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Spectacled Redstart,©Dan Lane

15 Apr Voice: Greater Washington Area, April 15 ["Joe Coleman" ]
15 Apr Sora at Huntley Meadows [Edward Eder ]
15 Apr Probable Laughing Gull, Bluemont, western Loudoun ["Joe Coleman" ]
15 Apr Worm-eating Warbler at Noland Trail []
15 Apr Interesting Article [Harry Glasgow ]
15 Apr Richmond Audubon Society meeting, WEDNESDAY, April 16, 2014 [Diane Jadlowski ]
15 Apr Two RTHU [Jeff Blalock ]
15 Apr Slightly off-topic [Lew Proudfoot ]
15 Apr hybrid Canada Goose [Mary Foster ]
14 Apr Fauquier and Culpeper odds and ends, 13-14 April []
14 Apr Alexandria: Prairie Warbler in the woods [Renee Grebe ]
14 Apr Chuck-wills-Widow back at Union Springs, Rockingham Co. ["Kevin Shank" ]
14 Apr Re: Glossy Ibis @ Dyke Marsh ["Kurt Gaskill" ]
14 Apr Occoquan Bay NWR [Larry Meade ]
14 Apr Algonkian Regional Park - A belated report [Gerco ]
14 Apr Chincoteague 4/14 [Bill Hohenstein ]
14 Apr Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk [Harry Glasgow ]
14 Apr Pix at Huntley Meadows ["Walter L. Barrows" ]
14 Apr RT Hummingbird [Jeff Blalock ]
14 Apr Swamp Sparrow in yard [Walter Hadlock ]
14 Apr Re: RT Hummingbird ["Nancy Young" ]
14 Apr FOS birds in Pittsyvania County [Lexi Meadows ]
14 Apr RT Hummingbird [John Greenwood ]
14 Apr Purple Finch at Feeder, Bluemont, Lo Co ["Joe Coleman" ]
14 Apr Broad-wings, Eastern Kingbird & a Mink ["Joe Coleman" ]
14 Apr Snow Goose & Sandhill Crane Augusta County ["Herbert Larner" ]
14 Apr Am Bittern (Back Bay) and Glaucous Gull (Rudee Inlet) [Will McPhail ]
14 Apr ARP 4/14 [Adam D'Onofrio ]
14 Apr ASNV Birdathon [Carol Sottili ]
14 Apr Re: Northern Gannets Exiting the Bay [Virginia Smith ]
14 Apr size of attached photo []
14 Apr Glossy Ibis @ Dyke Marsh [Appleaday ]
14 Apr RT Hummingbird and Catbird New Kent County ["Lynda Blair" ]
14 Apr Sora(s) at Huntley Meadows [Rich Rieger ]
14 Apr W. Loudoun Co. arrivals, migrants, hangers-on ["Mary Ann Good" ]
14 Apr Northern Gannets Exiting the Bay? []
13 Apr Birds and Bluebells along the Shenandoah in Clarke County, VA [Linda Millington ]
13 Apr fos ["Dennis Irby" ]
13 Apr FOS RT Hummer Hartwood VA [dorgeloh ]
13 Apr Parasitic Jaeger Swallow Tailed Kite Chincoteague [Andrew Baldelli ]
13 Apr Prairie Warbler and Green Heron in Falls Church [Elizabeth Holcombe Fedorko ]
13 Apr Pacific Loon - Mecklenburg Co. [Paul Glass ]
13 Apr Bluebell Festival at Merrimac Farm- 3 Vireos [Larry Meade ]
13 Apr Riverbend Park—Parula, Yellow throated warbler [Bill Bickel ]
13 Apr Catbirds (Lynchburg & Campbell County) and our Big Year ["Sattler, Gene" ]
13 Apr Rockingham Co. - BC Night Heron & WW Scoter (valley), & Shenandoah Mountain warblers [Diane L ]
13 Apr FODM Field Trip to Huntley Meadows, FRFX CO, 13 April 2014 ["Kurt Gaskill" ]
13 Apr Re: STILL NO LITTLE GULL(S) TODAY ["R. Bruce Richardson" ]
13 Apr Accotink Bay and Gunston Cove [Rick Jones ]
13 Apr Grayson Highlands bird walk announcement [Eric Harrold ]
13 Apr FOS Ovenbird in Franklin County [Alyce Quinn ]
13 Apr FOS Hummingbird! []
13 Apr Re: NO LITTLE GULL(S) TODAY @ Dyke Marsh ["R. Bruce Richardson" ]
13 Apr Prince William migrants ["Marc Ribaudo" ]
13 Apr Great Falls National Park []
13 Apr Re: Sibleys Guide to Trees [Scott Priebe ]
13 Apr Re: NO LITTLE GULL(S) TODAY @ Dyke Marsh [Rich Rieger ]
13 Apr Re: NO LITTLE GULL(S) TODAY @ Dyke Marsh ["R. Bruce Richardson" ]
13 Apr NO LITTLE GULL(S) TODAY @ Dyke Marsh [Rich Rieger ]
13 Apr Sibleys Guide to Trees [Keith ]
13 Apr Little Gull updates today 4/13? [ ]
13 Apr FOS Ruby-throated hummingbird: Eastern Shore [Joelle Buffa ]
13 Apr Shooting star ["Jeffrey Blalock" ]
13 Apr [va-bird] Red-necked Grebe @ George Mason Univ. [Scott Priebe ]
12 Apr Dyke Marsh/Huntley Meadow/Occoquan Bay today (and some ID requests) [Howard Wu ]
12 Apr Occoquan Bay NWR: Sedge Wren, King Rail, Eastern Kingbird [Keith Maley ]
12 Apr Re: Little Gull still being seen near Dyke Marsh, Alexandria, VA ["R. Bruce Richardson" ]
12 Apr Hooded Warbler [Lewis Proudfoot ]
12 Apr whips, flycatcher and warblers, No. VA April 12, 2014 ["Kurt Gaskill" ]
12 Apr Beaverdam Park - North, Gloucester County [Meredith Bell ]
12 Apr RN & Horned Grebes / Clarke Co ["Jon Little" ]
12 Apr Reminder - Dyke Marsh Field Trip at Huntley Meadows tomorrow, Sunday, 13 April 2014 ["Kurt Gaskill" ]
12 Apr Re: eared and red-necked grebes continue in gloucester, 4/12/14 [Kenneth Lipshy ]
12 Apr Huntley Meadows and backyard Hermit Thrush [Bill Bickel ]
12 Apr Re: Rt hummer [Barbara Farron ]
12 Apr Huntley Meadows Birding, Saturday Morning [Elizabeth Holcombe Fedorko ]

Subject: Voice: Greater Washington Area, April 15
From: "Joe Coleman" <joecoleman AT rstarmail.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 21:59:53 -0400
FYI - this report is for sightings from April 8 through April 14 and was 
compiled by Gerry Hawkins & transcribed by Steve Cordle. 

Joe Coleman

Hotline:            Voice of the Naturalist
Date:               4/15/2014
Coverage:           MD/DC/VA/DE/WV panhandle
Reports, comments, questions:
               voice AT AudubonNaturalist.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 April 8 and
was completed on Tuesday, April 15 at 9:45 a.m.

The top birds this week were TRUMPETER SWAN in VA and SCISSOR-TAILED
FLYCATCHER in MD. 

Other birds of interest this week included MUTE SWAN, GREEN-WINGED
TEAL (EURASIAN), RED-THROATED LOON, PACIFIC LOON, RED-NECKED GREBE,
EARED GREBE, HARLEQUIN DUCK, AMERICAN BITTERN, LITTLE BLUE HERON,
CATTLE EGRET, WHITE IBIS, SWALLOW-TAILED KITE, GOLDEN EAGLE, SANDHILL
CRANE, PARASITIC JAEGER, LITTLE and GLAUCOUS GULLS, EURASIAN
COLLARED-DOVE, SHORT-EARED OWL, BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEE, SEDGE WREN,
AMERICAN TREE SPARROW, SUMMER TANAGER and PURPLE FINCH. 

TOP BIRDS

A TRUMPETER SWAN was seen in Laurel Bed Lake, Russell County, VA on
April 9.

Many persons enjoyed watching a SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER at Fort
Smallwood Park, Anne Arundel Co, MD on April 12 and 13. 

OTHER BIRDS OF INTEREST

Waterfowl, gulls and other winter residents continued to depart the
reporting area while many other migratory birds arrived or were seen
in increased numbers, including BROAD-WINGED HAWK, GREEN HERON, GLOSSY
IBIS, WILSON'S PLOVER and other shorebirds, LAUGHING GULL, CASPIAN,
ROYAL, FORSTER'S and LEAST TERNS, EASTERN WHIP-POOR-WILL,
CHUCK-WILL'S-WIDOW, RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD, GREAT CRESTED
FLYCATCHER, EASTERN KINGBIRD and other flycatchers, BLUE-HEADED,
RED-EYED, WHITE-EYED and YELLOW-THROATED VIREOS, CLIFF SWALLOW, HOUSE
WREN, VEERY, WOOD THRUSH, GRAY CATBIRD, many warblers, VESPER,
GRASSHOPPER, SEASIDE and LINCOLN'S SPARROWS, SCARLET TANAGER, BLUE
GROSBEAK, INDIGO BUNTING and BALTIMORE and ORCHARD ORIOLES. 

In addition, there were reports of the following other birds of interest.
A MUTE SWAN was seen on Hart-Miller Island, Baltimore Co, MD on April
14. A male GREEN-WINGED TEAL (EURASIAN) was seen at Bombay Hook NWR,
Kent Co, DE on April 10-12, and two males were seen there on April 9.
A RED-THROATED LOON was seen at Violette's Lock on the C & O Canal,
Montgomery Co, MD on April 8. A PACIFIC LOON was spotted in the Kerr
Reservoir from Palmer Point Park, Mecklenburg Co, VA on April 13.
Although not a rare migrant, 23 COMMON LOONS were observed in Rocky
Gap State Park, Allegany Co, MD on April 11. RED-NECKED GREBE
continues to be seen in the reporting area but in significantly
decreased numbers. The high counts for the week were 11 at Riley's
Lock on the C & O Canal, Montgomery Co, MD on April 11, and eight at
Kent Narrows, Queen Anne's Co, MD and Riley's Lock on the C & O Canal,
Montgomery Co, MD on April 8 and 10, respectively. An EARED GREBE was
seen again in the York River from Gloucester Point Beach, Gloucester
Co, VA on April 8-10, 12 and 13. The HARLEQUIN DUCK at Fort Armistead
Park, Baltimore, MD in recent weeks was seen again on April 8. 

An AMERICAN BITTERN was encountered at Hughes Hollow, Montgomery Co,
MD on April 11 and 12, and at Kinder Farm Park, Anne Arundel Co, MD,
Southwest Area Park, Baltimore, MD, Back Bay NWR, Virginia Beach, VA,
Banister WMA, Halifax Co, VA and Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens,
Washington, DC on April 12. On April 13, many persons enjoyed an
accommodating AMERICAN BITTERN along Sligo Creek in Silver Spring,
Montgomery Co, MD. 

A LITTLE BLUE HERON was seen at Brantwood Pond in Cecil Co, MD on
April 12. A CATTLE EGRET was spotted in flight with a flock of
RING-BILLED GULLS at Swan Farm Harbor Park, Harford Co, MD on April 8.
A WHITE IBIS was seen in flight at Blackwater NWR, Dorchester Co, MD
on April 14. 

A SWALLOW-TAILED KITE was observed flying north in Cockeysville,
Baltimore Co, MD on April 12 and near Chincoteague NWR, Accomack Co,
VA on April 13. A GOLDEN EAGLE was reported in flight near Pineview
North Pond in Garrett Co, MD on April 8. A likely continuing GOLDEN
EAGLE was observed not far from the Pickering Creek Audubon Center in
Talbot Co, MD on April 10. 

A SANDHILL CRANE was seen along Barren Ridge Road in Augusta Co, VA on
April 10 and 14 and along Rt. 7 in Clarke Co, VA on April 14. 

Shorebirds reported during the week included a WILSON'S PLOVER on
Cedar Island, Accomack Co, VA on April 13. 

A PARASITIC JAEGER was reported at Tom's Cove in Chincoteague NWR,
Accomack Co, VA on April 12. 

On April 8 there was an incidental report of a LITTLE GULL near Bata
Blvd. in Harford Co, MD. On April 10-13, a nonbreeding adult and/or a
second-winter immature LITTLE GULL were seen with a large number of
BONAPARTE'S GULLS in nearby Virginia waters and more distant Prince
George's Co, MD waters in the Potomac River from Dyke Marsh Nature
Preserve, Fairfax Co, VA or in a couple of cases the nearby Wilson
Bridge and Jones Point Park. An immature GLAUCOUS GULL was spotted at
Rudee Inlet in Virginia Beach, VA on April 13. 

A EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE was reported along a residential street in
Chincoteague, Accomack Co, VA on April 12.

A SHORT-EARED OWL was seen on Poplar Island, Talbot Co, MD on April 9.
Birders in VA reported seeing and hearing two early Empidonax
flycatchers: a WILLOW FLYCATCHER in Augusta Co on April 14, and
ACADIAN FLYCATCHERS in Augusta Co on April 13 and at Great Dismal
Swamp NWR, Suffolk Co and Wolf Trap NP, Fairfax Co on April 14. 

A BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEE was seen in Goshen Pass, Rockbridge Co, VA on
April 8. An overwintering SEDGE WREN at Occoquan Bay NWR, Prince
William Co, VA was again seen and/or heard singing this bird's
distinctive song on April 11-13. 

A late AMERICAN TREE SPARROW was reported in Charles City Co, VA on
April 8. A few FOX SPARROWS continue in the reporting area, with
reports in Fairfax Co, VA on April 8 and 10, Rock Creek Park,
Washington, DC on April 11 and Prince George's Co, MD on April 12. 
  
An overwintering SUMMER TANAGER was seen again at a private residence
in Bethesda, Montgomery Co, MD this past week. 

Considering the absence of winter finches this year, PURPLE FINCHES
made somewhat surprising appearances in the reporting area in the past
week, including at residential feeders in Annandale, Fairfax Co, VA on
April 9, near Bluemont, Loudoun Co, VA and in northern Culpepper Co,
VA on April 13 and in Davidsonville, Anne Arundel Co, MD on April 11
and 13. 

***

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://www.audubonnaturalist.org/index.php/support-ans/shop) is an
excellent source for guidebooks and many other nature-related titles.

To report bird sightings, e-mail your report to
voice AT AudubonNaturalist.org or call 301-652-1088. Please post reports
before midnight Monday, identify the county as well as the state, and
include your name and a Tuesday morning contact, either e-mail or
phone.

Thank you for your interest, and enjoy the birds.

*Of interest to the records committee.
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Subject: Sora at Huntley Meadows
From: Edward Eder <nutmegz AT mac.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 19:50:43 -0400
A Sora flew by the boardwalk after the loop at Huntley Meadows at 6:20 PM. Two 
Blue-winged Teal were noted in the loop area. Close to 100 Tree Swallows and 
Barn Swallows swooped for insects in the light rain despite the wind. 

 Earlier in the day , prior to the onset of significant rain, Chimney Swifts, 
Purple Martins, Rough -winged swallows, Barn Swallows and Tree Swallows had an 
insectivorous feeding frenzy over the trees at Dyke Marsh. A late Red-necked 
Grebe in alternate plumage swam in the tidal gut very close to the north end of 
the Haul Road. Horned and Pied-billed Grebes were noted as well. 

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Subject: Probable Laughing Gull, Bluemont, western Loudoun
From: "Joe Coleman" <joecoleman AT rstarmail.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 18:22:07 -0400
While walking my dog in the rain mid-morning today I first heard & then saw a 
Laughing Gull, a first for my neighborhood. Ring-billed Gulls are the only gull 
I usually see in my neighborhood in western Loudoun County and that is only 
when there is a major push north or south and only once or twice a year. Once 
before, on April 13, 2003, a small flock of Bonaparte's Gulls flew over my 
neighbor's pond but no other gulls in the 20 years that I have lived here. The 
Laughing Gull called several times, landed on the chimney of the farm house on 
Legacy Farm for a few minutes, but flew off before I could go home & get a 
camera to photograph it. 


Shortly before seeing the gull, a single Purple Martin flew over presumably 
from one of the two well-placed hotels (but not visible from the road) that one 
of my neighbors has and are well-used by Purple Martins every year. 


Joe Coleman, near Bluemont, Loudoun County
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Subject: Worm-eating Warbler at Noland Trail
From: Youkerd AT aol.com
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 17:13:37 -0400 (EDT)
After the rain subsided today, I walked a small portion of the Noland Trail 
 in Newport News.  Just off the main trail, a Worm-eating Warbler flew into 
 an American Holly for a good minute of viewing.  This is only the second  
WEWA I've found at this location.
 
Dave Youker
Yorktown, VA
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Subject: Interesting Article
From: Harry Glasgow <harry.glasgow AT yahoo.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 13:51:32 -0700 (PDT)
Readers are encouraged to read an article that appeared in the New York Times 
yesterday (April 14) which describes the efforts of a coalition of farmers, 
bird watchers and conservationists who are offering farmers financial 
incentives to restore the habitats of migrating birds.  The New York Times 
article: http://nyti.ms/1jFFTAP 


Harry Glasgow
Friends of Huntley Meadows park
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Subject: Richmond Audubon Society meeting, WEDNESDAY, April 16, 2014
From: Diane Jadlowski <djadski AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 09:38:47 -0400
Don't forget WEDNESDAY is the Richmond Audubon meeting April 16th!!


Richmond Audubon Society Meeting Wednesday, April 16, 2014
PLEASE NOTE THE CHANGE TO 3rd WEDNESDAY FOR THIS MEETING
"A Junior Big Year"with Gabriel Mapel
This Augusta County native and member of the Monticello Bird Club will 
share the adventures and birds of his 2011 Junior Big Year. Gabriel, at 
the age of 12, recorded 437 species of birds that year and is the first 
to complete such a feat. He is also the author of "Oh, NO, Gertrude: The 
True Story of a Not-so Naughty Black Bear." Please join us in April to 
welcome Gabriel Mapel.

We meet for pre-meeting coffee,cookies and conversations at 6:30PM. The 
meeting will start at 7PM at St. Luke Lutheran Church, 7757 Chippenham 
Pkwy at Custis Road, Richmond, VA.

Thanks
Diane Jadlowski
Publicity Chair
Richmond Audubon Society
www.RichmondAudubon.org


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Subject: Two RTHU
From: Jeff Blalock <jcbabirder AT gcronline.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 07:33:03 -0400
Greetings to all

With the heavy rain around 0700 hrs I had two male RTHU at feeder

May God Bless and Keep You

Jeff Blalock
South Boston VA
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Subject: Slightly off-topic
From: Lew Proudfoot <lewis_s_proudfoot AT yahoo.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 03:19:02 -0700 (PDT)
One of the advantages of moving every two or three years is that I am always 
something of a beginner, wherever I go.  That's particularly advantageous for 
me, because I learn fastest and most thoroughly by making a dumb mistake in 
public and being corrected.  I never forget those!  Happens a lot, too. 


I feel particularly ignorant here because I went to high school at Lee High 
School in Springfield, so I feel like I should know the area.  Unfortunately, I 
was more interested in physics, math, and chess at that age, and didn't look 
around me very much at all. 


I am frustrated by my inability to find a good field guide to the plants I see 
here, and basic habitat descriptions.  I was at Long Branch Stream Valley Park 
over the weekend (FOS Hooded Warbler for me!), and could not identify most of 
what I saw.  That small yellow Ranunculus, for example, I can't seem to find 
it!  What guides to people use here for identifying plants in Northern 
Virginia?  I'd prefer something as local as possible, since Virginia has a very 
wide diversity of habitats and therefore, flora. 


Thanks!

Wallowing in ignorance,
 Lew Proudfoot
The Wind In My Face

Annandale, VA
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Subject: hybrid Canada Goose
From: Mary Foster <chathambirds08 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:10:43 -0500
I found a hybrid Canada Goose in the field behind my house today with 4 other 
Canada Geese. Quite an interesting looking bird! 


Mary Foster
Dry Fork

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Subject: Fauquier and Culpeper odds and ends, 13-14 April
From: BlkVulture AT aol.com
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 23:53:11 -0400 (EDT)
Greetings,
 
I spent a bit of time outside Sunday and Monday and encountered a few birds 
 of local interest.  
 
While on a four-mile walk Sunday morning near my property in northern  
Culpeper County, I was seemingly never out of earshot of singing Ruby-crowned  
Kinglets.  The first one hit me a few minutes before seven AM when I  stepped 
out of my door and one was singing from a dogwood next to my  porch.  I 
probably heard close to two dozen different individuals over the  next hour or 
so.  New arrivals for me were two different singing  Blue-headed Vireos, a 
singing Pine Warbler in a spot one hasn't been heard from  thus far this 
spring, my first Northern Parula of the year, and several  Louisiana 
Waterthrushes (up from the singleton that has been around for a week or so). 
Eastern 

Phoebe pairs were also seemingly everywhere.  Perhaps  the most unusual bird 
of my walk was a brown Purple Finch on a feeder that I  walked by.  
 
At the pond on Belvior Road in Fauquier County, a hen Canvasback was  
hanging out Sunday afternoon.  At least one Cliff Swallow was at the  nesting 
site over Goose Creek along Rectortown Road, north of Marshall (and  north of 
Rectortown).  Several Rough-winged Swallows were working on  cavities along 
the banks of the Goose.  I was hopeful for some of the other  breeders for 
that site, but it is still a bit early.  
 
This afternoon I did a five-mile loop at Chester Phelps WMA in  southern 
Fauquier County between 5:30 and 7:30 or so.  The first hour of my  trek was 
nearly silent, likely due to time of day and the stiff wind.  I  think I 
tallied six species over the first mile. At the wetlands cells I had my second 

Eastern Kingbird of the year (the first being in Warrenton on 11  April), a 
White-eyed Vireo singing, a singing Common Yellowthroat, three pairs  of 
Wood Ducks, and a bunch of Blue-gray Gnatcatchers.  
 
As I continued the loop through the WMA I stumbled upon two silent  
Louisiana Waterthrushes working a stretch of Persimmon Run.  Another  raucous 
little flock of Gnatcatchers was nearby, with several singing their soft little 

song.  A bit farther down the trail I heard my  first of three singing 
Ovenbirds.  I found a small flock of birds foraging  together in the forest, 
including a silent Prairie Warbler.  
 
Lastly, I went to Snake Castle Road, southeast of Phelps WMA, which was a  
good spot for nightjars in 2013 and wasn't disappointed.  I had a close  
Chuck-will's-widow, and several Whip-poor-wills singing.  This is the only  
location in Fauquier County that I know where to find Chucks, though there are 

certainly others.  The birds started singing a few minutes after eight,  
while there was still plenty of light.  I dipped on Goatsuckers at the spot  
in Phelps WMA near the resident manager's house, but did have my first 
Pickerel Frog of the year. A link to the eBird list which has a link to the map 

is below; the spot on the map is the precise spot where I was listening  
tonight.  
 
Cheers, 
 
Todd
 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S17896297
 
 
-------------------------------
Todd Michael Day
Jeffersonton,  Virginia
Culpeper  County
blkvulture AT aol.com
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Subject: Alexandria: Prairie Warbler in the woods
From: Renee Grebe <grebebird AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 20:29:43 -0700 (PDT)
This morning as I was standing on our back porch listening to the morning 
birds, I heard the distinct sound of a Prairie Warbler.  It took me a while to 
go through my "roladex of calls" in my head, but that's what it clearly was. 
 I've heard them often at Occoquan Bay NWR, but certainly never in Loftridge 
Park.  We do have a cut-grass meadow nearby (not really suitable habitat), but 
other than that it's just acres of woods. 


It was certainly an unusual "ear spotting", but I can't think of what else it 
could've been. 

-Renee Grebe
 Alexandria, VA

p.s. Thanks for all of the IDs of the bird call I posted several days ago 
(https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B_79wgEbGGf2TThWQzFmY2RweFk/edit?usp=sharing). 
 It was ID'ed by several birders as a Louisiana Waterthrush and the next day I 
finally got to see it running around the creek edge, bobbing its tail and 
visually confirming its ID to me! 

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Subject: Chuck-wills-Widow back at Union Springs, Rockingham Co.
From: "Kevin Shank" <birds AT naturefriendmagazine.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 22:45:21 -0400
The boys heard a CWW this evening about dusk near the Union Springs Dam,
Rockingham County.

 

Kevin Shank

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Subject: Re: Glossy Ibis @ Dyke Marsh
From: "Kurt Gaskill" <KurtCapt87 AT verizon.net>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 22:29:38 -0400
Well, thats amazing!

Sora good too

Kurt

-----Original Message-----
From: va-bird [mailto:va-bird-bounces+kurtcapt87=verizon.net AT listserve.com]
On Behalf Of Appleaday
Sent: Monday, April 14, 2014 10:14 AM
To: Bird sightings in Virginia
Subject: [Va-bird] Glossy Ibis  AT  Dyke Marsh

Slept late this morning but decided to take a mid morning walk in the marsh.
Glad I did. Glossy ibis flew over, circled, and briefly touched down in the
Little Gut. Lifted off and circled again. Drifted out over the river and
headed for MD. 

Rich Rieger
Alexandria. 

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Subject: Occoquan Bay NWR
From: Larry Meade <uberlarry AT aol.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 22:12:26 -0400 (EDT)
I birded Occoquan Bay Refuge in Prince William County this morning. My main 
goal was to find the Sedge Wren, but I had no luck. I did find some other good 
birds including three Prothonotary Warblers which have returned to their 
territories at the end of Easy Road. The bggest surprise was a Dunlin which was 
feeding on a rock next to Easy Road. I have never seen one at this refuge 
before. 


Larry Meade
Merrifield, VA
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Subject: Algonkian Regional Park - A belated report
From: Gerco <drgerco AT hotmail.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 21:55:32 -0400
Sunday morning Donna and I birded in Loudoun County's Algonkian Regional 
Park. The weather was excellent and so were the birds. Much of the 
waterfowl had departed and we had a hard time find any floating on the 
water. Once we found some birds, we got some really nice long looks of 3 
Horned Grebes in near breeding plumage and 2 Red-necked Grebe. Both 
pretty close to fully breeding plumage to. In the distance we scoped a 
single male Bufflehead and a pair of Wood Ducks. The pair of resident 
Belted Kingfishers were seen too and announced their presence in no 
uncertain ways. Passerine migration was observed as well. Many Palm 
Warblers and Yellow-rumped Warblers were seen. A few Northern Parula's 
were heard too.  Chipping Sparrows were seen in fairly large numbers. I 
suspect were grossly under estimated their numbers. Within a large 
flocks of Chipping Sparrows we found two Savannah Sparrows. That was a 
nice surprise. As the day warmed up the raptors were getting more 
active. We did see a Broad-winged Hawk or two soaring over.  That was a 
cool sighting. With the southwestern winds of late, I should not have 
been too surprised to see these highly migratory raptors.

A delight was to see at least two new Great Blue Heron nest on the 
island just downstream of the boat ramp. I do not remember that there 
was a rookery  on that island last year. It is too bad for us VA birders 
that these birds happen to bred in Maryland. On the positive side, I am 
glad to see more birds breeding there. The Loudoun County Heron Rookery 
along Loudoun County Parkway, I am afraid is doomed in the near future. 
This rookery will hopefully relocate on the island in the Potomac River. 
Loudoun County's building boom is rapidly encroaching on the rookery.  
What was once a wetlands area is no being leased for office buildings. A 
shame it is.

We ended up seeing 46 species of birds, several butterflies, and a lone 
garter snake among the spring beauties. It was a nice morning to be out.

Gerco
Leesburg, VA

Species: 46 - Subspecies: 0 - Forms: 46
Total Records: 46

NAME                     MAX CNT
Canada Goose              10
Wood Duck                 4
Mallard                   6
Bufflehead                1
Common Merganser          1
Horned Grebe              5
Red-necked Grebe          3
Double-crested Cormorant  10
Great Blue Heron          9
Black Vulture             9
Turkey Vulture            9
Red-shouldered Hawk       1
Broad-winged Hawk         2
Red-tailed Hawk           1
Chimney Swift             2
Belted Kingfisher         2
Red-bellied Woodpecker    3
Downy Woodpecker          2
Hairy Woodpecker          1
Pileated Woodpecker       3
Eastern Phoebe            2
Blue Jay                  3
American Crow             3
Fish Crow                 4
Common Raven              1
Tree Swallow              12
Carolina Chickadee        3
Tufted Titmouse           11
White-breasted Nuthatch   3
Carolina Wren             2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher     6
Eastern Bluebird          2
American Robin            8
Northern Mockingbird      2
Northern Parula           1
Palm Warbler              8
Yellow-rumped Warbler     12
Chipping Sparrow          34
Savannah Sparrow          2
Song Sparrow              7
White-throated Sparrow    3
Northern Cardinal         11
Red-winged Blackbird      3
Brown-headed Cowbird      17
American Goldfinch        12
House Sparrow             2

Birder's Diary - www.BirdersDiary.com - 4/14/2014
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Subject: Chincoteague 4/14
From: Bill Hohenstein <elliety AT msn.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 20:01:34 -0400
I promised Larry Meade a report from Chincoteague today, so here goes....
 
Spring is on the way, with notable migrants moving through and breeding birds 
settling in. Waterfowl numbers and variety are considerably down from the my 
time here in March. Shorebird numbers and variety are ticking up with still 
large numbers of wintering western willets and a few newly arrived atlantic 
willets, a good number of marbled godwits (20+), short billed dowitchers, and 
good numbers of dunlin. There was a notable lack of plovers -- the only plover 
I found all day was a killdeer on the wildlife loop. Overall numbers of 
shorebirds were modest -- the wild life loop was quiet except for a handful of 
yellowlegs and the killdeer. 

 
A yellow throated warbler was singing brightly at the entrance to the woodland 
trail. My highlight was the return of chuck-will's widows at the entrance to 
the wildlife loop -- I heard two singing at 6:00am this morning. 

 
Forster's, common, and royal terns, boniparte's gulls and the usual other 
gulls. The colony of laughing gulls on the causeway onto Chincoteauge is taking 
shape with laughing gulls in the high hundreds (I estimated 800). Herring and 
Great Black Backed gulls are taking positions up on the outskirts of the 
colony. Black Necked Stilts are also back on the north side of the causeway. 

 
I spent most of the day working in the yard -- so I'm sure I missed plenty. I 
don't think any one has reported the eurasian wigeon since 4/7. 

 
I'll drop another note later this week.
 
Bill
 		 	   		  
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Subject: Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk
From: Harry Glasgow <harry.glasgow AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 13:37:05 -0700 (PDT)
More than 25 birders gathered this morning for the Huntley Meadows Monday 
Morning Birdwalk.  We spotted 50 species with a few FOS sightings:  Yellow 
Warbler, Indigo Bunting, and Common Yellowthroats (who we think have been 
around for a while - we just haven't seen them until today).  As you may know, 
the renovation of the Huntley wetlands allows staff to regulate the water 
levels in the central wetland.  The plan is to gradually lower water levels 
during the period from March to July.  As water levels changes it is 
interesting to watch the accompanying shift in bird populations.  More on this 
as spring preogresses. 


Canada Goose  16
Wood Duck 
 10
Gadwall  12
Mallard  4
Northern Shoveler  4
Green-winged Teal  6
Hooded Merganser  5
Pied-billed Grebe  2
Great Blue Heron  1
Turkey Vulture  2
Osprey  1
Bald Eagle  2
Red-shouldered Hawk  2
Red-tailed Hawk  1
American Coot  2
Killdeer  1
Mourning Dove  5
Barred Owl  2
Belted Kingfisher  1
Red-headed Woodpecker  2
Red-bellied Woodpecker  6
Downy Woodpecker  3
Northern Flicker  2
Eastern Phoebe  4
Blue Jay  4
crow sp.  4
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  1
Tree Swallow  13
Barn Swallow  3
Carolina Chickadee  24
Tufted Titmouse  15
White-breasted Nuthatch  4
Carolina Wren  5
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  20
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  1
Hermit Thrush  1
American Robin  6
Common
 Yellowthroat  5
Yellow Warbler (Northern)  1
Yellow-rumped Warbler  2
Chipping Sparrow  1
Song Sparrow  9
Swamp Sparrow  3
White-throated Sparrow  15
Northern Cardinal  15
Indigo Bunting  1
Red-winged Blackbird  42
Rusty Blackbird  8
Brown-headed Cowbird  3
American Goldfinch  8

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



Harry Glasgow
Friends of Huntley Meadows Park
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Subject: Pix at Huntley Meadows
From: "Walter L. Barrows" <wbarrows AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 16:26:49 -0400
Here are a few shots from this morning's birdwalk at Huntley Meadows Park,
Fairfax County.  http://wlb3.smugmug.com/Virginia-Parks/Huntley-Meadows-Park
.

Cheers

*Walt*
Walter L. Barrows
Alexandria
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Subject: RT Hummingbird
From: Jeff Blalock <jcbabirder AT gcronline.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 16:24:51 -0400
I put up my hummingbird feeder this afternoon and just saw my first male RTHU 
at it after about an hour 


It might have come in earlier but like I was napping but woke up just in time 
to see it 


May God Bless and Keep You

Jeff Blalock
South Boston VA
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Subject: Swamp Sparrow in yard
From: Walter Hadlock <jaybirdncarol AT verizon.net>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 16:14:42 -0400
Good afternoon,

We just had a Swamp Sparrow in the yard. It is number 98 on our yard list. 
Immediately after seeing it, a Song Sparrow came into view offering a great 
comparison. 


Good birding to all,
Jay and Carol Hadlock
Herndon, VA (Fairfax County)
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Subject: Re: RT Hummingbird
From: "Nancy Young" <nanjyoung AT juno.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 16:01:22 -0400
Same here!  And just one day earlier than last year.

Nancy Young
Blue Ridge (Roanoke area)

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FOS male RT hummer this afternoon.

Jack Greenwood
Falls Church 


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Subject: FOS birds in Pittsyvania County
From: Lexi Meadows <meadows9 AT fairpoint.net>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 15:52:03 -0400
On 4/11 I observed two male RT hummingbirds at the feeders. They have stayed 
all weekend. Late evening yesterday 4/13 I heard the FOS Chuck Wills Widow. 


Lexi Meadows
Gretna, Va
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Subject: RT Hummingbird
From: John Greenwood <jakpak0821 AT aol.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 15:07:57 -0400
FOS male RT hummer this afternoon.

Jack Greenwood
Falls Church 

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Subject: Purple Finch at Feeder, Bluemont, Lo Co
From: "Joe Coleman" <joecoleman AT rstarmail.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 14:47:27 -0400
A brown Purple Finch briefly visited my feeders yesterday (Sun., April 13). 
Interestingly enough a brown Purple Finch also visited my feeders a week ago 
Sunday in the morning. These are the only Purple Finches I have seen this year. 

Joe Coleman, near Bluemont, Loudoun Co
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Subject: Broad-wings, Eastern Kingbird & a Mink
From: "Joe Coleman" <joecoleman AT rstarmail.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 14:38:59 -0400
On Sat., April 12 Del Sargent & Joanne Bradbury led the regular monthly (every 
2nd Sat) walk at Loudoun Co's Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve. The highlight of 
the walk was not a bird but a probable Mink (there was some debate over whether 
it was a possible River Otter). It was well seen by the group a it scampered 
along the shore of the Goose Creek for about 50 yards. Some people thought it 
might be a young River Otter but the time of year is wrong for that. 


While looking at a kettle of vultures, the group found two Broad-winged Hawks 
soaring high in the sky. And earlier during the walk an Eastern Kingbird was 
fly-catching at the pond near the Visitor Center. And while there were numerous 
Eastern Towhees (at least 8) and Blue-gray Gnatcatchers (at least 8), there was 
only one warbler, a singing Louisiana Waterthrush. Other highlights included a 
male and female American Kestrel, and Ruby-crowned Kinglets. There were also at 
least 15 Spring Azure butterflies, a very fresh Zebra Swallowtail, and an 
anglewing, prob. an Eastern Comma. 


See below for complete eBird list of the birds seen at Banshee Reeks.

The regular monthly free bird walk (every 2nd Sat) at the Banshee Reeks Nature 
Preserve is sponsored by the Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy 
(www.loudounwildlife.org) and the Friends of Banshee Reeks 
(www.bansheereeks.org); information on both and their upcoming events can be 
found on their websites. 


Joe Coleman for Del Sargent & Joanne Bradbury

Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve - MFF08, Loudoun, US-VA
Apr 12, 2014 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.75 mile(s)
48 species

Canada Goose 10
Wood Duck 2
Mallard 2
Black Vulture 15
Turkey Vulture 6
Cooper's Hawk 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 5
Broad-winged Hawk 2
Red-tailed Hawk 2
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 1
Mourning Dove 12
Belted Kingfisher 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 4
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1
Downy Woodpecker 12
Northern Flicker 8
Pileated Woodpecker 1
American Kestrel 2
Eastern Phoebe 2
Eastern Kingbird 1
Blue Jay X
American Crow X
Fish Crow X
Tree Swallow 12
Carolina Chickadee 7
Tufted Titmouse 9
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
Carolina Wren 1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 10
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 8
Eastern Bluebird 10
American Robin 12
Brown Thrasher 6
Northern Mockingbird 4
European Starling 6
Louisiana Waterthrush 1
Eastern Towhee 8
Chipping Sparrow 5
Field Sparrow 16
Song Sparrow 7
White-throated Sparrow 15
Dark-eyed Junco 11
Northern Cardinal 8
Red-winged Blackbird 10
Common Grackle 2
Brown-headed Cowbird 2
House Finch 1
American Goldfinch 12

View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S17857444 


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Subject: Snow Goose & Sandhill Crane Augusta County
From: "Herbert Larner" <larnersky AT mindspring.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 12:44:19 -0400
Hello all 

 

Got out  & did a little birding this morning & it was to check on a few
birds that are hanging around . The winter lingering Imm. Snow Goose is
still at the small pond on Cattle Scales Rd . Waynesboro & the Sandhill
Crane that was found about a week ago is still at the same location on
Barren Ridge Rd about . 5 miles south of the Vineyard .  Also today I had 24
Wild Turkey off of Rt 262 & after talking to Brenda Tekin She had one which
makes 25 for the day . 

 

Allen Larner

Staunton  

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Subject: Am Bittern (Back Bay) and Glaucous Gull (Rudee Inlet)
From: Will McPhail <butcherbird2013 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 12:07:46 -0400
Sorry for the late report. I birded Back Bay NWR with my friend and
new(ish) birder, Tom Hardman, on Saturday the 12th. It was (embarrassingly)
my first time visiting the refuge as it’s a bit of a haul from DC and I’ve
historically birded other locations along the coast. As expected, it proved
to be a wonderful location. We walked from the visitor’s center along the
West Dyke to False Cape State Park and back, also spending a bit of time on
a sea watch for a total of 7 hours on the refuge. Many thanks to Bob Ake
for providing tips to birding the area!



Our best bird of the day went to the AMERICAN BITTERN who greeted us from
the wet ditch shortly after entering the refuge. It offered wonderful views
at close range which was worth the drive alone as I more often than not
miss this species on my year list. Other highlights included: mixed flock
of teal (at least 20 Blue-winged), Shovelers, Gadwall and Black Duck as
waterfowl numbers continue to decline; a few lingering Red-breasted
Mergansers; many (100+) Red-throated Loons off the beach; a lone Gannet; a
few Tricolored Herons; a flock of 35 Glossy Ibis; a few Harriers; Spotted
Sandpipers (still early for shorebirds but other species included Willet,
both Yellowlegs and Dunlin); a single Snipe; good numbers of tern moving
north along the coast (Caspian, Royal, Common and Forester’s); Bonaparte’s
Gull; Great-crested Flycatchers (FOY); White-eyed Vireo (FOY); swallows
(Tree, N. Rough-winged, Barn); many Gnatcatchers (FOY); several Brown
Thrashers; Parula (FOY), Pine, Common Yellowthroats and several very
obliging and singing Prairie Warblers (FOY); and a glimpse of a rail which
got away that I’m fairly certain was a Virginia. Also had my first Virginia
Cottonmouth and Nutria.



Our first stop on Sunday the 13th was at Rudee Inlet (VA Beach) where we
found a 1st cycle GLAUCOUS GULL perched on top of the jetty past the inlet.
The large all white gull was quickly picked out amongst the Greater
Black-backed Gulls and cormorants. We also noted its bicolored bill, large
head and pinkish legs. I have reasonable/identifiable digi-scoped photos
available on request as mid-April seems quite late for white-winged gulls
in VA. We were also pleased as 2 Seaside Sparrows put on a show along the
closer jetty where we supposed they were feeding on insects. 3 Spotted
Sandpipers had seemingly replaced the departed Purple Sands. Afterwards we
then checked out Pleasure House Point natural area near Lynnhaven Inlet
adding a few new birds to the year list: Green Heron, Chimney Swift and
Eastern Kingbird.



I made a slight detour by Dyke Marsh on the way home from 5:00-5:45 and
scanned through roughly 75 Bonies finding none with dark wing linings or
other enticing characteristics. I left feeling confident that the Little
was not mixed in that particular group.



Happy Migration,



Will McPhail

Washington, DC
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Subject: ARP 4/14
From: Adam D'Onofrio <bigadfromlb AT comcast.net>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 15:48:57 +0000 (UTC)
I had a pleasant morning walk at Appomattox Riverside Park in Dinwiddie Co. I 
had several new birds for the spring including GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER, 
EASTERN KINGBIRD, YELLOW-THROATED, BLUE-HEADED and RED-EYED VIREO, LOUISIANA 
WATERTHRUSH, AMERICAN REDSTART, PROTHONOTARY and PRAIRIE WARBLER and ORCHARD 
ORIOLE. Other highlights included a flyover CASPIAN TERN, a new bird for me at 
this site and a croaking COMMON RAVEN that flew right past me while I sat at 
the end of the canal trail, apparently trying to escape a smaller bird that was 
chasing it. Full ebird list below for those interested. Good birding. 


Adam D'Onofrio 
North Dinwiddie 

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Subject: ASNV Birdathon
From: Carol Sottili <carol.sottili AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 11:33:21 -0400
Calling all birders in Northern VA: The Audubon Society of Northern
Virginia needs team players for its annual Birdathon competiton.
Details: http://www.audubonva.org/index.php/conservation-a-counts/birdathon
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Subject: Re: Northern Gannets Exiting the Bay
From: Virginia Smith <redeemingtime516 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 08:15:57 -0700 (PDT)
We visited Cape Charles (public beach area) on Saturday and witnessed a similar 
flight of gannets. We wondered, too, if it was a daily routine for them this 
time of year or if it was a large migration movement. Either way, it was 
unexpected and amazing to watch! 


Virginia and Stephanie Smith
Pasadena, MD
(Deep Creek, VA part-time)

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Today's Topics:

   1. Pacific Loon - Mecklenburg Co. (Paul Glass)
   2. Prairie Warbler and Green Heron in Falls Church
      (Elizabeth Holcombe Fedorko)
   3. Parasitic Jaeger Swallow Tailed Kite Chincoteague
      (Andrew Baldelli)
   4. FOS RT Hummer  Hartwood VA (dorgeloh)
   5. fos (Dennis Irby)
   6. Birds and Bluebells along the Shenandoah in Clarke County,    VA
      (Linda Millington)
   7. Northern Gannets Exiting the Bay? (taberzz AT aol.com)
   8. W. Loudoun Co. arrivals, migrants, hangers-on (Mary Ann Good)
   9. Sora(s) at Huntley Meadows (Rich Rieger)


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Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 20:12:35 -0400
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I birded a few areas around Kerr Lake today.  My first stop was Staunton
View where most of the expected species were recorded, but nothing of great
note.  The best bird was a single Caspian Tern associating with a small
group of Ring-billed Gulls.  Dick Cross WMA held a few Ring-necked Ducks,
Coots, and Pied-billed Grebes and a Hooded Warbler singing the short version
of his song.  Palmer Point was almost devoid of bird life.  The only
interesting bird was a Bonaparte's Gull in full breeding plumage.  At the
Visitor's Center things picked up a bit.  I found the continuing Pacific
Loon loosely associating with several Common Loons providing a nice
comparison.  Also present were 2 female Red-breasted Merganser and a single
Red-necked Grebe.  Just as I was about to move on, a Forster's Tern zipped
by just a few yards in front of me.  My first spring record of this species
at the lake.  Tailrace held a large congregation of Cormorants and two more
Caspian Terns.  The Cliff Swallows were busy working on their nests under
the eaves of the dam.

Paul Glass
South Boston, VA




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Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 21:13:18 -0400 (GMT-04:00)
From: Elizabeth Holcombe Fedorko 
To: Va Bird 
Subject: [Va-bird] Prairie Warbler and Green Heron in Falls Church
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Hello!~~

Today we saw a Prairie Warbler and a Green Heron in Luria Park, a Fairfax 
County pocket park near Route 50 and the Beltway in Falls Church (zip code, not 
city). I have photos on my Pintrest site: 
http://www.pinterest.com/bethsbagz/birds-weve-seen/ 


I apologize for the quality of the Prairie warbler photo, he was jumping all 
through the thicket! 


Cheers!~~Dan and Beth Fedorko


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Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 18:38:42 -0700 (PDT)
From: Andrew Baldelli 
To: va birds 
Subject: [Va-bird] Parasitic Jaeger Swallow Tailed Kite Chincoteague
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I went up on Saturday to meet my good friends Pat Lindsey and Shai Mitra to do 
some birding at Chincoteague , while at Toms Cove Pat spotted a Parasitic 
Jaeger flying south along the beach very close to shore giving us incredible 
looks . The bird was a light morph adult. Today after I left and headed home 
for Virginia Beach , Shai called me and said they had another Parasitic fly by 
around 4pm same morph. 

?
Today we went birding away from Chincoteague and while heading back I spotted a 
Swallow Tailed Kite flying low over the pines just before the nasa base parking 
lot. We stopped quickly but could not relocate the bird . 

?
It was an awesome weekend with awesome friends and awesome birds 
?
Cheers
Andrew

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Message: 4
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 22:13:06 -0400 (GMT-04:00)
From: dorgeloh 
To: "va-bird AT listserve.com" 
Subject: [Va-bird] FOS RT Hummer  Hartwood VA
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FOS RT Hummingbird.  April 13 in Hartwood VA



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Message: 5
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 22:41:13 -0400
From: "Dennis Irby" 
To: "bird sitings" 
Subject: [Va-bird] fos
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A very nice day to be out & about.  I saw my FOS Ruby-throats this afternoon.  
Earlier in the day, I encountered my 1st pair of Blue Racer snakes & actually 
caught a 4 ft Black Snake this afternoon out by the water garden stalking 
frogs.  Midday, Gwen from Bedford Animal Shelter, returned the Northern 
Cardinal that I found w/ a broken wing.  Said Cardinal has made a full recovery 
& is back on his ?home turf.?  Cudos to you mam.  I continue to see Eastern 
Phoebes & Brown Thrashers.  Woodpeckers are well represented here as well as 
the Sparrow family.  Lots of new sounds coming from the 70 acres of overgrown 
nursery that I assume are Warblers passing thru.  Previously, I have 
photographed Myrtles, Black & Whites, Chestnut-sided, Pine, & Blackburnian 
Warblers.  Common Yellow-throats & Redstarts seem to like the dense underbrush 
as well.  Whip-poor-wills are in full song as we speak on the higher grounds. 


Regards, Dennis Irby
Pitt Co., Hurt, Va

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Message: 6
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 23:52:36 -0400
From: Linda Millington 
To: "va-bird AT listserve.com" 
Subject: [Va-bird] Birds and Bluebells along the Shenandoah in Clarke
    County,    VA
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Birders,
Carole Miller, Andy Martin, and I did our annual excursion to see the
bluebells on Swift Shoals Road along the Shenandoah River in Clarke County,
Virginia. We began our morning near the intersection of Rt. 50  and Swift
Shoals Road along the river where we quickly spotted a lone Pied-billed
Grebe and a Red-necked Grebe. We would see two more Red-necked Grebes
separately floating the river later in the morning. In the Box Elders along
the road were many Yellow-rumped Warblers, a Palm Warbler, Blue-gray
Gnatcatchers, a White-eyed Vireo, and Chipping Sparrows. Three adult Bald
Eagles passed by overhead. Northern Rough-winged Swallows swooped above a
mud bank occasionally landing on logs at the river's edge. We also saw more
Northern Rough-winged Swallows near the intersection of Red Gate and Swift
Shoals Roads. The bluebells and daffodils were beautiful all along the way.

Linda Millington
Upperville, VA


Our list:
Canada Goose  30
Pied-billed Grebe  1
Red-necked Grebe  3
Double-crested Cormorant  1
Black Vulture  15
Turkey Vulture  6
Bald Eagle  3
Rock Pigeon  1
Mourning Dove  2
Belted Kingfisher  2
Red-bellied Woodpecker  5
Downy Woodpecker  4
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  1
Pileated Woodpecker  2
Eastern Phoebe  2
White-eyed Vireo  1
American Crow  27
Fish Crow  3
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  8
Carolina Chickadee  9
Tufted Titmouse  10
White-breasted Nuthatch  2
Carolina Wren  4
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  20
American Robin  2
Northern Mockingbird  2
European Starling  2
Palm Warbler  1
Yellow-rumped Warbler  30
Eastern Towhee  2
Chipping Sparrow  9
Field Sparrow  7
Song Sparrow  4
Northern Cardinal  19
Red-winged Blackbird  3
Eastern Meadowlark  8
Brown-headed Cowbird  4
American Goldfinch  2
House Sparrow  2

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Message: 7
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 07:56:54 -0400 (EDT)
From: taberzz AT aol.com
To: va-bird AT listserve.com
Subject: [Va-bird] Northern Gannets Exiting the Bay?
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A Baywatch Waterbird Survey yesterday morning from just north of Kiptopeke was 
dominated by a huge Northern Gannet flight. The birds were all moving south 
towards the mouth of Chesapeake Bay in distinct groups of about 50-150, every 
2-5 minutes or so from before dawn for about 4-5 hours. The biggest hour was 
10-11 standard time. Do they perhaps do this back and forth regularly at this 
time of year or were they perhaps leaving the Bay to swing out over the ocean 
and head north? I counted carefully and rounded to the nearest 10 and the total 
was 10, 260. 


Brian Taber
Coastal VA Wildlife Observatory


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Message: 8
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 08:07:32 -0400 (EDT)
From: "Mary Ann Good" 
To: "va-bird" 
Subject: [Va-bird] W. Loudoun Co. arrivals, migrants, hangers-on
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What great weather the last several days to enjoy what's happening in my yard 
and environs! 

A walk Sat. AM behind my house thru neighbors' farms and woods yielded 5 FOS:
Green Heron
Barn Swallow
House Wren
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher - everywhere
E. Towhee (2 beautiful males were scratching next to the daffodils together 
yesterday) 

Ruby-crowned Kinglets were singing literally by the dozens, throughout my walk 
Sat. 

No Golden-crowns to be found, altho 3 days earlier three hung out in my pines.
A velvety Blue-headed Vireo visited my yard yesterday.
Two Hermit Thrushes called to each other and one popped out into clear view in 
my yard. 

The Brown Thrasher who arrived Thursday sings on and on from the top of my 
backyard tree--lovely concert to me. 

The male Wild Turkey gobbles out back to rein in his harem every morning.  One 
must have strayed, because Sat. AM a lone female "tooted"--a sound I'd never 
heard before and confused me until I saw her, waiting alone in a field. 


Enjoy spring,
Mary Ann Good
Lincoln (near Purcellville), Loudoun Co.

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Message: 9
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 08:26:49 -0400
From: Rich Rieger 
To: Virginia Bird 
Subject: [Va-bird] Sora(s) at Huntley Meadows
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Dave Boltz and I walked in to Huntley Meadows Park just before sunset yesterday 
in hopes of hearing rails or finding a Bittern. 


We found (probably) two Soras in the main wetlands just before the boardwalk 
ends heading to the observation tower. One was skulking about in the vegetation 
close to the boardwalk as another called from further out. 


Rich Rieger
Alexandria

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Subject: size of attached photo
From: <pawpawmike AT cox.net>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 10:14:39 -0400
I got a reply to message I sent saying it was too large but the info on size 
was symbols not numers 

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Subject: Glossy Ibis @ Dyke Marsh
From: Appleaday <appleadayonsite AT aol.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 10:14:01 -0400
Slept late this morning but decided to take a mid morning walk in the marsh. 
Glad I did. Glossy ibis flew over, circled, and briefly touched down in the 
Little Gut. Lifted off and circled again. Drifted out over the river and headed 
for MD. 


Rich Rieger
Alexandria. 

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Subject: RT Hummingbird and Catbird New Kent County
From: "Lynda Blair" <tomlyn AT verizon.net>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 08:53:01 -0400
We had our first Ruby throated Hummingbird this morning and 5 minutes 
later.. one of our beloved Gray Catbirds showed up on the suet feeder. I 
made nectar and put it out yesterday. Last year the RTH showed up on the 
17th.
We still have a lot of White-throated Sparrows and a few Juncos around. 
Bluebirds nesting, Chickadees actually feeding nestlings in a nest box and 
Titmice on eggs in another nest box. Blue Jays on eggs in their big nest 
next to the barn and Brown Thrasher singing for a mate. Welcome to spring!
Happy birding to all..
Lynda Blair
New Kent County 

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Subject: Sora(s) at Huntley Meadows
From: Rich Rieger <appleadayonsite AT aol.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 08:26:49 -0400
Dave Boltz and I walked in to Huntley Meadows Park just before sunset yesterday 
in hopes of hearing rails or finding a Bittern. 


We found (probably) two Soras in the main wetlands just before the boardwalk 
ends heading to the observation tower. One was skulking about in the vegetation 
close to the boardwalk as another called from further out. 


Rich Rieger
Alexandria
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Subject: W. Loudoun Co. arrivals, migrants, hangers-on
From: "Mary Ann Good" <magood1 AT verizon.net>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 08:07:32 -0400 (EDT)
What great weather the last several days to enjoy what's happening in my yard 
and environs! 

A walk Sat. AM behind my house thru neighbors' farms and woods yielded 5 FOS:
Green Heron
Barn Swallow
House Wren
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher - everywhere
E. Towhee (2 beautiful males were scratching next to the daffodils together 
yesterday) 

Ruby-crowned Kinglets were singing literally by the dozens, throughout my walk 
Sat. 

No Golden-crowns to be found, altho 3 days earlier three hung out in my pines.
A velvety Blue-headed Vireo visited my yard yesterday.
Two Hermit Thrushes called to each other and one popped out into clear view in 
my yard. 

The Brown Thrasher who arrived Thursday sings on and on from the top of my 
backyard tree--lovely concert to me. 

The male Wild Turkey gobbles out back to rein in his harem every morning. One 
must have strayed, because Sat. AM a lone female "tooted"--a sound I'd never 
heard before and confused me until I saw her, waiting alone in a field. 

 
Enjoy spring,
Mary Ann Good
Lincoln (near Purcellville), Loudoun Co.
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Subject: Northern Gannets Exiting the Bay?
From: taberzz AT aol.com
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 07:56:54 -0400 (EDT)
A Baywatch Waterbird Survey yesterday morning from just north of Kiptopeke was 
dominated by a huge Northern Gannet flight. The birds were all moving south 
towards the mouth of Chesapeake Bay in distinct groups of about 50-150, every 
2-5 minutes or so from before dawn for about 4-5 hours. The biggest hour was 
10-11 standard time. Do they perhaps do this back and forth regularly at this 
time of year or were they perhaps leaving the Bay to swing out over the ocean 
and head north? I counted carefully and rounded to the nearest 10 and the total 
was 10, 260. 


Brian Taber
Coastal VA Wildlife Observatory
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Subject: Birds and Bluebells along the Shenandoah in Clarke County, VA
From: Linda Millington <millington.linda AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 23:52:36 -0400
Birders,
Carole Miller, Andy Martin, and I did our annual excursion to see the
bluebells on Swift Shoals Road along the Shenandoah River in Clarke County,
Virginia. We began our morning near the intersection of Rt. 50  and Swift
Shoals Road along the river where we quickly spotted a lone Pied-billed
Grebe and a Red-necked Grebe. We would see two more Red-necked Grebes
separately floating the river later in the morning. In the Box Elders along
the road were many Yellow-rumped Warblers, a Palm Warbler, Blue-gray
Gnatcatchers, a White-eyed Vireo, and Chipping Sparrows. Three adult Bald
Eagles passed by overhead. Northern Rough-winged Swallows swooped above a
mud bank occasionally landing on logs at the river's edge. We also saw more
Northern Rough-winged Swallows near the intersection of Red Gate and Swift
Shoals Roads. The bluebells and daffodils were beautiful all along the way.

Linda Millington
Upperville, VA


Our list:
Canada Goose  30
Pied-billed Grebe  1
Red-necked Grebe  3
Double-crested Cormorant  1
Black Vulture  15
Turkey Vulture  6
Bald Eagle  3
Rock Pigeon  1
Mourning Dove  2
Belted Kingfisher  2
Red-bellied Woodpecker  5
Downy Woodpecker  4
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  1
Pileated Woodpecker  2
Eastern Phoebe  2
White-eyed Vireo  1
American Crow  27
Fish Crow  3
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  8
Carolina Chickadee  9
Tufted Titmouse  10
White-breasted Nuthatch  2
Carolina Wren  4
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  20
American Robin  2
Northern Mockingbird  2
European Starling  2
Palm Warbler  1
Yellow-rumped Warbler  30
Eastern Towhee  2
Chipping Sparrow  9
Field Sparrow  7
Song Sparrow  4
Northern Cardinal  19
Red-winged Blackbird  3
Eastern Meadowlark  8
Brown-headed Cowbird  4
American Goldfinch  2
House Sparrow  2

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Subject: fos
From: "Dennis Irby" <diandcj AT fairpoint.net>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 22:41:13 -0400
A very nice day to be out & about. I saw my FOS Ruby-throats this afternoon. 
Earlier in the day, I encountered my 1st pair of Blue Racer snakes & actually 
caught a 4 ft Black Snake this afternoon out by the water garden stalking 
frogs. Midday, Gwen from Bedford Animal Shelter, returned the Northern Cardinal 
that I found w/ a broken wing. Said Cardinal has made a full recovery & is back 
on his “home turf.” Cudos to you mam. I continue to see Eastern Phoebes & 
Brown Thrashers. Woodpeckers are well represented here as well as the Sparrow 
family. Lots of new sounds coming from the 70 acres of overgrown nursery that I 
assume are Warblers passing thru. Previously, I have photographed Myrtles, 
Black & Whites, Chestnut-sided, Pine, & Blackburnian Warblers. Common 
Yellow-throats & Redstarts seem to like the dense underbrush as well. 
Whip-poor-wills are in full song as we speak on the higher grounds. 


Regards, Dennis Irby
Pitt Co., Hurt, Va
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Subject: FOS RT Hummer Hartwood VA
From: dorgeloh <dorgeloh AT infionline.net>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 22:13:06 -0400 (GMT-04:00)
FOS RT Hummingbird.  April 13 in Hartwood VA

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Subject: Parasitic Jaeger Swallow Tailed Kite Chincoteague
From: Andrew Baldelli <andrewbaldelli AT yahoo.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 18:38:42 -0700 (PDT)
I went up on Saturday to meet my good friends Pat Lindsey and Shai Mitra to do 
some birding at Chincoteague , while at Toms Cove Pat spotted a Parasitic 
Jaeger flying south along the beach very close to shore giving us incredible 
looks . The bird was a light morph adult. Today after I left and headed home 
for Virginia Beach , Shai called me and said they had another Parasitic fly by 
around 4pm same morph. 

 
Today we went birding away from Chincoteague and while heading back I spotted a 
Swallow Tailed Kite flying low over the pines just before the nasa base parking 
lot. We stopped quickly but could not relocate the bird . 

 
It was an awesome weekend with awesome friends and awesome birds 
 
Cheers
Andrew
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Subject: Prairie Warbler and Green Heron in Falls Church
From: Elizabeth Holcombe Fedorko <ehfedorko AT peoplepc.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 21:13:18 -0400 (GMT-04:00)
Hello!~~

Today we saw a Prairie Warbler and a Green Heron in Luria Park, a Fairfax 
County pocket park near Route 50 and the Beltway in Falls Church (zip code, not 
city). I have photos on my Pintrest site: 
http://www.pinterest.com/bethsbagz/birds-weve-seen/ 


I apologize for the quality of the Prairie warbler photo, he was jumping all 
through the thicket! 


Cheers!~~Dan and Beth Fedorko
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Subject: Pacific Loon - Mecklenburg Co.
From: Paul Glass <pag AT gcrcompany.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 20:12:35 -0400
I birded a few areas around Kerr Lake today.  My first stop was Staunton
View where most of the expected species were recorded, but nothing of great
note.  The best bird was a single Caspian Tern associating with a small
group of Ring-billed Gulls.  Dick Cross WMA held a few Ring-necked Ducks,
Coots, and Pied-billed Grebes and a Hooded Warbler singing the short version
of his song.  Palmer Point was almost devoid of bird life.  The only
interesting bird was a Bonaparte's Gull in full breeding plumage.  At the
Visitor's Center things picked up a bit.  I found the continuing Pacific
Loon loosely associating with several Common Loons providing a nice
comparison.  Also present were 2 female Red-breasted Merganser and a single
Red-necked Grebe.  Just as I was about to move on, a Forster's Tern zipped
by just a few yards in front of me.  My first spring record of this species
at the lake.  Tailrace held a large congregation of Cormorants and two more
Caspian Terns.  The Cliff Swallows were busy working on their nests under
the eaves of the dam.

Paul Glass
South Boston, VA


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Subject: Bluebell Festival at Merrimac Farm- 3 Vireos
From: Larry Meade <uberlarry AT aol.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 20:07:52 -0400 (EDT)
While walking through the bluebells at Merrimac Farm in Prince William County, 
I encountered several White-eyed Vireos, a singing Red-eyed Vireo and a 
Yellow-throated Vireo which was flying around among the budding trees. The 
warblers for the day included Prairie, Palm, Yellow-rumped and Northern Parula. 
Also of note were two Purple Martins flying over and a Barred Owl calling from 
the woods. Butterflies were also making their presence known with many Facate 
Orangtips, a few Azures, some Anglewings (Commas or Question Marks) and a lone 
Zebra Swallowtail. The bluebells were looking pretty good, though they may be 
just a little bit short of their peak. 


Larry Meade
Merrifield, VA
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Subject: Riverbend Park—Parula, Yellow throated warbler
From: Bill Bickel <wbdesign AT cox.net>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 19:20:39 -0400
A nice walk along the river this morning; bluebells have not quite peaked yet. 
Scant waterfowl, but one red-necked grebe, one common merganser sighted. Other 
birds along the path and near the visitor center were chipping sparrow, several 
yellow-rumps and palm warblers, one yellow-throated warbler, ruby-crowned 
kinglet. Heard but could not find a northern parula and Louisiana waterthrush. 

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Subject: Catbirds (Lynchburg & Campbell County) and our Big Year
From: "Sattler, Gene" <edsattle AT liberty.edu>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 22:47:54 +0000
The last two mornings a small group of Chipping Sparrows have been feeding on 
grass seeds at the road corner in our neighborhood, with a Brown Thrasher down 
the road at the edge of a field (FOS was 3/25 in the yard), and a male towhee 
in the yard with the dwindling whitethroats and juncos (FOS towhee was 3/24 in 
the yard). The juncos have been singing lately as they begin their departure, 
and the Chipping Sparrows have started to be heard singing their similar song 
as they arrive to replace the departing juncos. This reminded me of reading 
recently that in colonial New England it was mistakenly believed that the junco 
was the same species as the Chipping Sparrow, with the junco having a winter 
plumage that transitioned into the Chipping Sparrow's summer plumage. 


Walking the dog this morning through the neighborhood I started to become aware 
of what sounded like a catbird's song in the distance not too far away. I 
started to listen more carefully, as a Brown Thrasher was more likely this 
early, but I wasn't hearing it again. Then I began to hearing the catbird's 
familiar "quirt" call, and was able to enjoy a nice look relatively close. It I 
one of my more favorite yard birds because of the interest they provide in 
watching them slip around the yard during the breeding season. Checking our 
local records in "The Birds of Lynchburg, Virginia and Vicinity" I found our 
average date of arrival to be 25 April, with a previous early date of 16 April. 
Mike Boatwright and Mark Johnson also had at least one catbird this afternoon 
around Long Island in southern Campbell County. 


Mike had a Grasshopper Sparrow this morning in Campbell County, which extends 
our early date for this species by two days. 


This morning at 9:30 AM a Broad-winged Hawk sailed over church at a moderate 
height, perhaps moving into/though the area, although it was heading 
approximately SW. Our early date for the species is 10 April, and Mike 
Boatwright had one on that date this year in Amherst County. 


The Lynchburg Bird Club is holding our second "Big Year" in 2014, with a number 
of members competing in a friendly way to see who can see the most species this 
year within our reporting area of Amherst, Bedford, Campbell County and 
Lynchburg. When we held our first Big Year in 2009 we were shooting to see 
about 200 species total in the area, and ended up with a cumulative total of 
223 species, adding three new species (Anhinga, Sandhill Crane, and Cackling 
Goose) to our previous total of 286 species. We were also aiming to gain a 
number of additional valuable records, such as early arrival and late departure 
dates, peak counts, and significant breeding records, which we did, as well as 
discovering some new worthwhile areas to focus our birding on, and enjoying 
more birding opportunities together than we have in an average year. After we 
finish out this Big Year we will turn our attention to updating "The Birds of 
Lynchburg, Virginia and Vicinity", which was last updated i 

 n 2003.

Gene Sattler
Lynchburg
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Subject: Rockingham Co. - BC Night Heron & WW Scoter (valley), & Shenandoah Mountain warblers
From: Diane L <dianelep1 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 15:13:43 -0700 (PDT)
This morning at Lake Shenandoah (Harrisonburg), a fairly uncommon drop in -- 
Black-crowned Night-Heron (adult), shared the Lake with a GB Heron and a Green 
Heron (Green first reported there yesterday by John Shea.)  My walk from 
parking lot to dam turned up 32 species. Aside from C. Goose and Mallard, a 
lone Red-breasted Merganser was it for waterfowl.  The one remaining A. Coot 
seen yesterday (of just four regulars this winter) wasn't found, so last night 
may have been its "road trip."   



On Shenandoah Mountain (near the VA/WV State line), from Rt. 33 heading south 
down into the Switzer Dam area: six warbler species included what may be the 
season's first County reports of Black-throated Green and Blackburnian.  (N. 
Parula not yet found, but are expected soon at this site.)  Others were L. 
Waterthrush, Pine, Black-and-white and Yellow-rumped.  On the Lake, a Common 
Loon. Bummer sighting was a dead, partially eaten Wild Turkey draped in a 
campsite-perimeter bush.  Campers had just been there on our trip in; we found 
the turkey on the way out. Sad.  


The White-winged Scoter was still gracing Rockingham Memorial Hospital's 
largest storm water pond this evening, along with one Ruddy Duck. 


Diane Lepkowski
Harrisonburg
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Subject: FODM Field Trip to Huntley Meadows, FRFX CO, 13 April 2014
From: "Kurt Gaskill" <KurtCapt87 AT verizon.net>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 18:04:42 -0400
VA BIRDers,

We started at Huntley about 730am using opportunities to describe the
different species in the forest vs the forest edge, esp. at the transitional
wetland border.  We delighted watching 2 Hairy Woodpeckers courting and
another must have wanted to make a point as we could hear it calling.  The
Red-headed Woodpeckers put on a great show.  The wetland produced many
Common Yellowthroats, excellent looks at various Swamp Sparrows, scope looks
at several duck species and Pied-billed Grebe, an amazing overflight of
Herring Gulls, and near the end, a remarkable flight display of 4
Red-shouldered Hawks.  Below is the list (and so easy to post too!).

Next week, the regular field trip to Dyke Marsh will take place on Sunday.
see you then!

Kurt Gaskill


Huntley Meadows Park - CMN04, Fairfax, US-VA Apr 13, 2014 7:15 AM - 10:15 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.5 mile(s)
Comments:     Relocated Dyke Marsh Sunday walk due to the GW Parkway 10 mile
race, led by Kurt Gaskill.
57 species

Canada Goose  10
Wood Duck  6
Gadwall  3
Mallard  3
Northern Shoveler  1
Green-winged Teal  6
Hooded Merganser  6
Common Loon  1     flyover
Pied-billed Grebe  2
Double-crested Cormorant  4
Great Blue Heron  2
Black Vulture  2
Turkey Vulture  3
Osprey  2
Bald Eagle  1
Red-shouldered Hawk  4
Red-tailed Hawk  1
American Coot  15
Killdeer  2
Greater Yellowlegs  1
Ring-billed Gull  8
Herring Gull  43
Mourning Dove  7
Red-headed Woodpecker  3
Red-bellied Woodpecker  3
Downy Woodpecker  5
Hairy Woodpecker  3
Northern Flicker  1
Pileated Woodpecker  1
Eastern Phoebe  1
Eastern Kingbird  2     1st bird flew over boardwalk and was darker and
bigger than EAPH, and flew straight across pond above swallows that were
hawking for insects. Joined a 2nd bird at far side of pond and both flew
left allowing good views of their broad white terminal band.
Blue Jay  5
American Crow  1
Fish Crow  1
Tree Swallow  16
Barn Swallow  4
Carolina Chickadee  8
Tufted Titmouse  6
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
Carolina Wren  5
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  5
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  2
Eastern Bluebird  1
American Robin  8
European Starling  2
Common Yellowthroat  9
Yellow-rumped Warbler  2
Eastern Towhee  1
Song Sparrow  2
Swamp Sparrow  10
White-throated Sparrow  16
Northern Cardinal  6
Red-winged Blackbird  16
Rusty Blackbird  6
Common Grackle  2
Brown-headed Cowbird  12
American Goldfinch  4

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Subject: Re: STILL NO LITTLE GULL(S) TODAY
From: "R. Bruce Richardson" <rbrucegrp AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 16:43:48 -0400
 Despite constant scoping the gull was not seen again. I stayed until almost 4 
PM. No other birders were present when I left and only two others had been 
there after noon. 

rb

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> On Apr 13, 2014, at 2:04 PM, "R. Bruce Richardson"  
wrote: 

> 
> The gull has been seen. About 25 minutes ago. Off of the marina toward the 
Maryland side. I haven't seen it yet! 

> rb
> 
> Sent from my iPhone
> 
>> On Apr 13, 2014, at 12:14 PM, Rich Rieger  wrote:
>> 
>> The GW Parkway is open now. Race is over,if anyone wants to join the watch. 
Lots of sun today, so now that we are past noon, the light will be much better 
for looking. 

>> 
>> RpR
>> Alexandria
>>> On Apr 13, 2014, at 12:11 PM, R. Bruce Richardson wrote:
>>> 
>>> I am here now. We are seeing some Bonapartes but not a good flock yet. I've 
only been here about 15 minutes I'm going to keep looking. 

>>> We need more eyes down here!
>>> Cheers, 
>>> Bruce
>>> 
>>> Sent from my iPhone
>>> 
>>>> On Apr 13, 2014, at 12:06 PM, Rich Rieger  wrote:
>>>> 
>>>> Seems like the flock on Bonaparte's Gulls that the Little Gulls were 
associating w. has moved on. Living in the Belle View Condos right across the 
Parkway made it easy for me to weave thru the race crowd that had the GW PKwy 
closed this a.m. to check. Gulls had been hanging out basically on a line from 
the marina over to National Horror, er... Nat'l Harbor... but not a one did I 
see. 

>>>> 
>>>> Did hear my first NORTHERN PARULA and many, many YR WARBLERS singing and 
foraging along Haul Road. Was hoping for a few birds that did not appear... 
i.e. Common Yellowthroat, Kingbird, B&W... 

>>>> such is life. Lots of singing, tho', from the usual suspects and some 
Osprey nest bldg. activity. Always fun to take a walk in the marsh. 

>>>> 
>>>> Rich Rieger
>>>> Alexandria
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Subject: Accotink Bay and Gunston Cove
From: Rick Jones <rgjones23 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 16:42:52 -0400
Highlights from a brief visit this morning:

- A male Prairie Warbler singing in the evergreens along Little Road south
of the archery range, entertaining the soldiers at PT,
- Palm and Yellow-Rumped Warblers,
- a flock of eight (what I believe to be) Laughing Gulls in breeding
plumage,
- several Caspian Terns,
- and one small, mature Canada Goose with larger relatives in Gunston Cove.

The Bald Eagle nest visible from the Swift Pier on Gunston Cove had no
visible occupants, but a mature eagle was perched nearby.

Rick
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Subject: Grayson Highlands bird walk announcement
From: Eric Harrold <gentilis03 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 13:12:11 -0700 (PDT)
My apologies if this went through to list members as it did on Carolinabirds 
but did not come to me. Please let me know if it successfully posted on my 
initial attempt. 


I will be leading a couple of bird walks at Grayson Highlands State Park near 
Mouth-of-Wilson, Virginia on Sunday, May 25th and Saturday, June 14th. Both 
will start at 9:30 from the Massie Gap parking area. We will initially bird in 
close proximity to the parking area for an hour or so and then head out on a 
trail to see what else can be found. If anybody cares to come up and camp in 
the park, there will also be a "Campground Chorus" session at 8:00 that will 
perhaps be more beginner-oriented and will yield species that can be seen at 
lower elevations (Scarlet Tanagers, Blue-headed Vireos).  


For those that haven't previously visited the park, there is a small admission 
fee ($5 per vehicle). I would recommend layered dressing as the weather can be 
wildly variable throughout the day, as it often is at such high elevations. 
Species highlights should include Magnolia Warblers, Chestnut-sided Warblers, 
Canada Warblers, Purple Finches, and Red-breasted Nuthatches. Other species of 
note that are present in the park include Saw-whet Owls, Hermit Thrush, and 
Yellow-rumped Warblers.  


The entrance to the park is off of Hwy 58, 8 miles west of the intersection of 
Hwy 58 and Hwy 16 in the community of Volney. Feel free to reply with any 
questions.  


Eric Harrold
Hays, NC
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Subject: FOS Ovenbird in Franklin County
From: Alyce Quinn <twoquinns AT yahoo.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 12:33:42 -0700 (PDT)
Heard the first ovenbird at the house today.

Alyce Quinn
Burnt Chimney
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Subject: FOS Hummingbird!
From: Pepherup AT aol.com
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 15:27:12 -0400 (EDT)
I have been watching for my  hummingbirds to show up for the past week 
although my date of arrival for the past 3 years has been April 13. And it is 

here!
I just saw him about 5 minutes ago for the first  time.
    What a great spring day!
Peggy Lyons
Concord
Campbell County
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Subject: Re: NO LITTLE GULL(S) TODAY @ Dyke Marsh
From: "R. Bruce Richardson" <rbrucegrp AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 14:04:15 -0400
The gull has been seen. About 25 minutes ago. Off of the marina toward the 
Maryland side. I haven't seen it yet! 

rb

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> On Apr 13, 2014, at 12:14 PM, Rich Rieger  wrote:
> 
> The GW Parkway is open now. Race is over,if anyone wants to join the watch. 
Lots of sun today, so now that we are past noon, the light will be much better 
for looking. 

> 
> RpR
> Alexandria
>> On Apr 13, 2014, at 12:11 PM, R. Bruce Richardson wrote:
>> 
>> I am here now. We are seeing some Bonapartes but not a good flock yet. I've 
only been here about 15 minutes I'm going to keep looking. 

>> We need more eyes down here!
>> Cheers, 
>> Bruce
>> 
>> Sent from my iPhone
>> 
>>> On Apr 13, 2014, at 12:06 PM, Rich Rieger  wrote:
>>> 
>>> Seems like the flock on Bonaparte's Gulls that the Little Gulls were 
associating w. has moved on. Living in the Belle View Condos right across the 
Parkway made it easy for me to weave thru the race crowd that had the GW PKwy 
closed this a.m. to check. Gulls had been hanging out basically on a line from 
the marina over to National Horror, er... Nat'l Harbor... but not a one did I 
see. 

>>> 
>>> Did hear my first NORTHERN PARULA and many, many YR WARBLERS singing and 
foraging along Haul Road. Was hoping for a few birds that did not appear... 
i.e. Common Yellowthroat, Kingbird, B&W... 

>>> such is life. Lots of singing, tho', from the usual suspects and some 
Osprey nest bldg. activity. Always fun to take a walk in the marsh. 

>>> 
>>> Rich Rieger
>>> Alexandria
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Subject: Prince William migrants
From: "Marc Ribaudo" <moribaudo AT verizon.net>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 13:53:37 -0400
I birded the Rt. 1 corridor from Dumfries to Woodbridge, starting at 
Breckinridge Rd. at about 5:40am, then on to Possum Pt./Cockpit Pt., 
Leesylvania SP, Neabsco Creek, Metz Wetlands, and Belmont Marina. Not a great 
morning based on high expectations, but not too bad with 88 species. I heard 3 
whip-poor-wills at Breckinridge Rd., the last one calling until just after 6am. 
Pine warbler, hermit thrush, and barred owl were also heard pre-dawn. At The 
Point I had 9 warbler species (northern parula, worm-eating, palm, pine, 
yellow-throated, yellow-rumped, prairie, Louisiana waterthrush, and common 
yellowthroat), an early red-eyed vireo, white-eyed vireo, tundra swan (the bird 
can fly), solitary sandpiper, spotted sandpiper, redhead, canvasback, lesser 
scaup, ruddy duck, green-winged teal, American wigeon, gadwall, red-breasted 
merganser, swinging hermit thrush, junco, and ruby-crowned kinglet. Leesylvania 
did not add anything new but a very close yellow-throated warbler was nice. At 
Neabsco were a few ring-billed and laughing gulls, and Caspian and Forster’s 
terns. Metz added swamp sparrow and great looks at a pair of white-eyed vireos. 
At the Marina I added pied-billed and horned grebes. I cannot say for certain, 
but it seems that gnatcatchers are particularly abundant this spring. They seem 
to be everywhere. Finally, at home a heard some cedar waxwings. 


Marc Ribaudo
Woodbridge
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Subject: Great Falls National Park
From: mnr2 AT aol.com
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 13:44:48 -0400 (EDT)
On this beautiful April morning our large group of sixteen tallied 40 species. 
With the great blue heron rookery on Conn Island there is increasing heron 
traffic. Both adult eagles and one chick were noted (The latest remodeling of 
their nest with higher sides effectively obscures the view.). Gnatcatchers have 
arrived as have tree swallows. The river above the falls was almost devoid of 
ducks. Surprisingly there mallards below the falls. The woods are carpeted with 
toothwort, kidney-leaf buttercups, spring beauties, Dutchmen breeches and 
bluebells. All are welcome to join this regular Sunday walk that meets at 8:00 
am in the visitors center parking lot. -- Marshall Rawson, McLean VA 


Canada Goose  12
American Black Duck  2
Mallard  4
Ring-necked Duck  1
Common Merganser  2
Double-crested Cormorant  6
Great Blue Heron  20
Black Vulture  4
Turkey Vulture  8
Bald Eagle  3
Mourning Dove  3
Red-bellied Woodpecker  3
Downy Woodpecker  4
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  1
Pileated Woodpecker  1
Eastern Phoebe  1
Blue Jay  4
American Crow  4
Fish Crow  4
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  5
Tree Swallow  12
Carolina Chickadee  15
Tufted Titmouse  15
White-breasted Nuthatch  2
Carolina Wren  3
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  12
Eastern Bluebird  2
American Robin  8
European Starling  1
Northern Parula  3
Palm Warbler  3
Pine Warbler  3
Yellow-rumped Warbler  8
Chipping Sparrow  8
Song Sparrow  1
Northern Cardinal  8
Red-winged Blackbird  2
Brown-headed Cowbird  4
American Goldfinch  12


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Subject: Re: Sibleys Guide to Trees
From: Scott Priebe <falco57 AT msn.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 13:32:19 -0400
See below for location.

Scott D. Priebe

Springfield, VA

From: kroberts38 AT verizon.net
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Sibleys Guide to Trees
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 13:10:34 -0400
To: falco57 AT msn.com

Sorry! It would probably help a lot. Washington Ditch, Dismal Swamp in Suffolk. 


Sent from my iPhone
On Apr 13, 2014, at 1:03 PM, Scott Priebe  wrote:

Indicating where this is might help? Sent from Windows Mail From: Keith
Sent: ýSundayý, ýAprilý ý13ý, ý2014 ý11ý:ý02ý ýAM
To: Virginia Birds 




Someone left their Sibleys Guide to Trees book on the bench by the parking lot. 
We put it and the drink container with it on the top of the sign (under the 
roof) leading to the path on the left side of the parking lot. We saw it 
yesterday and were hoping the owner would claim it. We moved it today so it 
wouldn't get wet. 




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Subject: Re: NO LITTLE GULL(S) TODAY @ Dyke Marsh
From: Rich Rieger <appleadayonsite AT aol.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 12:14:02 -0400
The GW Parkway is open now. Race is over,if anyone wants to join the watch. 
Lots of sun today, so now that we are past noon, the light will be much better 
for looking. 


RpR
Alexandria
On Apr 13, 2014, at 12:11 PM, R. Bruce Richardson wrote:

> I am here now. We are seeing some Bonapartes but not a good flock yet. I've 
only been here about 15 minutes I'm going to keep looking. 

> We need more eyes down here!
> Cheers, 
> Bruce
> 
> Sent from my iPhone
> 
>> On Apr 13, 2014, at 12:06 PM, Rich Rieger  wrote:
>> 
>> Seems like the flock on Bonaparte's Gulls that the Little Gulls were 
associating w. has moved on. Living in the Belle View Condos right across the 
Parkway made it easy for me to weave thru the race crowd that had the GW PKwy 
closed this a.m. to check. Gulls had been hanging out basically on a line from 
the marina over to National Horror, er... Nat'l Harbor... but not a one did I 
see. 

>> 
>> Did hear my first NORTHERN PARULA and many, many YR WARBLERS singing and 
foraging along Haul Road. Was hoping for a few birds that did not appear... 
i.e. Common Yellowthroat, Kingbird, B&W... 

>> such is life. Lots of singing, tho', from the usual suspects and some Osprey 
nest bldg. activity. Always fun to take a walk in the marsh. 

>> 
>> Rich Rieger
>> Alexandria
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Subject: Re: NO LITTLE GULL(S) TODAY @ Dyke Marsh
From: "R. Bruce Richardson" <rbrucegrp AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 12:11:50 -0400
I am here now. We are seeing some Bonapartes but not a good flock yet. I've 
only been here about 15 minutes I'm going to keep looking. 

We need more eyes down here!
Cheers, 
Bruce

Sent from my iPhone

> On Apr 13, 2014, at 12:06 PM, Rich Rieger  wrote:
> 
> Seems like the flock on Bonaparte's Gulls that the Little Gulls were 
associating w. has moved on. Living in the Belle View Condos right across the 
Parkway made it easy for me to weave thru the race crowd that had the GW PKwy 
closed this a.m. to check. Gulls had been hanging out basically on a line from 
the marina over to National Horror, er... Nat'l Harbor... but not a one did I 
see. 

> 
> Did hear my first NORTHERN PARULA and many, many YR WARBLERS singing and 
foraging along Haul Road. Was hoping for a few birds that did not appear... 
i.e. Common Yellowthroat, Kingbird, B&W... 

> such is life. Lots of singing, tho', from the usual suspects and some Osprey 
nest bldg. activity. Always fun to take a walk in the marsh. 

> 
> Rich Rieger
> Alexandria
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Subject: NO LITTLE GULL(S) TODAY @ Dyke Marsh
From: Rich Rieger <appleadayonsite AT aol.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 12:06:56 -0400
Seems like the flock on Bonaparte's Gulls that the Little Gulls were 
associating w. has moved on. Living in the Belle View Condos right across the 
Parkway made it easy for me to weave thru the race crowd that had the GW PKwy 
closed this a.m. to check. Gulls had been hanging out basically on a line from 
the marina over to National Horror, er... Nat'l Harbor... but not a one did I 
see. 


Did hear my first NORTHERN PARULA and many, many YR WARBLERS singing and 
foraging along Haul Road. Was hoping for a few birds that did not appear... 
i.e. Common Yellowthroat, Kingbird, B&W... 

such is life. Lots of singing, tho', from the usual suspects and some Osprey 
nest bldg. activity. Always fun to take a walk in the marsh. 


Rich Rieger
Alexandria
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Subject: Sibleys Guide to Trees
From: Keith <kroberts38 AT verizon.net>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 11:02:14 -0400
Someone left their Sibleys Guide to Trees book on the bench by the parking lot. 
We put it and the drink container with it on the top of the sign (under the 
roof) leading to the path on the left side of the parking lot. We saw it 
yesterday and were hoping the owner would claim it. We moved it today so it 
wouldn't get wet. 


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Subject: Little Gull updates today 4/13?
From: "Gail B. Mackiernan %3Ckatahdinss%40comcast.net%3E" <katahdinss AT comcast.net>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 12:39:55 +0000 (UTC)
Hi all, 

Any sightings of the Dyke Marsh Little Gull today? Updates -- yea or nay -- 
would be great! 


Thanks, 
Gail Mackiernan 
Silver Spring, MD 
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Subject: FOS Ruby-throated hummingbird: Eastern Shore
From: Joelle Buffa <clyde_joelle AT verizon.net>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 05:05:03 -0700 (PDT)
On April 12 at approximately 4:00pm a RTHU flew through our backyard at 
Captain's Cove, located in northern Accomack Co. We quickly put up our feeder! 

Joelle Buffa and Clyde Morris
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Subject: Shooting star
From: "Jeffrey Blalock" <jcbabirder AT gcronline.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 06:02:13 -0400
Greetings to all

Stepped out side this morning at 0455 hrs to listen to early morning birds
for a few minutes and to check out the stars, moon and planets.

Only one robin singing and after looking at Mars, I turned to the south and
was lucky to see a very bright, I mean VERY BRIGHT white light shooting star
with a very long trail.  It was the brightest and longest tail shooting star
that I have ever seen.  It might even have been space junk falling.

May the LORD Bless and Keep you

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










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Subject: [va-bird] Red-necked Grebe @ George Mason Univ.
From: Scott Priebe <falco57 AT msn.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 02:55:48 +0000
Red-necked Grebe in the pond in front of GMU Center for the Arts (Fairfax 
campus)  AT  7:30 PM 



Scott Priebe

Springfield VA 



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Subject: Dyke Marsh/Huntley Meadow/Occoquan Bay today (and some ID requests)
From: Howard Wu <howiewu1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2014 22:25:45 -0400
Hi,

A brief summary of my few excursions today.

Stopped at Dyke Marsh in the morning. A magnificent Red-tailed Hawk was
near the picnic area at Belle Haven:

http://www.travelerathome.com/image_upload/birds/2014_spring/red_tailed_hawk1.jpg 


http://www.travelerathome.com/image_upload/birds/2014_spring/red_tailed_hawk2.jpg 

Stopped briefly by the marina where a few birders were looking for the
Little Gull. But I had another engagement and had to leave.

After my errands, I went to Huntley Meadow Park. Highlights are: Common
Yellowthroats, Blue-gray Gnatcatchers and 4 Green-winged Teals (no good
pictures).

I made a brief stop at Pohick Bay -- nothing there. There was some
construction and dredging going on.

I made another stop at Mason Neck NWR, Great Marsh Trail, nothing much
there except a few GBH.

I then went to Occoquan Bay NWR. There were many migrating birds there --
Eastern Towhees, Brown Thrashers, White-eyed Vireos, Blue-gray Gnatcatchers
(many). Many Ospreys and Bald Eagles nesting there:
http://www.travelerathome.com/image_upload/birds/2014_spring/osprey5.jpg
and many circling around.

In the marsh I heard some loud clicking noises. I did not see the animal,
but I think it was a bird --  a rail of some kind. I took a video with my
phone -- no video footage of the animal, but I recorded some sound.
Apologies for the lousy quality!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dJQRO8hR0vs

Near the parking lot, I believe I heard and briefly saw a Sedge Wren, but I
never could take a picture of it. Again I recorded a lousy video (again,
don't look, I just recorded the sound, and even the sound is very noisy):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a4M0HT4TLkE

If someone could confirm these IDs for me that would be great! The thing is
I only count birds that I photograph, so these are not even countable for
me, but it would be nice to know!

I wish I had more time there, but I had to run to Dyke Marsh again!

There, I saw some Horned Grebes near the shore:
http://www.travelerathome.com/image_upload/birds/2014_spring/horned_grebe1.jpg
http://www.travelerathome.com/image_upload/birds/2014_spring/horned_grebe2.jpg

And finally -- thanks to some birders calling out the flying patterns of
the gull -- I got very distant pictures of the Little Gull:
http://www.travelerathome.com/image_upload/birds/2014_spring/little_gull.jpg

All in all it was a beautiful and fun day!

(Again apologies for the lousy videos).

Cheers,

Howard Wu
Herndon, VA
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Subject: Occoquan Bay NWR: Sedge Wren, King Rail, Eastern Kingbird
From: Keith Maley <keith.maley AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2014 21:36:49 -0400
Spent a good part of the day at Occoquan Bay NWR. Highlights included the
continuing Sedge Wren, singing constantly  and active at 7:00 AM in the
triangle of Bay View and Fox Rds. Also caught a glimpse of a loudly
"keking" King Rail as it emerged from the reeds along Easy Rd for about 2
seconds. (Both lifers). There was an Eastern Kingbird on Deephole Point
Road, a couple Rusty Blackbirds in the wooded swamp at the end of Easy
Road, and Blue-gray Gnatcatchers everywhere. No warblers other than 4 Palm
Warblers and a single Yellow-rumped Warbler. The water held a small group
of Ruddy Ducks, Pied-billed and breeding plumage Horned Grebes, a small
flock of Bonaparte's Gulls and over 70 Double-crested Cormorants. Caspian
and Forster's Terns were hunting.

This evening, I stopped by Dyke Marsh and failed to spot the continuing
Little Gull among a flock of 150 Bonaparte's Gulls actively feeding in the
center of the Potomac. There was a pair of Wilson's Snipe in the mudflats
on Haul Road.

Occoquan Bay NWR
60 species

Canada Goose  16
Wood Duck  6
Mallard  2
Ruddy Duck  14
Pied-billed Grebe  2
Horned Grebe  3
Double-crested Cormorant  70
Great Blue Heron  6
Black Vulture  1
Turkey Vulture  4
Osprey  12
Bald Eagle  5
Red-tailed Hawk  1
King Rail  1     Emerged briefly from reeds along Easy Road. Very vocal.
Rufous, upturned tail, striped back. 2 other birds calling as well.
Bonaparte's Gull  25
Laughing Gull  2
Ring-billed Gull  90
Herring Gull  4
Caspian Tern  5
Forster's Tern  2
Mourning Dove  3
Belted Kingfisher  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  3
Downy Woodpecker  4
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Pileated Woodpecker  1
Eastern Kingbird  1     White breast and throat, dark gray head and back,
gray tail with contrasting white tip. Perched up on limb over marsh on
Deephole Point Rd towards Belmont Bay. Flew from perch to catch a large
insect in the air and returned to eat.
Blue Jay  2
American Crow  2
Fish Crow  16
Purple Martin  1
Tree Swallow  28
Barn Swallow  3
Carolina Chickadee  8
Tufted Titmouse  4
Sedge Wren  1     Continuing bird. Seen well at 7:00 am, singing
constantly, light breast and streaked back. Located in triangle between Fox
& Bay View Roads.
Carolina Wren  6
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  18
Golden-crowned Kinglet  2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  3
Eastern Bluebird  2
Hermit Thrush  1
Brown Thrasher  5
Northern Mockingbird  5
European Starling  6
Palm Warbler  4
Yellow-rumped Warbler  1
Eastern Towhee  7
Chipping Sparrow  1
Field Sparrow  4
Song Sparrow  7
Swamp Sparrow  6
White-throated Sparrow  38
Northern Cardinal  24
Red-winged Blackbird  70
Rusty Blackbird  2
Common Grackle  30
Brown-headed Cowbird  2
House Finch  2
American Goldfinch  4

Keith Maley
Arlington, VA
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Subject: Re: Little Gull still being seen near Dyke Marsh, Alexandria, VA
From: "R. Bruce Richardson" <rbrucegrp AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2014 20:44:26 -0400
I give up. I am driving up from Oxford, NC in the morning. I hope to get there 
by 11am or so. Anyone seeing the gull in the morning, please give me a heads 
up. Email or text or call 919.691.9864. I would greatly appreciate it! 

(I have never been there before but it looks pretty straight forward on Google 
satellite). 

Hope to see some of y'all up there. Let me know.
Cheers,
R. Bruce Richardson
Manns Harbor, NC
(currently in Oxford)


On Apr 12, 2014, at 5:32 PM, JJ Johnson  wrote:

> Just look for the group of birders in front of the barges.
> 
> Jan
> On Apr 12, 2014 5:25 PM, "Elisa Enders"  wrote:
> 
>> My parents just called me a few minutes to tell me that they and some
>> other folks are current looking at the Little Gull. I believe they are at
>> the Belle Haven Park. They said the bird is flying near the Woodrow Wilson
>> Bridge, close to a yellow buoy.
>> 
>> Elisa Enders
>> (temporarily in N. Charleston, SC)
>> 
>> Portsmouth, VA
>> 
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Subject: Hooded Warbler
From: Lewis Proudfoot <lewis_s_proudfoot AT yahoo.com>
Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2014 20:42:28 -0400
Just checked Gold Book, they say 10 April, so early but not very. I think I'll 
list it on e-bird. 



Lew Proudfoot
310-658-3740

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Subject: whips, flycatcher and warblers, No. VA April 12, 2014
From: "Kurt Gaskill" <KurtCapt87 AT verizon.net>
Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2014 20:39:07 -0400
VA BIRDers,

I started predawn at Breckinridge Rd, Prince William Forest Park and managed
to hear one Whip-poor-will. Also present was a very cooperative Black &
White Warbler which danced 6 feet from me in a bush about 30 min. before
sunrise plus Wild Turkey, White-eyed Vireo, the resident Pine Warblers,
towhees, and thrashers, serenading Hermit Thrush and a roosting Palm Warbler
and Ruby-crowned Kinglet. 

My next stop was the The Point. The diversity here were quite good as I
tallied 90 species but suspect I missed a few (other birders were present
and ...?).  Highlights were relatively good: the continuing Tundra Swan,
many Wood Ducks, 2 Gadwall, a female Wigeon, some Green-winged Teal, 9
Canvasback, a female Redhead hanging out with Canvasbacks, a female Greater
Scaup mixed in with 6 Lesser Scaup, 2 Hooded Mergansers, 5 Red-breasted
Mergansers, a Pied-billed Grebe, Cooper's Hawk, a Red-shouldered Hawk eating
someone, 1 calling Broad-winged Hawk as I drove up Cockpit Pt Rd toward the
top and another migrating distantly, Red-tailed Hawk pair, Am. Kestrel,
Peregrine Falcon (a local told me the egg count in the box on the rightmost
stack on April 4 was four), 2 plus dozen coots, Greater and Lesser
Yellowlegs, 3 Pectoral Sandpipers, flying Laughing Gulls, flock of Boneys
high up, Herring Gull, Chimney Swifts, E. Phoebe, E. Kingbird, 5 White-eyed
Vireos, Tree and Northern Rough-winged and Barn Swallows, House Wren, 6
Ruby-crowned Kinglets, at least 13 BG Gnatcatchers, Hermit Thrush, 2 Brown
Thrashers, 2 Northern Parulas, 2 Yellow-rumps, 6 Yellow-throateds, 4 Pines,
1 Prairie, 3 Palms, an Ovenbird, 2 LA Waterthrush, 3 Common Yellowthroats,
many Chipping and Field Sparrows, a Swamp Sparrow, 26 White-throated
Sparrows, 2 juncos and, of course, many House Finches.

I went to Occ. Bay NWR next (yes, I checked Veteran's Park on the way and it
was dry).  Occ. Bay yielded up a few new species such as Great Egret, King
Rails, Great Crested Flycatcher, GC Kinglet, and Yellow Warbler.  Plus
additional such as Horned Grebe, Coopers Hawk, E. Kingbird, 11 more BG
Gnatcatchers, Common Yellowthroats, and Swamp Sparrows.

The Belmont Bay Marina added 2 female Bufflehead, 17 Ruddy Ducks, and 2
Purple Martins.  Also noted were 300 or so Lesser Scaup, more RB Mergansers,
4 Horned Grebes, 700 Am. Coots, and more Boneys, 

I checked out Jackson Abbott refuge hoping for teal but finding none. I did
manage to see 4 Rusty Blackbirds.

So, I then went to Dyke Marsh and spotted the continuing Little Gull. Or
rather, the second Little Gull. The current bird is a transitional 2nd
winter (black near topside wing tips & white mirrors, under the wing is a
dark gray band on trailing edge and forward edge is just light gray) whereas
the bird photographed by Ed Eder 2 days earlier was an adult bird (not
topside black near wing tips, underneath all dark).  It appears the Friday
morning bird that was viewed by most was the adult and the transitional bird
was usually seen in the afternoon Friday to today. Kudos to Gerry Hawkins
for pointing this out!

Also at Dyke was a Great Black-backed Gull ending my day for new species.

Kurt Gaskill

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Subject: Beaverdam Park - North, Gloucester County
From: Meredith Bell <merandlee AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2014 20:33:13 -0400
Hi VA-Birders,

We spent 2 hours this morning at the north section of Beaverdam Park today
and tallied 42 species. Great looks at some spring arrivals -
Yellow-throated Warbler, Northern Parula, Common Yellowthroat, White-eyed
Vireo and Blue-gray Gnatcatcher. Others were more elusive but heard well.

We spent time observing a female Eastern Bluebird fight with her reflection
in the side mirror of an SUV in the parking lot. She expended a lot of
energy trying to chase away this "competitor."

Complete list of birds is below.

Meredith and Lee Bell
Hayes, VA

Canada Goose  4
Mallard  3
Wild Turkey  1     Seen on Rt 606 just before entrance to park
Great Blue Heron  3
Turkey Vulture  6
Osprey  1
Bald Eagle  1
Red-shouldered Hawk  2
Red-tailed Hawk  1
American Coot  64
Laughing Gull  15
Mourning Dove  5
Red-bellied Woodpecker  6
Downy Woodpecker  1
Eastern Phoebe  3
White-eyed Vireo  8
Blue Jay  2
American Crow  6
Fish Crow  2
Carolina Chickadee  3
Tufted Titmouse  2
Winter Wren  1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  9
Eastern Bluebird  2
Brown Thrasher  7
Northern Mockingbird  1
European Starling  2
Ovenbird  3
Louisiana Waterthrush  1
Common Yellowthroat  6
Northern Parula  6
Yellow-rumped Warbler  4
Yellow-throated Warbler  4
Chipping Sparrow  7
Field Sparrow  3
Song Sparrow  1
White-throated Sparrow  8
Northern Cardinal  6
Red-winged Blackbird  16
Common Grackle  5
Brown-headed Cowbird  2
American Goldfinch  6

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S17862051

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Subject: RN & Horned Grebes / Clarke Co
From: "Jon Little" <littlejon48 AT comcast.net>
Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2014 20:07:58 -0400
While checking the river along Swift Shoals Rd today, we came across 4 of
the 5 RED-NECKED GREBES we found yesterday, as well as a single HORNED
GREBE. There were a lot more Cliff Swallows repairing nests under the bridge
than yesterday.

 

Jon & BJ Little

Winchester

 

 

 

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Subject: Reminder - Dyke Marsh Field Trip at Huntley Meadows tomorrow, Sunday, 13 April 2014
From: "Kurt Gaskill" <KurtCapt87 AT verizon.net>
Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2014 20:06:32 -0400
All,

A reminder that due to the running event on the GW Parkway Sunday, 13 April,
and the associated security, we are moving the regular Sunday morning Field
Trip at Dyke Marsh to Huntley Meadows. We will meet at the visitor center
parking lot at 0730! Thank you.

Kurt Gaskill

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Subject: Re: eared and red-necked grebes continue in gloucester, 4/12/14
From: Kenneth Lipshy <wuzupdoc12 AT msn.com>
Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2014 19:11:36 -0400
http://www.pbase.com/klipshy/2014_grebes_n_more
Thanks Nick.
Finally got all the grebe pictures on this website.

Kenneth Lipshy
www.CRISISMANAGEMENTLEADERSHIP.com  
                            


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Subject: [Va-bird] eared and red-necked grebes continue in gloucester,
4/12/14

Hey all, I saw the continuing eared and red-necked grebes off Gloucester
point park this morning around 0730.  The eared was close to shore near the
fishing pier, the red-necked farther out near the bridge.  I have digiscoped
cell phone pics of both, great to see these species in alternate plumage.
Thanks to everyone who has kept up the posts on these, best,

Nick Flanders
Raleigh, NC
 		 	   		  
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Subject: Huntley Meadows and backyard Hermit Thrush
From: Bill Bickel <wbdesign AT cox.net>
Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2014 18:53:27 -0400
Went to the back side of HM this morning. The paving of the "trail" is about 
2/3 finished. No sign or sound of Pine Warbler, but did see Palm and Common 
Yellowthroat, also Brown Thrasher, Killdeer, Osprey (soaring high) and lots of 
tree swallows. 


Early this evening a Hermit Thrush visited our small backyard pond.
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Subject: Re: Rt hummer
From: Barbara Farron <repbarb AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2014 18:01:22 -0400
Hello Christine,

My daughter saw a hummer in Woodbridge today.  She said it was a male 
and was wary.  April 12 is the earliest date she has seen a Hummingbird, 
and she's lived in the same house for nearly 10 years.

Barbara Farron
Lake Ridge/Woodbridge
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Subject: Huntley Meadows Birding, Saturday Morning
From: Elizabeth Holcombe Fedorko <ehfedorko AT peoplepc.com>
Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2014 17:50:00 -0400 (GMT-04:00)
Hello~~

It was a lovely morning at Huntley Meadows Park in ALexandria, VA for birding. 
I managed to get some fun photos with my small Canon Powershot SX50 HS. I have 
posted them on my Pintrest today. 
http://www.pinterest.com/bethsbagz/birds-weve-seen/ 


The Barn and Tree Swallows were a treat as were the Blue Gray Gnatcatchers and 
Yellow Rumped Warblers. And if I have mis-identified any birds in my photos, 
please let me know. I always welcome the help! 


Cheers and Happy Birding!~~Dan and Beth Fedorko
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