Hotline: Voice of the Naturalist
Coverage: MD/DC/VA/DE/WV panhandle
Reports, comments, questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
Compiler: Bob Hartman
Sponsor: Audubon Naturalist Society of the Central
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. This report covers the week starting Tuesday,
December 6, and was completed on Tuesday, December 13 at about 11:00
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: SNOWY OWLs in MD & VA, BLACK-THROATED GRAY
WARBLER in MD
OTHER BIRDS OF INTEREST: TRUMPETER SWAN, EURASIAN WIGEON, COMMON
EIDER, AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN, GOLDEN EAGLE, ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, RUFOUS
HUMMINGBIRD, NORTERN SHRIKE, BLUE-HEADED VIREO, LAPLAND LONGSPUR,
WILSON'S WARBLER, LINCOLN'S SPARROW, PINE SISKIN
Two SNOWY OWLs were reported: one Dec 7 on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge,
Anne Arundel/Queen Anne's Counties, and another Dec 8 at the Leesburg
VA airport (Loudon Co; report unconfirmed). The BLACK-THROATED GRAY
WARBLER at Tydings Memorial Pk, Havre de Grace MD (Harford Co)
continued Dec 6-11.
OTHER BIRDS OF INTEREST
A possible TRUMPETER SWAN was reported Dec 11 at Lake Artemesia,
College Park MD (Prince George's Co). An Eurasian Wigeon was spotted
Dec 8 at Chincoteague NWR, Accomack Co VA. The COMMON EIDER at Cape
Henlopen SP, Sussex Co DE, continued Dec 10.
An AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN was seen at Perryville Community Pk (Cecil
Co MD) on Dec 11.
Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch (Augusta Co VA) had a good day on Dec 8: three
GOLDEN EAGLES and a ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK.
A couple of RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRDs were reported: Dec 7 from the
Wildewood Neighborhood Walk, St. Mary's Co MD, and Dec 10 in Carroll
Co MD, along Candy Mint Lane.
The NORTHERN SHRIKE along Bens Point Rd (Queen Anne's Co MD) continued
Dec 7-9. A late BLUE-HEADED VIREO was seen Dec 10 at Lake Montebello,
Two LAPLAND LONGSPURs were spotted Dec 7-8 along Cartanza Rd, which is
near Little Creek Wildlife Area, Kent Co DE.
A late WILSON'S WARBLER was seen at Dyke Marsh, Fairfax Co VA, on Dec
9. Also late were a couple of LINCOLN'S SPARROWs, Dec 10 in Baltimore
Co MD, and Dec 11 in Frederica DE (Kent Co).
Several PINE SISKINs showed up, widely scattered: one Dec 5-10 near
Tyson's Corner VA (Fairfax Co), one Dec 6 in a yard in Ellicott City
MD (Howard Co), two Dec 9 in Wardtown VA (Northampton Co), one Dec 12
at Schoolhouse Pond, Upper Marlboro MD (Prince George's Co), and two
Dec 12 at the picnic area in Belle Haven Pk, Fairfax Co VA.
This report was based on reports on the DE, MD, VA, and WV list
servers via the ABA Internet links, and on eBird records.
The Audubon Sanctuary Shop (301-652-3606, http://anshome.org/shop) is
an excellent source for guidebooks and many other nature-related
To report bird sightings, e-mail your report to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please post reports before midnight Monday, identify the county as
well as the state, and include your name and a Tuesday morning
contact, either e-mail or phone.
Thank you for your interest, and enjoy the birds.
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