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Golden-cheeked Warbler,©Dan Lane

25 Sep Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (25 Sep 2016) 4 Raptors []
25 Sep Merrimac Farm [Harry Glasgow via va-bird ]
25 Sep Sunday walk at Dyke Marsh WP, Fairfax Co [Gerry Hawkins ]
25 Sep CONNECTICUT WARBLER at Pocahontas State Park 9/25/16 [Wendy Ealding ]
25 Sep eBird -- Wolf Trap Rd & Good Trail -- Sep 25, 2016 [Jeff Blalock ]
24 Sep Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (24 Sep 2016) 355 Raptors []
24 Sep Fwd: eBird Report - US-VA-Vienna-1731 Killarney Ct, Sep 24, 2016 [Phillip Kenny ]
24 Sep Mendota Fire Tower (23 Sep 2016) 821 Raptors []
25 Sep Pocosin Warblers -Probable Connecticut, Wilson's, Nashville, Bay-breasted [William Leigh ]
24 Sep Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (24 Sep 2016) 639 Raptors []
25 Sep Golden Plover and Collared-Doves ["Rowe, Richard A, 'Dick'" ]
24 Sep Snickers Gap (24 Sep 2016) 660 Raptors []
24 Sep Harvey's Knob (24 Sep 2016) 96 Raptors []
24 Sep Rose-breasted Grosbeak [Donald Sweig ]
24 Sep Fw: eBird Report - Occoquan Bay NWR, Sep 24, 2016 ["Marc Ribaudo" ]
24 Sep Mississippi Kite at Candler Mountain (24 Sep 2016) 56 Raptors []
24 Sep [va-bird] Leesylvania SP & Julie Metz Wetlands, Pr. William Co - Philadelphia Vireo, Tennesee Warbler, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (part of a 7 woodpecker morning) [Scott Priebe ]
24 Sep eBird -- Wolf Trap Rd & Good Trail -- Sep 24, 2016 [Jeff Blalock ]
23 Sep Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (23 Sep 2016) 4440 Raptors []
23 Sep Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (23 Sep 2016) 362 Raptors []
23 Sep Harvey's Knob (23 Sep 2016) 707 Raptors []
23 Sep Snickers Gap (23 Sep 2016) 69 Raptors []
23 Sep Winter Finch Forecast ["Joe Coleman" ]
23 Sep Red-breasted Nuthatch in Chincoteague [mbrubin ]
23 Sep MIKI at Halifax Co [Jeff Blalock ]
23 Sep Stafford Backyard Fall Migration [Sally Knight ]
22 Sep Harvey's Knob (22 Sep 2016) 79 Raptors []
22 Sep Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (22 Sep 2016) 990 Raptors []
22 Sep Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (22 Sep 2016) 8504 Raptors & 2 GE []
22 Sep Seen it all [Jeff Blalock ]
22 Sep Prince William Co, Silver Lake - RBNU and RHWO [Janis Stone ]
22 Sep Hudsonian & American Golden at Langley AFB [Dave Youker via va-bird ]
22 Sep Snickers Gap (22 Sep 2016) 193 Raptors []
22 Sep Connecticut Warbler at Rockfish Gap [Gabriel Mapel via va-bird ]
21 Sep Harvey's Knob (21 Sep 2016) 256 Raptors []
21 Sep Cape May Warbler and Grapes ["Roger Mayhorn" ]
21 Sep Red Breasted Nuthatches - Lake Fairfax []
21 Sep Mendota Fire Tower (21 Sep 2016) 1036 Raptors []
21 Sep Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (21 Sep 2016) 4134 Raptors []
21 Sep Snickers Gap (21 Sep 2016) 2180 Raptors []
21 Sep Raven in Old Town Alexandria [Appleaday via va-bird ]
21 Sep American Golden-Plover; warblers ["Marshall Faintich" ]
21 Sep Northern Virginia Bird Club Huntley Meadows Walk: Cuckoos, Warblers, and Shorebirds ["Larry Cartwright" ]
21 Sep Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (21 Sep 2016) 4 Raptors []
21 Sep Phila. Vireo, RB Grosbeak, 9 Warbler Species, BW Hawk, Swainson's & Wood Thrushes - Blandy Experimental Farm/State Arboretum of Virginia, Clarke Co. ["David Boltz" ]
21 Sep Cattle Egret across from Langley AFB Gate [Dave Youker via va-bird ]
21 Sep Eurasian Collared-Dove flock, Rockingham Co. [Diane L via va-bird ]
21 Sep Chimney Swift roost, Arlington; Sept. 20 [Scott Baron ]
20 Sep Palm Warblers today at Sully Woodlands (Fairfax) [Stephen Johnson ]
20 Sep Snickers Gap (20 Sep 2016) 852 Raptors []
20 Sep Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (20 Sep 2016) 264 Raptors []
20 Sep Harvey's Knob (20 Sep 2016) 135 Raptors []
20 Sep Wilson's Phalarope - Huntley Meadows Park, Alexandria ["dcharlesl AT msn.com" ]
20 Sep Hawkwatch Workshop [Brian Taber via va-bird ]
20 Sep MIKI Halifax Co [Jeff Blalock ]
19 Sep Mendota Fire Tower (19 Sep 2016) 136 Raptors []
19 Sep Harvey's Knob (19 Sep 2016) 103 Raptors []
19 Sep VSO Chincoteague Field Trip Report [Meredith Bell ]
19 Sep Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (19 Sep 2016) 201 Raptors []
19 Sep Green Parakeet (Leesylvania State Park) ["Ron Vogel" ]
19 Sep Sanderling in Augusta County [Herbert Larner via va-bird ]
19 Sep Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (19 Sep 2016) 51 Raptors []
19 Sep Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk [Harry Glasgow via va-bird ]
19 Sep Buffalo Mountain hawk watching 9/18 [Eric Harrold via va-bird ]
18 Sep Warbler Day on Compton Mountain ["Roger Mayhorn" ]
18 Sep Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (18 Sep 2016) 466 Raptors []
18 Sep Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (18 Sep 2016) 128 Raptors []
18 Sep Harvey's Knob (18 Sep 2016) 462 Raptors []
18 Sep Yellow-throated Warbler [Donald Sweig ]
18 Sep Snickers Gap (18 Sep 2016) 86 Raptors []
18 Sep Mendota Fire Tower (18 Sep 2016) 557 Raptors []
18 Sep Red-breasted Nuthatches - Staunton View Park [Paul Glass ]
18 Sep Old Trail in Crozet, VA ["Marshall Faintich" ]
18 Sep Dyke Marsh, Sep 18, 2016 [Larry Meade via va-bird ]
18 Sep trying to find hawks in Highland Co [Patti Reum ]
17 Sep Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (17 Sep 2016) 1163 Raptors []

Subject: Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (25 Sep 2016) 4 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: Sun, 25 Sep 2016 11:43:57 -0800
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 25, 2016
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       2            256            297
Bald Eagle                   0            105            135
Northern Harrier             0             36             39
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0            425            440
Cooper's Hawk                0            112            124
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0             18             21
Broad-winged Hawk            1          20358          20491
Red-tailed Hawk              0             45             54
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              2              2
American Kestrel             0            109            121
Merlin                       0             19             20
Peregrine Falcon             1             14             14
Unknown Accipiter            0              7              7
Unknown Buteo                0              6              7
Unknown Falcon               0              1              1
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0             15             17
Mississippi Kite             0              4              5

Total:                       4          21532          21795
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 10:00:00 
Observation end   time: 13:00:00 
Total observation time: 2 hours

Official Counter:        Vic Laubach

Observers:        Mark Johnson

Visitors:
Lois Kauffman, Tylor Terpin (Richmond), Scott and Bennet Wells (Richmond),
and from Norther Virginia: Jane Hu, Wendy Xu, Stephanie Wang, John Chen.
Sorry to all visitors that the hawk count was a bust today.


Weather:
Heavy fog in the valleys and mountains. Rockfish Gap was socked in with
thick fog all day with a brief opening between 10-11am where we did some
counting (only 1 BW). The gap remained socked in for the remainder of the
day. The alternate count site at Constitution Park (Waynesoboro) was manned
for an hour between 12-1pm where a thick, low ceiling remained with very
poor visibility and very little bird movement. 18.5-21.2C temps. Light E
breezes.

Raptor Observations:
A single BW appeared out of the fog briefly between 10-11am. Two Osprey
moved southward very slowly along the river, and a single, Peregrine Falcon
flew by directly overhead at 12:40am. The Peregrine was unaged due to the
very poor visibility (only the silhouette was visible. good photos
obtained).

Non-raptor Observations:
LOTS of warblers all around up at Rockfish Gap, but the very thick fog made
it tough to view details even as close as 20 feet. A nice Black-billed
Cuckoo was viewed clearly by all through spotting scope. 15 Chimney Swift,
1 hummingbird, 1 Red-headed Woodpecker, 1 Eastern Phoebe, 1 Ruby-crowned
Kinglet, Warblers: 4 Tennessee, 9 Common Yellowthroat, 10 Cape May, 2 N
Parula, 4 Magnolia, 1 BTB, 5 Palm.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Vic Laubach (laubach AT virginia.edu)
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://www.rockfishgaphawkwatch.org



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Subject: Merrimac Farm
From: Harry Glasgow via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Sun, 25 Sep 2016 19:01:58 +0000 (UTC)
The monthly Prince William Conservation Alliance Merrimac Farm birdwalk 
attracted 7 birders on this cool, fall morning.  We tallied 25 species, with a 
first-of-season Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, an enormous flock of Bluejays, and 
three warbler species.  We had hoped for more Warblers but perhaps the 
predicted weather front didn't drive them yet.  The estimate of 39 Bluejays 
was derived from constant sightings and vocalizations along the entire route of 
the walk.  While not on Merrimac property, several birders spotted a group of 
about a dozen Wild Turkeys on adjacent farmland as we arrived this morning. 

Mallard  5
Osprey  1
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  2
Red-bellied Woodpecker  12
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  1
Downy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  5
Eastern Wood-Pewee  1
Eastern Phoebe  5
Blue Jay  39
American Crow  2
Carolina Chickadee  7
Tufted Titmouse  5
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
Carolina Wren  5
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  1
American Robin  6
Gray Catbird  15
Northern Mockingbird  1
European Starling  3
Common Yellowthroat  5
American Redstart  1
Magnolia Warbler  1
Northern Cardinal  7
American Goldfinch  5

The Prince William Conservation Alliance birdwalks at the Merrimac Farm 
Wildlife Management Area in Nokesville take place at 8 AM on the final Sunday 
of every month.  Birders meet at the Area's entrance located at the stonehouse 
at the end of Deepwood Drive.  Questions may be directed to the Alliance at 
703.499.4954,  or alliance AT pwconserve.org 


Harry GlasgowNancy Vehrs
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Subject: Sunday walk at Dyke Marsh WP, Fairfax Co
From: Gerry Hawkins <maineusa AT comcast.net>
Date: Sun, 25 Sep 2016 14:47:55 -0400
Nine persons joined me this morning for the weekly walk at Dyke Marsh WP
sponsored by the Friends of Dyke Marsh, which starts at 8 each Sunday
morning and is open to all.  Highlights included three early GADWALL,
several female NORTHERN PINTAILS and good numbers of BLUE- and GREEN-WINGED
TEAL and NORTHERN SHOVELERS among the many dabbling ducks, continuing large
numbers of GREAT EGRETS and GREAT BLUE HERONS, several OSPREY, including a
perched individual eating a fish, a pair of adult BALD EAGLES interacting in
flight, a hummingbird harassing a COOPERS HAWK, an early RUBY-CROWNED
KINGLET and several well-seen warblers, including NORTHERN PARULA, COMMON
YELLOWTHROAT and BLACKPOLL WARBLER.  For those interested a complete list of
the 55 species encountered on the walk may be viewed at the following link:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31749516
 
Thanks to regular field trip leader Phil Kenny and all other persons who
joined me on this beautiful fall day.
 
Gerry Hawkins      
Arlington Co, VA
 
 


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Subject: CONNECTICUT WARBLER at Pocahontas State Park 9/25/16
From: Wendy Ealding <wendy.ealding AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 25 Sep 2016 12:04:47 -0400
After last evening's cold front, I went in search of migrants at Pocahontas
State Park this morning.  I hiked the Swift Creek Forest Trail to the dam
(this is one of my VABBA2 routes).  On the way down to the dam, it was
remarkably quiet, apart from Blue Jays and American Crows heard from the
parking lot and a couple of Carolina Wrens along the trail, there was
absolutely nothing, no migrants, no residents.  Coming back to the parking
lot I ran into a flock of warblers about 1/4 mile from the trailhead.
Several Pines, a couple of Black-and-whites, a couple of Redstarts, a
Magnolia, and an immature CONNECTICUT WARBLER .   Only the second I've ever
seen, and my first in the US, state and county.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31746718

-- 
Wendy Ealding
Midlothian
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Subject: eBird -- Wolf Trap Rd & Good Trail -- Sep 25, 2016
From: Jeff Blalock <jcbabirder AT gcronline.com>
Date: Sun, 25 Sep 2016 11:58:41 -0400
Wolf Trap Rd & Good Trail
Sep 25, 2016
11:35 AM
Stationary
10 Minutes
All birds reported? Yes
Comments: Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.3.0 Build 86

1 Mississippi Kite -- Only saw the immature but it was calling for food. 
Couldn't stay long had to get to Wendy's before the crowd. 

1 Mourning Dove
1 Chimney Swift

Number of Taxa: 3


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: Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (24 Sep 2016) 355 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: Sat, 24 Sep 2016 18:45:03 -0800
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 24, 2016
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       2            254            295
Bald Eagle                   1            105            135
Northern Harrier             2             36             39
Sharp-shinned Hawk          44            425            440
Cooper's Hawk                5            112            124
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          1             18             21
Broad-winged Hawk          296          20357          20490
Red-tailed Hawk              1             45             54
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              2              2
American Kestrel             2            109            121
Merlin                       0             19             20
Peregrine Falcon             1             13             13
Unknown Accipiter            0              7              7
Unknown Buteo                0              6              7
Unknown Falcon               0              1              1
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0             15             17
Mississippi Kite             0              4              5

Total:                     355          21528          21791
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 06:30:00 
Observation end   time: 15:30:00 
Total observation time: 9 hours

Official Counter:        Vic Laubach

Observers:        Brenda Tekin, Dave Hunter, Rose Thomas

Visitors:
Donna Dobbs, Jennifer Jowdy, Dan, Daniel and Claudia Pucket, Doug Gill,
Debby Clouney, Lois McKim, Lois Kauffman, Joanna Mareli, and others not
recorded.


Weather:
Strong NW winds in the morning shifting to mild SE breezes after 2pm. Few
clouds in the morning, 50% at noon, and 100% at 1pm. Low, grey clouds at
2pm accompanied by a few sprinkles. 20.6-28.7C temps. 

Raptor Observations:
A good push of birds in the morning that pretty much died by 1pm when the
winds shifted. An unaged Peregrine at 10:51. Immature Harrier at 1:09. A
1st-YR Bald Eagle at 2:18. An adult Northern Goshawk appeared briefly low
over the ridge to our north only to turn back not to be seen again (thus
not counted).

Non-raptor Observations:
32 Monarchs. 108 Chimney Swift. 13 Red-headed Woodpecker. 48 Blue Jay. 4
Tree Swallow. 3 Tennessee Warbler. 1 Redstart. 1 Cape May Warbler. 1 Pine
Siskin. Two hot air balloons to the east and, for the first time ever, one
hot air balloon out to the west.

Predictions:
A cold front moves through tonight giving a high of 70F tomorrow.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Vic Laubach (laubach AT virginia.edu)
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://www.rockfishgaphawkwatch.org



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Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - US-VA-Vienna-1731 Killarney Ct, Sep 24, 2016
From: Phillip Kenny <philkenny AT verizon.net>
Date: Sat, 24 Sep 2016 22:27:29 -0400
Sitting on the back deck this evening, enjoying the cool weather and a cold 
beverage, I added a new yard bird: Gray-cheecked Thrush!!! 

Photos are embedded in the eBird list: View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31741086 
 

Cheers,
Phil

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



> Begin forwarded message:
> 
> From: ebird-checklist AT cornell.edu
> Subject: eBird Report - US-VA-Vienna-1731 Killarney Ct, Sep 24, 2016
> Date: September 24, 2016 at 10:24:08 PM EDT
> To: philkenny AT verizon.net
> 
> US-VA-Vienna-1731 Killarney Ct, Fairfax, Virginia, US
> Sep 24, 2016 5:16 PM - 6:16 PM
> Protocol: Stationary
> Comments:      
> Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.3.0 Build 86
> 18 species
> 
> Mourning Dove  2
> Ruby-throated Hummingbird  2
> Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
> Downy Woodpecker  2
> Pileated Woodpecker  1
> Eastern Wood-Pewee  1
> Blue Jay  3
> American Crow  2
> Carolina Chickadee  2
> Tufted Titmouse  2
> White-breasted Nuthatch  2
> Carolina Wren  2
> Eastern Bluebird  1
> Gray-cheeked Thrush  1
> American Robin  1
> Chipping Sparrow  1
> House Finch  4
> American Goldfinch  6
> 
> View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31741086
> 
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org/VA)

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Subject: Mendota Fire Tower (23 Sep 2016) 821 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: Sat, 24 Sep 2016 18:05:57 -0800
Mendota Fire Tower
Mendota, VA, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 23, 2016
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       0              2              2
Bald Eagle                   1              6              6
Northern Harrier             1              5              5
Sharp-shinned Hawk           1             12             12
Cooper's Hawk                1              7              7
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              2              2
Broad-winged Hawk          817           3829           3829
Red-tailed Hawk              0              8              8
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              1              1
American Kestrel             0              5              5
Merlin                       0              1              1
Peregrine Falcon             0              1              1
Unknown Accipiter            0              1              1
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              0              0

Total:                     821           3880           3880
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00 
Observation end   time: 17:30:00 
Total observation time: 9.5 hours

Official Counter:        Ron Harrington

Observers:        David Kirschke, George Larkin, Matt Fleenor, Sam Evans

Visitors:
Pete Hepberg of Kingsport, TN, Rich Jones, Knoxville, TN, Earl Lovelace and
Dallas Shouns, both of Kingsport. Another guest with "hawk eyes" was Amanda
Bishop of Abingdon, VA. She quickly became a very good spotter. And Grace
Finucane Friend and Marion Finucane visited with us again providing extra
help with finding raptors.


Weather:
It was clear and sunny with no clouds early but scattered cumulus clouds
developed as it warmed up to provide some backdrop for seeing hawks. Low
Temperature was 68F; high was 78F. Humidity steady at around 50% by early
afternoon. Visibility was very good (20+ miles). Winds were out of the East
and variable (Light to gentle at 8-12 mph)in the morning but changed to the
North/NW by 12:55, ranging from light to moderate (8-18 mph)and at times
calm. 

Raptor Observations:
First BWH at 8:17 am EST. Good flights all morning but they dropped off
sharply starting in the 12:00 hour. Only 9 raptors were counted between
12:00 and 4:00. Most were at the limit,or beyond, of unaided vision, either
out over the East/Southeast side of the ridge, or high overhead. Several
local Turkey and Black Vultures were about. Two Red-tailed hawks were seen
flying here and there but did not appear to be migrating. 

Non-raptor Observations:
Other birds noted were Ravens, Northern Flicker, Wood Peewee,Pileated WP,
Chimney Swifts, and Cape May Warbler. We counted 8 Monarch Butterflies. 

Predictions:
Should be another good day for raptor migration based on reports from other
hawk watch sites up the line. It will be hot and sunny and the hawks will
again be a challenge to find and count. 
========================================================================
Report submitted by Ronald Eugene Harrington (roneharrin AT bvu.net)


Site Description:
The Mendota Fire Tower Hawkwatch site is located atop Clinch Mountain at
the abandoned fire tower near Mendota, Virginia. A hawkwatch has been
conducted during fall migration each year since 1958 at this site.
Clinch Mountain is a 150 mile long ridge that runs from near Burke's Garden
in Tazewell County, Virginia to Blaine, Tennessee. It runs generally
Northeast to Southwest and divides the Clinch River drainage to the north
and the Holston River drainage to the south.
The site is on the Russell and Washington County lines and is at an
elevation of 3000 feet As is usual with a fire tower location there is a
360 degree view with Moccasin Valley and Pine Mountain to the North and
Mendota and the Holston River to the south.
Access to this site requires a moderately strenuous 25 minute hike on the
old fire tower access road. There are no facilities so be sure to bring
water, sunscreen, raingear, chair, snacks and lunch and binoculars. There
are no restrooms.

Directions to site:
TRAVELING FROM LEBANON/RICHLANDS/GRUNDY
Take Route 19 towards Abingdon. At Hansonville turn right on Route 58.
Travel 3.3 miles then turn left on Moccasin Valley Road (Route 613). Travel
9.9 miles on Moccasin Valley Road then turn left on Tower Road (County Road
612). Travel 2.7 miles on Tower Road. On the left there will be a rutted
dirt road, park nearby and walk to the tower on the dirt road.

TRAVELING FROM ABINGDON VIRGINIA
Take Route 19 towards Lebanon. After crossing the North Fork Holston River
turn left onto Mendota Road (Route 802). Travel 14.1 miles on Mendota Road.
Turn right onto Pinnacle Road. Travel 3 miles on Pinnacle Road. There will
be a rutted dirt road on the right. Park nearby and walk to the tower on
the rutted dirt road.

TRAVELING FROM BRISTOL, VA
Take Virginia Exit 1 on I-81. Take Route 58/421 towards Gate City, VA. Take
Gate City Highway (Route 58/421) 11 miles then turn right on Route 615.
Travel approximately 6 miles on Route 615 then turn left on Route 614, then
right on Route 802 at MendotaTravel approximately 1 mile on Route 802 then
turn laft on Pinnacle Road. Travel 3 miles on Pinnacle Road. On the right
there will be a rutted dirt road. Park nearby then walk to the tower on the
rutted dirt road.


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Subject: Pocosin Warblers -Probable Connecticut, Wilson's, Nashville, Bay-breasted
From: William Leigh <leightern AT msn.com>
Date: Sun, 25 Sep 2016 01:40:33 +0000
I sent out a previous post about today's birding adventure but it appears to 
have gone missing in Cybespace. ..... 



Today was great for Warblers at Pocosin with 15 species tallied. By far the 
most interesting bird was a probable Connecticut warbler which was seen about 
25 yards from the spot where Dave Wendelken and I photographed a Connecticut 
Warbler two years ago. The bird was flushed up from side of the fire road and 
perched low in a bush on side of the road. The Warbler was very dull colored 
with mostly a drab grayish green above and pale greenish brownish below with 
complete eye ring with a grayish brown hood which extended unbroken across 
breast .. paler at center of throat. Unfortunately I did not get a view of the 
undertail coverts. Lady luck was a double edged sword today, as the bird 
flushed flying low across the road when a large noisy animated group of hikers 
passed by and casually inquired if I was looking for a bear:( 



I birded the area extensively but could not get a second look.



Also seen were singletons for Nashville, Wilson, and Bay-breasted Warblers. 
Cape May, Tennesse, and Blackpolls were ubiquitous . Surprisingly I could not 
find an American Redstart perhaps they have moved on. Hoodeds were singing and 
apparently still on territory. 



See ebird list below. Numbers that are multiples of  5 are best estimates ...


William leigh

Bridgewater VA

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From: ebird-checklist AT cornell.edu 
Sent: Sunday, September 25, 2016 1:00 AM
To: leightern AT msn.com
Subject: eBird Report - Shenandoah NP--Pocosin Cabin, Sep 24, 2016

Shenandoah NP--Pocosin Cabin, Greene, Virginia, US
Sep 24, 2016 11:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Protocol: Traveling
0.3 mile(s)
38 species

Barn Owl (Tyto alba)  1     heard only
Chimney Swift (Chaetura pelagica)  2
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)  2
Hairy Woodpecker (Picoides villosus)  1
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)  1
Eastern Wood-Pewee (Contopus virens)  2
Blue-headed Vireo (Vireo solitarius)  3
Red-eyed Vireo (Vireo olivaceus)  2
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)  2
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  2
Common Raven (Corvus corax)  2
Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis)  10
Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor)  5
Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis)  1
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis)  3
Swainson's Thrush (Catharus ustulatus)  1
Wood Thrush (Hylocichla mustelina)  1
Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis)  3
Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum)  10
Ovenbird (Seiurus aurocapilla)  2
Black-and-white Warbler (Mniotilta varia)  3
Tennessee Warbler (Oreothlypis peregrina)  15
Nashville Warbler (Oreothlypis ruficapilla)  1
Connecticut Warbler (Oporornis agilis) 1 Overall dull colored bird grayish 
green above and a pale greenish below with grayish brownish hood which was 
unbroken across breast and paler center of throat, complete eye ring, Seemed 
large for a Warbler. Undertail coverts not seen. Bird seen perched on low 
branch side of trail but flew low across trail at approach of large hiking 
group and not seen again. Given that I was not able to see undertail coverts I 
can't completely rule out Mourning Warbler. .. though overall color and shape 
did not match MOWA 

Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas)  1
Hooded Warbler (Setophaga citrina)  3
Cape May Warbler (Setophaga tigrina)  15
Magnolia Warbler (Setophaga magnolia)  2
Bay-breasted Warbler (Setophaga castanea) 1 chestnut on side still present 
overall butterscotch color differed from greenish color of numerous Blackpolls. 

Blackburnian Warbler (Setophaga fusca)  1
Blackpoll Warbler (Setophaga striata)  10
Black-throated Blue Warbler (Setophaga caerulescens)  5
Black-throated Green Warbler (Setophaga virens)  5
Wilson's Warbler (Cardellina pusilla) 1 possibly a female with partial black 
cap more restricted than typical males I have seen in the spring. 

Eastern Towhee (Pipilo erythrophthalmus)  10
Scarlet Tanager (Piranga olivacea)  1
Rose-breasted Grosbeak (Pheucticus ludovicianus)  2
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)  10

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Subject: Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (24 Sep 2016) 639 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: Sat, 24 Sep 2016 17:12:43 -0800
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch
Tip of Virginia's Eastern Shore, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 24, 2016
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                      57           1361           1392
Bald Eagle                   1             80             80
Northern Harrier             8            103            106
Sharp-shinned Hawk         183            564            564
Cooper's Hawk               77            290            290
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk          118            466            467
Red-tailed Hawk              3             53             53
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel           149           1825           1830
Merlin                      40            590            590
Peregrine Falcon             3             47             48
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              2              2
Unknown Raptor               0              0              0
Mississippi Kite             0              3              3

Total:                     639           5384           5425
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Anna Stunkel

Observers:        Brian Taber, Caroline Sankey, Joe Beatty, Steve Thornhill

Weather:
The day started out with a very light southwest breeze and cloudless skies,
which kept birds high overhead. Later in the afternoon, winds picked up and
became southeasterly as cloud cover moved in. This was the likely cause of
many birds turning back to the north. At the end of the day, activity
slowed down and winds were easterly.

Raptor Observations:
Morning and late afternoon were slow, with a busy period of high raptors
during early afternoon. 

Non-raptor Observations:
Today we enjoyed keeping track of all bird species during the annual
Kiptopeke Challenge (a birding "big day" event). Highlights included one
Black-throated Green Warbler and one Eastern Phoebe. Thank you to all
visitors who helped out and participated in the challenge! Also, we had our
first considerable flight of Tree Swallows for the season this afternoon,
with several thousand individuals seen.
14 Monarchs 
========================================================================
Report submitted by Brian Taber (Taberzz AT aol.com)
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Subject: Golden Plover and Collared-Doves
From: "Rowe, Richard A, 'Dick'" <RoweRA AT vmi.edu>
Date: Sun, 25 Sep 2016 00:33:01 +0000
All - this morning I headed up to a site west of Dayton VA (or west of 
Bridgewater/Harrisonburg) to the Shenandoah Valley Produce Auction site to look 
for American Golden Plovers and Eurasian Collared-Doves. For the past few 
years, Golden Plovers have been stopping at this location and staying for a few 
weeks. They were reported earlier this week by Marshall Faintich. I was only 
able to locate one Plover at the site - up to 20 had been reported earlier. I 
did hear some others at a distance. The single Plover was skittish and I was 
only able to get photos from a distance. Also earlier this week, Diane 
Lepkowski reported that there was a flock of Eurasian Collared-Doves in the 
same area as the Plovers. I was able to find a group of 15-20 just north of the 
auction site. They were in two trees in a small barn yard at the intersection 
of Lumber Mill Rd and Dry River Rd. The owner of the property was very nice and 
said that the Doves had been there for several years. He k 

 new the difference between Mourning Doves and these, even though he didn't 
know their name. I also stopped by Willow Lake in the northern part of 
Rockbridge Co near Raphine (mile marker 205 on I-81). There wasn't much to 
report from Willow Lake: 1 Osprey, 3 Pied-billed Grebes in the lily pads, and 2 
Cape May Warblers. . 


I've posted some photos of the Plover, Collared-Doves, Pied-billed Grebes, and 
a Pectoral Sandpiper (from the 20th). 


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

Dick Rowe
VMI Biology Dept

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Subject: Snickers Gap (24 Sep 2016) 660 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: Sat, 24 Sep 2016 16:22:59 -0800
Snickers Gap
20 Miles West of Leesburg, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 24, 2016
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                      11             91             95
Bald Eagle                   4             29             31
Northern Harrier             3             14             14
Sharp-shinned Hawk          18            164            168
Cooper's Hawk                2             20             20
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              2              3
Broad-winged Hawk          619           9742           9760
Red-tailed Hawk              0             11             23
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             1             27             29
Merlin                       0              1              1
Peregrine Falcon             1              4              4
Unknown Accipiter            0              2              2
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               1              7              7

Total:                     660          10114          10157
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 10:30:00 
Observation end   time: 17:30:00 
Total observation time: 7 hours

Official Counter:        Joan Boudreau and Bob Abrams

Observers:        Doug Graham, Linda Millington

Visitors:
Sandy, Jim Smith and crew, and wonder of wonders Kerrie and Jack came up to
visit. Hope we see you all again soon!


Weather:
Overcast early and clear by the end of the day

Raptor Observations:
Very few viewable Broadwings or kettles till late in the day

Non-raptor Observations:
A couple flocks of Cormorants and Canada Geese, two Great Blue Herons, a
few flocks of Blue Jays, a Flicker, and a flock of Cedar Waxwings.
========================================================================
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Subject: Harvey's Knob (24 Sep 2016) 96 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: Sat, 24 Sep 2016 14:48:25 -0800
Harvey's Knob
Roanoke, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 24, 2016
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       1             70             76
Bald Eagle                   0             56             71
Northern Harrier             2             17             18
Sharp-shinned Hawk           5             79             84
Cooper's Hawk                1             39             45
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          2             10             13
Broad-winged Hawk           82           2753           2753
Red-tailed Hawk              0             34             46
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             3             48             56
Merlin                       0              4              4
Peregrine Falcon             0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              3              3
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              4              4

Total:                      96           3117           3173
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:00:00 
Observation end   time: 16:00:00 
Total observation time: 9 hours

Official Counter:        David Brunstetter

Observers:        Baron Gibson, Barry Kinzie, Dale, Kristine & Andrew

Visitors:
The Roanoke Valley Bird Club came for a visit and their help was much
appreciated. Boy Scout Troop 584 came for an early visit. Several regulars
made significant contributions: King and Joanne, Dillard, Joyce, Robin,
Phillip, Joanne, and probably a few others whose name I forgot to mention.
Nice visit from Dan and Sue Harvey. Dan shared some wonderful pictures of a
Bald Eagle. 


Weather:
Pleasant day that started at a cool 62F. We warmed to 84F in the afternoon.
Cloud cover was 20% early, though we spent the majority of the morning
under clear blue skies. The clouds rolled in in the afternoon with up to
80% coverage.
Visibility was a 5, but there was haze. Winds were generally NW from 0-2. 

Raptor Observations:
The day started slowly, but picked up in the 11 o'clock hour. We had a few
small kettles of BW's today. Most birds were seen in the Western Valley. 

Non-raptor Observations:
Stinkbugs were back in force. A few bluejays were starting to migrate. We
had another nice showing of monarchs with 24. A Yellow-Billed Cuckoo was
seen by several from the bird club. 

Predictions:
Full bellies after Barry cooks his annual breakfast at the Knob. 
========================================================================
Report submitted by Dave Brunstetter (DRB57 AT cox.net)
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Subject: Rose-breasted Grosbeak
From: Donald Sweig <skybirds.d AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 24 Sep 2016 17:47:40 -0400
 I just had a young, male, Rose-breasted grosbeak come to my sunflower seed 
feeder in my Falls Church yard. 

  I have never before seen this in the Fall.
    What a pleasant surprise.
     Donald Sweig
     Falls Church, Virginia

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Subject: Fw: eBird Report - Occoquan Bay NWR, Sep 24, 2016
From: "Marc Ribaudo" <moribaudo AT verizon.net>
Date: Sat, 24 Sep 2016 16:21:23 -0400
The Northern Virginia Bird Club visited Occoquan Bay NWR in Woodbridge, 
Prince William County this morning.  The 20 attendees tallied 68 species. 
Birding was rather slow for the most part, with only one what might be 
generously called a mixed flock of migrants.  We could find only 6 species 
of warbler (palm, yellow-throated, magnolia, redstart, common yellowthroat, 
northern waterthrush).  But there were a few highlights, including 2 
kestrels, 2 red-headed woodpeckers, a male rose-breasted grosbeak, wood 
thrush, and lesser scaup.  The complete list is below.

Marc Ribaudo


Occoquan Bay NWR, Prince William, Virginia, US
Sep 24, 2016 6:28 AM - 12:20 PM
Protocol: Traveling
4.5 mile(s)
Comments:     
Submitted from eBird Android 1.3 68 species Canada Goose 50 Wood Duck 1 Lesser Scaup 1 Hooded Merganser 1 Pied-billed Grebe 8 Double-crested Cormorant 20 Great Blue Heron 1 Great Egret 3 Black Vulture 1 Turkey Vulture 5 Osprey 3 Cooper's Hawk 1 Bald Eagle 4 Red-shouldered Hawk 3 Red-tailed Hawk 2 Killdeer 1 Laughing Gull 18 Ring-billed Gull 40 Caspian Tern 15 Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 2 Mourning Dove 4 Yellow-billed Cuckoo 1 Chimney Swift 8 Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1 Belted Kingfisher 1 Red-headed Woodpecker 2 Red-bellied Woodpecker 15 Downy Woodpecker 8 Northern Flicker 5 Pileated Woodpecker 2 American Kestrel 2 Eastern Wood-Pewee 1 Eastern Phoebe 4 White-eyed Vireo 1 Blue Jay 70 American Crow 18 Fish Crow 3 Northern Rough-winged Swallow 3 Tree Swallow 20 Carolina Chickadee 6 Tufted Titmouse 4 White-breasted Nuthatch 1 House Wren 1 Carolina Wren 7 Eastern Bluebird 6 Swainson's Thrush 1 Wood Thrush 1 American Robin 16 Gray Catbird 14 Brown Thrasher 2 Northern Mockingbird 1 European Starling 5 Cedar Waxwing 3 Northern Waterthrush 1 Common Yellowthroat 3 American Redstart 1 Magnolia Warbler 2 Palm Warbler 8 Yellow-throated Warbler 1 Song Sparrow 2 Eastern Towhee 2 Northern Cardinal 15 Rose-breasted Grosbeak 2 Indigo Bunting 16 Many young birds. A few singing Red-winged Blackbird 3 Common Grackle 4 House Finch 1 American Goldfinch 6 View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31732307 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: Mississippi Kite at Candler Mountain (24 Sep 2016) 56 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: Sat, 24 Sep 2016 10:56:10 -0800
Candler Mountain
Lynchburg, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 24, 2016
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       3              3              3
Bald Eagle                   3              3              3
Northern Harrier             0              0              0
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0              0              0
Cooper's Hawk                0              0              0
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk           49             49             49
Red-tailed Hawk              0              0              0
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             0              0              0
Merlin                       0              0              0
Peregrine Falcon             0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              0              0
Mississippi Kite             1              1              1

Total:                      56             56             56
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:00:00 
Observation end   time: 12:00:00 
Total observation time: 3 hours

Official Counter:        Gene Sattler

Observers:        Bob & Betty Epperson, Mark Johnson

Visitors:
For the Lynchburg Bird Club's annual hawkwatch morning we had Lee, Nena and
Keith Morgan, Mary Sandidge, Helen & Tracy Wheelock, Scott Rankin, and
Anita Schmidt.


Weather:
Sunny and warm, NNW breeze 3-8 MPH, upper 70s to upper 80s.

Raptor Observations:
An adult Mississippi Kite came through leisurely, kettling in front of us
comfortably at a naked eye height at noon EDT before streaming by overhead.
 Most of our trickle of  Broadwings came through in two small kettles of
about 20 and 24 at 11:50 and 12:15 EDT, just naked eye when they came down
the ridge. 

Non-raptor Observations:
Red-headed Woodpeckers - 5
Ruby-throated Hummer - 2
Red-breasted Nuthatch - 1
Monarch - 2
Saddlebag - 2

Predictions:
A busy schedule is preventing coverage of the lookout these days, so that
this will be the only official count from the lookout this season.
========================================================================
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Subject: [va-bird] Leesylvania SP & Julie Metz Wetlands, Pr. William Co - Philadelphia Vireo, Tennesee Warbler, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (part of a 7 woodpecker morning)
From: Scott Priebe <falco57 AT msn.com>
Date: Sat, 24 Sep 2016 17:58:48 +0000
The variety and numbers of birds were a bit low at both locations, except for 
gulls and woodpeckers (7 species, 28 inidividuals) at Leesylvania. I saw all 
seven woodpecker species on a 45 min. walk (7:10-7:55 AM) from the 
amphitheater, up to the gun battery, along the ridge to the ruins meadow. 
Between 6:30 and 6:55 AM, I counted ~ 250 gulls flying in a stream upriver 
within 100 yds of the bank, of which 140 were laughing gulls and I suspect most 
of the 100 I didn't ID were also Laughing Gulls. There were many more gulls 
farther out over the river. 


Philadelphia Vireo in the fishing pier picnic area moving with a Yelow-throated 
Warbler at about sunrise. 


Nine warbler species overall, with the highlight being 2 Tennessee warblers  AT  
Leesylvania at the beginning of the path up into the ruins meadow. 



Scott D. Priebe
Springfield, VA

Leesylvania - http://ebird.org/ebird/va/view/checklist/S31733953
Metz - http://ebird.org/ebird/va/view/checklist/S31734148


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Subject: eBird -- Wolf Trap Rd & Good Trail -- Sep 24, 2016
From: Jeff Blalock <jcbabirder AT gcronline.com>
Date: Sat, 24 Sep 2016 12:50:02 -0400
Greetings all

The two Mississippi Kites continue at Wolf Trap Rd & Good's Trail as well as 2 
Ravens today. 



Wolf Trap Rd & Good Trail
Sep 24, 2016
12:10 PM
Stationary
37 Minutes
All birds reported? Yes
Comments: Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.3.0 Build 86

10 Black Vulture
12 Turkey Vulture
2 Mississippi Kite -- Will up load pictures 
1 Red-bellied Woodpecker
2 American Crow
2 Common Raven

Number of Taxa: 6


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: Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (23 Sep 2016) 4440 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: Fri, 23 Sep 2016 19:25:15 -0800
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 23, 2016
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       9            252            293
Bald Eagle                   6            104            134
Northern Harrier             2             34             37
Sharp-shinned Hawk          16            381            396
Cooper's Hawk                7            107            119
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          3             17             20
Broad-winged Hawk         4385          20061          20194
Red-tailed Hawk              2             44             53
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              2              2
American Kestrel             6            107            119
Merlin                       2             19             20
Peregrine Falcon             1             12             12
Unknown Accipiter            1              7              7
Unknown Buteo                0              6              7
Unknown Falcon               0              1              1
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0             15             17
Mississippi Kite             0              4              5

Total:                    4440          21173          21436
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Dave Hunter, Gabriel Mapel, Vic Laubach

Observers:        Brenda Tekin, Dave Hunter, Josh Laubach, Rose Thomas,
                  Vic Laubach

Visitors:
Tom Mizel, Geary Albright, Tom Pendleton, Brock Strickler, Donna and Ed
Lewis, Jennifer Jowdy, Joanna Morelli, Dan and Sue Harvey, Mary Mapel, Ryan
Graves, Tizzy Kerr, Janet Paisley.


Weather:
A few clouds early but then clear blue skies from 10am onward. Moderate NNW
breezes. 16.8-25.3C. 

Raptor Observations:
A good morning BW flight with kettles and streams to the west, east, and
overhead. Hourly BW count: 1 (7-8), 722 (8-9), 1952 (9-10), 1214 (10-11),
303 (11-12), 9 (12-1), 1 (1-2), 1 (2-3), 20 (3-4), 162 (4-5). The final
hour had several large groups floating in slowly overhead looking for a
place to roost for the night. Six BE all adults (11:10, 11:50, 11:50, 1:13,
1:28, 1:28). Unaged Peregrine at 11:39. First bird (7:29 SS). Last bird
(4:55 OS).

Non-raptor Observations:
70 Monarchs. 149 Chimney Swift. 11 Red-headed Woodpecker. 4 Red-breasted
Nuthatch. 3 Cape May Warbler. 1 Blackburnian Warbler. 1 Black-throated Blue
Warbler. 1 Black-throated Green Warbler. 1 Scarlet Tanager. 23 Blue Jay.
Two hot air balloons to the east early.

========================================================================
Report submitted by Vic Laubach (laubach AT virginia.edu)
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch information may be found at:
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Subject: Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (23 Sep 2016) 362 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: Fri, 23 Sep 2016 16:58:26 -0800
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch
Tip of Virginia's Eastern Shore, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 23, 2016
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                      48           1304           1335
Bald Eagle                   0             79             79
Northern Harrier             5             95             98
Sharp-shinned Hawk          75            381            381
Cooper's Hawk               28            213            213
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk           34            348            349
Red-tailed Hawk              2             50             50
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel           110           1676           1681
Merlin                      57            550            550
Peregrine Falcon             3             44             45
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              2              2
Unknown Raptor               0              0              0
Mississippi Kite             0              3              3

Total:                     362           4745           4786
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 06:30:00 
Observation end   time: 18:00:00 
Total observation time: 11.5 hours

Official Counter:        Anna Stunkel

Observers:        Brian Taber, Caroline Sankey, Joe Beatty

Weather:
Winds were variable and light, with partly cloudy skies.

Raptor Observations:
Most of the day was slow, but we had a nice movement of small falcons and
Sharp-shinned Hawks late in the afternoon, along with a few small kettles
of broad-wings. 

Non-raptor Observations:
5 Common Nighthawks
4 Brown Thrashers
1 Red Bat, flying around over the parking lot this evening
========================================================================
Report submitted by Brian Taber (Taberzz AT aol.com)
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch information may be found at:
www.cvwo.org



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Subject: Harvey's Knob (23 Sep 2016) 707 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: Fri, 23 Sep 2016 16:33:49 -0800
Harvey's Knob
Roanoke, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 23, 2016
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       2             69             75
Bald Eagle                   3             56             71
Northern Harrier             2             15             16
Sharp-shinned Hawk           6             74             79
Cooper's Hawk                2             38             44
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          1              8             11
Broad-winged Hawk          688           2671           2671
Red-tailed Hawk              2             34             46
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             1             45             53
Merlin                       0              4              4
Peregrine Falcon             0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              3              3
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              4              4

Total:                     707           3021           3077
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:00:00 
Observation end   time: 16:00:00 
Total observation time: 9 hours

Official Counter:        David Kirk

Observers:        Darryl Martin, Dave Brunstetter, Mike Crowder,
                  Mitch Mitchell 

Visitors:
Lots of visitors today who stopped to ask question as well as Fox TV 21/27.
 The TV coverage will be seen on Roanoke's Fox 21/27 at 10 p.m. this
evening.  A special note of thanks to Allen and Robin Austin for providing
freshly made pizza, chocolate chip cookies and cinnamon rolls. Thanks to
all those who helped this poor recorder with the numbers: Dave Brunstedder,
Mitch Mitchel, Daryl Martin, King Irvin, Mike Crowder, Baron and Tine
Gibson, Bill and Kate James, Allen and Robin, Roger Baroody, Randy Doss and
friend Jewel, Andrew and his mother Cathline, Bob Epperson and several
others whose names I did not record. I apologize for this oversight.   


Weather:
Temperatures from 18C > 27C with no precipitation. Winds from the N and NE
at B2 and B3 but diminishing by end of watch. Visibility was a 5 with some
haze.  

Raptor Observations:
The greater number of raptors were observed in the Great Valley to the West
with some in the valley to the East of Harvey's Knob.  Three eagles; 3rd
year Eagle at 10:26; MBE at 14:57 hours and MBE at 15:15 hours.  Most all
the raptors where observed at the limit of our 10X binoculars and where
best seen with spotting scopes.

Non-raptor Observations:
Two Pileated WPs, two Red-headed WPs were seen as well as 23 Monarch
butterflies. Several Ravens and Blue Jays were observed passing over the
area. 

Predictions:
The weather a bit cooler... maybe. Hopefully more birds. 
========================================================================
Report submitted by David Kirk (dakirk42 AT cox.net)
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Subject: Snickers Gap (23 Sep 2016) 69 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: Fri, 23 Sep 2016 12:02:42 -0800
Snickers Gap
20 Miles West of Leesburg, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 23, 2016
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       0             80             84
Bald Eagle                   0             25             27
Northern Harrier             0             11             11
Sharp-shinned Hawk          11            146            150
Cooper's Hawk                1             18             18
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              2              3
Broad-winged Hawk           55           9123           9141
Red-tailed Hawk              2             11             23
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             0             26             28
Merlin                       0              1              1
Peregrine Falcon             0              3              3
Unknown Accipiter            0              2              2
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              6              6

Total:                      69           9454           9497
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:00:00 
Observation end   time: 13:00:00 
Total observation time: 4 hours

Official Counter:        The Littles

Observers:        

Visitors:
4


Weather:
Cool with steady 4 mph wind out of the west through the gap. Zero cloud
cover and hazy, milky blue sky. Lovely day for anything other than hawk
watching.

Raptor Observations:
Broadwings passed in scattered ones and twos every once in a while.

Non-raptor Observations:

========================================================================
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Subject: Winter Finch Forecast
From: "Joe Coleman" <joecoleman AT rstarmail.com>
Date: Fri, 23 Sep 2016 11:48:01 -0400
Jim Stasz posted this URL to MDBirding a couple of days ago - if you are not
familiar with this annual forecast, it great & one many of look forward to
seeing every year. And explains why we are seeing so many Red-breasted
Nuthatches already.

 
http://www.jeaniron.ca/2016/finchforecast16.htm

 

Joe Coleman

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Subject: Red-breasted Nuthatch in Chincoteague
From: mbrubin <mbrubin AT verizon.net>
Date: Fri, 23 Sep 2016 11:33:34 -0400
One showed up at my feeders today.  
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Subject: MIKI at Halifax Co
From: Jeff Blalock <jcbabirder AT gcronline.com>
Date: Fri, 23 Sep 2016 10:30:11 -0400
Greetings all

I only heard one MIKI calling this morning at Wolf Trap Rd & Good's Trail 

But I also had an Am Kestrel and my only BW Hawk for the year to fly by. 

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
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Subject: Stafford Backyard Fall Migration
From: Sally Knight <sally.knight60 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 23 Sep 2016 08:31:59 -0400
We've had a good flow of migrating birds through our backyard in East Stafford 
this Fall. 


Sixteen species of warblers so far - the flow started with Common 
Yellowthroats, Chestnut-sided, Prothonotary and Ovenbirds. Northern Parulas are 
with us all summer and we've had lots of American Redstarts and Magnolia's 
passing through. Also seen, Prairie, Black & White, Chat, Black-throated Blue, 
Blue-winged, Cape May, and Worm-eating. A Yellow-throated hung around for a few 
days coming up close to the house looking for insects on the patio chairs. 


This morning in the 15 minutes I had before heading off to work, we had a 
Hooded Warbler bathing in the dew on the hardy banana leaves. Also seen: a 
Magnolia; male, yellow Scarlet Tanager; and Red-eyed Vireo. 


We've also had Yellow-billed Cuckoos, Yellow-throated Vireos and Baltimore 
Orioles. 


A water feature, we put in several years ago, has played a big part in drawing 
in these beautiful birds and allows us to get some good photos - some of which 
I have posted on the Virginia Birds Facebook page. 


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Subject: Harvey's Knob (22 Sep 2016) 79 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: Thu, 22 Sep 2016 23:19:15 -0800
Harvey's Knob
Roanoke, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 22, 2016
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       2             67             73
Bald Eagle                   1             53             68
Northern Harrier             2             13             14
Sharp-shinned Hawk           4             68             73
Cooper's Hawk                0             36             42
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              7             10
Broad-winged Hawk           66           1983           1983
Red-tailed Hawk              1             32             44
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             1             44             52
Merlin                       0              4              4
Peregrine Falcon             0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              3              3
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               2              4              4

Total:                      79           2314           2370
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:00:00 
Observation end   time: 17:00:00 
Total observation time: 8 hours

Official Counter:        Joyce Holt

Observers:        

Visitors:
Bill and Katie,  King, Joyce, Barry and Teresa, Baron and Tina, Toni, Jeff
H., Allen and Robin, Mike Donahue, Hollins U. students, Andy - others


Weather:


Raptor Observations:


Non-raptor Observations:

========================================================================
Report submitted by Joyce Holt (blueskyjoyce AT adelphia.net)
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Subject: Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (22 Sep 2016) 990 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: Thu, 22 Sep 2016 16:13:56 -0800
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch
Tip of Virginia's Eastern Shore, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 22, 2016
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                     178           1256           1287
Bald Eagle                   0             79             79
Northern Harrier            18             90             93
Sharp-shinned Hawk         102            306            306
Cooper's Hawk               40            185            185
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk           17            314            315
Red-tailed Hawk              2             48             48
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel           329           1566           1571
Merlin                     291            493            493
Peregrine Falcon            12             41             42
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               1              2              2
Unknown Raptor               0              0              0
Mississippi Kite             0              3              3

Total:                     990           4383           4424
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:00:00 
Observation end   time: 17:30:00 
Total observation time: 10.5 hours

Official Counter:        Anna Stunkel

Observers:        Caroline Sankey

Weather:
Winds started out easterly, becoming more northeasterly as the day went on.
For much of the day winds were ~12-15 mph. Skies were mostly cloudy. Rain
to our north and eventual light drizzle at the platform kept things slow in
the morning, but movement picked up as soon as the showers passed.

Raptor Observations:
It was an excellent day, with a steady falcon flight throughout the
afternoon. There was also a nice flight of Sharp-shinned Hawks later on.
The breeze kept most birds low, allowing close views of falcon acrobatics.
At one point a Merlin swooped just a few feet from my head!

Non-raptor Observations:
Highlights included:
1 Brown Thrasher
1 Prairie Warbler
1 Solitary Sandpiper
Tree Swallows were moving, with an estimated 500+ passing by.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Brian Taber (Taberzz AT aol.com)
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Subject: Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (22 Sep 2016) 8504 Raptors & 2 GE
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: Thu, 22 Sep 2016 16:03:07 -0800
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 22, 2016
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                      19            243            284
Bald Eagle                   8             98            128
Northern Harrier             2             32             35
Sharp-shinned Hawk          43            365            380
Cooper's Hawk                9            100            112
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          6             14             17
Broad-winged Hawk         8387          15676          15809
Red-tailed Hawk              8             42             51
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 2              2              2
American Kestrel            17            101            113
Merlin                       0             17             18
Peregrine Falcon             0             11             11
Unknown Accipiter            1              6              6
Unknown Buteo                0              6              7
Unknown Falcon               0              1              1
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               2             15             17
Mississippi Kite             0              4              5

Total:                    8504          16733          16996
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 06:00:00 
Observation end   time: 17:30:00 
Total observation time: 11.5 hours

Official Counter:        Gabriel Mapel

Observers:        Allen Larner, Brenda Tekin, Dave Hunter, Rose Thomas,
                  Vic Laubach

Visitors:
Lots of visitors today and I hope everyone is happy with the Broad-wings
they got to see!  Those that we managed to sign in included Mary Mapel,
Baxter & Tucker Beamer, Perpetua Staub, Dan & Sue Harvey (Knightdale, NC),
Elizabeth Hunter (Bakersville, NC), Andrew Sharp, Mike & Hari Meier
(Raleigh, NC), Jennifer Jowdy, Emily Hancock, Ben Pumphrey, Bob Eggleston,
Marshall Faintich, Kim Bolyard with two groups (11 & 17) from Bridgewater
College Ecology Class, Susan Hastings, Randy Cline, Dan Nissen, David
Small, Jenny Gaden, Kim Harrell (Richmond), Amy & Geary Albright, Susan &
John Schmidt, Tinic Moyer, Andrea Conkle (Richmond), John Lloyd, Bill &
Chris Paskvich, Rachel Spencer and Megan & Emma Bayonet.


Weather:
Light and variable breezes until 9am with moderate breezes thereafter
gradually shifting from NNE to SE.  17.2-26.2C.  Mixed blue sky/clouds for
most of the day.  Haze to the west early but mostly clear visibility today.

Raptor Observations:
MY OH MY we just had quite an INCREDIBLE Broad-wing day!  Our final count
of 8,387 is a new fourth highest single day record in the history of
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch!  An awesome morning liftoff was followed by a
steady flow of Broad-wings down the west side of the gap for over an hour
totaling nearly 4,000.  Lots of low kettles, many close by, offering great
views!  A few hours midday were slower but still entertaining and then
things picked back up from 1-3pm with over 1,300 birds in those two hours. 
However it was not until after 4pm EST when we realized exactly how
PHENOMENAL the day was going to end up being!  From 4-5 we witnessed 2,115
Broad-wings migrating south fairly low in the sky, most directly overhead. 
It was that spectacular late afternoon flight that put us over the 8,300
mark for the day and one for the record books.  Hourly BW Count: 0 (6-7),
34 (7-8), 3,279 (8-9), 688 (9-10), 299 (10-11), 255 (11-12), 23 (12-1), 602
(1-2), 758 (2-3), 264 (3-4), 2,115 (4-5), 70 (5-5:30).  

Late afternoon Vic Laubach picked up a large, dark bird tracking slowly
south down the west side of the gap.  Everyone on site managed to get on
the bird and observe it for 6-7 minutes.  Lots of happy birders as this
season's first Golden Eagle, an adult migrated past at 3:57pm after
offering great study.  40 minutes later Brenda Tekin found a fast flying
large raptor on the same flight path and called out "GOLDEN EAGLE" by which
time it had disappeared behind the "plateau" moving south.  That one, also
an adult flew past at 4:37.  

No large falcons but two overhead Harriers (adult male and juvenile) and 8
BE were welcome finds.  BE flight: 9:19 1st-year, 9:35 2nd-year, 2:09
2nd-year, 2:39 unaged, 2:56 adult, 3:32 adult, 3:46 1st-year and 3:49
adult.  

First Bird: 6:12 SS, Last Bird: 5:08 BW.

Non-raptor Observations:
One big highlight today was a Connecticut Warbler which flew right in front
of observers this morning giving good views and its distinctive call.  We
also had our biggest Monarch Butterfly day of the season so far with 116. 
Other birds counted today included 2 Double-crested Cormorants, 332 Chimney
Swifts, 5 Hummingbirds, 17 Red-headed Woodpeckers, 19 Northern Flickers, 2
Red-breasted Nuthatches, 15 Waxwings, 4 Common Yellowthroats, 2 Tennessee
Warblers, 10 Cape May Warblers, 2 Scarlet Tanagers, 37 Red-winged
Blackbirds, 745 Common Grackles and 1 Pine Siskin.

Predictions:
Hot and sunny with light and variable breezes.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Gabriel Mapel (birdmangabriel AT yahoo.com)
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch information may be found at:
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Subject: Seen it all
From: Jeff Blalock <jcbabirder AT gcronline.com>
Date: Thu, 22 Sep 2016 19:15:22 -0400
Greetings all:

I thought that I have seen it all when it came to hawks being harassed by other 
birds but this evening I saw something new. 


This evening as the Chimney Swifts were flying around a Red-Tailed Hawk flew 
through the neighborhood and was given chase by at least ten to fifteen of the 
swifts. 


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: Prince William Co, Silver Lake - RBNU and RHWO
From: Janis Stone <janis49 AT earthlink.net>
Date: Thu, 22 Sep 2016 17:35:38 -0400 (GMT-04:00)
Today at Silver Lake Park, 3 Red-headed Woodpeckers were in the same area where 
they were in the spring, and 3 Red-breasted Nuthatches were noisily feeding in 
the pines on the east side of the park. Those, plus a mature Bald Eagle flyover 
and an immature Red-shouldered Hawk circling and beg calling to a mature one 
made for a nice morning. 

      
 - Janis Stone, Manassas, VA
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Subject: Hudsonian & American Golden at Langley AFB
From: Dave Youker via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Thu, 22 Sep 2016 16:08:37 -0400
This morning I checked the flooded fields on Langley AFB, and there was a  
nice gathering of shorebirds.  Highlights were a Hudsonian Godwit, American  
Golden-Plovers, Pectoral Sandpipers, Tricolored Heron, and a continuing 
Cattle  Egret.
 
Dave Youker
Yorktown, VA
 
Langley Air Force Base (restricted access), Hampton, Virginia, US
Sep  22, 2016 11:30 AM - 12:15 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0  mile(s)
Comments:     checking flooded field around base
23  species

American Black Duck  1
Mallard  5
Double-crested  Cormorant  3
Great Blue Heron  3
Great Egret   3
Tricolored Heron  1
Cattle Egret  1
Yellow-crowned  Night-Heron  2
Northern Harrier  1
Red-tailed Hawk   1
American Golden-Plover  3
Killdeer  14
Hudsonian  Godwit  1     Overall gray-brown with white supercilium;  belly 
through vent area mottled; bill shorter and less upturned than MAGO; in  
flight, underwings black; tail black with white rump.
Least Sandpiper   9
Pectoral Sandpiper  12
Short-billed Dowitcher  2
Greater  Yellowlegs  4
Lesser Yellowlegs  22
Great Black-backed  Gull  1
Mourning Dove  26
American Crow  7
European  Starling  20
Boat-tailed Grackle  8

View this checklist  online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31707744

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Subject: Snickers Gap (22 Sep 2016) 193 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: Thu, 22 Sep 2016 09:54:55 -0800
Snickers Gap
20 Miles West of Leesburg, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 22, 2016
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       2             80             84
Bald Eagle                   0             25             27
Northern Harrier             0             11             11
Sharp-shinned Hawk           5            135            139
Cooper's Hawk                0             17             17
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              2              3
Broad-winged Hawk          186           9068           9086
Red-tailed Hawk              0              9             21
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             0             26             28
Merlin                       0              1              1
Peregrine Falcon             0              3              3
Unknown Accipiter            0              2              2
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              6              6

Total:                     193           9385           9428
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:15:00 
Observation end   time: 10:30:00 
Total observation time: 2.25 hours

Official Counter:        The Littles

Observers:        

Visitors:
Seth


Weather:
Hazy but cloudless except for some jet trails in the east and the fog
rising ever so slowly off the river to the west. Light west wind with a few
gusts to 6mph.

Raptor Observations:
Broadwings got up up the ridge during the 9 o'clock (bird time)hour,
struggled to get lift in the light wind and then let the wind float them
across the ridge toward the SE, quickly becoming invisible in the milky
sky.

Non-raptor Observations:
15 Double-crested Cormorants
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Subject: Connecticut Warbler at Rockfish Gap
From: Gabriel Mapel via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Thu, 22 Sep 2016 07:45:18 -0400
Connecticut Warbler just flew SW through Rockfish Gap right in front of Baxter 
& Tucker Beamer, and I. Seen for 5 seconds through binoculars in good light. 
Female-type: overall brown with yellow underside and "hooded" appearance. Bird 
called as it flew by giving distinctive "pwink" rising, slurred call. Seen and 
heard well by all three observers. 

Gabriel Mapel

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Subject: Harvey's Knob (21 Sep 2016) 256 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: Wed, 21 Sep 2016 18:48:16 -0800
Harvey's Knob
Roanoke, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 21, 2016
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       3             65             71
Bald Eagle                   1             52             67
Northern Harrier             4             11             12
Sharp-shinned Hawk           4             64             69
Cooper's Hawk                1             36             42
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              7             10
Broad-winged Hawk          241           1917           1917
Red-tailed Hawk              0             31             43
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             2             43             51
Merlin                       0              4              4
Peregrine Falcon             0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              3              3
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              2              2

Total:                     256           2235           2291
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 10:00:00 
Observation end   time: 17:00:00 
Total observation time: 7 hours

Official Counter:        Baron Gibson

Observers:        Bill & Katie James, Dale, King Irvin, Tina Gibson

Visitors:
Tim & Sue Coleman, Anna with her son young son Jack & daughter Maron, Mark
Manly, Allen & Robin Austin, Darryl & Pam Martin. And we cannot say enough
about the visits from Professor Goddard with her ECO class from Hollins U &
Professor Peppin with her ECO class from VA Western. Always good to see
these ladies with there students. 
Parkway goers with a few hikers.


Weather:
Winds were variable  AT  a 3 beginning of the watch, decreasing a couple hours
later to a 2 & was barely a 1 by end of watch, 75% clouds most of the watch
turning to 100% by end of watch, temps 62 - 76F, visibility was a 4 all
watch with haze.

Raptor Observations:
Another slow day with the exception in the 12 - 1 hour with 135 counted &
the 3 - 4 hour with 77 counted. Hawks were observed over the watch & to the
NW valley.
AEBE  AT  15:11

Non-raptor Observations:
A few Monarchs

Predictions:
Could be interesting !!!
========================================================================
Report submitted by Baron Gibson (Hawkwatche215 AT gmail.com)
Harvey's Knob information may be found at:
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Subject: Cape May Warbler and Grapes
From: "Roger Mayhorn" <rogermayhorn AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 21 Sep 2016 22:04:13 -0400
For the last couple of days a male Cape May Warbler has been in our yard
here on Compton Mountain, and he has "taken over" some grapes that were put
out for the warblers. This little guy has become so "tame" that he gets as
close as a couple of feet to me. At one point I thought he was going to
perch on my hat. Of course being close to him gave me the opportunity to
take some photos. They can be seen at
http://www.pbase.com/mayhorn/capemay_sept_20_2016 

 

Roger Mayhorn

Compton Mountain

Buchanan County VA

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Subject: Red Breasted Nuthatches - Lake Fairfax
From: lcdyoung93 AT verizon.net
Date: Wed, 21 Sep 2016 20:57:05 -0500 (CDT)
 I just wanted to add Lake Fairfax to the list of locations for Red-Breasted 

 Nuthatch this Fall. I saw 3 this morning in the Virginia Pines at the top of 
 hill just before you get to the campgrounds and sports fields. Not an unusual 
 location for them but I haven't seen one there since the Spring of 2013. 
  I also had 2 Pine Warblers still actively singing in the same area, 


 Dave Young
 Reston, Virginia
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Subject: Mendota Fire Tower (21 Sep 2016) 1036 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: Wed, 21 Sep 2016 17:52:37 -0800
Mendota Fire Tower
Mendota, VA, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 21, 2016
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       0              2              2
Bald Eagle                   0              2              2
Northern Harrier             1              3              3
Sharp-shinned Hawk           2             10             10
Cooper's Hawk                1              5              5
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              2              2
Broad-winged Hawk         1026           2257           2257
Red-tailed Hawk              4              7              7
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              1              1
American Kestrel             1              4              4
Merlin                       0              0              0
Peregrine Falcon             1              1              1
Unknown Accipiter            0              1              1
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              0              0

Total:                    1036           2295           2295
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00 
Observation end   time: 17:00:00 
Total observation time: 3 hours

Official Counter:        Ron Harrington

Observers:        Bill Grigsby, Gary Bailey, Matt Fleenor, Mike Sanders

Weather:
Another sunny day with mostly clear skies. Light haze. Log valley fog in
the am. Visibility 20+. Wind was light (5-10 mph)and variable. Steady out
of the North until about 11:00 then shifted to the E/NE. Temperature ranged
from a low of 67 F to a high of 82 F by 2:00 pm. Cloud cover less than 5%
until mid afternoon, then increased to 80% by 4:00 pm. 

Raptor Observations:
Beginning at 9:30 EST, we had a fairly steady flow of BWH but most were
beyond unaided vision. The wind out of the North blew the hawks out over
the valley on the Mendota side of the ridge and they were difficult to
spot. Once the wind shifted to the NE/E, then they moved back over the
mountain, but were still flying very high. Things slowed to a crawl between
12:00-2:00, then a huge kettle of about 300 as well as smaller groups
between 2:00 & 3:00. Nothing between 3:00 and 4:00, then 49 more BWH
between 4:00 & 5:00. The PF was seen close to tower. 


Non-raptor Observations:
Yellow-throated Vireo, Ruffed Grouse, Magnolia Warbler, Tennessee Warbler
and Indigo Buntings. Large number of Chimney Swifts, and the usual Ravens,
Turkey Vultures, Black Vultures; and 7 Monarch Butterflies. 

Predictions:
Should be another good day for hawk movement with clear skies, but with
warmer than normal temperatures. Little chance for rain. High skies & high
temperatures make for high flying hawks!! Be prepared to work hard to find
them!!
========================================================================
Report submitted by Ronald Eugene Harrington (roneharrin AT bvu.net)


Site Description:
The Mendota Fire Tower Hawkwatch site is located atop Clinch Mountain at
the abandoned fire tower near Mendota, Virginia. A hawkwatch has been
conducted during fall migration each year since 1958 at this site.
Clinch Mountain is a 150 mile long ridge that runs from near Burke's Garden
in Tazewell County, Virginia to Blaine, Tennessee. It runs generally
Northeast to Southwest and divides the Clinch River drainage to the north
and the Holston River drainage to the south.
The site is on the Russell and Washington County lines and is at an
elevation of 3000 feet As is usual with a fire tower location there is a
360 degree view with Moccasin Valley and Pine Mountain to the North and
Mendota and the Holston River to the south.
Access to this site requires a moderately strenuous 25 minute hike on the
old fire tower access road. There are no facilities so be sure to bring
water, sunscreen, raingear, chair, snacks and lunch and binoculars. There
are no restrooms.

Directions to site:
TRAVELING FROM LEBANON/RICHLANDS/GRUNDY
Take Route 19 towards Abingdon. At Hansonville turn right on Route 58.
Travel 3.3 miles then turn left on Moccasin Valley Road (Route 613). Travel
9.9 miles on Moccasin Valley Road then turn left on Tower Road (County Road
612). Travel 2.7 miles on Tower Road. On the left there will be a rutted
dirt road, park nearby and walk to the tower on the dirt road.

TRAVELING FROM ABINGDON VIRGINIA
Take Route 19 towards Lebanon. After crossing the North Fork Holston River
turn left onto Mendota Road (Route 802). Travel 14.1 miles on Mendota Road.
Turn right onto Pinnacle Road. Travel 3 miles on Pinnacle Road. There will
be a rutted dirt road on the right. Park nearby and walk to the tower on
the rutted dirt road.

TRAVELING FROM BRISTOL, VA
Take Virginia Exit 1 on I-81. Take Route 58/421 towards Gate City, VA. Take
Gate City Highway (Route 58/421) 11 miles then turn right on Route 615.
Travel approximately 6 miles on Route 615 then turn left on Route 614, then
right on Route 802 at MendotaTravel approximately 1 mile on Route 802 then
turn laft on Pinnacle Road. Travel 3 miles on Pinnacle Road. On the right
there will be a rutted dirt road. Park nearby then walk to the tower on the
rutted dirt road.


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Subject: Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (21 Sep 2016) 4134 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: Wed, 21 Sep 2016 15:39:25 -0800
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 21, 2016
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                      15            224            265
Bald Eagle                  10             90            120
Northern Harrier             5             30             33
Sharp-shinned Hawk          57            322            337
Cooper's Hawk               15             91            103
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          1              8             11
Broad-winged Hawk         4009           7289           7422
Red-tailed Hawk              0             34             43
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel            14             84             96
Merlin                       3             17             18
Peregrine Falcon             1             11             11
Unknown Accipiter            1              5              5
Unknown Buteo                1              6              7
Unknown Falcon               0              1              1
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               2             13             15
Mississippi Kite             0              4              5

Total:                    4134           8229           8492
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 06:45:00 
Observation end   time: 17:00:00 
Total observation time: 10.25 hours

Official Counter:        Gabriel Mapel

Observers:        Dave Hunter, Vic Laubach

Visitors:
Bill Barksdale, Dan & Sue Harvey (Knightdale, NC), Mary & Daniel Mapel,
Mike & Hari Meier (Raleigh, NC), Elizabeth Hunter (Bakersville, NC), Sara
Lawrey, Bill Nettlehorst (Fond du Lac, WI), Jim & Gerry Luginbuchl
(Raleigh, NC), Baxter Beamer, Perpetua Staub, Kyla/Avery/Sarah Davis, Emily
Hancock, Mae Houff, Bill & Chris Paskvich, Ellison Orcutt (Richmond),
Stephanie Kelley, David Small, Amy & Geary Albright and Betty Mooney.


Weather:
No fog at the gap this morning but thick haze and some fog in the
Shenandoah Valley until 12pm.  Moderate N wind until 2pm with light
easterly breezes thereafter.  Mostly overcast with 85-100% clouded skies
all day.  17.5-26.3C.

Raptor Observations:
After a week of below average Broad-winged Hawk migration we looked set to
have another slow day today.  However it all changed at 3:07pm EST when
Dave Hunter spotted a large group of Broad-wings headed our way from the
NE.  Broad-wings kept coming and coming for a total count of 1,400+ in that
first BIG group of the season!  They flew directly overhead giving super
views for everyone on site.  For the next hour we kept finding kettle after
kettle and stream after stream, most flying down the west side of the gap. 
By the time it was all over and we zeroed out our clickers we had JUST
tipped the 4,000+ Broad-wing count for the first day since 2013!  Hourly BW
count today: 0 (6:45-9), 29 (9-10), 163 (10-11), 3 (11-12), 0 (12-1), 4
(1-2), 8 (2-3), 3,686 (3-4),  116 (4-5). 

Not to be forgotten, we had another great day for Osprey, Bald Eagles,
Harriers and Falcons.  10 BE: 1 1st-year (12:46), 2 2nd-year (12:40 and
12:48),  1 4th-year (12:32), 4 adults (11:28, 12:32, 12:46 and 2:33) and 2
unaged (2:20 and 3:41).  1 unaged Peregrine Falcon at 7:46 and 3 unaged
Merlins at 2:55, 3:05 and 3:05.  

First Bird: 7:10 AK, Last Bird: 4:20 BW (group of 8).

Non-raptor Observations:
153 Chimney Swifts, 9 Hummingbirds, 12 Red-headed Woodpeckers, 8 Tree
Swallows, 1 Gnatcatcher, 27 Waxwings, warblers (9 Cape May, 1 Tennessee, 2
Magnolia, 3 Black-throated Green), 1 Scarlet Tanager, 14 Red-winged
Blackbirds, 865 Common Grackles and 32 Monarch Butterflies.

Predictions:
Warm and sunny with east winds.  
========================================================================
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: Snickers Gap (21 Sep 2016) 2180 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: Wed, 21 Sep 2016 15:29:42 -0800
Snickers Gap
20 Miles West of Leesburg, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 21, 2016
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       4             78             82
Bald Eagle                   3             25             27
Northern Harrier             3             11             11
Sharp-shinned Hawk          19            130            134
Cooper's Hawk                2             17             17
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              2              3
Broad-winged Hawk         2147           8882           8900
Red-tailed Hawk              0              9             21
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             1             26             28
Merlin                       1              1              1
Peregrine Falcon             0              3              3
Unknown Accipiter            0              2              2
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              6              6

Total:                    2180           9192           9235
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:45:00 
Observation end   time: 17:00:00 
Total observation time: 8.25 hours

Official Counter:        Joan Boudreau and Bob Abrams

Observers:        The Littles, Todd Day

Visitors:
Donald Sweig, hundreds of stink bugs. 


Weather:
High thin overcast all day for good viewing, light ENE wind and pleasant
temps. 

Raptor Observations:
Excellent Broad-winged flight with 545 between 10-11 and 881 between 12-1.
One kettle had over 400 birds. 

Non-raptor Observations:
2 American Golden Plovers, 1 Hooded Warbler, 1 Red-breasted Nuthatch, 50
Monarchs.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Joan and Bob (icepeep AT aol.com)



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Subject: Raven in Old Town Alexandria
From: Appleaday via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Wed, 21 Sep 2016 17:23:12 -0400
Walked out of my office about 5p and as I was walking to my car on S. Fayette 
between Prince and Duke, I heard the croak of a Raven. Looked up to see it 
being persued by two Am. Crows. Size differential remarkable when you see them 
side by side. 


Rich Rieger
Alexandria

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Subject: American Golden-Plover; warblers
From: "Marshall Faintich" <marshall AT faintich.net>
Date: Wed, 21 Sep 2016 16:54:42 -0400
In Rockingham County, VA; 9/20/16. Report and photos:

 

 
http://www.faintich.net/Blog2016/2016_09_20.htm

 

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Crozet, VA

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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: Northern Virginia Bird Club Huntley Meadows Walk: Cuckoos, Warblers, and Shorebirds
From: "Larry Cartwright" <prowarbler AT verizon.net>
Date: Wed, 21 Sep 2016 15:49:03 -0400
Seven birders joined Phil Silas and me for the Northern Virginia Bird Club
sponsored walk along the Huntley Meadows Hike-Bike Trail and adjacent
meadows today.  Things began slowly, but picked up as the morning
progressed. A mixed feeding flock on the Pond Trail yielded not only
resident chickadees and White-breasted Nuthatches, but also a
Black-and-white Warbler, American Redstart, and female Scarlet Tanager.  A
flock of five Palm Warblers at the water control structure were reluctant to
present themselves initially, but eventually popped up to give satisfying
views. We had several opportunities at Yellow-billed Cuckoo.  A close empid
with no eyering eventually revealed its identify as a Willow Flycatcher with
its "whit" call note.  We did not see David Ledwith's Wilson Phalarope, but
with some positioning to the left of the platform at the end of the
Hike-Bike Trail, we got excellent views of Stilt, Least, and Pectoral
Sandpipers as well as both yellowlegs species.  A Merlin passed over the
wetlands, flushing many of the shorebirds, but was unable to catch any. A
special thanks to Phil Silas for helping with the walk today!

 

Huntley Meadows Park--Hike and Bike Trail, Fairfax, Virginia, US Sep 21,
2016 8:24 AM - 1:03 PM

Protocol: Traveling

1.4 mile(s)

Comments:      

Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.3.0 Build 86

54 species (+1 other taxa)

 

Canada Goose  17

Wood Duck  1

Mallard  3

Mallard (Domestic type)  1

Green-winged Teal  3

Great Blue Heron  5

Great Egret  8

Black Vulture  4

Turkey Vulture  2

Cooper's Hawk  1

Red-shouldered Hawk  1

Red-tailed Hawk  1

Stilt Sandpiper  3

Least Sandpiper  18

Pectoral Sandpiper  4

Greater Yellowlegs  8

Lesser Yellowlegs  5

Mourning Dove  1

Yellow-billed Cuckoo  3

Chimney Swift  14

Belted Kingfisher  1

Red-bellied Woodpecker  5

Downy Woodpecker  2

Hairy Woodpecker  1

Northern Flicker  2

Pileated Woodpecker  3

Merlin  1

Eastern Wood-Pewee  2

Willow Flycatcher  1     Empid with no eyeing. Heard "whit" call note.

Eastern Phoebe  1

Red-eyed Vireo  3

Blue Jay  10

American Crow  30

Northern Rough-winged Swallow  2

Tree Swallow  5

Carolina Chickadee  9

Tufted Titmouse  7

White-breasted Nuthatch  4

Carolina Wren  17

Golden-crowned Kinglet  1     Well seen by 2 observers

American Robin  12

Gray Catbird  1

Black-and-white Warbler  1

Common Yellowthroat  6

American Redstart  3

Northern Parula  1

Palm Warbler  5

Song Sparrow  1

Eastern Towhee  1

Scarlet Tanager  2

Northern Cardinal  7

Indigo Bunting  2

Common Grackle (Purple)  19

House Finch  1

American Goldfinch  10

 

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http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31689927

 

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Subject: Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (21 Sep 2016) 4 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: Wed, 21 Sep 2016 10:59:31 -0800
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch
Tip of Virginia's Eastern Shore, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 21, 2016
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       1           1078           1109
Bald Eagle                   0             79             79
Northern Harrier             0             72             75
Sharp-shinned Hawk           2            204            204
Cooper's Hawk                0            145            145
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk            0            297            298
Red-tailed Hawk              0             46             46
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             0           1237           1242
Merlin                       1            202            202
Peregrine Falcon             0             29             30
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              1              1
Unknown Raptor               0              0              0
Mississippi Kite             0              3              3

Total:                       4           3393           3434
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 11:00:00 
Observation end   time: 13:00:00 
Total observation time: 2 hours

Official Counter:        Anna Stunkel

Observers:        Caroline Sankey

Weather:
It rained during the morning and rain started again later in the afternoon,
but we managed to count for a couple of hours. Southeast winds were 12-15
mph, with overcast skies.

Raptor Observations:
Almost no raptor movement.

Non-raptor Observations:
1 Red Fox wandering around the playground area
========================================================================
Report submitted by Brian Taber (Taberzz AT aol.com)
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch information may be found at:
www.cvwo.org



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Subject: Phila. Vireo, RB Grosbeak, 9 Warbler Species, BW Hawk, Swainson's & Wood Thrushes - Blandy Experimental Farm/State Arboretum of Virginia, Clarke Co.
From: "David Boltz" <david.boltz4 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 21 Sep 2016 13:49:05 -0400
Bill Parkin and I arrived at Blandy Farm around 7:30 and spent several hours 
on the horse trail that half-loops around from the entrance at Tuleyries 
Lane to the Ginko Grove. Although not foggy on the trail area, the higher 
level fog did keep the woods dark longer that normal. Early highlights were 
a calling Screech Owl, plus calling Swainson's and Wood Thrush. It took a 
while for even the Chickadees and Titmice to get going, but we finally 
started hitting migrants a little more than half way around the trail. We 
hit one mixed flock that contained 7 warbler species, including a beautiful 
male Cape May, plus a Philadelphia Vireo. This was right where researchers 
were working an area marked off with white construction tape. There was also 
a first-year male Rose-breasted Grosbeak in the same area. While examining a 
soaring group of Vultures down near the barn area we found a soaring 
Broad-winged Hawk along with a Red-tailed. Complete list below.

Dave Boltz
Lake Frederick, Frederick Co.

Blandy Experimental Farm/State Arboretum of Virginia
Sep 21, 2016
7:30 AM
Traveling
4.00 miles
240 Minutes
All birds reported? Yes
Comments: Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.3.0 Build 86

1 Black Vulture
5 Turkey Vulture
1 Red-shouldered Hawk
1 Broad-winged Hawk
2 Red-tailed Hawk
4 Mourning Dove
1 Eastern Screech-Owl
1 Ruby-throated Hummingbird
4 Red-bellied Woodpecker
3 Downy Woodpecker
1 Hairy Woodpecker
2 Northern Flicker
2 Pileated Woodpecker
1 American Kestrel
1 Philadelphia Vireo
1 Red-eyed Vireo
45 Blue Jay
20 American Crow
1 Common Raven
9 Carolina Chickadee
7 Tufted Titmouse
8 White-breasted Nuthatch
6 Carolina Wren
1 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
5 Eastern Bluebird
1 Swainson's Thrush
1 Wood Thrush
5 American Robin
12 Gray Catbird
1 Brown Thrasher
3 Northern Mockingbird
15 European Starling
1 Common Yellowthroat
2 American Redstart
1 Cape May Warbler
2 Northern Parula
1 Magnolia Warbler
2 Chestnut-sided Warbler
1 Blackpoll Warbler
1 Palm Warbler (Western)
2 Black-throated Green Warbler
2 Chipping Sparrow
2 Eastern Towhee
1 Scarlet Tanager
12 Northern Cardinal
1 Rose-breasted Grosbeak
1 Indigo Bunting
5 Red-winged Blackbird
1 Brown-headed Cowbird
3 House Finch
10 American Goldfinch

Number of Taxa: 51 

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Subject: Cattle Egret across from Langley AFB Gate
From: Dave Youker via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Wed, 21 Sep 2016 10:26:25 -0400
This morning at 0945 there was a Cattle Egret feeding in the field across  
from the Langley AFB gate on Armistead Ave.
 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31687759
 
Dave Youker
Yorktown, VA
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Subject: Eurasian Collared-Dove flock, Rockingham Co.
From: Diane L via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Wed, 21 Sep 2016 13:25:32 +0000 (UTC)
It appears we now have a well-established population of Collared-Doves. Greg 
Moyers recently saw about a dozen, and yesterday I found a flock of at least 20 
in the same area -- around the intersection of Lumbermill and West Dry River 
Roads, west of Dayton. 


Diane Lepkowski
Harrisonburg
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Subject: Chimney Swift roost, Arlington; Sept. 20
From: Scott Baron <razorbill1 AT msn.com>
Date: Wed, 21 Sep 2016 11:12:57 +0000
Hi,


A crowd of people gathered at the Chimney Swift roost in Arlington Village last 
night. It was quite a show, with an estimated 2000 birds funneling into the 
chimney after sunset. The first bird entered at around 7:25, the last birds 
trickled in at 7:35. I was there as a part of a Nature Lovers Meetup event. 



Bye,


Scott Baron

Gaithersburg, Md.
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Subject: Palm Warblers today at Sully Woodlands (Fairfax)
From: Stephen Johnson <stevejohnson2 AT verizon.net>
Date: Tue, 20 Sep 2016 20:51:35 -0400
At noon time today 20 September I scrambled through the scrubby fields, and 
returned through the pine stand, on both sides of Pleasant Valley Road, mostly 
exploring the newer county parcel on the E side of the road. 


Highlights were a Great Egret and Green Heron in the secluded pond on the E 
side of PV Road, and a FOS (for me) tail-bobbing flock of at least 6 Palm 
Warblers just W of PV Road, along the gravel road leading to the old stables. 
The Heron was a new bird for this hot spot. 


Most of the Palm reports I see at eBird for this season are along the Potomac 
or along the Blue Ridge. Not many in between, like this. 


Steve Johnson
Fairfax, Virginia

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Subject: Snickers Gap (20 Sep 2016) 852 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: Tue, 20 Sep 2016 16:12:17 -0800
Snickers Gap
20 Miles West of Leesburg, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 20, 2016
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                      10             74             78
Bald Eagle                   1             22             24
Northern Harrier             1              8              8
Sharp-shinned Hawk          23            111            115
Cooper's Hawk                6             15             15
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          1              2              3
Broad-winged Hawk          803           6735           6753
Red-tailed Hawk              0              9             21
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             4             25             27
Merlin                       0              0              0
Peregrine Falcon             1              3              3
Unknown Accipiter            0              2              2
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               2              6              6

Total:                     852           7012           7055
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 10:30:00 
Observation end   time: 17:00:00 
Total observation time: 6.5 hours

Official Counter:        Joan Boudreau and Bob Abrams

Observers:        BJ Little, Jon Little, Todd Day

Weather:
Fog on the top of the mountain till 10:30 but even then only a partial view
till about 12. Finally a few kettles by 2.

Raptor Observations:


Non-raptor Observations:
Several Red-headed woodpeckers, Swifts, and a few warblers aside from our
regulars Ravens, Black Vultures, and Turkey Vultures.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Joan and Bob (icepeep AT aol.com)



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Subject: Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (20 Sep 2016) 264 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: Tue, 20 Sep 2016 15:40:59 -0800
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 20, 2016
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                      20            209            250
Bald Eagle                   8             80            110
Northern Harrier             6             25             28
Sharp-shinned Hawk          48            265            280
Cooper's Hawk               18             76             88
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          1              7             10
Broad-winged Hawk          146           3280           3413
Red-tailed Hawk              2             34             43
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             9             70             82
Merlin                       2             14             15
Peregrine Falcon             2             10             10
Unknown Accipiter            0              4              4
Unknown Buteo                0              5              6
Unknown Falcon               0              1              1
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               2             11             13
Mississippi Kite             0              4              5

Total:                     264           4095           4358
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:15:00 
Observation end   time: 17:00:00 
Total observation time: 7.75 hours

Official Counter:        Vic Laubach

Observers:        Allen Larner, Brenda Tekin, Dave Hunter, Gabriel Mapel,
                  Josh Laubach

Visitors:
Kim Bolyard (with class of 19 students in Ecology class at Bridgewater
College), Perpetua Staub, Jennifer Jowdy, Janet Paisley, Bill Nettlehorst
(Wisconsin), Baxter Beamer, Dan and Sue Harvey (NC), Andrew Sharp, Peggy
Combs (Richmond), Becky ?, Dave Fischer (NC), Leslie Middleton, Pat Punch,
Walt Childs, Marshall Faintich


Weather:
Lots of fog early in valleys and mountains. The Gap was socked in until
9:15am. Very strong (50-61km/hr) WNW winds during first two hours followed
by 20-28km/hr N winds 11:00-12:00 followed by calmer NE winds thereafter.
20.6-25.8C temps. Very cloudy all day (100-80%). Hazy at the horizon to the
east and west.

Raptor Observations:
The strong W winds brought in raptors fast and furious during the first two
hours with birds fighting to get over the ridge. As the day went on with
winds calming and shifting to the NE the raptors numbers decreased hourly.
Quite a variety of birds were moving today where we had 11 raptor species
including all 3 falcons! 8 BE: 5 adults (10:04, 10:58, 1:16, 3:32, 4:10), 1
1st-YR (12:50), and 2 2nd-YR (12:40, 12:47). 2 Peregrine Falcon (11:33
unaged and 11:50 adult). First raptor (9:20 NH). Last raptor (4:30 AK).

Non-raptor Observations:
39 Monarchs. 2 Common Nighthawk, 629 Chimney Swift. 3 Ruby-throated
Hummingbird. 3 Red-headed Woodpecker. 2 Tree Swallow. 1 Tennessee Warbler.
9 Cape May Warbler. 1 Chestnut-sided Warbler. 450 Common Grackle.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Vic Laubach (laubach AT virginia.edu)
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://www.rockfishgaphawkwatch.org



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Subject: Harvey's Knob (20 Sep 2016) 135 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: Tue, 20 Sep 2016 15:16:23 -0800
Harvey's Knob
Roanoke, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 20, 2016
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                      10             62             68
Bald Eagle                   8             51             66
Northern Harrier             3              7              8
Sharp-shinned Hawk          10             60             65
Cooper's Hawk                7             35             41
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          2              7             10
Broad-winged Hawk           84           1676           1676
Red-tailed Hawk              4             31             43
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             6             41             49
Merlin                       1              4              4
Peregrine Falcon             0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              3              3
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              2              2

Total:                     135           1979           2035
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:30:00 
Observation end   time: 17:30:00 
Total observation time: 10 hours

Official Counter:        Matt Hosmer

Observers:        Baron & Tina Gibson, Bill James, Dave Brunstetter,
                  King Irvin

Visitors:
A lot of visitors, forgive me for not taking a roll call... Most of the
gang was together again Dave B, King I, Baron/Tina, Mike C., Dave/Caroline,
Carol, Darryl M., Sue/Tim, Barry K., Roger. Hollins Eco class! A lot more!


Weather:
Beautiful day temperature from 17c-29c, cloudy/fog early clearing to
about 50% coverage, variable winds all day.

Raptor Observations:
Incredible variety of raptors, not quantity but quality. 

9:34 A.B.E
12:48 A.B.E
13:24 4th Yr. B.E.
13:43 A.B.E.
13:58 A.B.E.
16:21 A.B.E x2
16:22 B.E. un-aged.

Non-raptor Observations:
A few thru-hikers, moderate parkway traffic.

Scarlet Tanagers
Vireos 
Flycatchers
and various Warblers were observed.

Predictions:
The moment a little boy is concerned with which is a jay and which is a
sparrow, he can no longer see the birds or hear them sing.  ~Eric Berne
========================================================================
Report submitted by Matt Hosmer ()
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Subject: Wilson's Phalarope - Huntley Meadows Park, Alexandria
From: "dcharlesl AT msn.com" <dcharlesl@msn.com>
Date: Tue, 20 Sep 2016 17:49:14 +0000
Around noon today, I saw a Wilson's Phalarope in some shallow water near 
mudflats all the way across the main wetland as seen from the observation 
tower. I haven't found the Long-billed Dowitcher reported yesterday. 


David Ledwith
Falls Church, VA
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Subject: Hawkwatch Workshop
From: Brian Taber via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Tue, 20 Sep 2016 11:16:33 -0400
With all the rain this week...just a reminder that the Hawkwatch Workshop at 
Kiptopeke this coming Sunday from 10-noon will be held rain or shine as we have 
the picnic shelter reserved. We have books, life-sized hawk models and other 
materials and hopefully there will be good weather for some "real" birds. 


Brian Taber
Coastal VA Wildlife Observatory
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Subject: MIKI Halifax Co
From: Jeff Blalock <jcbabirder AT gcronline.com>
Date: Tue, 20 Sep 2016 10:51:18 -0400
The immature and adult MIKIs are still at Wolf Trap Rd and Good's Trail in 
Halifax Co. 


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: Mendota Fire Tower (19 Sep 2016) 136 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: Mon, 19 Sep 2016 17:27:34 -0800
Mendota Fire Tower
Mendota, VA, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 19, 2016
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       0              2              2
Bald Eagle                   0              1              1
Northern Harrier             0              2              2
Sharp-shinned Hawk           3              8              8
Cooper's Hawk                1              3              3
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              2              2
Broad-winged Hawk          132            907            907
Red-tailed Hawk              0              2              2
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              1              1
American Kestrel             0              2              2
Merlin                       0              0              0
Peregrine Falcon             0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              0              0

Total:                     136            930            930
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:30:00 
Observation end   time: 15:45:00 
Total observation time: 7.25 hours

Official Counter:        Ron Harrington

Observers:        Matt Fleenor

Visitors:
Rick Canterburg of Rock Springs, Wyo; and Bob McCrackin of Blountville, TN


Weather:
Foggy and cloudy conditions at first with little or no visibility. But
conditions rapidly improved and by 9:30 am (EST) it began to break up.
Clouds came and went and it was mostly cloudy again by 11:00 am, then
clearing to mostly sunny by 12:15.Temperatures ranged from a low of 69
degrees F to a high of 80 F by 2:00 pm. There was a light wind out of the
West/Northwest, changing to the North by 11:00 am. Humidity was 68% in the
morning, dropping to 48% by 2:00. Once the foggy clouds dissipated and
cloud ceiling was higher, visibility was very good (20+ miles).  

Raptor Observations:
Most hawks were beyond the range of unaided vision. The first hawks--three
accipiters-- were seen at 8:57 am darting at each other in and out of a
foggy cloud. We confirmed two Sharp-shinned hawks and one Cooper's. Later
in the day we saw a sharp-shinned hawk harassing a Raven. There were lots
of Black and Turkey Vultures. Two BVs landed in the tower and hissed at us
for a while (as if they wanted us to leave "their" area). Most of the
Broad-winged hawks we counted were in one kettle (90). They were flying
high on the North side of the tower at 10:35. The last kettle of 25 came by
at 12:15. Only one more BW was spotted after that. Late in the day we saw
two Red-tailed hawks kiting but they did not appear to be migrating. 

Non-raptor Observations:
Several Chimney Swifts were flying around the tower. Saw a Junco and a
Phoebe.

Predictions:
High pressure is suppose take over and the skies will be clear. Only a
slight chance of a shower. Should be a good day for hawks to be moving but
they may be hard to see during the hot part of the day if the skies are
completely clear. Twin Springs HS Environmental Research Class will be
there tomorrow. 
========================================================================
Report submitted by Ronald Eugene Harrington (roneharrin AT bvu.net)


Site Description:
The Mendota Fire Tower Hawkwatch site is located atop Clinch Mountain at
the abandoned fire tower near Mendota, Virginia. A hawkwatch has been
conducted during fall migration each year since 1958 at this site.
Clinch Mountain is a 150 mile long ridge that runs from near Burke's Garden
in Tazewell County, Virginia to Blaine, Tennessee. It runs generally
Northeast to Southwest and divides the Clinch River drainage to the north
and the Holston River drainage to the south.
The site is on the Russell and Washington County lines and is at an
elevation of 3000 feet As is usual with a fire tower location there is a
360 degree view with Moccasin Valley and Pine Mountain to the North and
Mendota and the Holston River to the south.
Access to this site requires a moderately strenuous 25 minute hike on the
old fire tower access road. There are no facilities so be sure to bring
water, sunscreen, raingear, chair, snacks and lunch and binoculars. There
are no restrooms.

Directions to site:
TRAVELING FROM LEBANON/RICHLANDS/GRUNDY
Take Route 19 towards Abingdon. At Hansonville turn right on Route 58.
Travel 3.3 miles then turn left on Moccasin Valley Road (Route 613). Travel
9.9 miles on Moccasin Valley Road then turn left on Tower Road (County Road
612). Travel 2.7 miles on Tower Road. On the left there will be a rutted
dirt road, park nearby and walk to the tower on the dirt road.

TRAVELING FROM ABINGDON VIRGINIA
Take Route 19 towards Lebanon. After crossing the North Fork Holston River
turn left onto Mendota Road (Route 802). Travel 14.1 miles on Mendota Road.
Turn right onto Pinnacle Road. Travel 3 miles on Pinnacle Road. There will
be a rutted dirt road on the right. Park nearby and walk to the tower on
the rutted dirt road.

TRAVELING FROM BRISTOL, VA
Take Virginia Exit 1 on I-81. Take Route 58/421 towards Gate City, VA. Take
Gate City Highway (Route 58/421) 11 miles then turn right on Route 615.
Travel approximately 6 miles on Route 615 then turn left on Route 614, then
right on Route 802 at MendotaTravel approximately 1 mile on Route 802 then
turn laft on Pinnacle Road. Travel 3 miles on Pinnacle Road. On the right
there will be a rutted dirt road. Park nearby then walk to the tower on the
rutted dirt road.


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Subject: Harvey's Knob (19 Sep 2016) 103 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: Mon, 19 Sep 2016 17:15:19 -0800
Harvey's Knob
Roanoke, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 19, 2016
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       4             52             58
Bald Eagle                   2             43             58
Northern Harrier             1              4              5
Sharp-shinned Hawk           4             50             55
Cooper's Hawk                0             28             34
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              5              8
Broad-winged Hawk           83           1592           1592
Red-tailed Hawk              1             27             39
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             7             35             43
Merlin                       0              3              3
Peregrine Falcon             0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              3              3
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               1              2              2

Total:                     103           1844           1900
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 10:15:00 
Observation end   time: 16:00:00 
Total observation time: 5.75 hours

Official Counter:        Katie James

Observers:        Baron Gibson, Barry Kinzie, Bill James, King Irvin

Visitors:
Barry and Teresa were up - always a happy event.  Dan from Bedford was very
helpful.  David and Caroline were also very helpful and Caroline won Best
Spotter Award for the day (ceremony pending).  Hollins Eco class was up and
very interested and enjoyable - wish we had seen more birds...Thanks to the
Barodys.....


Weather:
Low ceiling early with the passing of a front with early variable winds
leading to NE and NNE winds at 1 and 2.  Temperature started at 19, went
gradually to 25 as cloud cover varied erratically throughout from 100% to
20% at the end. It rained briefly at 10:44.  

Raptor Observations:
Birds were mostly out over the Shenandoah Valley on the West side with
occasional flyers over the top.  Ospreys were mostly flapping, especially
the first bird early.  ABE at 11:49; IBE at 3:21.  6 Kestrels between 1 and
2 o'clock.

Non-raptor Observations:
Fewer observers today, but dedicated ones!  Good amount of traffic on the
parkway with many motorcycles blasting, no doubt enjoying the peace and
quiet, or at least altering it.  

Predictions:
Overcast early, clearing 11 or 12 or so, then NE winds becoming strong
about 5.  More Hollins students.  Award ceremony.....
========================================================================
Report submitted by Bill James (bijam AT aol.com)
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Subject: VSO Chincoteague Field Trip Report
From: Meredith Bell <merandlee AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 19 Sep 2016 21:06:49 -0400
​Hi VA-Birders,



We could not have asked for better weather for the VSO field trip to
Chincoteague on September 16-18, with sunny to partly cloudy skies for the
entire weekend. We were excited to welcome many new members and first-time
attendees, along with “old timers” who’ve been enthusiastic participants
for decades. Our group of 85 tallied 129 species (see below), and the
list included
birds found on the Causeway, Chincoteague Island and Chincoteague National
Wildlife Refuge. Unfortunately, mosquitoes were abundant everywhere on the
Refuge, so it’s hard to tell how many pints of blood were unwillingly left
behind!



Many thanks to field trip leaders Jerry Via, Bill Akers, Bob Ake, Mike
Schultz, Saundra Winstead, Morocco St. Andre, and Meredith and Lee Bell,
who worked hard to ensure participants had a great experience. Jerry kicked
off the weekend Friday evening with a fascinating presentation on bird
migration.



In addition to the “regulars,” we were thrilled to see species that we
don’t get every year, including:

- American Golden Plover on the Wildlife Loop and one of the bus trips

- Piping Plover and Red Knot at Swans Cove

- Philadelphia Vireo and a family of Red-headed Woodpeckers on the Woodland
Trail

- Canada, Wilson’s and Magnolia Warblers on the Woodland Trail

- Buff-breasted, Stilt, White-rumped and Pectoral Sandpipers

- Red-breasted Nuthatches in good numbers on the Woodland Trail and
Wildlife Loop

- Whimbrel and Wild Turkey on the bus trip



While sparrow and thrush species were sparse, we had an abundance of
Brown-headed Nuthatches on the Refuge as well as on the property of the
Refuge Inn. Many guests also enjoyed the calls of a Great-Horned Owl after
dark.



The boat trip Saturday afternoon in Tom’s Cove was a big hit, with 65
people enjoying close-up views of many species during low tide. Bob Ake did
an outstanding job leading the group, with assistance from Mike Schultz.



As we did in 2015 for Ruth Beth and Peggy Opengari, we gathered at sunrise
on Sunday morning to celebrate the lives of four very special VSO members
we lost this past year: Fenton Day, Barbara Hudgins, Gene Moore and Jerry
Thornhill. Jerry Via made some very touching comments about each person,
and then others spoke up to describe their own stories and experiences. It
was a lovely way to remember these remarkable people, and we all agreed it
would become a tradition of the Chincoteague trip



We’ve already locked in the 2017 dates, September 15-17. Mark your calendar
now and plan to join us for spectacular birding at a remarkable place!



Meredith Bell

VSO Field Trips Co-chair



Full List of Species from Chincoteague trip:

Canada Goose

Gadwall

American Wigeon

American Black Duck

Mallard

Blue-winged Teal

Northern Shoveler

Northern Pintail

Green-winged Teal

Wild Turkey

Double-crested Cormorant

Brown Pelican

Great Blue Heron

Great Egret

Snowy Egret

Little Blue Heron

Tricolored Heron

Cattle Egret

Green Heron

Black-crowned Night-Heron

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron

White Ibis

Glossy Ibis

Black Vulture

Turkey Vulture

Osprey

Bald Eagle

Northern Harrier

Sharp-shinned Hawk

Red-tailed Hawk

Clapper Rail

American Oystercatcher

Black-bellied Plover

American Golden Plover

Semipalmated Plover

Piping Plover

Killdeer

Spotted Sandpiper

Solitary Sandpiper

Greater Yellowlegs

Willet

Lesser Yellowlegs

Whimbrel

Marbled Godwit

Ruddy Turnstone

Red Knot

Stilt Sandpiper

Sanderling

Dunlin

Least Sandpiper

White-rumped Sandpiper

Buff-breasted Sandpiper

Pectoral Sandpiper

Semipalmated Sandpiper

Short-billed Dowitcher

Laughing Gull

Ring-billed Gull

Herring Gull

Lesser Black-backed Gull

Great Black-backed Gull

Least Tern

Caspian Tern

Black Tern

Common Tern

Forster's Tern

Royal Tern

Sandwich Tern

Black Skimmer

Rock Pigeon

Mourning Dove

Yellow-billed Cuckoo

Great Horned Owl

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Belted Kingfisher

Red-headed Woodpecker

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Downy Woodpecker

Hairy Woodpecker

Northern Flicker

Merlin

Peregrine Falcon

Eastern Wood-Pewee

Eastern Phoebe

Great Crested Flycatcher

Eastern Kingbird

White-eyed Vireo

Philadelphia Vireo

Red-eyed Vireo

Blue Jay

American Crow

Fish Crow

Purple Martin

Tree Swallow

Carolina Chickadee

Tufted Titmouse

Red-breasted Nuthatch

Brown-headed Nuthatch

House Wren

Carolina Wren

American Robin

Gray Catbird

Brown Thrasher

Northern Mockingbird

European Starling

Cedar Waxwing

Black-and-white Warbler

Common Yellowthroat

American Redstart

Northern Parula

Magnolia Warbler

Yellow Warbler

Palm Warbler

Pine Warbler

Canada Warbler

Wilson’s Warbler

Eastern Towhee

Savannah Sparrow

Northern Cardinal

Blue Grosbeak

Indigo Bunting

Red-winged Blackbird

Eastern Meadowlark

Common Grackle

Boat-tailed Grackle

Brown-headed Cowbird

Baltimore Oriole

House Finch

American Goldfinch

House Sparrow
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Subject: Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (19 Sep 2016) 201 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: Mon, 19 Sep 2016 15:33:07 -0800
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 19, 2016
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       1            189            230
Bald Eagle                   1             72            102
Northern Harrier             0             19             22
Sharp-shinned Hawk           1            217            232
Cooper's Hawk                3             58             70
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              6              9
Broad-winged Hawk          194           3134           3267
Red-tailed Hawk              0             32             41
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             1             61             73
Merlin                       0             12             13
Peregrine Falcon             0              8              8
Unknown Accipiter            0              4              4
Unknown Buteo                0              5              6
Unknown Falcon               0              1              1
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              9             11
Mississippi Kite             0              4              5

Total:                     201           3831           4094
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 11:15:00 
Observation end   time: 16:45:00 
Total observation time: 4.5 hours

Official Counter:        Gabriel Mapel

Observers:        

Visitors:
Dan & Sue Harvey (Knightdale, NC), Adair Pickard (Clayton, NC), Mary Mapel,
Jennifer Jowdy, Allen Larner, Kathy & Art Fovargue, Bill Nettlehorst (Fond
du Lac, WI), Dave Fisher (Cary, NC) and Cindy Lincoln (Raleigh, NC).


Weather:
Overnight heavy rain and fog lingered well into the day clearing out by
11:15am EST.  From 11:15-3pm the gap was mostly clear of fog with
occasional waves of fog rolling through obscuring the view.  After 4pm
heavier fog settled back in so the last 1.25 hours of the count from
3:30-4:45 were conducted from the alternate count site at Constitution Park
in Waynesboro.  Overcast with light easterly breezes.  21.2-28.8C.  

Raptor Observations:
It took the raptors a while to get going even once the fog cleared but our
patience was rewarded with a couple of decent hours from 1:45-3:45 EST. 
The bulk of today's birds came in one group of 191 Broad-wings flying
distant down the west side of the gap.  One adult Bald Eagle at 3:42pm.  A
Merlin was spotted at 4:45pm perched in Waynesboro at the alternate count
site.  It did not migrate south to be counted. 
First Bird-1:47 CH, Last Bird-3:48 OS.

Non-raptor Observations:
235 Chimney Swifts, 1 Kingfisher, 7 Red-headed Woodpeckers, 1 Red-eyed
Vireo, 6 Ravens, warblers (7 Tennessee, 1 Common Yellowthroat, 8 Cape May,
1 Magnolia, 1 Bay-breasted), 1 Scarlet Tanager, 1 Rose-breasted Grosbeak
and 16 Monarch Butterflies.

Predictions:
Mixed sun/clouds, upper-70s, NE wind.  
========================================================================
Report submitted by Gabriel Mapel (birdmangabriel AT yahoo.com)
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Subject: Green Parakeet (Leesylvania State Park)
From: "Ron Vogel" <vireo AT cox.net>
Date: Mon, 19 Sep 2016 18:35:32 -0400
Not what I had at the top of my expectations list this morning, but I got
good looks at a green parakeet at Leesylvania State Park this morning.

And by green, I'm referring to the species, not just the bird's color. Have
seen these birds before along the lower Rio Grande in Brownsville, Texas.

Much larger than your average bird cage bird, the parakeet was foraging w/
some blue birds on poison ivy berries near  the Bushy Point boardwalk
nearest the train trestle.

Seemed to get along w/ all his avian friends except blue jays, which the
bird repeatedly chased away whenever they tried to occupy nearby territory.
When he took after the jays, the bird, tail included, appeared to be just
about their size.

 

Lord knows whether this was an escapee or a true accidental, although I seem
to recall a green parakeet showing up along coastal North Carolina a few
years back.

Anyway, not your average fall migrant, that's for sure.

 

Ron Vogel

Margaritaville, VA

 

 

 

 

 


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Subject: Sanderling in Augusta County
From: Herbert Larner via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Mon, 19 Sep 2016 20:59:29 +0000 (UTC)
Hello all 

On my way home from Chincoteague I stopped by the Target Pond in Stuarts Draft 
to see if the rains dropped in any Shorebirds . This little drying up pond is 
still producing some good Shorebirds . There are two least sandpipers & one 
juv. Sanderling . Brenda Tekin ran over to get photos & she stated that if you 
do not see them , they maybe behind one of the clumps of grass . By the way the 
Sandhill Cranes are still hanging out on Kiddsville Rd. 


Allen Larner
Staunton 
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Subject: Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (19 Sep 2016) 51 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: Mon, 19 Sep 2016 12:24:13 -0800
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch
Tip of Virginia's Eastern Shore, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 19, 2016
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                      31           1077           1108
Bald Eagle                   0             79             79
Northern Harrier             1             72             75
Sharp-shinned Hawk           5            202            202
Cooper's Hawk                1            145            145
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk            3            297            298
Red-tailed Hawk              0             46             46
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             5           1237           1242
Merlin                       2            201            201
Peregrine Falcon             3             29             30
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              1              1
Unknown Raptor               0              0              0
Mississippi Kite             0              3              3

Total:                      51           3389           3430
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:00:00 
Observation end   time: 14:00:00 
Total observation time: 7 hours

Official Counter:        Anna Stunkel

Observers:        Caroline Sankey, Joe Beatty

Weather:
Light southeast winds in the morning became stronger and more southerly in
the afternoon. There was a brief period of sprinkles during mid-afternoon,
followed by thunderstorms.

Raptor Observations:
It was a very slow day, likely caused by the extensive storm system to our
north and west. We had some nice views of a couple of low adult peregrines.

Non-raptor Observations:
4 Red-headed Woodpeckers
========================================================================
Report submitted by Brian Taber (Taberzz AT aol.com)
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch information may be found at:
www.cvwo.org



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Subject: Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk
From: Harry Glasgow via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Mon, 19 Sep 2016 18:27:50 +0000 (UTC)
The rain held off for this morning's Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk, 
but it seemed to reduce our typical summer time crowd as only 19 birders showed 
up.  Those sleeping in missed quite a show.  We tallied 52 species with some 
rarities and first of season sightings.  A Long-billed Dowitcher was confirmed 
in the central wetland.  Cursory searches find that there has been no 
reporting of this species in the 35 years of Huntley Bird listings.  Our first 
of the season Red-headed Woodpecker was sighted, as well as fairly rare Stilt 
Sandpipers.  All in all we counted 9 species of shorebirds and 6 species of 
woodpecker.   



Canada Goose  74
Wood Duck  5
American Black Duck  2
American Black Duck x Mallard (hybrid)  2
Green-winged Teal  1
Great Blue Heron  6
Great Egret  7
Green Heron  6
Cooper's Hawk  1
Red-shouldered Hawk  2
Stilt Sandpiper  4
Least Sandpiper  20
Pectoral Sandpiper  4
Semipalmated Sandpiper  6
Long-billed Dowitcher  1    First record at Huntley
Wilson's Snipe  2
Solitary Sandpiper  4
Greater Yellowlegs  7
Lesser Yellowlegs  3
Mourning Dove  4
Barred Owl  3
Chimney Swift  30
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  1
Belted Kingfisher  1
Red-headed Woodpecker  1    1st of the season
Red-bellied Woodpecker  5
Downy Woodpecker  3
Hairy Woodpecker  2
Northern Flicker  1
Pileated Woodpecker  1
American Kestrel  1
Eastern Wood-Pewee  1
Acadian Flycatcher  5
Eastern Phoebe  3
Great Crested Flycatcher  1
Blue Jay  4
American Crow  3
crow sp.  3
Carolina Chickadee  3
Tufted Titmouse  6
White-breasted Nuthatch  2
Carolina Wren  8
Eastern Bluebird  15
American Robin  6
Gray Catbird  6
Common Yellowthroat  8
Song Sparrow  1
Northern Cardinal  5
Red-winged Blackbird  6
Common Grackle  7
House Finch  5
American Goldfinch  7

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

Harry Glasgow
Friends of Huntley Meadows Park
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Subject: Buffalo Mountain hawk watching 9/18
From: Eric Harrold via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Mon, 19 Sep 2016 10:17:01 +0000 (UTC)
It wasn't until the afternoon that the first broad-winged hawk appeared, but 
then about 3:30 we had kettles of 30, 70, 70, 20, and some smaller groups until 
we had eclipsed the 200 mark. Sure, other sites in VA had more, but I can 
guarantee you that you will absolutely not get better looks at broad-winged 
hawks than atop the summit of Buffalo Mountain. Many can pass by at eye-level 
or lower. There are few places where you can potentially look down on the back 
of a broad-winged hawk, but this can happen on this wonderful natural area 
preserve. As evidenced by last year's effort, we can also have days with 
thousands of birds.  

In addition, we had a Cooper's hawk, red-tailed hawk, red-shouldered hawk, the 
local family of sharp-shinneds, an eagle, and 3 ospreys. Various warbler and 
vireo species were present, along with numerous chimney swifts and on the way 
back to the parking lot, a barred owl was heard calling. Not a bad day on the 
Buffalo! 

Eric HarroldHays, NC
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Subject: Warbler Day on Compton Mountain
From: "Roger Mayhorn" <rogermayhorn AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 18 Sep 2016 22:39:19 -0400
Yesterday, September 17, my wife and I hosted our 13th annual Warbler Day
event here on the mountain. Twenty-one birders came to our place to watch
the southward avian migration. We had 61 species pass through our property
during the day with 15 of them being warblers. A Wilson's Warbler was the
highlight of the day.

Below is the day's list, and for those interested here is a link to photos
of birds and birders taken during the event.
http://www.pbase.com/mayhorn/warblerday2016 

 

Roger Mayhorn

Compton Mountain

Buchanan County VA

 

61 species

Warblers

Blackburnian Warbler 2

Tennessee Warbler 3

Chestnut-sided Warbler 4

Black-throated Green Warbler 2

Cape May Warbler 9

Pine Warbler 4

Black-and-white Warbler 3

Magnolia Warbler 4

Wilson's Warbler 1

Bay-breasted Warbler 1

Northern Parula 2

Yellow-throated Warbler 1

American Redstart 5

Common Yellowthroat 1

Hooded Warbler 4

 

Other

Black Vulture 1

Turkey Vulture 1

Red-shouldered Hawk 1

Broad-winged Hawk 1

Cooper's Hawk 1

Mourning Dove 13

Ruby-throated Hummingbird 2

Red-bellied Woodpecker 1

Downy Woodpecker 1

Northern Flicker 1

Eastern Wood Pewee 1

Least Flycatcher 1

Eastern Phoebe 1

Empidonax 2

Red-eyed Vireo 1

Yellow-throated Vireo 1

Philadelphia Vireo 2

Blue-headed Vireo 1

White-eyed Vireo 1

Chimney Swift 5

Blue Jay 1

American Crow 5

Carolina Chickadee 2

Tufted Titmouse 2

White-breasted Nuthatch 3

Red-breasted Nuthatch 2

House Wren 1

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 2

Eastern Bluebird 2

American Robin 3

Swainson's Thrush 3

Gray-cheeked Thrush 1

Veery 1

Gray Catbird 6

Brown Thrasher 2

European Starling 1

Cedar Waxwing 3

Scarlet Tanager 9

Eastern Towhee 7

Song Sparrow 2

Northern Cardinal 7

Rose-breasted Grosbeak 4

Indigo Bunting 5

Pine Siskin 1

House Finch 1

American Goldfinch 6

 

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Subject: Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (18 Sep 2016) 466 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: Sun, 18 Sep 2016 18:27:10 -0800
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 18, 2016
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                      15            188            229
Bald Eagle                   6             71            101
Northern Harrier             1             19             22
Sharp-shinned Hawk          31            216            231
Cooper's Hawk                7             55             67
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              6              9
Broad-winged Hawk          399           2940           3073
Red-tailed Hawk              2             32             41
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             3             60             72
Merlin                       0             12             13
Peregrine Falcon             0              8              8
Unknown Accipiter            0              4              4
Unknown Buteo                1              5              6
Unknown Falcon               0              1              1
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               1              9             11
Mississippi Kite             0              4              5

Total:                     466           3630           3893
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 06:45:00 
Observation end   time: 16:30:00 
Total observation time: 9.75 hours

Official Counter:        Gabriel Mapel

Observers:        Dave Hunter, Josh Laubach, Mark Johnson, Vic Laubach,
                  William Leigh

Visitors:
Another day with lots and lots of visitors including Pat Punch, Leslie
Middleton, Marshall Faintich, Mary & Daniel Mapel, Dave Fischer (Cary, NC),
Chris & Shannon Updike (Richmond), Dan & Sue Harvey (Knightdale, NC), Herb
& Janine Martin (Richmond), Elizabeth Hunter (Bakersville, NC), Randy
Cline, Peter Van Acker, Jim & Gerry Luginbuchl, Bill Nettlehorst (Fond du
Lac, WI), Jennifer Jowdy, Susan Hastings, Robert Butler, Marlene Condon,
Betty Mooney, Sarah/Ben/Drew/Matt Pumphrey, Tom Miller, Penny Warren, Ann
Cline, Feather Stein, David Simmons (Winfield, IL), Karrolyn Stober
(Glendale Heights, IL), T & E Brown (Richmond), Edward Matineis (Raleigh,
NC), Andy Hines (Granite Falls, NC), April Wingler (Granite Falls, NC),
Rolf & Skyler Anderson (Falls Church), Maric Trail (Jax, FL), Jon & Yvonne
Rockett, Adain Pickard (Clayton, NC), Santo & Ghita Micavlef, Amanda &
Julian Dymacek (Farmville), Cara Marihuciu, Kim Grosner, Erin Johnson and
Mike & Hari Maier (Raleigh, NC). We also had a special visit from Taylor
Gleason of NBC29 News today who came up to do a story on the hawk watch
which will be available on the NBC29 News website.


Weather:
Finally, a gorgeous clear morning with no fog!  Light south breezes
throughout the day with strong 29-38km/h south wind from 11am-3pm.   Warm
20.2-29.8C.  Varying 60-75% cloud cover all day with 95% clouded skies
after 1pm.  Moderate visibility with haze.  

Raptor Observations:
Another day with a lot of birds distant out to the west.  Today we did get
a few mid-size groups of Broad-wings come in from the NE and stream
directly overhead which was a nice change from watching specks.  Hourly BW
Count: 25 (8-9), 108 (9-10), 90 (10-11), 36 (11-12), 122 (12-1), 16 (1-2),
1 (2-3), 1  (3-4).  Six Bald Eagles: 5 adults (11:13, 1:48, 2:37 pair and
3:31) and 1 fourth-year (3:25).  
First Bird-7:02 NH, Last Bird-3:38 OS.  

Non-raptor Observations:
234 Chimney Swifts, 6 Hummingbirds, 17 Red-headed Woodpeckers, 2 N.
Rough-winged, 27 Tree and 1 Barn Swallows, 1 Winter Wren, warblers (1
Ovenbird, 2 Tennessee, 1 Mourning, 1 Hooded, 2 Redstart, 5 Cape May, 1
Blackburnian, 1 Black-throated Blue, 1 Black-throated Green), 1 Scarlet
Tanager, 1 Rose-breasted Grosbeak and 38 Monarch Butterflies.

Predictions:
Rainy and potentially foggy with NE Winds and cooler temps.  Hopefully the
rain and fog will clear out for at least a couple of hours of afternoon
hawk watching.
========================================================================
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: Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (18 Sep 2016) 128 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: Sun, 18 Sep 2016 17:36:08 -0800
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch
Tip of Virginia's Eastern Shore, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 18, 2016
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                      49           1046           1077
Bald Eagle                   2             79             79
Northern Harrier             5             71             74
Sharp-shinned Hawk          25            197            197
Cooper's Hawk                6            144            144
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk            4            294            295
Red-tailed Hawk              1             46             46
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel            29           1232           1237
Merlin                       5            199            199
Peregrine Falcon             2             26             27
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              1              1
Unknown Raptor               0              0              0
Mississippi Kite             0              3              3

Total:                     128           3338           3379
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 06:30:00 
Observation end   time: 15:30:00 
Total observation time: 9 hours

Official Counter:        Anna Stunkel

Observers:        Caroline Sankey

Weather:
Light winds were from the southeast, with partly cloudy skies. 

Raptor Observations:
Movement was pretty slow today. Ospreys were moving very high overhead
during mid-afternoon. We watched a Merlin catch a small bird effortlessly
in mid-air!

Non-raptor Observations:
The Rose-breasted Grosbeak was still at the feeder.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Brian Taber (Taberzz AT aol.com)
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch information may be found at:
www.cvwo.org



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Subject: Harvey's Knob (18 Sep 2016) 462 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: Sun, 18 Sep 2016 16:06:07 -0800
Harvey's Knob
Roanoke, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 18, 2016
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       7             48             54
Bald Eagle                   3             41             56
Northern Harrier             0              3              4
Sharp-shinned Hawk           1             46             51
Cooper's Hawk                2             28             34
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          1              5              8
Broad-winged Hawk          447           1509           1509
Red-tailed Hawk              0             26             38
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             0             28             36
Merlin                       0              3              3
Peregrine Falcon             0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                1              3              3
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              1              1

Total:                     462           1741           1797
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:00:00 
Observation end   time: 16:30:00 
Total observation time: 9.5 hours

Official Counter:        Baron Gibson, David Brunstetter

Observers:        Allen & Robin Austin, Barry Kinzie, Bill & Katie James,
                  Carl Christensen, Darryl Martin, David Kirk,
                  Dillard Childress, King & Joann Irvin, Matt Hosmer,
                  Mike Crowder, Mitch Mitchell , Randy Doss, Roger Baroody,
                  Teresa Kinzie, Tina Gibson, phillip ferguson

Visitors:
A lot of people decided to visit today, too many to list, hope is they had
as much fun as we did.


Weather:
Temps began at 68F rose to 86 & fell to 75 by end of watch, clouds
increased from 20% to 100% by end of watch. Winds were mostly a 2 from the
east & but was a 1 at the end. Visibility was a 4 most of watch with some
haze.

Raptor Observations:
Broadies were steady most of the day with the biggest group being about 75,
most were streaming, no big kettles and nothing observed after 3:30. 
Few other species besides Broadies were observed.

AEBE  AT  11:39 & 15:29, Imm (unaged) BE  AT  13:30



Non-raptor Observations:
Some smaller birds were observed in the morning hours but I cannot read the
hand writing of what they were.
A large horde of Grackles came into the watch for a brief stay.

Predictions:
good question, only time will tell !!!
========================================================================
Report submitted by Baron Gibson (Hawkwatche215 AT gmail.com)
Harvey's Knob information may be found at:
http://bijame.googlepages.com/home



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Subject: Yellow-throated Warbler
From: Donald Sweig <skybirds.d AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 18 Sep 2016 19:16:32 -0400
I went back to Great Falls National Park between about 4:00 and 5:30 this 
afternoon, having been there between 8:00 and 10:45 for the regular bird walk 
this morning. 

 I was rewarded for my trouble by having three, brief, but clear and 
distinctive looks at a spiffy Yellow-throated warbler. The bird was feeding in 
a tree about 15-yards away, and I had clear views of the bright yellowthroat 
and the distinctive face pattern all three times. 

  What a treat for mid-September !!
 Other warblers included both male and female Black-and-White, a 
Chestnut-sided, a Parula, a yellow Redstart, and a well-seen female Cape May. 

 I also saw two, yellow, Scarlet Tanagers (a black-winged male, and a 
gray-winged female), lots of flycatchers (mostly Pewees), and a bunch of 
bluebirds. 

 I did not relocate the Summer Tanager that had been reported this morning, nor 
did I find the Broadwinged hawks, that I was hoping to see. 

  But the Yellow-throated warbler in mid-September was quite a treat !!
   Donald Sweig
     Falls Church, Virginia

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Subject: Snickers Gap (18 Sep 2016) 86 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: Sun, 18 Sep 2016 14:28:42 -0800
Snickers Gap
20 Miles West of Leesburg, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 18, 2016
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       7             64             68
Bald Eagle                   1             21             23
Northern Harrier             1              7              7
Sharp-shinned Hawk          12             88             92
Cooper's Hawk                1              9              9
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              1              2
Broad-winged Hawk           64           5932           5950
Red-tailed Hawk              0              9             21
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             0             21             23
Merlin                       0              0              0
Peregrine Falcon             0              2              2
Unknown Accipiter            0              2              2
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              4              4

Total:                      86           6160           6203
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:30:00 
Observation end   time: 14:30:00 
Total observation time: 6 hours

Official Counter:        Joan Boudreau and Bob Abrams

Observers:        The Littles

Visitors:
Sandy, Shirley and Jon, Carol, Will, Jane, Dwayne Shilling, Linda
Millington


Weather:
Hot and sticky. If we had straight NE winds it would have been great. 

Raptor Observations:


Non-raptor Observations:
A Walking Stick and a Great Blue Heron.

Predictions:
Wet.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Joan and Bob (icepeep AT aol.com)



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Subject: Mendota Fire Tower (18 Sep 2016) 557 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: Sun, 18 Sep 2016 13:24:57 -0800
Mendota Fire Tower
Mendota, VA, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 18, 2016
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       1              2              2
Bald Eagle                   0              1              1
Northern Harrier             0              2              2
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0              5              5
Cooper's Hawk                0              2              2
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              2              2
Broad-winged Hawk          555            775            775
Red-tailed Hawk              0              2              2
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              1              1
American Kestrel             1              2              2
Merlin                       0              0              0
Peregrine Falcon             0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              0              0

Total:                     557            794            794
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:30:00 
Observation end   time: 13:30:00 
Total observation time: 5 hours

Official Counter:        Jennifer Meade

Observers:        George Larkin, Jeff Millard, Susan Greear

Visitors:
Curtis Riner


Weather:
100 percent cloud cover all day with rain beginning at 1:30 EST. Great for
viewing conditions--good backdrop and no glare. Temperature ranged from a
low of 70 to a high of 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Visibility approx. 38 km
until the rain set in. Wind was variable in the morning, speed estimated at
12-19 km from SW, shifting to the SE. Winds became calm after 9:30 am EST
until about 1:00 pm, then slightly increasing to 2-3 km/hr from W. 

Raptor Observations:
Steady numbers of BWH between 10:00 (EST) and 1:30. They were flying from
below eye level , eye level, and slightly above and many were counted
without binoculars. Several kettles of birds formed steadily throughout the
day, especially from 10-1 (EST) Most groups were 15-40 birds. 

Non-raptor Observations:
None reported

Predictions:
The front is predicted to clear out by Monday morning. Should be a good day
for hawk watching. 
========================================================================
Report submitted by Ronald Eugene Harrington (roneharrin AT bvu.net)


Site Description:
The Mendota Fire Tower Hawkwatch site is located atop Clinch Mountain at
the abandoned fire tower near Mendota, Virginia. A hawkwatch has been
conducted during fall migration each year since 1958 at this site.
Clinch Mountain is a 150 mile long ridge that runs from near Burke's Garden
in Tazewell County, Virginia to Blaine, Tennessee. It runs generally
Northeast to Southwest and divides the Clinch River drainage to the north
and the Holston River drainage to the south.
The site is on the Russell and Washington County lines and is at an
elevation of 3000 feet As is usual with a fire tower location there is a
360 degree view with Moccasin Valley and Pine Mountain to the North and
Mendota and the Holston River to the south.
Access to this site requires a moderately strenuous 25 minute hike on the
old fire tower access road. There are no facilities so be sure to bring
water, sunscreen, raingear, chair, snacks and lunch and binoculars. There
are no restrooms.

Directions to site:
TRAVELING FROM LEBANON/RICHLANDS/GRUNDY
Take Route 19 towards Abingdon. At Hansonville turn right on Route 58.
Travel 3.3 miles then turn left on Moccasin Valley Road (Route 613). Travel
9.9 miles on Moccasin Valley Road then turn left on Tower Road (County Road
612). Travel 2.7 miles on Tower Road. On the left there will be a rutted
dirt road, park nearby and walk to the tower on the dirt road.

TRAVELING FROM ABINGDON VIRGINIA
Take Route 19 towards Lebanon. After crossing the North Fork Holston River
turn left onto Mendota Road (Route 802). Travel 14.1 miles on Mendota Road.
Turn right onto Pinnacle Road. Travel 3 miles on Pinnacle Road. There will
be a rutted dirt road on the right. Park nearby and walk to the tower on
the rutted dirt road.

TRAVELING FROM BRISTOL, VA
Take Virginia Exit 1 on I-81. Take Route 58/421 towards Gate City, VA. Take
Gate City Highway (Route 58/421) 11 miles then turn right on Route 615.
Travel approximately 6 miles on Route 615 then turn left on Route 614, then
right on Route 802 at MendotaTravel approximately 1 mile on Route 802 then
turn laft on Pinnacle Road. Travel 3 miles on Pinnacle Road. On the right
there will be a rutted dirt road. Park nearby then walk to the tower on the
rutted dirt road.


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Subject: Red-breasted Nuthatches - Staunton View Park
From: Paul Glass <pag AT gcrcompany.com>
Date: Sun, 18 Sep 2016 16:57:22 -0400
I checked the Staunton River mudflats from both sides this morning.
Shorebird numbers have dipped a little over the last week even though the
water level has dropped and the habitat has improved.  The Whimbrel is still
lingering, but it looks like the Willet, Red Knot, and Piping Plover have
all moved on.  I was expecting Golden Plover to be around today, but I
surprisingly missed both them and Black-bellied.  The only other notable
shorebirds were the continuing dozen Sanderling and 2 Stilt Sandpipers.  A
flyover Bald Eagle flushed a nice group of 24 Blue-winged Teal that also
included 2 Green-winged Teal.  The highlight of the day was at least 5
Red-breasted Nuthatches yanking around the picnic area.  These were the
first of that species that I have found in the area since the spring of
2013.  The only other migrant I picked up was a single Swainson's Thrush.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31638635
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31641756

Paul Glass
South Boston, VA

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Subject: Old Trail in Crozet, VA
From: "Marshall Faintich" <marshall AT faintich.net>
Date: Sun, 18 Sep 2016 16:39:30 -0400
173 avian species on the Old Trail bird list, and some photos from the past
few days:

 

 
http://www.faintich.net/Blog2016/2016_09_17.htm

 

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

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Subject: Dyke Marsh, Sep 18, 2016
From: Larry Meade via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Sun, 18 Sep 2016 16:18:25 -0400
 Fourteen birders assembled for the weekly bird walk at Dyke Marsh in Fairfax 
County. These Friends of Dyke Marsh sponsored walks are held every Sunday at 
8:00 and are free and open to all. The leaders today were Phil Silas and I. The 
morning started out gray as we scoped the river for ducks and shorebirds. There 
were good numbers of Blue-winged Teal and Northern Shovelers along with both 
Yellowlegs, Semipeeps, and a SB Dowitcher. Just about everything was fairly far 
out. We later found a young female Cape May Warbler in the picnic area not far 
from the marina. We found more warblers along Haul Road including Palm, 
Magnolia, Yellow, Common Yellowthroat, American Redstart, and Northern 
Waterthrush. Another highlight was a close Pectoral Sandpiper seen from the 
platform at the beginning of the boardwalk. 57 species total. 


Larry Meade
Merrifield, VA

 



Dyke Marsh, Fairfax, Virginia, US
Sep 18, 2016 8:00 AM - 11:20 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.5 mile(s)
57 species

Canada Goose  10
Wood Duck  4
Mallard  60
Blue-winged Teal  62
Northern Shoveler  20
Pied-billed Grebe  4
Double-crested Cormorant  16
Great Blue Heron  5
Great Egret  76
Green Heron  2
Black Vulture  4
Osprey  3
Bald Eagle  5
Red-shouldered Hawk  1
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Pectoral Sandpiper  1
Semipalmated Sandpiper  8
Short-billed Dowitcher  1
Greater Yellowlegs  27
Lesser Yellowlegs  10
Laughing Gull  60
Ring-billed Gull  40
Caspian Tern  6
Forster's Tern  15
Mourning Dove  9
Belted Kingfisher  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  5
Downy Woodpecker  5
Northern Flicker  2
Eastern Wood-Pewee  2
Eastern Phoebe  1
Blue Jay  7
American Crow  2
Fish Crow  20
Tree Swallow  2
Carolina Chickadee  21
Tufted Titmouse  6
White-breasted Nuthatch  2
Carolina Wren  8
American Robin  36
Gray Catbird  4
Northern Mockingbird  1
European Starling  50
Northern Waterthrush  1
Common Yellowthroat  1
American Redstart 1
Cape May Warbler  1
Magnolia Warbler  1
Yellow Warbler  4
Palm Warbler  3
Song Sparrow  1
Northern Cardinal  10
Red-winged Blackbird  130
Common Grackle  15
House Finch  6
American Goldfinch  5
House Sparrow  3

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31643463

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Subject: trying to find hawks in Highland Co
From: Patti Reum <pareum AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 18 Sep 2016 14:58:16 -0400
On Friday, saw a few Broad wings a couple of Northern Harriers and 3 bald
eagles right over New Hampden.  So after the big movement of hawks
yesterday, I decided to drive up to Rt. 601, which was my old hawk watch
site.  Saw nothing, but 2 Turkey Vultures and tons of monarchs.  Then it
started to rain.  But still nice to get out.  I did see a kestrel
(non-migratory) on the way home.
Patti

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Subject: Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (17 Sep 2016) 1163 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: Sat, 17 Sep 2016 17:14:26 -0800
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 17, 2016
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                      39            173            214
Bald Eagle                  13             65             95
Northern Harrier             3             18             21
Sharp-shinned Hawk          15            185            200
Cooper's Hawk                3             48             60
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              6              9
Broad-winged Hawk         1079           2541           2674
Red-tailed Hawk              2             30             39
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             0             57             69
Merlin                       1             12             13
Peregrine Falcon             5              8              8
Unknown Accipiter            1              4              4
Unknown Buteo                2              4              5
Unknown Falcon               0              1              1
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              8             10
Mississippi Kite             0              4              5

Total:                    1163           3164           3427
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00 
Observation end   time: 18:00:00 
Total observation time: 10 hours

Official Counter:        Brenda Tekin, Vic Laubach

Observers:        Allen Larner, Brenda Tekin, Dave Hunter, Diane Lepkowski,
                  Gabriel Mapel, Josh Laubach, Mark Johnson, William Leigh

Visitors:
Lots of visitors today from near and far! Herb and Janine Martin
(Richmond), Lois Kaufman and Bill White (Bridgewater), Dave Fischer (Cary,
NC), Perpetua Staub (Gettysburg, PA), Bill Nettelhorst (Fond du Lac, WI),
R.D. Hillshaw (Raleigh, NC), Andy Hines and April Wingler (Granite Falls,
NC), Peg and Ray Lunbach (Lexington, VA), Dan and Sue Harvey (Knightdale,
NC), T and Ray Fuller (Fayetteville, AR), Jim Monsuia and Constance
Cleveland (Hyattsville, MD), David Simmons (Winfield, IL), Karrolyn Stober
(Glendale Heights, IL), Cole Burrell (Free Union, VA), Chris and Shannon
UPdike (Richmond, VA), 

Nancy Newman (Charlottesville), Joe Guthrie (Charlottesville), Susan
Hastings (Afton), Mary and Daniel Mapel (New Hope), Wes Zell and kids
(Charlottesville), Denise and Keith Noodock (Bridgewater), Janet Paisley
(Charlottesville), Jennifer Jowdy (Charlottesville), Ed and Donna Lewis
(Charlottesville), Lesslie Crowell (Charlottesville), Cheryl and Mark
Lindsay with Rachel and Nathon (Grottoes), Christy Crawford (Grottoes), Tim
Harrison (Crozet), The Clemens Family (4, Charlottesville).




Weather:
Thick fog covering the gap and mountain ridges early but beginning to clear
after 9am. One counter counted at the alternative count-site on the west
side of the mountain in Waynesboro, below the fog ceiling, for 1.5 hours
until the gap began to clear. Mild S breezes all day. 23.6-25.1C temps.
Once the fog cleared the skies remained 90-100% cloud-covered until 12pm,
and then gradually became more sunny throughout the day ending with 20%
cloud cover at 5pm. The west valley remained hazy and somewhat dark all day
making distant birds difficult to find.

Raptor Observations:
A terrific Osprey day with 38 (at least one every hour of the count). 13
BE: 8 adults (10:10, 10:42, 10:42, 11:11, 11:38, 12:21, 2:12, 4:03), 3
1st-YR (2:20, 2:20, 2:33), 2 2nd-YR (1:48, 2:33). 5 Peregrines (adults at
12:45, 2:12, 4:40, 5:12 and 1 unaged at 4:59pm), three of which flew in
close through the gap at or below eye level giving great views and photos!
Most all birds were observed out to the west in the hazy skies often very
low. Many BW kettles spotted out to the west, often down low, at the limit
of our scopes and thus many birds could have been even further out and thus
uncounted. Hourly BW count: 43 (8-9), 30 (9-10), 254 (10-11), 555 (11-12),
163 (12-1), 18 (1-2), 8 (2-3), 7 (3-4), 1 (4-5). All flights today were mid
to low level.

Non-raptor Observations:
40 Monarchs. 1 Yellow-billed Cuckoo, 412 Chimney Swift, 14 hummingbirds, 2
Red-headed Woodpecker, 1 Eastern Kingbird (a late bird), 1 Red-eyed Vireo,
423 Tree Swallow, 2 Barn Swallow, 1 Brown Thrasher, 4 Waxwing, 4 Tennessee
Warbler, 4 Common Yellowthroat, 1 Redstart, 1 Cape May Warbler, 2 Magnolia
Warbler, 3 Blackburnian Warbler, 1 Chestnut-sided Warbler, 1 Scarlet
Tanager, 1 Rose-breasted Grosbeak
========================================================================
Report submitted by Vic Laubach (laubach AT virginia.edu)
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://www.rockfishgaphawkwatch.org



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