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Snow Goose,©David Sibley

23 Sep Dyke Marsh/Juv BC Night Heron [Rich Rieger via va-bird ]
23 Sep Jamestown ferry [Tom Saunders ]
23 Sep Cape Henry, Virginia Beach (9/22/2014) [Rob Bielawski ]
23 Sep Hi. Help me find a Place for birding at Swoop. [ ]
22 Sep HSR: Harvey's Knob (22 Sep 2014) 204 Raptors []
22 Sep HSR: Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (22 Sep 2014) 147 Raptors []
22 Sep HSR: Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (21 Sep 2014) 81 Raptors []
22 Sep HSR: Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (22 Sep 2014) 203 Raptors []
22 Sep Re: No. Va. Bird Club meeting Sept. 24 [Larry Meade via va-bird ]
22 Sep Jamestown Ferry [taberzz--- via va-bird ]
22 Sep Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk [Harry Glasgow via va-bird ]
22 Sep Fwd: eBird Report - Dyke Marsh - CMN02, Sep 21, 2014 [Rich Rieger via va-bird ]
22 Sep No. Va. Bird Club meeting Sept. 24 ["Joanna Bellows Taylor" ]
22 Sep Kiptopeke Challenge [birdergonewild--- via va-bird ]
22 Sep Re: Dyke Marsh Walk for Sept 21- river action keeps things interesting [dixiesommers via va-bird ]
22 Sep Sabine's Gull - NO [Elisa Enders ]
21 Sep HSR: Harvey's Knob (21 Sep 2014) 184 Raptors []
21 Sep HSR: Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (21 Sep 2014) 385 Raptors & 20 falcons! []
21 Sep HSR: Mendota Fire Tower (21 Sep 2014) 36 Raptors []
21 Sep HSR: Snickers Gap (21 Sep 2014) 166 Raptors []
21 Sep Dyke Marsh Walk for Sept 21- river action keeps things interesting ["prowarbler" ]
21 Sep Yellow-billed Cuckoo and seven Warbler morning [Walter Hadlock ]
21 Sep A miss on the Sabines [Janet Paisley ]
21 Sep Yellow-bellied Flycatcher, Philadelphia Vireo et al Amherst Co [Michael Boatwright ]
21 Sep Great Falls Park Walk [Marshall Rawson via va-bird ]
21 Sep advice needed for building Osprey nest platforms and placing cameras [Mary Foster ]
21 Sep Re: Sabines [Karen Kearney via va-bird ]
21 Sep Sabines [William Leigh ]
20 Sep Eastern Wood Pewee - Blue Ridge ["Nancy Young" ]
20 Sep HSR: Candler Mountain (20 Sep 2014) 246 Raptors []
20 Sep HSR: Mendota Fire Tower (20 Sep 2014) 115 Raptors []
20 Sep HSR: Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (20 Sep 2014) 661 Raptors []
20 Sep Chincoteague K C results [Herbert Larner via va-bird ]
20 Sep HSR: Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (20 Sep 2014) 2793 Raptors (3-falcon hour!) []
20 Sep HSR: Harvey's Knob (20 Sep 2014) 3293 Raptors []
20 Sep HSR: Mendota Fire Tower (19 Sep 2014) 191 Raptors []
20 Sep HSR: Snickers Gap (20 Sep 2014) 808 Raptors []
20 Sep NVBC Walk at Algonkian Regional Park, Saturday, Sep 20, 2014 [Elton Morel via va-bird ]
20 Sep Thank You for the ID [Elizabeth Holcombe Fedorko ]
20 Sep Need Help With Bird ID [Elizabeth Holcombe Fedorko ]
20 Sep Fwd: eBird Report - Leesylvania State Park - CPW04, Sep 20, 2014 [Marc Ribaudo ]
20 Sep Sabine's Gull at Jamestown Ferry 11:40am [David Larsen - birding ]
19 Sep Back Bay NWR, Virginia Beach (9/19/2014) [Rob Bielawski ]
19 Sep HSR: Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (19 Sep 2014) 268 Raptors []
19 Sep HSR: Snickers Gap (19 Sep 2014) 1372 Raptors []
19 Sep HSR: Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (19 Sep 2014) 1110 Raptors []
19 Sep HSR: Harvey's Knob (19 Sep 2014) Raptors []
19 Sep SWAINSON'S HAWK & OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER - Kiptopeke SP [Paul Nasca ]
19 Sep Snowy Egret - Cameron Run, Alexandria []
19 Sep Black-Legged Kittiwake also on Jamestown Ferry [Diana Doyle ]
19 Sep Sabines - YES 2PM 9/19 [Wendy Ealding ]
19 Sep Re: Sabine's Gull Pocohantas Ferry Jamestown [Wendy Ealding ]
19 Sep Winkler BP, Alexandria [Russell Taylor ]
19 Sep HSR: Harvey's Knob (18 Sep 2014) 637 Raptors []
19 Sep Call for nominations for VSO Abbott Conservation Award [Patti Reum ]
19 Sep HSR: Mendota Fire Tower (18 Sep 2014) 1752 Raptors []
18 Sep Sabines Gull and Whiskered Tern in Cape May [Andrew Baldelli ]
18 Sep 9/18/2014 - Pleasure House Point, Virginia Beach [Rob Bielawski ]
18 Sep HSR: Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (18 Sep 2014) 119 Raptors []
18 Sep HSR: Snickers Gap (18 Sep 2014) 439 Raptors []
18 Sep HSR: Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (18 Sep 2014) 3370 Raptors []
18 Sep Sabine's Gull Pocohantas Ferry Jamestown [Tracy Tate ]
18 Sep Sabin's Gull [Jim Marcum ]
18 Sep Any Sabine's Gull reports for 9/18? [Frank Fogarty ]
18 Sep HSR: Mendota Fire Tower (17 Sep 2014) 1253 Raptors []
17 Sep HSR: Harvey's Knob (17 Sep 2014) 1559 Raptors []
17 Sep Warbler ID needed by rehabber - Consenus is Common Yellowthroat! [Connie & Wilton Sale ]
17 Sep Sabine's Gull, Surry/James City Still present 9/17 [Nicholas Newberry ]
17 Sep Warbler ID needed by rehabber [Connie & Wilton Sale ]
17 Sep HSR: Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (17 Sep 2014) 2908 Raptors []
17 Sep Re: Bles Park bird walk on Wednesday [Jean Tatalias ]
17 Sep Bles Park bird walk on Wednesday [Jean Tatalias ]
17 Sep HSR: Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (17 Sep 2014) 273 Raptors []
17 Sep Lynchburg Broadwings 9/17 (~100) ["Sattler, Gene" ]
17 Sep HSR: Snickers Gap (17 Sep 2014) 379 Raptors []
17 Sep Fwd: eBird Report - Hog Island WMA - CSW04, Sep 16, 2014 [Jeff Blalock ]

Subject: Dyke Marsh/Juv BC Night Heron
From: Rich Rieger via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Tue, 23 Sep 2014 09:45:53 -0400
Was present again this morning in the "slip" behind the office. Posted up at 
the very end ~ 7:30a 


Rich Rieger
Alexandria
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Subject: Jamestown ferry
From: Tom Saunders <birdnerd53 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 23 Sep 2014 09:08:02 -0400
All,

This may be common knowledge but I was surprised to learn that VDOT allows
passengers to board the ferries by foot. This makes it possible to park
your car on land and board the Pocahontas for as long as you want, No need
to drive on, drive off and get back in line, with the possibility
(likelihood?) of getting aboard the "wrong" boat. It would entail a fair
walk from the closest public parking lot (there may not be any parking on
the Surry side for quite some distance) but that is a small price to pay
for the chance to triple your time on the water. Wish I'd known this
Saturday.

Tom Saunders
Kilmarnock
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Subject: Cape Henry, Virginia Beach (9/22/2014)
From: Rob Bielawski <robbielawski AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 23 Sep 2014 08:21:25 -0400
Hey Folks!

Did a little walk last night along the beachfront from 88th Street up and
around Cape Henry / Fort Story as far as you can go without crossing onto
the base. Expected to see a lot of Sanderlings, Willets, Brown Pelicans,
Royal Terns, Laughing/Ring-billed/Herring Gulls but had a few other nice
surprises as well (nothing rare, but still good birds).

Up around the rock jetty's that protect the shoreline off the cape there
was one lone Least Sandpiper running around with a group of Sanderlings.
This is one of the first ones I've ever seen on the beach, as opposed to
out on mudflats or in fields, and it was very neat to see just how much
smaller than a Sanderling they are, with both species to compare in the
same spot.

Also saw a few Lesser Black-backed Gulls still showing their breeding
plumage, with beautiful all white heads. I seem to see a lot more of them
in the winter here and therefore usually they have the streaked black/white
heads so seeing the breeding plumage was a changeup. As usual, I posted
some photographs to my site for those who are interested (
http://www.hrwe.org/staff-admins/rob-bielawski/outing-galleries).

Near the end of the walk, as the sun had set, a lone Yellow-crowned
Night-Heron flew over the beach, another bird I hadn't expected to see. And
many, many pelicans were in flight along the cape, probably going somewhere
to roost in big numbers for the night. Hope to get out again after work
some nights this week, this cooler weather has been fantastic.

Rob Bielawski
Virginia Beach, VA
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Subject: Hi. Help me find a Place for birding at Swoop.
From: Алена Дьяконова <alenchiksmile86 AT mail.ru>
Date: Tue, 23 Sep 2014 08:24:20 +0400
 Hi . I'll try to find a place but it mostly private property. Help me find a 
place at Swoop. 

Thanks. 

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Subject: HSR: Harvey's Knob (22 Sep 2014) 204 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 22 Sep 2014 21:09:21 -0400
Harvey's Knob
Roanoke, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 22, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       3             67             70
Bald Eagle                   3             65             79
Northern Harrier             0              6             10
Sharp-shinned Hawk          16            106            110
Cooper's Hawk                1             25             31
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              3              4
Broad-winged Hawk          169           8587           8609
Red-tailed Hawk              5             40             46
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             7             52             52
Merlin                       0              3              4
Peregrine Falcon             0              6              6
Unknown Accipiter            0              1              1
Unknown Buteo                0              4              4
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              7              7

Total:                     204           8972           9033
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00 
Observation end   time: 18:15:00 
Total observation time: 10.25 hours

Official Counter:        Katie James

Observers:        Baron & Tina Gibson, Bill James, Carl Christensen

Visitors:
Oregon, Illinois and Quebec were represented today.


Weather:
Cool, post front temperatures and healthy wind with not enough clouds. 
Temps ranged from 15 to 19, with a decrease in the final hours.  Wind was
constant varying from 2 to 3 back to 1 late; cloud cover early was 10 to
30%, but well placed and decreased in the early to mid afternoon and then
increased  to 80% late.  Visibility was a welcome 5 throughout the day.

Raptor Observations:
Broadwings were fairly constant today, but too high in the early and
cloudless mid-day.  Sharpies picked up as did Kestrels.
ABE's at 8:30; 11:07; and 1:48

Non-raptor Observations:
This is the post BW and post-Kinseyan pigout period wherein we transition
to fewer hawks and better health.  Fewer hawkwatchers and passersby were
present today, but we had great help primarily from Janet and Roy from the
Lynchburg area.  You can see some of Roy's photos on the "Harvey's Knob
Hawkwatch" Facebook page among other ephemera.  We had about 80 Monarchs
today with Janet and Tina counting for our regular counter.  Janet had the
Spot o' the Day with the last Eagle.

Predictions:
East wind and few clouds.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Bill James (bijam AT aol.com)
Harvey's Knob information may be found at:
http://bijame.googlepages.com/home


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Subject: HSR: Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (22 Sep 2014) 147 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 22 Sep 2014 21:09:41 -0400
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch
Tip of Virginia's Eastern Shore, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 22, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                      21           1767           1767
Bald Eagle                   3             56             56
Northern Harrier             1             65             65
Sharp-shinned Hawk          63            676            676
Cooper's Hawk               15            251            251
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              7              7
Broad-winged Hawk            2            141            141
Red-tailed Hawk              1             33             33
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel            36           1310           1310
Merlin                       5            326            326
Peregrine Falcon             0             36             36
Unknown Accipiter            0              1              1
Unknown Buteo                0              2              2
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              1              1
Unknown Raptor               0             26             26
Swainson's Hawk              0              2              2

Total:                     147           4700           4700
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Harry Armistead, Zak Poulton

Observers:        Harry Armistead

Weather:


Raptor Observations:


Non-raptor Observations:

========================================================================
Report submitted by Brian Taber (Taberzz AT aol.com)
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch information may be found at:
www.cvwo.org


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Subject: HSR: Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (21 Sep 2014) 81 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 22 Sep 2014 20:09:30 -0400
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch
Tip of Virginia's Eastern Shore, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 21, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                      15           1746           1746
Bald Eagle                   0             53             53
Northern Harrier             0             64             64
Sharp-shinned Hawk          24            613            613
Cooper's Hawk                9            236            236
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              7              7
Broad-winged Hawk            1            139            139
Red-tailed Hawk              0             32             32
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel            19           1274           1274
Merlin                      11            321            321
Peregrine Falcon             2             36             36
Unknown Accipiter            0              1              1
Unknown Buteo                0              2              2
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              1              1
Unknown Raptor               0             26             26
Swainson's Hawk              0              2              2

Total:                      81           4553           4553
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:15:00 
Observation end   time: 18:00:00 
Total observation time: 10.75 hours

Official Counter:        Katie Rittenhouse, Zak Poulton

Observers:        Brian Taber, Paul Nasca, Steve Thornhill

Weather:
Overcast and drizzle early. Clearing around 1100 EST. Light north winds all
day. 

Raptor Observations:


Non-raptor Observations:
Monarch-3
========================================================================
Report submitted by Brian Taber (Taberzz AT aol.com)
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch information may be found at:
www.cvwo.org


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Subject: HSR: Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (22 Sep 2014) 203 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 22 Sep 2014 20:09:42 -0400
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 22, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       7            232            282
Bald Eagle                   7            128            135
Northern Harrier             1             20             21
Sharp-shinned Hawk          35            490            503
Cooper's Hawk                6             62             71
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          1             14             16
Broad-winged Hawk          126          16005          16200
Red-tailed Hawk              3             56             80
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              1              1
American Kestrel            14            104            123
Merlin                       0             10             10
Peregrine Falcon             1             16             16
Unknown Accipiter            0              2              2
Unknown Buteo                0              0              4
Unknown Falcon               0              2              2
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               2             10             10
Mississippi Kite             0              0              2

Total:                     203          17152          17478
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Vic Laubach

Observers:        Dave Hunter, Gabriel Mapel, Josh Laubach, Rose Thomas

Visitors:
Dan & Sue Harvey (Raleigh, NC), Andrea Conkle (Richmond), Julie Kackmarcik
(Richmond), Kim Cook (Powatan), Jim Todd, Andre Clem, Bill Nettlehorst
(Wisconsin), Ellen & Charlie (Stafford), Susan Hastings, Daniel Mapel,
Jennifer Jowdy


Weather:
VERY strong 50-60km/hr NW winds today! Chairs, hats and even spotting
scopes were constantly blowing over! 14.4-20.1C. Mostly cloudy in the
morning, mostly clear blue skies 12-3pm, then partly cloudy after 3pm. Very
clear visibility with no haze like we've had for previous two weeks!

Raptor Observations:
Seven BE: 3 adult (9:03, 9:35, 11:40), 2 1st-yr (9:20, 11:45), 1 2nd-yr
(9:03), 1 3rd-yr (1:28). An adult Peregrine, last bird of the day, at
3:55pm.

Non-raptor Observations:
We spotted an adult Bald Eagle coming straight for us from the east side of
the gap, only to realize, when it got closer that it was actually a raven
carrying a powdered doughnut in its bill! This may or many not top the crow
carrying a hotdog in a bun last week! Despite the high winds, a lot of
Monarchs (309) were streaming through the gap. Other birds: Swift (133),
Tree Swallow (120), Hummingbird (1), Red-headed Woodpecker (7), Raven (7),
Waxwing (2) and one each of Cape May Warbler, Magnolia Warbler, BTB
Warbler, Rose-breasted Grosbeak.  
========================================================================
Report submitted by Vic Laubach (laubach AT virginia.edu)
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://www.rockfishgaphawkwatch.org

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Subject: Re: No. Va. Bird Club meeting Sept. 24
From: Larry Meade via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Mon, 22 Sep 2014 16:26:09 -0400
 I also wanted to mention that Bill Young will be at the meeting to sell and/or 
sign his book "The Fascination of Birds" He spoke to our club earlier this year 
before the book was published, so this will be an opportunity for people to 
acquire one if they have not already done so. 


Larry Meade
 
 

 

-----Original Message-----
From: Joanna Bellows Taylor 
To: VABIRDS POST 
Sent: Mon, Sep 22, 2014 11:25 am
Subject: [Va-bird] No. Va. Bird Club meeting Sept. 24


The  No. Va. Bird Club will hold its September meeting on Wed. Sept. 24 at
the Church of the Covenant 2666 Military Road at 8:00 pm.  Directions can be
found in the Siskin and on our web page at www.nvabc.org.   Our speaker will
be Musa Murawih a club member who will give us a talk on the birds of his
native Sudan.  Musa was born and raised in a Bedouin family in the
semi-desert of northwestern Sudan.  He was educated in Sudan, Germany and
the US and is currently working with the Library of Congress.   As a special
treat, Musa and his wife Huda will be bringing some Sudanese food for us to
sample.  Early bird refreshments start at 7:30.  Any contributions of food
or beverage will be most gratefully received.

 

 

Joanna Taylor

Arlington, VA

 

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Subject: Jamestown Ferry
From: taberzz--- via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Mon, 22 Sep 2014 14:38:52 -0400
I just rode both ferries from about noon to 2 and didn't see anything unusual, 
but I was curious about the differences in the ferries, since many more usually 
gulls followed one...the ferryman said the Pocahontas has a more "egg-beater" 
type drive than the propellers of the others and goes deeper and stirs up more 
stuff...makes sense... 


Brian Taber
Coastal VA Wildlife Observatory
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Subject: Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk
From: Harry Glasgow via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Mon, 22 Sep 2014 11:05:13 -0700
Today's Huntley Meadows Monday Morning Birdwalk attracted 15 birders on a 
perfect day, with temperatures in the 60s, bright sun and a delightful breeze. 
A large flock of Chimney Swifts swirling about above the pond marked the 
predominant highlight, with a several last-of-the-season Blue-gray 
Gnatcatchers, Eastern Wood Peewees, and Northern Rough-winged Swallows bidding 
their annual farewell. 


Canada Goose  24
Wood Duck  7
American Black Duck  6
Great Blue Heron  7
Great Egret  4
Turkey Vulture  1
Cooper's Hawk  2
Bald Eagle  1
Red-shouldered Hawk  2
hawk sp.  1
Solitary Sandpiper 
 1
Greater Yellowlegs  1
Mourning Dove  7
Chimney Swift  50
Belted Kingfisher  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  2
Downy Woodpecker  12
Northern Flicker  1
Pileated Woodpecker  2
Eastern Wood-Pewee  2
Eastern Phoebe  4
Blue Jay  5
American Crow  1
crow sp.  3
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  3
Carolina Chickadee  10
Tufted Titmouse  5
White-breasted Nuthatch  2
Carolina Wren  6
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  2
Eastern Bluebird  3
American Robin  30+
Gray Catbird  6
Common Yellowthroat  3
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)  1
Song Sparrow  2
Northern Cardinal  6
Red-winged Blackbird  30+
Common Grackle  2
American Goldfinch  4


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



Harry Glasgow
Friends of Huntley Meadows Park
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Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Dyke Marsh - CMN02, Sep 21, 2014
From: Rich Rieger via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Mon, 22 Sep 2014 13:09:56 -0400
Low tide report from Sunday... sent it to VaBirds yesterday, but sent it from 
the wrong mailbox, so it did not get posted... OSPREYS still around + a few 
shorebirds... 


Begin forwarded message:

> From: Rich Rieger 
> Date: September 21, 2014 5:45:25 PM EDT
> To: Virginia Bird 
> Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Dyke Marsh - CMN02, Sep 21, 2014
> 
> Did not see an OSPREY at Occ Bay NWR this morning, so glad my brother Dave 
and I were able to pick up two during low tide watch at the stone bridge this 
p.m. Able to fill in one blank for the Dyke Marsh list today. Added a few nice 
shorebirds, SB DOWITCHER, SEMI P PLOVER and SANDERLING and one lone COOT (aside 
from yours truly) was about. Full list below. 

> 
> Rich Rieger
> Alexandria
> 
> Begin forwarded message:
> 
>> From: ebird-checklist AT cornell.edu
>> Date: September 21, 2014 5:33:44 PM EDT
>> To: zelig88 AT aol.com
>> Subject: eBird Report - Dyke Marsh - CMN02, Sep 21, 2014
>> 
>> Dyke Marsh - CMN02, Fairfax, US-VA
>> Sep 21, 2014 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
>> Protocol: Stationary
>> 25 species
>> 
>> Canada Goose  30
>> Mallard  50
>> Blue-winged Teal  7
>> Double-crested Cormorant  12
>> Great Blue Heron  10
>> Great Egret  18
>> Osprey  2
>> Bald Eagle  1
>> Red-shouldered Hawk  1
>> American Coot  1
>> Semipalmated Plover  5
>> Killdeer  5
>> Greater Yellowlegs  7
>> Lesser Yellowlegs  3
>> Sanderling 2 two adults in non-breeding plumage. - larger than "peep" size, 
white belly, light gray backs, black bill and legs... 

>> Short-billed Dowitcher  1
>> Laughing Gull  30
>> Ring-billed Gull  200
>> Herring Gull  1
>> Great Black-backed Gull  1
>> Caspian Tern  3
>> Forster's Tern  30
>> Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  1
>> Mourning Dove  1
>> Downy Woodpecker  1
>> 
>> View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19897096 

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

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Subject: No. Va. Bird Club meeting Sept. 24
From: "Joanna Bellows Taylor" <jandrtaylor AT verizon.net>
Date: Mon, 22 Sep 2014 11:24:43 -0400
The  No. Va. Bird Club will hold its September meeting on Wed. Sept. 24 at
the Church of the Covenant 2666 Military Road at 8:00 pm.  Directions can be
found in the Siskin and on our web page at www.nvabc.org.   Our speaker will
be Musa Murawih a club member who will give us a talk on the birds of his
native Sudan.  Musa was born and raised in a Bedouin family in the
semi-desert of northwestern Sudan.  He was educated in Sudan, Germany and
the US and is currently working with the Library of Congress.   As a special
treat, Musa and his wife Huda will be bringing some Sudanese food for us to
sample.  Early bird refreshments start at 7:30.  Any contributions of food
or beverage will be most gratefully received.

 

 

Joanna Taylor

Arlington, VA

 

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Subject: Kiptopeke Challenge
From: birdergonewild--- via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Mon, 22 Sep 2014 12:22:38 +0000

Hello all



Saturday the 20th of Sept the Special Venue team ( Augusta Old Coots Gone Wild 
) of Ed Lawler , Nancy Lawler , & Allen Larner birded in & around Chincoteague 
for 14 hours of fun . We ended the day with a total of 96 species of birds . 
Listed below is our list of birds . 



CANADA GOOSE


AMERICAN WIGEON


AM. BLACK DUCK


MALLARD


BLUE-WINGED TEAL


NORTHERN PINTAIL


GREEN-WINGED TEAL


BLACK SCOTER 


DC CORMORANT




GREAT BLUE HERON


GREATEGRET


SNOWY EGRET


LITTLE BLUE HERON


TRICOLORED HERON


CATTLE EGRET


GREEN HERON


BLACK - CROWNED NIGHT HERON


YELLOW -CROWNED NIGHT HERON


WHITE IBIS  -- FOR THE DAY WE SAW ABOUT 400+


GLOSSY IBIS




BLACK VULTURE


TURKEY VULTURE


OSPREY


BALD EAGLE


NORTHERN HARRIER


AM. KESTREL


MERLIN


PEREGRINE FALCON


CLAPPER RAIL




BLACK - BELLIED PLOVER


SEMIPALMATED PLOVER


KILLDEER


AM OYSTERCATCHER


GREATER YELLOWLEGS


LESSER YELLOWLEGS


WILLET


MARBLED GODWIT


SANDERLING


SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER


LEAST SANDPIPER


DUNLIN


SHORT - BILLED DOWITCHER




LAUGHING GULL


RING - BILLED GULL


HERRING GULL


LESSER BLACK - BACKED GULL


GREAT BLACK - BACKED GULL




CASPIAN TERN


ROYAL TERN


SANDWICH TERN


COMMON TERN


FORSTER’S TERN


BLACK SKIMMER




ROCK PIGEON


MOURNING DOVE


BARN OWL  -- IN PARKING LOT TO WOODLAND TRAIL


SCREECH OWL


GREAT HORNED OWL 


RUBY - THROATED HUMMINGBIRD


BELTED KINGFISHER




RED - BELLIED WOODPECKER


DOWNY WOODPECKER


HAIRY WOODPECKER


NORTHERN FLICKER


EASTERN WOOD -PEWEE


RED EYED VIREO


BLUE JAY


AM . CROW


FISH CROW




TREE SWALLOW


CAROLINA CHICKADEE


BROWN - HEADED NUTHATCH


CAROLINA WREN


AM . ROBIN


GRAY CATBIRD


NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD


EUROPEAN STARLING




TENNESSEE WARBLER


NORTHERN PARULA


CHESTNUT - SIDED  WARBLER


MAGNOLIA WARBLER


PINE WARBLER


BAY BREASTED WARBLER


BLACKPOLL WARBLER


BLACK & WHITE WARBLER


AM . REDSTART


WORM - EATING WARBLER




NORTHERN CARDINAL


BLUE GROSBEAK


INDIGO BUNTING


RED - WINGED BLACKBIRD


COMMON GRACKLE


BOAT - TAILED GRACKLE


BROWN - HEADED COWBIRD


AM. GOLDFINCH


HOUSE SPARROW


Allen Larner


Staunton
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Subject: Re: Dyke Marsh Walk for Sept 21- river action keeps things interesting
From: dixiesommers via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Mon, 22 Sep 2014 08:07:17 -0400
I had an Osprey at Dyke Marsh on Friday. Maybe the last one?




Sent from my Samsung Epic™ 4G Touchprowarbler  
wrote:Ten birders joined me today for the weekly Sunday morning walk at Dyke 

Marsh.  The walk is held every Sunday starting at 8:00 AM except during the
Christmas Bird Count season.  A special treat was a Green Heron that flew
into the wetland behind the marina and perched right beside a juvenile
Black-crowned Night-Heron, delighting both walk participants and the
instructors of the sailing class.  We had 4 Green Herons in all, a nice
number for Dyke Marsh. The walk began at high tide, but both yellowlegs
species and Least Sandpipers were content to forage from the Hydrilla mats
that now cover a good portion of the river. We were lucky to find one
Caspian Tern, but Forster's are still well represented. All the Ospreys
appear to have departed the area and I was surprised to find no raptors at
all.  A small foraging flock of chickadees along the Ramp Road near the
marina also contained Magnolia, Nashville, and Black-throated Green
Warblers. We also observed a young female Common Yellowthroat and a Brown
Thrasher on the Haul Road peninsula past the dogleg. 





Dyke Marsh - CMN02, Fairfax, US-VA

Sep 21, 2014 8:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Protocol: Traveling

1.5 mile(s)

Comments:     
Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.7.6 42 species Canada Goose  42 Mallard  120 Pied-billed Grebe  1 Double-crested Cormorant  10 Great Blue Heron  2 Great Egret  22 Green Heron  4 Black-crowned Night-Heron  1 Greater Yellowlegs  1 Lesser Yellowlegs  6 Least Sandpiper  8 Laughing Gull  70 Ring-billed Gull  140 Caspian Tern  1 Forster's Tern  42 Mourning Dove  3 Ruby-throated Hummingbird  6 Belted Kingfisher  1 Red-bellied Woodpecker  2 Downy Woodpecker  4 Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  2 Eastern Wood-Pewee  2 Blue Jay  24 Fish Crow  2 Carolina Chickadee  23 Tufted Titmouse  8 White-breasted Nuthatch  1 Carolina Wren  16 American Robin  8 Gray Catbird  5 Brown Thrasher  1 European Starling  50 Nashville Warbler  1 Common Yellowthroat  1 Magnolia Warbler  1 Black-throated Green Warbler  1 Northern Cardinal  12 Red-winged Blackbird  15 Common Grackle (Purple)  20 House Finch  7 American Goldfinch  4 House Sparrow  1 View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19893557 This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org) Larry Cartwright prowarbler AT verizon.net *** You are subscribed to va-bird as dixiesommers AT cs.com. If you wish to unsubscribe, or modify your preferences please visit http://mailman.listserve.com/listmanager/listinfo/va-bird *** *** 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: Sabine's Gull - NO
From: Elisa Enders <elisaenders AT hotmail.com>
Date: Mon, 22 Sep 2014 07:31:55 -0400
From 2:30 until about 7pm, yesterday, Nick Flanders and I looked unsuccessfully 
looked for the Sabine's Gull. Mostly, we were on the Pocahontas ferry. My 
parents joined our search as well (they stayed on the Pocahontas), but we were 
still unable to see this bird. We did see a lesser black-backed gull and all 
expected gull species. Forster's, Caspian, and royal terns were seen as well. 
Elisa Enders 

Portsmouth, VA
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Subject: HSR: Harvey's Knob (21 Sep 2014) 184 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 21 Sep 2014 20:09:40 -0400
Harvey's Knob
Roanoke, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 21, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       2             64             67
Bald Eagle                   6             62             76
Northern Harrier             0              5              9
Sharp-shinned Hawk          11             90             94
Cooper's Hawk                0             24             30
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              3              4
Broad-winged Hawk          147           8418           8440
Red-tailed Hawk              2             35             41
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel            12             45             45
Merlin                       0              3              4
Peregrine Falcon             3              6              6
Unknown Accipiter            0              1              1
Unknown Buteo                1              4              4
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              7              7

Total:                     184           8767           8828
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Carl Christensen

Observers:        Baron Gibson, Barry Kinzie, Dave Brunstetter, Matt Hosmer

Visitors:
Lots of help today from our regulars and visitors. The Overlook was once
again full due to its being the weekend and the expected big count of BWs
that didn't happen. Not many travelers stopped by the Overlook due to the
lack of available parking.


Weather:
Heavy cloud cover on both sides of the watch. Slowly clearing by late
morning. Visibility at 2-3 the remainder of the day. NW winds steady at 2-3
for most of the watch, and temperatures ranging from 15-22C. Lots of sun
with high cloud cover, changing almost hourly from 0 to 50 percent.

Raptor Observations:
IBE at 11:50; ABE at 2:59; 2 ABEs and 1 IBE at 3:30; final ABE observed at
4:35. It was anticipated today was going to be a good day for BWs. It did
not happen, but we had a good variety of raptors to keep up the interest.
Most birds were observed on the west side of the watch and over the Knob.

Non-raptor Observations:
Special thanks to Barry for his annual sausage w/gravy bisquit breakfast
(the best since my Army days). Also thanks to Allen for his coffee, French
toast and bacon. And a thanks to those who brought desserts. 

A young man by the name of Andrew volunteered to take the Monarch count for
the day, and that number was 227.

King and Joanne were a big help assisting with the bird count on the east
side.



Predictions:
Partly cloudy to clear with strong NW winds throughout the day;
temperatures in the low to mid 70s. Maybe we'll get the expected BWs
tomorrow that we expected today.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Carl Christianson ()
Harvey's Knob information may be found at:
http://bijame.googlepages.com/home


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Subject: HSR: Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (21 Sep 2014) 385 Raptors & 20 falcons!
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 21 Sep 2014 19:09:46 -0400
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 21, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                      16            225            275
Bald Eagle                   1            121            128
Northern Harrier             1             19             20
Sharp-shinned Hawk          80            455            468
Cooper's Hawk                2             56             65
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          3             13             15
Broad-winged Hawk          260          15879          16074
Red-tailed Hawk              2             53             77
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              1              1
American Kestrel            13             90            109
Merlin                       2             10             10
Peregrine Falcon             4             15             15
Unknown Accipiter            0              2              2
Unknown Buteo                0              0              4
Unknown Falcon               1              2              2
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              8              8
Mississippi Kite             0              0              2

Total:                     385          16949          17275
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 06:00:00 
Observation end   time: 17:00:00 
Total observation time: 11 hours

Official Counter:        Gabriel Mapel

Observers:        Many Observers (see below)

Visitors:
Wade Hildreth (Greensboro, NC), Randy Cline, Tracey & Steve Banashey
(Alexandria), Dave Fisher (Cary, NC), Jennifer Jowdy, Bill Nettlehorst
(Wisconsin), Daniel Mapel, Lou & Stephanie Tanner, Laurel & Sophie Davis,
Ernie Miller, Jessica & Anne Ausura (Hampton), Dana Lusher (Chesapeake),
John Copeland (Christiansburg), Rib Hole (Sydney, Australia) and a Wildlife
Center of Virginia intern group.  


Weather:
Mostly clear blue skies in the morning, becoming partly cloudy by noon and
mostly cloudy after 3pm. Strong (29-49km/hr) W winds all day. 13.2-24.8C.

Raptor Observations:
Numerous Observers helping with the count today: Vic Laubach, Brenda Tekin,
Rose Thomas, Dave Hunter, Josh Laubach, William Leigh, Diane Lepkowski and
Joe Kelly (counter from Waggoner's Gap Hawk Watch visiting today).  

This was quite a fun falcon day! Not only did we have a 3-falcon day and a
3 falcon hour, but our 3-falcon hour (3-4pm) was comprised of 2 AK, 2 ME
and 2 PG! Four PGs: 3 adults (2:14 and 2 at 3:24) and 1 immature (9:36).
Sharpies are picking up! Immature 12:16 BE. The 3 Red-shouldered Hawks were
flying together. First bird (7:29 SS). Last bird (4:11 OS).  

Non-raptor Observations:
Monarch (63), Swift (67), Hummingbird (4), Red-headed Woodpecker (9), Raven
(5), Tree Swallow (8), BTB Warbler (1), BTG Warbler (2), Scarlet Tanager
(2).  
========================================================================
Report submitted by Vic Laubach (laubach AT virginia.edu)
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://www.rockfishgaphawkwatch.org

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Subject: HSR: Mendota Fire Tower (21 Sep 2014) 36 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 21 Sep 2014 19:09:00 -0400
Mendota Fire Tower
Mendota, VA, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 21, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       0              7              7
Bald Eagle                   0             14             14
Northern Harrier             0              0              0
Sharp-shinned Hawk           1              6              6
Cooper's Hawk                0              6              6
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk           35           3313           3313
Red-tailed Hawk              0              9              9
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             0              8              8
Merlin                       0              2              2
Peregrine Falcon             0              1              1
Unknown Accipiter            0              1              1
Unknown Buteo                0              1              1
Unknown Falcon               0              1              1
Unknown Eagle                0              2              2
Unknown Raptor               0              0              0

Total:                      36           3371           3371
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:15:00 
Observation end   time: 12:45:00 
Total observation time: 4.25 hours

Official Counter:        Jennifer Meade

Observers:        George Larkin

Visitors:
Ronnie Vicars, Judy Vicars, Jason Wood, Harper Wood, Pam and Danny Murray,
Haley and Adam Pender, Ryley and Hudson Pender, John Sturgill 


Weather:
Weather began mostly clear with light winds, some valley haze. As the
morning progressed, wind and clouds increased periodically moving in from
southwest, then subsided. During a brief period of time during the morning,
clouds actully covered the mountain top  and tower. By early afternoon, 
1-2 pm,  clouds had thickened, became heavy, and light rain began near 1:30
pm. Jennifer and George left the site by 1:45 pm in light rain. Due to haze
and clouds, visibility was difficult  during most of observing time today. 

Raptor Observations:


Non-raptor Observations:

========================================================================
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Subject: HSR: Snickers Gap (21 Sep 2014) 166 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 21 Sep 2014 19:09:43 -0400
Snickers Gap
20 Miles West of Leesburg, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 21, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       2            100            113
Bald Eagle                   2             69             78
Northern Harrier             4             24             25
Sharp-shinned Hawk          66            284            286
Cooper's Hawk                2             36             37
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          4             24             24
Broad-winged Hawk           73           5227           5248
Red-tailed Hawk              0             45             52
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             9             36             39
Merlin                       0              3              3
Peregrine Falcon             0              1              1
Unknown Accipiter            0              4              4
Unknown Buteo                1              4              4
Unknown Falcon               0              1              1
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               3              4              4

Total:                     166           5862           5919
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:15:00 
Observation end   time: 16:00:00 
Total observation time: 7.75 hours

Official Counter:        Joan Boudreau and Bob Abrams

Observers:        Duane Schilling, Perri Borowiecki, The Littles, Wes Hetrick

Visitors:
Wes & Rose, Warren & Katherine


Weather:
Warm, light east wind

Raptor Observations:


Non-raptor Observations:
The Stink Bugs were almost unbearable at the end of the day. Don't know if
others are enjoying the pleasure but aside from flying around and finding
and resting on anything away from the trees, including hats and other
clothing, their need to find cubby holes includes hiding in scope and
binocular eye cups which can hinder hawkwatching activities.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Joan and Bob (icepeep AT aol.com)


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Subject: Dyke Marsh Walk for Sept 21- river action keeps things interesting
From: "prowarbler" <prowarbler AT verizon.net>
Date: Sun, 21 Sep 2014 14:32:47 -0400
Ten birders joined me today for the weekly Sunday morning walk at Dyke
Marsh.  The walk is held every Sunday starting at 8:00 AM except during the
Christmas Bird Count season.  A special treat was a Green Heron that flew
into the wetland behind the marina and perched right beside a juvenile
Black-crowned Night-Heron, delighting both walk participants and the
instructors of the sailing class.  We had 4 Green Herons in all, a nice
number for Dyke Marsh. The walk began at high tide, but both yellowlegs
species and Least Sandpipers were content to forage from the Hydrilla mats
that now cover a good portion of the river. We were lucky to find one
Caspian Tern, but Forster's are still well represented. All the Ospreys
appear to have departed the area and I was surprised to find no raptors at
all.  A small foraging flock of chickadees along the Ramp Road near the
marina also contained Magnolia, Nashville, and Black-throated Green
Warblers. We also observed a young female Common Yellowthroat and a Brown
Thrasher on the Haul Road peninsula past the dogleg. 

 

 

Dyke Marsh - CMN02, Fairfax, US-VA

Sep 21, 2014 8:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Protocol: Traveling

1.5 mile(s)

Comments:     
Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.7.6 42 species Canada Goose 42 Mallard 120 Pied-billed Grebe 1 Double-crested Cormorant 10 Great Blue Heron 2 Great Egret 22 Green Heron 4 Black-crowned Night-Heron 1 Greater Yellowlegs 1 Lesser Yellowlegs 6 Least Sandpiper 8 Laughing Gull 70 Ring-billed Gull 140 Caspian Tern 1 Forster's Tern 42 Mourning Dove 3 Ruby-throated Hummingbird 6 Belted Kingfisher 1 Red-bellied Woodpecker 2 Downy Woodpecker 4 Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 2 Eastern Wood-Pewee 2 Blue Jay 24 Fish Crow 2 Carolina Chickadee 23 Tufted Titmouse 8 White-breasted Nuthatch 1 Carolina Wren 16 American Robin 8 Gray Catbird 5 Brown Thrasher 1 European Starling 50 Nashville Warbler 1 Common Yellowthroat 1 Magnolia Warbler 1 Black-throated Green Warbler 1 Northern Cardinal 12 Red-winged Blackbird 15 Common Grackle (Purple) 20 House Finch 7 American Goldfinch 4 House Sparrow 1 View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19893557 This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org) Larry Cartwright prowarbler AT verizon.net *** You are subscribed to va-bird as jsiler AT birdingonthe.net. If you wish to unsubscribe, or modify your preferences please visit http://mailman.listserve.com/listmanager/listinfo/va-bird ***
Subject: Yellow-billed Cuckoo and seven Warbler morning
From: Walter Hadlock <jaybirdncarol AT verizon.net>
Date: Sun, 21 Sep 2014 13:52:34 -0400
Good day,

Fourteen people joined us for a walk in Reston's Lower Glade Stream Valley this 
morning. The walk was sponsored by Reston Association, The Bird Feeder, and 
Audubon Society of Northern Virginia. Clear skies, no wind, and a cool morning 
made for a perfect morning for a walk. The highlights were seven species of 
warblers, and a Yellow-billed Cuckoo. Here's our list: 


Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker (H)

Acadian Flycatcher
Blue Jay
American Crow
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse

White-breasted Nuthatch
Carolina Wren
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Eastern Bluebird
Gray Catbird

Tennessee Warbler
Northern Parula
Magnolia Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Black-and-White Warbler

American Redstart
Common Yellowthroat
Northern Cardinal
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
American Goldfinch

Good birding to all,

Jay and Carol Hadlock
Herndon, VA (Fairfax County)


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Subject: A miss on the Sabines
From: Janet Paisley <janetpaisley AT comcast.net>
Date: Sun, 21 Sep 2014 13:41:09 -0400
This morning we arrived at the ferry at 9:25am and birded until 1:25pm and did 
NOT have the Sabines. 

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Subject: Yellow-bellied Flycatcher, Philadelphia Vireo et al Amherst Co
From: Michael Boatwright <mboater AT att.net>
Date: Sun, 21 Sep 2014 13:04:54 -0400
Had a very nice fall outing this morning in Amherst Co. Temperatures were very 
cool with a low of 46 F just before dawn and a high of 64 at 1030. I spent 30 
min or so prior to dawn sitting in the Food Lion Parking lot in Mad Hgts 
listening for thrushes as they descended from their high altitude night flight. 
I heard 25+ calls most of which were Swainson's Thrush. Also had several Veery, 
a few Wood Thrush, and 1 each of Gray-cheeked and Hermit. At dawn, I started 
birding along Joshua Falls Rd which continues to be the local hot spot for the 
season. Last Saturday Mark Johnson found an Olive-sided Flycatcher here which 
I was lucky enough to relocate later that afternoon. This morning the best 
birds were a Yellow-bellied Flycatcher and a Philadelphia Vireo (both first of 
the year for me). In addition, I had 13 species of warbler including multiple 
Tennessee, as well as Magnolia, Black-throated Green, Chestnut-sided, Black 
and White, American Redstart, Blackburnian, Cape May, and N. Parula. 
Yellow-throatedand Red-eyed Vireo put in a good showing and I saw both Summer 
and Scarlet Tanager. There was a pair of Great Horned Owls calling for at 
least 20 in after sunrise and I heard an Eastern Screech Owl too. I tallied 71 
species for the morning. My local year list now stands at 198 species. 


Cheers,

Mike

Michael R. Boawright
Amherst, VA

 		 	   		  
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Subject: Great Falls Park Walk
From: Marshall Rawson via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Sun, 21 Sep 2014 13:03:44 -0400
Our group of twelve tallied 49 species on another beautiful morning. For the 
third Sunday, once the fog burned off, we had a nice warbler fallout in the 
picnic area -- redstarts, parula, black-throated blue and green, Canada, 
magnolias and chestnut-sided. We also saw a FOS ruby-crowned kinglet. A nice 
assortment of fly-catchers rounded out the morning. 

All are welcome to join this regular walk that meets in the visitors center 
parking lot at 9:00 am. -- Marshall Rawson, McLean VA 


Canada Goose  65
Wood Duck  3
American Black Duck  4
Mallard  30
Common Merganser  1
Double-crested Cormorant  3
Great Egret  1
Green Heron  1
Black Vulture  10
Turkey Vulture  5
Bald Eagle  1
hawk sp.  1
Mourning Dove  2
Chimney Swift  12
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  2
Belted Kingfisher  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  4
Downy Woodpecker  6
Hairy Woodpecker  3
Northern Flicker  1
Pileated Woodpecker  2
Eastern Wood-Pewee  4
Acadian Flycatcher  1
Empidonax sp.  1
Eastern Phoebe  2
Great Crested Flycatcher  1
Red-eyed Vireo  8
Blue Jay  30
American Crow  6
Fish Crow  6
Carolina Chickadee  8
Tufted Titmouse  15
White-breasted Nuthatch  6
Carolina Wren  6
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  1
Eastern Bluebird  4
American Robin  15
Gray Catbird  1
Cedar Waxwing  20
American Redstart  2
Northern Parula  1
Magnolia Warbler  4
Chestnut-sided Warbler  2
Black-throated Blue Warbler  1
Black-throated Green Warbler  1
Canada Warbler  1
Chipping Sparrow  1
Scarlet Tanager  6
Northern Cardinal  8
Rose-breasted Grosbeak  1
American Goldfinch  6

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Subject: advice needed for building Osprey nest platforms and placing cameras
From: Mary Foster <chathambirds08 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sun, 21 Sep 2014 11:57:01 -0500
Hello all, 

I was contacted asking if our bird club would be interested in placing cameras 
on local Osprey nest platforms to be built very soon. They would like us to 
provide the cameras, probably solar powered so that minimal or no maintenance 
would be necessary as no one would actually have access to it other than the 
line crews. The camera could be installed at the time of the platform 
installation by the line crews. The Engineer in charge of this project would be 
open to discussing camera options and building materials options as well. If 
any of you have expertise in this area, please let me know and I will forward 
your comments. 



Thanks,
Mary Foster
Southside Bird Club



 		 	   		  
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Subject: Re: Sabines
From: Karen Kearney via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Sun, 21 Sep 2014 08:01:45 -0700
I rode the ferry yesterday with Tim & Kay Fearington, and on our second run 
around 1:00 (?) a fellow-birder named Adam (so sorry, forgot last name but it 
wasn't D'Onofrio) spotted the Sabines. It was a very brief look; the bird was 
high in the air, did some impressive gyrations then dove like a Peregrine to 
the water WAY in the back of the boat's wake, not to be seen again. Keith and 
Karen Roberts and a few others were there to see this as well. A brief and 
unsatisfying look, but a look nonetheless! 

Keep checking, everyone.

Karen Kearney
Chesapeake
 


On Sunday, September 21, 2014 10:08 AM, William Leigh  
wrote: 

  


I tried for the Sabine's yesterday from 12 o'clock till 6 PM without success
As one fellow birder put it, "we were richly rewarded with a large dose of 
disappointment". Got great looks at Laughing Gulls in a variety of plumages. 


The Sabine's was seen by Dave Larson
earlier around 11:30  so hopefully others will find the bird again today.

Best.




William Leigh
Bridgewater va
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Subject: Sabines
From: William Leigh <leightern AT msn.com>
Date: Sun, 21 Sep 2014 10:08:42 -0400
I tried for the Sabine's yesterday from 12 o'clock till 6 PM without success
As one fellow birder put it, "we were richly rewarded with a large dose of 
disappointment". Got great looks at Laughing Gulls in a variety of plumages. 


The Sabine's was seen by Dave Larson
 earlier around 11:30  so hopefully others will find the bird again today.

Best.




William Leigh
Bridgewater va
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Subject: Eastern Wood Pewee - Blue Ridge
From: "Nancy Young" <nanjyoung AT juno.com>
Date: Sat, 20 Sep 2014 22:45:07 -0400
An Eastern Wood Peewee perched in our dogwood this afternoon.

Birds have been scarce at the feeders except for hummingbirds.  Even the
Blue Jays aren't much interested in the peanuts I put out on the deck.  I'm
thinking it's because there is an abundance of fruits and bugs everywhere in
the neighborhood.  The white oaks and dogwoods and black gums are loaded
with acorns and berries.  The grass is full of crickets and other tiny
(edible) creatures.

Nancy Young
Blue Ridge 
(Botetourt County)

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Subject: HSR: Candler Mountain (20 Sep 2014) 246 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 20 Sep 2014 22:09:51 -0400
Candler Mountain
Lynchburg, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 20, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       4              4              4
Bald Eagle                   0              0              0
Northern Harrier             0              0              0
Sharp-shinned Hawk           2              2              2
Cooper's Hawk                0              0              0
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk          240            240            240
Red-tailed Hawk              0              0              0
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             0              0              0
Merlin                       0              0              0
Peregrine Falcon             0              0              0
Unknown Accipiter            0              0              0
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              0              0

Total:                     246            246            246
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Gene Sattler

Observers:        

Visitors:
The Lynchburg Bird Club had their annual morning field trip at the lookout.
 Vistors were Jill & Diane, Kelly & Kevin, Gerry & Cheri, Lee & Nena, Gary
& Debbie, Kathie & Dave, Steve, Luke, Lee, Mark, and Skip.  Schedules did
not allow a count into the afternoon.


Weather:
Started with 5-10% clouds that mostly dissipated,variable 0-5 mph, 67-71
degrees F.

Raptor Observations:
More birds than we were expecting.

Non-raptor Observations:
Three hummingbirds.  Three Red-headed Woodpeckers, all going in the wrong
direction.
========================================================================
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Subject: HSR: Mendota Fire Tower (20 Sep 2014) 115 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 20 Sep 2014 21:09:36 -0400
Mendota Fire Tower
Mendota, VA, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 20, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       1              7              7
Bald Eagle                   1             14             14
Northern Harrier             0              0              0
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0              5              5
Cooper's Hawk                3              6              6
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk          105           3278           3278
Red-tailed Hawk              1              9              9
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             1              8              8
Merlin                       1              2              2
Peregrine Falcon             0              1              1
Unknown Accipiter            0              1              1
Unknown Buteo                1              1              1
Unknown Falcon               1              1              1
Unknown Eagle                0              2              2
Unknown Raptor               0              0              0

Total:                     115           3335           3335
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00 
Observation end   time: 16:00:00 
Total observation time: 8 hours

Official Counter:        Jennifer Meade

Observers:        Adam Alley, John Whinery

Visitors:
Many visitors and counters at the site today! Eastman Camera club had a
group of photographers attending the site for most of the morning.

Nancy Alley, Harold Willis, Dave Aldridge, Brenda Aldridge, Johnny Ward,
Tekki Boren, Richie Hayward, Paul Aiello, Jamie Aiello, Tim Pinto, Jennifer
Quinn, Earl Lovelace, Dallas Shoun, John Clonce, Donna Patterson, Ericka
Patterson, Shea McClure, Michelle McClure, Lynn Byrd, Paulette Byrd, Chad
Eads, Emily Eads, Carson Eads, Carley Eads, 


Weather:
Haze in distance and sunny all day. Very few clouds made spotting
difficult.

Raptor Observations:
There were not any large kettles, maybe 6 or 7 birds was the biggest.
Mostly singles to 3 birds at a time.

The highlight  of the day was a terrific sighting by Harold Willis of an
adult Bald Eagle!


Non-raptor Observations:

========================================================================
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Subject: HSR: Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (20 Sep 2014) 661 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 20 Sep 2014 21:09:13 -0400
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch
Tip of Virginia's Eastern Shore, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 20, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                      82           1731           1731
Bald Eagle                   0             53             53
Northern Harrier             7             64             64
Sharp-shinned Hawk         211            589            589
Cooper's Hawk               47            227            227
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          1              7              7
Broad-winged Hawk            4            138            138
Red-tailed Hawk              3             32             32
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel           192           1255           1255
Merlin                     103            310            310
Peregrine Falcon             7             34             34
Unknown Accipiter            0              1              1
Unknown Buteo                1              2              2
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              1              1
Unknown Raptor               3             26             26
Swainson's Hawk              0              2              2

Total:                     661           4472           4472
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 06:00:00 
Observation end   time: 17:00:00 
Total observation time: 11 hours

Official Counter:        Katie Rittenhouse, Zak Poulton

Observers:        Zak Poulton

Weather:
Overcast and windy. Winds from the northeast. 

Raptor Observations:
A nice low flight of Accipiters and Falcons 

Non-raptor Observations:

========================================================================
Report submitted by Brian Taber (Taberzz AT aol.com)
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch information may be found at:
www.cvwo.org


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Subject: Chincoteague K C results
From: Herbert Larner via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Sat, 20 Sep 2014 18:19:18 -0700
Hello all

The team of Allen Larner , Ed & Nancy Lawler ( Augusta Old Coots Gone Wild ) 
did the Special Venue at Chincoteague for the KC . We spent 14 hours in the 
field in & around Chincoteague . Our total species topped 96 for the day . Bird 
high lights were -- On the refuge at the woodland trail in the parking lot we 
had a Barn Owl calling , Causeway over 350+ White Ibis , 5 species of Terns on 
the same sandbar Toms Cove , 10 Warbler species , American Wigeon , Black 
Scoter , Northern Pintail , a of the Herons & Egrets , Shorebirds Dunlin , 
Short - billed Dowitcher , Willet , Marbled Godwit , all 3 species of Falcon , 
Northern Harrier . When I get home I will put out a full list . 


Allen Larner 
Staunton 
   

 
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Subject: HSR: Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (20 Sep 2014) 2793 Raptors (3-falcon hour!)
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 20 Sep 2014 21:09:24 -0400
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 20, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                      10            209            259
Bald Eagle                  10            120            127
Northern Harrier             1             18             19
Sharp-shinned Hawk          78            375            388
Cooper's Hawk                6             54             63
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          3             10             12
Broad-winged Hawk         2674          15619          15814
Red-tailed Hawk              2             51             75
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              1              1
American Kestrel             4             77             96
Merlin                       1              8              8
Peregrine Falcon             2             11             11
Unknown Accipiter            0              2              2
Unknown Buteo                0              0              4
Unknown Falcon               0              1              1
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               2              8              8
Mississippi Kite             0              0              2

Total:                    2793          16564          16890
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Vic Laubach

Observers:        Many Observers (see below)

Visitors:
Many visitors today including: Dan & Sue Harvey (Raleigh, NC), Tom Pierson
(Troy), Wade Hildreth (Greensboro, NC), Dave Fisher (Cary, NC), Randy
Cline, Judy Keller Breden, Judy Nauman, Mary Miller, Tom Lord, Lysainne
Taylor (W. Sulpher Spring, WV), Bobby Whitescarver, Bill Nettlehorst
(Wisconsin), Janet Paisley, Lou Tanner, Jennifer Jowdy, Walt Childs,
Marshall Faintich, John Spahr plus more.


Weather:
Mild (20-28km/hr) SE wind all day. Clear blue skies all day. 14.0-20.2C.

Raptor Observations:
Multiple Observers helping with the count today: Brenda Tekin, Gabriel
Mapel, Rose Thomas, Josh Laubach, Dave Hunter.

After a nice lift-off this morning, the afternoon was less productive. Most
of the early birds came in from the NE and passed overhead while all
afternoon birds were out on the west side of the gap. Hourly BW count:
1(7-8), 631(8-9), 871(9-10), 756(10-11), 168(11-12), 119(12-1), 46(1-2),
39(2-3), 43(3-4).  

A 3-falcon day (and hour) today! An adult PE at 9:13, and then an immature
PE came in low, close and slow through the gap from west to east, giving
super looks, awesome photographs and applause! 

7 adult BE (9:45, 10:44, 10:48, 10:48, 12:09, 12:16, 12:16). 2 1st-yr BE
(10:53). 1 2nd-yr BE (8:54).

Non-raptor Observations:
Another good turnout of Monarch Butterflies with 290+ today! Other
sightings: Great Blue Heron (2), Swift (63), Hummingbird (5), Red-headed
Woodpecker (8), Flicker (14), Raven (7), Red-eyed Vireo (1), Tree Swallow
(15), House Wren (1), Waxwing (59), Redstart (4), Cape May Warbler (4),
Magnolia Warbler (2), BTB Warbler (1), BTG Warbler (1), Scarlet Tanager
(3), Rose-breasted Grosbeak (9), Rusty Blackbird (1).
========================================================================
Report submitted by Vic Laubach (laubach AT virginia.edu)
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://www.rockfishgaphawkwatch.org

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Subject: HSR: Harvey's Knob (20 Sep 2014) 3293 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 20 Sep 2014 20:09:13 -0400
Harvey's Knob
Roanoke, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 20, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                      11             62             65
Bald Eagle                  11             56             70
Northern Harrier             1              5              9
Sharp-shinned Hawk          12             79             83
Cooper's Hawk                5             24             30
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          1              3              4
Broad-winged Hawk         3245           8271           8293
Red-tailed Hawk              2             33             39
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             4             33             33
Merlin                       0              3              4
Peregrine Falcon             1              3              3
Unknown Accipiter            0              1              1
Unknown Buteo                0              3              3
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              7              7

Total:                    3293           8583           8644
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:45:00 
Observation end   time: 17:45:00 
Total observation time: 9 hours

Official Counter:        Dillard Childress

Observers:        Baron & Tina Gibson, Barry Kinzie, Dave Brunstetter,
                  Matt Hosmer

Visitors:
The parking lot was full most of the day.  Spotters on the left and right
of the parkway drew curious  drivers.  The Roanoke Bird Club visited today
and were very helpful.  


Weather:
Temperature ranged from 16  early to 23 from 2-3 and then decreased.  Winds
were light and variable through much of the day, but primarily from the
East and southeast when they blew.  Birds we're primarily on the East side
and overhead, but several kettles were spotted in the West valley by Dave. 
Cloud cover was 20 to 40% or so  and we were fortunate to have clouds
overhead when the hawks came through.  Visibility was dominated by low haze
in the distance at  2 to 4.

Raptor Observations:
Most BWs were from 12 to 1, but were steady most of the day.  We lacked one
Eagle from the site record of 12 and all appeared  in 80 minutes,
surprisingly.  Barry's peregrine didn't come until  after 2 o'clock.
Adult eagles at: 11:35; 11:55; 11:57; 12:30; 12:37; 12:43; 12:55.  
Imm. Eagles at: 11:40;11:45; 12:35; 12:40.

Non-raptor Observations:
Other observers today: Eunice  Hudgins, Liz and Sam Williams, the  Austins
and Sage;  Teresa; Toni Pippin; Mitch;  Sky King and wife; Bill and Katie;
Janet; John Slaughter and the hot dog deliverer; our favorite mother and
son.  And others.....

Predictions:
West wind, more of the same (hope).
========================================================================
Report submitted by Bill James (bijam AT aol.com)
Harvey's Knob information may be found at:
http://bijame.googlepages.com/home


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Subject: HSR: Mendota Fire Tower (19 Sep 2014) 191 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 20 Sep 2014 20:09:52 -0400
Mendota Fire Tower
Mendota, VA, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 19, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       3              6              6
Bald Eagle                   2             13             13
Northern Harrier             0              0              0
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0              5              5
Cooper's Hawk                1              3              3
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk          183           3173           3173
Red-tailed Hawk              0              8              8
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             0              7              7
Merlin                       1              1              1
Peregrine Falcon             0              1              1
Unknown Accipiter            0              1              1
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                1              2              2
Unknown Raptor               0              0              0

Total:                     191           3220           3220
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00 
Observation end   time: 15:00:00 
Total observation time: 7 hours

Official Counter:        Mike Sanders, Ron Harrington

Observers:        Clancey Deel, Ed Talbott, Mike Sanders, Ron Pendleton

Weather:
The weather was relatively nice. Early on we had clear skies with some
haze, but overall good visibility. As the day progressed, some clouds moved
in providing a good backdrop. The number of Broad-winged hawks dropped off
for the afternoon. 

Raptor Observations:


Non-raptor Observations:

========================================================================
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Subject: HSR: Snickers Gap (20 Sep 2014) 808 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 20 Sep 2014 19:09:35 -0400
Snickers Gap
20 Miles West of Leesburg, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 20, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                      16             98            111
Bald Eagle                   7             67             76
Northern Harrier             9             20             21
Sharp-shinned Hawk          48            218            220
Cooper's Hawk                6             34             35
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0             20             20
Broad-winged Hawk          701           5154           5175
Red-tailed Hawk              9             45             52
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             9             27             30
Merlin                       2              3              3
Peregrine Falcon             0              1              1
Unknown Accipiter            0              4              4
Unknown Buteo                1              3              3
Unknown Falcon               0              1              1
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              1              1

Total:                     808           5696           5753
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 07:45:00 
Observation end   time: 16:30:00 
Total observation time: 8.75 hours

Official Counter:        Steve Small

Observers:        Carol Cwiklinski, Steve Small, The Littles

Visitors:
The Littles, Doug Graham, Bob Abrams & Joan Boudreau, Matt Orsie: Raptor
Class (15+/-), Wes Hetrick & Rose.


Weather:
Mostly clear, sunny, hazy, dry, mild temps, SE breeze 5 - 10 mph.

Raptor Observations:
First Bird: 07:45am BW
Last Bird: 04:01pm OS

Non-raptor Observations:
Lots of Monarchs
Stink Bugs arriving
========================================================================
Report submitted by Steve Small (hawkseast AT gmail.com)


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Subject: NVBC Walk at Algonkian Regional Park, Saturday, Sep 20, 2014
From: Elton Morel via va-bird <va-bird AT listserve.com>
Date: Sat, 20 Sep 2014 14:00:00 -0700
 

VA Birders:

About 24 birders showed up for the NVBC bird walk led by David Ledwith and 
myself at Algonkian Regional Park in Loudoun county. We collectively tallied 56 
species plus an Accipiter and an Empidonax "spuhs". A fairly good morning for 
warblers -- 11 species -- but nowhere near the variety and quantity of warblers 
like we saw at Algonkian at last year's "Warblerpalooza". Our warblers were 
Black-and-white, Tennessee, Nashville, Cape May, Parula Black-throated Blue, 
Black-throated Green, Palm, Chestnut-sided, Com. Yellowthroat and, mostly, 
Magnolias. Most of the warbler activity was limited to the parking area and the 
picnic pavilion area just as we started the walk and while the sun was lighting 
the tops of the trees surrounding the parking. Other highlights were a 
Yellow-billed Cuckoo well spotted by Ken, Indigo Buntings, and a high flyover 
of a Broad-winged Hawk as we were finishing up the walk in the parking lot. I 
also heard a Barred Owl and saw 

 a female Rose-breasted Grosbeak before the walk started.

The complete eBird list is below.

Elton Morel
Arlington, VA

 
Algonkian Regional Park - MFF05, Loudoun, US-VA
Sep 20, 2014 6:45 AM - 11:10 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.5 mile(s)
Comments: NVBC Walk led by David Ledwith and Elton Morel.
56 species (+2 other taxa)

Canada Goose 17
Mallard 2
Double-crested Cormorant 12
Great Blue Heron 2
Black Vulture 3 Flyovers after the tally.
Turkey Vulture 8
Osprey 2
Accipiter sp. 1
Bald Eagle 4
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Broad-winged Hawk 1
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 10 Flyover
Yellow-billed Cuckoo 1
Barred Owl 1 Heard only at 6:45AM by leader.
Chimney Swift 75
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1
Belted Kingfisher 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker 8
Downy Woodpecker 5
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 4
Pileated Woodpecker 1 Heard only
Eastern Wood-Pewee 6
Empidonax sp. 1 Possible Least Flycatcher; too quick of a look to study the 
bird. 

Eastern Phoebe 4
Red-eyed Vireo 3
Blue Jay 12
American Crow 8
Fish Crow 5
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 6
Carolina Chickadee 20
Tufted Titmouse 15
White-breasted Nuthatch 5
House Wren 2
Carolina Wren 10
Eastern Bluebird 4
American Robin 15
Gray Catbird 4
Northern Mockingbird 3
European Starling 20
Black-and-white Warbler 4
Tennessee Warbler 2
Nashville Warbler 1
Common Yellowthroat 5
Cape May Warbler 2
Northern Parula 2
Magnolia Warbler 8
Chestnut-sided Warbler 4
Black-throated Blue Warbler 2
Palm Warbler 2
Black-throated Green Warbler 5
Song Sparrow 2
Scarlet Tanager 1
Northern Cardinal 15
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 1 Female; seen before the walk started.
Indigo Bunting 3
House Finch 3
American Goldfinch 15

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Subject: Thank You for the ID
From: Elizabeth Holcombe Fedorko <ehfedorko AT peoplepc.com>
Date: Sat, 20 Sep 2014 16:56:53 -0400 (GMT-04:00)
Hi Everyone!~~~THANK YOU for the bird ID. Female Summer Tanager. Wow, that is 
the first time we've seen one of those. We've seen the male but not the female. 
I guess our newness is certainly showing. 


Thanks again!~~Dan and Beth Fedorko
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Subject: Need Help With Bird ID
From: Elizabeth Holcombe Fedorko <ehfedorko AT peoplepc.com>
Date: Sat, 20 Sep 2014 16:47:12 -0400 (GMT-04:00)
Hi!~~We are at our vacation home in Northumberland County VA and a curious 
yellow bird has visited here. At first we thought yellow warbler but at closer 
inspection of the photos we are not so sure. The beak on this bird is quite 
thick. Since we consider ourselves still novice birders (almost hitting our one 
year anniversary of birding) we thought to ask if you all could take a look at 
our Pintrest photos and help us out. It is labeled as "Unknown Yellow Bird." 


http://www.pinterest.com/bethsbagz/birds-weve-seen/

Thanks so much and happy birding!

Dan and Beth Fedorko
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Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Leesylvania State Park - CPW04, Sep 20, 2014
From: Marc Ribaudo <moribaudo AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 20 Sep 2014 15:37:54 -0400
Scott Priebe, Kurt Gaskill and I spent about 4 hours at Leesylvania State
Park in Woodbridge this morning.   A bit birdier than it has been, but
still below standard for this time of year.  I tallied 55 species including
a dozen warblers.  Highlights were 3 red-headed woodpeckers, 5 Cape May
warblers, blackburnian warbler, 2 Nashville warblers,Tennessee warbler, and
12 northern parulas, The complete list is below.

Marc Ribaudo

Leesylvania State Park - CPW04, Prince William, US-VA
Sep 20, 2014 6:50 AM - 11:30 AM
Protocol: Traveling
3.0 mile(s)
Comments:     Submitted from  BirdLog NA for Android v1.9.6
55 species

Mallard  8
Double-crested Cormorant  6
Great Blue Heron  2
Black Vulture  8
Turkey Vulture  10
Cooper's Hawk  1
Bald Eagle  3
Laughing Gull  6
Ring-billed Gull  12
Caspian Tern  2
Forster's Tern  7
Eastern Screech-Owl  1
Chimney Swift  24
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  3
Belted Kingfisher  2
Red-headed Woodpecker  3
Red-bellied Woodpecker  6
Downy Woodpecker  7
Hairy Woodpecker  2
Northern Flicker  3
Pileated Woodpecker  2
Eastern Wood-Pewee  4
Eastern Phoebe  1
White-eyed Vireo  1
Red-eyed Vireo  10
Blue Jay  20
American Crow  3
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  6
Carolina Chickadee  18
Tufted Titmouse  10
White-breasted Nuthatch  8
House Wren  1
Carolina Wren  12
Eastern Bluebird  10
American Robin  3
Gray Catbird  2
Northern Mockingbird  1
European Starling  45
Black-and-white Warbler  2
Prothonotary Warbler  1
Tennessee Warbler  1
Nashville Warbler  2
Common Yellowthroat  3
American Redstart  8
Cape May Warbler  5
Northern Parula  12
Magnolia Warbler  6
Blackburnian Warbler  1
Yellow Warbler  1
Chestnut-sided Warbler  1
Chipping Sparrow  1
Scarlet Tanager  2
Northern Cardinal  14
Common Grackle  500
American Goldfinch  4

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19883290

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Subject: Sabine's Gull at Jamestown Ferry 11:40am
From: David Larsen - birding <hirundo AT comcast.net>
Date: Sat, 20 Sep 2014 11:51:47 -0400
Phil Silas and I were on the Pocohantas for the 11:30 crossing. I caught a 
brief look at the SAGU following the other ferry. We're going on the next ferry 
back. 


Dave Larsen

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Subject: Back Bay NWR, Virginia Beach (9/19/2014)
From: Rob Bielawski <robbielawski AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Sep 2014 22:20:17 -0400
Hi all!

Took a hike around Back Bay National Wildlife in Virginia Beach tonight
after work but didn't see anything out of the ordinary. Heavy northeasterly
winds kept many of the birds down (I assume), but I did see my first Palm
Warbler of the year, along the Bay Trail, showing off it's yellow undertail
coverts. After walking the few trails around the visitor's center area, I
walked the Loop Road and saw a Belted Kingfisher & the typical Great Blue
Heron, then headed out to the beach area to see if any interesting
shorebirds were present.

Typically at Backy Bay, I'll walk to False Cape State Park, and then come
back on the beach so I can get a better feel for the shorebirds present
over the long stretch of oceanfront. However, after a work day its tough to
do this distance, so I just did a little walking south of the main park
access and then came back up north toward the parking area. Along the way
the only shorebirds I saw were the standard Willets and Sanderlings. Birds
in the air were also the typical species, Herring/Ring-billed/Laughing
Gulls, Royal Terns, Brown Pelicans, Double-crested Cormorants.

Heading back up to the parking area, and then walking the Bay Trail once
again, I didn't see any more birds, but did find a couple of Cottonmouth
snakes, and many insects. Photos from the walk are up at
http://www.hrwe.org/staff-admins/rob-bielawski/outing-galleries/.

Rob Bielawski
Virginia Beach, VA
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Subject: HSR: Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (19 Sep 2014) 268 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 19 Sep 2014 21:09:01 -0400
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch
Tip of Virginia's Eastern Shore, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 19, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                      41           1649           1649
Bald Eagle                   3             53             53
Northern Harrier             5             57             57
Sharp-shinned Hawk          56            378            378
Cooper's Hawk               39            180            180
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              6              6
Broad-winged Hawk           10            134            134
Red-tailed Hawk              3             29             29
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel            54           1063           1063
Merlin                      48            207            207
Peregrine Falcon             6             27             27
Unknown Accipiter            0              1              1
Unknown Buteo                0              1              1
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              1              1
Unknown Raptor               2             23             23
Swainson's Hawk              1              2              2

Total:                     268           3811           3811
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Katie Rittenhouse

Observers:        Brian Taber

Weather:
Northeast early then east winds later. Intermittent clouds. 

Raptor Observations:
Swainson's Hawk at 1130 (EST) 

Many raptors high during the afternoon. 

Non-raptor Observations:
Olive-sided Flycatcher perched on snag to east of platform 1430 to 1600
(EST) 
========================================================================
Report submitted by Brian Taber (Taberzz AT aol.com)
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch information may be found at:
www.cvwo.org


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Subject: HSR: Snickers Gap (19 Sep 2014) 1372 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 19 Sep 2014 20:09:30 -0400
Snickers Gap
20 Miles West of Leesburg, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 19, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                      15             82             95
Bald Eagle                   7             60             69
Northern Harrier             3             11             12
Sharp-shinned Hawk          52            170            172
Cooper's Hawk                2             28             29
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          1             20             20
Broad-winged Hawk         1277           4453           4474
Red-tailed Hawk              6             36             43
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             8             18             21
Merlin                       0              1              1
Peregrine Falcon             0              1              1
Unknown Accipiter            1              4              4
Unknown Buteo                0              2              2
Unknown Falcon               0              1              1
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              1              1

Total:                    1372           4888           4945
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:30:00 
Observation end   time: 16:45:00 
Total observation time: 8.25 hours

Official Counter:        Joan Boudreau and Bob Abrams, The Littles

Observers:        Doug Graham, Matt Orsie, The Littles

Visitors:
Jesse from KY, Linda Millington, Wes & Rose, Peggy Welty & gang, Dave
Cazenas


Weather:
Cool, hazy, especially in the west

Raptor Observations:
Nice but distant speck birds, when we saw them. 

Non-raptor Observations:
At one point we had a kettle of 60+/- Black Vultures in the west.
========================================================================
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Subject: HSR: Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (19 Sep 2014) 1110 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 19 Sep 2014 19:09:23 -0400
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 19, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                      14            199            249
Bald Eagle                   2            110            117
Northern Harrier             2             17             18
Sharp-shinned Hawk          25            297            310
Cooper's Hawk                1             48             57
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          1              7              9
Broad-winged Hawk         1059          12945          13140
Red-tailed Hawk              0             49             73
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              1              1
American Kestrel             2             73             92
Merlin                       1              7              7
Peregrine Falcon             2              9              9
Unknown Accipiter            1              2              2
Unknown Buteo                0              0              4
Unknown Falcon               0              1              1
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              6              6
Mississippi Kite             0              0              2

Total:                    1110          13771          14097
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:30:00 
Observation end   time: 16:00:00 
Total observation time: 7.5 hours

Official Counter:        Gabriel Mapel

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

Visitors:
A good showing of visitors despite the weather: Josh Laubach, Dan & Sue
Harvey (Raleigh, NC), Carol Cwiklinski & Steve Small (Lorton), Caroline &
David Stober (Chicago), George McCoy (Columbia, SC), Dave Fisher (Cary,
NC), Ellen Leggitt & Charue Boykin (Stafford), Bill Nettlehorst
(Wisconsin), Janet Paisely, Clair Mellinger, Gill Ayers, Diane Heavner, Ray
& Ruth Quillen, Jennifer Jowdy, Daniel Mapel and John Copeland
(Blacksburg).


Weather:
At first today seemed like a wash-out! Heavy fog and low dark clouds
prevailed early in the morning with visibility less than 0.5km. Finally fog
started lifting at 8:30 where visibility improved to 5km. But then drizzle
followed by light rain passed through between 10-11am. Finally, the fog and
rain stopped but the thick haze remained low to the east and west. Thick,
overcast skies remained all day. Temp. 15.2-22.2C. Light SE breezes. 

Raptor Observations:
Our skepticism for a poor flight today was broken early with a stream of
low BWs that quickly rose out of the low fog  from Rockfish Valley to the
east (and some actually flew in low from the south) that gathered and
formed a wonderful, low kettle of about 50 birds right over our heads! Wow!
They were followed by several more groups rising from the east, streaming
out low overhead to cross the gap and proceed southward on the west side.
Through the thick haze, all of the remaining BWs were observed streaming
southward very low, under the low clouds to the west. Many of them rose in
nice kettles only to disappear into the dark haze. Hourly BW count:
11(9-10), 60(10-11), 430(11-12), 70(12-1), 76(1-2), 398(2-3), 14(3-4).  

A 3-falcon day! In addition to 2 Kestrel and a fast Merlin to the west, we
had two beautiful immature Peregrine Falcons pass by. The first PG passed
through Rockfish Gap slow and low right in front of us at 1:12pm! It gave
wonderful views of its topside, which we rarely get to see here! The second
passed by slowly overhead at 1:43pm and circled a few times before heading
south.  

Immature BE (9:50). 2/3-yr BE (3:17).

Non-raptor Observations:
While waiting for the fog to lift we did some walking around looking for
warblers and were rewarded with our first-ever Olive-sided Flycatcher plus
a Tennessee warbler, 2 Redstart, 3 Cape May Warbler, a Northern Parula, 2
Magnolia Warbler, a Bay-breasted Warbler, a Chestnut-sided Warbler and 5
BTG Warbler. Other birds observed today: a Rose-breasted Grosbeak, 6
Killdeer, 1 Ring-billed Gull, 82 Swift, 13 Hummingbird, 3 Red-headed
Woodpecker, 11 Waxwing, 2 Raven. 19 Monarch Butterflies. Finally we were
visited by a very young Black Rat Snake, about 8 inches long, looking for
some sun to soak in.
========================================================================
Report submitted by Vic Laubach (laubach AT virginia.edu)
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://www.rockfishgaphawkwatch.org

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Subject: HSR: Harvey's Knob (19 Sep 2014) Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 19 Sep 2014 19:09:53 -0400
Harvey's Knob
Roanoke, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 19, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       0             51             54
Bald Eagle                   0             45             59
Northern Harrier             0              4              8
Sharp-shinned Hawk           0             67             71
Cooper's Hawk                0             19             25
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              2              3
Broad-winged Hawk            0           5026           5048
Red-tailed Hawk              0             31             37
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             0             29             29
Merlin                       0              3              4
Peregrine Falcon             0              2              2
Unknown Accipiter            0              1              1
Unknown Buteo                0              3              3
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              7              7

Total:                       0           5290           5351
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:30:00 
Observation end   time: 13:30:00 
Total observation time: 4 hours

Official Counter:        David Kirk

Observers:        Darryl Martin, Dave Brunstetter, Mike Crowder

Visitors:
I want to thank those who stayed around hoping for a break in the weather. 
No luck with that one.


Weather:
From beginning of watch to end of watch area socked in.  Fog and rain made
visibility null and void.  Temperatures 56F > 62F, Winds from the NE at 2
with gusts of 4 or 5.  

Raptor Observations:
No raptors observed

Non-raptor Observations:
It was windy and wet

Predictions:
Warmer with fog in the morning and patchy clouds later.
========================================================================
Report submitted by David Kirk (dakirk42 AT cox.net)
Harvey's Knob information may be found at:
http://bijame.googlepages.com/home


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Subject: SWAINSON'S HAWK & OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER - Kiptopeke SP
From: Paul Nasca <63crows AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Sep 2014 17:56:25 -0400
Reporting for Katie Rittenhouse, CVWO Hawkwatcher, today seen at the
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch platform - SWAINSON'S HAWK at 12:30 and an OLIVE-SIDED
FLYCATCHER 15:30-17:00, observed perching just east of the platform.

Best birds,

Paul Nasca
Fredericksburg, VA
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Subject: Snowy Egret - Cameron Run, Alexandria
From: <dcharlesl AT msn.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Sep 2014 17:56:03 -0400
Late this afternoon, I saw a Snowy Egret across from Cameron Run Waterpark on 
Eisenhower Avenue, Alexandria. 


David Ledwith

Falls Church, VA
 		 	   		  
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Subject: Black-Legged Kittiwake also on Jamestown Ferry
From: Diana Doyle <birdingposts AT birdingaboard.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Sep 2014 16:22:04 -0400
i apologize if this has been posted already, but I didn't see it reported yet 
on eBird. In case others are planning to see the Sabine's Gull this afternoon 
(yes!): 

There is also a black-legged kittiwake following the Jamestown-Surry ferry. A 
beautiful adult in non-breeding plumage. We had great views of its yellow bill 
(no black ring), ocular spot, frosty primaries, and black wing tips. Ernie 
Miller of Hampton got a nice photo. 


Diana Doyle
Visiting Hampton, VA
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Subject: Sabines - YES 2PM 9/19
From: Wendy Ealding <wendy.ealding AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Sep 2014 14:57:13 -0400
Seen well from northbound Pocahontas

Wendy Ealding
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Subject: Re: Sabine's Gull Pocohantas Ferry Jamestown
From: Wendy Ealding <wendy.ealding AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Sep 2014 14:53:11 -0400
Seen well from the 2 PM Pocahontas ferry northbound

Wendy Ealding

On Sep 18, 2014 5:33 PM, "Tracy Tate"  wrote:
>
> Eight trips but we got the gull at 5:15pm.  Came in low back of flock
> trailing the ferry heading south.   Stayed low and eventually joined the
> group behind the passing ferry.   Unmistakeable striking pattern when you
> see it.  Also graceful and more delicate in flight than the others.  Tail
> is noticeably different as well.     Andrew Baldelli and Tracy Tate
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Subject: Winkler BP, Alexandria
From: Russell Taylor <gnatcatcher AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Sep 2014 11:09:00 -0400
Stopped at Winkler Botanical Preserve this morning. Cool, breezy and
clear. Total bird numbers were down, but species diversity was up.
Amazingly from 30 American Robins last Friday to zero today. Grackles
also down to a handful. On the plus side had 7 warbler spp, up from 4
last week, a decent number for this spot. My take, as a leading
indicator, is that this should be a good neotropical weekend in
northern VA.

Happy Friday,
Russ Taylor

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Subject: HSR: Harvey's Knob (18 Sep 2014) 637 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 19 Sep 2014 10:09:47 -0400
Harvey's Knob
Roanoke, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 18, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       5             51             54
Bald Eagle                   9             45             59
Northern Harrier             0              4              8
Sharp-shinned Hawk           5             67             71
Cooper's Hawk                2             19             25
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              2              3
Broad-winged Hawk          612           5026           5048
Red-tailed Hawk              4             31             37
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             0             29             29
Merlin                       0              3              4
Peregrine Falcon             0              2              2
Unknown Accipiter            0              1              1
Unknown Buteo                0              3              3
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              7              7

Total:                     637           5290           5351
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:00:00 
Observation end   time: 17:00:00 
Total observation time: 9 hours

Official Counter:        Joyce Holt

Observers:        

Visitors:
Carl C., Pam & Elly, Bill & Katie, Matt & Jenn, Mike Crowder, Dave B.,
Randy Doss
Barry K., King Irvin, Baron & Tina, Dillard, Darryl M., Mitch,Janet H.,
Toni Pippin, Andy , Robin & Allen.  Sorry if I missed anyone

Reporter - Joyce Holt, blueskyjoyce AT comcast.net


Weather:
Light winds; started from the East and ended as variable.  Haze all day

Raptor Observations:
Not many Vultures and the hawks started flying before they did.

BE 
1:43 two adult, 1 immature
1:52 1 ad.
2:08 1 im.
2:24 1 im.
2:25 1 ad., 1 im.
3:32 1 ad.

Non-raptor Observations:
Monarchs - 28
Saddlebag dragonfly - 1
Goldfinch
Chimney Swift - many
Raven
BV
TV

Two interesting sightings on the Parkway on my way home.

Had a Broadwing hawk land in the road on the NB lane.  I did not get to see
if it captured anything but it took off almost as soon as it landed.  I
thought it was going to be a crow but got to see the tailbands as it flew
up.
This was just before the Great Valley overlook.

Between MP 104 and 105 had a white deer cross the road going east to west. 
It had tannish wash on its chest.  Could it have been the one Barry got a
photo of earlier?
========================================================================
Report submitted by Joyce Holt (blueskyjoyce AT adelphia.net)
Harvey's Knob information may be found at:
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Subject: Call for nominations for VSO Abbott Conservation Award
From: Patti Reum <pareum AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Sep 2014 08:49:37 -0400
*Jackson M. Abbott Conservation Award*

In 1973 the Virginia Society of Ornithology established a conservation
award to be given to individuals or organizations that have demonstrated
outstanding conservation work in the state of Virginia. The award, a framed
certificate acknowledging the accomplishments of the recipient, is
presented at the annual meeting. In 1989, the award was renamed in honor of
Jackson M. Abbott for his lifelong devotion to conservation and his
effective work on its behalf.

Please send the name of any potential nominee to Patti Reum, Conservation
Committee Chair at pareum AT gmail.com. Deadline is January 16, 2015
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Subject: HSR: Mendota Fire Tower (18 Sep 2014) 1752 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 19 Sep 2014 07:09:13 -0400
Mendota Fire Tower
Mendota, VA, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 18, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       1              3              3
Bald Eagle                   3             11             11
Northern Harrier             0              0              0
Sharp-shinned Hawk           4              5              5
Cooper's Hawk                1              2              2
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk         1737           2990           2990
Red-tailed Hawk              3              8              8
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             2              7              7
Merlin                       0              0              0
Peregrine Falcon             0              1              1
Unknown Accipiter            0              1              1
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                1              1              1
Unknown Raptor               0              0              0

Total:                    1752           3029           3029
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:15:00 
Observation end   time: 16:45:00 
Total observation time: 8.5 hours

Official Counter:        Ron Harrington

Observers:        Adam Alley, Allen Gill

Visitors:
Drew Peyton, Stephen Hopp, 9 Emory & Henry students


Weather:
The day started with mostly cloudy skies and fog in the valleys on both
sides of the mountain.  The clouds gradually broke up as the as the day
progressed to mostly sunny conditions, with good thermals and plenty of
clouds for a backdrop. 

Raptor Observations:
Some of the larger kettles of hawks were at the limit of 10X binoculars,
far out over the valleys both northwest and southeast of the tower. 

Non-raptor Observations:

========================================================================
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Subject: Sabines Gull and Whiskered Tern in Cape May
From: Andrew Baldelli <andrewbaldelli AT hotmail.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Sep 2014 20:56:03 -0400
Today Tracy Tate and I went for the Sabines Gull took us eight ferry rides but 
we got great looks at it. 


On Wednesday I traveled to Cape May to try for the Whiskered Tern . In 1993 I 
missed it 10 times but on the 11 th try I caught up with this one , 21 years 
later and what a feeling it was to lay my eyes on him . I know this is not a 
Virginia sighting but If any birders are able to try for this bird I would go 
and see it , well worth the trip. 


 

Cheers

Andrew 
 		 	   		  
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Subject: 9/18/2014 - Pleasure House Point, Virginia Beach
From: Rob Bielawski <robbielawski AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Sep 2014 20:50:11 -0400
Hi all!

After work this evening I went out birding at Pleasure House Point Park off
Shore Drive in Virginia Beach. It's never a place where I see a ton of
species, but its very convenient for after work outings during the week
days.

Tonight, unfortunately the tide was at it's maximum when I was able to get
there, and actually about a foot higher than normal high tide due to the
northeasterly winds we've had the last couple of days. As a result, the
mudflats and shallow areas around the park were all submerged, which
significantly limits the shorebird populations in the area. Because of
this, I didn't see any shorebirds, but did find the typical wading birds
(Great Egrets, Great Blue Herons, and plenty of Yellow-crowned
Night-Herons). Also, a number of Clapper Rails could be heard cackling off
in the marshes but none were seen.

A number of Osprey are still hanging around, though it does appear that a
lot of them have probably already starting moving southwards (the Kiptopeke
Hawk Watch has recorded a couple thousand so far I believe).
Herring/Ring-billed/Laughing Gulls were all present as usual, as were a few
Royal Terns.

I got a wonderful surprise along the trails after a pair of sparrows came
flying out from a water-adjacent shrub, and I spent the next half hour
trying my darndest to get a photo of each of them. I assumed they were the
same species but after getting home and reviewing the photographs, I
believe I got a Saltmarsh Sparrow, and a Seaside Sparrow that just happened
to be hanging around together. I put the photos up at
http://www.hrwe.org/staff-admins/rob-bielawski/outing-galleries/ just to be
able to share, and if anyone disagrees on the IDs, please correct me, these
sparrows are a tough call for me sometimes. The Saltmarsh would be a lifer,
and the Seaside would only be the 2nd one I've found. Both were silent so
no voice to help me ID.

Rob Bielawski
Virginia Beach, VA
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Subject: HSR: Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (18 Sep 2014) 119 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 18 Sep 2014 20:09:12 -0400
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch
Tip of Virginia's Eastern Shore, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 18, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       8           1608           1608
Bald Eagle                   4             50             50
Northern Harrier             1             52             52
Sharp-shinned Hawk          36            322            322
Cooper's Hawk                9            141            141
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              6              6
Broad-winged Hawk           15            124            124
Red-tailed Hawk              1             26             26
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel            34           1009           1009
Merlin                       7            159            159
Peregrine Falcon             1             21             21
Unknown Accipiter            0              1              1
Unknown Buteo                1              1              1
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              1              1
Unknown Raptor               2             21             21
Swainson's Hawk              0              1              1

Total:                     119           3543           3543
----------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Official Counter:        Katie Rittenhouse

Observers:        Joe Beatty

Weather:
Blue skies with moderate northeast winds switching to the southeast late in
the day. 

Raptor Observations:


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


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Subject: HSR: Snickers Gap (18 Sep 2014) 439 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 18 Sep 2014 20:09:20 -0400
Snickers Gap
20 Miles West of Leesburg, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 18, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       5             67             80
Bald Eagle                   8             53             62
Northern Harrier             0              8              9
Sharp-shinned Hawk          35            118            120
Cooper's Hawk                6             26             27
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          1             19             19
Broad-winged Hawk          381           3176           3197
Red-tailed Hawk              2             30             37
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             0             10             13
Merlin                       0              1              1
Peregrine Falcon             0              1              1
Unknown Accipiter            0              3              3
Unknown Buteo                0              2              2
Unknown Falcon               0              1              1
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               1              1              1

Total:                     439           3516           3573
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:30:00 
Observation end   time: 17:00:00 
Total observation time: 8.5 hours

Official Counter:        Joan Boudreau and Bob Abrams

Observers:        Bruce Hill, The Littles, Wes Hetrick

Visitors:
Charlie & Ellen, Dave Cazenas


Weather:
Mostly clear but hazy, cool with light winds

Raptor Observations:


Non-raptor Observations:

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


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Subject: HSR: Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (18 Sep 2014) 3370 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 18 Sep 2014 19:09:46 -0400
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 18, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                      10            185            235
Bald Eagle                   4            108            115
Northern Harrier             1             15             16
Sharp-shinned Hawk          49            272            285
Cooper's Hawk                8             47             56
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              6              8
Broad-winged Hawk         3281          11886          12081
Red-tailed Hawk              7             49             73
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              1              1
American Kestrel             8             71             90
Merlin                       2              6              6
Peregrine Falcon             0              7              7
Unknown Accipiter            0              1              1
Unknown Buteo                0              0              4
Unknown Falcon               0              1              1
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              6              6
Mississippi Kite             0              0              2

Total:                    3370          12661          12987
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 06:00:00 
Observation end   time: 16:30:00 
Total observation time: 10.5 hours

Official Counter:        Vic Laubach

Observers:        Many Observers (see below)

Visitors:
Lots of visitors today including: John Hall (South Hampton, England),
George McCoy (Columbia, SC), Dan & Sue Harvey (Raleigh, NC), Richard Cooper
(Fredericksburg), Dave Fisher (Cary, NC), Jim Plitt, Eve Gaige, Bob
Eggleston, Bill Nettlehorst, Paula & Coby Westby, Patti Reum, Mary-Jo
Bracken, Ben Pumphrey, Jennifer & Deving Borishansky, Fay & Lee Marks, Rick
Behr, Mirabai McLeod, Helene Edwards, Jennifer Jowdy, Walt Childs, Marshall
Faintich, Tink Moyer, Cyane Lowden, Robin Cage, Daniel Mapel, Andrew Clem. 


Weather:
Beautiful day! Mostly cloudy in morning becoming 90-100% cloud cover after
noon. Light & variable breezes early increasing to 20-28km/hr NW breezes at
10am then decreasing to 12-19km/hr after noon. 

Raptor Observations:
Multiple Observers contributing to the count: Brenda Tekin, Gabriel Mapel,
Rose Thomas, Dave Hunter, William Leigh. 

Another terrific BW day! Many high streaming groups often kettling to give
terrific views! Most BWs flew by in NE-SW direction. Hourly BW count:
735(9-10), 1108(10-11), 145(11-12), 120(12-1), 903(1-2), 251(2-3), 19(3-4).
 

Four BE: 1st-yr (1:03), two 2/3-yr (1:28), immature (unaged, 2:20).

Non-raptor Observations:
A very good showing of Monarch Butterflies (conservative count of 180) that
always seemed to be in the sky. Swifts (107), Hummingbird (10), E Phoebe
(1), Red-eyed Vireo (1), Raven (6), Red-headed Woodpecker (4), Tree Swallow
(75), Waxwing (50), Cape May Warbler (3), BTB Warbler (1), BTG Warbler (1),
Grackle (141). 
========================================================================
Report submitted by Vic Laubach (laubach AT virginia.edu)
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://www.rockfishgaphawkwatch.org

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Subject: Sabine's Gull Pocohantas Ferry Jamestown
From: Tracy Tate <tltaterbug44 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Sep 2014 17:33:37 -0400
Eight trips but we got the gull at 5:15pm.  Came in low back of flock
trailing the ferry heading south.   Stayed low and eventually joined the
group behind the passing ferry.   Unmistakeable striking pattern when you
see it.  Also graceful and more delicate in flight than the others.  Tail
is noticeably different as well.     Andrew Baldelli and Tracy Tate
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Subject: Sabin's Gull
From: Jim Marcum <marcums AT cns.umass.edu>
Date: Thu, 18 Sep 2014 15:10:16 -0400
The juvenile Sabin's Gull was just seen from the Pocahontas ferry north bound 
from Surry. 


Jim Marcum
Virginia Beach

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Subject: Any Sabine's Gull reports for 9/18?
From: Frank Fogarty <fogartyfa AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Sep 2014 12:48:43 -0400
Hi all,

Has any one made an attempt to re-find the Sabine's today (9/18)?

Thanks,

Frank Fogarty
Smithfield
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Subject: HSR: Mendota Fire Tower (17 Sep 2014) 1253 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 18 Sep 2014 09:09:43 -0400
Mendota Fire Tower
Mendota, VA, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 17, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       1              2              2
Bald Eagle                   2              8              8
Northern Harrier             0              0              0
Sharp-shinned Hawk           1              1              1
Cooper's Hawk                1              1              1
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
Broad-winged Hawk         1238           1253           1253
Red-tailed Hawk              4              5              5
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             5              5              5
Merlin                       0              0              0
Peregrine Falcon             1              1              1
Unknown Accipiter            0              1              1
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              0              0

Total:                    1253           1277           1277
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:15:00 
Observation end   time: 16:30:00 
Total observation time: 8.25 hours

Official Counter:        Ron Harrington

Observers:        Allen Gill, Bill Grigsby, Sam Evans

Weather:
 Fog restricted the visibility to less than 50 yards for the first hour and
a half. The sun finally burned through and the fog and clouds began to 
dissipate around 10:30. The first Broad-winged hawks were seen at 10:50.
For the rest of the day it was mostly sunny and we had a steady flow of
hawks. The winds were variable and light.  

Raptor Observations:
Very pleasant day for hawk watching with just enough clouds to provide good
backdrop. Many of the hawks were far out over the valley on both sides of
the mountain until mid to late afternoon. Hard to see. 

Non-raptor Observations:
We saw the usual array of vultures and one Raven. Bill Grigsby was sitting
in the wrong place when a Black Vulture decided to let go above the tower.
First time I can recall this happening! Sam Evans found a Red-breasted
Nuthatch early in the morning. 
========================================================================
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Subject: HSR: Harvey's Knob (17 Sep 2014) 1559 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 17 Sep 2014 21:09:19 -0400
Harvey's Knob
Roanoke, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 17, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       4             46             49
Bald Eagle                   4             36             50
Northern Harrier             1              4              8
Sharp-shinned Hawk          12             62             66
Cooper's Hawk                1             17             23
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          1              2              3
Broad-winged Hawk         1532           4414           4436
Red-tailed Hawk              2             27             33
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             2             29             29
Merlin                       0              3              4
Peregrine Falcon             0              2              2
Unknown Accipiter            0              1              1
Unknown Buteo                0              3              3
Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              7              7

Total:                    1559           4653           4714
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 09:30:00 
Observation end   time: 17:45:00 
Total observation time: 8.25 hours

Official Counter:        Baron Gibson

Observers:        Bill James, Dave Brunstetter, Matt Hosmer, Tina Gibson

Visitors:
The overlook was full most of the day with hawk watchers & parkway goers. 
Keith Peters from WVa
Jeff from Mendota Fire Tower hawk watch
Dale
A group from Hollins University and VA western came for a visit and were
not disappointed (except Renee the Hollins teacher, she did not see a BE in
either visit which broke a streak of 15 years,,,Sorry Renee, maybe next
year).


Weather:
Heavy clouds covered the watch for the first several hours then the sun
started breaking through and by the last couple of hours the clouds
diminished to 20%. Winds southerly first several hours then turned easterly
 AT  a 2 until the last couple of hours & winds diminished but still easterly.
Temps ranged from 18-21c (64 - 69F). Visibility was a 4 with a light haze
off in the distance.

Raptor Observations:
Hawks began flying when the sun broke through in the 10-11 hour (all times
are bird time) with hawks on both sides of the knob & over top. When the
wind shifted, the majority of the rest of hawks observed were on the east
side. Some were high, some way out and a lot gave great views. Streams &
kettles throughout the day with 114 counted between the 4-5 hour but they
were struggling to stay up and they were low giving great looks while
kettling when they turned into the setting sun.
10:15 AEBE - 2, 12:24 AEBE - 2
BW hourly count: (9-10) - 26, (10-11) - 187, (11-12) - 732, (12-1) - 59,
(1-2) - 154, (2-3) - 206, (3-4) - 45, (4-5) - 114

Non-raptor Observations:
Barred Owl heard between the 4-5 hour on the west side left near ridge.
Hand full of Monarch's
Group of cedar Wax Wings late.

Lots of watchers all equally important
and regular counters: Daryl, Mitch, Robyn & Alan, 


Predictions:
Cloudy skies early, then partly cloudy in the afternoon with variable light
winds until the after noon hours then turning into a light SE
wind,,,,,,possibly an early flight due to the late hawks ??
========================================================================
Report submitted by Baron Gibson (Hawkwatche215 AT gmail.com)
Harvey's Knob information may be found at:
http://bijame.googlepages.com/home


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Subject: Warbler ID needed by rehabber - Consenus is Common Yellowthroat!
From: Connie & Wilton Sale <humnchirp AT verizon.net>
Date: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 21:21:37 -0500 (CDT)
Thanks to everyone who provided ID. It is a Common Yellowthroat, probably a 
female. Lovely bird and anxious to get on with her migration. 

 
You birders are awesome!  Thank you!
 
Connie

Connie & Wilton Sale 
Chesapeake,VA 23322 
humnchirp AT verizon.net 
Hummingbirds and Songbirds 
State and Federal Permits 
NWRA, IWRC 
WildLife Response, Inc. 
http://www.wildliferesponse.org/
Member, Evelyn's Wildlife Refuge 
http://www.evelynswildliferefuge.org/ 
Member, Sacred Friends Wildlife Rehabilitation, Inc.
http://www.sacredfriend.org/
 
 
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Subject: Sabine's Gull, Surry/James City Still present 9/17
From: Nicholas Newberry <nickenew1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 22:17:34 -0400
Hello all,

The Sabines Gull gave distant views to the Bird Club of William and Mary today 
(9/17) on the late afternoon Pocahontas ferry rides today. It might be worth it 
to check the gulls loafing on the Surry (Scotland) side from land if you dont 
have luck on the first leg of your ferry ride. 


All the best in your searches for migrants,
Nick Newberry
Oakton/Williamsburg, Va
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Subject: Warbler ID needed by rehabber
From: Connie & Wilton Sale <humnchirp AT verizon.net>
Date: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 20:48:29 -0500 (CDT)
Hello Birders! 
 
This little guy hit a window during migration, had his "bell rung",but 
fortunately recovered quickly and is being released tomorrow. 

Would appreciate positive ID.  As always, thank you!
 

http://i272.photobucket.com/albums/jj193/humnchirp/songbirds/Warbler_291714_zps7a466735.jpg 

 
Connie Sale
 
Connie & Wilton Sale 
Chesapeake,VA 23322 
humnchirp AT verizon.net 
Hummingbirds and Songbirds 
State and Federal Permits 
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Subject: HSR: Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (17 Sep 2014) 2908 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 17 Sep 2014 20:09:19 -0400
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch
Waynesboro, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 17, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                      10            175            225
Bald Eagle                   5            104            111
Northern Harrier             0             14             15
Sharp-shinned Hawk          28            223            236
Cooper's Hawk                1             39             48
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          1              6              8
Broad-winged Hawk         2855           8605           8800
Red-tailed Hawk              5             42             66
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              1              1
American Kestrel             1             63             82
Merlin                       0              4              4
Peregrine Falcon             0              7              7
Unknown Accipiter            1              1              1
Unknown Buteo                0              0              4
Unknown Falcon               0              1              1
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               1              6              6
Mississippi Kite             0              0              2

Total:                    2908           9291           9617
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 06:00:00 
Observation end   time: 16:15:00 
Total observation time: 10.25 hours

Official Counter:        Gabriel Mapel

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

Visitors:
Lots of visitors including: Dan & Sue Harvey (Raleigh, NC), John Whinery
(Counter at Mendota Fire Tower Watch), Bil Nettlehorst (Wisconsin), Phil
Silas, Bob Blakney, Laurel Schablein, Jim Plitt, Paige Bowman, Mike Bowman,
Nancy Davidson, Marshall Faintich, John Tindall, Tom Hunter, Renell & Athen
Van Wagley, Rosemary Lucas, Thomas Guillebeau, Daniel Mapel.


Weather:
Very pleasant day! 11.6-22.8C. Very light and variable breezes (sometimes
no breeze later in afternoon). Clear visibility. Partly to mostly cloudy.

Raptor Observations:
The BWs were flying very high today with only a couple of significant
kettles later in afternoon. Most were streaming by fast and high! Earlier
birds were streaming overhead or to the east. One long river of 1,500 BWs
moved quickly down east side of the gap between 12-1pm). Late afternoon
birds were on west side of the gap in several nice kettles (thanks for
spotting those kettles Rose!). 

Hourly BW count: 28(8-9), 125(9-10), 112(10-11), 102(11-12), 1,536(12-1),
457(1-2), 424(2-3), 71(3-4). 

Adult BE (10:14, 12:02, 1:54, 3:53). IMM BE (11:15). 

First bird (8:33 BW). Last bird (3:53 BE).

Non-raptor Observations:
Monarchs (50), DC Cormorant (3), Great Egret (group of 10 on east side
flying southward), Swift (99), RTHU (3), Red-headed Woodpecker, (10), Barn
Swallow (1), House Wren (1 singing), Waxwing (31), Redstart (1), Magnolia
Warbler (1), Red-winged Blackbird (225), Grackle (80).
========================================================================
Report submitted by Vic Laubach (laubach AT virginia.edu)
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch information may be found at:
http://www.rockfishgaphawkwatch.org

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Subject: Re: Bles Park bird walk on Wednesday
From: Jean Tatalias <jtatalias AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 20:44:32 -0400
techtchr AT gmail.com, ngause1 AT verizon.net, sykim47 AT yahoo.com,
dmctagg AT gmail.com, chris-white100 AT comcast.net, RTBuckman AT verizon.net,
emfenton AT comcast.com

On Wed, Sep 17, 2014 at 8:41 PM, Jean Tatalias  wrote:

> 10 birders (plus 3 whose timetable didn't quite match ours) enjoyed a
> beautiful morning at Bles Park today, even though the birds were a bit hard
> to find. We had views of a couple hawks from the parking lot (thanks to
> Dixie Sommers scoping one), but the river yielded only a kingfisher and a
> great blue.  This walk was co- sponsored by the Northern Virginia Bird Club
> and the Audubon Society of Northern Virginia. The species list is below.
>
>
> Bles Park, Loudoun, US-VA
> Sep 17, 2014 8:30 AM - 11:00 AM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 1.2 mile(s)
>  28 species
>
> Canada Goose  1     heard
> Great Blue Heron  1
> Turkey Vulture  1
> Sharp-shinned Hawk  1
> Cooper's Hawk  1
> Red-shouldered Hawk  1
> Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  45
> Belted Kingfisher  1     heard
> Red-bellied Woodpecker  2
> Downy Woodpecker  2
> Eastern Phoebe  1
> Blue Jay  8
> American Crow  18
> Carolina Chickadee  10
> Carolina Wren  3     heard
> American Robin  1
> Gray Catbird  7
> Brown Thrasher  2
> Northern Mockingbird  5
> European Starling  15
> Cedar Waxwing  1
> Northern Waterthrush  1     ID'd as a waterthrush, but which one was
> uncertain.  I note that Louisiana would be rare for this time of year.
> Magnolia Warbler  1
> Song Sparrow  1
> Northern Cardinal  3
> Rose-breasted Grosbeak  1     female or first-year
> American Goldfinch  5
> House Sparrow  15
>
> View this checklist online at
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19862133
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
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Subject: Bles Park bird walk on Wednesday
From: Jean Tatalias <jtatalias AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 20:41:27 -0400
10 birders (plus 3 whose timetable didn't quite match ours) enjoyed a
beautiful morning at Bles Park today, even though the birds were a bit hard
to find. We had views of a couple hawks from the parking lot (thanks to
Dixie Sommers scoping one), but the river yielded only a kingfisher and a
great blue.  This walk was co- sponsored by the Northern Virginia Bird Club
and the Audubon Society of Northern Virginia. The species list is below.


Bles Park, Loudoun, US-VA
Sep 17, 2014 8:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.2 mile(s)
 28 species

Canada Goose  1     heard
Great Blue Heron  1
Turkey Vulture  1
Sharp-shinned Hawk  1
Cooper's Hawk  1
Red-shouldered Hawk  1
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  45
Belted Kingfisher  1     heard
Red-bellied Woodpecker  2
Downy Woodpecker  2
Eastern Phoebe  1
Blue Jay  8
American Crow  18
Carolina Chickadee  10
Carolina Wren  3     heard
American Robin  1
Gray Catbird  7
Brown Thrasher  2
Northern Mockingbird  5
European Starling  15
Cedar Waxwing  1
Northern Waterthrush  1     ID'd as a waterthrush, but which one was
uncertain.  I note that Louisiana would be rare for this time of year.
Magnolia Warbler  1
Song Sparrow  1
Northern Cardinal  3
Rose-breasted Grosbeak  1     female or first-year
American Goldfinch  5
House Sparrow  15

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Subject: HSR: Kiptopeke Hawkwatch (17 Sep 2014) 273 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 17 Sep 2014 18:09:06 -0400
Kiptopeke Hawkwatch
Tip of Virginia's Eastern Shore, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 17, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                      17           1600           1600
Bald Eagle                   0             46             46
Northern Harrier             9             51             51
Sharp-shinned Hawk          93            286            286
Cooper's Hawk               32            132            132
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          0              6              6
Broad-winged Hawk           15            109            109
Red-tailed Hawk              0             25             25
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel            98            975            975
Merlin                       8            152            152
Peregrine Falcon             1             20             20
Unknown Accipiter            0              1              1
Unknown Buteo                0              0              0
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Falcon               0              1              1
Unknown Raptor               0             19             19
Swainson's Hawk              0              1              1

Total:                     273           3424           3424
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Observation start time: 06:30:00 
Observation end   time: 16:45:00 
Total observation time: 9.5 hours

Official Counter:        Bob Anderson, Katie Rittenhouse

Observers:        Bob Anderson

Weather:


Raptor Observations:
At least 4 adult Broad-winged Hawks

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


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Subject: Lynchburg Broadwings 9/17 (~100)
From: "Sattler, Gene" <edsattle AT liberty.edu>
Date: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 21:45:16 +0000
I was able to make periodic observations from my office again today, beginning 
from about 11:30 AM and throughout the rest of the day. These observations were 
very imperfect, being confined to perhaps only about 10 minutes each hour of 
several scans of a couple of minutes each time using binoculars, scattered 
through the hour, unless sightings seems to warrant spending more time in 
observation. Visibility was also necessarily limited. 


The morning started promising, with nearly 60 Broadwings sighted in a 
consistent stream from 11:30-noon EDT, along with three Osprey. Things slowed 
up from here on out, however, with only 35 more Broadwings and a fourth Osprey 
seen the remaining 5 1/5 hours, with the last few hours producing no hawks. 
Skies were mostly cloudy here all day until the last half hour when the sky 
began to clear out. The Broadwings were relatively high to very high all day, 
streaming by and sometimes kettling also when in sight. A fair number of 
dragonflies and a smattering of monarchs. 


Good birding,

Gene Sattler
Lynchburg
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Subject: HSR: Snickers Gap (17 Sep 2014) 379 Raptors
From: reports AT hawkcount.org
Date: 17 Sep 2014 17:09:10 -0400
Snickers Gap
20 Miles West of Leesburg, Virginia, USA
Daily Raptor Counts: Sep 17, 2014
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
Black Vulture                0              0              0
Turkey Vulture               0              0              0
Osprey                       2             62             75
Bald Eagle                   4             45             54
Northern Harrier             0              8              9
Sharp-shinned Hawk          11             83             85
Cooper's Hawk                3             20             21
Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
Red-shouldered Hawk          2             18             18
Broad-winged Hawk          353           2795           2816
Red-tailed Hawk              4             28             35
Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
American Kestrel             0             10             13
Merlin                       0              1              1
Peregrine Falcon             0              1              1
Unknown Accipiter            0              3              3
Unknown Buteo                0              2              2
Unknown Falcon               0              1              1
Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
Unknown Raptor               0              0              0

Total:                     379           3077           3134
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Observation start time: 08:15:00 
Observation end   time: 15:45:00 
Total observation time: 7.5 hours

Official Counter:        The Littles

Observers:        

Visitors:
20 Road Scholars on an Appalachian Trail hike.
Jen Folts, Ron Staley, Judy Palladinetti, Matt Orsie, William Leigh


Weather:
Temps 14-20.7C. Wind light from the west, then variable. Mostly cloudy all
day.

Raptor Observations:
First bird: SSHA 8:23am. All day dribble of Sharpies. No morning BWHA
liftoff tells me none roosted upridge from us last night.

Non-raptor Observations:
Many Chimney Swifts and Monarchs today.
========================================================================
Report submitted by BJ Little (bluejay88 AT adelphia.net)


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Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Hog Island WMA - CSW04, Sep 16, 2014
From: Jeff Blalock <jcbabirder AT gcronline.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 17:08:52 -0400
In between the trips looking for the Sabine's Gull I made a trip to Hog Island 
were I saw an avocet and an immature Lark Sparrow 


May God Bless and Keep You

Jeff Blalock
434-470-4352
South Boston VA

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> From: ebird-checklist AT cornell.edu
> Date: September 17, 2014 at 2:49:46 PM EDT
> To: jcbabirder AT gcronline.com
> Subject: eBird Report - Hog Island WMA - CSW04, Sep 16, 2014
> 
> Hog Island WMA - CSW04, Surry, US-VA
> Sep 16, 2014 9:45 AM - 1:30 PM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 3.0 mile(s)
> 37 species
> 
> Canada Goose  2
> Wood Duck  1
> Mallard  4
> Double-crested Cormorant  3
> Great Blue Heron  15
> Great Egret  20
> Snowy Egret  10
> Turkey Vulture  3
> Bald Eagle  4
> Clapper Rail  1
> American Avocet 1 Large black and white shorebird with long black up turned 
bill 

> Laughing Gull  60
> Caspian Tern  60
> Royal Tern 60 Large tern with receiding black cap pale reddish bill not as 
reddish as Caspian Tern 

> Mourning Dove  10
> Yellow-billed Cuckoo  2
> Belted Kingfisher  2
> Red-headed Woodpecker  2
> Downy Woodpecker  2
> Northern Flicker  1
> Pileated Woodpecker  1
> Blue Jay  2
> American Crow  5
> Carolina Chickadee  4
> Tufted Titmouse  2
> Brown-headed Nuthatch  3
> Carolina Wren  4
> Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  2
> Gray Catbird  2
> Northern Mockingbird  15
> European Starling  1
> Common Yellowthroat  6
> Yellow Warbler  5
> Palm Warbler  1
> Lark Sparrow 1 Juvenile plumage, first spotted as it flew from ground into 
trees and notice its size and the large amount of white in outer tail feathers 

> Northern Cardinal  2
> Red-winged Blackbird  3
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