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28 Jul Re: Atlas Codes ["Paul Woodward" ]
27 Jul VABBA2 July Update [Ashley Peele ]
26 Jul RFI: Prince William Landfill Mississippi Kites [Donald Sweig ]
26 Jul Fwd: eBird Report - Staunton View Public Use Area, Jul 26, 2016 [Jeff Blalock ]
26 Jul white ibis, bank swallows, dickcissel, redhead in Northern Neck Jul 25 [Frederick Atwood via va-bird ]
26 Jul Voice of the Naturalist, greater DC area, 7/26/2016 [Gerry Hawkins ]
25 Jul Summering Sandhill Cranes - Augusta County [Herbert Larner via va-bird ]
25 Jul Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Boardwalk [Harry Glasgow via va-bird ]
25 Jul VA eBird Articles of Interest [Brian Taber via va-bird ]
25 Jul Chickadee identification [William Leigh ]
24 Jul Wythe County, TRSWs [Patty Elton ]
24 Jul Fwd: eBird Report - Dyke Marsh, Jul 24, 2016 [Larry Meade via va-bird ]
24 Jul Mississippi kite redux ["Marc Ribaudo" ]
24 Jul Re: Prince William Co. landfill Mississippi kites [Phil Silas via va-bird ]
24 Jul Great Falls Walk (Fairfax County) [Marshall Rawson via va-bird ]
24 Jul H. Fenton Day memorial bench at Kiptopeke State Park ["T. M. Day" ]
24 Jul Prince William Co. landfill Mississippi kites ["Marc Ribaudo" ]
24 Jul Mississippi Kites at Halifax County [Jeff Blalock ]
24 Jul Mississippi Kites Kites Prince William landfill [James Fox ]
24 Jul recommended site: Sully Historic Site (Fairfax) [Stephen Johnson ]
24 Jul Passing the Torch [Brenda Tekin ]
24 Jul Redheaded woodpeckers at Berryville Chet Hobert park, Clarke county [Teri ]
24 Jul Huntley Meadows [Lee ]
24 Jul Huntley meadows [Lee ]
23 Jul where to report banded Eagle [Stephen Johnson ]
23 Jul Swoope, VA; 7/22/16 ["Marshall Faintich" ]
23 Jul Shorebirds Augusta County ["Herbert Larner" ]
23 Jul Blue Ridge Bird Walk July 23 [delandjoyce ]
23 Jul Chestnut-sided Warbler, Waterford VA ["Nicole Hamilton" ]
22 Jul Re: Pitts Creek, Chincoteague causeway & 1 MD posting, June 22, 23 (&28). quail disaster. [David Matson ]
22 Jul Pitts Creek, Chincoteague causeway & 1 MD posting, June 22, 23 (&28). quail disaster. [Harry Armistead ]
22 Jul Virginia Avian Records Committee Announcements [Bill Williams ]
21 Jul Mississippi Kite and Peregrine Falcon - 7/20/16 and 7/21/16 [janet anderson via va-bird ]
21 Jul test message: Tangier I. area, July 19. [Harry Armistead ]
21 Jul Mississippi kite (adult) [Dick Bauder ]
21 Jul The Hawk and the Gnatcatcher ["Marshall Faintich" ]
21 Jul Re: Birding Swoope & Bells lane [Herbert Larner via va-bird ]
21 Jul Birding Swoope & Bells lane ["Herbert Larner" ]
20 Jul Mississippi kite near Greenspring park [Donald Sweig ]
20 Jul Re: Correction and update: juncos at Big Meadows and beyond [Marlene Condon via va-bird ]
20 Jul FW: DC Area, 7/19/2016 ["Joe Coleman" ]
20 Jul Re: Correction and update: juncos at Big Meadows and beyond [KEN LIPSHY ]
20 Jul Correction and update: juncos at Big Meadows and beyond [KELLY K ]
19 Jul Black-bellied Whistling-Duck, Jamestown Island [Nicholas Newberry ]
19 Jul Mississippi Kites at Green Spring Gardens-Alexandria, VA 7/19/16 [janet anderson via va-bird ]
19 Jul 4 Mississippi Kites - Kings Grant, Virginia Beach - 19 Jul 2016 [Rob Bielawski ]
19 Jul Birding in Bar Harbor and Acadia NP, ME ["Rowe, Richard A, 'Dick'" ]
19 Jul Fledgling Cowbird with Dark-eyed Junco [KELLY K ]
19 Jul Huntley Meadows/Little Blues and King Rail [Rich Rieger via va-bird ]
19 Jul Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch needs your help ["Laubach, Victor E. (Vic) (vel8n)" ]
19 Jul Nazarene Church Rd Wetland, Parking (Rockingham) [Diane L via va-bird ]
18 Jul Virginia Rail & Soa ["Marshall Faintich" ]
18 Jul Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk. [Harry Glasgow via va-bird ]
18 Jul cedar waxwings at dyke marsh [m b ]
18 Jul Re: va-bird Digest, Vol 111, Issue 18 [Candi Crichton ]
18 Jul Blue Gray Gnatcatchers and Hummingbirds [pepherup--- via va-bird ]
18 Jul Birding Trip to Plum Island and Acadia NP ["Rowe, Richard A, 'Dick'" ]
17 Jul Fwd: eBird Report - Buttermilk Creek Trail, Jul 17, 2016 [Jean Tatalias ]
17 Jul Fwd: eBird Report - Dyke Marsh, Jul 17, 2016 [Phil Silas via va-bird ]
17 Jul Re: King Rail - Huntley Meadows Park - Alexandria ["dcharlesl AT msn.com" ]
17 Jul King Rail - Huntley Meadows Park - Alexandria ["dcharlesl AT msn.com" ]
17 Jul Great Falls Walk (Fairfax County) [Marshall Rawson via va-bird ]
17 Jul Mississippi Kite in Burke [Antonio Quezon ]
16 Jul Soras and Virginia Rails - Nazarene Church Road Wetlands, Rockingham County ["David Boltz" ]
16 Jul King Rail and Least Bittern At Occoquan NWR [Bill Hohenstein ]
15 Jul birds at Rock Hill District Park (Fairfax) 15 July [Stephen Johnson ]
14 Jul Mississippi Kites seen in Arlington, VA and Alexandria, VA 7/14/16 [janet anderson via va-bird ]
14 Jul Green Heron fledglings [John Greenwood via va-bird ]
13 Jul Mississippi Kite in Arlington, Va - 7/13/16 [janet anderson via va-bird ]
13 Jul FW: DC Area, 7/12/2016 ["Joe Coleman" ]
13 Jul A couple VA Breeding Bird Atlas reminders [Ashley Peele ]
13 Jul Marsh Wren at Leopold's Preserve ["Dave Larsen - birding" ]
12 Jul Fwd: Marsh Wren at Leopold's Preserve [Dave Larsen - Birding ]
12 Jul Yard full of Fledged Birds [pepherup--- via va-bird ]
12 Jul 2 Mississippi Kites at Green Spring Gardens, Alexandria, VA, 7/12/16 [janet anderson via va-bird ]
12 Jul Mississippi Kite [Dick Bauder ]

Subject: Re: Atlas Codes
From: "Paul Woodward" <grackling AT att.net>
Date: Thu, 28 Jul 2016 08:29:37 -0400
      Another code you have to be careful using this time of year is
H= In Appropriate Habitat
You need to be sure the sighting is within the safe breeding dates
for the species since many birds are post-breeding wanderers.

Paul Woodward

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Subject: VABBA2 July Update
From: Ashley Peele <ashpeele AT vt.edu>
Date: Wed, 27 Jul 2016 11:50:16 -0400
Hello Fellow Birding Folk, 

 

Summer is waning, but Atlas volunteers are still picking up a good deal of 
breeding activity.  I encourage you to keep getting out and birding in the 
morning or evening, when bird activity is highest.  We’re heading back into 
to the ‘transition’ time between breeding and migration, good evidence of 
breeding can still be picked up in this hot summer weather. 


 

Here’s a cool example!  A colleague in my building is covering the main 
Blacksburg Atlas block.  She still needed to confirm Eastern Kingbird.  Lo 
and behold, as as she gazed out her window on Monday and chatted about a 
research project, she saw a perched Kingbird start begging and another swoop in 
and feed it!  Bam!  Breeding confirmation, while at work.  J  Take that, 
Pokemon Go! 


 

Also exciting, we’ve now hit 12,492 checklists submitted to our Atlas 
portal!  Collectively, 228 species have been identified, 171 have been 
confirmed, and 43% of our priority blocks are receiving data.  Fantastic for 
our first season!  Let’s see if we can bump our block-level confirmations up 
with a few more late-season species confirmations. 


 

Now all this being said, here are a couple breeding codes to use cautiously as 
we head into the last months of summer: 


 

Singing Male (S) – the earlier migrants may now be starting to trickle back 
through VA.  Remember to be careful of ‘non-breeders.’  For example, if 
you pick up an early Blackpoll Warbler making his way south and singing as he 
goes, don’t give him a breeding code.  He’s just passing on through. 


 

Recently fledged young (FL).  We’re late enough in the season that many 
young birds are now full grown and off on their own, despite still having 
juvenile plumage.  If you observe such juveniles with no parents in evidence, 
fully independent and feeding themselves, then use caution.  They may have 
ranged far from where they were born at this point in the year (especially 
resident species like cardinals, robins, etc.). 


*A good rule of thumb to remember: if a juvenile’s tail feathers are shorter 
than the adults, it probably was born locally. 


 

On the flip side, be sure to start paying closer attention to late-nesting 
species like American Goldfinches.  AMGO breeding confirmations are starting 
to trickle in around the state, so keep an eye out! 


 

Be sure to reference the Breeding Season Guidelines charts for more info on 
transition times for migratory species (when they start moving south).  


 

Thanks for all you folks have done over this first breeding season.  You’ve 
helped ensure that the Atlas project started off with a bang and all of your 
efforts are appreciated.  


 

PS – Registered Atlas volunteers and eBird contributors should have received 
notice that they were added to the new Atlas email list-serv.  If you do not 
and would like to be on this list, please send me a quick email to let me know. 


 

 

Ashley Peele, PhD  

Virginia Breeding Bird Atlas Coordinator 

www.vabba2.org  |  ebird.org/atlasva         

www.facebook.com/vabba2  

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1900 Kraft Drive, Suite 250

Blacksburg, VA 24061

(540) 231-9182 office   

(540) 231-7019 fax

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Subject: RFI: Prince William Landfill Mississippi Kites
From: Donald Sweig <skybirds.d AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 26 Jul 2016 17:39:05 -0400
 Does anyone know if the Mississippi kites are still being seen in numbers over 
the Prince William landfill? 

 I was thinking about driving down from Falls Church tomorrow but it's a long 
way to go if the kites are gone. 

   Thank you for any info available.
    Donald Sweig 
   Falls Church, Virginia

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Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Staunton View Public Use Area, Jul 26, 2016
From: Jeff Blalock <jcbabirder AT gcronline.com>
Date: Tue, 26 Jul 2016 17:05:04 -0400
Greetings to all

I spend 6 hrs this morning at Staunton River View Park in Mecklenburg County. 

There were some shorebirds with most of them up River on the Staunton as well 
as the three immature White Ibis. 


Saw 7 Bald Eagles with all of them young with only one with some white head 
feathers. 


Not a bad day before it got too hot. 


> Staunton View Public Use Area, Mecklenburg, Virginia, US
> Jul 26, 2016 6:00 AM - 12:00 PM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 0.75 mile(s)
> Comments: Just at 0600 hrs had a flock of 12-15 birds that were white with 
black fly down the Dan River and down towards Clarksville. They were not gulls 
or terns or egrets. From the size of the birds and the color pattern I am 
thinking American Avocets but when I first saw them I lost them in the 
background of the trees and by the time I found them again they were flying 
away from me. I looked all morning to see it they returned but never did see 
them again. 

> 49 species (+3 other taxa)
> 
> Canada Goose  15
> Wood Duck  15
> Mallard  3
> duck sp.  10
> Double-crested Cormorant  4
> Great Blue Heron  8
> Great Egret  15
> Little Blue Heron  2
> Green Heron  5
> White Ibis 3 Large long legged wader, dingy grayish neck and head and white 
breast and belly with dark back and wings. Long pinkish curved bill and dirty 
pinkish legs. They were just too far to get a picture. 

> Black Vulture  8
> Turkey Vulture  10
> Osprey  2
> Bald Eagle 7 Counted six on the mudflats and along the shoreline together 
with another flying around overhead. 

> 
> One of the birds was turning into an Adult with some white feathers in head 
and tail. 

> Red-tailed Hawk  1
> hawk sp. 1 Flew in and harassed three of the Bald Eagles on the shoreline. 

> Killdeer  8
> Spotted Sandpiper  7
> Solitary Sandpiper  1
> Lesser Yellowlegs  2
> Least Sandpiper  7
> Pectoral Sandpiper  3
> Semipalmated/Western Sandpiper  1
> Caspian Tern  2
> Mourning Dove  3
> Yellow-billed Cuckoo  3
> Chimney Swift  1
> Ruby-throated Hummingbird  2
> Belted Kingfisher  2
> Red-headed Woodpecker  1
> Downy Woodpecker  2
> Eastern Wood-Pewee  2
> Eastern Phoebe  1
> Great Crested Flycatcher  1
> Eastern Kingbird  1
> White-eyed Vireo  5
> American Crow  15
> Fish Crow  15
> Cliff Swallow  1
> Carolina Chickadee  4
> Tufted Titmouse  9
> Carolina Wren  7
> Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  10
> Eastern Bluebird  6
> Ovenbird  1
> Northern Parula  1
> Pine Warbler  1
> Eastern Towhee  1
> Northern Cardinal  7
> Red-winged Blackbird  10
> Common Grackle  1
> American Goldfinch  8
> 
> View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S30859636
> 
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 
(http://ebird.org/content/atlasva) 

> 

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Subject: white ibis, bank swallows, dickcissel, redhead in Northern Neck Jul 25
From: Frederick Atwood via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Tue, 26 Jul 2016 15:51:02 +0000 (UTC)
Yesterday I birded some of my favorite spots in King George and Westmoreland 
counties on the Northern Neck and also did quick stops at some shorebird places 
in King William Co on the Middle Peninsula.  Unfortunately most of the 
exciting birds were on private property so I cannot reveal their exact 
locations per requests of the landowners.I found 93 species but only two 
warbler species (many yellowthroats and one yellow warbler). Also one chat. 


An immature White Ibis was at a shallow marshy pond on a private farm in 
Leedstown. This was a year bird for me. I had one at this same location July 
30, 2008 The landowner had found 6 Glossy Ibis here on Saturday but they were 
not present yesterday. 

A male redhead and ring necked duck were at a pond at private location 1 in 
King George.  



At private location 2 in King George,  I found a pair of Dickcissels; another 
year bird for me.  The male was singing repeatedly from atop some shrubs. 

At LaGrange Lane in King George there were 2 pied-billed grebes and 2 ruddy 
ducks. 

Mass exodus of cliff swallows. I checked out the route 301 Rappahannock River 
Bridge in Port Royal for cliff swallows and all except one bird had gone.  It 
looks like there were over 200 active nests on the bridge this year.  Likewise 
at the Mattaponi River bridge in Walkerton (King and Queen), all the cliff 
swallows had left.  A dozen or so were on the wires at the nearby Woodbury Rd 
turf farm. 

Most amazing was the huge numbers of Bank Swallows around today.  1610 were 
perched on the wires at the beginning of Westmoreland Berry Farm Rd in 
Westmoreland County. Seems like the last week of July is great for migrating 
bank swallows in this area: Last year on July 24, I had 555 on wires in King 
George. On July 30 2008 I had 1550 bank swallows along Cottage Farm Rd near 
Leedstown (Westmoreland). 


In Tappahannock at the bridge over the Rappahannock R (Essex Co) I saw an adult 
Peregrine unsuccessfully chase an agile swallow sp. 

Hoping for an Upland Sandpiper, I looked for shorebirds at several locations 
including some private ones and at Woodbury Rd Turf Farm (stay on paved road), 
Frog Hollow (stay on paved road) and The Pocket and had the following shorebird 
totals: (Total/number of sites) 

Killdeer 84/7
Spotted Sandpiper 2/2
Solitary Sandpiper 6/1
Greater Yellowlegs 1
Lesser Yellowlegs 1
Least Sandpiper 13/4 (5 at Woodbury)

Semipalmated Sandpiper 1 (Woodbury)
Pectoral Sandpiper 9/2 (8 at Woodbury)

All the bestFred Atwood
Frederick D. Atwood Flint Hill School, 10409 Academic Dr, Oakton, VA 22124 
703-242-1675 http://www.agpix.com/fredatwood http://www.flinthill.org 
http://tea.armadaproject.org/tea_atwoodfrontpage.html 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/75425046 AT N06/sets/ 

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Subject: Voice of the Naturalist, greater DC area, 7/26/2016
From: Gerry Hawkins <maineusa AT comcast.net>
Date: Tue, 26 Jul 2016 08:32:49 -0400
Hotline:     Voice of the Naturalist
Date:        7/26/2016
Coverage:    MD/DC/VA/central and southern DE/WV panhandle
Reports, comments and questions: voice AT anshome.org
Compiler:    Gerry Hawkins
Sponsor:     Audubon Naturalist Society of the Central
               Atlantic States (independent of NAS)
Transcriber: Steve Cordle

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

This is the Voice of the Naturalist, a service of the Audubon
Naturalist Society. This report covers the week starting Tuesday, July
19 and was completed on July 26 at 7:30 a.m. Information on noteworthy
birds during this week is presented below in taxonomic order, as set
forth in the American Ornithologists' Union Checklist for North and
Middle American birds, as revised through the 57th Supplement (July
2016).

The top birds this week were BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING DUCK* in VA, RUFF
in MD and PACIFIC LOON* in DE.

Other birds of interest this week included TRUMPETER SWAN, BLUE-WINGED
TEAL, REDHEAD, SURF and BLACK SCOTERS, KING RAIL, SORA, COMMON
GALLINULE, SANDHILL CRANE, BLACK-NECKED STILT, AMERICAN AVOCET,
BLACK-BELLIED and PIPING PLOVERS, UPLAND SANDPIPER, WHIMBREL, STILT
and WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS, WILSON'S PHALAROPE, GULL-BILLED and BLACK
TERNS, BLACK SKIMMER, COMMON LOON, BROWN PELICAN, AMERICAN and LEAST
BITTERNS, SNOWY EGRET, LITTLE BLUE HERON, CATTLE EGRET, WHITE and
GLOSSY IBIS, MISSISSIPPI KITE, GREAT HORNED OWL, COMMON RAVEN, CLIFF
SWALLOW, RED CROSSBILL, TENNESSEE WARBLER, AMERICAN REDSTART, CERULEAN
and CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLERS, WHITE-THROATED SPARROW and DICKCISSEL.

TOP BIRDS

On July 19 a single BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING DUCK* was seen in flight
from the causeway to Jamestown Island, James City Co, VA; and on July
24 six BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING DUCKS* were photographed by a pond near
the 18th hole at the Nicklaus Golf Course in Northampton Co, VA.

A male RUFF found in the marshy impoundment at Swan Farm Harbor Park,
Harford Co, MD on July 18 was seen again early in the morning on July
19. 

An apparent immature PACIFIC LOON* was seen near the red lighthouse
off The Point in Cape Henlopen SP, Sussex Co, DE on July 22 and
photographed and filmed there on July 25. If accepted by the Delaware
Bird Records Committee, this would be a new state record for DE.

OTHER BIRDS OF INTEREST

A longstanding tagged adult TRUMPETER SWAN at Lake Churchill in
Montgomery Co, MD was most recently reported on July 19. A continuing
TRUMPETER SWAN also was seen again at the stormwater pond on the east
side of the Broken Land Parkway exit off Route 29 in Howard Co, MD on
July 19-23. 

Small numbers of migratory ducks were seen in the reporting area
during the week. These included a male BLUE-WINGED TEAL in a pond near
99 Oakwood Drive in Rockingham Co, VA on July 19; a male REDHEAD at a
private pond along Kings Highway in King George Co, VA on July 25; a
male SURF SCOTER at Assateague Island NS, Worcester Co, MD on July 23;
and 2-3 BLACK SCOTERS at Cape Henlopen SP, Sussex Co, DE on July 23
and 25. 

Encounters with KING RAILS at Huntley Meadows Park, Fairfax Co, VA on
July 19 and in the prior week suggest that this species nested there
for the first time in many years. A KING RAIL, as well as a juvenile
VIRGINIA RAIL and a COMMON GALLINULE, were found along Green Dumpster
Road on Deal Island, Somerset Co, MD on July 25. A family of SORAS,
another member of the rail family, was seen again at the Nazarene
Church Wetlands in Rockingham Co, VA on July 18, 19, 21 and 23.

A single SANDHILL CRANE continues at a small pond near Mayne's Tree
Farm and in fields along nearby roads in Frederick Co, MD, with the
latest sighting on July 25. On July 25 two summering SANDHILL CRANES
were seen again along Kiddsville Road (Fishersville) in Augusta Co,
VA. 

Highlights of the early stages of shorebird migration included large
numbers of AMERICAN AVOCETS at Bombay Hook NWR, Kent Co, DE and the
Craney Island Disposal Area, Portsmouth, VA, with a week high 81 and
174 individuals at these respective locations on July 20 and July 21,
respectively. Concentrations of BLACK-NECKED STILT, a frequent
companion of the AMERICAN AVOCET, included an area high 74 individuals
at the Craney Island Disposal Area, Portsmouth, VA on July 21 and 38
individuals along Big Stone Beach Road in the Milford Neck Wildlife
Area, Kent Co, DE on July 24. A single BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER was
photographed at Swan Creek Wetland ? Cox Creek, Anne Arundel Co, MD on
July 20 and 21, and a single PIPING PLOVER was photographed at
Grandview Nature Preserve, Hampton, VA on July 24. Two UPLAND
SANDPIPERS were spotted at the Salisbury Airport, Wicomico Co, MD on
July 21. Four WHIMBRELS were found along Savages Ditch Road in
Delaware Seashore SP, Sussex Co, DE on July 23 and one was spotted
along Prime Hook Beach Road in Sussex Co, DE on July 24. A WHIMBREL
also was seen at Back Bay NWR, Virginia Beach, VA on July 22. The area
highs of STILT SANDPIPER consisted of 14 individuals along Big Stone
Beach Road in the Milford Neck Wildlife Area, Sussex Co, DE on July 25
and ten individuals at Bombay Hook NWR, Kent Co, DE on July 24. A
single WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER was spotted at the Craney Island
Disposal Area, Portsmouth, VA on July 21 and along Port Mahon Road in
Kent Co, DE on July 22. A WILSON'S PHALAROPE also was seen at the
Craney Island Disposal Area on July 21 and near the bridge along Cods
Road in Prime Hook NWR, Sussex Co, DE on July 19 and 24.

An area high nine GULL-BILLED TERNS, including young, were observed at
the Craney Island Disposal Area, Portsmouth, VA on July 21. Noteworthy
terns also included a single BLACK TERN seen in flight from Tydings
Memorial Park, Harford Co, MD on July 19 and a continuing BLACK
SKIMMER observed during the regular weekly survey of Hart-Miller
Island, Baltimore Co, MD on July 20.

On July 22 a basic-plumaged COMMON LOON was at Back Bay NWR, Virginia
Beach, VA, which likely was the same individual seen there on July 16.

Six BROWN PELICANS were observed at Swan Creek Wetland ? Cox Creek in
Anne Arundel Co, MD on July 19, a likely result of the increasing
presence of this species along the coasts of DE, MD and VA and
Chesapeake Bay. 

On July 19 an AMERICAN BITTERN was seen in flight from Green Dumpster
Road on Deal Island, Somerset Co, MD. Sightings of the elusive LEAST
BITTERN consisted of three and two individuals encountered on July 21
at Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary, Anne Arundel Co, MD and Dyke Marsh WP,
Fairfax Co, VA, respectively, and individual sightings at several
other locations.

Post-breeding dispersal produced a SNOWY EGRET at Kenilworth Aquatic
Gardens, Washington, DC on July 23 and 24, LITTLE BLUE HERONS, mostly
juveniles, at several locations, including an area high five at
Huntley Meadows Park, Fairfax Co, VA on July 24, and a single CATTLE
EGRET at Swan Harbor Farm Park, Harford Co, MD on July 19.

A WHITE IBIS was seen at several locations as far north as central DE,
with a high of six individuals near the intersection of Cods and 13
Curves Road in Sussex Co on July 25 and individual sightings at four
other locations in Kent and Sussex Counties. Sightings of GLOSSY IBIS
at coastal locations included an area high 280 individuals along Big
Stone Beach Road in the Milford Neck Wildlife Area, Kent Co, DE on
July 24 and 94 individuals along Green Dumpster Road on Deal Island,
Somerset Co, MD on July 25. Inland two GLOSSY IBIS were photographed
in Charles City, VA on July 24.

At least ten MISSISSIPPI KITES were observed in flight over the Prince
William Landfill in Prince William Co, VA on July 24. Sightings of
this increasingly common species elsewhere in Virginia included two
individuals over Runt Powell Farm in Halifax Co on July 24; 1-2
individuals over Green Spring Garden Park and nearby Vale Road in
Fairfax Co on July 19, 20 and 21; four individuals along Kings Landing
Circle in Virginia Beach on July 19; and a continuing individual over
Waverly Hills and nearby in Arlington Co on July 20 and 21.

On July 24 a resident of Washington, DC was surprised to find a GREAT
HORNED OWL perched in a tree in his back yard in the Dalecarlia
Parkway/Reservoir area.

Lowland COMMON RAVENS included a family of four in flight above Fort
George G. Meade, Anne Arundel Co, MD on July 20.

A small number of nesting CLIFF SWALLOWS continue to be observed at
the Georgetown Reservoir and the pedestrian bridge to Theodore
Roosevelt Island in Washington, DC.

On July 23 several RED CROSSBILLS were again seen at Briery Branch Gap
and nearby in Rockingham Co, VA.

Noteworthy sightings of warblers, which are all presumably early
migrants, included a TENNESSEE WARBLER photographed along Burning
Mines Road SW near the Mountainview Landfill in Allegany Co, MD on
July 23, a pair of AMERICAN REDSTARTS reported along Turkle Pond Road
in Sussex Co, DE on July 22, and a CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER photographed
in a residential yard in Loudoun Co, VA on July 23. Warbler highlights
also included two CERULEAN WARBLERS at each of Billmeyer WMA, Allegany
Co, MD and Mint Springs Valley Park, Albemarle Co, VA on July 23.

On July 22 two WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS were encountered at different
locations at Masonville Cove, Baltimore Co, MD, where they are
apparently spending the summer.

The only reports of DICKCISSEL during the week were a continuing male
along Fowler Beach Road in Prime Hook NWR, Sussex Co, DE on July 20,
24 and 25. 

***

This week's report was based on reports on the DE, MD, VA, and WV list
servers, eBird records and various birding pages on Facebook.

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

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

Thank you for your interest, and enjoy the birds.

*Of interest to the applicable state records committee



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Subject: Summering Sandhill Cranes - Augusta County
From: Herbert Larner via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Mon, 25 Jul 2016 23:24:08 +0000 (UTC)
Hello all 

On my way home from work I decided to take Kiddsville Rd.( Fishersville ) home 
& as I got near the entrance to the subdivision on the left -- the two Sandhill 
Cranes walked across the road from the small pond on the right . I have 
received several reports of them still in the area but this is the first time I 
have seen them in about 3 weeks . 


Allen Larner
Staunton 
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Subject: Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Boardwalk
From: Harry Glasgow via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Mon, 25 Jul 2016 18:31:18 +0000 (UTC)
The breathtaking heat notwithstanding, 20 birders gathered for today's Huntley 
Meadows Monday Morning Boardwalk.  We tallied 46 species which has not been an 
unusual count for this time of year and in this heat.  Our highlights included 
4 Little Blue Herons (one adult and 3 juveniles) ; an oddly plumed Downy 
Woodpecker that we suspect is the bird that was reported as a Sapsucker over 
the weekend; and a juvenile Great Blue Heron accompanied by an adult.   The 
sweat flowed, binoculars steamed up, and the sun baked, but it was still a 
great day. 

Canada Goose  14
Wood Duck  5
Mallard  2
Great Blue Heron  4
Great Egret  6
Little Blue Heron  4
Green Heron  5
Osprey  1
Red-shouldered Hawk  1
Solitary Sandpiper  2
Mourning Dove  4
Yellow-billed Cuckoo  2
Chimney Swift  2
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  4
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Downy Woodpecker  5
Northern Flicker  2
Pileated Woodpecker  1
Eastern Wood-Pewee  3
Acadian Flycatcher  6
Eastern Phoebe  2
Great Crested Flycatcher  2
Eastern Kingbird  3
Red-eyed Vireo  3
Blue Jay  1
American Crow  1
Tree Swallow  2
Barn Swallow  5
Carolina Chickadee  8
Tufted Titmouse  4
White-breasted Nuthatch  2
Carolina Wren  5
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  6
Eastern Bluebird  5
American Robin  17
Gray Catbird  5
European Starling  1
Common Yellowthroat  5
Song Sparrow  1
Scarlet Tanager  1
Northern Cardinal  5
Indigo Bunting  3
Red-winged Blackbird  20
Common Grackle  150
House Finch  1
American Goldfinch  3

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


Harry GlasgowFriends of Huntley Meadows Park
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Subject: VA eBird Articles of Interest
From: Brian Taber via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Mon, 25 Jul 2016 13:42:55 -0400
I'd like to publicly thank Arun Bose for his work, for a number of years, 
posting articles of interest about VA birds, to the VA eBird portal. The point 
of having the portal is for the purpose of educating about various VA issues. I 
know I speak for all the VA eBird partners in thanking him...VSO, VA Game Dept, 
VA Audubon Council, Eastern Shore of VA National Wildlife Refuge and Coastal VA 
Wildlife Observatory. 


Please welcome Rob Bielawski, who will now take on that important task.

Brian Taber
Coastal VA Wildlife Observatory
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Subject: Chickadee identification
From: William Leigh <leightern AT msn.com>
Date: Mon, 25 Jul 2016 01:20:37 +0000
All,

I want to know if it's possible to rule out hybrid Chickadees for the area I am 
canvassing for the VABBA2 project up near Reddish Knob. Elevation is around 
3700 which I hear is good for Black-capped Chickadees. Most show messy bib, 
clear white cheek patches without gray tones near the nape, faded white hokey 
stick on wings but no rust color showing on sides and flank. I am thinking the 
lack of rufous on the side maybe due to worn plumage. Also a few shots show a 
bird with lots of dark splotches is this bird molting or is this a very young 
individual? I have attached three photos to this email but there are more 
shotss on my flikr site if anyone wants to chime in with their take on these 
guys. 



https://www.flickr.com/photos/34227153 AT N06/28243300740/in/dateposted-public/


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Subject: Wythe County, TRSWs
From: Patty Elton <joeandpattyelton AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 24 Jul 2016 20:05:22 -0400
The Tree Swallows are gathering by the thousands along the New River in
Ivanhoe. Best place for viewing is Shady River Road near the USGS gaging
station.

Patty Elton, Wythe County
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Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Dyke Marsh, Jul 24, 2016
From: Larry Meade via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Sun, 24 Jul 2016 16:41:37 -0400
 The weekly Friends of Dyke Marsh sponsored bird walk held every Sunday at 8:00 
AM was fairly routine for a July morning. The biggest surprise was the large 
number of Great Egrets in the area. I counted 112 out on the river and we later 
found a few more along Haul Road. We also saw both Caspian and Forster's Terns, 
a family of Great-crested Flycatchers and two Yellow Warblers. 44 species in 
all. 


Larry Meade
Merrifield, VA
 
  


Dyke Marsh, Fairfax, Virginia, US
Jul 24, 2016 8:07 AM - 10:51 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
Comments:     
Submitted from eBird Android 1.2.3 44 species Canada Goose 145 Mallard 80 Great Blue Heron 11 Great Egret 115 Actual count - Large number on Hunting Creek flats, 3 seen from Haul Road boardwalk Black Vulture 1 Osprey 6 Bald Eagle 3 Laughing Gull 1 Ring-billed Gull 400 Caspian Tern 3 Forster's Tern 2 Mourning Dove 17 Chimney Swift 20 Red-bellied Woodpecker 3 Downy Woodpecker 1 Hairy Woodpecker 2 Northern Flicker 2 Eastern Wood-Pewee 2 Great Crested Flycatcher 5 Eastern Kingbird 2 Red-eyed Vireo 1 Blue Jay 1 Fish Crow 12 Northern Rough-winged Swallow 2 Purple Martin 4 Tree Swallow 1 Barn Swallow 1 Carolina Chickadee 7 White-breasted Nuthatch 3 Carolina Wren 4 American Robin 2 Gray Catbird 2 Northern Mockingbird 2 European Starling 5 Common Yellowthroat 3 Yellow Warbler 2 Northern Cardinal 6 Indigo Bunting 3 Red-winged Blackbird 25 Brown-headed Cowbird 5 Orchard Oriole 1 House Finch 2 American Goldfinch 4 House Sparrow 6 View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S30830088 This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org) *** You are subscribed to va-bird as jsiler AT birdingonthe.net. If you wish to unsubscribe, or modify your preferences please visit http://mailman.listserve.com/listmanager/listinfo/va-bird ***
Subject: Mississippi kite redux
From: "Marc Ribaudo" <moribaudo AT verizon.net>
Date: Sun, 24 Jul 2016 16:41:08 -0400
About 15 minutes ago I saw my 12th Mississippi kite of the day, a single bird 
soaring low over Benita Fitzgerald Drive in Dale City. 


Marc Ribaudo
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Subject: Re: Prince William Co. landfill Mississippi kites
From: Phil Silas via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Sun, 24 Jul 2016 16:13:42 -0400
Five about 15 minutes ago, one  there now. 
Sent from my iPhone

> On Jul 24, 2016, at 3:24 PM, Marc Ribaudo  wrote:
> 
> I went to the landfill after receiving the post from James Fox, arriving 
around 2:45. Yes, 10 

> kites over the big hill.  Hard to get a count as they were stooping and 
> soaring over length of the mound.  I saw 1 other kite along Minnieville Road 
> at the VFW post.
> 
> Marc Ribaudo
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Subject: Great Falls Walk (Fairfax County)
From: Marshall Rawson via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Sun, 24 Jul 2016 15:34:50 -0400
This morning our group of three tallied 33 species on an abbreviated walk 
through the picnic area and upstream along the river. Next weekend promises to 
be cooler and we look forward to a larger group. This regular Sunday walk meets 
at 8:00 am in the visitors center parking lot. All are welcome to join us. -- 
Marshall Rawson, McLean VA 


Canada Goose 4
American Black Duck 2
Mallard 8
Double-crested Cormorant 18
Great Blue Heron 2
Black Vulture 12
Turkey Vulture 4
Mourning Dove 1
Yellow-billed Cuckoo 2
Chimney Swift 18
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1
Downy Woodpecker 1
Eastern Wood-Pewee 2
Great Crested Flycatcher 2
Eastern Kingbird 2
Warbling Vireo 1
Red-eyed Vireo 2
Blue Jay 1
American Crow 6
Fish Crow 8
Carolina Chickadee 1
Tufted Titmouse 6
White-breasted Nuthatch 3
Carolina Wren 3
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 3
Eastern Bluebird 4
Song Sparrow 1
Scarlet Tanager 2
Northern Cardinal 6
Red-winged Blackbird 2
Baltimore Oriole 1
House Finch 1
American Goldfinch 3
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Subject: H. Fenton Day memorial bench at Kiptopeke State Park
From: "T. M. Day" <blkvulture AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 24 Jul 2016 15:33:51 -0400
 Greetings,

As many of you know, Fenton Day was one of the most roving birders in the
state, right up until his unexpected death in mid-June of this year. His
keen interest in keeping a list of birds in every county in Virginia
brought him in contact with birders from every corner of the state. He
became locally involved with some of those birders and their projects, as
well as participated many different Christmas Bird Counts. One annual event
that Fenton was particularly fond of and was a regular participant was the
Eastern Shore of Virginia Birding and Wildlife Festival. Fenton guided
countless bird walks during the festival, and was as familiar a face as
anyone involved.

The Birding Festival committee plans to install a bench in honor of Fenton
at Kiptopeke State Park. Roberta Kellam has set up a GoFundMe account to
help raise funds for the bench, and I have linked it below. The goal is to
have the money raised as soon as possible, with hopes that the bench could
be installed before this year's Birding Festival which is 6-9 October. If
you can spare a few bucks, please consider a donation.

https://www.gofundme.com/2drxn7bt


Cheers,

Todd

Todd Michael Day
Jeffersonton, Virginia
blkvulture AT gmail.com
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Subject: Prince William Co. landfill Mississippi kites
From: "Marc Ribaudo" <moribaudo AT verizon.net>
Date: Sun, 24 Jul 2016 15:24:44 -0400
I went to the landfill after receiving the post from James Fox, arriving around 
2:45. Yes, 10 

kites over the big hill.  Hard to get a count as they were stooping and 
soaring over length of the mound.  I saw 1 other kite along Minnieville Road 
at the VFW post.

Marc Ribaudo
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Subject: Mississippi Kites at Halifax County
From: Jeff Blalock <jcbabirder AT gcronline.com>
Date: Sun, 24 Jul 2016 14:21:27 -0400
Greetings all

Went down to Runt Powell farm to look for the Mississippi Kites this morning 
and I wasn't disappointed. I found them within just a few minutes and saw two 
flying around for several minutes but they were too far away to tell if either 
of the two were juveniles or adults. 


I saw them do three nose dives that are great to watch. 

From my iPhone

May God Bless and Keep You

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


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Subject: Mississippi Kites Kites Prince William landfill
From: James Fox <jmsfox11 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 24 Jul 2016 14:18:42 -0400
Hi everyone,
Jason Strickland just called to tell me that he has about 10 Mississippi
Kites soaring over the Prince William Landfill!!!  So anyone in the area
might want to stop by there.

James Fox
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Subject: recommended site: Sully Historic Site (Fairfax)
From: Stephen Johnson <stevejohnson2 AT verizon.net>
Date: Sun, 24 Jul 2016 13:15:09 -0400
Hello birders,

This morning (24 July) was my 11th Atlasing visit of this season, to Fairfax 
County's Sully Historic Site, right off Route 28 near Dulles Airport. 


I'm writing to tell you that this is an under-birded site. According to eBird, 
there are only 3 reports there (ever) besides mine. 


Some reasons to bird there:

Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Yellow-billed Cuckoo (2 today)
White-eyed Vireo (present and singing, May through today)
Indigo Bunting (usually 3-4, one today)
Nesting Bluebirds (have been there this whole season)
Wood Thrush (pair together, last week)
Both Orioles

and always a good showing, for example today I had 25 species on a hot day in 
late July. 


To bird here, you can stick to the mown paths and see plenty; or if you spray 
or use high boots, there are also substantial edges along several powerline 
cuts, and a gasline cut along the East boundary. 


There are woods with dense undergrowth to the SW of the main public area, and 
more open woods to the SE. To get to the latter, you do have to wade through 
some of the unmown, fallow areas along the power lines. There is also a mulched 
path through the woods near the parking lot and buildings. 


There is a gate and sign saying they open at 11 AM. But I think that just means 
the gift shop. The gate has never been closed when I arrive early in the 
morning. They do close it at 5:30 PM, but it opens automatically for departing 
vehicles, like the gate at Occoquan NWR. 


Finally, in line with Kurt Gaskill's habit of reporting nearby food 
opportunities, I'll report that there is a WaWa store along the entrance road. 
Their hoagies are a distant imitation, but one of the better ones, of a proper 
Philadelphia sandwich, for my money. 


The breeding indications have been few and far between this week, for the 
Virginia Breeding Bird Atlas. But the birds are still breeding - I counted two 
Bluebird babies in the nest boxes at Rock Hill District Park this morning!! 


Cheers--
Steve Johnson
Fairfax, Virginia


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Subject: Passing the Torch
From: Brenda Tekin <brenda AT birdsofvirginia.com>
Date: Sun, 24 Jul 2016 11:17:53 -0400
Dear Hawk Watching Friends,

At the encouragement and persistence of Miriam Moore, a group of four 
individuals visited the overlook atop Afton Mountain to look for migrating 
raptors that one September day in 1976. From those early years and with the 
many dedicated volunteer counters, Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch has become a premier 
hawk watching site and the collected data is now electronically submitted to 
HAWKCOUNT.org, a long term project of Hawk Migration Association of North 
America (HMANA) that documents migrating raptors. 


My first visit to the hawk watch was about 1995 after reading an article in the 
Monticello Bird Club newsletter. It was a Saturday in September, a pleasant and 
sunny day. When I walked around the back side of the hotel the patio was filled 
to capacity. I remember being greeted by quite a few folks and was immediately 
invited to join in. They were calling out and identifying species of raptors 
with absolute certainty on ID, picked out in that BIG bright sky. All I saw 
were tiny distant specs. Then someone said "kettle" and you could feel the 
excitement build. Crista Cabe was one of the counters that day. I remember 
hearing the fast "clicking" of the clicker. Folks were pointing and excitedly 
commenting on the unfolding event - a massive wave of Broad-wings streaming in, 
coming across the gap straight toward us. A newbie to hawk watching I was 
having difficulty in locating the source of the pandemonium. It also didn't 
help matters that I had a pair of cheap binocula 

 rs. The wave broke up into two large groups and kettled, a term I quickly 
learned that day. They were so close that it was like watching a 3-D movie. I 
had never heard of a Broad-winged Hawk before I arrived that day. And there 
they were, a massive swirling hive of them! It was then I knew I was hooked, 
line and sinker! Over the next few years I made increasing visits, sitting, 
watching, learning and asking lots of questions before I felt comfortable 
enough to try my hand as a counter. 


In 1999 my dear friend and mentor, John Irvine, had the faith and I'm sure a 
fair amount of hope to entrust me with the responsibilities as coordinator to 
continue the work and vision for Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch. 


It was a challenge I was ready and more importantly, willing to take on. I look 
back, recalling the many hours watching the skies with fellow hawk watchers, 
"sharing the moment," or staring at blank bright blue sky, and even watching 
from inside a vehicle being buffeted by strong bitterly cold NW winds. As long 
as the birds were flying, cold, wind, fog, rain and yes, even ice and snow, 
dedicated volunteer counters have kept the watch. 


Over the past 15 years Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch friends and volunteer counters 
have come and gone. Sadly, we had to say goodbye to too many including Yulee 
Larner, one of the original Rockfish Gap raptorians. Yulee was very 
knowledgeable and always more than willing to help in any way. She also kept us 
on the straight and narrow when it came to documenting the rarities that would 
show up at the hawk watch and I sometimes expect to receive one of her emails 
reminding me to submit a report. The list of past volunteer raptorians also 
includes Bill Minor, who for years coordinated the annual Linear Study, Robert 
Barbee with a talent for drawing, Dick Morton who traveled from New Jersey each 
September to spend 1-2 weeks during the peak Broad-winged flights, and Harold 
Dunning from North Carolina. Then there were our regular volunteers--Mozelle 
Henkle, one of the four original founders of the hawk watch, Walter and Robert 
Plank, and Jean Brodwater. Jean and I would often times 

 meet up at the hawk watch and swap stories during those slow times. She was a 
cautious birder, careful to note specific details on a bird and then discuss. 
She was a great teacher! 


I have been very fortunate to have made new friends and met countless visitors 
over the past 15 years and it has been a privilege and an honor to have served 
as coordinator. 


After long and careful consideration, it is time to pass the torch on to Vic 
Laubach. Many of you have come to know Vic. He is an excellent hawk watcher, 
skilled in identifying even those "distant specs." But it's his dedication and 
proven skills in leadership that will continue to direct Rockfish Gap Hawk 
Watch to a new generation of hawk watchers. 


We can expect new things to come under Vic's guidance so join me in welcoming 
him as the new Coordinator for Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch. 


Brenda
Brenda Tekin
Stuart's Draft, VA

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Brenda
Brenda Tekin
Stuart's Draft, VA

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Subject: Redheaded woodpeckers at Berryville Chet Hobert park, Clarke county
From: Teri <ivory1888 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 24 Jul 2016 09:23:26 -0400
While at atlasing today at Chet Hobart park in Berryville, Stephenson SE, I 
found many redheaded woodpeckers near the electrical transformer station. I 
stopped at the VFW shelter Poke stop, cut through the ballfields and picked up 
the jogging trail clockwise. I cut through the pine trees where pine warblers 
nest. The RHWOs are occupying a nest hole in a telephone pole behind the 
transformer station. They are very active and vocal. 

Teri Holland
Berryville, Va
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Subject: Huntley Meadows
From: Lee <leesheehanmiller AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 24 Jul 2016 08:15:36 -0400
5 little blue herons immature and mature currently 8:15 am

More to follow.

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Subject: Huntley meadows
From: Lee <leesheehanmiller AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 24 Jul 2016 08:05:47 -0400
Yellow Bellied Sapsucker by lodge encroaching on bench. Interesting time of 
year, mature male. 


Also in same area, 2 red eyed vireo feeding cowbird.

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Subject: where to report banded Eagle
From: Stephen Johnson <stevejohnson2 AT verizon.net>
Date: Sat, 23 Jul 2016 14:11:41 -0400
We found a banded Bald Eagle at Occoquan Reservoir on Thursday.

I reported it to the Patuxent web site for banded birds at 
www.pwrc.usgs.gov/bbl. But besides that site, is there any particular place for 
reporting Eagles, especially in the Potomac / Chesapeake / D.C. area? 


Thanks -

Steve Johnson
Fairfax, Virginia

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Subject: Swoope, VA; 7/22/16
From: "Marshall Faintich" <marshall AT faintich.net>
Date: Sat, 23 Jul 2016 13:52:14 -0400
43 avian species, including 6 shorebird species, Great Egret, Red-headed
Woodpecker, Willow Flycatcher, and Grasshopper Sparrow. Report and photos:

 

 
http://www.faintich.net/Blog2016/2016_07_22.htm

 

___________________________

Marshall Faintich

Nellysford, VA

marshall AT faintich.net

www.faintich.net  

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

____________________________________________________________________________
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Subject: Shorebirds Augusta County
From: "Herbert Larner" <larnersky AT mindspring.com>
Date: Sat, 23 Jul 2016 13:05:15 -0400
Hello all 

 

Before going to the store I ventured out at Smith's Lake in Swoope to see if
any more  shorebirds came in . Some have departed & new ones took their
place . But all in all a good assortment of early Sandpipers are staring to
show up .  Below is a list of what I saw . 

 

Killdeer -- 6

 

Spotted -- 3 same ones from the other day .

 

Solitary -- 9  no new ones 

 

Lesser Yellowlegs --1  still there 

 

Pectoral Sandpiper -- 3  new arrivals .

 

Allen Larner

Staunton 

 

 

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Subject: Blue Ridge Bird Walk July 23
From: delandjoyce <delandjoyce AT peoplepc.com>
Date: Sat, 23 Jul 2016 10:45:58 -0500 (GMT-05:00)
Thirteen birders came for the monthly, 4th Saturday, birdwalk at Blue Ridge 
Center for Environmental Stewardship in Loudoun County. It was hot, above 80 at 
8 am, and humid. We did the Homestead Loop, which kept us in the shade most of 
the time. Birds were rather quiet and a total of 28 species were recorded as 
follows: 


Green Heron
Black Vulture
Turkey Vulture
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker
Easter Wood-pewee
Acadian Flycatcher
Great-crested Flycatcher
Red-eyed Vireo
American Crow
Fish Crow
Tree Swallow
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Carolina Wren
Eastern Bluebird
Gray Catbird
Cedar Waxwing
Common Yellowthroat
Chipping Sparrow
Field Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
Indigo Bunting
American Goldfinch

Del Sargent
Purcellville
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Subject: Chestnut-sided Warbler, Waterford VA
From: "Nicole Hamilton" <nicole AT gilandnicole.com>
Date: Sat, 23 Jul 2016 10:30:05 -0400
Yesterday in our yard, I was excited to see a Chestnut-sided warbler! I will
post the sighting along with photos to eBird later today

Nicole Hamilton
Waterford, VA




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Subject: Re: Pitts Creek, Chincoteague causeway & 1 MD posting, June 22, 23 (&28). quail disaster.
From: David Matson <wrenpt AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 22 Jul 2016 18:22:59 -0400
​One observation in accord with Harry's observation(s) about Bobwhite:

My "work home" is along the south side of Onancock Creek.

A federally incentivized Wildlife Management Area is a short distance away.

From our home, last Summer, I could hear Bobwhite calling daily from three
directions, including one finding some purpose in the pear tree of the
front yard.

This year, not a single call of Bobwhite, not even Mockingbird mimicking of
them.

I ask around, as I travel the Shore, and anecdotal observations are zero
this year.

Non-systematic, to be sure, yet in accord, ecologically, with Harry's words.

David Matson

On Fri, Jul 22, 2016 at 10:53 AM, Harry Armistead <
harryarmistead AT hotmail.com> wrote:

> I tried to send a much more expansive version of this earlier but it
> didn’t “take”, perhaps being too long and/or having too much MD
> information.  Here’s a much shortened version with only 1 Maryland segment
> (an unforgettable evening).
>
>
> LOWER EASTERN SHORE, JUNE 22-23 & 28, 2016.  Fireflies, Queen Anne’s Lace,
> moderate warmth, and (for the most part) fair skies with low humidity.
> QUAIL DISASTER CONTINUES.
>
>
> “I shall return to drowse in this still place/That wears the ageless shawl
> of Queen Anne’s Lace.” from ‘Rigby’s Folly’ by Lysbeth Boyd Borie, 
1966. 

>
>
> Chincoteague causeway, Pitts Creek (& 1 MD segment):
>
>
> JUNE 22.  PITTS LANDING, ACCOMACK COUNTY, VA.  Where we hope to end up
> tomorrow (but do not).  7:15-7:30 P.M.  Bald Eagle 2, Barn Swallow 12,
> Purple Martin 6, Mourning Dove 12, European Starling 45, Common Grackle 65,
> Red-winged Blackbird 6, Common Yellowthroat 1, Laughing Gull 12.  Nice
> launch area near the mouth of Pocomoke River.  Beautiful, extensive,
> brackish marsh.  MILES ROAD, nearby to the east: a field with 145 Glossy
> Ibis, 7:40 P.M.
>
>
> JUNE 23, THURSDAY. CHINCOTEAGUE CAUSEWAY, VA.  At sunrise today the bird
> spectacle is as impressive here as most any I’ve ever seen anywhere, and
> that includes Antarctica, Africa, and Australia.  Really!  A cacophony of
> calling: thousands of Laughing Gulls, plus displaying Willets, and in full
> cry: Clapper Rails, Fish Crows, Black-necked Stilts, and Boat-tailed
> Grackles.  Off to the north is a large colony of hundreds of egrets plus a
> few Brown Pelicans and Double-crested Cormorants, Little Blue and
> Tricolored Herons.  I’m here 5:30-6:45 A.M.  Hundreds of Laughing Gulls
> rise up to harass a Bald Eagle.  Pairs of Willets chase Herring Gulls.
>
>
> There are 3 eagles in the area causing mayhem.  Lots of ibis: 380 White
> and 145 Glossy.  A few Black-crowned Night Herons.  Along the causeway,
> without trying to do a complete check, I see 8 adult stilts and 2 sets of 2
> downy young, all N of the road.  There’s a small colony of Common Terns on
> the shells out from where the oysterbeds are, and numerous American
> Oystercatchers.  One out-of-place male Blue Grosbeak.  One Gull-billed
> Tern.  There are Royal Terns bearing minnows, headed north somewhere.
> Dozens of calling Forster’s Terns.  Less prosaic: 2 d.o.r. deer near the
> NASA facility.
>
>
> HALLWOOD NW Virginia Breeding Bird Atlas Block, Accomack County.
> 8:30-10:30, mostly driving around, familiarizing with the roads some more,
> often in torrential rains with thunder and lightning, strong enough so that
> I almost pull over.  But find 27 species anyway, including my 1st
> Yellow-throated Warbler in this block plus 2 Bald Eagles, 8 Indigo Buntings
> (very common here), and a Yellow-breasted Chat.
>
>
> PITTS CREEK, ACCOMACK COUNTY, VA, in the extreme NW part of the VA Eastern
> Shore just S of the MD line.  This is a delightful 5.1-mile canoe trip with
> Sue Rice, former manager of Eastern Shore of VA National Wildlife Refuge.
> A big thanks to Sue for acquiring a canoe, competent steering from the
> stern, and good company.  Thanks also to those who gave us helpful
> information beforehand: Curtis Badger, Hal & Joanne Laskowski, and Richard
> & Vicki Pearsall.  And to Kurt Gaskell for information on nearby Bullbegger
> Creek.
>
>
> I’m especially indebted to Jim Brighton for stimulating my interest in
> this area in the first place.  Pitts Creek has classic tea-colored waters.
> We put in at Duns Swamp Road at the MD line at 1, delayed by a jimcorker
> storm in the morning.  The first 2 miles or so the creek is bordered by
> deciduous, bottomland swamp studded with a few cypresses, blooming Swamp
> Magnolias, Poison Ivy, Red Maples, and rose bushes.  It is a very
> southern-like in atmosphere.  There are stumps out in the creek that are
> sodden and bare until topped off a few feet above waterline with lush
> vegetation.  Fallen trees in a few places we have to negotiate.  Some of
> the deciduous trees have slightly swollen buttresses in the manner of
> tupelos farther south.
>
>
> As Pitts widens the forest recedes and is replaced by extremely lush,
> freshwater aquatic swamp plants such as Arrow Arum, Pickerel Weed, and
> Spatterdock (I think; I’m not a botanist).  The effect is a setting that
> seems near wilderness (except for occasional houses and 4 decrepit
> blinds).  The freshwater vegetation is as rank and extensive as any
> semi-tropical river in Florida.   Farther downstream Marsh Hibiscus,
> Cattails and Phragmites diversify the vegetation and Loblolly Pine hammocks
> are common.
>
>
> The tide and wind are rising against us; we quit early, but nevertheless
> cover c. 3/4 or 4/5 of the portions of Pitts in this atlas block (Hallwood
> NW), then have to haul a heavy canoe 0.3 miles to the nearest road.  Canoe
> 1-4:15, are in atlas block noon - 6:45 P.M.  Fresh water vegetation the
> entire length of our paddle.  Several times our very quiet canoe surprises
> at close range large fish that startle us with their splashes.
>
>
> 48 species.  Complete list:  Canada Goose 230, Wood Duck 6 (+5 downy
> young), Mallard 2, Great Blue Heron 2, Snowy Egret 1, Black Vulture 2,
> Turkey Vulture 6, Bald Eagle 7 (+ a pine hammock nest, another off Dunns
> Swamp Road), Laughing Gull 11, Forster’s Tern 4, Rock Pigeon 2, Mourning
> Dove 8, Yellow-billed Cuckoo 2, Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1, Red-bellied
> Woodpecker 1, Great Crested Flycatcher 3, Eastern Kingbird 3, White-eyed
> Vireo 6, Red-eyed Vireo 3, Blue Jay 1, American Crow 3, Fish Crow 3, Purple
> Martin 17, Tree Swallow 1,
>
>
> Barn Swallow 2, Carolina Chickadee 2 (1 emerging from a tree cavity),
> Tufted Titmouse 4, Marsh Wren 4, Carolina Wren 4, Eastern Bluebird 2,
> American Robin 5, Northern Mockingbird 3, European Starling 6, Cedar
> Waxwing 1, Prothonotary Warbler 9, Common Yellowthroat 8, Pine Warbler 1,
> Yellow-throated Warbler 2, Chipping Sparrow 4, Grasshopper Sparrow 1,
> Summer Tanager 1, Northern Cardinal 6, Blue Grosbeak 1, Indigo Bunting 11,
> Red-winged Blackbird 12, Common Grackle 31, Orchard Oriole 4, American
> Goldfinch 1.
>
>
> NON-AVIAN TAXA:  Tiger Swallowtail 1, Green Tree Frog a chorus of #?,
> Painted Turtle 12, deer 5, Gray Squirrel 4 (plus 1 d.o.r.).  Dozens of
> rather large, amber-colored dragonflies.
>
>
> JUNE 28, FERRY NECK, ‘Rigby’s Folly’ (Armistead property), Talbot 
County, 

> MD.  1.1” rain last night.  Good.  An 8” skink, front porch.  Listen to
> Berlioz’s ‘Symphonie Fantastique' during dinner, 98.5, National Youth
> Orchestra (composed of 16-18-year-olds), conductor, Charles Dutoit.  During
> the segment’ The Witches’ Sabbath’, as if on cue, big thunder and 
lighting 

> outside, near the house.  A few minutes later, 8:45 P.M., on our front
> porch, the thunder and lightning continue, accompanied by steady but light
> rain.  Dozens of Fireflies glimmer under the shade trees.  A few Cope’s
> Gray Tree Frogs cut loose with their rasping trills.  The great storm
> passes slowly to the south, the thunder coming 15-20 seconds after the
> lightening.  Celestial tympani.  What a show.
>
>
> QUAIL DISASTER CONTINUES.  Maryland birdlife, Spring 2016, p. 33, spring
> count 2015, 339 observers in 20 counties find 24 Northern Bobwhite.  The
> Chat, Fall 2015, p. 159, NC spring count 2015, 473 observers in 21 
“areas” 

> find 18.  Total for the 2 states: 42 by 812 observers.  Back when I did 3
> Breeding Bird Surveys each year in Dorchester County, MD, I’d come close to
> 42 on any given one on any given day.  Anyone know the main reason for the
> decline?
>
>
> FAVORITE ROAD SIGN:  “Paint ball and vegetables, ahead on right.”
>
>
> Best to all. - Harry Armistead.
>
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Subject: Pitts Creek, Chincoteague causeway & 1 MD posting, June 22, 23 (&28). quail disaster.
From: Harry Armistead <harryarmistead AT hotmail.com>
Date: Fri, 22 Jul 2016 14:53:50 +0000
I tried to send a much more expansive version of this earlier but it didnt 
take, perhaps being too long and/or having too much MD information. Heres a 
much shortened version with only 1 Maryland segment (an unforgettable evening). 



LOWER EASTERN SHORE, JUNE 22-23 & 28, 2016. Fireflies, Queen Annes Lace, 
moderate warmth, and (for the most part) fair skies with low humidity. QUAIL 
DISASTER CONTINUES. 



I shall return to drowse in this still place/That wears the ageless shawl of 
Queen Annes Lace. from Rigbys Folly by Lysbeth Boyd Borie, 1966. 



Chincoteague causeway, Pitts Creek (& 1 MD segment):


JUNE 22. PITTS LANDING, ACCOMACK COUNTY, VA. Where we hope to end up tomorrow 
(but do not). 7:15-7:30 P.M. Bald Eagle 2, Barn Swallow 12, Purple Martin 6, 
Mourning Dove 12, European Starling 45, Common Grackle 65, Red-winged Blackbird 
6, Common Yellowthroat 1, Laughing Gull 12. Nice launch area near the mouth of 
Pocomoke River. Beautiful, extensive, brackish marsh. MILES ROAD, nearby to the 
east: a field with 145 Glossy Ibis, 7:40 P.M. 



JUNE 23, THURSDAY. CHINCOTEAGUE CAUSEWAY, VA. At sunrise today the bird 
spectacle is as impressive here as most any Ive ever seen anywhere, and that 
includes Antarctica, Africa, and Australia. Really! A cacophony of calling: 
thousands of Laughing Gulls, plus displaying Willets, and in full cry: Clapper 
Rails, Fish Crows, Black-necked Stilts, and Boat-tailed Grackles. Off to the 
north is a large colony of hundreds of egrets plus a few Brown Pelicans and 
Double-crested Cormorants, Little Blue and Tricolored Herons. Im here 
5:30-6:45 A.M. Hundreds of Laughing Gulls rise up to harass a Bald Eagle. Pairs 
of Willets chase Herring Gulls. 



There are 3 eagles in the area causing mayhem. Lots of ibis: 380 White and 145 
Glossy. A few Black-crowned Night Herons. Along the causeway, without trying to 
do a complete check, I see 8 adult stilts and 2 sets of 2 downy young, all N of 
the road. Theres a small colony of Common Terns on the shells out from where 
the oysterbeds are, and numerous American Oystercatchers. One out-of-place male 
Blue Grosbeak. One Gull-billed Tern. There are Royal Terns bearing minnows, 
headed north somewhere. Dozens of calling Forsters Terns. Less prosaic: 2 
d.o.r. deer near the NASA facility. 



HALLWOOD NW Virginia Breeding Bird Atlas Block, Accomack County. 8:30-10:30, 
mostly driving around, familiarizing with the roads some more, often in 
torrential rains with thunder and lightning, strong enough so that I almost 
pull over. But find 27 species anyway, including my 1st Yellow-throated Warbler 
in this block plus 2 Bald Eagles, 8 Indigo Buntings (very common here), and a 
Yellow-breasted Chat. 



PITTS CREEK, ACCOMACK COUNTY, VA, in the extreme NW part of the VA Eastern 
Shore just S of the MD line. This is a delightful 5.1-mile canoe trip with Sue 
Rice, former manager of Eastern Shore of VA National Wildlife Refuge. A big 
thanks to Sue for acquiring a canoe, competent steering from the stern, and 
good company. Thanks also to those who gave us helpful information beforehand: 
Curtis Badger, Hal & Joanne Laskowski, and Richard & Vicki Pearsall. And to 
Kurt Gaskell for information on nearby Bullbegger Creek. 



Im especially indebted to Jim Brighton for stimulating my interest in this 
area in the first place. Pitts Creek has classic tea-colored waters. We put in 
at Duns Swamp Road at the MD line at 1, delayed by a jimcorker storm in the 
morning. The first 2 miles or so the creek is bordered by deciduous, bottomland 
swamp studded with a few cypresses, blooming Swamp Magnolias, Poison Ivy, Red 
Maples, and rose bushes. It is a very southern-like in atmosphere. There are 
stumps out in the creek that are sodden and bare until topped off a few feet 
above waterline with lush vegetation. Fallen trees in a few places we have to 
negotiate. Some of the deciduous trees have slightly swollen buttresses in the 
manner of tupelos farther south. 



As Pitts widens the forest recedes and is replaced by extremely lush, 
freshwater aquatic swamp plants such as Arrow Arum, Pickerel Weed, and 
Spatterdock (I think; Im not a botanist). The effect is a setting that seems 
near wilderness (except for occasional houses and 4 decrepit blinds). The 
freshwater vegetation is as rank and extensive as any semi-tropical river in 
Florida. Farther downstream Marsh Hibiscus, Cattails and Phragmites diversify 
the vegetation and Loblolly Pine hammocks are common. 



The tide and wind are rising against us; we quit early, but nevertheless cover 
c. 3/4 or 4/5 of the portions of Pitts in this atlas block (Hallwood NW), then 
have to haul a heavy canoe 0.3 miles to the nearest road. Canoe 1-4:15, are in 
atlas block noon - 6:45 P.M. Fresh water vegetation the entire length of our 
paddle. Several times our very quiet canoe surprises at close range large fish 
that startle us with their splashes. 



48 species. Complete list: Canada Goose 230, Wood Duck 6 (+5 downy young), 
Mallard 2, Great Blue Heron 2, Snowy Egret 1, Black Vulture 2, Turkey Vulture 
6, Bald Eagle 7 (+ a pine hammock nest, another off Dunns Swamp Road), Laughing 
Gull 11, Forsters Tern 4, Rock Pigeon 2, Mourning Dove 8, Yellow-billed Cuckoo 
2, Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1, Red-bellied Woodpecker 1, Great Crested 
Flycatcher 3, Eastern Kingbird 3, White-eyed Vireo 6, Red-eyed Vireo 3, Blue 
Jay 1, American Crow 3, Fish Crow 3, Purple Martin 17, Tree Swallow 1, 



Barn Swallow 2, Carolina Chickadee 2 (1 emerging from a tree cavity), Tufted 
Titmouse 4, Marsh Wren 4, Carolina Wren 4, Eastern Bluebird 2, American Robin 
5, Northern Mockingbird 3, European Starling 6, Cedar Waxwing 1, Prothonotary 
Warbler 9, Common Yellowthroat 8, Pine Warbler 1, Yellow-throated Warbler 2, 
Chipping Sparrow 4, Grasshopper Sparrow 1, Summer Tanager 1, Northern Cardinal 
6, Blue Grosbeak 1, Indigo Bunting 11, Red-winged Blackbird 12, Common Grackle 
31, Orchard Oriole 4, American Goldfinch 1. 



NON-AVIAN TAXA: Tiger Swallowtail 1, Green Tree Frog a chorus of #?, Painted 
Turtle 12, deer 5, Gray Squirrel 4 (plus 1 d.o.r.). Dozens of rather large, 
amber-colored dragonflies. 



JUNE 28, FERRY NECK, Rigbys Folly (Armistead property), Talbot County, MD. 
1.1 rain last night. Good. An 8 skink, front porch. Listen to Berliozs 
Symphonie Fantastique' during dinner, 98.5, National Youth Orchestra (composed 
of 16-18-year-olds), conductor, Charles Dutoit. During the segment The 
Witches Sabbath, as if on cue, big thunder and lighting outside, near the 
house. A few minutes later, 8:45 P.M., on our front porch, the thunder and 
lightning continue, accompanied by steady but light rain. Dozens of Fireflies 
glimmer under the shade trees. A few Copes Gray Tree Frogs cut loose with 
their rasping trills. The great storm passes slowly to the south, the thunder 
coming 15-20 seconds after the lightening. Celestial tympani. What a show. 



QUAIL DISASTER CONTINUES. Maryland birdlife, Spring 2016, p. 33, spring count 
2015, 339 observers in 20 counties find 24 Northern Bobwhite. The Chat, Fall 
2015, p. 159, NC spring count 2015, 473 observers in 21 areas find 18. Total 
for the 2 states: 42 by 812 observers. Back when I did 3 Breeding Bird Surveys 
each year in Dorchester County, MD, Id come close to 42 on any given one on 
any given day. Anyone know the main reason for the decline? 



FAVORITE ROAD SIGN:  Paint ball and vegetables, ahead on right.


Best to all. - Harry Armistead.
 		 	   		  
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Subject: Virginia Avian Records Committee Announcements
From: Bill Williams <billwilliams154 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 22 Jul 2016 09:01:03 -0400
Greetings Fellow Birders,

The Virginia Avian Records Committee (VARCOM) recently added *Zone-tailed
Hawk* to the Official List bringing the state’s species total to 472.

On 6 July 2016 the American Ornithologists’ Union [AOU] published its
“Fifty-seventh Supplement to the American Ornithologists’ Union [AOU]
*Check-list
of North American Birds*” in the journal Auk: Ornithological Advances (Vol
133, 2016, pp. 544-560). This supplement “summarizes decisions made between
April 15, 2015 and April 15, 2016 by the AOU’s Committee on Classification
and Nomenclature-North and Middle America.”

The full article may be accessed at
http://www.aoucospubs.org/doi/pdf/10.1642/AUK-16-77.1

Thanks to the excellent work of VARCOM Secretary, Wendy Ealding, VARCOM
Voting Member, Gerry Hawkins, and VSO Webmaster, Rob Bielawski, all of the
recent AOU taxonomic changes have been incorporated into Virginia’s
Official List, the VARCOM Review List and the VSO Field Checklist. Each of
these revised documents is available on the VSO/ VARCOM websites.

There were no AOU lumps or splits that affected Virginia’s lists.
Nevertheless, for those who are still getting used to falcons taxonomically
sequenced after woodpeckers, hold on to your tripods as you prowl about
these AOU revisions.

Through mid-July VARCOM’s recently implemented Expedited Review Procedures
had fast-tracked 15 media-rich eBird records through “Accepted” status.

On behalf of VARCOM members Lee Adams, Todd Day, Adam D’Onofrio, Wendy
Ealding, Gerry Hawkins, Kieran Kilday, Ellison Orcutt, and Mike Stinson
Bill Williams, Chairman
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Subject: Mississippi Kite and Peregrine Falcon - 7/20/16 and 7/21/16
From: janet anderson via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Thu, 21 Jul 2016 20:43:41 -0400
7/21/16
 
1 Mississippi Kite seen at North 18th Street and Upton Street in Arlington, 
 VA - and Glebe Road and Route 66 in Arlington, VA
 
1 Peregrine Falcon seen outside my office window at Baileys Crossroads,  
Falls Church, Fairfax County, VA
 
7/20/16 
 
1 Mississippi Kite seen at North 19th Street and Upton Street in Arlington, 
 VA
 
Janet M. Anderson
City of Falls Church, VA
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Subject: test message: Tangier I. area, July 19.
From: Harry Armistead <harryarmistead AT hotmail.com>
Date: Thu, 21 Jul 2016 23:45:18 +0000
SHANKS ISLAND, VA, & SMITH ISLAND, MD, JULY 18-19, 2016.


JULY 18, MONDAY. Drive from Philadelphia to Crisfield, MD. At Wilmington it is 
97 degrees F. A roadkill Woodchuck south of Seaford, DE, Route 13. Then 
Crisfield Budget Inn (formerly Pines Motel) where I lodge with John Weske. This 
motel is still nice (very cool room) but the swimming pool contains a huge pile 
of dirt. Five of the largest pines, had been healthy trees, have been 
unaccountably topped off. What remains are stubs 20 feet high. Just plain ugly. 



A halfway decent meal at the (extremely) unpretentious Cafe Milano: cheese 
ravioli, garlic bread, and salad with (of course) Italian dressing. Rainbow 
outside. 



A Great Crested Flycatcher calls behind our room and Laughing Gulls fly low 
overhead. Two jimcorker storms (the kind Floyd Parks calls toadstranglers and 
frog chokers) each last about half an hour in the evening, the deluge 
torrential, with impressive thunder and lightning right over the motel. John 
hears some Fowlers Toads when he arrives at 10:45 P.M. Tomorrow morning we 
will see a petit pois-sized toadlet right outside the motel room door, capable 
of hopping many times its length. 



JULY 19, TUESDAY. 16 of us launch in 2 boats from Somers Cove Marina at 8 A.M., 
returning at 2 P.M. Our party has numerous good folks from the U.S.D.A. (based 
at Blackwater N.W.R.) and USF&WS personnel from Blackwater and Eastern Neck 
N.W.R.s, and a few others. Weather is good: fair, winds NW 10+ then 
diminishing somewhat, temps in the 80s. Were headed to Shanks I., VA, c. 3 mi. 
N of Tangier I., 2 mi. S of the MD/VA line, to band young Brown Pelicans. 
Shanks I. & Cheeseman I. basically dont exist anymore. 



What is left of Shanks and Cheeseman has migrated E and is now a long strip of 
beach contiguous with the expansive saltmarsh of South Point Marsh. The beach 
is topped by a dune-like ridge rising 3-4 foot above the beach per se, 
well-vegetated, and has thousands of lush, dark green tussocks of Panicum 
(panic or switch grass). Many of the pelican nests are on top of these 
tussocks, some 1-2 feet above ground level, high and dry. No Willets today, 
probably already departed as they do every year in late July. 



Most of the Double-crested Cormorant nests are vacated, their young fledging 
long before the pelicans. At one time I carefully estimate 950 flight-capable 
cormorants in sight from one place. Fringing much of the sandy beach are sod 
banks, exposed as the whole thing continues to shift eastwards, overtaking the 
marsh. There is some Sea Rocket, making this habitat very similar to coastal 
beach vegetation. We work most of this beach-dune area, for 1,000 feet or so, 
anywhere there are pelican nests. 



SMITH ISLAND, MD, the area around EWELL. On the way to Shanks our boats motor 
up Big Thorofare and slowly through the channel past Ewell, with Goat Island on 
the N side of the channel (it still has goats, which we see), then out to 
Chesapeake Bay, passing Swan I. and the 2 very long and also very low rock 
jetties. 



Consequently, as we do not stop, there is not much I can do about the birdlife 
in < 0.5 hours we are here. Swan Island, adjoining the N jetty, has a healthy, 
small tree hammock and lots of nesting herons visible in it today. When I first 
visited here in 1978 (cf. Maryland birdlife, Summer birds of lower Chesapeake 
Bay islands in Maryland, September 1978, pp. 99-151), there were no trees. 



Even back then, as it still seems now, the adjacent marsh was emergent, 
building up. In 1978, 1979 & 1980 I spent a week each year at the height of the 
breeding season, based in the Glenn L Martin N.W.R. house in Ewell. During 
those times of intensive field work I did not see one Brown Pelican. Their 1st 
attempted breeding in Virginia was in 1986. 



EWELL AREA: American Black Duck 8, American Oystercatcher 1, Great Egret 24, 
Little Blue Heron 2, Osprey 4, Purple Martin 40, Fish Crow 6, Yellow-crowned 
Night Heron 1, Boat-tailed Grackle 1 (carrying food), Tricolored Heron 1, 
Red-winged Blackbird 3. 



SHANKS ISLAND, VA. Today we band 545 Brown Pelican and 73 Double-crested 
Cormorant chicks. These are preliminary totals. With numerous discrete strings 
of bands and 4-5 banders an exact, official count always has to come later 
after the starting band inventory is examined. John Weske is in charge, gives 
us all an orientation. Since he mentions the effects of DDT on pelicans and 
other birds I put in a plug after his talk for a fine new book, DDT Wars by 
Charles F. Wurster (Oxford U. Pr., 2015, 213p.). Shanks is one of the most 
remote areas in Chesapeake Bay, near wilderness. 



Birds noted there: Northern Harrier 1 (flushed a Glossy Ibis), Seaside Sparrow 
9, Tricolored Heron 5, American Black Duck 1, Yellow-crowned Night Heron 1, 
Black-crowned Night Heron 2, Osprey 4, Marsh Wren 1, American Oystercatcher 8, 
Fish Crow 7, Barn Swallow 7, Great Egret 6, Snowy Egret 2, Little Blue Heron 2, 
Red-winged Blackbird 4, Royal Tern 16, Laughing Gull 1, Caspian Tern 1, Herring 
Gulls 100s, and Great Black-backed Gull dozens/scores. 



I think we band 95%+ of all pelican chicks that are bandable. There are 
numerous nests of very small pelican chicks (with no feathers or down), called, 
naked chicks, as it were. There are no chicks too large to band, that is, 
well-feathered, that fly away or otherwise escape (the catchable big ones 
called bruisers). The chicks we band are the whitish ones, called whiteys, 
or downies, verging on the larger sizes of that category, on their way to 
becoming bruisers. 



For the past 5 or so years this area has boasted 1,000+ pairs of pelicans. It 
is thought that many of those birds are now breeding farther north on Holland 
I., Dorchester County, MD, where a banding foray will be held in a few weeks. 



I try to note all pelican nests that still have eggs, not very many, and think 
I found all of such. Six with 1 egg, two with 2 eggs, seven with 3 eggs, one 
with 1 egg & 1 young, one with 2 eggs & 1 young, and two with 1 egg & 2 young 
for a total of 19 such nests. I dont see any cormorant nests with eggs but see 
7 dead cormorants, no dead pelicans. 



NON-AVIAN TAXA: 1 Cabbage White, 60-70 Seaside Dragonlets, a few other 
dragonflies. Invariably a few pelican chicks regurgitate due to stress, some of 
this involving sizable Menhaden, 10 inches or so. I only see 2 Herring Gull 
nests, with 2 and 1 egg respectively, and just a few large chicks that have 
retreated out onto the water. 



I dont feel comfortable as a pelican bander. I do have the strength and skill 
to make a good crimp on the bands, but it takes effort. And after a few dozen 
bandings tendonitis sets in. Feeling a bit tuckered out today, I do not 
participate in the cormorant banding, that takes place apres pelican banding. 
So I wimp out, return to the boat to hydrate, sit in the welcome shade, and 
scan for birds over the marsh. So my role today is as a bird catcher. 



I sustain, if that is the word, 6 small bruises, one cut, and a slight 
contusion on my hands and arms compliments of the pelis. In the heat of 
banding, the fog of field work, these are not noticed until later in the day. 
Not as bad as it may sound. All are minor. As we age bruising is easier. For 
pelican wranglers these blemishes might be considered a badge of honor, and, 
although it is just a BIT of a stretch, be held analogous to the facial scar 
from German dueling (called a Schmiss), or, for that matter, receiving the 
stigmata. 



After the banding and boat trips John Weske heads for Ocracoke I., NC, a c. 
7-hour drive trailering his boat, too, and ferry trip, to follow by 2 days of 
banding Royal Terns there. He is 79, with seemingly easily-sustained endurance. 
My own drive is 4 hours, considerable, but when I get home I have nothing to do 
but rest, write, pay bills, take naps, and watch TV for several days. 



One good sign of a congenial boat outing is that, after the boats are pulled, 
the participants stand around chatting, often resting their arms on the boat 
gunwales, recounting the highlights, or otherwise discoursing on a variety of 
things. Good conversation is a challenge  until after the end of such forays. 
I chip in some, plugging another fine book, on Red Knots: The narrow edge: a 
tiny bird, an ancient crab & an epic journey by Deborah Cramer (Yale, 2015, 
293p.) 



Another nice aspect of an intense banding foray such as this is that it gives 
an almost exact total for the number of young there are, and also, 6-7% of the 
birds banded will be heard from again in some capacity, found washed up on a 
Florida beach, shot in Cuba, etc. The pelican banding of Dave Brinker and John 
Weske and all the volunteers has shown that very seldom do the Chesapeake birds 
ever get north up the Gulf past St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Tampa, and 
environs. 



Best to all. - Harry Armistead. 		 	   		  
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Subject: Mississippi kite (adult)
From: Dick Bauder <richardsbauder AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 21 Jul 2016 15:32:07 -0400
Circling for several minutes over N 19 St and Upton St Arlington 7/21 3:30 pm
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Subject: The Hawk and the Gnatcatcher
From: "Marshall Faintich" <marshall AT faintich.net>
Date: Thu, 21 Jul 2016 14:58:08 -0400
Report and photos:

 

 
http://www.faintich.net/Blog2016/2016_07_21.htm

 

___________________________

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Nellysford, VA

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

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Subject: Re: Birding Swoope & Bells lane
From: Herbert Larner via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Thu, 21 Jul 2016 18:43:24 +0000 (UTC)
I forgot to add in the 2 least Sandpiper that were at Smith's Lake . 

Allen Larner
Staunton 
--------------------------------------------
On Thu, 7/21/16, Herbert Larner  wrote:

 Subject: [Va-bird] Birding Swoope & Bells lane
 To: va-bird AT listserve.com
 Cc: shenvalbirds AT yahoogroups.com
 Date: Thursday, July 21, 2016, 2:41 PM
 
 Hello all 
 
  
 
 After getting off work this morning I treked off to the
 Swoope area to see
 if any mud flats have developed at Smith's .  With the
 some what " dry spell
 " there was a good amount of mud flats at Smith's & a
 few Shorebirds to boot
 . Killdeer --12  ,Spotted Sandpiper --3 ,Solitary
 Sandpiper -- 9 & Lesser
 Sandpiper -- 2 . There was one Great Egret & about 10
 young Wood Duck .
 Also at Smith's & along Cattleman Rd next to Middle
 River I heard or saw a
 total of 12 Willow Flycatchers  including a family
 group of Willow's along
 the banks of Smith's Lake .  As I was leaving the area
 along Cattlemans Rd
 up near & on Livick Rd I ran into a group of 75 + hatch
 year & molting adult
 Bobolink .The number of young VS adult Bobolink was 60 %
 young to 15 % adult
 .  Also in the mix of Bobolink there was a group of at
 least 60 Eastern
 Meadowlarks with about 25 %  adult birds in various
 stages of molt .  
 
  
 
  
 
 Allen Larner 
 
 Staunton 
 
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Subject: Birding Swoope & Bells lane
From: "Herbert Larner" <larnersky AT mindspring.com>
Date: Thu, 21 Jul 2016 14:41:00 -0400
Hello all 

 

After getting off work this morning I treked off to the Swoope area to see
if any mud flats have developed at Smith's .  With the some what " dry spell
" there was a good amount of mud flats at Smith's & a few Shorebirds to boot
. Killdeer --12  ,Spotted Sandpiper --3 ,Solitary Sandpiper -- 9 & Lesser
Sandpiper -- 2 . There was one Great Egret & about 10 young Wood Duck .
Also at Smith's & along Cattleman Rd next to Middle River I heard or saw a
total of 12 Willow Flycatchers  including a family group of Willow's along
the banks of Smith's Lake .  As I was leaving the area along Cattlemans Rd
up near & on Livick Rd I ran into a group of 75 + hatch year & molting adult
Bobolink .The number of young VS adult Bobolink was 60 % young to 15 % adult
.  Also in the mix of Bobolink there was a group of at least 60 Eastern
Meadowlarks with about 25 %  adult birds in various stages of molt .  

 

 

Allen Larner 

Staunton 

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Subject: Mississippi kite near Greenspring park
From: Donald Sweig <skybirds.d AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 20 Jul 2016 22:43:54 -0400
I had two excellent and extended views of a Mississippi kite soaring and 
hunting near the intersection of Vale Street and Marionet Street, which is near 
Greenspring park, between four and five this afternoon. 

 My friend Bob Augustine, who called to tell me that the birds were there, says 
this has been a reliable location both this year and last year, for seeing 
Mississippi kites. 

   Donald Sweig
   Falls Church, Virginia
 

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Subject: Re: Correction and update: juncos at Big Meadows and beyond
From: Marlene Condon via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Wed, 20 Jul 2016 17:46:44 -0400
I gave talks in Shenandoah National Park from 2002 to 2014. During that time 
there were always plenty of juncos. They had plenty to eat, courtesy of the 
lights left on all night all around the Lodge. It wasn't a good place for the 
perpetuation of moths that wasted their time circling lights instead of mating. 
The bats took them by night as the insects circled the lights and the juncos 
picked them off the walls at daybreak where the exhausted moths rested. 

 
Sincerely,
Marlene 
 
 
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From: KEN LIPSHY 
To: KELLY K 
Cc: va-bird 
Sent: Wed, Jul 20, 2016 1:58 pm
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Correction and update: juncos at Big Meadows and beyond

Interesting! They are all around Skyland lodge. I did not remember them around 
in prior years so I took a few pictures 



Kenneth A. Lipshy
Www.crisismanagementleadership.com

> On Jul 20, 2016, at 10:54 AM, KELLY K  wrote:
> 
> When a rain storm moved across Skyline yesterday, I took shelter in the Big
> Meadow lodge. On the way in, I spotted a fledgling Brown-headed Cowbird
> begging in a tree. Then a Dark-eyed Junco landed and fed the cowbird a
> green caterpillar.
> 
> The tree they were in is the same one where I saw a fledgling Dark-eyed
> Junco foraging with an adult Dark-eyed Junco earlier in the season.
> Meanwhile, another junco was hopping around the parking lot. This one was
> slate colored.
> 
> The juncos are marked as "rare" here, however, I have been seeing them at
> the lodge, at the wayside, and at some of the pullouts throughout this
> breeding season. The juncos at the lodge are very easy to spot.
> 
> Kelly Krechmer
> Fauquier County
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Subject: FW: DC Area, 7/19/2016
From: "Joe Coleman" <joecoleman AT rstarmail.com>
Date: Wed, 20 Jul 2016 14:25:29 -0400
FYI Joe

 

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Date:        7/19/2016

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

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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, July 12 with sightings 
through July 18 and was completed on July 19 at 12:40 p.m. 


 

Top bird this week is RUFF in MD. 

 

Other birds of interest this week included SNOW GOOSE, TUNDRA SWAN, ducks, 
NORTHERN BOBWHITE, RED-THROATED LOON, ANHINGA, herons, kites, RED-TAILED HAWK, 
rails, SANDHILL CRANE, BLACK-NECKED STILT, AMERICAN AVOCET, shorebirds, terns, 
EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE, WHIP-POOR-WILL, PEREGRINE FALCON, CLIFF SWALLOW, 
warblers, sparrows and DICKCISSEL. 


 

TOP BIRDS

 

A RUFF was seen July 13 on Poplar Island, Talbot Co, MD. Another RUFF was at 
Swan Harbor Farm, Harford Co, MD on July 18 and 19, 


 

OTHER BIRDS OF INTEREST

 

A SNOW GOOSE was at Cranberry Reservoir, Carroll Co, MD on July 16. A TUNDRA 
SWAN was at the Hurlock WWTP, Dorchester Co, MD on July 16. A REDHEAD was at 
the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center (Horsehead), Queen Anne’s Co, MD on 
July 15. A trip to Hart-Miller Island, Baltimore Co, MD on July 13 encountered 
NORTHERN SHOVELER, NORTHERN PINTAIL, REDHEAD and GREEN-WINGED TEAL plus BROWN 
PELICANS and an immature LITTLE BLUE HERON. 


 

A NORTHERN BOBWHITE was at Hughes Road, Montgomery Co, MD on July 13.

 

A RED-THROATED LOON was at the Chincoteague NWR, Accomack Co, VA on July 15.

 

An ANHINGA was at the Carson Wetland, Prince George’s Co, VA on July 13.

 

An AMERICAN BITTERN was at Prime Hook NWR, Sussex Co, DE on July 13. An 
AMERICAN BITTERN was on Green Dumpster Road on Deal Island, Somerset Co, MD on 
July 19. A LEAST BITTERN was seen west of Harrington on Welch Road in Kent Co, 
DE on July 13, 16 and 17. A LEAST BITTERN was at Occoquan Bay NWR, Prince 
William Co, VA on July 16. Two LEAST BITTERN were at Greenfield, Charlotte Co, 
VA on July 17. A white morph of the GREAT BLUE HERON was at Lake Jackson, 
Prince William Co, VA on July 14. Two LITTLE BLUE HERONS were at the Lily Pons 
Water Gardens, Frederick Co, MD on July 17 and 18. A TRICOLORED HERON was on 
Poplar Island, Talbot Co, MD on July 13. A YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was near 
the intersection of Drake Road and Williams Road, Allegany Co, MD on July 13. 
Five YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS were at New Windsor on the Atlee Walking Path, 
Carroll Co, MD on July 14. 


 

A SWALLOW-TAILED KITE was observed on Rte. 360 between Lottsburg and Callao, 
Northumberland Co, VA on July 12. Two MISSISSIPPI KITES were seen at Green 
Spring Gardens in Annandale, VA on July 12, 14 and 16. Another MISSISSIPPI KITE 
was at Upton and North 19th Street in Arlington, VA on July 13 and 14. 


 

Two fledgling RED-TAILED HAWKS were in the scaffolding of the Hirschhorn 
Museum, DC screaming for their parents on July 13. 


 

Three KING RAILS were at Occoquan Bay NWR, Prince William Co, VA on July 16. 
Two KING RAILS were at Huntley Meadows Park, Fairfax Co, VA on July 17, Two 
SORA and more than five VIRGINIA RAILS were at the Nazarene Church Rd Wetlands, 
Rockingham County, VA on July during the week. 


 

A SANDHILL CRANE was at Grier’s Pond, New Castle Co, DE on July 13. A 
SANDHILL CRANE was seen on the Mayne Tree Farm driveway during the week near 
Buckeystown, Frederick Co, MD. Another SANDHILL CRANE was on Buckeystown Pike, 
Frederick Co, MD on July 16, 17 and 18. 


 

As many as 30 BLACK-NECKED STILTS along with as many as 74 AMERICAN AVOCETS 
were on Poplar Island, Talbot Co, MD on July 13. 


 

A MARBLED GODWIT was on Jamestown Island, James City, VA on July 18. STILT and 
PECTORAL SANDPIPERS and a WILSON’S PHALAROPE were among the shorebirds at 
Hart-Miller Island, Baltimore Co, MD on July 13. Two to three PECTORAL 
SANDPIPERS were at Chincoteague NWR, Accomack Co, VA on July 16 and 17. A 
WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER and 11 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS were at the North Beach 
marsh, Calvert Co, MD on July 18. 


 

Two to three LEAST TERNS were at Augustine WA, New Castle Co, DE on July 14 and 
17. Three BLACK TERNS were seen July 13 at Prime Hook NWR, Sussex Co, DE. Four 
BLACK TERNS were seen July 13 at Poplar Island, Talbot Co, MD. A SANDWICH TERN 
was at the Dameron Marsh NAP, Northumberland Co, VA on July 16. 


 

Two to three EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVES were in Selbyville, Sussex Co, DE on July 
13. 


 

Two WHIP-POOR-WILLS were at the Aberdeen Proving Ground (private) on July 17.

 

Three PEREGRINE FALCONS flew over downtown Silver Spring, Montgomery Co, MD on 
July 13. 


 

As many as 6 CLIFF SWALLOWS were at the Rte. 328 Bridge, Caroline Co, MD on 
July 15. 


 

A CERULEAN WARBLER was in the Catoctin Mountains, Frederick Co, MD on July 15. 
A YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER was at the Youghiogheny River Lake, Garrett Co, MD on 
July 13. 


 

One to six SEASIDE SPARROWS were on Poplar Island, Talbot Co, MD on July 13. 
Three SEASIDE SPARROWS were at the Guinea Marsh, Gloucester Co, VA on July 13. 


 

Three DICKCISSELS were on Hughes Road, Montgomery Co, MD on July 16. 

 

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Subject: Re: Correction and update: juncos at Big Meadows and beyond
From: KEN LIPSHY <wuzupdoc12 AT msn.com>
Date: Wed, 20 Jul 2016 11:30:13 -0400
Interesting! They are all around Skyland lodge. I did not remember them around 
in prior years so I took a few pictures 



Kenneth A. Lipshy
Www.crisismanagementleadership.com

> On Jul 20, 2016, at 10:54 AM, KELLY K  wrote:
> 
> When a rain storm moved across Skyline yesterday, I took shelter in the Big
> Meadow lodge. On the way in, I spotted a fledgling Brown-headed Cowbird
> begging in a tree. Then a Dark-eyed Junco landed and fed the cowbird a
> green caterpillar.
> 
> The tree they were in is the same one where I saw a fledgling Dark-eyed
> Junco foraging with an adult Dark-eyed Junco earlier in the season.
> Meanwhile, another junco was hopping around the parking lot. This one was
> slate colored.
> 
> The juncos are marked as "rare" here, however, I have been seeing them at
> the lodge, at the wayside, and at some of the pullouts throughout this
> breeding season. The juncos at the lodge are very easy to spot.
> 
> Kelly Krechmer
> Fauquier County
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Subject: Correction and update: juncos at Big Meadows and beyond
From: KELLY K <tripacct1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 20 Jul 2016 14:52:51 +0000
When a rain storm moved across Skyline yesterday, I took shelter in the Big
Meadow lodge. On the way in, I spotted a fledgling Brown-headed Cowbird
begging in a tree. Then a Dark-eyed Junco landed and fed the cowbird a
green caterpillar.

The tree they were in is the same one where I saw a fledgling Dark-eyed
Junco foraging with an adult Dark-eyed Junco earlier in the season.
Meanwhile, another junco was hopping around the parking lot. This one was
slate colored.

The juncos are marked as "rare" here, however, I have been seeing them at
the lodge, at the wayside, and at some of the pullouts throughout this
breeding season. The juncos at the lodge are very easy to spot.

Kelly Krechmer
Fauquier County
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Subject: Black-bellied Whistling-Duck, Jamestown Island
From: Nicholas Newberry <nickenew1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 19 Jul 2016 22:09:18 -0400
Fellow mid summer “Doldrum” birders,

Sort of on a whim I decided to take my kayak out for an evening paddle to check 
out the gravel bar visible from the Jamestown Island causeway while it was low 
tide. A very powerful storm system just swept through the area and Brian Taber 
who I’d met for the first time this morning had mentioned that shorebirds 
sometimes drop in after such storms (with “Western” Willet, American 
Avocet, Short-billed Dowitcher and Marbled Godwit having made appearances 
recently at the gravel bar I figured I’d try my luck). I put in the kayak at 
the last pull off from the Colonial Parkway before the access gates to 
Jamestown Island, which close at 4:30pm, and made it to the gravel island and 
back without anything much out of the ordinary and no shorebirds to speak of. 
As I was pulling my kayak out of the water I heard a totally alien call and 
looked up to see a large, dark waterfowl flying towards me (about 20 minutes 
after sunset at this point). As it approached I saw the prominent white wing 
stripe of a Black-bellied Whistling-Duck. The duck then turned (originally 
flying towards me from the James River, up Powhatan Creek) a 180 and flew off 
generally in the direction of Hog Island WMA. If anyone can get out to Hog 
tomorrow to check for it there that would be great, otherwise any small ponds 
in the area or potentially the gravel bar tomorrow morning when the gates open 
at 8:30 would be good places to check. 


A better description and a photo of the sky with a dark smudge are on my eBird 
list. http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S30770412 
 


Best,
Nick
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Subject: Mississippi Kites at Green Spring Gardens-Alexandria, VA 7/19/16
From: janet anderson via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Tue, 19 Jul 2016 20:19:59 -0400
July 19, 2016
 
1 Adult and 1 Immature Mississippi Kite seen at Green Spring Gardens in  
Alexandria, Fairfax County, VA.  The adult Kite was seen  being harassed by a 
Crow.
 
Janet M. Anderson
City of Falls Church, VA
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Subject: 4 Mississippi Kites - Kings Grant, Virginia Beach - 19 Jul 2016
From: Rob Bielawski <robbielawski AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 19 Jul 2016 19:20:41 -0400
Fellow Birders,

I had a bit of excitement this evening while on a walk around my
neighborhood, which turned quickly into a sprint home to get my camera. A
pair of adult Mississippi Kites were sitting about 50' up in a large tree
on Kings Landing Circle (just north of the more well known 'circle' of
Kings Grant).

When I returned to the spot ready to document the sighting, they naturally
had moved out of the tree... but were still soaring high up overhead, and
they were joined by 2 additional kites! I photographed the 4 as best I
could, though I never got more than 3 in the same frame, and they aren't
much more than specks at their dizzying heights. The 2 adults were joined
by a 1st summer individual (photos here:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S30767443).

The 4th individual is a bit of a mystery to me (3 is the most that have
been logged around the nest site this summer), all I can see in the photo
is that it is missing the same flight feathers on both wings. I am
certainly not a Kite expert, but it seems too early for a fledge-year
individual to be observed in flight (though last year at this same time
that fledgling was quite grown up according to photos in Tracy Tate's
reports: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S24347969. I wonder if
perhaps this group isn't the same 2 adults that have nested the last two
years in Thoroughgood, joined by the young that hatched 2 years ago, and
last year's.

Rob Bielawski
Virginia Beach, VA
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Subject: Birding in Bar Harbor and Acadia NP, ME
From: "Rowe, Richard A, 'Dick'" <RoweRA AT vmi.edu>
Date: Tue, 19 Jul 2016 18:39:01 +0000
All - I have finally gone through my photos from Maine and have up-loaded some 
new photos from my trip to the Maine coast. I birded in and around Bar Harbor 
and throughout Acadia NP. In addition, I went on a whale watching trip - 
specifically to see birds but did get to see some whales. In Bar Harbor and 
Acadia, I found Black Guillemots, Common Eiders, a Peregrine Falcon, the usual 
gulls and there were a number of warblers and thrushes in the NP. I heard 
numerous Black-throated Green W., Black-and-white W., Swainson's Thrush, Cedar 
Waxwing, Red-eyed Vireos, Redstarts, Blackburnian W., Tree Swallows, and a few 
other forest species. On the whale watching tour, the boat took us near an 
island with nesting sea birds. In the area were Atlantic Puffins, Razorbills, 
Arctic Terns, Black Guillemots, Common Eiders, and a few Laughing Gulls. Out on 
the ocean, we saw several rafts of shearwaters - each raft had between 40-50 
birds, mainly Greater Shearwaters. There were a few So 

 oty Shearwaters and a few Wilson's Storm-petrels. On the whale side, we saw 2 
Humpbacked Whales breaching and in general playing around, 1 Fin-backed Whale, 
and 1 Minke Whale. 


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

Dick Rowe
VMI Biology

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Subject: Fledgling Cowbird with Dark-eyed Junco
From: KELLY K <tripacct1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 19 Jul 2016 18:12:38 +0000
Rainstorm moving in across Skyline right now. Took shelter in the Big
Meadow lodge. On the way in, I spotted a fleddgling Brown-headed Cowbird
begging in a tree. Then a Dark-eyed Junco landed and fed the junco an
insect. The tree they were in is the same one where I saw a fledgling
Dark-eyed Junco foraging with an adult Dark-eyed Junco. Another junco was
hopping around the parking lot. This one was slate colored.

Kelly Krechmer
Fauquier County
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Subject: Huntley Meadows/Little Blues and King Rail
From: Rich Rieger via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Tue, 19 Jul 2016 13:59:34 -0400
Sherman Suter and I went looking for Little Blues and King Rails at Huntley 
Meadows this morning. We found both. Only one King Rail calling from the 
direction of the Hike/Bike Platform while standing on the raised platform of 
the boardwalk loop. 


We counted 4 Little Blues flying back and forth from Barnyard Run to the area 
near the new berm. 


Added Bonus birds were 1 Snowy Egret mixing it up w. the Greats and Little 
Blues and 1 Spotted Sandpiper in flight. Water levels still a bit high - 
hopefully will be lower for shorebirds in August. 


Rich Rieger
Alexandria
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Subject: Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch needs your help
From: "Laubach, Victor E. (Vic) (vel8n)" <laubach AT virginia.edu>
Date: Tue, 19 Jul 2016 15:21:21 +0000
Fellow birders and hawk watchers, Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch needs your help. 

Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch was founded in 1976 to identify and count migrating 
raptors each fall from August 15 to November 30. Our hawk watch is located on 
Afton Mountain at the site of the Inn at Afton, easily accessible from highway 
64. Because we are a small group of volunteers, we sometimes have difficulty in 
keeping the watch covered on a day-to-day basis, especially week days. This 
fall I am especially concerned that too many days might go uncovered due to a 
diminishing number of volunteer counters with cooperative schedules. Thus I am 
putting out a general call for help to all those who would consider 
volunteering their help with the raptor count this fall. To be an official 
counter, one must be able to accurately identify all of the expected raptor 
species that migrate down the eastern U.S. (there are 13 common species and 2 
uncommon). In addition, one must be able to scan and locate/identify raptors in 
the sky, both near and far. If you aren’t skilled to this level but have 
interest in becoming a counter, we can provide the training to do so, don’t 
worry. The season is almost here! It’s more fun to count migrating raptors 
with others, so also consider teaming up with a friend. If you have any 
interest, know someone who may be interested, or have any questions, please 
contact me as soon as possible. 


Regards,
Vic Laubach
Coordinator, Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Waynesboro, VA
Look us up on Facebook
Email: laubach AT virginia.edu
Phone:  434-249-2927
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Subject: Nazarene Church Rd Wetland, Parking (Rockingham)
From: Diane L via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Tue, 19 Jul 2016 00:19:13 +0000 (UTC)
Everyone, 

The property across from the wetland has a nice grass bank that is regularly 
mowed by the owner. (This is along the crop field across from the western half 
of the wetland, on the south side of Nazarene Church Rd.) 


Ruts from tire tracks are starting to make a mess of it. So we're compacting 
the soil, damaging the grass, plus creating a mowing nightmare with the ruts. 
(The ground is saturated thanks to heavy rains of late.) 


The appearance of a huge shoulder for parking is misleading. I share this in 
hopes we don't aggravate the landowner anymore than they may already be. The 
State road right-of-way there is only 30' -- 15' from center is private 
property. That leaves barely room to pull off the pavement and still be on the 
right-of-way. 


Suggestion: about midway opposite the wetland (on Nazarene Ch Rd) there's a 
farm-field lane. At that lane the shoulder seems a bit more stable. Not a lot 
of room there either but it seems a better spot for a couple of cars to pull 
off beside the road. 



Diane Lepkowski
Harrisonburg

PS - a reminder that especially on Sundays, there is heavy horse-and-buggy 
traffic on this and surrounding roads...VERY slow moving vehicles!! 

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Subject: Virginia Rail & Soa
From: "Marshall Faintich" <marshall AT faintich.net>
Date: Mon, 18 Jul 2016 17:06:35 -0400
At Nazarenne Wetlands, Virginia; 7/18/16. Report and photos:

 

 
http://www.faintich.net/Blog2016/2016_07_18.htm

 

___________________________

Marshall Faintich

Nellysford, VA

marshall AT faintich.net

www.faintich.net  

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

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Subject: Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk.
From: Harry Glasgow via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Mon, 18 Jul 2016 20:16:20 +0000 (UTC)
 Twenty birders gathered on a hot and humid morning for today's Huntley 
Meadows Monday Morning  Birdwalk.  We tallied 50 species with three Little 
Blue Heron juveniles as our highlights.  As much as we tried, we could not 
locate the Rails that were reported over the weekend.  We will keep looking, 
and would appreciate reports of any sightings. 


Canada Goose  11
Wood Duck  18
American Black Duck  2
Mallard  9
Wild Turkey  1
Great Blue Heron  6
Great Egret  7
Little Blue Heron  3
Green Heron  6
Osprey  2
Cooper's Hawk  1
Red-shouldered Hawk  3
Solitary Sandpiper  3
Ring-billed Gull  5
Mourning Dove  6
Yellow-billed Cuckoo  1
Chimney Swift  2
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  5
Belted Kingfisher  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  5
Downy Woodpecker  7
Hairy Woodpecker  2
Northern Flicker  3
Pileated Woodpecker  2
Eastern Wood-Pewee  4
Acadian Flycatcher  6
Eastern Phoebe  2
Great Crested Flycatcher  1
Eastern Kingbird  2
Red-eyed Vireo  4
Blue Jay  2
crow sp.  1
Tree Swallow  3
Barn Swallow  11
Carolina Chickadee  6
Tufted Titmouse  5
White-breasted Nuthatch  3
Carolina Wren  4
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  3
Eastern Bluebird  3
American Robin  61
Gray Catbird  6
Prothonotary Warbler  1
Common Yellowthroat  5
Song Sparrow  2
Scarlet Tanager  2
Northern Cardinal  10
Indigo Bunting  5
Red-winged Blackbird  30
Common Grackle  15
American Goldfinch  12
The Monday Morning Birdwalk has been a weekly event at Huntley Meadows since 
1985. It takes place every week, rain or shine (except during electrical 
storms, strong winds, or icy trails), at 7AM (8AM from November  through 
March), is free of charge, requires no reservation, and is open to all. Birders 
meet in the parking lot at the Park's entrance at 3701 Lockheed Blvd, 
Alexandria, VA. Questions should be directed to Park staff during normal 
business hours at (703)768-2525. 


Harry GlasgowFriends of Huntley Meadows Park



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Subject: cedar waxwings at dyke marsh
From: m b <marlabeth AT hotmail.com>
Date: Mon, 18 Jul 2016 13:57:48 +0000

I did not go on the Dyke Marsh bird walk yesterday. (which I regret if the 
osprey fledgling was on the nest begging for food, because it fledged early 
this year and I have not gotten my usual dose of being able to watch as it 
learns to hunt.) But I was there in the evening and kayaked down to the marsh. 
Inside the marsh, there was a female wood duck, at least 4 cedar waxwings in 
one tree, and too many eastern kingbirds to count in another tree. I saw an 
osprey chase an adult bald eagle. (Last week after the bird walk, while waiting 
and hoping in vain that the least bittern which had been perched long enough 
for 5 birders to get a long look would come out and perch again, we saw an 
eastern kingbird chase a juvenile bald eagle and actually make contact several 
times with its back.) On my way back out at sunset, there were at least 50 
great egrets roosting in a group of trees at the gut opening near Hog Island. 

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Subject: Re: va-bird Digest, Vol 111, Issue 18
From: Candi Crichton <cc-1 AT live.com>
Date: Mon, 18 Jul 2016 13:08:16 +0000
Beth,

Keep your eye out for a Mississippi Kite that has been flying around for the 
last couple of weeks. 


Birds are out and about.

Just delete after you read.

Candi

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>   1. Mississippi Kite in Burke (Antonio Quezon)
>   2. Great Falls Walk (Fairfax County) (Marshall Rawson)
>   3. King Rail - Huntley Meadows Park - Alexandria (dcharlesl AT msn.com)
>   4. Re: King Rail - Huntley Meadows Park - Alexandria
>      (dcharlesl AT msn.com)
>   5. Fwd: eBird Report - Dyke Marsh, Jul 17, 2016 (epsdcva AT aol.com)
>   6. Fwd: eBird Report - Buttermilk Creek Trail, Jul 17, 2016
>      (Jean Tatalias)
>   7. Birding Trip to Plum Island and Acadia NP
>      (Rowe,  Richard A, 'Dick')
>   8. Blue Gray Gnatcatchers and Hummingbirds (pepherup AT aol.com)
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> Message: 1
> Date: Sun, 17 Jul 2016 09:48:25 -0400
> From: Antonio Quezon 
> To: Virginia Birds Listserve 
> Subject: [Va-bird] Mississippi Kite in Burke
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> Seen soaring from Burke Centre Starbucks over Burke Center Parkway Sunday 
morning. 

> 
> A. J. "Tony" Quezon
> www.TonyQandSuzanne.com
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> Message: 2
> Date: Sun, 17 Jul 2016 11:26:48 -0400
> From: Marshall Rawson 
> To: va-bird AT listserve.com
> Subject: [Va-bird] Great Falls Walk (Fairfax County)
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> Our group of four tallied 36 species. Apart from migration, we have not seen 
so many vultures in the park since it went trashless. The Park Service just 
brought back trash cans on Thursday and the word was out! Highlights included 
good looks at a hummingbird in the picnic, wood thrush in the holding basin 
area and great-crested flycatcher at the Matildaville ruins. A kingbird was 
working the river above the falls with a warbling vireo singing in the 
background. What started out to be a very slow day picked up nicely. All are 
welcome to join this regular Sunday walk that meets at 8:00am in the visitors 
center parking lot. -- Marshall Rawson, McLean VA 

> 
> Canada Goose 26
> American Black Duck 1
> Mallard 14
> Double-crested Cormorant 24
> Great Blue Heron 3
> Black Vulture 50 
> Turkey Vulture 10
> Mourning Dove 1
> Yellow-billed Cuckoo 1
> Chimney Swift 30
> Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1
> Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
> Downy Woodpecker 2
> Pileated Woodpecker 1
> Eastern Wood-Pewee 1
> Acadian Flycatcher 1
> Great Crested Flycatcher 2
> Eastern Kingbird 1
> Warbling Vireo 1
> Red-eyed Vireo 1
> Blue Jay 4
> American Crow 4
> Fish Crow 3
> Carolina Chickadee 4
> Tufted Titmouse 6
> White-breasted Nuthatch 3
> Carolina Wren 3
> Eastern Bluebird 1
> Wood Thrush 3
> American Robin 2
> Chipping Sparrow 1
> Song Sparrow 2
> Northern Cardinal 4
> Indigo Bunting 3
> Red-winged Blackbird 3
> American Goldfinch 3
> 
> ------------------------------
> 
> Message: 3
> Date: Sun, 17 Jul 2016 16:33:14 +0000
> From: "dcharlesl AT msn.com" 
> To: "va-bird AT listserve.com" 
> Subject: [Va-bird] King Rail - Huntley Meadows Park - Alexandria
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> Around noon today, I saw a juvenile King Rail at Huntley Meadows Park in 
Alexandria. It was seen in the vegetation on the left side of the boardwalk as 
I was walking counterclockwise just before you get to the observation platform. 

> 
> David Ledwith
> Falls Church, VA
> 
> 
> ------------------------------
> 
> Message: 4
> Date: Sun, 17 Jul 2016 16:45:53 +0000
> From: "dcharlesl AT msn.com" 
> To: "va-bird AT listserve.com" 
> Subject: Re: [Va-bird] King Rail - Huntley Meadows Park - Alexandria
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> Make that 2 King Rails - 1 adult and 1 juvenile seen.
> 
> David Ledwith
> Falls Church, VA
> ________________________________
> From: dcharlesl AT msn.com 
> Sent: Sunday, July 17, 2016 12:33:14 PM
> To: va-bird AT listserve.com
> Subject: King Rail - Huntley Meadows Park - Alexandria
> 
> Around noon today, I saw a juvenile King Rail at Huntley Meadows Park in 
Alexandria. It was seen in the vegetation on the left side of the boardwalk as 
I was walking counterclockwise just before you get to the observation platform. 

> 
> David Ledwith
> Falls Church, VA
> 
> 
> ------------------------------
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> Message: 5
> Date: Sun, 17 Jul 2016 13:47:42 -0400
> From: epsdcva AT aol.com
> To: va-bird AT listserve.com
> Subject: [Va-bird] Fwd: eBird Report - Dyke Marsh, Jul 17, 2016
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> 
> VA-Birders,
> A dozen birders enjoyed the cooler morning at the Dyke Marsh Preserve today. 
The Friends of Dyke Marsh sponsors the walk at 8 each Sunday starting at the 
South end of the Belle haven Picnic Area and it is free and open to all. We 
found over 50 species with many fledglings, and the complete list is below. 
Highlights included: An adult male Least Bittern flew low from East to West 
over the boardwalk; an adult Bald Eagle was tailed by a series of male 
Red-winged Blackbirds as they escorted it away from their marshy breeding area 
South of Haul Road; and a recently fledged Osprey protested from the nesting 
platform near the boat launch as its parents flew by encouraging it to get its 
own fish. Thanks to Janis Stone for finding the soaring Red-shouldered Hawk, 
Logan Anderson for calling out the Least Bittern, and Larry Cartwright for 
pointing out the Orchard Oriole nest and sharing his knowledge of breeding bird 
behavior. 

> Phil Silas
> Woodbridge, VA
> 
> 
> 
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: ebird-checklist 
> To: epsdcva 
> Sent: Sun, Jul 17, 2016 1:04 pm
> Subject: eBird Report - Dyke Marsh, Jul 17, 2016
> 
> Dyke Marsh, Fairfax, Virginia, US
> Jul 17, 2016 7:25 AM - 10:58 AM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 1.5 mile(s)
> Comments: Not including all of Larry Cartwright's BBS data, including brief 
walk to Stonebridge at high tide just before 8 
Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.2.2 Build 70 > 52 species (+1 other taxa) > > Canada Goose 88 > Mallard 60 > Double-crested Cormorant 1 > Least Bittern 1 Flew from just E of the SE end of boardwalk, to about 25 yards W of the N end of the boardwalk. > Great Blue Heron 10 > Great Egret 24 > Osprey 14 includes at least one recent fledgling at the boat launch platform > Bald Eagle 2 One was perched on a tower where they'd nested to W in Alexandria, one flew over the S marsh as we headed out (E) on Haul Road after the footbridge. > Red-shouldered Hawk 1 > Laughing Gull 3 > Ring-billed Gull 2 > Herring Gull 4 non-breeding plumage > Caspian Tern 2 > Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 2 > Mourning Dove 10 > Chimney Swift 4 > Ruby-throated Hummingbird 3 > Red-bellied Woodpecker 2 > Downy Woodpecker 1 > Eastern Wood-Pewee 1 > Acadian Flycatcher 1 > Eastern Phoebe 1 > Great Crested Flycatcher 1 > Eastern Kingbird 4 > Warbling Vireo 2 > Red-eyed Vireo 2 > Blue Jay 5 > Fish Crow 2 > crow sp. 2 > Northern Rough-winged Swallow 4 > Purple Martin 30 Several fledglings being fed > Tree Swallow 6 > Barn Swallow 4 > Carolina Chickadee 2 > Tufted Titmouse 1 > White-breasted Nuthatch 3 > Carolina Wren 8 > Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 2 > American Robin 12 > Northern Mockingbird 2 > European Starling 16 > Common Yellowthroat 1 > Song Sparrow 1 > Northern Cardinal 10 > Indigo Bunting 2 > Red-winged Blackbird 30 > Common Grackle 17 > Brown-headed Cowbird 1 > Orchard Oriole 3 > Baltimore Oriole 1 > House Finch 1 > American Goldfinch 8 > House Sparrow 4 > > View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S30727224 > > This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org) > > > > ------------------------------ > > Message: 6 > Date: Sun, 17 Jul 2016 14:31:56 -0400 > From: Jean Tatalias > To: "va-bird AT listserve.com" > Subject: [Va-bird] Fwd: eBird Report - Buttermilk Creek Trail, Jul 17, > 2016 > Message-ID: > > Content-Type: text/plain; charset=UTF-8 > > Fourteen birders, new and experienced, joined me on the Reston/Bird > Feeder/ASNV sponsored walk this morning along Buttermilk Creek Trail and > the corner of Lake Fairfax Park at the back of the Lake. Highlights were a > male indigo bunting in the trail meadow posing in his brightest colors as > he sang. In the woods we had a cooperative red-shouldered hawk who perched > and preened in the sunlight close to the woodland trail. At the Lake, the > family group of 4 green herons were delightful to see. Lists with 39 > species total are appended below. > > ---------- Forwarded message ---------- > From: > Date: Sun, Jul 17, 2016 at 2:12 PM > Subject: eBird Report - Buttermilk Creek Trail, Jul 17, 2016 > To: jtatalias AT gmail.com > > > Buttermilk Creek Trail, Fairfax, Virginia, US > Jul 17, 2016 7:30 AM - 8:30 AM > Protocol: Traveling > 1.75 mile(s) > 23 species > > Red-shouldered Hawk 1 > Mourning Dove 1 > Chimney Swift 1 > Downy Woodpecker 2 > Northern Flicker 1 > Eastern Wood-Pewee 1 > Acadian Flycatcher 1 > Blue Jay 4 > American Crow 1 > Carolina Chickadee 1 > Tufted Titmouse 2 > White-breasted Nuthatch 3 > Carolina Wren 3 > Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 1 > Eastern Bluebird 6 > Northern Mockingbird 1 > Common Yellowthroat 1 > Song Sparrow 1 > Northern Cardinal 3 > Indigo Bunting 1 > House Finch 3 > American Goldfinch 6 > House Sparrow 4 > > View this checklist online at > http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S30730448 > > This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 ( > http://ebird.org/content/atlasva) > > Lake Fairfax Park, Fairfax, Virginia, US > Jul 17, 2016 8:15 AM - 9:45 AM > Protocol: Traveling > 1.0 mile(s) > 22 species > > Canada Goose 12 > Wood Duck 4 > Mallard 8 > Great Blue Heron 1 > Great Egret 1 > Green Heron 4 At least two had streaked neck of juvenile birds. > Possibly a family group. > Osprey 1 > Red-shouldered Hawk 1 > Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1 > Belted Kingfisher 1 > Red-bellied Woodpecker 1 > Downy Woodpecker 2 > Eastern Kingbird 1 > Fish Crow 6 > Tree Swallow 6 > Barn Swallow 12 > Carolina Chickadee 2 > House Wren 1 > Carolina Wren 2 > European Starling 12 > Northern Cardinal 3 > American Goldfinch 6 > > View this checklist online at > http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S30730665 > > This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 ( > http://ebird.org/content/atlasva) > > > ------------------------------ > > Message: 7 > Date: Mon, 18 Jul 2016 02:37:22 +0000 > From: "Rowe, Richard A, 'Dick'" > To: "va-bird AT listserve.com" > Subject: [Va-bird] Birding Trip to Plum Island and Acadia NP > Message-ID: <113169b046b04d67a70017fbe69bea9d AT vmi.edu> > Content-Type: text/plain; charset="iso-8859-1" > > All - I just returned from a vacation trip that involved birding in two areas along the northeast coast: Plum Island NWR and Acadia NP. I have posted a number of photos from Plum Island on my Flickr site. At Plum Island, the Least Terns were in different stages of nesting - some had eggs while others had hatchlings. A large section of the beach is cordoned off to protect the Least Terns, Common Terns, and Piping Plovers. This is similar to the beach closures at Chincoteague. Several of the Least Terns were nesting close to the rope boundaries, so I was able to get some good photos of them. Unlike Chincoteague where Forster's Tern is the prevalent species, at Plum Island Common Terns are numerous and Forster's are uncommon. In addition to Least and Common Terns and Piping Plovers, there were large numbers of Lesser Yellowlegs, Least Sandpipers, Killdeer with babies, and Herring and Great Black-backed Gulls. I think ? of the north American population of Catbirds is o n > Plum Island. They were everywhere. In addition, I saw Bobolinks, Wild Turkey, Glossy Ibis, Mute Swans, Snowy and Common Egrets, Marsh Wrens, Common Yellowthroats, Eastern Kingbirds, Song Sparrows, Towhees, Bank Swallows, Tree Swallows, and Purple Martins. > > In the next few days I will post the photos from Acadia NP and Bar Harbor, ME. > > > https://www.flickr.com/photos/vmibiology/ > > > Dick Rowe > VMI Biology > > > > ------------------------------ > > Message: 8 > Date: Mon, 18 Jul 2016 08:29:20 -0400 > From: pepherup AT aol.com > To: va-bird AT listserve.com > Subject: [Va-bird] Blue Gray Gnatcatchers and Hummingbirds > Message-ID: <155fdfb6c63-3498-a4bb AT webprd-a48.mail.aol.com> > Content-Type: text/plain; charset=utf-8 > > > Saw the first blue/gray gnatcatchers in the yard beginning last week. The crepe myrtles are blooming and they seem to love foraging in the foliage. The hummingbird population continues to expand with both male, female and young visiting the two feeders and emptying them each day. I have two feeders located on opposite sides of the house so that one male can't see them both from a single vantage point. > The bluebirds are busy feeding their nestlings and I am hopeful that they will successfully fledge. The peewees that I have seen around must have successfully nested nearby as I witnessed an adult flycatching and feeding a youngster. > > Peggy Lyons > Concord > Campbell County > > > ------------------------------ > > Subject: Digest Footer > > _______________________________________________ > va-bird mailing list > va-bird AT listserve.com > http://mailman.listserve.com/listmanager/listinfo/va-bird > > > ------------------------------ > > End of va-bird Digest, Vol 111, Issue 18 > **************************************** *** You are subscribed to va-bird as jsiler AT birdingonthe.net. If you wish to unsubscribe, or modify your preferences please visit http://mailman.listserve.com/listmanager/listinfo/va-bird ***
Subject: Blue Gray Gnatcatchers and Hummingbirds
From: pepherup--- via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Mon, 18 Jul 2016 08:29:20 -0400
 Saw the first blue/gray gnatcatchers in the yard beginning last week. The 
crepe myrtles are blooming and they seem to love foraging in the foliage. The 
hummingbird population continues to expand with both male, female and young 
visiting the two feeders and emptying them each day. I have two feeders located 
on opposite sides of the house so that one male can't see them both from a 
single vantage point. 

 The bluebirds are busy feeding their nestlings and I am hopeful that they will 
successfully fledge. The peewees that I have seen around must have successfully 
nested nearby as I witnessed an adult flycatching and feeding a youngster. 


Peggy Lyons
Concord
Campbell County
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Subject: Birding Trip to Plum Island and Acadia NP
From: "Rowe, Richard A, 'Dick'" <RoweRA AT vmi.edu>
Date: Mon, 18 Jul 2016 02:37:22 +0000
All - I just returned from a vacation trip that involved birding in two areas 
along the northeast coast: Plum Island NWR and Acadia NP. I have posted a 
number of photos from Plum Island on my Flickr site. At Plum Island, the Least 
Terns were in different stages of nesting - some had eggs while others had 
hatchlings. A large section of the beach is cordoned off to protect the Least 
Terns, Common Terns, and Piping Plovers. This is similar to the beach closures 
at Chincoteague. Several of the Least Terns were nesting close to the rope 
boundaries, so I was able to get some good photos of them. Unlike Chincoteague 
where Forster's Tern is the prevalent species, at Plum Island Common Terns are 
numerous and Forster's are uncommon. In addition to Least and Common Terns and 
Piping Plovers, there were large numbers of Lesser Yellowlegs, Least 
Sandpipers, Killdeer with babies, and Herring and Great Black-backed Gulls. I 
think  of the north American population of Catbirds is on Plum Island. They 
were everywhere. In addition, I saw Bobolinks, Wild Turkey, Glossy Ibis, Mute 
Swans, Snowy and Common Egrets, Marsh Wrens, Common Yellowthroats, Eastern 
Kingbirds, Song Sparrows, Towhees, Bank Swallows, Tree Swallows, and Purple 
Martins. 


In the next few days I will post the photos from Acadia NP and Bar Harbor, ME.


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


Dick Rowe
VMI Biology

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Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Buttermilk Creek Trail, Jul 17, 2016
From: Jean Tatalias <jtatalias AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 17 Jul 2016 14:31:56 -0400
Fourteen birders, new and experienced, joined me on the Reston/Bird
Feeder/ASNV sponsored walk this morning along Buttermilk Creek Trail and
the corner of Lake Fairfax Park at the back of the Lake.  Highlights were a
male indigo bunting in the trail meadow posing in his brightest colors as
he sang.  In the woods we had a cooperative red-shouldered hawk who perched
and preened in the sunlight close to the woodland trail.  At the Lake, the
family group of 4 green herons were delightful to see.  Lists  with 39
species total are appended below.

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Date: Sun, Jul 17, 2016 at 2:12 PM
Subject: eBird Report - Buttermilk Creek Trail, Jul 17, 2016
To: jtatalias AT gmail.com


Buttermilk Creek Trail, Fairfax, Virginia, US
Jul 17, 2016 7:30 AM - 8:30 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.75 mile(s)
23 species

Red-shouldered Hawk  1
Mourning Dove  1
Chimney Swift  1
Downy Woodpecker  2
Northern Flicker  1
Eastern Wood-Pewee  1
Acadian Flycatcher  1
Blue Jay  4
American Crow  1
Carolina Chickadee  1
Tufted Titmouse  2
White-breasted Nuthatch  3
Carolina Wren  3
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  1
Eastern Bluebird  6
Northern Mockingbird  1
Common Yellowthroat  1
Song Sparrow  1
Northern Cardinal  3
Indigo Bunting  1
House Finch  3
American Goldfinch  6
House Sparrow  4

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S30730448

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

Lake Fairfax Park, Fairfax, Virginia, US
Jul 17, 2016 8:15 AM - 9:45 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
22 species

Canada Goose  12
Wood Duck  4
Mallard  8
Great Blue Heron  1
Great Egret  1
Green Heron  4     At least two had streaked neck of juvenile birds.
Possibly a family group.
Osprey  1
Red-shouldered Hawk  1
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  1
Belted Kingfisher  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Downy Woodpecker  2
Eastern Kingbird  1
Fish Crow  6
Tree Swallow  6
Barn Swallow  12
Carolina Chickadee  2
House Wren  1
Carolina Wren  2
European Starling  12
Northern Cardinal  3
American Goldfinch  6

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S30730665

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (
http://ebird.org/content/atlasva)
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Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Dyke Marsh, Jul 17, 2016
From: Phil Silas via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Sun, 17 Jul 2016 13:47:42 -0400
 VA-Birders,
A dozen birders enjoyed the cooler morning at the Dyke Marsh Preserve today. 
The Friends of Dyke Marsh sponsors the walk at 8 each Sunday starting at the 
South end of the Belle haven Picnic Area and it is free and open to all. We 
found over 50 species with many fledglings, and the complete list is below. 
Highlights included: An adult male Least Bittern flew low from East to West 
over the boardwalk; an adult Bald Eagle was tailed by a series of male 
Red-winged Blackbirds as they escorted it away from their marshy breeding area 
South of Haul Road; and a recently fledged Osprey protested from the nesting 
platform near the boat launch as its parents flew by encouraging it to get its 
own fish. Thanks to Janis Stone for finding the soaring Red-shouldered Hawk, 
Logan Anderson for calling out the Least Bittern, and Larry Cartwright for 
pointing out the Orchard Oriole nest and sharing his knowledge of breeding bird 
behavior. 

Phil Silas
Woodbridge, VA


 

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To: epsdcva 
Sent: Sun, Jul 17, 2016 1:04 pm
Subject: eBird Report - Dyke Marsh, Jul 17, 2016

Dyke Marsh, Fairfax, Virginia, US
Jul 17, 2016 7:25 AM - 10:58 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.5 mile(s)
Comments: Not including all of Larry Cartwright's BBS data, including brief 
walk to Stonebridge at high tide just before 8 
Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.2.2 Build 70 52 species (+1 other taxa) Canada Goose 88 Mallard 60 Double-crested Cormorant 1 Least Bittern 1 Flew from just E of the SE end of boardwalk, to about 25 yards W of the N end of the boardwalk. Great Blue Heron 10 Great Egret 24 Osprey 14 includes at least one recent fledgling at the boat launch platform Bald Eagle 2 One was perched on a tower where they'd nested to W in Alexandria, one flew over the S marsh as we headed out (E) on Haul Road after the footbridge. Red-shouldered Hawk 1 Laughing Gull 3 Ring-billed Gull 2 Herring Gull 4 non-breeding plumage Caspian Tern 2 Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 2 Mourning Dove 10 Chimney Swift 4 Ruby-throated Hummingbird 3 Red-bellied Woodpecker 2 Downy Woodpecker 1 Eastern Wood-Pewee 1 Acadian Flycatcher 1 Eastern Phoebe 1 Great Crested Flycatcher 1 Eastern Kingbird 4 Warbling Vireo 2 Red-eyed Vireo 2 Blue Jay 5 Fish Crow 2 crow sp. 2 Northern Rough-winged Swallow 4 Purple Martin 30 Several fledglings being fed Tree Swallow 6 Barn Swallow 4 Carolina Chickadee 2 Tufted Titmouse 1 White-breasted Nuthatch 3 Carolina Wren 8 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 2 American Robin 12 Northern Mockingbird 2 European Starling 16 Common Yellowthroat 1 Song Sparrow 1 Northern Cardinal 10 Indigo Bunting 2 Red-winged Blackbird 30 Common Grackle 17 Brown-headed Cowbird 1 Orchard Oriole 3 Baltimore Oriole 1 House Finch 1 American Goldfinch 8 House Sparrow 4 View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S30727224 This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org) *** You are subscribed to va-bird as jsiler AT birdingonthe.net. If you wish to unsubscribe, or modify your preferences please visit http://mailman.listserve.com/listmanager/listinfo/va-bird ***
Subject: Re: King Rail - Huntley Meadows Park - Alexandria
From: "dcharlesl AT msn.com" <dcharlesl@msn.com>
Date: Sun, 17 Jul 2016 16:45:53 +0000
Make that 2 King Rails - 1 adult and 1 juvenile seen.

David Ledwith
Falls Church, VA
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From: dcharlesl AT msn.com 
Sent: Sunday, July 17, 2016 12:33:14 PM
To: va-bird AT listserve.com
Subject: King Rail - Huntley Meadows Park - Alexandria

Around noon today, I saw a juvenile King Rail at Huntley Meadows Park in 
Alexandria. It was seen in the vegetation on the left side of the boardwalk as 
I was walking counterclockwise just before you get to the observation platform. 


David Ledwith
Falls Church, VA
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Subject: King Rail - Huntley Meadows Park - Alexandria
From: "dcharlesl AT msn.com" <dcharlesl@msn.com>
Date: Sun, 17 Jul 2016 16:33:14 +0000
Around noon today, I saw a juvenile King Rail at Huntley Meadows Park in 
Alexandria. It was seen in the vegetation on the left side of the boardwalk as 
I was walking counterclockwise just before you get to the observation platform. 


David Ledwith
Falls Church, VA
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Subject: Great Falls Walk (Fairfax County)
From: Marshall Rawson via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Sun, 17 Jul 2016 11:26:48 -0400
Our group of four tallied 36 species. Apart from migration, we have not seen so 
many vultures in the park since it went trashless. The Park Service just 
brought back trash cans on Thursday and the word was out! Highlights included 
good looks at a hummingbird in the picnic, wood thrush in the holding basin 
area and great-crested flycatcher at the Matildaville ruins. A kingbird was 
working the river above the falls with a warbling vireo singing in the 
background. What started out to be a very slow day picked up nicely. All are 
welcome to join this regular Sunday walk that meets at 8:00am in the visitors 
center parking lot. -- Marshall Rawson, McLean VA 


Canada Goose 26
American Black Duck 1
Mallard 14
Double-crested Cormorant 24
Great Blue Heron 3
Black Vulture 50 
Turkey Vulture 10
Mourning Dove 1
Yellow-billed Cuckoo 1
Chimney Swift 30
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
Downy Woodpecker 2
Pileated Woodpecker 1
Eastern Wood-Pewee 1
Acadian Flycatcher 1
Great Crested Flycatcher 2
Eastern Kingbird 1
Warbling Vireo 1
Red-eyed Vireo 1
Blue Jay 4
American Crow 4
Fish Crow 3
Carolina Chickadee 4
Tufted Titmouse 6
White-breasted Nuthatch 3
Carolina Wren 3
Eastern Bluebird 1
Wood Thrush 3
American Robin 2
Chipping Sparrow 1
Song Sparrow 2
Northern Cardinal 4
Indigo Bunting 3
Red-winged Blackbird 3
American Goldfinch 3
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Subject: Mississippi Kite in Burke
From: Antonio Quezon <antonio.quezon AT cox.net>
Date: Sun, 17 Jul 2016 09:48:25 -0400
Seen soaring from Burke Centre Starbucks over Burke Center Parkway Sunday 
morning. 


A. J. "Tony" Quezon
www.TonyQandSuzanne.com
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Subject: Soras and Virginia Rails - Nazarene Church Road Wetlands, Rockingham County
From: "David Boltz" <david.boltz4 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 16 Jul 2016 16:56:20 -0400
Bill Parkin and I headed in search of the reported Soras at the Nazarene Church 
Wetlands, west of Bridgewater. We got fleeting ground and short flight views of 
2 Soras in addition to continuing whinny calls throughout the hour plus we were 
there, but no photos. However, there was a family of 4, perhaps 5 Virginia 
Rails (2 adults and 2 or 3 young) that was extremely cooperative and within 
10-15 yards of the fence. Another VA Rail called closer to the pond, so there 
were at least 5, possibly 6 of this species. 


A few pictures of one adult and one (or 2) juvenile Virginia Rails attached to 
my ebird checklist. http://ebird.org/ebird/atlasva/view/checklist/S30710131 


If you click on the “map” link at the top of the list, you can get 
directions from Google Maps. This is a birding from the road only location, but 
there is plenty of room to pull over and friendly locals who were interested in 
the birds. 


After departing there we headed up to Briery Branch Gap in search of the 
reported Red Crossbills. No luck on those today, but we did have Hooded, Common 
Yellowthroat, Black-throated Blue, Black-throated Green, and Yellow-rumped 
Warblers, plus a Red-breasted Nuthatch. 


Dave Boltz
Lake Frederick
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Subject: King Rail and Least Bittern At Occoquan NWR
From: Bill Hohenstein <elliety AT msn.com>
Date: Sat, 16 Jul 2016 16:19:43 +0000
A quick note -- I was able to view at least 3 King Rails in the marshes along 
Easy Road at Occoquan NWR. The one most visible was either a female or older 
juvenile. There was a mature rail in the background with rich orange coloration 
and a deeply striped back, and one quickly visible chick (still blackish). If 
you are going to look for them be patient. I was in the same spot for about 1 
1/2 hours and was able to get about 30 seconds of video. A surprise -- as I was 
packing up, A least bittern bolted out of the south marsh and across the road 
-- landing in the reeds on the north side. 



As an aside -- I was at Greenspring park late yesterday -- the Mississippi Kite 
is still there. Appears to be an adult male. 



Bill
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Subject: birds at Rock Hill District Park (Fairfax) 15 July
From: Stephen Johnson <stevejohnson2 AT verizon.net>
Date: Fri, 15 Jul 2016 21:13:22 -0400
Shhh!! We all know there's no birds on a mid-July hot afternoon. But don't tell 
the birds at this park in Chantilly. 


Around 4 PM today, with almost no breeze and stifling sun and humidity, I had 
the following birds all in one sycamore at the same time: 


Downy Woodpecker
Willow Flycatcher
Eastern Kingbird (3)
Tufted Titmouse (2)
Carolina Chickadee (2)
Eastern Bluebird (2)
Gray Catbird (two)
Yellow-breasted Chat
Eastern Towhee (singing)
Northern Cardinal (2)
Blue Grosbeak (male)

This was easily the best mixed flock I've seen, since migration ended. Why were 
they all there at once? It was right over a scummy pond, and most were 
flycatching, including the Bluebirds and Chat. 


I was surprised to see a Kingbird trio including a youngster, flycatching at 
the peak of the tree, abiding all these others. 


Other birds at the park today:

T Vulture
Chimney Swift
Purple Martin
Jay
Tree Swallow
Mockery
Starling
Baltimore Oreo
House Finch
Goldfinch

Steve Johnson
Fairfax, Virginia

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Subject: Mississippi Kites seen in Arlington, VA and Alexandria, VA 7/14/16
From: janet anderson via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Thu, 14 Jul 2016 20:24:02 -0400
July 14, 2016
 
1 Adult Mississippi Kite seen at Green Spring Gardens in Alexandria,  
Fairfax County, VA
 
1 Adult Mississippi Kite seen at North 19th Street and Upton Street in  
Arlington, Arlington County, VA
 
Janet M. Anderson
City of Falls Church, VA
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Subject: Green Heron fledglings
From: John Greenwood via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Thu, 14 Jul 2016 09:13:16 -0400
A Lake Barcroft resident (Fairfax County) took this photo while kayaking on the 
lake. 


Jack Greenwood
Falls Church

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Subject: Mississippi Kite in Arlington, Va - 7/13/16
From: janet anderson via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Wed, 13 Jul 2016 18:30:23 -0400
July 13, 2016
 
1 Adult Mississippi Kite seen at Upton Street and North 19th Street in  
Arlington, Arlington County, VA 
 
Janet M. Anderson
City of Falls Church, VA  
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Subject: FW: DC Area, 7/12/2016
From: "Joe Coleman" <joecoleman AT rstarmail.com>
Date: Wed, 13 Jul 2016 12:25:17 -0400
FYI  Joe Coleman

 

Hotline:     Voice of the Naturalist

Date:        7/12/2016

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

Reports, comments and questions: voice AT anshome.org  

Compiler:    Joe Coleman

Sponsor:     Audubon Naturalist Society of the Central

               Atlantic States (independent of NAS)

Transcriber: Steve Cordle 

 

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


 

This is the Voice of the Naturalist, a service of the Audubon Naturalist 
Society. This report covers the week starting Tuesday, July 5 with sightings 
through July 11 and was completed on July 12 at 11:30 a.m. 


 

Top bird this week is RUFF in DE. 

 

Other birds of interest this week included TRUMPETER SWAN, ducks, AMERICAN 
BITTERN, LEAST BITTERN, YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON, WHITE-FACED IBIS, 
MISSISSIPPI KITE, rails, SANDHILL CRANE, shorebirds, BLACK TERN, CLIFF SWALLOW, 
COMMON RAVEN, sparrows, SUMMER TANAGER, ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK, DICKCISSEL, and 
RED CROSSBILL. 


 

TOP BIRDS

 

A black RUFF was seen July 9 and 10 in the wetlands along the Augustine 
Causeway into the Augustine WMA, New Castle, DE. 


 

OTHER BIRDS OF INTEREST

 

TRUMPETER SWANS continue in the area with the one at the Broken Land/US29 
Settlement Pond, Howard Co, MD, seen again on July 7. The longstanding one at 
Lake Churchill, Germantown Montgomery Co, MD was also seen on July 7. 


 

The continuing drake NORTHERN PINTAIL and a pair of GREEN-WINGED TEALS were 
among the birds seen during the weekly survey at Hart-Miller Island, Baltimore 
Co, MD on July 5. A single drake GREEN-WINGED TEAL was seen July 6 at the Swan 
Creek Wetland/Cox Creek DMCF, Anne Arundel, MD. Over-summering ducks, seen at 
Poplar Island, Talbot Co, MD on July 11 included a REDHEAD, a WHITE-WINGED 
SCOTER, 5 BLACK SCOTERS, 22 SURF SCOTERS, and a LONG-TAILED DUCK. The 
continuing BLACK SCOTER at North Beach, Calvert Co, MD, was seen again on July 
9 and 10. A BUFFLEHEAD was found July 10 in a pond on Perryman Peninsula, 
Harford Co, MD. 


 

Two LEAST BITTERN were seen at Hart-Miller on July 5. A male LEAST BITTERN was 
seen July 5 male flying from under the observation platform at Dyke Marsh, 
Fairfax Co, VA and both a male and female seen close-by on July 6; one was also 
briefly glimpsed on July 10 during the regular weekly walk there. Another LEAST 
BITTERN was seen July 6, 9, and 10 in the marsh at Greenfield in east-central 
Charlotte Co, VA. A LEAST BITTERN was also seen at the Jug Bay Wetlands 
Sanctuary, Anne Arundel Co, MD on July 7. And on July 11 a LEAST BITTERN was 
seen at Davidsonville Park, Anne Arundel Co, MD. YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS 
continued to be observed along the Atlee Walking Path, New Windsor, Carroll Co, 
MD throughout the week with 4 seen there July 9. 


 

A WHITE-FACED IBIS was seen July 9 at Black Narrows Flats, near Chincoteague, 
Accomack Co, VA. 


 

A MISSISSIPPI KITE was seen July 9 flying over Waynewood in the Mt Vernon part 
of Fairfax Co, VA. One was also seen July 10 flying near George Mason 
Elementary School, Alexandria, VA. 


 

A KING RAIL was heard from boardwalk just past the closed Swamp Trail on 
Theodore Roosevelt Island, NW DC on July 10. A SORA with 3 young was found and 
well-photographed July 5 at the Nazarene Church Rd Wetlands, Rockingham County, 
VA while the adult and 1 fledgling was seen again on the 6th and 10th. 


 

A SANDHILL CRANE was seen and photographed July 9 near Buckeystown, Frederick 
Co, MD in a field on the NW side of Rte 85, a little north of the intersection 
with Rte 80. 


 

Two BLACK-NECKED STILTS and 2 WESTERN SANDPIPERS were among the shorebirds at 
North Beach, Calvert Co, VA on July 8. Shorebird numbers increased at Poplar 
Island, Talbot Co., MD with 31 BLACK-NECKED STILTS, 58 AMERICAN AVOCETS, 2 
DUNLINS, 4 WESTERN SANDPIPERS, a STILT SANDPIPER, and a WILSON'S PHALAROPE. An 
AMERICAN AVOCET was found July 6 along the Jamestown Island Causeway, James 
City Co, VA. Seven AMERICAN AVOCETS were seen July 7 at Loch Raven Point, 
Baltimore Co, MD. A PETORAL SANDPIPER was among the highlights at Hart-Miller 
Island, Baltimore Co, MD July 5. 


 

Two BLACK TERNS were seen July 7 at Prime Hook NWR, Sussex Co, DE. Four BLACK 
TERNS were seen July 11 at Poplar Island, Talbot Co, MD. 


 

CLIFF SWALLOWS continued to be seen throughout the week darting under the 
bridge on Theodore Roosevelt Island, NW DC. 


 

A COMMON RAVEN was seen flying over I-95 near the Hanover County (VA) Airport 
on July 6. 


 

A WHITE-THROATED SPARROW was seen July 6 at Dyke Marsh, Fairfax Co, VA.

 

A SUMMER TANAGER was seen July 9 at Pennyfield Lock, C&O Canal, Montgomery Co, 
MD. 


 

A ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK has been bringing its young to a feeder near 
Middleburg, Loudoun Co, VA with the most recent report from July 7. 


 

A DICKCISSEL was observed July 7 at the restricted Beltsville Agricultural 
Research Center, Prince George’s Co, MD. 


 

A small flock of RED CROSSBILLS was seen July 9 at Briery Branch Gap Reddish 
Knob), Rockingham Co, VA. 


 

***

 

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


 

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


 

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


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


 

Thank you for your interest, and enjoy the birds.

 

*Of interest to the applicable state records committee

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Subject: A couple VA Breeding Bird Atlas reminders
From: Ashley Peele <ashpeele AT vt.edu>
Date: Wed, 13 Jul 2016 11:53:36 -0400
Hi Folks!  

 

A couple things to keep in mind as you submit your mid-summer breeding 
observations:  


 

1.  Breeding codes entered into ‘regular’ eBird or the Virginia eBird 
portal DO NOT go into the Atlas database.  They are essentially lost to the 
project, so please remember to enter your observations into the VA BBA eBird 
portal (found at: ebird.org/atlasva).  


 

2. Please do not overuse the Incidental checklist option.  Observations 
entered as incidental do not count towards the cumulative effort put into a 
block.  10 incidental checklists add up to ZERO hours.  While the data is 
useful, it also tends to mask how much effort has been put into a block, so 
please use this option sparingly.  More info on this topic can be found in the 
feature articles on the Atlas eBird home page (address above). 


 

We’ve seen these frequently in checklists, so keep them in mind when 
submitting your own data.  This first year has been one big learning curve for 
us all and we’ll keep tweaking and improving as we go along.  Thanks to all 
the folks who have come out for our eBird and Field workshops!  It’s more 
fun to learn and work on this stuff together.  J  We’ll continue to set up 
more and more of these workshop opportunities around the state, especially as 
we start thinking about the NEXT breeding season in 2017. 


 

We continue to receive many great observations through the Atlas portal and are 
now at over 11,000 checklists submitted.  This translates to over 70000 
observations with breeding codes!  Not too shabby for only the first few 
months of the project.  Well done, VA Birders!  


 

Thanks for all you have done and continue to do to make this project a success!

 

PS – For folks on local club or society listservs, please consider passing 
these VABBA2 info emails along to your local birders.  Thanks much! 


 

Ashley Peele, PhD  

Virginia Breeding Bird Atlas Coordinator 

 

www.vabba2.org  |  ebird.org/atlasva         

www.facebook.com/vabba2  

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Conservation Management Institute, Virginia Tech

1900 Kraft Drive, Suite 250

Blacksburg, VA 24061

(540) 231-9182 office   

(540) 231-7019 fax

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Subject: Marsh Wren at Leopold's Preserve
From: "Dave Larsen - birding" <hirundo AT comcast.net>
Date: Wed, 13 Jul 2016 08:14:39 -0400
I heard and saw a Marsh Wren at Leopold's Preserve in Haymarket yesterday
morning. I did not hear the Virginia Rails that have been heard there for
several weeks. The wren was on the back side of the wetland, more easily
heard from Beverly Road. 

Dave Larsen
Haymarket

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Subject: Fwd: Marsh Wren at Leopold's Preserve
From: Dave Larsen - Birding <hirundo AT comcast.net>
Date: Tue, 12 Jul 2016 22:00:24 -0400

Sent from my iPhone

Begin forwarded message:

> From: Dave Larsen - Birding 
> Date: July 12, 2016 at 9:59:06 PM EDT
> To: VA-bird AT listserv.com
> Subject: Marsh Wren at Leopold's Preserve
> 
> I heard and saw a Marsh Wren at Leopold's Preserve in Haymarket this morning. 
I did not hear the Virginia Rails that have been heard there for several weeks. 
The wren was on the back side of the wetland, more easily heard from Beverly 
Road. 

> 
> Dave Larsen
> Haymarket
> 
> Sent from my iPhone
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Subject: Yard full of Fledged Birds
From: pepherup--- via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Tue, 12 Jul 2016 20:25:18 -0400
This evening, after a brief thunderstorm, the yard came alive with young birds. 
I counted 7 young cardinals, all brown, a fledged brown thrasher which means 
that there was a second nesting in the yard since spring. I saw 2 fledged 
towhees, a first for me. The only clue to their identity being their long tails 
with white feather on the outside of each of their tails, otherwise they were 
just brown. I could hear parents calling but I did not see them. Also saw young 
chipping sparrows, plenty of house finches and a male indigo bunting singing 
from a power line. 

 The bluebirds are busy feeding their hatchlings in the nest box and so far no 
problems. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for a successful nesting. 

 Finally the lone male hummingbird that has been visiting my feeder all summer 
has a lot of company. I have set up another feeder and they are both busy. 
However, estimate the total number of birds at 6. No where near the 12 to 15 
that I normally have this time of year. 


Peggy Lyons
Concord
Campbell County 
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Subject: 2 Mississippi Kites at Green Spring Gardens, Alexandria, VA, 7/12/16
From: janet anderson via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Tue, 12 Jul 2016 20:12:10 -0400
July 12, 2016
 
Green Spring Gardens, Alexandria, Fairfax County, VA
 
I saw 2 Mississippi Kites at Green Spring Gardens this afternoon.  1  Adult 
was a low flying bird flying around with the Purple Martins over  the 
field.  Great views and photos.  Also, saw both Kites flying  around on Vale 
Street.  I saw 1 Adult near Vale Street last  summer.  The adult Kite was 
chasing an Osprey. It is ironic that  I just went to Green Springs yesterday 
looking around for Kites and did not see any. The flowers at Green Springs are 

absolutely  gorgeous 
 
Janet M. Anderson
City of Falls Church, VA
 
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Subject: Mississippi Kite
From: Dick Bauder <richardsbauder AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 12 Jul 2016 16:41:56 -0400
Observed 6/30, 7/5, 7/8-10, 7/12 flying over N 19th St and Upton St,
Arlington.  Anywhere from treetop height to several 100 feet up.  Typically
seen 2:00-5:00 pm, but has been seen as early as 8:30 am.

A pair of MIKIs successfully fledged at least one young in same area in
summer of 2015.  Never saw nest.

Dick Bauder
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