DC Area, 1/17/2017


Yellow-bellied Sapsucker,©Barry Kent Mackay

Hotline:     Voice of the Naturalist
Date:        1/17/2017
Coverage:    MD/DC/VA/central and southern DE/WV panhandle
Reports, comments and questions: voice@anshome.org=20
Compiler:    Joe Coleman
Sponsor:     Audubon Naturalist Society of the Central
               Atlantic States (independent of NAS)
Transcriber: Steve Cordle=20

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This is the Voice of the Naturalist, a service of the Audubon
Naturalist Society. This report covers the week starting Tuesday, Jan
10 and was completed on Tuesday, Jan 17 at 10:15 a.m.=20

Information on noteworthy birds 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).

The top birds this week were BARROW'S GOLDENEYE* in MD, WESTERN GREBE*
in VA, RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD in MD, SNOWY OWL in VA and DE,
BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER* in MD and WESTERN TANAGER* in VA.=20

Other birds of interest this week included geese, TRUMPETER SWAN,
ducks including EURASIAN WIGEON, COMMON EIDERS, and HARLEQUIN,
RED-NECKED GREBE, RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD, SANDHILL CRANE,
RAZORBILL, BLACK-HEADED and ICELAND GULLS,  pelicans, AMERICAN
BITTERN, GREEN HERON, SHORT-EARED OWL, LOGGERHEAD and NORTHERN
SHRIKES, BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEE, BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCH, SNOW BUNTING,
warblers, CLAY-COLORED SPARROW, LARK SPARROW, and LINCOLN'S SPARROWS.

TOP BIRDS

The drake BARROW'S GOLDENEYE* continued to be seen at the Elm's
Environmental Education Center, St. Mary's Co, MD with the most recent
sighting on Jan 13. If looking for this bird do not drive in but park
in the hunter's parking lot before the gate and walk about a mile to
the bay and then several hundred yards to the north.=20

A WESTERN GREBE* was seen Jan 10 from Sandfiddler Rd and White Cap Ln,
Virginia Beach VA. One was also reported from the Back Bay NWR,
Virginia Beach, VA on Jan 16 a bit north of the closed area signs.

A RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD was captured and banded Jan 14 at the Belvedere
Community, Portsmouth, VA. A continuing young female RUFOUS
HUMMINGBIRD in Wildewood, St. Mary's Co, MD was seen most recently on
Jan 15.=20

A SNOWY OWL was seen at Chincoteague NWR, Accomack Co, VA on Jan 14,
15 and 16.=20

A continuing BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER* at Tydings Memorial Park,
Harford Co, MD was last seen on Jan 15.=20

The continuing female WESTERN TANAGER* in a residential yard in the
Alanton neighborhood of Virginia Beach, VA was seen as recently as Jan
13.=20

OTHER BIRDS OF INTEREST

GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE were seen at several locations in the
reporting area including one at Anacostia Park, SE DC on Jan 10; three
continuing individuals at Bristow Village Lake, Prince William Co, VA
on Jan 16; and as many as 5 continued on Broadford Lake, Garrett Co,
MD, on Jan 16. There was also one at Black Hill Regional Park,
Montgomery Co, MD on Jan 11 and 12; one at Lake Churchill, Montgomery
Co, MD as recently as Jan 12; and one at the Solomons, Calvert Co, MD
on Jan 13. Two GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE were seen Jan 16 in a storm
water pond at Sentara RMH Hospital, Rockingham Co, VA; on the same day
2 continuing GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE were seen at the nearby 2041
Solera Ct.  Another was seen at the Quarry pond, Fishersville, Augusta
Co, VA on Jan 16. Several were seen from the 13th through the 16th at
the Bombay Hook NWR, Kent Co, DE.

Inland SNOW GEESE continued to be found in a number of locations in
both MD and VA. ROSS'S GEESE were also seen at a number of locations
including a 2nd that joined the continuing ROSS'S GOOSE at Lake of the
Woods in Orange Co, VA on Jan 10. One was seen Jan 11 on the Potomac
from Quantico, Prince William Co, VA. One was also seen as recently as
Jan 13 in the private pond at the Rubbermaid Factory in Frederick Co,
VA. There was one at Shirley Plantation, Charles City Co, VA on Jan
12. There was also one on Jan 13 and 16 at the pond behind the Walmart
in Madison Heights, Amherst Co, VA. In Delaware's Kent Co a ROSS'S
GOOSE was seen at Speedway X Zoar Rd on Jan 12 and at a private
residence in Sussex Co, on Jan 13 and 14. CACKLING GEESE were seen
throughout the region.

Continuing TRUMPETER SWANS were seen as recently as Jan 16 at Lake
Artemesia, Prince George's Co, MD and at Perryville Community Park,
Cecil Co, MD. Two untagged TRUMPETER SWANS were seen at Black Hill
Regional Park, Montgomery Co, MD on Jan 12 while the longstanding
tagged TRUMPETER SWAN was seen at the nearby Lake Churchill as
recently as Jan 15. On Jan 15 two TRUMPETER SWANS were seen moving
from the Patton Turf Farm to Edwards Ferry, Montgomery Co, MD. Two
likely TRUMPETER SWANS (tagged) flew over a house in Taylorstown,
Loudoun Co, VA on Jan 15.=20

A EURASIAN WIGEON was seen Jan 11 at Pleasure House Point Natural
Area, Virginia Beach, VA. One was seen Jan 15 with American Wigeons
off the observation boardwalk, Back Bay NWR, Virginia Beach, VA.=20

A SURF SCOTER was seen Jan 15 on Lake Shenandoah, Rockingham Co, VA.
Another inland SURF SCOTER was found from Tide  Lock Park, Alexandria,
VA in the Potomac River (DC waters) Jan 16. Two Common Eiders were
seen at Point Lookout SP, St. Mary's Co, MD throughout the week. Nine
COMMON EIDERS were seen Jan 16 at Indian River Inlet, DE. A HARLEQUIN
DUCK was spotted Jan 14 in the main channel behind the Marian Bay
Hotel, Chincoteague, Accomack Co, VA. A LONG-TAILED DUCK was seen Jan
14 and 15 in the Potomac River (DC waters) from Tide Lock Park,
Alexandria, VA.

A RED-NECKED GREBE was observed Jan 15 from the Lower Lake Overlook,
Kerr Reservoir, Mecklenburg Co, VA. Multiple RED-NECKED GREBES were in
the Potomac River off of Hains Point, SW DC Jan 15 and 16; while Hains
Point will be closed until at least Jan 21, they were also visible
with a scope from Gravelly Point, Arlington Co, VA. A RED-NECKED GREBE
was also found Jan 16 at Elizabeth Dixon Park, Anne Arundel Co, MD.

A RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD continues to visit a window feeder at a
residence in the Alanton neighborhood of Virginia Beach, VA, with the
latest report on Jan 13. A likely RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD was seen
Jan 14 in Cape Charles, Northampton Co, VA.   =20

On Jan 11 a SANDHIILL CRANE flew over the Marriott Lake at Dulles
Airport. The two continuing SANDHILL CRANES at the Algonkian Nature
Preserve, Loudoun Co, VA, were seen as recently as Jan 15. On Jan 15
and 16 two SANDHILL CRANES were seen in the Green Springs area on East
Jack Jouett Rd, Louisa Co, VA.

RAZORBILLS were seen in multiple locations in Virginia Beach; there
were as many as 20 at Little Island Park on Jan 15, two at Fort Story
on Jan 12, and 3 seen from Sandfiddler Rd and White Cap Ln on the
10th.

Both a BLACK-HEADED GULL and an ICELAND GULL were seen from the Tom's
Cove Visitor center, Chincoteague NWR, Accomack Co, VA on Jan 14 and
15; the BLACK-HEADED GULL was also seen on the 16th. A BLACK-HEADED
GULL was seen last week at Wolfe Neck Wastewater Treatment Plant,
Rehoboth Beach, Sussex Co, DE. Two ICELAND GULLS were found Jan 10
among 3,000 or so gulls in the open water around the pier at North
East Community Park, Cecil Co, MD. An ICELAND GULL was seen Jan 16 at
the Eastern Sanitary Landfill (restricted access), Baltimore, MD.

Varying numbers of AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS were seen in a number of
locations in Virginia Beach throughout the week. An AMERICAN WHITE
PELICAN was seen Jan 11 and 12 at the Perryville Community Park, Cecil
Co, MD. A BROWN PELICAN, apparently the first ever seen in Fairfax Co,
VA, was found at Pohick Bay on Jan 13 and seen again the 14th and
15th; it was seen from the boat rental parking lot.

The AMERICAN BITTERN at Black Marsh, North Point SP, Baltimore Co, MD
was seen through Jan 12. The very late GREEN HERON at Ben Brenman
Park, Alexandria, VA, was most recent reported on Jan 15.

Birders continue to enjoy seeing SHORT-EARED OWLS at fields along
Konterra Drive in Prince George's Co, MD, with the latest sighting on
Jan 16. The owner's restrictions on access to this location may be
viewed on posts to MD Birding and the MD Birding Facebook page on Jan
6. SHORT-EARED OWLS were also seen at a number of other locations
including two during the first census of the year at Poplar Island,
Talbot Co, MD, on Jan 11 and flying over the fields south of Harrison
Rd, The Plains, Fauquier Co, VA on Jan 13. On Jan 15 SHORT-EARED OWLS
were seen flying along East Jack Jouett Rd, Louisa Co, VA as well as
from Stone Bridge Rd near Milldale, Warren Co, VA.

A continuing NORTHERN SHRIKE* was seen along the Observation and the
Boardwalk Trail at Prime Hook NWR, Sussex Co, DE with reports through
Jan 15. The NORTHERN SHRIKE found in Montgomery Co, MD on Jan 1 was
last reported on Jan 13; it was viewed from a parking lot along
Triadelphia Lake Rd. The continuing NORTHERN SHRIKE along Bens Point
Road in Queen Anne's Co, MD was seen most recently on Jan 16. The
NORTHERN SHRIKE* that has been present at the Sully Woodlands, Fairfax
Co, VA since early October was seen as recently as Jan 15.=20

Confirmed widely scattered sightings of irruptive BLACK-CAPPED
CHICKADEES in MD and VA continued this past week.=20

As many as 3 BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCHES were seen in Southern Park,
Charles Co, MD on Jan 16.

A continuing SNOW BUNTING mixed in with a flock of Horned Larks was
seen again along Strickley Road in Augusta Co, VA on Jan 13 and 15.
Two SNOW BUNTINGS continued to be seen at Point Lookout SP, St. Mary's
Co with the most recent report from Jan 16.=20

ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS were found at several locations in DC, MD and
VA. Over-wintering NASHVILLE WARBLERS include one at the Cheriton
Landfill, Northampton Co, VA, seen as recently as Jan 11; another in
Pinecrest, Fairfax Co, VA on Jan 14 and 15; and still another Jan 15
at Kingman Island, NE DC; one has also been reported from Heritage
Island which is next to Kingman Island.

A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was seen again at Big Water Farm (private),
Queen Anne's Co, MD on Jan 11. A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW turned up at a
feeder in James City Co, VA, on Jan 16. A LARK SPARROW was found Jan
12 at the Botetourt Center at Greenfield, Botetourt Co, VA. A
LINCOLN'S SPARROW was seen Jan 10 at Lilypons Water Gardens, Frederick
Co, MD. The continuing LINCOLN'S SPARROW was seen again from the
Boardwalk at Back Bay NWR, Virginia Beach, VA, with the latest
sighting on Jan 15. A LINCOLN'S SPARROW was seen Jan 16 at the
Occoquan Bay NWR, Woodbridge, Prince William Co, VA; it was with a
flock of Song Sparrows at the end of Easy Rd. at the junction with
Deep Hole Point.
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This week's report was based on reports on the DE, MD, VA, and WV list
servers, and eBird records.

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titles.

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