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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, June
7, and was completed on Tuesday, June 14 at about 11:00 a.m.
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: BARROW'S GOLDENEYE* in MD, WESTERN GREBE* in VA,
PACIFIC LOON* in VA, MANX SHEARWATER* in VA, MAGNIFICENT FRIGATEBIRD*
in VA, and DOVEKIE* in VA.
OTHER BIRDS OF INTEREST: CACKLING GOOSE, BLACK SWAN, TRUMPETER SWAN,
HARLEQUIN DUCK, AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN, AMERICAN AVOCET, MARBLED
GODWIT, AMERICAM WOODCOCK, WILLET, DOVEKIE, RAZORBILL, LITTLE GULL,
ICELAND GULL, GLAUCOUS GULL, FORSTER'S TERN, NORTHERN SHRIKE, COMMON
RAVEN, CLAY-COLORED SPARROW, LINCOLN'S SPARROW, BREWER'S BLACKBIRD,
The drake BARROW'S GOLDENEYE* continued to be seen at the Elms
Environmental Education Center, St. Mary's Co, MD, with the most
recent sighting on Feb 8. 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, then several hundred yards to the north.
Also continuing was the WESTERN GREBE* in Virginia Beach VA, with
reports from Feb 7 & 11.
A PACIFIC LOON* was spotted Feb 10 from the Kiptopeke fishing pier,
Northampton Co VA.
The MANX SHEARWATER* continued around Back Bay NWR, Virginia Beach,
with sightings on Feb 12.
On Feb 8, a MAGNIFICENT FRIGATEBIRD* was seen from Virginia Beach.
Three DOVEKIEs* were spotted at Virginia Beach on Feb 7.
OTHER BIRDS OF INTEREST
On Feb 10, a single CACKLING GOOSE was picked out of a large flock at
Study Pond in Carroll Co MD. The two BLACK SWANs seen Feb 9 at
Lickinghole Creek Reservoir, Crozet VA (Albemarle Co) are undoubtedly
escapes, but nevertheless fun to see. Four immature TRUMPETER SWANs
were seen Feb 7 & 11 along Gold Mine Rd in Louisa Co VA. Only 1-2
HARLEQUIN DUCKs were seen at the Ocean City Inlet, Worcester Co MD, on
=46eb 11 & 12.
The single AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN continued Feb 8 at Eastern Neck NWR
(Kent Co MD), seen from the causeway on Feb 8.
On Feb 8, 8 AMERICAN AVOCETs were spotted in Raymond Pond, Bombay Hook
NWR (Kent Co DE). Also in Raymond pond on Feb 8 was a single MARBLED
GODWIT. Humans are not the only species confused by DuPont Circle in
NW DC: an AMERICAN WOODCOCK was found stunned there on Feb 7, but
recovered and flew away before it could be corralled for triage. On
=46eb 8, a WILLET was seen at Castaway's Campground, Worcester Co MD.
The Virginia Beach DOVEKIEs were vastly outnumbered by RAZORBILLs,
with hundreds to thousands reported on Feb 7. On Feb 8, the high
count was 420, and by the end of the week, only single digits
remained. A few RAZORBILLs were seen farther north: at Indian River
Inlet (Sussex Co DE), 4 were seen on Feb 8, only one on Feb 12. Ocean
City Inlet hosted 1-2 RAZORBILLs all week.
Virginia Beach An adult LITTLE GULL on Feb 8. MD had a couple of
ICELAND GULLs, one continuing Feb 8 at Mariner Point Pk, Harford Co,
another at the Salisbury Landfill Naylor Mill Rd Pond (Wicomico Co) on
=46eb 11. Also at Naylor Mill Rd Pond on Feb 11 was a SINGLE GLAUCOUS
GULL. Single GLAUCOUS GULLs were also seen at Hains Point, SW DC, on
=46eb 10, and from the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel (Island #1;
Northampton Co VA) on Feb 11. FORSTER'S TERNs were seen: 2 near the
Tom's Cove Visitor Center of Chincoteague NWR Feb 11, and 5 the next
day in nearby Swan Cove. Another FORSTER'S TERN was spotted around
Ocean City Inlet on Feb 11.
Two NORTHERN SHRIKEs continued on Feb 8, one at Sully Woodlands in
=46airfax Co VA, the other in Queen Anne's Co MD. A COMMON RAVEN was
seen in southern MD, on Feb 7 in Huntingtown (Calvert Co) near the
intersection of Huntingtown and Holland Cliffs Rds. The single
CLAY-COLORED SPARROW continued Feb 8-12 at Big water farm (Queen
Anne's Co MD; private). The LINCOLN'S SPARROW continued at Occoquan
Bay NWR (Prince William Co VA), with a sighting Feb 12 from Deephole
Point. Although not as common as a week earlier, BREWER'S BLACKBIRDs
were scattered over the reporting area, with high counts of 30 at
Crow's Nest Natural Area Preserve (Stafford Co VA) and at Fort Hunt Pk
(Fairfax Co VA), both on Feb 11. A few PINE SISKINs were reported:
one Feb 12 in Howard Co MD, and five at the National Conservation
Training Center in Jefferson Co WV.
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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an excellent source for guidebooks and many other nature-related
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Thank you for your interest, and enjoy the birds.
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