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April 21, 2015
MD/DC/VA/DE/WV panhandle

voice@anshome.org
Helen Patton
Audubon Naturalist Society of the
   Central Atlantic states (independent of NAS!)
Steve Cordle
 

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This is the Voice of the Naturalist, a service of the Audubon Naturalist Society. This report covers the week starting Tuesday, April 14 and was completed on Tuesday, April 21 at 8:45 p.m.

The top bird this week was A EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE* in MD.

Other birds of interest this week included BRANT, TRUMPETER SWAN, ducks, RED-THROATED LOON,RED-NECKED GREBE, AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN, AMERICAN and LEAST BITTERNS, ibis, SWALLOW-TAILED KITE, rails, shorebirds, LITTLE GULL, terns, goatsuckers, RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD, RED-HEADED WOOKPECKER, COMMON RAVEN, warblers, sparrows, ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK, RUSTY BLACKBIRDS and finches,.

TOP BIRD

A EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE* was seen at Figgs Landing, Worcester Co., MD near the end of the road on Aril 15.

OTHER BIRDS OF INTEREST

A BRANT was at George Island Landing, Wicomico Co., MD on April 21. A TRUMPETER SWAN was at Lake Churchill, Montgomery Co., MD on April 16, 17 and 18.

A male EURASIAN WIGEON was seen April 15 in a small pond on Clear Spring Road (MD 68) Washington Co., MD on April 15, 18 and 19. Another ERUASIAN WIGEON was at Chesapeake Farms, Kent Co., MD on April 18.

Four WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS were at Violette's Lock, Montgomery Co., MD on April 20. Two WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS were at Burke Lake Park, Fairfax Co., VA also on April 20. Two WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS were at Loch Raven Reservoir, Baltimore Co., on April 21. A LONG-TAILED DUCK was on the C&O Canal just above Dam 5, Washington Co., MD seen on April 21. A pair of COMMON MERGANSERS was in Catoctin Creek in northern Loudoun Co., VA on April 19.

Up to four RED-THROATED LOONS were at Hains Point, DC near gravelly point on April 19. Another RED-THROATED LOON was at the end of the Washington Channel, DC, on April 19.Another RED-THROATED LOON floated across the mouth of the Anacostia, DC, on April 20. Another RED-THROATED LOON was at Battery Park, New Castle Co., DE on April 20.

A RED-NECKED GREBE was at Poplar Island, Talbot Co., MD on April 17. A RED-NECKED GREBE was at the Ted Harvey WMA, Kent Co., DE on April 18. A RED-NECKED GREBE was at Hains Point, DC on April 19. A RED-NECKED GREBE was at the C&O Canal, Lander, Frederick Co., MD and seven were at Violette's Lock, Montgomery Co., MD on April 20.

AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS continue to be seen at Blackwater NWR, Dorchester Co, MD with 18 there on April 17. Nine AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS were at the North Beach marsh, Calvert Co., MD on April 19.

Both an AMERICAN BITTERN and a LEAST BITTERN were at Black Marsh, North Point, Baltimore Co., MD on April during the week. A LEAST BTTERN was at Swan Harbor Farm, Harford Co., MD on April 20.

A small flock of GLOSSY IBIS were seen from MD 4 near MD765 On April 15. Four GLOSSY IBIS were in a flooded field near the intersection of Balls Neck Road and Shiloh School Road north of Kilmarnock, Lancaster Co., VA on April 15. Two GLOSSY IBIS were on North Point Road, Baltimore Co., MD on April 17. A GLOSSY IBIS was in McKee Beshers WMA, Montgomery Co., MD on April 17. A GLOSSY IBIS was at Hughes Hollow, Montgomery Co., MD on April 17 and three more wire at Point Lookout SP, St. Mary's Co., MD on April 18. A WHITE-FACED Ibis was with GLOSSY IBIS at Cash Corner Road and Farm Market Road, Somerset Co., MD on April 20.

A SWALLOW-TAILED KITE was at North Point SP, Baltimore Co., MD on April 15. Another SWALLOW-TAILED KITE was at the Princess Anne WMA, Virginia Beach, VA on April 18.

Two SORA and a VIRGINIA RAIL were on the Black Marsh Trail at North Point SP, Baltimore Co., MD on April 17. A KING RAIL was at Swan Harbor Farm, Harford Co., MD on April 18. A VIRGINIA RAIL was at Swan Harbor Farm on April 19.

A COMMON GALLINULE was at Hughes Hollow, Montgomery Co., MD on April 20 and 21.

SANDPIPERS also turned up at a few widely scattered locations this past week. A WILSN'S PLOVER was at Metompkin Island, Accomack Co., VA on April 17.

A LITTLE GULL was seen at Dyke Marsh, Fairfax Co, VA on April 16 at the end of Haul Road. A first cycle LITTLE GULL was at Back River, Baltimore Co., MD, seen on April 19. Two LEAST TERNS were at Mesick Point in Poquoson, VA on April 14. A CASPIAN TERN was at Swan Harbor Farm, Harford Co., MD on April 17.

Four EASTERN WHIP-POOR-WILLS and a CHUCK-WILL'S-WIDOW were at the Big Levels WMA in Stuarts Draft, Augusta Co., VA on April 16. An EASTERN WHIP-POOP-WILL was at Julie Metz Wetland Bank, Prince William Co., VA on April 18. An EASTERN WHIP-POOR-WILL was heard in Burnt Chimney, Franklin Co., VA on April 18.

RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRDS appeared in many venues in the region during the week.

A pair of RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS was in the trees by the Mount Vernon parkway bike trial about one-half mile north of the Mount Vernon parking lot, Fairfax Co., VA on April 18.

A PEREGRINE FALCON flew over Silver Spring, Montgomery Co., MD on April 15

A COMMON RAVENS was at Julie Metz Wetlands Bank, Prince William Co., VA on April 18.

WARBLERS, including many First of Season species, popped up at a number of locations this past week. A BLUE-WINGED WARBLER was in Portsmouth, VA on April 21. A CERULEAN WARBLER was in a mixed flock of warblers in Burnt Chimney, Franklin Co., VA on April 16. Three SWAINSON'S WARBLERS were at the Great Dismal Swamp NWR, Chesapeake City, VA on April 17.

A VESPER SPARROW was seen at Harford Glen, Harford Co., MD on April 18. A VESPER SPARROW and tow GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS were in the fields east of the Bridle Trail start at Sky Meadows SP, Fauquier Co., VA on April 19.

A ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK was found along Swift Shoals Road beside the Shenandoah River, Clarke Co., VA on April 18.

RUSTY BLACKBIRDS continue to be reported from a number of locations.

PURPLE FINCHES and PINE SISKINS turned up at feeders during the week.

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

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

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

To report bird sightings, e-mail your report to voice@anshome.org. Please post reports before midnight Monday, identify the county as well as the state, and include your name and a Tuesday morning contact, e-mail or phone.

Thank you for your interest, and good birding!

*Of interest to the records committee.

Reporting Guidelines

The Voice of the Naturalist is written and recorded on Tuesday mornings. If you email your reports, please email voice@anshome.org, by Monday midnight to make sure they are received in time.

Reports prior to the preceding Tuesday will not be considered.

The area covered is (with rare exceptions) DC, MD, VA, and southern DE; all other reports should be sent to the appropriate rare-bird alert for the area in which the birds were observed.

Be sure to report only those birds that you actually saw, not ones that someone else told you about.

And please remember to include a phone number where you can be reached on Tuesday morning; if you can't be reached to verify a rare bird, your report will almost certainly not be used.

There are two main circumstances in which a bird sighting will not be reported on the Voice as a matter of policy. The first is if the report would jeopardize the bird's welfare:

Reports of species that are threatened or endangered at the state or federal level are generally not used, especially during nesting season--local Loggerhead Shrikes are an example; similarly, owls are not listed, with two exceptions--Snowy Owl and Short-eared Owl; and rails are also generally not mentioned; the rails at Huntley Meadows Park, VA, are an exception because birders stay on the boardwalk.

The second circumstance concerns private property: If the property owner does not want birders, the sighting will not be reported--at least in a way that identifies the location.

Please keep your reports concise (no lengthy trip reports, please), and provide the following information:

Full SPECIES NAME.

NUMBER of individuals of each species (estimates for big flocks are fine).

Age and sex, if relevant (important for gull observations, for example).

Location, including COUNTY and STATE (there are four Middletowns in MD).

DATE of observation ("today", "yesterday", "Saturday", etc., are not as helpful).

TELEPHONE NUMBER where you can be reached on Tuesday between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

DIRECTIONS to little known places (your favorite local hot spot may not be familiar to the Voice compiler or to other nonlocal people); page numbers and map coordinates from the DeLorme atlas/gazetteer are extremely helpful.

Access limitations, if any; and, for birds that are on private property, whether the owner does not want birders, if you know.

Unusual behavior seen.

For RARITIES, a description of features YOU ACTUALLY SAW (not what is in the field guides).

Thanks in advance for your reports. You can be sure that they will be read. Don't be disappointed if your sighting isn't mentioned; when there are a lot of reports, summary comments sometimes have to be made. There are times, however, when every report is used in writing the Voice, for example, during the hot days of summer. -- Voice of the Naturalist

 

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