DC Area, 2/7/2017


Lesser Roadrunner,©BirdQuest

Hotline:     Voice of the Naturalist
Date:        2/7/2017
Coverage:    MD/DC/VA/central and southern DE/WV panhandle
Reports, comments and questions: voice@anshome.org=20
Compiler:    Gerry Hawkins
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,
January 31 and was completed on Tuesday, February 7 at 8:30 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 RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD in MD, BARROW'S
GOLDENEYE* in MD, ANCIENT MURRELET* in VA and WESTERN TANAGER* in VA.
In addition, a BLACK-BACKED ORIOLE* was seen a short distance outside
the reporting area in PA.=20

Other birds of interest this week included GREATER WHITE-FRONTED,
SNOW, ROSS'S and CACKLING GEESE, TRUMPETER SWAN, EURASIAN WIGEON,
REDHEAD, COMMON EIDER, HARLEQUIN DUCK, LONG-TAILED DUCK, COMMON
GOLDENEYE, RED-NECKED and EARED GREBES, RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD,
SANDHILL CRANE, AMERICAN AVOCET, MARBLED GODWIT, PARASITIC JAEGER,
DOVEKIE, RAZORBILL, BLACK-HEADED, ICELAND and GLAUCOUS GULLS, GREAT
and MANX SHEARWATERS, GREAT CORMORANT, AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN,
AMERICAN BITTERN, GREAT EGRET, GREEN HERON, OSPREY, RED-TAILED and
ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS, GOLDEN EAGLE, SHORT-EARED OWL, LOGGERHEAD and
NORTHERN SHRIKES, TREE SWALLOW, BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEE, SEDGE and
MARSH WRENS, SNOW BUNTING, BLACK-AND-WHITE, ORANGE-CROWNED and
NASHVILLE WARBLERS, YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT, CLAY-COLORED, LINCOLN'S and
WHITE-CROWNED (GAMBEL'S) SPARROWS, PAINTED BUNTING and BALTIMORE
ORIOLE.=20

TOP BIRDS

A continuing young female RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD was seen in Wildewood,
St. Mary's Co, MD most recently on February 5.=20

A continuing male BARROW'S GOLDENEYE* was most recently seen at the
Elm's Environmental Education Center (private), St. Mary's Co, MD on
=46ebruary 2. If looking for this bird 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.

On February 6 an apparent ANCIENT MURRELET* was observed off Back Bay
NWR, Virginia Beach, VA during an alcid spectacle off the mid-Atlantic
coast of VA, as described below. =20

A male WESTERN TANAGER* has been seen almost daily since it returned
to a residential feeder in Settlers' Mill, Williamsburg, VA on
November 4 for the eighth winter in a row. Another continuing WESTERN
TANAGER*, a female, was seen in a residential yard in the Alanton
neighborhood of Virginia Beach, VA on February 2.=20

A BLACK-BACKED ORIOLE*, a Central American endemic not known for
vagrancy, was seen all week a short distance outside the reporting
area at 20 and 21 Indiana Avenue in Sinking Spring, Berks Co, PA.
Birders may look for this bird, a potential second record for the
American Birding Association checklist area, from the sidewalk from
7:30 am to 4:00 pm.=20

OTHER BIRDS OF INTEREST

GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE were spotted throughout the reporting
area. In Delaware a high of eight continuing individuals were seen
during the week at Bombay Hook NWR, Kent Co; three individuals were
seen at Cape Henlopen SP-Gordon's Pond, Sussex Co on February 1; one
individual was seen at Blockhouse Pond Park in Sussex Co on February 5
and 6; and one individual was seen at Prime Hook NWR, Sussex Co on
=46ebruary 5. In Maryland sightings of GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE
included a continuing individual a short distance east of Chestertown
along both Route 213 and Leverage Road in Queen Anne's Co on January
31 and February 1; two individuals along Rock Hall Road in Fairlee,
Kent Co on February 1; four individuals at Chesapeake Farms, Kent Co
on February 5; and a single continuing individual in fields across
from the Marine Museum and along Swagger's Point Road in Calvert Co on
=46ebruary 4. In Virginia a continuing individual was seen at Lake
=46airfax in Fairfax Co through February 5; eight continuing individuals
were reported at North Fork Shenandoah River Timberville in Rockingham
Co on February 5; and ten individuals were reported in Augusta Co on
=46ebruary 6, nine of which were located at the Quarry and one of which
was at the Invista ponds. Finally, a continuing GREATER WHITE-FRONTED
GOOSE was seen at Anacostia Park in Washington, DC on January 31 and
=46ebruary 4 and 5.=20

Inland SNOW GEESE included two individuals at Broadford Lake in
Garrett Co, MD on February 4 and a continuing individual at a pond
along Study Road in Carroll Co, MD on February 3-6. Sightings of
ROSS'S GEESE in Virginia included two individuals at the Cheriton
Landfill in Northampton Co on February 3; a continuing individual at
Willow Lake in Rockbridge Co on January 31; one individual at the
George Washington Birthplace National Monument in Westmoreland Co on
=46ebruary 4; and one individual along 540 New Hope Rd in Staunton on
=46ebruary 6. A continuing ROSS'S GOOSE also was seen at a pond along
Study Road in Carroll Co, MD on February 2-6. A single CACKLING GOOSE
was spotted along 9001-9307 Cods Rd in Sussex Co, DE on February 2; at
Prime Hook NWR, Sussex Co on February 5; and at Bombay Hook NWR, Kent
Co, DE on February 4. CACKLING GEESE also were reported at several
locations in Virginia, including three continuing individuals at
Bristow Lake Village, Prince William Co on February 3; a single
continuing individual at Lake Fairfax in Fairfax Co on February 2-6;
two individuals near the Tyson processing plant in Accomack Co on
=46ebruary 4; and a single individual at Burke Lake Park in Fairfax Co
on February 4 and 5 and Stone Crossing Park in Fairfax Co on February
4.=20

A continuing TRUMPETER SWAN was reported at the Charlestown Retirement
Community Pond in Baltimore Co, MD on January 31.=20

A continuing male EURASIAN WIGEON was seen at the Craney Island
Disposal Area in Portsmouth, VA on February 2 and Assawoman Wildlife
Area in Sussex Co, DE on February 4-6. A EURASIAN WIGEON also was
spotted at the Castaway's Campground (Eagle's Nest) in Worcester Co,
MD on February 6. COMMON EIDERS were seen at several locations,
including three individuals at The Point at Cape Henlopen SP, Sussex
Co, DE on February 2; two continuing individuals at Point Lookout SP,
St. Mary's Co, MD on February 5; a high of six individuals at the
Ocean City Inlet in Worcester Co, MD on February 5 and 6; 1-2
individuals at the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel, Northampton
Co/Virginia Beach, VA on February 4 and 5; and one individual at Rudee
Inlet in Virginia Beach, VA on February 5. The only HARLEQUIN DUCK
seen in the reporting area during the week was a single individual at
the Ocean City Inlet, Worcester Co, MD on February 4. Inland, six
REDHEADS were seen at Rocky Gap SP in Allegany Co, MD on February 3;
two LONG-TAILED DUCKS were seen at Triadelphia Reservoir-Brighton Dam
in Howard Co, MD on February 4; and five COMMON GOLDENEYES stopped at
Lake Frederick in Frederick Co, VA on February 3.=20

A RED-NECKED GREBE was seen at Occoquan Bay NWR, Prince William Co, VA
on February 3; Indian River Inlet, Sussex Co, DE on February 5; and
John H. Kerr Reservoir-U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Visitors Center,
Mecklenburg Co, VA on February 5. A continuing RED-NECKED GREBE was
most recently seen at Loch Raven Reservoir-Loch Raven Point in
Baltimore Co, MD on February 6. A continuing EARED GREBE was seen at
=46ort Monroe in Hampton, VA on February 1 and off Black Walnut Point in
Talbot Co, MD on February 2, 5 and 6. =20

A male RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD continues to visit a window feeder at
a residence in the Alanton neighborhood of Virginia Beach, VA, with
the latest sighting on February 2.=20

On February 5 two continuing SANDHILL CRANES were seen along the
Sanctuary Trail at Algonkian Nature Preserve in Loudoun Co, VA. On
=46ebruary 4 two SANDHILL CRANES also were seen along 7901-8405 East
Jack Jouett Rd in Louisa Co, VA. =20

Shorebird highlights included 12 AMERICAN AVOCETS at the Craney Island
Disposal Area in Portsmouth, VA on February 2 and eight AMERICAN
AVOCETS at Prime Hook NWR-Broadkill Marsh on February 5. A single
MARBLED GODWIT was spotted at Castaways Campground (Eagle's Nest) in
Worcester Co, MD on February 4 and Bombay Hook NWR, Kent Co, DE on
=46ebruary 5.=20

On February 1 a PARASITIC JAEGER was seen flying low over the water at
Little Island Park in Virginia Beach, VA.=20

A substantial movement of alcids occurred off the mid-Atlantic coast
of Virginia on February 2-6, when a total of over 30 DOVEKIES and over
12,000 RAZORBILLS were observed at several locations in Virginia
Beach, including Little Island Park, Back Bay NWR, the Chesapeake Bay
Bridge-Tunnel, Rudee Inlet, Fort Story-Cape Henry Memorial/Lighthouse
and Dam Neck Naval Base (restricted access). In Delaware, one DOVEKIE
and a high of four RAZORBILLS were seen at the Indian River Inlet in
Sussex Co on February 3-6. =20

A continuing BLACK-HEADED GULL was seen most recently at Wolfe Neck
WTP (restricted access) in Sussex Co, DE on February 3 and at Swan
Cove at Chincoteague NWR, Accomack Co, VA on February 5. A continuing
ICELAND GULL was seen at Mariner Point Park in Harford Co, MD on
January 31 and February 3-5. On February 2 an ICELAND GULL was
photographed at a pond behind a Chick Filet located at 613 Southpark
Boulevard in Colonial Heights, VA. A continuing GLAUCOUS GULL was seen
at several proximate locations in Richmond, VA on January 31 and
=46ebruary 1-3, including the T. Tylor Potterfield Memorial Bridge and
Brown's Island, and on February 3 a second GLAUCOUS GULL and an
ICELAND GULL also were seen in this same area. In Virginia a GLAUCOUS
GULL also was seen at ponds near the Walmart in Colonial Heights on
=46ebruary 4; Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel-Island Number 1, Virginia
Beach on February 5; and Grandview Nature Preserve in Hampton on
=46ebruary 5.

On February 6 one GREAT SHEARWATER and two MANX SHEARWATERS were
observed during an ocean/beach survey at Back Bay NWR and False Cape
SP in Virginia Beach, VA.=20

Sightings of GREAT CORMORANT included small numbers at expected
coastal locations (Indian River Inlet, DE, Ocean City Inlet, MD and
Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel, Virginia Beach, VA), as well as four
individuals at the Kent Point marina in Queen Anne's Co, MD on
=46ebruary 3 and a single flyby at Eastern Neck NWR, Kent Co, MD on
=46ebruary 1.=20

=46our AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS were seen again at Little Island Park in
Virginia Beach, VA on February 1, and one individual was conspicuous
at Eastern Neck NWR, Kent Co, MD on February 4. AMERICAN WHITE
PELICANS continue to winter at Blackwater NWR in Dorchester Co, MD,
with a high of 33 individuals counted on February 4.=20

A wintering AMERICAN BITTERN at Black Marsh in Baltimore Co, MD was
seen most recently on February 6. Rare herons and egrets included a
GREAT EGRET at a pond behind the Pet Smart store in Waynesboro, VA on
=46ebruary 1 and along Rt. 254 just before Statler Boulevard in Staunton
on February 6, which likely was the same bird. In addition, a
wintering GREEN HERON continues at Ben Brenman Park in Alexandria, VA,
with the most recent sighting on February 6.=20

Early returning OSPREYS were seen at several locations in Virginia
during the week, including Virginia Beach and Alexandria on February 4
and 6, respectively. On February 2 an unusual albino/leucistic
RED-TAILED HAWK was seen again along Route 27 a short distance south
of Westminster, Carroll Co, MD. On January 31 a dark-phase
ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was seen perched in trees west of Dry Bridge Road
about halfway between Keysville Road and Old Frederick Road in
=46rederick Co, MD. On February 4 a GOLDEN EAGLE was seen cruising along
the Shenandoah a few miles south of Strasburg, VA, and on February 6 a
GOLDEN EAGLE was seen in flight at Pickering Creek Audubon Center,
Talbot Co, MD, a frequent wintering location for this species.=20

SHORT-EARED OWLS continue at fields along Konterra Drive in Prince
George's Co, MD, with the latest sighting on February 5. The owner's
restrictions on access to this location may be viewed on posts to MD
Birding and the MD Birding Facebook page on January 6.=20

A continuing LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE was seen at the Smith Farm in Lunenberg
Co, VA on February 3 and along Rough Road in Mecklenburg Co, VA on
=46ebruary 6. The continuing NORTHERN SHRIKE along Bens Point Road in
Queen Anne's Co, MD was seen most recently on February 6. A NORTHERN
SHRIKE* that has been present at the Sully Woodlands in Fairfax Co, VA
since at least early October 2016 was seen most recently on February
4.=20

A high of six early TREE SWALLOWS were seen at two locations in
Mecklenburg Co, VA on February 5.=20

Confirmed sightings of irruptive BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEES in the
reporting area included one individual at Mariner Point Park in
Harford Co, MD on February 4 and 5.=20

A continuing SEDGE WREN was encountered along 11039-11099 Bowerman
Road (restricted access) in Baltimore Co, MD on January 31 and
=46ebruary 1-2. On February 1 and 3 1-2 wintering MARSH WRENS were
reported at Black Marsh in Baltimore Co, MD. A MARSH WREN also was
seen on Jamestown Island in James City Co, VA on February 1.=20

On February 4 a large flock of SNOW BUNTINGS was seen at The Point in
Cape Henlopen SP, Sussex Co, DE, a common wintering location for this
species. SNOW BUNTINGS also were seen at several locations in
southeastern Virginia, including 18 individuals at the Craney Island
Disposal Area in Portsmouth on February 2; a high of 33 individuals at
=46ort Monroe in Hampton on January 31 and February 3-5; and 12
individuals at the Grandview Nature Preserve in Hampton on February 5
and 6.=20

The relatively uncommon ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was found at several
locations. In Delaware, an ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was seen in a
residential yard in Lewes on February 1 and at the Bethany Beach
Nature Center and trail, a new eBird hotspot in Sussex Co, on February
3. In Maryland single individuals were found at Cherry Hill Park,
Baltimore Co on January 31; Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center
(Horsehead), Queen Anne's Co on February 1-3; Piscataway Park-Hard
Bargain Farm in Prince George's Co on February 1; and Wilmer Park in
Chestertown, Kent Co on February 6. In Virginia an ORANGE-CROWNED
WARBLER was found between Jones Point and the Hunting Point Apartments
in Alexandria on February 4. In DC an ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was found
at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens on February 1; LBJ Memorial Grove on
=46ebruary 3 and 5; and near the construction activity in the northeast
section of the National Arboretum on February 5.=20

A BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER was found at the Craney Island Disposal Area
in Portsmouth, VA on February 2. A NASHVILLE WARBLER was seen at
several locations, including the east side of the George Washington
Parkway between the Belle Haven picnic area and the Hunting Creek
bridge in Fairfax Co, VA on February 4; and Great Shiplock Park and
nearby Chapel Island in Richmond, VA on February 4. In addition, 1-2
NASHVILLE WARBLERS were observed on Kingman Island in Washington, DC
on February 4-5. A continuing YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT was seen at a
feeder at 814 Marye Street in Fredericksburg, VA on February 2.

A continuing CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was most recently seen at a feeder
at 103 Exeter Court in James City Co, VA on February 1 and at Big
water farm (private) in Queen Anne's Co, MD on February 2 and 3. A
continuing LINCOLN'S SPARROW was seen at Occoquan Bay NWR, Prince
William Co, VA most recently on February 4. A western WHITE-CROWNED
SPARROW (GAMBEL'S) continues at Back Bay NWR, Virginia Beach, VA, with
the latest sighting on February 6.=20

On February 1-5 an immature male PAINTED BUNTING was seen at Belle
Isle in James River Park, Richmond, VA.=20

On February 4 a male BALTIMORE ORIOLE in full breeding plumage visited
a residential yard in Suffolk, VA. During the week continuing female
BALTIMORE ORIOLES were seen most recently at feeders at a residence in
Lynchburg, VA on January 31, 7226 Lasting Light Way, Howard County, MD
on February 3 and the Village of Lindell parkland in Sussex Co, DE on
=46ebruary 6.

***

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

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

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well as the state, and include your name and a Tuesday morning
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