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Golden Eagle,©Julie Zickefoose

30 Jul Fwd: [eBird Alert] Virginia Rare Bird Alert ["kurtcapt87 AT verizon.net" ]
30 Jul Many bird books for sale at Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library this Saturday and Sunday [Lisette via va-bird ]
29 Jul New Early Date for TN Warbler in Buchanan County ["Roger Mayhorn" ]
29 Jul Fwd: [eBird Alert] Virginia Rare Bird Alert ["kurtcapt87 AT verizon.net" ]
28 Jul Fwd: [eBird Alert] Virginia Rare Bird Alert ["kurtcapt87 AT verizon.net" ]
28 Jul Voice: Greater Washington Area, July 28 ["Joe Coleman" ]
27 Jul How did you start birding? Poll for VSO newsletter [Nick Newberry ]
27 Jul Re: Huntley Meadows ["David L. Crooks" ]
27 Jul Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk [Harry Glasgow via va-bird ]
27 Jul Horned Grebe at Ft Monroe [Dave Youker via va-bird ]
27 Jul Northern Waterthrush at Monticello park 25 July ["Albright, Tom (USMS)" ]
26 Jul Big Purple Martin roost in Winchester, VA ["David E. Carr" ]
26 Jul Weekend birding - Poquoson, Gloucester, Mathews Counties [akb ]
26 Jul Merrimac Farm, Nokesville [Harry Glasgow via va-bird ]
26 Jul Great Falls Walk [Marshall Rawson via va-bird ]
26 Jul Re: Dyke Marsh walk and fledged birds, including Least Bitterns [bryan peters ]
26 Jul Dyke Marsh walk and fledged birds, including Least Bitterns ["Larry Cartwright" ]
26 Jul (no subject) [Felicity Rask ]
25 Jul Re: Mississippi Kite in Arlington, VA [Dixie Sommers via va-bird ]
25 Jul 7/25/15 - Virginia Beach - Princess Anne WMA Whitehurst Tract & Southern VB [Rob Bielawski ]
25 Jul Mississippi Kite in Arlington, VA [David Bridge ]
25 Jul Fwd: [eBird Alert] Virginia Rare Bird Alert ["kurtcapt87 AT verizon.net" ]
25 Jul Mecklenburg Co. Birding 7/25 [Adam D'Onofrio ]
25 Jul Birds seen, Blue Ridge Center (Lo Co) ["Joe Coleman" ]
25 Jul Central Virginia 7/24-25/15 ["Marshall Faintich" ]
25 Jul Re: White Ibis and shorebirds at Huntley Meadows. ["Larry Cartwright" ]
25 Jul Re: Huntley Meadows ["David L. Crooks" ]
25 Jul Mississippi Kite - Thorough good VA Beach [Tracy Tate ]
25 Jul Huntley Meadows [bryan peters ]
25 Jul Re: White Ibis and shorebirds at Huntley Meadows. [Robnoblestar via va-bird ]
25 Jul Bethel Beach Natural Area Preserve, 7/24 [Ellison Orcutt ]
24 Jul 1,700 White Ibis addenda. [Henry Armistead ]
25 Jul upper Northern Neck and upper Middle Peninsula [Frederick Atwood via va-bird ]
24 Jul mute swan in the Potomac River in Arlington ["Peter Frechtel" ]
24 Jul 7/24/15 - Virginia Beach - Back Bay NWR [Rob Bielawski ]
24 Jul Fwd: [eBird Alert] Virginia Rare Bird Alert ["kurtcapt87 AT verizon.net" ]
24 Jul Re: Early Migrants [David Davis ]
24 Jul White Ibis and shorebirds at Huntley Meadows. ["Larry Cartwright" ]
24 Jul Migrants are Starting to Move Through [pepherup--- via va-bird ]
24 Jul GREETINGS [Phil Silas via va-bird ]
23 Jul Blue Ridge Center Bird Walk, Loudoun Co, July 25 ["Joe Coleman" ]
23 Jul 1,700 White Ibis at Chincoteague [Henry Armistead ]
23 Jul Ruby Throated Hummingbirds [janet anderson via va-bird ]
23 Jul Fwd: [eBird Alert] Virginia Rare Bird Alert ["kurtcapt87 AT verizon.net" ]
23 Jul Central Virginia 7/22-23/15 ["Marshall Faintich" ]
23 Jul Re: early migrant? [Janet Paisley ]
23 Jul early migrant? [dorgeloh ]
23 Jul 7/22/15 - Virginia Beach - Pleasure House Point Natural Area [Rob Bielawski ]
22 Jul Mississippi Kites: Alexandria/Arlandria area [Donald Sweig ]
22 Jul Fwd: [eBird Alert] Virginia Rare Bird Alert ["kurtcapt87 AT verizon.net" ]
22 Jul Fwd: eBird Report - 103 Elizabeth Court, South Boston, VA, Jul 22, 2015 [Jeff Blalock ]
22 Jul Re: Caspian Terns at Hog Island [David Matson ]
22 Jul Fall Migration Arrivals to the Coastal Plain [Rob Bielawski ]
22 Jul Avocets at Dyke Marsh WP [Gerry Hawkins ]
22 Jul Wood duck nesting habit question [Patti Reum ]
22 Jul Caspian Terns at Hog Island [Brian and Deborah Taber via va-bird ]
22 Jul Chincoteague NWR Shorebird/Gull Survey 7/21/15 [Joelle Buffa ]
21 Jul Voice: Greater Washington Area, July 21 ["Joe Coleman" ]
20 Jul Late Post - Great Falls walk [Marshall Rawson via va-bird ]
20 Jul Fwd: [eBird Alert] Virginia Rare Bird Alert ["kurtcapt87 AT verizon.net" ]
20 Jul Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk [Harry Glasgow via va-bird ]
20 Jul Pocosin Fire Rd (Shenandoah National Park) - rattlesnake 7/19 [Diane L via va-bird ]
20 Jul Mystery raptor - Buchanan County [Daryl Owens ]
20 Jul Request for Virginia Birds Southwest Region Editor [Bill Williams ]
19 Jul Fwd: eBird Report - Occoquan Bay NWR - CPW02, Jul 19, 2015 [Phillip Kenny ]
19 Jul Fwd: [eBird Alert] Virginia Rare Bird Alert ["kurtcapt87 AT verizon.net" ]
19 Jul Pleasure House Point Natural Area [Antonio Quezon ]
19 Jul Dyke Marsh, Jul 19, 2015 [Larry Meade via va-bird ]
19 Jul In VA (at end): 1,000 pelicans banded; peregrine hits horned owl; in MD, Ferry Neck & Blackwater, July 14-17, 2015. [Henry Armistead ]
19 Jul Re: Mississippi Kites in Fairfax Station [Carol Sottili ]
18 Jul Least Sandpiper - Hunting Creek Bridge, Alexandria []
18 Jul Mississippi Kites - Fairfax Station [Antonio Quezon ]
18 Jul Fwd: [eBird Alert] Virginia Rare Bird Alert ["kurtcapt87 AT verizon.net" ]
18 Jul Virginia Beach Whimbrel [Jim Marcum ]
18 Jul 7/18/15 - Virginia Beach - Princess Anne WMA Whitehurst (N. Bobwhite) & Munden Point Park [Rob Bielawski ]
17 Jul 7/17/15 - Virginia Beach - Back Bay NWR - Piping Plover, Whimbrel & WW Scoter [Rob Bielawski ]

Subject: Fwd: [eBird Alert] Virginia Rare Bird Alert
From: "kurtcapt87 AT verizon.net" <kurtcapt87@verizon.net>
Date: Thu, 30 Jul 2015 20:31:44 -0400

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Subject: [eBird Alert] Virginia Rare Bird Alert 
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*** Species Summary:

Anhinga (1 Caroline)
White Ibis (1 Fairfax)
Northern Waterthrush (1 Prince William)
Rose-breasted Grosbeak (1 Bedford)

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alert at http://ebird.org/ebird/alert/summary?sid=SN35646 

NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

Anhinga (Anhinga anhinga) (1)
- Reported Jul 30, 2015 09:30 by John Yowell
- Logjam Pond, Caroline, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.0884603,-77.310968&ll=38.0884603,-77.310968 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24433098
- Comments: "observed for 20min perched on top of a dead standing tree in the 
middle of the pond." 


White Ibis (Eudocimus albus) (1)
- Reported Jul 27, 2015 07:00 by Lori Cohen
- Huntley Meadows Park - CMN04, Fairfax, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.7589,-77.0959&ll=38.7589,-77.0959 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24435219
- Comments: "Confirmed by the group led by H Glasgow"

Northern Waterthrush (Parkesia noveboracensis) (1)
- Reported Jul 29, 2015 07:00 by Phil Silas
- Occoquan Bay NWR - CPW02, Prince William, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.6455061,-77.2361183&ll=38.6455061,-77.2361183 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24436001
- Comments: "Clear looks as it hopped and moved in front as I birded Wildlife 
Drive along the golf course. Exhibited the typical rapid tail-pumping, the 
streaked underparts were against a buffy yellow wash unlike the lighter LOWA." 


Rose-breasted Grosbeak (Pheucticus ludovicianus) (1)
- Reported Jul 28, 2015 10:15 by Mary Tankersley
- Hearkening Hill Trail, Bedford, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=37.4475985,-79.6142936&ll=37.4475985,-79.6142936 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24430896
- Comments: "mature male seen high up in the oaks- unmistakable"

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Subject: Many bird books for sale at Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library this Saturday and Sunday
From: Lisette via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Thu, 30 Jul 2015 22:53:31 +0000 (UTC)
Dear Birders,
I volunteer at the Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library.  We were donated a large 
number of books on birding.  They are not the latest identification books 
(Peterson, National Geographic, Sibley), but older ones plus many other bird 
books which I have never seen before.  We open Saturday at 10 am and hardbacks 
will be $3 and paperbacks $2.  There is a bag sale Sunday. 

I have been seeing male and female hummingbirds in my garden sporadically these 
last two weeks.  Just one at a time. They have been at the monarda and 
cardinal flower. 

Happy birding,  Lisette in McLean
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Subject: New Early Date for TN Warbler in Buchanan County
From: "Roger Mayhorn" <rogermayhorn AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Jul 2015 23:53:49 -0400
This evening, Wednesday, July 29, an adult male Tennessee Warbler surprised
me when it came to our yard stream here on Compton Mt to drink and bathe
along with a Blue-winged Warbler and a Yellow-throated Warbler. This
Tennessee is a new early fall date for our place and for Buchanan County.
Normally the first Tennessees arrive here around the 23 or 24 of August. We
did have one unusually early arrival in 2007 on August 10.

 

Roger Mayhorn

Compton Mt

Buchanan County

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Subject: Fwd: [eBird Alert] Virginia Rare Bird Alert
From: "kurtcapt87 AT verizon.net" <kurtcapt87@verizon.net>
Date: Wed, 29 Jul 2015 19:56:53 -0400

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*** Species Summary:

Ruddy Duck (1 Surry)
Mississippi Kite (1 Virginia Beach)
Cerulean Warbler (1 Powhatan)

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

NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis) (3)
- Reported Jul 29, 2015 07:20 by Adam D'Onofrio
- Hog Island WMA - CSW04, Surry, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=37.1809086,-76.6829395&ll=37.1809086,-76.6829395 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24421144
- Comments: "Possibly the same birds that were seen here on 6/10. One male in 
breeding, one male in nonbreeding and one female. Photos. 

Ruddy Ducks- Hog Island WMA, Surry Co., Va 7-29-15" 


Mississippi Kite (Ictinia mississippiensis) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jul 28, 2015 18:22 by Benjamin  Miller
- Curtiss Drive, Virginia Beach, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=36.896049,-76.128889&ll=36.896049,-76.128889 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24413778
- Comments: "Continuing breeding birds. The nest was seen clearly, although no 
young were in it. One adult was observed flying, while an immature provided 
good views in the tree. 

RSCN5797 

RSCN5798 

RSCN5801" 


Cerulean Warbler (Setophaga cerulea) (1)
- Reported Jul 27, 2015 08:00 by Mary Coker
- Old Buckingham Rd, Powhatan VA, Powhatan, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=37.533688,-77.8992462&ll=37.533688,-77.8992462 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24398128
- Comments: "seen at a distance of about 5 yds. Had been in the treetop at edge 
of woods, dropped down for about 30 seconds, long enough to get a good look. i 
was most struck by how small it was, Blue and white marbling on the breast and 
flanks. Did not have a camera with me unfortunately but did get a good look." 


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Subject: Fwd: [eBird Alert] Virginia Rare Bird Alert
From: "kurtcapt87 AT verizon.net" <kurtcapt87@verizon.net>
Date: Tue, 28 Jul 2015 19:45:37 -0400

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*** Species Summary:

Tundra Swan (Whistling) (1 Accomack)
Mississippi Kite (2 Virginia Beach)
Bonaparte's Gull (2 Fairfax)
Rock Pigeon (2 Hampton)

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below shows observations of rare birds in Virginia. View or unsubscribe to this 
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NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

Tundra Swan (Whistling) (Cygnus columbianus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jul 26, 2015 15:00 by George Armistead
- Chincoteague NWR, Accomack, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=37.9084456,-75.3516541&ll=37.9084456,-75.3516541 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24408524
- Comments: "*Continuing adult in Swan Cove. Documentation photo for shits 'n 
giggles. TBJ should have better ones." 


Mississippi Kite (Ictinia mississippiensis) (3) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jul 27, 2015 14:30 by Andrew Rapp
- US-VA-Virginia Beach-4608-4610 Curtiss Dr, Virginia Beach, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=36.896326,-76.128818&ll=36.896326,-76.128818 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24403884
- Comments: "Continuing adult pair circling overhead and the fledgling that 
fledged yesterday was sitting 3 feet below the nest." 


Mississippi Kite (Ictinia mississippiensis) (3) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jul 27, 2015 14:30 by Eve Gaige
- US-VA-Virginia Beach-4608-4610 Curtiss Dr, Virginia Beach, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=36.896326,-76.128818&ll=36.896326,-76.128818 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24408681
- Comments: "Continuing adult pair circling overhead and the fledgling that 
fledged yesterday was sitting 3 feet below the nest." 


Bonaparte's Gull (Chroicocephalus philadelphia) (1)
- Reported Jul 27, 2015 19:00 by Amelia Dungan
- Dyke Marsh - CMN02, Fairfax, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.7695,-77.0494&ll=38.7695,-77.0494 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24405211
- Comments: "Continuing bird. As previously reported, breeding plumage bird 
with black head. Seen from final viewing platform, sitting on the branch in the 
channel between the two islands with Forester's Terns." 


Bonaparte's Gull (Chroicocephalus philadelphia) (1)
- Reported Jul 27, 2015 19:00 by Keith Maley
- Dyke Marsh - CMN02, Fairfax, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.7695,-77.0494&ll=38.7695,-77.0494 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24404706
- Comments: "Continuing bird. As previously reported, breeding plumage bird 
with black head. Seen from final viewing platform, sitting on the branch in the 
channel between the two islands with Forester's Terns." 


Rock Pigeon (Columba livia) (18) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jul 27, 2015 08:29 by Eve Gaige
- US-VA-Hampton - 37.0306x-76.3361 - Jul 27, 2015, 8:33 AM, Hampton, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=37.030578,-76.33609&ll=37.030578,-76.33609 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24408685
- Comments: "I don't see option in Birdlog for feral pigeon"

Rock Pigeon (Columba livia) (18) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jul 27, 2015 08:29 by Andrew Rapp
- US-VA-Hampton - 37.0306x-76.3361 - Jul 27, 2015, 8:33 AM, Hampton, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=37.030578,-76.33609&ll=37.030578,-76.33609 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24403871
- Comments: "I don't see option in Birdlog for feral pigeon"

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Subject: Voice: Greater Washington Area, July 28
From: "Joe Coleman" <joecoleman AT rstarmail.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Jul 2015 10:17:40 -0400
FYI  - this report is for sightings from July 21 through July 27 and was
compiled by Gerry Hawkins & transcribed by Steve Cordle.

Joe Coleman

 

Hotline:     Voice of the Naturalist

Date:        7/28/2015

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

Reports, comments and questions: voice AT anshome.org
  

Compiler:    Gerry Hawkins

Sponsor:     Audubon Naturalist Society of the Central

               Atlantic States (independent of NAS)

Transcriber: Steve Cordle  

 

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

 

This is the Voice of the Naturalist, a service of the Audubon Naturalist
Society. This report covers the week starting Tuesday, July 21 and was
completed on Tuesday, July 28 at 9:15 a.m. 

 

The top birds this week were NEOTROPIC CORMORANT* in MD and SWALLOW-TAILED
KITE in DE.

 

Other birds of interest this week included SNOW GOOSE, TRUMPETER and TUNDRA
SWANS, WHITE-WINGED SCOTER, CANVASBACK, RED-BREASTED MERGANSER, BLUE-WINGED
TEAL, WOOD DUCK, RED-THROATED LOON, COMMON LOON, HORNED GREBE, AMERICAN
WHITE PELICAN, TRICOLORED HERON, WHITE IBIS, MISSISSIPPI KITE, BROAD-WINGED
HAWK, COMMON GALLINULE, SANDHILL CRANE, RUFF, AMERICAN AVOCET, UPLAND
SANDPIPER, RED-NECKED and WILSON'S PHALAROPES, GULL-BILLED TERN, EURASIAN
COLLARED-DOVE, LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE, PURPLE MARTIN, NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH and
ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK. 

 

TOP BIRDS

 

Birders continued to observe a NEOTROPIC CORMORANT* at Violette's Lock on
the C&O Cana in Montgomery Co, MD, with the latest sighting on July 27.

 

On July 24 a SWALLOW-TAILED KITE was beautifully photographed in flight over
Gordon's Pond in Cape Henlopen SP, Sussex Co, DE. 

 

OTHER BIRDS OF INTEREST

 

On July 27 a SNOW GOOSE was found with CANADA GEESE along the John J
Williams Highway in Sussex Co, DE. A tagged TRUMPETER SWAN* continues at
Lake Churchill in Montgomery Co, MD, with the latest sighting on July 27. A
TUNDRA SWAN continues at Swan Cove in Chincoteague NWR, Accomack Co, VA and
at Pemberton Manor, Queen Anne's Co, MD, with the latest sightings on July
26 and 24, respectively. 

 

Out-of-season waterfowl also included all three scoter species, including
perhaps most notably a male WHITE-WINGED SCOTER at Big Water Farm in Queen
Anne's Co, MD on July 25. In addition, a male CANVASBACK was seen at
Hart-Miller Island, Baltimore Co, VA on July 22 and Tydings Memorial Park in
Harford Co, MD on July 25; and a RED-BREASTED MERGANSER was found at
Patuxent River Park - Jackson Landing, Prince George's Co, MD on July 22 and
23 and Lock Raven Reservoir - Loch Raven Point, Baltimore Co, MD on July 23.


 

A BLUE-WINGED TEAL was observed flying by Swan Creek Wetland - Cox Creek,
Anne Arundel Co, MD on July 26 and in a cell there on July 27, which likely
were early migrants as this species is one of the first ducks to migrate
following breeding. 

 

A location a short distance north of the Seneca Creek Aqueduct above Riley's
Lock on the C&O Canal in Montgomery Co, MD appears to be a molt-migration
location for WOOD DUCKS based on the 56 individuals found there on July 26.


 

On July 25 a RED-THROATED LOON with an injured wing was again seen near the
dam in the Kerr Reservoir in Mecklenburg Co, VA. A COMMON LOON in
nonbreeding plumage was spotted at The Point in Cape Henlopen SP, Sussex Co,
DE on July 26. On the next day a birder walking on the beach at Fort Monroe
in Hampton, VA was surprised to see a preening HORNED GREBE there.   

 

A high of ten AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS continue along Fowler Beach and Prime
Hook Roads in Prime Hook NWR, Sussex Co, DE, with the latest sighting on
July 27.

 

Post-breeding dispersal produced many herons and egrets in the reporting
area. These included TRICOLORED HERONS at several locations, including a
high of seven, all juveniles, at the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center
(Horsehead), Queen Anne's Co, MD all week; a single continuing individual at
Jackson Landing or Selby's Landing in Patuxent River Park, Prince George's
Co, MD on July 22, 23 and 26; and a high of three at Bombay Hook NWR, Kent
Co, DE all week.  

 

The substantial invasion of WHITE IBIS, almost entirely young birds,
continued at various coastal locations as far north as New Castle Co, DE and
into PA and NJ. The high count during the week was an estimated 1,700
individuals at Chincoteague NWR, Accomack Co, VA on July 23. Inland
sightings included 1-2 individuals at Huntley Meadows Park, Fairfax Co, VA
all week and, outside the reporting area, a continuing individual as far
north as Wildwood Lake Park north of Harrisburg in Dauphin Co, PA on July
21-26.  

 

On July 21, 22 and 25 two MISSISSIPPI KITES were seen perched, in flight and
copulating several times near Monticello Park in Alexandria, VA, which is a
new location in the reporting area for this species. Sightings of continuing
MISSISSIPPI KITES in Virginia Beach, VA included a recent fledgling in the
Thoroughgood neighborhood on July 25 and 27.

 

Sightings of BROAD-WINGED HAWKS, which included two individuals at the Blue
Ridge Center for Environmental Stewardship in northwestern Loudoun Co, VA on
July 25, indicate the onset of raptor migration.  

 

On July 23 and 24 a COMMON GALLINULE was seen again at Southwest Area Park
in Baltimore Co, MD, and on July 24 one was heard at the appropriately named
Moorhen Pond on Elliot Island Road in Dorchester Co, MD. 

 

A SANDHILL CRANE was seen again at Quail Covey Farm Pond in Queen Anne's Co,
MD on July 22.   

 

Shorebirds increased in numbers and diversity and included small numbers of
WHIMBREL, MARBLED GODWIT, RED KNOT, STILT SANDPIPER, WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER,
WESTERN SANDPIPER, LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER and WILSON'S SNIPE among other
species. In addition, a continuing male RUFF was seen in Shearness Pool at
Bombay Hook NWR, Kent Co, DE through July 24. On July 22 three AMERICAN
AVOCETS* were seen at Dyke Marsh WP in Fairfax Co, VA, which is a relatively
rare inland sighting of this species in VA. 

 

UPLAND SANDPIPERS were found at several locations. On July 22 one was seen
in the first field east of Route 85 along the south side of Lilypons Road in
Frederick Co, MD, which is directly across Route 85 from the Oland Road
field where this species has often been found this time of year. On July 22
and 24 1-2 UPLAND SANDPIPERS were seen again at and near (along Bergold
Lane) Dover Air Force Base (restricted access) in Kent Co, DE, which is a
regular migrating location for this species. On July 26-28 a high of four
UPLAND SANDPIPERS were observed at the Salisbury Airport, Wicomico Co, MD.  

 

Noteworthy shorebird sightings also included two RED-NECKED PHALAROPES and
six WILSON'S PHALAROPES at the Craney Island Disposal Area in Portsmouth, VA
on July 23. 

 

GULL-BILLED TERNS were seen at several locations outside of breeding areas
in southeastern Virginia, including one at Truitt's Landing, Worcester Co,
MD on July 22 and 23, one on Skimmer Island in Ocean City, Worcester Co, MD
on July 27, and two at the Ted Harvey WMA - Logan Lane Tract North, Kent Co,
DE on July 24. 

 

EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVES were seen again along Magotha Road and at Eastern
Shore of Virginia NWR in Northampton Co, VA on July 24 and 26, respectively,
and also continue at various locations in Radford and Pulaski Co, VA.

 

On July 25 a LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE was found along Rough Road a short distance
west of the intersection with Flat Rock Road in Mecklenburg Co, VA. 

 

On July 26 a very large flock of PURPLE MARTINS, estimated at well over
1,000 birds, was seen swirling over the Home Depot on Pleasant Valley Avenue
in Winchester, VA, which has been a staging area for this species in past
years. 

 

The beginning of southbound migration of passerines was further suggested by
recent reports of several species of wood warbler, including an early
NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH at Monticello Park, Fairfax Co, VA on July 25, and
perhaps a male ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK that was photographed at a residential
feeder in Chevy Chase, Montgomery Co, MD on July 24.

   

***

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

Thank you for your interest, and enjoy the birds.

 

*Of interest to the applicable state records committee

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Subject: How did you start birding? Poll for VSO newsletter
From: Nick Newberry <nickenew1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Jul 2015 18:35:51 -0800
Dear VA-bird readership and community,

Beginning this fall I will be writing a twice-annual column in the Virginia
Society of Ornithology's newsletter focusing on emerging birders,
up-and-coming ornithological research, young birders and a variety of other
topics pertaining to the future of birding and bird study in Virginia.

For this first issue I would like to explore the origins of our state's
birders', bird watchers' and ornithologists' interest in birds.

So, I am asking here for your path to an interest in birds. Specifically, I
am interested in those who began their journey prior to graduating college,
were involved in a youth bird club or have mentored young birders.

If you are willing it would help the column immensely to have your input.
Along with a brief description of your humble birding beginnings, other
helpful information could include: where and when you started birding, how
old you are, your level of activity in the birding community, whether or
not you use eBird, etc.

Don't be shy, your name will not be used in the column without your
specific knowledge. Please try to limit your response to a few sentences.
Responses must be submitted to this email address by Friday, 7/31.

Thank you!
Nick Newberry
Bird Club of William & Mary, President
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Subject: Re: Huntley Meadows
From: "David L. Crooks" <davidlcrooks AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Jul 2015 21:43:59 -0400
I had promised a link to some of my photos from Saturday morning at Huntley
Meadows on the Hike-Bike side:


Enjoy!

David L. Crooks


On Sat, Jul 25, 2015 at 10:03 AM, David L. Crooks 
wrote:

> I was on the Hike-Bike trial this morning and saw 1 White Ibis and 2
> Little Blue Herons, 1 Green Heron, 2 Great Blue Herons, and 7 Great Egrets.
> I will post a link to the photos once I get them processed.
>
> David L. Crooks
>
>
> On Sat, Jul 25, 2015 at 8:50 AM, bryan peters  wrote:
>
>> This AM: 2 White Ibis, 1 Little Blue Heron, numerous shore birds and
>> waders, 2 Ruby-throated Hummingbirds
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> --
> David L. Crooks
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Subject: Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk
From: Harry Glasgow via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Jul 2015 18:10:13 +0000 (UTC)
  The significantly lowered water level in the central wetland asdrawn a 
greatly diverse species of birds to Huntley Meadows.  The Huntley Meadows 
Monday Morning Birdwalkbirders tallied an impressive list of shorebirds and 
waders this morning as 21of them gathered to compile a list of 56 species.  
There was no difficulty in spotting the WhiteIbis trio that has been in the 
Park for the past week or so, nor the littleBlue Herons.  Additionally, 
Spotted,Solitary,  Least and Lesser Yellowlegsandpipers were abundant.  


                                                                                                                                                                                  
Canada Goose  10 

Wood Duck  14
Mallard  7
Great Blue Heron  12
Great Egret  6
Little Blue Heron  3
Green Heron  9
White Ibis  1
Osprey  1
Red-shouldered Hawk  1
Killdeer  3
Spotted Sandpiper  6
Solitary Sandpiper  7
Greater Yellowlegs  12
Least Sandpiper  15
Mourning Dove  6
Yellow-billed Cuckoo  1
Barred Owl  1
Chimney Swift  2
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  5
Belted Kingfisher  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  3
Downy Woodpecker  7
Northern Flicker  1
Pileated Woodpecker  2
Eastern Wood-Pewee  2
Acadian Flycatcher  5
Eastern Phoebe  5
Great Crested Flycatcher  2
Eastern Kingbird  2
Red-eyed Vireo  2
Blue Jay  4
American Crow  3
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  1
Tree Swallow  3
Barn Swallow  12
Carolina Chickadee  6
Tufted Titmouse  4
White-breasted Nuthatch  2
House Wren  1
Carolina Wren  5
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  3
Eastern Bluebird  3
American Robin  20
Gray Catbird  6
Brown Thrasher  4
Northern Mockingbird  1
Cedar Waxwing  3
Common Yellowthroat  9
Northern Cardinal  5
Indigo Bunting  3
Red-winged Blackbird  25
Common Grackle  20
Brown-headed Cowbird  7
House Finch  1
American Goldfinch  17
The Monday Morning Birdwalk has been a weekly event at Huntley Meadows since 
1985. It takes place every week, rain or shine (except during electrical 
storms, strong winds, or icy trails), at 7AM (8AM from November through March), 
is free of charge, requires no reservation, and is open to all. Birders meet in 
the parking lot at the Park's entrance at 3701 Lockheed Blvd, Alexandria, VA. 
Questions should be directed to Park staff during normal business hours at 
(703)768-2525. 

Harry GlasgowFriends of Huntley Meadows Park
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Subject: Horned Grebe at Ft Monroe
From: Dave Youker via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Jul 2015 12:11:04 -0400
Walking along the beach at Ft Monroe this morning, I was surprised to find  
a Horned Grebe.  It was on the beach preening which allowed for some good  
photographing.  It then slipped into the water and began forging  around the 
breakers.  Three Yellow-crowned Night-Heron were feeding on the  crabs in 
the same area.  A nice group of Royal Terns, Black Skimmers and  Common 
Terns, most likely from HRBT, were also flying along the beach.
 
Dave Youker
Yorktown, VA
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Subject: Northern Waterthrush at Monticello park 25 July
From: "Albright, Tom (USMS)" <Tom.Albright2 AT usdoj.gov>
Date: Mon, 27 Jul 2015 13:14:13 +0000
I spotted a Northern Waterthrush at MCP on the first day of our Fall migration 
survey this past Saturday. Also had a "yellowstart" and RE Vireo. Bill Young 
wrote the following... "This is an extremely early record for the species. The 
Gold Book lists the extreme early fall date as July 29 for the Coastal Plain, 
which includes Alexandria and Arlington. One of the closest places where 
Northern Waterthrushes are known to breed is Garrett County, MD., which is in 
farthest west county in the panhandle." 

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Subject: Big Purple Martin roost in Winchester, VA
From: "David E. Carr" <dec5z AT cms.mail.virginia.edu>
Date: Sun, 26 Jul 2015 22:25:27 -0400
At 8 PM this evening my wife and I found a huge flock of Purple Martins 
swirling above the Home Depot off Pleasant Valley Avenue in Winchester.  It 
was hard to tell how many birds were in the air, but it was well over 1000 
(there were also a few European Starlings in the mix).  They seem to be 
roosting in the trees in the Home Depot and Target parking lots.  I've seen 
roost here before (and I think this is one of the places Jon Little has 
reported them in the past too).

David Carr
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Subject: Weekend birding - Poquoson, Gloucester, Mathews Counties
From: akb <arun1bose AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Jul 2015 22:16:18 -0400
Hello Birders,
Took a spin around some western bayside counties over the weekend. Nice to
be out in tolerable summer weather.

I birded around Messick Point, Poquoson, and Guinea in Gloucester Co on
Saturday.The tide wasn't on my side at Poquoson so shorebirds were scant.
Highlights here were cooperative young Clapper Rail, and a Tricolored Heron
perched on a bush apparently feeding on dragonflies (Seaside dragonlet?). I
also observed several Tricolored Herons at the end of Maryus Rd. in
Gloucester Co.

Sunday I visited Mathews Co starting at Bethel Beach NAP. The tide was on
my side this time with some flats showing in the lagoon. There was a nice
variety (although small numbers) of shorebirds. Highlights here were a
single Piping Plover, one Whimbrel and good showing of terns, particularly
Least and Common, and 18 Black Skimmer.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24393830  I have not added
photo links to flagged species yet, but some of the weekends birds are on
the Flickr.

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

Arun Bose
Richmond
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Subject: Merrimac Farm, Nokesville
From: Harry Glasgow via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Jul 2015 21:48:02 +0000 (UTC)
Six birders trekked around Merrimac Farm Wildlife Management Area in Nokesville 
this morning and tallied 34 species.  We spent a great deal of time watching 
and photographing a pair of cooperating Black Vultures resting in a tree near 
the red barn.   The Area was unusually quiet as an indicator of the post 
nesting period in mid to late summer.  Visitors to Merrimac should be sure to 
explore the volunteer-built wildflower garden behind the stone house.  A 
beautiful setting that attracts an enormous number of pollinating insects.  
Birds, wildflowers, insects - Merrimac Farm is a showcase of Nature's beauty. 

 Black Vulture  2
Turkey Vulture  3
Mourning Dove  3
Yellow-billed Cuckoo  5
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  4
Red-bellied Woodpecker  9
Downy Woodpecker  1
Pileated Woodpecker  2
Eastern Wood-Pewee  2
Acadian Flycatcher  3
Eastern Phoebe  3
Great Crested Flycatcher  1
White-eyed Vireo  3
Red-eyed Vireo  1
Blue Jay  4
American Crow  8
Tree Swallow  1
Barn Swallow  3
Carolina Chickadee  2
Tufted Titmouse  3
Carolina Wren  2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  12
Eastern Bluebird  1
Wood Thrush  1
American Robin  4
European Starling  15
Prairie Warbler  1
Eastern Towhee  6
Chipping Sparrow  3
Field Sparrow  1
Scarlet Tanager  2
Northern Cardinal  6
Indigo Bunting  8
American Goldfinch  3
The Prince William Conservation Alliance birdwalks at the Merrimac Farm 
Wildlife Management Area in Nokesville take place at 8 AM on the final Sunday 
of every month.  Birders meet at the Area's entrance located at the end of 
Fleetwood Drive.  Questions may be directed to the Alliance at 703.499.4954, 
 or alliance AT pwconserve.org 

Harry GlasgowNancy Vehrs


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Subject: Great Falls Walk
From: Marshall Rawson via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Jul 2015 17:07:18 -0400
Our group of ten tallied 36 species on a relatively quiet morning. It was good 
to see and hear YB cuckoos which have recently been absent. Over head swifts 
and swallows were back this week. All are welcome to join this Sunday morning 
walk that meets at 8:00am in the visitors center parking lot. During August the 
walk will continue to be held, but it may be leaderless. -- Marshall Rawson, 
McLean VA 


Canada Goose 24
Mallard  8
Double-crested Cormorant  3
Great Blue Heron  1
Black Vulture 6
Turkey Vulture  6
Spotted Sandpiper  1
Mourning Dove  1
Yellow-billed Cuckoo  4
Chimney Swift  50
Downy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  1
Pileated Woodpecker  2
Eastern Wood-Pewee  1
Eastern Kingbird  1
Red-eyed Vireo 3
Blue Jay  3
American Crow  1
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  15
Tree Swallow  3
Barn Swallow  2
Carolina Chickadee  6
Tufted Titmouse 5
White-breasted Nuthatch  2
Carolina Wren  2
Wood Thrush  1
American Robin 1
Chipping Sparrow  3
Song Sparrow  1
Scarlet Tanager  2
Northern Cardinal  6
Red-winged Blackbird  2
Common Grackle  1
Orchard Oriole  1
Baltimore Oriole  1
American Goldfinch  3



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Subject: Re: Dyke Marsh walk and fledged birds, including Least Bitterns
From: bryan peters <pas2iche AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Jul 2015 16:11:18 -0400
Sounds like you all had a great morning! To add to today's Dyke Marsh
count... This afternoon (3 PM-ish), I spotted a Bonaparte's Gull in
breeding plumage flying just north of the marina.

--Pete
Alexandria, VA

On Sun, Jul 26, 2015 at 12:39 PM, Larry Cartwright 
wrote:

> Ten people attended today's Sunday morning walk at Dyke Marsh with others
> joining and departing as the walk proceeded.  The walk starts at 8:00 every
> Sunday except during the Christmas Bird Count season and is open to
> everyone
> free of charge.
>
>
>
> The highlight was Ed and Myriam Eder's observation of a family group of
> Least Bitterns in the marsh vegetation along the channel separating the
> Haul
> Road peninsula from the main island. Unfortunately the canoe they were in
> sprang a leak and the two made a hasty retreat to the marina where Ed
> joined
> those of us on foot in the picnic area.  In the picnic area we saw the
> first
> Caspian and Forster's Terns of the morning.  Great Egrets were lining the
> shoreline waiting for the tide to go down before resuming foraging.  We saw
> a Mallard hen with her brood of 4 young less than a week old just offshore.
> We saw no shorebirds despite the presence of extensive hydrilla mats.   One
> female Orchard Oriole, one male Baltimore Oriole, and a young Great Crested
> Flycatcher foraged in a tree covered by wild grape vines in the south
> picnic
> area.  Several Forster's Tern were present in the marina.
>
>
>
> A trip down the Haul Road yielded an Eastern Wood-Pewee in the company of a
> recently fledged young and a family group of Gray Catbirds. Fledged
> Red-bellied Woodpeckers were present at two locations and a Warbling Vireo
> remained on nest near the bend in the path leading to the boardwalk.  It
> was
> a beautiful day to be out with a cool breeze keeping the walk comfortable
> and mosquitoes at bay.
>
>
>
> Dyke Marsh - CMN02, Fairfax, Virginia, US Jul 26, 2015 7:57 AM - 10:27 AM
>
> Protocol: Traveling
>
> 1.5 mile(s)
>
> Comments:     
Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.8 > > 44 species > > > > Canada Goose 25 > > Mallard 90 Includes one hen with 4 precocial young less than a week > old > > Double-crested Cormorant 3 > > Least Bittern 4 Consists of family group with 2 fledged young in the > channel between the Haul Road peninsula and the main island > > Great Blue Heron 5 > > Great Egret 22 > > Green Heron 1 > > Osprey 12 Includes at least 3 fledged young > > Bald Eagle 1 > > Ring-billed Gull 200 > > Herring Gull (American) 1 > > Caspian Tern 3 > > Forster's Tern 9 > > Mourning Dove 2 > > Red-bellied Woodpecker 4 Includes 2 fledged young > > Downy Woodpecker 3 > > Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 1 > > Eastern Wood-Pewee 4 Includes at least one adult with recently fledged > young (all dark bill, buffy bar on wing coverts, fresh plumage compared to > worn adult. Located in an area just south of "Dead Beaver Beach" where a > territorial male has been present since early June. > > Great Crested Flycatcher 2 Includes one fledged young > > Eastern Kingbird 6 > > Warbling Vireo 1 On nest near boardwalk entrance > > Blue Jay 3 > > Fish Crow 5 > > Purple Martin 2 > > Tree Swallow 5 Adult feeding nestlings in the nest box in the channel > separating the Haul Road peninsula from the main island > > Barn Swallow 2 > > Carolina Chickadee 8 > > Tufted Titmouse 3 > > White-breasted Nuthatch 2 > > Carolina Wren 5 Includes one bird carrying fecal sac > > Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 6 > > American Robin 15 > > Gray Catbird 5 Includes adult with 2 fledged young north of Dead > Beaver > Beach > > European Starling 50 > > Northern Cardinal 15 > > Indigo Bunting 2 > > Red-winged Blackbird 30 > > Common Grackle (Purple) 5 > > Brown-headed Cowbird 1 > > Orchard Oriole 1 > > Baltimore Oriole 1 > > House Finch 2 > > American Goldfinch 8 > > House Sparrow 7 > > > > View this checklist online at > http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24385797 > > > > This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org) > > > > Larry Cartwright > > prowarbler AT verizon.net > > > > *** You are subscribed to va-bird as pas2iche AT gmail.com. If you wish to > unsubscribe, or modify your preferences please visit > http://mailman.listserve.com/listmanager/listinfo/va-bird *** > *** You are subscribed to va-bird as jsiler AT birdingonthe.net. If you wish to unsubscribe, or modify your preferences please visit http://mailman.listserve.com/listmanager/listinfo/va-bird ***
Subject: Dyke Marsh walk and fledged birds, including Least Bitterns
From: "Larry Cartwright" <prowarbler AT verizon.net>
Date: Sun, 26 Jul 2015 12:39:59 -0400
Ten people attended today's Sunday morning walk at Dyke Marsh with others
joining and departing as the walk proceeded.  The walk starts at 8:00 every
Sunday except during the Christmas Bird Count season and is open to everyone
free of charge. 

 

The highlight was Ed and Myriam Eder's observation of a family group of
Least Bitterns in the marsh vegetation along the channel separating the Haul
Road peninsula from the main island. Unfortunately the canoe they were in
sprang a leak and the two made a hasty retreat to the marina where Ed joined
those of us on foot in the picnic area.  In the picnic area we saw the first
Caspian and Forster's Terns of the morning.  Great Egrets were lining the
shoreline waiting for the tide to go down before resuming foraging.  We saw
a Mallard hen with her brood of 4 young less than a week old just offshore.
We saw no shorebirds despite the presence of extensive hydrilla mats.   One
female Orchard Oriole, one male Baltimore Oriole, and a young Great Crested
Flycatcher foraged in a tree covered by wild grape vines in the south picnic
area.  Several Forster's Tern were present in the marina.  

 

A trip down the Haul Road yielded an Eastern Wood-Pewee in the company of a
recently fledged young and a family group of Gray Catbirds. Fledged
Red-bellied Woodpeckers were present at two locations and a Warbling Vireo
remained on nest near the bend in the path leading to the boardwalk.  It was
a beautiful day to be out with a cool breeze keeping the walk comfortable
and mosquitoes at bay. 

 

Dyke Marsh - CMN02, Fairfax, Virginia, US Jul 26, 2015 7:57 AM - 10:27 AM

Protocol: Traveling

1.5 mile(s)

Comments:     
Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.8 44 species Canada Goose 25 Mallard 90 Includes one hen with 4 precocial young less than a week old Double-crested Cormorant 3 Least Bittern 4 Consists of family group with 2 fledged young in the channel between the Haul Road peninsula and the main island Great Blue Heron 5 Great Egret 22 Green Heron 1 Osprey 12 Includes at least 3 fledged young Bald Eagle 1 Ring-billed Gull 200 Herring Gull (American) 1 Caspian Tern 3 Forster's Tern 9 Mourning Dove 2 Red-bellied Woodpecker 4 Includes 2 fledged young Downy Woodpecker 3 Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 1 Eastern Wood-Pewee 4 Includes at least one adult with recently fledged young (all dark bill, buffy bar on wing coverts, fresh plumage compared to worn adult. Located in an area just south of "Dead Beaver Beach" where a territorial male has been present since early June. Great Crested Flycatcher 2 Includes one fledged young Eastern Kingbird 6 Warbling Vireo 1 On nest near boardwalk entrance Blue Jay 3 Fish Crow 5 Purple Martin 2 Tree Swallow 5 Adult feeding nestlings in the nest box in the channel separating the Haul Road peninsula from the main island Barn Swallow 2 Carolina Chickadee 8 Tufted Titmouse 3 White-breasted Nuthatch 2 Carolina Wren 5 Includes one bird carrying fecal sac Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 6 American Robin 15 Gray Catbird 5 Includes adult with 2 fledged young north of Dead Beaver Beach European Starling 50 Northern Cardinal 15 Indigo Bunting 2 Red-winged Blackbird 30 Common Grackle (Purple) 5 Brown-headed Cowbird 1 Orchard Oriole 1 Baltimore Oriole 1 House Finch 2 American Goldfinch 8 House Sparrow 7 View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24385797 This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org) Larry Cartwright prowarbler AT verizon.net *** You are subscribed to va-bird as jsiler AT birdingonthe.net. If you wish to unsubscribe, or modify your preferences please visit http://mailman.listserve.com/listmanager/listinfo/va-bird ***
Subject: (no subject)
From: Felicity Rask <jericson7 AT cox.net>
Date: Sun, 26 Jul 2015 11:18:02 -0400
During the last 15 hours three Eastern Kingbirds hatched in a nest on a boat at 
our dock. 

Full sun and metal decks. 
We went out to get baby pictures and add shade but Mama won’t budge! 
Just glares at us and keeps on panting and shading her almost naked little 
wonders. 

She is living up to her name, Tyrannus tyrannus. 
If you are a bander and are interested please contact us directly.

Felicity Rask
Ware River, Gloucester
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Subject: Re: Mississippi Kite in Arlington, VA
From: Dixie Sommers via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Jul 2015 22:08:43 -0400
This is in City of Alexandria, not Arlington county



Dixie Sommers
dixiesommers AT cs.com
    

On Saturday, July 25, 2015 David Bridge  wrote:
Mississippi Kite in Arlington, VA On July 24, I received an email from a friend 
on wrote: “I was told that a pair of Mississippi Kites has been roosting on 
the street next to mine …” The impression received was that the birds at 
been roosting at this location for several days. Location: 605 and 607 Beverly 
Drive, Arlington, VA We arrived at this location about 6:10pm today, July 25, 
2015. Between about 6:16 and about 6:36 there was one and sometimes two adult 
Mississippi Kites flying fairly high to very high, circling, clear visible 
against the higher white clouds. One bird appeared to be missing the number one 
and/or two primary feathers on both sides, a little indention was observed in 
the wing outline. I then lost the bird behind a large oak tree. Only discover 
one adult perched in the top of a dying tree behind the houses. The single 
adult bird remained perched in the same spot, preening from 6:38 to 7:13pm. 
Several poor, but identifiable pictures were taken. This location is about two 
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Subject: 7/25/15 - Virginia Beach - Princess Anne WMA Whitehurst Tract & Southern VB
From: Rob Bielawski <robbielawski AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Jul 2015 22:04:15 -0400
Folks,

*Highlights*
7:55 to 9:00 AM - 1 Spotted Sandpiper, 1 Greater Yellowlegs, 4 Solitary
Sandpipers (a bit ironic), 8 Killdeer, several Peeps (likely Least, but
can't tell for certain from photographs or observation), 1 Cattle Egret,
Northern Bobwhite again calling near northeastern corner, no visual on that
one though.

*Outing Photographs*
*http://www.rbnature.com/galleries/we-20150726/
*

*Notes*
Shorebirds a bit more numerous this week that last Saturday, with a better
variety including the above species. The Solitary Sandpipers were the best
surprise, as I didn't expect to see 4 individuals near each other on the
northernmost cell of the southern half of the park (same cell the Ruff was
located last August). I have been hoping for a Pectoral Sandpiper there,
and I think in the next couple weeks one or more will show up there. One
Northern Bobwhite was also heard several times calling from the northern
part of the WMA, though I never spotted it. A Greater Yellowlegs was a nice
addition to the list after not seeing any for a few weeks here. Orchard
Orioles / Blue Grosbeaks / Indigo Buntings were seen across the park. A
Cattle Egret & a juvenile Yellow-crowned Night-Heron were nice surprises as
well, having seen no Great Egret or Snowy Egret on any of the impoundments.
The "ring" trail that wraps around the west, north, and middle cells of the
Southern half of the park has recently been mowed, which thankfully makes
it much easier to check out all the cells in this area. The entry trail is
still very overgrown though, so you still need to spray up before heading
south from Munden Road, unless you want to deal with ticks/chiggers.

After exiting the park I spent some time just driving around southern
Virginia Beach, heading down Back Bay Landing Road and then also Blackwater
Road. I spent some time photographing non-bird species (see link above),
and passed by the Anhinga pond, but didn't notice any, so I'm wondering if
they're nesting there again this year or not. Perhaps they moved their
nest, since I did see reports of them being seen this year in that area.

*Full Outing Details & All Photos (Posted each Mon for the previous Mon-Sun
Timeframe)*

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Rob Bielawski

Virginia Beach, VA
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Subject: Mississippi Kite in Arlington, VA
From: David Bridge <bridgedavid AT earthlink.net>
Date: Sat, 25 Jul 2015 21:29:10 -0400 (EDT)
Mississippi Kite in Arlington, VA

On July 24, I received an email from a friend on wrote:
“I was told that a pair of Mississippi Kites has been roosting on the street 
next to mine …” 

The impression received was that the birds at been roosting at this location 
for several days. 


Location:  605 and 607 Beverly Drive, Arlington, VA
We arrived at this location about 6:10pm today, July 25, 2015.
Between about 6:16 and about 6:36 there was one and sometimes two adult 
Mississippi Kites 

flying fairly high to very high, circling, clear visible against the higher 
white clouds. 

One bird appeared to be missing the number one and/or two primary feathers on 
both sides, 

   a little indention was observed in the wing outline.
I then lost the bird behind a large oak tree.
Only discover one adult perched in the top of a dying tree behind the houses.
The single adult bird remained perched in the same spot, preening from 6:38 to 
7:13pm. 

Several poor, but identifiable pictures were taken.

This location is about two blocks from Monticello Park.

David Bridge
Alexandria, VA
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Subject: Fwd: [eBird Alert] Virginia Rare Bird Alert
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Date: Sat, 25 Jul 2015 20:05:47 -0400

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*** Species Summary:

Tundra Swan (1 Accomack)
Common Merganser (1 Mecklenburg)
Red-throated Loon (3 Mecklenburg)
Pied-billed Grebe (2 Mecklenburg)
White Ibis (1 Charles City, 4 Fairfax, 1 York)
Mississippi Kite (2 Virginia Beach)
American Coot (2 Mecklenburg)
Piping Plover (1 Virginia Beach)
Eurasian Collared-Dove (1 Northampton)
Loggerhead Shrike (3 Mecklenburg)
Red-breasted Nuthatch (1 Highland)

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NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

Tundra Swan (Cygnus columbianus) (1)
- Reported Jul 25, 2015 07:45 by Joel Martin
- Chincoteague NWR--Swan Cove, Accomack, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=37.8941,-75.3485&ll=37.8941,-75.3485 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24375908
- Comments: "Continuing at the NE corner of Swan Cove."

Common Merganser (Mergus merganser) (1)
- Reported Jul 25, 2015 11:30 by Jeffrey Blalock
- Tailrace Park - John H. Kerr Dam & Reservoir - PCT03, Mecklenburg, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=36.6015291,-78.299184&ll=36.6015291,-78.299184 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24375840
- Comments: "Female with photos"

Red-throated Loon (Gavia stellata) (1)
- Reported Jul 25, 2015 12:45 by Adam D'Onofrio
- John H. Kerr Reservoir--VA 4 lower lake overlook, Mecklenburg, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=36.5909045,-78.291798&ll=36.5909045,-78.291798 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24379125
- Comments: "Continuing RT Loon with bad wing
Red-Throated Loon - Kerr Res. - 07-25-2015" 


Red-throated Loon (Gavia stellata) (1)
- Reported Jul 25, 2015 12:45 by Jeffrey Blalock
- John H. Kerr Reservoir--VA 4 lower lake overlook, Mecklenburg, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=36.5909045,-78.291798&ll=36.5909045,-78.291798 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24376259
- Comments: "Continuing RT Loon with bad wing
Red-Throated Loon - Kerr Res. - 07-25-2015" 


Red-throated Loon (Gavia stellata) (1)
- Reported Jul 25, 2015 12:45 by Clyde Wilson
- John H. Kerr Reservoir--VA 4 lower lake overlook, Mecklenburg, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=36.5909045,-78.291798&ll=36.5909045,-78.291798 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24379197
- Comments: "Continuing RT Loon with bad wing
Red-Throated Loon - Kerr Res. - 07-25-2015" 


Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps) (5)
- Reported Jul 25, 2015 08:45 by Clyde Wilson
- US-VA-Boydton-Dick Cross Wildlife Management Area - 36.6163x-78.2929, 
Mecklenburg, Virginia 

- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=36.616343,-78.292927&ll=36.616343,-78.292927 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24379257
- Comments: "Pied-Billed Grebe - Clyde's Pond - 07-25-2015 


Saw two juvenile with one adult and one of the juvenile was being feed."

Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps) (5)
- Reported Jul 25, 2015 08:45 by Jeffrey Blalock
- US-VA-Boydton-Dick Cross Wildlife Management Area - 36.6163x-78.2929, 
Mecklenburg, Virginia 

- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=36.616343,-78.292927&ll=36.616343,-78.292927 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24375037
- Comments: "Pied-Billed Grebe - Clyde's Pond - 07-25-2015 


Saw two juvenile with one adult and one of the juvenile was being feed."

White Ibis (Eudocimus albus) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jul 25, 2015 10:45 by Matthew  Daw
- Huntley Meadows Park - CMN04, Fairfax, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.7589,-77.0959&ll=38.7589,-77.0959 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24375849

White Ibis (Eudocimus albus) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jul 25, 2015 09:50 by Elton Morel
- Huntley Meadows Park - CMN04, Fairfax, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.7589,-77.0959&ll=38.7589,-77.0959 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24375045
- Comments: "Continuing two juveniles."

White Ibis (Eudocimus albus) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jul 25, 2015 07:30 by bryan peters
- Huntley Meadows Park - CMN04, Fairfax, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.7589,-77.0959&ll=38.7589,-77.0959 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24375484
- Comments: "juvenile plumage"

White Ibis (Eudocimus albus) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jul 25, 2015 07:30 by r and c young
- Huntley Meadows Park - CMN04, Fairfax, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.7589,-77.0959&ll=38.7589,-77.0959 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24374318
- Comments: "Long staying birds"

White Ibis (Eudocimus albus) (1)
- Reported Jul 25, 2015 05:30 by Bill Williams
- New Quarter Park, York, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=37.2835884,-76.6507279&ll=37.2835884,-76.6507279 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24375142
- Comments: "a juv/imm.; flew by with a tricolored heron; long, decurved, pink 
bill; pale brown head and neck; darker brown upper wing coverts; light colored, 
somewhat white, down the back to upper rump; dark brown terminal tail band" 


White Ibis (Eudocimus albus) (2)
- Reported Jul 25, 2015 15:57 by Ellison Orcutt
- Shirley Plantation, Charles City, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=37.3386365,-77.2467613&ll=37.3386365,-77.2467613 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24378687
- Comments: "Both Imm.  Photo"

Mississippi Kite (Ictinia mississippiensis) (4)
- Reported Jul 25, 2015 09:20 by Tracy Tate
- Burroughs Road, Virginia Beach, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=36.8959741,-76.1293194&ll=36.8959741,-76.1293194 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24379195
- Comments: "Arrived at 9:20 am to see the nestling perched above its nest and 
being harassed mercilessly by a Blue Jay, The bird finally leaned forward and 
flew not so athletically over to another close tall pine where I couldn't see 
it. One adult came in with a steep dive from above and prey. It stood in the 
nest a few moments looking around then flew over to where the young bird was 
and immediately back to the nest with the food. The nestling did not follow and 
the adult then took the food over to it and flew off. I returned around 12:30 
and could not locate the young Kite but the adults were soaring around so I 
knew it was still close. Susan Hubbard came for a look and by that time the 
young Kite had returned to the nest area. It is difficult to find it perched up 
there in the canopy sometimes but it gave a good show for Susan stretching its 
wings and looking around. We lost it again for awhile but relocated it for 
another look. No adult Kites were perched in the dead tree snags but they were 
all there flying around various times. There was an aggressive chase of a Red 
Tail flying over and then also a harassing of an Osprey. The young one should 
be soaring soon. See previous posts for pictures of all four birds" 


Mississippi Kite (Ictinia mississippiensis) (3) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jul 23, 2015 11:20 by Doug Gochfeld
- US-VA-Virginia Beach-1700–1720 Five Forks Rd, Virginia Beach, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=36.894867,-76.127008&ll=36.894867,-76.127008 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24368468
- Comments: "Continuing"

American Coot (Fulica americana) (1)
- Reported Jul 25, 2015 08:45 by Jeffrey Blalock
- US-VA-Boydton-Dick Cross Wildlife Management Area - 36.6163x-78.2929, 
Mecklenburg, Virginia 

- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=36.616343,-78.292927&ll=36.616343,-78.292927 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24375037
- Comments: "Duck like bird large round body that is dark gray to almost black, 
small head with a white bill and frontal shield. Well seen by all four of us 
together." 


American Coot (Fulica americana) (1)
- Reported Jul 25, 2015 08:45 by Clyde Wilson
- US-VA-Boydton-Dick Cross Wildlife Management Area - 36.6163x-78.2929, 
Mecklenburg, Virginia 

- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=36.616343,-78.292927&ll=36.616343,-78.292927 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24379257
- Comments: "Duck like bird large round body that is dark gray to almost black, 
small head with a white bill and frontal shield. Well seen by all four of us 
together." 


Piping Plover (Charadrius melodus) (1)
- Reported Jul 24, 2015 15:45 by Rob Bielawski
- Back Bay NWR - CSY06, Virginia Beach, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=36.6779,-75.9159&ll=36.6779,-75.9159 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24369596
- Comments: "Seen roughly 1 mile south on beach from parking area; bird was 
white washed overall with very short bill with orange base and black tip. 
Possibly same bird I encountered last Friday evening in the same area. This one 
was near the only Semipalmated Plover I saw on the beach, and the two moved in 
unison toward the water as I passed. Very similar body types but very different 
colorations between the two plovers. Photographed." 


Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto) (1)
- Reported Jul 24, 2015 15:55 by Rexanne Bruno
- Magotha Road, Northampton, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=37.1773469,-75.9499025&ll=37.1773469,-75.9499025 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24368563
- Comments: "On wire, collar visible, well known location for them"

Loggerhead Shrike (Lanius ludovicianus) (1)
- Reported Jul 25, 2015 14:20 by Adam D'Onofrio
- Rough Rd, Mecklenburg, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=36.553139,-78.2274507&ll=36.553139,-78.2274507 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24379124
- Comments: "Seen at this location most of the time with a little effort"

Loggerhead Shrike (Lanius ludovicianus) (1)
- Reported Jul 25, 2015 14:20 by Jeffrey Blalock
- Rough Rd, Mecklenburg, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=36.553139,-78.2274507&ll=36.553139,-78.2274507 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24376980
- Comments: "Seen at this location most of the time with a little effort"

Loggerhead Shrike (Lanius ludovicianus) (1)
- Reported Jul 25, 2015 14:20 by Clyde Wilson
- Rough Rd, Mecklenburg, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=36.553139,-78.2274507&ll=36.553139,-78.2274507 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24379212
- Comments: "Seen at this location most of the time with a little effort"

Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis) (3)
- Reported Jul 22, 2015 06:30 by Bill Hohenstein
- George Washington NF--Locust Springs, Highland, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.5843,-79.6441&ll=38.5843,-79.6441 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24377474
- Comments: "Seen clearly, tooting."

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Subject: Mecklenburg Co. Birding 7/25
From: Adam D'Onofrio <bigadfromlb AT comcast.net>
Date: Sat, 25 Jul 2015 21:18:50 +0000 (UTC)
I birded with Paul Glass, Jeff Blalock and Clyde Wilson today. We started at 
Staunton View Park where we were pleased to find some exposed mud. A few 
shorebirds were about including KILLDEER, PECTORAL SANDPIPER, SPOTTED 
SANDPIPER, LEAST SANDPIPER and singles of LESSER YELLOWLEGS and SOLITARY 
SANDPIPER. The only wading birds present were GREAT BLUE HERON and GREAT EGRET. 
A CASPIAN TERN dropped in right before we left. Hopefully, as the next 2 months 
wear on, it will not rain too much and more mud will be exposed bringing with 
it a greater variety of shorebirds and waders. 


After Staunton View, we headed to Dick Cross WMA with the hope of confirming 
breeding of the PIED-BILLED GREBES that have been seen down there recently. We 
were in luck as we observed 2 juveniles being fed by an adult at Clyde's Pond. 
There were also 2 other adults there for a total of 5 birds. Other goodies at 
Clyde's included an unseasonable AMERICAN COOT and 5 LITTLE BLUE HERONS, all 
juveniles. From there we headed to Tailrace Park. There were a few shorebirds 
on the rocks there including 5 SPOTTED SANDPIPERS and 2 LEAST SANDPIPERS but 
the surprise bird on the rocks was a female COMMON MERGANSER. Interestingly 
enough, I had a female Common Merganser at this exact same location last July. 
After we left Tailrace we went above the dam to look for the handicapped 
RED-THROATED LOON that was present last month. We found the bird in the same 
spot, in the cove just south of the Va 4 Overlook. Our final stop of the day 
was at Palmer Springs. We were hoping to find a family group of 

 LOGGERHEAD SHRIKES but the only shrike we saw was a single adult on Rough Rd. 
Good birding. 


Adam D'Onofrio 
North Dinwiddie 
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Subject: Birds seen, Blue Ridge Center (Lo Co)
From: "Joe Coleman" <joecoleman AT rstarmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Jul 2015 17:03:28 -0400
The 18 people on the regular monthly walk at the Blue Ridge Center in the
northwestern park of Loudoun County managed to tally 41 species today. The
highlights of the walk on the Farmstead Loop were two very vocal
Broad-winged Hawks who were also seen in the heavy forest along Piney Run.
Also of interest were what appeared to be several family units including a
fledgling crow begging for food and several orioles and very low warbler
diversity. And like many high-summer walks some of the most int'g sightings
were not birds; in today's case it was a live & healthy Luna Moth, a Monarch
Butterfly laying eggs, and several other butterflies.

 

Also, don't forget that next Saturday is Loudoun Wildlife's annual butterfly
count and the Blue Ridge Center is one of several locations that will be
visited that day in the county. Beginners and experienced butterfliers are
welcome for all or part of the day.

 

For a complete list of the birds see the eBird list below.

 

Information on the Blue Ridge Center for Environmental Stewardship can be
found at   http://www.blueridgecenter.org.
Information on the Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy and its many free activities
can be found at   www.loudounwildlife.org.

 

Joe Coleman

 

Blue Ridge Center for Environmental Stewardship - MFF01, Loudoun, Virginia,
US Jul 25, 2015 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Protocol: Traveling

1.5 mile(s)

44 species

 

Green Heron  2

Black Vulture  2

Turkey Vulture  2

Red-shouldered Hawk  1

Broad-winged Hawk  2

Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  21

Yellow-billed Cuckoo  4

Ruby-throated Hummingbird  1

Red-bellied Woodpecker  2

Downy Woodpecker  4

Pileated Woodpecker  1

Eastern Wood-Pewee  4

Acadian Flycatcher  7

Eastern Phoebe  1

Great Crested Flycatcher  1

White-eyed Vireo  1

Red-eyed Vireo  5

American Crow  8

Common Raven  1

Tree Swallow  4

Barn Swallow  2

Carolina Chickadee  10

Tufted Titmouse  10

White-breasted Nuthatch  1

House Wren  4

Carolina Wren  4

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  10

Eastern Bluebird  8

Gray Catbird  2

Brown Thrasher  2

Northern Mockingbird  1

European Starling  1

Cedar Waxwing  6

Common Yellowthroat  6

Eastern Towhee  1

Chipping Sparrow  3

Field Sparrow  4

Scarlet Tanager  4

Northern Cardinal  1

Blue Grosbeak  1

Indigo Bunting  5

Orchard Oriole  3

Baltimore Oriole  2

American Goldfinch  10

 

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Subject: Central Virginia 7/24-25/15
From: "Marshall Faintich" <mfaintich AT theworddoctor.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Jul 2015 15:29:57 -0400
Five warbler species - has autumn warbler migration started? Report and
photos:

 

 
http://www.symbolicmessengers.com/Blog2015/2015_07_25.htm

 

Marshall Faintich

Nellysford, VA

 

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

 

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Subject: Re: White Ibis and shorebirds at Huntley Meadows.
From: "Larry Cartwright" <prowarbler AT verizon.net>
Date: Sat, 25 Jul 2015 11:18:54 -0400
Shows what happens when you take your time rather than just a two-minute
scan like I did!  

Thanks!

-----Original Message-----
From: Robnoblestar [mailto:robnoblestar AT aim.com] 
Sent: Saturday, July 25, 2015 8:42 AM
To: Larry Cartwright 
Cc:  
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] White Ibis and shorebirds at Huntley Meadows.

Saturday update, For those thinking of these birds:

Two white ibis juvs and three little blue heron juvs this morning along with
6+ solitary & 4+ least sandpiper

Ibis can skulk in the veg at the far end of the marsh at times

Rob Young
Alexandria,va



Sent from my iPhone

> On Jul 24, 2015, at 13:45, Larry Cartwright 
wrote:
> 
> While checking my bluebird nest boxes, I stopped to scan the Central 
> Wetlands from the platform at the end of the Hike-Bike Trail.  After a 
> few minutes I spotted the juvenile White Ibis foraging in the marsh 
> some 30 or
> 40 yards to my right.  There was mud exposed directly in front of me 
> and here I spotted 1 Spotted Sandpiper, 2 Solitary Sandpipers, and 7 Least
> Sandpipers.   The last Tree Swallow brood in my nest boxes has fledged
since
> my last visit and breeding activity is winding down... except for one
> ambitious House Wren that has commenced nest building.   Overall numbers
in
> the wooded area and meadows have gone down since my last visit as 
> birds reduce time spent singing.  I did see one Common Yellowthroat 
> gathering food for nestlings or very quiet fledged youngsters.  
> Temperatures and humidity were pleasing and it was a nice day to be in the
park.
> 
> 
> 
> Huntley Meadows Park--Hike and Bike Trail, Fairfax, Virginia, US Jul 
> 24,
> 2015 6:24 AM - 10:39 AM
> 
> Protocol: Traveling
> 
> 3.0 mile(s)
> 
> Comments:     
Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.8. Area > surveyed consists of Hike-Bike and Pond Trails, Central and North > Wetlands, Woodcock Meadow and meadow to the left of Hike-Bike Trail > from the platform overlooking the Central Wetland, and the water > control structure. Weather was sunny with no breeze and temperatures ranging from mid-60s to high-70s. > > > 37 species > > > > Canada Goose 9 > > Great Blue Heron 3 > > Great Egret 8 > > Green Heron 1 > > White Ibis 1 Continuing juvenile bird. Smaller than Great Blue Heron. > Brown head, neck, and upper parts, white underparts, and decurved bill. > > Osprey 1 > > Spotted Sandpiper 1 > > Solitary Sandpiper 2 > > Least Sandpiper 7 > > Mourning Dove 4 > > Yellow-billed Cuckoo 1 > > Red-bellied Woodpecker 5 > > Downy Woodpecker 4 > > Hairy Woodpecker 1 > > Eastern Wood-Pewee 3 > > Acadian Flycatcher 3 > > Great Crested Flycatcher 1 > > Red-eyed Vireo 6 > > Blue Jay 5 > > Carolina Chickadee 10 > > Tufted Titmouse 11 > > White-breasted Nuthatch 2 > > House Wren 3 > > Carolina Wren 5 > > Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 13 > > Eastern Bluebird 1 > > American Robin 5 > > Gray Catbird 3 > > Common Yellowthroat 17 > > Eastern Towhee 6 > > Scarlet Tanager 3 > > Northern Cardinal 15 > > Blue Grosbeak 2 > > Indigo Bunting 5 > > Red-winged Blackbird 13 > > Common Grackle (Purple) 2 > > American Goldfinch 6 > > > > View this checklist online at > http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24364098 > > > > This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org) > > > > Larry Cartwright > > prowarbler AT verizon.net > > > > > > > > *** You are subscribed to va-bird as robnoblestar AT aim.com. If you wish > to unsubscribe, or modify your preferences please visit http://mailman.listserve.com/listmanager/listinfo/va-bird *** *** You are subscribed to va-bird as jsiler AT birdingonthe.net. If you wish to unsubscribe, or modify your preferences please visit http://mailman.listserve.com/listmanager/listinfo/va-bird ***
Subject: Re: Huntley Meadows
From: "David L. Crooks" <davidlcrooks AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Jul 2015 10:03:34 -0400
I was on the Hike-Bike trial this morning and saw 1 White Ibis and 2 Little
Blue Herons, 1 Green Heron, 2 Great Blue Herons, and 7 Great Egrets.
I will post a link to the photos once I get them processed.

David L. Crooks


On Sat, Jul 25, 2015 at 8:50 AM, bryan peters  wrote:

> This AM: 2 White Ibis, 1 Little Blue Heron, numerous shore birds and
> waders, 2 Ruby-throated Hummingbirds
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Subject: Mississippi Kite - Thorough good VA Beach
From: Tracy Tate <tltaterbug44 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Jul 2015 09:42:50 -0400
Hi All - Letting you know that there has been another successful season for
Kites here in VA. Beach.  The nestling has fledged.  The adult came in this
morning with food and the young kite had just flown a short distance to get
away from a Blue Jay harassing it mercilessly.

Tracy Tate
VA Beach Kite fan!
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Subject: Huntley Meadows
From: bryan peters <pas2iche AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Jul 2015 08:50:15 -0400
This AM: 2 White Ibis, 1 Little Blue Heron, numerous shore birds and
waders, 2 Ruby-throated Hummingbirds
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Subject: Re: White Ibis and shorebirds at Huntley Meadows.
From: Robnoblestar via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Jul 2015 08:41:42 -0400
Saturday update, For those thinking of these birds:

Two white ibis juvs and three little blue heron juvs this morning along with 6+ 
solitary & 4+ least sandpiper 


Ibis can skulk in the veg at the far end of the marsh at times

Rob Young
Alexandria,va



Sent from my iPhone

> On Jul 24, 2015, at 13:45, Larry Cartwright  wrote:
> 
> While checking my bluebird nest boxes, I stopped to scan the Central
> Wetlands from the platform at the end of the Hike-Bike Trail.  After a few
> minutes I spotted the juvenile White Ibis foraging in the marsh some 30 or
> 40 yards to my right.  There was mud exposed directly in front of me and
> here I spotted 1 Spotted Sandpiper, 2 Solitary Sandpipers, and 7 Least
> Sandpipers.   The last Tree Swallow brood in my nest boxes has fledged since
> my last visit and breeding activity is winding down... except for one
> ambitious House Wren that has commenced nest building.   Overall numbers in
> the wooded area and meadows have gone down since my last visit as birds
> reduce time spent singing.  I did see one Common Yellowthroat gathering food
> for nestlings or very quiet fledged youngsters.  Temperatures and humidity
> were pleasing and it was a nice day to be in the park. 
> 
> 
> 
> Huntley Meadows Park--Hike and Bike Trail, Fairfax, Virginia, US Jul 24,
> 2015 6:24 AM - 10:39 AM
> 
> Protocol: Traveling
> 
> 3.0 mile(s)
> 
> Comments:     
Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.8. Area > surveyed consists of Hike-Bike and Pond Trails, Central and North Wetlands, > Woodcock Meadow and meadow to the left of Hike-Bike Trail from the platform > overlooking the Central Wetland, and the water control structure. Weather > was sunny with no breeze and temperatures ranging from mid-60s to high-70s. > > > 37 species > > > > Canada Goose 9 > > Great Blue Heron 3 > > Great Egret 8 > > Green Heron 1 > > White Ibis 1 Continuing juvenile bird. Smaller than Great Blue Heron. > Brown head, neck, and upper parts, white underparts, and decurved bill. > > Osprey 1 > > Spotted Sandpiper 1 > > Solitary Sandpiper 2 > > Least Sandpiper 7 > > Mourning Dove 4 > > Yellow-billed Cuckoo 1 > > Red-bellied Woodpecker 5 > > Downy Woodpecker 4 > > Hairy Woodpecker 1 > > Eastern Wood-Pewee 3 > > Acadian Flycatcher 3 > > Great Crested Flycatcher 1 > > Red-eyed Vireo 6 > > Blue Jay 5 > > Carolina Chickadee 10 > > Tufted Titmouse 11 > > White-breasted Nuthatch 2 > > House Wren 3 > > Carolina Wren 5 > > Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 13 > > Eastern Bluebird 1 > > American Robin 5 > > Gray Catbird 3 > > Common Yellowthroat 17 > > Eastern Towhee 6 > > Scarlet Tanager 3 > > Northern Cardinal 15 > > Blue Grosbeak 2 > > Indigo Bunting 5 > > Red-winged Blackbird 13 > > Common Grackle (Purple) 2 > > American Goldfinch 6 > > > > View this checklist online at > http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24364098 > > > > This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org) > > > > Larry Cartwright > > prowarbler AT verizon.net > > > > > > > > *** You are subscribed to va-bird as robnoblestar AT aim.com. If you wish to unsubscribe, or modify your preferences please visit http://mailman.listserve.com/listmanager/listinfo/va-bird *** *** You are subscribed to va-bird as jsiler AT birdingonthe.net. If you wish to unsubscribe, or modify your preferences please visit http://mailman.listserve.com/listmanager/listinfo/va-bird ***
Subject: Bethel Beach Natural Area Preserve, 7/24
From: Ellison Orcutt <mr.ellyo AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Jul 2015 00:39:30 -0400
Hello Birders,

An afternoon trip to Bethel Beach in Mathews County turned up some nice
birds.  The flats were covered when we arrived so shorebirds were scarce
but a silent pair of Whimbrels flushed from the marsh briefly.  I didn't
look too hard, but I couldn't find any previous records of Whimbrels in
Mathews County.  Anyone have one?

The majority of birds present were terns.  An especially large numbers of
Least Terns and some still exhibiting some nesting defense behavior.  All
the tern species present had at least a few fledglings in the group
(begging and being fed).  Besides the Least Terns which I suspect have all
nested in that general vicinity, I wonder where the recently fledged birds
come from.  Up from Hampton Roads?  Maybe from nesting islands further up
the bay?  A few field readable bands would do wonders.

The short list is below.  Also of note was an immature Tricolored Heron.


http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24367091

Good birds,

Ellison

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Richmond, Va
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Subject: 1,700 White Ibis addenda.
From: Henry Armistead <harryarmistead AT hotmail.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Jul 2015 22:00:58 -0400
"1700

 

**Very high count!! Big southbound exodus from the roost island to the NNE. 
Counted from the bridge, which was right under the main portion of the flight 
line. Initially counted by 1s and 2s, but then by 5s and even 10s when the 
flight was thickest." 


 List from Queen Sound w/ WHIBs

 http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24368018

 Here is some e-Bird detail from George Armistead, Doug Gochfeld & Tom 
Johnsons count of 1,700 White Ibis from the Chincoteague causeway, July 23, c. 
5:45 A.M.  Harry Armistead, Philadelphia. 


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Subject: upper Northern Neck and upper Middle Peninsula
From: Frederick Atwood via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Jul 2015 01:58:50 +0000 (UTC)
A quick report:Today July 24, I visited scattered spots in King George (4 
spots), Westmoreland (2 spots) , Richmond (1 spot), Essex (1 spot), King and 
Queen (1 spot), and King William (3 spots) counties.I wanted to check several 
places for white ibis, shorebirds, upland sandpiper, swallows, and grassland 
birds.  I was hoping the Vesper Sparrow I found earlier in the year might have 
stayed the summer on WIlmont Rd in King George. No sign of it but I heard a lot 
grasshopper sparrows, field sparrows, and blue grosbeaks there.  I also 
checked a Dickcissel spot in King George but they were no longer there. I 
checked the turf farms in King William hoping for an early upland sandpiper, 
but found 16 horned larks and 23 killdeer instead (Woodbury Rd, King William). 
All the locations where I was hoping I might have a chance at white ibis had 
only a few great egrets and some shorebirds.  SHorebirds today included 
pectoral (3 at a private farm in Leedstown), solitary, spotted, least, 
semipalmated, and killdeer. I checked the cliff swallow colonies on  the 360 
bridge in Port Royal and the Mattaponi River bridge in Walkerton. Breeding 
season is over in both locations and not a single cliff swallow could be found. 
I did find 5 or so cliff swallows at Woodbury Rd about a mile or so from the 
Walkerton bridge. The biggest thing for me today was the abundance of bank 
swallows. I found at least 555 (they outnumbered tree swallows) at a private 
location in King George and they were scattered throughout the entire region 
also.  I found only 1 rough-winged swallow in my careful searching of hundreds 
and hundreds of swallows but did find all the expected species. The only 
warblers I found were a prairie, a yellow, and a lot of yellowthroats, but 
passerines were not my primary focus today. The only waterfowl I could find 
today were Canada Geese and Mallards. AT the 301 bridge over the Rappahannock 
in Tappahannock there were 36 royal terns, 36 dc cormorants, and over 100 
laughing gulls. There was no sign of the peregrines that raised young there 
earlier in the year. A sunflower field in Leedstown had 450 cowbirds.  Singing 
Grasshopper Sparrows and Blue Grosbeaks were nearly everywhere. An orchard 
oriole and a blue grosbeak were still carrying food for young in King 
George. It was wonderful to be outside this entire gorgeous day!Heading up to 
Cape Cod soonI hope you all have a great summer.Fred 

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

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Subject: mute swan in the Potomac River in Arlington
From: "Peter Frechtel" <pafrecht AT verizon.net>
Date: Fri, 24 Jul 2015 21:20:28 -0400
Hello VA-Birders,

 

This morning, there was a mute swan in the Potomac River, right where the
"Boundary Channel" (according to Google Maps) empties into the Potomac on
the upstream side. The spot is just downstream from the Roosevelt Bridge,
but upstream from the Memorial Bridge. I've biked past this spot three
mornings in the past couple of weeks - Thursday 7/16, Wednesday 7/22, and
today - each time between 7:30 and 8 - and it's been there all three times.

 

To get there by car/foot, just park in the Roosevelt Island parking lot off
the northbound George Washington Parkway, and it's about a 1/2 mile walk
downstream. Make a left turn onto the wooden boardwalk to stay close to the
river, instead of going up the hill and onto the Roosevelt Bridge.

 

For the county listers out there, I think someone once told me that this is
officially a DC sighting, not an Arlington County sighting.

 

Sorry for the late posting. I tried to e-mail the listserve on 7/16 when I
first saw the bird, but realized today that it didn't go through. No idea
what happened there.

 

Peter Frechtel

Falls Church

 

 

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Subject: 7/24/15 - Virginia Beach - Back Bay NWR
From: Rob Bielawski <robbielawski AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Jul 2015 20:47:32 -0400
Folks,

*Highlights*
Back Bay NWR - 3:45 to 6:25 PM - 1 Piping Plover seen 1 mile south on beach
with 1 Semipalmated Plover following it around. Lots of baitfish shoals
visible near shore, plenty of Dolphins, Osprey & Tern action.

*Outing Photographs (Just 1 shot of the Piping Plover added as of now)*
*http://www.rbnature.com/galleries/we-20150726/
*

*More Details*
Did a walk down the beach to the False Cape SP boundary and back this
evening after work. Lots of Sanderlings (100+) & Willets (likely 30+), with
1 Spotted Sandpiper, 2 Semipalmated Sandpipers, 1 Least Sandpiper, 1
Semipalmated Plover & 1 Piping Plover seen. Terns (Least, Forster's,
Common, Sandwich, and Royal), and Gulls (Laughing, Ring-billed & Lesser
Black-backed) all seen with Royals leading the numbers by a wide margin. I
did not run into the injured White-winged Scoter that I saw here last
Friday, nor the Whimbrel. Also did not spot any Black Terns, which is a
bird I've really been hoping to come across over the next few weeks.
Shorebird numbers definitely much higher today than last week. The
Semipalmated was the first one I've seen on their southward migration,
almost perfectly timed to 1 day before the Gold Book date of 25 Jul. Very
nice weather expected this weekend so hope to get out some more & see some
other shorebird species if possible.

*Full Details & Photos (Posted every Monday for the previous Mon-Sun
Timeframe)*

*http://www.rbnature.com/blog-index/ *


Rob Bielawski

Virginia Beach, VA
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Subject: Fwd: [eBird Alert] Virginia Rare Bird Alert
From: "kurtcapt87 AT verizon.net" <kurtcapt87@verizon.net>
Date: Fri, 24 Jul 2015 20:08:43 -0400

Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE DROID

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

Tundra Swan (1 Accomack)
Tundra Swan (Whistling) (2 Accomack)
White Ibis (6 Fairfax)
Mississippi Kite (1 Virginia Beach)
Piping Plover (1 Virginia Beach)
Whimbrel (1 Mathews)
Whimbrel (American) (2 Accomack)
Red-necked Phalarope (1 Portsmouth)
Black-capped Chickadee (1 Botetourt)
Seaside Sparrow (1 Mathews)

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NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

Tundra Swan (Cygnus columbianus) (1)
- Reported Jul 24, 2015 08:30 by Debbie  Schroeder
- Chincoteague NWR - CES18, Accomack, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=37.9106228,-75.3479719&ll=37.9106228,-75.3479719 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24365901
- Comments: "Wild Beach area with Canada Geese"

Tundra Swan (Whistling) (Cygnus columbianus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jul 23, 2015 06:15 by George Armistead
- Chincoteague NWR--Swan Cove, Accomack, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=37.8941,-75.3485&ll=37.8941,-75.3485 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24368017
- Comments: "Adult at Swan Cove. Photos."

Tundra Swan (Whistling) (Cygnus columbianus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jul 23, 2015 06:15 by Tom Johnson
- Chincoteague NWR--Swan Cove, Accomack, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=37.8941,-75.3485&ll=37.8941,-75.3485 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24360808
- Comments: "Adult at Swan Cove. Photos."

White Ibis (Eudocimus albus) (1)
- Reported Jul 23, 2015 18:00 by Janice Lloyd
- Huntley Meadows Park, Fairfax, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.757775,-77.0986015&ll=38.757775,-77.0986015 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24363329
- Comments: "2 juveniles (continuing)"

White Ibis (Eudocimus albus) (2)
- Reported Jul 24, 2015 09:30 by David Ledwith
- Huntley Meadows Park - CMN04, Fairfax, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.7589,-77.0959&ll=38.7589,-77.0959 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24363808
- Comments: "Continuing two birds."

White Ibis (Eudocimus albus) (2)
- Reported Jul 24, 2015 08:02 by Justin Dinen
- Huntley Meadows Park - CMN04, Fairfax, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.7589,-77.0959&ll=38.7589,-77.0959 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24364694
- Comments: "Continuing immature birds"

White Ibis (Eudocimus albus) (2)
- Reported Jul 23, 2015 16:33 by Frederick Atwood
- Huntley Meadows Park - CMN04, Fairfax, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.7589,-77.0959&ll=38.7589,-77.0959 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24359160
- Comments: "Continuing birds. Visible from tower feeding on far side of 
marsh." 


White Ibis (Eudocimus albus) (1)
- Reported Jul 20, 2015 07:00 by Janis Stone
- Huntley Meadows Park - CMN04, Fairfax, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.7589,-77.0959&ll=38.7589,-77.0959 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24364623
- Comments: "continuing immature bird"

White Ibis (Eudocimus albus) (1)
- Reported Jul 24, 2015 06:24 by Larry  Cartwright
- Huntley Meadows Park--Hike and Bike Trail, Fairfax, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.7599063,-77.1169853&ll=38.7599063,-77.1169853 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24364098
- Comments: "Continuing juvenile bird. Smaller than Great Blue Heron. Brown 
head, neck, and upper parts, white underparts, and decurved bill." 


Mississippi Kite (Ictinia mississippiensis) (3) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jul 18, 2015 13:30 by Tracy Tate
- Burroughs Road, Virginia Beach, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=36.8959741,-76.1293194&ll=36.8959741,-76.1293194 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24362135
- Comments: "Finally able to get some good views of the nestling being fed by 
the adults. The young bird is sitting higher in the nest and looking over the 
side. I watched it duck down as two separate planes flew over and also track 
some small birds as they flew by noisily - its head turning and following their 
movement. I also heard the young bird softly whistle as the adult approached 
with food. The two adults spent some time flying super high directly above the 
nest whistling as the young bird looked up for them. 

IMG_1675 

IMG_1677" 


Piping Plover (Charadrius melodus) (4) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jul 23, 2015 15:46 by Emily Willoughby
- VA-ISS-55, Virginia Beach, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=36.6664568,-75.9127593&ll=36.6664568,-75.9127593 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24361650
- Comments: "Email me for photographs of piping plover at 
e.deinonychus AT gmail.com if there's any doubt" 


Whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus) (2)
- Reported Jul 24, 2015 13:43 by Ellison Orcutt
- Bethel Beach Natural Area Preserve - CMT04, Mathews, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=37.4102069,-76.2489138&ll=37.4102069,-76.2489138 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24367091
- Comments: "Photo to add"

Whimbrel (American) (Numenius phaeopus) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jul 23, 2015 07:48 by Tom Johnson
- US-VA-Wallops Island-Chincoteague Rd - 37.9421x-75.4470, Accomack, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=37.942117,-75.446969&ll=37.942117,-75.446969 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24360807
- Comments: "2 in flight from the north side of the road, and then flying over 
the road." 


Whimbrel (American) (Numenius phaeopus) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jul 23, 2015 07:48 by George Armistead
- US-VA-Wallops Island-Chincoteague Rd - 37.9421x-75.4470, Accomack, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=37.942117,-75.446969&ll=37.942117,-75.446969 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24368016
- Comments: "2 in flight from the north side of the road, and then flying over 
the road." 


Red-necked Phalarope (Phalaropus lobatus) (2)
- Reported Jul 23, 2015 05:30 by Bill Williams
- Craney Island Disposal Area, Portsmouth, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=36.9065,-76.37&ll=36.9065,-76.37 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24364550
- Comments: "in pre-basic molt; slightly smaller, more compact than nearby 
Wilson's Phalaropes; short, black, thin pointed bill; white forehead; distinct 
black eye-line; black on nape of neck; mottled gray/black striping on wing 
coverts/mantle" 


Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) (1)
- Reported Jul 24, 2015 by Barry Kinzie
- Botetourt, Botetourt, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=37.4307052,-79.9097443&ll=37.4307052,-79.9097443 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24366176
- Comments: "Giving two note call; ragged bib, contrast between white cheeks & 
buff breast. 

The only reliable spot in Botetourt County for this species [ BCCH ] ."

Seaside Sparrow (Ammodramus maritimus) (2)
- Reported Jul 24, 2015 13:43 by Ellison Orcutt
- Bethel Beach Natural Area Preserve - CMT04, Mathews, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=37.4102069,-76.2489138&ll=37.4102069,-76.2489138 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24367091
- Comments: "Singing"

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Subject: Re: Early Migrants
From: David Davis <daviszepp AT verizon.net>
Date: Fri, 24 Jul 2015 16:05:52 -0400
This past week at our place in Shenandoah County, we had a redstart, a 
Black-and-white Warbler, and a Worm-eating Warbler. Each was the first sighting 
of the summer. Though each is indeed a migrating species, I tend to view these 
regular late-July-August species not as already migrating, but rather as moving 
from their breeding habitats at higher altitudes in the surrounding ridges to 
the richer creek valley (that is, Cedar Creek) before beginning their true 
long-distance latitudinal migration. Our land, mostly in the valley, is by July 
extremely lush with herbaceous vegetation, shrubbery, vines, and (increasingly) 
wine-berries—the latter an invasive exotic, but an abundant source of 
luscious fruit that we enjoy as well. The valley also has more water in terms 
of a good-sized perennial stream, some man-made ponds, and a few flowing 
springs, compared to the springs and small brooks higher up that sometimes 
cease flowing by mid-summer. 


We see these species and a few others (e.g., Hooded Warbler and Ovenbird) at 
this time most years and have come to expect them. They will be joined by other 
migratory species moving through from more distant breeding areas by early 
September, our peak month for species diversity and abundance at this location. 


The kinds of species we’re seeing now are sometimes referred to in the 
literature as post-breeding dispersal sightings, which while strictly correct, 
for me doesn’t seem to capture the likely purpose of the predictable 
altitudinal movement. "Post-breeding dispersal", which I believe is still 
poorly understood, seems more often a rather random movement, especially by 
young-of-the-year as seen by some raptors and wading birds. But, I’m no 
ornithologist, so this is just my opinion. 


Good birding

Dave Davis
Arlington and Cedar Creek

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Subject: White Ibis and shorebirds at Huntley Meadows.
From: "Larry Cartwright" <prowarbler AT verizon.net>
Date: Fri, 24 Jul 2015 13:45:07 -0400
While checking my bluebird nest boxes, I stopped to scan the Central
Wetlands from the platform at the end of the Hike-Bike Trail.  After a few
minutes I spotted the juvenile White Ibis foraging in the marsh some 30 or
40 yards to my right.  There was mud exposed directly in front of me and
here I spotted 1 Spotted Sandpiper, 2 Solitary Sandpipers, and 7 Least
Sandpipers.   The last Tree Swallow brood in my nest boxes has fledged since
my last visit and breeding activity is winding down... except for one
ambitious House Wren that has commenced nest building.   Overall numbers in
the wooded area and meadows have gone down since my last visit as birds
reduce time spent singing.  I did see one Common Yellowthroat gathering food
for nestlings or very quiet fledged youngsters.  Temperatures and humidity
were pleasing and it was a nice day to be in the park. 

 

Huntley Meadows Park--Hike and Bike Trail, Fairfax, Virginia, US Jul 24,
2015 6:24 AM - 10:39 AM

Protocol: Traveling

3.0 mile(s)

Comments:     
Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.8. Area surveyed consists of Hike-Bike and Pond Trails, Central and North Wetlands, Woodcock Meadow and meadow to the left of Hike-Bike Trail from the platform overlooking the Central Wetland, and the water control structure. Weather was sunny with no breeze and temperatures ranging from mid-60s to high-70s. 37 species Canada Goose 9 Great Blue Heron 3 Great Egret 8 Green Heron 1 White Ibis 1 Continuing juvenile bird. Smaller than Great Blue Heron. Brown head, neck, and upper parts, white underparts, and decurved bill. Osprey 1 Spotted Sandpiper 1 Solitary Sandpiper 2 Least Sandpiper 7 Mourning Dove 4 Yellow-billed Cuckoo 1 Red-bellied Woodpecker 5 Downy Woodpecker 4 Hairy Woodpecker 1 Eastern Wood-Pewee 3 Acadian Flycatcher 3 Great Crested Flycatcher 1 Red-eyed Vireo 6 Blue Jay 5 Carolina Chickadee 10 Tufted Titmouse 11 White-breasted Nuthatch 2 House Wren 3 Carolina Wren 5 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 13 Eastern Bluebird 1 American Robin 5 Gray Catbird 3 Common Yellowthroat 17 Eastern Towhee 6 Scarlet Tanager 3 Northern Cardinal 15 Blue Grosbeak 2 Indigo Bunting 5 Red-winged Blackbird 13 Common Grackle (Purple) 2 American Goldfinch 6 View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24364098 This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org) Larry Cartwright prowarbler AT verizon.net *** You are subscribed to va-bird as jsiler AT birdingonthe.net. If you wish to unsubscribe, or modify your preferences please visit http://mailman.listserve.com/listmanager/listinfo/va-bird ***
Subject: Migrants are Starting to Move Through
From: pepherup--- via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Jul 2015 09:18:26 -0400
With the past couple of evenings being cool enough for sundowners on the deck, 
I have been able to observe more closely what is going on with the bird 
population in the yard. 

 In the past two days I have had prairie warblers on 2 different occasions in 
the lilac hedge just off the deck. The wood thrushes in the nearby woods have 
serenaded me and a red shouldered hawk was calling overhead . The blue/gray 
gnatcatchers have been much in evidence in the crepe myrtles. I watched an imm. 
great crested flycatcher preening in the setting sun in a tree by the barn 
without realizing how his yellow breast was gleaming among the green leaves. 
The peewee family was flycatching along with adult and immature bluebirds. 
Indigo bunting and rufus sided towhee were heard but not seen. All the usual 
cardinals, house finches, grackles, chickadees, goldfinches, chipping and song 
sparrows, blue jays, etc. are always here no matter what. 

.
 Hummingbirds! Finally the migrants have begun to arrive and I have 3 feeds 
out. It is hard to count how many are actually here but I believe that a dozen 
would not be an exaggeration. They fly all around my head as I sit on the deck 
and generally expend a lot of energy fighting over the feeders. As happy as I 
am to see them. the numbers are much reduced from past years. 


Peggy Lyons
Concord
Campbell County 
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Subject: GREETINGS
From: Phil Silas via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Jul 2015 02:46:47 -0700
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Hello,
I am curious to know whether my previous message reached you.
Thanks

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Subject: Blue Ridge Center Bird Walk, Loudoun Co, July 25
From: "Joe Coleman" <joecoleman AT rstarmail.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Jul 2015 20:59:54 -0400
Everyone is welcome at the Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy's free monthly bird
walk at the Blue Ridge Center for Environmental Stewardship (BRCES), in the
northwestern corner of Loudoun County near Harpers Ferry at 8 am on Sat.,
July 25. 

The main entrance to BRCES is on the west side of Harper's Ferry Rd, Rte
671, about a 1/4 mile north of the Neersville Community Center and about 5.5
miles north of the intersection of Rte 9 & Rte 671 and about 2 miles south
of the intersection of Rte 340 & Rte 671.

We hold the walk regardless of the weather unless it is dangerous but don't
expect a lot of participants if the weather is lousy.

Information on the Blue Ridge Center for Environmental Stewardship can be
found at www.blueridgecenter.org/.   Information on the Loudoun Wildlife
Conservancy's many free programs and field trips can be found at
www.loudounwildlife.org.

Joe Coleman
540-454-3361 or joecoleman AT rstarmail.com

 

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Subject: 1,700 White Ibis at Chincoteague
From: Henry Armistead <harryarmistead AT hotmail.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Jul 2015 20:37:06 -0400
1,700 White Ibis at Chincoteague. George Armistead left this message for Liz c. 
2 P.M., Thursday, July 23 that he, Doug Gochfeld, and Tom Johnson had seen 
1,700 White Ibis at Chincoteague today. Dont know where on the refuge (or 
perhaps the Causeway) this was. I believe that is some 1,100 more than the 
previous Virginia high count. I'll interrogate George about this later. Needs 
confirmation.  Harry Armistead, Philadelphia. 

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Subject: Ruby Throated Hummingbirds
From: janet anderson via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Jul 2015 20:28:47 -0400
July 23, 2015
 
Visiting my brother this past weekend in Winchester, VA, I saw a ruby  
throated hummingbird. He told me he sees the bird every day at the feeder. My 

sister who lives in Orange, VA also has 2 hummers coming to her  new 
feeder. I also continue to have my hummer coming to my feeders. In fact, last 

evening my 2 cats were sitting on the table by the door when the  female 
hummer came up to the window when she saw my 2 cats. (Door was closed for those 

of you who think all cats kill birds)  My dad who lives in Arlington  has 
not had a hummer yet this year at the feeder or the flowers.  The  hummers I 
have seen seem to prefer the feeders over all the flowers my family  has 
planted in their gardens.  
 
Janet M. Anderson
City of Falls Church, VA
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Subject: Fwd: [eBird Alert] Virginia Rare Bird Alert
From: "kurtcapt87 AT verizon.net" <kurtcapt87@verizon.net>
Date: Thu, 23 Jul 2015 19:12:03 -0400

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*** Species Summary:

Tundra Swan (Whistling) (1 Accomack)
White Ibis (1 Fairfax, 1 Gloucester)
Mississippi Kite (1 Virginia Beach)
Whimbrel (American) (1 Accomack)
Savannah Sparrow (2 Pulaski)
Rusty Blackbird (1 Clarke)

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below shows observations of rare birds in Virginia. View or unsubscribe to this 
alert at http://ebird.org/ebird/alert/summary?sid=SN35646 

NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

Tundra Swan (Whistling) (Cygnus columbianus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jul 23, 2015 06:15 by Doug Gochfeld
- Chincoteague NWR--Swan Cove, Accomack, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=37.8941,-75.3485&ll=37.8941,-75.3485 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24353563
- Comments: "Adult at Swan Cove. Photos."

White Ibis (Eudocimus albus) (2)
- Reported Jul 23, 2015 08:18 by Mike O'Brien
- Huntley Meadows Park--Observation Tower, Fairfax, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.7514304,-77.106514&ll=38.7514304,-77.106514 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24353631
- Comments: "Two immature ibis easily ID'd through the scope - far side of the 
pond." 


White Ibis (Eudocimus albus) (3)
- Reported Jul 23, 2015 13:30 by Jason  Strickland
- Ware pt. Rd, Gloucester, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=37.3783422,-76.4309406&ll=37.3783422,-76.4309406 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24356374
- Comments: "Long, slightly reddish, decurved bill; dark brown wings and upper 
body, whitish below. These birds were gone when I passed back by five minutes 
later, photos available" 


Mississippi Kite (Ictinia mississippiensis) (3) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jul 23, 2015 11:20 by George Armistead
- US-VA-Virginia Beach-1700–1720 Five Forks Rd, Virginia Beach, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=36.894867,-76.127008&ll=36.894867,-76.127008 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24355026
- Comments: "Continuing"

Whimbrel (American) (Numenius phaeopus) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jul 23, 2015 07:48 by Doug Gochfeld
- US-VA-Wallops Island-Chincoteague Rd - 37.9421x-75.4470, Accomack, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=37.942117,-75.446969&ll=37.942117,-75.446969 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24355077
- Comments: "2 in flight from the north side of the road, and then flying over 
the road." 


Savannah Sparrow (Passerculus sandwichensis) (1)
- Reported Jul 23, 2015 08:10 by Barry Kinzie
- Kent Farm Road, Pulaski, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=37.1348638,-80.695277&ll=37.1348638,-80.695277 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24355591
- Comments: "short notched tail, streaked breast, yellowish on topside of base 
of beak....seen on fence in large open pasture" 


Savannah Sparrow (Passerculus sandwichensis) (1)
- Reported Jul 23, 2015 08:10 by John Pancake
- Kent Farm Road, Pulaski, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=37.1348638,-80.695277&ll=37.1348638,-80.695277 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24358360
- Comments: "short notched tail, streaked breast, yellowish on topside of base 
of beak....seen on fence in large open pasture" 


Rusty Blackbird (Euphagus carolinus) (2)
- Reported Jul 22, 2015 09:01 by Francisco Diaz
- White Post, Blandy Farm Lane, Clarke, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=39.06408,-78.06378&ll=39.06408,-78.06378 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24356162

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Subject: Central Virginia 7/22-23/15
From: "Marshall Faintich" <mfaintich AT theworddoctor.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Jul 2015 15:38:15 -0400
30+ species in Rockingham, Augusta, Nelson, and Albemarle Counties. Report
and photos:

 

 
http://www.symbolicmessengers.com/Blog2015/2015_07_23.htm

 

Marshall Faintich

Nellysford, VA

 

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_______________________

 

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

 

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Subject: Re: early migrant?
From: Janet Paisley <janetpaisley AT comcast.net>
Date: Thu, 23 Jul 2015 13:09:26 -0400
I just watched an American Redstart taking a bath on my patio waterfall. 
Earlier this morning there were Pewees calling each other in my neighborhood, 
and I wondered if these might be early migrants, as this is the first time I've 
heard them this summer. 


Janet Paisley
Charlottesville, VA


On Jul 23, 2015, at 12:58 PM, dorgeloh wrote:

> One American Redstart in Hartwood VA 7/21/15
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Subject: early migrant?
From: dorgeloh <dorgeloh AT infionline.net>
Date: Thu, 23 Jul 2015 12:58:43 -0400 (GMT-04:00)
One American Redstart in Hartwood VA 7/21/15
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Subject: 7/22/15 - Virginia Beach - Pleasure House Point Natural Area
From: Rob Bielawski <robbielawski AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Jul 2015 07:51:09 -0400
Folks,

*Highlights*
Pleasure House Point Natural Area - 4:50 to 6:40 PM - Solid grouping of
shorebirds on the sandbars to the southeast of the Brock Center including 3
Gull species, 5 Tern species (including Caspians), 3 Semipalmated Plovers,
1 Short-billed Dowitcher, 8 American Oystercatchers, 2 Snowy Egret, 1
Tricolored Heron.

*Outing Photographs (Page not yet created, Photos will be added this
evening hopefully)*
*http://www.rbnature.com/galleries/we-20150726/
*

*More Details*
With our heat wave in SE Virginia slightly abating yesterday with highs
"just" in the upper 80s, I went up to Pleasure House Point to check for
some shorebirds. Low tide has been hitting just before sunset the last
couple days, so after-work walks are position fairly well for the
possibility of seeing shorebirds on the sandbars and mudflats, as long as
recreational boaters haven't scared them all off, which at this point in
the year is sadly a typical occurrence. With strong northerly winds, the
water levels were a bit higher than they should typically be as low tide
approached, but there was a good collection of birds out on the flats
including Gulls (dominated by Laughing, with many young Herring, and a few
Great Black-backed), Terns (Royal, with several Caspians, Commons &
Forster's, and even a pair of Sandwich), 8 American Oystercatchers, 1
Short-billed Dowitcher all on the near flat. On the further flat, as the
levels dropped more a half hour or so later I located 3 Semipalmated
Plovers which are the first noted on eBird at the park since May, and the
first I've seen in Virginia Beach so far during their southward migration.
Killdeer were also seen on the salt meadows of the point, rounding out the
shorebird species. Wading species in the nearby marshes also presented
themselves in good numbers, led as usual by many adult Yellow-crowned
Night-Herons and their summer flock of juveniles, with several Tricolored
Heron juveniles, Green Herons, Great Egrets, and even a pair of Snowy
Egrets being present. It is a good time of year to walk the easily
accessible trails, and be able to see a wide array of species around the
shorelines.

*Full Details & Photos (Posted every Monday for the previous Mon-Sun
Timeframe)*

*http://www.rbnature.com/blog-index/ *


Rob Bielawski

Virginia Beach, VA
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Subject: Mississippi Kites: Alexandria/Arlandria area
From: Donald Sweig <skybirds.d AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Jul 2015 21:54:29 -0400
 I observed two Mississippi kites flying over, and then perching in a nearby 
private yard, not far from Monticello Park in Alexandria/Arlandria this 
evening. The birds were observed mating in the same tree by an experienced 
birder yesterday. 

 One of the birds is an the adult male, with molt on the inner primaries, 
probably P1 and P2, of both wings. 

 The other kite is more interesting. It appears to be a subadult, probably 
second-year, female bird. The basically grey breast appears to have some white, 
spotted, mottling suggesting that it is a subadult female kite. This bird was 
carefully observed with a scope, and I have good diagnostic photos of the 
breast. 

 The birds have been seeing flying and perching in this general area for at 
least two or three days; there's no way of knowing how much longer they may be 
there. But, this is an area of Northern Virginia where Mississippi kites have 
not been reported before. 

   Donald Sweig
    Falls Church, Virginia

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Subject: Fwd: [eBird Alert] Virginia Rare Bird Alert
From: "kurtcapt87 AT verizon.net" <kurtcapt87@verizon.net>
Date: Wed, 22 Jul 2015 21:11:50 -0400

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*** Species Summary:

Tundra Swan (2 Accomack)
American Black Duck (1 Rockingham)
Blue-winged Teal (1 Waynesboro)
White Ibis (1 Fairfax)
Mississippi Kite (1 Virginia Beach)
Sora (1 Rockingham)
American Avocet (1 Fairfax)
White-rumped Sandpiper (1 Accomack)

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alert at http://ebird.org/ebird/alert/summary?sid=SN35646 

NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

Tundra Swan (Cygnus columbianus) (1)
- Reported Jul 22, 2015 09:03 by Joel Martin
- Chincoteague NWR--Swan Cove, Accomack, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=37.8941,-75.3485&ll=37.8941,-75.3485 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24347843
- Comments: "Continuing, in the same spot as yesterday."

Tundra Swan (Cygnus columbianus) (1)
- Reported Jul 21, 2015 16:38 by Joel Martin
- Chincoteague NWR--Swan Cove, Accomack, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=37.8941,-75.3485&ll=37.8941,-75.3485 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24347731
- Comments: "Continuing adult, on the NE shoreline of Swan Cove."

American Black Duck (Anas rubripes) (1)
- Reported Jul 21, 2015 06:25 by Diane Lepkowski
- Lake Shenandoah - MLS05, Rockingham, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.3818514,-78.8380516&ll=38.3818514,-78.8380516 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24343665
- Comments: "Dark brown overall, face paler with dark eye stripe. Greenish 
bill, no white  AT  speculum borders. Bird was only about 15 away from me, on 
shore. With Mallards & C. Geese." 


Blue-winged Teal (Anas discors) (1)
- Reported Jul 21, 2015 10:45 by Elaine Carwile
- InVista Ponds (Old DuPont Ponds), Waynesboro, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.0591076,-78.8930368&ll=38.0591076,-78.8930368 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24347575

White Ibis (Eudocimus albus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jul 21, 2015 16:30 by Ron Clabbers
- Huntley Meadows Park--Hike and Bike Trail, Fairfax, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.7599063,-77.1169853&ll=38.7599063,-77.1169853 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24341015
- Comments: "Seen at same location last week"

Mississippi Kite (Ictinia mississippiensis) (4)
- Reported Jul 22, 2015 11:30 by Tracy Tate
- Burroughs Road, Virginia Beach, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=36.8959741,-76.1293194&ll=36.8959741,-76.1293194 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24347969
- Comments: "It was a great Kite day. The nestling is still in the nest but is 
hanging out on the branches above and to the side of the nest and when I left, 
it had moved out of good sight for pictures. In the scope you can see that it 
is preening out the fluffy white feathers from its head and has lost most of 
them giving a more mature look. It is still being fed by the adults. Also today 
all three of the other Kites were present- the yearling and the two adult 
birds. They were soaring and whistling above the nest presumably to tempt the 
nestling to think about flying. The yearling whistled the low "pee ti ti ti ti 
ti...." call quite a few times as it flew over and while perched and the adults 
made the typical two note whistle. I have a picture of one of the adult Kites 
preening that shows the solid black tail and the solid under wing area. There 
is another picture of the yearling also preening that shows its mostly solid 
grey body but also the remaining variable juv 

 enile plumage - barring on the under tail and the mottling on the under wing. 
I can't wait to see if all four will soar around together later in the summer. 

Mississippi Kite Nestling above nest_VA Beach 

Nestling above nest
Preening Adult Kite showing solid black tail and solid underwing_Va Beach 

Preening adult showing the solid black tail and solid under wing area.
Yearling Mississippi Kite Preening showing long wing tips, still barred 
tail and underwing though body mostly grey_VA Beach 

Preening yearling showing the mostly grey body and the still variable juvenile 
plumage -barring on the under tail and under wing. Wing tips pass the tail." 


Sora (Porzana carolina) 
- Reported Jul 21, 2015 by Greg Moyers
- Nazarene Church Road Wetlands, Rockingham, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.4168631,-79.0693545&ll=38.4168631,-79.0693545 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24341246
- Comments: "heard"

American Avocet (Recurvirostra americana) (3) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jul 22, 2015 07:42 by Gerry Hawkins
- Dyke Marsh - CMN02, Fairfax, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.7695,-77.0494&ll=38.7695,-77.0494 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24345393
- Comments: "Seen together on the far side of the creek across from the first 
wooded platform at the end of Haul Road. A large shorebird with a peachy head, 
neck and upper breast, otherwise white underparts, largely jet black wings with 
a prominent white stripe formed by white scapulars and a long, thin recurved 
bill. These birds were too far away to photograph with my camera, but photos 
that are sufficient for id purposes were taken by two nature photographers who 
joined me while I was looking at these birds and are available on request." 


White-rumped Sandpiper (Calidris fuscicollis) (1)
- Reported Jul 21, 2015 16:38 by Joel Martin
- Chincoteague NWR--Swan Cove, Accomack, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=37.8941,-75.3485&ll=37.8941,-75.3485 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24347731
- Comments: "Molting adult. Larger than peeps, with longer, straight bill and 
wing tips coming to a fine point beyond tip of tail." 


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Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - 103 Elizabeth Court, South Boston, VA, Jul 22, 2015
From: Jeff Blalock <jcbabirder AT gcronline.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Jul 2015 20:51:17 -0400
Not a bad day at working in yard and by late this evening things really picked 
up adding 7 more species from this morning 


I also heard two Barred Owls this morning at 0500 hrs


From my iPhone

May God Bless and Keep You

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


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> From: ebird-checklist AT cornell.edu
> Date: July 22, 2015 at 8:47:44 PM EDT
> To: jcbabirder AT gcronline.com
> Subject: eBird Report - 103 Elizabeth Court, South Boston, VA, Jul 22, 2015
> 
> 103 Elizabeth Court, South Boston, VA, Halifax, Virginia, US
> Jul 22, 2015 6:20 AM
> Protocol: Incidental
> Comments:     
Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.0.1 Build 5 > 25 species > > Turkey Vulture 1 > Mourning Dove 5 > Chimney Swift 15 > Ruby-throated Hummingbird 2 > Red-bellied Woodpecker 1 > Downy Woodpecker 2 > Red-eyed Vireo 1 > Blue Jay 7 > American Crow 3 > Fish Crow 1 > Carolina Chickadee 4 > Tufted Titmouse 3 > White-breasted Nuthatch 1 > House Wren 2 > Carolina Wren 1 > Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 1 > Wood Thrush 2 > American Robin 2 > Gray Catbird 2 > Northern Mockingbird 1 > Chipping Sparrow 1 > Song Sparrow 1 > Northern Cardinal 5 > House Finch 3 > American Goldfinch 3 > > View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24349360 > > This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org) > *** You are subscribed to va-bird as jsiler AT birdingonthe.net. If you wish to unsubscribe, or modify your preferences please visit http://mailman.listserve.com/listmanager/listinfo/va-bird ***
Subject: Re: Caspian Terns at Hog Island
From: David Matson <wrenpt AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Jul 2015 15:14:50 -0400
Caspian Terns have been prominent for the past three weeks at the mouth of
the Nansemond River, downriver from Hog Island.

David Matson​

On Wed, Jul 22, 2015 at 7:01 AM, Brian and Deborah Taber via va-bird <
va-bird AT listserve.com> wrote:

> For the past several years, Caspian Terns have been noted staging in
> August and early September at Hog Island Wildlife Management Area in Surry
> County, sometimes in State-high numbers of more than 800. Plantings there,
> in some years, though, make it hard to see the areas where they gather. I'm
> not aware of other VA migration staging areas, except for a few days at
> Craney Island in Portsmouth...likely on their way to nearby Hog Island. I
> have been tracking their numbers and would be glad to receive any Caspian
> observations by birders visiting there over the coming weeks.
>
>
> Brian Taber
> Coastal VA Wildlife Observatory
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Suffolk and Onancock, Virginia
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Subject: Fall Migration Arrivals to the Coastal Plain
From: Rob Bielawski <robbielawski AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Jul 2015 10:31:18 -0400
Folks,

During some of the incredibly hot days we've had in Virginia Beach
recently, I spent some of my time stuck indoors putting together a set of
web-based tables full of eBird links that should help birders to track all
the species in motion during the fall migration in our region. Some of you
may recall that I did the same thing back in March with a table showing the
arrivals of spring migrants. For those that found that useful, and for
anyone interested in a quicker means to navigating eBird's record data for
bird species, my 'Fall Arrivals' tables may be found here:

http://www.rbnature.com/birding/bird-distribution/fall-arrivals

*Disclaimer:* This table relies on information listed in "Virginia's
Birdlife: An Annotated Checklist, Fourth Edition", known commonly as the
"Gold Book" which was published in 2007. Also, the data provided is all
thanks to eBird and the reports that all us birders have/will submit to it.
I have simply set up the table as an easier means of navigating eBird
quickly, with maps tailored specifically to our region. I've run through
the current edition of the VSO's Gold Book, and ordered all the species
according to their listed 'regular' or 'standard dates' of arrival. If a
species lacked those dates, I made use of its 'extreme' date of arrival.
The matrix shows all species that arrive to our area from July through
December. I did not list the specific date since I felt that infringed on
the copyrighted information of the Gold Book too much, so instead I set up
tables breaking down the species into early, mid, & late portions of each
month so birders can focus on a set time period a bit easier, and listed
the book as a reference at the bottom of the page. For more exact,
expected, arrival dates please refer to the Gold Book (see more information
through link above).

*How to Efficiently Use These Tables*

These tables are best used on a computer or tablet, and are a bit tougher
to navigate via cell phones. I will always recommend using a computer for
anything web-based if you have access to one. By clicking any link from the
table, a new tab will open with the eBird map desired (defaulted to the set
area, and dates per the table column selected from), just close the tab and
select another, rather than typing in a species & setting the desired
years/dates/location you wish to view. Or, if you want to pull up multiple
species maps simultaneously, just click the *Roll Wheel* of your mouse over
each desired link in the table, and multiple tabs will open for you to
browse quickly across a variety of species. For example, you could select
all the links of Shorebirds in 2015 on the East Coast, then just slide from
tab to tab as they're opened to view all the species sighting maps very
quickly.

The most useful columns are the first two, showing where the birds have
been seen in 2015 (July-Dec). The first column of links, 'Local', takes you
automatically to a map of the species' sightings centered by default around
the Coastal Plain of Virginia. The second column, 'East', centers you by
default on the entire East Coast, so you can see where the birds have moved
southward too so far this year as a wider view. The remaining columns are
for historical data of that particular species so you can compare past
seasons with this year's Fall reports if so desired.

As of now, all the species displayed are those that arrive in the Coastal
Plain specifically. I have not tailored this to the Piedmont or the
Mountain regions of the state (my goal is to have this incorporated by
spring migration of 2016), but, many of these species pertain to all areas
so at least there is a means to quickly select the birds even for those
outside the Coastal Plain. If you are trying to find a particular species
in the listing, you may always hit *CTRL+F*, and type the first few letters
of the species, then hit *Enter*. The page should jump to that particular
species' row & highlight it for you.

Hopefully there are some folks that get some use out of this tool. Please
check it often to see where your favorite birds are being sighted so you
can prepare for their arrival to the region! If for some reason the page
moves in the future and you can't locate it, just send me an email & I will
give you the updated link rather than spamming the whole listserver. I am
constantly updating my website and finding better ways of organizing, so it
is entirely possibly that next year it could have a new URL.

And, for the folks that made it down to here, thank you for your time!

Rob Bielawski
Virginia Beach, VA
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Subject: Avocets at Dyke Marsh WP
From: Gerry Hawkins <maineusa AT comcast.net>
Date: Wed, 22 Jul 2015 09:56:56 -0400
There currently are three American Avocets at the far side of the creek across 
from the first wooded platform at the end of Haul Road. 

Gerry Hawkins
Arlington, VA

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Subject: Wood duck nesting habit question
From: Patti Reum <pareum AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Jul 2015 09:21:54 -0400
For the past few years, I have observed wood duck female with a couple of
chicks in the most unlikely of places.  On the Laurel Fork Rd. in Highland
County, there is a farm pond that I am sure many birders are aware of.
There is a large culvert that goes from this pond to a stream that
continues on down to the South Branch River.  I always see them near the
culvert and when alarmed, they swim downstream.  I know they are cavity
nesters, but no nearby large trees.  I also know that if you put wood duck
boxes over water, they don't have to be that high.  I am wondering if this
culvert is large enough that they have found a cavity of some sort (maybe
in rocks) that provides a safe haven nesting area.  Any thoughts on this?
Patti Reum/Blue Grass, VA
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Subject: Caspian Terns at Hog Island
From: Brian and Deborah Taber via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Jul 2015 07:01:04 -0400
For the past several years, Caspian Terns have been noted staging in August and 
early September at Hog Island Wildlife Management Area in Surry County, 
sometimes in State-high numbers of more than 800. Plantings there, in some 
years, though, make it hard to see the areas where they gather. I'm not aware 
of other VA migration staging areas, except for a few days at Craney Island in 
Portsmouth...likely on their way to nearby Hog Island. I have been tracking 
their numbers and would be glad to receive any Caspian observations by birders 
visiting there over the coming weeks. 



Brian Taber
Coastal VA Wildlife Observatory
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Subject: Chincoteague NWR Shorebird/Gull Survey 7/21/15
From: Joelle Buffa <clyde_joelle AT verizon.net>
Date: Wed, 22 Jul 2015 01:13:22 +0000 (UTC)
Below are the results of our weekly shorebird/gull survey conducted at 
Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge on Tuesday July 21, 2015. All water 
areas (impoundments and beach areas) were covered in a 7.5 hour survey. All 
individuals are counted for the target species; other birds seen or heard on 
the survey are followed by a dash  

 It has not rained at the Refuge recently and the impoundments are for the 
most part dry. The migrating shorebirds are not finding much habitat to their 
liking so the numbers and diversity of shorebirds is lower then last week. We 
saw a total of 3,311 individuals of 18 species. Sanderling had 906 followed by 
Dowitcher (638) most if not all Short-billed, Least Sandpiper (460) and Willet 
(457) (mostly Western Willets on the beaches). More impressive action could be 
found on the beaches with impressive totals of 78 Piping Plovers, 50 Whimbrels 
and 169 Red Knots (none with identification flags). Also notable were the 1,524 
Laughing Gulls, whose numbers were swelled by the fledged young born this year 
in the nearby marshes along the Chincoteague Causeway. 

The best place to see the shorebirds, gulls and terns is Swan's Cove pond 
across from the National Park Service Visitor Center near the beach. 

Other notable wildlife highlights included several pods of dolphins and crawl 
marks left by a sea turtle who came up to investigate Wild Beach as a nesting 
site the previous night. Biology interns and Refuge Biologist Emarie came out 
to investigate and determined the turtle had not laid any eggs. 


Clyde Morris and Joelle Buffa

| Canada Goose | -- |
| Mallard | -- |
| Double-crested Cormorant | 64 |
| Brown Pelican | 81 |
| Great Blue Heron | -- |
| Great Egret | -- |
| Snowy Egret | -- |
| Little Blue Heron | -- |
| Tricolored Heron | -- |
| Cattle Egret | -- |
| Green Heron | -- |
| White Ibis | -- |
| Glossy Ibis | -- |
| Turkey Vulture | -- |
| Osprey | -- |
| Bald Eagle | -- |
| American Oystercatcher | 35 |
| Black-bellied Plover | 9 |
| Semipalmated Plover | 74 |
| Piping Plover | 82 |
| Killdeer | 16 |
| Spotted Sandpiper | 12 |
| Greater Yellowlegs | 57 |
| Willet | 457 |
| Lesser Yellowlegs | 61 |
| Greater/Lesser Yellowlegs | 14 |
| Whimbrel | 60 |
| Ruddy Turnstone | 2 |
| Red Knot | 169 |
| Stilt Sandpiper | 5 |
| Sanderling | 906 |
| Least Sandpiper | 460 |
| Semipalmated Sandpiper | 98 |
| Western Sandpiper | 1 |
| peep sp. | 190 |
| Short-billed/Long-billed Dowitcher | 638 |
| Laughing Gull | 1,524 |
| Ring-billed Gull | 21 |
| Herring Gull | 326 |
| Lesser Black-backed Gull | 61 |
| Great Black-backed Gull | 45 |
| Least Tern | 155 |
| Gull-billed Tern | 1 |
| Caspian Tern | 7 |
| Common Tern | 44 |
| Forster's Tern | 58 |
| Royal Tern | 100 |
| Sandwich Tern | 14 |
| Black Skimmer | 3 |
| Mourning Dove | -- |
| Yellow-billed Cuckoo | -- |
| Great Horned Owl | -- |
| Ruby-throated Hummingbird | -- |
| Belted Kingfisher | -- |
| Northern Flicker | -- |
| Peregrine Falcon | -- |
| Eastern Wood-Pewee | -- |
| Great Crested Flycatcher | -- |
| Eastern Kingbird | -- |
| American Crow | -- |
| Fish Crow | -- |
| crow sp. | -- |
| Horned Lark | -- |
| Tree Swallow | -- |
| Barn Swallow | -- |
| Brown-headed Nuthatch | -- |
| House Wren | -- |
| Carolina Wren | -- |
| American Robin | -- |
| Gray Catbird | -- |
| Brown Thrasher | -- |
| Northern Mockingbird | -- |
| Common Yellowthroat | -- |
| Eastern Towhee | -- |
| Chipping Sparrow | -- |
| Song Sparrow | -- |
| Northern Cardinal | -- |
| Blue Grosbeak | -- |
| Indigo Bunting | -- |
| Red-winged Blackbird | -- |
| Eastern Meadowlark | -- |
| Common Grackle | -- |
| Boat-tailed Grackle | -- |
| Brown-headed Cowbird | -- |
| Orchard Oriole | -- |

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Subject: Voice: Greater Washington Area, July 21
From: "Joe Coleman" <joecoleman AT rstarmail.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Jul 2015 10:24:52 -0400
FYI  - this report is for sightings from July 14 through July 21 and was
compiled by Joe Coelman & transcribed by Steve Cordle.

Joe Coleman

 

Hotline:           Voice of the Naturalist

Date:              07/21/2015

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

Reports, comments, questions:  voice AT anshome.org  

Compiler:          Joe Coleman

Sponsor:           Audubon Naturalist Society of the Central Atlantic

States (independent of NAS)

Transcriber:       Steve Cordle

 

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Voice (Individual $50; Family $65; Nature Steward $100; Audubon Advocate
$200). The membership number is 301-652-9188, option 12; the address is 8940
Jones Mill Road, Chevy Chase, MD 20815; and the web site is
http://www.AudubonNaturalist.org.

 

This is the Voice of the Naturalist, a service of the Audubon Naturalist
Society. This report covers the week starting Tuesday, July

14 and was completed on Tuesday, July 21 at 8:45 a.m. 

 

The top bird this week is the continuing NEOTROPIC CORMORANT* in MD.

 

Other birds of interest this week included the continuing TRUMPETER SWAN and
other waterfowl, NORTHERN BOBWHITE, AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN, BROWN PELICAN,
LEAST BITTERN, TRICOLORED HERON, WHITE IBIS, MISSISSIPPI KITE, SORA,
SANDHILL CRANE, BLACK-NECKED STILT, AMERICAN AVOCET, shorebirds including a
RUFF, BLACK TERN, PEREGRINE FALCON, COMMON RAVEN, BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCH,
ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK, and DICKCISSEL. 

 

TOP BIRDS

 

The continuing NEOTROPIC CORMORANT* near Violette's Lock, Montgomery Co, MD,
was seen throughout the week with the most recent sighting on July 20.

 

OTHER BIRDS OF INTEREST

 

The tagged TRUMPETER SWAN continues at Lake Churchill, Germantown,
Montgomery Co, MD, with the most recent sighting on July 20. A TUNDRA SWAN
also continued at Quail Covey Farm/Pemberton Manor, Queen Anne's Co, MD,
with the most recent sighting on July 18.The continuing TUNDRA SWAN at Swan
Cove, Chincoteague NWR, Accomack Co, VA was seen as recently as July 20.
Other out-of-season waterfowl this past week included a SURF SCOTER on the
14th in Queen Anne's Co, MD; a WHITE-WINGED SCOTER on the 17th at Back Bay
NWR, Virginia Beach, VA; a LONG-TAILED DUCK at Poplar Island, Talbot Co, MD
on July 15; and a BUFFLEHEAD on July 15, 16, & 17 at the Swan Creek
Wetland/Cox Creek DCMF, Anne Arundel Co, MD.

 

NORTHERN BOBWHITES were sparsely reported at a variety of widely scattered
locations this past week. 

 

The previously reported AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS continued to be seen at
Fowler Beach, Sussex Co, DE. 1,000 BROWN PELICAN chicks were banded July 16
in Accomack Co, VA, at the South Point Marsh area about a mile south of
Smith Island, MD.

 

TRICOLORED HERONS were seen at a variety of locations including four
juveniles on July 15 at Swan Harbor Farm Park, Harford Co, MD; one juvenile
on July 17 at Jackson Landing, Patuxent River Park, Prince George's Co, MD;
and three on July 18 & 19 at Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center, Queen
Anne's Co, MD. A WHITE IBIS was seen throughout the week at Huntley Meadows
Park, Fairfax Co, VA. A WHITE IBIS continued to be seen at Chesapeake Farms,
Kent Co, MD with sightings on July 14 & 16. WHITE IBIS also turned up at a
number of locations in DE including 77 flying over Lewes.

 

LEAST BITTERN continue to be seen during the regular weekly bird walk on
Sundays at Dyke Marsh, Fairfax Co, VA.

 

MISSISSIPPI KITES continued to be seen throughout the week including at
multiple locations in Virginia Beach, VA as well as one that flew over a
yard in Frederick Co, VA on July 17. Three MISSISSIPPPI KITES were soaring
over a yard on Yates Ford Rd, Fairfax Station, Fairfax Co, VA on July 17. 

 

A SORA was heard July 18 at the Nazarene Church Road Wetlands, Rockingham
Co, VA.

 

A SANDHILL CRANE was seen July 14, 15 & 18 at Quail Covey Farm pond, Queen
Anne's Co, MD.

 

Both BLACK-NECKED STILTS and AMERICAN AVOCETS were seen at Poplar Island,
Talbot Co, MD on July 15 with as many as 16 of the former and

85 of the latter.

 

Shorebird numbers are increasing with large numbers seen this past week at
Chincoteague NWR, Accomack Co, VA and Bombay Hook NWR, Kent Co, DE. An
AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER was seen July 16 at the Craney Island Disposal Area,
Portsmouth, VA. A PIPING PLOVER was seen July 17 at Back Bay NWR, Virginia
Beach, VA. The highlights of the weekly shorebird survey at the Chincoteague
NWR, on July 15 were four WILSON'S PLOVERS and three WHITE-RUMPED
SANDPIPERS. A RUFF was seen July 19 & 20 at the south end of Shearness Pool,
Bombay Hook NWR, Kent Co, DE. 

 

Three BONAPARTE'S GULLS were seen July 19 at the Chestertown WWTP, Kent Co,
MD. 

 

Two BLACK TERNS were seen July 15 at Poplar Island, Talbot Co, MD.

 

Three PEREGRINE FALCON flew over downtown Silver Spring, Montgomery Co, MD,
on July 18.

 

COMMON RAVENS continue to turn up far from their traditional territories
with two heard and seen July 15 in the Rockville area of Montgomery Co, MD
and one at the Swan Creek Wetland, Anne Arundel Co, MD on July 16.

 

A BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCH, part of a known disjunct population, was seen July
17 in Pulaski, Pulaski Co, VA.

 

Two ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAKS were found July 18 at the south end of Blairs
Valley Lake, Washington, VA.

A DICKCISSEL was seen July 14 along St Anne's Church Rd, Middletown, DE.
continues on Mustang Trail, Meadowood Recreation Area, Gunston and Harley
Rds, Lorton, with the most recent observation on June 10.

 

***

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

Thank you for your interest, and enjoy the birds.

 

*Of interest to the applicable state records committee

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Subject: Late Post - Great Falls walk
From: Marshall Rawson via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Jul 2015 21:35:16 -0400
Sunday's walk found eight birders talllying 34 species. Overall it was a quiet 
morning with some noticeable misses - not a swift or swallow to be seen nor 
pileated and red-bellied woodpeckers. On Conn Island the eagles' nest has 
completed disappeared - hopefully they will rebuild in the same location next 
winter. We are looking forward to cooler walks. 

During the month of August the walk may be more informal with a variety of 
leaders- hopefully every walk will be covered. The group continues to meet at 
8:00am in the visitors center parking lot. All are welcome.. -- Marshall 
Rawson, McLean VA 


Canada Goose  12
Wood Duck  1
Mallard  4
Double-crested Cormorant  3
Great Blue Heron  3
Black Vulture  4
Turkey Vulture  5
Mourning Dove  2
Downy Woodpecker  3
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  1
Eastern Wood-Pewee  2
Great Crested Flycatcher  2
Eastern Kingbird  1
Warbling Vireo 1
Red-eyed Vireo  2
Blue Jay  6
American Crow  4
Fish Crow  1
Carolina Chickadee  2
Tufted Titmouse  20
White-breasted Nuthatch  3
Carolina Wren 4
Eastern Bluebird  1
Wood Thrush  2
American Robin  2
Eastern Towhee 1
Chipping Sparrow  2
Song Sparrow  1
Scarlet Tanager  2
Northern Cardinal 1
Red-winged Blackbird  2
Common Grackle  1
American Goldfinch  1



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Subject: Fwd: [eBird Alert] Virginia Rare Bird Alert
From: "kurtcapt87 AT verizon.net" <kurtcapt87@verizon.net>
Date: Mon, 20 Jul 2015 20:51:42 -0400

Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE DROID

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: [eBird Alert] Virginia Rare Bird Alert 
From: ebird-alert AT cornell.edu
To: 
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*** Species Summary:

Tundra Swan (1 Accomack)
White Ibis (4 Fairfax, 1 Shenandoah)
Osprey (American) (1 Fauquier)
Osprey (1 Fauquier)
Mississippi Kite (1 Virginia Beach)
Wilson's Plover (1 Accomack)
White-rumped Sandpiper (2 Accomack)
Blue-headed Vireo (1 Madison)
Veery (1 Madison)
Canada Warbler (1 Madison)
Dark-eyed Junco (1 Madison)
Rusty Blackbird (1 Clarke)

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below shows observations of rare birds in Virginia. View or unsubscribe to this 
alert at http://ebird.org/ebird/alert/summary?sid=SN35646 

NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

Tundra Swan (Cygnus columbianus) (1)
- Reported Jul 19, 2015 10:30 by Mary Coker
- Chincoteague NWR - CES18, Accomack, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=37.9106228,-75.3479719&ll=37.9106228,-75.3479719 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24321718
- Comments: "Continuing"

White Ibis (Eudocimus albus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jul 20, 2015 07:55 by John Rice-Cameron
- Huntley Meadows Park - CMN04, Fairfax, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.7589,-77.0959&ll=38.7589,-77.0959 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24326679
- Comments: "Continuing bird."

White Ibis (Eudocimus albus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jul 20, 2015 07:00 by Harry Glasgow
- Huntley Meadows Park - CMN04, Fairfax, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.7589,-77.0959&ll=38.7589,-77.0959 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24326848
- Comments: "immature in brown plumage"

White Ibis (Eudocimus albus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jul 20, 2015 06:45 by Phil Silas
- Huntley Meadows Park - CMN04, Fairfax, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.7589,-77.0959&ll=38.7589,-77.0959 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24328435
- Comments: "continuing bird"

White Ibis (Eudocimus albus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jul 20, 2015 06:45 by Dixie Sommers
- Huntley Meadows Park--Boardwalk, Fairfax, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.7551877,-77.1034348&ll=38.7551877,-77.1034348 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24325141
- Comments: "continuing bird, juvenile"

White Ibis (Eudocimus albus) (1)
- Reported Jul 19, 2015 12:00 by Sarah Gilbert
- North Fork of the Shenandoah River from Burnshire Dam to Artz Rd, Shenandoah, 
Virginia 

- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.8931439,-78.4668446&ll=38.8931439,-78.4668446 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24321234
- Comments: "Solitary bird appeared to be an immature bird with a very light 
brownish/grey head and neck, white belly and dark brown wings with white 
splotches on the wings. Distinctive skinny and very long, thin down-curved 
beak. Was wading through shallow water at the edge of the river, appeared to be 
feeding. Moved head with forward bobbing motion as it moved along river. Seemed 
very unafraid - we got very close with canoe to verify ID with binoculars." 


Osprey (American) (Pandion haliaetus) (1)
- Reported Jul 17, 2015 15:30 by Neil Heinekamp
- Phoebe Hall Knipling Outdoor Laborat, Fauquier, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.8041373,-77.7155491&ll=38.8041373,-77.7155491 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24326746
- Comments: "Watched it circling and hunting for about 20 minutes - several 
failed attempts at catching a fish." 


Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) (1)
- Reported Jul 19, 2015 06:17 by James Lewis
- Warrenton Lakes, Fauquier, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.737872,-77.774286&ll=38.737872,-77.774286 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24319213
- Comments: "Individual flying over lake."

Mississippi Kite (Ictinia mississippiensis) (1)
- Reported Jul 20, 2015 11:05 by Rexanne Bruno
- US-VA-Virginia Beach-4800 First Court Rd - 36.8980x-76.1372, Virginia Beach, 
Virginia 

- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=36.897974,-76.137216&ll=36.897974,-76.137216 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24324821
- Comments: "Soaring on left over Thoroughgood"

Wilson's Plover (Charadrius wilsonia) (4)
- Reported Jul 15, 2015 14:30 by ISS/PRISM Shorebird Survey Project Data
- Chincoteague NWR - CES18, Accomack, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=37.9106228,-75.3479719&ll=37.9106228,-75.3479719 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24320206
- Comments: "NOT AN UNEXCPECTED SPECIES SINCE THEY NESTED ON NEARBY VA BARRIER 
ISLANDS AND PERHAPS ON THIS ISLAND" 


White-rumped Sandpiper (Calidris fuscicollis) (3)
- Reported Jul 15, 2015 08:15 by ISS/PRISM Shorebird Survey Project Data
- Chincoteague NWR - CES18, Accomack, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=37.9106228,-75.3479719&ll=37.9106228,-75.3479719 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24320201
- Comments: "These 3 small sandpipers "stuck out" amongst the 100s of Least 
Sandpipers surrounding them. They were slightly larger (taller, "plumper", with 
longer wings). They were standing belly-deep in the shallow water, and as they 
preened, the white rumps were revealed." 


White-rumped Sandpiper (Calidris fuscicollis) (3)
- Reported Jul 15, 2015 08:15 by ISS/PRISM Shorebird Survey Project Data
- Chincoteague NWR - CES18, Accomack, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=37.9106228,-75.3479719&ll=37.9106228,-75.3479719 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24320200
- Comments: "These 3 small sandpipers "stuck out" amongst the 100s of Least 
Sandpipers surrounding them. They were slightly larger (taller, "plumper", with 
longer wings). They were standing belly-deep in the shallow water, and as they 
preened, the white rumps were revealed." 


Blue-headed Vireo (Vireo solitarius) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jul 19, 2015 09:05 by David Roberts
- Limberlost Trail, Shenandoah NP - MSD03, Madison, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.5732,-78.3795&ll=38.5732,-78.3795 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24318695
- Comments: "not rare here"

Veery (Catharus fuscescens) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jul 19, 2015 09:05 by David Roberts
- Limberlost Trail, Shenandoah NP - MSD03, Madison, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.5732,-78.3795&ll=38.5732,-78.3795 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24318695
- Comments: "not rare at this location"

Canada Warbler (Cardellina canadensis) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jul 19, 2015 11:00 by David Roberts
- Shenandoah NP-AT south of Milam Gap, Madison, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.5003821,-78.4429836&ll=38.5003821,-78.4429836 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24318783
- Comments: "dark head with bold eye ring; yellow underneath with black 
necklace; not rare at this elevation" 


Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jul 19, 2015 07:25 by David Roberts
- Shenandoah NP- Big Meadows Lodge, Madison, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.5287631,-78.4406662&ll=38.5287631,-78.4406662 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24318818
- Comments: "not rare at this elevation - breed here"

Rusty Blackbird (Euphagus carolinus) (4)
- Reported Jul 20, 2015 08:56 by Francisco Diaz
- White Post, Blandy Farm Lane, Clarke, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=39.06408,-78.06378&ll=39.06408,-78.06378 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24326517
- Comments: "Males with iridescent blue head; light yellow iris; flat tail, 
unlike that of a grackle. Females very dark brown, light yellow iris. On ground 
and in black walnut tree near marshy area by pavilion overlook." 


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Subject: Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk
From: Harry Glasgow via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Jul 2015 18:26:25 +0000 (UTC)
  Twenty-one birders gathered for today's Huntley MeadowsMonday Morning 
Birdwalk in Hazy, Hot and Humid  Virginia summer weather.  Despite these 
conditions, we identified 48species with highlights being an immature White 
Ibis in its youthful brown plumage,and  a pair of Little Blue Herons mixedin 
with a large collection of Great Egrets and Great Blue Herons.  The water 
level in the central wetlands hasbeen lowered in the last week or two, thus 
attracting several migrating shorebirds. Canada Goose  8 

Wood Duck  11
Mallard  6
Great Blue Heron  15
Great Egret  12
Little Blue Heron  2
Green Heron  12
White Ibis  1    immature in brown plumage
Osprey  1
Killdeer  2
Spotted Sandpiper  4
Least Sandpiper  10
Mourning Dove  3
Chimney Swift  2
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  2
Belted Kingfisher  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  3
Downy Woodpecker  5
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  2
Pileated Woodpecker  3
Eastern Wood-Pewee  3
Acadian Flycatcher  6
Eastern Phoebe  2
Red-eyed Vireo  2
Blue Jay  1
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  2
Tree Swallow  5
Barn Swallow  20
Carolina Chickadee  5
Tufted Titmouse  10
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
House Wren  1
Carolina Wren  3
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  4
Eastern Bluebird  1
Wood Thrush  1
American Robin  35
Gray Catbird  6
Brown Thrasher  1
Northern Mockingbird  1
Common Yellowthroat  15
Northern Cardinal  4
Indigo Bunting  1
Red-winged Blackbird  20
Common Grackle  25
House Finch  5
American Goldfinch  7The Monday Morning Birdwalk has been a weekly event at 
HuntleyMeadows since 1985. It takes place every week, rain or shine (except 
duringelectrical storms, strong winds, or icy trails), at 7AM (8AM from 
Novemberthrough 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 
normalbusiness hours at (703)768-2525. Harry GlasgowFriends of Huntley Meadows 
Park  

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Subject: Pocosin Fire Rd (Shenandoah National Park) - rattlesnake 7/19
From: Diane L via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Jul 2015 16:16:53 +0000 (UTC)
Just a warning of an "new" species yesterday at Pocosin Fire Rd: Timber 
Rattlesnake. It was in the road not far beyond the cabin, at a spot with 
less-than-ideal options for bypass. This was around the Canada Warbler habitat. 
(Turning around wasn't a great option, as the snake was between me and the 
car!) 



Greg Moyers said he nearly stepped on, and the rattle-warning lured in a 
curious Towhee. When I arrived to see a Towhee near Greg’s feet I knew 
something was amiss…(that is, how very unusual for Greg to stand still long 
enough for a bird to consider an approach(!)) 


The birding was slow, but it was mid-to-late morning. We did find Canada 
Warblers and Redstarts, and heard Wood Thrush, but missed other residents 
including Chestnut-sided, Black-and White Warblers and Ovenbirds. 

Diane Lepkowski

Harrisonburg, VA
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Subject: Mystery raptor - Buchanan County
From: Daryl Owens <daryl.owens AT hotmail.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Jul 2015 09:29:36 -0400
I found this unusual raptor yesterday morning here in Buchanan Co. in far 
western VA. It flew over my car just as I was starting to do a little birding. 
It flew in a very direct pattern straight to a perch about 200 yards away. From 
what I observed while the bird was flying, its wing shape and tail length did 
not give an accipiter impression. I watched it for approximately three minutes 
before it left and it never bobbed its tail. I realize a Merlin would be very 
rare this time of year and this far South, but if it is, could it possibly be a 
breeding dispersal bird? Any insight would be greatly appreciated. I apologize 
for the poor quality of the photo. Here is a link to it. 


https://flic.kr/p/vY8rZo


Daryl Owens
Oakwood VA




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Subject: Request for Virginia Birds Southwest Region Editor
From: Bill Williams <billwilliams154 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Jul 2015 08:47:24 -0400
Greetings Fellow Birders,



The Virginia Society of Ornithology is looking for an editor (or editors)
for its Virginia Birds journal Southwest Region. That Region encompasses
the counties of Bland, Buchanan, Carroll, Dickenson, Floyd, Grayson, Lee,
Russell, Scott, Smyth, Tazewell, Washington, Wise, and Wythe and the cities
of Abingdon, Bristol, Galax and Tazewell.

After 12 years of exceptional commitment and service to Virginia’s
ornithology Roger and Lynda Mayhorn will conclude their Virginia Birds
Southwest Region editorial responsibilities with the completion of their
Summer (June-July) 2015 report. Their work has greatly enhanced our
understandings of the birdlife in this exceptional part of the state. It is
therefore critical that the continuity of information so faithfully
documented by Roger and Lynda be sustained.

The editorial duties include the compilation and synthesis of the Region’s
birding reports for the journal’s four seasonal issues.

If you would be interested in serving as a Virginia Birds Southwest Region
editor please contact Bill Williams at billwilliams154 AT gmail.com



Best Birds,



Bill Williams
Virginia Birds Editor
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Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Occoquan Bay NWR - CPW02, Jul 19, 2015
From: Phillip Kenny <philkenny AT verizon.net>
Date: Sun, 19 Jul 2015 21:23:21 -0400
"Gular Fluttering" was the theme today. Russ Taylor & I birded Occoquan Bay NWR 
this morning and Cameron Run, Alexandria, VA, in the afternoon, and the birds 
were as hot as we were. Many of them had their mouthes open in avian 
thermoregulation. Here is a link to some photos: 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/95123562 AT N07/sets/72157655685637920 

At Occoquan we saw a Willow Flycatcher feeding a fledgling. There was also a 
pair of fledgling Prothonotary Warblers, in addition to Chat, Prairie, 
Yellow-throat and Parula. 

Lots of Purple Martins were enjoyable to watch and study. The Northern 
Rough-winged were interacting with the PUMA, but the Tree and Barn Swallows 
kept to themselves. 

We saw River Otters, Nutria, rabbits, & deer making a pretty good mammal list! 
At Cameron Run we found Greater-legs, juvenile Black-crowned Night Heron, and a 
few Green Herons. 

Keep cool and enjoy the birds!
Phil

Phillip Kenny
1731 Killarney Court
Vienna VA 22182-2133
703-255-5423
philkenny AT verizon.net


Begin forwarded message:

> From: ebird-checklist AT cornell.edu
> Subject: eBird Report - Occoquan Bay NWR - CPW02, Jul 19, 2015
> Date: July 19, 2015 at 8:39:19 PM EDT
> To: philkenny AT verizon.net
> 
> Occoquan Bay NWR - CPW02, Prince William, Virginia, US
> Jul 19, 2015 7:00 AM - 11:21 AM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 3.0 mile(s)
> Comments:     Very hot. Also seen: 3 river otters and a nutria.
> 62 species
> 
> Canada Goose  57
> Mallard  1
> Double-crested Cormorant  18
> Great Blue Heron  4
> Black Vulture  1
> Osprey  11
> Bald Eagle  2
> Laughing Gull  1
> Ring-billed Gull  6
> Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  14
> Mourning Dove  5
> Yellow-billed Cuckoo  5
> Chimney Swift  5
> Ruby-throated Hummingbird  1
> Belted Kingfisher  1
> Red-bellied Woodpecker  5
> Downy Woodpecker  3
> Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  4
> Pileated Woodpecker  2
> Eastern Wood-Pewee  1
> Acadian Flycatcher  4
> Willow Flycatcher  2     Adult feeding fledged young
> Eastern Phoebe  4
> Great Crested Flycatcher  3
> Eastern Kingbird  8
> White-eyed Vireo  3
> Red-eyed Vireo  1
> Blue Jay  2
> American Crow  6
> Fish Crow  3
> Northern Rough-winged Swallow  18
> Purple Martin  21
> Tree Swallow  6
> Barn Swallow  6
> Carolina Chickadee  10
> Tufted Titmouse  5
> White-breasted Nuthatch  1
> Carolina Wren  5
> Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  24
> American Robin  14
> Gray Catbird  7
> Brown Thrasher  2
> Northern Mockingbird  11
> European Starling  30
> Prothonotary Warbler  2
> Common Yellowthroat  10
> Northern Parula  1
> Prairie Warbler  1
> Yellow-breasted Chat  4
> Eastern Towhee  5
> Field Sparrow  4
> Northern Cardinal  8
> Blue Grosbeak  1
> Indigo Bunting  16
> Red-winged Blackbird  45
> Common Grackle  20
> Brown-headed Cowbird  1
> Orchard Oriole  3
> Baltimore Oriole  1
> House Finch  2
> American Goldfinch  9
> House Sparrow  5
> 
> View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24319720 

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

Cameron Run, Alexandria, Virginia, US
Jul 19, 2015 12:33 PM - 2:09 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
Comments:     
Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.0.1 Build 5 23 species Canada Goose 28 Mallard 10 Great Blue Heron 3 Green Heron 2 Black-crowned Night-Heron 1 Black Vulture 1 Osprey 1 Greater Yellowlegs 7 Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 1 Mourning Dove 4 Chimney Swift 7 Downy Woodpecker 1 Eastern Kingbird 1 Fish Crow 3 Barn Swallow 3 Gray Catbird 2 Northern Mockingbird 3 European Starling 3 Song Sparrow 4 Northern Cardinal 3 Red-winged Blackbird 1 American Goldfinch 4 House Sparrow 5 *** You are subscribed to va-bird as jsiler AT birdingonthe.net. If you wish to unsubscribe, or modify your preferences please visit http://mailman.listserve.com/listmanager/listinfo/va-bird ***
Subject: Fwd: [eBird Alert] Virginia Rare Bird Alert
From: "kurtcapt87 AT verizon.net" <kurtcapt87@verizon.net>
Date: Sun, 19 Jul 2015 18:50:43 -0400

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*** Species Summary:

Tundra Swan (1 Accomack)
White Ibis (4 Fairfax, 1 Shenandoah)
Red-cockaded Woodpecker (1 Sussex)
Cockatiel (1 Fairfax)

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NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

Tundra Swan (Cygnus columbianus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jul 18, 2015 06:10 by Erin Chapman
- Chincoteague NWR--Swan Cove, Accomack, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=37.8941,-75.3485&ll=37.8941,-75.3485 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24307382
- Comments: "Continuing."

White Ibis (Eudocimus albus) (1)
- Reported Jul 19, 2015 11:55 by Louis Warren
- Huntley Meadows Park - CMN04, Fairfax, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.7589,-77.0959&ll=38.7589,-77.0959 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24317511
- Comments: "Immature White Ibis has been recently reported for Huntley 
Meadows. We had an extended view of the immature bird as it was foraging 
vigorously in the shallow edge of the lake in the company of four Great Egrets. 
It was dark brown upperparts, a gray-brown head and neck, slightly curved bill 
and pure white underparts. It did not match colors of a Tricolored Heron, and 
it was slimmer and much smaller than the Great Egrets that were in close 
proximity." 


White Ibis (Eudocimus albus) (1)
- Reported Jul 19, 2015 09:30 by David Ledwith
- Huntley Meadows Park - CMN04, Fairfax, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.7589,-77.0959&ll=38.7589,-77.0959 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24312801
- Comments: "Continuing bird."

White Ibis (Eudocimus albus) (1)
- Reported Jul 19, 2015 08:30 by Andreas Seiter
- Huntley Meadows Park - CMN04, Fairfax, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.7589,-77.0959&ll=38.7589,-77.0959 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24312946
- Comments: "Continuing bird, juvenile"

White Ibis (Eudocimus albus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jul 18, 2015 07:48 by Justin Dinen
- Huntley Meadows Park--Hike and Bike Trail, Fairfax, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.7599063,-77.1169853&ll=38.7599063,-77.1169853 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24307739
- Comments: "Continuing juvenile. Decurved bill, mostly brown with white belly"

White Ibis (Eudocimus albus) (1)
- Reported Jul 18, 2015 14:30 by Jeremy Beck
- MJ Grandparents, Shenandoah, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.9834316,-78.3881378&ll=38.9834316,-78.3881378 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24309286
- Comments: "Downturned bill. White underside, white underside of wings and 
white shoulders. Feeding on the bank of river." 


Red-cockaded Woodpecker (Picoides borealis) (4)
- Reported Jul 18, 2015 09:05 by Stacey Maggard
- Piney Grove Preserve--Rte. 604, Sussex, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=36.989528,-77.0351028&ll=36.989528,-77.0351028 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24311726
- Comments: "Heard calling and then located in grouping of pine trees alongside 
route 604. Birds were well seen. White cheeks, backs coarsely barred with 
spotted and barred undersides. Birds were larger than Downy and smaller than 
Hairy Woodpeckers. Quite active moving from tree to tree. One came within 25 
yards." 


Cockatiel (Nymphicus hollandicus) (1)
- Reported Jul 19, 2015 07:15 by Ian Godwin
- Stanton Park--Park Ave, Fairfax, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.978244,-77.3847342&ll=38.978244,-77.3847342 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24317632
- Comments: "Escapee, first heard then observed in top of mulberry tree for 
about 30 minutes before flying out of sight but still within earshot. Appeared 
to be feeding on berries. Spotted gray body with yellow head." 


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Subject: Pleasure House Point Natural Area
From: Antonio Quezon <antonio.quezon AT cox.net>
Date: Sun, 19 Jul 2015 16:36:52 -0400
Saturday morning we spent a brief hour or so birding the beach trail. This was 
our first visit there and I was pleasantly surprised. We were "mobbed" by 
Yellow-crowned Night-Herons, a few adults and many juveniles. Lots of Green 
Herons, Royal and Forster's Terns, Spotted Sandpiper, Black Skimmer, 
Tri-colored Heron, Osprey, Cooper's Hawk, Clapper Rail (heard), et. al. 


A. J. "Tony" Quezon
www.TonyQandSuzanne.com
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Subject: Dyke Marsh, Jul 19, 2015
From: Larry Meade via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Jul 2015 15:59:02 -0400
 It was a warm and steamy morning at Dyke Marsh, but an occasional breeze and 
various shady areas made for tolerable conditions. The birding was a bit 
languid, as is typical in the middle of summer, but there were some highlights. 
Among the many Great Egrets and Great Blue Herons on the river, there was an 
immature Little Blue Heron. There were also Caspian Terns and a couple of 
Greater Yellowlegs. Orchard Orioles were hanging out in the picnic area and 
Forster's Terns and a Green Heron were at the marina. On Haul Road, the main 
trail, we found a Warbling Vireo on a nest, a Lesser Scaup, a young Yellow 
Warbler, a quickly flying Least Bittern and a family of Purple Martins. 
Non-avian sightings included many Needham Skimmer dragonflies, several Red 
Admiral butterflies and a fresh Great Spangled Fritillary. Thanks to Ed Eder 
and Larry Cartwright for helping out today. The weekly bird walk at Dyke Marsh 
is sponsored by the Friends of Dyke Marsh and is held every Sunday at 8:0 

 0 AM. All are welcome.

Larry Meade
Merrifield, VA

 




Dyke Marsh, Fairfax, Virginia, US
Jul 19, 2015 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.5 mile(s)
44 species

Canada Goose  20
Mallard  70
Lesser Scaup  1
Double-crested Cormorant  6
Least Bittern  1
Great Blue Heron  12     Mostly on the river.
Great Egret  40
Little Blue Heron  1
Green Heron  1
Osprey  11
Greater Yellowlegs  2
Ring-billed Gull  30
Caspian Tern  3
Forster's Tern  5
Mourning Dove  2
Chimney Swift  6
Red-bellied Woodpecker  3
Downy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  1
Great Crested Flycatcher  1
Eastern Kingbird  3
Warbling Vireo  1     on a nest.
Blue Jay  1
Fish Crow  5
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  5
Purple Martin  7
Tree Swallow  1
Barn Swallow  5
Carolina Chickadee  2
Tufted Titmouse  1
Carolina Wren  2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  5
American Robin  1
European Starling  38
Common Yellowthroat  2
Yellow Warbler  1
Northern Cardinal  6
Indigo Bunting  2
Red-winged Blackbird  20
Common Grackle  5
Brown-headed Cowbird  6
Orchard Oriole  3
American Goldfinch  3
House Sparrow  12

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Subject: In VA (at end): 1,000 pelicans banded; peregrine hits horned owl; in MD, Ferry Neck & Blackwater, July 14-17, 2015.
From: Henry Armistead <harryarmistead AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Jul 2015 11:35:54 -0400
FERRY NECK & BLACKWATER, JULY 14-17,2015, Liz & Harry Armistead. (At the end, 
In VA: Peregrine vs. horned owl; 1,000 pelicans banded) 


 

JULY 14, TUESDAY. On the way from PA. A Groundhog that is hit struggles on the 
Blue Route, but we cant get to it because it is behind the entrance. A 
sickening sight. On Route 481 a live one scampers for cover and an American 
Kestrel, perhaps an early post-breeding bird, or, a breeding bird. 


 

Arrive at Rigbys Folly at 3:15. A Yellow-billed Cuckoo calls; well hear one 
each day. Fields are still fallow and luxuriant with grasses and weeds. Three 
Diamondback Terrapin in the cove. Cicadas are racheting away. Two spotted fawns 
at the driveway bend. Three Red Admirals in active flight, often in a sort of 
rising helix, 7:15-8 P.M. On our return to PA on July 17 there are 3 here also. 
3 7/8 in the rain gauge since June 25, with little probable evaporation since 
then. Fair, 83-85F., SW5+. 


 

JULY 15, WEDNESDAY. A female House Sparrow flies from our Osprey nest, the 
first Ive seen this here in 2015. Down at Crocheron in Dorchester County there 
is an offshore Osprey nest on a piling where one would always find House 
Sparrows in residence. Cattle Egret 21. Bald Eagle 3. Snowy Egret 2. A male 
SHARP-SHINNED HAWK. It is a puzzle why I seem to be a summer accipiter magnet. 
Silver-spotted Skipper 1. Diamondbaclk Terrapin 8. A Muskrat feeds for hours 
offshore on Ruppia maritima (and well see it tomorrow doing the same). There 
is so much of this underwater grass that the rocks on the north side of the 
cove are covered with it when it is dislodged by wind and tide. 1 ea. of 
Forsters, common & least terns. 


 

This lush Ruppia growth is especially interesting because last winter the 
Canada Geese and Tundra Swans actively fed on it in big numbers just as used to 
happen back before the 1970s. Our baby Osprey lays low most of the time but 
sometimes stands up and exercises its wings. Numbers of baby Fowlers Toads on 
the lawn. Today I sold my boat, trailer and outboard. Liz picks up the 30-40 
Krag and side-buy-side 12-gauge Parker that have been rehabilitated through 
Albrights in Easton. She also has had framed an 1858 Talbot County map that 
Earl and Suze Segal gave us. 75F. - , fair becoming mostly overcast, NW 15-20. 
Route 322 (Easton bypass): 12 wild turkeys. 


 

DORCHESTER COUNTY, 1 P.M.  6 P.M. BLACKWATER N.W.R. incl. Egypt Road and 
Cambridge. 74-80F., NW 10-15, mostly overcast becoming fair, heavy rain 
locally, esp. along Egypt Road at the start. Water levels high throughout 
except for Pools 5B & 3C that are being drained. Therell be some partial 
closures this summer of Wildlife Drive. One Redbelly Slider. Three Eastern 
Cottontails. One d.o.r. Striped Skunk on Key Wallace Drive. 


 

Great blue heron 11 (the young in nests next to the Marsh Edge Trail are still 
very vocal), great egret 11, glossy Ibis 11 (at Golden Hill), wild turkey 3 (E. 
Appleby Ave. in Cambridge), bald eagle 27 (good count for summer; 3 of these 
young in nests; 4 in a field W of Egypt Road attending a dead animal), 
red-tailed hawk 3, a male Coopers hawk (low and close right over the grounds 
of the school on Egypt Road), lesser yellowlegs 2, least sandpiper 11, mallard 
2 (the ONLY waterfowl), 3 ring-billed gulls (the only gulls), 4 Forsters 
terns, red-headed woodpecker 3 (one carrying food, which means there are young 
somewhere), blue grosbeak 2 males, brown-headed cowbird 70 (at Visitor Center, 
most of them on the roof). 


 

JULY 16, THURSDAY. Fall migrants: a bank swallow and 8 least sandpipers. 
Thirty-seven common grackles and 4 red-winged blackbirds actively feed in the 
muddy intertidal zone W of the dock, many of the grackles picking up 
periwinkles and I thought I see these being swallowed twice. Four bald eagles. 
Chimney swift 10. The hummingbirds last visit (night cap) to the feeder and 
the emergence of the first fireflies just about overlap. The other side of the 
cove has a small patch of Juncus roemerianus (needlerush), the last such in 
Poplar Cove. which used to have a nice skirt of marsh grasses 30-40 wide along 
its entire shoreline. An 8 skink on the front porch. Gray Squirrel 1. A gem of 
a day with low humidity, 70-83F., clear, NW 10-15 becoming NE 10-5. 


 

JULY 17, FRIDAY. Bald eagle 2 immatures right over the cove. One Forster tern. 
A red-bellied woodpecker is feeding on cherries in the Black Cherry tree next 
to the dock. 72F. at the start, clear, east winds 5 m.p.h., leave by 10:26 
A.M. 


 

IN VIRGINIA: BROWN PELICAN BANDING RESULTS. Thanks to John Weske for 
information on the banding of exactly 1,000 Brown Pelican chicks in the South 
Point Marsh area a mile of so south of Smith I., MD, on Thursday, July 16. This 
area is essentially an extension of Smith I. C. 23 persons in 3 boats under the 
direction of Dave Brinker and John banded these birds. I forget what the 
recovery rate % is for BRPE, but I think it is at least 5%, so 50 or more of 
these birds may be heard from again. Perhaps just as many youngsters remain 
there that are unbanded. There are 2 adjacent colonies here. In the past few 
years estimates have been of 1,000 or more pairs along with many, many hundreds 
of Double-crested Cormorants. Id a been there, but Liz and I are still in 
recovery from the 12-hour flight from Tel Aviv to Philadelphia, and consequent 
colds. 


 

PEREGRINE FALCON HITS ON GREAT HORNED OWL. Captain Buddy Vaughn called about 
this dramatic scene. On Friday, July 10 about 4 P.M. he was in his boat with a 
party on the west side of Ship Shoal Island, Northampton County, when he 
witnessed a peregrine hitting a horned owl, driving it down into the marsh. The 
owl got up and flew away, minus a few feathers. Buddy says the owl was 
photographed about 75 yards distant. Buddy lives on the grounds of Eyre Hall 
near Cheriton. Once Chris Witt told me he saw a peregrine hit a Great Egret at 
Cape May, NJ, apparently killing it. 


 

Best to all.  Harry Armistead, Philadelphia.

 

 I set up a cot near the remada  not under it  and my home without walls was 
complete. I can sleep at night with nothing but space between me and the stars, 
comfortable in the knowledge that I am not likely to miss anything important up 
there. Edward Abbey, Desert solitaire, p. 96 (Simon & Schuster, 1968). 

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Subject: Re: Mississippi Kites in Fairfax Station
From: Carol Sottili <carol.sottili AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Jul 2015 10:08:02 -0400
I also live in Fairfax Station and saw a Mississippi kite flying over
Burke Lake Road, on the other side of Fairfax County Parkway on May
14.  Wonder if that kite found a mate and settled in your more wooded
area.

-- Carol Sottili
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Subject: Least Sandpiper - Hunting Creek Bridge, Alexandria
From: <dcharlesl AT msn.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Jul 2015 19:35:40 -0400
Late this afternoon at Hunting Creek Bridge in Alexandria (just south of the 
Wilson Bridge on the George Washington Parkway), there were a pair of Least 
Sandpiper. Also nearby was a Lesser Yellowlegs mixed in with Greater 
Yellowlegs. 


David Ledwith
Falls Church, VA
 		 	   		  
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Subject: Mississippi Kites - Fairfax Station
From: Antonio Quezon <antonio.quezon AT cox.net>
Date: Sat, 18 Jul 2015 19:33:42 -0400
At around 5:45 this afternoon I saw three Mississippi Kites soaring and 
catching insects(?) over my house on Yates Ford Road in Fairfax Station. I 
suspect they may be nesting somewhere nearby. Has anyone seen kites in this 
area? 


A. J. "Tony" Quezon
www.TonyQandSuzanne.com
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Subject: Fwd: [eBird Alert] Virginia Rare Bird Alert
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Date: Sat, 18 Jul 2015 18:51:10 -0400

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*** Species Summary:

Bar-headed Goose (1 Fairfax)
Tundra Swan (4 Accomack)
White-winged Scoter (1 Virginia Beach)
White Ibis (7 Fairfax)
Mississippi Kite (1 Frederick)
Sora (1 Rockingham)
Piping Plover (1 Virginia Beach)
Red-breasted Nuthatch (1 Rockingham)

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NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

Bar-headed Goose (Anser indicus) (1)
- Reported Jul 15, 2015 18:45 by Barbara Stovall
- Lake Fairfax, Fairfax, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.9645477,-77.3199749&ll=38.9645477,-77.3199749 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24305441
- Comments: "Have photos (bad ones) posted on Facebook at 
https://www.facebook.com/groups/BirdsoftheeasternUnitedStates/permalink/745461882232467/" 


Tundra Swan (Cygnus columbianus) (1)
- Reported Jul 16, 2015 08:00 by Victor Klein
- Chincoteague NWR--Beach Rd., Accomack, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=37.8987655,-75.3591943&ll=37.8987655,-75.3591943 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24304128
- Comments: "In Swan Cove, NE corner where Cormorants normally are"

Tundra Swan (Cygnus columbianus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jul 18, 2015 06:10 by Matt Anthony
- Chincoteague NWR--Swan Cove, Accomack, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=37.8941,-75.3485&ll=37.8941,-75.3485 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24300799
- Comments: "Continuing."

Tundra Swan (Cygnus columbianus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jul 17, 2015 17:14 by Erin Chapman
- Chincoteague NWR--Swan Cove, Accomack, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=37.8941,-75.3485&ll=37.8941,-75.3485 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24298562
- Comments: "Continuing."

Tundra Swan (Cygnus columbianus) (1)
- Reported Jul 18, 2015 09:00 by Clark Olsen
- US-VA-Chincoteague Island-Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge - 
37.8908x-75.3456, Accomack, Virginia 

- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=37.890809,-75.345643&ll=37.890809,-75.345643 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24302409
- Comments: "Continuing bird"

White-winged Scoter (Melanitta fusca) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jul 17, 2015 15:40 by Rob Bielawski
- Back Bay NWR - CSY06, Virginia Beach, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=36.6779,-75.9159&ll=36.6779,-75.9159 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24298222
- Comments: "Female seen sitting on beach. As I approached it became obvious 
the bird was injured, it quickly walked to the water and one of its wings had 
been shredded. It took to water and swam off. I did not re-find this bird on 
the northbound trip. Photographed." 


White Ibis (Eudocimus albus) (1)
- Reported Jul 18, 2015 11:05 by Mark Rositol
- Huntley Meadows Park - CMN04, Fairfax, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.7589,-77.0959&ll=38.7589,-77.0959 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24303247
- Comments: "Continuing juvenile White Ibis (Juvenile) 

White Ibis and Great Blue Heron" 


White Ibis (Eudocimus albus) (1)
- Reported Jul 18, 2015 06:00 by Cory Rahman
- Huntley Meadows Park - CMN04, Fairfax, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.7589,-77.0959&ll=38.7589,-77.0959 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24301437
- Comments: "Young, had brown over most of body. Bill curved downward. White 
belly." 


White Ibis (Eudocimus albus) (1)
- Reported Jul 18, 2015 06:00 by Emma Martin
- Huntley Meadows Park - CMN04, Fairfax, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.7589,-77.0959&ll=38.7589,-77.0959 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24302644
- Comments: "Young, had brown over most of body. Bill curved downward. White 
belly." 


White Ibis (Eudocimus albus) (1)
- Reported Jul 18, 2015 06:00 by Ian Godwin
- Huntley Meadows Park - CMN04, Fairfax, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.7589,-77.0959&ll=38.7589,-77.0959 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24302643
- Comments: "Young, had brown over most of body. Bill curved downward. White 
belly." 


White Ibis (Eudocimus albus) (1)
- Reported Jul 18, 2015 06:00 by Andreas Seiter
- Huntley Meadows Park - CMN04, Fairfax, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.7589,-77.0959&ll=38.7589,-77.0959 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24301906
- Comments: "Juvenile, brown with white belly, continuing bird, seen in the 
company of juvenile little blue heron" 


White Ibis (Eudocimus albus) (1)
- Reported Jul 18, 2015 06:00 by Three Eggs
- Huntley Meadows Park - CMN04, Fairfax, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.7589,-77.0959&ll=38.7589,-77.0959 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24302645
- Comments: "Young, had brown over most of body. Bill curved downward. White 
belly." 


White Ibis (Eudocimus albus) (1)
- Reported Jul 18, 2015 11:09 by Bryan Henson
- Huntley Meadows Park--Observation Tower, Fairfax, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.7514304,-77.106514&ll=38.7514304,-77.106514 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24305162
- Comments: "continuing. decent long distance looks through binoculars. long 
curved bill. mostly brown and wire juvenile" 


Mississippi Kite (Ictinia mississippiensis) (1)
- Reported Jul 17, 2015 17:15 by BJ Little
- Little yard, Frederick, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=39.1920856,-78.1374264&ll=39.1920856,-78.1374264 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24297996
- Comments: "Soaring and circling overhead. Long, slim, pointed wings. Squared 
off tail. 

We had this bird in our bins for about 90 seconds as it circled overhead and to 
the north. Saw one a few weeks ago over the Third Winchester Battlefield 
nearby, but that one was in a messy molt; this looked like a fine, clean adult 
bird. 

New (and unexpected) yard bird."

Sora (Porzana carolina) (1)
- Reported Jul 18, 2015 10:45 by William  Leigh
- Nazarene Church Road Wetlands, Rockingham, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.4168631,-79.0693545&ll=38.4168631,-79.0693545 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24302893
- Comments: "heard"

Piping Plover (Charadrius melodus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jul 17, 2015 15:40 by Rob Bielawski
- Back Bay NWR - CSY06, Virginia Beach, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=36.6779,-75.9159&ll=36.6779,-75.9159 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24298222
- Comments: "Very light colored, small plover with short stubby orange bill. 
Mostly white overall. Seen roughly 1/2 mile south of parking areas on return 
trip northward. First sighted closer to the dunes than the water. 
Photographed." 


Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis) 
- Reported Jul 18, 2015 by Greg Moyers
- Switzer Lake Area - MNR03, Rockingham, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.5719,-79.1451&ll=38.5719,-79.1451 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24305738

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Subject: Virginia Beach Whimbrel
From: Jim Marcum <marcums AT cns.umass.edu>
Date: Sat, 18 Jul 2015 14:17:44 -0400
This morning I went to the beach at the Back Bay NWR to see if I could find the 
Whimbrel that Rob Bielawski had reported yesterday. I walked south all the way 
to the boundary marker with False Cape State Park. Although I saw 15 Sanderling 
and 83 Willet, I did not see the Whimbrel. However, on my return trip up the 
beach I encountered the Whimbrel with a flock of 15 Willet. This was about a 
mile north of the state park boundary sign. The sighting occurred at around 
10:00 am. 


The Whimbrel was much larger than the Willets in length and overall body size. 
It’s greenish-grey legs were somewhat longer and the bill was longer and 
strongly decurved especially the last couple of inches. The bird was uniformly 
brown speckled both on the ground and in flight with no white showing on the 
wings or tail is is true with the Willet. The head was somewhat lighter in 
color than the body but with darker crown and eye stripes. 


Jim Marcum
Virginia Beach, VA

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Subject: 7/18/15 - Virginia Beach - Princess Anne WMA Whitehurst (N. Bobwhite) & Munden Point Park
From: Rob Bielawski <robbielawski AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Jul 2015 11:58:55 -0400
Folks,

*Highlights*
Princess Anne WMA Whitehurst - 8:40 to 10:00 AM - 2 Northern Bobwhites
flushed just west of the abandoned farmhouse at the northeast edge of the
property (south of Munden Road). A 3rd was calling further to the east,
which was the one I was creeping up on slowly. Also, 11 Killdeer, 5 Peeps,
and 1 Spotted Sandpiper on northernmost cell of the southern impoundments;
most shorebirds I've seen there so far, should keep increasing. Grass is
very overgrown, about chest high along the trails around the impoundments
and on the entry trail. Standing on Munden Road shows some neat birds
though usually if you dont' wish to venture into the tick & chigger's
domain.
Munden Point Park - 10:20 to 10:45 AM - Chipping Sparrow (county FOY), Bald
Eagle, Eastern Kingbird

*Outing Photographs (Not yet posted)*
*http://www.rbnature.com/galleries/we-20150719/
*

*More Details*
Just got back from a trip down in southern Virginia Beach. I hit Princess
Anne WMA first in the hope that I might get another shot at locating the
Northern Bobwhite that I heard repeatedly calling there this past Sunday. I
checked the southern impoundments, of which only the northern cell (same
one that held the Ruff last August) has water and mudflat areas, all the
others are completely covered in vegetation. That particular cell held 11
Killdeer, 1 Spotted Sandpiper and 5 unidentifiable peeps. Perhaps with a
scope, you could make them out better, but I just have my binocs & 400mm
camera lens. I walked the remainder of the park, not hearing any
Bobwhite...until I was about 100 yards from my vehicle when one started
calling in the same spot as Sunday. So I walked back and crept up slowly
hoping to get a look. Again, the calling stopped and the bird must have
spotted me from its hiding place. While all was silent, I was incredibly
bummed, but 2 Bobwhites suddenly flushed about 50 feet to the left of me,
not the ones that were calling. I caught just a quick flash as they zoomed
off but it was what I was hoping for all week!  After leaving the park, I
swung south to Munden Point Park trying to spot my first Chipping Sparrows
in Virginia Beach for the year, and was successful finally in seeing 2 of
them which were much more cooperative to photograph than the Bobwhites.

*Full Details & Photos (Posted every Monday for the previous Mon-Sun
Timeframe)*

*http://www.rbnature.com/blog-index/ *


Rob Bielawski

Virginia Beach, VA
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Subject: 7/17/15 - Virginia Beach - Back Bay NWR - Piping Plover, Whimbrel & WW Scoter
From: Rob Bielawski <robbielawski AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Jul 2015 20:40:42 -0400
Folks,

*Highlights*
Back Bay NWR - 3:40 to 6:10 PM - 1 Whimbrel (see photos at link below) seen
roughly 2.75 miles south of the parking area, very close to the boundary
with False Cape SP, 1 Piping Plover (photo at link below) seen on return
trip northward roughly 1/2 mile south of parking area, just south of the
fenced off area where the turtle nest is, 1 Spotted Sandpiper, 1
Short-billed Dowitcher, 1 injured (wing) female White-winged Scoter.

*Outing Photographs*
*http://www.rbnature.com/galleries/we-20150719/
*

*More Details*
After work this afternoon I made the run down to Back Bay NWR and did a 3
mile walk south along the beach, returning the same 3 miles north back to
the car. I was hoping to see a few shorebirds but had no idea I'd see the
ones I ended up spotting. It was mostly Laughing & Lesser Black-backed
Gulls for the first mile or so, then Willets started appearing in small
groups or about 4-5. 2 Semipalmated Sandpipers and a Short-billed Dowitcher
were walking together along the beach as well. Sadly, there was a
White-winged Scoter sitting up on the beach that walked to the water,
showing a shredded wing on its way, and then headed out to sea. I did not
re-spot this bird on my northbound trip. South of this another mile or so,
mixed in with a group of Willets that took to the air I noticed one bird
lacking the white on the wings, and noting it was larger than the other
birds. I'd thought initially it might be a Marbled Godwit since I'd seen
one here last year under very similar circumstances, but when it landed and
I saw it through the binocs, the downcurved bill screamed Whimbrel! It was
very weary and I never got very close, but I did get some identifying shots
(my first of the year). Working back northward I passed the same loose
organizations of Willets, but also added a Spotted Sandpiper that was alone
on the beach, and bobbing its tail as expected. A single Piping Plover was
also seen (photograph at link above), as I was closing in on the turtle
nest that is fenced off about 1/2 mile south of the parking area access
trail to the beach. I was absolutely amazed to see these birds today, I
thought I was in for a very slow day after spotting just a few gulls
initially, you never can tell from first appearances!

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Rob Bielawski

Virginia Beach, VA
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