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Stellers Eider,©Jan Wilczur

08 Dec The Plains Airlie CBC, Sunday, December 18 [Sue Garvin ]
8 Dec Rough-legged Hawk at Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch [Gabriel Mapel via va-bird ]
8 Dec Snowy Owl - Leesburg Airport [Tyler Reber ]
08 Dec Reminder --Seneca Christmas Bird Count, Sunday, Dec. 18-- we still need counters and feeder watchers ["Jim Nelson" ]
7 Dec TUNDRA SWANS: Riverbend Park [Donald Sweig ]
7 Dec TUNDRA SWANS: Riverbend Park [Donald Sweig ]
7 Dec Morning birding Augusta County ["Herbert Larner" ]
7 Dec Short-eared Owls in Warren County ["Carr, David E. (dec5z)" ]
7 Dec Re: Sully Woodlands N. Shrike--yes [Ashley Lohr ]
7 Dec Juncos, Fox Sparrow & Baltimore Oriole [Dave Youker via va-bird ]
7 Dec Sully Woodlands N. Shrike--yes [Ashley Lohr ]
7 Dec partial albino Red-tailed near Arlie [delandjoyce ]
7 Dec Oriole remains-Pittsylvania County [Lexi Meadows ]
6 Dec Guatemala trip now full ["Andrew Dolby (adolby)" ]
06 Dec Voice of the Naturalist, Greater DC Area, 12/6/16 [Gerry Hawkins ]
06 Dec Purple Finch [nnva4x4 via va-bird ]
6 Dec Lake Frederick Waterfowl - Frederick Co. []
6 Dec Re: Red Bellied Woodpeckers in Marshall VA ["John R. Eppler" ]
06 Dec CBCs and breeding birds! [Ashley Peele ]
05 Dec Tundra Swans off Belle Haven picnic area [Edward Eder ]
5 Dec Re: Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk ["Walter L. Barrows" ]
5 Dec Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk [Harry Glasgow via va-bird ]
5 Dec Re: Red Bellied Woodpeckers in Marshall VA [Wendy Ealding ]
5 Dec Re: Red Bellied Woodpeckers in Marshall VA [Steve Talley ]
5 Dec Red Bellied Woodpeckers in Marshall VA []
5 Dec 2017 VARCOM Voting Members and Chair [Bill Williams ]
04 Dec Northern Shrike @ Sully Woodlands this afternoon: yes [Fairfax Co.] [Claire Kluskens ]
4 Dec Northern Shrike @ Sully Woodlands this morning: yes [Howard Wu ]
4 Dec Red-headed Woodpeckers ["MrNussbaum.com" ]
4 Dec Short - eared Owls on Bells Lane [Herbert Larner via va-bird ]
4 Dec Belle Haven Park--Marina, Sunday, Dec 4, 2016 -- Wilson's Warbler and White-winged Scoter [Elton Morel via va-bird ]
4 Dec Cooper's Hawk Photo Essay ["Marshall Faintich" ]
4 Dec Great Falls NP Bird Walk 12/4/16 (Fairfax Cty) [Dendroica--- via va-bird ]
4 Dec Fwd: eBird Report - Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve, Dec 4, 2016 [Phil Silas via va-bird ]
4 Dec Adult male Baltimore oriole continues (Lynchburg) [Ashley Lohr ]
3 Dec Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (03 Dec 2016) 19 Raptors []
4 Dec Two Shrike Day [Gerco H ]
30 Nov Dyke Marsh: Common Raven and Merlin present. ["Larry Cartwright" ]
3 Dec Northern shrike@Sully [Lee ]
2 Dec Bles Park, Loudoun Cty [Cheryl Walsh ]
1 Dec 4 Night-Herons @ Ben Brenman Park, Alexandria ["Walter L. Barrows" ]
02 Dec Photo of Hatch year female Wilson's Warbler at Dyke Marsh north of marina boat ramp today [Edward Eder ]
3 Dec Merlin ["Marshall Faintich" ]
1 Dec Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (01 Dec 2016) 41 Raptors (BE Season Record, 18 BE, 1 GE) + Orange-crowned Warbler & Snow Geese []
30 Nov Black Throated Gray Warbler in Fairfax ["Steve Bruck" ]
03 Dec Birders needed for Brooke, VA, Christmas Bird Count ["David Stewart" ]
2 Dec Loggerhead Shrike Still Present - Clarke County ["David Boltz" ]
30 Nov FW: [MDBirding] A ‘feathered mouse’ ["Joe Coleman" ]
30 Nov Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (30 Nov 2016) 5 Raptors []
3 Dec NVBC walk at Blandy Experimental Farm/State Arboretum of Virginia, Saturday, Dec 3, 2016 plus Loggerhead Shrike along Featherbed Road [Elton Morel via va-bird ]
3 Dec Purple Finch in Gloucester []
3 Dec Another shrike [charles barnard jr ]
3 Dec Unknown raptor overhead [Lee ]
1 Dec Sully Woodlands N. Shrike [David Farner ]
2 Dec Lincoln Sparrow [Jeff Blalock ]
2 Dec Harvey's Knob (02 Dec 2016) 5 Raptors []
1 Dec Little Creek CBC, Dec. 31, 2016 [nicholas ]
30 Nov Central Loudoun CBC, Dec 28, 2016 ["Joe Coleman" ]
30 Nov Fascinating research on white-throated sparrows [Pam and Ben via va-bird ]
30 Nov Nassawadox C.B.C., Sunday, December 18 [Harry Armistead ]
29 Nov Manassas- Bull Run Christmas Bird Count, Dec. 18 [Nancy Shipman ]
29 Nov Birding in the Yucatan Peninsula [John Belz ]
29 Nov Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (29 Nov 2016) 3 Raptors []
29 Nov Occoquan Bay NWR udate ["Ron Vogel" ]
29 Nov FW: DC Area, 11/29/2016 ["Joe Coleman" ]
29 Nov Another Baltimore Oriole, Fauquier County [Bert Harris ]
29 Nov Adult male Baltimore oriole (Lynchburg) [Ashley Lohr ]
29 Nov Lesser Goldfinch [Jeff Blalock ]
28 Nov Oriole sticking around in Pittsylvania County [Lexi Meadows ]
28 Nov Sully Woodlands Shrike 28 Nov - different perch location [Stephen Johnson ]
28 Nov Re: Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk ["Walter L. Barrows" ]
28 Nov Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk [Harry Glasgow via va-bird ]
28 Nov Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (28 Nov 2016) 4 Raptors []
28 Nov Dickcissel ["Marshall Faintich" ]
28 Nov Wilson's Warbler at Dyke Marsh [Edward Eder ]
28 Nov Virginia Society of Ornithology Guatemala Field Trip ["Andrew Dolby (adolby)" ]

Subject: The Plains Airlie CBC, Sunday, December 18
From: Sue Garvin <garvin.sue AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 08 Dec 2016 15:06:03 +0000
With Christmas falling on a weekend, compilers are shifting schedules and a
number of 'local' counts are occurring on December 18th. We all need your
help! If you follow this list, you are a birder. No matter your skill
level, you should sign up for a Count. The CBC is an amazing day in the
field, contributing data to a major, long-term, citizen-science project. It
is a great way to improve your skills, and help others improve their
skills. It is a powerful way to show your support for birds and the
environment. On top of all that, it is fun.

Please sign up and volunteer to assist with a count near you- so that all
our circles are well covered. Or use December 18th to expand your horizons
and bird an area you've always meant to visit. Sector leaders can guide you
to hot spots on their routes. If you live within a circle, contact the
count and contribute feeder data!

If you are interested in volunteering with The Plains/Airlie CBC, near
Warrenton, VA please drop me an email at sgarvin AT envstudies.org We have a
fantastic group of sector leaders gathered together by Todd Day, when he
initiated this circle. We are happy to welcome additional volunteers of all
experience levels. Full and half-day volunteers are welcome, just be sure
to let me know what timeframe you have in mind.

Once again, I encourage everyone who reads this list to volunteer for
atleast one CBC. Your effort directly impacts the success of the CBC. And,
with any luck, you might get a life bird and a new friend in the same day!

Best,

Sue Garvin
Sperryville, VA
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Subject: Rough-legged Hawk at Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
From: Gabriel Mapel via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Thu, 8 Dec 2016 09:55:21 -0500
A light-morph, adult male Rough-legged Hawk just flew over Rockfish Gap Hawk 
Watch giving good views. The bird was last seen headed SSW from the watch (into 
Augusta County). 

Gabriel Mapel

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Subject: Snowy Owl - Leesburg Airport
From: Tyler Reber <compwiz35 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 8 Dec 2016 08:22:04 -0500
I've received a secondhand report, though one that's very credible, about a
Snowy Owl at Leesburg Airport this morning.  The exact location is unknown
to me...just that it's in that general vicinity.  As always, please
remember to be respectful of any birds/animals that you may decide to try
and view, especially Snowy Owls.
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Subject: Reminder --Seneca Christmas Bird Count, Sunday, Dec. 18-- we still need counters and feeder watchers
From: "Jim Nelson" <kingfishers2 AT verizon.net>
Date: Thu, 08 Dec 2016 06:48:48 -0500
This is a reminder. The annual Seneca Christmas Bird Count (CBC) will be held 
Sunday, December 18. The count circle has a radius of 7.5 miles, centered on 
Violette’s Lock on the C&O Canal on the Maryland side of the Potomac River, 
and includes important areas of Fairfax and Loudoun Counties in Virginia. Our 
count circle is divided into sectors each with a Sector Leader. 


I am the compiler for the Seneca CBC. The Seneca CBC has been conducted almost 
every year since 1955. Last year, our 111 counters in the field and 8 feeder 
watchers racked up 93 species and 25,946 individual birds. We could not have 
done this without the many volunteers who helped us, both old timers and new 
participants, counting in the field and in their yards. We still need people to 
help with the count in Virginia. 


The Fairfax and Loudoun County portions of our count circle (described below) 
contain lots of interesting habitat and are very important to the success of 
our count. We need additional folks, regardless of your birding skill level, to 
help count birds in the field. Doing a CBC can be a lot of fun, a great 
learning experience, and a chance to meet other birders. Those of you who use 
eBird will find the CBC to be a natural fit. If you are interested in counting 
in the field, please contact me. Let me know where you are located and your 
level of birding experience, so I can place you in an appropriate sector. We 
love having newer birders join us, and we will make sure you are teamed with a 
more experienced person for the count. 


There is also an important role for folks who can’t get out in the field on 
December 18 but live inside the count circle and like to watch birds in their 
yards and at their feeders. You can contribute very useful information to the 
CBC too. 


In northern Virginia, the border of the count circle extends from the Potomac 
River just downstream of Great Falls, swinging south through northern portions 
of Reston and Herndon, passing south of Oak Grove, through Sterling, then 
swinging west and north just east of Ashburn and Lansdowne, coming back to the 
Potomac near Elizabeth Mills Park. If you live inside this area and you are 
interested in reporting the birds you observe in your yard and at your feeders 
on December 18, please let me know. I can confirm whether you fall inside the 
count circle and make arrangements for you to send in your yard/feeder count. 


I will be happy to answer any questions you have about the CBC.

I look forward to your participation.

Thanks in advance.

Jim Nelson
kingfishers2 AT verizon.net
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Subject: TUNDRA SWANS: Riverbend Park
From: Donald Sweig <skybirds.d AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 7 Dec 2016 21:44:32 -0500
 Ralph Wall, Seth Honig, and I took a walk along the river at Riverbend Park 
this afternoon and for the first hour or so saw little or nothing. We had 
walked about a half a mile down the river from the visitor center and we're 
about to leave at about 3:40 this afternoon when I heard something, realized 
what it was, and yelled at them Tundra Swans ! Within a minute we had a large 
skein of at least 50, perhaps more, birds flying directly overhead of us out of 
Virginia across the river and into Maryland. We had great looks and watch them 
almost disappear over the trees on the Maryland side, when suddenly they begin 
to wheel around and come back so we saw them again fly across the river from 
Maryland, over our heads and over the hill behind us in Virginia. 

 And then, we heard them and saw them for the third time, flying back from 
Virginia again over us and then the river and into Maryland. 

 Even one view of that many beautiful birds against the bright blue sky, in the 
clear afternoon sun, many of them calling, was spectacular to see; to see them 
that well three times was unbelievable. What a treat ! 

 A little bit later we had a bald eagle fly off of Conn Island, make several 
descending circles over the river and come swooping down for a picturesque 
landing on one of the little rocks in the middle of the Potomac. 

  All in all, not a bad afternoon.
    Donald Sweig
   Falls Church, Virginia

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Subject: TUNDRA SWANS: Riverbend Park
From: Donald Sweig <skybirds.d AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 7 Dec 2016 21:44:32 -0500
 Ralph Wall, Seth Honig, and I took a walk along the river at Riverbend Park 
this afternoon and for the first hour or so saw little or nothing. We had 
walked about a half a mile down the river from the visitor center and we're 
about to leave at about 3:40 this afternoon when I heard something, realized 
what it was, and yelled at them Tundra Swans ! Within a minute we had a large 
skein of at least 50, perhaps more, birds flying directly overhead of us out of 
Virginia across the river and into Maryland. We had great looks and watch them 
almost disappear over the trees on the Maryland side, when suddenly they begin 
to wheel around and come back so we saw them again fly across the river from 
Maryland, over our heads and over the hill behind us in Virginia. 

 And then, we heard them and saw them for the third time, flying back from 
Virginia again over us and then the river and into Maryland. 

 Even one view of that many beautiful birds against the bright blue sky, in the 
clear afternoon sun, many of them calling, was spectacular to see; to see them 
that well three times was unbelievable. What a treat ! 

 A little bit later we had a bald eagle fly off of Conn Island, make several 
descending circles over the river and come swooping down for a picturesque 
landing on one of the little rocks in the middle of the Potomac. 

  All in all, not a bad afternoon.
    Donald Sweig
   Falls Church, Virginia

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Subject: Morning birding Augusta County
From: "Herbert Larner" <larnersky AT mindspring.com>
Date: Wed, 7 Dec 2016 21:18:29 -0500
Hello all 

 

Did a little birding in & around Augusta County to see if the weather system
dropped any thing in . The Morning was slim picking except for a couple of
good birds . Thru out the County I had the following .

 

Horned Grebe --1 

 

Pied -billed Grebe --  30

 

E Collared Dove -- 1 out on Livick Road in Swoope . 

 

 

Allen Larner

Staunton 

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Subject: Short-eared Owls in Warren County
From: "Carr, David E. (dec5z)" <dec5z AT eservices.virginia.edu>
Date: Wed, 7 Dec 2016 23:00:59 +0000
James Fox and I had Short-eared Owls along Milledale Road this evening in 
Warren County. The owls appeared at about 5:10 pm near the intersection of 
Stone Bridge Road and Milledale. Our best estimate on the number of owls was 5 
birds. There were three Northern Harriers in the fields prior to the arrival of 
the owls. 


If you come to look for the owls, be aware that parking along Milledale is very 
iffy. You might be better off parking along Stone Bridge Road. 


David Carr

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Subject: Re: Sully Woodlands N. Shrike--yes
From: Ashley Lohr <aklohr AT vt.edu>
Date: Wed, 7 Dec 2016 15:13:07 -0500
A sharpie flew over while I was there. Predators are around! I wonder who
would come out on top in a sharpie vs. shrike duel...

Also saw an adult red-shouldered hawk on the drive home. Absolutely glowing
in the sunlight. But there was nowhere to pull over and cars were behind me
so I couldn't snap a picture.

On Dec 7, 2016 1:12 PM, "Ashley Lohr"  wrote:

> Viewing it on and off right now. Found it as soon as I walked in.
>
> Thank you to everyone for providing updates and detailed directions on
> this listserv! Lifer for me.
>
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Subject: Juncos, Fox Sparrow & Baltimore Oriole
From: Dave Youker via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Wed, 7 Dec 2016 13:19:23 -0500
Some new arrivals today in the yard.  Both the Fox Sparrow and  Dark-eyed 
Junco made their first appearance of the season.  The Baltimore  Oriole that 
has been around on-and-off for a couple of weeks fed almost nonstop  for 15 
minutes while chasing everyone away from the platform feeder...except the  
jays of course.  Lots of activity in preparation for more rain and the cold  
front this weekend.
 
Dave Youker
Yorktown, VA
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Subject: Sully Woodlands N. Shrike--yes
From: Ashley Lohr <aklohr AT vt.edu>
Date: Wed, 7 Dec 2016 13:12:27 -0500
Viewing it on and off right now. Found it as soon as I walked in.

Thank you to everyone for providing updates and detailed directions on this
listserv! Lifer for me.
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Subject: partial albino Red-tailed near Arlie
From: delandjoyce <delandjoyce AT peoplepc.com>
Date: Wed, 7 Dec 2016 08:15:55 -0500 (GMT-05:00)
The partial albino Red-tailed hawk has returned to the Arlie area of Fauquier 
County, same location as prior years. 

Del Sargent Purcellville
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Subject: Oriole remains-Pittsylvania County
From: Lexi Meadows <meadows9 AT fairpoint.net>
Date: Wed, 7 Dec 2016 07:35:05 -0500
The Baltimore Oriole remains at my house. Any idea how common it is to have one 
here this time of year? 


Lexi Meadows 
Pittsylvania County

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Subject: Guatemala trip now full
From: "Andrew Dolby (adolby)" <adolby AT umw.edu>
Date: Tue, 6 Dec 2016 20:06:17 +0000
All,

The Guatemala trip is now full. Thanks for your interest! The VSO may consider 
additional international birding trips in future years. Please stay tuned! 


Andrew Dolby


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Subject: Voice of the Naturalist, Greater DC Area, 12/6/16
From: Gerry Hawkins <maineusa AT comcast.net>
Date: Tue, 06 Dec 2016 12:59:35 -0500
Hotline:     Voice of the Naturalist
Date:        12/6/2016
Coverage:    MD/DC/VA/central and southern DE/WV panhandle
Reports, comments and questions: voice AT anshome.org
Compiler:    Gerry Hawkins
Sponsor:     Audubon Naturalist Society of the Central
               Atlantic States (independent of NAS)
Transcriber: Steve Cordle

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

This is the Voice of the Naturalist, a service of the Audubon
Naturalist Society. This report covers the week starting Tuesday,
November 29 and was completed on Tuesday, December 6 at 10:15 a.m.

Information on noteworthy birds is presented below in taxonomic order,
as set forth in the American Ornithologists' Union Checklist for North
and Middle American birds, as revised through the 57th Supplement
(July 2016).

The top birds this week were RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD in MD, LESSER
GOLDFINCH* in VA, BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER* in MD and VA, WESTERN
TANAGER* in VA, YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD in MD and BULLOCK'S ORIOLE* in
VA.  

Other birds of interest this week included GREATER WHITE-FRONTED,
SNOW, ROSS'S and CACKLING GEESE, TRUMPETER SWAN, EURASIAN WIGEON,
COMMON EIDER, HARLEQUIN DUCK, WHITE-WINGED and BLACK SCOTERS,
LONG-TAILED DUCK, RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD, SANDHILL CRANE, AMERICAN
AVOCET, PIPING PLOVER, AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHER, LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER,
BLACK-HEADED and ICELAND GULLS, RED-THROATED LOON, GREAT CORMORANT,
AMERICAN WHITE and BROWN PELICANS, CATTLE EGRET, GREEN HERON, GLOSSY
IBIS, RED-TAILED HAWK (NORTHERN), GOLDEN and BALD EAGLES, SHORT-EARED
OWL, LOGGERHEAD and NORTHERN SHRIKES, CAVE SWALLOW, BLACK-CAPPED
CHICKADEE, EVENING GROSBEAK, LAPLAND LONGSPUR, SNOW BUNTING,
ORANGE-CROWNED and NASHVILLE WARBLERS, NORTHERN PARULA, PALM,
BLACK-THROATED GREEN, PRAIRIE and WILSON'S WARBLERS, VESPER, LARK, LE
CONTE'S, LINCOLN'S and WHITE-CROWNED (GAMBEL'S) SPARROWS, PAINTED
BUNTING, DICKCISSEL and BALTIMORE ORIOLE.
   
TOP BIRDS

A continuing young female RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD was seen in Wildewood,
St. Mary's Co, MD on December 1-3.

A continuing first state record LESSER GOLDFINCH* was last seen in a
residential back yard in Virginia Beach, VA early in the morning on
November 29. If it returns the homeowner intends to provide new
directions for those interested in looking for this bird.

After a four-day absence a BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER* was again seen
in a mixed species flock in or near Tydings Memorial Park, Harford Co,
MD on December 2-6. On November 30 a resident of Fairfax, VA reported
a brief appearance by another BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER* in his
yard. 

A male WESTERN TANAGER* has been seen almost daily since it returned
to a residential feeder in Settlers' Mill, Williamsburg, VA on
November 4 for the eighth winter in a row.

On November 29 and 30 and December 1 a YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD was
spotted in a large starling, cowbird and blackbird flock in a field
near the entrance to North Point SP and nearby in Baltimore Co, MD.

On December 2 a male BULLOCK'S ORIOLE* was photographed at Back Bay
NWR, Virginia Beach, VA. This bird was originally spotted in the
parking lot area near the trailhead for the Kuralt Trail and flew to
the right side of the gravel road just after the nearby ponds.

OTHER BIRDS OF INTEREST

On December 4 four GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE visited Shearness Pool
at Bombay Hook NWR, Kent Co, DE. On December 4 and 5 two GREATER
WHITE-FRONTED GEESE, and on December 4 a single continuing SNOW GOOSE,
were seen in Deep Creek Lake, Garrett Co, MD. Three continuing ROSS'S
GEESE were seen at North Point SP, Baltimore Co, MD all week,
typically in a cove at the southern end of the park during the day and
in fields near the park entrance early in the morning and around
sunset. A continuing CACKLING GOOSE at Silver Lake in Rehoboth, Sussex
Co, DE was most recently reported on December 1.

A longstanding tagged TRUMPETER SWAN that frequents Lake Churchill and
nearby Gunner's Lake in Montgomery Co, MD was last seen at the former
location on December 5.

A EURASIAN WIGEON was spotted in a very large number of ducks in Tubby
Cove at Eastern Neck NWR, Kent Co, MD on December 1 and 2 and at the
Craney Island Disposal Area, Portsmouth, VA on December 2. Noteworthy
diving ducks included a COMMON EIDER and a WHITE-WINGED SCOTER at
Grandview Nature Preserve, Hampton, VA on December 2; a COMMON EIDER
at Indian River Inlet, Sussex Co, DE on December 3; and a COMMON EIDER
off the fishing pier at Cape Henlopen SP, Sussex Co, DE on December 4.
Two continuing HARLEQUIN DUCKS were reported at the Ocean City Inlet,
Worcester Co, MD on December 4. Inland, a female WHITE-WINGED SCOTER
was photographed at Dyke Marsh WP, Fairfax Co, VA early in the morning
on December 4 and a male BLACK SCOTER was photographed in Sandy River
Reservoir from the end of Gates-Bass Road in Prince Edward Co, VA on
December 2-4. In addition, on December 5 four LONG-TAILED DUCKS were
discovered at Rocky Gap SP, Allegany Co, MD.

Late RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRDS included a continuing female at a
feeder in Virginia Beach, VA on November 29 and December 3.

On December 4 two continuing SANDHILL CRANES were seen along Rock
Lodge Road in Garrett Co, MD.

Large numbers of AMERICAN AVOCETS were seen during the week at Bombay
Hook NWR, Prime Hook NWR and Lewes, DE, with a high of 90 individuals
at Prime Hook NWR-Broadkill Marsh on December 2. On the same day eight
AMERICAN AVOCETS were seen at the Craney Island Disposal Area,
Portsmouth, VA. On December 3 an AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHER made an
unusual appearance at Upper Hooper's Island in Dorchester Co, MD.
Other noteworthy shorebirds included a continuing late PIPING PLOVER
at Swan Cove, Chincoteague NWR, Accomack Co, VA on December 2-4 and a
high of four late LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS at Bombay Hook NWR, Kent Co,
DE on December 3 and 4.

On December 4 a BLACK-HEADED GULL was seen again at Swan Cove in
Chincoteague NWR, Accomack Co, VA. An ICELAND GULL was present for a
short period in the Washington Channel side of Hains Point,
Washington, DC early in the morning on December 4.

An inland RED-THROATED LOON was seen at the C & O Canal ? Violette's
Lock, Montgomery Co, MD on November 29 and December 1.

Sightings of GREAT CORMORANT included an area high ten individuals at
Island #4 at the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel, Northampton Co, VA on
December 3 and six individuals at Black Walnut Point, Talbot Co, MD on
December 1 and 3. A single GREAT COROMORANT was reported at Ocean City
Inlet, Worcester Co, MD on December 4 and 5.

On December 2 six AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS were seen in flight at Back
Bay NWR, Virginia Beach, VA. AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS continue at
Blackwater NWR, Dorchester Co, MD, with a high of 45 individuals
reported along Wildlife Drive on December 3. BROWN PELICANS continue
to move up the Chesapeake Bay, with highs of 300 and 285 individuals
at the east and west ends of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge in Queen Anne's
Co and Anne Arundel Co, MD, respectively, on December 4.

CATTLE EGRETS included an area high 12 individuals along Morris Neck
Road in Virginia Beach, VA on December 4 and five individuals as far
north as Little Creek Horse Pasture in Kent Co, DE on November 30 and
December 1, 3 and 5. On December 4 a very late GREEN HERON was found
at Sandy Bottom Nature Park, Hampton, VA.

A single GLOSSY IBIS was seen at Chincoteague NWR, Accomack Co, VA on
December 2 and 4. 

On December 4 a dark form of the RED-TAILED HAWK (NORTHERN) that is
considered by some authorities to be a separate subspecies was
photographed near the intersection of Route 213 and Lynch Road in Kent
Co, MD. A GOLDEN EAGLE was seen perched and in flight along the
Shenandoah River from Locke's Mill Road in Clark Co, VA on December 1
and in flight over the Pickering Creek Audubon Center, Talbot Co, MD
on December 3. On December 1 observers at the Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
in Waynesboro, VA saw a GOLDEN EAGLE and 18 BALD EAGLES, which tied
the second-highest single day count for BALD EAGLES in the history of
this hawk watch and broke its prior all-time season record for BALD
EAGLES of 280 by ten.

On December 3 two SHORT-EARED OWLS were photographed along Port Mahon
Road in Kent Co, DE, and on December 4 one was photographed over
Shearness Pool at Bombay Hook NWR, Kent Co, DE. At dusk on December 4
two SHORT-EARED OWLS were seen at the top of the hill and in the field
across from the ponds along Bells Lane in Staunton, VA.

The continuing NORTHERN SHRIKE* at the Sully Woodlands in Fairfax Co,
VA was seen all week. On December 4-6 another NORTHERN SHRIKE was
found along 123-132 Bens Point Road in Queen Anne's Co, MD. On
December 2-4 a continuing LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE was seen along Featherbed
Road, about 0.5 mile south of the intersection with Rt. 340 in Clarke
Co, VA, and on December 3 another apparent LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE was seen
perched on a wire along Route 50 about 1.3 miles east of the entrance
to Blandy Experimental Farm/State Arboretum of Virginia in the same
Virginia county. On December 4 a continuing LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE was seen
along Burwells Bay Road a short distance north of the intersection
with Purvis Lane in Isle of Wight, VA.

On December 2 a single CAVE SWALLOW was photographed in flight over
Swan Creek Wetland-Cox Creek, Anne Arundel Co, MD.

An irruption of BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEES in the reporting area
continued, with confirmed sightings including two individuals at Swan
Harbor Farm Park, Harford Co, MD on December 2; one continuing
individual at Mt. Vista Park, Baltimore Co, MD on December 4; one
individual at Blairs Valley Lake, Washington Co, MD on December 2; one
individual at Blandy Experimental Farm/State Arboretum of Virginia,
Clarke Co, VA on December 3; one individual at Whitaker Woods, Cecil
Co, MD on December 4; one individual at Hydes Roads Park, Baltimore
Co, MD on December 4; and one individual at Tydings Memorial Park,
Harford Co, MD on December 5.

On December 3 an EVENING GROSBEAK was photographed at a feeder at 5624
Dumfries Road, Fauquier Co, VA.

On December 1 and 3-5 a high of eight LAPLAND LONGSPURS, and on
December 1 and 3 a high of four SNOW BUNTINGS, were seen along
Cartanza Road in Kent Co, DE. On December 3 a single LAPLAND LONGSPUR
was briefly seen with the three continuing SNOW BUNTINGS on the rocks
and short grass near the end of Crystal Pier at North Point SP,
Baltimore Co, MD. Also in Maryland, an area high 95 SNOW BUNTINGS were
counted during the regular weekly survey of Hart-Miller Island in
Baltimore Co on December 5, and 12 SNOW BUNTINGS were found on Battery
Island in Harford Co on the same day. In Virginia a high of eight
continuing SNOW BUNTINGS were seen in sand dunes at First Landing SP
in Virginia Beach on November 29 and December 3-5, and seven SNOW
BUNTINGS were found at the Craney Island Disposal Area in Portsmouth
on December 2. 

Individual ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS were seen at Tydings Memorial Park,
Harford Co, MD on December 1; Piscataway Park, Prince George's Co, MD
on December 2 and 4; and Mount Pleasant Farm-Howard County
Conservancy, Howard Co, MD on December 5, and two ORANGE-CROWNED
WARBLERS were seen at Burton's Island in Delaware Seashore SP, Sussex
Co, DE on December 2 and 4. Late migratory warblers included a
NASHVILLE WARBLER and a BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER found at Tydings
Memorial Park, Harford Co, MD on December 3; a NORTHERN PARULA
photographed at Blandair Park, Howard Co, MD on December 3; PALM
WARBLERS at several locations; a PRAIRIE WARBLER photographed at
Princess Anne WMA-Beasley Tract, Virginia Beach, VA on December 4; a
continuing WILSON'S WARBLER at the south end of the picnic area at
Dyke Marsh WP, Fairfax Co, VA on December 2 and 4; and a
YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT at False Cape SP, Virginia Beach, VA on December
4.   

On December 3 and 4 a VESPER SPARROW was seen in the same area as the
SNOW BUNTINGS at First Landing SP, Virginia Beach, VA. A LARK SPARROW
was seen again at Back Bay NWR, Virginia Beach, VA on December 1-5 and
at Magothy Bay Natural Area Preserve, Northampton Co, VA on December
3. On December 4 a LE CONTE'S SPARROW was photographed at Princess
Anne WMA-Beasley Tract, Virginia Beach, VA. Two LINCOLN'S SPARROWS
were found along the Richmond-Danville Trail in Pittsylvania Co, VA on
December 2, and one was found on the north side of Lake Roland in
Baltimore Co, MD on December 4 and at Cromwell Valley Park, Baltimore
Co, MD on December 5. A white-lored WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW (GAMBEL'S)
was found during the weekly survey of Hart-Miller Island, Baltimore
Co, MD on December 5.

On December 4 a female PAINTED BUNTING was seen at 816 Davenport Lane,
Virginia Beach, VA. A continuing DICKCISSEL was most recently seen at
a residential feeder in Charlottesville, VA on December 4.

Late songbirds also included individual BALTIMORE ORIOLES at a feeder
in Lynchburg, VA on November 29 and 30 and December 1, 2 and 4; a
feeder at 13534 Seashore Highway, Sussex Co, DE on December 1;
Piscataway Park, Prince George's Co, MD on December 2; the National
Arboretum, Washington, DC on December 3 and 4; and Dyke Marsh WP,
Fairfax Co, VA on December 4.

***

This week's report was based on reports on the DE, MD, VA, and WV list
servers, eBird records and various birding pages on Facebook.

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

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

Thank you for your interest, and enjoy the birds.

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Subject: Purple Finch
From: nnva4x4 via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Tue, 06 Dec 2016 11:09:41 -0500
    
Hey Yall  Yesterday morning as I was eating breakfast I looked over at my 
feeders and noticed three female Purple Finches. They were eating black oil 
sunflowers together on the catch tray of a tube feeder. Dark heavy streaking 
underneath and dark facial pattern with distinctive eye stripe set them apart 
from the numerous female House Finches. One female came in as I wrote this note 
but no males so far.    Good Birding  Stuart Sweetman   Newport News VA  



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Subject: Lake Frederick Waterfowl - Frederick Co.
From: david.boltz4 AT gmail.com
Date: Tue, 6 Dec 2016 10:57:45 -0500
Finally some waterfowl has arrived. I'm thinking that the strong cold front due 
on Thursday and Friday may bring more. 


6 Buffleheads
6 Red-breasted Mergansers
1 Horned Grebe
1 Pied-billed Grebe
12 Bonaparte's Gulls
25 Ring-billed Gulls

Oddly, no Canada Geese today. They've been plentiful on the lake lately. 
Perhaps they are in the fields during the rain. 


Hopefully, more to come.

Dave Boltz
Lake Frederick




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Subject: Re: Red Bellied Woodpeckers in Marshall VA
From: "John R. Eppler" <john AT johnepplerphoto.com>
Date: Tue, 6 Dec 2016 09:48:44 -0500
I was able to outsmart crows at my suet baskets by hanging them by the
corner. Apparently crows do not like to stand on angled surfaces that move!
Also, I found the crows would stand under the baskets and fly up to take
suet. I cut a 1 foot square piece of  rat wire and hung it with a short
piece of wire under the basket to keep them from getting to it at the
bottom. Smaller birds that do not hang on baskets and want suet can stand on
the rat wire to get some, too! I exclusively use pepper suet to keep squires
and raccoons off the baskets. Occasionally, I have squirrels that have
developed a taste for Cajun food! ;-)

 

As for the starlings, the above technique seems to work too, but I keep a
plastic container with marbles and bbs near the window. I shake it to create
a racket, chasing them off. They do learn eventually that they are not
welcomed. I find it is effective at chasing off deer, too!

 

Regards,

John R. Eppler

john AT johnepplerphoto.com

Cell: 703-201-0129

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Subject: CBCs and breeding birds!
From: Ashley Peele <ashpeele AT vt.edu>
Date: Tue, 06 Dec 2016 07:56:01 -0500
A quick message to draw your attention to a new article published on the Atlas 
eBird site, which discusses winter breeding bird species AND suggestions on how 
to use the winter to prep for the 2017 breeding season.  Good luck to all the 
birders participating in a Christmas Bird Count over the next several weeks and 
stay safe as you brave the cold! 


 

You can reach the new article at the following link: 
http://ebird.org/content/atlasva/news/holiday-birding-can-include-breeding-birds/ 


 

We also wanted to communicate that things will be relatively quiet on the VA 
Breeding Bird Atlas front through the New Year, as so many folks will be 
traveling and otherwise busy with the holiday season.  However, we’ll return 
in January and hit the ground running with new programs including a series of 
regional training sessions this spring.  The first year of the Atlas has been 
a fantastic start to this effort and volunteers have contributed a huge amount 
of valuable data.  I can’t wait to see what the VA birding community can 
accomplish in the 2017 Atlas season.  


 

All the best, 

 

Ashley Peele, PhD  

Virginia Breeding Bird Atlas Coordinator 

 

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Subject: Tundra Swans off Belle Haven picnic area
From: Edward Eder <nutmegz AT mac.com>
Date: Mon, 05 Dec 2016 23:09:52 -0500
Three Tundra swans were feeding on SAV off the Belle Haven picnic area this 
morning north of Dyke Marsh. 

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Subject: Re: Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk
From: "Walter L. Barrows" <wbarrows AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 5 Dec 2016 17:18:58 -0500
From today's birdwalk I've added a few photos to my Huntley Meadows
gallery.  The last shot from today, of a Black Vulture, was not taken at
Huntley Meadows but rather on my drive home from the birdwalk.

https://wlb3.smugmug.com/Virginia-Parks/Huntley-Meadows-Park/

Thanks, Harry.

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On Mon, Dec 5, 2016 at 2:45 PM, Harry Glasgow 
wrote:

> This morning's Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk drew 18 birders who
> counted 48 species.  The weather was cool and cloudy, with the sun breaking
> through near the end of the walk.  It was not a particularly noteworthy
> count - all 7 woodpecker species,  3 Barred Owls - (a family group,
> perhaps?),  and 5 fairly tame Golden Crowned Kinglets.  There were the
> standard large flocks of assorted blackbirds who often make exciting flight
> acrobatics over the central wetland.  Nice day.
>
> Canada Goose  60
> American Black Duck  2
> Mallard  32
> Northern Shoveler  7
> Northern Pintail  4
> Green-winged Teal  6
> Hooded Merganser  2
> Great Blue Heron  4
> Turkey Vulture  1
> Cooper's Hawk  1
> Red-shouldered Hawk  2
> hawk sp.  1
> Ring-billed Gull  8
> Mourning Dove  30
> Barred Owl  3
> Belted Kingfisher  1
> Red-headed Woodpecker  6
> Red-bellied Woodpecker  6
> Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  2
> Downy Woodpecker  14
> Hairy Woodpecker  3
> Northern Flicker  4
> Pileated Woodpecker  3
> Blue Jay  6
> American Crow  22
> Fish Crow  5
> crow sp.  5
> Carolina Chickadee  11
> Tufted Titmouse  10
> White-breasted Nuthatch  10
> Brown Creeper  3
> Winter Wren  1
> Carolina Wren  6
> Golden-crowned Kinglet  5
> Ruby-crowned Kinglet  1
> Eastern Bluebird  7
> American Robin  9
> Field Sparrow  1
> Dark-eyed Junco  4
> White-throated Sparrow  20+
> Song Sparrow  10
> Swamp Sparrow  2
> Eastern Towhee  3
> Northern Cardinal  8
> Red-winged Blackbird  100+
> Rusty Blackbird  11
> Common Grackle  13
> American Goldfinch  30
>
> The Monday Morning Birdwalk has been a weekly event at Huntley Meadows
> since 1985. It takes place every week, rain or shine (except during
> electrical storms, strong winds, or icy trails), at 8AM (7AM from March
>  through November), is free of charge, requires no reservation, and is open
> to all. Birders meet in the parking lot at the Park's entrance at 3701
> Lockheed Blvd, Alexandria, VA. Questions should be directed to Park staff
> during normal business hours at (703)768-2525 <(703)%20768-2525>.
>
> Harry Glasgow
> Friends of Huntley Meadows Park
>
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Subject: Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk
From: Harry Glasgow via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Mon, 5 Dec 2016 19:45:41 +0000 (UTC)
This morning's Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk drew 18 birders who 
counted 48 species.  The weather was cool and cloudy, with the sun breaking 
through near the end of the walk.  It was not a particularly noteworthy count 
- all 7 woodpecker species,  3 Barred Owls - (a family group, perhaps?),  and 
5 fairly tame Golden Crowned Kinglets.  There were the standard large flocks 
of assorted blackbirds who often make exciting flight acrobatics over the 
central wetland.  Nice day. 

Canada Goose  60
American Black Duck  2
Mallard  32
Northern Shoveler  7
Northern Pintail  4
Green-winged Teal  6
Hooded Merganser  2
Great Blue Heron  4
Turkey Vulture  1
Cooper's Hawk  1
Red-shouldered Hawk  2
hawk sp.  1
Ring-billed Gull  8
Mourning Dove  30
Barred Owl  3
Belted Kingfisher  1
Red-headed Woodpecker  6
Red-bellied Woodpecker  6
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  2
Downy Woodpecker  14
Hairy Woodpecker  3
Northern Flicker  4
Pileated Woodpecker  3
Blue Jay  6
American Crow  22
Fish Crow  5
crow sp.  5
Carolina Chickadee  11
Tufted Titmouse  10
White-breasted Nuthatch  10
Brown Creeper  3
Winter Wren  1
Carolina Wren  6
Golden-crowned Kinglet  5
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  1
Eastern Bluebird  7
American Robin  9
Field Sparrow  1
Dark-eyed Junco  4
White-throated Sparrow  20+
Song Sparrow  10
Swamp Sparrow  2
Eastern Towhee  3
Northern Cardinal  8
Red-winged Blackbird  100+
Rusty Blackbird  11
Common Grackle  13
American Goldfinch  30

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

Harry Glasgow
Friends of Huntley Meadows Park
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Subject: Re: Red Bellied Woodpeckers in Marshall VA
From: Wendy Ealding <wendy.ealding AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 5 Dec 2016 12:25:12 -0500
Steve, you think you have problems - I have a crow family who are taking
mine.  Dad stands on top of the suet cage and throws pieces down to the
four offspring waiting below.  I don't really mind in that I really like
corvids in general but, they sure go through it fast.

Wendy Ealding
Midlothian

On Mon, Dec 5, 2016 at 12:15 PM, Steve Talley  wrote:

> How do folks keep the damn starlings from eating your suet. I have my seed
> mix pretty starling proof but I have not hit on a good way to keep the suet
> safe. I used to think they could not hang onto the suet cage, but my
> starlings are cagier than me. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
>
> On Dec 5, 2016 11:57,  wrote:
>
> We were delighted to find at our Suet feeders today 3 Red Bellied
> Woodpeckers migrating through. For the last several weeks we've had a small
> number of Downy Woodpeckers, but this is the first Red Bellied that we've
> seen.
>
> I will try to get photos this afternoon and post them
>
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Subject: Re: Red Bellied Woodpeckers in Marshall VA
From: Steve Talley <bucktalley AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 5 Dec 2016 12:15:21 -0500
How do folks keep the damn starlings from eating your suet. I have my seed
mix pretty starling proof but I have not hit on a good way to keep the suet
safe. I used to think they could not hang onto the suet cage, but my
starlings are cagier than me. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

On Dec 5, 2016 11:57,  wrote:

We were delighted to find at our Suet feeders today 3 Red Bellied
Woodpeckers migrating through. For the last several weeks we've had a small
number of Downy Woodpeckers, but this is the first Red Bellied that we've
seen.

I will try to get photos this afternoon and post them

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Subject: Red Bellied Woodpeckers in Marshall VA
From: skling001 AT comcast.net
Date: Mon, 5 Dec 2016 16:56:18 +0000 (UTC)
We were delighted to find at our Suet feeders today 3 Red Bellied Woodpeckers 
migrating through. For the last several weeks we've had a small number of Downy 
Woodpeckers, but this is the first Red Bellied that we've seen. 


I will try to get photos this afternoon and post them 

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Subject: 2017 VARCOM Voting Members and Chair
From: Bill Williams <billwilliams154 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 5 Dec 2016 10:28:06 -0500
Greetings All,



The Virginia Avian Records Committee (VARCOM) is proud to announce that its
November 12, 2016 meeting the Virginia Society of Ornithology’s (VSO) Board
of Directors approved the election of Gerco Hoogeweg and Dave Youker as
VARCOM Voting Members. Gerco and Dave will assume their duties on January
1, 2017 joining Lee Adams, Todd Day, Gerry Hawkins, Kieran Kilday, and
Ellison Orcutt.



Current VARCOM Voting Members Adam D’Onofrio and Mike Stinson will complete
their service as 2016 concludes. Their respective contributions to VARCOM
and the maintenance of Virginia’s permanent ornithological record have been
superb. Each deserves our sincere thanks and appreciation.



Mike’s election by the Committee to serve as VARCOM Chairman (a non-voting
position) beginning January 1, 2017 was also approved by the VSO Board of
Directors as was Wendy Ealding’s election to continue her meticulously
excellent and invaluable work as VARCOM Secretary.



Best Birds Everyone!



Bill Williams
VARCOM Chair
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Subject: Northern Shrike @ Sully Woodlands this afternoon: yes [Fairfax Co.]
From: Claire Kluskens <birdlady2011 AT icloud.com>
Date: Sun, 04 Dec 2016 19:40:18 -0500
I likewise located the bird SW of the barn/stable today - in the afternoon 
about 3:20. Take the vehicle trail SW from the paved area, then take the wide 
trail that heads south. As you clear the minor rise, start looking to your 
right (the west). It was along the treeline (running east-west) of 
cedar/juniper trees - about 200 to 250 feet in. 


Claire Kluskens
Alexandria/Fairfax Co.


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Subject: Northern Shrike @ Sully Woodlands this morning: yes
From: Howard Wu <howiewu1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 4 Dec 2016 18:25:04 -0500
Hi,

After more than a month of absence (me, not the bird; I had been out of the
country for most of November, to China and Taiwan), I finally made another
visit to Sully Woodlands. The shrike was still there! I located the bird in
the fields west of the barn/shed. This was the farthest west I had observed
it, close to the row of cedar/juniper trees, exact time I located the bird
was 11:43AM. There were a few very vocal Red-shouldered Hawks around there
too.

It occurred to me that during my trip to China, I photographed a similar
species, the Long-tailed Shrike. I've added the pictures of the Northern
Shrike I took today, and its Asian cousin,to the following page (please
read the text to avoid confusion):

http://www.travelerathome.com/2016_10_shrike/2016_10_shrike.html

Cheers,
Howard Wu
Herndon, VA
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Subject: Red-headed Woodpeckers
From: "MrNussbaum.com" <mrnussbaumcom AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 4 Dec 2016 18:02:17 -0500
So excited to witness a flock of five red-headed woodpeckers at Algonkian
Regional Park in Sterling, VA. I had taken my six year-old to the large
playground across from the softball/baseball fields when I heard the
familiar chattering in the trees along the creek behind the fence of the
playground. I watched them for about ten minutes and they were frequenting
some of the dead trees. At one time, there were four in the same tree.

I have never seen red-headed woodpeckers here before. I know these birds
don't constitute a major sighting, but I couldn't help in sharing my
excitement. I had made a special trip to Sky Meadows once just to them, so
it was amazing to see them so close to home.

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Subject: Short - eared Owls on Bells Lane
From: Herbert Larner via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Sun, 4 Dec 2016 22:47:02 +0000 (UTC)
Hello all 

After receiving a report of possible Short - eared Owls on Bells Lane I went 
over there around 4 : 45 & shortly about 5 minutes later one Owl flew up & 
landed on a fence post at scope distance . About 3 minutes later the second Owl 
flew in . They are located at the top of the hill & in the field across from 
the ponds . In the far field where the ponds are I saw a male Northern Harrier 
( Gray Ghost ) hunting the fields . 



Allen Larner
Staunton 
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Subject: Belle Haven Park--Marina, Sunday, Dec 4, 2016 -- Wilson's Warbler and White-winged Scoter
From: Elton Morel via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Sun, 4 Dec 2016 21:18:55 +0000 (UTC)
VA Birders: Expanding upon Phil Silas's earlier report, I spent four hour 
vigil this morning at the Belle Haven Marina near Dyke Marsh in Fairfax county 
looking for the female Wilson's Warbler.  I managed to find her on three 
occasions over the course of those four hours. On one of those occasions, I 
managed to get 3 poor photos of the bird.  Earlier this morning, I thought I 
only had one photo of the bird, but through the magic of magnification and 
digital photography, I realized that I managed to get 2 more, albeit poor 
photos of the bird buried deep in the vine tangles. I also found and 
photographed a female White-winged Scoter off the marina. The particulars of 
each of the finds can be found in the species account in the eBird checklist 
below. You can use the link to the eBird checklist at the bottom of this email 
to view the photos. Elton MorelArlington, Virginia    

Belle Haven Park--Marina, Fairfax, Virginia, US
Dec 4, 2016 7:30 AM - 11:35 AM
Protocol: Traveling
0.2 mile(s)
Comments: Spent entire time at Belle Haven Marina area along entrance road and 
along the woods north of the marina restrooms. 

34 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose 200
Mallard 75
Northern Shoveler 4
White-winged Scoter 1 Female found just north of marina at ~9:10am trailing a 
small flock of Canada Geese. Scoter eventually took flight south down the 
Potomac River towards the Dyke Marsh point; I didn't see it land. 

Double-crested Cormorant 8
Great Blue Heron 3
Cooper's Hawk 1
Ring-billed Gull 75
Herring Gull 12
Great Black-backed Gull 1
Mourning Dove 25
Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
Downy Woodpecker 2
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 1
Blue Jay 4
Fish Crow 2
crow sp. 5
Carolina Chickadee 7
Tufted Titmouse 2
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
Winter Wren 1
Carolina Wren 4
Golden-crowned Kinglet 1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 2
American Robin 4
European Starling 8
Yellow-rumped Warbler 1
Wilson's Warbler 1 Continuing female, most likely hatch-year bird. Found at 
~9:35am about 75 yards north of the marina restrooms. Refound again next to the 
restrooms at ~9:50am. Found again at ~11:25 at northeast corner of woods. 
Managed to get a few barely adequate photos. Best strategy for finding this 
bird is find the attending chickadee / titmouse / kinglets flock(s), listen for 
the loud chip notes, look for the bird buried deep in the vine tangles and dead 
leaf clusters and . . . lots of patience. 

White-throated Sparrow 12
Song Sparrow 2
Swamp Sparrow 1
Northern Cardinal 6
House Finch 4
American Goldfinch 15

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S32851887

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



 
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Subject: Cooper's Hawk Photo Essay
From: "Marshall Faintich" <marshall AT faintich.net>
Date: Sun, 4 Dec 2016 15:20:37 -0500
Old Trail; Crozet, VA; 12/4/16. Report and photos:

 

 
http://www.faintich.net/Blog2016/2016_12_04.htm

 

___________________________

Marshall Faintich

Crozet, VA

marshall AT faintich.net

www.faintich.net  

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

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Subject: Great Falls NP Bird Walk 12/4/16 (Fairfax Cty)
From: Dendroica--- via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Sun, 4 Dec 2016 13:37:52 -0500
Our group of 5 listed 30 species on an overcast, chilly  morning.  Numbers 
of ducks observed this morning were the highest of this  fall season.  The 
list follows.
 
We meet every Sunday at  8 AM in the visitors center  parking lot.  Come 
join us.
 
Ralph Wall
 
Canada Goose  35
American Black Duck  12
Mallard   6
Ring-necked Duck  40
Bufflehead  30
Common Merganser   3
Pied-billed Grebe  3
Great Blue Heron  1
Black  Vulture  8
Bald Eagle  2
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Belted  Kingfisher  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  4
Yellow-bellied  Sapsucker  2
Downy Woodpecker  5
Hairy Woodpecker   2
Northern Flicker  1
Pileated Woodpecker  1
American  Crow  3
Carolina Chickadee  8
Tufted Titmouse   12
White-breasted Nuthatch  6
Carolina Wren  4
Eastern  Bluebird  2
American Robin  4
Dark-eyed Junco   20
White-throated Sparrow  10
Song Sparrow  1
Northern  Cardinal  4
American Goldfinch  10

View this checklist  online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S32853288

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Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve, Dec 4, 2016
From: Phil Silas via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Sun, 4 Dec 2016 13:33:55 -0500
 VA Birders,
Ten birders joined me on this Friends of Dyke Marsh sponsored walk that meets 
at the South end of the picnic area every Sunday at 0800, except during CBC 
season. So, next Sunday will be the last walk until January 8, 2017. We saw 46 
species as detailed below, with plentiful waterfowl, and a late Baltimore 
Oriole among the highlights. We got to study the perched Cooper's Hawk, get 
close looks at kinglets, and a few of us got glimpses of the continuing 
Wilson's Warbler at the end of the walk. Thanks to Ben Jesup especially on the 
Brown Thrasher, Sasha Munters on the oriole, and Elton Morel, who wasn't in our 
party, but helped refind the Wilson's Warbler and also took photos of a 
White-winged Scoter before it flew South downriver. 

Phil Silas
Woodbridge, VA

 

 

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To: epsdcva 
Sent: Sun, Dec 4, 2016 12:59 pm
Subject: eBird Report - Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve, Dec 4, 2016

Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve, Fairfax, Virginia, US
Dec 4, 2016 7:42 AM - 11:22 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.3 mile(s)
Comments: Cool, calm, mostly overcast 
Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.2.6 Build 75 46 species Canada Goose 520 Gadwall 44 Mallard 260 Northern Shoveler 9 Northern Pintail 1 Bufflehead 8 Hooded Merganser 2 Pied-billed Grebe 4 Double-crested Cormorant 14 Great Blue Heron 23 Great Egret 1 Cooper's Hawk 1 Bald Eagle 4 Killdeer 4 Ring-billed Gull 140 Herring Gull 2 Great Black-backed Gull 18 Mourning Dove 38 Red-bellied Woodpecker 5 Downy Woodpecker 4 Hairy Woodpecker 1 Northern Flicker 3 Pileated Woodpecker 1 Peregrine Falcon 1 Blue Jay 7 Fish Crow 12 Carolina Chickadee 10 Tufted Titmouse 7 White-breasted Nuthatch 3 Brown Creeper 1 Carolina Wren 4 Golden-crowned Kinglet 3 Ruby-crowned Kinglet 2 American Robin 9 Brown Thrasher 1 Heard, then briefly seen in flight European Starling 28 Wilson's Warbler 1 Yellow, continuing in brush and vines at S end of picnic area. White-throated Sparrow 16 Song Sparrow 9 Swamp Sparrow 1 Northern Cardinal 11 Red-winged Blackbird 14 Common Grackle 1 Baltimore Oriole 1 Orange breast and tail, dark wings with white wing bars. Photos available. House Finch 6 American Goldfinch 40 View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S32852807 This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org) *** You are subscribed to va-bird as jsiler AT birdingonthe.net. If you wish to unsubscribe, or modify your preferences please visit http://mailman.listserve.com/listmanager/listinfo/va-bird ***
Subject: Adult male Baltimore oriole continues (Lynchburg)
From: Ashley Lohr <aklohr AT vt.edu>
Date: Sun, 4 Dec 2016 11:53:08 -0500
Adult male BAOR continues at a private residence in Lynchburg. Seen every
day for the last week or so (including today) except for yesterday. May
have been too windy.

Anyone happen to know the latest date for BAOR in VA?
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Subject: Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (03 Dec 2016) 19 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: Sat, 3 Dec 2016 12:55:40 -0900
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Dec 03, 2016
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       0              0            373
Bald Eagle                   2             20            292
Northern Harrier             0              0             78
Sharp-shinned Hawk           1              3           1521
Cooper's Hawk                0              0            328
Northern Goshawk             0              0             10
Red-shouldered Hawk          2              5            166
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0          26257
Red-tailed Hawk             13             30            997
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              1             20
American Kestrel             0              0            167
Merlin                       0              0             51
Peregrine Falcon             0              0             34
Unknown Accipiter            1              1             19
Unknown Buteo                0              0             17
Unknown Falcon               0              0              6
Unknown Eagle                0              0              1
Unknown Raptor               0              0             40
Mississippi Kite             0              0              5
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              1

Total:                      19             60          30383
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:30:00 
Observation end   time: 16:00:00 
Total observation time: 8.5 hours

Official Counter:        Gabriel Mapel

Observers:        William Leigh

Visitors:
Nelson Lewis, Jennifer Jowdy, Allen Bryan (Richmond), Warren Painter, Judy
Hinch (VA Beach)


Weather:
Moderate to fairly strong WNW Winds, 1.1-6.5C temp., varying 10-95% cloud
cover, clear visibility.  

Raptor Observations:
Although raptor numbers weren't super high it was an enjoyable day and
several birds gave nice, close flybys.  4th-YR BE 10:42 & 1st-YR BE 1:40. 
First Raptor: 9:41 RS, Last Raptor: 2:36 RT. 

Non-raptor Observations:
3 Bonaparte's Gulls, 1 Herring Gull, 18 Fish Crows, 341 Grackles, 25 RW
Blackbirds.  
========================================================================
Report submitted by Gabriel Mapel (birdmangabriel AT yahoo.com)
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://www.rockfishgaphawkwatch.org



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Subject: Two Shrike Day
From: Gerco H <drgerco AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sun, 4 Dec 2016 01:19:42 +0000
After the NVBC walk at Blandy I followed several other birders to Featherbed Rd 
in Clark County. Upon arrival we found the Loggerhead Shrike and observed the 
bird for several minutes. Until it disappeared on a tree east of the road. My 
thanks to David and Bill for leading us on the backroad to this fantastic bird. 
Checklist with Photos: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S32842493 


After the Loggerhead Shrike, I decide to drive over to Sully Woods in Western 
Fairfax County in hope of seeing the Northern Shrike. Within a few minutes I 
found the bird and observed it for a while. It was awesome to see this bird 
perching, staring to the ground followed by a dive, eating and fly to the next 
tree top. I saw it catch some crickets and a worm and who knows what else. What 
fun to see this awesome bird so close and not too afraid of humans. With the 
clear skies it was also a great opportunity for some photos. 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S32843539 


It was cool to see both Shrikes so close after one and another. The differences 
were noticeable. 


Happy Birding.

Gerco
Leesburg, VA


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Subject: Dyke Marsh: Common Raven and Merlin present.
From: "Larry Cartwright" <prowarbler AT verizon.net>
Date: Wed, 30 Nov 2016 15:17:53 -0500
Despite a dreary, foggy day with drizzle and occasional heavier rain like
something out of a Stephen King novel, nine people participated in the
Northern Virginia Bird Club-sponsored walk at Dyke Marsh today.  We hardly
could see the river because of the fog, but as the weather gradually
improved, we picked out a Greater Scaup accompanying a small flock of Lesser
Scaup.  Other highlights were a flyover Common Raven near the picnic area
and a perched Merlin at the Marina.  A special thanks to Phil Silas who
co-lead the walk with me. 

 

Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve, Fairfax, Virginia, US Nov 30, 2016 8:38 AM -
11:48 AM

Protocol: Traveling

1.3 mile(s)

44 species

 

Canada Goose  360

Gadwall  1

Mallard  120

Greater Scaup  1

Lesser Scaup  7

Bufflehead  8

Double-crested Cormorant  1

Great Blue Heron  9

Great Egret  6

Cooper's Hawk  1

Bald Eagle  2

Red-shouldered Hawk  1

Laughing Gull  2

Ring-billed Gull  200

Herring Gull  3

Mourning Dove  16

Belted Kingfisher  1

Red-bellied Woodpecker  3

Downy Woodpecker  3

Northern Flicker  4

Merlin  1

Blue Jay  9

American Crow  4

Fish Crow  24

Common Raven  1

Carolina Chickadee  5

Tufted Titmouse  1

White-breasted Nuthatch  1

Carolina Wren  5

Ruby-crowned Kinglet  1

American Robin  2

Northern Mockingbird  2

European Starling  15

Cedar Waxwing  16

Fox Sparrow (Red)  2

White-throated Sparrow  20

Song Sparrow  12

Swamp Sparrow  2

Northern Cardinal  12

Red-winged Blackbird  60

Rusty Blackbird  3

House Finch  5

American Goldfinch  20

House Sparrow  1

 

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S32793530

 

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

 

Larry Cartwright

prowarbler AT verizon.net  

 

 

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Subject: Northern shrike@Sully
From: Lee <leesheehanmiller AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 3 Dec 2016 12:04:30 -0500
Northern shrike still present at Sully Woodlands, west of the stables.

12:00 pm 12/3/16

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Subject: Bles Park, Loudoun Cty
From: Cheryl Walsh <wrwccw AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 2 Dec 2016 17:23:14 -0500
The park was relatively quiet as we walked the fields but along the wooded
trail next to the side stream of the Potomac it was very birdy. Highlights
include a late Black and White warbler, 2 Fox sparrows, about a dozen
Golden-crowned Kinglets, Brown Creeper, a dark Red-shouldered Hawk and
about a dozen Cedar Waxwings.

Bill and Cheryl Walsh
Aldie, VA
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Subject: 4 Night-Herons @ Ben Brenman Park, Alexandria
From: "Walter L. Barrows" <wbarrows AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 1 Dec 2016 10:58:49 -0500
This morning there were 3 adult and 1 juvenile Black-crowned Night-Herons
in the grove at the west end of the main park.

Full ebird checklist:

Ben Brenman Park, Alexandria, Virginia, US
Dec 1, 2016 9:15 AM - 10:00 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
Comments:     Birding while running for exercise.
13 species

Hooded Merganser  18
Great Blue Heron  1
Black-crowned Night-Heron  4
Ring-billed Gull  6
Belted Kingfisher  1
Blue Jay  4
Fish Crow  1
Carolina Chickadee  1
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
Northern Mockingbird  1
European Starling  30
Northern Cardinal  1
House Sparrow  X

Cheers

*Walt*

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Subject: Photo of Hatch year female Wilson's Warbler at Dyke Marsh north of marina boat ramp today
From: Edward Eder <nutmegz AT mac.com>
Date: Fri, 02 Dec 2016 13:43:00 -0500
https://www.flickr.com/photos/123088894 AT N07/30555532254/in/dateposted-public/
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Subject: Merlin
From: "Marshall Faintich" <marshall AT faintich.net>
Date: Sat, 3 Dec 2016 12:59:02 -0500
In Old Trail; Crozet, VA; 12/3/16. Report and photos:

 

 
http://www.faintich.net/Blog2016/2016_12_03.htm

 

___________________________

Marshall Faintich

Crozet, VA

marshall AT faintich.net

www.faintich.net  

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

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Subject: Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (01 Dec 2016) 41 Raptors (BE Season Record, 18 BE, 1 GE) + Orange-crowned Warbler & Snow Geese
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: Thu, 1 Dec 2016 13:53:18 -0900
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Dec 01, 2016
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       0              0            373
Bald Eagle                  18             18            290
Northern Harrier             0              0             78
Sharp-shinned Hawk           2              2           1520
Cooper's Hawk                0              0            328
Northern Goshawk             0              0             10
Red-shouldered Hawk          3              3            164
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0          26257
Red-tailed Hawk             17             17            984
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 1              1             20
American Kestrel             0              0            167
Merlin                       0              0             51
Peregrine Falcon             0              0             34
Unknown Accipiter            0              0             18
Unknown Buteo                0              0             17
Unknown Falcon               0              0              6
Unknown Eagle                0              0              1
Unknown Raptor               0              0             40
Mississippi Kite             0              0              5
Swainson's Hawk              0              0              1

Total:                      41             41          30364
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:30:00 
Observation end   time: 16:45:00 
Total observation time: 9.25 hours

Official Counter:        Gabriel Mapel

Observers:        Dave Shoch

Visitors:
Jennifer Jowdy 


Weather:
Brisk winds throughout the day gradually shifting from NW to W, 4.2-8.2C
temperature, a mostly blue sky with varying 5-20% cloud cover, clear
visibility.

Raptor Observations:
Today is a day that will not soon be forgotten and was quite a big surprise
given that we are this late in the season!  The Bald Eagles STOLE the show
today with a total of 18 tying the second-highest single day count in the
history of our watch!  We broke the all-time season record for Bald Eagles
today and our current season total is 290 (previous season record was 280
in 2014).  BE Flight today: 2 1st-YR (12:27, 3:43), 4 2nd-YR (7:58, 1:27,
3:18, 3:25), 2 3rd-YR (8:05, 11:40), 1 4th-YR (8:34) and 9 adults (8:37,
8:37, 10:00, 10:00, 11:40, 11:40, 11:43, 2:15, 3:43).  Several of the BE
today flew through close by giving very nice views.  An adult Golden Eagle
flew down the west side of the gap at 3:30.  First Raptor: 7:40 RT, Last
Raptor: 3:43 BE (x2)

Non-raptor Observations:
An Orange-crowned Warbler dropped into one of the trees providing good
views at 8:50am.  A flock of 5 Snow Geese (all white morph: 4 adults, 1
immature) flew across the gap heading NW at 9:00am.  Other birds counted
today included 3 Horned Larks, 25 Waxwings, 28 RW Blackbirds, 83
Goldfinches.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Gabriel Mapel (birdmangabriel AT yahoo.com)
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://www.rockfishgaphawkwatch.org



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Subject: Black Throated Gray Warbler in Fairfax
From: "Steve Bruck" <steve.bruck AT bruckedwards.com>
Date: Wed, 30 Nov 2016 13:35:01 -0500
This afternoon I had a Black-throated gray Warber in a holly tree in my
backyard. Life bird for me, but definitely saw supercilium and yellow mark
at base of bill. Hoping that it returns so that I can get a photo. It was
hanging out with titmice.

 

Steve 

 

 

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Subject: Birders needed for Brooke, VA, Christmas Bird Count
From: "David Stewart" <dbstewart1 AT verizon.net>
Date: Sat, 03 Dec 2016 16:29:21 -0500
The Brooke, VA, Christmas Count very much needs additional participants this
year.  The count circle is located NE of Fredericksburg - count center is
three miles east of the town of Brooke.  The circle includes the bend in the
Potomac River and a strip of the Maryland shore of the river.  The river as
well as Potomac, Aquia, and Accokeek Creeks provide excellent habitat for
waterfowl.  The circle also has varied forest, swamp, marsh, field, and
other habitats.  Special features in the circle are the King George Landfill
(over 100 Bald Eagles usually seen) and the Crow's Nest Virginia Natural
Area Preserve, a ridge of mature forest recently acquired by the VA system
of natural preserves.  

 

The count was started in 1947 and this will be its 70th consecutive year.
We now have an impressive 69-year database that documents the changes in
populations of the species found in the circle.  We see changes in
populations of wintering waterfowl related to the health of the submerged
aquatic vegetation in the river and its tributaries, the same decline in
field birds as observed all over the US, as well as local changes within our
circle related to human-induced habitat changes.  

 

The circle is divided into 10 sectors, and we put one or two parties of
birders into each sector.  We normally are a fairly small count, with fewer
than 30 participants, but we would like to expand the number of birders on
the count so that we have about 40-50.  At present, we have 13 parties on
the count, with most parties consisting of only two birders.  We would like
to add one or two more birders to each party.  Total species count over the
past decade or so has averaged about 92 (a high of about 65 in some
individual sectors).  

 

This year the count will take place on Wednesday December 14, with a backup
date of Thursday December 15.  The backup date will be used if the weather
forecast is bad for the 14th and much better for the 15th.  We ask
participants to reserve both dates if possible, as the decision as to which
day to use is commonly not made until the day before the count.  The evening
of count day, we have a buffet spaghetti dinner starting about 5:30 pm at
the home of the compiler, Odette James, in Reston.  The dinner is followed
by the tally at about 7:30 pm.  All participants are invited.  The evening
provides a pleasant end to the day, with a chance to share experiences (and
boast of any particularly exciting observations).

 

If you are interested, please contact the compiler, Odette James at
o.b.james AT verizon.net for more information. The Brooke count is within the
area designated by the National Audubon Society as the Lower Potomac
Important Bird Area, and it is a wonderful place to bird.

 

 

 

 

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Subject: Loggerhead Shrike Still Present - Clarke County
From: "David Boltz" <david.boltz4 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 2 Dec 2016 15:52:39 -0500
If this is a duplicate message I apologize. The first one came back saying 
“The message's content type was not explicitly allowed“. I assume it was 
because I inserted a smiley face after Dinosaur Land, so now I took it out. 


Dave Boltz

From: David Boltz 
Sent: Friday, December 02, 2016 3:43 PM
To: va-bird AT listserve.com 
Subject: Loggerhead Shrike Still Present - Clarke County

I took a run down Featherbed Road this morning and was able to immediately find 
the Loggerhead Shrike that has been present since at least September 28. It was 
in the exact same location as before, about .7 mile south of Rt. 340 in the 
Double Toll Gate area (near Dinosaur Land!). It was on the right hand side when 
heading south, in a single bare tree, and flew to the ground and re-alit eating 
a caterpillar-like morsel. I have seen it on both sides of the road, but always 
between .5 and .7 mile south of 340. Another highlight there were 2 American 
Kestrels hunting the field and doing a lot of hovering. 


A few pics, including one of its meal are attached to my e-bird checklist at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S32823231 . 


Dave Boltz
Lake Frederick
Frederick Co.
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Subject: FW: [MDBirding] A ‘feathered mouse’
From: "Joe Coleman" <joecoleman AT rstarmail.com>
Date: Wed, 30 Nov 2016 19:31:50 -0500
This was posted to MDBirding today - really int'g article on Black Rails & 
research done by the Center for Conservation Biology. 

Joe Coleman

Subject: [MDBirding] A ‘feathered mouse’

At this site ... 


http://www.wm.edu/research/ideation/student-faculty-research/a-feathered-mouse.php 


... is a great article about Black Rails. We have them in Maryland, don't 
we???? 


Jim Wilson
Queenstown

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Subject: Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (30 Nov 2016) 5 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: Wed, 30 Nov 2016 12:01:14 -0900
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch
Tip of Virginia's Eastern Shore, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 30, 2016
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       0             20           2747
Bald Eagle                   0             85            322
Northern Harrier             1             80            537
Sharp-shinned Hawk           3            262           6933
Cooper's Hawk                1            122           2786
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0             50             75
Broad-winged Hawk            0              3            968
Red-tailed Hawk              0            347            550
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              4              6
American Kestrel             0              7           5082
Merlin                       0             14           1824
Peregrine Falcon             0              9            686
Unknown Accipiter            0              0             10
Unknown Buteo                0              0              1
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0             10
Unknown Raptor               0              0              4
Mississippi Kite             0              0              3
Short-eared Owl              0              1              1
Swainson's Hawk              0              1              1

Total:                       5           1005          22546
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00 
Observation end   time: 14:00:00 
Total observation time: 6 hours

Official Counter:        Anna Stunkel

Observers:        Brian Taber

Weather:
Light south southeast winds and mostly cloudy skies, with temperatures
reaching the low seventies.

Raptor Observations:
Not much, but a beautiful day.

Non-raptor Observations:
Highlights included:

~350 American Goldfinches
~40 Slate-colored Juncos
5 Red-throated Loons
4 Purple Finches
2 Common Loons
1 American Black Duck
1 Horned Lark
1 Pine Siskin

Predictions:
Today was the last day of the official 2016 hawkwatch. However, red-tails
and other species should still be moving through, especially on days with
brisk northeast winds. Also keep an eye out for non-raptors such as Tundra
Swans, Snow Geese, finches, and sparrows. I encourage you to visit the
platform, and wish you happy birding! Thank you to all who have helped to
make this an incredible season.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Brian Taber (Taberzz AT aol.com)
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch information may be found at:
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Subject: NVBC walk at Blandy Experimental Farm/State Arboretum of Virginia, Saturday, Dec 3, 2016 plus Loggerhead Shrike along Featherbed Road
From: Elton Morel via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Sat, 3 Dec 2016 22:20:45 +0000 (UTC)
VA Birders:
Twenty-four hardy birders from the Northern Virginia Bird Club endured a windy 
walk this morning at Blandy Farm in Clarke county.  We collectively found 46 
species despite the conditions.  Our notable finds were a surprise flyover of 
a Laughing Gull seen by a few observers in our party, a Black-capped Chickadee 
seen and photographed at the feeders near the Learning Center building, a 
Red-breasted Nuthatch and Fox Sparrow near the feeders in the conifer grove, an 
American Tree Sparrow and a pair of Purple Finches at the pavilion, and a male 
Northern Harrier flying over the field with the weather station and the usual 
White-crowned Sparrows near the community garden. 

After the walk, several of us drove out the back way of Blandy Farm Lane and 
scanned the stubble fields near the intersection with Berry's Ferry Road and 
found a small flock of calling Horned Lark's flying above us and a Cooper's 
hawk that had just caught a starling (hurray for the Coop!).  

We then proceeded to Featherbed Road (644) and stopped about 1/2 mile south of 
the road's intersection with Lord Fairfax Hwy (340) where we immediately 
found the Loggerhead Shrike that has been at this location since this last 
September (and likely the same bird seen here in January, 2016).  

The complete eBird for the official part of the NVBC walk at Blandy is below.
Elton MorelArlington, VA

      
Blandy Experimental Farm/State Arboretum of Virginia, Clarke, Virginia, US
Dec 3, 2016 7:35 AM - 11:10 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.1 mile(s)
Comments: NVBC walk led by Larry Meade & Elton Morel.
46 species (+2 other taxa)

Black Vulture 6
Turkey Vulture 10
Northern Harrier 1 Over field near the weather station.
Red-shouldered Hawk 1 Heard by Marc Ribaudo prior to the walk.
Red-tailed Hawk 2
Laughing Gull 1 Flyover, seen & ID'd by Gerco Hoogeweg.
Mourning Dove 20
Red-bellied Woodpecker 4
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 3
Downy Woodpecker 2
Hairy Woodpecker 2
Northern Flicker 6
Pileated Woodpecker 1
American Kestrel 1 Flyby near parking lot just prior to the walk.
falcon sp. 1 Distantly observed small falcon, possible Merlin.
Blue Jay 12
American Crow 2
Fish Crow 1 Heard only
crow sp. 10
Common Raven 1
Carolina Chickadee 10
Black-capped Chickadee 1 Seen at feeders next to the Learning Center building. 
Photographed by Gerco Hoogeweg. 

Tufted Titmouse 6
Red-breasted Nuthatch 1 Seen near feeders in conifer grove.
White-breasted Nuthatch 6
Brown Creeper 1
Carolina Wren 3
Golden-crowned Kinglet 2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1
Eastern Bluebird 8
Hermit Thrush 1
American Robin 10
Northern Mockingbird 4
European Starling 15
Yellow-rumped Warbler 2
American Tree Sparrow 1 Seen near the pavilion.
Fox Sparrow 3
Dark-eyed Junco 10
White-crowned Sparrow 6 In field near the community garden.
White-throated Sparrow 15
Savannah Sparrow 3 Flushed from field near community garden.
Song Sparrow 8
Northern Cardinal 8
Red-winged Blackbird 20
Common Grackle 1 Flyover of parking lot.
House Finch 8
Purple Finch 2 Seen near the pavilion.
American Goldfinch 15

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S32834243

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



   
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Subject: Purple Finch in Gloucester
From: <hjwilliams3 AT cox.net>
Date: Sat, 3 Dec 2016 20:54:07 -0500
We had our FOS Purple Finch today.  Two pairs.

Hayes Williams at White Marsh in Gloucester County
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Subject: Another shrike
From: charles barnard jr <chbarnjr AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 3 Dec 2016 17:10:21 -0500
There was a shrike perched upon a wire along the eastbound side of Rt.50 in
Boyce, VA today about 1.3 miles east of the entrance to the Blandy
Experimental Farm today. It was perched on a wire parallel to the
highway about another 50 yards east of Red Gate Road, facing the road. I
happened to see it out of the corner of my eye as I was driving by and I
turned my car around about 1/10th of a mile beyond the spot and came back
to look for it. I was able to spot it again and confirm that it was a
shrike rather than a Northern Mockingbird, but the bird was silhouetted by
the sun and I could not see critical plumage details before it flew back
into the interior of the field to some trees in the distance. It did so by
taking a shrike-like dive from the wire and flying very rapidly at low
altitude to a small clump of distant trees.

It had a shrike bill, with what seemed to be a wide dark band
over the eyes and it looked shorter than a Northern Shrike, with kind of a
"neckless" look, leading me to think the bird was another Loggerhead
Shrike..  I had seen the one on Featherbed Road in White Post only 90
minutes earlier(thank you to the gentleman who posted that yesterday).
This took place today, December 3rd at about 1:40 PM. I didn't have a smart
phone and I was not subscribed to Virginia Birds so I could not get this
information out earlier. If you are up that way, there is a wide, grassy
shoulder on the eastbound side of RT 50 which you could park on with care,
or you could probably park more safely on Red Gate Road and walk back.  in
Charlie Barnard Jr
Fairfax
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Subject: Unknown raptor overhead
From: Lee <leesheehanmiller AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 3 Dec 2016 10:08:58 -0500
Yesterday near Lake Mercer in Fairfax station, I had a medium sized raptor 
(buteo shape) fly overhead. White underparts, black wingtips, broad wing shape 
that came out straight from the body. 


This is the second time I've seen this coloration this fall, and it hasn't rung 
any bells for me and tossing out searches has been no help. Granted, if I sat 
down with my Stokes, I'd probably find it, but thought I'd toss it out here and 
see if anything sticks. 


Lee

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Subject: Sully Woodlands N. Shrike
From: David Farner <dfarner AT arlingtonva.us>
Date: Thu, 1 Dec 2016 22:20:04 +0000
I finally got a chance to look for the Fairfax County - Sully Northern shrike. 
Didn't see it at first but about 4:15 p.m. it flew in and landed on the 
telephone wire near the shed. It stayed in that vicinity until I left about 
4:45. 




David Farner
Arlington,  Va
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Subject: Lincoln Sparrow
From: Jeff Blalock <jcbabirder AT gcronline.com>
Date: Fri, 2 Dec 2016 17:40:38 -0500
Greetings all:

I had to go to Danville this morning as I decided to do a little birding in 
Pittsylvania Co on the Richmond - Danville Rail Trail to add a few birds for 
the county list. 


Among the Song, Swamp and White-Throated Sparrows I found a Lincoln Sparrow. 
With all the Red-Breasted Nuthatches around I was able to find two of them. 


From my iPhone

May God Bless and Keep You

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


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Subject: Harvey's Knob (02 Dec 2016) 5 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: Fri, 2 Dec 2016 13:43:52 -0900
Harvey's Knob
Roanoke, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Dec 02, 2016
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       0              0             85
Bald Eagle                   2              2            130
Northern Harrier             0              0             31
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0              0            443
Cooper's Hawk                1              1            115
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0             32
Broad-winged Hawk            0              0           3829
Red-tailed Hawk              0              0            426
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              1
American Kestrel             2              2             97
Merlin                       0              0              9
Peregrine Falcon             0              0             11
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              1
Unknown Buteo                0              0              5
Unknown Falcon               0              0              1
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              0             10

Total:                       5              5           5226
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 10:45:00 
Observation end   time: 15:15:00 
Total observation time: 4.5 hours

Official Counter:        Carl Christensen

Observers:        Bill James

Visitors:
Traffic very light on the Parkway. No visitors on the Overlook.


Weather:
Clear over the valley with temperatures between 40-42F. Winds 7-14 mph out
of the NW remaining constant throughout the day. Cloud cover was between
30-40%.

Raptor Observations:
ABE and IBE over the west valley at 10:40. Other raptors also observed over
the west valley.

Non-raptor Observations:
Ravens and vultures were seen but not a lot of flying during the day.

Predictions:
Cold.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Carl Christianson ()
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http://bijame.googlepages.com/home



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Subject: Little Creek CBC, Dec. 31, 2016
From: nicholas <flicknanders AT hotmail.com>
Date: Thu, 1 Dec 2016 02:22:59 +0000
Hey all, Elisa & I are compiling the Little Creek CBC this year, scheduled for 
December 31, 2016. Let us know if you are interested and we will send more 
details, thanks, 



Nick Flanders

Portsmouth, VA
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Subject: Central Loudoun CBC, Dec 28, 2016
From: "Joe Coleman" <joecoleman AT rstarmail.com>
Date: Wed, 30 Nov 2016 14:18:25 -0500
This year's Central Loudoun CBC, sponsored by the Loudoun Wildlife
Conservancy, will take place on Wed., Dec 28, and welcomes both exp'd &
beginning birders, including kids. You can bird the entire day or just a
part. 

 

We field about 20 teams in the count circle which covers Loudoun County from
the western edge of Ashburn to just east of Round Hill and runs from
Waterford in the north to a little north of Aldie in the south. Some of it
is suburban while other parts remain rural. In addition to visiting several
natural areas we are fortunate to get permission to also visit several large
estates. Some of the sectors require a lot of walking while others are done
by mostly driving. We also welcome feeder watchers.

 

We hope to hold a Tally Rally at the end of the day at Morven Park in
Leesburg where the Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy has its offices. We're still
finalizing our plans for the Tally Rally and if you'd like to assist with
that please let me know. 

 

If you are int'd in participating in the count pls contact me at
 joecoleman AT rstarmail.com or sign up at
http://loudounwildlife.org/CBC.htm. There is also a map of the count & its
sectors there.

 

Thanks, Joe Coleman

Central Loudoun CBC Compiler

 

 

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Subject: Fascinating research on white-throated sparrows
From: Pam and Ben via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Wed, 30 Nov 2016 07:01:03 -0500
For those of you enjoying these winter visitors now, I recommend reading
this short article (or the underlying research).  Evolution is stunning.

 

http://www.nature.com/news/the-sparrow-with-four-sexes-1.21018

Ben Jesup

Alexandria

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Subject: Nassawadox C.B.C., Sunday, December 18
From: Harry Armistead <harryarmistead AT hotmail.com>
Date: Wed, 30 Nov 2016 00:56:53 +0000
11th NASSAWADOX, Va., CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT, Sunday, December 18, 2016.


HEADQUARTERS: Quality Inn & Suites, Exmore, VA. 757.442.7378. 2543 Lankford 
Hwy. (Route 13, east side). 10 or more of us are lodging there. The compilation 
will be there in the continental breakfast area, 5 P.M. (sharp) until c. 6:30, 
then have dinner at a place of your own choosing afterwards. El Maguey? Great 
Machipongo Clam Shack? 



I'lll be participating in WACHAPREAGUE C.B.C., Sat., Dec. 17, and plan to 
attend its compilation that is at the Onley Sage Diner starting c. 4:30. That'd 
be a good place, if you're there, to check with me for last minute details ... 
if necessary. 



Hoping for more participants in this underbirded area. We're off to a good 
start. Most party areas already have some folks signed up. But several could 
use beefing up a little. 



Harry Armistead, Philadelphia.

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Subject: Manassas- Bull Run Christmas Bird Count, Dec. 18
From: Nancy Shipman <nancy.shipman AT verizon.net>
Date: Tue, 29 Nov 2016 15:24:41 -0500
VA-Birders:

The Audubon Society of Northern Virginia (ASNV) needs volunteers for our 
Manassas-Bull Run Christmas Bird Count on Sunday, December 18, 2016. Our area 
includes Manassas National Battlefield, Bull Run Regional Park, undeveloped 
areas along Bull Run Post Office Road and Dulles Airport, and many other 
locations. 


We will provide a hot lunch for volunteers at the Walney Center of Ellanor 
Lawrence Park, Chantilly, VA. 


Please sign up with EventBee at the ASNV website homepage. Click on the 
Conservation and Counts tab in the red menu bar. Then link to Christmas Bird 
Count in the dropdown menu and find the “Register” button. Or, you can go 
directly to sign up at http://audubonva.org/christmas-bird-count/ 


You can also call Bob Shipman at 703-883-3868.
 
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Subject: Birding in the Yucatan Peninsula
From: John Belz <jjbelz703 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 29 Nov 2016 16:19:57 -0500
Would welcome any recommendations for a two-week tour through the Yucatán 
peninsula. We're just starting to put together a trip with my Mayan 
archeologist brother-in-law, who wants to see the ruins while we bird. Also 
looking for a good field guide. I've seen references to one by Howell and one 
by Van Perlo. 


Thanks.

John Belz
Arlington
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Subject: Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (29 Nov 2016) 3 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: Tue, 29 Nov 2016 12:21:30 -0900
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch
Tip of Virginia's Eastern Shore, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 29, 2016
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       0             20           2747
Bald Eagle                   0             85            322
Northern Harrier             0             79            536
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0            259           6930
Cooper's Hawk                3            121           2785
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0             50             75
Broad-winged Hawk            0              3            968
Red-tailed Hawk              0            347            550
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              4              6
American Kestrel             0              7           5082
Merlin                       0             14           1824
Peregrine Falcon             0              9            686
Unknown Accipiter            0              0             10
Unknown Buteo                0              0              1
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0             10
Unknown Raptor               0              0              4
Mississippi Kite             0              0              3
Short-eared Owl              0              1              1
Swainson's Hawk              0              1              1

Total:                       3           1000          22541
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Anna Stunkel

Observers:        Charlie Plimpton

Weather:
Moderate south southeast winds and overcast skies. Temperatures were warm,
eventually reaching the low seventies.

Raptor Observations:
A whole lot of nothing. Hopefully tomorrow will be better...

Non-raptor Observations:
3 Snow Geese
2 Purple Finches
========================================================================
Report submitted by Brian Taber (Taberzz AT aol.com)
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch information may be found at:
www.cvwo.org



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Subject: Occoquan Bay NWR udate
From: "Ron Vogel" <vireo AT cox.net>
Date: Tue, 29 Nov 2016 17:25:24 -0500
As an FYI, the Fish and Wildlife folks are now locking the gate to the
entrance to Occoquan Bay NWR at 5:00 pm each day. The new procedure was
begun yesterday. The lock is manual and the gate does not (yet)
automatically open at a prescribed time as it did previously. Although
someone neglected to unlock the gate this morning at the appointed time of 7
am, the Refuge Director has assured me that this was inadvertent, and should
not happen again. Nevertheless, for those of you accustomed to entering the
refuge at any hour, please take note. Also, take note on the Refuge web site
of the dates of upcoming managed deer hunts, during which the Refuge will be
closed most of each day the hunts are conducted.

 

Ron Vogel

Annandale, VA

 

 

 

 

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Subject: FW: DC Area, 11/29/2016
From: "Joe Coleman" <joecoleman AT rstarmail.com>
Date: Tue, 29 Nov 2016 18:02:17 -0500
FYI Joe Coleman

-----Original Message-----
Hotline:     Voice of the Naturalist
Date:        11/29/2016
Coverage:    MD/DC/VA/central and southern DE/WV panhandle
Reports, comments and questions: voice AT anshome.org 
Compiler:    Helen Patton
Sponsor:     Audubon Naturalist Society of the Central
               Atlantic States (independent of NAS)
Transcriber: Steve Cordle 

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

This is the Voice of the Naturalist, a service of the Audubon Naturalist
Society. This report covers the week starting Tuesday, November 22 and was
completed on Tuesday, November 29 at 4:30 p.m. 

Information on noteworthy birds is presented below in taxonomic order, as
set forth in the American Ornithologists' Union Checklist for North and
Middle American birds, as revised through the 57th Supplement (July 2016).

The top birds this week were BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER* in MD and LESSER
GOLDFINCH* in VA.

Other birds of interest this week were waterfowl,  RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD,
SANDHILL CRANE, PIPING PLOVER, PARASITIC JAEGER, BLACK-HEADED GULL, GREATER
SHEARWATER, pelicans, hawks, NORTHERN SHRIKE, CAVE SWALLOW, BLACK-CAPPED
CHICKADEE, SNOW BUNTING, warblers, sparrows, and YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD.

TOP BIRDS

A BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER* was at the Tydings Maritime Marina/Museum in
Havre de Grace, Harford Co, MD on November 26. It was seen again on November
27 and 28.

A LESSER GOLDFINCH* was at a feeder in Sandbridge, VA on November 29. It was
seen from the stakeout position (Lago Mar) on November 27 and 28.
       
OTHER BIRDS OF INTEREST

Two to four GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE were at Silver Lake, Rehoboth,
Sussex Co, DE on November 22 and 23.   The 2 GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE
continued at Centennial Lake, Howard Co, MD with the most recent sighting on
November 25. Two GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE were at Deep Creek Lake,
Garrett Co, MD on November 26. A ROSS'S GOOSE was at Beaver Hill Lake Pond,
Albemarle Co, VA on November 24 to 27. Another ROSS'S GOOSE was at Lothian,
Ducks Lane, Anne Arundel Co, MD on November 28. On November 25 and 26, BRANT
were observed at the Perryville Community Park, Cecil Co, MD and at St,
Anne's Pond, New Castle Co, DE.

A  MUTE SWAN, accompanied by 70 RING-NECKED DUCKS, was at Gunners Lake,
Germantown, Montgomery Co, MD on November 22. The MUTE SWAN was seen again
on November 23. The TRUMPETER SWAN at Lake Churchill, Germantown, Montgomery
Co, MD continues with a sighting on November 24.

The numbers of waterfowl continued to increase during the week.  Some
notable observations included: 245 AMERICAN BLACK DUCKS and 101 GREEN-WINGED
TEAL at Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary, Anne Arundel Co, MD on November 23 ; 1
CACKLING GOOSE, 64 AMERICAN BLACK DUCK, 44 NORTHERN PINTAIL, 1 SURF SCOTER,
1 WHITE-WINGED SCOTER and 63 HOODED MERGANSER at Hart-Miller Island,
Baltimore Co, MD on November 23 and 300 GADWALL, 350 AMERICAN BLACK DUCK and
120 NORTHERN PINTAIL at Mason Neck, Fairfax Co, VA on November 25. A
EURASIAN WIGEON was at Magothy Bay NAP, Northampton Co, VA on November 25.
Another EURASIAN WIGEON was at Eastern Neck NWR, Kent Co, MD on November 26.
Two LONG-TAILED DUCK were at Conowingo Lake, Cecil Co, MD on November 23 and
another was at Piscataway Park Boardwalk, Prince George's Co, MD on November
23 and 27. Two COMMON EIDER were at Bethany Beach, Sussex Co, DE on November
25. A WHITE-WINGED SCOTER was at Bethel Beach SP, Matthews Co, VA on
November24. 

A RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD was in the Wildwood neighborhood, St. Mary's Co, MD on
November 23 and 26. Another RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD was in Berryville, Clarke Co,
VA on November 26.

Six SANDHILL CRANES flew over Roth Road in Edgewood, Harford Co, MD on
November 24. A SANDHILL CRANE was spotted near the White House, DC on
November 25.  This was a first record for SANDHILL CRANE in the District

A PIPING PLOVER was at the Chincoteague NWR, Accomack Co, VA on November 23
and 26.

A number of PARASITIC JAEGERS were in the Virginia Beach, VA area with
sightings on November 24 to 28.

The continuing BLACK-HEADED GULL in Swan Cove Pool at Chincoteague NWR,
Accomack Co, VA was seen on November 24, 26 and 27.

A GREATER SHEARWATER was seen from the Cape Henlopen Hawk Watch, Sussex Co,
DE on November 27.

Fourteen AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS were at Kiptopeke SP, Northampton Co, VA on
November 28. Unprecedented numbers of BROWN PELICANS continued to move up
the Chesapeake Bay this week with small and large flocks being reported in
many locations.

A NORTHERN GOSHAWK was at Woodland Beach, Kent Co, DE on November 28. A
GOLDEN EAGLE and two PEREGRINE FALCONS were reported from the Kiptopeke Hawk
Watch on November 22.  A GOLDEN EAGLE was seen from Rte 22 between Keswick
and Cismont, Albemarle Co, VA on November 25. A GOLDEN EAGLE flew over
Dorset Ave. in Chevy Chase, Montgomery Co, MD on November 26. A GOLDEN EAGLE
was at Ashland Hawk Watch, Kent Co, DE on November28. A ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK
was at Piney Run Park, Carroll Co, MD on November 25.

The continuing NORTHERN SHRIKE* was seen all week at the Sully Woodlands in
Fairfax Co, VA.

One to two CAVE SWALLOWS were seen at the Sandy River Reservoir near Rice,
Prince Edward Co, VA on November 22, 23 and 24. Two CAVE SWALLOWS were at
Magotha Road, Northampton Co, VA on November 22. Two CAVE SWALLOWS were at
First Landing SP, Virginia Beach, VA on November 25.
 
The irruption of BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEES in the reporting area continued,
with confirmed sightings at a variety of locations in both MD and VA.   

SNOW BUNTINGS were seen at North Point SP, Baltimore Co, MD throughout the
week. Five to eight SNOW BUNTINGS were at First Landing SP, Virginia Beach,
VA on November 23, 26 and 28. Sixteen SNOW BUNTINGS were at Swan Creek
dredge containment facility, Anne Arundel Co, MD on November 24.
 
An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was at the Piscataway Park Boardwalk, Prince
George's Co, MD on November 24 to 26. An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was on the
C&D Canal, New Castle Co, DE on November 25. An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was
on the Sassafras River, Kent Co, MD on November 27.
 
A LE CONTE'S SPARROW was at the Kiptopeke Hawk Watch in a pokeberry patch on
November 25. One to five NELSON'S SPARROWS and two to seven SALTMARSH
SPARROWS were at the Delaware Seashore SP, Sussex Co, DE on
November25 and 26. Four NELSON'S SPARROWS and three SALTMARSH SPARROWS were
at Prime Hook NWR, Fowler Beach, Sussex Co, DE on November 25. A FOX SPARROW
was in a yard in Concord, Campbell Co, VA on November 23.
Another FOX SPARROW was at the Blue Mash Nature Trail, Montgomery Co, MD on
November 24. A LINCOLN'S SPARROW was at Centennial Lake, Howard Co, MD on
November26. A LINCOLN'S SPARROW was at Alpha Ridge Park, Howard Co, MD on
November 23. Another LINCOLN'S SPARROW was at Frederica, Kent Co, DE on
November 26. Twenty-five WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS were in the Stuarts Draft
area, Augusta Co, VA on November 25 along with 250-300 HORNED LARKS and
200-250 AMERICAN PIPITS.
 
A YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD was at Blackwater NWR, Key Wallace Hiking Trail,
Dorchester Co, MD on November 22. Another YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD was at
Black Marsh, Baltimore Co, MD on November 23.

***

This week's report was based on reports on the DE, MD, VA, and WV list
servers, eBird records and various birding pages on Facebook.

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

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

Thank you for your interest, and enjoy the birds.

*Of interest to the applicable state records committee

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Subject: Another Baltimore Oriole, Fauquier County
From: Bert Harris <aramidopsis AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 29 Nov 2016 09:26:55 -0500
Hi all,

To add to the recent Baltimore Oriole sightings, Paul Salaman and George
Wallace had one at a feeder in Fauquier County yesterday:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S32768354 This bird has not been
relocated.

Bert Harris, Orlean VA
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Subject: Adult male Baltimore oriole (Lynchburg)
From: Ashley Lohr <aklohr AT vt.edu>
Date: Tue, 29 Nov 2016 09:19:25 -0500
An adult male Baltimore oriole showed up in a backyard in Lynchburg, VA
this past week. I observed it feeding on an orange this past Sunday
(11/27). I didn't think to share this sighting because I thought orioles
were late migrants (?), but I've seen other reports of orioles recently so
maybe it is outside of the norm.

Ashley Lohr
Loudoun County/Lynchburg/Athens GA

Ashley Lohr
Virginia Tech Class of 2015
Wildlife Conservation major / Entomology minor
aklohr AT vt.edu
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Subject: Lesser Goldfinch
From: Jeff Blalock <jcbabirder AT gcronline.com>
Date: Tue, 29 Nov 2016 05:36:04 -0500
Greetings all

I got up yesterday morning at 0200 hrs and left my house at 0310 to drive to 
Clyde Wilson's in Bracey and then we drove to Adam D'Onofrio's outside of 
Petersburg and then to Pleasure House Point in Virginia Beach to look for salty 
Sparrows with luck in finding the Nelson's and Savannah but not the Saltmarsh. 


From there we drove down too Sandbridge area to look for the Lesser Goldfinch. 
Arriving just after the 10 am request per the home owner. 


At one time we numbered 14 birders but as the day wore on with a no show of the 
finch and due to commitments most of them left and we were down to just 5 of us 
went just after 3:30 I could hear someone running through the house and the 
side door flew open and Mary the home owner said quickly he at the water bath. 


We were all just standing around talking and some were about to call it a day 
were he came in to view. 


We all got great looks and some got great pictures. 

By the time I got home and got in the bed it was a 22 hr day from the time I 
got up until I hit the pillow last night or should I say this morning as it was 
1203 before I laid down. 


It was a great day standing there waiting for the finch as we had some great 
birds to keep us busy while we waited. 


Bald Eagles 3 with 2 A and 1 J
RT Hawk
N Harriet
SS Hawk
C Hawk which I missed
American White Pelican 13
A blue phase Snow Goose

And then to put the icing on the cake at last the Lesser Goldfinch which is the 
first for the state of Virginia. 


Good Birding Always 

From my iPhone

May God Bless and Keep You

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


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Subject: Oriole sticking around in Pittsylvania County
From: Lexi Meadows <meadows9 AT fairpoint.net>
Date: Mon, 28 Nov 2016 21:57:30 -0500
The immature Baltimore Oriole continues to stick around eating shelled 
sunflower, peanuts, and suet. So far he has ignored the orange I put out for 
him. I'm not sure how common Orioles are here this time of year. I will post 
pictures to Flickr. 

 
https://flic.kr/p/P94UJh
A big thanks to all who chimed in on my Thrush ID. Everyone said Swainson's 
Thrush. It was seen late evening on November 23. I haven't seen it since. 


Lexi Meadows 
Pittsylvania County 

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Subject: Sully Woodlands Shrike 28 Nov - different perch location
From: Stephen Johnson <stevejohnson2 AT verizon.net>
Date: Mon, 28 Nov 2016 20:19:11 -0500
Today I saw the Northern Shrike again at Sully Woodlands (Fairfax County). This 
is a month and a day after the first sighting. 


At first it was atop a bare tree about 60-70 meters W of the stables building. 
That's the same area it has been most often sighted, and the same exact tree 
where I saw it last week. 


But I lost it, and refound it 15 minutes later over 200 meters WSW of the 
building. This is the furthest from the building I'm aware of it being seen. 


It flew down and re-perched in the same place. It was not what I would call a 
tree - just a taller bare tree or shrub than the surrounding grass, i.e. 
something like 5 feet off the ground instead of 4 feet. The point being, it was 
quite low, and completely hidden from view from the building by the contour of 
the land. 


So during those times when it's apparently missing, and not at its "usual" 
area, it may well be re-posted low in one of the adjacent fields, which extend 
500 meters W (towards the treeline along Elklick Run) and up to 650 meters S 
(along Pleasant Valley Road) from the building. 


I read the above distances from Google Maps, so I think they are probably good 
to within 5% or so. 


Steve Johnson
Fairfax, Virginia

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Subject: Re: Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk
From: "Walter L. Barrows" <wbarrows AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 28 Nov 2016 16:54:45 -0500
From this morning's walk I've added 9 photos to my Huntley Meadows gallery.
 https://wlb3.smugmug.com/Virginia-Parks/Huntley-Meadows-Park/

Thanks, Harry.

Cheers

*Walt*

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On Mon, Nov 28, 2016 at 4:37 PM, Harry Glasgow 
wrote:

> A large crowd braved the cold and took part in the Huntley Meadows Monday
> Morning Birdwalk today.  We spotted 50 species.  Highlights included a
> large collection of black bird species typically found in the winter.  We
> estimate this flock to be several hundred - mostly Common Grackles, but
> also Rusty Blackbirds, Red-winged Blackbirds, and at least on Cowbird.  Our
> winter duck population is growing, with Green-winged Teal, Pintail,
> Shoveler, and Mallards making up the count.
>
> Canada Goose  35
> Wood Duck  6
> American Black Duck  2
> Mallard  43
> Northern Shoveler  14
> Northern Pintail  12
> Green-winged Teal  8
> Great Blue Heron  6
> Cooper's Hawk  1
> Red-shouldered Hawk  2
> Ring-billed Gull  36
> Herring Gull  2
> Mourning Dove  40
> Barred Owl  1
> Belted Kingfisher  1
> Red-headed Woodpecker  10
> Red-bellied Woodpecker  10
> Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  1
> Downy Woodpecker  8
> Hairy Woodpecker  1
> Northern Flicker  2
> Pileated Woodpecker  1
> Merlin  1
> Blue Jay  9
> American Crow  12
> Fish Crow  1
> crow sp.  2
> Carolina Chickadee  8
> Tufted Titmouse  18
> White-breasted Nuthatch  7
> Brown Creeper  1
> Carolina Wren  7
> Golden-crowned Kinglet  2
> Ruby-crowned Kinglet  2
> Eastern Bluebird  6
> Hermit Thrush  2
> American Robin  12
> European Starling  1
> Fox Sparrow  2
> Dark-eyed Junco  4
> White-throated Sparrow  36
> Song Sparrow  10
> Swamp Sparrow  3
> Eastern Towhee  4
> Northern Cardinal  9
> Red-winged Blackbird  100+
> Rusty Blackbird  50+
> Common Grackle  150+
> House Finch  5
> American Goldfinch  18
>
> The Monday Morning Birdwalk has been a weekly event at Huntley Meadows
> since 1985. It takes place every week, rain or shine (except during
> electrical storms, strong winds, or icy trails), at 8AM (7AM from March
>  through November), is free of charge, requires no reservation, and is open
> to all. Birders meet in the parking lot at the Park's entrance at 3701
> Lockheed Blvd, Alexandria, VA. Questions should be directed to Park staff
> during normal business hours at (703)768-2525.
>
> Harry Glasgow
> Friends of Huntley Meadows Park
>
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Subject: Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk
From: Harry Glasgow via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Mon, 28 Nov 2016 21:37:51 +0000 (UTC)
A large crowd braved the cold and took part in the Huntley Meadows Monday 
Morning Birdwalk today.  We spotted 50 species.  Highlights included a large 
collection of black bird species typically found in the winter.  We estimate 
this flock to be several hundred - mostly Common Grackles, but also Rusty 
Blackbirds, Red-winged Blackbirds, and at least on Cowbird.  Our winter duck 
population is growing, with Green-winged Teal, Pintail, Shoveler, and Mallards 
making up the count. 

Canada Goose  35
Wood Duck  6
American Black Duck  2
Mallard  43
Northern Shoveler  14
Northern Pintail  12
Green-winged Teal  8
Great Blue Heron  6
Cooper's Hawk  1
Red-shouldered Hawk  2
Ring-billed Gull  36
Herring Gull  2
Mourning Dove  40
Barred Owl  1
Belted Kingfisher  1
Red-headed Woodpecker  10
Red-bellied Woodpecker  10
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  1
Downy Woodpecker  8
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  2
Pileated Woodpecker  1
Merlin  1
Blue Jay  9
American Crow  12
Fish Crow  1
crow sp.  2
Carolina Chickadee  8
Tufted Titmouse  18
White-breasted Nuthatch  7
Brown Creeper  1
Carolina Wren  7
Golden-crowned Kinglet  2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  2
Eastern Bluebird  6
Hermit Thrush  2
American Robin  12
European Starling  1
Fox Sparrow  2
Dark-eyed Junco  4
White-throated Sparrow  36
Song Sparrow  10
Swamp Sparrow  3
Eastern Towhee  4
Northern Cardinal  9
Red-winged Blackbird  100+
Rusty Blackbird  50+
Common Grackle  150+
House Finch  5
American Goldfinch  18

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

Harry Glasgow
Friends of Huntley Meadows Park
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Subject: Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (28 Nov 2016) 4 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: Mon, 28 Nov 2016 11:20:16 -0900
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch
Tip of Virginia's Eastern Shore, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Nov 28, 2016
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       0             20           2747
Bald Eagle                   0             85            322
Northern Harrier             0             79            536
Sharp-shinned Hawk           3            259           6930
Cooper's Hawk                0            118           2782
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          1             50             75
Broad-winged Hawk            0              3            968
Red-tailed Hawk              0            347            550
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              4              6
American Kestrel             0              7           5082
Merlin                       0             14           1824
Peregrine Falcon             0              9            686
Unknown Accipiter            0              0             10
Unknown Buteo                0              0              1
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0             10
Unknown Raptor               0              0              4
Mississippi Kite             0              0              3
Short-eared Owl              0              1              1
Swainson's Hawk              0              1              1

Total:                       4            997          22538
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00 
Observation end   time: 14:00:00 
Total observation time: 6 hours

Official Counter:        Anna Stunkel

Observers:        Ned Brinkley

Weather:
Winds were generally light and variable, with overcast skies.

Raptor Observations:
Verrry slow.

Non-raptor Observations:
Fourteen American White Pelicans flew quite close past the platform this
afternoon. Other highlights included:

34 Red-breasted Mergansers
7 Purple Finches
4 American Pipits
2 Horned Larks
2 Snow Geese
1 Eastern Phoebe
========================================================================
Report submitted by Brian Taber (Taberzz AT aol.com)
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch information may be found at:
www.cvwo.org



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Subject: Dickcissel
From: "Marshall Faintich" <marshall AT faintich.net>
Date: Mon, 28 Nov 2016 14:33:57 -0500
In Old Trail; Crozet, VA; 11/28/16. Report and photos:

 

 
http://www.faintich.net/Blog2016/2016_11_28.htm

 

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Crozet, VA

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www.faintich.net  

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

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Subject: Wilson's Warbler at Dyke Marsh
From: Edward Eder <nutmegz AT mac.com>
Date: Mon, 28 Nov 2016 12:04:35 -0500
A Wilson’s Warbler was seen in the thickets north of the marina boat ramp at 
9 AM today. 

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Subject: Virginia Society of Ornithology Guatemala Field Trip
From: "Andrew Dolby (adolby)" <adolby AT umw.edu>
Date: Mon, 28 Nov 2016 13:45:11 +0000
The VSO's April field trip to Guatemala still has availability. For more 
information and complete itinerary, please visit the VSO's web site: 


http://www.virginiabirds.org/events/outreach-programs/2017-guatemala

Take advantage of this unique opportunity to experience the birds of Guatemala 
with John Cahill, Guatemala's foremost expert! Early April is the perfect time 
to catch both eastern and western North American breeding species commingling 
with each other and with Central America's permanent residents. The itinerary 
includes a wide representation of Guatemala's dramatically varying ecosystems. 


Please contact me directly if you are interested in participating.

Andrew Dolby
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