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Wild Turkey,©Barry Kent Mackay

12 Feb Riverbend Park Waterfowl [Donald Sweig ]
13 Feb NVBC Walk at Aquia Landing, Saturday, Feb 13, 2016 - CANCELLED [Elton Morel via va-bird ]
12 Feb Re: Charles Darwin [Stephen Johnson ]
12 Feb Purple Finches, Pine Siskins, Fox Sparrow [pepherup--- via va-bird ]
12 Feb Occoquan Bay NWR/Mason Neck 2/12/2016 ["Ron Vogel" ]
12 Feb Re: Charles Darwin [Christine Huffman via va-bird ]
12 Feb Re: Charles Darwin [William Leigh ]
12 Feb Re: Charles Darwin [Wendy Ealding ]
12 Feb Charles Darwin [Harry Glasgow via va-bird ]
11 Feb eBird Virginia, the Great Backyard Bird Count & the Filter Process [Rob Bielawski ]
10 Feb American Woodcock at Jamestown Island [Barbara Houston ]
10 Feb College Creek Hawkwatch [Brian and Deborah Taber via va-bird ]
10 Feb Public Participation Requested for 2016 Eagle Survey ["Wilson, Michael D" ]
9 Feb VSO Outer Banks Field Trip report [Meredith Bell ]
9 Feb Grandview Nature Preserve [Dave Youker via va-bird ]
9 Feb Tracking Red-cockaded Woodpeckers through winter ["Wilson, Michael D" ]
9 Feb Golden Eagle (Augusta), Trumpeter Swan continues (Rockingham) [Gabriel Mapel via va-bird ]
9 Feb Voice: Greater Washington Area, Feb 9 ["Joe Coleman" ]
9 Feb vulture bill to be discussed in House Subcommittee tomorrow [MARLENECONDON--- via va-bird ]
9 Feb Pacific Loon Virginia Beach [Andrew Baldelli ]
9 Feb Fw: [heartofvabirds] cackling goose Wilkes Lake ["Warren R. via va-bird" ]
8 Feb Shrike pair/ Clarke Co. ["Jon Little" ]
8 Feb black-headed gull [Andrew Hawkins ]
8 Feb Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk. [Harry Glasgow via va-bird ]
8 Feb [va-bird] Sharp-shinned Hawk back yard bird [Scott Priebe ]
08 Feb Fw: eBird Report - Blue Grass Valley & Snowy Mtn, Feb 6, 2016 ["Michael A. Shank." ]
7 Feb Lark Sparrow, Back Bay NWR [Sue Garvin ]
7 Feb Great horned owls & other treats, Blacksburg [Ashley Lohr ]
7 Feb Loggerhead Shrike at Double Toll Gate - Clarke Co. & Lake Frederick Update - Frederick Co. ["David Boltz" ]
7 Feb Fwd: eBird Report - Riverbend Park - CGF11, Feb 7, 2016 [Jean Tatalias ]
7 Feb Re: Black-headed Gull- Grandview [Ellison Orcutt ]
7 Feb American white pelicans [Andrew Hawkins ]
7 Feb Re: Politics-Black Vulture Bill [MARLENECONDON--- via va-bird ]
7 Feb Dyke Marsh, Feb 7, 2016 [Larry Meade via va-bird ]
7 Feb Politics-Black Vulture Bill ["meadows9" ]
7 Feb Waterfowl in Poquoson [Dave Youker via va-bird ]
7 Feb Black-headed Gull- Grandview [Megan Massa ]
7 Feb Great Falls Walk [Marshall Rawson via va-bird ]
7 Feb Norfolk Snowy Owl ["goshawk AT cox.net" ]
07 Feb White pelican, Kiptopeke SP [Marc Ribaudo ]
06 Feb waterfowl at Mason Neck ["Larry Cartwright" ]
6 Feb Re: Black Vultures and Virginia State Bill 37 [MARLENECONDON--- via va-bird ]
06 Feb Mostly Waterfowl Birding in Fairfax Co, 6 Feb 2016 ["Kurt Gaskill" ]
6 Feb Black Vultures and Virginia State Bill 37 ["Otis Sowell, Jr." ]
6 Feb Arizona Trip [Allen Bryan via va-bird ]
6 Feb Nokesville SNBU no, Leesylvania yes! [Candice Lowther ]
6 Feb Redheads at Commander Shepard Ponds [Dave Youker via va-bird ]
6 Feb Red-necked Grebe - Norfolk [David Clark ]
06 Feb Re: Fwd: SB37 and Black Vultures [Robert Wein ]
6 Feb Fwd: SB 37 [William Boyd ]
6 Feb Snowy Owl Norfolk Airport [Andrew Baldelli ]
5 Feb Birded up to Tinker Cliffs, Catawba, VA [Ashley Lohr ]
4 Feb FW: Beginning Bird Banding Class ["Roger Mayhorn" ]
5 Feb Feb 2 Chincoteague NWR Shorebird Survey [Joelle Buffa ]
4 Feb Potomac R side of King George and Westmoreland from 301 bridge to Coles Pt Sunday Jan 31 [Frederick Atwood via va-bird ]
3 Feb Voice: Greater Washington Area, Feb 3 ["Joe Coleman" ]
02 Feb Re: snow buntings [Stephen Johnson ]
2 Feb Sandhill cranes, Warrenton [Sue Garvin ]
2 Feb Snow Goose - Silver Lake today (Dayton, Rockingham Co.) [Diane L via va-bird ]
2 Feb Greater White-fronted Geese (Staunton) [Gabriel Mapel via va-bird ]
2 Feb FOY woodcock-western Albemarle, nature observations [MARLENECONDON--- via va-bird ]
2 Feb Re: Albino Yellow-rumped Warbler [Paul Glass ]
2 Feb Lapland Longspur @ Grandview Beach Hampton [David Gibson ]
1 Feb E. Meadowlarks and Blue-winged Teals at Henricus [Alyssa Freeman ]
1 Feb Re: Albino Yellow-rumped Warbler [Matt Anthony ]
1 Feb Re: Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk ["Walter L. Barrows" ]
1 Feb Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk [Harry Glasgow via va-bird ]
1 Feb Re: Black Vulture bill passes committee-please write to newspapers [Dave Youker via va-bird ]
1 Feb Albino Yellow-rumped Warbler [Tim Hodge ]
1 Feb Virginia Beach - Iceland Gull Not Present @ 6th Street Beach [Rob Bielawski ]
1 Feb Re: Black Vulture bill passes committee-please write to newspapers [KEN LIPSHY ]
1 Feb snow buntings ["Bulmer, Anthony" ]
01 Feb Fwd: eBird Report - Pohick Bay Regional Park - CMN06, Jan 31, 2016 [Phillip Kenny ]
01 Feb Fwd: eBird Report - Pohick Bay Regional Park - CMN06, Jan 31, 2016 [Phillip Kenny ]
31 Jan Barred or Great Horned Owl? [Alyssa Freeman ]
31 Jan Iceland Gull [Jeff Byrd via va-bird ]

Subject: Riverbend Park Waterfowl
From: Donald Sweig <skybirds.d AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Feb 2016 22:29:34 -0500
 A friend and I spent about an hour at Riverbend Park checking on the ducks on 
the Potomac this afternoon. 

 There still are not a lot of waterfowl there, but a little more and little 
more interesting than a few days ago. 

 Of most interest was one male and three female Redhead observed not far from 
the observation deck. Also one male and one female Lessor Scaup. 

 I counted a total of at least fourteen male and three female Common 
Mergansers, and probably 30-40 male and female Bufflehead. Both the male 
Mergansers and the male Bufflehead we're displaying a lot of courtship 
behavior, especially around the females. Always fun and interesting to watch. 
There were probably fifteen or so Ring-necked ducks as well. And hundreds of 
Ring-billed Gulls, on the water and flying around. 

 One of the Bald Eagles was perched in its usual place on the north end of Conn 
Island. I also found a few White-throated sparrows, 15 or 20 Juncos alongside 
the entrance road, and as I was leaving a male Towhee in the bushes by the 
river. 

 It will be very interesting to see if the very strong north/northwest winds on 
Saturday and Saturday night, and the very cold temperatures on Sunday morning 
bring us any more waterfowl. 

    Donald Sweig
     Falls Church, Virginia

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Subject: NVBC Walk at Aquia Landing, Saturday, Feb 13, 2016 - CANCELLED
From: Elton Morel via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Sat, 13 Feb 2016 01:12:18 +0000 (UTC)
To any northern Virginia birders:
The NVBC walk at Aquia Landing on Saturday Feb 13 at 8am is cancelled due to 
the forecasted severely cold weather - 17 degrees at 8am and a high of 20 
degrees with 20-30 mph winds. 

I think these conditions are too severe for birding.
Stay warm,
Elton MorelArlington, VA
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Subject: Re: Charles Darwin
From: Stephen Johnson <stevejohnson2 AT verizon.net>
Date: Fri, 12 Feb 2016 18:57:46 -0500
Also covering much of the same ground, highly recommended although some parts 
are fairly depressing: 


The Song of the Dodo, by David Quammen

Steve Johnson
Fairfax, Virginia


On Feb 12, 2016, at 11:25 AM, Christine Huffman via va-bird wrote:

> Best book ever . 
> 
> Sent from my iPad
> Christie Huffman
> Great Falls, VA
> 
>> On Feb 12, 2016, at 11:03 AM, William Leigh  wrote:
>> 
>> The Beak of the Finch was an excellent read! Highly recommended. 
>> 
>> 
>> best
>> 
>>> Date: Fri, 12 Feb 2016 09:45:26 -0500
>>> From: wendy.ealding AT gmail.com
>>> To: harry.glasgow AT yahoo.com
>>> CC: va-bird AT listserve.com
>>> Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Charles Darwin
>>> 
>>> And read The Beak of the Finch for a modern day perspective
>>> 
>>> 
>>> Wendy Ealding
>>> Midlothian
>>> 
>>> 
>>> On Fri, Feb 12, 2016 at 8:50 AM, Harry Glasgow via va-bird <
>>> va-bird AT listserve.com> wrote:
>>> 
>>>> February 12 marks the 207th anniversary of the birth ofCharles Darwin.
>>>> Permit us to suggestthat Virginia birders take a short break today and
>>>> review Darwin's theory ofnatural selection derived from his study of bird
>>>> samples collected in the GalapagosIslands in 1835.  Darwin was not
>>>> anornithologist, and thus paid little attention to these birds until he
>>>> returnedto London.  But soon, the importance ofthe differences among the
>>>> birds collected from various islands within the groupof Galapagos led
>>>> Darwin to the natural selection premise.  This discovery led us to much
>>>> greaterunderstandings of  the beginnings of theworld's species, and should
>>>> be of great interest to birders everywhere. Harry GlasgowFriends of 
Huntley 

>>>> Meadows
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>>> 
>>> 
>>> 
>>> -- 
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Subject: Purple Finches, Pine Siskins, Fox Sparrow
From: pepherup--- via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Feb 2016 15:05:37 -0500
 The yard has been insane today! We began having a few snow flurries and the 
birds went crazy. I cannot begin to count the number of pine siskins that are 
here. I counted 15 on the niger socks and every other feeder, the trees and 
bushes were covered with siskins. I watched one male with bright yellow on his 
wings and either side of his rump clear a platform feeder and keep it clear of 
every other bird for about 10 minutes. There are 2 mature male purple finches, 
one immature male and two females here since early morning. The fox sparrow is 
here as is a male towhee and 2 yellow rump warblers. 

 Other common yard birds on feeders or feeding on the ground, are chickadee, 
titmouse, house finches, cardinals, white throats, juncos, goldfinches, blue 
jays, starlings, crows, robin, red bellied w.p., downy w.p. and mouning doves. 

 Can't get anything done today but watch , fill empty feeders and keep the 
water warm. 


Peggy Lyons,
Concord
Campbell County
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Subject: Occoquan Bay NWR/Mason Neck 2/12/2016
From: "Ron Vogel" <vireo AT cox.net>
Date: Fri, 12 Feb 2016 12:57:07 -0500
I visited Occoquan Bay NWR this morning in search of sparrows. Found nine
different species counting  juncos and towhees. Best birds were 11 American
tree sparrows from three different locations on the refuge. Seven were found
along the main road into the refuge; these birds seem to be continuing over
the past couple of weeks. Found others on Bay View trail and on the wildlife
drive just prior to the Fish and Wildlife Service barricade protecting the
active eagle nest. Also found four savannah sparrows. In addition to
sparrows, I ran into two catbirds -one near the wildlife drive exit, and one
near the junction between Charlie and Deep Hole Point trails.

 

At Mason Neck State Park I counted well over two hundred tundra swans on
Belmont Bay-most of them near the mouth of Kane Creek. Also counted 16 bald
eagles on the ice, all but two of which were subadults. Continuing with
eagles , I counted another 36 in the trees along the lower (western) end of
Pohick Bay at Pohick Bay Regional Park. Earlier in the week I watched eagles
picking off what appeared to be shad in Pohick Bay; given the continuing
large number of eagles in the area, I guess the fishing must be pretty good.

 

Good numbers of water fowl were present on both Belmont and Pohick Bays-
scaup and gadwalls predominated on the former; coots, ring necks, hoodies,
and canvasbacks on the latter.

 

Ron Vogel

Annandale, VA

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Subject: Re: Charles Darwin
From: Christine Huffman via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Feb 2016 11:25:40 -0500
Best book ever . 

Sent from my iPad
Christie Huffman
Great Falls, VA

> On Feb 12, 2016, at 11:03 AM, William Leigh  wrote:
> 
> The Beak of the Finch was an excellent read! Highly recommended. 
> 
> 
> best
> 
>> Date: Fri, 12 Feb 2016 09:45:26 -0500
>> From: wendy.ealding AT gmail.com
>> To: harry.glasgow AT yahoo.com
>> CC: va-bird AT listserve.com
>> Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Charles Darwin
>> 
>> And read The Beak of the Finch for a modern day perspective
>> 
>> 
>> Wendy Ealding
>> Midlothian
>> 
>> 
>> On Fri, Feb 12, 2016 at 8:50 AM, Harry Glasgow via va-bird <
>> va-bird AT listserve.com> wrote:
>> 
>>> February 12 marks the 207th anniversary of the birth ofCharles Darwin.
>>> Permit us to suggestthat Virginia birders take a short break today and
>>> review Darwin's theory ofnatural selection derived from his study of bird
>>> samples collected in the GalapagosIslands in 1835.  Darwin was not
>>> anornithologist, and thus paid little attention to these birds until he
>>> returnedto London.  But soon, the importance ofthe differences among the
>>> birds collected from various islands within the groupof Galapagos led
>>> Darwin to the natural selection premise.  This discovery led us to much
>>> greaterunderstandings of  the beginnings of theworld's species, and should
>>> be of great interest to birders everywhere. Harry GlasgowFriends of Huntley
>>> Meadows
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>> 
>> 
>> 
>> 
>> -- 
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Subject: Re: Charles Darwin
From: William Leigh <leightern AT msn.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Feb 2016 16:03:53 +0000
The Beak of the Finch was an excellent read! Highly recommended. 


best

> Date: Fri, 12 Feb 2016 09:45:26 -0500
> From: wendy.ealding AT gmail.com
> To: harry.glasgow AT yahoo.com
> CC: va-bird AT listserve.com
> Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Charles Darwin
> 
> And read The Beak of the Finch for a modern day perspective
> 
> 
> Wendy Ealding
> Midlothian
> 
> 
> On Fri, Feb 12, 2016 at 8:50 AM, Harry Glasgow via va-bird <
> va-bird AT listserve.com> wrote:
> 
> > February 12 marks the 207th anniversary of the birth ofCharles Darwin.
> > Permit us to suggestthat Virginia birders take a short break today and
> > review Darwin's theory ofnatural selection derived from his study of bird
> > samples collected in the GalapagosIslands in 1835.  Darwin was not
> > anornithologist, and thus paid little attention to these birds until he
> > returnedto London.  But soon, the importance ofthe differences among the
> > birds collected from various islands within the groupof Galapagos led
> > Darwin to the natural selection premise.  This discovery led us to much
> > greaterunderstandings of  the beginnings of theworld's species, and should
> > be of great interest to birders everywhere. Harry GlasgowFriends of Huntley
> > Meadows
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> 
> 
> 
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Subject: Re: Charles Darwin
From: Wendy Ealding <wendy.ealding AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Feb 2016 09:45:26 -0500
And read The Beak of the Finch for a modern day perspective


Wendy Ealding
Midlothian


On Fri, Feb 12, 2016 at 8:50 AM, Harry Glasgow via va-bird <
va-bird AT listserve.com> wrote:

> February 12 marks the 207th anniversary of the birth ofCharles Darwin.
> Permit us to suggestthat Virginia birders take a short break today and
> review Darwin's theory ofnatural selection derived from his study of bird
> samples collected in the GalapagosIslands in 1835.  Darwin was not
> anornithologist, and thus paid little attention to these birds until he
> returnedto London.  But soon, the importance ofthe differences among the
> birds collected from various islands within the groupof Galapagos led
> Darwin to the natural selection premise.  This discovery led us to much
> greaterunderstandings of  the beginnings of theworld's species, and should
> be of great interest to birders everywhere. Harry GlasgowFriends of Huntley
> Meadows
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Subject: Charles Darwin
From: Harry Glasgow via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Feb 2016 13:50:10 +0000 (UTC)
February 12 marks the 207th anniversary of the birth ofCharles Darwin.  Permit 
us to suggestthat Virginia birders take a short break today and review Darwin's 
theory ofnatural selection derived from his study of bird samples collected in 
the GalapagosIslands in 1835.  Darwin was not anornithologist, and thus paid 
little attention to these birds until he returnedto London.  But soon, the 
importance ofthe differences among the birds collected from various islands 
within the groupof Galapagos led Darwin to the natural selection premise.  
This discovery led us to much greaterunderstandings of  the beginnings of 
theworld's species, and should be of great interest to birders 
everywhere. Harry GlasgowFriends of Huntley Meadows 

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Subject: eBird Virginia, the Great Backyard Bird Count & the Filter Process
From: Rob Bielawski <robbielawski AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 11 Feb 2016 12:51:55 -0500
Folks,

My name is Rob Bielawski, and I recently came aboard the Virginia eBird
team, primarily to help the review team maintain good filters for the data
that gets submitted.  More on that below. With the Great Backyard Bird
Count (GBBC) approaching, and the changes we make to the filters for that
count period, I thought it would be a good time to introduce myself and let
the regular eBird users know about a couple things that will be different
over the next few days.

Friday, February 12 this year's Great Backyard Bird Count commences. This
event typically results in a massive influx of reports to eBird, as
individuals who don't typically report bird observations into the system
are highly encouraged to do so during this survey period. Because of the
sheer volume of reports being submitted during this short time frame, and
the amount of newer birders taking part, the filter system for flagging
records for review is forced to put additional checks in place to ensure
only quality data gets into eBird. From Friday through Monday (and in some
cases a few days prior/after) you will likely notice that common, even
abundant species are flagging for extra details. These species are
typically those that pose an identification challenge to newer birders, and
may include, but are not limited to, species such as Purple Finch (likely
House Finches), Red-breasted Nuthatch (likely White-breasted in non-flight
years like this one), White-crowned Sparrow (likely White-throated in
suburban backyards), and Red-headed Woodpecker (likely Red-bellied in those
suburban yards and coming to feeders). Hairy Woodpecker (potentially Downy)
and Winter Wren (likely Carolina) have been adjusted in some areas too. It
is important to note that while there will be hundreds (or thousands) of
individuals submitting reports this weekend, the number of eBird Virginia
reviewers remains the same. So during the GBBC, we ask that the year-round
users of eBird be patient with the flags and provide useful comments on
these regularly-occurring birds so that they may be quickly validated. We
aren't looking for photos or written details from experienced birders. We
have just seen the pitfalls of very novice birders getting a lot of the
common birds wrong. Seeing a Red-bellied Woodpecker coming to your yard and
thinking its name might be "Red-headed Woodpecker" is an easy mistake to
make. By adjusting the filters we are hoping to catch a fair amount of
these errors.

As mentioned above, I was recruited to the eBird Virginia team in November
to overhaul the current filter system. Filters are the programs that set
arrival/departures dates and acceptable counts for all the species that can
be entered by a user in a given area. Currently, Virginia checklists are
run through 1 of 19 filters depending on where you are submitting for in
the state. Some filters are regional filters that include many counties,
and some of the newer filters only include a single county (ie. Fauquier,
Virginia Beach, Fredericksburg etc.). In late December, Virginia Beach was
launched as a single-county filter, after having been broken out of the
larger Tidewater regional filter (included the seven cities of Hampton
Roads & Poquoson). Having tighter areas for each filter provides for better
lists of expected species to users submitting checklists, and also leads
toward a better data set being entered into eBird. This has become more
important now than ever with smartphones doing the bulk of submissions in
the field, and scrolling through unwanted species on the small screens can
be tiresome.

County-level filters are also of great help for flagging/not-flagging
locally common species. A prime example of this in Virginia Beach is White
Ibis. In past winters, Virginia Beach users were always flagged by White
Ibis, requiring additional details, and this was because Virginia Beach was
the only area under the Tidewater regional filter that they could be
observed in. So to stop White Ibis reports form being auto-accepted from
say, Hampton or Newport News, the Tidewater regional filter had to flag
them for review everywhere. Now, with Virginia Beach broken out as its own
filter, White Ibis is no longer a flagging issue for us, and it is no
longer a review issue for the regional reviewers. This example can likely
be applied to a plethora of other species that the regional filters have to
deal with. As time goes on, more and more county-level and
small-geographic-area filters are going to be created where they are
needed. Lastly, eBird has also updated the required protocols for filter
options as of January 2016, requiring the additions of many subspecies,
slashes (ie., Greater/Lesser Scaup or similar), spuhs (wren sp., Empidonax
sp. or similar) as well as domestics. Many of you have probably already
noticed these changes, and they will be implemented statewide very soon.
Please be patient as the current filters are overhauled. This is going to
be a long but absolutely necessary process that will enhance the eBird
experience for both users and reviewers alike.

Thank you all for your time, and good birding!

Rob Bielawski
eBird Virginia - Filters
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Subject: American Woodcock at Jamestown Island
From: Barbara Houston <rinksyd AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 10 Feb 2016 20:52:44 -0500
Craig Hill was driving the loop at Jamestown Island this morning when he 
spotted this 'cool bird' bouncing on the side of the road. I was happy 
to tell him it was an American Woodcock aka TimberDoodle.  Great find!!

I loaded his picture so all could view it: 
http://fynefoto.phanfare.com/7141572#imageID=254411679


Barbara Houston


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Subject: College Creek Hawkwatch
From: Brian and Deborah Taber via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Wed, 10 Feb 2016 16:55:28 -0500
Bill Williams and Andy Hawkins were out in the cold weather, while I was under 
the weather, to kick-off the 20th annual College Creek Hawkwatch. There was a 
light snowfall this morning. They recorded 2 Turkey Vultures and an immature 
Bald Eagle, crossing the James River over the site. 


The hawkwatch is run by Coastal Virginia Wildlife Observatory and is the only 
regular winter and spring hawkwatch in Virginia. Birds cross the river there, 
from Hog Island in Surry County, off a point of land, usually in the morning, 
so the hawkwatch is generally conducted between about 9-1 daily, depending on 
weather and the flight. Later afternoon counts have been attempted, but few 
birds have been seen. 


Visitors are always welcome, though our schedules and the weather make some 
days uncovered. It's best to e-mail me the day before if visits are planned. 


The hawkwatch is on the James River, on the Colonial Parkway, about 3 miles 
southeast of Williamsburg, where College Creek empties into the James River. 
There are 2 parking lots in sight of each other at the site and we count from 
the smaller one on the river shore. 


Turkey Vultures are the most abundant migrant, but we see small numbers of the 
regular migrant hawks. Bald Eagles are always in sight, though only those 
judged to be migrating are recorded. We've recorded Mississippi Kite there 
during 12 of the 19 seasons, usually in early to mid May. Last year, we 
recorded our 4th Northern Goshawk; last year's biggest day was 161 in mid-March 
and last year's 15 species were the most ever. 


Some of the non-hawk highlights are the swallow, waterfowl, shorebird, crow and 
blackbird migration flights. 


Brian Taber
Coastal VA Wildlife Observatory











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Subject: Public Participation Requested for 2016 Eagle Survey
From: "Wilson, Michael D" <mdwils AT wm.edu>
Date: Wed, 10 Feb 2016 16:41:57 +0000
?Countdown begins for historic 2016 eagle survey - public participation is 
requested: 




Incubation is underway for many bald eagle pairs throughout the commonwealth 
and in just over two weeks the 2016 Virginia Bald Eagle Survey will begin. 2016 
represents the 60th year of the survey initiated by Jackson Abbott and 
volunteers of the Virginia Society of Ornithology. In addition to this 
incredible milestone, this survey represents the 40th year of Mitchell Byrd's 
tenure and the 25th year of Bryan Watts' tenure conducting the survey. The 
survey is expected to take 150 hours of flying, will cover more than 1,000 
nests, and is planned to be a five-year update for many areas not covered since 
the 2011 survey. 




The Virginia Bald Eagle Survey is a national treasure. The survey has become 
one of the most significant serial data sets in the world. More than population 
information alone, the effort has produced a wealth of ecological information 
on a population recovering within an increasingly human-dominated landscape. It 
has become one of the best records of arguably the greatest conservation 
accomplishment in our nation's history. Since 2009, results of the survey have 
been made available on CCB's website via an interactive mapping portal 
(http://www.ccbbirds.org/maps/) where users are able to view known nest 
locations throughout the state. The web application receives more than 30,000 
visits per year and has become a critical resource for land planners. 




We are requesting your participation in this benchmark survey. The annual 
aerial survey covers the Coastal Plain including the tidal reach of the 
Chesapeake Bay, the Eastern Shore, and lower Tidewater. We rely on the eyes and 
ears of the public to document the distribution of breeding eagles in other 
areas of the state. If you know of eagle nests in your area, please visit the 
Eagle Nest Locator (http://www.ccbbirds.org/maps/#eagles) in our mapping portal 
to see if they are known to the survey. If not, please report your observations 
to info AT ccbbirds.org and contribute to this historic survey. For more 
information, visit our Report a Nest page 
(http://www.ccbbirds.org/what-we-do/research/species-of-concern/virginia-eagles/report-a-nest/). 




The 2016 survey is being sponsored by the Virginia Department of 
Transportation, the National Park Service, Dominion, the U.S. Department of 
Defense, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Army Corps of Engineers, and 
The Center for Conservation Biology. We thank all of these organizations for 
their commitment to eagle conservation in Virginia.? 


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Subject: VSO Outer Banks Field Trip report
From: Meredith Bell <merandlee AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 9 Feb 2016 19:55:20 -0500
Hi VA-Birders,

Mother Nature presented a few challenges for the VSO trip to the Outer
Banks Feb 5-7, but that did not prevent the 100+ attendees from having a
fabulous birding experience, with 136 species tallied for the weekend.

The people always make the trip! Special thanks to James Madison University
professor Charles (Zig) Ziegenfus for bringing 12 students who arrived
early so they could participate in all 3 days. We also had several other
teen birders whose unbounded enthusiasm was contagious. Their excitement
about each bird they saw added to everyone’s enjoyment of the weekend. We
especially appreciate our wonderful trip leaders - Lee Adams, Bill Akers,
Jerry Via and Mike Schultz - who did an outstanding job of making sure
participants in their groups saw as many species as possible.

The Friday trip to Lake Mattamuskeet was delayed by an hour because of
weather conditions. Due to heavy rains the day before, we weren’t able to
travel one of the roads where we usually get several wren and sparrow
species, so those numbers were lower than usual. Still, there were lots of
birds to enjoy, including a breathtaking number of Snow Geese seen on the
way. We tallied many species of waterfowl. Once again, an American Bittern
put on quite a show for everyone. After the sun came out, Blue-headed
Vireo, Orange-crowned Warbler and a group of 6 Blue-gray Gnatcathers were
seen.  On the way out, a few lucky people got to see a Bobcat on one of the
dikes.

Saturday morning we explored Oregon Inlet and Pea Island. At the marina,
the highlight was thousands of Redhead Ducks with many Scaup mixed in.
South of Bonner Bridge, Purple Sandpiper and Great Cormorant were spotted.
And Pea Island visitor’s center held two of our favorites - American White
Pelican and American Avocet. Many birders gathered after lunch at
Jennette’s Pier, a magnificent structure providing easy birding and
close-up looks at many species, such as Northern Gannett, Red-throated
Loon, Red-breasted Merganser and a lone Razorbill. A few participants saw a
Ruby-throated Hummingbird and Painted Buntings at a residence in Manteo.
Late in the day we met at Bodie Island to view the abundant waterfowl in
the impoundments. Several people stayed until dark and were rewarded with a
Great Horned Owl.

Sunday’s forecast for rain and strong winds caused many people to head home
early. A big surprise was the spotting of a coyote on the beach outside the
breakfast area. We assume he was trying to find a meal among the gulls.
Bill Akers and Jerry Via led participants to Alligator River NWR where they
were able to get in birding before the rain. No new species were seen but
those who attended enjoyed exploring this wonderful habitat.

Complete list of 136 species for the weekend follows.

Meredith Bell
VSO Field Trip Co-chair

Snow Goose
Canada Goose
Tundra Swan
Wood Duck
Gadwall
American Wigeon
American Black Duck
Mallard
Blue-winged Teal
Northern Shoveler
Northern Pintail
Green-winged Teal
Redhead
Ring-necked Duck
Greater Scaup
Lesser Scaup
Surf Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Black Scoter
Long-tailed Duck
Bufflehead
Hooded Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Ruddy Duck
Northern Bobwhite
Wild Turkey
Red-throated Loon
Common Loon
Pied-billed Grebe
Horned Grebe
Northern Gannet
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Cormorant
American White Pelican
Brown Pelican
American Bittern
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Snowy Egret
Tri-colored Heron
Cattle Egret
Black-crowned Night-Heron
White Ibis
Black Vulture
Turkey Vulture
Northern Harrier
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Cooper’s Hawk
Bald Eagle
Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Sora
American Coot
American Avocet
American Oystercatcher
Black-bellied Plover
Semipalmated Plover
Piping Plover
Killdeer
Greater Yellowlegs
Willet
Lesser Yellowlegs
Marbled Godwit
Ruddy Turnstone
Sanderling
Dunlin
Purple Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper
Short-billed Dowitcher
Long-billed Dowitcher
Wilson's Snipe
American Woodcock
Razorbill
Bonaparte's Gull
Ring-billed Gull
Herring Gull
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Great Black-backed Gull
Forster’s Tern
Royal Tern
Rock Pigeon
Eurasian Collared-Dove
Mourning Dove
Great Horned Owl
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Belted Kingfisher
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
American Kestrel
Merlin
Peregrine Falcon
Eastern Phoebe
Blue-headed Vireo
Blue Jay
American Crow
Tree Swallow
Carolina Chickadee
Brown-headed Nuthatch
Brown Creeper
Carolina Wren
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Eastern Bluebird
Hermit Thrush
American Robin
Gray Catbird
Northern Mockingbird
Brown Thrasher
European Starling
Cedar Waxwing
Orange-crowned Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Palm Warbler
Pine Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Prairie Warbler
Eastern Towhee
Chipping Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
Painted Bunting
Red-winged Blackbird
Eastern Meadowlark
Common Grackle
Boat-tailed Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
House Finch
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow
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Subject: Grandview Nature Preserve
From: Dave Youker via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Tue, 9 Feb 2016 17:21:52 -0500
Today I conducted a survey at the Grandview Nature Preserve which is a part 
 of our Western Shore Marshes IBA.  The Black-headed Gull was seen around  
8:30, but was not there later in the day.  The sea state was rough early in  
the day, driving most off-shore birds in close.  For a period of time, I  
watched a steady stream of 210 Red-throated Loons moving north.
 
Dave Youker
Yorktown, VA
 
Grandview Nature Preserve - CLP13, Hampton, Virginia, US
Feb 9, 2016  8:10 AM - 1:40 PM
Protocol: Traveling
3.0 mile(s)
Comments:   high tide; temp 38-46; mostly cloudy; winds 10-15 mph
56 species  (+1 other taxa)

Brant  17
Canada Goose  9
Gadwall   5
Surf Scoter  89
Black Scoter  4
Long-tailed Duck   29
Bufflehead  145
Common Goldeneye  25
Red-breasted  Merganser  36
Red-throated Loon  242
Common Loon   28
Horned Grebe  15
Northern Gannet  72
Double-crested  Cormorant  2
Brown Pelican  2
Great Egret   2
Black-crowned Night-Heron  3
Bald Eagle  3
Black-bellied  Plover  14
Killdeer  1
Greater Yellowlegs  1
Ruddy  Turnstone  11
Sanderling  52
Dunlin  847
Western  Sandpiper  24
Bonaparte's Gull  14
Black-headed Gull   1     continuing bird; foraging with BOGU; orange base 
to bill  with dark tip; underwings darker than BOGU
Ring-billed Gull   19
Herring Gull  233
Great Black-backed Gull  45
Mourning  Dove  8
Red-headed Woodpecker  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker   1
Downy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  2
American Crow   5
Carolina Chickadee  2
Carolina Wren  2
Ruby-crowned  Kinglet  1
American Robin  5
Northern Mockingbird   2
European Starling  10
Cedar Waxwing  6
Pine Warbler   1
Yellow-rumped Warbler  67
White-throated Sparrow   4
Savannah Sparrow  7
Savannah Sparrow (Ipswich)  4
Song  Sparrow  4
Swamp Sparrow  2
Eastern Towhee  1
Northern  Cardinal  4
Red-winged Blackbird  51
Eastern Meadowlark   1
Common Grackle  15
Boat-tailed Grackle  6
House Finch   10

View this checklist online at  
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S27400602

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Subject: Tracking Red-cockaded Woodpeckers through winter
From: "Wilson, Michael D" <mdwils AT wm.edu>
Date: Tue, 9 Feb 2016 21:15:55 +0000
Tracking Red-cockaded Woodpeckers through winter and their recovery


By Mike Wilson (online for images - 
http://www.ccbbirds.org/2016/02/04/tracking-red-cockaded-woodpeckers-through-winter-and-their-recovery/? 
) 



This winter marked the Center's 12th year of conducting the annual winter 
survey of the red-cockaded woodpecker population at the Nature Conservancy's 
Piney Grove Preserve. We monitor the population of red-cockaded woodpeckers by 
conducting a full census of all individuals in the spring just before the 
breeding season and again during the winter. We also monitor all nesting 
activity in the early summer. Because every bird in the population is color 
banded as nestlings, we can follow the movement of individuals between breeding 
groups, assess their survival, and determine their breeding behavior. The 
winter survey provides an opportunity to examine how the autumn-winter period 
influences survival patterns and document the dispersal of adults and summer 
fledglings. 



During the winter of 2015-2016, we recorded the highest number of red-cockaded 
woodpeckers in decades with 69 individuals distributed among 14 groups. 
Red-cockaded woodpeckers are cooperative breeders so groups may contain the 
breeding male and female, as well as additional birds that assist with 
incubating and feeding young. These groups will remain together throughout the 
entire annual cycle and travel together daily for foraging even in winter. The 
Piney Grove population continues to grow every season as the winter survey has 
shown through time with 29 birds detected in 2002, 45 birds in 2011, and 57 
birds as recent as 2013. Among the birds detected this past survey included 16 
of the 21 birds fledged in 2015. We typically lose 50-75% of the recently 
fledged birds by winter so the number of birds remaining bodes well for new 
recruitment into the 2016 breeding population. 



The Nature Conservancy's Piney Grove Preserve has been the nucleus of recovery 
in the state since the early 2000s when the Commonwealth's population of 
woodpeckers sank to an all-time low. A multi-organizational partnership that 
includes the Nature Conservancy, The Center for Conservation Biology, the 
Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife 
Service, has worked together on habitat and population management to bring the 
number of red-cockaded woodpeckers back from the brink. 



Mike Wilson

Center for Conservation Biology

College of William and Mary and Virginia Commonwealth University


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Subject: Golden Eagle (Augusta), Trumpeter Swan continues (Rockingham)
From: Gabriel Mapel via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Tue, 9 Feb 2016 21:09:42 +0000 (UTC)
Hi all,On my way to Harrisonburg for lunch with my parents today while driving 
by the Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport in northern Augusta County I spotted 
an Eagle soaring with a group of Turkey Vultures.  Its small head and 
Buteo-like wings held in slight dihedral caught my attention.  We pulled over 
to get binoculars on the bird which turned out to be an immature Golden 
Eagle.  The bird set its wings and left the group of Vultures, heading 
Southeast towards the Blue Ridge. 

On our way back we stopped at Silver Lake in Rockingham County.  The 
continuing immature Trumpeter Swan as well as 5 Lesser Scaup were still 
there.  The only other waterfowl on the lake were a lonely Canada Goose and 
~15 Mallards. 

Good Birding,Gabriel MapelNew Hope
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Subject: Voice: Greater Washington Area, Feb 9
From: "Joe Coleman" <joecoleman AT rstarmail.com>
Date: Tue, 9 Feb 2016 15:40:36 -0500
FYI  - this report is for sightings from Feb 3 through Feb 8 and was
compiled by Helen Patton & transcribed by Steve Cordle.

Joe Coleman

 

Hotline:     Voice of the Naturalist

Date:        2/09/2016

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, February 3 and was
completed Tuesday, February 9 at 12:45 p.m. 

 

The top birds this week were SNOWY OWL* in DE and WESTERN TANAGER in VA. 

 

Other birds of interest this week included GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE and
other waterfowl, RED-THROATED LOON, RED-NECKED GREBE, NORTHERN GANNET.
GREAT CORMORANT, AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN, BROWN PELICAN, GOLDEN EAGLE,
shorebirds, gulls, RAZORBILL. BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE, RUBY-THROATED
HUMMINGBIRD, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE, SNOW BUNTING,
warblers, sparrows, and BALTIMORE ORIOLE. 

 

TOP BIRDS

 

A SNOWY OWL turned up at Dover Air Force Base in Kent Co, DE on February 7.

 

A WESTERN TANAGER* was observed at Settler's Mill, James City, VA on
February 4 and 6.

 

OTHER BIRDS OF INTEREST

 

A GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was on the polo field in West Potomac Park, DC
on February 4. Two GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE were on Summit Bridge Road,
in Middletown, New Castle Co, DE on February 6.  A GREATER WHITE-FRONTED
GOOSE was at Pond town Road, Queen Anne's Co, MD on February 7. 

 

SNOW GEESE were found at several locations this past week, including: Black
Marsh, Baltimore Co, MD on February 4; Millersville, Anne Arundel Co, MD on
February 5 and the Baseball Diamond behind Target, Carroll Co, MD on
February 8. A ROSS'S GOOSE was at a private residence in Sussex Co, DE on
February 5.

 

Several CACKLING GEESE were seen on February 5 at the intersection of Rte.
272 and Wheatley Road near Zion in Cecil Co, MD. CACKLING GEESE showed up in
Delaware at several sites, including: 6 at Augustine State WMA, and 2 at
Battery Park, both in New Castle Co, on February 6 and one in Lewes on
Gill's Neck Road, Sussex Co, on February 7. At least seven CACKLING GEESE
were among the 2000 CANADA GEESE at the intersection of Long Green Pike and
Patterson Road, Baldwin, Baltimore Co, MD on February 8.

 

The longstanding tagged (M78) TRUMPETER SWAN which has been at Lake
Churchill was seen at Black Hill Regional Park, Montgomery Co, MD, on
February 7. A TRUMPETER SWAN was at Silver Lake, Rockingham Co, VA on
February 7. A TUNDRA SWAN was at the Golf Course at Hains Point, DC, visible
from Buckeye Drive on February 3. 75 to 100 TUNDRA SWANS were in Greensboro,
Caroline Co, MD at the intersection of MD313 and Greensboro Road on February
5.

 

A EURASIAN WIGEON was seen on February 6 from the Castaways Campground,
Worcester Co, MD. A EURASIAN WIGEON was at the Chincoteague NWR, Accomack
Co, VA on February 6. A WHITE-WINGED SCOTER was on Hart-Miller Island,
Baltimore Co, MD on February 8. A COMMON EIDER was at Indian River Inlet,
Sussex Co, DE on February 6. A LONG-TAILED DUCK was at Battery Park, New
Castle Co, DE on February 7.

 

A census taken at Poplar Island, Talbot Co, MD on February 8 observed 15
waterfowl species including 121 NORTHERN PINTAIL, 4 LONG-TAILED DUCK and 806
RUDDY DUCK plus 10 SHORT-EARED OWLS and a PEREGRINE FALCON.

 

A RED-THROATED LOON was at Augustine Beach, New Castle Co, DE on February 4
and 6.

 

A RED-NECKED GREBE was seen on February 6 at Ocean View Pier off 4th View
Street in Norfolk, VA.

 

Eight NORTHERN GANNETS were feeding fairly close to shore at Poquoson, VA on
February 7.

 

GREAT CORMORANTS were found at several sites in Queen Anne's County, MD on
February 6, including: 1 to 4 at Kent Point and 9 at Willard Point Road in
Stevensville.  Three GREAT CORMORANTS were at Fox Point SP, New Castle Co,
DE on February 6. Another GREAT CORMORANT was at Battery Park, New Castle
Co, DE on February 7.

 

At least 100 AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS were at Blackwater NWR, Dorchester Co,
MD on February 6. Five AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS were at Hog Island, Surry Co,
VA on February 7. They were visible from the road. An AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN
was at Kiptopeke SP, Northampton Co, VA on February 7. A BROWN PELICAN was
spotted across the harbor from Ft. McHenry, Baltimore Co, MD on February 5.
At first, the bird was visible only from Ft. McHenry, then Masonville Cove
until it flew.

 

Five GOLDEN EAGLES were at Blue Grass Valley & Snowy Mountain, Highland Co,
VA on February 6.

 

Four SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS were at Chincoteague NWR, Accomack Co, VA on
February 6. A RED KNOT was at Grandview Beach in Hampton, VA on February 6.
Eight SANDERLINGS were at Swan Harbor, Dorchester Co, MD on February 7.

 

A BLACK-HEADED GULL was spotted just south of Grandview NP at the end of
Beach Road in Grandview, VA on February 7. On February 8, the BLACK-HEADED
GULL was relocated 1.5 miles west of the beach trail toward factory point. A
THAYER'S GULL was seen on February 4 at North East Community Park, Cecil Co,
MD.  February 6 was a good gull day in Virginia Beach, VA with several
sightings:  BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE at the Bridge-Tunnel and ICELAND GULLS at
Lynnhaven Inlet and Rudee Inlet. On February 4, the continuing ICELAND GULL
was at Conowingo Dam on the Cecil/Harford border, MD usually in front of the
dam.  An outing into Sussex Co, Delaware waters found 2 RAZORBILLS and 2
BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKES.

 

A late RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD continues to visit a feeder in Norfolk, VA
seen during the week.

 

Two to four RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS were at Black Marsh, Baltimore Co, MD on
February 3 through 6. One to four RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS were at the Jug Bay
Wetlands Sanctuary, Anne Arundel Co, MD on February 4 and 6. Four RED-HEADED
WOODPECKERS were in a yard in Lothian, Anne Arundel Co, MD on February 5. A
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was at Dyke Marsh, Fairfax Co, VA on February 6. More
RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS were at Port Republic on Hance Road, Carroll Co, MD
on February 7 and at Perryville Community Park, Cecil Co, MD on February 8.
The weekly Monday morning visit to Huntley Meadows Park, Fairfax Co, VA on
February 8 observed seven woodpecker species including 6 RED-HEADED
WOODPECKERS and 2 YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKERS.

 

The LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE found last week along Dry Bridge Rd about .4 miles
west of Keysville Rd, Emmitsburg, Frederick Co, MD was sighted frequently
during the week. A pair of LOGGERHEAD SHRIKES was on Shepherd's Mill Road,
Clarke Co, VA on February 8.

 

A SNOW BUNTING was with a flock of AMERICAN PIPITS and HORNED LARKS on
Shriver Road, south of Harney Road, Emmetsburg, Frederick Co, MD on February
4.

An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was on Stockwell Road, New Castle Co, DE on
February 4. A PINE WARBLER visited a private residence in New Castle Co, DE
on February 5.

 

The LARK SPARROW at the Hughes Road Polo fields, south of Poolesville in
Montgomery Co, MD, first seen a couple of weeks ago, continues with a
sightings during the week. Another LARK SPARROW was at the Back Bay NWR,
Virginia Beach, VA at the East Dike near the maintenance area on February 7.
Two FOX SPARROWS and a WINTER WREN were in Deerfield off Tom's Creek Road in
Blacksburg, VA on February 7. A lovely FOX SPARROW visited a feeder in
Colesville, Montgomery Co, MD on February 7. A LINCOLN'S SPARROW was
reported at Big Water Farm, Queen Anne's Co, MD, on February 6. 

 

BALTIMORE ORIOLES were seen at a couple of different locations this past
week including one at a home in Carroll Co, MD on February 4; one at a
private residence in Prince George's Co, MD on February 7 and three at
Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary, Prince George's Co, MD also on February 7. One
was also seen at the Blandy Experimental Farm, Clarke Co, VA .on February 4,
6 and 7.

 

Good Birding.

 

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: vulture bill to be discussed in House Subcommittee tomorrow
From: MARLENECONDON--- via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Tue, 9 Feb 2016 11:42:35 -0500
 
Hi,
 
I urge folks who are against the vulture bill to use the link address  
below to find the listing of the House of Representatives Natural Resources  
Subcommittee members.  Each person's e-mail address is shown right there so  
you can easily write to them.
 
They are meeting tomorrow to discuss the vulture bill at 4 PM.  If you  
don't have time to write much, you could at the very least point out that  
farmers already have a way to get a depredation permit from the federal  
government so a Virginia agency is redundant. For Virginia taxpayers, that 
means 

a waste of our money.
 
Thanks ever so much for your efforts.
 
http://virginiageneralassembly.gov/house/members/members.php?subcommittee=H0
1002
 
Sincerely, Marlene
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Subject: Pacific Loon Virginia Beach
From: Andrew Baldelli <andrewbaldelli AT hotmail.com>
Date: Tue, 9 Feb 2016 16:09:16 +0000
While conducting a sea watch today at little Island Park in Virginia Beach I 
found a Pacific Loon an adult in winter plumage . I spotted the bird south of 
fishing pier down by Back Bay . The bird drifted North past the fishing pier 
where I took some decent photos. The bird took flight and circled around and 
landed back on the south side of fishing pier . I'll post photos later on Ebird 
. 



Also of note were 2 Razorbills flying north , a good movement of Red Breasted 
Merganser 745 and 167 Snow Geese all flying north . 



Cheers

Andrew
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Subject: Fw: [heartofvabirds] cackling goose Wilkes Lake
From: "Warren R. via va-bird" <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Tue, 9 Feb 2016 15:53:17 +0000 (UTC)
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 To: hov  
 Sent: Tuesday, February 9, 2016 10:52 AM
 Subject: [heartofvabirds] cackling goose Wilkes Lake
   
nice cackling goose at Wilkes this morning at library
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S27394755


   
 
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Subject: Shrike pair/ Clarke Co.
From: "Jon Little" <littlejon48 AT comcast.net>
Date: Mon, 8 Feb 2016 19:59:58 -0500
We went to check on the Loggerhead Shrike that we'd seen on Shepherds Mill
Rd all winter long. We had worried that it might not have survived the 3 ft
of snow from the big storm. To our surprise, there were 2 birds in the
field. This is the field where a pair had nested last year and where 1 adult
had been banded. I could not see a band on one of the two, and I could not
get a good angle on the other bird to detect any. They were both actively
hunting and moving about, but did not interact closely. All the other times
we've been there to check, there was only one bird. Seeing these two now, we
somewhat assume they are a mated pair.

 

Jon & BJ Little

Winchester

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Subject: black-headed gull
From: Andrew Hawkins <andrewcurtishawkins AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 8 Feb 2016 19:49:57 -0500
Black-headed gull posted yesterday at Grandview in Hampton present today
between 2 and 3 pm about 1.5 miles west of the beach trail toward factory
point, feeding with  Bonaparte's  gulls.
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Subject: Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk.
From: Harry Glasgow via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Mon, 8 Feb 2016 23:49:25 +0000 (UTC)
Once again woodpeckers were the stars of this morning's Huntley Meadows Monday 
Morning Birdwalk. Red-headed WP mixing with Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers and 
Downeys kept the treetops humming.  And once again, Red-shouldered Hawks were 
building a nest in the same spot as last year.  And once again, our flock was 
distressed since the chosen site seemed so precarious.  But, they know better 
than we.  Open water returned to the central wetlands and so did some ducks.  
We sighted a large group of Rusty Blackbirds as part of a larger group of mixed 
species.  Our number of 150 seemed high, but this was a count by several 
experienced birders. 

Canada Goose  103
Wood Duck  4
Gadwall  1
American Black Duck  8
Mallard  90
Northern Pintail  31
Green-winged Teal  7
Hooded Merganser  24
Turkey Vulture  1
Bald Eagle  3
Red-shouldered Hawk  3
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Ring-billed Gull  3
Mourning Dove  10
Barred Owl  3
Red-headed Woodpecker  6
Red-bellied Woodpecker  8
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  2
Downy Woodpecker  7
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  2
Pileated Woodpecker  1
Blue Jay  9
American Crow  35
Fish Crow  28
crow sp.  20
Carolina Chickadee  10
Tufted Titmouse  3
White-breasted Nuthatch  2
Brown Creeper  2
Winter Wren  2
Carolina Wren  4
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  2
Eastern Bluebird  8
American Robin  110
Field Sparrow  1
Fox Sparrow  1
Dark-eyed Junco  1
White-throated Sparrow  20
Song Sparrow  8
Swamp Sparrow  1
Northern Cardinal  8
Red-winged Blackbird  100
Rusty Blackbird  150
Common Grackle  150
American Goldfinch  1
The Monday Morning Birdwalk has been a weekly event at Huntley Meadows since 
1985. It takes place every week, rain or shine (except during electrical 
storms, strong winds, or icy trails), at 8AM (7AM from April  through 
October), 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: [va-bird] Sharp-shinned Hawk back yard bird
From: Scott Priebe <falco57 AT msn.com>
Date: Mon, 8 Feb 2016 18:44:35 -0500
https://www.flickr.com/photos/130603418 AT N07/24276623304/in/pool-va-bird/ 

Our back yard hosted an immature Sharpie this afternoon. Photo in the link was 
taken when it was just about done dining on a small bird. which I think was a 
Junco based on feathers left at the scene and another photo I took a few 
minutes earlier than this one. 


Scott D. Priebe

Springfield, VA
	
		
			
		
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Subject: Fw: eBird Report - Blue Grass Valley & Snowy Mtn, Feb 6, 2016
From: "Michael A. Shank." <tallwhiteoak AT verizon.net>
Date: Mon, 08 Feb 2016 09:38:56 -0500
----- Original Message ----- 
From: Dan Perkuchin 
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Sent: Monday, February 08, 2016 9:35 AM
Subject: Fw: eBird Report - Blue Grass Valley & Snowy Mtn, Feb 6, 2016





Corrected email forward of original attempt yesterday morning.
  Dan

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Sent: Sunday, February 7, 2016 9:17 AM
Subject: Fw: eBird Report - Blue Grass Valley & Snowy Mtn, Feb 6, 2016






RBC Highland Co field trip. Thanks for leading the trip Mike and doing the 
driving. I sent Andrew a copy by sharing the list via ebird.. It was great 
having John join us. 



Dan




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Subject: eBird Report - Blue Grass Valley & Snowy Mtn, Feb 6, 2016


Blue Grass Valley & Snowy Mtn, Highland, Virginia, US
Feb 6, 2016 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
55.5 mile(s)
Comments: Rockingham Bird Club field trip, Mike Shank (coordinator), Andrew 
Sharp, Dan Perkuchin,and joined by John Spahr at 11:00am. East & West side of 
Snowy Mtn + Blue Grass Valley (round trip via Rte 640 to Rte 638; return via 
Rte 637 to New Hampden) 

36 species

Canada Goose  20
Mallard  2
Hooded Merganser  5
Golden Eagle 5 1 immature flying near intersection of US 220 and Rte 642; 2 
adults perched on east side of Snowy Mtn, 3 adults flying on west side (2 
considered same birds) 

Northern Harrier  2    2 different locations
Bald Eagle 4 1 adult perched near intersection of US 220 and Rte 642; 1 adult 
flying on west side of Snowy Mtn; 1 adult flying on Rte 637 north of Rte 638; 1 
immature flying on east side of Snowy Mrn. 

Red-shouldered Hawk  1    McDowell US 250
Red-tailed Hawk  5
Wilson's Snipe  1
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  12
Mourning Dove  8
Belted Kingfisher  2
Red-headed Woodpecker  1    heard only by group
Red-bellied Woodpecker  4
Downy Woodpecker  4
Pileated Woodpecker  1    heard only by group
American Kestrel  6
Blue Jay  5
American Crow  15
Common Raven  6
Black-capped Chickadee  5
Tufted Titmouse  5
White-breasted Nuthatch  4
Carolina Wren  2
Eastern Bluebird  10
American Robin  10
European Starling  100
Dark-eyed Junco  8
White-throated Sparrow  1
Song Sparrow  2
Northern Cardinal  2
Eastern Meadowlark  1
House Finch  10
Pine Siskin 30 McDowell US 250 at traditional feeder stop mixed in with 30 
Goldfinches 

American Goldfinch  50
House Sparrow  2

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Subject: Lark Sparrow, Back Bay NWR
From: Sue Garvin <garvin.sue AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 7 Feb 2016 22:51:47 -0500
At noon, a single adult lark sparrow was seen on the East Dike near the
maintenance area, (just north of the observation blind.) It was loosely
associated with a mixed flock of foraging yellow rumps and cardinals.

Cheers,

Sue and Joe Garvin
Sperryville, VA
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Subject: Great horned owls & other treats, Blacksburg
From: Ashley Lohr <aklohr AT vt.edu>
Date: Sun, 7 Feb 2016 19:14:57 -0500
Headed out to Deerfield off of Tom's Creek Rd. in Blacksburg this evening
shortly before the sun set to look for great horned owls and, hopefully,
woodcocks. I've heard them displaying there before, and I've read other
birders' reports of displaying woodcocks elsewhere in VA, so I figured it
was worth a shot.

We patiently waited for the sun to go down as we birded along the trail.
Highlight was two FOX SPARROWS. A great horned owl also called a couple
times during this time. Finally, we were rewarded: the GHOW pair graced us
with their presence. One even flew in front of us into a tree, perched and
called to its mate for a few minutes, then flew back in front of us to join
its mate.

I also played an eastern screech owl call, and what turned out to be a
WINTER WREN started doing distress calls behind us. What a treat!

Sadly, no sign of displaying woodcocks yet.

Happy birding and go Broncos!
Ashley Lohr
Blacksburg/Loudoun County
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Subject: Loggerhead Shrike at Double Toll Gate - Clarke Co. & Lake Frederick Update - Frederick Co.
From: "David Boltz" <david.boltz4 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 7 Feb 2016 17:03:06 -0500
While heading north on Rt. 522 this morning I saw the Loggerhead Shrike perched 
on a utility wire overlooking the same field in which it (and one other) were 
seen several weeks ago. it was 100-150 yards south of the intersection where 
Rt. 340 turns right toward White Post. I went looking for it one day last week 
after the snows in the field had completely melted and did not find it. I may 
spend some time tomorrow trying to find it and to see if the other Shrike may 
also be present. There were 2 American Kestrels perched on utility wires right 
outside of Lake Frederick Drive on Rt. 522, where there is usually one Kestrel 
almost every day. 


Lake Frederick is still pretty iced in (80% or so), although there is a nice 
open area in the deep water close to the dam breast and a few other small 
pockets. The colder weather that is forecast along with gloomy skies and 
precip. the next several days will likely not open it up much more for a while 
and may even close up some of the open water again. Right after the snow there 
was no waterfowl on the lake for several days, not even a Canada Goose. (At 
that point the lake was 90-95% iced in). One day last week I observed a single 
female Common Merganser, which departed within 15 minutes of my finding it. 
Another day there were about 50 Ring-billed Gulls, and within the past few days 
the Canada Geese have reappeared, perhaps 75-80. One nice bonus last week was a 
pair of Fox Sparrows (one singing) on the road into the lake, at the power line 
break. 


Dave Boltz
Lake Frederick
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Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Riverbend Park - CGF11, Feb 7, 2016
From: Jean Tatalias <jtatalias AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 7 Feb 2016 16:57:55 -0500
Four birders made the Riverbend walk this AM sponsored by the Audubon
Society of Northern Virginia. We saw a very high, fast moving river.  Muddy
trails limited walking, especially upriver where water had washed over
trails, leaving pools and much debris. So we only surveyed about 1 mile of
the river.

The most fun was the group of ten ring-necked ducks who would start just
downriver of the boat ramp and ride the current down to a point near
the top of Conn Island.  Then we'd see them fly up river and ride down
again.  And again.  Like watching kids on a sledding hill.

Jean Tatalias

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Riverbend Park - CGF11, Fairfax, Virginia, US
Feb 7, 2016 8:20 AM - 10:50 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)

19 species

Canada Goose  25
Mallard  4
Ring-necked Duck  10
Bufflehead  8
Common Merganser  21
Bald Eagle  2     two mature together in tree
American Coot  2
Ring-billed Gull  45
Mourning Dove  3
Red-bellied Woodpecker  2
Downy Woodpecker  2
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Pileated Woodpecker  1
Carolina Chickadee  3
Tufted Titmouse  1
White-breasted Nuthatch  3
Carolina Wren  1
American Robin  2
Northern Cardinal  2

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Subject: Re: Black-headed Gull- Grandview
From: Ellison Orcutt <mr.ellyo AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 7 Feb 2016 16:20:12 -0500
Bird observed at 410pm a touch South of Grandview NP at the end of Beach Rd. 
There when we left. 


Ellison 

Sent from my iPhone

> On Feb 7, 2016, at 11:18, Megan Massa  wrote:
> 
> Dan Cristol, Matt Anthony, and members of the Ornithology class at William
> & Mary just located a Black-headed Gull at Grandview. The bird was in with
> a flock of Bonaparte's Gulls in the surf right where the main path reaches
> the beach.
> 
> Megan Massa
> College of William & Mary
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Subject: American white pelicans
From: Andrew Hawkins <andrewcurtishawkins AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 7 Feb 2016 14:56:00 -0500
Five American white pelicans were swimming at Hog Island this morning.  All
of the trails and roads except the main road are closed, so as not to
disturb water fowl but they were clearly visible from the main road.
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Subject: Re: Politics-Black Vulture Bill
From: MARLENECONDON--- via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Sun, 7 Feb 2016 14:50:12 -0500
Hi Lexi,
 
The issue here centers around farmers and vultures so I'm not going to  
take time to address your comments about vultures in general.  
 
I have written several newspaper commentaries about this situation in which 
 I explain what the problem is and the solution.  As some of them have  not 
yet been published, I can't share them.  But once they are published,  
you'll be able to access them online by putting in "Marlene A Condon".
 
I'll just say that people shouldn't react to the natural world any  
differently than they do to the human one.  For some reason, when it comes  to 
problems with wild animals, people just want to kill them instead of taking the 

time and energy to figure out an  alternative solution.
 
For example, you probably wouldn't just let your pet run out into a roadway 
 where it would likely get hit by traffic.  So why would you feel you 
should just let your pet run loose outside where predators exist that might 
take 

 it?  If you would take precautions to insure it against the dangers  
presented by humans, why shouldn't you do the same to protect it from 
predators? 

 
I hope you'll give this some thought.
 
Sincerely,
Marlene
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
   
 
 
In a message dated 2/7/2016 12:44:20 P.M. Eastern Standard Time,  
meadows9 AT fairpoint.net writes:

It seems  the Black Vulture Bill continues to be a hot topic of this list
serv.   I understand everyone has different opinions and the thought of
killing any  animal is a sensitive subject.  I always feel bad when I trap
and  dispose of House Sparrows on my Bluebird trail.  However, I  understand
it is a necessity if I am to be a responsible Bluebird trail  monitor.  
Since
the House Sparrow is a non-native species I have the  right to do so.  The
pesky House Sparrow is here because of human  introduction and has created a
big problem for our native cavity  nesters.

I wonder if it might be the same with Black Vultures.   According to what I
read on the subject, Black Vultures have a long life  span and adults have
very few (if any) natural predators.  They have  expanded their range
northward  for the last several decades.   This may be the reason I don't
remember them when I was a child.  I  wonder , did humans kill off their
natural predators?  Why are they  such a problem in so many states?  Please
google Dutch Gap Black  Vulture Management  .
http://www.dgif.virginia.gov/wildlife/dutch-gap-black-vulture-management/

If  you do a little research online it is not just a Virginia problem.   
There
seems to be problems with the birds in every state within their  range. So
maybe people should be posting their solutions.  Instead of  just saying 
they
should be protected at ALL cost.  Dutch gap tried  scare tactics that did 
not
work.  

For the birders that take  such a vocal position, maybe you could offer the
senators a solution  instead of killing.  Instead of just asking them not to
vote for the  bill you could suggest an alternative.  Has anyone found a
solution  that works?  Has anyone addressed the fact that the population is
out  of control?  Is it normal to have several hundred roosting in  one
location? What if it was your back yard and they were destroying  your
vehicle and you couldn't turn your pets outside ?  If you walked  out one
morning and a group of 5 or 6 were on your car and had ripped off  your
windshield wipers and rubber molding would you simply overlook it?  There is
a problem and we need to acknowledge it.  If we do not  recognize  this it
would be as close minded as you accuse the  politicians of being.

I am so disappointed someone would openly blame  farmers and post to this
list serv and imply that farmers are stupid and  write "they have brains and
they should use them".  Clearly the poster  has no understanding of farmers,
farming or cattle production.  Offer  some solutions.  Please don't say 
build
huge barns to accommodate  hundreds of head of cattle and find every cow in
labor and transport them  to the barn.  This isn't feasible.

Lastly, I would like to remind  everyone VA_BIRD website states the forum is
for reporting interesting bird  sightings in Virginia.  I realize I just
violated that rule and I'm  sorry.  In the future can we abide by the rule?
I'm sure there are  other forums for the political agenda and gladly I am 
not
a  member!

Lexi Meadows

Pittsylvania County



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Subject: Dyke Marsh, Feb 7, 2016
From: Larry Meade via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Sun, 7 Feb 2016 13:01:07 -0500
 Twelve birders came out this morning for the weekly Friends of Dyke Marsh 
sponsored bird walk. Unlike last week, there was a general paucity of waterfowl 
with one Canvasback, one Red-breasted Merganser, one Ruddy Duck, a few Common 
Mergansers, Mallards, Canada Geese and that's it. There was also a marked lack 
of sparrow activity with only a few seen. The Bald Eagles put on a good show 
for us though. We saw four eagles together in a tree, two eagles fighting over 
a fish, an eagle eating a fish, an eagle carrying nesting material, and an 
eagle on a nest. Other highlights included a Brown Creeper. a juvenile 
Red-shouldered Hawk, and a Belted Kingfisher. Also, a Peregrine Falcon flew 
over us quickly near the Osprey platform at the marina. 


 

 Larry Meade'
Merrifield, VA




Dyke Marsh, Fairfax, Virginia, US
Feb 7, 2016 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.5 mile(s)
38 species

Canada Goose  700
Mallard  28
Canvasback  1
Lesser Scaup  2
Common Merganser  6
Red-breasted Merganser  1
Ruddy Duck  1
Double-crested Cormorant  6
Great Blue Heron  3
Bald Eagle  8
Red-shouldered Hawk  1
Ring-billed Gull  60
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  3
Mourning Dove  7
Belted Kingfisher  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  3
Downy Woodpecker  1
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  2
Peregrine Falcon  1
Blue Jay  5
American Crow  6
Fish Crow  3
Carolina Chickadee  10
Tufted Titmouse  6
Brown Creeper  1
Carolina Wren  5
American Robin  20
Northern Mockingbird  1
European Starling  15
Yellow-rumped Warbler  1
White-throated Sparrow  2
Song Sparrow  5
Northern Cardinal  11
Red-winged Blackbird  7
Common Grackle  2
House Finch  2
American Goldfinch  2

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Subject: Politics-Black Vulture Bill
From: "meadows9" <meadows9 AT fairpoint.net>
Date: Sun, 7 Feb 2016 12:43:31 -0500
It seems the Black Vulture Bill continues to be a hot topic of this list
serv.  I understand everyone has different opinions and the thought of
killing any animal is a sensitive subject.  I always feel bad when I trap
and dispose of House Sparrows on my Bluebird trail.  However, I understand
it is a necessity if I am to be a responsible Bluebird trail monitor.  Since
the House Sparrow is a non-native species I have the right to do so.  The
pesky House Sparrow is here because of human introduction and has created a
big problem for our native cavity nesters.

I wonder if it might be the same with Black Vultures.  According to what I
read on the subject, Black Vultures have a long life span and adults have
very few (if any) natural predators.  They have expanded their range
northward  for the last several decades.  This may be the reason I don't
remember them when I was a child.  I wonder , did humans kill off their
natural predators?  Why are they such a problem in so many states?  Please
google Dutch Gap Black Vulture Management .
http://www.dgif.virginia.gov/wildlife/dutch-gap-black-vulture-management/

If you do a little research online it is not just a Virginia problem.  There
seems to be problems with the birds in every state within their range. So
maybe people should be posting their solutions.  Instead of just saying they
should be protected at ALL cost.  Dutch gap tried scare tactics that did not
work.  

For the birders that take such a vocal position, maybe you could offer the
senators a solution instead of killing.  Instead of just asking them not to
vote for the bill you could suggest an alternative.  Has anyone found a
solution that works?  Has anyone addressed the fact that the population is
out of control?  Is it normal to have several hundred roosting in one
location? What if it was your back yard and they were destroying your
vehicle and you couldn't turn your pets outside ?  If you walked out one
morning and a group of 5 or 6 were on your car and had ripped off your
windshield wipers and rubber molding would you simply overlook it? There is
a problem and we need to acknowledge it.  If we do not recognize  this it
would be as close minded as you accuse the politicians of being.

I am so disappointed someone would openly blame farmers and post to this
list serv and imply that farmers are stupid and write "they have brains and
they should use them".  Clearly the poster has no understanding of farmers,
farming or cattle production.  Offer some solutions.  Please don't say build
huge barns to accommodate hundreds of head of cattle and find every cow in
labor and transport them to the barn.  This isn't feasible.

Lastly, I would like to remind everyone VA_BIRD website states the forum is
for reporting interesting bird sightings in Virginia.  I realize I just
violated that rule and I'm sorry.  In the future can we abide by the rule?
I'm sure there are other forums for the political agenda and gladly I am not
a member!

Lexi Meadows

Pittsylvania County

 

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Subject: Waterfowl in Poquoson
From: Dave Youker via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Sun, 7 Feb 2016 12:11:17 -0500
At the end of Poquoson Ave this morning, there was a raft of Red-breasted  
Mergansers (70) and one of Lesser Scaup (36) with Bonaparte's Gulls  (40) 
feeding along side of each.  There were also 8 Northern Gannets  feeding 
fairly close to shore.
 
Dave Youker
Yorktown, VA
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Subject: Black-headed Gull- Grandview
From: Megan Massa <meganlmassa AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 7 Feb 2016 11:18:01 -0500
Dan Cristol, Matt Anthony, and members of the Ornithology class at William
& Mary just located a Black-headed Gull at Grandview. The bird was in with
a flock of Bonaparte's Gulls in the surf right where the main path reaches
the beach.

Megan Massa
College of William & Mary
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Subject: Great Falls Walk
From: Marshall Rawson via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Sun, 7 Feb 2016 11:14:13 -0500
Our group of five this morning tallied 25 species (+1 other taxa). Other than 
large numbers of geese and gulls in flyovers, it was a slow morning. The river 
was high and fast so the duck count was limited. The highlight of the day was a 
screech owl and a flicker dining on the few remaining holly berries. 



Please note that should the single digit forecast for next Sunday materialize, 
we will cancel the walk. 



All are welcome to join this regular Sunday walk that meets at 8:00 am in the 
visitors center parking lot. 

-- Marshall Rawson, McLean VA

Canada Goose 140
American Black Duck 5
Mallard 10
Ring-necked Duck 2
Bufflehead 5
Common Merganser 3
Great Blue Heron 3
Black Vulture 5
Ring-billed Gull 124
Mourning Dove 12
Eastern Screech-Owl 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
Downy Woodpecker 4
Northern Flicker 1
Pileated Woodpecker 3
Blue Jay 4
American Crow 2
crow sp. 5
Carolina Chickadee 8
Tufted Titmouse 24
White-breasted Nuthatch 6
Brown Creeper 1
Carolina Wren 3
American Robin 3
White-throated Sparrow 5
Northern Cardinal 2
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Subject: Norfolk Snowy Owl
From: "goshawk AT cox.net" <goshawk@cox.net>
Date: Sun, 7 Feb 2016 10:50:47 -0500
No joy yesterday finding the previously reported Snowy Owl at Norfolk Airport. 
However it is worth checking out at least daily. 


Tim Barry

Tim Barry
(757) 575-7960
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Subject: White pelican, Kiptopeke SP
From: Marc Ribaudo <moribaudo AT verizon.net>
Date: Sun, 07 Feb 2016 09:55:11 -0500
A while pelican flew over the concrete ships at Kiptopeke at about 8:30am 
today. 


Marc Ribaudo

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Subject: waterfowl at Mason Neck
From: "Larry Cartwright" <prowarbler AT verizon.net>
Date: Sat, 06 Feb 2016 22:53:51 -0500
We were at Mason Neck in the morning before Kurt and our numbers in
comparison were:

 

Canada Goose  : Great Marsh: 30 Belmont Bay:  75

Tundra Swan:      229/4

Gadwall:                22/330

American Wigeon:  0/15

American Black Duck:  300/0

Mallard:  180/0

Northern Pintail:  23/2

Canvasback:  0/500

Redhead:  0/90

Ring-necked Duck: 0/2

Greater Scaup:  8/2

Lesser Scaup:  50/2000

Bufflehead:  0/4

Hooded Merganser:  9/0

Common Merganser: 24/3

Plus 12 Greater Yellowlegs in the Great Marsh.  

 

Things do change with time of day and tide.

 

Larry Cartwright

prowarbler AT verizon.net  

 

 

 

 

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Subject: Re: Black Vultures and Virginia State Bill 37
From: MARLENECONDON--- via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Sat, 6 Feb 2016 21:23:32 -0500
 
Hi Otis,
 
I appreciate your comments, but my reaction to the Virginia Senate bill is  
not a "knee-jerk reaction".  Like you, I don't have cramps!!!!!
 
The problem here is that farmers are not taking the steps to protect their  
livestock.  People need to learn to live within the constraints of the  
natural world instead of trying to run roughshod over it.  Humans shouldn't  
take the attitude that they can just kill any animal that gets in their  way.  
Rather, they have brains and they should use them to figure out how  to 
circumvent the difficulty.
 
In this case, sheep and cattle should not be giving birth in a world of  
predators without protection.  Is it not stupid for a farmer to expect a  
helpless ewe or cow to give birth out in the open without taking steps to  
protect her? Even the USFWS depredation fact sheet you referenced says killing 

is supposed to be a TEMPORARY measure until the farmer implements  long-term 
measures to eliminate or reduce the problem.
 
And I might add that since the federal government already has a program in  
place to provide permits, why do Virginia taxpayers need to subsidize a 
state  program to do the exact same thing?  Of course, I know why we are 
expected to pay taxes for this new program--it's so farmers can more easily get 

permits  to kill the vultures, which means it will basically be open season 
on these  birds.
 
Virginia legislators have the wrong attitude when it comes to  wildlife.  
The answer is always to allow people to kill or treat wild  animals 
inhumanely (fox pens are a prime example).  
 
I can understand why people might think farmers trying to earn a living  
should be able to kill any animal that goes after their livestock.   Well, 
years ago that kind of thinking allowed hundreds of hawks of every sort to  be 
killed over Hawk Mountain during migration season.  In 1929, the  
Pennsylvania Game Commission offered $5.00 for every goshawk shot because this 

species was considered a pest.  Well, today the Black Vulture is a  "pest".   
Which animal will it be tomorrow?
 
Our legislators in Virginia have no respect for or appreciation of  
wildlife.  In the 21st century, people should know better than to have the  
knee-jerk reaction of killing wildlife instead of figuring out how to live with 
it. 

 
I can't understand why bird organizations are being so quiet about this  
issue.  Killing Black Vultures is simply an improper and ignorant response  
and people who care about birds should be saying so loud and clear.
 
Sincerely,
Marlene      
 
 
 
 
 

 
In a message dated 2/6/2016 5:59:07 P.M. Eastern Standard Time,  
otissowell AT gmail.com writes:

I have  come to appreciate that speed reading anything  is not conducive to 
 accurate comprehension and retention. In fact, in certain situations it 
can  prove disastrous . Statistics  also show that most people who choke on  
the food they are eating usually have not taken the time to properly chew  it.

I just read the summary of SB 37 with the view to understand it’s  purpose 
as explained in the link below. Further research and careful reading  of the 
Federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act  also proved to be beneficial.  That 
prevented me from getting cramps, as it were, from a “knee jerk reaction” 
on 

the subject of Black Vulture depredation.  


https://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?161+sum+SB37S

http://www.fws.gov/southeast/birds/pdf/vultures-and-depredation-permits-fact
sheet-Apr15.pdf


Otis  Sowell, Jr
Palmyra, Virginia
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Subject: Mostly Waterfowl Birding in Fairfax Co, 6 Feb 2016
From: "Kurt Gaskill" <KurtCapt87 AT verizon.net>
Date: Sat, 06 Feb 2016 19:14:40 -0500
VA BIRDers,

A lazy day brought be to the Dyke Marsh picnic area at 0930 and the
highlight there was a small group of 11 Redhead. Noted were 1190 Canada
Geese, some Mallards, Lesser Scaup, and Common Mergansers.

I drove south on GW Parkway, ducking into Ft Hunt Park. Highlight was a
single Gray Catbird near the last softball field (referenced to the one way
drive). The entrance area lawn was covered with many American Robins and
some Red-winged BBs, Common Grackles, and Brown-headed Cowbirds; a single
Rusty BB was noted.  And, yes, a few Red-headed WPs in the park.

I continued south to Pohick Park to check the bay.  Highlight was a
delightful group of Bald Eagles - about 28 in view on the west end of the
parking lot and another calling behind me.  The time was about 1030 and they
were beginning to disperse - probably attracted to a fish run.  Several
years ago such a concentration held a Golden Eagle so future visitors take
note.  Another highlight was Mike and Vickie - long time, no see!  Waterfowl
were dominated by Gadwall (400) with notable addition of a Horned Grebe.
Others were Am. Wigeon, Am. Black Duck, Mallard, No. Pintail (7), Redhead
(12), Lesser Scaup (6), Bufflehead (38), Ruddy Duck (60) and Pied-billed
Grebe (2). Plus 400 coot.

I went to the Hallowing Pt area and the overlook for the Great Marsh of
Mason Neck. No large waterfowl concentrations although 160 Ring-necked Ducks
were nice. The Tundra Swans (200+) are still in the marsh plus Am. Black
Duck, Mallard, No. Pintail, Canvasback, Lesser Scaup (300), Hooded
Merganser, Common Merganser (3), Ruddy Duck were in the area. The
non-waterfowl highlights were Red-headed WPs and Hermit Thrush.

After lunch I checked the Occoquan Marina area. Highlight was a Common Raven
flying across from Fairfax Co, over the golf course center and thence to
Occoquan Bay NWR.  A two-fer!  Not much waterfowl-wise (200 coot and a
smattering of others), but I could see large waterfowl rafts eastward,
towards the Mason Neck SP VC.

So, next stop was Mason Neck SP, arriving at about 215pm. I was unable to
get a good count as one of the duck hunter boats had a bit of fun in the bay
pushing the groups back and forth. Here are my estimates:

C. Goose 30
Gadwall 500
Am. Wigeon 24
Am. Black Duck 2
Mallard 8
Canvasback 400
Redhead 120
Ring-necked Duck 75
Greater Scaup 9
Lesser Scaup 3000
Bufflehead 45
Common Merganser 1
Red-breasted Merganser 1
Ruddy Duck 60
Pied-billed Grebe 2
DC Cormorant 12
Am. Coot 200 (different from the Occ. Marina birds)

Kurt Gaskill

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Subject: Black Vultures and Virginia State Bill 37
From: "Otis Sowell, Jr." <otissowell AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 6 Feb 2016 17:58:29 -0500
I have come to appreciate that speed reading anything is not conducive to 
accurate comprehension and retention. In fact, in certain situations it can 
prove disastrous . Statistics also show that most people who choke on the food 
they are eating usually have not taken the time to properly chew it. 


I just read the summary of SB 37 with the view to understand it’s purpose as 
explained in the link below. Further research and careful reading of the 
Federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act also proved to be beneficial. That prevented 
me from getting cramps, as it were, from a “knee jerk reaction” on the 
subject of Black Vulture depredation. 



https://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?161+sum+SB37S


http://www.fws.gov/southeast/birds/pdf/vultures-and-depredation-permits-factsheet-Apr15.pdf 



Otis Sowell, Jr
Palmyra, Virginia
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Subject: Arizona Trip
From: Allen Bryan via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Sat, 6 Feb 2016 22:46:14 +0000 (UTC)
While not pertaining to Virginia Birds I went to Arizona at the end of January 
and some photographs of birds from my visit can be seen at: 

Arizona Trip- January 2016 | VisitingNature

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| Arizona Trip- January 2016 | VisitingNatureI visited southeastern and 
south-central Arizona from January 22nd through January 29th.  The weather was 
dry and the temperature range was from 17 degrees to 74... | 

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| View on visitingnature.com | Preview by Yahoo |
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|   |


Enjoy each day,

 Allen Bryan Richmond, Va. www.visitingnature.com
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Subject: Nokesville SNBU no, Leesylvania yes!
From: Candice Lowther <candiceylowther AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 6 Feb 2016 17:40:58 -0500
Hello,

This morning I went to Nokesville in search of Snow Buntings. I drove along 
park gate road, but did not find any. I did see several kestrels, horned larks 
and meadowlarks. 


At Leesylvania, I opened my car to a flurry of songbird activity. I saw several 
winter feeding flocks. The bay was mostly waterfowl-free and I heard gun shots 
in the distance. The best waterfowl spot was powell's creek. The best viewing 
was through a scope from under the train bridge. Most of the Waterfowl were 
black ducks, but I also found gadwall, pintails, bufflehead, ruddy ducks, 
swans, hooded & common mergansers. In the woods I found 5 species of 
woodpeckers, both kinglets and the usual suspects. Two grackles flew over the 
parking lot. 


Good birding

Candice Lowther
Bristow, VA

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Subject: Redheads at Commander Shepard Ponds
From: Dave Youker via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Sat, 6 Feb 2016 16:53:40 -0500
This morning there were 119 Redheads on the pond at Commander Shepard Blvd  
in Hampton.  The best spot for viewing is the small pull-off just after  
entering the cloverleaf if you're heading south on Hampton Highway.  Hope  
they stick around for a few days.  A few Gadwall and Ring-necked Ducks were  
also present.
 
Dave Youker
Yorktown, VA
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Subject: Red-necked Grebe - Norfolk
From: David Clark <davidclark1338 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 6 Feb 2016 12:45:46 -0800
Seen around 3:20 near the Ocean View Pier off 4th View St

David Clark
Norfolk
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Subject: Re: Fwd: SB37 and Black Vultures
From: Robert Wein <rwein12 AT verizon.net>
Date: Sat, 06 Feb 2016 10:33:49 -0500
Bill:
Excuse my ignorance, but I just looked up SB 37 and the entire text as approved 
by the Senate (36-2) reads: 

A BILL to amend and reenact § 29.1-200 
 of the Code of Virginia, relating 
to Department of Game and Inland Fisheries; appointments of law-enforcement 
officers above the rank of conservation police officer. 

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia:

1. That § 29.1-200  of the Code 
of Virginia is amended and reenacted as follows: 


§ 29.1-200 . Appointment of 
conservation police officers. 


A. The Director shall appoint regular and special conservation police officers 
as he may deem necessary to enforce the game and inland fish laws and shall 
issue a certificate of appointment to each conservation police officer. Any 
special conservation police officer initially appointed after October 1, 2009, 
shall have a valid registration as a Special Conservator of the Peace from the 
Department of Criminal Justice Services. 


There is no mention of Black vultures that I could find. Please clarify so I 
can understand. 


Bob
Reston, VA
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Subject: Fwd: SB 37
From: William Boyd <billboliviaboyd AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 6 Feb 2016 08:21:36 -0500
​VA Birders,

If continued protection of Black Vultures in Virginia is important to you,
please consider requesting information on why your state Senator voted in
favor of SB 37. Do note that only one Senator voted in opposition.

Below you may find the email I sent to our Senator. Almost surprisingly,
I've received no response; hmm, could he be re-thinking his vote?

Bill
Fredericksburg

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: William Boyd 
Date: Wed, Feb 3, 2016 at 5:51 PM
Subject: Re: SB 37
To: district17 AT senate.virginia.gov
Cc: William Boyd 


Mr. Reeves,

Please let me know what data presented during expert testimony led you to
support this bill.

Thank you for your attention to this request.

William Boyd
Fredericksburg
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Subject: Snowy Owl Norfolk Airport
From: Andrew Baldelli <andrewbaldelli AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sat, 6 Feb 2016 01:52:06 +0000
Today late in afternoon I was heading west on 64 towards Norfolk to run errands 
when I noticed a large white blob in the grass at the Norfolk airport . 


On a hunch I decided to investigate and took the exit into the airport . Well I 
was right it was a Snowy owl in the grass at the end of the runway . The bird 
was seen from Miller Store Rd. very close to the fence . I didn't get to stay 
and observe the owl long local police told me to move along and not come back. 



I can't say for sure but I'm assuming it could be the same bird that was 
observed at 24th street last week. The owl was mostly white with little barring 
. 


Birding along the perimeter of the airport is extremely difficult , very little 
pull off spots and local authorities will tell you to move along . I would 
guess that the owl has been hanging out in this local area . 



There is a viewing area at the airport where you can look from , other wise I 
would suggest driving perimeter or try some of the parking lots on the east 
side of airport . 


Good luck chasing the owl .


Cheers

Andrew
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Subject: Birded up to Tinker Cliffs, Catawba, VA
From: Ashley Lohr <aklohr AT vt.edu>
Date: Fri, 5 Feb 2016 20:29:43 -0500
My boyfriend and I hiked Tinker Cliffs in Catawba, VA (near Blacksburg)
today. I left my camera at home since I didn't feel like lugging it 3 miles
up the mountain, but we brought our bins.

Even though we weren't out to bird, specifically, it ended up being a
productive day (**highlights were 3 red-tailed hawks in one field, a hermit
thrush, and vocalizing ravens**). The trail was donated by the Roanoke
Cement Company, and there's private land on both sides of the trail until
you connect with the AT about 0.5 miles from the Cliffs. This made for some
really neat habitat consisting of riparian areas, pastures for cattle, and
coniferous forests).

We saw:
-American kestrels (2) on power lines on the drive to the parking lot
-red-tailed hawks (4)
-cedar waxwings (~dozen)
-eastern bluebirds (many)
-yellow-rumped warblers (at least 3-4)
-song sparrow (1)
-downy woodpecker (many)
-hairy woodpecker  (1 or 2)
-red-bellied woodpecker  (1)
-white-breasted nuthatches (many)
-chickadees (many)
-tufted titmouse (1)
-hermit thrush (1)--really exciting because we got to observe the tail
flick it does (quick flip up and slowly lowers it)
-common raven (heard it croak twice or so near the summit but never saw it)
-turkey & black vultures  (many)

'Twas a fun, but slightly chilly and windy, hike.

Good birding to all,
Ashley Lohr
Blacksburg/Loudoun County
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Subject: FW: Beginning Bird Banding Class
From: "Roger Mayhorn" <rogermayhorn AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 4 Feb 2016 23:41:28 -0500
----- Original Message -----
From: "Keith Richardson" 
To: 
Sent: Thursday, February 04, 2016 6:18 PM
Subject: Beginning Bird Banding Class


We still have a few spaces available for our Beginning Bird Banding Class. 
Dates are April 23rd - April 29th.

2016
Opossum Creek Retreat & The Institute for Bird Populations
Beginner Bird Banding Class

Thank you for your interest in the Beginner Bird Banding Class at Opossum 
Creek Retreat, instructed by the Institute for Bird Populations of Point 
Reyes, California and Hosted by Opossum Creek Retreat. Opossum Creek Retreat 
is nestled uniquely just minutes from the New River Gorge National River in 
South Central West Virginia. The Class will be held beginning on the 
afternoon of Saturday April 23rd and ending after banding on Friday April 
29th. The fee for the beginner class is 1800.00 per person and includes all 
class materials, instructors’ fees, lodging and meals.

WHAT TO EXPECT
The class will begin the afternoon of Saturday April 23rd and end on Friday 
April 29th after the Morning Banding session. Each day we will be in the 
field at sunrise and work the nets for 5-6 hours. Lunch (one hour), then a 
2-3 hour classroom session followed by a break and then Dinner.  There will 
be some “homework”. Information and details of course materials can be 
found 

at the IBP website – www.birdpop.org. Proper field attire is necessary. (mud 
boots and rain gear too). We are in the woods. Mosquito and ticks are 
present.

FACILITIES & LODGING
Classroom activities will be held in the 1000 square foot meeting /great 
room of the Meadows Cabin at Opossum Creek Retreat.  On site, in Cabin 
lodging at the Meadows Cabin is included in the Registration fee. Each 
registrant will have his/her own private room (all linens and towels are 
provided). There are three full bathrooms to share. There are several other 
cabins available at an additional fee if you would like your own private 
cabin. There is a guest laundry available for your convenience during your 
stay. Also included in the registration fee is a continental breakfast, 
Lunch and a home cooked Dinner each day. Please let us know of any dietary 
needs or issues upon registration.

Registration
Class is Limited to 8 people with a minimum of 6. Full payment is due upon 
registration. To Register contact Keith at 888-488-4836 or email to 
retreat AT opossumcreek.com. 


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Subject: Feb 2 Chincoteague NWR Shorebird Survey
From: Joelle Buffa <clyde_joelle AT verizon.net>
Date: Fri, 5 Feb 2016 03:26:58 +0000 (UTC)
   Below are the results of our weekly shorebird/gull survey conducted at 
Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge on Tuesday Feb 2, 2016All water areas 
(impoundments and beach areas) were covered in a 6 hour survey. All 
individuals are counted for the target species; other birds seen or heard on 
the survey are followed by a dash.   

On a very windy CNWR shorebird survey, we counted 1,534 shorebirds of 12 
species. Not bad for the winter season. The impoundments were unfrozen 
and filled with the recent storms leading good water depths for waterfowl, but 
a few ponds were shallow enough to attract shorebirds such as North Wash 
Flats. One third of the individuals were using the beaches which were very 
changed by the storms' fury.  Dunlin were most common (976) followed by 
Sanderling (245) and Willet (231). An impressive count of 184 Willets were 
found on Wild Beach. Our next survey will be Tues Feb 16.Clyde Morris & Joelle 
Buffa  


 

 

 

 
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| Gadwall |

 
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| Common Loon |

 
| 7 |

  
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| Horned Grebe |

 
| 22 |

  
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| Double-crested Cormorant |

 
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| Great Blue Heron |

 
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| Great Egret |

 
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| Northern Harrier |

 
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| Bald Eagle |

 
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| American Oystercatcher |

 
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| Black-bellied Plover |

 
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Subject: Potomac R side of King George and Westmoreland from 301 bridge to Coles Pt Sunday Jan 31
From: Frederick Atwood via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Thu, 4 Feb 2016 03:28:20 +0000 (UTC)
Dear VA-birdersI am sorry for the delay in sending out this report.
On Sunday I birded the Potomac Side of the NNK including Wayside Park (at end 
of Rte 301 bridge) in King George Co, and Colonial Beach, Washington's 
Birthplace, Muse Rd, Coles Pt, and Currioman Landing all in Westmoreland Co. 
Most of the fields were clear of snow and were very wet and I could find very 
few field passerines. Despite the many miles of road I covered, I could find no 
kestrels and only 4 bluebirds. In the many miles of river I scope-scanned, I 
was surprised to find only 1 Common Loon, no other loons or grebes, 2 gannets, 
1 black scoter and 2 surf scoters. However, Ruddy Ducks, Canvasbacks, 
Buffleheads, and Long-tailed Ducks were present in large numbers. The 
highlights of my 76 species follow.  

Canvasback 1540, most of which were off of Dahlgren just downriver from the 301 
bridge viewed from Wayside Park. 

Scaup spp (both species seen but most were too far to identify) about 4000
Long-tailed Duck 255 (243 of these were viewed from the end of Blackbeard Pond 
Rd (Coles Point). If you go to see them, please stay on the road, the beach is 
private.) This is my highest count for Virginia, my previous high being 115 at 
nearby Salisbury Park Rd (also at COles Pt Feb 10, 2013).  In the past few 
years I have seen Great Cormorant here, along with many double-crested. But 
this year there were only a few double-crested and no Greats. 

Bufflehead 967, these were very visible at every river stop. The 450 seen all 
along the riverfront at Colonial Beach beats my previous high of 335 at nearby 
Washington's Birthplace 23 Nov 2013.  

COmmon Goldeneye 38 at five locations, seen best from Washington's Birthplace 
beach and adjacent Muse Rd, but still you'll need a scope. 

Ruddy Duck 14,265; the most abundant bird today, though not as common at the 2 
Coles Pt stops where only about 550 were found. Wayside Park had 8600. 

Coot 1 at Wayside Park
KIlldeer I was surprised at how few could be seen in all those muddy fields. 
Only 5 at 3 locations. 

Woodcock 19 at dusk at Mothershead in Leedstown (Westmoreland) most of which 
were peenting and doing their display flights 

Brown-headed Nuthatch, as in the last several years at Blackbeard Pond Rd
Savannah Sparrows only TWO, quite a contrast with last week's numbers when the 
fields were covered with snow 

Other sparrows only 23 juncos, 37 white-throats, and 18 Songs. 
No larks, pipits, or meadowlarks.
All the bestFred


 Frederick D. Atwood Flint Hill School, 10409 Academic Dr, Oakton, VA 22124 
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Subject: Voice: Greater Washington Area, Feb 3
From: "Joe Coleman" <joecoleman AT rstarmail.com>
Date: Wed, 3 Feb 2016 13:41:09 -0500
FYI  - this report is for sightings from Jan 26 through Feb 2 and was
compiled by Joe Coleman & transcribed by Steve Cordle.

Joe Coleman

 

Hotline:     Voice of the Naturalist

Date:        2/03/2016

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

Reports, comments and questions: voice AT anshome.org
  

Compiler:    Joe Coleman

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               Atlantic States (independent of NAS)

Transcriber: Steve Cordle 

 

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This is the Voice of the Naturalist, a service of the Audubon Naturalist
Society. This report covers the week starting Tuesday, Jan 26 and was
completed Wednesday, Feb 3 at 11:30 a.m. 

 

The top birds this week were BARROW'S GOLDENEYE* in MD, WHITE-WINGED DOVE in
VA, SNOWY OWL* in DE and VA, WESTERN TANAGER* in VA, and LAZULI BUNTING* in
MD. 

 

Other birds of interest this week included GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE and
other waterfowl, EARED GREBE, GREAT CORMORANT, AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN,
ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, SANDHILL CRANE, shorebirds, gulls including THAYER'S,
FORSTER'S TERN, EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE, SHORT-EARED OWL, RUBY-THROATED
HUMMINGBIRD, LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE, LAPLAND LONGSPUR, SNOW BUNTING, warblers,
sparrows, BALTIMORE ORIOLE, RED CROSSBILL, PINE SISKIN, and EVENING
GROSBEAK. 

 

TOP BIRDS

 

The BARROW'S GOLDENEYE* continued to be seen at the Elms Environmental
Education Center (private), St. Mary's Co, MD with sightings Jan 30, Feb 1
and Feb 2.

 

A WHITE-WINGED DOVE was photographed on Jan 28 in Wachapreague, Accomack Co,
VA.

 

A SNOWY OWL* turned up in Oceanview, Norfolk, VA on Jan 28; it was perched
on a building near 24th Bay St and Pleasant Ave. A SNOWY OWL* was seen Feb 2
from the parking lot of the Air Mobility Command Museum at the Dover Air
Force Base, Kent Co, DE.

 

A female WESTERN TANAGER* was observed Jan 29 and 30 at Pleasure House
Point, Virginia Beach, VA.

 

The LAZULI BUNTING* which was first reported back on Dec 28 visiting a
feeder near Berlin, Worcester Co, MD, was seen again Jan 31.

 

OTHER BIRDS OF INTEREST

 

GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE were seen in a number of locations including one
Jan 29 from the Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church driveway between Rte
50 and Rte 322 in large flock of Canada Geese in Easton, Talbot Co, MD; it
was also seen in other fields in the same area the 30th & 31st. Another,
also in a large flock of geese, was seen on Jan 30 on the northwest end of
Turner Rd in southern Calvert Co, MD. A flock of 8 were seen Feb 2 along
Bell's Lane, Staunton, VA. Four CACKLING GEESE were seen Jan 31 at Loch
Raven Reservoir, Baltimore Co, MD. As many as 4 CACKLING GEESE were seen Jan
29 at Crystal Lake, Northampton Co, VA. 

 

The longstanding tagged (M78) TRUMPETER SWAN which has been at Lake
Churchill was seen at the close-by Black Hill Regional Park, Montgomery Co,
MD, this past week. An immature TRUMPETER SWAN also continued at Silver
Lake, Rockingham Co, VA with sightings throughout the week.

 

A EURASIAN WIGEON was seen Jan 30 and Feb 2 from the Castaways Campground,
Worcester Co, MD. A EURASIAN WIGEON was at the Blackwater NWR, Dorchester
Co, MD Jan 30. One was at the Assawoman Wildlife Area, Sussex Co, DE Jan 30
and one Feb 2 at Port Mahon Rd, Sussex Co, DE. Another EURASIAN WIGEON was
seen Jan 29 and 31 at the Loch Raven Reservoir, Baltimore Co, MD.  A
EURASIAN WIGEON also continues to be seen at Craney Island Disposal Area,
Portsmouth, VA with the most recent report from Jan 28. A Eurasian
GREEN-WINGED TEAL was also seen and photographed at Craney the same day.
While the continuing COMMON EIDER was seen almost every day last week at
Indian River Inlet, Sussex Co, DE, the drake HARLEQUIN DUCK was only
reported there on Jan 27. Another male HARLEQUIN DUCK was seen Feb 2 at the
Ocean City Inlet, Worcester Co, MD.

 

An EARED GREBE was seen Jan 31 at Grandview Nature Preserve, Hampton, VA.

 

A GREAT CORMORANT was at Sandy Point SP, Anne Arundel Co, MD Feb 2.

 

AMERICAN WHTE PELICANS turned up at a variety of locations including as many
as 38 on Jan 29 at Pleasure House Point, Virginia Beach, VA and 40 at the
Blackwater NWR, Dorchester Co, MD on Jan 31.

 

A ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was seen Jan 31 at Truitt's Landing, Worcester Co, MD.

 

Two SANDHILL CRANES flew over Airlie, Fauquier Co, VA on Feb 2. The two
continuing SANDHILL CRANES were along East Jack Jouett Rd, Rte 642, north of
Zion Crossroads in Louisa Co, VA, on Jan 30.

 

A LEAST SANDPIPER was seen Jan 26 in a field in King George Co, VA; three
were seen Jan 27 during a survey of Poplar Island, Talbot Co, MD.

 

A THAYER'S GULL was seen Jan 27 and then again on Feb 1 at North East
Community Park, Cecil Co, MD; while the Thayer's was not seen there Feb 2, a
GLAUCOUS GULL was. An ICELAND GULL was found Jan 31 at 6th St, Virginia
Beach, VA.

 

Single FORSTER'S TERNS were seen up at Blackwater NWR, Dorchester Co, MD, on
Jan 31 and Tilghman on the Chesapeake Bay, Talbot Co, MD on Jan 29.

 

A EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE was perched on the utility wires by the South
Boston Library (Halifax Co, VA) on Broad St on Jan 27. Another EURASIAN
COLLARED-DOVE was seen Jan 30 in Selbyville, Sussex Co, DE. Five EURASIAN
COLLARED-DOVES were seen Jan 30 on Clark St, Chincoteague, Accomack Co, VA.

 

Twelve SHORT-EARED OWLS were seen Jan 27 during the survey of Poplar Island,
Talbot Co, MD. A field trip, with special permission to visit the closed
Oaks Landfill in Laytonsville, Montgomery Co, MD, turned up 2 SHORT-EARED
OWLS. 

 

A late RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD continues to visit a feeder in Norfolk, VA
with the latest sighting on Feb 1.

 

On Jan 31 a LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE was found along Dry Bridge Rd about .4 miles
west of Keysville Rd, Emmitsburg, Frederick Co, MD; on Feb 1 it was found a
little closer to Keysville. A LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE was seen Jan 31 on a sod
farm from Baskerville Rd, Mecklenburg Co, VA.

 

LAPLAND LONGSPURS were seen at a number of locations throughout the past
week including two on Jan 28 in Augusta Co, VA, along Rte 608 just south of
Rte 612; two on Jan 29 in a flock of Horned Larks at the intersection of
Springs Rd and Myers Mill Rd, Culpeper Co, VA. One was seen Jan 30 along the
northwest end of Turner Rd in southern Calvert Co, MD; two were there Feb 2.
A LAPLAND LONGSPUR was also seen Jan 30 in Carroll Co, MD along Ebert Rd
just south of Middleburg Road, and another the same day, in Frederick Co,
MD, along Bullfrog Rd just south of the PA line.

 

SNOW BUNTINGS were seen in a couple locations this past week including six
on the 30th at Burke's Garden, Tazewell Co, VA and on Feb 1 in a field along
Park Gate Rd in Nokesville, Prince William Co, VA.

 

An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER continued to be seen at the tip of Jones Point
Park in Alex, VA with the most recent sighting on Jan 26. Another continued
at the restricted access storm water pond at Swan Creek/Cox Creek, Anne
Arundel Co, MD with a sighting on Jan 26. Another was seen Jan 28 foraging
in holly trees at the Tidal Basin, West Potomac Park, SW DC. Another was
seen Jan 31, also foraging in holly trees, at the Gardens entrance at the
Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens, NE DC. A few other overwintering
warbler species were also seen.

 

AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS turned up at a number of feeders and other locations
this past week. The LARK SPARROW at the Hughes Road Polo fields, south of
Poolesville in Montgomery Co., MD, first seen a couple of weeks ago,
continues with a sighting as recently as Feb 2. An incredible 110 SAVANNAH
SPARROWS were counted in a farm field in King George Co, VA on Jan 26. A
LINCOLN'S SPARROW was reported at Big Water Farm, Queen Anne's Co, MD, Jan
27 through Feb 2. 

 

BALTIMORE ORIOLES were seen at a couple of different locations this past
week including one at a home in Anne Arundel Co, MD and another, a
well-photographed male, at a feeder in Leesburg, Loudoun Co, VA on Jan 30.
One was also seen Jan 30 and Feb 1 at the Blandy Experimental Farm, Clarke
Co, VA.

 

Among the birds seen during a Jan 30 trip in Rockingham Co, VA, up Rte 924
in the George Washington National Forest (west of Dayton) were two RED
CROSSBILLS at Briery Branch Gap.

 

PINE SISKINS were among the many birds seen at feeders this past week.

 

A single male EVENING GROSBEAK was seen Jan 29 in Northampton Co, VA near
Cherrystone Inlet.

 

Good Birding.

 

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: Re: snow buntings
From: Stephen Johnson <stevejohnson2 AT verizon.net>
Date: Tue, 02 Feb 2016 19:01:46 -0500
Hello Birders,

We twitched out to Nokesville today (02 Feb), and carefully scanned the fields 
along Parkgate Drive. Very little snow, and no Snow Buntings, as far as I could 
tell. I guess they probably moved on. 


We did find 5 Turkeys, a beautiful adult Kestrel, a Harrier, and roughly 1,000 
Canada Geese (all in one flock). A quick scan of the Geese did not turn up any 
of their Ross' or Snow cousins, but we were far from thorough in that search. 


We did not find a single sandpiper, finch, lark, pipit, meadowlark, bunting, 
sparrow, junco, longspur, or goldfinch, anywhere along the 4 miles of road this 
afternoon. 


Steve Johnson
Fairfax, Virginia


On Feb 1, 2016, at 9:05 AM, Bulmer, Anthony wrote:

> In the field along park gate road in Nokesville, a small flock of about 11 
snow buntings were feeding in a bare grassy spot. 

> Tony Bulmer
> Naturalist FCPA
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Subject: Sandhill cranes, Warrenton
From: Sue Garvin <garvin.sue AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 2 Feb 2016 12:10:30 -0500
We had a low flyover of two sandhill cranes at Airlie, Warrenton, VA on
Monday afternoon just before 5pm.

Sue

Sue Garvin
Sperryville, VA
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Subject: Snow Goose - Silver Lake today (Dayton, Rockingham Co.)
From: Diane L via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Tue, 2 Feb 2016 15:50:29 +0000 (UTC)
The bird was at the Lake this morning -- it was first reported yesterday (2/1.) 
The immature Trumpeter Swan was still present. 


Diane Lepkowski
Harrisonburg
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Subject: Greater White-fronted Geese (Staunton)
From: Gabriel Mapel via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Tue, 2 Feb 2016 15:42:26 +0000 (UTC)
Hi all,I just a call from Allen Larner who is looking at 8-9 Greater 
White-fronted Geese in with a flock of 400+ Canadas along Bells Ln.  They are 
in a field along the south side of Bells Ln by the big tree in the area that 
floods in the spring, on the left hand side of the road, downhill (to the west) 
from the top of the hill.  

Good Birding,Gabriel Mapel, New Hope, for Allen Larner
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Subject: FOY woodcock-western Albemarle, nature observations
From: MARLENECONDON--- via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Tue, 2 Feb 2016 10:20:30 -0500
Heard my first woodcock of the year this morning for about 5 minutes,  
beginning about 6:45 AM. Hadn't checked previously so not sure if this was its 

first day in this field where I usually hear these birds, but considering  
most of the area is still snow-covered, it might have been.
 
Since there was a brief shower yesterday and the temperature wasn't very  
low this AM (about 42 degrees), I decided to check some of the usual nearby  
spots for amphibian activity.  Again, thanks to the snow cover, there  
wasn't any sign of Wood Frog or recent Spotted Salamander activity (6  Spotted 
Salamander egg masses have been here since January!!!!).   However, there were 
several water striders skating around on the surface of one  pool.  Really 
made me feel like spring was almost here in spite of the snow  on the 
ground! 
 
Sincerely,
Marlene
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Subject: Re: Albino Yellow-rumped Warbler
From: Paul Glass <pag AT gcrcompany.com>
Date: Tue, 2 Feb 2016 09:10:30 -0500
Adam D'Onofrio and I also saw this bird in the same area on 1/16.

Paul Glass
South Boston, VA

-----Original Message-----
From: Matt Anthony [mailto:mhanthony AT email.wm.edu] 
Sent: Monday, February 01, 2016 5:53 PM
To: Tim Hodge
Cc: Va-bird Listserve
Subject: Re: [Va-bird] Albino Yellow-rumped Warbler


Hi Tim!

It sounds like this could potentially be the same leucistic bird that Nick
Newberry and I found in approximately the same location on the Rarity
Roundup this past November. Below is a link to the eBird list with our
photos. If it is the same bird, its nice to know it has managed to survive
thus far.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S25828375

Best,
--Matt Anthony
College of William & Mary

On Mon, Feb 1, 2016 at 1:31 PM, Tim Hodge  wrote:

> Photographed an albino Yellow-rumped Warbler this morning around 9:45 
> at Back Bay NWR at the trail head behind the nature center.
>
> Tim Hodge
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Subject: Lapland Longspur @ Grandview Beach Hampton
From: David Gibson <20cabot AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 2 Feb 2016 04:01:13 -0500
We had the great fortune to see this bird on Mon 2/1 in the late afternoon.
We walked to the end of the beach and on the way back it flew from the dune
right over our heads to the last jetty. I knew right away I had something
special. No, it wasn't a Song Sparrow. It remained there for probably 15
minutes before it returned to a spot in the dune. I only had a small
camera, so took the best shots I could. A lifer for me and my wife. No sign
of any Snow Buntings, Ipswich Sparrows or the Ocean View Snowy. Dave
Gibson, Chesapeake

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S27261292
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Subject: E. Meadowlarks and Blue-winged Teals at Henricus
From: Alyssa Freeman <tsiporah.shani AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 1 Feb 2016 20:55:57 -0500
Drove down to Henricus Park in Chester this afternoon for two hours. I
mostly stayed along the road to view the pond, then walked out to the
bluffs. The highlights were a pair of Eastern Meadowlarks, which I've never
seen there before, three Northern Pintails, and four Blue-winged Teals. The
Teals and Pintails were over by the second overlook, as were the
Meadowlarks (though the latter were on the other side of the fence). The
complete list is on eBird at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S27257866

Alyssa Freeman
Henrico, VA
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Subject: Re: Albino Yellow-rumped Warbler
From: Matt Anthony <mhanthony AT email.wm.edu>
Date: Mon, 1 Feb 2016 17:52:34 -0500
Hi Tim!

It sounds like this could potentially be the same leucistic bird that Nick
Newberry and I found in approximately the same location on the Rarity
Roundup this past November. Below is a link to the eBird list with our
photos. If it is the same bird, its nice to know it has managed to survive
thus far.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S25828375

Best,
--Matt Anthony
College of William & Mary

On Mon, Feb 1, 2016 at 1:31 PM, Tim Hodge  wrote:

> Photographed an albino Yellow-rumped Warbler this morning around 9:45 at
> Back Bay NWR at the trail head behind the nature center.
>
> Tim Hodge
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Subject: Re: Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk
From: "Walter L. Barrows" <wbarrows AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 1 Feb 2016 17:11:32 -0500
I added 6 shots to my Huntley Meadows gallery from this morning's birdwalk.
https://wlb3.smugmug.com/Virginia-Parks/Huntley-Meadows-Park/

Thanks, Harry.

Cheers

*Walt*

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On Mon, Feb 1, 2016 at 3:41 PM, Harry Glasgow 
wrote:

> Nearly 30 birders broke their cabin fever chains and joined together for
> this morning's Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk.  The trails were
> a little rough, and the bird count was down, but it was still a glorious
> morning to be out in the woods.  The central wetland was still frozen
> over so the waterfowl count was restricted to Canada Geese and a handful of
> Mallards.  We were able to tally all 7 of the woodpecker species found in
> our region, as well as a pair of Barred Owls hanging around their usual
> haunts near the parking lot.  A large flock of male Red-winged Blackbirds
>  were in full voice practicing up for the upcoming spring mating chorus.
> Canada Goose  161
> Mallard  6
> Turkey Vulture  2
> Red-shouldered Hawk  1
> Red-tailed Hawk  1
> Ring-billed Gull  5
> Great Black-backed Gull  2
> Mourning Dove  6
> Barred Owl  2
> Red-headed Woodpecker  6
> Red-bellied Woodpecker  4
> Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  1
> Downy Woodpecker  5
> Hairy Woodpecker  4
> Northern Flicker  4
> Pileated Woodpecker  2
> Blue Jay  5
> American Crow  30
> Fish Crow  2
> Carolina Chickadee  10
> Tufted Titmouse  6
> White-breasted Nuthatch  2
> Brown Creeper  1
> Winter Wren  1
> Carolina Wren  5
> Ruby-crowned Kinglet  1
> Eastern Bluebird  7
> Hermit Thrush  1
> American Robin  27
> European Starling  3
> Dark-eyed Junco  2
> White-throated Sparrow  16
> Song Sparrow  7
> Swamp Sparrow  3
> Northern Cardinal  13
> Red-winged Blackbird  50+
> Common Grackle  2
> Brown-headed Cowbird  3
> American Goldfinch  5
>
> The Monday Morning Birdwalk has been a weekly event at Huntley Meadows
> since 1985. It takes place every week, rain or shine (except during
> electrical storms, strong winds, or icy trails), at 8AM (7AM from April
> through October), is free of charge, requires no reservation, and is open
> to all. Birders meet in the parking lot at the Park's entrance at 3701
> Lockheed Blvd, Alexandria, VA. Questions should be directed to Park staff
> during normal business hours at (703)768-2525.
>
> Harry Glasgow
> Friends of Huntley Meadows Park
>
>
>
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Subject: Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk
From: Harry Glasgow via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Mon, 1 Feb 2016 20:41:17 +0000 (UTC)
Nearly 30 birders broke their cabin fever chains and joined togetherfor this 
morning's Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk.  The trails were a little 
rough, and the birdcount was down, but it was still a glorious morning to be 
out in the woods.  The central wetland was still frozen over sothe waterfowl 
count was restricted to Canada Geese and a handful of Mallards.  We were able 
to tally all 7 of the woodpeckerspecies found in our region, as well as a pair 
of Barred Owls hanging around theirusual haunts near the parking lot.  Alarge 
flock of male Red-winged Blackbirds  were in full voice practicing up for 
theupcoming spring mating chorus. Canada Goose  161 

Mallard  6
Turkey Vulture  2
Red-shouldered Hawk  1
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Ring-billed Gull  5
Great Black-backed Gull  2
Mourning Dove  6
Barred Owl  2
Red-headed Woodpecker  6
Red-bellied Woodpecker  4
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  1
Downy Woodpecker  5
Hairy Woodpecker  4
Northern Flicker  4
Pileated Woodpecker  2
Blue Jay  5
American Crow  30
Fish Crow  2
Carolina Chickadee  10
Tufted Titmouse  6
White-breasted Nuthatch  2
Brown Creeper  1
Winter Wren  1
Carolina Wren  5
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  1
Eastern Bluebird  7
Hermit Thrush  1
American Robin  27
European Starling  3
Dark-eyed Junco  2
White-throated Sparrow  16
Song Sparrow  7
Swamp Sparrow  3
Northern Cardinal  13
Red-winged Blackbird  50+
Common Grackle  2
Brown-headed Cowbird  3
American Goldfinch  5
The Monday Morning Birdwalk has been a weekly event at Huntley Meadows since 
1985. It takes place every week, rain or shine (except during electrical 
storms, strong winds, or icy trails), at 8AM (7AM from April  through 
October), 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: Re: Black Vulture bill passes committee-please write to newspapers
From: Dave Youker via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Mon, 1 Feb 2016 15:14:12 -0500
Letters were sent today to my House representative and the Governor on half 
 of the Boards of the Hampton Roads Bird Club and the Coastal Virginia 
Wildlife  Observatory.  Hoping others do the same!
 
Dave Youker
Yorktown, VA
 
 
Interesting- suppose they did not discuss the India vulture crisis  that 
began in the 80s and remain unsolved, when supposedly diclifenac used in  
cattle presumedly killed off an estimated 96% of some species of vultures  
leading to a catastrophic increase in unconsumed carcasses...... With increase 

in disease associated with those carcasses and increase in wild dog  
populations... ..rabies...rats. And so on.... But it appears that we must have 
a 

system here to assure we do not experience the same problems due to  
purposeful culling of the population?? Maybe vultures in the US are not 
considered 

important environmentally?


Kenneth A.  Lipshy
Www.crisismanagementleadership.com

> On Feb 1, 2016, at  11:08 AM, MARLENECONDON--- via va-bird 
  wrote:
> 
> Thank you so much to everyone who has made the effort  to help the Black  
> Vulture.
> 
> Creigh Deeds (my  representative) was the only senator to stand against 
this 
> bill when  it was voted on in the Senate.  I think folks should take a   
> moment to say thanks.  It takes immense courage to stand  alone.  His  
e-mail 
> address is  _district25 AT senate.virginia.gov_ 
>  (mailto:district25 AT senate.virginia.gov) 
> 
> Also, we need a  public outpouring of complaints against the Senate and 
the  
>  House which is preparing to fund the agency that will allow the killing  
 of 
> the vultures.  Sadly, in this case Del. Steve Landes (again,  my  
> representative) wouldn't listen to reason as Senator Deeds  did and he's 
the  patron of 
> the bill to provide money!
>  
> This DOES set a very bad precedent for all wildlife.  I know  it's a  
pain 
> to write letters to the editor, but I hope birders  will publicly stand 
up  
> for this bird.  Too many birders  behave as pacifists; they don't want  
to 
> fight for the birds  they care about which means birders have no  voice.  
I'm 
>  truly shocked that--as far as I know--even birding associations  (ABA,  
American 
> Bird Conservancy, Audubon Society, National Wildlife  Federation,  etc.) 
> have not dissented publicly about this  situation.  (If anyone  knows 
that they 
> have spoken out,  please let me know.)
> 
> Apparently this fight is being left to  individual birders.  PLEASE  help 
> because if enough folks  do, it CAN make a difference.  In 2008, 2  towns 
in 
> Loudoun  County planned to kill Turkey and BlackVultures.  The  Loudoun  
> Wildlife Conservancy, along with individual members and   residents in 
the towns, 
> sent letters to each of the town governing  bodies  and to the local 
> newspapers.  Even though  Middleburg had a permit to kill  200 vultures, 
neither of the 
> 2  towns killed ANY that year.
> 
> Sincerely,
>  Marlene
> 
> 
> 
> In a message dated 1/23/2016  6:29:44 P.M. Eastern Standard Time,  
> leightern AT msn.com  writes:
> 
> I too  emailed everyone on the list Marlene sent  out and am concerned 
about 
> the  precedent this may set for other  wildlife that becomes inconvenie
nt. 
> Keep us  posted to what  other steps may be taken by concerned citizens. 
> 
>> Date:  Sat, 23 Jan 2016 15:15:20 -0500
>> To:   va-bird AT listserve.com
>> Subject: [Va-bird] Black Vulture bill  passes  committee
>> From: va-bird AT listserve.com
>>  
>> Like many of  you, I'm concerned about the way this issue is  being  
> handled.  
>> There is a clear federal  process already in place  addressing  both the 
>> short  and long term.  This bill  attempts to circumvent that   process. 
 
> As has 
>> been stated,  it will take a  lot of voices to affect a  change.  Like
> many of   
>> you, I wrote to every member of this committee urging  them  to  vote

> against 
>> this bill.  The results  was an unanimous approval  of  the bill.  
> Obviously,  
>> these members didn't hear enough  to sway their   thinking.  It will now
> go to 
>> the House and   Senate.
>> 
>> Dave Youker
>> Yorktown,  VA
>> 
>> 
>> 
>> Thank you, David!   I deeply appreciate  your assistance  with this  
>>  situation.
>> 
>> I  hope you--and other birders--will  write to  Senator Carrico who is  
> the  
>>  sole sponsor of the bill.  He can be  contacted  at   
>> _district40 AT senate.virginia.gov_   
>  (mailto:district40 AT senate.virginia.gov) 
>> 
>> Government  only  listens when a  LOT of folks chime in.  My  commentary 
 
> that  
>> appeared in the   Richmond paper is not enough.  The people  in Richmond 
  
>> need 
>> to  hear that other folks feel  the  same way as I do.   
>> 
>> Sincerely,
>>  Marlene
>> 
>> 
>> 
>> 
>> In a  message dated  1/22/2016  9:25:16 A.M. Eastern Standard Time,   
>> wrenpt AT gmail.com  writes:
>  
http://www.fws.gov/birds/management/managed-species/migratory-bird-treaty-ac
>>  t-protected-species.php
>> 
>> 
>> 
>>  Marlene,
>> 
>> 
>> You  might direct  the  sponsor(s) of the bill to  the link above.
>>  
>> 
>> It  lists the Black   Vulture as  among the species protected by 
>> international    
>> treaty, of which the  U.S. is a signer.
>>  
>> 
>> David   Matson
>> Suffolk  and  Onancock
>> 
>> 
>> On Fri, Jan 22, 2016  at 9:08  AM, MARLENECONDON---  via  va-bird 
>>  <_va-bird AT listserve.com_   (mailto:va-bird AT listserve.com) >  wrote:
>> 
>> This    version is  worse in my  opinion.  First it's unnecessary other  
 
>  than
>> to  allow  the killing of Black Vultures.   Please  read my   Richmond
>> Times-Dispatch   commentary about the  farming practices  that  
>  undoubtedly 
>> bring about  the
>> vulture   problems.   Then I hope  you'll  contact the  Committee.    
> Thanks!
>  
_http://www.richmond.com/opinion/their-opinion/guest-columnists/article_6693
>>  b1d
>> e-78e6-5bc0-9ed4-12fd27ea91e4.html_  
>  
(http://www.richmond.com/opinion/their-opinion/guest-columnists/article_6693
>>  b1de-78e6-5bc0-9ed4-12fd27ea91e4.html)   
>> SENATE   BILL  NO. 37 AMENDMENT  IN THE
>> NATURE OF  A   SUBSTITUTE  (Proposed  by the Senate Committee on    
>> Agriculture,
>> Conservation and Natural  Resources  on    January  21, 2016) (Patron  
> Prior  
>> to
>> Substitute--Senator  Carrico)A   BILL  to amend and reenact    
_3.2-5904_
>>  (http://law.lis.virginia.gov/vacode/3.2-5904)   of the    Code of
> Virginia, 
>> relating to
>> control  of  black vultures.
>> Be   it  enacted by the  General  Assembly of Virginia:
>> 1.  That    _3.2-5904_   (http://law.lis.virginia.gov/vacode/3.2-5904)  
 
> of   
>> the
>> Code of Virginia is  amended and  reenacted as   follows:
>>    _3.2-5904_  (http://law.lis.virginia.gov/vacode/3.2-5904) .   
Authority
>  of
>> the Commissioner; coyotes; black  vultures.
>> The    Commissioner  may enter into  agreements with local and state   
>> agencies,
>>  or other   persons for the control of  coyotes, black   vultures 
(Coragyps
>> atratus),  and   other wildlife  that pose  a  danger to agricultural 
>> animals.  
>> The
>> Commissioner shall enter  into an   agreement  with the federal  
> government to
>>  reestablish   establish and maintain the Virginia Cooperative   Coyote
> Damage
>> Control  Wildlife Damage Management  Program.
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>> 
>> 
>>  
>> 
>> -- 
>> 
>> 
>> David  Matson
>> Suffolk and  Onancock,    Virginia
>> 
>> 
>> 
>> 
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Subject: Albino Yellow-rumped Warbler
From: Tim Hodge <tanagertim AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 1 Feb 2016 13:31:30 -0500
Photographed an albino Yellow-rumped Warbler this morning around 9:45 at
Back Bay NWR at the trail head behind the nature center.

Tim Hodge
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Subject: Virginia Beach - Iceland Gull Not Present @ 6th Street Beach
From: Rob Bielawski <robbielawski AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 1 Feb 2016 12:37:34 -0500
Fellow Birders,

Following up on Jeff Byrd's posting yesterday, the Iceland Gull was not
re-found today during my stop-in from 11:30 AM to 12:10 PM. A good
collection of Ring-billed, Herring, Lesser & Great Black-backed as well as
a few Bonaparte's were on the beach, but nothing unusual sadly.

The spoil pipe that removes soils from Rudee Inlet and deposits them on the
beach to the north was still running when I left and the collection of
gulls was still present. Perhaps someone checking the site in the coming
days will get lucky enough to spot this beautiful adult bird again.

Rob Bielawski
Virginia Beach, VA
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Subject: Re: Black Vulture bill passes committee-please write to newspapers
From: KEN LIPSHY <wuzupdoc12 AT msn.com>
Date: Mon, 1 Feb 2016 12:07:30 -0500
Interesting- suppose they did not discuss the India vulture crisis that began 
in the 80s and remain unsolved, when supposedly diclifenac used in cattle 
presumedly killed off an estimated 96% of some species of vultures leading to a 
catastrophic increase in unconsumed carcasses...... With increase in disease 
associated with those carcasses and increase in wild dog populations... 
..rabies...rats. And so on.... But it appears that we must have a system here 
to assure we do not experience the same problems due to purposeful culling of 
the population?? Maybe vultures in the US are not considered important 
environmentally? 



Kenneth A. Lipshy
Www.crisismanagementleadership.com

> On Feb 1, 2016, at 11:08 AM, MARLENECONDON--- via va-bird 
 wrote: 

> 
> Thank you so much to everyone who has made the effort to help the Black  
> Vulture.
> 
> Creigh Deeds (my representative) was the only senator to stand against this 
> bill when it was voted on in the Senate.  I think folks should take a  
> moment to say thanks. It takes immense courage to stand alone. His e-mail 

> address is _district25 AT senate.virginia.gov_ 
> (mailto:district25 AT senate.virginia.gov) 
> 
> Also, we need a public outpouring of complaints against the Senate and the  
> House which is preparing to fund the agency that will allow the killing  of 
> the vultures.  Sadly, in this case Del. Steve Landes (again, my  
> representative) wouldn't listen to reason as Senator Deeds did and he's the 
patron of 

> the bill to provide money!
> 
> This DOES set a very bad precedent for all wildlife.  I know it's a  pain 
> to write letters to the editor, but I hope birders will publicly stand up  
> for this bird.  Too many birders behave as pacifists; they don't want  to 
> fight for the birds they care about which means birders have no voice. I'm 

> truly shocked that--as far as I know--even birding associations (ABA, 
American 

> Bird Conservancy, Audubon Society, National Wildlife Federation,  etc.) 
> have not dissented publicly about this situation. (If anyone knows that they 

> have spoken out, please let me know.)
> 
> Apparently this fight is being left to individual birders.  PLEASE  help 
> because if enough folks do, it CAN make a difference.  In 2008, 2  towns in 
> Loudoun County planned to kill Turkey and BlackVultures.  The  Loudoun 
> Wildlife Conservancy, along with individual members and residents in the 
towns, 

> sent letters to each of the town governing bodies  and to the local 
> newspapers. Even though Middleburg had a permit to kill 200 vultures, neither 
of the 

> 2 towns killed ANY that year.
> 
> Sincerely,
> Marlene
> 
> 
> 
> In a message dated 1/23/2016 6:29:44 P.M. Eastern Standard Time,  
> leightern AT msn.com writes:
> 
> I too  emailed everyone on the list Marlene sent out and am concerned about 
> the  precedent this may set for other wildlife that becomes inconvenient. 
> Keep us  posted to what other steps may be taken by concerned citizens. 
> 
>> Date: Sat, 23 Jan 2016 15:15:20 -0500
>> To:  va-bird AT listserve.com
>> Subject: [Va-bird] Black Vulture bill passes  committee
>> From: va-bird AT listserve.com
>> 
>> Like many of  you, I'm concerned about the way this issue is being  
> handled.  
>> There is a clear federal process already in place  addressing  both the 
>> short and long term.  This bill  attempts to circumvent that  process.  
> As has 
>> been stated,  it will take a lot of voices to affect a  change.  Like
> many of  
>> you, I wrote to every member of this committee urging  them to  vote
> against 
>> this bill.  The results was an unanimous approval  of  the bill.  
> Obviously, 
>> these members didn't hear enough  to sway their  thinking.  It will now
> go to 
>> the House and  Senate.
>> 
>> Dave Youker
>> Yorktown, VA
>> 
>> 
>> 
>> Thank you, David!  I deeply appreciate  your assistance  with this  
>> situation.
>> 
>> I  hope you--and other birders--will write to  Senator Carrico who is  
> the  
>> sole sponsor of the bill.  He can be  contacted  at  
>> _district40 AT senate.virginia.gov_   
> (mailto:district40 AT senate.virginia.gov) 
>> 
>> Government only  listens when a  LOT of folks chime in.  My commentary  
> that  
>> appeared in the  Richmond paper is not enough.  The people  in Richmond  
>> need 
>> to  hear that other folks feel  the same way as I do.   
>> 
>> Sincerely,
>> Marlene
>> 
>> 
>> 
>> 
>> In a message dated  1/22/2016  9:25:16 A.M. Eastern Standard Time,  
>> wrenpt AT gmail.com  writes:
> http://www.fws.gov/birds/management/managed-species/migratory-bird-treaty-ac
>> t-protected-species.php
>> 
>> 
>> 
>> Marlene,
>> 
>> 
>> You  might direct the  sponsor(s) of the bill to  the link above.
>> 
>> 
>> It  lists the Black   Vulture as among the species protected by 
>> international   
>> treaty, of which the  U.S. is a signer.
>> 
>> 
>> David   Matson
>> Suffolk and  Onancock
>> 
>> 
>> On Fri, Jan 22, 2016 at 9:08  AM, MARLENECONDON---  via  va-bird 
>> <_va-bird AT listserve.com_   (mailto:va-bird AT listserve.com) > wrote:
>> 
>> This    version is  worse in my opinion.  First it's unnecessary other   
> than
>> to  allow  the killing of Black Vultures.  Please  read my   Richmond
>> Times-Dispatch  commentary about the  farming practices  that  
> undoubtedly 
>> bring about  the
>> vulture  problems.   Then I hope  you'll  contact the Committee.    
> Thanks!
> _http://www.richmond.com/opinion/their-opinion/guest-columnists/article_6693
>> b1d
>> e-78e6-5bc0-9ed4-12fd27ea91e4.html_  
> (http://www.richmond.com/opinion/their-opinion/guest-columnists/article_6693
>> b1de-78e6-5bc0-9ed4-12fd27ea91e4.html)   
>> SENATE  BILL  NO. 37 AMENDMENT  IN THE
>> NATURE OF  A  SUBSTITUTE  (Proposed  by the Senate Committee on   
>> Agriculture,
>> Conservation and Natural  Resources on    January  21, 2016) (Patron  
> Prior 
>> to
>> Substitute--Senator  Carrico)A  BILL  to amend and reenact  §  _3.2-5904_
>> (http://law.lis.virginia.gov/vacode/3.2-5904)   of the   Code of
> Virginia, 
>> relating to
>> control of  black vultures.
>> Be   it  enacted by the General  Assembly of Virginia:
>> 1.  That §  _3.2-5904_   (http://law.lis.virginia.gov/vacode/3.2-5904)  
> of   
>> the
>> Code of Virginia is amended and  reenacted as   follows:
>> §  _3.2-5904_  (http://law.lis.virginia.gov/vacode/3.2-5904) .  Authority
>  of
>> the Commissioner; coyotes; black vultures.
>> The    Commissioner  may enter into agreements with local and state   
>> agencies,
>> or other   persons for the control of  coyotes, black  vultures (Coragyps
>> atratus),  and   other wildlife that pose  a  danger to agricultural 
>> animals. 
>> The
>> Commissioner shall enter  into an  agreement  with the federal  
> government to
>> reestablish   establish and maintain the Virginia Cooperative  Coyote
> Damage
>> Control  Wildlife Damage Management Program.
>> *** You are   subscribed to va-bird  as _wrenpt AT gmail.com_ 
>> (mailto:wrenpt AT gmail.com) . If you wish to   unsubscribe, or modify  
> your 
>> preferences please 
>> visit   http://mailman.listserve.com/listmanager/listinfo/va-bird    ***
>> 
>> 
>> 
>> 
>> 
>> 
>> -- 
>> 
>> 
>> David Matson
>> Suffolk and  Onancock,   Virginia
>> 
>> 
>> 
>> 
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Subject: snow buntings
From: "Bulmer, Anthony" <Anthony.Bulmer AT fairfaxcounty.gov>
Date: Mon, 1 Feb 2016 14:05:35 +0000
In the field along park gate road in Nokesville, a small flock of about 11 snow 
buntings were feeding in a bare grassy spot. 

Tony Bulmer
Naturalist FCPA
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Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Pohick Bay Regional Park - CMN06, Jan 31, 2016
From: Phillip Kenny <philkenny AT verizon.net>
Date: Mon, 01 Feb 2016 08:36:32 -0500
Russ Taylor and I birded Pohick Bay Regional Park, Fairfax County, yesterday. 
There were lots of waterfowl on the far side of the bay. Highlights being 
Common Goldeneye, Northern Pintail and Common Mergansers. 

We then went over to Mason Neck, but the water was all frozen out to the river. 
We could see some waterfowl in Belmont Bay. Leesylvania was also quiet. There 
was a raft of scaup pretty far out in the Potomac, but not much else. 

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



> Begin forwarded message:
> 
> From: ebird-checklist AT cornell.edu
> Subject: eBird Report - Pohick Bay Regional Park - CMN06, Jan 31, 2016
> Date: February 1, 2016 at 8:31:17 AM EST
> To: philkenny AT verizon.net
> 
> Pohick Bay Regional Park - CMN06, Fairfax, Virginia, US
> Jan 31, 2016 8:13 AM - 9:37 AM
> Protocol: Stationary
> Comments:     
Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.1.5 Build 44 > 44 species > > Canada Goose 100 > Gadwall 400 > American Wigeon 80 > American Black Duck 350 > Mallard 50 > Northern Pintail 18 > Redhead 70 > Ring-necked Duck 2 > Lesser Scaup 20 > Bufflehead 45 > Common Goldeneye 5 > Hooded Merganser 30 > Common Merganser 7 > Ruddy Duck 30 > Pied-billed Grebe 6 > Great Blue Heron 18 > Bald Eagle 2 > American Coot 750 > Ring-billed Gull 20 > Herring Gull 6 > Belted Kingfisher 1 > Red-bellied Woodpecker 1 > Downy Woodpecker 1 > Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 2 > Pileated Woodpecker 3 > Blue Jay 2 > American Crow 5 > Fish Crow 1 > Carolina Chickadee 2 > Tufted Titmouse 3 > White-breasted Nuthatch 2 > Brown Creeper 2 > Carolina Wren 3 > Eastern Bluebird 6 > Hermit Thrush 3 > American Robin 3 > European Starling 4 > Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) 6 > White-throated Sparrow 6 > Song Sparrow 2 > Northern Cardinal 4 > Common Grackle 2 > Brown-headed Cowbird 15 > American Goldfinch 15 > > View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S27223238 > > 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: Fwd: eBird Report - Pohick Bay Regional Park - CMN06, Jan 31, 2016
From: Phillip Kenny <philkenny AT verizon.net>
Date: Mon, 01 Feb 2016 08:36:32 -0500
Russ Taylor and I birded Pohick Bay Regional Park, Fairfax County, yesterday. 
There were lots of waterfowl on the far side of the bay. Highlights being 
Common Goldeneye, Northern Pintail and Common Mergansers. 

We then went over to Mason Neck, but the water was all frozen out to the river. 
We could see some waterfowl in Belmont Bay. Leesylvania was also quiet. There 
was a raft of scaup pretty far out in the Potomac, but not much else. 

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 - Pohick Bay Regional Park - CMN06, Jan 31, 2016
> Date: February 1, 2016 at 8:31:17 AM EST
> To: philkenny AT verizon.net 
> 
> Pohick Bay Regional Park - CMN06, Fairfax, Virginia, US
> Jan 31, 2016 8:13 AM - 9:37 AM
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Subject: Barred or Great Horned Owl?
From: Alyssa Freeman <tsiporah.shani AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 31 Jan 2016 22:15:34 -0500
I saw an owl today in Richmond at the side of the road as I was driving,
take flight,but I didn't get a good look at its face. It was about 2:30 in
the afternoon. Any thoughts on which owl it was more likely to be? All I'm
100% sure about is brown on top, barring underneath the wings, and possibly
a lot of white on the sides. It also seemed quite stocky in build. Thoughts?

Alyssa Freeman
Henrico, VA
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Subject: Iceland Gull
From: Jeff Byrd via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Sun, 31 Jan 2016 20:24:12 -0500
Angie and I stopped at Rudee Inlet this afternoon on our way to try to relocate 
the Western Tanager at Pleasure House Point. 

We noticed an area at 6th St. where dredge was being pumped onto the beach and 
with lots of gulls present. We walked down the beach and found a beautiful, 
adult plumaged Iceland Gull amidst the many Ring-billed, Herring, Lesser and 
Greater Black-backed Gulls present. 



Photos of the Iceland Gull are here: 
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.936717756418115.1073742537.378254298931133&type=3 



We went on to Pleasure House Point, but were unable to relocate the Tanager, 
but had a nice showing of waterfowl with 

16 Hooded Mergansers aggressively striving to impress the females with all 
manner of displays, 

14 Green-winged Teal
and many American Widgeon, Shovelers, Gadwall, Bufflehead and a Red-breasted 
Merganser present. 

There were also 6 Black Skimmers and an Osprey amidst many more gulls on the 
large sandbar near the bridge. 

Also present was a juvenile Little Blue Heron and a flyover Cooper's Hawk with 
prey. 






"He who refreshes another will himself be refreshed" –Solomon

Jeff Byrd




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