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25 Oct HSR: Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (25 Oct 2014) 93 Raptors []
25 Oct HSR: Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (25 Oct 2014) 362 Raptors []
25 Oct NVBC Walk at Meadowood Recreation Area - Mustang Trail Loop, Fairfax county, Oct 25, 2014 [Elton Morel via va-bird ]
25 Oct Central Rockingham Co. (Harrisonburg area)- Siskins, P. Finches, RB Nuthatches [Diane L via va-bird ]
25 Oct HSR: Harvey's Knob (25 Oct 2014) 30 Raptors []
25 Oct Duck Dynasty @ Dyke Marsh - CMN02, Oct 25, 2014 [Rich Rieger via va-bird ]
25 Oct Posssible Fork-tailed Flycatcher [Bill Keith ]
25 Oct Occoquan Bay NWR / Prince William County [Keith Maley ]
25 Oct Purple Finches in Falls Church [Donald Sweig ]
25 Oct Siskins at Huntley Meadows [Pam and Ben via va-bird ]
25 Oct Blue Ridge Center for Environmental Stewardship - MFF01, Oct 25, 2014 [Larry Meade via va-bird ]
25 Oct [va-bird] Occoquan Bay NWR , Woodbridge [Scott Priebe ]
25 Oct Brown Booby Reported at Baywatch [taberzz--- via va-bird ]
24 Oct HSR: Harvey's Knob (24 Oct 2014) 32 Raptors []
24 Oct HSR: Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (24 Oct 2014) 161 Raptors []
24 Oct HSR: Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (24 Oct 2014) 58 Raptors-New BE record! []
24 Oct FRFX Co, 23 and 24 Oct ["Kurt Gaskill" ]
24 Oct Purple Finch in Blue Ridge ["Nancy Young" ]
24 Oct Winkler BP, Alexandria [Russell Taylor ]
24 Oct HSR: Snickers Gap (24 Oct 2014) 19 Raptors []
24 Oct [va-bird] Springfield FOS yard birds [Scott Priebe ]
24 Oct Re: Eastern Shore [Barbara Houston ]
24 Oct Re: Leucistic Canada Goose [Lucy Uncu ]
24 Oct Vesper Sparrow near Bowers Hill section of Chesapeake [Elisa Enders ]
24 Oct Occoquan Bay Le Conte's sparrow update ["Ron Vogel" ]
24 Oct HSR: Harvey's Knob (23 Oct 2014) 28 Raptors []
24 Oct Bev's Books [taberzz--- via va-bird ]
24 Oct FOS brown creeper [suzanne via va-bird ]
24 Oct Eastern Shore [Barbara Houston ]
23 Oct Re: Leucistic Canada Goose ["Bill4" ]
24 Oct Leucistic Canada Goose [Barbara via va-bird ]
23 Oct HSR: Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (23 Oct 2014) 47 Raptors []
23 Oct HSR: Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (23 Oct 2014) 53 Raptors []
23 Oct FOS white-throated sparrow & creeper, Gloucester Co. [Eugene Burreson ]
23 Oct Black Rail, Locustville, Accomac County, October 21. [Harry Armistead ]
22 Oct Oct 19 Chincoteague NWR Shorebird Survey [Joelle Buffa ]
23 Oct Oakton late arrivals [Frederick Atwood via va-bird ]
22 Oct HSR: Harvey's Knob (22 Oct 2014) 48 Raptors []
22 Oct HSR: Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (22 Oct 2014) 80 Raptors & windy! []
22 Oct Fwd: White-throated Sparrow pair [John Greenwood via va-bird ]
22 Oct Possible Northern Goshawk (Juvenile) sighting [Kim Bentz ]
22 Oct HSR: Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (21 Oct 2014) 224 Raptors []
22 Oct Today's NVBC Bird Walk at Ben Brenman Park, Alexandria Cancelled []
22 Oct More Migrants on Compton Mt [roger mayhorn ]
21 Oct HSR: Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (21 Oct 2014) 162 Raptors []
21 Oct recent goshawk sightings, and Cub Run Park (Fairfax) for 21 October [Stephen Johnson ]
21 Oct HSR: Harvey's Knob (21 Oct 2014) 34 Raptors []
21 Oct LeConte's sparrow--Occoquan Bay NWR ["Ron Vogel" ]
21 Oct [OT] view of solar eclipse on Thursday [Howard Wu ]
21 Oct Pine Siskin ["Larry Cartwright" ]
21 Oct purple finches in Highland Co. [Patti Reum ]
21 Oct 10/19-20 Bald Eagles - SNP, Miller's Head & mile 45.6 ["Cynthia O'Connell \(home\)" ]
21 Oct HSR: Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (20 Oct 2014) 95 Raptors []
20 Oct migrants on Old Dominion University campus, Norfolk VA, 10/17 + 10/20 [nicholas ]
20 Oct HSR: Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (20 Oct 2014) 189 Raptors []
20 Oct HSR: Harvey's Knob (20 Oct 2014) 36 Raptors []
20 Oct Weird Accipiter [Andrew Rapp ]
20 Oct HSR: Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (19 Oct 2014) 136 Raptors []
20 Oct Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk [Harry Glasgow via va-bird ]
20 Oct Pine siskins at Fort CF Smith, Arlington [David Farner ]
20 Oct Red-breasted Nuthatch, Oakton [Frederick Atwood via va-bird ]
20 Oct Fort C.F. Smith Arlington Oct. 20 [David Farner ]
19 Oct Seasonal Birds in No. VA (Staff, Pr Wm, and FRFX) , 19 Oct 2014 ["Kurt Gaskill" ]
19 Oct Re: Goose in Founder's Park (Old Town Alexandria) is a hybrid ["David Boltz" ]
20 Oct Goose in Founder's Park (Old Town Alexandria) is a hybrid []
19 Oct Bird Sightings for October 19, 2014 [janet anderson via va-bird ]
19 Oct HSR: Snickers Gap (19 Oct 2014) 167 Raptors []
19 Oct HSR: Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (19 Oct 2014) 122 Raptors []
19 Oct Re: Phalarope Sunday Gone [William Leigh ]
19 Oct 10/19 - Pleasure House Point, Virginia Beach [Rob Bielawski ]
19 Oct HSR: Harvey's Knob (19 Oct 2014) 46 Raptors []
19 Oct Great Falls National Park Walk [Marshall Rawson via va-bird ]
19 Oct Sunday Field Trip at Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve, Fairfax County [Gerry Hawkins ]
19 Oct Red Phalarope no-show [Rob Hilton ]
19 Oct Test [William Leigh ]
19 Oct [va-bird] Occoquan Bay NWR, Woodbridge, VA [Scott Priebe ]

Subject: HSR: Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (25 Oct 2014) 93 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 25 Oct 2014 20:10:06 -0400
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 25, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

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

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

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

Official Counter:        Vic Laubach

Observers:        Gabriel Mapel

Visitors:
Janet Paisley, Mary Mapel


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Official Counter:        Katie Rittenhouse

Observers:        Steve Thornhill, Zak Poulton

Weather:
0% cloud cover, light NW winds

Raptor Observations:


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


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

VA Birders:

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


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


The complete eBird list is below.

Elton Morel
Arlington, VA 


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

49 species (+2 other taxa)

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

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

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

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

American Goldfinch  20
House Sparrow  10

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


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


Diane Lepkowski
Harrisonburg

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Subject: HSR: Harvey's Knob (25 Oct 2014) 30 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 25 Oct 2014 20:10:45 -0400
Harvey's Knob
Roanoke, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 25, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       0             16             90
Bald Eagle                   1             17            104
Northern Harrier             1              5             17
Sharp-shinned Hawk          11            445            605
Cooper's Hawk                1             62            108
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              2              7
Broad-winged Hawk            0             29          10833
Red-tailed Hawk             16            126            187
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             0             54            120
Merlin                       0              4              9
Peregrine Falcon             0             13             20
Unknown Accipiter            0              3              5
Unknown Buteo                0              2              6
Unknown Falcon               0              1              1
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              1             10

Total:                      30            780          12122
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Carl Christensen

Observers:        Dillard Childress

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


Rich Rieger
Alexandria
Begin forwarded message:

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

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

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

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Subject: Posssible Fork-tailed Flycatcher
From: Bill Keith <unchmp1 AT verizon.net>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 16:59:52 -0500 (CDT)
 Today, about 11:00 AM, we had a 20 to 25 second look at a bird perched on a 
wire at the Whitehurst Tract of the Princess Anne WMA in Virginia Beach. After 
eliminating other species, the only bird that comes close is an immature 
Fork-tailed Flycatcher. We were unable to find it again. There were several 
thousand Green Tree Swallows filling the sky. Impressive. 

   Bill Keith
   Portsmouth, VA
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Subject: Occoquan Bay NWR / Prince William County
From: Keith Maley <keith.maley AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 16:45:23 -0400
Best bird at Occoquan Bay NWR today was Vesper Sparrow. One was kindly
pointed out to me by Kurt Gaskill on Charlie Rd. before it crosses
Catamount Creek. I later relocated the bird in the center of Charlie Rd.
halfway into the large field, and could clearly see the white outer tail
feathers as it flushed towards Deep Hole Pt. Not long after, there were two
more (presumably) Vesper Sparrows foraging in the center of Bayview Rd.
just past the parking lot. These birds were almost tame, great looks. Other
sparrows today included White-crowned, White-throated, Field, Song and
Swamp.

Other birds of note were 3 Ring-necked Ducks among the large raft of Ruddy
Ducks off the gazebo. 6 Coots were also mixed in. 4 Wild Turkey were
foraging in the woods opposite Painted Turtle Pond. A large flock of
Red-Winged Blackbirds, trailed by a pair of Rusty Blackbirds, settled into
the Marsh off Easy Road, causing 2 King Rails to vocalize.

Keith Maley
Arlington, VA
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Subject: Purple Finches in Falls Church
From: Donald Sweig <skybirds.d AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 14:50:32 -0400
At about 2 o'clock this afternoon, I noticed a three, female Purple Finches at 
the feeders in my backyard in Falls Church. They soon flew off, but one of them 
came back several times to feed. 

This are the first Purple Finches that I have noticed at my house in several 
years. Best of all, the light was on the backside of the house so that I got 
some great photos. 

   Donald Sweig
   Falls Church Virginia

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Subject: Siskins at Huntley Meadows
From: Pam and Ben via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 14:42:14 -0400
A gorgeous, sunny, calm morning on the Hike/Bike Trail was punctuated by
three large flocks of siskins, all flying southwest over the treetops,
perhaps 100 total.  Also my latest magnolia warbler, by 4 days.  Decent
numbers of kinglets and yellow-rumps.  Nothing else of note.

 

Ben Jesup

Alexandria

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Subject: Blue Ridge Center for Environmental Stewardship - MFF01, Oct 25, 2014
From: Larry Meade via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 14:21:47 -0400
 22 birders came out for a nice morning of birding at the BRCES in western 
Loudoun County. This was the monthly walk (every fourth Saturday) sponsored by 
the Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy. Donna Quinn and I were the leaders today. 
Perhaps the most interesting bird was an Orange-crowned Warbler found near the 
parking lot. At first we did not get a good enough look at the bird for a 
positive ID, but the bird later appeared out in the open for better views. We 
also found several White-crowned Sparrows, both Kinglets, several 
Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers and Dark-eyed Juncos. Butterflies included four 
Monarchs, Common Buckeyes, a Common Checkered-Skipper, Cabbage Whites, and a 
Clouded Sulphur. The only dragonfly was an Autumn Meadowhawk. 



 

 


Blue Ridge Center for Environmental Stewardship - MFF01, Loudoun, US-VA
Oct 25, 2014 8:00 AM - 10:50 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
33 species

Canada Goose  2
Great Blue Heron  1
Turkey Vulture  5
Sharp-shinned Hawk  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  6
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  6
Downy Woodpecker  4
Northern Flicker  3
Pileated Woodpecker  1
Blue Jay  8
American Crow  14
Carolina Chickadee  20
Tufted Titmouse  14
White-breasted Nuthatch  5
House Wren  1
Carolina Wren  5
Golden-crowned Kinglet  5
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  15
Eastern Bluebird  4
American Robin  40
Northern Mockingbird  1
Cedar Waxwing  10
Orange-crowned Warbler  1
Yellow-rumped Warbler  7
Field Sparrow  6
Song Sparrow  15
White-throated Sparrow  17
White-crowned Sparrow  6
Dark-eyed Junco  4
Northern Cardinal  10
House Finch  6
American Goldfinch  10
House Sparrow  8

View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20332136 


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Subject: [va-bird] Occoquan Bay NWR , Woodbridge
From: Scott Priebe <falco57 AT msn.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 14:09:20 -0400
Very nice morning for birding. Hoped to see the LeConte's Sp, and may have, but 
can't be certain. At least ten species of sparrows though (counting Towhee and 
Junco as sparrows). 


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


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


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


Scott D. Priebe

Springfield, VA

Species: 45 

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

 		 	   		  
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Subject: Brown Booby Reported at Baywatch
From: taberzz--- via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 08:16:35 -0400
Our Baywatcher, Eric Beck, reported a juvenile Brown Booby yesterday, flying 
north into the Bay. This is our 2nd fall season for the Baywatch Waterbird 
Migration survey, which is done each morning from a bluff just north of 
Kiptopeke on State property not open to the public. 


Brian Taber
Coastal VA Wildlife Observatory
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Subject: HSR: Harvey's Knob (24 Oct 2014) 32 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 24 Oct 2014 21:10:09 -0400
Harvey's Knob
Roanoke, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 24, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       0             16             90
Bald Eagle                   0             16            103
Northern Harrier             1              4             16
Sharp-shinned Hawk           5            434            594
Cooper's Hawk                6             61            107
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              2              7
Broad-winged Hawk            0             29          10833
Red-tailed Hawk             17            110            171
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             1             54            120
Merlin                       0              4              9
Peregrine Falcon             0             13             20
Unknown Accipiter            2              3              5
Unknown Buteo                0              2              6
Unknown Falcon               0              1              1
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              1             10

Total:                      32            750          12092
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        David Kirk

Observers:        Carl Christensen, Mike Crowder

Visitors:
It was nice to have Dale Brown from Concord VA with us today.  A big thanks
to Carl and Mike for their great help as always. 


Weather:
Watch started with high cloud cover at 90% ending day with lots of sun and
10% cloud cover.  Temperatures from 7C to 14C and winds steady 3B to dead
calm at the end of watch.  Visibility at 5 throughout.

Raptor Observations:
Lots of TV, BV and Ravens all day.

Non-raptor Observations:
A large number of leaf peepers today from start of watch to the close. 
Many inquiries from interested folk.  Several AT hikers one from Rhode
Island to whom we gave much appreciated water. 

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


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Subject: HSR: Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (24 Oct 2014) 161 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 24 Oct 2014 20:10:56 -0400
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch
Tip of Virginia's Eastern Shore, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 24, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       3           1099           3413
Bald Eagle                   1            135            221
Northern Harrier             9            310            446
Sharp-shinned Hawk          63           4034           6079
Cooper's Hawk               57           1272           2023
Northern Goshawk             0              2              2
Red-shouldered Hawk          0             11             21
Broad-winged Hawk            5            563            967
Red-tailed Hawk              9             66            121
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             9           1526           3825
Merlin                       4           1067           1697
Peregrine Falcon             1           1076           1275
Unknown Accipiter            0              1              2
Unknown Buteo                0              1              4
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              6              8
Unknown Raptor               0             17             61
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              2

Total:                     161          11186          20167
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Katie Rittenhouse

Observers:        Joe Beatty

Visitors:
Charlie and Ellen


Weather:
Strong NW winds 

Raptor Observations:


Non-raptor Observations:
Tundra Swan-6
Monarch-20
========================================================================
Report submitted by Brian Taber (Taberzz AT aol.com)
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch information may be found at:
www.cvwo.org


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Subject: HSR: Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (24 Oct 2014) 58 Raptors-New BE record!
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 24 Oct 2014 19:10:38 -0400
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 24, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       0             60            361
Bald Eagle                   2             74            226
Northern Harrier             2             43             73
Sharp-shinned Hawk          31           1636           2414
Cooper's Hawk                7            225            332
Northern Goshawk             0              2              3
Red-shouldered Hawk          4             39             58
Broad-winged Hawk            1            107          18514
Red-tailed Hawk              9            136            221
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0             12             13
American Kestrel             0            257            388
Merlin                       1             27             40
Peregrine Falcon             0             44             64
Unknown Accipiter            0             12             16
Unknown Buteo                1              7             12
Unknown Falcon               0              3              5
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              6             17
Mississippi Kite             0              0              3
Swainson's Hawk              0              1              2

Total:                      58           2691          22762
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:30:00 
Observation end   time: 16:00:00 
Total observation time: 7.5 hours

Official Counter:        Rose Thomas

Observers:        Brenda Tekin

Visitors:
Janice Stone, Michael Dardozzi, John Shea


Weather:
Strong 39-49km/hr NW winds early slowly diminishing to mild NW 6-11km/hr
breezes by 3pm. 12.2-14.7C. Mostly cloudy early becoming partly cloudy
after 1pm. Clear visibility.

Raptor Observations:
Well we did it, today's two Bald Eagles broke our season record of 224,
bringing the total to 226 now! 11:56 and 2:13 immature Bald Eagles. A
late-season Broad-winged Hawk.

Non-raptor Observations:
2 Monarchs, 1 Cormorant, 70 Pine Siskin, 3 Purple Finch.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Vic Laubach (laubach AT virginia.edu)
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://www.rockfishgaphawkwatch.org

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Subject: FRFX Co, 23 and 24 Oct
From: "Kurt Gaskill" <KurtCapt87 AT verizon.net>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 19:41:50 -0400
VA BIRDers

A quick note. At sunset yesterday, Huntley Meadows highlights (boardwalk
side) were Virginia Rail, 2 Northern Rough-winged Swallows, 29 Wood Ducks
flying about and a White-crowned Sparrow.

At Dyke Marsh (Stone Bridge) just before sunset today, Western Sandpiper
with 12 Dunlin.  Also noted 23 Greater Yellowlegs and 1 Lesser Yellowlegs.
Usual ducks and larids including one Caspian Tern.

Kurt Gaskill

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Subject: Purple Finch in Blue Ridge
From: "Nancy Young" <nanjyoung AT juno.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 19:00:53 -0400
This afternoon I had my FOS Purple Finches on the feeders in the backyard -
one male and one female.

Nancy Young
Blue Ridge
Botetourt County

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Subject: Winkler BP, Alexandria
From: Russell Taylor <gnatcatcher AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 18:27:30 -0400
Birded Winkler Botanical Preserve in Alexandria this morning.
Beautiful day, but very windy, industrial-level leaf blowing going on,
and two elementary school classes in there. So really tough birding.

That said, there were 5 spp of sparrows (song, WT, chipping, field and
junco) with large numbers of birds overall. And Ruby-crowned Kinglets
everywhere (I heard them all the time and at one point had 4 in a
small shrub next to me scolding me).

So firmly into fall birding, looks to be a great weekend for Emberzids.

Cheers,
Russ

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Subject: HSR: Snickers Gap (24 Oct 2014) 19 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 24 Oct 2014 17:10:47 -0400
Snickers Gap
20 Miles West of Leesburg, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 24, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       0             26            141
Bald Eagle                   2             31            114
Northern Harrier             1             17             46
Sharp-shinned Hawk           9            323            723
Cooper's Hawk                0             25             74
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              8             36
Broad-winged Hawk            0             19           5304
Red-tailed Hawk              7             97            151
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              1              1
American Kestrel             0             48             91
Merlin                       0              7             11
Peregrine Falcon             0             10             12
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              4
Unknown Buteo                0              2              6
Unknown Falcon               0              0              2
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              0              4

Total:                      19            614           6720
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 10:00:00 
Observation end   time: 12:00:00 
Total observation time: 2 hours

Official Counter:        Todd M. Day

Observers:        

Visitors:
Nope.  Not a one.  


Weather:
Steady 10-15 mile-per-hour wind from the northwest.  Sky was a perfect mix
of blue and wispy clouds.  Temperature was between 50 and 55.  

Raptor Observations:
Everything seemed to add up to a good flight.  So much for my math. 

I gave it two hours, then I realized I was pretty much wasting my time.  

Non-raptor Observations:
A steady parade of Turkey Vultures heading south.  How far south is
anyone's guess.  

Siskins and Purple Finches in small flocks going south.  
========================================================================
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Subject: [va-bird] Springfield FOS yard birds
From: Scott Priebe <falco57 AT msn.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 20:59:50 +0000
Stepped out onto the deck and was surprised by a Ruby-crowned Kinglet was 
flitting about (rare visitor in our yard), quickly followed by a Junco. Then 
several White-throated Sparrows swooped in. All FOS. Hoping this is a harbinger 
for birding tomorrow morning. 



Scott Priebe

Springfield, VA






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Subject: Re: Eastern Shore
From: Barbara Houston <rinksyd AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 16:14:01 -0400
Pics are loaded starting here: 
http://fynefoto.phanfare.com/6693048#imageID=226601725

Eagle release pics start here: 
http://fynefoto.phanfare.com/6693048#imageID=226601752

Have a great weekend.

Barbara

On Oct 24, 2014, at 7:32 AM, Barbara Houston  wrote:
>> Lynda and I did the eastern shore yesterday, starting at the Eastern Shore 
NWR and ending at Chincoteague. The bird of the day was definitely the Yellow 
Rump. I think I counted 5 gazillion in our travels. They were everywhere! 

>>
>> The trees and brush around the ESNWR were loaded with them. Very active 
despite the heavy winds. Also was a bunch of small hawk activity with the winds 
moving them very quickly over the tree tops. We had kestrels, sharpies, 
red-tailed, osprey, bald eagles and several others we weren't sure of while we 
were there. 

>>
>> From there we went over to Kiptopeke for the eagle release. A small crowd of 
maybe 40 people was on hand to see a small male adult released back after being 
rescued by a farmer in late September. The bird was found laying in a field, 
unresponsive, and near death. It made a speedy recovery and was quick to fly 
off and continue life on the eastern shore. We had flyovers of several other 
eagles, lots of vultures, several hawks, and a gorgeous Northern Harrier. 

>>
>> From there we headed to Chincoteague. The winds were really bad and there 
was not any shore bird activity....nothing. Not a sanderling to be seen the 
whole afternoon...which is really odd. We had some nice birds though including 
white ibis, tri-colored heron, yellow crowned night herons, one lone avocet at 
Tom's Cove, lots of egrets, great blue herons, cormorants, and yellow rumps. We 
also had black ducks, mallards, green wing teal, a few wigeons, and large 
terns. We saw a good count of oystercatchers on the oyster beds on the way in 
despite the high water and choppy waves. The wildlife loop was pretty much 
empty of everything except for a few ducks on the back side. Only the canal 
along the road has water as everything else was full of brush and grasses and 
grown over. There was a large bald eagle that flew over Tom's Cove area several 
times and dove near the ducks to cause mass chaos in the sky over the cove. She 
left empty-clawed. Nice lines of cormorants were 

  seen over the area all afternoon.
>>
>> It was a fun, but long day. If you go, they are working on the Chesapeake 
Bay Bridge tunnel and 64 near the Hampton Roads tunnel after 8pm each night. We 
hit backups in several places and it was a long ride home. 

>>
>> I will post pictures later.
>>
>> Barbara Houston
>> New Kent
>>
>>
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Subject: Re: Leucistic Canada Goose
From: Lucy Uncu <unculp AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 15:22:09 -0400
this bird has been around since summer and is some type of domestic goose I
think.  Don Sweig told me what kind but I don't remember.
Lucy Uncu
Falls Church VA

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> Barb:
>    Could it be a white morph Snow Goose?
> Bill
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> Subject: [Va-bird] Leucistic Canada Goose
>
>
>  I saw what appeared to be a leucistic Canada Goose on the Maryland side
>> of Great Falls today. It was hanging out for several hours with a "regular"
>> Canada Goose by the main visitor center.Here is my (temporarily public)
>> Flickr link: https://www.flickr.com/gp/olympusbjs/PqoEfr/
>>
>> - BarbFairfax
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Subject: Vesper Sparrow near Bowers Hill section of Chesapeake
From: Elisa Enders <elisaenders AT hotmail.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 15:07:02 -0400
About 30 minutes ago, I saw a Vesper Sparrow, perched in a sapling sycamore, at 
the intersection of Hertz Road and Peach Road in west Chesapeake. I saw its eye 
ring and white malar stripe very well. I'm not sure how easy this bird would be 
to relocate...it flew away across the field. Due to poor lighting, I was unable 
to see the white outer tail feathers. 


For those familiar with the Fork-tailed Flycatcher found in Chesapeake a few 
years ago, this is the same location. 


Elisa Flanders (formerly Enders)
Portsmouth, VA

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Subject: Occoquan Bay Le Conte's sparrow update
From: "Ron Vogel" <vireo AT cox.net>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 11:16:04 -0400
Marc Ribaudo pointed out that the last time a LeConte’s sparrow visited 
Occoquan Bay NWR, 

the bird stayed around for a days. So I went back to the Refuge this morning to 
see if I could re-locate the bird. 

No such luck. However, I placed a stick in the ground on the left hand side of 
Fox Road to mark the location where I 

observed the bird this past Tuesday. Another useful landmark is the orange 
plastic ribbon attached to a stake in a grassy area 

off of Fox Road on the left.

Hopefully, those of you who visit the refuge this weekend will get a look at 
this little fella and get a picture,too. 


The area around Fox Road and Bayview was not very birdy early this morning. 
Activity did pick up around 9:30, 

though, and I got a pretty good list of sparrows by the time I left. Did note 
one smallish bird that quickly popped 

up in the immediate area where I saw the LeConte’s previously, but it went 
back down into the grass too quickly for me to get a look at it. 

I suspect it was a winter wren, which are pretty common along this stretch of 
Fox Road beginning this time of year. There was no classic wren chatter, 
though, 

and it perched on the top of the tall grasses in an unwren-like posture. So, 
just maybe... 


Ron Vogel
Annandale

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Subject: HSR: Harvey's Knob (23 Oct 2014) 28 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 24 Oct 2014 11:10:35 -0400
Harvey's Knob
Roanoke, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 23, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       0             16             90
Bald Eagle                   0             16            103
Northern Harrier             0              3             15
Sharp-shinned Hawk           8            429            589
Cooper's Hawk                1             55            101
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          1              2              7
Broad-winged Hawk            0             29          10833
Red-tailed Hawk             16             93            154
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             2             53            119
Merlin                       0              4              9
Peregrine Falcon             0             13             20
Unknown Accipiter            0              1              3
Unknown Buteo                0              2              6
Unknown Falcon               0              1              1
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              1             10

Total:                      28            718          12060
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Joyce Holt

Observers:        

Visitors:
Mike Kelly, Hal Devening, Bill and Katie James, Liz Williams, Baron Gibson,
Carl Christensen, Darryl Martin


Weather:
Pleasant day with strong NW winds and a few clouds. One of those days where
no one wanted to be in the shade; the sun felt good.

Raptor Observations:
TV, BV, quite a few Raven sightings

Non-raptor Observations:
A few hikers, not many leaf peepers.

No Blue Jays or any other passerines.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Joyce Holt (blueskyjoyce AT adelphia.net)
Harvey's Knob information may be found at:
http://bijame.googlepages.com/home


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Subject: Bev's Books
From: taberzz--- via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 08:49:34 -0400
I just wanted to thank everyone who has so far helped find good homes for Bev 
Leeuwenburg's 85 bird books and contributed to the grant we will do in her name 
next spring for a William and Mary grad student studying birds in Virginia. The 
updated list of 20 remaining books is on our website at 


www.cvwo.org

Please contact me directly if interested in the books or contributing to the 
grant fund. 


Brian Taber
Coastal VA Wildlife Observatory 
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Subject: FOS brown creeper
From: suzanne via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 08:09:33 -0400
Saw my first of the season brown creeper at Old Colchester Park in Lorton, VA 
last afternoon. 


Suzanne Malone
Woodbridge, VA
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Subject: Eastern Shore
From: Barbara Houston <rinksyd AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 07:32:57 -0400
Lynda and I did the eastern shore yesterday, starting at the Eastern 
Shore NWR and ending at Chincoteague.  The bird of the day was 
definitely the Yellow Rump.  I think I counted 5 gazillion in our 
travels.  They were everywhere!

The trees and brush around the ESNWR were loaded with them.  Very active 
despite the heavy winds.  Also was a bunch of small hawk activity with 
the winds moving them very quickly over the tree tops.  We had kestrels, 
sharpies, red-tailed, osprey, bald eagles and several others we weren't 
sure of while we were there.

 From there we went over to Kiptopeke for the eagle release.  A small 
crowd of maybe 40 people was on hand to see a small male adult released 
back after being rescued by a farmer in late September. The bird was 
found laying in a field, unresponsive, and near death. It made a speedy 
recovery and was quick to fly off and continue life on the eastern 
shore.  We had flyovers of several other eagles, lots of vultures, 
several hawks, and a gorgeous Northern Harrier.

 From there we headed to Chincoteague.  The winds were really bad and 
there was not any shore bird activity....nothing.  Not a sanderling to 
be seen the whole afternoon...which is really odd.  We had some nice 
birds though including white ibis, tri-colored heron, yellow crowned 
night herons, one lone avocet at Tom's Cove, lots of egrets, great blue 
herons, cormorants, and yellow rumps.  We also had black ducks, 
mallards, green wing teal, a few wigeons, and large terns. We saw a good 
count of oystercatchers on the oyster beds on the way in despite the 
high water and choppy waves.  The wildlife loop was pretty much empty of 
everything except for a few ducks on the back side.  Only the canal 
along the road has water as everything else was full of brush and 
grasses and grown over.  There was a large bald eagle that flew over 
Tom's Cove area several times and dove near the ducks to cause mass 
chaos in the sky over the cove.  She left empty-clawed.  Nice lines of 
cormorants were seen over the area all afternoon.

It was a fun, but long day.  If you go, they are working on the 
Chesapeake Bay Bridge tunnel and 64 near the Hampton Roads tunnel after 
8pm each night.  We hit backups in several places and it was a long ride 
home.

I will post pictures later.

Barbara Houston
New Kent



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Subject: Re: Leucistic Canada Goose
From: "Bill4" <BMcGovern AT cox.net>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 22:56:22 -0400
Barb:
    Could it be a white morph Snow Goose?
Bill
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>I saw what appeared to be a leucistic Canada Goose on the Maryland side of 
>Great Falls today. It was hanging out for several hours with a "regular" 
>Canada Goose by the main visitor center.Here is my (temporarily public) 
>Flickr link: https://www.flickr.com/gp/olympusbjs/PqoEfr/
>
> - BarbFairfax
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Subject: Leucistic Canada Goose
From: Barbara via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 02:36:12 +0000 (UTC)
I saw what appeared to be a leucistic Canada Goose on the Maryland side 
of Great Falls today.  It was hanging out for several hours with a "regular" 
Canada Goose  by the main visitor center.Here is my (temporarily public) 
Flickr link: https://www.flickr.com/gp/olympusbjs/PqoEfr/ 


- BarbFairfax
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Subject: HSR: Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (23 Oct 2014) 47 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 23 Oct 2014 20:10:40 -0400
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 23, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       0             60            361
Bald Eagle                   3             72            224
Northern Harrier             1             41             71
Sharp-shinned Hawk          22           1605           2383
Cooper's Hawk                4            218            325
Northern Goshawk             0              2              3
Red-shouldered Hawk          5             35             54
Broad-winged Hawk            0            106          18513
Red-tailed Hawk             12            127            212
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0             12             13
American Kestrel             0            257            388
Merlin                       0             26             39
Peregrine Falcon             0             44             64
Unknown Accipiter            0             12             16
Unknown Buteo                0              6             11
Unknown Falcon               0              3              5
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              6             17
Mississippi Kite             0              0              3
Swainson's Hawk              0              1              2

Total:                      47           2633          22704
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 06:45:00 
Observation end   time: 16:00:00 
Total observation time: 9.25 hours

Official Counter:        Gabriel Mapel

Observers:        Rose Thomas

Visitors:
Dave and Cathy Gibson (Chesapeake, VA), Buzz Van Santvoord, Ruth Douglas,
Janis Stone (Mannassas, VA), Andrew Clem, Jennifer Gaden, Mary Mapel.


Weather:
Severe WNW winds today (50-74 km/hr). 7.2-15.2C. Mostly sunny and clear
visibility.

Raptor Observations:
Three Bald Eagles today have tied our season high of 224: 10:37 3YR, 10:57
AD, 1:55 AD. First bird 6:51 NH, last bird 3:40 SS.

Non-raptor Observations:
2 Monarchs, group of 6 Common Loon, 341 DC Cormorant, 6 Raven, 3 Tree
Swallow, 4 Pine Siskin. The young Black Rat Snake showed his face again
today.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Vic Laubach (laubach AT virginia.edu)
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://www.rockfishgaphawkwatch.org

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Subject: HSR: Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (23 Oct 2014) 53 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 23 Oct 2014 18:10:21 -0400
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch
Tip of Virginia's Eastern Shore, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 23, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       3           1096           3410
Bald Eagle                   1            134            220
Northern Harrier            11            301            437
Sharp-shinned Hawk          23           3971           6016
Cooper's Hawk                3           1215           1966
Northern Goshawk             0              2              2
Red-shouldered Hawk          0             11             21
Broad-winged Hawk            0            558            962
Red-tailed Hawk              2             57            112
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             8           1517           3816
Merlin                       2           1063           1693
Peregrine Falcon             0           1075           1274
Unknown Accipiter            0              1              2
Unknown Buteo                0              1              4
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              6              8
Unknown Raptor               0             17             61
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              2

Total:                      53          11025          20006
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:00:00 
Observation end   time: 15:30:00 
Total observation time: 8.5 hours

Official Counter:        Katie Rittenhouse, Zak Poulton

Observers:        Joe Beatty, Katie Rittenhouse

Visitors:
Ellen and Charlie


Weather:
Strong WNW winds slowing slightly to NW winds late. Partly cloudy skies. 

Raptor Observations:


Non-raptor Observations:
Monarch-10
========================================================================
Report submitted by Brian Taber (Taberzz AT aol.com)
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch information may be found at:
www.cvwo.org


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Subject: FOS white-throated sparrow & creeper, Gloucester Co.
From: Eugene Burreson <gene AT vims.edu>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 21:10:57 +0000
Had my first White-throated Sparrow today (Oct 23) at Jones Creek, Gloucester 
Co. FOS Brown Creeper on Oct. 20. Both a few days earlier than last year. 

Gene Burreson
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Subject: Black Rail, Locustville, Accomac County, October 21.
From: Harry Armistead <harryarmistead AT hotmail.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 14:28:38 +0000
Seen at 15-20' by George Reiger who was bushogging the edge between a 
corn field and the saltmarsh in the Rattrap Creek-Finney Creek estuary 
right next to his lawn.  It flushed and, get this, FROZE, 11 A.M., 
squatted on the grass.  Tuesday, October 21.  This is the 3rd record of 
his in this area.  He and Les Line, former editor of 'Audubon', saw one 
years ago.  Perhaps 10 years ago one was flushed here during the 
Wachapreague Christmas Count by Chris Witt, George Armistead, George 
Reiger et al. - Harry Armistead. 		 	   		  
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Subject: Oct 19 Chincoteague NWR Shorebird Survey
From: Joelle Buffa <clyde_joelle AT verizon.net>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 23:49:58 -0700
 Sorry for the delayed posting. Below are the results of our weekly 
shorebird/gull survey conducted at Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge on 
Sunday Oct. 19, 2014. All water areas (impoundments and beach areas) were 
covered in a 6.5 hour survey. All individuals are counted for the target 
species; other birds seen or heard on the survey are followed by a dash. 


Strong winds and cool temperatures were challenging for the birds and birders 
but we had an average survey for this time of year. We counted 1,069 shorebirds 
of 11 species. Dunlin were the most common (491), which is expected so late in 
the migration season, followed by Sanderling (207), Black bellied Plover (132), 
Dowitcher (short-billed most likely: 81) and a surprisingly high number of 
Semi-palmated Plovers (57) for this late in the year. 


Waterfowl (12 species) were much more common then our last survey two weeks ago 
including 70 Snow Geese on Tom's Cove near the Overwash Beach. Raptors were 
active including Bald Eagle, Osprey, Northern Harrier, American Kestrel and 
Merlin. Yellow-rumped Warblers were everywhere. 

Most impressive was the dead Thresher Shark on the beach with its unbelievably 
long tail. The carcass is in "good" condition, so if folks want to see this 
unusual shark from a safe distance they can take a short walk south from the 
Beach Parking area. The goldenrods blooming in the dunes along this stretch are 
particularly beautiful, and monarchs can be seen feeding on them as they 
migrate south. Our next survey is Nov. 7. 

Joelle Buffa and Clyde Morris

Snow Goose -- 
Canada Goose -- 
Gadwall -- 
American Wigeon -- 
American Black Duck -- 
Mallard -- 
Blue-winged Teal -- 
Northern Shoveler -- 
Northern Pintail -- 
Green-winged Teal -- 
Black Scoter -- 
Red-breasted Merganser -- 
Wild Turkey -- 
Pied-billed Grebe 1 
Double-crested Cormorant 624 
Great Blue Heron -- 
Great Egret -- 
Snowy Egret -- 
Little Blue Heron -- 
White Ibis -- 
Turkey Vulture -- 
Osprey -- 
Northern Harrier -- 
Bald Eagle -- 
Black-bellied Plover 132 
Semipalmated Plover 57 
Killdeer 3 
Greater Yellowlegs 11 
Lesser Yellowlegs 8 
Ruddy Turnstone 7 
Sanderling 207 
Dunlin 491 
Least Sandpiper 39 
Semipalmated Sandpiper 3 
peep sp. 30 
Short-billed/Long-billed Dowitcher 81 
Laughing Gull 259 
Ring-billed Gull 169 
Herring Gull 348 
Lesser Black-backed Gull 158 
Great Black-backed Gull 49 
Forster's Tern 63 
Royal Tern 78 
Black Skimmer 10 
Mourning Dove -- 
Belted Kingfisher -- 
Northern Flicker -- 
American Kestrel -- 
Merlin -- 
Eastern Phoebe -- 
Blue Jay -- 
American Crow -- 
Horned Lark -- 
Tree Swallow -- 
Brown-headed Nuthatch -- 
Carolina Wren -- 
American Robin -- 
Gray Catbird -- 
European Starling -- 
Yellow-rumped Warbler -- 
Chipping Sparrow -- 
Savannah Sparrow -- 
Northern Cardinal -- 
Eastern Meadowlark -- 
Boat-tailed Grackle -- 
Brown-headed Cowbird -- 
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Subject: Oakton late arrivals
From: Frederick Atwood via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 02:11:36 +0000 (UTC)
Today after the rain, I went out for my normal short loop walk through the Oak 
Marr Park woods and NW corner of the Flint Hill School campus. First of the 
season winter wren and white-throats were about two weeks later than usual. 
Also present were a ruby-crowned kinglet, a brown creeper, 2 yellow-rumped 
warblers, and more sparrows than I have seen so far this season, including 
juncos, field, chipping, song, and swamp. I could not find the red-breasted 
nuthatch that was here last week. All the bestFred Atwood 


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Subject: HSR: Harvey's Knob (22 Oct 2014) 48 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 22 Oct 2014 20:10:08 -0400
Harvey's Knob
Roanoke, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 22, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       0             16             90
Bald Eagle                   0             16            103
Northern Harrier             0              3             15
Sharp-shinned Hawk          25            421            581
Cooper's Hawk                2             54            100
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              1              6
Broad-winged Hawk            0             29          10833
Red-tailed Hawk             16             77            138
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             4             51            117
Merlin                       0              4              9
Peregrine Falcon             1             13             20
Unknown Accipiter            0              1              3
Unknown Buteo                0              2              6
Unknown Falcon               0              1              1
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              1             10

Total:                      48            690          12032
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:30:00 
Observation end   time: 15:30:00 
Total observation time: 7 hours

Official Counter:        Baron Gibson

Observers:        Matt Hosmer

Visitors:
Parkway goers, none stopping to ask question except the couple who were
looking for Winterplace Ski reseort.


Weather:
NW winds  AT  3-4 with gust of 5, temps were 50-53F (9-11c), cloud cover
started  AT  50% to 100% back to 50% by end of watch. Visibility was a 5 all
watch.

Raptor Observations:
Sharpies still flying well but struggling in the wind.
AEBE north bound in the AM hours (not counted)

Non-raptor Observations:
A lot of activity by Ravens & Vultures the last couple hours of the watch.

Thanks to Matt for the help & company today,,,,,and the convo

Predictions:
Mostlt sunny, a tad bit warmer & a tad bit less NW winds
========================================================================
Report submitted by Baron Gibson (Hawkwatche215 AT gmail.com)
Harvey's Knob information may be found at:
http://bijame.googlepages.com/home


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Subject: HSR: Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (22 Oct 2014) 80 Raptors & windy!
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 22 Oct 2014 19:10:38 -0400
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 22, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       0             60            361
Bald Eagle                   0             69            221
Northern Harrier             2             40             70
Sharp-shinned Hawk          47           1583           2361
Cooper's Hawk                9            214            321
Northern Goshawk             0              2              3
Red-shouldered Hawk          4             30             49
Broad-winged Hawk            0            106          18513
Red-tailed Hawk             15            115            200
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 1             12             13
American Kestrel             0            257            388
Merlin                       0             26             39
Peregrine Falcon             0             44             64
Unknown Accipiter            1             12             16
Unknown Buteo                0              6             11
Unknown Falcon               0              3              5
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               1              6             17
Mississippi Kite             0              0              3
Swainson's Hawk              0              1              2

Total:                      80           2586          22657
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 06:30:00 
Observation end   time: 14:30:00 
Total observation time: 8 hours

Official Counter:        Gabriel Mapel

Observers:        Brenda Tekin, Rose Thomas

Visitors:
Mary Mapel


Weather:
Severe WNW winds all day, starting out at 50-61 km/hr and then increasing
to 62-74 km/hr after 11am! Gabriel said of today's wind "Some of the
strongest winds I've ever experienced at the hawk watch.  At times walking
was nearly impossible and at times not only huge masses of leaves but also
small twigs and branches flying around in the wind over the ridge!" 
7.8-13.8C. 80-95% cloud cover. 

Raptor Observations:
Our 13th Golden Eagle of the season today was a juvenile at 12:31pm. First
bird 7:20 SS, last bird 2:16 NH.

Non-raptor Observations:
1 Monarch, 7 Raven, 41 Tree Swallow, 176 Robin, 70 RW Blackbird, 3 Pine
Siskin.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Vic Laubach (laubach AT virginia.edu)
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://www.rockfishgaphawkwatch.org

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Subject: Fwd: White-throated Sparrow pair
From: John Greenwood via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 14:43:43 -0400

Sent from my iPhone

Begin forwarded message:

> From: jakpak0821 AT aol.com
> Date: October 22, 2014 1:29:29 PM EDT
> To: va-bird-owner AT listserve.com
> Subject: White-throated Sparrow pair
> 

> FOS White-throated Sparrow pair in the backyard this afternoon (Wed); can the 
juncos be far behind? 

>  
> Jack Greenwood
> Falls Church
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Subject: Possible Northern Goshawk (Juvenile) sighting
From: Kim Bentz <bentzkim AT hotmail.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 09:04:40 -0600
10/20/14 approx 2:15pm over an office building where I work off Balls Ford Road 
in Manassas, VA. The sighting was too quick to be certain, but the hawk was 
flying low and close enough that I got a pretty good look at the belly and 
underside of the wings. I could be mistaken. Happened so fast I couldn't get a 
photo. 

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Subject: HSR: Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (21 Oct 2014) 224 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 22 Oct 2014 10:10:02 -0400
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch
Tip of Virginia's Eastern Shore, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 21, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       2           1093           3407
Bald Eagle                   0            133            219
Northern Harrier            18            290            426
Sharp-shinned Hawk          90           3948           5993
Cooper's Hawk               88           1212           1963
Northern Goshawk             1              2              2
Red-shouldered Hawk          0             11             21
Broad-winged Hawk            0            558            962
Red-tailed Hawk              8             55            110
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel            10           1509           3808
Merlin                       2           1061           1691
Peregrine Falcon             4           1075           1274
Unknown Accipiter            1              1              2
Unknown Buteo                0              1              4
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              6              8
Unknown Raptor               0             17             61
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              2

Total:                     224          10972          19953
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Katie Rittenhouse

Observers:        Joe Beatty

Visitors:
Steve Grimes


Weather:
Light southwest skies. Clouds early in the day, disappearing by mid-day. 

Raptor Observations:
Juvenile Northern Goshawk

A lot of raptors seen from east side of peninsula

Non-raptor Observations:
Monarch-24
========================================================================
Report submitted by Brian Taber (Taberzz AT aol.com)
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch information may be found at:
www.cvwo.org


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Subject: Today's NVBC Bird Walk at Ben Brenman Park, Alexandria Cancelled
From: <david.boltz4 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 06:57:38 -0400
As I write this there is a cold light rain which is supposed to intensify 
throughout the morning, along with the wind. So, today's bird walk at Ben 
Brenman Park in Alexandria is cancelled. 


Dave Boltz
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Subject: More Migrants on Compton Mt
From: roger mayhorn <rmayhorn AT hughes.net>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 00:32:22 -0400 (EDT)
This Tuesday morning began with a pair of Purple Finches feeding with the 
regulars at the sunflower seed feeder. Later in the morning I noticed a late 
Nashville Warbler at the edge of the yard working the tops of dead goldenrod in 
search of insects. At least 10 Chipping Sparrows fed in the grass along with 3 
Palm Warblers, a Northern Flicker and a FOS Dark-eyed Junco. An immature 
White-crowned Sparrow came down to the yard stream to drink quickly before 
moving on. 


Roger Mayhorn
Compton Mt
Buchanan County
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Subject: HSR: Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (21 Oct 2014) 162 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 21 Oct 2014 19:10:13 -0400
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 21, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       1             60            361
Bald Eagle                   7             69            221
Northern Harrier             4             38             68
Sharp-shinned Hawk         109           1536           2314
Cooper's Hawk               18            205            312
Northern Goshawk             0              2              3
Red-shouldered Hawk          4             26             45
Broad-winged Hawk            1            106          18513
Red-tailed Hawk             10            100            185
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 2             11             12
American Kestrel             3            257            388
Merlin                       2             26             39
Peregrine Falcon             0             44             64
Unknown Accipiter            0             11             15
Unknown Buteo                0              6             11
Unknown Falcon               1              3              5
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              5             16
Mississippi Kite             0              0              3
Swainson's Hawk              0              1              2

Total:                     162           2506          22577
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Gabriel Mapel

Observers:        

Visitors:
Diane Holsinger, Ben Pumphrey, Michael & Cindy Kay, Daniel Mapel


Weather:
Mostly sunny early, becoming mostly cloudy after noon (95% cloud cover
after 3pm). A few sprinkles at 4:30pm. Varying strong to severe W winds all
day (20-61 km/hr). 11.1-17.0C. Clear visibility.

Raptor Observations:
Another terrific eagle day! 2 Golden Eagles (12:20 JUV, 2:53 AD). 7 Bald
Eagles (9:10 2/3-YR, 10:31 AD, 10:36 2xAD, 2:33 AD, 3:38 3-YR, 3:41 1-YR).
A late season BW adult at 1:54pm. First bird 7:38 CH, last bird 3:41 BE. A
leucistic Turkey Vulture observed.

Non-raptor Observations:
4 Tree Swallow, 11 Raven, 299 Robin, 21 Flicker, 14 Pine Siskin, 5
Monarchs.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Vic Laubach (laubach AT virginia.edu)
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://www.rockfishgaphawkwatch.org

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Subject: recent goshawk sightings, and Cub Run Park (Fairfax) for 21 October
From: Stephen Johnson <stevejohnson2 AT verizon.net>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 19:25:28 -0400
There have been several Goshawk sightings during the past week (one example, 
below). This morning at Cub Run Park in Chantilly (Fairfax County), I saw a 
distant fly-over raptor which fit the general description, but definitely did 
not get a good enough look for an ID. I am reporting this, just to add a 
"possible" to the recent flurry I've been seeing here. 


The raptor I saw was high up, flying south, with a few powerful wing beats, and 
a few moments of soaring. I only got on it with binoculars for maybe 4-5 
seconds. It was big, with a long tail, wide wings, bulky body, and a striking 
white vent or lower belly area. The strongest "giss" I had was the bulkiness, 
and the white vent area. 


Unfortunately it was just too far away, with no nearby objects for comparison, 
so I couldn't estimate the size with any certainty, nor see any other details. 


Moments later, a much closer Cooper's Hawk, with a typical COHA flair for the 
dramatic, swooped into a mixed flock right near me and perched low, with empty 
claws, frantically twisting its neck around looking for a convenient victim. 
Nice timing after the "almost Goshawk" got away. 


Also at Cub Run today: lots of Kinglets (both spp.), lotsa Yellow-Rumps, lotsa 
White-Throats, and a Nashville Warbler. 


Steve Johnson
Fairfax, VA



> *** Species Summary:
> 
> Northern Goshawk (1 Northampton)
> 
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> NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated
> 
> Northern Goshawk (Accipiter gentilis) (1) CONFIRMED
> - Reported Oct 20, 2014 10:54 by Edward  Brinkley
> - Cape Charles Central Park, Northampton, Virginia
> - Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=37.2693315,-76.0169953&ll=37.2693315,-76.0169953 

> - Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20296883
> - Comments: "Very unusual observation of a bird engaged in _northbound_ 
movement here, in the air with Turkey Vultures and one Red-tailed Hawk. 
Observed for ca. 1 minute." 

> 

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Subject: HSR: Harvey's Knob (21 Oct 2014) 34 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 21 Oct 2014 19:10:14 -0400
Harvey's Knob
Roanoke, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 21, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       1             16             90
Bald Eagle                   0             16            103
Northern Harrier             0              3             15
Sharp-shinned Hawk          25            396            556
Cooper's Hawk                2             52             98
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              1              6
Broad-winged Hawk            0             29          10833
Red-tailed Hawk              3             61            122
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             3             47            113
Merlin                       0              4              9
Peregrine Falcon             0             12             19
Unknown Accipiter            0              1              3
Unknown Buteo                0              2              6
Unknown Falcon               0              1              1
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              1             10

Total:                      34            642          11984
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:00:00 
Observation end   time: 15:30:00 
Total observation time: 6.5 hours

Official Counter:        Carl Christensen

Observers:        Mike Crowder

Visitors:
Moderate traffic but seemed to be more people stopping and interested in
what we were doing. 3 thru hikers; 1 stopping for a break. We learned a
little bit about the trail and he about raptors...not a bad deal.


Weather:
Temperatures at 16C and dropping to 12C by the end of the watch. Visibility
clear until showers and rain came through the west valley and crossed over
to the east. Cloud cover at 20% increasing to 100% and diminishing back to
25% after rain moved through. SE winds variable at 1-2 with a period of
calm around noon and resumed from the NW at a 3-4. 

Raptor Observations:
Most of our raptor sightings were high over the Knob and out over the west
valley. Little TV, BV or raven activity.

Non-raptor Observations:
Birds shut down early when rain began moving through the valley. Rain also
reported further north and I believe this also had an impact on our bird
count.

Thank you, Mike, for the company and extra set of eyes.

Predictions:
NW winds with partial cloud cover. Temps in the low 60s. Potentially good
day for birds.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Carl Christianson ()
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http://bijame.googlepages.com/home


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Subject: LeConte's sparrow--Occoquan Bay NWR
From: "Ron Vogel" <vireo AT cox.net>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 14:19:57 -0400
Last two days have seen a significant increase in the number and variety of 
sparrows at Occoquan Bay NWR. 

Best bird by far was an adult LeConte’s sparrow in the grass 15-20 feet from 
the left (walking toward the bay) edge of Fox Road 

about 150 yards up from the intersection of Fox and Bayview . Got very good 
looks—the crown stripe was very clear as well 

as the dark streaking down the flanks and the streaking on the nape.. The bird 
stayed up for about a minute or so before retreating back into the grass. 


This bird is a Virginia first for me. I’d be remiss if I didn’t give a 
shout out to Gabriel Mapel whose report and photos of 

a Nelson’s Sharptail sparrow a few weeks back caused me to do some serious 
review of the differences among the buffy/orange-faced Ammodramus 

sparrows. I don’t run into these birds all that often. It was also helpful 
that the bird perched briefly next to a Song sparrow to give me a great 
perspective 

on the size the bird—clearly larger than a Nelson’s.

Ron Vogel
Annandale, VA

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Subject: [OT] view of solar eclipse on Thursday
From: Howard Wu <howiewu1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 14:11:33 -0400
Hi,

My apologies in advance as I know this is OT, but I am fairly desperate in
reaching out to a local group, and I hope this is okay since we are all
nature lovers (otherwise please kindly disregard this message).

Thursday there will be a solar eclipse at around sunset. If weather
permitting, this will be a very interesting spectacle.

Question: does anyone know of a place in northern Virginia where I can have
unobstructed view of the setting sun?

Manassas NBP would be a good place ... in the summer. At this time, the sun
sets over the trees to the southeast, so it will be blocked some time
before the actual sunset.

Any suggestions would be much appreciated!

(Please do not do reply-all and only reply to myself to avoid further
encumbering people with future messages).

Thanks,
Howard Wu
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Subject: Pine Siskin
From: "Larry Cartwright" <prowarbler AT verizon.net>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 12:14:42 -0400
The first Pine Siskin of the season showed up at our Annandale feeders this
morning.

 

Larry Cartwright

prowarbler AT verizon.net

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Subject: purple finches in Highland Co.
From: Patti Reum <pareum AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 09:15:21 -0400
I know of at least 3 feeders in Highland, including mine and  and the
Spahr's in New Hampden,, that are getting male and female purple finches.


Patti Reum
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Subject: 10/19-20 Bald Eagles - SNP, Miller's Head & mile 45.6
From: "Cynthia O'Connell \(home\)" <honeychuck AT comcast.net>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 08:19:51 -0400
About a dozen bald eagles at 4:30 p.m., adults and immatures, near Miller's 
Head, Shenandoah National Park on Sunday afternoon 10/19. 


Also, early afternoon on Monday 10/20, 1 adult bald eagle not far from the 
Hawksbill Mountain trailhead at mile 45.6 on the short trail to the AT. 


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Subject: HSR: Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (20 Oct 2014) 95 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 21 Oct 2014 08:10:34 -0400
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 20, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       0             59            360
Bald Eagle                   6             62            214
Northern Harrier             5             34             64
Sharp-shinned Hawk          46           1427           2205
Cooper's Hawk               11            187            294
Northern Goshawk             0              2              3
Red-shouldered Hawk          9             22             41
Broad-winged Hawk            1            105          18512
Red-tailed Hawk             11             90            175
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              9             10
American Kestrel             3            254            385
Merlin                       1             24             37
Peregrine Falcon             0             44             64
Unknown Accipiter            0             11             15
Unknown Buteo                2              6             11
Unknown Falcon               0              2              4
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              5             16
Mississippi Kite             0              0              3
Swainson's Hawk              0              1              2

Total:                      95           2344          22415
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Gabriel Mapel

Observers:        Dave Hunter

Visitors:
Peter Clark, Mary Mapel


Weather:
Moderate ESE breezes. 6.2-16.5C. Mostly cloudy. Clear visibility.

Raptor Observations:
One late season, immature Broad-winged Hawk. An adult male Merlin at
10:04am. Six Bald Eagles: 11:37 AD, 11:43 AD, 11:53 Unaged, 1:15 IMM, 1:46
4th-YR, 2:29 AD. Only 11 more BE needed to break the season record of 224.

Non-raptor Observations:
1 DC Cormorant, 1 Sapsucker, 52 Flicker, 13 Raven, 133 Tree Swallow, 2 Palm
Warbler, 2 Yellow-rumped Warbler, 305 RW Blackbird, 1 Rusty Blackbird, 72
Pine Siskin, 13 Monarchs and 4 hot air balloons to the east.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Vic Laubach (laubach AT virginia.edu)
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://www.rockfishgaphawkwatch.org

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Subject: migrants on Old Dominion University campus, Norfolk VA, 10/17 + 10/20
From: nicholas <flicknanders AT hotmail.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 21:18:14 -0400


 Hey all, spent some time at the clump of trees on Old Dominion University 
campus with the Quarantine Road historical marker near Webb Center around 
mid-day on 10/17 and 10/20/14. This little spot still appears to be productive 
for migrants, very nice to find a little diversity while surrounded by concrete 
and buildings. 

 
Migrants on 10/17: 1 Tennessee Warbler, 2 Catbirds, 1 Red-eyed Vireo, and 1 No. 
Parula. Migrants today (10/20): 1 Gray Catbird, 1 Swainson's Thrush, 1 
Black-and-white Warbler, 1 Yellow-rumped Warbler, 1 Common Yellowthroat, 1 
White-throated Sparrow, 1 Swamp Sparrow. Best, Nick FlandersPortsmouth, VA 


 		 	   		  
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Subject: HSR: Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (20 Oct 2014) 189 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 20 Oct 2014 20:10:46 -0400
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch
Tip of Virginia's Eastern Shore, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 20, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       4           1091           3405
Bald Eagle                   0            133            219
Northern Harrier            10            272            408
Sharp-shinned Hawk         121           3858           5903
Cooper's Hawk               20           1124           1875
Northern Goshawk             1              1              1
Red-shouldered Hawk          1             11             21
Broad-winged Hawk            2            558            962
Red-tailed Hawk              3             47            102
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             9           1499           3798
Merlin                      17           1059           1689
Peregrine Falcon             1           1071           1270
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              1
Unknown Buteo                0              1              4
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              6              8
Unknown Raptor               0             17             61
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              2

Total:                     189          10748          19729
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 06:30:00 
Observation end   time: 16:15:00 
Total observation time: 9.75 hours

Official Counter:        Katie Rittenhouse

Observers:        Brian Taber, Joe Beatty

Visitors:
Mary Jane McMillan, Bob Ake


Weather:
Light south winds with partly cloudy skies.

Raptor Observations:
Juvenile Northern Goshawk 

Non-raptor Observations:
Purple Finch 4, Pine Siskin 2, Red-breasted Nuthatch 2, Common Loon 1,
Northern Flicker 250, Killdeer 36,
Wood Duck 7
Monarch- 11
Large flocks of American Robins started today along with continuing flocks
of Blue Jays, Yellow-rumped Warblers,  and black birds.
Small Flocks of Eastern Meadowlarks, Eastern Bluebirds, and Bobolinks
========================================================================
Report submitted by Brian Taber (Taberzz AT aol.com)
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch information may be found at:
www.cvwo.org


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Subject: HSR: Harvey's Knob (20 Oct 2014) 36 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 20 Oct 2014 20:10:44 -0400
Harvey's Knob
Roanoke, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 20, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       0             15             89
Bald Eagle                   0             16            103
Northern Harrier             0              3             15
Sharp-shinned Hawk          21            371            531
Cooper's Hawk                1             50             96
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              1              6
Broad-winged Hawk            0             29          10833
Red-tailed Hawk             10             58            119
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             2             44            110
Merlin                       0              4              9
Peregrine Falcon             1             12             19
Unknown Accipiter            0              1              3
Unknown Buteo                1              2              6
Unknown Falcon               0              1              1
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              1             10

Total:                      36            608          11950
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Bill James

Observers:        Carl Christensen, Katie James

Visitors:
Very nice gentleman from Germany who spent some time with us telling us
about European hawks.  A few hikers scaring Patsy, but many folks coming by
to speak with her.


Weather:
Chilly day with temps 11-18 C and light winds from the SW and SE late
rarely becoming a steady one.  It was clear throughout the day on the East
side, but became increasingly hazy on the West side.  Cloud cover  began at
30% but increased to 70% in the third hour and maintained.

Raptor Observations:
Birds were on both sides today with the Southwest winds in our Northeast
oriented mountains.  East side birds were close whereas West side birds
were often out over the ridge.

Non-raptor Observations:
Parkway continues busy with leafies.

Predictions:
NW winds, more birds and bigger ones!
========================================================================
Report submitted by Bill James (bijam AT aol.com)
Harvey's Knob information may be found at:
http://bijame.googlepages.com/home


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Subject: Weird Accipiter
From: Andrew Rapp <lax3birder AT live.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 19:53:23 -0400
Hey everyone,
Yesterday at 9:35 I was birding and had a weird accipiter fly over off the 
mountain. (Albemarle Co.) It would be helpful to get all your opinions. The 
bird was large and was only a little smaller than a nearby Black Vulture. The 
bird was really cruising it took two powerful but fast wing flaps. (not choppy 
like a Sharpie) I also noted the very broad wings (almost like a buteo's thick 
wings) on this bird. There was a Goshawk seen later the day only 50 miles away 
at Afton. Please give me your opinion on this large Accipiter. 

My flickr album with my four pics of this bird.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/115043594 AT N05/sets/72157648479000790/
Thanks,
Andrew Rapp
 		 	   		  
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Subject: HSR: Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (19 Oct 2014) 136 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 20 Oct 2014 19:10:45 -0400
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch
Tip of Virginia's Eastern Shore, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 19, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       4           1087           3401
Bald Eagle                   8            133            219
Northern Harrier            11            262            398
Sharp-shinned Hawk          61           3737           5782
Cooper's Hawk               26           1104           1855
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          1             10             20
Broad-winged Hawk            1            556            960
Red-tailed Hawk              3             44             99
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel            13           1490           3789
Merlin                       6           1042           1672
Peregrine Falcon             2           1070           1269
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              1
Unknown Buteo                0              1              4
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              6              8
Unknown Raptor               0             17             61
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              2

Total:                     136          10559          19540
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 06:30:00 
Observation end   time: 16:45:00 
Total observation time: 10.25 hours

Official Counter:        Bob Anderson, Katie Rittenhouse

Observers:        Bob Anderson, Brian Taber, Joe Beatty, Thuy Tran

Visitors:
Ann McDowell, Ron Fournier, UVA Teacher Workshop


Weather:
Gusty NW winds. Overcast diminishing to blue skies late.

Raptor Observations:


Non-raptor Observations:
3 Pine Siskins, 1 Purple Finch, 3 Tundra Swans, 4 Great Blue Heron, 4 Wood
Ducks
Monarch-6
========================================================================
Report submitted by Brian Taber (Taberzz AT aol.com)
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch information may be found at:
www.cvwo.org


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Subject: Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk
From: Harry Glasgow via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 15:40:22 -0700
A bright, cold morning greeted 17 birders on today's Huntley Meadows Monday 
Morning Birdwalk. We tallied 55 species, with some of our highlights being our 
FOS American Tree Sparrow, four Purple Finches with a House Finch nearby 
allowing comparisons, a Swainson's Thrush, an enormous flock of Red-winged 
Blackbirds, and a very clearly discernible Mallard x Black Duck hybrid. Readers 
ahould be advised that the Monday Morning Birdwalk will adopt its winter 
starting time of 8 AM on Monday, November 3. 


Canada Goose  31
Wood Duck  24
Mallard  12
American Black Duck x Mallard (hybrid)  1
Green-winged Teal  5
Great Blue Heron  7
Green Heron  1
Black Vulture  2
Turkey Vulture  1
Cooper's Hawk  1
Bald Eagle  2
Red-shouldered Hawk  1
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Mourning Dove  20
Barred Owl  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  6
Downy Woodpecker  8
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  6
Pileated Woodpecker  3
Eastern Phoebe  3
Blue Jay  8
American Crow  44
Fish Crow  1
Northern Rough-winged Swallow (Northern)  5
Carolina Chickadee  9
Tufted Titmouse  11
White-breasted Nuthatch  3
Marsh Wren  2
Carolina Wren  6
Golden-crowned Kinglet 
 2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  4
Eastern Bluebird  14
Swainson's Thrush  1
Hermit Thrush  1
American Robin  8
Gray Catbird  2
European Starling  12
Cedar Waxwing  3
Common Yellowthroat  1
Palm Warbler  7
Yellow-rumped Warbler  1
Eastern Towhee  3
American Tree Sparrow  1
Song Sparrow  12
Swamp Sparrow  3
White-throated Sparrow  14
Northern Cardinal  9
Red-winged Blackbird  200+
Rusty Blackbird  3
Common Grackle  5
Brown-headed Cowbird  20
House Finch  1
Purple Finch  4
American Goldfinch  10

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



Harry Glasgow
Friends of Huntley Meadows Park
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Subject: Pine siskins at Fort CF Smith, Arlington
From: David Farner <dfarner AT arlingtonva.us>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 20:32:19 +0000
2 pine siskins were at the bird stream along with 1 white crowned sparrow at 
4:15 Monday afternoon. 



David Farner
Park Manager
Fort C.F. Smith Park
& Gulf Branch Nature Center

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Subject: Red-breasted Nuthatch, Oakton
From: Frederick Atwood via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 15:32:08 +0000 (UTC)
Sorry for the late report, but I was gone all weekend.My first red-breasted 
nuthatch of the year for Fairfax County was in the Oak Marr Park pine woods 
next to the Flint Hill School campus on Thursday Oct 16.All the bestFred Atwood 

 
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Subject: Fort C.F. Smith Arlington Oct. 20
From: David Farner <dfarner AT arlingtonva.us>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 14:24:22 +0000
Birdy morning at Fort C.F. Smith in Arlington today. Sparrows here in big 
numbers. Mainly chipping, but also song, field, white-throated, 2 towhee, 1st 
junco of the fall and a 1st winter white-crowned. 


Other birds of note – at least 2 (probably 3)blue-headed vireo, 1 hermit 
thrush, 1 indigo bunting, 1 magnolia warbler, both kinglets, a couple common 
yellow-throat and yellow-rumped warblers. 



David Farner
Park Manager
Fort C.F. Smith Park &
Gulf Branch Nature Center
Arlington,  VA

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Subject: Seasonal Birds in No. VA (Staff, Pr Wm, and FRFX) , 19 Oct 2014
From: "Kurt Gaskill" <KurtCapt87 AT verizon.net>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 21:15:33 -0400
VA BIRDers,

I tried for a few new October species in the Northern VA area today - high
winds (esp. in the morning) seemed positive but flying birds were few and
perhaps I was a day or two early.  In any case, five new species for the
month for me.  In addition, I should note that a Horned Grebe was in
Occoquan Bay Friday, 17 Oct - basic, white neck and dark cap.  Early for my
records.

I started off in Nokesville - the Bristow sod farms.  The expected Horned
Larks were present and a Peregrine Falcon perched on exposed ground near a
sod operation.  Nearby were Killdeer and a couple of Palm Warblers,

I went to Aquia Landing SP.  Surprisingly dull for waterfowl - Gadwall,
Green-winged Teal, and 110 Pied-billed Grebes.  Top bird was a Bonaparte's
Gull settling in with other larids perched on a beach out of the wind.

Next stop was Occoquan Bay Marina.  Newly arrived were 10 Lesser Scaup,
otherwise another 80-something Pied-billed Grebes plus Mallards, Gadwall,
American Wigeon, Am. Black Duck and Forster's Terns.

I then visited a spot overlooking the Great Marsh of Mason Neck - the tide
was decidedly low (due to the strong north winds), but the highlights were 2
Bonaparte's Gulls and 48 Pied-billed Grebes (have you detected a theme?).

I dropped into Pohick Bay and found 24 more Pied-billed Grebes and some
Great Egrets.

At 5 pm, I went to the Stone Bridge overlooking Hunting Creek Bay off Dyke
Marsh.  Highlights were 10 Dunlin and 1 Semipalmated Sandpiper. The latter I
studies for several minutes (it was distant) but the bill was not long
enough to ID as a Western.  Also present were Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs
plus 3 Wood Ducks.  I met up with David Ledwith and we went to the picnic
area and scanned the waterfowl.  The light was reasonably good for a short
while (the sun was setting) and the highlight was 2 hatch year Redheads.
The waterfowl numbers were quite large with excellent numbers of No.
Shovelers, Ruddy Ducks and American Coots plus 2 Lesser Scaup and pintail
and teal.  Given the likelihood of more migrants in the next few days, it
would be useful to check this area in the coming days.  

Oh, the conservative Pied-billed Grebe total today was 280.

Kurt Gaskill

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Subject: Re: Goose in Founder's Park (Old Town Alexandria) is a hybrid
From: "David Boltz" <david.boltz4 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 20:54:05 -0400
Yes, I saw and photographed this (likely) same bird at Oronoco Bay Park 
(very close to Founder's Park) last September. 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/daveboltz/sets/72157635477668221/

Dave Boltz

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Subject: [Va-bird] Goose in Founder's Park (Old Town Alexandria) is a hybrid

Hello All,

The goose I saw in Old Town Alexandria is not a GWFG but a hybrid that has 
been seen here before (see pics on Flickr below). Sorry about the confusion!

Trista Nealon


https://www.flickr.com/photos/107657846 AT N07/15579441872/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/107657846 AT N07/14957831704/in/photostream/


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Subject: Goose in Founder's Park (Old Town Alexandria) is a hybrid
From: trnealon AT comcast.net
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:45:35 +0000 (UTC)
Hello All, 

The goose I saw in Old Town Alexandria is not a GWFG but a hybrid that has been 
seen here before (see pics on Flickr below). Sorry about the confusion! 


Trista Nealon 


https://www.flickr.com/photos/107657846 AT N07/15579441872/ 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/107657846 AT N07/14957831704/in/photostream/ 


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Subject: Bird Sightings for October 19, 2014
From: janet anderson via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 20:39:38 -0400
Seen migrating over my Parents home in Arlington, Arlington County, VA  on 
October 19, 2014
 
 
1 Peregrine Falcon
1 Tree Swallow
8 Bald Eagles - all adults
Red Tailed Hawk
Sharp-Shinned Hawk
Black Vultures
Turkey Vultures
 
Janet M. Anderson
Falls Church, VA 
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Subject: HSR: Snickers Gap (19 Oct 2014) 167 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 19 Oct 2014 19:10:34 -0400
Snickers Gap
20 Miles West of Leesburg, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 19, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       0             26            141
Bald Eagle                  10             29            112
Northern Harrier             3             16             45
Sharp-shinned Hawk          67            314            714
Cooper's Hawk                2             25             74
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          4              8             36
Broad-winged Hawk            0             19           5304
Red-tailed Hawk             70             90            144
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 1              1              1
American Kestrel             8             48             91
Merlin                       2              7             11
Peregrine Falcon             0             10             12
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              4
Unknown Buteo                0              2              6
Unknown Falcon               0              0              2
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              0              4

Total:                     167            595           6701
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:45:00 
Observation end   time: 17:45:00 
Total observation time: 9 hours

Official Counter:        Joan Boudreau and Bob Abrams

Observers:        

Visitors:
Tish Tyson, Mark Gionet, Michael Nayer, Duane and Bill Schilling


Weather:
Strong NW winds with clots of clouds in the AM, none in the PM. 

Raptor Observations:


Non-raptor Observations:
12 Wood Ducks, 140 Double-crested Cormorants, lots of finches swirling
around all day. Most were Goldfinches with a spattering of Purple Finches.


We also had a pair of Silken Windhounds. That is a first time breed for
Snickers, as far as I know. They look like slightly shaggy Greyhounds.
Handsome boys.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Joan and Bob (icepeep AT aol.com)


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Subject: HSR: Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (19 Oct 2014) 122 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 19 Oct 2014 19:10:30 -0400
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 19, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       3             59            360
Bald Eagle                   2             56            208
Northern Harrier             1             29             59
Sharp-shinned Hawk          56           1381           2159
Cooper's Hawk               16            176            283
Northern Goshawk             1              2              3
Red-shouldered Hawk          4             13             32
Broad-winged Hawk            0            104          18511
Red-tailed Hawk             24             79            164
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              9             10
American Kestrel             8            251            382
Merlin                       3             23             36
Peregrine Falcon             0             44             64
Unknown Accipiter            3             11             15
Unknown Buteo                0              4              9
Unknown Falcon               0              2              4
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               1              5             16
Mississippi Kite             0              0              3
Swainson's Hawk              0              1              2

Total:                     122           2249          22320
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 06:30:00 
Observation end   time: 16:15:00 
Total observation time: 9.75 hours

Official Counter:        Vic Laubach

Observers:        Brenda Tekin, Dave Hunter, Gabriel Mapel, William Leigh

Visitors:
Carson & Carol Lambert, Greg Moyers, Diane Lepkowski, Peter & Theresa
Elmondorf, Mark & Debbie Hudgins (Chesapeake, VA), Kristine/Andrew/Dana
Newcomb (Buchanan, VA), Mike White (Chesapeake, VA), Becky & Josh Marvil
(Yarmouth, ME), P. DiFazio (Dallas, TX), Ashley Laubach, Daniel Mapel.


Weather:
Very strong NW winds (39-61km/hr). 7.2-17.2C. Partly cloudy early becoming
mostly just clear blue skies after 11am. Clear visibility.

Raptor Observations:
a Northern Goshawk at 8:18am on east side of the gap flying straight and
steady southward. Unaged due to few details observed while bird was flying
underneath the sun.
Two Bald Eagles: 2/3-YR 7:49am, adult 11:30am.

Non-raptor Observations:
181 DC Cormorants migrating eastward in several large groups. 4 Great Blue
Heron, 4 Wood Duck, 5 Raven, 86 Robin, 1 YR Warbler, 1 Lincoln's Sparrow, 1
Pine Siskin. 8 Monarchs.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Vic Laubach (laubach AT virginia.edu)
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://www.rockfishgaphawkwatch.org

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Subject: Re: Phalarope Sunday Gone
From: William Leigh <leightern AT msn.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 23:02:05 +0000
All,  

All reports I have received and my own search early this morning and again this 
evening all indicate the Phalarope has moved on. It was a fun bird to have in 
the neighborhood! 


best,

William Leigh leightern AT msn.com

Bridgewater, Virginia 
 

 



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Subject: 10/19 - Pleasure House Point, Virginia Beach
From: Rob Bielawski <robbielawski AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 18:40:49 -0400
Hey Folks!

Beautiful weather continued today in Hampton Roads, though a bit cooler out
(50s this morning), and with strong 15-20 mph more-or-less continuous
winds. When I woke up and saw how cloudy it was, and how the trees were
whipping, I decided to try out Pleasure House Point again thinking that
maybe something interesting would have been blown across the Chesapeake Bay
and taken up refuge at the park from the winds.

The mudflats (near high tide) were full of several hundred Laughing Gulls,
a number of Herring & Great Black-backed Gulls, some Black Skimmers (though
not as many as on Friday), a lone Willet, and one American Oystercatcher
that I did not see in the field, but was able to uncover while looking at
the photographs at home (see link below). Several Royal Terns, and a single
Caspian Tern were also seen.

I ran into a number of other birders out there today (probably close to 20
or so), and it was great to discuss what we were all seeing throughout the
morning, and also just to meet a number of folks who post to eBird & use
the VA-bird Listserver and be able to put a face to the names. It seemed
many were looking for both the Nelson's Sparrows seen recently, and the
Lapland Longspur that showed up in an eBird report this week. I never had a
sighting of the latter, but did find some of the former again, photographs
are available on my website at (
http://www.hrwe.org/staff-admins/rob-bielawski/galleries/we-20141019), the
last 12 photographs are from today starting with the Yellowlegs, a group of
3 that very loudly flew over the creek.

With all the wind, I was actually very surprised to find quite a few
songbirds flitting about, including a flock of about 20 Yellow-rumped
Warblers, and a lone Ruby-crowned Kinglet. The typical wading birds were
all present with several Great Blue Herons, a number of Great Egrets, a
lone Snowy Egret perched in a distant tree across the creek, and several
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron immatures. Also had a flyover twice by a Bald
Eagle, though moving with the wind it was about as fast as a falcon
overhead. As with most outings, many Clapper Rails could be heard cackling
from the outer marshes, and one very close in (within 100 feet or so), but
could never put eyes on any unfortunately. A great outing, and a very nice
way to end a week of beautiful weather.

Rob Bielawski
Virginia Beach, VA
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Subject: HSR: Harvey's Knob (19 Oct 2014) 46 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 19 Oct 2014 17:10:44 -0400
Harvey's Knob
Roanoke, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 19, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       0             15             89
Bald Eagle                   1             16            103
Northern Harrier             0              3             15
Sharp-shinned Hawk          19            350            510
Cooper's Hawk                4             49             95
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              1              6
Broad-winged Hawk            0             29          10833
Red-tailed Hawk             14             48            109
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             3             42            108
Merlin                       0              4              9
Peregrine Falcon             4             11             18
Unknown Accipiter            0              1              3
Unknown Buteo                1              1              5
Unknown Falcon               0              1              1
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              1             10

Total:                      46            572          11914
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:00:00 
Observation end   time: 15:00:00 
Total observation time: 6 hours

Official Counter:        Matt Hosmer

Observers:        Bill James, Dave Brunstetter, Pam Weffel, phillip ferguson

Visitors:
Extra eyes most appreciated as follows, I'm terrible with names so humor me
and I'll give my best shot.
Pam and her husband, John and his significant other, David Brunstetter,
Phillip Ferguson, Bill James and a guy from Goode named Ronnie. If i missed
anybody...sorry.


Weather:
Chilly at first started at 8°c ended at 15°c, good winds from the NW
until about 1:00p.m. then swirled from every direction. Visibility at 5 all
day, very clear. Clouds cleared out early, blue skys most of the day.

Raptor Observations:
4 Peregrines in the first hour.
Immature B.E. low in the valley southbound  AT  10:24

Non-raptor Observations:
A lot of people driving the parkway appreciating the fall foliage I
imagine, few antique cars. Two through hikers headed North of all
directions this time of year...

Predictions:
"Don't know, till you go!"
========================================================================
Report submitted by Matt Hosmer ()
Harvey's Knob information may be found at:
http://bijame.googlepages.com/home

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Subject: Great Falls National Park Walk
From: Marshall Rawson via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 17:08:02 -0400
Our group of ten birders tallied 43 species this morning. The wind from the 
northwest ushered in a good showing of raptors. -FOS juncos were spotted near 
the second overlook. We were encouraged to see one of the bald eagles carrying 
a large stick. Hopefully they will successfully reestablish a nest on Conn 
Island. Highlight of the day was a blue-headed vireo seen at the locks. All are 
welcome to join this regular Sunday walk meeting at 8:00 am in the visitors 
center parking lot. -- Marshall Rawson, McLean VA 


Canada Goose  32
American Black Duck  2
Mallard  4
Common Merganser  4
Double-crested Cormorant  6
Black Vulture  4
Turkey Vulture  10
Osprey  1
Sharp-shinned Hawk  1
Cooper's Hawk  1
Bald Eagle  2
Red-shouldered Hawk  2
Red-tailed Hawk  4
Ring-billed Gull  1
Mourning Dove  3
Belted Kingfisher  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  6
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  2
Downy Woodpecker  6
Hairy Woodpecker  2
Northern Flicker  2
Pileated Woodpecker  1
Blue-headed Vireo  1
Blue Jay  12
American Crow  1
Fish Crow  24
Carolina Chickadee  12
Tufted Titmouse  12
White-breasted Nuthatch  8
Brown Creeper  1
Carolina Wren  6
Golden-crowned Kinglet  2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  6
American Robin  1
Yellow-rumped Warbler  12
Eastern Towhee  1
Chipping Sparrow  1
Song Sparrow  4
White-throated Sparrow  6
Dark-eyed Junco  2
Northern Cardinal  1
House Finch  1
American Goldfinch  3
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Subject: Sunday Field Trip at Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve, Fairfax County
From: Gerry Hawkins <maineusa AT comcast.net>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 14:30:26 -0400
Fellow birders, 
Sixteen persons joined me for the weekly Sunday walk at Dyke Marsh Wildlife
Preserve, which is sponsored by The Friends of Dyke Marsh and starts at 8
oclock in the south parking lot to the Belle Haven picnic area every Sunday
except during the Christmas Bird Count season. We walked around the picnic
area and nearby marina and to the boardwalks at the end of Haul Road. The
windy conditions on this beautiful sunny day undoubtedly kept many songbirds
hunkered down but we did have a few highlights. Off the picnic are there was
an impressive display of waterfowl that included almost 300 Ruddy Ducks and
over 200 Northern Shovelers along with the expected large numbers of
Mallards and Canada Geese. Here we also saw several American Wigeon,
American Black Ducks and Gadwall and a single female Blue-winged Teal, as
well as close to 50 Pied-billed Grebes. I also found two Northern Pintails
when I briefly scanned the waterfowl after the walk. As we walked to the
marina we found a large, tightly packed raft of American Coot. After
discussing this defensive mechanism, a Bald Eagle illustrated the point by
disrupting the raft but not catching anything. This was one of at least
seven Bald Eagles seen on the walk, all but one of which was an adult. At
the marina we saw a juvenile White-crowned Sparrow cooperatively perched on
the side of a pontoon boat and a nearby Greater Yellowlegs, one of three we
would see on the walk. Haul Road was for the most part quiet, but we did
hear, and then finally see, Golden-crowned Kinglets, a Ruby-crowned Kinglet
and a Belted Kingfisher, and heard a calling Yellow-bellied Sapsucker. In
the area known as the Little Gut near the end of Haul Road we had very close
views of seven Lesser Yellowlegs and two Pectoral Sandpipers. Here we also
saw a couple more Blue-winged Teal and Northern Shovelers at close range as
well as several more Great Egrets, and Laughing and Ring-billed Gulls
provided a good comparison. For those interested, a complete list of the
birds encountered on the walk may be found at the below link.


Thanks to Rich, Ed and all other persons who joined me on this enjoyable
walk.
 
Gerry Hawkins
Arlington, VA


http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/email?subID=S20277066


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Subject: Red Phalarope no-show
From: Rob Hilton <rob.hilton.2010 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 12:49:29 -0400
I've been at the phalarope pond for almost two hours (since about 10:55
am) and have not seen the Red Phalarope.

Rob Hilton
Silver Spring, Md
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Subject: Test
From: William Leigh <leightern AT msn.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 11:24:00 -0400

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Subject: [va-bird] Occoquan Bay NWR, Woodbridge, VA
From: Scott Priebe <falco57 AT msn.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 11:19:19 -0400
Given the predicted wind, I was not expecting to see too much this AM, and was 
not surprised. Only sparrows seen/heard 1 Towhee and 5 Song Sp. 

Highlights were E. Meadowlark, N. Harrier, and Barred Owl (swamp at end of Easy 
Rd.). 


Scott D. Priebe

Springfield, VA


OCCOQUAN BAY NWR - 30
7:00-9:00
Route: Parking lot out Easy Rd., N on Deephole Pt. Rd to view mudflats, return 
to Bayview to Catamount Cr. crossing on Charlie Rd, then back Bayview to the 
parking lot. 

Canada Goose            
Wood Duck               
Great Blue Heron        
Black Vulture           
Bald Eagle              
Northern Harrier        
Cooper's Hawk           
Red-shouldered Hawk     
Solitary Sandpiper      
Laughing Gull           
Ring-billed Gull        
Mourning Dove           
Barred Owl              
Downy Woodpecker        
Northern Flicker        
Blue Jay                
American Crow           
Carolina Chickadee      
Tufted Titmouse         
Carolina Wren           
Golden-crowned Kinglet  
Ruby-crowned Kinglet    
American Robin          
Gray Catbird            
Yellow-rumped Warbler   
Eastern Towhee          
Song Sparrow            
Northern Cardinal       
Red-winged Blackbird    
Eastern Meadowlark      

 		 	   		  
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