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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,
=46ebruary 14, and was completed on Tuesday, February 21 at about 1:00
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, DOVEKIE* in VA and
WESTERN TANAGER* in VA.
OTHER BIRDS OF INTEREST: waterfowl, RING-NECKED PHEASANT, NORTHERN
BOBWHITE, grebes, RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD, SANDHILL CRANE, AMERICAN AVOCET,
plovers, sandpipers, RAZORBILL, gulls, GREAT CORMORANT, AMERICAN WHITE
PELICAN, hawks, SHORT-EARED OWL, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, NORTHERN
SHRIKE, TREE SWALLOWS, BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEES, BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCH,
EVENING GROSBEAK, SNOW BUNTING, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, sparrows,
PAINTED BUNTING and blackbirds.
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 February 18. 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.
A DOVEKIE* was at Back Bay NWR, Virginia Beach, VA on February 17.
A WESTERN TANAGER was at Settler's Mill, James City, VA on February
17, 19 and 20.
OTHER BIRDS OF INTEREST
Numbers of waterfowl on local ponds increased this week. High counts
included: 10 species on Oxbow Lake NP, Anne Arundel Co, MD; 12 species
at Dyke Marsh, Fairfax Co, VA and 10 species at Occoquan Bay NWR,
Prince William Co, VA all on February 19.=20
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE, ROSS'S GEESE and CACKLING GEESE were
observed throughout the region during the week. A SNOW GOOSE was at
Black Hill Regional Park, Montgomery Co, MD on February 18. A BRANT
was at Big Water Farm (private) on February 17 and another BRANT was
at Wye Island on February 19, both in Queen Anne's Co, MD. The
continuing TRUMPETER SWAN at Lake Churchill in Germantown, Montgomery
Co, MD, was seen again on February 18, 19 and 20. Four TRUMPETER SWANS
were at Gold Mine Marsh, Louisa Co, VA during the week. Two TRUMPETER
SWANS were in Upperville, Fauquier Co, VA on February 15.
EURASIAN WIGEONS and REDHEADS were present in low numbers but many
areas during the week. Three hundred eighty-five RING-NECKED DUCKS
were at Kringold Park, Carroll Co, MD on February 15. A KING EIDER was
seen at the CBBT, Island #4, Northampton Co, VA on February 18 and 19.
A COMMON EIDER was at Point Lookout SP, Saint Mary's Co, MD on
=46ebruary 19. Nine HOODED MERGANSERS were at Lake Kittamaqundi, Howard
Co, MD on February 14.
A RING-NECKED PHEASANT was on Sycamore Landing Road, Montgomery Co, MD
on February 19. Three NORTHERN BOBWHITES were at Cedarville State
=46orest Pond, Charles Co, MD on February 15.
A RED-NECKED GREBE was at Buckroe Beach, Hampton, VA seen during the
week. A RED-NECKED GREBE was at Blockhouse Point, Montgomery Co, MD on
=46ebruary 15, One to two RED-NECKED GREBES were at Loch Raven
Reservoir, Baltimore Co, MD on February 18. An EARED GREBE was at
Black Walnut Point, Talbot Co, MD on February 20.
A RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD was in the Wildwood Neighborhood, Saint Mary's
Co, MD on February 14, 16, 17 and 18.
Three SANDHILL CRANES were at Augustine WA, New Castle Co, DE on
=46ebruary 15. Three SANDHILL CRANES were at Abrams Creek Wetland
Preserve near Winchester, Frederick Co, VA on February 17. A SANDHILL
CRANE was at Hare Valley, Northampton Co, VA on February 19. Three
SANDHILL CRANES were at Patuxent WRC (closed area), Prince George's
Co, MD on February 19. Two SANDHILL CRANES were at Algonkian NP,
Loudoun Co, VA on February 18 and 20. Two more SANDHILL CRANES were at
Green Springs NHLD, Louisa Co, VA on February 19 and 20. A SANDHILL
CRANE was at the C&D Canal, Reedy Point, New Castle Co, DE on
On February 16, 37 AMERICAN AVOCETS were at Craney Island Disposal
Area, Portsmouth, VA.=20
Two to five BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS were at Blackwater NWR, Dorchester
Co, MD on February 17, 18 and 19. Five SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS were at
Herrington Harbor, Anne Arundel Co, MD on February 18.
A SPOTTED SANDPIPER was at the Great Bridge Battlefield and Waterway
Historic Park, Chesapeake, VA on February 19. A MARBLED GODWIT was at
Chincoteague NWR, Accomack Co, VA on February 19. At least four
AMERICAN WOODCOCK were at the Huntley Meadows Hike and Bike Trail,
=46airfax Co, VA on February 19. Four WILLETS were at the Ocean City
Inlet, Worcester Co, MD on February 14. Six WILLETS were at the
Castaways Campground, Worcester Co, MD on February 19.
A RAZORBILL was observed in the Fort Monroe area near Richmond, VA on
=46ebruary 19. A RAZORBILL was at Buckroe Beach on February 17 and two
were at Fort Monroe on February 18 and 19, both sightings in Hampton,
VA. One to five RAZORBILLS were at Indian River Inlet, Sussex Co, DE
on February 17, 18, 19 and 20.
A BLACK-HEADED GULL was at Chincoteague NWR, Accomack Co, VA on
=46ebruary20.An ICELAND GULL was at Mariner Point Park, Harford Co, MD
on February 14, 18 and 19. A GLAUCOUS GULL was at the CBBT, Thimble
Island, Virginia Beach, VA on February 18. Another GLAUCOUS GULL was
at James River Park, Richmond, VA on February 18.
On February 14, a GREAT CORMORANT was at Craighill Channel Lower Range
=46ront Lighthouse and another was at North Point SP, both in Baltimore
Co, MD. Another GREAT CORMORANT was at Smallwood SP, Charles Co, MD on
=46ebruary 15. Two GREAT CORMORANTS were at Fox Point SP, Sussex Co, DE
on February 17.
An AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN was at Cox Point Park, Baltimore Co, MD on
=46ebruary 17. As many as 22 AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS were at Hog Island
WMA, Surry Co, VA on February 17 and 19.
A BALD and a GOLDEN EAGLE were observed together from SR80 in Russell
Co, VA between Honaker and Rosedale on February 16. A NORTHERN GOSHAWK
was seen at the Beltsville Agricultural Research Center (BARC), Prince
George's Co, MD on February 17. A GOLDEN EAGLE was at Prime Hook NWR,
Sussex Co, DE on February 18. A GOLDEN EAGLE was spotted from Fork
Neck Road about 1.9 miles west of Drawbridge Road, Dorchester Co, MD
on February 19. Two GOLDEN EAGLES were at the Gleason Hill Hiking
Trail, Garrett Co, MD on February 20. Another GOLDEN EAGLE was at
Pickering Creek Audubon Center, Talbot Co, MD on February 20.
A SHORT-EARED OWL was at Konterra Drive in Prince George's Co, MD on
=46ebruary 16, 18 and 20.
RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS flooded into the region with many sightings
during the week.=20
A NORTHERN SHRIKE continued at Sully Woodlands in Fairfax Co, VA on
TREE SWALLOWS also found our area to their liking with many reports.
The high count was 15 to 20 at Sandy River Reservoir, Prince Edward
Co, VA on February 17.
BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEES also appeared in many places in low numbers
during the week.
Three BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCHES were seen from the Blue Ridge Parkway,
Blandy Road, Roanoke, VA on February 15. A BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCH was
at Southern Park, Charles Co, MD on February 18. Thirteen BROWN-HEADED
NUTHATCHES were at Great Bridge Battlefield and Waterways Historic
Park, Chesapeake, VA on February 19.
An EVENING GROSBEAK was at Avenue's Field, Prince Edward Co, VA on
Twenty SNOW BUNTINGS were at Craney Island Disposal Area, Portsmouth,
VA on February 16. Eight to eleven SNOW BUNTINGS were at Grandview NP,
Hampton, VA on February 19. Nineteen SNOW BUNTINGS were at Fort
Monroe, Hampton, VA on February 20. A SNOW BUNTING was at Point
Lookout SP, Saint Mary's Co, MD on February 17, 18, 19 and 20.
An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was at Masonville Cove, Baltimore Co, MD on
=46ebruary 15. An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was at Chesapeake Bay
Environmental Center (Horsehead), Queen Anne's Co, MD on February 18.
An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was at Cape Henlopen SP, Sussex Co, DE on
=46ebruary 18. Another ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was at Blandair, Howard
Co, MD on February 19. Still another ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was at
Prime Hook NWR, Sussex Co, DE on February 19.
A field trip to BARC (Beltsville Agricultural Research Center), Prince
George's Co, MD on February 17 encountered 3 sparrow species: BAIRD'S,
LINCOLN'S and WHITE-CROWNED. AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS were observed at
several locations including: three at Middle Run NA, New Castle Co, DE
on February 14; one to two at Bombay Hook NWR, Kent Co, DE on February
15 and 16; as many as 13 at Irvine Nature Center, Baltimore Co, MD on
=46ebruary 17 and 19 and one at Patuxent Research Refuge, Anne Arundel
Co, MD on February 18. A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was at Big Water Farm
(Private), Queen Anne's Co, MD on February 15 and 20. A VESPER SPARROW
was at Swan Harbor Farm Park, Harford Co, MD on February 18. A VESPER
SPARROW was at Cromwell Valley Park, Baltimore Co, MD on February 19.
Birders could hardly avoid stepping on FOX and WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS
they were so numerous. A LINCOLN'S SPARROW was at Occoquan Bay NWR,
Prince William Co, VA on February 18, 19 and 20.
A PAINTED BUNTING was at Cyprus Point, Virginia Beach, VA on February
A YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD was at Langley AFB, Hampton, VA on February
19. Another YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD was at the Delaware Wild Lands,
Staveland Road, New Castle Co, DE on February 14, 16, 18 and 20. A
smattering of RUSTY BLACKBIRDS was seen throughout the area. One to
two BREWER'S BLACKBIRDS were at Breeze Farms, Virginia Beach, VA on
=46ebruary 18 and 19. A BALTIMORE ORIOLE was at Lasting Light Way,
Howard Co, MD on February 16, 17 and 18. Another BALTIMORE ORIOLE was
at Stonewall Estates, Louisa Co, VA on February 18 and 19.
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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