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1 May Prothonotary warbler [Constance L Arness via va-bird ]
2 May 103 species today in Augusta & Rockingham [Gabriel Mapel via va-bird ]
1 May marsh wren- Huntley Meadows Park, May 1, 2016 [Frederick Atwood via va-bird ]
1 May Fw: eBird Report - Burke Lake Park, May 1, 2016 [Frederick Atwood via va-bird ]
1 May Catbird at suet feeder [Kristi Abbott ]
1 May Re: Warblers [Vineeta Anand ]
1 May Rose-breasted Grosbeaks and Red-headed Woodpecker - Mason Neck [R Streufert ]
1 May Rose-breasted Grosbeak in Gloucester []
1 May American Avocets and "Western" Willets in James City County [Brian Taber via va-bird ]
1 May Mourning warbler at White Oaks [Pam and Ben via va-bird ]
1 May Rose-breasted Grosbeak [Cheryl Walsh ]
1 May Crows Nest and Aquia Landing in the Rain [Bill Hohenstein ]
1 May Re: MOURNING WARBLER in White Oaks Park ["dcharlesl AT msn.com" ]
1 May Blackbirds ["Ron Vogel" ]
1 May Sunday Great Falls Walk (Fairfax County) [Marshall Rawson via va-bird ]
1 May Rose-breasted Grosbeak and hummingbird In Centreville ffx county [Deapesh Misra via va-bird ]
1 May Cedar Waxwings and Blue Grosbeak - lower Gloucester County [Meredith Bell ]
01 May FOS Indigo Bunting and continuing Rose-breasted Grosbeaks [David Govoni ]
01 May Re: Leesylvania SP migrants [Kurtcapt87 ]
30 Apr Bank Swallows, Forster's Tern, Common Loons (continuing) at Lake Frederick - Frederick Co. ["David Boltz" ]
30 Apr Re: Butter-Butt Blitz, 30 April - Bells Lane, Augusta County [Lee ]
30 Apr Fwd: eBird Report - Northside Park, Apr 30, 2016 [Phillip Kenny ]
30 Apr C&O Canal: Great Falls [Donald Sweig ]
30 Apr Peregrine Falcon: American Legion Bridge [Donald Sweig ]
30 Apr Re: Butter-Butt Blitz, 30 April - in Hampton, Va. as well. []
30 Apr Loudoun County Misty Birding [Gerco H ]
30 Apr C&O canal and Falls Church backyard [Bill Bickel ]
30 Apr Leesylvania SP migrants [Marc Ribaudo ]
30 Apr Huntley Meadows Hike-Bike Trail, Fairfax County, Purple Finch, Chat, and lots more ["Larry Cartwright" ]
30 Apr Bobolinks / Warren Co. ["Jon Little" ]
30 Apr Common loons, Braley Pond, GW National forest ["Lee M." ]
30 Apr Butter-Butt Blitz, 30 April [Stephen Johnson ]
30 Apr Woodville Park - 12 Warbler species - Gloucester County [Meredith Bell ]
30 Apr Great Falls National Park : Saturday morning [Donald Sweig ]
30 Apr Rose-breasted grosbeak in Falls Church [Donald Sweig ]
30 Apr Common Loons at Lake Frederick - Frederick Co. []
30 Apr Rose-breasted Grosbeak [John Greenwood via va-bird ]
30 Apr Black-bellied plover on Hunting reek mudflats [Edward Eder ]
30 Apr MOURNING WARBLER in White Oaks Park [Pam and Ben via va-bird ]
29 Apr Bobolink and others/Southern Fairfax Co. [Rich Rieger via va-bird ]
29 Apr Huntley Meadows Telegraph Rd side, FRFX Co, 29 Apr 2016 [Kurtcapt87 ]
29 Apr Leesylvania State Park 4/29 ["Ron Vogel" ]
29 Apr singing Kentucky Warbler, Weyanoke Sanctuary, Norfolk [David Gibson ]
29 Apr Best spots at Thompson for Ceruleans? [Trista Nealon ]
28 Apr Acadian Flycatcher [Phil Kenny ]
28 Apr Re: Reston, FFX Co [Sam Simon ]
28 Apr Swainson's thrush and other new arrivals at White Oaks Park, Fairfax County [Pam and Ben via va-bird ]
28 Apr Re: Great Egret in Short Pump [David Gibson ]
28 Apr Great Egret in Short Pump [Alyssa Freeman ]
28 Apr Ashland Trolley Line sightings and adjoining property ["Bob Cole" ]
28 Apr Kentucky Warbler, Weyanoke Sanctuary, Norfolk, 4/28/16 [nicholas ]
28 Apr Firsts in Gloucester [Eirlys Barker ]
28 Apr Albemarle County Big Day [Daniel Bieker ]
28 Apr Blue Ridge Parkway 4/27/16 ["Marshall Faintich" ]
28 Apr Re: Unknown Warbler [Logan Anderson ]
28 Apr Eastern Whip-poor-will in Leesburg - Belated Report [Gerco H ]
28 Apr Unknown Warbler [Logan Anderson ]
28 Apr Female rose-breasted grosbeak, Loudoun Co. [Ashley Lohr ]
27 Apr Richmond, Bryan Park, 27 April: Blackpoll [Stephen Johnson ]
27 Apr Blue-winged Warbler again + DC Cormorant @ Union Springs, R'ham Co. ["Kevin Shank" ]
27 Apr FOS Wood thrush [morann--- via va-bird ]
27 Apr Algonkian Regional Park--Loudoun County--warbler, etc. [Nicole Pool Hutcheson via va-bird ]
27 Apr Yellow-crowned Night Heron in Luria Park [Elizabeth Fedorko ]
27 Apr Rose-breasted Grosbeak in Falls Church [Donald Sweig ]
27 Apr White-crowned sparrow, Woodbridge [Marc Ribaudo ]
27 Apr Brief comments on Occoquan Bay sightings 4/27 ["Ron Vogel" ]
27 Apr Capitol Square; Richmond City [Ellison Orcutt ]
27 Apr Bald Eagle and osprey ["Michael A. Shank." ]
27 Apr One Sky Our Birds - A new website celebrating migratory birds! ["Ruthenberg, Jessica (DGIF)" ]
27 Apr Fwd: eBird Report - Dismal Swamp NWR Jericho Ditch, Apr 27, 2016 [Robert Ake ]
27 Apr Virginia Beach Birding Report [Jim Marcum ]
27 Apr Brown Thrasher in Alexandria [Vineeta Anand ]
27 Apr FOS Philly & Hoodie at Bryan Park(-y), RIchmond City [Alyssa Freeman ]
27 Apr A Very Birdy Day on Compton Mt ["Roger Mayhorn" ]
27 Apr Difficult Creek NAP (Halifax Co) [Eric Harrold via va-bird ]
26 Apr Prothonotary & Blue-winged Warbler @ Union Springs, R'ham Co. ["Kevin Shank" ]

Subject: Prothonotary warbler
From: Constance L Arness via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Sun, 1 May 2016 21:09:42 -0400
Birded around Warren Ferry in southern Albemarle county this afternoon. When I 
got back to my car I was surprised to see a male Prothonotary warbler on the 
side mirror of my car. The bright yellow bird was looking at its reflection in 
the mirror and car windows. The bird would not leave my car, even when I was 
trying to drive away, it would land on my side mirror or back window. 

When the warbler finally flew to a nearby tree, I was able to safely drive 
away. What a special moment it was. 

Best,
Constance Arness and Jerry Therrien

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Subject: 103 species today in Augusta & Rockingham
From: Gabriel Mapel via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Mon, 2 May 2016 00:11:46 +0000 (UTC)
Hi all,Vic Laubach and I spent today birding in Augusta & Rockingham Counties. 
 Starting with 52 degrees, fog and rain which brought down a lot of Warblers & 
Shorebirds and ending with 76 degrees and sunny skies, it was quite a day 
indeed! 

We started in Staunton along Bell's Ln where we had 53 species with highlights: 
2 GB Heron, 4 Spotted & 3 Solitary SP, 1 YB Cuckoo, 4 Wood Thrush, an awesome 
Warbler Fallout (1 N. Waterthrush, 1 Golden-winged, 1 Blue-winged, 1 Tennessee, 
2 C. Yellowthroat, 1 Cape May, 1 N. Parula, 1 Blackburnian, 8 Yellow-rumped), 
13 Grasshopper Sparrow, 4 White-crowned, 2 Savannah, 1 Swamp Sparrow, 10 
Bobolink and 1 Baltimore Oriole.   

From Bell's we headed up to Rockingham where we spent most of the day.  A lot 
of the ponds had large numbers of shorebirds that had been brought down by the 
rains.  At Leonard's Pond we tallied 1 Spotted, 6 Solitary, 2 Greater & 4 
Lesser Yellowlegs.  At the Oakwood Dr Pond we tallied a similar list of birds 
as William Leigh did yesterday: 1 Semipalmated Plover, 2 Killdeer, 4 Spotted 
SP, 3 Solitary, 16 Lesser Yellowlegs, 3 Least, 2 Semipalmated Sandpiper.  At 
the Nazarene Church Rd Wetlands we had 2 Wood Duck, 3 Spotted SP, 1 Solitary, 4 
Greater & 32 Lesser Yellowlegs, 6 Wilson's Snipe.   

We then made our way to the north towards our destination of Slate Lick Fields, 
via several back roads.  Along Fulton School Rd we had 36 species with 
highlights: 6 Chimney Swifts, Swallows (1 NRW, 16 Purple Martin, 18 Tree, 12 
Barn), 1 House Wren, 9 White-crowned Sparrow, 1 Blue Grosbeak and 2 Orchard 
Oriole.  Along Clover Hill Rd near the intersection with Fulton School Rd we 
had a Yellow Warbler and a Bobolink.   

While driving west along Hopkins Gap Rd, just west of the intersection with 
Whitmore Shop Rd Vic spotted a flock of ~10 large birds soaring overhead.  His 
immediate thought was some sort of unusual ocean or waterbird and we stopped 
immediately.  Unfortunately as soon as we both got back on the birds they 
disappeared up into the fog, never to be seen again!  They were flying very 
gracefully and lazily, slowly making their way north via slow, wide circles. 
 Due to the fog we couldn't really detect any coloration.  Our best guess is 
American White Pelican or Sandhill Crane, but we'll never know for sure.  At 
that same spot we did manage several decent birds including 1 flyover Osprey, 3 
Northern Harriers (one hunting low over the fields and two northbound migrant 
flyovers), 1 Sharp-shinned Hawk, 1 Black-billed Cuckoo, 2 Red-headed 
Woodpecker, 1 Yellow Warbler.   

Once we arrived at the observation platform at Slake Lick Fields we stopped for 
lunch and immediately started noticing raptors migrating over headed north. 
 We ended up doing about an hour long "hawk watch" and tallied 2 Osprey, 7 
Sharp-shinned Hawks, 3 Cooper's Hawks, 21 Broad-winged Hawks and 5 Red-tailed 
Hawks migrating over!  In addition we had 2 Red-shouldered Hawks that appeared 
to be residents.  Other birds of 45 total species at Slate Lick included 3 
Chimney Swift, 1 Hairy Woodpecker, 2 Yellow-throated + 1 Blue-headed + 6 
Red-eyed Vireos, a ton of Blue Jays migrating over heading north totaling at 
least 590, 8 BG Gnatcatchers, Warblers (8 Ovenbird, 2 B&W, 2 Cape May, 3 N. 
Parula, 2 Yellow, 1 Pine, 6 Yellow-rumped, 2 BT Green), 4 Scarlet Tanager, 2 
Indigo Bunting, 2 Baltimore Oriole.   

At the Fort Lynne Rd Pond we had 25 species with highlights: 1 GB Heron, 
Shorebirds (3 Killdeer, 4 Spotted, 3 Solitary, 3 Greater & 27 Lesser 
Yellowlegs, 7 Least), 2 Ring-billed Gull, 1 E. Kingbird, 1 Yellow Warbler. 
 Along Nicholson and Model Roads we had 30 species with highlights: 1 Osprey, 
2 Am. Kestrel, 1 BG Gnatcatcher, 4 Grasshopper Sparrow, 2 Indigo Bunting, 1 
Baltimore Oriole.   

At the end of the day we headed back to Augusta County where we did a little 
bit of birding in the northern part of the county.  Along Little Run Rd we 
picked up our first and only Great Crested Flycatcher of the day.  Along Craig 
Shop Rd, a Warbling Vireo as well as 3 more Grasshopper Sparrows and another 
Orchard Oriole. Along Hatchery Rd, another Osprey and Grasshopper Sparrow as 
well as an American Pipit.  We finished the day with another Solitary 
Sandpiper and our last new species, 2 Cliff Swallows, at the pond along Humbert 
Rd.   

Thanks to Vic for a really fun and successful day and Good Birding to 
all!Gabriel MapelNew Hope 

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Subject: marsh wren- Huntley Meadows Park, May 1, 2016
From: Frederick Atwood via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Sun, 1 May 2016 23:51:07 +0000 (UTC)


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 Sent: Sunday, May 1, 2016 7:48 PM
 Subject: eBird Report - Huntley Meadows Park, May 1, 2016
   
Huntley Meadows Park, Fairfax, Virginia, US
May 1, 2016 2:51 PM - 6:13 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.5 mile(s)
Comments:    NoVA teen bird club and FHS fnh&o class. Overcast between rain 
showers. Lots of people present in the park today affected our ability to hear 
and see birds.  
Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.1.5 Build 44 55 species Canada Goose  24    10 adults and another pair with 12 young flufflings. Wood Duck  11    F with 8 flufflings Mallard  5    Male and two pairs Hooded Merganser  3    Did all the babies from the brood seen two weeks ago get eaten? Pied-billed Grebe  3    A pair close together. Will they breed here? Great Blue Heron  1 Green Heron  2 Northern Harrier  1 Cooper's Hawk  1 Bald Eagle  1 American Coot  4 Spotted Sandpiper  1 Solitary Sandpiper  4 Least Sandpiper  2 Mourning Dove  3 Yellow-billed Cuckoo  1 Barred Owl  2    calling back and forth beyond in woods beyond the tower Chimney Swift  8 Red-bellied Woodpecker  6 Downy Woodpecker  3 Hairy Woodpecker  4 Pileated Woodpecker  3 Red-eyed Vireo  5 Blue Jay  3 American Crow  2 Fish Crow  3 Northern Rough-winged Swallow  10 Tree Swallow  15 Barn Swallow  25 Carolina Chickadee  1 Tufted Titmouse  4 White-breasted Nuthatch  1 Marsh Wren  1 Carolina Wren  7 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  11 Ruby-crowned Kinglet  3 American Robin  2 Gray Catbird  3 Ovenbird  2 Northern Waterthrush  1 Black-and-white Warbler  2 Common Yellowthroat  6 Northern Parula  1 Magnolia Warbler  1 Yellow Warbler  1    Spectacular views of a beautiful bird Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)  11 White-throated Sparrow  17 Song Sparrow  1 Swamp Sparrow  1 Northern Cardinal  11 Rose-breasted Grosbeak  2 great views in scope and at feeder Red-winged Blackbird  60, one female was carrying nesting material Common Grackle  35, one was carrying food for young House Finch  4 American Goldfinch  5 View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S29340877 This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org/content/atlasva) *** 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: Fw: eBird Report - Burke Lake Park, May 1, 2016
From: Frederick Atwood via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Sun, 1 May 2016 23:37:33 +0000 (UTC)
During the rain this morning Burke Lake was very birdy.  This list is only 
from the area around the marine 




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Burke Lake Park, Fairfax, Virginia, US
May 1, 2016 8:40 AM - 10:02 AM
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0.1 mile(s)
Comments:    
Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.1.5 Build 44 47 species (+1 other taxa) Canada Goose  36 Mallard  4    males Ruddy Duck  1 male Common Loon  1 fabulous breeding plumage Pied-billed Grebe  2 together (a pair?) Double-crested Cormorant  12 Great Blue Heron  1 Bald Eagle  3    2 very wet big brown nestlings. Adult. Spotted Sandpiper  2 Ring-billed Gull  9 Red-bellied Woodpecker  3 Downy Woodpecker  2 Hairy Woodpecker  1 Great Crested Flycatcher  1 Eastern Kingbird  1 Blue-headed Vireo  1 Red-eyed Vireo  2 Blue Jay  8 American Crow  1 Fish Crow  1 crow sp.  2 Northern Rough-winged Swallow  10 Tree Swallow  30 Bank Swallow  25 Barn Swallow  85 Cliff Swallow  15 Carolina Chickadee  2 Tufted Titmouse  4    Nest White-breasted Nuthatch  1 Carolina Wren  3 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  2 Ruby-crowned Kinglet  1 American Robin  2 Gray Catbird  2 Black-and-white Warbler  2 Nashville Warbler  1 Northern Parula  2 Yellow Warbler  1 Chestnut-sided Warbler  1 Black-throated Blue Warbler  1 Yellow-rumped Warbler  40 Scarlet Tanager  2 Northern Cardinal  3 Rose-breasted Grosbeak  1 Common Grackle  9 Brown-headed Cowbird  3 Baltimore Oriole  1 American Goldfinch  2 View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S29327282 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: Catbird at suet feeder
From: Kristi Abbott <ktabbott AT embarqmail.com>
Date: Sun, 1 May 2016 19:28:31 -0400 (EDT)
I have had Blue Grosbeaks, Indigo Buntings and Rose Breasted Grosbeaks at 
feeders today, but I also had a Catbird at one of my suet feeders and I have 
never had one at my suet before. The RBGB were also at my suet feeders and I 
would think with the large beaks it would be difficult to get to the suet but 
they manage. 



Dry Fork, VA 
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Subject: Re: Warblers
From: Vineeta Anand <vineetaa AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 1 May 2016 18:35:05 -0400
I had a yellow warbler (female, I believe) in my garden yesterday in 
Alexandria--the first time I've ever seen one here. I also had a pair of wrens. 
One was a Carolina. The other, which was hanging out with it, looking for small 
pieces of peanuts outside my kitchen, had streaks on its chest and its tail was 
straight back and not cocked up. What could it have been? The brown thrasher 
was also back today. And, I saw what I think may have been a yellow rumped 
warbler at the Monticello Park in Alexandria. There were others, but I couldn't 
identify them. Also, several white-throated sparrows bathing in the stream, cat 
birds, and some chipmunks. Vineeta Anand, Alexandria 


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Subject: Rose-breasted Grosbeaks and Red-headed Woodpecker - Mason Neck
From: R Streufert <rnbstreufert AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 1 May 2016 18:14:32 -0400
Residence - Mason Neck (Lorton) VA , May 1

Two adult male Rose-breasted Grosbeaks sporadically came to feeders at
residence over the period of five hours.  This was the first sighting here
for 2016.  Adults are not often observed here expect every few years during
early to mid April and then for only a week or two.  Juveniles often show
up in the middle of summer and stay for several weeks.

One adult Red-headed Woodpecker sighted today at residence over the period
of seven hours.  This is the fifth time in the last 10 days that one has
been seen here.  It  comes to the nut feeders and stays for only a few
minutes usually returning within an hour.

Randy Streufert
Mason Neck - Fairfax County
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Subject: Rose-breasted Grosbeak in Gloucester
From: <hjwilliams3 AT cox.net>
Date: Sun, 1 May 2016 16:36:45 -0400
Yesterday, April 30, we had a male Rose-breasted Grosbeak on our feeders. This 
morning it was back on the feeders and on the ground. We only see them during 
migration. On April 29, I saw a Red-headed Woodpecker working the large tree 
trunks close to the house for 10-15 minutes. We rarely see them here. Soon 
after, I saw a small flock of Cedar Waxwings eating Holly berries right outside 
a window. For the past week, we have had a Catbird (also unusual here) on the 
feeders and around the yard. Yesterday, we had three in the feeder area at one 
time. 


Hayes Williams at White Marsh in Gloucester County  
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Subject: American Avocets and "Western" Willets in James City County
From: Brian Taber via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Sun, 1 May 2016 16:22:16 -0400
Birding in the rain today, I lucked into 2 groups of shorebirds, after 3 p.m., 
that are rare around here...17 American Avocets flew over College Creek and 18 
"Western" Willets were on the causeway at Jamestown Island. Both groups were 
photographed. 


Brian Taber
Coastal VA Wildlife Observatory
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Subject: Mourning warbler at White Oaks
From: Pam and Ben via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Sun, 1 May 2016 14:25:02 -0400
The best way to access its current location is from the entrance of the
Little Hunting Park Swim and Tennis Club at the intersection of Coventry Rd.
and Canterbury Ln.  Walk along the fence line towards the tennis courts, and
then down to the brambles around the small unnamed tributary of Paul Spring
Branch.  There was also a blue-winged warbler singing in the same area, and
three baby barred owls elsewhere in the park.  Wood thrush, Swainson's,
veery, and ovenbirds are around too.

 

Ben Jesup

Alexandria

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Subject: Rose-breasted Grosbeak
From: Cheryl Walsh <wrwccw AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 1 May 2016 14:06:38 -0400
Like others, we have a male Rose-breasted Grosbeak at the feeder this
morning. A first for our yard. They must be moving through.
Bill and Cheryl
Aldie, VA
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Subject: Crows Nest and Aquia Landing in the Rain
From: Bill Hohenstein <elliety AT msn.com>
Date: Sun, 1 May 2016 13:24:30 -0400
A good (rainy) morning at Crow's Nest and Aquia Landing -- 15 species of 
warbler between the sites, including blue winged, Hooded, La Waterthrush, and 
Prothonotary off of Ravens road; Yellow, magnolia, chestnut sided, B&W, 
northern WT, Redstart, and scads of yellow rumps at Aquia landing. 

Of interest:
4 Bank Swallows in with a large group of mixed swallows on the wire at Aquia 
Landing, others including mostly Barn, and a few Tree, Northern Rough Winged, 
and one Purple Martin. 

A Veery in the woods at Crows Nest
Two large groups of migrating Scarlet Tanagers -- in loose flocks of 8-10 
birds, mostly males feeding together at the tops of trees in two places along 
the road at Crows Nest. This is the most I've seen in one place. 

Yesterday, I found a white crowned sparrow at Dyke Marsh. Struck me as unusual 
for that spot. 

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Subject: Re: MOURNING WARBLER in White Oaks Park
From: "dcharlesl AT msn.com" <dcharlesl@msn.com>
Date: Sun, 1 May 2016 17:24:16 +0000
The Mourning Warbler is still at White Oaks Park as reported yesterday by Ben 
Jesup. Seen singing around 1:00pm in thickets near tennis court. Thanks for the 
lifer, Ben!! 


David Ledwith
Falls Church, VA
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Subject: Blackbirds
From: "Ron Vogel" <vireo AT cox.net>
Date: Sun, 1 May 2016 12:18:56 -0400
Despite the rain this morning, I headed out to Leesylvania State Park-after
all, each day this time of year is precious, and a brider's got to make hay
rain or shine.

After a while, though, of looking up into the trees with little reward, I
was reminded of the urban legend as to why you cannot leave domestic turkeys
outdoors when it rains-they will continue to stare into the sky until they
drown.

Not wishing a similar fate, I headed to Meadowood Recreational Area on
Gunston Road (Fairfax County) to see if I could find the bobolinks first
reported by Rich Rieger, et al., last week.

 

The bobolinks were easy enough to find. As I focused on a group of four
males perched close together  atop stalks from last year's milkweed crop, a
meadowlark flew into their midst chased by a very territorial red winged
blackbird.

For a split second there was an explosion of deep scarlet ,lemon yellow,
white,  black and brown as all six birds flew about helter skelter. Set
against the dark green of the wet grasses and leaves, it was a moment of
amazing and highly saturated color.

Hard to believe that some how these fellas are all drably classified as
blackbirds.

 

BTW.found a lingering Bonaparte's gull hanging out with ringbills and
cormorants on the old fish weir to the left of the boat launch at Pohick Bay
Regional Park.

 

Ron Vogel

Annandale, VA

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Subject: Sunday Great Falls Walk (Fairfax County)
From: Marshall Rawson via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Sun, 1 May 2016 12:10:56 -0400
Our intrepid group of four weather-ready birders tallied 50 species in steady 
rain. FOS highlights of the day were an indigo bunting on a rock at the 
visitors center, a cuckoo at the far end of the picnic who sang continuously 
throughout our loop the lock and back, ovenbird, great-crested flycatcher, 
kingbird and both orioles. Tree swallows with a few swifts, rough-wings, the 
aforementioned kingbird and a goodly number of barn swallows were very low over 
the river. The water itself was very quiet with a merganser, sandpiper and 
geese who flew in from the upper parking lot. The mallards were in the stream 
at the far end of the picnic area. Although we need the rain, we are hoping for 
a drier morning next week! This regular Sunday walk meets at 8:00am in the 
visitors center parking lot. All are welcome to join us. -- Marshall Rawson, 
McLean VA 


Canada Goose 20
Wood Duck 1
Mallard 2
Common Merganser 1
Double-crested Cormorant 1
Great Blue Heron 15
Black Vulture 10
Bald Eagle 2
Spotted Sandpiper 1
Mourning Dove 4
Yellow-billed Cuckoo 1
Barred Owl 1
Chimney Swift 5
Belted Kingfisher 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 5
Downy Woodpecker 1
Pileated Woodpecker 1
Great Crested Flycatcher 1
Eastern Kingbird 1
Warbling Vireo 1
Red-eyed Vireo 2
Blue Jay 6
American Crow 6
Fish Crow 6
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 6
Tree Swallow 200
Barn Swallow 50
Carolina Chickadee 6
Tufted Titmouse 12
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
House Wren 2
Carolina Wren 3
Eastern Bluebird 1
American Robin 6
Ovenbird 1
Louisiana Waterthrush 3
Black-and-white Warbler 1
Northern Parula 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler 20
Chipping Sparrow 4
White-throated Sparrow 1
Song Sparrow 1
Northern Cardinal 6
Indigo Bunting 1
Red-winged Blackbird 2
Common Grackle 3
Brown-headed Cowbird 3
Orchard Oriole 1
Baltimore Oriole 1
American Goldfinch 20

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Subject: Rose-breasted Grosbeak and hummingbird In Centreville ffx county
From: Deapesh Misra via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Sun, 1 May 2016 14:04:55 +0000 (UTC)
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!important; } Hi,  

Here in Centreville (Fairfax county) we saw our first ruby throated hummingbird 
this past Friday (April 29 2016) at a feeder and a male rose-breasted grosbeak 
yesterday ( Saturday April 30 2016). 

We are also seeing an increase in the number of yellow rumped warblers over the 
last 2 days. 


Cheers,Deapesh. 
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Subject: Cedar Waxwings and Blue Grosbeak - lower Gloucester County
From: Meredith Bell <merandlee AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 1 May 2016 09:14:00 -0400
Hi Birders,

For the past 10 days we have had an amazing treat in our yard.

At least 200 CEDAR WAXWINGS have taken up temporary residence in a wild
cherry tree in our backyard, and they spend much of the day feeding on
berries in our big holly bushes that were (once) loaded with berries.
Apparently the hollies are not stripped yet because the birds remain here
today. They take turns in groups of 20-40, flying first to a nearby tree.
Their activity is sometimes frenzied and other times orderly.

It's a privilege (and fun) to watch nature at work as these beautiful birds
prepare for their flight to their nesting grounds.

A bonus: For the first time in 14 years living here, a BLUE GROSBEAK (adult
male) came to our yard yesterday and today, feasting on sunflower seeds on
the ground below the feeder.
​
Meredith and Lee Bell
Hayes, VA​
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Subject: FOS Indigo Bunting and continuing Rose-breasted Grosbeaks
From: David Govoni <david.govoni AT me.com>
Date: Sun, 01 May 2016 08:33:55 -0400
One male bunting and two male grosbeaks at the feeders this morning despite the 
rain. First grosbeaks actually appeared yesterday -- five males and one female. 


Dave Govoni
near Brentsville, VA
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Subject: Re: Leesylvania SP migrants
From: Kurtcapt87 <kurtcapt87 AT verizon.net>
Date: Sun, 01 May 2016 00:20:35 -0400
VA BIRDers,
Before joining Marc and Scott I drove the north side of Neabsco Creek with 
notables Wild Turkey, Solitary Sandpiper, 4 Wilson's Snipe, Great Horned Owl, 
Eastern Phoebe, Common Yellowthroats, and Swamp Sparrow. 


The interesting bird at Leesylvania was a Common Tern, sporting a gray back and 
obvious black line on the trailing edge under the wing; it was unfortunately 
missed by my colleagues. 


The Myrtle Warbler count at Leesylvania was estimated to be 72.

After Leesylvania we visited Julie Metz and added Red-tailed Hawk and 
Yellow-billed Cuckoo. 


I parted with Scott and Marc and made a brief stop at Occ Bay NWR. Here I added 
Rock pigeon, Prairie Warbler, and YB Chat. The nearby Occ Bay Marina added 
Canvasback, Lesser Scaup, Am Coot, Purple Martin, more Bank Swallows, and Song 
Sparrows. 


I tried the Meadowood area and found a couple of Bobolink, Blue Grosbeak and 
more Bank Swallows. 


Lastly, Mason Neck SP did not produce the hoped for Acadian Flycatcher but did 
add Pine Warbler and Hairy Woodpecker. The overlook showed a male Redhead mixed 
in with Lesser Scaup. Two more Common Loons in the waters. 


I quit at 330pm, 108 for the day.

Kurt Gaskill


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> On Apr 30, 2016, at 4:49 PM, Marc Ribaudo  wrote:
> 
> Leesylvania was pretty birdy this morning. Kurt Gaskill, Scott Priebe and I 
enjoyed the flood of yellow-rumps, plus 17 other species of warbler, including 
blackburnian, Cape May, black-throated green, black-throated blue, hooded, 
worm-eating, blackpoll, Nashville, redstart, and northern waterthrush. Other 
goodies were flyover common loon, least flycatcher, Baltimore oriole, 
blue-headed vireo, veery, Swainson's thrush, indigo bunting, rose-breasted 
grosbeak, summer tanager, cedar waxwing, and spotted sandpiper. I tallied 86 
species at Leesylvania. 

> 
> After the park we viewed Neabsco Creek where we saw a bank swallow among a 
squadron of barns. 

> 
> Marc Ribaudo 
> 
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Subject: Bank Swallows, Forster's Tern, Common Loons (continuing) at Lake Frederick - Frederick Co.
From: "David Boltz" <david.boltz4 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 30 Apr 2016 20:47:11 -0400
After going to the Apple Blossom Festival Parade and then dinner, I stopped by 
the lake on my way home around 6:10 p.m. to see how many of this morning’s 
Loons were still present. I found 6, at least 2 not in breeding plumage. Also, 
very close to the boat dock was a small group of about 5 Bank Swallows amongst 
the Barn Swallows. It was very easy to see their white throat and belly with 
the dark breast band and auriculars/”ears”. They were also giving their 
distinctive call. 


I called Bill Parkin, who joined me and Deborah Tucci, and while we were 
looking at the Loons and Swallows, a Forster’s Tern flew by, hung around for 
about 10-15 minutes, and then flew off as mysteriously as it arrived. Bill 
managed a few pictures in the rain and poor light which helped lock in the ID. 
Bill has lived at the lake almost 6 years and never seen a Tern here, and it 
certainly did not stick around long. Interestingly, Forster’s Tern (and 
Caspian) both appear on the likely species list for this area. 


Dave Boltz
Lake Frederick
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Subject: Re: Butter-Butt Blitz, 30 April - Bells Lane, Augusta County
From: Lee <leesheehanmiller AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 30 Apr 2016 20:41:08 -0400
Goodness yes! About 20 of them this morning! None, however, later in the day.

Sent from my iPhone

> On Apr 30, 2016, at 5:54 PM,   
wrote: 

> 
> thanks for note. . yes, i had them this afternoon. Taking bath . w/all their 
pretty yellow showing & the White-thr sp. at the water drip beside it.. 

> (a dreary day but trying to clear now. .)
> 
> mary copeland
> hampton rds bird club
> hampton, va.  
> 
>> On Saturday, April 30, 2016 2:03 PM, Stephen Johnson 
 wrote: 

>> 
>> Seen any Yellow-Rumps? 
>> Wait, let me rephrase: 
>> Anyone else seen thousands of Yellow-Rumped Warblers today? 
>> 
>> Steve Johnson 
>> - getting completely blitzed - 
>> in Fairfax, Virginia 
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Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Northside Park, Apr 30, 2016
From: Phillip Kenny <philkenny AT verizon.net>
Date: Sat, 30 Apr 2016 19:03:20 -0400
I birded Northside Park, in Vienna, VA this morning. It is off of the W&OD 
trail just west of the town of Vienna, and part of my block that I am atlasing 
for the VABBA2. 

It turned out to be quite birdy! I heard & saw Blue-headed, Yellow-throated, 
White-eyed and Red-eyed Vireos. I watched a Barred Owl eat a crawfish. And I 
saw & photographed both Northern and Louisiana Waterthrush! I also had FOS 
Yellow-billed Cuckoo and Black-throated Green Warbler. 

I put some photos on Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/95123562 AT N07/ 
 

and more photos are embedded in the eBird list if you click on it. 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S29297855 
 


Cheers,
Phil

Phillip Kenny
1731 Killarney Court
Vienna, VA 22182-2133
703-255-5423
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> 
> From: ebird-checklist AT cornell.edu
> Subject: eBird Report - Northside Park, Apr 30, 2016
> Date: April 30, 2016 at 6:56:48 PM EDT
> To: philkenny AT verizon.net
> 
> Northside Park, Fairfax, Virginia, US
> Apr 30, 2016 7:00 AM - 10:04 AM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 1.5 mile(s)
> Comments:     
Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.1.5 Build 44 > 45 species > > Mourning Dove 9 > Yellow-billed Cuckoo 1 > Barred Owl 1 > Chimney Swift 6 > Red-bellied Woodpecker 4 > Downy Woodpecker 4 > Northern Flicker 2 > White-eyed Vireo 2 > Yellow-throated Vireo 1 > Blue-headed Vireo 1 > Red-eyed Vireo 3 > Blue Jay 5 > American Crow 4 > Fish Crow 4 > Carolina Chickadee 6 > Tufted Titmouse 3 > White-breasted Nuthatch 4 > House Wren 3 > Carolina Wren 3 > Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 8 > Ruby-crowned Kinglet 2 > Eastern Bluebird 4 > American Robin 4 > Gray Catbird 5 > Northern Mockingbird 1 > European Starling 6 > Ovenbird 1 > Louisiana Waterthrush 2 > Northern Waterthrush 2 > Black-and-white Warbler 3 > Common Yellowthroat 6 > Northern Parula 4 > Yellow-rumped Warbler 4 > Black-throated Green Warbler 1 > White-throated Sparrow 7 > Song Sparrow 2 > Eastern Towhee 2 > Northern Cardinal 14 > Indigo Bunting 1 > Common Grackle 1 > Brown-headed Cowbird 1 > Orchard Oriole 1 > House Finch 2 > American Goldfinch 4 > House Sparrow 5 > > View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S29297855 > > This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org/content/atlasva) *** 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: C&O Canal: Great Falls
From: Donald Sweig <skybirds.d AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 30 Apr 2016 18:13:59 -0400
 I birded on the canal at Great Falls from about 3:45 to 5:15 this afternoon. I 
had nice looks at two (FOS) singing Baltimore orioles. Also saw a Great-crested 
flycatcher at the top of a sycamore. 

 Heard, but not seen, were Yellow-throated and Warbling vireos, Orchard 
Orioles, and a Scarlet Tanager in a tree by the parking lot. 

  The trees were full of countless Yellow-rump warblers.
   Donald Sweig
    Falls Church, Virginia
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Subject: Peregrine Falcon: American Legion Bridge
From: Donald Sweig <skybirds.d AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 30 Apr 2016 18:07:54 -0400
 While driving across the American Legion bridge from Virginia into Maryland 
about 3:30 this afternoon, I noticed an adult Peregrine Falcon perched on a 
snag on the Maryland side, just downriver from the bridge. I assume this is one 
of the birds that has in the past, and may still be, nesting under the bridge. 

   Donald Sweig
  Falls Church, Virginia

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Subject: Re: Butter-Butt Blitz, 30 April - in Hampton, Va. as well.
From: <benmarycop AT cavtel.net>
Date: Sat, 30 Apr 2016 16:54:51 -0500
thanks for note. . yes, i had them this afternoon. Taking bath . w/all their 
pretty yellow showing & the White-thr sp. at the water drip beside it.. 

 (a dreary day but trying to clear now. .)

mary copeland
hampton rds bird club
hampton, va.  

On Saturday, April 30, 2016 2:03 PM, Stephen Johnson 
 wrote: 

>  
> Seen any Yellow-Rumps? 
> Wait, let me rephrase: 
> Anyone else seen thousands of Yellow-Rumped Warblers today? 
>  
> Steve Johnson 
> - getting completely blitzed - 
> in Fairfax, Virginia 
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Subject: Loudoun County Misty Birding
From: Gerco H <drgerco AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sat, 30 Apr 2016 17:54:36 -0400
This morning and part of the afternoon I spend birding in northern Loudoun 
County. Most of the time it was foggy and a light drizzle came down. Warblers 
were very hard to find, but there were plenty of other surprises today. 


Along Loyalty Rd north of Waterford the highlights were several Solitary 
Sandpipers, a Greater Yellowlegs and a crazy Horned Lark in the middle of the 
road. 


Featherbed road was a good stop with over 30 species seen. Both Orchard and 
Baltimore Orioles were seen and heard singing. An single Osprey flew out of the 
fog, seen by me, and flew back into the fog. Very surreal. 


Ash road was very productive with many Catbirds, a single Brown Thrasher, 7 
Solitary Sandpipers, Lesser and Greater Yellowlegs and a Least Sandpiper. A 
Killdeer must be breeding nearby as it was doing its broken wing act. Meanwhile 
I heard plink, plink – ah ha, Bobolink. A single male was found a field but 
quickly disappeared into the tall grass. 


Arnold lane and Sawmill Rd at the Blue Ridge Center were the best spots for 
warblers. Cerulean (2), Kentucky, Hooded, Parula and Louisiana Waterthrush were 
found here. Also several White-eyed Vireos and a Blue-headed Vireo were 
observed. Raptors were quiet, but a single Broad-winged Hawk was found and a 
Common Raven escorted a Cooper’s Hawk out of the area. That was fun to watch 
as the Raven Dive Bombed the Coop several times. 


South of Purcellville I found a pair of Gadwall in a pond near a winery/private 
subdivision and a muddy pond with 2 Spotted Sandpipers and at least 7 Solitary 
Sandpipers. A small pond, barely seen from the road had 7 male Wood Ducks. Very 
cool to see them sitting on the various logs. 


When I got out of the car at home, a first of season Great-crested Flycatcher 
announced it’s presence. I look forward seeing them more this summer. 


The complete list of sightings from today is provided below. A total of 81 
species was recorded. 


Gerco
Leesburg, VA

Canada Goose               60       
Wood Duck                  9        
Gadwall                    2        
Mallard                    1        
Black Vulture              6        
Turkey Vulture             21       
Osprey                     1        
Cooper's Hawk              1        
Red-shouldered Hawk        1        
Broad-winged Hawk          1        
Red-tailed Hawk            4        
Killdeer                   1        
Spotted Sandpiper          2        
Solitary Sandpiper         17       
Greater Yellowlegs         2        
Lesser Yellowlegs          2        
Least Sandpiper            1        
Ring-billed Gull           1        
Rock Pigeon                1        
Mourning Dove              1        
Barred Owl                 1        
Chimney Swift              1        
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  1        
Red-headed Woodpecker      3        
Red-bellied Woodpecker     2        
Downy Woodpecker           3        
Hairy Woodpecker           2        
Northern Flicker           1        
Pileated Woodpecker        2        
American Kestrel           1        
Eastern Phoebe             3        
Great Crested Flycatcher   1        
Eastern Kingbird           5        
White-eyed Vireo           2        
Blue-headed Vireo          1        
Red-eyed Vireo             3        
Blue Jay                   9        
American Crow              22       
Fish Crow                  1        
Common Raven               2        
Horned Lark                1        
Purple Martin              2        
Tree Swallow               6        
Barn Swallow               64       
Carolina Chickadee         3        
Tufted Titmouse            8        
White-breasted Nuthatch    3        
Carolina Wren              6        
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher      7        
Ruby-crowned Kinglet       1        
Eastern Bluebird           17       
American Robin             7        
Gray Catbird               4        
Brown Thrasher             2        
Northern Mockingbird       1        
European Starling          28       
Louisiana Waterthrush      1        
Blue-winged Warbler        1        
Kentucky Warbler           1        
Common Yellowthroat        4        
Hooded Warbler             1        
Cerulean Warbler           3        
Northern Parula            3        
Yellow-rumped Warbler      1        
Eastern Towhee             3        
Chipping Sparrow           17       
Field Sparrow              17       
Grasshopper Sparrow        1        
Song Sparrow               9        
White-throated Sparrow     3        
Scarlet Tanager            1        
Northern Cardinal          16       
Bobolink                   1        
Red-winged Blackbird       42       
Eastern Meadowlark         10       
Common Grackle             16       
Brown-headed Cowbird       7        
Orchard Oriole             1        
Baltimore Oriole           2        
House Finch                4        
American Goldfinch         33       

Birder's Diary - www.BirdersDiary.com - 4/30/2016
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Subject: C&O canal and Falls Church backyard
From: Bill Bickel <wbdesign AT cox.net>
Date: Sat, 30 Apr 2016 17:11:35 -0400
I thought we did OK along the canal above Riley's Lock this morning with the 
following: 

Yellow warbler
Yellow rumps
Yellow-throated
Prothonotary
N. Parula
N. Waterthrush
Wood thrush
Common loon (on Potomac River)
Heard only were a BT Green warbler and a Barred Owl.

When we got home, I noticed our back yard was pretty active with local birds, 
so I stopped to watch out the window for a while and was rewarded with a 
Nashville warblerwas able to see the small chestnut spot on top of its head. 
Followed shortly thereafter by a fine male Cape May. I got a nice view of it 
perched in profile for about 2 seconds, and then it was gone. 



Bill and Janet Bickel
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Subject: Leesylvania SP migrants
From: Marc Ribaudo <moribaudo AT verizon.net>
Date: Sat, 30 Apr 2016 16:49:27 -0400
Leesylvania was pretty birdy this morning. Kurt Gaskill, Scott Priebe and I 
enjoyed the flood of yellow-rumps, plus 17 other species of warbler, including 
blackburnian, Cape May, black-throated green, black-throated blue, hooded, 
worm-eating, blackpoll, Nashville, redstart, and northern waterthrush. Other 
goodies were flyover common loon, least flycatcher, Baltimore oriole, 
blue-headed vireo, veery, Swainson's thrush, indigo bunting, rose-breasted 
grosbeak, summer tanager, cedar waxwing, and spotted sandpiper. I tallied 86 
species at Leesylvania. 


After the park we viewed Neabsco Creek where we saw a bank swallow among a 
squadron of barns. 


Marc Ribaudo 

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Subject: Huntley Meadows Hike-Bike Trail, Fairfax County, Purple Finch, Chat, and lots more
From: "Larry Cartwright" <prowarbler AT verizon.net>
Date: Sat, 30 Apr 2016 16:18:09 -0400
Twenty-three people participated in the Northern Virginia Bird Club
sponsored walk along the Hike-Bike Trail, Woodcock Meadow, and the Central
Wetland at Huntley Meadows.  We had 16 species of warbler, with only a few
heard only.  A Scarlet Tanager greeted us in the parking lot as the walk
commenced.  Blue-gray Gnatcatchers have become ubiquitous.  We had 4 flyover
Common Loons as we birded the first meadow off the Hike-Bike Trail.  We had
lots of Ovenbirds, mostly concentrated along the Pond Trail.  They were
quite vocal, but none presented themselves to be seen.  A Veery gave
fleeting views and a Wood Thrush vocalized in the distance.  As we emerged
from the Pond Trail and entered the Woodcock Meadow, we saw a female Purple
Finch foraging with American Goldfinches followed by a cooperative (and FOS
for me) Yellow-breasted Chat.  The chat perched in full view and sang for
several minutes before disappearing.  The Woodcock Meadow also hosted Indigo
BuntingS and a respectable number of Common Yellowthroats.  We had lots of
Gray Catbirds as Kurt Gaskill did yesterday, but came up short on Swamp
Sparrows.  Among the misses were Acadian Flycatcher, but I expect they will
be in shortly.  A special thanks to Elton Morel and David Ledwith for their
great assistance during the walk and to Toby for his keen eyesight in
finding often difficult to see birds. 

 

Huntley Meadows Park--Hike and Bike Trail, Fairfax, Virginia, US Apr 30,
2016 7:35 AM - 12:44 PM

Protocol: Traveling

2.5 mile(s)

Comments:     
Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.1.5 Build 44 77 species (+1 other taxa) Canada Goose 40 Mallard 4 Hooded Merganser 17 Common Loon 4 Pied-billed Grebe 1 Double-crested Cormorant 2 Great Blue Heron (Blue form) 3 Black Vulture 1 Turkey Vulture 6 Osprey 2 Buteo sp. 2 American Coot 4 Spotted Sandpiper 1 Solitary Sandpiper 1 Greater Yellowlegs 1 Mourning Dove 4 Yellow-billed Cuckoo 2 Barred Owl 1 Chimney Swift 8 Ruby-throated Hummingbird 2 Red-bellied Woodpecker 7 Downy Woodpecker (Eastern) 3 Hairy Woodpecker (Eastern) 1 Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 2 Pileated Woodpecker 1 Eastern Phoebe 1 White-eyed Vireo 3 Red-eyed Vireo 6 Blue Jay 10 American Crow 2 Fish Crow 2 Northern Rough-winged Swallow 2 Purple Martin 2 Tree Swallow 20 Barn Swallow (American) 15 Carolina Chickadee 8 Tufted Titmouse 12 House Wren 1 Carolina Wren 2 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 24 Ruby-crowned Kinglet 4 Veery 1 Wood Thrush 1 American Robin 20 Gray Catbird 13 Brown Thrasher 3 European Starling 4 Ovenbird 15 Northern Waterthrush 1 Blue-winged Warbler 2 Black-and-white Warbler 4 Nashville Warbler 2 Common Yellowthroat 22 X American Redstart 1 Northern Parula 3 Blackburnian Warbler 1 Yellow Warbler 2 Chestnut-sided Warbler 1 Blackpoll Warbler 1 Black-throated Blue Warbler 1 Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 14 Black-throated Green Warbler 1 Yellow-breasted Chat 1 Chipping Sparrow 1 White-throated Sparrow 25 Song Sparrow 1 Swamp Sparrow 3 Eastern Towhee 14 Northern Cardinal 18 Rose-breasted Grosbeak 1 Indigo Bunting 6 Red-winged Blackbird 60 Common Grackle (Purple) 10 Brown-headed Cowbird 6 Orchard Oriole 1 Purple Finch 1 American Goldfinch 30 House Sparrow 2 View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S29301956 This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org) Larry Cartwright prowarbler AT verizon.net *** You are subscribed to va-bird as jsiler AT birdingonthe.net. If you wish to unsubscribe, or modify your preferences please visit http://mailman.listserve.com/listmanager/listinfo/va-bird ***
Subject: Bobolinks / Warren Co.
From: "Jon Little" <littlejon48 AT comcast.net>
Date: Sat, 30 Apr 2016 16:10:06 -0400
We stopped by our regular spot along Morgan Ford Road to check for Bobolinks
today. We found 3 males staking out territory. Cold and breezy, so we didn't
stay long. They all acted as if they had just gotten here.

 

Jon & BJ Little

Winchester

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Subject: Common loons, Braley Pond, GW National forest
From: "Lee M." <leesheehanmiller AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 30 Apr 2016 15:27:35 -0400
3 common loons, Braley Pond
Augusta county
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Subject: Butter-Butt Blitz, 30 April
From: Stephen Johnson <stevejohnson2 AT verizon.net>
Date: Sat, 30 Apr 2016 15:03:44 -0400
Seen any Yellow-Rumps?
Wait, let me rephrase:
Anyone else seen thousands of Yellow-Rumped Warblers today?

Steve Johnson
- getting completely blitzed -
in Fairfax, Virginia

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Subject: Woodville Park - 12 Warbler species - Gloucester County
From: Meredith Bell <merandlee AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 30 Apr 2016 14:53:42 -0400
Hi Birders,

Thanks to George and Rosemarie Harris for altering us to the excellent
birds to be found along the perimeter of the new sports fields (used by
dozens of young soccer players with coaches and parents this morning) at
Woodville Park in lower Gloucester County. Despite the noise and action,
the birds were vocal and active.

With cool winds coming from ENE, we found an abundance of birds in the
woods at the edge of the NE corner of the field, including these warblers:
Yellow-breasted Chat, Northern Parula, Ovenbird, Common Yellowthroat,
Black-throated Blue, Hooded, Yellow-rumped, Black & White. Also in this
general area: Wood Thrush, White-eyed Vireo, multiple Summer Tanagers, male
Scarlet Tanager, Yellow-billed Cuckoo. A flyover Merlin was a surprise
treat, too.

On the Boardwalk we added these warblers - Prairie, Palm, Pine and
Worm-eating - plus a male Orchard Oriole and male Indigo Bunting.

We did not expect to get 12 warblers birding just these 2 areas, but as we
all know, this time of year is full of wonderful surprises!

Great birding,
Meredith
​ and Lee Bell​

​Hayes, VA

Woodville Park, Gloucester, Virginia, US
Apr 30, 2016 8:10 AM - 11:20 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
Comments: Overcast the entire time, mid-50s, light winds from ENE
51 species

Double-crested Cormorant  1
Great Blue Heron  1
Black Vulture  1
Turkey Vulture  3
Killdeer  9     6 adults, 3 juveniles
Mourning Dove  1
Yellow-billed Cuckoo  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  2
Downy Woodpecker  1
Merlin  1
Great Crested Flycatcher  6
White-eyed Vireo  5
Yellow-throated Vireo  3
American Crow  4
Barn Swallow  1
Tufted Titmouse  8     5 adults, 3 juveniles
House Wren  1
Carolina Wren  2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  3
Eastern Bluebird  2
Wood Thrush  1
American Robin  2
Gray Catbird  5
Brown Thrasher  3
Northern Mockingbird  1
European Starling  2
Cedar Waxwing  36
Ovenbird  6
Worm-eating Warbler  1
Black-and-white Warbler  2
Common Yellowthroat  1
Hooded Warbler  2
Northern Parula  2
Black-throated Blue Warbler  1
Palm Warbler  3
Pine Warbler  2
Yellow-rumped Warbler  6
Prairie Warbler  1
Yellow-breasted Chat  1
Chipping Sparrow  3
White-throated Sparrow  1
Eastern Towhee  1
Summer Tanager  5
Scarlet Tanager  1
Northern Cardinal  7
Indigo Bunting  1
Red-winged Blackbird  6
Common Grackle  4
Brown-headed Cowbird  5
Orchard Oriole  1
American Goldfinch  7

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Subject: Great Falls National Park : Saturday morning
From: Donald Sweig <skybirds.d AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 30 Apr 2016 12:43:21 -0400
I birded at the upper end of the Great Falls national park between about 9:30 
and 11 this morning. I started at the middle of the second parking lot and walk 
up to near the dam and back. 

 Best bird was a nice look at a singing, male SCARLET TANAGER on a naked branch 
about 20 feet off the ground. WOW !! 

 Heard two, saw one, singing Orchard Oriole. Heard three or four singing 
Warbling vireos. Also heard a couple of singing Baltimore orioles, but couldn't 
find them as they were up in the leaves at the top of the trees. There was a 
singing Louisiana Waterthrush near the parking lot. 

 On the river there were dozens, perhaps hundreds, of Tree, Barn, and 
Rough-wing swallows coursing back-and-forth close to the water (probably from 
an insect hatch). There was a Spotted Sandpiper out on the rocks in the river. 
Dozens, or more, Chimney Swifts were flying over the river and the parking lot. 

 (And then I came home and the Rose-breasted grosbeak was on my feeder for the 
fourth day.) 

   (Ain't Spring wonderful ??)
   Donald Sweig, 
    Falls Church, Virginia


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Subject: Rose-breasted grosbeak in Falls Church
From: Donald Sweig <skybirds.d AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 30 Apr 2016 12:20:52 -0400
 The male Rose-breasted grosbeak that showed up at my Falls Church feeder on 
Wednesday evening is still here, for the fourth day. What a treat !! 

   Donald Sweig 
Falls Church, Virginia

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Subject: Common Loons at Lake Frederick - Frederick Co.
From: david.boltz4 AT gmail.com
Date: Sat, 30 Apr 2016 11:29:41 -0400
3 visible from the boat launch area. Bill Parkin tells me there are 6 more 
further up the lake. They may be visible from the dam breast with a scope. 
Also, both Orioles were near the boat launch, along with Eastern Kingbirds, and 
a good assortment of Swallows over the lake. 


Dave Boltz
Lake Frederick

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Subject: Rose-breasted Grosbeak
From: John Greenwood via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Sat, 30 Apr 2016 09:20:37 -0400
The first I've seen in our backyard. He couldn't figure out the sunflower seed 
feeder (tubular) and flew away after a few minutes. 


Jack Greenwood
Falls Church

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Subject: Black-bellied plover on Hunting reek mudflats
From: Edward Eder <nutmegz AT mac.com>
Date: Sat, 30 Apr 2016 08:25:42 -0400
A Black bellied Plover is currently on Hunting Creek mudflats feeding

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Subject: MOURNING WARBLER in White Oaks Park
From: Pam and Ben via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Sat, 30 Apr 2016 08:13:29 -0400
Best accessed from Rollins Dr. entrance.  Cross the ford over Paul Spring
Branch, take a right and go 30ish yards to the brambly area.  Singing
incessantly from 7:30 to 8 a.m.  And a BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER singing in the
treetops nearby.  (And, no, I did not make this up to trick birders to go to
the Hollin Hills House and Garden tour.)

 

Ben Jesup

Alexandria

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Subject: Bobolink and others/Southern Fairfax Co.
From: Rich Rieger via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Fri, 29 Apr 2016 21:34:43 -0400
Sherman Suter and I met up w. Phil Silas at Meadowood off Gunston Rd. this 
morning. Had one Bobolink at the western edge of the meadow there. We moved on 
to the area that overlooks Belmont Bay off Belmont Blvd where we picked up a 
Magnolia Warbler among the many YellowRumps. 


Looking for a Kestrel, we headed to the Work House Arts area and scanned wires 
to no avail. We walked down to the fence that surrounds the landfill and a fun 
bird was a Turkey walking along inside the fence. 


We then headed up to the Equestrian area on Lorton Hill where we came upon a 
nice flock of sparrows - White Throats, White Crowned, Savannah and Field, but 
alas, no Vesper AND no Kestrel... 


Rich Rieger
Alexandria
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Subject: Huntley Meadows Telegraph Rd side, FRFX Co, 29 Apr 2016
From: Kurtcapt87 <kurtcapt87 AT verizon.net>
Date: Fri, 29 Apr 2016 21:20:37 -0400
VA BIRDers,

An early morning visit today to Huntley Meadows went reasonably 
well...Highlights were Summer Tanager and Cerulean Warbler. The cloud deck was 
low, complete with occasional fine mist and 50 to 54 F. So Hawks were tough. 
And not one Tree Swallow box was attended! Noted 3 Trees and 1 Northern 
Rough-winged over the small lake mid morning. Birding was reasonably good 
although, despite a great Swamp Sparrow push no Lincoln's were found. The list 
of highlights is below. 


Wild Turkey 2
Coopers Hawk 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Am. Coot 4
Solitary Sandpiper 3
YB Cuckoo 3
C Swift 1
Belted Kingfisher 1, a surprise...migrant or failed breeder?
Great Crested Fly 1
White-eyed V 2
Red-eyed V 16
Blue Jay 24
Tree Sw 3
No. Rough-winged Sw 1
House Wren 1
RC Kinglet 7
BG Gnatcatcher 17
Veery 4
Wood Thrush 2
Gray Catbird 11...an obvious big push
Blue-winged Warbler 2
No. Parula 3
Magnolia 1
Black-throated Blue 1
Yellow-rumped 24
Blackpoll 1
Cerulean 1
Black & White 3
Am. Redstart 1
Prothonotary 1
Ovenbird 15
No. Waterthrush 1
Com Yellowthroat 26
YB Chat 1
Summer Tanager 1
Scarlet Tanager 3
E. Towhee 8
Field Sp 2
Swamp Sp 17
White-the Sp 37
Indigo Bunting 4
Orchard O 1

Kurt Gaskill


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Subject: Leesylvania State Park 4/29
From: "Ron Vogel" <vireo AT cox.net>
Date: Fri, 29 Apr 2016 19:45:39 -0400
Pretty birdy at Leesylvania this morning, but most of the migrant warbler
activity seemed to be at tree top level making positive identifications
problematic. Still I wound up with 9 different species, the highlight being
a nice Cape May.

The major action today, though, focused on tanagers. My first summer tanager
of the season showed up on  top of the snag across from the Powell Creek
Trail parking lot-a favorite perch for this species at Leesylvania. Then
there were the scarlet tanagers-lots of them. My best attempt at an
unduplicated count was nine, and there were others heard but not seen. At
one point I had five of them (males) together in a small locust tree at the
edge of the scout camping ground. It was one of those occasions when you put
down your field guide, stow the check list, and just savor an OMG moment. No
bird was separated from another by a distance of more than eight to ten
feet. Truly memorable.

 

I continue to find  Cooper's hawks in the parking lot near the visitor's
center. Marc Ribaudo reported on the birds several weeks ago and suggested
they might be nesting. All I can say is each time I've spooked the bird(s),
they've flown directly to where Marc had suggested a nest might be located.
Foliage now makes direct observation of the nest site difficult.

 

Hope everybody has a great weekend w/ great birds.

 

Ron Vogel

Annandale, VA

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Subject: singing Kentucky Warbler, Weyanoke Sanctuary, Norfolk
From: David Gibson <20cabot AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 29 Apr 2016 11:25:10 -0400
I both heard and saw (very briefly) the above bird this a.m. around 8. Nick
Flanders had seen it yesterday near the platform. Today it was toward the
back of the sanctuary and just off the main trail or "spine". It does sound
like a Carolina Wren. Poor light--but so what. Life bird! Dave Gibson,
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Subject: Best spots at Thompson for Ceruleans?
From: Trista Nealon <trnealon AT comcast.net>
Date: Fri, 29 Apr 2016 09:22:42 -0400
Hi all,

I would like to make the trip out to Thompson Wildlife Management Area to look 
for cerulean warblers (lifer for me) and was wondering where the best viewing 
spots are? I've heard of Trillium Trail, but if you have any particular spot or 
directions there, I would appreciate it since I'm not familiar with the area. 
Thanks! 


Trista Nealon


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Subject: Acadian Flycatcher
From: Phil Kenny <philkenny AT verizon.net>
Date: Thu, 28 Apr 2016 22:31:52 -0400
I heard an ACFC in Vienna this morning on a run thru Foxstone Park. Also saw a 
Scarlet Tanager, heard Red-eyed Vireo, Great-crested Flycatcher. 


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Subject: Re: Reston, FFX Co
From: Sam Simon <samsimon387 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 28 Apr 2016 22:00:02 -0400
New arrivals in South Reston on 4/25 include Common Yellowthroats and a pair of 
catbirds. Also a singing Black-throated Blue Warbler. 

This week brought loads of Yellow-rumped Warblers, a second Northern 
Waterthrush at Lake Audubon, and more warblers. Today 4/28 I got my FOS Scarlet 
Tanagers: two males singing. Heard more Black-throated Blues, parulas, another 
Northern Waterthrush, and a Black-and-white. I also heard a FOS Blackpoll 
Warbler today! Also many Red-eyes Vireos singing. 


Happy birding,
~Sam Simon

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> In the last two days, I have seen the following new birds here in Highland,
> either on Rt. 640, on Rte. 220 south of Monterey, or on Rt. 84 heading
> towards Mill Gap:
> ?Eastern Kingbird
> pair of Wood Ducks
> Scarlet Tanager
> Baltimore Oriole (reported at feeder)
> Ruby-throated Hummingbird at feeder
> Yellow Warbler near my house in New Hampden
> Osprey in tree across from my house.
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> This AM on my walk to work. At Oak Marr Park along the trail that follows the 
fence along the golf course between holes 1 and 2.Lots of yellow-rumped 
warblers but didn't have time to scan thoroughly for others. Didn't hear any 
others singing. Yesterday a Warbling Vireo at Flint Hill School Upper School 
campus. 

> ALl the bestFred 
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> Frederick D. Atwood Flint Hill School, 10409 Academic Dr, Oakton, VA 22124 
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Subject: Swainson's thrush and other new arrivals at White Oaks Park, Fairfax County
From: Pam and Ben via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Thu, 28 Apr 2016 21:50:36 -0400
Wednesday arrivals were:

 

Veery

Parula

Scarlet tanager

 

Thursday repeated those three, and added:

 

Great crested fly

Swainson's thrush

 

White Oaks Park can be accessed from Paul Spring Rd.  It is adjacent to
Hollin Hills, a birdy neighborhood of mid-century modern houses (and which
is having a home and garden tour on
Saturday--http://www.hollinhills.net/house-and-garden-tour-2016/).  In the
past I have had good birds while attending the tour.  And this year, if you
go, you can see my house.

 

Ben Jesup

Alexandria

 

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Subject: Re: Great Egret in Short Pump
From: David Gibson <20cabot AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 28 Apr 2016 20:48:28 -0400
Alyssa, I'm from Boston, and haven't been here that long, so I thought you
observed a Great Egret wearing an article of clothing or a shoe of some
sort (until my Virginian wife informed me). Dave

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wrote:

> While driving behind Kohl's and Target in Short Pump (next to Tom Leonard's
> Farmer's Market and Goodwill), I looked over the small pond there and
> spotted a Great Egret standing in the water. FOS for me!
>
> Alyssa Freeman
> Henrico
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Subject: Great Egret in Short Pump
From: Alyssa Freeman <tsiporah.shani AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 28 Apr 2016 19:50:25 -0400
While driving behind Kohl's and Target in Short Pump (next to Tom Leonard's
Farmer's Market and Goodwill), I looked over the small pond there and
spotted a Great Egret standing in the water. FOS for me!

Alyssa Freeman
Henrico
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Subject: Ashland Trolley Line sightings and adjoining property
From: "Bob Cole" <plmhp AT comcast.net>
Date: Thu, 28 Apr 2016 19:45:05 -0400
Prior to 4/26:

wood ducks, killdeer, barred owl, kingfisher, hairy woodpeckers, red-headed
woodpeckers, frequently,  Eastern phoebe, tree swallow, hermit thrush, cedar
waxwings, pine warbler, hooded warbler, fox sparrow, junco, black-throated
green warbler, Louisiana waterthrush, towhees, redstart & pinesiskins.

 

Birds seen this week:

warblers:

black-throated green

black-throated blue

black and white

common yellowthroat

redstart

northern parulla

yellow-rumped

ovenbird

Louisiana waterthrush

 

barred owl

eastern meadowlark

indigo bunting

yellow-billed cuckoo

gray catbird

chimney swift

great-crested flycatcher

veery

 

vireos:

white-eyed

red-eyed

blue-headed

 

See you this Saturday,

7:30 Luck Chevrolet's rear lot.

Be ready for wet conditions. Some of the walk borders our swamp and a small
beaver pond.

 

Bob and Linda Cole

798-6618

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Subject: Kentucky Warbler, Weyanoke Sanctuary, Norfolk, 4/28/16
From: nicholas <flicknanders AT hotmail.com>
Date: Thu, 28 Apr 2016 11:25:05 -0400
 Hey all, after hearing some good reports I couldn't resist a quick check of 
Weyanoke Sanctuary in Norfolk this morning around 10 AM. Highlight was a 
cooperative but silent Kentucky Warbler near the creek overlook platform. Other 
warblers included singing Northern Parula, Black-throated Blue, Yellow, and 
Yellow-rumped, plus there was a singing Red-eyed Vireo present. From the bridge 
over the creek just west of the Sanctuary associated with the new public paved 
trail I saw 3 Solitary Sandpipers and 3 Yellow-crowned Night-Herons. Wish I'd 
had more time, Nick. 

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Subject: Firsts in Gloucester
From: Eirlys Barker <dreirlys AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 28 Apr 2016 09:56:41 -0400
It's been quite a week here near Pinetta.  Most of our summer migrants/
visitors have been seen or heard, including a Cuckoo, Osprey, Wood
Thrushes, Summer Tanagers, Red and White-eyed vireos.  See ebird for actual
dates and times. Still, I miss the juncos.  The Pine Warbler is still
around.

Yesterday we heard our first Great Crested Flycatcher and he's noisily
whistling outside as I type.   Also yesterday, I saw our first female
Ruby-throated Hummingbird at a feeder -- the males have been here
constantly for well over a week.  We have a Catbird that's hanging around
the house -- usually just see and hear them in our marsh.  He was actually
at the suet feeder a couple of times.

The Barred Owls are noisy night and day and the turkeys are heard just
around dawn til about 8:00 in the marsh.  Spring is here.

Eirlys Barker
Pinetta (West Gloucester county)
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Subject: Albemarle County Big Day
From: Daniel Bieker <dbkr AT firstva.com>
Date: Thu, 28 Apr 2016 09:48:03 -0400
An annual "Big Day" count for Albemarle County was conducted yesterday, 27 
April, with 117 species recorded. Weather conditions were pretty ideal: 
overcast, warm temps, calm to slight wind. Participating as a group were 
Gretchen Gehrett, Stauffer Miller, John Rowlett, Chris Murray and Dan Bieker. 


Albemarle is graced with a diversity of topography and habitats, from James 
River bottomland to forested Blue Ridge eastern slopes. Migrating waterfowl 
were pretty non-existent, with Red-breasted Merganser and Ring-necked Duck the 
only representatives. Some notable species in the bottomland and large farming 
regions near the James included Chuck-wills-widow, Northern Harrier, Barn Owl, 
Osprey, Northern Waterthrush, and Prothonotary and Yellow-throated Warblers. 
Chats, Prairie Warblers and sparrows were well represented through much of the 
southern farming area of the county. At the higher and more forested western 
areas some notable warblers included Kentucky, Cape May, Black-throated Blue, 
and a breeding hot spot for Ceruleans. Time constraints prevented birding the 
extensive northern portion of the county, but all in all a great day of birding 
with a fun group of folks.. 


Dan Bieker
North Garden, VA 
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Subject: Blue Ridge Parkway 4/27/16
From: "Marshall Faintich" <marshall AT faintich.net>
Date: Thu, 28 Apr 2016 09:31:33 -0400
30 avian species including 5 warbler species: male and female Ceruleans,
male and female (working on nest) American Redstarts, male and female
(taking a bath) Black & White, Hooded, and Worm-eating. Report and photos:

 

 
http://www.faintich.net/Blog2016/2016_04_27.htm

 

___________________________

Marshall Faintich

Nellysford, VA

marshall AT faintich.net

www.faintich.net  

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

____________________________________________________________________________
_______________________

 

 

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Subject: Re: Unknown Warbler
From: Logan Anderson <northamericaroks AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 28 Apr 2016 09:06:34 -0400
Hey va-bird,
 Sorry, in the last email it seemed that audio file did not go through and 
transfer onto an email format. 

I made a small video with the audio, here is the link to it. 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j7S7FxWLxHc 
 


Sorry,
	Logan A.

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> No song link....
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> > Date: Thu, 28 Apr 2016 08:28:48 -0400
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> > Subject: [Va-bird] Unknown Warbler
> > 
> > Hi va-bird,
> > These past few days have been exciting as I had my first Cape May Warbler 
in my yard yesterday, but when I went out this morning there 

> > was another song that I couldnt identify. I was wondering if you could 
please help me with this identification? 

> > The song on my audio recording is in the beginning and the end of the 
recording and sorry about the interference in the middle of it. 

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Subject: Eastern Whip-poor-will in Leesburg - Belated Report
From: Gerco H <drgerco AT hotmail.com>
Date: Thu, 28 Apr 2016 08:58:23 -0400
Hi All,
Last Monday evening after dark while I was relaxing on the patio an Eastern 
Whip-poor-will starting singing in the forest patch behind our house. The bird 
song for about 15 minutes. Pretty wicked. This was an unexpected lifer! :) Hope 
the bird stay around. 

GercoLeesburg, VA 		 	   		  
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Subject: Unknown Warbler
From: Logan Anderson <northamericaroks AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 28 Apr 2016 08:28:48 -0400
Hi va-bird,
 These past few days have been exciting as I had my first Cape May Warbler in 
my yard yesterday, but when I went out this morning there 

was another song that I couldn’t identify. I was wondering if you could 
please help me with this identification? 

 The song on my audio recording is in the beginning and the end of the 
recording and sorry about the interference in the middle of it. 

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Subject: Female rose-breasted grosbeak, Loudoun Co.
From: Ashley Lohr <aklohr AT vt.edu>
Date: Thu, 28 Apr 2016 07:59:08 -0400
Just had a female at our feeder in Purcellville. I was hoping I'd see at
least one with all the other reports going around. Maybe a male will show
up next.

Cheers,
Ashley
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Subject: Richmond, Bryan Park, 27 April: Blackpoll
From: Stephen Johnson <stevejohnson2 AT verizon.net>
Date: Wed, 27 Apr 2016 21:54:22 -0400
Today Lynn and I, visiting Richmond, ran into a really nice and knowledgable 
young birder named John, and he was kind enough to show us some of the great 
trails at this park. I am being hyper-cautious about privacy, so not giving 
last names here. I suspect many of the Richmond local birders may already know 
John. 


Anyway, in addition to Alyssa Freeman's excellent list from this morning, from 
our own 2-hour visit I can add these species: 


Wood Duck - female with 4 very young young
Cooper's & Red-Shouldered Hawks
Solitary Sandpiper
Chimney Swift
Northern Rough-Winged Swallows
Fish Crow
Hermit Thrush
Gray Catbird
Brown Thrasher
Blackpoll Warbler - well seen by all 3 of us
Common Yellowthroat
Yellow Warbler
Swamp Sparrow
Brown-Headed Cowbird
American Goldfinch

If you combine the two lists, I think it's 12 warbler species from this morning 
- not bad for a mid-city park. 


Steve Johnson & Lynn Rafferty
Fairfax, Virginia

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Subject: Blue-winged Warbler again + DC Cormorant @ Union Springs, R'ham Co.
From: "Kevin Shank" <birds AT naturefriendmagazine.com>
Date: Wed, 27 Apr 2016 21:37:15 -0400
We had a Blue-winged Warbler around our yard multiple times again today. Had
a fair number of other migrant songbirds around our place also: Red-eyed,
Blue-headed, and Yellow-throated Vireos, FOS Indigo Buntings, and 11
warblers.  Also had a Double-crested Cormorant fly over around 5:30.

 

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S29247895

 

 

Shaphan Shank

Union Springs

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Subject: FOS Wood thrush
From: morann--- via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Wed, 27 Apr 2016 20:37:58 -0400
I heard a wood thrush singing his lovely song this afternoon/evening.


Ann Donaldson
Barboursville
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Subject: Algonkian Regional Park--Loudoun County--warbler, etc.
From: Nicole Pool Hutcheson via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Wed, 27 Apr 2016 22:48:16 +0000 (UTC)
Only had a short time to visit the park. Parked near picnic pavilion near 
cabins. Barely made it onto the trail through the woods near the river and saw, 
2 Prothonotary warblers, 1 blue-winged warbler, oodles of yellow-rumps. After 
emerging from the woods on that section of the trail, came across the 
prothonotaries chasing another bird, which ended up being an Indigo Bunting. 
Saw 2 Baltimore Orioles high up in a sycamore tree. And a raccoon ear sticking 
out of a hole in the top of a dead tree was a bonus. 

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Subject: Yellow-crowned Night Heron in Luria Park
From: Elizabeth Fedorko <elizabethholcombefedorko AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 27 Apr 2016 18:39:40 -0400
Hello!~~We saw that the Yellow-crowned Night Heron had returned to our
neighborhood park in Falls Church, Luria Park. We spotted him in the creek
by the boardwalk bridge on the Raymondale side of the creek (best accessed
by Fallowfield Dr.). We also saw a flock of about 20 Yellow-rumped Warblers
and two American Redstarts. I posted a few photos on my Pintrest page:
https://www.pinterest.com/dimestorechic/birds-weve-seen/

Cheers! Dan and Beth Fedorko
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Subject: Rose-breasted Grosbeak in Falls Church
From: Donald Sweig <skybirds.d AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 27 Apr 2016 17:44:56 -0400
 I arrived home from a shopping trip at about 4:30 this afternoon to find a 
spiffy, male, Rose-breasted Grosbeak on my sunflower feeder. I usually get at 
least one, sometimes more, and I was wondering where they were this year. 

 I managed to get a few photos in the cloudy light. I hope he'll stay overnight 
and come back in the morning. 

    Donald Sweig
     Falls Church, Virginia

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Subject: White-crowned sparrow, Woodbridge
From: Marc Ribaudo <moribaudo AT verizon.net>
Date: Wed, 27 Apr 2016 17:11:59 -0400
A beautiful adult white-crowned sparrow is under my feeder in Woodbridge. We 
usually get one or two during migration. There is also a singing yellow warbler 
in the yard. 


Marc Ribaudo

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Subject: Brief comments on Occoquan Bay sightings 4/27
From: "Ron Vogel" <vireo AT cox.net>
Date: Wed, 27 Apr 2016 16:09:04 -0400
Spent a an hour or so at Occoquan Bay NWR this morning. Lots of different
yellow birds throughout the refuge; newest arrivals seem to be the chats.
Saw two and heard at least one more. Of note on the water were a pair of
common loons in full alternate plumage accompanied by a single red throated
loon. I rarely see red throated loons on the water here at any time of the
year-this would be a spring record for me. A lingering Caspian tern was also
very active on the bay. I continue to run into a barred owl in the wooded
area surrounding the swampy area between the road from Painted Turtle Pond
and Deep Hole Point Road.. Today would make the fourth time in about 6
weeks. I keep looking for evidence of nesting, but so far have found
nothing. 

Two or three singing orchard orioles and two singing blue grosbeaks rounded
out a nice morning in spite of the intermittent drizzle.

 

Ron Vogel 

Annandale, VA

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Subject: Capitol Square; Richmond City
From: Ellison Orcutt <mr.ellyo AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 27 Apr 2016 15:33:54 -0400
Hello birders,

After getting a report of a Black-throated Blue Warbler clinging to the
outside wall on the 16th floor of our office building my suspicions arose
that downtown Richmond may have acted as migrant "trap" last night.

So I spent my lunch break at the State Capitol grounds and enjoyed a
surprising number of migrants. The grounds of the Capitol are kept very
clean but they do have a patch of large oaks and some mulched azalea
patches. Otherwise this location is small, surrounded by high-rises, busy
with foot and vehicle traffic, and not very attractive to resident birds.
Highlights in the mulched areas included WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW, WOOD
THRUSH, and multiple OVENBIRDs.  ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK and a small
collection of singing warblers included multiple BLACK-THROATED BLUE
WARBLERs.  CATBIRDs were abundant but the lack of habitat sent many of them
to the treetops to search for caterpillars.

Nothing amazing by regional standards but, given the location, a
respectable list.

Good birds,


Ellison


Virginia State Capitol Grounds, Richmond City, Virginia, US
Apr 27, 2016 1:10 PM - 1:55 PM
21 species

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)  4
Chimney Swift (Chaetura pelagica)  5
Fish Crow (Corvus ossifragus)  2
Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)  1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula)  1
Wood Thrush (Hylocichla mustelina)  1
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  16
Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis)  17     Abundant.. likely more. Many
active in tree tops.  One pair working hard to arrange a very long twig as
if selecting a nesting spot.
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  8
Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum)  2
Ovenbird (Seiurus aurocapilla)  3
Black-and-white Warbler (Mniotilta varia)  3
Northern Parula (Setophaga americana)  1
Black-throated Blue Warbler (Setophaga caerulescens)  3
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) (Setophaga coronata coronata)  28
White-crowned Sparrow (Dark-lored) (Zonotrichia leucophrys
leucophrys/oriantha)  1
White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis)  9
Rose-breasted Grosbeak (Pheucticus ludovicianus)  1
Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula)  20
House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus)  1
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)  5

-- 
Ellison Orcutt
Birder/Naturalist
Richmond, Va
Cell: (804) 339-6976
Mr.EllyO AT gmail.com
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Subject: Bald Eagle and osprey
From: "Michael A. Shank." <tallwhiteoak AT verizon.net>
Date: Wed, 27 Apr 2016 14:58:27 -0400
              Hello Va-birders,

Made a trip to West Va. deliver side metal to a job site. On the way back home 
I had just started slowing down to turn off of 259 onto 613 when I spotted two 
birds flying towards us. It was a Bald Eagle chasing a Osprey. I wanted to stop 
and watch the chase but couldn’t. When we finished turning onto 613 the birds 
were flying back our way, so we stopped and watched. As long as the Osprey flew 
in a circle the Eagle had a hard time catching him, but when he flew strait 
away the Eagle was able to catch him. I never could tell wether the Osprey had 
a fish or not. Seeing that was worth the whole trip back there. 


This intersection is west of Broadway about 3 to 5 miles

                  Mike Shank
           Rockingham County
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Subject: One Sky Our Birds - A new website celebrating migratory birds!
From: "Ruthenberg, Jessica (DGIF)" <Jessica.Ruthenberg AT dgif.virginia.gov>
Date: Wed, 27 Apr 2016 17:55:14 +0000
In recognition of the Migratory Bird Treaty Centennial, the Virginia Department 
of Game & Inland Fisheries is participating in an international blog exchange, 
called One Sky Our Birds, with the Florida Fish & 
Wildlife Conservation Commission and Nature Conservancy of Canada that 
celebrates migratory birds. Check out the One Sky Our 
Birds website and follow the 
blog articles to track spring and fall warbler 
migration along the Atlantic Flyway! VDGIF will also be sharing each new blog 
article on our Facebook page. Please join us in 
our celebration! 


Jessica Ruthenberg
Watchable Wildlife Biologist
Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries
3909 Airline Blvd., Chesapeake, Virginia 23321
Office: (757) 465-6868; Cell: (804) 229-2556

jessica.ruthenberg AT dgif.virginia.gov 


Discover Our Wild Side! Virginia Birding and Wildlife 
Trail 

Follow DGIF on Facebook!


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Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Dismal Swamp NWR Jericho Ditch, Apr 27, 2016
From: Robert Ake <robertake AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 27 Apr 2016 12:12:10 -0400
     I arrived at the gate on Jericho Ditch Lane about 6:10am and the gate
opened promptly at 6:15am.  Ahead of me there was a vehicle with a young
couple from Suffolk, so I used the five minutes before the gate opened to
introduce them to the Virginia Breeding Bird Atlas and I invited them to
join in and select a block to survey for the Atlas.
     When I started moving again, I spent a goodly amount of time inching
along the entry road, pausing and listening as I went.  I was rewarded with
three new year birds: Wood Thrush, Black-throated Blue Warbler, and
Baltimore Oriole.  I also got to hear an extensive caterwauling by a group
of Barred Owls off to the north, not far away.  I tallied 25 species before
I reached the parking lot where I was joined a short time later by Saundra
Winstead for our walk south along Jericho Ditch.  Again this week there
were lots of Yellow-rumped Warblers spread along the route, muttering their
weak migratory trill and making it somewhat difficult to hear any lispy
songs.  Most numerous among the twelve species of warbler recorded were
Prothonotary, Prairie, and Common Yellowthroat.  Of the Swainson's Warblers
recorded two were heard along the entrance road and two south along Jericho
Ditch proper.  A Blue Grosbeak and an Indigo Bunting were new for the swamp
for the year.  There are still some White-throated Sparrows, but only a
single Ruby-corwned Kinglet was recorded.  Vocal Yellow-billed Cuckoos and
Great Crested Flycatchers seemed to always be within earshot.
     Butterflies encountered this morning were: Palamedes Swallowtail 53,
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 7, Zebra Swallowtail 15, Pearl Crescent 5,
Red-banded Hairstreak 1, Azure sp 6, Variegated Fritillary 1, Red-spotted
Purple 1, Juvenal's Duskywing 1.  We also saw a Red-bellied Water Snake
draped over a spindly bush at eye level.  Except for one deer ahead of me
on the entrance road and the usual squirrels, no other mammals were seen.
     The next bird walk will leave from the parking lot at Washington Ditch
at 6:45am on Tuesday, May 3, 2016.  No reservations are needed; just show
up.  I hope you'll join me then.  The complete bird list for this morning's
walk is given below.

Bob


Dismal Swamp NWR Jericho Ditch, Suffolk, Virginia, US
Apr 27, 2016 6:16 AM - 10:30 AM
Protocol: Traveling - 2 miles by car, 2 miles by foot
4.0 mile(s)
41 species

Turkey Vulture  1
Yellow-billed Cuckoo  5
Barred Owl  2
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  5
Downy Woodpecker  1
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Pileated Woodpecker  3
Great Crested Flycatcher  8
White-eyed Vireo  8
Red-eyed Vireo  8
Blue Jay  2
Carolina Chickadee  3
Tufted Titmouse  2
Carolina Wren  18
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  1
Wood Thrush  1
American Robin  4
Gray Catbird  10
Brown Thrasher  4
Ovenbird  1
Louisiana Waterthrush  1
Black-and-white Warbler  1
Prothonotary Warbler  20
Swainson's Warbler  4
Common Yellowthroat  14
Hooded Warbler  3
Black-throated Blue Warbler  1
Pine Warbler  2
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)  42
Yellow-throated Warbler  1
Prairie Warbler  14
White-throated Sparrow  4
Eastern Towhee  1
Northern Cardinal  1
Blue Grosbeak  1
Common Grackle  10
Brown-headed Cowbird  2
Baltimore Oriole  1
Indigo Bunting  1
American Goldfinch  1

-
Robert L. Ake
6603 Catherine Street
Norfolk VA 23505

I did an ABA Big Year in 2010 - If you'd like to review it, my blog is at
http://bobsbirds.blogspot.com/
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Subject: Virginia Beach Birding Report
From: Jim Marcum <marcums AT cns.umass.edu>
Date: Wed, 27 Apr 2016 10:50:56 -0400
Including: Barred Owl, Veery, Worm-eating Warbler and Summer Tanager

> Begin forwarded message:
> 
> From: ebird-checklist AT cornell.edu
> Subject: eBird Report - West Neck Creek Natural Area, Apr 27, 2016
> Date: April 27, 2016 at 10:47:15 AM EDT
> To: marcums AT cns.umass.edu
> 
> West Neck Creek Natural Area, Virginia Beach, Virginia, US
> Apr 27, 2016 7:03 AM - 9:43 AM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 2.5 mile(s)
> 28 species
> 
> Double-crested Cormorant  1
> Great Blue Heron  1
> Red-shouldered Hawk  1
> Barred Owl 1 I heard the bird calling and went toward the call at the back 
side of the scout trail. After I heard Blue Jays harassing something I walked 
in the direction of their calls and then saw the bird. 

> Red-bellied Woodpecker  3
> Hairy Woodpecker  1
> Great Crested Flycatcher  4
> White-eyed Vireo  1
> Red-eyed Vireo  6     Red-eyed Vireos were calling all over the place.
> Blue Jay  5
> American Crow  3
> Carolina Chickadee  1
> Tufted Titmouse  2
> Carolina Wren  4
> Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  1
> Veery 1 The bird which had been seen and photographed by other observers for 
the past two days was spotted on the paved loop trail straight out from the 
parking lot. 

> Wood Thrush  2
> American Robin  1
> Gray Catbird  5
> Ovenbird  4
> Worm-eating Warbler  1     Seen and heard in the same area as the Veery.
> Black-and-white Warbler  1
> Pine Warbler  1
> Yellow-rumped Warbler  1
> White-throated Sparrow  8
> Summer Tanager  1     Seen and heard near the bridge on the paved loop trail.
> Northern Cardinal  3
> Indigo Bunting  1
> 
> View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S29237501 

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

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Subject: Brown Thrasher in Alexandria
From: Vineeta Anand <vineetaa AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 27 Apr 2016 10:35:21 -0400
I spotted a brown thrasher in my garden in Alexandria this morning.
​Vineeta​
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Subject: FOS Philly & Hoodie at Bryan Park(-y), RIchmond City
From: Alyssa Freeman <tsiporah.shani AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 27 Apr 2016 00:34:11 -0400
Great day at Bryan Park this morning (Tuesday)! I saw in the Meadow what I
initially thought was a Red-eyed Vireo, but thought, "Huh. I didn't realize
they had so much yellow on their chest," checked by guide, and realized it
was actually a PHILADELPHIA VIREO, making it not only a First of the Season
bird, but a first of the DECADE bird. I haven't seen one of these in over
10 years, though lately I've suspected I've been hearing them. In the same
place I also had a Wormed-eating Warbler SINGING. This is only the third
WEWO I've ever seen and the first one I've ever heard singing. It sounded
exactly like a Chipping Sparrow, though it seemed to sing longer than one.
Both of these were also PARK BIRDS for me. There was also a male American
Redstart singing in the area (another FOS for me) and an Orchard Oriole.
The FOS Hooded Warbler was singing in the woods to the right of the exit of
the Meadow. Total was 45 species in 2 1/2 hours from 10am -12:30pm
(including 8 warblers, 3 vireos, and 2 flycatchers) - not too shabby for
late in the morning! The total list follows:

Blue Jay - 5
American Robin - 27
Song Sparrow - 1
Purple Martin - 10 (about)
Canada Goose - 8 adults, 5 goslings
Mallard - 4
Domestic/Chinese Goose - 1
Domestic Duck - 1
Northern Cardinal - 11
White-throated Sparrow - 3
Red-bellied Woodpecker - 1
Hairy Woodpecker - 1
Downy Woodpecker - 2
Northern Flicker - 1
Barn Swallow - 15 (about)
Turkey Vulture - 2
Black Vulture - 2
Mourning Dove - 2
Great Blue Heron - 1
Red-eyed Vireo - 3
Worm-eating Warbler - 1
Northern Parula - 4
Yellow-rumped Warbler - 11 (at least)
Indigo Bunting - 1
Philadelphia Vireo - 1
Cedar Waxwing - 1
Pine Warbler - 2
Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher - 6
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (possibly - dull-colored bird, wingbar(s), light
barring going down the sides of the chest. I didn't notice an eye-ring and
it seemd bigger and less chunky. I don't know what else it could be) - 1
Common Grackle - 3
White-breasted Nuthatch - 1
Black-throated Blue Warbler - 2
Orchard Oriole - 1
American Redstart - 2
Hooded Warbler - 1
Carolina Chickadee - 1
White-eyed Vireo - 1
Red-winged Blackbird - 1
Northern Mockingbird - 1
Eastern Phoebe - 1
Black & White Warbler - 1
American Crow - 1
Carolina Wren - 1
Great-crested Flycatcher - 1
Prothonotary Warbler - 1
Tufted Titmouse - 1

Another birder reported the following at the Park: Cape May and Blackpoll
Warblers, and both Spotted & Solitary Sandpipers
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Subject: A Very Birdy Day on Compton Mt
From: "Roger Mayhorn" <rogermayhorn AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 27 Apr 2016 00:05:29 -0400
Monday turned out to be a fantastic birding day for me here at our place
here on Compton Mountain. Our stream seemed like a magnet pulling different
species in for a drink or a bath. The day began with a Great Horned Owl
calling softly from a large pine tree across the valley at our neighbor's.
The highlight of the day was when a male Blackpoll came down to our stream
to drink and bathe. We almost never see Blackpolls during the spring
migration, so that was a treat. The next pleasant surprise was an adult
Orchard Oriole singing from a tree. It later came down to bathe in the
stream. It was accompanied by an immature male Orchard Oriole that came down
to the stream with it. I thought this may be a father and son pair. The fact
that both birds had slightly crossed bills made me think the two were
probably related and the genetic defect had been passed on. A beautiful male
Indigo Bunting came down to the stream also. I saw 8 warbler species
throughout the day. They were Blackpoll, Yellow Warbler, Cerulean Warbler,
Yellow-rumped Warbler, Ovenbird, American Redstart, Yellow-throated Warbler
and Hooded Warbler.

 

A male Rose-breasted Grosbeak kept stopping by to eat sunflower seeds from
the platform feeder, and 7 Pine Siskins were busy feeding from the nyjer
feeder. Two White-throated Sparrows were still hanging around. They should
leave any day for northern climes where they will nest. A Field Sparrow was
also drawn in by the cool water of the stream. During the morning 3
Ruby-throated Hummingbirds were feeding at our feeder. Now the number has
grown to 10.

 

All totaled I counted 43 species for the day. The complete list is below. 

Photos of the day can be seen at my PBase site at

http://www.pbase.com/mayhorn/birdyspringday 

 

Roger Mayhorn

Compton Mt

Buchanan County

 

43 species

Mourning Dove 6

Ruby-throated Hummingbird 3

Geat Horned Owl 1

Purple Martin 9

Tree Swallow 4

Red-bellied Woodpecker 2

Hairy Woodpecker 1

Downy Woodpecker 2

Red-eyed Vireo 2

Blue Jay 4

American Crow 1

Carolina Chickadee 3

Tufted Titmouse 4

White-breasted Nuthatch 1

Carolina Wren 1

Eastern Bluebird 1

Wood Thrush 5

American Robin 3

Brown Thrasher 3

European Starling 2

Blackpoll Warbler 1

Yellow Warbler 1

Cerulean Warbler 1

Yellow-rumped Warbler 3

Ovenbird 6

American Redstart 2

Yellow-throated Warbler 1

Hooded Warbler 4

Scarlet Tanager 2

Eastern Towhee 3

Chipping Sparrow 5

Field Sparrow 1

Song Sparrow 4

White-throated Sparrow 2

Northern Cardinal 7

Rose-breasted Grosbeak 1

Indigo Bunting 1

Red-winged Blackbird 2

Brown-headed Cowbird 3

Orchard Oriole 2 (1 ad male, 1 imm male)

Pine Siskins 7

House Finch 2

American Goldfinch 5 

 

 

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Subject: Difficult Creek NAP (Halifax Co)
From: Eric Harrold via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Wed, 27 Apr 2016 03:23:10 +0000 (UTC)
Today at Difficult Creek Natural Area Preserve near Scottsburg, there were many 
breeders and/or transients present after returning from their wintering grounds 
in the past couple of weeks: summer tanager, scarlet tanager, ovenbird, hooded 
warbler, prairie warbler, yellow-breasted chat, common yellowthroat, white-eyed 
vireo, red-eyed vireo, and blue grosbeak.  

Eric HarroldHays, NC
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Subject: Prothonotary & Blue-winged Warbler @ Union Springs, R'ham Co.
From: "Kevin Shank" <birds AT naturefriendmagazine.com>
Date: Tue, 26 Apr 2016 22:16:19 -0400
Around 5:00 this evening I got a few brief looks at a warbler that appeared
to be either a Prothonotary or a Blue-winged, but my brief, distant looks
weren't enough to confirm anything. After a brief rain shower paused my
efforts, I attempted to relocate the bird and was soon getting good looks at
a beautiful BLUE-WINGED WARBLER. 

 

Long story short, I checked out a few other birds, then tried to relocate
the Blue-winged.  I quickly found a bright yellow warbler high in a tree on
the opposite side of the driveway from where the Blue-winged had been.
Assuming this was the Blue-winged, I casually watched it until I heard the
Blue-winged singing across the driveway where it originally was.  The second
bird wasn't singing.  I couldn't get anything better than treetop views, but
after watching it for a while, I was quite certain that the second bird
didn't have the eyestripe or the wingbars of the Blue-winged.  It had
grayish wings and white undertail coverts.  The rest of its underside as
well as its head were a bright goldish yellow.  It was totally unstreaked.
I would have quickly called it a Prothonotary if I were farther east, but
because they are quite uncommon here, I looked it over pretty carefully.  I
concluded, though, that it was indeed a PROTHONOTARY.

 

Also had some less notable migrants including Blue-headed and Red-eyed
Vireos, Great Crested Flycatcher, and 6 other warblers (Ovenbird,
Black-and-white, Palm, Pine, Yellow-rumped, and Black-throated Green).  List
below.

 

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S29229192

 

 

Shaphan Shank

Union Springs

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