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Coverage: MD/DC/VA/DE/WV panhandle
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Compiler: Bob Hartman
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Atlantic States (independent of NAS)
Transcriber: Steve Cordle (email@example.com)
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This is the Voice of the Naturalist, a service of the Audubon
Naturalist Society. Because of a technical problem last week, this
report covers a little more than a week, starting about noon on
Monday, Dec 26, 2016, and was completed on Tuesday, Jan 3, 2017, at
Information on noteworthy birds during this week is presented below in
taxonomic order, as set forth in the American Ornithologists' Union
Checklist for North and Middle American birds, as revised through the
57th Supplement (July 2016).
TOP BIRDS THIS WEEK: DOVEKIE in MD, SNOWY OWL in VA, CRESTED CARACARA*
and ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER* in DE, LUCY'S WARBLER* in VA,
BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLERs* in DC & MD
OTHER BIRDS OF INTEREST: CACKLING GOOSE, TRUMPETER SWAN, EURASIAN
WIGEON, COMMON EIDER, HARLEQUIN DUCK, GREEN HERON, GOLDEN EAGLE,
SANDHILL CRANE, late shorebirds, pale gulls, RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD, both
shrikes, SNOW BUNTING, very late warblers, NELSON'S SPARROW,
CLAY-COLORED SPARROW, LINCOLN'S SPARROW
A DOVEKIE was reported Dec 28 from the Ocean City MD CBC (Worcester
Co). The SNOWY OWL at Chincoteague NWR (Accomack Co VA) continued on
Dec 27. A CRESTED CARACARA* was present in Sussex Co DE all week;
before about 9am, and then in late afternoons, it was usually around
the intersection of Holland Glade and Hebron Roads near Rehoboth
Beach, but mid-day, it apparently moved into Cape Henlopen SP, around
the fire control tower near Youth Camp 3. On Dec 28 and Jan 1, Cape
Henlopen SP also hosted an ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER*, around Gordon's
Pond. On Dec 31 & Jan 2, a LUCY'S WARBLER* was sighted at the
Northampton County Landfill in Cheriton/Oyster VA. A BLACK-THROATED
GRAY WARBLER* was seen Dec 30&31 in American University Park, NW DC;
the BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER in Tydings Memorial Park, Havre de
Grace MD (Harford Co), continued Jan 1.
OTHER BIRDS OF INTEREST
On Dec 31, a CACKLING GOOSE was spotted on the Potomac River, roughly
between the Memorial Bridge and the Washington Monument; this would be
in DC (SW) waters, but was seen from VA. Two TRUMPETER SWANs were
seen: the first was seen Dec 26 on Hawkwood Lake in Louisa Co VA, the
second (a juvenile) was in Perryville MD (Cecil Co) on Dec 31 & Jan 1.
An EURASIAN WIGEON was seen Dec 28 at Chincoteague NWR in Swan Cove
(Accomack Co VA). COMMON EIDERs were seen at the Ocean City Inlet: 8
on Dec 26, and 10 on Dec 28 (CBC). In addition to the usual HARLEQUIN
DUCKs at the Ocean City Inlet (two seen Dec 26 & 28), two HARLEQUIN
DUCKs were seen Dec 28 from Island #1 of the Chesapeake Bay
Bridge-Tunnel (Northampton Co VA), and a single was spotted Dec 30 at
Kiptopeke SP (also Northampton Co VA) at the west end of the fishing
pier next to the boat ramp.
On Dec 27 in Alexandria VA, a very late GREEN HERON was spotted at the
western side of Ben Brenman Park.
GOLDEN EAGLEs were spotted, one in MD Dec 26 on carrion near the
Gamber Fire Department (Carroll Co), the other Dec 27, perched in
Chixamugen MD (Charles Co).
SANDHILL CRANEs were seen in VA: one Dec 26 in Louisa Co, along Jack
Jouett Road, the other on Dec 30 in Algonkian Nature Preserve (Loudon
Co) along Sanctuary Trail.
On Dec 28, a SEMIPALMATED PLOVER was seen at Swan Cove, Chincoteague
NWR, and the same day, a PIPING PLOVER was reported from the Ocean
City CBC, at Assateague Island NS (Worcester Co MD). Late MARBLED
GODWITs were reported on Dec 28, 4 at Swan Cove, Chincoteague NWR, and
more from the Ocean City CBC.
Apparently, three different ICELAND GULLs were seen in MD: one Dec
27&31 at the Eastern Sanitary Landfill (Baltimore Co; restricted
access), another Dec 31 at the White Swan Drive Community Park (Anne
Arundel Co; restricted access), and the third (a first cycle bird) Jan
1 in a flyby at Fort Smallwood Park (Anne Arundel Co). A GLAUCOUS GULL
was seen by many Dec 26-30 in the Tidal Basin, SW DC). Another
(possible) GLAUCOUS GULL was spotted Dec 29 at the Salisbury Landfill,
Wicomico Co MD, and a third was seen Dec 30 in Leesylvania SP (Prince
William Co VA), along Neabsco Creek.
A RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD was present Dec 28 in St. Mary's Co MD, at the
Wildewood Neighborhood Walk.
A LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE was seen Dec 26 in Shenandoah Co VA, along South
Middle Rd about =BD mile SW of Wissler Rd. The LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE in
Clarke Co VA along Featherbed Rd about 0.7 mi south of Rte 340
continued Dec 29. The NORTHERN SHRIKE continued Dec 28 in Sully
Woodlands, Fairfax Co VA. Another NORTHERN SHRIKE was present Dec 30
near Prime Hook NWR, Sussex Co DE.
A SNOW BUNTING has been present almost daily through Dec 27 along
Strickley Rd, Augusta Co VA.
Very late warblers included a NASHVILLE WARBLER at the Northampton
County Landfill on Dec 31, a WILSON'S WARBLER found during the Ocean
City CBC along Carmody Lane, West Ocean City MD (Worcester Co),
another WILSON'S WARBLER continuing Jan 1 along Haul Rd in Dyke Marsh
Wildlife Preserve, and a Yellow-breasted Chat seen during the Ocean
Also seen Dec 28 during the Ocean City CBC was a NELSON'S SPARROW at
Assateague Island NS. Up to five NELSON'S SPARROWs were seen Dec 30,
much further south, on Smith Island (Northampton Co VA; restricted
access). CLAY-COLORED SPARROWs were seen: during the Dec 28 Ocean City
CBC, on Dec 31 at Big Water Farm (private) in Queen Anne's Co MD, and
on Jan 1 along High Bridge Rd in Millington MD (Kent Co). Finally, a
single LINCOLN'S SPARROW was seen Dec 31 at Lilypons, Frederick Co MD.
This report was based on reports on the DE, MD, VA, and WV list
servers via the ABA Internet links, and on eBird records.
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