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03 Jul Metz Wetlands, least bittern [Marc Ribaudo ]
3 Jul Great Blue Heron evening flight (Lynchburg) ["Sattler, Gene" ]
02 Jul Fwd: [eBird Alert] Virginia Rare Bird Alert ["kurtcapt87 AT verizon.net" ]
2 Jul Greater Yellowlegs - Hunting Creek Bridge, Alexandria []
2 Jul Some warbler photos 7/1-2/15 ["Marshall Faintich" ]
01 Jul Fwd: [eBird Alert] Virginia Rare Bird Alert ["kurtcapt87 AT verizon.net" ]
1 Jul Friendly Humminbird [Larry Kline via va-bird ]
30 Jun Re: Friendly Hummingbird [vineeta anand ]
30 Jun Re: Friendly Hummingbird [Rich Rieger via va-bird ]
30 Jun Friendly Hummingbird [janet anderson via va-bird ]
30 Jun Fwd: [eBird Alert] Virginia Rare Bird Alert ["kurtcapt87 AT verizon.net" ]
30 Jun Voice: Greater Washington Area, June 30 ["Joe Coleman" ]
29 Jun Fwd: [eBird Alert] Virginia Rare Bird Alert ["kurtcapt87 AT verizon.net" ]
29 Jun Four NC Swainson's Warblers ["Marshall Faintich" ]
29 Jun Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk [Harry Glasgow via va-bird ]
29 Jun Kiptopeke Challenge 2015 [Dave Youker via va-bird ]
29 Jun Huntley Meadows Hike-Bike Trail - young birds about ["Larry Cartwright" ]
29 Jun Ring-necked Duck; Chesterfield [Ellison Orcutt ]
29 Jun Fwd: eBird Report - Dyke Marsh - CMN02, Jun 28, 2015 [Rich Rieger via va-bird ]
28 Jun Fwd: [eBird Alert] Virginia Rare Bird Alert ["kurtcapt87 AT verizon.net" ]
28 Jun Truhart BBS in King and Queen Co, Middle Peninsula [Frederick Atwood via va-bird ]
28 Jun Merrimac Farm [Harry Glasgow via va-bird ]
28 Jun Great Falls Walk [Marshall Rawson via va-bird ]
28 Jun Re: Bird ID needed by rehabber - UPDATE Prothonotary Warbler ["Bill" ]
27 Jun Bird ID needed by rehabber - UPDATE Prothonotary Warbler [Connie & Wilton Sale ]
27 Jun Fwd: [eBird Alert] Virginia Rare Bird Alert ["kurtcapt87 AT verizon.net" ]
27 Jun 6/26/15 - Virginia Beach - Pleasure House Point - White Ibis [Rob Bielawski ]
27 Jun Lots of Birds in the Yard [pepherup--- via va-bird ]
27 Jun Wilson's Storm Petrel Virginia Beach Birding [Andrew Baldelli ]
26 Jun Re: More June in Fairfax Co, Sun 21 June 2015 ["Kurt Gaskill" ]
26 Jun Bird ID needed byrehabber [Connie & Wilton Sale ]
26 Jun Re: Willow Flycatcher/Rock Hill District park/Fairfax [Stephen Johnson ]
26 Jun Re: No Chincoteague NWR. Roseate tern today [Bill Hohenstein ]
26 Jun Prothonitary Warblers ["Bulmer, Anthony" ]
26 Jun Costa Rica Anyone? ["Dave Larsen - birding" ]
26 Jun Willow Flycatcher/Rock Hill District park/Fairfax [Rich Rieger via va-bird ]
25 Jun Shanks Island area pelican & cormorant colonies [Henry Armistead ]
25 Jun Harrison Lake-Charles City [Barbara Houston ]
25 Jun Caracara in Poquoson []
25 Jun Re: Chincoteague NWR. Roseate tern [Bill Hohenstein ]
25 Jun Chincoteague NWR [Bill Hohenstein ]
24 Jun Blue Ridge Center Bird Walk, Loudoun Co, June 27 ["Joe Coleman" ]
24 Jun Fwd: [eBird Alert] Virginia Rare Bird Alert ["kurtcapt87 AT verizon.net" ]
24 Jun summer DC Cormorant; possible No. Waterthrush?? ["Mary Ann Good" ]
24 Jun Common Loon on Lake Frederick (Frederick County) ["David E. Carr" ]
24 Jun The Virginia eBird Portal [Brian and Deborah Taber via va-bird ]
23 Jun Fwd: [eBird Alert] Virginia Rare Bird Alert ["kurtcapt87 AT verizon.net" ]
23 Jun Voice: Greater Washington Area, June 23 ["Joe Coleman" ]
23 Jun Northern Bobwhite observed near Lightfoot in James City County VA [Shirley Devan ]
23 Jun Dickcissel in Prince William county [Candice Lowther ]
22 Jun The 2st Annual Purple Martin Field Day will be held in central Virginia this Saturday ["Ron Kingston" ]
22 Jun Late Post for Sunday's Great Falls Walk [Marshall Rawson via va-bird ]
22 Jun Fwd: [eBird Alert] Virginia Rare Bird Alert ["kurtcapt87 AT verizon.net" ]
22 Jun Pine and Chestnut-sided Warblers ["Marshall Faintich" ]
22 Jun Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk Addendum [Harry Glasgow via va-bird ]
22 Jun Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk [Harry Glasgow via va-bird ]
22 Jun 21st Annual Purple Martin Field Day ["Sattler, Gene" ]
22 Jun Purple Martin Field Day ["Michael A. Shank." ]
22 Jun Rock Hill District Dog Park in Chantilly and chiggers [Howard Wu ]
21 Jun More June in Fairfax Co, Sun 21 June 2015 ["Kurt Gaskill" ]
21 Jun FW: [eBird Alert] Virginia Rare Bird Alert ["Kurt Gaskill" ]
21 Jun Bears , Berries & Birds Augusta County ["Herbert Larner" ]
21 Jun Bank Swallows continue in Strasburg quarry [Russell Taylor ]
21 Jun Red-throated Loon at Kerr Reservoir 6/21 [Adam D'Onofrio ]
21 Jun Kentucky Warbler / Frederick Co. ["Jon Little" ]
21 Jun More details on the 06/20/15 Mississippi Kite [Paul Pisano ]
21 Jun Fwd: eBird Report - Dyke Marsh, Jun 21, 2015- Whimbrels are back [Larry Meade via va-bird ]
21 Jun Fwd: eBird Report - Rock Hill District Park, Old Lee Road, Chantilly, VA, Jun 21, 2015 [Phillip Kenny ]
20 Jun Arctic Tern Lynnhaven Inlet [Andrew Baldelli ]
20 Jun Mississippi Kite in Arlington [Paul Pisano ]
20 Jun Blue Grosbeaks, Chats / Frederick Co. ["Jon Little" ]
20 Jun Northern Virginia - Loggerhead Shrike, Bank Swallow, Mississippi Kite []
20 Jun Rock Hill District Park - Willow Flycatcher ["Dave Larsen - birding" ]
19 Jun L.Shrike, Blue Grosbeak / Warren Co. ["Jon Little" ]
19 Jun Fwd: [eBird Alert] Virginia Rare Bird Alert ["kurtcapt87 AT verizon.net" ]
19 Jun Clapper Rail question. Also--Bobwhites in Portmoth, VA--and Paradise Creek BioBlitz ["David Gibson" ]

Subject: Metz Wetlands, least bittern
From: Marc Ribaudo <moribaudo AT verizon.net>
Date: Fri, 03 Jul 2015 09:06:10 -0400
I had a very nice walk around Metz Wetlands this morning. A bit soggy from the 
recent rains, but productive with 54 species. The highlight was a least bittern 
that popped out of the marsh near the benches along the trail heading east from 
the main complex. Other notables were a Louisiana waterthrush, American 
redstart, and kingbird's eating blackberries. Lots of common yellowthroats and 
white-eyed vireos, too. 


Marc Ribaudo

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Subject: Great Blue Heron evening flight (Lynchburg)
From: "Sattler, Gene" <edsattle AT liberty.edu>
Date: Fri, 3 Jul 2015 04:46:35 +0000
Last evening (Wednesday 7/1) at dusk, 8:25 PM, five Great Blue Herons flew by 
over our neighborhood in town heading in a northerly direction. Two were flying 
side by side, while the other three were flying ahead of them in a single file 
line, each about 20-30 seconds behind the next, with the pair of birds trailing 
about a minute or so behind the third bird. All were relatively high for the 
species, suggesting that they were engaged in a relatively long distance 
movement. A post-breeding dispersal is known for a number of water bird species 
such as herons, with a significant component of the movement being northward 
before birds later move south for the winter. 


I assume that such movements are food-related, as seems to be the case in some 
other species. For example, many Bald Eagles move north from Florida in the 
summer to areas such as the Chesapeake Bay, and one theory for this northward 
dispersal is that it is triggered by fish in Florida retreating into deeper 
waters in the summer. And in SW California a recent study found that most young 
Red-tailed Hawks migrated north in the summer. It was suggested that this was 
due at least in part to ground squirrels there spending a majority of their 
time underground during the hot summer (Bloom et al. 2015 Journal of Raptor 
Research 49(1):1-17). 


I haven't been able to find much information on the specifics of why species 
such as herons here in the eastern US disperse north in the summer. In areas 
such as Africa it is apparently the result of wetlands drying up in the south 
during the summer. If anyone knows of research on the causes of this I'd be 
interested to know about it, as I've always wondered about this post-breeding 
dispersal that is well known in herons here in the US. 


Good birding,

Gene Sattler
Lynchburg


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Subject: Fwd: [eBird Alert] Virginia Rare Bird Alert
From: "kurtcapt87 AT verizon.net" <kurtcapt87@verizon.net>
Date: Thu, 02 Jul 2015 17:39:00 -0700

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Subject: [eBird Alert] Virginia Rare Bird Alert 
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*** Species Summary:

Tundra Swan (1 Accomack)
Stilt Sandpiper (1 Portsmouth)
Eurasian Collared-Dove (1 Rockingham)
Black-billed Cuckoo (2 Culpeper)
Red-cockaded Woodpecker (1 Sussex)

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NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

Tundra Swan (Cygnus columbianus) (1)
- Reported Jul 02, 2015 17:27 by David Larsen
- Chincoteague NWR--Wildlife Loop, Accomack, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=37.9004587,-75.3431654&ll=37.9004587,-75.3431654 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24126793
- Comments: "Injured"

Stilt Sandpiper (Calidris himantopus) (1)
- Reported Jul 02, 2015 05:30 by Bill Williams
- Craney Island Disposal Area, Portsmouth, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=36.9065,-76.37&ll=36.9065,-76.37 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24125442
- Comments: "with Short-billed Dowitchers and Lesser Yellowlegs; thinner bodied 
than dowitchers; pale white eye-line; slightly long, slightly decurved black 
bill; continuing" 


Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto) (2)
- Reported Jul 01, 2015 18:05 by Diane  Holsinger
- Morris Pottery Rd Dayton Va, Rockingham, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.4599907,-79.0126741&ll=38.4599907,-79.0126741 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24124739
- Comments: "Great Looks   Calling as it preened it's self"

Black-billed Cuckoo (Coccyzus erythropthalmus) (1)
- Reported Jul 02, 2015 09:45 by Caroline Emmet Heald
- Curling Creek Farm, Rixeyville, VA, Culpeper, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.5756822,-78.1044245&ll=38.5756822,-78.1044245 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24122188
- Comments: "NOT RARE for this time and location"

Black-billed Cuckoo (Coccyzus erythropthalmus) (1)
- Reported Jul 01, 2015 17:00 by Caroline Emmet Heald
- Curling Creek Farm, Rixeyville, VA, Culpeper, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.5756822,-78.1044245&ll=38.5756822,-78.1044245 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24117257
- Comments: "This bird is NOT RARE for this time and place. I heard one 
yesterday and nine other times in June and you did not label it "rare."" 


Red-cockaded Woodpecker (Picoides borealis) (6)
- Reported Jun 30, 2015 10:00 by Elliot Bernard
- Piney Grove Preserve--Rte. 604, Sussex, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=36.989528,-77.0351028&ll=36.989528,-77.0351028 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24118987
- Comments: "Led by Mike Wilson of CCB, excellent views of several birds"

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Subject: Greater Yellowlegs - Hunting Creek Bridge, Alexandria
From: <dcharlesl AT msn.com>
Date: Thu, 2 Jul 2015 16:30:46 -0400
This afternoon, I saw a Greater Yellowlegs at Hunting Creek Bridge just south 
of the Wilson Bridge on the George Washington Parkway in Alexandria. 


David Ledwith

Falls Church, Va
 		 	   		  
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Subject: Some warbler photos 7/1-2/15
From: "Marshall Faintich" <mfaintich AT theworddoctor.com>
Date: Thu, 2 Jul 2015 16:11:27 -0400
Including my first-ever juvenile Canada Warbler and best-ever
Yellow-breasted Chat photos. Report and photos:

 

 
http://www.symbolicmessengers.com/Blog2015/2015_07_02.htm

 

Marshall Faintich

Nellysford, VA

 

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Subject: Fwd: [eBird Alert] Virginia Rare Bird Alert
From: "kurtcapt87 AT verizon.net" <kurtcapt87@verizon.net>
Date: Wed, 01 Jul 2015 17:43:38 -0700

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*** Species Summary:

Black Swan (1 Isle of Wight)
American White Pelican (1 Northampton)
Mississippi Kite (2 Virginia Beach)
Wilson's Plover (1 Accomack)
Red-cockaded Woodpecker (1 Sussex)
Common Raven (1 Virginia Beach)
Veery (3 Madison)
Prothonotary Warbler (1 Botetourt)
Canada Warbler (2 Madison)
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) (1 Madison)

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NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

Black Swan (Cygnus atratus) (3)
- Reported Jun 30, 2015 10:50 by Jason  Strickland
- Chuckatuck creek, Isle of Wight, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=36.9145584,-76.5213203&ll=36.9145584,-76.5213203 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24108920
- Comments: "Most likely escapes; Large, long necked, red-billed, all black 
swan. Preening on a sand/mud bar; I have seen atleast 1 of these, 4 years ago 
in Smithfield on the pagan river...not sure if all 3 came from there?, or if 
they move around." 


American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos) (1)
- Reported Jul 01, 2015 00:00 by Eastern Shore of Virginia NWR eTT
- Eastern Shore of Virginia NWR - CES02, Northampton, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=37.1274,-75.953&ll=37.1274,-75.953 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24115210

Mississippi Kite (Ictinia mississippiensis) (4)
- Reported Jul 01, 2015 11:30 by Tracy Tate
- Burroughs Road, Virginia Beach, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=36.8959741,-76.1293194&ll=36.8959741,-76.1293194 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24114683
- Comments: "I have confirmed by sight, the nest and one downy young being fed 
by an adult. Its not a great view they have that nest well hidden in the multi 
branch crotch of a pine tree and it is tough to get a good look if you don't 
see any movement to direct your view. Today again the young first summer bird, 
pictured here a couple of days ago, visited the nest area and hunted around 
with the adult Kites. I was watching the adults and heard whistling and it was 
the yearling Kite arriving on the scene. One adult and the yearling flew around 
catching bugs, delivering food and then finally the adult on nest joined and 
all three perched in the dead snag trees together for about fifteen minutes. It 
was difficult to get a great shot with all three since there was always one 
bird that lit on another section of the tree - not always the same bird. My 
mother first saw all three perched together on Sunday and said that the 
yearling Kite was presenting a large stick to one of 

 the adult Kites at one point - not sure about that behavior, but there 
certainly aren't any other of its kind to hang out with in our area so maybe it 
makes sense that it would stay close. 

IMG_1567" 


Mississippi Kite (Ictinia mississippiensis) (1)
- Reported Jun 30, 2015 17:00 by chris adams
- Lake Smith, Virginia Beach, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=36.8830834,-76.1466372&ll=36.8830834,-76.1466372 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24106828
- Comments: "Have pictures, flew right over my community pool had the pictures 
verified by many bird groups" 


Wilson's Plover (Charadrius wilsonia) (2)
- Reported Jun 28, 2015 18:54 by Joanne Laskowski
- Metompkin Island, VA, Accomack, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=37.7694444,-75.5388889&ll=37.7694444,-75.5388889 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24114213
- Comments: "Submitting this photo (others available) for confirmation of 
successful breeding of Wilson's plover on Metompkin Island. One adult is 
pictured with the fledgling. 

WIPL 
chick & adult 2" 


Red-cockaded Woodpecker (Picoides borealis) (6)
- Reported Jun 30, 2015 10:00 by Frederick Atwood
- Piney Grove Preserve--Rte. 604, Sussex, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=36.989528,-77.0351028&ll=36.989528,-77.0351028 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24111017
- Comments: "Led by Mike Wilson of CCB, excellent views of several birds"

Common Raven (Corvus corax) (1)
- Reported Jun 30, 2015 17:00 by chris adams
- Lake Smith, Virginia Beach, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=36.8830834,-76.1466372&ll=36.8830834,-76.1466372 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24106828
- Comments: "flew in my back yard, we have many ravens here"

Veery (Catharus fuscescens) (4)
- Reported Jun 29, 2015 19:00 by Tyler Grant
- Dark Hollow Falls Trail, SNP - MSD04, Madison, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.518,-78.4321&ll=38.518,-78.4321 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24107652
- Comments: "2 observed visually, the others were heard. All were heard singing 
or calling. Song is very distinctive." 


Veery (Catharus fuscescens) (2)
- Reported Jun 29, 2015 17:30 by Tyler Grant
- Jewell Hollow Overlook, Madison, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.6269501,-78.3389649&ll=38.6269501,-78.3389649 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24107702
- Comments: "Found by they're distinctive call"

Veery (Catharus fuscescens) (14)
- Reported Jun 30, 2015 07:50 by Tyler Grant
- Shenandoah NP--Hawksbill Mountain, Madison, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.5553,-78.3934&ll=38.5553,-78.3934 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24107894
- Comments: "very common here - distinctive song and call"

Prothonotary Warbler (Protonotaria citrea) (1)
- Reported Jul 01, 2015 09:55 by Barry Kinzie
- Woodpecker Ridge Nature Center - MRV01, Botetourt, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=37.4169,-79.8612&ll=37.4169,-79.8612 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24113761
- Comments: "This species is a rare breeder in Botetourt County mainly near the 
James River. 

This bird was calling constantly from a north slope thicket .  I knew the song
immediately "wich-wich-wich-wich-wich". My wife Teresa came out with an "APP" 
and played the song softly....and agreed that was the exact song. 

Teresa has great hearing.
There is a pond of about one acre little more than 100 yards away that has a 
bad leak and has grown up with willows and wetland shrubs. I have several 
birdhouses there and it has become very thick with vines and wetland trees. I 
speculate that this species has completed nesting there." 


Canada Warbler (Cardellina canadensis) (1)
- Reported Jun 29, 2015 19:00 by Tyler Grant
- Dark Hollow Falls Trail, SNP - MSD04, Madison, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.518,-78.4321&ll=38.518,-78.4321 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24107652
- Comments: "Warbler with black necklace, white eyering, not a Magnolia 
Warbler" 


Canada Warbler (Cardellina canadensis) (6)
- Reported Jun 30, 2015 07:50 by Tyler Grant
- Shenandoah NP--Hawksbill Mountain, Madison, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.5553,-78.3934&ll=38.5553,-78.3934 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24107894
- Comments: "Warbler with yellow belly, black necklace, bold white eyering, 
gray above" 


Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) (Junco hyemalis) (11)
- Reported Jun 30, 2015 07:50 by Tyler Grant
- Shenandoah NP--Hawksbill Mountain, Madison, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.5553,-78.3934&ll=38.5553,-78.3934 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24107894
- Comments: "white outer tail feathers, dark gray above, usually near the 
ground - found a nest with young also" 


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Subject: Friendly Humminbird
From: Larry Kline via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Wed, 1 Jul 2015 11:23:14 -0400
Housecats are non-native killing machines and should be kept indoors if at  
all.
 
Larry Kline
Fredericksburg, VA
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Subject: Re: Friendly Hummingbird
From: vineeta anand <vineetaa AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 30 Jun 2015 21:35:01 -0400
Janet, That sounds delightful. Perhaps you could post a video so we can all
see this charming bird, safely out of reach of your cat?
Thanks, Vineeta in Alexandria (where no hummers have yet shown up).

"We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts, With our
own thoughts we make the world." Gautama Buddha

On Tue, Jun 30, 2015 at 9:12 PM, Rich Rieger via va-bird <
va-bird AT listserve.com> wrote:

> well, at the risk of raising some hackles, and being a "cats indoors"
> person... I think this is something many pet owners say about their pets...
>
> "they would never hurt a (fill in the blank)" ... until they do...
>
> Rich Rieger
> Alexandria, VA
> On Jun 30, 2015, at 9:05 PM, janet anderson via va-bird wrote:
>
> > June 30, 2015
> >
> > Friendly Female Ruby Throated Hummingbird
> >
> > For the past month, my returning hummingbird has visited my hummingbird
> > feeders. I have had the same hummingbird visiting for the last 3 years
>  with
> > this same behavior.  I know this because every time my cats are  on the
> > patio, she will hover over them as they seem to be communicating to
> each  other.
> > When the patio door is closed, she (named her Holly) will  hover in front
> > of the patio door and look inside as if she is looking for me and  my
> cats.
> > My cats are indoor cats except when I am sitting on the  patio.  My cats
> > will not hurt the hummingbird.  I can sit on my  sofa and see this sweet
> > hummer every evening.
> >
> > Janet M. Anderson
> > Falls Church, VA
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Subject: Re: Friendly Hummingbird
From: Rich Rieger via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Tue, 30 Jun 2015 21:12:01 -0400
well, at the risk of raising some hackles, and being a "cats indoors" person... 
I think this is something many pet owners say about their pets... 


"they would never hurt a (fill in the blank)" ... until they do...

Rich Rieger
Alexandria, VA
On Jun 30, 2015, at 9:05 PM, janet anderson via va-bird wrote:

> June 30, 2015
> 
> Friendly Female Ruby Throated Hummingbird
> 
> For the past month, my returning hummingbird has visited my hummingbird  
> feeders. I have had the same hummingbird visiting for the last 3 years with 

> this same behavior.  I know this because every time my cats are  on the 
> patio, she will hover over them as they seem to be communicating to each 
other. 

> When the patio door is closed, she (named her Holly) will  hover in front 
> of the patio door and look inside as if she is looking for me and  my cats.  
> My cats are indoor cats except when I am sitting on the  patio.  My cats 
> will not hurt the hummingbird.  I can sit on my  sofa and see this sweet 
> hummer every evening.
> 
> Janet M. Anderson
> Falls Church, VA 
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Subject: Friendly Hummingbird
From: janet anderson via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Tue, 30 Jun 2015 21:05:10 -0400
June 30, 2015
 
Friendly Female Ruby Throated Hummingbird
 
For the past month, my returning hummingbird has visited my hummingbird  
feeders. I have had the same hummingbird visiting for the last 3 years   with 
this same behavior.  I know this because every time my cats are  on the 
patio, she will hover over them as they seem to be communicating to each other. 

 When the patio door is closed, she (named her Holly) will  hover in front 
of the patio door and look inside as if she is looking for me and  my cats.  
My cats are indoor cats except when I am sitting on the  patio.  My cats 
will not hurt the hummingbird.  I can sit on my  sofa and see this sweet 
hummer every evening.
 
Janet M. Anderson
Falls Church, VA 
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Subject: Fwd: [eBird Alert] Virginia Rare Bird Alert
From: "kurtcapt87 AT verizon.net" <kurtcapt87@verizon.net>
Date: Tue, 30 Jun 2015 20:10:00 -0400

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*** Species Summary:

Hooded Merganser (1 Chesterfield)
Wilson's Plover (1 Accomack)
Red-cockaded Woodpecker (1 Sussex)
Alder Flycatcher (1 Highland)

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NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jun 29, 2015 07:00 by Andrew Sharp
- US-VA-Brandermill-14618 Duckridge Ter - 37.4054x-77.6755, Chesterfield, 
Virginia 

- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=37.405379,-77.675524&ll=37.405379,-77.675524 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24097499
- Comments: "Male
hooded" 


Wilson's Plover (Charadrius wilsonia) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jun 30, 2015 08:30 by Chelsea Blauvelt
- Wallops Island NWR, Accomack, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=37.8750566,-75.4517841&ll=37.8750566,-75.4517841 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24105152
- Comments: "While surveying for PIPL & AMOY, two WIPL observed foraging in 
open areas of mudflats." 


Red-cockaded Woodpecker (Picoides borealis) (6)
- Reported Jun 30, 2015 10:00 by Sam Simon
- Piney Grove Preserve--Rte. 604, Sussex, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=36.989528,-77.0351028&ll=36.989528,-77.0351028 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24106009
- Comments: "Led by Mike Wilson of CCB, excellent views of several birds"

Alder Flycatcher (Empidonax alnorum) (1)
- Reported Jun 29, 2015 11:28 by Diane  Holsinger
- Wimer Mt Road Highland County, Highland, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.5327917,-79.5250297&ll=38.5327917,-79.5250297 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24095889
- Comments: "calling fee bee O"

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Subject: Voice: Greater Washington Area, June 30
From: "Joe Coleman" <joecoleman AT rstarmail.com>
Date: Tue, 30 Jun 2015 18:06:06 -0400
FYI  - this report is for sightings from June 23 through June 29 and was
compiled by Lydia Schindler & transcribed by Steve Cordle.

Joe Coleman

 

Hotline:     Voice of the Naturalist

Date:        6/30/2015

Coverage:    MD/DC/VA/central and southern DE/WV panhandle

Reports, comments and questions: voice AT anshome.org
  

Compiler:    Lydia Schindler

Sponsor:     Audubon Naturalist Society of the Central

               Atlantic States (independent of NAS)

Transcriber: Steve Cordle 

 

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

 

This is the Voice of the Naturalist, a service of the Audubon Naturalist
Society. This report covers the week starting Tuesday, June 23 and was
completed on Tuesday, June 30 at 8:00 a.m. 

 

The top birds this week are BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING-DUCK* in WV, RUFF* in
DE, ROSEATE TERN* in VA, CRESTED CARACARA* in VA, and SCISSOR-TAILED
FLYCATCHER* in MD. 

 

Other birds of interest this week include TRUMPETER SWAN, NORTHERN BOBWHITE,
WILSON'S STORM-PETREL, ANHINGA, AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN, WHITE and GLOSSY
IBIS, MISSISSIPPI KITE, shorebirds including BLACK-NECKED STILT and WILSON'S
PHALAROPE, LESSER BLACK-BACKED and GLAUCOUS GULLS, terns including LEAST,
BLACK, and SANDWICH, PARASITIC JAEGER, CLIFF SWALLOW, CLAY-COLORED and other
sparrows, and DICKCISSEL. 

 

TOP BIRDS

 

Four beautiful BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING-DUCKS* showed up at River Bend Park
in Elkins, Randolph Co, WV, on June 28. They were not relocated the
following day, though some of the river in that area is difficult if not
impossible to view. As recently as May a flock of BLACK-BELLIED
WHISTLING-DUCKS had been reported in Pennsylvania.

 

A RUFF* (identified retroactively through photos taken June 22) was viewed
numerous times at the impoundments along Broadkill Beach Road in Prime Hook
NWR, Sussex Co, DE. By June 25, though, the bird was rapidly losing its
"ruff," making it harder to pick out among the scores of shorebirds and
waders flooding the impoundments. Although it was not relocated on June 28,
on the morning of June 29 the RUFF flew into the first impoundment on the
north side of the road and foraged for about five minutes before taking off
again.

 

A CRESTED CARACARA* was an astonishing find in Poquosan, a city in the
Hampton Roads region of VA. Photographs taken June 25 at the Shady Banks
Trailer Park were "blurry, .but clearly identifiable."

 

On June 25 a ROSEATE TERN* was photographed at Chincoteague NWR, Accomack
Co, VA; it was among several other species of tern at Swan Cove.

 

On June 27 a SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER* was observed in Sussex Co, DE, where
it was flying from power lines to the pine trees across the street. The
location was the intersection of Downtown and Benum Switch roads 1.5 miles
SW of Harbeson, a town that is itself east of Georgetown.  

 

OTHER BIRDS OF INTEREST

 

The tagged TRUMPETER SWAN at Lake Churchill, Montgomery Co, MD, was reported
as recently as June 25. 

 

Two NORTHERN BOBWHITES were encountered at Hughes Hollow, Montgomery Co, MD,
on June 23, and one was heard at Figgs Landing Rd, Worcester CO, MD, June
25. A NORTHERN BOBWHITE previously noted on Long Neck Rd, St Mary's Co, MD,
was found again June 28.

 

A single ANHINGA was seen at Harwoods Mill Reservoir in York Co, VA, on the
afternoon of June 25.

 

AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS continue to frequent Fowler Beach Road in Prime Hook
NWR, Sussex Co, DE, with sightings daily through June 29.

 

On June 25 an immature WHITE IBIS flew into Broadkill Beach in the company
of several GLOSSY IBIS.

 

MISSISSIPPI KITES were seen again along Whiton Crossing and Queponco Roads
in Worcester Co, MD on June 26. Two or three MISSISSIPPI KITES were present
June 26 at Burroughs Rd in Virginia Beach. And on June 24 a MISSISSIPPI KITE
was noted at the intersection of 18th and Taylor Streets in North Arlington,
VA.

 

Shorebirds are returning to the area. This week Prime Hook NWR hosted, in
addition to the RUFF, at least 15 species, including a dozen RED KNOTS, a
STILT SANDPIPER, and as many as 6 WILSON'S PHALAROPES. On June 25 the
Broadkill Beach impoundments held a record high of 110 BLACK-NECKED STILTS.

 

A GLAUCOUS GULL put in a brief appearance June 25 at Masonville Cove,
Baltimore Co, MD. On June 25 a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL showed up at Prime
Hook's Fowler Beach. Fowler Beach Road also showcased a BLACK TERN on June
26 and 28, as well as 4 LEAST TERNS.  

 

On June 25 a PARASITIC JAEGER flew past the Lewes-Cape May Ferry in DE
waters. On June 28 the ferry provided views of a WILSON'S STORM-PETREL as
well as a SANDWICH TERN. 

 

CLIFF SWALLOW nests discovered last week along the C&O Canal in Montgomery
Co, MD, were observed again June 26 and 27; they are beneath a footbridge a
short walk upstream from Lock 6, which can be accessed from the Clara Barton
Parkway. On June 28 in the District of Columbia, CLIFF SWALLOWS were
reported along the C&O Canal at Chain Bridge and at Fletcher's Boathouse.
CLIFF SWALLOWS were also in evidence this week at the Rte 328 bridge between
Talbot and Caroline Counties, MD.

 

A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was discovered June 27, and seen again June 28, at
Thorn Run Road and the lake, Grant Co, WV--along with multiple CHIPPING,
FIELD, GRASSHOPPER, and SONG SPARROWS. On June 29 a VESPER SPARROW was
singing along West Offutt Road in Montgomery Co, MD. 

 

DICKCISSELS continue to entertain birders: along the south end of Cods Road
in Sussex Co, DE; Long Neck Road in St. Mary's Co, MD; and near the
intersection of Nokesville (Rte 28) and Hornbaker Roads in Prince William
Co, VA, with the latest reported sightings on June 28.

 

***

 

This week's report was based on reports to the Voice of the Naturalist, on
the DE, MD, VA, and WV list servers via the ABA Internet links, and on eBird
records.

 

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

 

To report bird sightings, e-mail your report to voice AT anshome.org
 .

Please post reports before midnight Monday, identify the county as well as
the state, and include your name and a Tuesday morning contact, e-mail or
phone.

 

Thank you for your interest, and enjoy the birds.

 

*Of interest to the applicable state records committee

 

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Subject: Fwd: [eBird Alert] Virginia Rare Bird Alert
From: "kurtcapt87 AT verizon.net" <kurtcapt87@verizon.net>
Date: Mon, 29 Jun 2015 19:18:53 -0400

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*** Species Summary:

Ring-necked Duck (1 Chesterfield)
Dickcissel (2 Prince William)

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NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

Ring-necked Duck (Aythya collaris) (1)
- Reported Jun 29, 2015 10:06 by Ellison Orcutt
- US-VA-Chesterfield-7243-7261 State Rte 621, Chesterfield, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=37.401284,-77.670591&ll=37.401284,-77.670591 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24090900
- Comments: "Continuing male on retention pond behind lowes."

Dickcissel (Spiza americana) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jun 28, 2015 09:30 by Adam Bollinger
- Nokesville Rd/ Target, Prince William, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.7398081,-77.5298309&ll=38.7398081,-77.5298309 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24085872
- Comments: "Seen singing from the top of a short shrub that looked like a 
locust tree;black on throat, yellow on breast, chestnut wing..resembles house 
sparrow...photos and a video of song available...We thought we may have heard a 
second bird, but it did not come out of the grasses" 


Dickcissel (Spiza americana) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jun 28, 2015 09:30 by Jason  Strickland
- Nokesville Rd/ Target, Prince William, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.7398081,-77.5298309&ll=38.7398081,-77.5298309 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24084710
- Comments: "Seen singing from the top of a short shrub that looked like a 
locust tree;black on throat, yellow on breast, chestnut wing..resembles house 
sparrow...photos and a video of song available...We thought we may have heard a 
second bird, but it did not come out of the grasses" 


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Subject: Four NC Swainson's Warblers
From: "Marshall Faintich" <mfaintich AT theworddoctor.com>
Date: Mon, 29 Jun 2015 18:53:43 -0400
In southwestern North Carolina, along with 39 other avian species. Report
and photos:

 

 
http://www.symbolicmessengers.com/Blog2015/2015_06_27.htm

 

Marshall Faintich

Nellysford, VA

 

____________________________________________________________________________
_______________________

 

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mfaintich AT theworddoctor.com

 

mfaintich AT cyberwind.net

 

www.symbolicmessengers.com  

 

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: Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk
From: Harry Glasgow via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Mon, 29 Jun 2015 21:05:51 +0000 (UTC)
  A truly beautiful morning greeted the more than 25 birderswho assembled for 
this morning's Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk.  Our tally was down 
with only 39 speciesspotted, however.  Perhaps our mostnotable highlight was a 
Great Blue Heron perched in a snag in the small fieldbehind the tower.  This 
bird remained inplace for a long time, allowing our photographers plenty of 
opportunity forgreat shots.   Canada Goose  18 

Wood Duck  3
Mallard  12
Great Blue Heron  6
Green Heron  4
Osprey  1
Red-shouldered Hawk  2
Mourning Dove  6
Yellow-billed Cuckoo  1
Chimney Swift  10
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  1
Belted Kingfisher  2
Red-bellied Woodpecker  5
Downy Woodpecker  3
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Pileated Woodpecker  1
Eastern Wood-Pewee  2
Acadian Flycatcher  4
Red-eyed Vireo  4
Blue Jay  2
American Crow  1
Tree Swallow  5
Barn Swallow  8
Carolina Chickadee  7
Tufted Titmouse  12
White-breasted Nuthatch  3
Carolina Wren  2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  2
Eastern Bluebird  2
Wood Thrush  2
American Robin  26
Common Yellowthroat  7
Northern Cardinal  4
Indigo Bunting  2
Red-winged Blackbird  15
Common Grackle  35
Brown-headed Cowbird  1
House Finch  1
American Goldfinch  10
The Monday Morning Birdwalk has been a weekly event at Huntley Meadows since 
1985. It takes place every week, rain or shine (except during electrical 
storms, strong winds, or icy trails), at 7AM (8AM from November through March), 
is free of charge, requires no reservation, and is open to all. Birders meet in 
the parking lot at the Park's entrance at 3701 Lockheed Blvd, Alexandria, VA. 
Questions should be directed to Park staff during normal business hours at 
(703)768-2525. 

Harry GlasgowFriends of Huntley Meadows Park
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Subject: Kiptopeke Challenge 2015
From: Dave Youker via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Mon, 29 Jun 2015 15:44:52 -0400
 
Hello  VA-Birders,
Save this date - Saturday, September 19, 2015!

The Coastal  Virginia Wildlife Observatory (CVWO) invites birders of all 
skill levels to  participate in the 21st annual Kiptopeke Challenge (KC).

The KC is a fun  and friendly "Big Day" birding competition.  Teams compete 
to identify the  greatest number of bird species in a single day within the 
competition boundary  of Accomack and Northampton Counties, Virginia, 
including the Chesapeake Bay  Bridge-Tunnel.  The purpose of the KC is to 
increases awareness of fall  bird migration on Virginia’s Eastern Shore.

It is easy to get involved  and there are several categories in which to 
compete: 24-Hour, 3-Hour, Youth  Team (age 18 and under), and Special Venue.  
The event is open to everyone  regardless of their birding ability.  The KC 
is a great way for  participants to hone their birding skills at one of 
Virginia’s great birding  locations. 
The  KC also offers an opportunity to help raise funds for CVWO which is a 
non-profit  organization dedicated to avian research, habitat conservation 
and public  education.

For more information, a brochure, or to register write to _youkerd AT aol.com_ 
(mailto:youkerd AT aol.com)  or visit  www.cvwo.org.

Sincerely,

Dave Youker
CVWO Kiptopeke Challenge  Coordinator
Yorktown, VA
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Subject: Huntley Meadows Hike-Bike Trail - young birds about
From: "Larry Cartwright" <prowarbler AT verizon.net>
Date: Mon, 29 Jun 2015 15:01:26 -0400
While checking nest boxes off the Hike-Bike Trail on the King's Highway side
of Huntley Meadows, I saw Harry Glasgow's group on the far side, and thought
it might be nice to file a report to complement Harry's.   Of course,
breeding season is in full swing, and watching 4 fledged Downy Woodpeckers
chasing around parents in the hopes of being fed maybe just one last time
before heading out on their own was quite entertaining.  The Woodcock Meadow
was active with 2 breeding pair of Common Yellowthroats and a female Indigo
Bunting gathering and transporting food for young still in nests.  Tree
Swallows dominate the nest boxes and I still had one female swallow on nest
as the incubation period draws to an end. (It's been 14 days on eggs now).
Huntley still has Eastern Bluebirds, but they seem to be hanging out in
spots that host natural cavities. I'm not sure whether bluebirds prefer
natural cavities, or that Tree Swallows are arriving earlier in the spring
and just making first claim on the boxes.  I have been monitoring boxes a
long time now and have witnessed little in the way of hostile exchanges
between bluebirds and swallows, and indeed, I had one instance several years
ago where the two species fed each other's nestlings in paired boxes.  

 

Anyway, I got to the platform overlooking the central wetland and tallied a
hen Wood Duck and hen Hooded Merganser that Harry's group probably couldn't
see and of course, his group was finding things I had no hope of seeing. 

 

So here is today's list for those interested. 

 

Huntley Meadows Park--Hike and Bike Trail, Fairfax, Virginia, US Jun 29,
2015 6:11 AM - 10:51 AM

Protocol: Traveling

3.0 mile(s)

Comments:     
Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.8 Route consists of Hike-Bike and Pond Trails, the Central and North Wetlands, the Woodcock Meadow, and the water control structure. Weather was sunny with no breeze and temperatures ranging from the high 50s to low 70s. 43 species Wood Duck 1 Adult female near platform at end of Hike-Bike Trail Mallard 1 Hooded Merganser 1 Adult female near platform at end of Hike-Bike Trail Great Blue Heron 4 Green Heron 1 Osprey 1 Red-shouldered Hawk 1 Red-tailed Hawk 1 Mourning Dove 3 Yellow-billed Cuckoo 2 Barred Owl 1 Chimney Swift 1 Red-bellied Woodpecker 8 Downy Woodpecker 12 Includes family group with 4 fledged young Pileated Woodpecker 1 Eastern Wood-Pewee 2 Acadian Flycatcher 10 Red-eyed Vireo 6 Blue Jay 2 American Crow 2 Fish Crow 5 Northern Rough-winged Swallow 1 Tree Swallow 5 1 bird in nest box incubating 4 eggs Barn Swallow 1 Carolina Chickadee 8 Tufted Titmouse 20 White-breasted Nuthatch 6 House Wren 2 Carolina Wren 8 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 10 Eastern Bluebird 4 Wood Thrush 3 American Robin 20 Ovenbird 5 Common Yellowthroat 20 2 pair seen carrying food in Woodcock Meadow Yellow-breasted Chat 2 Eastern Towhee 3 Scarlet Tanager 4 Northern Cardinal 16 Indigo Bunting 4 1 female carrying food in Woodcock Meadow Red-winged Blackbird 32 Brown-headed Cowbird 1 American Goldfinch 12 View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24091361 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: Ring-necked Duck; Chesterfield
From: Ellison Orcutt <mr.ellyo AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 29 Jun 2015 10:46:40 -0400
A male in a retention pond behind the Lowes on Hull St. near Woodlake.  

It was also there on the 15th.

Good birds,

Ellison 

 

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Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Dyke Marsh - CMN02, Jun 28, 2015
From: Rich Rieger via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Mon, 29 Jun 2015 08:29:26 -0400
It was a most pleasant morning for the Sunday walk at Dyke Marsh Alexandria - a 
very comfortable 65 degrees when our group of 15 commenced our observing. As a 
group, we managed to spot 48 species - a good summers count. Nothing out of the 
ordinary as family groups flit around w. young still happy to be fed by mom and 
dad. Osprey young are testing their wings and some have taken their maiden 
flight . Orchard Orioles outnumbered Baltimore Orioles, Blue Gray Gnatcatchers 
are hard to find, considering how many there were early on. Three LESSER SCAUP 
joined one that has been around for some time now, indicating that the southern 
migration of waterfowl has started now that the solstice has passed. 


Thanks to Ed Eder for pointing out plants and bugs when we weren't seeing 
birds. As the walkers continued to the platforms, Phil Silas posted up by the 
woodbridge to wait for the LEAST BITTERNS and was rewarded w. a sighting of a 
pair near the Little Gut. Rusty Wilson from DC was another valuable pair of 
eyes on the walk as well. 


Rich Rieger
Alexandria

Begin forwarded message:

> From: ebird-checklist AT cornell.edu
> Date: June 29, 2015 8:15:01 AM EDT
> To: zelig88 AT aol.com
> Subject: eBird Report - Dyke Marsh - CMN02, Jun 28, 2015
> 
> Dyke Marsh - CMN02, Fairfax, Virginia, US
> Jun 28, 2015 8:00 AM - 11:30 AM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 2.0 mile(s)
> Comments: Sunday Morning FODM walk some clouds 66F to start, 76F at end of 
walk. 

> 48 species
> 
> Canada Goose  120
> Mallard  65     includes 5 recently hatched young off picnic area
> Lesser Scaup 4 one continuing bird (injured?) + 3 swimming together in 
channel off marina - seen well thru scope - white sides, dark head, chest, head 
peak behind eye. 

> Double-crested Cormorant  3
> Least Bittern  2
> Great Egret  6
> Turkey Vulture  4
> Osprey  12     young starting to leave nests...
> Bald Eagle  3
> Red-tailed Hawk  1
> Ring-billed Gull  8
> Mourning Dove  3
> Chimney Swift  2
> Belted Kingfisher  1
> Red-bellied Woodpecker  4
> Downy Woodpecker  4
> Northern Flicker  2     recent fledges
> Eastern Wood-Pewee  1
> Eastern Kingbird 4 2 adults feeding young in nest near informal trail past 
wooden bridge 

> Warbling Vireo  1
> Red-eyed Vireo  1
> Blue Jay  7
> American Crow  1
> Fish Crow  6
> Northern Rough-winged Swallow  8
> Tree Swallow  20
> Barn Swallow  10
> Carolina Chickadee  20
> Tufted Titmouse  8
> Carolina Wren  5
> Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  1
> American Robin  10
> Gray Catbird  1
> Northern Mockingbird  1
> European Starling  18
> Common Yellowthroat  1
> Northern Parula  1
> Song Sparrow  1
> Northern Cardinal  6
> Indigo Bunting  1
> Red-winged Blackbird  24
> Common Grackle  13
> Brown-headed Cowbird  2
> Orchard Oriole  6
> Baltimore Oriole  3
> House Finch  4
> American Goldfinch  4
> House Sparrow  3
> 
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> 
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Subject: Fwd: [eBird Alert] Virginia Rare Bird Alert
From: "kurtcapt87 AT verizon.net" <kurtcapt87@verizon.net>
Date: Sun, 28 Jun 2015 20:16:50 -0400

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*** Species Summary:

Common Merganser (2 Fairfax)
Cattle Egret (1 Albemarle)
Osprey (1 Loudoun)
Eurasian Collared-Dove (1 Rockingham)
Blue-headed Vireo (2 Madison)
Veery (3 Madison)
Cerulean Warbler (1 Greene)
Dark-eyed Junco (1 James City)
Rose-breasted Grosbeak (1 Madison)
Dickcissel (1 Prince William)

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NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

Common Merganser (Mergus merganser) (1)
- Reported Jun 28, 2015 07:00 by Linda Fields
- Great Falls 81, Fairfax, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=39.0046536,-77.2553136&ll=39.0046536,-77.2553136 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24082851
- Comments: "Male cruising upstream along the near bank. Naked eye bird, but 
had good looks with binocs. The sharp separation of colors on the neck evident, 
although the bird's plumage looked a bit worn." 


Common Merganser (Mergus merganser) (1)
- Reported Jun 28, 2015 07:00 by Alan Schreck
- Great Falls 81, Fairfax, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=39.0046536,-77.2553136&ll=39.0046536,-77.2553136 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24082848
- Comments: "Male cruising upstream along the near bank. Naked eye bird, but 
had good looks with binocs. The sharp separation of colors on the neck evident, 
although the bird's plumage looked a bit worn." 


Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis) (1)
- Reported Jun 27, 2015 18:40 by Janet Paisley
- US-VA-Charlottesville-255 Ipswich Pl, Albemarle, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.087087,-78.508669&ll=38.087087,-78.508669 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24074188
- Comments: "Small white heron with orange bill and legs, pale orange patches 
perched in a 

juniper on edge of a horse pasture.IMG_1368" 


Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jun 28, 2015 08:42 by Bonnie Deahl
- US-VA-Leesburg-21085 The Woods Rd, Loudoun, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=39.029982,-77.599937&ll=39.029982,-77.599937 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24078860
- Comments: "Sighting"

Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto) (2)
- Reported Jun 23, 2015 by Greg Moyers
- W. Dry River Road - Montezuma, Rockingham, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.418309,-78.9855194&ll=38.418309,-78.9855194 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24082876

Blue-headed Vireo (Vireo solitarius) (1)
- Reported Jun 24, 2015 09:40 by Joel Martin
- Limberlost Trail, Shenandoah NP - MSD03, Madison, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.5732,-78.3795&ll=38.5732,-78.3795 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24073776
- Comments: "Flagged as rare. Singing and seen well. Photo to be added."

Blue-headed Vireo (Vireo solitarius) (1)
- Reported Jun 25, 2015 09:17 by Joel Martin
- Shenandoah NP--Rapidan Fire Road, Madison, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.5096243,-78.4255815&ll=38.5096243,-78.4255815 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24074288
- Comments: "Heard only, singing in wooded portion of trail. Song slower and 
more musical than REVI with smooth, sliding, descending phrases." 


Veery (Catharus fuscescens) (9)
- Reported Jun 24, 2015 13:15 by Joel Martin
- Dark Hollow Falls Trail, SNP - MSD04, Madison, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.518,-78.4321&ll=38.518,-78.4321 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24074026
- Comments: "I'm not sure why this is considered rare. It was easily the most 
vocally conspicuous bird on the trail and several were seen well. Distinguished 
from Wood Thrush by descending song, warm reddish brown upper parts and white 
below with weak, limited spotting. One bird near the trail head was observed 
feeding a fledgling Brown-headed Cowbird." 


Veery (Catharus fuscescens) (3)
- Reported Jun 24, 2015 09:40 by Joel Martin
- Limberlost Trail, Shenandoah NP - MSD03, Madison, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.5732,-78.3795&ll=38.5732,-78.3795 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24073776
- Comments: "Flagged as rare?? Singing birds were conspicuous throughout our 
short walk." 


Veery (Catharus fuscescens) (3)
- Reported Jun 25, 2015 09:17 by Joel Martin
- Shenandoah NP--Rapidan Fire Road, Madison, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.5096243,-78.4255815&ll=38.5096243,-78.4255815 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24074288
- Comments: "Flagged as rare. Two heard singing and one seen perched beside the 
trail." 


Cerulean Warbler (Setophaga cerulea) (1)
- Reported Jun 26, 2015 09:18 by Joel Martin
- Shenandoah NP--South River Picnic Area, Greene, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.381171,-78.51877&ll=38.381171,-78.51877 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24074337
- Comments: "Heard singing rising, 3-part buzzy song: 
"zip-zip-zip-teetee-zeeeee"." 


Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis) (1)
- Reported Jun 26, 2015 07:00 by Nancy Barnhart
- Riverview Plantation, James City, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=37.3798887,-76.6821491&ll=37.3798887,-76.6821491 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24082881
- Comments: "Came to feeder, photos taken"

Rose-breasted Grosbeak (Pheucticus ludovicianus) (1)
- Reported Jun 24, 2015 13:15 by Joel Martin
- Dark Hollow Falls Trail, SNP - MSD04, Madison, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.518,-78.4321&ll=38.518,-78.4321 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24074026
- Comments: "Female, not far from the trailhead. First heard giving "squeaky 
sneakers" call, then seen perched about 20 feet up in a deciduous tree. Large, 
long-tailed finch-like bird. Brown above with thin white wing bars, white below 
with brown streaks. Dark cheek and bold white supercilium. Big conical bill." 


Dickcissel (Spiza americana) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jun 27, 2015 06:55 by Stacey Maggard
- Intersection of Route 28/Hornbaker Rd, Prince William, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.7391219,-77.529552&ll=38.7391219,-77.529552 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24077888
- Comments: "Continuing bird spotted on top of tree behind Innovation Park 
sign." 


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Subject: Truhart BBS in King and Queen Co, Middle Peninsula
From: Frederick Atwood via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Sun, 28 Jun 2015 21:34:43 +0000 (UTC)
Dear VA-Birders
On June 25th I conducted the USGS Breeding Bird Survey on the Truhart Route 
starting at 5:14 AM and finishing at 10:32.  It was a splendidly comfortable 
morning full of birds, many of which are rare in Oakton where I live, but 
abundant in this very rural area,  Much of the land is pine timberland in 
various stages of regrowth, providing a nice mosaic of habitats. There are also 
swamps, farms, hardwood forest, and a few homes. The area has changed very 
little (if any) since I started doing this survey in 1996.  Several of the 
stops are in forest that is now part of the relatively new Dragon Run State 
Forest. All morning long I encountered only 17 vehicles at 9 of the stops.  
Each of the 50 stops is .5 miles from the next and all the birds heard or seen 
in a 3 minute period at each stop are noted.  I found 919 individuals of 72 
species including 12 species of warblers.  As usual, the most common bird was 
the Red-eyed Vireo. The most common warblers were Ovenbird, Hooded, Pine and 
Chat (in order). Though I have not looked at a graph showing the yearly totals, 
some common species seemed significantly fewer this year including bobwhite, 
prairie warbler, chat, yellowthroat, indigo bunting, and carolina wren.  Blue 
grosbeaks seemed more common than usual. I am guessing that much of this 
variation is probably due to the amount of habitat in various stages of 
ecological succession after being clear-cut for timber. Perhaps Carolina Wren 
numbers were low due to the severe winter we had. 


Here is the list, reported as follows: total number/number of stops found in 
out of 50. 

Wood Duck 1/1Wild Turkey 2/2Bobwhite 6/6  Despite the relatively unchanged 
environment, even here this species appears to continue its decline. 

Great Blue Heron 2/1  At one point one of the stops was a small rookery of 
several nests, but this rookery is now gone.Black Vulture 1/1Turkey Vulture 
14/6Bald Eagle 1/1  Rarely encountered on this route. 

Red-tailed Hawk 3/2Killdeer 1/1Laughing Gull (heard calling near the landfill) 
1/1Mourning Dove 35/22Yellow-billed Cuckoo 5/5Ruby-throated Hummingbird 
2/2Chimney Swift 1/1Red-headed Woodpecker 2/1Red-bellied Woodpecker 7/7Downy 
Woodpecker 6/5Hairy Woodpecker 4/4YS Flicker 5/5Pileated W 1/1E Wood-pewee 
16/16Acadian Flycatcher 20/15E Phoebe 1/1Great Crested Flycatcher 7/7E Kingbird 
2/2White-eyed Vireo 36/30Yellow-throated Vireo 7/7Red-eyed Vireo 88/41Blue Jay 
8/5American Crow 59/31Purple Martin 14/3Barn Swallow 1/1Tree Swallow 2/1N 
Rough-winged Swallow 3/1Carolina Chickadee 12/10Tufted Titmouse 37/29Carolina 
Wren 4/3 (significantly lower than usual) 

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 17/15E Bluebird 1/1Am Robin 1/1
Wood Thrush 10/7Gray Catbird 2/2Brown Thrasher 8/8Mockingbird 3/3Starling 
5/1Cedar Waxwing 3/3Ovenbird 45/30Black-and-white Warbler 12/10Prothonotary 
Warbler 4/4Worm-eating Warbler 1/1American Redstart 2/1Common Yellowthroat 
17/12 (significantly lower than usual) 

Hooded Warbler 47/32Northern Parula 10/8Pine Warbler 38/24Yellow-throated 
Warbler 2/2Prairie Warbler 10/7 (significantly lower than usual) 

Yellow-breasted Chat 28/19  (lower than usual)
E Towhee 21/15Chipping Sparrow 31/19Field Sparrow 4/3Summer Tanager 9/8Scarlet 
Tanager 9/7N Cardinal 51/34Blue Grosbeak 21/17 (higher than usual)Indigo 
Bunting 39/23 (lower than usual)Red-winged Blackbird 1/1C Grackle 25/7BH 
Cowbird 15/10Orchard Oriole 2/2 

Am Goldfinch 6/4

All the bestFred AtwoodOakton, Fairfax Co

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Subject: Merrimac Farm
From: Harry Glasgow via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Sun, 28 Jun 2015 19:30:22 +0000 (UTC)
  It was a very good day at the Merrimac Farm Wildlife Management Area in 
Nokesville, as 4 birders identified 33 species.  You know you're off to a good 
start when the first bird spotted on the walk is a Yellow breasted Chat.  As 
we continued, we encountered several Prairie Warblers darting about in some 
trees, offering one of our birders about 10 minutes of photography producing at 
least 100  pictures, some of which are truly spectacular.  The walk took a 
bit longer than usual because of the distraction of ripe raspberries.  Very 
tasty! 

Wild Turkey  1
Green Heron  2
Black Vulture  1
Turkey Vulture  1
Mourning Dove  2
Yellow-billed Cuckoo  3
Barred Owl  1
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  2
Red-bellied Woodpecker  3
Downy Woodpecker  1
Pileated Woodpecker  1
Eastern Wood-Pewee  2
Acadian Flycatcher  1
Eastern Kingbird  1
White-eyed Vireo  5
Red-eyed Vireo  2
American Crow  6
Tree Swallow  2
Carolina Chickadee  4
Tufted Titmouse  8
Carolina Wren  1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  9
Eastern Bluebird  1
Wood Thrush  2
Ovenbird  2
Common Yellowthroat  1
American Redstart  2
Prairie Warbler  5
Yellow-breasted Chat  3
Eastern Towhee  8
Northern Cardinal  15
Indigo Bunting  10
American Goldfinch  2
The Prince William Conservation Alliance birdwalks at the Merrimac Farm 
Wildlife Management Area in Nokesville take place at 8 AM on the final Sunday 
of every month.  Birders meet at the Area's entrance located at the end of 
Fleetwood Drive.  Questions may be directed to the Alliance at 703.499.4954, 
 or alliance AT pwconserve.org 

Harry GlasgowNancy Vehrs
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Subject: Great Falls Walk
From: Marshall Rawson via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Sun, 28 Jun 2015 11:32:50 -0400

Our group of nine tallied 45 species. The bird of the day was a singing brown 
thrasher, which is a bird we rarely see in the park. Additionally, wehad very 
good views of orioles and kingbirds. We came across families of gnatcatchers, 
great crested flycatchers, cardinals and warbling vireos. After yesterday's 
rains the river was high and muddy. The eagle nest was empty this morning so 
both chicks have fledged now as opposed to last week when one was in the tree 
while the other remained on the nest. For summer time in the park, it was a 
quite productive morning. All are welcome to join this regular Sunday walk 
which meets at 8:00am in the visitors center parking lot. --Marshall Rawson, 
McLean VA 


Canada Goose  12
Wood Duck  2
Mallard 4
Double-crested Cormorant  6
Great Blue Heron  9
Black Vulture  3
Turkey Vulture  5
Mourning Dove  4
Chimney Swift  200  
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  2
Red-bellied Woodpecker  2
Downy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  1
Pileated Woodpecker  1
Eastern Wood-Pewee 1
Acadian Flycatcher  1
Great Crested Flycatcher  8
Eastern Kingbird 3
Yellow-throated Vireo  1
Warbling Vireo  6
Red-eyed Vireo  2
Blue Jay 6
American Crow  2
Fish Crow  1
Carolina Chickadee  2
Tufted Titmouse 12
White-breasted Nuthatch  6
Carolina Wren  2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 5
Eastern Bluebird  1
Wood Thrush  1
American Robin  2
Brown Thrasher 1
Northern Parula  1
Chipping Sparrow  2
Song Sparrow  1
Scarlet Tanager 1
Northern Cardinal  12
Indigo Bunting  3
Red-winged Blackbird  4
Common Grackle  20
Brown-headed Cowbird  1
Orchard Oriole  4
Baltimore Oriole 2
American Goldfinch  1
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Subject: Re: Bird ID needed by rehabber - UPDATE Prothonotary Warbler
From: "Bill" <BMcGovern AT cox.net>
Date: Sun, 28 Jun 2015 00:45:46 -0400
Prothonatary?  Oh, wow!  I'm impressed!  Would it be too embarrassing to 
identify the clever people who figured it out? (It's a good thing that 
little bird was not depending on me!)
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Subject: [Va-bird] Bird ID needed by rehabber - UPDATE Prothonotary Warbler


> Thanks to everyone who provided a guess on what the cat-caught fledgie in 
> New Orleans was. Turned out it was a fledgling Prothonotary Warbler! The 
> good news is that he had no discernible wounds and was re-united with mom.
>
> Connie & Wilton Sale
> Chesapeake,VA 23322
> humnchirp AT verizon.net
> Hummingbirds and Songbirds
> State and Federal Permits
> NWRA, IWRC
> WildLife Response, Inc
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Subject: Bird ID needed by rehabber - UPDATE Prothonotary Warbler
From: Connie & Wilton Sale <humnchirp AT verizon.net>
Date: Sat, 27 Jun 2015 19:48:41 -0500 (CDT)
 Thanks to everyone who provided a guess on what the cat-caught fledgie in New 
Orleans was. Turned out it was a fledgling Prothonotary Warbler! The good news 
is that he had no discernible wounds and was re-united with mom. 


Connie & Wilton Sale
Chesapeake,VA 23322 
humnchirp AT verizon.net 
Hummingbirds and Songbirds 
State and Federal Permits 
NWRA, IWRC 
WildLife Response, Inc
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Subject: Fwd: [eBird Alert] Virginia Rare Bird Alert
From: "kurtcapt87 AT verizon.net" <kurtcapt87@verizon.net>
Date: Sat, 27 Jun 2015 19:10:33 -0400

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*** Species Summary:

Osprey (1 Fauquier)
Mississippi Kite (1 Virginia Beach)
Willet (Western) (1 Portsmouth)
Stilt Sandpiper (1 Portsmouth)
Bonaparte's Gull (1 Fairfax)
Seaside Sparrow (1 Gloucester)
Dickcissel (1 Prince William)

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NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) (2)
- Reported Jun 26, 2015 18:20 by Greg  Slader
- Lake Brittle, Fauquier, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.7510712,-77.6932955&ll=38.7510712,-77.6932955 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24062377
- Comments: "2 Osprey eat as day flying over the lake!!"

Mississippi Kite (Ictinia mississippiensis) (2)
- Reported Jun 26, 2015 17:30 by Tracy Tate
- Burroughs Road, Virginia Beach, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=36.8959741,-76.1293194&ll=36.8959741,-76.1293194 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24066017
- Comments: "At 7pm on June 11 I confirmed that there were three separate Kites 
in Thoroughgood. Besides the two adults, I have seen a sub adult visit the nest 
site on Burroughs Rd. on two occasions as well as seeing it hunting over the 
Del Ray area of Thoroughgood as well as over Lake Smith and the Lake Smith 
Terrace neighborhood. I am reporting two for today because I only saw two with 
the third presumed to be on nest. The adult Kites seen mating in early May, 
have been very secretive this season and not seen at regular times, with no 
vocalizations. This evening between 5:30 and 6:30 pm, my parents and I were 
treated to a nice viewing of hunting, presumed nest visits with food, and a 
perched and preening sub adult, as well as the first vocalizations of the 
season. Shortly after we began scanning the sky, an adult Kite soared into 
sight with spread flared black tail and solid grey undersides, as it banked and 
soared we could see its light grey to white head and the very well defined wing 
patch made by the white secondaries. This is the bird that has spent lots of 
time perched in the dead tree snags as well as chasing Crows away from the nest 
site. In the last few days it has been seen flying quickly and directly into 
the thick treetops surrounding the nest site from last year, stays briefly and 
then flies directly out the other side and disappears to return a few moments 
later soaring high above the trees. Tonight we watched it soaring and then were 
delighted to spot a second Kite join in soaring just above the court yard - 
this was the sub adult that I had been seeing. The two Kites soared around the 
treetops not seeming to be aggressive toward each other and they both vocalized 
(first time this season) with their double syllable whistle call “pee tuu” 
a couple of times. Soon, I could see that the adult had some prey in its talons 
and it flew directly into the treetops presumably to deliver food and returned 
to hunt. Shortly after that, the sub adult flew directly into the nest site 
with food and then out the other side. Very interesting! I read that there can 
be helper birds in this species is this the case here? - need to read more. The 
adult flew off and wasn’t spotted again, but as I was leaving I noticed that 
the sub adult was perched in the dead snag preening. I got my scope and camera 
out and hurriedly took a couple of shots while it was puffed up preening. You 
can see from the photo that this is a sub adult because it has the grey head 
with black around the eye with red iris not seen in amateur photo, and uniform 
light grey underbody with dark upper tail and wing edges. Peterson Field Guides 
Hawks (Clark/Wheeler 1987) describes “Birds returning their first spring have 
molted into adultlike gray bodies but have small, oval white blotches both 
above and below, the result of retained immature feathers and whitish bases on 
first adult feathers. Flight feathers and tail are retained from immature 
plumage.” I first noticed this bird in flight and could see the white barring 
in the dark tail, the grey underbody with some white splotching, the dark edges 
of the flight feathers in contrast to the mottling of the inner underwings. I 
could always see the barring of the tail but the underbody mottling only in the 
right light. I can’t wait to see what they do next! 

IMG_1559" 


Willet (Western) (Tringa semipalmata) (1)
- Reported Jun 25, 2015 06:00 by Bill Williams
- Craney Island Disposal Area, Portsmouth, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=36.9065,-76.37&ll=36.9065,-76.37 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24068486
- Comments: "slightly larger than nearby Eastern Willets; very pale gray/brown; 
very pale breasted, with little to no markings" 


Stilt Sandpiper (Calidris himantopus) (3)
- Reported Jun 25, 2015 06:00 by Bill Williams
- Craney Island Disposal Area, Portsmouth, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=36.9065,-76.37&ll=36.9065,-76.37 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24068486
- Comments: "continuing; pale off-white eye line; distinctive probing behavior; 
light gray/brown above with light gray markings on the upper breast; at same 
location as 18 June" 


Bonaparte's Gull (Chroicocephalus philadelphia) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jun 21, 2015 16:00 by David Ledwith
- Hunting Creek Bridge, Fairfax, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.7897231,-77.0514321&ll=38.7897231,-77.0514321 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24002818
- Comments: "Seen on mudflat. Smaller than nearby Laughing Gull, black bill, 
dark spot behind eye, back color similar to nearby Ring-billed Gulls." 


Seaside Sparrow (Ammodramus maritimus) (4)
- Reported Jun 26, 2015 13:01 by Jonathan Coffey
- Severn River Landing - CGL07, Gloucester, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=37.2811,-76.388&ll=37.2811,-76.388 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24062487
- Comments: "Many singing in reeds video obtained"

Dickcissel (Spiza americana) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jun 27, 2015 06:55 by Adam Sedgley
- US-VA-Manassas-11014–11016 Nokesville Rd - 38.7389x-77.5298, Prince 
William, Virginia 

- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.738916,-77.529848&ll=38.738916,-77.529848 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24066505
- Comments: "Beautiful. Singing in the rain. Continuing rarity. Pale 
supercilium, distinct white/black throat and yellowish wash on breast. Grayish 
rump." 


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Subject: 6/26/15 - Virginia Beach - Pleasure House Point - White Ibis
From: Rob Bielawski <robbielawski AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 27 Jun 2015 12:07:22 -0400
Folks,

*Highlights*
Pleasure House Point Natural Area - 3:30 to 5:10 PM - Juvenile White Ibis
(photographed extensively, see link below to a pair of photos I posted,
perhaps the same bird Andrew Baldelli & Tracy Tate sighted?), 1 Sandwich
Tern, Least Terns, Green Heron, Blue Grosbeaks, plenty of Yellow-crowned
Night-Herons as typical.

*More Details*
Yesterday evening after work I did a little hiking up at Pleasure House
Point in Virginia Beach. With the very overcast skies I didn't wish to
venture out further into a park like Back Bay or First Landing since heavy
rain was expected. Water was very high, with no visible mudflats or
sandbars on the tidal reaches of the park. As a result, I didn't see any
shorebirds at all, and very few gulls (just Laughing), with a few Royal
Terns, 1 Sandwich Tern, and several Least Terns all in the air on flybys.
The one big surprise was a juvenile White Ibis, which I first sighted near
the southern tip of the park coming from the marshy islands out in the
Lynnhaven. On my return trip westward, I re-found the bird wading in the
high tidal water across from the recently burned patch of woodland near the
2nd largest pond. It was feeding alongside a pair of Yellow-crowned
Night-Herons. Ibis are pretty common birds around here, but I believe this
is the first one I've ever seen at PHP. eBird shows only 2 other reports
from 2015 of this species at the park as well, so I was really excited to
find one, and one that was cooperative for a few photographs and didn't
appear to be alarmed.

*Outing Photographs*
*http://www.rbnature.com/galleries/we-20150628/
*

*Full Details (Posted for Mon-Sun Outings, on Monday evenings each week)*

*http://www.rbnature.com/blog-index/ *


Rob Bielawski

Virginia Beach, VA
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Subject: Lots of Birds in the Yard
From: pepherup--- via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Sat, 27 Jun 2015 11:14:01 -0400
 Last evening as I crept out of the house onto the deck for the first time in 
more than a week, the welcome breeze and lower humidity was appreciated by me 
as well as a large and varied contingent of flycatching yard birds. As I 
watched from the deck, I saw a blue bird family 6 in all, a phoebe, a blue 
grosbeak and a male indigo bunting busy hawking insects on the wing. In other 
pursuits at feeders etc., were goldfinches, house finches, chickadees, 
titmouse, cardinals, chipping sparrows, mocking bird, catbird and brown 
thrasher. I also heard a couple of calls from the woods of a wood thrush and a 
couple of hummingbirds were visiting the feeder. 

 I was wonderful to be outside after more than a week and a half of killing 
heat and humidity. 


Peggy Lyons,
Concord
Campbell County 
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Subject: Wilson's Storm Petrel Virginia Beach Birding
From: Andrew Baldelli <andrewbaldelli AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sat, 27 Jun 2015 10:10:57 -0400


Yesterday Tracy Tate and I birded around Lynnhaven Inlet and 85th Street. At 
Lynnhaven Inlet highlights were Sandwich Tern , 2 Glossy Ibis and 1 adult White 
Ibis . 


We then did a sea watch from 85th. st. and found 2 maybe 3 Wilson's Storm 
petrel's . 


 		 	   		  
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Subject: Re: More June in Fairfax Co, Sun 21 June 2015
From: "Kurt Gaskill" <KurtCapt87 AT verizon.net>
Date: Fri, 26 Jun 2015 23:16:14 -0400
VA BIRDers,

Additions to my Fairfax Species in June List found today - Pied-billed Grebe
near the spatterdock in Massey Creek - viewed from the Occoquan Marina. This
is a fairly rare June species in Virginia and is not flagged by ebird.

Adult Black-crowned Night-Heron south of the Dyke Marsh Stone Bridge at 8pm.
The Bonaparte's Gull was there, too.  This is another fairly rare species
not flagged by ebird, esp. west of the Chesapeake Bay.

Kurt Gaskill

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To: va-bird AT listserve.com
Subject: [Va-bird] More June in Fairfax Co, Sun 21 June 2015

VA BIRDers,

Sherman Suter and I visited a few locations to up the Fairfax Co June list.
Our first stop was Ashby Pond, off of Rt236, a small Conservancy pond near
Daniel Lebbin Park. Highlight was a Yellow-crowned Night-Heron and LA
Waterthrush.  The nearby Daniel Lebbin Park, another potential night-heron
stream valley park, produced typical Acadian Flycatchers and Red-eyed Vireos
plus an interesting pair of Cedar Waxwings. 

Our next stop was Lake Barton with highlight two Baltimore Orioles and an
Eastern Kingbird family.  We next went to Lake Royal and the Mute Swan is
back along with both oriole species. We tried Woodglen Lake, but it was
drained.  

We went southish looking for a raven near power line cuts off of Rt 123.  No
luck, but a Pileated Woodpecker family group beyond the end of Palmer Rd was
pleasant.  A stop in Lorton for hawks produced 3 Red-tailed Hawks plus
Prairie Warbler and Yellow-breasted Chat. 

The next stop was a walk into the pipeline cut at Pohick Park after noon
which yielded up Summer Tanager. Taking Telegraph Rd north we chanced upon a
Common Raven flying west just north of the intersection with the Fairfax Co
Parkway.  

After escaping the heat, I went to the Dyke Marsh Stone Bridge at 615pm but
the Whimbrel's were not in sight. My consolation prize was a Bonaparte's
Gull mixed in with the Ring-billed Gulls and Caspian Terns.

Kurt Gaskill

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Subject: Bird ID needed byrehabber
From: Connie & Wilton Sale <humnchirp AT verizon.net>
Date: Fri, 26 Jun 2015 18:16:30 -0500 (CDT)
Hi Birders,
Need an ID
 Fledgie. Cat caught. New Orleans area.

http://i272.photobucket.com/albums/jj193/humnchirp/songbirds/IMG_0252%203_zpsvyxubhni.jpg 

 
Connie & Wilton Sale 
Chesapeake,VA 23322 
humnchirp AT verizon.net 
Hummingbirds and Songbirds 
State and Federal Permits 
NWRA, IWRC 
WildLife Response, Inc. 



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Subject: Re: Willow Flycatcher/Rock Hill District park/Fairfax
From: Stephen Johnson <stevejohnson2 AT verizon.net>
Date: Fri, 26 Jun 2015 13:07:38 -0400
Hi Rich,

Thanks for your report here. I also went out there, today 26 June. I found the 
WIFL in the exact location you described, which is where I have found it every 
time I've been there since the original report by Kurt G. It did not sing at 
all for me today (8:45 AM to 10 AM). I think it's an early singer like most 
flycatchers, right? 


My full eBird list is below. The only other highlight I can add is a Mimid hat 
trick. The Bluebird eggs are the first we've gotten in 14 boxes this whole 
season at this trail. It will be by far the lowest Bluebird fledging tally 
we've had there in 8 seasons. 


Since several people have birded there recently and reported to VA-Bird, I went 
ahead and submitted a nomination to list this park as a Hot Spot on eBird. 


Steve Johnson
Fairfax, Virginia



On Jun 26, 2015, at 7:45 AM, Rich Rieger via va-bird wrote:

> Dave Boltz and I had a slow morning of bird hunting in and around Fairfax Co. 
yesterday. 

> 
> Highlight was the WILLOW FLYCATCHER still present at Rock Hill District Park. 
When you pull into the park, dog park is to the left, large lawn area to the 
right - bird was straight ahead. Very active and vocalizing pretty much the 
whole time we were there. Check out Dave's picture on eBird - a very nice shot. 

> CHAT and PRAIRIE WARBLER were two other nice finds among many usual summer 
residents. 

> 
> We searched for RedHeaded WP at Difficult Run and Huntley Meadows, but came 
up empty. A stop at Ashby Pond for YellowCrowned Night Heron did not pan out, 
but it's a sweet little park that had a GREAT BLUE HERON, mama WOOD DUCK and 7 
little ones - 

> 
> Let's go Nats!
> Rich Rieger
> Alexandria


S. Johnson at Rock Hill District Park 26 June:

Green Heron  1     fly over
Turkey Vulture  2
Mourning Dove  2
Willow Flycatcher 1 observed several times in exact same location as past 2 
weeks. no vocalizations while I was there. watched its bill to make sure - no 
call movements. 

American Crow  1
crow sp.  2
Tree Swallow  2
Barn Swallow  1
Tufted Titmouse  1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  1
Eastern Bluebird 0 saw no birds, but 4 freshly laid blue eggs in nest box 
(sometime during the past 2 weeks) 

Gray Catbird  1
Brown Thrasher  1
Northern Mockingbird  1
European Starling  20
Yellow-breasted Chat  2
Field Sparrow  3
Song Sparrow  1
Northern Cardinal  2
Indigo Bunting  1     singing, not seen
Red-winged Blackbird  4
Brown-headed Cowbird  2
Orchard Oriole  1
House Finch  3
American Goldfinch  3

View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24059131 




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Subject: Re: No Chincoteague NWR. Roseate tern today
From: Bill Hohenstein <elliety AT msn.com>
Date: Fri, 26 Jun 2015 11:15:14 -0400

No sign of the Roseate Tern this morning 6/26. Will check again later in the 
day and send along a note if it terns up. 

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Subject: Prothonitary Warblers
From: "Bulmer, Anthony" <Anthony.Bulmer AT fairfaxcounty.gov>
Date: Fri, 26 Jun 2015 14:26:27 +0000
We had a nice and very successful bird hike at Mason neck Tuesday the 23rd. We 
saw over 8 Prothonotary warblers to include fledglings being fed. They are easy 
to find on if you walk the bay loop trail. 100 degree heat index and they were 
still active. 


Tony Bulmer
Naturalist/Historian Senior Interpreter
Ellanor C. Lawrence Park
703-631-0013

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Subject: Costa Rica Anyone?
From: "Dave Larsen - birding" <hirundo AT comcast.net>
Date: Fri, 26 Jun 2015 09:00:46 -0400
I am organizing a small group birding tour in Costa Rica for next February
(8-17).  We have a male solo that's looking to pair with another birder.
And we might have room for one additional couple.  If interested please
respond to me off-line asap, I need to finalize the group soon.

 

Dave Larsen

Haymarket

 

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Subject: Willow Flycatcher/Rock Hill District park/Fairfax
From: Rich Rieger via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Fri, 26 Jun 2015 07:45:25 -0400
Dave Boltz and I had a slow morning of bird hunting in and around Fairfax Co. 
yesterday. 


Highlight was the WILLOW FLYCATCHER still present at Rock Hill District Park. 
When you pull into the park, dog park is to the left, large lawn area to the 
right - bird was straight ahead. Very active and vocalizing pretty much the 
whole time we were there. Check out Dave's picture on eBird - a very nice shot. 

CHAT and PRAIRIE WARBLER were two other nice finds among many usual summer 
residents. 


We searched for RedHeaded WP at Difficult Run and Huntley Meadows, but came up 
empty. A stop at Ashby Pond for YellowCrowned Night Heron did not pan out, but 
it's a sweet little park that had a GREAT BLUE HERON, mama WOOD DUCK and 7 
little ones - 


Let's go Nats!
Rich Rieger
Alexandria
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Subject: Shanks Island area pelican & cormorant colonies
From: Henry Armistead <harryarmistead AT hotmail.com>
Date: Thu, 25 Jun 2015 21:50:37 -0400
SHANKS ISLAND-CHEESEMAN ISLAND-SOUTH POINT MARSH, June 24, 2015, Wednesday. 
John Weske & Harry Armistead. These 3 places are sort of fused due to the 
eastward migration of the 2 islands so that what remains of them is joined to 
South Point Marsh in Accomack County, adjacent to the Eastern Shore of 
Virginia. We land at the north end and walk south c. 0.63 miles, at which point 
the marsh ends and a long sandy area stretches away to the south towards 
Tangier Island. Such fecundity here! It is a spectacle! The west side is mostly 
beach but with some peaty sod banks, too. Next to the beach are high areas 
with the panic tussocks, grasses, still sandy. These give off to high saltmarsh 
and then lower marsh, Spartina alterniflora. The higher, dune-type areas 
sometimes have numbers of garden spiders. 


 

BROWN PELICANS: I accompany John in his Privateer boat, that has a 115 H.P. 
outboard. We launch at Crisfield. The object is to assess the enormous Brown 
Pelican colony here to determine the size of the youngsters with an eye to a 
future banding expedition. We find very few nests that still have eggs, 
somewhat more of chicks that are too small to band. 


 

Most of the young (at least 310 in sight simultaneously) at the north segment 
of this colony are large downies, already plenty large enough to band. The 
more southern sector has young that are larger, starting to get feathering and 
brownish color on their wings. My very rough combined estimates of the total 
number of flight-capable birds (virtually 95+% breeding adults plus a few 
sub-adults not hatched out this year) is of 1,640 Brown Pelicans, probably low. 
I make no estimate of the # of young in the south colony. Recently there was a 
small subset of nesting pelicans back in the marsh a ways in the northeast part 
of this area, difficult to get to. We do not see this today. 


 

One has to figure that almost this many other pelicans may not be present, are 
off hunting fish, coasting over the adjacent Chesapeake Bay waters. In past 
years official estimates (counts?) of the # of pairs of pelis here has 
sometimes exceeded 1,000. My estimates are made by quickly counting by 10s 
from a single vantage point for each colony. I scan off to the East perhaps 8 
times to see if any peli activity is visible in the lines of Baccharis 
halimifolia & Iva frutescens there. Theres a lot of shimmer but even so there 
doesnt seem to be any action. These bushes may be a mile or so in the 
distance. In past years there has been an active pelican colony off in that 
direction at Peach Orchard Point. 


 

DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS. There may be EVEN MORE DCCOs than pelicans. Their 
young are so large and look so much like adults today that I do not attempt an 
estimate of the # of youngsters. My rough (I SAID ROUGH) estimate of the number 
of DCCOs (adults and large young) visible here is 1,960. As with the pelis, 
many adults are probably off fishing. And in general adult DCCOs when disturbed 
by the likes of us LEAVE the nest area in contrast to Brown Pelicans. The later 
circle overhead and soon return to their nests after a person is perhaps only 
150 away from them. So these 1,960 DCCOs may comprise mostly youngsters. 


 

OTHER BIRDS: northern harrier 1 male, royal tern 2, osprey 3, Forsters tern 2, 
mallard 1 female, American black duck 4, seaside sparrow 2, little blue heron 
2, American oystercatcher 12 (none of the 7 or 8 I am able to see close enough 
wear bands), fish crow 3, laughing gull 4, and boat-tailed grackle 3. We see 
perhaps 50 Herring and 150 Great Black-backed Gulls. The GBBGs greatly 
outnumber the Herring Gulls. Lots of large, downy GBBG young present. Strange 
to say, a great blue heron lands right in the south colony. Why? Perhaps it 
wants to eat young birds. ? 


 

NON-AVIAN TAXA: 1 diamondback terrapin, 1 cabbage white, and 1 large black (and 
distant) unIDd butterfly. In the vicinity of the south colony there is a large 
bed of morning glories. Only see a few of the seaside dragonlet dragonflies 
whereas sometimes there are countless 1,000s in these saltmarshes. Big clumps 
of some kind of Panicum grow in the higher dune-like, sandy areas, and the 
presence of sea rocket makes this seem like a barrier island setting. The 
remains of a few horseshoe crabs are on the shoreline. 


 

We are in the colony area for c. 3 hours (c. 2-5) but keep moving so as to 
minimize disturbance. No birds are banded by us today. NW winds, c. 12-16 
m.p.h., temps in the 80s, clear or fair, extremely low tide at the start. The 
passage over from the mainland is rather rough and choppy, a test of the knees 
and lower back. Other notes of the day from the nearby Smith I., MD, area will 
appear in MDBIRDING in a few days. 


 

Best to all.  Harry Armistead, Philadelphia. 
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Subject: Harrison Lake-Charles City
From: Barbara Houston <rinksyd AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 25 Jun 2015 21:05:15 -0400
I swung through this morning just after sunrise and was treated to a 
great bird...a white-eyed vireo that posed nicely for me to get a couple 
pictures before taking off.  Also had a blue-grey gnatcatcher, 
chickadees, cardinals, blue grosbeaks, a pair of indigo buntings, and 
some cowbirds.  Good hour spent there....

I posted a couple pictures at: 
http://fynefoto.phanfare.com/6928063#imageID=241532363

In that same album is a nice bald eagle I got there yesterday 
morning....he seemed to be stalking me... ;-)


Barbara Houston
New Kent, VA


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Subject: Caracara in Poquoson
From: billwilliams154 AT gmail.com
Date: Thu, 25 Jun 2015 13:20:27 -0400
Greetings All,

A photographer friend e-mailed a photo of a Crested Caracara taken at 8:50 am 
today at "Shady Banks Trailer Park" in Poquoson. 


Wish there was more info to send out. The photo is blurry, apparently from a 
phone, but easily identifiable. 


Hopefully others may be able to relocate this bird.

Best Bird,

Bill

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Subject: Re: Chincoteague NWR. Roseate tern
From: Bill Hohenstein <elliety AT msn.com>
Date: Thu, 25 Jun 2015 11:15:39 -0400
Roseate term at Swans cove now - roosting on flats across from visitors center.

> From: elliety AT msn.com
> To: va-bird AT listserve.com
> Date: Thu, 25 Jun 2015 08:48:50 -0400
> Subject: [Va-bird] Chincoteague NWR
> 
> Our family is spending the week at Chincoteague. I had low expectations for 
birding -- late June is the doldrums for migrating shorebirds -- the slack tide 
in the north-south ebb of birds. True to form, the numbers and species of 
shorebirds is lower than other times of year, but there are plenty of birds and 
birding behaviors to hold my interest. 

> A few late migrants or juveniles of species I would not expect remain around 
-- in very low numbers. Semipalmated sandpipers, lesser yellowlegs, and a short 
billed dowitcher were seen at Swan's Cove on various days. 2 Black Bellied 
Plovers and a Ruddy turnstone remain on the closed portion of the beach -- 
scoped from the rope line. Good numbers of piping plovers -- a continued good 
sign! Sandwich terns were also present at Swan's Cove along with the more 
numerous Royal and Forsters. 

> Birding along the 175 Causeway has been a lot of fun. Breeding Eastern 
Willets, Black Necked Stilts, Clapper Rails, herons, both Ibis, and large 
colonies of Laughing and Herring Gulls -- with a few Great Black Backed thrown 
in are present along the North side (with a larger colony of Laughing Gulls on 
the South side). An Adult Bald Eagle ventured into the colony and was mobbed by 
about a thousand birds. A colony of Common and Forsters Terns is back on an 
oyster shell pile visible from the end of the boat launch area. I did not see 
Gull Billed Terns which have been there in previous years. Total numbers of 
Black necked stilts appears to be up from previous years and they seem to be 
expanding east toward the mainland. I was able to find good numbers of Seaside 
Sparrows and a single Saltmarsh Sparrow in the saltgrass along the road. 

> One of the more interesting areas is accessible by boat. The flats near 
Smalley Drain -- along Assateague Channel contained large numbers of roosting 
and feeding shorebirds. A large number of oystercatchers (28+); Marbled Godwits 
(15 or so) and what I believe are western willets (14+) are in a loose flock 
that was there in the afternoon on Tuesday and Wednesday. The Godwits and 
Willets I'm presuming are first year birds that have not migrated to their 
breeding grounds. A Short Billed Dowitcher showed up too -- the Dowitcher and 
Willets are in non-breeding plumage. A few Eastern Willets were there yesterday 
and provided a nice comparison to the larger, lanky, gray counterparts, the 
bills also show differences in stockiness. I'd be interested in the views of 
others on the Willets. 

> All and all, late June is a good time to be birding out here.
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/73831614 AT N00/sets/72157654963634062
> 
> Bill
> 
> 
> 
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Subject: Chincoteague NWR
From: Bill Hohenstein <elliety AT msn.com>
Date: Thu, 25 Jun 2015 08:48:50 -0400
Our family is spending the week at Chincoteague. I had low expectations for 
birding -- late June is the doldrums for migrating shorebirds -- the slack tide 
in the north-south ebb of birds. True to form, the numbers and species of 
shorebirds is lower than other times of year, but there are plenty of birds and 
birding behaviors to hold my interest. 

A few late migrants or juveniles of species I would not expect remain around -- 
in very low numbers. Semipalmated sandpipers, lesser yellowlegs, and a short 
billed dowitcher were seen at Swan's Cove on various days. 2 Black Bellied 
Plovers and a Ruddy turnstone remain on the closed portion of the beach -- 
scoped from the rope line. Good numbers of piping plovers -- a continued good 
sign! Sandwich terns were also present at Swan's Cove along with the more 
numerous Royal and Forsters. 

Birding along the 175 Causeway has been a lot of fun. Breeding Eastern Willets, 
Black Necked Stilts, Clapper Rails, herons, both Ibis, and large colonies of 
Laughing and Herring Gulls -- with a few Great Black Backed thrown in are 
present along the North side (with a larger colony of Laughing Gulls on the 
South side). An Adult Bald Eagle ventured into the colony and was mobbed by 
about a thousand birds. A colony of Common and Forsters Terns is back on an 
oyster shell pile visible from the end of the boat launch area. I did not see 
Gull Billed Terns which have been there in previous years. Total numbers of 
Black necked stilts appears to be up from previous years and they seem to be 
expanding east toward the mainland. I was able to find good numbers of Seaside 
Sparrows and a single Saltmarsh Sparrow in the saltgrass along the road. 

One of the more interesting areas is accessible by boat. The flats near Smalley 
Drain -- along Assateague Channel contained large numbers of roosting and 
feeding shorebirds. A large number of oystercatchers (28+); Marbled Godwits (15 
or so) and what I believe are western willets (14+) are in a loose flock that 
was there in the afternoon on Tuesday and Wednesday. The Godwits and Willets 
I'm presuming are first year birds that have not migrated to their breeding 
grounds. A Short Billed Dowitcher showed up too -- the Dowitcher and Willets 
are in non-breeding plumage. A few Eastern Willets were there yesterday and 
provided a nice comparison to the larger, lanky, gray counterparts, the bills 
also show differences in stockiness. I'd be interested in the views of others 
on the Willets. 

All and all, late June is a good time to be birding out here.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/73831614 AT N00/sets/72157654963634062

Bill



 		 	   		  
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Subject: Blue Ridge Center Bird Walk, Loudoun Co, June 27
From: "Joe Coleman" <joecoleman AT rstarmail.com>
Date: Wed, 24 Jun 2015 22:01:20 -0400
Everyone is welcome at the Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy's free monthly bird
walk at the Blue Ridge Center for Environmental Stewardship (BRCES), in the
northwestern corner of Loudoun County near Harpers Ferry at 8 am on Sat.,
June 27. This month's walk is being co-sponsored by the Audubon Society of
Northern Virginia.

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

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

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

Joe Coleman
540-454-3361 or joecoleman AT rstarmail.com

 

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Subject: Fwd: [eBird Alert] Virginia Rare Bird Alert
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Date: Wed, 24 Jun 2015 20:22:58 -0400

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*** Species Summary:

Tundra Swan (2 Accomack)
American Bittern (1 Accomack)
Willet (Western) (1 Accomack)
Savannah Sparrow (1 Montgomery)
Dickcissel (2 Prince William)

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NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

Tundra Swan (Cygnus columbianus) (1)
- Reported Jun 21, 2015 18:20 by Joanne Howl
- Chincoteague NWR--Wildlife Loop, Accomack, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=37.9004587,-75.3431654&ll=37.9004587,-75.3431654 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24035702
- Comments: "Continuing bird. Black bill, black feet. Cannot rule out trumpeter 
with view, but that would be less likely species." 


Tundra Swan (Cygnus columbianus) (1)
- Reported Jun 21, 2015 16:00 by Joanne Howl
- Chincoteague NWR--Wildlife Loop, Accomack, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=37.9004587,-75.3431654&ll=37.9004587,-75.3431654 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24035501
- Comments: "Black-billed swan with black feet. Seen close up. Tundra swan has 
been recently reported here; cannot entirely rule out trumpeter, but tundra is 
more likely." 


American Bittern (Botaurus lentiginosus) (1)
- Reported Jun 21, 2015 18:20 by Joanne Howl
- Chincoteague NWR--Wildlife Loop, Accomack, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=37.9004587,-75.3431654&ll=37.9004587,-75.3431654 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24035702
- Comments: "Very long-necked bird, with sturdy brown body and obvious brown 
stripes on neck. Body somewhat similar to Green Heron, but sturdier and 
different color. Standing at edge of marsh, bill extended upward, looking in 
water with downturned eyes. Very well viewed for five minute or more. Also 
watched in flight. Have photos if reviewers want, but do not have flickr or 
similar account to share." 


Willet (Western) (Tringa semipalmata) (16)
- Reported Jun 23, 2015 15:20 by Bill Hohenstein
- Chincoteague NWR Smalley Drain, Accomack, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=37.9072989,-75.3783131&ll=37.9072989,-75.3783131 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24032770
- Comments: "Clearly western birds. Gray, large and lanky. Hanging out with 
Godwits. 

Western Willets Late June Chincoteague 


AMOY 
ACA and western willet" 


Savannah Sparrow (Passerculus sandwichensis) (1)
- Reported Jun 24, 2015 05:24 by Clyde Kessler
- Montgomery, Montgomery, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=37.17262,-80.3979&ll=37.17262,-80.3979 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24035410
- Comments: "singing in field 1/10 mile east of Prices Fork Rd. fire station"

Dickcissel (Spiza americana) (2)
- Reported Jun 24, 2015 07:50 by David Sperling
- US-VA-Manassas-11014–11016 Nokesville Rd - 38.7390x-77.5298, Prince 
William, Virginia 

- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.73903,-77.529836&ll=38.73903,-77.529836 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24037188
- Comments: "Continuing. First spotted male singing in tree. Subsequently, male 
flew down from tree into area of tall grass and thistles where it was joined by 
a second bird in what appeared to be a possible nest site." 


Dickcissel (Spiza americana) (2)
- Reported Jun 24, 2015 07:50 by Sharon Forsyth
- US-VA-Manassas-11014–11016 Nokesville Rd - 38.7390x-77.5298, Prince 
William, Virginia 

- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.73903,-77.529836&ll=38.73903,-77.529836 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24035254
- Comments: "Continuing. First spotted male singing in tree. Subsequently, male 
flew down from tree into area of tall grass and thistles where it was joined by 
a second bird in what appeared to be a possible nest site." 


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Subject: summer DC Cormorant; possible No. Waterthrush??
From: "Mary Ann Good" <magood1 AT verizon.net>
Date: Wed, 24 Jun 2015 15:52:56 -0400 (EDT)
Hello,
 
I had a couple interesting finds while conducting my yearly USGS breeding bird 
survey in Loudoun County Saturday morning (sorry for the late report). First 
was a juvenile Double-crested Cormorant at a farm pond on Loudoun Orchard Road 
near Hamilton, with a bunch of Canada Geese. Second was a possible singing 
Northern Waterthrush, which I realize would be a highly unlikely occurrence at 
this time of year (the Gold Book gives the spring transient late date as June 
10 in the Piedmont). It sang from right next to me at a stop, hidden behind 
overhanging overgrowth over a rocky stream in a wooded area--perfect habitat. 
This was on Old Waterford Rd. near Waterford. Unfortunately it sang 3 or 4 
times but stopped as I was getting set up to record, and no luck getting 
further confirmation. Those who know me know I have a discerning ear; I feel 
confident in what I heard, but of course without proof have no leg to stand on. 

 
Good birding!
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Subject: Common Loon on Lake Frederick (Frederick County)
From: "David E. Carr" <dec5z AT cms.mail.virginia.edu>
Date: Wed, 24 Jun 2015 09:16:30 -0400
An immature Common Loon has been lingering on Lake Frederick (Frederick 
County, VA) this summer.  I saw it in person for the first time this 
morning.  I don't know if it's injured, but it seems reasonably healthy, and 
it dove and caught fish while I was there.

David Carr
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Subject: The Virginia eBird Portal
From: Brian and Deborah Taber via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Wed, 24 Jun 2015 07:31:55 -0400
Just a reminder that there's a VA portal for eBird with articles of interest 
related to Virginia. Birders can submit their lists there. The site has 5 
co-sponsors...VA Society of Ornithology, Coastal VA Wildlife Observatory, VA 
Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, Eastern Shore of VA National Wildlife 
Refuge and VA Audubon Council. 



Recent posts there include VSO info and American Oystercatcher research.


The VA portal can also be accessed through the regular eBird site, by clicking 
on Regional portals on the right-side menu or through www.cvwo.org left-side 
menu. 



Brian Taber
Coastal VA Wildlife Observatory
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Subject: Fwd: [eBird Alert] Virginia Rare Bird Alert
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Date: Tue, 23 Jun 2015 19:07:36 -0400

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*** Species Summary:

Common Tern (1 Surry)
Least Flycatcher (1 Madison)
Red-breasted Nuthatch (1 Grayson)
Swainson's Thrush (1 Grayson)
Cerulean Warbler (1 Greene)
Savannah Sparrow (1 Montgomery)
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) (1 Madison)
Dickcissel (2 Prince William)

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NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

Common Tern (Sterna hirundo) (1)
- Reported Jun 22, 2015 12:30 by Terri Cuthriell
- Scotland Ferry, Surry, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=37.1860316,-76.7837906&ll=37.1860316,-76.7837906 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24015351
- Comments: "Medium size adult tern in breeding plumage with complete black cap 
- dark grey primary tips. Gray, not white, primaries. Long red bill with black 
tip." 


Least Flycatcher (Empidonax minimus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jun 17, 2015 08:58 by Kerry Grim
- Shenandoah NP - Skyland Drive milepost 53-54, Madison, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.5008987,-78.4447646&ll=38.5008987,-78.4447646 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24018579
- Comments: "'che-bek' cll very distinctive and I an very familiar with the 
call." 


Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis) 
- Reported Jun 21, 2015 13:00 by sage church
- Grayson Highlands State Park - MMR07, Grayson, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=36.6238689,-81.4998436&ll=36.6238689,-81.4998436 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24025755
- Comments: "heard a couple of then"

Swainson's Thrush (Catharus ustulatus) (2)
- Reported Jun 21, 2015 13:00 by sage church
- Grayson Highlands State Park - MMR07, Grayson, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=36.6238689,-81.4998436&ll=36.6238689,-81.4998436 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24025755
- Comments: "heard two"

Cerulean Warbler (Setophaga cerulea) (2)
- Reported Jun 23, 2015 10:50 by William  Leigh
- SNP Smithroach Gap, Greene, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.3286961,-78.5746479&ll=38.3286961,-78.5746479 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24025477

Savannah Sparrow (Passerculus sandwichensis) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jun 23, 2015 05:25 by Clyde Kessler
- Montgomery, Montgomery, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=37.17262,-80.3979&ll=37.17262,-80.3979 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24017452
- Comments: "both singing, on Prices Fork Road a 1/10 mile west of fire 
station, the other a 1/10 or less east of fire station; both in hay 
fields...reason I am doing these slow drive early checks is to hear this 
species, or get even more lucky, and hear a Vesper (not this time)" 


Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) (Junco hyemalis) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jun 17, 2015 16:49 by Kerry Grim
- Shenandoah NP--Big Meadows, Madison, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.5272,-78.4387&ll=38.5272,-78.4387 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24018433
- Comments: "I noticed a Dark-eyed Junco going under my car and up under the 
wheel wells of my car. The bird was collecting nest-building material from the 
space alongside my car. I took photos of her collecting the material and remove 
some grasses from on top of the rear wheel. I thought it was stuck on the tire 
and removed the material, but she immediately collected more grasses and 
proceeded to start a nest on the tire. She was fearless and ignored me as I 
tried to photograph here from five feet away. At one point, a male junco flew 
to the female junco and attempted to nest. 


Photographs were taken 4:49-6:02 P.M. I will attempt to insert in eBird. If 
photos are needed for birding records/reports, please email me at 
grim04 AT enter.net. 


GrimKA_150617_204.jpg

GrimKA_150617_253.jpg"

Dickcissel (Spiza americana) (1)
- Reported Jun 23, 2015 06:11 by Phil Silas
- US-VA-Manassas-10041 Sowder Village Sq - 38.7392x-77.5312, Prince William, 
Virginia 

- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.739248,-77.531248&ll=38.739248,-77.531248 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24017537
- Comments: "Well seen singing from tallest (Sumac?) tree about 40 yds directly 
behind the Innovation sign as well described by Candice Lowther yesterday. 
Parked at Target, walked across Hornbaker near corner w/ Rt 28." 


Dickcissel (Spiza americana) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jun 23, 2015 09:59 by Candice Lowther
- US-VA-Manassas-11014–11016 Nokesville Rd - 38.7389x-77.5298, Prince 
William, Virginia 

- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.738873,-77.529758&ll=38.738873,-77.529758 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24018777
- Comments: "Male bird signing in top of tree behind the innovation park sign. 
Rusty shoulders, yellow line above eye, stout bill, sparrow sized." 


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Subject: Voice: Greater Washington Area, June 23
From: "Joe Coleman" <joecoleman AT rstarmail.com>
Date: Tue, 23 Jun 2015 16:25:28 -0400
FYI  - this report is for sightings from June 16 through June 22 and was
compiled by Gerry Hawkins & transcribed by Steve Cordle.

Joe Coleman

 

Hotline:     Voice of the Naturalist

Date:        6/23/2015

Coverage:    MD/DC/VA/central and southern DE/WV panhandle

Reports, comments and questions: voice AT anshome.org
  

Compiler:    Gerry Hawkins

Sponsor:     Audubon Naturalist Society of the Central

               Atlantic States (independent of NAS)

Transcriber: Steve Cordle 

 

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

 

This is the Voice of the Naturalist, a service of the Audubon Naturalist
Society. This report covers the week starting Tuesday, June 16 and was
completed on Tuesday, June 23 at 8:00 a.m. 

 

The top birds this week were NEOTROPIC CORMORANT* in MD, ROSEATE TERN* in DE
and SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER* in MD. 

 

Other birds of interest this week included TRUMPETER and TUNDRA SWANS,
WHITE-WINGED SCOTER, LONG-TAILED DUCK, HARLEQUIN DUCK, NORTHERN BOBWHITE,
RED-THROATED LOON, HORNED GREBE, ANHINGA, AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN, AMERICAN
BITTERN, BROAD-WINGED HAWK, MISSISSIPPI KITE, BLACK-NECKED STILT, AMERICAN
AVOCET, WHIMBREL, STILT SANDPIPER, WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER, WILSON'S
PHALAROPE, ARCTIC and GULL-BILLED TERNS, WILSON'S STORM-PETREL, EURASIAN
COLLARED-DOVE, LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE, BANK and CLIFF SWALLOWS, BROWN CREEPER,
RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, KENTUCKY, BLACKPOLL and PALM WARBLERS, VESPER SPARROW,
DICKCISSEL and PINE SISKIN.  

 

TOP BIRDS

 

A NEOTROPIC CORMORANT* continues at Violette's Lock on the C&O Canal,
Montgomery Co, MD, with the latest sighting on June 20.

 

On June 20 a ROSEATE TERN*, which is primarily an offshore passage migrant,
was found on an exposed mudflat near Broadkill Road in Prime Hook NWR,
Sussex Co, DE. 

 

On June 18 a SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER* was found in a restricted area at
the southern end of Assateague Island National Seashore, Worcester Co, MD,
which appears to be a different individual from the one seen in Cape May, NJ
on the previous day. 

 

OTHER BIRDS OF INTEREST

 

A tagged TRUMPETER SWAN continues at Lake Churchill, Montgomery Co, MD, with
the latest sighting on June 20. A continuing TUNDRA SWAN at Bombay Hook NWR,
Kent Co, DE was seen again on June 22. Lingering waterfowl also included
small numbers of most species of migratory duck that winter in the area,
with noteworthy sightings including a CANVASBACK, REDHEAD, LESSER SCAUP and
BUFFLEHEAD at Swan Creek Wetland - Cox Creek, Anne Arundel Co, MD on June
16; a LONG-TAILED DUCK on Poplar Island, Talbot Co, MD on June 17; a
WHITE-WINGED SCOTER at The Point in Cape Henlopen SP, Sussex Co, DE on June
19; and a young male HARLEQUIN DUCK at Occohannock Creek, Accomack Co, VA on
June 18. 

 

NORTHERN BOBWHITE was encountered at multiple locations, with a high of 12
along Egypt Road in Dorchester Co, MD on June 20. 

 

On June 21 an apparently injured breeding adult RED-THROATED LOON was seen
near the dam at Kerr Reservoir in Mecklenburg Co, VA, where it now appears
to be resident. 

 

On June 17 a late HORNED GREBE was seen on Poplar Island, Talbot Co, MD.

 

A resident of Gloucester Point in Gloucester Co, VA reported observing four
ANHINGAS by a pond near the York River on June 19 and 20. 

 

Ten AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS continue along Fowler Beach Road in Prime Hook
NWR, Sussex Co, DE, with the latest sighting on June 22. 

 

On June 17 an AMERICAN BITTERN was spotted by a relatively inaccessible pond
near the intersection of Broken Land Parkway and Route 29 in Howard Co, MD.


 

Late BROAD-WINGED HAWKS were spotted in flight over several lowland
locations, including near Travis Lake in Caroline Co, VA on June 16,
Hart-Miller Island, Baltimore Co, MD on June 17 and Kerr Reservoir in
Mecklenburg Co, VA on June 21. Continuing MISSISSIPPI KITES were seen along
Whiton Crossing and Queponco Roads in Worcester Co, MD on June 17, 20 and
21. MISSISSIPPI KITES also were spotted at several locations in VA,
including the Third Battle of Winchester property in Frederick Co on June
16; Virginia Beach on June 16 and 21; Conway-Robinson SF, Prince William Co
on June 18; the interchange between Route 50 and Washington Blvd in
Arlington Co on June 20; and the intersection of Gaines and Jackson Streets
in Fairfax Co on June 20. 

 

On June 21 two WHIMBRELS were seen on mudflats near Hunting Creek from Dyke
Marsh WP, Fairfax Co, VA, which is the second time in a month this species
has been seen at this location. On June 17 a WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER was
found on Poplar Island, Talbot Co, MD, and two were found on Hart-Miller
Island, Baltimore Co, MD. Late migratory shorebirds also included three
STILT SANDPIPERS at the Craney Island Disposal Area, Portsmouth, VA on June
18 and two at Broadkill Marsh, Prime Hook NWR, Sussex Co, DE on June 20-22.
WILSON'S PHALAROPES also were found at these locations, with one at the
Craney Island Disposal Area on June 18 and a high of three at Broadkill
Marsh, Prime Hook NWR on June 20-22. A large number (34) of adult and young
BLACK-NECKED STILTS were seen on Poplar Island, Talbot Co, MD on June 17,
along with two AMERICAN AVOCETS, which likely were late migrants as this
species no longer regularly breeds along the Atlantic coast.

 

Following a recent confirmed report in Washington, DC, on June 20 another
rare summer ARCTIC TERN was seen on an exposed mudflat at Lynnhaven Inlet in
Virginia Beach, VA for about 35 minutes before it flew north. Reports of
GULL-BILLED TERN, a limited breeder in the reporting area, included one
individual at Chincoteague NWR, Accomack Co, VA on June 17, three at the
Craney Island Disposal Area, Portsmouth, VA on June 18 and a high of four at
Grandview Beach in Hampton, VA on June 19 and 20.  

 

On June 20 a WILSON'S STORM-PETREL was reported flying north about 200 yards
off shore from The Point at Cape Henlopen SP, Sussex Co, DE. 

 

EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVES were seen again at several locations in Virginia,
including the Clover Hill and Montezuma areas in Rockingham Co on June 16
and 20; Venerable Street in Crewe, Nottoway Co on June 17; several locations
in Fairlawn, Pulaski Co on June 17, 18 and 21; and a couple of locations in
nearby Radford on June 19 and 21.  

 

Members of a LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE family found along Rockland Road in Warren
Co, VA a couple of weeks ago were seen again on June 19 and 20. A LOGGERHEAD
SHRIKE also continues just across the VA border along Shady Grove Lane in
Jefferson Co, WV, with the latest sighting on June 21.  

 

Birders continue to enjoy watching over 120 active BANK SWALLOW nests in the
face of a rock pile at the Carmeuse Lime and Stone Quarry near the village
of Oranda in Shenandoah Co, VA. 

 

On June 20 and 21 several CLIFF SWALLOWS were seen again at the Georgetown
Reservoir in Washington, DC, which appear to be nesting under a pump
structure there. During the week 26 active CLIFF SWALLOW nests were found
under a concrete bridge over the C&O Canal near Little Falls in Montgomery
Co, MD, which is a short walk upstream from Lock 6 on the C&O Canal. This
location is perhaps most easily accessed from the Lock 6 parking area on the
Clara Barton Parkway.

 

A late BROWN CREEPER was seen at Hughes Hollow in Montgomery Co, MD on June
20, and a late RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET was found at Swan Creek Wetland - Cox
Creek, Anne Arundel Co, MD on June 19.  

 

On June 21 a KENTUCKY WARBLER was found along Half Moon Lane in southwestern
Frederick Co, VA, which is a relatively rare sighting for this county. Late
passage migrant warblers included a BLACKPOLL WARBLER seen in Carroll Park
along the Gwynn Falls Trail in Baltimore, MD on June 18 and a PALM WARBLER
found at Swan Creek Wetland - Cox Creek, Anne Arundel Co, MD on June 19.

 

On June 20 one or more VESPER SPARROWS were found at the Hughes Road polo
grounds and along Budd, Westerly and West Offut Roads in Montgomery Co, MD. 

 

DICKCISSELS continue to entertain birders along the south end of Cods Road
in Sussex Co, DE, Sixes Bridge Road in Carroll Co, MD, Long Neck Road in St.
Mary's Co, MD and the Mustang Trail in the Meadowood Recreation Area,
Fairfax Co, VA, with the latest sightings on June 22, June 19, June 17 and
June 21, respectively. On June 22 a DICKCISSEL also was found near the
intersection of Nokesville and Hornbaker Roads in Prince William Co, VA. 

 

A late PINE SISKIN visited a feeder in Virginia Beach, VA on June 18 and in
Lexington, Rockbridge Co, VA on June 21. 

 

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This week's report was based on reports on the DE, MD, VA, and WV list
servers via the ABA Internet links, and on eBird records.

 

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

 

To report bird sightings, e-mail your report to voice AT anshome.org
 .

Please post reports before midnight Monday, identify the county as well as
the state, and include your name and a Tuesday morning contact, e-mail or
phone.

 

Thank you for your interest, and enjoy the birds.

 

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Subject: Northern Bobwhite observed near Lightfoot in James City County VA
From: Shirley Devan <sedevan52 AT cox.net>
Date: Tue, 23 Jun 2015 15:31:22 -0400
Greetings,

This morning at 7:30 fellow Williamsburg Bird Club member and VSO member, Gary 
Carpenter, texted me that he was hearing one or more Northern Bobwhite in the 
meadows of Colonial Heritage (a residential neighborhood) in Lightfoot near 
Williamsburg. There are three separate meadows fronting onto Route 60 (Richmond 
Road) across from the Williamsburg Pottery Factory. 


I dashed up to meet Gary and immediately heard the bobwhite. We stayed in the 
area until about 8:15 am and continued to hear them calling. While there we 
observed at least 8 Eastern Meadowlarks, 4 Grasshopper Sparrows plus Purple 
Martins, Barn Swallows, and the usual American Robins, American Goldfinches, 
and Northern Mockingbirds. 


For the first time the owner of these meadows (developer of Colonial Heritage 
— Lennar) has agreed not to mow them until fall to allow for the grassland 
nesting birds to complete their nesting cycle. Meanwhile, the butterflies are 
enjoying the meadows as well. 


I’m not good at determining the # of acres but I’ll offer a guess of 10-15 
acres of grass across these three meadows separated by paved lanes. 


Later in the morning — about 10:30 — with the temperatures approaching 90, 
I was wandering around the meadow edges looking for butterflies and heard the 
bobwhite again but in a different direction — being me near the golf course 
under the Purple Martin houses. This time I texted Gary and he arrived and we 
found a bobwhite wandering among the shrubbery along the roadside. I was able 
to snap one photo as the bird dashed between shrubs. 


Needless to say, we are celebrating. We did not have a single Northern Bobwhite 
on our Club’s spring bird count early in May. 


We’ll keep an ear out for more bobwhite calls.

Best butterfly was Gray Hairstreak…

Shirley Devan
Williamsburg Bird Club
http://williamsburgbirdclub.org/








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Subject: Dickcissel in Prince William county
From: Candice Lowther <candiceylowther AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 23 Jun 2015 10:38:04 -0400
Yesterday, I found a dickcissel at the corner of hornbaker and route 28. This 
morning I went back and set up my scope on the backside of the innovation 
parkway sign. I had a nice view of an adult male bird. He was singing from the 
top of one of the large trees behind the sign. 


Good birding!

Candice Lowther 
Bristow, VA

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Subject: The 2st Annual Purple Martin Field Day will be held in central Virginia this Saturday
From: "Ron Kingston" <kingston AT cstone.net>
Date: Mon, 22 Jun 2015 22:57:00 -0400
 

If you are  interested in establishing, restoring, or expanding a Purple

Martin Colony come learn about and see in operation the most up-to-date and
effective techniques and technology available for successful Purple Martin
stewardship and management.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

                                   Main presentation begins at 10:00 a.m.



                               Visit http://www.purplemartinfieldday.org/

 

The 21st Annual Purple Martin Field Day is held in central Virginia at the

farm of Mrs. Merle Wood and her son, Mr. Lance Wood, who have graciously

opened up their farm and martin colony to the public, hosting this event for

many years-and this year.

The main program begins at 10:00 a.m.-please arrive before that time so you
will not

miss the Door Prize give-away (including free GOURDS!) or the beginning of

the primary presentation. 

 

See   www.purplemartinfieldday.org for
photos and complete information and to find out what to bring (and not to
bring!)  Receive free literature on martin attraction and management, and
catalogs for martin equipment, as well as free handouts on bluebird
conservation.
http://www.purplemartinfieldday.org/directions.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Subject: Late Post for Sunday's Great Falls Walk
From: Marshall Rawson via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Mon, 22 Jun 2015 21:26:03 -0400
With the arrival of the summer solstice Sunday's Great Falls Park was slow with 
little bird activity. Our group of four tallied 43 species. On Conn Island both 
juvie eagles were on the nest this morning. We had good views of a gnatcatcher 
while an elusive hummingbird was savoring the trumpet vine. All are welcome to 
join this regular Sunday walk that meets at 8:00 am in the visitor's center 
parking lot. -- Marshall Rawson 


Canada Goose  6
Mallard 6
Double-crested Cormorant  4
Great Blue Heron  10
Black Vulture  6
Turkey Vulture  5
Bald Eagle  2
Mourning Dove  1
Yellow-billed Cuckoo  1
Chimney Swift  1
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Downy Woodpecker  1
Pileated Woodpecker  1
Eastern Wood-Pewee  1
Acadian Flycatcher 1
Great Crested Flycatcher  3
Eastern Kingbird  1
Warbling Vireo  1
Red-eyedVireo  2
Blue Jay  3
American Crow  2
Fish Crow  2
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  5
Tree Swallow  5
Carolina Chickadee  5
Tufted Titmouse 12
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
Carolina Wren  3
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 1
Eastern Bluebird  1
Wood Thrush  1
American Robin  2
Gray Catbird 1
Northern Parula  1
Chipping Sparrow  2
Song Sparrow  1
Scarlet Tanager 2
Northern Cardinal  6
Red-winged Blackbird  3
Common Grackle  6
Orchard Oriole  1
American Goldfinch  3
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Subject: Fwd: [eBird Alert] Virginia Rare Bird Alert
From: "kurtcapt87 AT verizon.net" <kurtcapt87@verizon.net>
Date: Mon, 22 Jun 2015 18:48:16 -0400

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From: ebird-alert AT cornell.edu
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*** Species Summary:

Harlequin Duck (1 Accomack)
Red-throated Loon (1 Mecklenburg)
Pied-billed Grebe (1 Mecklenburg)
Anhinga (1 Gloucester)
Mississippi Kite (3 Virginia Beach)
Stilt Sandpiper (1 Portsmouth)
Bonaparte's Gull (1 Fairfax)
Blue-headed Vireo (1 Loudoun)
Dickcissel (1 Prince William)
Pine Siskin (Northern) (1 Rockbridge)

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Thank you for subscribing to the  Virginia Rare Bird Alert.The report 
below shows observations of rare birds in Virginia. View or unsubscribe to this 
alert at http://ebird.org/ebird/alert/summary?sid=SN35646 

NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

Harlequin Duck (Histrionicus histrionicus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jun 18, 2015 17:30 by J. Hogan
- Occohannock Creek, Accomack, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=37.5612054,-75.901022&ll=37.5612054,-75.901022 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23969365
- Comments: "Immature male inside of our oyster floats. Watched him for about 3 
hours with binocs from very close range. Positive id using Crossley Guide, 
Sibley's and All About Birds. Took two pics with my phone._20150619_165920(1)" 


Red-throated Loon (Gavia stellata) (1)
- Reported Jun 21, 2015 10:30 by Adam D'Onofrio
- John H. Kerr Reservoir--VA 4 lower lake overlook, Mecklenburg, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=36.5909045,-78.291798&ll=36.5909045,-78.291798 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24002467
- Comments: "One adult in breeding plumage. Damaged right wing observed which 
obviously keeps this bird around. Photos. 

Red-throated Loon (record shot)- Kerr Reservoir, Mecklenburg Co., Va 
6-21-15 

Red-throated Loon- Kerr Reservoir, Mecklenburg Co., Va 6-21-15" 


Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps) (2)
- Reported Jun 21, 2015 07:10 by Adam D'Onofrio
- Dick Cross WMA, Mecklenburg, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=36.6121,-78.2932&ll=36.6121,-78.2932 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24002336
- Comments: "Two adults, one calling occasionally.  Photos.
Pied-billed Grebe- Dick Cross WMA, Mecklenburg Co., Va 6-21-15" 


Anhinga (Anhinga anhinga) (4)
- Reported Jun 20, 2015 16:00 by CJ Sweetman
- York River and surrounding woods, Gloucester, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=37.2497971,-76.4949113&ll=37.2497971,-76.4949113 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24006456
- Comments: "4 anhingas were observed flying around our pond for two days in a 
row. They flew from their perch when I walked out onto my porch and their large 
tail feathers relative to a D.C. cormorant indicated that this was something 
different. Upon closer examination, I could see as clear as day their slender, 
straight bill and after watching them fly for a while I could see the white 
patterning on their back/shoulders. I've only seen them in the Everglades so I 
was surprised to say the least, but 100% positive identification as their form 
is very distinct and I even took a couple pictures for disbelievers!" 


Mississippi Kite (Ictinia mississippiensis) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jun 16, 2015 11:50 by Tracy Tate
- Burroughs Road, Virginia Beach, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=36.8959741,-76.1293194&ll=36.8959741,-76.1293194 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23932498
- Comments: "Brief glance of fleeting bird as it flew into the area of its 
supposed nest. Continuing adult male bird. Hoped for another glimpse and spent 
about 25 minutes around 2 pm watching but no luck - probably perched in the 
shade and not moving much in this heat. Still no vocalizations heard and 
haven't confirmed nest though male has run crows away from near supposed nest 
site and dive bombed them as well. Sure that it will be apparent soon whether 
there is a successful nest present." 


Mississippi Kite (Ictinia mississippiensis) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jun 21, 2015 12:20 by Adam Bollinger
- Five Forks Rd./Curtis's Dr., Virginia Beach, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=36.8954785,-76.1386013&ll=36.8954785,-76.1386013 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24000055
- Comments: "Seen gliding over treetops while driving on Five Forks rd; then it 
flew towards nest site at Burroughs ct., reappeared at closer range a couple 
minutes later...long tail, dark underneath, light above; got multiple ID 
photos..none to write home about, also a short video of the bird circleing 
above..flight very graceful and when it decided to go, it was very fast" 


Mississippi Kite (Ictinia mississippiensis) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jun 21, 2015 12:20 by Jason  Strickland
- Five Forks Rd./Curtis's Dr., Virginia Beach, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=36.8954785,-76.1386013&ll=36.8954785,-76.1386013 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23997318
- Comments: "Seen gliding over treetops while driving on Five Forks rd; then it 
flew towards nest site at Burroughs ct., reappeared at closer range a couple 
minutes later...long tail, dark underneath, light above; got multiple ID 
photos..none to write home about, also a short video of the bird circleing 
above..flight very graceful and when it decided to go, it was very fast" 


Stilt Sandpiper (Calidris himantopus) (3) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jun 18, 2015 05:30 by Bill Williams
- Craney Island Disposal Area, Portsmouth, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=36.9065,-76.37&ll=36.9065,-76.37 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23973507
- Comments: "observed in flight, at rest and foraging; medium sized shorebird, 
slightly long, slightly decurved bill; pale white eye-line; upper wing coverts 
and back pale gray-brown; upper breast and flanks off white with pale 
gray-brown mottling; one of the three was a bit browner above than the other 
two; that bird showed black barring along the lower belly to the margins of the 
off-white tail; birds appeared slightly long legged; legs were greenish yellow; 
in flight legs trailed beyond the tail; white rump with pale gray on the tail 
terminus" 


Bonaparte's Gull (Chroicocephalus philadelphia) (1)
- Reported Jun 21, 2015 16:00 by David Ledwith
- Hunting Creek Bridge, Fairfax, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.7897231,-77.0514321&ll=38.7897231,-77.0514321 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24002818
- Comments: "Seen on mudflat. Smaller than nearby Laughing Gull, black bill, 
dark spot behind eye, back color similar to nearby Ring-billed Gull. No picture 
taken." 


Blue-headed Vireo (Vireo solitarius) (1)
- Reported Jun 20, 2015 08:30 by teri holland
- Appalachian Trail--Snickers Gap to Bears Den, Loudoun, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=39.11328,-77.8516102&ll=39.11328,-77.8516102 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24001674

Dickcissel (Spiza americana) (1)
- Reported Jun 22, 2015 11:44 by Candice Lowther
- US-VA-Manassas-11008–11012 Nokesville Rd - 38.7395x-77.5284, Prince 
William, Virginia 

- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.73952,-77.528414&ll=38.73952,-77.528414 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24007982
- Comments: "The bird was clearly singing the 'dickcissel' song repeatedly. The 
bird was close to 28 near the intersection with hornbaker. There are a bunch of 
overgrown weeds and small trees near a concrete sign that says 'innovation 
parkway '." 


Pine Siskin (Northern) (Spinus pinus) (1)
- Reported Jun 21, 2015 16:00 by Kieran Kilday
- Lexington House, Rockbridge, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=37.7558209,-79.448061&ll=37.7558209,-79.448061 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24001357
- Comments: "Feeding on Niger Seed Sock with mix of Goldfinches and House 
Finches. Clear view for 10 minutes noting the distinctions between female House 
Finches (closest similar bird) and Pine Siskin in terms of relative size, shape 
of bills, and coloration with the House Finches tending to be dull gray and 
Pine Siskin being much darker and with distinct brown streaks on breast and 
yellow highlights to primaries. This is the latest date recorded here although 
Pine Siskins have visited the feeders in early June in previous years." 


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Subject: Pine and Chestnut-sided Warblers
From: "Marshall Faintich" <mfaintich AT theworddoctor.com>
Date: Mon, 22 Jun 2015 17:15:41 -0400
Southern 25 miles of Skyline Drive.  Report and photos:

 

 
http://www.symbolicmessengers.com/Blog2015/2015_06_22.htm

 

Marshall Faintich

Nellysford, VA

 

____________________________________________________________________________
_______________________

 

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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: Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk Addendum
From: Harry Glasgow via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Mon, 22 Jun 2015 19:47:19 +0000 (UTC)
 Add 8 Common Yellow hroat Warblers to the list I just sent.   Forgive the 
typo. 

Harry Glasgow
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Subject: Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk
From: Harry Glasgow via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Mon, 22 Jun 2015 19:38:21 +0000 (UTC)
It was appropriately hot and humid on this first Monday  of summer for the 
Huntley Meadows MondayMorning Birdwalk this morning.  But even in the heat we 
tallied53 species.  Our highlights included apair of Red-headed Woodpeckers 
chasing around in the trees near the east end ofthe boardwalk.  We also noted 
that theRed Shouldered hawk chicks in the hard-to-find nest along the Cedar 
trail havefledged, and are in the forest making a lot of the noise that says 
"feedme!"   Otherwise, it is becoming a standard summer atHuntley 
Meadows.Canada Goose  15 

Wood Duck  5
American Black Duck  1
Mallard  11
American Black Duck x Mallard (hybrid)  1    
Hooded Merganser  3
Great Blue Heron  5
Green Heron  6
Osprey  2
Bald Eagle  1
Red-shouldered Hawk  3
Mourning Dove  4
Yellow-billed Cuckoo  1
Barred Owl  1
Chimney Swift  2
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  1
Belted Kingfisher  2
Red-headed Woodpecker  2
Red-bellied Woodpecker  4
Downy Woodpecker  6
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  1
Pileated Woodpecker  1
Eastern Wood-Pewee  2
Acadian Flycatcher  8
Eastern Phoebe  3
Eastern Kingbird  3
Red-eyed Vireo  6
Blue Jay  2
crow sp.  1
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  1
Tree Swallow  10
Barn Swallow  6
Carolina Chickadee  8
Tufted Titmouse  5
White-breasted Nuthatch  2
Carolina Wren  4
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  11
Eastern Bluebird  4
Wood Thrush  2
American Robin  14
European Starling  5
Cedar Waxwing  1
Ovenbird  1
Northern Cardinal  6
Blue Grosbeak  1
Indigo Bunting  2
Red-winged Blackbird  40
Common Grackle  30
Brown-headed Cowbird  3
Orchard Oriole  1
House Finch  1
American Goldfinch  15
The Monday Morning Birdwalk has been a weekly event at Huntley Meadows since 
1985. It takes place every week, rain or shine (except during electrical 
storms, strong winds, or icy trails), at 7AM (8AM from November through March), 
is free of charge, requires no reservation, and is open to all. Birders meet in 
the parking lot at the Park's entrance at 3701 Lockheed Blvd, Alexandria, VA. 
Questions should be directed to Park staff during normal business hours at 
(703)768-2525. 

Harry GlasgowFriends of Huntley Meadows Park

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Subject: 21st Annual Purple Martin Field Day
From: "Sattler, Gene" <edsattle AT liberty.edu>
Date: Mon, 22 Jun 2015 18:05:40 +0000
Announcing the 21st Annual Purple Martin Field Day in VA! 
http://www.purplemartinfieldday.org/index.html 


Date: Saturday, June 27, 2015
Time: 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Location: Central Virginia (Louisa County)(between Richmond and 
Charlottesville) 


The 21st Annual Purple Martin Field Day will be held at the farm of Mrs. Merle 
Wood and her son, Mr. Lance Wood, who have graciously opened up their farm and 
martin colony to the public, hosting this event for many years-and this year, 
we are celebrating our 21st Anniversary! New articles have been added to the 
"ARTICLE" webpage http://purplemartinfieldday.org/articles.html 



Lance Wood and several other landlords will teach you how to attract and manage 
martins and increase the size of your colony. You will learn the advantages and 
disadvantages of different types of martin housing, how to protect martins from 
snakes, hawks, owls, raccoons, House Sparrows, Starlings, wind da! mage, 
lightning, etc., and how to add Starling-Resistant Entrance Hole s to martin 
gourds and houses. Then Lance Wood will give another presentation on how to 
grow natural gourds and turn them into safe, long-lasting Purple Martin homes, 
and Ron Kingston, a veteran bluebirder for thirty-eight years, will be 
available to answer questions about bluebirds, tree swallows, and other native 
cavity-nesters. Other experienced landlords will be on-hand to answer martin 
questions and offer guidance on where to place your martin pole (bring 
sketches/photos of site options, or satellite pictures from map websites.) 
You'll get to watch 130 pairs of martins feeding their nestlings and hav 

 e a chance to meet fellow martin-lovers including some of the landlords who 
post on the PMCA Forum! See: http://www.purplemartinfieldday.org/ 

for photos and complete information and to find out what to bring (and not to 
bring!) Receive free literature! on martin attraction and management, and 
catalogs for martin equipment, as well as free handouts on bluebird 
conservation. Event is FREE but donations are appreciated to cover expenses. 
Come join the fun in central Virginia! 


G. Sattler
Lynchburg
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Subject: Purple Martin Field Day
From: "Michael A. Shank." <tallwhiteoak AT verizon.net>
Date: Mon, 22 Jun 2015 08:51:46 -0400
 Could someone post the information for the Lance Woodson's Purple Martin Field 
day that is scheduled for this Saturday? 


         Thank you
 Michael Shank
tallwhiteoak AT verizon.net
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Subject: Rock Hill District Dog Park in Chantilly and chiggers
From: Howard Wu <howiewu1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 22 Jun 2015 08:24:14 -0400
Hi,

I reported a few days ago about a Willow Flycatcher at Rock Hill District
Dog Park in Chantilly. Looks like I got this bird not without cost -- I got
what I believe to be chigger bites (I have not seen a doctor yet; the
symptoms are not severe, not yet anyway, and I am just trying to fight it
off). I did not do anything unusual -- I did not go into any thickets or
brambles, I just walked on the grassy and gravelly areas. For those who
don't know, chiggers are a kind of mites, their bites are very irritating
but based on my research, they don't carry any serious disease. Better to
avoid still.

Another birder also warned me about chigger infestations in the same park
(though I received the warning after my visit), but he said the infestation
is most intense in the fall. But it seems they are around now as well. So
be careful and take precautions.

Howard Wu
Herndon, VA
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Subject: More June in Fairfax Co, Sun 21 June 2015
From: "Kurt Gaskill" <KurtCapt87 AT verizon.net>
Date: Sun, 21 Jun 2015 20:12:56 -0400
VA BIRDers,

Sherman Suter and I visited a few locations to up the Fairfax Co June list.
Our first stop was Ashby Pond, off of Rt236, a small Conservancy pond near
Daniel Lebbin Park. Highlight was a Yellow-crowned Night-Heron and LA
Waterthrush.  The nearby Daniel Lebbin Park, another potential night-heron
stream valley park, produced typical Acadian Flycatchers and Red-eyed Vireos
plus an interesting pair of Cedar Waxwings. 

Our next stop was Lake Barton with highlight two Baltimore Orioles and an
Eastern Kingbird family.  We next went to Lake Royal and the Mute Swan is
back along with both oriole species. We tried Woodglen Lake, but it was
drained.  

We went southish looking for a raven near power line cuts off of Rt 123.  No
luck, but a Pileated Woodpecker family group beyond the end of Palmer Rd was
pleasant.  A stop in Lorton for hawks produced 3 Red-tailed Hawks plus
Prairie Warbler and Yellow-breasted Chat. 

The next stop was a walk into the pipeline cut at Pohick Park after noon
which yielded up Summer Tanager. Taking Telegraph Rd north we chanced upon a
Common Raven flying west just north of the intersection with the Fairfax Co
Parkway.  

After escaping the heat, I went to the Dyke Marsh Stone Bridge at 615pm but
the Whimbrel's were not in sight. My consolation prize was a Bonaparte's
Gull mixed in with the Ring-billed Gulls and Caspian Terns.

Kurt Gaskill

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Subject: FW: [eBird Alert] Virginia Rare Bird Alert
From: "Kurt Gaskill" <KurtCapt87 AT verizon.net>
Date: Sun, 21 Jun 2015 19:57:57 -0400

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Sent: Sunday, June 21, 2015 6:18 PM
Subject: [eBird Alert] Virginia Rare Bird Alert 

*** Species Summary:

Mississippi Kite (1 Virginia Beach)
Whimbrel (1 Fairfax)
Arctic Tern (1 Virginia Beach)
Eurasian Collared-Dove (1 Rockingham)
Merlin (1 Loudoun)
Least Flycatcher (1 Fluvanna)
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher (1 Franklin)

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this alert at http://ebird.org/ebird/alert/summary?sid=SN35646
NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

Mississippi Kite (Ictinia mississippiensis) (1)
- Reported Jun 21, 2015 12:20 by Jason  Strickland
- Five Forks Rd./Curtis's Dr., Virginia Beach, Virginia
- Map:
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=36.8954785,-76.1386013&ll=36.8954
785,-76.1386013
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23997318
- Comments: "Seen gliding over treetops while driving on Five Forks rd; then
it flew towards nest site at Burroughs ct., reappeared at closer range a
couple minutes later...long tail, dark underneath, light above; got multiple
ID photos..none to write home about, also a short video of the bird
circleing above..flight very graceful and when it decided to go, it was very
fast"

Whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus) (2)
- Reported Jun 21, 2015 08:00 by Larry Meade
- Dyke Marsh - CMN02, Fairfax, Virginia
- Map:
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.7695,-77.0494&ll=38.7695,-77.0
494
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23994278
- Comments: "Courtesy of Ray Smith.     Birds were standing in the river.
Stocky brown shorebirds with down curved bills.  American Whimbrel"

Arctic Tern (Sterna paradisaea) (1)
- Reported Jun 20, 2015 18:45 by Andrew Baldelli
- Lynnhaven inlet flats, Virginia Beach, Virginia
- Map:
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=36.903687,-76.0915983&ll=36.90368
7,-76.0915983
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23988515
- Comments: "One adult bird in breeding plumage  sitting on flats with other
gulls and terns"

Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto) 
- Reported Jun 20, 2015 by Greg Moyers
- W. Dry River Road - Montezuma, Rockingham, Virginia
- Map:
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.418309,-78.9855194&ll=38.41830
9,-78.9855194
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23989377

Merlin (Falco columbarius) (1)
- Reported Jun 20, 2015 09:25 by teri holland
- Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve - MFF08, Loudoun, Virginia
- Map:
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=39.025,-77.6&ll=39.025,-77.6
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23996874
- Comments: "In a power dive with wings tucked in. Impressive."

Least Flycatcher (Empidonax minimus) (1)
- Reported Jun 21, 2015 06:20 by Eve Gaige
- US-VA-Palmyra-35 Blue Bell Ln - 37.8920x-78.2797, Fluvanna, Virginia
- Map:
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=37.892016,-78.27973&ll=37.892016,
-78.27973
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23991877
- Comments: "Small flycatcher with white eye ring and unmistakable che-BECK
call."

Scissor-tailed Flycatcher (Tyrannus forficatus) (1)
- Reported Jun 20, 2015 20:41 by Peter Strup
- Smith Mountain Lake, Franklin, Virginia
- Map:
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=37.081548,-79.626661&ll=37.081548
,-79.626661
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23989120
- Comments: "I had never seen a bird like this before last year and had to
go through a number of google searches before identifying it. The long tail
is so distinctive that it's almost unmistakable. When I saw it again this
year, I wanted to report it since I know this is outside of its traditional
range."

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Subject: Bears , Berries & Birds Augusta County
From: "Herbert Larner" <larnersky AT mindspring.com>
Date: Sun, 21 Jun 2015 19:51:46 -0400
Hello all 

 

Yesterday morning  Andrew Clem & I ( Allen Larner ) did a 7 mile round trip
hike up the Jackson Road WMA  . This area is near the Augusta Springs
Wetlands & the forest is a mix of hard woods , hemlock , & pine with some
areas that had select logging to clear cut  . We started the morning around
6 : 30 with a Temp of 67 cloudy & a few drops of rain . We ended the hike
aeound 11 :45  with temps up in the mid 80's & sun shine . During the hike
we tallied 41 species of birds with a couple of family groups of Carolina
Chickadee's & White - breasted Nuthatch's .  About a mile from the top of
the hike we encountered a Black Bear ( about 150+ pounds )  that was coming
down the mountain & lumbered back into the forest about a 100 yards in front
of  us . Also the raspberries are starting to ripen & this is why we saw the
Bear out in the open ( the raspberries were real sweet )  . After the hike I
took Andrew to the Augusta Springs Wetlands to see the Pied - billed Grebes
. Here we found one adult with 3 almost half grown young . At one point we
saw the adult feed one of the young .  Then on the way back we stopped off
in the Swoope area to see the Alder Flaycatcher . Andrew wanted a better
photo of an Alder in which he got several up in your face shots .  The
folowing is a list of the summer breeder birds seen or heard  on the hike . 

 

 

Broad - winged Hawk -- 1

 

Yellow - billed Cuckoo -- 4

 

Ruby - throated Hummingbird -- 1

 

Eastern Wood Pewee - 5

 

Acadian Flycatcher -- 6

 

Yellow - throated Vireo -- 10

 

Blue - headed Vireo -- 1

 

Red - eyed Vireo -- 44

 

Black - capped Chickadee -- 1 heard only  msybe a hybird 

 

Blue - Gray Gnatcatcher -- 9  summer peak count

 

Wood Thrush -- 23 summer peak count

 

Pine Warbler -- 1

 

Black & White Warbler -- 4

 

American Redstart -- 5

 

Worm- eating Warbler -- 10

 

Ovenbird -- 27

 

Scarlet Tanager -- 23

 

Rose - breasted Grosbeak -- 2

 

Indigo Bunting -- 17

 

Orchard Oriole -- 3

 

Allen Larner

Staunton 

 

 

 

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Subject: Bank Swallows continue in Strasburg quarry
From: Russell Taylor <gnatcatcher AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 21 Jun 2015 18:03:31 -0400
Driving by for the 5th time in the last 3 weeks, I was finally able to
stop on a sunny Sunday afternoon and observe the swallows at their
nests in the quarry. Using Diane Lepkowski's Ramblr site (attached
below) for directions, this was pretty effortless. Thanks Diane for
going to the trouble of idiot-proofing this :-)

I probably saw about 30 swallows. For a good view of the holes, a
scope is really needed. However, some swallows flew across over the
road near me vocalizing. Seemed like maybe they did not like me
lurking around the fence.

Russ Taylor


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From: Diane L via va-bird 
Date: Mon, Jun 15, 2015 at 11:11 AM
Subject: [Va-bird] Bank Swallow nests (Shen. Co.), more location
detail (Ramblr track, 6-14 visit)
To: Va-bird Birding 


Adding to Stuart's (who I met there on Sunday) description, this
"Ramblr" track, with images of the site, might help.  There's a google
earth aerial inserted that I hope also helps.  It appears the nest
site is about 175 yards away -- holes and birds can be seen with bins,
but a scope will be MUCH more fun!


http://www.ramblr.com/web/mymap/trip/72784/136550/


or, short url: http://rblr.co/CsJO

Good luck!

Diane Lepkowski
Harrisonburg

PS - I shot some video, section-by section, and hope to get some idea
of # of active nests by reviewing it.  (Yes, too much time on my
hands(!))  My one count of nest holes was similar to others' - 122.
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Subject: Red-throated Loon at Kerr Reservoir 6/21
From: Adam D'Onofrio <bigadfromlb AT comcast.net>
Date: Sun, 21 Jun 2015 20:17:06 +0000 (UTC)
I poked around Kerr Dam and Dick Cross WMA in Mecklenburg Co. this morning.  
There was a RED-THROATED LOON in breeding plumage hanging in the lower lake 
cove above the dam.  I believe this bird has been in the area for at least the 
past couple of years.  Two years ago, someone reported a Red-throated Loon in 
breeding plumage above the dam in July, very unusual for that time of year.  
Last year in late April, Paul Glass and I saw a Red-throated Loon in breeding 
plumage.  This bird had a bad right wing and we assumed it was unable to 
fly.  I watched the bird today flap its wings a few times and this bird also 
had a bad right wing.  It looked as if only half the wing was there.  I 
assume this is the same bird we saw last year.  The bad wing would explain 
why this bird is still here and would also probably explain the July bird from 
2 years ago even though no injury was mentioned in regards to that bird.  So, 
it looks like this bird is unable to migrate and breed but it appears to be 
making a living down at Kerr.      

Other noteworthy birds included an adult BROAD-WINGED HAWK near the lake and 2 
adult PIED-BILLED GREBES at Clyde's Pond over at Dick Cross.  I hung around 
there for an hour or so but never detected any juveniles so no breeding was 
confirmed.  Happy summer and good birding. 

  
Adam D'Onofrio 
North Dinwiddie 
  
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Subject: Kentucky Warbler / Frederick Co.
From: "Jon Little" <littlejon48 AT comcast.net>
Date: Sun, 21 Jun 2015 16:12:39 -0400
While birding in far SW Frederick Co., we came upon a singing Kentucky
Warbler. It was along Half Moon Ln., which runs parallel to Paddy's Run (off
Oates Rd). This was only the 2nd Kentucky I've seen in this county - the
other being a mile upstream from this spot in 2002 or so (with William
Leigh). It was a most unexpected Father's Day gift, and made us both quite
happy! Oh yeah, my kids called me too. :-)

 

Jon & BJ Little

Winchester

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Subject: More details on the 06/20/15 Mississippi Kite
From: Paul Pisano <cheep AT allealle.com>
Date: Sun, 21 Jun 2015 15:31:59 -0400
I confirmed that the MISSISSIPPI KITE that Gary Allport saw in Arlington 
yesterday was along Rt. 50 and it was just west of the Rt. 50/Washington Blvd. 
interchange. It’s obviously a fairly developed area, but there are also lots 
of mature hardwoods. Definitely worth scanning the skies in that area. 


Paul Pisano
Arlington, VA
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Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Dyke Marsh, Jun 21, 2015- Whimbrels are back
From: Larry Meade via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Sun, 21 Jun 2015 13:00:00 -0400
 Seven other birders joined me this morning for the weekly Friends of Dyke 
Marsh bird walk. Special thanks to Ray Smith and Larry Cartwright for helping 
out. The main highlight was a long distance look at several interesting birds 
in the river. There were two Whimbrels, several Caspian Terns, a Herring Gull 
and some Great Egrets. This is the second time that Whimbrels have been found 
at this location this year. This time, they were near the Hunting Creek 
mudflats area, but a bit further out. Also on the walk, we found both oriole 
species, a fledged Bald Eagle, lots of Ospreys including the big babies in the 
marina, four swallow species, Yellow Warblers and Eastern Kingbirds. 


You can see a long distance photo of a Whimbrel taken by Ray at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/va/view/checklist?subID=S23994278

Larry Meade
Merrifield, VA







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From: ebird-checklist 
To: uberlarry 
Sent: Sun, Jun 21, 2015 12:02 pm
Subject: eBird Report - Dyke Marsh, Jun 21, 2015


Dyke Marsh, Fairfax, Virginia, US
Jun 21, 2015 8:00 AM - 11:10 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.5 mile(s)
49 species

Canada Goose  7
Wood Duck  2
Mallard  15
Double-crested Cormorant  6
Great Blue Heron  2
Great Egret  2
Turkey Vulture  1
Osprey  10
Bald Eagle  1
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Whimbrel 2 Standing in the river. Stocky brown shorebirds with down curved 

bills.
Ring-billed Gull  10
Herring Gull  1
Caspian Tern  6
Mourning Dove  3
Chimney Swift  8
Red-bellied Woodpecker  2
Downy Woodpecker  3
Northern Flicker  2
Great Crested Flycatcher  3
Eastern Kingbird  5
Warbling Vireo  1
Red-eyed Vireo  1
Blue Jay  5
Fish Crow  3
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  1
Purple Martin  2
Tree Swallow  5
Barn Swallow  6
Carolina Chickadee  5
Tufted Titmouse  2
White-breasted Nuthatch  2
Carolina Wren  3
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  2
American Robin  5
European Starling  25
Common Yellowthroat  2
Yellow Warbler  3
Song Sparrow  1
Northern Cardinal  12
Indigo Bunting  2
Red-winged Blackbird  15
Common Grackle  10
Brown-headed Cowbird  2
Orchard Oriole  2
Baltimore Oriole  5
House Finch  2
American Goldfinch  8
House Sparrow  6

View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23994278 


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Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Rock Hill District Park, Old Lee Road, Chantilly, VA, Jun 21, 2015
From: Phillip Kenny <philkenny AT verizon.net>
Date: Sun, 21 Jun 2015 11:13:32 -0400
My daughter Megan and I birded Rock Hill District Park this morning as an early 
Fathers Day outing. It looked like there are 2 Willow Flycatchers in the 
willow trees next to the parking lot. A Barred Owl was heard in the trees in 
the distance and the Red-tailed Hawk was in its usual spot. Other high lights 
were a Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Blue Grosbeak, a female Wood Duck, lots of Chats 
and Indigo Buntings. 

I have been using the new eBird app this weekend, and I really like it. It is a 
new speaker version of the Birdlog app. 

Here is a link to some photos: 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/95123562 AT N07/sets/72157654875875175 

We found 4 Wild Turkey along Stonecroft Boulevard on the way over. 
Cheers,
Phil

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


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> From: ebird-checklist AT cornell.edu
> Subject: eBird Report - Rock Hill District Park, Old Lee Road, Chantilly, VA, 
Jun 21, 2015 

> Date: June 21, 2015 at 10:20:31 AM EDT
> To: philkenny AT verizon.net
> 
> Rock Hill District Park, Old Lee Road, Chantilly, VA, Fairfax, Virginia, US
> Jun 21, 2015 7:10 AM - 8:17 AM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 0.311 mile(s)
> Comments:     
Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.0.0 Build 2 > 32 species > > Wood Duck 1 > Great Blue Heron 1 > Green Heron 3 > Red-tailed Hawk 1 > Mourning Dove 2 > Yellow-billed Cuckoo 1 > Barred Owl 1 > Chimney Swift 2 > Downy Woodpecker 1 > Willow Flycatcher 2 > Great Crested Flycatcher 1 > Blue Jay 2 > American Crow 1 > Tree Swallow 20 > Barn Swallow 4 > Carolina Chickadee 1 > Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 1 > Eastern Bluebird 1 > American Robin 4 > Gray Catbird 1 > Northern Mockingbird 2 > Common Yellowthroat 3 > Yellow-breasted Chat 4 > Eastern Towhee 2 > Field Sparrow 5 > Scarlet Tanager 1 > Northern Cardinal 6 > Blue Grosbeak 1 > Indigo Bunting 4 > Red-winged Blackbird 4 > Common Grackle 3 > American Goldfinch 2 > > View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23991649 > > 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: Arctic Tern Lynnhaven Inlet
From: Andrew Baldelli <andrewbaldelli AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sat, 20 Jun 2015 21:08:06 -0400
Tonight I found an Arctic Tern in breeding plumage sitting on the flats at 
Lynnhaven inlet . The bird stayed for about 35 minutes and then flew off 
towards the Chesapeake Bay . Other birds of note were 7 Sandwich Tern and 3 
Caspian Tern . 

Most of the birds have been sitting way out on the flats due to heavy traffic 
from people landing on flats . Anyone with a Kayak could really explore the 
flats better . 


Cheers
Andrew 
 		 	   		  
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Subject: Mississippi Kite in Arlington
From: Paul Pisano <cheep AT allealle.com>
Date: Sat, 20 Jun 2015 17:26:52 -0400
This is a second-hand report. My friend Gary Allport was riding from DC to 
Ballston, traveling over Memorial Bridge. Not far into VA (I think it was 
somewhere along Rt. 50, but not exactly sure), he saw a MISSISSIPPI KITE being 
harassed by crows. That’s about all I know. If I get more details, I’ll 
post them, but wanted to get the word out. 


Good birding,
Paul Pisano
Arlington, VA
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Subject: Blue Grosbeaks, Chats / Frederick Co.
From: "Jon Little" <littlejon48 AT comcast.net>
Date: Sat, 20 Jun 2015 15:04:20 -0400
Yesterday, I heard a few notes from a YB CHAT along a road north of
Winchester. The cement truck traffic was unbearable, so I left and waited
until today to look further. With no traffic, it was quite pleasant and we
found not only 2 YB Chats, but 2 Blue Grosbeaks, our first in Frederick Co.
The spots are along Walter's Mill Ln (best done on weekends to avoid the
quarry traffic). The birds were along the road where the RR tracks are
parallel to it.

 

Jon & BJ Little

Winchester

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Subject: Northern Virginia - Loggerhead Shrike, Bank Swallow, Mississippi Kite
From: mhanthony AT email.wm.edu
Date: Sat, 20 Jun 2015 14:19:13 -0400
Hi all! Today Megan Massa, Erin Chapman and I ventured to Rockland Road in 
Warren County in search of the Loggerhead Shrikes. After about an hour of 
searching up and down the road, we were rewarded with good looks at an adult 
and a juvenile. We also had Bobolinks and Red-headed Woodpecker. 


After this, we successfully located the Bank Swallow colony in Oranda. We then 
concluded with a brief stop in Burke where we saw one high-flying Mississippi 
Kite near the nest site. 


Best,
--Matt Anthony
College of William & Mary
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Subject: Rock Hill District Park - Willow Flycatcher
From: "Dave Larsen - birding" <hirundo AT comcast.net>
Date: Sat, 20 Jun 2015 12:28:28 -0400
I visited Rock Hill Park this morning around 8:30 and heard the Willow
Flycatcher as soon as I stepped out of my car.  I walked around the big
field and had tallied 33 species by the time I got back to the parking lot.
No other Willow Flycatchers other than the one near the parking lot.  But
there was a Red-tailed Hawk making a fuss in the nearby woods and a female
Wood Duck in the pond.  I heard at least 5 Yellow-breasted Chats (even saw 2
of these) along with maybe 7 Common Yellowthroats and a White-eyed Vireo.
Could only find one Gray Catbird.  Probably more than half the Tree Swallow
nest boxes are occupied.

 

Dave Larsen

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Subject: L.Shrike, Blue Grosbeak / Warren Co.
From: "Jon Little" <littlejon48 AT comcast.net>
Date: Fri, 19 Jun 2015 20:06:53 -0400
We decided to check the spot on Rockland Road where the Loggerhead Shrike
family was a few weeks ago and found a single juvenile bird sitting on a
power line wire. It was in the same spot where the 4 birds had been seen
back then. So as not to disturb it, I parked about 1/8 mile north to take a
picture. I did not discover until I got home and checked the pics, that the
bird was not an adult. As no other Shrikes were seen for the 15 minutes or
more we spent there, we suppose the rest of the family had moved elsewhere.
Also, while watching the Shrike on the line, I spotted a Red-Headed WP
flying across the road near the Shrike. 

 

Shortly later, while driving west on Ashby Station Rd (just SW of the RR
tracks), we heard and saw a Blue Grosbeak singing from a single tree on the
south side of a pasture.

 

Jon & BJ Little

Winchester

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Subject: Fwd: [eBird Alert] Virginia Rare Bird Alert
From: "kurtcapt87 AT verizon.net" <kurtcapt87@verizon.net>
Date: Fri, 19 Jun 2015 18:22:53 -0400

Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE DROID

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: [eBird Alert] Virginia Rare Bird Alert 
From: ebird-alert AT cornell.edu
To: 
CC: 

*** Species Summary:

Harlequin Duck (1 Accomack)
Stilt Sandpiper (1 Portsmouth)
Blue-headed Vireo (2 Madison)
Carolina Chickadee (3 Craig)
Veery (2 Madison)
Chestnut-sided Warbler (1 Madison)
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) (1 Madison)
Pine Siskin (2 Virginia Beach)

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NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

Harlequin Duck (Histrionicus histrionicus) (1)
- Reported Jun 18, 2015 17:30 by J. Hogan
- Occohannock Creek, Accomack, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=37.5612054,-75.901022&ll=37.5612054,-75.901022 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23969365
- Comments: "Immature male inside of our oyster floats. Watched him for about 3 
hours with binocs from very close range. Positive id using Crossley Guide, 
Sibley's and All About Birds. Took two pics with my phone. _20150619_081043" 


Stilt Sandpiper (Calidris himantopus) (3)
- Reported Jun 18, 2015 05:30 by Bill Williams
- Craney Island Disposal Area, Portsmouth, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=36.9065,-76.37&ll=36.9065,-76.37 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23973507
- Comments: "observed in flight, at rest and foraging; medium sized shorebird, 
slightly long, slightly decurved bill; pale white eye-line; upper wing coverts 
and back pale gray-brown; upper breast and flanks off white with pale 
gray-brown mottling; one of the three was a bit browner above than the other 
two; that bird showed black barring along the lower belly to the margins of the 
off-white tail; birds appeared slightly long legged; legs were greenish yellow; 
in flight legs trailed beyond the tail; white rump with pale gray on the tail 
terminus" 


Blue-headed Vireo (Vireo solitarius) (1)
- Reported Jun 18, 2015 06:35 by Kerry Grim
- Limberlost Trail, Shenandoah NP - MSD03, Madison, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.5732,-78.3795&ll=38.5732,-78.3795 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23971403
- Comments: "singing male: I am extermely familiar with theri song and 
proficient at separating their 'sweeter" and more 'slurry' song as compared to 
Red-eyed Vireo." 


Blue-headed Vireo (Vireo solitarius) (5)
- Reported Jun 18, 2015 08:28 by Kerry Grim
- Shenandoah NP--Upper Hawksbill Parking Area, Madison, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.5543836,-78.3871272&ll=38.5543836,-78.3871272 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23970520
- Comments: "Five singing males. Species common at this habitat/elevation. 
Extremely familiar with the species and proficient at separating Blue-headed 
Vireos from Red-eyed Vireos by voice." 


Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis) (4)
- Reported Jun 17, 2015 11:30 by Lourdes Page
- Craig Creek near Rt 643, US-VA-New Castle-Jefferson National Forest - 
37.5718x-80.0161, Craig, Virginia 

- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=37.57182,-80.016058&ll=37.57182,-80.016058 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23966517
- Comments: "Heard singing four part song."

Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis) (2)
- Reported Jun 17, 2015 10:29 by Lourdes Page
- Fenwick Mines - MIO02, Craig, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=37.5743,-80.0554&ll=37.5743,-80.0554 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23966529
- Comments: "Seen at close range. Singing four part songs."

Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis) (6)
- Reported Jun 17, 2015 07:52 by Lourdes Page
- Meadow Creek, Rt 42, Craig Co, west of New Castle, VA, Craig, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=37.480576,-80.134234&ll=37.480576,-80.134234 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23966538
- Comments: "Seen at close range. Heard singing four part song."

Veery (Catharus fuscescens) (7)
- Reported Jun 18, 2015 06:35 by Kerry Grim
- Limberlost Trail, Shenandoah NP - MSD03, Madison, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.5732,-78.3795&ll=38.5732,-78.3795 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23971403
- Comments: "Very common at this location, spiraling-down song very 
distinctive. most were of singing males but a few were likely females that gave 
the soft 'veer' call as opposed to the much more harsh call of a Wood Thrush." 


Veery (Catharus fuscescens) (7)
- Reported Jun 18, 2015 08:28 by Kerry Grim
- Shenandoah NP--Upper Hawksbill Parking Area, Madison, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.5543836,-78.3871272&ll=38.5543836,-78.3871272 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23970520
- Comments: "Species common at this location. I did not note the number 
singing, but probably four. The remaining birds gave 'veer' calls. I am 
proficient at separating 'veer' calls of Veery from the more harsh notes of a 
Wood Thrush" 


Chestnut-sided Warbler (Setophaga pensylvanica) (2)
- Reported Jun 18, 2015 06:35 by Kerry Grim
- Limberlost Trail, Shenandoah NP - MSD03, Madison, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.5732,-78.3795&ll=38.5732,-78.3795 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23971403
- Comments: "Song "pleased-pleased-to-meet-you' clear and distinct. I am 
extremely familiar with this song as I find them near my home in Berks County, 
PA in regenerating forest growth." 


Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) (Junco hyemalis) (4)
- Reported Jun 18, 2015 08:28 by Kerry Grim
- Shenandoah NP--Upper Hawksbill Parking Area, Madison, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.5543836,-78.3871272&ll=38.5543836,-78.3871272 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23970520
- Comments: "Species common at this elevation. One fledged young seen. Very 
proficient with the species which is unmistakeable: gray upper chest, back and 
tail. Outer tail feathers with white below the chest, sparrow (About 6" length) 
size." 


Pine Siskin (Spinus pinus) (1)
- Reported Jun 18, 2015 18:50 by Marie Mullins
- Furnish Yard, Virginia Beach, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=36.863836,-76.1009207&ll=36.863836,-76.1009207 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23965324
- Comments: "Did a double-take when we saw this on the feeder with the 
Goldfinch. 

 

" 


Pine Siskin (Spinus pinus) (1)
- Reported Jun 18, 2015 18:50 by Ron Furnish
- Furnish Yard, Virginia Beach, Virginia
- Map: 
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=36.863836,-76.1009207&ll=36.863836,-76.1009207 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23965319
- Comments: "Did a double-take when we saw this on the feeder with the 
Goldfinch. 

 

" 


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Subject: Clapper Rail question. Also--Bobwhites in Portmoth, VA--and Paradise Creek BioBlitz
From: "David Gibson" <davidrhorer AT verizon.net>
Date: Fri, 19 Jun 2015 15:04:30 -0400
Hi all, I had the real pleasure of seeing what I am quite certain were 2 
Clapper Rails at Paradise Creek Nature Park in Portsmouth this am for about 10 
minutes at the edge of the marsh in great early morning light. Unfortunately, 
my camera w/500mm lens attached was in my truck! But I did have my binocs. Both 
rails were the same in every way, but one was definitely larger, and the 2 
rails did interact. Can I just assume that the smaller one was a juvenile? 
Would it look like the adult so soon? There was no trace of black on it. It 
just looked like a smaller adult. Also there were 2 Bobwhites calling this am, 
one from within the park and one just to the south. Alas, they were so darn 
common when I was a kid growing up in Boston and on Cape Cod. 


FYI, tomorrow, Sat. 6/20 is the annual Paradise Creek 'BioBlitz'. I'll be 
leading a bird trip from 6:30 am to 8. There will then be trips in the park to 
look for trees & wildflowers, insects, and fish (yes, fish). No registraion is 
needed. 


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