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Harriss Hawk,©Tony Disley

30 Jul Virginia Beach Mississippi Kite photo [rknfurnish--- via va-bird ]
30 Jul Virginia Beach Mississippi Kites [Ron Furnish via va-bird ]
30 Jul Fwd: MacGillivray's Warbler [Edward Eder ]
30 Jul Piping Plover at Grandview Beach [Dave Youker via va-bird ]
30 Jul Shorebirds at Hog Island WMA [Frank Fogarty ]
30 Jul MacGillivray's v Mourning Warbler ["Felicity Rask" ]
30 Jul Help with contact info [wes ]
30 Jul Loggerhead Shrike in Northern Loudoun County ["Gerco (Home)" ]
30 Jul Re: Kudos to Dave Boltz [Scott Priebe ]
29 Jul Mississippi Kite in Annandale, VA [janet anderson via va-bird ]
29 Jul Re: Three Mississippi Kites in Annandale []
30 Jul Marbled Godwit in Rockbridge Co. [Rowe, Richard A., ďDickĒ ]
29 Jul Huntley Meadows Yellow-billed Cuckoos with fledgling ["prowarbler" ]
29 Jul Three Mississippi Kites in Annandale [Paul Lavrakas ]
29 Jul Lynnhaven Inlet [Ellison Orcutt ]
28 Jul Kudos to Dave Boltz ["Kurt Gaskill" ]
28 Jul No. VA Piedmont, Sunday, 28 July 2014 ["Kurt Gaskill" ]
28 Jul Annandale Mississippi Kites ["prowarbler" ]
28 Jul Final Reminder for Birder Travel Decisions Survey! [Ginger Deason ]
28 Jul (no subject) [Harry Glasgow via va-bird ]
28 Jul Re: Tricolored Herons Nazarene Church Road Wetlands, Jul 27, 2014 [Wendy Ealding ]
28 Jul Tangier Island; Sunday, 7/27 [Ellison Orcutt ]
27 Jul Tricolored Heron, Isle of Wight Co., 7/27/14 [nicholas ]
27 Jul MIKIS Burke, VA Good news, Bad news [Stuart via va-bird ]
27 Jul Re: White-faced Ibis - Chincoteague NWR - Photo [Bryan Barmore ]
27 Jul Fwd: eBird Report - Dyke Marsh - CMN02, Jul 27, 2014 [Rich Rieger via va-bird ]
27 Jul Tricolored Herons Nazarene Church Road Wetlands, Jul 27, 2014 [William Leigh ]
27 Jul More kites in Annandale [Larry Cartwright ]
27 Jul Staunton View and Tailrace Parks 7/27 [Adam D'Onofrio ]
27 Jul Annandale Mississippi Kites [Larry Cartwright ]
27 Jul White-faced Ibis - Chincoteague NWR [Tom Johnson ]
27 Jul Merrimac Farm Nature walk [Harry Glasgow via va-bird ]
26 Jul Mississippi Kite Nest: Woodbridge, Prince William County [Donald Sweig ]
26 Jul Birds & Butterflies, Blue Ridge Ctr, Lo Co, July 26 ["Joe Coleman" ]
26 Jul Purple Martins, West Point, VA [Susan Ridd ]
26 Jul Annandale Mississippi Kites ["Ron Vogel" ]
25 Jul Re: Dyke Marsh Avocets ["Nancy Young" ]
25 Jul Re: American Avocet - Hunting Creek Bridge, Alexandria []
25 Jul Re: Dyke Marsh Avocets [Robert Beard ]
25 Jul American Avocet - Hunting Creek Bridge, Alexandria []
25 Jul Hunting Bay Dyke Marsh Avocets [Robert Beard ]
24 Jul Mississippi Kite ["D. M. West" ]
24 Jul request, please, for info on Tysons Corner Nighthawks [MARLENECONDON--- via va-bird ]
23 Jul White Ibis deep in Great Dismal Swamp, Suffolk VA, 7/23/14 [nicholas ]
23 Jul Black-crowned Night-Heron in Fairfax City [Larry Meade via va-bird ]
23 Jul Blue Ridge Center Bird Walk, Loudoun Co, July 26 ["Joe Coleman" ]
23 Jul Re: Virginia Beach Mississippi Kites [rknfurnish--- via va-bird ]
23 Jul Virginia Beach Mississippi Kites [rknfurnish--- via va-bird ]
22 Jul Anhinga nest with young, Chesapeake [Ellison Orcutt ]
22 Jul 2014 Burke Mississippi Kite Nest FOUND [Donald Sweig ]
22 Jul 2014 Burke Mississippi Kite Nest FOUND [Donald Sweig ]
22 Jul Chincoteague NWR 7/21/14 Shorebird Survey [Joelle Buffa ]
22 Jul Voice: Greater Washington Area, July 22 ["Joe Coleman" ]
22 Jul lower Eastern Shore of VA & MD, July 19-21, 2014. [Harry Armistead ]
22 Jul Two Red-Eyed Vireos at Motts Reservoir, Fredericksburg, VA [Suzanne Stewart ]
21 Jul Don't forget! The Birder Travel Decision Survey is waiting! [Ginger Deason ]
21 Jul Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk [Harry Glasgow via va-bird ]
20 Jul Upper Thompson WMA and nearby, Fauq Co, 20 July 2014 ["Kurt Gaskill" ]
20 Jul Dyke Marsh Walk today- Least Bittern, Orchard Oriole and Warbling Vireo on Nest ["prowarbler" ]
20 Jul Mississippi Kite in VA Beach this morning [Dave Youker via va-bird ]
20 Jul Occoquan Bay NWR [Marc Ribaudo ]
20 Jul Various sightings in Shenandoah NP North District [Gabriel Mapel via va-bird ]
20 Jul Wilson's Storm-Petrel at CBBT [taberzz--- via va-bird ]
20 Jul Great Falls Walk [Marshall Rawson via va-bird ]
20 Jul Note on: Anhinga at Lake of the Woods [Bill Hohenstein ]
19 Jul Anhinga at Lake of the Woods [Bill Hohenstein ]
19 Jul Common Loon, Occoquan Bay NWR, Prince William County [Phil Silas via va-bird ]
19 Jul Re: Virginia Beach Mississippi Kite ["kroberts38 AT verizon.net" ]
18 Jul Migrating Hummingbirds Are Arriving [pepherup--- via va-bird ]
18 Jul from: Linda ["Linda" ]
17 Jul Virginia Beach Mississippi Kite [Jim Marcum ]
17 Jul Purple Martin Festival, Richmond [Susan Ridd ]
16 Jul Reston Flycatchers []
16 Jul Caspian Terns at Hog Island [taberzz--- via va-bird ]
16 Jul Mississippi Kite - Fairfax County [Stephen D Eccles ]
15 Jul July 14, 2014 Chincoteague NWR Shorebird Survey Results [Joelle Buffa ]

Subject: Virginia Beach Mississippi Kite photo
From: rknfurnish--- via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Wed, 30 Jul 2014 18:11:36 -0400 (EDT)
http://i.imgur.com/KKZDzi3.jpg


Good Birding,
Ron Furnish
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Subject: Virginia Beach Mississippi Kites
From: Ron Furnish via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Wed, 30 Jul 2014 17:57:18 -0400
One of the Mississippi Kites returned to our backyard tree, departing just a 
couple minutes ago. This is the second time it has visited, staying for 40 
minutes, just as it did last time. I was able to contact a few local birders 
who were able to enjoy the wide-open, perched views of the Kite. If anyone else 
out there would like me to contact them should the bird return, please shoot me 
your email address or phone number. I will be happy to reach out to you if the 
bird(s) reappear. 


Good Birding,
Ron Furnish & Marie Mullins
rknfurnish AT aol.com

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Subject: Fwd: MacGillivray's Warbler
From: Edward Eder <nutmegz AT mac.com>
Date: Wed, 30 Jul 2014 17:16:57 -0400

Begin forwarded message:

> From: Edward Eder 
> Subject: MacGillivray's Warbler
> Date: July 30, 2014 4:24:43 PM EDT
> To: va-bird birding 
> 
> Dan Tallman, a bird-bander and retired biology professor in Minnesota has an 
excellent bird blog where he reasons through the distinguishing field marks of 
female/immature MacGillivray's and Mourning Warbler . When the photos were 
originally taken of the Dyke Marsh bird , his comparisons were very helpful. 
See (http://dantallmansbirdblog.blogspot.com/2010_09_01_archive.html ). 

> Reviewing Dave Boltz's great picture and the ones I had taken a day earlier, 
MacGillivray's Warbler was the correct ID. 

> Last year at Highspire Park, Pennsylvania a Geothlypis warbler was observed 
closely and sparked the same debate as occurred with the Dyke Marsh warbler. 
They ultimately concluded that it was Pennsylvania's second confirmed sighting 
of this western species. (https://www.flickr.com/photos/90754891 AT N04/sets/) 


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Subject: Piping Plover at Grandview Beach
From: Dave Youker via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Wed, 30 Jul 2014 15:37:52 -0400
There was a Piping Plover this morning at the far end of Grandview  Beach.  
It was associating with Semipalmated Plovers and Sandpipers.   Also, two 
young Gull-billed Terns were with an adult on the Back River side of  the 
point, while a single Common Tern and Sandwich Tern were mixed in with a larger 

group of Royal Terns on the bay side.
 
Dave Youker
Yorktown, VA
 
Grandview Nature Preserve - CLP13, Hampton, US-VA
Jul 30, 2014 8:00 AM -  12:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
3.0 mile(s)
54 species (+1 other  taxa)

Mallard  7     Female with 6  young
Double-crested Cormorant  5
Brown Pelican  1
Great Blue  Heron  2
Great Egret  4
Green Heron  3
Yellow-crowned  Night-Heron  1
Osprey  13
Bald Eagle  1      immature
American Oystercatcher  13
Semipalmated Plover   35
Piping Plover  1     Very pale plover, incomplete neck  ring, dark bill, 
yellow legs
Killdeer  6     includes 2  young
Spotted Sandpiper  12
Willet  2
Whimbrel  1   flyover
Ruddy Turnstone  17
Sanderling  11
Least  Sandpiper  4
Semipalmated Sandpiper  38
Laughing Gull   14
Ring-billed Gull  3
Herring Gull  1
Great Black-backed  Gull  2
Least Tern  1
Gull-billed Tern  3   Adult with 2 young
Common Tern  1
Royal Tern   187
Sandwich Tern  1
Mourning Dove  13
Ruby-throated  Hummingbird  2
Belted Kingfisher  1
Downy Woodpecker   1
Great Crested Flycatcher  1
Blue Jay  2
American Crow   2
crow sp.  4
Barn Swallow  12
Carolina Chickadee   3
Carolina Wren  2
American Robin  78
Brown Thrasher   1
Northern Mockingbird  6
European Starling  34
Common  Yellowthroat  5
Eastern Towhee  2
Seaside Sparrow   3
Song Sparrow  2
Northern Cardinal  5
Indigo Bunting   5
Red-winged Blackbird  15
Common Grackle  11
House  Finch  36
American Goldfinch  3
House Sparrow   5

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Subject: Shorebirds at Hog Island WMA
From: Frank Fogarty <fogartyfa AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 30 Jul 2014 14:11:32 -0400
Hi Birders,

Headed out to Hog Island WMA this morning in Surry County to look for early
shorebirds. There isn't a lot of available habitat with the lack of rain so
overall numbers were low. The highlight was two AMERICAN AVOCET in the
southeast corner of the refuge and a Western Sandpiper on the north-most
cell (found by Adam D'Onofrio). We also had small numbers of Semipalmated
Plovers and Least, Solitary, and Spotted Sandpipers. Four species of tern
were present, including good numbers of Least and a lone Caspian. Full list
below.

Good birding,

Frank Fogarty
Smithfield

Hog Island WMA - CSW04, Surry, US-VA
Jul 30, 2014 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.5 mile(s)
54 species (+4 other taxa)

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  15
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  6
Northern Bobwhite (Colinus virginianus)  2
Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo)  1
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)  5
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)  15
Great Egret (Ardea alba)  20
Snowy Egret (Egretta thula)  8
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)  1
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)  5
Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)  6
American Avocet (Recurvirostra americana)  2     Two individuals feeding
with Snowy Egret in shallow creek. Distinctive, large sandpipers. Striking
Black and white plumaged, rusty wash on the head and odd, curved bills.
Semipalmated Plover (Charadrius semipalmatus)  5
Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)  4
Spotted Sandpiper (Actitis macularius)  4
Solitary Sandpiper (Tringa solitaria)  2
Least Sandpiper (Calidris minutilla)  2
Western Sandpiper (Calidris mauri)  1
peep sp. (Calidris sp. (peep sp.))  2     Distant birds. Probably SESA.
Laughing Gull (Leucophaeus atricilla)  3
gull sp. (Larinae sp.)  7     Too distant to ID.
Least Tern (Sternula antillarum)  25
Caspian Tern (Hydroprogne caspia)  1
Forster's Tern (Sterna forsteri)  10
Royal Tern (Thalasseus maximus)  4
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)  6
Yellow-billed Cuckoo (Coccyzus americanus)  1
Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon)  1
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)  3
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)  2
Eastern Wood-Pewee (Contopus virens)  1
Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus)  4
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)  2
crow sp. (Corvus sp. (crow sp.))  5
Purple Martin (Progne subis)  5
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)  3
swallow sp. (Hirundinidae sp.)  10
Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis)  8
Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor)  1
Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)  5
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea)  2
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  3
Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis)  1
Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)  2
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  50
Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas)  5
Pine Warbler (Setophaga pinus)  12
Eastern Towhee (Pipilo erythrophthalmus)  2
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  1
Summer Tanager (Piranga rubra)  1
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)  7
Blue Grosbeak (Passerina caerulea)  4
Indigo Bunting (Passerina cyanea)  8
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)  30
Eastern Meadowlark (Sturnella magna)  2
Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula)  4
Orchard Oriole (Icterus spurius)  4
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)  10
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Subject: MacGillivray's v Mourning Warbler
From: "Felicity Rask" <jericson7 AT cox.net>
Date: Wed, 30 Jul 2014 13:47:48 -0400
Thinking that I had  never seen either bird, I looked at the two photos on
the Cornell Bird site with a critical eye.   The half moon eye ring on the
MacGillviray practically jumped out of the photo and hit me in my eye!  But
after  checking all the photos and the written description for both species,
I found that immature and female Mourning Warbler also have eye rings. And
as I read further, I found there are other warblers with similar colors and
eye rings. 

I wonder why I thought it was only the Fall warblers that were supposed to
be confusing?

Felicity Rask

Gloucester.  

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Subject: Help with contact info
From: wes <weshetrick AT me.com>
Date: Wed, 30 Jul 2014 10:07:39 -0400
For Bob Augustine of Rockville, MD. Bob was kind in sharing info on MIKI & I 
would like to send him photos I got of Annandale birds. I understand that he 
does not have email so I need other contact info. Thanks. 


Wes Hetrick
Fairfax

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Subject: Loggerhead Shrike in Northern Loudoun County
From: "Gerco (Home)" <drgerco AT hotmail.com>
Date: Wed, 30 Jul 2014 09:24:16 -0400
This morning on my way to work I saw a Loggerhead Shrike sitting on the
wires of a utility line near the Waterford Down farm Managers house/pond on
Loyalty Rd in northern Loudoun County. The bird was clearly visible at just
10-15ft about the car. Once I stopped the car and got out the bird had
disappeared. I scanned the area for a while, but did not see it back. Plenty
of areas where the bird can hide. In the meantime American Kestrels,
Starlings, Eastern Kingbirds and Mockingbird were active. Also seen were a
fair number of Northern Rough-winged Swallow and Bluebirds.

 

Happy birding

 

Gerco

Leesburg, VA

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Subject: Re: Kudos to Dave Boltz
From: Scott Priebe <falco57 AT msn.com>
Date: Wed, 30 Jul 2014 08:29:46 -0400
Congrats Dave.

I guess Cornell, at least, decided this was indeed a MacGillivray's W.

Scott D. Priebe

Springfield, VA

> From: KurtCapt87 AT verizon.net
> To: va-bird AT listserve.com
> Date: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 22:49:22 -0400
> Subject: [Va-bird] Kudos to Dave Boltz
> 
> VA BIRDers,
> 
> A quick congratulatory note to our own Dave Boltz who scored a photo credit
> on the Cornell Lab of Ornithology website for MacGillivray's Warbler
> (http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/MacGillivrays_Warbler/id).  His photo of
> the January 2013 Dyke Marsh bird is noted as a "female/immature male" on the
> website.  Excellent! 
> 
> By the way, this bird was NOT accepted by our VA Records Committee. Makes
> you wonder, eh?
> 
> Kurt Gaskill
> 
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Subject: Mississippi Kite in Annandale, VA
From: janet anderson via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 21:20:40 -0400
July 29, 2014
 
1 Adult Mississippi Kite seen at Green Spring Gardens in Annandale, Fairfax 
 County, VA
 
Janet M. Anderson
Falls Church, VA
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Subject: Re: Three Mississippi Kites in Annandale
From: <david.boltz4 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 21:20:18 -0400
I parked on the road into Green Spring Gardens Park (Witch Hazel Dr., off 
Braddock Rd., across from Pine Crest Golf Course) around 2:20 this 
afternoon. Within 15 minutes I saw 2 Mississippi Kites take off from 
somewhere near the golf course, cross Braddock Rd., and ride the stiff 
breeze right over Green Springs Park and out of sight, all within about 30 
seconds.

Dave Boltz

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From: Paul Lavrakas
Sent: Tuesday, July 29, 2014 12:11 PM
To: va-bird AT listserve.com
Subject: [Va-bird] Three Mississippi Kites in Annandale

Three Mississippi Kites over my house in Annandale at noon on Tuesday.  This 
is near the Green Spring Farm Park/Pine Crest Golf Course area.

Paul Lavrakas
plavrakas AT verizon.net


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Subject: Marbled Godwit in Rockbridge Co.
From: Rowe, Richard A., ďDickĒ <RoweRA AT vmi.edu>
Date: Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:05:52 +0000
All Ė Today I discovered a Marbled Godwit at Willow Lake in northern Rockbridge 
Co. Willow Lake is a man-made fishing lake with a small housing development 
around it. The lake is approximately 1 mile south east of the I-81 Raphine exit 
on Steeles Fort Rd. The MAGO is a county record for us and thanks to some quick 
checking by Allen Larner it appears to be the 2nd Mountains and Valley record 
according to the Gold Book. 


Iíve up-loaded some photos to my Flickr site:

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


Dick Rowe
VMI Biology
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Subject: Huntley Meadows Yellow-billed Cuckoos with fledgling
From: "prowarbler" <prowarbler AT verizon.net>
Date: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:05:30 -0400
 

I conducted a survey in several meadows adjacent to the Hike-Bike Trail at
Huntley Meadows this morning.  The usual suspects were there, with evidence
of successful breeding in several species. The highlight was three
Yellow-billed Cuckoos, one being a recently fledged, but still begging
youngster near the platform at the end of the Hike-Bike Trail.  

 

Huntley Meadows Park--Hike and Bike Trail, Fairfax, US-VA Jul 29, 2014 6:30
AM - 11:10 AM

Protocol: Traveling

1.5 mile(s)

Comments:     While monitoring nest boxes and conducting a survey

34 species

 

Canada Goose  2

Great Blue Heron  3

Red-shouldered Hawk  1

Mourning Dove  3

Yellow-billed Cuckoo  3 

Ruby-throated Hummingbird  8

Red-bellied Woodpecker  3

Downy Woodpecker  4

Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  1

Eastern Wood-Pewee  2

Acadian Flycatcher  4

Great Crested Flycatcher  2

Red-eyed Vireo  3

Blue Jay  17

American Crow  1

Barn Swallow  3

Carolina Chickadee  10

Tufted Titmouse  2

White-breasted Nuthatch  3

House Wren  1

Carolina Wren  6

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  4

Eastern Bluebird  2

American Robin  3

Gray Catbird  1

Common Yellowthroat  25

Yellow-breasted Chat  2

Eastern Towhee  4

Scarlet Tanager  2

Northern Cardinal  10

Indigo Bunting  4

Red-winged Blackbird  14

Common Grackle  10

American Goldfinch  16

 

View this checklist online at
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This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)

 

Larry Cartwright

prowarbler AT verizon.net

 

 

 

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Subject: Three Mississippi Kites in Annandale
From: Paul Lavrakas <plavrakas AT verizon.net>
Date: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 12:11:41 -0400
Three Mississippi Kites over my house in Annandale at noon on Tuesday. This is 
near the Green Spring Farm Park/Pine Crest Golf Course area. 


Paul Lavrakas
plavrakas AT verizon.net


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Subject: Lynnhaven Inlet
From: Ellison Orcutt <mr.ellyo AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 01:25:32 -0400
Hello birders,

This evening I kayaked out to the main flat inside of Lynnhaven Inlet.  I
set up on the flat and waited for the tide to come to me.  A nice variety
of terns use the flat when it's uncovered and this week there was an
increase in recently fledged terns.  Many juvenile Royal, Sandwich and
Common Terns.  One fledgling Gull-billed, too.

There was not an abundance of shorebirds but, one by one, a nice variety
landed briefly on the flat.  Happy to see one bright Red Knot and both
Stilt and Pectoral Sandpipers among others.


Full list and some pics below:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19250177

Goods birds,

Ellison

-- 
Ellison Orcutt
Birder/Naturalist
Richmond, Va
Cell: (804) 339-6976
Mr.EllyO AT gmail.com
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Subject: Kudos to Dave Boltz
From: "Kurt Gaskill" <KurtCapt87 AT verizon.net>
Date: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 22:49:22 -0400
VA BIRDers,

A quick congratulatory note to our own Dave Boltz who scored a photo credit
on the Cornell Lab of Ornithology website for MacGillivray's Warbler
(http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/MacGillivrays_Warbler/id).  His photo of
the January 2013 Dyke Marsh bird is noted as a "female/immature male" on the
website.  Excellent! 

By the way, this bird was NOT accepted by our VA Records Committee. Makes
you wonder, eh?

Kurt Gaskill

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Subject: No. VA Piedmont, Sunday, 28 July 2014
From: "Kurt Gaskill" <KurtCapt87 AT verizon.net>
Date: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 22:42:34 -0400
VA BIRDers,

Marc Ribaudo and I ventured out to the piedmont region yesterday.  Not too
many highlights, as one can imagine given its the end of July. We visited a
few turf farms and nearby areas.  Highlights were:  Wild Turkey at Bristow
Rd turf farm (Pr Wm Co) nr Manassas airport plus Horned Larks and calling
juvie Red-tailed Hawk in tree along Bristow Rd. Northern Bobwhite calling
from edge of harvested turf field on Soweto Rd (Fauq Co) near the model
little airstrip plus Horned Larks.  LA Waterthrush calling from Brown's Run,
where it crosses Savannah Branch Rd a bit north of Summerduck Rd. Plus at
least 5 Dickcissels on Grassdale Rd and nearby plus Horned Larks.

Kurt Gaskill

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Subject: Annandale Mississippi Kites
From: "prowarbler" <prowarbler AT verizon.net>
Date: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 19:01:55 -0400
The Mississippi Kites in Annandale (Fairfax County) were active again this
afternoon. I surveyed the area after stopping at the bank and found one
again over the entrance to Green Spring Garden near the intersection of
Braddock Road and Little River Turnpike. 

 

Larry Cartwright

prowarbler AT verizon.net

 

 

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Subject: Final Reminder for Birder Travel Decisions Survey!
From: Ginger Deason <ggdeason AT ncsu.edu>
Date: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 18:05:02 -0400
Dear Virginia Birder,



It’s *Loon*-ey not to participate in the Birder Travel Decisions Survey!
From *Heron* out you only have one week before the survey closes! It’s your
*Tern* to help with this important study.



This is the last reminder email that the Birder Travel Decisions Survey
 is awaiting your
response. *The survey closes on August 4th!*



Please click here 
and complete it now.



It will only take about 15 ‚Äď 20 minutes of your time, and your voluntary
participation in this study will help to assist local businesses better
serve birders as clientele.



All answers are confidential and you could receive a North Carolina Birding
Trail guidebook by completing the survey!



If you have any questions about this survey, please feel free to contact me
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Thank you so much for your valuable input!



Sincerely,

Ginger Deason, Doctoral Research Assistant

Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management

College of Natural Resources

North Carolina State University

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Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism
College of Natural Resources
North Carolina State University


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the last fish has been caught, will we realize that we cannot eat money.
~ 19th century Cree saying

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√ļltimo pescado sea atrapado; solo entonces nos daremos cuenta que el dinero
no se puede comer.
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Subject: (no subject)
From: Harry Glasgow via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 11:59:37 -0700
Today's Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk drew 23 birders on
a warm, humid morning.† We identified 37 species - a number that seems
commensurate with previous mid-summer bird counts at Huntley.†† Our
top highlight seemed to be repeated unsuccessful plunges†by a pair of
Osprey in the central wetland.† It almost appeared that†after 4 or 5
attempts, one of these birds repaired to a nearby snag, †possibly to review
the instruction manual, for its next try†proved successful.†
Canada Goose† 25
Wood Duck† 10
Great Blue Heron† 6
Green Heron† 6
Turkey Vulture† 1
Osprey† 2
Red-shouldered Hawk† 1
Solitary Sandpiper† 2
Mourning Dove† 3
Yellow-billed Cuckoo† 1
Ruby-throated Hummingbird† 2
Belted Kingfisher† 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker† 3
Downy Woodpecker† 4
Pileated Woodpecker† 1
Eastern Wood-Pewee† 3
Acadian Flycatcher† 4
Eastern Kingbird† 1
Red-eyed Vireo† 1
Blue Jay† 1
American Crow† 1
crow sp.† 3
Tree Swallow† 5
Barn Swallow† 6
Carolina Chickadee† 6
Tufted Titmouse† 2
Carolina Wren† 4
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher† 5
Wood Thrush† 1
American Robin† 3
Gray Catbird† 2
Common Yellowthroat† 5
Northern Cardinal† 8
Indigo Bunting† 1
Red-winged Blackbird† 24
Common Grackle† 10
House Finch† 2
American Goldfinch† 15
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: Re: Tricolored Herons Nazarene Church Road Wetlands, Jul 27, 2014
From: Wendy Ealding <wendy.ealding AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:34:28 -0400
Excellent find William, and thanks for the VARCOM report.  The only M&V
record that VARCOM has reviewed and accepted is one from Augusta in May of
last year.  The seven records mentioned in the Gold Book don't give dates
or locations, and presumably were carried over from the Gold Book's
ancestors.

Wendy Ealding
VARCOM Secretary


On Sun, Jul 27, 2014 at 6:17 PM, William Leigh  wrote:

>
> All,
> It was an interesting day of birding here in Rockingham county today. Two
>  Juvenile Tricolored Herons were found at the Nazarene Wetlands around
> 12:50 PM. A rather unusual bird for the Mountain and Valley region. Got
> some documentation photos which can be seen at
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/34227153 AT N06/
>
>
> Nazarene Wetlands are West of Dayton/Bridgewater  on Nazarene Church road.
> Also at the Wetlands was what appeared to be a Juvenile Sora which gave
> brief but repeated views along  the edge of the wetlands. Also at the
> wetlands were a single Pectoral, 2 Leasts, several Solitary's and single
> Spotted Sandpiper which made for a nice assortment of Shorebirds.
> Unfortunately the Tri-colored Herons appear to have left the wetlands
> shortly after I took these photos.  It's possible they are hidden in the
> back somewhere but we could not relocate them after much searching. The
> Tricolored Herons  may be a Rockingham County record as they are not
> mentioned in Claire Mellinger's Birds of Rockingham County. The Gold book
> list 7 records for the Mountains and Valley region but doesn't say which
> counties.
>
> At Leonard's Pond earlier today there were 15 Solitary , two Least and one
> Spotted Sandpiper. A  Blue Grosbeak was singling in field behind the pond.
>  see eBird list below for Nazarene Wetlands for details......
>
> best,
>
> William Leigh leightern AT msn.com
>
> Bridgewater, Virginia
>
>
>
>
>
>
> > Date: Sun, 27 Jul 2014 17:40:34 -0400
> > From: do-not-reply AT ebird.org
> > To: leightern AT msn.com
> > Subject: eBird Report - Nazarene Church Road Wetlands, Jul 27, 2014
> >
> > Nazarene Church Road Wetlands, Rockingham, US-VA
> > Jul 27, 2014 12:50 PM - 3:20 PM
> > Protocol: Traveling
> > 0.2 mile(s)
> > 16 species
> >
> > Wood Duck (Aix sponsa)  12
> > Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  4
> > Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)  2
> > Tricolored Heron (Egretta tricolor)  2      alt="Tri-colored Heron Nazerene Wetalnds flight shot" />
> >
> >  title="2 Tri-colored Herons and a Great Blue Nazarene 7-27-2014 by
> Leightern, on Flickr">2
> Tri-colored Herons and a Great Blue Nazarene 7-27-2014
> > Both Tri-colored Herons appear to be Juveniles.
> > Sora (Porzana carolina)  1     Seen! Buffy yellow face and throat and
> breast yellow stubby bill, barred belly, Appears to be a juvenile.
> > Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)  3
> > Spotted Sandpiper (Actitis macularius)  1     basic plumage
> > Solitary Sandpiper (Tringa solitaria)  3
> > Least Sandpiper (Calidris minutilla)  2
> > Pectoral Sandpiper (Calidris melanotos)  1
> > Chimney Swift (Chaetura pelagica)  2
> > Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon)  1
> > Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor)  1
> > Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)  2
> > Cliff Swallow (Petrochelidon pyrrhonota)  2
> > American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  1
> >
> > View this checklist online at
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19237536
> >
> > This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
>
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Subject: Tangier Island; Sunday, 7/27
From: Ellison Orcutt <mr.ellyo AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 09:54:32 -0400
Hello Birders,

Fourteen birders participated in an adventure to Tangier Island with
Richmond Audubon Society on Sunday.  We left from Reedville aboard the
Chesapeake Breeze.  On our way out to the island and on our way back to
Reedville in the afternoon we encountered good numbers of Wilson's
Storm-petrels (16 on the way out and 26 on the way back).

Tangier was intresting and delightful but from a birding prespective we
encountered mostly standard birds considering the habitat.  Considering
that, the birds were great, but nothing that really shouldn't be seen on a
remote salt marsh island in the Chesapeak Bay.  Around the homes the most
common birds were House Sparrows and starlings, but we managed a few other
passerines...a few Song Sparrows, a Carolina Wren, mockingbirds and one
cowbird.  The powerlines and open spaces were busy with Purple Martins and
Barn Swallows.  In the marshes there were plenty of Seaside Sparrows, as
well as, Boat-tailed Grackles and red-wings.

Waders captured the majority of our attetnion.  We saw a nice diversity of
wading birds with close looks at many of them.  Shorebirds were scarce, but
the tide was very high and we didn't encounter any roosting birds.  We did
have a few species, with the highlight being a flyover by three Pectoral
Sandpipers.

Gulls and Terns were present but not overwhelmingly abundant.  Also, a nice
flock of Black Skimmers.

A little bit more bushwacking could have drummed up a few more species I
suspect. So too could a walk out towards the southern end of the island.
We viewed that area from afar and could see some washout areas that looked
to have birds on them but there wasn't enough time.  In the limited time
the ferry allows you, beach jogging would be the only approach to covering
the southern beach while still getting to explore the heart of the island.


It was a fun day which included some Tangier Island blue crab for the ferry
ride back to Reedville.  Below is the eBird link to the list for our time
on Tangier Island.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19239851


Goods birds,

Ellison
-- 
 Ellison Orcutt
Birder/Naturalist
Richmond, Va
 Cell: (804) 339-6976
Mr.EllyO AT gmail.com
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Subject: Tricolored Heron, Isle of Wight Co., 7/27/14
From: nicholas <flicknanders AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sun, 27 Jul 2014 21:48:23 -0400
Hey all, walked the boardwalk at Ragged Island WMA in Isle of Wight Co. this 
evening and got several good looks at a juv. Tricolored Heron that was flying 
around the area at approx. 7:30PM. A few Seaside Sparrows were still singing as 
well. Best, 

 
Nick Flanders
Portsmouth, VA 
 		 	   		  
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Subject: MIKIS Burke, VA Good news, Bad news
From: Stuart via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Sun, 27 Jul 2014 20:00:40 -0400 (EDT)
Stuart Merrell:
?
Hi all.
?
?
The good news is that a pair of adult Mississippi Kites are still apparently 
hanging around the nest site near? Gaines and Jacksonville Street 

.
?
It is a lot of fun to watch them swoop and soar!
?
?
Unfortunately I can not give a location for the nest -- even if I knew it.? The 
owners of the viewing site do not (understandably) 

?
want interlopers.? From what I understand, one chick will be fledged soon 
anyway. 

?
?
Have a nice summer.
?
Naturalist-at-large,
?
Stuart
 

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Subject: Re: White-faced Ibis - Chincoteague NWR - Photo
From: Bryan Barmore <gbheron25 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 27 Jul 2014 18:48:43 -0400
I was there from about 12-2 today and saw the ibis in the distance. 
Without a scope I assumed it was a glossy. But I did get a picture and 
after seeing Tom's email I looked. And sure enough, that's what I saw. 
The picture is at 
http://theheronfiles.blogspot.com/2014/07/unusual-chincoteague-sightings.html. 
I also saw a black tern by the beach.

Bryan


On 7/27/2014 3:07 PM, Tom Johnson wrote:
> Virginia birders,
> Nick Bonomo, Doug Gochfeld, and I are watching an adult White-faced Ibis at
> Swan Cove, Chincoteague NWR right now. It is the only dark ibis that we've
> seen here today.
> Cheers,
> Tom
>
>

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Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Dyke Marsh - CMN02, Jul 27, 2014
From: Rich Rieger via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Sun, 27 Jul 2014 18:44:47 -0400
oops, sent first email from the wrong mailbox...

Begin forwarded message:

> From: Rich Rieger 
> Date: July 27, 2014 6:43:43 PM EDT
> To: Virginia Bird 
> Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Dyke Marsh - CMN02, Jul 27, 2014
> 
> Our group of six had a very pleasant morning at the Marsh named Dyke. The 
regular Sunday morning walk was not impeded by any rain and the cloud cover 
kept the air at a most pleasant temperature for the duration of the walk. We 
kick off every Sunday at 8am from the southernmost picnic area and will 
continue to do so until the Christmas Bird Count season rolls around in 
December. 

> 
> A few of today's highlights - An imm. WE VIREO was seen on the peninsula past 
the wood bridge. Possible that this one fledged from an nest not found by the 
breeding bird survey crew, but we did not observe any feeding by an adult bird. 
Three YELLOW WARBLERS were seen in the same area as well. One LEAST BITTERN was 
seen in flight across from the last platform and MARSH WRENS were chattering 
here as well. 

> 
> There was a brief glimpsing of a flyover BC NIGHT HERON close to the marina, 
heading north toward the stone bridge. Two SPOTTED SANDPIPERS flitted about 
(tide was high). One NO PARULA was seen in a mixed flock along w. CHICKADEES 
and TITMICE and down the Haul Rd, one ORCHARD ORIOLE was found foraging on a 
Black Locust tree. Happy to see two RT HUMMINGBIRDS as they have been in short 
supply for me this season. 

> 
> Rich Rieger
> Alexandria
> 
> Begin forwarded message:
> 
>> From: do-not-reply AT ebird.org
>> Date: July 27, 2014 6:24:43 PM EDT
>> To: zelig88 AT aol.com
>> Subject: eBird Report - Dyke Marsh - CMN02, Jul 27, 2014
>> 
>> Dyke Marsh - CMN02, Fairfax, US-VA
>> Jul 27, 2014 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
>> Protocol: Traveling
>> 2.0 mile(s)
>> Comments:     Sunday Morning at Dyke Marsh
>> 49 species
>> 
>> Canada Goose  16
>> Mallard  40
>> Double-crested Cormorant  8
>> Least Bittern  1
>> Great Blue Heron  7
>> Great Egret  7
>> Black-crowned Night-Heron  1
>> Osprey  14
>> Bald Eagle  1
>> Spotted Sandpiper  2
>> Laughing Gull  1
>> Ring-billed Gull  14
>> Caspian Tern  7
>> Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  1
>> Mourning Dove  18
>> Chimney Swift  5
>> Ruby-throated Hummingbird  2
>> Belted Kingfisher  1
>> Red-bellied Woodpecker  2
>> Downy Woodpecker  3
>> Eastern Phoebe  2
>> Eastern Kingbird  5
>> White-eyed Vireo  1
>> Blue Jay  2
>> American Crow  2
>> Fish Crow  6
>> Purple Martin  2
>> Barn Swallow  6
>> Carolina Chickadee  10
>> Tufted Titmouse  8
>> White-breasted Nuthatch  2
>> Marsh Wren  2
>> Carolina Wren  7
>> American Robin  5
>> Gray Catbird  3
>> Northern Mockingbird  1
>> European Starling  18
>> Common Yellowthroat  2
>> Northern Parula  1
>> Yellow Warbler  4
>> Song Sparrow  3
>> Northern Cardinal  7
>> Indigo Bunting  2
>> Red-winged Blackbird  30
>> Common Grackle  10
>> Brown-headed Cowbird  2
>> Orchard Oriole  1
>> House Finch  2
>> American Goldfinch  12
>> 
>> View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19238197 

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

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Subject: Tricolored Herons Nazarene Church Road Wetlands, Jul 27, 2014
From: William Leigh <leightern AT msn.com>
Date: Sun, 27 Jul 2014 22:17:32 +0000
All, 
It was an interesting day of birding here in Rockingham county today. Two 
Juvenile Tricolored Herons were found at the Nazarene Wetlands around 12:50 PM. 
A rather unusual bird for the Mountain and Valley region. Got some 
documentation photos which can be seen at 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/34227153 AT N06/


Nazarene Wetlands are West of Dayton/Bridgewater on Nazarene Church road. Also 
at the Wetlands was what appeared to be a Juvenile Sora which gave brief but 
repeated views along the edge of the wetlands. Also at the wetlands were a 
single Pectoral, 2 Leasts, several Solitary's and single Spotted Sandpiper 
which made for a nice assortment of Shorebirds. Unfortunately the Tri-colored 
Herons appear to have left the wetlands shortly after I took these photos. It's 
possible they are hidden in the back somewhere but we could not relocate them 
after much searching. The Tricolored Herons may be a Rockingham County record 
as they are not mentioned in Claire Mellinger's Birds of Rockingham County. The 
Gold book list 7 records for the Mountains and Valley region but doesn't say 
which counties. 


At Leonard's Pond earlier today there were 15 Solitary , two Least and one 
Spotted Sandpiper. A Blue Grosbeak was singling in field behind the pond. 

 see eBird list below for Nazarene Wetlands for details...... 

best, 

William Leigh leightern AT msn.com

Bridgewater, Virginia 
 

 



> Date: Sun, 27 Jul 2014 17:40:34 -0400
> From: do-not-reply AT ebird.org
> To: leightern AT msn.com
> Subject: eBird Report - Nazarene Church Road Wetlands, Jul 27, 2014
> 
> Nazarene Church Road Wetlands, Rockingham, US-VA
> Jul 27, 2014 12:50 PM - 3:20 PM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 0.2 mile(s)
> 16 species
> 
> Wood Duck (Aix sponsa)  12
> Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  4
> Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)  2
> Tricolored Heron (Egretta tricolor) 2 Tri-colored Heron Nazerene Wetalnds flight shot 

> 
> 2 
Tri-colored Herons and a Great Blue Nazarene 7-27-2014 

> Both Tri-colored Herons appear to be Juveniles.
> Sora (Porzana carolina) 1 Seen! Buffy yellow face and throat and breast 
yellow stubby bill, barred belly, Appears to be a juvenile. 

> Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)  3
> Spotted Sandpiper (Actitis macularius)  1     basic plumage
> Solitary Sandpiper (Tringa solitaria)  3
> Least Sandpiper (Calidris minutilla)  2
> Pectoral Sandpiper (Calidris melanotos)  1
> Chimney Swift (Chaetura pelagica)  2
> Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon)  1
> Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor)  1
> Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)  2
> Cliff Swallow (Petrochelidon pyrrhonota)  2
> American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  1
> 
> View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19237536 

> 
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
 		 	   		  
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Subject: More kites in Annandale
From: Larry Cartwright <prowarbler AT verizon.net>
Date: Sun, 27 Jul 2014 16:35:11 -0400
Bill H. is here.  He saw a Mississippi Kite further down Elmsdale Rd.  

Larry C.
Prowarb ler AT verizon.net

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Subject: Staunton View and Tailrace Parks 7/27
From: Adam D'Onofrio <bigadfromlb AT comcast.net>
Date: Sun, 27 Jul 2014 20:29:28 +0000 (UTC)
This morning, I met Paul Glass at Staunton View Park on the borders of 
Mecklenburg, Charlotte and Halifax Counties.  As we expected, water levels on 
the Staunton River were still relatively high which limited any shorebird 
habitat.  Consequently, we only found a few shorebirds that included single 
LEAST and SOLITARY SANDPIPERS and a few SPOTTED SANDPIPERS and KILLDEER.  The 
most numerous wading bird was GREAT EGRET and they were not very numerous, 
numbering about 12 birds.  Best bird of the morning was a juvenile LITTLE BLUE 
HERON.  There was a good selection of the expected land birds, some taking 
advantage of the mayfly bounty that is hatching down there right now.  The 
hope is that water levels will drop over the next month or so exposing much 
more habitat.  Staunton View can be very productive for a variety of 
shorebirds and waders if conditions are right. 

  
After we left, I made a solo stop at the Kerr Dam area.  A scan of the lake 
above the dam was unproductive with only a couple of RING-BILLED GULLS and some 
DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS floating around.  My next stop was Tailrace Park, 
just below the dam.  Here I found more interesting birds highlighted by a very 
"out of season" COMMON MERGANSER.  Also there was another juvie LITTLE BLUE 
HERON, a few SPOTTED SANDPIPERS, 1 GREATER YELLOWLEGS and 1 LEAST SANDPIPER.  
I attached a couple of ebird lists below for those interested including a not 
so great shot of the Common Merg.  It was nice to get out and look around.  
Good birding. 

  
Adam D'Onofrio 
North Dinwiddie. 
  
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19236581 
  
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19236730 
  
  
  
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Subject: Annandale Mississippi Kites
From: Larry Cartwright <prowarbler AT verizon.net>
Date: Sun, 27 Jul 2014 15:09:28 -0400
I am watching two Mississippi Kites over the Golf Course at Braddock Road 
across from Green Springs Garden. At least one adult in wing molt - Looks like 
P7 and P8 missing from both wings. 


Larry Cartwright
Prowabler AT verizon.net

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Subject: White-faced Ibis - Chincoteague NWR
From: Tom Johnson <tbj4 AT cornell.edu>
Date: Sun, 27 Jul 2014 15:07:14 -0400
Virginia birders,
Nick Bonomo, Doug Gochfeld, and I are watching an adult White-faced Ibis at
Swan Cove, Chincoteague NWR right now. It is the only dark ibis that we've
seen here today.
Cheers,
Tom


-- 
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tbj4 AT cornell.edu
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Subject: Merrimac Farm Nature walk
From: Harry Glasgow via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Sun, 27 Jul 2014 09:26:18 -0700
There were only two of us on this morning's Merrimac Farm Nature walk sponsored 
by the Prince William Conservation Alliance.† We identified 25 species.† There 
were no particular highlights, but we enjoyed the songs of the Wood Thrushes 
and the White-eyed Vireos.† We were surprised at the absence of Chikadees and 
Phoebes. 


Red-shouldered Hawk† 2
Mourning Dove† 6
Yellow-billed Cuckoo† 3
Ruby-throated Hummingbird†
 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker† 1
Downy Woodpecker† 1
Eastern Wood-Pewee† 2
Acadian Flycatcher† 3
Great Crested Flycatcher† 1
White-eyed Vireo† 5
Blue Jay† 6
American Crow† 3
Tufted
 Titmouse† 3
Carolina Wren† 3
Eastern Bluebird† 6
Wood Thrush† 2
American Robin† 12
Gray Catbird† 1
Common Yellowthroat† 1
Eastern Towhee† 9
Chipping Sparrow† 1
Field Sparrow† 1
Northern Cardinal† 4
Indigo Bunting† 5
American Goldfinch† 10

The Prince William Conservation Alliance sponsors these walks on the last 
Sunday of each month.† Details may be found on the Alliance 
Website,pwconserve.org† The Merrimac Farm WMA is located on Deepwood Lane in 
Nokesville.† Most GPS devices can find Merrimac Farm,†and any good map of 
Prince William County has it. Merrimac farm is accessible every day, and is 
subject to the entry fee†described on the Department of Game and Inland 
Fisheries†website. 


Harry Glasgow
Nancy Vehrs
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Subject: Mississippi Kite Nest: Woodbridge, Prince William County
From: Donald Sweig <skybirds.d AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 26 Jul 2014 16:14:14 -0400
 This morning I located what I believe is a previously unreported Mississippi 
kite nest in the Woodbridge area of Prince William County. 

 The nest is in a residential backyard and includes one chick, which is quite 
large, well-feathered, and, seems almost ready to fledge. 

    It was being actively fed by two adult Mississippi kites.  
 I was requested not to post the specific location of this nest, however it is 
in the "general area" of Sturbridge Road and Orleans Street in Prince William 
County. I assume that the chick in this nest will be fledged within the next 
week or sooner. 

     Donald Sweig
     Falls Church, Virginia

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Subject: Birds & Butterflies, Blue Ridge Ctr, Lo Co, July 26
From: "Joe Coleman" <joecoleman AT rstarmail.com>
Date: Sat, 26 Jul 2014 16:03:32 -0400
The 11 people on this morning's regular (every 4th Sat.) bird walk at the Blue 
Ridge Center for Environmental Stewardship spent most of their time in the 
forest with only a short walk along Butterfly Alley on the power line. The walk 
led by Joe Coleman & Elliott & Nancy Kirschbaum followed Arnold Rd to the Sweet 
Run Loop, to Butterfly Alley, returning by the westernmost segment of the Sweet 
Run Loop. We also took two jogs, the Old Bridge Trail & Little Turtle Trail, 
down to Piney Run The highlights of today's walk included two American Kestrels 
along the power line a little east of where it crosses Arnold Rd, the same 
location as last month, and a Yellow-breasted Chat who flew in perched near us 
while we tallying at the end of the walk next to the Monarch Waystation. The 
three Baltimore Orioles who flew in while we were tallying was also nice. In 
addition to 46 bird species we found 14 different species of butterflies after 
the heavy clouds lifted, including one Monarch. T 

 he most common butterflies today were Clouded & Orange Sulphurs. Yesterday 
while checking out the ford on Sweet Run to see if it was easily passable my 
wife & I also found a Monarch along Butterfly Alley as well as several Great 
Spangled Fritillaries; today's Monarch was nectaring among the thistle near the 
Monarch Waystation. 


Don't forget next Saturday's Loudoun County Butterfly Count which stretches 
from Leesburg to the Blue Ridge Center, beginners and exp'd butterfliers 
welcome. There will be two teams at the Blue Ridge Center, one of the count's 
most productive locations. To register for the count go to 
www.loudounwildlife.org. 


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


Joe Coleman

The complete list follows:

Blue Ridge Center for Environmental Stewardship - MFF01, Loudoun, US-VA
Jul 26, 2014 8:00 AM - 11:15 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.5 mile(s)
46 species

Turkey Vulture  5
Red-shouldered Hawk  1
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  3
Mourning Dove  10
Red-bellied Woodpecker  5
Downy Woodpecker  7
American Kestrel  2
Eastern Wood-Pewee  12
Acadian Flycatcher  15
Eastern Phoebe  1
Great Crested Flycatcher  1
White-eyed Vireo  2
Yellow-throated Vireo  1
Red-eyed Vireo  15
Blue Jay  2
American Crow  8
Fish Crow  1
Tree Swallow  3
Barn Swallow  27
Carolina Chickadee  4
Tufted Titmouse  6
White-breasted Nuthatch  4
Carolina Wren  3
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  4
Eastern Bluebird  8
Wood Thrush  5
Gray Catbird  2
Brown Thrasher  1
Northern Mockingbird  1
European Starling  1
Cedar Waxwing  3
Common Yellowthroat  3
Yellow-breasted Chat  1
Eastern Towhee  2
Chipping Sparrow  4
Field Sparrow  8
Grasshopper Sparrow  3
Song Sparrow  1
Scarlet Tanager  3
Northern Cardinal  5
Indigo Bunting  9
Common Grackle  1
Baltimore Oriole  3
House Finch  4
American Goldfinch  9
House Sparrow  6

View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19226291 


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


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Subject: Purple Martins, West Point, VA
From: Susan Ridd <susaneridd AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 26 Jul 2014 15:01:13 -0400
Friday, July 25, 2014: Jimmy Fitzgerald got up early to check the Doplar
radar for any Purple Martin rings in the James River near Richmond. He did
not find any there, but by West Point the ring was large.

His email address is fitzgerald3herb AT aol.com if you want to learn how to
look for yourself. He has been in contact with a wildlife biologist in the
Everglades and she has found a large migratory roost site in the middle of
the national park.

Sue Ridd
Glen Allen, VA
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Subject: Annandale Mississippi Kites
From: "Ron Vogel" <vireo AT cox.net>
Date: Sat, 26 Jul 2014 08:59:09 -0400
Last year Bill Hohenstein and others reported Mississippi
Kites in the Annandale area around the intersection of Rt 236 and Old Braddock 
Road 

(Pine Crest Golf Course). This was a different set of birds than the more
‚Äúfamous‚ÄĚ Kites in the Burke area. Confirmed yesterday that they‚Äôre back 
and 

are apparently nesting in the wooded end of Mason District Park along
Turkeycock Run, although I’m not positive about this. Have now seen a pair of 
kites on three occasions 

in this general area from my pool-side lounge chair
at Forest Hollow Swim Club (life is grand).

Ron Vogel
Annandale
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Subject: Re: Dyke Marsh Avocets
From: "Nancy Young" <nanjyoung AT juno.com>
Date: Fri, 25 Jul 2014 18:53:38 -0400
How wonderful to hear that eagles are now "the usual"!

Nancy Young
Blue Ridge

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From: va-bird [mailto:va-bird-bounces+nanjyoung=juno.com AT listserve.com] On
Behalf Of Robert Beard
Sent: Friday, July 25, 2014 5:13 PM
To: Larry Meade; FNS BOB BEARD
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Dyke Marsh Avocets

Today there were 4 American Avocets seen in far sandy marsh areas at Hunting
Bay.  With a scope I could see the birds from the north picnic area but
better views from the Stone Bridge.  The Avocets were in colorful breeding
plumage.

Other birds included about 20 least sandpipers,  one spotted sandpiper, one
Killdeer, 3 greater yellowlegs, and the usual gulls, terns, eagles etc. 
Bob Beard now in Richmond formerly Arlington



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Subject: Re: American Avocet - Hunting Creek Bridge, Alexandria
From: <david.boltz4 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 25 Jul 2014 18:04:30 -0400
Still there at 5:30, also seen from North Picnic Area of Belle Haven/Dyke 
Marsh. Closest views may actually be from behind the building at Jones Point 
Park. However, high tide is at 8:20 p.m., so they may not be in that 
particular spot much longer.

Dave Boltz

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Subject: [Va-bird] American Avocet - Hunting Creek Bridge, Alexandria

4 American Avocet on mudflats at Hunting Creek Bridge at 5:00pm

David Ledwith
Falls Church, VA

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Subject: Re: Dyke Marsh Avocets
From: Robert Beard <rbeard22205 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Fri, 25 Jul 2014 17:12:42 -0400
Today there were 4 American Avocets seen in far sandy marsh areas at Hunting 
Bay. With a scope I could see the birds from the north picnic area but better 
views from the Stone Bridge. The Avocets were in colorful breeding plumage. 


Other birds included about 20 least sandpipers, one spotted sandpiper, one 
Killdeer, 3 greater yellowlegs, and the usual gulls, terns, eagles etc. 

Bob Beard now in Richmond formerly Arlington


 
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Subject: American Avocet - Hunting Creek Bridge, Alexandria
From: <dcharlesl AT msn.com>
Date: Fri, 25 Jul 2014 17:00:57 -0400
4 American Avocet on mudflats at Hunting Creek Bridge at 5:00pm

David Ledwith
Falls Church, VA
 		 	   		  
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Subject: Hunting Bay Dyke Marsh Avocets
From: Robert Beard <rbeard22205 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Fri, 25 Jul 2014 13:07:02 -0400
Looking at 4 bright plumage American Avocets seen from the North parking area 
toward the Wilson Bridge 

Bob Beard 
Richmond VA

 
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Subject: Mississippi Kite
From: "D. M. West" <tsewmd AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 07:51:27 -0400
I heard and saw what appeared to be a young Mississippi Kite moving through
the Riverside neighborhood of Newport News around 5:30 pm yesterday.

Best regards,
David West
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Subject: request, please, for info on Tysons Corner Nighthawks
From: MARLENECONDON--- via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 07:27:39 -0400 (EDT)
Hi,
 
I am trying to obtain information about the migrating (?) nighthawks that  
have been seen at Tysons Corner for the past several years.  I know someone  
usually sends reports about them to the listserve.
 
If you are that person, or someone who has observed nighthawks in that  area
, could you please contact me?  I want to write an article about their  
diminishing numbers.
 
Thanks ever so much for any help.
 
Sincerely,
Marlene

Marlene A.  Condon
Author/Photographer, The Nature-friendly Garden: Creating a  Backyard Haven 
for Plants, Wildlife, and People (Stackpole  Books)
Syndicated Columnist, Bay Journal News Service
5554 Sugar Ridge  Road
Crozet, VA 22932-2204
_www.marlenecondon.com_ (http://www.marlenecondon.com) 
marlenecondon AT aol.com
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Subject: White Ibis deep in Great Dismal Swamp, Suffolk VA, 7/23/14
From: nicholas <flicknanders AT hotmail.com>
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:02:26 -0400
 Hey all, saw a juv. White Ibis off Middle Ditch road in Great Dismal Swamp 
NWR, Suffolk VA this morning. I was surprised to see this bird off this road 
that passes through large blocks of swamp forest, but there it was walking 
along the edge of some exposed mud and pooled water on the off-ditch side 
before it wandered into the flooded understory of some young woods and out of 
view. 

 
Nick Flanders
Portsmouth, VA
 		 	   		  
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Subject: Black-crowned Night-Heron in Fairfax City
From: Larry Meade via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:12:21 -0400 (EDT)
This evening I found a juvenile Black-crowned Night-Heron at Ashby Pond which 
is on Ashby Road in Fairfax City. There were also four Green Herons at the 
pond. http://ebird.org/ebird/va/view/checklist?subID=S19201409 


Larry Meade
Merrifield, VA
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Subject: Blue Ridge Center Bird Walk, Loudoun Co, July 26
From: "Joe Coleman" <joecoleman AT rstarmail.com>
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:52:22 -0400
Everyone is welcome at the Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy's free monthly bird 
walk at the Blue Ridge Center for Environmental Stewardship (BRCES), in the 
northwestern corner of Loudoun County near Harpers Ferry, at 8 am on Sat., July 
26. The walk will be led by Mary Ann Good & Joe Coleman. While we will 
originally meet in the parking lot between the Education Center and the organic 
farm we will drive over to Arnold Rd & begin the walk where the road crosses 
over Piney Run. If anyone wants to go directly there we will meet you at the 
old cabin at the stream. We will follow Arnold Rd to the Sweet Run Loop (taking 
a couple of jogs down to Piney Run) and then follow Sweet Run to the power line 
(Butterfly Alley), hopefully crossing the ford on Sweet Run & lopping back to 
Arnold Road on the upland trail. We have our fingers crossed that we don't get 
a lot of rain in the next 24 hours and are able to use the Sweet Run ford. 


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



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


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


Joe Coleman
540-454-3361 or joecoleman AT rstarmail.com
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Subject: Re: Virginia Beach Mississippi Kites
From: rknfurnish--- via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:53:17 -0400 (EDT)
Here are links to some photos. I thought that they were part of the original 
text. 



http://imgur.com/3No81EL
http://imgur.com/xYpvoMr
http://imgur.com/fnDlJiy


Ron & Marie









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Subject: [Va-bird] Virginia Beach Mississippi Kites


Maybe the Mississippi Kites are tired of Thoroughgood? Roughly ten minutes ago, 

after walking our dog, Marie Mullins and I came home to find two Mississippi 
Kites perched on a tree in our Kings Grant back yard. We live on Prince Phillip 

Drive.


Good birding to all. 
Ron Furnish













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Subject: Virginia Beach Mississippi Kites
From: rknfurnish--- via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:48:36 -0400 (EDT)
Maybe the Mississippi Kites are tired of Thoroughgood? Roughly ten minutes ago, 
after walking our dog, Marie Mullins and I came home to find two Mississippi 
Kites perched on a tree in our Kings Grant back yard. We live on Prince Phillip 
Drive. 



Good birding to all. 
Ron Furnish













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Subject: Anhinga nest with young, Chesapeake
From: Ellison Orcutt <mr.ellyo AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 23:40:19 -0400
Hello Birders,

I visited the pond at 620 Blackwater rd in Chesapeake this evening hoping
to locate an Anhinga nest.  In late June Keith Roberts noted that he
believed there was a nest at the pond.  He sent me a picture that he took
back in June that seemed to confirm that.  When I arrived this evening it
didn't take long to find one nest near the end of a long branch out over
the pond.  A female was on the nest and a second female was feeding in the
pond.  Pretty quickly a very tiny head popped up next to the incubating
female.  For about 20 minutes she regurgitated food and fed the small chick
from her lower mandible. On two occasions she did the same behavior on her
opposite side from me, which led me to believe there could have been a
second chick she was feeding.  Given her tight position on the nest I
suspect there could be more young or perhaps unhatched eggs in the nest.

Near the end of my visit there was a quick burst of noise and a third
female popped out of the vegetation behind the visible nest.  I have a
hunch that it's possible there is another nest at this location.  It could
explain why during some other visits people have counted up to 6 adults.
 On my visit today I did not see any males.

I managed a few iffy pictures of the nest which are imbedded in my ebird
list below.  In two of the poorer pictures you can see the raised head of
the chick and it reaching into the parents throat to feed.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19189693

Good birding,

Ellison


Ellison Orcutt
Birder/Naturalist
Richmond, Va
Cell: (804) 339-6976
Mr.EllyO AT gmail.com
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Subject: 2014 Burke Mississippi Kite Nest FOUND
From: Donald Sweig <skybirds.d AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 21:17:59 -0400
 Bob Augustine, who found the Mississippi Kite nest in Burke last year, called 
me this evening to say he has found one this year as well. 

 This year's nest is also visible from Jackson Street, about 100 feet west of 
the intersection with Gaines. He said to walk west on Jackson from the 
intersection with Gaines until you're about at the place where there's a two 
car parking area for the house on the left. Then look north across the street 
past the brown Picket fence, he said, where there is an arbor and a little 
doorway going through the fence; look directly above that and find the tallest 
tree, and the nest is in the next tree on the right. 

 If you go, please remember this is residential area and private property. 
Please do not park so as to block driveways, or on private property. Please be 
courteous, we want to be welcome there. 

    Donald Sweig
   Falls Church, Virginia
    

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Subject: 2014 Burke Mississippi Kite Nest FOUND
From: Donald Sweig <skybirds.d AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 21:17:59 -0400
 Bob Augustine, who found the Mississippi Kite nest in Burke last year, called 
me this evening to say he has found one this year as well. 

 This year's nest is also visible from Jackson Street, about 100 feet west of 
the intersection with Gaines. He said to walk west on Jackson from the 
intersection with Gaines until you're about at the place where there's a two 
car parking area for the house on the left. Then look north across the street 
past the brown Picket fence, he said, where there is an arbor and a little 
doorway going through the fence; look directly above that and find the tallest 
tree, and the nest is in the next tree on the right. 

 If you go, please remember this is residential area and private property. 
Please do not park so as to block driveways, or on private property. Please be 
courteous, we want to be welcome there. 

    Donald Sweig
   Falls Church, Virginia
    

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Subject: Chincoteague NWR 7/21/14 Shorebird Survey
From: Joelle Buffa <clyde_joelle AT verizon.net>
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 18:03:42 -0700
Below are the results of our weekly shorebird/gull survey conducted at 
Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge on†Monday July 21, 2014. All water areas 
(impoundments and beach areas) were covered in an 8†hour survey. All 
individuals are counted for the target species; other birds seen or heard on 
the survey are followed by a dash. 


Though many of the impoundments were dry, a few have a mixture of mud and 
shallow water that is perfect habitat for a select number of species. With fall 
migration picking up, this produced almost twice the number of shorebirds 
seen†compared to†last week. We counted 5,804 shorebirds of 20 species. 
Semi-palmated sandpipers led the way with 962, followed by least sandpiper 
(695), dowitcher sp. (mainly short-billed)(662), lesser yellowlegs (558), 
willet (527), and sanderling (434). There were 1,009 peeps (small shorebirds 
most likely semi-palmated or least sandpipers) which were so far out in our 
larger impoundments, we could not identify them. There were also 433 yellowleg 
sp. recorded which are yellowlegs that are too far away to separate between 
lesser and greater yellowlegs. With all these birds being too far away to 
identify, this means the numbers of semi-palmated and least sandpipers and 
lesser yellowlegs we reported is a conservative estimate. 


The other highlight of the count were 62 piping plovers which is a high count 
on the Refuge for us. This is no doubt due to Sophia being along who has been 
monitoring them all summer and can see them a mile away.† The other noteworthy 
sighting was a fledgling Wilson's plover on the Hook, a first of season 
sighting for us, but the nest was monitored by Refuge staff. 


Next week's survey will be done† on 7/30/14. Clyde Morris and Joelle Buffa

Canada Goose -- 
American Black Duck -- 
Mallard -- 
Black Scoter -- 
Common Loon 1 
Double-crested Cormorant 35 
Brown Pelican 211 
Great Blue Heron -- 
Great Egret -- 
Snowy Egret -- 
Little Blue Heron -- 
Tricolored Heron -- 
Cattle Egret -- 
Green Heron -- 
Black-crowned Night-Heron -- 
White Ibis -- 
Glossy Ibis -- 
Turkey Vulture -- 
Osprey -- 
Bald Eagle -- 
Clapper Rail -- 
American Oystercatcher 47 
Black-bellied Plover 6 
Wilson's Plover 1 
Semipalmated Plover 236 
Piping Plover 62 
Killdeer 16 
Spotted Sandpiper 5 
Greater Yellowlegs 104 
Willet 527 
Lesser Yellowlegs 558 
Greater/Lesser Yellowlegs 433 
Whimbrel 28 
Marbled Godwit 15 
Ruddy Turnstone 12 
Red Knot 37 
Sanderling 434 
Least Sandpiper 695 
White-rumped Sandpiper 1 
Semipalmated Sandpiper 962 
peep sp. 1,009 
Short-billed/Long-billed Dowitcher 662 
Wilson's Phalarope 1 
Laughing Gull 366 
Ring-billed Gull 35 
Herring Gull 172 
Lesser Black-backed Gull 95 
Great Black-backed Gull 60 
Least Tern 198 
Gull-billed Tern 2 
Common Tern 54 
Forster's Tern 82 
Royal Tern 69 
Sandwich Tern 12 
Black Skimmer 31 
Mourning Dove -- 
Yellow-billed Cuckoo -- 
Chimney Swift -- 
Red-headed Woodpecker -- 
Red-bellied Woodpecker -- 
Northern Flicker -- 
Peregrine Falcon -- 
Eastern Wood-Pewee -- 
Eastern Kingbird -- 
White-eyed Vireo -- 
Fish Crow -- 
Purple Martin -- 
Tree Swallow -- 
Barn Swallow -- 
Brown-headed Nuthatch -- 
House Wren -- 
Carolina Wren -- 
American Robin -- 
Gray Catbird -- 
European Starling -- 
Cedar Waxwing -- 
Common Yellowthroat -- 
Eastern Towhee -- 
Field Sparrow -- 
Song Sparrow -- 
Northern Cardinal -- 
Blue Grosbeak -- 
Red-winged Blackbird -- 
Eastern Meadowlark -- 
Common Grackle -- 
Brown-headed Cowbird -- 
House Finch -- 
American Goldfinch -- 
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Subject: Voice: Greater Washington Area, July 22
From: "Joe Coleman" <joecoleman AT rstarmail.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:44:16 -0400
FYI - this report is for sightings from July 15 through July 21 and was 
compiled by Joe Coleman & transcribed by Steve Cordle 

Joe Coleman

Hotline:            Voice of the Naturalist
Date:               7/22/2014
Coverage:           MD/DC/VA/DE/WV panhandle
Reports, comments, questions:  voice AT AudubonNaturalist.org
Compiler:           Joe Coleman
Sponsor:            Audubon Naturalist Society of the
                     Central Atlantic States (independent of NAS)
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This is the Voice of the Naturalist, a service of the Audubon
Naturalist Society. This report covers the week starting Tuesday, July
15 and was completed on Tuesday, July 22 at 9:30 a.m.

The top birds this week were pelagic birds seen off of Virginia,
including LEACH'S STORM-PETREL and BAND-RUMPED STORM-PETREL*, and a
RUFF in DE. 

Other birds of interest this week were continuing out-of-season
waterfowl, HORNED and RED-NECKED GREBE, WILSON'S STORM-PETREL,
ANHINGA, TRICOLORED HERON, WHITE IBIS, MISSISSIPPI KITE, SHARP-SHINNED
HAWK, shorebirds, terns, MERLIN, ALDER FLYCATCHER, warblers, and
ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK. 

TOP BIRDS 

A pelagic trip off of Virginia Beach on the 17th found 3 CORY'S
SHEARWATERS, an AUDUBON'S SHEARWATER, WILSON'S STORM-PETRELS, a
LEACH'S STORM-PETREL, 3 BAND-RUMPED STORM-PETRELS*, and a PARASITIC
JAEGER.

A RUFF was found July 20 on the south side of Fowler Beach Rd before
the bridge at Prime Hook NWR, Sussex, DE.

OTHER BIRDS OF INTEREST

There continued to be a number of out-of-season sightings of
waterfowl, including single SNOW GEESE at a number of locations in MD
and DE and the continuing TUNDRA SWAN at Bombay Hook NWR, with the
most recent report there from July 20.

A HORNED GREBE was seen July 19 at Craney Island, Portsmouth, VA;
another was photographed July 21 at Pompco Sound, Accomack Co, VA. A
RED-NECKED GREBE was seen July 18 at the Occoquan Bay NWR, Woodbridge,
Prince William Co, VA. 

A WILSON'S STORM-PETREL was seen July 19 flying through the channel at
the southernmost of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge/Tunnel islands,
Northampton Co, VA.

An ANHINGA was seen July 15 at the Harwood Mills Reservoir, York, VA.
Another ANHINGA was reported flying over Lake of the Woods, a gated
community in Orange Co, VA, on July 19.

A juvenile TRICOLORED HERON was seen July 16 at Hart-Miller Island,
Baltimore Co, MD.

WHITE IBIS were seen at several locations throughout the area during
the week. A WHITE-FACED IBIS was reported at the Assateague State
Park, Worcester Co, MD on July 20. 

A MISSISSIPPI KITE was reported from the intersection of Gaines &
Jackson Streets, Burke, VA on July 15. As many as three MISSISSIPPI
KITES have been seen in a neighborhood in Virginia Beach, VA between
the 15th & 21ST with sightings along Church Point Place, Curtiss Dr,
and Thoroughgood Dr. 

A SHARP-SHINNED HAWK was seen July 17 at the Dunkirk Shopping Center,
Calvert Co, MD.

Three AMERICAN AVOCETS were seen July 16 at the Swan Creek Wetlands,
Anne Arundel Co, MD. An AMERICAN AVOCET was also seen July 21 at Swan
Cove, Chincoteague NWR, Accomack Co, VA. A MARBLED GODWIT was seen on
July 16 at Skimmer Island, Ocean City, MD. Another was seen July 20 at
Castaways Waterfront Campground (formerly Eagle's Nest), Worcester Co,
MD. 

A GULL-BILLED TERN was seen July 18 at Cape Henlopen SP, Sussex Co,
DE. A BLACK TERN was spotted July 18 at Prime Hook NWR, DE. There was
also one at Bombay Hook NWR, Kent Co, DE on the 19th. SANDWICH TERNS
were seen on the 19th and 20th at Point Lookout SP, St. Mary's Co, MD.
A SANDWICH TERN was seen July 21 at Bethany Beach, Sussex Co, DE.

A flyby MERLIN was seen July 18 at the Piney River Ranger Station,
Rappahannock Co, VA. 

The ALDER FLYCATCHER in Highland Co, VA was found again on July 18.

An early fall migrating NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH was found July 17 in a
yard in Waldorf, Charles Co, MD.

A female ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK was seen July 20 at the G. Richard
Thompson WMA, Fauquier Co, VA.

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servers via the ABA Internet links, and on eBird records.

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Subject: lower Eastern Shore of VA & MD, July 19-21, 2014.
From: Harry Armistead <harryarmistead AT hotmail.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:58:34 +0000



















LOWER EASTERN SHORE OF VA & MD, JULY 19-21, 2014. 
A 617-mile road swing.



Please bear in mind that my postings are also written for family and friends
who may have little knowledge of natural history, so some of what is said here
may be obvious to you but not to some of them.  I am not TRYING to insult
anyone's intelligence.



WILLIS WHARF, VA, July 18, seen by Sue, Lynn & Hal: 48 Whimbrels, 6
Willets, and 3 Black Skimmers.



The day after the arrival of Alexis Elizabeth Ayres, 8 lbs. 5 ozs., 20.75 in.,
4:53 P.M., daughter of our daughter, Anne, and Derek Ayres:

JULY 19, SATURDAY,
Kiptopeke (Cape Charles), Virginia area.  I spent today tagging along with
Sue Ricciardi, Hal Wierenga, and Lynn Davidson (compiler) on the Delmarva Tip
Butterfly Count (9:15 A.M. - 6:45 P.M.).  This count has been going on
for, I forget, at least 12 years anyway, and is conducted within the circle of
the Cape Charles Christmas Bird Count, established by Will Russell in 1965.



One Eurasian Collared-Dove at intersection of Route 600 and Capeville
Road.  The small colony in this area is one of the few places in Virginia
where this species may be found with counts going at least as high as 18.



Field W of Route 600 and just N of Magotha Road: an Eastern Cottontail and 170
Rock PIgeons.  The pigeons live on the concrete ships at Kiptopeke and fan
out over the agricultural fields during the day.



Magotha Road: 3 Gray Squirrels, 9 Glossy Ibis, and a d.o.r. small fawn.



Ramp Lane/Eastern Shore of Virginia National Wildlife Refuge (ESVNWR):  A
sub-adult White Ibis, a Forster's Tern, a Bald Eagle, a Tricolored Heron, 3
Glossy Ibis, 5 Ospreys, and a Peregrine Falcon.  The Ramp Lane pond has a
Snowy Egret, but this pond has been unproductive during my infrequent visits
for the past year or more.  As one faces the Smith Island (Cape Charles it
is called) light the Bald Eagle in between the viewer and the island produced 2
young this year, and the other nest down towards Wise Point 1 youngster (fide
John MIller).



ESVNWR proper: Indigo Bunting, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, 35 Bobolinks, Great
Crested Flycatcher, Blue Grosbeak, 11 White Ibis, Orchard Oriole, Least
Sandpiper (heard by HW), all singletons unless noted otherwise.  That's a
good number of Bobolinks for so early in the fall even though they are
notorious for turning up in small numbers even as early as the beginning of
July, on their way to the Argentine.



Cape Charles Natural Area Preserve (CCNAP) is a 29-acre area just S of the town
of Cape Charles with a trail that goes out to the beach (the beach is a
restricted area).  The little pond here, mostly dried up, has several
boardwalks and is surrounded by willows, which attract Viceroys.  I see
one on the boardwalk.  Others find 4 more.  We hear a Summer Tanager,
see a flicker, and there is a Chipping Sparrow singing vigorously from the top
of a cypress and at close range, so harmless and inoffensive as to be almost
beyond belief.  Lynn, whose herp cred includes the fact the she is the
atlas coordinator for Dorchester County, MD, for the MD herp atlas effort (now
in its 5th and final year) has heard with certainty Squirrel Treefrogs here
(Hyla squirella), at the extreme northern limit of their known range. 
This is the sort of fact that Brooke Meanley would have loved.  



The 3rd edition of the Peterson reptiles and amphibians field guide shows their
northern limit as the Cape Henry-Virginia Beach area (map
296).    Google CCNAP and you'll see that other important
aspects here are the presence of the threatened Northeastern Beach Tiger
Beetle, an unusual plant - Coast Bedstraw - and a scarce habitat - maritime
dune woodland.  CCNAP is administered by the Virginia Dept. of
Conservation and Recreation.  It's a little gem.  One Painted
Turtle.  Now that we're on the subject of herps, I have heard Eastern
Narrowmouth Toads on the S side of the old ferry slip (end of Route 704) at
Kiptopeke in the wet swale areas in the upper dunes, also near the N limit of
their range, although they are in parts of MD, too.



At Townsend (pronounced locally Town's End): another Eurasian Collared-Dove.



Bull's Drive (we go no further than the gate): Grasshopper Sparrow (great view
on a fence post at close range; heard singing there, too), Least Tern, Brown
Pelican 17 (in a circling kettle) Field Sparrow singing, an active Osprey nest
on top of the tall communications tower, a doe and her fawn.



Pickett's Harbor:  Has long stretch full of big American Hackerries and
Black Cherries.  I find the only Hackberry Emperor today.  In other
years scores of them have been found here.  Brown Pelican 14,
Double-crested Cormorant 17, 1 Common Tern, 1 Royal Tern.  The lovely
maritime forest at the W end has big Loblolly Pines and a lot of Devil's
Walking Stick, hollies, and plenty of vines.



Cheapside.  Aptly named.  Many vacant lots, abandoned houses. 
Once for a couple of days an Audubon's Warbler was here, found on a Christmas
count, seen by 5-6 of us, found, I think, by Evan Obercian.  Lots of
blooming Mimosa.  We have 5 or 6 sightings of hummingbirds.  A
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher that may be a very early migrant.  One Gray
Squirrel, assuming the Weltanschauung posture.



Just W of Route 13 X Arlington Road a seafood building with 115 Herring Gulls
on the roof, all adults in breeding plumage.



Route 13, milepost 71, 6 deer.



Back to Ramp Lane, ESVNWR, 7 - 7:30 P.M.: 18 White Ibis, 12 Clapper Rails, 2
Green Herons, 60 distant Black Skimmers, 4 Great Egrets, 1 Snowy Egret, 20
Brown Pelicans, 7 Eastern Cottontails, and 3 deer (2 does and a small fawn). 



BUTTERFLYING certainly requires a special skill set.  Finding the one tiny
hairstreak after scutinizing 100s of clover blossoms.  Likewise a
diminutive Saltmarsh Skipper or 2 on a long swath of Sea Oxeye. 
Especially productive today is the line of Abelia bushes, in full bloom, on the
backside of ESVNWR.  Lynn has acquired a Special Use Permit from ESVNWR
giving us access to such restricted areas.  Special binoculars that focus
at close ranges are very helpful for butterflyers.  Today we find 25
species.  Usually it is 10 or so more, but the overcast skies, cool
weather (in the 70s), and NE winds of 15 m.p.h. put the damper on butterflies
today.  There are 10 or so others on the butterfly count.  We find
these swallowtails: Giant (rare here), Palamedes, Black, Spicebush, and Tiger. 
Silver-spotted Skippers may be the most abundant butterfly sighting
today.  Lynn's report will tell.  We miss such usually dependable
species as Snout, Duskywing, and some of the skippers and sulphurs. 
Indigo Buntings, singing males, are just about everywhere today.  



JULY 20, SUNDAY.  My 3 companions go on to do a butterfly count in the
Nassawango area in MD.  I work my way up to Rigby's Folly.  Mostly
overcast, winds NE 10, temps in high 70s, low or mid 80s, with a chance of
Denny's country fried steak.



MACHIPONGO - BOXTREE ROAD, VA.  Low tide.  8:45-9.  Eastern
Cottontail 2, Brown Pelican 2, Great Egret 1, Laughing Gull 33 (hunting in the
marshes and along the tidal guts), Forster's Tern 7, Indigo Bunting 1, Barn
Swallow 30 (actively foraging over the marsh).  The S lawn area here is
skirted by a nice stretch of Sea Oxeye which hosts one Saltmarsh Skipper.



WILLIS WHARF, VA, 9:15- 10.  Very low tide.  Whimbrel 41, Canada
Goose 16, Great Egret 3, Snowy Egret 1, Black Vulture 3, Willet 14, Marbled 
Godwit 

0, Black Skimmer 3, Forster's Tern 6.  Two Diamondback Terrapin basking on
the edge of a tidal gut.



THE REST OF THE DAY IN MD:



ELLIOTT ISLAND ROAD, MD.  12:30-3:15.  Tide low and getting
lower.  40 species, incl. Canada Goose 12, Mallard 1 (the ONLY duck), 3
Great Blue Herons, 3 Great Egrets, 13 Snowy Egrets, 2 Glossy Ibis, 29 Ospreys,
8 Blad Eagles, 2 Northern Harriers, 2 Virginia Rails, 2 Common Gallinules, 1
Greater Yellowlegs, 2 Willets (they'll be clearing out very soon), 2 Least
Sandpipers, 2 Short-billed Dowitchers, 1 Forster's Tern (the only tern), 8
Eastern Kingbirds, 5 Fish Crows, 35 Purple Martins, 6 Marsh Wrens (doing their
buzzy arerial displays), 4 Eastern Bluebirds, 65 starlings, 5 Seaside Sparrows,
3 Blue Grosbeaks, 4 Indigo Buntings, 150 Common & 2 Boat-tailed grackles,
45 cowbirds.  And so it goes, or at least, went.  Also: 2 Diamondback
Terrapin, 2 Black Swallowtails (males), and perhaps most unusual of all, a fat
Woodchuck just E of Kraft Neck X Elliott I. roads on the farm driveway
there.  I don't think I've ever seen a 'whistle pig' before on Elliott
Island Road.



BESTPITCH FERRY ROAD, Transquaking River area: A hen Wild Turkey with 7
half-grown poults, 2 Painted Turtles, 125 cowbirds.



BLACKWATER N.W.R., 4:15 - 5:30, a cameo appearance.  All of 14 species,
incl.: Great Blue Heron 5, Great Egret 14, Bald Eagle 6, Osprey 5, Killdeer 1,
Greater 3 & Lesser 14 yellowlegs, Least Sandpiper 345 (all of the peep I am
able to see are Leasts, but there are no doubt some Semipalmateds and perhaps a
few Westerns in with them), Short-billed Dowitcher 5, Pectoral Sandpiper 4,
Ring-billed Gull 1, Forster's Tern 6, Red-headed Woodpecker 1, Orchard Oriole
1.  NON-AVIAN TAXA: Painted Turtle 13, Redbelly Slider 2, Orange Sulphur
3, Cabbage White 1.  



EGYPT ROAD, 5:35, P.M.,  A hen Wild Turkey.



RIGBY'S FOLLY - Armistead digs in Talbot County.  Arrive 7:10 P.M. 
The 2 young Ospreys on our platform are impressive and the just one young (I
think) on a platform farther up the cove is, too.  They look flight-capable,
if they only knew it.  Corn is up c. 2.5' in contrast to much of it
elsewhere regionally, which much of it 7'.  There's a large, dead oak limb
on the driveway, not what I want to deal with after 200+ miles of
driving.  Then in the house a smoke alarm in a hard-to-reach place is
beeping away.  Another large limb, on the mostly-dead maple by the garage,
has fallen.  1.75" in the rain gauge since the last visit. 
Good.



JULY 21, known to the laity as, simply, Monday.  At Rigby's Folly:
overcast, 72, calm.  A Yellow-billed Cuckoo calling continuously.  A
8-point buck in Field 4.  A Gray Squirrel.  The 1st Monarch of the
year.  At Frog Hollow 19 Painted Turtles, a record count, some of them
very small young, are basking on 2 logs, 16 on one log.  Over Royal Oak is
an immature Bald Eagle soaring.  In a yard right in the middle of town are
2 Black Vultures.  MIDDLETOWN, DE.  A Velvet Ant on the paving at the
Wawa only a few feet from the doors.



JULY 22, Tuesday.  I hate to miss it, but I need to be home.  Today
John Weske, Dave Brinker, and their crew are banding Brown Pelican chicks in
the huge colony (> 1,000 pairs in some years) out in the Shanks I. area of
VA just S of Smith I., MD, and N of Tangier I., VA. 



Best to all. - Harry Armistead.





 		 	   		  
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Subject: Two Red-Eyed Vireos at Motts Reservoir, Fredericksburg, VA
From: Suzanne Stewart <suzinotsue AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 16:36:01 -0400
Two Re-Eyed Vireos (life bird for me) were feeding together just off the
Nature Center deck at Motts Reservoir. I watched one pick off what looked
like caterpillar silk from the back side of a leaf. They were very visible
for about five minutes and I was kicking myself for not bringing my camera
that day!

Also saw the resident Eastern Phoebe.

Suzanne Stewart
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Subject: Don't forget! The Birder Travel Decision Survey is waiting!
From: Ginger Deason <ggdeason AT ncsu.edu>
Date: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 18:05:44 -0400
Dear Virginia Birder,



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Subject: Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk
From: Harry Glasgow via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 13:09:59 -0700
More than 25 birders assembled for today's Huntley Meadows Monday Morning 
Birdwalk.† We identified 43 species.† All species were normal for Huntley 
Meadows at this time of year.† Highlights included an unusually tame Great Blue 
Heron who loitered next to a portion of the boardwalk while a large crowd of 
people stood by and watched it systematically catch small fish.† This show went 
on for 15 or 20 minutes.† Another highlight was large numbers of Barn swallows 
harvesting insects from the flowers of the showy Crimson Eyed Rose Mallows 
(Hibiscis moscheutos) blooming throughout the central wetlands. 


Canada Goose† 15
Wood Duck† 8
Mallard† 8
Wild Turkey† 1
Great Blue Heron†
 5
Great Egret† 4
Green Heron† 5
Red-shouldered Hawk† 1
Killdeer† 4
Mourning Dove† 2
Yellow-billed Cuckoo† 1
Chimney Swift† 2
Ruby-throated Hummingbird† 2
Belted Kingfisher† 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker† 1
Downy Woodpecker† 5
Hairy Woodpecker† 1
Eastern Wood-Pewee† 4
Acadian Flycatcher† 3
Eastern Phoebe† 1
Great Crested Flycatcher† 1
Eastern Kingbird† 2
Red-eyed Vireo† 4
Blue Jay† 6
crow sp.† 1
Barn Swallow† 25
Carolina Chickadee† 5
White-breasted Nuthatch† 1
Carolina Wren† 6
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher† 1
Eastern Bluebird† 3
Wood Thrush† 2
American Robin† 24
Gray Catbird† 7
Common Yellowthroat† 6
Eastern Towhee† 1
Song Sparrow† 1
Scarlet Tanager† 1
Northern Cardinal† 6
Red-winged
 Blackbird† 20
Common Grackle† 15
House Finch† 2
American Goldfinch† 3

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



Harry Glasgow
Friends of Huntley Meadows Park
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Subject: Upper Thompson WMA and nearby, Fauq Co, 20 July 2014
From: "Kurt Gaskill" <KurtCapt87 AT verizon.net>
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2014 19:09:38 -0400
VA BIRDers,

A pretty cool day for the middle of July. Freezeland Rd at Thompson WMA was
63F at 7am rising to nearly 68F when I left at 930am.  There were a few
birds present and a small fraction of them were singing. Nothing too
surprising, but a delight to see warblers in the middle of summer.  The
highlight was a Rose-breasted Grosbeak - female in breeding plumage but no
signs (acoustically or photonically) of a male or young.  Let me list the
notable species:

YB Cuckoo 2
Barred Owl 1, big black eyes staring down on me
Chimney Swift 1, pretty good considering the nearest house was half a mile a
way
E. Wood Pewee 11, feeding FL
Acadian Fly 7
White-eyed V 3
Yellow-throated V 3
Red-eyed V 15, FL
Common Raven 1
Wood Thrush 9
Gray Catbird 11
Brown Thrasher 1
Ovenbird 2
Worm-eating 4, one sang
Black & White 1, HY female
Kentucky 5, one sang
Common Yellowthroat 1, singing
Hooded 10, several sang
Am. Redstart 10, CF, two sang
YB Chat 2, one flew out of someone's driveway and after landing made strange
sounds reminiscent of its song
Scarlet Tanager 6, couple singing
E. Towhee 29, FL
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 1, ad female
Indigo Bunting 21, CF + FL
Brown-headed Cowbird 3

I then drove Leeds Manor Rd.  Most notable were a few American Redstarts in
trees along the route, occasionally chipping. There was also a YB Chat and
YB Cuckoo (graceful flight).  I went down Carr Rd and the most notable was a
rufous phase E. Screech Owl (how I wish I had a camera with me!) which stood
outside its entrance hole for nearly a minute.  And the Green Heron in one
of the wet patches was a pleasant surprise. As I went south towards I-66 an
American Kestrel flew in parallel with Rectortown Rd.  About 73 species for
the trip.

Kurt Gaskill

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Subject: Dyke Marsh Walk today- Least Bittern, Orchard Oriole and Warbling Vireo on Nest
From: "prowarbler" <prowarbler AT verizon.net>
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2014 15:12:56 -0400
Fifteen people joined me today for the Sunday Morning Bird Walk.  Highlights
included a Warbling Vireo and Orchard Oriole nest (the latter with young)
between the Haul Road bridge and the boardwalk entrance, and a Least Bittern
in flight (life bird for David Ledwith and perhaps a few others) - yea!
Fledged Ospreys are perfecting both flight and fishing skills. Barn Swallows
were feeding fledged young at the marina. Red-winged Blackbirds and Northern
Cardinals also tended to begging youngsters.  We observed a Willow
Flycatcher (based on its "whit" call) near the boardwalk entrance. Our only
lowlight was a Carolina Wren feeding a young Brown-headed Cowbird
(subjective statement I admit). 

 

Special note of thanks to Larry Meade (young Larry) for helping me (old
Larry) and the group with butterfly identification, providing some hilarious
puns, and improving my English. Note Larry that I have changed "I" to "me"
when needed, avoided the word "myself,"  and used active voice in my
sentence structure as much as possible.  

 

Today's list:

 

 

 

Dyke Marsh - CMN02, Fairfax, US-VA

Jul 20, 2014 11:19 AM - 2:49 PM

Protocol: Traveling

1.5 mile(s)

Comments:     
Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.7.1 51 species Canada Goose 40 Mallard 60 Double-crested Cormorant 3 Least Bittern 1 Great Blue Heron 11 Great Egret 17 Osprey 10 Fledged Young Bald Eagle 5 Spotted Sandpiper 1 Ring-billed Gull 150 Herring Gull (American) 2 Mourning Dove 3 Chimney Swift 8 Ruby-throated Hummingbird 2 Belted Kingfisher 1 Red-bellied Woodpecker 4 Downy Woodpecker 2 Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 1 Willow Flycatcher 1 call is "whit whit" Eastern Phoebe 2 Great Crested Flycatcher 1 Eastern Kingbird 6 Warbling Vireo 2 On Nest Blue Jay 5 Fish Crow 4 Purple Martin 6 Tree Swallow 15 Barn Swallow 20 Carolina Chickadee 8 Tufted Titmouse 3 White-breasted Nuthatch 3 Marsh Wren 3 Carolina Wren 5 Feeding Young Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 2 American Robin 10 Gray Catbird 2 Northern Mockingbird 2 European Starling 15 Prothonotary Warbler 1 Common Yellowthroat 2 Yellow Warbler 1 Song Sparrow 5 Northern Cardinal 12 Indigo Bunting 2 Red-winged Blackbird 20 Feeding Young Common Grackle (Purple) 16 Brown-headed Cowbird 2 Fledged Young (fed by Carolina Wren) Orchard Oriole 2 Nest With Young House Finch 2 American Goldfinch 12 House Sparrow 10 Larry Cartwright prowarbler AT verizon.net *** You are subscribed to va-bird as jsiler AT birdingonthe.net. If you wish to unsubscribe, or modify your preferences please visit http://mailman.listserve.com/listmanager/listinfo/va-bird ***
Subject: Mississippi Kite in VA Beach this morning
From: Dave Youker via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2014 15:10:07 -0400 (EDT)
Around 7:30 this morning I visited the intersection of Five Forks  Rd and 
Curtiss Dr to see if the Mississippi Kite was still in the  area.  The bird 
was immediately spotted soaring overhead, and then it  drifted over the tree 
line toward the Bayville Farms Park.  I searched for  some time but wasn't 
able to locate it again.
 
Dave Youker
Yorktown, VA
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Subject: Occoquan Bay NWR
From: Marc Ribaudo <moribaudo AT verizon.net>
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2014 14:40:45 -0400
I tallied 60 species at Occoquan Bay NWR in Woodbridge this morning. Its 
getting harder to find birds as singing has slowed down, but the indigo 
buntings, chats, blue grosbeaks, white-eyed vireos, yellowthroats, and field 
sparrows were still singing away. Notables were a single king rail, green 
heron, a lot of orchard orioles (8 in one flock, migration activity?), 
prothonotary warbler, northern parula, and yellow-billed cuckoo. 


Afterwards I stopped at Neabsco Creek and saw 2 least bitterns chasing each 
other over the marsh. 


Marc Ribaudo

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Subject: Various sightings in Shenandoah NP North District
From: Gabriel Mapel via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2014 09:48:35 -0700
Hi all,

My mom and I got back last night from a camping trip at Matthews Arm Campground 
in the north district of Shenandoah National Park. †Over the course of our 4 
days, I had a few good bird sightings. 


On Wed (July 16th) along the Knob Mt Trail from the Heiskell Hollow Tr to the 
Cutoff Trail (1.5 miles -- Page County) I had 34 species with highlights: 1 
Rrd-shouldered & 1 Broad-winged Hawks, 2 Acadian Flycatchers, 1 BH Vireo, 7 
recently fledged Ovenbirds -- confirmed breeding, 1 Worm-eating, 2 
Black-and-white, 4 Redstart, and 2 Junco. † 


On Wed (16th) and Fri (18th) nights at the Matthews Arm Campground I heard 1-2 
Barred Owls (Page County). † 


At 10:30am on Fri morning (18th) at Piney River Ranger Station (Rappahannock 
County) I had a surprise northeast-bound flyby Merlin. †There were 1 Kentucky 
(this is a spot I regularly get Kentuckies) and 2 Chestnut-sided Warblers 
nearby. 


Later Fri afternoon at the Front Royal Entrance Station to the park (Warren 
County) I had 22 species with highlights: 1 Swift, 1 Hummingbird, 3 Pewee, 8 C. 
Chickadee -- includes Recently Fledged Young (RFY) -- confirmed breeding, 12 
Tufted Titmouse -- RFY, 4 Nuthatch, 4 House Wren, 6 Gnatcatcher -- RFY, 4 
Worm-eating Warblers -- RFY, 2 L. Waterthrush, 1 Hooded, 2 Redstart, 1 Scarlet 
Tanager. 


Our final notable birds were the same afternoon at Gooney Manor Overlook where 
we had 1 adult Bald Eagle circling overhead, 2 Broad-winged & 1 Red-tailed 
Hawks. 


Good birding!

Gabriel Mapel
New Hope, VA
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Subject: Wilson's Storm-Petrel at CBBT
From: taberzz--- via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2014 12:15:20 -0400 (EDT)
Late yesterday afternoon, there was a Wilson's Storm-Petrel flying through the 
channel at the south island CBBT. 


Brian Taber
Coastal VA Wildlife Observatory
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Subject: Great Falls Walk
From: Marshall Rawson via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2014 11:06:02 -0400 (EDT)
At Great Falls National Park this morning our small group of three birders 
tallied 42 species (+1 other taxa). Highlights of the day included good views 
of an osprey at the second overlook, blue jays chasing a barred owl in the 
holding basin area and in the picnic area a brave chipping sparrow that 
lingered within a foot of us. All are welcome to join this walk that meets 
every Sunday at 8:00am in the visitors center parking lot. -- Marshall Rawson, 
McLean VA 


Canada Goose  10
American Black Duck  2
Mallard  14
Double-crested Cormorant  6
Great Blue Heron  5
Green Heron  1
Black Vulture  9
Turkey Vulture  8
Osprey  1
Sharp-shinned Hawk  1
Bald Eagle  1
Mourning Dove  1
Yellow-billed Cuckoo  1
Barred Owl  1
Chimney Swift  20
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Downy Woodpecker  1
Eastern Wood-Pewee  3
Acadian Flycatcher  1
Great Crested Flycatcher  1
Warbling Vireo  1
Red-eyed Vireo  4
Blue Jay  15
American Crow  3
crow sp.  4
Tree Swallow  1
Carolina Chickadee  2
Tufted Titmouse  18
White-breasted Nuthatch  4
Carolina Wren  12
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  3
Eastern Bluebird  4
Wood Thrush  2
American Robin  3
Eastern Towhee  1
Chipping Sparrow  2
Song Sparrow  2
Scarlet Tanager  2
Northern Cardinal  4
Indigo Bunting  1
Red-winged Blackbird  1
Baltimore Oriole  1
American Goldfinch  6



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Subject: Note on: Anhinga at Lake of the Woods
From: Bill Hohenstein <elliety AT msn.com>
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2014 05:10:54 -0400
A couple of points on the Anhinga:
 
1. Lake of the Woods is a gated lake with a guard post at the entrance. I think 
you need to be a resident or guest to get access. 

 
2. My view was a fly-over. While I would guess that the bird is somewhere on 
the lake, there are a number of coves where it could be. 

 
Before driving a distance, you might wait to see if someone local is able to 
find it and make sure you could get access. 

 
 
 
> From: elliety AT msn.com
> To: va-bird AT listserve.com
> Date: Sat, 19 Jul 2014 22:08:26 -0400
> Subject: [Va-bird] Anhinga at Lake of the Woods
> 
> I visited some friends at Lake of the Woods today and out on the lake an 
Anhinga flew by. I observed DC Cormorants as well, but the Anhinga was 
different. It had a longer neck, two rectangular white wing patches on the 
upper wings, a very thin bill and long tail. It was a brief but clear look. Our 
boat was headed one direction and the Anhinga was headed the other. 

>  
> Bill
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Subject: Anhinga at Lake of the Woods
From: Bill Hohenstein <elliety AT msn.com>
Date: Sat, 19 Jul 2014 22:08:26 -0400
I visited some friends at Lake of the Woods today and out on the lake an 
Anhinga flew by. I observed DC Cormorants as well, but the Anhinga was 
different. It had a longer neck, two rectangular white wing patches on the 
upper wings, a very thin bill and long tail. It was a brief but clear look. Our 
boat was headed one direction and the Anhinga was headed the other. 

 
Bill
 		 	   		  
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Subject: Common Loon, Occoquan Bay NWR, Prince William County
From: Phil Silas via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Sat, 19 Jul 2014 13:15:05 -0400 (EDT)
VA Birders,
Dave Boltz and I birded the Occoquan Bay refuge this morning and found a Common 
Loon off Deephole Point Road about 600 yards downstream from Conrad Island. 
That area is between the end of Charlie Rd. and the mouth of Catamount Creek. 
We had no luck refinding the Red-necked Grebe I found in the same area and 
reported in eBird yesterday. 

Phil Silas
Woodbridge, VA
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Subject: Re: Virginia Beach Mississippi Kite
From: "kroberts38 AT verizon.net" <kroberts38@verizon.net>
Date: Sat, 19 Jul 2014 07:59:05 -0700
There are 3 Mississippi Kites flying over and around Curtiss Dr. in 
Thoroughgood neighborhood of Virginia Beach.† (10:45 am, Saturday,† July 19th)† 
Thanks for posting about them Jim! 


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Subject: Migrating Hummingbirds Are Arriving
From: pepherup--- via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2014 10:04:52 -0400 (EDT)
 Beginning this week, migrating hummingbirds have begun to show up at my 
feeders. I have had to fill the two feeds that I have up every other day and 
there have been multiple birds feeding at each one. Fights for position have 
begun which always makes me sad as last year I had two injured birds as a 
result of fights at the feeder. Thankfully they both recovered. Probably by 
next week I will put up two more feeders at remote locations to take some of 
the pressure off the ones on the deck. One needs to be careful as you go out 
the back door onto the deck so you don't get hit by a bird but I love having 
them here. 

 Blue/gray gnatcatchers have also been bouncing around the yard in the crape 
myrtle trees which are in full bloom. 


Peggy Lyons
Concord
Campbell County 
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Subject: from: Linda
From: "Linda" <lbscherer AT hotmail.com>
Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2014 13:02:53 +0200


Hiya va

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Subject: Virginia Beach Mississippi Kite
From: Jim Marcum <marcums AT cns.umass.edu>
Date: Thu, 17 Jul 2014 14:59:40 -0400
An adult Mississippi Kite was observed this morning, soaring in the area near 
the junction of Church Point Place and Hepplewhite Mews. Reports of a MIKI have 
been made in this area of Virginia Beach for several weeks now. I went to the 
area to see if the bird could be relocated and observed it around 10:30 this 
am. 


Jim Marcum
Virginia Beach, VA
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Subject: Purple Martin Festival, Richmond
From: Susan Ridd <susaneridd AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 17 Jul 2014 13:03:07 -0400
"The Gone to the Birds Nature Festival has been cancelled due to a lack of
birds and a lack of interest. We regret this but we hope that you will go
to North Carolina and see the 100,000 Purple Martins that roost there. The
Coastal Carolina website is www.purplemartinroost.com."  Thank you for your
past support!
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Subject: Reston Flycatchers
From: lcdyoung93 AT verizon.net
Date: Wed, 16 Jul 2014 15:56:44 -0500 (CDT)
 I just returned from three weeks in Cape May, Co. NJ, so I decided to go 
around 

 to a couple of local trails and take inventory. The Flycatchers were by far 
the most 

 active and vocal birds with 5 species found rather quickly. the most 
interesting 

 by far was an Eastern Phoebe repeatly attacking the ground by the trail edge. 
 I watched as a small to mid-sized Praying Mantis successfully defended itself 
 against a much larger and very determined foe who eventually gave up the hunt. 

 I walked from behind Tall Oaks up to and onto the Lake Anne Dam at Wiehle Ave 
then 

 behind Universalist Church Garden Plots. I saw and heard the following plus 
 usuals 
 
 Barn Swallow 
 Chimney Swift 
 Ruby Throated Hummingbird 
 Eastern Wood Pewee - 2 
 Acadian Flycatcher - in wooded stream vallley, was there back in June as well 
 Eastern Phoebe 
 Great Crested Flycatcher 
 Eastern Kingbird 
 Red Eyed Vireo 
 Indigo Bunting ( 2 pair ) along the gas pipeline right of way.
 
 Dave Young 
 Reston, Virginia 
 
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Subject: Caspian Terns at Hog Island
From: taberzz--- via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Jul 2014 15:00:57 -0400 (EDT)
If anyone is at Hog Island WMA in Surry in late July, August or early Sept and 
can count Caspian Terns, I'd be interested in the data. For the past several 
years, at least, they have been staging there by the many hundreds and I'm not 
aware of anywhere else they are doing that in VA. 


Thanks,

Brian Taber
Coastal VA Wildlife Observatory 
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Subject: Mississippi Kite - Fairfax County
From: Stephen D Eccles <stephendeccles AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Jul 2014 13:58:56 -0400
Yesterday afternoon (July 15), I saw an adult MK at its well-known site at 
Gaines/Johnston in Burke, Fairfax County. Just after the storm abated, one was 
sitting out on a bare branch, looking most peculiar! This adult had completely 
lost its tail, with obvious signs of a new one growing in. 


Stephen Eccles

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Subject: July 14, 2014 Chincoteague NWR Shorebird Survey Results
From: Joelle Buffa <clyde_joelle AT verizon.net>
Date: Tue, 15 Jul 2014 17:13:13 -0700
Below are the results of our weekly shorebird/gull survey conducted at 
Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge on†Monday July 14, 2014. All water areas 
(impoundments and beach areas) were covered in a†8 hour survey. All individuals 
are counted for the target species; other birds seen or heard on the survey are 
followed by a dash. 


Southbound migration has hit the Refuge. We had 2,946 individual shorebirds of 
15 species. Willets were the most common with a high number of 900 counted on 
the survey. This is a huge number for the Refuge surveys. Dowitcher sp. (494), 
least sandpiper (408), semi-palmated sandpiper (210) and yellowlegs (mostly 
lesser with some greater and many†yellowlegs sp) (416)†were all in increased 
numbers over the past few weeks. The 19 marbled godwits using Tom's Cove was 
the most we have seen this summer.† Our first pectoral sandpiper of the season 
was a joy to find. The black tern flying low over the waves on the Hook was a 
surprise. 


Since the impoundments are mostly dry, who knows how many more shorebirds would 
be using the Refuge if we get some more rain thereby improving their habitat on 
the Refuge? 


The best place to see shorebirds right now on the Refuge is F Pond across from 
the NPS Visitor Center and the North Wash Flats† impoundments. The latter 
requires a hike up the Service Road north of the Visitors Loop. Good numbers† 
and variety of species of terns can be seen on the Beaches as well as F Pond. 


Our next survey is July 21. Joelle Buffa and Clyde Morris


Canada Goose -- 
Gadwall -- 
American Black Duck -- 
Mallard -- 
Black Scoter -- 
Brown Pelican 114 
Great Blue Heron -- 
Great Egret -- 
Snowy Egret -- 
Little Blue Heron -- 
Tricolored Heron -- 
Cattle Egret -- 
Green Heron -- 
Glossy Ibis -- 
Black Vulture -- 
Turkey Vulture -- 
Osprey -- 
Bald Eagle -- 
American Oystercatcher 37 
Black-bellied Plover 37 
Semipalmated Plover 34 
Piping Plover 58 
Killdeer 12 
Greater Yellowlegs 86 
Willet 900 
Lesser Yellowlegs 154 
Greater/Lesser Yellowlegs 176 
Whimbrel 33 
Marbled Godwit 19 
Ruddy Turnstone 7 
Red Knot 29 
Sanderling 63 
Least Sandpiper 408 
Pectoral Sandpiper 1 
Semipalmated Sandpiper 210 
peep sp. 188 
Short-billed/Long-billed Dowitcher 494 
Laughing Gull 114 
Ring-billed Gull 12 
Herring Gull 147 
Lesser Black-backed Gull 53 
Great Black-backed Gull 15 
Least Tern 85 
Gull-billed Tern 2 
Black Tern 1 
Common Tern 40 
Royal Tern 1 
Sandwich Tern 1 
Black Skimmer 2 
Mourning Dove -- 
Red-headed Woodpecker -- 
Downy Woodpecker -- 
Northern Flicker -- 
Eastern Wood-Pewee -- 
Great Crested Flycatcher -- 
Eastern Kingbird -- 
White-eyed Vireo -- 
American Crow -- 
Fish Crow -- 
crow sp. -- 
Purple Martin -- 
Tree Swallow -- 
Barn Swallow -- 
Carolina Chickadee -- 
Brown-headed Nuthatch -- 
House Wren -- 
Carolina Wren -- 
American Robin -- 
Gray Catbird -- 
Brown Thrasher -- 
Northern Mockingbird -- 
European Starling -- 
Common Yellowthroat -- 
Pine Warbler -- 
Eastern Towhee -- 
Field Sparrow -- 
Song Sparrow -- 
Summer Tanager -- 
Northern Cardinal -- 
Blue Grosbeak -- 
Indigo Bunting -- 
Red-winged Blackbird -- 
Eastern Meadowlark -- 
Common Grackle -- 
Brown-headed Cowbird -- 
Orchard Oriole -- 
House Finch -- 
American Goldfinch -- 
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