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27 May REd Crossbills [William Leigh ]
26 May Blue Ridge Center Bird Walk, Loudoun Co, May 28 ["Joe Coleman" ]
26 May To the marsh once more. 05/25/16 visit to marsh at entrance to James River NWR. Photos [Les Brooks ]
25 May Chincoteague Wilson's Storm-Petrel [Daniel Lebbin ]
25 May Dyke Marsh Haul Road today [Edward Eder ]
25 May Dickcissels - Grassdale Road, near Remington, Fauquier Co. ["David Boltz" ]
25 May Invitation to VA Breeding Bird Atlas Workshop [Alyce Quinn via va-bird ]
25 May Huntley Meadows, migrants and breeders, Fairfax County ["Larry Cartwright" ]
25 May Thrush galore and lingering nuthatches in Ellanor Lawrence Park (Chantilly) [Howard Wu ]
25 May Re: Purple Gallinule Beasley Tract Virginia Beach [Lisa R ]
25 May Eric Harrold has shared an eBird checklist with you from Pinnacle Natural Area Preserve on May 13, 2016 - 9:00 AM [Eric Harrold via eBird ]
25 May Eric Harrold has shared an eBird checklist with you from Pinnacle Natural Area Preserve on May 13, 2016 - 5:05 AM [Eric Harrold via eBird ]
24 May Loudoun County Birds-Am Bittern, Bobolink, Broad-winged and a few Warblers [Gerco H ]
24 May Purple Gallinule Beasley Tract Virginia Beach [David Gibson ]
24 May Voice: Greater Washington Area, May 24 ["Joe Coleman" ]
24 May Common nighthawk, Woodbridge [Marc Ribaudo ]
24 May Cedar waxwing flight, Fairfax Co [Fredatwood via va-bird ]
24 May Re: Mississippi Kites at Huntley Meadows [24 May: pm sightings] []
24 May Fwd: eBird Report - Runt Powell Farm, Wolf Trap Rd, Halifax Co, VA, May 24, 2016 [Jeff Blalock ]
24 May Dyke Marsh, Fairfax County, Least Bittern, breeding in full swing ["Larry Cartwright" ]
24 May Mississippi kites at Huntley Meadows [Edward Eder ]
24 May Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk [Harry Glasgow via va-bird ]
24 May test ["Michael A. Shank." ]
24 May Tom Maloney [Jeff Blalock ]
23 May Birds Seen May 20 - 22, 2016 [janet anderson via va-bird ]
23 May Virginia Beach - 16-22 May, Weekly Observations [Rob Bielawski ]
23 May Dickcissels at Grassdale Road (Fauquier County) ["Ron Vogel" ]
23 May Re: Olive-sided Flycatcher ["Marshall Faintich" ]
23 May RB Grossbeak [Jeff Blalock ]
23 May Re: Va-bird Downy woodpeckers [Vineeta Anand ]
23 May Wild Turkey ["Trollinger, Jeff (DGIF)" ]
22 May Re: Wild Turkey [KEN LIPSHY ]
22 May Re: Wild Turkey [KEN LIPSHY ]
22 May Re: Wild Turkey [Shirley Devan ]
22 May Bobolinks and Alder Flycatchers ["Marshall Faintich" ]
22 May Wild Turkey [Antonio Quezon ]
22 May Fwd: eBird Report - Dyke Marsh, May 22, 2016 [Rich Rieger via va-bird ]
22 May Great Falls Bird Walk -05/22/16 [Dendroica--- via va-bird ]
22 May Black Terns @ Lake Shenandoah (Rockingham) [Diane L via va-bird ]
22 May Olive-sided FC; possible Brewer's Blackbird ["Marshall Faintich" ]
22 May Fwd: eBird Report - Runt Powell Farm, Wolf Trap Rd, Halifax Co, VA, May 21, 2016 [Jeff Blalock ]
22 May Test [Jeff Blalock ]
21 May Bioblitz at Manassas National Park- Bobwhite [a via va-bird ]
21 May Dyke Marsh/Sunday Walk [Rich Rieger via va-bird ]
21 May rainy/foggy morning on the Trillium Trail - Thompson WMA [Bill Hohenstein ]
21 May Another trip (05/19/16) to the marsh, minus the rain. Photos [Les Brooks ]
21 May Loss of avian habitat along the Blue Ridge Parkway ["Marshall Faintich" ]
20 May American Legion Bridge: Peregrine falcon [Donald Sweig ]
21 May Chats and Orioles [Rowe, Richard A, ĒDickĒ ]
20 May Re: late White-Crowned at Pleasant Valley GC (Fairfax) [Stephen Johnson ]
20 May late White-Crowned at Pleasant Valley GC (Fairfax) [Stephen Johnson ]
20 May Willow Flycatcher(s) [Gerco H ]
20 May Dyke Marsh, Fairfax County, Philadelphia Vireo [Larry Cartwright ]
20 May VA Beach -- Princess Anne WMA--Beasley Tract [Deborah Schroeder ]
20 May Atlasing vs. eBirding: a VABBA2 update [Ashley Peele ]
19 May Yellow-billed Cuckoo, two species of sandpipers @ Frying Pan Farm Park [Howard Wu ]
20 May Another trip (05/19/16) to the marsh, minus the rain. Marsh at the entrance to James River NWR off Rte 10, E of Hopewell. [Les Brooks ]
19 May Common Loons at Occoquan Bay NWR today [Tyler Reber ]
19 May Flickr link to Photos of Alder flycatcher and Least Bittern at Dyke Marsh today (Flycatcher vocalized while catching a bee} [Edward Eder ]
19 May Riverbend Park - Wilson's Warbler and more []
19 May Alder & Willow Flycatcher Augusta County ["Herbert Larner" ]
19 May Common Loon off hunting Creek and Belle Haven Picnic Area [Edward Eder ]
19 May Tundra Swan (Cameron Run, Alexandria, VA) [Andy Bernick ]
19 May late report: Chantilly (Fairfax County) 18 May warblers [Stephen Johnson ]
19 May Purple Gallinule Princess Anne WMA Virginia Beach [David Gibson ]
18 May Sandhill Crane - May 18, 2016 [janet anderson via va-bird ]
18 May Birds seen on May 18, 2016 [janet anderson via va-bird ]
18 May FW: Wilson's and Mourning Warblers at Vint Hill Farm Park, Prince William County ["Dave Larsen - birding" ]
18 May Vint Hill Farms Park is in Fauquier County ["Dave Larsen - birding" ]
18 May Common nighthawk, Antietam [Ashley Lohr ]
18 May Common Nighthawk in Algonkian [Farid Javidan ]
18 May Alder Flycatcher and Least Bittern on Haul Rd [Edward Eder ]
18 May Late Report: Tuesday 5/17/2016. Quick trip, in between rain drops, to marsh at entrance road to James River NWR East of Hopewell, Virginia. [Les Brooks ]
18 May Sora and American Woodcock in Frederick County ["Carr, David E. (dec5z)" ]
17 May yellow billed cuckoo []
17 May Whimbrel Dunlin Semipalmated Plover and SP on hunting creek mudflat [Edward Eder ]

Subject: REd Crossbills
From: William Leigh <leightern AT msn.com>
Date: Fri, 27 May 2016 12:10:19 +0000
All, 
Had quite a remarkable outing yesterday with John Shea while Altasing the 
Reddish Knob and Bother Knob areas in Western Rockingham county. I have been to 
the area countless times over the last 10 years and have seen Crossbills there 
with some frequency but never have I seen so many or had so many repeated 
encounters. I have broken down the ebird/VABBA2 lists for the Atlas block into 
one mile segments and yesterday we had Crossbills in every 1 mile segment! 
Typically they were seen in groups of 15 to 20 birds but there also sightings 
of Crossbill pairs, unfortunately, I did not see any behavior which would 
warrant a confirmed breeding code. Though we did see one juvenile bird who 
looked slightly short of tail and bill. They are fascinating birds to watch! 
Watching the Crossbills I was for some reason reminded of Parrots.....no idea 
why but they do.... Also present were Red-breasted Nuthatches, Prairie, 
Blackburnian, Black and White , PIne, Common Yellowthroat, Black throated 

 Blue, Chestnut Sided, Hooded, Worm eating Warblers. Veerys, and probable 
Black-capped Chickadees were also recorded. 

best, 
 		 	   		  
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Subject: Blue Ridge Center Bird Walk, Loudoun Co, May 28
From: "Joe Coleman" <joecoleman AT rstarmail.com>
Date: Thu, 26 May 2016 12:45:53 -0400
You are invited to join us this Saturday, May 28, for a joint Loudoun
Wildlife Conservancy/Northern Virginia Bird Club 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., Nov 22. 

The main entrance to BRCES (11661 Harpers Ferry Rd, Purcellville) is on the
west side of Harper's Ferry Rd, Rte 671, about a 1/4 mile north of the
Between the Hills Community Center 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 671.1661 Harpers Ferry Rd.

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. Information on the Northern Virginia Bird Club is
at http://www.nvabc.org/.


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

 

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Subject: To the marsh once more. 05/25/16 visit to marsh at entrance to James River NWR. Photos
From: Les Brooks <ubrooks AT verizon.net>
Date: Thu, 26 May 2016 03:31:48 +0000 (UTC)
Hello everyone!
I visited this marsh again today from sunrise until 11:45 A.M.  Much quieter 
today than previous visits.  On my visit last week, I thought I saw a Yellow 
Warbler but could not confirm it.  Today nature was kind and one popped up and 
even stopped long enough for a couple of photos.  I also saw the following: 
Bank  Swallows, Red-Winged Blackbird, American Goldfinch, Red-Eyed Vireo, 
Mourning Dove, Carolina Chickadee, overflight of 20 Cedar Waxwing, overflight 
of one Red-Tailed Hawk and three Turkey Vultures.  Non birds: Black Rat Snake 
and ...  Just after sunrise I had a car pass me heading to Route 10.  A few 
minutes after the car had passed I noticed, what looked like, a pine cone in 
the road.  I went back to scanning the marsh and when another car passed 
noticed the pine cone was still in the same place.  As I was pondering how the 
pine cone had stayed in place, after the car had zoomed over it, the cone 
unfolded itself and made a beeline for the grass along the edge of the road.  
I'm still not sure what it was but it looked like a field mouse.  I guess it 
was getting warmed up by resting on the roadway.  Have a great day! 


A couple of photos if you care to have a look: Both are Male Yellow Warblers: 
http://natures-finest-photography.com/gallery/song-birds-1a/spring-gold-nfp-s/    
and  
http://natures-finest-photography.com/gallery/song-birds-1a/yellow-warbler-on-spring-visit-nfp-s/ 

Les Brooks Glen Allen
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Subject: Chincoteague Wilson's Storm-Petrel
From: Daniel Lebbin <djlebbin AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 25 May 2016 20:36:30 -0400
Birded Chincoteague NWR today - sunny, little to no wind, lots of mosquitos
in the woodland trail where Delmarva Fox Squirrels seemed unusually
abundant. I was hoping to see shearwaters off the coast (none seen), but
did find a lone *Wilson's Storm-Petrel* at ~10:50am flying in broad circles
and figure-eights over Tom's Cove near where a Red-throated Loon was also
hanging out. I saw it through a scope standing about 200 m south of where
the parking area ends. At my distance, I could see the overall black body,
rounded wings, tawny carpal bars, black belly, white rump and the style of
flight of slow flapping with occasional glides with wings held out straight
at angle below horizontal. I could not see feet extending beyond the tail,
but was just too far. The flight style clinched the identification for me.
-Daniel Lebbin, Vienna, VA
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Subject: Dyke Marsh Haul Road today
From: Edward Eder <nutmegz AT mac.com>
Date: Wed, 25 May 2016 20:31:15 -0400
Two Willow flycatchers were at Dyke Marsh this morning, one near the tip of the 
haul Road and one at the dogleg, Both called and were observed for a bit. Two 
Marsh Wrens sang briefly near the north marsh in the early morning. 

Also, three Canada warblers were present along the trail along with Northern 
WT, Am Redstart, Blackpolls, Yellow W, and CYT. 

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Subject: Dickcissels - Grassdale Road, near Remington, Fauquier Co.
From: "David Boltz" <david.boltz4 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 25 May 2016 20:29:37 -0400
Bill Parkin and I drove over to Remington in Fauquier County today in search 
of Dickcissels and were not disappointed. We found 4, and possibly a 5th, 
all singing males, and one carrying nesting material. Once again this year 
some large tracts of fields have been sprayed with herbicides and hence will 
not be good for this species. However, at the end of the road approaching 
the houses, there are large tracts of undisturbed tall grass that held the 
first 2 we saw and heard. As we left and approached the intersection with 
Summerduck Road we found 2 more (definitely not the same, as the first 2 
flew the opposite direction), and possibly a 3rd.

Other highlights of this stretch of road included:

2 calling Northern Bobwhite. They sounded like they were inside the fence of 
the government area.

3 Grasshopper Sparrows, seen and heard.

6 Horned Larks

1 heard only Blue Grosbeak

Complete list below. A few pics of the Dickcissels are attached to my ebird 
list, link at bottom.

Dave Boltz
Lake Frederick


Grassdale Road, Fauquier, Virginia, US
May 25, 2016 9:40 AM - 10:40 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
Comments:     
Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.2.1 Build 65 27 species Canada Goose 9 Northern Bobwhite 2 Great Blue Heron 1 Black Vulture 1 Turkey Vulture 4 Killdeer 1 Mourning Dove 2 Eastern Wood-Pewee 1 Fish Crow 1 Horned Lark 6 Barn Swallow 7 American Robin 5 Northern Mockingbird 2 European Starling 12 Common Yellowthroat 1 Grasshopper Sparrow 3 Chipping Sparrow 1 Field Sparrow 1 Song Sparrow 1 Blue Grosbeak 1 Indigo Bunting 3 Dickcissel 4 4 singing males. 1 carrying nesting material. Red-winged Blackbird 5 Eastern Meadowlark 5 Orchard Oriole 1 House Finch 3 American Goldfinch 5 View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S29899668 *** 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: Invitation to VA Breeding Bird Atlas Workshop
From: Alyce Quinn via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Wed, 25 May 2016 19:12:38 +0000 (UTC)
The Roanoke Valley Bird Club is hosting a VA Breeding Bird Atlas workshop on 
Wednesday, June 1, at 6:30 p.m. at the Grandin Court Baptist Church at 2660 
Brambleton Avenue. The workshop will be led by Ashley Peele, the VA BBA 
coordinator. Come learn about the why, where and how of atlasing. Topics will 
include field survey methods, eBird data entry, and using smartphones to 
collect data. Questions and discussion welcome. Feel free to bring a laptop to 
follow along. Ashley will be happy to help folks get set up in eBird or any 
other Atlas tool they are intereted in. 

Everyone is welcome.  Please consider joining us to learn more about this 
project and how easy it is to get involved. 

Alyce Quinn

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Subject: Huntley Meadows, migrants and breeders, Fairfax County
From: "Larry Cartwright" <prowarbler AT verizon.net>
Date: Wed, 25 May 2016 14:46:10 -0400
Eight people showed up for the Northern Virginia Bird Club sponsored walk at
Huntley Meadows today.  We heard several migrants in the visitor's center
parking lot, to include Canada Warbler and a Swainson's Thrush.  The hike
down to the wetland produced a Gray-cheeked Thrush and perfect views of two
Red-eyed Vireos.  An Eastern Phoebe was hanging out close to the upraised
portion of the boardwalk and I suspect has a nest under the boardwalk.
Waterfowl are busy producing little waterfowl and we saw 2 hen Hooded
Mergansers with young in tow, one with 10 young and the other with 8 young,
and 2 hen Wood Ducks with young, one with 7 ducklings and the other with 3.
We tried in vain to find the Mississippi Kites reported yesterday by Ed Eder
and Sherman Suter, but had great views of a Cooper's Hawk chasing a young
Red-shouldered Hawk.  Several Red-winged Blackbirds were in pursuit of the
Red-shouldered Hawk and my guess is that the Cooper's was just helping out.
Maybe the accipiter had a nest nearby; I can't believe a Cooper's would
attempt to kill and eat a Red-shouldered!  On the way back to the car, I was
lamenting that Common Yellowthroats and Acadian Flycatchers were quite
numerous, yet we had failed to see either species.  Then a singing Common
Yellowthroat gave the group a nice visual performance and once back on the
wooded path, an Acadian Flycatcher did the same. All the walk participants
seemed satisfied!    And consequently, so was I.

 

Huntley Meadows Park, Fairfax, Virginia, US May 25, 2016 8:39 AM - 11:44 AM

Protocol: Traveling

1.5 mile(s)

Comments:     
Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.2.1 Build 65 48 species Canada Goose 25 Wood Duck 15 Includes a hen with 7 young and another with 3 young Mallard 6 Hooded Merganser 20 Hen with 10 young and a hen with 8 young. Great Blue Heron 8 Great Egret 1 Green Heron 3 Osprey 3 Cooper's Hawk 1 Red-shouldered Hawk 1 Spotted Sandpiper 1 Mourning Dove 4 Yellow-billed Cuckoo 1 Red-bellied Woodpecker 6 Downy Woodpecker 4 Hairy Woodpecker 1 Eastern Wood-Pewee 4 Acadian Flycatcher 8 Eastern Phoebe 1 Great Crested Flycatcher 1 Eastern Kingbird 1 Red-eyed Vireo 12 Blue Jay 1 Fish Crow 3 Northern Rough-winged Swallow 2 Tree Swallow 25 Barn Swallow 10 Carolina Chickadee 8 Tufted Titmouse 3 White-breasted Nuthatch 1 Carolina Wren 3 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 6 Eastern Bluebird 1 Gray-cheeked Thrush 1 Swainson's Thrush 1 American Robin 3 Gray Catbird 1 Ovenbird 1 Prothonotary Warbler 1 Common Yellowthroat 12 American Redstart 1 Magnolia Warbler 1 Canada Warbler 1 Northern Cardinal 14 Indigo Bunting 2 Red-winged Blackbird 35 Common Grackle (Purple) 5 American Goldfinch 6 View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S29899935 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: Thrush galore and lingering nuthatches in Ellanor Lawrence Park (Chantilly)
From: Howard Wu <howiewu1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 25 May 2016 10:24:48 -0400
Hi,

Sorry for the last report, but yesterday (May 24) morning I spent a lovely
hour at Ellanor Lawrence Park in Chantilly. The grounds were still soggy,
but the sun was shining! Many wood thrushes were singing, the loveliest of
sounds in the spring woods. And a Swainson's Thrush (I think) posed for me
at close range. There were quite a few White-breasted Nuthatches in the
park, and a few were having a feast at the feeder near the visitor center.

Some pictures:

http://www.travelerathome.com/image_upload/birds/2016_spring/swainsons_thrush1.jpg 


http://www.travelerathome.com/image_upload/birds/2016_spring/white-breasted_nuthatch1.jpg 


http://www.travelerathome.com/image_upload/birds/2016_spring/white-breasted_nuthatch2.jpg 


http://www.travelerathome.com/image_upload/birds/2016_spring/white-breasted_nuthatch3.jpg 

http://www.travelerathome.com/image_upload/birds/2016_spring/house_wren1.jpg

Cheers,
Howard Wu
Herndon, VA
(www.travelerathome.com)
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Subject: Re: Purple Gallinule Beasley Tract Virginia Beach
From: Lisa R <LROSE777 AT msn.com>
Date: Wed, 25 May 2016 12:02:20 +0000
I found it last night at around 7:30. It was along the bank directly along the 
trail, so I didn't see it until it flew. It was along the right sided trail of 
the tract, about 100 yards from the back of the trail (Munden Rd). I plan on 
going back this evening, to try for it again. 


________________________________________
From: va-bird  on behalf of 
David Gibson <20cabot AT gmail.com> 

Sent: Tuesday, May 24, 2016 9:01 PM
To: va-bird AT listserve.com
Subject: [Va-bird] Purple Gallinule Beasley Tract Virginia Beach

The bird is still around. I had it this a.m. out in the open in the south
impoundment. It was about 20' from the trail and not too far down the
trail. I saw it briefly and was able to get a few serviceable photos. But I
turned my back for a moment and it was gone. I never refound it. There are
a ton of shorebirds, egrets, ibises, and various warblers etc. around. I
saw the teals briefly. No sign of the Common Gallinule, Sora etc. A lot of
birds in Whitehurst too. Dave Gibson, Chesapeake
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Subject: Eric Harrold has shared an eBird checklist with you from Pinnacle Natural Area Preserve on May 13, 2016 - 9:00 AM
From: Eric Harrold via eBird <ebird-share AT cornell.edu>
Date: Wed, 25 May 2016 06:00:05 -0400 (EDT)
To accept this checklist into your eBird account, click on the link below:

http://ebird.org/ebird/shared?subID=UzI5ODk1NjU3&s=t

You will then be able to view, edit, or delete it. Learn more about eBird's 
checklist sharing process at 



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Subject: Eric Harrold has shared an eBird checklist with you from Pinnacle Natural Area Preserve on May 13, 2016 - 5:05 AM
From: Eric Harrold via eBird <ebird-share AT cornell.edu>
Date: Wed, 25 May 2016 05:46:34 -0400 (EDT)
To accept this checklist into your eBird account, click on the link below:

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Subject: Loudoun County Birds-Am Bittern, Bobolink, Broad-winged and a few Warblers
From: Gerco H <drgerco AT hotmail.com>
Date: Tue, 24 May 2016 21:52:09 -0400
The birds were, well a bit odd today given the wide varierty seen, but it was a 
lot of fun. This morning I was delighted to see a female Redstart and 4-5 
Blackpoll Warblers in the yard, as well as a small group of Cedar Waxwings. On 
the other hand, I am very disgruntled with our pair of Bluebirds. I think those 
darn parents have abandoned their young, who are close the leaving the nesting 
box. No visits were observed this morning as well this evening. 

On my way to work notable birds included a Brown Trasher, a male Bobolink 
sitting on a utility wire (must keep an eye out on that location in the 
upcoming weeks as breeding may occur), a bunch of Eastern Meadowlarks, one 
carrying food (Finally a confirmed breeder), the Grasshopper Sparrow was at his 
usual post (male holding territory) and a Broad-winged Hawk was soaring above 
the fields. Not bad. 

This evening, migration of Cedar Waxwings was in full swing. At least 7 groups 
were seen with over 150 birds. A Yellow-throated Warbler, I suspect a new 
Warbler species for the yard, was seen foraging in the oak trees and an 
American Bittern came flying over. Wow!!! Talking about an unexpected sighting. 
We have seen Great Blue Heron and Green Herons at times flying over, but this 
was a not anticipated. And just before dark a pair of Barred Owl was busy "who 
cooks for you"ing. 

Given the nice weather I hope to hear some other birds later tonight.
Happy birding,
Gerco 		 	   		  
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Subject: Purple Gallinule Beasley Tract Virginia Beach
From: David Gibson <20cabot AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 24 May 2016 21:01:45 -0400
The bird is still around. I had it this a.m. out in the open in the south
impoundment. It was about 20' from the trail and not too far down the
trail. I saw it briefly and was able to get a few serviceable photos. But I
turned my back for a moment and it was gone. I never refound it. There are
a ton of shorebirds, egrets, ibises, and various warblers etc. around. I
saw the teals briefly. No sign of the Common Gallinule, Sora etc. A lot of
birds in Whitehurst too. Dave Gibson, Chesapeake
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Subject: Voice: Greater Washington Area, May 24
From: "Joe Coleman" <joecoleman AT rstarmail.com>
Date: Tue, 24 May 2016 20:29:23 -0400
FYI  - this report is for sightings from May 17 through May 23 and was
compiled by Helen Patton & transcribed by Steve Cordle.

Joe Coleman

 

Hotline:     Voice of the Naturalist

Date:        5/24/2016

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

Reports, comments and questions: voice AT anshome.org
  

Compiler:    Helen Patton

Sponsor:     Audubon Naturalist Society of the Central

               Atlantic States (independent of NAS)

Transcriber: Steve Cordle 

 

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

 

This is the Voice of the Naturalist, a service of the Audubon Naturalist
Society. This report covers the week starting Tuesday, May 17 and was
completed on May 24 at 4:00 p.m.

 

The Top Bird was PURPLE GALLINULE in VA. 

 

Other birds of interest this week included waterfowl, NORTHERN BOBWHITE,
RUFFED GROUSE, SOOTY SHEARWATER, LEAST BITTERN, GLOSSY IBIS, MISSISSIPPI
KITE, BALD EAGLE, COMMON GALLINULE, SANDHILL CRANE, shorebirds, BLACK TERN,
BLACK SKIMMER, COMMON NIGHTHAWK, CHUCK-WILL'S-WIDOW, RED-COCKADED
WOODPECKER, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, PEREGRINE FALCON, flycatchers,
PHILADELPHIA VIREO, CLIFF SWALLOW, warblers, sparrows, SUMMER TANAGER,
DICKCISSEL, DARK-EYED JUNCO and PINE SISKIN. 

 

TOP BIRD

 

A PURPLE GALLINULE* was on the impoundments at the Beasley Tract at Princess
Anne WMA, Virginia Beach, VA seen during the week.

 

OTHER BIRDS OF INTEREST

 

On May 19 five SNOW GEESE were seen again near St. Mary Anne's Episcopal
Church in Cecil Co, MD. 

 

A BRANT was seen in Ocean City on Skimmer Island on May 22 and on the 4th
Street Flats on May 23. Another BRANT was at the Cheriton Landfill,
Northampton Co, VA on May 24.

 

Two TRUMPETER SWANS continue in a restricted area at the Smithsonian
Environmental Research Center, Anne Arundel Co, MD, with the latest sighting
on May 23. A TUNDRA SWAN was at Cameron Run, Alexandria, VA on May 18.
Another TUNDRA SWAN was at Hurlock WWTP, Dorchester Co, MD on May 20.

 

Small numbers of many migratory duck species were seen during the week.
Among them were 2 NORTHERN PINTAIL, 5 NORTHERN SHOVELERS, 12 GREEN-WINGED
TEAL and a RED-BREASTED MERGANSER seen at Hart-Miller Island, Baltimore Co,
MD on May 18. A GREEN-WINGED TEAL and 2 GADWALL were on Elliott Island Road,
Dorchester Co, MD on May 24. Three CANVASBACK and six RED-BREASTED
MERGANSERS were in Hooper's Island, Dorchester Co, MD also on May 24. A
WHITE-WINGED SCOTER was at the Chestertown WWTP, Kent Co, MD on May 17.
Another WHITE-WINGED SCOTER was at the Swan Creek dredge containment Area,
Anne Arundel Co, MD on May 19 and 20.

 

A NORTHERN BOBWHITE was at the Stone Bridge, Manassas Battlefield NP, Prince
William Co, VA on May 21. A RUFFED GROUSE was drumming at Finzel Swamp.
Allegany Co, MD on May 19.

 

Migrating SOOTY SHEARWATERS were spotted from points on the Atlantic shore
with a high count of29 seen from Assateague Island, Worcester Co, MD on May
21. 

 

A LEAST BITTERN was on Haul Road, Dyke Marsh, Fairfax Co, VA on May 18. Two
LEAST BITTERNS were on Elliott Island Road, Dorchester Co, MD on May 24.

 

Twenty GLOSSY IBIS were at Hart-Miller Island, Baltimore Co, MD on May 18. A
GLOSSY IBIS was at Blackwater NWR, Dorchester Co, MD on May 23.

 

A MISSISSIPPI KITE was on a farm on Wolf Trap Road, Halifax Co, VA on May
22. The Dorchester County, MD May Count on May 24 reported 138 BALD EAGLES
for the county.

 

A COMMON GALLINULE was seen in the C&O Canal west of Mile Marker 167 in
Allegany Co, MD and at Wiles Branch Park, Frederick Co, MD both on May 17. A
continuing COMMON GALLINULE was most recently seen at Patterson Park,
Baltimore, MD on May 23. In Virginia, a COMMON GALLINULE was seen at
Princess Ann WMA, Virginia Beach on May 17, 19 and 20.

On May 18 a SANDHILL CRANE flew over a backyard in Arlington, VA. On May 20,
a SANDHILL CRANE was at the Patuxent Research Refuge, North Tract on May 20.

 

Twenty-six SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS were at Herrington Manor, Garrett Co, MD on
May 17.

 

On May 17 a WHIMBREL was on the mudflats in Hunting Creek in Fairfax Co, VA.
Another WHIMBREL was at Middle Run NA, New Castle Co, DE on May 19. A visit
to Hart-Miller Island, Baltimore Co, MD on May 18 noted 12 shorebird species
including 2 WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS, 3 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS and 37
SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS. The Swan Creek dredge containment facility, Anne
Arundel Co, MD hosted 9 shorebird species on May 20, including 86
SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, 56 SPOTTED SANDPIPERS, 20 SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS, 571
LEAST SANDPIPERS and 2 WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS. A RED-NECKED PHALAROPE was
at Bombay Hook NWR, Kent Co, DE on May 19 and 20.

 

A BLACK TERN was at the C&O Canal, North Beach, Allegany Co, MD on May 22.
Another BLACK TERN was at College Creek, James City, VA on May 20.

SANDWICH TERNS were reported from several sites, including: Fort Monroe,
Hampton VA on May 20; Grandview NP, Hampton, VA also on May 20 and the CBBT,
Northampton Co, VA on May 21. 

 

A BLACK SKIMMER was at Eastern Neck NWR, Kent Co, MD on May 17. Another
BLACK SKIMMER was at Sandy Point SP, Anne Arundel Co, MD on May 18.

 

During the week reports of COMMON NIGHTHAWKS became more numerous. A
CHUCK-WILLS-WIDOW was at Patterson Park, Baltimore City, MD on May 18.

 

Four RED-COCKADED WOODPECKERS were at Piney Grove Preserve, Sussex Co, VA on
May 18 and 22. A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was at Ashland Nature Center, New
Castle Co, DE on May 19. A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was at Sky Meadows SP,
Fauquier Co, VA on May 20. A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was on the Gambrill Mill
Trail, Monocacy National Battlefield, Frederick Co, MD on May 21. 

 

A PEREGRINE FALCON flew over the American Legion Bridge over the Potomac
River, the dividing line between Maryland and Virginia and dove under the
bridge, probably to a nest site on May 20.

 

OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHERS were reported from many locations during the week. A
LEAST FLYCATCHER was at Patterson Park, Baltimore Co, MD on May 20. Another
LEAST FLYCATCHER was at Fair Hill NRMA, Cecil Co, MD on May 22.

 

A PHILADELPHIA VIREO was at Bombay Hook NWR, Kent Co, DE on May 18. A
PHILADELPHIA VIREO was at Dyke Marsh, Fairfax Co, VA on May 20. A
PHILADELPHIA VIREO was at Belle Haven and another at Dyke Marsh, Fairfax Co,
VA on May 20.

 

CLIFF SWALLOWS were on the Rte. 328 Bridge with birds in both Caroline and
Talbot counties, MD on May 19 and 21.

 

During the week birders routinely recorded double-digit sightings of warbler
species at many migratory hot spots, including popular Monticello Park in
Alexandria, VA and Rock Creek Park in Washington, DC, but warblers and other
migrants could be seen anywhere, from suburban back yards to isolated trees
on city streets. Highlights of the over 30 recorded warbler species included
NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH, BLUE-WINGED, MOURNING, KENTUCKY, CAPE MAY,
BAY-BREASTED and BLACKBURNIAN WARBLERS. CERULEAN WARBLERS were reported from
several places including: Eden Mill Road, Harford Co, MD on May 19; Thompson
WMA, Fauquier Co, VA on May 21; Patapsco Valley SP at Henryton Center two in
Carroll Co and one in Howard Co, MD on May 24.

 

A SALTMARSH SPARROW was at the DuPont Nature Center, Sussex Co, DE on May
23. Five SEASIDE SPARROWS were at New Point Comfort NAP, Matthews Co, VA on
May 22.  WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW was at the Chester River Field Research
Center (private), Queen Anne's Co, MD on May 18, 22 and 23. Another
WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW was at the Pleasant Valley GC, Fairfax Co, VA on May
20.

 

A SUMMER TANAGER was at the C&O Canal, Pennyfield  Lock, Montgomery Co, MD
on May 18 and 20. Another SUMMER TANAGER was at Milford Neck WA, Big Stone
Beach, Kent Co, DE on May 20.

 

Two DICKCISSELS were at Antietam National Battlefield, Washington Co, MD on
May 20. Three DICKCISSELS were found at the intersection of Keysville Road  AT 
Sixes Bridge Road, Carroll Co, MD on May 23. Two DICKCISSELS were on
Grassdale Road, east of Remington, Fauquier Co, VA on May 23.

 

Late winter residents included small numbers of DARK-EYED JUNCOS and PINE
SISKINS among other species. 

 

***

 

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.

 

*Of interest to the applicable state records committee

 

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Subject: Common nighthawk, Woodbridge
From: Marc Ribaudo <moribaudo AT verizon.net>
Date: Tue, 24 May 2016 19:29:51 -0400
A common nighthawk just flew over my house in Woodbridge, Prince William 
County. 


Marc Ribaudo

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Subject: Cedar waxwing flight, Fairfax Co
From: Fredatwood via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Tue, 24 May 2016 19:02:38 -0400
While bird banding in Oakton this afternoon, the northern Virginia teen bird 
club saw flocks of 5-55 cedar waxwings flying north for a total of about 210 
birds. 


Other migrants here in oakton today were blackpoll, magnolia (banded), northern 
waterthrush, and swainsons thrush. We also saw a painted turtle start to dig a 
hole to lay eggs. We suspect the reason she stopped after trying two holes in 
one spot was the soupy mud texture of the soil she was excavating. 

All the best
Fred Atwood 

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Subject: Re: Mississippi Kites at Huntley Meadows [24 May: pm sightings]
From: sjsuter29 AT verizon.net
Date: Tue, 24 May 2016 15:27:01 -0500 (CDT)
Following up on Ed Eder's sighting of 2 Mississippi Kites at Huntley Meadows 
this morning, I spent 90 minutes along the boardwalk this afternoon (1400 to 
1530). One kite was soaring high over the north edge of the main pond for 3 or 
4 minutes around 1410, and I had shorter views (1 to 2 minutes) of a bird 
farther off (to the NE of the N platform) about 1435 and about 1450. Each time, 
I lost the bird behind the trees as it moved off to the north. 


Sherman Suter
Alexandria VA 22307  /  Port Republic MD 20676
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Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Runt Powell Farm, Wolf Trap Rd, Halifax Co, VA, May 24, 2016
From: Jeff Blalock <jcbabirder AT gcronline.com>
Date: Tue, 24 May 2016 16:23:29 -0400
Went to Runts farm again today and got much better views of the Mississippi 
Kites along with some photos that will confirm species but still not great 
photos but better than the ones on Saturday 


Good Birding Always 

From my iPhone

May God Bless and Keep You

Jeff Blalock
103 Elizabeth Court
South Boston VA 24592
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434-470-4352 Cell
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Begin forwarded message:

> From: ebird-checklist AT cornell.edu
> Date: May 24, 2016 at 4:18:29 PM EDT
> To: jcbabirder AT gcronline.com
> Subject: eBird Report - Runt Powell Farm, Wolf Trap Rd, Halifax Co, VA, May 
24, 2016 

> 
> Runt Powell Farm, Wolf Trap Rd, Halifax Co, VA, Halifax, Virginia, US
> May 24, 2016 12:00 PM - 2:05 PM
> Protocol: Stationary
> 29 species
> 
> Great Blue Heron 2 Flying in and out of nesting colony in Banister River WMA. 

> Black Vulture  5
> Turkey Vulture  10
> Mississippi Kite  2
> Bald Eagle  2     Pair soaring around together.
> Red-shouldered Hawk  3     All three were soaring around together.
> Red-tailed Hawk  2     Soaring around together.
> Mourning Dove  3
> Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
> Downy Woodpecker  1
> Pileated Woodpecker  1
> Eastern Wood-Pewee  1
> Red-eyed Vireo  1
> American Crow  5     Chasing after Raven.
> Common Raven 1 Heard calling for about 20 minutes and being chased by crows. 

> Barn Swallow  1
> Tufted Titmouse  2
> Carolina Wren  1
> Eastern Bluebird  1
> Wood Thrush  2
> American Robin  2
> Northern Mockingbird  2
> Ovenbird  1
> Chipping Sparrow  2
> Northern Cardinal  1
> Eastern Meadowlark  2
> Brown-headed Cowbird  2
> Orchard Oriole  1
> House Finch  5
> 
> View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S29883069 

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

> 
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Subject: Dyke Marsh, Fairfax County, Least Bittern, breeding in full swing
From: "Larry Cartwright" <prowarbler AT verizon.net>
Date: Tue, 24 May 2016 16:19:43 -0400
I was at Dyke Marsh this morning doing some surveying for the Friends of
Dyke Marsh Breeding Bird Survey and the atlas update.  Highlights were the
discovery of a breeding pair of Yellow Warblers at a nest along the Haul
Road dogleg and Eastern Kingbirds constructing a nest at the end of Haul
Road near the boardwalk.  We have already discovered nests of Warbling
Vireos, Orchard Orioles, and Baltimore Orioles although it appears a few
nests have been abandoned, and in one instance, a Baltimore Oriole nest was
predated by crows. Barn Swallows were busily constructing mud nests under
the dock today as well.  Carolina Chickadee, Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, and
American Robins had fledged young in tow.  On a down note, European
Starlings have nests with young at several locations and it appears that one
of the two Osprey nestlings in the marina nest has died. 

 

As I was watching activity at the Warbling Vireo nest near the bridge, a
Least Bittern flew across the path and disappeared into one of the
tributaries of the Little Gut. 

 

Migration seems to be winding down with about a dozen Blackpolls and a few
other migrant warblers present.  Most of the other birds have or are
preparing to breed. 

 

The list of today's birds and breeding activity are listed below for anyone
who cares or is involved in the survey.

 

 

Dyke Marsh, Fairfax, Virginia, US

May 24, 2016 6:07 AM - 12:06 PM

Protocol: Traveling

2.5 mile(s)

Comments:     One new Yellow Warbler nest and one new Eastern Kingbird nest.
One of the marina Osprey nestlings has apparently died. 
Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.2.1 Build 65 50 species (+1 other taxa) Canada Goose 45 Includes 2 adults and 7 precocial young about 3 weeks old in picnic area. Wood Duck 3 all drakes Mallard 14 Lesser Scaup 2 Double-crested Cormorant 1 Least Bittern 1 at Haul Road Bridge Great Blue Heron 1 Osprey 16 Includes at least 2 nests with young. One of the two Osprey nestlings in the marina nest has apparently died since I have seen only 1 young over the past few days. Bald Eagle 5 Mourning Dove 6 Includes one bird on a previously reported nest Chimney Swift 10 Red-bellied Woodpecker 3 Downy Woodpecker 3 Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 1 Pileated Woodpecker 1 Eastern Wood-Pewee 3 Great Crested Flycatcher 3 Eastern Kingbird 11 Includes a newly discovered nest a breeding pair is constructing in a Sycamore about 25 feet high at the end of the Haul Road peninsula near the south platform of the boardwalk. Warbling Vireo 13 Includes a previously reported nest west of the Haul Road bridge. A bird left and entered the nest a few times, but construction seems complete. Red-eyed Vireo 4 Blue Jay 2 Fish Crow 3 crow sp. 2 Northern Rough-winged Swallow 2 Purple Martin 3 Tree Swallow 14 Includes a bird in a nest box in the marsh. Barn Swallow 10 A breeding pair is continuing nest construction under a dock at the marina Carolina Chickadee 17 Includes two family groups feeding fledged young consisting of a breeding pair with at least 4 young and a second breeding pair with at least 1 young Tufted Titmouse 3 Carolina Wren 5 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 9 Includes a breeding pair in the company of at least 1 fledged young American Robin 9 Includes an adult feeding 1 fledged young and another adult carrying food Gray Catbird 1 European Starling 25 Includes a nest with young in the picnic area Prothonotary Warbler 1 Common Yellowthroat 7 American Redstart 1 Northern Parula 1 Magnolia Warbler 1 Yellow Warbler 6 Includes a breeding pair at a new nest found today in an elm about 25 feet high at the bend in the Haul Road dogleg. The nest is on the south side of the path. Blackpoll Warbler 13 Black-throated Blue Warbler 1 Northern Cardinal 16 Red-winged Blackbird 30 Common Grackle (Purple) 12 Two adults carrying food Brown-headed Cowbird 2 Orchard Oriole 8 There are 2 known nests, but no activity at one today and the other could not be relocated. Baltimore Oriole 9 This is the last of 3 nests recently discovered. Another appears abandoned and another reportedly was predated by crows. House Finch 1 American Goldfinch 2 House Sparrow 4 View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S29879097 This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org/content/atlasva) 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: Mississippi kites at Huntley Meadows
From: Edward Eder <nutmegz AT mac.com>
Date: Tue, 24 May 2016 11:49:25 -0400
Two Mississippi kites soared over the boardwalk at Huntley Meadows between 9:15 
and 10 AM today, gracefully riding the thermals and later stooping.( I presume 
to capture dragonflies.) 

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Subject: Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk
From: Harry Glasgow via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Tue, 24 May 2016 10:41:48 +0000 (UTC)
Please excuse the delay of this report.  Monday was a very busy day and I had 
to delay until this morning.  About 30 birders gathered for the Huntley 
Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk on a brisk, overcast day and spotted 65 
species.  Our big Warbler counts seem to have dissipated but we still had a 
rewarding morning.  Our highlights included a lone Common Loon flyover, one 
each Bank and Cliff Swallow in addition to our usual compliment of Tree, N 
Rough-wing, and Barn swallows; and two large groups of Hooded Merganser 
families. 


Canada Goose  33
Wood Duck  15
Mallard  12
Hooded Merganser  36   
Common Loon   1    
Great Blue Heron  2
Great Egret  1
Green Heron  1
Turkey Vulture  1
Osprey  1
Accipiter sp.  1
Bald Eagle  1
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Spotted Sandpiper  2
Least Sandpiper  1
shorebird sp.  1
Mourning Dove  6
Yellow-billed Cuckoo  2
Barred Owl  2
Chimney Swift  5
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  2
Red-bellied Woodpecker  5
Downy Woodpecker  7
Hairy Woodpecker  2
Northern Flicker  1
Pileated Woodpecker  1
Eastern Wood-Pewee  5
Acadian Flycatcher  8
Willow Flycatcher  1
Eastern Phoebe  3
Great Crested Flycatcher  6
Eastern Kingbird  2
Red-eyed Vireo  9
Blue Jay  4
American Crow  2
Fish Crow  3
crow sp.  4
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  11
Tree Swallow  13
Bank Swallow  1
Barn Swallow  7
Cliff Swallow  1
Carolina Chickadee  6
Tufted Titmouse  5
White-breasted Nuthatch  5
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  15
Eastern Bluebird  5
Swainson's Thrush  3
Wood Thrush  3
American Robin  9
Gray Catbird  1
European Starling  1
Cedar Waxwing  4
Ovenbird  2
Prothonotary Warbler  1
Common Yellowthroat  7
Pine Warbler  1
Northern Cardinal  7
Indigo Bunting  1
Red-winged Blackbird  32
Common Grackle  50
blackbird sp.  37
House Finch  5
American Goldfinch  4
House Sparrow  2
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: test
From: "Michael A. Shank." <tallwhiteoak AT verizon.net>
Date: Tue, 24 May 2016 06:34:21 -0400
just testing to see if e-mail is working
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Subject: Tom Maloney
From: Jeff Blalock <jcbabirder AT gcronline.com>
Date: Tue, 24 May 2016 05:20:24 -0400
If Tom Maloney is on this list please contact me directly as I would like more 
info on the PUGA 


Thank you 

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May God Bless and Keep You

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South Boston VA 24592
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Subject: Birds Seen May 20 - 22, 2016
From: janet anderson via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Mon, 23 May 2016 21:55:13 -0400
Visiting my Brother in Winchester, VA  made a few short birding  stops.
 
Sky Meadows  -   1 Red Headed Woodpecker 5/20/2016
 
Blandy (National Arboretum ) Boyce, VA    - -   Snowy Egret, Warbling 
Vireo, Blue Grosbeak, Prairie Warbler   --   5/20/2016
 
Winchester, Frederick Co., VA   --  2 Common Nighthawks  5/20/2016
 
A few active nests of Cliff Swallows under the Route 7 (East)  bridge over 
the Shenandoah River
 
 
Janet M. Anderson
City of Falls Church, VA
 
 
 
 
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Subject: Virginia Beach - 16-22 May, Weekly Observations
From: Rob Bielawski <robbielawski AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 23 May 2016 20:30:11 -0400
Fellow Birders,

This past week was a pretty exciting time down here at the coast. Our
fantastic Spring activity continued and some great birds were observed by
seemingly hordes of birders (around 150 eBird reports were submitted this
week in the county). My weekly write-up of all the local sightings has been
added to my website, here:

http://www.beachbirding.com/blog/

There is a slideshow in the middle with a few of my photographs of the
Purple Gallinule, Common Gallinule, Sora & Black-necked stilt that were
seen at Princess Anne WMA throughout the week. Also, a couple shots of the
Sooty Shearwater off the shoreline at Back Bay NWR on Sunday, and some
Bay-breasted & Blackpoll Warblers photos, as well as a few other species.

For folks in the area that reported their observations to eBird and took
the time to upload their own media, whether it be photo/video/audio, I
added links in my writeup to your reports. Lots of good birds across the
board!

If you have the time to check it out, please enjoy!

Rob Bielawski
Virginia Beach, VA
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Subject: Dickcissels at Grassdale Road (Fauquier County)
From: "Ron Vogel" <vireo AT cox.net>
Date: Mon, 23 May 2016 16:53:56 -0400
In between rain drops last week, I found a pair of dickcissels along
Grassdale Road east of Remington, VA. This makes at least six consecutive
years that dickcissels have shown up at this location.

Some of the long-time northern Piedmont birders may have even better info on
the length of time Grassdale Road has been home to this special bird. I'd
also be curious if anyone out there knows of another Virginia location

that has a similar streak going for this famously "one and done" bird.

 

Ron Vogel

Annandale, VA

 

P.S. I've been monitoring the Mustang Trail parking area at Meadowoods NRA
to see if dickcissels might have returned to this Northern Virginia (Fairfax
County) location, but no luck up to this point.

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Subject: Re: Olive-sided Flycatcher
From: "Marshall Faintich" <marshall AT faintich.net>
Date: Mon, 23 May 2016 14:19:13 -0400
Still on the Rockfish Valley Trail; 5/23/16. Report and photos:

 

 
http://www.faintich.net/Blog2016/2016_05_23.htm

 

 

___________________________

Marshall Faintich

Nellysford, VA

marshall AT faintich.net

www.faintich.net  

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

____________________________________________________________________________
_______________________

 

 

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Subject: RB Grossbeak
From: Jeff Blalock <jcbabirder AT gcronline.com>
Date: Mon, 23 May 2016 11:06:42 -0400
It has been several weeks since I have seen a RBGR at my feeders

To my surprise today I just had a male to show up. 

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Subject: Re: Va-bird Downy woodpeckers
From: Vineeta Anand <vineetaa AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 23 May 2016 10:05:30 -0400
>
>
> A pair of downy woodpeckers spent the afternoon at my bird feeder in
> Alexandria, VA. yesterday. They also spent some time pecking on a cut log
> in the garden.
>

‚ÄčVineeta Anand
Alexandria, VA ‚Äč


>
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Subject: Wild Turkey
From: "Trollinger, Jeff (DGIF)" <Jeff.Trollinger AT dgif.virginia.gov>
Date: Mon, 23 May 2016 13:11:08 +0000
While out Atlasing on Friday morning I came across what looked like a pile of 
feathers on a very low traffic asphalt road. As I approached a Wild Turkey hen 
stood up and meandered off the road. Then four little poults stood up and 
wandered off after her. It was cold Friday morning and I know young turkeys are 
very sensitive to cold and wet, so I guess this was her solution to keep them 
warm. 


Jeff Trollinger
Gum Spring, VA

Jeffrey B. Trollinger, C.W.B | Deputy Director, Bureau of Wildlife Resources | 
Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries 
| PO Box 90778, 7870 Villa Park Drive, Henrico, VA 23228-0778 | 804-367-1134 
(o) | 804-363-2268 (c) | 
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Wildlife is everywhere Virginia. Get to know the "wild" around you and learn to 
live with it!! 



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Subject: Re: Wild Turkey
From: KEN LIPSHY <wuzupdoc12 AT msn.com>
Date: Sun, 22 May 2016 21:09:58 -0400
I almost hit a hen on the road by the scout camp by Smithfield today


Kenneth A. Lipshy
Www.crisismanagementleadership.com

> On May 22, 2016, at 8:53 PM, Shirley Devan  wrote:
> 
> Funny to see this post…I also observed a hen Wild Turkey foraging in my 
backyard under the feeders late this afternoon. Near Williamsburg, VA. 

> 
> 
> Shirley Devan
> Williamsburg, VA
> Ph: 757.813.1322
> I'm now on facebook ...
> 
> 
> 
> 
>> On May 22, 2016, at 6:23 PM, Antonio Quezon  wrote:
>> 
>> We had a single hen Wild Turkey migrate through our yard in Fairfax Station 
this evening, pausing to pick at the sunflower seeds spilled at the base of the 
silo feeder. 

>> 
>> Regards,
>> Tony
>> 
>> A. J. "Tony" Quezon
>> www.TonyQandSuzanne.com
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Subject: Re: Wild Turkey
From: KEN LIPSHY <wuzupdoc12 AT msn.com>
Date: Sun, 22 May 2016 21:09:58 -0400
I almost hit a hen on the road by the scout camp by Smithfield today


Kenneth A. Lipshy
Www.crisismanagementleadership.com

> On May 22, 2016, at 8:53 PM, Shirley Devan  wrote:
> 
> Funny to see this post…I also observed a hen Wild Turkey foraging in my 
backyard under the feeders late this afternoon. Near Williamsburg, VA. 

> 
> 
> Shirley Devan
> Williamsburg, VA
> Ph: 757.813.1322
> I'm now on facebook ...
> 
> 
> 
> 
>> On May 22, 2016, at 6:23 PM, Antonio Quezon  wrote:
>> 
>> We had a single hen Wild Turkey migrate through our yard in Fairfax Station 
this evening, pausing to pick at the sunflower seeds spilled at the base of the 
silo feeder. 

>> 
>> Regards,
>> Tony
>> 
>> A. J. "Tony" Quezon
>> www.TonyQandSuzanne.com
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Subject: Re: Wild Turkey
From: Shirley Devan <sedevan52 AT cox.net>
Date: Sun, 22 May 2016 20:52:55 -0400
Funny to see this post…I also observed a hen Wild Turkey foraging in my 
backyard under the feeders late this afternoon. Near Williamsburg, VA. 



Shirley Devan
Williamsburg, VA
Ph: 757.813.1322
I'm now on facebook ...




> On May 22, 2016, at 6:23 PM, Antonio Quezon  wrote:
> 
> We had a single hen Wild Turkey migrate through our yard in Fairfax Station 
this evening, pausing to pick at the sunflower seeds spilled at the base of the 
silo feeder. 

> 
> Regards,
> Tony
> 
> A. J. "Tony" Quezon
> www.TonyQandSuzanne.com
> Sent from my La-Z-Boy
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Subject: Bobolinks and Alder Flycatchers
From: "Marshall Faintich" <marshall AT faintich.net>
Date: Sun, 22 May 2016 19:15:16 -0400
In Swoope, VA; 5/20/16. Report and photos:

 

 
http://www.faintich.net/Blog2016/2016_05_20.htm

 

___________________________

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Nellysford, VA

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Subject: Wild Turkey
From: Antonio Quezon <antonio.quezon AT cox.net>
Date: Sun, 22 May 2016 18:23:18 -0400
We had a single hen Wild Turkey migrate through our yard in Fairfax Station 
this evening, pausing to pick at the sunflower seeds spilled at the base of the 
silo feeder. 


Regards,
Tony

A. J. "Tony" Quezon
www.TonyQandSuzanne.com
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Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Dyke Marsh, May 22, 2016
From: Rich Rieger via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Sun, 22 May 2016 16:35:04 -0400
Well, the folks that came out for the Sunday Dyke Marsh walk in Alexandria 
managed to stay pretty dry for the most part. Walk started off under misty 
skies, cool temps and a breeze, but the mist stopped and we were left w. cool 
and cloudy for the remainder of the walk. 


The group was treated to some expert leadership as Larry Cartwright and Ed Eder 
joined us, having already surveyed for the Breeding Bird Survey, and Kurt 
Gaskill was in attendance as well, prior to shipping out for a European 
adventure - safe travels, Kurt. The list of 58 species that follows is a 
cumulative list, so not all attending got to see all birds. Blackpoll Warblers 
topped the list of 8 warbler species. One B&W Warb posed for us near the marina 
restrooms. Yellow Warblers were active out on the peninsula, along with 
Warbling Vireos. We had one flyover Great Egret and from the first platform, 
the group was treated to a juvie Bald Eagle on the "Tulane Nest" (south marsh) 
flapping it's wings and jumping about, preparing for it's maiden voyage. 


One Common Loon and two late Lesser Scaup were present off the picnic area 
along w. a lone Spotted Sandpiper. Complete list follows. 


Rich Rieger
Alexandria

Begin forwarded message:

> From: ebird-checklist AT cornell.edu
> Date: May 22, 2016 4:20:41 PM EDT
> To: zelig88 AT aol.com
> Subject: eBird Report - Dyke Marsh, May 22, 2016
> 
> Dyke Marsh, Fairfax, Virginia, US
> May 22, 2016 8:00 AM - 11:30 AM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 2.0 mile(s)
> Comments: Dyke Marsh Sunday walk w. additional birds from Larry Cartwright 
and Ed Eder doing BBS 

> 58 species
> 
> Canada Goose  30
> Mallard  5
> Lesser Scaup  2
> Common Loon  1
> Double-crested Cormorant  20
> Great Blue Heron  3
> Great Egret  1
> Osprey  12
> Bald Eagle  3
> Spotted Sandpiper  1
> Greater Yellowlegs  1
> Laughing Gull  1
> Ring-billed Gull  5
> Mourning Dove  4
> Chimney Swift  100
> Red-bellied Woodpecker  3
> Downy Woodpecker  3
> Hairy Woodpecker  3
> Northern Flicker  2
> Pileated Woodpecker  1
> Eastern Wood-Pewee  2
> Acadian Flycatcher  1
> Willow Flycatcher  1
> Great Crested Flycatcher  3
> Eastern Kingbird  4
> Warbling Vireo  5
> Red-eyed Vireo  5
> Blue Jay  2
> Fish Crow  3
> Purple Martin  2
> Tree Swallow  20
> Barn Swallow  10
> Carolina Chickadee  6
> Tufted Titmouse  4
> Carolina Wren  3
> Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  4
> American Robin  10
> Gray Catbird  2
> European Starling  30
> Cedar Waxwing  6
> Northern Waterthrush  1
> Black-and-white Warbler  1
> Prothonotary Warbler  1
> Common Yellowthroat  3
> American Redstart  1
> Bay-breasted Warbler  1
> Yellow Warbler  5
> Blackpoll Warbler  11
> Song Sparrow  1
> Northern Cardinal  12
> Red-winged Blackbird  30
> Common Grackle  7
> Brown-headed Cowbird  8
> Orchard Oriole  5
> Baltimore Oriole  4
> House Finch  3
> American Goldfinch  5
> House Sparrow  2
> 
> View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S29841349 

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

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Subject: Great Falls Bird Walk -05/22/16
From: Dendroica--- via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Sun, 22 May 2016 14:37:36 -0400
Our group of five tallied 45 species on this rainy, low  visibility 
morning.  The list follows. 
 
We meet in the Visitor's Center parking lot at 8:00 am on  Sunday mornings, 
weather permitting.  We welcome you to join us.  
 
Ralph Wall
 
The list:
 
Canada Goose  25
Mallard  1
Double-crested Cormorant   2
Great Blue Heron  8
Black Vulture  3
Turkey Vulture   12
Mourning Dove  1
Chimney Swift  4
Red-bellied  Woodpecker  6
Downy Woodpecker  3
Hairy Woodpecker   1
Northern Flicker  1
Pileated Woodpecker  1
Eastern  Wood-Pewee  6
Acadian Flycatcher  2
Eastern Phoebe   2
Great Crested Flycatcher  10
Warbling Vireo  2
Red-eyed  Vireo  4
Blue Jay  1
American Crow  4
Fish Crow   1
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  2
Purple Martin  2
Tree  Swallow  25
Carolina Chickadee  8
Tufted Titmouse   12
White-breasted Nuthatch  8
Carolina Wren  2
Blue-gray  Gnatcatcher  2
Eastern Bluebird  8
American Robin   6
Cedar Waxwing  12
Louisiana Waterthrush  1
Pine  Warbler  1
Yellow-rumped Warbler  1
Chipping Sparrow   2
Eastern Towhee  1
Scarlet Tanager  2
Northern  Cardinal  8
Red-winged Blackbird  1
Common Grackle   10
Brown-headed Cowbird  4
Baltimore Oriole  3
American  Goldfinch  25

View this checklist online at  
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S29838379

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Subject: Black Terns @ Lake Shenandoah (Rockingham)
From: Diane L via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Sun, 22 May 2016 18:13:21 +0000 (UTC)
There are two, still there as of now.

Diane Lepkowski

Harrisonburg 

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Subject: Olive-sided FC; possible Brewer's Blackbird
From: "Marshall Faintich" <marshall AT faintich.net>
Date: Sun, 22 May 2016 12:29:58 -0400
On the Rockfish Valley Trail; 5/22/16. Report and photos:

 

 
http://www.faintich.net/Blog2016/2016_05_22.htm

 

___________________________

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Nellysford, VA

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Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Runt Powell Farm, Wolf Trap Rd, Halifax Co, VA, May 21, 2016
From: Jeff Blalock <jcbabirder AT gcronline.com>
Date: Sun, 22 May 2016 05:26:18 -0400
With heavy overcast skies yesterday and during a break from the rain I went 
down to Runt Powell's farm to see if I could find a Mississippi Kite. After 
about 40 minutes I saw and adult kite in the same area where I first found them 
on June 1998. I have now seen them in this area for every year except for 2000. 


Click on link below to see a not so good picture of it but you can click on the 
picture and look real close and you can make out the white head. 


Good Birding. 

From my iPhone

May God Bless and Keep You

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


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> From: ebird-checklist AT cornell.edu
> Date: May 22, 2016 at 5:18:43 AM EDT
> To: jcbabirder AT gcronline.com
> Subject: eBird Report - Runt Powell Farm, Wolf Trap Rd, Halifax Co, VA, May 
21, 2016 

> 
> Runt Powell Farm, Wolf Trap Rd, Halifax Co, VA, Halifax, Virginia, US
> May 21, 2016 12:10 PM - 2:10 PM
> Protocol: Stationary
> 33 species
> 
> Northern Bobwhite  1
> Wild Turkey  1
> Great Blue Heron  3
> Black Vulture  8
> Turkey Vulture  13
> Mississippi Kite 1 in same area since first seen at this area in June 1998. 
Not the best picture but if you enlarge picture you can clearly see that it is 
a kite. Cloudy today so not much light to get a good picture. 

> Red-shouldered Hawk  1
> Red-tailed Hawk  1
> Mourning Dove  3
> Yellow-billed Cuckoo  1
> Barred Owl  1
> Chimney Swift  3
> Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
> Eastern Wood-Pewee  1
> Great Crested Flycatcher  1
> Red-eyed Vireo  1
> American Crow  4
> Northern Rough-winged Swallow  3
> Tufted Titmouse  2
> Carolina Wren  2
> Eastern Bluebird  5
> Wood Thrush  1
> American Robin  2
> Brown Thrasher  1
> Chipping Sparrow  3
> Northern Cardinal  1
> Blue Grosbeak  2
> Red-winged Blackbird  2
> Eastern Meadowlark  3
> Brown-headed Cowbird  4
> Orchard Oriole  1
> House Finch  1
> American Goldfinch  10
> 
> View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S29817746 

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

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Subject: Test
From: Jeff Blalock <jcbabirder AT gcronline.com>
Date: Sun, 22 May 2016 05:15:34 -0400
Sorry but this is just a test to see if I am receiving emails from the List. 

From my iPhone

May God Bless and Keep You

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


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Subject: Bioblitz at Manassas National Park- Bobwhite
From: a via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Sat, 21 May 2016 18:28:43 -0400
As part of the National Park I birded the Stone Bridge trail and also the 
Brownsville Tract at Manassas Battlefield National Park. Rain was off and on, 
but there were some decent intervals where it held off for a while. 46 bird 
species were tallied in total. Highlights at Stone Bridge included a Wild 
Turkey with three young, Grasshopper Sparrows, and two Blackpoll Warblers. The 
Brownsville picnic area had a vocalizing Northern Bobwhite, a Blue Grosbeak and 
several Eastern Meadowlarks. 


Larry  Meade
Merrifield, VA

 
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Subject: Dyke Marsh/Sunday Walk
From: Rich Rieger via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Sat, 21 May 2016 17:30:27 -0400
Folks - weather looks "iffy" for the traditional 8am start at Dyke Marsh, 
Alexandria. I sense a pattern. 


We'll see what the morning brings - if it's not raining, I;ll see you there.

Rich Rieger
Alexandria
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Subject: rainy/foggy morning on the Trillium Trail - Thompson WMA
From: Bill Hohenstein <elliety AT msn.com>
Date: Sat, 21 May 2016 11:39:43 -0400
I had pegged this morning as the time that I would head out to the trillium 
trail -- a place where I can usually find cerulean and kentucky warblers and a 
good spot for rose breasted grosbeaks. It rained the entire drive out and when 
I arrived at the upper entrance along Freezeland Road, the fog was so thick I 
couldn't see 20 feet. With the temps on the cold side and a steady rain -- 
there were initially not many birds singing. Things got better as I made my way 
down -- first redstarts appeared out of the fog, then Wood Thrushes sang. I 
heard my first of three ceruleans about 1/2 a mile in, and found a very vocal 
and cooperative Kentucky warbler on a side trail near the old shed. Scarlet 
Tanagers and ovenbirds sang throughout the walk. On the way back up, I found a 
Rose Breasted Grosbeak within 200 yards of the parking area. 

One interesting note -- I ran into an immature BH Cowbird begging from a female 
Cerulean -- way into the woods about 3/4 of a mile from the top. I know that 
nest parasitism is an issue for Ceruleans, but I was surprised to see this so 
far from the road. I did see a small flock of cowbirds on a lawn along 
freezeland road on the my drive out. 

Bill 		 	   		  
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Subject: Another trip (05/19/16) to the marsh, minus the rain. Photos
From: Les Brooks <ubrooks AT verizon.net>
Date: Sat, 21 May 2016 15:35:51 +0000 (UTC)
Hello everyone!
Sorry for being slow on the draw or better, in this case, the editing.  Here 
are a few links to some images, if you care to have a look.Prothonotary 
Warbler: 
http://natures-finest-photography.com/gallery/song-birds-1a/prothonotary-in-song-nfp-s/ 

Great Crested Flycatcher: 
http://natures-finest-photography.com/gallery/song-birds-1a/a-morning-glow-nfp-s/  

Female Wood Duck and chick: 
http://natures-finest-photography.com/gallery/ducks-and-geese/mothers-shadow-nfp-s/ 

Have a super and safe weekend!Les Brooks, Glen Allen
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Subject: Loss of avian habitat along the Blue Ridge Parkway
From: "Marshall Faintich" <marshall AT faintich.net>
Date: Sat, 21 May 2016 10:42:45 -0400
This is a bird species report, but I have added some personal comments about
habitat loss. I hope that this does not violate posting rules. 

 

Report and (bird) photos:

 

 
http://www.faintich.net/Blog2016/2016_05_19.htm

 

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Nellysford, VA

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Subject: American Legion Bridge: Peregrine falcon
From: Donald Sweig <skybirds.d AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 20 May 2016 22:11:52 -0400
 I was sitting on the American Legion bridge, stuck in traffic, going from 
Virginia to Maryland about 4:30 this afternoon, when I noticed a Peregrine 
falcon make a fast dive out of the sky and down under the bridge, probably to 
its nesting site. 

   It was all over in about five seconds, but it's always a treat.
     Donald Sweig
      Falls Church, Virginia

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Subject: Chats and Orioles
From: Rowe, Richard A, ĒDickĒ <RoweRA AT vmi.edu>
Date: Sat, 21 May 2016 01:03:11 +0000
Today, I found several Yellow-breasted Chats, Baltimore and Orchard Orioles, 
and a Red-eyed Vireo at a site just outside of Lexington. The Chats were very 
active and vocal, so they were easy to locate. Iíve been seeing the orioles for 
the past several weeks and we found the nest for one of the pairs. Iíve 
up-loaded some photos to my Flickr site if you are interested in seeing the 
Chat photos. 


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

Dick Rowe
VMI Biology
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Subject: Re: late White-Crowned at Pleasant Valley GC (Fairfax)
From: Stephen Johnson <stevejohnson2 AT verizon.net>
Date: Fri, 20 May 2016 20:33:59 -0400
Forgot to mention, Lynn took some nice photos of the Coop-Crow fight, posted 
with this checklist. 


Steve & Lynn


On May 20, 2016, at 7:22 PM, Stephen Johnson wrote:

> 
> Two items of note on the following eBird checklist from this morning 20 May:
> 
> a very late White-Crowned Sparrow - a quick look at eBird shows latest 
sighting in NoVa area for last 3 years was 18 May; 

> 
> and a spectacular Cooper's Hawk - Crow interaction. Basically the two of them 
went back and forth several times, between the Crow harassing the hawk, and the 
hawk trying its best to take out the crow. It finally ended with the arrival of 
a second crow, and then the hawk finally flew off. 

> 
> It was amazing to see the harassee (the hawk, perched below the crow in a 
tree) swoop **upwards** to attack the crow (twice), and then the two ensuing 
aerial "dogfights". 

> 
> http://ebird.org/ebird/atlasva/view/checklist?subID=S29801156
> 
> Steve Johnson and Lynn Rafferty
> visiting Pleasant Valley Golf Course (for VABBA2 survey)
> Chantilly Virginia
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Subject: late White-Crowned at Pleasant Valley GC (Fairfax)
From: Stephen Johnson <stevejohnson2 AT verizon.net>
Date: Fri, 20 May 2016 19:22:53 -0400
Two items of note on the following eBird checklist from this morning 20 May:

a very late White-Crowned Sparrow - a quick look at eBird shows latest sighting 
in NoVa area for last 3 years was 18 May; 


and a spectacular Cooper's Hawk - Crow interaction. Basically the two of them 
went back and forth several times, between the Crow harassing the hawk, and the 
hawk trying its best to take out the crow. It finally ended with the arrival of 
a second crow, and then the hawk finally flew off. 


It was amazing to see the harassee (the hawk, perched below the crow in a tree) 
swoop **upwards** to attack the crow (twice), and then the two ensuing aerial 
"dogfights". 


http://ebird.org/ebird/atlasva/view/checklist?subID=S29801156

Steve Johnson and Lynn Rafferty
visiting Pleasant Valley Golf Course (for VABBA2 survey)
Chantilly Virginia

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Subject: Willow Flycatcher(s)
From: Gerco H <drgerco AT hotmail.com>
Date: Fri, 20 May 2016 13:55:17 -0400
During lunch I walked around the van Metre Wetlands in Ashburn (Northern 
Virginia) I heard and saw a Willow Flycatcher. A second, (tentatively ID-ed as 
another) WIllow Flycatcher was present too, but it was mute. I could see the 
bird singing, but no sound came out. Very weird and surreal to see that. 

Also seen were Great Egret, Orchard Oriole, Eastern Phoebe, Eastern Kingbird, 
Yellow Warblers, too many Canada Geese and a few other assorted avian sp. 

GercoLeesburg, VA 		 	   		  
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Subject: Dyke Marsh, Fairfax County, Philadelphia Vireo
From: Larry Cartwright <prowarbler AT verizon.net>
Date: Fri, 20 May 2016 12:34:06 -0400
I saw a Philadelphia Vireo along the road leading to the marina. Seen during 
NPS bio blitz activities. 


Larry Cartwright 
prowarbler AT verizon.net

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Subject: VA Beach -- Princess Anne WMA--Beasley Tract
From: Deborah Schroeder <debbie5324 AT icloud.com>
Date: Fri, 20 May 2016 10:44:44 -0400
Good birds continue  AT  the Beasley tract of the Princess Anne WMA. Highlights 
this AM were a Sora enjoying the rare sunshine and a Common Gallinule. 


4 Mallard
4 Double-crested Cormorant
1 Great Blue Heron
6 Great Egret
8 Snowy Egret
9 Little Blue Heron
4 Glossy Ibis
1 Turkey Vulture
1 Sora
1 Common Gallinule -- Red bill with yellow tip; brownish back and grey below; 
white stripe along flank to tail; whitish underneath tail 

15 American Coot
1 Black-necked Stilt -- Continuing bird 
4 Semipalmated Plover
2 Killdeer
1 Spotted Sandpiper
1 Solitary Sandpiper
6 Greater Yellowlegs
1 Stilt Sandpiper
2 Pectoral Sandpiper
4 Western Sandpiper
X peep sp.
1 Yellow-billed Cuckoo
2 Ruby-throated Hummingbird
1 Pileated Woodpecker
1 Great Crested Flycatcher
2 Eastern Kingbird
1 White-eyed Vireo
2 American Crow
X Tree Swallow
4 Barn Swallow
2 Carolina Wren
3 Common Yellowthroat
1 Yellow Warbler
1 Pine Warbler
1 Prairie Warbler
1 Field Sparrow
3 Indigo Bunting -- Male & female copulating
13 Red-winged Blackbird
2 Eastern Meadowlark
2 Boat-tailed Grackle

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Subject: Atlasing vs. eBirding: a VABBA2 update
From: Ashley Peele <ashpeele AT vt.edu>
Date: Fri, 20 May 2016 10:18:34 -0400
Happy chilly Spring Day, Virginia Birders!

 

Please check out the latest VA Breeding Bird Atlas article on ‚ÄėAtlasing vs. 
eBirding: Where and when to submit checklists to the Atlas portal.’ I have 
received several questions about this, so thought I’d clarify theses points 
for everyone. Also, stay tuned over the next couple weeks for a webinar on 
entering your atlas data into eBird. 


 

Click here for the article!

 

In the process of writing this article and thinking about why we bird, I had 
some thoughts I wanted to share. So please allow your atlas coordinator a brief 
moment of pondering… 



A question we seldom ourselves is why we bird and why we keep track of our 
observations? To what purpose is this diligence? For some, it is purely for our 
own edification, for the betterment of our own knowledge. For others, it is the 
sense of achievement in meeting a birding goal. And for still others, it may be 
the contribution our observations can make for some larger purpose. All of 
these are sound and worthwhile reasons. Yet, I want to focus on that last one 
for a moment. 


 

One of the greatest challenges that folks working in environmental conservation 
face is too little information. This is ever a limiting factor whether one is 
petitioning congress to pass a piece of conservation legislation or trying to 
get an accurate estimate of a species’ population size. 


 

Many of you have come across the new rallying cry of ‚ÄėHave you reported your 
data to the atlas?’ Please know that this isn’t meant to badger you, but is 
instead driven by a desire to use your data for a specific and important 
conservation purpose. Breeding data captured within the Atlas eBird portal (not 
eBird generally) will be the basis for reassessing state conservation and 
management strategies over the next decade. I know this takes a little (or even 
a lot) more effort, but I believe, and hope you do too, that this is a goal 
worth contributing to. To that end, please consider taking the plunge and 
reporting your breeding bird observations through the Virginia Breeding Bird 
Atlas eBird portal. It‚Äôs fun to watch your list of ‚Äėconfirmed breeders‚Äô 
grow for your blocks! 


 

Now, for those of you who are not yet ‚Äėexpert‚Äô birders, remember that this 
project falls to you as well. Yes, we do encourage you to err on the side of 
caution when uncertain of a species identification. But! I know for a fact that 
novice or intermediate birders, those perhaps uncomfortable with birding by ear 
or uncertain of their spring warbler IDs, are generating good and important 
data on breeding birds. 


 

Once you’ve tried this whole atlasing thing out, I think you’ll see that 
this isn’t the onerous task our minds often turn it into. As a wise and 
learned naturalist suggested to me only this morning, new atlasers should start 
with baby steps. Log the birds in your yard, then your neighborhood, then 
venture further afield. Work in teams and use the opportunity to learn from 
each other. If possible, drag along a young’un to battle the rampant 
generational disconnect from the natural world. But at the end of the day, just 
use your head and record what you observe. 


 

Thanks for your time and for all the work you do for the birds of VA.




Ashley Peele, PhD  
Virginia Breeding Bird Atlas Coordinator 
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www.vabba2.org  |  www.eBird.org/atlasva
acebook.com/vabba2
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Conservation Management Institute, Virginia Tech
1900 Kraft Drive, Suite 250
Blacksburg, VA 24061
(540) 231-9182 office   
(540) 231-7019 fax
ashpeele AT vt.edu

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Subject: Yellow-billed Cuckoo, two species of sandpipers @ Frying Pan Farm Park
From: Howard Wu <howiewu1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 19 May 2016 22:16:18 -0400
Today the sun came out in the afternoon and I decided to take a short walk
after work, which was pretty productive.

I saw a Yellow-billed Cuckoo in the woods near the meeting house, then
maybe another one in a tree in the field where the feeding pen is. Other
notable sightings include two species of sandpipers (perhaps 2 of each,
maybe more): Spotted and Solitary. Also heard Orchard Orioles, saw one
female American Redstart. The Bobolinks were gone.

Some of the pictures:
http://www.travelerathome.com/frying_pan/yellow-billed_cuckoo.html
http://www.travelerathome.com/frying_pan/solitary_sandpiper4.jpg
http://www.travelerathome.com/frying_pan/spotted_sandpiper1.jpg

Cheers,
Howard Wu
Herndon, VA
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Subject: Another trip (05/19/16) to the marsh, minus the rain. Marsh at the entrance to James River NWR off Rte 10, E of Hopewell.
From: Les Brooks <ubrooks AT verizon.net>
Date: Fri, 20 May 2016 02:13:02 +0000 (UTC)
Hello everyone!
No rain but cloudy with little sun during this morning's visit yielded better 
photo taking conditions.  My trip was from 6:00 A.M. to 1 P.M. and I saw the 
following birds: Great Crested Flycatcher, Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher, Prothonotary 
Warbler, Cedar Waxwing, Orchard Oriole, Indigo Bunting, Red-Winged Blackbird, 
Mourning Dove, Pileated Woodpecker, Red-Bellied Woodpecker, Bank Swallow, 
Unidentified Blackbird, Unidentified Raptor (being mobbed by blackbirds), Great 
Blue Heron, Adult Bald Eagle (overflight), Turkey Vulture (overflight), Male & 
Female Mallard, Male & Female Wood Duck (overflight), Female Wood Duck with 
Chicks, Wild Turkey. 

The Wild Turkey comes out into the road from some brush, spots my truck and me, 
turns around in a circle, several times before facing the marsh again.  Fly's 
straight up about 20 feet, drops into the marsh and disappears!  Meanwhile, I 
grab my backup camera and try to shoot this scene through my front 
windshield.........I get off about 10 shots at about 7 shots a second and am 
left with my mouth wide open and not much else!  It took me five minutes to 
settle back down from laughing!  Photos.....all distorted and out of focus.  
And, I know better!  Mother Nature is a winner!  


I have seen Cedar Waxwings, only two today, in this marsh, on three visits but 
have not found their food source.  Can someone point me to a possible source 
suggestion (off list).  As best I can determine, I have seen no fruit 
trees/scrubs in this marsh.  


I will post again when and if (I hope) I have some images to share.  Best 
Birding everyone! 

Les Brooks, Glen Allen
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Subject: Common Loons at Occoquan Bay NWR today
From: Tyler Reber <compwiz35 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 19 May 2016 19:19:40 -0400
I'm a bit late reporting this, but there were 3 Common Loons off the point
at Occoquan Bay this morning (near the intersection of Deephole and Easy
Roads).
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Subject: Flickr link to Photos of Alder flycatcher and Least Bittern at Dyke Marsh today (Flycatcher vocalized while catching a bee}
From: Edward Eder <nutmegz AT mac.com>
Date: Thu, 19 May 2016 18:14:29 -0400
https://www.flickr.com/photos/123088894 AT N07/with/20904557928/
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Subject: Riverbend Park - Wilson's Warbler and more
From: lcdyoung93 AT verizon.net
Date: Thu, 19 May 2016 12:02:04 -0500 (CDT)
 This morning 5/19, I had a pair of Wilson's Warblers at the wooden 
footbridge just down river from the boatramp. They were singing and 
working the thick low growth saplings along the streamlet and Potomac.
 They were there at 9:00AM and also when I returned about 10:30, but 
far less vocal than earlier. Easy to overlook with Common
Yellowthroat pair which are present as well. The initially unfamiliar call was 
what drew me down to the bridge. Been years since I had one at RB in
the Spring. I would think they will stay in that area all day. Louisiana
Warterthrush in the mix too.
 Also numerous Spottted Sandpipers, a few Solitary and 
 a few peeps I didn't ID. Virtually no easily visible shoreline at Riverbend 
 so only glimpses when pushed downriver as I was walking. 
 Saw a Baltimore Oriole that was apparently going fishing as it
 flew up river to a sycamore carrying fishing line with a bobber and 
 unbaited hook dangling behind. 
 One Common Nighthawk also flew in and rested on a horizontal
branch in the same Sycamore.
Plenty of usual migrants and resident birds to see as well. 

 Dave Young
 Reston, Virginia
 
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Subject: Alder & Willow Flycatcher Augusta County
From: "Herbert Larner" <larnersky AT mindspring.com>
Date: Thu, 19 May 2016 12:04:14 -0400
Hello all 

 

I did a little morning birding on Bells Lane & at Smiths Pond in Swoope .
The results are below & not in order .

 

Bells lane  at the beaver pond  . Northern Waterthrush singing 

 

Yellow Warbler singing 

 

Baltimore Oriole singing 

 

 

Swoope on Cattlemans Rd  along North River 

 

Alder Flycatcher & Willow Flycatcher singing in the same area as last year .


 

Smith's Pond  

 

Spotted Sandpiper at least 10 with a couple doing courtship displaying 

 

one Solitary 

 

3 Least 

 

one Semipalmated Sandpiper 

 

2 Greater Yellowlegs 

 

2 Lesser Yellowlegs 

 

 

Allen larner

Staunton 

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Subject: Common Loon off hunting Creek and Belle Haven Picnic Area
From: Edward Eder <nutmegz AT mac.com>
Date: Thu, 19 May 2016 11:18:12 -0400
A single Common Loon was diving among DC Cormorants off Hunting Creek at 9:40 
AM today. 

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Subject: Tundra Swan (Cameron Run, Alexandria, VA)
From: Andy Bernick <bernickaj AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 19 May 2016 07:39:58 -0400
I saw a Tundra Swan swimming in Cameron Run yesterday (5/18/2016,
~5:15pm).  It was swimming around where the run bends towards the Holmes
Run trail, across the street from the Vola Lawson Animal Shelter (4101
Eisenhower Ave).  Photos in the eBird record here:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S29770080
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Subject: late report: Chantilly (Fairfax County) 18 May warblers
From: Stephen Johnson <stevejohnson2 AT verizon.net>
Date: Thu, 19 May 2016 06:50:25 -0400
Yesterday 18 May, I checked the Cub Run parkland, north of the Cub Run Rec 
center in Chantilly, for breeding activity. 


No sign of the main target, Red-Headed WP's I previously found there in April. 
Consolation prize was 8 warblers: 


Bay-breasted, Blackpoll, Black-throated Blue, Canada, Chestnut-sided, Magnolia, 
Ovenbird, and Yellowthroat. 


This was two days in a row, at different locations in Chantilly, for the 
Bay-breasted and Blackpoll. 


The good news, confirmed nesting Red-Bellied Woodpeckers. And (a few days ago), 
confirmed Wood Ducks in Elklick Run (close to Cox Farms on Braddock Road). 


At the Virginia Breeding Bird Atlas 2 web site, I notice there are quite a few 
blocks that no one has signed up for, even in densely populated areas like 
Northern Virginia. See here: VABBA2 website. And in a couple of the blocks that 
I'm birding, no one else has submitted any observations to the eBird Portal. 


C'mon, birders!!

Steve Johnson
Fairfax, Virginia

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Subject: Purple Gallinule Princess Anne WMA Virginia Beach
From: David Gibson <20cabot AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 19 May 2016 06:44:52 -0400
Hi all, I went in search of the above yesterday (4+ hours) and did not find
it. I looked in both tracts. There were, however, a ton of birds. Hundreds
of shorebirds, many ibises, herons (including adult Little Blue Herons),
Snowy Egrets, coots etc., but no sign of the gallinule. Best, Dave Gibson,
Chesapeake
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Subject: Sandhill Crane - May 18, 2016
From: janet anderson via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Wed, 18 May 2016 21:18:00 -0400
May 18, 2016
 
Sandhill Crane seen by my Dad (A. Anderson) soaring over his backyard in  
Arlington, VA.
 
Janet M. Anderson
City of Falls Church, VA
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Subject: Birds seen on May 18, 2016
From: janet anderson via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Wed, 18 May 2016 21:12:52 -0400
May 18, 2016 - - Glencarlyn Park, Arlington, VA
 
Wood Thrushes
Red Eyed Vireos
 
Black Throated Blue Warbler
Black and White Warbler
Bay Breasted Warblers ( 2 together)
Chestnut Sided Warbler
Blackpoll Warbler
Parula Warbler
 
Janet M. Anderson
City of Falls Church, VA
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Subject: FW: Wilson's and Mourning Warblers at Vint Hill Farm Park, Prince William County
From: "Dave Larsen - birding" <hirundo AT comcast.net>
Date: Wed, 18 May 2016 15:36:08 -0400

-----Original Message-----
From: Dave Larsen - Birding [mailto:hirundo AT comcast.net] 
Sent: Wednesday, May 18, 2016 3:24 PM
To: VA-bird AT listserv.com
Subject: Wilson's and Mourning Warblers at Vint Hill Farm Park, Prince
William County

Another cold, wet day. Trying to cover some local blocks for the Breeding
Bird Atlas I stopped at Vint Hill Farm Park south of Buckland just off Lee
Highway.  Was about to wrap it up when I encountered a small feeding group
of Chickadees and Titmice. In the group were two Common Yellowthroats, a
Wilson's and a Mourning Warbler. 

Later during a quick stop at Silver Lake I found a Redstart, a Blackpoll and
a Canada Warbler. 

In this part of the Piedmont that's a very good list of warblers. 

I also had seven Spotted Sandpipers at Brittle Lake. What is going on with
Spotties this spring? I'm finding them everywhere. 
 
Dave Larsen
Haymarket

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Subject: Vint Hill Farms Park is in Fauquier County
From: "Dave Larsen - birding" <hirundo AT comcast.net>
Date: Wed, 18 May 2016 15:34:56 -0400
Sorry for the misinformation in my last post.  I was working on a Prince
William County Atlas block and just assumed the Park was still in Prince
William when in fact it's just across the line in Fauquier.

Dave Larsen
Haymarket
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Subject: Common nighthawk, Antietam
From: Ashley Lohr <aklohr AT vt.edu>
Date: Wed, 18 May 2016 12:05:44 -0400
Not quite VA, but we saw a common nighthawk roosting on a tree branch right
near the Burnside Bridge at Antietam Battlefield in MD this morning. It was
still there when we left the park.
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Subject: Common Nighthawk in Algonkian
From: Farid Javidan <fjavidan82 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 18 May 2016 11:59:30 -0400
I saw a Common Nighthawk around noon flying overhead near the river halfway in 
between the Volcano Island parking lot and the boat ramp. It disappeared in a 
tall tree by the water. 


Farid

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Subject: Alder Flycatcher and Least Bittern on Haul Rd
From: Edward Eder <nutmegz AT mac.com>
Date: Wed, 18 May 2016 07:11:18 -0400
Present this A M. Least b hunting. Alder calling and seen.

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Subject: Late Report: Tuesday 5/17/2016. Quick trip, in between rain drops, to marsh at entrance road to James River NWR East of Hopewell, Virginia.
From: Les Brooks <ubrooks AT verizon.net>
Date: Wed, 18 May 2016 10:00:10 +0000 (UTC)
Hello everyone!
Had some, mostly non-serious medical issues, keep me close to home for the last 
several months.  So, in spite of the rain forecast yesterday, I left home 
before daybreak to look over the marsh just off Route 10 East of Hopewell.  
Good to smell the wet earth again!  A few birds were active right at first 
light.  Between the lack of sunshine and rain drops, my photo numbers were 
very low but what a joy to just sit there in peace!  I saw the following:  
Adult Pileated Woodpecker, Red-Winged Blackbird, Male Prothonotary Wabler, Tree 
Swallows, Cedar Waxwings, Great Crested Flycatcher, Eastern Bluebird, Wood Duck 
couple on fly over.  Only two images made it out of my editing process. 

If you care to have a look at the photos, here are the links: Immature Cedar 
Waxwing: 
http://natures-finest-photography.com/gallery/song-birds-1a/waxwing-on-a-spring-morning-nfp-s/ 
  

Cedar Waxwing Adult: 
http://natures-finest-photography.com/gallery/song-birds-1a/cedar-waxwing-on-spring-marsh-nfp-s/  


Best birding!  Les Brooks Glen Allen  

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Subject: Sora and American Woodcock in Frederick County
From: "Carr, David E. (dec5z)" <dec5z AT eservices.virginia.edu>
Date: Wed, 18 May 2016 02:06:27 +0000
This evening my wife and I heard a Sora giving its "ker-wee" call along the 
trail in the Abrams Creek Wetland Preserve in Winchester/Frederick County. We 
also heard American Woodcock peenting and were treated to a couple of their 
aerial displays. 


David Carr
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Subject: yellow billed cuckoo
From: <coolmtnman AT verizon.net>
Date: Tue, 17 May 2016 22:04:54 -0400
I’ve been enjoying the call of the yellow billed cuckoo at my house, the red 
tail juveniles nesting here seem to be doing despite living thru 2 hail storms, 
thunder and lightning storm where one spike activated one of my breaker 
switches in the house and 18 straight days of rain. 

orv lehman linville va
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Subject: Whimbrel Dunlin Semipalmated Plover and SP on hunting creek mudflat
From: Edward Eder <nutmegz AT mac.com>
Date: Tue, 17 May 2016 16:20:48 -0400
Whimbrel with other S P now

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