit
of birding.  Between the main entrance and the little bridge that looks out
over the water I saw what I first imagined was a rufous sided towee,
because it was scratching backwards on the ground with both feet.  But it
was much smaller, had a black and white striped head and distinct bright
yellow spectacles, as well as a broad white throat patch.  It was a white
throated sparrow, a bird I have not seen before.  It remained where it was
for some time, just jumping from twig to twig on a small bush.  I did not
have my camera at the time.  This is a life bird for me.

To find the Hermitage Museum get on Hampton Blvd, come past ODU towards the
base and turn left onto North Shore Rd.  The museum is located just around
the bend of the loch.

Christina Birdsong
Norfolk VA
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Subject: LWC bird of prey trip
From: Gerco <drgerco AT hotmail.com>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 18:47:03 -0500
26 people participated in Birds of Prey organized by the Loudoun 
Wildlife Conservancy trip this past Sunday afternoon. This trip was led 
by Laura, Liam, Liz and Gerco.  During our trip we visited various 
locations along Rte 15 in Loudoun County with stops along Hogeland Mill 
Rd, Banshee Reeks, Dulles Wetlands Mitigation Project, Tail Racer Rd and 
Limstone School Rd in Northern Loudoun County.

Throughout most of the afternoon the raptors were low in number, except 
for the ever present Turkey and Black Vultures (technical not raptors). 
Bald Eagles were spotted in several locations along Evergreen Mill rd 
and Tail Race rd. No activity was observed at the Dulles Wetlands Bald 
Eagle Nest.

Both Red-tailed and Red-shouldered Hawks were apparently laying low. 
Very few birds were seen. Not a single Red-shouldered hawk was seen 
sitting on the wires, which they typically like to do.

Most raptor activity was found south of Lucketts along Spinks ferry rd 
and Limstone school rd. We found a few American Kestrels, Red-tailed and 
Red-shouldered Hawks. As dusk came upon us, the Northern Harriers become 
more and more active. At one point in time we observed a gray host (male 
harrier) sitting on the fence next to another brown (female) harrier. 
Shortly after that thing became more interesting, when 3 gray ghosts 
were flying around at the same time. Wow, that was cool.

Without a doubt, the best bird of the day was the Short-eared Owl. At 
least 5-6 owls were seen flying around or perching on the various posts 
along Limstone school rd. With the fading light in our back we still had 
excellent looks though the scope of these very interesting owls. With 
increasingly darkness it seemed that the wings of the owl were getting 
lighter and lighter in color. Very cool to see that contrast. The 
Short-eared Owl was a life bird for several of the participants.

Happy birding,

Gerco
Leesburg, VA

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Subject: Dovekie at Cape Charles
From: Ned Brinkley <23cahow AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 17:37:07 -0500
This afternoon, while seawatching at Cape Charles beach, I observed a Dovekie 
flying north among a small flight of scoters and Bufflehead - only the second 
I've observed in town. Winds are very high, gusting into the 30-knot range, 
making for challenging viewing conditions, but well worth the hour or so 
invested. 


Ned Brinkley, Cape Charles, Virginia

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Subject: 2015 VSO Annual Meeting Spring in the Spectacular Blue Ridge Mountains Wintergreen Resort, May 8 - 10
From: John Spahr via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 19:37:11 +0000 (UTC)
I plagiarize, paraphrase and editorialize with the following information about 
the VSO Annual Spring Meeting.  


John Spahr
Member, 2015 VSO Annual Meeting Planning Committee 
A spectacular mountain-top setting and Blue Ridge avian specialties will make 
the 2015 VSO Annual Meeting a can’t missexperience. Field trips along the 
ridges as well as down into the Rockfish and Shenandoah Valleys should yield 
unbeatable natural beauty — not to mention an excellent list and great 
company of fellow birders. Jointly hosting are the Augusta Bird Club 
andMonticello Bird Club.  Our headquarters will be Wintergreen Resort (see 
below). 

The keynote speaker at the Saturday evening banquet will be Scott Weidensaul, 
internationally known author, naturalist and conservationist. A Pulitzer Prize 
nominee, his books cover a spectrum of topics from bird migration, to birding 
history, extinct species, and early American history. His articles have 
appeared in publications such as Smithsonian, New York Times and Nature 
Conservancy. He lectures widely and is an active field researcher, specializing 
in birds of prey and hummingbirds.  His keynote address will be on Project 
Snowstorm a multi-state, collaborative effort to better understand the periodic 
irruptions of snowy owls into southern Canada and the U.S.  
http://www.scottweidensaul.com/ 

  On Friday evening, Dr. Marshall Faintich will introduce us to the birds of 
the Wintergreen and Nelson County. He is the author of A Photographic Guide to 
the Birds of Wintergreen, and his wildlife photos have appeared in newspapers, 
magazines, web sites and presentations in Virginia and Maryland. 

More information and lodging details can be viewed on the VSO website 
http://www.virginiabirds.net/ 

Registration forms will be included in the upcoming VSO newsletter.  

If you are not a VSO member consider joining.  

Wintergreen Resort, located in Nelson County not far from Charlottesville, a 
four-season resort in an alpine setting has excellent lodging, two spectacular 
and challenging golf courses, tennis, swimming, a spa, fine dining, activities 
for children and more. http://www.wintergreenresort.com/  The entire family 
(even non-birding spouses) can have a fun weekend here. 


 





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Subject: Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk
From: Harry Glasgow via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 18:45:01 +0000 (UTC)
 Sometimes, during more reflective moments, I ask myself what drives me to get 
up in what is essentially the middle of the night,  drive many miles to stand 
in appalling weather so that I can watch a few birds.   I never come up with 
an answer, but I do enjoy it.  This morning was one of those moments.   Six 
birders joined me in the cold and rain to participate in today's Huntley 
Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk, and we spotted 33 species.  Perhaps today's 
highlight was the reaction as an adult Bald Eagle flew low over the wetland 
spooking nearly every duck into the air.  The geese, on the other hand saw no 
threat and remained oblivious.  Other observations included complete absences 
of American Robins and Great Blue Herons. 

Canada Goose  150
Gadwall  3
American Black Duck  6
Mallard  75
Northern Shoveler  4
Northern Pintail  28
Hooded Merganser  8
Bald Eagle  1
Red-shouldered Hawk  1
Ring-billed Gull  8
Mourning Dove  5
Red-bellied Woodpecker  3
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  1
Downy Woodpecker  3
Northern Flicker  1
Pileated Woodpecker  1
Blue Jay  1
American Crow  20
Fish Crow  15
Carolina Chickadee  10
Tufted Titmouse  10
White-breasted Nuthatch  2
Brown Creeper  1
Marsh Wren (Eastern)  1    
Carolina Wren  6
Eastern Bluebird  3
Song Sparrow  20
Swamp Sparrow  4
White-throated Sparrow  30
Dark-eyed Junco  6
Northern Cardinal  4
Red-winged Blackbird  90
American Goldfinch  1
The Monday Morning Birdwalk has been a weekly event at Huntley Meadows since 
1985. It takes place every week, rain or shine (except during electrical 
storms, strong winds, or icy trails), at 8AM (7AM from April through October), 
is free of charge, requires no reservation, and is open to all. Birders meet in 
the parking lot at the Park's entrance at 3701 Lockheed Blvd, Alexandria, VA. 
Questions should be directed to Park staff during normal business hours at 
(703)768-2525. 

Harry GlasgowFriends of Huntley Meadows Park
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Subject: Virginia Beach Western Tanager and Eurasian Wigeon
From: Jim Marcum <marcums AT cns.umass.edu>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 12:28:53 -0500
Both of these continuing birds were seen this morning at Pleasure House Point.

The female Western Tanager was observed along the main trail 40-50 yards east 
of the remains of the dead deer. The bird was very uniformly olive colored 
except for the fairly bright double wing bars and the reddish-orange beak. (If 
you are not familiar with the location of the deer carcass take Marlin Bay 
Drive off Shore Drive to the point where the road makes a sharp left. Park 
there and follow the path along the water. Where that path intersects with the 
main trail you can see the deer in the water.) 


The male Eurasian Wigeon was in Pleasure House Creek associated with 20-25 
American Wigeon. 


Jim Marcum
Virginia Beach, VA
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Subject: Baltimore Oriole at suet, Portsmouth, VA
From: Elisa Enders <elisaenders AT hotmail.com>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 11:52:07 -0500
This morning, just after I left home to drive to work, Nick let me know that a 
Baltimore Oriole was feeding at the suet feeder in our backyard. I wasn't far 
from the house, so I headed back and was able to see the oriole, a yard first 
for me. If the oriole becomes a regular visitor and anyone is interested in 
seeing it, I might be able to allow visitors. It is difficult to see the 
feeders from locations other than the house kitchen. I didn't think that an 
oriole was likely to show up at our location. Our backyard borders the 
Bide-A-Wee golf course, but pines are not immediately adjacent to our yard, and 
there is mostly deciduous trees and growth in our yard. Maybe I associate 
wintertime Baltimore Orioles with hollies and camellias more than I should. 

 
Funny to me was that the oriole showed up on a morning that I was trying to 
chase, with little success, starlings and squirrels from the suet. 


Elisa Flanders
Portsmouth, VA

 
 		 	   		  
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Subject: Snow Buntings, Lapland Longspurs, Harlequin Ducks, etc.
From: Will McPhail <butcherbird2013 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 11:39:22 -0500
Hi VA Birders,



Allow me to add to the reports from the Hampton/Norfolk/VA Beach area over
the weekend. Tom Hardman and started early on Sunday by walking Grandview
Natural Preserve in Hampton. Highlights of the walk included: many loons of
both species; Common Goldeneye (4 including 1 male head bobbing for the
ladies); Long-tailed Ducks (2); close views of all 3 Scoter species
(including 5 White-winged); a lone Western Sandpiper and a handful of BB
Plovers amongst the Dunlin and Sanderlings; Bonaparte’s Gull (30, nothing
wild mixed in); many Gannets; and Savanna Sparrows. As we neared the point
after a long walk, the group of anticipated SNOW BUNTINGS flew directly
over us and settled perhaps a hundred yards back from where we had come. We
counted 14 birds in flight and were able to relocate them in the dunes on
the Back River side along Grundland Creek. While observing from a safe
distance, the group eventually took flight again and re-settled along the
second jetty back from where we had come (again). I thought I noticed a
non-bunting-like bird within the group of 14 while in flight. We relocated
the flock on the second jetty and were able to pick out 2 LAPLAND LONGSPURS
that we scoped for some time. The second bird (an adult winter male?)
showed a more brightly patterned face and rufous nape. We spent longer than
expected at Grandview but it was a very productive morning. The Snow
Bunting was a long awaited Virginia Bird for me.



We then popped out to island #1 of the CBBT and had lunch but not before
locating and admiring the 4 HARLEQUIN DUCKS that had been reported. Such
awesome birds! It was also very rewarding continuing to watch this group
from the resto window. We ran into others from the various birding groups
out that day and exchanged sightings a bit bummed that we couldn’t access
the rest of the islands to re-find their goodies. No evidence of the Common
Eiders on island #1 but we did have close range views of all 3 Scoters, 24
Long-tailed Ducks, RB Mergs, Purple Sands and plenty of Gannets.



We spent about an hour and a half at Pleasure House Point before having to
(unfortunately) pull the plug at 3:30. 40+ Brant were highlights as was a
Sedge Wren, Pine Warb, several Osprey and a few additional duck species on
the day. I’m fairly certain we did briefly observe the Western Tanager
while at the spot with a smattering of other birders, but I didn’t get the
bill to clinch the ID. It will go down as unrecorded but I noticed it was
observed later in the day near the same spot. We ended the day with some
great year birds, a few lifers for Tom and a total of 17 duck species
(minus both Scaup species, Redhead, etc.).



Cheers,



Will McPhail
Washington, DC
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Subject: Cackling Geese etc., Northampton Co.
From: Ned Brinkley <23cahow AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 11:41:15 -0500
Yesterday and today, there have been six cackling geese at Eyrehall, south of 
Eastville, in a large flock of Canada geese. To my knowledge, this is the 
largest number of cackling geese thus far documented in this county. there have 
also been several hybrid geese, including up to six Canada x Snow, in the 
county in recent weeks. One of those is at Eyrehall currently. 

If history is any guide, there should be an influx of the regular species of 
geese, and more, in the days following the blizzard in the Northeast, where 
heavy snowfall will make foraging difficult for geese. This would be an ideal 
opportunity to study goose flocks carefully for Barnacle, Pink-footed, and 
other goose species that are rare but increasingly regular in states just to 
our north. Some fascinating hybrid combinations have also been reported in 
recent winters just to our north, and ideally such birds could be documented 
extensively with photograph. As always, in bad weather, safety comes first, 
even before a state first. 


Ned Brinkley, Cape Charles, Virginia

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Subject: Correction on black-crowned night herons - Alexandria
From: Siegal <siegalwriter AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 09:34:55 -0500
Ooops...sorry...two adults and a juvenile at Ben Brenman Park.


*Ann Cameron Siegal*
writer/photographer

siegalwriter AT gmail.com
703-517-0860
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Subject: Black-Crowned Night Herons - Alexandria
From: Siegal <siegalwriter AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 09:03:16 -0500
Three beautiful BCNH perched in trees on north side of pond at Ben Brenman
Park in Alexandria around 2 pm.  Two males and one female.


*Ann Cameron Siegal*
writer/photographer

siegalwriter AT gmail.com
703-517-0860
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Subject: Re: PHP Western Tanager refound today
From: RKNFurnish--- via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 23:07:00 -0500
I've been told that the links to the photos are not working properly.   As 
a substitute, here are the ebird reports from the outings.
 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21540781
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21541262
 
Good Birds,
Ron & Marie
 
 
In a message dated 1/25/2015 6:10:52 P.M. Eastern Standard Time,  
RKNFurnish AT aol.com writes:

 
Hello Fellow Birders, 
Marie Mullins and I had a nice day birding, and  enjoying the fantastic 
weather in Virginia Beach today. I hope you don’t mind if we share a couple 

of highlights.    
Thanks to Matt Anthony of the Williamsburg Bird Club  for alerting us to 
the presence of the four Harlequin Ducks off the Chesapeake  Bay Bridge 
Tunnel, Island #1.  We  were able to enjoy them as a result. 
http://i1134.photobucket.com/albums/m619/rfurnish/HarlequinDucks0125151_zps6
f104735.jpg 
Other species sighted included all three Scoters,  approximately two dozen 
Long-tailed Ducks, many Northern Gannets, Red-breasted  Mergansers, and a 
lone Purple Sandpiper. 
We followed this up with a visit to Pleasure House  Point, where we ran 
into several birders, including our friend Jason Strickland. One of the nicer 

 sightings was this cooperative Sedge Wren. 
http://i1134.photobucket.com/albums/m619/rfurnish/SedgeWren0125151_zps64c80c
8b.jpg 
The #1 prize of the visit was the Western Tanager,  reported a couple of 
days ago by Ernie Miller, and refound today by  Marie.  Jason and I were able 
to  obtain several photos of the bird. 
http://i1134.photobucket.com/albums/m619/rfurnish/WesternTanager0125151_zps7
00cc836.jpg 
Unfortunately, most of our fellow birders had left by  the time it 
appeared.  It was in a  slightly different location than reported previously.  
Actually, just far enough away to be missed by the larger group. Entering the 

park through the entrance at the bend of Marlin Bay Drive,  walk along the 
canal until you reach the end of the trail.  Turn right at the deer carcass 
and  walk down this trail for 75-100 yards.   The bird was working its way 
across the trail, spending time in either  Pine or Cypress trees.  Unlike  
Ernie’s encounter, the bird was not associating with any other species.   
I hope everyone else was able to get out and enjoy this  beautiful winter 
day. 
Ron  Furnish & Marie  Mullins

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Subject: The most interesting flying object...
From: Bill Hohenstein <elliety AT msn.com>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 22:57:54 -0500
...on the CBBT Boat Trip today, turned out not to be a bird but a whale.  
 
The birding was pretty good too. It was a long day.... so here is a quick post 
with some of the highlights... It is not a complete account -- it was a big 
boat with a lot of people, so this is just my version. 

 
 A great day for scoters - with good looks at all three species.  
 
Steaming out of Lynnhaven Inlet, one of the first things we saw was a large 
flock of red breasted mergansers (~200 birds). As we passed the first island we 
saw our first purple sandpipers. Clearing the island, we found two flocks of 
long tailed ducks on the water. As we came toward the second island, we stirred 
up lots of gulls and cormorants. As we floated by, we found two female 
Harlequin Ducks. Floating past some of the bridge pylons we found Great 
Cormorants, mixed in with double crested ones. 

 
We found one more Harlequin duck -- a male -- on the third island. We also 
found a nice group of harbor seals. A flock of four white winged scoters were 
very cooperative in flight. We scanned the many gulls for anything unusual. A 
few Lesser Black Backed with the more common species. The boat crew threw out 
some chum as we headed out toward the mouth of the bay. The chum drew in good 
numbers of gulls -- herring, ring-billed, great black backed, and a few lesser 
black backed (in that order of abundance). A few Bonipartes were also around -- 
but generally separate from the other gulls. Scoters and loons were scattered 
about on the water. 

 
The captain spotted a group of whales far out in the bay, as we approached 
them, a young one breached and literally cleared to water. As my jaw dropped, I 
was able to get off a picture before it crashed back into the bay. There were 
at least 4 and possibly 6 whales in the area. As luck would have it, as the 
whales were putting on their show, a pair of razorbills -- the only ones of the 
day -- flew by, and a Glaucous Gull flew right by the boat. I missed the 
razorbills and the glaucous gull. Only a few folks -- with their priorities 
straight -- managed to see them. 

 
After the boat trip -- I headed to Grandview Beach -- it was a great day for a 
walk (a long walk). It was my first time here - a very nice birding spot. Large 
numbers of sanderlings and dunlin. One western sandpiper mixed in. I managed to 
find ~10 snow buntings all the way toward the end of the beach. They made three 
flyovers. I never did manage to find them on the ground. 

 
Walking back I added black bellied plovers and Ruddy Turnstones to the list.  
 
Overall -- a great day. Thanks to the folks from the Williamsburg Bird Club for 
opening the trip up to visitors. 

 
Bill
 
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Subject: Riverbend Ducks: Sunday
From: Donald Sweig <skybirds.d AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 21:26:00 -0500
What a difference three days can make.
 Last Thursday, myself and two other birders found at least 2,000 or 3,000 
birds on the Potomac at Riverbend Park. 

   Today, myself and seven birder friends looked and may have found 500.
Still lots of Ring-necked and Coots, not many Bufflehead, a bunch of Common 
Mergansers, 10 or more American Widgeon, that seemed not to be there on 
Thursday, and a single male Canvasback for the first time this season. 

 Everyone seemed to have the same question: where did all the ducks go? 
Wouldn't it be nice to know. 

     Donald Sweig
     Falls Church, Virginia

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Subject: Re: Some Highlights in Fauquier and Loudoun Cos. 25 Jan 2015
From: "Kurt Gaskill" <KurtCapt87 AT verizon.net>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 21:21:30 -0500
VA BIRDers,

In my haste to post the previous message (due to the upcoming Downton Abbey
repeat, which I missed last week), I forgot to note the Cackling Goose mixed
in with the other geese and ducks on the Harrison Rd pond as well as the
150+ Brown-headed Cowbirds on the northern portion of Rectortown Rd in corn
stubble. This latter sighting, coupled with the grackles and Rusty BBs
suggest that the northbound blackbird migration may have started or will be
starting soon.

Kurt

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Subject: [Va-bird] Some Highlights in Fauquier and Loudoun Cos. 25 Jan 2015

VA BIRDers,

I went out late looking for a few unusual species - I did not find my
targets but there were some sightings that would be of general interest.  At
the intersection of Harrison and Belvoir Rds was a very large flock of
mainly Common Grackles - nearly all were in the trees.  I looked through
them for something unusual and only a Brown-headed Cowbird on the ground
with small contingent of the flock was found.  I scoped the mass in the
trees and found a few bronze types.  I tried counting and got to about 1500
for the birds along the edge of the trees along Belvoir Rd when the birds
took flight in an utterly amazing display with exceptional coordination!
They moved south across the corn field and I was convinced the number was
near 4000 and I could not find anything other than Common Grackle.  It was
majestic.

A few minutes later I stopped to view Belvoir pond and to the south were
more blackbirds - it probably had a small group of the grackle flock but
after these dispersed about 150 Red-winged Blackbirds and a dozen Rusty
Blackbirds remained.

My other interesting sightings were not so unusual as I tallied a few Common
Ravens and an Eastern Phoebe outside of Upperville along Willisville Rd. At
sunset I went to Rectortown Rd and noted 4 Short-eared Owls in excellent
light - lots of vocalizations!  A photographer at the site said that 7
Short-eareds flew out yesterday.

Kurt Gaskill

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Subject: Long-tailed Duck in James City Co., B+W and O-C Warblers at City Point, Hopewell, 1/25
From: nicholas <flicknanders AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 21:06:23 -0500
 Hey all, Elisa and I headed west to try for some continuing rarities near the 
James River. We were mostly unsuccessful but did find some fun birds. We got a 
late start but began at Mainland Farm in James City Co. where Greater 
White-fronted and Cackling Geese have been reported lately. Unfortunately we 
must have missed the flock, as by 10:15 AM (when we arrived) no geese were 
present. Probably better to try earlier there judging by the ebird reports. A 
fly-over Pine Siskin was nice. 

 
We then caught the Scotland-Jamestown Ferry and were pleased to see 1 female 
Long-tailed Duck mixed in with a large feeding flock of scaup in the James 
River just off the Jamestown-side ferry terminal. Once on the south side of the 
river we headed straight to the City Point Unit of the Petersburg National 
Battlefield in Hopewell, where we worked the woods between the western parking 
lot and City Point Park (where the cat colony is) hoping to refind the 
Nashville Warbler that's been reported recently. This early afternoon attempt 
failed to turn up the Nashville Warbler (or Palm Warbler for that matter), but 
we were pleased with a very cooperative Black-and-white Warbler near the 
western parking area and Elisa got a brief look at an Orange-crowned Warbler in 
that same vicinity. 

 
On our way back east we stopped by Sunken Meadow Pond off Beaverdam Rd. in 
Surry Co. near dusk, where we enjoyed watching 2 Tundra Swans drop in 
(presumably to roost) and also caught fleeting looks at a couple of Rusty 
Blackbirds working the headwaters of the pond. Ducks on the pond included a 
flock of about 85 Gadwall, 30+ Hooded Mergansers, and 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 
and it was interesting to see them in the air repeatedly with up to 8 Bald 
Eagles interacting in the area. In addition to the eagle concentration we saw 1 
Sharp-shinned Hawk and 1 Red-shouldered Hawk here and heard a Barred Owl. 

 
Finally, we couldn't help but stop at the nearby intersection of Beaverdam Rd. 
and Swanns Point Rd. around 5:45 PM as the habitat looked great for Woodcock, 
and sure enough we counted at least 7 birds peenting and giving display 
flights, and we left them still calling at 6. Best, 

 
Nick and Elisa Flanders
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Subject: Some Highlights in Fauquier and Loudoun Cos. 25 Jan 2015
From: "Kurt Gaskill" <KurtCapt87 AT verizon.net>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 20:21:01 -0500
VA BIRDers,

I went out late looking for a few unusual species - I did not find my
targets but there were some sightings that would be of general interest.  At
the intersection of Harrison and Belvoir Rds was a very large flock of
mainly Common Grackles - nearly all were in the trees.  I looked through
them for something unusual and only a Brown-headed Cowbird on the ground
with small contingent of the flock was found.  I scoped the mass in the
trees and found a few bronze types.  I tried counting and got to about 1500
for the birds along the edge of the trees along Belvoir Rd when the birds
took flight in an utterly amazing display with exceptional coordination!
They moved south across the corn field and I was convinced the number was
near 4000 and I could not find anything other than Common Grackle.  It was
majestic.

A few minutes later I stopped to view Belvoir pond and to the south were
more blackbirds - it probably had a small group of the grackle flock but
after these dispersed about 150 Red-winged Blackbirds and a dozen Rusty
Blackbirds remained.

My other interesting sightings were not so unusual as I tallied a few Common
Ravens and an Eastern Phoebe outside of Upperville along Willisville Rd. At
sunset I went to Rectortown Rd and noted 4 Short-eared Owls in excellent
light - lots of vocalizations!  A photographer at the site said that 7
Short-eareds flew out yesterday.

Kurt Gaskill

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Subject: 1/25/15 - Virginia Beach (Nearshore Waters on Rudee Flipper)
From: Rob Bielawski <robbielawski AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 18:12:18 -0500
Folks,

After seeing some of the great sightings people were posting from the
Williamsburg Birding Club cruise on the Chesapeake Bay out of Lynnhaven
Inlet (Harlequin Ducks especially!), I went out on a cruise from Rudee
Inlet just to see what might be out there in the nearshore waters of the
Atlantic Ocean. The main purpose of the cruises aboard the Rudee Flipper,
are to see Humpback Whales as they pass through our stretch of ocean.
However, the cruises are also a great place to be able to see some birds
out on the water. The Virginia Aquarium here in Virginia Beach is supposed
to start hosting tours, but a phone call this morning explained that they
currently don't have a boat, so the Flipper is the only way to get out at
present. (Tickets are $28).

Leaving Rudee Inlet, we saw some Buffleheads, but no Common Eiders were
present this time. I'm not sure if others have noted them here recently,
but there was a pair hanging out earlier this month in the inlet. When we
got out on the ocean, I got my first good looks on the year of some
Red-throated Loons, which we saw plenty of, as well as some Common Loons.
Gulls were all over the place (Ring-billed, Herring, Great Black-backed),
and when we reached a debris line of sorts, there was a large number of
Bonaparte's Gulls sitting on the water. I'm curious if anyone knows what
causes these lines to exist? The waves actually broke along them, and they
paralleled the shore for miles in both directions. I wondered if it was a
change in depth, temperature, or just a line that had something to do with
the tides. If someone out there reading this has some knowledge on the
topic, please send me a message with your explanations! Either way though,
the birds loved it. I looked adamantly for Storm-Petrels, hoping to see
some (which would be my first), but I couldn't locate any. There was a
number of Northern Gannets out there as well, some providing great shots
(See photographs: http://www.rbnature.com/galleries/we-20150125).

We ended up seeing at least 5 different Humpback Whales on the cruise, and
the highlight was a mother/calf pair that surfaced just 50 feet or less in
front of the boat. Seeing the dark masses rise up, before even breaking the
surface is something I will always remember! So if you're interested in
wildlife around southeast Virginia, this cruise is definitely something to
consider, I'm very glad to have taken it today!

Rob Bielawski
Virginia Beach, VA
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Subject: PHP Western Tanager refound today
From: RKNFurnish--- via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 18:10:52 -0500
 
Hello Fellow Birders, 
Marie Mullins and I had a nice day birding, and enjoying  the fantastic 
weather in Virginia Beach today. I hope you don’t mind if we share a couple 

of highlights.   
Thanks to Matt Anthony of the Williamsburg Bird Club for  alerting us to 
the presence of the four Harlequin Ducks off the Chesapeake Bay  Bridge 
Tunnel, Island #1.  We were  able to enjoy them as a result. 
http://i1134.photobucket.com/albums/m619/rfurnish/HarlequinDucks0125151_zps6
f104735.jpg 
Other species sighted included all three Scoters,  approximately two dozen 
Long-tailed Ducks, many Northern Gannets, Red-breasted  Mergansers, and a 
lone Purple Sandpiper. 
We followed this up with a visit to Pleasure House Point,  where we ran 
into several birders, including our friend Jason Strickland.  One of the nicer 
sightings was this  cooperative Sedge Wren. 
http://i1134.photobucket.com/albums/m619/rfurnish/SedgeWren0125151_zps64c80c
8b.jpg 
The #1 prize of the visit was the Western Tanager,  reported a couple of 
days ago by Ernie Miller, and refound today by Marie.  Jason and I were able 
to obtain several  photos of the bird. 
http://i1134.photobucket.com/albums/m619/rfurnish/WesternTanager0125151_zps7
00cc836.jpg 
Unfortunately, most of our fellow birders had left by the  time it 
appeared.  It was in a  slightly different location than reported previously.  
Actually, just far enough away to be missed by the larger group. Entering the 

park through the entrance at the bend of Marlin Bay Drive,  walk along the 
canal until you reach the end of the trail.  Turn right at the deer carcass 
and walk  down this trail for 75-100 yards.  The bird was working its way 
across the trail, spending time in either Pine or Cypress trees. Unlike 
Ernie’ 

s encounter, the bird was not associating with any other species.   
I hope everyone else was able to get out and enjoy this  beautiful winter 
day. 
Ron  Furnish & Marie Mullins
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Subject: Ring-necked Duck at Ben Brenman Park, Alexandria
From: "Walter L. Barrows" <wbarrows AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 17:15:00 -0500
A single male Ring-necked Duck was diving in the lake.  This is my first
record of this duck at the park since 2006.  Other birds at the park this
afternoon were regulars.

Below is my e-bird submission:

Ben Brenman Park, Alexandria, US-VA
Jan 25, 2015 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
12 species

Canada Goose  17     All but 6 flew off, presumably to spend the night
elsewhere.
Wood Duck  1     continuing bird
Mallard  10
Ring-necked Duck  1
Hooded Merganser  9
Great Blue Heron  1
Black-crowned Night-Heron  4
Ring-billed Gull  5
Belted Kingfisher  1
Downy Woodpecker  1
Northern Mockingbird  1
European Starling  8

Cheers

*Walt*
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Subject: Merrimac Farm
From: Harry Glasgow via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 21:42:00 +0000 (UTC)
 There were 6 birders on this morning's Prince William Conservation Alliance 
last-Sunday-of-the-Month birdwalk at Merrimac Farm in Nokesville.  It was not 
a particularly notable walk with only 21 species identified.  While it was a 
very pleasant walk at this remote, peaceful Wildlife Management Area, a few 
more birds would have been welcome.  The most plentiful species were the 
unsurprising White-throated Sparrow.  

Canada Goose  3
Turkey Vulture  3
hawk sp.  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  5
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  1
Downy Woodpecker  6
Northern Flicker  2
Pileated Woodpecker  1
Blue Jay  20
American Crow  15
Carolina Chickadee  12
Tufted Titmouse  12
Carolina Wren  4
Eastern Bluebird  6
American Robin  1
Eastern Towhee  2
Song Sparrow  1
White-throated Sparrow  30
Northern Cardinal  12
American Goldfinch  2
House Sparrow  1
The Prince William Conservation Alliance birdwalks at the Merrimac Farm 
Wildlife Management Area in Nokesville take place at 8 AM on the final Sunday 
of every month.  Birders meet at the Area's entrance located at the end of 
Fleetwood Drive. 

Harry GlasgowNancy Vehrs
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Subject: Sunday Dyke Marsh walk (corrected)
From: Pam and Ben via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 16:03:03 -0500
In addition to the e-bird list, three species were reported by others but not 
seen by me: golden-crowned kinglet, red-shouldered hawk, and hooded merganser. 


Ben

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From: Pam and Ben [mailto:breep AT aol.com] 
Sent: Sunday, January 25, 2015 1:28 PM
To: Va-Bird (va-bird AT listserve.com)
Subject: FW: eBird Report - Dyke Marsh - CMN02, Jan 25, 2015

I had the pleasure of leading (or co-leading, given the wealth of talent on 
hand) the weekly Dyke Marsh walk today. Sadly, we saw none of the cool geese 
that have been reported recently. Highlights included a pair of horned grebes 
in front of National Harbor, lots of eagles, somewhat obstructed views of a 
perched red-tail, two winter wrens, and a little mixed flock with one of each 
kinglet, and a creeper. 


Ben Jesup
Alexandria

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To: breep AT aol.com
Subject: eBird Report - Dyke Marsh - CMN02, Jan 25, 2015

Dyke Marsh - CMN02, Fairfax, US-VA
Jan 25, 2015 8:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.5 mile(s)
37 species

Canada Goose  X
American Black Duck  4
Mallard  X
Northern Shoveler  X
Lesser Scaup  X
Bufflehead  X
Common Merganser  X
Ruddy Duck  X
Horned Grebe  2
Double-crested Cormorant  X
Great Blue Heron  X
Bald Eagle  X
Red-tailed Hawk  X
Ring-billed Gull  X
Herring Gull  X
Great Black-backed Gull  X
Mourning Dove  X
Red-bellied Woodpecker  X
Downy Woodpecker  X
Northern Flicker  X
Blue Jay  X
Fish Crow  X
Carolina Chickadee  X
Tufted Titmouse  X
Brown Creeper  X
Winter Wren  2
Carolina Wren  X
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  X
Northern Mockingbird  X
European Starling  X
Song Sparrow  X
Swamp Sparrow  X
White-throated Sparrow  X
Northern Cardinal  X
Red-winged Blackbird  X
American Goldfinch  X
House Sparrow  X

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http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21533464 


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Subject: Great Falls Walk
From: Marshall Rawson via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 13:51:55 -0500
Our group of six tallied 34 species on this overcast morning. Ongoing 
observations included both eagles on the nest and the mute swan. The song 
sparrow notedwas particularly beautiful and the morning ended with a winter 
wren. All are welcome to join this regular Sunday walk that meets at 8:00am in 
the GFP visitors center parking lot. -- Marshall Rawson, McLean VA 


Canada Goose  300
Mute Swan  1
American Black Duck  2
Mallard  10
Ring-necked Duck  48
Bufflehead  12
Common Merganser  6
Pied-billed Grebe  1
Black Vulture  4
Turkey Vulture  1
Bald Eagle  2
Ring-billed Gull  120
Mourning Dove  1
Belted Kingfisher  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  6
Downy Woodpecker  5
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Pileated Woodpecker  4
Blue Jay  4
American Crow  6
Fish Crow  1
Carolina Chickadee  8
Tufted Titmouse  16
White-breasted Nuthatch  8
Brown Creeper  1
Winter Wren  1
Carolina Wren  4
Golden-crowned Kinglet  1
American Robin  6
Song Sparrow  1
White-throated Sparrow  2
Dark-eyed Junco  4
Northern Cardinal  4
American Goldfinch  8



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Subject: FW: eBird Report - Dyke Marsh - CMN02, Jan 25, 2015
From: Pam and Ben via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 13:28:07 -0500
I had the pleasure of leading (or co-leading, given the wealth of talent on 
hand) the weekly Dyke Marsh walk today. Sadly, we saw none of the cool geese 
that have been reported recently. Highlights included a pair of horned grebes 
in front of National Harbor, lots of eagles, somewhat obstructed views of a 
perched red-tail, two winter wrens, and a little mixed flock with one of each 
kinglet, and a creeper. 


Ben Jesup
Alexandria

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From: ebird-checklist AT cornell.edu [mailto:ebird-checklist AT cornell.edu] 
Sent: Sunday, January 25, 2015 1:22 PM
To: breep AT aol.com
Subject: eBird Report - Dyke Marsh - CMN02, Jan 25, 2015

Dyke Marsh - CMN02, Fairfax, US-VA
Jan 25, 2015 8:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.5 mile(s)
37 species

Canada Goose  X
American Black Duck  4
Mallard  X
Northern Shoveler  X
Lesser Scaup  X
Bufflehead  X
Common Merganser  X
Ruddy Duck  X
Horned Grebe  2
Double-crested Cormorant  X
Great Blue Heron  X
Bald Eagle  X
Red-tailed Hawk  X
Ring-billed Gull  X
Herring Gull  X
Great Black-backed Gull  X
Mourning Dove  X
Red-bellied Woodpecker  X
Downy Woodpecker  X
Northern Flicker  X
Blue Jay  X
Fish Crow  X
Carolina Chickadee  X
Tufted Titmouse  X
Brown Creeper  X
Winter Wren  2
Carolina Wren  X
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  X
Northern Mockingbird  X
European Starling  X
Song Sparrow  X
Swamp Sparrow  X
White-throated Sparrow  X
Northern Cardinal  X
Red-winged Blackbird  X
American Goldfinch  X
House Sparrow  X

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Subject: Photos - Harlequin Ducks at CBBT
From: Karen Kearney via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 18:04:00 +0000 (UTC)
 Matt Anthony with the William & Mary Bird Club  reported that their group 
spotted four Harlequin Ducks along the CBBT this morning. When I went out 
there later in the morning, the quartet was still there, on the Bay side, and 
many observers including members of CHAS arrived to see these beauties. Two are 
young males and two are females. I'm sure there will be many photos; I've 
posted one of mine at https://www.flickr.com/photos/birdingva.  

Other birds were scarce during the short time that I was there, but included a 
nice group of about 20 Long-tailed Ducks, several Surf and Black Scoters, 
Red-breasted Mergansers, two Purple Sandpipers, and good numbers of Northern 
Gannets. 

Karen KearneyChesapeake
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Subject: Greater White-fronted Geese - Rockbridge Co.
From: Rowe, Richard A, ”Dick” <RoweRA AT vmi.edu>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 16:34:08 +0000
All – Yesterday and today, there are 5 GWFG at Willow Lake in northern 
Rockbridge Co. Willow Lake is near Raphine, approximately 1 mile from the I-81 
Raphine exit (exit 205, I think). 


Dick Rowe
VMI Biology Dept.
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Subject: GWFG - Crockett Park
From: Greg Slader via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 10:43:43 -0500
Greetings - Greater White Fronted Goose is mixed in with a large amount of 
Canada Geese at Crockett Park in Fauquier County right now. 

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Subject: Fwd: [eBird Alert] Virginia Rare Bird Alert
From: "kurtcapt87 AT verizon.net" <kurtcapt87@verizon.net>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 09:45:14 -0500

Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE DROID

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

*** Species Summary:

Trumpeter Swan (1 Prince Edward)
Eurasian Wigeon (6 Portsmouth)
Green-winged Teal (Eurasian) (5 Portsmouth)
American Avocet (6 Portsmouth)
Black Skimmer (1 Virginia Beach)
Red-cockaded Woodpecker (1 Sussex)
Black-capped Chickadee (1 Montgomery)
Nashville Warbler (2 Charlottesville)
Yellow-breasted Chat (2 Charlottesville)
Clay-colored Sparrow (2 Prince William)
Western Tanager (1 James City)

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

NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

Trumpeter Swan (Cygnus buccinator) (2)
- Reported Jan 24, 2015 10:50 by Evan Spears
- Wilck's Lake - PHP05, Prince Edward, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=37.3034,-78.4097&ll=37.3034,-78.4097 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21518109
- Comments: "Seen on island then at beach. Identified as immature by bill color 
and dusky gray plumage. Later seen and identified by Mike Stinson as Trumpeter 
Swan using call and bill shape. Flew after Mike had observed them in the late 
afternoon. Photo on island clearly shows pointed border at base of bill, 
distinguishing it from Tundra Swan. 


 


 


 


" 


Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope) (2)
- Reported Jan 24, 2015 08:30 by Clark Olsen
- Craney Island Disposal Area, Portsmouth, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=36.9065,-76.37&ll=36.9065,-76.37 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21518413
- Comments: "Two males spotted along western shore. Familiar brown head."

Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope) (2)
- Reported Jan 24, 2015 08:08 by Jason  Strickland
- Craney Island Disposal Area, Portsmouth, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=36.9065,-76.37&ll=36.9065,-76.37 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21528873
- Comments: "Continuing. Both were together at times with AMWI."

Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope) (2)
- Reported Jan 24, 2015 08:08 by Adam Bollinger
- Craney Island Disposal Area, Portsmouth, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=36.9065,-76.37&ll=36.9065,-76.37 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21529604
- Comments: "Continuing. Both were together at times with AMWI."

Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope) (2)
- Reported Jan 24, 2015 08:08 by Gennette Huber
- Craney Island Disposal Area, Portsmouth, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=36.9065,-76.37&ll=36.9065,-76.37 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21529432
- Comments: "Continuing. Both were together at times with AMWI."

Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope) (2)
- Reported Jan 24, 2015 08:08 by Ernie Miller
- Craney Island Disposal Area, Portsmouth, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=36.9065,-76.37&ll=36.9065,-76.37 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21528679
- Comments: "Continuing. Both were together at times with AMWI."

Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope) (2)
- Reported Jan 24, 2015 08:05 by Lee Adams
- Craney Island Disposal Area, Portsmouth, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=36.9065,-76.37&ll=36.9065,-76.37 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21516750
- Comments: "Photo by Lee Adams. 137" 


Green-winged Teal (Eurasian) (Anas crecca) (1)
- Reported Jan 24, 2015 08:30 by Clark Olsen
- Craney Island Disposal Area, Portsmouth, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=36.9065,-76.37&ll=36.9065,-76.37 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21518413
- Comments: "Originally spotted by Jason Strickland. Long horizontal white 
stripe on side, no white vertical stripe on neck, paler brown head with green 
patch, white near rump. Positive ID by Jason, Lee Adams, Adam D'ofrino and 
Ernie Miller." 


Green-winged Teal (Eurasian) (Anas crecca) (1)
- Reported Jan 24, 2015 08:08 by Gennette Huber
- Craney Island Disposal Area, Portsmouth, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=36.9065,-76.37&ll=36.9065,-76.37 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21529432
- Comments: "Excellent scope views for all 6 observers present. Found by Jason 
Strickland while scanning/scoping group of GWTE. Horizontal white stripe along 
lower scapulars was highly visible entire time bird was present. Phone photo of 
Jason Strickland's photo. 

" 


Green-winged Teal (Eurasian) (Anas crecca) (1)
- Reported Jan 24, 2015 08:08 by Adam Bollinger
- Craney Island Disposal Area, Portsmouth, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=36.9065,-76.37&ll=36.9065,-76.37 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21529604
- Comments: "Excellent scope views for all 6 observers present. Found by Jason 
Strickland while scanning/scoping group of GWTE. Horizontal white stripe along 
lower scapulars was highly visible entire time bird was present. Phone photo of 
Jason Strickland's photo. 

" 


Green-winged Teal (Eurasian) (Anas crecca) (1)
- Reported Jan 24, 2015 08:08 by Jason  Strickland
- Craney Island Disposal Area, Portsmouth, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=36.9065,-76.37&ll=36.9065,-76.37 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21528873
- Comments: "Excellent scope views for all 6 observers present. Found by Jason 
Strickland while scanning/scoping group of GWTE. Horizontal white stripe along 
lower scapulars was highly visible entire time bird was present. Phone photo of 
Jason Strickland's photo. 

" 


Green-winged Teal (Eurasian) (Anas crecca) (1)
- Reported Jan 24, 2015 08:08 by Ernie Miller
- Craney Island Disposal Area, Portsmouth, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=36.9065,-76.37&ll=36.9065,-76.37 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21528679
- Comments: "Excellent scope views for all 6 observers present. Found by Jason 
Strickland while scanning/scoping group of GWTE. Horizontal white stripe along 
lower scapulars was highly visible entire time bird was present. Phone photo of 
Jason Strickland's photo. 

" 


American Avocet (Recurvirostra americana) (2)
- Reported Jan 24, 2015 08:30 by Clark Olsen
- Craney Island Disposal Area, Portsmouth, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=36.9065,-76.37&ll=36.9065,-76.37 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21518413
- Comments: "White with black on wings. Familiar upturned bill. Standing in 
water." 


American Avocet (Recurvirostra americana) (2)
- Reported Jan 24, 2015 08:08 by Gennette Huber
- Craney Island Disposal Area, Portsmouth, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=36.9065,-76.37&ll=36.9065,-76.37 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21529432
- Comments: "Continuing. Good scope views at distance of bold black and white 
plumage and upturned bill." 


American Avocet (Recurvirostra americana) (2)
- Reported Jan 24, 2015 08:08 by Adam Bollinger
- Craney Island Disposal Area, Portsmouth, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=36.9065,-76.37&ll=36.9065,-76.37 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21529604
- Comments: "Continuing. Good scope views at distance of bold black and white 
plumage and upturned bill." 


American Avocet (Recurvirostra americana) (2)
- Reported Jan 24, 2015 08:08 by Ernie Miller
- Craney Island Disposal Area, Portsmouth, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=36.9065,-76.37&ll=36.9065,-76.37 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21528679
- Comments: "Continuing. Good scope views at distance of bold black and white 
plumage and upturned bill." 


American Avocet (Recurvirostra americana) (2)
- Reported Jan 24, 2015 08:08 by Jason  Strickland
- Craney Island Disposal Area, Portsmouth, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=36.9065,-76.37&ll=36.9065,-76.37 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21528873
- Comments: "Continuing. Good scope views at distance of bold black and white 
plumage and upturned bill." 


American Avocet (Recurvirostra americana) (2)
- Reported Jan 24, 2015 08:05 by Lee Adams
- Craney Island Disposal Area, Portsmouth, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=36.9065,-76.37&ll=36.9065,-76.37 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21516750
- Comments: "Ongoing birds."

Black Skimmer (Rynchops niger) (1)
- Reported Jan 23, 2015 14:10 by Greg Tito
- Pleasure House Point, Virginia Beach, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=36.903226,-76.0994303&ll=36.903226,-76.0994303 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21520982
- Comments: "Immature bird loafing on sandbar with the gull herd. Continuing 
bird seen well in scope, with brownish-black back and cap, very long primary 
projection, and long distinctive bill." 


Red-cockaded Woodpecker (Picoides borealis) (9)
- Reported Jan 24, 2015 09:30 by Keith Roberts
- Piney Grove Preserve--Rte. 604, Sussex, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=36.989528,-77.0351028&ll=36.989528,-77.0351028 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21522810
- Comments: "There were 9 flying around by the road most of them were 
banded.https://www.flickr.com/photos/kroberts38/15736354404/" 


Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) (2)
- Reported Jan 24, 2015 11:20 by Benjamin Gill
- New Ellett, Montgomery, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=37.2012776,-80.3633172&ll=37.2012776,-80.3633172 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21516343
- Comments: "Two birds. Both had solid white bands on their wings and rough 
black beards. I used those criterion to distinguish them from Carolina 
Chickadees." 


Nashville Warbler (Oreothlypis ruficapilla) (1)
- Reported Jan 25, 2015 08:00 by David Shoch
- Shoch home, Charlottesville, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.0212525,-78.4831524&ll=38.0212525,-78.4831524 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21529411
- Comments: "Continuing"

Nashville Warbler (Oreothlypis ruficapilla) (1)
- Reported Jan 24, 2015 08:00 by David Shoch
- Shoch home, Charlottesville, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.0212525,-78.4831524&ll=38.0212525,-78.4831524 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21514785
- Comments: "Continuing. Notes from ~30-40 minutes of continuous observation: 
Shows a range of characteristics that, per current knowledge, indicate the 
western ssp ridgwayi, though none apparently diagnostic. Frequent tail pumping 
(downward) and wing flicking. Tail pumping like Palm Warbler, though more 
erratic. Often holds wings drooped slightly, exposing rump. Plumage: Gray head 
blending into upper back, contrasting with olive-green back. Complete white eye 
ring. Rump brighter, yellow-green, almost as bright as underparts. Yellow 
throat and underparts - breast to under tail coverts, interrupted by fairly 
extensive white vent. Throat slightly paler yellow (worn?) - was brighter in 
December (assuming the same bird involved). Did not call, which seems notable 
given 30-40 minutes close and continuous observation. Feeding at apple slices, 
foraging in red cedar and at sapsucker wells in maple - not on the ground, 
usually > 2 m. Territorial - chased off House Finches and Yello 

 w-breasted Chat. Photo & Video Sharing by SmugMug " 


Yellow-breasted Chat (Icteria virens) (1)
- Reported Jan 25, 2015 08:00 by David Shoch
- Shoch home, Charlottesville, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.0212525,-78.4831524&ll=38.0212525,-78.4831524 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21529411
- Comments: "Continuing"

Yellow-breasted Chat (Icteria virens) (1)
- Reported Jan 24, 2015 08:00 by David Shoch
- Shoch home, Charlottesville, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.0212525,-78.4831524&ll=38.0212525,-78.4831524 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21514785
- Comments: "Continuing " 


Clay-colored Sparrow (Spizella pallida) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 24, 2015 11:50 by Dixie Sommers
- Blackburn Road (CCSP Spot), Prince William, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.6114105,-77.2804429&ll=38.6114105,-77.2804429 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21516645
- Comments: "light colored sparrow with wide gray area around neck. continuing 
bird" 


Clay-colored Sparrow (Spizella pallida) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 24, 2015 09:15 by James Fox
- Blackburn Road (CCSP Spot), Prince William, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.6114105,-77.2804429&ll=38.6114105,-77.2804429 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21516202
- Comments: "Continuing bird eventually found west of the first pull off. White 
eyebrow and submustacial stripes and pale unstreaked belly." 


Western Tanager (Piranga ludoviciana) (1)
- Reported Jan 24, 2015 08:20 by Bill Williams
- Settlers' Mill, James City, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=37.2417402,-76.7577624&ll=37.2417402,-76.7577624 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21514118
- Comments: "a male; seen almost daily since 10 November 2014"

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Subject: Harlequin Ducks at CBBT
From: mhanthony AT email.wm.edu
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 08:52:51 -0500
Just had four Harlequin Ducks with the William & Mary Bird Club off the point 
at CBBT #1. Three females and one first-year male. 


--Matt Anthony
Williamsburg

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Subject: Raven
From: Larry Kline via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 20:17:19 -0500
My son observed a Common Raven along Snow Creek on the border of  
Spotsylvania and Caroline Counties just south of Route 17 yesterday. 
 
                                                        Larry Kline
 
                                                   Fredericksburg, VA
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Subject: A Grateful Thank You to Larry Brindza!
From: "Kurt Gaskill" <KurtCapt87 AT verizon.net>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 18:54:15 -0500
All,

The 115th National Audubon compilation for the Fort Belvoir CBC is nearing
its completion. Along with the extraordinary job the various leaders have
done, I have the solemn duty of communicating to you of Larry Brindza's
retirement from leading the Burke Lake Sector for the Ft B CBC.

Larry has performed admirably in a leadership role for the Fort Belvoir
Count over a period of 30 years, having only missed the 1998 count (I can
only hope it was due to a beach somewhere to our south!).  He has organized
the Burke Sector - often overlooked by local birders but essential to the
overall CBC due to its nearly annual production of a few key species - in an
outstanding fashion through sun, rain, ice, snow and frigid cold. His
efforts has resulted in the documentation of a wide range of common species
as well as rare birds during this period  - on the rare side during my
tenure his sector has produced great finds such as Rough-legged Hawk,
Iceland Gull, Thayer's Gull, the last CBC sightings of Fairfax County
Northern Bobwhites for the circle, Long-eared Owl, Northern Saw-whet Owl,
Common Raven (not found until recently in the Ft B circle) and the first
record - and then the second! - of Brown-headed Nuthatch for Fairfax County.
This was only possible due to his in-depth knowledge of the habitat in the
Burke Sector.

Please take a moment to applaud Larry's efforts in citizen science and his
contributions to conservation.

Larry, on behalf of all of us Fort Belvoir CBC volunteers - please accept my
grateful Thank You for your considerable efforts! We can only hope to seek
your advice to help guide our future counts and we look forward to meeting
you in the field.

"Fair Winds and Following Seas..." 

Kurt Gaskill
compiler, Ft B CBC


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Subject: TRUMPETER SWANS and Mute Swan at Wilck's Lake in Farmville, Prince Edward County
From: Evan Spears <e3spears AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 18:30:21 -0500
Three large white birds dominated the dull gray day. First seen on the
island at Wilck's Lake, these three birds swam over to the beach behind the
library. The MUTE SWAN, a hard bird to find around here, was easily
identified by the bright orange bill. The other two swans were immature,
and I originally thought they were just Mute Swans as well. Mike Stinson
checked them out later in the day and identified them as TRUMPETER SWANS.
Going through photos later, I found one showing the pointed border at the
base of the bill, distinguishing it from Tundra Swan. They were not present
yesterday, and took off a little before sunset just after Mike observed
them.

This is the first county record for Trumpeter Swan.

Photos: https://www.flickr.com/photos/65924095 AT N06/
Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21518109

Later stops at Sandy River Reservoir and Briery Creek Lake didn't yield
anything unusual; there were almost no other waterfowl besides RUDDY DUCKS
and BUFFLEHEAD.

Evan Spears
Farmville, VA
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Subject: Pine Siskins in Warrenton
From: "Don & Susan Schupp" <schuppds AT hughes.net>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 17:54:47 -0500

I had two Pine Siskins on my thistle feeder this morning; first this year.
I am about 5 miles west of Warrenton in Fauquier County, VA.

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Subject: Riverbend Park, Ffx. Co., Jan. 23
From: Scott Baron <razorbill1 AT msn.com>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 17:45:32 -0500
Hi,

I've moved back to the area after an absence of a few years. I aim to revisit 
some favorite No. Va. locations in the coming weeks. 


A visit to Riverbend Park on Saturday produced large numbers and a good variety 
of ducks along the river. 


Notable was Ring-necked Duck, the most numerous of the 11 species of ducks and 
geese. They were everywhere, I counted over 1000 on my short walk along the 
river, mostly males. 


Can. Goose, Gadwall, Am. Wigeon, Am. Black, Mallard, Redhead (over 100), Gr. 
Scaup, Bufflehead, Hooded Merg., Common Merg. were the other waterfowl that 
were swimming, flying, diving and loafing. Other waterbirds were Great Blue 
Heron, Pied-billed Grebe, Am. Coot and Ring-billed Gull. 


The woods, edge and meadow held good numbers of typical songbirds and 
woodpeckers. 2 COMMON RAVEN were perched in a dead tree across the river. I 
later heard one calling on the Va. side. 


Happy birding to you,

Scott Baron
Gaithersburg, Md.
 		 	   		  
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Subject: 50th Cape Charles Christmas Bird Count, December 30, 2014
From: Harry Armistead <harryarmistead AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 20:55:19 +0000



















50th CAPE CHARLES CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT,
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 30, 2014.  147 species (low).



SYMBOLISM.  Now, this is where it gets a little clunky, so, bear with me,
please.  The main purpose of these counts is to take stock of how the
birds are doing.  This is an attempt to do this.  Here is how to
interpret the so-called "symbolism".  So ... "snow goose
3,000 (9, 30-777)" means that c. 3,000 snows were seen by 9 of the 11
parties, whose totals ranged from 30 to 777.  If there's only 1 number,
that means the species was found by just 1 party, as with "northern
pintail 2".  For a few species it's indicated on how many of the 50
counts they were recorded, as with "marbled godwit (41/50)". 
For species seen by just 3 parties the total for the party total in between the
extremes is easily had by subtracting the sum of the extremes, as for
"brown pelican 112 (3, 3-75)" so the 3rd party total is 112 minus 78,
or 34.  



For unusual species, and/or unusually high counts, the species name is in all
caps, as in "BALD EAGLE 60" or "LINCOLN'S SPARROW 1". 
I hope this makes sense.  These numbers constitute what might be seen as
the science of the counts.  I like to think that recreation and
socializing are the 2 other components of Christmas Bird Count participation,
and that they are about as important as the science.  It's supposed to be
fun, too.



PARTY VARIATION: Because of the varying habitats, party efforts, and birding
skills involved there is wide variation in what the differing parties
find.  The remote Smith Island party is not going to get very many
landbirds.  They'll miss most of the common ones.  Several of the
mainland parties do not have a shot at getting most of the waterbirds. 
Further complicating the issue: some of the single party totals are actually
comprised of the combined totals of 2 or even 3 sub-parties.  As a result
only 8 species were seen by all 11 parties: Turkey Vulture, Bald Eagle,
Northern Flicker, Carolina Wren, Myrtle Warbler, Song Sparrow, Swamp Sparrow,
and Red-winged Blackbird.  An additional 8 species were found by 10
parties.



the BIRDS.  WATERFOWL: snow goose 3,000 (9, 30-777).  blue goose 25
(5, 1-23).  brant 1,498 (6, 30-450).  Canada goose 1,600 (10,
13-703).  tundra swan 125 (7, 2-31).  wood duck 4 (2, 2-2). 
gadwall 311 (7, 6-120).  American wigeon 105 (5, 1-41).  American
black duck 227 (low; 7, 5-120). mallard 192 (6, 3-100). mallard X American 
black duck 3 (8/50). 

northern shoveler 47 (4, 2-33).  northern pintail 2.  green-winged
teal 21 (3, 5-8).  redhead 19 (2, 2-17).  ring-necked duck 23 (4,
1-19).  lesser scaup 2.  COMMON EIDER 2 (17/50; Smith I.
party).  surf scoter 224 (low; 4, 1-200).  white-winged scoter 2 (2,
1-1).  black scoter 607 (4, 1-600).  long-tailed duck 25. 
bufflehead 1,213 (10, 18-377).  common goldeneye 4 (3, 1-2).  hooded
merganser 249 (9, 5-77).  common merganser 1 (at Pond Drain; 30/50). 
red-breasted merganser 156 (8, 2-40).  ruddy duck 148 (6, 1-86).  



the PRIMITIVES, if you will: northern bobwhite 0 (48/50).  wild turkey 10
(14/50).  red-throated loon 14 (3, 1-10).  common loon 66 (7,
2-18).  pied-billed grebe 38 (6, 1-14).  horned grebe 23 (4,
1-15).  northern gannet 46 (5, 1-16).  double-crested cormorant 224
(7, 1-66).  great cormorant 4 (in serious decline here & on
CBBT).  brown pelican 112 (3, 3-75).  great blue heron 49 (8,
2-15).  great egret 25 (6, 1-12; 48/50).  tricolored heron 8 (48/50). 
black-crowned night heron 8 (4, 1-5).  white ibis 0 (19/50).



RAPTORS & RALLIDS:  black vulture 200 (9, 3-132; most at the Oyster
landfill).  turkey vulture 350 (11, 1-167).  BALD EAGLE 60 (11,
3-13).  northern harrier 56 (9, 1-20).  sharp-shinned hawk 9 (7,
1-2).  Cooper's hawk 13 (6, 1-4).  red-shouldered hawk 12 (4,
1-8).  red-tailed hawk 27 (10 (1-8).  American kestrel 17 (9,
1-6).  merlin 1.  peregrine falcon 6 (5, 1-2).  clapper rail 39
(2, 10-29).  Virginia rail 18 (5, 2-6).  American coot 41 (3, 4-33).
   



SHOREBIRDS:  BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER 924 (7, 1-725).  semipalmated
plover 8 (2, 2-6; 44/50).  killdeer 46 (3, 1-35).  American
oystercatcher 234 (low; 6, 3-142).  greater yellowlegs 103 (8,
1-31).  WILLET 802 (7, 2-710).  lesser yellowlegs 0 (48/50). 
whimbrel 4.  marbled godwit 6 (low; 2, 2-4).  ruddy turnstone 41 (4,
1-36).  red knot 43 (27/50).  sanderling 168 (3, 43-80). 
western sandpiper 269 of the little things (3, 1-256).  least sandpiper 2
(39/50).  purple sandpiper 2 (Cape Charles jetties, usually our only
chance for them).  peep unID'd 200 (no doubt Western Sandpipers). 
DUNLIN 11,474 (7, 14-9,901).  short-billed dowitcher 143 (3, 3-125). 
Wilson's snipe 9 (5, 1-5).  American woodcock 53 (6, 1-38; most years CC
CBC achieves the national high for the "Labrador twister".  53
may not be enough; we shall see; as a footnote, they do not occur in
Labrador).  



LARIDS:  [this is not a good CBC for larids] Bonaparte's gull 0. 
laughing gull 0 (22/50).  ring-billed gull 430 (8, 3-180).  herring
gull 301 (10, 2-185).  lesser black-backed gull 2 (Fisherman
Island).  great black-backed gull 274 (8, 3-182).  gull unID'd
3.  Forster's tern 5 (3, 1-3; 36/50).



TRANSITIONAL LANDBIRDS, so to speak:  rock pigeon 569 (6, 2-436). 
Eurasian collared-dove 7 (12/50).  mourning dove 444 (8, 10-100). 
eastern screech-owl 11 (5, 1-5).  great horned owl 6 (4, 1-2). 
short-eared owl 1 (South Townsend party; declining as a wintering species here;
38/50).  belted kingfisher 18 (8, 1-9).  red-headed woodpecker 2 (Cape
Charles [town] party; 33/50).  red-bellied woodpecker 68 (9, 2-13). 
yellow-bellied sapsucker 22 (8, 1-6).  downy woodpecker 29 (8, 1-8). 
hairy woodpecker 3 (low; 3, 1-1).  northern flicker 156 (11, 1-50). 
pileated woodpecker 8 (4, 1-4; 41/50; totally absent in the count's early
years).  eastern phoebe 3 (2, 1-2).  blue jay 132 (8, 2-58). 
American crow 202 (9, 2-63).  fish crow 214 (2, 2-210; 410 at the Oyster
landfill; 49/50).  crow unID'd 53 (2, 12-41).  horned lark 59 (3,
14-25).  tree swallow 30 (37/50).



LI'L SPRITES:  Carolina chickadee 83 (10, 1-23).  tufted titmouse 45
(7, 2-17).  red-breasted nuthatch 1 (42/50).  brown-headed nuthatch 6
(2, 1-5; its continued presence still precarious).  brown creeper 11 (5,
1-4).  house wren 10 (3, 1-5; 50/50).  winter wren 11 (3, 2-5). 
sedge wren 8 (5, 1-2; 49/50).  marsh wren 8 (5, 1-2; 49/50). 
Carolina wren 147 (11, 1-37).  golden-crowned kinglet 24 (6, 1-6). 
ruby-crowned kinglet 37 (8, 1-19).  



THRUSH TYPES + starling, pipit & waxwing: eastern bluebird 202 (7, 1-76; 2
in 1974; great comeback).  hermit thrush 42 (8, 1-18).  American
robin 309 (10-171).  gray catbird 25 (7, 1-11).  northern mockingbird
79 (8, 2-20).  brown thrasher 13 (5, 1-4).  European starling 1,281
(9, 4-445). American pipit 10 (low). cedar waxwing 14 (low). snow bunting 0 
(21/50. 




WARBLERS:  orange-crowned warbler 0 (44/50).  common yellowthroat 2
(2, 1-1; 45/50).  palm warbler 40 (3, 1-31; low).  pine warbler 8 (2,
1-7).  yellow-rumped (myrtle) warbler 1,859 (11, 9-680).  



SPARROW TYPES:  eastern towhee 44 (8, 1-20).  chipping sparrow 177 (all
of them so harmless and inoffensive as to be almost beyond belief; 6,
2-67).  field sparrow 49 (5, 2-26).  vesper sparrow 7 (46/50; in
decline as a wintering species here).  Savannah sparrow 196 (9,
1-105).  Savannah (Ipswich) sparrow 26 (48/50).  Nelson's sparrow
3.  saltmarsh sparrow 11 (2, 1-10).  sharp-tailed sparrow unID'd
4.  seaside sparrow 0 (48/50).  FOX SPARROW 216 (9, 8-49; at sunset I
saw 10 hop down from the motel roof and begin feeding on grit within feet of
the doors).  song sparrow 390 (11, 1-243).  LINCOLN'S SPARROW 1
(27/50; near Devil's Ditch, Picketts Harbor Natural Area Preserve; GA,TF). 
swamp sparrow 95 (11, 1-27).  white-throated sparrow 663 (10,
1-215).  white-crowned sparrow 5 (3, 1-2; 41/50).  DARK-EYED
(SLATE-COLORED) JUNCO 608 (9-195).  northern cardinal 274 (10, 1-87).



BLACKBIRDS & FINCHES:  red-winged blackbird 1,002 (11, 3-210). 
eastern meadowlark 40 (4, 2-22; low).  rusty blackbird 0 (44/50). 
common grackle 113 (4, 1-110; low).  boat-tailed grackle 108. 
brown-headed cowbird 41 (2, 4-37; low).  blackbird unID'd 50. 
BALTIMORE ORIOLE 1 (Arlington X Sand Hill roads; TF,GA; 16/50).  purple
finch 16 (5, 1-4).  house finch 77 (4, 1-63; 46/50; absent in the earlier
years of the count).  pine siskin 54 (4, 1-50).  American goldfinch
173 (9, 1-45).  house sparrow 50 (2, 4-46).        
                    
   



PARTICIPANTS:  Bob Ake, Bob Anderson, George & Harry (compiler)
Armistead, Paul & Susan Bedell, Ned Brinkley, Mitchell Byrd, Jack Carroll,
Julie Coari, Linda & Robert Cole, Dan Cristol, Mary Crozier, Terri
Cuthriell, Doug Davis, Brandon Dunkum, Sue & Wes Earp, Elisa Enders, Kit
Fechtig, Todd Fellenbaum, Nick Flanders, Betsy & Chris Foster, Steve Grimes,
Nancy Guttman-Tyler, Nathaniel Kahn, Teta Kain, Roberta Kellam, Michael Male,
Colin & Stephanie McAllister, Grazina & Michael McClure, Ellison
Orcutt, Karen Roberts, Tom Saunders, Dot Silsby, Fletcher Smith, Paul Sykes,
Thuy Tran, Shelley Vallone, Buddy Vaughn, Kim Voss, Bill Williams. 



BIRDS SEEN DURING THE COUNT WEEK (Dec. 27-Jan. 2) BUT NOT ON COUNT DAY: 
Ross's Goose 3 (Herbert Allen Larner, near Cheriton, Jan. 2 (& Jan. 3), and
some of these seen later by Ned Brinkley (NB) and Todd Day.  Greater
White-fronted Goose 1 adult, Jan. 2, photographed by Lisa Carr Rose and seen
later by NB.  Eurasian Wigeon, 2 males, Jan. 1, Bull's Ponds by NB. 
Northern Bobwhite, 6 at Magothy Bay Natural Area Preserve (NB), Dec. 31. 
Sora, Jan. 1, Cobb I. Station (NB).  Bonaparte's Gull, Jan. 1, Oyster
harbor (NB).  Orange-crowned Warbler, 1, Magothy Bay Natural Area preserve
(NB), Dec. 31, plus 1 at Eastern Shore of VA N.W.R., Jan. 1, plus 1 at Oyster
landfill, Jan. 2.  BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER well-described by Kit Fechtig
s. of Cape Charles (town).  Lapland Longspur, Jan. 1, Picketts Harbor
N.A.P. (NB).  Additionally a 1st-cycle Glaucous Gull was at Bull's Landing
Jan. 7 (NB, Todd Day), 3 Cackling Geese, and a King Rail (Bull's Pond) were
found in the Jan. 3-7 period.  



ACKOWLEDGEMENTS:  Grateful thanks to these landowners for enabling some of
us to have access to their properties: Alita Bell, Jody & Mark Bundy, Greg
Cridlin, Patrick Hand, Tom Lewis, Tommy O'Connor, Bruce Richardson, George
& Virginia Savage.  Most of the count circle land is private so access
is very important for the success of the count.  Many thanks to Jill
Bieri, Bob Leffel, and Dot Field for granting access to restricted areas of The
Nature Conservancy/Virginia Coast Reserve, Fisherman Island & Eastern Shore
of Virginia National Wildlife Refuges, and Magothy Bay & Picketts Harbor
Natural Area Preserves respectively.  My
thank$ to the members of the Smith Island party for helping to "float the
boat".  Likewise to Sandra Moore and the staff of Sting-Ray's for
opening up early for us so we could get into "good field position" at
prime time.  Paul Sykes has been on 49 of the 50 counts.  The count
he wasn't on he was helping Jim Vardaman with his big year on a pelagic trip
out of Ocean City, MD.  Even so, he showed up at the compilation!  I
missed one year due to the death of my mother-in-law. Special mention should be 
made of 2 

participants: Dot Silsby, 91, and Mitchell Byrd, 85.  Actually, anyone who
participated today deserves accolades for braving this adverse weather. 
No ice, no snow.    



WEATHER.  Definitely.  Overcast until 3-3:30 P.M., then a beautiful,
advancing arc of blue sky came from the north.  Light rain for most of the
day until then.  Winds, very strong 20-25, sometimes more, most of the
time, Magothy Bay a mass of seething whitecaps.  41-45 degrees F. 
The Smith Island party, a band of merry men judging from Michael Male's several
photographs, deserves special mention for their fast walk up the island,
lugging 2 scopes, into the wind and rain: Dan Cristol, Ellison Orcutt, Jack
Carroll, Nathaniel Kahn, guide Buddy Vaughn, and Michael, then 2 hours scoping
the all-important Thoms Creek mudflats with a resulting splendid list and high
numbers of shorebirds.  Less heroic was the hour or so Magotha Road marsh
drive 10 of us did under the direction of Fletcher Smith resulting in Saltmarsh
& Nelson's sparrows, a Virginia Rail, 5 snipe, a Marsh and a Sedge
wren.  The rather low high tide meant fewer sparrows than might have been
seen or caught under normal circumstances.  

 

FAMILY REPRESENTATION: waterfowl 26
(merely O.K.).  raptors 11 (about average).  shorebirds 18 (good,
even w/o Lesser Yellowlegs).  owls 3 (so-so).  woodpeckers 7 (all
that there are; O.K.).  larids 5 (poor).  wrens 5 (O.K.). 
warblers 4 (not so hot, but, just barely O.K.).  sparrows 12 (excluding
junco and towhee; good, even considering we missed Seaside).



NON-AVIAN TAXA: Gray Squirrel 3, White-tailed Deer 24, Harbor Seal 3, Eastern
Cottontail 5, and dolphin 2 plus the dead: 3 dolphins, a Northern Watersnake, a
 Diamondback Terrapin, and 1 Loggerhead
Turtle.  Not all parties chose to report non-avian taxa. 



EFFORT:  46 observers in 11-15 parties (a good turnout).  hours on
foot 76, hours by car 24, hours by boat 4.  Miles on foot 57, miles by car
138 (low), miles by boat 15.   5:30 A.M. - 6 P.M.



THOUGHTS.  This year the count had 36 more observers than the 1st year
(1965, 10 observers then) plus half a century of increased knowledge of the
area, and yet we only found 5 more species than in 1965.  Some of this is
due to the atrocious weather.  But there is just not the variety there
used to be.  The 2nd and 3rd years of the count, 1966 and 1967, with not
much more effort or knowledge than in 1965, rather easily found 155 species. 
I have been part of 135 or so May birding marathons, 300 some CBCs.  20
years or so ago we began to notice that, most of the time, our species totals
were not what they used to be in spite of increased knowledge, better optics,
more selective use of and much better audiolures, etc.  There has been a
falling off. 

 

Gut feelings that this was a good
fall/early winter for Blue Jays, juncos, Fox Sparrows, Red-shouldered and
Cooper’s Hawks were born out by several CBC results I’ve seen. It is 
interesting that Cape May, which shares 

some similarities with Cape Charles, also missed Lesser Yellowlegs as well as
Bonaparte’s and Laughing gulls, and this with their 91 observers, twice the
number of Cape Charles participants. 
Also a good winter for Common Eiders. 




MISTAKES.  Probably a few.  Please let me know if you spot any. 
Or any suggestions for improving the count. 



Best to all. - Harry Armistead, Philadelphia.





 		 	   		  
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Subject: 1/24/15 - Virginia Beach - CBBT (Common Eider)
From: Rob Bielawski <robbielawski AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 15:09:40 -0500
Folks,

As this nor'easter has scraped its way past us and moved further up the
East Coast, we're getting hit with strong northwesterly winds that have the
bay very churned up. I drove out to the first island on the Chesapeake Bay
Bridge-Tunnel for a half hour of birdwatching, parking at the southeast
corner like I usually do. Many gulls (Ring-billed, Herring, and Great
Black-backed), Double-crested Cormorants, and Rock Pigeons are taking
refuge from the winds on this corner of the island.I didn't notice any
Lesser Black-backeds today, and there were no Sanderlings present. Working
counter-clockwise up around to the northern point, the wind was howling,
and the temperatures are probably not much above freezing, with much lower
wind chills today. Large swells were moving through the channel, and a
large group of Long-tailed Ducks was out riding on them, bobbing up and
down as they passed. In addition to the Long-taileds, a good size group of
Black & White-winged Scoters was in a bit closer to the point, with one
first winter male Common Eider mixed in. I could not locate the second one
that was out there yesterday evening, but it could have been resting on one
of the rocks facing northward. The waves were crashing along the point
though, so this might be unlikely. As with yesterday, there was one Harbor
Seal with its head poking out of the water for a few minutes, but then it
disappeared. A few Ruddy Turnstones, and a pair of Lesser Scaup rounded out
the sightings on the island before I headed back to the mainland. Along the
stretch to the mainland, tons of Northern Gannets and comorants were
sitting out on the water.

Photographs are here, some nice flyby shots of the Long-taileds!:
http://www.rbnature.com/galleries/we-20150125

I stopped at Dockside restaurant just off Shore Drive, east of the Lesner
Bridge for lunch, and watched as large number of Red-breasted Mergansers
swam around in the Lynnhaven River. Also some Hooded Mergansers,
Buffleheads, and plenty of gulls & cormorants were nearby. I'd hoped maybe
a Bonaparte's Gull might come in closer to shore with the high winds, as
I've yet to pick one out this year, but no luck there. Still, a very good
lunch and nice to watch the birds and eat simultaneously from out of the
elements. Look forward to hearing about everyone else's sightings on this
cold and wet weekend.

Rob Bielawski
Virginia Beach, VA
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Subject: Fw: eBird Report - Leesylvania State Park - CPW04, Jan 24, 2015
From: "Marc Ribaudo" <moribaudo AT verizon.net>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 14:39:24 -0500
The rain that was expected this morning ended by the start time for the 
Northern Virginia Bird Club trip to Leesylvania State Park this morning, so 
Dixie Sommers and I led 2 others on a very birdy walk around the picnic area 
and boardwalk area.  We tallied 55 species.  Highlights were a common raven, 
2 pine siskins in a large flock of goldfinches in the picnic area (we looked 
hard for redpoll without success), a huge raft of canvasback (estimated at 
700), and the expected but always great to see winter visitors of winter 
wren, brown creeper, yellow-bellied sapsucker, both kinglets, 2 common loons 
and 3 horned grebes, plus a nice assortment of waterfowl in the Potomac and 
in Powell's Creek.  The complete list is below.

Marc Ribaudo

Leesylvania State Park - CPW04, Prince William, US-VA
Jan 24, 2015 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.5 mile(s)
Comments:     Submitted from  BirdLog NA for Android v1.9.6
55 species

Canada Goose  2
Tundra Swan  2
Gadwall  20
American Black Duck  15
Mallard  6
Northern Pintail  1
Canvasback  700
Redhead  5
Ring-necked Duck  1
Greater Scaup  1
Lesser Scaup  100
Bufflehead  35
Red-breasted Merganser  2
Ruddy Duck  150
Common Loon  2
Horned Grebe  3
Double-crested Cormorant  10
Great Blue Heron  3
Bald Eagle  11
Red-shouldered Hawk  1
Ring-billed Gull  50
Herring Gull (American)  2
Great Black-backed Gull  1
Belted Kingfisher  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  18
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  2
Downy Woodpecker  8
Hairy Woodpecker  3
Northern Flicker  5
Pileated Woodpecker  4
Blue Jay  17
American Crow  7
Common Raven  1
Carolina Chickadee  20
Tufted Titmouse  10
White-breasted Nuthatch  5
Brown Creeper  3
Winter Wren  1
Carolina Wren  8
Golden-crowned Kinglet  4
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  2
Eastern Bluebird  15
Hermit Thrush  1
American Robin  7
Northern Mockingbird  3
European Starling  26
Yellow-rumped Warbler  3
Song Sparrow  1
White-throated Sparrow  22
Dark-eyed Junco  50
Northern Cardinal  14
Red-winged Blackbird  2
House Finch  5
Pine Siskin  2
American Goldfinch  50

View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21517839

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Subject: Pine Siskins in Gloucester
From: <hjwilliams3 AT cox.net>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 14:00:35 -0500
FOS Pine Siskins on our sunflower chips feeder. A small flock (8-10) argued 
with the Goldfinch and each other about 1 PM until all the seeds were gone. 
Purple Finch have been coming back to the sunflower seeds again yesterday and 
today. The pair of Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers have started working on another 
tall Tulip Poplar tree together. Last week I discovered they have started 
working on the Foster Holly doing their waffle pattern in the same area as last 
year. I was surprised to see the sap running down the tree trunk. While I was 
up close to take a picture, a small bird came close to get sap but was spooked 
by me. I didn't see what it was. As soon as I moved away from the tree, a 
sapsucker was back working it again. Joyce and I both saw one of them working 
it several times during the week. 


Hayes Williams
White Marsh in the middle of Gloucester County, VA
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Subject: Snow Goose Ft Belvoir now
From: "kurtcapt87 AT verizon.net" <kurtcapt87@verizon.net>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 13:31:04 -0500
Mixed with several hundred Canada Geese on parade grounds next to route one.
Kurt
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Subject: Nassawadox Christmas Count, Dec. 21, 2014.
From: Harry Armistead <harryarmistead AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 18:47:44 +0000



















9th NASSAWADOX, Virginia, CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT, December
21, 2014.  31 observers, 122 species.  Results from a still rather
unbirded area, with the exception of Willis Wharf, and to some extent Boxtree
Road/Machipongo.  But after 9 counts we're learning some things.



INTERPRETATION: "snow goose 777 (4,79-371)" means 777 were reported,
seen by 4 parties, whose totals ranged from 79 to 371.  If only 1 number
is given with no details on party totals that means only 1 party found the bird
(e.g., "black-bellied plover 325").  "scoter unID'd 84
(3/9)" means this entity was reported in 3 of 9 years.  For species
seen by 3 parties the sum of the extremes subtracted from the grand total
reveals how many were seen by the 3rd party, so with "horned grebe 46 (3,
8-26)" the 3rd party found 12.  For unusual species and unusually
high numbers the species name is capitalized.    



the BIRDS WATERFOWL):  snow goose 777 (4, 79-371).  blue goose 6 (2,
2-4).  brant 725.  Canada goose 929 (8, 5-360).  tundra swan
8.  wood duck 0 (7/9).  gadwall 2 (Hog I.; 6/9).  American
wigeon 0 (5/9).  American black duck 228 (6, 1-150).  mallard 84 (5,
1-75).  blue-winged teal 1 (1/9).  northern shoveler 1 (5/9). 
northern pintail 1 (5/9; Hog I.).  green-winged teal 28 (9/9; 2,
8-20).  ring-necked duck 1 (8/9).  COMMON EIDER 11 (new for this
count; BAn,TT,HA; 1 ad. male, 1 imm. male, 9 females; Hog I.;
photographed).  surf scoter 600.  white-winged scoter 0 (2/9). 
black scoter 32 (4/9).  scoter unID'd 84 (3/9).  long-tailed duck
6.  bufflehead 552 (7, 4-475).  common goldeneye 2 (7/9). 
hooded merganser 132 (7, 2-50).  common merganser 0 (1/9). 
red-breasted merganser 4 (2, 1-3).  ruddy duck 106 (8/9; 4, 1-93). 



the PRIMITIVES, after a fashion:  northern bobwhite 0 (but seen during the
count period; 7/9).  wild turkey 16 (2, 7-9; 6/9).  red-throated loon
8 (2, 1-7).  common loon 26 (3, 1-24).  pied-billed grebe 5 (2,
1-4).  horned grebe 46 (3, 8-26).  northern gannet 0 (2/9). 
double-crested cormorant 2 (9/9).  brown pelican 0 (2/9).  great blue
heron 19 (8, 1-5).  great egret 0 (4/9).  black-crowned night heron 0
(4/9).



RAPTORS & RALLIDS:  black vulture 75 (5, 2-60).  turkey vulture
125 (8, 2-53).  BALD EAGLE 45 (7, 1-18).  northern harrier 26 (7,
1-11).  sharp-shinned hawk 4 (4, 1-1).  Cooper's hawk 9 (5,
1-3).  red-shouldered hawk 4 (4, 1-1).  red-tailed hawk 28 (9,
1-6).  GOLDEN EAGLE 1 (new for the count; EO,BO; immature).  American
kestrel 17 (6, 1-8).  merlin 3 (3, 1-1; 6/9).  peregrine falcon 3 (2,
1-2; 7/9).  clapper rail 3 (2, 1-2).  Virginia rail 4.  American
coot 3 (2/9).



SHOREBIRDS (the glory of Eastern Shore of Virginia Christmas counts, assuming,
in this case, that the boat gets out).  black-bellied plover 325. 
semipalmated plover 0 (4/9). killdeer 1 (that's right!). American oystercatcher 

326 (2, 6-320; last year we had the national high).  greater yellowlegs 49
(5, 2-24).  willet 67 (low; 4, 2-21).  lesser yellowlegs 1. 
whimbrel 0 (1/9).  marbled godwit 31 (low; 2, 1-30).  ruddy turnstone
61.  red knot 0 (1/9).  sanderling 14.  western sandpiper
15.  DUNLIN 12,963 (3, 2-12,800).  short-billed dowitcher 13
(9/9).  Wilson's snipe 3.  American woodcock 5 (2, 2-3).  



LARIDS.  Bonaparte's gull 0 (4/9).  ring-billed gull 660 (9,
5-442).  herring gull 379 (7, 1-350).  great black-backed gull
35.  gull unID'd 9.  Forster's tern 0 (2/9).  



TRANSITIONAL LANDBIRDS (by which is meant bridging the gap, in phylogenetic
order, between waterbirds and songbirds [passerines]):  rock pigeon 52 (4,
3-30).  mourning dove 145 (8, 2-57).  eastern screech-owl 1. 
great horned owl 2 (2, 1-1).  belted kingfisher 9 (6, 1-3). 
red-headed woodpecker 0 (5/9).  red-bellied woodpecker 53 (8, 1-18). 
yellow-bellied sapsucker 8 (3, 1-4).  downy woodpecker 14 (5, 1-6). 
hairy woodpecker 10 (4, 1-5).  northern flicker 85 (9, 3-21). 
pileated woodpecker 13 (5, 1-5).  eastern phoebe 1.  blue jay 56 (7,
1-16).  American crow 484 (7, 14-211).  fish crow 43 (4, 1-36). 
crow unID'd 153 (3, 38-75).  horned lark 0 (7/9).  tree swallow 0
(3/9).  



LI'L SPRITES:  Carolina chickadee 65 (6, 2-16).  tufted titmouse 35
(5, 2-11).  red-breasted nuthatch 6 (7/9).  white-breasted nuthatch 2
(2, 1-1; 5/9.  brown-headed nuthatch 20 (4, 1-10; 9/9).  brown
creeper 2.  house wren 2 (7/9).  winter wren 11.  sedge wren 2
(5/9).  marsh wren 2 (6/9).  Carolina wren 63 (8, 1-18). 
golden-crowned kinglet 8 (2, 1-7).  ruby-crowned kinglet 19 (3,
1-17).  BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER 1 (new for this count; MM,SE,WE; close study
at 20 feet for 2 minutes).  



THRUSHES +:  eastern bluebird 213 (7, 3-93).  hermit thrush 22 (4,
2-12).  American robin 135 (5, 4-85).  gray catbird 10 (4,
1-4).  northern mockingbird 61 (7, 5-14).  brown thrasher 6 (3,
1-3).  European starling 758 (7, 4-235).  American pipit 0
(6/9).  cedar waxwing 5 (low).  



WARBLERS:  orange-crowned warbler 0 (3/9).  common yellowthroat 0
(1/9).  palm warbler 7 (2, 2-5; 8/9).  pine warbler 2 (2, 1-1;
8/9).  YELLOW-RUMPED (MYRTLE) WARBLER 4,543 (9, 4-3293; a tremendous
concentration of them at Brickhouse Neck).



SPARROW TYPES: eastern towhee 5 (3, 1-2).  American tree sparrow 1. 
chipping sparrow 44 (low; 3, 1-42).  field sparrow 14 (3, 1-10). 
vesper sparrow 0 (1/9).  Savannah sparrow 9 (low; 2, 4-5).  Ipswich
sparrow 0 (1/9).  Nelson's sparrow 0 (6/9).  saltmarsh sparrow 2 (2,
1-1; 6/9).  seaside sparrow 0 (4/9).  fox sparrow 28 (2, 4-24). 
song sparrow 257 (7, 3-77).  swamp sparrow 104 (4, 1-54). 
white-throated sparrow 314 (9, 2-84).  white-crowned sparrow 0
(3/9).  dark-eyed (slate-colored) junco 261 (7, 5-89).  northern
cardinal 89 (9, 1-25).  



BLACKBIRDS & FINCHES:  red-winged blackbird 841 (7, 11-234). 
eastern meadowlark 47 (2, 7-40).  rusty blackbird 0 (2/9).  common
grackle 1 (low [no kidding]; 8/9, so ... we did miss them/it once). 
boat-tailed grackle 9 (low; 2, 1-8).  brown-headed cowbird 12 (low). 
unID'd blackbird 821 (2, 150-671).  Baltimore oriole 0 (3/9; surprising to
have found them on 1/3 of the counts).  purple finch 9.  house finch
42 (4, 4-27).  pine siskin 0 (2/9).  American goldfinch 109 (6,
1-41).  house sparrow 3 (low; probably because observers do not spend much
time in the towns).



PARTICIPANTS:  Bob Ake, Bob Anderson (BAn), Margaret Andrews, Harry
Armistead (compiler), Richard Ayers, Curtis & Lynn Badger, Bill & Kathy
Bender, Sue & Wes Earp, Kit Fechtig, Dot Field, Bill & Jane Hill,
Roberta Kellam, Marcus Killmon, Grazina & Michael McClure, Ellison Orcutt,
Beth Oristian, Nancy Petersen, Frank Renshaw, Karen & Keith Roberts, Marv
Rubin, Ann & Paul Smith, Bob Toner, Thuy Tran, Shelley Vallone.

 

Thanks to all of the participants.  Perfect weather
and in the afternoon the sun comes out big time, there is no wind, and every
bird sitting on the water is visible.  It is, in short, a thoroughly
glorious afternoon.  However, zero Northern Bobwhite continues to be a
statistic that one has to deal with more and more often.  How I miss the
quail.

 

Bob Anderson, Thuy Tran, boatman Marcus Killmon, and I
comprise the boat party.  I’ve just
calculated that I have made c. 70 boat trips to otherwise inaccessible Virginia
Eastern Shore barrier islands, just during Christmas Bird Counts. Let me say 
that this is the most wondrous 

trip of all.  Sitting on top of a grassy
7-foot dune, looking out over distant Revel and Parramore islands, Quinby
Inlet, rather vast Hog Island Bay, and the distant marshes, and more distant
mainland 6 miles away, while the waters are glassy calm, like a vast flat sheet
of satin, and the sun breaks through, and it becomes totally clear, while
Horned Grebes, Common and Red-throated loons, in modest numbers, fish close by,
is about as good as I’ve ever had it out there, albeit I am dealing with muscle
spasms in my thighs from having walked 2+ miles in hip waders, something I
wasn’t that good at 30 years ago, much less now at 74. But I nap in the sun 
from my comparatively 

lofty perch, waking up in time just as 11 Common Eiders fly by, single file,
less than 100 feet away, in this wilderness setting. Hog Island provides our 
best shot at some of 

the dabbling ducks for this Christmas count with the count’s only pintail and 2
Gadwall.  

 

EFFORT:  31 observers in 9 parties.  Hours on
foot 41, by car 29, by boat 3.  Miles on foot 22, by car 240, by boat
20.  6 A.M. - 5 P.M.  

 

FAMILY REPRESENTATION: waterfowl 21 species (in the
summary above see how scarce many of the ducks are here, every year). 
raptors 12 (good).  shorebirds 14 (Willis Wharf, often with > 200 of
both Willets and Marbled Godwits, was strangely lacking this time).  owls
2 (particpants don't owl much on this count).  wrens 5 (good). 
warblers 3 (about average).  sparrows, excluding towhee and junco, 11,
O.K.

 

BOAT.  PARTY VARIATION.  16 species were boat
exclusives.  This is only the 4th year out of 9 when the boat DIDN'T get
weathered out.  With this many exclusives it is easy to see how important
the boat is.  Of course the boat is not going to find many landbirds, even
in the extensive brush and forest of Hog Island.  The 3 parties that cover
areas mostly to the west of Route 13 are not going to find many
waterbirds.  Consequently only 6 species were found by all 9 parties:
Red-tailed Hawk, Ring-billed Gull, Northern Flicker, Myrtle Warbler,
White-throated Sparrow, and Northern Cardinal.  An additional 7 species
were seen by 8 parties.   Further complicating meaningful statistical
analysis when comparing party totals, in addition to the varying habitats they
are assigned as noted above, are 3 factors: differing levels of effort,
expertise, and size of the parties, some of whose totals are comprised of 2
sub-parties.

 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS:  Grateful thanks is extended to
Jill Bieri for granting access to Brownsville and Hog Island, areas part of the
The Nature Conservancy/Virginia Coast Reserve, and to Jim Murray for permission
for observers to access his property on Brickhouse Neck.  A big thank you
to Kassandra Smith, General Manager of the Exmore Best Western, for letting us
use the motel continental breakfast area for the compilation.

  

WEATHER: 32-45 degrees F.  Wind, mostly lacking,
calm most of the time, sometimes NW<5.  The sky: overcast, becoming
fair c. 1 P.M., then clear 2 P.M. for the rest of the day.  No snow or
ice.  Tide: high variously 7:04 - 7:38 A.M. at 3 locations in the general
area, low 1:51 - 2:09 P.M. 

 

NON-AVIAN TAXA.  Mammals: 23 Gray Squirrels, 3
White-tailed Deer, 2 Eastern Cottontails, and, out on Hog Island, 2 fresh
Muskrat lodges and recent Raccoon footprints.  Jane Hill photographed a
Southern Leopard Frog. 

  

MISTAKES.  Please let me know if you see any. 
Thanks.

 

Best wishes to all. - Harry Armistead.

 





 		 	   		  
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Subject: ignore: test message 3
From: Harry Armistead <harryarmistead AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 17:37:04 +0000
9th NASSAWADOX, Virginia, CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT, December 21,
2014.  31 observers, 122 species.  Results from a still rather
unbirded area, with the exception of Willis Wharf, and to some extent Boxtree
Road/Machipongo.  But after 9 counts we're learning some things.



INTERPRETATION: "snow goose 777 (4,79-371)" means 777 were reported,
seen by 4 parties, whose totals ranged from 79 to 371.  If only 1 number
is given with no details on party totals that means only 1 party found the bird
(e.g., "black-bellied plover 325").  "scoter unID'd 84
(3/9)" means this entity was reported in 3 of 9 years.  For species
seen by 3 parties the sum of the extremes subtracted from the grand total
reveals how many were seen by the 3rd party, so with "horned grebe 46 (3,
8-26)" the 3rd party found 12.  For unusual species and unusually
high numbers the species name is capitalized.    



the BIRDS WATERFOWL):  snow goose 777 (4, 79-371).  blue goose 6 (2,
2-4).  brant 725.  Canada goose 929 (8, 5-360).  tundra swan
8.  wood duck 0 (7/9).  gadwall 2 (Hog I.; 6/9).  American
wigeon 0 (5/9).  American black duck 228 (6, 1-150).  mallard 84 (5,
1-75).  blue-winged teal 1 (1/9).  northern shoveler 1 (5/9). 
northern pintail 1 (5/9; Hog I.).  green-winged teal 28 (9/9; 2,
8-20).  ring-necked duck 1 (8/9).  COMMON EIDER 11 (new for this
count; BAn,TT,HA; 1 ad. male, 1 imm. male, 9 females; Hog I.;
photographed).  surf scoter 600.  white-winged scoter 0 (2/9). 
black scoter 32 (4/9).  scoter unID'd 84 (3/9).  long-tailed duck
6.  bufflehead 552 (7, 4-475).  common goldeneye 2 (7/9). 
hooded merganser 132 (7, 2-50).  common merganser 0 (1/9). 
red-breasted merganser 4 (2, 1-3).  ruddy duck 106 (8/9; 4, 1-93).  		 	   		  
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Subject: eBird Resources and Others
From: "R. Bruce Richardson" <rbrucegrp AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 10:05:30 -0500
Dear Birders,

There is a world of birding info out there out there. For those of you who 
would like to receive your own eBird Virginia Rare Bird Alert, it is only a 
couple of clicks away from landing in your inbox every morning. 


Simply go to eBIrd http://ebird.org/content/ebird/ and click on "My eBird” then 
scroll down the right side to: “Manage My Alerts” and click that. You will then 
be on a page where you can select Virginia and or any number of states 
(including the entire ABA Area) and have the alerts emailed to you daily. Very 
easy even for a Luddite like me. I get them for VA, NC and MD. You can change 
them at any time if you’re traveling to other states (as I did recently in NM 
and TX). 


Also, under the “Explore Data” page, the new "Explore a Region" section is 
wonderful! You just enter an area such as Richmond, VA and it will give you all 
the top Hot Spots, the latest sightings and top listers. Just a bit of 
exploring around eBird can bring you a wealth of information. 


And I would be remiss not to mention Facebook. Sometimes the first postings and 
information on rare and unusual bird sightings hit Facebook before the list 
serves. Check out Birding Virginia: 
https://www.facebook.com/groups/456751061044163/ or the ABA Mid-Atlantic page: 
https://www.facebook.com/groups/722057611173718/ or the ABA Rare Bird Alert 
Page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ABArare/ and Carolina Birders might be of 
interest to many of you: 
https://www.facebook.com/groups/carolinabirders/753047218104220/?notif_t=like 
There are other birding oriented groups on Facebook, just have a look around to 
see what interests you. 


I hope this information is helpful. I am not particularly technologically 
inclined, but these are some of the resources that have helped me to find some 
very good birds (and hopefully many more) and I wanted to share this with those 
of you who might not know about them. 


Cheers,
R. Bruce Richardson
Manns Harbor, NC
Global Citizen 
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Subject: Fwd: [eBird Alert] Virginia Rare Bird Alert
From: "kurtcapt87 AT verizon.net" <kurtcapt87@verizon.net>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 09:43:30 -0500

Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE DROID

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From: ebird-alert AT cornell.edu
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*** Species Summary:

Greater White-fronted Goose (1 Fairfax)
Eurasian Wigeon (1 Portsmouth)
Ruddy Duck (1 Tazewell)
American Avocet (2 Portsmouth)
Least Sandpiper (2 Portsmouth)
Black Skimmer (2 Virginia Beach)
Blue-headed Vireo (2 Williamsburg)
Marsh Wren (1 Prince William)
Nashville Warbler (2 Charlottesville)
Yellow-breasted Chat (2 Charlottesville)
Clay-colored Sparrow (1 Prince William)
Western Tanager (1 Virginia Beach)

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

NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

Greater White-fronted Goose (Anser albifrons) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 23, 2015 15:35 by Dixie Sommers
- GW Parkway between Stone Bride and Belle Haven, Fairfax, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.7862897,-77.0538851&ll=38.7862897,-77.0538851 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21507466
- Comments: "Feeding with Canada Geese on golf course. orange bill, white face 
around bill. Photos. Continuing bird" 


Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope) (1)
- Reported Jan 22, 2015 08:00 by Bill Williams
- Craney Island Disposal Area, Portsmouth, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=36.9065,-76.37&ll=36.9065,-76.37 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21502188
- Comments: "a male; at least one has been present for weeks; bright cinnamon 
head with pink median crown stripe; pale gray flanks and wing coverts" 


Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis) (2)
- Reported Jan 23, 2015 08:00 by Clancey Deel
- Falls Mills Lake, Tazewell, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=37.2721062,-81.3239872&ll=37.2721062,-81.3239872 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21508188
- Comments: "continuing. At this location since last week in October 2014 
(number of individual changes); High Count =17 


With a raft of Canadian Geese(170+), Ring-necked Ducks (59), American Coots 
(40+), Pied-billed Grebe (2), Ruddy Ducks (2), Mallard Ducks (16), Redheads 
(8), Ring-billed Gull (1) 


From eBird 
Photos_2015 


From eBird 
Photos_2015" 


American Avocet (Recurvirostra americana) (2)
- Reported Jan 22, 2015 08:00 by David Youker
- Craney Island Disposal Area, Portsmouth, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=36.9065,-76.37&ll=36.9065,-76.37 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21513414
- Comments: "Familiar with this species; large black & white wader with long, 
thin upturned bill" 


American Avocet (Recurvirostra americana) (2)
- Reported Jan 22, 2015 08:00 by Bill Williams
- Craney Island Disposal Area, Portsmouth, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=36.9065,-76.37&ll=36.9065,-76.37 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21502188
- Comments: "large predominantly white shore; black across wing coverts; 
proportionately long, pale blue legs; very thin, relatively long black bill" 


Least Sandpiper (Calidris minutilla) (3)
- Reported Jan 22, 2015 08:00 by David Youker
- Craney Island Disposal Area, Portsmouth, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=36.9065,-76.37&ll=36.9065,-76.37 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21513414
- Comments: "Familiar with this species; seen well from about 20 feet."

Least Sandpiper (Calidris minutilla) (1)
- Reported Jan 22, 2015 08:00 by Bill Williams
- Craney Island Disposal Area, Portsmouth, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=36.9065,-76.37&ll=36.9065,-76.37 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21502188
- Comments: "very small Calidris; seen and heard in flight"

Black Skimmer (Rynchops niger) (1)
- Reported Jan 23, 2015 13:45 by Clark Olsen
- Pleasure House Point, Virginia Beach, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=36.903226,-76.0994303&ll=36.903226,-76.0994303 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21507929
- Comments: "On sandbar with gulls"

Black Skimmer (Rynchops niger) (2)
- Reported Jan 23, 2015 11:30 by Andrew Hawkins
- Rudee Inlet, Virginia Beach, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=36.8299434,-75.9698038&ll=36.8299434,-75.9698038 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21507310
- Comments: "A pair flying in formation at Rudee Inlet. Hard to mistake for 
another species." 


Blue-headed Vireo (Vireo solitarius) (1)
- Reported Jan 23, 2015 08:35 by Matt Anthony
- Bassett Hall Nature Trail, Williamsburg, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=37.2683026,-76.6936308&ll=37.2683026,-76.6936308 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21503267
- Comments: "Photos. " 


Blue-headed Vireo (Vireo solitarius) (1)
- Reported Jan 23, 2015 08:35 by Nicholas Newberry
- Bassett Hall Nature Trail, Williamsburg, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=37.2683026,-76.6936308&ll=37.2683026,-76.6936308 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21503082
- Comments: "Photos. " 


Marsh Wren (Cistothorus palustris) (1)
- Reported Jan 23, 2015 07:30 by P.W. Boyd
- Occoquan Bay NWR - CPW02, Prince William, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.6455061,-77.2361183&ll=38.6455061,-77.2361183 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21503697
- Comments: "Several quick glimpses in brushy, grassy area near intersection of 
Bayview Road and Charlie Road. Smaller than Carolina Wren, shorter tail, dark 
cap, black and white streaks on upper back, and whitish underneath." 


Nashville Warbler (Oreothlypis ruficapilla) (1)
- Reported Jan 23, 2015 11:00 by David Shoch
- Shoch home, Charlottesville, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.0212525,-78.4831524&ll=38.0212525,-78.4831524 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21503802
- Comments: "Continuing. Feeding at apples and sapsucker wells on maple. Active 
tail pumping and wing flicking" 


Nashville Warbler (Oreothlypis ruficapilla) (1)
- Reported Jan 23, 2015 11:00 by Janet Paisley
- Shoch home, Charlottesville, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.0212525,-78.4831524&ll=38.0212525,-78.4831524 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21504670
- Comments: "Continuing. Feeding at apples and sapsucker wells on maple. Active 
tail pumping and wing flicking" 


Yellow-breasted Chat (Icteria virens) (1)
- Reported Jan 23, 2015 11:00 by David Shoch
- Shoch home, Charlottesville, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.0212525,-78.4831524&ll=38.0212525,-78.4831524 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21503802
- Comments: "Continuing"

Yellow-breasted Chat (Icteria virens) (1)
- Reported Jan 23, 2015 11:00 by Janet Paisley
- Shoch home, Charlottesville, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.0212525,-78.4831524&ll=38.0212525,-78.4831524 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21504670
- Comments: "Continuing"

Clay-colored Sparrow (Spizella pallida) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 23, 2015 12:26 by Phil Silas
- Blackburn Road (CCSP Spot), Prince William, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.6114105,-77.2804429&ll=38.6114105,-77.2804429 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21504413
- Comments: "Continuing bird about 150 yds upstream from 1st pull off w/ SOSP, 
WTSP & FISP" 


Western Tanager (Piranga ludoviciana) (1)
- Reported Jan 23, 2015 13:45 by Clark Olsen
- Pleasure House Point, Virginia Beach, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=36.903226,-76.0994303&ll=36.903226,-76.0994303 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21507929
- Comments: "Located along the canal about 25 yards from the deer carcas. Seen 
twice in flight and heard it call twice. Same female as identified yesterday. 
Appears to stay with warblers." 


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Subject: Merlin
From: Rowe, Richard A, ”Dick” <RoweRA AT vmi.edu>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 12:43:48 +0000
On Thursday I headed out looking for ducks and geese, especially the Ross’ 
Goose that had been in the area for a week or so. Even though most of the ponds 
still have a fair amount of ice on them, I didn’t find many birds. To save the 
afternoon, I did come across a Merlin at the Ponds housing development (it has 
2 ponds and a quarry that attract waterfowl) just outside of Lexington. The 
bird appears to be an adult male. We don’t see many Merlins in Rockbridge 
County – perhaps one per year, so they are a treat. I have to admit the photos 
came out far better than expected given the late evening light. If you are 
interested, here’s the link. 


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

Dick Rowe
VMI Biology Dept
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Subject: Results of the DC Christmas Bird Count
From: "Larry Cartwright" <prowarbler AT verizon.net>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 23:21:55 -0500
The District of Columbia Christmas Bird Count was conducted on Dec 20, 2014.
Participants tallied 101 species on count day and reported 35,920 individual
birds.  Overall, trends show resident woodpecker and small woodland
passerines doing well while grassland birds continue to decline and in some
cases, have disappeared from the area.  Downy Woodpeckers broke a new count
record.  Of course, the highlight bird of the day was the Reagan National
Airport Snowy Owl seen from Gravelly Point.  There was lots of good stuff on
the Virginia side of the river too, with a young male Surf Scoter at Dyke
Marsh, and a Cackling Goose, 3 Dunlin, and a Lesser Black-backed Gull on the
Hunting Creek mudflats.  A Greater White-fronted Goose, American Bittern,
and Northern Harrier at Dyke Marsh were count week birds, but were no shows
on count day.  On the other side of the river, an Iceland Gull put in an
appearance at Anacostia Park and a Common Raven was seen and heard over
Fletcher's Boathouse in Georgetown and again flying north over
Glover-Archbald Park.

 

We had good waterfowl diversity, but with low numbers (1 Redhead and 1
Canvasback). Wood Ducks were reported from several locations, including Rock
Creek Park and flying over the GW Memorial Parkway. I received 3 reports of
Common Loon (Oxen Hill Cove, Daingerfield Island, and the 14th Street
Bridge).  Counters located Black-crowned Night-Herons at a few spots,
including near the airport and at Ben Brenman Park off Columbia Pike. 

 

Bald Eagles are doing extremely well. I received nearly 60 different
reported sightings of Bald Eagles. Even after eliminating the possible
duplicates, I came up  with 43 birds.  The total includes birds seen at 4
active nests in the count circle.  Besides the previously mentioned Iceland
and Lesser Black-backed Gulls, a Bonaparte's Gull was a delightful addition
to the gull diversity. Eastern Phoebes put in a big appearance this year,
with 6 reported in the count circle. The Alexandria waterfront area produced
Common Yellowthroat and Pine Warbler while an Orange-crowned Warbler gave
great looks to a birder near the FDR Memorial.  Rusty Blackbirds were again
reported; 2 were seen in Alexandria. Purple Finch (3 observed) and Pine
Siskin (7 observed) reports came from several locations. 

 

Larry Cartwright

Compiler, District of Columbia Christmas Bird Count 

prowarbler AT verizon.net  

 

 

 

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Subject: 1/23/15 - Va. Beach - Pleasure House Point & CBBT (2 Common Eider)
From: Rob Bielawski <robbielawski AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 20:57:54 -0500
Folks,

After heading out from work today at 3 PM I swung by Pleasure House Point
to try and re-locate the Western Tanager that Ernie Miller spotted
yesterday and reported to eBird. While I only spent a half hour at the park
and was not able to find it, a couple other birds there said they did
indeed see the bird, and it's showed up in eBird reports, so it is still
hanging around. Not much else was seen at PHP to speak of, a few Greater
Yellowlegs, lots of Gadwalls and American Wigeons out on the creek, but
again I didn't stay long. With the dreary weather, I wanted to get up to
the first island of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel before any rain
started falling, and before it got too dark to see anything with the sun
already being hidden behind the clouds.

So, I headed up there and arrived at 4 PM. Walking the island
counter-clockwise from the southeast corner, and then back yielded a
fantastic day for ducks. I saw my first White-winged Scoters on the year,
as one was swimming with a pair of Lesser Scaup at the southeast corner of
the island (No Redheads were present this time out). Along the east side of
the island, a great number of Ring-billed Gulls were present, with lower
numbers of Herring, Great Black-backed, and a couple of Lesser Black-backed
Gulls as well. At the point, the only duck I spotted was a Red-breasted
Merganser, then located two Surf Scoters very tight to the rocks near the
pier. On the return trip, about 20 Long-tailed Ducks could be seen out in
the swift moving tidal currents north of the island, and a pair of 1st
winter Common Eiders were also out there! As if that wasn't a good enough
surprise, there was also a lone Harbor Seal swimming around in the
vicinity, which I got to see just the head pop up twice far out (I did get
one shot of the Seal and many of the Eiders,
http://www.rbnature.com/galleries/we-20150125).

A group of Buffleheads, Black Scoters, and White-winged Scoters rounded out
the sightings as I reached my car again and then drove the same route to
get back on the southbound travel lane to the mainland of Virginia Beach.
Turned out to be a great couple hours of evening birding to end the week,
though I missed not having the beautiful sunset like last week. We're
expecting a wet day tomorrow, but hoping the whole day isn't a wash out.
Good luck to those who head out this weekend!

Rob Bielawski
Virginia Beach, VA
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Subject: Fwd: [eBird Alert] Virginia Rare Bird Alert
From: "kurtcapt87 AT verizon.net" <kurtcapt87@verizon.net>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 16:44:20 -0500

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*** Species Summary:

Greater White-fronted Goose (1 Rockbridge)
Ross's Goose (1 Rockingham)
Eurasian Wigeon (1 Accomack)
American White Pelican (1 Virginia Beach)
Osprey (1 Northampton)
Black Skimmer (2 Virginia Beach)
Loggerhead Shrike (1 Charlotte)
Nashville Warbler (Eastern) (1 Fairfax)
Nashville Warbler (1 Charlottesville, 1 Hopewell)
Yellow-breasted Chat (2 Charlottesville)
Eastern Towhee (Red-eyed) (2 Williamsburg)
Western Tanager (1 James City, 1 Virginia Beach)
Painted Bunting (1 Chesapeake)

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

NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

Greater White-fronted Goose (Anser albifrons) (2)
- Reported Jan 20, 2015 14:30 by John Pancake
- Willow Lake, Rockbridge, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=37.9183535,-79.2331195&ll=37.9183535,-79.2331195 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21491115
- Comments: "Two mixed in with Canada Geese. Yellow-orange bill, white around 
the base of the bill, orange-yellow legs." 


Ross's Goose (Chen rossii) (1)
- Reported Jan 22, 2015 14:15 by John Shea
- Research Dr., Rockingham, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.4665072,-78.8427347&ll=38.4665072,-78.8427347 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21498173
- Comments: "Continuing. Smaller than the Snow Goose with a short stubby bill."

Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope) (1)
- Reported Jan 20, 2015 14:40 by Ron Morris
- Chincoteague NWR--Tom's Cove, Accomack, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=37.8795,-75.3639&ll=37.8795,-75.3639 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21497769
- Comments: "wigeon withg buffy forhead and reddish head. about 20: long. gray 
back and sides" 


American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos) (4)
- Reported Jan 16, 2015 15:00 by David Wendelken
- Sandpiper Road, Virginia Beach, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=36.7375555,-75.9421134&ll=36.7375555,-75.9421134 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21496890
- Comments: "Seen flying in formation. Diane Lepkowski took a photo of the 
birds and submitted the photo or a link with her eBird report." 


Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) (1)
- Reported Jan 19, 2015 10:00 by Ron Morris
- Eastern Shore of Virginia NWR - CES02, Northampton, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=37.1274,-75.953&ll=37.1274,-75.953 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21497210
- Comments: "raptor about 24" long, dark back, white body and coverts, dark 
wrist patches and secondaries" 


Black Skimmer (Rynchops niger) (1)
- Reported Jan 22, 2015 09:59 by Ernie Miller
- Pleasure House Point, Virginia Beach, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=36.903226,-76.0994303&ll=36.903226,-76.0994303 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21500220
- Comments: "Continuing. Phonescoped on distant sandbar. Watched loafing, in 
flight, and skimming." 


Black Skimmer (Rynchops niger) (2)
- Reported Jan 20, 2015 16:10 by Tracy Tate
- Pleasure House Point, Virginia Beach, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=36.903226,-76.0994303&ll=36.903226,-76.0994303 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21439567
- Comments: "Both immature birds sitting together on the flats among all the 
gulls." 


Loggerhead Shrike (Lanius ludovicianus) (1)
- Reported Jan 22, 2015 08:58 by Mike Stinson
- Four Locusts Lane at US 15, Charlotte, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=37.0690595,-78.4753847&ll=37.0690595,-78.4753847 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21496064
- Comments: "on fence; complete dark mask"

Nashville Warbler (Eastern) (Oreothlypis ruficapilla) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 22, 2015 11:25 by Sherman Suter
- Bell Haven PG to Stone Bridge, Fairfax, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.7846902,-77.0539856&ll=38.7846902,-77.0539856 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21493696
- Comments: "continuing bird; present between bike path and shore ~ 30 m N of 
mile post 8 ~1135 (alone) and among small flock with CaCh, TuTi, RCKi, SoSp 
between parkway and golf course ~1225; both times it was constantly moving 
about low in the weeds and shrubs and calling (dull "pink") frequently;" 


Nashville Warbler (Oreothlypis ruficapilla) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 22, 2015 08:00 by James Gould
- Petersburg National Battlefield Park--City Point Unit, Hopewell, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=37.3172399,-77.27736&ll=37.3172399,-77.27736 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21490928
- Comments: "continuing bird. obviously wintering. continues to appear in 
resident flock which includes an orange crowned warbler" 


Nashville Warbler (Oreothlypis ruficapilla) (1)
- Reported Jan 22, 2015 12:25 by David Shoch
- Shoch home, Charlottesville, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.0212525,-78.4831524&ll=38.0212525,-78.4831524 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21492967
- Comments: "Continuing Photo & Video Sharing by SmugMug " 


Yellow-breasted Chat (Icteria virens) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 22, 2015 12:25 by David Shoch
- Shoch home, Charlottesville, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.0212525,-78.4831524&ll=38.0212525,-78.4831524 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21492967
- Comments: "Continuing"

Yellow-breasted Chat (Icteria virens) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 22, 2015 08:45 by David Shoch
- Shoch home, Charlottesville, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.0212525,-78.4831524&ll=38.0212525,-78.4831524 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21490636
- Comments: "Continuing"

Eastern Towhee (Red-eyed) (Pipilo erythrophthalmus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 22, 2015 11:15 by Matt Anthony
- Matoaka Lake and Woods, Williamsburg, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=37.2667353,-76.7241626&ll=37.2667353,-76.7241626 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21493748
- Comments: "Typical Eastern Towhee had red eyes"

Eastern Towhee (Red-eyed) (Pipilo erythrophthalmus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 22, 2015 11:15 by Nicholas Newberry
- Matoaka Lake and Woods, Williamsburg, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=37.2667353,-76.7241626&ll=37.2667353,-76.7241626 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21492669
- Comments: "Typical Eastern Towhee had red eyes"

Western Tanager (Piranga ludoviciana) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 22, 2015 14:00 by Cheryl J Jacobson
- 154 Lakewood Drive, Williamsburg, James City, VA, James City, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=37.2400653,-76.7578168&ll=37.2400653,-76.7578168 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21494337
- Comments: "Continuing bird seen almost daily by home owner..male seen for 
seven plus seasons" 


Western Tanager (Piranga ludoviciana) (1)
- Reported Jan 22, 2015 09:59 by Ernie Miller
- Pleasure House Point, Virginia Beach, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=36.903226,-76.0994303&ll=36.903226,-76.0994303 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21500220
- Comments: "Directions from gravel path on top of concrete drain pipe... 
Facing deer carcass in water follow short path on right that leads to Marlin 
Bay rd. WETA was in small pines canal side 25 yards from deer carcass. 

 

" 


Painted Bunting (Passerina ciris) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 22, 2015 08:55 by Tony Wood
- Cheslin House, Chesapeake, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=36.774389,-76.2602824&ll=36.774389,-76.2602824 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21491061
- Comments: "A male Painted Bunting showed up at my feeder this morning (saw 
the female on 1-14-15). Easy ID given the distinctive colors and pattern of 
this bird....see picture. 

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