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Japanese Waxwing,©Barry Kent Mackay

24 Jan FW: DC Area, 1/24/2017 ["Joe Coleman" ]
24 Jan Ospreys in Culpeper County [Caroline Heald ]
24 Jan Common Goldeneye [Walter Hadlock ]
24 Jan Fwd: Monticello Bird Club - Chesapeak Bay Bridge Birding Boat Trip - Feb 4 [Bob Schamerhorn ]
23 Jan Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk [Harry Glasgow via va-bird ]
23 Jan Galapagos, Andes and Amazon trip [ROB SIMPSON ]
23 Jan Black-capped Chickadee update [ROB SIMPSON ]
23 Jan Dulles pond Goldeneye (Common) 23 January [Steve Johnson ]
22 Jan Ross's Goose [Mark Johnson ]
22 Jan Whooping Crane [Clancey Deel ]
22 Jan Great Falls N P Bird Walk 01/22/17 (Fairfax County) [Dendroica--- via va-bird ]
22 Jan Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve, Fairfax County [Dixie Sommers via va-bird ]
22 Jan Central Loudoun CBC Highlights ["Joe Coleman" ]
22 Jan Glaucous Gull - Roaches Run Waterfowl Sanctuary, Arlington ["dcharlesl AT msn.com" ]
22 Jan Oriole-Pittsylvania County [Lexi Meadows ]
22 Jan N. Shrike, new clue in mystery of absence [Regular ]
22 Jan eBird Reports on Fulmars ands Redpoll - NO WAY! [Gerco H ]
22 Jan Birds Seen on January 19, 2017 [janet anderson via va-bird ]
20 Jan Short-eared Owls and Loggerhead Shrike [Sam Simon ]
21 Jan Leesylvania State Park ["Marc Ribaudo" ]
21 Jan ROSS'S GOOSE, Amherst Co [Michael Boatwright ]
21 Jan Together for Birds ["Mike Parr" ]
21 Jan Algonkian Park Sandhill Cranes YES, and tips on access [Howard Wu ]
20 Jan OBNWR: Lincoln's Sp [Mark Moran ]
21 Jan Three American Woodcocks - Route 628 - Rixeyville [Caroline Heald ]
21 Jan Ross's Goose [Mark Johnson ]
21 Jan Loudoun County Birding - The week in review [Gerco H ]
20 Jan Re: Short-eared Owls and Loggerhead Shrike [Sam Simon ]
20 Jan American Birding Expo is moving to Philly! [Gerco H ]
20 Jan Red-throated loon, Occoquan Bay NWR [Marc Ribaudo ]
20 Jan Re: [shenvalbirds] N. Saw-whet Owls (Shenandoah NP, Augusta & Albemarle Co.) []
20 Jan N. Saw-whet Owls (Shenandoah NP, Augusta & Albemarle Co.) [Gabriel Mapel via va-bird ]
19 Jan Fwd: eBird Report - Leggett's Bottom, Hwy 58W, Jan 16, 2017 [Jeff Blalock ]
19 Jan Silver Lake Quarry Pond [KELLY K ]
19 Jan Cackling Geese, Greater White-Fronted Geese and a Snow Goose in Bristow, Prince William County [KELLY K ]
19 Jan No Northern Shrike seen at Sully this afternoon [KELLY K ]
19 Jan Cackling Geese, Greater White-Fronted Geese and a Snow Goose in Bristow, Prince William County [KELLY K ]
19 Jan Trip to Southern Texas [Allen Bryan via va-bird ]
18 Jan Baltimore Oriole - Belle Haven North Parking lot - Fairfax County [Sarah G ]
18 Jan Sandhill Cranes -Loudoun Co. []
18 Jan Northern Virginia Bird Club walk Huntley Meadows Park -- Jan 18, 2017 [Thomas Nardone ]
18 Jan Question re/ Chaney Island [Stephen Grimes ]
17 Jan Highland & Bath County field trip [Herbert Larner via va-bird ]
17 Jan Highland & bath County field trip [Herbert Larner via va-bird ]
17 Jan FW: DC Area, 1/17/2017 ["Joe Coleman" ]
17 Jan Re: Announcement of Kenneth Clark White's Death in Daily Press, Sun., Jan.15, 2017 ["Bruno, Rexanne" ]
17 Jan Adult male Baltimore oriole continues (Lynchburg) [Ashley Lohr ]
17 Jan Potential Nashville Warbler at Belle Haven Park [Quinn Emmering ]
16 Jan Photographer Bob Schamerhorn featured at Williamsburg Bird Club meeting Jan 18 [Shirley Devan ]
16 Jan Ross's Goose, Madison Heights, Amherst, Co [Nena Morgan ]
16 Jan Clay-colored Sparrow at Feeder in James City County [Brian Taber via va-bird ]
16 Jan Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk [Harry Glasgow via va-bird ]
16 Jan Lincoln's Sparrow continues at Occoquan Bay NWR [Daniel Lebbin ]
16 Jan Greater - white fronted Geese at Quarry pond Fishersville [Herbert Larner via va-bird ]
16 Jan Greater - white fronted Geese at Quarry pond Fishersville [Herbert Larner via va-bird ]
16 Jan Greater White-fronted and Snow Geese, Rockingham [Diane L via va-bird ]
16 Jan Announcement of Kenneth Clark White's Death in Daily Press, Sun., Jan.15, 2017 []
16 Jan Yorktown-Colonial Parkway-Jamestown [Barbara Houston ]
15 Jan Re: Brown Pelican continues at Pohick Bay Regional Park, Fairfax County [Sarah Anderson via va-bird ]
16 Jan Possible Trumpeter Swans in Loudoun County [Gerco H ]
15 Jan Short-eared show [Marc Ribaudo ]
15 Jan NVBC Riverbend Park, Jan 15, 2017 [Gerco H ]
15 Jan Pohick Bay: Brown Pelican [Donald Sweig ]
15 Jan Short-eared Owls and Sandhill Cranes [Andrew Rapp ]
15 Jan Dyke Marsh, Jan 15, 2017 [Larry Meade via va-bird ]
15 Jan Snowy Owl being seen ChIncoteague NWR South of South Parking Lot [Bill Hohenstein ]
15 Jan Brown Pelican continues at Pohick Bay Regional Park, Fairfax County [Dave Larsen - Birding ]
15 Jan Great Falls National Park Walk (Fairfax County) [Marshall Rawson via va-bird ]
15 Jan RFI: brown Pelican [Donald Sweig ]
15 Jan Bird Club Field Trip to CBBT by Boat, January 28 [Shirley Devan ]
14 Jan Re: Brown pelican at Pohick [Betsy ]
14 Jan Re: Brown pelican at Pohick [Betsy ]
14 Jan Re: va-bird Digest, Vol 117, Issue 20 [Larry Cartwright ]
14 Jan Re: Brown pelican at Pohick [Dixie Sommers via va-bird ]
14 Jan Re: va-bird Digest, Vol 117, Issue 20 [Art Drauglis ]
14 Jan Re: Snow Goose in Stafford [Carol Anne Douglas ]

Subject: FW: DC Area, 1/24/2017
From: "Joe Coleman" <joecoleman AT rstarmail.com>
Date: Tue, 24 Jan 2017 17:39:07 -0500
FYI Joe Coleman

-----Original Message-----
Hotline:     Voice of the Naturalist
Date:        1/24/2017
Coverage:    MD/DC/VA/central and southern DE/WV panhandle
Reports, comments and questions: voice AT anshome.org
Compiler:    Helen Patton                 
Sponsor:     Audubon Naturalist Society of the Central
               Atlantic States (independent of NAS)
Transcriber: Steve Cordle

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

This is the Voice of the Naturalist, a service of the Audubon Naturalist
Society. This report covers the week starting Tuesday, January 17 and was
completed on Tuesday, January 24 at 5:00 p.m. 

Information on noteworthy birds 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 BARROW'S GOLDENEYE* in MD, RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD
in MD, WESTERN TANAGER* in VA and BULLOCK'S ORIOLE in VA. 

Other birds of interest this week included geese, TRUMPETER SWAN, ducks,
WILD TURKEY, RED-NECKED GREBE, SANDHILL CRANE, BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER,
sandpipers, RAZORBILL, gulls, BALD EAGLE, SHORT-EARED OWL,.
NORTHERN SHRIKE, BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEE, PINE SISKIN,. SNOW BUNTING,
ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, sparrows and BALTIMORE ORIOLE.

TOP BIRDS

The drake BARROW'S GOLDENEYE* continued to be seen at the Elm's
Environmental Education Center, St. Mary's Co, MD with the most recent
sighting on January 21. If looking for this bird do not drive in but park in
the hunter's parking lot before the gate and walk about a mile to the bay
and then several hundred yards to the north. 

A continuing young female RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD in Wildewood, St. Mary's Co, MD
was seen most recently on January 22. 

The continuing female WESTERN TANAGER* in a residential yard in the Alanton
neighborhood of Virginia Beach, VA was seen as recently as January 22.

A BULLOCK'S ORIOLE was reported from Churchneck, Northampton Co, VA on
January 19, 22, 23 and 24. 

OTHER BIRDS OF INTEREST

GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE were seen at several locations in the reporting
area. The Maryland sighting included:. one at Whitter Lake, Frederick Co,
MD, sometimes accompanied by a SNOW GOOSE, on January 19, 21 and 22; several
spots in Garrett Co. including:. four at Bradford Lake on January 20; one at
the Peat Moss Road on January 20 and four in Pleasant Valley on January 18;
one at the Solomons, Calvert Co, MD on January 18 and one at the Thomas
Johnson Bridge fishing piers, also Calvert Co, on January 19. Virginia
sightings included: five at Liberty Corner Farm, Albemarle Co. on January 20
and three continuing individuals at Bristow Village Lake, Prince William Co,
VA on January 18, 21 and 22.

Delaware sightings included: two to eight at Bombay Hook NWR, Raymond Pool,
Kent Co. on January 20 and one at Deep Branch Road Sussex Co, on January 21.

Inland SNOW GEESE continued to be found in a number of locations in both MD
and VA with a high count of 20 at Patterson Road, Hydes, Baltimore Co, MD on
January23. There was also one on January 20 and 22 at the pond behind the
Walmart in Madison Heights, Amherst Co, VA. Another ROSS'S GOOSE first
reported from the intersection of Rte. 28 and Traville Gateway Drive may
have moved to the intersection of Shady Grove Road and Gudelsky Drive,
Montgomery Co, MD on January 22. A ROSS'S GOOSE was at Deep Road, Sussex Co,
DE on January 21. Nine ROSS'S GEESE were on Turkey Island Road, Henrico Co,
VA on January 20. A ROSS'S GOOSE was at Glen Rickett's Sports Complex,
Amherst Co, VA on January 21.

Three BRANT were at Thomas Point Park, Anne Arundel Co, MD on January 21 and
22.

CACKLING GEESE were seen throughout the region.

Continuing TRUMPETER SWANS were seen at Lake Artemisia, Prince George's Co,
MD during the week and at Perryville Community Park, Cecil Co, MD on January
18. The longstanding tagged TRUMPETER SWAN was seen at Lake Churchill as
recently as January 20. Two TRUMPETER SWANS were at the Queensville Road
Pond, Anne Arundel Co, MD on January 19 and 21.

A EURASIAN WIGEON was seen January 18, 19 and 20 at Pleasure House Point
Natural Area, Virginia Beach, VA and another one was at Craney Island
Disposal Area, Portsmouth VA on January 19. Another EURASIAN WIDGEON was at
Assawoman WA, Sussex Co, DE on January 19. A REDHEAD was at Mason Road Pond,
Allegany Co, MD on January 18 and 22. Two LONG-TAILED DUCK was at Lake
Artemisia, Prince George's Co, MD on January 22.

Another LONG-TAILED DUCK was near Tydings Memorial Park, Havre de Grace,
Harford Co, MD on January 18. A LONG-TAILED DUCK was at Dangerfield Island,
Alexandria, VA on January 22.

A flock of 30 WILD TURKEYS was at Highway 58 West at Leggett's Bottom,
Pittsylvania Co, VA on January 19.

One to two RED-NECKED GREBES were at Fort Monroe, Hampton, VA on January 22
and 23. One RED-NECKED GREBE was at Gravelly Point Park, Arlington, VA on
January 22. Two RED-NECKED GREBES were at Occoquan Bay NWR, Prince William
Co, VA on January 19.

The two continuing SANDHILL CRANES at the Algonkian Nature Preserve, Loudoun
Co, VA, were seen during the week. On January 17 and 18 two SANDHILL CRANES
were seen in the Green Springs area on East Jack Jouett Rd, Louisa Co, VA.
Two SANDHILL CRANES were at the C&O Canal, Riley's Lock, Montgomery Co, MD
on January 18 and 22. As many as 31 SANDHILL CRANES were at Kingsville Park,
Baltimore Co, MD on January 19 and 21. Two SANDHILL CRANES were at Trump
Ponds, Loudoun Co, VA on January 18.

As many as 27 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS were at Blackwater NWR, Dorchester Co,
MD on January 18, 19, 21 and 23 while 36-39 were on Egypt Road on January
21.

A MARBLED GODWIT was at Bombay Hook NWR, Shearness Pool, Kent Co, DE on
January 18 and 20. Three to Five PURPLE SANDPIPERS were at Herrington
Harbor, Anne Arundel Co, MD on January 19, 21, 22 and 24.
An AMERICAN WOODCOCK was at Cranesville Church, Garrett Co, MD on January
20. One to three AMERICAN WOODCOCKS were at Curling Creek Farm, Rixeyville,
Culpeper Co, VA on January21.

RAZORBILLS were seen from the CBBT, Islands 1 and 4, Northampton Co, VA on
January 22 and 24. 

One to three BLACK-HEADED GULLS were at Wolfe Neck WTP, Sussex Co, DE on
January 19, 20 and 24. An ICELAND GULL was seen January 18, 20 and 21 at the
Eastern Sanitary Landfill (restricted access), Baltimore, MD. Another
ICELAND GULL was at the Ocean City Inlet, Worcester Co, MD on January 22. A
GLAUCOUS GULL was at Roaches Run WS, Arlington, VA on January 22.

Three AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS were seen at Back Bay NWR, Virginia Beach, VA
on January 21.
 
The AMERICAN BITTERN at Black Marsh, North Point SP, Baltimore Co, MD was
seen through January 18. Another AMERICAN BITTERN was at Poplar Island,
Talbot Co, MD on January 18 and 19. 

BALD EAGLES were reported from many sites during the week.

Birders continue to enjoy seeing SHORT-EARED OWLS at fields along Konterra
Drive in Prince George's Co, MD, with the latest sighting on January 21. The
owner's restrictions on access to this location may be viewed on posts to MD
Birding and the MD Birding Facebook page. SHORT-EARED OWLS were also seen at
a number of other locations including one or two in Shenandoah State Park,
Augusta/Albemarle Cos., VA on January 18 and 20. On January 20, four
SHORT-EARED OWLS were seen from Stone Bridge Rd near Milldale, Warren Co,
VA.

The NORTHERN SHRIKE found in Montgomery Co, MD on January 1 was last
reported on January 18; it was not reported after that sighting. The
continuing NORTHERN SHRIKE along Bens Point Road in Queen Anne's Co, MD was
seen most recently on January 22. The NORTHERN SHRIKE* that has been present
at the Sully Woodlands, Fairfax Co, VA since early October was reported from
Rock Hill District Park on January 22 and may have moved there. 

Confirmed widely scattered sightings of irruptive BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEES in
MD and VA continued this past week. 

A PINE SISKIN came to a feeder in the Broad Run/Burkittsville, Frederick Co,
MD on January 23.

Two SNOW BUNTINGS continued to be seen at Point Lookout SP, St. Mary's Co,
MD with the most recent report from January 19. 

ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS were found at several locations in DE, MD and VA.
Over-wintering NASHVILLE WARBLERS include one at North Beach, Calvert Co, MD
on January18 and another in Great Shiplock Park, Richmond City, VA on
January 21.

A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was seen again at Big Water Farm (private), Queen
Anne's Co, MD during the week. A LINCOLN'S SPARROW was seen January 18 and
21 at the Occoquan Bay NWR, Woodbridge, Prince William Co, VA. Another
LINCOLN' SPARROW was at Blandy Experimental Farm, Clarke Co, VA on January
22.

A BALTIMORE ORIOLE was seen on the Potomac River side of the Mount Vernon
trail north of Belle Haven parking lot and at Villageo/Lindall Parkland, New
Castle Co, DE through the week. A BALTIMORE ORIOLE was at Lasting Lightway,
Howard Co, MD on January 18. Another BALTIMORE ORIOLE was at Belle Haven
Park, Fairfax Co, VA also on January 18.

***

This week's report was based on reports on the DE, MD, VA, and WV list
servers, and 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: Ospreys in Culpeper County
From: Caroline Heald <cemmetheald AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 24 Jan 2017 13:56:16 -0500
Three ospreys just flew over our farm in Rixeyville, emitting querulous 
repeated mews in rising threes. Bent leading wing edges clearly visible. They 
made two passes about twenty minutes apart. They must have been blown north by 
yesterday's noreaster. At least they have each other. 


Have had ospreys here a few times before in April, June,  and September.

Caroline Heald
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Subject: Common Goldeneye
From: Walter Hadlock <jaybirdncarol AT verizon.net>
Date: Tue, 24 Jan 2017 11:14:29 -0500
Good morning,

We made a quick trip to the Dulles (Marriott) Lake this morning to see if the 
Common Goldeneye Steve Johnson reported seeing on the 23d was still there. 


As of 10:30, the male Common Goldeneye is still there. It was on the west side 
of the lake near the spillway keeping out of the very strong wind. A male 
Hooded Merganser was keeping it company, and eight Canada Geese were near, or 
standing on the spillway. There were some Ring-billed Gulls there too. We took 
our scope and got very good looks. As the weather turns a bit colder, maybe 
more waterfowl will show up at the lake. 


Good birding to all,
Jay and Carol Hadlock
Herndon, VA


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Subject: Fwd: Monticello Bird Club - Chesapeak Bay Bridge Birding Boat Trip - Feb 4
From: Bob Schamerhorn <bob AT iphotobirds.com>
Date: Tue, 24 Jan 2017 08:06:08 -0500
Still a few spots open on the Monticello Bird Club - Chesapeak Bay Bridge 
Birding Boat Trip - Feb 4. Departs at 8 AM from 3311 Shore Drive, Virginia 
Beach, VA 23451 (Lynnhaven Inlet) 


Contact Doug Rogers ASAP for details. Email doug5996 AT gmail.com or by Phone: 
434-409-8156 


Forwarded by Bob Schamerhorn
iPhotoBirds Website: http://www.iphotobirds.com
iPhotoBirds on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/iPhotoBirds

> Begin forwarded message:
> 
> From: Doug Rogers 
> Subject: MBC Birding Boat Trip
> The Bay Princess will depart at 8:00 a.m. on February 4 and be underway for 
approximately 4 hours. We will cruise the islands along the CBBT and some other 
areas depending on the time and the birds. 

> The cost is $30 for the boat and $5 for a tip for the Mate for each 
participant. The Mate's job is to make us happy. One of the ways he does that 
is by "chumming" the waters with fish to bring the diving birds closer to the 
boat for better viewing and photography. He also helps with anything else we 
need. Feel free to give him anything else that you feel is appropriate. 

>  
> We could expect to see: Sea Ducks – Harlequin (maybe), Red Head, Scaup, 3 
Scoter species, Northern Gannet, Red-breasted Merganser, Bufflehead, Cormorant 
– 2 species, Lesser and Greater Black-backed Gull, Razor Bills, Kittiwake, 
several more species of gull, Humpback Whales and Harbor Seals. 

> 
> 
> In order to keep these funds separate from the Monticello Bird Club's 
operating funds, please make your check for $35 (for each participant you are 
paying for) payable to the Monticello Bird Club and mail it to my home address: 

> 
>  Doug Rogers
> 1065 Weybridge Ct. Apt. 304
> 
> Charlottesville, VA 22911
> 
>  Please take care of this as soon as is reasonable to ensure your spot.
> 
> 
> Another item to consider is carpooling and motel pooling..
> 
> 
> I am looking forward to seeing all of you on board! For those who don’t 
know me, please approach me and introduce yourself. I like to meet and greet 
everyone. 

> 
> Doug
> 
> Doug Rogers
> doug5996 AT gmail.com 

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Subject: Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk
From: Harry Glasgow via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Mon, 23 Jan 2017 20:26:48 +0000 (UTC)
Cold, rainy and windy weather greeted the 6 intrepid birders who gathered for 
this morning's Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk.  With a reduced group 
and miserable weather we only tallied 30 species.  The most unmistakable 
feature of today's walk besides the weather was the Canada goose count.  We 
estimated about 700 geese but that has to be just an estimate.  They were 
everywhere!  Other highlights included large numbers of White-throated 
Sparrows and Mallards, and a female Purple Finch.   

Canada Goose  700+
American Black Duck  2
Mallard  85+
Northern Shoveler  11
Northern Pintail  1
Green-winged Teal  7
Hooded Merganser  9
Great Blue Heron  1
Ring-billed Gull  1
Mourning Dove  9
Red-headed Woodpecker  2
Red-bellied Woodpecker  6
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  1
Downy Woodpecker  5
Blue Jay  1
American Crow  5
Fish Crow  1
crow sp.  1
Carolina Chickadee  6
Tufted Titmouse  5
White-breasted Nuthatch  5
Carolina Wren  2
Eastern Bluebird  4
White-throated Sparrow  50+
Song Sparrow  5
Swamp Sparrow  2
Eastern Towhee  1
Northern Cardinal  3
Red-winged Blackbird  7
Purple Finch  1

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

Harry Glasgow
Friends of Huntley Meadows Park
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Subject: Galapagos, Andes and Amazon trip
From: ROB SIMPSON <RSIMPSON AT lfcc.edu>
Date: Mon, 23 Jan 2017 14:50:20 -0500
I got permission from the site moderator to post this information about our 
upcoming Galapagos, Andes and Amazon trip. We are leading a birding, Natural 
History, Photography trip to these three areas concurrently this summer. You 
can go on one, two or all three. 

If you are interested please email us right away (rsimpson AT lfcc.edu) for 
detailed information including species lists and go to the following websites 
for general information, dates and price. 


http://www.holbrooktravel.com/where-we-travel/galapagos-islands/galapagos-islands-photography-lord-fairfax-community-college 


http://www.holbrooktravel.com/where-we-travel/americas/ecuador/ecuador-lord-fairfax-community-college-birding-andes-optional-pre 


http://www.holbrooktravel.com/where-we-travel/americas/ecuador/ecuador-lord-fairfax-community-college-amazon-rainforest-optional 

Ann and Rob Simpson  For those of you who dont know us we are biology 
professors at Lord Fairfax Community College and are professional photographers 
and authors of nearly 20 books mostly with a national park theme. We were the 
premiere professional photographers for Canon in Canon in the Parks program 
to teach photography and we will help you get the very best possible images 
that you can capture in one of the worlds most astounding areas. 

We have carefully chosen the trips to get the maximum biodiversity for each 
area. For instance on the Andes trip here are a few of the over 35 species of 
hummingbirds we should see and photograph: Booted Racquet tail, Black-tailed 
Trainbearer, Sword-Billed Hummingbird (8 inch bill), Long-Tailed Sylph, 
Violet-tailed Sylph, Mountain Avocetbill, Tourmaline Sunangel, Tyrian 
Metaltail, White-tipped Sicklebill, Green-fronted Lancebill, Wedge-billed 
Hummingbird, Giant Hummingbird, Mountain Velvetbreast, Empress Brilliant  Hope 
you can join us - Ann and Rob 




Professor Robert Simpson
Contact forOrnithology, Mycology, Dendrology, Mammalogy, Ichthyology, 
Herpetology, Ecology, Field Botanyand other Field Biologyoriented classes 

Program contact for Outdoor and Nature Photography Careers Certificate
Best form of contact is email: rsimpson AT lfcc.edu
Office Hours: Tue. 11:30am - 1:00 pm, 3:00 - 4:30pm;
Wed. 11:30am - 1:00pm, 3:00 - 5:00pm,7:00 -7:30pm;
Thur. 11:00am - 2:00pm

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Subject: Black-capped Chickadee update
From: ROB SIMPSON <RSIMPSON AT lfcc.edu>
Date: Mon, 23 Jan 2017 14:47:57 -0500
In years when northern Black-capped Chickadees come south to Virginia most 
feeders in nw Virginia have them, they usually stay all winter and leave in 
Mar/April. However it is interesting that Nov- Mid Dec this year we had decent 
numbers of Black caps at the feeders in nw Virginia and then they declined just 
before the bird counts started. We rarely get reports further south (in lower 
elevation areas) or east of the Blue Ridge. This year however David Shoch and 
Pete Myers have kindly sent images and reports of Black-capped Chickadees from 
the Albermarle area. I try to keep track of this species so if you have records 
(send jpegs if possible) I would love to hear about them. Also include if they 
were at feeders or not. - Rob Simpson 



Professor Robert Simpson
Contact forOrnithology, Mycology, Dendrology, Mammalogy, Ichthyology, 
Herpetology, Ecology, Field Botanyand other Field Biologyoriented classes 

Program contact for Outdoor and Nature Photography Careers Certificate
Best form of contact is email: rsimpson AT lfcc.edu
Office Hours: Tue. 11:30am - 1:00 pm, 3:00 - 4:30pm;
Wed. 11:30am - 1:00pm, 3:00 - 5:00pm,7:00 -7:30pm;
Thur. 11:00am - 2:00pm

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Subject: Dulles pond Goldeneye (Common) 23 January
From: Steve Johnson <stevejohnson2 AT verizon.net>
Date: Mon, 23 Jan 2017 12:30:59 -0500
Male Common Goldeneye swimming in Dulles Airport pond aka Marriott Pond 11:45 
am today Monday. No other ducks; 8 Canada Gooses and 4 Gulls, Ringed-billed. 


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Subject: Ross's Goose
From: Mark Johnson <birdmanj61 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 22 Jan 2017 17:32:46 -0500
Hello everyone,
  The Ross's Goose is behind Walmart in Madison
Heights right now.

Mark Johnson

Madison Heights, Va.
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Subject: Whooping Crane
From: Clancey Deel <clancey.deel AT msn.com>
Date: Sun, 22 Jan 2017 20:12:04 +0000
On Saturday (Jan. 21, 2017), the Russell County Bird Club made a trip to 
Hiwassee Wildlife Refuge, Meigs County, Tennessee (near Chattanooga) to see one 
of rarest wild bird in North America (a Whooping Crane named ‘Lil Quill 
(banned # 68-15)). 

Although it was a long trip and bad morning weather, the trip was a success. 
See the following link for a biography of this bird: 
https://www.learner.org/jn…/…/crane/15/BandingCodes_68D.html 


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Subject: Great Falls N P Bird Walk 01/22/17 (Fairfax County)
From: Dendroica--- via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Sun, 22 Jan 2017 15:05:20 -0500
Our group of six managed only to observe 23 species on  this overcast 
morning with no vultures or hawks in sight. We meet every Sunday morning at 8 

AM  in the visitors center parking lot. You are welcome  to join us.  Ralph 
Wall
 
The list:
Canada Goose  20
American Black Duck   10
Mallard  9
Ring-necked Duck  20
Bufflehead   20
Common Merganser  9
Great Blue Heron  1
Bald Eagle   2
Ring-billed Gull  50
Mourning Dove  1
Red-bellied  Woodpecker  2
Downy Woodpecker  6
Pileated Woodpecker   2
Blue Jay  2
American Crow  4
Carolina Chickadee   25
Tufted Titmouse  40
White-breasted Nuthatch  4
Carolina  Wren  4
Dark-eyed Junco  18
White-throated Sparrow   2
Northern Cardinal  5
American Goldfinch  3

View this  checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S33864011
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Subject: Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve, Fairfax County
From: Dixie Sommers via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Sun, 22 Jan 2017 13:49:51 -0500
Six birders went on today's Dyke Marsh Sunday morning walk, including two
visitors from Charlottesville. We tallied 35 species, including a
significant number of Lesser Scaup off the boardwalk, along with a number of
Bufflehead. One Lesser Scaup was pulled out onto the island opposite the end
of the boardwalk, giving us nice views of the detail in the feather patterns
as it groomed. We also had good views of Common Mergansers. We enjoyed
hearing a pair of adult Bald Eagles calling to one another as they sat in
the large tree opposite the marina. 

 

Passerine numbers were low, with the foggy conditions at the start of the
walk. Visibility on the river was not the best, and it was difficult to see
birds on far edge of the mudflats at Hunting Creek as scoped from the picnic
area.   

 

The Dyke Marsh walk is held every Sunday morning at 8:00 AM and is sponsored
by the Friends of Dyke Marsh. All are welcome! 

 

Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve, Fairfax, Virginia, US Jan 22, 2017 7:52 AM -
10:17 AM

Protocol: Traveling

1.3 mile(s)

35 species

 

Canada Goose  400

Mallard  53

Ring-necked Duck  14

Lesser Scaup  86     Nearly all seen off end of Haul Road

Bufflehead  22

Hooded Merganser  3

Common Merganser  8

Pied-billed Grebe  2

Double-crested Cormorant  13

Great Blue Heron  8

Cooper's Hawk  1

Bald Eagle  6

Ring-billed Gull  400

Herring Gull  7

Great Black-backed Gull  2

Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  6

Mourning Dove  1

Belted Kingfisher  1

Red-bellied Woodpecker  1

Downy Woodpecker  4

Northern Flicker  3

Blue Jay  5

American Crow  2

Fish Crow  4

Carolina Chickadee  8

Tufted Titmouse  2

White-breasted Nuthatch  2

Brown Creeper  2

Carolina Wren  3

White-throated Sparrow  15

Song Sparrow  3

Northern Cardinal  4

Red-winged Blackbird  1     1 seen. Probably many more around

House Finch  4

American Goldfinch  3

 

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S33855891

 

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

 

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Subject: Central Loudoun CBC Highlights
From: "Joe Coleman" <joecoleman AT rstarmail.com>
Date: Sun, 22 Jan 2017 13:25:14 -0500
Overall, the results from the Central Loudoun CBC on Dec. 28 were on the low
average side with 91 species and 28,337 individuals. While it was a nice
winter day, almost all of the teams, built from 110 participants, reported
that the numbers of species and individuals were somewhat less than normal.

 

The highlights included finding 

-        a Common Yellowthroat (found on only one of our 19 previous
counts), 

-        two Palm Warblers (found on only 3 previous counts), 

-        a Black-capped Chickadee (found on 4 of our previous counts), and 

-        a Common Goldeneye (5 previous counts).

 

Also interesting were the birds which reached their highest numbers in the
20-year history of the Central Loudoun CBC

-        38 Bald Eagles - a heart-warming increase showing the success of
the Endangered Species Act as none were found during the first 4 counts

-        650 Black Vultures

-        571 Rock Pigeons

 

The increase in both Cooper's Hawks and Sharp-shinned Hawks over the last
few years is also interesting. While both have been abundant in previous
years, their combined total this year, 38, was much higher than any previous
year. 

 

It was also nice to find a Merlin on this count (the 9th time we've found
one). The 9 American Kestrels, while not as low as the last couple of years,
reflects the overall decline of this species in the Mid-Atlantic. Though one
year doesn't make a trend, perhaps the slight increase over the past few
years reflects the many efforts citizens have begun to preserve this species
before it tips over the edge the way Loggerhead Shrikes have, a species
whose diet is very similar to that of the American Kestrel. Interestingly
enough, while both American Kestrels and Loggerhead Shrikes eat a lot of
insects, Merlin diets are almost exclusively limited to small birds - one
has to wonder if this might be a factor in the decline of the former two but
not Merlins?

 

Another fascinating trend on this CBC is the increase of Chipping Sparrow, a
species that used to migrate  out of our area in the winter and the decline
in American Tree Sparrows, a species that used to migrate into our area in
winter. While we found a high of 20 Chipping Sparrows this year, this was
the second time in three years that we haven't found any American Tree
Sparrows. While it's too early to tell what the reasons for this are and
though Central Loudoun is only one count, it may be that climate change is
allowing species to remain further north than they used to. 

 

While we've always found some Common Ravens on this count, the 21 Common
Ravens found this year continue to show how extensively this species is now
utilizing the Piedmont. And lastly, I'm sure the many bluebird box trails
that Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy volunteers maintain are a factor behind
the healthy number of Eastern Bluebirds, 593 on this count, that we find
every year.

 

The Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy thanks the many volunteers and staff who
support and participate in the count and the many people and businesses that
give us special excess to their properties - without them this count
wouldn't be nearly as successful!

 

Joe Coleman, Compiler, Central Loudoun CBC

 

 

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Subject: Glaucous Gull - Roaches Run Waterfowl Sanctuary, Arlington
From: "dcharlesl AT msn.com" <dcharlesl@msn.com>
Date: Sun, 22 Jan 2017 18:05:55 +0000
Around 1pm today, I saw what I believe to be a Glaucous Gull (have never seen 
one before) at Roaches Run Waterfowl Sanctuary near National Airport in 
Arlington. The bird was taking a bath with other gulls in the middle of the 
water, then flew to the south end of the water and still visible when I left. 
Overall whitish bird, a little larger than nearby Herring Gull, and a little 
smaller than nearby Great Black-backed Gull. Heavy pink bill with black tip. 


David Ledwith
Falls Church, Va
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Subject: Oriole-Pittsylvania County
From: Lexi Meadows <meadows9 AT fairpoint.net>
Date: Sun, 22 Jan 2017 12:14:25 -0500
I am still playing host to my Baltimore Oriole. He has been here since before 
Thanksgiving. You can view photos on my Facebook page. 


Lexi Shelhorse Meadows
Gretna, Va

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Subject: N. Shrike, new clue in mystery of absence
From: Regular <nickenew1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 22 Jan 2017 12:00:12 -0500
A new location for the Sully Shrike! After watching the continuing Northern 
Shrike at Sully for about five minutes it picked up and flew out of sight over 
the trees to the wnw. On a hunch Hope Trisler and I went to Rock Hill District 
Park and immediately found it perched on the tallest tree next to the parking 
lot and small pond. It stayed hunting in the area until we left 45 minutes 
later. There is also a small flock of White-crowned Sparrows here and I found 
an American Tree Sparrow here about a month ago. 


Nick Newberry
William & Mary class of 2017
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Subject: eBird Reports on Fulmars ands Redpoll - NO WAY!
From: Gerco H <drgerco AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sun, 22 Jan 2017 13:26:33 +0000
Well, as some of you may have noticed I am either delusional, just find 
extremely good birds, or I it is already time for April 1st fool's jokes. The 
truth is much simpler. I had a few issues with entering birds using band codes 
yesterday. Hoary Redpoll and North Fulmar in the van Metre Broadlands Wetlands. 
I can only wish. 


Sorry about that.

Gerco
Leesburg, VA



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Subject: Birds Seen on January 19, 2017
From: janet anderson via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Sun, 22 Jan 2017 01:30:11 -0500
Birds Seen at Lake Barcoft in Falls Church, Fairfax County, VA on January  
19, 2017
 
 
4 Adult Bald Eagles soaring together 
1 Horned Grebe
1 Herring Gull
2 Ravens
 
Janet M. Anderson
City of Falls Church, VA
 
 
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Subject: Short-eared Owls and Loggerhead Shrike
From: Sam Simon <samsimon387 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 20 Jan 2017 17:29:37 -0500
All,
I arrived at Milldale and Stone Bridge Road at about 4:15 today to look for the 
Short-eared Owls, and there were four in a distant tree and two in a tree close 
to the road. They started flying around at about 4:45. Also great views of a 
harrier and a kestrel. At 5:00, a Loggerhead Shrike popped up in a bush across 
from the entrance to Milldale Farm. Very cool! I wasn't expecting this species, 
but looking on eBird showed that one had been seen in the area last weekend. 
The bird flew off to the row of trees to the east of Milldale Road. I'm 
assuming this is a different bird from the one nearby at Featherbed Road. 

Good birding,
~Sam Simon
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Subject: Leesylvania State Park
From: "Marc Ribaudo" <moribaudo AT verizon.net>
Date: Sat, 21 Jan 2017 18:58:05 -0500
The Northern Virginia Bird Club visited Leesylvania State Park in Woodbridge 
this morning. In foggy conditions we managed 47 species. Fortunately, towards 
the end of the walk the fog had lifted enough so that we could see at least a 
few birds on the water. Highlights were common loon, horned grebe, red-headed 
woodpecker, yellow-bellied sapsucker, hermit thrush, and field sparrow (tough 
to get in the park). 


Marc Ribaudo
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Subject: ROSS'S GOOSE, Amherst Co
From: Michael Boatwright <mboater AT att.net>
Date: Sat, 21 Jan 2017 16:55:09 +0000
The ROSS'S GOOSE in Amherst Co has been seen sporadically at the pond behind 
Walmart in Madison Heights since Jan 13, 2017. Over the past couple of days, 
Mark Johnson and I have discovered where it goes when it is not at the pond. 
The Ross's is traveling with a small flock of Canada Geese that apparently 
alternate between the pond and the athletic fields of the Glenn Ricketts Sports 
Complex nearby. 



To reach this bird, from US 29 Business in Madison Heights turn onto Woody's 
Lake Rd (Rt 682) and continue to the pond behind the Tire and Lube area of 
Walmart. If the bird is not there, try continuing on Woody's Lake Rd for a 
short distance and then turn right onto Trojan Rd and continue past the 
Monelison Middle School. At the very end of the school complex, you will see 
several black trash dumpsters. Continue between the dumpsters and enter the 
Glenn Ricketts Sports Complex. There is ample parking here. You can then walk 
to the baseball fields where the Ross's has been hanging out with the small 
flock of Canada Geese. 



A Greater Scaup and two Green-winged Teal have also been seen on the pond 
behind Walmart recently. 



Cheers,


Mike


Michael R. Boatwright


Amherst VA
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Subject: Together for Birds
From: "Mike Parr" <michaelparr AT verizon.net>
Date: Sat, 21 Jan 2017 15:23:04 -0500
If you are concerned about the future of Virginia’s birds, here’s a 
petition you can support www.togetherforbirds.org. This is a non-partisan 
petition that sticks exclusively to conservation issues of potential interest 
to all Americans who care about birds, and which could affect Virginia birds 
and birding. 


Thanks.

Mike Parr
American Bird Conservancy    
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Subject: Algonkian Park Sandhill Cranes YES, and tips on access
From: Howard Wu <howiewu1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 21 Jan 2017 16:30:38 -0500
Hi,

I went to Algonkian Regional Park in Loudoun County today to see the
Sandhill Cranes. With some helpful tips from fellow birders, I located the
bird at 1:22 PM. They were pretty far, and in the grasses/bushes, and it
was difficult to get a clean view, but I managed to get some identifiable
shots, see my eBird checklist below:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S33828193

Here's some tips on access:
First, don't go to the boat ramp of the park (which I thought to be the
"main area" of the park). The trails there won't lead you to the birds --
they are cut off by Sugarland Run, and the birds are on the other side.
Instead, the best parking area is at the "Potomac Lakes Sportplex" which is
outside the park; it is a circular parking area surrounding the soccer
fields. The best place is toward the back next to the pavilion. From
there,  there is a very wide gravelly trail (really more like a road, but
vehicles are not allowed) that goes east. After passing a sewage treatment
plant and the golf course on your left, you will cross Sugarland Run on a
wooden bridge. After a short distance, turn left on a narrow paved
(asphalt) trail toward the river. The same paved trail leads to a
subdivision on the right, (so if you park there you would have the shortest
access, but that would be private property, and I am not recommending
parking there but just stating the fact). The pavement will eventually end
and you will cross another wooden bridge to "Algonkian Regional Park
Sanctuary Trail" or something like that. There will be several ponds with
interpretive signs, and you will see a burnt-over field. The cranes are
around there. The total round-trip distance from the sportsplex parking lot
is probably about 2 miles.

Good luck,
Howard Wu
Herndon, VA
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Subject: OBNWR: Lincoln's Sp
From: Mark Moran <moran4 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 20 Jan 2017 14:50:28 -0500
The Lincoln's Sparrow was found at Deep Hole Pt.

Entire list below.

Canada Goose
Tundra Swan - 18 flyover
Wood Duck
American Black Duck
Mallard
Canvasback
Ring-necked Duck
Greater Scaup 4 off Deephole Rd
Lesser Scaup
Bufflehead
Ruddy Duck
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Bald Eagle
Northern Harrier
Red-shouldered Hawk
Ring-billed Gull
Herring Gull
Great Black-backed Gull
Belted Kingfisher
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Blue Jay
American Crow
Fish Crow
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
Carolina Wren
Winter Wren
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Eastern Bluebird
Hermit Thrush
American Robin
Gray Catbird - Easy Rd
Brown Thrasher - Bayview Rd
Eastern Towhee
American Tree Sparrow - Bayview
Field Sparrow
Lincoln's Sparrow - Deephole Pt
Savannah Sparrow - Bayview
Fox Sparrow - Bayview & Easy
Song Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Northern Cardinal
Red-winged Blackbird
American Goldfinch
Spring Peeper - Easy

- Mark Moran
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Subject: Three American Woodcocks - Route 628 - Rixeyville
From: Caroline Heald <cemmetheald AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 21 Jan 2017 18:22:44 -0500
Heard two woodcocks peenting tonight on our land at 5:40 and one twittering. I 
heard similar twittering at dusk (5:10 - 5:40 pm) on January 1,2, 3, and 19 but 
no peents. I reported the earlier birds as Wilson's Snipes since eBird 
classifies woodcocks as "rare" in my area at this time but Wilson's Snipes as 
not-rare. I suspect that they were all in fact woodcocks. 


I note with interest several other January woodcock reports on eBird from 
Prince William County, Augusta County, Prince Edward County, and elsewhere. 


Caroline Heald
Culpeper County
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Subject: Ross's Goose
From: Mark Johnson <birdmanj61 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 21 Jan 2017 15:53:04 -0500
Hello everyone,
  Adding to Mike Boatwright's directions to
see Ross's Goose. Directions are great . You
can check Bruins Football Field. Same place
but to far left of parking lot you'll see a Bruins
Football Field sign. Take that road to field and the
geese are straight ahead in field.

Good luck,

Mark Johnson

Madison Heights, Va
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Subject: Loudoun County Birding - The week in review
From: Gerco H <drgerco AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sat, 21 Jan 2017 23:14:03 +0000
Birding was rather interesting this past week in Loudoun County. There were 
several days without much activity (even at the feeders) and a few days with 
pretty decent birding. 

Monday: I took off a little earlier from work to scout for raptors and 
Short-eared Owls in the Luckett's area. No sooner as I drove out of the parking 
lot, it started to rain. Uck! Raptor activity was down with a single American 
Kestrel along Limestone School rd. and no harriers. That was a surprise. No 
luck on Short-eared Owls either at the usual spots. One spot along eastern 
Luckett's Rd, however, had one Short-eared Owl flying around. Well, at least 
one owl was around, so that was very nice. 

Thursday: At long last blue skies and no rain. Again, scouting for raptors and 
owls in Luckett's area. A bit more activity along Limestone School Rd and 
Hibbler Rd. Twice I saw a male northern Harrier. One was sitting on the ground. 
That was cool to see. Red-shouldered and Red-tailed Hawk were found and a 
single male American Kestrel. The sunset looked promising for owl, but alas, no 
luck this time. 

Friday: It was fairly quiet at the feeders, but once again a fly-over Pileated 
Woodpecker. For the past 5-6 weeks now, almost daily, we have a Pileated 
Woodpecker flyover over the yard, around the same time and nearly the same 
flight path. We now come to expect this bird between 7:30am and 7:45am. On days 
when we miss the bird, we are disappointed. At home, while getting the 
newspaper in the morning, I had a single Pine Siskins flying over. That was the 
first of the year and this entire winter season! Nice. 

Saturday: Fog and more fog. Go chase Sandhill Cranes or not? It was a chase. 
Around 120pm I arrived the Algonkian Nature Preserve--Sanctuary Trail. No 
cranes. Well the birds were active and I found a juvenile Red-headed 
Woodpecker, a Winter Wren and a few Swamp Sparrow. A few other birders were 
also looking for the Crane and found them. The birds were hiding in the tall 
grass along the forest edge of the burned area about 75-100 yard away from the 
Wild Turkey sign. Whilst watching them, they were preening and not doing much 
else. Never got to see them that well, but I did see them. After the cranes I 
scouted the various pons in Ashburn only to find a few Ruddy Ducks. Nothing 
else in terms of waterfowl. The most interesting sighting was a very dark 
Red-shouldered Hawk eating, what turned out to be a large (Bull) frog. I 
noticed that once the bird flew up and I managed to take a fuzzy picture. 

Happy Birding,
Gerco
Leesburg, VA

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Subject: Re: Short-eared Owls and Loggerhead Shrike
From: Sam Simon <samsimon387 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 20 Jan 2017 21:08:42 -0500
This site is in Warren County, VA, north of Front Royal. I apologize for not 
including this in my previous email. 

~Sam Simon

> On Jan 20, 2017, at 5:29 PM, Sam Simon  wrote:
> 
> All,
> I arrived at Milldale and Stone Bridge Road at about 4:15 today to look for 
the Short-eared Owls, and there were four in a distant tree and two in a tree 
close to the road. They started flying around at about 4:45. Also great views 
of a harrier and a kestrel. At 5:00, a Loggerhead Shrike popped up in a bush 
across from the entrance to Milldale Farm. Very cool! I wasn't expecting this 
species, but looking on eBird showed that one had been seen in the area last 
weekend. The bird flew off to the row of trees to the east of Milldale Road. 
I'm assuming this is a different bird from the one nearby at Featherbed Road. 

> Good birding,
> ~Sam Simon
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Subject: American Birding Expo is moving to Philly!
From: Gerco H <drgerco AT hotmail.com>
Date: Fri, 20 Jan 2017 16:36:57 +0000
I know this is a bit off topic, but worth letting folks know.

In 2015 I attended the first expo and it was a lot of fun. Now it is within a 
few hours driving (instead of 7). 


Gerco
Leesburg, VA

From: Bird Watcher's Digest 
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Watcher's Digest 

Sent: Friday, January 20, 2017 10:30 AM
To: drgerco AT hotmail.com
Subject: American Birding Expo is moving to Philly!

[Bird Watcher's 
Digest] 


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[American Birding Expo 2017: The World of Birding in One 
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Dear Friend of the American Birding Expo,

I am writing you to share some exciting news about the American Birding Expo! 
In case you haven't heard already, the Expo is changing locations for 2017 and 
2018. Let me tell you more... 


After two years in Columbus, Ohio, the American Birding Expo is moving to the 
East Coast for 2017 and 2018. The 2017 and 2018 Expos will be at the Greater 
Philadelphia Expo 
Center 
(GPEC) in Oaks, Pennsylvania, about 25 miles northeast of downtown 
Philadelphia. The dates for the 2017 Expo are Friday, September 29, through 
Sunday, October 1. 


Moving to the Philly area puts us in the midst of a densely populated region of 
the United States, and an area with a high percentage of birders and active, 
thriving bird clubs. We'll be inside a building designed for holding events 
like ours! GPEC hosts dozens of events annually, so we're confident that the 
2017 Expo will be bigger and better than ever! As an added bonus, the Expo 
Center is just a mile or so from Mill Grove Audubon Center-the very first place 
John James Audubon lived in the United States, which is one of the reasons the 
Philadelphia area is often referred to as "the cradle of American Ornithology." 


Details of the 2017 American Birding Expo are still being finalized, but 
enthusiasm is already building in the region among likely attendees, bird 
clubs, and potential partners such as the Valley Forge Regional Conventions and 
Visitors Bureau, Cape May Birding Observatory, and the American Birding 
Association. 


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Subject: Red-throated loon, Occoquan Bay NWR
From: Marc Ribaudo <moribaudo AT verizon.net>
Date: Fri, 20 Jan 2017 10:19:58 -0500
I saw a red-throated loon at Occoquan Bay NWR this morning.  It was between 
Deephole Pt. Rd. and the fishing pier at Leesylvania.  A common loon was 
nearby offering comparison.  Other notables in the area were 7 common 
goldeneye off Belmont marina, and a peregrine falcon sitting in a tree behind 
the Ospreys country club building. 


Marc Ribaudo

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Subject: Re: [shenvalbirds] N. Saw-whet Owls (Shenandoah NP, Augusta & Albemarle Co.)
From: juliekazz AT comcast.net
Date: Fri, 20 Jan 2017 10:05:50 -0500 (EST)
Last night in Powhatan, VA. We netted a NSWO-SY female that I originally banded 
Oct 28.2016 as a HY bird. The little girl weighed 90.7 grams last night , 4.4 
grams leaner than Oct. 


This is going on our 12th year of our Saw Whet project (Project OwlNet) . Is 
this a resident, over-winterer or migrating north or other points...? 

We do know these little owls are highly nomadic and remarkably cute!

JulieKacmarcik
Powhatan WMA
Powhatan VA


> On January 19, 2017 at 10:04 PM "Gabriel Mapel birdmangabriel AT yahoo.com 
[shenvalbirds]"  wrote: 

> 
>      
> 
>     Hi all,
> Tonight my dad and I headed up to the south district of Shenandoah National 
Park to try for N. Saw-whet Owls (NSWO) after two were found in the park last 
winter. We entered at Rockfish Gap (southern point of SNP & Skyline Dr mile 
105.5) and went as far north as Turk Gap Parking Area (mile 94) and stopped at 
about 5-6 places along the way listening for owls. As luck would have it we 
found 2 NSWO in the same areas as last winter's birds. 

> 
> Our first stop was at Beagle Gap (Skyline Drive mile 99.5) where a NSWO was 
heard repeatedly last January giving both the toot song and the alarm call 
(rising, screechy cat-like call.) Last year the bird was heard calling on the 
east side of the drive, off of the Appalachian Trail, in the woods near the 
edges of the large meadow at Beagle Gap. If you hike up the Appalachian Trail 
through the meadow on the east side of the drive once you are about halfway 
through the meadow you are no longer in Shenandoah NP. Using playback is 
prohibited in the park but not outside the park. This evening I was about 2/3 
of the way through the meadow and just off the trail when I chose to use a 
little bit of playback in hopes of locating a NSWO. Within a couple minutes the 
bird called a total of 5 times giving the alarm call. It called from across 
Skyline Drive from where I was. It was in Augusta County on the west side of 
Skyline Dr. The Appalachian Trail crosses Skyline Drive at Beagle Gap with 
another large meadow that the trail goes through on the west side of the road. 
Almost this entire meadow is outside the park so playback is allowed. It 
sounded like the bird was in the forest on the NW side of this meadow. Once we 
heard the bird we crossed the road to get closer to where the bird was. We 
stayed at least 10 more minutes but did not use much more playback in an effort 
to not disturb the bird. The bird never called again but when it called those 
five times although we were a couple hundred yards away with the calm wind we 
were able to hear it very well. If anyone decides to try for this bird and 
chooses to use playback be sure to make sure you are outside the park boundary 
when using playback. 

> 
> The second NSWO we had was in an area where a NSWO was heard and reported by 
several Albemarle County birders in November-December 2015. This location is in 
Albemarle along the Appalachian Trail on the east side of Skyline Drive, 
approximately 150 yards south on the trail from the AT/Skyline Drive crossing 
at Sawmill Run Overlook (mile 95.3). This area is well within the park so 
playback is prohibited but vocal/whistling non-electronic imitations are 
allowed. However we didn't even have to use that tonight as right as we walked 
up into the pine grove along the AT the bird gave the alarm call from very 
close range! 

> 
> Other sightings along our drive along Skyline Drive tonight included 1 Barred 
Owl, 1 Am. Woodcock flushed from the meadow at Beagle Gap, 1 Striped Skunk and 
1 Raccoon. 

> 
> Good Luck to anyone that tries for the NSWOs and feel free to let me know if 
you have any questions. 

>     Gabriel Mapel
>     New Hope
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Subject: N. Saw-whet Owls (Shenandoah NP, Augusta & Albemarle Co.)
From: Gabriel Mapel via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Fri, 20 Jan 2017 03:04:23 +0000 (UTC)
Hi all,Tonight my dad and I headed up to the south district of Shenandoah 
National Park to try for N. Saw-whet Owls (NSWO) after two were found in the 
park last winter.  We entered at Rockfish Gap (southern point of SNP & Skyline 
Dr mile 105.5) and went as far north as Turk Gap Parking Area (mile 94) and 
stopped at about 5-6 places along the way listening for owls.  As luck would 
have it we found 2 NSWO in the same areas as last winter's birds. 

Our first stop was at Beagle Gap (Skyline Drive mile 99.5) where a NSWO was 
heard repeatedly last January giving both the toot song and the alarm call 
(rising, screechy cat-like call.)  Last year the bird was heard calling on the 
east side of the drive, off of the Appalachian Trail, in the woods near the 
edges of the large meadow at Beagle Gap.  If you hike up the Appalachian Trail 
through the meadow on the east side of the drive once you are about halfway 
through the meadow you are no longer in Shenandoah NP.  Using playback is 
prohibited in the park but not outside the park.  This evening I was about 2/3 
of the way through the meadow and just off the trail when I chose to use a 
little bit of playback in hopes of locating a NSWO.  Within a couple minutes 
the bird called a total of 5 times giving the alarm call.  It called from 
across Skyline Drive from where I was.  It was in Augusta County on the west 
side of Skyline Dr.  The Appalachian Trail crosses Skyline Drive at Beagle Gap 
with another large meadow that the trail goes through on the west side of the 
road.  Almost this entire meadow is outside the park so playback is allowed.  
It sounded like the bird was in the forest on the NW side of this meadow.  
Once we heard the bird we crossed the road to get closer to where the bird 
was.  We stayed at least 10 more minutes but did not use much more playback in 
an effort to not disturb the bird.  The bird never called again but when it 
called those five times although we were a couple hundred yards away with the 
calm wind we were able to hear it very well.  If anyone decides to try for 
this bird and chooses to use playback be sure to make sure you are outside the 
park boundary when using playback. 


The second NSWO we had was in an area where a NSWO was heard and reported by 
several Albemarle County birders in November-December 2015.  This location is 
in Albemarle along the Appalachian Trail on the east side of Skyline Drive, 
approximately 150 yards south on the trail from the AT/Skyline Drive crossing 
at Sawmill Run Overlook (mile 95.3).  This area is well within the park so 
playback is prohibited but vocal/whistling non-electronic imitations are 
allowed.  However we didn't even have to use that tonight as right as we 
walked up into the pine grove along the AT the bird gave the alarm call from 
very close range!  


Other sightings along our drive along Skyline Drive tonight included 1 Barred 
Owl, 1 Am. Woodcock flushed from the meadow at Beagle Gap, 1 Striped Skunk and 
1 Raccoon. 


Good Luck to anyone that tries for the NSWOs and feel free to let me know if 
you have any questions.Gabriel MapelNew Hope 


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Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Leggett's Bottom, Hwy 58W, Jan 16, 2017
From: Jeff Blalock <jcbabirder AT gcronline.com>
Date: Thu, 19 Jan 2017 18:30:38 -0500
Greetings all

On Monday I went to the Richmond - Danville Trail to look for birds in 
Pittsylvania County and just after I crossed the Dan River on Hwy 58W at 
Leggett's Bottom I saw a flock of 30 Wild Turkeys out in the open. 


Got a picture of the big flock. 

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


Begin forwarded message:

> From: ebird-checklist AT cornell.edu
> Date: January 19, 2017 at 6:24:47 PM EST
> To: jcbabirder AT gcronline.com
> Subject: eBird Report - Leggett's Bottom, Hwy 58W, Jan 16, 2017
> 
> Leggett's Bottom, Hwy 58W, Halifax, Virginia, US
> Jan 16, 2017 9:30 AM - 9:35 AM
> Protocol: Stationary
> 1 species
> 
> Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo)  30
> 
> View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S33719605
> 
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
> 
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Subject: Silver Lake Quarry Pond
From: KELLY K <tripacct1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 19 Jan 2017 01:38:20 +0000
Observed only one male Hooded Merganser on the quarry pond at Silver Lake,
Prince William County. Very quiet.

Kelly Krechmer
Fauquier County
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Subject: Cackling Geese, Greater White-Fronted Geese and a Snow Goose in Bristow, Prince William County
From: KELLY K <tripacct1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 19 Jan 2017 00:44:31 +0000
Sent message before signing...











Kelly Krechmer

Fauquier County
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Subject: No Northern Shrike seen at Sully this afternoon
From: KELLY K <tripacct1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 19 Jan 2017 00:40:14 +0000
I dipped on the Northern Shrike at Sully Woodlands today.

Kelly Krechmer
Fauquier County
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Subject: Cackling Geese, Greater White-Fronted Geese and a Snow Goose in Bristow, Prince William County
From: KELLY K <tripacct1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 19 Jan 2017 00:38:52 +0000
I stopped by New Bristow Village Pond on December 28, 2016 and was scanning
the Canadian Geese with my bins hoping to find a Cackling Goose. Instead, I
was amazed to find a lifer and first for the area: three Greater
White-fronted Geese. Since then some of you have been fortunate to also
tick them off your list after a visit to the pond.

I returned 4-5 time since the new year and dipped on seeing them again each
visit. I would have thought they moved on if it were not for other birders
seeing them this year!

Today, I dipped on seeing the Greater White-fronted Geese again!
I decided to return to the pond an hour later though. I am so glad I did
because they came back!  Not only did I see them, I also saw 10 cute
Cackling Geese, and a Snow Goose along with at least 500 Canada Geese (the
most I have ever seen here!!). Made my day!

New Bristow Village Pond is now listed as a Hotspot for Prince William
County. I began birding this residential area pond in February last year.

My list for today:

New Bristow Village pond, Prince William, Virginia, US
Jan 18, 2017 11:20 AM - 12:21 PM
Protocol: Traveling
0.25 mile(s)
Comments:
Start: 55 sunny
End: 70 sunny

11 species

Greater White-fronted Goose (Anser albifrons)  3     Video and photo
https://youtu.be/xHeiZZ_7RfY
Snow Goose (Chen caerulescens)  1
Cackling Goose (Branta hutchinsii)  10     Video and photo.
https://youtu.be/59pV_WzELQUcounted 10 mixed in with Canada Geese. Not all
of them are in the photo and video.
Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  500     Estimate
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata)  2     Pair
Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus)  10
Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus)  2
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)  1
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)  1     Adult
Fish Crow (Corvus ossifragus)  2
Field Sparrow (Spizella pusilla)  1

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S33767897

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org/VA)
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Subject: Trip to Southern Texas
From: Allen Bryan via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Thu, 19 Jan 2017 00:32:08 +0000 (UTC)
I visited southern Texas along the Rio Grande Valley during the 2nd week of 
January.Some photos can be found at: 

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Allen Allen Bryan Richmond, Va. www.visitingnature.com
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Subject: Baltimore Oriole - Belle Haven North Parking lot - Fairfax County
From: Sarah G <sarchrisgus AT hotmail.com>
Date: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 21:40:22 +0000
I saw a first-year female Baltimore Oriole this afternoon. It was on the ground 
foraging in leaves on the Potomac river side of the Mt. Vernon trail, north of 
the Belle Haven North Parking lot, about halfway to Hunting Creek Bridge. After 
about 5 minutes, it went into an opening/hole in some tight ground brush. 
Photos on Ebird checklist at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S33769621. 


Regards,
Sarah Gustafson
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Subject: Sandhill Cranes -Loudoun Co.
From: david.boltz4 AT gmail.com
Date: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 14:38:19 -0500
2 Sandhill Cranes are still present at the ponds at Algonkian Nature Preserve 
just east of Leesburg in Loudoun County. They were seen and photographed by me 
and Bill Parkin just after noon today. 


Dave Boltz

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Subject: Northern Virginia Bird Club walk Huntley Meadows Park -- Jan 18, 2017
From: Thomas Nardone <nardonet AT verizon.net>
Date: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 13:40:41 -0500
Five birders participated in the NVBC walk this morning at Huntley Meadows 
Park. The highlight was two bald eagles seen circling repeatedly over the 
wetlands. Complete list is shown below. 



Jan 18, 2017
8:30 AM
Traveling
1.50 miles
150 Minutes


200 Canada Goose
3 American Black Duck
50 Mallard
20 Northern Shoveler
8 Hooded Merganser
1 Great Blue Heron
1 Black Vulture
2 Turkey Vulture
3 Bald Eagle
1 Red-tailed Hawk
25 Ring-billed Gull
5 Mourning Dove
3 Red-headed Woodpecker
1 Red-bellied Woodpecker
8 Downy Woodpecker
1 Northern Flicker
1 Merlin
2 Blue Jay
3 Fish Crow
5 crow sp.
12 Carolina Chickadee
2 Tufted Titmouse
3 White-breasted Nuthatch
2 Carolina Wren
1 Golden-crowned Kinglet
6 Eastern Bluebird
1 American Robin
5 White-throated Sparrow
6 Song Sparrow
2 Swamp Sparrow
2 Eastern Towhee
1 Northern Cardinal
50 Red-winged Blackbird
2 American Goldfinch

Number of Taxa: 34



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Subject: Question re/ Chaney Island
From: Stephen Grimes <sternman AT cox.net>
Date: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 10:12:35 -0500
Is this area still off limits to birders or have they re-instituted limited 
public visits? 


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Subject: Highland & Bath County field trip
From: Herbert Larner via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 23:29:24 +0000 (UTC)
Hello all

This coming Saturday 21st I will be leading a field trip to Highland & Bath 
Counties in search of Rough-legged Hawk , Golden Eagle , Ducks of any kind in 
Bath County . Meet at 07 :30 at the North Coalter St. Food Lion lower parking 
lot . bring snacks , lunch , & dress for the weather . The Temps look like they 
will be in or around 60 degrees on Saturday . Contact Allen Larner at 
birdergonewild AT yahoo.com for further info . Hoppe to see you all there . 


On the other side of the coin I did a little birding around Augusta County this 
morning in search of any waterfowl that may have dropped in with this last 
weather system . The only good waterfowl found was one Common Merganser at the 
Boy Scout Camp in Swoope . On the other hand I did find a total of 30 Common 
Ravens thru out Augusta County . 


Allen Larner
Staunton 
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Subject: Highland & bath County field trip
From: Herbert Larner via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 23:17:05 +0000 (UTC)
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Subject: FW: DC Area, 1/17/2017
From: "Joe Coleman" <joecoleman AT rstarmail.com>
Date: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 12:51:27 -0500
FYI Joe Coleman

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

Hotline:     Voice of the Naturalist
Date:        1/17/2017
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, Jan 10 and was
completed on Tuesday, Jan 17 at 10:15 a.m. 

Information on noteworthy birds 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 BARROW'S GOLDENEYE* in MD, WESTERN GREBE* in
VA, RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD in MD and VA, SNOWY OWL in VA, BLACK-THROATED GRAY
WARBLER* in MD and WESTERN TANAGER* in VA. 

Other birds of interest this week included geese, TRUMPETER SWAN, ducks
including EURASIAN WIGEON, COMMON EIDERS, and HARLEQUIN, RED-NECKED GREBE,
RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD, SANDHILL CRANE, RAZORBILL, BLACK-HEADED and
ICELAND GULLS,  pelicans, AMERICAN BITTERN, GREEN HERON, SHORT-EARED OWL,
LOGGERHEAD and NORTHERN SHRIKES, BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEE, BROWN-HEADED
NUTHATCH, SNOW BUNTING, warblers, CLAY-COLORED SPARROW, LARK SPARROW, and
LINCOLN'S SPARROWS.

TOP BIRDS

The drake BARROW'S GOLDENEYE* continued to be seen at the Elm's
Environmental Education Center, St. Mary's Co, MD with the most recent
sighting on Jan 13. If looking for this bird do not drive in but park in the
hunter's parking lot before the gate and walk about a mile to the bay and
then several hundred yards to the north. 

A WESTERN GREBE* was seen Jan 10 from Sandfiddler Rd and White Cap Ln,
Virginia Beach VA. One was also reported from the Back Bay NWR, Virginia
Beach, VA on Jan 16 a bit north of the closed area signs.

A RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD was captured and banded Jan 14 at the Belvedere
Community, Portsmouth, VA. A continuing young female RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD in
Wildewood, St. Mary's Co, MD was seen most recently on Jan 15. 

A SNOWY OWL was seen at Chincoteague NWR, Accomack Co, VA on Jan 14, 15 and
16. 

A continuing BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER* at Tydings Memorial Park, Harford
Co, MD was last seen on Jan 15. 

The continuing female WESTERN TANAGER* in a residential yard in the Alanton
neighborhood of Virginia Beach, VA was seen as recently as Jan 13. 

OTHER BIRDS OF INTEREST

GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE were seen at several locations in the reporting
area including one at Anacostia Park, SE DC on Jan 10; three continuing
individuals at Bristow Village Lake, Prince William Co, VA on Jan 16; and as
many as 5 continued on Broadford Lake, Garrett Co, MD, on Jan 16. There was
also one at Black Hill Regional Park, Montgomery Co, MD on Jan 11 and 12;
one at Lake Churchill, Montgomery Co, MD as recently as Jan 12; and one at
the Solomons, Calvert Co, MD on Jan 13. Two GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE were
seen Jan 16 in a storm water pond at Sentara RMH Hospital, Rockingham Co,
VA; on the same day 2 continuing GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE were seen at
the nearby 2041 Solera Ct.  Another was seen at the Quarry pond,
Fishersville, Augusta Co, VA on Jan 16. Several were seen from the 13th
through the 16th at the Bombay Hook NWR, Kent Co, DE.

Inland SNOW GEESE continued to be found in a number of locations in both MD
and VA. ROSS'S GEESE were also seen at a number of locations including a 2nd
that joined the continuing ROSS'S GOOSE at Lake of the Woods in Orange Co,
VA on Jan 10. One was seen Jan 11 on the Potomac from Quantico, Prince
William Co, VA. One was also seen as recently as Jan 13 in the private pond
at the Rubbermaid Factory in Frederick Co, VA. There was one at Shirley
Plantation, Charles City Co, VA on Jan 12. There was also one on Jan 13 and
16 at the pond behind the Walmart in Madison Heights, Amherst Co, VA. In
Delaware's Kent Co a ROSS'S GOOSE was seen at Speedway X Zoar Rd on Jan 12
and at a private residence in Sussex Co, on Jan 13 and 14. CACKLING GEESE
were seen throughout the region.

Continuing TRUMPETER SWANS were seen as recently as Jan 16 at Lake
Artemesia, Prince George's Co, MD and at Perryville Community Park, Cecil
Co, MD. Two untagged TRUMPETER SWANS were seen at Black Hill Regional Park,
Montgomery Co, MD on Jan 12 while the longstanding tagged TRUMPETER SWAN was
seen at the nearby Lake Churchill as recently as Jan 15. On Jan 15 two
TRUMPETER SWANS were seen moving from the Patton Turf Farm to Edwards Ferry,
Montgomery Co, MD. Two likely TRUMPETER SWANS (tagged) flew over a house in
Taylorstown, Loudoun Co, VA on Jan 15. 

A EURASIAN WIGEON was seen Jan 11 at Pleasure House Point Natural Area,
Virginia Beach, VA. One was seen Jan 15 with American Wigeons off the
observation boardwalk, Back Bay NWR, Virginia Beach, VA. 

A SURF SCOTER was seen Jan 15 on Lake Shenandoah, Rockingham Co, VA. Another
inland SURF SCOTER was found from Tide  Lock Park, Alexandria, VA in the
Potomac River (DC waters) Jan 16. Two Common Eiders were seen at Point
Lookout SP, St. Mary's Co, MD throughout the week. Nine COMMON EIDERS were
seen Jan 16 at Indian River Inlet, DE. A HARLEQUIN DUCK was spotted Jan 14
in the main channel behind the Marian Bay Hotel, Chincoteague, Accomack Co,
VA. A LONG-TAILED DUCK was seen Jan 14 and 15 in the Potomac River (DC
waters) from Tide Lock Park, Alexandria, VA.

A RED-NECKED GREBE was observed Jan 15 from the Lower Lake Overlook, Kerr
Reservoir, Mecklenburg Co, VA. Multiple RED-NECKED GREBES were in the
Potomac River off of Hains Point, SW DC Jan 15 and 16; while Hains Point
will be closed until at least Jan 21, they were also visible with a scope
from Gravelly Point, Arlington Co, VA. A RED-NECKED GREBE was also found Jan
16 at Elizabeth Dixon Park, Anne Arundel Co, MD.

A RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD continues to visit a window feeder at a
residence in the Alanton neighborhood of Virginia Beach, VA, with the latest
report on Jan 13. A likely RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD was seen Jan 14 in Cape
Charles, Northampton Co, VA.    

On Jan 11 a SANDHIILL CRANE flew over the Marriott Lake at Dulles Airport.
The two continuing SANDHILL CRANES at the Algonkian Nature Preserve, Loudoun
Co, VA, were seen as recently as Jan 15. On Jan 15 and 16 two SANDHILL
CRANES were seen in the Green Springs area on East Jack Jouett Rd, Louisa
Co, VA.

RAZORBILLS were seen in multiple locations in Virginia Beach; there were as
many as 20 at Little Island Park on Jan 15, two at Fort Story on Jan 12, and
3 seen from Sandfiddler Rd and White Cap Ln on the 10th.

Both a BLACK-HEADED GULL and an ICELAND GULL were seen from the Tom's Cove
Visitor center, Chincoteague NWR, Accomack Co, VA on Jan 14 and 15; the
BLACK-HEADED GULL was also seen on the 16th. A BLACK-HEADED GULL was seen
last week at Wolfe Neck Wastewater Treatment Plant, Rehoboth Beach, Sussex
Co, DE. Two ICELAND GULLS were found Jan 10 among 3,000 or so gulls in the
open water around the pier at North East Community Park, Cecil Co, MD. An
ICELAND GULL was seen Jan 16 at the Eastern Sanitary Landfill (restricted
access), Baltimore, MD.

Varying numbers of AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS were seen in a number of
locations in Virginia Beach throughout the week. An AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN
was seen Jan 11 and 12 at the Perryville Community Park, Cecil Co, MD. A
BROWN PELICAN, apparently the first ever seen in Fairfax Co, VA, was found
at Pohick Bay on Jan 13 and seen again the 14th and 15th; it was seen from
the boat rental parking lot.

The AMERICAN BITTERN at Black Marsh, North Point SP, Baltimore Co, MD was
seen through Jan 12. The very late GREEN HERON at Ben Brenman Park,
Alexandria, VA, was most recent reported on Jan 15.

Birders continue to enjoy seeing SHORT-EARED OWLS at fields along Konterra
Drive in Prince George's Co, MD, with the latest sighting on Jan 16. The
owner's restrictions on access to this location may be viewed on posts to MD
Birding and the MD Birding Facebook page on Jan 6. SHORT-EARED OWLS were
also seen at a number of other locations including two during the first
census of the year at Poplar Island, Talbot Co, MD, on Jan 11 and flying
over the fields south of Harrison Rd, The Plains, Fauquier Co, VA on Jan 13.
On Jan 15 SHORT-EARED OWLS were seen flying along East Jack Jouett Rd,
Louisa Co, VA as well as from Stone Bridge Rd near Milldale, Warren Co, VA.

A continuing NORTHERN SHRIKE* was seen along the Observation and the
Boardwalk Trail at Prime Hook NWR, Sussex Co, DE with reports through Jan
15. The NORTHERN SHRIKE found in Montgomery Co, MD on Jan 1 was last
reported on Jan 13; it was viewed from a parking lot along Triadelphia Lake
Rd. The continuing NORTHERN SHRIKE along Bens Point Road in Queen Anne's Co,
MD was seen most recently on Jan 16. The NORTHERN SHRIKE* that has been
present at the Sully Woodlands, Fairfax Co, VA since early October was seen
as recently as Jan 15. 

Confirmed widely scattered sightings of irruptive BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEES in
MD and VA continued this past week. 

As many as 3 BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCHES were seen in Southern Park, Charles Co,
MD on Jan 16.

A continuing SNOW BUNTING mixed in with a flock of Horned Larks was seen
again along Strickley Road in Augusta Co, VA on Jan 13 and 15. Two SNOW
BUNTINGS continued to be seen at Point Lookout SP, St. Mary's Co with the
most recent report from Jan 16. 

ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS were found at several locations in DC, MD and VA.
Over-wintering NASHVILLE WARBLERS include one at the Cheriton Landfill,
Northampton Co, VA, seen as recently as Jan 11; another in Pinecrest,
Fairfax Co, VA on Jan 14 and 15; and still another Jan 15 at Kingman Island,
NE DC; one has also been reported from Heritage Island which is next to
Kingman Island.

A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was seen again at Big Water Farm (private), Queen
Anne's Co, MD on Jan 11. A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW turned up at a feeder in
James City Co, VA, on Jan 16. A LARK SPARROW was found Jan 12 at the
Botetourt Center at Greenfield, Botetourt Co, VA. A LINCOLN'S SPARROW was
seen Jan 10 at Lilypons Water Gardens, Frederick Co, MD. The continuing
LINCOLN'S SPARROW was seen again from the Boardwalk at Back Bay NWR,
Virginia Beach, VA, with the latest sighting on Jan 15. A LINCOLN'S SPARROW
was seen Jan 16 at the Occoquan Bay NWR, Woodbridge, Prince William Co, VA;
it was with a flock of Song Sparrows at the end of Easy Rd. at the junction
with Deep Hole Point.
  
***

This week's report was based on reports on the DE, MD, VA, and WV list
servers, and 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: Re: Announcement of Kenneth Clark White's Death in Daily Press, Sun., Jan.15, 2017
From: "Bruno, Rexanne" <bruno AT lynchburg.edu>
Date: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 16:16:18 +0000
I was saddened to read of Clark White's death. He lead many local and state 
birding field trips. His obituary is online at 
http://m.legacy.com/obituaries/DailyPress/obituary.aspx?n=Kenneth-Clark-White&pid=183585681&referrer=340&preview=True 


Rexanne Bruno
Virginia Beach, VA
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Subject: Adult male Baltimore oriole continues (Lynchburg)
From: Ashley Lohr <aklohr AT vt.edu>
Date: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 09:53:43 -0500
Private residence. Stops by the feeder daily for oranges and other fruit :)

Ashley Lohr
Loudoun County/Lynchburg/Athens, GA
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Subject: Potential Nashville Warbler at Belle Haven Park
From: Quinn Emmering <qemmering AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 08:26:55 -0500
On Monday, January 16 (about 10:00 AM), I may have spotted a Nashville
warbler at Belle Haven Park along GW parkway bike trail.  It was in a
weedy/brushy area across from the southernmost "No Parking sign".  I got
only a quick glimpse through binos before it disappeared, hence my
reservation on confidently calling it.  I hung around for about 15-20 more
minutes, but could not relocate it.  Looked like it had a contrasting green
body and gray head feathers, yellow underside, and conspicuous white
eye-ring.  Could have been a common yellowthroat as one was seen near mile
marker 8 by another birder, but where I saw the potential Nashville was
200-300 meters from where the common yellowthroat was seen... and that
eye-ring really popped so not likely a yellowthroat.

Also the Orange-crowned warbler was still present in same general area as
previously reported plus two Merlins were chasing each other over the golf
course.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S33724724

Anyway, if anyone is out there this week see if you can relocate the
Nashville.

Cheers,
Quinn
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Subject: Photographer Bob Schamerhorn featured at Williamsburg Bird Club meeting Jan 18
From: Shirley Devan <sedevan52 AT cox.net>
Date: Mon, 16 Jan 2017 20:57:50 -0500
Greetings, 

Well-known and award-winning nature and bird photographer Bob Schamerhorn will 
present a new program on “Birds of Prey” at the regular meeting of the 
Williamsburg Bird Club this Wednesday, January 18, 2017. 


Experience the beauty and majesty of these apex predators. This program 
includes some of our most exciting, fierce, and perhaps most interesting North 
American predatory birds which includes: Hawks, Owls, Falcons, Eagles and even 
Vultures. Bob will focus primarily on mid-Atlantic raptor species, with 
information on food, migration, adaptations and identification. Learn about 
some of their protection history, survival struggles, and successes. Includes 
stories and discussion of the characteristics of these amazing birds. 
Presentation displayed in colorful award winning photography, with HD Video 
clips, audio samples. Here is the link to Bob’s website: 
http://www.iphotobirds.com 


Time: 7 pm

Location: W&M Campus, Andrews Hall, Room 101. Park in front of Phi Beta Kappa 
Hall, 601 Jamestown Road, Williamsburg. Here is a link to the Parking Pass you 
will need to park on campus. 
http://williamsburgbirdclub.org/wbc/index.php/parking-permit 


This meeting, like all Williamsburg Bird Club meetings, is free and open to the 
public. 


Please join us!

Shirley Devan
Williamsburg Bird Club
Cell Ph: 757.813.1322
Look for me on Facebook ...






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Subject: Ross's Goose, Madison Heights, Amherst, Co
From: Nena Morgan <nmorgan0707 AT mac.com>
Date: Mon, 16 Jan 2017 18:50:10 -0500
Mark Johnson saw the Ross’s Goose this afternoon at the pond behind Walmart 
at 1530. It comes in with the Canada Geese in the late afternoon. 

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Subject: Clay-colored Sparrow at Feeder in James City County
From: Brian Taber via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Mon, 16 Jan 2017 17:48:15 -0500
There's a photo on the Blog at the Coastal VA Wildlife Observatory website at 
www.cvwo.org 


of a Clay-colored Sparrow at my feeder this afternoon. If it returns I'll make 
another post. 


Brian Taber
CVWO
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Subject: Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk
From: Harry Glasgow via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Mon, 16 Jan 2017 22:22:44 +0000 (UTC)
A large gathering came together for today's Huntley Meadows Monday Morning 
Birdwalk, and we tallied 45 species.  Our highlights included a lone Gray 
Catbird;  large flocks of Canada Geese, Mallards, and American Crows; and what 
appeared to be a 4th year Bald Eagle circling lazily over the central wetland. 
 Our thanks to Stuart and Pam Davis for hosting our tally breakfast in their 
delightful home. 

Canada Goose  250
American Black Duck  3
Mallard  100
Northern Shoveler  19
Northern Pintail  20
Green-winged Teal  15
Hooded Merganser  8
Turkey Vulture  1
Cooper's Hawk  1
Bald Eagle  1
Red-shouldered Hawk  3
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Ring-billed Gull  8
Mourning Dove  6
Barred Owl  2
Red-headed Woodpecker  5
Red-bellied Woodpecker  10
Downy Woodpecker  10
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  1
Pileated Woodpecker  2
Eastern Phoebe  1
Blue Jay  4
American Crow  60
Fish Crow  1
Carolina Chickadee  12
Tufted Titmouse  6
White-breasted Nuthatch  8
Brown Creeper  3
Winter Wren  1
Carolina Wren  6
Golden-crowned Kinglet  6
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  2
Eastern Bluebird  6
American Robin  12
Gray Catbird  1
Dark-eyed Junco  1
White-throated Sparrow  17
Song Sparrow  6
Eastern Towhee  6
Northern Cardinal  10
Red-winged Blackbird  35
Common Grackle  4
American Goldfinch  9
House Sparrow  2

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

Harry Glasgow
Friends of Huntley Meadows Park
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Subject: Lincoln's Sparrow continues at Occoquan Bay NWR
From: Daniel Lebbin <djlebbin AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 16 Jan 2017 14:06:18 -0500
at the end of Easy Rd. at junction with Deep Hole Point with 8 Song
Sparrows.
-Dan
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Subject: Greater - white fronted Geese at Quarry pond Fishersville
From: Herbert Larner via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Mon, 16 Jan 2017 18:40:38 +0000 (UTC)
Hello all 

After getting off work this morning I went over to the Quarry pond in 
Fishersville to see if I could find the 6 Cackling Geese . It was just starting 
to get light enough to see what was there & mixed in the group of Canada's of 
about 450 + was only one Cackling Goose & two GWF Geese . Other waterfowl there 
was 2 Redheads , the continuing Coot , Bufflehead & 6 Horned Grebe's . 


Allen Larner
Staunton 
 
 
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Subject: Greater - white fronted Geese at Quarry pond Fishersville
From: Herbert Larner via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Mon, 16 Jan 2017 18:34:53 +0000 (UTC)
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Subject: Greater White-fronted and Snow Geese, Rockingham
From: Diane L via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Mon, 16 Jan 2017 17:46:51 +0000 (UTC)
This morning, two of each were at a storm water pond west of Sentara RMH 
Hospital. They flew before I left, heading towards the hospital. 

Diane Lepkowski

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Subject: Announcement of Kenneth Clark White's Death in Daily Press, Sun., Jan.15, 2017
From: <benmarycop AT cavtel.net>
Date: Mon, 16 Jan 2017 10:45:35 -0600
Virginia Birders, I was shocked to read of Clark White's Jan. 8 death, as 
posted in yesterday's Daily Press, Newport News, Va. 


The only info I have is from the obit.  Service will be private. . 

Memorial made to St. Marks Lutheran Church Missions, 118 Old York-Hampton Hwy., 
Yorktown, VA. 23692. Arrangements by Amory Funeral Home, Grafton, VA. 


Clark was a member of all our local bird clubs and served in different 
capacities since the mid-to late 1990's. He and wife Marilyn lived at Kiln 
Creek for many years. 


Enjoyed participating in the Audubon Christmas counts and the endless field 
trips made w/Hampton Rds Bird Club, Wmsbg and Cape Henry as well as very active 
at Hoffler Creek, Portsmouth. 


Mary Copeland
Hampton Rds Bird Club
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Subject: Yorktown-Colonial Parkway-Jamestown
From: Barbara Houston <rinksyd AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 16 Jan 2017 06:30:39 -0500
Judy Jones and I spent the cloudy, dark morning in Yorktown and worked 
our way down the parkway to Jamestowne Island.  It was cold and windy, 
and the small birds were hard to find.  The highlight of the day was 
most definitely the pair of Common Goldeneye at the Yorktown 
waterfront.  They stayed around the area the entire time we were there 
among the Buffleheads and Loons.

On the day, we observed seven different bald eagle nests and had 
activity on four of them.  We saw quite a few eagles flying around on 
the day, so it looks like nesting has not quite started in our area.

A fun morning out with the birds...

A few pics of the Goldeneye are at: http://fynefoto.phanfare.com/14413805

Yorktown Beach
Bufflehead    20
Common Goldeneye    2
Common Loon    5
Great Blue Heron    2
Black Vulture    2
Turkey Vulture    2
Bald Eagle    3
Ring-billed Gull    3
Herring Gull    2

Colonial National Historical Park--Yorktown Battlefield
Canada Goose    23
Mute Swan    2
Great Blue Heron    3
Black Vulture    2
Turkey Vulture    3
Bald Eagle    5
Red-shouldered Hawk    1
Red-tailed Hawk    1
hawk sp.    1
Great Black-backed Gull    1
Mourning Dove    3
Belted Kingfisher    1
Red-bellied Woodpecker    1
Downy Woodpecker    1
Northern Flicker    1
Blue Jay    2
American Crow    2
Carolina Chickadee    5
Tufted Titmouse    2
American Robin    8
Brown Thrasher    2
Northern Mockingbird    1
European Starling    4
Yellow-rumped Warbler    12
White-throated Sparrow    5
Eastern Towhee    1
Northern Cardinal    7
Common Grackle    3

Jamestown Island
Great Blue Heron    1
Black Vulture    1
Turkey Vulture    2
Bald Eagle    5
Downy Woodpecker    1
Blue Jay    3
American Crow    1
Carolina Chickadee    5
Tufted Titmouse    2
Eastern Bluebird    5
American Robin    3
Brown Thrasher    2
Northern Mockingbird    1
Yellow-rumped Warbler    13
White-throated Sparrow    4
Eastern Towhee    1
Northern Cardinal    5






















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Subject: Re: Brown Pelican continues at Pohick Bay Regional Park, Fairfax County
From: Sarah Anderson via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Sun, 15 Jan 2017 22:48:27 -0500
 I'm just going through the photos I took today of the Brown Pelican at Pohick. 
It has a silver band on its right leg. I don't think I'll be able to make out 
any numbers on the band but if I do, I'll report back! 


BTW, it was fairly active this afternoon and made several very close fly-bys 
near the shore at the far end of the parking area (the parking area at the 
opposite end of the park from where the bathrooms and playground are). 


 

Sarah Anderson
Cabin John, MD
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Subject: Possible Trumpeter Swans in Loudoun County
From: Gerco H <drgerco AT hotmail.com>
Date: Mon, 16 Jan 2017 02:46:53 +0000
This morning, we had a very big surprise flying low over the yard. Barely above 
the tree tops at an altitude of 40-50 ft., 2 big white swans came slowly flying 
over the yard. Had enough time to get bino's an get out of the house when the 
birds flew almost straight over us. 


Observation details:
1 - Both birds had a neck band, that was (vaded) red. No numbers could be read.
2 - In flight: Large white swan with a longish black bill and black feet. Size 
of the bird was comparable with that of a Mute Swan. Bill appeared to be 
straight, entirely black except for a red stripe on the lower bill. The birds 
were silent in flight. Overall the birds were entirely white. 

3 - Bird were flying in Northern direction.

Ruled out :
1 - Snow Goose: birds were too large and no black wing tips present.
2 - Mute Swan: About same size, but Mute Swans have an orange bill.
3 - Tundra Swan: Initial assessment was this bird, but it was a tad odd they 
were not calling, a bit bigger (though this can be difficult to call), no 
yellow was seen on the bill and the red on the was clearly visible. 


Having no camera ready for photos and a short observation time, I call this 
"possible" Trumpeter Swans. 


Web research indicates that red neck band are typically used for Trumpeter 
Swans. 


Thoughts are welcome.

Gerco
Leesburg, VA
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Subject: Short-eared show
From: Marc Ribaudo <moribaudo AT verizon.net>
Date: Sun, 15 Jan 2017 18:46:45 -0500
The short-eared owl show on Stone Bridge Rd near Milldale started at 3:40pm 
this afternoon.  Rich Rieger, Dave Boltz, Phil Silas and I were then treated 
to a great show as at least 5 owls coursed over both sides of the road.  
Absolutely enchanting.  


Marc Ribaudo

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Subject: NVBC Riverbend Park, Jan 15, 2017
From: Gerco H <drgerco AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sun, 15 Jan 2017 23:32:44 +0000
NVBC's rescheduled trip to Riverbend Park in Fairfax County was attend by 19 
people. The later start had the advantage of having very good light on the 
ducks on the river. No longer we were staring into the rising sun. 


Buffleheads, Canada Goose and Common Mergansers were quickly found and were 
present up and down the river. A large raft of ducks towards contained a lot of 
nice waterfowl including Ring-neck Duck, Redheads, Gadwall and American Wigeon. 
Nearby we found Lesser and one Greater Scaup, few Hooded Mergansers and 
Pied-billed Grebe. 


Several Herring and Ring-billed Gull were found and a few Turkey Vultures flew 
over. Towards the end of the trip we saw a Bald Eagle pair sitting next to each 
other in a large sycamore not too far a "their" nest. 


Near the visitors center a eastern red cedar tree was full of birds, including 
Ruby and Golden-crowned Kinglet, White-throated Sparrows, Chickadees and Tufted 
Titmouse. Given all the activity in the tree was searched without luck for a 
hidden owl. Ah well, you can’t have it all. 


Not much activity was recorded in the forest parts of the park, but a 
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (female) was found and she was not shy. 


As a group we recorded 37  species during a very nice afternoon walk.

Gerco
Leesburg, VA

Canada Goose  110
Gadwall  7
American Wigeon  2
American Black Duck  20
Mallard  12
Redhead  26
Ring-necked Duck  200
Greater Scaup  1
Lesser Scaup  4
Bufflehead  170
Hooded Merganser  6
Common Merganser  33
Pied-billed Grebe  3
Black Vulture  1
Turkey Vulture  2
Cooper's Hawk  1
Bald Eagle  2
Red-shouldered Hawk  1
Red-tailed Hawk  1
American Coot  51
Ring-billed Gull  12
Herring Gull  5
Mourning Dove  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  4
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  1
Downy Woodpecker  4
Pileated Woodpecker  1
American Crow  80
Fish Crow  8
Carolina Chickadee  12
Tufted Titmouse  8
White-breasted Nuthatch  3
Carolina Wren  1
Golden-crowned Kinglet  2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  2
White-throated Sparrow  4
Northern Cardinal  3

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Subject: Pohick Bay: Brown Pelican
From: Donald Sweig <skybirds.d AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 15 Jan 2017 17:35:48 -0500
 I failed to find the Brown pelican at Pohick Bay between about 2:45 and 41:5 
this afternoon. 

 I understand it was there earlier and left about 20 minutes before I arrived. 
Oh, well. 

   Donald Sweig
   Falls Church, Virginia




  

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Subject: Short-eared Owls and Sandhill Cranes
From: Andrew Rapp <lax3birder AT live.com>
Date: Sun, 15 Jan 2017 21:46:28 +0000
For anyone interested the Short-eared Owls off of East Jack Jouett Rd, Louisa 
are back including around five birds. Also there is a pair of Sandhill Cranes 
moving around the area of Green Springs and they can be seen off of East Jack 
Jouett Rd as well. For anyone interested in more details just send me an email 
and I can give more specific details on location. 


Good birding,

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Subject: Dyke Marsh, Jan 15, 2017
From: Larry Meade via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Sun, 15 Jan 2017 15:52:53 -0500
 This morning's group of seven birders enjoyed a pleasant walk at Dyke Marsh, 
This walk is held every Sunday morning at 8:00 AM and is sponsored by the 
Friends of Dyke Marsh, We managed 41 species despite a lack of diversity in 
both sparrows and waterfowl. A group of Killdeer and a Pileated Woodpecker were 
nice surprises. We also enjoyed an exciting eagle show as pairs of Bald Eagles 
flew together in pairs over our heads. We also saw male Hooded Mergansers 
displaying to a female. She did not seem impressed. 


Larry Meade

Merrifield, VA

 

 


Dyke Marsh, Fairfax, Virginia, US
Jan 15, 2017 8:00 AM - 11:20 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.5 mile(s)
41 species

Canada Goose  1150
Mallard  75
Lesser Scaup  30
Bufflehead  15
Common Merganser  28
Pied-billed Grebe  3
Horned Grebe  2
Double-crested Cormorant  12
Great Blue Heron  11
Turkey Vulture  1
Bald Eagle  9
Red-shouldered Hawk  1
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Killdeer  5
Ring-billed Gull  155
Herring Gull  10
Great Black-backed Gull  6
Mourning Dove  5
Belted Kingfisher  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  4
Downy Woodpecker  4
Northern Flicker  5
Pileated Woodpecker  1
Blue Jay  20
American Crow  5
Fish Crow  50
Carolina Chickadee  2
Tufted Titmouse  8
Carolina Wren  10
American Robin  80
Northern Mockingbird  2
European Starling  30
White-throated Sparrow  10
Song Sparrow  15
Swamp Sparrow  2
Northern Cardinal  12
Red-winged Blackbird  45
Brown-headed Cowbird  6
House Finch  5
American Goldfinch  20
House Sparrow  2

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Subject: Snowy Owl being seen ChIncoteague NWR South of South Parking Lot
From: Bill Hohenstein <elliety AT msn.com>
Date: Sun, 15 Jan 2017 18:39:29 +0000
Being seen now from over wash area 1/2 mile down from south parking lot. My 
sister is there and sent me a text with a photo. 

________________________________
From: va-bird  on behalf of Dave 
Larsen - Birding  

Sent: Sunday, January 15, 2017 12:17:26 PM
To: Virginia Birding
Subject: [Va-bird] Brown Pelican continues at Pohick Bay Regional Park, Fairfax 
County 


Just flew past boat launch ramp. Resting on water.

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Subject: Brown Pelican continues at Pohick Bay Regional Park, Fairfax County
From: Dave Larsen - Birding <hirundo AT comcast.net>
Date: Sun, 15 Jan 2017 12:17:26 -0500
Just flew past boat launch ramp. Resting on water. 

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Subject: Great Falls National Park Walk (Fairfax County)
From: Marshall Rawson via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Sun, 15 Jan 2017 11:11:23 -0500
Our group of six birders tallied 29 species. It was the morning of spotting 
juncoes. An eagle was seen on Conn Island, but no activity on the nest. All are 
welcome to join this regular Sunday walk, which meets at 8:00am in the visitors 
center parking lot. -- Marshal Rawson, McLean VA 


Canada Goose 90
American Black Duck 9
Mallard 6
Ring-necked Duck 40
Bufflehead 50
Common Merganser 7
Pied-billed Grebe 2
Great Blue Heron 1
Black Vulture 12
Turkey Vulture 4
Bald Eagle 1
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Ring-billed Gull 12
Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
Downy Woodpecker 4
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Pileated Woodpecker 2
Blue Jay 6
American Crow 4
Carolina Chickadee 10
Tufted Titmouse 5
White-breasted Nuthatch 4
Brown Creeper 1
Carolina Wren 4
Eastern Bluebird 3
American Robin 1
Dark-eyed Junco 40
Song Sparrow 2
American Goldfinch 8
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Subject: RFI: brown Pelican
From: Donald Sweig <skybirds.d AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 15 Jan 2017 09:44:35 -0500
Has anyone looked for and found, or not found, the brown pelican at Pohick Bay 
this morning? 

   Thanks.
   Donald Sweig
   Falls Church, Virginia

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Subject: Bird Club Field Trip to CBBT by Boat, January 28
From: Shirley Devan <sedevan52 AT cox.net>
Date: Sun, 15 Jan 2017 07:47:09 -0500
The Williamsburg Bird Club is sponsoring its annual boat trip to Chesapeake Bay 
Bridge Tunnel Islands Saturday, January 28th, 2017. 


Geoff Giles has chartered the Bay Princess, a large comfortable boat, for this 
eye-level look at the bay ducks and other wonderful species around the tunnel 
islands. Birding and photo opportunities should be very good from the boat. The 
boat will stay around the CBBT tunnel islands and pilings and will likely go as 
far as Fisherman Island near the Eastern Shore and then out to the Capes near 
the mouth of the Bay if the birds are there. 


The Bay Bridge Tunnel islands area tends to have smoother water than ocean 
trips with many of the same exciting views of birds. It will be possible to do 
some birding from the warm, dry cabin, but the best views and photos will be 
from outside on deck, so clothing that protects against wind and dampness is 
recommended. 


The last few years this trip has given us some views and photo ops with 
humpbacked whales and harbor seals as well as ducks. 


We will gather at 8:30 a.m. to board the Bay Princess which will leave at 9 
a.m. from Dockside Restaurant & Marina, 3311 Shore Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 
23451. We will return to the dock about 1 pm. 


“Dockside" is a very good seafood restaurant at the marina for those inclined 
to have lunch on return. If the trip gets weathered out, we'll return your 
check, of course, or give you the option of a rain date about two weeks later. 


The fee is $30 per person. Your check is your reservation. Please mail your 
check early so we can be sure to have enough people for the trip to go -- we 
need 25. Include your email address and phone number so Geoff can get back to 
you to confirm and let you know the final details. 


Reservations will be taken on a first come, first served basis until the trip 
is filled. 


Please make checks ($30.00 per person) payable to “Williamsburg Bird Club” 
and mail to Club Treasurer Ann Carpenter, PO Box 764, Lightfoot, VA 23090. 

For additional info contact Geoff Giles at tylerandal2 AT aol.com or (757) 
645-8716. More info at Bird Club web site: http://williamsburgbirdclub.org/ 


We look forward to seeing you on board.


Geoff Giles and Shirley Devan
Williamsburg Bird Club
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Subject: Re: Brown pelican at Pohick
From: Betsy <betc AT cox.net>
Date: Sat, 14 Jan 2017 19:33:07 -0500
Oops, sorry, my sighting was for the white pelican, in Nov 2006.  

Betsy True

> On Jan 14, 2017, at 4:18 PM, David Boltz  wrote:
> 
> This was the first year I was a birder, around 2006-'07.
> 
> Dave
> 
> -----Original Message----- From: Bill McGovern
> Sent: Saturday, January 14, 2017 4:15 PM
> To: 'David Boltz' ; 'uberlarry' ; 'Fred Atwood' ; 'Marc Ribaudo'
> Cc: 'Va-bird'
> Subject: RE: [Va-bird] Brown pelican at Pohick
> 
> Dave:
> 
>   There was a White Pelican in Accotink Bay about 7 years ago.  I do not
> remember a Brown Pelican.
> 
> Bill
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: va-bird [mailto:va-bird-bounces+bmcgovern=cox.net AT listserve.com] On
> Behalf Of David Boltz
> Sent: Saturday, January 14, 2017 4:13 PM
> To: uberlarry ; Fred Atwood ; Marc
> Ribaudo 
> Cc: Va-bird 
> Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Brown pelican at Pohick
> 
> I believe there was one reported on Accotink Bay on Ft. Belvoir about 10
> years ago. I did not see it, but it was only there a short time.
> 
> Dave Boltz
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: uberlarry via va-bird
> Sent: Saturday, January 14, 2017 3:02 PM
> To: Fred Atwood ; Marc Ribaudo
> Cc: Va-bird
> Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Brown pelican at Pohick
> 
> This may be the first Brown Pelican ever recorded in Fairfax County.  There
> are no other records in ebird. Does anyone know of any other sightings ever
> in Northern Virginia?
> 
> Larry Meade
> Merrifield VA
> 
> 
> Sent from my T-Mobile 4G LTE Device
> 
> 
> -------- Original message --------
> From: Fred Atwood 
> Date:01/14/2017  2:27 PM  (GMT-05:00)
> To: Marc Ribaudo 
> Cc: Va-bird 
> Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Brown pelican at Pohick
> 
> Still here as Marc described. Thanks.
> 
> Sent from my iPhone
> 
>> On Jan 14, 2017, at 10:06 AM, Marc Ribaudo  wrote:
>> 
>> Still here.  Seen from platform behind restrooms.  Sitting on old duck
>> blind.
>> 
>> Marc Ribaudo
>> 
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Subject: Re: Brown pelican at Pohick
From: Betsy <betc AT cox.net>
Date: Sat, 14 Jan 2017 19:31:49 -0500
I have it in my e-bird records as Nov 2006; my photos were used for the State 
Record. 


Betsy True


> On Jan 14, 2017, at 4:18 PM, David Boltz  wrote:
> 
> This was the first year I was a birder, around 2006-'07.
> 
> Dave
> 
> -----Original Message----- From: Bill McGovern
> Sent: Saturday, January 14, 2017 4:15 PM
> To: 'David Boltz' ; 'uberlarry' ; 'Fred Atwood' ; 'Marc Ribaudo'
> Cc: 'Va-bird'
> Subject: RE: [Va-bird] Brown pelican at Pohick
> 
> Dave:
> 
>   There was a White Pelican in Accotink Bay about 7 years ago.  I do not
> remember a Brown Pelican.
> 
> Bill
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: va-bird [mailto:va-bird-bounces+bmcgovern=cox.net AT listserve.com] On
> Behalf Of David Boltz
> Sent: Saturday, January 14, 2017 4:13 PM
> To: uberlarry ; Fred Atwood ; Marc
> Ribaudo 
> Cc: Va-bird 
> Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Brown pelican at Pohick
> 
> I believe there was one reported on Accotink Bay on Ft. Belvoir about 10
> years ago. I did not see it, but it was only there a short time.
> 
> Dave Boltz
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: uberlarry via va-bird
> Sent: Saturday, January 14, 2017 3:02 PM
> To: Fred Atwood ; Marc Ribaudo
> Cc: Va-bird
> Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Brown pelican at Pohick
> 
> This may be the first Brown Pelican ever recorded in Fairfax County.  There
> are no other records in ebird. Does anyone know of any other sightings ever
> in Northern Virginia?
> 
> Larry Meade
> Merrifield VA
> 
> 
> Sent from my T-Mobile 4G LTE Device
> 
> 
> -------- Original message --------
> From: Fred Atwood 
> Date:01/14/2017  2:27 PM  (GMT-05:00)
> To: Marc Ribaudo 
> Cc: Va-bird 
> Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Brown pelican at Pohick
> 
> Still here as Marc described. Thanks.
> 
> Sent from my iPhone
> 
>> On Jan 14, 2017, at 10:06 AM, Marc Ribaudo  wrote:
>> 
>> Still here.  Seen from platform behind restrooms.  Sitting on old duck
>> blind.
>> 
>> Marc Ribaudo
>> 
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Subject: Re: va-bird Digest, Vol 117, Issue 20
From: Larry Cartwright <prowarbler AT verizon.net>
Date: Sat, 14 Jan 2017 18:33:51 -0500
Yes,  there was.  Ebird has a July 5, 2012 record with a photo for DC.

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> On Jan 14, 2017, at 6:04 PM, Art Drauglis  wrote:
> 
> A juvenile showed up in DC for a couple of days in July 2012.
> I’ve never heard of one anywhere in NoVa before.
> Great county bird!
> 
> Art Drauglis
> 
> W. DC
> 
>> 
>> 
>> Message: 7
>> Date: Sat, 14 Jan 2017 15:02:28 -0500
>> From: uberlarry 
>> To: Fred Atwood , Marc Ribaudo
>>    
>> Cc: Va-bird 
>> Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Brown pelican at Pohick
>> Message-ID: 
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>> 
>> This may be the first Brown Pelican ever recorded in Fairfax County. ?There 
are no other records in ebird. Does anyone know of any other sightings ever in 
Northern Virginia?? 

>> 
>> Larry Meade?
>> Merrifield VA
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Subject: Re: Brown pelican at Pohick
From: Dixie Sommers via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Sat, 14 Jan 2017 15:45:54 -0500
I have eBird data downloaded for Northern Virginia for 2005-2015. No reports of 
Brown Pelican. This database was used to create the Checklist of Birds of 
Northern Virginia, see www.audubonva.org/checklists 


The VSO Goldbook says "The status of this species has changed dramatically 
since the late 1970's when it was considered rather rare in the state." The 
discussion describes increasing numbers of sightings, especially since 1980, 
and that this surge is "clearly linked to the ban on DDT" in the 1960's. 
However, the Goldbook does not mention any sightings in Northern VA. 


So this sighting is probably a first. 

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This may be the first Brown Pelican ever recorded in Fairfax County.  There 
are no other records in ebird. Does anyone know of any other sightings ever in 
Northern Virginia?  Larry Meade  Merrifield VA Sent from my T-Mobile 4G LTE 
Device -------- Original message -------- From: Fred Atwood 
 Date:01/14/2017 2:27 PM (GMT-05:00) To: Marc Ribaudo 
 Cc: Va-bird  Subject: Re: 
[Va-bird] Brown pelican at Pohick Still here as Marc described. Thanks. Sent 
from my iPhone > 


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Still here. Seen from platform behind restrooms. Sitting on old duck blind. > > 
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Subject: Re: va-bird Digest, Vol 117, Issue 20
From: Art Drauglis <art AT adrauglis.com>
Date: Sat, 14 Jan 2017 18:04:36 -0500
A juvenile showed up in DC for a couple of days in July 2012.
I’ve never heard of one anywhere in NoVa before.
Great county bird!

Art Drauglis

W. DC

> 
> 
> Message: 7
> Date: Sat, 14 Jan 2017 15:02:28 -0500
> From: uberlarry 
> To: Fred Atwood , Marc Ribaudo
> 	
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> Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Brown pelican at Pohick
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> This may be the first Brown Pelican ever recorded in Fairfax County. ?There 
are no other records in ebird. Does anyone know of any other sightings ever in 
Northern Virginia?? 

> 
> Larry Meade?
> Merrifield VA
> 
> 

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Subject: Re: Snow Goose in Stafford
From: Carol Anne Douglas <caroldouglas12 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 14 Jan 2017 18:00:14 -0500
There were at least 2,000 snow geese at Blackwater yesterday

On Sat, Jan 14, 2017 at 5:08 PM, Sally Knight 
wrote:

> Seen at 4:30pm today - one Snow Goose with a flock of 40 Canada Geese at
> the ponds on Brooke Road, route 608, just east of the Brooke VRE station.
> They were all feeding on the grass infront of the ponds.
>
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