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19 Oct Seasonal Birds in No. VA (Staff, Pr Wm, and FRFX) , 19 Oct 2014 ["Kurt Gaskill" ]
19 Oct Re: Goose in Founder's Park (Old Town Alexandria) is a hybrid ["David Boltz" ]
20 Oct Goose in Founder's Park (Old Town Alexandria) is a hybrid []
19 Oct Bird Sightings for October 19, 2014 [janet anderson via va-bird ]
19 Oct HSR: Snickers Gap (19 Oct 2014) 167 Raptors []
19 Oct HSR: Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (19 Oct 2014) 122 Raptors []
19 Oct Re: Phalarope Sunday Gone [William Leigh ]
19 Oct 10/19 - Pleasure House Point, Virginia Beach [Rob Bielawski ]
19 Oct HSR: Harvey's Knob (19 Oct 2014) 46 Raptors []
19 Oct Great Falls National Park Walk [Marshall Rawson via va-bird ]
19 Oct Sunday Field Trip at Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve, Fairfax County [Gerry Hawkins ]
19 Oct Red Phalarope no-show [Rob Hilton ]
19 Oct Test [William Leigh ]
19 Oct [va-bird] Occoquan Bay NWR, Woodbridge, VA [Scott Priebe ]
19 Oct HSR: Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (18 Oct 2014) 433 Raptors []
19 Oct Purple finch [Marc Ribaudo ]
19 Oct Red phalarope ? [William Leigh ]
19 Oct Red phalarope ? [William Leigh ]
19 Oct Bird Sightings for October 18, 2014 [janet anderson via va-bird ]
18 Oct HSR: Harvey's Knob (17 Oct 2014) 57 Raptors []
18 Oct HSR: Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (18 Oct 2014) 301 Raptors []
18 Oct Re: Great Falls Park Walk [aaron via va-bird ]
18 Oct GWFG in Old Town Alexandria [Trista Nealon ]
18 Oct HSR: Harvey's Knob (18 Oct 2014) 75 Raptors []
18 Oct 10/18 - Back Bay NWR, Virginia Beach [Rob Bielawski ]
18 Oct Peregrine Falcon, western Albemarle [MARLENECONDON--- via va-bird ]
18 Oct NVBC Walk at Sky Meadows SP - Bridle Trail, Saturday, Oct 18, 2014 - Plenty of Sparrows but no unusual Geese [Elton Morel via va-bird ]
18 Oct Occoquan Bay NWR [Marc Ribaudo ]
18 Oct Shenandoah Valley 10/17/14 ["Marshall Faintich" ]
18 Oct Gap Run Rd. GWFG & SNGO - No, Emu Yes [Howard Wu ]
18 Oct Red phalarope sat morn [William Leigh ]
18 Oct Red phalarope sat morn [William Leigh ]
18 Oct Fwd: Peregrine Falcon - Red-tailed Hawk dogfight [John Greenwood via va-bird ]
17 Oct 10/17 - Pleasure House Point, Virginia Beach [Rob Bielawski ]
17 Oct HSR: Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (17 Oct 2014) 277 Raptors GE & OS Records! []
17 Oct HSR: Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (16 Oct 2014) 177 Raptors []
17 Oct FW: eBird Report - Tobacco Heritage Trail - Cotton Mill Park to 2.5 Mile Marker, Oct 17, 2014 ["Jeffrey Blalock" ]
17 Oct Red Phalarope 6:00 PM [William Leigh ]
17 Oct HSR: Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (17 Oct 2014) 294 Raptors []
17 Oct HSR: Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (16 Oct 2014) 237 Raptors []
17 Oct GWFG & SNGO in Paris, Fauquier County ["Dave Larsen - birding" ]
17 Oct Re: Gap Run Road - 3 blue phase Snow Geese & greater white-fronted [dixiesommers via va-bird ]
17 Oct Male A. Redstart at my Water today - Hampton, Va., 17 Oct. [BEN COPELAND ]
17 Oct Greater White-fronted Goose and Blue Geese on Gap Run Road in Paris [David Larsen - birding ]
17 Oct Fwd: Gap Run Road - 3 blue phase Snow Geese & greater white-fronted [Linda Chittum ]
17 Oct Gap Run Road - 3 blue phase Snow Geese & greater white-fronted [Linda Chittum ]
17 Oct Red Phalarope [William Leigh ]
16 Oct Late Warbler Migrants [roger mayhorn ]
16 Oct California Condor at Grand Canyon Now Countable per ABA ["Jeffrey Blalock" ]
16 Oct HSR: Harvey's Knob (16 Oct 2014) 124 Raptors []
16 Oct Red Phalarope Rockingham Co. ["Herbert Larner" ]
16 Oct HSR: Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (15 Oct 2014) 32 Raptors []
16 Oct Re: Red Phalarope Yes [dixiesommers via va-bird ]
16 Oct Avocet in Rockbridge Co. [Rowe, Richard A, ”Dick” ]
15 Oct Red Phalarope- Rockingham- Yes [Andrew Rapp ]
15 Oct Rain-Shortened Bird Walk in Loudoun Park [WILLIAM ]
15 Oct Re: HSR: Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (15 Oct 2014) 41 Raptors [Nan LaRue ]
15 Oct HSR: Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (15 Oct 2014) 41 Raptors []
15 Oct White-throated Sparrow [David White ]
15 Oct Harrier and Eagle [Gerco ]
15 Oct Red Phalarope at Oakwood Pond - Rockingham County [David Larsen - birding ]
15 Oct Red Phalarope Yes [birdergonewild--- via va-bird ]
15 Oct Surf Scoter and Black-crowned Night Heron in Amherst Co [Michael Boatwright ]
15 Oct Female Ruby-Throated Hummingbird at Monticello Park [Trista Nealon ]
15 Oct white-throated sparrow [Anita Storino ]
15 Oct Re: HSR: Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (13 Oct 2014) Merlin record broken! [MARLENECONDON--- via va-bird ]
15 Oct HSR: Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (13 Oct 2014) Merlin record broken! []
15 Oct HSR: Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (14 Oct 2014) 301 Raptors []
15 Oct Red Phalarope Yes [William Leigh ]
14 Oct Wilson's Snipe at Paul Edmund's Park in South Boston ["Jeffrey Blalock" ]
15 Oct Red Phalarope info & birder trespassing today (Rockingham) [Diane L via va-bird ]
14 Oct HSR: Harvey's Knob (14 Oct 2014) 3 Raptors []
14 Oct 62 Sharp-shinned, 2 Harriers, Peregrine, Kestrel Waples Mill Park, Fairfax co [Nicholas Newberry ]
14 Oct Red-necked Grebe at Riverbend Park 10/14/14 [Dendroica--- via va-bird ]
14 Oct Powhatan State Park [Louis Schiavo ]
14 Oct The Big Sit [taberzz--- via va-bird ]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kurt Gaskill

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

Dave Boltz

-----Original Message----- 
From: trnealon AT comcast.net
Sent: Sunday, October 19, 2014 8:45 PM
To: listserve, va-bird
Subject: [Va-bird] Goose in Founder's Park (Old Town Alexandria) is a hybrid

Hello All,

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

Trista Nealon


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

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


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

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


Trista Nealon 


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

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


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

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

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

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

Official Counter:        Joan Boudreau and Bob Abrams

Observers:        

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


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

Raptor Observations:


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


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


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

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

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

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

Official Counter:        Vic Laubach

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


best,

William Leigh leightern AT msn.com

Bridgewater, Virginia 
 

 



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Official Counter:        Matt Hosmer

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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


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


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

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

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

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


Scott D. Priebe

Springfield, VA


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

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

 		 	   		  
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Subject: HSR: Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (18 Oct 2014) 433 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 19 Oct 2014 08:10:29 -0400
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch
Tip of Virginia's Eastern Shore, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 18, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                      18           1083           3397
Bald Eagle                   9            125            211
Northern Harrier            20            251            387
Sharp-shinned Hawk         214           3676           5721
Cooper's Hawk               57           1078           1829
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          1              9             19
Broad-winged Hawk            5            555            959
Red-tailed Hawk              3             41             96
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel            81           1477           3776
Merlin                      18           1036           1666
Peregrine Falcon             7           1068           1267
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              1
Unknown Buteo                0              1              4
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              6              8
Unknown Raptor               0             17             61
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              2

Total:                     433          10423          19404
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 06:00:00 
Observation end   time: 16:00:00 
Total observation time: 10 hours

Official Counter:        Katie Rittenhouse

Observers:        Joe Beatty

Weather:


Raptor Observations:


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


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Subject: Purple finch
From: Marc Ribaudo <moribaudo AT verizon.net>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 08:32:01 -0400
A female purple finch is currently sitting on my feeder in Woodbridge.

Marc Ribaudo

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Subject: Red phalarope ?
From: William Leigh <leightern AT msn.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 07:56:26 -0400
A 20 minute search this morning did not find the reph. Bird may be hunkered 
down on the nearshore ....or headed out to sea. 


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Subject: Red phalarope ?
From: William Leigh <leightern AT msn.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 07:56:26 -0400
A 20 minute search this morning did not find the reph. Bird may be hunkered 
down on the nearshore ....or headed out to sea. 


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Subject: Bird Sightings for October 18, 2014
From: janet anderson via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 00:12:14 -0400
Bird Sightings for October 18, 2014
Raptors seen migrating in Arlington, VA  (parent's home)
 
Peregrine Falcon
Red Tailed Hawk
Black Vulture
Turkey Vulture
Coopers Hawk
Sharp-Shinned Hawk
Osprey 
 
Janet M. Anderson
Falls Church, VA
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Subject: HSR: Harvey's Knob (17 Oct 2014) 57 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 18 Oct 2014 23:10:31 -0400
Harvey's Knob
Roanoke, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 17, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       1             14             88
Bald Eagle                   2             11             98
Northern Harrier             0              3             15
Sharp-shinned Hawk          34            283            443
Cooper's Hawk                4             34             80
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              1              6
Broad-winged Hawk            2             29          10833
Red-tailed Hawk              5             29             90
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             7             35            101
Merlin                       1              3              8
Peregrine Falcon             0              6             13
Unknown Accipiter            0              1              3
Unknown Buteo                0              0              4
Unknown Falcon               0              1              1
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               1              1             10

Total:                      57            451          11793
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Baron Gibson

Observers:        

Visitors:
Andrew & his parents helped spot today. Katherine & husband Ed visited for
a short period. Michael & Laura from Oregon stopped & asked questions &
were able to view the adult BE that was low & slow giving great looks. A
couple from Sweden visited & loved the area. 

A lot of parkway goers & a lot asking questions


Weather:
Blue skies prevailed throughout the day with an occasional distant cloud.
Temps were 16-19c, winds were variable all watch with a westerly component
 AT  a 1 until the last two hours when they shifted easterly  AT  2-3.

Raptor Observations:
Hawks observed all over with a lot close in. During the mid afternoon hours
I found several hawks "Stupid" high up as I was scanning.

Great looks at both Eagles, especially the adult which appeared  AT  15:58 dst
(4 o'clock Eagle) and the Imm  AT  16:30dst.

Non-raptor Observations:


Predictions:
NW winds, clouds & more hawks
========================================================================
Report submitted by Baron Gibson (Hawkwatche215 AT gmail.com)
Harvey's Knob information may be found at:
http://bijame.googlepages.com/home


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Subject: HSR: Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (18 Oct 2014) 301 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 18 Oct 2014 20:10:28 -0400
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 18, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       7             56            357
Bald Eagle                  14             54            206
Northern Harrier             2             28             58
Sharp-shinned Hawk         173           1325           2103
Cooper's Hawk               39            160            267
Northern Goshawk             0              1              2
Red-shouldered Hawk          3              9             28
Broad-winged Hawk            1            104          18511
Red-tailed Hawk             14             55            140
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 2              9             10
American Kestrel            46            243            374
Merlin                       0             20             33
Peregrine Falcon             0             44             64
Unknown Accipiter            0              8             12
Unknown Buteo                0              4              9
Unknown Falcon               0              2              4
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              4             15
Mississippi Kite             0              0              3
Swainson's Hawk              0              1              2

Total:                     301           2127          22198
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 06:30:00 
Observation end   time: 16:30:00 
Total observation time: 10 hours

Official Counter:        Vic Laubach

Observers:        Brenda Tekin, Gabriel Mapel, William Leigh

Visitors:
George McCoy (Columbia, SC), Ken Baller, Kim Beard, Jennifer Jowdy, Eve
Gaige, Mary Mapel.  


Weather:
Beautiful day with super clouds and super winds (W 39-61km/hr)! 15.0-19.2C.
40-90% cloud cover, with clouds increasing throughout the afternoon. Clear
visibility. Most birds rising low above the ridge fighting the winds all
through the gap crossing by fast and low!

Raptor Observations:
Two Golden Eagles: 7:44 JUV, 11:17 AD. 
14 Bald Eagles: 
Adult (8:30, 9:55, 11:40, 2:17, 2:17, 3:52).  
1-YR (12:28, 12:38, 3:52).  
2-YR (12:34)
2/3-YR (8:30, 9:04, 12:28).  
3-YR (2:17).  

1st bird 6:40 SS; last bird 4:15 NH.

Non-raptor Observations:
3 DC Cormorant, 2 Dunlin (flying westward together through gap), 1
Red-headed Woodpecker, 8 Raven, 12 Pine Siskin, 43 Monarchs.  
========================================================================
Report submitted by Vic Laubach (laubach AT virginia.edu)
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://www.rockfishgaphawkwatch.org

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Subject: Re: Great Falls Park Walk
From: aaron via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 20:28:37 -0400
Hi- Where are you spotting the Barred Owl--if there has been a pattern? Also, 
is it being seen or heard? Thank you. 


On Oct 12, 2014 4:25 PM, Marshall Rawson via va-bird  
wrote: 

>
>
> Our group of thirteen tallied 46 species (+1 other taxa).  At the second 
overlook towhees, cardinals and a catbird were busy eating fox grapes, 
white-throats and  a chipping sparrow foraged on the ground.  We were 
delighted to find in the picnic area and at the edge of the woods four species 
of warbler. Once we were in theholding basin area we were attracted to the 
disturbed call of a red-shouldered hawk.    The hawk was mobbing a barred 
owl which it eventually drove off.    The river above the falls was 
relatively quiet.  

> All are welcome to join this regular Sunday walk which meets at 8:00 am in 
the visitors center parking lot. -- Marshall Rawson, McLean VA 

>
> Canada Goose  50 
> American Black Duck  2 
> Mallard  6 
> Common Merganser  2 
> Pied-billed Grebe  3 
> Double-crested Cormorant  2 
> Black Vulture  10 
> Turkey Vulture  6 
> Bald Eagle  3 
> Red-shouldered Hawk  3 
> Red-tailed Hawk  3 
> Barred Owl  1 
> Belted Kingfisher  1 
> Red-bellied Woodpecker  8 
> Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  1 
> Downy Woodpecker  8 
> Hairy Woodpecker  1 
> Northern Flicker  4 
> Pileated Woodpecker  4 
> Blue Jay  50 
> American Crow  4 
> Fish Crow  4 
> crow sp.  50 
> Northern Rough-winged Swallow  6 
> Carolina Chickadee  25 
> Tufted Titmouse  25 
> White-breasted Nuthatch  6 
> Brown Creeper  1 
> Carolina Wren  7 
> Golden-crowned Kinglet  1 
> Ruby-crowned Kinglet  3 
> Eastern Bluebird  4 
> American Robin  6 
> Gray Catbird  1 
> European Starling  6 
> Cedar Waxwing  7 
> Chestnut-sided Warbler  1 
> Black-throated Blue Warbler  4 
> Yellow-rumped Warbler  3 
> Black-throated Green Warbler  2 
> Eastern Towhee  3 
> Chipping Sparrow  1 
> White-throated Sparrow  4 
> Northern Cardinal  3 
> Common Grackle  30 
> House Finch  2 
> American Goldfinch  3 
>
>
>
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Subject: GWFG in Old Town Alexandria
From: Trista Nealon <trnealon AT comcast.net>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 19:28:25 -0400
I saw a Greater White-Fronted Goose hanging with the Canada Geese in Old Town 
Alexandria this afternoon. It was in the water at the south end of Founders 
Park around 4:30. Right next to the pier. 


Trista Nealon

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Subject: HSR: Harvey's Knob (18 Oct 2014) 75 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 18 Oct 2014 19:10:11 -0400
Harvey's Knob
Roanoke, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 18, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       1             14             88
Bald Eagle                   4             13            100
Northern Harrier             0              3             15
Sharp-shinned Hawk          48            297            457
Cooper's Hawk               11             41             87
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              1              6
Broad-winged Hawk            0             27          10831
Red-tailed Hawk              5             29             90
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             4             32             98
Merlin                       1              3              8
Peregrine Falcon             1              7             14
Unknown Accipiter            0              1              3
Unknown Buteo                0              0              4
Unknown Falcon               0              1              1
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              0              9

Total:                      75            469          11811
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Carl Christensen

Observers:        Darryl Martin, Dillard Childress

Visitors:
Lots of weekend travelers were on the Parkway. Many stopped but few
questions were asked. (My question is who took my thermometer!) Guess the
views were more interesting for the travelers.


Weather:
Sustained NW winds at 4-5 throughout watch. Temperatures ranged from 12C to
14C and back to 12C. Visibility was at 4-5 all day. Cloud cover started at
50% and filled in to 100% by the end of the watch.

Raptor Observations:
IBE  AT  9:30; ABE  AT  9:40; ABE  AT  1:40; IBE  AT  2:10.
High winds pushed all our raptors through over the Knob and on the west
side.

Non-raptor Observations:
Andrew and his mom and dad assisted with spotting today as did Phillip.
Extra eyes are always appreciated. 

Predictions:
About the same with less wind.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Carl Christianson ()
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Subject: 10/18 - Back Bay NWR, Virginia Beach
From: Rob Bielawski <robbielawski AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 18:16:39 -0400
Hi Folks!

We were very fortunate to have another gorgeous day down here in Hampton
Roads, again highs in the low 70s and very sunny, just like yesterday. I
went down to Back Bay NWR and got there at about 8 this morning. At the
gate there was a pair of White-tailed Deer feeding just off the road, a
nice surprise since I don't see them very often in the park, and definitely
not this close up. My first bird sighting was a group of 19 Pied-billed
Grebes that were near the kayak launch area next to the parking lot. While
watching them, an American Bittern flew out over the water as well, they're
seen often in the park during fall & winter but, they usually stay hidden
pretty well so seeing a flyover was very neat.

I ended up walking all the close trails, as well as the East Dike trail
down to False Cape State Park. I thought I mind find some ducks on the
waterways that run adjacent to the False Cape/Back Bay boundary line but
unfortunately did not. The only ducks I saw were a few very far out over
the marshes to the west, and I couldn't properly ID them.

Waders were around in good numbers as usual, with lots of Great Blue Heron,
Great Egret, and a lone Snowy Egret as well. Shorebirds were almost
nonexistent in the park, and I only saw one group of 7 Semipalmated
Plovers. However, I did not walk the beachfront today so I can't speak as
to what may have been out there.

Raptors sightings were few and far between. Along the 8 or 9 miles I
walked, I found one Peregrine Falcon perched in a dead tree west of the 90
degree bend on the East Dike, and my FOS Northern Harrier up near the
parking area on the way back to the car. Driving out of the refuge though I
did get to see a Cooper's Hawk fly in right overhead, and also a Red-tailed
Hawk just after I'd left the park along Sandbridge Road.

I did not see any other species of Warblers aside from the common
Yellow-rumped Warblers that we see very often in fall & winter here.
Though, I did hear a Common Yellowthroat calling from False Cape. It seems
the migrants have moved through, or, I just happened to miss them today.
Some photos from my walk are up on my site (
http://www.hrwe.org/staff-admins/rob-bielawski/galleries/we-20141019), the
first half from yesterday, and the latter half from today. Hope you all had
success on this beautiful Saturday!

Rob Bielawski
Virginia Beach, VA
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Subject: Peregrine Falcon, western Albemarle
From: MARLENECONDON--- via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 17:12:18 -0400
Hi,
 
While walking in the very early morning on Oct. 16, I heard a raptor and  
noticed it near the top of a tall dead tree.  I was able to get a photo of  
it, which when enlarged, clearly shows a Peregrine with a bird dangling below 
 it!!!!!
 
Pays to carry a camera.
 
Sincerely,
Marlene
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Subject: NVBC Walk at Sky Meadows SP - Bridle Trail, Saturday, Oct 18, 2014 - Plenty of Sparrows but no unusual Geese
From: Elton Morel via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 13:33:14 -0700
VA Birders:




I'll start with the missed geese. Several of us tried finding before 8AM and 
then again at noon the Greater White-fronted Goose and Snow Geese reported 
earlier this week along Gap Run Road -- we did not find any of these geese. 


Twenty-seven birders showed up for the NVBC walk at Sky Meadows State Park in 
Fauquier county. We walked the Bridle Trail and the walk was led by Dixie 
Sommers and myself. A good variety of sparrows were found but the blustery 
winds undoubtedly subdued the bird activity. We collectively found 46 species. 
Notable sparrows found were 3 Lincoln's Sparrows, 3 White-crowned Sparrows and 
many White-throated, Song, Swamp, Field and Chipping Sparrows. Other notable 
finds were flybys of male Northern Harriers, a lingering female Indigo Bunting, 
a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, 3 female Purple Finches, a Brown Thrasher, an 
Eastern Phoebe, a Blue-headed Vireo (heard only), many Cedar Waxwings and a 
couple of Ravens. As stated before, I think the gusting winds led to some 
really strange misses -- no chickadees, titmice, Yellowthroats, or Palm 
Warblers. 


The complete eBird list is below.

Elton Morel
Arlington, VA



 
Sky Meadows SP--Bridle Trail, Fauquier, US-VA
Oct 18, 2014 8:15 AM - 11:50 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.8 mile(s)
Comments: NVBC walk led by Elton Morel and Dixie Sommers.
46 species (+2 other taxa)

Canada Goose 50 All flyovers.
Black Vulture 13
Turkey Vulture 30
Northern Harrier 2 Both flyovers of "Gray Ghost".
Accipiter sp. 2
Bald Eagle 2
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Red-tailed Hawk 2
Mourning Dove 1 Flyover
Belted Kingfisher 1 Flyover, rattling.
Red-bellied Woodpecker 10
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1
Downy Woodpecker 2
Northern Flicker 10
American Kestrel 3
small falcon sp. 1 Small falcon zipped by; seen in bad light; most likely a 
Kestrel but couldn't exclude a Merlin. 

Eastern Phoebe 1
Blue-headed Vireo 1 Heard only
Blue Jay 60
American Crow 12
Common Raven 2
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
House Wren 1 Heard only
Carolina Wren 4
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 5
Eastern Bluebird 20
American Robin 5
Brown Thrasher 1 Heard "smacking" calling; a few people saw the bird.
Northern Mockingbird 6
European Starling 50
Cedar Waxwing 30
Yellow-rumped Warbler 15
Eastern Towhee 7
Chipping Sparrow 4
Field Sparrow 17
Song Sparrow 40
Lincoln's Sparrow 3
Swamp Sparrow 15
White-throated Sparrow 40
White-crowned Sparrow 3
Northern Cardinal 15
Indigo Bunting 1 Female; about the size of a Field Sparrow but chunkier; gray 
brown bird noted for its almost complete lack of field marks; unstreaked 
breast, hint of an eye ring, small dark conical bill, paler lower mandible. 

Red-winged Blackbird 2
Eastern Meadowlark 25
Common Grackle 1 Flyover
Purple Finch 3 All females.
American Goldfinch 25
House Sparrow 1 Female at entrance to Sheerman's Loop Trail
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Subject: Occoquan Bay NWR
From: Marc Ribaudo <moribaudo AT verizon.net>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 12:45:13 -0400
I birded Occoquan Bay NWR in Woodbridge this morning with Linda Chittum and 
Kurt Gaskill. It was a beautiful morning that was pretty birdy, with 75 species 
tallied. Highlights were 8 warblers species (palm, parula, magnolia, 
black-throated blue, black-throated green, Blackpoll, yellow-rump, 
yellowthroat), peregrine, yellow-billed cuckoo, red-eyed vireo, Lincoln's 
sparrow, indigo bunting, and winter wren. 


Marc Ribaudo

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Subject: Shenandoah Valley 10/17/14
From: "Marshall Faintich" <mfaintich AT theworddoctor.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 11:11:05 -0400
Bald Eagles, Northern Harriers, and Red Phalarope. Report and photos:

 

 
http://www.symbolicmessengers.com/Blog2014/2014_10_17.htm

 

Marshall Faintich

Nellysford, VA

 

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line, so you might as well enjoy the journey !!

 

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Subject: Gap Run Rd. GWFG & SNGO - No, Emu Yes
From: Howard Wu <howiewu1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 10:28:50 -0400
Ok, the Emus are farm raised and don't count .. no GWFG or SNGO, but lots
of CAGO between 10 and 10:15.

Please post or reply if they reappear.

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Subject: Red phalarope sat morn
From: William Leigh <leightern AT msn.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 07:24:02 -0400
Still around 7:15 am sat.


Best
William Leigh 
Bridgewater

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Subject: Red phalarope sat morn
From: William Leigh <leightern AT msn.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 07:24:02 -0400
Still around 7:15 am sat.


Best
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Bridgewater

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Subject: Fwd: Peregrine Falcon - Red-tailed Hawk dogfight
From: John Greenwood via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 05:29:22 -0400
Forgot to add my name

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> From: jakpak0821 AT aol.com
> Date: October 17, 2014 7:21:20 PM EDT
> 
> Subject: Peregrine Falcon - Red-tailed Hawk dogfight
> 

> While biking today (Fri) on the 4 Mile Run bike trail I noticed a hawk 
soaring above the ridgeline across the street from the Alexandria water 
treatment plant (Glebe Rd - Rte 1 intersection). Fortunately I had binocs with 
me and identified the hawk as a Red-tailed. I sat there for several minutes 
watching when a Peregrine came on the scene and decided to dispute the 
airspace. The Peregrine soared high over the Red-tailed, furled it's wings and 
swept down toward the hawk. The Red-tailed did the same and both were soon 
streaking toward the trees. When the Peregrine closed in on the Red-tailed, the 
hawk turned belly-up and displayed it's talons. They did this five or six 
times; no contact was noticed. I'm not sure if this was serious or just the two 
of them enjoying a fine fall day. What fun! 

Jack Greenwood
Falls Church
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Subject: 10/17 - Pleasure House Point, Virginia Beach
From: Rob Bielawski <robbielawski AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 22:09:07 -0400
Hi Folks!

We had an absolutely gorgeous day down here in southeastern Virginia, sunny
& in the low 70s, so I went up to Pleasure House Point after work to look
for some birds. A lot of folks have been posting sightings of Saltmarsh &
Nelson's Sparrows the past 10 days or so from Pleasure House Point on eBird
so I was primarily hoping to find some of them, especially since I'd just
seen my first Saltmarsh a few weeks ago and had never seen a Nelson's
before (at least that I could properly identify as one).

Well today I got my first one, and then several more in the same area, when
a flock of 7-8 Nelson's Sparrows was working the shrubbery immediately
adjacent to the tidal creeks around the park. I was amazed when one
actually stood up between a pair of reeds, grasping each with a leg, and
stayed relatively still for a few minutes, moving just a few times, and
allowing me a lot of good quality photographs (posted at
http://www.hrwe.org/staff-admins/rob-bielawski/galleries/we-20141019).

In addition to the sparrows, the birds in general were pretty numerous
tonight. The tide was about at high tide, and the mudflats to the east of
the park were covered up, but the water was still shallow enough for large
numbers of Black Skimmers, Laughing Gulls, Royal & Caspian Terns, and
Herring Gulls to still be out standing on top of them, keeping their bodies
just above the water line. Quite a few Osprey are still seen around the
park, and last year a pair of them over-wintered, so I think I'll be seeing
them all year here again.

I didn't see any warblers today, and really the only songbirds that were
seen was an Eastern Towhee, a few Carolina Chickadees, a Blue Jay, and
several Northern Cardinals, all very common at the park. But, after getting
good looks at the Nelson's Sparrows for the first time ever, it didn't
matter to me if I was to not see another bird the remainder of the hike.
This weekend we're expecting beautiful sunny weather both days, with temps
in the 70s again tomorrow, and then cooling into Sunday with highs in the
upper 50s/lower 60s. Should be a great weekend down here!

Rob Bielawski
Virginia Beach, VA
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Subject: HSR: Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (17 Oct 2014) 277 Raptors GE & OS Records!
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 17 Oct 2014 21:10:53 -0400
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 17, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       6             49            350
Bald Eagle                   8             40            192
Northern Harrier             9             26             56
Sharp-shinned Hawk         173           1152           1930
Cooper's Hawk               25            121            228
Northern Goshawk             0              1              2
Red-shouldered Hawk          3              6             25
Broad-winged Hawk           11            103          18510
Red-tailed Hawk             18             41            126
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 5              7              8
American Kestrel            11            197            328
Merlin                       2             20             33
Peregrine Falcon             2             44             64
Unknown Accipiter            2              8             12
Unknown Buteo                1              4              9
Unknown Falcon               0              2              4
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               1              4             15
Mississippi Kite             0              0              3
Swainson's Hawk              0              1              2

Total:                     277           1826          21897
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 06:30:00 
Observation end   time: 16:30:00 
Total observation time: 10 hours

Official Counter:        Gabriel Mapel

Observers:        Brenda Tekin, Dave Hunter, Vic Laubach

Visitors:
Mary and Daniel Mapel, George McCoy (Columbia, SC), Jennifer Jowdy


Weather:
Very strong W winds through 10am, then changing to moderate WSW wind
through 1pm, then changing to mild SE breezes thereafter. 10.8-17.3C.
Varying cloud cover throughout the day (20-75%). Clear visibility.

Raptor Observations:
12 different raptor species observed today (tying the record). Two records
were broken today! The previous single-day GE record of 4 (1996 and 2010)
has now increased to 5 (11:39 imm, 12:11 imm, 1:51 imm, 2:05 adult, 4:03
2nd-yr). The previous season Osprey record of 348 in 2011 has now been
broken with 350 as of today! 8 more Bald Eagles: 8:48 ad, 12:24 ad, 12:39
2nd-yr, 12:59 ad, 1:26 2 x ad, 1:17 1st-yr, 1:24 ad. The first two birds of
the day were Merlins at 6:41 and 6:43am. Last bird 4:28 Cooper's Hawk.

Non-raptor Observations:
40 Monarchs, 1 Pine Siskin, 10 Tree Swallow, 5 Raven, 1 DC Cormorant.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Vic Laubach (laubach AT virginia.edu)
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://www.rockfishgaphawkwatch.org

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Subject: HSR: Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (16 Oct 2014) 177 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 17 Oct 2014 21:10:37 -0400
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 16, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       6             43            344
Bald Eagle                   0             32            184
Northern Harrier             2             17             47
Sharp-shinned Hawk         119            979           1757
Cooper's Hawk               16             96            203
Northern Goshawk             0              1              2
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              3             22
Broad-winged Hawk            3             92          18499
Red-tailed Hawk              2             23            108
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 1              2              3
American Kestrel            22            186            317
Merlin                       2             18             31
Peregrine Falcon             4             42             62
Unknown Accipiter            0              6             10
Unknown Buteo                0              3              8
Unknown Falcon               0              2              4
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              3             14
Mississippi Kite             0              0              3
Swainson's Hawk              0              1              2

Total:                     177           1549          21620
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00 
Observation end   time: 15:30:00 
Total observation time: 7.5 hours

Official Counter:        Multiple Counters

Observers:        Dave Hunter, Gabriel Mapel, Rose Thomas

Visitors:
Pat & Gorden MacPherson (Sussex, U.K.), Andrew Clem


Weather:
Moderate NW winds. 11.8-17.3C. 40-60% cloud cover. Clear visibility.

Raptor Observations:
Juvenile Golden Eagle at 2:09pm.

Non-raptor Observations:
13 Monarchs.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Vic Laubach (laubach AT virginia.edu)
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://www.rockfishgaphawkwatch.org

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Subject: FW: eBird Report - Tobacco Heritage Trail - Cotton Mill Park to 2.5 Mile Marker, Oct 17, 2014
From: "Jeffrey Blalock" <jcbabirder AT gcronline.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 19:53:02 -0400
Greetings to all:

Walked the Tobacco Heritage Trail in South Boston this morning and found a late 
B&W Warbler and Indigo Bunting. 


May the LORD Bless and Keep you

Jeffrey Blalock
103 Elizabeth Court
South Boston, VA  24592
434-572-8619 Home
434-470-4352 Cell
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Subject: eBird Report - Tobacco Heritage Trail - Cotton Mill Park to 2.5
Mile Marker, Oct 17, 2014


Tobacco Heritage Trail - Cotton Mill Park to 2.5 Mile Marker, Halifax, US-VA
Oct 17, 2014 8:20 AM - 12:25 PM
Protocol: Traveling
3.0 mile(s)
40 species

Black Vulture  25
Turkey Vulture  10
Red-shouldered Hawk  2
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  5
Mourning Dove  8
Barred Owl  1
Chimney Swift  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  11
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  1
Downy Woodpecker  5
Northern Flicker  4
Pileated Woodpecker  1
Eastern Phoebe  3
Blue Jay  8
American Crow  5
Fish Crow  2
Carolina Chickadee  5
Tufted Titmouse  3
Carolina Wren  25
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  2
Eastern Bluebird  8
Hermit Thrush  1
American Robin  4
Gray Catbird  2
Brown Thrasher  3
Northern Mockingbird  3
European Starling  3
Cedar Waxwing  30
Black-and-white Warbler  1     Warbler that is Black and white
Common Yellowthroat  1
Yellow-rumped Warbler  2
Eastern Towhee  4
Song Sparrow  10
White-throated Sparrow  1
Northern Cardinal  7
Indigo Bunting  1     Tannish-yellow with small patches of blue showing.
Red-winged Blackbird  1
Common Grackle  1
American Goldfinch  1

View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20260745 


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



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Subject: Red Phalarope 6:00 PM
From: William Leigh <leightern AT msn.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 23:50:51 +0000
I stopped by pond at the intersection of Oakwood and route 11 just N of Mount 
Crawford on the way home from work. The Red Phalarope was observed on the right 
end of the pond foraging in the mud flats and bowling along edges on the far 
shore. The glare was awful and photographers may do well to try to see this 
bird in the morning hours when the light is more favorable. 


As noted by Greg Moyers and others the bird can be completely out of view if it 
is working the near side of the pond. 

see previous posts for directions.
best,

William Leigh leightern AT msn.com

Bridgewater, Virginia 
 

 

 		 	   		  
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Subject: HSR: Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (17 Oct 2014) 294 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 17 Oct 2014 19:10:02 -0400
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch
Tip of Virginia's Eastern Shore, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 17, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                      23           1065           3379
Bald Eagle                   1            116            202
Northern Harrier             8            231            367
Sharp-shinned Hawk          85           3462           5507
Cooper's Hawk               59           1021           1772
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          1              8             18
Broad-winged Hawk           12            550            954
Red-tailed Hawk              0             38             93
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel            74           1396           3695
Merlin                      20           1018           1648
Peregrine Falcon            11           1061           1260
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              1
Unknown Buteo                0              1              4
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              6              8
Unknown Raptor               0             17             61
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              2

Total:                     294           9990          18971
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 06:15:00 
Observation end   time: 17:00:00 
Total observation time: 10.75 hours

Official Counter:        Bob Anderson, Katie Rittenhouse

Observers:        Thuy Tran

Weather:
Blue skies with strong west winds. 

Raptor Observations:


Non-raptor Observations:
Estimated 500 Blue Jays. First White-throated Sparrow and Dark-eyed Junco
seen from the platform this season. 
========================================================================
Report submitted by Brian Taber (Taberzz AT aol.com)
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch information may be found at:
www.cvwo.org


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Subject: HSR: Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (16 Oct 2014) 237 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 17 Oct 2014 18:10:00 -0400
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch
Tip of Virginia's Eastern Shore, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 16, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                      11           1042           3356
Bald Eagle                   3            115            201
Northern Harrier             3            223            359
Sharp-shinned Hawk         107           3377           5422
Cooper's Hawk               30            962           1713
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              7             17
Broad-winged Hawk            0            538            942
Red-tailed Hawk              0             38             93
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel            62           1322           3621
Merlin                       4            998           1628
Peregrine Falcon            17           1050           1249
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              1
Unknown Buteo                0              1              4
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              6              8
Unknown Raptor               0             17             61
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              2

Total:                     237           9696          18677
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 06:30:00 
Observation end   time: 16:00:00 
Total observation time: 9.5 hours

Official Counter:        Katie Rittenhouse

Observers:        Joe Beatty, Zak Poulton

Weather:
Blue Skies and moderate SW winds. 

Raptor Observations:


Non-raptor Observations:
Estimated 400 Blue Jays in large flocks of 30-150.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Brian Taber (Taberzz AT aol.com)
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch information may be found at:
www.cvwo.org


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Subject: GWFG & SNGO in Paris, Fauquier County
From: "Dave Larsen - birding" <hirundo AT comcast.net>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 16:52:35 -0400
I apologize for the screwed up directions.  Gap Run Road is, of course, on
your left as you drive north on 17.  A large part of the flock of Canadas
was grazing in the fields south of Gap Run Road and the Greater
White-fronted Goose and Snow Geese (3 blue morph) were with them.

 

Dave Larsen

Haymarket

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Subject: Re: Gap Run Road - 3 blue phase Snow Geese & greater white-fronted
From: dixiesommers via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 16:48:14 -0400
GWF Goose still there 4:30pm. Snow Geese not apparent



Sent from my Samsung Epic™ 4G TouchLinda Chittum  
wrote:Larger pond below the road. Assume the Greater White-fronted is same we 
saw last week. But three adult blue phase Snow Geese a real surprise. 




Linda Chittum
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Subject: Male A. Redstart at my Water today - Hampton, Va., 17 Oct.
From: BEN COPELAND <benmarycop AT cavtel.net>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 16:10:24 -0400
Hi, just sat down to watch noon news & look out window, under shrubs at
water containers on ground. . saw a small, black bird. .

As he started flitting tail - - I could see the beautiful yellow on him as
he hopped around.  quite a surprise for 17 Oct. to see a Redstart.

Mary Copeland
Hampton Rds Bird Club,
Hampton, Va.
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Subject: Greater White-fronted Goose and Blue Geese on Gap Run Road in Paris
From: David Larsen - birding <hirundo AT comcast.net>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 16:06:23 -0400
The GWFG and blue-morph Snow Geese were still present this afternoon at 4:00pm. 
Gap Run Road is a right turn off of Route 17 just north of Sky Meadows (if 
you're driving north). 


Dave Larsen
Haymarket

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Subject: Fwd: Gap Run Road - 3 blue phase Snow Geese & greater white-fronted
From: Linda Chittum <lchittum AT comcast.net>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 13:06:16 -0400
Sorry. Fauquier county just north of sky meadows state park  

Linda Chittum
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> Date: October 17, 2014 at 12:38:22 PM EDT
> To: VA Birds 
> Subject: [Va-bird] Gap Run Road - 3 blue phase Snow Geese & greater 
white-fronted 

> 
> Larger pond below the road. Assume the Greater White-fronted is same we saw 
last week. But three adult blue phase Snow Geese a real surprise. 

> 
> 
> 
> Linda Chittum
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Subject: Gap Run Road - 3 blue phase Snow Geese & greater white-fronted
From: Linda Chittum <lchittum AT comcast.net>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 12:38:22 -0400
Larger pond below the road. Assume the Greater White-fronted is same we saw 
last week. But three adult blue phase Snow Geese a real surprise. 




Linda Chittum
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Subject: Red Phalarope
From: William Leigh <leightern AT msn.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 07:33:19 -0400
The phalarope was seen this morning at 7:20 AM at the Oakwood pond near Mount 
Crawford. 


See previous post for directions

Best,

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Subject: Late Warbler Migrants
From: roger mayhorn <rmayhorn AT hughes.net>
Date: Thu, 16 Oct 2014 23:07:43 -0400 (EDT)

Yesterday, Wednesday, I looked out at the bird feeders and there in the bright 
morning sunlight was a Pine Warbler feeding on the suet cake. Later a 
Yellow-throated Warbler also came in to feed. This may have been one of the 
pair that nested nearby and came all summer to feed on the suet. a Palm Warbler 
with bobbing tail fed among the tall weeds and shrubs at the edge of the woods. 
A male Cape May Warbler and a few Yellow-rumped Warblers came to drink and 
bathe in the yard stream 

 . 
A calling Blue-headed Vireo fed in the top of a walnut tree and both Swainson's 
Thrush and Wood Thrush could be heard calling from the woods. A Gray Catbird 
fed among the poke berry plants, and a female Rose-breasted Grosbeak came to 
feed at the sunflower seed feeder. While walking my birding trail around the 
property I was mildly surprised to find a House Wren since we don't normally 
see that species within the county, except this time of year during migration. 

 
Photos of some of these visitors can be found at this site 
http://www.pbase.com/mayhorn/late_warblers_2014_10_15 


Roger Mayhorn
Compton Mt
Buchanan County
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Subject: California Condor at Grand Canyon Now Countable per ABA
From: "Jeffrey Blalock" <jcbabirder AT gcronline.com>
Date: Thu, 16 Oct 2014 21:55:58 -0400
Greetings all:

At last after all these years and hard work on trying to save the California
Condor, the ABA now accepts the Condors seen at the Grand Canyon in
Arizonian as now countable.



May the LORD Bless and Keep you

Jeffrey Blalock
103 Elizabeth Court
South Boston, VA  24592
434-572-8619 Home
434-470-4352 Cell
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Subject: HSR: Harvey's Knob (16 Oct 2014) 124 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 16 Oct 2014 20:10:13 -0400
Harvey's Knob
Roanoke, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 16, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       2             13             87
Bald Eagle                   3              9             96
Northern Harrier             2              3             15
Sharp-shinned Hawk          81            249            409
Cooper's Hawk                8             30             76
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              1              6
Broad-winged Hawk            6             27          10831
Red-tailed Hawk              6             24             85
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel            15             28             94
Merlin                       0              2              7
Peregrine Falcon             1              6             13
Unknown Accipiter            0              1              3
Unknown Buteo                0              0              4
Unknown Falcon               0              1              1
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              0              9

Total:                     124            394          11736
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:00:00 
Observation end   time: 16:45:00 
Total observation time: 7.75 hours

Official Counter:        Joyce Holt

Observers:        Bill & Katie James, Carl Christensen

Weather:
Pleasant, good breeze,mostly NW but shifting to variable for last half of
the watch.  Cloud cover is shown for the beginning of the watch, but was
highly variable for most of the watch.


Raptor Observations:
Raven, TV, BV

two IMBE at 13:01 dst and one at 13:45 dst


Non-raptor Observations:
twenty-one Cormorant (North to South direction)

Carolina Wren, Bluebird, Goldfinch, Blue Jay (local)

Monarch - four
========================================================================
Report submitted by Joyce Holt (blueskyjoyce AT adelphia.net)
Harvey's Knob information may be found at:
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Subject: Red Phalarope Rockingham Co.
From: "Herbert Larner" <larnersky AT mindspring.com>
Date: Thu, 16 Oct 2014 17:08:22 -0400
Hello all 

The Red Phalarope continues at the pond on Oakwood Rd. as of 13:15 today .
Also there are still a fair number of Killdeer as well as a  Yellowlegs
species . ( it had its head tucked & it was behind some weeds on the far
southern edge of pond . 

Allen Larner
Staunton 

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Subject: HSR: Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (15 Oct 2014) 32 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 16 Oct 2014 11:10:09 -0400
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 15, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       0             37            338
Bald Eagle                   0             32            184
Northern Harrier             1             15             45
Sharp-shinned Hawk          26            860           1638
Cooper's Hawk                1             80            187
Northern Goshawk             0              1              2
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              3             22
Broad-winged Hawk            0             89          18496
Red-tailed Hawk              0             21            106
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              1              2
American Kestrel             0            164            295
Merlin                       0             16             29
Peregrine Falcon             2             38             58
Unknown Accipiter            1              6             10
Unknown Buteo                0              3              8
Unknown Falcon               1              2              4
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              3             14
Mississippi Kite             0              0              3
Swainson's Hawk              0              1              2

Total:                      32           1372          21443
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 12:45:00 
Observation end   time: 15:00:00 
Total observation time: 2.25 hours

Official Counter:        Rose Thomas

Observers:        

Weather:
Heavy rain in the morning. Heavy cloud cover remained in afternoon (95%)
with light SE breezes. 18.3-18.5C.

Raptor Observations:
Two Peregrine Falcons in the 1-2pm hour.

Non-raptor Observations:
70 Blue Jays, 6 DC Cormorants.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Vic Laubach (laubach AT virginia.edu)
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://www.rockfishgaphawkwatch.org

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Subject: Re: Red Phalarope Yes
From: dixiesommers via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Thu, 16 Oct 2014 10:24:15 -0400
Red Phalarope still there, 10:00 this morning. Oakwood & Rt 11, Mt. Crawford, 
Rockingham Co. 




Sent from my Samsung Epic™ 4G TouchWilliam Leigh  
wrote:Bird present this morning at 7:45 AM 


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Subject: Avocet in Rockbridge Co.
From: Rowe, Richard A, ”Dick” <RoweRA AT vmi.edu>
Date: Thu, 16 Oct 2014 01:11:34 +0000
Today, John Pancake located an American Avocet at a private pond near Lexington 
(the land owner does not welcome other birders on his property). The Avocet is 
the 3rd county record for us. I was able to locate the bird around 6pm and get 
a few photos. 


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

Dick Rowe
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Subject: Red Phalarope- Rockingham- Yes
From: Andrew Rapp <lax3birder AT live.com>
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2014 18:45:00 -0400
Hey everyone,
Thanks to PSATs today and school ending at 12:00pm allowed me to give 
Rockingham's Phalarope a try. The Red Phalarope was present at Oakwood Pond in 
Rockingham from 3:30 to 4:30pm. The bird was swimming around the right side of 
the pond which is weedy then disappeared behind the rocks on the close side. 
The bird disappeared behind the banks many times. This lifer concluded all my 
phalaropes for Va. There were no other shorebirds present besides Killdeer. 

Good Birding,
Andrew Rapp
 		 	   		  
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Subject: Rain-Shortened Bird Walk in Loudoun Park
From: WILLIAM <billbr50 AT msn.com>
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2014 18:03:31 -0400
Three people showed up for the Audubon Society of Northern Virginia's bird walk 
at Bles Park today. We got in about an hour and 45 minutes of birding before a 
sudden deluge drove us back to our cars. Winds seemed to keep the bird activity 
low much of the morning, but we did manage to find some new fall arrivals, 
including Ruby-crowned Kinglets, a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, and a 
White-throated Sparrow. The complete list: 

Bles Park, Loudoun, US-VAOct 15, 2014 7:30 AM - 9:15 AMProtocol: Traveling1.0 
mile(s)17 species (+1 other taxa)Canada Goose 4Turkey Vulture 14Rock Pigeon 
(Feral Pigeon) 20Red-bellied Woodpecker 1Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1Northern 
Flicker 2Pileated Woodpecker 1Blue Jay 10American Crow 2crow sp. 5Carolina 
Chickadee 4White-breasted Nuthatch 1Carolina Wren 2Ruby-crowned Kinglet 
3European Starling 40Eastern Towhee 4White-throated Sparrow 1Northern Cardinal 
4View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20238612This report was generated 
automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)Bill BrownHerndon 

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Subject: Re: HSR: Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (15 Oct 2014) 41 Raptors
From: Nan LaRue <nan.larue AT live.com>
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2014 17:45:17 -0400
  

Sent from my iPhone

On Oct 15, 2014, at 5:41 PM, reports AT hawkcount.org wrote:

> 
> Kiptopeke Hawkwatch
> Tip of Virginia's Eastern Shore, Virginia, USA
> Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 15, 2014
> -------------------------------------------------------------------
> 
> Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
> ------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
> Black Vulture                0              0              0
> Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
> Osprey                       6           1031           3345
> Bald Eagle                   3            112            198
> Northern Harrier             5            220            356
> Sharp-shinned Hawk          20           3270           5315
> Cooper's Hawk                2            932           1683
> Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
> Red-shouldered Hawk          0              7             17
> Broad-winged Hawk            0            538            942
> Red-tailed Hawk              0             38             93
> Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
> Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
> American Kestrel             1           1260           3559
> Merlin                       0            994           1624
> Peregrine Falcon             4           1033           1232
> Unknown Accipiter            0              0              1
> Unknown Buteo                0              1              4
> Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
> Unknown Falcon               0              6              8
> Unknown Raptor               0             17             61
> Swainson's Hawk              0              0              2
> 
> Total:                      41           9459          18440
> ----------------------------------------------------------------------
> 
> Observation start time: 06:45:00 
> Observation end   time: 10:15:00 
> Total observation time: 3.5 hours
> 
> Official Counter:        Katie Rittenhouse
> 
> Observers:        
> 
> Weather:
> Overcast with strong SE winds. Rain beginning at 1015 (EST)
> 
> Raptor Observations:
> 
> 
> Non-raptor Observations:
> 
> ========================================================================
> Report submitted by Brian Taber (Taberzz AT aol.com)
> Kiptopeke Hawkwatch information may be found at:
> www.cvwo.org
> 
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Subject: HSR: Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (15 Oct 2014) 41 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 15 Oct 2014 17:10:19 -0400
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch
Tip of Virginia's Eastern Shore, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 15, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       6           1031           3345
Bald Eagle                   3            112            198
Northern Harrier             5            220            356
Sharp-shinned Hawk          20           3270           5315
Cooper's Hawk                2            932           1683
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              7             17
Broad-winged Hawk            0            538            942
Red-tailed Hawk              0             38             93
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             1           1260           3559
Merlin                       0            994           1624
Peregrine Falcon             4           1033           1232
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              1
Unknown Buteo                0              1              4
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              6              8
Unknown Raptor               0             17             61
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              2

Total:                      41           9459          18440
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 06:45:00 
Observation end   time: 10:15:00 
Total observation time: 3.5 hours

Official Counter:        Katie Rittenhouse

Observers:        

Weather:
Overcast with strong SE winds. Rain beginning at 1015 (EST)

Raptor Observations:


Non-raptor Observations:

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


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Subject: White-throated Sparrow
From: David White <dizoo AT comcast.net>
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2014 16:09:59 -0400
Observed near Swoope in Augusta County on Monday, October 13. Observed on the 
ground near feeders here in downtown Charlottesville at 2:00 this afternoon. 


David I. White Jr. | 505 Park Plaza, Charlottesville VA | H: 434-296-4272 | C: 
434-466-3636 | dizoo AT comcast.net 

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Subject: Harrier and Eagle
From: Gerco <drgerco AT hotmail.com>
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2014 15:35:13 -0400
On my way home from work I saw I Northern Harrier and a Bald Eagle just 
north of Waterford (Northern Loudoun County). The harrier was a big 
surprise, it was an early bird.

At work I did see a very wet Cooper's Hawk sitting in the tree next to 
the office building. Way cool.

Gerco
Leesburg, VA
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Subject: Red Phalarope at Oakwood Pond - Rockingham County
From: David Larsen - birding <hirundo AT comcast.net>
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2014 13:23:56 -0400
Just spent a hour watching the Red Phalarope swimming, feeding and preening at 
the pond on Oakwood Road just A tenth of a mile from the intersection with 
Route 11 south of Harrisonburg. At least a dozen local birders showed up while 
I was there. 


See William Leigh's posting for more complete directions. Also at the pond were 
many Mallards, Green-winged Teal, Killdeer. Also present were a Northern 
Shoveler, a Pectoral Sandpiper and two Greater Yellowlegs. 


Dave Larsen
Haymarket
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Subject: Red Phalarope Yes
From: birdergonewild--- via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2014 16:42:14 +0000
Still there as of 09 : 22 in upper right end of pond . Rockingham County --- I 
81 to exit 240 turn west & go to Rt. 11 turn right ( North ) & go to first 
light & turn left at light Oakwood Rd. old turkey houses on left park & go to 
gate only . 



Allen Larner



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From: William Leigh
Sent: ‎Wednesday‎, ‎October‎ ‎15‎, ‎2014 ‎4‎:‎40‎ ‎AM
To: Shenvalbird; 

Bird present this morning at 7:45 AM

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Subject: Surf Scoter and Black-crowned Night Heron in Amherst Co
From: Michael Boatwright <mboater AT att.net>
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2014 12:01:37 -0400
Yesterday afternoon Mark Johnson found an adult male Surf Scoter on Mill Creek 
Lake in Amherst Co. He texted me and I was fortunate to get there to see it 
around 4:30. It was still there when I departed at 5:45 pm. 


Afterwards, I stopped by the pond behind Wal-Mart in Madison Heights in hopes 
that the storm had dropped something good in there too. As I walked around the 
edge if the pond closest to Woody's Lake Rd I flushed an adult (or subadult) 
Black-crowned Night Heron. The heron flew across the pond and into the trees on 
the hillside above the opposite shore. I lost it in the trees and the waning 
light. 


These two species brought the Lynchburg area 2014 cummalitive list to 216 and 
my personal 2014 area list to 204. 


Cheers,

Mike

Michael R. Boatwright
Amerst VA
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Subject: Female Ruby-Throated Hummingbird at Monticello Park
From: Trista Nealon <trnealon AT comcast.net>
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2014 10:44:54 -0400
Just saw a female RT hummingbird at Monticello Park.

Trista Nealon


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Subject: white-throated sparrow
From: Anita Storino <astorino11 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2014 11:48:04 -0200
I have not seen him/her but can hear the distinctive song of a
white-throated sparrow through the open windows.  A welcome sound!

Anita Storino
Richmond
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Subject: Re: HSR: Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (13 Oct 2014) Merlin record broken!
From: MARLENECONDON--- via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2014 09:30:26 -0400
Hi,
 
Could you please tell me how the counts from Constitution Park are recorded 
 in the HMANA records?  Are they filed under Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch or  
under a separate count heading?     
 
I ask because counting from Constitution Park is not the same as counting  
from Rockfish Gap.  Scientifically, they are different counts.    In order 
to make valid comparisons from one year to the next, the parameters--in  this 
case, location--need to be exactly the same.   
 
Thanks so much for your answer.
 
Sincerely,
Marlene
 
   
 
   
 
 
In a message dated 10/15/2014 9:18:02 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time,  
reports AT hawkcount.org writes:

Rockfish  Gap Hawk Watch
Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 13,  2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species   Day's Count    Month  Total   Season Total
------------------ -----------  -------------- --------------
Black Vulture         0               0              0
Turkey Vulture   0         0               0
Osprey                   2             37   338
Bald Eagle       0         32             184
Northern Harrier             1   14           44
Sharp-shinned Hawk            6            834         1612
Cooper's Hawk             2             79     186
Northern Goshawk         0              1   2
Red-shouldered Hawk   0               3             22
Broad-winged Hawk   0           89          18496
Red-tailed  Hawk              0       21             106
Rough-legged Hawk            0   0           0
Golden Eagle             1              1   2
American Kestrel     4             164            295
Merlin       3     16           29
Peregrine Falcon           1             36     56
Unknown Accipiter       0              5   9
Unknown Buteo     0           3              8
Unknown  Falcon               0     1             3
Unknown Eagle               0              0       0
Unknown Raptor         0               3             14
Mississippi Kite   0           0               3
Swainson's Hawk              0   1           2

Total:               20            1340           21411
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation  start time: 10:30:00 
Observation end   time: 14:45:00 
Total  observation time: 4.25 hours

Official Counter:       Gabriel Mapel

Observers:         

Visitors:
Mary Mapel, Jennifer  Jowdy


Weather:
Moderate SSE winds. 17.6-18.6C. 100% cloud cover  early with varying
(75-95%) cloud cover thereafter. Heavy fog at Rockfish  Gap forced the count
to be conducted from the alternative site at  Constitution Park in
Waynesboro where we can view the gap below the  fog.

Raptor Observations:
Three Merlins today (11:03, 11:26 and  1:56). Our previous season record
Merlin count was 28 in 2013, and today's  Merlins tied and then broke our
season record! An immature Golden Eagle  migrated through at 12:22pm, and an
immature Peregrine Falcon at  1:04pm.

Non-raptor Observations:
97 DC Cormorants (in several groups  or single), 1 Raven, 16 Chimney Swifts,
151 Blue Jays, 90 Tree Swallows,  130 Waxwings, 7  Monarchs.
========================================================================
Report  submitted by Vic Laubach (laubach AT virginia.edu)
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch  information may be found at:
http://www.rockfishgaphawkwatch.org

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Subject: HSR: Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (13 Oct 2014) Merlin record broken!
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 15 Oct 2014 09:10:32 -0400
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 13, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       2             37            338
Bald Eagle                   0             32            184
Northern Harrier             1             14             44
Sharp-shinned Hawk           6            834           1612
Cooper's Hawk                2             79            186
Northern Goshawk             0              1              2
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              3             22
Broad-winged Hawk            0             89          18496
Red-tailed Hawk              0             21            106
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 1              1              2
American Kestrel             4            164            295
Merlin                       3             16             29
Peregrine Falcon             1             36             56
Unknown Accipiter            0              5              9
Unknown Buteo                0              3              8
Unknown Falcon               0              1              3
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              3             14
Mississippi Kite             0              0              3
Swainson's Hawk              0              1              2

Total:                      20           1340          21411
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 10:30:00 
Observation end   time: 14:45:00 
Total observation time: 4.25 hours

Official Counter:        Gabriel Mapel

Observers:        

Visitors:
Mary Mapel, Jennifer Jowdy


Weather:
Moderate SSE winds. 17.6-18.6C. 100% cloud cover early with varying
(75-95%) cloud cover thereafter. Heavy fog at Rockfish Gap forced the count
to be conducted from the alternative site at Constitution Park in
Waynesboro where we can view the gap below the fog.

Raptor Observations:
Three Merlins today (11:03, 11:26 and 1:56). Our previous season record
Merlin count was 28 in 2013, and today's Merlins tied and then broke our
season record! An immature Golden Eagle migrated through at 12:22pm, and an
immature Peregrine Falcon at 1:04pm.

Non-raptor Observations:
97 DC Cormorants (in several groups or single), 1 Raven, 16 Chimney Swifts,
151 Blue Jays, 90 Tree Swallows, 130 Waxwings, 7 Monarchs.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Vic Laubach (laubach AT virginia.edu)
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://www.rockfishgaphawkwatch.org

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Subject: HSR: Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (14 Oct 2014) 301 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 15 Oct 2014 09:10:01 -0400
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch
Tip of Virginia's Eastern Shore, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 14, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                      40           1025           3339
Bald Eagle                   3            109            195
Northern Harrier             6            215            351
Sharp-shinned Hawk         151           3250           5295
Cooper's Hawk               21            930           1681
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              7             17
Broad-winged Hawk            3            538            942
Red-tailed Hawk              1             38             93
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel            35           1259           3558
Merlin                       6            994           1624
Peregrine Falcon            35           1029           1228
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              1
Unknown Buteo                0              1              4
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              6              8
Unknown Raptor               0             17             61
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              2

Total:                     301           9418          18399
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 06:00:00 
Observation end   time: 15:30:00 
Total observation time: 9.5 hours

Official Counter:        Katie Rittenhouse

Observers:        Joe Beatty

Weather:


Raptor Observations:


Non-raptor Observations:

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


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Subject: Red Phalarope Yes
From: William Leigh <leightern AT msn.com>
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2014 07:40:46 -0400
Bird present this morning at 7:45 AM

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Subject: Wilson's Snipe at Paul Edmund's Park in South Boston
From: "Jeffrey Blalock" <jcbabirder AT gcronline.com>
Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2014 20:59:47 -0400
Greetings to all:

After hiking the Tobacco Heritage Trail and lunch, I stopped by Edmund's
Park on the way home to see if there was any ducks in the pond.

No ducks but lots of Canada Goose and a single Wilson's Snipe hiding in a
ditch.

Following is link to count with picture of the snipe.


http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20235343


May the LORD Bless and Keep you

Jeffrey Blalock
103 Elizabeth Court
South Boston, VA  24592
434-572-8619 Home
434-470-4352 Cell
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Subject: Red Phalarope info & birder trespassing today (Rockingham)
From: Diane L via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2014 00:11:54 +0000 (UTC)
This is a third hand report, but I understand that a birder from a couple of 
hours away was seen by the tenant farmer at the far (southern) end of the 
chicken houses, having walked a good distance off the road and onto this 
private land. 


If true, I trust this will be an isolated incident, and that we all know that 
farmland is no less "private" than our residential yards. And gee whiz, in this 
case there are "no trespassing" signs prolifically posted! (I do know the 
farmer has family and friends with permission to enter the field and the 
chicken house...please don't assume that if others are closer it's OK for all.) 


Those of us who are local do not want to risk losing access to this pond. Even 
the pull off (viewing spot) is on private land. So far the farmer has been 
cordial, but surely that could change in a heartbeat. 


Between William Leigh and others, we'll try to keep you updated on the bird's 
presence. Morning light is best for viewing, a scope is required for ID-worthy 
looks. The near shore is not visible, so if the bird might be there please 
either be patient or call it a miss! 


Good luck if you visit!   

Diane Lepkowski
Harrisonburg
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Subject: HSR: Harvey's Knob (14 Oct 2014) 3 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 14 Oct 2014 18:10:43 -0400
Harvey's Knob
Roanoke, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Oct 14, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       0             11             85
Bald Eagle                   0              6             93
Northern Harrier             0              1             13
Sharp-shinned Hawk           2            168            328
Cooper's Hawk                0             22             68
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              1              6
Broad-winged Hawk            0             21          10825
Red-tailed Hawk              0             18             79
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             1             13             79
Merlin                       0              2              7
Peregrine Falcon             0              5             12
Unknown Accipiter            0              1              3
Unknown Buteo                0              0              4
Unknown Falcon               0              1              1
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              0              9

Total:                       3            270          11612
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Observation start time: 11:30:00 
Observation end   time: 15:00:00 
Total observation time: 3.5 hours

Official Counter:        Carl Christensen

Observers:        

Visitors:
Three through hikers from Australia on their way south. They were a little
concerned with the projected weather for tonight and tomorrow. They were
aware of it but didn't realize it could be a severe storm. They planned to
stop early and establish a camp for the night.


Weather:
Sustained SE winds at 3-4 throughout the afternoon. Temperatures in the low
70s. Visibility good in both valleys. Dark clouds moved in and out low over
the watch. Unsettled weather today.

Raptor Observations:


Non-raptor Observations:
TV, BV and ravens very active today.

Monarch butterflies: 8

Blue jays: 8

Predictions:
Heavy rain and winds tonight and Wednesday morning.
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Report submitted by Carl Christianson ()
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Subject: 62 Sharp-shinned, 2 Harriers, Peregrine, Kestrel Waples Mill Park, Fairfax co
From: Nicholas Newberry <nickenew1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2014 18:02:28 -0400
One last post from me before I dive back into the interminable textbooks of 
college… 


Enjoying my last few hours of freedom, I decided to do an impromptu hawkwatch 
at Waples Mill Park (in Fairfax county) since I have seen many raptors in the 
skies there before and had seen some migrating Sharpies (sharp-shinned hawks) 
earlier in the day. 


The result was astounding!! Someone really should start up a piedmont hawkwatch 
in this area, could be very interesting. Before today the county eBird high 
count for Sharpies in Fairfax county was 35, now it is 62 (with many 
individuals missed from earlier in the day when I wasn’t counting)! Another 
goodie was my first migrant Peregrine in the county which soared over my lawn 
chair in regal fashion, followed shortly thereafter by its diminutive cousin, 
the kestrel. Always a treat in suburban DC, two Northern Harriers also graced 
me with their presence. A Sapsucker was the only notable passerine. 
Additionally, a flock of about 300 Fish Crows made to the trek to their roost 
at around 4:15p. 


Best,
Nick Newberry
Oakton/Williamsburg, Va

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Subject: Red-necked Grebe at Riverbend Park 10/14/14
From: Dendroica--- via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2014 15:54:31 -0400
A Red-necked Grebe was on the Potomac about 3 pm, upriver from the visitors 
 center about where the trail from the nature center meets  the river 
trail.  It displayed quite a bit of red on its neck.  
 
Ralph
Great Falls, VA
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Subject: Powhatan State Park
From: Louis Schiavo <louisjschiavo AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2014 14:12:14 -0400
On a brief march from canoe launch, around Turkey Trail and back, heard:
Belted Kingfisher
Pileated Woodpecker
Red-Bellied Woodpecker
White-Breasted Nuthatch
and saw:
Northern Flicker (A pair appeared to be courting; is it time for that?)
Immature Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker
Palm Warblers
Eastern Wood-PeWee
Field Sparrows

Usual suspects, but fun on a lovely fall day.
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Subject: The Big Sit
From: taberzz--- via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2014 08:03:18 -0400
For the 16th consecutive year, Coastal Virginia Wildlife Observatory 
participated in the Big Sit, an event sponsored by the New Haven Bird Club, 
Bird Watcher's Digest magazine (where results are posted on their website) and 
Swarovski Optik, to record all birds from one small spot on a given day in 
October. This year Sitters could pick either Oct 11th or 12th and we picked the 
11th. Our site is the Kiptopeke Hawkwatch. There are usually 200 or more groups 
participating. 


We had drizzle and heavy overcast and while raptors were really coming through, 
other birds were not around much and we managed 52 species, well below our 
average in the 70s...we've been above 80 four times. Highlights included 
Caspian Tern, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher and Eastern 
Phoebe. 


Thanks to other Sitters... hawkwatcher Katie Rittenhouse, Bob Anderson, Thuy 
Tran, Ellison Orcutt and Brian Sullivan. 


Brian Taber
CVWO
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